Smartphones

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 a mix of something old and something new for the company. With a design that is not simply a carbon copy of the earlier Mate phones but is still very much a traditional smartphone, Huawei’s latest flagships are a mix of old and new; tried and true paired with the cutting edge. It’s an interesting balancing act, and one that, if consumers agree, will further bolster Huawei’s success in the international smartphone market while at the same time pushing a nascent technology to the forefront of the mobile industry. That technology is, of course, artificial intelligence...

Display Report: Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

Huawei recently added the P10 and P10 Plus to its lineup, which focus on fashion and photography like other P-series phones. The Huawei P10 has a 5.1-inch IPS LCD...

8 by Matt Humrick on 4/14/2017

Xiaomi Mi MIX: A Closer Look at the Design and Display

Xiaomi’s Mi MIX gives us a glimpse of the future. A pseudo-concept phone that’s being produced in limited quantities and sold in China, it combines the latest technology with...

48 by Matt Humrick on 4/10/2017

Honor Announces The Honor 8 Pro: Kirin 960, 5.7-inch QHD

Huawei added another phone to its Honor lineup today. The Honor 8 Pro is the international version of the Honor V9 that was launched in China earlier this year...

22 by Ian Cutress & Matt Humrick on 4/5/2017

Apple To Develop Own GPU, Drop Imagination's GPUs From SoCs

In a bombshell of a press release issued this morning, Imagination has announced that Apple has informed their long-time GPU partner that they will be winding down their use...

144 by Ryan Smith on 4/3/2017

Best Android Phones: Q1 2017

Flowers are blooming and temperatures are rising, which means it’s time for our Q1 2017 Best Android Smartphones guide. There’s been a flurry of phone announcements over the first...

74 by Matt Humrick on 3/30/2017

Hands On With Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+: Taller Screens and Slimmer Bezels

Samsung officially unveiled the latest Galaxy devices at its Unpacked event in New York today. The taller displays in the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ show more...

208 by Matt Humrick on 3/29/2017

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Performance Preview

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 gets a CPU transplant, an updated GPU, a 1Gbps LTE modem, and other updates. We were able to see the new SoC in action and collect...

127 by Matt Humrick & Ryan Smith on 3/22/2017

Spreadtrum SC9861G-IA: An Intel Atom Octocore Smartphone SoC on 14nm with LTE

Last year Intel decided to cease development of its smartphone SoCs and focus instead on microprocessors for other devices, as well as LTE, 5G modems, as well as various...

47 by Anton Shilov on 3/15/2017

HiSilicon Kirin 960: A Closer Look at Performance and Power

HiSilicon looks to build on the Kirin 950’s success by adopting ARM’s latest A73 CPU cores and Mali-G71 GPU for the Kirin 960. Still manufactured on a 16nm FinFET...

86 by Matt Humrick on 3/14/2017

MWC 2017: AGM Preparing IP68 Rated Snapdragon 835 Smartphone with 8GB DRAM

AGM may not be a household name for the vast majority of people living in Europe and the U.S., but this is a well-known maker of rugged phones that...

29 by Anton Shilov on 3/13/2017

MWC 2017: Oppo Demonstrates 5X Optical Zoom for Smartphones

This year at MWC, Oppo showed off a smartphone prototype that used a new implementation of dual cameras to offer a 5X optical zoom. The company did not reveal...

23 by Anton Shilov on 3/13/2017

Sony Demonstrates Concept Xperia Ear Headphones and Xperia Touch Android Projector at MWC

As we move through our MWC meeting writeup backlog this week, one of the interesting developments we saw was from Sony. Apart from new smartphones, Sony showed two interesting...

10 by Anton Shilov on 3/11/2017

Meizu Unveils Super mCharge: Fast Charging At 55W

Meizu unveiled a new fast-charging technology—called Super mCharge—at MWC 2017 that’s capable of fully charging a 3000 mAh battery in just 20 minutes. Rapid charging has grown from novelty...

40 by Matt Humrick on 3/2/2017

ZTE Announces The Blade V8 Mini And Blade V8 Lite

After announcing the Blade V8 Pro at CES 2017, ZTE added two more phones to the Blade V8 family: the Blade V8 Mini and Blade V8 Lite. Both phones...

6 by Matt Humrick on 3/2/2017

MediaTek Announces Helio X30 Availability: 10 CPU Cores On 10nm

MediaTek first unveiled the Helio X30—its next-generation high-end SoC—last fall, but today at Mobile World Congress the Taiwanese company announced its commercial availability. The Helio X30 is entering mass...

56 by Matt Humrick on 2/27/2017

BlackBerry KEYOne Announced: Snapdragon 625 with QWERTY, $549

This week at MWC, TCL announced the BlackBerry KEYOne, which follows in BlackBerry's traditional style with a distinctive hardware QWERTY keyboard, but this time a more polished look at...

49 by Anton Shilov on 2/27/2017

Sony Launches Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs Phones For US Market

Sony announced today at MWC 2017 that it’s bringing two new premium phones to the US market: the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs. Both models employ classic Sony...

28 by Matt Humrick on 2/27/2017

MWC 2017: Samsung Press Conference

We're here at Samsung's MWC 2017 press conference. The Galaxy S8 will be a no show, but Samsung has some other mobile devices to show off.

18 by Anton Shilov & Matt Humrick on 2/26/2017

Huawei Launches the P10 and P10 Plus, in Green

Today Huawei is unwrapping their latest mainstream device, evolving from the P8 and P9 into the P10. The yearly cadence regularly brings high-level design features from their Mate series...

17 by Ian Cutress, Brandon Chester & Anton Shilov on 2/26/2017

MWC 2017: Huawei P10 and P10 Plus Press Event Live Blog

We're here at MWC waiting for Huawei's Press Event to start. We're expecting to see the P10 and P10 Plus, given that their names were on the front of...

12 by Ian Cutress & Anton Shilov on 2/26/2017

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