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May 24
This is what an extra $1,200 gets you. (Source: Amazon Japan)

Special edition VAIO Z Flip makes engine noises on boot-up, forms a dent in your wallet upon purchase

A Mercedes-Benz–branded VAIO Z Flip is now available for purchase, but is currently limited to Japan. The special edition notebook hopes to entice buyers with its generously-applied logos and a unique boot-up feature, but its high asking price may instead drive them away.
Samsung and Apple cleaned house in the ACSI's 2017 Customer Satisfaction Survey. (Image: ACSI)

Apple and Samsung dominate 2017 American Customer Satisfaction Index

The two brands claimed every spot in the ACSI's top 20 smartphones ranked according to customer satisfaction.
An optional MX150 is listed as one of the features available to the HP Envy 13. (Source: Videocardz)

Nvidia launches GeForce MX150 for notebooks without fanfare

HP's Envy 13 unveiling also revealed Nvidia's GeForce MX150 graphics card. The card is, for all intents and purposes, a mobile GT 1030, and is geared toward ultrabooks and similar low-power notebooks.
Samsung Galaxy Wide 2 - Another overpriced device from Samsung?

Samsung Galaxy Wide 2 - Another overpriced device from Samsung?

Korean giants Samsung just announced the release of the new Galaxy Wide 2 - an overpriced entry level device that offers nothing new.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 to come with massive battery and OTG support

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 to come with massive battery and OTG support

The Mi Max 2, which is likely to be announced tomorrow, will have a plus-sized battery and reverse-charging OTG capabilities.
Huawei Honor Band A2 fitness tracker coming in early June 2017

Honor Band A2 smart wearable coming next month

This new fitness tracker is a direct successor of last year's Band A1 and comes with a heart rate sensor, also featuring an OLED display and carrying a price tag of around $30 USD.
The new 3310 is cheaper, lighter, and smaller than its predecessor — but the likeness is unmistakable. (Source: CNET)

Nostalgic Nokia 3310 now available (but not numerous)

Nokia licensee HMD Global's revamp of the icon Nokia 3310 feature-phone has gone on sale today in the UK. It's priced around US$65, but expect stock to be bought up quickly by fans.
Asus ZenFone Live Android smartphone now available for purchase in India

Asus Zenfone Live arrives in India

This 5-inch handset comes with a rich set of both hardware and software features that aim to improve its live streaming and photography performance. Indian customers can pick it in gold, pink, or black, for a price tag of around $155 USD.
Kodak Ektra camera-focused Android smartphone reaches the US market late May 2017

Kodak Ektra finally hits the US

This smartphone/digital camera hybrid was supposed to arrive in the US last month but did not make it back then. For $399 USD, this stylish handset comes with RAW support, 4K video support, as well as software solutions for quick editing of videos and images.
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s – What is the best display option?

87% Lenovo ThinkPad T470s – What is the best display option?

Agony of choice. We compare the displays for the new ThinkPad T470s. WQHD, Full HD or touchscreen – how does the choice influence the picture quality as well as the battery runtime?
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.4 kg
Chinese brands such as Huawei are positioning themselves as manufacturers of premium, innovative products fit to compete against the world's best. (Source: Digital Trends)

Chinese smartphone makers surge while Apple and Samsung see decline

A new report by Gartner Inc. reveals Chinese smartphone OEMs saw huge growth over the past year while industry giants Apple and Samsung slightly negative growth.
Japan Display 600 dpi display vs 400 dpi and 112 dpi comparation

Japan Display announces 600 ppi E-Ink display

Thanks to its collaboration with E Ink Holdings, JDI is now capable of delivering ePaper panels with the same resolution as top-of-the-line smartphone displays and high-quality prints.
Huawei Honor 6A Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor now official

Huawei Honor 6A now official

This new budget-friendly Android handset comes with Android 7.0 Nougat on board, being powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 430 processor, next to 2 GB or 3 GB RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage.
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NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)

384 Pascal cores, 64 Bit GDDR5 @ 6000MHz
Asus X015D Android smartphone at TENAA, to hit the market as ZenFone Go 2

Asus ZenFone Go 2 hits TENAA

The handset that surfaced on the Chinese FCC is listed as ASUS_X015D and features a dual camera setup, as well as a 5.5-inch 720p TFT display, an octa-core processor, and a 4,850 mAh battery.
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NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)

384 Pascal cores @ 1228MHz, 64 Bit GDDR5 @ 6000MHz
Lenovo Moto G5S renders leak

Lenovo Moto G5S renders leak

The purported G5S and G5S Plus will each carry larger displays than the current G5 and G5 Plus with a new all-metal design.
Chuwi SurBook 2-in-1 now on Indiegogo for $299 USD

