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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...

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Review: Part 2

With part one of our Galaxy S7 review, it was clear that the Galaxy S7 was at least a mild improvement to the Galaxy S6 in some ways, but...

263 by Joshua Ho on 7/5/2016

Conexant Reveals CX20888: A New Chip for USB-C Headsets with Advanced Functionality

Conexant on Wednesday introduced its third CODEC for upcoming digital headsets using a USB Type-C interface. The new CX20888 chip is specifically tailored for headsets and supports a variety...

55 by Anton Shilov on 6/29/2016

The Meizu PRO 5 Review

The dominance of the smartphone market by Apple and Samsung is being challenged by several Chinese brands that are delivering surprisingly well-featured phones for a fraction of the price...

80 by Matt Humrick on 6/24/2016

Samsung Extends Its Gear VR Ecosystem: Gear 360 Arrives In US

The Samsung Gear 360 camera, capable of capturing 360° images and video, will be available for purchase in limited quantities during VidCon, a convention for the online video industry...

11 by Matt Humrick on 6/22/2016

Asus Announces ZenPad Z8 for Verizon

As a part of Asus’ continued commitment to the tablet market today Asus is launching a new tablet for Verizon, called the ZenPad Z8. There’s really not too much...

27 by Joshua Ho on 6/16/2016

Asus Announces Zenfone Pegasus 3

As a part of the Zenfone 3 family, Asus has released an entry-level model which vaguely resembles the Zenfone 3 but really has very little to do with the...

19 by Joshua Ho on 6/15/2016

Apple Announces WatchOS 3

While Apple Watch and watchOS 1 was a solid first step towards seriously addressing the smartwatch market, it was obvious to me that it was still in need of...

20 by Joshua Ho on 6/13/2016

Apple Announces iOS 10: Continued Refinement

As we get to iOS 10, there are a number of new features that Apple has added to iOS. While not a total redesign on the order of iOS...

14 by Joshua Ho on 6/13/2016

Huawei Announces The Honor 5A

Today Huawei announced a new member to the Honor 5 series, the Honor 5A, which brings a number of upgrades to the Honor 4A it replaces. The 5A comes...

14 by Matt Humrick on 6/13/2016

Motorola Announces The Moto Z And Moto Z Force

Today at Lenovo’s Tech World event, Lenovo and Motorola announced a plethora of new products, including two new smartphones, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, which replace the...

84 by Matt Humrick on 6/9/2016

Samsung Announces The Galaxy S7 Active

Today Samsung is following up the launch of its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones with the introduction of the Galaxy S7 active, a ruggedized version of the...

46 by Matt Humrick on 6/6/2016

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon Wear 1100 SoC For Wearables

Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon Wear 1100 SoC today at Computex 2016. Intended for wearable devices, such as fitness trackers, smart headsets, and connected watches for children, it features a...

12 by Matt Humrick on 6/1/2016

The Sony Xperia X Preview

For some time now, Sony has been mostly absent from the US market. While we’ve seen devices here and there, there have been issues with keeping launches aligned, and...

45 by Joshua Ho on 5/31/2016

The ARM Cortex A73 - Artemis Unveiled

It’s only been a little over a year since we had a good look into ARM’s Cortex A72 presented at ARM’s TechDay event in London. Over the span of...

63 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/29/2016

Computex 2016: ASUS Zenvolution Press Conference Live Blog

Another hour, another Computex Press Event! Billy and I are here, and we're expecting a lot of new Zen devices.

25 by Ian Cutress & Billy Tallis on 5/29/2016

The LG G5 Review

Rejecting plastic in favor of more-expensive materials is the current trend among flagship phones, so it’s hardly surprising to see LG wrap the G5 in an aluminum shell. Gaining...

92 by Matt Humrick on 5/26/2016

Arteris Announces Ncore Cache-Coherent Interconnect

Arteris is a little mentioned company which we haven't had the opportunity to cover in the past, yet they provide IP for one of the most important parts of...

9 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/24/2016

ARM Announces 10FF "Artemis" Test Chip

Today in collaboration with TSMC, ARM's physical IP division is announcing the tapeout of a 10nm test chip demonstrating the company's readiness for the new manufacturing process. The new...

24 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/18/2016

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