restrict settings
Apple MacBook Pro 2018: Much more performance with a few clicks

Apple MacBook Pro 2018: Much more performance with a few clicks

The new MacBook Pros have problems with the performance utilization of the Coffee Lake processors. We show why Apple's power management fails and how you can fix it with just a few clicks. This applies for the smaller 13-inch as well as the 15-inch MacBook Pro, both for macOS and Windows 10. Update: New results for macOS
Jul 21
Facebook's Athena could launch as soon as early 2019. (Source: Edgy Labs)

Facebook confirms the existence of Athena — a secret internet satellite project

Facebook subsidiary PointView Tech is building an internet satellite to enable broadband connectivity to remote areas. The project, named Athena, was shrouded in secrecy up till now. Facebook has finally confirmed to WIRED and CNE...
The wacky dual-screen Asus Zenbook does Core i9 better than the MacBook Pro

The wacky dual-screen Asus Zenbook does Core i9 better than the MacBook Pro

It may not be able to sustain Turbo Boost for very long, but at least the Core i9 in the Zenbook UX580 can maintain base clock rates when under heavy processing load. With such high core temperatures in the 90 C range, however, it...
Nvidia pushing GTX-powered gaming laptops in time for back-to-school season (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia pushing GTX-powered gaming laptops in time for back-to-school season

Nvidia wants you to start the new school year with an Asus ROG Zephyrus, Acer Predator, MSI GS65, Razer Blade, or Dell Alienware laptop. Prices range from $600 USD for a GTX 1050 notebook up to $2800 USD for a fully-configured GTX...
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE (i9-8950HK, GTX 1050 Ti, 4K UHD) Laptop Review

88% Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE (i9-8950HK, GTX 1050 Ti, 4K UHD) Laptop Review

Seeing double. Asus wants to one-up Apple's Touch Bar with an even crazier idea of turning the traditional touchpad into a full-fledged 1080p secondary display. Surprisingly enough, it's actually quite useful and more than just a novelty. We can see the unique feature becoming a mainstay in Asus' flagship series in another generation or so when all the wrinkles and drawbacks can be ironed out.
Intel Core i9-8950HK | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook) | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
HP EliteBook 755 G5

87% HP EliteBook 755 G5 (Ryzen 7 2700U, Vega 10) Laptop Review

AMD for Business. HP's EliteBooks offer an attractive design, AMD technology, and many security features. However, these business notebooks frequently stood out with a high power consumption, their low display quality, and a mediocre battery life. We evaluate in our review of the HP EliteBook 755 G5 whether something has changed with this newest generation.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 | 15.6" | 1.78 g
Jul 20
Total War: Rome II - Rise of the Republic up for pre-order (Source: Steam)

Total War: Rome II - Rise of the Republic now up for pre-order

The upcoming expansion for Creative Assembly's Total War: Rome II is called "Rise of the Republic" and will launch in early August as a full prequel campaign for the game. This US$16.99 pack comes with a full map of Italy — includ...
Huawei Y5 2018

76% Huawei Y5 2018 Smartphone Review

As cheap as possible. The Y5 2018 is currently one of the cheapest smartphones in Huawei's western line-up. For 120 Euros (~$140; US version ~$120), buyers will get the standard fare in this price bracket. Is that enough for the new Huawei smartphone to survive among the swarm of competitors?
Mediatek MT6739 | PowerVR GE8100 | 5.45" | 145 g
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Update July 2018. 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>90cm²)

Update July 2018. Here is a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen surface areas above 90 cm² - we have reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro flagship, Huawei sold 10 million handsets in 2018 until July

Huawei has already sold 100 million handsets this year

Although the Chinese brand might not hit its planned sales target of 200 million units for the entire year, reaching the 100 million units milestone is also quite impressive. Compared to 7 years ago, Huawei managed to increase its...
The US and Indian markets should help Huawei overtake Apple in global sales. (Source: SCMP)

