Bogdan Solca (Senior Staff Writer)
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior staff writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
Samsung files for Diamond OLED patent in the UK
It is unclear what this new Diamond OLED trademark refers to since there are so many devices mentioned in the patent. The two best guesses would be TV screens for the upcoming QD-OLED models launching in the second half of 2021 or an upgraded foldable OLED display with Diamond pixels for foldable smartphones like the Galaxy Z Flip 3.
Atlast! Solutions presents silent mini PC powered by Intel's 10-core i9-10900T CPUs
Unlike the usual fanless mini PCs that are restricted to ULV processors, the Atlast! Sigao Model B includes a desktop-grade Intel Core i9-10900T CPU coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and NVMe storage solutions like Samsung's 970 EVO SSDs, which are notorious for high temperatures in full load. These components can get quite hot without proper ventilation, but the Atlast! passive cooling solution still manages to keep internal temperatures at around 46 degrees C, even without a venting system.
China finalizes work on proprietary "Loong Arch" CPU instruction set that does not conflict with foreign CPU patents
Loongson is the company behind the development of the "Loong Arch" instruction set - China's first domestic CPU instruction set. According to third-party IP evaluators, Loong Arch is completely original and does not conflict with other foreign IPs. It is still compatible with other mainstream architectures like x86, RISC-V and MIPS.
Chinese RAM producer Netac plans to release 10 GHz DDR5 RAM modules
Netac has only been in the RAM market for a few years, but the Chinese company already intends to set itself apart and be the first to introduce DDR5 RAM modules overclocked to 10 GHz. This may take a while since 8.4 GHz DDR5 modules are supposed to launch next year.
Apple M1 MacBooks can now run virtualized Windows 10 faster and more efficiently compared to Intel-based models
The latest version of the Parallels Desktop VM manager is optimized for the new M1-powered MacBooks and allows users to run virtualized Windows 10 at native speeds. Compared to previous Intel-based MacBooks, the new M1-based models are 2.5 more energy efficient, up to 60% faster in DX 11 games and up to 30% in general when running a virtual instance of Windows 10.
GPU maker Colorful enters budget laptop market with 15-inch gaming models featuring Comet Lake-H processors and GTX 1650 Ti graphics
The new JiangXing X15 budget gaming laptop from Colorful comes with i5-10300H and i7-10870H processor options, which can be coupled with 8 or 16 GB of RAM (upgradable to 32 GB) and 512 GB SSD storage, plus an Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti dGPU. Even though these are sub-$1,000 models, Colorful still included high-quality 15.6-inch 1080p IPS displays with 144 Hz refresh rate and 100% sRGB coverage.
Corsair One vertical mini ITX PC refreshed with AMD Ryzen 5000X or Intel Rocket Lake CPUs plus Nvidia RTX 3080 graphics
The same 12-liter chassis from previous Corsair One mini ITX models can now be equipped with up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X or Intel Core i9-11900K, plus a desktop-grade RTX 3080 GPU. The systems also include 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, 1 TB NVMe + 2 TB HDD storage combo and quad video outputs. The Intel models come with a Thunderbolt 3 port.
Samsung rumored to buy millions of OLED TV panels from LG
With the rising LCD production costs and the sub-par QD-OLED panels developed by Samsung Display, the Korean giant apparently has no other choice but to sign a deal with LG for 5 million OLED TVs supplied throughout 2022. Quite ironic for Samsung, as it has been trying to prove OLED panels are inferior to its QLEDs for the past few years.
Dell refreshes the Inspiron 13/14/15 models with Tiger Lake-H CPUs and Nvidia MX450 dGPUs
The 2021 Inspiron 13 / 14 / 15 Intel laptops feature the Core i5-11300H and i7-11370H CPU options, up to 16 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, Intel Optane Memory H20 modules (only for the 13-inch model), up to 2 TB of NVMe SSD storage, Nvidia's MX450 dGPUs and up to 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors.
Dell launches Inspiron 14 7415 2-in-1 with AMD Ryzen 5000U processors
The new Inspiron 14 7415 convertibles come equipped with the Ryzen 5 5500U or Ryzen 7 5700U Lucienne Zen 2 APUs, 1080p 360-degree touchscreens, up to 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 2 TB of NVMe SSD storage + and SD card reader. Unfortunately, there is no discrete graphics option like on the Intel variants.
Dell introduces Inspiron 16 Plus content creator laptop with 16:10 3K display, Tiger Lake-H CPUs and up to an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU
Dell's fist 16-inch Inspiron laptop is designed for content creators and includes a stunning 3K 16:10 display, i7 Tiger Lake-H processors, RTX 3060 dGPU, up to 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, up to 2 TB NVMe SSD storage and a Thunderbolt 4 connector.
AMD's Ryzen 9 5900 spotted on UserBenchmark, only ~5% slower than the more power-hungry 5900X
Even though the non-X processors come with a 61.5% lower TDP, 700 MHz lower base clock and 100 MHz lower boost clocks, the performance loss is barely noticeable with the UserBenchmark suite versus the 5900X models. The Ryzen 9 5900 is an OEM-only model and is now available in select pre-built gaming rigs like the Alienware Aurora.
Latest Intel Xe DG2 512 EU gaming GPU detailed spec leak suggests RTX 3070 Ti performance levels and ~$400 pricing by Q421
Even if Intel manages to deliver on these impressive leaked specs, does it really matter when the cards are scheduled to release a year after Nvidia's Ampere launch? Still seems like a good start, considering Intel has not tried its hand at a gaming discrete GPU in decades. However, Intel needs to make sure we are not seeing yet another paper launch.
Acer is optimistic about its laptop supply this year, chip shortages to gradually ease by the end of 2021
Acer's president for Pan-Asia Pacific Operations Andrew Hou is estimating a laptop supply stabilization starting with this second quarter. The situation should further improve in the second half of the year. Does this mean the rumored laptop price hikes coming from Acer and Asus will not really happen? What about more efficient ways to deal with scalpers and crypto miners?
Asus announces PN51 mini PC powered by AMD's Ryzen 5000U processors
The PN51 models come with the same chassis from last year's PN50 models and only support the Zen 2 Lucienne Ryzen 5000U processors. Despite using the same Zen 2 cores as the Ryzen 4000U models, the Lucienne processors come with upgraded memory controllers and can be coupled with up to 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM plus up to 2 TB of storage. There also is support for up to 4x 4K monitors.
Detailed pictures of China's first competitive 7 nm compute GPU emerge, mass production starting soon
The Big Island GPGPU developed by Tianshu Zhixin is produced by TSMC on the 7 nm nodes with 2.5D CoWoS packaging. It integrates 24 billion transistors, is rated for 300 W TGP and the board includes 32 GB of HBM2 VRAM plus a single 8-pin connector. Its performance is comparable to AMD's Instinct MI100.
Razer's upcoming AMD-powered 14-inch laptops might get low-TGP RTX 3000 dGPU options only, R9 5900HX + RTX 3070 Max-Q configuration spotted
The inclusion of the RTX 3070 Max-Q mobile dGPU seems to be suggesting that Razer's thin and light chassis on the upcoming AMD-powered 14-inch models only allow for lower-TGP dGPU options. Can Razer also add an RTX 3080 Max-Q and are these options really making sense for such price premiums when Lenovo is offering the Max-P versions on the Legion 5 Pro and Legion 7 with superior price/performance ratios?
TSMC wants to solve the global chip shortages with $100 billion investment in new worldwide production facilities
TSMC is ready to implement a solution for the ongoing global semiconductor shortages that will require $100 billion in investments. The plan is to build new production facilities in the U.S., Europe and Taiwan and have these ready by 2023. In order to implement the plan, however, TSMC is asking all of its customers to accept full production costs with no wafer price discounts throughout the entire 2022.
MSI announces Summit E13 & E16 Flip slim and light business convertibles
The new E13 Flip and E16 Flip come with thin and light CNC-cut aluminum chassis and feature 16:10 touchscreens complete with an MSI Pen. These are among the fist models to feature the Wi-Fi 6E standard and also come with up to an i7-1185G7 CPU, up to 32 GB LPDDR4-4246 RAM and PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage. The 16-incher is supposed to integrate an RTX 3050 dGPU, and both variants feature 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors.
RTX 3070 16 GB mod tested in latest games, shows what we can expect from the upcoming RTX 3070 Ti
Besides storing more high-res textures and boosting the ray tracing performance, the 16 GB mod can also help improve framerate stability. Some games like Watch Dogs Legion can be less stuttery on the 16 GB mod, as the 0.1% Low and 1% Low framerates see considerable improvements, but other games like Godfall do not seem to take advantage of the increased RAM capacity and even perform slightly slower.
XMG readies Ultra 17 laptops with desktop-grade Intel Rocket Lake CPUs and max TGP RTX 3000 mobile dGPUs
The 2021 Ultra 17 models from XMG pack up to an i9-11900K 8-core / 16-thread CPU, which can be coupled with up to 128 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and 32 TB NVMe SSD storage. Users can choose among max TGP versions for the RTX 3060 / 3070 / 3080 mobile dGPUs that take full advantage of 16 PCIe 4.0 lanes. Screen options include 300 Hz FHD and 60 Hz 4K IPS panels and among the ports we find 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors plus an HDMI 2.1 video output.
DDR5 RAM modules get first green light for mass production in China
Chinese memory module producer Jiahe Jinwei is among the first to receive DDR5 chip shipments from Micron for implementation. SK Hynix and Samsung are expected to begin shipping their DDR5 chips soon, as well. By the end of 2021, we should be seeing a decent selection of DDR5 modules for the Intel Alder Lake-S processors.
MediaTek dethrones Qualcomm, becomes the world's largest mobile SoC supplier of 2020
Helped by key factors like the pandemic shortages and the Huawei bans that shaped the entire smartphone market climate of 2020, MediaTek managed to dethrone Qualcomm and secured its position as world's largest smartphone SoC supplier. The Taiwanese company is expected to maintain this position at least throughout 2021.
Get the Gateway Creator gaming laptop with RTX 2060 dGPU for only US$799
The RTX 2060 dGPU is still a good mid-range mobile dGPU, especially now that Gateway and Walmart are offering laptops that integrate it for only US$799. This deal also includes a 15.6-inch FHD IPS display with 120 Hz refresh rate, an Intel Core i5-10300H CPU, plus 8 GB DDR4-3200 and 256 GB SSD storage that can be easily upgradable.
Samsung announces industry's first 512 GB DDR5 module
By employing technologies like TSV and HKHG, Samsung is now able to up the DDR5 module capacity to 512 GB. These modules are designed for data centers and are twice as fast as any current DDR4 solutions. Desktop versions with more "down to earth" capacities should also be available towards the end of the year.
Panasonic's 2021 OLED TV lineup finally includes gaming-optimized 48-inch models
Panasonic announces three OLED TV models that come with the 48-inch size option. These keep the HCX Pro AI Processor and custom color profiles from the flagship JZ2000 screens, but also come with Game Mode Extreme that lowers input lag down to 2.5 ms for 60 Hz signals.
No bridges burned: Intel wants to produce Apple's future ARM-based processors after releasing anti-Mac ad campaign
Looks like Intel does not really want to sever all ties with Apple, even after denigrating the new M1-powered Macs in its quite aggressive ad campaign released last week. With the introduction of its IDM 2.0 strategic plan that includes a Foundry Service program for fabless companies in the U.S. and Europe, Intel hopes to regain Apple's trust by offering to produce future ARM-based M processors. It remains to be seen how Intel is going to match TSMC's 3 nm and 2 nm nodes.
Merger between CPUs and RAM proposed by SK Hynix CEO
In his keynote for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ International Reliability Physics Symposium, SK Hynix CEO Seok-Hee Lee talks about the inevitable convergence of memory and logic, the CXL standard that could replace PCIe as a faster link between CPU and graphics cards or smart memory interfaces, plus the road to 600-layer NAND chips.
Teclast announces T.Bolt 10 DG slim and light 15.6-inch laptop with Iris Xe Max dGPU
Unlike previous models that packed very modest specs, the T.Bolt 10 DG sports an Intel Core i7-10510U CPU and an Iris Xe Max dGPU. It also features a premium slim and light brushed metal chassis with a narrow bezel FHD 15.6-inch display, plus 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 256 GB NVMe or SATA storage.
Qualcomm completes NUVIA acquisition, will release high-performance ultrabook processors in 2022
NUVIA's CPU technology will be integrated in many upcoming Qualcomm products, including ultraportable laptop processors, smartphone chips, digital cockpits, AI-assisted driving, extended reality and infrastructure networking solutions.
LG adds new gaming settings on this year's C1 and G1 OLED TVs
LG added a few new sliders that are meant to fix the near-black gamma problems reported on last year's models. Thus, we have the Black Stabiliser and Fine Tune Dark Areas sliders that can deal with the elevated black, but we also see features like White Stabiliser for bright highlight details in HDR and a Prevent Input Delay toggle that helps reduce input lag with 60 Hz signals.
AMD Navi 23 entry-level desktop gaming GPUs expected to launch this April for a bit over $350
Another paper launch this soon after the RX 6700 XT release? MSRP is expected around $350, but we are not sure if actual retail prices could be close to those figures. Navi 23 will supposedly launch under the RX 6500 moniker and should also come along with mobile versions.
AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution should release this year, but Team Red has not yet decided what non-AI technique to employ
AMD plans to release its answer to Nvidia DLSS across all major gaming platforms, yet launch details are still sketchy. FidelityFX Super Resolution could be launched this year on PC at least, but AMD admits it is still pondering on which technique would best suit all gaming platforms.
Nvidia claims it is now very easy to implement DLSS support for Unreal Engine 4 games, presents System Shock and Fabled Woods as latest examples
Thanks to the new UE4 DLSS plugin created in collaboration with Epic, game developers can now add DLSS support to their games in less than a day. The performance boost offered through the DLSS implementation can especially be seen in games with ray tracing enabled where the fps counts can be increased by 2.5X.
Intel DG2 (Xe-HPG) flagship GPU tested in Geekbench along with 16-core Alder Lake-S CPU
The Geekbench OpenCL tests reveal a few new specs for both the GPU and the CPU, but the actual results appear to be too low to reflect the performance of the final product. Intel is probably testing the stability of the chips, as the drivers are not optimized enough for now.
Nvidia RTX 3000 shortages expected to last at least until 3Q21
A new DigiTimes report suggests that the RTX 3000 shortages could persist towards the end of the year, despite Nvidia's efforts to limit the crypto miners and introduce GPUs specifically designed for miners. Samsung's 8 nm nodes are still not able to present high enough yields and the rumored jump to TSMC's 7 nm nodes might not even happen this year.
Raja Koduri teases Intel Xe-HPG (DG2) graphics engineering board with ray tracing capabilities
The engineering card appears to be equipped with CPU-grade heatsink + cooler and it is connected to an Alder Lake motherboard through a PCIe riser. Koduri does not really mention that this is the DG2 card, but the test system is running 3DMark with the Port Royal ray tracing test in the test suite, and we know only DG2 GPUs among Intel's upcoming discrete models support ray tracing.
Tuxedo launches Book XP15 / XP17 Linux laptops with Nvidia RTX 3000 GPUs
The latest Linux-based laptops from Tuxedo offer quite a wide array of options when it comes to displays and GPUs. The i7-10870H CPU might not be the best solution when the AMD Ryzen 5000H are already available, but users can choose among RTX 3060 / 3070 / 3080 Max-Q GPU options plus 144 Hz / 300 Hz FHD IPS displays and even 4K OLED or IPS screens with 60 Hz refresh rates.
Leaked roadmap reveals details on Intel's Raptor Lake processors succeeding the Alder Lake family in 2022
The roadmap presented by VideoCardz looks to be a bit outdated since it shows Rocket Lake launching in 2020, but Intel sure seems determined to release a new CPU generation each year. In 2022, we should be getting the Raptor Lake family that includes desktop processors with improved caches for gaming and new vPro instruction sets, while the mobile SKUs will feature LPDDR5x support and DLVR tech for greater power savings.
Intel appears to artificially segment its new Rocket Lake desktop CPU lineup by limiting the memory controllers on non-i9K(F) SKUs
A reddit post explains why the Anandtech i7-11700K review may have presented poor results in most gaming and synthetic benchmarks. This could be due to Intel misleadingly advertising inferior stock settings for the RAM controllers on all SKUs below the i9-11900K(F).
New details emerge regarding the Nvidia DLSS support on the upcoming Nintendo Switch console
NateDrake on the ResetEra forums claims that the DLSS-compatible Switch may differ from the upcoming Switch Pro with OLED screen and 4K support, and, due to the ongoing chip shortages, the DLSS version could end up pushed back to 2022. We should be seeing a new Nvidia SoC, though, and the DLSS hardware features will be supported on the handheld SoC rather than the dock SoC.
Turn your mobile devices into desktop PCs with the Beelink Expand X dock
When the screen on your smartphone proves too small for productivity tasks, you can just use the new Beelink Expand X dock to hook your mobile device to a PC monitor and a keyboard / mouse setup. You can also watch movies from the phone or even play handheld console games on a big 4K TV through the included HDMI connector.
GPD confirms it is working on a Win Max handheld laptop powered by AMD's Ryzen 7 5800U processor, might launch later this year
Now that the AMD's mobile processors are proving their superiority over the Intel solutions, GPD is more inclined to follow the trend and offer its first AMD-powered handheld laptop. We have the official confirmation that a GPD Win Max successor with Ryzen 7 5800U is already being tested, but actually availability is still sketchy.
World's best 500+ cybersecurity experts fail to hack the Morpheus processor
In mid-2020, DARPA created a bug bounty program dubbed Finding Exploits to Thwart Tampering (FETT), to which it invited more than 500 cybersecurity experts tasked to breach certain experimental computer processors. Morpheus, the "unhackable" processor developed by the University of Michigan was the only one to live up to its nickname.
Asus leaks RTX 3050 Ti GPU option with 4 GB VRAM for its TUF Dash F15 laptops
The entry-level RTX 3050 Ti GPUs might first launch on laptops. According to the latest listings from Asus and Acer, the RTX 3050 Ti models only come with 4 GB of GDDR6 memory, so they are most likely limited to a 128-bit memory bus, and the minimum TGP is set to 60 W.
Hasee starts preselling 16.1-inch laptops powered by desktop-grade Intel Rocket Lake CPUs and RTX 3000 GPUs in China
Hasee is a Chinese laptop maker that is probably most known for its dealings with the crypto miners who recently snagged hundreds of devices during the Bitcoin price boom. It looks like Hasee already managed to secure quite a few Intel Rocket Lake-S CPUs to be paired with RTX 3060 / 3070 GPUs in its new Ares laptops, which presold like hot cakes on JD.com.
Intel's Rocket Lake CPUs feature memory overclocking inspired by AMD's Infinity Fabric
The upcoming Rocket Lake CPUs like the Core i7-11700K appear to come with a RAM overclocking feature similar to AMD's Infinity Fabric on the Ryzen 3000 and Ryzen 5000. Initial tests performed on a Z490 mobo show that the 1:1 ratio is capped at DDR4-3733, and the 1/2:1 ratio for higher RAM clocks introduces noticeable latencies.
Samsung previews ISOCELL 2.0 tech for upcoming smartphone image sensors
ISOCELL 2.0 improves the physical barriers around the pixels by replacing the metal materials with more reflective ones, further reducing color crosstalk and boosting light sensitivity. The new tech also allows for pixel size reduction without affecting light absorption coefficients, paving the way to 200 MP sensors and beyond.
Texas court orders Intel to pay $2.18 billion for two patent infringements
The two patents are owned by VLSI and relate to ways to manage CPU clock speeds and minimum voltages for memory. VLSI has an additional six patent violation claims against Intel, which could amount to $11 billion in damages. Intel denies all allegations and is confident it can avoid these fees through future appeals.
Lenovo announces ThinkEdge fanless and rugged mini PCs with Intel Tiger Lake CPUs
The new ThinkEdge mini PCs from Lenovo come with fanless cases that can still accommodate powerful Tiger Lake CPUs with vPro technology and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity. Designed for embedded applications like ATMs for smart retail and medical devices, the ThinkEdge SE30 models can be equipped with Core i3-1115GRE or i5-1145GRE vPro CPUs, up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and 1 TB SSD NVMe storage. There also is the SE50 model that comes with a bigger case and supports up to an i7 CPU, 32 GB of RAM and 2 TB storage, plus more ports.
Framework presents the world's most customizable laptops with swappable motherboards, ports and displays
With the new Framework Laptop models, you do not have to buy a new laptop every few years. Just replace the motherboard and CPU with a newer version, add more RAM or storage, maybe even swap the display with a 4K OLED, and you have a totally up to date laptop, plus you help reduce e-waste in the long term.
Dynabook launches Satellite Pro C50 budget-oriented business laptops with Intel Ice Lake CPUs
The new Satellite C50 models come with Intel Ice Lake CPU options including the Core i3-1005G1, i5-1035G1, and i7-1065G7, up to 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, up to 512 GB of SATA SSD storage and 15.6-inch HD or FHD displays. Prices start at $519.
Dell rumored to launch Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition gaming laptops with up to an AMD R9 5900HX APU and RTX 3070 mobile GPU
AMD seems to be convincing more and more laptop OEMs to include Ryzen options across all price points, especially with the launch of the new Ryzen 5000 APUs. Even Dell is now rumored to include Ryzen APU options with the launch of the Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition lineup that may replace the current Intel-powered m15 R3 models.
Wistron presents 17-inch foldable tablet concept that can transform into a laptop and all-in-one desktop
Foldable devices nowadays come with relatively small displays, but, in a few years, we may be able to work with devices that integrate larger foldable screens like the Foldbook concept proposed by Wistron. By default, Foldbook offers a 17-inch touchscreen, which can be folded in half to act as a 10-inch laptop. Furthermore, the concept includes a docking station that transforms the tablet into an all-in-one PC.
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon XR1 AR Smart Viewer Reference Design glasses
The new AR Smart Viewer Reference Design glasses from Qualcomm integrate the Snapdragon XR1 SoC, BOE micro-OLED binocular displays and Goertek hardware, plus dual monochrome cameras that enable six-degrees of freedom head and hand tracking with gesture recognition. OEMs can also include an 8MB RGB camera for remote assistance functionality.
Compal presents Scroll rollable phone concept and ZeroEdge laptop OLED displays
The Scroll smartphone concept in inspired by ancient scrolls and comes with a 10-inch display rolled up inside a stylish tube-like leather finish case, while the ZeroEdge design proposes a 14-inch 99% screen-to-body ratio OLED display that wraps around its left and right edges to offer side touch functions like we see on quad-curved smartphone displays.
First look at MSI's custom RTX 3060 PCB design for the Gaming X series
The MSI PCB includes a 8+6-pin power connector instead of an 8-pin one, which should provide more stability for the overclocked core. Despite the increased boost speeds, the TGP matches the reference 170 W. The number of inductors appears to be modified as well, and the PCB supports 8 VRAM slots, of which only 6 are populated. Unfortunately, we will not be seeing 16 GB versions, due to the limitations imposed by the 192-bit memory bus.
Western Digital and Kioxia announce 162-layer Gen 6 3D NAND flash memory chips
Improvements over Gen 5 include 40% smaller dies, reduced production costs, 70% more bits per wafer, improved write speeds by 2.4X and lower read latency by 10%, plus increased I/O speeds by 66%. The first SSDs to use these new chips are expected to launch in Q1 2022.
AMD rumored to launch its RX 6700 XT mid-range gaming GPUs on March 18
Latest rumors claim that AMD is preparing a March 18 launch for the RX 6700 XT mid-range gaming cards, even though Team Red is among the companies that have been hit the hardest by the global semiconductor shortages. This will most likely be another rushed paper launch to counter Nvidia's RTX 3060 release.
VAIO refreshes its 14-inch Z series with Tiger Lake-H35 CPUs, carbon fiber slim and light chassis plus impressive battery life of up to 35 h
The new Z series is only available in Japan for the time being and features three variants. The more affordable one includes an FHD display and the Core i5-11300H CPU, plus a 53 Wh battery that may last up to 34 h. VAIO also supplies more expensive variants with Core i7-11370H and i7-11375H CPUs that get FHD as well as 4K display options. Battery on the 4K display variants may last up to 17 h. All models come with light carbon fiber chassis that weigh around 1 Kg.
Fanless RTX 3080 spotted inside a silent mini PC build
The passively-cooled Asus TUF RTX 3080 GPU was tested in Furmark along with a Ryzen 5 5600X and the results were a bit sketchy. While the CPU was running at 40 degrees Celsius during the Furmark test, the GPU peaked at 87 degrees Celsius and it did not even level out. Total power draw appears to hover around 410 W, most likely in idle.
Samsung completes development for HBM-PIM, industry's first High Bandwidth Memory with on-chip AI processor
The new HBM-PIM chips will deliver over twice the system performance of the current HBM2 solutions and reduce energy consumption by more than 70%. Samsung designed this new memory architecture in order to accelerate large-scale processing in data centers, high performance computing systems and AI-enabled mobile applications.
Leak reveals solid performance gains for the upcoming Intel Alder Lake laptop and desktop processors, likely not enough to beat AMD Zen3+
Sources close to Moore's Law Is Dead claim that the Alder Lake-U CPUs with up to 6 big cores and 8 little cores can deliver double the multi-core performance of current Tiger Lake-U models, and the single-core Alder Lake performance should be 20% better, as well. The top desktop Alder Lake CPUs with 8 big cores and 8 little cores may thus beat AMD's Ryzen 9 5900X models in multi-core loads.
Eluktronics Prometheus XVII: desktop-level performance with AMD Ryzen 5000H and mobile RTX 3080 at under 1-inch thickness
The new Prometheus XVII gaming laptop series comes with advanced features like the enhanced thermal design that supports overclocked Ryzen 7 5800H processors coupled with 150 W RTX 3080 mobile GPUs. All inside a 0.98-inch thick chassis. It also includes the Control Center 3.0 suite that lets users easily tweak CPU PL settings, custom power and fan profiles, GPU wattage etc.
AMD rumored to break the 5 GHz boost barrier with improved Zen 3 CPUs, announcement coming next week
The upcoming Rocket Lake desktop CPUs can reach 5.3 GHz boost clocks and Intel hopes to reclaim the single-core crown, but it looks like AMD is ready to announce a countermove that could essentially render the whole Rocket Lake launch pointless.
Biden administration determined to end the global chip shortages in the upcoming months
The U.S. government is ready to conduct a 100-day review that will identify potential chokepoints in the supply chain for semiconductor products, as well as for other essential goods like minerals, medical supplies and high-capacity batteries for electric vehicles. Other shortage solutions include increased semiconductor manufacturing funds and grants.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 users prove that lower RTX 3080 TGPs can be maximized via vBIOS flashing with 18% performance gains, but this can affect system stability
Modders discovered that the MSI Leopard G76 vBIOS can be flashed on the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15, allowing the RTX 3080 TGP to be raised from 115 W to 150 W. This trick can provide up to 18% increased performance, but it can also lead to serious stability issues like increased cooler noise, thermal throttling and battery problems caused by overwhelmed power supply.
Xiaomi to launch new RedmiBook Pro 15/S laptops with Tiger Lake-H35 and Ryzen 5000H processors on February 25
The Intel versions will be powered by CPUs like the Core i5-11300H and i7-11370H with 35 W TDP and integrated Iris Xe GPUs. On top of that, Xiaomi is also adding Nvidia GeForce MX450 dGPUs. On the other hand, the AMD versions come with Ryzen 5 5600H and Ryzen 7 5800H APUs, but it is unclear if these get dGPU options.
Huawei's upcoming MatePad Pro 2 5G flagship tablet spotted on 3C listing, rumored to get 12.2-inch OLED screen
The 3C certification is indicating an imminent release, but initial availability will most likely be restricted to China. Besides the 5G connectivity and 40 W fast charging listed in the 3C certificate, the new Huawei flagship tablet is rumored to feature the Kirin 9000 SoC and bigger 12-inch screens.
Qualcomm previews Snapdragon X65 5G modem with 10 Gbps speeds
The next gen X65 5G modems are expected to power all Android and iPhone flagship devices launching in 2022. Prominent features for the upcoming "5G phase 2" modem include 10 Gbps speeds, improved antenna module with support for the newly introduced n259 (41 GHz) band and AI-powered efficiency boost, plus compatibility with Qualcomm's second gen Fixed Wireless Access platform.
Bitcoin value hits $48,000 as Tesla announces $1.5 billion BTC purchase and upcoming crypto payments
BTC's bullish run does not seem to be slowing down any time soon. With the latest announcements from Tesla, long-time crypto currency supporter Elon Musk essentially helped raise the value of BTC by almost 20% in a single day.
First mentions of AMD's Radeon RX 6600 XT with 12 GB GDDR6 spotted in EEC filings from ASRock
The EEC files reveal the existence of several RX 6600 XT models from ASRock, all of them coming with 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, This suggests that these versions may still be based on the Navi 22 SKU with 192-bit bus, but probably have low clocks that only require a single-fan cooler.
Fujitsu announces thin and light Lifebook U9311/X business laptops with Intel Tiger Lake-U CPUs
The latest 13.3-inch business laptops from Fujitsu are among the thinnest and lightest on the market, with profiles close to 0.60 inches and weights of at most 1 Kg. Both models feature Intel's Tiger Lake-U CPUs, with the U9311X sporting a 360-degree touchscreen and pen, and the U9311 coming in the traditional clamshell design that weighs only 884 grams.
Unprecedented multi-core performance variance: the Exynos 2100 SoC can score anywhere between 3,200 - 4,073 points in Geekbench multi-core tests
Most tests show that the Exynos 2100 is slightly faster than the Snapdragon 888, but some Exynos samples even manage to break the 4,000-point barrier in the Geekbench 5 multi-core tests, which essentially makes them on par with Apple's latest SoCs.
Specs for the Samsung Galaxy F62 mid-range smartphone leak out
This model will again be exclusive for the Indian markets, but, apparently, it is a rebranded Galaxy M62, which should launch in other regions too. It features quite a few improvements over the F41 model, including a slightly larger 6.7-inch sAMLOED screen, larger 7,000 mAh battery, an Exynos 9825 SoC upgrade and a quad-cam setup on the back.
Industry insiders believe Intel can spin off its fabs with a solid long-term plan that involves acquiring even more fabs
Even though certain investors continue to pressure Intel into spinning off its fabs, the new CEO is adamant that the company will continue to function as an IDM and only outsource select lineups to third-party foundries when needed. This is a good approach for a short-term plan, but Intel may look into acquiring certain external foundries and then spinning off the merged fabs if it intends to stay competitive in the long-term.
DDR3 still relevant: sudden spike in demand combined with shrinking supply may lead to 50% value increase this year
Big memory producers are freeing up capacity for the upcoming DDR5 modules, but some smaller companies from Taiwan will continue to produce DDR3 chips. Unfortunately, these companies cannot really meet the sudden demand of DDR3 chips and prices are expected to spike by 50%.
OnLogic reveals fanless mini PCs with 10 nm Intel Elkhart Lake CPUs
The latest Helix and Karbon fanless mini PC models from OnLogic are designed for the IoT and industrial markets. Equipped with the more powerful Celeron and Pentium processors, the Helix series comes in a more compact case, but it also offers fewer expansion options. The Karbon models, on the other hand, offer a more robust connectivity and expansion package, yet they only feature the slower Atom CPUs.
More AMD Navi 23 specs get leaked in block diagram from Tesla Motors
Tesla's upcoming Model S 2021 cars will integrate AMD's Navi 23 GPUs to power their onboard infotainment systems. The leaked block diagram reveals that the Navi 23 will get access to 8 GB of GDDR6 14 Gbps RAM and will be able to deliver 10 TFLOPS of FP32 compute performance, which is close to what a PS5 console is capable of.
Asus Japan announces refreshed VivoMini small form-factor PCs with Intel Comet Lake-S CPUs
The new VivoMini VC66-C2 series will initially be launched in Japan on February 5. The top-of-the-line model with Intel Core i7-10700 will feature a 4K BluRay play exclusively for the Japanese market. Asus will also offer i5-10400 and i3-10100 variants.
Linux patch reveals AMD's RDNA2 GPUs support Duty Cycle Scaling power management feature for ultraportable devices
The DCS feature was discovered in a recent Linux patch and it looks like it is designed specifically for laptop GPUs, even though it is supported on the high-end RX 6800 series, as well as the upcoming RX 6700 mid-range models. DCS reduces power consumption by turning the core off when thermal and power limits are exceeded.
Buyer beware: Nvidia has at least 28 variants prepared for the mobile RTX 3000 GPU stack
The ridiculous number would not really be a problem for end users if OEMs actually respected Nvidia's guidelines and provided clear info with the official specs. Unfortunately, very few OEMs are currently doing this, and we are seeing wild spec variations that allow lower-priced SKUs to outperform higher-priced variants.
Lenovo demonstrates NVMe M.2 alternative to Thunderbolt for high-end external desktop GPUs on AMD-based notebooks
AMD's support for USB4 and Thunderbolt is scheduled to arrive in early 2022, and, until then, laptop OEMs are trying out alternatives. One solution would be to implement a new type of connector, like Asus has done on its new ROG Flow X13 laptops. Lenovo, on the other hand, is exploring something more simple in the form of a cable that connects external video cards to the M.2 slot inside the laptop.
Crypto miners could target laptops next: Nvidia's mobile RTX 3060 Max-P GPU is actually fast enough for ETH mining
The new RTX 3080 cards proved to be quite the crypto mining monsters, but these high-end solutions are still in very short supply. A better and more efficient alternative could be presented by Nvidia's mobile RTX 3000 dGPUs, as suggested by the latest leaks from China. If this is indeed true, miners could eventually impact the availability of all upcoming Nvidia-based laptops.
Leak claims AMD's Radeon RX 6700 XT easily beats the Nvidia RTX 3060 12 GB, trades blows with RTX 3060 Ti
AMD was supposed to unveil the RX 6700 XT at CES, but the company is still not sure how to market this GPU. Word on the street is that the current test samples can easily beat the RTX 3060 12 GB models from Nvidia, and it even bests the RTX 3060 Ti in select games. However, we might not get to see these cards launched sooner than May.
Intel to produce most of the 7 nm CPUs releasing in 2023 on its own "fixed" nodes, some parts will still be outsourced
Previous rumors were reporting that Intel may start outsourcing for some 10 nm and 7 nm CPUs in the next few years, but the latest financial report suggests that the company will not rely too much on external fabs. Apparently, Intel managed to fix its 7 nm nodes and will produce most of the 2023 CPU in its own fabs, while the 10 nm nodes should become fully working this year with quadrupled supply unit growth.
One-Netbook reveals additional specs and product images for the One Mix 4 10.1-inch convertible
The latest product images reveal that the One Mix 4 will feature a digital pen, backlit keyboard with touchpad, 3x USB-C ports and a microSD reader. Apparently, there are no Thunderbolt 4 ports, and One-Netbook is dropping the SIM slot, as well.
AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 9 5900HX mobile APU is dominating the PassMark tests
In multi-core loads, the Ryzen 9 5900HX easily steals the crown from last gen's king Ryzen 9 4900HS. However, the more impressive feat is recorded with the single-core tests that are usually dominated by Intel processors. Here, the 5900HX manages to reach the top position by defeating the workstation-grade Intel Xeon W-10885M.
Polish source claims Nvidia and Intel worked together to block the marketing of premium AMD Ryzen 4000 laptops with high-end GPUs in 2020
Back in mid-2020, laptop OEMs explained that the inclusion of dGPUs more powerful than the RTX 2060 would not really make sense on Ryzen 4000H systems, as their performance would be limited by the 8x PCIe 3.0 lanes. However, the Ryzen 5000H systems still use only 8x PCIe 3.0 lanes, yet they come with up to an RTX 3080 dGPU option. Something is not adding up.
Intel's i5-11400 6-core Rocket Lake-S CPU appears on Geekbench, lags behind similar AMD Ryzen 3000 / 5000 models
The Rocket Lake-S hexa-core is around 10% faster than the Comet Lake-S predecessor, and it almost matches the i7-8700K with considerably higher clocks, but it still lags behind the Ryzen 5 3600X in multi-core loads, while the Ryzen 5 5600X is on a completely different level with 31% higher multi-core results.
China presents its first competitive 7 nm data center GPU
China's progress with the home-grown CPUs and GPUs is relentless. The new Big Island general purpose GPUs produced by Tianshu Zhixin are able to take advantage of TSMC's 7 nm tech and provide a competitive price/performance ratio. Internal benchmarks reveal that the Big Island GPUs are not yet on par with Nvidia's A100 or AMD's Instinct MI100, but the progress is remarkable.
The first DisplayPort 2.0 monitors and GPUs to hit the market in late 2021
Initially supposed to hit the market in mid-2020, the DisplayPort 2.0 monitors got delayed by the global pandemic and are now expected to become available in the second half of 2021. DP 2.0 is clearly superior to HDMI 2.0, as it offers an 80 Gbps bandwidth that can support 4K resolutions @240 Hz with uncompressed HDR color depth or 16K @60Hz with DSC.
TSMC expected to produce Intel Core i3 chips on 5 nm nodes in 2H21, 3 nm high-end chips coming in 2H22
Alder Lake is probably the last CPU lineup to be produced exclusively by Intel's fabs. After that, Intel plans to gradually outsource CPU lineups to TSMC, with the low-end Core i3 models scheduled to be produced by the Taiwanese fabs in the second half of 2021. A year later, TSMC is also expected to begin mass-production for Intel's mid-range and high-end processors on the 3 nm nodes.
HP unveils EliteBook 805 G8 business laptop lineup with AMD Ryzen Pro 5000 APUs
HP introduces some of the first business laptops powered by AMD's Ryzen Pro 5000 APUs. The new EliteBook 805 G8 series comes with lightweight chassis and three sizes to choose from, including 13.3-inch, 14-inch and 15.6-inch. These models can be equipped with up to 64 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB NVMe SSD storage, plus quite a few display options.
Asus launches ChromeBook CX9400 and ChromeBook Flip CX5500 premium-grade laptops with Intel Tiger Lake-U CPUs
The new ChromeBook CX9 and Flip CX5 models from Asus powered by the latest Intel Tiger Lake-U CPUs show that the Chrome OS laptops can easily match the performance of the traditionally more powerful Windows-based systems. The new premium-grade CX9 business laptop comes with enhanced security features and two Thunderbolt 4 connectors, while the Flip CX5 focuses on an expanded cloud-connected gaming experience.
Gigabyte updates the Aero 15 /17 creator laptop lineup with improved displays, RTX 3000 GPUs and redesigned thermal management
The refreshed models still feature the Comet Lake-H CPUs, as they are limited to Thunderbolt 3 connectors. However, Gigabyte is now offering upgraded professionally calibrated displays, as well as the newly released RTX 3000 mobile GPUs, plus redesigned thermal management. The new AERO laptops are also among the first to feature HDMI 2.1 connectors.
Lenovo announces ThinkBook 14p / 16p Gen2 business laptops with latest AMD APUs and next gen Nvidia RTX GPUs
Even though the spec sheets do not mention the exact processors, the ACH denomination added to the products names suggests that Lenovo is equipping these models with AMD's Ryzen 5000H processors. The 14p model does not get discrete graphics, but offers an OLED panel option, while the 16p version offers Nvidia RTX 3000 dGPU options and a Pantone calibrated IPS panel.
Lenovo refreshes the ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i dual-touchscreen laptops with larger e-Ink and IPS displays plus Intel Tiger Lake CPUs
The new ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i hybrids are essentially compliant with the Intel EVO specs, as they are powered by Tiger Lake CPUs, come with 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors and total weight is kept at 1.3 Kg / 3 lbs. Lenovo also offers larger e-Ink and main IPS touchscreens with 16:10 aspect ratio and 2560 x 1600 resolution.
ADATA announces XPG XENIA Xe Ultrabook with Intel Tiger Lake-U CPUs
The new 15.6-inch XPG Xenia Xe ultrabooks can be powered by either an i7-1165G7 coupled with 16 GB of LPDDR4x-4266 RAM or an i5-1135G7 coupled with 8 GB of RAM. There is no dGPU option and the prices seem a bit spicy, but at least ADATA is including a touchscreen and 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors.
Phytium presents D2000 ARM-based octa-core desktop CPU for the Chinese market
Apple proved that ARM's cores can easily compete with the mobile CPUs from Intel and AMD, and we see more and more companies jumping on the custom ARM-based CPU bandwagon, including processor maker Phytium ready to release its own octa-core chip for the Chinese market in the coming months.
High-stakes investor pressuring Intel to overhaul the manufacture and design operations
Intel investor Third Point is urging for the adoption of serious measures to restore the chip maker's market position. Suggested solutions include selling off unnecessary acquisition and splitting up the manufacture and design operations, plus outsourcing some of the production to the new Oregon facilities built by TSMC. Intel should present a clear course of action in its financial report scheduled for late January.
ADATA to launch 64 GB DDR5-8400 RAM modules for Intel's upcoming Alder Lake-S CPUs in 2H 2021
It looks like Intel's upcoming Alder Lake-S CPUs are going to be the first to benefit from the DDR5 RAM standard. ADATA is already collaborating with motherboard makers like Gigabyte and MSI to ensure compatibility for the ”latest Intel platforms.” Expect to see DDR5 RAM modules with up to 64 GB capacity and up to 8400 MT/s speeds launching in the second half of 2021.
Nvidia mobile RTX 3080 Max-P versus Max-Q: specs and estimated performance
The RTX 3080 Max-P would only be a few percent faster than the RTX 3060 Ti desktop GPU, since it appears to be limited to 115 W TGP by default. On the other hand, the 80 W RTX 3080 Max-Q would be as fast as the GTX 1080 Ti desktop model, and 74% slower than the RTX 3080 desktop GPU.
Acer reveals two Nitro 5 budget gaming laptops with Intel Tiger Lake-H35 CPUs
These budget models feature the unannounced i7-11370H and i7-11300H Intel CPUs that should be unveiled at CES next week. Configurations seem solid for what looks like $700-800 laptops, except maybe the GTX 1650 GPUs could have been replaced with the RTX 2060.
Samsung will release ten new OLED panels for laptops this February, including the first-ever 15.6-inch 1080p version for budget builds
We could be seeing considerably more laptops with OLED displays this year as Samsung is preparing to introduce 10 new models with sizes ranging from 13.3 to 16 inches. There will be updated 4K screens, as well as new budget-friendly 15.6-inch 1080p versions with improved color gamuts superior to those found on LGs TV panels.
Affordable TACHYS VORTEX 15 laptop with AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and RTX 3060 Max-P GPU to debut at CES 2021
The upcoming TACHYS VORTEX 15 gaming laptop offers the best price/performance ratio we have seen thus far from an AMD laptop. For only $1,100, you can get a powerful Ryzen 7 5800H APU coupled with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and an RTX 3060 Max-P GPU, plus 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage. Expect to see similar builds and prices from more trusted brands at CES 2021.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus unofficial review surfaces almost 1 month ahead of launch
Reviewer Random Stuff 2 on Youtube managed to play with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus for more than a month and included his impressions in a short video. He specifies that the reviewed unit is a pre-production device, so some things could differ on the final product, but even so, the phone may be one of the best models of 2021.
Intel reveals low-power Clover Falls AI companion chip for EVO-certified laptops
The new Intel Visual Sensing Controller codenamed Clover Falls is coming to Evo-certified laptops and should help preserve battery life by performing some low-power semi-passive system monitoring tasks normally executed by the CPU. It is also supposed to enable PC systems to sense and adapt to their surroundings by connecting to webcam sensors.
MSI teases redesigned GS76 Stealth gaming laptop and a Summit E16 Flip business convertible launching at CES 2021
The GS76 Stealth could be one of the first gaming laptops to feature the Tiger Lake-H processors coupled with the mobile RTX 3000 GPUs. Apart from the redesigned chassis, the GS76 could also get a 360 Hz screen (still in validation process) and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity. MSI is also introducing a new E16 Flip convertible to the Summit lineup. This one comes with carbon fiber chassis and integrates Tiger Lake-U plus Nvidia GTX GPUs.
Tough times ahead for Intel: industry insiders spill the beans on subpar 10 nm yields, server CPU plus 7 nm delays, production outsourcing and more
Industry insiders reveal that Intel's current 10 nm yields are nowhere near viable for “full production” and even with the SuperFin tech, 10 nm production may never match that of the 14 nm nodes. Plus we get more details about the performance issues with the upcoming server-grade CPUs, even more delays for the 7 nm nodes and new details about the product outsourcing plans.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H shows decent performance gains over the 4800H model in latest Geekbench tests
Just like on the Ryzen 7 5800U ultra-low voltage APUs, the performance improvements recorded by the Ryzen 7 5800H model over the Renoir processors are not at all bad. The new Zen 3 cores clocked at 3.2 GHz base and 4.45 GHz boost perform 30% faster in single-core tests and 15% faster in multi-core tests compared to the default results for the Ryzen 7 4800H.
Samsung previews several innovative features from the 2021 Galaxy smartphone lineup
The innovative features coming with the 2021 Galaxy smartphones are supposed to make the upcoming devices the most desirable upgrades in quite a while. Some of these features include outstanding video capabilities, improved AI integration, ultra-wideband compatibility, and even S Pen support for devices other than the galaxy Note. Samsung also plans to introduce more affordable foldables.
