Smartphones

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 haven't been able to review that unit yet, I did take an extensive look at its bigger brother, the MX4Pro. The MX5's biggest characteristic is the change in display technology. Meizu has now adopted Samsung's AMOLED screen in place of the traditional LCD technology. This also leads to a change in form-factor as now Meizu had to abandon its 16:10 aspect-ratio for the more conventional 16:9 resolutions. At 1080p and 5.5" diagonal, the screen isn't as high resolution as one might have expected and thus regresses in terms of DPI in comparison to the MX4. This...

NVIDIA to License Kepler and Future GPU IP to 3rd Parties

Earlier today NVIDIA announced that it would begin licensing its Kepler GPU architecture to 3rd parties. This is a sensible next step for NVIDIA, but an unprecedented one among...

59 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/18/2013

Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) Performance Preview: Qualcomm Mobile Development Tablet Tested

We’ve written about Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) before, for those unfamiliar, this is Qualcomm’s new flagship SoC with four Krait 400 CPUs at up to 2.3 GHz, Adreno 330 graphics...

115 by Brian Klug on 6/18/2013

CPUID's CPU-Z Arrives on Android via Google Play

About three years ago, I remember one of the biggest problems I had while sorting out phones was figuring out what SoCs were inside them. Manufacturers weren't yet open...

28 by Brian Klug on 6/16/2013

N-trig DuoSense Pen2: Who Needs a Stylus?

With the dawn of capacitive touch displays and the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, etc., some might think the day of the stylus is past. N-trig has been around since...

34 by Jarred Walton on 6/12/2013

Samsung Announces Galaxy S4 Zoom - 16 MP, Zoom, Makes Calls

Samsung's Galaxy camera came out almost a year ago, and it roughly mimicked the specs of an international SGS3 but included a unique camera system and body. Although the...

16 by Brian Klug on 6/12/2013

Hands On with the Final NVIDIA Shield Hardware, Update: Now with Video

It seems like forever since CES 2013 when we first laid eyes on and played with NVIDIA’s Project Shield. Time flies, and since then Shield has dropped the Project...

46 by Brian Klug on 6/11/2013

Hands On with a Tegra 4i Phone

When we stopped by NVIDIA to play with Shield, they had another surprise in store for us with a Tegra 4i-based phone currently being shopped around from an unnamed...

22 by Brian Klug on 6/11/2013

WWDC 2013 Keynote Live Blog

Brian and I are live at Moscone West in San Francisco for Apple's WWDC 2013 Keynote. The keynote starts at 10AM PT/1PM ET. Check back here for our Live Blog!

29 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 6/10/2013

Patriot Drives Further into Mobile with FUEL+ External Batteries

With the DRAM industry no longer as interesting as it once was (although I'd argue that with Haswell, high frequency DRAM is exciting once more - if only Intel...

3 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/10/2013

Apple Not Throttling iPhone or iPad Cellular Throughput via Carrier Bundles

Yesterday there were some allegations made about whether Apple is intentionally throttling cellular data throughput on iPhones and iPads via some files used for network provisioning. The original source...

39 by Brian Klug on 6/6/2013

Samsung Makes Galaxy S 4 Active Official - IP67 and Ruggedized

It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone at this point, but Samsung has just now made the ruggedized version of the popular Galaxy S 4 official, called Galaxy S...

36 by Brian Klug on 6/5/2013

Qualcomm Announces MSM8926 - Snapdragon 400 with Quad Core A7s and Cat 4 LTE

Quite a long time ago, Qualcomm announced MSM8x26, a midrange Snapdragon 400 class SoC built on a 28nm LP process consisting of four ARM Cortex A7 CPUs running at...

3 by Brian Klug on 6/3/2013

ARM Cortex A12: Between Cortex A9 and A15 in Power & Perf, Sampling in Late 2014

We’ve talked about the hole in ARM’s product lineup for quite a while now. The Cortex A9 is too slow to compete with the likes of Intel’s Atom and...

78 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/2/2013

ARM Mali-T622 & V500 Video Block Complement Cortex A12

Alongside today's Cortex A12 announcement, ARM is also announcing two new IP blocks: the Mali-T622 GPU and the Mali V500 video encode/decode block. The Mali-T622 is a 2-core implementation of...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/2/2013

HTC One with Nexus Experience Announced

At Google I/O 2013, the search giant announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Nexus Experience, and almost immediately rumors began circulating about a potential HTC One with the same...

41 by Brian Klug on 5/30/2013

OPPO Find 5 Review

The Android landscape of today is dominated by a handful of different product lines - Galaxy, Nexus, One, Optimus - both in terms of marketshare as well as mindshare...

38 by Vivek Gowri on 5/29/2013

A Quick Look at the White Nexus 4

We got a special care package from LG earlier today containing the elusive but recently-announced White Nexus 4. This is the same hardware we saw at Google I/O just...

24 by Brian Klug on 5/29/2013

Mophie Juice Pack Helium for iPhone 5 Review

Lately I have found myself doing a case review here and there, and battery cases are particularly interesting since they're easy enough for us to test and integrate into...

11 by Brian Klug on 5/1/2013

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 20

This time on the AnandTech Podcast we're talking about Samsung's Galaxy S 4. Also on the menu today are the HTC First, T-Mobile iPhone 5, ASUS FonePad, Samsung Galaxy...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/30/2013

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Incompatible with Original TecTiles, TecTile 2 Announced

In our part 1 review of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 (SGS4) I noted that the device included a BCM2079x NFC controller. This is the same controller as we’ve...

28 by Brian Klug on 4/26/2013

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