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Oct 17
The Essential Phone can connect to peripherals over a wireless connection. (Source: Essential)

Andy Rubin and Tony Fadell go head-to-head in Essential lawsuit

Two of tech's giants Andy Rubin and Tony Fadell are engaged in a lawsuit over the use of a new type of wireless connector technology used in Rubin's Essential Phone. Essential is being sued over its use of the technology by Keyssa, which is backed by Fadell.
The circular enclosure is water and dustproof, and can take a bit of a beating. (Source: Silicon Power)

Silicon Power releases the Bolt B80 circular external SSD

The Bolt B80 features a stylish rugged aluminum enclosure with water/dustproof certifications. Capacities range between 120 GB - 480 GB, while reading speeds go up to 500 MB/s and writing speeds go up to 450 MB/s through the USB 3.1 Type-C connection.
The new Snapdragon 636 will give mid-range devices more punch. (Source: Qualcomm)

New Snapdragon 636 will give mid-range phones more punch

Qualcomm has officially unveiled the Snapdragon 636. The new chip supersedes the Snapdragon 630 and 660 chipsets and is designed to give mid-range smartphones more performance and overall appeal.
Low-power AMD Ryzen 5 2500U CPU may be coming soon to the HP Envy x360 series

Low-power AMD Ryzen 5 2500U CPU may be coming soon to the HP Envy x360 series

The mobile quad-core APU will purportedly run at a base 2 GHz clock rate with 6 MB of cache compared to the desktop 3.2 GHz Ryzen 5 1400 with 8 MB of cache.
This unnamed convertible is the first to sport a 'Gemini Lake' CPU. (Source: Notebook Italia)

The first Intel 'Gemini Lake' convertible notebook surfaces anonymously

The first convertible notebook based on Intel's 8th generation 'Gemini Lake' Celeron N4000 SoC was showcased at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2017 by Chinese supplier, Skyworld. The 'anonymous' notebook runs Windows 10 and comes with a stylus with support for Windows Ink.
Ashes of the Singularity benchmark for Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti. (Source: AotS Benchmark)

Unofficial Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti benchmark shows competition with GTX 1080

A benchmark for the Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti has shown up in the database for Ashes of the Singularity, giving some insight into how it might perform on release.
Oct 16

Intel Core i5-8400 SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Coffee Lake x86 6 cores @ 2800 - 4000 MHz 14nm

Intel Core i7-8700K - Benchmarks and Specs

Coffee Lake x86 6 cores @ 3700 - 4700 MHz 14nm
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1070, Full HD) Laptop Review

86% MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1070, Full HD) Laptop Review

Here comes some color! The MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider offers a very good gaming performance at a weight below 3 kg (~6.6 lb). The 17-inch laptop masters even long gaming sessions. Whether there are weaknesses and where they are, you can find out in our review with a multitude of benchmarks.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
Samsung Connect Tag smart tracker with Tizen (Source: Samsung)

Samsung intros the Connect Tag smart IoT tracker

The Samsung Connect Tag is a 0.06-pound IoT accessory with GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi connectivity, as well as eSIM support. It runs Tizen IoT and will be on display at the Samsung Developer Conference that takes place in San Francisco later this week.
Design wasn't a let-down at least. (Source: Xiaomi Today)

Details of the Xiaomi Mi 6C revealed

The Mi 5C was released earlier this year, with the lower specced variant of the Mi 5 featuring Xiaomi's own Surge S1 SoC. Information online points towards an Mi 6C being in the works. It is, of course, expected to be powered by the Surge S2.
Huawei Mate 10 series now official; first smartphones with dedicated neural processors (Source: Huawei)

Huawei Mate 10 series now official; first smartphones with dedicated neural processors

The Mate 10 Pro smartphone will be the first with an AI processor, the first with a Kirin 970 SoC and Mali G72 GPU, the first with a safety-certified fast-charging battery, and the first with support for 256-QAM 4x4 MIMO Cat. 18 (1.2 Gbps) networks.
The Rebel Alliance insignia is protected with a sheet of Gorilla Glass. (Source: Lenovo)

