Qualcomm today announced 4 new additions to its Snapdragon 400 and 600 lineup of SoCs, along with a reshuffle and rebranding of their modem lineup. Let's begin with the new SoC offerings: The Snapdragon 415 and 425 are additions to the low-end of Qualcomm's SoC offerings. The Snapdragon 415 is described a "quick transition piece" to the Snapdragon 410 which we suspect means it will be a pin-compatible SoC upgrade. It doubles up on the core-count from 4 A53 processors up to 8. The cores are still clocked in at the same 1.4GHz frequency. On the GPU side we see an upgrade from the Adreno 306 to a newer Adreno 405 and memory speeds have been slightly bumped from 533MHz to 667MHz LPDDR3, dropping LPDDR2...

Lenovo Digital Home, AIOs, etc.

Wrapping up the tour of Lenovo (and by no means capturing everything they had to display, I’m going to keep this short. Lenovo had their latest rendition of their...

2 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2014

Lenovo: Yoga, Miix 2, and ThinkPad Tablets; Vibe Z and K900 Smartphones

Moving along in our Lenovo coverage, there were a couple of smartphones as well as quite a few tablets on display. The Yoga Tablet 8 and 10 promise up...

11 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2014

Audience Announces its Fourth Generation Voice Processor - eS700 Series

We've been covering and tracking ambient noise reduction technologies in smartphones for a while now, and one of the players in that space, Audience, is announcing its fourth generation...

1 by Brian Klug on 1/6/2014

NVIDIA Tegra K1 Preview & Architecture Analysis

NVIDIA has taken to using CES as its platform for launching members of its Tegra mobile SoC family. This year was no different as it shifted branding a bit...

88 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/6/2014

NVIDIA Announces Tegra K1 SoC with Optional Denver CPU Cores

At its CES press conference, NVIDIA finally revealed the marketing name for Project Logan - NVIDIA's latest mobile SoC: Tegra K1. NVIDIA hasn't said much about the architectural details...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2014

Best Tablets - Holiday 2013

We've covered quite a few laptop options last week for those looking for something mobile for the holiday season, but one area we haven't touched on yet is tablet...

108 by Jarred Walton on 12/19/2013

Google Play Edition LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Z Ultra, White Nexus 7 Announced

Today Google dropped by news of three new products hitting the Google Play store's device section, Google Play editions of LG's G Pad 8.3 and Sony's Xperia Z Ultra...

39 by Brian Klug on 12/10/2013

Smartphone Audio Quality Testing

We spend a lot of time watching and listening to our smartphones and tablets. The younger you are the more likely you are to turn to them for watching...

187 by Chris Heinonen on 12/8/2013

Futuremark Begins Delisting "Cheating" Mobile Devices from 3DMark Database

Over the summer, following a tip from @AndreiF7, we documented an interesting behavior on the Exynos 5 Octa versions of Samsung's Galaxy S 4. Upon detecting certain benchmarks the...

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/26/2013

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805: 2.5GHz, 128-bit Memory Interface, D3D11-class Graphics & More

Qualcomm has had an incredible year. It wasn’t too long ago that I was complaining about Qualcomm’s release cadence, the lull between Scorpion and Krait allowed competitors like NVIDIA...

105 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/22/2013

iPad mini with Retina Display: LTE Hotspot Battery Life

As I promised in our iPad mini with Retina Display review, I put the new mini through our LTE hotspot battery life test. As connected tablets are effectively smartphones...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/22/2013

Qualcomm Atheros Announces New Internet Processor Category - IPQ8064 and IPQ8062

Today Qualcomm Atheros is announcing two new products and an entirely new category on its roadmap, the Internet Processor, prefixed IPQ (Internet Processor Qualcomm). The two new SoCs are...

22 by Brian Klug on 11/20/2013

Apple iPad mini with Retina Display: Reviewed

I suppose there’s only one way to start this review, and that’s by looking back at last year’s iPad mini review. In that review I had a section dedicated...

349 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/16/2013

Android 4.4 Factory Images Now Available for Nexus 4, 7 (2012 and 2013), and 10

Although Google started its official rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat over the air updates to Nexus devices a few days ago, it always takes days or weeks before the...

33 by Brian Klug on 11/14/2013

NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 Review

NVIDIA has been doing something interesting of late by making and releasing its own devices with Tegra SoCs inside. We first saw Shield, a handheld gaming console with Tegra...

87 by Brian Klug on 11/12/2013

Qualcomm's Modem Workshop - Lots of Comparisons

Last year Qualcomm flew me out to their San Diego headquarters to talk about modems and transceivers, and what ended up being of the biggest public disclosures made from...

18 by Brian Klug on 11/8/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Firmware Update Improves Battery Life

Shortly after general availability of the Surface Pro 2, Microsoft pushed out a firmware update that allowed the Marvell WiFi solution to drive down to even lower power states...

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/2/2013

iPad Air Delivers 24 Hours of Battery Life as LTE Hotspot

A year ago during my review of the LTE iPad 3 I decided to find out how long the iPad would last as a personal hotspot. With the display...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/2/2013

Intel Announces PCIe M.2 LTE Modules with XMM7160, Notes Galaxy Tab 3 (10.1) Socket Win

Intel has been ramping up how much it's talking about its first available multimode LTE solution, XMM7160, which we've seen public disclosure of and talked about before. For those...

11 by Brian Klug on 10/30/2013

The iPad Air Review

It seemed like a foregone conclusion that the 10-inch tablet market was done for, with all interest and excitement shifting to smaller, but equally capable 7 or 8-inch tablets...

444 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/29/2013

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