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Snapdragon 8cx and Windows: what to expect from a new breed of PCs

Snapdragon 8cx and Windows: what to expect from a new breed of PCs

Snapdragon chips are normally associated with the processors that power our mobile devices. But Qualcomm is about to roll out its Snapdragon 8cx chips, designed for laptops – and it may just give Intel a run for its money.

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LG V40 ThinQ DxOmark camera score spells trouble for the company

LG V40 ThinQ DxOmark camera score spells trouble for the company

The folks over at DxOMark are now quite famous for their smartphone camera benchmarks that cover quite a wide range of brands. Noticeably missing from those reviews, however, are LG's flagships. To date, at least with its new-ish grading system, there are only three LG smartphones on its list. And the latest it has reviewed, the LG V40 ThinQ from late last year, doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the brand.

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Galaxy S10 5G ties with Huawei P30 Pro on DxOMark but has some perks

Galaxy S10 5G ties with Huawei P30 Pro on DxOMark but has some perks

You might think that the Galaxy S10 5G, the largest and most expensive of the four siblings, is just about 5G. After all, it's there in its name. DxOMark has now just proven there might be another reason to want the phone. It has just tied up with Huawei's latest and greatest as the top smartphone camera in the market. Despite the similar average score, however, there are a few things that the Galaxy S10 5G may do better and it might even stop there.

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Xiaomi Pocophone F1 scores surprisingly well on DxOMark

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 scores surprisingly well on DxOMark

Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1, also known as the POCO F1, is a rather odd duck in the Chinese OEM’s team and, so far, seems to be alone. It crammed premium flagship specs in a Nokia-esque polycarbonate chassis in order to keep the price tag even lower than most of Xiaomi’s flagships. But while some compromises were made for the sake of economy, it seems that few were made in terms of performance. That goes even for the cameras, which DxOMark testifies to be good even if not the best.

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AnTuTu AI benchmark tool now available for Android

AnTuTu AI benchmark tool now available for Android

Artificial intelligence, next to 5G and cameras, has become one of the pillars of modern smartphones. Unlike those, however, AI hasn’t exactly been easy to measure given the many variables, tools, and implementations. Of course, that could almost be said of smartphone benchmarks today anyway, so it’s not too surprising that AnTuTu, one of the household names in mobile benchmarks, has finally come up with a tool to do exactly that. At least for Android phones, that is.

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Google “Coral” on Geekbench: Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM, Android Q

Google “Coral” on Geekbench: Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM, Android Q

It wasn’t too long ago that Google launched its third-gen Pixel phones. In fact, we might still be waiting for a Pixel 3 Lite, if that truly exists. That doesn’t mean, however, that Google isn’t already working on what would be the Pixel 4 later this year. That does seem to be the implication in this extremely early sighting of a certain “Google coral” on Geekbench, showing users what to expect by October.

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Pixel 3, Galaxy Note 9 top new DxOMark selfie benchmarks

Pixel 3, Galaxy Note 9 top new DxOMark selfie benchmarks

DxOMark has always prided itself for being the benchmarking experts not just for digital cameras in general but even more for smartphones. They have become so popular that OEMs have even started using them in their marketing. But throughout the years, DxOMark has avoided testing one of the most important uses of a smartphone. That has finally changed and it is now benchmarking how front cameras perform for selfies, bokehs, and even video recording.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro ties with P20 Pro for top DxOMark spot

Huawei Mate 20 Pro ties with P20 Pro for top DxOMark spot

If you take DxOMark’s word for it, there is no doubt who is the most consistent smartphone manufacturer in terms of camera performance. Ever since the Mate 10 Pro in late 2017, and perhaps even starting with the P10 Plus, Huawei has topped DxOMark’s charts model after model. It late 2018 flagship is no different because, as it turns out, the Mate 20 Pro gets the same scare as its predecessor, the P20 Pro, and ranks as the highest-rating phone in that list. That despite dropping the monochrome sensor that Huawei itself popularized.

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Huawei Mate 20 trio topped AnTuTu November 2018 chart

Huawei Mate 20 trio topped AnTuTu November 2018 chart

Ever since the initial scandal a few years back, a scandal that has apparently persisted to today, mobile performance benchmarks have lost their luster and flair. People still use them, of course, mostly as a reference and starting point. And companies just love citing those, especially to boost their prestige and, eventually, sales. One company that might revel in those numbers is Huawei, whose three, yes all three, Huawei Mate 20 phones grabbed AnTuTu’s November ranking. But things might not be what they seem.

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Galaxy S10 with Snapdragon 855 faster than Exynos on AnTuTu

Galaxy S10 with Snapdragon 855 faster than Exynos on AnTuTu

Qualcomm has just announced its horse for the 2019 mobile platform race and much of its rhetoric revolved around technologies like 5G, AI, CV-ISP, XR, and the like. Of course, the Snapdragon 855 is expected to be faster, especially with its new three-tier octa-core layout, multi-core Neural Processing Units, and Adreno 640 GPU. But just how fast is it on a presumed upcoming device? Based on AnTuTu’s preliminary benchmarks, faster than almost everyone except Apple.

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iPhone XR DxOMark score proves one is good enough

iPhone XR DxOMark score proves one is good enough

The iPhone XR is a bit of an odd beast. Although by no means inexpensive, it is considerably cheaper than the cheapest iPhone XS model. That said, it differs from the more expensive 2018 iPhones in ways that may not mean much for regular consumers. All except one: the camera. With a single camera, some might presume the iPhone XR will fail terribly in that department. DxOMark’s review, however, claims otherwise.

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Galaxy M benchmark shows Samsung’s next budget phone play

Galaxy M benchmark shows Samsung’s next budget phone play

Although it’s not as bad as when it still made feature phones, Samsung still has quite a dizzying array of models and brands. Just as it did when it dropped the feature phones, Samsung will reportedly consolidate its Android lines into Galaxy S, Galaxy A, and Galaxy M (S,A, M) models. Either that or it will actually add one more breed to its stable to further confuse the market. Regardless, a Galaxy M phone might just be around the corner and, at least based on this first benchmark, it might not be so bad.

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