Samsung has an interesting strategy for its smartphone business that seems to have worked great so far. Ever since launching the original Galaxy S, Samsung made similarly-looking low-end smartphones as well. This halo effect helped the company make its lower-end phones more appealing to customers who couldn’t pay many hundreds of dollars at once for a flagship device, or wouldn’t pay a lot on a contract every month, in order to get the carrier subsidy.
The Galaxy Ace is one such example that has benefited from the success and popularity of the Galaxy S. Now we see Samsung coming out with the Galaxy S Duos, technically a low-end [...]
Canadian carriers are not exactly known for their small prices. The prices of phones on contracts may look reasonable at first sight, but the contracts last for three years, and the carriers make sure they make a lot more money on a phone than they are investing in subsidies. This is why it’s a little surprising to see Bell selling a decent Android 4.0 smartphone for only $200 unlocked.
The LG Optimus L5 specs include a 800 Mhz Cortex A5 processor, which should be significantly faster than ARM11 (by 20% or so). The good news is that it seems we’re finally getting to the point where we can get rid of ARMv6 processors in our phones, and we’re moving [...]
The humble central processing unit (CPU) has been powering our computing devices for decades and the changes and innovations seen over the years have been nothing but astounding. But the big CPU companies aren’t resting on their laurels. Recently AMD and Intel have made announcements which give us a tantalizing taste of what could be to come. First up, AMD has announced that it will start including ARM Cortex-A5 CPUs inside of its x86 APUs (Accelerated Processing Units). AMD coined the term APU for a single piece of silicon – known as system-on-a-chip (SoC) – which contain more than just a CPU. The current AMD APUs contain an x86-based CPU plus an integrated GPU. [...]