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The next generation Pixelbook could also support Win 10. (Source: Chrome Unboxed)

Chrome OS 69 brings official support for Linux apps

Google has released the latest version of Chrome OS, and it includes support for Linux applications for the first time. Also baked in is Google’s Material Design 2.0 theme, which brings Chrome OS a little more in line with the loo...
best chromebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Chromebooks

September 2018 Update. When it comes to inexpensive notebooks, devices with Google's Chrome OS have carved out a niche in the market. Chromebooks are usually a good choice for people who do not want to spend a lot of money, although they do require a permanent connection to the Internet to get the most out of them. In this article we will introduce the best models.

HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Cortex-A73/-A53 ARM 8 cores @ 2200 MHz 12nm
best budget multimedia laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Multimedia Notebooks

September 2018 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.
Image: Apple

Apple's Homepod had a mere 6% share of the smart speaker market in June, according to CIRP

Apple's Homepod has so far been a flop, only managing to capture 6% of the smart speaker market as of June 2018. The picture is even more bleak among Apple's own consumers; of Apple users that own a smart speaker, only 2% have pur...
The teaser features just a flash of Gigabyte's upcoming premium motherboard. (Source: VideoCardz)

Gigabyte AORUS teases new motherboard for October 8; Z390 launch in October?

The official Gigabyte AORUS Twitter published a 10 second long teaser video advertising a new motherboard. The implication seems to be that the Z390 chipset (and perhaps 9th generation Intel CPUs) are coming in early October.
Asus updates VivoBook Flip 14 convertible with Kaby Lake-R and a refreshed chassis design (Source: Asus)

Asus launches refreshed VivoBook Flip 14 convertible with Kaby Lake-R and a new chassis

The new aluminum design trims off almost 2 mm from the bezels compared to the last generation model without impacting battery life or connectivity features. The affordable convertible is now shipping on Amazon and other online ret...
Dell XPS 15 9570 (i7, UHD, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q) Laptop Review

90% Dell XPS 15 9570 (i7, UHD, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q) Laptop Review

More performance – but also better? We already reviewed the base model of the current Dell XPS 15 9570 and now check the more expensive SKU with a faster Core i7 CPU as well as the high-resolution 4K UHD touchscreen. How does the slim chassis handle the additional performance and what is the effect on the battery runtime?
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q | 15.6" | 2 kg
The two phones shown in the new "press images" look familiar, somehow. (Source: Nieuwe Mobiel)

Yet more content claimed as Pixel 3/3 XL leaks; purported as press images this time

A Dutch website claims to have laid its hands on official Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL images. They contain no surprises compared to the leaks on the same subjects that have gone before it. However, these images do show the phones in t...
Sep 18
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Nintendo releases trailer for SEGA Mega Drive & Genesis Classics for the Switch

The Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Collection, which bundles over 50 16-bit Sega games, is coming to the Nintendo Switch this winter. Nintendo just posted a trailer for the collection on YouTube. The Collection is further evidence of S...
Sony has released a limited edition of aibo in the United States. (Source: hothardware)

Limited "First Litter" edition of Sony's robotic dog, aibo, released in US

aibo, Sony's robot in the shape of a puppy, is available from today (September 18, 2018) for purchase in the US. This event is being dubbed the "First Litter" release of the mechanical pets. Sony claims that aibo can learn to reco...
Image: ASRock

ASRock announces new "Jupiter" SFF desktops with 65 W Coffee Lake CPUs

ASRock recently announced two new small form factor (SFF) desktop PCs. The Jupiter H310 and Jupiter Q370 both measure just over a litre in volume but can support up to a 65 Watt CPU on the LGA1151 socket. Upgrade options are also ...
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Tesla may be under criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) may have opened up a criminal investigation into Telsa incorporated after statements made by CEO Elon Musk last month. Two sources familiar with the company and this matter have stated...
Amazon Alexa Echo Show, more Alexa-branded devices coming in 2018

Amazon Alexa microwave, receiver, subwoofer, amplifier, and in-car solution coming by the end of 2018

Amazon Alexa fans should get ready to celebrate before the end of the month because the tech giant will soon unveil a few new devices. By the end of the year, the list of new Alexa-driven devices by Amazon should include an in-car...
The Punkt MP02 is a USD $349 dumbphone

The Punkt MP02 is a USD $349 dumbphone

Punkt, a designer electronics company, is now taking preorders for the MP02, a basic phone running a heavily stripped down version of Android 8.1. The MP02 is meant to be used for phone calls, SMS texting, and a few basic apps lik...
HP Pavilion Gaming 15t (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 3 GB) Laptop Review

83% HP Pavilion Gaming 15t (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 3 GB) Laptop Review

Cut corners. How much is a 144 Hz display worth? The Pavilion Gaming 15t is HP's latest entry in the budget gaming laptop market, designed to compete with the likes of Acer's Helio 300 and Dell's G7. While most areas of the notebook are good (including its high refresh rate screen), HP cut a few corners in their pursuit of the best budget gaming notebook.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Meizu 16X Geekbench listing (Source: Geekbench Browser)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 710-powered Meizu 16X hits Geekbench

