Smartphones

The LG G3 was probably the Android phone that was closest to getting everything right last year, but it ultimately fell short of being the “best Android phone”. The camera was the most balanced between the Galaxy S5 and One M8, the design wasn’t quite as nice as the One M8 but definitely better than the Galaxy S5, and LG’s UI fit in relatively well with Android 4.4. The one flaw that held it back was ultimately the display, which was probably responsible for a lot of the problems that I noticed in the G3. Battery life wasn’t as good as the competition, which was probably due to the new 1440p display. The display itself wasn’t all that impressive either, as there was significant saturation...

ST-Ericsson's NovaThor L8540: 28nm Cortex A9 SoC with Integrated LTE

ST-E is currently laying out its strategy for the company going forward, having suffered a tremendous reduction in revenue as the mobile market has changed dramatically over the past...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/28/2012

Intel Continues Its Smartphone March: Lava & ZTE Partnerships Announced

Intel had two more announcements yesterday about its Atom smartphone progress. The first was a partnership with Lava, an Indian mobile handset manufacturer. The Lava Xolo X900, a rebranded...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/28/2012

Qualcomm Atheros Demos 802.11ac on MSM8960

Among a bunch of interesting Krait features is a noteworthy change in connectivity that represents some of the first fruits of the Qualcomm Atheros acquisition. We touched on it...

6 by Brian Klug on 2/27/2012

Intel Goes Higher & Lower End With Atom SoCs: Z2580 & Z2000 Announced at MWC

Intel had a few updates about its Android SoC strategy for us at MWC this week. The first is a spec revision. The Atom Z2460 we talked about in...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/27/2012

Qualcomm Shows Off Quad Core Krait APQ8064 at 1.5 GHz

We stopped by Qualcomm's booth today for our meeting and, among other things, saw the first demonstration of APQ8064 on a tablet mobile development platform. As a refresher, APQ...

18 by Brian Klug on 2/27/2012

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon S4 Pro: Krait with Adreno 320

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon S4 Pro, a version of the MSM8960 with an Adreno 320 GPU instead of the Adreno 225 that is found in the initial shipping MSM8960...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/27/2012

ASUS Reveals Padfone Specifications

ASUS has been talking about its Padfone product for quite a while now but we're finally getting some more detailed specs on it. As a recap, Padfone is a...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/27/2012

Qualcomm Announces MDM9x25, MDM8225 support 3GPP Rel.10, advanced Carrier Aggregation

Paying attention to basebands is something that really has become one of our niches. So much of a smartphone's design is entirely rooted in requirements around what air interfaces...

4 by Brian Klug on 2/27/2012

Orange to Sell Co-Branded Intel Smartphone Reference Design Directly to Customers, Codename: Santa Clara

At CES Intel announced both Lenovo and Motorola would be bringing Atom based smartphones to market in 2012. Lenovo showed off its K800 for the China market at the...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/26/2012

HTC's New Strategy - The HTC One

HTC begins 2012 with the reveal of a new unified brand strategy. Although HTC as a company has made significant progress in attaining mindshare, its devices lack a single...

66 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/26/2012

Sony Announces Xperia P and U, joining Xperia S NXT Series

Back at CES, then Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia S. Today at MWC 2012, the newly acquired Sony Mobile Communications announced two more Xperia NXT series devices - the...

10 by Brian Klug on 2/26/2012

Samsung Fleshes Out Tab 2 Line and Unveils Galaxy Beam

We wondered what we could expect from the second iteration of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, both in specs and naming convention. To a certain degree, our fears were confirmed...

12 by Jason Inofuentes on 2/26/2012

Up Close With LG's 5-inch Optimus Vu

We talked about LG's 5-inch Optimus Vu smartphone/tablet last week, but today we were able to spend some time with the device itself. As Jason mentioned in our post...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/26/2012

Intel Demos Graphics Performance Analyzer 2012 for Android

One of Intel's advantages as it gets into the smartphone market is its extensive software experience, particularly when it comes to performance optimization and analysis. On Monday at GDC...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/26/2012

Hands on With LG's Optimus 4X HD

We just spent some time with LG's Optimus 4X HD, one of the first NVIDIA Tegra 3 based smartphones. The device features a 4.7-inch IPS 1280 x 720 display...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/26/2012

Google Updates Chrome for Android to 16.0.912.77

Google appears to be taking to an aggressive update schedule with Chrome for Android, today releasing a small Beta 1.1 update to the browser. Among the changes are Android...

11 by Brian Klug on 2/24/2012

Nvidia Announces LTE Partnership with Renesas Mobile and GCT Semiconductor

Nvidia's announcement today is a bit interesting, as it seems to head-off one of the most commonly perpetuated rumors that I read online in the SoC space. Namely, that...

2 by Brian Klug on 2/23/2012

Qualcomm Expands its Gobi Brand to include entire MDM portfolio

For a considerable time now, almost everyone has referred to Qualcomm's Gobi solution incorrectly. Put simply, the Gobi brand was something of a victim of both the confusing reality...

5 by Brian Klug on 2/23/2012

T-Mobile Makes 2013 LTE on AWS plans official in Earnings Report

In T-Mobile USA's fourth quarter 2011 earnings report, the magenta-branded carrier made official its plans to deliver LTE in 2013 on its AWS spectrum holdings, which were recently bolstered...

6 by Brian Klug on 2/23/2012

TI Posts OMAP 5 Dual Core A15 vs Quad Core A9 Video

It seems as though everyone is trying to preempt build excitement before MWC 2012 with their next-generation SoC related news. We've previewed Qualcomm's Krait performance on an MDP MSM8960...

26 by Brian Klug on 2/23/2012

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