Nvidia rumored to postpone the RTX 3080 Ti launch to February, pushing the RTX 3060 12 GB release to January 2021
Despite the production problems and shortages, Nvidia is planning for new RTX 3000 releases in early 2021. Previously believed to launch in January, the RTX 3080 20 GB version that is essentially an RTX 3090 with 4 less GB of VRAM should land in mid to late February, according to new reports. Nvidia is instead pushing the lower-mid-range RTX 3060 cards with 12 GB for an early January release.
Leaked V-Ray benchmark results reveal the RTX 3070 laptop GPU is almost as fast as a desktop-grade RTX 2080 Ti
Due to its limited TGP, the RTX 3070 laptop GPU appears to lag behind the desktop-grade RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070 models. However, the upcoming Ampere-based mobile GPU shows strong performance gains over the Turing models, as it is almost 100% faster than the RTX 2070 Max-Q and RTX 2080 Max-Q. It also almost matches the RTX 2080 Ti desktop-grade GPU.
Asus launches the Dual GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Mini OC Edition - one of the smallest Nvidia Ampere-based cards around designed for mini-ITX builds
This card features a shorter but taller PCB that should be within the 180 mm length limit for small form-factor builds like the Intel NUC 9 kits. It features only an 8-pin power connector, yet it can still be overclocked above the reference clocks on the Founders' Edition model.
Simply NUC launches Ruby and Topaz mini PCs powered by AMD Ryzen 4000U and Intel Tiger Lake processors, respectively
The new Ruby and Topaz mini PC lineups are practically indistinguishable on the outside, as they both feature the proprietary Universal Chassis. As far as specs go, the Ruby systems can be equipped with up to a Ryzen 7 4800U APU, while the Topaz models can be powered by up to an i7-1165G7 CPU. Both lineups support up to 64 GB of RAM and up to 10 TB of SSD storage.
Microsoft expected to launch new Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop 4 models in early 2021
No major external design facelifts are planned for these two models, but the spec updates should make for a decent upgrade. The Surface Pro 8 is getting Tiger Lake CPU options, while the Surface Laptop 4 is said to feature Tiger Lake, as well as new custom "Surface Edition" AMD Ryzen 4000 processors.
Chuwi presents thin and light 13.3-inch LarkBook with modest specs for just under $400
The new LarkBook is one of those affordable notebooks with dated specs that at least look good. Thanks to a cutting edge aluminum and magnesium chassis that weighs a little under 1 Kg (2.2 lbs) and is 11.9 mm (0.47 inch) thick, the LarkBook could pass as a premium model. However, the specs are so 2017, as it comes equipped with an Intel Celeron 4100 CPU, 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 256 GB SSD.
Razer launches a more budget-oriented Blade 15 gaming laptop with some big caveats
The new Razer 15 Base Edition variant has the same main specs as the previous $1,599.99 models. However, for $100 less, Razer also eliminated features like the Thunderbolt 3 connector, Wi-Fi 6 and Ethernet, and the new model also comes with a slightly smaller battery plus a 120 Hz screen.
Here is why AMD might never include Smart Access Memory support on Ryzen 3000 and older models, while 6-year-old Intel CPUs can still benefit from this feature
It is quite ironic how AMD's Smart Access Memory (aka Resizable BAR) could help Intel and Nvidia regain some lost market shares. AMD offered to help its competitors with the Resizable BAR feature, yet Team Red may have hit a stone wall with the SAM support for Ryzen 3000 and older Zen-based CPUs. On the other hand, Intel-based motherboards supporting 6-year-old CPUs from the Haswell era have no problem benefiting from the Resizable BAR feature, and Nvidia is soon adding support for it, as well.
Nvidia unveils the actual reasons behind the RTX 3000 shortages
We now have official confirmation that the Samsung 8 nm nodes are suboptimal when it comes to Ampere wafer yields, but this is not the only issue that is causing shortages for the RTX 3000 GPUs. Nvidia CFO Colette Kress revealed that the Samsung foundries are also unable to get enough substrates and components.
Schenker-XMG launches Core 14 and Media 14 compact budget gaming laptops with Intel Tiger Lake CPUs
The new 14-inch models come in a slim 1.45 Kg case and can be equipped with either the Core i5-1135G7 or the i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake CPUs integrating the Iris Xe GPU with 96 EUs. There is also an Nvidia GTX 1650 dGPU for more demanding games. Users can customize the laptops with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 2 TB of NVMe PCie 4.0 SSD storage.
AMD's Ryzen 7 5800H mobile APU with Zen3 cores makes its first appearance in Geekbench
The test results are irrelevant due to the processor being locked at low frequencies, but we do get to see how the upcoming Cezanne APU differs from the Renoir predecessor spec-wise. It looks like the base clocks are receiving a 300 MHz bump and we might see a similar bump for the boost clocks. Furthermore, the L3 cache was doubled from 8 MB to 16 MB.
One-Netbook upgrades the Gx1 Pro portable console/laptop with Tiger Lake Core i7-1160G7 CPUs and 7-inch FHD screen
The latest iteration of the Gx1 Pro portable console that doubles as a mini laptop is the first to include an FHD touchscreen. It also gets a CPU upgrade with the Tiger Lake i7-1160G7 quad-core that integrates a 96 EU Xe iGPU, plus it comes with two detachable controllers and two Thunderbolt 4 connectors.
Asus implements Resizable BAR (aka AMD SAM) support on Intel Z490, H470 and B460 motherboards
Asus is already offering public beta BIOS versions supporting the Resizable BAR feature on most of its Intel Z490, H470 and B460 motherboards, while the BIOS versions supporting AMD's SAM for older X470 and B450 models is still restricted to private testers.
AMD Smart Access Memory support already available in beta form for select X470 and B450 motherboards, full support coming in January 2021
Select X470 and B450 motherboards from ASRock and Gigabyte are already getting beta BIOS versions supporting the Ryzen 5000 CPUs with SAM function. MSI and Asus are also offering unofficial BIOS updates for testers. However, these are not stable versions by any means, so users are advised to wait for the official AGESA V2 126.96.36.199 BIOS releasing in January.
New financial analysis suggests the Nvidia RTX 3000 ongoing shortages could be pinned on crypto miners
All those scalpers we have been hearing about may actually turn out to be crypto miners hoarding the new RTX 3000 cards for Ethereum mining farms. Analysts somehow discovered that Nvidia has already sold $175 million worth of RTX 3000 cards and most of these sales were made directly to crypto miners.
XMG announces NEO 15/17 gaming laptops with 1440p 165 Hz screens, includes Black Friday promotion
XMG's NEO 15/17 models now come with 1440p 165 Hz screen options, and for a limited time, these versions can be pre-ordered at as low as 1581 Euro and 1503 Euro, respectively. The 1440p panels from BOE require at least an RTX 2070 Super GPU, but do not expect to hit 165 fps in too many new games.
Server-grade mini PCs: ASRock reveals "Deep mini-ITX" motherboards with AMD EPYC Rome CPU support
We have not yet seen any mini-ITX platforms with Threadripper support, but ASRock is now doing us one better with its proprietary Deep mini-iTX form-factor motherboards supporting server-grade AMD EPYC Rome CPUs with up to 64 cores and 128 threads.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U mobile APU with Zen3 cores pops up on Geekbench, shows good single-core improvements
The new Zen3 cores from the upcoming Ryzen 5000 mobile APUs seem to be more proficient at single-core tasks, as the Ryzen 7 5800U shows 20% higher single-core scores compared to the Ryzen 7 5700U model that integrates Zen2 cores. However, the Zen3 cores do not offer any significant benefits in multi-core tests, with only 2.6% performance uplift.
Schenker announces VISION 15 Intel EVO laptops with Tiger Lake CPUs
The new VISION 15 laptops will be available for pre-orders in early December for 1,499 Euro and up. Highlights include a thin and light case, 15.6-inch IPS FHD touchscreen, i7-1165G7 CPUs with Xe iGPUs, 16 GB of LPDDR4x-4266 RAM, PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage and 2x Thundebolt 4 connectors.
16-core Ryzen 9 5950X overclocked to 4.7 GHz on all cores @1.12V outperforms 32-core Threadripper 2990WX in Cinebench R23
Instead of using the potentially more harmful method involving raised voltages, the latest Ryzen 5000 desktop CPUs make it easier for users to obtain impressive overclocking results through undervolting. This way, users do not need sophisticated cooling solutions, and can just utilize regular AIOs. However, there is greater variance between samples, as well, so it all is more dependent on the luck of the draw.
Eluktronics is introducing the world's first gaming laptops with [email protected] Hz displays
1440p could soon become the standard resolution for gaming laptops and Eluktronics is already offering a few models integrating the new [email protected] Hz panels from BOE. These are only $50 more expensive to produce than the usual 1080p displays and offer 78% more screen real estate with low latency and good color gamut. As downsides, most notable are the requirement for powerful mobile GPUs like the Nvidia RTX 2070 and the sub-par scaling for lower resolutions.
Deal-breaker alert: PS5 HDMI 2.1 bandwidth is capped at 32 Gbps, chroma subsampling is enforced on HDR games running in [email protected] Hz
The 4:2:2 chroma subsampling further limits the color space and some fine details can appear blurred in HDR games running at [email protected] Hz. It's not clear if this is a hardware or software issue. Xbox Series X is not using the full 48 Gbps HDMI 2.1 bandwidth either, as it is limited to 40 Gbps, but the additional 8 Gbps allows it to correctly display 4:4:4 chroma definition.
Nvidia once again acknowledges that the RTX 3000 supply problems could last for at least a few more months
Nvidia reported nice growth figures in its Q3 2020 earnings call, but things might not look that good for Q4. Team Green is now estimating that the RTX 3000 supply shortages could continue well into 2021, and this problem may also impact AMD with its newly launched RX 6800 / XT cards.
Undervolted AMD RX 6800 with 183 W TGP offers clues about an upcoming RX 6800M laptop-grade GPU matching the desktop RTX 2080 Ti
The RX 6800 GPU particularly efficient when it comes to undervolting, as its TGP can be reduced by 45 W down to 183 W. These figures are already laptop-friendly if we look at Nvidia's RTX 2080 Super mobility GPUs, so we can expect to see an RX 6800M GPU with 150-180W TGPs that matches the performance of a desktop-grade RTX 2080 Ti soon.
AMD RX 6800 / XT: analyzing the pros and cons based on reviews around the Net
AMD is back in the game with the latest RX 6800 / XT cards. Does it steal the performance crown? Not quite, but we still haven't seen what the RX 6900 XT has to offer. Nevertheless, the new AMD cards appear to be priced correctly, and we reckon the RX 6800 could end up as the preferred solution for the majority of gamers.
Leaked slide shows AMD's RX 6800 XT 1440p ray tracing performance, RTX 3080 looks to be winning this battle
Most of the previous rumors regarding the ray tracing performance of the Navi 21 GPUs are now confirmed directly via an official slide leaked ahead of the review NDAs. Yes, the RX 6800 XT appears to be slower than the RTX 3080 in select 1440p titles with DXR effects on Ultra, but it also appears to beat the RTX 2080 Ti. However, the situation should get better once AMD launches its own version of DLSS.
These Apple M1 Cinebench R23 scores are quite impressive for a 10 W processor
Looks like ditching Intel for in-hose ARM-based chips was quite the power play from Apple. The new M1 processors appear to trade blows with AMD's / Intel's 15 W processors. According to the latest Cinebench R23 tests, the M1 can be slightly faster than the AMD Renoir-U APUs in single-core tests, and they can also beat the Intel Tiger Lake-U processors in multi-core tests by a decent margin.
Gigabyte teases BRIX mini PCs with AMD Renoir APUs
AMD is already preparing to launch the Ryzen 5000 APU series, yet Gigabyte is a bit late to the party with some Ryzen 4000 PCs. Better late than never, as they say. The recent teaser from Gigabyte does not specify the exact processors, but we can expect up to a Ryzen 7 4800U. There will also be support for Wi-Fi 6 and 2.5 Gbps LAN connections.
Leak suggests custom Radeon RX 6800 XT card overclocked to 2.5 GHz can almost match Nvidia's RTX 3090
We can already imagine the overclocking potential of the upcoming custom RX 6900 XT cards planned for early 2021. If the RX 6800 XT can match the RTX 3090 that easily, Nvidia's rumored RTX 3080 Ti might still not be enough to secure the crown.
ASRock announces fanless iBOX mini PCs with Ryzen Embedded V2000 processors
The iBOX-V2000V and iBOX-V2000M mini PCs are powered by low-power Ryzen Embedded V2516 6-core and the Ryzen Embedded V2516 6-core processors, respectively. These 10 W TDP models do not require active cooling, but still provide decent performance as they are said to be faster than Intel's Comet Lake ULV chips.
TSMC cannot meet the entire Apple M1 order volume, Samsung could jump to the rescue
TSMC's 5 nm production is mostly focused on Apple's A14 Bionic SoCs and apparently cannot meet the projected order volume for the M1 chips. Since Samsung is the only other foundry to have operational 5 nm nodes, the South Korean foundries could once again become an Apple supplier. Nevertheless, the low yields on Samsung's 5 nm nodes might lead to sub-par performance on some M1 chips.
Google is introducing 20 Gbps Internet connections over "beams of light" for Sub-Saharan countries
If satellites and atmospheric balloons are simply too expensive to boost Internet signals across the world, Google now plans to use light beams to connect underdeveloped areas. The first country to benefit from wireless optical networks is Kenya, and the connections can reach 20 Gbps speeds, but are limited to a 20 Km radius.
AMD is expecting the next-gen RDNA 3 GPUs scheduled for 2021 to deliver 50% improved performance-per-watt over the new RX 6000 series
We have not even got a chance to explore the limits of the new RX 6000 GPUs based on the RDNA 2 architecture, and AMD is already planning some impressive performance gains for the upcoming RDNA 3 cards that should release in late 2021. The performance uplift should be facilitated through MCM structures and the jump to 5 nm.
AMD launches Ryzen Embedded V2000 low-TDP processors with Zen 2 cores and improved Radeon Vega iGPUs
After revealing a stellar Zen 3 lineup, AMD is now looking to strengthen its position in the low-TDP embedded market with the new Ryzen Embedded V2000 processors featuring up to 8 Zen 2 cores and improved Vega IGPUs. Team Red prepared two 10 W models to take on Intel's ULV Comet Lake processors, plus two more 35 W models that appear to beat the i7-9750H models.
Origin PC NS-15 AMD mobile workstations get Ryzen 5000 desktop-grade CPU options
Don't want to wait a few more months for the Zen 3 mobile APUs? How about some custom laptops with desktop-grade Ryzen 5000 CPUs like the NS-15 AMD workstations from Origin PC? They sure are pricier, but you are essentially replacing your desktop PC. You can choose among all four new Ryzen 5000 CPUs, including the Ryzen 9 5950X flagship.
Samsung might be working on a smartphone with surround display and sliding rear camera
Word on the street is that the smartphone featuring the new wrap-around display would be part of the Galaxy Z series and could be launched soon in response to Xiaomi's commercial version for the Mi Mix Alpha. The upcoming Samsung phone would also come with sliding rear camera setup, in-display selfie cam and fingerprint sensor, wireless charging and no physical buttons, plus a host of new UI functions that make use of the expanded screen real estate.
AMD director of technical marketing teases advanced undervolting and new details about the Ryzen 5000 series
Besides teasing the upcoming advanced undervolting feature for the Ryzen 5000 CPUs, Robert Hallock also clarifies some aspects regarding power plans, DDRAM clocks, CPU thermals and voltages, plus overclocking through Precision Boost 2.
Latest tests show AMD's Ryzen 9 5900X running stably at 4.82 GHz on all cores coupled with DDR4-3933 RAM
Most of the tests we've seen thus far claim that it is quite tricky to push all cores above 4.7 GHz on a Ryzen 9 5900X, but the creator of the CTR overclocking utility managed to run this model stably at 4.82 GHz on all core coupled with DDR4-3933 RAM and the performance gains are quite substantial, unlike the PBO overclocking offered by the Ryzen Master utility.
PCIe 6.0 complete specs are now available
The finalized PCIe 6.0 specs should be released in late 2021, a timeframe coinciding with the first consumer implementations of the PCIe 5.0 standard from AMD and Intel. This means that we can expect to see the PCIe 6.0 consumer implementations only by 2023. PCI SIG is planning to double the PCIe bandwidth every two years, even though AMD and Intel will most likely not move that quickly.
AMD hits highest overall X86 market share in 13 years
AMD's overall X86 market share at the end of Q3 2020 reached 22.4%. The desktop CPU market share is already higher than 20% and, with the launch of the Ryzen 5000 CPUs, it may quickly climb to new all-time-highs in the next few quarters. Thanks to the success recorded by the Renoir APUs, AMD's notebook market share also reached an all-time-high 20.2%, while the server sector is not doing that great with only 6.6% market share.
Nvidia's RTX 3060 Ti mid-range GPU now believed to launch on December 2
Apparently, the previous rumors saying that the RTX 3060 Ti is expected to launch in mid-November are not true. Chinese site Expreview now claims that the actual launch date is set for December 2. This card is expected to cost US$400, and should be a bit faster than the RTX 2080 Super. A non-Ti version may also be launched later on, depending on what AMD brings to the table in the mid-range sector.
MINISFORUM announces new EliteMini Box X400 mini PCs with AMD Renoir desktop APUs
The upcoming EliteMini Box X400 mini PCs will support Ryzen 2000 / 3000 / 4000 APUs up to a Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G processor. Even though the chassis is the same as the Intel version that comes with a GTX 1050 Ti GPU, the AMD models do not support discrete GPUs. Pre-sales will start this November.
AMD may allow AIB partners to release custom RX 6900 XT cards soon
Now that AMD officially announced the top-of-the-line Navi 21 GPUs, there is no reason to restrict AIBs from designing custom RX 6900 XT versions anymore. Industry insiders are hearing that AMD is already in talks with its partners to release such custom flagship cards, and availability could be set to early 2021.
SiFive readies the HiFive Unmatched, world's first RISC-V-based desktop PC platform
SiFive's HiFive Unmatched mini-ITX platform is designed for DiY developers. It comes with a 5-core RISC-V processor complemented by 8 GB of onboard DDR4 RAM. Users can add an NVMe SSD, a wireless card and a dGPU or any other PCIe Gen 3 X8 expansion card. The platform is compatible with many popular Linux distributions and will soon be up for pre-orders at US$665.
AMD sneaks additional details on the expected RX 6000-series ray tracing performance in the RDNA 2 overview
Even though AMD did not show any ray tracing game benchmarks, it at least mentions a few metrics in a footnote from the RDNA 2 architecture overview. Team Red tested an unspecified RX 6000 model with the DXR SDK more than 2 months ago and the performance seems to be a bit higher than the RTX 2080 Ti, but still lagging by 33% when compared to the RTX 3080.
AMD announces the Radeon RX 6800 XT gaming GPU and claims a win against Nvidia's RTX 3080
Seems like AMD is winning in so many markets now. Desktop CPUs, server CPUs, AI soon (with the Xilinx acquisition?) and now it finally reclaims the GPU crown with the announcement of the RX 6000 series. The RX 6800 XT model is beating the RTX 3080 in raster performance, gets 6 more GB VRAM, and costs $50 less, but we are hearing the ray tracing performance is not quite there yet.
The new 3DMark Wild Life cross-platform benchmark is reporting some strange results where Apple's A13 Bionic GPUs beat the latest AMD Vega 8 iGPUs
PCWorld tested the Apple A13 Bionic SoC against a few popular laptop processors, and it turns out that the iPhone 11 chip appears to be faster than iGPUs like the Iris Plus and the Vega 8, but it is also significantly lagging behind the new Tiger Lake Iris Xe iGPUs. Are we even supposed to mix mobile GPUs with laptop iGPUs?
Nvidia RTX 3080 in trouble: AMD rumored to show the RX 6800 XT GPU winning in considerably more games, both in 4K and 1440p
Info regarding the official Navi 21 presentation tomorrow has been leaked and things are not looking good for the RTX 3080 GPUs from Nvidia. Sources close to RedGamingTech claim that the RX 6800 XT cards will show better raster performance in significantly more 1440p and 4K titles. Once again, the ray tracing performance of the AMD cards is said to lag behind, still, at least it is on par with the RTX 2080 Ti in this regard. We could expect something similar to DLSS by early 2021.
Big if true: pictured Radeon RX 6800 XT engineering sample is beating the RTX 3080 in almost all leaked 3DMark results
Four independent sources reveal that that the RX 6800 XT cards perform up to 19% better in the Firestrike tests, and up to 3% faster in the Time Spy tests, but still trail behind the RTX 3080 in the Port Royal tests that focus on ray tracing performance. One of the sources claims that the AMD cards can even beat the RTX 3090 in the Firestrike tests, but we are suspecting the source is actually confusing RX 6800 XT with the more potent RX 6900 XT in this case.
Lenovo releases the AMD Ryzen 4000H versions of the Legion Slim 7 gaming laptops
Lenovo is now introducing Ryzen 4000H APU options for the world's lightest gaming laptops featuring RTX 2000 GPUs. The new Legion Slim 7 models can be equipped with up to a Ryzen 4900H APU coupled with up to 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, up to 2 TB of NVMe SSD storage and up to an RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU. Users can also choose between 60 Hz / 144 Hz FHD displays and even a 60 Hz 4K HDR screen.
AMD's RX 6800 XT card allegedly performs on par with Nvidia's RTX 3080 in Fire Strike Ultra 3DMark tests, but costs closer to an RTX 3070
Apparently, AMD did not show off its flagship Navi 21 XTX version with the Ryzen 5000 CPUs earlier this month. Rumor has it that the performance metrics presented back then come from the Navi 21 SKU powering the RX 6800 XT cards and these can match the RTX 3080, but they also feature a lower price point closer to the RTX 3070.
Nvidia rumored to cancel the RTX 3080 20 GB and RTX 3070 16 GB models
The cancellation of these two Nvidia models that pack more than 10 GB of VRAM might allow AMD to increase its sales, since the Navi 21 SKUs are expected to get 16 GB of VRAM. Nvidia is currently stuck with terrible yields on the Samsung 8 nm nodes, and, once it switches to TSMC next year, maybe it could consider relaunching the 16 GB and 20 GB models.
Fujitsu announces the world's lightest 13.3-inch Lifebook laptops weighing only 634 g, Intel Tiger Lake and AMD Renoir processors in tow
In order to bring the total weight down to 643 grams, Fujitsu had to reduce the number of components, replace the metallic upper cover with carbon fiber and redesign some of the ports and internal circuitry. The UH-X / E3 models are powered by the Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU and includes a small 25 Wh battery, but Fujitsu also offers the slightly heavier UH90 / E3 models with 54 Wh batteries and the UH75 / E3 models powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U APUs that weigh just under 1Kg.
More Intel Xe-HPG gaming GPU specs and performance info leak out
New info coming from Moore's Law Is Dead sources detail Intel's DG2 production process, memory configuration and performance targets that should be between Nvidia's RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 models. Intel is also aiming to offer excellent driver support, a good media encoder, decent ray tracing capabilities and $399-$499 aggressive pricing.
Acer launches Travelmate P4 & Spin P4 business notebooks with Intel Tiger Lake CPUs
The new Travelmate models come in slimmer yet sturdier chassis made of an aluminum-magnesium mix. Upgrades include the latest Tiger Lake CPUs with Xe iGPUs, up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, up to 1 TB NVMe SSD storage, a Thunderbolt 4 connector and a larger battery that can last up to 15 hours.
Intel's first Iris Xe Max discrete GPUs may initially launch in notebooks like the Asus VivoBook Flip 14
Previously known as DG1, Intel's Xe discrete GPUs may first launch with select Tiger Lake laptops. One of these could be the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP470EZ convertible that is advertised to be featuring the first Xe dGPU named Iris Xe Max. No official specs for this model as of yet besides the 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM, but we are hearing that it may feature a 96 EU G7 chip with higher clocks.
China is catching up: SMIC foundry is now able to produce 7 nm chips
SMIC's N+1 (7 nm) chips are mostly on par with GloFo's, Samsung's and TSMC's competing nodes as far as scalability and power consumption is concerned, but the Chinese tech is still a step behind when it comes to performance. Next goal for SMIC is to dethrone TSMC in regards to Chinese chip orders.
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X overclocked to 6.0 GHz pops up in Geekbench tests
Apparently, AMD made it easier to overclock the Ryzen 5000 CPUs, as the Geekbench tests were recorded on an iMac Pro running macOS, which are not particularly suitable for overclocking. The best results for the Ryzen 9 5950X running at 6 GHz show decent gains of 20% in single-core tests and 12% in multi-core tests over a Ryzen 9 3900X clocked at 5.9 GHz.
Renoir Mobile Tuning 1.0.0 quick test: overclocking and underclocking the Ryzen 4000H/U APUs
In this quick test, we attempt to overclock and underclock the Ryzen 5 4600U APU powering a Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 using the new Renoir Mobile Tuning 1.0.0. Underclocking worked like a breeze, but the Renoir-U APU in question shows no overclocking potential. We suspect that the Renoir-H APUs may be more overclocking-friendly.
Leaked Intel Alder Lake-S picture shows the size difference between LGA1700 and LGA1200 CPUs
The Alder Lake-S chips would get 6 more cores over the current Comet Lake-S models, and the difference in size reflects this to some extent. However, the bigger chips also require a new socket, so Comet Lake-S users will be forced to upgrade the motherboard in case they want to make the jump to the 10 nm big/small architecture.
Huawei Mate 40 official sneak peek render reveals unique rear camera bump
The CAD renders leaked a few months ago might be showing the regular Mate 40, while the Pro version could feature a new design, or Huawei just decided to change some design elements in the meantime. In any case, the sneak peek render posted by He Gang himself shows that the rear camera bump is not circular anymore, and the volume button appears to be back.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600 (non-X) rumored to launch early 2021 for $220
AMD may have increased price points for the Ryzen 5000 desktop CPUs, but keep in mind that we have not yet seen any non-X versions. According to a new leak, the non-X Ryzen 5000 CPUs are expected to launch in Q1 2021, and the Ryzen 5 5600 could be priced at $220 while almost matching the performance of an Intel Core i7-10700.
AMD Project Quantum still alive: Team Red could soon launch gaming mini PCs with unique designs
Last year, AMD started its anti-NUC initiative, as many of its embedded and laptop-grade APUs can now easily be included in mini PCs. This initiative could soon culminate with gaming mini PCs that are based on AMD's Project Quantum presented 5 years ago at E3.
Report suggests Nvidia could launch improved RTX 3000 GPUs produced on TSMC's 7 nm node in 2021
Is Nvidia ditching Samsung for TSMC in 2021? It looks like Nvidia is not at all pleased with the supply problems created by Samsung's 8 nm nodes with reduced yields and is at least diversifying risk with a significant order of 7 nm chips from TSMC scheduled throughout 2021.
AMD may acquire FPGA maker Xilinx for $30 billion
AMD has been recording profitable quarters upon quarters for some time now and is out to expand its portfolio with FPGA chips designed for the telecommunications and defense markets. The merger between AMD and Xilinx could enable team red to become an important player in the 5G infrastructure sector and finally try its hand at AI-driven applications, plus it could strengthen its position in the data center market.
ARM unveils Matterhorn and 64-bit-only Makalu Cortex-A cores scheduled for 2021 and 2022, respectively
ARM is projecting up to 30% increased performance gains over the Cortex-X1 cores by the time the Makalu generation releases in 2022. The Matterhorn generation will introduce improved security features like Memory Tagging Extension, while Makalu is said to be the first generation to support only 64-bit instruction sets.
Vecow's new SPC-6000 silent mini PC is among the first to feature the Intel Elkhart Lake Atom CPUs
Equipped with a quad-core / quad-thread Atom x6425RE low-power CPU, the SPC-6000 mini PC is specifically designed for IoT / AIoT applications that require advanced features like Time-Coordinated Computing and Time-Sensitive Networking. The system also supports up to 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, plus an NVMe SSD and a SATA III SSD/HDD for storage.
Nvidia vs AMD: who is trolling who?
According to some AIB partners cited by Videocardz, Nvidia managed to troll AMD, as it switched the GA104 SKU with the GA102 model in the RTX 3080 GPU at the last minute, so now, apparently Big Navi (Navi 21) is only matching the RTX 3070. Other leakers believe that AMD is trolling the AIB partners misrepresenting Navi 21 as Navi 22, which has only half the CUs.
Nvidia's BlueField DPUs combining Mellanox and ARM tech pave way to data center market domination
Nvidia plans to release the first DPUs named BlueField-2 in 2021. These cards will include a Mellanox NIC and an ARM processor with 8 Cortex-A72 cores. There will also be a BlueField-2X card that includes an Ampere GPU for AI-based tasks. DPUs are meant to relieve server CPUs of certain tasks, making them perform 30% faster.
Intel Alder Lake-S CPU with 16 cores and 24 threads spotted in SiSoft Sandra benchmark database
Even though the CPU ID reads 16C 32T, the thread count only shows 24 threads. Apparently only the 8 Golden Cove big cores support hyperthreading, while the 8 Gracemont small cores do not. The test sample seems to support only DDR4 memory, but this is probably due to the absence of DDR5 specs in the testing software.
Leaked pic shows NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU, which could release soon but will probably not be as fast as the desktop counterpart
The laptop-grade RTX 3070 GPU is apparently getting 8 GB of 12 Gbps GDDR6 VRAM, but it is very likely that the lower TGP of around 120 W will limit this chip's performance, so it will not really match the performance of a desktop-grade RTX 2080 Ti. Regardless of these limitations, the RTX 3070 mobility GPU should still be a decent upgrade over the current RTX 2080 Super.
AMD Navi 2x: detailed list of specs, expected pricing and possible release dates for the entire GPU lineup get leaked
Tom from Moore's Law Is Dead shares a wealth of info regarding confirmed and unconfirmed specs, possible price points and expected release windows for the Navi 21 / 22 / 23 gaming GPU models. We also learn about a professional Navi 21 version that could compete with the RTX 300 GPUs from Nvidia.
AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 9 5900X CPUs expected to land on October 20, Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 9 5950X may launch in December
Trusted sources claim that only the 8-core Ryzen 7 5800X and 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X will hit retailers by October 20. However, around December this year, AMD also plans to release the 6-core Ryzen 5 5600X and the 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X models and price points might be slightly higher compared to the current Ryzen 3000 CPUs.
Oppo launches the Reno4 Z 5G handheld with 120 Hz display in Europe for €379
The less expensive Reno4 Z features a MediaTek Dimensity 800 5G SoC coupled with 8 GB LPDDR4x and 128 GB storage, but also comes with dual front cams and a quad-cam rear setup, plus a 6.5-inch LCD display with 120 Hz refresh rate.
Gigabyte readies new BRIX PRO mini PCs with Intel Tiger Lake-U CPUs
The new BRIX PRO mini PCs are powered by either the i3-1115G4, i5-1135G7, or i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake-U CPUs. Users may add up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, while the systems offer support for a PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe SSD, another PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVMe SSD and a SATA III SSD or HDD. There is a Thunderbolt 4 connector and the integrated Xe-LP GPUs can output through the included 4x HDMI 2.0b ports.
More leaks: AMD Navi 2x and Navi 31 GPU spec details found in latest macOS 11 beta code
The latest macOS 11 beta build includes spec information regarding compute unit count, core clock maximum boost and maximum TGP for AMD's upcoming Navi 2x GPUs that may end up as part of the Radeon RX 6000 series. There also are mentions of the Navi 31 GPU based on the RDNA3 architecture.
Lenovo announces ThinkBook 14s Gen 2 laptop lineup with Intel Tiger Lake and AMD Ryzen 4000U processors
Lenovo is offering processor options up to an i7 Tiger Lake for the Intel models or up to a Ryzen 7 4800U for the AMD models. The Intel models are a bit bulkier as they get the best features including up to 40 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, up to 3 TB of storage, an MX450 dGPU option and a Thunderbolt 4 connector. The AMD models, however, are limited to up to 16 GB LPDDR4x-4266 RAM, up to 1 TB storage, and they do not get a dGPU option, but they also are lighter and slimmer.
Lenovo launches ThinkBook 14s Yoga convertibles with Tiger Lake processors
The ThinkBook 14s Yoga convertibles are lighter and slimmer than previous versions due to the new anodized aluminum chassis. They also come with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass protective layer for the 360-degree touchscreen. Processor options go up to an Intel gen 11 i7 Tiger Lake, which can be coupled with up to 40 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, and there is a Thunderbolt 4 connector, as well.
AMD's Frank Azor hints at plentiful Navi 2x GPU launch stocks that could prove problematic for Nvidia this holiday season
Nvidia's RTX 3000-series launch was not that successful due to the extremely limited card stocks. The situation should be improved towards the end of October, right around the same time AMD is planning to release the Navi 2x GPU series. Will team red pull a paper launch a la Nvidia, as well? Frank Azor is confident that this will not be the case.
XMG unable to equip the VIA 15 Pro AMD-powered laptops with OLED panels due to iGPU compatibility issues
The German OEM ran into incompatibility issues caused by the Vega iGPUs and was unable to fix these problems because Samsung no longer offers engineering support for those particular OLED panels. Schenker/XMG states that the demand for an OLED option is there and we will most likely see AMD-powered laptops with OLED panels in 2021.
Renoir refresh incoming: AMD Ryzen 7 5700U APU spotted in Ashes of the Singularity benchmark, could feature Vega 11 iGPU
While the CPU performance increase seems negligible on the new Ryzen 7 5700U models, the results mustered by the iGPU side certainly suggest that the Lucienne APUs could integrate Vega 11 chips, at least for the top-of-the-line models. These Lucienne APUs may turn out to be AMD's rushed response to Intel's Tiger Lake models that are just a bit faster than the previous AMD Renoir processors.
Intel plans to release Tiger Lake-powered NUCs codenamed Tiger Canyon
The upcoming Tiger Canyon NUCs come in tall and slim variants with i3, i5, and i7 CPU options, and highlights include support for up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, PCIe 4 NVMe SSDs, dual Thunderbolt 4 connectors and one HDMI 2.1 video out.
New leak: AMD Ryzen 6000H Rembrandt laptop APUs with 6 nm Zen 3 + RDNA2 cores to support LPDDR5-6400 RAM and dual USB4 connectors, could launch in late 2021
AMD's leaked roadmap now shows that the Rembrandt APUs would come in desktop as well as laptop versions with 6 nm Zen 3 cores and RDNA2 iGPUs, plus support for DDR5-5200 / LPDDR5-6400 RAM, a mysterious CVML (computer vision & machine learning) component, 20x PCIe 4 lanes and two USB4 connectors.
PS5 and Xbox Series X next gen consoles could face shortages until mid-2021
The demand for the next gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft is expected to greatly offset the supply, as the console APU yields are still not that great. This could lead to prolonged shortages that could last until mid-2021, despite AMD's increased allocation of wafers at TSMC.
TSMC to implement gate-all-around (GAAFET) transistors on the 2 nm nodes by 2023
TSMC surprised everyone when it announced that its 3 nm nodes will not use GAAFET transistors. Meanwhile, the Taiwanese foundries decided to speed up the release of the 2 nm nodes, which will finally adopt the GAAFET design. Still, the N2 nodes will only become operational by mid-2023, allowing Samsung to get the edge with its 3 nm GAAFET nodes by late 2021. Despite this advantage, TSMC is confident that Samsung will not get too many orders for the 3 nm node due to low yields.
Artist envisions the iPhone Fold in detailed animated renders
The renders are based on the specs leaked by industry insider Jon Prosser and depict the foldable iPhone featuring an inner display that consists of two hingeless screens similar to the Microsoft Surface Duo design. Artist theHacker34 also lists some specs that are probably on his wishlist, as no other source has mentioned some of these.
Nvidia's upcoming RTX 3060 Super 8 GB, RTX 3070 Super 16 GB and RTX 3080 Super 20 GB models confirmed by Gigabyte listing
Gigabyte's Watch Dogs Legion redemption site includes a list with all eligible cards, and, among these, we can spot the unannounced RTX 3060 with 8 GB of VRAM, along with two RTX 3070 GPUs packing 16 GB VRAM and three SKUs for the RTX 3080 featuring 20 GB VRAM. Presumably, all these will bear the Super denomination.
Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders' Edition: analyzing the pros and cons based on the mixed reception from the first official reviews
The new RTX 3080 FE cards represent a reasonable progress for those looking to improve performance in 4K games, but the lower resolutions do not really benefit from substantial gains, unfortunately. Additionally, the 10 GB VRAM capacity appears to hinder the power of the new ray tracing cores.
HP launches EliteDesk 805 G6 compact PCs with desktop-grade AMD Renoir APUs and GTX 1660 Ti dGPU
The new HP EliteDesk 805 G6 compact PCs can be equipped with up to a Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G APU, which in turn can be coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 3 storage solutions, plus an optional GTX 1660 Ti dGPU. Additionally, the port selection is quite generous with 7x USB ports and up to 7 video outs.
Intel quietly launches Core i7-10870H CPUs to counter the i7-10875H supply issues, also adds i5-10200H entry-level option
German laptop OEM Schenker/XMG reports that the i7-10875H CPUs will soon be facing severe supply issues and it looks like Intel is countering these problems by quietly launching the i7-10870H model along with a new entry-level i5-10200H quad-core processor.
Nvidia RTX 3000 Titan with 48 GB of GDDR6x VRAM may launch to counter AMD's "Biggest Navi" GPU in Q1 2021
AMD's "Biggest Navi" is rumored to be similar to the Radeon VII, featuring HBM2 VRAM and 80 compute units, and Nvidia is apparently planning to counter this with an RTX 3000 Titan GPU equipped with up to 48 GB of 21 Gbps or even 23 Gbps GDDR6x VRAM that may turn out to be only 10% faster than the RTX 3090.
SiFive announces new RISC-V processor architecture plus its first-ever desktop PC processor in response to Nvidia's plans to dominate the server market
In the event that Nvidia compromises most processor-related ARM IPs, SiFive's RISC-V scalable CPUs could see increased adoption even from mobile and smartphone OEMs. SiFive is already prepared to meet the increased demand with its updated AI-focused RISC-V microarchitecture that enables different classes of performance, efficiency and features for server-grade, HPC and even desktop PC systems.
First Nvidia RTX 3080 3DMark test results plus additional Ashes of the Singularity and 4K game comparisons leak out
The 3DMark results still seem suspiciously low, especially those related to ray tracing performance. This could be caused by unstable drivers or the benchmark tests are somehow faked. On the plus side, the new Ashes of the Singularity results are looking better, with 40% gains over the stock RTX 2080 Ti.
First alleged AMD RDNA2 Navi 2x engineering sample spotted in the wild
The leaker is suggesting that this could be the Navi 21 flagship GPU, but, judging by the memory configuration and the thickness of the radiator, this may actually turn out to be the Navi 22 mid-range solution that is supposed to compete with Nvidia's RTX 3070 models.
MSI updates its Alpha gaming laptops with AMD Ryzen 4000-H APUs and RX 5600M dGPUs, adds 17-inch model
MSI's all-AMD Alpha gaming laptop lineup is getting updated with Renoir-H and Radeon RX 5600M dGPUs. It also features larger 65 Wh batteries, bigger speakers and an improved cooling system. The IPS FHD displays come with 144 Hz refresh rates and AMD FreeSync Premium support. Users may add up to 64 GB of DDR4-RAM and up to 4 TB of NVMe SSD storage.
MediaTek to launch fast 6 nm ARM-based processors for inexpensive Chromebooks in 2021
MediaTek is looking to release fast 6 nm processors for the budget-oriented Chromebooks in 2021. The upcoming MT8195 processor will be similar to Apple's ARM-based proprietary processors that are scheduled to release with next year's MacBooks, and will include powerful AI features along with possible Wi-Fi 6 and 5G integration.
AMD's Zen 3 Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs will include advanced new overclocking features and will also come in 10-core/20-thread flavors
The new overclocking features for AMD's upcoming Zen 3 Ryzen 4000 CPUs include a Curve Optimizer and the Infinity Fabric dividers, and we also get a confirmation that the new CPU lineup will feature 10-core SKUs, as AMD has upped the number of cores per CCX to 8.
Nvidia's RTX 3080 GPU is not particularly impressive in latest leaked Ashes of the Singularity benchmarks
The Ashes of the Singularity tests are probably showing the absolute worst case scenario as far as performance differences between the RTX 3080 and the RTX 2080 TI go, at least when it comes to stock clocks.
ASRock DeskMini X300 and A300 mini PC barebones first to support up to an AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G APU
Users of the A300 mini PC barebones discovered that the ASRock A300-STM motherboard is compatible with the latest X300 BIOS, so the more affordable enclosures can now be equipped with up to a Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G, as well. However, the X300-STM motherboard offers unique overclocking features that can boost the CPU and iGPU performance.
Nvidia releases more RTX 3000 spec details through Reddit Q&A session
The more relevant discussion points include new details on the HDMI 2.1 connectors, the new RTX IO feature that relies on SSDs, how the new Ampere architecture effectively doubles the performance of the Turing CUDA cores, PCIe 3.0 vs PCIe 4.0 performance difference, DLSS 2.1 features, power cable recommendations, new decoder capabilities and Nvidia Reflex compatibility for older cards.
Tuxedo readies new 15.6-inch Polaris gaming notebooks featuring AMD's Ryzen 4000H and Intel's Comet Lake processors
The new 15.6-inch Polaris gaming notebooks feature AMD Renoir or Intel Comet Lake processor options, and users can add up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM plus up to 4 TB of NVMe or SATA III SSD storage. As far as discrete GPU options go, users can only choose between the GTX 1650 Ti and the RTX 2060 Refresh.
Samsung launches first 5G-enabled Galaxy Book Flex thin and light convertible with 13 MP camera and Intel Gen 11 Tiger Lake-U CPUs
The new thin and light Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 5G convertible ultrabook packs Intel's new i5 / i7 quad-core Tiger Lake-U CPUs with integrated Iris Xe graphics coupled with up to 16 GB of LPDDR4x-4266 RAM and up to 512 GB of NVMe SSD storage. It is also the first laptop to feature a 13 MP camera, and, thanks to the new Intel Evo specs, it also comes with a Thunderbolt 4 port.
Used GPU market gets flooded with Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti cards immediately after RTX 3000 announcement, high-end Turing prices could drop to around $300
Theoretically speaking, if the RTX 3080 priced at $699 is 70-80% faster than the RTX 2080 Ti, the high-end Turing cards should be selling for around $300 tops in used condition. We are not quite there yet, as the lowest prices in the US are hovering around $550, while in the EU, brand new RTX 2080 Ti cards are selling for 450 Euro. The race to the bottom is still on, nevertheless.
Unannounced Ti 16 GB and Super 8 GB versions for the Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU pop up in Lenovo Legion T7/T5 desktop specs
Nvidia only announced the "vanilla" RTX 3070 models with the official Ampere gaming GPUs reveal, but Lenovo's specs of the upcoming Legion T7/T5 desktop systems clearly show Ti versions with 16 GB and Super variants with 8 GB. This may be a mere miscommunication issue between Nvidia and Lenovo, or it could be that Lenovo is planning to launch refreshed GPUs versions later on.
Apple to drop AMD's lower-end GPUs, replace them with proprietary 5 nm GPUs by 2H 2021
Apple's in-house chip lineup based on ARM's cores that currently includes plans for laptops and possibly workstations will soon be expanded with discrete GPUs made on TSMC's 5 nm node. Based on the iGPUs found in the Bionic SoCs, these discrete GPUs are codenamed Lifuka and are expected to first release on next year's iMacs. Apparently these new dGPUs will replace AMD's lower-end solutions, but team red will still provide professional models for the Mac Pro workstations.
HP updates ZBook mobile workstation lineup with new Fury and Power G7 models equipped with Intel's 10th gen Comet Lake-H and Xeon CPUs
The new ZBook G7 workstations now include Intel's 10th gen Comet Lake-H and Xeon CPUs, which are 30 to 70% faster than the Coffee Lake models on the previous G6 models. The more affordable Power 15 laptops can be equipped with up to 64 GB of RAM, 2 TB of SSD storage and up to an Nvidia Quadro T2000 GPU, while the Fury series supports up to 128 GB of RAM, 10 TB SSD storage and up to an Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 GPU.
Entry-level OnePlus Clover smartphone to cost less than US$200, features massive 6000 mAh battery
OnePlus is planning to release its first budget handheld codenamed Clover. Unlike the OnePlus Nord, which is only available in India and Europe, the Clover will be available worldwide for under US$200. Specs include a Snapdragon 460 SoC coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB storage, a 13 +2 +2 MP rear camera setup, 6.52-inch IPS screen with 1560 x 720 resolution and a massive 6000 mAh battery with 18 W fast charging.
Nvidia's RTX 3060 cards could launch sooner than expected as suggested by fresh EEC certification files from Palit
Since the RTX 3060 cards got mentioned this early in Palit's certification files, we could see the mid-lower-end cards launching sooner than expected, possibly around Holiday season this year to compete with AMD's Navi 22 and Navi 10 refreshes.
Samsung is allegedly working on three new foldable phones
We haven't even found out when exactly the new Galaxy Z Fold 2 is going to be available, yet rumors about other upcoming foldable models are already circulating on Twitter. Details are quite skimpy, but it looks like Samsung plans to finally add S Pen support on next year's flagship foldable, while the highly anticipated sub-US$1,000 model is supposed to integrate a cheaper screen protective layer. Moreover, there apparently is another model, which is getting a screen that folds both inwards and outwards.
