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Oppo Neo 7 is official with a 5-inch qHD display and Snapdragon 410

After Oppo announced the R7s heavy-hitter last week, it’s now time for a refresh down the ranks. The Neo 7 has just been made official with a price tag somewhere below $200. The smartphone sports a 5-inch TFT LCD display with qHD resolution (that’s a lowercase q, meaning the modest 540x960 pixels). The Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 is in charge, with a quad-core 1.2GHZ processor and a single gig of RAM. Internal storage is 16GB, and the Neo 7 takes microSD cards for expansion. The budget solutions continue in the imaging department, where the primary shooter is an 8MP one, with a tiny 1/4” sensor behind an f/2.0 lens. On the front there’s a 5MP shooter coupled with f/2.4 glass. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S7: Snapdragon 820 vs. Exynos 8890 speed test

Samsung sources components for the Galaxy S7 phones from several places - Samsung hardware (Exynos chipset and ISOCELL camera) and outside (Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and Sony IMX camera). We already saw that the cameras do have some differences, but no clear winner in quality.
What about the chipsets? From our tests we've seen that the Snapdragon 820 has an advantage in single-core CPU tests and GPU benchmarks, while the Exynos 8890 leads in multi-core tests. (more…)

Intel accuses Qualcomm of abusing monopoly position

There are three constants in the universe - mass, energy, and Qualcomm being engaged in legal battles. The latest complaint comes from Intel, which claims the San Diego company is charging five times more for its licenses while at the same time is offering lower prices for chips for phone manufacturers. Intel has urged the ITC to investigate Qualcomm, as it feels it hasn't licensed its tech under "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory" terms and is charging absurdly high rates. Qualcomm on the other side said Intel uses patents in certain LTE modems unlawfully and has demanded...

Top 10 trending phones of week 27

We have plenty of action this week - the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is back on top followed by last week's leader, the Oppo Find X. Still, this week's ranking is dominated by Samsung with some Xiaomi phones here and there. The third place goes to the Samsung Galaxy J6 - last week it was 4th, but now it has switched places with the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro. Samsung phones occupy the spots from 5th to 7th. The Galaxy J8 leads this particular group from the Galaxy A6+ and the Galaxy J7 Prime. The standard version of the Redmi Note 5 (also known as Redmi 5 Plus in India) has fallen two positions...

LeEco unveils the Le Pro 3 AI Edition with dual rear cameras

That LeEco smartphone with a dual rear camera setup that looks like a robot face finally has a name. The Chinese company took the wraps off it today, and it's called Le Pro 3 AI Edition. It's not the Le Max 3 as we thought. It will become available in China on April 14 in gold, rose gold, and black. It will be offered in two versions, "standard" and "eco". The latter is the higher-end. The standard Le Pro 3 AI Edition has a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen as well as 13 MP + 13 MP dual rear cameras (one monochrome, one color) with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, and a dual-LED...