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Mar 28
Sony SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 alternative to Google Glass

Sony SmartEyeglass officially available for $840

These wearables similar to the notorious Google Glass are now officially available for $840 USD in ten different countries as a product for developers and aim to reach the masses in 2016.
Mar 27
StarTech.com Thunderbolt 2 4K docking station

StarTech.com introduces Thunderbolt 2 4K docking station

This accessory offers a wide variety of ports and is designed to complement Apple MacBook Pro/Air, but should also work with other Thunderbolt-enabled laptops.
Intel and Micron new 3D NAND die for SSD drives up to 3.5 TB

Intel and Micron launch new 3D NAND flash memory

This new 3D NAND technology allows standard 2.5-inch SSDs with over 10 TB of storage space as well as 3.5 TB gum stick-sized ones, and select partners already receive the first samples.
Samsung Galaxy 6 dual SIM variant for Russia, China, Philippines

Dual SIM Galaxy S6 to hit Russia, China and the Philippines

Although Samsung did not initially announce a dual SIM variant of the Galaxy S6, it seems that three big markets will get it after all.
HTC One M9 Android flagship smartphone now can be pre-ordered in the US

HTC One M9 now up for pre-order

The new HTC One flagship can be pre-ordered from HTC.com for $649 USD unlocked and will hit the stores on April 10, as previously announced.
Mar 26
LG Watch Urbane LTE launches in South Korea

LG Watch Urbane LTE launches in South Korea

LG Electronics announced today that the LG Watch Urbane LTE will soon launch in South Korea. The smartwatch will be priced at 650,000 won, the equivalent of $590.
With the next iPhone, Apple aims to cover all existing size categories.

Apple's next iPhone might be available in three sizes

Back by popular demand: the company is allegedly planning to please the buyers who prefer smaller phones by releasing a 4-inch iPhone 6C in addition to 6S and 6S Plus.
Microsoft allegedly planning a Surface 2 successor

Microsoft allegedly planning a Surface 2 successor

A new report claims that Microsoft is planning to launch a successor to the Surface 2. After finding little success with Windows RT tablets, Microsoft is said to launch the new tablet with Windows 8.1.
ZTE Nubia Z9 Max and Nubia Z9 Mini Android smartphone

ZTE unveils Nubia Z9 Mini and Z9 Max smartphones

The two handsets offer 4G LTE connectivity, metal frame designs and rear glass panels, as well as good specs for their prices.
Samsung could acquire AMD soon

Samsung shows interest in acquiring AMD

Recent reports from South Korea claim that the two companies are already in talks but such rumors are very old and nothing has been officially confirmed yet.
Samsung Xcover 3 has microSD slot and a similar design to S6 Active, claim rumors

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active could bring back the microSD slot

While both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge lack a removable battery, microSD slot, and water resistance, it looks like Galaxy S6 Active will bring them all back.
Anniversary Column - Finances

Anniversary Column - Finances

10 years of Notebookcheck. What better occasion for the bean-counters of the company to shed some light on to the origins of the website and share some insights and anecdotes as well.
Mar 25
HTC is expected to unveil its One M9+ on 8th of April

HTC schedules "More than One" launch event for April 8

Most likely, the Taiwanese manufacturer will announce its new One M9+ smartphone. Rumored specifications include an octa-core Mediatek SoC and a QHD display.
Toshiba eMMC NAND embedded flash memory 16 GB, THGBMHG7C2LBAIL

Toshiba announces new eMMC 5.1 embedded memory modules

These new JEDEC e-MMC 5.1-compliant embedded NAND flash memory chips will enter mass production in a few months and target a wide range of digital consumer products.
Leaked HTC One E9+ photos show glossy plastic build

Leaked HTC One E9+ photos show glossy plastic build

Several new photos of the HTC One E9+ leaked online today showing an all-plastic build. The main highlights include a qHD display and a 20MP primary camera on the back.
Logitech MX Master wireless mouse officially announced

Logitech MX Master wireless mouse officially announced

Logitech recently unveiled the MX Master, the third mouse in the company's MX series. The main highlights are a Darkfield laser sensor and a battery life of up to 40 days.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablets on AT&T get Android 5.0 Lollipop

AT&T Galaxy Note 3 gets Android 5.0 update

Owners of this Samsung phablet on AT&T now have access to the first Lollipop update for their devices. The firmware comes in a 1.2 GB package and has build number N900AUCUEOC1.
Mar 24
HP brings Bang & Olufsen audio to some of its products

