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Apr 25
Lenovo unveils K80 smartphone

Lenovo unveils K80 smartphone

Lenovo announced the new K80, a smartphone with 4gb of RAM, releasing exclusively in China.
Apr 24
A successor to HTC J Butterfly (HTL23) could be on its way.

HTC Butterfly 3 leaks via CompuBench

This powerful smartphone combines Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC with a QHD display and offers high-resolution cameras. Unfortunately, it will most likely appear only in Asia.
Asus C201 Chromebook with 11.6-inch HD display and Rockchip 3288-C SoC

Asus C201 Chromebook now up for pre-order

This affordable 11.6-inch, Rockchip-powered Chromebook can be purchased for only $169 USD.
Acer shows new high-end gaming notebooks Predator 15 and Predator 17 as well as Gaming Tablet for the first time

Acer shows new high-end gaming notebooks Predator 15, Predator 17, and the Predator Gaming Tablet

Though initially just a rumor earlier this week, Acer is now officially entering the high-end gaming notebook market. Acer’s boss Jason Chen just showed two new gaming notebooks at the next@acer event in New York. Also: An Android gaming tablet for ultramobile gamers.
Acer announces new Aspire R 11 convertible

Acer announces new Aspire R 11 convertible

Acer unveiled a new convertible with four different modes for extra usability.
Apr 23
Acer presents two new Iconia tablets, brings Liquid M220 to US

Acer presents two new Iconia tablets, brings Liquid M220 to US

Both the Iconia One 8 and the Iconia Tab 10 run Android Lollipop and are powered by an Intel quad-core Atom processor. Additionally, the manufacturer is going to release its previously announced Liquid M220 smartphone in the US.
Xiaomi launches Mi 4i smartphone in India

Xiaomi launches Mi 4i smartphone in India

The affordable mid-ranger packs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 SoC and a 5-inch Full HD IPS display but lacks a microSD slot.
5.5-inch Elephone smartphone with Android Lollipop and Windows Phone 10

Dual-boot Elephone handset coming in June

The Android-only variant of this Chinese 5.5-inch smartphone is expected next month, while the Android/Windows Phone dual-boot variant will launch in June.
Premium Android Wear smartwatch LG Watch Urbane launches in South Korea

LG Watch Urbane hits South Korea

This premium smartwatch powered by Android Wear launches in South Korea this week and will reach the US market in the weeks to come.
Apr 22
Urban Armor Gear releases a rugged cover for Surface 3

Urban Armor Gear releases a rugged cover for Surface 3

The tough casing conforms with military durability standards and offers easy access to all the interfaces and controls.
Google enters the wireless industry with Project Fi

Google enters the wireless industry with Project Fi

Google’s Project Fi aims to redefine how mobile phone owners utilize and pay for WiFi and LTE.
Microsoft Band and health app updated

Microsoft Band and health app updated

With the wearable space becoming more and more competitive all the time, Microsoft aims to keep pace with rivals.
LG G Stylo will be released in South Korea next month

LG announces G Stylo smartphone

The 5.7-inch device supports pen input and is based on a min-range Snapdragon SoC. An interesting highlight is compatibility with microSD cards up to 2 TB.
OnePlus April 20th event details

OnePlus April 20th event details

OnePlus’ event on Monday gave some new information about upcoming products and more
Google Nexus Player gets Android 5.1.1 firmware update

Google rolls out Android 5.1.1 update

The Android TV box is the first device to receive the 5.1.1 update, although 5.1 for the Nexus 9 tablet has not been released yet.
HP unveils refreshed Pavilion series, Pavilion x360, and Envy x360

HP unveils refreshed Pavilion series, Pavilion x360, and Envy x360 convertibles for 2015

All models will be shipping this summer and will include Bang & Olufsen speakers for the first time on a HP consumer notebook
New Acer gaming laptop with Nvidia GTX 980M approaching?

Rumors: New Acer gaming laptop with Nvidia GTX 980M approaching?

