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Feb 23
The Huawei Watch 2 may come in three different colors. (Source: VentureBeat)

Hauwei Watch 2 leaks: sporty design with cellular chops

Recently leaked images of the Huawei Watch 2 show off a sport-centric design and nanoSIM slot for cellular connections. The Watch 2 may debut at MWC next week.
An artistic rendering of the LG G6, one of the Galaxy S8's major competitors. (Source: Forbes)

Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 release dates confirmed

March and April will bring a clash of flagships as LG and Samsung square off. It's LG's G6 against Samsung's Galaxy S8, two of this year's anticipated high-end smartphones.
Asus Zenbook Flip UX360UAK-BB351T Convertible Review

86% Asus Zenbook Flip UX360UAK-BB351T Convertible Review

Stylish, slim, enduring. With the Zenbook Flip UX360UAK, Asus delivers a stylish and slim 13.3-inch convertible that can boast with an outstanding battery life. The configuration is also good: SSD, IPS panel, backlit keyboard. The whistling fan is an annoyance. This flaw should not appear in a 1000 Euro device.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
For Honor Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

For Honor Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Trinity. After Rainbow Six Siege and The Division, Ubisoft releases their next Triple-A title, which focuses primarily on riveting multiplayer battlers. Knights, Samurai and Vikings - For Honor actually pits three different factions against each other. Our review focuses primarily on how different GPUs handle the various swinging swords, katanas and axes.
HP ProBook 650 G3 Z2W44ET Notebook Review

84% HP ProBook 650 G3 Z2W44ET Notebook Review

Stingy in features. The ProBook delivers good input devices, long battery runtimes, and a low system noise. The display will not win any prizes: HP incorporated a low-contrast model with narrow viewing angles.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Samsung's new 10nm Exynos 9 chip is expected to replace the Snapdragon 835 in some markets. (Source: Evan Blass @evleaks)

Galaxy S8+ specs tipped: will pack 6.2-inch screen, 10nm Exynos 9 or Snapdragon 835 SoC, iris scanner

Evan Blass has detailed the (alleged) specs for the Galaxy S8+ in full.
Xiaomi MAE136 and MBE6A5 smartphones spotted at TENAA

Xiaomi MAE136 and MBE6A5 smartphones spotted at TENAA

The budget 5-inch MAE136 and 5.5-inch MBE6A5 could launch as two variants of the Redmi 5 with Snapdragon 430 or MediaTek Helio X20/X25 SoCs.
Feb 22
Source: Verizon

Verizon will pilot 5G wireless speeds in the U.S. this year

The wireless giant will begin rolling out 5G connectivity in 11 urban centers during the first half of 2017. The new protocol will only be available to select customers.
Xiaomi "Pinecone" processor launch event invite for February 28, name not confirmed yet

Xiaomi Pinecone processor coming next week

The name of this upcoming chip has not been confirmed yet, but most of the details should become official on February 28. This chip will make Xiaomi the second Chinese smartphone maker to manufacture central processing units for mobile devices.
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The NES Classic Edition can be turned into a versatile retro gaming console. (Source: Nintendo)

NES Classic Edition can run other console emulators

Ever wanted to play Sega Genesis/Megadrive games on a Nintendo console? A recent mod for the NES Classic Edition makes this dream a reality.
The HTC Desire line is set to be axed after this year. (Source: HTC)

HTC will stop making entry-level smartphones by end of year

Citing increased competition and low profit margins, HTC will exit the budget smartphone market by the end of 2017.
The original Mi Max. Its successor probably won't look much different. (Source: Android Pure)

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 may feature the Snapdragon 660, 6GB RAM and 5000mAh battery

Just a year after the first Mi Max, new leaks revealed that Xiaomi has a successor coming up that they are expected to unveil in May 2017. In addition, they provided a few clues about the hardware in the phablet.
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Meitu T8 Android smartphone with dual front cameras

Meitu launches selfie-focused T8 smartphone

This 5.2-inch handset has a hexagonal shape that might be considered ugly by many but comes with 4 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage, and a dual camera setup on the front for the best selfie experience.
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The lowest tier R7 1700's strong performance, fair price, and low TDP make it a compelling offering. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen lineup officially released with full specs and pricing

The Ryzen lineup includes the 65W R7 1700, 95W 1700X, and 95W 1800X, which are priced at US$330, US$400, and US$500 respectively.
Huawei Honor V9 Android phablet with HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, 3D cameras, and up to 6 GB RAM

Huawei Honor V9 now official

This high-end phablet has a 5.7-inch WQHD display and is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, having a dual-camera setup able to capture 3D images for use with a 3D printer.
Exec of Intel's Communication and Devices division, Aicha Evans, holds up a modem. (Source: The Motley Fool)

Intel announces new gigabit-LTE modem for laptops, phones, and other devices

Intel has announced the XMM 7560, a competitor to Qualcomm's X20 Gigabit LTE modem. The XMM 7560 should offer transfer speeds of up to 1Gbps, be compatible with networks worldwide, and will see wide-scale release in 2018.
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HTC Q4 2016 balance sheet shows an operating loss of over 110 million Euros

