While benchmark optimization has been a hot topic, recently it has faded into the background as the industry adjusted. Previously, we saw changes such as an automatic 10% GPU overclock that was almost never achieved in normal applications, and behavior that would automatically plug in all cores and set the CPU frequency to maximum. Now, most OEMs have either stopped this behavior. Even if an OEM hasn't stopped such behavior, there are options that make it possible to use the altered CPU/GPU governor in all applications. Unfortunately, I have to talk about a case where this isn't true. While I've been working on reviewing the Ascend P7 and have found a lot to like, I am sure that the Ascend P7 alters CPU governor behavior...

Understanding the Verizon iPhone 4 Announcement

Earlier today Verizon did what has been rumored for a while now and announced a partnership with Apple beginning with the CDMA iPhone 4. Device pricing remains unchanged from the...

65 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/11/2011

(Updated: Video and Gallery) Apple's iPhone 4 Coming to Verizon Early Next Month, With Wireless Hotspot

Well, it's official - Verizon is getting the iPhone 4. The Apple/Verizon relationship developed over the last two years. The two companies began technical discussions starting in 2008 about...

43 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/11/2011

BaseMark GUI from RightWare Launches: SoCs Benchmarked

Rightware, makers of MobileMark, BrowserMark, and other mobile benchmarking tools recently launched a new 3D benchmark for mobile devices named BaseMark GUI. BaseMark joins our growing suite of smartphone...

20 by Brian Klug on 1/11/2011

CES 2011: Motorola Xoom & NVIDIA Tegra 2: The Honeycomb Platform

The two biggest announcements at CES 2011? Intel’s Sandy Bridge and pretty much everything NVIDIA talked about at its press conference (as well as the MS Windows 8/ARM announcement...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2011

Two CES-announced Android Phones: Huawei IDEOS X5 and Sony Xperia Arc

There have been an almost overwhelming number of smartphone launches during this CES - which is definitely a good thing. The whole team has been running around getting hands...

21 by Brian Klug on 1/8/2011

Anand Goes Hands On with Motorola's Atrix 4G Webtop

Today I was finally able to spend some time with Motorola’s Atrix 4G and its webtop dock. For those of you who don’t know, earlier in the week Motorola...

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/7/2011

Update for Windows Phone 7: Performance Improvements, Copy & Paste, CDMA (UPDATE: Now with video)

The Microsoft keynote at CES last night reiterated a lot of what we already know about Windows Phone 7, and fleshed out the software giant's plans for its mobile...

31 by Brian Klug on 1/6/2011

Hands On With Motorola's Tegra 2 Devices: Atrix 4G, Droid Bionic, XOOM Tablet

Today Motorola unveiled 4 new Android based devices during their press conference at CES today; three smartphones and 1 tablet. We were able to get some limited hands...

21 by Manveer Wasson on 1/6/2011

NVIDIA's Project Denver: NV Designed, High Performance ARM Core: Updated!

NVIDIA's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang just announced Project Denver - its first CPU architecture design ever, based on ARM's ISA. This is a custom design done by NVIDIA in conjunction...

49 by Brian Klug on 1/5/2011

NVIDIA's Tegra 2 Take Two: More Architectural Details and Design Wins

Twelve months ago NVIDIA stood on stage at CES and introduced its Tegra 2 SoC. It promised dozens of design wins and smartphones shipping before Spring 2010. That obviously...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2011

Samsung Infuse 4G Announced

Rounding out the devices AT&T has announced this morning is the Samsung Infuse 4G, which packs a huge 4.5" Super AMOLED plus display. We're not certain what plus adds...

14 by Brian Klug on 1/5/2011

HTC Inspire 4G with New HTC Sense Announced

HTC CEO Peter Chou just announced the HTC Inspire 4G. Details about the HTC Inspire 4G's hardware stack are relatively scant, but the 4.3" screen begets a platform likely...

6 by Brian Klug on 1/5/2011

Motorola's ATRIX 4G: Tegra 2 Smartphone & Netbook in One

Motorola just announced its flagship Tegra 2 based smartphone: the ATRIX 4G. Running Android 2.2, the ATRIX 4G has a pair of Cortex A9s running at 1GHz inside NVIDIA's...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2011

AT&T Announces 4G LTE Plans

Anand and I rushed from the LG press conference over to AT&T's, where CEO Ralph de la Vega has just announced the carrier's LTE plans for the future. Some...

13 by Brian Klug on 1/5/2011

LG's Optimus 2X: World's First Tegra 2 Smartphone

Brian and I are currently at LG's press conference where the company announced, as expected, the LG Optimus 2X - the world's first dual-core Cortex A9 smartphone based on...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2011

GLBenchmark 2.0 Released - Modern SoCs Benchmarked

We've constantly on the lookout for new benchmarks to use for benchmarking the latest SoCs in devices. Today, Kishonti Informatics released the latest version of its popular GLBenchmark suite...

64 by Brian Klug on 12/17/2010

Nexus S and Android 2.3 Review: Gingerbread for the Holidays

The Nexus S, spiritual successor to the Nexus One, is finally here. The Nexus One was supposed revolutionize in the way people buy mobile phones stateside, effectively decoupling phone...

75 by Brian Klug on 12/14/2010

TI Reveals OMAP4440 Specs: Dual 1.5GHz Cortex A9, 25% Faster GPU, HDMI 1.4 3D, 1080p60

Next year is looking to be a very important year for smartphone and tablet performance. Just as we saw widespread migration to the ARM Cortex A8 and Qualcomm Scorpion...

38 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/8/2010

A Busy Day for Android - Nexus S and Gingerbread (2.3) Officially Announced

As expected, today Google announced Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the Nexus S. Android 2.3 is the latest iteration of Google’s popular smartphone platform, and includes a number of immediately...

45 by Brian Klug on 12/6/2010

Holiday Smartphone Buyer's Guide

Since there are so many smartphones on the market, we figured that the holiday season was a great time to write our first smartphone buyer's guide. And so we...

52 by Vivek Gowri on 12/4/2010

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