The other big announcement for the day is of course Apple’s new iPads, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. As signaled by their names, neither is intended to be a massive departure from their (still for sale) predecessors. But both of them, the iPad Air 2 in particular, pack a number of improvements over the 2013 models. In-hand, the iPad Air 2 is not as significant a departure from its predecessor as the original Air was from earlier iPads, but if you are familiar with the original Air then you can appreciate the fact that Apple has taken it down from 7.5mm thick to 6.1mm thick. The weight is roughly the same (437g vs. 469g) so it’s not much lighter in the...

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

The Great Equalizer 3: How Fast is Your Smartphone/Tablet in PC GPU Terms

For the past several days I've been playing around with Futuremark's new 3DMark for Android, as well as Kishonti's GL and DXBenchmark 2.7. All of these tests are scheduled...

123 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/4/2013

The Great Equalizer Part 2: Surface Pro vs. Android Devices in 3DMark

While we're still waiting for Windows RT and iOS versions of the latest 3DMark, there is one cross-platform comparison we can make: Ivy Bridge/Clover Trail to the Android devices...

57 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/2/2013

3DMark for Android: Performance Preview

As I mentioned in our coverage of GL/DXBenchmark 2.7, with the arrival of Windows RT/8 we'd finally see our first truly cross-platform benchmarks. Kishonti was first out of the...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 4/2/2013

The Great Equalizer: Apple, Android & Windows Tablet GPUs Compared using GL/DXBenchmark 2.7

For the past few years we have been lamenting the state of benchmarks for mobile platforms. The constant refrain from those who had been around long enough to remember...

83 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/31/2013

The Razer Edge Review

This story starts in a dark meeting room in the back of Razer’s booth at CES 2012. I’m sitting with CEO Min-Liang Tan, who is walking me through the...

89 by Vivek Gowri on 3/28/2013

More Details On NVIDIA’s Kayla: A Dev Platform for CUDA on ARM

In this morning’s GTC 2013 keynote, one of the items briefly mentioned by NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang was Kayla, an NVIDIA project combining a Tegra 3 processor and an...

17 by Ryan Smith on 3/19/2013

NVIDIA Updates Tegra Roadmap Details at GTC - Logan and Parker Detailed

We're at NVIDIA's GTC 2013 event where team green just updated their official roadmap and shared some more details about their Tegra portfolio, specifically additional information about Logan and...

25 by Brian Klug & Ryan Smith on 3/19/2013

Samsung ATIV Smart PC: Revisiting Clover Trail Convertibles

The Windows 8 tablet space at launch consisted exclusively of Tegra 3-based or Core i5/i7 ULV-based systems. That changed with the release of Krait and Clover Trail tablets like...

60 by Vivek Gowri on 3/18/2013

Imagination Technologies Confirms PowerVR SGX 544 IP used in Exynos 5 Octa

ARM was being unusually coy when talking about the GPU IP used in Samsung's recently announced Exynos 5 Octa. We eventually found out why: unlike the Exynos 5 Dual...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/12/2013

OpenCL drivers discovered on Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices

As regular Anandtech readers will know, OpenCL is a standard by Khronos group that allows you to access the computational power of parallel devices such as multicore CPUs and...

19 by Rahul Garg on 2/27/2013

A Look at Broadcom's BCM21892 LTE Baseband at MWC

Yesterday we stopped by Broadcom to look at their newly announced BCM21892 LTE baseband, which we saw teased previously at CES doing a VoLTE call. If you're not famliar...

8 by Brian Klug on 2/27/2013

Hands on with the ASUS Fonepad, and ASUS PadFone Infinity

In its annual tradition at MWC, ASUS held a press conference off-site to introduce some of its mobile devices. The introductions are always interesting and typically unique in the...

70 by Brian Klug on 2/25/2013

NVIDIA Tegra 4 Architecture Deep Dive, Plus Tegra 4i, Icera i500 & Phoenix Hands On

Ever since NVIDIA arrived on the SoC scene, it has done a great job of introducing its ultra mobile SoCs. Tegra 2 and 3 were both introduced with a...

75 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 2/24/2013

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0: Introduction & Hands On

Samsung's goal for 2013 is to see the same success in tablets as it did in smartphones in 2012. It's a lofty goal, but one that is entirely feasible...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/23/2013

Samsung's TV Discovery Service Enables TV to Smartphone/Tablet Streaming

I'm not entirely sure I understand the point of MWC this year if everyone is going to pre-empt the show with announcements of their own (or in the case...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/22/2013

NVIDIA Announces Tegra 4i, Formerly Project Grey, With Integrated LTE and Phoenix Reference Design

It has been a while since we’ve heard anything about Project Grey, the first NVIDIA SoC with an integrated digital baseband, and the result of NVIDIA’s acquisition of soft-modem...

21 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/19/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro mSATA SSD Upgrade: Dangerous but Successful

Unlike current ARM or Atom based tablets, Microsoft's Surface Pro integrates a full blown mSATA SSD. My review sample included a 128GB Micron C400, while I've seen reports of...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/17/2013

Tegra 4 Shipment Date: Still Q2 2013

Last night NVIDIA's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, stated that shipments of its Tegra 4 SoC to customers would begin in Q2. A few outlets incorrectly assumed this meant Q2 of...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/14/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro Teardown: mSATA SSD Inside

After we published our Surface Pro review I went back and updated it to confirm that the SSD inside was indeed of the mSATA variety. My particular review sample...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/13/2013

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