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iPhone SE appears on AnTuTu with 2 GB of RAM

iPhone SE appears on AnTuTu with 2 GB of RAM

Well, that was quick. Apple has just announced the iPhone SE and the smartphone won't be officially launching until next week. However, someone in China apparently already had the smartphone long enough to pass it through AnTuTu's usual battery of diagnostics. Presuming this is the real deal, we are looking at a 4-inch monster that is almost really exactly like the iPhone 6s in specs. Here, that means exactly the same amount of RAM and almost the same 130,000-ish overall score.

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AnTuTu Top 10 phone CPUs put Snapdragon 820 above Apple A9

AnTuTu Top 10 phone CPUs put Snapdragon 820 above Apple A9

Some manufacturers, like Apple and, recently, Samsung, try to steer attention away from the hard, cold, and impersonal numbers of specs and stats, focusing instead on relative performance and concrete applications. However, there will always be interest in those numbers, particularly CPU and GPU benchmarks. AnTuTu is one of the more popular providers of such numbers and, just after the launch of new devices, it has released what its tests have revealed to be the top 10 mobile CPUs in the market. Interestingly, the #1 spot is occupied by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820.

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DisplayMate: Samsung Galaxy S7 is top OLED dog, better brightness

DisplayMate: Samsung Galaxy S7 is top OLED dog, better brightness

Each release of a new flagship smartphone is always a race to get the highest scores on independent benchmarks, whether it be for the camera or, in this case, the display. DisplayMate has been singing Samsung's praises for a few years now, so it is not surprising that the Galaxy S7 is once again at the top of the list. And while, at first glance, the Galaxy S7 might seem to have the same 5.1-inch QHD display as the Galaxy S6 before it, it's the subtle improvements, especially in brightness and contrast, that make all the difference in DisplayMate's world.

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AMD calls out Intel, BAPco for benchmark cheating

AMD calls out Intel, BAPco for benchmark cheating

Once upon a time, benchmarks have been the favorite "authority" when choosing products. But thanks to a scandal that rocked the mobile world a few years ago and, more recently, the automobile industry, the objectivity and infallibility of such tests are now being put into question. Taking advantage of recent hurts, AMD is once again pointing the finger Intel, as well as the BAPco benchmarking consortium, for unrealistic, misleading, and almost mythical benchmark results that unsuprisingly put Intel ahead of AMD in terms of CPU performance.

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iPhone 6s’ AnTuTu debut blows competition out of the water

iPhone 6s’ AnTuTu debut blows competition out of the water

For a long time, smartphone benchmarks were the domain of Android devices, as many of the tools, like the ever so popular AnTuTu, just weren't available for Apple's iOS platform. With AnTuTu's latest version, however, it has finally bridged the platform gap. So now we can see a fuller version of AnTuTu's view of the smartphone world from the perspective of benchmark performance. For the first time, Apple's iPhones have appeared in the chart and immediately, Apple's latest and greatest is already trumping all the rest with its near 133,000 score.

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DxOMark: Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ tied at the top with Xperia Z5

DxOMark: Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ tied at the top with Xperia Z5

Long gone are the days when smartphone cameras were just passable compromises when better performing digital cameras were not available at a moment's notice. Long gone too are the days when Apple had monopoly of that category as well. The top spots in DxOMark's who's who in the smartphone photography category are getting a bit more crowded, especially now that Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge+ has taken the top spot, side by side Sony's Xperia Z5.

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DxOMark puts BlackBerry Priv on par with iPhone 6s

DxOMark puts BlackBerry Priv on par with iPhone 6s

Looks like BlackBerry has yet another thing to be proud of with its most recent smartphone. While we're still not privy to exact and official sales numbers for the BlackBerry Priv, it has just received a vote of confidence from DxOMark, one of the most cited authorities when it comes to digital photography benchmarks. Earning an overall score of 82, DxOMark puts the Priv on the same level as the iPhone 6s ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Nexus 6 but still below the Galaxy S6 edge+, the Galaxy Note 5, or even the iPhone 6s Plus.

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Vivo X6 specs surface on AnTuTu

Vivo X6 specs surface on AnTuTu

Details around Vivo's much rumored and recently leaked X6 smartphone have just gotten a lot more concrete, with the device getting TENAA (China's equivalent of the FCC) certification last week, and now its specs turning up in the database of benchmarking website AnTuTu. This likely means the Android-powered X6 is getting closer to a formal debut, however we're still lacking details on a firm date at this point.

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DROID Turbo 2 belongs in Top 3, says DxOMark

DROID Turbo 2 belongs in Top 3, says DxOMark

It seems that DxOMark and Motorola are forming a budding friendship. When the Moto X Style was announced, DxOMark was ready with a review of the smartphone's camera features. Now that Verizon has similarly unveiled the DROID Turbo 2, also made by Motorola, of course, DxOMark is once again first on the scene. And it's probably for a good reason too! Based on the scores from one of the most sought after digital photography authorities on the Internet, the new DROID Turbo 2 is right up there in the Top 3 of the list.

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DxOMark takes the iPhone 6s for a spin, lands in 10th spot

DxOMark takes the iPhone 6s for a spin, lands in 10th spot

Externally, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus do not look that different from their immediate predecessors, save for a bit of added bulk for the sake of added strength. Inside, however, Apple's new gen iPhones have seen a slight evolution, especially when it came to the camera. For the first time since the iPhone 4s in 2011, Apple upgrade the iSight camera, from 8 megapixels to 12, allowing for native 4K video recording. But how better does the iPhone 6s' camera fare against the competition or even against the iPhone 6s. As DxOMark found out, not that much.

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DxOMark gives the Nexus 6P a more thorough spin

DxOMark gives the Nexus 6P a more thorough spin

When Google unveiled the Huawei-made Nexus 6P, DxOMark was fast on the scene to give the smartphone an impressive 84 score, ranking it third among all smartphones (after the Sony Xperia Z5 claimed the top spot a few days later). Unlike with the Moto X Style, however, its preliminary verdict was lacking in details. Now, the reputed digital photography benchmarking site released the full details of their tests, detailing the pain points of what was otherwise an almost perfect smartphone camera, quite unusual for a Nexus device.

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Sony Xperia Z5 is now the top dog in DxOMark’s chart

Sony Xperia Z5 is now the top dog in DxOMark’s chart

It seems that Sony's hard work has finally paid off, at least in one aspect of its mobile devices. While Sony proudly shared that its Xperia Z5 was found by some random user tests to have the best camera in town, now we're hearing it straight from the professionals. And by professionals, we mean photography benchmarking website DxOMark, who has just awarded Sony's flagship the top score in its evaluation, finally unseating Samsung from the top spot and perhaps inspiring a bit of confidence in the future of Sony's mobile business.

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