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.

MediaTek Announces New Premium Helio P60 SoC

BARCELONA, ESP – Earlier this week MediaTek announced a new entry in the Helio SoC line-up, the Helio P60. The P60 comes with a strategy change for MediaTek as...

74 by Andrei Frumusanu on 3/1/2018

Sony's Open-Ear Xperia Ear Duo Wireless Headphones Due in May

BARCELONA, ESP — Listening to music in headphones and still hearing what is going on around is very useful for joggers and office workers, however wireless headphones that can...

12 by Anton Shilov on 2/28/2018

Hands-On With the Nokia 8 Sirocco: Reviving Nokia's 'Dream Phone' Concept

BARCELONA, ESP — Nokia on Sunday introduced a new top-of-the-range, styled 'dream' phone, the Nokia 8 Sirocco. Nokia quoted it as perhaps one of the most awaited addition to...

58 by Anton Shilov on 2/27/2018

ASUS Launches the ZenFone 5: Now With Added Notch

BARCELONA, ESP – Today ASUS is launching a smartphone that is designed, according to the speaker at our prebriefing, to make it look like the user is holding an...

34 by Ian Cutress on 2/27/2018

MWC 2018: ASUS Press Event Live Blog (6:30pm UTC, 1:30pm ET)

We're here in Barcelona covering ASUS's press event- expect the new ZenPhone 5!

6 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/27/2018

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 700 Series Platform: Carving Out A Niche for Sub-Premium

As part of their Mobile World Congress 2018 presentation this morning, Qualcomm is ever so slightly taking the wraps off of a new tier of Snapdragon platform SoCs. Dubbed...

40 by Ryan Smith on 2/27/2018

Samsung AR Emoji: It Almost Looks Like Me, I Guess

BARCELONA, ESP – One of the ‘innovations’ of the latest generations of smartphones have been interactive avatars that devolve into emoji. By using a bit of photography and some...

7 by Ian Cutress on 2/26/2018

Galaxy S9 Exynos 9810 Hands-On - Awkward First Results

Following our launch article I promised an update on the performance scores of the Exynos 9810 variant of the Galaxy S9. I was able to have some time with...

120 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/25/2018

Samsung Announces The Galaxy S9 and S9+

Today Samsung is announcing the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Both devices bring iterative designs over the Galaxy S8 – which is not a bad thing. The camera sees significant...

58 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/25/2018

MWC 2018: Samsung Galaxy S9 Press Event Live Blog (5pm UTC, Noon ET)

This is it. The biggest unkept secret in recent tech media, now coming to Mobile World Congress. Samsung's show is busy, and we're sitting as far forward as we...

6 by Ian Cutress & Anton Shilov on 2/25/2018

MWC 2018: Nokia Press Event Live Blog (3pm UTC, 10am ET)

Nokia smartphones, as managed by HMD Global, have a number of announcements this year as part of the Nokia press event. We are sitting here, eagerly awaiting to report...

12 by Anton Shilov on 2/25/2018

MWC 2018: ZTE Blade v9 Live Blog (3pm UTC, 10am ET)

Whirlwind stop at ZTE as part of the MWC Press Event escapades. ZTE last announced the Axon M, a folding smartphone. We're likely to see the Blade v9 at...

12 by Ian Cutress on 2/25/2018

Hands On with the LG V30s ThinQ: Artificial Intelligence

BARCELONA, ESP — At Mobile World Congress this year, LG introduced the V30S ThinQ, the new flagship for the company. The new handset builds upon the V30 launched in...

14 by Anton Shilov on 2/25/2018

MWC 2018: Huawei Press Event Live Blog (1pm UTC, 8am ET)

In a surprising twist of events, Huawei has taken over one of the largest venues in Barcelona for its press event this year. The building we are in has...

7 by Andrei Frumusanu & Anton Shilov on 2/25/2018

MWC 2018: Intel Press Event Live Blog (10:45am UTC, 5:45am ET)

Today is press event day at Mobile World Congress, and technically the show hasn't even started yet! We're at Intel, patiently waiting for news about how 5G is shaping...

8 by Ian Cutress on 2/25/2018

MWC 2018: Alcatel Press Event Live Blog (6pm GMT, 1pm ET)

We're here at our first press event of Mobile World Congress: Alcatel!

5 by Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 2/24/2018

Cat at MWC 2018: S61 Smartphone with FLIR Cam, Laser Distance Measurer, Air Quality Sensor

BARCELONA, ESP — Bullitt Group has announced its new flagship Cat-branded rugged smartphone, which is listed with improved performance and new features over its predecessor. The Cat S61 is...

4 by Anton Shilov on 2/24/2018

Xiaomi Launches Redmi Note 5 & Redmi Note 5 Pro with 18:9 5.99-Inch LCDs

Xiaomi on Wednesday introduced its new Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphones in India. The key difference between the new phablets and their predecessors is a...

35 by Anton Shilov on 2/15/2018

ARM Announces Project Trillium Machine Learning IPs

Today’s Arm announcement is a bit out of the norm for the company, as it’s the first in a series of staggered releases of information. For this first announcement...

5 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/13/2018

The Snapdragon 845 Performance Preview: Setting the Stage for Flagship Android 2018

In what has become an annual tradition for Qualcomm, the company has once again opened the doors of their San Diego headquarters to the press to take a preview...

138 by Ryan Smith & Andrei Frumusanu on 2/12/2018

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