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May 23
Vivo confirms the June 12 launch of its futuristic APEX notchless, full-display APEX smartphone. (Source: Vivo)

The fullscreen Vivo APEX is officially launching on June 12

First shown as a futuristic concept phone, the Vivo APEX is officially launching on June 12. The device avoids a display notch by incorporating a retractable selfie-camera that pops out of its chassis when required.
Upcoming Razer Core X eGPU dock is larger and cheaper than the current Core V2 (Source: Razer)

Upcoming Razer Core X eGPU dock is larger and cheaper than the current Core V2

Unlike the Aorus Gaming Box, the Razer eGPU promises to work with MacBooks and is much larger in volume to support 3-slot graphics cards. The new Core X is already in stock and shipping for $300 USD sans a GPU. The announcement co...
May 22
Unreal was especially praised for its graphics and atmosphere upon release. (Source: GOG)

Download Unreal Gold for free for a limited time

It has been 20 years since the original Unreal first-person shooter appeared on PCs around the world. The classic game was released on May 22, 1998, and it spawned a whole franchise of best-selling titles. To celebrate Unreal’s bi...
HTC Desire 12 Smartphone Review

76% HTC Desire 12 Smartphone Review

The object of desire? The smartphone ponier HTC first brought its Desire series to the market almost 8 years ago. Since then, the Desire series has fallen off the map. Now the HTC Desire 12 tries to find some new fans. In our review, we examine whether the 199-Euro ($234) dual-SIM smartphone with a 5.5-inch display and Android 7 is any good.
Mediatek MT6739 | PowerVR GE8100 | 5.5" | 137 g
Intel's Coffee Lake-S octa-core CPUs are expected to launch in Q3 this year. (Source: Intel)

Intel Coffee Lake-S 8-core/16-thread CPU spotted in SiSoft Sandra benchmarks

The SiSoft Sandra benchmarks reveal that the upcoming Coffee Lake-S octa-core/16-thread CPUs will be compatible with current chipsets and the soon-to-be-released Z390 platform. The test prototype is cocked at 2.6 GHz by default, h...
Razer claims that the new Blade is the slimmest 15-inch gaming laptop on the market right now. (Source: Razer)

The new Razer Blade 15 is the slimmest 15.6-inch gaming laptop in the world

Razer managed to squeeze the 15.6-inch systems inside the older 14-inch Blade chassis. This makes the new Blade gaming laptops some of the slimmest models on the market to date. The refreshed specs include Intel's gen 8 hexa-core ...
Opinion | 2018 is make-or-break for the MacBook

Opinion | 2018 is make-or-break for the MacBook

It's been 2 years since the MacBooks were subject to a radical redesign of the keyboard, notably introducing the butterfly switch mechanism and Touch Bar. This year will be a crucial one for Apple's MacBook line, and I think we can predict a lot about the future of the line by observing what happens with the 2018 refresh.
Sketch of the Lenovo Z5. (Source: Weibo)

Camera samples | The Lenovo Z5 will be Lenovo's next flagship, and it will feature both a bezel-less display and no notch

Lenovo Vice President Chang Cheng has, once again, teased the company's upcoming device on Weibo. This time, he clarifies that the device will be named the Lenovo Z5. The teaser paints the picture of a device with absolutely no be...
The Mi 6. (Source: Android Pit)

More updates | Xiaomi Mi 7 spotted online carrying an extremely attractive price tag

Xiaomi's upcoming flagship, the Mi 7, has been spotted online. The device is expected to feature a Snapdragon 845, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, 3D facial recognition, and wireless charging...and all of that could come with a US$...
The Meizu M6s. (Source: Meizu)

The Meizu 6T will go against the Redmi S2 for the crown of best budget camera device

Meizu is set to unveil its next device, the M6T, at an event in China, on May 29. The device will sport a dual rear camera setup and 18:9 device, and will go against Xiaomi's recently released Redmi S2.
Mi Max 3 render. (Source: Cnmo)

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is set for a July launch

CEO of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, has announced that the company's Mi Max 3 will be unveiled in July. Details of the device remain unconfirmed but it's expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 660.
Google "Don't be evil" Be a force for good banner

Google silently removes its "Don't be evil" motto after almost two decades

Present in Google's corporate code of conduct since 2000, the "Don't be evil" motto was changed to "Do the right thing" in 2015 for use in Alphabet's code of conduct. However, Google did not drop this slogan until late April/early...
The unapologetically notchless Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS. (Source: Huawei)

Notched smartphones slammed by Christian Schwamkrug, Design Director with Porsche Design