Huawei planning to overtake Apple's smartphone sales by next year

The Chinese company reports that it should sell 200 million handsets by the end of 2018, which would bring it fairly close to Apple's target. At this rate, Huawei is expecting to overtake Apple in global sales at some point in 201...
Even though the Amber Lake-Y CPUs have 5 W TDPs, they should perform on par with the 15 W counterparts in less demanding applications.  (Source: TechRadar)

New Intel Amber Lake-Y details emerge

Intel announced the Amber Lake-Y CPUs back at Computex in June, but core count or frequency details were not provided. This week, Dell and NextLab501 revealed names and specs for three Amber Lake-Y CPUs, and it looks like the new ...

Intel Core i7-8565U SoC

Whiskey Lake-U x86 4 cores @ 1800 - 4600 MHz 14nm
The Galaxy Note and Galaxy S lineups could soon merge into one. (Source: Android Central)

Samsung looking to consolidate Galaxy Note and Galaxy S lineups into a single brand

According to reports from Korean media, Samsung could be looking to merge the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S brands given that the differences between them are minimal. This move can reduce the costs of Samsung's mobile development port...
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018

Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X) Laptop Review

Live Review: Handbrake Deluxe. Apple finally ships the MacBook Pro 15 with the new Intel processors. They feature 6 cores and should increase the multi-core performance significantly. At least in theory, because a comparison with the predecessor shows that the advantage is not always that big.
Intel Core i7-8850H | AMD Radeon Pro 560X | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
Google has a team of over 100 of its best engineers developing its Fuchsia OS. (Source: Google)

Odds firming that Fuchsia OS will replace Android, Chrome OS on Google hardware

Google looks to be positioning its Fuchsia OS as a replacement for Android and Chrome OS on its Pixel hardware. Although the roadmap for the operating system has not been formally signed off, Google has over 100 software engineers...
The Nokia X6 is officially going global as the Nokia 6.1 Plus. (Source: Nokia)

Nokia X6 goes global as the Nokia 6.1 Plus

Nokia has officially launched the 6.1 Plus for global markets. The first market outside of mainland China to receive the device will be Hong Kong starting July 24.
A concept render of the LG V40 ThinQ. (Source: Techconfigurations)

LG V40 ThinQ expected in October, five cameras, bezel-less

Fresh off the back of the LG G7 ThinQ, the Korean company is hard at work on the full blown successor to the LG V30/35. Early rumors are promising, with LG set to bring a triple rear camera to the mix as well as going virtually b...
Xiaomi Redmi 5A

80% Xiaomi Redmi 5A Smartphone Review

Small all-rounder. With the Redmi 5A, Xiaomi has a low-priced, compact Android smartphone on offer, which is suited for simple applications and price-conscious buyers. We reveal what users can expect from the small 5-inch, sub-100-Euro ($116) smartphone in our review.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) | Qualcomm Adreno 308 | 5" | 137 g
Jul 19
Microsoft adds Gaming and Modern Life to its core digital solutions. (Source: ZDNet / Microsoft)

Microsoft looks to win back consumers with its vision for 'Modern Life Services'

At the Inspire partner show this week, Microsoft executives talked about plans to bring back consumers into their fold with the inclusion of Gaming and Modern Life under the Modern Life Services umbrella in Microsoft's core digita...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

Update July 2018. 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.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch will sport a 1.19-inch display. (Source: SamMobile)

Samsung Galaxy Watch to launch alongside the Galaxy Note 9

Samsung's upcoming smartwatch will be called the Galaxy Watch instead of the Gear S4 according to its FCC certification. The Galaxy Watch is slated to launch alongside the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9 and comes in two variants along ...
Apprantly, Samsung will stick with the 7-inch display that folds in the middle. (Source: Wall Street Journal)

Samsung's foldable Galaxy X coming in ealry 2019 according to Wall Street Journal

