Smartphones

HMD Global and FIH Mobile on Thursday announced that they had completed their buyout of Nokia assets from Microsoft which opens a way for return of Nokia branded smartphones to the market. As expected, HMD and FIH will keep selling Nokia-branded feature phones in developing countries but will add a range of android-based smartphones and tablets to the lineup in 2017. The two companies hope that relationships with operators as well as manufacturing assets (Foxconn) will be instrumental for making their endeavor a success. As reported earlier this year, HMD Global and FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group (we will call the company “Foxconn” for simplicity), paid Microsoft approximately $350 million in cash for various Nokia-related assets. Under the terms of the...

Qualcomm @ MWC 2015: Cat 11 LTE, Cat 6 Dual-Sim LTE, & LTE/Wi-Fi Link Aggregation

Not to be outdone by Qualcomm’s SoC group, Qualcomm’s communication groups are busy at MWC 2015 as well. Though Qualcomm Technologies and Qualcomm Atheros are not announcing any major...

8 by Ryan Smith on 3/2/2015

Audience Announces NUE N100 Multisensor Processor

While Audience is traditionally focused on voice products, today they’re attempting to make their first moves into combined voice recognition and sensor hub products that leverage sensor fusion and...

1 by Joshua Ho on 3/2/2015

SanDisk Announces iNAND 7132: SLC/TLC Hybrid eMMC

In general, storage performance has been an area that is only discussed when it becomes a bottleneck. There was very little focus on storage performance in general before devices...

11 by Joshua Ho on 3/2/2015

Sony Announces the Xperia M4 Aqua

Today Sony has announced a new mid-range device for their line of Xperia smartphones. In the past weeks we've seen the launch of the Xperia E4, and Xperia E4g...

8 by Brandon Chester on 3/2/2015

Samsung Announces the Galaxy S 6 and S 6 Edge

In recent times, Samsung has seen the erosion of their dominance in the Android ecosystem. The reasons for why this is are many, but at least some of the...

206 by Joshua Ho on 3/1/2015

Samsung Unpacked: MWC 2015 Live Blog

Here we are at Samsung Unpacked at MWC 2015. Ian on Photos, Andrei on text. Everyone is getting seated, seems to be almost 5000 people here

42 by Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 3/1/2015

HTC Launches One M9: Hands-On

Around the end of 2012, HTC was in dire straits. The HTC One X, S, and V were supposed to be a big change in HTC’s product lineup, and...

43 by Joshua Ho on 3/1/2015

Samsung Announces 128GB UFS Storage For Smartphones

We've first heard about plans to adopt UFS (Universal Flash Storage) with the announcements of Toshiba and Qualcomm reported over a year ago. While the promised late 2014 schedule...

31 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/25/2015

Motorola Announces Moto E (2015): Cortex-A53 + LTE For $149

Today Motorola has announced the launch and immediate availability of the 2015 version of the Moto E, the latest member of the company’s line of low-end smartphones. The 2015 edition...

29 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/25/2015

Google Acquires Softcard and Partners with US Carriers On Mobile Payments

Today Google has acquired the technology and IP behind Softcard. Softcard is a joint venture between AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile to support NFC based mobile payments in the United...

18 by Brandon Chester on 2/23/2015

Samsung Acquires Mobile Payment Company LoopPay

Today the US based mobile payment company LoopPay announced that they have been acquired by Samsung Electronics America. LoopPay is a unique example of a payment company that is building...

34 by Brandon Chester on 2/18/2015

Qualcomm Announces New SoC Lineup, Modem Branding

Qualcomm today announced 4 new additions to its Snapdragon 400 and 600 lineup of SoCs, along with a reshuffle and rebranding of their modem lineup. Let's begin with the...

40 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/18/2015

Samsung Announces 14nm FinFET for Exynos 7

While we've known about the existence of the Exynos 7420 for a while now, we didn't really know what to expect until recently. Today, it seems that Samsung is...

111 by Joshua Ho on 2/16/2015

The Meizu MX4 Pro Review

Meizu has been one of the upcoming Chinese manufacturers that we haven't had the chance to really cover here at AnandTech. With the Meizu MX4Pro however, we have on...

70 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/16/2015

ARM A53/A57/T760 investigated - Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Exynos Review

It's been a few months since Josh had the opportunity to review the Note 4. The defining characteristic is that this was the variant with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 SoC...

133 by Andrei Frumusanu & Ryan Smith on 2/10/2015

Sony Announces the Xperia E4

Sony has two fairly well defined lines of smartphones. Their Xperia Z smartphones and tablets represent their flagship Android devices, while their Xperia E line targets a more budget...

8 by Brandon Chester on 2/10/2015

China Fines Qualcomm $975 Million for Anti-trust Violations

Word comes out of China this evening that an ongoing anti-trust investigation into Qualcomm has come to an end. Ruling against Qualcomm, China’s National Development and Reform Commission has...

59 by Ryan Smith on 2/9/2015

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M7) Will Receive Lollipop Update Tomorrow

It appears that carriers in the United States are getting their Android update testing done in a timely manner for once. Yesterday we reported on the Android Lollipop update...

12 by Brandon Chester on 2/4/2015

ARM Announces Cortex-A72, CCI-500, and Mali-T880

Today ARM is announcing three brand-new premium IP designs targeted at high-end mobile SoCs. We're still only starting to get widespread commercial availability of ARM's latest generation of SoCs...

49 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/3/2015

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