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Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 13 Laptop Review - Too expensive with Intel CPU?

85% Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 13 Laptop Review - Too expensive with Intel CPU?

Microsoft lacks innovation. Microsoft's small Surface Laptop 4 gets a new Tiger Lake processor, but that's about it. Is that still enough in 2021 to compete with the rivals including Apple’s M1 MacBooks?
Intel Core i7-1185G7 | Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs | 13.50" | 1.3 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Thu, 13 May 2021 17:53:00 +0200
Is this a Huawei P50 ad? (Source: Twitter)

The first "official" Huawei P50 renders come with hints of new Leica-tuned camera technology

The prolific Huawei-focused leaker @RODENT950 has posted new images that look convincingly like genuine marketing material for the upcoming P50 flagship smartphones. They seem to confirm earlier rumors, albeit with arguably increa...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 13 May 2021 17:43:00 +0200
The FG series features new 'LHR' GPUs. (Image source: NVIDIA)

GALAX refreshes the GeForce RTX 30 series with NVIDIA's new ETH mining limits

GALAX has confirmed NVIDIA's plans to re-release the GeForce RTX 30 series with revised ETH mining limits. All cards bar the GeForce RTX 3090 have received new GPUs with a '2' suffix, replacing the '0' suffix from the original Amp...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 13 May 2021 17:35:00 +0200
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Framework laptops are now available for pre-order. (Image Source: Framework)

Framework laptops with fully customizable configurations now available for pre-order for just US$100

Framework has announced that it is now taking pre-orders in batches for its modular 13.5-inch laptops based on Intel Tiger Lake-U. The Framework laptop is available in both barebones DIY Edition and pre-configured options. The pre...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Thu, 13 May 2021 17:34:00 +0200
A new Da Vinci Resolve 17 update is out now. (Source: Blackmagicdesign)

Blackmagicdesign updates Da Vinci Resolve 17 with support for AV1 decoding in Windows

AV1 is a fast-emerging codec that is touted as lightweight enough in terms of resource demand to, for example, enable YouTube playback on mobile devices at 4K/60fps with ease. The latest version of the popular editing app Da Vinci...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 13 May 2021 17:11:00 +0200
The MediaTek Dimensity 900 is now official (image via MediaTek)

MediaTek Dimensity 900: 6nm chipset with integrated 5G modem launched for mid-range smartphones

MediaTek's newest Dimensity 900 SoC is now official with an integrated 5G modem that supports sub-6GHz networks, two ARM Cortex-A78 cores, six Cortex-A55 cores, a Mali-G68 MC4 GPU, support for LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage.
Anil Ganti, Thu, 13 May 2021 17:03:00 +0200
Xiaomi wins in a legal battle against the US infrastructure. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi has US sanctions against it revoked thanks to a new ruling

The electronics giant Xiaomi had been banned from the US investment market following a blacklisting by the Trump administration, based on claims of the OEM's association with the Chinese military. However, Xiaomi has strongly deni...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 13 May 2021 16:44:00 +0200
The Galaxy S21 Ultra with an Exynos SoC struggled in our battery life tests, too. (Image source: NotebookCheck)

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with an Exynos 2100 SoC sinks in DxOMark's new battery

DxOMark has started evaluating smartphone battery life, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra has fared poorly. The Exynos 2100 version languishes near the bottom of DxOMark's battery leaderboard, but the overall score is more than just a meas...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 13 May 2021 16:20:00 +0200
The Bleujour Kubb looks the part, but it is also costly. (Image source: Bleujour)

Bleujour Kubb: Updated mini-PC released with Intel Tiger Lake processors, Iris Xe graphics and Thunderbolt 4 support

Bleujour has updated the Kubb, its compact and stylish mini-PC. The square device is now available with Intel's latest Tiger Lake processors that feature Iris Xe Graphics and Thunderbolt 4 ports.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 13 May 2021 16:12:00 +0200
The Bakeey G51 is a cheap smartwatch with IP67 certification and up to 7 days of battery life. (Image source: Bakeey)

Bakeey G51: Cheap smartwatch launches with IP67 certification, 4 GB of storage and up to 7 days of battery life for US$29.99

