Smartphones

Synaptics this week introduced its first Clear ID FS9500 in-display optical sensor that can be installed under the surface of an OLED screen. The fingerprint reader works faster than facial recognition and can be used in any environments, including dark rooms and sunny beaches, Synaptics says. The first smartphones featuring the technology are due in Q1 2018. Biometric authentication has become a mandated feature of every smartphone in the recent years, but integrating fingerprint sensor has become a challenge as screen-to-body ratio is growing and many front panels have no space for the reader. Some smartphone makers install fingerprint sensor on the back panels of their devices, other, like Apple, introduce facial recognition technologies that require IR and RGB sensors accompanied by appropriate processing resources...

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...

9 by Andrei Frumusanu 7 hours ago

Samsung Starts Production of 512 GB UFS NAND Flash Memory: 64-Layer V-NAND, 860 MB/s Reads

Samsung on Tuesday announced that it had initiated volume production of UFS NAND flash memory chips with 512 GB capacity based on its latest 64-layer 512 Gb V-NAND. The...

9 by Anton Shilov on 12/5/2017

Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit: Day One Live Blog (6:30pm UTC)

This week, in Hawaii, Qualcomm is holding its annual Snapdragon Tech event. This year we're expecting to hear news on the latest Snapdragon 800-series SoC, movements in Qualcomm's 5G...

28 by Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 12/5/2017

Honor 7X & V10 Western Launch Event: A Live Blog (2:30pm UTC)

Today Honor is announcing a new smartphone coming to EMEA and the Americas: the Honor 7X. The 7X has actually already been announced for the Asia-Pacific market, however Honor...

17 by Ian Cutress 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...

11 by Anton Shilov on 12/4/2017

For Super Fans: The HTC U11+ with a 6-inch display, 3930 mAh and IP68

Today HTC is expanding its U11 series from one member into three, with the introduction of the U11 life and the U11+. The two new parts are designed to...

31 by Ian Cutress on 11/2/2017

HTC Squeezes the U11 Family, Adding the HTC U11 life

Today HTC is expanding its U11 series from one member into three, with the introduction of the U11 life and the U11+. The two new parts are designed to...

6 by Ian Cutress on 11/2/2017

Razer Enters The Smartphone Arena With The Razer Phone

Earlier this year, Razer bought the smartphone company Nextbit, so it should perhaps not come as much of a surprise to see the gaming-focused company step into the smartphone...

88 by Brett Howse on 11/1/2017

Razer Smartphone Launch Event Live Blog (8pm UTC)

Razer is in London to launch a new smartphone (as shown by the launch photo above) for gamers. We're here ready to follow the keynote headed by Razer CEO...

24 by Ian Cutress on 11/1/2017

Cat Announces S41 Rugged Smartphone: 5” FHD, IP68+, 5000 mAh

Cat has announced its new S41 rugged smartphone designed to withstand extreme conditions that will succeed the model S40 introduced several years ago. The new model has significant upgrades...

31 by Anton Shilov on 10/30/2017

Hands-on & More With Huawei's Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro: Kirin 970 Meets Artificial Intelligence

This morning Huawei is taking the wraps off of their latest generation flagship smartphone, the Mate 10 series. Powered by subsidiary HiSilicon’s Kirin 970 SoC, the new phones are...

104 by Ian Cutress on 10/16/2017

Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro Launch: Live Blog (2pm CEST, 8am ET, Noon UTC)

Huawei is having a launch event for its new Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro smartphones. The key headline for these devices is going to be the support for...

23 by Ian Cutress on 10/16/2017

Razer Hints at Smartphone Launch on November 1st: "Watch, Listen, Play"

Just months after Razer made a filing for IPO in Hong Kong, the company has hinted on plans to enter the smartphone market. In the recent weeks, the company...

17 by Anton Shilov on 10/13/2017

Taiwan Fines Qualcomm $773 Million for Antitrust Violations

Qualcomm’s global legal issues continue, as the Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) fined the company roughly $773 million (NT$23.4 billion) for illegal licensing and chip pricing practices. This development...

11 by Nate Oh on 10/12/2017

HP Halts Development of Windows 10 Mobile Smartphones, to Discontinue X3 in 2019

An HP executive said be quoted on record at an industry event stating that the company has axed development of future devices based on Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile operating...

29 by Anton Shilov on 10/11/2017

Hands On With Google’s Pixel 2 XL: More Pixels, More Google

This morning at a press event in San Francisco, Google held the second of what has now become an annual hardware event for the company, their Made by Google...

61 by Ryan Smith on 10/4/2017

Made By Google October 2017 Live Blog

We're here at the SFJAZZ Center for Google's second Made By Google press event. Last year saw the release of the Pixel XL smartphone, the Chromecast Ultra, Daydream, and...

25 by Ryan Smith on 10/4/2017

Apple 2017: The iPhone X (Ten) Announced

The hot button item expected to come from Apple’s announcement today was the set of iPhones being announced. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were the expected models...

170 by Ian Cutress on 9/12/2017

The Apple 2017 iPhone Event Live Blog

We're here at Apple's new Steve Jobs theater on their new corporate campus for the company's annual iPhone reveal event

118 by Ryan Smith & Joe Shields on 9/12/2017

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