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Feb 8
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 now $100 cheaper

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 now $100 cheaper

For example, the Surface Pro 4 with Core i5 can now be bought at the same price as a Core M-powered model before the discount.
Feb 7
Google Pixel C Tablet Review

89% Google Pixel C Tablet Review

Notebook ambitions. Powerful SoC, good display, a brand-new Android 6.0 and even an optional keyboard: The 10.2-inch Google Pixel C wants to compete with high-end tablets and it can actually leave a very good impression in our review.
Nvidia Tegra X1 | NVIDIA Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU | 10.2" | 517 g
Samsung Galaxy S7 with Snapdragon 820 SoC appears on Geekbench

Samsung Galaxy S7 with Snapdragon 820 SoC appears on Geekbench

While listings with the Exynos 8890 SoC are not new, this is the first appearance of a Samsung model with the Snapdragon 820 SoC.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Notebooks

February 2016 update. Here you will find the best office/business notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top mod...
Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 2016 versions now at Bluetooth SIG

Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 2016 editions now at Bluetooth SIG

The entry-level Galaxy J series has popped up again in official documents as the SM-J5108 and and SM-J7108.
Google KitKat and Lollipop remain the most active versions of Android

Google KitKat and Lollipop remain the most active versions of Android

A little more than one percent of all active Android users are running Android 6.0 Marshmallow according to Google's own metrics.
Feb 6
Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Inclusive list of all graphics cards currently available for notebooks. Approximate 3DMark benchmarks results are provided in italic.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

List of all currently available mobile graphics cards and their performance in games.
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN Notebook Review

77% Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN Notebook Review

Overpriced. The Aspire cannot boast with exceedingly high computing power. Then again, it pleases with a very low operating noise and decent keyboard. However, Acer demands the ridiculous price of 500 Euros (~$557) for the laptop.
AMD A8-6410 | AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L) | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
ZeroLemon 8500 mAh battery case for Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5 get 8500 mAh battery case from ZeroLemon

These new battery cases can provide three full charges while protecting the handsets as well, although they are quite bulky.
Feb 5
Lumia 950 XL smartphone review and test results. (Detailed)play icon

Lumia 950 XL smartphone review and test results. (Detailed)

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL high-end Windows 10 smartphone scored a very good 89% in our tests. Camera quality is good, there's a very good quality screen and great connectivity including USB-C with Continuum support. Performance is high-end. Windows Hello retina recognition is also included. Micros...
Google Project Ara shows up on GFXBench with Snapdragon 810 and 13.8-inch display

Google Project Ara modular device hits GFXBench

Although the result of this project should be a smartphone, the device spotted on GFXBench uses a 13.8-inch display and Android Marshmallow, but ...
Amazon France momentarily lists Microsoft Lumia 650 for sale

Amazon France momentarily lists Microsoft Lumia 650 for sale

The preemptive listing confirms many previous rumors and a suggested retail price of 230 Euros.
Google updates Android Wear with speaker support and new gestures

Google adds speaker support and new gestures to Android Wear

The updated operating system for smartwatches now allows owners of such devices to make and take calls over Bluetooth, also offering new gestures...
Toshiba is now 479.4 billion Yen in the red according to latest FY2015 report

Toshiba is now 479.4 billion Yen in the red according to latest FY2015 report

After being caught in an accounting scandal earlier last year, the Japanese manufacturer is down 5.43 billion Euros as it continues to face restr...
Xiaomi Mi 5 to support NFC and 4G LTE

Xiaomi Mi 5 to support NFC and 4G LTE

Xiaomi CEO boasts NFC and 4G support as more images of the final retail packaging leak online.
ZTE Blade A452 Smartphone Review

80% ZTE Blade A452 Smartphone Review

Big battery. While focus is placed on a thin-as-possible line in many other smartphones, ZTE's Blade A456 sacrifices that for a relatively generously sized 4000 mAh battery. Our report reveals whether that also ensures a long battery life.
Mediatek MT6735 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5.0" | 157 g
Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD Notebook Review

75% Lenovo IdeaPad 100-15IBD Notebook Review

Low-cost Core i3. Laptops from the low-cost sector are mostly equipped with Braswell processors or AMD APUs nowadays. Neither of these is the strongest of their kind. Lenovo has taken a different approach and installed a Core i3 processor from the Broadwell generation in its IdeaPad.
Intel Core i3-5005U | Intel HD Graphics 5500 | 15.6" | 2 kg
LG G5 cases reveal dual rear cameras with dual LED Flash

LG G5 cases reveal dual rear cameras with dual LED Flash

Accessories for the upcoming LG G5 show off key hardware features leading up to an official reveal this coming February 21st.
Feb 4
Google Pixel C Android Tablet Review and test. (Detailed.)play icon

Google Pixel C Android Tablet Review and test. (Detailed.)