The Design Director of Porsche Design has slammed smartphones with notched displays. Christian Schwamkrug has said that he wouldn't allow the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS to join the bevy of smartphones with notched displays in 2...
The SSD Competitor Optane 800P in Review

The SSD Competitor Optane 800P in Review

With their new Optane drives, Intel is introducing potential competition for classic NAND SSDs. The Optane SSD 800P is the manufacturer's first drive for consumers with enough space to store an entire operating system and all the user's programs. In our tests, the technology once again revealed its potential—but its concrete usefulness is dubious.
Samsung Galaxy S9+ in Sunrise Gold (Source: TechnoBuffalo)

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in Sunrise Gold finish coming next month, US availability not confirmed yet

US customers not happy with the three color choices locally available for the Samsung Galaxy S9 lineup might want to wait for a little longer, because it looks like the Sunrise Gold option might reach them in the coming weeks. Eve...
The new LG Q7 range focuses on audio and camera improvements. (Source: LG)

LG rolls out a trio of new Q7 models featuring high-end audio

LG has updated its popular Q6 with new Q7 models that the company is touting feature audio quality usually reserved for high-end devices, but at a mid-range price point. The new models retain the basic features of the 5.5-inch Ful...
OnePlus has done it — there are now lines of customers waiting to buy the OnePlus 6 (Source: Own)

OnePlus has done it — there are now lines of customers waiting to buy the OnePlus 6

The pre-launch event has proven successful in building even more hype surrounding the impending launch of the OnePlus 6. At least a couple hundred visitors were at the 4-hour event with many interested in purchasing the smartphone...
Gaming market expected to balloon past $90 billion USD by 2020 (Image source: Thegreatsetup.com)

Gaming market expected to balloon past $90 billion USD by 2020

A 2016 study has high hopes for gamers even though consoles and physical discs are not anywhere near where they used to be a decade ago. Mobile gaming could rise to 68.4 billion USD in market value by the end of this year compared...
The new GeForce GTX 1050 (3 GB) GPU offers a base clock speed of 1392 MHz. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia releases GeForce GTX 1050 (3 GB) GPU

A new variant of the GeForce GTX 1050 GPU has been spotted on the Nvidia website. The latest addition to the GTX 1050 series is the GeForce GTX 1050 (3 GB). The GeForce 10 series was released in 2016, and the GTX 1050 GPU original...
The RED Hydrogen One is expected to be released in summer. (Source: Verizon)

RED Hydrogen One holographic smartphone coming to AT&T and Verizon soon

It appears the innovative RED Hydrogen One smartphone is to be made available through AT&T and Verizon. Pre-orders for the novel device that sports a holographic screen are no longer being accepted at RED’s website, whereas Verizo...
May 21
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Epic will be holding the competitive Fortnite Party Royale event at E3. (Source: Metro)

Epic Games offers US$100 million funding for Fortnite tournaments

Epic Games has published a news post announcing the company’s intention to offer US$100 million in prizes for Fortnite tournaments taking place over the 2018-2019 season. This is a massive boost to the burgeoning eSports sector, w...
Testing the Xiaomi Mi A1

83% Xiaomi Mi A1 Smartphone Review

Pure Android at a fair price. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is the European version of the Mi 5X. Equipped with LTE band 20 and Android One, for a low price, it offers not only regular and timely security updates but also a two-year update warranty on the security patches.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 5.5" | 165 g
The Nokia X6 is already a smash hit in China. (Source: HMD)

Nokia X6 Chinese stocks depleted in 10 seconds

The Chinese branch of HMD Global reported that the entire stock of 700,000 Nokia X6 devices pre-sold in just 10 seconds. Another pre-sale is scheduled for May 31 and the stock is expected to be larger. Since the Nokia X6 already p...
The X50 5G modem could be integrated in mobile devices as well as desktop PCs. (Source: XDA Developers)

Qualcomm could allow OEMs to release several 5G smartphones this year

Major cities in the US and across the globe are testing 5G services throughout this year, and some areas might even get limited 5G connectivity in the second half of 2018. Tis has prompted some OEMs to pressure Qualcomm into allow...
Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury (S8 Lite) Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (Source: Samsung China)

Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury (S8 Lite) now official in China

The rumored Samsung Galaxy S8 Lite is now official in China as the S Light Luxury. Its highlights include a 5.8-inch Infinity Display with 2,220 x 1,080 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage...
Select Acer laptops will ship with Amazon Alexa pre-installed (Source: Acer)

