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Mar 5
Intelligent Memory: 16 GB RAM modules for Broadwell notebooks

Intelligent Memory: 16 GB RAM modules for Broadwell notebooks

Officially, Intel's Broadwell processor could only address RAM modules up to 8 GB thus far. This was also because of the fact that bigger SODIMMs were not available at the time. The small RAM manufacturer Intelligent Memory is the first to launch 16 GB modules which are compatible with current notebooks.
Honor Holly Smartphone Review

79% Honor Holly Smartphone Review

Price cutting HD. New smartphones for below 150 Euro are no longer inevitably found in scrap corners. Honor presents a 5-inch handset with an HD IPS screen that would also fit well in the mid-range. The fact that it is only powered by an entry-level SoC with little RAM in routine use barely had an impact in routine use.
Mediatek MT6582 | ARM Mali-400 MP2 | 5" | 157 g
Anniversary Column - I'm not the one in charge!

Anniversary Column - I'm not the one in charge!

10 years of Notebookcheck. What better occasion for the bean-counter of the company to shed some light on to the origins of the website and share...
Anniversary Column - The newbie founders

Anniversary Column - The newbie founders

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 shar...
Mar 4
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua waterproof Android smartphone

MWC 2015 | Sony Xperia M4 Aqua hits Amazon

This waterproof has just been unveiled in Barcelona and Amazon already has it listed, although as "not available yet" for now.
Alternative Mobile Operating Systems in Comparison

Alternative Mobile Operating Systems in Comparison

We are different. With the recent NSA surveillance affair, many users are concerned about their data on smartphones and tablets. One possible solution: Operating systems from independent developers. We looked at some of these systems (Jolla Sailfish, Ubuntu Touch, Cyanogen Mod and Firefox OS) and tell you who can benefit from a change.
HP ProBook 470 G2 Notebook Review

81% HP ProBook 470 G2 Notebook Review

More power. As of now, HP equips its ProBook with Broadwell processors, which provide the system with more computing power. Otherwise, no real modifications have been made compared with its Haswell-based precursors. Debut: We are testing the first Full HD model of the ProBook 470 lineup with the Broadwell-based ProBook.
Intel Core i7-5500U | AMD Radeon R5 M255 | 17.3" | 2.8 kg
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

March 2015 update. Here you will find the current best tablets reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regula...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks

March 2015 update. Here you will find the current best gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models ...
Acer Liquid Leap+ smart wearable for iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones

MWC 2015 | Acer unveils Liquid Leap+ smart wearable

This innovative wearable has a minimalistic, button-free design, but is fully compatible with any Android, Windows, or iOS smartphone.
Verizon HTC One M8 Android smartphone gets Lollipop update

Verizon HTC One M8 finally gets Lollipop update

Owners of this flagship on Verizon can finally get HTC's Sense 6 UI and the Material Design enhancements of Android 5.0, as well as Band 4 LTE ro...
Nvidia SHIELD console runs Android TV OS and is able to play Ultra HD 4K video

GDC 2015 | Nvidia presents SHIELD, an Android TV and gaming console for the living room

The new console is powered by Nvidia's Tegra X1 and has access to both native Android gaming and cloud-powered PC titles delivered via Nvidia GRI...
Mar 3
YotaPhone 2 dual-screen Android smartphone

YotaPhone 2 to hit the US via Indiegogo for just $600

The dual-screen handset will reach the US this spring as previously rumored, but through a crowdfunding campaign.
SanDisk's new iNAND 7132 hopes to compete with Samsung's recently introduced UFS 2.0

MWC 2015 | SanDisk introduces iNAND 7132 eMMC storage and several storage accessories

The new storage solution employs an SLC accelerator layer in addition to the main TLC layer and promises performance that is sufficient for any e...
New BlackBerry curved handset with slide-out keyboard and BlackBerry 10 OS

MWC 2015 | Curved display BlackBerry smartphone coming later this year

The handset shown in Barcelona today is the first one to run BlackBerry 10 OS and to pack a slide-out keyboard, as well as a curved touchscreen.
A short history of the Lenovo-Superfish scandal

