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The titillating idea of a "Surface Phone"-type device is made more plausible with the announcement of octa-core Atom (x86) processors. (Source: Harry Kim)

Eight-core x86 Atom chips for smartphones to release in H2 2017

Intel's Atom chip is living on through Chinese manufacturer Spreadtrum, which is continuing to produce Atom chips and will release an octa-core Atom chip designed for smartphones in the second half of the year.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet Review (First Impressions)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet Review (First Impressions)

One for everything. It has been quite a while since Samsung upgraded its premium tablet. We were therefore eager to see how the new device, which is equipped with a lot of features and even the S Pen, performs. Here are our initial impressions from a hands-on with the Tab S3 in Barcelona.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 9.7" | 434 g
The Book One distinguishes itself by having both a 360 degree hinge and a detachable tablet. (Source: Porsche Design)

Porsche Design tries their hand at a different kind of convertible—a notebook

Porsche Design is jumping into the notebook market with both feet via their US$2500 premium 2-in-1 convertible, the BOOK ONE. The Book One is differentiated by its aggressive design, high price, included Wacom stylus, and the fact that the screen both swivels 360 degrees and detaches.
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Gionee A1 Plus Android smartphone with Helio P25 processor and 4 GB RAM

MWC 2017 | Gionee announces selfie-centric A1 and A1 Plus

These two handsets use MediaTek processors (Helio P10 and P25), offering impressive front cameras (16 MP and 20 MP), LED flash on both front and back, as well as batteries with over 4,000 mAh each.
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Is DirectX 12 worth it? A game developer gives us some insights.

GDC 2017 | Is DirectX 12 worth it? A game developer gives us some insights.

During GDC 2017 the CEO of Nixxes, Jurjen Katsman, talked about his experience in porting games from DirectX 11 to DirectX 12. Nixxes is the developer responsible for the DirectX 12 render paths of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Rise of the Tomb Raider.
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Samsung Galaxy Book 12 Convertible Review (First Impressions)

Samsung Galaxy Book 12 Convertible Review (First Impressions)

Office to go. Samsung promises the highest productivity for people on the go with the new Galaxy Book 12. The Windows based tablet is always shipped with Keyboard Cover and S Pen. We had the chance to have a closer look at the convertible at the MWC in Barcelona. Here are our first impressions and benchmarks.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12" | 754 g
Feb 27
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Android smartphone with 4K display

MWC 2017 | Sony Xperia XZ Premium now official

This new 5.5-inch handset has a 4K HDR display and offers top-of-the-line specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The Xperia XZ Premium runs Android 7.1 and can record 960 fps footage for super-slow motion videos.
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Acer Liquid Z6 Plus Smartphone Review

81% Acer Liquid Z6 Plus Smartphone Review

Acer's large smartphone. Acer's Liquid Z6 Plus is a middle-class smartphone with a large Full-HD display, fingerprint sensor and a huge battery. The middle class is highly contested, however - so is the Liquid z6 Plus able to stand out in any way?
Mediatek MT6753 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5.5" | 169 g
Jolla Sailfish OS-based operating system for China in the works

MWC 2017 | Jolla to develop a mobile OS for China

Jolla and a Chinese consortium signed an exclusive agreement for the development of a Sailfish-based operating system for the local market. The investment in growing the Sailfish-driven ecosystem in China is expected to reach $250 million.
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LG G6 Smartphone First Impressions

LG G6 Smartphone First Impressions

After many leaks in the previous days and weeks, it was not a big secret any longer that the new LG G6 flagship smartphone is going to be officially introduced at the MWC in Barcelona. It is done now and we were there live. Here are our first impressions.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 5.7" | 163 g
Alcatel A5 LED interactive LED-covered Android smartphone

MWC 2017 | Alcatel unveils A5 LED smartphone

Advertised as "the world’s first interactive LED-covered smartphone," this handset is powered by an octa-core processor and has a 5.2-inch HD display, as well as 4G LTE connectivity.
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Oppo has been at the forefront of smartphone camera innovation for years. (Source: Oppo)

MWC 2017 | Oppo showcases dual-camera with 5x optical zoom

The company claims their new "proprietary image fusion technology for digital zoom" allows for a lossless 5x zoom. This 5.7mm-tall module uses a periscope-like system that reflects incoming light into a prism to increase the focal length of the camera.
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ZTE Blade V8 Mini Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor

MWC 2017 | ZTE Blade V8 Mini and V8 Lite now official

These two 5-inch handsets come with Android Nougat on board and offer premium features for a mid-range price. The metallic unibody V8 Mini is the more advanced of them, sporting a dual camera setup and 3D shooting.
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Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Android phablet with 6-inch display and 16 MP front camera

MWC 2017 | Sony launches Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra

These two successors of last year's Xperia XA handsets come with Android Nougat, using a MediaTek Helio P20 processor, as well as the impressive 23 MP Sony Exmor RS sensor for the main camera.
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Google Assistant on Samsung Galaxy S7, LG V20 and HTC 10