Acer further expands its portfolio for mobile consumer devices. According to the Nitro motto, "A Touch More Powerful", a new gaming notebook could supplement the top of the Nitro series in the near future, too.
Apr 21
Adobe Lightroom 6 Now Available

Adobe Lightroom 6 Now Available

It’s been nearly two years since Lightroom 5 released, and the wait for a new version may have been worth it.
InfiniteUSB Aims to Simplify Ports

InfiniteUSB Aims to Simplify Ports

A new Kickstarter project called InfiniteUSB is creating cables and ports to add elegance and simplicity to users’ computers.
Android Wear Software Receives Update

Android Wear Software Receives Update

Android’s smartwatch software will update for all Android Wear devices over the next few weeks and the new features may generate more sales.
Apr 20
Sony Xperia Z4 is announced officially

Sony unveils Xperia Z4 smartphone

Sony's newest 5.2-inch flagship smartphone is powered by a Snaprdagon 810 processor and runs Android Lollipop.
Apr 19
Mediatek unveils MT8163 and MT8735 tablet SoCs

Mediatek announces two new processors for tablets

Both SoCs are built on a 64-bit architecture and include four processor cores. One of them supports 4G/LTE.
Apr 18
Samsung expects to sell 70 million Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets this year

Samsung updates Galaxy S6 sales forecast up to 70 million units

Samsung expects an amazing year for its smartphone business, pushing the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge sales forecast from 55 million units all the way up to 70 million.
Microsoft announces Office Universal for Windows Phones

Microsoft announces Office Universal for Windows Phones

Although Office products have found their way on iOS and Android devices, Office Universal is an exclusive offering for those with phones running Windows 10.
Apple Pay may soon extend to Canada

Apple Pay may soon extend to Canada

Having seen much success since its October release, Apple could be planning to release its contact-less payment system in Canada this fall.
Apr 17
Samsung Z1 Tizen smartphone should reach the US later this year

Tizen smartphones to hit the US later this year

Samsung Z2 is expected in Europe, the US, as well as other countries by the end of 2015.
LG G4 Stylus is a scaled-down variant of G4 equipped with stylus support

First photos of LG's G4 Stylus surface on the net

The pen-enabled sibling of the LG G4 is rumored to have a 5.8-inch display and a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC.
Apr 16
LG confirms details about its G4 smartphone

LG confirms details about its G4 smartphone

Two weeks ahead of the LG G4 official reveal, LG releases a teaser video detailing new specifications.
Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet gets Android 5.0 Lollipop update

Verizon Galaxy Note 3 gets Lollipop update

Less than two weeks after the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablets on Verizon get their first Android 5.0 Lollipop update.
Samsung NVMe PCIe SSD for mainstream PCs and workstations enters mass production

Samsung starts mass production of the industry’s first NVMe PCIe SSD for PCs

Two years after introducing NVMe SSDs for the server market, Samsung begins mass production of the first NVMe PCIe SSD for PCs and workstations with capacities up to 512 GB.
Apr 15
Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM Windows smartphone with 5-inch display and 8 MP main camera

Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM launches next month

This new Lumia handset has a 5-inch display, a modest Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor and 8 MP main camera, but packs 4G LTE connectivity and microSD support up to 128 GB, all for less than $150 USD.
Apr 14
Sharp is planning to mass-produce a 5.5-inch Ultra HD display by 2016

Sharp announces a 5.5-inch Ultra HD 4K panel

Judging by the size, the display could be used in smartphones or in VR headsets. First shipments to electronics manufacturers are expected in 2016.
Datazen Software joins Microsoft

Microsoft acquires Datazen Software

Industry leader in data visualization and mobile business intelligence on all major platforms Datazen joins the Redmond giant.
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 can be customized by Legend with various precious materials

Legend announces luxury variants of Samsung's Galaxy S6

The Helsinki-based company offers several pre-made models crafted with expensive materials. Alternatively, customers can create and order their own designs.
Cyanogen 12 OS launches for OnePlus One handsets, as well as other devices

