Smartphones

Today Qualcomm is announcing a new small refresh of the Snapdragon 855 SoC: the new Snapdragon 855+. In the past Qualcomm had the habit of sometimes refreshing their flagship SoCs in the middle of their product life and give them a small performance boost, probably the most known chip fitting this pattern was the Snapdragon 821 from a few years ago. The S835 never got an upgrade, however the S845 last year did get a higher bin variant which ended up in a few vendor’s products, including the renamed Snapdragon 850 product that featured the same specifications. Qualcomm Snapdragon Flagship SoCs 2019 SoC Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 855+ CPU 1x Kryo 485 Gold (A76 derivative) @ 2.84GHz 1x512KB pL2 3x Kryo 485 Gold (A76 derivative) @ 2.42GHz 3x256KB pL2 4x Kryo 485 Silver (A55 derivative) @...

The Apple iPhone XR Review: A Different Display Leads To Brilliant Battery Life

The latest generation of iPhones have been out for a couple of months now – we’ve extensively reviewed the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max shortly after their official...

89 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/5/2019

Samsung Teases Foldable Galaxy Smartphone: Galaxy F?

Samsung Vietnam has accidentally published (and subsequently removed) a brand advertisement video that shows a glimpse at the company’s existing, conceptual, and presumably upcoming products. Among other things, the...

25 by Anton Shilov on 2/1/2019

Samsung Starts Production of 1 TB eUFS 2.1 Storage for Smartphones

Samsung said it had started mass production of its eUFS 2.1 storage solution featuring a 1 TB capacity for smartphones. Apart from its massive capacity, the drive offers a...

23 by Anton Shilov on 1/30/2019

Apple Earnings Report, Q1 FY 2019: Strong Margins, Weakening Revenue

Today Apple announced their first quarter earnings for their 2019 fiscal year, and with the fortunes of the company so tied to the iPhone in a stumbling smartphone market...

10 by Brett Howse on 1/29/2019

US Charges Huawei for Technology Theft & Violating Sanctions, China Rebukes "Unreasonable Crackdown"

The political news cycle around Huawei over the last few weeks has been particularly active. As trade tensions between the US and China over the last year have risen...

23 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/29/2019

Honor Launches The View20: A 48MP Camera Review

Last week Honor launched its new 2019 flagship device: the Honor View20. The new flagship phone is the follow-up to last year’s View10, a new segment entry in Honor’s...

38 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/28/2019

CES 2019: Hands-On With Dirac Bass For Mobile Devices

Dirac is a company that to date we haven’t had much opportunity to cover here at AnandTech, however they are a more important player in the audio industry than...

8 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/23/2019

The Snapdragon 855 Performance Preview: Setting the Stage for Flagship Android 2019

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...

136 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/15/2019

AnandTech Year In Review 2018: Flagship Mobile

As we’re drawing to a close of the calendar year, it is time to look back and revisit what 2018 has brought to the mobile space. Unlike the PC...

66 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/28/2018

Huawei Hits 200 Million Smartphone Sales in 2018

Huawei has announced today that shipments of its smartphones in 2018 have exceeded 200 million units. In recent months the company became the No. 2 supplier of smartphones, ahead...

35 by Anton Shilov on 12/25/2018

Ulefone Armor 6 Rugged Smartphone: 6.2-Inch IP68 with 5000 mAh

Ulefone this week introduced its new high-end shockproof and waterproof smartphone. Dubbed the Rugger Armor 6, the ruggized phone combines an IP68-rated chassis, a large display, multiple special-purpose sensors...

9 by Anton Shilov on 12/21/2018

Qualcomm Granted Injunction Against Apple In Germany: iPhone 7 & 8 Sales Suspended in Apple Stores

Today Qualcomm was granted an injunction against Apple, allowing for a ban of certain iPhone models in Germany. The announcement comes only a little over a week after a...

22 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/20/2018

Missed Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit 2018? It’s All In Here

If there’s one thing I love about this job, it’s about finding what makes the companies in our industry tick. This goes above and beyond just the product announcements...

18 by Ian Cutress on 12/19/2018

Lenovo First to a Snapdragon 855 Phone with Announcement of Z5 Pro GT

In a surprise announcement, Lenovo has revealed its new flagship phone in China: the new Z5 Pro. The phone wouldn’t have been anything particularly special if it weren’t...

34 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/18/2018

OnePlus: Dual Product Lines, Cost of 5G, and Translation Errors

One of the key announcements at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit in the past week was around OnePlus: CEO Pete Lau stood on stage and stated that the company...

21 by Ian Cutress on 12/14/2018

MediaTek Announces New Premium Helio P90 SoC

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about MediaTek – the Helio P60 was the last release in the more visible “premium” range that the company now focuses on...

17 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/13/2018

Samsung’s 5G Smartphone Prototype: Don’t Mention The Notch

In the Verizon 5G demo area at Qualcomm's recent Snapdragon tech summit, there was a station that was streaming 4K video through a 5G smartphone. That device was a...

27 by Ian Cutress on 12/12/2018

Snapdragon 855: 802.11ax-Ready / Wi-Fi 6 Demonstrations

While the headline features of the new Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform might be the 5G connectivity, or the Cat 24 LTE modem, or the new CPU/GPU combination, further down...

15 by Ian Cutress on 12/11/2018

Nokia 8.1 Unveiled: Elegant Phone with 6.18-Inch Display, 20MP Selfie Cam, Zeiss Optics

HMD Global has introduced its new flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8.1. The phone features a large 6.18-inch display, an elegant design with a metallic frame, an advanced camera with...

15 by Anton Shilov on 12/11/2018

A Quick Look at Qualcomm’s 5G Smartphone Reference Design

One of the exciting things on display at Qualcomm's Snapdragon tech summit was their 5G reference smartphone design – the one that gets handed around to the smartphone vendors...

12 by Ian Cutress on 12/11/2018

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