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At long last, LG's latest flagship V20 phone is here with Google's deliciously new Android 7.0 Nougat in tow. It's a notable release not just because its another high-end handset from the South Korean electronics maker, but for its place in history as the introductory Android 7.0 device, a distinction many assumed would belong to a Nexus gadget. The LG V20 is a premium handset powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor with X12 LTE. It has a 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440) IPS main display and, as often rumored leading up to its launch, a secondary IPS Quantum display with a 160x1040 resolution. The secondary display is a carryover from the V10, only here it's twice as bright with a 50 percent larger... Read more...
Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon VR820, its first VR headset reference platform. The Snapdragon VR820 allows OEMs to develop standalone head-mounted displays VR content and applications. It was developed alongside Goertek, a leading global ODM, and was built upon Qualcomm’s VR Software Development Kit and Snapdragon 820 processor. Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President and General Manager, remarked, “The Snapdragon VR820 integrates key technologies and features for an exceptional VR experience and provides a springboard for OEMs and developers to usher in the next generation of truly portable and untethered devices that we think are necessary for mass consumer adoption of VR.” The Snapdragon... Read more...
Qualcomm is in the process of optimizing its Snapdragon System-on-Chip (SoC) line to support Google's Project Tango augmented reality technology, the company announced this week. Support for Tango has already been extended to its popular Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 652 processors, while future Snapdragon 800 and 600 tier products will also dance with Tango. What this means is one less chip in phones designed for augmented reality chores based on Google's Project Tango technology. Rather than implement certain functions on an extra piece of hardware, the necessary sensors and algorithms are embedded in the aforementioned Snapdragon processors, which are more than capable of handling augmented... Read more...
The successor to the OnePlus 2 is finally here, and as you could have easily surmised, it’s called the OnePlus 3 (does anyone want to place bets on what next year’s flagship will be called?). With the OnePlus 3, co-founder Carl Pei is looking to address some of the criticisms of the OnePlus 2 while at the same time attacking premium flagship smartphones where they’re most vulnerable: price. OnePlus says that those choosing its new OnePlus 3 smartphone “Never Settle.” Well, that would be true if users aren’t looking to get their hands on a flagship smartphone with a QHD display, since the OnePlus 3 is still rocking a 5.5-inch display with a FHD (1920x10280) resolution. Still, OnePlus explains... Read more...
We must say, Chinese OEMs are really firing on all cylinders when it comes to delivering flagship-quality smartphones at attractive price points. Google was so impressed with Huawei that it let the company take the lead on last year’s Nexus flagship, the Nexus 6P, which launched to rave reviews (read the HotHardware review right here). Now ZTE is taking another shot at delivering flagship-quality hardware at price that undercuts big name competitors by hundreds of dollars. The ZTE Axon 7 makes a good first impression with its clean unibody chassis that’s the product of the Chinese OEM’s collaboration with BMW DesignWorks. It may look a bit too much like the HTC One M8 to our eyes, but we can’t... Read more...
HTC launched its latest flagship smartphone on Tuesday, the aptly named HTC 10. The HTC 10 is the follow-up to devices the HTC M9 and M10 (sans the letter designation), and as such, it has a similar design language and high-end feature set. The HTC 10, however, packs some of the latest mobile hardware currently available, including Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon SoC, HTC's highest-resolution UltraPixel camera sensor to date, and 24-bit Hi-Res sound, all wrapped up in a rigid, durable metal unibody. The HTC 10 HTC has also done some interesting things with the software on the HTC 10. In addition to including the newest version of Google’s Android right out of the box (v6.0.1, Marshmallow), the HTC... Read more...
The immediate comparisons are inevitable. Apple and Samsung are the two most dominant smartphone manufacturers in the world right now, commanding an overwhelming combined market share that dwarfs their competitors. So, when one of these mobile juggernauts releases a new flagship device, analysts, press, and consumers alike want to know how that new competitive product performs versus the other brand's current offering. The interest and buzz is logical. New doesn't always mean significantly more powerful or more innovative. Some product launches are mild refreshes, while others are major overhauls. To look at Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, on the surface, you might might think it's... Read more...
