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MediaTek added two additional products to its premiere deca-core SoC family today. The Helio X23 and X27 join the previously released Helio X20 and X25, adding additional performance levels for OEMs to choose from. All four SoCs use the same deca-core CPU configuration—two ARM Cortex-A72 cores for heavy workloads that require higher performance and two quad-core Cortex-A53 clusters, using different DVFS curves, for medium to light workloads where lower-power operation is desirable. MediaTek’s custom-developed, power-aware scheduler, CorePilot 3.0, still handles thread distribution. The differentiating factor is clock frequency, with peak frequencies increasing from 2.1GHz / 1.85GHz / 1.4GHz (A72 / A53 / A53) for the X20 to 2.6GHz / 2.0GHz / 1.6GHz for the new X27. The ARM Mali-T880MP4 GPU runs at up to 780MHz...

Meizu Launches the PRO 6 Plus: 5.7-inch SAMOLED and Exynos 8890 SoC

Meizu added a new flagship phablet to its smartphone lineup today. The new 5.7-inch PRO 6 Plus is the direct successor to the PRO 5, but it incorporates the...

11 by Matt Humrick 2 days ago

Best Tablets: Holiday 2016

It seems to me that holiday shopping occurs earlier and earlier every year. It's only mid-November, but some shops where I live are already covered in Christmas decorations and...

24 by Brandon Chester on 11/18/2016

Qualcomm Announces Quick Charge 4: Supports USB Type-C Power Delivery

Qualcomm did more than reveal the name of its next SoC, the Snapdragon 835, today at its Snapdragon Technology Summit in New York. It also announced an update to...

27 by Matt Humrick on 11/17/2016

Qualcomm Announces Next-Generation Snapdragon 835 SoC Using Samsung’s 10nm Node

Qualcomm revealed the name of its newest SoC, the Snapdragon 835, at its Snapdragon Technology Summit in New York today. The new SoC replaces the Snapdragon 820/821 at the...

65 by Matt Humrick on 11/17/2016

HTC Announces the HTC Bolt - A Sprint-Exclusive Smartphone for LTE Plus

Early this morning HTC took the wraps off of a new phone that will be exclusive to Sprint, the Bolt. Not to be confused with the old HTC Thunderbolt...

22 by Ryan Smith on 11/11/2016

Best Android Phones: Holiday 2016

With the holiday shopping frenzy fast approaching, we’re here with our Q4 2016 Best Android Smartphones guide. Perhaps the biggest news since we updated our guide last quarter is...

35 by Matt Humrick on 11/10/2016

The Google Pixel XL Review: Life After Nexus

Google’s latest phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, still provide that pure Android experience along with at least two years of timely software and security updates. There’s also Google...

245 by Matt Humrick & Brandon Chester on 11/8/2016

Xiaomi Announces the Mi Note 2 (Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM) and Mi MIX Concept Phones

Xiaomi has added two new phones to its lineup: the Mi Note 2 and the Mi MIX. Both are flagship phones with large screens that emphasize performance and design...

54 by Matt Humrick on 10/25/2016

Samsung Introduces 8 GB LPDDR4-4266 Package for Mobile Devices

Samsung this week announced its first LPDDR4 memory chips made using its 10nm-class DRAM fabrication technology. The new DRAM ICs feature the industry’s highest density of 16 Gb, are...

40 by Anton Shilov on 10/21/2016

Chinese Tech Giant LeEco Enters US Market with Le Pro3 and Le S3 Smartphones, Range of UHD TVs

LeEco announced its official entry into the U.S. market at its “Ignite the Eco World” event in San Francisco, an important step in the company's globalization plan. Its initial...

39 by Matt Humrick on 10/20/2016

Huawei announces the HiSilicon Kirin 960: 4xA73 + 4xA53, G71MP8, CDMA

Last year we had the opportunity to attend HiSilicon's launch event of the Kirin 950. The 950 SoC was the first to employ ARM's Cortex A72 in a smartphone...

41 by Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 10/19/2016

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 653, 626, & 427 SoCs: Include X9 LTE Modem and Support for 8GB RAM

Today at Qualcomm’s 2016 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, the company announced several new additions to its low- and mid-tier Snapdragon SoC lineup, including the Snapdragon 427, 626, and...

34 by Matt Humrick on 10/17/2016

Qualcomm Announces New X50 5G Modem, First Gigabit Class LTE Network and Router

Qualcomm made three announcements about connectivity products today at its 2016 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong. The first announcement, aimed at easing the transition between the 4G LTE networks...

22 by Matt Humrick on 10/17/2016

Update: Samsung Officially Halts All Note7 Sales & Exchanges, Now Recalling All Devices

Update 10/13: After earlier asking customers to stop using the Note7, today the company has expanded the matter to a full recall in the United States. All Note7s, originals...

95 by Matt Humrick on 10/13/2016

The Huawei Honor 8 Review

Huawei’s first foray into the US smartphone market was with the Honor 5X, a lower-cost device with a well-balanced design. Encouraged by its initial reception, Huawei is back with...

93 by Matt Humrick on 10/13/2016

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Review: Iterating on a Flagship

The iPhone 6 was a runaway success by any measure. The A8 SoC may have been built on a temperamental 20SoC process – something that dogged all other...

364 by Joshua Ho & Brandon Chester on 10/10/2016

Hands On With the New Google Pixel Phones

After Google’s launch event today in San Francisco, I had an opportunity to get my hands on its new Pixel and Pixel XL phones. My initial impression is that...

73 by Matt Humrick on 10/5/2016

Google Announces Chromecast Ultra: 4K & HDR for Chromecast

Though the big Google news for today is of course the new lineup of Pixel phones, phones were only a small part of what Google had in store. Alongside...

19 by Ryan Smith on 10/4/2016

Google Announces Pixel and Pixel XL Phones: Snapdragon 821, 5" & 5.5" Screens, $649, Preorders Start Today

At an event today in San Francisco, Google unveiled its latest vision for Android smartphones—the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. For this generation, Google nixes the familiar Nexus name...

103 by Ryan Smith & Matt Humrick on 10/4/2016

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