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Samsung Galaxy S10+ customers on the Telstra network can opt in for a free upgrade to the 5G model on launch. (Source: Samsung)

Australian Galaxy S10+ customers offered a free upgrade to Galaxy S10 5G on Q2 launch with Telstra

Australia customers who purchase a Galaxy S10+ on a two-year plan with the telco Telstra are being offered a free, no strings attached, upgrade to the Galaxy S10 5G when it launches in the second quarter of the year. Customers who...
The new fabs will be located south of Seoul. (Source: SK Hynix/Korea Times)

SK Hynix planning enormous US$107 billion semiconductor fab investment

Reuters has reported that the South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix is planning on investing 120 trillion won (~US$106.6 billion) on chip manufacturing plants. The company will also spend an additional 55 trillion won (US$49 billion) on...
The Mi 9 SE is the first Snapdragon 712 phone. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches the Mi 9 SE — the first phone powered by the Snapdragon 712

Xiaomi has launched the Mi 9 SE in China alongside the flagship Mi 9. The Mi 9 SE is the world's first phone to be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC and offers the same 48 MP camera and in-display fingerprint sensor a...
The Nvidia GeForce MX250 laptop GPU is aimed at mobile gamers. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia announces GeForce MX230 and MX250 laptop GPUs

Nvidia has added two new members to the MX product family: The GeForce MX230 and the GeForce MX250. Both GPUs are based on Pascal architecture, offer DirectX 12 support, and they both utilize Nvidia’s Optimus graphics-switching te...
The Samsung UBD-M9500 (now discontinued) is the last 4K Blu-ray player from the company. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung joins OPPO in bidding adieu to Blu-ray

Samsung seems to have exited the 4K Blu-ray market in the US citing a niche market and current domination of Sony and Panasonic. Samsung became the second company after OPPO to stop making both 4K and FHD Blu-ray players coming in...
The Samsung Galaxy Fold uses an Infinity Flex Display. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Fold

The Samsung Galaxy Fold foldable flagship smartphone has finally been officially announced. The Snapdragon 855-powered device has a 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED (21:9) cover display and opens up to reveal a 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMO...
Lenovo ThinkPad 2019 leak: Data-sheets of the redesigned ThinkPads T490, T490s & T590 have been leaked (Pictured: ThinkPad T490 Healthcare Edition)

Lenovo ThinkPad 2019 leak: Data-sheets of the redesigned ThinkPads T490, T490s & T590 have been leaked

Lenovo's ThinkPad division gets hit by another leak, as a reddit user has published data-sheets for most of the upcoming ThinkPad business laptops. Though there is no way to verify the specs at this point, the specs of the T490 do...
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has even more cameras than the S10+

Samsung also devoted some of its latest launch event to 5G and its potential in the future of telecommunicatons and online life in general. This led to the unveiling of the Galaxy S10 5G. It has an extra 3D-sensing module on its r...
Feb 20
Samsung also has new wearables. (Source: Samsung)

New Samsung wearables - the Galaxy Buds, Fit and Watch Active - have been launched

Samsung has released three new types of wearable to go with the Galaxy S10 series in 2019. They are the Galaxy Buds, a possibly improved set of earbuds, the Galaxy Fit, a new activiy tracker, and the Galaxy Watch Active, a new spo...
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is also now official. (Source: Samsung)

Unpacked event also introduces Samsung Galaxy S10e

Today, (20 February 2019) Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+. However, the much-rumored new S10 variant, the S10e, was also counted in at some points. It will start at US$749, and has most of the new premium line's ...
Images via Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ now official

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ are now official and boast quite the feature set. We've known about most of these features thanks to the bevy of rumors and leaks that have been floating around the Internet for months, but t...
The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

February 2019 Update. Is the display the most important part of a notebook, tablet, or convertible for you and does it play a leading role in your purchasing decision? Our overview of the best displays in current notebooks as reviewed by Notebookcheck might be helpful for you.
best multimedia laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

February 2019 Update. Here you will find the best multimedia notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
The end of 2019 could bring halved prices for consumer DRAM modules. (Source: PCGamesN)

RAM prices to see 30% cuts in the next few months

Ever since the Chinese government started to investigate memory chip suppliers over suspicious price fixing schemes, DRAM module prices started to slowly decline, and it looks like prices could get reduced by 30% in Q2 2019. By th...
Bixby now supports a wider range of languages. (Source: News4C)

Update | Bixby 2.0 adds support for more languages

Samsung's in-house virtual assistant, Bixby, has been historically linked to many limitations over its life. One of them is the inability to work in certain languages, German and Italian included. However, support for these langua...
One of the new "Samsung Galaxy Fold" images. (Source: MobiFlip)

Update | Yet more new renders of Samsung Galaxy Fold emerge prior to its potential launch

The release of the Samsung Galaxy S10 series is imminent. This event has also been roundly rumored to include a stage at which the OEM's first foldable device will be unveiled. That has not stopped MobiFlip from presenting new pos...
It is now possible to install Windows 10 on the much-loved single-board computer (Image source: Symbolfoto)

