When Razer acquired Nextbit in January this year, we had a feeling that they would put that acquisition to good use combining Nextbit’s smartphone engineering know-how with Razer’s own gamer twist. After just less than a year in the making, Razer unveiled their latest smartphone which may be the first decent smartphone ever produced specifically for gaming and content consumption.
The new smartphone, which Razer calls the Razer Phone, looks very similar to the Nextbit Robin, which was Nextbit’s flagship smartphone before the company was acquired by Razer. From there, Razer has made some serious enhancements to the product to make it one of the [...]
It’s been a year since Google’s “Made by Google” event and it appears that Google is still very serious about their entry into the hardware market. At their latest “Made by Google” event, Google recently released the highly anticipated Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, the successor to the highly successful Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones launched last year.
The new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are fairly similar in design to the originals however, have significantly updated specifications and some unique software enhancements which differentiate them from [...]
When Eero launched last year, it helped drive a revolutionary shift in the WiFi router market. Unlike the traditional WiFi router which was complicated to configure and manage for the average user, Eero wanted to create something that was easy to setup, easy to manage and could provide reliable whole home WiFi coverage no matter the size of the home. For the most part, Eero achieved its goal.
Now that it’s a bit more than year later, Eero has revealed the 2nd Generation Eero. Rather than a major redesign, the 2nd Generation Eero focuses on improving on the first generation product while simultaneously launching lower powered wall [...]
Samsung recently launched their highly anticipated smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, at their Unpacked event recently held in New York City.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is marks Samsung’s first return to the Galaxy Note series after the massive failure of the Galaxy Note 7, a smartphone that was plagued with battery issues resulting in Samsung completely pulling the smartphone only a few months after its initial introduction.
As expected, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is packed with some of the latest features available to modern smartphones including its hallmark feature, the 6.3-inch 2960×1440 resolution Super AMOLED “Infinity [...]
The ongoing legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple is getting hotter by the day. According to a recent announcement by Qualcomm, the company filed a Patent Infringement Complaint against Apple, alleging that Apple breached six Qualcomm patents for the iPhone.
Most of the six patents mentioned in the complaint pertains to power saving features of Qualcomm’s baseband processor. In an infographic included with the press release, Qualcomm details each of the six patents and states that Apple have been using these technologies without paying for them.
In the meantime, Qualcomm demands that a Limited Exclusion Order (LEO) to be issued to Apple. [...]
With the explosion of mobile and IoT, Wi-Fi demands in the home have increased exponentially in the past few years causing many people to realize just how bad home Wi-Fi is. As a solution to home Wi-Fi issues, mesh Wi-Fi has exploded in popularity over the past year prompting almost every networking company to scramble to release some sort of mesh Wi-Fi offering.
Coming a bit late into the game is TP-Link, which recently launched the Deco M5 that we’ll be reviewing today. Like many of the mesh Wi-Fi systems on the market, the TP-Link Deco M5 is designed with performance, range and ease of use in mind however, what TP-Link has [...]
According to DigiTimes, TSMC has won the bid to manufacture Qualcomm’s baseband chips on the 7nm node. The chip order is for the baseband processors only and not for application processors. Qualcomm is still making a decision between Samsung and TSMC for the production of its next-generation APs, and is waiting to see the second generation 7nm products from both companies before it makes a decision.
Both Samsung and TSMC will be switching from HKMG to EUV process technology at the 7nm node. Samsung announced that its 7nm Low Power Plus transistors made using EUV will be available in 2018, while TSMC said its 7nm EUV node will be ready by 2019.
In its ongoing royalty war with Apple, Qualcomm has filed yet another lawsuit, this time against Apple’s suppliers.
The targets of this lawsuit include Hon Hai Precision Industry, Winstron Corporation, Pegatron Corporation, and Compal Electronics. Together, they serve as the production line for Apple devices worldwide. Despite a long history of diligently paying royalties to Qualcomm, the manufacturers are now refusing to pay royalties, citing that they were instructed by Apple not to pay. The Apple suppliers seem to have no quarrels with Qualcomm’s license contracts as they still pay royalties on any non-Apple devices, but are following [...]
Qualcomm’s latest midrange SoCs are finally here! The Snapdragon 660 and 630 SoCs are slated to replace the highly successful Snapdragon 653 and the Snapdragon 625 SoCs.
The Qualcomm 660 switches from the big.LITTLE architecture to a unified octa-core architecture. The new processor replaces the ARM Cortex A72 and A53 CPUs in favor of eight Kryo 260 CPUs. The GPU has also been updated to the Adreno 512. Qualcomm states that users would see a 20% improvement in compute performance and 30% improvement in graphics over its predecessor.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 leverages eight ARM Cortex A53 Cores similar to the Snapdragon 625. Maximum configurable [...]
A former TSMC Engineer was charged for stealing trade secrets to a competitor, according to a report by DigiTimes.
The former TSMC engineer, Hsu, was recently accused of stealing trade secrets on TSMC’s 28nm process to give to China-based Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC). TSMC’s 28nm process is a proven process which has been used in many chips including Apple SoCs, Qualcomm SoCs, Nvidia GPUs, AMD GPUs, and more. Hsu had recently taken a job at HLMC, but was arrested before he could start.
Of course this isn’t the first time this has occurred. A number of China-based memory chip makers have been aggressively poaching talent from [...]