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Today Broadcom took the lead by announcing two new Wifi combo chip solutions meant for the smartphone and tablet market. The BCM4359 is a high-end 2x2 MIMO solution for high-performance smartphones, while the BCM43455 is an updated 1x1 MIMO 802.11ac for mass market phones. Taking a closer look at the BCM4359, we see several innovative new features, the most characterizing one being the inclusion for the first time of Real Simultaneous Dual Band (RSDB). RSDB enables the chip to connect to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously. This is achieved by doubling up on the baseband processors on the combo chip. Broadcom uses ARM Cortex R4 as the processing units of the IC, and the 4359 uses two of them. What this enables is a...

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 Review: Incredible Battery Life & Value

The commoditization of the smartphone segment has been predicted for more than a while now. It's almost obvious in a way though, especially when one looks at the progression...

45 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Joshua Ho on 6/12/2014

Google Announces Project Tango Tablet Dev Kit with Tegra K1 and 3D Capture/Tracking

Google recently announced their new Project Tango Development Kit, a 7" tablet with a unique twist. At present this is a device for developers, scientists, and other research-oriented groups...

33 by Jarred Walton on 6/5/2014

Best Smartphones: Spring 2014

The major product launches for this spring are now behind us. This gives us the opportunity to evaluate the current smartphone market and identify the best smartphones in that...

46 by Brett Howse on 6/5/2014

Liveblogging with the Surface Pro 3

While we don’t have the full Surface Pro 3 review up yet, I’d figure that it’s worth posting some thoughts on it. For those that didn’t follow our WWDC...

35 by Joshua Ho on 6/4/2014

HTC Hits a Lower Price with the One (E8)

Today, HTC announced the HTC One (E8), a phone that is effectively aimed at providing the One (M8) spec at a lower price point. While the phone doesn’t keep...

20 by Joshua Ho on 6/3/2014

Computex 2014: More Intel Tablets, the Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8

More releases of Intel based tablets this week at Computex, this time from Dell launching its updated Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 models. The Venue 7 features...

5 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

Smartphone Audio Testing - HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5

Since our initial testing of smartphone audio, I’ve had a lot more time to play with the APx582 from Audio Precision. I’ve also received far more feedback than I...

78 by Chris Heinonen on 6/2/2014

Computex 2014: All new Intel Atom based Fonepad 8, MeMO Pad 7, MeMO Pad 8

Alongside the smartphone element inside the Transformer Book V announced today, it would seem that the Silvermont-based Intel Atom series is pushing more in to the mass market via...

15 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

Computex 2014: Transformer Book T300 Chi from ASUS

In the myriad of eight announcements from ASUS in the space of 45 minutes at their press conference, one of the new products is the Transformer Book T300 Chi...

17 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

Computex 2014: New Transformer Book V from ASUS

One of the interesting dynamics in the mobile device industry is the integration of several form-factors in the same device. ASUS has been a major proponent in this...

14 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

Toshiba Launches Six New Intel Tablets and Laptops, Including $110 Android Tablet

Today Toshiba announced a suite of six new Intel powered tablets and laptops, ranging from an ultra-affordable Android Tablet to a Yoga like Ultrabook. Excite Go Starting with the first tablet...

17 by Brett Howse on 5/27/2014

A Closer Look at the G3's IR Laser Auto Focus System

Earlier today LG announced its 2014 flagship: the G3. Based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801, the G3 features a 5.5" 2560 x 1440 display and a host of other improvements...

16 by Joshua Ho on 5/27/2014

LG G3: Launch and Hands On

Today LG announced the LG G3, the successor to their 2013 flagship smartphone the LG G2. Like other OEMs, LG is emphasizing that the device is going back to...

55 by Brandon Chester & Ian Cutress on 5/27/2014

HTC One mini 2 Review

Last year around this time, HTC had yet to release a mini version of their flagship phones. As OEMs continued to push bigger and bigger displays into bigger phones...

75 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Joshua Ho on 5/26/2014

SIM Card Adapters Reviewed

A few weeks ago, I was genuinely questioning what SIM adapter I should buy. After all, while a SIM adapter is generally cheap and also a relatively simple product...

24 by Joshua Ho on 5/24/2014

Some Thoughts on Half-Life 2 and Portal on Shield

If you talked to me seven years ago, the concept of phone games beyond Snake and basic flash games would've been beyond me. That wasn’t really on my mind...

40 by Joshua Ho on 5/22/2014

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Performance Preview

Last year Qualcomm announced a new tier in its high end SoC roadmap with the Snapdragon 805. Priced somewhat above the current Snapdragon 800/801, the 805 would be the...

148 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/21/2014

Windows 8.1 x64 Connected Standby Support

With the mobile world, people have come to expect instant-on, always connected devices. First it was smartphones, and then tablets based off of mobile operating systems which offered the...

27 by Brett Howse on 5/20/2014

Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Hands On, Display & Performance Preview

Earlier today Microsoft announced its 3rd generation Surface Pro device, aptly named the Surface Pro 3. This is the first Surface model to deviate from the 10.6" 16:9 form...

297 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/20/2014

Microsoft Surface 2014 Event: Live Blog

We are live from NYC at Microsoft's Surface Event. The live blog will begin at 11AM ET, check back soon!

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/20/2014

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