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Jul 18
ARM Cortex-A72 mobile processor core

SoftBank buys ARM for $32 billion

Once the deal closes, ARM is expected to continue as an independent business within SoftBank, keeping its Cambridge headquarters as well.
Acer TravelMate P658-M-537B Notebook Review

85% Acer TravelMate P658-M-537B Notebook Review

Interface initiative. A superb diversity of interfaces and ease of upgrading were apparently at the very top of Acer's development list for its latest 15-inch business laptop. The screen and security features are also compelling. But can the important input devices, ergonomics and engine also keep up?
Intel Core i5-6200U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Archos 50e Neon budget smartphone now available for 80 Euros

Archos 50e Neon budget smartphone now available for 80 Euros

The 5-inch smartphone will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and come in Citrus Yellow and Black Night color options for 80 Euros.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 images leak ahead of August 2nd Unpacked event

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 images leak ahead of August 2nd Unpacked event

Pictures suggest a 5.7-inch display with curved edges and a watertight chassis not unlike the Galaxy S7.
Jul 17
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Intel Celeron N3060 Notebook Processor - Benchmarks and Specs

Braswell x86 2 cores @ 1600 - 2480 MHz 14nm
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser and ZenFone 3 Max launch event in Vietnam

Asus intros Zenfone 3 Laser and Zenfone 3 Max

These two new Zenfone 3 models come both with a fingerprint reader and offer mid-range specs at prices between $200 USD and $270 USD.
Windows 10 ecosystem expected to fail Microsoft's own forecast

Windows 10 will not run on 1 billion devices by mid-2018

Microsoft officials admit that Windows 10 cannot meet the ambitious goal of being installed on 1 billion devices by mid-2018.
Acer Liquid Jade Primo Windows 10 smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 and 3 GB RAM hits the US

Acer Liquid Jade Primo Windows smartphone hits the US

This 5.5-inch Windows 10 handset that launched in Europe back in April is finally available in the US, where the Microsoft Store offers it for $6...
Render images of unknown Google smartwatches leak

Render images of unknown Google smartwatches leak

Android Police says Google may launch smartwatches codenamed "Swordfish" and "Angelfish" complete with Android Wear 2.0 software.
Intel XMM 7360 modem could be in half of all iPhone 7 units produced

Intel XMM 7360 modem could be in half of all iPhone 7 units produced

The deal could bring in $1.5 billion USD into Intel's pockets according to analysts from Cowen and Company.
Huawei announces Honor 8 with dual rear cameras for 270 Euros

Huawei announces Honor 8 with dual rear cameras for 270 Euros

The 5.2-inch FHD smartphone is now available in China in five different colors and three different SKUs.
Jul 16
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE Notebook Review

77% Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE Notebook Review

Office worker. Lenovo's E51-80 is situated below the ThinkPad E series. Accordingly, the prices are low - but the E51-80 cannot really be called cheap. The fast SSD and Core i7 processor boost the price. However, this does not compensate for the at most mediocre keyboard and not very convincing battery life.
Intel Core i7-6500U | AMD Radeon R5 M330 | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Notebooks

July 2016 update. Here you will find the current 10 best office/business notebooks for under 800 Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few ...
Asus ROG GX800 Notebook Preview

Asus ROG GX800 Notebook Preview

Prestige object. We are one of the first editorial offices with the chance to have a close look at the upcoming GX800. Compared to the predecessor, Asus not only increases the performance and the dimensions but also equips the device with a 4K display and G-Sync support. Can the cooling system handle the components? Our preview answers initial questions.
Intel Core i7-6820HK | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Notebook) | 18.4" | 5.7 kg
Jul 15
Upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 will not supplant the Snapdragon 820

Upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 will not supplant the Snapdragon 820

Instead, the Snapdragon 821 will co-exist with the Snapdragon 820. Raw performance gain will be about 10 percent due to its faster clock rate.
HP Elite X3 could be coming this September for 700 Euros

