Today Google has officially announced the newest devices in the Nexus line, just one day before Apple's October event. Both devices have been rumored for some time now, and this is the first time in a while that we've seen Google introduce a new smartphone and tablet at the same time. The first device in the announcement is the Nexus 6, made by Motorola. The second is the Nexus 9 tablet made by HTC. To give an overview of how both devices look on paper, I've put together their specifications in a chart below. Nexus 6 Nexus 9 SoC 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 (APQ8084) with 4 x Krait 450 + Adreno 420 at 600MHz 2.3GHz 64-bit dual core Tegra K1 Denver SoC RAM/NAND 3GB LPDDR3 + 32/64GB NAND 2GB LPDDR3 + 16/32GB...

HP Chromebook 11 with LTE Arrives at Best Buy, Altair's LTE Modem Inside

We reviewed HP's Chromebook 11 a while back in the WiFi-only variety and found it to be an interesting value play for Chromebooks, even though the Exynos 5250 left...

6 by Brian Klug on 1/15/2014

Broadcom Teases Upcoming Cat 6 LTE Multimode Modem, M320 SoC with LTE

Last year at CES we took a look at Broadcom's LTE modem portfolio, where the company showed off a Cat 4 LTE baseband doing 10+10 MHz carrier aggregation, before...

18 by Brian Klug on 1/11/2014

A Look at Sequans Single Mode LTE Baseband

Verizon completed its LTE coverage rollout and achieved nearly parity with its 3G EVDO coverage in 2013, in addition to green-lighting LTE-only devices with its newest RFPs, allowing a...

3 by Brian Klug on 1/11/2014

A Look At Altair's Single Mode LTE Modem in the Ellipsis 7

I met with a number of LTE baseband makers at CES 2014, the first of which was Altair Semiconductor, who recently scored an interesting design win with Verizon's first...

3 by Brian Klug on 1/11/2014

Sprint Announces Spark - Its Tri-Band LTE Network

Today Sprint announced the official name for its new tri-band LTE network, Sprint Spark. For those who have been following operator rollouts of LTE in the US, today's announcement...

33 by Brian Klug on 10/30/2013

Intel XMM7160 LTE Modem Demonstrated on Live Network

Intel's lone ranger and Principal Engineer Francois Piednoel last night sent out an interesting tweet for anyone following Intel's XMM7160 LTE modem development. Francois posted a video showing LTE...

11 by Brian Klug on 9/11/2013

Intel Talks about Multimode LTE Modems - XMM7160 and Beyond

Since acquiring Infineon's wireless division and forming the Mobile Communications Group, Intel has been relatively quiet about its modem portfolio and roadmap. Pre-acquisition parts from Infineon have continued to...

39 by Brian Klug on 8/20/2013

Apple Not Throttling iPhone or iPad Cellular Throughput via Carrier Bundles

Yesterday there were some allegations made about whether Apple is intentionally throttling cellular data throughput on iPhones and iPads via some files used for network provisioning. The original source...

39 by Brian Klug on 6/6/2013

Apple to Ship Updated A1428 iPhone 5 With AWS WCDMA Enabled for T-Mobile USA

Back when I did my Qualcomm modems and transceivers piece, I gained a deeper understanding about the cellular RF engineering side of the handset puzzle. Specifically, how an OEM...

31 by Brian Klug on 3/26/2013

A Look at Broadcom's BCM21892 LTE Baseband at MWC

Yesterday we stopped by Broadcom to look at their newly announced BCM21892 LTE baseband, which we saw teased previously at CES doing a VoLTE call. If you're not famliar...

8 by Brian Klug on 2/27/2013

A Look at ST-Ericsson's THOR M7450 Category 4 LTE Modem with Carrier Aggregation

Earlier this morning we stopped by ST-Ericsson to talk about their SoCs and modem platforms, and took a look at their new Thor M7450 baseband which includes both support...

15 by Brian Klug on 2/26/2013

NVIDIA Tegra 4 Architecture Deep Dive, Plus Tegra 4i, Icera i500 & Phoenix Hands On

Ever since NVIDIA arrived on the SoC scene, it has done a great job of introducing its ultra mobile SoCs. Tegra 2 and 3 were both introduced with a...

75 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 2/24/2013

NVIDIA Announces Tegra 4i, Formerly Project Grey, With Integrated LTE and Phoenix Reference Design

It has been a while since we’ve heard anything about Project Grey, the first NVIDIA SoC with an integrated digital baseband, and the result of NVIDIA’s acquisition of soft-modem...

21 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/19/2013

Nexus 4 JDQ39 4.2.2 OTA Update Removes Unofficial LTE on Band 4

Just after it launched, we discussed how the Nexus 4 included undocumented support for LTE on Band 4 (AWS) which could be enabled simply by choosing the appropriate RAT...

18 by Brian Klug on 2/13/2013

Broadcom Announces BCM21892 - Their First 4G LTE-Advanced Baseband

It was teased at this year's CES demonstrating VoLTE calls, we saw it working in a reference design, and today, Broadcom is finally ready to make their first LTE-enabled...

17 by Brian Klug on 2/12/2013

CES 2013 LTE Throughput Face-Off - AT&T versus Verizon Wireless

Last year I ran a series of speedtests on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless LTE during CES, the results of which were pretty interesting. My friends continue to poke...

25 by Brian Klug on 1/13/2013

LTE Broadcast (EMBMS) Shown Running on Verizon's Band 4 LTE on Qualcomm Hardware

Another demo I was impressed by at the Qualcomm booth was LTE Broadcast (EMBMS - Evolved Multimedia Broadcast / Multicast Service) demonstrated on a live test network showing an...

0 by Brian Klug on 1/11/2013

Qualcomm Demos Category 4 LTE (150 Mbps) running on Snapdragon 800 / MSM8974

At Qualcomm's booth among a number of other Snapdragon 800 (the newly-announced SoC formerly or also known as MSM8974) demos was one that caught my attention. Qualcomm setup a...

5 by Brian Klug on 1/11/2013

Broadcom Teases its first LTE-enabled Baseband with VoLTE Demo

I dropped by Broadcom during CES, and while we've already covered most of what they had to show off, one of the things which immediately caught my eye was...

2 by Brian Klug on 1/11/2013

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