Google Assistant hits Android Marshmallow

Already available on Pixel handsets, Google Home, Google Allo, and Android Wear, Google's virtual assistant is now ready to reach various other devices that run Marshmallow and Nougat.
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Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic smartwatches with Android Wear 2.0 and Qualcomm processor

MWC 2017 | Huawei uncovers the Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic

These two new smartwatches feature a 1.2-inch circular AMOLED display, a Qualcomm processor, 768 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, GPS, and run Android Wear 2.0. Rated IP68, the Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic are scheduled to hit the market next month.
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The Plus 12 should be a decent workhorse for people requiring connectivity on the go. (Source: TCL)

MWC 2017 | TCL releases 2-in-1 Windows tablet with 4G LTE

TCL has announced an inexpensive 2-in-1 convertible Windows tablet called the Plus 12. Unique for a budget Windows tablet, the Plus 12 includes an LTE modem in its keyboard, as well as a fingerprint sensor.
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UHS-III standard will support MicroSD transfer rates of up to 624 MB/s

UHS-III standard will support SD card transfer rates of up to 624 MB/s

The new specification is coming this year and will make VR recording at even higher resolutions possible.
Samsung Galaxy Book Windows convertible with Kaby Lake processor and up to 8 GB RAM

MWC 2017 | Samsung Galaxy Book Windows convertible now official

The new convertible comes in 10.6-inch and 12-inch sizes, both powered by Kaby Lake processors and using a fanless design, capable of providing up to 10 hours of autonomy on a single charge.
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Lenovo announces Yoga 520 and Yoga 720 convertible notebooks

MWC 2017 | Lenovo Yoga 520 and Yoga 720 convertible notebooks now official

The 13.3-inch Yoga 720-13IKB and 15.6-inch Yoga 720-15IKB will launch this April for $860 and $1100 USD, respectively, while the 14-inch Yoga 520-14IKB will come a month later for $800 USD.
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Lenovo Miix 320 detachable coming this April for under $200 USD

MWC 2017 | Lenovo Miix 320 detachable coming this April for under $200 USD

The upcoming 10.1-inch Miix 320 is largely identical to the current Miix 310 but with a higher resolution 1920 x 1200 display and improved Dolby Advanced Audio speakers.
Lenovo Tab 4 coming this May for as low as $109 USD

MWC 2017 | Lenovo Tab 4 coming this May for as low as $109 USD

The new Tab 4 Android tablets are geared towards families and children with optional LTE and features for both entertainment and productivity.
Motorola unveils Moto G5 and G5 Plus mainstream smartphones

MWC 2017 | Motorola unveils mainstream Moto G5 and G5 Plus smartphones

The 5th generation Moto G smartphones will come in 5-inch and 5.2-inch sizes with Snapdragon 430 and 625 SoCs for as low as 199 Euros.
Already proving popular in China, the Nokia 6 is a mid-range phone while the 5 and 3 target the low end of the market. (Source: HMD)

MWC 2017 | HMD's new Nokia 3 and 5 series detailed, set for launch in Q2

HMD has announced the worldwide release of the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 phones, along with their specs and pricing.
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Samsung Z1 Tizen OS affordable smartphone

Samsung's Tizen Store hits 41 additional countries

With Firefox OS gone for good, Samsung's Tizen OS is now moving one step forward as the Tizen Store gains access to 41 new countries, including Niger, Cuba, Liechtenstein, Palestine, and others.
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BlackBerry KeyOne Smartphone Review (First Impressions)

BlackBerry KeyOne Smartphone Review (First Impressions)

Press me! TLC's new KeyOne is a new Blackberry smartphone with a physical keyboard. The KeyOne combines a 4.5-inch touchscreen with a pressure-sensitive keyboard, which can also be used as a trackpad at the same time. Here are our initial impressions of the device at the launch of MWC in Barcelona.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 4.5" | 180 g
Samsung patent details expandable slide-out display device

Expandable slide-out display patents by Samsung surface online

Although foldable handsets are not available for purchase yet, Samsung takes everything one step further already by detailing a device with an expandable slide-out touchscreen display.
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Huawei's P10 and P10 Plus continue Huawei's partnership with Leica. (Source: Huawei)

MWC 2017 | Huawei P10 and P10+ now official, feature photo enhancement

The new flagships from Huawei, the P10 and P10 Plus, feature improved rear-facing cameras from Leica, as well as a Leica engineered front-facing cameras. In addition to the new photo enhancements, the P10 and P10 Plus will be available in a myriad of colors.
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Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom Android smartphone gets delayed in the US

Asus delays ZenFone 3 Zoom's US launch

While an early version of this handset was shown at CES in January, Asus has decided to delay its launch until Q2 to improve its specs and to provide "an awesome smartphone to use."
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The LG G6 features a unique 2:1 (or 18:9) aspect ratio. (Source: LG)

MWC 2017 | LG officially unveils G6: Ultrawide on-the-go

The LG G6 is now official: 5.7" display with an aspect ratio of 2:1, Snapdragon 821, 4 GB of RAM, and an interesting dual-camera setup. Noticeably absent is support for LG's Friends.
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QWERTY keyboard slider Moto Mod concept coming soon to Indiegogo

