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Oct 20
Razer announces high-end gaming laptop Razer Blade Pro

Razer announces High-End Gaming Laptop Razer Blade Pro

The desktop in your laptop: Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU, Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 GPU with 8 GB GDDR5 VRAM, 32 GB RAM, 2 GB PCIe SSD storage, 4K-display with G-Sync support as well as a mechanical keyboard. What sounds like components from a powerful gaming PC is actually crammed into a chassis that is just 22 millimeters thin. But can this work? We already had the chance to take a closer look at the device in a first hands-on.
Samsung Gear S3 Classic smartwatch coming next month

Samsung Gear S3 to hit the market next month

This Tizen-based smartwatch has been unveiled at the end of August and will hit the market next month in two versions, just as expected - Classic (Bluetooth connectivity only) and Frontier (Bluetooth and LTE).
Razer now livestreaming pre-announcement event on Twitch

Razer now livestreaming pre-announcement event on Twitch

The California-based gaming company is expected to announce a host of new Razer Blade SKUs based on Pascal and Kaby Lake.
Google Pixel Launcher Android app now available for download

Google Pixel Launcher now available for download

The launcher app that was built specifically for the first Pixel handsets is now freely available for download, but it does not offer support for other devices yet. However, that might change, since the Wallpapers picker for the Pixel lineup is already working with other smartphones.
BlackBerry Mercury BBB100-1 Android handset shows up on Geekbench

BlackBerry Mercury spotted on Geekbench

The handset spotted in the benchmark database carries the model name BBB100-1 and comes loaded with Android 7.0. Its specs confirm the previous rumors, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC and 3 GB of memory.
Global smartphone volume reached new high in 3Q 2016

Global smartphone volume reached new high in 3Q 2016

The production volume of smartphones worldwide totaled around 350 million units in the third quarter of 2016. This represents a sequential quarterly increase of 10.4%, which is a new high for the year.
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 653, 626, and 427 entry-level SoCs

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 653, 626, and 427 mainstream SoCs

The expanded range of SoCs will each include X9 LTE modems and built-in support for dual cameras. The 653 and 626 will ship before the end of this year with the 427 scheduled for 2017.
Oct 19
Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 960 benchmark results, official presentation

Huawei Kirin 960 chipset now official

The new chip features ARM Cortex-A73 and Cortex-A53 cores, as well as the new Mali-G71 MP8 GPU, the same graphics adapter expected to drive the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship.
Huawei Honor Note 8 teaser image, Huawei sold 100 million handsets in 2016 until mid-October

Huawei has sold over 100 million handsets this year

With a target of 140 million units sold in 2016, it looks like Huawei is on the right path. Until mid-October, the company managed to sell no less than 100 million smartphones.
BLU Energy X Plus 2 Android smartphone with 5.5-inch 720p display and MediaTek MTK6580 SoC

BLU Energy X Plus 2 now official

This 5.5-inch handset is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MTK6580 processor, next to just 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. However, it is priced accordingly, as it has been listed on Amazon for just $106 USD.
LG V34 Android smartphone is a waterproof LG V20 that launches exclusively in Japan mid-November 2016

LG V34 coming next month

This new handset is, in fact, a smaller, waterproof LG V20 that is set to hit the Japanese market in about a month. Although it has a smaller display, it even carries the 3,000 mAh battery of the V20.
A new MacBook Pro is said to arrive on October 27th, sources at Apple claim.

New Apple MacBook Pro said to be unveiled October 27th

Internal sources at Apple told Recode, that the Cupertino company will hold another hardware event on October 27th. We expect Apple to introduce a redesigned MacBook Pro, possibly a new MacBook Air and maybe even a new external display.
Sony Xperia Ear wireless earbuds available for pre-order for 200 Euros

Sony Xperia Ear wireless earbuds available for pre-order for 200 Euros

The waterproof Xperia Ear will respond to voice commands and head movements and will carry a built-in 65 mAh battery.
Oct 18
LG G5 SE coming to European markets for 500 Euros

LG G5 SE coming to European markets for 500 Euros

LG Germany will begin selling the previously announced mainstream LG G5 SE for a starting price that is higher than the current G5 flagship.
ZTE Nubia Z11 mini S Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC

ZTE Nubia Z11 mini S now official

Although called mini, this handset has a 5.2-inch display. It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and no less than 128 GB internal storage, as well as a top-of-the-line 23 MP main camera.
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Android phablet coming next week

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 coming next week

After multiple rumors and recent appearances on both Weibo and Geekbench, this upcoming handset is now even closer to becoming official. A recent teaser reveals that the Mi Note 2 is scheduled to arrive on October 25.
Gionee P7 Max Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6595 processor