HP Elite X3 could be coming this September for 700 Euros

A laptop docking station bundle may also be an option for around 1200 Euros.
Asus C301SA Chromebook with 64 GB of internal storage coming soon

Asus C301SA Chromebook with 64 GB of internal storage coming soon

The 13.3-inch FHD Chromebook is expected to retail for just $300 USD. A touchscreen option may not be available.
Dell Inspiron 13 7368 Convertible Review

80% Dell Inspiron 13 7368 Convertible Review

Strong and heavy. This 13.3-inch convertible is built tough, but its size and average display brightness make it more of an indoor tablet.
Intel Core i5-6200U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 13.3" | 1.6 kg
Alcatel Idol 4S Android smartphone with JBL headphones and VR headset

Alcatel Idol 4S smartphone now up for pre-order

This Qualcomm Snapdragon 652-powered Android smartphone can be pre-ordered for $350 USD and is expected to begin shipping in early August.
Motorola Moto E3 Android smartphone coming in September 2016

Motorola Moto E3 coming in September

Considering its specs, it looks like this handset is just the Moto G4 Play using a different name. This handset is scheduled to hit the UK for ar...
Lenovo SoftBank 503LV Windows 10 Mobile smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor

Lenovo unveils SoftBank 503LV Windows 10 Mobile handset

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, this 5-inch smartphone also has 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, and will launch in Japan this October.
Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case for Apple iPad Pro 12.9 with Bluetooth connectivity and metal kickstand

Razer unveils mechanical keyboard case for iPad Pro

Featuring Bluetooth connectivity and a metal kickstand, this accessory uses the world’s first low-profile mechanical switch for mobile devices.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 makes an appearance on GeekBench

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 makes an appearance on GeekBench

Both the Exynos 8890 model and its Snapdragon 820 variant are listed on Geekbench complete with single-core and multi-core scores.
Jul 14
July update for Google patches over 100 vulnerabilities

Latest update for Android devices patches over 100 vulnerabilities

Nearly one-third of the bugs are considered critical and could allow for malware to be installed.
The Meizu smartphone is coming early next week

Meizu MX6 specifications leak on AnTuTu

Meizu has confirmed a July 19th reveal date, but an entry on AnTuTu has already revealed some hard specifications on the smartphone.
HP x360 310 G1 Convertible Review

73% HP x360 310 G1 Convertible Review

Folding Box? Is it more of a subnotebook than a 360-degree convertible? This small 11.6-inch device offers great performance, workmanship and storage space. However, it lacks a good display and keyboard.
Intel Pentium N3540 | Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) | 11.6" | 1.5 kg
LG V10 Android flagship to get a successor in September 2016

LG V20 might launch in September

The handset that will arrive as LG V10's successor is expected to show up at IFA 2016 in Berlin, but the details are still unknown.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Android flagship outsells Apple's iPhone 6S in the US

Samsung Galaxy S7 is outselling the iPhone 6S in the US

The Galaxy S7 series recorded a market share of 16 percent in the US, while Apple's iPhone 6S and 6S Plus only got a slice of 14.6 percent of the...
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Android phablet with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821

Asus unveils ZenFone 3 Deluxe phablet

The 5.7-inch Android Marshmallow device will have a variant with 256 GB UFS 2.0 internal storage, 6 GB RAM, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 process...
Asus to make SSDs an option across its entire notebook portfolio

Asus to make SSDs an option across its entire notebook portfolio

Users will be able to choose between a HDD or SSD on even budget Asus notebooks without needing to install one themselves after purchasing.
Dell Latitude 15 E5570 Notebook Review

83% Dell Latitude 15 E5570 Notebook Review

Business notebook with long runtimes. Skylake, DDR4, M.2-SSD – Dell updates its Latitude 15 E5570. You still get a very good keyboard, simple maintenance as well as a docking port, and Dell also managed to improve the battery runtimes.
Intel Core i5-6300U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Notebooks

July 2016 update. Here you will find the best current multimedia notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top mode...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

