Smartphones

Today Avago Technologies announced their acquisition of Broadcom for 17 billion dollars in cash and 20 billion dollars worth of Avago shares. This will leave Broadcom shareholders with 32% of the new combined company, and the combined 37 billion dollar value of the deal makes it one of the largest ever acquisitions in the history of the semiconductor industry. Avago is a semiconductor company that produces a number of different products. They make PCIe switches for motherboards, and at one point were the owner of SandForce and their SSD controllers before they were sold to Seagate. Some of their products also cross over with Broadcom’s focus on the wireless industry, such as their power amplifiers for mobile radios. Broadcom is a company that we encounter...

Nvidia Icera 410 LTE Modem Passes AT&T Network Validation

Since acquiring Icera, Nvidia has been busy readying itself for the next level of integration - selling baseband in addition to APs (Application Processors), and further down the road...

8 by Brian Klug on 5/24/2012

OmniVision Announces 16 MP OV16820 and OV16825 CMOS sensors with 60FPS 4K2K and QFHD Support

Paying attention to smartphone CMOS sensors has been one of the things we've been doing for a while now in our smartphone reviews, and today OmniVision announced details about...

19 by Brian Klug on 5/22/2012

Sonic 4: Episode II Now Available for Tegra 3

Earlier this year at Mobile World Congress, NVIDIA and Sega announced Sonic 4: Episode II would be coming to TegraZone in an optimized version for NVIDIA's Tegra 3 hardware...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/16/2012

Apple releases iOS 5.1.1 Update - Primarily Bugfixes

Apple just pushed out an update for iOS, bringing the version number up to 5.1.1. The update thus far appears to be primarily bugfixes including tweaks to HDR from...

11 by Brian Klug on 5/7/2012

The Samsung Galaxy S III Preview

It's been a long day in London, and hot off the heels of our Galaxy S III performance preview is some discussion about the hardware itself. For any successful...

126 by Brian Klug on 5/3/2012

Samsung Galaxy S III Performance Preview: It's Fast

Earlier today Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S III, at the heart of which is Samsung's new Exynos 4 Quad SoC. Fortunately we got a ton of hands on time...

94 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/3/2012

The Samsung Galaxy S III Revealed: 4.8" HD SuperAMOLED, Exynos 4 Quad, Available 5/29 in Europe

Apple is a bit infamous for its tight control over new products, particularly iPhones. Development mules are often updated internals stuffed into nondescript previous generation designs. And talk of...

57 by Jason Inofuentes on 5/3/2012

BlackBerry 10 Teased Kicking Off BlackBerry World

As the lights came up on Thorston Heins opening remarks at BlackBerry World 2012, expectations were... well, low. There was always the possibility that we would hear of some...

24 by Jason Inofuentes on 5/1/2012

The HTC One X for AT&T Review

For just over a week, I’ve been using two phones interchangeably. The first is the Lava Xolo X900 with Medfield inside, the second is the flagship of HTC’s new...

138 by Brian Klug on 5/1/2012

Clearwire Announces Initial TDD-LTE Network Launch Early 2013

Clearwire has been talking about deploying TDD-LTE (Time Division Duplexing, as opposed to FDD) on its 2.5 GHz spectrum for some time now, and has announced some more launch...

14 by Brian Klug on 4/26/2012

Lava Xolo X900 Review - The First Intel Medfield Phone

For Intel, the road to their first real competitive smartphone SoC has been a long one. Shortly after joining AnandTech and beginning this journey writing about both smartphones and...

106 by Brian Klug on 4/25/2012

Google Selling Galaxy Nexus on Google Play Store for $399

It's been what seems like an eternity since Google stopped selling the Nexus One directly through google.com. Google struggled with support and logistics involved with selling a consumer electronic...

15 by Brian Klug on 4/24/2012

HTC One X Cases: Taking Protection into HTC's Hands

With the One lineup (particuarly the One X and One S), HTC really ratched up its focus on design. The One X is easily one of the best looking...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/20/2012

HTC One Media Link HD Demo

We've just started work on our HTC One X/One S testing, however HTC was kind enough to give us a demo of one of the coolest accessories that was...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/20/2012

NVIDIA Plots Mobile SoC GPU Performance, Surpassing Xbox 360 by 2014

Qualcomm was the first to tell us that it expects to offer console level GPU performance in the not too distant future, generally hinting that its Adreno 3xx GPUs...

51 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/19/2012

Sprint makes its Galaxy Nexus Variant Official - $199 with $40 Google Wallet Credit

In a move that shouldn't be surprising to anyone, Sprint has made a Galaxy Nexus variant tailored for its own CDMA2000 and LTE network official in an announcement today...

12 by Brian Klug on 4/16/2012

Lumia 900 Memory Management and Data Fix Now Available

A short time after the Lumia 900 went on sale, users started reporting data connectivity issues affecting both 3G HSPA+ and 4G LTE on AT&T. Although I didn't encounter...

12 by Brian Klug on 4/13/2012

Apple's iPad 2,4 also uses 32nm A5 S5L8942 SoC

Through Chipworks, we recently learned that Apple's revised A5 SoC (S5L8942) is built on a 32nm Samsung HKMG process. While its presence in the Apple TV (3rd generation) which...

28 by Brian Klug on 4/11/2012

Apple TV A5 SoC is 32nm, Harvested dual-core A5

The 3rd generation Apple TV ships with what Apple tells us is a single-core A5 SoC. After delayering the chip to the transistor gate layer in the new Apple...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/11/2012

Nokia Acknowledges Lumia 900 Data Issue, Offers Fix and $100 Credit

In the short time I spent with our Nokia Lumia 900 review unit, I never encountered any loss of data connectivity issues either on AT&T LTE, AT&T HSPA+. Nevertheless...

13 by Brian Klug on 4/11/2012

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