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Nov 19
Dell Inspiron 13 7370 (i5-8250U) Laptop Review

86% Dell Inspiron 13 7370 (i5-8250U) Laptop Review

Four cores for the office. For the first time, Dell is equipping its line of compact office laptops with the brand new ULV-Hyperthreading Quad-core i5-8250U. What performance benefits does a four cour setup offer, and how well does the device do in terms of its thermals, noise emissions and power usage? The case and the input devices are convincing, but there could be up to two things that may make potential buyers trip.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Nov 18
The Honor V9. (Source: Digital Trends)

Released details of the Honor V10 point towards a nigh-perfect flagship

Final specifications of the upcoming Huawei Honor V10 have surfaced, and the Chinese flagship looks to be one of the best in its space, for the year. On paper, at least.
The Ulefone Power 2. (Source: Gearbest)

The Ulefone Power 3 will come with a hefty 6100 mAh battery

The Ulefone Power 3 is set for a December release, with the device expected to feature a 6100 mAh battery and an 18:9 display. More importantly, it's said to run on Android 8.1 out of the box, which would be an impressive feat for an OEM in Ulefone's weight class.
The BV8000 Pro. (Source: AndroidSis)

The BV9000 Pro is Blackview's next rugged premium device

The BV9000 Pro is expected to launch sometime next week, according to our sources, with the rugged device offering a number of improvements over its predecessor that was released a few months ago.
Surface Book 2 suffering from performance throttling, charging issues, and heavy ghosting

Surface Book 2 suffers from performance throttling, charging abnormalities, and slower response times

Though a visual delight, the new Surface Book isn't doing anything to buck the trend of notorious hardware headaches that has become the norm across the Surface lineup.
Yet another Android exploit. (Source: Pixabay)

New Android security flaw allows screen recording without direct user permission

A security research firm has revealed an Android exploit which allows a rogue application to record all on-screen activity without the user's permission. This has been fixed in Android 8, but users on older versions are still vulnerable. Fortunately, the exploit works in a way which causes Android to create a notification in the status bar.
Apple HomePod smart speaker delayed until early 2018

Apple's HomePod smart speaker delayed until 2018

Unveiled back in June, the Apple HomePod smart speaker was expected to hit the market in December. Unfortunately, Apple has confirmed that this Siri-powered accessory will start shipping in early 2018.
Nokia 2 affordable smartphone with 4,100 mAh battery (Source: Nokia)

Budget Nokia 2 smartphone now available in the US

The 5-inch Nokia 2 is available in the US via Amazon for just US$99. Sadly, this Qualcomm Snapdragon 212-powered handset works on GSM networks like T-Mobile and AT&T, but it cannot be used on Sprint and Verizon Wireless.
Lenovo Tab 7 Essential Android tablet with MediaTek MT8161 processor (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo Tab 7 and Tab 7 Essential arrive in the US

The new Lenovo Tab 7 Essential and Tab 7 are both 7-inch tablets with quad-core MediaTek processors under the hood that come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. These slates can be acquired in the US for less than US$100.
Smartwatches targetted at children, like the VTech Kidizoom, are now banned in Germany. (Image: VTech)

Germany bans smartwatches marketed at children

Children's smartwatches have been found to have glaring security holes, some of which can present a serious threat to the safety of the children that wear them. These security issues, along with privacy concerns, have led German officials to ban the sale of children's smartwatches.
Nov 17
The Honor 7X succeeds the 6X.

Update | Multiple deals for Huawei and Sony

Update: Huawei has set out a series of impressive deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Hop in to find out which one catches your fancy.
The OnePlus 5 is poised to receive the Oreo beta by the end of the month. (Source: Techradar)

The OnePlus 5 and 5T will receive Oreo by the end of the year

OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 5 and 5T will receive Oreo beta updates by the end of the year, with the full, stable update to come in early 2018. The Oreo beta program for the OnePlus 3 and 3T has been opened for months.
The Nokia 8. (Source: Twitter)

Deal | You can snag a Nokia 8 for under $500

The Nokia 8, one of the few no-nonsense flagships currently on the market, is currently available on Amazon US for just a bit over $470, and on Amazon UK for £380.
The new 9200 ECO NVMe SSDs have a U.2 form-factor that is specific to enterprise servers. (Source: Anandtech)

