Smartphones

We’re now past summer and nearing the cloudy months of fall. Usually at this point in time we’re seeing a ton of news about Apple’s latest iPhones, however this year that’s all been postponed. What hasn’t been postponed are fresh rounds of price drops for many of the most sought after flagships on the market, with now many of the popular devices seeing considerable reductions from their launch MSRPs. 2020 has been about 5G devices as well as high-refresh rate displays, combined with the adoption of many-camera modules as well as bigger sensors. Pretty much every vendor has followed this formula to date, with many vendors such as Samsung or OnePlus executing the best this year. In the mid-range, things have been quite shaken up by the...

The OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro Review: Becoming The Flagship

It’s been a couple of months since OnePlus released the new OnePlus 8 & OnePlus 8 Pro, and both devices have received plenty of software updates improving the device’s...

91 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/29/2020

The Apple WWDC 2020 Keynote Live Blog (Starts at 10am PT/17:00 UTC)

While COVID may have put a crimp on the tech industry, for Apple the show must still go on. Join us at 10am Pacific/17:00 UTC for our live blog...

82 by Ryan Smith on 6/22/2020

Mobile Flagship Phone Camera Overview 2020 H1: Still Picture Battle

When today you’re picking a flagship smartphone, you generally get more or less the same fundamental formula no matter the vendor you chose. It’s a glass slab with a...

130 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/18/2020

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 690: 5G & A77 In The Mid-Range

Today Qualcomm is extending its 5G SoC portfolio down to the Snapdragon 600-series, introducing the new Snapdragon 690 platform and chip. The new design is a more significant upgrade...

26 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/16/2020

Lion Semi: How High-Efficiency ICs Enable Fast-Charging

The last few years have seen quite a large shift in the mobile market as smartphone vendors have engaged in a literal arms-race aiming for the fastest charging phones...

58 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/8/2020

Arm's New Cortex-A78 and Cortex-X1 Microarchitectures: An Efficiency and Performance Divergence

2019 was a great year for Arm. On the mobile side of things one could say it was business as usual, as the company continued to see successes with...

188 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/26/2020

Samsung Announces New 50MP Dual-Pixel and Quad-Bayer ISOCELL Sensor

Samsung today has announced a brand-new flagship sensor in the form of the ISOCELL GN1. The new sensor is seemingly a follow-up to the 108MP ISOCELL HMX and HM1...

69 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/19/2020

POCO Announces New POCO F2 Pro - An Affordable Flagship

Today we’re seeing the return of the flagship killer – although this isn’t OnePlus we’re talking about, but rather then new POCO F2 Pro. It’s the successor to the...

36 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/12/2020

Meizu Announces New Meizu 17 and 17 Pro Flagships

Today Meizu announced its 2020 flagship follow-up to the popular Meizu 16s: the new Meizu 17 and 17 Pro. The two new phones represent a design shift for the...

33 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/8/2020

LG Announces VELVET Phone: Korea Only For Now

LG had been teasing the “Velvet” for several weeks now, trickle-feeding information about the company’s new premium level smartphone. Today, the company officially launches the device in Korea, fully...

29 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/7/2020

120Hz On The OnePlus 8 Pro: QHD+ Resolution But Still Power Hungry

High refresh rate displays in smartphones are all the rage in 2020, but the new exciting feature is still in its infancy in terms of hardware implementations. Currently there’s...

29 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/5/2020

Updated iPhone SE Camera Testing: Replacement Phone Shows Much Improved Results

Last week we published our initial review of Apple’s new iPhone SE. In the piece, I had remarked that the camera was relatively disappointing and suffered from a lack...

18 by Andrei Frumusanu on 4/30/2020

Xiaomi Launches Mi Note 10 Lite, Redmi Note 9 & Note 9 Pro Globally

Today Xiaomi is launching a trio of mid- to low-end devices, and we’re seeing the global launch of the new Mi Note 10 Lite, Redmi Note 9 Pro and...

28 by Andrei Frumusanu on 4/30/2020

The iPhone SE (2020) Review: A Reinvigorated Classic

Apple’s latest iPhone SE is being released today, and it’s certainly going to make a big impact on the market, for the simple reason that this is a $399...

197 by Andrei Frumusanu on 4/24/2020

How Cheap Can You Get a 6.52-inch Smartphone? DOOGEE’s X95 is only $60

Even in 2020, I would have never have guessed you could build a 6-inch or above large display smartphone for anything less than $100. We have seen a number...

25 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 4/23/2020

Motorola Announces New edge And edge+: Re-entering the Flagship Market with a Bang

Today Motorola announced its newest high-end devices for 2020 – and the company delivered quite the surprise, not only returning back to the flagship market, but also delivering some...

125 by Andrei Frumusanu on 4/22/2020

LG Teases "Velvet" Phone with Snapdragon 765

We’ve already been quite surprised by the fact that to date LG still hasn’t talked much about a successor to the G8. Last year, LG had explained that going...

25 by Andrei Frumusanu on 4/21/2020

UL Delists MediaTek Powered Devices Due To Benchmark Whitelisting

Last week we detailed an article covering MediaTek’s seemingly widespread default inclusion of a benchmark whitelist in their chipset BSP (board support package) – a mechanism that enables more...

20 by Andrei Frumusanu on 4/16/2020

Apple Announces New Updated iPhone SE: A13 & New Features for $399

Apple’s last “classic” iPhone release was the iPhone 8 back in 2017, with the 2016 iPhone SE (Special Edition) being the last iteration donning the iPhone 4 design language...

110 by Andrei Frumusanu on 4/15/2020

Honor Launches Honor 30 Series in China: Three New Premium Devices

Today Honor completed its Chinese launch of the new Honor 30 series of smartphones, adding three new devices to its premium to flagship line-up of devices. All the new...

23 by Andrei Frumusanu on 4/15/2020

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