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Mar 20
The HTC Vive Pro is now available for pre-order. (Source: HTC)

HTC’s wireless Vive Pro VR headset goes up for pre-order

HTC’s second-generation VR headset, the Vive Pro, is now up for pre-order. Improved in every key area over the original, the company is hoping the addition of wireless support will help to attract new users put off by being tether...
It features a headphone jack, at least. (Source: Fonearena)

This is the OPPO R15 which likely also doubles up as the OnePlus 6

OPPO has announced its two new devices, the R15 and R15 Dream Mirror, in China. If history's anything to go by, the upcoming OnePlus 6 will share a lot of similarities with these devices, including a notch and a 3.5mm jack.
The Razer Phone. (Source: Razer)

The Razer Phone is the only device in the world with Quick Charge 4.0 support

Qualcomm released Quick Charge 4.0 back in November 2016 and followed it up with an improved Quick Charge 4+ seven months later. Both versions of the technology don't look to have a lot of takers, though, with the list of supporte...
The Galaxy S8. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is finally receiving its stable Oreo update

Seven months after the release of Android Oreo, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is finally receiving the stable update to Android 8.0. Users in the US on Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile have gotten updates, with the story being similar in Aus...
Mar 19
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ Android flagships sales in South Korea below expectations until mid-March 2018

The Galaxy S9 lineup is having a hard time in South Korea

Although the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the dual-camera Galaxy S9+ were well received globally, the latter even being crowned as ruler of the mobile photography kingdom by DxOMark, these two flagships only got a lukewarm response in So...
Nvidia quietly shipping slower GeForce MX150 '1D12' variant with some Ultrabooks (Image source: Nvidia)

Nvidia has been sneaking in slower GeForce MX150 '1D12' variant onto some Ultrabooks

Be on the lookout for notebooks shipping with the MX150 'N17S-LG-A1' or '1D12' variant as GPU performance can be 20 to 25 percent slower than a "standard" MX150. The '1D12' label is essentially the Max-Q version of the MX150 and N...
Huawei slashes $100 off the Mate 10 Pro to combat the Galaxy S9 (Source: Huawei)

Huawei slashes $100 off the Mate 10 Pro to combat the Galaxy S9

The Mate 10 Pro will be cheaper than the Galaxy S9 for a limited time in North America. Huawei intends to have smartphone options available across all price ranges from the budget $200 Honor 7X, mainstream $500 Honor View10, and f...
LG Zone 4 budget Android smartphone (Source: Verizon Wireless)

Verizon intros the LG Zone 4 phone with Snapdragon 425 and HDR support

The latest result of the collaboration between LG and Verizon Wireless is a low-end smartphone that goes by as the LG Zone 4. Its highlights include a 5-inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB interna...
A demonstration of a scene rendered in real-time via RTX. (Images: Nvidia)

GDC 2018 | Nvidia's RTX real-time ray tracing promises to bring lifelike lighting via Volta GPUs

Nvidia's new RTX technology may bring real-time ray tracing to gaming and other media. Ray tracing results in incredibly realistic lighting, which has long been a difficult process for most game engines to handle in real-time. In ...
BLU Vivo XL 3 Android phone with Oreo onboard (Source: Amazon)

5.5-inch BLU Vivo XL 3 hits Amazon with Android Oreo onboard

One month after the Android Nougat-driven BLU Vivo X got listed on Amazon, the US-based company BLU Products is back with a 5.5-inch handset that runs Android Oreo out of the box. The BLU Vivo XL 3 has a 2:1 ratio display, a singl...
The tiny computers can be seen in the lower left part of the miniaturized motherboard. (Source: Mashable)

IBM shrinks computer size to 1 square millimeter

The tiny chips are smaller than salt grains and integrate several hundred thousand transistors. Computing power for each chip is estimated to be similar to an early 1990s high-end x86 CPU. They will be used as "cryptographic ancho...
Fitbit Ionic Adidas edition, Fitbit OS 2.0 update available starting March 2018

Fitbit OS 2.0 rolls out to Fitbit Ionic wearables with Deezer support, new gestures, and more

Last week, Fitbit started to roll out the firmware version to the Fitbit Ionic smart wearables. This update is based on Fitbit OS 2.0 and includes Fitbit Today, described as "an updated on-device dashboard that keeps yo...
Apple March 2018 launch event teaser Let's take a field trip

