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Motorola handset, possibly the X+1, has been benchmarked

Motorola handset, possibly the X+1, has been benchmarked

On launch, the Moto X was slightly behind the spec curve. It had decent hardware, but not the bleeding-edge hardware we’d come to expect from a flagship handset. The Moto X+1 — or whatever it ends up being named — has purportedly hit Geekbench, giving us a glimpse at the performance of what may be the newest Motorola flagship.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 805: Hands-on and benchmarked

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805: Hands-on and benchmarked

Qualcomm is readying the Snapdragon 805, and with new processors - and the superlatives to go along with them - proliferating, it’s trying to address the question of whether the new chip is the “Next Big Thing” or not. I caught up with Qualcomm to find out what makes the Snapdragon 805 special, to run some early benchmarks ahead of the first commercial devices arriving later in the year, and to see if its advances in 4K, CPU/GPU performance, camera tech, and more add up to a chip worth having.

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iPhone 5S benchmarks imminent as 3DMark arrives on iOS

iPhone 5S benchmarks imminent as 3DMark arrives on iOS

There's little doubt that Futuremark - folks responsible for creating the benchmarking app 3DMark - decided on syncing up the release of their gamer-aimed test with the release of Apple's new iPhone (or iPhones). What you've got here is a set of two tests with lots and lots of variables, all of it already released for Android some months ago. As you'll see in our review of the NVIDIA SHIELD gaming handheld, the charts are currently dominated by processor architecture made by NVIDIA and Qualcomm. Now it's Apple's turn.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 artificially tuned for benchmarks research spots

Samsung Galaxy S 4 artificially tuned for benchmarks research spots

Samsung tailored its Galaxy S 4 to deliver the best possible scores on popular Android benchmarking tools, investigations have revealed, despite apps potentially not getting the same power for real-world use. The AnandTech research was sparked by claims Samsung was reserving its fastest graphics chip speeds for select benchmarking apps alone, with games and other software only ever seeing slower performance from the Exynos 5 Octa processor found in select models of the Galaxy S 4. The motivation behind the tinkering appears to be to ensure the flagship smartphone posts consistently high benchmarking numbers for comparison with other devices, even if that doesn't necessarily translate to its everyday abilities.

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