Ryzen 4000H-powered Pulse 14 Linux ultrabooks launched by Tuxedo
The new Tuxedo Pulse 14 among the few Renoir-H ultrabooks available now for pre-order. It is very similar to the Pulse 15 version, except it weighs only 1 Kg and obviously gets a 14-inch screen, plus it comes with a smaller battery. Otherwise, users can still choose between the Ryzen 5 4600H and Ryzen 7 4800H APU options, and may add up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM along with up to 2 TB of SATA III or NVMe SSD storage.
TSMC hints at securing Apple SoC production deal including 2 nm chips for the next 5 years
The Taiwanese foundries are already building a new R&D center for 2 nm technologies and beyond in Hsinchu, which should be ready some time in 2021. The exact timeline for the 2 nm volume production is not yet known, but TSMC reports that it has been collaborating with some of its customers on the development of this advanced node. Market analysts claim that Apple will be first to launch 2 nm SoCs thanks to a five-year production deal with TSMC.
TSMC releases more details regarding the upcoming 3 nm node
N5 is already showing better yields compared to N7 and N10 going by production times, and TSMC also plans to squeeze two more nodes in between N5 and N3. N5P is supposed to start volume production some time in 2021, while N4 should become operational in 2022. The surprising part is that N3 scheduled for 2H 2022 will not use GAAFET transistors. Instead, it will be based on some sort of improved FinFET tech.
XMG refreshes liquid-metal-cooled NEO gaming laptop lineup, adds i7-10875H CPU option
XMG is now offering an i7-10875H CPU option for the NEO lineup of liquid-metal-cooled laptops. The 17-inch model is also getting a 62 Wh larger battery, although it still seems quite small compared to the 93 Wh battery on the 15-inch model. Additionally, XMG finally reveals the brand of the liquid metal thermal compound.
Leaker shows massive triple-slot NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders' Edition card, reveals possible RTX 3000-series pricing
Triple-slot is no doubt big, but some custom designs coming from Nvidia's AIB partners are rumored to feature 3.5-slot coolers and these will get TGP's well above the 400 W mark. Since these cards are using the 8 nm manufacturing process from Samsung, the power efficiency might prove a bit subpar compared to AMD's Big Navi produced on TSMC's 7 nm nodes.
NEC launches 13.3-inch VersaPro J UltraLite type VG ultrabooks with Comet Lake-U CPUs under 900 grams
NEC's latest 13.3-inch ultrabooks weigh only 814 g with an L battery or 868 g with an LL battery. Even so, the bigger batteries are still able to last up to 24 h (15 h for the smaller ones), and both can be charged up to 80% in one hour. The ultrabooks can be powered by either an i5-10210U or an i7-10510U CP coupled with up to 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and up to 512 GB NVMe SSD storage.
Gaming GPUs are no longer the most profitable business for Nvidia
Thanks to the Mellanox acquisition and the launch of the Ampere A100 compute accelerators in mind Q2, the data center business overshadowed the gaming GPU division, which still did quite well. A reversal is expected to happen in Q4 this year, when the Ampere gaming GPUs will have hit the market.
Microsoft's Surface Duo beats all of the currently available Samsung foldables in latest Geekbench tests
Even equipped with only 6 GB of RAM, the Surface Duo manages to beat Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Z Flip models, and for reference, it also beats the Exynos version of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Now, the launch version of the Surface Duo is expected to get 8 GB of RAM, so we could be seeing further performance gains.
Cerebras breaks own record with improved densities via TSMC's 7 nm nodes: 2.6 trillion transistors and 850,000 cores on a single chip
The updated Wafer Scale Engine allows Cerebras to double the transistor and core counts on the monolithic chips, although the size and power requirements should remain close to the original gen 1 chips since the technology now uses TSMC's 7 nm nodes instead of the older 16 nm. It remains to be seen if Cerebras is going to double the amount of on-chip SRAM and the fabric bandwidth.
Lenovo launches 13.3-inch Yoga 6 convertible with Renoir-U APUs and metal+cloth hybrid design
The hybrid design that combines metal with soft textured materials help the chassis weigh in at only 2.9 lbs. Spec-wise, this model is not as impressive as the Yoga Slim 7 Pro, and the prices clearly reflect this. Still, users can equip the 13.3-inch Yoga 6 with up to a Ryzen 7 4700U coupled with up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage.
Why is Softbank rushing to sell ARM? Softbank overinvesting in the wrong business areas and the Chinese ARM branch "going rogue" among the possible reasons
If Nvidia manages to buy ARM, team green will certainly have its hands full with all sorts of inherent problems in addition to all the other competing ARM clients that demand equal access to current IPs and future technologies. One such problem may have been created by Softbank itself when it began overinvesting in an IoT ARM division that did not take off, plus the Chinese ARM branch could prove a bit of a wildcard as its CEO is now trying to separate from the British branch.
Lenovo's 13-inch IdeaPad S540-13ARE ultrabook with Renoir-U APUs now available in Europe
The new 13-inchers come with Ryzen 5 4600U or Ryzen 7 4800U APU options and can be equipped with up to 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage. RAM options include 8 or 16 GB DDR4-3200, but the modules are soldered, so there is no upgrade potential. There are two good screen options, yet, on the other hand, port selection is a bit limited, and the ultrabooks will not be available on the American continent.
Leaker shows alleged Nvidia RTX 3090 PCB, later rectifies it is just for an RTX 3080 card, while Micron confirms existence of flagship RTX 3090 with GDDR6X memory
Even though the leaker now claims the manufacturer told him the PCB is for an RTX 3080 card, we can definitely spot a few elements that seem a bit overkill for an xx80 model: 11 memory modules for at least 22 GB of VRAM, triple 8-pin power connectors plus a hidden special chip on the back of the PCB. Micron, on the other hand, confirms that the RTX 3090 is indeed real and it will integrate the new 21 Gbps GDDR6X modules with 1 TB/s bandwidth.
Intel unveils Xe-HPG mid-range and enthusiast gaming GPUs with hardware ray tracing launching in 2021, Nvidia and AMD in trouble?
With the addition of the Xe-HPG models, Intel is looking to cover the gaps left in the mid-range and enthusiast gaming sectors. The upcoming gaming GPUs will integrate hardware-level ray tracing and will be produced by external foundries (TSMC?). They are also rumored to get GDDR6 VRAM and may prove decent competitors for Nvidia's RTX 3000 / AMD's Big Navi GPUs.
Dell launches premium Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise convertible with 4K touchscreen
Dell is adding quite a few enterprise-grade features to the existing 14-inch Latitude 7410 Chromebook lineup, including low blue light 4K touchscreens, LTE and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, extended battery life up to 21 hours and a premium carbon fiber finish that keeps the total weight just above 3 lbs.
Vega 8 iGPU from upcoming AMD Cezanne laptop APU does not impress in latest SiSoft Sandra benchmarks
We already know that AMD's Ryzen 5000 laptop APUs launching next year will still be limited to Vega iGPUs, and the latest SiSoft Sandra benchmarks show that the further refined Vega 8 iGPU is barely faster than the current implementations. It seems like AMD is only focused on improving the CPU performance.
OnePlus to finally introduce always-on feature for its phone displays with the OxygenOS 11 release in late 2020
OnePlus users have been asking for the always on display feature for quite some time now, and it looks like it could finally arrive with the OxygenOS 11 release later this year. An open beta test is scheduled for September. OnePlus recently teased the look of the interface, which includes a thin gradient line running down the center of the screen.
ASUS announces the world's first HDMI 2.1 4K gaming monitors
The new 4K Asus ROG gaming monitors come in 43-inch, 32-inch and 27-inch sizes, plus they offer full 48 Gbps HDMI 2.1 connections, unlike some TV brands that limit speeds to 40 Gbps. VRR up to 120 Hz and ALLM are also included, together with HDR. Pricing info is still unknown.
AMD's market cap soars past US$100 billion, CPU market share could reach 50% by 2H 2021
AMD stock prices increased by almost US$30 in the past week, while Intel prices took a dive of around US$11. As of now, AMD's market cap is just shy of US$100 billion, whereas Intel's market cap dropped to US$208.95 billion. Stock prices are expected to increase for team red over the next year, and its CPU market share could reach 50%.
The first single-board computers supporting Intel's upcoming Tiger Lake CPUs will launch soon
Intel's own Phantom Canyon NUCs will most likely be targeting budget gamers, so if you are looking for more affordable mini PCs powered by the upcoming Tiger Lake CPUs for IoT and HTPC applications, you could check out the single-board computers offered by Aaeon, Kontron and Advantech.
Nvidia already in advanced talks to buy ARM for more than US$32 billion
Nvidia is inching closer to sealing the deal for what looks like more than US$40 billion, but analysts think that Nvidia might actually ruin the entire value proposition of ARM with this move. Apple, Qualcomm and Samsung will try to oppose this as much as they can.
AMD rumored to be working on a Ryzen Pro mobile workstation Renoir APU with Vega 11 iGPU, more PCIe lanes and increased RAM capacity
Apparently AMD has heard all the woes regarding the need for Renoir laptops with more powerful dGPU options and is now working on an improved APU that may offer full 16x PCIe 3.0 lanes so it can be paired with models above the RTX 2060. The upcoming Ryzen Pro workstation APU would also offer support for up to 128 GB LPDDR4x RAM without the usual Renoir restrictions, plus a Vega 11 iGPU.
New leak: AMD's Radeon Instinct MI100 compute GPU is more than 100% faster compared to Nvidia's A100 Ampere GPU in FP32 workloads
Previously believed to be quite inferior to Nvidia's A100 Ampere compute GPU, the upcoming MI100 Instinct from AMD is now expected to be way faster than the competition in certain workloads. The MI100 will be the first compute GPU developed on the CDNA architecture and will launch this December, targeting HPC/AI/machine learning applications for the oil/gas and academic sectors.
Sony patents tech similar to Nvidia's DLSS, could include it in PS5 consoles to achieve higher FPS counts in 4K games
Sony already has something similar to Nvidia's DLSS with the checkerboard renderer implemented in the PS4 console, but the results are not really on par because of the limited hardware. An improved version integrated with the PS5 could benefit from the more powerful AMD hardware, ensuring that 4K games at least run @60 fps properly.
AMD essentially confirms 5 nm Zen 4 CPUs and "advanced node" RDNA 3 GPUs will launch by 2021 in latest corporate presentation
The updated slides show that among the lineups to receive a performance boost are the Zen 4 EPYC "Genoa" server-grade CPUs, the CDNA 2 compute GPUs and the RDNA 3 gaming GPUs. Curiously enough, AMD did not update the desktop CPU roadmap past the Zen 3 Vermeer CPUs launching this year, but there are solid chances for 5 nm desktop variants to be launched by the end of 2021.
Intel's upcoming 10 nm and 7 nm CPUs/GPUs rumored to be produced on TSMC's 6 nm and 5 nm nodes, respectively
Intel is apparently seeking external assistance and it seems like a deal has already been struck with TSMC. With the latest leadership changes taking place at Intel, the chip giant is now looking to outsource part of its 10 nm and 7 nm chip production to TSMC in the next few years, but this will require some redesigning and node repurposing.
First tests for Nvidia's A100 Ampere compute GPU offer more clues regarding the expected performance of the high-end RTX 3000-series
The OctaneBench results posted by OTOY CEO Jules Urbach show that the A100 GPU is ~40% faster than the RTX 2080 Ti. However, the GA100 (and all of its versions featured in the RTX 3000 GPUs) is a cut-down version of the A100, so performance gains for the RTX 3080 Ti may only be around 30%. Urbach notes that results were recorded without RTX on, so there could be some minor gains when the ray tracing cores are activated.
New Chinese CPU maker Phytium to release 7 nm and 5nm server CPUs, along with 14 nm processors for desktop and embedded markets
While Intel is yet again postponing the launch of its 7 nm processors, Chinese chip makers like Phytium are rising with big dreams of providing decent competition for AMD in the next few years. Phytium currently specializes in server-grade CPUs with 64 cores, but, by the end of 2021, the Chinese company intends to ready 128-core server chips built on TSMC's 5 nm nodes, along with 14 nm desktop and embedded CPUs.
Largest-ever deal in the chip industry could see Nvidia acquiring ARM
If Nvidia manages to buy ARM, this would immediately trigger regulatory scrutiny since ARM is licensing many of its IPs to an entire portfolio of companies that are considered competitors for team green.
AMD's Ryzen 4000H APUs limited to only 8 PCIe 3.0 lanes for dGPUs? A non-issue mostly, even for dGPUs above an RTX 2060
Many users have been asking why OEMs are not providing dGPU options above the RTX 2060 for the Ryzen 4000H laptops. Would this latest reveal regarding the limited PCIe 3.0 lane access add to the conspiracy theories? They really should not, as the issue barely affects performance even for more powerful dGPUs. Tinfoil hats aside, AMD is most likely imposing these restrictions in order to keep laptop prices in the US$1,000 range.
ASRock mini PC with Ryzen 5 4600U Renoir APU spotted in SiSoft Sandra database
The 4x4-V2000 single-board computer has not yet been officially announced by ASRock, but it appears to be powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 4600U APU coupled with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. This new version seems like a solid upgrade over the older V1000 model powered by a Ryzen Embedded V1650B processor.
Fresh rumors suggest delayed AMD Big Navi GPU launch date, reveal possible VRAM specs
Latest word on the street is that AMD has not yet finalized PCB designs and driver integration for the Big navi cards, so previous performance rumors are probably pure speculation. Based on this new info, AMD could push the release schedule to October or even early November.
More evidence points towards AMD's RDNA2 Big Navi superiority over Nvidia's high-end Ampere RTX 3000 GPUs
Fresh reports suggest that Nvidia will only launch 8 nm GPUs this year, with a possible 7 nm "Super" refresh scheduled for 1H 2021. This could allow AMD to steal the GPU performance crown with 7 nm Big Navi GPUs this year and jump to 5 nm next year.
Chuwi announces affordable 13-inch CoreBook Pro notebook
The premium appearance of the 13-inch Chuwi CoreBook Pro is hiding some dated specs, but at least the price seems fair. Surprisingly enough, this model integrates a quality 3:2 IPS screen with 2160 x 1440 resolution and 100% sRGB color gamut, but apart from this, the hardware specs are so 2016, with an Intel Core i3-6157U CPU, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and 256 GB SSD.
Lenovo announces new Legion and IdeaPad gaming laptops with Ryzen 4000H APUs
Lenovo will be launching new gaming laptops with up to a Ryzen 4800H APU throughout this summer and fall. Available in late July is the IdeaPad Gaming 3 15.6-inch starting at US$659 with a GTX 1650 Ti GPU, while the Legion 5 17-incher is packing an RTX 2060 GPU will be available in September for US$1,089 and up. There also is a legion 5P esports edition, but this will not be available in the U.S.
Lenovo Legion Slim 7 gaming laptop with Intel Comet Lake-H CPUs gets leaked ahead of official announcement
The leaked slides for the Lenovo Legion Slim 7 gaming laptop highlight top features like the powerful i9 Comet Lake-H CPUs and the quality display options that include 144 Hz 1080p and 4K 60 Hz screens. The slim design restricts the dGPU to an RTX 2060, unfortunately; however, to keep things cool, Lenovo throws in an advanced vapor chamber.
AMD Ryzen 4000H laptops with 4K OLED displays just above US$1,200? Schenker could soon sell such models
Schenker is considering adding an affordable 4K OLED screen option for the new VIA 15 Pro laptop series powered by AMD's Ryzen 4000H APUs. The Ryzen 5 4600H model with a 4K OLED display would cost just above US$1,200, but keep in mind that these laptops do not include dGPUs.
JEDEC finally publishes DDR5 standard specs, Intel and AMD may offer consumer support by 2021
The publication of the JEDEC specifications is paving the way for the accelerated adoption of the DDR5 standard. First to benefit from the new standard are the server and HPC sectors, while the consumer market may first see DDR5-ready systems in 2021. Initial speeds start at 4.8 GHz, but should hit 6.4 GHz in a few years, and capacities should gradually rise to 48-64 GB per DIMM, with a maximum of 1 TB in the foreseeable future.
Intel's Tiger Lake-U Iris Xe iGPU gets beefy specs, but disappoints in latest SiSoft Sandra benchmarks
The latest SiSoft Sandra database entries reveal that the Tiger Lake-U Xe iGPUs appear to be on par with the DG1 discrete GPUs releasing later this year. This means the iGPU is getting the same 96 execution units with 768 shading units, plus high core clocks of 1.3 GHz. Despite all these impressive specs, the benchmark scores are quite the disappointment.
Chinese CPU maker Zhaoxin plans to enter the discrete GPU market
Zhaoxin plans to release a 28 nm discrete GPU with 75 W TDP by 2021. Judging by the specs, this may be a mid-range solution that could perform in line with the GTX 970 cards launched back in 2014.
Here is why LPDDR4x-4266 RAM seems considerably faster when coupled with Intel Tiger Lake-U CPUs compared to equivalent AMD Renoir APUs
Because of the inherent design limitations of the AMD Ryzen 4000U APUs, some benchmarks will favor the Intel Tiger Lake-U CPUs, but these results may not always reflect real-world usage scenarios.
Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3050 Ampere GPUs rumored to already be in production
With the entry-level and lower-mid-range RTX 3000 GPUs already in production, we could expect a complete Ampere lineup by late 2020. This way, Nvidia can better counter AMD's RDNA2 GPUs that threaten to take over the gaming GPU market in Q3 this year.
NEC launches 15.6-inch Lavie laptop with mysterious Ryzen 7 4000U Extreme Edition APU
The new 15.6-inch Lavie N1585 laptop is currently the only model equipped with the unannounced Ryzen 7 Extreme Edition APU, which appears to have identical specs to the Ryzen 7 4800U model. Other specs include 16 GB of RAM plus 1 TB NVMe SSD, and NEC recommends it for light gaming.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX CPU sample spotted in the wild, might launch next week
The Ryzen Threadripper PRO CPUs are supposed to integrate more business/workstation-oriented features along with server-oriented features borrowed from the Epyc-series like the 8-channel memory support for up to 2 TB of RAM capacity, and possibly even more cores and threads.
Apple might completely ditch AMD's graphics solutions and stick with custom A Bionic GPUs for MacBooks beyond 2021
Apple is planning to equip all 2021 MacBooks with ARM-based CPUs designed in-house and it looks like this switch could also happen for GPUs. Currently, most AMD laptops come equipped with AMD dGPUs, but, starting with the 2021 MacBook models, we could see Apple solely using in-house GPUs derived from the A Bionic SoCs.
Nimbus Data first to release 100 TB SSDs, but prices are way too high
Samsung promised to deliver 128 TB SSDs by 2018, but it looks like the demand for such large drives is not there yet. Nevertheless, Nimbus Data thinks that we are ready for 100 TB SSDs, unleashing this model upon us for US$40,000. There is also a 50 TB model in case your budget is only limited to US$12,500.
Beelink presents GT-R mini PC with AMD Ryzen 5 3550H APU and fingerprint scanner
The Beelink GT-R comes with premium features like a fingerprint scanner, magnesium alloy case and triple heatpipe silent cooling system. Besides the Ryzen 5 3550H APU with Vega 8 iGPU, there is support for up to 32 GB of RAM, and the storage solutions can include PCIe 3.0 4x NVMe and SATA 3 SSDs, along with a 2.5-inch HDD. There is support for four video outputs, as well.
AMD's Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs already available at Dutch retailer, tray model prices revealed
Dutch online retailer Centralpoint.nl is already offering tray versions for AMD's top-of-the-line 65 W Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs. These are Euro prices, but we can estimate that the Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G 8-core / 16-thread should cost around US$300, while the Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G 6-core may be priced at around US$200, and the Ryzen 3 Pro 4350G quad-core may end up costing around US$150.
SK Hynix starts mass production for 16 GB HBM2E DRAM chips
The HBM2E memory chips offer up to 460 GB/s bandwidth, plus they are 50% more energy efficient and come in a 30% smaller package compared to the HBM2 models. With such an improved bandwidth, the HBM2E chips are expected to significantly improve performance for Exascale computers and high-end GPUs.
Leaked picture shows new cooler design on alleged ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Ti ROG STRIX
The alleged 3080 Ti ROG STRIX features a triple-fan cooler with aggressive silver accents that remind of the ROG MATRIX series, plus an RGB strip at the top, suggesting that the series could potentially go into premium-grade territory.
CutiePi Raspberry Pi tablet finally hits Kickstarter
The project was slightly delayed by the pandemic, but it is now up on Kickstarter offering the tablet for just under US$200, along with a microSD card and cables for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ Lite. The tablet itself integrates an 8-inch IPS touchscreen with 1280 x 800 resolution and even features an attachable handle that acts as a stand.
CyberPowerPC reveals affordable Tracer IV R 15.6-inch Slim & 17.3-inch Xtreme laptop series with Ryzen 4000 APUs
With minimal price differences between the 15.6-inch and the 17.3-inch models, the Tracer IV R series offers affordable configurations featuring the Ryzen 5 4600H APU coupled with the GTX 1650 Ti GPU or the Ryzen 7 4800H APU in conjunction with the RTX 2600 Max-P, plus up to 32 GB of RAM and up to 4 TB NVMe SSD storage and even Wi-Fi 6.
AMD Ryzen 7 4700GE desktop APU tests reveal reduced memory latency and great overclocking potential
The Aida Cache and Memory benchmarks show that the Ryzen 7 4700GE desktop APU can easily be coupled with DDR4 RAM modules running at 4333 MHz. The resulting memory latency is lower than 50 ns, which is quite the improvement over the 60 ns average latency of the Ryzen 3000 desktop APUs.
Diablo IV development chugging along nicely, new game details unveiled
The latest Diablo IV quarterly update reveals that the development process was not really affected by the pandemic and also details key game aspects like storytelling, open world, multiplayer and itemization. No ETA for the Alpha and Beta tests as of yet, but there will be another update around BlizzCon.
Minisforum announces palm-size DeskMini DMAF5 mini PC with Ryzen 5 3550H APU
Even though it comes in a palm-size case, the DeskMini DMAF5 still packs some serious Ryzen power. It ships with a Ryzen 5 3550H APU that integrates a Vega 8 GPU, but users can further upgrade the processor to models with 45+ W TDP. It also supports up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400, plus NVMe / SATA storage combos, and it comes with a pre-installed Wi-Fi 6 card.
More Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G specs get leaked
Most of the newly-leaked specs seem very similar to the non-5G version, except for the SoC that is now supposed to be a Snapdragon 865 Plus. The leaker also seems to be confusing the selfie cam with one of the rear sensors, so the accuracy of this leak is a bit dubious.
More PCI IDs and codenames support the leaks regarding the absence of Navi iGPUs from AMD's upcoming Ryzen 5000 laptop APUs
Even though the 2021 Ryzen 5000 APUs may only integrate the good old Vega GPU cores, the highly-anticipated Navi iGPUs could make an early appearance with the Van Gogh ultra-low power APUs that could launch sooner than expected, possibly later this year.
Zotac readies ZBOX Cl622 nano fanless mini PCs with Comet Lake-U CPUs
The ZBOX Cl622 nano mini PC barebones come with CPU options such as the Core i3-10110U and i7-10510U models from the laptop-grade Comet Lake-U family and also offer a fanless design, making these systems ideal for HTPC setups.
Asus quietly introduces new ZenBook UM425 and VivoBook Flip TM420 14-inch laptops with Ryzen 4000U CPUs
Asus is expanding its Ryzen 4000 portfolio with the ZenBook 14 UM425 ultrabook and the VivoBook Flip 14 TM420 convertible. Users can choose among the Ryzen 3 4300U, Ryzen 54500U and Ryzen 7 4700U processors plus there are PCIe NVMe SSD options. What sets these models apart are features like LPDDR4x-3733/3200 memory support, bright high quality screens and Wi-Fi 6 support.
Best currently available TVs for next-gen consoles
Which currently available TVs are better equipped to take advantage of all the awesome new features coming with the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles? We take a look at the best OLEDs, QLEDs and FALD LEDs on the market.
Intel's Tiger Lake Xe iGPU is almost three times faster than the Ice Lake Iris Plus G7 iGPU and up to 40% faster than the AMD Vega 8 Renoir iGPUs in Battlefield V
While still not a threat to any decent currently available laptop dGPU, the Xe iGPU that will be featured in the Tiger Lake processors launching later this year should still be quite a significant improvement over the Ice Lake iGPUs. Our tests show that the Xe iGPU could even beat the Vega 8 iGPU in the Renoir APUs.
Corsair launches One a100 compact gaming PC with high-end Ryzen 3000 CPUs
Need a supercharged AMD-based small form factor PC? Corsair has got you covered with the new One a100 mini tower system that resembles an Xbox Series X console. The One a100 systems feature high-end AMD Ryzen 9 3900X/3950X CPUs, RTX 2080 Ti / Super GPUs, plus Asus ROG Strix X570-I Gaming motherboards with 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and 1 TB Corsair Force MP600 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD + 2 TB Seagate Barracuda HDD storage combos.
Asus will be first to release mini PCs with AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs this summer
The upcoming Asus PN50 mini PCs will offer four APU options: Ryzen 3 4300U, Ryzen 5 4500U, Ryzen 7 4700U, and Ryzen 7 4800U. As always, these are barebones models so users still need to provide RAM and storage. That said, the included motherboard offers support for up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and an M.2 slot along with a 2.5-inch bay for storage.
UDOO BOLT GEAR is an affordable mini PC powered by AMD's Ryzen Embedded APUs, offers Arduino support
This mini PC is designed for industrial or commercial applications that require rapid prototyping, as well as for entertainment and DIY projects like arcade-style video game systems, as it comes with the latest Arduino programmable coprocessor.
AMD's upcoming Zen 3 Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs may actually use TSMC's 5 nm enhanced production process, still scheduled to launch in Q4 2020
If AMD manages this feat, the PC competitive landscape could drastically change in favor of team red, leaving Intel way behind struggling to make the jump to 10 nm. However, these may as well be just unfounded rumors, as a production shift from 7 nm to 5 nm on such short notice may not prove to be that easy.
Benchmarks for the upcoming Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs including the Ryzen 3 4200G, Ryzen 5 PRO 4400G and Ryzen 7 PRO 4700G spotted in the 3DMark database
The 3DMark scores for the upcoming Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs show solid performance gains over the older models as far as CPU cores go, but the iGPU gains are quite minimal since the chips essentially use the same Vega cores from last year.
Looking Glass Factory presents the world's first 8K holographic display
Through the use of a special 45-element light field relying on horizontal parallax principles, the new 8K holographic screen can display 3D images without the use of separate 3D glasses. For now, the screen comes only in a 32-inch size and is designed for medical imagery, advanced topography and experimental marketing.
LG's gamer-oriented 48-inch CX OLED TV will see worldwide availability in June
The smaller OLED TV panels are clearly tailored for PC gamers and console gamers. These will most likely be even more sought after once the next gen consoles and the new wave of HDMI 2.1 GPUs from Nvidia / AMD land later this year.
Realme X3 SuperZoom high-end smartphone launches with unbeatable price
For less than US$600, the Realme X3 SuperZoom offers a 6.6-inch screen with 120 Hz refresh, along with a Snapdragon 855+ SoC coupled with 12 GB LPDDR4x RAM and 256 GB UFS 3.0 storage, plus an impressive imaging system that includes two selfie cams and a rear quad setup with a 64 MP main cam and a 8 MP 5x optical periscope with 60x hybrid zoom.
6-core / 12-thread Rocket Lake-S CPU early benchmarks reveal disappointing performance gains over Comet Lake-S
The boost clocks reported by 3DMark for the 6-core / 12-thread Rocket Lake-S CPU suggest that this could be a replacement for the Comet Lake-S i5-10400 CPU. The disappointing part is that there are no performance gains as far as CPU cores go, as the Rocket Lake-S engineering sample proves to be slightly slower than the Comet Lake-S model. It does, however, deliver better graphics performance thanks to the new Xe iGPU.
Original Xbox and Windows NT 3.5 source codes leak online
Since these are "vintage" source codes, there should be no concern regarding possible hacks. Emulators for the original Xbox already exist and are said to already be using the leaked codes, but still cannot provide complete compatibility with today's PC systems. As for the impact of the Windows NT 3.5 source code leak, Microsoft chose not to comment knowing full well that snippets from the old OS can still be found lurking within the latest version of Windows NT 10.
Leak reveals specs for Qualcomm's upcoming 5G-ready entry-level Snapdragon 6-series SoC
The upcoming SM6350 entry-level 5G SoC from Qualcomm is rumored to go head to head with similar chips like the MT6853 5G from MediaTek, the Kirin 720 5G from Huawei and the Exynos 880 from Samsung.
Origin PC adds Intel i9-10900K desktop-grade CPU options to its New EON17-X and NS-17 laptops
We've been hearing that the i9-10900K needs really good water cooling solutions, so the inclusion of suck chips inside Origin PC's latest EON17-X and NS-17 models is quite the bold endeavor. The powerful CPUs can be coupled with a desktop-grade RTX 2080 Super GPU and up to 64 GB of DDR-3200 RAM, if you have some more money to spare.
One-Netbook One-GX 1Pro 7-inch laptop powered by Intel Tiger Lake-Y CPUs gets leaked specs, scheduled to go up for pre-orders on May 30
Unlike the GPD Win Max models that come with Intel Ice Lake CPUs, One-Netbook's One-GX1 mini laptops are supposed to be powered by Tiger Lake-Y CPUs, but these chips do not have a clear release date as of now, so, even though the One-GX1 is scheduled to go up for pre-orders on May 30, we might not get to see it in action until late Q3 at best.
SD Express 8.0 specs released, 4 GB/s transfer speeds now possible for SD cards
The updated specs allow transfer speeds of up to 4 GB/s, which is essentially half of what computer PCIe NVMe SSDs can achieve, since the SD cards are only limited to X2 lanes instead of X4. Nevertheless, with the new version, upcoming SD Express and microSD Express cards can easily handle 4K and 8K video recording without compression.
More Apple iOS 14 features get leaked
Apple's upcoming iOS 14 is bringing more augmented reality integration via apps such as Gobi that offer dining and shopping interactions through new circular QR codes. The Find My app will also be updated with audio and haptic cues to make device retrieval even easier.
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 and MateBook 13 2020 now available for pre-order with Comet Lake-U CPUs
Huawei's Macbook alternatives are back with upgraded Comet Lake-H CPUs up to a Core i7-10510U, up to 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB or 1 TB NVMe SSD storage and excellent 3:2 displays. Unfortunately, Huawei chose not to upgrade the GeForce MX250 dGPUs.
AMD's Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs rumored to have higher than 15-17% IPC gains over current Zen 2 models, could utterly destroy Intel's Comet Lake-S lineup
Engineering samples of the Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs have been rumored to perform better than expected, with single thread IPC gains higher than the planned 15-17% improvements. Certain OEM engineers who managed to test these early samples suggest that AMD may be on the verge of beating Intel's Comet Lake-S models even in games.
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang unveils unified 7 nm Ampere GPU architecture pre GTC 2020 keynote, no details on the next gen RTX 3000 gaming GPUs, unfortunately
Unlike Turing and previous iterations, the Ampere microarchitecture will be the same for HPC GPUs like the newly announced A100 model, as well as for consumer-grade GeForce gaming GPUs and Quadro professional GPUs. Some downscaling will clearly be applied to the consumer products, but there should be "great overlap in the architecture" for all product lineups.
Epic Games showcases impressive Unreal Engine 5 tech demo on the PlayStation 5
PS5 fans craving for some next gen gaming footage can finally rejoice as Epic Games chose to run the impressive Unreal Engine 5 tech demo on the upcoming Sony console. Problem is there will be no UE5 games when the next gen consoles launch, since the new engine will only launch in mid-2021. Nevertheless, gamers can look forward to improved global illumination and ray tracing, along with unparalleled detail levels with hundreds of billions of polygons displayed at once.
ChinaTimes leaks list of upcoming 5 nm chips produced at TSMC throughout 2022
The list confirms some 5 nm lineups that were previously rumored to launch in the next few years including the AMD Zen 4 CPUs plus the RDNA3 GPUs, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 mobile SOC and Nvidia’s Hopper-based GPUs, yet it also mentions that Intel may start a collaboration with TSMC by next year.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti specs and performance figures leaked, AMD "Big Navi" performance comparison also included
Thanks to the information compiled by Tom from Moore's Law Is Dead, we now have an almost clear picture of the RTX 3080 Ti, complete with specs and estimated performance gains over Turing GPUs. Furthermore, Tom reveals additional info on AMD's upcoming RDNA2-based "Big Navi" high-end GPUs, which looks to be ready to go head to head with the high-end Ampere GPUs.
MNT Reform modular laptop now available through crowdfunding campaign
The 12.6-inch Reform modular laptop runs Debian Linux and comes with a programmable firmware. Hardware-wise, components like the NXP i.MX8MQ quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, Vivante GC700 Lite GPU and 4GB of RAM do not exactly scream performance, but they get the job done, plus they can be replaced later via module upgrades.
Xbox Series X Assassin's Creed Valhalla gameplay trailer unveiled along with twelve other game titles
Microsoft just dropped the first Assassin's Creed Valhalla gameplay footage along with 12 other game title trailers, giving us a taste of what to expect from the next gen Xbox Series X console in terms of visual fidelity. There are some returning fan-favorite IPs including Dirt 5, Madden NFL 21, Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 and Yakuza - Like a Dragon. The next gameplay showcase scheduled for July will focus on the titles currently under development at the Xbox Game Studios, including Halo Infinite.
MediaTek announces the Helio G85 mobile gaming SoC
Looking at the CPU and GPU specs, the Helio G85 mobile gaming SoC brings only small improvements over the G80 model. However, MediaTek also improved the connectivity and resource management sectors, plus the SoC now supports 48 MP image sensors with advanced AI features.
DigiTimes report suggests the Nvidia Ampere GPUs launching in late 2020 may be replaced by 5 nm Hopper GPUs one year later
Apparently, Nvidia underestimated the impact of AMD's 7 nm GPUs and is now looking to phase out the upcoming Ampere GPUs faster, as the green team has already pre-booked an important part of TSMC's 5 nm production capacity for 2021, when the Hopper GPUs are expected to hit the market.
Origin PC readies EVO15-S gaming and NT-15 workstation laptops with Intel Core i7-10875H CPUs
The new EVO15-S and NT-15 from Origin PC are essentially the same semi-customizable system that can be equipped with a Core i7-10875H CPU, up to 64 GB of RAM and up to 4 TB of NVMe SSD storage. Users can choose among display + GPU options like FHD IPS 144 Hz & RTX 2070 / FHD IPS 240 Hz & RTX 2080 Super / UHD OLED 60 Hz & RTX 2070 / UHD OLED 60 Hz & 2080 RTX Super
ASUS to refresh ROG Zephyrus M slim gaming laptops with Intel Comet Lake-H CPUs
Even though Asus has not yet announced this, the slim Zephyrus M gaming laptops will get updated with Comet Lake-H CPUs as suggested by a product description spotted in the Icecat database. The upgraded models will most likely come equipped with the refreshed RTX 2070 GPUs, as well.
MSI announces MEG Trident X 10th compact desktop gaming systems with Comet Lake-S CPUs
MSI is updating the high-end Trident X lineup of slim gaming desktops with CPU options like the i7-10700K(F) and i9-10900K. Users can also choose among RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 Ti GPUs, 32 and 64 GB of RAM and may opt for a 1 TB NVMe SSD or an 1 TB NVMe SSD + 1 TB HDD combo storage solution. Other noteworthy features include 2.5 GbE + Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3.
Schenker crams desktop-grade Intel Comet Lake-S Core i9-10900K CPU and Nvidia RTX 2080 Super GPU into XMG Ultra 17 M20 laptops
The new XMG Ultra 17 M20 desktop-replacement systems integrate an advanced cooling system that filters dust particles from heatsinks and allows for CPU TDPs of up to 125 W, with GPU TGPs of up to 200 W. Such processing power requires two 280 W PSUs and at least a 97 Wh battery. Schenker also added 240 Hz displays with 100% sRGB color gamut and a 4K display option with 100% Adobe RGB color gamut.
Leaked roadmap suggests AMD Zen 4 desktop CPUs with DDR5 support may only launch in 2022, no relevant AMD CPU launches planned for 2021?
The roadmap leaked by a trusted source close to GamersNexus shows how AMD may skip 2021 entirely and launch the Zen 4 desktop CPUs along with the Zen 3 APUs in 2022 with support for DDR5 RAM and USB 4.0, citing the current uncertain economic climate brought upon by the global pandemic.
New Xiaomi RedmiBooks with Ryzen APUs and Mi Notebook / Laptop models spotted in the Bluetooth SIG database
Xiaomi's RedmiBook 14 and 16 models are believed to be powered by AMD's new Ryzen 4000 mobility APUs, while the new Mi Laptop 13.3 / 14 / 16.1 and mi Notebook 14 variants might be equipped only with Intel's Comet Lake-H processors.
Samsung starts developing the 250 MP ISOCELL mobile image sensor
Chinese sources report that Samsung has finished development for the 150 MP sensors and started work on the 250 MP ones. The first 150 Mp sensors are expected to launch with Xiaomi's flagship handhelds later this year, while the 250 MP sensor could arrive in late 2021.
Intel Comet Lake-S 10th gen desktop CPU lineup final specs and prices leak ahead of April 30 official announcement
Some of the highlights for the 10th gen Intel Core desktop CPUs include improved Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 with up to 5.3 GHz boost clocks, DDR4-2933 support, new Intel 400-series chipset and 2.5 GbE speeds. Note that the listed prices are only the wholesale ones, so expect retail prices to be at least US$100 higher.
NANOTE 7-inch convertible mini laptop launching soon in Japan
With an estimated price of only US$185, the NANOTE mini laptop offers modest specs like an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 quad-core CPU, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC storage. Unlike the more expensive models from GPD and One-netbook, however, the NANOTE comes in a convertible form-factor with a 1920 x 1200 touchscreen.
One-Netbook's 7-inch OneGX1 mini laptop is a miniaturized Alienware Area-51m with Intel Tiger Lake CPUs and 5G support
Unlike GPD's Win Max mini laptop, the OneGX1 from One-Netbook is a bit more compact since it does not integrate game controller buttons, but it may also prove a bit faster as it is supposed to integrate Intel's Tiger Lake CPUs. The design appears inspired by Dell's Alienware Area-51m, and this is also said to be the first mini laptop to offer 5G support.
Dell is working on all-AMD laptops featuring Renoir successor codenamed Cezanne, Navi23 iGPUs and high-quality displays
Dell has not yet officially announced any Renoir-based laptops, and rumor has it that we will not only see Renoir-based laptops, but models powered by the Renoir successor codenamed Cezanne, as well, next year. Cezanne will get a Navi23-based iGPU and is supposed to be AMD's answer to Intel's Tiger Lake-H. Dell's Cezanne-H laptops will additionally feature high-quality FHD and QHD displays with high refresh rates.
Next Xbox Series X preview to come soon, will focus on game titles
Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently hinted in a tweet that the next Xbox Series X preview stream may focus on game titles. It is speculated that this event should be streamed in early May, while a later stream scheduled for June is likely to unveil details for the lower-priced Xbox Series S console.
AMD "Artic" Ryzen 4000 desktop APU spotted on 3DMark
The CPU and GPU clocks appear to be quite low compared to mobility models like the Ryzen 7 4700U, but the "Artic" chip proves to be faster, at least in CPU-related tests, and the DDR4-3200 support certainly helped. On the iGPU side, however, the performance is not that great, as it turned out to be slower than a Vega 6 model.
Apple's iPhone and iPad devices have been plagued by serious vulnerabilities since 2018, security analyst reports
The vulnerability allows attackers to gain control of all the data stored within the mails received via the Mail app on iOS devices. Apple has recently become aware of the security problem, but the vulnerability may have been exploited since early 2018. A fix will soon be released, and, until then, iPhone and iPad users are advised to deactivate the Mail app and use other solutions like Gmail.
Dell's 17-inch Precision 5750 mobile workstation and similar XPS 17 9700 gaming model get leaked specs
The official Dell slides leaked on reddit confirm the slimmer and smaller chassis on the Precision 5750, as the mobile workstation will be fitted with 92% display/body ratio IGZO screens. Specs include Comet Lake-H or Xeon CPUs with up to 64 GB of DDR4-2933 RAM, up to 4 TB dual NVMe storage, Quadro RTX 3000 GPUs and 4x Thunderbolt 3 connectors. The XPS 17 9700 should get similar specs except it will not get the Xeon and Quadro options.
Dynabook updates Portégé X business laptop lineup with Intel's 10th gen CPUs
The latest Portégé X slim and light business laptops come with a host of improved security features along with upgrades like the Intel gen 10 Comet Lake-H CPUs, Wi-Fi 6 support, Sharp IGZO displays, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and military-grade durability.
Latest Galaxy Fold 2 leaks: outer and inner display detailed specs, S-Pen support in the books after all
Contrary to some Korean sources that were previously claiming the S-Pen support would not be added to the Fold 2, the latest leaks point out that Samsung's S-Pens will indeed work with the upcoming foldable. Additionally, the inner screen is getting an upgraded 120 Hz panel and both outer and inner displays now feature punch-hole cameras.
New patents reveal that Huawei could soon release smartphones with slide-out screens
Huawei's patents show two designs with fully exposed displays on the back, which eliminates the need for front cams, as users can easily turn the phone and take selfies. One of the designs comes with a sliding screen that extends by 30%, while the other design's screen can extend by up to 50%.
Crysis Remastered is coming to all platforms with revamped visuals and API-agnostic ray tracing
Apparently, we now own advanced enough computers to smoothly run not only the original Crysis, but even a remastered version! Crytek will be updating the original title with new graphic elements, high-quality textures and native hardware ray tracing.
Report suggests AMD's upcoming Zen 4 CPUs will be built on an exclusive TSMC 5 nm enhanced node
AMD is emerging as one of the largest clients for TSMC, as team red has already secured 5 nm production allocations for the upcoming Zen 4 CPUs launching in 2021. The 5 nm node is still expected to go online this quarter, but advancements with the 3 nm nodes may be pushed back by half a year due to the global pandemic.
Scientists develop photon-based silicon circuitry that could make Moore's Law obsolete
By changing the cubic silicon structure to a hexagonal nanowire structure, scientists managed to develop photon-based silicon alloy circuitry that may replace electron-based transistors. The photon-based material prevents electron traffic jams, overheating and transmission slowdowns caused by cramming too many transistors.
Simply NUC introduces “SNUC Book” laptop lineup with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity
Simply NUC is trying its hand at 15.6-inch laptop models with the latest SNUC Book lineup developed in collaboration with Intel. Users can choose to add up to 64 GB of RAM, up to 4 TB of M.2 storage and may go with either a GTX 1660 Ti or an RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU. All variants are powered by Intel's i7-9750H CPU and come with a Thunderbolt 3 connector.
More Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 leaks: reduced weight, new colors and no S-Pen support
Additionally, the upcoming Galaxy Fold 2 will get a larger inner screen measuring almost 8 inch in diagonal and the reduced price is said to be Samsung's market adjustment measure due to expected declining sales in 2H 2020, which may also lead to reduced prices for the Note 20 and Galaxy S21 models.
AnandTech editor reports that Intel may be incentivizing mini PC makers to delay or not build AMD-based models
The first Ryzen 3000 Picasso APUs have just been added to mini PC offerings from ASRock and Zotac and it may take up to one year for the freshly released Ryzen 4000 Renoir processors to make it into small form-factor PCs. Prominent OEMs like Dell, Asus and MSI do not even offer any AMD-based mini PCs.
Nvidia sneaks refreshed RTX 2060 / 2070 Max-P laptop GPUs along with the new Super lineup
The refreshed RTX 2060 / 2070 laptop GPUs have slightly higher clocks compared to the original Max-P versions and they feature similar hardware optimizations from the Super SKUs, including lower-voltage GDDR6 VRAM and improved current regulators. On average, these GPUs should provide at least 7% higher performance compared to the original Max-P models.
Upcoming Galaxy S21 could be Samsung's first handheld sporting an under-display selfie cam
Samsung was first to unveil patents for in-display selfie cams, but Oppo one-upped the Korean giant by presenting working phone prototypes integrating in-display cameras. While Samsung is now strongly considering adding in-display cams to the upcoming Galaxy S21 launching next year, Oppo could still be first-to-market, if its prototypes showcased last December are any indication.
Microsoft's Surface Duo camera image quality revealed
Keeping in mind that the image uploaded to Instagram is actually a low resolution sample with compression already applied to it, the quality is not bad at all. Then again, maybe this device is not even supposed to have Huawei P40 Pro image quality and should only be appreciated for its dual-hinge-screen design.
Origin PC EON15-X gaming laptops get refreshed with Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs
The refreshed EON15-X gaming and NS-15 workstation laptops from Origin PC now come with a choice between Ryzen 5 3600, Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 9 3900 SKUs with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, up to an RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU and up to 6 TB of storage.
New Galaxy Fold 2 and Galaxy Z Flip 5G details get leaked
Samsung plans to release an improved Galaxy Z Flip version with 5G support towards the end of the year, while the Galaxy Fold 2 could hit the markets this August with larger inner and outer screens, punch-hole selfie cam, S20 rear camera setup and possible pen support. There will be a more affordable 256 GB storage version, as well as a more expensive 512 GB model with better cameras.
