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Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) Smartphone Review

84% Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) Smartphone Review

New edition. Samsung's mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy J7, has undergone a facelift. The result is the Galaxy J7 (2016), which comes with a more stylish case, more performance and a larger battery compared to its predecessor. Our review shows whether the upgrade has been worth it.
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa | ARM Mali-T830 MP2 | 5.5" | 169 g
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle Smartphone Review

79% HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle Smartphone Review

Provoking the mid-range. HTC has often tried to score with stylish looks, hi-res sound, and decent cameras. Thus, HTC's Desire 10 Lifestyle dual-SIM handset is an interesting offer in the mid-range. Can the 720p panel and relatively slow SoC stop this wave?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928 | Qualcomm Adreno 305 | 5.5" | 155 g
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S Smartphone Review

81% Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S Smartphone Review

High contrast. Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S "flagship" handset of the Pop 4 lineup is all set to run through our test course. The affordable mid-range smartphone offers an interesting technical configuration in conjunction with a very high-contrast IPS screen. However, its system performance cannot compete with equally priced mid-range smartphones.
Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.5" | 150 g
The Surface Hub runs a customized version of Windows 10 and is designed for collaboration with multi-touch and ink. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Surface Hub shipping again; back in stock

After months of backlogs and supply issues, Microsoft reports that the Hub is back in stock and has shipped to over 2000 customers in 24 markets, with some customers ordering 1500 units.
Bluboo Dual will be one of the cheapest smartphones with dual rear cameras

Bluboo Dual will be one of the cheapest smartphones with dual rear cameras

Other than its dual rear camera advantages, the 5.5-inch FHD smartphone will have 2 GB RAM, a quad-core MediaTek SoC, dual-SIM capabilities, and MicroSD support for just under $150 USD.
Wileyfox Spark+

82% Wileyfox Spark+ (Plus) Smartphone Review

Clever Fox. The Wileyfox Spark+ is establishing itself in the entry-level mobile market by using classic features: removable battery, dual SIM functionality and a microSD card slot. This market segment is bristling with competitors and our test model will have to prove itself against them in our in-depth review.
Mediatek MT6735 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5" | 134.5 g
Wileyfox Spark X Smartphone Review

80% Wileyfox Spark X Smartphone Review

Competitive. Wileyfox is launching its fifth smartphone, the Spark X. It offers dual-SIM, LTE and a large battery. For a 5.5-inch phone, it has great ambitions, as its price tag is below 200 Euros (~$211).
Mediatek MT6735 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5.5" | 163 g
Cortana, Microsoft's Personal assistant for Windows 10 devices, has just gotten a little cooler. (Source: Microsoft)

Latest Windows 10 Insider build lets you turn off your PC with your voice

Windows 10 Insider Build 14986 has introduced a number of additional voice commands for Cortana, including sleeping, restarting, shutting down, and changing volume.
Huawei Nova Plus Smartphone Review

86% Huawei Nova Plus Smartphone Review

Finally 4k recording! Huawei's Nova Plus leaves a premium impression in the mainstream segment and is the first smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer with Ultra-HD video recording. However, Huawei does not use its own Kirin SoC, but a chip from Qualcomm. How does the smartphone perform in the competitive segment of up to 400 Euros (~$432)?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 5.5" | 162 g
Smartphones and devices like Samsung's Gear VR can allow users to try VR gaming at a much lower cost. (Source: Samsung)

VRidge: Try before you buy for VR

The app can use smartphones to mimic expensive VR headsets and seems to be able to run on lower-end hardware.
Chuwi Hi10 Pro Tablet Review

83% Chuwi Hi10 Pro Tablet Review

1-with-2. Android or Windows? Users of the Chuwi Hi10 Pro don't have to make that decision, since the Chinese hybrid tablet comes with both operating systems preinstalled. If the tablet is worth buying is the subject of our review.
Intel Atom x5-Z8300 | Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) | 10.1" | 562 g
Experts believe there will be a component shortage for flexible OLED panels in 2017 and beyond. (Source: LG)

Afraid of Apple hogging all the OLED screens, top China vendors cooperate to establish new supply chain

