Smartphones

Microsoft on Wednesday announced another reorganization of its smartphone business with plans to streamline operations and eliminate redundant personnel. The company will lay off 1850 of its employees in Finland and other countries and will take a $950 million charge. The actions seem to be in line with Microsoft’s plans to focus on development of flagship smartphones and leave the market of mass handsets. When Microsoft closed its acquisition of Nokia in late April, 2014, it received approximately 25,000 new employees from around the world, who were involved into development, production, sales, and distribution of smartphones and feature phones. Shortly after, in July, 2014, Microsoft laid off 12,500 former Nokia staff as a part of its major reorganization, when it let go 18,000 Microsoft employees...

The LG G5 Launch Event Live Blog

We're here at MWC 2016 in Barcelona to cover LG's keynote, aptly named LG G5 Day.

16 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/21/2016

MWC 2016: Huawei Press Conference Live Blog 2PM CET

Here we are at Huawei's Press Conference at MWC - it's Live Blog time !

12 by Ian Cutress on 2/21/2016

Alcatel Launches The Idol 4 and Idol 4S At MWC

Today at MWC Alcatel unveiled the first phones in their new Idol 4 line. The Alcatel Idol 4 and 4S are successors to last year's Idol 3, and they...

18 by Brandon Chester on 2/20/2016

Samsung Announces New Exynos 7870 Mid-Range 14nm SoC

Today Samsung announced a new mid-range SoC called the Exynos 7870. The new SKU sports 8x Cortex A53s running at up to 1.6GHz. The GPU should be an ARM...

17 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/17/2016

MWC 2016: LG to Launch new ‘X Series’ Mid-Range Smartphones, each with a Singular Premium Feature

No sooner had I finished writing the news on the LG Stylus 2 announcement had another email landed in my inbox. On the back of the mid-range model with...

17 by Ian Cutress on 2/16/2016

MWC 2016: LG to Unveil the Stylus 2

It is that time of year when the worlds of the smartphone and IoT ecosystems descend into Barcelona for Mobile World Congress. We’re still a few days out (the...

1 by Ian Cutress on 2/16/2016

Microsoft Launches The Business Focused Lumia 650

Today Microsoft launched their fourth phone in the x50 series, with the Lumia 650 being the latest Lumia to roll out of what used to be Nokia’s smartphone business...

36 by Brett Howse on 2/15/2016

Samsung Begins Rollout Of Android Marshmallow For Galaxy Devices

Today Samsung announced that they are beginning the rollout of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to their Galaxy devices. As expected, the first two devices to be updated are the company's...

17 by Brandon Chester on 2/15/2016

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 625, 425 & 435 Mid- and Low-End SoCs

Today Qualcomm announced three new SoCs in the mid and low-end Snapdragon lineup. At the lowest end we find the Snapdragon 425 offering a very frugal CPU configuration consisting...

22 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/11/2016

VAIO to Start Selling Smartphones in Japan

VAIO, the former PC division of Sony and now an independent supplier of PCs, this week announced plans to introduce its first smartphone in Japan this spring. The company...

16 by Anton Shilov on 2/5/2016

Windows 10 Mobile Has A Cellular Data Eating Bug

Although Windows 10 has gotten off to a great start by pretty much any metric, Microsoft’s mobile version of Windows 10 has had a pretty bumpy road. Originally thought...

45 by Brett Howse on 1/27/2016

ASUS Booth Tour at CES 2016: 10G Switches, External GPU Dock, USB-C Monitor and more

When ASUS emailed a couple of weeks before CES announcing that they had cancelled their press event for the show, we had a few question marks. Previous shows involve...

45 by Ian Cutress on 1/19/2016

Conexant Announces New Audio Processing Solutions At CES

At CES, Conexant gave me a demo of some of the audio processing technology that they've been working on. Conexant is a company that probably has their technology in...

10 by Brandon Chester on 1/14/2016

Intel and Google Equip Smartphones with 3D Cameras and Computer Vision

Computer vision and sensing are crucial for cars, robots, drones and many other applications. However, existing devices such as personal computers or mobile gadgets can also take advantage of...

7 by Anton Shilov on 1/12/2016

Hands On With the Huawei Honor 5X

We’ve reviewed Huawei Honor devices before, but by and large they were designed to target China and similar markets. There were also a number of growing pains as seen...

14 by Joshua Ho on 1/6/2016

Gold Nexus 6P Comes To The US

One of the smaller announcements from Huawei at CES was the arrival of the gold colored Nexus 6P in the United States. The gold Nexus 6P, also known as...

2 by Brandon Chester on 1/5/2016

The Huawei Mate 8 Review

It’s been over a year since we reviewed the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 and Ascend Mate 2. For many people and including ourselves at AnandTech these were among one...

113 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/5/2016

Lenovo Announces The VIBE S1 Lite

Today Lenovo introduced the VIBE S1 Lite at CES in Las Vegas. The VIBE S1 Lite is a mid range smartphone offered by Lenovo which offers some notable specs...

0 by Brandon Chester on 1/4/2016

ASUS Announces February Launch For The ZenFone Zoom

Today at CES ASUS showcased their upcoming ZenFone Zoom, and confirmed that it will be coming to the United States this February. ASUS has teased the ZenFone Zoom a...

14 by Brandon Chester on 1/4/2016

Acer Announces Liquid Jade Primo, Flagship Windows 10 Mobile

Today, Acer is announcing the Liquid Jade Primo smartphone. This device is supposed to be their flagship smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile. This means the latest SoC, Snapdragon 808...

14 by Joshua Ho & Brandon Chester on 1/4/2016

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