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Apr 26
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Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) now available

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver" is here and brings quite a few changes to the OS. Users upgrading from 16.04 LTS will notice quite a few aesthetic changes; 18.04 LTS brings the switch back to the GNOME desktop to the long-term su...
Google Tasks app for Android now available (Source: Google Play)

Google launches the Tasks mobile productivity app

Freely available for both Android and iOS devices, the brand-new Google Tasks mobile app simply provides another way of adding tasks from the other G Suite apps without using the task management features of Google Calendar or Gmai...
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP401NA (N4200, FHD) Convertible Review

80% Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP401NA (N4200, FHD) Convertible Review

A good deal The VivoBook Flip scores points with its high-contrast IPS touch screen and silent operation. The former can also be used for inputs with an active stylus.
Intel Pentium N4200 | Intel HD Graphics 505 | 14" | 1.5 kg
ZTE dual-notch design patent, ZTE Iceberg concept might become a product someday (Source: Mobiel kopen)

The Iceberg is back: ZTE patents a dual-notch handset

The ZTE Iceberg concept that surfaced on the iF World Design Guide might have seemed nothing more but another over-the-top design, but now a patent showing a similar device has been spotted online. Now, it only remains to see if Z...
The Huawei P20 Pro. (Source: Huawei)

Opinion | Hands-on user reviews of the Huawei P20 Pro claim the device's cameras may not be as good as critics say

The Huawei P20 Pro rocked the smartphone world when it was launched a month ago. The device's tri-rear cameras and impressive image processing has seen critics hail it as debatably the best camera smartphone on the planet. However...
The notched OnePlus 6 will be coming in an Avengers Limited Edition variant. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Limited Edition gets a teaser video

The OnePlus 6 mightn't be hitting the market until the middle of next month, but OnePlus hasn't missed the opportunity cash in on the publicity being generated by the new Avengers movie in cinemas now. The Chinese smartphone maker...
Nintendo has sold 18 million Switch consoles. (Source: Nintendo)

Nintendo Switch is a bona fide hit with 18 million sales

Nintendo has racked up nearly 18 million sales of its Switch console. The hybrid handheld / desktop gaming console has helped drive the Japanese gaming giant to a whopping US$1.6 billion profit for its fiscal year just ended.
AMD's Ryzen family of CPUs has put the company on a competitive footing with Intel. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen from the ashes, records US$81M profit for Q1 2018

After failing to turn a profit for the best part of the last decade, AMD has reported a net profit of US$81 million for the first quarter of 2018. The company can pin its turnaround on the success of its Ryzen chip family, which i...
Asus Chromebox 3 desktop PC with Intel Kaby Lake processor

Asus Chromebox 3 now available for pre-order

Unveiled back at CES 2018, the Intel Kaby Lake-powered Asus Chromebox 3 is now available for pre-order via TigerDirect and NextWarehouse. Although it is also listed as out of stock and there is no release date public yet, those in...
Samsung has sold over 8 million Galaxy S9 smartphones in just the first month (Image source: Samsung)

Samsung has sold over 8 million Galaxy S9 smartphones in just the first month

Prices for the Galaxy S9 series continue to fall to as low as 600 Euros in some regions like Spain. An independent study from a market analytical firm has revealed that Samsung's latest flagship is tracking slower than the Galaxy ...
Apr 25
Sony Xperia XZ2

89% Sony Xperia XZ2 Smartphone Review

Everything in HDR. HDR is the key term for Sony's new high-end smartphone Xperia XZ2: The display supports HDR 10 and is able to upscale content to HDR, while the camera can record videos in HDR. Can this be seen as a real innovation or does it not suffice to compete on the market?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | Qualcomm Adreno 630 | 5.7" | 198 g
The Mi 6X comes in a brilliant red. (Source: MIUI)

Xiaomi launches the Mi 6X in grand style - Snapdragon 660, Quick Charge 3.0, no headphone jack

