Posts tagged with: Benchmarks
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    Let's talk about audio. How our phones handle music and media is often overlooked for more impressive visuals. Playing games or streaming films looks better on camera. Video game performance can be used to rank phone performance, as most apps really don't tax our gadgets that severely. "Benchmarking" often means looking at artificial test designed to grade CPU and GPU power with scores relative only to how other devices complete the same artificial test scenario. Audio is a bit different though. From listening to music, playing games, or watching films, audio is a vital usage for many ...

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    While BlackBerry’s first ever Android smartphone has hardly been selling like hotcakes, with or without discounts, the Canadian company that’s increasing its focus in the software landscape doesn’t want to throw in the hardware-producing towel either. Not with (modest) shipment goals realized, profits on the horizon, and the high-end, much too pricey Priv set to be followed up by a robust, relatively affordable pair of mid-rangers. Rendered not long ago based on sightings of prototype units, the BlackBerry Hamburg and Rome are further detailed today, courtesy of GFX Bench. Well, ...

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    When MediaTek held an event to announce the real arrival of its Helio X20 SoC, it also invited Chinese manufacturer Meizu to spill the news that it had taken first dibs on the Helio X25 for its PRO 6 smartphone. But with a benchmark showing off a PRO 6 running with an Exynos 8890, we're left stumped on how Meizu will handle the launch of this darn phone. Well, we're hearing just a bit more about what's going on with the Exynos-powered PRO 6 from a Weibo user who decided to stiff us on the visual front and told us to look at his scrawlings which talk about a Samsung-esque edge display for ...

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    With Qualcomm's Snapdragon 200-series catering to the entry-level market and the Snapdragon 600-series moving up to bring the heat in the mid-range, you might think the Snapdragon 430 a chipset without a purpose. Well, LG may put it to good use in a device or two fit for an entry in its K-series. The evidence comes from two Geekbench runs logged in the system showing off two phones with model names LG-K530 and LG-K535 (the LG K10 ran with a partial model name of K420 or K430, depending on region). Both test devices are logged with Qualcomm's MSM8937, code for the Snapdragon 430 — eight ...

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    Artemis Fowl was a book I never read while in school, but you'll be reading a lot about a certain "Artemis" in a bit. It's the codename to ARM's new 10nm-based mobile processor that's to replace the Cortex-A72. The A72 is the two-core powerhouse that tops the ten-core packages that are MediaTek's Helio X20 and X25 chipsets. But as we're already talking about the Helio X30, we're looking at some benchmark scores that supposedly come in part from the "Artemis" in action. Pan Juitang, prolific Weibo microblogger and analyst at Huaquang Research out of China, has spilled some AnTuTu marks he ...

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    The HTC 10 is a work in progress. At the time this video was produced, it was still only available for pre-order, and units had not yet shipped to consumers. Given that reviewers had access to pre-release software, we wanted to see how HTC would respond to early criticisms focused on camera performance. This camera represents a significant departure from last year's One m9. Like Samsung, HTC is also walking away from the megapixel wars, reducing resolution to 12MP, while increasing sensor size. This brings us back to the Ultrapixel moniker, and those larger individual dots are designed to ...

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    If OnePlus wants to put out another one of its "Flagship Killers" in 2016, it should "Never Settle" for 4GB of RAM. That's only going to kill last year's flagships, right? Well, it's been a while since we last talked about what the OnePlus 3 will bring, so we might as well update you with a couple of benchmarks. As a baseline, we're dealing with a typical powerhouse: Snapdragon 820, a five-inch, full HD display, Android Marshmallow, a 16-megapixel main camera and, well, only 4GB of RAM. Yikes. Since the AnTuTu benchmark of the "OnePlus A3000" we covered on March 25, we saw a GFXBench ...

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    Maybe the Snapdragon 820 is actually the beast we all make it out to be. Maybe the Exynos 8890 kicks constant butt? Maybe we should give dues to the Apple A8 ... what? Okay, so forget the amazing Geekbench and GFXBench scores and blah blah blah we've seen because that stuff can be gamed. Like, we've seen it gamed. Many times. Gizmodo decided to give this spring's big Android smartphone releases and iPhones of new and old a big test. In fact, the outlet rolled its own by running tests on Gamebench, a benchmarking app that measures FPS, CPU, GPU and energy consumption performance through ...