Raspberry Pi 3: It is now possible to install Windows 10 on the single-board computer

Until now, the popular single-board computer has been specifically optimised for the Internet of Things version of Windows 10. However, there is now a tool that allows the installation of the full version of the OS on the Raspberr...
The NanoPi M4 can now be used as a NAS thanks to a new HAT expansion board (Image source: FriendlyElec)

FriendlyElec NanoPi M4: The Raspberry Pi alternative can now be used as a NAS for just US$25 thanks to a new HAT expansion board

Compact single-board computers can deliver excellent performance and fast file transfers. A new expansion board for the NanoPi M4 should allow it to be realised as network-attached storage (NAS).
Intel Core i9-9900KFC mentioned in AIDA64 Extreme beta release notes (Source: Wccftech)

Intel Core i9-9900KFC processor mentioned in AIDA64 beta release notes

At first sight, the Intel Core i9-9900KFC seems to be an unlocked 8-core, 16-thread processor that does not feature an integrated graphics card. However, Intel previously used the "C" suffix for chips with eDRAM cache for the high...
Archos Oxygen 57, Oxygen 63, and Oxygen 68XL (Source: Archos)

MWC19 | Archos Oxygen 57, Oxygen 63, and Oxygen 68XL now official, to hit the market in May

The new Archos handsets start at 5.7 and go up to 6.3 and 6.8 inches in size, but all will hit the market for less than 170 USD. The Unisoc SC9863-powered Oxygen 57 and Oxygen 63, as well as the Helio P22-driven Oxygen 68XL will l...
best budget multimedia laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Multimedia Notebooks

February 2019 Update. Here you will find the best multimedia notebooks under 1000 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
best budget office laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Laptops

February 2019 Update. Here you will find the current 10 best office/business notebooks for under 800 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
best laptops under 300 usd/euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 300 Euros

February 2019 Update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 300 USD/Euros as 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 Notebooks under 500 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 500 Euros

February 2019 Update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 500 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Top 10 notebooks under 1,000 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 1,000 Euros

February 2019 update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 1000 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Top 10 2-in-1 Windows Tablets

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

February 2019 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.
Microsoft Surface Headphones

Hands-On: Microsoft Surface Headphones

The Surface Headphones look good, but can they command their premium price tag, and how do they stack up against their wireless on-ear competitors? We put the US$349.99/£329.99 Surface Headphones to the test in this hands-on revie...
The Mi 9 offers similar specs to Samsung's S10 lineup, but the starting prices are essentially halved. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi 9 launched, high-end features starting at just US$445

Featuring specs similar to Samsung's S10 lineup, the Mi 9 smashes the Korean competitor with halved starting prices. Some of the outstanding features coming with the Mi9 include the powerful Snapdragon 855 SoC, up to 12 GB of RAM,...
Top 10 convertible laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertible Laptops

February 2019 Update. Here you will find the best convertibles reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Opera for Android 50 sports PiP mode and publisher-friendly ad blocking (Source: Opera Blogs)

Opera for Android 50 comes with publisher-friendly ad blocking and picture-in-picture mode

The version labeled 50 of the Opera browser for Android comes with an improved ad blocker that features a site-specific setting, picture-in-picture support for videos on Android Oreo (and later), support for dark CSS themes, as we...
best ultrabooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

February 2019 Update. Here you will find the best Ultrabooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the past few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
The Vivo V15 Pro brings key features from its high-end NEX line to the mid-range segment. (Source: Vivo)

Vivo's new V15 Pro brings notchless displays to the mid-range market

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo has launched its latest notchless all-display smartphone. The new Vivo V15 Pro has been unveiled in India and comes with an pop-up selfie camera and a triple rear camera set up.
Best Outdoor/Rugged Smartphones

Best Outdoor/Rugged Smartphones

February 2019 Update. Current smartphones are not just getting bigger and faster, they are also getting more and more fragile with each generation. Besides the display, the case is often made of glass as well and therefore subject to shattering when dropped. However, special-made and certified rugged smartphones are made to withstand massive abuse even without any protective shells. Here are the best outdoor smartphones reviewed by us.
LG has announced new mid-range phones in the Q and K-series. (Source: LG)

MWC19 | LG unveils new Q and K series budget smartphones ahead of MWC 2019

Ahead of MWC 2019, LG has announced three new budget smartphones in the Q and K-series. The LG Q60 offers a triple-camera setup and higher onboard storage while the LG K50 and K40 are oriented at more price-conscious users. All ph...
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 (i5-8265U, FHD) Laptop Review

88% Lenovo ThinkPad L390 (i5-8265U, FHD) Laptop Review

Compact black typewriter. Ultrathin ThinkPads like the X1 Carbon or its bigger multimedia cousin ThinkPad X1 Extreme offer an extremely high quality for an equally high price. The ThinkPad L390, a compact 13.3-inch laptop, proves that a more affordable device can still deliver most of the desired ThinkPad qualities as well.
Intel Core i5-8265U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
No, it's not Bendgate 3.0 - it's a render of a foldable iPhone. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Foldable iPhone renders offer a glimpse into the future