Xiaomi has announced the launch of its new mid-range device, the Mi 6X. The Mi 6X will succeed the Mi 5X that was released last year and could very well be repackaged as an Android One Mi A2 later in the year.
The Galaxy X looks quite similar to Microsoft's Surface Phone designs. (Source: AndroidLeo)

Samsung Galaxy X concept gets inspired by Microsoft's Surface Phone

While it is still not clear if Samsung is going to release any foldable phones in 2018 or 2019, sleek 3D renders of a rumored Galaxy X model make an appearance in the wild, depicting a device with 1 external display and 2 other in...
The Galaxy A8+ (2018) was launched earlier in the year. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung set to release the Galaxy S8 Lite and A8 Star

Rumors of a Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini have been rife of recent but a new source has claimed that the device is, in fact, the S8 Lite—a mid-range device exclusive to the Chinese market. It will be joined by the A8 Star.
The 970 Evo and Pro NVMe SSDs are part of Samsung's mid-range storage solutions. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung launches 970 Evo/Pro NVMe M.2 SSDs

Samsung is refreshing its mid-range NVMe SSD lineup with the 970 Evo and Pro models that are using the latest version of the company's 64-layer 3D V-NAND memory chips. The Pro version is slightly faster but comes only in 512 GB an...
Opera Touch browser for Android (Source: Opera Blogs)

Opera Touch is a new mobile browser optimized for one-handed use

Opera Touch is a new mobile browser from Opera Software that is only available for Android now, but an iOS version will arrive later this year as well. Its main highlight is Flow, a feature that syncs the desktop Opera browser wit...
Notebook Service and Support Satisfaction Survey

Notebook Service and Support Satisfaction Survey - Who has the best laptop service?

To find the notebook that is best suited for your individual requirements is one thing, but what happens when there are software or hardware problems? How good are the business services really? We asked our readers about their experiences with the service and support from their favorite manufacturers. Find out about the outcome of our survey with more than 1000 participants here. Update 25.04.2018: English Graphs added.

Mediatek Helio P60 SoC

Cortex-A73 / A53 ARM 8 cores @ 2000 MHz 12nm
OnePlus will be live-streaming the launch event on its website. (Source: OnePlus)

Launch event date for the OnePlus 6 confirmed

A launch event date for the OnePlus 6 flagship smartphone has finally been announced. The new device will be unveiled at a large arena in London, UK, on May 16. The Shenzhen-based manufacturer has also revealed another launch even...
Alienware has no plans to incorporate Kaby Lake-G as part of its lineup (Image source: Dell)

Alienware has no current plans for Kaby Lake-G

According to Dell, Kaby Lake-G caters better to casual mainstream gamers while the Alienware brand will stick to hardcore gamers and enthusiasts with the familiar Intel H-series and Nvidia GTX GPUs. The Intel-AMD processors will i...
The Nokia X6 will be the first under HMD to feature a notched display. (Source: Weibo)

Fresh Nokia X6 render leaks and (surprise!), it has a notched display

The Nokia X6 has just been leaked in fresh renders and if you were hoping that it would feature a notched display, your wishes have been granted. It will be the first device from the reborn brand to feature a notched display, but ...
Buying the Combat Crate will save you almost US$40 as opposed to buying the components separately. (Source: Amazon)

AMD launches the 'Combat Crate' bundle for CPU/GPU/chipset discount

AMD has coupled first-generation Ryzen CPUs along with an MSI variant of Radeon RX 580 GPU and a compatible MSI motherboard in a bundle named 'Combat Crate'. The combat crates target gamers by providing them with the essentials fo...
Image: Google

Chrome's Canary channel gets a visual overhaul, new features

The developer channel for Google's Chrome browser ("Canary") is sport a new coat of paint as well as some useful features. While all of these changes may not make their way to the Stable channel, the new design language echoes wha...
The LG G7 display will be super bright and color accurate. (Source: LG)

The LG G7 might "only" have an LCD display, but it packs some tricks up its sleeve

