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May 22
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 premium Android tablet, Samsung dominates the Western European tablet market

Samsung now leading the West European tablet market

Apple lost its crown in Western Europe, where the company's tablet sales dropped 11.5 percent in the first quarter, while Samsung managed to grab the first place thanks to a year-over-year growth of nearly 18 percent.
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 details on GFXBench surface online late May 2017

Huawei MediaPad T3 Lite 10 hits GFXBench

This upcoming MediaPad T3 slate is expected to debut as a mid-range device similar to its smaller-screen siblings that were already announced. According to GFXBench, it is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon processor, next to 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Android smartphone press render leak late May 2017

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) press render leaks online

This handset recently surfaced on FCC, also receiving its WiFi and Bluetooth certifications. Now, what appears to be a press render reveals four color options - black, blue, gold, and pink.
One metric for assessing the validity of a threat is its specificity. (Source: The Guardian)

Leaked internal Facebook censorship guidelines fuels concern about ethics

Internal documents from Facebook revealed to the Guardian show the difficulties the company is facing to police its 2-billion-strong membership.
Dynamic Stretchable AMOLED Display by Samsung Display shows up May 23rd

World’s first stretchable display to be unveiled this week

This whole new technology will be displayed at the Society for Information Display 2017 in Los Angeles. The event starts tomorrow and runs until Thursday. Unlike flexible panels currently available, stretchable OLED displays can bend in both directions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

May 2017 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.
Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40) Android tablet from the back, MediaTek MT8167 and 2 GB RAM

Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40) shows up online

This 10-inch slate that recently surfaced on FCC is expected to hit the market with two storage options - 16 GB and 32 GB - as well as a quad-core MediaTek processor, 2 GB RAM, all with Android 7.0 Nougat on top.
HTC U11 "Ocean" flagship in Sapphire Blue finish, HTC celebrates 20 years in the business

HTC celebrates two decades in the business

The Taiwanese company was one of the first brands to offer a 3G smartphone to the masses, while the HTC Dream/T-Mobile G1 became the first Android handset back in 2008. A recent anniversary video reassures consumers that HTC aims to "keep innovating" although the company has been sailing rough waters lately.
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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 check SKU battery recall instructions May 2017

Panasonic recalls 280,000 tablet batteries

The battery packs of three Toughpad tablet series are prone to short circuits after prolonged use in extreme temperatures, and so Panasonic ended up recalling the affected models, also releasing a patch that reduces both the charging voltage and peak operating settings.
May 21
Leak details differences between Snapdragon 845 and Kirin 970 SoCs

Leak details differences between Snapdragon 845 and Kirin 970 SoCs

It's no secret that Huawei and Qualcomm are already hard at work on their respective next generation SoCs, but early specifications for each are showing some interesting features that may come including the potential for Cortex-A75 cores.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

May 2017 update. Here you will find the latest smartphones 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 Convertibles

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

May 2017 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.
Moto Z2 Play confirmed to carry 3000mAH battery

Moto Z2 Play confirmed to carry 3000mAH battery

Motorola's Moto Z2 Play has been confirmed by the company's official twitter handle to carry a 3000mAH non-removable battery. This will represent a significant downgrade from the Moto Z Play's 3510mAH one.
Acer Predator 17 (7700HQ, GTX 1070, UHD) Laptop Review

87% Acer Predator 17 (7700HQ, GTX 1070, UHD) Laptop Review

4K Gaming. The Acer Predator series stands for classical gaming notebooks, which – in contrast to some of their slim siblings – are purely trimmed for performance. After we tested the Skylake version of the Predator 17 in September of 2016, now the Kaby-Lake model, which is similarly built on the outside, must prove itself.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 4.3 kg
Nokia 9 prototype leaked - QHD display

Nokia 9 prototype leaked - QHD display

Nokia's new item on their production line, the Nokia 9, has had specs of its prototype leaked, with the device seen sporting an impressive 5.2" QHD display on CPU-Z.
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Unconfirmed Surface Pro 5 renders show a largely unchanged design

Unconfirmed Surface Pro 5 renders show a largely unchanged design

The leaked images show the exact same port selection as on the Surface Pro 4 with no Thunderbolt 3 or even USB Type-C options.
Asus teasing Ryzen laptops

Asus teasing Ryzen laptops

Other gaming manufacturers may soon follow suit, but it remains unclear if these Ryzen notebooks will also be sporting Polaris/Vega GPUs or the usual Nvidia Pascal.
May 20
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 (~$340) 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 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 (~$130) 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 Windows Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

May 2017 update. Here is the current list of Notebookcheck's top-ranked Windows tablets. 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

May 2017 update. Here you will find the best current 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.
Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook Pro 13 and 15

Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook Pro 13 and 15

Mac? No thanks. Apple's laptops continue to be popular. However, there are a few laptops for Windows users, which are quite similar to their counterparts from Cupertino. Here you will find the best devices from the Windows world competing with the Apple portfolio. May 2017 update.
Huawei Nova 2 Android smartphone coming soon

Huawei confirms Nova 2 launch

Not long after it surfaced on TENAA, Huawei's head of smartphone operations, Kevin Ho, confirms on Twitter the imminent arrival of the Note 2 handset, showing the dual-camera smartphone in lime green finish.
Xiaomi MI Max 2 to launch on May 25

Xiaomi MI Max 2 to launch on May 25

Xiaomi are set to announce the launch of the MI Max 2 on May 25. The phablet, formerly expected to host the new Snapdragon 660, is now likely to ship with the entry-level Snapdragon 626 instead.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

May 2017 update. Here you will find the current best subnotebooks 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.
In review: AGM A8

76% AGM A8 Smartphone Review

Affordable outdoor smartphone. These days, many smartphones are dust and waterproof, but for real adventure trekking or working on construction sites, outdoor smartphones that can withstand even the toughest mud, dust, and stones are much better suited. A particularly affordable model is the AGM A8 from China: an outdoor smartphone for only 180 Euros ($150).
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 | Qualcomm Adreno 306 | 5" | 247 g
May 19
The alleged Meizu M5c listing, showing the red version of the phone. (Source: Android Police)

Leaked screenshot shows the upcoming Meizu M5c in red

Meizu's upcoming M5c smartphone looks just like its older brother and comes in various colors, if a recent leak is to be believed. The handset is a somewhat downgraded version of the Meizu M5, a fact reflected in its lower price.
Apps can now be restricted based on SafetyNet Attestation. (Image: Google Play Console)

Rooted phones may not be able to download some apps from the Google Play Store

A new update to the Play Console allows developers to restrict access to their apps based on SafetyNet testing. They can hide apps from phones that fail SafetyNet (i.e., rooted devices).
Asus ZenBook UX3410UQ (7500U, 940MX, Full HD) Laptop Review

86% Asus ZenBook UX3410UQ (7500U, 940MX, Full HD) Laptop Review

Snazzy. With the ZenBook UX3410UQ, Asus delivers a sub-notebook in the 13.3-inch format that brings a 14-inch display. The computer scores with good features and a long battery life.
Intel Core i7-7500U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 14" | 1.4 kg
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Laptops

May 2017 update. Here you will find the current 10 best office/business notebooks for under 800 Euros (~$896) 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.
Asus ZenFone AR Android phablet with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor

Asus ZenFone AR coming to Verizon this summer

This Android phablet ready for both Tango AR and Daydream VR will come to the US exclusively via Verizon Wireless next month when the ZenFone AR is scheduled to go on sale for a price that has not been disclosed yet.
Oppo A77 Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6750T processor

Oppo A77 now official

This 5.5-inch handset can be pre-ordered in Taiwan for around $365 USD, its specs including a MediaTek MT6750T processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, a 16 MP front camera, and Marshmallow-based ColorOS 3.0 on top.
Android Pay mobile payments service heading for five new markets

Android Pay to reach five new markets soon

In addition to the improved loyalty card features, this mobile payment service will soon be deployed to Brazil, Russia, Canada, Spain, and Taiwan. This would bring the total number of markets with full Android Pay support to 15.
Oppo R11 teaser shows dual-camera setup with 2X optical zoom

Oppo R11 confirmed to have a dual-camera setup

Already spotted on GFXBench and AnTuTu, this upcoming flagship has just been teased on Weibo. The image reveals a dual-camera setup with a 16 MP and a 20 MP camera, complemented by a 2X optical zoom-capable lens.
Dell Latitude 5289 (i5, 256GB, 8GB) Convertible Review

84% Dell Latitude 5289 (i5, 256GB, 8GB) Convertible Review

Flexibility and stamina. Convertible notebooks with 360° hinges have become more and more popular in the past years and even businesses have started using them. Naturally, Dell would like a piece of the pie and has consequently launched the Latitude 5289. Read our detailed review to find out why it will have a hard time asserting itself despite its convincing performance.
Intel Core i5-7300U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.5" | 1.3 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 rugged convertible tablet with Windows 10 and Kaby Lake processor coming to the US June 2017

Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 rugged convertible coming to the US later this month

Packing 7th generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, this rugged convertible tablet with Windows 10 on board will hit the US market later this month, starting around $3,649 USD.
Gearbest hosting sale on more Chuwi tablets and convertibles

