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Today Basemark released a new cross-platform benchmark, aptly named Basemark GPU. The new benchmark is a result of what is claimed to be two and a half years of development. The key characteristic of Basemark GPU is that it's aiming for all platforms and graphics APIs. By default it uses different workload complexities on desktop and mobile in order to match the expected performance of the platform. However the desktop client can also be set to the mobile profile to allow for more apples-to-apples testing with mobile devices. Today's launch includes Windows, Linux and Android releases, supporting OpenGL and Vulkan graphics APIs. In the coming months it's said that we'll see DirectX 12 and Metal (iOS) added to the mix. The benchmark also supports selectable...

Qualcomm Affirms Dozens of Carrier & Manufacturer Partnerships For 5G Trials & 2019 Product Launches

Hitting the wire today are a pair of announcements from Qualcomm, who is affirming the dozens of partnerships the company has inked both with carriers and handset manufacturers regarding...

22 by Ryan Smith on 2/8/2018

Honor Launches The Honor 9 Lite

Today Honor officially launches the Honor 9 Lite for western markets. The launch follows that of the Honor 7X and V10 last month which were the company’s first models...

11 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/6/2018

Honor Launches Red 7X For The US

Part of a minor announcement, Honor has launched a limited edition red version of the Honor 7X. The Honor 7X is an entry level smartphone sporting a 5.93” 18:9...

4 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/6/2018

JEDEC Publishes UFS 3.0 Spec: Up to 2.9 GB/s, Lower Voltage, New Features

JEDEC this week published their UFS 3.0 specification, which is intended to bring numerous performance, power and feature set-related improvements to the standard. The version 3.0 of the spec...

13 by Anton Shilov on 1/31/2018

European Union Fines Qualcomm $1.23 Billion for Anti-Competitive Apple Deal

This morning the European Union’s European Commission became the latest regulatory body to fine Qualcomm over anti-competitive actions undertaken by the company. The investigation, which we’ve been expecting the...

36 by Ryan Smith on 1/24/2018

The Samsung Exynos M3 - 6-wide Decode With 50%+ IPC Increase

With the public announcement of the Exynos 9810 having finally taken place, Samsung engineers are now free to release information on the new M3 CPU microarchitecture. We have a...

60 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/23/2018

HiSilicon Kirin 970 - Android SoC Power & Performance Overview

The Kirin 970 is HiSilicon’s new SoC flagship for this year and powers the Huawei’s flagship devices for this generation. We’ll have a closer look at the SoC capabilities...

116 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/22/2018

Meizu Announces M6s with Exynos 7872

Today Meizu launched the new M6s, successor to last year’s M5s. The new M6s brings significant upgrades for the entry-level smartphone as it upgrades the SoC, screen and camera. The...

25 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/17/2018

Synaptics at CES 2018: In-screen Fingerprint & OLED DDIC

At CES 2018 we’ve had opportunity to visit Synaptics’ booth and check out what new technologies they had to offer. One of the big stories of CES 2018 in...

4 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/16/2018

Sony Unveils Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra, and Xperia L2

LAS VEGAS, NV — Today at CES 2018, Sony announced the addition of three new phones to their Xperia line: the Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra, and Xperia L2...

12 by Nate Oh on 1/8/2018

CEVA Announces NeuPro Neural Network IP

Ahead of CES CEVA today announced a new specialised neural network accelerator IP called NeuPro. We’ve over the last few months seen an explosion of news related to “AI” and...

12 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/5/2018

Samsung Announces New 9810 SoC: DynamiQ & 3rd Gen CPU

After teasing the Exynos 9810 in CES related press material back in early November as well as having early announcement about the new modem capabilities last summer we now...

43 by Brett Howse & Andrei Frumusanu on 1/3/2018

Apple Issues Updated Statement On Battery Ageing

Following the attention that Apple had gotten over the past few weeks regarding the discovery of mechanisms that reduce CPU frequency on devices with aged batteries, Apple has now...

101 by Andrei Frumusanu & Anton Shilov on 12/29/2017

Apple Confirms CPU Limitation In Ageing Devices

Over the last week there's been increasing discussion and evidence of Apple's supposed introduction of CPU throttling mechanisms directly related to the battery wear level on Apple iPhones. The...

122 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/21/2017

3GPP Completes First 5G NR Specification For Release 15

Late last night in Lisbon – Portugal, during the 3GPP’s quarterly plenary meeting, we saw the announcement of the completion of Release 15 NSA 5G NR specification. The 5G...

12 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/21/2017

MediaTek Launches Sensio MT6381 Biosensor

In a change of pace from the normal SoC related MediaTek news, today we see the announcement of a new discrete biosensor from the Taiwanese chip manufacturer. The new...

11 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/14/2017

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform: Tocks Next-Gen CPU Cores, GPU, AI, & More

Today as part of its media event, Qualcomm finally announced the much expected Snapdragon 845, successor to last year's very successful Snapdragon 835. The Snapdragon 845 is a large...

145 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/6/2017

Honor Launches Honor 7X & V10

Today in the London launch event Honor launched its new Honor 7X and V10 smartphones for western markets. The 7X had already been released a couple of months ago...

10 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/5/2017

Google Announces Go-Edition of Android 8.1

With the release of Android 8.1 tomorrow Google also announcement of a Go-edition of Android Oreo. The Android team has been hard at work optimizing the operating system to...

16 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/5/2017

Toshiba Samples New UFS 2.1 NAND: Up to 900 MB/s Reads For 2018 Smartphones

Toshiba has announced that it had started sample shipments of its latest UFS storage devices based on its 64-layer BICS3 3D TLC NAND memory. The new devices are compliant...

12 by Anton Shilov on 12/4/2017

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