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We first saw Samsung’s new 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ at its Unpacked event a few weeks ago. During the event, we saw demos of its new virtual assistant, Bixby, and its DeX docking station, which allows the Galaxy S8 to provide a desktop-like experience by connecting to an external monitor and peripherals, but we didn’t have much time with the phones to do much more than take some pictures and try a couple of the new features. After receiving a Galaxy S8 earlier this week, we wanted to give you some feedback about its design and biometric features, as well as, an initial performance and battery life assessment before we dive into our usual in-depth testing. My biggest complaint about the design...

Sony Launches Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs Phones For US Market

Sony announced today at MWC 2017 that it’s bringing two new premium phones to the US market: the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs. Both models employ classic Sony...

28 by Matt Humrick on 2/27/2017

MWC 2017: Samsung Press Conference

We're here at Samsung's MWC 2017 press conference. The Galaxy S8 will be a no show, but Samsung has some other mobile devices to show off.

18 by Anton Shilov & Matt Humrick on 2/26/2017

Announcing the LG G6: Snapdragon 821, 18:9 Display, IP68 Waterproof

Today in Barcelona, LG officially unveiled the G6, the next installment of the venerable G-series that's now classified as a lower-end flagship below LG’s V-series. Like the G5 before...

32 by Matt Humrick on 2/26/2017

Samsung Announces Exynos 8895 SoC: 10nm, Mali G71MP20, & LPDDR4x

Even though Mobile World Congress doesn’t kick off for another few days, Samsung isn’t wasting any time in getting started. This morning the company is announcing their latest generation...

25 by Ryan Smith on 2/23/2017

Performance & Battery Life Report: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 with MediaTek Helio X20

As a member of Xiaomi’s more affordable Redmi series, the Note 4 does not have a curved screen, a ceramic body, or the latest flagship hardware like Xiaomi’s more...

31 by Matt Humrick on 2/23/2017

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem & New RF Front-End Modules For Mobile Devices

Qualcomm announced its first LTE Advanced Pro modem, the X16 LTE, last February, supporting downlink speeds of up to 1.0 Gbps. Today the company announced its second-generation gigabit class...

16 by Matt Humrick on 2/21/2017

HTC to Exit Entry-Level Phone Market Later This Year

In the highly competitive smartphone industry it’s easy enough to make a name for yourself, but it’s a lot harder to make a profit while doing so. Apple and...

27 by Ryan Smith on 2/17/2017

NVIDIA Releases Android 7.0 Update for SHIELD Tablet

A couple of weeks back NVIDA released their Android 7.0 “Nougat” update for their original SHIELD TV. Now this week their other SHIELD devices are getting in on the...

28 by Ryan Smith on 2/11/2017

Netgear Nighthawk M1: LTE Cat 16 Router up to 1 Gbps

Netgear this week announced the Nighthawk M1 mobile router, which is the industry’s first 4G LTE device with download speed up to 1 Gbps. The Nighthawk M1 is powered...

47 by Anton Shilov on 2/2/2017

The Huawei Mate 9 Review

Huawei has steadily improved its flagship Mate phablets while adhering to the same blueprint: large screen, slim bezels, aluminum chassis, excellent system performance and battery life. They’ve also shared...

83 by Matt Humrick on 1/27/2017

Update: Xiaomi International VP Hugo Barra to Leave the Company, Join Facebook As VP of VR

Update 1/26: Wasting no time, Facebook has announced that Hugo Barra is joining the company as the Vice President of their VR division, puting him in charge of the...

21 by Ryan Smith on 1/26/2017

Samsung Reveals Root Cause of Galaxy Note7 Battery Fires

Samsung held a press conference today detailing the results of its investigation into the battery fires that plagued its Galaxy Note7. Reports of phones catching fire appeared soon after...

91 by Matt Humrick on 1/23/2017

United States FTC Charges Qualcomm with Antitrust Violations over Cellular Modem Patents & Technology

Qualcomm’s legal problems are growing. This afternoon the United States Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating Qualcomm for possible anti-trust issues since 2014, has moved on to the...

39 by Ryan Smith on 1/17/2017

Synaptics at CES 2017: Advanced Touch and DDIC

To some extent, Synaptics is not nearly as visible to consumers as a company like Intel or Qualcomm, but their role in touch interfaces and display driver ICs is...

4 by Joshua Ho on 1/17/2017

HTC Announces New Phones For U: HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra

HTC added two new smartphones to its lineup today: the HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra. Both phones use an aluminum frame paired with a curved glass back...

36 by Matt Humrick on 1/12/2017

SK Hynix Announces 8 GB LPDDR4X-4266 DRAM Packages

SK Hynix on Monday officially announced the industry’s first 8 GB LPDDR4X (LP4X) packages for next-generation mobile devices. The new memory chips not only increase DRAM performance but also...

4 by Anton Shilov on 1/11/2017

Keyssa at CES 2017: Design Wins, Prototypes, Refinement

Keyssa is no longer a new name, but this year at CES 2017 they provided some interesting progress updates and also provided a sneak peek at some fairly interesting...

3 by Joshua Ho on 1/10/2017

SCiO Molecular Sensor Added to Smartphone: Reads Chemical Composition of Materials

I first saw Consumer Physics’ SCiO handheld scanner a couple of years ago and was impressed by its ability to identify materials by scanning and analyzing their chemical composition...

20 by Matt Humrick on 1/9/2017

ASUS Announces ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom

ASUS recently announced two new smartphones: the ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom. Each phone has an array of cameras that provide advanced imaging features such as simulated depth...

17 by Matt Humrick on 1/6/2017

CES 2017: Ambarella Booth Tour

As usual, this year Ambarella had a number of interesting announcements and demos to show off. At a high level, the important announcements for this year are the H3...

0 by Joshua Ho on 1/6/2017

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