As alluded to in our Nexus 6 review, our normal storage performance benchmark was no longer giving valid results as of Android 5.0. While Androbench was not a perfect benchmark by any stretch of the imagination, it was a reasonably accurate test of basic storage performance. However, with the Nexus 5 on Android’s developer preview, we saw anywhere between 2-10x improvement to Androbench’s storage performance results with no real basis in reality. It seems that this is because the way that the benchmark was written relied upon another function for timing, which has changed with Android 5.0. While we haven’t talked too much about AndEBench, it has a fully functional storage test that we can compare to our Androbench results. While we’re unsure of the...

Some Thoughts on Smartphone Region Locking

Recently, reports of Samsung region locking the Note 3 came out via Clove UK, which posted on its blog that the Note 3 would be completely unable to use...

60 by Joshua Ho on 10/7/2013

They're (Almost) All Dirty: The State of Cheating in Android Benchmarks

Thanks to AndreiF7's excellent work on discovering it, we kicked off our investigations into Samsung’s CPU/GPU optimizations around the international Galaxy S 4 in July and came away...

365 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 10/2/2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review

I still remember the first time I held the original Galaxy Note. At that point in time it wasn’t really obvious just how critical larger-display smartphones were going to...

305 by Brian Klug on 10/1/2013

Samsung Galaxy Gear Review

Galaxy Gear is Samsung’s new entry into the smartwatch arena, a market with a growing number of new attempts to deliver the ideal wrist-wearable smartphone accessory. How does it...

73 by Brian Klug on 10/1/2013

Moto X Update Dramatically Improves Camera Quality

In my Moto X review, I characterized camera performance and quality as very bimodal. In some scenes it could take great photos, in others it seemed to struggle and...

50 by Brian Klug on 9/23/2013

Chipworks Provides First Apple A7 Die Shot

Hot on the heels of their Samsung 28nm confirmation, Chipworks just sent over the first die shot of a delayered Apple A7. An annotated version is following early next...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/20/2013

Chipworks Confirms Apple's A7 is Built On Samsung's 28nm HK+MG Process

Chipworks is in the process of delayering Apple's A7, but they just confirmed what we mentioned in our iPhone 5s review: Apple's A7 is built at Samsung using their...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/20/2013

The iOS 7 Review

There’s no doubt about it, this iOS update is one of the largest in Apple’s history. In the wake of the iPhone 5 launch, there was a considerable amount...

146 by Brian Klug & Saumitra Bhagwat on 9/19/2013

The iPhone 5s Review

For much of the iPhone's life Apple has enjoyed a first-mover advantage. At the launch of the first iPhone, Steve Jobs expected the device and OS would give it...

466 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/17/2013

The iPhone 5c Review

For years now Apple has followed a rather intelligent waterfall of its products down the pricing stack. With the arrival of every new iPhone, the previous generation gets a...

70 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/17/2013

Hands on with the new ASUS Padfone Infinity

For a while now, ASUS has been pushing form factor boundaries in the mobile space, with dockables and other 2-in-one platforms that once seemed radical but really started making...

34 by Brian Klug on 9/17/2013

Some Thoughts about the iPhone 5S Camera Improvements

One of the big improvements that comes with the iPhone 5S is a new camera system, with a faster aperture for more light throughput, bigger 8 MP sensor with...

100 by Brian Klug on 9/13/2013

Apple Increases iPhone 5C and 5S Battery Sizes relative to iPhone 5

While poking through the FCC documents and piecing together a story on the network band situation for the iPhone 5S and 5C, I remembered that part of a normal...

29 by Brian Klug on 9/12/2013

The AnandTech Mobile Show, Live from IDF 2013 [video] Updated: Now high-res

Sorry for the late posting on this, I was trying to get a high res copy of the video to push live first but it looks like that's coming...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 9/11/2013

Intel XMM7160 LTE Modem Demonstrated on Live Network

Intel's lone ranger and Principal Engineer Francois Piednoel last night sent out an interesting tweet for anyone following Intel's XMM7160 LTE modem development. Francois posted a video showing LTE...

11 by Brian Klug on 9/11/2013

Announcing the AnandTech Mobile Show & Meetup at IDF, Today at 12:30PM PT & 3:30PM PT

Brian and I are both at IDF this week, and later today we will be doing our first video show from Moscone West. If you've followed our Podcast, you...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 9/11/2013

Samsung Announces big.LITTLE MP Support in Exynos 5420

It hasn't been much of a secret in the SoC space that big.LITTLE on the original Exynos 5 Octa (5410) didn't end up working in the most optimal fashion...

30 by Brian Klug on 9/11/2013

Hands on with the new iPhone 5S

After playing with the iPhone 5C, I played with the new iPhone 5S that includes a faster A7 SoC and M7 sensor fusion hub, fingerprint sensor home button, improved...

41 by Brian Klug on 9/10/2013

Hands on with the new iPhone 5C

We just spent some time going hands on with the two new iPhones that Apple announced in their town hall event which just wrapped up. The iPhone 5C comes...

54 by Brian Klug on 9/10/2013

Apple iPhone 5S: Hands On Video

Brian just went hands on with Apple's new iPhone 5S, showing off its performance (courtesy of the new 64-bit A7 SoC), Touch ID fingerprint sensor and camera features. Check...

12 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2013

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