Mobile

Over the last 5 years the mobile space has seen a dramatic change in terms of performance of smartphone and tablet SoCs. The industry has seen a move from single-core to dual-core to quad-core processors to today’s heterogeneous 6-10 core designs. This was a natural evolution similar to what the PC space has seen in the last decade, but only in a much more accelerated pace. While ILP (Instruction-level parallelism) has certainly also gone up with each new processor architecture, with designs such as ARM’s Cortex A15 or Apple’s Cyclone processor cores brining significant single-threaded performance boosts, it’s the increase of CPU cores that has brought the most simple way of increasing overall computing power. This increasing of CPU cores brought up many discussions about...

HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition Review - Nearly Nexus

Back at Google I/O, the search giant announced the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Nexus User Experience, a device which combined Samsung's SGS4 hardware and the stock Android experience...

82 by Brian Klug on 6/26/2013

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 200 Additions - MSM8x10 and MSM8x12

Last week, Qualcomm announced two new members of the Snapdragon 200 tier. As a reminder, Qualcomm has moved to a tiered structure split between 200, 400, 600, and 800...

11 by Brian Klug on 6/24/2013

Samsung Galaxy NX Camera: Hands On

When Samsung launched the Galaxy Camera, I remember Brian telling me that it might not be the best point and shoot, but it's absolutely the directions cameras need to...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/20/2013

Hands On: Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active & Mini

While I was in Taiwan, Samsung announced the Galaxy S 4 Active - a ruggidized version of the Galaxy S 4. To simply call it ruggedized however is not...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/20/2013

Samsung ATIV Q Hands On: 3200 x 1800 13.3" Tablet Running Windows 8 and Android

We just finished playing with Samsung's newly announced ATIV Q, a convertible tablet that runs both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2. The display is the main attraction. The 13.3"...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/20/2013

Samsung Premiere 2013: Galaxy & ATIV London Launch, Live Blog

We just got seated for Samsung's Galaxy & ATIV event in London, the event should begin in 5 minutes - check back here for live updates!

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/20/2013

NVIDIA Shield Gets a Launch Date and a Price Cut: June 27th for $299

Earlier this morning NVIDIA sent out a press release offing an update on the launch of their forthcoming handheld console, Shield. When Shield was first made available for pre-orders...

8 by Ryan Smith on 6/20/2013

LG to include Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 in next G Series Smartphone

Hot off the heels of the Snapdragon 800 benchmarking event in San Francisco, LG has dropped a press release by noting that its next G series smartphone will include...

14 by Brian Klug on 6/19/2013

NVIDIA to License Kepler and Future GPU IP to 3rd Parties

Earlier today NVIDIA announced that it would begin licensing its Kepler GPU architecture to 3rd parties. This is a sensible next step for NVIDIA, but an unprecedented one among...

59 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/18/2013

Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) Performance Preview: Qualcomm Mobile Development Tablet Tested

We’ve written about Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) before, for those unfamiliar, this is Qualcomm’s new flagship SoC with four Krait 400 CPUs at up to 2.3 GHz, Adreno 330 graphics...

115 by Brian Klug on 6/18/2013

Ask AnandTech: Tablets at Work, How Important is Backwards Compatibility?

Last week you guys did an awesome job with the discussion around the role of tablets in the workplace. There are a good number of you who have already...

38 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/18/2013

CPUID's CPU-Z Arrives on Android via Google Play

About three years ago, I remember one of the biggest problems I had while sorting out phones was figuring out what SoCs were inside them. Manufacturers weren't yet open...

28 by Brian Klug on 6/16/2013

N-trig DuoSense Pen2: Who Needs a Stylus?

With the dawn of capacitive touch displays and the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, etc., some might think the day of the stylus is past. N-trig has been around since...

34 by Jarred Walton on 6/12/2013

Ask AnandTech: Tablets at Work, What are Your Experiences?

The tablet market has grown tremendously over the past few years. What started as a content consumption device for consumers has transformed into a device that has started to...

148 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/12/2013

Samsung Announces Galaxy S4 Zoom - 16 MP, Zoom, Makes Calls

Samsung's Galaxy camera came out almost a year ago, and it roughly mimicked the specs of an international SGS3 but included a unique camera system and body. Although the...

16 by Brian Klug on 6/12/2013

Hands On with the Final NVIDIA Shield Hardware, Update: Now with Video

It seems like forever since CES 2013 when we first laid eyes on and played with NVIDIA’s Project Shield. Time flies, and since then Shield has dropped the Project...

46 by Brian Klug on 6/11/2013

Hands On with a Tegra 4i Phone

When we stopped by NVIDIA to play with Shield, they had another surprise in store for us with a Tegra 4i-based phone currently being shopped around from an unnamed...

22 by Brian Klug on 6/11/2013

WWDC 2013 Keynote Live Blog

Brian and I are live at Moscone West in San Francisco for Apple's WWDC 2013 Keynote. The keynote starts at 10AM PT/1PM ET. Check back here for our Live Blog!

29 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 6/10/2013

Patriot Drives Further into Mobile with FUEL+ External Batteries

With the DRAM industry no longer as interesting as it once was (although I'd argue that with Haswell, high frequency DRAM is exciting once more - if only Intel...

3 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/10/2013

Intel Demonstrates Bay Trail-T Running Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2

Last month Intel took the covers off its next-generation Atom microarchitecture, codename Silvermont. The first consumer implementation of Silvermont will be Bay Trail, a quad-core SoC for tablets. At...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/6/2013

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