Smartphones

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 to the market. As expected, HMD and FIH will keep selling Nokia-branded feature phones in developing countries but will add a range of android-based smartphones and tablets to the lineup in 2017. The two companies hope that relationships with operators as well as manufacturing assets (Foxconn) will be instrumental for making their endeavor a success. As reported earlier this year, HMD Global and FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group (we will call the company “Foxconn” for simplicity), paid Microsoft approximately $350 million in cash for various Nokia-related assets. Under the terms of the...

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

Windows 10 Mobile Update For Older Lumias Pushed To 2016

Earlier this year Microsoft stated that their plan was to begin the roll out of Windows 10 Mobile to existing Lumia devices in December. With December being half over...

26 by Brandon Chester on 12/18/2015

Apple and UnionPay Will Bring Apple Pay To China In Early 2016

Today Apple and China UnionPay announced plans to bring support for Apple Pay to China by the beginning of 2016. China UnionPay is the only bank card organization in...

0 by Brandon Chester on 12/17/2015

Qualcomm renames Snapdragon 618,620 to 650,652

Earlier in the year we were able to cover Qualcomm's announcement of the Snapdragon 618 and 620 mid-range SoCs. We haven't heard much about the SoCs since the original...

21 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/17/2015

The Google Nexus 6P Review

As we have come to know, Google has opted to simultaneously release two Nexus smartphone devices this year. Alongside the smaller form-factor LG Nexus 5X which we’ve reviewed a...

219 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/16/2015

The OnePlus 2 Review

In early 2014, there was a lot of excitement among Android enthusiasts for an upcoming smartphone called the OnePlus One. The company producing it was a Chinese manufacturer, and...

132 by Brandon Chester on 12/14/2015

Motorola Will Bring Android Marshmallow to the 2015 Moto E In Certain Regions

Earlier this year I reviewed the Moto E from Motorola. I felt that the 2015 iteration of the Moto E offered quite a lot for its price, and that...

29 by Brandon Chester on 12/8/2015

Apple Releases an iPhone Battery Case and a New Lightning Camera Adapter

In addition to releasing iOS 9.2, Apple has launched two new accessories for their iOS devices today. The first of the two is something I touched on in our...

34 by Brandon Chester on 12/8/2015

Apple Releases iOS 9.2

Today Apple released iOS 9.2 to iPads, iPhones, and iPods worldwide. The update is another incremental release, improving on features and removing bugs that are still lingering since the...

20 by Brandon Chester on 12/8/2015

China Calling: Huawei’s Media Tour, Kirin 950 and Why We Went

Sometimes the only way to develop a relationship with a technology manufacturer beyond a simple press release exchange with a media relations team, and the odd limited-time product review...

109 by Ian Cutress on 12/4/2015

Samsung Announces Updated Versions of the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7

Today Samsung announced that updated versions of their Galaxy A3, A5, and A7 smartphones are about to be released. The original Galaxy A7 launched at the very beginning of...

23 by Brandon Chester on 12/2/2015

The Huawei Mate S Review

Huawei has been a company which over the past few years has visibly increased its presence in western markets. The Chinese vendor has in particular executed a big push...

54 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/2/2015

Huawei Launches The Mate 8, with Kirin 950

Today Huawei announces their new flagship, the Mate 8. We've already had a look at the Mate S during this year's IFA conference, and while I didn't quite manage...

21 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/26/2015

Samsung Announces Exynos 8890 with Cat.12/13 Modem and Custom CPU

In an unexpected and surprise annoucement, Samsung today revealed its new generation flagship SoC - the Exynos 8. The Exynos 8890 to be more specific, is the successor to...

56 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/12/2015

ARM Announces New Cortex-A35 CPU - Ultra-High Efficiency For Wearables & More

Today as part of the volley of announcements at ARM's TechCon conference we discover ARM's new low-power application-tier CPU architecture, the Cortex-A35. ARM follows an interesting product model: The...

24 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/10/2015

Google Begins Offline Maps Rollout on Android

Earlier this year at Google I/O it was announced that Google Maps for Android and iOS would be receiving an update that would add the ability to save maps...

31 by Brandon Chester on 11/10/2015

The Google Nexus 5X Review

Google's first hardware collaboration with LG brought us the Nexus 4. Like the Nexus 7, the Nexus 4 followed a philosophy of bringing as much power and quality as...

197 by Brandon Chester on 11/9/2015

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