QWERTY keyboard slider Moto Mod coming to Kickstarter

This modular accessory for the Moto Z that reminds of the Motorola Photon Q is expected to hit Indiegogo soon and, if the campaign turns out to be successful, it should reach the market later this year.
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HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 Notebook Review

79% HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 Notebook Review

Pascal Pavilion… HP has updated their Pavilion 17 with Kaby Lake and Pascal, which should provide better performance, longer battery life, and more thermal headroom. Is the Pavilion 17t-ab200 a budget gaming machine worth considering?
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 17.3" | 3 kg
The Gram 13 is a compelling ultra-light ultrabook package for only US$1000. (Source: LG)

LG Gram 2017 models now up for sale in the US

LG's latest Gram ultrabooks are now up for sale with prices ranging from US$999 for the 13-inch non-touch up to US$1699 fully specced Gram 15. The Gram series are known for being incredibly lightweight, with even the 15-inch model only weighing 2.40 lbs.
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Archos 55 Graphite affordable Android smartphone with dual camera setup

MWC 2017 | Archos unveils two Graphite Android handsets

The 50 Graphite and 55 Graphite bring the dual camera setup to the masses, being expected to become available for purchase in June, starting around €130 EUR (roughly $137 USD).
Asus Vivobook F556UQ-XO626D Notebook Review

77% Asus Vivobook F556UQ-XO626D Notebook Review

Stylish. With the Vivobook, Asus offers a 15.6-inch all-round device which immediately catches the eyes: The company uses a throughout white chassis. The feature set is alright, too: Core i5 processor, GeForce graphic card, ac Wi-Fi, Type-C USB. The bundle costs less than 500 Euros (~$528).
Intel Core i5-6198DU | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Feb 25
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

February 2017 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 300 Euros (~$340) reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

February 2017 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 120 Euros (~$130) reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Notebooks under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Notebooks under 300 Euros

March 2017 update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 300 Euros (~$326) as reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
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Motorola Droid Turbo 2 Android smartphone on Verizon gets Nougat update

Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo 2 gets Androud Nougat

This Verizon Wireless-exclusive handset that arrived on the market in the fall of 2015 gets the Android 7.0-based firmware update with the December 2016 security patches included.
Blackberry: KeyOne Smartphone announced

MWC 2017 | Blackberry: KeyOne Smartphone announced & Hands-On

Blackberry fans will be happy about a new handheld with mechanical buttons after the button-less DTEK60. Blackberry calls the new smartphone KeyOne, which is once again manufactured by TCL and equipped with Blackberry's Android based software with special security features.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

February 2017 update. Here you will find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

February 2017 update. Here's a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen sizes of 5.5 inches and greater - we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
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US Cellular corporate logo, the carrier finally intros its first unlimited data plan

US Cellular intros unlimited data plan

The new unlimited data plan comes for $60 USD per month for a single line with autopay/paperless billing enrollment, but after reaching 22 GB of data, the speed automatically goes down to 2G.
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Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Windows 10 tablet successor might arrive at MWC 2017

Samsung Galaxy Book might arrive with Windows 10, LTE, S Pen support

The description of an app that surfaced on Windows Store apparently by mistake revealed that Samsung's upcoming slate would debut with Windows 10 on board, offering 4G LTE and S Pen support.
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Archos 101 Saphir rugged Android tablet

MWC 2017 | Archos 101 Saphir rugged tablet now official

This upcoming slate has a 10.1-inch display, using a MediaTek processor next to 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. The 101 Saphir is IP54-certified for protection from the elements, also featuring a shock-proof body.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

February 2017 update. Here's a list of the best compact smartphones - with screen sizes of 5-inches or less - we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
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Asus ZenFone Live now official

Asus ZenFone Live now official

This upcoming 5-inch handset uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, next to 2 GB RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage, also featuring a 13 MP PixelMaster main camera and a front shooter optimized for selfies and live streaming.
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Feb 24
LG X power2 5.5-inch Android mid-range smartphone

LG intros the X power2 smartphone

This new 5.5-inch mid-range handset comes with a large battery that can deliver up to 18 hours of web browsing or 15 hours of video playback. Its specs include 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and an unspecified octa-core processor.
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Buyers of the 3310 will have no shortage of color options. (Source: Vtechgraphy)

Nokia 3310 reboot will be a mashup between the old 3310 and the new 150

Is there still demand for monoblock phones that hearken back to Nokia's heyday in the early 2000s? Nokia seems to think so. The latest leaks offer some insight into what the updated Nokia 3310's new look.
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Lenovo ThinkPad T470 (Core i5, Full-HD) Notebook Review

91% Lenovo ThinkPad T470 (Core i5, Full-HD) Notebook Review

New revision of the business classic. The ThinkPads from the T-series represent typical business notebooks for many users. Lenovo does not only equip the new T470 with modern processors and ports, but also a completely new chassis. Update: Luminance on battery power
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.7 kg

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