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...

Honor Launches Red 7X For The US

Part of a minor announcement, Honor has launched a limited edition red version of the Honor 7X. The Honor 7X is an entry level smartphone sporting a 5.93” 18:9...

8 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/6/2018

Honor 9 Lite Smartphone Launch Live Blog

We're in the depths of the East End of London for the next Honor smartphone launch. With Honor recently releasing the Honor 9 Lite in China and India, a...

26 by Ian Cutress on 2/6/2018

Apple Announces Q1 FY 2018 Earnings

This afternoon Apple announced their earnings, and for the quarter, they had record revenues of $88.293 billion, which is up 13% from the same quarter a year ago. Margins...

13 by Brett Howse on 2/1/2018

JEDEC Publishes UFS 3.0 Spec: Up to 2.9 GB/s, Lower Voltage, New Features

JEDEC this week published their UFS 3.0 specification, which is intended to bring numerous performance, power and feature set-related improvements to the standard. The version 3.0 of the spec...

13 by Anton Shilov on 1/31/2018

European Union Fines Qualcomm $1.23 Billion for Anti-Competitive Apple Deal

This morning the European Union’s European Commission became the latest regulatory body to fine Qualcomm over anti-competitive actions undertaken by the company. The investigation, which we’ve been expecting the...

36 by Ryan Smith on 1/24/2018

The Samsung Exynos M3 - 6-wide Decode With 50%+ IPC Increase

With the public announcement of the Exynos 9810 having finally taken place, Samsung engineers are now free to release information on the new M3 CPU microarchitecture. We have a...

60 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/23/2018

Razer at CES 2018: Project Linda, Two Minutes Hands-On

At the start of CES, Razer announced Project Linda: a clamshell accessory for the Razer Phone that turns the smartphone into an Android-based laptop. The idea is that the...

21 by Ian Cutress on 1/22/2018

HiSilicon Kirin 970 - Android SoC Power & Performance Overview

The Kirin 970 is HiSilicon’s new SoC flagship for this year and powers the Huawei’s flagship devices for this generation. We’ll have a closer look at the SoC capabilities...

116 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/22/2018

Meizu Announces M6s with Exynos 7872

Today Meizu launched the new M6s, successor to last year’s M5s. The new M6s brings significant upgrades for the entry-level smartphone as it upgrades the SoC, screen and camera. The...

25 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/17/2018

Synaptics at CES 2018: In-screen Fingerprint & OLED DDIC

At CES 2018 we’ve had opportunity to visit Synaptics’ booth and check out what new technologies they had to offer. One of the big stories of CES 2018 in...

5 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/16/2018

Dell at CES 2018: Mobile Connect and Dell Cinema

LAS VEGAS, NV — Dell will also announce two new software components with one in the entertainment space, Dell Cinema, and one on the productivity side in Dell Mobile...

1 by Joe Shields on 1/9/2018

Razer Unveils Project Linda: Turning the Razer Phone into an Android Laptop

LAS VEGAS, NV — As part of their announcements today, Razer is lifting the lid on one of its internal projects. Like other previous Razer prototype developments that get...

9 by Ian Cutress on 1/9/2018

Qualcomm at CES 2018: Press Conference Live Blog

It's Vegas, and Qualcomm are having a press conference. I'm seated front row and center.

10 by Ian Cutress on 1/8/2018

Sony Unveils Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra, and Xperia L2

LAS VEGAS, NV — Today at CES 2018, Sony announced the addition of three new phones to their Xperia line: the Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra, and Xperia L2...

12 by Nate Oh on 1/8/2018

Samsung Announces New 9810 SoC: DynamiQ & 3rd Gen CPU

After teasing the Exynos 9810 in CES related press material back in early November as well as having early announcement about the new modem capabilities last summer we now...

43 by Brett Howse & Andrei Frumusanu on 1/3/2018

Apple’s $29 iPhone Battery Replacement Program Accelerated, Available From Today

Following widespread criticism for reducing SoC frequency because of battery degradation, Apple announced plans to cut down the price of an out-of-warranty battery replacement for the iPhone 6 and...

96 by Anton Shilov on 12/30/2017

Apple Issues Updated Statement On Battery Ageing

Following the attention that Apple had gotten over the past few weeks regarding the discovery of mechanisms that reduce CPU frequency on devices with aged batteries, Apple has now...

102 by Andrei Frumusanu & Anton Shilov on 12/29/2017

Apple Confirms CPU Limitation In Ageing Devices

Over the last week there's been increasing discussion and evidence of Apple's supposed introduction of CPU throttling mechanisms directly related to the battery wear level on Apple iPhones. The...

122 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/21/2017

Google to Shut Down Project Tango in Favor of ARCore

Google announced on Friday that it would cease support for its Tango computer vision and augmented reality initiative on March 1, 2018. The company urges Tango developers to migrate...

16 by Anton Shilov on 12/18/2017

Synaptics Unveils Clear ID In-Display Fingerprint Sensor for 18:9, 20:9 Smartphones

Synaptics this week introduced its first Clear ID FS9500 in-display optical sensor that can be installed under the surface of an OLED screen. The fingerprint reader works faster than...

39 by Anton Shilov on 12/14/2017

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