The first foldable phone from Samsung will most likely be named Galaxy X, and Wall Street Journal informs that it is supposed to be launched in early 2019 with a flexible 7-inch display that can be folded like a wallet. It can eit...
The first half of 2018 was not kind to TSMC due to the crypto market downfall, but the end of the year is expected to bring big profits from GPU and mobile chip demands. (Source: TechSpot)

TSMC to see record revenues over GTX 11 GPU / smartphone chip demand

The latest financial report coming from TSMC reveals that the Taiwanese company experienced some revenue problems in the first half of 2018 due to the crypto market depreciation, but the foundries are expecting substantial profits...
 Teardown of the 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard revealed a membrane underneath. (Source: iFixit)

Apple service documents confirm presence of a membrane in the 2018 MacBook Pro keyboards

Apple Authorized Service Providers have been distributed documents from Apple that confirm the presence of a membrane beneath the keys of the 2018 MacBook Pro models to prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism. While t...
The 2018 MacBook Pro 13-inch has all its Thunderbolt 3 ports working at full bandwidth.

All four Thunderbolt 3 ports in the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar work at full speed

The move to 8th generation Intel processors has enabled full speed Thunderbolt 3 connectivity on all the four ports in the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar thanks to the increased number of PCIe lanes available from the CPU...
Dell XPS 13 9365 convertible soon to feature Amber Lake processors

Amber Lake-powered Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 spotted online

Although the changes were quickly removed, Dell's Chilean website has been up for a while showing the XPS 13 convertible with two Amber Lake processors, namely the Intel Core i5-8200Y and the Intel Core i7-8500Y. Now, it only rema...
Siri co-founder Tom Gruber bids adieu to Apple. (Source: Tom

Tom Gruber, the last of the Siri co-founders, leaves Apple

The last of Siri's co-founders, Tom Gruber, has announced his retirement from Apple. Siri was acquired by Apple in 2010 but two of its founders left in the succeeding years. The news comes in the wake of Apple recently appointing ...
The Samsung C43J89 is a 3840x1200 32:10 curved monitor with a 120 Hz refresh rate. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung announces the C43J89 — a 43-inch 32:10 ultra-wide curved gaming monitor

The C43J89 is Samsung's new ultra-wide monitor that boasts a resolution of 3840x1200 in a 120Hz 43-inch VA panel. Coming in both business and gaming variants, the C43J89 supports a host of connectivity options, offers a 99% FOV, a...
Apex Launcher 4.0 update negative feedback (Source: Google Play)

Apex Launcher 4.0 is a complete mess

Once a very popular Android launcher, Apex Launch has just become an example of how not to do things for the developers of such apps. The latest update reduced the number of settings available, and some of those that have not been...
The Kensington SD7000 dock helps turn the Surface Pro into a mini Surface Studio. (Source: Kensington)

The Kensington SD7000 Surface Pro Docking Station adds even more versatility to the Surface Pro

Kensington has announced the availability of the SD7000 dock for the Surface Pro. The SD7000 dock connects to the Surface Pro using the Surface Connector and provides USB ports, Ethernet, USB-C, HDMI, and a DisplayPort converting ...
The notched Nokia X5 is official, but could roll out globally as the 5.1 Plus. (Source: Nokia)

Nokia X5 is official, could be renamed 5.1 Plus for global markets

The Nokia X5 is now official in China. The latest notched Android smartphone is expected to also get a global rollout as the Nokia 5.1 Plus
The new Kirin 710 is official and is set to give mid-range phones a boost. (Source:

Huawei launches Kirin 710 for next-gen mid-range smartphones

Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon has officially announced the Kirin 710. The new ARM-based design will provide mid-range phones powered by the octa-core chip with a substantial boost in performance.
Sea of Thieves Cursed Sails free update coming July 31

