Intel launches Atom “Merrifield” chips for phones, tablets

Intel’s next-gen chips for Android phones and tablets are 22nm, 64-bit chips with clock speeds up to 2.13 GHz. The Intel Atom Z3460 and Atom Z3480 “Merrifield” processors offer better performance and potentially longer battery life than the “Clover Trail+” chips they’ll replace. Intel is also showing a series of benchmarks suggesting that the new […]

Sony’s waterproof Xperia Z2 Tablet coming in March

The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is a 10 inch Android tablet with a waterproof case, a speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and up to 10 hours of battery life. It’s due to hit the streets in March, and Sony promises that at just 0.25 inches thick and 15 ounces, it’ll be the thinnest and lightest […]

Sony Xperia Z2 is a waterproof phone with 4K video recording

Sony’s next flagship phone features a full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, and Android 4.4 KitKat software. But those features aren’t really enough to set it apart in a crowded field of smartphones. But the Sony Xperia Z2 does have a few unusual things going for it, including a 20.7MP camera that […]

Sony SmartBand activity tracker coming in March

Sony is launching its first wearable fitness tracker in March. But the company’s not stopping with tracking fitness activity. When you pair the Sony SmartBand with Sony’s Lifelog application you can also use it to keep track of places you’ve been, songs you’ve listened too, books you’ve read, and other data. We first saw the […]

Qualcomm launches 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 chip

We’ll have to wait until later this year to get our hands on devices with Qualcomm’s first 64-bit chips. But the company is giving its 32-bit lineup a bit of a speed bump in the meantime. Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 801 should hit the streets by the end of the Q1 2014. The new Snapdragon 801 […]

Qualcomm goes 64-bit with Snapdragon 610 & 615 chips

Qualcomm is throwing its hat in the 64-bit processor ring with two new ARM Cortex-A53 processors based on ARMv8 architecture. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615 chips should be available by the end of 2014. The chip maker says it will begin sampling the processors in the third quarter of the year, which means you […]

Nokia X family brings Android to budget smartphones (starting at $122)

Nokia is launching a new line of low-cost smartphones with prices starting as low as €89, or about $122. As expected, the Nokia X family of phones run Android-based software. But they don’t look anything like Android phones you’d buy from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, or Lenovo. The Finnish company’s high-end smartphones run Microsoft’s Windows Phone software. […]

Tizen to support TVs and wearables (as well as phones, tablets, cameras)

Tizen may not be shipping on any smartphones yet, but the Linux-based operating system appears to be far from dead. The Tizen Project recently announced 15 new partners. Samsung announced its new smartwatches would be powered by Tizen. And now the developers of the open source operating system have officially announced it’s adding support for […]

HP launches ElitePad 1000, ProPad 600 Windows tablets for enterprise

HP is updating is line of 10 inch Windows tablets for enterprise customers with two new models sporting 1920 x 1200 pixel displays and Intel Atom Bay Trail quad-core processors. The HP ProPad 600 is designed to be a cheaper model with a WiFi-only radio and a plastic case, while the HP ElitePad 1000 supports […]