On the list for today is Surface 2/Pro 2, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, Galaxy Gear, Galaxy Note 3, Cheating in Android Benchmarks and a preview of our 2013 iMac review.

The AnandTech Podcast - Episode 26
featuring Anand Shimpi, Brian Klug

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Total Time:  1 hour 44 minutes

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Surface 2 - 0:00
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition - 0:11
Samsung Galaxy Gear - 0:35
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - 0:46
Cheating in Android Benchmarks - 0:58
iPhone 5s Camera - 01:26
The new iMac - 1:31
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  • jasonelmore - Saturday, October 5, 2013 - link

    its not all hardware improvements on that 2X, most of the gains were from moving to the more efficient ArmV8 instruction set. I'd almost say 90% of the gains came from that, because apple used most of the die area gained from 28nm on SRAM for the fingerprint sensor.
  • Arbee - Friday, October 4, 2013 - link

    Going from Prescott P4 to Conroe Core 2 Duo was in many of my test cases a better than 2x increase in CPU performance at the same clock. It's not unprecedented :)

    The A7 demonstrates markedly better performance in heavy real-world apps, like AudioBus chains with lots of effects or the partial Dreamcast emulation necessary to play .DSF music in Modizer. The A6 could play DSFs at 22.05 kHz output without breaking up, but 44.1 kHz or visualizers killed it. The A7 can play DSF at 44.1 kHz output *and* have multiple visualizers working.

    In other words, I can confirm with real apps doing heavy stuff that the A7 is terrific. On Android, something like MAME4Droid Reloaded would be a great real-world CPU test (MAME can be a beast even on desktop PC CPUs), but Anand and Brian probably wouldn't want to admit to having ROM files.
  • Yofa - Friday, October 4, 2013 - link

    just listening to this right now. can't believe the galaxy gear doesn't have a ambient light sensor... it would appear to me that they just revived a dead product and rushed it to market.

    my sony smartwatch doesn't get enough props or love. maybe its pricepoint makes it appear to be a discardable device. that's one of its attractive points for me. no camera, no speaker, no mic, but it DOES have an ambient light sensor. good battery life and acceptable price. galaxy gear is just embarassing for smartwatch adopters...
  • jasonelmore - Friday, October 4, 2013 - link

    Please stop spending so much pod cast time on the freakin boost clocks discussion. if your only gonna do a podcast once a month, please diversify your talking points. I'm still waiting for a good discussion on nvidia shield.
  • Razorbak86 - Saturday, October 5, 2013 - link

    Would you like a tissue?
  • theCuriousTask - Friday, October 4, 2013 - link

    There is an established market that smart watches can replace. I currently wear a large, bulky gps watch for running and splits. If a smart watch can integrate the health functions of fitbit and the functionality of a smart watch that already would be a great value proposition. Many runners will pay north of $200 for a watch. If extra functionality is added such as integration with a smartphone companies like Apple and Samsung can support a much higher price than what current census is by cannibalizing an existing market.
  • LarsBars - Monday, October 7, 2013 - link

    Any perceived lack of love for the Surface 2 from Brian in this podcast is probably Microsoft's own fault. They asked him to attend a press event then didn't have enough devices?? That's terrible.
  • Sabresiberian - Saturday, October 12, 2013 - link

    I love Anandtech podcasts! Thank you for bringing the quality to them that you maintain in your articles.

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