Deal | Get the Lenovo Yoga 910 Star Wars edition 2-in-1 notebook for $930

Lenovo and Disney join forces to release the Yoga 910 Star Wars special edition. There are two variants: one with the Rebel Forces insignia and one with the Galactic Empire logo. The Yoga 910 features the gen 7 i7-7500U CPU coupled with 8 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM and a 256 GB SSD.
NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 Android tablet for gamers will not receive Android Oreo

The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 will not get Oreo

The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 has been around long enough to move from Lollipop to Marshmallow and then to Nougat. Sadly, it has just been confirmed that this slate for gamers will not get an official Oreo update.
Oreo will be the last major update the OnePLus 3T receives. (Source: Techradar)

Last-gen OnePlus devices get first taste of Oreo

OnePlus 3 and 3T users in the Open Beta Program have received an update that finally gives them a taste of Android 8.0.0 Oreo. It's but a beta update, of course, so it comes with a slew of bugs and worries.
The company will be hoping to make a return to its winning ways.

MediaTek's Helio P40 is coming in style next year

MediaTek is set to make a push up the market ladder in 2018, with its upcoming Helio P40 to offer stiff competition to Qualcomm's mid-range offerings.
The Nokia 8 will receive Oreo in the coming weeks. (Source: Twitter)

Nokia 8 hits India

The Nokia 8 has finally gone on sale in India, with an Amazon India listing having it on sale for INR 36,999.
An iPhone with a stylus could be a part of Apple's plans for 2019.

An iPhone with a stylus? It could materialize in 2019 if a new rumor is accurate

Apple could be set to launch a new iPhone model that will compete directly with the Samsung Galaxy Note. The new iPhone will use a supercapicitor stylus that offers a more pen-like feel according to a new rumor out of South Korea.
More modules can be added via the modular rail system by sliding down the keyboard lid. (Source: Pi-Top)

Pi-Top adds 14-inch screen upgrade to its modular Raspberry Pi notebook

Pi-Top's modular rail system that comes with the new notebook case allows users to add more optional modules. In addition to the new 14-inch 1080o display with the case, Pi-Top also included a Videocore IV 3D GPU, an hdmi port and an 8 GB microSD card preinstalled with the Android-based Polaris OS.
The Razer smartphone has appeared in the wild. (Source: Techbyte)

Razer's new gaming smartphone appears in the wild

Razer's gaming-focused smartphone has made an appearance in the wild ahead of its November 1 launch. The device shown in the leak, however, appears to be a pre-production prototype that was circulated by Razer to developers and might not be completely representative of the final model.
Samsung Bixby in native context mode (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Bixby 2.0 might arrive this week

Although the current version still has to add support for a few widely used languages, Samsung Bixby 2.0 is apparently on its way and the updated virtual assistant is expected to come with improved third-party integration and support for other devices than smartphones.
Oct 15
Windows Contacts application showing the Fluent Design changes. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft shares video showing off Windows 10's beautiful new Fluent Design System

With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update due on the 17th of October, Microsoft has released a quick look at some of the beautiful Fluent Design changes which will be showing up on our PCs soon.
OnePlus logo. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus makes statement regarding data collection, will release update to reduce what is transmitted

OnePlus co-founder, Carl Pei, has posted a response to the data collection being performed by his company. Some details were given on what purpose the collected data had, and what OnePlus will do going forward.
Guru Mars K (Clevo P775DM3-G) Laptop Review

87% Guru Mars K (Clevo P775DM3-G) Laptop Review

Peak power. While there is a trend towards lighter and slimmer (but often also very loud and warm) gaming laptops, Gaming Guru now presents a serious desktop replacement with the Mars K, which offers all the virtues of a desktop PC. Does the 17-inch laptop stand a chance against the established rivals from Acer, MSI, and Asus?
Intel Core i7-7700 | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 4.2 kg
Oct 14
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.
Lenovo ThinkPad E470 (HD-Display, HD 620) Laptop Review