SK Hynix 16 Gb DDR5 RAM modules will enter production this year, 4,800 - 8,400 MHz expected frequency range
The first DDR5 modules will be aimed at the server market, with consumer variants expected to hit the market in late 2021. Initial frequencies will be limited to 4,800 MHz, but, as the technology matures, frequencies will be hitting 6,400 MHz and even 8,400 MHz, while densities could reach 64 GB per single DIMM.
Lenovo to soon introduce AMD Ryzen 4000 Legion gaming laptops
Lenovo will allegedly introduce Legion R7000 / R7000P gaming laptops powered by AMD's Renoir APUs up to the Ryzen 7 4800H SKU. Some improvements include DDR4-3200 RAM, double NVMe M.2 slots and 80 Wh+ batteries, but there are some downsides too, like the inclusion of displays with 120 Hz refresh, 45% NTSC color and high response times.
Acer announces the refreshed Predator Triton 500 and Nitro 5 gaming laptops with Comet Lake-H CPUs
The new Predator Triton 500 models will be powered by i7 and i9 Comet Lake-H CPUs coupled with up to 32 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of NVMe SSD storage, plus GPU options topping with the RTX 2080 Super Max-Q. The budget-friendly Nitro 5, on the other hand, will be powered by i5/i7 Comet Lake-H CPUs, and will only support GPUs up to the RTX 2060.
Lenovo's Legion 5i and 7i gaming laptops include the exclusive Nvidia Advanced Optimus feature for extended battery life
The 7i will most likely be powered by Comet Lake-H Core i7 CPUs and will feature the latest RTX 2000 Super GPUs, while the 5i will pack Comet Lake-H Core i5 CPUs and up to an RTX 2060 GPU. Both variants will get G-Sync displays plus a n exclusive feature developed in collaboration with Nvidia, which allows for a more efficient battery management.
Oppo Reno Ace Infinity to include FreeVOOC air-charging tech that keeps batteries charged forever?
Apparently, Oppo found a way to safely implement "air-charging" into smartphones using a new FreeVOOC coil and an electromagnetic emitter that has a 10-meter range. This allows the batteries to constantly charge at 5-10 W while in the range of said emitter, so the phone supposedly never runs out of juice.
Schenker's XMG Apex 15 is the world's first Ryzen 9 3950X laptop
Users can choose to equip the XMG Apex 15 with more down-to-earth specs like a Ryzen 3600 CPU, 8 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, 256 GB SATA 3 SSD and an RTX 2060, or could go all in with specs including the Ryzen 9 3950X, up to 64 GB of RAM, up to 6 TB of storage and an RTX 2070 GPU. Unlike similar Intel desktop-replacement models, these AMD laptops are a fair bit lighter and require less power.
Two Ryzen 4000 MSI gaming laptops you can pre-order right now for under US$1,000
The Ryzen 5 4600H model comes with 8 GB of RAM, while the Ryzen 7 4800H gets 16 GB. This difference will only set you back US$70. Both variants include 15.6-inch 1080p IPS displays with 120 Hz refresh rate, Radeon RX 5500M 4 GB VRAM dGPUs, and 512 GB NVMe storage. These are available for pre-order at Newegg and will start shipping in late April.
4K laptop for only $550? Chuwi is now crowdfunding the 15.6-inch AeroBook Pro
This may be the most affordable 4K laptop available, but there is a catch: it comes equipped with 5-year-old Skylake CPUs. Chuwi claims that the dual-core / quad-thread CPUs are still decent for productivity tasks and light content creation. Other specs include 8 / 16 GB of LPDDR4-2133 RAM and 256 / 512 GB SSD storage.
Microsoft could revolutionize cryptomining with user body activity proof-of-work
A recent Microsoft patent details how the cumbersome proof-of-work implementation on current cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin that has ever-increasing processing power requirements can be replaced with a system that validates user body activity. This would allow more users to adopt blockchain tech and possibly revolutionize finances.
10 nm Intel Tiger Lake-U CPU spotted inside a Microsoft Surface Laptop, performs better than the Ryzen 7 4700U
The latest 3DMark tests reveal that the 2.7 GHz / 4.3 GHz quad-core/octa-thread Tiger Lake-U should be faster than the Ryzen 7 4700U and its Gen 12 Xe iGPU could end up 10-20% faster than that of the Ryzen 7 4800U. These results were apparently submitted from an upcoming Microsoft Surface Laptop.
Intel CPUs can boost Nvidia / AMD GPU performance thanks to unused iGPU power and DirectX 12 potential
DX 12 apparently allows iGPUs to work in tandem with any kind of dGPU, so Intel is suggesting that only its desktop CPUs can do that, since AMD's desktop processors do not include iGPUs. However, AMD still has APU models, though not as powerful as the desktop chips, but they can easily take advantage of this feature, as well.
More detailed renders of the Lenovo Legion gaming phone leak out
Renders coming straight from the Chinese patent office reveal a transparent case with prominent Legion logo and pulsating red led Y branding. Underneath the hood we can spot what looks to be an active SoC cooler and a 5,050 mAh battery, plus a tri-cam setup with ToF sensor. The renders also show two USB-C ports: one for charging and one for attachable accessories.
God of War 2018 could get a PC port this year
With the release of the PS5 console, Sony may decide to gradually open up the PS4 exclusive game catalog for ports on other platforms. Detroit: Become Human was already ported last year, while Death Stranding and Horizon: Zero Dawn are expected to come to the PC this year, and next in line could be God of War 2018, as Sony will be shifting its focus on the PS5 exclusives.
Nvidia announces DLSS 2.0 to appease fans over next gen GPU delays
DLSS 2.0 promises to simplify game integration by providing a single generic neural network that can adapt to any game and engine. However, game developers will still be required to provide the real-time motion vector data on a per-game basis. Nevertheless, Nvidia claims that the overall image quality is much better and performance is almost on par with the first version.
Google Drallion Chrome OS device sporting unannounced Intel Core i7-10810U pops up on Geekbench
Geekbench reveals that the Drallion device comes with a six-core i7-10810U CPU clocked at 4.9 GHz and 16 GB of RAM, suggesting that this could be a new Google Pixelbook model. It is also rumored to include a screen privacy feature.
Redesigned Windows 10 file explorer and start menu teased by Panos Panay
Microsoft will soon be adding more fluent design elements to the Windows UI. Some of these include a redesigned file explorer that seems to be inspired by the Linux KDE interface, a start menu that does not rely on live tiles that much and new contextual menus featuring additional commands.
Apple's iPad Pro 2020 A12Z Bionic SoC shows minimal improvements over the 2018 A12X model in latest AnTuTu benchmarks
The new A12Z SoC manages to impress us in a negative way. We were suspecting it would not be that much faster than the A12X, but we would have never guessed that it only has a 1% edge over the 2018 model. Still, the performance is well above anything available from the competitors, yet it does not necessarily recommend it as a worthy upgrade since Apple will release even better models in 6 months.
Huawei's Kirin 820 mid-range 5G SoC gets leaked specs
Improvements for the upcoming Kirin 820 mid-range SoC include an integrated 5G modem, upgraded ISP and NPU units, plus a more powerful Mali-G77 GPU. Huawei decided to keep the same 7 nm manufacturing process and the ARM Cortex-A76 performance cores will not be upgraded to any newer versions.
All-AMD Microsoft Surface notebook with Ryzen 5 4500U and RX 5300M spotted on 3DMark
It looks like Microsoft is already planning to add the newly launched Ryzen 4000 APUs to the Surface lineup, and this time around, we could potentially see 15-inch as well as 13.5-inch all-AMD models. The 13.5-inch models may get Ryzen 5 4500U / 7 4700U + RX 5300M configurations, while the 15-inch variants may end up powered by more powerful Ryzen R5 4600U / 7 4800U + RX 5500M/ RX 5600M combos.
Samsung may launch 150 MP mobile sensors by Q4 2020
Chinese smartphone OEMs like Xiaomi, OPPO and Vivo apparently demanded the development of a 200 MP sensor by the end of 2020, but Samsung could only offer 150 MP for that specific time-frame. The upcoming sensor is supposed to offer 1 inch of effective pixel area, and will integrate Samsung's Nonacell technology with 1:9 pixel binning.
Samsung brings mobile storage one step closer to NVMe speeds with eUFS 3.1
The latest mobile storage standard is optimized for 8K videos and large image files. With sequential write speeds improved by almost 3 times, users will soon be able to transfer 100 GB of files in only 1.5 minutes. General responsiveness and app load times will also be improved by up to 60%.
Dell could be adding AMD Radeon RX GPU options to Alienware m15 laptops
The first ever Alienware gaming laptop sporting an Intel i7-10750H CPU + AMD Radeon RX 5500M GPU combo was recently spotted in the 3DMark database, and it looks like Dell is looking to lower the price points on its mid-range variants. 5600M and 5700M models may also be in the cards.
Leaked pic shows Robert Downey Jr. holding the OnePlus 8 Pro
The renowned actor has already collaborated with the Chinese OEM for the marketing campaign of the OnePlus 7 models. Even though the shot is not too detailed, Robert Downey Jr. appears to be holding the upcoming OnePlus 8 Pro flagship that has a newly added camera to the left of the tri-cam setup on the back.
Huawei dodges ban again, granted another licence extension from the U.S. Commerce Department
The U.S. government is certainly aware that companies like Qualcomm and Google do not want any bans imposed on Huawei, since it will be very difficult to cover billions of USD in losses. Still, smaller companies like rural carriers are continuously encouraged to replace all Huawei equipment with hardware made in the U.S
Mysterious AMD A9-9820 APU with Radeon R7 350 iGPU spotted in Chuwi's latest AeroBox mini PC
The A9-9820 APU with Radeon R7 350 iGPU is probably not based on the Zen architecture since it only supports DDR3 memory. The test results provided by Chuwi speak for themselves, although the OEM claims that there should be enough processing power for current AAA games and 4K video editing.
No 7 nm for Nvidia's upcoming Ampere gaming GPUs
Instead of making the jump to 7 nm, Nvidia will apparently be using Samsung's 10 nm process for the next gen Ampere gaming GPUs. If this is indeed the case, AMD's second gen 7 nm RDNA2 architecture could allow the red team to almost match Nvidia's high-end Ampere models.
Full Intel 10th gen desktop CPU price list leaked online by Belgium retailer
Thanks to Belgium online retailer 2Compute we now have a complete price list for the 10th gen desktop CPU lineup from Intel. As with the previous price leaks, the F-series variants that come without an iGPU seem to offer better value, yet prices are still considerably higher than AMD's competition.
Intel's 10th gen CPU shipments could be pushed back to June due to coronavirus
A leaked slide detailing press news embargo times set between April and June may be hinting at more delays for the 10th gen desktop CPU lineup. Intel might also be considering releasing the lower-end of the lineup this April, pushing back the rest for May and June.
Unannounced top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 4900H APU spotted in the wild on an Asus TUF Gaming laptop
The existence of the Ryzen 9 4900H APUs was first rumored back in late 2019, but now we have actual proof that the model is no mere typo, as Videocardz sources spotted a TUF Gaming laptop powered by the unannounced processor. The 45 W APU will be able to boost to 4.2 GHz, which is 200 MHz slower than the 35 W Ryzen 9 4900HS leaked earlier by Asus. Moreover, the TUF Gaming laptop appears to be missing a discrete GPU.
UNISOC announces the world's first 6 nm smartphone SoC with integrated 5G
The UNISOC T7520 mid-range SoC also is the world's first chip to integrate a dual-5G modem with NR TDD+FDD carrier aggregation. Thanks to the improved 6 nm manufacturing process, UNISOC aims to lower the price point for 5G-enabled handsets.
Huawei's upcoming Kirin 1020 SoC rumored to launch with ARM Cortex-A78 cores this year
ARM has not even finalized production for the Cortex-A78 cores and Huawei already plans to include them in this year's Kirin 1020 SoC powering the mate 40 flagships? A rather unlikely scenario considering all the problems the U.S. government is trying to create for Huawei right now.
Kioxia and Western Digital present ultra-high-speed XL-FLASH memory as an alternative to Intel Optane
The XL-FLASH non-volatile memory promises to be almost as fast as the DRAM volatile memory, yet its price should still be in the 3D NAND range. Kioxia claims the latency times are 10 times lower than traditional 3D NAND and the transfer speeds along with the IOPS are considerably improved, especially for small files and random read/write operations.
First Intel Cooper Lake-SP 14-core / 28-thread CPU spotted in 3DMark's database
No test results here, just some quick specs. The [email protected] Cooper Lake-SP server-grade model comes with 14 cores / 28 threads clocked at 3.2 GHZ, is coupled with just 8 GB of RAM, and integrates a DG1 GPU. The test system includes a WHITLEY motherboard that is also compatible with 10 nm ice Lake-SP.
PC Master Race: Doom Eternal can run at up to 1,000 FPS on high-end PC builds
Doom Eternal is clearly designed for PC systems, first and foremost. The 2016 Doom game was already well optimized, but the new idTech 7 engine takes optimization to new levels as the game now scales with existing high-end and even unreleased hardware to deliver 1,000 fps of superfluid gameplay. While current gen console will be capped at 60 fps most likely, the developers hint at some impressive features for the next gen models.
Analyst suggests Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 may be powered by 7 nm versions of the older Ryzen 5 1600 processor
John Prendergast calculated that the CPU part of the APU integrated in the next gen consoles may not be too impressive, because the TDPs need to be kept under 200 W. Thus, we are looking at performance levels in line with an older Ryzen 5 1600 model with a 40 W TDP. The GPU parts will get TDPs in excess of 100 W, on the other hand.
Vivo unveils impressive port-less APEX 2020 concept phone
The latest APEX concept phone from Vivo does away with buttons or ports and introduces a seamless design that combines a FullView display extending on each side with an in-screen selfie cam / fingerprint sensor plus a 3rd gen Screen SoundCasting speaker. It also features an advanced gimbal-like stabilization system and 7.5X optical zoom for the periscope lens on the rear cam setup.
Ray traced audio acceleration is the latest gimmick on Microsoft's Xbox Series X console
Is Microsoft trying to prove that sounds exhibit the same wave-particle duality as light rays? Probably not. This is most likely a clever marketing gimmick that feeds off of the growing popularity of ray traced graphics and mainstream gamers are not even supposed to benefit from it.
Google is siding with Huawei
Google is now seeking to obtain a license from the U.S. government in order to resume its business with Huawei. This could prove to be a breath of fresh air for Huawei and it could restore access to Google's Mobile Services on mobile headsets like the Mate 30 and the mate Xs.
AMD launches two new ultra low-voltage Ryzen embedded CPUs for mini PC builds
The dual-core / dual-thread R1102G and dual-core / quad-thread R1305G CPU models are 14 nm chips based on the original Zen architecture featuring the lowest TDPs in AMD's Ryzen Embedded roster. These will be featured in Simply NUC's new Red Oak and Post Oak mini PC systems along with Sapphire's latest NUC motherboards.
Apple to gradually ditch Intel's CPUs, first MacBooks powered by ARM-based chips coming in 2021
Apple plans to replace all Intel CPUs from its laptops and desktops with ARM-based processors produced in-house. Performance is already there if we compare the A13 Bionic SoC with Intel's ULV CPUs, but Apple is waiting for the jump to 5 nm in order to keep Macbook power requirements as low as possible.
First RTX 2070 Super / 2060 Super laptop GPU scores spotted on 3DMark and Geekbench
The latest 3DMark and Geekbench results suggest the new RTX Super laptop GPUs are around 15% faster than the non-Super models. Spec-wise, the Super models will include 14 Gbps GDDR6 VRAM chips and retain the same TDP values. We also know that Ampere GPUs are right around the corner, so is it really worth getting these GPUs now?
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 gaming phone specs leak out
3C spilled the beans about the 5G certification and the inclusion of a 65 W charger, then Xiaomi confirmed the 65 W fast charging feature also revealing that the Black Shark 3 includes a 5,000 mAh battery that can be fully charged in 38 minutes. Other rumored features include a variable refresh rate 2K dynamic display, up to 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and an overclocked Snapdragon 865 SoC.
Comet Lake-S European pricing list leaked up to the i5-10600, reveals entry-level Celeron base clocks
Looking at the estimated prices, it seems like Intel is going to be in trouble once again, as AMD's direct competitors appear to be better priced. Still, the inclusion of F-series chips could lead to some interesting duels. For now, it looks like the Core i5-10400F haxa-core could be a better performer for US$20 less compared to the all-star Ryzen 5 3600 from AMD.
Complete Intel Comet Lake desktop F-series lineup with no iGPUs leaks out
The F-series consists of regular SKUs that have the iGPUs disabled due to production line malfunctions, so they practically are Intel's equivalent to AMD's desktop Ryzen CPUs. Their CPU performance should be identical to non-F models, but each iGPU-less processor is expected to be at least US$25 cheaper than the non-F counterparts.
Windows smartphones not dead? Emperion teases Windows-on-ARM Nebulus phone that can run Android apps
Microsoft may want us to forget about its failures with the Windows Phone devices and now hypes up the Windows-on-ARM program for laptops, but there still are fans of the good old Lumia devices who were left craving for more. Emperion wants to cater to all these fans with a Windows-on-ARM smartphone that apparently can run Android apps, as well. Will this project see the light of day any time soon?
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro teardown pics and benchmarks pop up online
Xiaomi did not want to wait until review sites post meticulous teardowns of the Mi 10 Pro, so it went ahead and posted an official disassembly video highlighting all the small wonders packed inside the powerful flagship. The first benchmarks, on the other hand, are not so impressive, unfortunately.
Eurocom rolls out ridiculously priced laptops with up to 28 TB storage
If you want to get the absolute best laptop configurations, try out the new Eurocom Sky X9C with 4K 17.3-inch display, desktop-grade I9-9900K CPU, up to 128 GB DDR4-2666 DRAM, dual RTX 2080 GPU and up to 28 TB of SSD storage via 3x M.2-2282 slots + 2X 2.5-inch bays.
Better than foldables? TCL first to launch a phone with slide-out screen
Instead of going the foldable way, TCL is experimenting with some other ways to implement flexible screens. The slide-out concept essentially provides the same screen estate but without the awful crease in the middle and possibly reinforcing the durability of the flexible screen. One downside for this design could be the slightly thicker handsets.
Fabled early '90s Nintendo / Sony PlayStation console prototype goes up for auction, could fetch more than US$1.2 million
The prototype that led to the launch of the original PlayStation back in 1994 was a hybrid console made in collaboration with Nintendo circa 1992. It is said that only 200 of these prototypes were made, and only one survived throughout the years. This fabled unicorn is now up for auction and could end up fetching upwards of US$2 million.
First Intel Lakefield 3DMark CPU and GPU tests are in
Intel's Lakefield chips are smaller than the usual CPUs, as they stack most components in order to reduce size and improve energy efficiency, much like smartphone SoCs nowadays. According to new 3DMark tests, these chips are certainly not meant for gaming, as they barely match a Celeron G3900 + Nvidia MX250 combo, but they will most likely take energy efficiency to the next level.
Chromebook versions of the AMD Ryzen 7 3700 and Ryzen 5 3500 CPUs spotted in latest Chrome OS source code
The latest Chrome OS update source code mentions the existence of Ryzen 7 3700C and Ryzen 3500C CPUs that appear to be derived from the Zen+ desktop-grade CPUs. Additionally, the code also includes references for Athlon Silver 3050C, Athlon Gold 3150C and Ryzen 3 3250C APUs that include Vega iGPUs.
Clevo to release monster 17-inch X170 gaming laptops powered by Intel's Comet Lake-S 10-core desktop-grade CPUs
The internal slides leaked on the Chinese forum Saraba1st reveal impressive specs for the upcoming 17-inch X170 gaming laptops, including redesigned chassis with improved airflow, bigger speakers, slim-bezel displays, RGB lighting, upgraded cooling systems that support the latest 10-core-20-thread desktop-grade Comet Lake-S CPUs, plus USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 support.
Zotac introduces Zbox Pro Nano mini PC with embedded Ryzen CPUs plus a more expensive Quadro RTX 3000 version
The new Zbox Pro CA622 nano is an industrial-grade embedded mini PC with a fanless case. This barebones solution includes a Ryzen R1505G dual-core CPU with 15 W TDP and support for up to 32 GB of RAM. There also is a more expensive QC7T3000 version with an actively cooled case integrating an Intel Core i7-9750H and a professional Quadro RTX 3000 GPU.
Asus brings back optical drives with the latest lineup of Comet Lake laptops for the Japanese market
The optical drives are making a comeback, but it is only the old CD/DVD burners, not the more advanced Blu-ray ones, signaling that we are dealing with budget-oriented laptops. Users can choose among Comet Lake i3-10110U and i7-10510U builds with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB NVMe SSDs, while the 15.6-inch displays are limited to FHD resolution.
Massive Intel "Arctic Sound" 500 W GPU with 3D-stacked quad-chip design spotted in leaked presentation slides
Leaked slides reveal a beastly 400-500 W multi-chip GPU with 4 tiles coupled with HBM2e memory and sporting PCIe 4.0 compatibility. These are clearly meant for the compute / deep learning market, but it looks like Intel may have multi-chip variants for the gaming sector, as well.
No display required: Kaleido is a mini PC concept with foldable keyboard and integrated projector
The Kaleido concept mini PC is not really that small, but it sure packs everything you need from a computer. First of all, you do not need a display, since the elongated prism-shaped device integrates a projector, plus it also comes with a foldable keyboard and a sound bar.
Vaio launches SX14 laptops with Intel gen 10 Comet Lake-U CPUs
The refreshed SX14 lineup now integrates Comet Lake-U CPUs up to the i7-10710U hexa-core coupled to 8 or 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM. No discrete GPUs here, but the more expensive variants come with a 4K display option and up to 1 TB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage.
Wild Microsoft Surface Duo appears on a Vancouver SkyTrain passenger
The Surface Duo spotted in the wild appears to be a pre-production sample that is tested by Microsoft employees. Unlike the model showcased last October, this one comes with a LED flash on the front and appears to be slightly slimmer, as well. Unfortunately, this could mean that there will be no rear cameras.
First tests pitting the upcoming Intel Comet Lake-H i7-10750H against the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and the Radeon RX 5600M against the refreshed Nvidia RTX 2060 Max-Q emerge on 3DMark
The AMD chips appear to be dominating the Intel and Nvidia counterparts when it comes to 3DMark's separate tests. Still, the Intel + Nvidia setup leads in the combined tests, showing that AMD might want to further optimize its chips for combo loads.
Qualcomm showcases 8K video recorded with Snapdragon 865-powered phone, quality is iffy
8K video recording capabilities are coming to Snapdragon 865-powered flagships this year, even though they will be mostly useless and potentially buggy, at least judging by a showcase video posted by Qualcomm on YouTube. It is important to note that the video was shot in November last year, so maybe Qualcomm managed to fix all these problems in the meantime, so maybe the upcoming Galaxy S20 phones will not be plagued with such issues.
Real life pictures of Samsung's Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra plus "reliable" U.S. pricing scheme get leaked
Behold the majestic camera bump on the Galaxy S20 Ultra model! It is twice as wide as the one from S20 / S20+ and almost half as wide as the phone itself. There is a dedicated mic between the main sensor and the LED, as well. Care to pay US$1,399 for it? Too much? How about US$1,199 for the Galaxy S20+? No? Maybe the US$999 regular S20 is the phone you are looking for, then?
Intel Xe DG1 discrete GPU performance results versus upcoming iGPUs leak on 3DMark
Until we get a comparison between the Intel DG1, Nvidia GTX 1650 and AMD's Radeon RX 570, the comparison with the iGPUs from laptop-grade processors will have to suffice. Of course the DG1 is dominating the graphics tests by a substantial margin, but the physics tests reveal quite a different story.
Intel's Core i9-10900K is neck and neck with AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X in the latest 3DMark tests
While the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X might not be a pure 1:1 competitor for the Intel i9-10900K, their similar price tier is quite enough to prompt a comparison in this case. The most important difference between the two CPUs is the core count and the boost clocks, and the latter is supposed to have a greater impact on the scores, but this is not particularly evident in the latest 3DMark scores.
New Intel foldable phone patent comes to light
This is the second foldable smartphone patent filed by Intel, showing that the company has taken a more serious interest in mobile devices. Unlike the first concept released last year, this one has only an outward-folding display, but the folding mechanism appears to be much sturdier and the screen itself is completely bezel-less.
Nubia Red Magic 5G gaming smartphone expected to feature 80 W ultrafast charging
Nubia president already unveiled that the upcoming Nubia Red magic 5G will feature a 144 Hz screen and rear triple-cam setup and his latest spoiler now shows that the handheld will benefit from 80 W ultra-fast charging. Other rumored specs include a Snapdragon 865 SoC and up to 16 GB RAM.
Chinese CPUs on the rise: Zhaoxin’s KaiXian KX-6780A octa-core to soon launch with dedicated mini-ITX motherboard
The upcoming KaiXian KX-6780A octa-core CPUs should be launched this March, but they will only be available as part of pre-built budget gaming systems, as the chips themselves are soldered and require special motherboards. Preliminary performance tests prove that the Chinese CPUs still lag behind Intel's i5-7400 models.
HMD to announce Nokia 8.2 5G, 5.2 and 1.3 handhelds plus a mysterious "Original" lineup at MWC next month
Not much is known about the new "Original" brand that will be unveiled at MWC this year, but industry insiders found out that the Nokia 8.2 5G will be powered by a Snapdragon 765 SoC coupled with 6 / 8 GB of RAM and 128 / 256 GB storage for around $500. The 5.2 will integrate a Snapdragon 632 SoC coupled with 3 / 4 GB of RAM and 32 / 64 GB of storage, while the 1.3 entry-level model will sport a MediaTek Helios A SoC with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB storage.
AMD announces record-breaking revenues for 4Q 2019, RDNA GPU refresh confirmed for 2020
2019 brought the highest revenues in six years for AMD and the red team expects increased 7 nm CPU adoption for 2020 together with increased demand for custom embedded solutions via the release of the next gen consoles. CEO Lisa Su confirmed that the RDNA architecture is getting a refresh and the second half of 2020 should also bring new data center GPUs.
AMD extends mini PC support with new AM4 Pro 500-series chipset for budget builds
The official AMD site does not provide exact specs for the new Pro 500 chipsets, but it looks like Lenovo already plans to release some IdeaCentre ThinkCentre models that integrate a Pro 560 chipset. According to the Lenovo spec sheet, the Pro 560 chipset appears to support up to 32 GB DDR4-2666 RAM and is only compatible with the PCIe 3.0 standard.
Intel CPU shortages still real, select low-power chips could be offloaded to GlobalFoundries
Rumor has it that GlobalFoundries could offload some of the low-power Intel CPUs, including Celeron Pentium and possibly Core i3 models in order to help with the ever-increasing demand for mid-range and high-end Intel CPUs. Further down the line, Intel may also collaborate with TSMC for the production of high-end Xe gaming GPUs.
Motorola Edge+ flagship phablet spotted in Geekbench tests
The Geekbench tests reveal an Android 10 device featuring 12 GB of RAM and what appears to be a Snapdragon 865 SoC, judging by the single-core and multi-core scores. The existence of a stylus also means that Motorola is looking to provide some competition for Samsung's Galaxy Note lineup.
Matrox is back... collaborating with Nvidia?
Is Matrox going to follow Intel's example to rise against Nvidia and AMD in the gaming GPU market? Probably not, as the Canadians are still focusing on professional and enterprise GPU solutions, but it is interesting to see the Canadian company's choice of allying with Nvidia. The joint venture has designed a custom embedded Quadro GPU that supports up to four 4K commercial wall displays.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 (aka Galaxy Z Flip) features get leaked
The biggest improvement over the original Galaxy Fold coming with the Z Flip model is the addition of an ultra thin glass protective layer for the display, which should drastically reduce the failure rate. Among the other features we find a Snapdragon 855+ SoC, unfolded 6.7-inch dynamic AMOLED screen, 1-inch frontal display, plus a 15 W wireless charger.
Acer announces budget-friendly TravelMate B3 11.6-inch laptops and convertibles with Intel Gemini Lake-R CPUs
Acer's educational laptop roster is joined by the budget-friendly TravelMate B3 models that come in regular and convertible variants featuring 11.6-inch IPS 768p / 1080p displays, up to a Pentium Silver 5020 quad-core CPU coupled with either 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM plus 64 GB / 128 GB eMMC or 128 GB / 256 GB NVMe SSDs storage options.
Alleged Xbox Series X front/back pictures and PCIe 4.0 SSD details get leaked
The console prototype pictures appear to be legitimate, as the serial number on the back of the console was already claimed by a twitter user. Apart from the usual connectors, there also is a debug slot for gaming developers. As for the PCIe 4.0 SSD, it looks like Microsoft opted for the E19T controller that is just a bit faster than the current top PCIe 3.0 models.
Intel drops PCIe 4.0 support for upcoming Comet Lake desktop CPUs, postpones launch to April
Industry insider sources inform that Intel's Comet Lake lineup of desktop CPUs will not provide support for the PCIe 4.0 standard as advertised back in late 2019. Intel's CPU shortages combined with the impossibility to adapt circuitry in time have led Intel to completely drop support for the PCIe 4.0 standard on this year's desktop platform.
Asus introduces new Intel Comet Lake mini PCs with Thunderbolt 3 and WiFi6
The latest PN62 models come equipped with business-grade features like optional Thunderbolt 3 ports and WiFi6 connectivity. Powered by Intel's Comet Lake CPUs up to the i7-10710U hexa-core, the slightly bulkier devices also support up to 64 GB DDR4-2666 RAM and up to 1.5 TB of HDD + SSD storage combos.
Most affordable mini PC in the world runs on Android, costs $15
For only $15 you get a compact mini PC powered by a quad-core Amlogic S905W ARM-based processor that can handle 4K HDR decoding, which is coupled with 1 GB of DDR3 RAM and 8 GB storage. The package also includes an HDMI cable and a dedicated remote control, recommending this device as the most affordable streaming system.
Latest Huawei P40 Pro renders reveal rear penta-cam setup and dual-selfie cams
Thanks to Evan Blass's latest P40 Pro renders, we can now see that the back of the device features a penta-cam setup, and it looks like there will also be a 10x periscope lens (the rectangular one). The renders also reveal a ceramic case and rounded display edges. The only issue here is the absence of the audio jack.
2019 PC shipments were surprisingly up for the first time in 7 years
PC shipments increased by a small percentage in 2019 and this is mostly due to Microsoft discontinuing support for the venerable Windows 7 OS. 261 to 267 million PC system shipping throughout 2019 are nothing to scoff at, but these figures pale in comparison to the amount of smartphones shipped solely in Q3 2019.
Samsung's Galaxy S20 5G handheld with 12 GB RAM and Snapdragon 865 SoC spotted on Geekbench
The Galaxy S20 5G model that just hit Geekbench appears to be the most affordable variant with a smaller 6.2-inch screen, 4,00o mAh battery and 12 GB RAM. It is still powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC, so the results may be relevant for all three variants. However, since this is a pre-production sample, scores will most likely end up higher on the commercial versions.
AMD's 600-series chipset expected to launch by the end of 2020
Reports coming from Taiwan and China reveal that AMD will collaborate with ASMedia in order to produce all upcoming motherboard chipsets, including the more affordable B550 and A520 for Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs, as well as the upcoming 600-series chipset for the Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs that are scheduled to be launched in 2H 2020.
New graphics tests reveal AMD's Ryzen 4000 iGPUs are significantly faster than Intel's Ice Lake alternatives
Even though the new Ryzen 4000 APUs do not integrate Navi iGPUs, the performance gains are quite substantial, at least when compared to the previous generation. According to the latest UserBenchmark tests, the new 7 nm Vega compute units should be 34% faster than similarly clocked Intel Iris Plus iGPUs, while 3DMark 11 reports that AMD's gains are only around 10%.
Zotac to release ZBOX Nano mini-PCs powered by AMD's Ryzen and Vega chips
Zotac is the latest company to join AMD's mini PC initiative. For now, there is only a ZBOX Nano barebones model that is powered by the Ryzen 3 3200U APU with integrated Vega 3 graphics and support for up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, but models powered by the new Ryzen 4000 APUs are also expected to launch later this year.
Upcoming Xbox Series X consoles could benefit from PCIe 4.0 SSDs thanks to Phison
Industry sources claim that Microsoft has chosen Phison as the SSD controller supplier for the upcoming Xbox Series X, so there is a fair chance we could see PCIe 4.0 read speeds of up to 7,000 MB/s and 1 million IOPS, essentially allowing for more detailed textures, smoother gameplay and lightning fast load times.
Panasonic unveils world's first UHD HDR VR glasses
Besides quadrupling the resolution of current high-end VR headsets, Panasonic also introduces HDR compatibility to the VR world for the first time, and all this is packed neatly in a light frame. In order to achieve this feat, Panasonic collaborated with Kopin for the most advanced micro-OLED displays and combined these with proprietary audio / video technologies featured on its TVs, sound systems and digital cameras.
AMD's high-end Navi GPU allegedly pops up in OpenVR benchmark, outperforms Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti
Even though the high-end Navi GPU is supposed to launch this summer, engineering samples appear to already be tested in the wild. The alleged high-end Navi model that popped in cyubeVR OpenVR benchmark, for example, is 17% faster than Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti, and performance could slightly improve for the commercial version.
Micron already sampling DDR5 RDIMMs to partners
Initially expected to hit the market in late 2019, the DDR5 RAM standard will first be introduced to server systems in the second half of 2020, as Micron is currently sampling RDIMMs for its industry partners. DDR5-6400 modules are expected to be 85% faster than current DDR4-3200 modules, but DDR5 memories can certainly be pushed to even higher frequencies.
Samsung finally adopts PCIe 4.0 standard for its latest 980 Pro NVMe SSDs
Surprisingly enough, Samsung was not among the first companies to introduce the PCIe 4.0 standard for its popular 900-series NVMe SSDs last year. However, this year, with the announcement of the 980 Pro models, the South Korean giant finally acknowledges the real market demand for speedier storage solutions.
AMD CEO confirms launch for high-end Navi-based GPUs with hardware-level ray tracing this year plus Navi APUs in 2021
The CES keynote did not touch on important aspects, but press representatives were able to obtain new info immediately after, when AMD CEO Lisa Su was kind enough to answer a torrent of questions at a separate Q&A session. Among the new details, Su confirmed the launch of high-end Navi-based GPUs with hardware-level ray tracing this year and the Navi APUs scheduled for 2021.
Adata reveals PCIe 4.0 XPG Sage NVMe SSD with 1 million IOPs and 7,000 MB/s speeds
If current top-of-the-line PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSDs reach peak sequential read/write speeds of around 3,500 MB/s do not cut it for you, maybe save up for the upcoming XPG Sage from Adata that promises to deliver double the performance, at least for read speeds. The included Innogrit Rainier controller is also the first to break the 1 million mark for sequential write IOPs.
Xbox bosses tweet pics of the upcoming Xbox Series X APUs, AMD shows unofficial console connector renders at CES
Based on the APU images unveiled by the Xbox directors, the new chip is estimated to have a die 11% larger than the current one featured on the Xbox One X console. This should allow for more Zen 2 cores, hardware-based ray tracing and 8K video decoding. In other news, AMD goofs around by showing unofficial footage of the Xbox Series X rear connectors.
Western Digital showcases ultraportable 8 TB external SSD, 1 TB USB stick and new WD_BLACK external drive series
The impressive ultraportable 8 TB external SSD is in prototype phase and will become available in 1-2 years. In contrast, the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB-C 1 TB stick and the new WD_BLACK external drives for gamers are expected to hit the market this quarter, but pricing info is still unknown.
Report warns NAND memory prices could increase 40%, leading to more expensive M.2 SSDs in 2020
Reports have been warning about possible NAND memory price hikes ever since late 2018, but the actual increases could happen this year. DigiTimes reports that a minor power failure problem has set back NAND memory production by 3 days at Samsung's Hwaseong facility last week and the effect of this supply shortage could ripple throughout 2020.
Samsung is testing out the first 3 nm GAAFET semiconductor prototypes
Samsung and TSMC are almost on equal footing when it comes to 5 nm production nodes, yet the Taiwanese foundries are still ahead as far as orders are concerned. Still, the Korean giant intends to pull ahead with the next die shrink, as its 3 nm GAAFET technique is ready to be tested out and could be released in 2021, while TSMC's 3 nm nodes would only come online in 2022.
Samsung launches quad-cam Galaxy A51 and A71 mid-range phones
The Exynos 9611 on the A51 and the Snapdragon 730 on the A71 are clearly meant for mid-range smartphones, but the imaging features on these models are already more advanced than anything Samsung has put on previous flagships. In this respect, the A51 features a 48 MP main shooter, while the A71 comes with a 64 MP sensor, and both get a 32 MP selfie cam.
Most 2020 smartphone flagships will have increased power requirements due to the lack of integrated 4G/5G modem with the Snapdragon 865
Qualcomm already presented the premium mid-range Snapdragon 765G with integrated X52 5G modem, so the fact that the Snapdragon 865 comes with no integrated 4G/5G modem does not make any sense. Unless Qualcomm wants to increase its profit and force OEMs to buy the SoC + 5G modem combo. Financial issues aside, most 2020 flagships could be plagued with overheating, low battery life and poor 5G connectivity.
Samsung is working on a 5 nm Exynos 1000 SoC
It looks like the Exynos 990 will not really be a match for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865, and Samsung is already hard at work on a next gen SoC. According to Ice Universe, Samsung will use the 5 nm manufacturing process for the upcoming Exynos 1000, which should also include ARM's high-performance Cortex-A78 cores coupled with either the Mali-G78 or an RDNA GPU from AMD.
Xiaomi to introduce LPDDR5 handhelds in Q1 2020; K30 5G first in line?
Xiaomi VP Lu Weibing is expecting the first LPDDR5 smartphones to hit the market in Q1 2020. Weibing is probably hinting at the Redmi K30 5G that is supposed to launch in January next year, since this model will also be powered by the new Snapdragon 765G SoC that is compatible with the new memory standard.
LG announces refreshed Gram laptop lineup powered by Intel's Ice Lake CPUs
The refreshed Gram lineup includes a 17-inch model with a 16:10 2560 x 1600 IPS display, Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi 6, Iris Plus iGPUs and dual NVMe SSD options. LG also offers a 15-inch model together with a regular 14-incher and a convertible 14-incher that come with 16:9 1080p screens.
Latest Intel roadmap shows 1.4 nm CPUs scheduled for 2029
Intel believes that the next 10 years will not be plagued with shortages and delayed node releases as its latest road-map shows that die shrinks should occur every 2 years up until 2029. This means that the 7 nm node should be available by 2021, the 5 nm one by 2023, 3 nm for 2025, 2 nm for 2027 and 1.4 nm for 2029.
Unannounced Intel Comet Lake i7-10610U spotted in Geekbench tests powering a Chromebook Hatch
Google's Hatch Chromebooks will come with 3:2 displays, a few convertible form-factors, plus powerful Comet Lake-U CPUs like the unannounced i7-10610U that was recently spotted on Geekbench that performs pretty similarly to the existing 10510U and 10710U models.
TSMC on track for mid-2020 5 nm production, 3 nm scheduled for 2022
TSMC is anticipating great demand for its upcoming 5 nm production process, as more and more smartphone integrators are looking to outfit handhelds with 5G modems. The 3 nm process coming in 2022 is expected to bring considerable performance gains for AMD's desktop PCs, and if TSMC sticks to this release schedule, we could be seeing sub-1 nm semiconductors by 2025.
Microsoft's Xbox team leader Phil Spencer is already playing on the Xbox Scarlett next gen console
The latest tweet from Phil Spencer reveals that he is already enjoying a working Xbox Scarlett prototype, so it looks like the specs are almost finalized. Spencer also confirms that the upcoming console is backwards compatible with existing game titles and network infrastructure, plus it supports accessories like the Elite Series 2 controller.
Maxtang releases fanless mini PC powered by laptop-grade Ryzen 5 2500U CPU
AMD wants to build a mini PC ecosystem around its embedded R1000 and V1000 CPUs, but some OEMs like Maxtang want to offer more performance through laptop-grade CPU implementation. In spite of the more powerful Ryzen 5 2500U CPU, the Maxtang VHFP30 comes in a slim fanless case that can accommodate up to 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, up to a 512 GB SSD plus a 2.5-inch HDD.
AMD announces mini PC solutions to compete with Intel's NUC models
The list of partners who are already offering Ryzen-powered mini PCs include ASRock, Simply NUC, EEPD, OnLogic and Tranquil PC, with more OEMs expected to join throughout 2020. For now, the mini PCs are powered by the R1000 and V1000 embedded CPUs based on the Zen+ microarchitecture, but AMD plans to release improved 7 nm CPUs with Navi iGPUs next year.
Huawei will be making desktop PC motherboards for its Kunpeng 920 ARMv8 CPUs
Huawei joins the "technological independence" move with its Kunpeng 920 ARMv8 quad/octa-core CPUs and the associated desktop motherboards that offer PCIe3.0 integration along with support for up to 64 GB of quad-channel DDR4-2400 RAM. There are plans for server CPUs with up to 64 cores coupled with up to 1 TB DDR4-3200 RAM.
Intel to release "Austin Beach" fanless rugged NUCs with modular specs
The rugged "Austin Beach" NUCs will be Intel's first fanless models to integrate 15 W Whiskey Lake CPUs. As far as the modular design goes, the upcoming NUCs will come with a special motherboard that can connect to replaceable Compute Element modules, which feature soldered CPU / RAM / eMMC storage components.
Imagination announces the A-series smartphone GPUs
The venerable PowerVR GPUs will be replaced with the new A-series IP that brings significant performance improvements for the high-end and mid-range mobile GPU models. Top-of-the line will be the AXT 64-2048 GPU that is estimated to be 2.5X faster than the current Series 9XM Rogue-based model.
AMD leads Amazon's top 10 CPU best sellers with 9 out of 10 entries
Intel manages to snag the 10th position with the Core i5-9600K, while AMD's models are mostly mid-range CPUs from the 2000 and 3000 series. Thanks to the latest Black Friday deals, the Ryzen 7 2700X occupies the first position with a US$159 price tag. Despite very low supplies, the Ryzen 9 9800X is also featured in the 6th place.
Intel is outsourcing 14 nm CPU production to Samsung's foundries to ease the shortages
Rumors about a possible collaboration between Intel and Samsung started making the rounds this summer, and the latest reports from Korea now confirm that Samsung's foundries will help Intel alleviate the 14 nm CPU shortage problems, as the Korean giant has managed to lock in a significant number of CPU orders for the beginning of 2020.
Build your own RTX 2080 Ti Super GPU, destroying 2x RTX 2080 Super cards in the process
The wait for the RTX 2080 Ti Super is killing you? If you already have the RTX 2080 Ti and US$2,000 lying around, why not just take matters into your own hands and build the RTX 2080 Ti Super yourself? It's a risky process that requires you to sacrifices two RTX 2080 Super cards and do some reballing and resoldering work, plus you will have to overclock the VRAM to match the 16 Gbps speeds.
Blizzard shares more info on Diablo IV expansion packs
While the main Diablo IV story will be focusing on Lilith, but each expansion pack may come with a different antagonist. Diablo could make an appearance in later expansion packs, and some expansions will feature never-before-seen antagonists. While this should keep progression fresh for an extended time, it is unclear if Blizzard intends to charge players more money by expansion.
Vivo teases X30 handheld with 60X hybrid zoom periscope lens
Xiaomi already announced a 50X zoom lens, but Vivo now wants to push the limits even further with a 60X hybrid periscope lens. The latest teasers show that periscope lens is separated from the other rear cameras and is also not protruding thanks to system that includes light prisms. Vivo also plans to release a Pro version for the X30, which will feature more powerful rear cameras.
PS5 and Xbox Scarlett to benefit from upcoming Nvidia G-Sync support for AMD's GPUs
Nvidia GPUs already support AMD's FreeSync monitors, but AMD's GPUs are still not compatible with Nvidia's G-Sync screens. However, Nvidia recently unveiled that these issues are to be eliminated, as 2020 G-Sync screens will provide compatibility for all non-Nvidia GPUs. This is especially beneficial for the upcoming AMD-powered PS5 and Xbox Scarlett consoles.
MediaTek's Dimensity 1000 5G SoC beats Snapdragon 855 Plus and Kirin 990 in leaked AnTuTu benchmarks
MediaTek finally demonstrates that it can design efficient and affordable flagship SoCs that can easily compete with Qualcomm's and HiSilicon's flagships. Apart from the integrated power efficient 5G modem, the latest MediaTek SoC offers an advanced gen 3 APU for A.I-powered applications. It will also be among the first chips to integrate the new Mali-G77 GPUs.
Leaked Samsung's Galaxy A71 renders show quad-cam setup
The Galaxy A71 appears to combine the rear camera bump design from Apple's iPhone 11 models with the display similar to the one found on the Galaxy Note 10 that has the punch-hole selfie cam placed in the upper center. Since the A70s already sports a 64 MP sensor, the A71 is expected to include at least the same sensor plus 2 additional smaller ones and a 3D TOF on top.
Intel issues public apology letter for customers and partners regarding the CPU shipment delays
This kind of full disclosure apology is unprecedented for companies the size of Intel. While the CPU maker is acknowledging the “production variability” that is causing customers and OEM partners more supply issues, there is no mention of any immediate solution. Unfulfilled demands are not entirely bad for Intel, since at least the company manages to sell its entire supply, but OEMs are also starting to cover supply needs with AMD's offer.