HTC Q4 2016 balance sheet shows an operating loss of over 110 million Euros

High loss and slumping sales will force HTC to drop budget smartphones altogether in the future.
ZTE could be first with a gigabit 5G smartphone

ZTE teasing 5G Gigabit smartphone for MWC 2017

5G promises theoretical transfer rates of up to 10 Gbps when at its fullest potential. ZTE will be showing off a Gigabit smartphone capable of transfer rates of up to 1 Gbps as a stepping stone to the 4G LTE successor.
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Huawei boasts over 10 million P9 smartphones sold

Huawei boasts over 10 million P9 smartphones sold

Worldwide sales for the largest smartphone manufacturer in China have jumped about 30 percent YoY from 108 million in 2015 to 140 million in 2016.
Does this mean future Chromebooks will have built-in fingerprint scanners? (Source: PCWorld)

Chromebooks will soon be compatible with biometric authentication

A fingerprint feature on Chrome OS has been in the works for the past few months and is now available for testing on an unstable version of Chrome Canary. This brings Chrome OS more in line with the biometric authentication options available on Windows 10 and macOS.
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On mobile, RemixOS will look no different from stock Android. Once plugged into external hardware, the UI will completely transform. (Source: JiDe)

"Continuum"-style feature to be added to Remix OS

Jide has revealed plans to make RemixOS a Continuum-like feature for Android phones.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 could be in for a refurbished return. (Source: Hankyung)

Note 7 resurrected: Samsung could begin to refurbish and sell Galaxy Note 7

According to a South Korean news outlet, Samsung may refurbished recalled Galaxy Note 7 units with smaller capacity batteries and new outer casings.
Feb 21
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Android flagship after catchingfe

Samsung's reputation in the US takes a big hit

While the company's profits were unexpectedly good at the end of last fiscal year, the Galaxy Note 7 scandal seems to have a negative impact on the public, reveals a recent study.
HP Spectre x360 15-bl002xx Convertible Review

82% HP Spectre x360 15-bl002xx Convertible Review

Better yet? HP's 2017 version of the Spectre x360 15-inch convertible features a latest-generation Intel processor alongside a switch to discrete graphics. The updated design incorporates smaller bezels a la Spectre x360 13 and the 4K display - improved over last year's model - is now the sole panel option.
Intel Core i7-7500U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 15.6" | 2 kg
Huawei MediaPad T3 Android tablet surfaces at TENAA

Huawei MediaPad T3 spotted at TENAA

This 8-inch slate should hit the market as Honor MediaPad T3 once/if it gets out of China, and its specs are expected to include a quad-core processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, all with Android Nougat on top.
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The screen may not be as edge-to-edge as some would have hoped, but the bezels are thin nevertheless. (Source: Techtastic.nl)

Samsung Galaxy S8 live images leak, onscreen buttons revealed

New leaks from China offer insight into the phone's much-debated exterior appearance, display (with the on-screen navigation keys) and ports. Is a fingerprint scanner next to the Samsung Galaxy S8's rear camera going to be an issue?
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LG G5 Android flagship gets Nougat update on AT&T

LG G5 on AT&T finally gets Android Nougat

Although it took a while for it to arrive, the Android 7.0 firmware update is finally rolling out to LG G5 owners on AT&T. In addition to the usual changes, the new software also includes Google's January security patches.
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Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe

87% Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe ZS570KL Smartphone Review

Late luxury. Asus' latest ZenFone 3 Deluxe flagship smartphone will also be available on the European market soon. With Qualcomm's current premium SoC, a high-resolution 23-megapixel camera, and a large 5.7-inch AMOLED panel, the handset features some technological highlights. But how will it fare in the test compared with other equally first-rate competitors?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 5.7" | 172 g
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v2 SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Cortex-A53 ARM 8 cores @ 1700 MHz 28nm
Blackview R6 Smartphone Review

77% Blackview R6 Smartphone Review

Priced (too) tightly? Blackview's R6 wants to offer a configuration that is usually only found in much more expensive smartphones for just 130 Euros (~$137): Full HD screen, fingerprint sensor, decent camera. Is this possible in view of the tight budget?
Mediatek MT6737T | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5.5" | 198 g
The large, bolded "9" indicates that this will be a new series of Samsung's in-house chipset. (Source: Android Police)

Samsung's upcoming Exynos 9 Series SoC to compete with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835

The updated Exynos chipset is likely to use the new 10nm FinFET manufacturing process, the same one used by its Qualcomm equivalent, the Snapdragon 835. This suggests that we may see a number of Samsung Galaxy S8 variants with different processors.
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Feb 20
Mac Otakara has stated that Apple may update their current iPad Pro and iPhone lines in March. (Source: Otakara)

