Smartphones

The past two weeks have been a busy – if not tumultuous – period for Intel. After announcing a new company strategy focusing on high growth markets, and company-wide layoffs to reach those goals, we have our first announcements on product changes that will come from Intel’s new strategy. In a report on Intel’s new strategy published by analyst Patrick Moorhead, Moorehead revealed that Intel would be radically changing their smartphone SoC plans, canceling their forthcoming Broxton and SoFIA products and in practice leaving the smartphone market for at least the time being. Given the significance of this news we immediately reached out to Intel to get direct confirmation of the cancelation, and we can now confirm that Intel is indeed canceling both Broxton and...

Qualcomm Announces Kryo CPU Details: Quad Core 2.2 GHz, 14nm FinFET

Today, Qualcomm announced a number of details in the Snapdragon 820, specifically about their Kryo CPU. Given that the Snapdragon 810 was a somewhat standard 4x Cortex-A57/4x Cortex-A53, it...

60 by Joshua Ho on 9/2/2015

Huawei Launches Mate S - Hands On

Today at Huawei's IFA Berlin 2015 launch event the Chinese handset maker launched it's new fall flagship device, the Mate S. The new 5.5" form-factor places the Mate S...

18 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/2/2015

Lenovo Announces New PHAB and PHAB PLUS Phablets

Today Lenovo has made a number of announcements relating to their mobile device business. We've seen two new low end tablets, and a very strange but also very interesting...

2 by Brandon Chester on 9/2/2015

Lenovo Launches Three New VIBE Smartphones

Lenovo has been making quite a number of announcements at IFA this year. We've seen a unique high end Android tablet, low end Android tablets, and really big phablets...

2 by Brandon Chester on 9/2/2015

The Mobile CPU Core-Count Debate: Analyzing The Real World

Over the last 5 years the mobile space has seen a dramatic change in terms of performance of smartphone and tablet SoCs. The industry has seen a move from...

155 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/1/2015

Obi Worldphone Launches The Worldphone SF1 and SJ1.5

Today Obi Worldphone, the smartphone company co-founded by former CEO of Apple and former president of Pepsi John Sculley, launched two new smartphones targeted at emerging markets. The first...

10 by Brandon Chester on 8/27/2015

Microsoft Makes Cortana For Android Available As A Public Beta

Earlier this year Microsoft announced that their digital assistant Cortana would be making its way to iOS and Android in addition to its launch on Windows Phone and Windows...

12 by Brandon Chester on 8/24/2015

The Moto G (2015) Review

Motorola's original Moto G was one of the first Android devices to offer what one could honestly call a good user experience at a price of around $200. It...

90 by Brandon Chester on 8/19/2015

Google Releases Final M Preview: Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Today Google released the third developer preview for the M release and at the same time also reveals its official codename as well as final version name: Android 6.0...

51 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/17/2015

A Quick Look at LG G4 Leather Back Covers

With the LG G4 review, our design commentary was mostly targeted towards the G4’s standard polycarbonate back cover. But recently we received some leather back covers from LG designed...

24 by Joshua Ho on 8/17/2015

Hands On With the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Today, Samsung is announcing the next generation of their Galaxy-brand phablets, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+. Samsung’s phablets have been one of their greatest smartphone...

219 by Joshua Ho on 8/13/2015

Qualcomm Details the Adreno 530 GPU and ISP inside the Snapdragon 820

Snapdragon 820 is still a mystery as far as official information from Qualcomm goes. However, today Qualcomm has given a bit of insight into their upcoming SoC. While there's...

66 by Brandon Chester on 8/12/2015

Google Redesigns Hangouts for Android With Version 4.0

Today Google shipped a major update to their Hangouts application for Android. Ever since Hangouts for iOS was updated to 4.0 a little over a month ago Android users...

30 by Brandon Chester on 8/10/2015

Google Commits To Monthly Security Updates For Nexus Devices

Security updates on mobile operating systems have typically been bundled inside larger patches that include other bug fixes and improvements. Unfortunately, the world of security exploits isn't tuned to...

41 by Brandon Chester on 8/5/2015

The LG G4 Review

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...

85 by Joshua Ho on 7/30/2015

Motorola Announces the Moto X Play

In a somewhat interesting twist, Motorola has announced a new version of the Moto X designed to slot in between the Moto X’s traditional flagship position and the Moto...

46 by Joshua Ho on 7/28/2015

Motorola Announces the Moto X Style

Today, Motorola also announced their new flagship phone, the Moto X Style. Following the trend of larger screen sizes, it seems Motorola has taken this trend to its logical...

46 by Joshua Ho on 7/28/2015

Motorola Announces the New Moto G

Today, Motorola announced the successor to their Moto G, which has been their most successful phone in recent memory. It’s still called the Moto G, but this is the...

52 by Joshua Ho on 7/28/2015

OnePlus Announces the OnePlus 2: 389 USD High-End Flagship

OnePlus showed up on the scene last year with a “flagship killer”, the OnePlus One. For those that are unfamiliar with this device, it brought a Snapdragon 801 SoC...

90 by Joshua Ho on 7/27/2015

The Huawei P8 Lite Review

Although many consumers are not familiar with Huawei, they are a company that I have seen selling smartphones for quite some time now. In the earliest days of the...

42 by Brandon Chester on 7/27/2015

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