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At the recent Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit, the company announced its new flagship smartphone processor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Replacing the Snapdragon 888, this new chip is set to be in a number of high performance flagship smartphones in 2022. The new chip is Qualcomm’s first to use Arm v9 as well as Samsung’s 4nm process node technology. In advance of devices coming in Q1, we attended a benchmarking session using Qualcomm’s reference design, and had a couple of hours to run tests focused on the new performance core, based on Arm’s X2 core IP.

Google Teases Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro with new "Tensor" SoC

Today Google has teased its new upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones; in what is likely an attempt to get leaks and the upcoming narrative of the...

47 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/2/2021

The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra Review - Something Surprisingly Different

ZTE is one of the rare vendors active in the US market, which makes the new Axon 30 Ultra a quite interesting device that’s surprisingly viable in the current...

29 by Andrei Frumusanu on 7/30/2021

JEDEC Publishes LPDDR5X Standard at up to 8533 Mbps

JEDEC and the JC-42.6 Subcommittee for Low Power Memories has announced the publication of the new JESD209-5B standard which now includes improvements to LPDDR5, as well as an extension...

17 by Andrei Frumusanu on 7/29/2021

OnePlus Announces Nord 2 with Dimensity 1200 SoC

Today OnePlus is announcing the 2021 successor to the OnePlus Nord – the company mid-range line-up phone. The new phone takes the hardware platform from the OPPO Reno 5...

18 by Andrei Frumusanu on 7/22/2021

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Review: Big and Fast, but Inefficient

Today we’re finally taking a deeper look at Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra – the bigger brother of the Mi 11. Featuring the same screen and general design, can the...

40 by Andrei Frumusanu on 7/20/2021

ASUS Announces "Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders" - A Real Product, or Just A Marketing Showcase?

Today ASUS and Qualcomm are announcing the “Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders” - a ASUS designed phone with extensive Snapdragon branding – a ROG Phone 5 spin-off, or just a...

27 by Andrei Frumusanu on 7/8/2021

Examining OnePlus' Performance Behaviour: Optimization or Misrepresentation?

We've discovered weird behaviour on the OnePlus 9 Pro flagship: Popular apps are performance limited, while benchmarks are unaffected. Is this battery optimisation, or misrepresentation of the user experience?

87 by Andrei Frumusanu on 7/6/2021

Cristiano Amon Takes over as Qualcomm CEO: Reiterates Focus on Custom CPUs

As of June 30th, Qualcomm’s Cristiano Amon has taken over as the company’s CEO, replacing his predecessor Steve Mollenkopf which has now retired. In statements to Reuters, Amon had...

36 by Andrei Frumusanu on 7/2/2021

ASUS Launches Zenfone 8 in US: Starting at $599

Following the phone’s initial announcement mid-May, this week ASUS has officially launched their new ZenFone 8 in the US starting at a price of $599. The ZenFone 8 is...

15 by Andrei Frumusanu on 7/2/2021

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 888+ 5G Speed Bin at 3GHz

Today for the first day of Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm is announcing its usual yearly mini-refresh of its flagship Snapdragon SoC in the form of the new Snapdragon 888+...

16 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/28/2021

Mobile Flagship Phone Cameras 2021 H1 Review: Megapixels & Telephotos

It’s been well over a year now since our last extensive camera round-up article, and it’s also been a few months now since the release of most of 2021’s...

60 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/21/2021

AMD confirms Ray-Tracing and VRS in Samsung Exynos RDNA GPU IP

At this year’s AMD Computex 2021 keynote event, CEO Lisa Su, among a series of various new product announcements and technology disclosures, has teased some new details on the...

49 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/1/2021

Arm Announces New Mali-G710, G610, G510 & G310 Mobile GPU Families

Today alongside the CPU announcements, Arm is also unveiling a whole family of third generation Valhall GPUs with the Mali-G710, G510, G310, with particularly large improvements in the mid-...

29 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/25/2021

Arm Announces Mobile Armv9 CPU Microarchitectures: Cortex-X2, Cortex-A710 & Cortex-A510

Today Arm is announcing a whole cluster of Armv9 client CPUs: The Cortex-X2: A flagship core with more performance and deeper OOO, the Cortex-A710: a power-efficient performance core, and...

182 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/25/2021

ZTE Announces Global Launch of Axon 30 Ultra: Starting at $749

Today ZTE is announcing the global launch pricing of the Axon 30 Ultra – starting at $749, the Snapdragon 888, 144Hz OLED, 3x 64MP camera phone with a striking...

10 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/13/2021

The ASUS Zenfone 8 Hands-On Review: A New Compact Direction

Today ASUS is launching the new Zenfone 8 – a new device in the series, trying to carve itself a niche amongst smaller flagship phones. With a Snapdragon 888...

66 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/12/2021

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G Performance Report: First Taste of the Snapdragon 780G

Announced a few weeks ago, we’re looking at the impressive performance and efficiency of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G SoC, courtesy of Xiaomi’s new Mi 11 Lite 5G mid-range phone.

26 by Andrei Frumusanu on 4/13/2021

LG Calls it Quits, To Close Mobile Phone Business

This morning, LG issued a press release that announced the board of directors had decided to close down the conglomerate’s mobile phone business. The news is unfortunate, however isn’t...

61 by Andrei Frumusanu on 4/5/2021

Xiaomi Announces Mi 11 Ultra: The Largest Smartphone Camera

Today, within a flurry of device announcements, Xiaomi announced the new Mi 11 Ultra as a higher-end follow-up to the Mi 11, representing the company’s newest top-of-the-line smartphone with...

42 by Andrei Frumusanu on 3/29/2021

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 780G: New 5nm 765 Successor

Today Qualcomm is announcing the new Snapdragon 780G, direct successor to the 765G: 1+3+4 CPUs with Cortex-A78’s up to 2.4GHz, +50% GPU, 2x AI performance, Triple-ISPs on a 5nm...

38 by Andrei Frumusanu on 3/25/2021

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