Today Broadcom took the lead by announcing two new Wifi combo chip solutions meant for the smartphone and tablet market. The BCM4359 is a high-end 2x2 MIMO solution for high-performance smartphones, while the BCM43455 is an updated 1x1 MIMO 802.11ac for mass market phones. Taking a closer look at the BCM4359, we see several innovative new features, the most characterizing one being the inclusion for the first time of Real Simultaneous Dual Band (RSDB). RSDB enables the chip to connect to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously. This is achieved by doubling up on the baseband processors on the combo chip. Broadcom uses ARM Cortex R4 as the processing units of the IC, and the 4359 uses two of them. What this enables is a...

Nokia Lumia 800 & 710, Windows Phones Announced

Just seven months after announcing its intention to move to Windows Phone, Nokia unveiled its first WP based devices: the Lumia 800 and 710. Both feature the same Qualcomm applications...

61 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/26/2011

Toshiba Releases 6.1" Display with Resolution of 2560x1600

Pretty much ever since the iPhone 4 with retina display was launched, resolutions have played a major role in smartphone market. In September, Samsung unveiled Galaxy S II HD...

50 by Kristian Vättö on 10/22/2011

Confirmed: Galaxy Nexus Includes PenTile

Though we've learned a lot about the Galaxy Nexus specifications already, one of the things that has remained a question thus far is whether its 4.65" 720p HD Super...

152 by Brian Klug & Jason Inofuentes on 10/21/2011

Google to Release Ice Cream Sandwich Source Code Soon

Reiterating what the company has been saying about Android 4.0, Google's Dan Morrill said today that the Ice Cream Sandwich source code would be made available to the general...

25 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/20/2011

Nokia Will Unveil Windows 7 Phones Next Week

Nokia will be revealing its first Windows 7 phones next week at its Nokia World 2011 event, Microsoft's Andy Lees revealed in an interview at AllThingsD's AsiaD conference. These...

41 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/20/2011

Samsung Focus S & Flash: Official Images, 1.4GHz Mango Devices Shipping This Fall

The one area Microsoft hasn't touched while upgrading Windows Phone has been the SoC requirements. The platform launched with 65nm Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs featuring the quite-slow Adreno 200 GPU...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/19/2011

ARM's Cortex A7: Bringing Cheaper Dual-Core & More Power Efficient High-End Devices

How do you keep increasing performance in a power constrained environment like a smartphone without decreasing battery life? You can design more efficient microarchitectures, but at some point you’ll...

77 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/19/2011

HTC Updates the Evo 4G; Calls It The Evo Design 4G

In lots of ways the original Evo 4G broke a lot of ground. It was amongst the first phones in the 1 GHz club. It was the first 4G...

6 by Jason Inofuentes on 10/19/2011

Google Introduces Us To Ice Cream Sandwich

When I said it would be a busy fall, I didn’t expect us to be covering two big announcements in one day, or three/four/five, depending on how you choose...

39 by Jason Inofuentes on 10/18/2011

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Officially Announced

Samsung today officially announced the specifications for the newest member of the Nexus family - Galaxy Nexus. The announcement closely matches what we've been anticipating for some time now...

52 by Brian Klug on 10/18/2011

Hands-on With The Motorola Droid RAZR

Unlike some prior events, reps were more than happy to let us get our grubby mits on the devices. Even going so far as to let us run benchmarks...

15 by Jason Inofuentes on 10/18/2011

Motorola Droid RAZR Performance Preview: A Faster Browser

When we published our preliminary iPhone 4S performance results we pointed out that the current state of stock Android (2.3.x) browser performance is pretty bad. Google improved browser performance...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Jason Inofuentes on 10/18/2011

Time for Unification: RIM Announces BlackBerry BBX for Smartphones & Tablets

With its PlayBook tablet RIM introduced a brand new mobile platform built on QNX's Neutrino 6.5 OS. The result was an extremely smooth user experience with great multitasking support...

28 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/18/2011

Leaked Ads Confirm Nokia’s First WP 7.5 Device – Nokia 800

As we inch closer to the Nokia World event in London at the end of the month (October 26 to be precise), details are starting to trickle on Nokia’s...

24 by Saumitra Bhagwat on 10/14/2011

iFixit iPhone 4S Teardown Confirms 512MB LPDDR2, MDM6610

The folks over at iFixit are hard at work dissecting the newly announced/soon-to-be-available iPhone 4S. We've already gone over performance expectations as well as provided a high level hardware...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/13/2011

AirPort Utility for iOS Launches

When we reviewed the 5th generation Airport Extreme and 4th generation Time Capsule, several people pointed out that the iOS 5 beta included an Airport configuration mode inside settings...

10 by Brian Klug on 10/12/2011

iPhone 4S Preliminary Benchmarks: ~800MHz A5, Slightly Slower GPU than iPad 2, Still Very Fast

Apple's ability to control the entire information chain, down to the point of limiting leaks, appears to be gradually slipping as it grows as a company. Case in point...

218 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 10/11/2011

Motorola Droid Bionic Review - Dual Core with 4G LTE

It is something of an understatement to start out by mentioning that the Motorola Droid Bionic was easily this summer’s most anticipated smartphone. The story of the Bionic started...

64 by Brian Klug on 10/11/2011

LG's Optimus LTE: 329ppi with 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 True HD IPS Display

Present day, high-end Android smartphones are offered in two display resolutions: 800 x 480 (WVGA) and 960 x 540 (qHD). With the upcoming release of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)...

40 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/10/2011

The iPhone 4S, HSPA+, and When HSPA+ is Real 4G

A while after the iPhone 4S announcement, I posted a piece on the iPhone 4S' cellular architecture and talked about the new inclusion of HSPA+ alongside CDMA2000 1x/EVDO and...

54 by Brian Klug on 10/9/2011

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