The Bakeey G51 is a budget smartwatch with plenty of storage on which to store music. The device is also IP67 certified and features a large touchscreen display.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 13 May 2021 16:07:00 +0200
The ASUS PN41 builds on the old PN40 with newer Intel Jasper Lake processors. (Image source: ASUS)

ASUS PN41 mini-PC launches with a range of Intel Jasper Lake processors

ASUS has finally revealed the PN41, its latest mini-PC. The Intel Jasper Lake-based machine will be available with multiple processors, including the Celeron N5105 and the Pentium Silver N6005.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 13 May 2021 15:57:00 +0200
MSI will be selling the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti soon, including the Ventus 3X 12G OC. (Image source: Facebook)

MSI confirms NVIDIA's plans to release the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti

MSI has, perhaps unwittingly, listed the RTX 3080 Ti on its website. The blunder follows a crate of MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti VENTUS 3X 12G OC cards being spotted last month.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 13 May 2021 15:55:00 +0200
MIUI 13 will not be arriving next month, according to a senior Xiaomi representative. (Image source: MIUI 12 Updates)

Xiaomi rubbishes MIUI 13 rumoured release date

Xiaomi will not be revealing MIUI 13 in June, a representative from the company has claimed. While the company has not denied the volume of devices that will supposedly be eligible for MIUI 13, it asserts that the OSes rumoured la...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 13 May 2021 15:49:00 +0200
ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G launching on May 27 in Europe and North America for $750 USD, £649 GBP, or €749 Euros (Source: ZTE)

ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G launching on May 27 in Europe and North America for $750 USD, £649 GBP, or €749 Euros

The latest model introduces a slightly smaller curved AMOLED touchscreen than on last year's Axon 20 Ultra, but its faster refresh rate, larger battery, and upgraded cameras aim to outweigh the smaller size.
Allen Ngo, Thu, 13 May 2021 13:59:00 +0200
The Redmi Note 10S is powered by the MediaTek Helios G95 SoC. (Image Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches Redmi Note 10S with MediaTek Helio G95 and Redmi Watch without an SpO2 sensor in India

Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 10S and Redmi Watch in the Indian market. The Redmi Note 10S is powered by the MediaTek Helio G95 SoC and is the first Xiaomi device to run MIUI 12.5 out-of-the-box. The Redmi Watch is essentiall...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Thu, 13 May 2021 12:44:00 +0200
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch Active 4 could be launched at the same time as the new Galaxy Z smartphones. (Image source: render via Miror Pro)

Latest Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch Active 4 leaks deliver good and bad news for expectant fans

New Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch Active 4 details have been shared online that will likely be greeted with mixed responses. The good news is that it seems the smartwatches, sometimes stylized as the Galaxy Watch4 and Watch Act...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 13 May 2021 10:32:00 +0200
Asus Zephyrus S17 takes a new approach to cooling. (Image Source: Asus)

New Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 uses a rising keyboard mechanism for enhanced cooling, gets upgraded to Tiger Lake-H and Ampere RTX 30 Laptop GPUs

Asus has refreshed its ROG Zephyrus S17 with new Intel Tiger Lake-H and NVIDIA Ampere RTX 30 Laptop GPU offerings. Unlike the previous generation, the 2021 ROG Zephyrus S17 uses a rising keyboard mechanism for enhanced cooling. Al...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Thu, 13 May 2021 09:47:00 +0200
The 2021 Apple iPad Pro with M1 chip has proved its performance value in recent Geekbench tests. (Image source: Apple/Geekbench - edited)

2021 Apple iPad Pro benchmark blitz: +50% gains on the A12Z Bionic model, beats all M1 Macs in Geekbench single-core testing, and outpaces Intel Core i9 MacBook Pro 16

The 2021 Apple iPad Pro with M1 chip has started appearing on Geekbench, and it is throwing up results that will have fans excited about making a purchase. Not only does the M1 iPad Pro manage to produce scores that are +50% more ...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 13 May 2021 08:51:00 +0200
Carbon Mobile Carbon 1 Mk II