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    The Huawei P9 has had a full day to stand out on its own. You might still be intrigued about those two Leica cameras and how they perform. But it's about time that the phone got compared with its kindred on a different scale of performance. In this case, we're talking about a bucket of benchmarks. As GSMArena has put down, we're picking up on some unimpressively good performance. Unimpressive in that we didn't see much change between the Kirin 955 featured on the Huawei P9 and the Kirin 950 that was on the Huawei Mate 8. The major clock speed change between the two octa-core chipsets ...

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    AnTuTu is a benchmarking tool that’s likely equal parts popular and controversial. Known to have been faked and duped more than once in the past, the mobile device performance-measuring app is still widely used by consumers, reviewers and sometimes manufacturers eager to prove their babies are the best of the best. Unfortunately, its latest update, to version 6.0, seems to have again made way for score manipulation or at least erratic and inconsistent results across very similar phones. The Xiaomi Mi 5, for instance, was reported to yield anywhere between 130,000 and 180K points, the ...

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    When we're dealing with an unannounced smartphone, we're often pretty limited in terms of the kind of data we get. Photos of leaked development handsets may not be great, failing to show the device from every angle (or just being a blurry mess in general). And while data sheets may give us an early sense of what sort of components to expect to see making up the phone's hardware, it can be tricky to form a strong sense of just how all that silicon will come together to deliver a speedy, fluid user experience. And while benchmarks may not be the end-all-be-all of measuring smartphone ...

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    It's the post-release era for the first round of phones from the Galaxy S7 generation and we're now looking at more benchmarks for differently-equipped variants of the devices. Yep, we're talking about differences in performance. Some of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edges received the Snapdragon 820 (some of them manufactured by Samsung itself) while others get the Exynos 8890. Qualcomm decided to go quad-core with a new 14nm process and Kyro architecture for the new Snapdragon while Samsung kept the Exynos on eight cores like it did last year. A couple of outlets have been able to acquire Galaxy ...

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    The arrival of smartphones packing a monstrous 6GB of RAM hasn't been question of “if” but one of “when” for a long time now, and while that's led to no shortage of speculation as to which phone would be the first to cross that milestone, it's been difficult to deny that the day was coming. This week we got what sure looked the first real confirmation of such a model, as Vivo teased the March 1 launch of its Xplay 5, a handset slated to pair a Snapdragon 820 SoC with a full 6GB of RAM. As we wait for that announcement to arrive, a newly published benchmark report appears to add ...

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    HTC doesn't often make tablets — in fact, it's only made two. One of them (the HTC Flyer, pictured above) was fine, the other not so much. There's been a contingent in the mobile tech community that keeps looking forward to a great big lovely slab from Taiwan. The company may be putting out another one soon, though it may not excite the power users. And it may not end up existing. We're looking at a budget tablet that had rumors stretching back to May of last year. But we now have GFXBench diagnostics and an import listing from Indian database Zauba. The low-end Spreadtrum processor, ...

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    Synthetic benchmarks: are they the end-all, be-all of device rankings? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Really, though, even if the dream of a single figure that reliably reflects a model's performance is an elusive one, a well-executed benchmark can still give us a useful point of comparison, and when we run enough of them, we just might start to close in on some respectable rankings that really do show how one phone's sheer processing power measures up against another's. With 2016 now in full swing, AnTuTu's looking back on all the phones that passed through its database last year, ans has crunched the ...

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    The fact that not all iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s processors were created equal has made a ton of headlines lately. Today we know that there are some differences between Apple A9 chips manufactured by TSMC, and chips made by Samsung mainly in battery life. Most of these have shown significant differences in performance by either unit, up to the point where other sources have now chimed in. Ars Technica has just conducted a controlled battery life test on two iPhone 6s models, one using a TSMC-made Appe A9, and the same chip made by Samsung. The results show that Apple's claim of meager ...

