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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...

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review - Part 1

It’s no secret that Samsung enjoyed huge success with Galaxy S 3. In many markets, SGS3 was easily the Android handset to beat, even as faster and arguably better...

336 by Brian Klug on 4/24/2013

Google Announces Glass Specs, Developer SDK, Shipment to Glass Explorers in Waves

Google dropped a bunch of Glass related news today. First up are some high level specifications which posted in an FAQ document. There's still no word about SoC or...

21 by Brian Klug on 4/16/2013

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 19

Remember Brian Klug? Want to hear him rant about phones, operators and Facebook? It's time for the next podcast. The AnandTech Podcast - Episode 19 featuring Anand Shimpi, Brian Klug &...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/12/2013

The HTC One Review

It is nearly impossible to begin to review the HTC One without some context, and I’ll begin our review of the HTC One (formerly the device known as codename...

627 by Brian Klug on 4/5/2013

Facebook Announces Home, and HTC First

Today saw some interesting news from Facebook, which announced a new Android experience named Facebook Home, and alongside a new handset from HTC which will run it out of...

20 by Brian Klug on 4/4/2013

The Great Equalizer 3: How Fast is Your Smartphone/Tablet in PC GPU Terms

For the past several days I've been playing around with Futuremark's new 3DMark for Android, as well as Kishonti's GL and DXBenchmark 2.7. All of these tests are scheduled...

127 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/4/2013

The Great Equalizer Part 2: Surface Pro vs. Android Devices in 3DMark

While we're still waiting for Windows RT and iOS versions of the latest 3DMark, there is one cross-platform comparison we can make: Ivy Bridge/Clover Trail to the Android devices...

57 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/2/2013

3DMark for Android: Performance Preview

As I mentioned in our coverage of GL/DXBenchmark 2.7, with the arrival of Windows RT/8 we'd finally see our first truly cross-platform benchmarks. Kishonti was first out of the...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 4/2/2013

A Visual Guide to the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile

This is normally Brian's beat but with him busy putting the finishing touches on his review of HTC's One, I thought I'd help out. We're still seeing (and hearing...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/29/2013

Apple to Ship Updated A1428 iPhone 5 With AWS WCDMA Enabled for T-Mobile USA

Back when I did my Qualcomm modems and transceivers piece, I gained a deeper understanding about the cellular RF engineering side of the handset puzzle. Specifically, how an OEM...

31 by Brian Klug on 3/26/2013

The HTC One: A Remarkable Device, Anand’s mini Review

For the past week and a half our own Brian Klug has been hard at work on his review of HTC’s new flagship smartphone, the One. These things take...

437 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/21/2013

More Details On NVIDIA’s Kayla: A Dev Platform for CUDA on ARM

In this morning’s GTC 2013 keynote, one of the items briefly mentioned by NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang was Kayla, an NVIDIA project combining a Tegra 3 processor and an...

17 by Ryan Smith on 3/19/2013

NVIDIA Updates Tegra Roadmap Details at GTC - Logan and Parker Detailed

We're at NVIDIA's GTC 2013 event where team green just updated their official roadmap and shared some more details about their Tegra portfolio, specifically additional information about Logan and...

25 by Brian Klug & Ryan Smith on 3/19/2013

Samsung's Galaxy S 4: Introduction & Hands On

Since 2010 Samsung has grown to become not only the clear leader in the Android smartphone space, but the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Its annual iteration of...

209 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/14/2013

Samsung's Unpacked 2013 Launch Event Live Blog

We're live from Samsung's Unpacked event in NYC where the company is about to announce their next-generation flagship smartphone. Keep it parked here for live updates!

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/14/2013

Imagination Technologies Confirms PowerVR SGX 544 IP used in Exynos 5 Octa

ARM was being unusually coy when talking about the GPU IP used in Samsung's recently announced Exynos 5 Octa. We eventually found out why: unlike the Exynos 5 Dual...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/12/2013

OpenCL drivers discovered on Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices

As regular Anandtech readers will know, OpenCL is a standard by Khronos group that allows you to access the computational power of parallel devices such as multicore CPUs and...

19 by Rahul Garg on 2/27/2013

A Look at Broadcom's BCM21892 LTE Baseband at MWC

Yesterday we stopped by Broadcom to look at their newly announced BCM21892 LTE baseband, which we saw teased previously at CES doing a VoLTE call. If you're not famliar...

8 by Brian Klug on 2/27/2013

A Look at ST-Ericsson's THOR M7450 Category 4 LTE Modem with Carrier Aggregation

Earlier this morning we stopped by ST-Ericsson to talk about their SoCs and modem platforms, and took a look at their new Thor M7450 baseband which includes both support...

15 by Brian Klug on 2/26/2013

Live from Nokia's MWC 2013 Press Conference

We just took our seats at the Nokia MWC 2013 press conference here in the new MWC venue in Barcelona. We're not sure what to expect from Noka today...

19 by Brian Klug on 2/26/2013

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