A short history of the Lenovo-Superfish scandal

Between September 2014 and February 2015, Chinese manufacturer Lenovo has been preloading the Superfish adware on its laptops. This is a short hi...
BlackBerry Leap: 5-inch HD smartphone priced at $275

MWC 2015 | BlackBerry Leap: 5-inch HD smartphone priced at $275

Today BlackBerry officially announced the Leap, a 5-inch smartphone with dual-core processor. As with all BB 10 OS devices, the Leap can also run...
Silent Circle unveils the ultra-secure BlackPhone 2 smartphone

MWC 2015 | Silent Circle unveils the ultra-secure BlackPhone 2 smartphone

Over at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, Silent Circle announced two new devices, the Blackphone 2 handset, and the Blackphone Plus tablet. The main featur...
Huawei MediaPad T1 7.0 and T1 10 oficially announced

MWC 2015 | Huawei MediaPad T1 7.0 and T1 10 oficially announced

At MWC 2015, Huawei has expanded its Android tablet range by announcing the MediaPad T1 7.0 and the MediaPad T1 10. These affordable tablets are ...
MediaTek unveils MT6753 and MT8173 SoCs and announces CrossMount platform

MWC 2015 | MediaTek unveils MT6753 and MT8173 SoCs and announces CrossMount platform

The Taiwanese fabless chipmaker presents two new 64-bit processors for mobile devices and a new standard that will simplify resource sharing betw...
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 are expected to push up the company's sales

Samsung has big hopes for Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

The two new handsets will hit the market next month and Samsung hopes they will perform much better than the Galaxy S5 and even the company's bes...
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 2: the vBIOS lock will be removed] A well-known vBIOS modder confirmed the recent reports: many of Nvidia's GTX 900M series GPUs in new g...
Anniversary Column - Once upon a ski lift

Anniversary Column - Once upon a ski lift

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 shar...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Notebooks

March 2015 update. Here you will find the best office/business notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Lightweight Gaming Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Lightweight Gaming Notebooks

March 2015 update. Here you will find the currently best thin and lightweight mobile gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top ...
Mar 2
Intel Atom x3 64-bit SoC features 3G or 4G LTE and more

MWC 2015 | Intel unveils new Atom processors

The new chips unveiled today aim smartphones, phablets, and tablets, as well as convertibles. First products that use them are expected in mid-20...
Acer Liquid M220 Windows smartphone with 4-inch display and dual core processor

MWC 2015 | Acer reveals Liquid M220 Windows smartphone

This 4-inch Windows smartphone is Windows 10-ready, has low specs, but promises to run better than Android smartphones with similar hardware, and...
Archos 94 and 101 Magnus tablets officially unveiled

MWC 2015 | Archos 94 and 101 Magnus tablets officially unveiled

Archos has just unveiled three new Android tablets in its Magnus series, one of which is marketed as the first tablet in the world to come 256 GB...
Microsoft Lumia 640 budget Windows smartphone

MWC 2015 | Microsoft intros Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL

These two new Windows Phone handsets are both upgradeable to Windows 10, come with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, and target the...
Lenovo Tab 2 A10 and Tab 2 A8 officially announced

MWC 2015 | Lenovo Tab 2 A10 and Tab 2 A8 officially announced

Today Lenovo unveiled two entry-level Android tablets that feature Dolby's Atmos surround sound technology. The new Lenovo tablets come with quad...
Sony oficially unveils the Xperia Z4 Tablet

MWC 2015 | Sony oficially unveils the Xperia Z4 Tablet

Today Sony officially unveiled the Xperia Z4 Tablet, a device that's being marketed as the thinnest tablet in the world. In addition to a thickne...
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NVIDIA Quadro K620M

384 Maxwell cores @ 1029MHz, 64 Bit DDR3 @ 2000MHz
Acer Liquid Jade Z Android smartphone with 4G LTE connectivity

MWC 2015 | Acer unveils Liquid Jade Z LTE smartphone

This new 5-inch handset packs a Corning Gorilla Glass 3-protected IPS Zero Air Gap display, 13 MP main camera, a 64-bit MediaTek processor, and l...
Honor 6 Smartphone Review

