Smartphones

As we get ever closer to the releases of various Android vendor’s newest generation devices, Qualcomm continues its tradition of showcasing the performance of its newest generation SoC ahead of time, giving us a preview and a glimpse of what to expect of the upcoming commercial devices. This year, the company has shuffled the schedule around a bit, and instead of hosting the event at their San Diego headquarters, and we were able to get a hands-on with the Snapdragon 855 at CES before the show had started. Today we’re be looking in quite extensive detail on how exactly the new Snapdragon chipset performs, as well as shedding some light on some important unanswered technical questions on some aspects of the SoC.

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...

54 by Andrei Frumusanu & Nate Oh on 8/9/2018

The LG G7 Review: A Rushed Attempt?

This year was a change in pace for LG, as we saw the company change its usual release plans for its “mainline” flagship device, the LG G7, which was...

56 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/9/2018

Samsung Unpacked 2018 Pt.2 - Live Blog (11am ET)

We're here in New York City for Samsung's second Unpacked event of the year. This time around it's no secret what Samsung will be presenting: the Galaxy Note 9...

16 by Andrei Frumusanu & Nate Oh on 8/9/2018

Qualcomm Reveals The Snapdragon 670 Platform: Dual Big Cores + Adreno 615

Today Qualcomm is announcing a new entry in the 600-series mid-range line-up. In a surprise move, the new Snapdragon 670 is a direct successor to the Snapdragon 660, and...

24 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/8/2018

Motorola Enables 5G: A Moto Mod for the z3

The concept of modular phones has gone from non-existent, to completely modular everything, and back again. The more you can embed into a phone at once, the slimmer the...

12 by Ian Cutress on 8/6/2018

Galaxy Note 9 Leaks In Officially Uploaded Video

Samsung is said to have uploaded a promotional Galaxy Note 9 video onto its New Zealand YouTube media channel, depicting the new design as well as a couple of...

19 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/3/2018

Huawei Takes #2 Smartphone Manufacturer Spot in 1H18

Huawei has released its business results for the first half of 2018, and has posted new record sales figures of 95+ million units. Most importantly, the company has now surpassed...

19 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/3/2018

Apple Announces Q3 FY 2018 Results

This afternoon, Apple announced their earnings for the third quarter of the 2018 fiscal year, and as we’ve all come to expect, they did very well again. Revenue for...

34 by Brett Howse on 7/31/2018

Samsung Starts Production of 16 Gb LPDDR4X Chips Using 2nd Gen 10nm Tech

Samsung this week announced that it has begun manufacturing its new LPDDR4X memory chips using its second-generation 10 nm-class fabrication process (which is traditionally called 1y nm). The new...

12 by Anton Shilov on 7/27/2018

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