Chuwi SurBook 2-in-1 now on Indiegogo for $299 USD

The early bird price will be available to only the first few hundred backers before prices go up to the ~$350 USD range for the entry-level SKU. Even so, the 2-in-1 will pack impressive features compared to the pricier Surface Pro 4 alternative.
HP announce new Envy 13 at Cannes Film Festival

HP announce new Envy 13 at Cannes Film Festival

HP just announced the release of their new Envy 13. The laptop can be purchased at HP.com, with prices starting at $1044.99.
Microsoft Windows 10 China Government Edition launches in Shanghai next to Surface Pro

Microsoft intros Windows 10 China Government Edition

This new custom operating system comes without OneDrive integration and is based on Windows 10 Enterprise Edition. In addition to better management of features like Microsoft's cloud storage service, the new Windows 10 for China also allows the local government to use its own encryption algorithms.
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (Z500KL) Tablet Review

85% Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (Z500KL) Tablet Review

For traveling. With the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE, now the LTE version of the Asus tablet series runs through our tests. You can find out in our detailed review, whether the purchase of the LTE device costing 450 Euros (~$504) is worth it.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 MSM8956 | Qualcomm Adreno 510 | 9.7" | 490 g
May 23
An alleged final design dummy for the iPhone 8. (Source: Benjamin Geskin)

The iPhone 8 isn't here yet ... but the first iPhone 9 rumors are

Even before this year's iPhone gets an official unveiling, the rumor mill is starting to spin for its successor. A report claims that Samsung and Apple have struck a deal for two models of next year's "iPhone 9," including one model with a huge display.
The Huawei MateBook X. (Image: Huawei)

The MateBook X is Huawei's new flagship notebook

The MateBook X is a new compact ultrabook from Huawei that is very reminiscent of a certain rival's thin-and-light.
Huawei Honor Play Pad 2 Android tablet now official with Snapdragon 425 inside

Huawei launches Honor Play Pad 2 tablet

This new Honor tablet comes in two sizes - 8 and 9.6 inches. Both feature an aluminum body and use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, running Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 on top.
Nokia 9 tops Geekbench 3

Nokia 9 tops Geekbench 3

A device, suspected to be the Nokia 9, was spotted breaking a few records on Geekbench today.
Meizu M5c mid-range Android smartphone now official late May 2017

Meizu M5c mid-range smartphone now official

This new smartphone has a plastic body and no specs to write home about - an unspecified quad-core processor running at 1.3 Ghz, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, a 5-inch HD display, all with Flyme 6 OS on top.
Image: Huawei

Huawei announces MateBook E convertible notebook

The MateBook E improves on several aspects of the original, including a higher resolution screen, a redesigned keyboard and hinge, and options for new Kaby Lake processors.
Asus AsusPro B9440UA (Core i5, 8 GB) Laptop Review

87% Asus AsusPro B9440UA (Core i5, 8 GB) Laptop Review

The world's most lightweight 14-inch notebook. That is at least according to Asus, since the company advertises their latest 1.05 kg (2.31 lbs) heavy and 15 mm (0.59 inches) USB-C only office notebook as such. Our extensive review is going to reveal whether or not the restrictions necessary to achieve this feat are worth it, and how the B9400UA fared in its role as a highly mobile office notebook.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.1 kg
Alcatel Pixi 4 (7) Android tablet starting at only $61 USD

Alcatel Pixi 4 (7) tablet starts at $61 USD

This low-end tablet has a dual-SIM setup, being powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor and only offering 1 GB RAM. However, it comes with Marshmallow on board and starts at just $61 USD.
Samsung Galaxy Wide 2 Android smartphone launches in South Korea

Samsung Galaxy Wide 2 unveiled in South Korea

This new Galaxy Wide handset is a mid-range handset with a 5.5-inch 2.5D LCD HD display, an octa-core processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage. Priced around $265 USD, it hits the South Korean market with Android 7.0 Nougat on board.
Nokia and Apple end their patent-related legal struggles in late May 2017

Nokia and Apple bury the hatchet

After quite a long time spent as adversaries in court, the two companies signed a multi-year patent license, settling all litigation related to their high-profile intellectual property dispute.
The Surface Pro makes enough iterative upgrades over the Pro 4 to make it a solid entry in the series, but the omission of USB Type-C is still glaring. (Source: Microsoft)

