Posts From Idrees Patel

Idrees Patel
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Idrees Patel is a smartphone enthusiast from India. He has been an Android user since the time he got the LG Optimus One in 2011. He has a bachelor's degree in Management Studies. The subjects in which he is interested are mobile processors, real-world UI performance, in-depth camera quality analysis, and many more. Contact him at [email protected]

MediaTek announces 7nm 5G SoC with Helio M70 modem, ARM Cortex-A77 CPU and Mali-G77 GPU

It's been a while since MediaTek has made an announcement of a high-end SoC. The company vacated the high-end SoC market in the face of strong competition from Qualcomm after the MediaTek Helio X30 in 2017, which made its way to only two phones. Since then, MediaTek's mid-range P series of SoCs (in particular, the...

ARM announces the Mali-G77 GPU with new “Valhall” GPU architecture and 1.4x performance improvements

ARM has announced the Mali-G77 GPU alongside the Cortex-A77 CPU at its annual TechDay. While the Cortex-A77 is a significant generational advancement over its predecessor, the Cortex-A76, the Mali-G77 GPU is something different entirely. It's the first GPU in ARM's Mali lineup to bring a new GPU architecture since the Mali-G71, which brought the Bifrost...

ARM announces the Cortex-A77 CPU core with 20-35% performance improvements

At ARM's annual TechDay event, ARM has announced the Cortex-A77 CPU core. The Cortex-A77 announcement comes alongside the announcement of the ARM Mali-G77 GPU, which is the first GPU that has the brand new "Valhall" GPU architecture. Together, these two products succeed last year's Cortex-A76 CPU and Mali-G76 GPU respectively. UK-based ARM, purchased by Japan-based Softbank...

OnePlus 7 Pro’s telephoto lens outputs 13MP portrait mode photos, but 8MP photos for 3x lossless zoom

The OnePlus 7 Pro is undoubtedly a great phone with a class-leading 90Hz QHD+ AMOLED display, fast performance thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, and a near bezel-less display thanks to the use of a popup camera. However, it's not free from its share of issues. The triple rear camera setup hasn't quite lived up...

Samsung announces a 64MP ISOCELL image sensor for smartphones

This year, we are seeing high resolution cameras become more and more popular in the smartphone market. The Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei P30, and the Huawei P30 Pro all feature 40MP sensors. 48MP sensors are being used even in budget and mid-range phones, led by Sony's IMX586 sensor and Samsung's ISOCELL...

Samsung Galaxy S10e Review (Exynos): A Refreshingly Small Flagship with a Great User Experience

Samsung is the world's largest Android device maker by quite a margin. However, the company has faced strong competition over the past few years from Huawei at the high-end and from Xiaomi at the budget and mid-range segments. The Samsung Galaxy S9 was generally noted as a safe step forward for the company with few...

WhatsApp testing a feature for group administrators to disallow sending frequently forwarded messages in groups

In an effort to combat fake news, WhatsApp has taken a series of slow and steady steps to make its humongous user base aware of the problem. This is itself a sizable task, considering that the app's user base tops 1.5 billion monthly users. The company started off on this path by publishing full-page advertisements...

Source code for the Lawnchair v2 custom launcher is now available

Lawnchair is one of the most popular custom launchers on Android alongside Nova Launcher. The app closely follows Pixel Launcher's look and feel, while simultaneously adding a great deal of customization options. The app's v1 stable release was released in June last year, and since then, the developers have been working on Lawnchair v2. Up...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Review: A Great Hardware Package on a Budget

I still remember the first time I used a Xiaomi phone. Xiaomi entered the Indian smartphone market in July 2014, and I purchased the Xiaomi Redmi 1s in September of that year. The Redmi 1s was Xiaomi's first budget phone to be launched in India, and even at that time, I was impressed by the...

Xiaomi Mi 9’s MIUI 9.3.27 beta adds a DC Dimming feature like the Black Shark 2

The Xiaomi Mi 9 was launched at Mobile World Congress last month. It's Xiaomi's latest flagship phone, with a top-tier specifications list to match. Its list of specifications includes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC with Adreno 640 GPU, 6GB/8GB of RAM with 128GB storage, 6.39-inch Full HD+ (2340x1080) OLED display, 48MP primary rear camera, 16MP...

Huawei is reportedly building its own chip factory in the UK

Huawei is the world's second largest smartphone manufacturer, but the company has essentially been blocked from selling smartphones in the U.S. The U.S. smartphone market continues to be an Apple-Samsung duopoly, and Huawei is currently under a concentrated stream of pressure applied by the U.S. with many allegations being thrown around. The company, however, hasn't...

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: 2018’s Best Still Impresses in 2019

Huawei's rise to leadership in the global smartphone market has been astonishingly fast. For years, the conversation has been dominated by Samsung and Apple. In 2018, Huawei asserted itself as a class leader in flagship smartphones. The Mate series represents the pinnacle of Huawei's efforts in smartphone innovation, while the P series has made a...