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Qualcomm’s legal problems are growing. This afternoon the United States Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating Qualcomm for possible anti-trust issues since 2014, has moved on to the next stage in their investigating by formally charging the company with multiple antitrust violations. This is the latest in a series of moves from national regulatory authorities, which has seen China, South Korea, and the European Union all fine, settle with, or investigate the company. As with the cases against Qualcomm in other nations, much of FTC’s suit sounds similar: that Qualcomm refused to follow FRAND practices on its patents, and that it used its leverage to force device manufacturers to use its modems by making competing modems more expensive via royalties. Furthermore the FTC also...

Alcatel Launches The Idol 4 and Idol 4S At MWC

Today at MWC Alcatel unveiled the first phones in their new Idol 4 line. The Alcatel Idol 4 and 4S are successors to last year's Idol 3, and they...

18 by Brandon Chester on 2/20/2016

Samsung Announces New Exynos 7870 Mid-Range 14nm SoC

Today Samsung announced a new mid-range SoC called the Exynos 7870. The new SKU sports 8x Cortex A53s running at up to 1.6GHz. The GPU should be an ARM...

17 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/17/2016

MWC 2016: LG to Launch new ‘X Series’ Mid-Range Smartphones, each with a Singular Premium Feature

No sooner had I finished writing the news on the LG Stylus 2 announcement had another email landed in my inbox. On the back of the mid-range model with...

17 by Ian Cutress on 2/16/2016

MWC 2016: LG to Unveil the Stylus 2

It is that time of year when the worlds of the smartphone and IoT ecosystems descend into Barcelona for Mobile World Congress. We’re still a few days out (the...

4 by Ian Cutress on 2/16/2016

Microsoft Launches The Business Focused Lumia 650

Today Microsoft launched their fourth phone in the x50 series, with the Lumia 650 being the latest Lumia to roll out of what used to be Nokia’s smartphone business...

36 by Brett Howse on 2/15/2016

Samsung Begins Rollout Of Android Marshmallow For Galaxy Devices

Today Samsung announced that they are beginning the rollout of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to their Galaxy devices. As expected, the first two devices to be updated are the company's...

17 by Brandon Chester on 2/15/2016

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 625, 425 & 435 Mid- and Low-End SoCs

Today Qualcomm announced three new SoCs in the mid and low-end Snapdragon lineup. At the lowest end we find the Snapdragon 425 offering a very frugal CPU configuration consisting...

22 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/11/2016

VAIO to Start Selling Smartphones in Japan

VAIO, the former PC division of Sony and now an independent supplier of PCs, this week announced plans to introduce its first smartphone in Japan this spring. The company...

16 by Anton Shilov on 2/5/2016

Windows 10 Mobile Has A Cellular Data Eating Bug

Although Windows 10 has gotten off to a great start by pretty much any metric, Microsoft’s mobile version of Windows 10 has had a pretty bumpy road. Originally thought...

45 by Brett Howse on 1/27/2016

ASUS Booth Tour at CES 2016: 10G Switches, External GPU Dock, USB-C Monitor and more

When ASUS emailed a couple of weeks before CES announcing that they had cancelled their press event for the show, we had a few question marks. Previous shows involve...

50 by Ian Cutress on 1/19/2016

Conexant Announces New Audio Processing Solutions At CES

At CES, Conexant gave me a demo of some of the audio processing technology that they've been working on. Conexant is a company that probably has their technology in...

10 by Brandon Chester on 1/14/2016

Intel and Google Equip Smartphones with 3D Cameras and Computer Vision

Computer vision and sensing are crucial for cars, robots, drones and many other applications. However, existing devices such as personal computers or mobile gadgets can also take advantage of...

8 by Anton Shilov on 1/12/2016

Hands On With the Huawei Honor 5X

We’ve reviewed Huawei Honor devices before, but by and large they were designed to target China and similar markets. There were also a number of growing pains as seen...

14 by Joshua Ho on 1/6/2016

Gold Nexus 6P Comes To The US

One of the smaller announcements from Huawei at CES was the arrival of the gold colored Nexus 6P in the United States. The gold Nexus 6P, also known as...

2 by Brandon Chester on 1/5/2016

The Huawei Mate 8 Review

It’s been over a year since we reviewed the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 and Ascend Mate 2. For many people and including ourselves at AnandTech these were among one...

115 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/5/2016

Lenovo Announces The VIBE S1 Lite

Today Lenovo introduced the VIBE S1 Lite at CES in Las Vegas. The VIBE S1 Lite is a mid range smartphone offered by Lenovo which offers some notable specs...

0 by Brandon Chester on 1/4/2016

ASUS Announces February Launch For The ZenFone Zoom

Today at CES ASUS showcased their upcoming ZenFone Zoom, and confirmed that it will be coming to the United States this February. ASUS has teased the ZenFone Zoom a...

14 by Brandon Chester on 1/4/2016

Acer Announces Liquid Jade Primo, Flagship Windows 10 Mobile

Today, Acer is announcing the Liquid Jade Primo smartphone. This device is supposed to be their flagship smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile. This means the latest SoC, Snapdragon 808...

14 by Joshua Ho & Brandon Chester on 1/4/2016

Fujitsu Spins Off Smartphone and PC Divisions

Tough times in the industry can require companies to make tough business decisions. This month Fujitsu announced that it would spin off its personal computer and smartphone operations into...

30 by Anton Shilov on 12/30/2015

The CUBOT H1 Smartphone Test: A Month with 3-4 Days of Battery per Charge

The last time I fully road tested a smartphone, I was moving from a rather decrepit Samsung Galaxy S2 to the 'glorious' 6-inch HTC One max, at a time...

116 by Ian Cutress on 12/23/2015

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