Apple rumored to update iPad Pro, iPhones in March

According to Japanese website Mac Otakara, the Cupertino Giant will add several new sizes of iPad Pro and new colors to the iPhone SE and iPhone 7 lines.
ZTE Hawkeye Android smartphone Kickstarter failed project

ZTE might kill the Hawkeye project

What started as "Project CSX" and turned into ZTE Hawkeye seems to have failed. The Kickstarter campaign for it only raised about $36,000 USD of the $500,000 USD goal and ZTE has just decided to stop the campaign and reconsider the whole project.
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Harman Connected banner, Harman shareholders approve merger with Samsung

Harman shareholders approve the deal with Samsung

Although this acquisition has been announced back in November, the Samsung-Harman deal had to pass the shareholder's vote, and this has just happened. Now, the deal is expected to close in the coming months.
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A teardown of what might be the Nintendo Switch gives us a good look at what's inside. (Source: Zhaoyang.taobao.com)

Supposed teardown of Nintendo's Switch gives an idea of what makes it tick

A teardown of what might be Nintendo's Switch gives us a peek into what we might see in the upcoming console.
Mobile Processors - Benchmark List

Mobile Processors - Benchmark List

This is a benchmark list of mobile processors like Intel Core M, A10, A8, Atom, ... series - sorted by performance.
Showtime Glass offers screen protection with some glitz. (Source: MOXYO)

Glitz and glam on the go: MOXYO Showtime Glass adds sparkle to your iPhone's screen

Showtime Glass is a tempered glass screen protector for iPhones. It has embedded glitter that "sparkles in any light condition" but is not visible when the display is on.
HTC One X10 Android smartphone leaked images

HTC One X10 images leak online

This previously rumored handset surfaces in a set of images showing a fingerprint reader on the back and three capacitive buttons below the screen. As many other unconfirmed handsets we keep hearing about these days, it should become official at MWC 2017.
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Google and Microsoft have volunteered to enact new anti-piracy measures in the UK. (Source: TechTimes)

Google and Microsoft agree to censor pirated movies, music, and sport websites in the UK

Google and Microsoft have joined a voluntary anti-piracy action in the UK which has the companies demote search results for website where pirated music, movies, or sporting events can be found.
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Acer Aspire Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ Notebook Review

78% Acer Aspire Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ Notebook Review

A convertible laptop for home. Acer wants about 250 Euros (~$265) for their new 10.1-inch convertible Windows laptop: the Switch One. The few hundred bucks will get you a silent computer with long battery life - and a surprisingly bright, contrast-rich IPS display.
Intel Atom x5-Z8300 | Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) | 10.1" | 1.3 kg
No, it does not run Android Nougat, nor does it feature Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS or 3G connectivity. (Source: NDTV)

Nokia 3310 reboot will land next week at MWC

HMD Global annouced that the classic Nokia 3310 is getting released again after 17 years, cashing in on loyal Nokia fans who have fond memories of using the phone. It is, after all, one of the phones that launched a thousands Nokia memes about how Nokia cellphones are said to be indestructible.
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Worldwide tablet market slumps 6.6 percent YoY to 157 million units

Worldwide tablet market slumps 6.6 percent YoY to 157 million units

TrendForce is predicting yet another slow year for tablets as the phablet is becoming a popular alternative for replacing aging tablets.
Of the top five market leaders in China, only Apple and Xiaomi saw a year-on-year decrease in shipments. (Source: Canalys)

Xiaomi overtakes Apple in China

Chinese smartphone makers Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi have surged ahead of Apple in recent quarters, leaving Apple in fifth place in terms of market share.
Acer's TravelMate P449 under review. (Source: Acer)

80% Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407 Notebook Review

Second best. The P449-M-7407 is the latest 14" notebook from Acer's TravelMate series. The device is aimed at business professionals looking for a portable and affordable notebook in the highly competitive business market. While it has its shortcomings, the P449 is a well-rounded device. Can this Jack of all trades best the competition, or is it merely the court fool?
Intel Core i7-6500U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14" | 2 kg
Feb 19
Alienware 13 R3 Notebook Review

88% Alienware 13 R3 Notebook Review

Compact gaming miracle. While our test model of the Alienware 15 R3 had some temperature problems, we are impressed by the 13-inch system. Besides the high performance in the small chassis, we are also convinced by the brilliant OLED screen.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 13.3" | 2.5 kg
LG G Pad III 8.0 Android tablet receives Nougat update February 2017

LG G Pad III 8.0 gets Android Nougat

Canadian carrier Fido is apparently the first one to release this update to these 8-inch Android slates that arrived back in May 2016, carrying Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board.
Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Inclusive list of all graphics cards currently available for notebooks. Approximate 3DMark benchmarks results are provided in italic.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

List of all currently available mobile graphics cards and their performance in games.
Archos 133 Oxygen Android tablet, Archos to make Kodak tablets soon

Archos to release Kodak-branded tablets soon

This French maker of affordable Android devices has been selected by Kodak as a brand licensee for the European market and the first Archos-made Kodak tablets are expected to become available by the end of May 2017.
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