Chinese smartphone vendors Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and BBK are working together with Royole, specialist in thin, flexible panels, to secure a new OLED supply chain.
The Surface Dial is a tough piece of equipment, but might be difficult to repair. (Source: iFixit)

Surface Dial scores a 4/10 in iFixit teardown

The Microsoft device received praise for its durability, but was criticized for some difficult or impossible to replace components.
The Teclast X5 Pro looks remarkably similar to the Microsoft Surface line of Hybrids. (Source: Gearbest)

Teclast unveils Kaby Lake powered X5 Pro

The 2-in-1 device looks similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro, right down to the built in kickstand, and is powered by a Kaby Lake Core m3 processor.
Save up to $700 on VAIO devices now through December 25th

Save up to $700 on VAIO devices now through December 25th

VAIO is currently running a sale on devices from now until Christmas. In addition to saving up to $700, VAIO will throw in a free laptop bag with the purchase of a laptop.
HMD Global currently uses the Nokia brand on a line of feature phones. Android powered smartphones are expected in 2017. (Source: Nokia)

Nokia smartphones officially returning in 2017 under HMD Global

The Nokia brand will live on through HMD manufactured and distributed smartphones.
Face Off: HP Omen 17 vs. Aorus X7 DT v6 vs. EVGA SC17

Face Off: HP Omen 17 vs. Aorus X7 DT v6 vs. EVGA SC17

Portable powerhouse. The Aorus X7 DT v6 is one of the thinnest notebooks available with the GTX 1080. What benefits will users get from its $3100 USD asking price compared to the $2800 USD EVGA SC17 or $1700 USD HP Omen 17?
The Meizu PRO 6 Plus, powered by the Samsung Exynos 8890, is now available in China. (Source: Meizu)

Meizu unveils PRO 6 Plus powered by Samsung Exynos 8890 SoC

Meizu's new PRO 6 Plus is a followup to its PRO 6, released earlier this year. The PRO 6 Plus phablet is boasts impressive specs and could even be a suitable replacement for those missing the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

"reMarkable" e-ink tablet with full stylus support available for pre-order

Something of a cross between a Kindle and a Wacom tablet, the reMarkable tablet seeks to replace your trusty pen and paper for reading, writing, and sketching.
The internal hard drive is the only major component that can be replaced by the end user. (Source: iFixIt)

Teardown reveals Microsoft Surface Studio has limited user upgradeability

Most major components are soldered on and cannot be replaced. However, the device appears to be fairly repairable.
The Nexus 6P by Huawei is one of the first devices to receive the update to Android 7.1.1. (Source: Huawei)

Nexus 6P to receive Android 7.1.1 update in December

The update will be included in a security patch scheduled to go out on December 6th.
Face Off: Toshiba Portege Z30 vs. Dell Latitude 13 7370 vs. HP EliteBook 1030 G1

Face Off: Toshiba Portege Z30 vs. Dell Latitude 13 7370 vs. HP EliteBook 1030 G1

Core m business notebooks. The "traditional" Portege Z30 stands on relatively equal ground with the the thinner and fanless alternatives from Dell and HP in terms of weight and missing features.
Cube's Mix Plus is a low-powered, low-cost laptop/tablet hybrid. (Source: Cube)

Kaby Lake powered Cube Mix Plus now available for pre-order

The 10.6 inch 2-in-1 sports a Core M Kaby Lake processor. Is the Chinese manufactured hybrid a good value?
Fairphone 2 Smartphone Review

80% Fairphone 2 Smartphone Review

Good conscience. Fairphone's 2 promotes fair labor conditions and sustainability rather than exploitation and waste. With its unique, to the smartphone world, modular design that easily allows replacing components, the 5-inch Android takes a different approach than its rivals in all other aspects, as well.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA | Qualcomm Adreno 330 | 5" | 172 g
UMI Plus Smartphone Review

81% UMI Plus Smartphone Review

Plus size, small price. Budget Chinese smartphones are looking and performing better every year. The UMI Plus is no exception at the cost of a larger form factor and subpar camera.
Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.5" | 185 g
The update to Android 7.0 Nougat is currently only available in the U.S. (Source: HTC)

Android 7.0 Nougat comes to HTC 10 in the U.S.

