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Along with today's announcements of the Snapdragon 425, 435 and 625, we also see the reveal of a new wearables-oriented SoC: the Snapdragon Wear 2100. In the past we've seen vendors use low-end smartphone SoCs such as the Snapdragon 400 (Motorolla Moto 360 2nd gen). In fact, to date only Samsung (Exynos 3250) and Apple (S1) were able to employ chipsets that were specifically designed for wearables. This was rather unfortunate for other wearable vendors as devices such as smartwatches require much higher efficiency and lower power than what "off-the-shelf" SoCs were able to offer. Qualcomm sees to fix this by introducing a new lineup of chips called Snapdragon Wear that are designed with wearables in mind. The Snapdragon Wear 2100 is a quad-core...

NVIDIA Releases Android Marshmallow Update For SHIELD Tablet K1

NVIDIA this week released over-the-air (OTA) update to Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system for its SHIELD Tablet K1. The new OS is expected to improve functionality of...

10 by Anton Shilov on 12/23/2015

The CUBOT H1 Smartphone Test: A Month with 3-4 Days of Battery per Charge

The last time I fully road tested a smartphone, I was moving from a rather decrepit Samsung Galaxy S2 to the 'glorious' 6-inch HTC One max, at a time...

113 by Ian Cutress on 12/23/2015

Windows 10 Mobile Update For Older Lumias Pushed To 2016

Earlier this year Microsoft stated that their plan was to begin the roll out of Windows 10 Mobile to existing Lumia devices in December. With December being half over...

26 by Brandon Chester on 12/18/2015

Apple and UnionPay Will Bring Apple Pay To China In Early 2016

Today Apple and China UnionPay announced plans to bring support for Apple Pay to China by the beginning of 2016. China UnionPay is the only bank card organization in...

0 by Brandon Chester on 12/17/2015

Qualcomm renames Snapdragon 618,620 to 650,652

Earlier in the year we were able to cover Qualcomm's announcement of the Snapdragon 618 and 620 mid-range SoCs. We haven't heard much about the SoCs since the original...

21 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/17/2015

The Google Nexus 6P Review

As we have come to know, Google has opted to simultaneously release two Nexus smartphone devices this year. Alongside the smaller form-factor LG Nexus 5X which we’ve reviewed a...

212 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/16/2015

The OnePlus 2 Review

In early 2014, there was a lot of excitement among Android enthusiasts for an upcoming smartphone called the OnePlus One. The company producing it was a Chinese manufacturer, and...

131 by Brandon Chester on 12/14/2015

Apple Releases iOS 9.2

Today Apple released iOS 9.2 to iPads, iPhones, and iPods worldwide. The update is another incremental release, improving on features and removing bugs that are still lingering since the...

20 by Brandon Chester on 12/8/2015

China Calling: Huawei’s Media Tour, Kirin 950 and Why We Went

Sometimes the only way to develop a relationship with a technology manufacturer beyond a simple press release exchange with a media relations team, and the odd limited-time product review...

109 by Ian Cutress on 12/4/2015

Apple Open Sources The Swift Programming Language

Back in June at WWDC 2015 Apple surprised a number of people by announcing that they would be making their Swift programming language open source in the near future...

66 by Brandon Chester on 12/3/2015

Samsung Announces Updated Versions of the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7

Today Samsung announced that updated versions of their Galaxy A3, A5, and A7 smartphones are about to be released. The original Galaxy A7 launched at the very beginning of...

23 by Brandon Chester on 12/2/2015

The Huawei Mate S Review

Huawei has been a company which over the past few years has visibly increased its presence in western markets. The Chinese vendor has in particular executed a big push...

54 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/2/2015

Correcting Apple's A9 SoC L3 Cache Size: A 4MB Victim Cache

Along with today’s analysis of Chipworks’ A9X die shot, I’m also going to use this time to revisit Apple’s A9 SoC. Based on some new information from Chipworks and...

14 by Ryan Smith on 11/30/2015

More on Apple’s A9X SoC: 147mm2@TSMC, 12 GPU Cores, No L3 Cache

Over the Thanksgiving break the intrepid crew over at Chipworks sent over their initial teardown information for Apple’s A9X SoC. The heart of the recently launched iPad Pro, the...

120 by Ryan Smith on 11/30/2015

Huawei Launches The Mate 8, with Kirin 950

Today Huawei announces their new flagship, the Mate 8. We've already had a look at the Mate S during this year's IFA conference, and while I didn't quite manage...

21 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/26/2015

Best Tablets: Holiday 2015

After kicking off our yearly holiday guides with a look at some of the best Android smartphones on the market, it's time to take a look at the best...

40 by Brandon Chester on 11/24/2015

Best Android Phones: Holiday 2015

As we hit the middle of November, the holiday shopping season is starting up. As we have for the past several years, this year we are putting together a...

110 by Brandon Chester on 11/17/2015

NVIDIA Re-launches the SHIELD Tablet as the SHIELD Tablet K1

The life of the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet has had some ups and downs. Josh reviewed it last year, and at the time he found that NVIDIA's tech for game...

34 by Brandon Chester on 11/17/2015

Samsung Announces Exynos 8890 with Cat.12/13 Modem and Custom CPU

In an unexpected and surprise annoucement, Samsung today revealed its new generation flagship SoC - the Exynos 8. The Exynos 8890 to be more specific, is the successor to...

56 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/12/2015

The iPad Pro Preview: Taking Notes With iPad Pro

For the past week, I’ve been working on a review of the iPad Pro. For better or worse it has been a very quick week and I’ve been working...

198 by Joshua Ho & Ryan Smith on 11/11/2015

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