Mobile

Today Obi Worldphone, the smartphone company co-founded by former CEO of Apple and former president of Pepsi John Sculley, launched two new smartphones targeted at emerging markets. The first of the new phones has two SKUs, which allows the devices to target three different price points in the low-end and mid-range sections of the smartphone market. You can check out the specifications of both new smartphones in the chart below. Worldphone SF1 Worldphone SJ1.5 SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.5GHz 4x Cortex A53 1.11GHz 4x Cortex A53 MediaTek MT6580 1.3GHz 4x Cortex A7 RAM 2/3GB LPDDR3 1GB NAND 16/32GB NAND + microSD 16GB NAND + microSD Display 5” 1080p IPS 5” 720p IPS Network 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (MDM9x25 Cat4) 2G / 3G HSPA Dimensions 146 x 74 x 8mm, 147g 146 x 73 x 7.95mm, 131g Camera 13MP Rear Facing (IMX214) F/2.0, 1.12 micron 1/3.06" sensor 8MP...

Understanding Smartwatch Design

Although I mentioned this in passing in the Apple Watch review, I’ve increasingly realized that it is difficult for both manufacturers and consumers to really understand what makes a...

33 by Joshua Ho 2 days ago

Microsoft Makes Cortana For Android Available As A Public Beta

Earlier this year Microsoft announced that their digital assistant Cortana would be making its way to iOS and Android in addition to its launch on Windows Phone and Windows...

11 by Brandon Chester 4 days ago

Qualcomm Details Hexagon 680 DSP in Snapdragon 820: Accelerated Imaging

Although we tend not to focus too much on the tertiary aspects of a SoC, they are often important to enabling many aspects of the user experience. DSPs are...

39 by Joshua Ho 4 days ago

Understanding Intel's Dynamic Power and Thermal Framework 8.1: Smarter Throttling

In mobile, thermal throttling is effectively a fact of life as modern, thin tablets and smartphones leave little room for implementing high-performance fans. We can use CMOS scaling to...

31 by Joshua Ho on 8/21/2015

The Moto G (2015) Review

Motorola's original Moto G was one of the first Android devices to offer what one could honestly call a good user experience at a price of around $200. It...

86 by Brandon Chester on 8/19/2015

Understanding Qualcomm's ImproveTouch

Although the Xperia Z4 Tablet was announced as far back as MWC, it wasn’t until recently that the enhanced noise rejection of the touchscreen was really shown off. At...

13 by Joshua Ho on 8/18/2015

Google Releases Final M Preview: Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Today Google released the third developer preview for the M release and at the same time also reveals its official codename as well as final version name: Android 6.0...

48 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/17/2015

A Quick Look at LG G4 Leather Back Covers

With the LG G4 review, our design commentary was mostly targeted towards the G4’s standard polycarbonate back cover. But recently we received some leather back covers from LG designed...

24 by Joshua Ho on 8/17/2015

Hands On With the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Today, Samsung is announcing the next generation of their Galaxy-brand phablets, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+. Samsung’s phablets have been one of their greatest smartphone...

213 by Joshua Ho on 8/13/2015

Qualcomm Details the Adreno 530 GPU and ISP inside the Snapdragon 820

Snapdragon 820 is still a mystery as far as official information from Qualcomm goes. However, today Qualcomm has given a bit of insight into their upcoming SoC. While there's...

62 by Brandon Chester on 8/12/2015

Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon 616, 412, and 212

Today, Qualcomm launched a set of new SoCs, namely the Snapdragon 616, 412, and 212. These are updates to the Snapdragon 615, 410, and 210 respectively. If you were to...

21 by Joshua Ho on 8/10/2015

Google Redesigns Hangouts for Android With Version 4.0

Today Google shipped a major update to their Hangouts application for Android. Ever since Hangouts for iOS was updated to 4.0 a little over a month ago Android users...

30 by Brandon Chester on 8/10/2015

Verizon Eliminates Contracts and Device Subsidies

North America has always had a fairly unique pricing structure for buying mobile devices. In many places, the concept of purchasing a device for a heavy subsidy and committing...

115 by Brandon Chester on 8/7/2015

Google Commits To Monthly Security Updates For Nexus Devices

Security updates on mobile operating systems have typically been bundled inside larger patches that include other bug fixes and improvements. Unfortunately, the world of security exploits isn't tuned to...

41 by Brandon Chester on 8/5/2015

Lattice Announces First superMHL Chips: Sil8630 & Sil9396

Earlier this year at CES, the MHL Consortium announced the latest version of the Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) standard, superMHL. The latest iteration on MHL, superMHL was introduced to...

8 by Ryan Smith on 8/3/2015

NVIDIA Initiates Safety Recall of SHIELD Tablets (Update: 4 Units Have Overheated)

NVIDIA sends word this morning that they are initiating a recall on the SHIELD Tablet. Being announced today and taking effect immediately, the tablets are being voluntarily recalled by...

30 by Ryan Smith on 7/31/2015

The LG G4 Review

The LG G3 was probably the Android phone that was closest to getting everything right last year, but it ultimately fell short of being the “best Android phone”. The...

82 by Joshua Ho on 7/30/2015

Motorola Announces the Moto X Play

In a somewhat interesting twist, Motorola has announced a new version of the Moto X designed to slot in between the Moto X’s traditional flagship position and the Moto...

45 by Joshua Ho on 7/28/2015

Motorola Announces the Moto X Style

Today, Motorola also announced their new flagship phone, the Moto X Style. Following the trend of larger screen sizes, it seems Motorola has taken this trend to its logical...

46 by Joshua Ho on 7/28/2015

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