XDA Analysis

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Benchmarks and Comparison: As Powerful as Promised, for Better or Worse

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 was officially announced last December, though its reveal at the annual Snapdragon Tech Summit left us with almost as many questions as answers. While we managed to get a surface-level description of its architecture and capabilities, so far, we’ve had to rely on the company’s internal data -- namely, its quoted...

Reliance Jio in 2018: What to Expect from India’s Fastest-Growing Carrier

Reliance Jio has been the talk of the town ever since it entered the Indian telecom sector in September 2016. At its 40th anniversary, Reliance Industries announced that Jio now has around 160 million subscribers, which is no small feat for a 4G-only operator that started from scratch just a year ago. Going into 2018,...

First Look: Team T-Force Night Hawk DDR4 & Cardea m.2 SSD

Editor's Note: The items featured in this article were provided to us by Team Group for review purposes. As the season for new PC processors starts winding down, it's a great time to take stock of the hardware components that make a difference -- especially those that can alleviate potential bottlenecks. In late October, we received a...

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...