Gionee P7 Max hits India

This new 5.5-inch handset is powered by a MediaTek MT6595 processor, next to 3 GB of memory and 32 GB of expandable internal storage. Available in gold and grey-blue, this Marshmallow-driven handset has a competitive price - around $210 USD.
HTC Bolt images leak online (Source: Venture Beat)

HTC Bolt images leak online

The new mid-range 5.5-inch smartphone is expected to ship before the end of this year with Android 7.0 Nougat.
Oct 17
ZTE Axon 7 mini Android smartphone now up for pre-order in the US

ZTE Axon 7 mini now up for pre-order in the US

This 5.2-inch mid-ranger is a smaller, less powerful variant of the popular Axon 7. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, and can be pre-ordered for $299.98 USD.
Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-532-C47C with Intel Celeron N3060 processor

Acer Chromebook 15 model priced at $199 USD hits Walmart

This 15.6-inch notebook with Chrome OS on board offers 12 hours of battery life, packing a Celeron N3060 processor by Intel, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage.
PBS Kids Playtime Pad tablet for children launches in November 2016 for $79.99 USD

PBS reveals the Playtime Pad tablet for kids

This affordable slate for kids comes with parental controls, as well as access to FreeTime Unlimited, a selection of curated content for the little ones. It is scheduled to go on sale in early November for $79.99 USD.
Google Daydream Keyboard app now available on Play Store

Google releases Daydream Keyboard

Although the Daydream VR headset still has to reach the market, Google has just made the Daydream Keyboard app available for download. This app will allow its users to type while using the upcoming virtual reality headset.
Intel Atom x3 chip architecture

Samsung begins mass production of 10 nm chips

With this new chip, Samsung continues to dominate the market by adopting an advanced 3D structure with multiple enhancements in both technology and design. The 10 nm chip offers increased performance and power consumption compared to its 14 nm predecessor.
Eurocom: 15.6

Eurocom: 15.6" Sky MX5 R2 Gaming laptop with GeForce GTX 1070

Eurocom launched the 15.6" Sky MX5 R2 thin & light gaming laptop series with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, Intel Core i7 6700HQ CPU, up to 64 GB memory and 4G LTE support.
Nintendo gaming tablet concept unofficial render

Nintendo NX tablet might launch this week

Although it has been in the rumor mill for a while, there is no detailed information about this upcoming tablet/console hybrid available yet. However, insiders claim it could show up later this week and will hit the market next year.
The six inch Full-HD AMOLED display in the Galaxy C6 offers lots of screen estate.

Samsung Galaxy C9: First pictures and specifications online

Samsung will be expanding their Galaxy C range of devices with the six inch Galaxy C9 soon. New leaks on TENAA point to a new midrange option with 16 megapixel cameras on both sides.
A user saw this message after a reset when the home button stopped working on the iPhone 7.

Apple iPhone 7: Virtual Home Button as workaround

In case the new home button on the iPhone 7 fails, Apple has you covered with a virtual home button that will be enabled automatically, a user discovered.
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Android tablet now with 8 GB RAM, 256 GB storage, and gold finish

New Samsung Galaxy TabPro S model now available

BestBuy has just introduced a gold Galaxy TabPro S model which also doubles the amount of memory of the variants available until now. It carries a price tag of $999.99 USD (with free shipping included) and is also available at most BestBuy retail locations.
Teclast TBook 12 dual-boot Windows & Android convertible tablet

Teclast prepping new tablets with Apollo Lake processors

This Chinese maker of affordable portables will soon unveil a lineup of tablets powered by Intel Celeron N3450 Apollo Lake processors, but at least one new model with a Core i5 under the hood is also expected to show up.
Always on Display app settings, feature now available for the Galaxy S7 lineup

Always on Display hits Samsung Galaxy S7

Although the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 has been buried, it looks like its legacy is already present in the software of the smaller Galaxy S7 lineup, which has just received improved Always on Display capabilities.
Oct 16
The Axon 7 Max will have a dual-cam on the back.

ZTE: The six inch Phablet Axon 7 Max might have a dual-cam

After the Axon 7 and the Axon 7 mini we might soon see the release of yet another Axon 7 variant, the phablet version Axon 7 Max. A recent leak revealed pictures and some information about its alleged specs.
More and more airline will ban transportation of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Airlines worldwide have started to ban the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Just one day after the emergency order of the DOT, airlines all over the world released similar statements, effectively banning the Galaxy Note 7 from being transported on any of their planes.
You can use it while it is bent: The Xiaomi flexible concept phone.

