Last week at IO, Google gave attendees a choice of one of two Android Wear devices to take home and get experience with the platform. Although I personally opted for LG's G Watch (the display looked better), my friend James Bruce at ARM managed to get both and spent the next day taking them apart. James sent over high res pics of the result and gave us permission to post the images here (Update: ARM posted its own blog on the teardown here). I'm working on a review of Android Wear and the G Watch now (and yes, I have battery life data), but I hadn't yet taken it apart. LG G Watch The G Watch turns out to be pretty easy to take apart...

Qualcomm Shows Off Quad Core Krait APQ8064 at 1.5 GHz

We stopped by Qualcomm's booth today for our meeting and, among other things, saw the first demonstration of APQ8064 on a tablet mobile development platform. As a refresher, APQ...

18 by Brian Klug on 2/27/2012

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon S4 Pro: Krait with Adreno 320

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon S4 Pro, a version of the MSM8960 with an Adreno 320 GPU instead of the Adreno 225 that is found in the initial shipping MSM8960...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/27/2012

Qualcomm Expands its Gobi Brand to include entire MDM portfolio

For a considerable time now, almost everyone has referred to Qualcomm's Gobi solution incorrectly. Put simply, the Gobi brand was something of a victim of both the confusing reality...

5 by Brian Klug on 2/23/2012

The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) Preview Part II

Yesterday we presented the first results of Qualcomm's Krait based MSM8960 SoC. While we still await the first Krait based phones (widely expected to begin shipping sometime in Q2)...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/22/2012

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) Performance Preview - 1.5 GHz MSM8960 MDP and Adreno 225 Benchmarks

If you've been following our SoC and smartphone related coverage over the past couple of years, you'll probably remember how Qualcomm let us take home an MDP8660 from MWC...

86 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/21/2012

LG's Optimus Vu Takes On Samsung's Galaxy Note: Are You Ready For A 5.x" Phone?

When Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note at IFA, we were excited, but a bit perplexed. The Galaxy Note's 1280x800 HD Super AMOLED display could be a big winner, but...

32 by Jason Inofuentes on 2/20/2012

Qualcomm and Ericsson Demonstrate SR-VCC Voice Handover from LTE to WCDMA on MSM8960

Until now, the way voice has worked on handsets with a 4G LTE air interface has been, well, interesting. That is to say, thus far all voice calls haven't...

9 by Brian Klug on 2/2/2012

Snapdragon S4 “Krait” – MSM8960 GPU Benchmark Surfaces

A NenaMark 2 benchmark score for an unknown device based on Qualcomm’s upcoming 28nm Snapdragon S4 “Krait” MSM8960 SoC has just surfaced. The device seems to have 1.5Ghz CPU...

33 by Saumitra Bhagwat on 1/28/2012

More Lenovo Krait Tablet Details: $399 Price Target

We had another opportunity to handle the Lenovo S2110, the first commercial Krait tablet we've seen and had a chance to talk with the product team in a bit...

2 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/11/2012

Hands-on with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE and Galaxy Note

I had a minute to chat with Philip Berne of Samsung and get my some time with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE and AT&T's recently announced LTE variant of...

4 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/10/2012

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon S4 Member MPQ8064, new Atheros WiFi and Powerline Chipsets

We're live at the CES 2012 Qualcomm keynote, and although CEO Paul Jacobs hasn't quite taken the stage yet, Qualcomm has already released a number of the announcements it...

1 by Brian Klug on 1/10/2012

Lenovo At CES: Android TV and First Krait Tablet

In 2011, Lenovo made a cursory effort to grab some of the consumer Android tablet space with the 7" K1, and a slightly more concerted effort to grab the...

3 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/9/2012

T-Mobile Introduces Nokia's Lumia 710 Stateside for $50

Mango was a great update to Windows Phone 7, and brings Microsoft closer and closer to feature parity with its competition. But sales don't come close to matching that...

3 by Jason Inofuentes on 12/14/2011

Snapdragon S4 Developer Tablet Updated to Android 4.0.1

We've seen Qualcomm's development platforms before, first with their dual-core MSM8660 platform, and most recently with the MSM8960 platform. Last month, on The Engadget Show, Qualcomm revealed that, in...

2 by Jason Inofuentes on 12/14/2011

Qualcomm Announces a Bunch of Krait Based Snapdragon S4 SoCs

In February at MWC, Qualcomm unveiled three SoCs based on its brand new Krait microarchitecture: the single/dual-core MSM8930, dual-core MSM8960 and the quad-core APQ8064. More recently, we dove into...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/16/2011

HTC Rezound Announced:LTE, Beats by Dre and HD SuperLCD on Verizon

We knew this was coming, but HTC still had some surprises in store. The HTC Rezound will hit retail channels for $299 on November 14th. This latest halo phone...

23 by Jason Inofuentes on 11/3/2011

Samsung Focus S & Flash: Official Images, 1.4GHz Mango Devices Shipping This Fall

The one area Microsoft hasn't touched while upgrading Windows Phone has been the SoC requirements. The platform launched with 65nm Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs featuring the quite-slow Adreno 200 GPU...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/19/2011

Qualcomm's New Snapdragon S4: MSM8960 & Krait Architecture Explored

Let's recap the current smartphone/tablet SoC landscape. Everything shipping today is built on a 4x-nm process, built either at Global Foundries, Samsung, TSMC or UMC. Next year we'll see...

108 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/7/2011

A look at Windows 8 Tablets running on TI, Qualcomm, Nvidia, AMD and Intel silicon

This afternoon (and yesterday) we had a chance to meet with a number of SoC vendors who have partnered with Microsoft for Windows 8. Each of them has their...

94 by Brian Klug on 9/14/2011

Qualcomm Atheros Acquires Bigfoot Networking

It feels like just yesterday that I was finishing up the review of Bigfoot Networks' Killer Wireless-N 1102, but in fact it has been a whole three weeks. My...

5 by Jarred Walton on 9/1/2011

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