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Sizing up the Android smartphone market, late fall is a very tough timing in terms of buying smartphones. The fall is all almost entirely monopolized by Apple and the iPhone, so the vast majority of line-ups from Android vendors are seeing only inter-generational updates this time of the year. There’s only a few exceptions for this rule, and by and large this is instead a better time to take advantage of seasonal sales of existing smartphones released earlier in the year. This quarter, the most interesting new devices were Huawei’s new Mate 20s. The Mate 20 Pro, while certainly Huawei’s best device to date, does seem to have some few issues around the edges that prevents it from quite justifying its price. Also newly released...

The iPhone XS, XS Max, XR and Apple Watch 4 Hands-On

Today at Apples iPhone launch event, we saw the unveiling of three new iPhones as well as the Apple Watch Series 4. We go into more detail about the...

113 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/12/2018

The Apple 2018 iPhone Event Live Blog

With fall quickly approaching, it's that time of year again in the tech industry as well: iPhone season. To that end, kicking off in a few hours for Apple's...

53 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/12/2018

UL Delists Huawei Devices Due To Inaccurate Benchmarks

A few days ago we published our article addressing Huawei and Honor’s inaccurate benchmarking behaviour. In a nutshell, we had found out that this year’s devices had introduced a...

33 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/6/2018

Huawei’s GPU Turbo: Valid Technology with Overzealous Marketing

One of the biggest announcements from Huawei this year is that of its new GPU Turbo technology. The claims that it could provide more performance at less power, without...

62 by Andrei Frumusanu & Ian Cutress on 9/4/2018

HiSilicon Announces The Kirin 980: First A76, G76 on 7nm

This year at IFA, instead of suddenly finding the new silicon on the show floor, Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu announced this year’s new Kirin 980 during the company’s keynote...

119 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/31/2018

Sony Launches The Xperia XZ3: First Sony OLED Smartphone

Today Sony launched the successor to this year’s not-so-old XZ2 which was released only 6 months ago at MWC. The new XZ3 is an iterative design over the XZ2...

38 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/30/2018

Honor Launches €329/£279 Honor Play: Hands-On

Today at Honor’s event in Berlin we saw the global launch of the new Honor Play smartphone. The Honor Play had been announced in China and India back in...

6 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/30/2018

Kishonti GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins: OpenGL & Vulkan Benchmark Hands-On

Today Kishonti have finally released their final update to GFXBench version 5.0. The update introduces the new Aztec Ruins scene in two complexity modes as well as OpenGL, Vulkan...

40 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/24/2018

Qualcomm Begins Sampling of 7nm Next-Gen SoC

Today Qualcomm is announcing that it has begun sampling its next generation Snapdragon SoC. The announcement is unusual as in the past we’ve never really had sampling announcements from...

18 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/22/2018

Hot Chips 2018: Samsung’s Exynos-M3 CPU Architecture Deep Dive

As part of this year’s first conference talks at HotChips 2018 at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, we’ve had the pleasure to finally hear...

45 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/20/2018

Arm Unveils Client CPU Performance Roadmap Through 2020 - Taking Intel Head On

Today’s announcement is an oddball one for Arm as we see the first-ever public forward looking CPU IP roadmap detailing performance and power projections for the next two generations...

99 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/16/2018

Samsung Releases Exynos Modem 5100 - First Multi-Mode 5G Modem

Today Samsung announced its new Exynos Modem 5100 – what it claims to be the industry’s first multi-mode 5G modem. While over the last few months, and years, we’ve heard...

17 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/15/2018

Samsung Announces The Galaxy Note 9: 4000mAh And New S-Pen

Today at the Unpacked Event at the Barclays Center in New York Samsung launched alongside a new smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch and a new home speaker, the Galaxy Home...

50 by Andrei Frumusanu & Nate Oh on 8/9/2018

The LG G7 Review: A Rushed Attempt?

This year was a change in pace for LG, as we saw the company change its usual release plans for its “mainline” flagship device, the LG G7, which was...

53 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/9/2018

Samsung Unpacked 2018 Pt.2 - Live Blog (11am ET)

We're here in New York City for Samsung's second Unpacked event of the year. This time around it's no secret what Samsung will be presenting: the Galaxy Note 9...

16 by Andrei Frumusanu & Nate Oh on 8/9/2018

Qualcomm Reveals The Snapdragon 670 Platform: Dual Big Cores + Adreno 615

Today Qualcomm is announcing a new entry in the 600-series mid-range line-up. In a surprise move, the new Snapdragon 670 is a direct successor to the Snapdragon 660, and...

24 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/8/2018

Galaxy Note 9 Leaks In Officially Uploaded Video

Samsung is said to have uploaded a promotional Galaxy Note 9 video onto its New Zealand YouTube media channel, depicting the new design as well as a couple of...

19 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/3/2018

Huawei Takes #2 Smartphone Manufacturer Spot in 1H18

Huawei has released its business results for the first half of 2018, and has posted new record sales figures of 95+ million units. Most importantly, the company has now surpassed...

19 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/3/2018

The OnePlus 6 Review: Among The Best Of 2018

Over the last several years OnePlus has evolved from a vendor looking to disrupt the smartphone market to a company whose flagships are now eagerly awaited every year. The...

86 by Andrei Frumusanu on 7/27/2018

Qualcomm Announces Their First 5G mmWave Antenna Module: QTM052, Coming This Year

For the past couple of years now, Qualcomm has been very publicly putting together the final pieces of the puzzle that are 5G cellular. The company announced their discrete...

20 by Ryan Smith on 7/23/2018

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