Smartphones

A couple of weeks back, HTC announced their new flagship smartphone, the HTC U11. The latest in HTC’s now considerable history of flagship phones, the U11 bumps HTC up to Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 SoC while also going in a new direction for the company in terms of aesthetics, and even squeezing in a new input feature. The HTC U11 is launching here in the United States on June 9th, so to celebrate it’s launch and HTC's final two Meet U demo events, HTC is giving us a phone to give away to our US readers. HTC U11 Overview Quickly recapping the new phone, the headline feature for the HTC U11 is its new method of interaction: Squeezing. If you’ve encountered any of the marketing material on...

Hands On With Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+: Taller Screens and Slimmer Bezels

Samsung officially unveiled the latest Galaxy devices at its Unpacked event in New York today. The taller displays in the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ show more...

207 by Matt Humrick on 3/29/2017

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Performance Preview

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 gets a CPU transplant, an updated GPU, a 1Gbps LTE modem, and other updates. We were able to see the new SoC in action and collect...

127 by Matt Humrick & Ryan Smith on 3/22/2017

Spreadtrum SC9861G-IA: An Intel Atom Octocore Smartphone SoC on 14nm with LTE

Last year Intel decided to cease development of its smartphone SoCs and focus instead on microprocessors for other devices, as well as LTE, 5G modems, as well as various...

47 by Anton Shilov on 3/15/2017

HiSilicon Kirin 960: A Closer Look at Performance and Power

HiSilicon looks to build on the Kirin 950’s success by adopting ARM’s latest A73 CPU cores and Mali-G71 GPU for the Kirin 960. Still manufactured on a 16nm FinFET...

85 by Matt Humrick on 3/14/2017

MWC 2017: AGM Preparing IP68 Rated Snapdragon 835 Smartphone with 8GB DRAM

AGM may not be a household name for the vast majority of people living in Europe and the U.S., but this is a well-known maker of rugged phones that...

29 by Anton Shilov on 3/13/2017

MWC 2017: Oppo Demonstrates 5X Optical Zoom for Smartphones

This year at MWC, Oppo showed off a smartphone prototype that used a new implementation of dual cameras to offer a 5X optical zoom. The company did not reveal...

21 by Anton Shilov on 3/13/2017

Sony Demonstrates Concept Xperia Ear Headphones and Xperia Touch Android Projector at MWC

As we move through our MWC meeting writeup backlog this week, one of the interesting developments we saw was from Sony. Apart from new smartphones, Sony showed two interesting...

10 by Anton Shilov on 3/11/2017

Meizu Unveils Super mCharge: Fast Charging At 55W

Meizu unveiled a new fast-charging technology—called Super mCharge—at MWC 2017 that’s capable of fully charging a 3000 mAh battery in just 20 minutes. Rapid charging has grown from novelty...

40 by Matt Humrick on 3/2/2017

ZTE Announces The Blade V8 Mini And Blade V8 Lite

After announcing the Blade V8 Pro at CES 2017, ZTE added two more phones to the Blade V8 family: the Blade V8 Mini and Blade V8 Lite. Both phones...

6 by Matt Humrick on 3/2/2017

MediaTek Announces Helio X30 Availability: 10 CPU Cores On 10nm

MediaTek first unveiled the Helio X30—its next-generation high-end SoC—last fall, but today at Mobile World Congress the Taiwanese company announced its commercial availability. The Helio X30 is entering mass...

56 by Matt Humrick on 2/27/2017

BlackBerry KEYOne Announced: Snapdragon 625 with QWERTY, $549

This week at MWC, TCL announced the BlackBerry KEYOne, which follows in BlackBerry's traditional style with a distinctive hardware QWERTY keyboard, but this time a more polished look at...

49 by Anton Shilov on 2/27/2017

Sony Launches Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs Phones For US Market

Sony announced today at MWC 2017 that it’s bringing two new premium phones to the US market: the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs. Both models employ classic Sony...

28 by Matt Humrick on 2/27/2017

MWC 2017: Samsung Press Conference

We're here at Samsung's MWC 2017 press conference. The Galaxy S8 will be a no show, but Samsung has some other mobile devices to show off.

18 by Anton Shilov & Matt Humrick on 2/26/2017

Huawei Launches the P10 and P10 Plus, in Green

Today Huawei is unwrapping their latest mainstream device, evolving from the P8 and P9 into the P10. The yearly cadence regularly brings high-level design features from their Mate series...

17 by Ian Cutress, Brandon Chester & Anton Shilov on 2/26/2017

MWC 2017: Huawei P10 and P10 Plus Press Event Live Blog

We're here at MWC waiting for Huawei's Press Event to start. We're expecting to see the P10 and P10 Plus, given that their names were on the front of...

10 by Ian Cutress & Anton Shilov on 2/26/2017

Announcing the LG G6: Snapdragon 821, 18:9 Display, IP68 Waterproof

Today in Barcelona, LG officially unveiled the G6, the next installment of the venerable G-series that's now classified as a lower-end flagship below LG’s V-series. Like the G5 before...

32 by Matt Humrick on 2/26/2017

Performance & Battery Life Report: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 with MediaTek Helio X20

As a member of Xiaomi’s more affordable Redmi series, the Note 4 does not have a curved screen, a ceramic body, or the latest flagship hardware like Xiaomi’s more...

33 by Matt Humrick on 2/23/2017

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem & New RF Front-End Modules For Mobile Devices

Qualcomm announced its first LTE Advanced Pro modem, the X16 LTE, last February, supporting downlink speeds of up to 1.0 Gbps. Today the company announced its second-generation gigabit class...

17 by Matt Humrick on 2/21/2017

HTC to Exit Entry-Level Phone Market Later This Year

In the highly competitive smartphone industry it’s easy enough to make a name for yourself, but it’s a lot harder to make a profit while doing so. Apple and...

27 by Ryan Smith on 2/17/2017

Netgear Nighthawk M1: LTE Cat 16 Router up to 1 Gbps

Netgear this week announced the Nighthawk M1 mobile router, which is the industry’s first 4G LTE device with download speed up to 1 Gbps. The Nighthawk M1 is powered...

47 by Anton Shilov on 2/2/2017

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