Micron showcases 11 TB NVMe PCIe Gen 3 X8 SSDs at SC17

The 11 TB NVMe SSD is part of the new 9200 ECO lineup, which also features 8 TB capacities and PCIe x4 / x8 variants. These SSDs come in a more exotic form-factor known as the U.2 that is specific to enterprise servers. Micron states that the PCIe x8 versions can perform up to 5.5 GB/s sequential reads and up to 3.5 GB/s sequential writes.
Medion Erazer X1000 MR Glasses (Windows Mixed Reality) Review

Medion Erazer X1000 MR Glasses (Windows Mixed Reality) Review

Next try. Even though the basic technology has been around for a while, Virtual Reality has not achieved a sweeping success yet. With Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft makes a new attempt, competing against the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. We are testing the VR system with the Medion Erazer X1000.
The Dell XPS 15 9560 is all set to get an enticing refresh in 2018. (Source: Dell)

Frank Azor drops a few hints about the XPS 15 9570 on Twitter

The upcoming iteration of the Dell XPS 15 will finally have full speed 4-lane Thunderbolt 3 along with possibly a 5K display option according to Dell's VP Gaming and XPS, Frank Azor, who also confirms that Dell is waiting for Intel to ship its 8th generation H-series processors.
The Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Mod turns digital pixels into 2 x 3 inch printed photos sharable with friends and family. (Source: Motorola)

Motorola releases Moto Z Mod that turns smartphones into Polaroid instant cameras

The new Moto Mod enables compatible Moto Z smartphones to print 2 x 3 inch pictures from Facebook, Instagram, Google Photos and the camera gallery through the latest Zero-Ink technology from Polaroid.
Mujjo's new range of iPhone X are available now. (Source: Mujjo)

Mujjo's iPhone X cases offer a little extra sophistication

Apple's iPhone X is expensive at around $US1,000 and up, but it is also very expensive to repair if dropped. The Mujjo case does double duty offering good protection, but also manages to keep your iPhone X looking slick, despite being shrouded in a case.
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100 (i7-8550U, MX150) Convertible Review

88% HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100 (i7-8550U, MX150) Convertible Review

Quiet refresh. HP's large Spectre 2-in-1, the Spectre x360 15t, now comes with eighth-generation quad-core i7 processor, refreshed Nvidia graphics and a faster SSD. The striking aluminum chassis remains unchanged. How the updated hardware components affect the performance, temperature, fan noise and the battery life is the the subject of our review update.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030) | 15.6" | 2 kg
First Impressions: Microsoft Surface Book 2 Convertible Review

First Impressions: Microsoft Surface Book 2 Convertible Review

Powerhouse performance? Microsoft says the new Surface Book 2 combines the best of two worlds and is also the most powerful Surface device yet. The specs look promising thanks to the new Kaby Lake-R processor and Nvidia's Pascal GPU. We already have a test model of the convertible and share our initial impressions.
Intel Core i7-8650U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 13.5" | 1.6 kg
OnePlus 5T. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus officially launches the 5T with an 18:9 screen and a new approach to the dual camera design

The OnePlus 5T is now official, with an 18:9 minimal-bezel screen, and a new approach to the dual camera setup that OnePlus claims improves the low-light performance.
IDC predicts in-game microtransactions are never going away (Source: EA)

IDC predicts in-game microtransactions are never going away

Hardcore gamers may just have to accept the fact that casual gamers of free-to-play titles are making publishers too much money for them to not integrate similar monetization practices elsewhere.
Nov 16
Vivo V7 Android smartphone with 24 MP front camera and Qualcomm Snapdragon 450

Vivo V7 now official in China

The new Vivo V7 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor and features a 24 MP camera for selfies, being similar to the Vivo V7+. However, the V7 comes with 32 GB internal storage, while its more expensive sibling features 64 GB of storage space.
Bose noise-masking sleepbuds. (Source: Bose)

Bose wants to improve your sleep with noise-masking 'sleepbuds'

