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The Xperia XZ3 brings a few upgrades over the XZ2 model, but the price tag seems a bit too spicy for what it offers. (Source: MobileFun)

Sony Xperia XZ3 specs and pricing leaked

The specs and pricing info got leaked by UK online retailer MobileFun, and it looks like the XZ3 has a few upgrades in store over the XZ2. While the 5.7-inch remained the same, the new XZ3 will come with a Snapdragon 845 SoC coupl...
Intel Core i9 offers very little benefit over Core i7 for mobile (Image source: Intel)

Some Intel Core i9 laptops are not running any faster than a Core i7

There are generational performance leaps, and then there is pure marketing. The Core i9 series has so far been leaning towards the latter in terms of raw performance. In some cases, the CPU may even be slower than the Core i7.
EU commission announces record-fine for Google for abusing its Android monopoly

Google: EU commission announces record-high fine for abusing the Android monopoly

Without a doubt, Google has become one of the most important technology companies in the last ten years – the company not only has a monopoly in search-engines, but also in the mobile OS market. Today, Google has been fined by the...
The Helio A22 SoC is designed to provide premium features for entry-level handsets. (Source: MediaTek)

MediaTek launches Helio A entry-level SoCs

Taiwanese SoC maker MediaTek is expanding the 12 nm Helio SoC family with the A-series that is dedicated to entry-level devices. The Helio A22 SoC is already featured in the Xiaomi Redmi 6A and comes with four ARM Cortex-A53 cores...
World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth pre-patch now available (Source: Blizzard Entertainment)

World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth pre-patch now rolling out

Although the new story content will be playable starting on July 25 and the Battle of Azeroth update is set to arrive on August 14, the pre-patch can be downloaded already. World of Warcraft 8.0.1 comes with multiple changes, incl...
The new MacBook Pro 15 is just slightly faster than the MBP 15 2017 and clearly beaten by the XPS 15

The new MacBook Pro 15 is just slightly faster than the MBP 15 2017 and clearly beaten by the XPS 15

50% more cores for 13 % more performance. We were eager to find out how the new Apple MacBook Pro 15 handles the new hexa-core processors. Not very well after our initial tests, because the performance advantage under sustained workloads is small compared to the previous model, despite the additional CPU cores.
Walmart turns to Microsoft for help with cloud technologies. (Source: The Financial Express)

Microsoft and Walmart team up to take on Amazon's cloud and retail business

Walmart has chosen Microsoft as its cloud services provider to improve the former's forecasting, purchasing, and data sharing abilities. While both the companies clearly share a rivalry with Amazon, this 5 year deal helps Walmart ...
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Intel UHD Graphics 615 GPU

24 Intel Gen. 9 (Amber Lake) cores @ 300MHz, 64/128 Bit DDR3L/LPDDR3
Eat Electric Death! Tempest 4000 arcade shooter now available (Source: ATARI)

Tempest 4000 brings old-school arcade fun to Windows PCs and consoles

ATARI's classic arcade game Tempest that was released in October 1981 is making a return as Eat Electric Death! Tempest 4000 with new features and 4K graphics. This title is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC...
The OnePlus 6. (Source: CNET)

DxOMark: The Oneplus 6's cameras push the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 to the limits

The OnePlus 6 made its way over to DxOMark yesterday and achieved scores placing it on par with traditional juggernauts like the iPhone X, Google Pixel 2, and Huawei Mate Pro. Of course, it's a lot more impressive when you conside...
This makes the Snapdragon 632 the new king of Qualcomm's mid-range. (Source: Qualcomm)

The Snapdragon 632 makes its Geekbench appearance, outperforms the Snapdragon 636 and 630

The Snapdragon 632 was released a few weeks ago and has made its way to Geekbench, with it recording scores that would make it the company's most impressive mid-range SoC, even ahead of the Snapdragon 636.
The Mate 10 Pro. (Source: AnandTech)

The Huawei Mate 20 to feature BOE-made AMOLED panels, Kirin 980, and five cameras

