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...

HiSilicon Announces New Kirin 950 SoC

Today in Beijing, HiSilicon held an extensive media briefing on their brand new flagship SoC - the Kirin 950. The new chipset is a very large leap for the...

41 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/5/2015

The Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Review

To be perfectly honest, this past year has been remarkably boring in the mobile segment. For whatever reason, phones have either stood still or regressed when it comes to...

532 by Ryan Smith & Joshua Ho on 11/2/2015

OnePlus Launches the OnePlus X

When OnePlus launched the OnePlus Two earlier this year the company also mentioned that they would be launching a second smartphone in 2015, and that the new phone would...

53 by Brandon Chester on 10/29/2015

Apple FY 2015 Q4 Results: Record Fourth Quarter With 48 Million iPhones Sold

Today Apple released their Q4 results from fiscal year 2015, and in what seems like an almost unending cycle, the company has once again set a new record for...

44 by Brett Howse on 10/27/2015

Motorola Announces the DROID Turbo 2 and DROID Maxx 2 For Verizon

Motorola has been one of Verizon's Android device partners for many years now. Before Verizon had the iPhone, Motorola's DROID smartphones provided several alternatives for users who didn't want...

22 by Brandon Chester on 10/27/2015

Hands On With the HTC One A9

Today, HTC is launching their flagship smartphone for the holiday season. For those that have followed HTC, this launch shouldn’t be too much of a surprise given that the...

61 by Joshua Ho & Brandon Chester on 10/20/2015

Analyzing Apple's Statement on TSMC and Samsung A9 SoCs

Since we first learned that the A9 SoC in Apple’s iPhone 6s lineup is dual sourced - that is that it's being made by two different vendors with two...

147 by Ryan Smith & Joshua Ho on 10/9/2015

Hands On: Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, & New Lumia Phones

After the press event today, Microsoft had all of the devices available for a hands-on experience. Of all the devices, I was most excited to see the Surface Book...

48 by Brett Howse on 10/6/2015

Microsoft Launches Three New Lumia Phones

Today Microsoft officially revealed three phones which have been showing up in leaks for the past while. Leaks always seem to take away some of the wow factor at...

56 by Brett Howse on 10/6/2015

Google’s Chromecast 2 is Powered By Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 Mini Plus - Dual-Core Cortex-A7

When Google originally announced the second-generation Chromecast last week, in typical Google fashion they focused on features and uses over specifications. Given the capabilities of the new product we...

18 by Ryan Smith on 10/5/2015

The Samsung Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ Review

The Galaxy Note line has long been one of Samsung’s greatest assets in the mobile market. While other Android OEMs have made phablets before, Samsung was pretty much the...

225 by Joshua Ho on 10/2/2015

Google Announces Chromecast (2) & Chromecast Audio

Alongside today’s suite of Nexus phone announcements, Google also spent some time addressing the big screen with an update to the company’s family of Chromecast digital media player/receivers. First off...

23 by Ryan Smith on 9/29/2015

HTC Launches the One M9+ Supreme Camera Edition

Today, HTC launched the One M9+ Supreme Camera Edition. The rather verbose and mildly surreal name probably gives away what this phone is, which is a variant of the...

22 by Joshua Ho on 9/29/2015

Hands On With the Nexus 5X and 6P

Today Google announced several new devices at their September 2015 launch event in San Francisco. By far the most anticipated devices were the two new Nexus phones that were...

116 by Brandon Chester on 9/29/2015

Apple’s A9 SoC Is Dual Sourced From Samsung & TSMC

Picking up from our conversation this morning on Apple’s A9 SoC, the crew over at Chipworks has been working hard over the weekend to decap A9 and their first...

99 by Ryan Smith on 9/28/2015

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Preliminary Results

At this point the iPhone release cycle is pretty well understood. One year, Apple releases the design refresh that changes the external design significantly while generally focusing on evolving...

185 by Joshua Ho on 9/28/2015

Meizu Announces New PRO 5

Today Meizu launches its new high-end flagship, the PRO 5. It was expected for Meizu to market this device as the MX5 Pro but it seems Meizu has chosen...

56 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/23/2015

Xiaomi Announces the Mi 4c with Snapdragon 808

It’s hard to get away from the term ‘flagship killer’ these days in the smartphone space. Alongside the top-model lines from Apple, Samsung, LG and others is a band...

21 by Ian Cutress on 9/22/2015

Google Launches Android Pay On Google Play

Today Google officially began the roll out of Android Pay by releasing the Android Pay application on the Google Play Store. Android Pay was announced earlier this year at...

24 by Brandon Chester on 9/18/2015

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