The Google Pixel C Android Tablet, with the optional keyboard, scored a very good 89% in our full review (link below.) It has very strong performance, a bright high-contrast, quality 10.2 inch display and of course, the latest 2016 Android OS - Marshmallow. Google Pixel C specifications: Processor:...
HTC posts record losses as of Q4 2015

HTC posts record losses as of Q4 2015

Sales down by almost half during the last quarter resulting in losses of about 91.82 million Euros.
More Microsoft Lumia 650 press images surface

More Microsoft Lumia 650 press images surface

The chassis is expected to be very similar to the current Lumia 550 series and with a retail price of around 200 Euros.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Lightweight Gaming Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Lightweight Gaming Notebooks

February 2016 update. Here you will find the currently best thin and lightweight mobile gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of t...
More hands-on photos and renders leak on Microsoft Lumia 850

More hands-on photos and renders leak on Microsoft Lumia 850

Windows phones haven't been a success story for Microsoft. Nonetheless, the impending Lumia 850 may be just around the corner with more leaks fro...
OnePlus Valentine's Day promo includes free StyleSwap cover

OnePlus Valentine's Day promo includes free StyleSwap cover

The StyleSwap cover retails for $27 and will be free for a limited time while supplies last.
Feb 3
Lenovo reporting higher profits and slower sales

Lenovo reporting higher profits and slower sales

While overall sales are down 8 percent for its Q3 2015/2016 fiscal quarter, net income is up 14 percent YoY.
Isaac Mizrahi smartwatch engineered by HP

HP-powered Isaac Mizrahi smartwatch now available

This smartwatch has basic notifications, its face is framed by Swarovski crystals, and has a price of $249.99 USD.
Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T Convertible Review

86% Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T Convertible Review

Now with Thunderbolt 3. The Aspire R13's main distinguishing factor is the quad-hinge design, which allows for several different display positions and hence operating modes. Even sans those hinges, the Aspire would still appeal, as it does well in almost all categories. Along with an update to the Skylake-generation of processors, the new model now also contains a Thunderbolt 3 port.
Intel Core i5-6200U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200 Review and test resultsplay icon

ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200 Review and test results

The ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200 scored 82% in our full review. Asus' new version of their 11.6-inch Transformer Book ticks all the important checkmarks for budget convertibles. True, the storage could be larger and the performance better - but from a price-to-value ratio, the little machine is ...
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review and test. 4K screen, 2016.play icon

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review and test. 4K screen, 2016.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, with the 4K screen, scored 88% in our review. It's powerful, has a great camera and is well-built. There are a few issue to watch out for and we highlight those in this review video. Note: Marshmallow has been announced for the Xperia Z5 range but was not available at ti...
Dell XPS 15 QHD 2016 Review and test. (Core 17, SSD, touchscreen)play icon

Dell XPS 15 QHD 2016 Review and test. (Core 17, SSD, touchscreen)

The Dell XPS 15 with the QHD touchscreen scored 87% in our extensive review and lab tests. There's a very fast SSD, great build and screen quality and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M which turns this into a gaming-capable device. Dell XPS 15 9550 specifications: Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz...
Rise of the Tomb Raider Notebook Benchmarks

Rise of the Tomb Raider Notebook Benchmarks

Precision landing. After several rather poor PC ports (Batman Arkham Knight, Just Cause 3, Call of Duty Black Ops 3, etc.), the latest iteration of Tomb Raider finally leaves a better impression on the PC. We tested the action title on multiple notebook GPUs and checked the performance. Update: GT630M, HD 4000, M385X, Iris Pro 5200, 920M, M280X, Kaveri R7 added.
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW Notebook Review

83% Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW Notebook Review

Skylake all-rounder. The popular UX501 series gets Skylake, DDR4, USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 2.0, and a few other minor changes. Is this a vast improvement over last year's Haswell model?
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15ACZ Notebook Review

74% Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15ACZ Notebook Review

Badly designed. Even though it might not be the fault of the processor manufacturer, AMD-based notebooks do not have the best reputation. The reviewed model of the new Lenovo Y700 confirms this statement. The alleged gaming notebook is hardly suitable for gaming, although the performance should be sufficient in theory.
AMD FX-8800P | AMD Radeon R9 M385X | 15.6" | 2.7 kg
UK AI firm SwiftKey joins Microsoft