More details of Huawei’s upcoming flagship, the Mate 20, have surfaced. According to the reports, the device will feature OLED panels made by Chinese company BOE, and not Samsung as previously touted. It could also ship with five ...
The Mi 8 Explorer Edition. (Source: MySmartPrice)

Mi 8 Explorer likely not vaporware after all, could be coming on July 24

Some Xiaomi fans have always had a feeling that the Mi 8 Explorer was nothing but a concept showpiece by Xiaomi. They may be proven wrong soon, though, with reports claiming that the device could go on sale on July 24.
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 (Touch Bar, i5) Laptop Review

Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 (Touch Bar, i5) Laptop Review

Live-Review: Now with four (slowed down) cores. Apple updates the MacBook Pro 13 with a new quad-core processor and a True Tone display for 2018, but only the more expensive model with the Touch Bar. We have a closer look at the performance of the new MacBook Pro in the following review. What can you expect for the price of 1,999 Euros (i5)?
Intel Core i5-8259U | Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Android 8.1 Oreo new Easter egg logo image

Android 8.1 Oreo finally available for the Xiaomi Mi A1 in Europe

Although the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Xiaomi Mi A1 started to roll out last month, it was quickly stopped after the discovery of an SMS bug. Back then, most markets did not even receive it, so now it is the first time for m...
Front panels of the 2018 Apple iPhone lineup. (Source: Ben Geskin on Twitter)

First pictures of the front glass panels for the 2018 iPhones show thicker bezels for the 6.1-inch model

Leakster Ben Geskin tweeted a photo showing the front glass panels for the three iPhone models Apple is expected to announce this September. All the panels sport the now infamous notch and while all of them are edge-to-edge displa...
These are the five brightest laptops we've tested

These are the five brightest laptops we've tested thus far

Glare getting in the way of work? These consumer notebooks may not necessarily be the best, but they are some of the brightest available for outdoor visibility with some models reaching close to 700 nits.
Lenovo ThinkPad T480 (Core i7-8650U, FHD) Laptop Review

89% Lenovo ThinkPad T480 (Core i7-8650U, FHD) Laptop Review

Think again. Today, we take a look at our second T480 configuration, this time with a Core i7-8650U, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and an FHD embedded touchscreen—at a lower price than before: a little over $1,700. Can this revised configuration take care of business?
Intel Core i7-8650U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.6 kg
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th generation facing sleep mode problems in Linux

The 6th gen Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon on Linux is facing sleep mode issues, unofficial patch available for a while

A problem that has been spotted in early March has resurfaced on Twitter this week, and Lenovo pointed the troubled customer to the official forum. Sadly, the 18-page discussion about the X1 Carbon's inability to use deep sleep on...
AMD and Nvidia GPUs see additional price cuts of up to 18%

AMD and Nvidia GPUs see additional price cuts of up to 18%

DIY gamers should be thrilled for the latest GPU price drops, however, this also means that the overstocks may further delay the launch of the next gen models. Since the crypto market saw the sharp depreciation earlier this spring...
PixelPlayer can recognize pixels making specific soundwaves. (Source: MIT CSAIL)

MIT's new AI system can tune individual musical instruments straight out of a concert video

A new deep learning AI algorithm developed by MIT CSAIL called PixelPlayer can isolate soundwaves of individual instruments in a video by recognizing the pixels from where the sound is coming thus enabling tuning of individual fre...
Samsung designed the latest LPDDR5 memory chips with 5G and AI applications in mind. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung's first LPDDR5 DRAM memory chips revealed

The new LPDDR5 memory modules will be featured in next year's handhelds like the Galaxy S10, which will also bring support for 5G connections and improved AI applications. Samsung claims that the new chips are 50% faster and need ...
Toshiba Tecra X40-E (i5-8250U, SSD, LTE, FHD) Laptop Review

87% Toshiba Tecra X40-E (i5-8250U, SSD, LTE, FHD) Laptop Review

Model update. Toshiba's slim 14-inch Tecra X40-E scores with a fast NVMe SSD, a slim exterior, an LTE modem, and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. In addition, there is a good battery life.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.3 kg
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Intel Core i7-8559U SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Coffee Lake x86 4 cores @ 2700 - 4500 MHz 14nm
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Intel Core i5-8269U SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Coffee Lake x86 4 cores @ 2600 - 4200 MHz 14nm
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Intel Core i5-8259U SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Coffee Lake x86 4 cores @ 2300 - 3800 MHz 14nm
Alldocube X tablet launching soon on Indiegogo (Source: Alldocube)

Alldocube X tablet will challenge the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

[Updated with launch price]. The tablet is on track to launch next month for only $270 USD. If its upcoming Indiegogo campaign proves successful, then the Alldocube X could be an affordable alternative to the pricier solutions fro...
Xiaomi Mi A2 Android One Twitter teaser (Source: Mi)

Xiaomi teases the upcoming Mi A2 on Twitter

The teaser of the upcoming rebranded Mi 6X does not reveal much, but the essentials are supposed to be the same as in the case of the very popular Mi A1 when compared to the Mi 5X. Basically, the Mi A2 will have the same specs as ...
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Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 GPU - Benchmarks and Specs

48 Intel Gen. 9.5 (Kaby Lake) cores @ 300MHz
Windows Timeline support can now be enabled for Chrome and Firefox. (Source: Dominic Maas on GitHub)

Developer brings Windows Timeline support to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox

Dominic Maas has developed an extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that enables users of these browsers to sync their activity across devices via Windows Timeline. Among browsers, Microsoft Edge is the only one with Tim...
The Huawei P20 Pro will among the first to receive the GPU Turbo update.

GPU Turbo update to grace a slew of Huawei and Honor phones this year

Huawei will be rolling out its GPU Turbo software update to select devices starting this August. GPU Turbo aims to improve graphics processing by 60% and reduce power consumption by 30% but Huawei is yet to prove its claims in the...
In-display fingerprint readers coming to Galaxy A handsets in 2019

In-display fingerprint readers coming to the Galaxy A series next year

Although various Chinese underdogs are already selling handsets with in-display fingerprint readers, Samsung still has to release its first such handset. However, while the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 are both expected to use th...
AMD is claiming the title of having the most stable video drivers in the world (Intel drivers not tested). (Source: AMD)

Sick of video drivers crashing? Independent auditor finds AMD's drivers are more stable than Nvidia's

Testing by an independent third party on a selection of AMD and Nvidia gaming class and workstation class graphics cards has found that AMD's drivers suffer fewer crashes while running the test suite, leading them to claim that AM...
Quick review and hands-on: Ultra-slim mechanical gaming keyboard Tesoro Gram XS.

Hands-on Tesoro Gram XS: Ultra Slim Mechanical Gaming-Keyboard

Tesoro already managed to impress us once before with its RGB gaming keyboard Gram SE Spectrum based on optical infrared switches. The company's latest attempt to woo gamers is the brand-new ultra-slim mechanical keyboard Gram XS. We took a closer look at the chiclet-style keyboard in our review.
Huawei has pulled a Dell — the MateBook X Pro uses a gimped Thunderbolt 3 port (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei has pulled a Dell — the MateBook X Pro uses a gimped Thunderbolt 3 port

The MateBook X Pro ships with a Thunderbolt 3 port not unlike many newer Ultrabooks and gaming laptops. What Huawei isn't telling you, however, is that the port appears to offer just half the PCIe lanes for half the theoretical tr...
Jul 16
Acer Predator, Triton, and Aspire laptops discounted for Amazon Prime Day (Image source: Amazon)

Acer Predator, Triton, and Aspire laptops discounted for Amazon Prime Day

The Predator Helios 300 is now $899 USD with a Core i7-7700HQ CPU, GTX 1060 GPU, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. It's a fairly good deal considering that laptops with the same GPU often retail for over $1100 USD.
Battlefield V Open Beta starts in early September

Battlefield V Open Beta coming in September

The Battlefield V Closed Alpha stage has just reached its final day and now this title is ready for the next step. According to DICE, the Open Beta for Battlefield V will go live in the first part of September. The full game is sc...
Microsoft's Touchless Input tech could be introduced for Surface laptops, smartphones and tablets. (Source: Techbox)

Microsoft could introduce Touchless Input in future Surface devices

While Appe's latest handheld devices include pseudo-touchless capabilities via the TrueDepth 3D camera system, it still requires touch sensors for the display itself. Microsoft's newly approved patent does away with the display se...
Featuring a 6.9-inch screen, the Mi Max 3 easily passes as a phablet. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 specs get leaked

Integrating a 6.9-inch LCD screen and a 5,500 mAh battery, Xiaomi's Mi Mix 3 looks like a decent upgrade over the Max 2 version. The Chinese phablet will be powered by a Snapdragon 636 SoC coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of sto...
ThinkPad E485 & E585: Affordable AMD Ryzen ThinkPads are now available

ThinkPad E485 & E585: Affordable AMD Ryzen ThinkPads are now available

AMD is trying to break Intels dominance in the mobile PC market. For that, it needs the PC manufacturers to put out good laptops with Ryzen. The affordable ThinkPad models E485 and E585 with Ryzen could potentially attract a large...
Xiaomi Redmi S2

81% Xiaomi Redmi S2 Smartphone Review

"S" stands for selfie. Xiaomi's Redmi S2 heralds the arrival of a series of smartphones with high-quality front cameras—designed with selfie-lovers in mind. Incidentally, it is also one of the Chinese manufacturer's most inexpensive devices equipped with a dual camera. What else does the Xiaomi Redmi S2 have in store for potential buyers? Read on to find out.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 5.99" | 170 g
Geekbench listing of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with Exynos 9820 SoC. (Source: Mobielkopen / Geekbench)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with Exynos 9820 shows up on Geekbench

A somewhat intriguing listing of a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 powered by the Exynos 9820 has surfaced on Geekbench. The mention of the Exynos 9820 raises a question as to whether there will be two models of the Galaxy Note 9 as the upc...
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.
Alienware 15 R4

86% Alienware 15 R4 (i9-8950HK, GTX 1070, FHD) Laptop Review

At the cutting edge. The Alienware 15 R4 is a 2.5-cm (~1 in) thick 15.6-inch gaming laptop that can be configured with up to an Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU and a Full HD display. Find out in this review how the 15 R4 fares against other 15-inch gaming laptops and the degree to which the device balances heat and fan noise with its powerful hardware.
Intel Core i9-8950HK | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 3.5 kg
Honor 7A

82% Honor 7A Smartphone Review

Extremely affordable. With the 7A, Honor promises an affordable smartphone with a large display area. In addition, the smartphone offers some particular functions such as dual SIM with a separate microSD card reader, and a surround mode. You can find out in our test, whether these are just gimmicks or whether the Honor 7A is really convincing.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5.7" | 150 g
Jul 15
Xplore Technologies XSlate L10 (Pentium N4200, FHD) Tablet Review

79% Xplore Technologies XSlate L10 (Pentium N4200, FHD) Tablet Review

Modern and rugged. A hardened tablet with all the amenities one would expect from a consumer tablet and more. The Xplore XSlate L10 runs on the same processor as the latest Ultrabooks with NFC, 4G LTE, and even a removable battery and a full-size HDMI port.
Intel Pentium N4200 | Intel HD Graphics 505 | 10.1" | 1.3 kg
Jul 14
Alcatel 3X

80% Alcatel 3X Smartphone Review

The umpteenth attempt. The Alcatel 3X is supposed to be a further step in reviving the formerly very popular brand name. The strong points of TCL’s latest mid-range smartphone are Face Key, wide-angle camera and App-Launch via the fingerprint sensor. Read our review to learn what you can expect from the Chinese device.
Mediatek MT6739 | PowerVR GE8100 | 5.7" | 144 g
ZTE headquarters. (Source: Digital Trend)

ZTE finally back in the game as company pays US$1.4 billion fine to the US government

ZTE has paid off the huge US$1.4 billion fine issued by the US government over a month ago. This means that the Chinese company is finally back in business and can now negotiate deals with US companies.

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