The de facto hardware experts over at AnandTech have spent some time with the newest CPU from Qualcomm: the MSM8960, sporting the new 28nm Krait architecture in dual-core, 1.5GHz form. They've put it through their suite of benchmarks including Linpack, SunSpider, BrowserMark, Vellamo, and Basemark OS. In a nutshell: the MSM8960 absolutely destroys every other phone/CPU on the market right now in every. single. benchmark.
An example of what to expect.
The Krait architecture supports 1, 2, and 4 CPUs, and the smaller transistor size (28nm) means that it should outperform most (if not all) comparative 40nm CPUs and offer better battery life. Read More
It's finally happening - Intel processors are coming to Android phones, for better or for worse (we tend to think it's going to be the former). The world's first Intel smartphone? The Lenovo K800. But the real question is, is it actually going to be any good? Judging by the short time we spent with the device earlier today, the answer is a pretty emphatic "nope." The device in question has a 1280x720 4.5" display, 1.6GHz Z2460 Atom processor (single core with hyperthreading), and an 8MP camera.
While this isn't the completely finished product, Lenovo has said the device will be shipping in China (and likely never in the US) in Q2 this year, which is an ample amount of time for some, shall we say, improvements. Read More
Intel and Lenovo just announced the world's first Intel-powered Android smartphone: the K800. It utilizes Intel's Medfield mobile platform, with what we assume is the Atom Z2460 1.6GHz processor. Intel and Lenovo claim that the new Medfield platform is a "no compromise" mobile processor in terms of performance and battery life, though no exact figures were quoted. It actually looks pretty similar to Intel's reference device, and will be available in China (no US availability announced) some time in Q2.
Intel also demoed said reference device on stage, but didn't tell us anything we don't already know. Intel was keen on showing off the battery life of its reference device, which while it only has a 1440mAh battery, manages an impressive 8 hours of 3G talk time, and a full 5 hours of 3G web browsing. Read More
Just in time for tonight's big announcement from Google and Samsung, a video has been discovered that appears to be promotional material for NVIDIA's fabled Tegra 3 processor, formerly known as Kal-El.
It looks like the video has been set to private, but we've got a couple of screenshots for you below.
Whether this video and the ICS/Nexus announcement are related is yet to be seen, but we do know that ASUS CEO Johny Chan is supposed to appear at tonight's event in Hong Kong, and that ASUS is supposedly including the Tegra 3 in their Transformer 2 tablet. Read More
Qualcomm just announced yesterday the details surrounding its Snapdragon S4 System on Chip, promising an impressive array of improvements over their current-gen line.
To begin with, the Snapdragon S4 shifts away from previous 45nm constructions and boasts a trim 28nm process technology, which will improve power consumption and thermal performance, as well as free up more space by using smaller components.
In the CPU department, the S4 CPU, codenamed Krait, will top at 60% better performance over Qualcomm's current Scorpion line, reaching speeds from 1.5 to 2.5GHz, while utilizing asynchronous multiprocessing and dual-channel memory.
The Adreno 225 GPU will top the 220 by about 50%, adding DirectX9.3, OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0 capabilities for Windows 8. Read More
I'm not sure why anyone would want the DROID X2 (our own Aaron Gingrich didn't exactly love it, either - and that's putting it nicely.) But, some people do seem to like the X2 - probably most owners upgrading from the original X. Why? Because it looks and feels exactly the same. So, if you want this Motorola monster, now's a decent time to get it - as it's just $100 with a new Verizon account on Wirefly or AmazonWireless.
The X2 is packing an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch qHD display (some people hate qHD for its Pentile subpixel rendering), 512MB of RAM, and an 8MP rear shooter. Read More
When Huawei announced the new 7-inch MediaPad Honeycomb tablet this morning,
chaos confusion ensued. The device runs Android 3.2, a new build of Honeycomb that nobody outside Google or Huawei seemed to have seen before. It didn't help that Huawei was quite secretive about what additions the new OS brought (other than support for 7-inch tablets and a new version number).
Well now, thanks to the folks at This is my next, we have a better idea of what's new, though it's important to keep in mind that this information is still very much a rumor, albeit one allegedly confirmed with three separate tipsters. Read More
For round one of the HTC device leaks today, we present for your consideration the HTC Lead - a device that will be coming to the AT&T network at some point in the future (...most likely).
The ever-vigilent 911sniper blog "stumbled" upon a system dump for the upcoming phone, and it reveals some interesting tidbits in regard to its specifications:
- Dual-core MSM8660 1.2GHz processor
- 4.3" WVGA (800x480) display [not qHD - oddly]
- 768MB RAM
- Android 2.3.4
- 5MP rear camera (no front camera)
- AT&T support (presumably some kind of 4G - either HSPA+ or LTE)
The WVGA resolution and screen size, along with the amount of RAM, make this sound suspiciously like a beefed-up Desire HD (Inspire 4G). Read More
It's April 28th, the official release date for the 2nd generation Droid Incredible from HTC, and if you haven't studied this phone in detail yet, you're probably wondering just what exactly has changed since the original "Dinc" entered the market last April. Let's have a look, shall we?
First and foremost, just like the Droid 2 Global Edition, the new Incredible 2 is a world phone with both CDMA and GSM frequencies. Verizon Wireless provides the following interesting numbers:
- voice service in over 220 countries
- data in over 200 countries
- 3G speeds in more than 125
Quite a step-up from the original already, isn't it? Read More
Get ready to drool: a "high-ranking" Samsung executive recently told the Maeli Business Newspaper that Sammy is working on a smartphone that can lay claim to "performance levels matching desktop PCs" - in fact, the company is said to have a 2GHz dual-core handset in the offing. Mind you, that's not some multiplication game; rather, it's an admirable 2GHz on each core!
Better yet, the aforementioned company official also let slip that this smartphone will be released "by next year." Oh, and Samsung is reportedly considering selling the CPU units to other smartphone manufacturers, meaning that if all goes well, you could see the chip in, say, an HTC handset. Read More