HTC phablet

Rumors regarding am HTC phablet bound for Verizon have been going around since April, but it was only when the benchmark result for HTC’s gargantuan smartphone leaked out in July that I’ve personally started to hope that this is an actual device — one that will reach the consumer market as fast as possible and without losing any of its rumored specs. But is there any merit to these rumors?

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The OpenGL ES 2.0 specification has been finalized since 2007, but we didn’t get to use it in smartphones until 2009, when the iPhone and Android phones started... supporting it in hardware. It still feels like a long time for the OpenGL ES specification to be updated, though. But the wait is over, as Khronos, the group responsible for OpenGL, OpenCL, OpenVL (augmen...

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HTC may not be in the best financial shape, but the Taiwanese would not go down without a fight. They put their best effort into the One series and delivered a set of beautiful devices that... many considered the best in the world. Despite that, the One X was ultimately no match to the force of nature that is the Galaxy S3, and HTC failed to make a comeback to profitability. Moreover, the...

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The GLBenchmark is now the standard benchmarking tool to compare mobile GPUs. We’re going to see a GLBenchmark 3.0 this fall with all the necessary tests for the new OpenGL ES 3.0 standard,... but until then, we get a significantly improved GLBenchmark 2.5 version. The new version still tests only OpenGL 2.0 features, but does it in a much more aggressive way, leaving even the latest mobile GPUs...

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When Qualcomm launched the new “Krait” CPU architecture, I was disappointed that it didn’t launch the new Adreno 3xx GPU architecture as well. Ever since Qualcomm bought the... Adreno team and technology from AMD a few years ago, the Adreno GPUs have been at least slightly behind the competition.

The new Adreno 320 GPU that is arriving in the quad core S4 Pro SoC comes...

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Anandtech

The Snapdragon S4 chip, based on the new Cortex A15-class Krait design, is currently the most advanced ARM processor core in the market. Along with the integrated LTE modem, the... advanced design of the Krait architecture made the Snapdragon S4 very popular in US, both with manufacturers and end users.

But while the S4 is very good, it also has two big flaws. One is per...

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HTC is working on a new flagship One device, presumably called One XXL. The name of the device might lead you to believe that it’s that Galaxy Note competitor that we heard about. Indeed,... One XXL would’ve been a well suited name for a HTC-made phablet, but it seems that the device is actually an upgrade to the HTC One X (or One XL on AT&T and Bell).

The new One XXL can be...

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TI announced the OMAP 5430 for the first time back in 2010, and I remember how excited people were about it, even though they should’ve moderated their excitement a little bit. The chip... wasn’t supposed to come out for 2 years and who knows what we would see until then! Well, the OMAP 5430 is getting closer and closer to being introduced into the market, and TI is starting to sho...