Mobile

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 a modern SoCs: the various internal interconnects. Today's system-on-chips are compromised of dozens of different subsystems harbouring different kind of IP blocks which each have their specialised functions and purpose. Last year's deep dive review of the Exynos 7420 was an attempt at trying to show an example on how some of these subsystems work in union to enable various functions of today's smartphones. The section where I talk about the SoC's internal busses is one of the more interesting parts. Yet, at the same time, it's also one of the parts where we have the...

Lenovo Unveils A Trio Of New Android Tablets.

Today Lenovo has launched three new Android tablets in their YOGA Tab series. In order the new devices are the YOGA Tab 3 8", the YOGA Tab 3 10"...

6 by Brandon Chester on 9/2/2015

Lenovo Announces New PHAB and PHAB PLUS Phablets

Today Lenovo has made a number of announcements relating to their mobile device business. We've seen two new low end tablets, and a very strange but also very interesting...

2 by Brandon Chester on 9/2/2015

Lenovo Launches Three New VIBE Smartphones

Lenovo has been making quite a number of announcements at IFA this year. We've seen a unique high end Android tablet, low end Android tablets, and really big phablets...

2 by Brandon Chester on 9/2/2015

The Mobile CPU Core-Count Debate: Analyzing The Real World

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...

155 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/1/2015

Obi Worldphone Launches The Worldphone SF1 and SJ1.5

Today Obi Worldphone, the smartphone company co-founded by former CEO of Apple and former president of Pepsi John Sculley, launched two new smartphones targeted at emerging markets. The first...

10 by Brandon Chester on 8/27/2015

Understanding Smartwatch Design

Although I mentioned this in passing in the Apple Watch review, I’ve increasingly realized that it is difficult for both manufacturers and consumers to really understand what makes a...

35 by Joshua Ho on 8/26/2015

Microsoft Makes Cortana For Android Available As A Public Beta

Earlier this year Microsoft announced that their digital assistant Cortana would be making its way to iOS and Android in addition to its launch on Windows Phone and Windows...

12 by Brandon Chester on 8/24/2015

Qualcomm Details Hexagon 680 DSP in Snapdragon 820: Accelerated Imaging

Although we tend not to focus too much on the tertiary aspects of a SoC, they are often important to enabling many aspects of the user experience. DSPs are...

39 by Joshua Ho on 8/24/2015

Understanding Intel's Dynamic Power and Thermal Framework 8.1: Smarter Throttling

In mobile, thermal throttling is effectively a fact of life as modern, thin tablets and smartphones leave little room for implementing high-performance fans. We can use CMOS scaling to...

32 by Joshua Ho on 8/21/2015

The Moto G (2015) Review

Motorola's original Moto G was one of the first Android devices to offer what one could honestly call a good user experience at a price of around $200. It...

90 by Brandon Chester on 8/19/2015

Understanding Qualcomm's ImproveTouch

Although the Xperia Z4 Tablet was announced as far back as MWC, it wasn’t until recently that the enhanced noise rejection of the touchscreen was really shown off. At...

13 by Joshua Ho on 8/18/2015

Google Releases Final M Preview: Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Today Google released the third developer preview for the M release and at the same time also reveals its official codename as well as final version name: Android 6.0...

51 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/17/2015

A Quick Look at LG G4 Leather Back Covers

With the LG G4 review, our design commentary was mostly targeted towards the G4’s standard polycarbonate back cover. But recently we received some leather back covers from LG designed...

24 by Joshua Ho on 8/17/2015

Hands On With the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Today, Samsung is announcing the next generation of their Galaxy-brand phablets, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+. Samsung’s phablets have been one of their greatest smartphone...

219 by Joshua Ho on 8/13/2015

Qualcomm Details the Adreno 530 GPU and ISP inside the Snapdragon 820

Snapdragon 820 is still a mystery as far as official information from Qualcomm goes. However, today Qualcomm has given a bit of insight into their upcoming SoC. While there's...

66 by Brandon Chester on 8/12/2015

Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon 616, 412, and 212

Today, Qualcomm launched a set of new SoCs, namely the Snapdragon 616, 412, and 212. These are updates to the Snapdragon 615, 410, and 210 respectively. If you were to...

21 by Joshua Ho on 8/10/2015

Google Redesigns Hangouts for Android With Version 4.0

Today Google shipped a major update to their Hangouts application for Android. Ever since Hangouts for iOS was updated to 4.0 a little over a month ago Android users...

30 by Brandon Chester on 8/10/2015

Verizon Eliminates Contracts and Device Subsidies

North America has always had a fairly unique pricing structure for buying mobile devices. In many places, the concept of purchasing a device for a heavy subsidy and committing...

115 by Brandon Chester on 8/7/2015

Google Commits To Monthly Security Updates For Nexus Devices

Security updates on mobile operating systems have typically been bundled inside larger patches that include other bug fixes and improvements. Unfortunately, the world of security exploits isn't tuned to...

41 by Brandon Chester on 8/5/2015

Lattice Announces First superMHL Chips: Sil8630 & Sil9396

Earlier this year at CES, the MHL Consortium announced the latest version of the Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) standard, superMHL. The latest iteration on MHL, superMHL was introduced to...

8 by Ryan Smith on 8/3/2015

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