Smartphones

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 LTE modem, the Snapdragon X20 LTE, along with some new RF front-end components. The Snapdragon X20 LTE modem will use Samsung’s latest 10nm LPE process and offer a few key enhancements over the X16 LTE modem integrated into the Snapdragon 835 SoC. First, the X20 gains support for 5x carrier aggregation (5x20MHz), allowing for more flexible use of available licensed and unlicensed spectrum with over 1000 possible carrier aggregation band combinations. It also increases the number of usable spatial streams from 10 to 12 by performing 4x4 MIMO on three aggregated carriers. These improvements allow the...

Kodak Ektra Smartphone Announced: MediaTek Helio X20, 21 MP Camera, USB-C

Eastman Kodak and the Bullitt Group on Thursday introduced the Ektra smartphone, which will be the first mainstream handset carrying the Kodak brand. The phone inherits its Ektra name...

19 by Anton Shilov on 10/20/2016

Chinese Tech Giant LeEco Enters US Market with Le Pro3 and Le S3 Smartphones, Range of UHD TVs

LeEco announced its official entry into the U.S. market at its “Ignite the Eco World” event in San Francisco, an important step in the company's globalization plan. Its initial...

39 by Matt Humrick on 10/20/2016

Huawei announces the HiSilicon Kirin 960: 4xA73 + 4xA53, G71MP8, CDMA

Last year we had the opportunity to attend HiSilicon's launch event of the Kirin 950. The 950 SoC was the first to employ ARM's Cortex A72 in a smartphone...

42 by Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 10/19/2016

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 653, 626, & 427 SoCs: Include X9 LTE Modem and Support for 8GB RAM

Today at Qualcomm’s 2016 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, the company announced several new additions to its low- and mid-tier Snapdragon SoC lineup, including the Snapdragon 427, 626, and...

34 by Matt Humrick on 10/17/2016

Qualcomm Announces New X50 5G Modem, First Gigabit Class LTE Network and Router

Qualcomm made three announcements about connectivity products today at its 2016 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong. The first announcement, aimed at easing the transition between the 4G LTE networks...

22 by Matt Humrick on 10/17/2016

Update: Samsung Officially Halts All Note7 Sales & Exchanges, Now Recalling All Devices

Update 10/13: After earlier asking customers to stop using the Note7, today the company has expanded the matter to a full recall in the United States. All Note7s, originals...

95 by Matt Humrick on 10/13/2016

The Huawei Honor 8 Review

Huawei’s first foray into the US smartphone market was with the Honor 5X, a lower-cost device with a well-balanced design. Encouraged by its initial reception, Huawei is back with...

93 by Matt Humrick on 10/13/2016

Microsoft Adds HP Elite x3 Smartphone to Windows Store, $799

Microsoft has begun to sell HP’s Elite x3 smartphone at its Windows Store. The handset is one of the most powerful Windows 10 Mobile-based devices and the one of...

35 by Anton Shilov on 10/10/2016

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Review: Iterating on a Flagship

The iPhone 6 was a runaway success by any measure. The A8 SoC may have been built on a temperamental 20SoC process – something that dogged all other...

372 by Joshua Ho & Brandon Chester on 10/10/2016

Launch Update: ASUS ZenFone 3, Zenbook 3, ZenWatch 3, ZenPad 3S 10

ASUS has introduced a number of new products this summer, but never released their official recommended prices and availability timeframes for the US market. In the recent weeks, the...

21 by Anton Shilov on 10/10/2016

Hands On With the New Google Pixel Phones

After Google’s launch event today in San Francisco, I had an opportunity to get my hands on its new Pixel and Pixel XL phones. My initial impression is that...

73 by Matt Humrick on 10/5/2016

Google Announces Pixel and Pixel XL Phones: Snapdragon 821, 5" & 5.5" Screens, $649, Preorders Start Today

At an event today in San Francisco, Google unveiled its latest vision for Android smartphones—the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. For this generation, Google nixes the familiar Nexus name...

103 by Ryan Smith & Matt Humrick on 10/4/2016

Live Blog: Made By Google October Phone Event

We're live from Google's October phone event in San Francisco

84 by Matt Humrick on 10/4/2016

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 39

Here’s the second part of AnandTech’s smartphone podcast, post the Apple event where the iPhone 7 was launched. On the Podcast are Ian, Josh and Matt (apologies for his...

7 by Ian Cutress on 10/3/2016

HTC Announces Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle

As the holidays approach, OEMs often refresh their device portfolio to make sure that they put their best foot forward as a significant proportion of sales occur towards the...

24 by Joshua Ho on 9/20/2016

The HTC 10 Review

It probably goes without saying right now that HTC has been a troubled company for some time now. With the One M8 we finally saw that they were making...

180 by Joshua Ho on 9/19/2016

The AnandTech Podcast, Episode 38: Smartphones Anonymous (iPhone)

With the launch of the iPhone today, Josh, Matt and I got together to record some of our thoughts on the launch of the latest Apple devices, as well...

36 by Ian Cutress on 9/16/2016

Early iPhone 7 Teardowns: Intel & Qualcomm Modems, TSMC SoC, 2 to 3 GB of RAM

Today is launch date for Apple’s new iPhone 7 models, and as is tradition every year, the teardowns have already begun. Both the Chipworks/TechInsights team and iFixit have completed...

97 by Ryan Smith on 9/16/2016

The iOS 10 Review: Refining the iOS Experience Both Over & Under the Hood

The momentum of the mobile space has changed in the past year. As the market for high end smartphones approaches saturation, the focus on the software side has moved...

106 by Brandon Chester on 9/13/2016

Moto Z Hasselblad True Zoom Mod: Camera Shootout

The Hasselblad True Zoom Mod for Motorola’s Moto Z family delivers a true 10x optical zoom, brighter flash, and AF assist light that extend the capabilities of the typical...

27 by Matt Humrick on 9/10/2016

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