Google Stadia users are reporting overheating issues with the Chromecast Ultra
Things are not looking up for Google's Stadia game streaming platform. Users were already disappointed that some features would not be ready by launch, and now hardware issues are popping up, as well. Several Reddit posters are reporting that their Chromecast Ultra devices are overheating and shutting down after only a few hours of playtime.
10-core Intel Comet Lake-S desktop CPUs spotted on Geekbench
The new Geekbench include 6-core / 12-thread and 10-core / 20-thread models from the upcoming Comet Lake-S with relatively low boost clocks. They also pack the UHD Graphics 630 iGPU, so no Xe architecture that could boost the graphics performance. Hopefully the 10-core model is not the-top-of-the-line for Intel's gen 10 desktop CPUs as they would not stand a chance against AMD's upcoming Zen3 chips.
Huawei's 15-inch Matebook gets leaked specs and renders
Seeing that Apple is already offering 16-inch MacBook Pro models and Microsoft is pushing for more 15-inch Surface laptops, Huawei is now willing to step up its game with 15-inch Matebook models of its own. According to the renders leaked by Evan Blass, the 2020 Matebook series will include 15-inch, as well as 14-inch laptops.
TCL showcases 10.8-inch 240 Hz display for gaming tablets
Even though the gaming tablet market is not that big right now, TCL is gearing up to release 10.8-inch 240 Hz tablet displays for 2020. Gamers may find the included punch-hole selfie cam a bit annoying, but tablet OEMs will surely like this feature for slim bezel models. The new displays also come with 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, 2 ms GTG response time and HDR capabilities.
Samsung's W20 foldable spotted in the wild, looks exactly like the Galaxy Fold
Previously rumored to have a clamshell design, the Samsung W20 appears to be almost identical to the galaxy Fold. The specs leaked by TENAA last week also confirm the similarities, even though the SoC is still unknown. The W20 is a China-only model and could feature a more affordable price to compete with the Mate X from Huawei.
MSI intros Cubi 5 mini PCs with Intel Comet Lake CPUs
The hand-sized Cubi 5 mini PCs from MSI now come with Intel's 10th gen Comet Lake CPUs up to a Core i7 U-series. This can be coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and a storage solution that combines an M.2 NVMe SSD with a 2.5-inch SATA SSD/HDD.
Google Stadia will be missing quite a few features at launch
Google Stadia is launching in just a few days, but it looks like a fair number of its features will not be available at launch. Most of these features are related to multiplayer gaming and include State Share, Crowd Play, Stream Connect and Buddy Pass. Additionally, there will be limited functionality for PC, Chromecast Ultra and the wireless controller.
AMD launches the Radeon RX 5300M mobile GPU
Based on the same Navi 14 chip, the Radeon RX 5300M comes with the same number of compute / texture units and ROPs, but it gets lower bandwidths and VRAM capacities limited to 3 GB when compared to the 5500M model. The reduced specs may lead to a performance drop of around 20%.
Rambus readies PCIe 5.0 controller for licensing
The immediate availability of the Rambus PCIe 5.0 controller could bring the first PCIe 5.0 commercial products sooner than previously estimated. This would indeed prove that PCIe 4.0 was doomed for a short-lived interim. Features include backwards compatibility with versions 4.0, 3.0 and 2.0, plus 128 GB/s bandwidth in x16 configuration.
Asus and Google developing credit-card-sized AI-focused PCs
Machine learning is already making its way into IoT devices, as Google and Asus are now collaborating to release single board computers the size of credit cards. Even though they are small, these devices are powerful enough to enable AI-assisted applications for image recognition and upscaling.
Eurocom's Sky X4C / X7C laptops now integrate Intel's desktop-grade Core i9-9900KS CPUs
The Sky X4C / X7C laptops can easily replace a gaming desktop system, as they integrate desktop-grade components such as the Core i9-900KS CPU and the RTX 2080 or Quadro P5000 GPUs. Additionally, users can add up to 128 GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 20 TB of storage space through 2x NVMe slots and 2x 2.5-inch SATA bays.
Unconfirmed Diablo IV details spotted in 4-month-old leak, full class roster revealed
Back in July, a Blizzard employee unveiled most of the details presented at BlizzCon, but the Reddit post was dismissed as pure speculation. Nevertheless, the details are spot on for the most part, and there is some info on aspects that haven't been touched in the BlizzCon presentations, like the full class roster, planned classes, next gen console support and closed beta planned date.
Leaked Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 performance specs don't seem to endanger Apple's A13 supremacy
The upcoming Snapdragon 865 is supposed to integrate a high-performance Kryo Gold Cortex-A77 running at 2.85 GHz plus 3 more A77 cores clocked at 2.42 GHz, along with 4 more Kryo Silver Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. This new cluster should boost performance by 20% compared to Snapdragon 855, while the new Adreno 650 GPU is expected to be 17-20% faster than the 640 model.
Xiaomi patents rectangular zoom camera design for upcoming handhelds
The rectangular camera is supposed to be equipped with advanced lenses that allow for 5X / 50 X digital magnification and it may be paired with a 108 MP sensor that is capable of 8K @ 30 fps video recordings. It is expected to be featured in one of Xiaomi's flagship model launching in 2020.
Xerox could take over HP, report reveals
Xerox is having an excellent year, as its shares are up 84% since late 2018, and the company is now considering buying HP for more than US$27 billion. All this in spite of HP being almost 3 times larger and netting a profit more than 5 times bigger in 2018. It is still unclear if Xerox would want to focus more on the printing business. HP's laptop and PC system business still brings quite a big chunk of profits, so the merger may not affect it too much.
Microsoft develops ultra-durable quartz glass data storage system
The advantages over current magnetic tape storage media include greatly increased durability and longevity, since quartz glass can withstand extreme temperatures and does not react to water. Additionally, the glass sheets offer improved scalability and reduced maintenance, plus simplified data retrieval through femtosecond laser encoding and machine learning algorithm decoding.
Incoming U.S.-China 'Phase One' trade deal could lift the Huawei bans
The imminent trade agreement between the U.S. and China should reset all trade tariffs and allow for reduced prices on many electronic goods including computer parts, smartphones, displays etc. The agreement will most likely benefit Huawei, which will see all the bans lifted.
Intel Comet Lake-U Pentium Gold 6405U and Celeron 5205U CPUs now available
These would be the fastest dual-cores in Intel's entry-level ULV offer to date, but do not expect anything too crazy, since they are using the old 14 nm manufacturing process. The Pentium Gold 6405U comes with 4 threads and is clocked at 2.4 GHz, while the Celeron 5205U does not support hyperthreading and is clocked at 1.9 GHz.
New Diablo 4 info leaked ahead of BlizzCon
The Reddit leak confirms that Diablo 4 is essentially a return to roots, with a dark look inspired from Diablo 2 and combat mechanics borrowed from Diablo 3. There's a strong possibility the environments are open-world, as the characters appear to be able to ride mounts. Possible classes include mage, barbarian and druid, plus Diablo is replaced by Lilith.
SiFive readies U8-Series RISC-V core designs to compete with ARM's Cortex-A72 models
RISC-V processors have come a long way since their inception in 2010. Once thought to be significantly slower than the x86 and ARM counterparts, RISC-V processors like the new U84 from SiFive prove that this architecture is catching up very quickly and could become competitive in a few years.
AMD's 7 nm Renoir APUs allegedly pop up on 3DMark11
Early test samples for the 2020 Renoir APUs based on the 7 nm Zen 2 architecture may have been spotted on 3DMark11 running on a Celadon-RN platform with default CPU clocks ranging between 1.7 and 2 GHz. One of the test setups includes a 1.5 GHZ iGPU, so we could be looking at Vega 10 or even low-tier Navi variants.
Fresh leaks detail Nvidia's Ampere GPU specs
The leaks allegedly come from sources attending Nvidia's latest AIB partner briefings on the upcoming Ampere GPUs that are scheduled to launch in 1H 2020. Among the improvements rumored to come to the RTX 3000-series, the leaks point to greatly increased ray tracing performance, boosted rasterization capabilities, more VRAM for each model, slightly higher clocks, but lower TDPs and voltages that could lead to limited overclocking range.
TSMC and GlobalFoundries bury the hatchet with a 10-year cross-license agreement
The two leading foundries unexpectedly dropped any patent infringement claims and struck an agreement that allows both parties to license each other’s existing patents. Additionally, the agreement would also cover any other patents that would be filed by any side in the next 10 years.
New reports show increased AMD market shares in Europe, Intel puts on a brave face and shows record earnings in Q3 2019
Intel might think it can get away with an optimistic Q3 2019 earnings report, but AMD's rising market shares paint a different picture. Intel's ongoing CPU shortages and the difficulties encountered with the 10 nm jump are allowing AMD to relentlessly accrue market shares in the desktop, laptop and server markets.
Gigabyte releases Pico-ITX Apollo Lake mini PC motherboard smaller than an iPhone
The latest pico-ITX motherboard from Gigabyte comes with an embedded Celeron N3350 dual-core SoC that is powerful enough for video decoding loads. Users have the possibility to add up to 8 GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM, a SATA HDD and an mSATA PCIe SSD, plus an m.2 Wi-Fi module. The diminutive motherboard is smaller than a high-end smartphone.
New evidence of Intel's multi-GPU support for upcoming Xe discrete cards uncovered in Linux drivers
Phoronix found some more evidence of upcoming multi-GPU features for Intel's upcoming Xe GPUs. However, unlike Nvidia's and AMD's implementations, Intel may be looking to support a hybrid version that allows Xe discrete cards to be paired with the iGPUs coming with the gen 12 CPUs scheduled to release next year.
Intel plans to update its low-power Gemini Lake CPU series by Q4 2020
Previously thought to be launched in early-2020, the Gemini Lake Refresh CPUs are now expected to release in late-2020 with higher clocks and possibly upgraded iGPUs. New leaks unveil the specs for three new 10 W TDP J-series and three new 6 W TDP N-series processors designed for mini PCs and budget laptops.
AMD EPYC CPU clone Hygon C86 developed in China is best suited for cryptographic loads
The Hygon C86 is essentially an AMD EPYC Zen 1 chip with an additional cryptographic layer added by the Chinese joint venture company collaborating with AMD. The chip was manufactured by GlobalFoundries as a proof-of-concept, and future Hygon CPUs will most likely be manufactured through other foundries like TSMC.
Laser-based quantum computers are now a thing
Current qubit-based quantum computers are still too large and not really scalable, but the new laser-based approach allows for a highly-scalable model that can eventually achieve quantum supremacy just by splitting laser beams into "squeezable light."
TSMC already sampling Apple's 5 nm A14 Bionic SoCs for 2020 iPhones
TSMC started sampling the A14 Bionic SoCs earlier than usual, as a recent Chinese report claims Apple already received the first engineering samples in late September. Apparently, there is also a downside to making the jump from 7 nm to 5 nm: the net die per wafer ratio gets reduced and 2020 iPhone prices could end up being even higher than the current gen.
Intel's "Element" modular platform spotted in upcoming Ghost Canyon NUCs
In order to house the new modular platform, Intel's upcoming Ghost Canyon mini PCs will feature the largest NUC enclosures yet. This also allows for improved cooling, and it looks like Intel has also modified the layout to include a small backplane that houses the "Element" module and can support a discrete GPU and an NVMe SSD. The "Element" module itself can be powered by laptop-grade CPUs like the Core i9-9980HK, Core i7-9750H or Core i5-9300H models.
Lenovo's foldable Thinkpad X1 notebook expected to launch by Q2 2020
The 13.3-inch foldable notebook from Lenovo was recently spotted at an event in Barcelona, and it looks like Lenovo is just waiting for Microsoft to finalize the Windows 10X OS specifically designed for dual-screen devices. The hardware good to go, so, with a bit of luck, we might be able to test the foldable notebook next summer.
Samsung invests US$11 billion in QD-OLED facilities, promises to drastically reduce OLED panel production costs
The QD-OLED technology promises to lower production costs by three times and improve color gamut along with light output over conventional OLEDs. Samsung has been against the adoption of OLEDs in large screen devices for over 5 years now, but the QD-OLED technology somehow changed the company's perspective, as it plans to heavily invest in OLED panels and eventually convert most of its LCD lines into OLED.
AMD accidentally leaks the Ryzen 7 3750X CPU
Since the 3700X and 3800X 8-core CPUs are already available, the launch of the 3750X for retail channels might not happen at all. The specs would have to be too similar to the 3800X and a price point between US$330 and US$400 would not really be that justified. AMD may consider launching the 3750X model for OEMs, however.
Razer showcases the world's first optical laptop keyboard
Razer is bringing the opto-mechanical switches first introduced on the new Huntsman gaming keyboard to its gaming laptop models. For now, the low profile optical laptop keyboard is only available on the Blade 15 Advanced laptop, but Razer will add this feature to other 2020 models. The optical switches make use of an infrared light beam that allows for faster actuation and inputs.
Tranquil PC launches rugged mini PC powered by AMD APUs
The industrial-grade rugged enclosure made of aluminum featured with the Mini Multi Display PC does not come with any active cooling in order to protect against dust, debris and moisture. The system is powered by AMD's Ryzen Embedded V1605B APU with integrated Vega 8 GPU that supports four 4K video connections, and can be equipped with up to 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 2 TB M.2 SSD storage.
UK's ARCHER2 supercomputer to integrate ~12,000 AMD EPYC Rome CPUs
The upcoming ARCHER2 supercomputer will be housed by the University of Edinburgh and will be 11X times faster than the current ARCHER system. When it goes online by May 2020, it will become the fastest CPU-only supercomputer and be among the five fastest supercomputers in the world.
Intel's upcoming LGA 4677 platform to support PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 for 10 nm+++ and 7 nm CPUs, launching 2021
The LGA 4677 platform will add support for PCIe 5.0 and 8-channel DDR5 RAM for the upcoming 10 nm+++ Sapphire Rapids and 7 nm Granite Rapids server-grade Xeon CPUs, which are supposed to compete with AMD's EPYC Milan and Genoa processors. The first 7 nm server CPUs from Intel are expected to launch in 2022, so desktop-grade CPUs supporting those new features will be released later on.
1 TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs get considerable price slashes, now available for only US$200
Even though it might be a short-lived standard, the PCIe 4.0 is slowly seeing more adoption, and the latest price cuts for the NVMe 4.0 SSDs should certainly make things more affordable for AMD users who want to pair their Ryzen 3000 CPUs with faster storage solutions.
New Intel Xe GPU info: Gen 12 mobility iGPUs designed to deliver [email protected] gaming, discrete GPUs to get ray-tracing support
At this year's IDC event in Tokyo, Intel disclosed a few more details about the upcoming Xe GPU architecture. Besides the hardware-level ray tracing support on the discrete GPUs launching in mid-2020, Intel also intends to double the performance of the current Ice Lake Iris Plus iGPUs on the Gen 12 Xe GPUs integrated with the Tiger Lake CPUs.
LG launches the V50S ThinQ dual-screen 5G smartphone in South Korea
LG is not ready to experiment with folding displays and decided to stick with a more conventional approach that is not as seamless, yet yields similar results. The 6.4-inch dual-screen setup on the new V50S ThinQ handheld can work as one display or as independent sections and is powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC coupled with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage.
System76 releases two new Comet-Lake-powered laptops with Linux Coreboot firmware
Both the 14-inch Galago Pro and the 15.6-inch Darter pro models can be equipped with up to a Comet Lake Core i7-10510U quad-core CPU coupled with up to 32 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of storage (6 TB for the 14-incher). Standard features include a Thunderbolt 3 connector and 1080p matte display.
Chinese leak claims Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 SoC may launch next month
Pressured by the new Apple and Huawei flagship SoCs, Qualcomm plans to launch the Snapdragon 865 model 1 month in advance, and the first handhelds to sport the new SoC will apparently come from smaller smartphone makers like Oppo and Vivo, plus the usual Huawei competitors like Xiaomi and Samsung.
Intel demonstrates modular PC concept
Codenamed "the Element," Intel's modular concept is based on PCIe boards that integrate CPU, RAM, SSD and a variety of connectors. These boards use 16 PCIe lanes and can be combined with other accelerators like GPUs, compute units etc. Furthermore, the CPU, RAM and SSD can be upgraded separately, or the entire module can be swapped for an upgraded one.
AMD launches Ryzen 9 3900 and Ryzen 5 3500X CPUs
Both CPUs feature a 65 W TDP and support 24/16 PCIe 4 lanes. The Ryzen 9 3900 comes with 12 cores and 24 threads clocked at 3.1 GHz (4.3 GHz boost) and integrates 70 MB total cache memory, while the Ryzen 5 3500X gets only 6 cores and 6 threads clocked at 3.6 GHz (4.1 GHz boost) plus 35 MB total cache memory.
Samsung completes development of 12-layer 3D TSV DRAM for high-capacity HBM2 modules
The jump from 8-layer to 12-layer 3D TSV DRAM designs will enable AIB integrators to include as much as 96 GB of HBM2 DRAM on a single board, increasing the memory bus to 4,096-bit. The resulting increase in memory bandwidth will prove beneficial to AI, HPC and FPGA applications.
Leaks suggest upcoming Samsung Exynos 9830 SoC will only use ARM Cortex cores
Samsung might be done tinkering with the ARM core designs, as the Mongoose proprietary cores appear to be missing on the upcoming Exynos 9830. The Korean giant is rumored to drop its two homegrown high-performance cores for a couple of ARM Cortex-A77 cores in order to better match the Qualcomm competitors.
Older zero-day Android exploit still affects Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and other handhelds
Many models that launched with Android 8.0 are still affected by a 0-day vulnerability that was not properly patched in 2017. The list of models includes: Google's Pixel 1 and 2, Samsung's Galaxy S7/8/9, Huawei P20, Xiaomi Redmi 5A / Note 5, Xiaomi A1, Oppo A3, Moto Z3, and all LG's smartphones launched in 2H 2017.
AMD Ryzen CPUs to get microcode update with 100+ improvements this November
Expected to be released in early November via BIOS updates from all mobo manufacturers, the new CPU microcode is said to bring needed fixes, stability improvements and even new features to all Ryzen 3000 processors, as well as to the older 1000 / 2000-series.
Fresh leaks suggest PlayStation 5 could get support for 3D holographic screens plus built-in camera for streaming
We have seen leaks of potential PS5 hardware that may or may not end up as fast as what is inside the Xbox Scarlett, but what about some truly next-gen features to set the console apart? Latest leaks point out that the upcoming PS5 could get support for holographic displays that do not require special eyewear and it may also get a built-in streaming camera.
AMD to announce the Radeon RX 5500 on October 7
Preliminary reports position the upcoming Navi-14-based Radeon RX 5500 GPu as a direct competitor for Nvidia's GTX 1660 solutions. Even though the memory bus is not as wide compared to the Nvidia GPUs, the RX 5500 compensates with up to 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM plus higher core and memory clocks.
TSMC countersues GlobalFoundries
TSMC strikes back with a "retaliatory litigation", claiming that GlobalFoundries infringed on 25 of its patents that include FinFET designs for the 40 through 12 nm nodes. Unlike GlobalFoundries who sued TSMC's fab-less companies like Apple and Nvidia, TSMC is looking to halt all GlobalFoundries production and sale processes for the infringed nodes.
TSMC and ARM reveal 7 nm high-performance computing interposer chiplet
The demonstration of the HPC chiplet proves that semiconductor production is not TSMC's only strong point. The Taiwanese company is trying to prove that its new LIPINCON architecture used in the chiplet interconnect mesh is a better solution compared to Intel's AIB or AMD's Infinity Fabric, and it should make its way to commercial processors in 2020.
Huawei's Kirin 1000 SoC expected to make the jump to 5 nm with next year's Mate 40
Preliminary benchmarks proved that the Kirin 990 is almost on par with all other major brands, but Huawei is clearly not content with parity. The Chinese company is already planning to release a 5 nm successor allegedly known as Kirin 1000, which will use ARM's Cortex-A77 cores plus a faster NPU, and it should be launched with the Mate 40 in Q3 2020.
Huawei patent reveals possible Mate X successor with stylus
Despite all the bans and restrictions imposed on Huawei that ultimately lead to a delay of the Mate X, the company is considering the release of improved versions that also includes a stylus, as revealed by the latest published patent. The stylus option really makes much more sense for the larger screen integrated in foldable devices, and, with this move, Huawei could provide a serious competitor for Samsung's Galaxy Note.
HP Chromebook x360 12b and 14b convertibles launching soon
The 12b model is the first 12-incher to join the Chromebook x360 lineup form HP. It integrates a 3:2 1366 x 912 touchscreen and it weighs around 3 pounds, while the new 14-incher gets 768p or 1080p 16:9 displays and weighs ~3.5 pounds. Both may be equipped with up to a Pentium Gold dual-core CPU, up to 8 GB RAM and up to 128 GB of eMMC storage.
Motherboards must die: researchers working on silicon-interconnect fabric alternative
Current PCBs are eating too much space and researchers think these can easily be replaced with a new silicon-interconnect fabric that would lead to more powerful devices in reduced form-factors. The use of such new fabrics would also cut production costs and improve heat dissipation. Smartphone SoCs and servers may also benefit from the more streamlined design introduced with the silicon-interconnect fabric.
China starts producing its own DRAM chips
The efforts to reduce the dependence on U.S. technology are constantly fueled with new developments endorsed by the Chinese government. After the Jhaoxin CPUs and the Jingjia Micro GPUs, China is now preparing to enter the memory market with the ChangXin DRAM modules that are expected to be available in 2020.
8K gaming: we there yet? Gears 5 running in 8K brings Titan RTX GPU to its knees
Gears of Wars 5 running in 8K is too much even for the most expensive gaming GPUs out there. While 4K @60 fps is starting to look "doable" these days, running Gears 5 in 8K at 30 fps is already an impossible task for GPUs like the Titan RTX. 8K displays are not exactly mainstream either, so we might see GPUs properly handling the monstrous resolutions in 2-3 years.
Intel releases 10th gen 495 Chipset specsheet for Comet Lake and Ice Lake U/Y CPUs
The new 495 chipset only brings a faster OPI COU interface that is capable of 4.2 GT/s data transfer speeds, Wi-Fi 6 and expanded Intel Optane memory support. Nothing new on the port selection and PCIe lanes side, unfortunately. Even though Ice Lake was supposed to introduce support for USB 4.0, there is no mention of this feature, either.
Xiaomi launches the Mi 9 Pro with 45 W wired charger and support for 30 W wireless charging
On the outside, the Mi 9 Pro is identical with the non-Pro version; however, the internals have been refreshed with a Snapdragon 855+ SoC, up to 12 GB RAM and up to 512 GB storage, while the 4,000 mAh battery now supports 45 W wired / 30 W wireless / 10 W reverse charging options. There is also an improved speaker with the largest sound chamber among all Xiaomi handhelds.
First Huawei Mate 30 Pro AnTuTu benchmarks are here
The non-5G Kirin 990 SoC powering the Mate 30 Pro holds its own against all Snapdragon-855-powered handhelds and is almost on par with Apple's iPhone 11 models, but it is slightly slower than the Snapdragon 855+ flagships. With higher clocks and a more powerful NPU, the 5G variant of the Kirin 990 is expected to match the Snapdragon 855+ SoC.
Vivo's V17 Pro is the first smartphone with dual pop-up selfie cams and flash
The motorized pop-up module integrates a 32 MP main sensor with a 105-degree FOV 8 MP ultra-wide angle shooter, plus an additional earpiece and a flash unit. The V17 Pro comes with a Snapdragon 675 SoC coupled with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage and it also features a rear quad-cam setup with 48 / 13 / 8 / 2 MP sensors.
IBM presents new quantum computer with 53-Qubit CPU
This is not the fastest quantum computer to date, as Google already has a 72-qubit computer and is working on even better ones, but IBM intends to make the new 53-qubit model the fastest commercially available prototype this October. This way, more clients can access the quantum processing power and provide solutions to problems that cannot be solved via traditional computing methods.
Nvidia's budget GTX 1650 Ti GPU rumored to launch on October 22
The upcoming GTX 1650 Ti is supposed to give AMD's Radeon RX 5600 a run for the money, replacing the older GTX 1050 Ti. Chinese insiders claim that the GTX 1650 Ti is scheduled for a late-October release, with an MSRP close to US$155, which would most likely translate to a US$185 pricing in the West.
Asus to release Chromebook Flip C433 this October
The latest member of the C400-series of Chromebooks from Asus is a slightly more affordable version of the existing C434 model. Its specs are very similar, except it is missing the i7-8500Y CPU option and the 14-inch IPS FHD touchscreen has color gamut limited to 45%. On the plus side, the stereo speakers get a more ergonomic placement on the right and left chassis edges.
Facebook working with Ray-Ban on AR glasses
facebook is certainly not the first to try its hand at augmented reality smartglasses, but with the help of Ray-Ban parent company Luxotica, the social media giant will market its upcoming AR tech as a true smartphone killer. The smartglasses will also integrate cameras plus an AI voice assistant, and will work in conjunction with a ring-like device that enables motion sensing.
China to soon launch its own digital currency
China was initially against cryptocurrencies, and that fact that it almost banned crypto-mining should further prove the conservative attitude. However, the impending launch of Facebook's Libra has somehow altered China's adversity toward digital currencies, as the country is now preparing to launch a digital coin backed by the national Yuan.
Windows Core OS could be launching with Microsoft's new Surface foldables
Latest reports claim that the upcoming Windows Core OS will offer a modular low-level platform running on desktops, laptops, VR machines, consoles and foldable devices. On top of it, Microsoft plans to add different variants of Windows to enable all the necessary features without any compromise.
Huawei could sell its 5G assets to a Western company
Huawei's 5G business took a turn for the worse when the U.S. and other countries around the globe banned all 5G equipment on grounds of national security threats from the Chinese intelligence. The company is now willing to sell most of the 5G assets to Western buyer, but no price or names have been disclosed as of yet.
MAG1 8.9-inch business mini-notebook up for pre-orders in China
The 8.9-inch emerging mini-laptop market welcomes the new MAG1 that weighs only 1.5 pounds and has a 0.7-inch profile. It packs an IPS touchscreen with 2,560 x 1,600 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio and it is powered by Intel's Core m3-8100Y ULV CPU coupled with 8 or 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 256 or 512 GB NVMe SSD storage.
Chuwi to refresh its UBook 2-in-1 tablet with Intel Amber Lake CPUs
Users who pre-ordered the UBook launched in early 2019 were not really impressed with the outdated CPU and have been requesting an upgrade to a newer model. Chewi listened and is now preparing to launch the UBook Pro powered by the Amber Lake m3-8100Y dual-core CPU from Intel. It still packs 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, but upped the default storage to 256 GB, and also comes with a larger 12.3-inch screen.
iPhone 11 Pro allegedly pops up on Geekbench, A13 Bionic destroys Android-based SoCs
Despite its measly 4 GB of RAM, the alleged iPhone 11 Pro spotted on Geekbench still managed to crush all competing Android-based devices, mostly thanks to the superior A13 Bionic SoC, which breaks the 5,000 and 13,000-point mark in single-core tests and multi-core tests, respectively.
A closer look at the A13 Bionic SoC powering Apple's new iPhone 11 models
The new A13 Bionic is still a hexa-core CPU chip, but, thanks to TSMC's latest 7 nm EUV manufacturing process, this SoC now integrates 8.5 billion transistors. It also features a new quad-core GPU plus an octa-core NPU, and all of its components are on average 20% faster and 30% less power-demanding compared to the previous version.
Microsoft's upcoming Ice-Lake-powered Surface device allegedly spotted on Geekbench
It looks like the first next gen Surface model was already tested back in June, but the results were spotted only recently. According to the Geekbench report, the upcoming Surface is powered by an Intel Ice Lake i5-1035G1 quad-core CPU with UHD Graphics iGPU coupled with 8 GB of RAM, and the scores appear to be similar to devices powered by equivalent Ryzen 3 ULV CPUs.
Acer showcases ConceptD 9 Pro convertible workstation
The ConceptD 9 Pro is using the same chassis as the Predator Triton 900, but comes tailor-made for demanding CG artists with Nvidia's RTX Quadro 5000 GPUs and a Wacom ERM stylus. It also packs gen 9 i9 octa-core CPUs coupled with 32 GB of RAM and dual-NVMe SSD storage in RAID 1, plus the usual host of connectors including Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort and HDMI.
Intel plans to release 6 W Chaco Canyon fanless rugged NUCs
No larger than a smartphone, the NUC 8 Rugged is powered by refreshed Apollo Lake CPUs with ultra-low-power TDPs of only 6 W. Gaming on these systems is clearly out of the question, as the HD Graphics 500 iGPU is only aimed at IoT applications. It comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB eMMC storage. which are both soldered, but users can add an NVMe or SATA SSD through a spare M.2 slot.
Dynabook announces thin and light 15.6-inch Tecra X50 business notebook
Unlike other OEMs that immediately jumped on the Ice Lake bandwagon, Dynabook decided to stick with Whiskey Lake and powered the new Tecra X50 with a Core i7-8665U CPU. The business-class notebook also comes with a 15.6-inch IGZO FHD LCD display, 32 GB of RAM, 1 TB NVMe SSD storage, Wi-Fi 6 and two Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Vivo unveils Z1x premium mid-range handheld
The Z1x retains the Snapdragon 712 SoC, 6 GB and up to 128 GB storage from the previous Z1 Pro, but introduces premium features like a Super AMOLED screen with in-display fingerprint reader and a rear triple-cam with 48, 8 and 2 MP sensors. The battery got downgraded from 5,000 to 4,500 mAh since the AMOLED screen requires less power, but it still features the 22.5 W FlashCharge tech.
AsusPro B9 is the world's lightest 14-inch business notebook powered by Ice Lake CPUs
Hours after Acer announced its thinnest and lightest book with the introduction of the new Swift 5 model, Asus retaliated with the unveiling of a thinner and lighter AsusPro B9 business-class 14-incher. The AsusPro B9 is only 0.58 inches thick and weighs 1.94 lbs, yet it can still integrate Ice Lake quad-core CPUs, up to 32 GB of RAM, a dual 1 TB NVMe SSD storage combo and a Thunderbolt 3 port.
Nubia Red Magic 3S powered by Snapdragon 855+ up for pre-orders
Upgraded with a Snapdragon 855+ SoC, improved liquid cooling solution and USF 3.0 storage, the Red Magic 3S from Nubia is scheduled to begin shipping on September 9 in China. As per usual, Nubia is looking to maintain aggressive prices, and the latest model is no exception, as the flagship variant costs ~US$531.
Samsung announces Exynos 980 SoC with integrated 5G modem
Samsung does not directly specify this, but the Exynos 980 appears to be aimed at premium mid-range handhelds like the top-of-the-line Galaxy A-series. Its main features include a 5G modem with E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity for downloads speeds of up to 3.5 Gbps, WiFi 6, a faster NPU, plus support for single 108 MP cams.
Intel develops the lightest gaming laptops with large batteries and outstanding thermal performance
Thanks to a full-magnesium chassis, the Mag-15 gaming laptop developed by Intel in collaboration with Eluktronics is the lightest and thinnest on the market right now. It also comes with one of the largest 94 Whr batteries and the cooling system ensures the best thermal performance to date. Powered by the i7-9750H CPU, the Mag-15 also integrates up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, up to 2 TB NVMe SSD storage and up to an RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU, all for considerably lower prices compared to established brands.
Asus introduces non-convertible Chromebook C425 powered by Intel Core m3-8100Y CPUs
The new Asus Chromebook C425 quietly made its way to retailers like Amazon. Unlike the C434 model that comes with a 360-degree touchscreen, the C425 offers only a 180-degree FHD display, but it does retain all the other hardware specs, including the Intel Core m3-8100Y CPU with integrated HD Graphics 615 GPU, 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 64 GB eMMC storage.
Lenovo announces IdeaCentre A540 asymmetric all-in-one PC with gen 9 Intel CPUs and Radeon GPUs
In order to make the IdeaCentre A540 display thinner, Lenovo moved some of the components in a base stand that also wirelessly charges QI-certified handhelds. The new all-in-one systems come in 24-inch or 27-inch sizes, and users can opt to get the 10-point touchscreen versions. Besides the gen 9 Intel i7 CPUs and AMD Radeon RX 560 GPUs, the 24-inch model may also be equipped with AMD Ryzen CPUs.
Samsung's Galaxy Fold set to launch September 6 in South Korea
Samsung discussed with the major South Korean carriers and is ready to launch the Galaxy Fold in early September in order to sync with the IFA expo in Berlin. Initial wave will include up to 30,000 units, but the majority is reserved for the South Korean market, and only a small fraction is supposed to ship to China and the U.S. in late September.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could feature horizontal hinge and bigger external screen
The newest patents published by EUIPO reveal two possible designs for the 2020 Galaxy Fold models. One design is almost identical to the current Fold, except it has smaller notches. The other one features a horizontal hinge that enforces a form factor similar to a handheld console. It also has a centered upper notch and the outer screen is considerably larger.
AU Optronics previews new AMOLED foldable screens and ink jet printed OLED 4K @120 Hz laptop displays
AUO's improved folding AMOLED screens come with increased durability and smaller folding radius, while the laptop OLED display sporting 4K resolution and 120 Hz refresh rates are advertised to be among the first to use the ink jet printing production technique that enables lower manufacturing costs and increased yields.
Modular Fairphone 3 now available for 450 EUR
Thanks to the modular design, users can replace and upgrade the main camera, speakers bottom sensors, top sensors, 5.65-inch FHD display, 3,000 mAh battery, and back cover. Spec-wise, the Fairphone 3 appears to be a lower-tier mid-range smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 632 coupled with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage.
TSMC responds to GlobalFoundries allegations
TSMC claims that the GlobalFoundries allegations are baseless and it will do everything in its power to protect its IPs and technologies. The Taiwanese foundries currently hold a portfolio of 37,000 patents and expressed disappointment towards the monopolistic insinuations.
Radeon VII confirmed to be EOL, just 6 months after its launch
With a gaming performance comparable to the more affordable RX 5700 XT, the Radeon VII GPU is already put on EOL status after a short-lived 6 months. Still, the high-end GPU is a solid option for heavy compute tasks and demanding renderings, so the remaining stocks may eventually end up in select workstations.
GlobalFoundries sues TSMC, Apple, Nvidia, Qualcomm and other fabless companies over patent infringements
The most notable infringements are related to the use of FinFET structures in 28 nm, 16 nm, 12 nm, 10 nm and 7 nm chips. Many products powered by TSMC's chips including, iPhones, GeForce GPUs, Lenovo and Asus laptops, handhelds from Google and Motorola, plus networking equipment from Broadcom and Cisco could end up being banned from the U.S. and Germany.
MSI's new Prestige 14 / 15 laptops feature up to 6-core Intel Comet Lake-U CPUs
Usually reserved for 15-inch models and up, MSI now offers 4K display options for the 14-inch Prestige models, as well, plus all screens are factory-calibrated. Users can also opt to equip the laptops with quad-core or six-core Comet Lake-U CPUs, while the graphics processing is ensured by Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPUs.
Bloomberg leaks fresh list of iPhone 11 features
Analysts say that the iPhone 11 models look very similar to last year's models, as Apple decided to keep the same screen sizes and notches. There are, however, new features like the Matrix co-processor, AI-assisted triple-cam setup on the back with ultra-wide-angle sensor, multi-angle Face ID, sturdier front and back glass layers and improved water resistance.
Olixar leaks iPhone 11 cases with stylus cutouts
The alleged renders coming from Olixar show three leather cases with stylus cutouts. The stylus might be an exclusive feature of the iPhone Max variants, which could become the direct competitor for Samsung's future Galaxy Note phablets. Additionally, the leaked renders reveal that the upcoming iPhones still feature the notched screens.
Dell introduces Vostro 13 5391 business-oriented laptops with gen 10 Intel CPUs
The small business Vostro laptop lineup from Dell is among the first to get updated with the freshly released Comet Lake-U CPUs from Intel. The new Vostro 13 5391 now features a lighter and sturdier chassis along with a discrete GeForce MX250 GPU. Users can also choose between 4 and 8 GB of LPDDR3-2133 RAM options and can add up to 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage.
Cerebras breaks trillion transistor count with chip larger than an iPad
The Wafer Scale Engine chip is 56 times larger than Nvidia's Tesla V100 server-grade GPU and integrates 400,000 AI-optimized cores coupled with 18 Gigabytes of on-chip SRAM. This impressive computational power can help reduce processing times for AI and machine learning applications from months to mere minutes.
Oppo Reno2 full specs get leaked on TENAA
Design-wise, the upcoming Reno2 mid-ranger from Oppo appears to be very similar to its predecessor. The specs, however, got quite a few upgrades. The screen is slightly bigger with a 6.55-inch diagonal and 2,400 x 1,080 resolution and True HDR10 support, while the internals now feature a Snapdragon 730G SoC with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB storage. The rear camera also got updated with a 48 + 13 + 8 +2 MP setup.
GST crowdfunds Gemini dual-touchscreen notebook
The GST Gemini is currently in production and is scheduled to ship into Indiegogo backers in March 2020. There are regular, as well as Pro versions with 13 and 15-inch sizes. The regular versions are powered by Intel's Core i5-8350U CPUs coupled with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD storage, while the Pro versions integrate the Core i7-8550U CPUs along with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD storage.
Delayed Huawei Mate X primed for Kirin 990 SoC upgrade and P30 camera setup
Initially announced to be a Kirin 980 device, the Mate X, which got delayed once again, is said to be getting an upgrade to the unannounced Kirin 990 SoC. Besides a new ARM Cortex-A77 core cluster, the new SoC will also integrate a 5G modem and will enable [email protected] fps recording capabilities, and, to take advantage of the increased resolution Huawei is also throwing in a P30 camera setup.
Leaked Samsung Galaxy A 2020 models first to include the new 108 MP sensors
It looks like Samsung continues to ignore the imagining potential of its flagship smartphones, as the latest 64 and 108 MP will first be featured in the top-of-the-line 2020 A-series. According to a recent leak, the entire 2020 A-series will integrate rear triple-cam setups, and the A81 and A91 models will also get ToF sensors.
Nvidia may soon launch a new RTX GPU
Based on the information leaked in the latest updated of AIDA64, the upcoming GPU appears to be based on the TU102, so it is certainly an enthusiast-grade model. It may end up as either the RTX 2080 Ti Super, the Titan RTX Black or a new Quadro RTX professional GPU.
Huawei Mate X foldable launch pushed to November, successor model may get more screens
Initially scheduled to release around the same time as the Galaxy Fold in May, the Mate X had to be rescheduled for a later date as Huawei started to face severe problems with the U.S. bans. Even though September was supposed to be the new target for the relaunch, Huawei recently announced that the Mate X will most likely be released this November.
CutiePi Raspberry Pi tablet to launch in late 2019
The tablet integrates an 8-inch touchscreen and is powered by a Compute Model 3 Lite carrier board coupled with 1 GB of RAM. It runs on a version of Raspbian specifically customized for touchscreen use and supports PIXEL apps through XWayland. There is support for USB-A and HDMI ports, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
Trump delays new wave of tariffs for China until December
President Trump is throwing the U.S. tech companies a lifeline with the latest tariff delays. Apple, Qualcomm and Intel showed their concern when their Q2 revenues were affected by the first wave of tariffs, but it looks like the shopping season will be kind to the U.S. tech giants this year.
AMD launches low-end Radeon 600 GPU series for laptops, but it's only a rebranded old Radeon 500 lineup
The new Radeon 600 series is practically a rebranded Radeon 500 lineup that, unfortunately does not feature any 7 nm models. Instead, AMD has "refreshed" two 14 nm and three 28 nm GPU models aimed at the entry-level desktop and laptop market, just in time for the arrival of Intel's Gen 10 mobility CPUs.
Next gen XBox to focus on high framerates and fast load times
While the next gen XBox Scarlett will clearly provide improved visual fidelity thanks to the more powerful Ryzen 3000 CPUs and Navi GPUs from AMD, Microsoft is also aiming to provide a smoother gaming experience via high framerates (at least 60 fps) and fast load times with the addition of custom NVMe SSDs.
Trade war journal: Japan resumes high-tech chemical exports with South Korea
Japan claims that it never imposed an export ban on South Korea, explaining that export approvals now require a period of 4-5 weeks, or roughly the same period of time that has passed since the escalation of the diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea. The new shipment is supposed to be sent out in 4 weeks, so Samsung, LG and SK Hynix might experience slight manufacturing schedule delays.
Zotac announces ZBOX Magnus E Mini Creator PCs with RTX GPUs
The updated Magnus E lineup features a slightly smaller case which packs more powerful configurations, including Core i5-9300H CPU + Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU and Core i7-9750H CPU + Nvidia RTX 2070 combos. Users can add up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM along with one 2.5-inch HDD, an M.2 NVMe SSD and there is support for Optane memory, as well.
Global Foundries and ARM working on high-density 3D chips
Unable to make the jump to 7 nm for the time being, Global Foundries is looking to expand the life span and scalability of its current 12 nm node with 3D stacking manufacturing techniques. The company is now collaborating with ARM in order to deliver 12 nm FinFET chips with higher core counts and lower latency between cores.
Analysts say foldable iPhones are in the works, but would not launch before 2021
Previously rumored to release some time in 2020, the foldable iPhones may not even be the first foldable devices to be released by Apple. According to a new UBS market analysis, Apple may first release folding iPads in 2021, and iPhones could follow shortly after, but loyal Apple customers should be prepared for prices in excess of US$1,000.
Intel plans to release Quartz Canyon workstation NUCs with replaceable GPUs
The Quartz Canyon series will feature the first NUCs that allow users to add high-end GPUs. The systems are advertised as workstation kits due to the inclusion of Xeon E and Core i7 vPro CPUs. Other features include dual Thunderbolt 3 connectors, Wi-Fi 6 interface, Optane and ECC memory support, plus an internal 500 W power supply.
Samsung Exynos 9825 officially announced
Thanks to the new 7 nm EUV manufacturing process, the Exynos 9825 is expected to match and even surpass Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855. The exact core clocks for the new SoC will be revealed with the launch inf the galaxy Note 10. Due to it not integrating a 5G modem or LPDDR5 support, the Exynos 9825 is definitely not a new generation chip, and more like a revision of the original Exynos 9820.
Toshiba intros new XFMEXPRESS form factor for PCIe NVMe SSDs
The new form factor is aimed at ultra-mobile devices like smartphones, IoT gateways and embedded systems. XFMEXPRESS NVMe cards will be slightly bigger than microSD cards, but the transfer speeds should match the M.2 form factor devices, with theoretical maximum bandwidths of 4 GBps (first gen) or even 8 GBps (second gen).
TENAA certification reveals Huawei Mate X final specs, launch date imminent
Previously rescheduled for a September launch, the Mate X may end up launching this August, at least in China. This possibility is backed by the recent TENAA certification, which also reveals that the mate X will integrate an 8-inch AMOLED display with 2,480 x 2,200 resolution, plus a ToF sensor along with a 40 + 16 + 8 MP rear cam setup and an 8 MP selfie cam.
South Korea / Japan trade war could lead to DRAM memory price spikes
As the tensions between South Korea and Japan escalate, prices for NAND and DRAM chips are primed for substantial spikes over the remainder of 2019. In the past 2 weeks, prices already increased by 15% and the demand for DDR4 RAM modules caused by the recent launch of the Ryzen 3000 CPUs is also adding to the appreciation process.
Samsung starts producing 12 Gb LPDDR5 memory for premium handhelds
The LPDDR5 standard was supposed to hit the markets in 2020, but it looks like Samsung rushed the mass production schedule in order to consolidate its premium handheld offering and promote the adoption of 5G and AI tech for future smartphones. By the end of this month, Samsung also plans to begin mass production for 12 GB LPDDR5 chips with eight 12 Gb modules.
New Linux driver leak suggests AMD Arcturus will be a Vega-based professional GPU
Everybody was expecting Arcturus to be the high-end version of Navi and a true competitor for Nvidia's RTX 2080 / Ti gaming GPUs, but the latest Linux AMDGPU shader compiler code update suggests that Arcturus is more of a professional GPU in-line with Radeon Instinct. It will most likely be manufactured on the 7 nm EUV node from TSMC and could launch in early 2020.
Nubia teases Snapdragon 855 Plus upgrade for Red Magic 3
In response to the recently leaked Asus ROG Phone 2 powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, Nubia immediately teased an upgraded version of its top selling Red Magic 3 gaming phone. We could also see new versions for Xiaomi's Black Shark and the Razer Phone down the line, since the new Snapdragon 855 Plus is specifically designed for gaming phones.
Asus ROG Phone 2 Geekbench results reveal Snapdragon 855 Plus CPU performance
The Geekbench single and multi-core tests reveal minimal gains compared to the non-Plus Snapdragon 855, but the GPU performance is not taken into account, so for a true comparison between the two SoC versions we will most likely have to wait for AnTuTu tests.
Intel's next gen Atom CPUs may integrate L3 cache memory
The L3 memory integration was recently hinted by a series of 01.org test results checking for L3 cache hits/misses on an upcoming Snow Ridge ULV chip. Snow Ridge and Lakefield are both codenames for next gen Atom CPU families expected to launch in late 2019. These will integrate the new Foveros 3D packaging for hybrid architectures that combine desktop-grade cores with ULV ones.
Unihertz announces Titan rugged qwerty smartphone for BlackBerry fans
The Unihertz Titan is inspired by BlackBerry's Passport and combines the qwerty design with rugged features like IP67 dust / water resistance. It also includes a 4.5-inch 1:1 1,400 x 1,400 IPS display, selfie cam and rear main cam, face recognition, wireless charging and a hefty 6,000 mAh battery, plus fingerprint sensor.
