With all of the talk recently about the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S 6 and Samsung’s apparent decision to drop the Snapdragon 810 processor for their own Exynos chip, you may be wondering what kind of performance Samsung will be able to deliver with their new device. A new listing that surfaced today on Geekbench may help answer that question. A new entry for an “SC7 Full Android on avl7420” appears to be a listing for a device running an Exynos 7420 chip, a new entry from Samsung Exynos 7 line of chips that was announced last year.
According to the entry, the chip that was tested was running at 1.5 GHz with 8 cores. On the multi-core test, the Geekbench score landed at 5478. For comparison, the current generation Exynos 5433 processor will produce a score of around 4000 in testing at 1.3 GHz. On the single-core test, the 7420 produced a score of 1520 which compares favorable to the NVIDIA Tegra K1 used in the Nexus 9 which runs at 2.5 GHz to produce a score of 1895.
The posted Geekbench results also reveal the tested device, believed to be the Galaxy S 6, is running Android 5.0 Lollipop and is equipped with 3GB of RAM.
Huawei hasn’t exactly kept its successor to the Ascend P7 a secret. After all, the Chinese manufacturer has been posting teasers on its social networking platforms left, right and centre. Unfortunately, none of them bestowed any indication of its design, but now that’s all about to change.
As wireless carriers have developed 4G LTE networks over the last few years, one of the doors that has been opened is the move to using data networks for voice traffic. Pushing voice traffic over data networks is nothing new, but traditionally the technology has been confined to Wi-Fi connected devices or those physically connected to a network, like a PC hooked up to a wired LAN. The improvements to wireless networks, in particular LTE technologies, make it possible to move that same voice traffic to the cellular spectrums. We are already seeing the major wireless carriers start this transition, like Verizon’s implementation of Advanced Calling. A side effect of this change in how wireless is used for voice calls is that other companies may be able to start to offer voice service using Wi-Fi and possibly challenge the traditional carriers. We have already seen word starting to get out about how Google may implement this in conjunction with traditional carriers as an MVNO and now word is getting out that Cablevision is preparing to jump in to the market with their own solution. Read more
With tech companies targeting mobile growth in developing markets with low-specced entry level devices, some of today’s apps may be a bit heavy around the waist to perform well on these devices. Facebook is one of these apps, and while the company was worked toward making the app faster and more responsive through an endless series of updates, the app can still struggle on lower-end devices. Facebook seems to know this because it’s released Facebook Lite, an app that comes in at 0.25 MB.
Got a device with specs two years old? Specifically, are those devices the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6? Good news if you live in China, Xiaomi is working on starting up a trade-in system that will allow you to pitch your
lemons Apples for shiny, new Mi Notes or Mi Note Pros. Read more
A few days ago, HTC announced on Twitter that it was heading off to the e-sports arena, particularly in League of Legends. It will be sponsoring three teams: TSM, Team Liquid, and Cloud 9. Each of the three teams have historically competed in Counter Strike and Dota 2 as well, but LoL is the only game mentioned by HTC.
Differing from other tech companies like Razer, HTC doesn’t really have any of its products that are associated with e-sports gaming. The Verge explains that after Q1 of this year, that may no longer be the case. Read more
As promised, Motorola has officially re-entered China with the Moto X, Moto X Pro, Moto G, and Moto Hint for China.
The Moto X 16 GB version is already available at Motorola.com.cn, JD.com, T-Mall, Gome, Suning and DXT for RMB 3,299 , but there is no Moto Maker option just yet. Instead they are launching 6 of the most popular colors that were voted on my over 10,000 people. The most popular color was turquoise, and that will be at a special price of RMB 2,999. Motorola has promised that leather, bamboo, and wood models with 32 GB of storage will be available soon. Pre-orders have already started Motorola.com.cn and JD.com for those models for RMB 3,699. Moto Maker will also be launched soon, but no time frame was given.
In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside had something interesting to say about the Nexus 6. Apparently Motorola and Google wanted to implement a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device right where that dimple is that holds the Motorola logo.
As you know, that didn’t happen, but the reason is interesting. It appears Apple had a hand in that decision. Maybe not directly, but the fact that Apple already secured the best supplier in the world (Authentec) had a dramatic effect. Unfortunately the second best supplier wasn’t ready for primetime yet.
The saga regarding the Snapdragon 810 and overheating issues continues. Will Samsung use the Snapdragon 810 in the Galaxy S 6 is one of the biggest questions this year. There have been reports indicating that Samsung would go exclusively with the homegrown Exynos, and others indicating that Samsung could never drop Qualcomm completely.
Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Qualcomm has worked around the heating issue and will deliver a new version of the chip to Samsung in March. Some analysts have already predicted that Samsung will launch the S6 in Korea on time, but delay it in other markets because of this very reason.
Amongst the independent art films and critical hits showcased at the Sundance Film Festival last week, there was a different kind of visual experience showed off to the masses. Read more