July 2016 update. Here is a current list of Notebookcheck's top-ranked Windows tablets. This list is reviewed on a regular basis, checked by our ...
'ThinkPwn' UEFI bug discovered on a wide range of notebooks

'ThinkPwn' UEFI bug discovered on a wide range of notebooks

Lenovo has released a list of affected models, but the bug has been reportedly verified on notebooks and motherboards from other manufacturers as...
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active gets the teardown treatment

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active gets the teardown treatment

The Galaxy S7 Active is a tough smartphone built for a physically demanding outdoor life. Chipworks has opened up the smartphone to see what make...
Jul 13
Samsung Pay customers are happier than those using Apple Pay

Samsung Pay beats Apple Pay once again

After outgrowing Apple Pay, now Samsung's mobile wallet also records a higher customer satisfaction number than its competitor.
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Android tablet with MediaTek MT8176 processor and 4 GB RAM

Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is now official

This Android tablet with a high-resolution 9.7-inch display and 4 GB RAM is expected to hit Taiwan in August, where it will retail for about $340...
Display Comparison: OLED vs. IPS on Notebooks

87% Display Comparison: OLED vs. IPS on Notebooks

Welcome to the dark side. OLED displays: undeniably one of the greatest revolutions in the realm of display technology since the first LCD monitor. They lack a backlight, display perfect black and feature vivid colors as well as incredibly low response times. For the first time, the technology has made its way into notebooks.
Intel Core i7-6600U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14.0" | 1.3 kg
Leaked Xiaomi Mi 5s renders show dual rear cameras

Leaked Xiaomi Mi 5s renders show dual rear cameras

Other supposed features include an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor and a pressure-sensitive touchscreen.
Asus ROG G752VS to be the first notebook with GeForce GTX 1070 graphics

Asus ROG G752VS to be the first notebook with GeForce GTX 1070 graphics

The notebook will be coming next month for a starting price of about 2000 Euros. Its chassis and features are otherwise identical to the existing...
Acer unveils TravelMate X3 series for small businesses

Acer unveils TravelMate X3 series for small businesses

The affordable series will carry a new ultra-thin design and will be available this September for 480 Euros.
OnePlus 3 Smartphone Review

89% OnePlus 3 Smartphone Review

Power player. All good things come in threes. Probably this is just what the Chinese smartphone manufacturer was thinking when it launched the third generation of the flagship killer: The OnePlus 3. But it is not all roses.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 5.5" | 161 g
Jul 12
Vivo X7 launch day queue, first day sales were impressive

Vivo X7 sold over 250,000 units on its first day

While LG sold around 1.6 million G5 units in the first month, Vivo managed to sell more than 250,000 X7 handsets during the first day on the mark...
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Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)

12 Intel Gen8 cores @ 320MHz, mem: 64/128 Bit
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Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell) - Benchmarks and Specs

16 Intel Gen8 cores @ 320MHz, mem: 64/128 Bit
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Intel Pentium N3710 Laptop Processor - Benchmarks and Specs

Braswell x86 4 cores @ 1100 - 2560 MHz 14nm
HTC 10 Android flagship to get a Desire sibling by the end of 2016

HTC Desire 10 might launch later this year

The handset is rumored to feature a dual-LED flash setup and to hit the market by the end of 2016, but no other details have been mentioned so fa...
HP x2 210 G1 Convertible Review

79% HP x2 210 G1 Convertible Review

Long-lasting. This 10.1-inch HP convertible is available for around 400 Euros (~$445). The manufacturer provides an Intel Cherry Trail processor and long battery life. A Type-C USB interface is also included.
Intel Atom x5-Z8300 | Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) | 10.1" | 1.2 kg
Consequences of Brexit already reaching PC and smartphone manufacturers

Consequences of Brexit already reaching PC and smartphone manufacturers

Some manufacturers are considering job cuts or simply raising prices of products to pass on the devaluing Pound directly to customers.
Toshiba to expand its business PC efforts across Europe

Toshiba to expand its business PC efforts across Europe

The manufacturer will commit itself more fully to European businesses in hopes of double-digit growth rates.

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