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Though primarily a software-focused event, Apple’s WWDC keynotes are often stage for an interesting hardware announcement or two as well, and this year Apple did not disappoint. At the company’s biggest Mac-related keynote of the year, Apple unveiled the M2, their second-generation Apple Silicon SoC for the Mac (and iPad) platform. Touting modest performance gains over the original M1 SoC of around 18% for multithreaded CPU workloads and 35% in peak GPU workloads, the M2 is Apple’s first chance to iterate on their Mac SoC to incorporate updated technologies, as well as to refresh their lower-tier laptops in the face of recent updates from their competitors. With the king of the M1 SoCs, M1 Ultra, not even 3 months behind them, Apple hasn’t wasted any...

The "Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders" vs ROG5 Preview: Branded vs Original

Today we’re reviewing a rather unusual device, the new ASUS “Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders”. The device had been first announced a month ago by Qualcomm and ASUS, and represents...

44 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/16/2021

HONOR Announces Magic 3 Series: With Snapdragon & Google, A new Start

Today, we see HONOR announce the company’s new flagship Magic 3 series of devices. The new Magic 3 series consists of 3 new phones, the “regular” Magic 3, the...

29 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/12/2021

Samsung Unpacked 2021 Part 2: Galaxy Z Flip 3 & Z Fold 3 Announced

Today Samsung is holding its second Mobile Unpacked event for the year, announcing the new Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the new Galaxy Z Fold 3.

50 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/11/2021

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...

41 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?

88 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-...

30 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...

181 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...

11 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

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