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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 (Motorola 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...

The AnandTech Mobile Show - MWC 2014 Edition

Earlier this morning (Barcelona time) Brian and I sat down in front of a camera and recapped some of the major news at MWC. We talked about the new...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/25/2014

MWC 2014: Wilocity brings WiGig 802.11ad to Smartphones with Wil6300 Chipset

News just dropped through from Wilocity about its new Wil6300 chipset announced at Mobile World Congress. The Wil6300 chipset is quoted as the world’s first 802.11ad ‘WiGig’ multi-gigabit...

6 by Ian Cutress on 2/25/2014

Samsung Announces Galaxy S5: Initial Thoughts

Every year Samsung launches a new Galaxy S flagship smartphone, and as always, Samsung puts the best platform that can be bought in their devices. The Galaxy S5 is...

127 by Joshua Ho on 2/24/2014

HTC Launches Desire 816 at MWC

Today, HTC seems to be delivering on their promise for a stronger focus on the 150-300 USD market segment by launching the Desire 816, a phablet with a 5.5"...

13 by Joshua Ho on 2/24/2014

Broadcom Announces BCM4354 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO Combo for Smartphones

Today Broadcom is announcing the newest member of their popular WiFi/BT/FM series of combo chips, the BCM4354, which adds 2x2 MIMO (two spatial stream) for smartphones and retains 802.11ac...

7 by Brian Klug on 2/24/2014

ZTE Launches Grand Memo II LTE, Open C at MWC 2014

Grand Memo II LTE The ZTE Grand Memo II LTE is a phablet that's almost as big as its name with a 6" HD display. ZTE's press kit doesn't actually...

8 by Joshua Ho on 2/24/2014

Sony Launches Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet, and M2 at MWC 2014

Sony Xperia Z2 Sony has just announced the Xperia Z2, which is the direct successor to the Xperia Z1 that released in the fall. While quite a bit stays the...

23 by Joshua Ho on 2/24/2014

Audience Announces MQ100 Motion Processor

Just a few weeks ago, Audience announced its fourth generation of voice processors at CES, which added an always-on voice activation feature called VoiceQ designed to enable experiences similar...

2 by Brian Klug on 2/24/2014

ZTE Announces Use of Qualcomm CMOS PA as March Towards RF360 Continues

Today at MWC Qualcomm announced ZTE will be the first smartphone customer to ship with Qualcomm's CMOS Power Amplifier, a part of its RF360 front end solution. This is...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

SanDisk iNAND Extreme in 2014: Finally a Good eMMC Solution for Mobile?

For the past couple of years we've been focusing more on tracking storage performance within smartphones and tablets. For the most part, we've come away disappointed. With smartphone ASPs...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

Microsoft's Mobile World Congress 2014 Event Live Blog

We're seated and ready to go Microsoft's press event here at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Read on for our live blog.

17 by Brian Klug & Ian Cutress on 2/23/2014

MWC 2014: Archos Unveils Q1 2014 Line

Archos is a factor in European markets and I often see their name attached to a variety of devices here in the UK at least. They are making...

9 by Ian Cutress on 2/21/2014

NVIDIA Adds LTE to Tegra Note 7

As Brian, Josh, Ian and myself prepare to head to Barcelona for this year's MWC, NVIDIA makes its first announcement before the show: the Tegra Note 7 will now...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/21/2014

HTC Advantage: Free Repairs for Cracked Screens in the First 6 Months of Ownership

Ahead of MWC and hot on the heels of its announcement that the next HTC flagship smartphone will be unveiled on March 25, HTC is introducing a new program...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/18/2014

ARM Cortex A17: An Evolved Cortex A12 for the Mainstream in 2015

ARM has been doing a good job figuring out its PR strategy as of late. In the span of a couple of years we went from very little outward...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/11/2014

The Pixel Density Race and its Technical Merits

While this has always been an issue that’s been in the background since Android OEMs started releasing devices with display PPIs above the 300-400 “retina” range, recent events have...

102 by Joshua Ho on 2/8/2014

Some Thoughts on Lenovo's Acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google

Earlier this evening Google announced the sale of Motorola Mobility to hardware manufacturer Lenovo for a deal valued at just below $3 billion. Given my fondness for the Moto...

77 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/29/2014

Toshiba Excite and Encore Tablets, Click and Z10t Hybrids - CES 2014

The tablet and hybrid side of Toshiba was similarly diversified, with and ultra-budget device sitting right next to a very high-end tablet. Toshiba reps said they’re going after the...

19 by Jarred Walton on 1/17/2014

HP Chromebook 11 with LTE Arrives at Best Buy, Altair's LTE Modem Inside

We reviewed HP's Chromebook 11 a while back in the WiFi-only variety and found it to be an interesting value play for Chromebooks, even though the Exynos 5250 left...

6 by Brian Klug on 1/15/2014

Google Announces Moto G Google Play Edition

We've already taken a look at the international Moto G, and today Google surprised us with the formal announcement of a Google Play edition Moto G based on that...

19 by Brian Klug on 1/14/2014

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