As we march towards our review of the iPhone 5 (and some other really cool stuff you'll be seeing later this month), episode 8 of our weekly podcast got pushed back a bit - but here it is. Ian shares some of his latest test data on reducing POST times for newer motherboards in anticipation of Windows 8. We recap some of the Haswell Architecture piece that went live last week. Vivek joins us to talk about the 2nd gen Razer Blade as well as his perspective on anodizing thin aluminum surfaces. Brian talks about the T-Mobile acquisition and new phones from HTC.

The AnandTech Podcast - Episode 8
featuring Anand Shimpi, Brian Klug, Vivek Gowri & Dr. Ian Cutress

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Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Outline - hh:mm

Ian On Reducing POST Times - 00:02
Smartphone Boot Times - 00:10
The Haswell Architecture Article - 00:20
Virtualized Cellphone Base Stations - 00:30
2nd gen Razer Blade - 00:40
NGFF SSDs - 1:02
Need for SFF Upgradable DRAM - 1:07
New Kindles/Nook  - 1:14
T-Mobile Acquisition - 1:38
HTC One X+/One VX - 1:46
Vivek on Scuffgate - 1:51

As always, comments are welcome and appreciated. Let us know what you liked, hated and want to hear more of.

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  • dishayu - Friday, October 12, 2012 - link
  • dishayu - Friday, October 12, 2012 - link

    Around 32:30 Brian is such a kid. That was hilarious. :D (I completely 100% agree with his reasoning, but it's funny to listen to)

    And I strongly diagree with Vivek's opinion of "Keys + iPhone = scuffing and that's the user's fault". Phones are MEANT to be kept in pockets, keys are MEANT to be kept in pockets. There are no alternative for either of them. I have done this for years and i've never compromised appearance of any of my phones till date. Apple should pick another material if there is no way to avoid this.
  • repoman27 - Friday, October 12, 2012 - link

    I dunno, I totally agree with Vivek. All my trousers have at least two pockets, phone and cash go in one, keys, coins and corkscrews go in another.
  • dishayu - Saturday, October 13, 2012 - link

    I keep my wallet in 1 (which is quite large) and everything else in the 2nd pocket. So, my keys and phone go in the same pocket more often than not. Either ways that is not the point, it's just user preference.

    If HTC could make their phones to withstand such things, why should we excuse Apple for it and blame the user in their case? That is just wrong. It's Apple's fault and the user must not be blamed.
  • phillyry - Monday, October 15, 2012 - link

    keys should not destroy a phone.

    dudes sometimes have keys or, especially, change in their pockets and chicks constantly have keys in their purses - let's not forget about half of the population.

    the manufacturer/designer should test for these basic materials and other common materials during QA.

    please don't excuse this just because it's Apple. I mean, yes they generally make great products and as such have a high standing in many people's perspectives, but they need to be held to account when they f up. how else will they continue to have such high standards!?
  • noblemo - Friday, October 12, 2012 - link

    Brian: The source linked below lists the following FCC ID numbers for the new Kindles. I did not have time to look at all the docs; some might be accessories (dock).


  • Brian Klug - Friday, October 12, 2012 - link

    Oooh, awesome! Thank you, I searched and couldn't find these last week!

  • noblemo - Friday, October 12, 2012 - link

    You're welcome. The models with dual band Wi-Fi are ZHS-1013 and YJM-0725.

    The documents are filed under third party companies. After taking a closer look I think this is how it breaks down:

    ZHS-1013: Kindle Fire HD 8.9" - WLAN (SISO/MIMO)/Bluetooth 3.0
    CO2-2105: Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G - GSM/WCDMA/LTE
    YJM-0725: Kindle Fire HD - WLAN (SISO/MIMO)
    A8Z-2690: Kindle PaperWhite 3G - GSM/WCDMA
    A8Y-1496: Kindle PaperWhite - WLAN
  • pattycake0147 - Friday, October 12, 2012 - link

    Hey guys, love the podcasts, but I rarely have a full two hours to listen. I noticed this one was split about halfway though with the first half talking about pc and the second covering mobile. Is there any chance to have two smaller podcasts each week that have their own topics? Not like I'm going to stop listening, but just a thought I wanted to toss your way.
  • phillyry - Monday, October 15, 2012 - link

    does nobody else have a pause button on their podcast player?

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