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Yesterday we received our Galaxy S6 and S6 edge review units. We’re still working on the final review but I wanted to share some early results from both devices. For those that are unfamiliar with these two phones, the Galaxy S6 range represents the result of Samsung’s “Project Zero”. In fact, the phones seem to have the internal name of Zero, which can be seen in terminal and the build properties of both devices. For Samsung, these phones represent their attempt at completely rethinking how Samsung makes phones. There is a strong emphasis on a new unibody design, which has no visible gaps or screws. Rather than the plastic that previous Samsung phones have been known for, the new design is composed of metal...

NVIDIA Tegra X1 Preview & Architecture Analysis

In the past few years, we’ve seen NVIDIA shift their mobile strategy dramatically with time. With Tegra 2 and 3, we saw multiple design wins in the smartphone space...

186 by Joshua Ho & Ryan Smith on 1/5/2015

Understanding Brightness in AMOLED and LCD Displays

While we generally avoid going into deep detail when it comes to our display testing, in light of statements that seemingly contradict our testing it becomes important to contextualize...

85 by Joshua Ho & Brandon Chester on 12/22/2014

T-Mobile Announces Uncarrier 8.0: Data Stash

Today in a live interview T-Mobile CEO John Legere has made his eighth major announcement in their line of Uncarrier programs that try to differentiate them from the business...

36 by Brandon Chester on 12/16/2014

Western Digital My Passport Wireless Review

Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have taken off in a big way. However, internal storage has remained at a premium. Over the last few years, many companies...

23 by Ganesh T S on 12/3/2014

Best Windows Phones: Holiday 2014

The end of 2014 is quickly approaching, so this is a great time to look back at the year that was in Windows Phone, and give our recommendation on...

38 by Brett Howse on 12/3/2014

The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 Review

It's been a while since I got the Mate 7 at IFA in Berlin and I have been using it on an off since then. As a new member...

70 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/2/2014

Encryption and Storage Performance in Android 5.0 Lollipop

As alluded to in our Nexus 6 review, our normal storage performance benchmark was no longer giving valid results as of Android 5.0. While Androbench was not a perfect...

93 by Brandon Chester & Joshua Ho on 11/20/2014

The OnePlus One Review

The OnePlus One has been one of the most hyped smartphones of 2014. There's really not much else to be said, as OnePlus' marketing has been quite noticeable amongst...

149 by Joshua Ho on 11/19/2014

Nokia Announces N1 Tablet: 7.9” & Powered By Android

Since selling their mobile device division to Microsoft, much contemplation has been had over the future of Nokia. As it slowly turns out, their future is not all that...

54 by Ryan Smith on 11/18/2014

The Nexus 6 Review

When consumers think of Google's Nexus devices, they think about the promise of receiving the latest updates for Android essentially as soon as they release. They also think about...

135 by Brandon Chester on 11/12/2014

Apple A8X’s GPU - GXA6850, Even Better Than I Thought

Working on analyzing various Apple SoCs over the years has become a process of delightful frustration. Apple’s SoC development is consistently on the cutting edge, so it’s always great...

113 by Ryan Smith on 11/11/2014

Samsung Files Counter-Suit & Patent Infringement Claims Against NVIDIA & Velocity Micro

Back in September NVIDIA filed patent infringement complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm. The crux of the issue being that NVIDIA believes that GPUs from Qualcomm, ARM, and Imagination all...

59 by Ryan Smith on 11/11/2014

Imagination Announces PowerVR Series7 GPUs - Series7XT & Series7XE

Taking place this week are Imagination Technologies’ Chinese idc14 and Imagination Summits developer events. While Imagination holds these events in multiple countries over the year, the Chinese event is...

49 by Ryan Smith on 11/10/2014

Quick Note: Android Camera2 and Support For External ISPs

While we've written about Android's Camera2 API before, there was one notable aspect of the discussion that was missing. The missing piece was a discussion of the physical link...

8 by Joshua Ho on 11/9/2014

The Apple iPad Air 2 Review

As we approach the holidays, Apple has launched a new iPad as expected. As one might expect from the name, the iPad Air 2 is more of an evolution...

227 by Joshua Ho on 11/7/2014

Audience Announces S1.0 for Windows x86

While smartphones have always had a strong need for quality voice processing, on the PC side such concerns have generally fallen to the wayside as voice was generally ignored...

8 by Joshua Ho on 11/5/2014

Audience Announces eS800 Voice & Audio Processors

While voice calls have decreased in importance in the past few years, we've seen an increased need for voice processors that can properly isolate voice to enable features such...

1 by Joshua Ho on 11/5/2014

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