One of the more enjoyable rituals with Apple’s annual iPhone launch is the decapping, deconstruction, and photographing of the processor die at the heart of Apple’s newest SoC. While we can learn a lot about the SoC from software, for some things there’s just no replacement for looking at the hardware itself and counting the functional blocks present. And this year, as in past years, the honor of being the first to tear apart the SoC goes to Chipworks. For determining the layout of A8, Chipworks reached out to us to solicit our input on their die shot, and after some rounds of going back and forth we believe we’ve come to a solid determination of some of A8’s features and how it has...

Sprint and Google Announce Nexus S 4G and Native Google Voice

Today kicked off the start CTIA 2011, and Anand is already over in Orlando, Florida covering the event. I'm missing out this time, instead working on a couple of...

16 by Brian Klug on 3/21/2011

The Apple iPad 2 Review

I don't exactly remember when I stopped using the iPad, but it wasn't without me trying to use it. We reviewed the WiFi version on AnandTech last year but...

201 by Brian Klug, Anand Lal Shimpi & Vivek Gowri on 3/19/2011

Dell Venue Pro: Lightning Strikes

When we first looked at the retail Windows Phone 7 devices back in September of last year, we had one general takeaway - the hardware, regardless of manufacturer, was...

37 by Vivek Gowri on 3/14/2011

Dell Venue Pro: Lightning Strikes

When we first looked at the retail Windows Phone 7 devices back in September of last year, we had one general takeaway - the hardware, regardless of manufacturer, was...

37 by Vivek Gowri on 3/14/2011

Dell Venue Pro: Lightning Strikes

When we first looked at the retail Windows Phone 7 devices back in September of last year, we had one general takeaway - the hardware, regardless of manufacturer, was...

37 by Vivek Gowri on 3/14/2011

Apple iPad 2 GPU Performance Explored: PowerVR SGX543MP2 Benchmarked

Earlier this morning we published our first impressions on Apple's iPad 2, including analysis on camera quality and a dive into the architecture behind Apple's A5 SoC. Our SoC...

219 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/12/2011

Apple iPad 2 Preview

The second generation iPad went on sale earlier today, to much fanfare and long, long lines. We're hard at work on our full review of Apple's second generation tablet...

86 by Anand Lal Shimpi, Brian Klug & Vivek Gowri on 3/12/2011

iOS 4.3 Review

Earlier today, Apple made the iOS 4.3 available to its customers via iTunes, two days ahead of its previously announced March 11th release date. The new iOS revision, which will...

42 by Andrew Cunningham on 3/9/2011

Motorola Xoom Review: The First Honeycomb Tablet Arrives

A year has passed without a significant Android competitor to Apple's iPad. Today that all changes as Google and Motorola unveil the world's first Honeycomb tablet: the Xoom. With...

112 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/23/2011

Google Android 3.0 - Honeycomb Preview

The tablet market today is a far more interesting place than it was just over a year ago. Since the launch of the iPad, there hasn’t been a real...

66 by Saumitra Bhagwat on 2/21/2011

Samsung's Tegra 2 Superphone: The GT-I9103

On Day 0 of this year's Mobile World Congress Samsung and NVIDIA announced that the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 will come to market with NVIDIA's Tegra 2 (T20) SoC...

29 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/16/2011

NVIDIA's Project Kal-El: Quad-Core A9s Coming to Smartphones/Tablets This Year

NVIDIA just dropped a bombshell. Not only is its third generation Tegra architecture, codenamed Kal-El, back from the fab but it's up and running Android after only 12 days...

77 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/15/2011

LG Optimus 3D Preliminary Performance - OMAP4 Tested

We covered the LG Optimus 3D during its launch event yesterday, and the device has continued to draw our attention. Today we decided to track down an LG Optimus...

29 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/15/2011

LG Optimus 3D Preliminary Performance - OMAP4 Tested

We covered the LG Optimus 3D during its launch event yesterday, and the device has continued to draw our attention. Today we decided to track down an LG Optimus...

29 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/15/2011

LG Announces 4-Pronged Mobile Strategy for 2011

On the first day of MWC 2011, LG announced its four-part smartphone and tablet strategy for 2011 as part of what it's calling a "new beginning" for becoming a...

22 by Brian Klug on 2/14/2011

Samsung's Galaxy S II Preliminary Performance: Mali-400MP Benchmarked

There's a lot of speculation about the SoC used in Samsung's Galaxy S II, thankfully through process of elimination and some snooping around we've been able to figure it...

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 2/14/2011

Microsoft Announces a Host of Windows Phone 7 Updates

At MWC 2011, Microsoft just announced a number of improvements for WP7 including the timeline for when its first update will be pushed to devices. The update with app-loading performance...

35 by Brian Klug on 2/14/2011

Qualcomm Demos Remote Handwriting Recognition Using an Ultrasonic Pen

We've been talking about higher performance SoCs for quite a while now, but the number of applications for these things beyond making your UI faster is fairly limited today...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/14/2011

HP's TouchPad at MWC 2011

HP stopped by a Qualcomm roundtable discussion to demonstrate the HP Veer, Pre 3 and TouchPad that it recently announced. Mithun covered the webOS event for us but this...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/14/2011

Intel Shows Off MeeGo Tablet User Experience

While I was scheduling my Mobile World Congress meetings I got an email request from Intel. It wanted to give me a quick tour of the latest MeeGo UI...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/14/2011

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