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 Honor 6 Review

While Huawei's flagship banner was traditionally carried by its Ascend P-series, the P7 didn't ship with a high end SoC that was able to compete with other devices in...

58 by Andrei Frumusanu & Joshua Ho on 9/12/2014

Hands On with USB Type C: Reversible USB Connectors

Today, the USB-IF brought me in to see the long-awaited USB Type C cables. We've written about this before, but for those that aren't familiar with this new USB...

90 by Joshua Ho on 9/11/2014

T-Mobile Announces Uncarrier 7.0: Personal CellSpot, WiFi Unleashed

While it was alluded to in the iPhone 6 announcement, today T-Mobile is announcing WiFi Unleashed, which enables WiFi calling and texting for all Simple Choice customers and seamless...

22 by Joshua Ho on 9/10/2014

SwiftKey to be Available at iOS 8 Launch

While it was pretty well-known that SwiftKey was coming to iOS 8, it wasn't really clear when this would happen. However, we now know that SwiftKey will be available...

15 by Joshua Ho on 9/10/2014

Understanding Dual Domain Pixels in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

In the launch announcement, Apple announced that their new display had dual domain pixels, which improved viewing angles. Unfortunately they dropped the subject at this, which make for a...

29 by Joshua Ho on 9/9/2014

Hands on with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

When it comes to the iPhone 6, one of the most immediate impressions will definitely be the industrial and material design. Going back to the launch of the original...

32 by Joshua Ho on 9/9/2014

Apple Announces iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus; Available September 19th

Today, Apple is launching the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. One of first changes is that the new iPhone 6 has a 4.7" 1334x750 display, and the...

169 by Joshua Ho on 9/9/2014

Nokia Lumia 930 Review

Nokia has once again refreshed its Windows Phone lineup with the release of the Lumia 930, which is the spiritual successor to the Lumia 920 which first launched with...

114 by Brett Howse on 9/8/2014

Motorola Launches the New Moto G

The new Moto G effectively is a minor refresh as the SoC, battery, RAM, WiFi, and most other features. However, the display is now larger at 5" size but...

38 by Joshua Ho on 9/5/2014

Motorola Announces the New Moto X: Initial Impressions and Hands On

Motorola has been through a lot, to say the least. It was only a few years ago that Motorola had become an OEM struggling to stay afloat, as it...

108 by Joshua Ho on 9/5/2014

NVIDIA Files Patent Infringement Complaints Against Qualcomm & Samsung

In a surprising move this afternoon, NVIDIA has announced that they will be filing patent infringement complaints against both Qualcomm and Samsung. This complaint is centered around the alleged...

76 by Ryan Smith & Jarred Walton on 9/4/2014

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 & Ascend G7 Hands-On

Today Huawei launches the successor to the Ascend Mate, the Mate 7 and a new mid-range device called the Ascent G7. I've got my hands on a Mate 7...

29 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/4/2014

Lenovo Announces the VIBE X2 With 8-Core CPU

Lenovo has made quite a few announcements at IFA so far, but most have related to their traditional PC business. Today they announced a new high end smartphone branded...

17 by Brandon Chester on 9/4/2014

Microsoft Launches New Mid-Range Lumias And Accessories At IFA 2014

Today in Berlin Microsoft announced two new midrange Windows Phones, as well as several accessories to compliment the Windows Phone ecosystem. We now have the rest of the phones...

36 by Brett Howse on 9/4/2014

HTC Announces the Desire 820

According to HTC, the Desire 816 proved to be a popular device in the mid-range smartphone market. Now, only a bit longer than six months after its release, the...

13 by Brandon Chester on 9/4/2014

Samsung Announces Gear VR: A VR Harness For Your Note 4

Alongside today’s announcement of the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung also used the occasion to announce that they intend to break into the nascent VR headset market with their own...

20 by Ryan Smith on 9/3/2014

Samsung Announces Galaxy Note 4: Hands On

By now, most people seem to have accepted the concept of a phablet. At first, I was also skeptical, as I wanted a phone that could easily be used...

69 by Joshua Ho on 9/3/2014

Samsung Announces Galaxy Note Edge: Hands On

Following on the heels of the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung is also announcing a new product named the Galaxy Note Edge. In terms of basic hardware, not much changes...

17 by Joshua Ho on 9/3/2014

Broadcom Announces BCM4358: Second Gen 2x2 802.11ac WiFi

Today, Broadcom is announcing a new WiFi/BT combo chip that succeeds the BCM4354. According to Broadcom, the key features of this new chipset are enhanced WiFi/BT coexistence performance, integrated...

1 by Joshua Ho on 9/3/2014

A Quick Look at the GS5 LTE-A Subpixel Layout

While it was easy to make an educated guess that the Galaxy S5 LTE-A Broadband had a PenTile subpixel layout to support the higher pixel density, I didn't get...

21 by Joshua Ho on 8/29/2014

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