Apple confirms March 27 event, we should get ready for new iPads

The official invite that Apple has recently sent out contains the headline "Let's take a field trip." and the location of the March 27 event makes it all clear. The new Apple products will be unveiled at the Lane Tech College Prep...
The Galaxy S9+ is the smartphone with the highest production cost released by Samsung to date. (Source: TechInsights)

Samsung is spending US$379.5 to produce a Galaxy S9+

The Galaxy S9+ is Samsung's costliest device to produce to date, but it's still less expensive than the iPhone X. Among the most expensive components integrated in the Galaxy S9 there are the Exynos 9810 SoC, the AMOLED screen and...
Lenovo ThinkPad L480 (i5-8250U, UHD 620, IPS, SSD) Laptop Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad L480 (i5-8250U, UHD 620, IPS, SSD) Laptop Review

No-Frills! In the convoluted world of office devices, the Lenovo ThinkPad L480 positions itself below the T-Series, but above the more affordable E-Series, all by the same manufacturer. In this review, we shall dive into what sets the L-Series apart and whether this ThinkPad is worth a consideration.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.7 kg
Alcatel 1X Android Go smartphone to hit the US mid-2018

Alcatel 1X and 3V coming to the US in the coming months

Introduced back in February during MWC 2018 alongside the Alcatel 3, 3X, and 5, the Android Go-powered Alcatel 1X and the 6-inch Alcatel 3V with a dual camera setup are both ready for the US market. Although the prices and launch ...
LG has released webOS Open Source Edition to help expand its footprint. (Source: LG)

LG takes webOS open source

LG released an open source version of its in-house operating system webOS. Dubbed webOS Open Source Edition, the new operating system is available for download now with the company soliciting ideas on ways it can be further commer...
Apple is busy prototyping its next-generation of Retina displays. (Source: Wccftech)

Apple looking to bypass Samsung as a display supplier with its own MicroLED tech

Apple is hard at work developing its own next generation of Retina displays according to a new report. The company is prototyping its own MicroLED technology in a US factory before potentially partnering to mass produce the panels...
The Mi A1. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi has released Oreo kernel sources for the Mi A1

Xiaomi has released Android 8.0 kernel sources for the Mi A1. The device's Nougat sources were released a few weeks ago, so this is rather unexpected from Xiaomi. A surprise, but a welcome one to be sure.
Nier: Automata is famous for having 26 endings, with most routes offering a new perspective to the story. (Source: Steam)

A year after its release, Nier: Automata has sold 2.5m copies across all platforms

Platinum Games' Nier: Automata celebrated its one-year birthday on PC yesterday. Over that period, the game has sold 2.5 million copies across all platforms, which we think is impressive for a niche JRPG.
ZTE Headquarters. (Source: Digital Trends)

After a lackluster 2016, ZTE recorded a whopping US$736 million profit in 2017

ZTE was hit with a massive US$892 million fine by the US government back in 2016, a fine that led to the company posting a massive US$377 million net loss for that year. All looks to be well with the Chinese electronics giant now,...
Mar 18
The LG G6 has been hailed for its excellent LCD display. (Source: Digital Trends)

Costs of OLED production are why the LG G7 will sport an LCD display

LG, a while ago, was said to be set to use an OLED display on the G7. That device is currently being redeveloped, apparently, and it would seem the company has decided to make a return to its tried and trusted LCD panels, after th...
AMD Ryzen 2 shows significant performance gains over last year's Ryzen. (Source: Expert Reviews)

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 get detailed in leaked review, available from April 19

AMD's 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs, the Ryzen 7 2700X and the Ryzen 5 2600, got a full evaluation by SiSoftware and the numbers show overall performance improvements over the previous generation Ryzens. The benchmarks page and the results have been taken down but we now have concrete information about the TDP, clock speeds, and how much of a performance gain can be expected. Additionally, we also have information on the launch date and pricing of the new Ryzen 2 SKUs.
The Sony MP-CD1 pico projector is coming soon for US$399. (Source: Sony)

Sony’s MP-CD1 pico projector is small enough to fit in a pocket

Sony has outed its latest pico projector and it is small enough to fit in a pants pocket. The MP-CD1 can boot in just 5 seconds and is listed as coming soon on the company’s US website.
Samsung USA is offering big discounts on S9 accessory bundles. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung USA offering steep discounts on S9 bundles

Samsung is pulling out all the stops to encourage people to upgrade to its new Galaxy S9 models. US customers can currently enjoy steep discounts on genuine accessories when purchasing the new models outright.
Mar 17
The Samsung Galaxy S9. (Source: The Inquirer)

