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3DMark benchmark app gets updated with new Sling Shot tool

GPU (graphics processing unit) benchmarks usually exist to make you feel bad about your current hardware, whether in desktops or in mobile. In desktops, you have some sort of hope because there are times when you can upgrade your GPU. In mobiles, GPU benchmarks like 3DMark spit on your device until you feel bad. Here’s more reasons to feel bad, 3DMark has been updated to include the new Sling Shot test tool to see if your Android device’s GPU performance is up to scratch with the times.

‘Real-life’ usage opinions on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 on YouTube

Damir Franc is a tech enthusiast and he has taken to YouTube to post his opinions of the much-maligned and embattled Qualcomm product, the Snapdragon 810, based on real-life usage. Arguably, it is your real-life experiences with your digital products that matter – all these tech pundits can probably just eat their words if compared to what users say they experience on a day-to-day basis.

Top 10 smartphones of the first half of 2015 from AnTuTu

Looking back to Q1 of 2015 and AnTuTu’s revelation of which smartphones reigned their benchmarking databases for the early part of the year, we see Samsung’s dynamic duo – the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge – dominating those rankings, with HTC’s One M9 not so far back at third spot. The China-based benchmarking outfit has now released its data for the first half of the year, crowning 10 smartphones as top of the pile – at least, the ones that have been benchmarked by their app.

Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge head to head with iPhones for internet speed

In the US, there are only a few places where internet speeds are a problem, whether through wifi or 4G connectivity. But have you ever wondered if phone modems are all made equal? That is, are there wifi modems in smartphones which are faster than the others? A Youtube user “adrianisen” has put this to the test by testing a Samsung Galaxy S6, a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, an iPhone 6, and an iPhone 6 Plus via a wifi connection.

HTC Butterfly 3 specs leak, probably for Asian market only

As with the previous two smartphones in HTC’s Butterfly product line, rumors are pointing to a device primarily targeted towards Asian markets. We haven’t heard much in the way of specs for this upcoming device. But that was before it was tagged via a Compubench benchmark test. Now we have a good idea of what the device will look like on the inside.

MobileBench Consortium comes out with own benchmarking app

The MobileBench Consortium was created in 2013, when a number of companies came together with the purpose of making a benchmarking app/process that was standardized and that would be acceptable across all parts of the industry. The big players in the consortium will of course be Samsung, Intel and HP, but a number of smaller but essential players have joined up in the likes of Huawei, OPPO, SanDisk, and Marvell among others. Their app – called MobileBench – is now out on Google Play.

PC hardware tool AIDA64 now available free for Android

There’s always that time when you want to know the specs to your Android device but don’t quite know what tool to use to be sure of the specs. Or, you can’t quite trust the tools that are available out there. Well, fret no more – popular hardware monitoring and classification tool AIDA64 is now on Android to do exactly the thing you want to do, look under the hood, see what’s there, and see what’s happening.

Samsung Galaxy S6 scored highest in processor benchmark

Samsung's latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, use the South Korean giant's very own Exynos SoC with the latest 14 nm manufacturing process technology. You won't find any Snapdragon model now because Samsung decided to utilize its own Exynos division on its latest phones unveiled at MWC 2015 earlier this week.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 hands-on: one cool dragon

With MWC 2015 comes new smartphones and devices, but part of the discussion will most likely revolve around the technology powering these. And perhaps there won't be a hotter topic than Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810. Not yet out in the market, except for the LG G Flex 2, the chip is already mired in controversy left and right. Does the dragon deliver all its promises without the problems that are rumored to hound it? We fly to Qualcomm's San Diego office to get a first-hand look, and the results are quite spectacular and, frankly, unsurprising.
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