Smartphones

Following our review of the Galaxy S9 there’s been a lot of discussion about both the performance and battery life of Exynos 9810 variants of the Galaxy S9. In the original review I had identified a few key issues with the platform for which I had deemed to be the most negatively attributing to the bad characteristics of the phone. In a first piece following the review I did a few minor changes to the kernel which already seemed to have benefited battery life in our web browsing test, and slightly changing the performance characteristics of the phone for the positive. In this piece we're going further and investigate the performance and battery life impacts.

Motorola Announces Moto g6 and e5

Today Motorola announced six new mid-range and low-end phones in the g6 and e5 series. The G series has been particularly popular in regions such as North America due...

24 by Andrei Frumusanu yesterday

Improving The Exynos 9810 Galaxy S9: Part 1

Last week we published our Galaxy S9 and S9+ review. Based on earlier announcements, we had large expectations from the Exynos 9810 as it promised to be the first...

60 by Andrei Frumusanu on 4/4/2018

Goodix Ships Optical In-Display Fingerprint Sensor for Smartphones

Goodix this month introduced its first optical in-display fingerprint reader for smartphones featuring rigid or flexible AMOLED screens. The company claims that performance of the sensor is higher when...

8 by Anton Shilov on 3/28/2018

Intel’s Last Atom in Smartphones: A 2018 Benchmark

Intel's push into smartphones over the last 10 years has been well documented, as well as the subsequent downfall after its Broxton smartphone SoCs were cancelled in April 2016...

54 by Ian Cutress on 3/28/2018

Your New $2220 Smartphone: The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS

In a world where we were only just starting to see the emergence of $999 flagship phones, Huawei and Porsche Design go and break the barrier by marketing their...

38 by Ian Cutress on 3/27/2018

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro Hands-On: Embrace the Notch

It’s time to have a serious discussion about the Notch. Love it or hate it, the Notch is going to be a defining element of major smartphones this year...

74 by Ian Cutress on 3/27/2018

Live Blog: Huawei P20 & P20 Pro Announcement Event (3:00PM CEST)

We're here in Paris at the Grand Palace to cover Huawei's latest smartphone announcements: The P20 and P20 Pro.

16 by Andrei Frumusanu on 3/27/2018

Xiaomi Announces Mi MIX 2S: Snapdragon 845 and Dual Camera for Mi MIX

Today, Xiaomi is announcing its new high mid-range Mi MIX 2S. This is the latest entry in the Mi MIX series, noted for its display that goes all the...

6 by Nate Oh on 3/27/2018

Samsung Exynos 7 9610: Mid-Range With Big Cores

Samsung last week introduced its new Exynos SoC designed for mainstream late 2018/early 2019 smartphones. The Exynos 7 9610 is outfitted with high-performance general-purpose cores, an advanced GPU, a...

4 by Anton Shilov on 3/27/2018

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Review: Exynos and Snapdragon at 960fps

With much anticipation we dwell deep into the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. In this review we look at the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and Samsung Exynos 9810...

180 by Andrei Frumusanu on 3/26/2018

TP-Link Smartphones: Neffos N1 at MWC, with Helio P25 and Dual Camera

TP-Link is primarily known for its network equipment, but the company has expanded its product lineup with smartphones and appropriate accessories in the recent years. At MWC 2018, the...

6 by Anton Shilov on 3/12/2018

More Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: AGM's X3 with IP68, Coming Summer 2018

Unlike previous years, where Mobile World Congress would showcase the premier devices on the latest chipsets, this year was more muted. The product cadence for most companies is slightly...

24 by Anton Shilov on 3/12/2018

The Nokia 8110 4G Hands-On: A Banana Phone for 2018

At MWC 2018, the depth of the Nokia nostalgia revival was strong. The owners of the Nokia band, a company called HMD Global, has revived an old Nokia favorite...

28 by Anton Shilov on 3/9/2018

Google Releases Android P Developer Preview

Google has released the first developer preview of Android P, the next iteration of the company’s mobile operating system scheduled to be released this year. Developer previews are meant...

22 by Andrei Frumusanu on 3/8/2018

The Ulefone T2 Pro Hands-On: A 6.7-inch Stunner Smartphone

Every trade show has a few gems. This year at MWC, one of the most impressive was from Ulefone, with its new T2 Pro smartphone. The device, due to...

54 by Ian Cutress on 3/7/2018

China Copying China: Huawo's Mate 10 Pro-a-like

One of the many intricacies of China and the Chinese manufacturing industry is its ability to copy. Countless reports (and lawsuits) revolve around trademark infringement of the biggest consumer...

26 by Ian Cutress on 3/6/2018

Arm Launches New Mali G52, G31 GPUs, New Display And Video IP

Today Arm announces a new Mali Multimedia Suite of products consisting of GPU, display processor and video processor IPs targeting the mainstream and low-end. The announcement comes at a...

6 by Andrei Frumusanu on 3/6/2018

Cat S61 Smartphone Hands-On: First Impressions

Earlier this month Bullitt Group and Cat introduced the new Cat S61 ruggedized smartphone for workers and first responders who have to operate in harsh environments. These 'ruggedized phones'...

25 by Anton Shilov on 3/5/2018

Rugged Hands-On: The Land Rover 'Explore' Smartphone

Bullitt Group and Land Rover introduced the Land Rover 'Explore', a ruggedized smartphone, at MWC this week. The new handset is designed primarily for active travelers who go to...

10 by Anton Shilov on 3/1/2018

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