Samsung Exynos 8 Octa officially unveiled – what to expect from this SoC

Samsung Exynos 8 Octa chipset was announced last year and it was said to greatly improve performance on smartphones and tablets. The chipset has finally been unveiled and it is said to be one of the leading application processors of the year. It brings 10% enhanced energy efficiency and 30% enhanced performance when compared to its predecessor, Exynos 7 Octa.       Samsung Exynos 8 Octa uses the first custom-designed CPUs from Samsung and it integrates modem and application processors into a single chip. It is the first Samsung hardware to do this. The chip will be able to deliver high performance at lesser energy consumption (it uses the HMP solution that uses the bigger and smaller cores at the same time). The GPU improves the 3D graphics capability and it praises its PC-like gaming experience.   Exynos 8 has a built-in LTE modem for an uninterrupted experience when you stream videos and share data. The devices running on this SoC will have a maximum speed of 600 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 150Mbps. The processor allows for High Resolution Display Support, which allows displays to show images four times more detailed than Full HD.   It is rumored that Samsung Galaxy S7 will have Exynos 8 Octa 8890 and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. The new Samsung flagship will be announced sometime in February, most probably at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.   Source: AndroidCommunity  

[CES 2016] Huawei launches mid-range GX8 on the US market

Huawei just launched its mid-range GX8 on the American market. The device has been around in select markets since September 2015 but in the next few months it will also start to sell in the US. There is no official pricing available yet, but the vehiculated tag is $349.99.       Huawei GX8 has been relatively popular in select markets across Europe, but its price may not be just exactly what US buyers expect. Here’s what you get for 350 bucks:   Display: Size: 5.5 inches, 1920×1080 (Full HD) Operating System: Android 5.1 + EMUI 3.1 Processor: 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa Memory: 16GB ROM / 2 GB RAM, microSD expandable up to 128GB Camera: Rear: 13.0MP AF, Front: 5.0MP Battery: 3000mAh Dimension: 152mm x 76.5mm x 7.5mm; 167 g Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 ; WiFi 802.11b/g/n, 2.4G ;MicroUSB 2.0 high speed Sensors: Accelerometer; Proximity sensor; Ambient light sensor; Compass, Fingerprint       GX8 proves to be a mid-range smartphone with a Snapdragon 615 processor and (only) 16GB of storage. The price puts this device against Nexus 5X or Moto X Pure, AND it will launch with Android 5.1, which could make it a tough sell to most customers.   Huawei GX8 will be available for purchase through Amazon and the GetHuawei store. There is no official date when you can buy yours yet though.  

[CES 2016] Huawei Mate 8 made official – the first 2016 flagship is here, just not in the US

Huawei Mate 8 is official! The newest 2016 flagship is here and it was launched earlier at CES. It will probably not be available in the US, but that didn’t stop the OEM from showing it at the event in Los Angeles. It will launch in some countries starting today, and prices vary by regions. The device has a starting price of €599 (the 32GB model) but it can cost up to €699 (the 64GB model).       Official specs for Huawei Mate 8:   Display: 6.0 inch LCD, 1920 x 1080, 368 PPI Operating System: Android 6.0 + EMUI 4.0 Processor: 2.3GHz Kirin 950; Octa-core, 16nm Memory: 32GB ROM/3GB RAM  or  64GB ROM/4GB RAM; microSD expandable up to 128GB Camera: 16MP OIS, F2.0, BSI CMOS, dual-tone flash, Front: 8MP, F2.4 Battery: 4000mAh Dimensions: 157.1 mm × 80.6 mm × 7.9 mm; 185g Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 ; Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac, 2.4G+5GHz ; USB 2.0 Sensors: Gravity, Light, Proximity, Fingerprint, Hall, Gyroscope, Barometer, Compass   The new device has Huawei’s newest octa-core Kirin 950 SoC accompanied by 3 or 4 GB of RAM, depending on the model you choose. Both the 32GB and 64GB storage models have a huge 4000 mAh battery which should last you for two full days of usage in one charge.       Huawei Mate 8 also has a fingerprint sensor which is sold as an improvement over the previous phones. The unlock speed is 100% faster and you also get features like app or document lock and quick camera access shortcuts.   […]

Exynos 8 Octa 8890 announced by Samsung today!

Just like its Qualcomm brethren, Samsung decided to announce its newest SoC today. This piece of hardware from the Exynos family named Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is built on the latest 14nm technology, just like the Exynos 7 Octa chips launched earlier this year and the Snapdragon 820 launched yesterday by the competition.       This SoC represents the first Samsung custom-designed CPU core based on 64-bit architecture and what it does is couple 4 big cores with 4 small ARM Cortex A53 cores to build up to the 8 core system.   Samsung says that this new technology will give smartphones and tablets 30 percent improvements in performance when compared to Exynos 7 Octa and 10 percent more power efficiency. This new SoC integrates a brand new LTE modem that will enable 6000 Mbps download speeds and 150 Mbps upload speeds on Cat 12 and 13.       Exynos 8 Octa 8890 supports display resolutions up to 4K UHD (4096×2160) and WQUXGA (3840×2400). The pixel density wars will never be over if technology keeps advancing this fast. The chip will get into the mass production stage later this year and it will surely make an appearance in Samsung’s next Galaxy S flagship that launches in 2016.   Source: Samsung via AndroidPolice

Huawei Honor 7 available in Europe at a super-price

Huawei Honor 7 was launched in Europe earlier this week and it seems like a smartphone with a deal. For the first few days you can get one for under £250, but the price will go up 20 to 40% in the future.     This Chinese smartphone is part of the Honor brand, a line that became rather popular in Europe since it launched last year. You can also find Honor phones in the US and other non-European areas but without this brand Huawei Honor 7 specs and details   Honor 7 has a premium-looking metallic body and is available in White,Black and Gold versions. The device presents a nice fingerprint sensor on the back of the device, just below the camera. The rest of the specs are as follows: 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 p (`424ppi) quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex A53 and Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex A-53 3GB RAM 16/65 GB storage plus microSD slot 20 MP primary camera plus dual-LED flash 8 MP front camera Android 5.0 3,100 mAh battery.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGTpIVELU-g     It appears that Huawei Honor 7 is indeed a quality phone that offers customers value for money. It looks decent, has medium-range specs that work for it and it could change the way people buy phones. The device stands out for the price-range and it also presents features usually seen in more expensive flagships.   The device costs 1,999 yuan in China, around $325, and in the US and other non-EU or Asian countries you can get it for […]

OnePlus 2 will not reach North America in the next 2-3 weeks

OnePlus 2 will not make its appearance in North America as soon as you thought. Even if things didn’t go that well for the Chinese manufacturer at its launch, the device is still seeing a great wave of newcomers on the invite waiting list. But the waiting is only going to get longer, at least for some regions of the world. OnePlus announced that the North American shipments of its newest device will be delayed for 2 to 3 weeks.       People who already have an invite will be able to get their OnePLus 2 smartphone starting tomorrow (August 11th), but you will have to give it a day or two for the package to physically reach your home. If you are from North America, your money is good too, but you won’t get the product as soon as the rest of the world. It will simply not ship to Canada and the US until production is back on track.   What is OnePlus 2 all about?   If you are considering getting an invite for one of these “flagship breaker” smartphones – as the Chinese are branding it – , you should know what it’s made of, right?   The device has a 5.5” Corning Gorilla Glass 4 screen at 1080 x 1920 pixels, which brings it to 401 pixel density. You get Android 5.1 with an Oxygen UI, the proprietary software OnePlus has been using since earlier this year, after the fallout with Cyanogen. There’s also a 13MP main camera with […]