HTC made good on earlier rumors by bringing Android 7.0 to the HTC 10 on Friday.
The Spin 7 is touted as the world's thinnest convertible laptop. (Source: Acer)

Acer Spin 7 and Spin 5 now available in the United States

Acer's new Spin 7, currently the world's thinnest convertible notebook, and Spin 5 bring more options to consumers looking for a 2-in-1 device.
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB Convertible Review

82% Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB Convertible Review

Imperfect. Lenovo has put a largely useless dedicated graphics card in its new 14-inch convertible. Thankfully, the other components ensure the device can do its job as a mobile office companion. In our detailed review, we will check this model and see how its limited battery life and other flaws stack up in comparison to the competition.
Intel Core i5-7200U | AMD Radeon R5 M430 | 14" | 1.7 kg
ZTE Axon 7 Mini Smartphone Review

84% ZTE Axon 7 Mini Smartphone Review

Is the Mini version all you need? In addition to the flagship model Axon 7, the Chinese manufacturer once again offers a Mini version of the current model. Besides the size and the features, the price was reduced as well. But can the Axon 7 Mini compete with the strong rivals?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 | Qualcomm Adreno 405 | 5.2" | 153 g
Vernee Mars Smartphone Review

83% Vernee Mars Smartphone Review

Edge-less. The affordable mid-range model Mars by the Chinese manufacturer Vernee is furnished with a virtually edge-less design besides a very good configuration for the price range. According to the manufacturer, the lateral edges are just 1 millimeter in width. Find out in the report how the smartphone fares compared with the strong competition.
Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.5" | 162 g
The Android 7.0 update (coming this week) will make the Moto Z and Moto Z Force Daydream-ready. (Source: Motorola)

Moto Z will get Nougat update this week

The Lenovo made phone will get the promised update to Android 7.0 before the end of November. The upgrade to Nougat also brings along a new feature: Daydream.
LG V30 may be dropping the secondary display ticker

LG V30 may be dropping the secondary display ticker

Popular tech leaker Evan Blass suggests that the LG V20 successor may be a more standard smartphone with a higher screen-to-body ratio.
Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4

87% Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4 Tablet Review

Evolution. The successor to the MediaPad M2 of 2015 is finally here: please welcome the MediaPad M3. The new model may have almost identical measurements to the predecessor, but it is equipped with a larger, higher resolution panel, a stronger processor and a fingerprint sensor. We will check what Huawei has to offer in our detailed review.
HiSilicon Kirin 950 | ARM Mali-T880 MP4 | 8.4" | 310 g
The grey bar at the top of an iPhone 6 (Plus) indicates a problem with the touch controllers.

iFixit criticizes Apple's iPhone 6 Plus multi-touch repair program

Apple started their worldwide repair program for iPhone 6 Plus users who suffer from the dreaded Touch disease but iFixit calls it too little, too late and states that Apple is not acknowledging issues with the structural stability of the case.
Dell Latitude 14 Rugged 5414 Notebook Review

88% Dell Latitude 14 Rugged 5414 Notebook Review

Robust. This robust 14-inch laptop from Dell will thrive in harsh conditions. The very bright IPS screen and the whopping 97 Wh battery ensure that this laptop is ready for wherever your work takes you.
Intel Core i5-6300U | AMD Radeon R7 M360 | 14" | 3 kg
Lenovo Yoga 510-15IKB Notebook Review

78% Lenovo Yoga 510-15IKB Notebook Review

2-in-1 convertible laptop With the Yoga 510-15IKB, Lenovo delivers a convertible laptop in 15.6-inch format. Thanks to the 360° rotatable screen, this device offers several modes of operation.
Intel Core i5-7200U | AMD Radeon R7 M460 | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
The Light Phone is about as simple as a mobile phone can get. (Source: Light)

Light Phone will begin shipping November 30th

After major delays, the crowd funded "anti-smartphone" will finally begin shipping to initial backers at the end of the month.
UMi Max Smartphone Review

81% UMi Max Smartphone Review

USB Type-C for entry-level price. For a street price of 150 Euros (~$160), the Chinese manufacturer UMi is offering an interesting package: powerful hardware, a 4,000 mAh battery and the modern Type-C USB port are included in the Max model.
Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.5" | 199 g
Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 is built on Samsung's 10 nm process and brings some solid improvements. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 835 processor built on Samsung's 10 nm process