We’ve already seen what Samsung and LG have to offer this time around in the flagship Android smartphone realm thanks to the debut for Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge and LG G5 respectively last month at MWC 2016. But what about HTC? The company has been dropping hints via teasers for the past few weeks, but as is often the case when it comes to highly anticipated smartphones, the new “10” has been leaked ahead of time for all to see. OnLeaks and EVLeaks tag-teamed the HTC 10 today with a bevy of leaked prototype shots and renders. OnLeaks kicked off the festivities with three images of a prototype in black, one of which clearly shows off the integrated USB-C port (while the LG G5 also features a USB-C... Read more...
Given all the hoopla surrounding the announcement of the modular LG G5 and the revised Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, it’s easy to forget that there’s another big name player in the smartphone game that doesn’t perhaps get the attention it deserves in the sector: Sony. Sony has always produced high-quality smartphones, but the company’s decision not to shack up with U.S. wireless carriers has left the company struggling for market share. But that isn’t stopping Sony from announcing three new smartphones that are featured in its new Xperia X Series, including the Xperia X, XA and X Performance. All three Android 6.0 Marshmallow-powered smartphones feature the same basic design and share... Read more...
Rather than just bring another boring smartphone update with the typical yearly iterative updates, the folks at LG have really done something transformative with its next generation G5 flagship. But first, let’s get to the stuff that we expect to hear about when a new flagship is released: its specs. The aluminum unibody G5 brings with it a 5.3-inch QHD display with an Always One mode. And like most new Android flagships that will be unveiled this year, it is powered by a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor that it paired with a generous 4GB of RAM. 32GB of internal storage is standard, and you’ll find a microSD slot that accommodates cards up to 2TB. On the rear of the device you’ll find... Read more...
"Gentleman, you had my curiosity, but now you have my attention.” We first heard word that Hewlett-Packard was looking to get back into the smartphone game with a Windows 10 Mobile device back in late December. Codenamed “Falcon,” we were only greeted with some GFXBench results and accompanying specs for the device and little more. However, a Hungarian site has actually uncovered images of HP’s Windows 10 Mobile smartphone prototype, and it’s called the Elite X3. We must say, this is one sleek looking device thanks to its plastic and metal construction and the groovy speaker cutouts below the massive display. More importantly, if you thought that the Lumia 950 XL was a premium Windows 10 Mobile,... Read more...
Samsung today announced that it's begun mass producing 14nm LPP (Low-Power Plus) logic chips based on its three-dimensional (3D) FinFET process. The South Korean chip maker also confirmed that Qualcomm is among its "many foundry customers" and that it is fabricating Qualcomm's forthcoming Snapdragon 820 SoCs. FinFET isn't new to Samsung by any means. In the first quarter of last year, Samsung launched its own Exynos 7 Octa processor built on the industry's first 14nm LPE (Low-Power Early) process. The new LPP version is the second generation of Samsung's 14nm FinFET process technology and it will serve as the backbone of not only Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820, but Samsung's own Exynos 8 Octa chips.... Read more...
Yesterday, we were treated to the Xiaomi Redmi 3, a mid-range smartphone that some pretty stellar specs with a $107 price tag attached. Today, we’re getting a first look at Xiaomi’s latest flagship which costs 6 times at much as the Redmi 3 — but do the specs warrant the significant jump in price? Well, you be the judge. The Mi 5, which is set to be unveiled on January 20th, has been leaked by retailer GearBest. The specs aim to impress, as you’ll find a Qualcomm’s latest powerhouse SoC under the hood: the Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996) with 4GB of RAM. Display duties are said to be handled by a 5.2-inch QHD display with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4. The Mi 5 can be had in 16GB or 64GB variants, although there... Read more...
Get ready for the next generation of mobile. So says Qualcomm, a formidable force in the mobile sector with its Snapdragon silicon, and today the company held an event in New York City to demonstrate for the first time its highly anticipated Snapdragon 820 System-on-Chip (SoC). More than just a speed bump and refresh of the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm says it designed the Snapdragon 820 "from the ground up to be unlike anything else." Behind the marketing hyperbole is an SoC with a custom 64-bit quad-core Kyro processor clocked at up to 2.2GHz. Qualcomm says it delivers up to twice the performance and twice the power efficiency of its predecessor. In fact, Qualcomm officials have quoted 2x the performance... Read more...
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