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    Benchmarking programs have long been a controversial subject. Big manufacturers have been accused of cheating them, and the process of putting a score to a phone has been debated too. So when AnTuTu Labs announced that its famous benchmarking app would be receiving a pretty huge update, we decided to give it a run -- this is our AnTuTu 5.0 overview. Many tests are run as part of any benchmarking program, and AnTuTu is no exception. While these tests themselves are generally considered great metrics showing a device's performance, how the end result is calculated as a seemingly-arbitrary ...

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    Microsoft gets itself a striking new digital assistant, Nokia prepares sharp new smartphone hardware, Samsung and HTC kick off a new round of rasslin', and Pocketnow team members start an informal book club! It might be a scatterbrained itinerary, but at least it's action-packed – and that's just scratching the surface of this week's epic two-hour mobile technology podcast. Join us as we debate the merits of Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana, the forthcoming Nokia Cyan update, and the Samsung ATIV SE before moving on to non-Build topics ranging from BoomSound to smartphone waterproofing ... not ...

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    Last week, shortly following the release of the new HTC One, some oddities regarding the Android's benchmark performance started coming to light. By all appearances, the phone was detecting when certain benchmark apps were being run and activating its high-performance mode, whether or not the user had specifically engaged it. But was this deceitful of HTC or not? The company has since issued a statement about the situation, and it doesn't seem to see anything wrong with its actions. HTC explains, “benchmarking tests look to determine maximum performance of the CPU and GPU and, similar to ...

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    Tale as old as time, true as it can be, someone writes a benchmark, then someone goes and cheats. Last year, a minor scandal swept over the smartphone industry, with the discovery that certain smartphones were going out of their way to score highly on benchmark tests. Basically, rather than naturally governing performance (CPU core speed and task distribution between cores) in a way that would reflect real-world operation, manufacturers were hard-coding their phones with lists of known benchmark apps, and triggering their handsets to dial-up performance artificially. It's not that the ...

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    No more counting the days until the arrival of the all new HTC One; right now, we're counting hours. And in just about 23 of them, we're going to see the phone ushered-in officially as HTC's latest flagship. We'll be on the floor in NYC, bringing you the latest updates as they arrive. By the looks of things, we still might have some last-minute surprises arriving to keep this last day of rumors interesting, like that new hands-on video we shared with you overnight. The latest to catch our eye are some all new One benchmarks, painting the picture of an utter powerhouse. Right now, over at ...

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    Samsung gained a lot of controversy last year with the launch of its Galaxy S 4. If you remember, the device defeated every single device it competed with in benchmarks, but that was until it was unveiled that Samsung was using some extra code that made the device look good on the tests. A lot of this drama has been forgotten, but so have benchmarks from most of the tests that even we use, as it's clear that credibility is questionable. New reports claim that the company has removed this extra code from the Android 4.4 KitKat updates that are being pushed to its Samsung Galaxy S 4 and ...

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    We at Pocketnow have a lot to be thankful for this week. We're busier than ever, our YouTube channel just passed 500,000 subscribers and we're deep in the planning stages for the new year's big tech expos. But most importantly, we're all still in the business of reporting on mobile gadgets, and that's something we all feel pretty lucky about. On today's late-Friday edition of the Weekly, we'll fill you in on some of the fun stuff coming down the pipe: from our forthcoming LG G Flex review, to wooden Moto X devices hitting shelves, to the future union of Windows RT and Windows Phone. We'll ...

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    Benchmark tests were never the most reliable indicator of a phone's performance, but this year has really seen benchmarks losing more and more of what worth they still had. A number of Android manufacturers have been caught red-handed configuring their phones to artificially dial-up performance when they detected benchmark software was being run, rather than organically governing things like clock speed and core use based on demand. We've seen some attempts to mitigate such actions, like obscuring the package name of affected benchmark apps, but one company behind such an app has a much ...

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    Fingerprint scanners are all well and good, but what happens when someone decides to lift that print for his own nefarious purposes? Benchmark results are important to some folks out there, but what good are they when major manufacturers repeatedly cheat the system? And the rumored HTC One Max looks to be a beast of a device ... but what exactly it being built to compete with? Those are the highlights from the news of the week and letters from the listener mailbag for the week ending October 4, 2013. All that -plus Brandon Miniman's first thought thread in quite some time- awaits you in ...

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