Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processor has been put through its benchmarking paces, with the 1.5GHz dual-core “Krait” MSM8960 proving capable of indecently slick Android performance. The new chipset delivered more than twice the CPU grunt of any currently-shipping chipset in some tests, and while AnandTech‘s benchmarking is done on a Qualcomm developer device, rather than.
Shiny new hardware like the Galaxy S7 and LG G5 might be the most attention-grabbing thing at Mobile World Congress this week, but the next-generation backbone of 5G networks are arguably more important. Qualcomm certainly has a vested interest in seeing 5G roll out sooner rather than later, but according to the company is about much more than just a bump in data speed.
And just like that, Q1 of 2016 is over and done with. Already, we’ve had a number of flagships launched and a lot of smartphones and tablets to deal with, and it’s just the first part of the year! AnTuTu – the benchmarking outfit – has had their hands full even in Q1, but they’ve come out with their official top ten devices in terms of performance.
Some manufacturers, like Apple and, recently, Samsung, try to steer attention away from the hard, cold, and impersonal numbers of specs and stats, focusing instead on relative performance and concrete applications. However, there will always be interest in those numbers, particularly CPU and GPU benchmarks.
While there is no doubt that virtual reality (VR) is a technology on the rise, there is also the fact that it is restricted to high-end devices with robust specs. This is why Qualcomm is making itself ready, probably sure that devices using the outfit’s newest Snapdragon 820 flagship chipset will be asked to process VR-related tasks and run VR apps on a constant basis.
The first quarter of the year has come and gone and we've already seen a handful of smartphones make their way to the market. In addition to last year's latecomers, that makes up enough data for a smartphone muscle showdown. And who better to give the results than one of the most used benchmarking tools in the market, AnTuTu.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is no doubt one great smartphone. It recently took over the place of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Sony Xperia Z5 at DxOMark. It's the benchmark's newest champion . Another series of tests also revealed that the E xynos version of the S7 is more powerful than the Snapdragon variant.
Although it was largely absent from MWC 2016, Meizu might be preparing something just as special and head-turning. The Meizu Pro 6, its next flagship, has yet to take flesh, but, at least according to leaked images and the company's own press event, it will put up quite a show.
Korean gadget giant Samsung has picked their sometime-competitor-sometime-collaborator Qualcomm Technologies to team up on launching small cell technologies and products supporting LTE in unlicensed spectrum (LTE-U). Samsung has had a strange relationship with Qualcomm to say the least – they are competitors in the chipset industry (Samsung via Exynos), but are collaborating in very strange ways.
Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC, Motorola and Huawei are all Android smartphone manufacturers that you’re probably familiar with. Those brands are very well established in the U.S., but you may not have heard of brands such as Xiaomi, Umi, Elephone, LeTV, Doogee and others that sell very well overseas.
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Dave: It has been nearly 6 months since I switched from my Galaxy Note 4 tothe Nexus 6p. Getting the chance to put the S7 Edge through its paces is a goodreminder of several features that are sadly missing from the 6p that I occasionallystill long for. Plus getting to play with the latest and greatest tech is always a perk.Dave: I receivedthe silverversion of the Samsung S7 Edge.
If you have forgotten about Project Ara , Google's promise of a modular smartphone, you can, perhaps, be forgiven a bit. Promised, although tentatively, to launch sometime in early 2015, the now almost mythical device is still nowhere to be seen. Except in developer conferences, blog posts, and, apparently, benchmarking websites.
After a brief but sensational stint as a Google subsidiary, Motorola's profile in the smartphone market has somewhat declined in status, overshadowed by the bigger players in the industry. While Moto's smartphones remain competitive and even desirable for those who prefer a near vanilla Android experience, those just haven't received the same accolades and hype as the first Moto X and Moto G.
Google came out with two Nexus phones last year--the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. The latter was manufactured by Huawei which is the leading OEM in China today. The tech giant is up-to-date when it comes to releasing software updates and is generous with promos . We have no idea how fast or how many units Google is selling eachweek but we know not a lot of people are satisfied with their Nexus 6Ps.
Chinese smartphones are making waves. Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei come to mind when we think of large Chinese smartphone manufacturers. Yet one of my favorite brands that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves is Nubia.
Nubia offers incredible build quality, with large displays and extremely small bezels. It also packs in great internal hardware to match the great looks of its phones.
Here's the thing: speed tests are awesome. Why? Because you can see with your own eyes how great a device's system and performance are. Most tests may not be accurate but at least you can have an idea how a gadget performs under certain circumstances. After the speed test comparing the loading times of the new Galaxy S7 edge and the S6 edge , another one popped up on YouTube.
There are only a few brand names, if any at all, more popular than Qualcomm when it comes to the mobile chipset and application processor (APU) business. Qualcomm – with its industry-leading Snapdragon brand of processors and chipsets – currently tops the list of the most used mobile chipset brands available, followed by Samsung’s Exynos processors and Apple’s A-series.
Has Intel finally thrown in the towel in the smartphone market? It seem so. As part of the company's comprehensive reforms, which also saw 11% of its worforce get pink slips, Intel has revealed the immediate cancellation of two of its current and still coming products: the SoFIA platform and the next gen Broxton chips.
Verizon Nextbit Robin phone hopefuls may be unlucky because Nextbit cancelled the model but the startup is still serious with the Robin cloud-first device. The Android-powered smartphone has been ready for shipping since February to early backers. If you have your Robin phone, you'd be happy to know that March and April updates are already lined up in the horizon.