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...

ASUS Reveals Padfone Specifications

ASUS has been talking about its Padfone product for quite a while now but we're finally getting some more detailed specs on it. As a recap, Padfone is a...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/27/2012

Qualcomm Announces MDM9x25, MDM8225 support 3GPP Rel.10, advanced Carrier Aggregation

Paying attention to basebands is something that really has become one of our niches. So much of a smartphone's design is entirely rooted in requirements around what air interfaces...

4 by Brian Klug on 2/27/2012

Orange to Sell Co-Branded Intel Smartphone Reference Design Directly to Customers, Codename: Santa Clara

At CES Intel announced both Lenovo and Motorola would be bringing Atom based smartphones to market in 2012. Lenovo showed off its K800 for the China market at the...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/26/2012

HTC's New Strategy - The HTC One

HTC begins 2012 with the reveal of a new unified brand strategy. Although HTC as a company has made significant progress in attaining mindshare, its devices lack a single...

66 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/26/2012

Sony Announces Xperia P and U, joining Xperia S NXT Series

Back at CES, then Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia S. Today at MWC 2012, the newly acquired Sony Mobile Communications announced two more Xperia NXT series devices - the...

10 by Brian Klug on 2/26/2012

Samsung Fleshes Out Tab 2 Line and Unveils Galaxy Beam

We wondered what we could expect from the second iteration of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, both in specs and naming convention. To a certain degree, our fears were confirmed...

12 by Jason Inofuentes on 2/26/2012

Up Close With LG's 5-inch Optimus Vu

We talked about LG's 5-inch Optimus Vu smartphone/tablet last week, but today we were able to spend some time with the device itself. As Jason mentioned in our post...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/26/2012

Intel Demos Graphics Performance Analyzer 2012 for Android

One of Intel's advantages as it gets into the smartphone market is its extensive software experience, particularly when it comes to performance optimization and analysis. On Monday at GDC...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/26/2012

Hands on With LG's Optimus 4X HD

We just spent some time with LG's Optimus 4X HD, one of the first NVIDIA Tegra 3 based smartphones. The device features a 4.7-inch IPS 1280 x 720 display...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/26/2012

Google Updates Chrome for Android to 16.0.912.77

Google appears to be taking to an aggressive update schedule with Chrome for Android, today releasing a small Beta 1.1 update to the browser. Among the changes are Android...

11 by Brian Klug on 2/24/2012

Nvidia Announces LTE Partnership with Renesas Mobile and GCT Semiconductor

Nvidia's announcement today is a bit interesting, as it seems to head-off one of the most commonly perpetuated rumors that I read online in the SoC space. Namely, that...

2 by Brian Klug on 2/23/2012

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

T-Mobile Makes 2013 LTE on AWS plans official in Earnings Report

In T-Mobile USA's fourth quarter 2011 earnings report, the magenta-branded carrier made official its plans to deliver LTE in 2013 on its AWS spectrum holdings, which were recently bolstered...

6 by Brian Klug on 2/23/2012

TI Posts OMAP 5 Dual Core A15 vs Quad Core A9 Video

It seems as though everyone is trying to preempt build excitement before MWC 2012 with their next-generation SoC related news. We've previewed Qualcomm's Krait performance on an MDP MSM8960...

26 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

LG's Optimus 4X HD: 1.5GHz Tegra 3 Smartphone w/ 4.7-inch HD Display to Launch at MWC 2012

Although we're still waiting on the global announcement, LG Korea has already announced the Optimus 4X HD one of the first Tegra 3 based smartphones. The 4.7-inch display is...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/22/2012

NVIDIA's Rebrands Tegra 3's vSMP as 4-PLUS-1

ARM Cortex A9 cores are relatively tiny and it's not too difficult to put a handful of them down on an SoC. NVIDIA did just that with its Tegra...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/22/2012

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 and mini 2 Announced: Mystery SoC Within

In August of last year, Samsung laid out it's naming strategy for their Galaxy line of phones, with a grand total 5 device categories. Well, turns out they left...

7 by Jason Inofuentes 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

ZTE Mimosa X: First Smartphone Powered by NVIDIA's Icera 450 Modem

In May of last year NVIDIA was on a roll. Hot off the release of the first Tegra 2 based phones, NVIDIA announced the intent to acquire baseband manufacturer...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/20/2012

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