Bose has started an Indigogo campaign for prototype testing of their new noise-masking sleepbuds. These sleepbuds are ultra-compact earbuds which isolate external noise and play soothing nature sounds to aid in achieving a good night's sleep.
The Meizu M6 Note. (Source: Pocket-Lint)

Meizu set to snub US market

Meizu's Head of Global Marketing, Ard Boudeling, has confirmed that the Chinese manufacturers will not be attempting to sell their devices in the US anytime soon, although other American markets are still game.
The XZ1 Compact. (Source: AndroidPit)

Deal | You can snag an Xperia XZ1 Compact for less than $500

The Xperia XZ1 Compact is currently on sale on Best Buy at a bargain price of $499.99, $100 off its MSRP of $600. The XZ1 Compact is the only true compact premium phone this year, and lovers of smaller devices may want to jump on this deal.
Android Pay in a grocery store (Source: Google - The Keyword)

Android Pay hits Brazil and the Czech Republic

A few weeks after its debut in Ukraine, Google's Android Pay arrives in the Czech Republic and Brazil. This mobile payment service will go live in Slovakia soon as well.
The Gionee M7.

Gionee M7 Plus spotted in the wild, Snapdragon 660 in tow

Gionee's upcoming M7 Plus has been spotted on a few benchmarks, with the mid-range device making a few improvements on the M7 that was released in September.
The PrevailPRO features a slim profile, but still packs powerful specs. (Source: PNY)

PNY launches PrevailPRO Mobile Workstation with NVIDIA Quadro Max-Q and Core i7

The PrevailPRO is PNY's first incursion into mobile workstations. There are three available variants that integrate an i7-7700HQ CPU coupled with up to 32 GB DDR4-24400 RAM and up to 512 GB NVMe SSD + 2 TB HDD storage options. On the graphics side, professional designers can choose between Nvidia's Quadro P3000 and P4000 GPUs, both with Max-Q specs.
All the premium features on the GT83VR Titan add up to a total weight of 12 lbs. (Source: MSI)

Deal | Amazon offers 33% discount on the MSI GT83VR Titan gaming laptop with GTX 1070 SLI setup

The MSI GT83VR Titan is not your usual gaming laptop. It packs all sorts of premium features like the unlocked gen 6 i7-6820HK CPU coupled with 64 GB DRR4-2400 RAM, two 256 GB NVMe SSDs + 1 TB 7200 rpm HDD storage combo, 18.4-inch 1080p IPS-grade display, BD writer + SD card reader, and a SteelSeries backlit mechanical keyboard with RGB backlight and separat...
Asus laptops fall flat in latest quarterly worldwide shipment results (Image source: HP)

Asus laptops fall flat in latest quarterly worldwide shipment estimates

Overall laptop shipments are up 6.8 percent quarter-on-quarter for an estimated total of 42.69 million units amongst the top 6 brands. Asus slipped from 4th place to 5th and subsequently lost its spot to Apple.
Bluboo S8 Smartphone Review

73% Bluboo S8 Smartphone Review

1/6th the price, 1/6th the performance. Bluboo is capitalizing on the Galaxy S8 craze with its own copycat version for $150 USD. The Bluboo S8 would have been quite impressive if it weren't for some deep faults.
Mediatek MT6750 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.7" | 200 g
Product image of the MX110. The MX130 looks identical. (Source: Nvidia)

The entry-level MX110 and MX130 GPU product pages appear on Nvidia's website

The previously rumored MX110 and MX130 are now listed on Nvidia's website, and unlike the MX150 that they join these cards are Maxwell based rather than Pascal. Based on Nvidia's performance figures these cards provide around 38 to 63 percent of the performance from an MX150.
Nov 15
OnePlus 5T model A5010 details (Source: GFXBench)

OnePlus 5T surfaces on GFXBench

The upcoming OnePlus 5T was spotted on GFXBench with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage, as well as a generous 6-inch display with 2,060 x 1,980 pixels. Its launch is expected for tomorrow.
Lineage 2: Revolution now available via Google Play and Apple's App Store

Lineage 2: Revolution hits Europe and North America

Lineage 2: Revolution has been available in South Korea, Japan, and China since early 2017, and today it finally hits North America and Europe. The game is available for both iOS and Android.
The Essential PH-1. (Source: Digital Trends)

Essential PH-1 now equipped with Treble

A user on Essential's Reddit community has discovered the presence of Google's new Treble API on their PH-1 after updating to the Oreo beta that was released yesterday.
The Galaxy Note 8 in all its glory. (Source: CNET)

Deal | You can snag a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for under $800

A reputable seller on eBay currently has the Samsung Galaxy Note 8—brand new, unlocked, 64 GB—on sale for a bargain price of US$790. Pretty great deal when you consider the fact that its rival, the iPhone X, goes for US$200 more.
The Redmi Note 5A was launched a few months ago but no one actually cares about it.