The 6-inch Meizu 16X is apparently ready for its September 19 launch, since it surfaced on Geekbench for no less than three times starting yesterday. However, there is only one hardware setup in these listings. The device tested s...
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 (8180) is set to feature 8.5B transistors. (Source: Qualcomm)

More details about WoA Snapdragon 1000 surface

Windows on ARM has yet to take off, but the rumored Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 could change the performance equation considerably. New details have surfaced about the chip, and it could be just what WoA devices need to put them on a...
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X stock cooler, TechSpot's Best Value CPU for Productivity September 2018

AMD processors win 4 of the 5 "Best CPU" awards by TechSpot

Although Intel only grabbed the leading place in one category, this category is probably the most important. TechSpot's best CPU for gaming is the Intel Core i7-8700K, while various AMD Ryzen chips own the crown in the following c...
best multimedia laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

September 2018 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.
Asus ZenBook S gets new Burgundy Red color option (Source: Asus)

Asus ZenBook S gets new Burgundy Red color option

The ultrathin ZenBook S UX391 is already available in its new coat of paint for $1200 USD. Otherwise, there are no other internal changes or any additional colors planned at the moment.
A render of the what the black Surface Laptop 2 is expected to look like. (Source: Domi)

Surface Laptop 2 coming soon, new black color among the changes

Microsoft is holding a special Surface event on October 2 and the first leaks have started emerged. The most notable is that the Surface Laptop will get a sequel, but will also come in a slick new black color
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iOS 12 is here, bringing performance improvements, AR features, Siri Shortcuts, and more

Apple release iOS 12 today as a free update. The new version of Apple's mobile OS includes better AR support, automation via Siri, and performance optimizations. The update largely feels like Apple playing catch up with Android, w...
The source code of this image suggests four color schemes for the Pixel 3 line. (Source: Twitter)

New leak may throw Pixel 3 and 3 XL-based speculations into color-based confusion

There have been so many leaks about Google's next generation of own-brand phones that we may think we know everything there is to know about them. However, a new leak, based on the code of a Japanese website, suggests that there m...
Trump's trade reforms might cause some undesirable short-term effects. (Source: Business Insider)

Nvidia RTX 2000-series cards to get 10% increased MSRP thanks to Trump

Even if the RTX 2000-series cards turn out to be worth the advertised MSRP, the market prices might end up higher due to Trumps tariffs imposed on Chinese exports and inventory problems caused by crypto miners. This would also app...
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AMD lists the new Ryzen 7 2800H and Ryzen 5 2600H mobile CPUs

AMD has listed a couple new CPUs, the Ryzen 5 2600H and Ryzen 7 2800H. Both chips are definite upgrades over the Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 2700U, respectively, but their 45 W nominal TDP suggests that they will be used in gaming l...
Nvidia may have underestimated the demand for RTX 2080 Ti cards, and the stocks will only be ready on September 27. (Source: Neowin)

Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti availability pushed back to September 27

The RTX 2080 Ti was supposed to be launched on September 20 together with the RTX 2080, but, it seems that Nvidia had some inventory problems and had postpone the RTX 2080 Ti availability by a whole week. For those who managed to ...
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Android phablet coming soon to India

The 6.9-inch Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is headed for India

The (almost) tablet-sized Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is heading for India, as confirmed by the Chinese brand on Twitter. Unfortunately, there is no official launch date to talk about yet, but since this 6.9-inch behemoth has been available i...
Called the "greatest leap since 2006" by Nvidia, Turing is promised to deliver real time ray tracing to graphics. (Source: TechSpot)

Nvidia RTX benchmarks come out on Final Fantasy XV benchmark; 2080Ti ~30% faster than 1080Ti

In the days leading up to the RTX series's review day, yet another leak has emerged on performance. The RTX 2080 and 2080Ti have been tested on Final Fantasy XV's built in benchmark.
Apple iPhone X flagship, iPhones plagued by a CSS bug (Source: Apple)

Defective CSS code crashes, causes iPhones to restart

Using the rather new backdrop-filter CSS property can lead to a crash of the entire iOS on an iPhone. An exploit that does this and the code behind it have recently been unveiled by a software engineer and security researcher at W...
SIM cards through the years. (Source: GSMArena)

eSIM phone shipments could number at least 400 million by 2022

Traditional nano-, micro- or mini-SIMs have dominated mobile connection delivery for smartphones during the devices' rise in the 21st century. Now, however, ABI Research think eSIMs are going to start getting much more popular, ma...
Monster Hunter World

Monster Hunter World Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Hardware Torture. While Monster Hunter World receives mostly praise from the press, the action role-playing title fares in parts significantly worse with gamers. Find out in our benchmark test whether the PC port was really unsuccessful or whether the gaming community is exaggerating.
Samsung Galaxy A series (2018) render, model with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 allegedly in the works

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered Samsung Galaxy A handset allegedly in the works

If the rumors turn out to be true, Samsung will soon release the first Galaxy A-series handset that uses the same processor as the latest Galaxy S and Galaxy Note flagships to hit the market. In this case, we are talking about a Q...
Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Inclusive list of all graphics cards currently available for notebooks. Approximate 3DMark benchmarks results are provided in italic.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

Benchmark list of all laptop graphics cards and their performance in real games. The list is divided in different settings and can be searched and restricted.
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.
HP EliteBook 735 G5

86% HP EliteBook 735 G5 (7 2700U, Vega 10) Laptop Review

Powerful subnotebook. The EliteBook 735 G5 is the smallest model of HP's AMD-exclusive business notebooks. Although it performed well in our tests, the capabilities of the Ryzen APU were not exhausted. In this review, we show why the EliteBook 735 G5 is a great business laptop regardless.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
Honor Play

86% Honor Play Smartphone Review

Play with honor. The first gaming smartphone from Huawei is coming to the western hemisphere: While the Honor Play does not particularly look like a gaming device, it is supposed to impress gamers with its low price. We will take a look at whether this is an advantage or disadvantage and whether the phone offers sufficient power for current games.
HiSilicon Kirin 970 | ARM Mali-G72 MP12 | 6.3" | 176 g
OnePlus 6 Android flagship, OnePlus TV coming in 2019

OnePlus TV coming next year, AI assistant in tow

As the first step in its new quest of "building a connected human experience," OnePlus is planning to launch its first TV set next year. The OnePlus TV will come with a premium design, focusing on providing the best audio/video ex...
The weekly roundup - top news from September 9 through September 15 (Image source: ZDNet)

The weekly roundup - top news from September 9 through September 15

To the surprise of no one, Apple's new smartphones sparked loud online discussions and arguments ranging from the absurd prices of the new models to the seemingly minimal upgrades from the original iPhone X. Outside of Apple, Raze...
Sep 16
The new Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 CPUs will only be found in complete PCs like this one. (Source: Acer)

Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X are not available for custom builds

The 2300X and 2500X are AMD's newest Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 CPUs, respectively. They boost to 4.0GHz support all-core overclocking. Therefore, they may be seen as promising for starter or modest builds. However, both processors have ...
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium Smartphone Review

88% Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium Smartphone Review

Let me entertain you - The Xperia XZ2 Premium is Sony’s second attempt at a flagship device under its Xperia XZ series. The XZ2 Premium has a true Ultra-HD display, great audio features, a bright dual rear-facing camera setup and plenty of other notable features too. Find out in this detailed review for whom this bulk smartphone is best suited.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | Qualcomm Adreno 630 | 5.8" | 236 g
The ZhongShan Subor Z+ sports a very capable Ryzen+Vega SoC. (Source: AMD)

Zhongshan Subor Z+'s custom Ryzen+Vega SoC has more GPU compute power than the Intel 'Kaby Lake-G' Core i7-8809G

Sporting a custom Ryzen SoC with integrated Vega graphics up to 24 CUs clocked at 1300 MHz, the Zhongshan Subor Z+ is a small form factor PC that tries to offer a console-like experience along with the flexibility of using a tradi...
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 explodes inside woman's purse in New York

The Note 7 was recalled two years ago for a default that made the devices go up in flames. The new Note 9 may be set to follow the path its predecessor made, though, as a woman in New York has filed a case against Samsung, claimin...
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9. (Source: BGR)

DxOMark: The Samsung Galaxy Note 9's cameras are better than the Pixel 2's but not quite as good as the Huawei P20 Pro's

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9 is a US$1000 device but, according to DxOMark, it still fails to catch up to the significantly cheaper Huawei P20 Pro in the still photography department.
The Nokia 7 Plus. (Source: Mysmartprice)

The Nokia 9 and Nokia X7 are on their way, and they will ditch the notch

Display panels supposedly belonging to the Nokia 9 flagship and Nokia X7 sub-premium device have surfaced, with a major take being the absence of notches on both devices.
The Redmi Note 5. (Source: XDA-Developers)

Purported Redmi Note 6 display panel surfaces, huge notch in tow

A display panel allegedly belonging to the upcoming Redmi Note 6 has surfaced, giving us what could be our first look at the next iteration in Xiaomi's best-selling mid-range series.
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S

83% Lenovo IdeaPad 330S-15IKB (i5-8250U, UHD620) Laptop Review

Design at a low price. The prices for the notebooks from Lenovo’s budget IdeaPad 300 series start at about 350 Euros ($407). For this, buyers get a well-designed, portable notebook. Our review device with an Optane-accelerated hard drive, Core i5-8250U CPU and Intel UHD Graphics 620 costs 600 Euros ($698). You can learn what you can expect from the laptop with this hardware configuration in our review.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
Top 10 convertible laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertible Laptops

September 2018 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.

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