The AnandTech podcast is back once more, this time with Ian and Andrei recapping their time at Mobile World Congress 2015.

We kick things off with a look at the flagship smartphones to come out of the show, Samsung's Galaxy S6 and HTC's One M9. We follow this up with a look at some of the photography-centric products to come out of the show, including the Lenovo Vibe Shot and Panasonic Lumix CM1. Of course no MWC would be complete without SoCs, and MWC has Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820, ARM's forthcoming Cortex-A72 CPU, and Intel's new Atom x3/x5/x7 brands. Then we switch gears to peripherals, including Qualcomm's new ultrasonic fingerprint scanning tech, Sandisk's hybrid eMMC tech, and modem tech from Broadcom and Altair. Finally we close things out with SteamVR and the first supporting headset, the HTC Vive.

The AnandTech Podcast - Episode 31

  • Dr. Ian Cutress: Host, CPU Guru
  • Andrei Frumuşanu: Mobile Editor

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Total Time:  1 hour 8 minutes 35 seconds

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00:00 - Intro
00:28 - Samsung Galaxy S6
07:21 - HTC One M9
13:24 - Microsoft Lumia 640 / 640XL
18:18 - Lenovo Vibe Shot
22:05 - Panasonic Lumix CM1
23:43 - Snapdragon 820 Announcement
24:34 - ARM A72
26:38 - Qualcomm Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanning
28:25 - Qualcomm Modem Rebranding, LTE and Wifi Link Aggregation
31:28 - Intel Atom x3/x5/x7
37:49 - Sandisk 200GB MicroSD and Hybrid eMMC
42:39 - Broadcom Simultaneous Dual Band
45:07 - Cat-1 and Cat-0 LTE and Altair Semiconductor
46:58 - HTC Vive and SteamVR

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  • Mondozai - Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - link

    C'mon Ian, you're calling yourself Dr. now? PhD or not, that is rather silly & pretentious :)

    Still looking forward to the podcast!
  • LarrDog - Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - link

    How is it silly or pretentious to accurately list one's qualifications? Google the word pretentious and it says, "attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed." Earning a PhD means that you earned the right to be called Dr. the "D" in PhD stands for doctor.
  • LtGoonRush - Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - link

    There's likely some regional differences here. In the United States it's considered extremely pretentious to refer to yourself as "Doctor" if you are not a medical doctor. As a general point of etiquette, earning the right to be referred to with an honorific title by others does NOT give you the right to refer to yourself with that title. For example, you would never refer to yourself as "Mister Name".

    All that said, who cares? Ian's obviously not American so it doesn't make any sense to apply American standards of etiquette, and he doesn't really come off as pretentious generally so I'm not sure why he felt the need to point it out.
  • LtGoonRush - Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - link

    Clarification: in my final sentence I meant that Ian doesn't come off as pretentious generally so I'm not sure why the OP felt the need to point out that he called himself Doctor.
  • Coup27 - Thursday, March 19, 2015 - link

    Ian is from the UK as am I and we see no issue here in the use of of Doctor before your name such as the example here.

    It may be looked at differently in the US, but Anandtech is an international site with international writers and an international user base and some people would do well to remember that.
  • dragonsqrrl - Friday, March 20, 2015 - link

    I'm assuming you guys are referring to the written portion above, where it says "Featuring: Dr. Ian Cutress". And if so... Oh come on. I'm from the US and I've never heard of it being "extremely pretentious" to include your title when identifying yourself in formal writing... unless you're a "medical doctor". What are you talking about? It's not at all unusual for a Ph.D to include their title in formal letters.

    Maybe it's just a regional thing... "Pretentious" can have pretty broad definitions in certain parts of the US.
  • alphasquadron - Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - link

    That's Doctor Ian to you. Also Ian, I've been having really bad heartburn lately what do you recommend?
  • Coup27 - Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - link

    Have some respect.
  • tjoynt - Monday, March 23, 2015 - link

    In a professional context, using the title "Dr." for someone with a Doctorate degree is common practice, even in the US. It could be considered pretentious to do so at a house party, but no matter how much fun this podcast is, it is not a house party.
    Protip: introducing yourself simply as The Doctor will either get you cheers, jeers, or puzzled looks, depending on the crowd.
  • Intervenator - Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - link


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