Select Acer laptops will ship with Amazon Alexa pre-installed

Control your smart home with a compatible Acer laptop. The free update will begin rolling out today for Spin 3 and Spin 5 owners with more on store shelves beginning in June. Instead of offering the software as an option, however,...
Twitter poll on the subject yielded expect results. (Source: Twitter)

HMD executive confirms global launch of the new Nokia X6

Chief Product Officer at HMD, Juho Sarvikas, has confirmed that the Nokia X6 will be launched for the global market soon. The device was released in China last week, and is likely to be sold as an Android One device when it makes ...
Huawei MateBook X Pro launching in U.S. for $900 after rebates (Source: Huawei)

Huawei MateBook X Pro launching in U.S. for $900 after gift card rebates

The $300 USD gift card will apply to new purchases of the MateBook X Pro made through Amazon and NewEgg in an attempt to create buzz. The promotion will end after June 10. Huawei's latest 13.9-inch laptop is thicker than its last ...
The Redmi 5A in all its glory. (Source: GadgetMatch)

Xiaomi's Redmi 5A overcomes the Galaxy S9 devices to become the best-selling Android device in Q1

According to data by Counterpoint Research, Xiaomi's Redmi 5A clinched top spot as the best-selling Android device in the world. The device, by its lonesome self, accounts for 1.8% of all smartphones sold in the world in March. Th...
The LG G6. (Source: Digital Trends)

LG rebrands the G6 as the G6 ThinQ but it's just a nominal change

LG is apparently now selling its older devices like the G6 and V30 with a ThinQ branding. Quite amusingly, the ThinQ-branded devices are exactly the same as they were at launch—there is nothing to differentiate them from the regul...
Nvidia's next-generation GPU's will be based on the Turing architecture. (Source: Wccftech)

Nvidia 11xx series launching June 15, shipping from July

Nvidia is set to launch its next-generation 11xx series GPUs on June 15, according to a new report. The first cards on the market will be its own Founders Edition designs, with AIB vendors delivering their first designs starting a...
Relay Starter Pack (Source: Relay by Republic)

Republic Wireless intros the Relay secure smartphone for kids

The Relay secure smartphone for kids by Republic Wireless is so secure that it does not feature a display. This accessory can be considered a basic phone with tracking capabilities for kids, as it features nationwide 4G LTE connec...
Ubuntu 18.10 - Communitheme new default interface (Source: Ubuntu blog)

Ubuntu 18.10 will come with a new default theme, improved power management, and more

Scheduled to arrive in October, Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" will still use GNOME but will come with a new default theme called Communitheme, improved power saving options, a faster first-time startup for apps installed as sna...
Huawei Matebook X Pro (i5-8250U, MX150) Laptop Review

88% Huawei Matebook X Pro (i5-8250U, MX150) Laptop Review

Market disruptor. Huawei wants to prove that you don't need to spend $1500 or more for a decently specced XPS 13 or MacBook Pro. The MateBook X Pro attempts to give it all with an attractively thin aluminum design, 3:2 touchscreen, discrete Nvidia graphics, Thunderbolt 3, and an Intel U class CPU for less than what major competitors are currently offering.
Intel Core i5-8250U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 | 13.9" | 1.3 kg
Huawei Y6 2018

79% Huawei Y6 2018 Smartphone Review

Still affordable. The Huawei Y6 2018 is a device that has a lot of power for the money. The device looks modern and has a decent display, but can it be crowned the king of budget devices?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 | Qualcomm Adreno 308 | 5.7" | 150 g
Semantic Machines team (Source: The Official Microsoft Blog)

Microsoft acquires conversational AI company Semantic Machines

Semantic Machines Inc. is a Californian company based in Berkeley that will join Microsoft for an undisclosed amount. However, it has been revealed that the Redmond giant will establish a conversational AI center of excellence in ...
May 20
Huawei Y5 Prime (2018) showing dual SIM plus MicroSD slot. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei Y5 Prime official specs and images now available, includes triple card slot for dual SIM and MicroSD

The Huawei Y5 Prime (2018) is now listed on Huawei’s website, indicating that it might not be long until it hits store shelves. The older Y5 (2017) released in June of last year, so this timing would match. With 2 GB RAM / 16 GB s...
Dell Latitude 7390 (Core i7-8650U, Touchscreen) Laptop Review