Gearbest hosting sale on more Chuwi tablets and convertibles

The 14-inch and 15-inch LapBooks and Hi13, Hi10 Pro, Hi10 Plus, and Hi12 tablets are now slightly cheaper to make room for their successors.
Sources claim OLED panels for upcoming LG V30 and G7 smartphones

Sources claim OLED panels for upcoming LG V30 and G7 smartphones

LG is set to reduce its reliance on outsourced LCD panels by ramping up OLED production from its own in-house LG Display subsidiary.
Teclast Tbook 16 Power 2-in-1 (x7-Z8750, 8 GB) Review

79% Teclast Tbook 16 Power 2-in-1 (x7-Z8750, 8 GB) Review

Magnesium. With its rare Atom x7-Z8750, 8 GB of RAM, and Android 6 / Windows 10 dual-boot capabilities, Teclast's Tbook 16 Power stands out against the crowd. By pushing it through our extensive test course we've found several problems along the way.
Intel Atom x7-Z8750 | Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell) | 11.6" | 897 g
May 18
QNAP TVS-1582TU Thunderbolt 3 NAS for van live media production

QNAP launches TVS-1582TU Thunderbolt 3 NAS

This new Intel Kaby Lake-powered, Thunderbolt 3 NAS can accommodate up to 90 TB RAW capacity by using 10 TB 3.5-inch hard drives. It comes with Intel Core i5-7500 and 16 GB DDR4 RAM or Intel Core i7-7700 and 32 GB RAM.
The Lenovo Legion Y920. (Source: Lenovo)

The Legion Y920 is Lenovo's most powerful gaming notebook yet

Lenovo's newest gaming laptop packs a bigger punch thanks to its GTX 1070 graphics card plus optional overclockable Intel processor. The desktop replacement machine also features enhancements to audio and input with its brand-name speakers and traditional-style keyboard.
Image: Lenovo

Lenovo updates Flex line of notebooks with a new design and improved internals

The new and improved Flex 5 14" and Flex 5 15" have slimmer bezels, Intel's 7th generation Kaby Lake processors, and NVIDIA's GeForce 940 MX GPU.
Upcoming Lenovo Ideapad 720S brings narrow bezels to a 13-inch form factor

Upcoming Lenovo Ideapad 720S brings narrow bezels to a 13-inch form factor

The Ideapad 720s incorporates a larger 14-inch display compared to the outgoing 13.3-inch Ideapad 710s with narrower bezels and a new magnesium/aluminum design.
Lenovo Ideapad 320/320S series launching in time for back-to-school season

Lenovo Ideapad 320/320S series launching in time for back-to-school season

The updated notebooks start at just $439 USD with a 15-inch 768p display or $749+ USD for a Full HD version with GeForce 940MX graphics, backlit keyboard, Windows Hello Support, and a larger internal battery.
LG Stylo 3 Plus Android phablet with Snapdragon 435 processor hits T-Mobile

LG Stylo 3 Plus hits T-Mobile

This $225 USD phablet comes with a 5.7-inch full HD display, next to a Snapdragon 435 processor, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a fingerprint reader, as well as a premium stylus with a set of dedicated features.
HTC U11 "Ocean" Android flagship with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor

HTC U11 now official, shipments starting in June

The new HTC flagship also known as "Ocean" is the new top handset on DxOMark, beating the Google Pixel. This smartphone uses the Snapdragon 835 chip, comes with squeezing actions, and can be pre-ordered for $649 USD.
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G (7300HQ, GTX 1050 Ti, FHD) Laptop Review

87% Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G (7300HQ, GTX 1050 Ti, FHD) Laptop Review

Entry-level Nitro. Acer's 17.3-inch laptop offers good overall performance, decent emission levels, and a well-thought-out ports configuration. Unlike its predecessors, it does not include an optical drive anymore. Our review unit also did not include a Windows license.
Intel Core i5-7300HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook) | 17.3" | 3.1 kg
May 17
The GeForce GT 1030 reference card. (Image: NVIDIA)

NVIDIA GeForce Gt 1030 now available

The low-cost GPU seems positioned for eSports titles and multimedia-oriented PCs. The card is now available for purchase from several stores. Prices range from $70-80.
Amazon's refreshed Fire tablets now come in three new and colorful options. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon's Fire tablets get a slight refresh, new addition

While not the major lineup update one usually hopes for, Amazon's new Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets do feature some welcome improvements as well as more colors to choose from. In addition, a Kids Edition variant of the Fire 8 HD is now available.
Android Go should bring Android to cheap devices without bogging them down. (Image: Google)

Google announces Android Go, a light version of Android for inexpensive smartphones

Android Go will be Android tailored for cheap, low-cost smartphones. The OS will be lighter, and apps will require less resources to run. Rollouts are expected to start in 2018.

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