Apple's annual iPhone update always brings with it a nice bump in specs, and this year is no different. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are currently being put through their paces by the benchmarking gurus at AnandTech , and the preliminary results show that Apple's newest pair of smartphones are among the best of the best on several popular graphical tests as well as web browsing battery life.
This is not the first time this has happened – all the more sad for the smartphone industry – but as of the moment, benchmarking outfit Futuremark is booting the relatively new Huawei Ascend P7 from its databases. You will remember that Samsung was the first big name caught for trying to “game” benchmarking results, and Huawei is the latest culprit.
Back at the start of October, it was pretty clear - even before the Nexus 6 was released - that the Moto X was going to be my smartphone of choice. Between the two, that is. That was until I got a handle on the DROID Turbo.
Seems like only yesterday when we wrote about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 appearing in AnTuTu ’s benchmark database – check that, it was 3 days ago. The benchmarking outfit is at it again, testing the two rumored processors for the Galaxy Note 4’s two upcoming variants – the Snapdragon 805 for the US version and the Exynos 5433 for the international version. The results are enough to raise an eyebrow at, putting the Samsung-made Exynos chip above Qualcomm’s premier processor.
We've already gotten a few glimpses of the supposed Verizon DROID Turbo, but now it seems that Big Red might have an even more formidable gun in its arsenal. The GFXBench benchmarking site has an entry for the said Motorola smartphone and it reveals hardware that curiously outperforms the flagship. Verizon has had a blossoming relationship with Motorola , so word that a new DROID is on its way isn't exactly surprising. That it will be quite close to the new Moto X flagship, such as a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, 13 megapixel rear camera and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, is, again, nothing extraordinary.
Class-leader Qualcomm has just announced their newest LTE modem, and it’s a doozy. As we edge closer to the gigabit Internet age, Qualcomm is outpacing smartphone technology and capabilities. Their latest is a Category 10 Gobi model, capable of 450 Mbps download speeds. That’s about 1.5-times faster than a Category 6 LTE modem, which tops out at 300 Mbps.
Intrinsyc Technologies has just revealed a couple of developer devices, including a smartphone, a tablet, and a development board, all of which are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 . This will let application developers as well as device makers test and play around with Qualcomm 's multi-talented system-on-chip even before the first commercial devices hit the market, probably next year.
Developers looking to develop new hardware and software on a platform using the latest Qualcomm 64-bit CPU have three new development platforms available from Intrinsyc. The three dev kits are very different in form factor, but use some of the same hardware letting users work with a Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor on all three platforms.
It could be that HP is working on a new Android device with curious high-performance specs. Or it could be nothing. Still, the GFXBench device performance website marked the visit and benchmarking of one such device known only as “HP red”, and listed down the specs for posterity.
It's finally here, the third lovechild between BlackBerry and the luxurious Porsche Design. With the P'9983, alternatively called "Khan" and "Prestige" in some places, BlackBerry is slowly getting back on the track of its former days, hopefully with the promise of better days ahead.
Those who have pre-ordered Alienware's foray into the almost oxymoronic realm of "living room PC gaming" now have something to look forward to in the coming days. Dell has announced that the Alienware Alpha is now shipping to those early adopters and can also be bought online as well as from select retail partners.
The first reveal of the DROID RAZR M had us surprised - surprised that Motorola would make such a small phone and surprised that such a phone would feel so right in our hand. Now nearly 2 years after that device’s first reveal, (and our review) , a rebranded iteration has been shown by Verizon as the Motorola Luge.
What is a flagship? For some companies, it's about cramming as many features into a device as physics allows. For Huawei, it means something else entirely: Though it creates smartphones for the power-hungry crowd, its most eye-catching devices typically favor mass appeal over brawn. Exhibit A: theAscend P7, a smartphone that emphasizes design and user-friendliness over a blowsy spec sheet.
Rumors and speculation will always be part of the tech game. Leaked screenshots, leaked device images, benchmarks of unreleased devices, FCC filings and more are just some of the things that make their way around the web. It is all like a puzzle that is just begging to be pieced together. The last few months have generated some buzz around an upcoming, we all hope, Moto X+1 device.
We love it when benchmarks show up for new smartphones so we can see how they stack up to the devices already on the market and often benchmarks give up the goods on what hardware is running under the hood. A new set of benchmarks has surfaced recently that tells us what the Samsung Galaxy Grand 3 has under the hood. The smartphone benchmarks showed up in the GFXBench database.
Qualcomm has unveiled a new generation LTE Multimode modem that is capable of very fast download speeds of up to 450 Mbps. The announcement of the new modem makes Qualcomm the first company to announce an LTE Advanced Category 10 modem capable of 450 Mbps downlink 3x carrier aggregation. The modem is capable of up to 100 Mbps speeds on uplink 2x carrier aggregation.
Virtual Reality or VR is pretty much a gaming thing so it was quite surprising to learn that Samsung has decided to get its feet wet with the technology. And yet here is the Gear VR , the first fruit of the collaboration between Samsung and Oculus, and we take it for a spin to see just what Samsung has to offer for this rather young market.