81% Lenovo ThinkPad E470 (HD-Display, HD 620) Laptop Review

Display from the Stone Age. Lenovo's ThinkPad E470 is an affordable ThinkPad with its largest user base among students and home office users. We have already reviewed this laptop in review earlier this year. However today we are reviewing a model with slightly worse hardware in order to explain, why you should not get this notebook in this particular configuration. Ever!
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.9 kg
Blackberry Motion. (Source: Evan Blass)

Blackberry teases us with a first look video of the new Blackberry Motion

Blackberry has also given more information on phone specifications and confirmed that they will continue to make phones with physical and virtual keyboards.
Flag of the Peoples Republic of China. (Source: PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

Qualcomm trying to get iPhone sales banned in China

Qualcomm has filed several lawsuits in China in an attempt to block iPhone sales over patent disputes.
Alleco Alltab waterproof Android tablet (Source: Alleco)

Alltab underwater tablet now official

The Finnish-made Alleco Alltab is an Android tablet based on the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 that can operate down to 90 meters (TechRec version) or 150 meters (MilPro variant) and targets commercial and military divers.
Study claims one in four users spend at least 7 hours on their smartphones everyday (Source:

Study claims one in four users spend at least 7 hours on their smartphones everyday

The average user is willing to purchase a new smartphone for $400 USD or more every 21 months with Apple in the "top three most preferred brands" across all regions.
Oct 13
MSI Optix AG32R Freesync Monitor. (Source: MSI)

Curved 32-inch 165 Hz Freesync gaming monitor with 1 ms response time from MSI

MSI have released their new Optix AG32C, with high-end features and AMD Freesync technology for reduced screen tearing.
Razer Phone Android smartphone for gamers specs on GFXBench (Source: GFXBench)

The Razer Phone surfaces on GFXBench with Snapdragon 835 onboard

The handset for gamers that goes as the Razer Phone is expected to show up on November 1, and according to GFXBench it features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 8 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a 5.7-inch 1440p touchscreen display.
Samsung J2 (2017) (Source: Samsung)

Samsung releases the entry-level J2 (2017) in India

Samsung has recently listed the new J2 (2017) on its official Indian page. The J2 comes with a price tag in the region of $110, which some would consider quite high for a device straight out of 2012.
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-17AST (E2-9000, HD+) Laptop Review

75% Lenovo IdeaPad 320-17AST (E2-9000, HD+) Laptop Review

Simple office notebook. Lenovo's new IdeaPad is a 17.3-inch notebook that works silently and hardly heats up. These features are accompanied by a lot of available storage and a decent keyboard. The screen, however, is not particularly exciting.
AMD E2-9000 | AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge) | 17.3" | 2.8 kg
T-Mobile LG Stylo 3 Plus Android phablet (Source: T-Mobile)

T-Mobile to eliminate unlimited LTE roaming in Mexico and Canada next month

Less than three years after introducing the "Mobile without Borders" program that offered unlimited LTE roaming in Mexico and Canada, T-Mobile has decided to reduce this amount of full-speed LTE data to just 5 GB.
The Jumper EZBook 3S is only 0.31-inch thick and very light, weigh 2.7 lbs. (Source: Jumper)

Deal | Get the 14-inch Jumper EZBook 3s ultrabook for only US$278

The razor-thin and lightweight EZBook 3S ultrabook comes with Intel's Celeron N3450 ULV quad-core CPU, coupled with 6 GB DDR3 RAM, and offers an unexpected 256 GB SSD solution. The HD Graphics 500 iGPU powers the 14-inch 1080p IPS display and the 10,000 mAh battery should last for 3-5 hours.
The VOstro 7570 combines powerful business features with gaming capabilities. (Source: Dell)

Dell refreshes the Vostro laptop line with Intel gen 7 HQ CPUs and Nvidia GTX 1000 GPUs

The Vostro 7570 comes with two CPU options – the i5-7300HQ and the i7-7700HQ, coupled with up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM. Dell offers only HDD storage up to 1 TB, but Nvidia's GTX 1050/ 1050 Ti/ 1060 GPU options should provide enough power for decent gaming sessions.
Quite the lookers.

