21 Feb HP Makes Bold Move Into Modular Enterprise Workspace With Elite x3 Smartphone #MWC16

HP Elite x3 next to Mobile Extender I have been researching modular compute use cases for over twenty years. Historically, modularity and extensibility have had a mixed rate of success and typically, success or failure is directly related to the experiential “signal loss” of the base use case and the extended use case. Two examples: […]

15 Feb Qualcomm’s New Smartphone Chips Go After Mid-Tier Asian Markets, Straight At MediaTek

Last Thursday at Qualcomm’s Financial Analyst Day the company made a slew of chip announcements ranging from the industry’s 1 Gbps wireless LTE modem to a custom designed smartwatch SoC and platform called “Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC”. In between those, Qualcomm also announced a few very overlooked chips that help strengthen Qualcomm’s position in the mid-tier […]

11 Feb Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem Delivers Gigabit LTE And A Scalable Architecture

Qualcomm has been the global unit and revenue market share leader for years in modem technologies used in smartphones, tablets, PCs and IoT (Internet of Things). One of the reasons they have maintained this lead for so long is that they are typically first to market with new generations of modems. Today at their investor conference, […]

10 Feb What To Expect At Mobile World Congress 2016

(Photo credit: Anshel Sag) I expect Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 is going to be a little different than before thanks to a few upcoming key technologies I’ll be previewing. When I go to Barcelona later this month, along with Moor Insights & Strategy’s Principal Analyst Patrick Moorhead, I still expect to see  a mobile-focused show with companies like HTC, LG […]

03 Feb Intel And Qualcomm Partner (Yes, Really) To Move WiGig 60 GHz 802.11AD Wi-Fi Forward

For the longest time, the 802.11ad space, also known as WiGig by others, was a conglomeration of different 60 GHz Wi-Fi technologies. There have been many companies that have announced technologies utilizing 60 GHz Wi-Fi technologies including Intel, Nitero, Peraso, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics and SiBEAM. Even though many of these companies are members of the Wireless […]

12 Jan Google’s New Nexus 5X Features One Major, Overlooked Wireless Upgrade Over The Nexus 5

MU-MIMO WiFi throughput improvements on the Nexus 5x are substantial In the world of smartphones there is a never ending list of specifications that are constantly considered by consumers when buying them. No line of phones is more scrutinized for its specs than the Google Nexus line of smartphones. This is primarily because the people looking […]

15 Sep Why Aren’t Some Smartphone Makers Simplifying SKU Count To Increase Profitability?

The smartphone market is changing at an incredibly rapid pace. In fact, I’m in Hong Kong this week at Qualcomm 3G/LTE event and have met with many Chinese-based handset makers and they have expressed the very same things. For many years, it looked as if there were nothing that could slow it down, but now we’re […]

15 Sep Single SKU Economic Model Variables

Overview Moor Insights & Strategy created an economic model to demonstrate the impacts of having multiple handset SKUs on profitability. Handset Single Sku Model Variables The following are the variables used in the single SKU economic model. If you are looking for more information, please contact us at Patrick@MoorInsightsStrategy.com Market volume # OEMs (equal share) volume/OEM […]

15 Sep RESEARCH BRIEF and PRESENTATION: MU-MIMO and 802.11ad Wi-Fi Evolve the User Experience

In addition to 3G and 4G, Wi-Fi has been one of the backbones of the growth of wireless technology and devices, including the growth of the IoT (internet of things). Wi-Fi has gone through many stages in its evolution including multiple versions of 2.4 GHz 802.11 standards including 802.11a/b/g/n and 5 GHz 802.11ac.All of this is was enabled […]

09 Sep For The Wearables Market To Grow, Data Plans Need To Change

From my experience, many consumers aren’t interested in a smartwatch until it has the ability to completely untether from a smartphone. Last week at IFA Berlin, we saw a slew of smartwatches from the likes of Samsung Electronics, Huawei, Motorola, LG Electronics, and others. Many of these smart watches primarily come with WiFi and Bluetooth […]