The new SoC is the first to be built on Samsung's new, smaller 10 nm FinFET process. This chip should bring faster performance and better energy efficiency.
The Nook Tablet 7

Barnes and Noble officially announces Nook Tablet 7"

The Nook Tablet 7" is official, and its ready to take on the Fire tablet from rival Amazon. Will the budget priced Nook be a boon or a bust for the bookseller?
iFixit's teardown shows that repairs will be very difficult. (Source: iFixit)

iFixit's teardown of Macbook Pro 13" with Touch Bar reveals differences, difficulties

The new Macbook Pro 13" with Touch Bar has markedly different internals from its non-Touch Bar brother, including changes that make it horribly difficult to repair.
Coolpad Modena 2 Smartphone Review

79% Coolpad Modena 2 Smartphone Review

Cool Pad. The successor of the affordable mainstream model Modena can really live up to the company name Coolpad – the Chinese Modena 2 is one of the "coolest" smartphones we reviewed so far. But can the smartphone convince with more than just cool case temperatures? We will find out.
Mediatek MT6735 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5.5" | 143 g
Lenovo Yoga Book Android YB1-X90F Convertible Review

88% Lenovo Yoga Book Android YB1-X90F Convertible Review

Multitalented. Would you like a tablet which is also a graphics tablet? Want a keyboard too? The Lenovo Yoga Book Android offers all this and more. We will check how well the device performs in our in-depth review.
Intel Atom x5-Z8550 | Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell) | 10.1" | 690 g
Asus Transformer Book T302CA-FL010T Convertible Review

83% Asus Transformer Book T302CA-FL010T Convertible Review

Steeplechase. Asus treats its 12.5-inch Transformer Book to Intel's Skylake generation and also installs a second battery into the keyboard dock. This gives the new Transformer Book longer stamina. However, the newly gained performance cannot really be utilized.
Intel Core m3-6Y30 | Intel HD Graphics 515 | 12.5" | 1.5 kg
LG V20 Android flagship gets the 2017 CES Innovation Award in the wireless handsets category

CES 2017 | LG gets 21 CES 2017 Innovation Awards

The tech giant has earned awards in no less than 11 highly competitive categories, including wireless handsets, headphones, video displays, portable media players, and computer peripherals.
Huawei Mate 9 Phablet Review

89% Huawei Mate 9 Phablet Review

Think big! You should have a look at Huawei's latest product if you like big high-end phablets. Besides the new Kirin 960 SoC, you get a dual-camera, modern Android 7.0 with the new EMUI 5.0 as well as a big battery. The highlight is a 5.9-inch IPS display. A good device, no question, but our review shows where it struggles.
HiSilicon Kirin 960 | ARM Mali-G71 MP8 | 5.9" | 192 g
A recent patent application from Samsung shows a smartphone that can fold over itself. (Source: Samsung patent)

Samsung applies for patent on bendable phone

A recent patent application filed by Samsung in April shows a smartphone with a bendable screen, allowing the device to be folded over itself. This patent may be related to rumors that Samsung is developing devices with bendable OLED displays.
Sony Xperia XZ Smartphone Review

87% Sony Xperia XZ Smartphone Review

The visionary. Sony wants a revolution: the Xperia XZ aims to change our everyday life. However, with the exception of its 23 MP camera, most of its specifications are quite ordinary. Let us find out what this Sony flagship model is capable of.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 5.2" | 161 g
Lenovo Miix 510 Pro 80U10006GE Convertible Review

82% Lenovo Miix 510 Pro 80U10006GE Convertible Review

Surface Follower. A 2-in-1 following in the footsteps of the MS Surface Pro 4 will likely be compared to it. Lenovo's convertible features better connectivity and a better SSD, but the display and the cameras are lacking.
Intel Core i5-6200U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 12.2" | 1.2 kg
ZTE Axon 7 Smartphone Review

87% ZTE Axon 7 Smartphone Review

Heir to the throne? With the Axon 7, ZTE is about to reach for the smartphone crown. Besides top performance and superb equipment, the 5.5-inch, high-end Android impresses with its Dolby Atmos sound system, which can fill a room with sound.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 5.5" | 175 g

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)