Blackview to unveil S8, BV9000 Pro, others on October 18

Blackview is billed to unveil three new devices at an event in Hong Kong on October 18. Not much is known about these devices but the company does a have a good track record, so it'll be interesting to see what it offers this time around.
Dr. Kwon Oh-hyun has announced his resignation from Samsung. (Source: AP)

Samsung CEO resigns amid "unprecedented crisis"

One of Samsung's three CEO's has announced his resignation from the South Korean giant. Citing the "unprecedented crisis" facing the company, Kwon Oh-hyun, CEO of Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display will step down in March 2018.
The Honor 6C.

Huawei quietly launches the Honor 6C Pro

Huawei has announced the launch of its lower mid-range Honor 6C in Russia without much ado. The regular Honor 6C was a solid offering but we're not so sure about this one, as its "Pro" tag doesn't seem to come with the perks one would expect.
There aren't a lot of better looking devices on the market.

Nubia Z17miniS launched, quad cameras and Snapdragon 653 in tow

From dual rear cameras to quad cameras, OEMs are beginning to get the idea that more is better. The Nubia Z17miniS is the newest device to feature that camera configuration and we can only hope it makes a difference in actual performance. Probably not, we expect.
Asus VivoBook Pro 15 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

81% Asus VivoBook Pro 15 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

Stylish and elegant, but still a bit buggy. The new VivoBook is supposed to be the more affordable ZenBook sibling for the mainstream. Is it a success, or has Asus cut too many corners?
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2 kg
Huawei Mate 10 Pro may be coming soon with dedicated AI processor (Source: evleaks)

More Huawei Mate 10 Pro images leak ahead of official reveal

The striped back and near bezel-free front are looking more likely for the next Huawei flagship.
Western Digital's microwave-assisted magnetic recording process. (Source: Western Digital)

40 TB+ hard drives by 2025 thanks to Western Digital's new microwave-assisted writing technology

Western Digital's new microwave-assisted magnetic recording technology allows for huge increases in data density. Capacities of 40 TB plus should be reached within 8 years.
Oct 12
Microsoft Edge beta for Android showing welcome page (left) and tabs page (right). (Source: Own)

From edge to edge: Sync with the Microsoft Edge browser beta now on Android

A few hours ago Microsoft released the Edge browser beta for Android. The new browser is beautiful, simplistic, and provides easy syncing with Windows 10 PCs.
"Yeah, no." (Source: Twitter)

The only thing the US will be getting from the Nokia 8 is a snub

The Nokia 8 was released a few months ago and while it was a solid offering by the HMD, it didn't come with a lot of the trappings being offered by other flagships. A company executive, in an email to a fan query, has confirmed that the flagship will not be sold in the US.
Lenovo V110-15IKB (Pentium 4415U, SSD, HD-Display) Laptop Review

77% Lenovo V110-15IKB (Pentium 4415U, SSD, HD-Display) Laptop Review

Price-performance winner. Lenovo's 15.6-inch laptop comes with a Kaby Lake processor, an SSD and 8 GB of working memory. The total package costs almost 400 Euros ($400). But of course, some shortcomings should be expected at this price.
Intel Pentium 4415U | Intel HD Graphics 610 | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
The new image sensors will be featured in the 2018 mobile flagships from Samsung. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy S9 to integrate the 12 MP ISOCELL Fast 2L9 and 24 MP Slim 2X7 Camera Sensors

The new sensors come with reduced pixel sizes, the ISOCELL Slim 2X7 being the world's first mobile image sensor with 0.9 μm per pixel. These allow for better results in low-light environments and provide improved details with increased resolution. Galaxy S9 and Note 9 are expected to feature both sensors.
Apple looks set to tap LG for its pOLED tech for a rumored foldable iPhone. (Source: LG)

Apple could release a foldable iPhone in 2020

Apple and LG are partnering on a foldable iPhone planned for 2020, if a report out of Korea is accurate. With the two companies have partnered on iPhone components in the past, it seems like a plausible response to Samsung's plans to launch a foldable Galaxy Note next year.

NVIDIA GeForce MX110 GPU - Benchmarks and Specs

256 Maxwell cores @ 965MHz, 64 Bit GDDR5/DDR3 @ 1800MHz

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