Qualcomm

Developing a custom microarchitecture is difficult. Even with all the standards in place and licensing an instruction set such as ARM, the actual development takes time and the right people to put together, then the infrastructure to deploy at scale. In the mobile space, we’ve seen custom cores – most notably from Apple – deviating from the regular ARM design, but also Samsung and Qualcomm are playing in that space. Qualcomm however is going one further by developing a custom core for the server and enterprise market, focusing purely on typical enterprise workloads. The current commercial ARM success in the data center comes from companies such as Cavium, who use ARM architecture licenses in a custom SoC. By developing its own high-performance core, Qualcomm is...

Sony Announces Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact

Today at IFA 2016 Sony announced two new phones to flesh out the Xperia X lineup, namely the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact. Starting with the Xperia XZ, it...

25 by Joshua Ho on 9/1/2016

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus: Snapdragon 652, 10-Inch 2K Display, JBL Speakers and USB-C

Lenovo has introduced a new member to its Yoga Tab 3 product family this week at IFA. The new Yoga Tab 3 Plus tablet runs Google Android 6.0 and...

33 by Anton Shilov 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sirin Labs Solarin Launched: World’s First Commercial Smartphone with WiGig

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...

17 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...

36 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...

92 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...

50 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...

202 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

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