Recently, a package showed up at my door. While this is normally not worth talking about, the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A happened to be in the box. For those unfamiliar with this phone, it's basically a refresh of the Galaxy S5. This means a Snadragon 805 SoC instead of Snapdragon 801. This also means a minor new revision of Krait (450 vs 400), a new GPU, and a separate MDM9x35 modem on a new process (20nm SoC vs 28nm HPm). This variant also ships with more RAM (3GB vs 2GB) and more internal storage (32GB vs 16GB). The display is also higher resolution (2560x1440 vs 1920x1080). In terms of the resolution itself, the GS5 Broadband LTE-A doesn't seem to hold a significant advantage over the...

Update on GPU Optimizations in Galaxy S 4

Yesterday we posted our analysis of the Exynos 5 Octa's behavior in international versions of the Galaxy S 4 in certain benchmarks first discovered by Beyond3D user @Andreif7. Samsung...

38 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 7/31/2013

Looking at CPU/GPU Benchmark Optimizations in Galaxy S 4

Somehow both Anand and I ended up with international versions of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4, equipped with the first generation Exynos 5 Octa (5410) SoC. Anand bought an international...

109 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/30/2013

Samsung SSD 840 EVO Review: 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, 750GB & 1TB Models Tested

I'm continually amazed by Samsung's rise to power in the SSD space. If you compare their market dominating products today to what we were reviewing from Samsung just a...

132 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/25/2013

Samsung Galaxy S 4 ZeroLemon 7500 mAh Extended Battery Review

One of the chief differentiators with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 versus other current flagship Android devices is the continued support for user-replaceable batteries. Although removable batteries are becoming...

70 by Brian Klug on 7/23/2013

Samsung Updates Exynos 5 Octa (5420), Switches Back to ARM GPU

In the first part of our series on ARM, we mentioned that with every major microprocess design ARM tries to choose 3 licensees to get early access to technology...

43 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 7/22/2013

New Elements to Samsung SSDs: The MEX Controller, Turbo Write and NVMe

As part of the SSD Summit in Korea today, Samsung gave the world media a brief glimpse into some new technologies. The initial focus on most of these...

21 by Ian Cutress on 7/18/2013

Samsung launch the 840 EVO: Up to 1TB and Faster Writes for 120GB

As part of the 2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit here in Korea, Samsung announced that latest member to their SSD lineup – the Samsung SSD 840 EVO, under the...

39 by Ian Cutress on 7/17/2013

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Qi Wireless Charging Pad and Cover - Mini Review

For a while now, wireless charging has been slowly gaining momentum, and one of the phones that includes support is Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 (SGS4). For the past week...

33 by Brian Klug on 7/13/2013

Samsung's ATIV Book 9 Plus: 3200 x 1800 Display in an Ultrabook

Earlier tonight Samsung introduced a convertible featuring a 13.3-inch 3200 x 1800 display that runs both Windows 8 and Android. If the convertible form factor is a little too...

69 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/20/2013

Samsung Galaxy NX Camera: Hands On

When Samsung launched the Galaxy Camera, I remember Brian telling me that it might not be the best point and shoot, but it's absolutely the directions cameras need to...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/20/2013

Hands On: Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active & Mini

While I was in Taiwan, Samsung announced the Galaxy S 4 Active - a ruggidized version of the Galaxy S 4. To simply call it ruggedized however is not...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/20/2013

AMD Takes Samsung, Kabini in the ATIV Book 9 Lite & ATIV One 5 Style - Hands On

Samsung was curiously quiet on talking about specs with a couple of its newly announced PCs, and now we know why. Both the ATIV Book 9 Lite (affordable ultraportable...

28 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/20/2013

Samsung ATIV Q Hands On: 3200 x 1800 13.3" Tablet Running Windows 8 and Android

We just finished playing with Samsung's newly announced ATIV Q, a convertible tablet that runs both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2. The display is the main attraction. The 13.3"...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/20/2013

Samsung Premiere 2013: Galaxy & ATIV London Launch, Live Blog

We just got seated for Samsung's Galaxy & ATIV event in London, the event should begin in 5 minutes - check back here for live updates!

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/20/2013

Samsung Announces Galaxy S4 Zoom - 16 MP, Zoom, Makes Calls

Samsung's Galaxy camera came out almost a year ago, and it roughly mimicked the specs of an international SGS3 but included a unique camera system and body. Although the...

16 by Brian Klug on 6/12/2013

Samsung Makes Galaxy S 4 Active Official - IP67 and Ruggedized

It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone at this point, but Samsung has just now made the ruggedized version of the popular Galaxy S 4 official, called Galaxy S...

36 by Brian Klug on 6/5/2013

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 20

This time on the AnandTech Podcast we're talking about Samsung's Galaxy S 4. Also on the menu today are the HTC First, T-Mobile iPhone 5, ASUS FonePad, Samsung Galaxy...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/30/2013

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Incompatible with Original TecTiles, TecTile 2 Announced

In our part 1 review of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 (SGS4) I noted that the device included a BCM2079x NFC controller. This is the same controller as we’ve...

28 by Brian Klug on 4/26/2013

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review - Part 1

It’s no secret that Samsung enjoyed huge success with Galaxy S 3. In many markets, SGS3 was easily the Android handset to beat, even as faster and arguably better...

332 by Brian Klug on 4/24/2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Review

For the past couple of years Samsung, and many other Google partners, have been on the hunt to improve productivity on Android - particularly on tablets. We’ve seen hardware...

96 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/17/2013

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