Intel is facing an uphill battle in the mobile space from a marketshare perspective, but there's an additional challenge: the bulk of mobile apps are compiled targeting ARM based CPU cores, not x86. With the launch of Medfield on Android, Intel introduced a binary translation software layer to enable running existing ARM based Android apps on x86. Binary translation is a useful fix for enabling compatibility but it does come with a performance and power penalty. Enabling native x86 applications is ultimately the goal here, BT is just used as a transitional tool. As far as I can tell, none of the big game engines (Unity, Unreal Engine) were ported to x86 on Android. As a result, any game that leveraged these engines would...

NVIDIA Announces Tegra K1 SoC with Optional Denver CPU Cores

At its CES press conference, NVIDIA finally revealed the marketing name for Project Logan - NVIDIA's latest mobile SoC: Tegra K1. NVIDIA hasn't said much about the architectural details...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2014

Best Tablets - Holiday 2013

We've covered quite a few laptop options last week for those looking for something mobile for the holiday season, but one area we haven't touched on yet is tablet...

108 by Jarred Walton on 12/19/2013

Google Play Edition LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Z Ultra, White Nexus 7 Announced

Today Google dropped by news of three new products hitting the Google Play store's device section, Google Play editions of LG's G Pad 8.3 and Sony's Xperia Z Ultra...

39 by Brian Klug on 12/10/2013

Smartphone Audio Quality Testing

We spend a lot of time watching and listening to our smartphones and tablets. The younger you are the more likely you are to turn to them for watching...

187 by Chris Heinonen on 12/8/2013

Futuremark Begins Delisting "Cheating" Mobile Devices from 3DMark Database

Over the summer, following a tip from @AndreiF7, we documented an interesting behavior on the Exynos 5 Octa versions of Samsung's Galaxy S 4. Upon detecting certain benchmarks the...

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/26/2013

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805: 2.5GHz, 128-bit Memory Interface, D3D11-class Graphics & More

Qualcomm has had an incredible year. It wasn’t too long ago that I was complaining about Qualcomm’s release cadence, the lull between Scorpion and Krait allowed competitors like NVIDIA...

105 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/22/2013

iPad mini with Retina Display: LTE Hotspot Battery Life

As I promised in our iPad mini with Retina Display review, I put the new mini through our LTE hotspot battery life test. As connected tablets are effectively smartphones...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/22/2013

Qualcomm Atheros Announces New Internet Processor Category - IPQ8064 and IPQ8062

Today Qualcomm Atheros is announcing two new products and an entirely new category on its roadmap, the Internet Processor, prefixed IPQ (Internet Processor Qualcomm). The two new SoCs are...

22 by Brian Klug on 11/20/2013

Apple iPad mini with Retina Display: Reviewed

I suppose there’s only one way to start this review, and that’s by looking back at last year’s iPad mini review. In that review I had a section dedicated...

349 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/16/2013

Android 4.4 Factory Images Now Available for Nexus 4, 7 (2012 and 2013), and 10

Although Google started its official rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat over the air updates to Nexus devices a few days ago, it always takes days or weeks before the...

33 by Brian Klug on 11/14/2013

NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 Review

NVIDIA has been doing something interesting of late by making and releasing its own devices with Tegra SoCs inside. We first saw Shield, a handheld gaming console with Tegra...

87 by Brian Klug on 11/12/2013

Qualcomm's Modem Workshop - Lots of Comparisons

Last year Qualcomm flew me out to their San Diego headquarters to talk about modems and transceivers, and what ended up being of the biggest public disclosures made from...

18 by Brian Klug on 11/8/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Firmware Update Improves Battery Life

Shortly after general availability of the Surface Pro 2, Microsoft pushed out a firmware update that allowed the Marvell WiFi solution to drive down to even lower power states...

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/2/2013

iPad Air Delivers 24 Hours of Battery Life as LTE Hotspot

A year ago during my review of the LTE iPad 3 I decided to find out how long the iPad would last as a personal hotspot. With the display...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/2/2013

Intel Announces PCIe M.2 LTE Modules with XMM7160, Notes Galaxy Tab 3 (10.1) Socket Win

Intel has been ramping up how much it's talking about its first available multimode LTE solution, XMM7160, which we've seen public disclosure of and talked about before. For those...

11 by Brian Klug on 10/30/2013

The iPad Air Review

It seemed like a foregone conclusion that the 10-inch tablet market was done for, with all interest and excitement shifting to smaller, but equally capable 7 or 8-inch tablets...

443 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/29/2013

New Version of Google Glass coming, Free Swap for Current Glass Explorers

One of the shortcomings of the initial Glass hardware was its inability to be used in conjunction with prescription eyewear. Although users could sometimes get away with wearing Glass...

13 by Brian Klug on 10/28/2013

NVIDIA Updates Shield to Android 4.3, Adds Features, Brings GameStream out of Beta

It’s been a while since our NVIDIA Shield review, a Tegra 4 packing handheld gaming device running Android Jelly Bean. Today, NVIDIA is taking the lid off a big...

19 by Brian Klug on 10/28/2013

iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display include Qualcomm's MDM9615 baseband

We've had a few days to digest everything announced at Apple's recent event, and one of the remaining questions was whether the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina...

13 by Brian Klug on 10/24/2013

iPad Air: Hands On [video]

Brian also just finished up some hands on with the iPad Air. Check out the video below for his impressions and a comparison to the new mini. We just played...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 10/22/2013

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