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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...

NVIDIA Updates Shield to Android 4.3, Adds Features, Brings GameStream out of Beta

It’s been a while since our NVIDIA Shield review, a Tegra 4 packing handheld gaming device running Android Jelly Bean. Today, NVIDIA is taking the lid off a big...

19 by Brian Klug on 10/28/2013

A quick look at Blackberry 10.2 and web browsing performance on Z10

Blackberry has started rolling out OS 10.2 to BB10 devices such as Z10, Q10 and Q5. Update appears to be available in Canada and UK for a start. The...

45 by Rahul Garg on 10/26/2013

iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display include Qualcomm's MDM9615 baseband

We've had a few days to digest everything announced at Apple's recent event, and one of the remaining questions was whether the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina...

10 by Brian Klug on 10/24/2013

iPad Air: Hands On [video]

Brian also just finished up some hands on with the iPad Air. Check out the video below for his impressions and a comparison to the new mini. We just played...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 10/22/2013

iPad mini with Retina Display: Hands On [video]

Brian just spent some time hands on with the new iPad mini:

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 10/22/2013

Apple Event (October 2013) - Live Blog

Brian and I are on the ground in San Francisco for Apple's event today. We're expecting to see new iPads introduced as well as the long-awaited Haswell rMBP refreshes...

101 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 10/22/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Review

When Microsoft introduced its first Surface devices last year, it did so in a staggered fashion. Surface RT showed up first, then four months later Surface Pro went on...

277 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/21/2013

Microsoft Surface 2 Review

A year ago Microsoft first threw its hat into the tablet race with a new brand, a new OS and a completely new strategy. To make a challenging situation...

139 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/21/2013

ASUS Transformer Book T100 Review: Redefining the Entry-Level Windows Notebook

I started out our Chromebook 11 review with a reminder that we are in the midst of a netbook renaissance. Armed with better hardware, a better sense of materials/industrial...

151 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/18/2013

Nexus 5 Briefly Appears on Google Play - Starts at $349

In what may be one of the most interesting leaks thus far in the road to the official Nexus 5 announcement, today Google seems to have accidentally confirmed both...

28 by Brian Klug on 10/17/2013

Acer Launches Iconia W4 Tablet with Windows 8.1

With Windows 8.1 now officially available to the public, we’re going to see a new onslaught of devices for the OS. Acer’s Iconia W4 is one of the first...

20 by Jarred Walton on 10/17/2013

Hands on with the MOBO Edition 18ct Gold HTC One

Gold seems to be on every device maker's mind right now. Recently we saw Apple introduce the Gold iPhone 5S, and then Samsung countered with a gold Galaxy S4...

30 by Brian Klug on 10/9/2013

Samsung Galaxy Round, a Curved Note 3

Just recently, news broke that the Galaxy Round is being released for sale in Korea. While Samsung can claim that they are the first to create a commercially sold...

25 by Joshua Ho on 10/9/2013

Some Thoughts on Smartphone Region Locking

Recently, reports of Samsung region locking the Note 3 came out via Clove UK, which posted on its blog that the Note 3 would be completely unable to use...

60 by Joshua Ho on 10/7/2013

Dell Updates Venue Line of Tablets

Yesterday Dell announced their latest mobile products, with major updates to their tablet and laptop offerings. Starting with the Venue tablets, Dell has three new models available on October...

51 by Jarred Walton on 10/3/2013

They're (Almost) All Dirty: The State of Cheating in Android Benchmarks

Thanks to AndreiF7's excellent work on discovering it, we kicked off our investigations into Samsung’s CPU/GPU optimizations around the international Galaxy S 4 in July and came away...

365 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 10/2/2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review

I still remember the first time I held the original Galaxy Note. At that point in time it wasn’t really obvious just how critical larger-display smartphones were going to...

305 by Brian Klug on 10/1/2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) Review

Ever since the arrival of the Nexus 10, it’s been hard recommending other, lower resolution 10-inch Android tablets. Although not the knock out success that the Nexus 7 became...

100 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/1/2013

Samsung Galaxy Gear Review

Galaxy Gear is Samsung’s new entry into the smartwatch arena, a market with a growing number of new attempts to deliver the ideal wrist-wearable smartphone accessory. How does it...

73 by Brian Klug on 10/1/2013

Moto X Update Dramatically Improves Camera Quality

In my Moto X review, I characterized camera performance and quality as very bimodal. In some scenes it could take great photos, in others it seemed to struggle and...

50 by Brian Klug on 9/23/2013

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