XDA Analysis

Hands-on with the ZTE Axon M – A Compelling Modern Dual Screen Smartphone

In 2017, smartphone companies have had to implement all sorts of gimmicks to differentiate their products. There's the HTC U11 with its squeeze gimmick, the LG V30 with its floating bar gimmick, and the Huawei Mate 10 Lite with quad cameras just to name a few. Some of you may disagree with me labeling these features...

How Google Camera HDR+ Improves the Image Quality of Xiaomi Budget Phones

Xiaomi is currently the second largest smartphone manufacturer in India, and for good reason. Consistently, the manufacturer has posted class-leading performance and display quality at an exceptional value for its price. One thing, however, that Xiaomi hasn’t yet been able to nail is the camera performance of their budget smartphones. Thankfully, we now have the Google...

Xiaomi Mi A1 XDA Review: Android One and Xiaomi Hardware Result in a Delightful & Affordable Stock Experience

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is one of Xiaomi’s biggest releases of the year 2017. Despite its overall humbling package, the phone marks a few important milestones for the Chinese company as well as for the Android ecosystem. The Mi A1 is important because it is the first Xiaomi smartphone to ship without Xiaomi’s own custom UX,...

Intel Core i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review: Coffee Lake Goes With More Cores

A few days ago we gave a preview of what Intel shared with us and some ideas as to what the bigger picture may look like. We also took some flak for a recent review of a processor that had been out for quite some time. At the time I suggested that there was a...

With the Note 8, Samsung No Longer Delivers Embarrassing Real-World Performance [Comparing Note 8, Pixel XL, OnePlus 5]

For the longest time, TouchWiz was often criticized for its inability to get with the times and correct some of its longest-running points of criticism. Bloatware, a myriad of redundant features, outdated aesthetics and sub-par performance were the main things that stood out to many enthusiasts -- particularly those enamored with stock Android. Through many...

Cameras in Custom ROMs: How Developers Make Hardware Work without Source Code

With the release of Android Oreo and many devices such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Google Nexus 5 and others unofficially receiving it, it's probably fair to wonder why the same features (mostly the camera) tend to be broken when developers port an Android Open Source Project (AOSP) based ROM. You’ve probably seen XDA...

Speed, Thermal, and Performance Comparison of Fast Charge Standards

One of the most common qualms from smartphone users is how their phones never last through the whole day. Despite all the advances in smartphones in recent years, such as quick charging solutions like Quick Charge, Dash Charge and SuperCharge, batteries feel like they have not evolved quick enough to keep up with our needs. Part...

Huawei Abandons the Low-End Segment, Aims to Compete Directly Against Apple

Huawei has continuously grown as a smartphone company to become the number 3 OEM in the world. They recently overtook OPPO in China during the first quarter of this year when they shipped one fifth of the country’s overall sales (by shipping 20.8 million smartphones). Their revenue growth did slow during the first half of the...

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 XDA Review: A Capable Flagship and a Solid First Step Onto the World Stage

Xiaomi’s worldwide launch has been heralded for years, and with the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 it looks like the final pieces are falling into place. As Xiaomi’s first flagship phone to offer a model with worldwide frequency band support, the Mi Note 2 offers an exciting look into what we can expect from Xiaomi as...

Case Study Shows Progressive Web Apps Reduce Load Time, Improves UX, and More

Google is doing a lot of work on multiple ends to improve the user experience of the web when someone is on a mobile device. They're seeing a trend where over half of Google searches are now done on a mobile device and this started the company's mobile-first approach to their business. Google's work to...

What’s Your Favorite Trend or Feature from 2017 Smartphones?

We've already seen a substantial chunk of what 2017 has to offer, and with a new year and new smartphone generations came a bunch of new trends, features, design elements and general advancements. While the core Android experience remains as strong as it was in 2016, manufacturers and Google are toying with some interesting ideas. Bezel-less...

Android Wear 2.0 Expected to Arrive for ZenWatch 3 This Month; ZenWatch 2 OTA Coming Next Month

Google dropped Android Wear 2.0 back in February along with two new smartwatches, the LG Watch Style and Watch Sport. At the time, Google promised that the new update would soon start rolling out to all supported hardware. Not only that, it even released a list of compatible smartwatches that would be receiving the jump...