Cyanogen 12 rolls out to OnePlus One handsets

The new firmware is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop and includes a revamped theming feature and the new Boxer-based Email app, in addition to the regular Lollipop changes like Material Design.
Panasonic updates its 20-inch Toughpad 4K tablet with Broadwell vPro Core i5 CPUs

Panasonic updates Toughpad 4K tablet with latest i5 processors

The 20-inch rugged tablet will now feature Intel's Core i5 vPro CPU of the Broadwell generation. Additionally, the device has received a massive price cut.
Apr 13
Intel's 15W Skylake processors may feature Iris graphics

Intel's 15W Skylake processors may feature Iris graphics

According to unconfirmed reports, Intel may have been able to cram its Iris graphics into the 15W ULV SKUs of Skylake, Intel's next generation processor. Iris graphics is currently only available on 28W Broadwell chips.
BQ Ubuntu phone now available for purchase

BQ Ubuntu phone now available for purchase

The world's first Ubuntu phone produced by BQ is now available for purchase in the European Union. Previously, the smartphone was only available through a series of flash sales.
Apr 10
Samsung Galaxy J5 specifications leaked via GFXBench

Samsung Galaxy J5 spotted in GFXBench

The popular benchmark revealed key specifications and the version of Android running on the smartphone.
Apr 9
Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 available for pre-order from April 21

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 available for pre-order from April 21

This $250 smartphone offers a well-balanced set of mid-range components and runs an up-to-date Android version.
AT&T confirms Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update on Twitter

AT&T Galaxy S5 gets Android Lollipop update

One day after the older Galaxy S4 flagship, Galaxy S5 on AT&T gets the long-awaited Android 5.0 Lollipop update.
adidas Originals accessory collection for iPhone launching with AT&T

AT&T stores launch adidas Originals accessory collection for iPhone

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus get adidas Originals cases with two color schemes as part of a new line of accessories available through AT&T stores nationwide.
Apple iOS 8.3 fixes WiFi problems but also brings new emojis

Apple releases iOS 8.3

This last update promises to fix the WiFi issues encountered by many iOS users in the past, as well as
Dell Venue 10 7000 Android tablet with Intel Atom Z3580 SoC

Dell unveils Venue 10 7000 premium Android tablet

This 10-inch premium Android tablet is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor and features a magnetic detachable keyboard that allows for five usage modes.
LG giving away 4,000 G4s for 'test drive'

LG giving away 4,000 G4s for 'test drive'

Selected participants will receive the flagship phone weeks before launch, and will be able to complete assignments and obtain prizes. Participants can test out the phone for up to 30 days.
Apr 8
HTC's One M9+ is now official

HTC officially introduces One M9+

So far, this Mediatek-powered smartphone with a QHD display and a fingerprint scanner is only available in China.
Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop loaded with Ubuntu Linux

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition starts at $949 USD, comes with Ubuntu

The newest 13-inch laptop from Dell gets a Linux-powered lineup that includes a QHD+ touchscreen display version with 5th generation Intel Core i7 processor and 512 GB SSD storage.
Windows 10 launches this summer and first major update comes in 2016

Windows 10 Redstone allegedly coming in 2016

"Redstone" is apparently the codename of the first major update to Windows 10 and inside reports claim it will arrive next year while the initial release of the next-gen operating system from Microsoft is scheduled for this summer.
Super Talent SJ2 mSATA SSD for industrial and embedded applications

Super Talent launches SJ2 mSATA SSD

This new drive provides up to 480 MB/s reads and 160 MB/s writes and aims at industrial and embedded applications, including the mobile sector.
Apr 7
LG: Apple will release an 8K iMac later this year

Apple could be planning to release an 8K iMac

According to LG, who is supplying most panels for the current 5K iMac, Apple is planning to further push the resolution of its iconic AIO by equipping it with an 8K screen.

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Author: Notebookcheck, 2005-09-20 (Update: 2015-03-12)