Sea of Thieves will get skeleton ships at the end of the month

The upcoming free campaign and content update for Sea of Thieves is called "Cursed Sails" and will go live on July 31. The three-week campaign will bring skeleton ships to challenge players on the seas and bring terror to outposts...
Corning Gorilla Glass 6 should be a tougher nut to crack. (Source: Corning)

New Corning Gorilla Glass 6 focused on shatter resistance

Corning has taken the wraps off the latest version of its ubiquitous Gorilla Glass for smartphones and tablets. Version 6 is all about bringing added drop protection that is twice as resistant to drops as Gorilla Glass 5.
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 features a humongous 6.9-inch display. (Source: GSMArena)

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 now official with 6.9-inch display and 5500 mAh battery

After numerous leaks and teasers, the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is finally here. Xiaomi's new phablet inherits a lot of specifications from the Redmi Note 5 including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC and dual cameras but the standout feature...
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 topped the list of devices with high failure rates. (Source: NDTV Gadgets)

Report: Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Apple iPhone 6 were the 'worst performing' smartphones of 2017

Research firm Blancco has published a Mobile Device Repair and Security Report that throws up some interesting facts. The report puts Samsung as the OEM with the highest failure rate among Android manufacturers and the Xiaomi Redm...
Surface Phone might be off the radar for Microsoft but there are other form factors still possible. (Source: OnMSFT)

Panos Panay talks of new Surface form factors but don't get your hopes high for a Surface Phone

Microsoft's Surface chief Panos Panay recently opened up on the WIRED's Gadget Lab podcast and talked about the Surface Go and its position in the Surface family. However, he categorically denied the possibility of a Surface Phone...
Comparison of MSI laptop motherboards

A comparison of MSI laptop motherboards

Next to Clevo barebones, notebooks from MSI are some of the easiest to disassemble and upgrade. We've collected a series of motherboard images from our own collection to show how the MSI G Series has evolved over the years from th...
Lenovo IdeaPad 530s-14IKB (i7-8550U, MX150, WQHD, IPS) Laptop Review

85% Lenovo IdeaPad 530s-14IKB (i7-8550U, MX150, WQHD, IPS) Laptop Review

Nice concept! The IdeaPad 530s is more than a simple performance upgrade, and it features a slightly redesigned base. We have had the chance to put the top model through its paces - find out how well it did in our extensive review.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 | 14" | 1.5 kg
Xiaomi Black Shark Gaming Phone

86% Xiaomi Black Shark Smartphone Review

A gamer's dream come true? The Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone offers a water-cooling system, a metal case in an industrial design, and an optional gamepad. Should gamers get misty-eyed about this phone or will only eccentrics import it from China? Find out in our review.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | Qualcomm Adreno 630 | 5.99" | 190 g
Jul 18
The Xperia XZ3 brings a few upgrades over the XZ2 model, but the price tag seems a bit too spicy for what it offers. (Source: MobileFun)

Sony Xperia XZ3 specs and pricing leaked

The specs and pricing info got leaked by UK online retailer MobileFun, and it looks like the XZ3 has a few upgrades in store over the XZ2. While the 5.7-inch remained the same, the new XZ3 will come with a Snapdragon 845 SoC coupl...
Intel Core i9 offers very little benefit over Core i7 for mobile (Image source: Intel)

Some Intel Core i9 laptops are not running any faster than a Core i7

There are generational performance leaps, and then there is pure marketing. The Core i9 series has so far been leaning towards the latter in terms of raw performance. In some cases, the CPU may even be slower than the Core i7.
EU commission announces record-fine for Google for abusing its Android monopoly

Google: EU commission announces record-high fine for abusing the Android monopoly

Without a doubt, Google has become one of the most important technology companies in the last ten years – the company not only has a monopoly in search-engines, but also in the mobile OS market. Today, Google has been fined by the...
The Helio A22 SoC is designed to provide premium features for entry-level handsets. (Source: MediaTek)