Intel's Comet Lake-S CPUs will require new LGA 1200 sockets, launching early 2020
New leaked slides show that the Comet Lake-S desktop CPUs are scheduled to replace the current gen 9 Coffee Lake-R models in early 2020. Intel will release a new 400-series chipset to support the upcoming CPUs that come with up to 10 cores / 20 threads and TDPs of up to 125 W. Unfortunately these will not be compatible with current motherboards, as the slides reveal the necessity of a new LGA 1200 socket.
Leak reveals Galaxy Note 10 launch prices
The Galaxy Note 10 is rumored to come in regular and Pro / Plus flavors, each with several storage options and 5G or non-5G variants. Leaked launch prices coming from German distributors reveal that the 256 GB version of the regular Note 10 may cost around US$1,150, while the Note 10 Pro 256 GB version could go for US$1,300. The 5G variants will cost even more.
MediaTek announces i700 SoC for A.I. IoT applications
Thanks to its dual-NPU design, the i700 SoC provides 5X increased A.I. acceleration when compared to the already available i500 chip. It also features eight ARM Cortex cores, a PowerVR GM 9446 GPU and supports up to 8 GB of LPDDR4x-1866 RAM. The chip is targeted at smart IoT devices, fitness and entertainment devices that enable AR experiences and warehouse autonomous vehicles.
Nintendo announces Switch Lite handheld console with updated Nvidia Tegra SoC
In order to make the new Switch Lite more portable, Nintendo reduced the screen size to 5.5-inch. Still, the new version comes with an updated Tegra SoC which improves battery life, and it also includes a directional gamepad. The Switch Lite is expected to begin shipping September 20 for US$199.99.
Leaked Samsung flagship Galaxy Tab S6 pictures show rear dual-cam setup
The leaked boot screen picture coming from SamMobile suggests that Samsung will be skipping the S5 denomination and go straight to S6. Additional unboxing pictures show that the Galaxy Tab S6 is the first Samsung tablet to feature a rear dual-cam setup and it looks like the Stylus is getting a groove with magnetic recharger.
IBM patents smartwatch that folds out into smartphone and tablet
The smartwatch features 8 display segments, 7 of which are stacked inside the case underneath the main display. Users can transform the smartwatch into a smartphone that utilizes 4 display segments, or a tablet that utilizes all 8 segments.
HP announces ProDesk mini PCs with Intel gen 9 CPUs
The ProDesk 400 G5 and 600 G5 Desktop Mini PCs can be equipped with Intel's gen 9 CPUs up to i9-9900T coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 (32 GB max for the 600 G5 model) and a SATA SDD / HDD + NVMe SSD storage combo. The chassis size allows these models to be easily mounted on monitor backs.
MobilePixels announces dual and triple laptop display setups
With the upcoming TRIO from MobilePixels, laptop users will soon be able to benefit from multi-screen setups, just like desktop users. Besides the obvious advantage offered in games, a dual or triple-screen setup can also improve productivity and multitasking. The TRIO module attaches via magnets on the back of the main laptop screen and only needs USB cables.
ASRock launches its smallest Ryzen mini PC yet
The new 4x4 BOX-R1000 is basically the active cooling version of the iBOX-R1000 model launched in April 2019. It comes with a smaller chassis, but the specs are almost the same, except for the supported RAM that has been downgraded from DDR4-3200 to DDR4-2400. Users ca still opt for the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1505G / R1606G dual-core / quad-thread CPUs with Vega 3 iGPUs.
AMD announces affordable Radeon Pro WX3200 professional GPU
The new entry-level card will be replacing the WX3100 launched 2 years ago. It comes with the same low-profile, single slot design and a 50 W TDP, but the updated 14 nm Polaris core coupled with 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM is able to crunch 104 GFLOPs in double precision workloads. It also features four DisplayPort 1.4 connectors which enables support for quad 4K monitor setups.
Alleged Huawei Mate 30 render reveals circular rear quad-camera setup
As with all previous Mate flagships, lenses are provided by Leica, and it looks like the main camera will also feature 5X optical zoom. The high-resolution render also reveals Leica Vario-Summilux-H 1:1.6-3.4/16-125mm ASPH specs and the return of the emerald green color option. No sign of fingerprint sensor on the back, so an in-display implementation looks to be the case.
Samsung believes smartphones will become obsolete in 5 years
Foldable phones may soon make way to an entire ecosystem of interconnected smart devices that integrate flexible displays, 5G and A.I. Samsung Display is already working to integrate flexible displays in transparent walls, vehicles, clothing and even kitchenware, and envisions a world where most objects we utilize daily are interconnected.
India is ready to test its own line of RISC-V desktop CPUs
India now joins China and the European Union in the race to break away from U.S. hardware reliance. Developed since early 2016, the Shakti CPU family based on the open-source RISC-V microarchitecture offers multiple classes of chips designed for specific markets like embedded / IoT, mobile, HTPC and workstation / server, promising performance similar to existing Intel, AMD and ARM chips.
New Microsoft folding Windows device patent reveals elegant hinge solution
Microsoft is sure taking its time with the announcement of its rumored foldable Surface devices, but the company may have a good reason for this. The latest USPTO patent detailing an improved hinge system for foldable devices points to the fact that Microsoft does not want to release foldable devices with half-backed folding mechanisms similar to those plaguing the initial Samsung Galaxy Fold wave.
EVGA Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER XC and GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER XC Ultra specs leaked on Amazon
The two leaked cards are part of EVGA's XC-series that comes with improved cooling systems with dual HDB fans, extra heatsinks, metal backplates and RGB lighting. While the RTX 2070 SUPER model features higher boosts clocks, the RTX 2060 SUPER card gets a clock downgrade due to it having more cores and faster GDDR6 memory than the original version.
Samsung may launch an outward-foldable phone this September, before Huawei's Mate X release
Samsung still has not announced an exact date for the Galaxy Fold re-launch, yet the Korean giant is rumored to launch a new outward-folding model this fall, right before the release of Huawei's Mate X. Moreover, Samsung has more foldable devices scheduled throughout 2020, including a clamshell phone that folds vertically.
DisplayPort 2.0 standard announced
The latest iteration of the DisplayPort standard will allow for 80 Gbps bandwidths that enable support for 8K, 10K and even compressed 16K resolutions. DisplayPort 2.0 will also introduce new USB-C cables based on the Thunderbolt 3 standard, and is expected to pe integrated in commercial products starting 2H 2020.
ASRock leaks full 12 nm AMD Ryzen / PRO and Athlon Picasso APU roster
Eight new models were leaked by ASRock, including new Ryzen / PRO and Athlon APUs from the G and GE-series. These feature the Zen+ 12 nm architecture from last year's Ryzen 2000-series, and come with the same Vega iGPUs and TDPs. All new models feature the same core count as the Raven Ridge predecessors, but get a small 100 MHz boost for the base clocks.
Find X 2 confirmed by OPPO VP, scheduled for 2020 release
OPPO VP Shen Yiren recently confirmed that there will be a Find X 2, but it will only be launched in 2020. The company is looking to add more innovative technologies to the upcoming flagship, so we can expect a dual-in-display selfie cam setup, plus quad or pent-cam setups with 10X optical zoom on the back, and maybe even wireless charging.
Diablo 4 could be released in 2020
With the recent restructuring changes occurring at Blizzard, a possible 2020 launch for Diablo 4 might signal some negative aspects. While Blizzard has already assured its fans that it will focus more on its franchises, the company could give in to the bad practices that somehow became standard for many rushed launches from the past few years.
Chinese CPU maker Zhaoxin manages to match Intel's Core i5-7400 with the KX-6000 octa-core
The performance of the 16 nm KX-6000 octa-core CPU might not impress too much, as it only manages to be as fast as Intel's 14 nm i5-7400 quad-core model launched in early 2017, but this is no mere feat for the Chinese industry, especially now when the country is looking to be less and less reliant on the U.S.
AMD's Ryzen 7 3800X ~5% faster than Intel's i9-9900K in latest leaked Geekbench tests
The Ryzen 7 3800X supports DDR4 RAM clocked at up to 3.2 GHz, but the Geekbench tests were conducted using only DDR4-2133 RAM. Even so, the AMD chip proves ~5% faster in multi-core tests compared to the Intel i9-9900K coupled with the same DDR4. The AMD chip is also expected to cost almost US$100 less.
Patent reveals Huawei Mate X II foldable already in the works
The direct successor of the Mate X appears to take a few cues from the galaxy Fold, but the overall design remains consistent with the original one. Instead of an outwards-folding single display, the mate X II features a full-size separate front display and an inwards-folding larger display on the back, with an updated metal casing and rubberized protection for the hinge.
Vivo teases IQOO Neo powered by Snapdragon 845, partial spec sheet leaked on TENAA
Vivo's own teasers for the IQOO Neo and TENAA's partial spec sheet are pointing to an affordable sub-premium model. Powered by last year's flagship Snapdragon 845 SoC, the IQOO Neo is expected to get 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage, a 6.38-inch teardrop-notched display, rear triple-cam setup, in-display fingerprint sensor and a 4,420 mAh battery.
Intel and Qualcomm want the Huawei bans lifted
The Huawei bans prove to be source of concern for industry giants like Intel, Qualcomm and Xilinx, as profit predictions signal significant losses. In order to mitigate such dire consequences, these companies reportedly pressed the U.S. government to lift the restrictions imposed on Huawei.
Report warns laptop prices could increase 19% due to Trump's tariffs
Trump initially postponed the second wave of tariffs in hopes for an eventual agreement with the Chinese government, then snapped back with 15% increased tariffs and the Huawei ban shortly after, yet China does not seem to be moved. The increased tariffs are now estimated to impact U.S. laptop and tablet sales with 19% raised prices.
AMD 32-core / 64-thread EPYC 7452 7 nm CPU spotted in benchmarks, 2X faster than similarly-priced Intel chips
OpenBenchmarking briefly leaked a set of tests that proves the superiority of AMD's EPYC 7 nm CPUs over Intel's current Xeon Gold models. The comparison may seem unfair since the AMD CPU comes with 32 cores and the Intel one only has 20 cores, but the price point is said to be the same.
Huawei patents double-folding phone concept
The successor of the already postponed Mate X could come with a larger screen that folds on each side. Huawei's new patent also reveals sturdier hinges with a more elegant look, multiple modes including desk-stand, laptop and tablet, and an in-display camera.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro 5G confirmed to be powered by the 7 nm Exynos 9825 SoC
XDA dev Max Weinbach spotted the Galaxy Note 10 Pro 5G model powered by the 7 nm Exynos 9825 SoC in Samsung's internal benchmark listings. Not much is known about the upcoming Exynos 9825 chip, except for the fact that it is built on the 7 nm EUV node that will also be used for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 SoC and Nvidia's Ampere GPUs.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) budget tablet launching soon
The upcoming Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) looks to be Samsung's answer for Amazon's budget-friendly Fire tablets. The 8-inch display comes with ticker bezels, 1280 x 800 resolution, and a selfie cam at the top, while the internal specs include a Snapdragon 429 SoC coupled with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB storage. This model will have LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, but it will be missing NFC and fingerprint scanning.
Huawei to launch new Windows-on-ARM laptops in the U.S., despite bans
Even if Huawei's CEO of consumer division himself confirmed the MateBook X launch is going to be postponed amid the U.S. - China trade wars and an earlier report was warning that Huawei could stop producing laptops altogether, the Chinese media is now claiming all the alarming reports are blowing things out of proportions, since Huawei is still ready to launch new Windows-on-ARM laptops in July.
Apple considering acquisition of Intel's 5G modem business
According to a new report from The Information, Apple has been considering the acquisition of Intel's 5G modem business for almost 2 months now, but Intel has not yet provided a clear valuation for its wireless asset portfolio. This would be Apple's most expensive acquisition, which will enable it to manufacture its own mobile modems in 3-4 years.
TSMC ready to begin research for 2 nm nodes
The race for miniaturization continues, as TSMC is first to announce R&D for the 2 nm node, which will be built in the 3 nm facility from Hsinchu, Taiwan. TSMC plans to complete the 3 nm facility by 2021 and begin 3 nm mass production in 2022, so the 2 nm node is expected to become operational around 2024.
Nvidia's SUPER lineup will include new RTX 2080 Ti and 2070 Ti GPUs
Fresh WCCFTech insider info reveals that the SUPER lineup is not a mere refresh for the existing RTX GPUs. There will be new Ti versions with completely new unlocked chips featuring more CUDA cores and faster GDDR6 memory launching later this summer, while the non-Ti SUPER versions are supposed to launch in late June, leading to considerable price cuts for the current RTX cards.
Sony working on a hexa-cam Xperia handheld
Rumored to get no less than six cameras on the back and a dual selfie cam setup, the upcoming Xperia high-end handheld should be among the first smartphones to break the 100 MP combined count. This powerful imaging array is most likely going to be powered by Qualcomm's next gen Snapdragon 865 SoC.
Huawei Nova 5 launching June 21
The Nova 5 sub-premium smartphone is now confirmed to launch on June 21, but rumor has it that the Nova 5i premium mid-range model is also slated to launch around the same date. Specs leaked on TENAA for the Nova 5i include a Kirin 710 SoC, 6 or 8 GB of RAM plus 128 GB of storage, a 6.4-inch display with 2,30 x 1080 resolution, rear quad-camera setup with 24 MP + 8 MP +2 MP + 2MP sensors, and a 3,900 mAh battery.
Facebook could be launching its own cryptocurrency in late June
Facebook is preparing to launch its own digital currency named GlobalCoin, which will enable almost 2 billion users to make fast payments for the items sold through Facebook Marketplace. GlobalCoin will be fully integrated with WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, and Facebook also intends to implement physical ATM machines to exchange fiat in person.
Acer updates Swift 5 ultrabook with Ice Lake CPUs and compact chassis
One of the first ultrabooks to get the Project Athena certification from Acer would be an updated Swift 5, even though Intel did not mention anything about this model at Computex. According to Notebook Italia, the updated Swift 5 will feature a 14.1-inch display with narrow bezels, a 2.2 lbs chassis, an Intel Ice Lake-U 15 W CPU, up to 16 GB RAM, NVMe SSD storage and a GeForce MX250 dGPU option.
PlayStation CEO reveals PS5 support for 4K @120 Hz, SSD storage and cross-generation play
Since Sony is not going to present anything at E3 2019, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan went ahead and revealed a few more PlayStation 5 features to hype up the fans until the official announcement scheduled later this summer. The rumored custom SSD is now confirmed to be the default storage option, while the 7 nm AMD hardware will offer support for 4K @120 Hz, and there will also be a "cross-generational play" feature.
Nvidia's next gen Ampere GPUs to get 7 nm Samsung treatment, slated for 2020
Ampere was initially rumored to launch as the RTX 2000-series in early 2018, but sources now confirm that this new architecture will be featured in Nvidia's 2020 GPUs. No details regarding differences between Turing and Ampere for now. Interestingly enough, the Ampere GPUs will be manufactured by Samsung on the 7 nm EUV node, as TSMCs 7 nm foundries appear to have been overbooked by Apple and AMD.
Samsung already researching a future 6G standard
5G is not exactly fully operational, but this does not stop Samsung to prepare for the next generation of cellular networks. In order to start the research for a 6G standard blueprint, Samsung expanded its former 5G research team, creating the new Advanced Communications Research Center in southern Seoul.
Qualcomm eyes budget Windows 10 laptops with Snapdragon 7cx SoC
With the introduction of the Snapdragon 7cx, Qualcomm intends to offer a solid alternative for Intel's Core i3 Whiskey Lake CPUs, targeting budget laptops in the US$300-800 range. The new SoC would also offer doubled power efficiency thanks to its 7 nm fabrication process, which would translate into up to 15-20 hours of battery life.
ECS showcases Liva Z3 Plus mini PC with Intel Comet Lake CPUs
Not much is known about the upcoming Comet Lake CPUs from Intel. Leaked benchmarks point out that these models are to replace the existing Whiskey Lake chips, and will still use the 14 nm manufacturing process. ECS confirmed that the Liva Z3 Plus will be available in 2020 with support for Amazon Alexa.
Samsung unveils new Notebook 7 / Force laptops
The latest Notebook 7 slim laptops from Samsung should go head to head with Huawei's MateBook models as value-oriented alternatives for Apple's MacBook Pro and Microsoft's Surface. The Notebook 7 lineup features configurations with gen 8 Intel CPUs, up to 16 GB of RAM, up to GeForce MX250 and GTX 1650 GPUs and thin bezel 1080p displays.
Intel showcases "Twin River" dual-screen laptop prototype encased in fabric
In order to make laptop models as light as possible, Intel is trying its hand at fabric cases as seen on the "Twin River" prototype showcased at Computex this year. The fabric case is made of polyester, polyamide plus lycra, and it integrates a dual-display setup with 1080p touchscreens that can be used as a book / notepad or regular laptop mode with one screen acting as a touch keyboard.
Aorus announces NVMe PCIe Gen 4 SSDs with 5 GB/s read speeds
The PCIe 4.0 standard support combined with the Phison PS5016-E16 controller and Toshiba's BiCS4 96-layer 3D TLC NAND memory chips allow the Aorus NVMe PCIe Gen 4 M.2 SSDs to reach sequential read and write speeds of 5 GB/s and 4.4 GB/s, respectively. These models come in 1 TB and 2 TB capacities and feature a dual-sided copper heatsink that lowers temperatures by 14%.
Microsoft reveals plans for future Modern Windows OS
In a recent Computex keynote, Microsoft presented its vision for a future Windows version that would include features like seamless updates, increased security, always-connected state via 5G, sustained performance, expanded cloud connectivity, A.I. integration, more form factors (including foldable devices), plus controls via pen, touch and eye tracking.
Huawei applies for ARK OS trademark
Huawei currently has until August to figure out a replacement for Google's Android OS, provided the U.S. and China do not reach any trade agreements that negate the Huawei ban. This prompted Huawei to immediately ramp up efforts towards releasing a proprietary OS, which appears to be named ARK, according to a recent EUIPO patent filing.
AMD's 16-core Ryzen 9 CPU beats Intel's 18-core i9-9980XE in Cinebench
The rumored 16-core Ryzen 9 CPU was tested behind-the-scenes at Computex by a group of overclockers, who managed to push the processor to 4.25 GHz on water cooling. Thus, the 16-core CPU that is rumored to cost around US$800 managed to score slightly higher than Intel's 18-core i9-9980XE priced at US$2,000.
Asus quietly refreshes ZenBook Flip 14 convertible with AMD CPUs
Instead of being announced at Computex, the new ZenBook 14 Flip powered by AMD's Ryzen 5 3500U only made a discrete appearance on Amazon France. Besides the AMD CPU that is integrating a Radeon RX Vega 8 GPU, the refreshed model comes with a thin bezel touchscreen and a smaller battery that makes it lighter than the Intel-powered versions.
Bitcoin can now be used to pay AT&T phone bills
In an effort to improve and expand services for its clients, AT&T is now offering the possibility of using Bitcoin to pay for monthly bills. AT&T is collaborating with BitPay, as many of its clients are already suing this payment processor. The Bitcoin payments do not apply to handset purchases and are only available online, not in storefronts.
Intel's NUC 8 Mainstream-G mini PCs announced with Radeon GPUs and Whiskey Lake CPUs
Due to their small footprint, the new Intel NUC 8 Mainstream-G mini PCs have a limited number of upgradeable components. These models integrate Intel's 15 W i7-8565U and i5-8265U quad-core CPUs, but the 8 GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM and the Radeon RX 540X GPU are soldered. There are variants with Intel Optane Memory, SSD + HDD storage combos, plus kits that come without any storage or OS.
Researcher reveals new zero-day Windows 10 vulnerabilities
Controversial security researcher SandboxEscaper revealed three zero-day exploits that are still not patched in the latest May update for Windows 10. The researcher details how attackers can gain complete access of a Windows 10 system through flaws in the Windows Error Reporting service, the Windows Task Scheduler and Internet Explorer 11, and promised to unveil two more exploits soon.
Qualcomm found violating antitrust laws in Californian court
Californian U.S. District Court judge Lucy Koh ruled in favor of FTC, which charged Qualcomm with antitrust violations involving complete disregard of FRAND practices, forced use of proprietary modems over competing ones, and slowed adoption of competing telecommunications technologies. Qualcomm immediately appealed, but if the higher court decides another hearing is not necessary, companies like Samsung, MediaTek and Huawei could provide competitively priced alternatives.
LG X6 specs leaked on Android Enterprise Catalog, possible Geekbench spotting
LG is apparently looking to refresh its entry-level X-series with the X6 handheld that looks very similar to the unreleased Q60. The only confirmed specs include a 6.3-inch display with a teardrop notch, 64 GB storage, at least 3 GB of RAM, a fingerprint scanner (on the back most likely) and the out-of-the-box Android 9.0 OS. Geekbench reveals that the X6 could be powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC and may come with 4 GB of RAM.
Vivo Z5X mid-range handheld launching May 24
The latest mid-range handheld from Vivo is expected to integrate a 6.53-inch display plus a hefty 5,000 mAh battery. Press images also reveal a punch-hole selfie cam and a triple-cam setup as well as a fingerprint sensor on the back. The JD.com listing does not mention the exact SoC, but there will be 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage, 6 GB / 64 GB, 6 GB / 128 GB and 8 GB / 128 GB versions.
Intel is once again the leading semiconductor maker
Intel used to be the biggest semiconductor maker up until 2017, when Samsung began ramping up the DRAM and NAND memory chip production. Now that memory chip demand is bottoming out and Intel is almost out of the woods with the CPU shortages, Samsung drops to second position again, but things could change by Q4 2019 when the DDR5 memory standard is expected to hit the market.
Leaked Moto Razr 2019 video shows detailed folding mechanism
The renders in the video are based on the marketing shots detailing the contents of the Moto Razr 2019 package leaked a few weeks ago. Additionally we get a closer look at the hinge system that uses dual gears to smooth out the screen fold, plus previews of possible red, black and blue color variants.
Meizu 16Xs renders leaked on TENAA
TENAA already added the front and rear renders for the 16Xs, but the specs are not yet in the database. Still word on the street is that the handheld will be powered by the Snapdragon 712 SoC coupled with 6 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB storage, and it will come with a notch-less display plus a triple-cam setup on the back.
Samsung's improvements for the Galaxy Fold already being tested by Korean carriers
Fixes for the Galaxy Fold models that should be launched in June include reduced top and bottom hinge gaps, as well as an improved version of the screen protective film that has its ends tucked into the edges of the case. Samsung is currently testing the improved models with Korean carriers and will soon announce an exact release date.
Xiaomi Redmi K20 impressive AnTuTu scores leaked
Redmi K20 looks to be 25% faster than a Galaxy S10 model, even though they are both powered by the same Snapdragon 855 SoC. Rumor has it that a Pro version with more RAM and a bigger screen is also in the works. Furthermore, Redmi plans to launch the K20 model with a limited edition phone case featuring the "Big Devil" mascot.
Budget Samsung Galaxy phones to get crypto features
Following the successful introduction of cryptocurrency features for this year's Galaxy S10 handhelds, Samsung now plans to add blockchain-related services to budget and mid-range models, as well. Besides crypto wallets and digital signage apps, Samsung may also add digital identity verification tools in upcoming Galaxy models.
Trump gets closer to banning Huawei from U.S. territories
Huawei was supposed to be banned from U.S. territories in late 2018, but the trade negotiations between the U.S. and China delayed the process a few times. Now that both countries are exchanging blows with increased trade tariffs, president Trump could finally pull the trigger on the Huawei ban. Meanwhile some allied nations are still willing to work with Huawei for 5G network implementation, and the U.S. is not happy.
Fujitsu introduces Lifebook U939X ultralight business class convertible
This 13.3-inch business convertible is among the lightest in its class, with a 0.67-inch profile and 2.2 lbs weight. CPU options include Intel's Core i5-8265U, i5-8365U and i7-8665U Whiskey Lake CPUs, and users may add up to 16 GB of LPDDR3-2133. For storage, users can opt to combine SATA 3 SSDs with NVMe models for up to 1.5 TB. Noteworthy here is the inclusion of a Thunderbolt 3 connector.
Nvidia sued over semiconductor patent infringements
Xperi claims that Nvidia has been using 5 of its patents related to voltage circuitry and semiconductor manufacturing technologies in some of its GPUs and processors without acquiring licenses. Three of these patents have already been litigated with Broadcom and Samsung, therefore Xperi clearly has a strong case.
Sharp presents double-notched Aquos R3 flagship
If you are not a fan of smartphone notches, you most likely will not like the Aquos R3, but the model certainly has some redeeming specs like the 6.2-inch IGZO IPS display with 120 Hz refresh rate and HDR10 certification or the dedicated 20 MP video recording camera on the back. It also sports the Snapdragon 855 SoC like a true flagship, but the 3,200 mAh battery might not be a great choice in this case.
16-core AMD Ryzen 3000 CPU specs leaked
The leaked specs come from reliable source Tum Apisak on Twitter, who managed to intercept a 16-core engineering sample that is usually offered by AMD to motherboard makers for design purposes. With 3.3 GHz default clocks and boost clocks reaching 4.5 GHz, the unnamed chip may turn up to be the Ryzen 9 3800X model leaked in late 2018 by AdoredTV.
Bitcoin miner maker Bitmain cuts own mining hash power by 88%
It is unclear what caused the drastic drop in hash power, but several hypotheses stipulate that Bitmain may have reallocated more hash power towards AI-driven activities, or the company may have rented out most of its hash power to other companies. Furthermore, Bitmain may have moved most of its miners abroad and does not currently count this "exported" hash power as its own so it would not be affected by the imminent Chinese ban on crypto mining activities.
OPPO K3 specs get leaked
Compared to the K1, the upcoming OPPO K3 gets some upgrades, but some downgrades, as well. The upgrades include a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with no notch, a pop-up selfie cam, bigger 3,700 mAh battery, and up to 8 GB of RAM plus 128 GB storage, while the downgrades consist of a slightly slower Snapdragon 710 SoC and a 16 MP sensor for the selfie cam.
Trump increases tariffs for China, AMD and Nvidia could be in trouble
Tensions between the U.S. and China are higher than ever, as president Trump increased the Chinese tariffs from 10% to 25% without any warning. China is still willing to continue the negotiations, but AMD and Nvidia investors fear that negotiations could fail and the companies may eventually be locked out of the Chinese market.
Apex Legends is coming to mobiles
EA's latest quarterly earnings report shows a slight growth slowdown for Apex Legends in the last month, so the company is now planning to release a version for the mobile platforms and expand the Origin marketplace in the SEA region. A switch version could also be released at some point, but the port is said to be problematic.
Unhackable Morpheus CPU architecture announced by University of Michigan
The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities proved that most of the CPUs made by Intel and AMD in the past 10 years are susceptible to code-based attacks and the current security model of bugs and patches needs to change at a fundamental level. Researchers at the University of Michigan might have the solution with the Morpheus CPU security architecture that renders processors virtually invulnerable even to the fastest electronic hacking techniques.
AMD and Cray are building world's fastest exascale supercomputer
More than 7 times faster than the current fastest supercomputer, Frontier will probably end up even faster than Intel's Aurora exascale supercomputer scheduled to go operational around the same time frame. Frontier will combine the power of the current top 160 fastest supercomputers in the world and will help scientists forecast global warming patterns, engineer better pharmaceuticals and run extensive cosmological simulations.
Samsung Galaxy M40 pops up in GeekBench tests
The upcoming M40 could be released by June, seeing how fast Samsung launches all the M-series models these days. There's no denying that the new model is faster than the previous ones as it comes powered by the Snapdragon 675 SoC coupled with 6 GB of RAM. Design-wise, there might not be notable differences compared to the M30 model, but rumors suggest a larger screen.
Lenovo ThinkBook S spotted in China, could hit Europe in late May
The new ThinkBook S models may replace the 13 and 14-inch Ideapad S-series models, at least in China. They appear to have updated designs with improved metal chassis, slim lateral bezels and displays that can unfold flat on the table, while the specs include Intel Core i7-8565U CPUs, up to 16 HB RAM and up to 512 GB NVMe SSDs. The more expensive variants may integrate discrete AMD Radeon 540X GPUs.
Upcoming Lenovo mid-range handheld leaked on TENAA
Details regarding the SoC and rear cam setup are still unclear, but everything else is pointing at a solid mid-range handheld with up to 6 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB storage, a 6.3-inch FHD+ IPS screen, 8 MP selfie cam in a teardrop notch, circular fingerprint sensor on the back, plus a 3,930 mAh quick charging battery.
Future of Microsoft Store uncertain with UWP dead in the water
The Universal Windows Platform created for the Microsoft Store apps could soon be ditched, as Microsoft already discontinued support for its Windows Phone devices. App developers are reluctant to create programs for his platform, since it is much easier to program apps for Android, iOS and even Windows through regular win32 code. Microsoft may completely remove the apps and keep only the games, music and video section.
OnePlus 7 Pro 12 GB RAM variant spotted in GeekBench tests
Even though the OnePlus 7 Pro 12 GB RAM version has similar hardware specs compared to Samsung's Galaxy S10+ model, the GeekBench scores appear to slightly favor the Chinese smartphone. It should be noted that the high-end OnePlus 7 Pro version with 12 GB RAM will cost almost 50% less and it also comes with a better display.
Microsoft's Project xCloud game streaming service inches closer to public testing
Xbox chief Phil Spencer announced that Project xCloud has already entered the "take Home" stage, so more Xbox employees can test the game streaming service. Public testing for this service should become available some time after E3 this year. The service is similar to Google's Stadia, but Microsoft claims it will have a larger game portfolio.
Samsung may launch its PlayGalaxy Link mobile gaming service together with a gaming smartphone
Apple already announced its Apple Arcade gaming service, and Samsung clearly does not want to miss on this big opportunity, as the gaming industry is enticed by streaming services like the Google Stadia. Samsung's upcoming PlayGalaxy Link service should be announced soon, and rumor has it that the Korean giant could also launch a gaming smartphone along with it.
NAND memory oversupply prompts chip makers to significantly cut production
NVMe SSD and mobile storage prices are at an all-time low due to NAND memory oversupplies, and, even though this greatly benefits end users, chip makers are concerned about a possible market crash. In order to avoid such complications, Intel, Micron, SK Hynix, and possibly even Samsung are looking to reduce legacy node production and overall wafer output.
OPPO sneaks in the A9 mid-range handheld
The A9 was added to OPPO's store without an official announcement, and the store page does not even reveal the full specs. OPPO most likely used the MediaTek Helio P70 SoC to power the A9 and added 6 GB of RAM plus 128 GB of storage. Also included are a large 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS screen and a 4,020 mAh battery, together with a 16 MP selfie cam and a 16 MP + 2 MP dual-cam on the back.
ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G to start shipping on May 7
While ZTE is still recouping from last year's bans, the company is certainly not holding back when it comes to 5G tech, as the company is ready to launch its first 5G-comaptible handheld in a few weeks. The Axon 10 Pro integrates Qualcomm's X50 5G modem and the Snapdragon 855 SoC, which can be couple with up to 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
Kojima predicts how 5G and Google Stadia will transform the entertainment industry
The creator of the Metal Gear franchise envisions a future where streamers could directly interact with their viewers in new types of games, thanks to increased Internet speeds and more stable cloud gaming services. Advanced AI developments will also play an important role not only in games, but in movies as well. AI may also help consumers choose movies and games according to preset preferences.
Xiaomi announces Redmi Y3 mid-range handheld for selfie fans
Specifically designed for selfie fans, the new Redmi Y3 from Xiaomi comes with a 32 MP frontal cam that offers AI enhancements for low-light pictures, portrait enhancements, and also provides a face unlock feature. The handheld is powered by the Snapdragon 632 SoC coupled with either 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB storage or 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB storage. There is a bright 6.26-inch display with 720p resolution and a generous 4,000 mAh battery, as well.
Huawei's foldable Mate X most likely to launch before Samsung's postponed Galaxy Fold
Huawei recently confirmed that the Mate X launch is still scheduled for June and the Chinese company could become the first ever to release a foldable smartphone. Samsung still has no ETA for the Galaxy Fold after it delayed the launch, meaning that Huawei has a fair chance to pull ahead by delivering a more affordable and overall sturdier design.
OnePlus 7 gets another round of alleged leaked specs
Max J. went ahead and leaked most of the specs for the upcoming OnePlus 7 series in a Twitter post. The "revolutionary" 6.7-inch 90 Hz screen with 3,120 x 1,440 will only be featured on the Pro / 5G versions, as the regular version gets a 6.4-inch screen with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution. The Pro will also get rear triple cam setups and 4,000 mAh battery, while the regular one features only two rear cams and a 3,700 mAh battery.
Impressive iPhone Z foldable concept estimated to cost US$3,260
Apple is not ready to make the jump to foldable designs for the time being, but luxury modification company Caviar from Russia might be able to inspire the Californian giant with its impressive iPhone Z concept. The Z-shaped folding pattern allows for quite a few interesting uses, including a laptop mode, a selfie mode, and a screen mode.
ASRock presents iBOX-R1000 mini PC with AMD Ryzen embedded CPUs
The iBOX-R1000 from ASRock is the first mini PC to integrate the new Ryzen R1606G / R1505G embedded dual-core CPUs with Vega 3 iGPUs. It comes with up to 32 GB DDR4-2400 RAM and supports one 2.5-inch SATA SSD / HDD. This mini PC is designed for digital signage, arcade gaming and gambling, kiosks, IoT gateways and thin client terminals.
Entroware launches desktop-grade Helios laptop lineup with Ubuntu Linux
The newly-introduced Helios lineup can easily replace a high-end desktop, as it comes with desktop-grade components like Intel's Core i5-9600K / i7-9700K / i9-9900K CPUs coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and up to 12 TB of storage, plus RTX 2060 / RTX 2070 / RTX 2080 GPUs. The chassis is clearly bulkier and the laptops come with 330 W power adapters.
TSMC to introduce intermediary 6 nm EUV-based node
The 6 nm node is scheduled to enter risk production in Q1 2020, almost 1 year after the 5 nm risk production, so the first 6 nm chips will probably ship in mid-2020. The only major benefit brought by the new node is the 18% transistor density increase over the original (non-EUV) 7 nm node and performance will see negligible gains since this is not a full node shrink.
Vivo Y17 gets leaked specs and renders
The latest leaked specs present the Vivo Y17 as a lower-end mid-range model powered by the new MediaTek Helio P35 Soc coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage. It also comes with a big 6.35-inch IPS screen that has 1154 x 720 resolution and a teardrop notch with a 20 MP selfie cam. It does get a triple-cam setup on the back, but the MP count is modest, and it features a very generous 5,000 mAh battery, as well.
Apple and Qualcomm end hostilities with 5G deal, force Intel to exit mobile 5G modem business
Surprisingly enough, Apple not only decided to drop all charges regarding Qualcomm's unfair patent licensing practices, but the Cupertino company agreed to pay Qualcomm an undisclosed sum, as well. The unexpected settlement comes with additional agreements that make Qualcomm the only 5G modem supplier for the 2020 iPhone models, which immediately prompted Intel to announce its exit from the mobile 5G modem business.
Meizu 16s back with more impressive benchmarks on AnTuTu
Meizu software engineers are hard at work tweaking on the latest Flyme 7 Android-based OS in order to push the upcoming Meizu 16s performance to its limits. The latest batch of benchmark results revealed by Meizu system engineer Hong Hansheng are all above 370,000 points, and it looks like there is still room for improvement.
One-Notebook announces One Mix 2S Yoga Platinum 7-inch handheld convertible
One-Notebook's unique pocket-size convertible lineup is getting updated with the OneMix 2S Platinum edition, which pack a faster Intel Core i7-8500Y CPU coupled with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM and 512 GB of NVMe SSD storage. The new device has a QWERTY keyboard with fingerprint scanner for increased proficiency, plus a rotating touchscreen that allows users to switch to tablet mode.
Snapdragon 855 successor may get LPDDR5 support and optional integrated 5G modem
Codenamed "Kona," Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 successor will allegedly come with LPDDR5 support. Qualcomm hinted at an integrated 5G modem earlier this year, but the latest internal development boards suggest there could be a SoC version without an integrated 5G modem. If it releases later this year, the upcoming flagship SoC is probably going to be manufactured using the 7 nm EUV lithography.
Updated Acer Spin 3 convertible to launch this June
The upgrades for the new Spin 3 14-inch convertibles include an almost complete Intel Whiskey Lake CPU lineup ranging from the Pentium Gold 5405U to the Core i7-8565U, plus discrete graphics solutions up to the new GeForce MX230 GPUs. Standard RAM capacity is 8 GB, but users can add up to 24 GB, and the new notebooks come with up to 512 GB NVMe + up to 1 TB HDD storage combos.
Sony ups the ante with 16K MicroLED display
The 16K display is clearly not meant for consumers, as it measures 63 feet x 17 feet. It integrates Sony's latest MicroLEDs with Crystal LED technology, which are said to offer increased brightness over the existing OLEDs. Sony also managed to raise the pixel density over 55 ppi in order to offer increased immersion when viewers sit at least 10 feet away from the screen.
Nvidia launches ray tracing driver support for previous-gen Pascal GPUs
The latest GeForce Game Ready Driver from Nvidia enables a limited set of ray tracing features for the GTX 1000-series. Compared to the new RTX 2000 cards, the Pascal ones are clearly slower and Nvidia provides a set of graphs to reflect the performance gap. The green team also provides three tech demos where Pascal users can play around with the settings.
Honor 20i gets leaked official images
The first member of the Honor 20 lineup is scheduled to be launched on April 17. Huawei only teased the waterdrop notch with a 32 MP selfie cam, but, thanks to an early leak from VMall, we now get to see the mate 20i from almost every angle. Rumors have it that the Mate 20i is the China-exclusive version of the international Mate 20 Lite leaked a few days ago.
China ready to ban crypto mining
As the cryptocurrency market is slowly recovering from the drastic corrections that occurred in 2018, China is all set to outright ban all crypto mining activities due to lack of regulations and increasing energy requirements. Insider sources claim that China is most likely to "reboot" the crypto mining industry with strict regulations and oversight.
AMD stock sees significant jump, Intel put on the spot
2019 is already shaping up to be a good year for AMD. The 7 nm chips are currently manufactured by TSMC on the new EUV lithography, and the red team has considerably increased its chip orders, as the launch dates are looming. Intel, on the other hand, is faced with weakened investor confidence and could lose important market share in the mainstream CPU and server sectors.
Razer's laptops confirmed to be affected by critical vulnerability
Razer issued fixes for all the models launched from 2016 onward, but owners of the Blade and Blade Pro models released prior to 2016 will have to wait for a few more weeks to get the fixes. The vulnerability is identical to the early 2018 CVE-2018-251 backdoor that affected Apple's MacBooks, which were sold with the Manufacturing Mode still enabled.
Amazon's "Project Kuiper" to provide worldwide broadband connections via 3,236 new satellites
Amazon seems to be determined to enter the ISP business with an impressive fleet of 3,236 satellites, as the company is ready to file the necessary files to the FCC and correspondent regulators across the world. Currently codenamed "Project Kuiper," this endeavor is looking to provide broadband Internet connections to "unserved and underserved communities around the world."
TSMC initiates risk production for its 5 nm node, reveals performance details
Initially scheduled for mid-2019, risk production for the upcoming 5 nm manufacturing process was already initiated at the end of March. TSMC also finalized the 5 nm design infrastructure and it is currently testing this process through multiple silicon test vehicles. Improvements over the current 7 nm process include 1.8X increased logic density and a 15% performance boost.
DDR4 RAM prices continue to fall
TrendForce was predicting back in early 2019 that DDR4 RAM prices would see up to 35% cuts by Q2 2019, and this now appears to be indeed the case judging by the price trend data provided by CamelCamelCamel. These graphs also show that the DDR4 prices got halved compared to the peak prices of late 2017.
GPD to release WIN 2 Max handheld Windows gaming console this year
The WIN 2 Max is rumored to get a few improved specs, including a higher-resolution 1280 x 800 screen, a new AMD APU with integrated Radeon graphics that can be overclocked for improved performance or underclocked for extended battery life, and a keyboard with bigger keys. The model is expected to launch in late 2019.
Intel presents new 56-core Xeon Platinum server-grade CPUs
AMD is threatening to consolidate its position on the server market with the latest 7 nm EPYC 64-core CPUs, forcing Intel's hand to launch the Xeon Platinum 9200-series CPUs with up to 56 cores and 112 threads. These top-of-the-line chips feature a dual-die design wrapped in a BGA package, TDPs of up to 400 W, support for 1.5 TB of DDR4-2933 RAM and 4.5 TB Optane storage per chip, plus hardware-level fixes for the most Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities.
OPPO announces new A7n entry-level handheld
The A7n is the latest member of the entry-level lineup form OPPO. Most of the features like the MediaTek Helio P35 SoC, the 4 GB of RAM, the 1520 x 720 resolution and the 13 MP + 2 MP rear dual-cam setup are clearly meant to fit a tight budget. However, OPPO also added a few mid-range features like a bigger 6.2-inch display, 64 GB of storage and a 4,230 mAh battery.
Intel's Kaby Lake G CPUs make an unexpected return in Acer's Aspire 7 notebooks
The Kaby Lake G CPUs with integrated AMD RX Vega graphics seemed to be exactly what budget gaming laptops needed, but the initial supply and the 14 nm CPU shortages lead to very limited support from laptop OEMs. Surprisingly enough, when no one seemed to be giving these CPUs a chance anymore, the Kaby Lake G processors are now expected to make a return in select Acer Aspire 7 notebooks.
Motorola Moto G8 gets leaked renders
The high-resolution renders of the alleged Moto G8 were provided by OnLeaks, who later on admitted that this model is most likely an updated P40 variant exclusive for the Chinese market. Apart from the rear triple-cam setup, which is said to feature 3 x 12 MP sensors, the display and case look very similar to the ones depicted in the previous One Vision renders.
Nvidia's Project R.O.N combines Alexa-like AI assistance with holograms
It might not be that surprising to learn that Nvidia is willing to enter the AI-powered smart home device market, since the company already has a division focused on self-driving car technologies. However, Project R.O.N. is also set to combine AI-powered assistance with some sort of holographic projection, and this combination could make Nvidia's device stand out from other solutions like Google's Home and Amazon Alexa.
OPPO Reno specs leaked on TENAA
OPPO's Reno sub-brand smartphones are expected to launch in a few weeks, and the models recently received the mandatory TENAA certification that also leaked most of the specs. Reno is set to feature high-end Snapdragon 855 SoC models, but TENAA reveals that there will be mid-range variants powered by the Snapdragon 710 SoC, as well. These will get only a dual-camera setup on the back, plus the 16 MP pop-up selfie cam, and a smaller 3,680 mAh battery.
Samsung's latest dual-foldable phone patent is very similar to Xiaomi's concept
The recently discovered patent shows outwards-folding sides akin to Xiaomi's own foldable concept. There are important differences, however. Each of the foldable side seems to feature a battery pack, and the screen has a reinforced rear mid-section. There are no ports, buttons, or cameras suggesting that the model could feature wireless charging, gesture controls, and in-display cameras.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A Plus 2019 with S-Pen rumored to launch in April
The 8-inch Galaxy Tab A is getting updated specs that include a mid-range Exynos 7885 SoC, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, and the usual 4,200 mAh battery. The IPS touchscreen comes with 1920 x 1200 resolution and supports the latest S-Pen digitizer. The imagining setup only includes a 5 MP selfie cam and an 8 MP rear cam.
Microsoft spots critical flaw in Huawei's Matebook device manager driver
The backdoor-like vulnerability was discovered through the Windows Defender ATP kernel sensors back in January, but Microsoft did not alert the media. Instead, the company contacted Huawei directly and a patch was promptly released. Microsoft presumably did not want to add to the list of serious allegation currently targeting Huawei.
List of new Intel gen 9 Core CPUs with R0 stepping leaked by Gigabyte
Even though Intel warned that the 14 nm CPU shortage could continue until the end of the first half of 2019, the company appears to be ready to launch a new stepping for the gen 9 Core processors in just a few weeks. This information is confirmed by ASUS and Gigabyte, which already updated their BIOS for the 300-series motherboards. Gigabyte even leaked the full list of R0 CPUs.
Alleged OnePlus 7 renders and specs get leaked
OnePlus is among the latest smartphone makers to adopt the pop-up selfie cam design for its upcoming flagship model. The latest leaked renders also show the rear triple-cam setup and three gradient color options, while the rumored specs include a Snapdragon 855 SoC coupled with up to 12 GB RAM, up to 256 GB storage and a thin bezel 6.5-inch AMOLED display.
File Explorer to get Fluent Design revamp with Windows 10 April 2020 update
Microsoft plans to implement the new Fluent Design framework across the entire Windows 10 OS, and File Explorer appears to be the next part to get the new look. Apart from new transparent and reworked visuals, File Explorer will finally support tabbed windows and sets. This revamp is scheduled to be introduced with the 2020 major update.
Leaked Nvidia GTX 1650 benchmarks show performance similar to GTX 1050 Ti
Set to become the entry-level model of the Turing generation, the upcoming GTX 1650 appears to be almost as fast as the GTX 1050 Ti from the previous gen in the latest Final Fantasy XV benchmarks. This model is scheduled to launch in April for around US$179 with no RT or Tensor cores and only 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 to be released in Q1 2020
15 years after the release of the original Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, Paradox is finally announcing a sequel to the "cult" RPG game. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is set in modern-day Seattle, and the gameplay will include brutal first person melee fights, strong language, and hub-like levels with non-linear progression.
