Smartphones

In a somewhat interesting twist, Motorola has announced a new version of the Moto X designed to slot in between the Moto X’s traditional flagship position and the Moto G’s mid-range position. As a result, this is probably the closest thing to a competitor to the OnePlus Two and similar phones in the 300-400 USD price range. To figure out what you gain or lose in the move from the high-end Moto X Style to the Moto X Play, I’ve placed the specs below to provide some perspective. Moto X Play Moto X Style SoC Snapdragon 615 1.7 GHz A53 Snapdragon 808 1.8/1.44 GHz Cortex A57/A53 RAM 2GB 3GB LPDDR3 NAND 16GB NAND + microSD 16/32/64GB NAND + microSD Display 5.5” 1080p LCD 5.7” 1440p LCD Network 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4 LTE) 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 6...

Motorola Announces the Moto X Style

Today, Motorola also announced their new flagship phone, the Moto X Style. Following the trend of larger screen sizes, it seems Motorola has taken this trend to its logical...

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Motorola Announces the New Moto G

Today, Motorola announced the successor to their Moto G, which has been their most successful phone in recent memory. It’s still called the Moto G, but this is the...

44 by Joshua Ho yesterday

OnePlus Announces the OnePlus 2: 389 USD High-End Flagship

OnePlus showed up on the scene last year with a “flagship killer”, the OnePlus One. For those that are unfamiliar with this device, it brought a Snapdragon 801 SoC...

84 by Joshua Ho 2 days ago

The Huawei P8 Lite Review

Although many consumers are not familiar with Huawei, they are a company that I have seen selling smartphones for quite some time now. In the earliest days of the...

38 by Brandon Chester 2 days ago

Apple Reports Q3 FY 2015 Results: Record Results With Strong iPhone And Mac Sales

Today Apple released their earnings for Q3 of fiscal year 2015, which ended June 27th. In what seems to be a never-ending sequence of records, once again, Apple posted...

80 by Brett Howse on 7/21/2015

European Union Opens Up Antitrust Investigation Into Qualcomm

Word comes out of Europe this morning that the European Union’s executive body, the European Commission, will be opening up an anti-trust investigation into Qualcomm. The Commission has investigated Qualcomm...

22 by Ryan Smith on 7/16/2015

HTC Brings The One M9+ To Europe

Earlier this year, HTC released the One M9+ in the Asia-Pacific region of the world. The One M9+ is visually similar to the normal One M9, but with significant...

16 by Brandon Chester on 7/16/2015

HTC Launches The Desire 520, 526, 626, 626s In The United States

Today HTC announced that they are launching a number of devices in their Desire smartphone line in the United States. In order, the newly available smartphones are the HTC...

10 by Brandon Chester on 7/15/2015

SanDisk Announces iNAND 7232: eMMC 5.1, 128GB, and SLC/TLC

Today at MWC Shanghai, SanDisk announced a follow-up to their iNAND 7132 eMMC solution, the iNAND 7232. For those that are unfamiliar with the iNAND 7132, I would refer...

25 by Joshua Ho on 7/13/2015

Apple Launches iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan Public Betas

At this year's WWDC Apple announced that like OS X Yosemite, OS X El Capitan would go through a period where public betas were available to a certain group...

15 by Brandon Chester on 7/9/2015

Microsoft Announces Mobile Restructuring With Up To 7,800 Job Cuts

A little more than a year ago Nokia officially ceased to exist as a mobile phone manufacturer. Nokia's efforts to reverse their decline in the mobile space by adopting...

63 by Brandon Chester on 7/8/2015

Meizu Announces The MX5

Today at Meizu's event in China the company presented their new flagship phone, the MX5. The MX5 is the successor to the MX4 released last year, and while I...

37 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/30/2015

Google Updates Hangouts For iOS With A New Interface

Today Google shipped an update for their Hangouts application on iOS. The update brings the version number to 4.0, and rightfully so as it comes with a new design...

16 by Brandon Chester on 6/29/2015

The Samsung Exynos 7420 Deep Dive - Inside A Modern 14nm SoC

Over the past few years it’s been somewhat expected tradition for Samsung Electronics to employ a strategy of multi-sourcing the SoC for their mobile devices. Most notably it’s on...

111 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/29/2015

Microsoft Brings Office to Android Smartphones

Today Microsoft announced that their line of Office applications has made its way to Android smartphones. After launching the first touch-optimized version of Office on the iPad, Microsoft has...

41 by Brandon Chester on 6/24/2015

Analysing AMOLED Power Efficiency Improvements

Over the last few years we’ve been repeatedly reporting how Samsung was able to improve AMOLED power efficiency by employing better emitter materials on each new device generation. This...

73 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/23/2015

Comparing Snapdragon 810 v2 and v2.1: More Memory Bandwidth, Higher Clocks

Around a few weeks before the launch of the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, I was digging through kernel source to understand Snapdragon 810 and some other Qualcomm SoCs. We...

81 by Joshua Ho on 6/18/2015

HTC Tests Native Ads In BlinkFeed

Today HTC has announced a pilot program of sorts for the display of native ads within BlinkFeed, their news and content aggregation application. Since Blinkfeed displays right on a...

26 by Brandon Chester on 6/16/2015

Comparing OpenGL ES To Metal On iOS Devices With GFXBench Metal

In the past couple of years we've seen the creation of a number of new low level graphics APIs. Arguably the first major initiative was AMD's Mantle API, which...

34 by Brandon Chester on 6/15/2015

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