Smartphones

HMD Global and Zeiss on Thursday announced that they had signed an agreement under which upcoming Nokia-branded smartphones will use Zeiss-branded optics exclusively. The companies said that they would co-develop imaging capabilities of future handsets, but did not elaborate when to expect actual devices on the market. The collaboration announcement between HMD and Zeiss has a number of layers, all of which seem to be significant. First off, Nokia’s future phones will use optics co-developed with a renowned designer of lenses. The important upshot here is that HMD is actually investing in the development of custom capabilities for its Nokia phones. Second, the two companies are talking about “advancing the quality of the total imaging experience”, involving optics, display quality, software, and services, but do...

ZTE Announces Blade V8 Pro with Snapdragon 625, Hawkeye Phone

The competition for the mid-range smartphone market is fairly intense here at CES 2017. Right after the launch of Huawei's Honor 6X yesterday, ZTE is launching their direct competitor...

2 by Joshua Ho on 1/4/2017

Hands On With the Huawei Honor 6X

Last year at CES, Honor announced a new mid-range smartphone, the Honor 5X, for the US market that aimed to bring premium smartphone features to a lower price point...

4 by Matt Humrick & Joshua Ho on 1/4/2017

Qualcomm Details Snapdragon 835: Kryo 280 CPU, Adreno 540 GPU, X16 LTE

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 is the first mobile SoC to use Samsung’s new 10nm FinFET process. It includes a number of updates, including a revamped CPU configuration, that promise to...

59 by Matt Humrick on 1/3/2017

CES 2017 Honor Double Or Nothing Live Blog

We're here at the Honor Double or Nothing event at CES 2017!

10 by Ian Cutress & Joshua Ho on 1/3/2017

South Korea Fines Qualcomm $865 Million for Anti-Trust Violations

Word comes out of South Korea today that the country’s antitrust regulatory authority, the Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC), has ruled against Qualcomm in an ongoing antitrust investigation and...

18 by Ryan Smith on 12/28/2016

HMD Closes Nokia Brand and Patents Deal with Microsoft, Smartphones Due in 2017

HMD Global and FIH Mobile on Thursday announced that they had completed their buyout of Nokia assets from Microsoft which opens a way for return of Nokia branded smartphones...

28 by Anton Shilov on 12/2/2016

MediaTek Adds the Helio X23 and X27 to Its Deca-Core SoC Family

MediaTek added two additional products to its premiere deca-core SoC family today. The Helio X23 and X27 join the previously released Helio X20 and X25, adding additional performance levels...

17 by Matt Humrick on 12/1/2016

Meizu Launches the PRO 6 Plus: 5.7-inch SAMOLED and Exynos 8890 SoC

Meizu added a new flagship phablet to its smartphone lineup today. The new 5.7-inch PRO 6 Plus is the direct successor to the PRO 5, but it incorporates the...

13 by Matt Humrick on 11/30/2016

The OnePlus 3T Review

Back in June, OnePlus launched their new flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 3. I've had an interesting relationship with the OnePlus 3 due to certain decisions that were made regarding...

104 by Brandon Chester on 11/28/2016

Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design Unboxing and Hands On Benchmarks

Alongside the Mate 9 launch a few weeks back, Huawei also announced the Mate 9 Porsche Design model. The presentation in Munich was heavily skewed towards the Porsche branded...

18 by Ian Cutress on 11/18/2016

Qualcomm Announces Quick Charge 4: Supports USB Type-C Power Delivery

Qualcomm did more than reveal the name of its next SoC, the Snapdragon 835, today at its Snapdragon Technology Summit in New York. It also announced an update to...

28 by Matt Humrick on 11/17/2016

Qualcomm Announces Next-Generation Snapdragon 835 SoC Using Samsung’s 10nm Node

Qualcomm revealed the name of its newest SoC, the Snapdragon 835, at its Snapdragon Technology Summit in New York today. The new SoC replaces the Snapdragon 820/821 at the...

65 by Matt Humrick on 11/17/2016

OnePlus Launches The OnePlus 3T

Today OnePlus announced the OnePlus 3T, a smartphone that succeeds the OnePlus 3 as the company's flagship smartphone. This move may be unexpected for some, given that the OnePlus...

35 by Brandon Chester on 11/15/2016

HTC Announces the HTC Bolt - A Sprint-Exclusive Smartphone for LTE Plus

Early this morning HTC took the wraps off of a new phone that will be exclusive to Sprint, the Bolt. Not to be confused with the old HTC Thunderbolt...

22 by Ryan Smith on 11/11/2016

The Google Pixel XL Review: Life After Nexus

Google’s latest phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, still provide that pure Android experience along with at least two years of timely software and security updates. There’s also Google...

250 by Matt Humrick & Brandon Chester on 11/8/2016

Huawei Mate 9 Launch and Hands On: Kirin 960, 5.9in FHD, Daydream VR

Today in Munich Huawei is releasing the covers on their new flagship smartphone. The Mate 9 follows the 8 and 7 as the leading devices under the Huawei brand...

29 by Ian Cutress on 11/3/2016

Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design Launched: Curved 5.5-inch 1440p, Kirin 960, 6GB/256GB, $1300, non-US

Along with the Mate 9 launch, Huawei's event in Munich today featured a second higher-specification variant with branding tied in with one of the world's premium automobile and design...

45 by Ian Cutress on 11/3/2016

Huawei Munich Press Event Live Blog (starts 2pm CET / 9am ET)

Following the launch of the Kirin 960 SoC, the first announce ARM's Cortex A73 cores and G71 GPU cores, we've been shipped to Munich to discover a new Huawei...

21 by Ian Cutress on 11/3/2016

Qualcomm to Acquire NXP, Creates A Massive Semiconductor Company

Qualcomm and NXP Semiconductors on Thursday announced that they had signed an agreement, under which Qualcomm will acquire NXP. The boards of both companies have already unanimously approved the...

30 by Anton Shilov on 10/28/2016

Xiaomi Announces the Mi Note 2 (Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM) and Mi MIX Concept Phones

Xiaomi has added two new phones to its lineup: the Mi Note 2 and the Mi MIX. Both are flagship phones with large screens that emphasize performance and design...

55 by Matt Humrick on 10/25/2016

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