Compal shows innovative convertible laptop design
The new hinge system for convertible laptops was presented by Compal at this year's IF World Design Guide competition and it could soon be implemented in HP and Dell models. Thanks to a special locking mechanism, the touchscreen can be placed to the right of the keyboard, improving workflow for content creators that need access to keyboard shortcuts.
HP announces ProDesk 405 G4 mini PCs with Ryzen Pro CPUs
As the 14 nm CPU shortage Intel is still in full effect, OEMs are now switching to AMD's solutions for select line of products. HP's newly announced ProDesk 405 G4 mini PCs are a good example in this regard, since they pack AMD's Ryzen Pro 2000-series coupled with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2933 RAM, plus they integrate the Vega GPUs.
Motorola One Vision mid-range specs leaked
Motorola's One Vision smartphone appears to be the same as the previously leaked P40 model, which is intended for the Chinese market only. Surprisingly enough, Motorola chose to add a Samsung Exynos 9610 SoC and only 3/4 GB of RAM, with 32/64/128 GB storage options. The 6.2-display will get FHD+ resolution and a punch-hole selfie, while the rear dual cam setup will include a 48 MP sensor.
Hands-on Google Stadia testers report noticeable lag and mild image artifacts
While Google has the performance side of Stadia covered with a custom hyperthreading CPU plus and AMD GPU capable of delivering 10.7 TF of processing power, testers of the demo version pointed out that input lag is quite noticeable, and the image quality may be affected in dynamic scenes. Hopefully Google is taking notes and the final version releasing this summer will be better optimized.
Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud gaming platform is ready for launch
Nvidia's own game streaming service is currently featuring more than 500 game titles, and users will be able to bring more games from platforms like Steam. Backed by new RTX blade servers with scalable RTX 2080 performance and blazing fast connections all across the world via the GeForce Now Alliance, Nvidia is aiming to provide the smoothest gaming experience for more than a billion systems that do not integrate gaming GPUs.
Vectordash looking to provide cloud gaming infrastructure through cryptomining GPUs
The game streaming infrastructure envisioned by Vectordash puts GPU-based cryptomining rigs to good use in order to bring a smooth gaming experience for computers that do not integrate dedicated gaming GPUs. The service will first be available only on the West Coast, but there are plans to expand support for the East Coast.
Qualcomm's mid-range and high-end SoCs already supporting the 64 MP and 100 MP cameras scheduled for late 2019
Qualcomm's Sr. Director of Product Management Judd Heape revealed that a few OEMs are already planning to release 64 MP and 100 MP cameras in some late-2019 smartphone models, and these will easily be handled by the company's existing mid-range and high-end SoCs. Additionally, Heape disclosed that the upcoming Snapdragon 865 coming later this year will support HDR10+ recording.
HP is expanding its 2018 battery recall program
Due to new customer complaints, HP is expanding its battery recall program with a 78,500 battery batch, and the affected models now include 2018 models such as ProBook 400 G4 and Pavilion x360 (11-inch), ZBook Studio G4, ProBook 430/440/450/455/470 G5, Envy 15 and Mobile Thin Client mt21/22/31.
Google's gaming console rumored to be presented at GDC
Since consoles can't keep up with the hardware developments, the future of gaming might involve streaming setups. Google already provides the best broadband infrastructure in the U.S., plus the company just finished the beta tests for its "Project Stream," and it also hired a few well-known gaming industry names, so all the signs are there.
Driver leak reveals Intel Comet Lake CPUs with up to 10 cores
Intel's latest updates for the Linux DRM kernel driver and coreboot reveal the upcoming Comet Lake CPUs that appear to be a 14 nm refresh of last year's Coffee Lake models. There will be ULV, mobile and desktop variants with up to 10 cores that are expected to be launched in mid-2019, before the anticipated 10 nm Ice Lake family.
Ulefone T3 with MediaTek Helio P90 SoC showcased
Even though the Ulefone T3 looks very similar to Samsung's S10, the Chinese model is aimed at the premium mid-range market, since it comes equipped with the Helio P90 SoC from MediaTek. It does come with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, which is not that common for a mid-range handheld. Additionally, it gets the latest 48 MP camera together telephoto and depth lenses, plus a fingerprint sensor on the back.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming to PCs via Steam
Microsoft is bringing back Halo to PC after 12 years since the last ported title. The new Halo: Master Chief Collection will be released on the Windows 10 Store, as well as the Steam platform and will include all 6 FPS titles of the franchise. Microsoft is also adding PC-specific features like seamless mouse and keyboard controls with remappable key bindings, plus support for different FOVs, resolutions and aspect ratios.
Nvidia to discontinue support for 3D Vision in next GPU driver update
Since 3D glasses have mostly been replaced by VR headsets and TV makers already removed all 3D features from their products, Nvidia has decided that its 3D Vision tech is not cutting it anymore. The last driver to support this technology will be released with the GeForce Game Ready suite this April.
Samsung's patent for a clamshell foldable phone revealed
The Galaxy Fold has showed that Samsung is more interested in inwards-folding devices for now, but the company is clearly open to exploring the outwards-folding side, as shown by a recently unveiled clamshell phone patent. Additionally, it looks like Samsung already has an improved hinge that allows the two halves to flatten on the fold.
Xiaomi Redmi 7 specs leaked on TENAA
The entry-level lineup from Xiaomi will soon get mid-range features like a bigger 6.26-inch screen and a bigger 3,900 mAh battery for a considerably lower price. The Redmi 7 will most likely get the latest entry-level octa-core SoC from MediaTek and will feature three configurations: 2 GB RAM / 16 GB storage, 3 GB RAM / 32 GB storage, 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage. It will also get a dual-cam setup and a fingerprint sensor on the back.
USB 4.0 specs bring Thunderbolt 3 speeds to consumer devices
The USB Promoter Group has been collaborating with Intel in order to release the USB 4.0 standard based on the USB-C interface with Thunderbolt 3 support. The new USB ports will enable data transfer speeds of up to 40 Gbps and will provide support for multiple data and display protocols, as well as advanced power delivery features for fast charging devices.
Realme 3 Pro flagship teased on Twitter
The Realme 3 is very close to its official launch and, if the new teaser posted on Realme's Twitter account is any indication, a Realme 3 Pro premium mid-ranger is also coming in about a month. The Realme 3 Pro is rumored to get a fast charging battery, a better SoC and possibly a rear triple-cam setup.
Sony presents CFExpress memory cards that rival NVMe SSDs for highest read/write speeds
While the CFExpress 2.0 standard promises speeds reaching 4 GB/s, Sony's first cards will be on par with the average NVMe SSDs. The new CFExpress cards are still meant for professional DSLRs and video cams, however, since they support the new NVMe interface, they can also be used as external SSDs for compute clusters and enterprise servers.
Qualcomm's next flagship Snapdragon SoC to get embedded 5G modem
SoC-embedded 5G modems should help reduce production costs and decrease energy requirements. The successor of the Snapdragon 855 is scheduled to be Qualcomm's first SoC with integrated 5G modem and it should first be featured in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S11-series. Qualcomm's upcoming flagship SoC is supposed to help with the adoption of the 5G standard through its 20 OEM partners.
Xiaomi - Light collaboration paves way for affordable multi-module smartphone cameras
Nokia just released its model 9 Pureview smartphone with 5 rear cameras and it looks like the number is about to double soon. Xiaomi and Light are working on smartphone camera arrays that could integrate upward of 10 cameras, and the plan is to integrate them in both affordable models and premium ones.
Vivo X27 full spec sheet hits TENAA
Vivo launched the V15 Pro mid-ranger just a week ago, however, the company is ready to announce another mid-ranger, this time for the X-series. Compared to the V15 Pro, the upcoming X27 would get a few upgrades like the 8 GB of RAM, a slightly better 13 MP wide angle camera on the back, and a bigger 3,920 mAh battery, but would also feature a slightly slower Snapdragon 710 SoC and only a 16 MP selfie cam.
SK Hynix releases details on the upcoming DDR5-6400 RAM standard
The 16 Gb DDR5-6400 memory chips from SK Hynix could be first to hit the market in late 2019, but the launch prices will be quite high, more appropriate for enterprise environments. On the other hand, the 8 Gb chips should be more cost-effective, thus more appropriate for consumer modules, which are expected in 2020.
Microsoft may soon enable Xbox games to run on Windows 10
Testers from the Windows Insider program report that the latest Windows 10 builds feature a new app called Microsoft Gaming Services that adds direct access to Xbox APIs and allows users to download and install games directly from the Xbox distribution servers. Moreover, the 2020 update planned for Windows 10 could integrate seamless compatibility between the two platforms.
Trump delays tariffs for China, trade war might end soon and computer part prices may reset
The trade war between the U.S. and China may soon end, as president Trump believes that the negotiations are going well and is now determined to delay the increased tariffs for China as a gesture of good will. As a direct consequence, the Chinese Shanghai Composite index spiked by 5% and we could be looking at a price reset for the overpriced computer hardware in the next few months.
Intel invites you to help build the best GPU through "The Odyssey"
The discrete GPU market is about to get busy in 2020, as Intel is planning a triumphant return. To ensure its success, the company is now launching "The Odyssey" initiative which aims at involving gamers in the GPU development process. Intel is willing to listen to what end users have to say in order to create the best possible gaming GPUs.
Intel's STT-MRAM ready for mass production, viable alternative for SRAM and NAND flash?
STT-MRAM is one of the alternatives for current SRAM and NAND flash memory / storage solutions. Intel's current implementation is manufactured on the 22 nm node and promises faster read/write speeds, better endurance, and long-term data storage at higher temperatures. Its hybrid nature should allow Intel to include it in future Optane products.
TSMC reveals details on Fab 14B production incident, estimates considerable losses
It took TSMC a little over two weeks to fully assess the consequences of the Fab 14B incident. Apparently, the chemical contamination was triggered by an abnormal reaction in the photoresistant material that led to a polymer residue compromising up to 30,000 of 12 nm and 16 nm wafers. Total losses are estimated around US$550 million, but TSMC intends to ramp up production in Q2 to mitigate part of the losses.
Nvidia GTX 1650 budget gaming GPU scheduled to launch in late March
As a GTX 1050 successor, the GTX 1650 GPU is rumored to integrate a TU-117 core clocked at 1.48 GHz, faster Turing shaders, and 4 GB of GDDR6 VRAM. The number of CUDA cores and the TDP are not yet known. Launch date should be close the end of March and MSRP is believed to be around US$179.
RAM prices to see 30% cuts in the next few months
Ever since the Chinese government started to investigate memory chip suppliers over suspicious price fixing schemes, DRAM module prices started to slowly decline, and it looks like prices could get reduced by 30% in Q2 2019. By the end of 2019 DDR4 DRAM modules may end up costing up to 50% less, and prices may flatten as the DDR5 standard becomes more popular.
Xiaomi Mi 9 launched, high-end features starting at just US$445
Featuring specs similar to Samsung's S10 lineup, the Mi 9 smashes the Korean competitor with halved starting prices. Some of the outstanding features coming with the Mi9 include the powerful Snapdragon 855 SoC, up to 12 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage, a 6.39-inch AMOLED screen with in-display fingerprint sensor, a 20 MP selfie cam and an impressive 48 + 16 + 12 MP rear tri-cam.
Nvidia to prioritize DLSS improvements at low resolutions in upcoming driver update
3DMark's latest DLSS test show outstanding performance gains with the right implementation. Meanwhile, real world games like Battlefield V and METRO Exodus suffer from DLSS artifacts, especially in resolutions under 4K. Nvidia is aware of these problems and already working on fixes that should be released with an upcoming driver update.
Doogee launches S90 modular rugged smartphone
The S90 is Doogee's first rugged smartphone that comes with a selection of modules similar to Motorola's mods. These include a high quality night vision camera, a 5,000 mAh powerbank, a walkie-talkie and a game controller. Additionally, the casing of the S90 is made of military grade metal and polycarbonate, so it can withstand extreme conditions.
Nvidia explains disappointing RTX 2080 / 2070 sales, year-over-year gaming GPU sales down 45%
Nvidia's investors can now breathe easy, as the latest fiscal year report shows decent gains throughout 2018. Things are not looking good for gaming GPUs, though, since the report shows sales in this sector were almost halved compared to 2017. Nevertheless, Nvidia keeps an optimistic outlook for 2019, with RTX 2000-series GPUs expected to see increased adoption.
Alleged Vivo IQOO foldable phone gets leaked renders
Vivo's IQOO sub-brand is rumored to be dedicated to premium foldable devices. The leaked renders posted on Weibo show a outwards-folding device with very thin bezels. The unfolded state will get a display with a ratio close to 1:1, while the folded state will practically turn the device into a smartphone with front and rear screens.
Nvidia's RTX 2000 GPUs to get adoption boost via expanded ray tracing support on Unreal Engine 4
Gamers that were rather reticent regarding the adoption of Nvidia's real-time ray tracing technology implemented in the latest RTX 2000-series GPUs may be interested to know that Epic Games is planning to make it easier for game developers to add ray tracing effects to existing and upcoming games with the release of Unreal Engine 4.22.
Apple ready to launch Netflix competitor
The new video streaming service will be officialized on March 25 and should be launched by summer. There will be some free content, some Apple-funded shows, the usual selection of movies and shows, plus the possibility to access content providers like Starz. Additionally, Apple is planning to release a sub-based news service.
Activision Blizzard laying off 8% of its personnel, begins refocusing process
The latest layoffs should help the company refocus its strategies. CEO Bobby Kotick admitted that Activision Blizzard underperformed in Q4 2018 and a new business plan needs to be implemented for 2019. Thus, the company will try to focus more on its major franchises and bring in more developers to help with this endeavor.
OPPO F11 Pro with 48 MP camera coming soon
The F11 Pro was recently confirmed in an official teaser video posted on OPPO's Twitter account. The short teaser also mentions the inclusion of a 48 MP main camera. Other rumored specs for OPPO's upcoming flagship include a Snapdragon 855 SoC coupled with 6 GB of RAM and 64 / 128 GB of storage, a 6.5-inch IPS display and a 32 MP selfie cam with pop-up design.
Trump willing to ban Huawei and ZTE from US networks by end of February
All Chinese communications devices are primed for a complete ban in the U.S. and if Trump gets his way, this could happen before MWC in late February. One of the reasons for this hastened ban is the alleged violation of the Iran sanctions committed by Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou. The European Union is also considering a ban on Chinese phone makers.
Smach Z handheld Windows gaming PC with Ryzen CPU almost ready for launch
2019 could be the year when the Smach Z handheld Windows gaming device finally becomes reality. Smach is still trying to hype things up, as it recently updated the official site with new prices and specs, plus it added a few videos showing various gaming sessions. There is no specific 2019 launch date mentioned, so delays may still occur.
Essential PH-2 rumored to get an in-display selfie cam
We knew that Essential is still a thing, but the info on the successor of the PH-1 phone was really limited still. New schematics uncovered by Slash Gear suggest that the upcoming PH-2 will get some innovative tech similar to what Samsung is trying to implement in future devices, including in-display selfie cams with light sensors that make the display translucent and in-display fingerprint sensors.
Apple finally fixes eavesdropping Group FaceTime bug via iOS 12.1.4
Apple was supposed to completely fix the eavesdropping vulnerability triggered via the Group feature in the FaceTime app last week, but it looks like the company found a few more bugs and fixed them as well. One bug is related to the Live Photos feature in FaceTime, while the other two are related to memory corruption flaws occurring in the IOKit and Foundation.
New reports point to extremely limited AMD Radeon VII launch supply
Previous rumors about launch supplies of 5,000 units might not be too far off, as new sources cite very limited Radeon VII availability at least for Europe. Overclockers UK cite 100 units available for Great Britain, while France and Spain would be getting only 20 units each. The reasons for reduced allocations seem to be the Lunar Year celebration in China and AIB partners not having enough time to come up with custom cards.
Nvidia's largest investor pulls out, completes entire stake sale
Last December, the steep depreciation of Nvidia's stock complicated the company's predicament to the point where its largest investor threatened to sell its entire stake. It looks like the green team could not convince the investor to keep its stake, and SoftBank went ahead completing the sale of shares worth US$3.6 billion in January.
Samsung Galaxy S10e (lite version) gets leaked pics and specs
The "mini" version has been missing for quite a few years from the Galaxy S roster, but it looks like Samsung is finally bringing it back with the S10 family. The latest leaks depict a slightly smaller 5.8-inch screen with a punch-in selfie cam and thin side notch, plus a fingerprint sensor mounted on the power button. Additionally, the S10e will be the only model to come in Canary Yellow.
Intel's D1X Oregon fab first to get 7 nm production node
It is now clear that AMD will be first to launch 7 nm desktop CPUs, but Intel is not sitting on its hands. Even after all the problems it faced in 2018, Intel is now carefully planning for its upcoming 7 nm CPUs. According to sources from Oregon, the D1X fab will be the first one to manufacture 7 nm CPUs, and the facility is currently going through an expansion that will take at least 1.5 years, so the first 7 nm CPUs from intel could arrive in late 2020.
Nvidia allegedly misinformed investors about crypto mining revenues
Latest report coming from RBC analyst Mitch Steves presents Nvidia misinforming its investors about revenues recorded during the crypto boom of 2017. We're talking about over US$1.3 billion that were not attributed to GPU sold to crypto miners. The report also claims that AMD's revenues at that time only amounted to US$234 million, which is unusual to say the least, as the Radeon cards were more efficient back then.
Xiaomi planning to release high-end Redmi handhelds
Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi is reconsidering its marketing strategies. Up until now, Redmi has been focusing on premium mid-range phones, but it looks like Xiaomi will allow it to release flagships, as well. The Note 7 Pro is going to be released soon, and afterwards, Redmi intends to launch a value high-end handheld powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC.
Nintendo is planning to release a smaller and cheaper Switch along with new online service
Contrary to previous rumors, it looks like Nintendo is ready to release a smaller and more affordable Switch version that may come with fewer features, possibly ditching the TV Dock altogether. Design-wise, a smaller frame would most likely mean smaller screen and side-controllers, as well. Additionally, Nintendo is rumored to launch a new online service with more classic titles.
EGLOBAL starts shipping the world's smallest mini PC with Intel Core i9-8950HK CPUs
The Intel Core i9-8950HK represents the top of the line, but users with tighter budgets can opt to get one of the variants sporting Core i5-8300H / i7-8750H / Xeon E-2176M CPUs. All models may be equipped with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and up to 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage, plus there is room for a 2.5-inch HDD as well. With a standard issue CPU cooler, these mini PCs will be anything but quiet.
Samsung could release a foldable gaming phone soon
Samsung has been pushing for foldable devices in the past year, but it looks like the company is also considering the gaming handheld market. This latest patent is consistent with what was revealed about the Flex display in late 2018. What is interesting about this patent is the lower edge of the device that folds upwards to reveal gaming buttons like a directional pad and six buttons.
ZTE Blade V10 specs leak on TENAA
The alleged successor of the Blade V9 steps into mid-range territory with a bigger 6.3-inch display, 4 / 6 GB of RAM, up to 128 GB storage and an impressive 32 MP selfie cam. As far as the SoC is concerned, TENAA mentions that the frequency is around 2 GHz, so ZTE could be adding the Snapdragon 710.
Apple gets sued over FaceTime critical flaw
The legal procedures were initiated by attorney Larry Williams II who claims that key persons were able to eavesdrop on his sworn testimony given during a client deposition via the FaceTime bug. Apple appears to have known about the problem since early last week, but it only issued a temporary fix on February 28, and a full patch is expected to be released later this week.
System76 announces new Darter Pro 15.6-inch Linux laptop with excellent battery life
The original Darter from System76 was launched back in 2013, and now the company is refreshing the specs with up to date operating systems and components. Powered by Intel's Whiskey Lake-U CPUs, the new Darter Pro can integrate up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM and 2 TB of NVMe SSD storage, plus it comes in a lightweight chassis and has long-lasting battery life.
TSMC incident may put AMD and Nvidia GPU supply at risk
TSMC confirmed that around 10,000 wafers were compromised, but the Taiwanese company has yet to make an official statement about the full extent of the damages and the exact circumstances of the incident. The unfortunate event could create AMD / Nvidia GPU shortages and artificial MSRP increases in the coming months.
The Asus VivoMini VC65-C1 is the world's first mini PC with a UHD Blu-Ray player
Besides integrating UHD Blu-Ray players or DVD writer drives, the new VivoMini HTPCs come with internal PSUs and generous room for storage expansions. These mini PCs are powered by Intel's 35 W Core T CPUs that bridge the gap between the ULV chips and the desktop processors. Additionally, there is support for up to 32 GB of RAM and up to 4 HDDs.
LG will announce a 5G smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC at MWC
The first 5G smartphone made by LG will be revealed at MWC on February 24. It will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC and will feature a bigger vapor chamber, suggesting the SoC will probably run at overclocked frequencies. Additionally, it will come with a 4,000 mAh battery, so there is a possibility of seeing a larger screen, as well.
Samsung highlights all the powerful features of the Exynos 9820 SoC
Some of the new features integrated in the 8 nm Exynos 9820 SoC include a better NPU for AI tasks, desktop-like performance via new octa-core tri-cluster and the Mali-G76 MP12 GPU, LTE Cat 20 modem, 8K video recording, HDR / 4K screen resolution plus support for up to 5 image sensors, and a new PUF security system.
12-core / 24-thread Ryzen 3000 CPU spotted in UserBenchmark database
The engineering sample spotted by Tum Apisak in the UserBenchmark database has a designation that is consistent with previously leaked codenames. As far as specs go, the early sample can boost to 3.7 GHz on a 105 W TDP, and also features 32 MB of L3 cache. In single-core tests, the 12-core CPU is 13% faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X.
Dynabook releases new 13.3-inch G-series ultrabooks
Former Toshiba ultrabook division Dynabook has just launched its new G-Series models powered by Intel's Whiskey Lake-U CPUs. These are some of the lightest ultrabooks out there thanks to special magnesium alloy chassis that come in Pearl White and Onyx Blue colors. All models feature Sharp's IGZO 13.3-inch FHD display and the top models offer additional features like fingerprint scanners and preinstalled Windows 10 OSs.
Xiaomi co-founder presents double-folding smartphone
The double-folding device looks to be in the prototype phase, as the folding creases are still visible. In its default state, the screen seems to have a 3:2 ratio, while the folded state shrinks down to a 2:1 ratio. What really impresses is the responsiveness of the Android interface that immediately snaps into the new ratio as the phone enters in the folded state.
Vivo teases Apex 2019 smartphone with no buttons and ports
The latest teaser video released by Vivo shows off the slick metallic back of the Vivo 2019 smartphone, which does not appear to feature any rear cams or buttons and ports on the edges. To top things off, Ben Geskin obtained exclusives design info from Vivo and put together a render depicting the back as well as the front of the handheld.
Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti gets leaked benchmarks, launches in February
Now that Nvidia almost cleared its Pascal inventories, gamers are looking for a good price/performance ratio. The RTX 2070 and 2080 cards are certainly overpriced for now, and even the RTX 2060 could be a bit too much for the budget builds. According to the latest rumors, the budget gaming sector should get the GTX 1660 / Ti GPUs next month, and these may also replace the GTX 1050 / Ti laptop GPUs, as well.
HP announces two new Education Edition Chromebooks
The latest 11.6-inch Chromebook models from HP get a more rugged feel with rubber trims, Gorilla Glass and spill-resistant keyboards. In order to keep the prices at an affordable level for students, HP included Intel's Celeron N4000 / 4100 CPUs, up to 8 GB LPDDR4-2400 RAM and up to 64 GB eMMC storage.
Nvidia CEO informs that the GTX 10xx GPU inventories are almost dried up
Jensen Huang is trying to divert attention from stock prices and investor troubles with an optimistic outlook over the inventory troubles that the green team has been having since early 2H 2018. Nvidia's CEO was happy to announce that the entire Pascal GPU inventory is almost gone, but this might not actually be good for end users who will be stuck with overpriced RTX 2000 cards.
Full PCIe 5.0 specs releasing Q1 2019, PCIe 4.0 to be a short-lived standard
Consumer PCs will finally benefit from PCIe 4.0 devices this year thanks to AMD's support via the Ryzen 3000 CPUs, but the high-end sector will also be getting a taste of the PCIe 5.0 some later in 2019, and the two standards are expected to coexist for a few years. PCIe 5.0 will push the theoretical bandwidth to 128 GB/s on x16 duplex lanes running at 32 GHz.
OPPO will showcase its 10X optical zoom smartphone cams at MWC 2019
Two years ago, at MWC, OPPO impressed everyone with its stabilized 5X optical zoom cameras, but the company never released any commercial versions. Meanwhile, a 10X optical zoom version is ready to be showcased at this year's MWC, and it looks like OPPO could actually integrate these lenses in some upcoming handhelds.
Emdoor to release AP618 laptop series featuring Ryzen 3000 ULV CPUs
Laptop OEMs like Emdoor are looking to get around the Intel 14 nm CPU shortage by adding AMD-powered lineups. Thus, for 2019, Emdoor will first release some entry-level SR218 models powered by the older Stoney Ridge CPUs. Later on, when the Zen 2 CPUs get released, Emdoor will also launch a more advance AP618 lineup powered by Athlon, Raven Ridge and the new Picasso CPUs.
Laptop releases we are looking forward to in 2019
We've put together a list featuring the most interesting laptop models showcased at CES 2019. This year's highlights were the RTX 2000 mobility GPU additions, the OLED 4K displays and various unique designs. We selected one model that caught our eye from each of the major laptop OEMs and we are really looking forward to testing all these devices later this year.
Purism updates the Librem laptop line with gen 7 Intel ULV CPUs
The new Librem 13 / 15 models come equipped with the i7-7500U CPU coupled with up to 16 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM and up to 2 TB NVMe SSD + 4 TB SATA SSD storage combos. The security features from the previous versions are still there and the Linux-based PureOS got an upgrade as well. The 13-inch model still features an FHD display, while the 15-incher got a 4K upgrade.
AMD initiates lawsuit against MediaTek for illegal use of graphics technologies
MediaTek's Helio P10 SoC is allegedly infringing on graphics technologies developed by AMD. The complaints were filed with the ITC as early as 2017, but the two companies apparently were not able to reach any agreement out of court in the meantime so now AMD is looking to obtain a court order that would force MediaTek to pay up for past, present and current infringements.
Vivo's upcoming "The Waterdrop" phone gets leaked design pics
Vivo intends to impress everyone at MWC 2019 with an innovative smartphone design that is codenamed "The Waterdrop." It's still unclear how the handheld will look and work, but the first leaks suggest it will have a fluid design, with rounded corners, glass edges that meld into the body and a display that could be encased in glass.
MSI updates its compact desktop lineups with RTX 2000 GPUs
The new Infinite S budget-friendly series will feature mid-range specs like the gen 9 i7 / i5 CPUs accompanied by the RTX 2060 GPU from Nvidia, while the Trident X models now represent MSI's mid-to-high-end compact gaming solutions that integrate top specs like the gen 9 i9-9900K CPU and Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti GPU.
AMD officially unveils the 7 nm Radeon VII high-end gaming GPUs
As a direct competitor to Nvidia's RTX 2080 GPU, the Radeon VII will target gamers as well as content creators. AMD is citing more than 30% average performance gains for content creators and more than 25% improved performance in games over the Vega 64 GPUs. Also, it looks like the Radeon VII can beat the RTX 2080 in certain scenarios, but costs US$50 less.
Next gen Intel Optane memory modules coming in Q2 2019
The upcoming Optane products will get a considerable speed boost, as Intel will switch from the PCIe Gen X2 interface to the Gen 3 X4 one. There will be a new M15 caching module, a new stand-alone 815P SSD and a new H10 combo module that will feature caching and QLC NAND storage. All these new products should be launched in Q2 2019.
Nvidia's RTX 2060 is faster than the GTX 1070 Ti, costs only $349
Initially believed to be stripped of the whistles and bells brought by the RTX features on the high-end desktop GPUs, the RTX 2060 is now confirmed to be a powered-down version of the RTX 2080 SKU. Nvidia claims it is 40-60% faster than the GTX 1060 and it even occasionally beats the GTX 1070 Ti. It should be able to provide 60 fps with RTX features enabled on low details in Battlefield V.
MSI launches slim GS75/65 Stealth gaming laptops with RTX 2000 Max-Q graphics
Apart from updating the specs of the Stealth slim gaming laptops with the latest RTX 2000 Max-Q GPUs that do not require active cooling, MSI also updated the design with stylish gold trim and accents plus a sandblast metallic black finish. The displays feature thin bezels, and there is a larger glass touchpad for increased precision.
MSI's latest GE75/63 Raider gaming laptops combine unique esthetics with powerful specs
For gamers who prefer unique chassis esthetics to go along with the unparalleled performance, MSI has updated the Raider series with new GE75/63 models. The covers now feature special lighting elements like the L-shaped RGB cutouts on the GE63 model, or the 3D Dragon Spines with anodized red diamond-cut finish on the GE75 laptops.
The MSI GL73/63 budget gaming laptops are powered by the RTX 2060 GPUs
When it comes to gaming laptops, the budget sector is what really drives profits for most OEMs. MSI's updated budget series is represented by the GL73/63 models that now integrate RTX 2060 GPUs and up to gen 8 Core i7 CPUs from Intel. The keyboards only get a red backlight, while the displays are limited to 120 Hz FHD TN panels.
MSI showcases high-end GT75/GT63 Titan gaming laptops with RTX 2000 GPUs
The flagship series from MSI is getting updated specs that include the newly announced RTX 2000 mobility GPUs from Nvidia, a large array of NVMe / SATA SSDs / SATA HDD storage options, plus features like synchronized RGB lights and haptic feedback placed underneath the palm rest area in order to enrich the gaming immersion.
Clevo readies various gaming laptop models with Nvidia RTX graphics
Clevo is showcasing a wide variety of gaming laptop models powered by Nvidia's freshly announced RTX 2000-series mobility GPUs. There are models that come with Intel's gen 9 and gen 8 desktop-grade CPUs and all the new mobility GPUs from Nvidia are featured, including the Max-Q variants that are integrated in world's first 16.1-inch slim gaming models.
Dell patents detachable dual-display laptop design
Gamers always like to get the most immersive experiences out of their laptops, but, for the moment, this requires additional monitors that do not come with the laptop itself. Dell wants to change this with the latest multiple display laptop design that relies on a magnetic hinge system. The patent shows a dual-display setup, but it looks like triple-display laptops are also a possibility.
Sony and Panasonic working on OLED monitors for gamers
Right now, the only way to benefit from OLED displays as a gamer is to buy a TV that has at least a 55-inch diagonal. This could prove to be quite the investment, and gamers have been looking forward to OLED monitors in the 20/30-inch range for several years now. 2019 might just be the year for such monitors, as Sony and Panasonic recently showcased 21.6-inch FHD and 4K OLEDs plus a 27-inch display for smart home applications.
AnTuTu's December Top 10 Android handhelds unveiled
This does not happen too often, but December 2018 brought an all-Chinese roster for the best performing Android handhelds. ZTE's Nubia Red Magic Mars and Nubia X managed to place first and 10th, respectively. Huawei showed a solid presence with five models and proved it really is the second largest phone-maker after Samsung. Xiaomi and OnePlus got pushed to the lower half this time.
Q4 2018 stocks: AMD on the rise, Nvidia crashes hard
Despite the steep losses in the GPU sector suffered by both AMD and Nvidia, the red team managed to see stock appreciation thanks to the CPU division. Nvidia was not that fortunate and took a hard dive in Q3 and Q4, but things should get better once the RTX 2000 GPUs see more adoption in 2019. Last, but not least, Intel virtually flat-lined throughout the entire 2018 because of the 14 nm CPU shortages.
AMD's Ryzen 3000 Picasso laptop CPUs get leaked benchmarks
Previous Ryzen mobility solutions were not that great compared to the desktop counterparts, and it looks like the upcoming Ryzen 3000 Picasso mobility chips are still a bit slow compared to Intel's processors. The leaked Geekbench results show that AMD's Ryzen 3000 mobility CPUs are almost on par with Intel's similar chips from 2-3 years ago.
Nvidia's stock takes a dive again, largest investor ready to pull out
The second half of 2018 has not been kind to Nvidia at all. The crypto craze is gone and AIB partners are still overstocked with pascal GPUs, the trade wars in China are creating economic instabilities and the launch of the RTX 2000-series was not really what the green team hoped for. This series of unfortunate events lead to falling share prices and investors are on the edge now.
MediaTek officially announces the Helio P90 SoC
Initially thought to be an answer for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855, Samsung's Exynos 9820 or Huawei's Kirin 980, the Helio P90 seems to be aimed at premium mid-to-high-end phones. It still uses the 12 nm manufacturing process, so it cannot really compete with the latest high-end SoCs, but it does come with a more powerful GPU and an impressive APU 2.0 A.I. architecture that supports Google Lens and ARCore applications.
ADATA introduces fastest USB 3.1 flash drives with up to 256 GB storage capacities
The new UE700 Pro USB 3.1 drives have capacities ranging between 32 and 256 GB. Writing and reading speeds are highest on the largest capacity models, which can prove to be even faster than the usual SATA HDDs. Prices for the 256 GB model are expected to be similar with those of same capacity external HDDs.
Unannounced AMD Vega GPUs mentioned in macOS Mojave update
The current mobility GPUs from AMD are not really a match for Nvidia's lineup, but htat could change in a few months. Data mined from the latest macOS Mojave mentions a total of twelve unannounced Vega 20 and Vega 10 GPUs. Some of these could end up in Apple's upcoming MacBook models, so it looks like AMD might attempt a comeback in the mobility sector.
LG will showcase the new Gram 17 and Gram 2-in-1 notebooks at CES
The Gram 17 notebook is probably one of the lightest notebooks in its class thanks to the lightweight aluminum chassis and the 15.6-inch frame, while the Gram 2-in-1 is LG's first take at a convertible notebook. Both models come equipped with Intel's 8th gen Core ULV CPUs, 8 / 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and 256 / 512 GB of SSD storage.
Creative Labs showcases new Sound BlasterX AE-9 audiophile soundcard
With the new Sound BlasterX AE-9, Creative Labs shows that it still values the audiophile community, even though it took the company 6 years to release a new version. The new card comes with replaceable operational amplifiers for increased control over sound tuning, and an external DAC to further filter out the interferences.
More details on Nvidia's RTX 2000-series mobility GPUs emerge, leaked Lenovo / HP / Asus laptop benchmarks included
Tum Apisak is back with a bunch of exciting leaks regarding the performance of Nvidia's mid-range and high-end mobility GPUs based on the Turing architecture. First off, the RTX 2060 will get a regular and a Max-Q version, and it looks like the regular version is a bit faster than the GTX 1070 Max-Q. Moreover, Apisak reveals benchmarks for laptops integrating the RTX 2070 Max-Q, the RTX 2080 and the RTX 2080 Ti.
Snapdragon 855 beats Samsung's Exynos 9820 in latest AnTuTu benchmarks
The Exynos-powered models from previous Galaxy S models appeared to be slightly faster than the Snapdragon versions, but it looks like the situation is now reversed for the upcoming Galaxy S10 handhelds. Early samples of the Exynos 9820 and Snapdragon 855 tested in AnTuTu show a slight advantage for Qualcomm's chip, but the final versions might provide different results.
Intel hints at Ghost Canyon X NUCs with 8-core i9 H-series CPUs
Intel is planning to release refreshed NUC kits in 2019. A couple of leaked slides reveal that there will be a premium lineup (Ghost Canyon X) with 45 W CPUs that can get up to 8 cores and 16 threads, plus three more affordable family (Frost Canyon X) with 25 W CPUs that can get up to 6 cores and 12 threads. These new kits will be available towards the end of 2019.
AMD Navi RX 3080 / 3070 / 3060 specs & prices leaked
AdoredTV is back with yet another juicy leak, this time regarding AMD's upcoming 7 nm Navi gaming GPU lineup that is scheduled to be released in the first half of 2019. If the information is right, it looks like AMD is going for aggressive price points in the mid-range GPU market, making the upcoming Radeon RX 3080 / 3070 / 3060 models a very tempting alternative to Nvidia's RTX 2070 and GTX 1070 / 1060 cards.
Nvidia set to reveal the RTX 2000 mobility lineup at CES 2019
Apparently, Nvidia had to iron out a few problems with the Turing chip production, so the mobility versions needed to be delayed for a few months. The RTX 2000 mobility lineup is now expected to debut at CES 2019, with general availability slated for early February. Inside sources claim there will be 2080, 2070, 2060, 250 Ti and 2050 models, plus Max-Q versions for the top two.
AMD CEO reaffirms the comeback of high-end gaming GPUs in 2019
AMD CEO Lisa Su already expressed the intent to bring back high-end GPUs into the game in the Q3 financial report from last month, and now Su is reiterating these plans, saying that AMD is ready to dominate all GPU sectors once again. Navi would be AMD's answer to Nvidia's mid-range RTX 2070 cards, while Arcturus (expected in late 2019) would take on the RTX 2080 Ti and beyond.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8150 officially named Snapdragon 855, details leak before launch event
The upcoming flagship SoC from Qualcomm was believed to be called Snapdragon 8150 due to its SM8150 denomination found in early benchmarks, but the official name will be Snapdragon 855. Details on the modem, NPU, GPU, CPU clusters and imaging features were also leaked ahead of the official announcement that is scheduled to take place later today at Qualcomm's Technology Summit.
EA announces Anthem Alpha test schedule
Anthem is now very close to its final release, as the developers just announced the Alpha test scheduled for December 8-9. Unfortunately, spots for the test are limited and those who do not get selected for this test could still participate in the beta test that is scheduled for early February, if they pre-order the game.
MediaTek to release Helio P90 SoC with advanced AI features
MediaTek started out as a provider of mobile SoCs for emerging Chinese smartphone makers. Up until now, the Taiwanese company presented solid entry-level and mid-range solutions, but, with the upcoming Helio P90, MediaTek is aiming to compete with the best SoCs from Qualcomm, Apple and Samsung. The Helio P90 SoC was recently teased as a "powerful" and "efficient" chip with "groundbreaking AI."
Oppo to showcase its foldable phone at Mobile World Congress in February 2019
Foldable phones will surely be one of next year's highlights for revolutionary tech. Most of the big names have already scheduled showcasing events for their foldable phones. Samsung and LG will present their models at CES in January, while Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and, more recently, Oppo are expected to reveal their handsets at MWC 2019 in February.
Asus and Quantumcloud put your idle GPUs to good use
Even though the crypto market is at it its lowest this year, getting some cryptocurrency as passive income never hurt anyone. Asus and Quantumcloud joined forces in order to make it easier for Asus GPU owners to mine cryptocurrencies when the graphics cards are mostly idle. At current prices, the profits are pretty minimal, but no one knows when the next big swing would hit the crypto world and turn those modest profits into small fortunes.
Supposedly fake photos of PlayStation 5 prototype surface online
Earlier this year, third-party developers started receiving PS5 development kits, but Sony claimed that the hardware specifications were not the final ones. A new leak coming from a Russian site depicts what looks like one of the development kit PS5 consoles running in bootloader mode. While the design seems credible, the bootloader screen is iffy at best.
Desktop AIB GPU sales took a 16% y-o-y dive in Q3 2018, with 19.2% decrease over Q2 2018
Jon Peddie Research informs that the GPU market is doing relatively well, even though the AIB GPU sales saw a significant decline. The overall GPU sales (including iGPUs and mobility GPUs) were up 10.64% compared to Q2 2018, and Intel is still dominating the iGPU/embedded GPU maret with an increase of ~13%.
Best Cyber Monday laptop deals from Newegg
If you somehow missed all the Black Friday deals, not all is lost. Cyber Monday is here with similar bargains and Newegg has some of the best laptop deals around. This time we are taking a look at what Asus, Dell and Lenovo have to offer. Most of the models come with Intel CPUs but there is one AMD Ryzen model that might catch your eye.
AMD's Radeon RX Vega 64 GPU plus three free games for only US$400
Initially meant to get a US$500 MSRP, AMD's Radeon RX Vega 64 GPU had to go through serious supply problems that jacked the retail prices to almost US$800. Fast forward one year later, the card supply is almost too high now, and thanks to AMD's price slashes plus the Cyber Monday deals from Newegg, the RX Vega 64 can be ordered for US$400 along with three free games.
Diablo 4 originally designed as a Dark Souls 3rd-person game, new project sticks to isometric view and dark look
Blizzard should just officially acknowledge the fact that Diablo 4 is in the works in order to appease the enraged fans. Kotaku's sources claim that Diablo 4 has been in the works since late 2013 and the game changed direction in 2016. In its early stages, Diablo 4 looked like Dark Souls, but the vision changed to a more traditional isometric ARPG with dark art style.
Nvidia announces DGX-2H compute server with upgraded Tesla V100 GPUs
The compute-oriented DGX-2 server launched in early 2018 is getting an upgrade consisting of more powerful Xeon CPUs and higher-clocked Tesla V100 GPUs. The Tesla V100 cards come with a total of 512 GB of HBM2 memory and are interconnected through special NVLinks, allowing them to act as a single GPU with a massive throughput of 2.1 PetaFLOPS.
Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti FE already out of stock, despite complaints about faulty cards
It looks like some media outlets have a bone to pick with Nvidia, blowing things out of proportion where it really is not the case. Yes, there are faulty RTX 2080 Ti cards out there and Nvidia admitted some cards did not go through the QA process, but the cards are out of stock now not because Nvidia was forced to delist them for too many manufacturing faults. The green team simply did not expect the demand for these cards to be so great.
Intel CPU prices down to MSRP thanks to Black Friday deals
Black Friday and Cyber Monday usually bring some of the best PC component bargains of the year, but, in Intel's case, these are not really bargains, especially in the case of all the CPUs affected by the 14 nm shortages. Prices for these processors have been floating well over MSRP in the past few months, and now, retailers like Newegg and Amazon are offering the most demanded Intel models for MSRP prices.
AMD announces highest-clocked server-grade CPU - the EPYC 7371
The first wave of EPYC 7000 CPUs were able to reach only 3.2 GHz on boost clocks, but with the new EPYC 7371, AMD pushes the envelope up to 3.8 GHz, which is quite high for server-grade processors that don't usually benefit from custom air coolers or water coolers. The EPYC 7371 is aimed at design automation and high-frequency trading tasks, supporting dual-socket setups for improved performance.
Sony celebrates 5 years of PlayStation 4, releases outstanding sales figures
The PS4 console proved to be more successful than the XBox One over the past five years, and Sony prepared a special infographic covering some interesting sale figures including total units sold, total game titles sold, best-selling games, most downloaded games and favorite controller color. The company also announced a new CoD – Black Ops 4 bundle that will be available on November 27.
Intel's CPU shortages have affected Asus's business
Asus claims its PC builder business (mainly the motherboard sales) has suffered due to Intel's 14 nm CPU shortages. Overall profits have seen a 39% year-over-year decline and the next few quarters will continue to hit Asus's profits, as the shortages are expected to last until Q2 2019. The gaming PC and server businesses are unaffected by these problems, however.
Honor 10 Lite gets leaked specs on TENAA
According to the specs revealed on TENAA, the Honor 10 Lite will retain the 6.21-inch 1080p display from the original Honor 10 model, but the 24 MP selfie cam notch will be smaller. The mid-range smartphone will be powered by the Kirin 710 SoC coupled with 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB storage. The rear dual-cam will only get 13 + 2 MP sensors.
Perlmutter supercomputer to combine AMD's EPYC Milan CPUs with Nvidia's "Volta-Next" GPUs
The EPYC Rome server-grade CPUs have just been revealed to have 64 cores and 2.35 GHz clocks, but it looks like AMD is already working on the successor that will be based on the Zen 3 architecture. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the upcoming CPUs will be known as the EPYC Milan, will have more than 64 cores, and will be featured in octa-CPU nodes along with Nvidia's 'Volta-Next" GPUs in the Perlmutter supercomputer.
MSI's GeForce RTX 2070 Aero ITX is the world's first small form-factor Turing card
The RTX 2000-series has been around for a few months now, and it was just a matter of time until the small form-factor models would start popping up. MSI is among the first to release an ITX Turing card with the RTX 2070 Aero ITX, but more models are expected from Gigabyte and Zotac. MSI's ITX card is missing a few connectors and gets stock clocks.
New details on the upcoming AMD Navi gaming GPUs emerge
Previous rumors were saying that Navi would only match the GTX 1080 GPUs from Nvidia, and, according to some new information, this is more like a half truth. It looks like AMD is planning to release the mid-range Navi 12 in the first half of 2019, with the Navi 10 and 20 high-end models coming in late 2019.
Huawei already working on the 5G-ready Kirin 990 SoC
The 5G market is going to explode in 2019 and Huawei plans to be prepared for the event with the upcoming Kirin 990. This would be the company's first 5G-ready SoC manufactured on the 7 nm+ node, so it would also get a 10% performance bump over the newly launched Kirin 980 SoC. First smartphones to integrate the Kirin 990 chip are rumored to hit the market in late 2019.
