Smartphones

Today we’re seeing a very interesting announcement from Qualcomm: The new Snapdragon 675 chipset is a direct successor to the current generation Snapdragon 670 which was only announced back in August. The Snapdragon 675 iterates on the current design, bringing some important upgrades. Qualcomm Snapdragon Upper Mid-Range SoCs SoC Snapdragon 670 Snapdragon 710 Snapdragon 675 CPU 2x Kryo 360 (CA75) @ 2.0GHz 6x Kryo 360 (CA55) @ 1.7GHz 2x Kryo 360 (CA75) @ 2.2GHz 6x Kryo 360 (CA55) @ 1.7GHz 2x Kryo 460 (CA76) @ 2.0GHz 256KB L2 6x Kryo 460 (CA55) @ 1.8GHz 64KB L2 GPU Adreno 615 Adreno 616 Adreno 612 DSP Hexagon 685 ISP/ Camera Spectra 250 ISP 25MP single / 16MP dual Spectra 250 ISP 32MP single / 20MP dual Spectra 250 ISP triple-camera support Memory 2x 16-bit @ 1866MHz LPDDR4X 14.9GB/s 1MB system cache Integrated Modem Snapdragon X12 LTE (Category 15/13) DL = 600Mbps 3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM UL = 150Mbps 2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM Snapdragon X15 LTE (Category 15/13) DL = 800Mbps 3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM UL = 150Mbps 2x20MHz...

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...

112 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/12/2018

Apple Announces the 2018 iPhones: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, & iPhone XR

Today at their 2018 “Gather Round” iPhone & watch event, Apple announced the 2018 iPhone family. The latest and greatest iPhones build off of the industrial design and feature...

77 by Ryan Smith 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

Huawei & Honor's Recent Benchmarking Behaviour: A Cheating Headache

Does anyone remember our articles regarding unscrupulous benchmark behavior back in 2013? At the time we called the industry out on the fact that most vendors were increasing thermal...

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

Huawei Launches the Mate 20 Lite: 6.3-inch Kirin 710 with 3D QMoji

Alongside announcing the latest high-end Kirin 980 SoC, Huawei is also introducing the Mate 20 Lite to the UK market. This is a lower-end version of flagship Mate line...

6 by Ian Cutress on 9/4/2018

Huawei To Launch the Mate 20 with Kirin 980 on October 16th

Just a small note to detail one of Huawei’s announcements today: alongside the Kirin 980 announcement, Richard Yu, Huawei’s CEO, stated that their next generation flagship device, the Mate...

6 by Ian Cutress on 8/31/2018

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

IFA 2018: Huawei Kirin 980 Keynote Live Blog

Our big keynote of the IFA 2018 show is from Huawei, with CEO Richard Yu set to take the stage and detail the newest Kirin 980 chipset for us...

1 by Ian Cutress on 8/31/2018

Huawei To Announce Kirin 980 Today at IFA

In the smartphone wars, the chip inside powering the devices is becoming ever more important. Raw performance plus accelerators are pushing the boundaries of what we used to think...

11 by Ian Cutress 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

HTC U12 Life Launched: 6-inch Mid-Range with Two-Tone

In a raft of smartphone announcements at IFA 2018, next on the list is from HTC with the U12 Life. The U12 Life is the more mid-range version of...

6 by Ian Cutress 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

Honor Previews the Honor Magic 2: A No-Notch FullView Smartphone with Kirin 980

At the end of the presentation today for the Honor Play, George Zhao, CEO of Honor, showcased the upcoming Honor Magic 2. Following on from the original Honor Magic...

11 by Ian Cutress on 8/30/2018

IFA 2018: Honor Play Launch, a Live Blog

After some meetings this morning, the next event on our list is the western launch of the Honor Play: a Kirin 970 smartphone that focuses on AI. Honor is...

2 by Ian Cutress 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: The Google Pixel Visual Core Live Blog (10am PT, 5pm UTC)

Hot Chips has started! One of the first talks today is from Google, detailing the Pixel Visual Core processor found in the latest Pixel smartphones. The talk is called...

14 by Ian Cutress on 8/20/2018

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

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