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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 which went on sale just over one month ago, and while it maintains full compatibility with Motorola’s Moto Mods and retains the same design language, there are some interesting hardware differences. The Moto Z Play Droid still uses a 5.5-inch Samsung AMOLED display like its brothers, but resolution drops to 1920x1080. Because of the PenTile subpixel layout, the effective pixel density is less than a 1080p LCD of the same size. For this reason, we prefer a 1440p (QHD) resolution for phablet-sized displays to mitigate the loss in sharpness and color artifacts caused by PenTile’s diamond...

Qualcomm renames Snapdragon 618,620 to 650,652

Earlier in the year we were able to cover Qualcomm's announcement of the Snapdragon 618 and 620 mid-range SoCs. We haven't heard much about the SoCs since the original...

21 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/17/2015

The Google Nexus 6P Review

As we have come to know, Google has opted to simultaneously release two Nexus smartphone devices this year. Alongside the smaller form-factor LG Nexus 5X which we’ve reviewed a...

219 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/16/2015

The OnePlus 2 Review

In early 2014, there was a lot of excitement among Android enthusiasts for an upcoming smartphone called the OnePlus One. The company producing it was a Chinese manufacturer, and...

132 by Brandon Chester on 12/14/2015

Apple Releases iOS 9.2

Today Apple released iOS 9.2 to iPads, iPhones, and iPods worldwide. The update is another incremental release, improving on features and removing bugs that are still lingering since the...

20 by Brandon Chester on 12/8/2015

China Calling: Huawei’s Media Tour, Kirin 950 and Why We Went

Sometimes the only way to develop a relationship with a technology manufacturer beyond a simple press release exchange with a media relations team, and the odd limited-time product review...

109 by Ian Cutress on 12/4/2015

Apple Open Sources The Swift Programming Language

Back in June at WWDC 2015 Apple surprised a number of people by announcing that they would be making their Swift programming language open source in the near future...

67 by Brandon Chester on 12/3/2015

Samsung Announces Updated Versions of the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7

Today Samsung announced that updated versions of their Galaxy A3, A5, and A7 smartphones are about to be released. The original Galaxy A7 launched at the very beginning of...

23 by Brandon Chester on 12/2/2015

The Huawei Mate S Review

Huawei has been a company which over the past few years has visibly increased its presence in western markets. The Chinese vendor has in particular executed a big push...

54 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/2/2015

Correcting Apple's A9 SoC L3 Cache Size: A 4MB Victim Cache

Along with today’s analysis of Chipworks’ A9X die shot, I’m also going to use this time to revisit Apple’s A9 SoC. Based on some new information from Chipworks and...

14 by Ryan Smith on 11/30/2015

More on Apple’s A9X SoC: 147mm2@TSMC, 12 GPU Cores, No L3 Cache

Over the Thanksgiving break the intrepid crew over at Chipworks sent over their initial teardown information for Apple’s A9X SoC. The heart of the recently launched iPad Pro, the...

121 by Ryan Smith on 11/30/2015

Huawei Launches The Mate 8, with Kirin 950

Today Huawei announces their new flagship, the Mate 8. We've already had a look at the Mate S during this year's IFA conference, and while I didn't quite manage...

21 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/26/2015

NVIDIA Re-launches the SHIELD Tablet as the SHIELD Tablet K1

The life of the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet has had some ups and downs. Josh reviewed it last year, and at the time he found that NVIDIA's tech for game...

34 by Brandon Chester on 11/17/2015

Samsung Announces Exynos 8890 with Cat.12/13 Modem and Custom CPU

In an unexpected and surprise annoucement, Samsung today revealed its new generation flagship SoC - the Exynos 8. The Exynos 8890 to be more specific, is the successor to...

56 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/12/2015

The iPad Pro Preview: Taking Notes With iPad Pro

For the past week, I’ve been working on a review of the iPad Pro. For better or worse it has been a very quick week and I’ve been working...

199 by Joshua Ho & Ryan Smith on 11/11/2015

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Experience: HMP Kryo and Demos

While the Snapdragon 820 has had a number of announcements about various aspects of the SoC, some details have been mostly left to the imagination. Today, Qualcomm held an...

26 by Joshua Ho on 11/10/2015

ARM Announces New Cortex-A35 CPU - Ultra-High Efficiency For Wearables & More

Today as part of the volley of announcements at ARM's TechCon conference we discover ARM's new low-power application-tier CPU architecture, the Cortex-A35. ARM follows an interesting product model: The...

23 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/10/2015

Imagination Announces New P6600, M6200, M6250 Warrior CPUs

Today Imagination launches three new MIPS processor IPs: One in the performance category of Warrior CPUs, the P6600 and two embedded M-class core, the M6200 and M6250. Warrior P6600 Starting off...

15 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/10/2015

The Google Nexus 5X Review

Google's first hardware collaboration with LG brought us the Nexus 4. Like the Nexus 7, the Nexus 4 followed a philosophy of bringing as much power and quality as...

197 by Brandon Chester on 11/9/2015

HiSilicon Announces New Kirin 950 SoC

Today in Beijing, HiSilicon held an extensive media briefing on their brand new flagship SoC - the Kirin 950. The new chipset is a very large leap for the...

41 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/5/2015

The Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Review

To be perfectly honest, this past year has been remarkably boring in the mobile segment. For whatever reason, phones have either stood still or regressed when it comes to...

531 by Ryan Smith & Joshua Ho on 11/2/2015

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