Renders of a foldable iPhone have been created and published by LetsGoDigital. The images are based on a patent application Apple made with the USPTO. Unlike many recent foldable offerings, the smartphone does not turn into a tabl...
The OnePlus 7 will sport a fullscreen notch-less display. (Source: @Steven_Sbw on Twitter)

New OnePlus 7 image leak confirms fullscreen display devoid of any notch or punch-hole

A new image of the OnePlus 7 has leaked online confirming previous leaks of a notch-less fullscreen display. We also do not see any punch-hole for the selfie camera indicating the possibility of a slider mechanism. However, the di...
Razer was founded in San Diego in 2005. (Source: Craft)

Razer realignment forces layoffs; Razer Phone 3 possibly cancelled

Razer has had to cut around 2% of its workforce due to “realignment.” It’s believed many of the staff that have been let go were involved with the company’s smartphone products. The cuts could mean that any progress on the Razer P...
Qualcomm is developing a QM215 SoC targeted at Android Go devices. (Source: The Register)

Qualcomm QM215 SoC currently under development for Android Go phones

Qualcomm looks to be developing a new entry-level SoC for entry-level Android Go smartphones. References to the new QM215 SoC have been spotted in several Qualcomm developer documents and it is expected to be developed independent...
The Razer Phone 2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. (Source: Razer)

Razer Phone 2 owners can expect to receive Android Pie starting February 27

It has been reported that owners of unlocked Razer Phone 2 handsets can expect to start receiving updates to Android 9 Pie from February 27. Those with carrier devices will have to wait a bit longer. This will be a relief to some ...
Alleged Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. (Source: Reddit - u/sprowlly)

Images of unboxed Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti leaked on Reddit

Some images of the upcoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti have been leaked on Reddit. The pictures show the graphics card’s box, the GPU fitted inside a computer, and a screenshot of the device’s description. Apparently, the owner of...
Feb 19
Image via Logitech

Logitech to bring back "legendary" Logitech G MX518 gaming mouse

Logitech announced today that it will reboot the classic Logitech G MX518 gaming mouse. Hailed in its day as one of the best gaming mice available, the MX518 is fondly remembered by many for its comfortable shape, fast reporting r...
Nvidia to prioritize DLSS improvements at low resolutions in upcoming driver update

Nvidia to prioritize DLSS improvements at low resolutions in upcoming driver update

3DMark's latest DLSS test show outstanding performance gains with the right implementation. Meanwhile, real world games like Battlefield V and METRO Exodus suffer from DLSS artifacts, especially in resolutions under 4K. Nvidia is ...
The Doogee S90 comes with 4 modules: the powerbank, the night vision camera, the walkie-talkie and the game controller. (Source: Doogee)

Doogee launches S90 modular rugged smartphone

The S90 is Doogee's first rugged smartphone that comes with a selection of modules similar to Motorola's mods. These include a high quality night vision camera, a 5,000 mAh powerbank, a walkie-talkie and a game controller. Additio...
ML Kit helps developers work with AI applications. (Source: Google Developers)

MediaTek announces collaboration with Google to enhance the Helio P90 SoC's AI features

The Helio P90 is an SoC that could bring augmented and mixed reality to some mid-range devices in the future. Today, MediaTek added AI to that list of possibilities. It has announced support for Google's ML Kit in conjunction with...
Image via Google Project Stream

GDC 2019 | Google to hold event at GDC next month, possibly related to its Project Stream game streaming service

Google announced today that it would be holding a special event at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) next month on March 19th. The announcement offers few details, but many are guessing that Google will announce something relate...
The new Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm has announced the new, 2nd-gen 5G Snapdragon X55 modem

Today, (February 19, 2019) Qualcomm has launched its second modem for use with 5G-New Radio (5G-NR): the Snapdragon X55. It is rated to support download speeds of up to 7 gigabits per second (Gb/s) and upload speeds of up to 3 Gb/...
The PlusUs Xpad. (Source: PlusUs)

The world's thinnest wireless charging pad is now up for crowdfunding

PlusUs has introduced its Xpad, a charging pad that measures only 2.2 millimeters in depth. This spec leads the start-up to assert that it is the thinnest product of its kind worldwide. It is available as a reward as part of an In...
Android Q may be the build that drops the traditional back button. (Source: YouTube)

Android Q could make the back button obsolete

A recent video made by XDA based on a leaked version of Android Q from January 2019 does not have a 'back' option in its UI navigation functions. The user must now swipe to the left using the 'pill' to return to a second-most rece...
The rumours and leaks were true; the Galaxy S10 and S10+ will feature punch-hole front-facing cameras. (Image source: YouTube)

Updated | Samsung Galaxy S10: Official launch advert spotted on Norwegian TV

The Galaxy S10 and S10+ are here one day early, sort of. Norwegian TV channel TV 2 has aired the launch advert for the Galaxy S10 and S10+ before tomorrow's Galaxy UNPACKED event in San Francisco. The advert confirms many of the S...

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