MediaTek launches Helio A entry-level SoCs

Taiwanese SoC maker MediaTek is expanding the 12 nm Helio SoC family with the A-series that is dedicated to entry-level devices. The Helio A22 SoC is already featured in the Xiaomi Redmi 6A and comes with four ARM Cortex-A53 cores...
World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth pre-patch now available (Source: Blizzard Entertainment)

World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth pre-patch now rolling out

Although the new story content will be playable starting on July 25 and the Battle of Azeroth update is set to arrive on August 14, the pre-patch can be downloaded already. World of Warcraft 8.0.1 comes with multiple changes, incl...
The new MacBook Pro 15 is just slightly faster than the MBP 15 2017 and clearly beaten by the XPS 15

The new MacBook Pro 15 is just slightly faster than the MBP 15 2017 and clearly beaten by the XPS 15

50% more cores for 13 % more performance. We were eager to find out how the new Apple MacBook Pro 15 handles the new hexa-core processors. Not very well after our initial tests, because the performance advantage under sustained workloads is small compared to the previous model, despite the additional CPU cores.
News from our Smartphone Editors

News from our Smartphone Editors: Behind the scenes - Vol. I

Hello from the boys and unfortunately few girls in our smartphone editorial team. We would like to tell you about which smartphones and tablets we are currently reviewing and which devices we are eagerly awaiting to arrive in our offices. We welcome comments as always and suggestions as to what devices we haven’t yet reviewed. Let’s get started…
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime

81% Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime Smartphone Review

Quality does not have to be expensive. With the Redmi Note 5A Prime, Xiaomi offers a robust 5.5-inch device for a low price. Aside from a 16 MP selfie camera, it comes with an infrared sensor at less than 200 Euros (~$233). In this review, we clear up which compromises had to be made due to the low MSRP.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5.5" | 153 g

About us

Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone Reviews, Tech, and News

Our aim is to provide serious and competent information about notebooks, smartphones and tablets. For more than 12 years now, Notebookcheck provides detailed tests, reviews, news, technical information (like our CPU and GPU benchmarks) and links to reviews by other sites.
Follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle PlusYouTubeRSS ReviewsRSS News

Upcoming Reviews

  • Blackview A20
  • BQ Aquaris U2
  • BQ Aquaris U2 Lite
  • BQ Aquaris X2
  • BQ Aquaris X2 Pro
  • Cubot R11
  • Honor 7S
  • Land Rover Explore
  • LG K9
  • LG K11
  • LG Q7+
  • Nokia 3.1
  • Nokia 8110 4G
  • Poptel P9000 Max
  • Vivo Nex Ultimate
  • Wiko View Max
  • Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018
  • Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018
  • Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L i5-8250U
  • Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-30YA i3-8130U mit Turbo
  • Asus ZenBook Flip 15 2in1 GTX1050 8250U
  • Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R3AZ AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
  • Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP401N N4200 
  • Asus Zenbook UX3430UN-GV174T MX150 
  • Asus VivoBook 15 X542UF MX130
  • Dell Inspiron 17 5000 5570 i7-8550U
  • Dell XPS 15 9570 i7, UHD, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  • Fujitsu Lifebook E548
  • Fujitsu Lifebook E558 i5-8250U
  • HP Envy x2 (Snapdragon 835)
  • HP ZBook x2
  • HP ZBook 15v
  • HP Omen 17 i7-7820HK 32GB GTX 1080 120Hz 
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 530s-14IKB
  • Lenovo Yoga 730-13
  • Lenovo ThinkPad L580
  • Lenovo V330-15IKB i3-7130U 1920x1080
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 2018
  • Lenovo ThinkPad P52 (FHD, P1000)
  • Lenovo ThinkPad E485
  • Lenovo Yoga 730-13
  • Medion Erazer X7855 MD61650 7700HQ GTX1060

New Forum Posts

Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News
Notebookcheck (Update: 2018-07-20)