Smartphones

Today Qualcomm is announcing a new small refresh of the Snapdragon 855 SoC: the new Snapdragon 855+. In the past Qualcomm had the habit of sometimes refreshing their flagship SoCs in the middle of their product life and give them a small performance boost, probably the most known chip fitting this pattern was the Snapdragon 821 from a few years ago. The S835 never got an upgrade, however the S845 last year did get a higher bin variant which ended up in a few vendor’s products, including the renamed Snapdragon 850 product that featured the same specifications. Qualcomm Snapdragon Flagship SoCs 2019 SoC Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 855+ CPU 1x Kryo 485 Gold (A76 derivative) @ 2.84GHz 1x512KB pL2 3x Kryo 485 Gold (A76 derivative) @ 2.42GHz 3x256KB pL2 4x Kryo 485 Silver (A55 derivative) @...

The Google Pixel 3a XL Review: Does Mid-Range Make Sense?

It’s nearing 8 months since Google released the Pixel 3 and we extensively reviewed the phone. It also has been several years now since Google abandoned the Nexus line...

86 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/27/2019

Huawei Announces Nova 5 & Nova Pro in China: Introduces New Kirin 810 Chipset

Today Huawei announced the brand new Nova 5 series of smartphones. The company released the new Nova 5, Nova 5 Pro and Nova 5i in China with availability later...

44 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/21/2019

The OnePlus 7 Pro Review: Outstanding Performance & Screen, Adequate Everything Else

It’s been a month since OnePlus released their new flagship devices for 2019: The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. The phone is one of the most awaited devices...

81 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/19/2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 May Firmware Update: Improved Night Mode

We’ve reviewed the Galaxy S10 2.5 months ago now. Amongst one of the discoveries of besides the differences between the Snapdragon and Exynos models was the fact that Samsung’s...

10 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/7/2019

Apple Announces iOS 13: Dark Mode, iPadOS & Files

At today’s WWDC event in San Jose, California, Apple unveiled the newest update to its iOS operating system, iOS 13, as well as its forking of iOS for tablet...

57 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/3/2019

Apple To Drop the iPhone 5s & 6: iOS 13 Minimum Requirement is iPhone 6s

Today Apple announced the new iOS 13 operating system update for iPhones. Among the feature updates of the new OS which we’ll cover in a separate article, Apple is...

20 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/3/2019

The Apple WWDC 2019 Keynote Live Blog (Starts at 10am PT/17:00 UTC)

We're here in sunny San Jose, California for the annual developer pilgrimage that is Apple's World Wide Developers Conference. One part promotional event, one part trade show, and two...

38 by Ryan Smith on 6/3/2019

Motorola Announces New Moto Z4: Moto's 2019's Flagship

Today Motorola launches the new Moto Z4 (stylised: moto z4). The Z4 follows up on last year’s Z3 and represents Motorola flagship device for 2019. Yet the Z4 isn’t...

84 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/30/2019

EE to Switch On its UK 5G Network on May 30

At an event here in London, the carrier Everything Everywhere (EE) said that it would switch on its 5G network in the UK on May 30. The country’s first...

17 by Anton Shilov on 5/22/2019

United States Rules Qualcomm In Violation of Antitrust Laws - Qualcomm To Appeal

The United States Federal Trade Commission’s case against Qualcomm has just taken an important step. In a ruling released last night, the US District Court judge Lucy Koh issued...

16 by Ryan Smith on 5/22/2019

Zoom Zoom: Testing 10x Hybrid Zoom in Dublin with the Huawei P30 Pro and Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

One of the main issues facing the smartphone industry is stagnation. From generation to generation, we see the main smartphone manufacturers gunning for differentiation, and we’ve seen features such...

29 by Ian Cutress on 5/22/2019

The Honor 20 Pro: A Quad-camera Hands-On Review

As a sister brand of Huawei, Honor in the last few years has seen quite a rising success in terms of delivering high value devices. In fact Honor’s smartphones...

33 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/21/2019

ASUS Launches the ZenFone 6: 6.4-Inch Flagship Phone With Motorized Flip-Up Module Camera

ASUS has introduced its new high-end smartphone, the ZenFone 6. The new handset is based on Qualcomm’s top-of-the-range Snapdragon 855 SoC, and perhaps most interesting of all, a motorized...

29 by Anton Shilov on 5/21/2019

Update: Huawei Issued Waiver by U.S. to Continue Software Updates & Hardware Maintenance

Update 05/20, 9pm: Following last week's ban and Google's suspension of business operations with Huawei, the U.S. Commerce Department has issued a new waiver for the company to continue...

116 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/20/2019

Motorola Announces One Vision with Exynos 9609

Last week Motorola announces a new addition to its product line-up: The One Vision. The “One” series is a higher mid-tier value series by the company targeting a better...

7 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/20/2019

Hands on with the Realme 3 Pro: 6.3-inch Phone with Snapdragon 710 For Under €200

Midrange smartphones are the main market for volume sales. Over the years companies have tried to attack this segment with aggressive specifications followed by exuberant pricing, with a select...

27 by Ian Cutress on 5/20/2019

Sony's Flagship Xperia 1 21:9 Smartphone Gets a Launch Date: July 12th for $950

Sony has finally given its flagship Xperia 1 smartphone an official launch date and price. The handset, which features a large 21:9 OLED display that supports wide color gamuts...

35 by Anton Shilov on 5/17/2019

Huawei Launches Mate 20 X 5G in the UK: Available in June

The Mate 20 X 5G had been announced by Huawei some months ago, and we saw the first European launch of the phone on Switzerland’s Sunrise two weeks ago...

9 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/16/2019

Samsung & Verizon Launch the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G in the US

Samsung and Verizon on Thursday officially started sales of the Galaxy S10 5G smartphone in the US. The handset is immediately available exclusively with a Verizon contract whether it...

3 by Anton Shilov on 5/16/2019

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