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Feb 26
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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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.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.7 kg
Dell Latitude 14 E5470 business laptop scores very good 89%. Review.play icon

Dell Latitude 14 E5470 business laptop scores very good 89%. Review.

Dell's Latitude 14 E5470 business laptop scored 89% in our full review. The quad-core CPU and strong chassis, good screen and flexible port selection are almost perfectly positioned towards mobile office and docked desktop scenarios. Good battery life and an SSD upgrade path add to the features. The...
Razer has styled the Power Bank in the same black anodized aluminum as its laptops. (Source: Razer)

Razer releases USB Type-C power bank for charging ultrabooks

Razer has announced a USB Type-C power bank designed to augment the portable lifespan of its Stealth ultrabook. The 12,800 mAh (46 Wh) can charge up to three USB devices with its one Type-C and two Type-A ports.
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Feb 23
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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.
The Exynos 8895 might appear in the international version of the Galaxy S8. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung launches Exynos Series 9 8895 SoC

The Exynos 8895 is built on Samsung's 10 nm FinFET process and offers some notable improvements over last generations Exynos processors.
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 ($1061) 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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