Redmi Note 5 listed online

The Redmi Note 5 has been listed on, which may be a sign that we're set to get the mid-range killers in the coming weeks. Details of the device are unknown at the moment but we expect to see either the Snapdragon 630 or 636 on it, which would make for a delightful package, especially at the prices touted.
Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is faster than Apple's iPhone X

The tests conducted by the popular YouTube channel PhoneBuff revealed that the iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 8 are very close in terms of performance, but Samsung's flagship managed to win thanks to its strong multitasking capabilities.
The Optane DIMMs are based on regular DDR4 DIMMs but the interface will differ, while the capacities will go beyond 512 GB. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

Intel Optane DIMMs to hit the market in second half of 2018

The Optane DIMMs will come in DDR4 module sizes and will also feature NVMe-like capacities of at least 512 GB. These will improve data caching without the need of an SSD, speeding up load times in applications and games. Estimated cost is around US$88.
The 7nm A11X Bionic could feature in the next gen iPad. (Source:

Rumor | iPads in 2018 could be based on the 7nm Apple A11X Bionic octa-core CPU

Apple will be reportedly using the A11X Bionic CPU in the next generation iPads, which is an octa-core CPU based off TSMCs 7nm fabrication process.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini would come with a 4-inch display, but still retain the other top features from the flagship versions. (Source: BusinessKorea)

An early 2018 Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini is highly likely, according to new rumors

U.S.-based investment information firm Valuewalk informs that a Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini version is most likely to be launched in early 2018, along with the S9 and S9+ flagship models. The Mini model would get a 4-inch display with curved edges and all the other powerful specs that come with the larger versions.
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.
Delays in the production of the iPhone X hit Foxconn hard. (Source: Apple)

Foxconn profits tumble on the back of iPhone X woes

Apple's manufacturing partner took a lot of of pain due to delays with the mass production of its flagship iPhone X. This, coupled with sluggish sales of the iPhone 8, saw Foxconn's profit for the quarter tumble 39 percent.
Essential has made its first Android 8.0 Oreo beta available for its PH-1. (Source: Essential)

Essential Oreo beta release makes it even more tantalizing

Essential has just released the first Android 8.0 Oreo beta for its Essential Phone PH-1. The device is one of just a handful of current flagship Android devices to have received any indication that the latest software from Google is about to hit it.
Nov 14
Anand Chanrasekher, Senior VP and GM, shows off the Centriq 2400. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm announces commercial shipments starting for world's first 10 nm server processor - Centriq 2400

After a four year design, development, and implementation process Qualcomm has announced that they are now shipping their Centriq 2400 ARMv8-based server processors. These processors are available in up to 48 cores and have been designed for low TDP operation in highly-threaded cloud-based workloads.
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017 Smartphone Review

81% Huawei Y6 Pro 2017 Smartphone Review

Small. Fancy. Cheap. Huawei's Y6 Pro (2017) is the manufacturer's latest Y-series model. We liked the entry-level smartphone's fancy metal case, its very decent hardware, and its compact size. Unfortunately, we also found one particular issue with lots and lots of room for improvement.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 | Qualcomm Adreno 405 | 5" | 145 g
Android Oreo has new APIs which help remove developers reliance on accessibility permissions. (Source: knd61/Pixabay)

Google's new security policy on accessibility features will limit or remove 'hundreds of good, useful apps'

The next stage of Google's push to improve Android security is putting a spotlight on applications which misuse accessibility features to add functionality that wasn't expressely designed to improve use for people with disabilities. Some popular apps affected include LastPass, Cerberus, and Tasker.

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