Anshel Sag, Patrick Moorhead

The Biggest Mobile Device And Chipset Announcements At MWC 2022

Earlier this month, I attended Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2022 in Barcelona, my first in-person MWC since the pandemic outbreak in 2020. I felt comfortable attending this year knowing that strict testing, masking and tracing requirements were in place. Out of the approximately 61,000 people who attended the show, I am personally only aware of …

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One Year Review: The Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved Monitor Is Nearly Perfect For Creators

Until recently, curved monitors have primarily targeted the gaming market, with its need for high frame rates and wider displays delivering more immersion. While some 49” curved ultrawide displays exist for productivity, their aspect ratios in the 21:9 and 32:9 ballpark make creation challenging, aside from some simpler video and audio editing. Additionally, there’s considerably …

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Qualcomm Deepens Commitment To The Metaverse With $100 Million Snapdragon Fund And Square Enix Partnership

Qualcomm Deepens Commitment To The Metaverse With $100 Million Snapdragon Metaverse Fund And Square Enix Partnership  At GDC 2022, Qualcomm came out guns blazing with two significant announcements, and both focused on the growth of content in the Extended Reality (XR) industry. Qualcomm has already made big splashes in the XR content space by announcing …

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Analyst Take: The Most Exciting Gaming Products At CES 2022

While I had been hoping to attend CES 2022 in person earlier this month, the winter surge of the Omicron variant forced me to watch the annual consumer electronics showcase remotely, for the second year in a row. Though it was far from the pre-pandemic CES experience, there were still plenty of major gaming announcements …

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XR And The Metaverse At CES 2022: Wading Through The Hype

Since the company formerly known as Facebook’s $2 billion purchase of virtual reality gaming company Oculus VR in 2014, I’ve seen the hype cycle around VR and the Metaverse come and go multiple times. That said, the current buzz feels different. For one, Facebook has now renamed itself Meta, and is now fully pursuing the …

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MediaTek’s Flagship Dimensity 9000 SoC Isn’t The Company’s Only Interesting New Chip

Last month, MediaTek, at its Executive Summit in Laguna Beach, CA, announced its first foray into the flagship smartphone SoC market: the Dimensity 9000. The company’s first 4nm chip from TSMC features a multitude of flagship-worthy features that make it competitive with what’s already available in the market today. The company didn’t stop there, though. …

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Qualcomm Expands AR Ambitions With Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform

Out of the flurry of XR industry activity at Augmented World Expo (AWE) 2021, one announcement that stood out was Qualcomm’s new XR development platform, Snapdragon Spaces. Not your typical Qualcomm platform rollout, Snapdragon Spaces represents the first wearable AR developer kit explicitly created for application developers hoping to build apps for AR and VR …

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Qualcomm And Mixed Reality: The Next Step In The Evolution Of XR?

XR typically refers to the spectrum of spatial technologies that cover the gamut between virtual (VR) reality and augmented reality (AR). The world is largely familiar with the concept of VR, the complete immersion in a digital space. It helps that VR is already available on consumer platforms such as Oculus Quest and PlayStation VR. …

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Google Tensor SoC And Pixel 6 Benchmarks Show Google’s Intentions For Building Its Own SoC

We recently covered some of the details around Google’s Tensor SoC at the launch of the Pixel 6 and Tensor SoC that Google had. But now the embargo for reviews has lifted and I’ve had an opportunity to test the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro’s tensor SoC. Many people believe that Google’s Tensor SoC …

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TRIPP Brings Zen To AR With Nreal And 5G

Over the last two years, accessible mental health care has been in increasingly high demand as the world struggles to cope with fallout from the ongoing pandemic. TRIPPis a meditation and mindfulness app for XR designed to help users relax and find their inner peace. Employing “trippy” visuals to achieve its goal (hence the name), the …

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Microsoft, Qualcomm And Valve Turbo Charge Wi-Fi Gaming With Dual Station For Windows 11

Windows 11 is finally available to the public. With the new PC operating system comes performance enhancements for many different aspects of the computing experience. One significant gaming-related improvement is Direct Storage, a feature previously only available on the Xbox Series X that promises to enable much faster game load and resume times. Another of the new features …

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Qualcomm’s Mobile GPU Innovations Power The Future Of Gaming

I recently spoke with Qualcomm’s Head of Gaming, Dave Durnil, and its Head of Display & GPU, Salman Saeed. Our conversation gave me some valuable insights into Qualcomm’s Elite Gaming program and a deeper dive into the company’s gaming heritage—where it’s been, where it is today and where it is headed. Many people may not …

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The Metaverse Debate Rages On: Who’s Right And Why Does It Matter?

The Metaverse is a popular term across the gaming and entertainment industry that refers to the theoretical 3D “virtual world” of the future. The term, which has roots in dystopian science fiction, can mean many different things to different people, and as such, can be difficult to explain to the layperson. Ultimately, however, the Metaverse …

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T-Mobile’s 5G Network Enables VR Human Cadaver Lab At Fisk University

Since the beginning of the global 5G roll out, many operators have touted VR as one of the leading use cases for new technology. As someone that has deep knowledge of both VR and 5G, I initially believed this to be a pie-in-the-sky ambition. While some operators like Deutsche Telekom launched VR streaming services, they …

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Intel Gives More Detail On Consumer And HPC Graphics At Architecture Day 2021

While Intel has been slowly trickling out information about its discrete GPUs based on the Xe Architecture, at its Architecture Day, it  took the wraps off its consumer branding for its GPUs, ARC,  and also disclosed that the first ARC product would be codenamed Alchemist, to be available in Q1 of 2022. Alchemist targets the Xe HPG …

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What Does Google’s Tensor SoC Mean For Google’s Hardware And Software Efforts?

This past week, Google announced its upcoming Tensor SoC, supported by a blog from Google Hardware lead Rick Osterloh detailing how the SoC will impact Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro flagship phones. Interestingly, though Osterloh’s blog mentions AI four times, it never once mentions 5G—the primary selling point for phones these days. This is likely …

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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold Reviewed: The Most Compact And Versatile 13” PC

Lenovo’s Thinkpad X1 Fold is the world’s first genuinely foldable PC. Most other PCs are convertibles that can rotate around the hinge of the display and the keyboard or detach from the keyboard. The Thinkpad X1 Fold is the first laptop in the world that can bend in half, from a 13” tablet to a …

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The Samsung S21 Ultra: A Phone To Render Most Cameras Obsolete

I took a multitude of devices with me on a recent weekend road trip with my vaccinated friends. Most of these devices were cameras or, specifically, different types of cameras. I took my S21 Ultra, iPhone 11 Pro, Sony a7iii, Insta360 One , and Snap Spectacles 3 glasses. All of these cameras got some use …

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