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MediaTek added two additional products to its premiere deca-core SoC family today. The Helio X23 and X27 join the previously released Helio X20 and X25, adding additional performance levels for OEMs to choose from. All four SoCs use the same deca-core CPU configuration—two ARM Cortex-A72 cores for heavy workloads that require higher performance and two quad-core Cortex-A53 clusters, using different DVFS curves, for medium to light workloads where lower-power operation is desirable. MediaTek’s custom-developed, power-aware scheduler, CorePilot 3.0, still handles thread distribution. The differentiating factor is clock frequency, with peak frequencies increasing from 2.1GHz / 1.85GHz / 1.4GHz (A72 / A53 / A53) for the X20 to 2.6GHz / 2.0GHz / 1.6GHz for the new X27. The ARM Mali-T880MP4 GPU runs at up to 780MHz...

HTC Announces One A9s: Helio P10, 5" 720p Display

Today at IFA 2016 HTC is announcing an updated variant of the One A9 called the One A9s. In this case, the update is designed to put the One...

9 by Joshua Ho on 9/1/2016

Motorola Adds The Moto Z Play Droid, Reveals Pricing For Unlocked Versions

Motorola’s modular Moto Z family gets a new member today. The Moto Z Play Droid costs less than the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid, both of...

8 by Matt Humrick on 8/31/2016

Hands On With the Samsung Gear S3

For a while now the smartwatch market has been developing in fits and starts. One of the more interesting developments in this space isn’t Android Wear and watchOS, but...

35 by Joshua Ho on 8/31/2016

Qualcomm Details Snapdragon 821: Clocks, Efficiency, and IP

While Qualcomm already announced the Snapdragon 821, with the announcement details were rather sparse. Fortunately, today Qualcomm followed up with more details. Those that followed the announcement might recall...

32 by Joshua Ho on 8/31/2016

Samsung Announces Exynos 7570 14nm Budget SoC

Today Samsung LSI launches a new 14nm SoC oriented at the budget and IoT segments. The new Exynos 7570 seems to be a a successor to the Exynos 3470...

17 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/30/2016

The Meizu PRO 6 Review

The Meizu PRO 6 features an attractive design and excellent build quality, but is not a clear upgrade over the previous generation PRO 5. Lurking inside its all-aluminum chassis...

48 by Matt Humrick on 8/26/2016

Xiaomi Launches Redmi Note 4 in China

While we normally don’t cover China-only smartphone releases, Xiaomi is a fairly major player as far as volume as they were one of the first companies in the industry...

34 by Joshua Ho on 8/25/2016

Hot Chips 2016: NVIDIA Discloses Tegra Parker Details

At CES 2016 we saw that DRIVE PX2 had a new Tegra SoC in it, but to some extent NVIDIA was still being fairly cagey about what was actually...

29 by Joshua Ho on 8/25/2016

Hot Chips 2016: Exynos M1 Architecture Disclosed

While we can always do black-box testing to try and get a handle for what a CPU core looks like, there’s really only so much you can do given...

29 by Joshua Ho on 8/25/2016

Android 7.0 Nougat Released

Google has completed its five month beta program and is officially releasing Android 7.0 Nougat today. The company will begin rolling it out to select Nexus devices, including the...

50 by Matt Humrick on 8/22/2016

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 (S820) Review

This year has been difficult for smartphones, which is a bit of a paradox when you consider just how much better things have gotten compared to last year. With...

202 by Joshua Ho on 8/16/2016

Meizu M3E Launched: Helio P10, 5.5-inch Full HD, ¥1299

Today at a launch event in Beijing, Meizu announced the latest edition to its lower-cost M-series of smartphones. The M3E adheres to Meizu’s established design and construction methods, with...

20 by Matt Humrick on 8/10/2016

Hands On With the Samsung Galaxy Note7

The Galaxy Note line is a staple at this point, a segment that Samsung truly owns as the first mover and has been wildly successful in ways that Samsung...

74 by Joshua Ho on 8/2/2016

The Motorola Moto Z & Moto Z Force (Droid Editions) Review

The new Moto Z Droids’ specifications and hardware are impressive but not that much different than what’s currently available with other flagships. To make its new phones more enticing...

77 by Matt Humrick on 7/28/2016

Project Tango Demoed with Qualcomm at SIGGRAPH 2016

Project Tango at this point is probably not new to anyone reading this as we’ve discussed it before, but in the past few years Google has been hard at...

13 by Joshua Ho on 7/27/2016

Verizon Announces Price And Availability For Moto Z And Moto Z Force Droid Editions

Today Motorola and Verizon announced the availability and pricing details for the Moto Z Droid Edition and the Moto Z Force Droid Edition, the Verizon exclusive versions of Motorola's...

5 by Matt Humrick on 7/21/2016

Softbank Acquires ARM in 24B GBP Deal

While we normally focus on the technology, to have a holistic understanding of the industry it’s necessary to see the business side as well. While ARM has been an...

59 by Joshua Ho on 7/18/2016

The Meizu M3 Note vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Review: Comparing Notes

In this article, we’ll be examining the Meizu M3 note and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. The similarities between these two phones extend beyond their “note” branding; they also...

78 by Matt Humrick on 7/12/2016

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 821: 2.4 GHz Kryo

If you’ve been paying attention to the right places in the past few months it was probably obvious this was coming, but Qualcomm is announcing a higher tier to...

78 by Joshua Ho on 7/11/2016

MediaTek Introduces Helio X20-Based Board for a Broad Range of Applications

MediaTek will be introducing a special development board based on its Helio X20 SoC that is compatible with Linaro’s 96Boards specification and is aimed at developers, who are working...

15 by Anton Shilov on 7/6/2016

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