HP announces a partnership with Bang & Olufsen

The well-known Danish audio manufacturer will replace Beats Audio, helping HP to enhance their products' sound.
Upcoming Xiaomi Ferrari smartphone shows up in benchmark result

Upcoming Xiaomi Ferrari smartphone shows up in benchmark result

A currently unannounced Xiaomi "Ferrari" smartphone surfaced online today in a leaked benchmark result. The main highlights of the Xiaomi Ferrari include an octa-core CPU and a 4.9-inch FHD display.
Foldable smartphone concept render

Foldable smartphones could be coming next year

Reports from South Korea claim that first foldable smartphones from Samsung will hit the market in 2016, while first such tablets could arrive before the end of this year.
Russian retailer leaks the Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos

Russian retailer leaks the Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos

An online retailer from Russia has leaked the Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos. As the name suggests, the new S6 version comes with dual-SIM support.
Lenovo K3 Note phablet officially announced

Lenovo K3 Note phablet officially announced

Lenovo has officially unveiled the K3 Note, a budget Android phablet. In addition to a fullHD display, the K3 Note also comes with an octa-core processor.
Anniversary Column - Business Models

Anniversary Column - Business Models

10 years of Notebookcheck. What better occasion for the bean-counters of the company to shed some light on to the origins of the website and share some insights and anecdotes as well.

Mar 23
Infosonics announces the LTE-enabled verykool SL4500 Fusion

Infosonics announces the LTE-enabled verykool SL4500 Fusion

Infosonics announced today the verykool SL4500 Fusion, a budget smartphone with LTE capabilities. The smartphone is priced at $159 unlocked.
Leaked Sony Xperia Cosmos photo shows front-facing LED flash

Leaked Sony Xperia Cosmos photo shows front-facing LED flash

A new Sony smartphone rumored to be called the Xperia Cosmos surfaced online today in a leaked photo. The main highlight of the Xperia Cosmos seems to be a front-facing LED flash.
Snapdragon 815 and 620: cooler than current-gen Qualcomm chips ?

Snapdragon 815 and 620: cooler than current-gen Qualcomm chips ?

According to a couple of leaked Qualcomm documents, the Snapdragon 620 and the Snapdragon 815 run at lower temperatures relative to their current-gen counterparts.
LG G4 Note could get a metal case

LG G4 Note phablet rumored to come with a metal case

The company might build a premium rival to Samsung's new flagships, but it won't be the upcoming G4 smartphone.
Nexus 10 Android 5.1 Lollipop update notification screen

Nexus 10 gets Android 5.1 Lollipop update

Android Build 5.1.0 [LMY47D] for the Nexus 10 rolls out worldwide via OTA and should also hit other Nexus tablets later this week.
Mar 21
Icon Q Q5.5 dual SIM Android smartphone with octa-core processor and 13 MP main camera

Icon Q unveils the Q5.5 budget smartphone

This dual SIM Android handset has an octa-core MediaTek SoC inside, 2 GB RAM, 13 MP main camera, and retails unlocked for just $199 USD.
Mar 20
Vector Luna and Vector Meridian limited edition water resistant smartwatches with 30 days battery life

Vector smartwatches promise one month of battery life

While this new smartwatch family may drop a few advanced features, it compensates with style and battery life - up to 30 days.
Microsoft working on Windows 10 ROM for Android smartphones

Microsoft working on Windows 10 ROM for Android smartphones

Microsoft announced plans to bring Windows 10 to Android smartphones by releasing a custom ROM.
HTC allegedly solves One M9 overheating through software update

HTC allegedly solves One M9 overheating through software update

It looks like HTC could have solved the One M9's overheating problems through a software update. Earlier this week, a test proved that the non-final version of the One M9 overheats at up to 55 degrees Celsius.
Asus C201 Chromebook with Rockchip processor coming soon

Rockchip-powered Asus C201 Chromebook coming soon

The new Chrome OS-powered laptop was spotted in Troxell’s 2015 brochure for K-12 education and although its price has not been revealed yet, it might sell for less than $150 USD.
Samsung expected to sell 55 million Galaxy S6 units in 2015

Samsung expected to sell 55 million Galaxy S6 units in 2015

According to the South Korean media, industry watchers from DRAMeXchange expect Samsung to sell more than 55 million units of the premium Galaxy S6 smartphone series by the end of the year.
Mar 19
Next Google Nexus: who will make it?