90% Dell Latitude 7390 (Core i7-8650U, Touchscreen) Laptop Review

Smarter business? One of the best business ultrabooks gets even more powerful with the adoption of an 8th-generation Core i7-8650U CPU and NVMe SSD—as well as an honest-to-goodness anti-glare touchscreen. But are these extra perks worth the cost premium? As always, we’ll investigate with relentless detail in our full review.
Intel Core i7-8650U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
Dell Latitude 5490 (Core i7-8650U, Touchscreen) Laptop Review

86% Dell Latitude 5490 (Core i7-8650U, Touchscreen) Laptop Review

Faster, yet dimmer… Today’s Core i7-8650U and NVMe SSD Latitude 5490 configuration offers even faster performance than before—but it doesn’t come without its drawbacks. We’ll navigate the situation with expertise and care in our full review.
Intel Core i7-8650U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.7 kg
The Core i7-8750H in the MSI GS65 is slightly slower than in the Asus Zephyrus M GM501 (Image source: MSI)

The Core i7-8750H in the MSI GS65 is slightly slower than in the Asus Zephyrus M GM501

Throttling behavior has improved over the MSI GS63, but that is only because initial clock rates are lower than what the Core i7-8750H CPU is capable of when compared to the same CPU in the latest Zephyrus or Aero. Multi-thread pe...
May 19
Toshiba now has the regulatory approval needed to complete the sale of their semiconductor business to a consortium of companies. (Source: Toshiba)

US$18 billion sale of Toshiba's Memory Corporation to consortium that includes Seagate and Apple is approved

Consortium of buyers includes Seagate, Apple, Dell, Kingston, and SK Hynix. This is one of Seagate's biggest movements into the NAND flash business, an area where their major competitor, Western Digital, has focused on in recent y...
Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review

Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review

The new Ryzen processors give a decent boost to AMD. This will please the end users in particular, since competition is known to be good for business. The two Ryzen chips without the "X" in their labels are supposed to be energy efficient above all. You can find out in this review, what you can really get out of these processors.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 | AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 | 32"
Model posing with an unseen smartphone. (Source: OnPhones)

Xiaomi allegedly caught gaming promotional material for the upcoming Redmi Y2

According to a report by OnPhones, Xiaomi may have been using fake camera samples for its Redmi Y2 promotional content. This wouldn't be the first an OEM does something of the sort.
The Asus Zenfone 5. (Source: CNET)

The Asus Zenfone 5 is a mid-range device that competes with the top dogs, DxOMark says

The Asus Zenfone 5 has made its way over to DxOMark, with the camera evaluation platform placing it alongside devices like the iPhone 8 and HTC U11. That's quite impressive for a US$400 mid-ranger.
ZTE headquarters. (Source: Digital Trends)

Samsung open to selling its Exynos SoCs to ZTE

ZTE may have found a way out of its current troubles, as word claims that Samsung is willing to sell its Exynos SoCs to the company, in a bid to expand its ARM processor business.
Xiaomi France teaser (Source: Facebook)

Xiaomi coming to France on May 22

Promising to bring a "new attitude" to Europe, Xiaomi is ready to enter the French market. The Chinese brand will open its first Mi Store in Paris on May 22, but more are expected to follow in other French cities over the coming m...
The Samsung Galaxy J series began in 2013 and features affordable handsets. (Source: Winfuture.de)

Official renders of the Samsung Galaxy J4 appear online

Official press photos of the Samsung Galaxy J4 have turned up online, and they show the device available in two different colors. The Galaxy J4 will be an entry-level smartphone featuring a Samsung Exynos 7570 quad-core SoC. No pr...
May 18
PowerColor RX Vega 56 Nano. (Source: PowerColor)

The ITX sized RX Vega 56 Nano is real and it arrives next month, says PowerColor

When PowerColor released the RX Vega 56 Red Dragon earlier this year, there was talk that a true ITX sized version might be on the way due to the miniature PCB underneath the full-sized cooler. They have now confirmed that a 'Nano...
Chuwi GBox Mini PC vorgestellt

Chuwi GBox HTPC promises quad-core Gemini Lake in a compact form factor

Not to be confused with the ZBox or XBox, the GBox mini PC targets home theater users and video streamers in a chassis just 0.98 L in volume and 1.5-inches thick. Chuwi is promising that the new Gemini Lake platform can bring a 60...
Netflix HDR now supports 11 smartphones and a tablet

Netflix HDR support now available for the Sony Xperia XZ2, Huawei's Mate 10 Pro, and the P20 family

The list of mobile devices with Netflix HDR support now consists of 11 smartphones and one tablet — namely the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 — and the last ones to be added are the Huawei P20, P20 Pro, Mate 10 Pro, as well as the Sony Xpe...

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