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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The successor to the legendary OnePlus 3T may have been inadvertently leaked on Oppomart, a popular online Chinese marketplace.
According to the leaked product page, the list image is the same as leaked images we’ve seen previously. The phone is pictured to feature a matte black finish and a dual camera system. The fingerprint reader is expected to be placed at the front.
Additionally, a full list of specifications has been leaked as well.Manufacturer OnePlus Model OnePlus 5 SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 RAM 6GB LPDDR4 Storage 64GB / 128GB UFS 2.1 Screen 5.5″ QHD 2560 x 1440p Display Camera 12MP dual rear camera, 8MP front [...]
Back in December 2016, Qualcomm and Microsoft had demonstrated Windows 10 running on a mobile device equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. In the demo, Windows 10 was shown running on a smartphone via emulation. The demo also showcased the scaling functionality of Windows Universal Apps.
At the time, no additional information was provided as to when a Snapdragon SoC based Windows 10 device would ship.
However, at their recent earnings call, Qualcomm revealed plans to “disrupt” existing suppliers of PC by launching a Snapdragon 835 powered Windows 10 device by the end of this year.
According to Qualcomm CEO, Steve Mollenkoph:
In one of its most high profile moves this year, T-Mobile recently announced that they’ve won big at the 600MHz low band wireless spectrum auction, winning 1,525 licenses, or 45% of all 600MHz spectrum. The newly acquired spectrum covers every inch of the US including US territories such as Puerto Rico and quadruples T-Mobile’s low band spectrum holdings. According to documents from the FCC, T-Mobile was the biggest purchaser of spectrum in this auction, spending nearly $8 billion.
The auction, which began last year, was a special auction which would re-purpose spectrum currently used for broadcast TV into spectrum for wireless services. Low [...]
Some interesting rumors have recently surfaced regarding Nokia’s rumored upcoming Android phone, the Nokia 9.
According to an article posted on Chinese technology site cnBeta, the Nokia 9 is reported to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, a 5.5″ QHD OLED, 6GB of RAM, and a 3,000mAh battery. It’s also rumored to feature a 22MP rear camera with lens made by Carl Zeiss. Security features include a fingerprint reader as well as an iris scanner.
The Nokia 9 will be Nokia’s first premium phone since its separation from Microsoft. Microsoft acquired Nokia to produce its [...]
In a recent announcement, Samsung reports that 10nm FinFET yields are high and they’re on track for a production ramp up.
Samsung initially began production using its 10nm FinFET process with their 10nm FinFET LPE (Low Power Early) process back in October 2016. The process showed a 30% increase in area efficiency with 27% higher performance or up to 40% lower power consumption. Since its initial production, Samsung claims that more than 70,000 wafers have been shipped. Samsung’s Exynos 8895 SoC and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 will be the first chips made with the 10nm FinFET LPE process. Both chips are expected to arrive with Samsung’s next [...]
Looks like benchmark cheating we’ve seen in the past isn’t over just yet. XDA has just reported that both OnePlus and Meizu have been rigging its software for favorable performance results in benchmarks.
In the case of OnePlus, the Snapdragon 821 SoC in the OnePlus 3T would stay way above the idle clock speeds when engaged in certain apps. Instead of dropping down to 0.31GHz for both the performance and power CPU clusters, the performance clusters would stay consistently at 1.29 GHz while the power clusters sat at 0.98GHz.
XDA suspected that the software was ramping up the clock speed based on the name of the software package by loosening the [...]