The forthcoming LG G7 ThinQ will be fighting an uphill battle as one of the handful of flagship Android smartphones still using an LCD display. However, its IPS LCD display will be armed with super brightness and high color accura...
Fire TV devices were developed by Amazon and manufactured by Foxconn. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon's Fire TV Cube is coming soon

The question “What is Fire TV Cube?” has been posted on a splash page on the Amazon website. Amazon Fire TV is a digital media player and microconsole created by the Seattle-based online shopping giant. Rumors of a cube-shaped dev...
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BattleTech received funding of US$2.78 million on Kickstarter. (Source: RockPaperShotgun)

Strategy titles BattleTech and Frostpunk released

Fans of the strategy genre will be pleased to learn that the games BattleTech and Frostpunk have been released today. The former, developed by Harebrained Schemes, gives the player the opportunity to control enormous BattleMechs o...
The Nokia X6 is said to fit in just below the Nokia 7 Plus in HMD's lineup. (Source: Expert Reviews)

The touted Nokia X will actually be the Nokia X6, and it's a midranger with a powerful processor

The Nokia X6 will be Nokia's next device. The device is reportedly billed for an April 27 launch and is positioned between the Nokia 6 (2018) and the Nokia 7 Plus in the company's hierarchy of smartphones.
Xiaomi still kings of the Indian smartphone market with a 31% market share

Xiaomi still kings of the Indian smartphone market with a 31% market share

A report by Canalys has disclosed the current standings in the Indian smartphone market. The world's second-largest smartphone market belongs to Xiaomi, with the company boosting its stock over the first quarter of 2018 to reach a...
Top 10 2-in-1 Windows Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles (2-in-1 Tablets)

April 2018 update. Here is the current list of Notebookcheck's top-ranked 2-in-1 Windows tablets with attachable or detachable keyboards. This list is reviewed on a regular basis, checked by our editors and updated if needed. It is designed to help our readers with their purchase decisions.
The Meizu 15 Lite. (Source: GSMArena)

Meizu unveils the Meizu 15 and Meizu 15 Lite, partners with Google to release new Android Go phone

Meizu, a while ago, launched its new 15-series devices. The devices offer fine hardware while sticking with some of the traditional features of Android phones—16:9 display, 3.5mm headphone jack, and no notch.
Apr 24
Image: Purism

Librem 5 smartphone will officially support PureOS and Ubuntu Touch

Thanks to a collaboration between Purism and UBports, the upcoming crowd-funded Librem 5 smartphone now officially supports Purism's own PureOS and Ubuntu Touch. Ubuntu Touch, which was abandoned by Canonical last year, was picked...
The global semiconductor market enjoyed 2016-2017 growth of 21.6%. (Source: VR Zone)

Report places Samsung ahead of Intel in semiconductor market

A press release from research company Gartner has stated that Samsung has overtaken Intel as the world’s largest semiconductor vendor. The figures for 2017 show the South Korean company gaining 14.2% of the global market share whi...
Where are all the Kaby Lake-G laptops? Nvidia's GeForce Partner Program may be to blame (Image source:

Where are all the Kaby Lake-G laptops? Nvidia's GeForce Partner Program may be to blame

It's been almost five months since the official reveal of Kaby Lake-G and there is only one manufacturer other than Intel currently shipping a Kaby Lake-G product. We put the pieces together to find out why there are so few of the...
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 rugged Windows tablet with Intel RealSense 3D camera (Source: NotebookCheck)

Panasonic intros the Toughpad FZ-M1 rugged tablet with Intel RealSense 3D camera

Unveiled back at MWC 2018, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 is now available in Europe starting at the equivalent of over US$2,500 (without taxes). The highlights of this rugged Windows 10 Pro tablet with a fanless design include a su...

ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU

3 Bifrost cores @ 850MHz
Among businesses Cortana is in first place, followed by Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa. (Source: Spiceworks)

Cortana ranked as the most popular virtual assistant for businesses

A member survey of IT professionals done by Spiceworks has found Cortana to be the most widely implemented virtual assistant in North American and European businesses. Siri follows closely behind with Google Assistant and Alexa ha...
The ultra-low voltage Tremont CPUs will come with TDPs lower than 10 W. (Source: Anandtech)

Intel "Tremont" will soon replace "Goldmont Plus" ultra-low voltage SoCs

The Tremont ultra-low voltage SoCs will presumably be manufactured using the 10 nm process and will feature most of the instruction sets that will be integrated in the upcoming Ice Lake desktop CPUs. Intel is making sure that the ...
Fujitsu LifeBook E548 (i5-8250U, UHD620) Laptop Review

82% Fujitsu LifeBook E548 (i5-8250U, UHD620) Laptop Review

Office all-rounder. With the LifeBook E548, Fujitsu offers a competitive 14-inch business notebook. With its many equipment configurations, the E548 offers all that buyers would expect from an office laptop, at least on paper. We find out in our review, whether these specifications are also reflected in our benchmark results.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.8 kg

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Zen+ x86 8 cores @ 3700 - 4300 MHz 12nm

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Zen+ x86 6 cores @ 3600 - 4200 MHz 12nm

Intel Xeon E-2176M Coffee Lake SoC

Coffee Lake x86 6 cores @ 2700 - 4400 MHz 14nm

Intel Xeon E-2186M Coffee Lake SoC

Coffee Lake x86 6 cores @ 2900 - 4800 MHz 14nm
Amazon has not yet disclosed the appearance of Vesta, but the robot cold come in a humanoid form to make it more friendly. (Source: ReporteIndigo)

Amazon's project Vesta aims to launch domestic robots by 2019

Vesta is a more advanced Alexa that can go about houses thanks to advanced cameras and computer vision systems that are currently featured in self-driving cars. Additionally, the domestic robot could come with a pair of robotic ar...

Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC

Kryo 260 ARM 8 cores @ 1800 MHz 14nm
Part of the code that exploits the Tegra SoC's boot ROM. (Image: Github)

New method of hacking Nintendo's Switch claims to be "unpatchable"

A newly discovered hardware exploit allows for the execution of arbitrary code on devices powered by Nvidia's Tegra processors. This includes Nintendo's wildly popular Switch, which has been under the scope of several hacking grou...
Dell P2719H 27-inch productivity monitor. (Source: Dell)

A bevy of new Dell productivity monitors that include USB-C connections and 65 W power delivery

Dell has been number one in monitor sales for 17 straight quarters, and they are looking to continue this trend with the announcement of seven new and refreshed monitors. Three of the new models stand out because of their USB-C co...
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 convertible with Cofee Lake and Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL (Source: Dell)

Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 is a business version of the XPS 9575, but with Radeon Pro WX graphics

The new Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 is a less powerful — but convertible — sibling of the 15.6-inch Precision 5530 mobile workstation. Its specs are similar to those of the Dell XPS 9575, but this mobile workstation features Radeon...
Dell OptiPlex 7760 AIO. (Source: Dell)

Dell announces two new OptiPlex 7460 and 7760 AIO with pop-up webcams and a refreshed OptiPlex 5060 Micro

Today Dell has announced three new models in their business and corporate orientated OptiPlex line of desktop computers, which are currently in their 25th year of production. These new models include two All-in-one (AIO) and a mic...
Dell Precision 5530 mobile workstation with Coffee Lake-H and NVIDIA Quadro options (Source: Dell)

Dell Precision 5530 business version of the XPS 9570 now official, Quadro P1000/P2000 graphics in tow

Available in Platinum Silver and Brushed Onyx, the 15.6-inch Dell Precision 5530 is the brand's smallest mobile workstation. Its comprehensive list of hardware options includes 8th generation Intel Core i5, i7, and i9 processors, ...
Dell Latitude 5491/5591 coming with Coffee Lake-H and GeForce MX130 options (Source: Dell)

Dell Latitude 5491/5591 coming with Coffee Lake-H and GeForce MX130 options

The 5491 and 5591 will target power users who need more performance than what Intel's U-Series of CPUs can offer. Both models will cram in 45 W Coffee Lake-H processors into a chassis design originally meant for 15 W Kaby Lake-R C...

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