Samsung releases kernel sources for the S9 and S9+

Samsung has released kernel sources for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, just weeks after the devices were announced. The combination of kernel sources and Project Treble support should ensure that the devices get excellent communit...
The Honor 7X. (Source: Huawei)

Honor 7X receives Oreo beta, Treble support in tow

The Honor 7X is currently receiving its first Oreo beta. The update brings a number of UI changes and the much-expected Project Treble support that will allow the device enjoy the community development it has lacked so far.
Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga (i7-8550U, FHD) Convertible Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga (i7-8550U, FHD) Convertible Review

The same case but with a different name. The ThinkPad X380 shines with a fast NVMe SSD, a thin case and great battery life. The built-in quad-core Core i7 CPU cannot maintain its full performance. The Windows operating system is not included. Linux users, however, will be quite happy with the Linux compatibility of the convertible.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
The Redmi Note 4 was powered by a Snapdragon 625. (Source: Xiaomi)

Rumors of a mysterious Xiaomi device with the phantom Snapdragon 632 allude to vaporware

Word of a device powered by a "Snapdragon 632" has surfaced again, and just like the first time out, we're leery. There doesn't look to be any such SoC in the works, and the source information is as wonky as it gets.
Spotify. (Source: Hypebeast)

Spotify finally available in Israel, Romania, South Africa and Vietnam

Spotify has announced the launch of its services in Israel, Romania, South Africa and Vietnam. This makes South Africa the first African country to receive official Spotify support, with users in other African countries having to ...
The Xperia XZ2 is the first Sony smartphone without a headphone jack. (Source: Sony)

Sony says it is following market trends with headphone jack omission on XZ2/Compact

Sony has explained its reasons for dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack on its new Xperia XZ2 series. According to the company, it is because of design reasons and the market trend towards wireless headphones.
Durabook launches fully-rugged U11 tablet for professional use (Source: Durabook)

Durabook launches fully-rugged U11 tablet for professional users

The fan-less 11.6-inch Windows tablet is guaranteed to survive through shock, vibration, rain, dust, sand, temperatures as high as 140 F (60 C), and a drop of up to 6 feet without a sweat. The rugged and fully closed system compet...
Mar 16
HP Spectre x360 in Pale Rose Gold

88% HP Spectre x360 13t (i7-8550U, FHD, SSD) Laptop Review

Function follows form. No doubt about it: the Spectre is a premium convertible with a robust high-quality case, and it's up-to-date thanks to Intel's latest 8th generation Core i7-8550U processor. Let's take a closer look at what hides behind all these flashy specs, shall we?
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
The HTC U12+ will come with a dual 8 MP camera on the front and 16 MP + 12 MP cameras on the back.  (Source: Evan Blass)

HTC U12+ specs get leaked

HTC may completely skip the U12 launch and release the U12+ flagship smartphone in mid Q2 this year. As a competitor for Samsung's Galaxy S9+, the U12+ comes with a WQHD+ LCD screen, top of the line Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 GB RAM, 6...
The NMP660 Chromebox is ViewSonic's first endeavor to expand into the mini PC market. (Source: ViewSonic)

ViewSonic launches its first mini PC - the NMP660 Chromebox

ViewSonic is expanding into the mini PC market with its first ever Chromebox device that acts as an all-in-one education, signage and enterprise cloud management solution. The NMP660 is 4K-ready and integrates Intel's Celeron 3865...
Agony will provide a grotesque survival horror experience. (Source: Steam)

Agony's PC requirements revealed

Madmind Studios, the developer behind Agony, has listed out the minimum and recommended PC requirements of the first person survival horror game. The listed requirements are not too high by today's standards but help in ensuring s...
The Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone VR headset. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo Snapdragon 835-powered Mirage Solo Daydream VR headset coming May 11

First introduced at CES 2018 with a planned mid-year launch, Lenovo’s Mirage Solo Daydream VR headset will land on May 11. The device features what is effectively a built-in smartphone to provide a completely untethered VR experie...
Mar 15
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Intel Coffee Lake: The first benchmarks of the mobile Hexa Core CPUs have been leaked (picture-source:

Intel Coffee Lake: The first benchmark-scores of the mobile Hexa Core CPUs have been leaked

There is a great anticipation for the upcoming mobile CPUs from Intel with the codename "Coffee Lake" – the first mobile processors to feature six CPU-cores. Now, the first benchmark-numbers for the Hexa-Core Coffee Lake CPUs have...
Dell Latitude 5490 (i5-8350U, FHD) Laptop Review

86% Dell Latitude 5490 (i5-8350U, FHD) Laptop Review

Heavy on options. The Latitude 5490 by Dell is marketed as the notebook equivalent of a safe. The relatively high price tag of this 14-inch productivity device justifies itself with a large number of security options, making this laptop suited for security-conscious companies. We shall not only put its security features through its paces, but also compare it to other productivity-focused devices.
Intel Core i5-8350U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.7 kg
Mobile gaming dominates the market by a large margin

Mobile gaming increased its lead in 2017

Although mobile gaming managed to leave both consoles and PCs/Macs behind for the first time in 2014, its position strengthened ever since and the figures for 2017 show that there is no turning back now. According to the latest re...
Acer Aspire 3 (i3-6006U, HD520) Laptop Review

77% Acer Aspire 3 (i3-6006U, HD520) Laptop Review

Third round. The current model has an Intel Core i3-6006U processor and differs only marginally in terms of the price, when compared to the previously-reviewed sibling models. We examine in this review whether or not this particular laptop is worth buying.
Intel Core i3-6006U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
The Vivo V9 seems to be one of the better IPhone X copycats out there. (Source: Vivo)

Vivo unveils full specs for the V9 ahead of official announcement

All the recent leaks have determined Vivo itself to leak the V9 specs on its Indian site ahead of of the official march 23 announcement. The V9 seems to be one of the better looking iPhone X clones, and it comes with a Snapdragon ...
The Ryzen 2 iterations are most than just incremental. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X benchmarks leak on Geekbench, show up to 18% higher performance than the previous generation

AMD's new Zen+ CPUs, the Ryzen 5 2600X and the Ryzen 7 2700X, have made their way to Geekbench and seem to have posted some impressive scores in comparison with their previous generation counterparts. The increased single-core an...
SwiftKey virtual keyboard with Photo Themes gets updated with new languages and more

SwiftKey 7.0 for Android launches with new languages, make-your-own-sticker, and a new toolbar

The new Swiftkey 7.0 virtual keyboard app for Android devices is rolling out right now, bringing quite a few new languages to the list of well over 200 which are already supported, the ability to create your own stickers by adding...
The default version of the U938 weighs 1.76 lbs. (Source: Fujitsu)

Fujitsu soon to launch the ultralight LifeBook U938 in NA

The LifeBook U938 comes with many options, including i5/i7 Intel Kaby Lake-R CPUs, up to 20 GB DDR4 RAM, 512 GB SATA III or NVMe SSDs, a 13.3-inch FHD touchscreen or brighter non-touch display, and enterprise-oriented features lik...
Motorola Moto E4 Moto E4 low-end Android smartphone

T-Mobile finally gets the Motorola Moto E4

Although the Moto E4 has been around since last July and Verizon Wireless has been selling it ever since for just US$69.99, T-Mobile decided to add this 5-inch Android Nougat smartphone to its portfolio now instead of waiting for ...
Huawei Y7 (2018) mid-range phone rumored to feature a 2:1 5.5-inch display, single main camera, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (Source: Android Headlines)

Huawei Y7 (2018) renders surface online

Shortly after seeing the Huawei Y9 (2018) launch in Thailand, an unofficial render of the next-gen Huawei Y7 surfaced online. This mid-range Android handset is rumored to feature a 5.5-inch display with 2,160 x 1,080 pixels, a sin...
The whole Broadcom-Qualcomm drama has now come to an end. (Source: MacRumors)

Broadcom gives up on acquiring Qualcomm

Broadcom has officially withdrawn from plans of acquiring Qualcomm. The now Singapore-based semiconductor giant tried its might to cajole Qualcomm with enticing offers but the latter did not budge. Despite losing the dangling carr...
The upcoming Dell XPS 15 9570 could feature an NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU. (Source: Dell)

Frank Azor: The Dell XPS 15 9570 will feature a Max-Q GPU

The highly anticipated Dell XPS 15 (9570) could feature a discrete Max-Q GPU. This was confirmed by Dell's Frank Azor in reply to a question asked on Twitter. Azor, however, did not reveal what the exact GPU is but expect to see a...
Refurbished smartphones are making a dent in manufacturers' pockets (Source: CounterPoint Research)

Refurbished smartphones are now selling almost five times faster than the year before

Users are now purchasing refurbished smartphones more than ever due in part to slowing innovation and marginal design changes on the latest models. The hardest hit are mid-range smartphones as used high-end models from Apple or Sa...

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