79% Carbon 1 Mk II smartphone review - Innovative, light and outdated

New horizons. With some delay, but a revolutionary carbon chassis, the Carbon 1 Mk II finally comes to the end user. Some things still feel like a prototype, but at the same time you have the feeling that you are holding a revolution in your hands. Is that enough to convince in everyday use?
Mediatek Helio P90 | PowerVR GM9446 | 6.01" | 125 g
Florian Schmitt, Thu, 13 May 2021 05:32:00 +0200
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The new ZenFone 8. (Source: YouTube)

The Asus ZenFone 8 is Android's latest mini flagship smartphone

Numerous leaks have painted Asus' 2021 camera-centric flagship phone as the first "Mini" variant of its kind, and the Taiwanese OEM has not let these expectations down on its launch. The new device does indeed have an unusually sm...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 13 May 2021 00:57:00 +0200
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Nanote P8 coming to Japan: 7-inch mini laptop for US$300

The Nanote P8 is a tiny 7-inch mini-laptop coming to Japan. While the machine uses older hardware, it's relatively cheap (compared to other mini laptops) at only US$300.
Sam Medley, Wed, 12 May 2021 23:15:00 +0200
Galaxy Tabs could get even closer to PCs in the future. (Source: Samsung)

A new leak hints at active cooling in next-gen Samsung phones and tablets

Samsung has applied to trademark the term "Activate Fan Mode" in Europe. This possible new setting applies to smartphones and tablets, thus strongly suggesting these devices will start launching with physical fans soon. This would...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 12 May 2021 19:15:00 +0200
NVIDIA debuts the latest in Studio laptops. (Source: NVIDIA)

NVIDIA formally introduces new RTX Studio laptops from various OEMs

The latest form of NVIDIA's Studio standard for creator-grade laptops combine in-demand specs such as RTX 3000-series graphics, 1440p screens and device heights of as little as 16 millimeters in some cases. The company has also no...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 12 May 2021 18:25:00 +0200
The Galaxy S20 and Note 20 series now support a reduced version of Director's View. (Image source: PCWorld)

The Samsung Galaxy S20 and Note 20 series receive a new camera mode with their latest software updates

Samsung has added a new camera mode to the Galaxy S20 and Note 20 series. The company has called the mode 'Dual Recording', which is a stripped-back version of Director's View introduced with the Galaxy S21 series.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 12 May 2021 18:18:00 +0200
The Radeon RX 6600 series is expected to launch with 8 GB of VRAM. (Image source: AMD)

AMD Radeon RX 6600 and RX 6600 XT leaks reveal specifications for both entry-level cards

AMD is expected to release the Radeon RX 6600 series before the end of the quarter, with the RX 6600 and RX 6600 XT serving as budget entries in its RDNA 2 line-up. Specifications for both cards have now leaked, including an EEC r...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 12 May 2021 18:15:00 +0200
The Galaxy Watch TOUS comes with a different watch strap and a more pre-loaded watch faces. (Image source: Samsung)

Samsung releases new special edition versions of the Galaxy Watch 3

Samsung has unveiled a new special edition of the Galaxy Watch 3, its latest smartwatch. The Galaxy Watch TOUS features some design changes compared to the regular model and was developed in collaboration with Spanish jewellery co...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 12 May 2021 18:09:00 +0200
The new GPD Win Max 2021 relies on up to a Ryzen 7 4800U or a Core i7-1185G7. (Image source: GPD)

The GPD Win Max receives an update to Intel Tiger Lake and AMD Ryzen 4000 processors

GPD has upgraded the Win Max Mini, one of its handheld gaming PCs. The Win Max Mini 2021 will soon be available with Intel Tiger Lake and AMD Ryzen 4000 processors, which should both have improved gaming performance compared to la...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 12 May 2021 15:44:00 +0200
The Arctic Sound Xe-HP coolers appear to be quite

First leaked pictures and specs for Intel's Arctic Sound (Xe-HP) compute GPUs emerge

Intel's upcoming data center accelerators based on the DG2 gaming GPUs will feature 1-tile, dual-tile and quad-tile versions. The single tile model will only have 384 EUs active and will pack 16 GB of HBM2e VRAM, while the dual-ti...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 12 May 2021 15:37:00 +0200
The Sony WF-1000XM4 will be available in two colours. (Image source: Roland Quandt)