[Updated]Diablo 4 was supposed to be announced after Diablo Immortal at BlizzCon
The plan was to show a short video presentation on the state of the Diablo 4 project right after the Diablo Immortal unveil, but Blizzard feared that fans would be disappointed even more. Diablo 4 is said to have been in development for 4 years, still the project has changed direction a few times and the current state is not entirely clear either.
Intel presents 48-core Cascade Lake-AP Xeon CPUs
Intel may look like it is doing well right now, but the production problems will hit it hard in 2019. AMD ill not cut it any slack and will hit hard with the new 7 nm CPUs, but Intel has some retaliation plans, at least on the server side of things. The upcoming Xeon Scalable CPUs slated for late 2019 will integrate Multi-Chip Packaging technology that allows to fit 48 cores on a single chip, plus 12-channel DDR4 support.
Early Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 SoC sample pops up in Geekbench
Qualcomm's answer for the A12 Bionic SoC from Apple allegedly got tested on Geekbench, and it looks like the Android side is still slower overall. However, the Snapdragon 8150 is clearly faster than the Snapdragon 845 and mostly on par with the Kirin 980 from Huawei. Everyone is now waiting for Samsung's Exynos 9820 to bring it home for team Android once again.
MediaTek's first 5G SoC slated for late 2019
5G adoption should explode in 2019 and MediaTek is ready to capitalize on it both with standalone 5G modems and 5G-enabled SoCs. The Taiwanese company would supply big names like Apple with standalone chips, while Chinese phone-makers would benefit from 5G-enabled mid-range SoCs that will help reduce the integration costs.
Apple's latest iPad Pro tablets are almost as fast as a six-core MacBook Pro
Latest Geekbench results suggest that the A12X Bionic SoC is closer than ever to Intel's top mobility CPUs. The single-core scores are pretty tight, however, the gap in multi-core mode is more noticeable. Still the A12 only lags behind by around 3,000 points, which means upcoming mobile chips from Apple could finally match Intel's solutions in 1-2 years.
Samsung ready to unveil W2019 luxury clamshell
This year's luxury clamshell smartphone from Samsung is getting a Snapdragon 845 SoC and improved dual 4.2-inch AMOLED touchscreens, but it looks like the overall aspect of the model has become bulkier. Unfortunately, the clamshell lineup is still limited to the Chinese market, and, since this is a premium device, MSRPs will be set to at least US$2,500.
AMD planning a comeback in the high-end gaming GPU sector
Even though AMD may look like it has lost focus of the GPU market, CEO Lisa Su reassures everyone that the red team is not giving up on the high-end gaming GPU market that easily. AMD is currently in the process of developing high-performing quality products, and the first cards are expected to hit the market in 2020.
Nvidia not too concerned about the reported faulty RTX 2080 Ti cards
Some users who managed to get the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti Founders' Edition claim that the GPUs have critical instability issues that lead to black screens, BSoDs, and artifacting. There are instances where the cards were dead on arrival, and the replacement cards sent by Nvidia were still affected. Nvidia stats that this is normal, the number of affected users is limited, and they are dealing with each customer.
AMD's Radeon RX 590 is up to ~9% faster than Nvidia's GTX 1060
The mid-range Radeon RX 500-series from AMD was preferred by crypto-miners, while gamers stuck to the GTX 1050/1060 solutions from Nvidia. Now that AMD took a serious hit with the crypto market decline, the red team is trying to regain some market shares in the mid-range gaming sector with the Radeon RX 590 solution that looks to be slightly faster than Nvidia's GTX 1060 (6 GB).
2018 iPad Pro design and hardware updates revealed in Bloomberg report
Apart from the thin bezels and the redesigned corners, the 2018 iPad Pro tablets are said to come with IPS LCD touchscreens plus the second-gen Apple Pencils, slimmer profiles (not including the rear camera), a USB-C port and a smart connector, True Depth camera setups with Face ID support, and, of course the latest 7 nm A12 Bionic SoC.
Intel releases impressive Q3 financial report, 14 nm shortage expected to get worse
The Santa Clara giant reported the best quarter in its entire 50-year history, even though the company was not able to meet the outstanding market demand. The 14 nm shortages will continue throughout the rest of the year and Intel expects this situation to worsen, as it is slowly shifting focus to the 10 nm node.
Intel and Streamlabs initiate Twitch-ready mini PC program
As online streaming becomes more popular, the need for specific hardware is also rising. Twitch partner Streamlabs and Intel have joined forces with mini PC OEMs like Shuttle, SimplyNUC, Zotac and Acer to bring streaming-ready systems for aspiring influencers and pro gamers. First streaming-ready concept system will be showcased by Acer at TwitchCon this weekend.
AMD's shares drop 24% after Q3 earnings report
AMD is now feeling the full hit of the GPU-based crypto mining decline that started back in Q1. Instead of a projected US$50 million downturn in GPU sales, the red team reported losses of US$150 million, thus triggering a share drop of 24%. On the other hand, CPU sales are stronger than ever.
Huawei Honor Magic 2 press photos surface online
The first official press photos and a video ad of the Honor Magic 2 were recently posted on The Verge site. As shown in the promotional material, the Huawei Honor Magic 2 will sport a pop-up selfie cam, no notch, and rumors have it that the model will come with an OLED display, a Kirin 980 SoC, 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.
The next gen 7 nm Navi gaming GPUs currently tested in AMD's labs
Inside sources claim that AMD's Navi GPUs are performing better than expected and could be launched in the first half of 2019 rather than the second. Previously rumored to be slower than the GTX 1080 from Nvidia, it looks like the red team managed to tune a few things and boost the overall performance. MSRPs are rumored to be in the US$250 zone.
Eight key features of the upcoming Nubia X revealed
A week before the official unveiling of the Nubia X anniversary flagship, the Chinese company posted an infographic describing eight key features that recommend the upcoming model over the competition. Apart from the front and rear displays, the Nubia X will be featuring a flexible OLEDs, no selfie cam on the front (no notch), wireless charging, gaming-friendly specs and more.
Weibu launches Snapdragon-835-powered Windows convertible
The new H133W-MY 2-in-1 convertible integrates a Snapdragon 835 SoC, as Weibu was unable to get hold of Intel's Gemini Lake ULV CPUs due to the ongoing shortages. Apart from the not-so-well-received SoC, the compact laptop packs 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and a 13.3-in IPS screen with touch capabilities.
Intel denies rumors concerning the death of its 10 nm node
The 10 nm process gave Intel quite a bit of a headache in the past few years. It was supposed to arrive in 2017 initially, but the fabrication process had to be delayed because of design problems, and it looks like Intel may not be able to launch the 10 nm CPUs come 2H 2019 in large amounts either.
HP introduces Z Club Device-as-a-Service hardware bundles for creative professionals
The new device-as-a-service program from HP is limited to select customers for the time being and it targets creative professionals like photographers, video editors, graphic designers, and CG artists. Each professional group gets a specific hardware bundle with included accessories and a monthly "rent," plus access to the 24/7 Concierge program for streamlined setup.
MIT provides alternative solution for Spectre-like CPU bugs
Intel may be implementing in-silicon solutions against Spectre and meltdown attacks, but not all threat variants can be identified this way. MIT's DAWG solution can detect all variants plus similar speculative attacks, and it can easily be integrated in operating systems without serious performance hits.
AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs to get outstanding performance bump over Ryzen 2000 models
The Ryzen 2000 series still delivered decent performance gains over the original Ryzen models, even if the shrinking process was minimal. With the jump from 12 nm to 7 nm, the IPC boost is expected to be almost 5 times greater, at least in "scientific tasks." If multimedia and gaming loads get the same boost, this could be huge for AMD.
DDR5 RAM production postponed for end of 2019
The first desktop and laptop DDR5 RAM modules are now expected to be released at some point in 2020, as JEDEC has not yet finalized the hardware specs for the DDR5 standard. What we know for sure about the DDR5 RAM is that it will feature at least double the bandwidth, 4800 MT/s and later on 6400 MT/s speeds, plus independent 40-bit channels per module.
First pictures of the Nintendo N64 Classic Mini console emerge
The leaked closeups seem to have been captured from a promotional video, suggesting an imminent official announcement. Featuring the hide-away control ports also found on the NES and SNES Classic mini consoles, this appears to be a legit Classic mini console. Unfortunately, there is no info on the game roster.
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 pops up in Geekbench
Immediately after Xiaomi teased the release date for the Black Shark 2 gaming phone, the model allegedly got tested in Geekbench. As far as hardware specs go, the alleged Black Shark 2 appears to feature the same configuration as the original Black Shark and the Geekbench scores are very similar, as well. Alternatively, the Geekbench model could be the international edition of the original Black Shark that will be launched soon.
Nvidia RTX 2070 complete review leaks before NDA lift
HardOCP released the RTX 2070 review 2 full days before the NDA lift and it looks like last week's leaks are now confirmed. The factory overclocked RTX 2070 models are slightly faster than the GTX 1080, with the stock RTX 2070 most likely on par with the previous gen Pascal GPUs. On the other hand, the price for the overclocked RTX 2070 models might be a bit too spicy.
Intel Core i5-9600K pushed to 5.2 GHz on air with benchmarks
Thanks to the new STIM material, the i5-9600K offers excellent overclocking potential, reaching 5.2 GHz on all cores using a high-end air cooler. The temperatures were a bit over 90C, so a water-cooling solution might be more appropriate, still it is quite impressive how the STIM material helps with the overclocking procedure. The OC-ed processor performed similar to a stock i7-8700.
Nvidia's RTX 2070 slightly faster than the GTX 1080 in latest leaked 3DMark Time Spy test
The high-end Turing GPUs do not seem to be a great upgrade choice for the time being, but what about the upper-mid-range RTX 2070 model? According to the latest leaked Time Spy results, the RTX 2070 GPU is indeed faster than the GTX 1080, however, the tested sample was already factory-overclocked, so the actual performance difference between a stock RTX 2070 and a stock GTX 1080 might be negligible.
Oppo announces Hyper Boost optimization for mobile games and apps
Smartphone SoC overclocking is becoming of thing now thanks to technologies like Oppo's Hyper Boost or Huawei's GPU Turbo. Oppo even collaborated with game publishers and game engine developers to provide compatibility for the most popular mobile games and applications. The Hyper Boost technology can also speed up OS tasks.
Nvidia RTX 2000-series Mobility GPU lineup leaked
Even though Gigabyte and Lenovo officials were previously claiming that Nvidia's Turing-based Mobility GPUs would be launched in late 2018, that might not be the case, at least according to new information obtained by WCCFTech. There is a leaked picture that shows the names of the Turing-based Mobility GPUs, and it looks like these will be showcased at CES in January.
Samsung may ditch the 3.5 mm audio jack on the Note 10 and Galaxy S11 models
A strong supporter for the 3.5 mm audio jack in the past, Samsung may soon be forced to get with the times and move on to wireless headphones. A recent report informs that at least the flagship smartphone models launching from fall 2019 onward would not get the audio jack anymore, so the Galaxy S11 is most likely to come without it, while the Note 10 might still get one, depending on launch date.
Intel's Core i9-9900K pushed to 6.9 GHz on all cores using LN
Right after the official launch of the 9th gen CPU lineup, Intel hired professional overclockers to demonstrate the potential of the new Core i9-9900K processors. Using liquid nitrogen, the 8-core CPU was pushed to 6.9 GHz (7.1 GHz unstable), but performance gains do not look that impressive. The CPU can easily be pushed to 5.3 GHz using watercoolers, though.
Samsung Galaxy A9 gets leaked Geekbench results
Since triple-cam setups are becoming the norm, Samsung is upping the ante with rear quad-cam setups now. Surprisingly enough, the first quad-cam model will not be a high-end device, but a premium mid-range one powered by a Snapdragon 660 SoC coupled with 6 GB of RAM. This model should be officially unveiled on October 11.
AMD Radeon RX 670 GPU rumored to launch mid-October, RX 680 expected in November
The Radeon RX 570/580 successors are rumored to feature 12 nm Polaris 30 cores with increased frequencies, but same 8 GB GDDR5 VRAM. Performance-wise, these new models will most likely not be faster than the Vega 56/64 cards and will go head to head with Nvidia's GTX 1060/1070 chips.
Intel launches 9th gen Core, Core-X and Xeon-W CPU lineups
The new mainstream Core and Core-X HEDT processors represent Intel's retaliation against AMD's Ryzen 2000-series and Threadripper 2000 HEDT lineups. Looking at the MSRPs, it seems like Intel does not want to outprice AMD, while the core configuration suggests lower overall performance, at least for the HEDT models.
Nokia 7.1 premium mid-range smartphone launched with affordable price
HMD Global is bringing premium features like an HDR10 screen and Zeiss optics for the rear dual-cam to its mid-range lineup. The display features the infamous notch, but, other than that, the specs are quite compelling for the affordable price point, as the Nokia 7.1 is powered by the Snapdragon 636 SoC coupled with 3 or 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32 or 64 GB storage.
Huawei warns the FCC that the Chinese trade wars could slow down 5G adoption in the U.S.
Even though Huawei is certainly not the only 5G modem manufacturer on the market, the Chinese company submitted a new report to the U.S. FCC, in which it explains why the freshly launched Verizon 5G infrastructure would not be used by too many customers, as the 5G handheld costs may rise because of trade bans imposed by Trump.
Foldable Galaxy phone and Snapdragon 8150 SoC mentioned in Android 9 core files
According to some core files buried deep in the Android 9 core, Samsung's foldable phone gets an interesting codename, while it looks like the rumors regarding a new naming scheme for the upcoming Snapdragon SoCs were indeed spot on. Moreover, the Galaxy S10 is as good as confirmed to get the Snapdragon version in addition to the Exynos one.
AMD will showcase the first 7 nm Ryzen 3000 CPUs at CES 2019
AMD has a very favorable position on the CPU market, especially now that Intel is going through rougher times caused by shortages. The red team should be able to increase the market share with the release of its 7 nm Ryzen 3000, Threadripper 3000 and EPYC "Rome" CPUs, plus the Instinct GPUs in early 2019.
Nvidia's Quadro RTX 6000 professional GPU is up for pre-order
First announced before the RTX 2000-series gaming GPUs, the new Quadro professional cards based on the Turing architecture will start shipping in a few weeks. The Quadro RTX 6000 flagship card is now up for pre-order with a "decent" US$6,300 price. It features a slightly more powerful TU102 core plus 24 GB GDDR6 VRAM.
Microsoft officially unveils the Surface Pro 6 2-in-1 tablet
The Surface Pro 6 tablet is now available in black, as well as the usual platinum color option. Users can now choose among Intel's i5-8250U and i7-8550U ULV CPUs, 8 or 16 GB of RAM and 128 GB/ 256 GB/ 512 GB/ 1 TB PCIe NVMe storage capacities. The USB-C connector is still missing, but at least Microsoft lowered the prices for the high-end variants.
AMD Ryzen 3000-series 7 nm CPUs already tested internally
Sources claim that a few Ryzen 3000-series CPU samples have arrived at Radeon Technologies Group in order to tune the GPU drivers for the new interconnects. Tests have revealed that the upcoming CPUs are faster than the i7-8700K from Intel, but are very unstable and crash very often at the moment.
Huawei's Kirin 980 does not beat Apple's A12 Bionic in leaked Geekbench results
The latest Geekbench results come to contradict Huawei's claims from last week. The Kirin 980 is certainly not faster than the A12 Bionic, but it does perform better than Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845. This might just be an early Mate 20 test sample and performance might be better on the final version, we'll just have to wait two more weeks to find out for sure.
AMD reveals codename for upcoming 7 nm gaming GPUs
AMD is planning to launch a 7 nm gaming GPU codenamed Arcturus some time in 2020, but before that, the red team needs to come up with a viable alternative to Nvidia's new Turing GPUs first. Rumor has it the Navi GPUs scheduled for next year are still on the GTX 1000-series level, but, since the RTX 2000-series is overpriced for now, AMD might have enough time to fine-tune the Navi cards and even push for more aggressive prices.
iPhone XR gets FCC approval, will ship in late October
The FCC has finally approved Apple's iPhone XR, and the smartphone is expected to hit the stores on October 26. Apart from the fast A12 Bionic SoC, the "more affordable" iPhone does not really feature anything that justifies the US$750 price tag. It only has 3 GB of RAM, a 12 MP rear cam and a 7 MP selfie, which in most cases is subpar even for mid-range phones.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 tablet previewed ahead of official announcement
The sixth version of the Surface Pro 2-in-1 tablet was supposed to finally include USB-C connectors, but an early unboxing unveiled that this may not be the case. The overall design appears to be almost unchanged, however, the hardware was upgraded with gen 8 Intel ULV CPUs and improved iGPUs. The official unveiling is scheduled for October 2.
Lenovo demos foldable phone prototype
Demoed at Lenovo's Tech World event, the foldable phone prototype seems to be very similar to what Samsung could be releasing in November. it has a hinge system in the middle of the display and several segments that facilitate the folding angle. the device is quite responsive, but Lenovo still has to rectify a few issues for the final versions.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro gets leaked renders
The first renders of the Huawei Mate 20 pro reveal a tri-camera setup on the back, but the absence of the usual circular fingerprint sensor could mean that the display itself is housing it now. Speaking of the display, the extra-long notch at the top will most likely not be a strong selling point for this model.
VIA is working on the Zhaoxin KX-6000 octa-core CPUs, aims at becoming serious AMD / Intel competitor
After years of research and development, VIA is ready to launch multi-core CPUs that may threaten Intel's and AMD's position on the entry-level and mid-range desktop / laptop CPU markets. The upcoming Zhaoxin KaiXian KX-6000 octa-core CPUs are scheduled for a 2019 release, and their performance should be comparable to Intel's gen 7 models.
Huawei says the Kirin 980 SoC is faster than Apple's A12 Bionic
Huawei might have lost the race for the first 7 nm smartphone SoC to Apple, but the Chinese company claims that its upcoming Kirin 980 that should be launched in mid-October is faster than the A12 Bionic from Apple. According to Huawei, the new Kirin 980 will be 75% faster and 57% more energy efficient than the 970 model, while the A.I. capabilities have been expanded.
Huawei Y9 (2019) specs leaked on TENAA
The Y-series from Huawei will soon include entry-level models as well as mid-range ones like the upcoming Y9 (2019) that just got the green light from TENAA. Powered by a Snapdragon 710 SoC, the new Y9 should come in two variants: 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage and 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage. Additionally, it will get a 6.5-inch notched screen, dual camera and fingerprint on the back and a 3,900 mAh battery.
Google Pixelbook codename Nocturne gets leaked renders
The latest leaked renders of the next gen Pixelbook tablet reveal a 2-in-1 design with a detachable keyboard. The tablet itself appears to feature at least one USB-C connector, thin speakers on each side of the display, a fingerprint sensor and acoustic cancellation microphone array around the edges.
OPPO Realme 2 Pro pops up on Geekbench
The Realme 2 Pro mid-range smartphone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 SoC coupled with 8 GB RAM and will integrate a dual-cam plus fingerprint sensor on the back. Performance-wise, the Realme 2 Pro is in-line with other Snapdragon-660-powered devices. Full specs and pricing info will be revealed on September 27.
Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti overclocked to 2.4 GHz on LN2, ends Titan V hegemony in 3DMark
The default clocks on the RTX 2080 Ti might not deliver the performance we deserved, but at least the overclocking potential is there. Professional overclocker KINGPIN managed to push the GPU clock to 2.41 GHz and GDDR6 VRAM frequencies to 8.63 GHz, breaking all the records in 3DMark and effectively ending the Titan V supremacy.
Sony announces PlayStation Classic mini console, available December 3 with 20 preloaded games
The PlayStation brand is celebrating 25 years of existence on December 3 this year, and Sony is launching the PlayStation Classic mini console to mark the special anniversary. Sony will preload the PlayStation Classic with 20 iconic games like Final Fantasy VII, TEKKEN 3 and R4: Ridge Racer Type 4. Also included in the bundle are two controllers for local split-screen multiplayer sessions.
Galaxy A7 (2018) is Samsung's first triple-rear-cam phone
Currently integrated only in high-end smartphones, the triple-camera setup on the back of the Galaxy A7 (2018) may suggest that Samsung is willing to make it a mid-range feature. The Galaxy S10 is rumored to include three rear cams, as well, but it seems like Samsung want to release this feature as soon as possible with the mid-ranger rather than the usual high-end models.
Kingmax releases PJ-3280 budget NVMe SSD
The PJ-3280 NVMe SSD is designed to boost the performance of desktops or laptops without breaking the bank. It comes in 128, 256 and 512 GB capacities and, thanks to the PCIe Gen 3 X2 interface, it can reach sequential reading speeds of up to 1,600 MB/s plus writing speeds of up to 950 MB/s, making it 3 times faster than SATA III SSDs.
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 apply to individual PC components, but pre-built systems, laptops and components already in stock are not to be affected.
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 pre-order this model before it went out of stock, shipping will still occur between September 20 and 27.
Nvidia unveils Tesla T4 inferencing GPU based on Turing
The new Tesla T4 is part of the latest enterprise offering based on the Turing architecture. While it features a TDP of only 75 W, it comes with a modified version of the TU104 chip almost as fast as the RTX 2080 gaming GPU. As such, the T4 can decode up to 38 concurrent 1080p video streams, offering maximum efficiency for smart video services based on deep learning frameworks.
AMD and Microsoft working on next gen cloud gaming console
The two companies are envisioning a future where gaming consoles integrate the bear minimum computing power for CPU-based tasks, but rely on cloud-based GPUs to process complex graphics. Games would have an instance running on the local machine and another running in the cloud, and the cloud framework stitches the two concurrent instances into a seamless experience.
New Nvidia Turing RTX 2000-series key features detailed ahead of review embargo lift
Besides the Deep Learning Super Sampling and ray tracing tech that might not be implemented in games right away, the RTX 2000-series GPUs also integrate a series of features that could theoretically bring 50% performance gains over the Pascal chips. Videocardz made a brief summary of all these features, which should be explained in detail after the review embargo lift from tomorrow.
AMD intros Ryzen 2700E, 2600E, 2500X and 2300X CPUs
The Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X were spoiled a few months ago and were known to have the frequency multiplier unlocked for overclocking. On the other hand, the Ryzen 7 2700E and Ryzen 5 2600E are totally new additions designed for silent desktops and mini PCs, thus having lower TDPs and no overclocking support.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 gets fancy codename, foreshadows innovative designs
As Samsung pushed hard to introduce the first foldable phone this year, the S10 and Note 10 flagships did not receive significant upgrades, leaving the real innovations for 2019. The Note 10 will be among the first 5G smartphones from Samsung and it could come with a new bezel-less display that integrates an ultrasonic fingerprint reader.
Intel Core gen 9 CPU series performance surfaces on Geekbench
The Geekbench scores place Intel's gen 9 CPUs ahead of the AMD competition, but the success of these chips will also depend on the launch prices. AMD's Ryzen 2 CPUs are selling like hot cakes due to a very good price/performance ratio, and Intel needs to adjust the gen 9 prices accordingly if it wants to rebalance the market share.
AMD could announce X499 HEDT platform for upcoming Threadripper CPUs at CES 2019
AMD looks prepared to update each of its mainstream and HEDT CPU lineups annually, and the third gen processors coming next year will most likely need a new chipset, since the red team is making the jump to 10 nm and even 7 nm. The upcoming Threadrippers are rumored to be accompanied by a new X499 chipset, which should bring support for PCIe 4.0 and DDR5.
AMD Radeon Vega 20 GPUs will get XGMI PCIe 4.0 to compete with Nvidia's NVLink
Mentioned in the latest Linux patches, AMD XGMI interconnect is rumored to offer bandwidths of up to 64 GB/s on the current PCIe 3.0 standard, possibly even higher on the upcoming PCIe 4.0. This should compete with Nvidia's NVLink, which currently offers bandwidths of up to 200 GB/s on PCIe 3.0 and could exceed 300 GB/s next year with the jump to the PCIe 4.0 standard.
Samsung releases 256 GB DDR4 RAM modules
Using the 10 nm manufacturing process, Samsung managed to pack 256 GB or RAM on a single stick, proving that DDR can offer a viable alternative to Intel's Optane and 3DXPoint technology. The 256 GB RAM modules are only available for servers at present, while desktop and laptop PCs get 32 GB per module, but it will not be long before these capacities hit the mainstream markets.
August top 10 fastest Android smartphones ranked by AnTuTu
August was a slow month for Android smartphone releases, and the new AnTuTu reflects exactly that. The only new entries are the Meizu 16 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which is the only non-Chinese model featured in the chart. While all August smartphones are powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC, the next few months should bring a few new entries powered by Huawei's Kirin 980.
Amazon joins the US$ 1 trillion tech company club, breathes down on Apple's neck
It took Apple 43 years to become the first trillion-dollar US company, whereas Amazon managed the same feat in a little under 25 years, and it now threatens to take over the first position. Granted, Amazon started out as an online bookstore, then it extended into general goods, electronics manufacturing, and more recently cloud-based services or even food-related operations.
Samsung confirms arrival of the Galaxy X foldable phone in late 2018
Samsung claims that it has conducted a series of consumer surveys and it is now confident that there is enough demand for a foldable smartphone, so it decided to move the launch of the Galaxy X from early 2019, to late 2018. The real reason why Samsung is making this move is most likely that it does not want to allow Chinese OEMs like Huawei to get a head start in this emerging market.
New renders and specs for the iPad Pro 2018 models emerge
Apple will officially reveal the new iPad Pro models on September 12, but some high-resolution CAD renders already got leaked, confirming the rumored thin bezels and lack of audio jack. These new models will not integrate the rumored OLED screens; however, they will get new True one IPS displays with FaceID technology.
Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti is only 35% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti in preliminary leaked benchmarks
Synthetic benchmarks might not offer definitive proof on how the new flagship GPUs from Nvidia perform versus the previous gen, and the drivers used are most likely not final either, so performance could slightly improve upon release. Additionally, since the official Turing drivers are not yet publicly available, these results seem to be provided by an Nvidia or AIB partner employee.
Nubia showcases bracelet smartphone concept with flexible display
While Samsung, LG and Motorola are planning to release foldable phones next year, Chinese companies like Nubia are pushing for late 2018 releases. Even if it's not a full-fledged foldable phone, the Nubia Alpha bracelet concept showcases an interesting take on flexible displays. Specific details on hardware specs are not yet available, but the Nubia Alpha should launch in Q4 this year.
Nvidia official says the RTX 20xx cards are at best 45% faster than the Pascal counterparts
Asked about the raw gaming performance in current games, Nvidia’s Director of Technical Marketing Tom Petersen stated that the new RTX 2000 GPUs are between 35% and 45% faster than the Pascal cards. However, upcoming games may perform better if they are specifically coded to take advantage of the new Turing Tensor cores that facilitate the DLSS tech.
ZTE reports worst fiscal H1 this year, expects to be back on track in 2019
It was a rough H1 for ZTE, but the Chinese company is now rising from what looked like a "half past dead" situation. Latest financial report presents losses cumulating US$1.1 due to the US trade bans and fines, and ZTE does not look too affected by this outcome, as its production capacity is back on track. ZTE is also planning to be among the first OEMs to launch 5G handsets next year.
Promo images reveal Honor 8X Max specs
Huawei is ready to launch its premium mid-range Honor 8X lineup on September 5. The Max version will feature the Snapdragon 660 SoC and a 7.12-inch IPS LCD screen with a more discrete notch plus slim bezels. For now, only the 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage version has been confirmed, but a 6 GB / 128 GB storage should also be available at launch.
Adata expands NVMe SSD portfolio with the XPG SX6000 Pro
With its single-sided M.2 2280 package, the XPG SX6000 Pro NVMe SSD can fit PCs, as well as compact laptops and mini PCs. The new Realtek PCIe Gen3x4 controller coupled with second gen 64-layer 3D TLC NAND memory chips can deliver sequential read speeds of up to 2,100 MB/s and write speeds of up to 1,500 MB/s. Capacities range from 256 GB up to 1 TB.
Nvidia's RTX 2080 is only a smidge faster than the GTX 1080 Ti in leaked 3DMark Time Spy benchmark?
It is not clear if these results are provided by an RTX 2080 or 2070 card. Haters would quickly point out that if this is the RTX 2080, the price Nvidia is asking for the card is clearly unjustified. On the other hand, if this card is the RTX 2070, the high prices are justified. If anything, this leak might have stirred the controversies even more.
First gen AMD Threadripper CPUs getting significant price cuts
After almost twoo weeks from the official launch of the Threadripper 2000-series, AMD finally decided to slash the prices for the first generation Threadrippers. The best deal of all three processors seems to be the 1920X, which got a 50% reduction, while the 1920X gets a ~40% lower MSRP, with the high-end 1950X getting only a 25% price drop.
Nvidia is forcing AIB partners into RTX 2000-series contracted shipments, despite GTX 1000-series overstock
Just like AMD, things went unexpectedly well for Nvidia in the second quarter of this year, even though the crypto market decline was heralding a gloomy period. Nvidia managed to pull this off by forcing some AIB partners into overstocking Pascal GPUs, and the green team is doing this again with 10 major partners that were forced to contract shipments for the RTX 2000-series in order to be the first to deliver the new cards.
Huawei launches Matebook D 14 laptop with gen 8 Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU
Following the successful release of the Matebook D powered by the AMD Ryzen 2500U CPU, Huawei now releases two version with Intel's Kaby Lake-R CPUs and Nvidia's MX150 GPUs. The chassis and display are unchanged, but users can choose among the Intel Core i5-8250U and the i7-8550U CPUs coupled with 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and 256 GB / 512 GB, respectively.
Nvidia's RTX 2080 is 35% to 125% faster than the GTX 1080 in 4K games thanks to DLSS
CEO Jensen Huang somehow found it adequate to mention nothing about the DLSS tech that would boost the performance of the new RTX 20xx cards in his official announcement. If we are to believe Nvidia's graphs, the GTX 2080 is up to 50% faster than the GTX 1080 on its own, but the DLSS tech also adds up to 60% more fps when activate, leading to more than 100% performance gains in some cases.
Patent reveals possible return of Motorola's RAZR as a foldable phone
The latest approved patent filed by Motorola in May this year seems to confirm the previous rumors launched around MWC time in February regarding the return of the RAZR brand. However, this time Motorola may equip the clamshell design with a flexible display and special hinges with flex sensors, so the new RAZR might actually be Motorola's first foldable phone.
Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti performance details emerge
Even though the ray tracing technology is adding a whole new dimension of realism to some soon-to-be-released games, everybody is wondering if the latest RTX 2000-series flagships are indeed worth the money. Initial reviews claim that the cards are clearly breaking records in current games at 4K, but the ray tracing experience is not that impressive as far as fps counts are concerned.
Nvidia GTX 1080/1070 cards get substantial price cuts after RTX 2000-series announcement
Nvidia announced the RTX 2000-series and the market reacted immediately with substantial price cuts for the Pascal flagships. Currently priced 30% lower than MSRP, cards like the GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti from Zotac are leading the "promotional offers." Additional price cuts could occur when the Turing GPUs hit the shelves in late September.
Nvidia presents improved Xavier SoC for autonomous machines
Nvidia may be the gaming GPU market leader, but the green team is also keen on advancements in the supercomputer and AI world. With the new scalable Xavier SoC, Nvidia is boosting the processing power for autonomous machines , bringing us closer to a world in which the AI controls most of the technologies in our life.
Shuttle unveils fanless all-in-one PC with 11.6-inch touchscreen
The new XPC P20U from Shuttle is an all-in-one PC barebones unit with fanless design and water/dust-proofing. Equipped with an 11-6-inch multi-touch display, this model makes for an excellent IoT or PoS terminal. Specs include the Intel Celeron 3865U CPU with the HD Graphics 610 GPU plus support for up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and room for a 2.5-inch HDD/SSD along with an NVMe SSD.
Nvidia officially unveils the GeForce RTX 2000-series gaming GPUs
The Turing-powered RTX 2000-series gaming GPUs will come with most of the features integrated in the RTX Quadro professional cards, but at a fraction of the price. For now, Nvidia unveiled only three models - the RTX 2070, RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti; however, there are rumors of possible GTX 2060 and 2050 cards that could be launched in October.
First AMD Ryzen fanless mini PCs are here
While the mini PC market is clearly dominated by Intel, AMD is now trying to steal some market share, at least in the ULV sector. The embedded version of AMD's Ryzen CPUs come with up to 4 cores / 8-threads and can integrate up to 32 GB of RAM plus up to 1 TB SSD storage. The mini PC cases are fanless and also resistant to dust and shocks.
Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti GPU launching together with RTX 2070/2080
The Ti versions for Nvidia's mid-high and high-end GPUs usually arrive around 9 to 12 months after the launch of the original wave, but this time around, it seems like Nvidia is ready to launch the Ti version of the high-end card together with the regular versions. While the RTX 2080 is rumored to cost US$699 initially, the GTX 2080 Ti could get a US$1,000+ MSRP.
ARM planning to release Deimos and Hercules laptop ULV CPUs in 2019-2020
Since the Windows on ARM initiative did not impress too much with this year's Snapdragon-powered laptops, ARM is willing to take matters into its own hands and release CPUs specifically designed for ultrabooks and compact laptops. Based on the Deimos 7 nm architecture an Hercules 7-5 nm architecture, ARM's upcoming laptop chips are set to rival Intel's and AMD's ULV offers.
Diablo 3 is coming to the Nintendo Switch
Blizzard was most likely planning to reveal the Switch version of Diablo 3 at Blizz Con this November, but the overzealous Forbes editors wanted to share the news way to early. Of course, Forbes already deleted the article, but it was too late... no one can really delete anything from the Internet. The article reveals the name of the Switch version, as well as the exclusives that come with it.
Upcoming Honor mid-ranger specs leaked by TENNA
An Honor model codenamed ARE-AL00 just got its TENNA certification, and the leaked specs point towards a possible next gen Max version of the Honor 8. Powered by the Kirin 710 SoC coupled with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, the new mid-ranger will feature a 7.12-inch LCD display and a 4,900 mAh to match it. There is a fingerprint sensor on the back, plus an 8 MP selfie shooter and a 16 MP + 2 MP rear dual cam.
Alleged Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU spotted in Ashes of the Singularity benchmark
Only one week away from the official announcement of the next gen gaming GPUs powered by the Turing architecture, and the leaked benchmarks are already starting to pop up on the Internet. This time it looks like an alleged RTX 2080 made it in the hands of an overzealous tester who stressed it in Ashes of the Singularity on Crazy 4K settings.
AMD's Threadripper 2990WX overclocked to 6 GHz across all cores with LN2
The Threadripper 2990WX was already pushed to 5.4 GHz last week, but it looks like there is room for more overclocking when enough liquid nitrogen is used. Overclocker Ivan Cupa managed to get all 32 cores of the 2990WX model running at an outstanding 6 GHz, but there is no way of telling how much better it performs, as no benchmarks were provided.
BlackBerry KEY2 Lite could be launched at IFA 2018
Rumors about a BlackBerry KEY2 Lite smartphone are have just been refueled with TCL's teaser of a new model that will be announced at IFA 2018 on August 30. The Lite version should keep the same appearance as the regular version, complete with the QWERTY keyboard, but some key hardware components like the SoC, memory, camera setup and battery would be downgraded.
Zotac presents BI329 mini PC featuring Gemini Lake CPUs
The new BI329 mini PC is Zotac's latest model dedicated to the HTPC and IoT markets. It comes in three variants: a barebones one without RAM and storage, one with 4 GB RAM and 120 GB SSD, and a Windows variant that has 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB M.2 storage plus pre-installed Windows 10 Home. All these variants are powered by Intel's Celeron N4100 quad-core ULV CPU.
OPPO's R17 mid-ranger officially unveiled with impressive specs
After it impressed everyone with the sophisticated Find X, OPPO now presents the R17 mid-range handheld with outstanding premium features. Besides being the first OPPO model integrating an in-display fingerprint scanner, the R17 comes equipped with the Snapdragon 670 SoC coupled with 8 GB of RAM and 128 storage. It also features a notch, but this one seems less intrusive.
AMD announces more affordable Radeon Pro WX 8200 professional GPU
The new Radeon Pro WX 8200 only gets 56 CU and 8 GB HBM2 VRAM, but the Vega 10 GPU can still boost to 1.5 GHz and the memory bandwidth is slightly higher than that of the WX 9100 flagship. Even with these downgrades, the WX 8200 is only ~20% slower than the WX 9100, but its price is more than halved.
Sony celebrates 500+ million PlayStation units sold with PS4 Pro Limited Edition
Sony managed to sell more than 500 million PlayStation consoles since the launch of the PSOne in 1994, and, to celebrate this monumental achievement, it is launching a special Limited Edition PS4 Pro that comes with a dark blue translucent casing, a 2 TB HDD, a PS Camera, and a translucent controller. The console itself has bronze-gold insignia and a special plaque that lets the owner know which of the 50,000 units is in his possession.
TCL could launch a 3.3-inch Palm smartphone soon
TCL might be taking the Palm brand name a bit too literal with the newly leaked 3.3-inch model that will be available only in the US from Verizon later this year. Insider sources claim that this model will be powered by a Snapdragon 435 SOC and will integrate 3 GB RAM with 32 GB storage. To keep things ultra-light, TCL will only equip this model with an 800 mAh battery.
HP reveals Whiskey Lake-U CPU specs
HP seems to have accidentally revealed all the specs for Intel's Whiskey Lake-U family of mobile CPUs, as the information was taken down soon after. Nevertheless, it is now known that there will be three models - the Core i3-8145U, Core i5-8265U and Core i7-8565U, HP also revealing core count, frequencies and cache memory configurations.
Blizzard has multiple Diablo projects in the pipeline
Diablo III is arguably the weakest link in Blizzard's current portfolio, and, although the company is not really pressured by upcoming Korean MMOARPGs, it at least owes it to the fans to hype things up for the Diablo franchise once again. Blizzard acknowledged the existence of multiple Diablo-inspired projects already in development, some of these being scheduled for a reveal at Blizz Con this year.
Intel Crimson Canyon NUC complete specs and release date unveiled
The Crimson Canyon NUCs are meant for users who do not really intend to upgrade their systems, as the RAM is soldered and there is already an HDD included. Users may still choose among 4 or 8 GB of LPDDR4-2666, however, there is only one CPU option - the 10 nm Core i3-8121U. Also included is the Radeon 540 GPU and users can add more NVMe storage.
JapanNext launches affordable curved 35-inch gaming monitor with 200 Hz refresh rate
The new JN-35VCG200UWHD gaming monitor is among the first to support 200 Hz refresh rates for ultra-wide resolutions. It might not be 4K and HDR-capable, but its AMVA panel with 180R curvature provides 3 ms response times, 300 nits peak brightness and stunning clarity via AMD's FreeSync dynamic refresh technology.
Xiaomi's Mi Mix 3 will integrate Samsung's OLED displays and Qi wireless charging
The Mi Mix 3 is rumored to get a major display upgrade with Samsung's OLED screens instead of the usual IPS LCDs. The thin bezels suggest the existence of a pop-up selfie cam, while the rear would be getting an impressive tri-camera setup. The phone will also be among the first to integrate wireless quick charging and it will cost ~US$569.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 full specs and first pics surface online
The Pocophone F1 has not yet been officially unveiled, but it looks like the phone is already available on the Romanian site PC Garage. For only ~US$487 users can now get a Snapdragon 845 handheld with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, a notched 5.99-inch 1080+ IPS screen, dual 12 MP + 5 MP rear camera setup, 20 MP selfie shooter and a generous 4,000 mAh battery with quick charge features.
Next gen triple-fan Nvidia GeForce GTX custom card teased by MAXSUN
Even though the first custom AIB models for the next gen Nvidia GeForce GTX GPUs are supposed to be announced in early September, MAXSUN - a relatively new Nvidia AIB partner - teased what seems to be like a next generation flagship card that comes with triple-fan custom cooling, RGB lighting and dual slot design.
Gigabyte confirms Intel 9000-series CPUs will work on existing motherboards
The gen 9 Core CPUs from Intel were rumored to be launched this October, but it was not clear if they will only work on the new Z390 motherboards. A recent Gigabyte clarification post revealed that the upcoming CPUs will also be supported by the current gen 8 Z370 / H370 / B360 / H310 motherboards, which will get BIOS updates as soon as Intel launches the new processors.
Nvidia could use the 20XX suffix for the next gen GeForce GTX GPUs after all
Initially rumored to be called GTX 20xxx, the next gen Nvidia GPU series seemed like it could actually use the 11xx suffix in the past few months. However, a new Russian ECC certificate for Manli's upcoming Nvidia GPUs informs that the series could use the 20xx denomination after all. Additionally, it mentions that the GPUs use the Ampere architecture.
New Acer Chromebook 13 and Spin 13 coming in September
Acer now offers premium builds for the Chromebook lineup. The latest Chromebook 13 and Spin 13 come with all-aluminum chassis and 13.5-inch IPS displays supporting 2256 x 1504 resolutions. Spec-wise, these notebooks come powered by Intel's gen 8 Core i3 and i5 CPUs coupled to up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB storage.
Samsung and LG could add rear screens on future smartphones
The latest approved patents show full color rear displays that could be integrated on future entry-level and mid-range smartphones form LG and Samsung. Samsung's rear screen patent depicts a display half the size of the main one, while LG would only implement a smaller one above the rear camera. The flagship models would get flexible OLED displays that fold into dual screens.
Valve to launch its Artifact card game on November 28
The first Artifact public demo will be held at PAX West 2018 in early September, and participants at that event will be able to get beta keys to spread around. Artifact will launch on November 28 for US$19.99 on Steam and will feature two 54-card pre-constructed decks plus 10 sealed card packs with 1 guaranteed rare card.
The Turing HubblePhone concept takes cues from Nokia's N93
Turing is back with a futuristic concept that might get launched in 2020, but most likely will not because the company has already filed for bankruptcy. The new HubblePhone would integrate all sorts of advanced technologies, including dual flexible OLED displays, one of which can swivel around to facilitate shooting videos and pictures.
Huawei sold more phones than Apple in Q2 2018
Thanks to record-breaking P20/Pro smartphone sales and additional support from the secondary Honor brand, Huawei snagged Apple's second place for most handhelds sold in Q2 2018. The Chinese company also aims to break into the U.S. market, a move that could pose some serious problems for Samsung's leading position.
AMD Threadripper 2970X & 2950X specs leaked
HWBOT leaked the core count, TDP and base clocks for the Threadripper 2970X and 2050X CPU models. AMD also mentions the existence of 2990WX and 2970WX models and these are rumored to feature watercoolers. There should also be a 12-core / 24-core 2920X CPU, but no specs have been revealed for this one as of yet.
Crowdfunded Dragonbox Pyra handheld PC almost ready for launch
First announced in 2014, the crowdfunded Dragonbox Pyra handheld mini PC is finally close to commercial release. The German developers released the final specs, which now include a 5-inch 720p screen, a TI OMAP 5 dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU, 2 or 4 GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC storage. What sets apart this model is the ability to upgrade each hardware component.
NEC unveils its first Gemini Lake tablet - the VersaPro VU
The VersaPro VU is a 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet that will only be available in Japan. The 1920 x 1200 touchscreen does not come with fancy thin bezels, but NEC does provide a tactile pen. It is powered by the Gemini Lake Celeron N4100 CPU coupled with 4 GB LPDDR4, and users can choose between 64 or 128 GB of eMMC storage. Also included is the docking keyboard, which comes with more ports.
Chinese Moto Z3 Play / E5 Plus get improved specs
The Moto Z3 Play will feature the Snapdragon 660 SoC with the usual complement of 4/6 GB RAM and 64/128 GB storage, plus it also gets a bigger 3,300 mAh battery. Although it gets a slightly smaller 4,850 mAh battery, the Moto E3 Plus will get a Snapdragon 430 octa-core SoC coupled with 3/4/6 GB RAM and 32/64/128 GB storage, respectively.
Nvidia's next gen GTX GPU wattage, memory and pricing details sent to AIB partners
WCCFTech's sources inform that the GTX 1060 successor should feature 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM and will be launched in late September for around US$500, while the GTX 1070 successor would also get 8 GB VRAM, but will be launched in mid-September for US$600. As for the flagships, these are said to feature 11 GB GDDR6 and would launch in early September for US$700.
AMD announces highest revenues in 7 years despite crypto market decline
The Q2 2018 financial report presents revenues totaling US$1.75 billion, of which US$166 million represents net profits. Year over year comparison points out to a 64% increase, even though total revenues are down 3% compared to Q1 2018. Moreover, the crypto market decline took away only 4% from the GPU sales.
Intel's Scalable Xeon CPUs to arrive by 2020
According to a leak roadmap presented by Intel at the Chinese University of Changsha City, The Ice Lake scalable processors were pushed to 2020 due to some 10 nm fabrication process issues. Meanwhile, Intel will launch the Copper Lake scalable Xeon CPUs a few months before the Ice Lake family. The roadmap also shows the 28-core Cascade Lake HPC CPU scheduled for an early 2019 release.
Meizu 16 and 16 Plus specs leaked on TENNA
The Meizu 16 will feature a 6-inch screen, a Snapdragon 710 SoC and a 2,950 mAh battery, while the 16 Plus model will come with a 6.5-inch screen, a Snapdragon 845 SoC and a 3,570 mAh battery. Both models get thin side-bezels, no notch, dual rear camera setup and curved glass backs. The official launch date is scheduled for August 8.
New critical Bluetooth exploit discovered
The latest Bluetooth vulnerability may affect many more devices than last year's BlueBorne, because it can affect smartphones as well as laptops that integrate Apple, Google, