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TSMC Apple A10 Exclusivity: A Blow To Samsung on Multiple Fronts

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If you’ve followed the mobile world during these past several months, it’s likely that you’ve already come across various rumors hinting at TSMC’s involvement in the production of Apple’s next A10 SoC. So far we’ve stumbled upon numerous rumors on the matter, most of which claim that TSMC will manufacture the A10 exclusively, leaving Samsung out of the picture. Today …

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Rumor: Apple Has Been Working On Its Own GPU For A Few Years

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Despite the fact that Apple has designed a lot of hardware, in-house, over the years, the Cupertino giant is first and foremost considered a software company. However, as Alan Kay’s famous quote goes: “People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware”, and Apple is known to take this concept quite literally. This is the reason the …

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IHS: AMOLED On The Rise, Samsung Leading The Charge

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With rumors claiming that more smartphone manufacturers will hop on the AMOLED bandwagon in 2016 (and the coming years), we expected the OLED display market to gain a lot more grip in the future quarters. But interestingly enough, according to fresh data from market tracker IHS, the AMOLED revolution is already underway and unsurprisingly, it is led by none other …

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Samsung’s Duo Pixel Trademark Hinting At Previously Rumored Camera Tech?

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Given that the BRITECELL sensor was already officially introduced by Samsung last month, it’s safe to say that the Galaxy S7 expected to hit the market in H1 2016 will feature a new and updated camera, other than the ISOCELL sensors used by the current lineup (actually the current line-up uses both Samsung’s ISOCELL and Sony’s Exmor counterpart). Although Samsung …

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HTC Perfume: The Company’s Next Flagship? Android 6.1, Sense 8.0 On Board?

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For the past three years, HTC has been using the “M” codename to identify its flagship models, e.g. the HTC One M7, M8, and One M9. With that being said, normally we would expect the company’s next flagship phone to be known as the HTC One M10, but numerous rumors so far have suggested otherwise, and various sources claimed that, …

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Smartisan T2 Hands-On Photos Surface, Show Boxy, Unconventional Design

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A couple of weeks ago we brought you news that Smartisan is planning the release of a third smartphone dubbed the Smartisan T2. At that time, the terminal was spotted by AnTuTu rocking the model number “SM801”, along with a Snapdragon 808 SoC under the hood. Evidently, although the internal specifications have been partly unveiled by the benchmarking tool, the …

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Asus Chairman: Zenfone Zoom Has A Better Camera Than Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus

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The Asus Zenfone Zoom was first unveiled during CES 2015, back in January, but as you may already know, the camera-centric smartphone is still nowhere to be found on the market. However, the Zenfone Zoom is expected to hit the shelves this month, and with the smartphone’s release apparently around the corner, Asus’ chairman Johnny Shih recently decided to share …

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Mediatek Helio X12: Upgraded X10, To Go Against Exynos 7422 and Snapdragon 618/620?

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Most SoC manufacturers are gearing up for the release of their latest processors aimed at the mobile market in 2016. MediaTek is apparently working on a new lineup as well, and during this past weekend we received some interesting bits of information in our inbox, allegedly revealing a ton of characteristics surrounding the so-called MediaTek Helio X12. The SoC will …

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Samsung: 20% Cheaper AMOLED Panels in 2016? Is This The Death Of LCD?

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Samsung Display is one of the world’s most prominent manufacturers of small-to-medium-size AMOLED panels, and we could say that the Korean tech giant is mostly responsible for making AMOLED technology as popular as it is today. Nevertheless, LCD still has its benefits, which happen to come hand in hand with a smaller price tag. Indeed, Samsung’s AMOLED panels are roughly …

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Samsung Galaxy A9 Stops By WiFi Alliance, Release Date Approaching

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It’s been nearly three weeks since the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A9 was certified by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, and as it turns out, it looks like the same device was also certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance in the meantime. Both events hint that the smartphone’s release should be just around the corner, and as a matter of fact, not …

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Zuk Z2 Rotating Camera Renders – Wait! We’ve Seen This Before

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As some of you already know by now, Zuk Mobile is a new smartphone manufacturer from China, founded in May 2015 in collaboration with Lenovo. The Zuk Z1 was officially introduced in August 2015 as the manufacturer’s first smartphone, and for the past several weeks various rumors emerged suggesting that the Zuk Z2 sequel is on its way for a …

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Smartisan T2 Hardware Specs Surface, Snapdragon 808 on Board

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For the past five years or so a large number of smartphone makers emerged from China, some of which have become renowned worldwide in a very short time after their entrance in the mobile business (OnePlus being just one example). But one of the emerging Chinese makers you may have never heard of before is known as Smartisan. The company …

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New Huawei Mate 8 Listing Shows The Device Crushing It In Synthetic Benchmarks

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The Huawei Mate 8 was officially announced yesterday, and now it awaits a market release set for the first quarter of 2016. The handset features quite a few striking characteristics, including a 360-degree fingerprint scanner with a response time of just 0.5 seconds. The Mate 8 also uses a generous 4,000 mAh battery that, according to the manufacturer, should offer …

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Ming-Chi Kuo: iPhone 6s Mass Production Suffers Slight Delay

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The iPhone 6s line-up will be the first “S” in the series to be manufactured following Apple’s decision to increase the screen size of its iconic flagship phone. Technically speaking, the iPhone 6s / 6s Plus will look very similar to the current models, but they will introduce a number of new technologies, including Force Touch. More to the point …

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AMOLED: Apple “Might” Use It (2016) – Huawei, Xiaomi Already Decided (IHS)

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The race between LCD and AMOLED has been going on ever since I can remember (well, for just a few years to be precise), and interestingly enough, AMOLED has been winning ground lately. More and more smartphone makers are jumping on the OLED bandwagon and according to IHS Technology Research Director, Kevin Wang, Apple is considering doing the same. Reportedly, …

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Apple Watch 2 Display: No Changes In Screen Size, Resolution, Still Square (Rumor)

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If you were hoping that Apple’s next smartwatch will come with a round display, according to a new rumor out of South Korea, you will be disappointed. Unfortunately, if this new report is to be believed, it looks like Apple won’t jump onto the “round smartwatch display” bandwagon anytime soon, like essentially all the other important players in the market. …

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Apple Reportedly Working On Dual Lens Camera Tech For More Than Three Years

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While some Android smartphone manufacturers have used the dual lens camera technology in some of their terminals for the past several years (most notably HTC and more recently Huawei), Apple maintained its rather conservative view on the matter and continued to equip the iPhone line-up with a single 8 MP camera that kept getting better with each new generation. Interestingly …

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HTC Perfume: The Company’s Next Flagship? Android 6.1, Sense 8.0 On Board?

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For the past three years, HTC has been using the “M” codename to identify its flagship models, e.g. the HTC One M7, M8, and One M9. With that being said, normally we would expect the company’s next flagship phone to be known as the HTC One M10, but numerous rumors so far have suggested otherwise, and various sources claimed that, …

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Smartisan T2 Hands-On Photos Surface, Show Boxy, Unconventional Design

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A couple of weeks ago we brought you news that Smartisan is planning the release of a third smartphone dubbed the Smartisan T2. At that time, the terminal was spotted by AnTuTu rocking the model number “SM801”, along with a Snapdragon 808 SoC under the hood. Evidently, although the internal specifications have been partly unveiled by the benchmarking tool, the …

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Samsung Galaxy A7 Hands-On Photos Showcase Sleek Design Language

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Last week’s official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy A7 was preceded by numerous leaks and rumors, hinting at what proved to be an imminent debut. Back in November, we caught wind of the smartphone’s visit to Bluetooth SIG and TENAA, and we also had the opportunity to take a glimpse at the handset’s overall design thanks to a couple of …

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Alleged Xiaomi Mi5 Benchmark Shows Exceptional Performance

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[UPDATE] According to the official Antutu account, this result is a faked one. Oh well, moving on… The fabled Xiaomi Mi5 already missed several tentative release dates and, needless to say, it’s highly unlikely for the aforementioned device to hit the shelves by the end of 2015. The good news is that the smartphone is worth waiting for – at …

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Samsung To Bring OIS To Entry and Mid-Range Smartphones?

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Over the past few years, the importance of smartphone cameras increased as consumers began replacing their point-and-shoot devices with their very own handsets. Manufacturers have been well aware of this phenomenon and capitalized on it by improving the main sensors on their flagship phones with each new generation. Evidently, Samsung was (and still is) one of the smartphone makers out …

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Samsung: Ahead of TSMC in 10nm Chipset Race, Thanks To New Acquisition?

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For the past few years, Samsung and TSMC have been locked in a continuous battle for providing the best mobile chipset technologies, and come 2016, both companies are expected to advance to 10nm technology in anticipation of a new generation of mobile APs. However, while TSMC is said to begin the mass production of 10nm-based chipsets in the third quarter …

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Samsung Engineer Defends Galaxy S7 Passive Cooling Rumors

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Last week we ran across an interesting report regarding the Samsung Galaxy S7, claiming that not unlike the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, the terminal is likely to take advantage of a more elaborate passive cooling system comprised of heat pipes and thermal paste. Now, because the Snapdragon 810 was affected by overheating and throttling issues, the thought of a heat …

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Meet Kyocera’s Smartphone That’s Not Afraid Of Soap

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Today, smartphone maker Kyocera teamed up with Japanese carrier KDDI to announce a smartphone that’s not only waterproof but can also take a soap scrubbing session and live to tell its tale(s) – the Kyocera DIGNO Rafre. Odd name aside, this phone has a few interesting features, aside from being the first “soap-proof” smartphone in history. If you want to find …

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Samsung Actively Looking For Heat Pipe Suppliers For The Galaxy S7?

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As you all know, the Snapdragon 810 SoC was the subject of numerous reports and controversies, mainly because the chipset was apparently plagued by overheating issues. Not only benchmarks have reflected this, but the actions of other companies besides Qualcomm seem to have confirmed the chipset’s throttling problems, in their own way. Samsung refused to use it in the Galaxy …

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Leaked OnePlus X Ad Allegedly Shows The Device and Its Price Tag

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Based on all the leaks and rumors so far, the OnePlus X shapes up to become the first mid-range smartphone to come out of the aforementioned Chinese manufacturer’s factories. Despite the fact that the OnePlus X doesn’t pack enough punch to outperform the OnePlus 2, the handset in question still has a lot to offer – even more so if …

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Performance Charts: Meizu Pro 5 First, Xperia Z5, One Plus 2 Crack Top 10

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Back in July the team behind AnTuTu published a chart listing the top 10 most powerful smartphones benchmarked in their app since the beginning of the year until the end of June. As some of you might recall, at that time, the Samsung Galaxy S6 was declared the most powerful device of the bunch, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S6 …

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OnePlus X Hardware Specs Revealed By Official Tenaa Listing

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A couple of days ago, several hands-on photos showcasing the fabled OnePlus X emerged from TENAA, hinting that a nearly-full list of hardware specifications should be published soon. Sure enough, today the OnePlus X entry in the TENAA database revealed almost all there is to know regarding the device’s internal components, from display properties to processing power and RAM. The …

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Google: “LG Is The Best Partner In Engineering Nexus Smartphones”

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This year LG made history when it became the first OEM to have manufactured a total of three Nexus smartphones for Google since the introduction of the Nexus series. The company pulled a hat-trick with the latest Nexus 5X which was unveiled a couple of weeks ago, and judging by the latest reports, Google and LG could continue their partnership …

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OnePlus One Mini / X Hands On Photos Surface

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[UPDATE] As some of you know, we’ve been recently contacted by an anonymous tipster who had a lot to share regarding the OnePlus Mini, based on his experience with a prototype. However, after these images have surfaced we have been contacted again by the same source claiming that the OnePlus device pictured below has nothing in common with the prototype …

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OnePlus Mini / X: ClearForce, Side-Touch and Other Possible Features

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[UPDATE] As some of you know, we’ve been recently contacted by an anonymous tipster who had a lot to share regarding the OnePlus Mini, based on his experience with a prototype. However, after these hands-on images have surfaced we have been contacted again by the same source claiming that the OnePlus device pictured in our latest findings has nothing in …

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OnePlus mini: A Ton Of New Info Regarding Hardware Specs, Release and Price (Rumor)

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As you might already be aware of, OnePlus is rumored to be working on a second smartphone for 2015, which so far has been referred to by the industry as the OnePlus mini. Information about the terminal has leaked on several occasions before, and as its moniker suggests, the handset is meant as a mid-range entry with a lower price …

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Samsung Galaxy S7 – Release Date, Price, Specs – Definitive Guide

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Over the past several months, the Samsung Galaxy S7 became one of the hottest topics of discussion in the mobile world. Numerous leaks and rumors have been flying around uncontrollably; many of which will eventually turn out to be spot on. To keep the information in check we’ve put together a “definitive guide” for the Galaxy S7, which will, in …

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Nexus 6P vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – Design and Display

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For the past couple of years, the “phablet” market slowly but surely fused with the “regular” smartphone niche. Today most premium handsets are equipped with 5.5+ inch displays, thus rendering the “phablet” term rather obsolete. Two of the best large-screen Android smartphones available today are the Google Nexus 6P and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. They both rock 5.7-inch displays, …

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Samsung’s Bio Processor For Wearables Is Nearing Release

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Earlier this week, Samsung’s sensor development team attended the International System on Chip Design Conference 2015, held in Kyeongbuk, South Korea. During a keynote centered on the topic of “Semiconductor that Helps Humans and Saves Lives”, the Korean tech giant unveiled its latest bio processor designed for wearables. The new bio processor is part of a SiP (system in package) …

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Samsung Galaxy S7 To Support Cat 12 LTE Speeds, Releasing in February?

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As you may have heard numerous times before, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 should be released in two main flavors, one of which will be equipped with a Snapdragon 820 SoC. Qualcomm’s SD 820 aims at becoming the premium market’s best chipset for the year 2016, and one of the application processor’s highlights, among other things, is the new Cat. …

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Samsung Galaxy S7: 10% Cheaper Than Galaxy S6?

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Earlier this week, during Samsung’s anniversary ceremony, the company’s Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-Hyun talked about the stagnating smartphone business and how Samsung needs to embrace radical changes in order to overcome any difficulties. The VC talked about how Samsung needs an “extraordinary transformation” and mentioned that if they resist change, they will not survive as a business. Although Kwon Oh-Hyun …

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Samsung Galaxy S7 To Have a 12MP Camera With Bigger Sensor Size (Rumor)

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The Sony Xperia Z5 lineup is equipped with one of the best smartphone cameras ever created, and ever since the Z5 debuted at IFA in Berlin, the brand new IMX300 sensor managed to capture the headlines with positive reviews. In fact, Sony’s latest 23 MP smartphone camera is so powerful that Samsung may have considered using it for the Galaxy …

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Samsung Crushes Apple In Q3 2015 Smartphone Sales

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Despite the fact that Apple’s latest iPhones have been very successful since launch, with over 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus units sold in the first weekend of market availability, the Cupertino giant still lags behind Samsung in terms of quarterly global sales, according to a new report. Throughout the July-September 2015 timeframe, Apple sold enough smartphones to maintain …

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge+ Ant-Man Edition: Real But Not That Exciting

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Earlier this year, Samsung and Marvel joined forces to produce one of the most exquisite limited edition smartphones of the year: the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Edition. Naturally, when recent rumors revealed that the two companies are working on another project which revolves around the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Ant-Man, numerous fans of the aforementioned device and superhero …

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Snapdragon 820 To Be Manufactured By Samsung in Both 14nm and 10nm Versions?

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Some of our readers might be aware of the fact that Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC have been a hot topic of discussion for the past several months. Back in August, the aforementioned chipset was mentioned in a leaked internal document, hinting that the SoC will be used by the Samsung Galaxy S7 (codename Jungfrau?). Later that …

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Samsung to Launch Dedicated VR Devices Next Year?

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Samsung was among the first smartphone manufacturers to show an interest in the now-growing virtual reality market, and as most of you know, the company joined the party last September with the Gear VR. Since then, the company released two “Innovator Edition” VR headsets – the latest one adding compatibility with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge and throwing an …

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JDI: New 10-inch LCD with “Remarkable HDR Image Reproduction”

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As time goes by, display technology keeps getting better and better. AMOLED technology seems to have advanced the most during these past couple of years, to the point where it became a threat to LCD, at least in the mobile market. There have even been rumors suggesting that Apple could use AMOLED in its 2016 product lineup. Nevertheless, LCD technology always …

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Samsung Working On A Gorilla Glass Alternative Code-named “Turtle”?

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Nowadays, almost every smartphone that it’s not relegated to the “entry-level” category is using one version or another of Gorilla Glass. When it comes to scratch and shatter-resistant glass, there aren’t many alternatives out there. While some people have been waiting on sapphire protected displays, there is absolutely no clue when this kind of protective glass will hit mainstream. However, …

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Samsung Foldable Smartphone (Project Valley) Coming In January?

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As some of you might recall, back in March, a Samsung Display official was quoted saying that “the commercialization of foldable smartphones will be possible in 2016”. A couple of months or so later, the guys over at SamMobile revealed that Samsung is working on a new prototype codenamed “Project Valley” or “Project V”, with a unique design and a foldable dual …

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Test Version (SD-820) Benchmark Showing Preliminary Specs?

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Yesterday we came across a very interesting entry in the Geekbench database, one that revealed a mysterious Samsung smartphone codenamed “Lucky”, powered by what seems to be a brand new Exynos SoC featuring eight custom cores. We assumed that the SoC might be the fabled Exynos M1 given the custom ARM architecture, which in turn could mean that the so-called “Lucky” …

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Samsung’s Upcoming Exynos Surfaces In Benchmark, Custom Cores In Tow

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Every year, Samsung releases a new flagship in the Galaxy S lineup and uses this opportunity to introduce a new in-house SoC, which is part of the Exynos family of processors. While no official word on the matter emerged so far, rumor has it that the company’s next SoC is currently known as the Exynos M1 (probably a codename). Regardless of …

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Qualcomm: 30 Smartphones Powered By Snapdragon 820 In The Works

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Lately, we’ve come across several rumors regarding the Snapdragon 820 SoC, and more often than not these rumors also included Samsung in the picture, suggesting that the Korean tech giant is not only already testing the SD 820 in its own labs., We also heard that Sammy also happens to be the first OEM to receive test samples from Qualcomm. …

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Snapdragon 820: V3.X Version To Come With A Lot Of Improvements (Rumor)

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 is supposed to hit the market as a top-tier next-gen chipset. The company’s SoCs have always earned a bit of time under the spotlight before their release, but we feel that the market keeps a close eye on the SD 820 more so than it did with the previous versions. This is partly because of the Snapdragon …

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