Just call it the Surface Pro: Microsoft unveils Surface Pro update in Shanghai

Microsoft has unveiled an update to the Surface Pro 4, dubbed simply "Surface Pro". The new Surface Pro sports slightly redesigned chassis that makes it both thinner and lighter while rounding out the sharp edges, and also boasts a better screen and battery over the previous generation.
Say goodbye to Messenger "Days", games, and poor performance by using Messenger Lite. (Source: Facebook)

If you're tired of Facebook Messenger's bloat, try Messenger Lite

Facebook's ubiquitous chatting app, Messenger, has become so bloated that Facebook has already spun off a version for developing markets called "Messenger Lite". To install it in most countries, however, you'll have to sideload it on your Android phone.
Gigabyte's new Aero 15 has been received with near universal acclaim. (Source: Gigabyte)

Aero 15 gets firmware fix for keyboard rollover bug

Gigabyte has released a firmware update for their new Aero 15 laptop that fixes a bug preventing certain key combinations from registering. The 1.1.5 update is available through the Gigabyte Fusion application.
HP Spectre x2 Windows convertible with Kaby Lake processor, Bang & Olufsen audio

HP Spectre x2 now official

Less than a day after the official images surfaced online, the new Spectre x2 convertible is official. Just as rumored, it features a 12.3-inch display, two Kaby Lake processor options, and Intel Iris Plus graphics. It will hit the market next month starting at $999.99 USD.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

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

May 2017 update. 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

May 2017 update. Here is a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen sizes of 5.5 inches and greater - 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

May 2017 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 300 Euros (~$337) 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

May 2017 update. Here you will find the current best tablets 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

May 2017 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 120 Euros (~$135) 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.
Verizon Ellipsis 10 HD Android tablet might launch soon

Verizon Ellipsis 10 HD surfaces online

Although there are no specs to talk about at this stage, the image of this upcoming slate leaked by Evan Blass reveals that the next Ellipsis tablet runs what appears to be a stock Android build (maybe Nougat, but it might run Marshmallow as well) with a few Verizon Wireless apps added on top.
Oppo R11 and R11 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 660-powered Android handsets with dual camera setup at TENAA

Oppo R11 and R11 Plus spotted at TENAA

These two handsets will use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chip, both offering a dual camera setup on the back and a 20 MP selfie shooter. Since Oppo published a few teasers already, their arrival at TENAA only confirms that the launch is imminent.
Real Doogee Mix images revealed

Real Doogee Mix images revealed

Real images of the Doogee Mix finally surfaced and it's not nearly as bad-looking as we expected.
OnePlus 5 confirmed to carry front-facing fingerprint reader

OnePlus 5 confirmed to carry front-facing fingerprint reader

The OnePlus 5 was confirmed to carry a front-facing fingerprint by CEO Liu Zuoto on Weibo.
Clevo profits purportedly down by almost half

Clevo Q1 2017 profits purportedly down by almost half

The popular ODM will show off new designs at next week's Computex 2017 in an attempt to boost revenue for the remainder of this year.
Image: ASUS (cached)

Asus may hop on the slim bezel trend with rumored VivoBook S15

The 7.8 mm bezel allows a 15.6-inch display to fit in the body of a typical 14" notebook, according to Asus.
Image: HIS

HIS quietly releases single-slot RX 550 GPU

The single-slot GPU packs an RX 550 with a small core clock boost in a small footprint.
May 22
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Android smartphone coming soon

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active spotted in the wild

An image of the Samsung handset that carries the model number SM-G892A has just surfaced on the websites of The Wireless Power Consortium, the group in charge of the Qi wireless charging standard.
Acer Aspire VX15 Review. The one with the HDD...in 2017play icon

Acer Aspire VX15 Review. The one with the HDD...in 2017

Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75C4 VX15 15 inch laptop review. Great, apart from that hard drive. Good IPS screen and great WiFi performance. CPU and GPU performance is solid. Gaming results are in the review and you'll see from FPS results in the video. The SD card performance hurts! Acer Aspire VX15 / VX5...
HP Spectre X2 12 (2017) Windows convertible tablet with Kaby Lake processor and Intel Iris Plus 640 graphics

HP Spectre X2 12 (2017) images show up online

This updated convertible tablet promises to arrive soon with a 12.3-inch IPS display, as well as two processor options that belong to the Kaby Lake lineup, Intel Iris Plus 640 graphics, Bang & Olufsen audio, and more.
Apple bills its iPhone as an "easier" alternative to Android. (Source: Apple)

Apple's "Switch" webpage gets overhauled, focuses on iPhone's advantages over Android

A revamped Apple webpage attempts to explain why switching to iPhone from Android makes sense. The page mentions improved performance, photography, and ease-of-use as benefits that iPhone users enjoy.

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