Next Google Nexus smartphone could be made by LG

It's a known fact that Google changes manufacturers for its Nexus devices periodically. There's a good chance that LG could be chosen once again.
Acer Chromebook 15 with Intel Core i5 Broadwell ULV processor and Full HD display

Acer unveils fastest Chromebook in the industry

This new Chrome OS-powered laptop features the Intel Core i5-5200U Broadwell processor and will hit the market next month for less than $500 USD.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Swarovski crystal-embellished covers

Samsung announces accessory collection for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

The new accessories will launch on April 10 with the new handsets and come from notorious Samsung partners, such as Swarovski, Burton, Montblanc, Romero Britto, and others.
Microsoft Lumia 430 cheap Windows smartphone

Microsoft intros Lumia 430 low-end smartphone

This new low-end Windows Phone handset has basic specs, but is Windows 10-ready and comes with 30 GB of OneDrive cloud storage.
Mar 18
Rose Gold Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge by Goldgenie

Gold Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge coming soon

Goldgenie is working on a luxury family of Samsung's latest flagships that will come in 24k Gold, Rose Gold, and Platinum.
Windows 10: free upgrades even for pirated copies

Windows 10: free upgrades even for pirated copies

It looks like Microsoft plans to tackle Windows piracy in a unique way, as the company is looking to provide free Windows 10 updates even for pirated Windows copies.
Compal und RGS unveil education-oriented Chromebooks

Compal und RGS unveil education-oriented Chromebooks

Compal and RGS have announced two new Chromebooks aimed at educational institutions. The RGS Education Chromebook comes with a 11.6-inch display, a quad-core processor, and 4GB of RAM.
Accidental damage to HTC One M9 and M8 will be covered under Uh Oh Protection in the US

HTC announces Uh Oh Protection for its One M8 and M9 smartphones

The new protection plan provides the owners with a free replacement One M8 or M9 in case of accidental damage or carrier switch and adds credit towards a new HTC phone if no replacement claim was made within a year.
Microsoft: Windows 10 to be released this summer

Microsoft: Windows 10 to be released this summer

Windows 10 will be released this summer. Microsoft's announcement placed a lot of emphasis on the Chinese market, as the company revealed multiple partnerships with Chinese tech companies.
Mar 17
Samsung Galaxy S gets unofficial Android 5.1 update

Samsung Galaxy S gets unofficial Android 5.1 firmware

Half a decade after its release, the Galaxy S is still a capable handset, fact proven by the unofficial Android 5.1 build for it that has just been published on the XDA Forum.
Samsung unveils a couple of Galaxy Tab A tablets

Samsung unveils a couple of Galaxy Tab A tablets

Samsung has just unveiled a couple of Galaxy Tab A tablets in Russia. Available in 8-inch or 9.7-inch versions, the Galaxy Tab A tablet series will be priced starting at 17,000 rubles in the Russian market.
OnePlus sets clear release dates for Lollipop updates

OnePlus sets clear release dates for Lollipop updates

The company assures that both CyanogenMod 12S and its own OxygenOS will be released by the end of this month. Five OnePlus One smartphones will be given away if either of the deadlines is missed.
Samsung Orbis: round smartwatch with Exynos 7420 on board?

Samsung Orbis: round smartwatch with Exynos 7420 on board?

According to a new rumor, Samsung is gearing up to launch a round smartwatch based on Tizen in the third quarter of 2015. The rumored specs include a round display and a high-end Exynos 7420 chip.
Alleged Sony Xperia Z4 press renders leak online

Alleged Sony Xperia Z4 press renders leak online

It looks like the upcoming Sony Xperia Z4 smartphone has been leaked online in the form of a couple of press renders. If the leak turns out to be accurate, the new Sony flagship will draw much inspiration from its direct predecessors.
BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 Graphite officially announced

BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 Graphite officially announced

BlackBerry and Porsche Design have just unveiled the P'9983 Graphite luxury smartphone. The main highlights include a leather back, a Snapdragon S4 processor, an 8MP camera, and a $1,950 price tag.
Nvidia promises to restore mobile GPU overclocking via a driver update, but many new GTX 900M cards already have the feature locked in the vBIOS

Nvidia seeks to prevent mobile GPU overclocking through a vBIOS-based lock

[UPDATE 4: the driver update which re-enables overclocking will be released tomorrow] A well-known vBIOS modder confirmed the recent reports: many of Nvidia's GTX 900M series GPUs in new gaming laptops ship with a vBIOS that prevents overclocking.
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Author: Notebookcheck, 2005-09-20 (Update: 2015-03-12)