Sony WF-1000XM4 high-resolution marketing images leak in two colours; compact charging case, matte finish and memory foam ear tips seemingly confirmed

According to a new leak, Sony plans to release the WF-1000XM4 in two colours. Both colours appear to have a matte finish and memory foam ear tips, both upgrades over the WF-1000XM3. The WF-1000XM4's charging case is a lot smaller ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 12 May 2021 15:29:00 +0200
UserBenchmark has high praise for Intel Rocket Lake but no time for the best from AMD's Ryzen 5000 series. (Image source: Nextgov/UserBenchmark - edited)

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X lags behind 12 Intel Rocket Lake and Comet Lake chips while a Coffee Lake CPU and a mobile processor outbench the Ryzen 9 5950X - UserBenchmark really doesn't like Zen 3

UserBenchmark’s current bench charts make for interesting reading, even considering the site’s checkered and much-criticized past. Rocket Lake parts dominate the top of the table, while AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900X languishes in 13th posit...
Column by Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 12 May 2021 11:21:00 +0200
realme 8 5G

80% realme 8 5G Smartphone Review - Fast mobile internet for little money

5G for all. It is rare to get a 5G smartphone this cheap: The realme 8 5G costs just 199 Euros. It even comes with a 90 Hz display and a pretty fast SoC. Is the smartphone the new price-performance king?
MediaTek Dimensity 700 | ARM Mali-G57 MP2 | 6.50" | 185 g
Florian Schmitt, Wed, 12 May 2021 10:59:00 +0200
CES and iF World Design should stop giving out so many dubious design awards and start recognizing companies for outstanding warranty practices and long-term product quality (Image source:

CES and iF World Design should stop giving out so many dubious design awards and start recognizing companies for outstanding warranty practices and long-term product quality

It's easy to throw design awards at sexy products, but these exhibition holders need to do more to recognize companies with the best support services and fewest long-term product defects or warranty claims.
Column by Allen Ngo, Wed, 12 May 2021 08:05:00 +0200
The Apple AirTag has been jailbroken. That didn't take long. (Image via Apple w/ edits)

Security researcher successfully hacks and jailbreaks an Apple AirTag

A German security researcher who goes by the alias "stacksmashing" posted a YouTube video detailing how he was able to dump the firmware of an Apple AirTag. Furthermore, he was able to inject a custom firmware that changed the Air...
Sam Medley, Wed, 12 May 2021 05:41:00 +0200
HP 255 G7 in review: Multiple weaknesses, no strengths

75% HP 255 G7 in review: Multiple weaknesses, no strengths

Ryzen office. The HP 255 G7 offers a Ryzen 3 APU, 8 GB of RAM, a DVD drive, and a 512 GB NVMe SSD. Windows 10 Pro serves as the operating system. Moreover, the built-in display disappoints in every respect.
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 3 | 15.60" | 1.8 kg
Sascha Mölck, Wed, 12 May 2021 05:36:00 +0200
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Rare feature on an affordable watch: You can customize the workout screen on the Amazfit GTS 2 mini.

Small but powerful: The Amazfit GTS 2 mini doesn't have to hide behind Huami's larger smartwatches

Mini doesn't mean watered-down - the smallest smartwatch from Huami's Amazfit GT family made that clear in our review. Especially in comparison with the Amazfit GTS 2e, which we also reviewed, it was definitely able to stand out w...
Inge Schwabe, Wed, 12 May 2021 01:10:00 +0200
The Mi 11 Ultra. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches the Mi 11 Ultra in Germany alongside the Redmi Note 10 5G

Xiaomi had hinted that it would debut its Mi 11 Ultra flagship Android phone in Europe on May 11, 2021, and has just delivered with a German launch event for this device. The 50MP camera monster has arrived in its new market along...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 11 May 2021 23:31:00 +0200
This may be the end of the road for the Mi A2 Lite. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi may have silently stopped sending updates to the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite

The Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite were released in mid-2018. Following traditional Android One standards, both phones are entitled to three years of security updates in total; for some reason, however, the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite have now gon...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 11 May 2021 21:21:00 +0200
An Intel Alder Lake CPU just showed up in the CapFrameX database