84% Honor 6 Smartphone Review

Honor and valor. Huawei's trendy subsidiary likely launches its presently most expensive model on the market dubbed Honor 6: A 5-inch smartphone for around 300 Euros. Read in this report whether the Chinese manufacturer will rock the mid-range with it.
HiSilicon Kirin 920 | ARM Mali-T628 MP4 | 5.0" | 130 g
Lenovo Miix 3 10 Convertible Review

78% Lenovo Miix 3 10 Convertible Review

Inexpensive Windows companion. In the shadow of its expensive Yoga lineup, Lenovo has launched an affordable office tablet with a practical keyboard cover that convinced us in the test. Our in-depth review reveals more about its performance, screen, build, as well as other aspects.
Intel Atom Z3735F | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 10.1" | 582 g
Mar 1
HP's Spectre x360 13 convertible packs an M.2 SSD and a Broadwell-U processor

MWC 2015 | HP presents the Spectre x360 13 convertible

HP's new 13-inch convertible offers an Intel Broadwell-U processor, an M.2 SSD and a high-resolution touchscreen.
HTC One M9 is similar to the M8, but is better in almost every way

MWC 2015 | HTC One M9 is officially announced

The hotly anticipated HTC flagship doesn't bring many changes from its predecessor, but the improvements are obvious.
Apart from its dual-curved-edge display and marginally higher battery capacity, the Galaxy S6 Edge is technically identical to the regular Galaxy S6

MWC 2015 | Samsung unveils Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones

The two new Exynos-powered flagships sacrifice removable battery and expandable memory in favor of metal-and-glass design.
Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

In the following briefly we will list all graphics cards for Notebooks, which are available at the market. Additionally we represent approximate ...
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sortable and filterable benchmark and specs list of all currently built video graphic adapters in notebooks / laptops.
Computer Games on Laptop Graphic Cards

Computer Games on Laptop Graphic Cards

List of all laptop graphic cards and what games can be played fluently with them.
Feb 28
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31 new external reviews +
Ultrabook Review: Acer Aspire S7-393 review – a bump to Broadwell, Our IT Department: Product Review – Acer Iconia Tab 8, Recombu: Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 Review: In Depth, Recombu: Acer Iconia One 7 (BT-750) Review: In Depth, Phone Arena: Acer Liquid Jade S, Phone Arena: ZTE Grand X Max+ Review, Gadgetguy: Review: Toshiba Portege Z20t-B, Expert Reviews: Huawei Honor Holly review, Gadgetguy: Review: Acer Aspire R13, Gadget Show: Huawei Honor Holly review, Pocketnow: LG G Flex 2 review: tomorrow’s tech, yesterday’s problemsscore, Phone Arena: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10.1-inch (Windows) Review, Recombu: LG G Flex 2 Review: In Depth, NDTV Gadgets: Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro: First Impressions, GSM Arena: LG G Flex2 review: A new angle, Gadgetguy: Review: BlackBerry Classic (Q20), Greenbot: LG G Flex 2 review: A powerful curved smartphone that might just convert you, Techtree.com: BlackBerry Classic Review: Back To Its Roots, Techradar: LG G Flex 2 review, Expert Reviews: Nokia Lumia 925 review, Expert Reviews: Nokia Lumia 820 review, Wired Magazine: Review: Dell XPS 13, IT Pro Portal: Lumia 535 review – Hands on with Microsoft’s new budget smartphone, NDTV Gadgets: Dell Venue 7 (2014) Review: A 3G Tablet With Voice Calling Thrown In, Techtree.com: Microsoft Lumia 535 Review: Black Sheep Of The Family, Recode: Dell’s Venue 8 7000 Tablet Stands Out With High-Quality Build, Fudzilla: Microsoft Lumia 535 put to the test, with Lumia Denim software, Tested: Tested In-Depth: Dell Venue 8 7000 Android Tablet, Ubergizmo: Huawei Mate 7 Review, Wired Magazine: Review: Dell Venue 8 7000 Tablet, Techradar: Yoga Tablet 2 with Android review
Q4 2014 global smartphone operating profits

