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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 needed in the way of introduction here, so we’ll jump into the spec sheet first and see where we can go from there. ZenPad Z8 for Verizon SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 2x Cortex A72 1.8 GHz 4x Cortex A53 1.44 GHz RAM 2 GB NAND 16GB + microSD Display 7.9” 2048x1536 IPS LCD Network 2G/3G/4G LTE (UE Category 6, CA) Dimensions 205 x 136 x 7.62mm, 320g Camera 8MP Rear Facing 2MP Front Facing Battery 4680 mAh (18.01 Whr) OS Android 6.0.1 w/ ZenUI (At Launch) Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, BT ?, USB-C, GNSS At a high level, right away the use of the Snapdragon 650 SoC is a fairly good sign given its 250 USD price point, as in general in devices...

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Sirin Labs, a developer of smartphones from Switzerland, last week announced its Solarin smartphone which promises to combine a luxurious design with high performance components, advanced security and support...

16 by Anton Shilov on 6/10/2016

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

Qualcomm Launches New GigaDSL, 802.11ac Wave 2 Chipsets

At Computex today, Qualcomm Atheros announced a few new chipsets, and it seems that as a part of their Ikanos acquisition they’ve entered the wireline business in the hopes...

3 by Joshua Ho on 5/30/2016

ASUS Announces the ZenFone 3 Series, with 6 GB Deluxe Model and 6.8-inch Ultra Model

Today at Computex, as part of their annual Zen press conference, ASUS lifted the lid on the Zenfone 3 series. In previous Zenfone generations, the Zenfone has been one...

31 by Ian Cutress on 5/30/2016

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...

90 by Matt Humrick on 5/26/2016

HTC 10: A Quick Look At Battery Life & Storage Performance

While I’m still working on the full review for the HTC 10, there’s obviously a lot of questions flying around for at least a few of the claims that...

49 by Joshua Ho on 4/14/2016

Hands On With The HTC 10: A Fresh Start

At this point it’s probably not a secret that HTC has been struggling for the past few years. While the One M8 was a solid upgrade to the One...

130 by Joshua Ho on 4/12/2016

Qualcomm’s New SDK Enables Development of VR Apps on Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm on Monday introduced its first virtual reality software development kit, designed for its Snapdragon 820 mobile SoC. The new tools will enable software makers to create programs that...

9 by Anton Shilov on 3/15/2016

The Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge Review, Part 1

For some time now, Samsung has been the dominant player in the Android space, especially at the high end of the market. From the Galaxy S2 onwards, Samsung has...

201 by Joshua Ho on 3/8/2016

Hands On With the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

If you've followed our reviews for the past year, it was probably evident that the Galaxy S6 was one of the best phones launched last year. With one of...

123 by Joshua Ho on 2/21/2016

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 625, 425 & 435 Mid- and Low-End SoCs

Today Qualcomm announced three new SoCs in the mid and low-end Snapdragon lineup. At the lowest end we find the Snapdragon 425 offering a very frugal CPU configuration consisting...

22 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/11/2016

VAIO to Start Selling Smartphones in Japan

VAIO, the former PC division of Sony and now an independent supplier of PCs, this week announced plans to introduce its first smartphone in Japan this spring. The company...

16 by Anton Shilov on 2/5/2016

Hands On With the Huawei Honor 5X

We’ve reviewed Huawei Honor devices before, but by and large they were designed to target China and similar markets. There were also a number of growing pains as seen...

14 by Joshua Ho on 1/6/2016

US ITC Finds NVIDIA Guilty of Infringing Three Samsung Patents

An administrative law judge from the U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday found that NVIDIA Corp. infringed several patents of Samsung Electronics. The judge ruled that NVIDIA’s graphics processing...

35 by Anton Shilov on 12/23/2015

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 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Performance Preview: Meet Kryo

I don’t think there’s any way to sugarcoat this, but 2015 has not been a particularly great year for Qualcomm in the high-end SoC business. The company remains a...

144 by Ryan Smith & Andrei Frumusanu on 12/10/2015

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

Hands On With the HTC One A9

Today, HTC is launching their flagship smartphone for the holiday season. For those that have followed HTC, this launch shouldn’t be too much of a surprise given that the...

61 by Joshua Ho & Brandon Chester on 10/20/2015

Qualcomm Announces Quick Charge 3.0: Intelligent Voltage Control

One of the other features that was announced for multiple Snapdragon SoCs at the 3G/LTE Summit in Hong Kong was Quick Charge 3.0, which will be supported on the...

27 by Joshua Ho on 9/15/2015

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