Snapdragon

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 its fast-charging technology. Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4 promises up to 20% faster charging and 30% higher efficiency than the previous generation Quick Charge 3 found in many current flagship phones. This latest generation brings a number of improvements, but perhaps the most remarkable change is that Quick Charge 4 is now compatible with the USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) specifications set by the USB-IF standards body. Previous implementations of Qualcomm’s proprietary charging technology alter the voltage delivered over Vbus to increase the charging rate, which violates the Type-C specification for standard charging that only...

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

Chinese Tech Giant LeEco Enters US Market with Le Pro3 and Le S3 Smartphones, Range of UHD TVs

LeEco announced its official entry into the U.S. market at its “Ignite the Eco World” event in San Francisco, an important step in the company's globalization plan. Its initial...

39 by Matt Humrick on 10/20/2016

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 653, 626, & 427 SoCs: Include X9 LTE Modem and Support for 8GB RAM

Today at Qualcomm’s 2016 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, the company announced several new additions to its low- and mid-tier Snapdragon SoC lineup, including the Snapdragon 427, 626, and...

34 by Matt Humrick on 10/17/2016

Sony Announces Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact

Today at IFA 2016 Sony announced two new phones to flesh out the Xperia X lineup, namely the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact. Starting with the Xperia XZ, it...

25 by Joshua Ho on 9/1/2016

Huawei Launches the NOVA Brand: Two Midrange Snapdragon 625 Smartphones

This week at IFA 2016, Huawei has announced another brand/line of smartphones. The NOVA brand, to counter the Mate line of devices and go up against its own H5onor...

8 by Ian Cutress on 9/1/2016

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus: Snapdragon 652, 10-Inch 2K Display, JBL Speakers and USB-C

Lenovo has introduced a new member to its Yoga Tab 3 product family this week at IFA. The new Yoga Tab 3 Plus tablet runs Google Android 6.0 and...

33 by Anton Shilov on 8/31/2016

Qualcomm Details Snapdragon 821: Clocks, Efficiency, and IP

While Qualcomm already announced the Snapdragon 821, with the announcement details were rather sparse. Fortunately, today Qualcomm followed up with more details. Those that followed the announcement might recall...

32 by Joshua Ho on 8/31/2016

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 (S820) Review

This year has been difficult for smartphones, which is a bit of a paradox when you consider just how much better things have gotten compared to last year. With...

202 by Joshua Ho on 8/16/2016

Hands On With the Samsung Galaxy Note7

The Galaxy Note line is a staple at this point, a segment that Samsung truly owns as the first mover and has been wildly successful in ways that Samsung...

74 by Joshua Ho on 8/2/2016

Project Tango Demoed with Qualcomm at SIGGRAPH 2016

Project Tango at this point is probably not new to anyone reading this as we’ve discussed it before, but in the past few years Google has been hard at...

13 by Joshua Ho on 7/27/2016

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 821: 2.4 GHz Kryo

If you’ve been paying attention to the right places in the past few months it was probably obvious this was coming, but Qualcomm is announcing a higher tier to...

78 by Joshua Ho on 7/11/2016

Samsung Announces The Galaxy S7 Active

Today Samsung is following up the launch of its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones with the introduction of the Galaxy S7 active, a ruggedized version of the...

46 by Matt Humrick on 6/6/2016

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon Wear 1100 SoC For Wearables

Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon Wear 1100 SoC today at Computex 2016. Intended for wearable devices, such as fitness trackers, smart headsets, and connected watches for children, it features a...

12 by Matt Humrick on 6/1/2016

The Sony Xperia X Preview

For some time now, Sony has been mostly absent from the US market. While we’ve seen devices here and there, there have been issues with keeping launches aligned, and...

45 by Joshua Ho on 5/31/2016

The LG G5 Review

Rejecting plastic in favor of more-expensive materials is the current trend among flagship phones, so it’s hardly surprising to see LG wrap the G5 in an aluminum shell. Gaining...

92 by Matt Humrick on 5/26/2016

Xiaomi Launches the Mi Max: $230-$310, 6.4-inch, 4850 mAh, 7.5mm, Dual SIM

After posting several teasers on the official twitter feed, Xiaomi has now announced a large battery, large screen ‘smartphone’ that blurs the line between 7-inch tablets and 6-inch smartphone...

11 by Ian Cutress on 5/10/2016

HTC 10: A Quick Look At Battery Life & Storage Performance

While I’m still working on the full review for the HTC 10, there’s obviously a lot of questions flying around for at least a few of the claims that...

50 by Joshua Ho on 4/14/2016

Hands On With The HTC 10: A Fresh Start

At this point it’s probably not a secret that HTC has been struggling for the past few years. While the One M8 was a solid upgrade to the One...

130 by Joshua Ho on 4/12/2016

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