It's the calm before the storm. The coming weeks are full of big announcements from smartphones to PC components, leaving us to talk about everything we can before the onslaught. We discuss Intel's TV strategy, Microsoft's Surface Pro, the Pebble smartwatch, the removal of unofficial LTE support from the Nexus 4 and Broadcom's LTE baseband. We also set expectations for performance and power consumption on Haswell. Finally, we touch on the recent controversy surrounding range testing Tesla's Model S.

The AnandTech Podcast - Episode 16
featuring Anand Shimpi, Brian Klug & Dr. Ian Cutress

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Total Time: 1 hour 29 minutes

Outline - hh:mm

Microsoft's Surface Pro - 00:00
Setting Haswell Expectations - 00:24
Intel's TV Initiative - 00:31
The Pebble Smartwatch- 00:51
Nexus 4 Removal of LTE - 1:04
Broadcom LTE Baseband - 1:06
Controvery Surrounding Range Testing Tesla's Model S - 1:13

As always, comments are welcome and appreciated. 

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  • Fiercé - Sunday, February 17, 2013 - link

    Just curious if the new BlackBerry phone is one of the items you're reviewing and are under embargo for?

    Or will Mr. Klug only tackle that when it's available in the U.S.?

    Won't consider purchasing it until I read a review here.
  • Brian Klug - Sunday, February 17, 2013 - link

    We've got a Z10, well Anand does but it might get handed off to me at some point, as usual battery life testing and such takes a while. It's in the pipeline for sure though :)

  • tipoo - Monday, February 18, 2013 - link

    Does anything under embargo start with PS and end with 4? :P
  • Hybridtechz - Sunday, February 17, 2013 - link

    Hi guys.. You are awesome..incredible focused tech reviews and observations....i would love hearing from you a method to calibrate display on devices...i own a nexus 7 and a nexus 4 and the screens are not calibrated at all...especially the panel on the nexus 4 is a high-end one..but without calibration colors are washed's frustating..can you please talk about this topic in your podcast? Or even better can you write an article regarding this issue? I think a lot of people would appreciate that..and that would be a good method to make people realize how important is this thing and you are the only reviewers who highlight this topic when analysing the display on any kind of device
  • Brian Klug - Sunday, February 17, 2013 - link

    This is a big deal that I spent a lot of 2011 dealing with. The problem is that unlike Windows or OS X, there's no easy way to load a LUT onto the device in a standard, OS-unified fashion. There are some things you can do per platform (SoC / OEM) to make this work, for example Francois has been tinkering with display calibration on Android with some apps that require root: and there are a few other similar methods, but it depends on the platform and generally is a hack and iterative process (tweak a file, measure, what changed, iterate).

    So it's possible, it's nowhere near mature however. I think the ultimate goal is a display colorimeter attached over USB-OTG that will enable end users to do this kind of calibration, since this is a real issue, and OEMs don't want to incur the dollar or so extra on BOM to get it calibrated.

  • Hybridtechz - Monday, February 18, 2013 - link

    Thanks brian...i beg you to notify readers when something like that will happen....for now, i'll take a look at the app you linked
  • variety - Thursday, February 21, 2013 - link

    For the Nexus 4 the colours have been completely hacked. You can change every possible setting to reach a perfect 2.2 image. With an app this worked on stock before, but on 4.2.2 google closed some settings (for whatever stupid reason). The kernel and mod makers have released versions that allow changing of gamma etc... The best current solution is using the faux123 kernel and his settings app... You can find the kernel here:

    Here are his two apps to accompany his kernel, one for changing the screen settings and one for everything else (undervolting, overclocking, how many cores etc etc.):
  • Kevin G - Sunday, February 17, 2013 - link

    I'm certain that there is plenty in the pipeline but there is plenty of discuss now. AMD's GPU roadmap snafu, Intel killing off Itanium (and Poulson hasn't gotten any coverage around here at all), rumors of consoles from MS and Sony blocking used games etc.

    While not on the podcast, I'm also kinda surprised that you didn't realized that Ivy Bridge Core i3's only support PCI-e 2.0 officially. Much like Turbo and VT-d, Intel is using PCI-e bandwidth as a distinguishing feature. Similarly not all socket 1155 Ivy Bridge chips support 8x + 4x + 4x lane configurations for connecting three devices to the socket.
  • Kevin G - Sunday, February 17, 2013 - link

    Oh wow. Drive bandwidth usage of consumers? That it the absolutely last thing major ISP's in the US want. ISP's are currently happy as a government sanctioned monopolies in various markets where they can continually charge more money for less service. They want to suppress bandwidth usage so that they don't have to upgrade their infrastructure. Movement in this area is only done after necessity as they first have to beg their share holders that they actually have to do something to make money instead of exploiting their existing customers.

    Having said that, I live in a suburb of KC and patiently waiting for Google to roll out fiber in my area so I can ditch my cable company. My spite towards my ISP is at the level I'd be willing to pay out of my pocket for several of my neighbors to make the jump as well.

    As for what Intel could get out of making media deals is possibly a move to provide content to x86 smart phones. If Intel can't get their handsets accepted by carriers, why not go the virtual carrier route and carry along the media they already have licensed? Get an Intel phone, sign up for their phone service and get their IPTV service as a bonus. Apple faced such an issue in 2006 before deciding to go with AT&T as a carrier.
  • IanCutress - Monday, February 18, 2013 - link

    I only noticed my i3-3225 was PCIe 2.0 only fairly recently (I queried Anand over twitter), but it still does 8x+4x+4x on the PCIe device side, even with 3xGPUs. Which i3s do not support 8x+4x+4x may I ask?

    It stands to reason that Intel are partitioning more from low to high end. If you want a single high end feature, you have to buy from the top range of SKUs. If you just want it to go, a low end part is good enough. Basic SIs selling to the generic home user won't care as much on PCIe 3.0 or VT-d, but the home builder or niche SI delivering to a market segment would.


    PS. I'm green with envy on your proximity to Google Fiber. BT Infinity 3, while the top BT package in London, doesn't even come close. Tweet us your results :)

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