Intel Alder Lake-S processor fails to impress in DOTA2 benchmark

An Intel Alder Lake processor showed up on CapFrameX's database running DOTA2. On average, the game ran at 189 FPS, which is somewhat low, given that it isn't particularly resource-heavy. It could have happened due to DOTA2's inab...
Anil Ganti, Tue, 11 May 2021 19:44:00 +0200
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (Desktop) GPU - Benchmarks and Specs

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (Desktop) GPU - Benchmarks and Specs

1408 cores @ 1607MHz, 128 Bit GDDR6 @ 1750MHz
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000) GPU - Benchmarks and Specs

AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000) GPU - Benchmarks and Specs

512 Vega cores
Huawei is pushing a new update to the Watch GT 2 Pro globally. (Image source: Huawei)

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro receives a new update globally

Huawei has started issuing a new update to Watch GT 2 Pro globally. The update addresses a few issues on the smartwatch, and is available to download via the Huawei Health app.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 11 May 2021 18:10:00 +0200
The Galaxy Tab S7 XL Lite will be available in five colours. (Image source: Evan Blass)

Certification documents confirm four Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 XL Lite models, including a 5G variant

The Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Lite has leaked again, but this time as the Galaxy Tab S7 XL Lite. New certification documents confirm that the 12.4-inch tablet will arrive in as at least four models, including a 5G variant.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 11 May 2021 18:08:00 +0200
Honor will present the Play5 5G on May 18. (Image source: Honor)

Honor Play5 5G release date announced; design teased

Honor has confirmed the release date of its next smartphone, the Play5 5G. The device will have five cameras and will be available in multiple colours.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 11 May 2021 18:00:00 +0200
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 joins the 16:10 WQHD club. (Image Source: Asus)

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 with Core i9-11900H and RTX 3070 Laptop GPU is the latest to join the 16:10 165 Hz WQHD display craze

Asus has announced the ROG Zephyrus M16 with Core i9-11900H and RTX 3070 Laptop GPU internals. The ROG Zephyrus M16 now features a 16:10 WQHD 165 Hz display with 100% DCI-P3 coverage. Asus continues to use liquid metal as the ther...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 11 May 2021 17:27:00 +0200
Intel Xeon W-11855M Processor - Benchmarks and Specs

Intel Xeon W-11855M Processor - Benchmarks and Specs

Tiger Lake H45 x86 6 cores @ 3200 - 4800 MHz 10nm
Mobile Processors - Benchmark List

Mobile Processors - Benchmark List

This is a benchmark list of mobile processors like Intel Core M, A10, A8, Atom, ... series - sorted by performance.
Redaktion, Tue, 11 May 2021 16:36:18 +0200
A concept of how the next Nintendo Switch could look. (Image source: ZONEofTECH)

Nintendo Switch Pro referenced in OLED manufacturer earnings call; OLED display chosen for its higher contrast ratio and faster response times

The Nintendo Switch Pro has been namechecked in a Universal Display Corporation earnings call. According to UDI's CEO, Nintendo has chosen a display for its next handheld console, which would be a significant upgrade over the disp...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 11 May 2021 16:30:00 +0200
Alienware m15 R6 gets a Tiger Lake-H upgrade. (Image Source: Dell)

Alienware m15 R6 launched with Tiger Lake-H, RTX 30 Ampere, and optional 360 Hz display and CherryMX mechanical keyboard

After recently introducing the Alienware m15 R4 and Ryzen Edition R5, Dell is offering yet another Alienware m15 laptop — the Alienware m15 R6. The Alienware m15 R6 offers several Tiger Lake-H and RTX 30 Ampere GPU options along w...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 11 May 2021 15:54:00 +0200
Intel Core i5-11500H Processor - Benchmarks and Specs

Intel Core i5-11500H Processor - Benchmarks and Specs

Tiger Lake H45 x86 6 cores @ 2900 - 4600 MHz 10nm
The RTX 2080 Ti supports 22 GB of VRAM, for some reason. (Image source: NVIDIA)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti modded to support 22 GB of VRAM

The RTX 2080 Ti has been modded to support 22 GB of VRAM. NVIDIA's former flagship card comes with 11 GB of VRAM as standard, but the company left in the ability for it to use double its default capacity.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 11 May 2021 15:14:00 +0200
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