Xiaomi Concept-Phone: Video shows flexible display in action

A new video shows Xiaomi's flexible display in action. Even though it is bent right in the middle, it can be touched and operated in a normal way. Be sure to check it out!
The Nubia NX549J is a new 5.2 inch phone with Full-HD resolution and 23 megapixel camera.

ZTE Nubia NX549J: New Nubia phone payed TENAA a visit

The recently rumored new Nubia phone turned up on TENAA so we have pictures and a few of its specifications to share with you. ZTE might release this phone as early as tomorrow already.
Official renders of the Oppo R9s were leaked recently as well.

Some more Oppo R9s & R9s Plus leaks: First infos on the plus model

This coming week, Oppo will officially release the R9s and, most likely, the bigger plus model as well. We now have access to official press renders plus some preliminary information about the R9s Plus as well.
Oct 15
The DOT bans all Galaxy Note 7 models from US airplanes starting today.

DOT bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from airplanes in the US

Some people might still want to use their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 even though it has officially been recalled and ditched by Samsung. Starting today, the DOT has banned it from being transported on US airplanes.
A leaked screenshot shows a new Nubia phone with 23 and 13 megapixel cameras.

ZTE: New Nubia phone might come with 23 megapixel camera

Chinese manufacturer ZTE might release a new Nubia phone with 23 megapixel front camera and 13 megapixel selfie shooter. A Nubia event is scheduled for October 17th.
Google has expanded their original Pixel teaser video, telling people they now make phones as well.

Google Pixel & Pixel XL: New official promotion videos

Two new promotion videos are supposed to tell people that Google has evolved from a know and well respected search provider to a smartphone manufacturer.
A countdown on Oppo's website teases the upcomimh launch of the R9s smartphone.

Oppo R9s: Oppo is teasing new antenna design

Oppo has been teasing a new antenna design for its latest smartphone, the R9s on their launch website. The company is planning to release the smartphone on October, the 19th.
Oct 14
Acer Swift 7 Windows notebook with Intel Kaby Lake processor

Acer Swift 3 and Swift 7 now available

The Acer Swift lineup of Windows notebooks was introduced back in August, and now the Skylake-driven Swift 3 and the Kaby Lake-powered Swift 7 are both available for purchase.
Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch gets beta-stage Samsung Pay support

Samsung Pay Beta hits the 3G/4G Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic

The cellular versions of both the Samsung Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic get beta-stage support for the mobile payment service in the US three months after their regular variants.
Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak now available for download

Ubuntu 16.10 is now available for download

Nicknamed "Yakkety Yak," this new release aims to enforce Ubuntu's position as the leading Linux for the cloud, including Hybrid Cloud Operations and Unity 8 developer preview, as well as multiple tweaks and optimizations.
Google Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches unofficial render

Google might launch two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches in early 2017

The first two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches by Google were mentioned by some rumors last summer, and now it looks like the Internet search giant is targeting the first quarter of 2017 for their launch.
HP: Additional lay-offs until 2019

HP: Additional lay-offs until 2019

One year after the split-up of the company, HP announces additional job-cuts, that will take place over the course of the next three years. The additional lay-offs mean that 14 % of all jobs at HP In. will be cut.
Most anticipated holiday video games 2016

Most anticipated holiday video games 2016

What's on top of gamers' wish lists this year? Nielsen Game Rank shows the most sought after games on each platform due between October and December 2016. Atop the multi-plattform: Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Nextbit Robin Android smartphone now available in both blue and black

Nextbit Robin finally hits the market

This 5.2-inch handset with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 on board and a custom OS focused on cloud services is now finally in stock and can be acquired for $299 USD (free shipping included).
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Android smartphone, 40 percent Samsung users willing to switch

Samsung might lose almost half of its smartphone users

A recent survey suggests that no less than 40 percent of Samsung's smartphone users have plans to drop the maker of the ill-fated Note 7 for another brand when buying their next handset.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Desaster: Third quarter profit slashed by a third

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Third quarter profit slashed by a third

Samsung expects Galaxy Note 7 discontinuation will wipe operating profit over the next six month. Samsung Electronics plans to normalize its mobile business by expanding sales of flagship models such as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
Oct 13
HP Elite x3 Lap Dock now available in the US for $599 USD

HP Elite x3 Lap Dock hits the market

While this accessory turns the phablet into a regular notebook, it also has a rather high price - no less than $599 USD.
Flexible Xiaomi touchscreen display spotted online

Flexible Xiaomi device shows up online

While most users ask for increased battery life, Xiaomi joins the club of handset makers currently working on flexible touchscreen displays.

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