Apple grabs 89 percent of worldwide smartphone sales profits

With a market share of only 20 percent, the notorious Cupertino-based company managed to grab most of the smartphone operating profits worldwide.
LG G Pad F 7.0 Android tablet available from Sprint

LG G Pad F 7.0 hits Sprint

This 7-inch Android tablet powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor is the first one to join the carrier's portfolio and can be purchased a...
Samsung ATIV Book 9 ultrabook with Intel Core M processor

Samsung ATIV Book 9 ultrabook hits the US starting at $1,200

This 12.2-inch ultraportable is powered by a new Intel Core M processor and will hit the US market tomorrow for a price that starts at $1,200 USD...
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s Ultrabook Review

89% Lenovo ThinkPad T450s Ultrabook Review

The return of the old master. What can be improved in an almost perfect notebook? Lenovo might have thought that it is better not to change too much and launched an only slightly revised edition of the T440s with the ThinkPad T450s. At least, the manufacturer (partly) answered the complaints about the predecessor's unusual five-button ClickPad.
Intel Core i7-5600U | Intel HD Graphics 5500 | 14" | 1.6 kg
MSI GE62 Notebook Review

82% MSI GE62 Notebook Review

Well-rounded gaming notebook. MSI GE62 2QE Apache is not lacking in processing power. The other equipment is also a good match: SSD, HDD, and 16 GB of RAM. The MSI commits one blunder with its built-in 4k display: it is not very bright.
Intel Core i7-4720HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
Feb 27
The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

Updated February 2015. Is the display the most important part of a notebook for you and does it play a leading role in your purchasing decision? ...
Toshiba Satellite P70-B Notebook Review

79% Toshiba Satellite P70-B Notebook Review

All-rounder with weaknesses. Toshiba's 17.3-inch all-rounder is available for just under 1200 Euros (~$1346). The buyer gets a very well equipped computer with weaknesses: For example, the Satellite does not feature an IPS display.
Intel Core i7-4720HQ | AMD Radeon R9 M265X | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
Microsoft Lumia 435 Smartphone Review

75% Microsoft Lumia 435 Smartphone Review

Windows Phone X. Microsoft's Lumia 435 is an inexpensive Windows Phone. But wait a minute; isn't the Lumia 535 already available? We check whether Microsoft's smallest Lumia smartphone makes any sense.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8210 | Qualcomm Adreno 302 | 4" | 134 g
Feb 26
Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition will be presented at MWC 2015

MWC 2015 | Meizu is preparing MX4 Ubuntu Edition smartphone

Unlike most previous Ubuntu smartphones, Meizu's MX4 Ubuntu Edition is packed with flagship-tier hardware.

Benchmarks, comparisons and FAQ articles

Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

In the following briefly we will list all graphics cards for Notebooks, which are available at the market. Additionally we represent approximate values of different bench marks (3D Mark at the moment) in italic style beneath the display adapters.

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sortable and filterable benchmark and specs list of all currently built video graphic adapters in notebooks / laptops.

Computer Games on Laptop Graphic Cards

List of all laptop graphic cards and what games can be played fluently with them.

How much graphic memory makes sense?

This article explains, how much graphic memory is useful for which video cards and which applications are accelerated thus.

Upgrade / Replace a Notebook Video Card

Generally, it is not so easy to upgrade / replace notebook video cards than desktop video cards. If it is possible and how to actually replace a video card is described in the following article.

Case Study: Replacing the Video Card of a Dell Inspiron E1705 (9400)

Andi, a Dell Inspiron E1705 (9400) user, demonstrated how to replace the GPU of his Dell notebook and provided us with a description of the whole process.

Mobile Graphic Cards for Professional Users (Quadro, FireGL)

In the following editorial we will take a closer look at the pro cards à la Quadro and FireGL, which are usually built into mobile work stations and professional notebooks. These are supposed to be especially efficient in connection with professional applications based on OpenGL.

All F.A.Q. articles can be found here

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