Smartphones

It's been an eventful few months for Qualcomm – back in December the company had unveiled the first reference designs of the Snapdragon 855 and demonstrated integration with the 5G X50 modem. It’s easy to forget that the X50 modem has had quite of a long time to market, as we had first reported on the chipset way back in October 2016. One of the bigger draw-backs of the X50 modem was the fact that it was a 5G only modem – meaning it only had support for 5G NR communication standards, and it had to be paired with the modem inside the Snapdragon 855 in order to offer full network compatibility. This resulted in some awkward solutions such as the Moto 5G Mod, which...

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...

60 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...

25 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...

20 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

The OnePlus 6 Review: Among The Best Of 2018

Over the last several years OnePlus has evolved from a vendor looking to disrupt the smartphone market to a company whose flagships are now eagerly awaited every year. The...

87 by Andrei Frumusanu on 7/27/2018

Qualcomm Announces Their First 5G mmWave Antenna Module: QTM052, Coming This Year

For the past couple of years now, Qualcomm has been very publicly putting together the final pieces of the puzzle that are 5G cellular. The company announced their discrete...

20 by Ryan Smith on 7/23/2018

Corning Announces Gorilla Glass 6 for Smartphones, Doubles Durability

Corning this week introduced its next-generation Gorilla Glass 6 cover glass for smartphones that promises to double durability when compared to its predecessor. The manufacturer says that the first...

33 by Anton Shilov on 7/20/2018

Sony Unveils Xperia XA2 Plus Mid-Range Phone: 6-Inch, 2160x1080, SD630

Sony has introduced its new Xperia XA2 Plus ‘performance mainstream’ smartphone that is positioned above the rest of the Xperia XA2 series, but below the high-end XZ2 range. The...

17 by Anton Shilov on 7/12/2018

Honor Launches £99 Honor 7S

Normally we don’t tend to cover lower end smartphones due to the sheer size of the market which would require vast manpower to write about, but sometimes we see...

9 by Andrei Frumusanu on 7/3/2018

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Review: Fantastic Overall Value

As Xiaomi is doubling down on its presence in Europe, we’re reviewing the MIX 2S – a larger phone that’s directly competing with the likes of the Galaxy S9+...

62 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/29/2018

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 632, 439 and 429 - Expanding the Low-Mid-tier

A month ago we saw Qualcomm release a new “upper mid-range” SoC with the announcement of the Snapdragon 710 – the emphasis was on the fact that this was...

33 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/26/2018

Basemark Releases New "Basemark GPU" Mobile and PC Benchmark

Today Basemark released a new cross-platform benchmark, aptly named Basemark GPU. The new benchmark is a result of what is claimed to be two and a half years of...

32 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/20/2018

The Huawei P20 & P20 Pro Review: Great Battery Life & Even Better Night Vision

Following the April launch of the new Huawei P20 Pro and P20, we have a look again at a detailed view of the how the device performs in terms...

81 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/15/2018

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