Microsoft buys SwiftKey

Eight years since its debut, UK-based artificial intelligence firm SwiftKey joins the Redmond giant, and its technology will be used with Word Fl...
Android KitKat still dominatest the market in early February 2016

Android KitKat still dominates the market

While Android Marshmallow has finally surpassed 1 percent, new data from Google reveals that KitKat is the most popular Android version, with mor...
Xiaomi confirms US Mobile is not an authorized reseller of its smartphones

Xiaomi confirms US Mobile is not an authorized reseller of its smartphones

The Chinese manufacturer is still not offering its smartphones directly to customers in the United States despite US Mobile unofficially jumping ...
Sony Xperia M5 coming this month for 400 Euros

Sony Xperia M5 coming this month for 400 Euros

The 5-inch smartphone will offer FHD resolution, 21.5 MP rear camera, and protection against water and dust.
Wearables market expected to rise 18.4 percent by end of 2016

Wearables market expected to rise 18.4 percent by end of 2016

Smartwatches and other wearables to grow steadily within the next few years to 322.69 million units shipped by 2017.
Feb 2
Helio X20 SoC troubled by overheating

Helio X20 SoC troubled by overheating

Reportedly, the overheating issue puts the scheduled March launch in question.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Workstation Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Workstation Notebooks

February 2016 update. Top 10 Workstation laptops with professional graphics cards reviewed by Notebookcheck
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks

February 2016 update. Here you will find the current best gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top mode...
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE Convertible Review

86% Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 20FD001XGE Convertible Review

Predetermined breaking point. Does the Yoga 260 follow in the footsteps of the ThinkPad X250? Is it the better ThinkPad subnotebook thanks to its various modes? Lenovo provides reasons for criticism. This is surprising and unexpected in view of the otherwise apparently 100% well-conceived ThinkPad.
Intel Core i7-6500U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 12.5" | 1.3 kg
Lenovo's entry-level Tab 3 7 Basic tablet now available

Lenovo's entry-level Tab 3 7 Basic tablet now available

As the name suggests, the Lenovo Tab 3 7 Basic is a 7-inch tablet with very basic hardware specifications.
Tablet market in decline as of Q4 2015; Amazon now tracking ahead of Lenovo

Tablet market in decline as of Q4 2015; Amazon now tracking ahead of Lenovo

IDC is tracking an overall global decline of 10.1 percent whereas detachables appear to be booming. Amazon and Huawei have both cracked the Top 5...
Feb 1
Toshiba issues battery recall due to potential fire hazard

Toshiba issues battery recall due to potential fire hazard

Over 50 part numbers and at least 1400 SKUs have been affected including those from the Portege, Qosmio, and Satellite series.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 may be in the works

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 may be in the works

Tracking service Zauba.com is listing various Samsung devices en route to India for evaluation and testing with some model names curiously pointi...
Lenovo ThinkPad P50 Workstation Review

88% Lenovo ThinkPad P50 Workstation Review

Also a success with 15 inches? Following our review of the ThinkPad P70, we have a look at the smaller ThinkPad P50 from Lenovo. The two devices are very similar in many respects, but there are also important differences. Those include the display as well as the more complex maintenance, but also the longer battery runtimes. Our review unit also has a problem with the Turbo Boost most of the time.
Intel Core i7-6820HQ | NVIDIA Quadro M2000M | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE Notebook Review

76% Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE Notebook Review

Desk worker. Lenovo's G70-80 is an inexpensive office device for your desk. The notebook does not set any performance records, but it is sufficient in practice. There are no major complaints for a price of 400 Euros (~$435).
Intel Pentium 3825U | Intel HD Graphics (Broadwell) | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
Android February security update images for Google Nexus devices already available

February security update already available for Nexus devices

This patch solves five critical bugs and four high severity issues, as well as one "moderate" problem.
Apple iPad Air 3 case spotted on Alibaba

iPad Air 3 case spotted on Alibaba

This case for - apparently - the next-gen iPad Air reveals accommodations for a Smart Connector, four speakers, and a flash for the camera on the...
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2016 teaser video #TheNextGalaxy

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2016 date now official

The event will take place on February 21st and will be streamed live via YouTube and Samsung Newsroom, but the details are still secret.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge renders purportedly leaked

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge renders purportedly leaked

Evleaks is at it again with supposedly official renders of the yet unannounced Samsung flagships with Gold and Black color options.
Jan 31
Cybertron unveils Osiris and Anubis gaming notebooks

CybertronPC unveils Osiris and Anubis gaming notebooks

The 17.3-inch Osiris 17x will be able to hold a desktop Core i7-6700K CPU and dual GTX 980 GPUs in SLI.

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