Smartphones

ASUS is not new to the smartphone market. Since the days of Windows Mobile (not the new Windows Mobile) they've been selling smartphones. But when it comes to Android devices they've been primarily focused on tablets. ASUS worked with Google to design and manufacture both generations of the Nexus 7, which was beloved by Android enthusiasts. Their Padfone devices were an attempt to have a smartphone that attached to a tablet shell to make a sort of 2-in-1 smartphone and tablet. But only recently has the company started making a serious push into the Android smartphone space. Their ZenFone line of phones consists of several devices, with the newest being the ZenFone Zoom and the ZenFone 2, the latter being the device I'm looking...

The HTC One (M8) Review

HTC remains one of few Android OEMs insanely focused on design. Even dating back to the origins of the One brand in 2012 with the One X and One...

222 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Joshua Ho on 3/26/2014

HTC launches the One (M8)

HTC’s struggle in the smartphone OEM space has almost become a constant in the past few years, with a dramatic fall from the top of sales and market share...

72 by Joshua Ho on 3/25/2014

Examining MicroSD changes in Android 4.4

While Samsung Galaxy devices had new restrictions on microSD read/write access, it was hard to say whether this was the start of a trend for all Android OEMs as...

43 by Joshua Ho on 3/13/2014

LG G Pro 2 - Mini Review

At MWC, LG announced their new G Pro 2, which was written up for an early hands-on and some analysis based upon the information given out by LG’s press...

63 by Joshua Ho on 3/4/2014

Color Gamut in Smartphones: Why Bigger isn't Always Better

Post-MWC, with the launch of at least two of the major high-end flagships in the smartphone space, the basics are becoming increasingly easier to get from OEMs like high...

57 by Joshua Ho on 3/3/2014

Apple Announces CarPlay: iOS in the Car Arriving in 2014

Earlier this morning Apple officially branded its iOS in the Car initiative as CarPlay. At a high level CarPlay allows iPhone 5/5c/5s users to access certain apps on their...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/3/2014

Modular Smartphone Project Ara from Google to Start Development Conferences

Joshua talked about Project Ara (from Motorola at the time) back in October as a campaign that focused on attracting OEM interest into a modular smartphone design. The...

28 by Ian Cutress on 2/26/2014

NVIDIA's Tegra Note 7 LTE and Tegra 4i Devices: Hands On

Yesterday I spent some time with NVIDIA where I played with the newly announced Tegra Note 7 LTE. Internally the $299 Note 7 LTE is identical to the WiFi-only...

28 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/26/2014

Samsung's Exynos 5422 & The Ideal big.LITTLE: Exynos 5 Hexa (5260)

Samsung announced two new mobile SoCs at MWC today. The first is an update to the Exynos 5 Octa with the new Exynos 5422. The 5422 is a mild...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/25/2014

Motorola Press Event at MWC: New Watch and Moto X Coming

Despite Motorola’s current state of flux regarding their acquisition by Lenovo, there are plenty of products in the pipeline. At the press event this evening, Rick Osterloh made...

7 by Ian Cutress on 2/25/2014

The AnandTech Mobile Show - MWC 2014 Edition

Earlier this morning (Barcelona time) Brian and I sat down in front of a camera and recapped some of the major news at MWC. We talked about the new...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/25/2014

MWC 2014: Wilocity brings WiGig 802.11ad to Smartphones with Wil6300 Chipset

News just dropped through from Wilocity about its new Wil6300 chipset announced at Mobile World Congress. The Wil6300 chipset is quoted as the world’s first 802.11ad ‘WiGig’ multi-gigabit...

6 by Ian Cutress on 2/25/2014

Samsung Announces Galaxy S5: Initial Thoughts

Every year Samsung launches a new Galaxy S flagship smartphone, and as always, Samsung puts the best platform that can be bought in their devices. The Galaxy S5 is...

127 by Joshua Ho on 2/24/2014

HTC Launches Desire 816 at MWC

Today, HTC seems to be delivering on their promise for a stronger focus on the 150-300 USD market segment by launching the Desire 816, a phablet with a 5.5"...

13 by Joshua Ho on 2/24/2014

Broadcom Announces BCM4354 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO Combo for Smartphones

Today Broadcom is announcing the newest member of their popular WiFi/BT/FM series of combo chips, the BCM4354, which adds 2x2 MIMO (two spatial stream) for smartphones and retains 802.11ac...

7 by Brian Klug on 2/24/2014

ZTE Launches Grand Memo II LTE, Open C at MWC 2014

Grand Memo II LTE The ZTE Grand Memo II LTE is a phablet that's almost as big as its name with a 6" HD display. ZTE's press kit doesn't actually...

8 by Joshua Ho on 2/24/2014

Sony Launches Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet, and M2 at MWC 2014

Sony Xperia Z2 Sony has just announced the Xperia Z2, which is the direct successor to the Xperia Z1 that released in the fall. While quite a bit stays the...

23 by Joshua Ho on 2/24/2014

Audience Announces MQ100 Motion Processor

Just a few weeks ago, Audience announced its fourth generation of voice processors at CES, which added an always-on voice activation feature called VoiceQ designed to enable experiences similar...

2 by Brian Klug on 2/24/2014

ZTE Announces Use of Qualcomm CMOS PA as March Towards RF360 Continues

Today at MWC Qualcomm announced ZTE will be the first smartphone customer to ship with Qualcomm's CMOS Power Amplifier, a part of its RF360 front end solution. This is...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

SanDisk iNAND Extreme in 2014: Finally a Good eMMC Solution for Mobile?

For the past couple of years we've been focusing more on tracking storage performance within smartphones and tablets. For the most part, we've come away disappointed. With smartphone ASPs...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

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