02 Sep Qualcomm Discloses More Snapdragon 820 Kryo CPU Details, Including Four Giant Cores

Qualcomm has been slowly releasing details here and there about their Snapdragon 820 SoC due out next year. Until then, the company is giving the market little bits of information here and there to keep the market interested and perhaps paying attention. Just a few days ago, Qualcomm announced that the Snapdragon 820′s Smart Protect would […]

01 Sep Cisco And Apple: Not-So-Strange Bedfellows?

When the news of the collaboration between Apple and Cisco Systems hit the wires on Monday, the announcement took many by surprise. But even as it seemed odd to many that the two tech giants were working together, it is also completely understandable. Both Cisco Systems and Apple battle for dominance in business communications; they just approach […]

12 Aug SIGGRAPH 2015: Qualcomm Discloses Snapdragon 820 Graphics And Display Capabilities, Looks Strong

Snapdragon 820 Announcement at MWC 2015 (Credit: Patrick Moorhead, Moor Insights & Strategy) At the annual professional graphics conference, SIGGRAPH 2015, Qualcomm today joined many companies that disclosed their latest graphics technologies. Qualcomm took this opportunity to show those in the graphics industry what kind of a user experience their upcoming 820 SoC is capable of […]

27 Jul Carrier Aggregation: An Opportunity For Operators And Handset OEMs, But Is The U.S. Behind?

The world of mobile never stops moving, and one of the most important drivers of mobile’s continued evolution has been the constant improvement in wireless connectivity. This has been dramatically improved with the advent of 3G and LTE, but LTE is starting to see its limitations, and we are starting to see a need for […]

09 Jul Our Analysis Shows CPU Core Count A Poor Proxy For Smartphone Experience And Performance

Top Android Smartphones Tested From HTC, LG, Samsung Electronics, Xiaomi Over the course of my years in the IT industry, I have seen the ethos around device experience and performance as ever-changing. One thing always seems to crop back up every time we see a new compute platform arise as the primary platform whether it […]

06 Jul RESEARCH PAPER: Do 8 CPU Cores Really Matter in Smartphones?

In a recent live benchmarking session, Moor Insights & Strategy answered the question “Do 8 cores really matter in smartphones?” with a series of benchmarks and real application tests. This brief supports the video with performance and experience results. As the smartphone industry has begun to mature, one-upmanship among smartphone manufacturers and SoC vendors has bred a dangerous […]

03 Jul Some Of The Most Interesting VR Technology May Have Not Even Been At E3

IonVR’s Mobile VR Headset (Render Credit: IonVR) The E3 Expo, better known just as “E3”, was held two weeks ago in Los Angeles, and to the delight of gamers around the world watching on YouTube and Twitch, held some major game and game hardware announcements. E3 was also full of emerging VR (virtual reality) technology. […]

12 Jun Misunderstood Mobile Benchmarks Are Hurting The Industry and Consumers

I have been in and around the benchmarking and benchmarketing scene for 25 years in the PC, server, and now smartphone and tablet markets. Benchmarks have been on a cyclical nature for years and the cycle is fairly predictable. Benchmarks cycle between manufacturer, consortium, benchmark company and industry standard- led formations. There are hybrids as […]

02 Jun LG G4 Review: Great Smartphone Experience And Good Example Of Debunking The 8 Core Myth

Today, consumers have a broad selection of premium phones ranging from the Apple iPhone 6 to the Samsung Galaxy S6 to the LG G4. What’s common between most of these phones is their focus on wireless performance, user experience, battery life and photography. However, they do vary in these categories in ways that set them apart from […]

15 May Should LTE Speed Via Carrier Aggregation Become The Next Smartphone Yardstick?

In the smartphone world, a few features generally are used to differentiate a phone’s specifications. Those are generally screen size, processor speed and CPU core count, camera resolution and possibly battery size. However, one equally relevant component in the smartphone equation is commonly neglected in the spec comparison charts, and that’s the network access speed […]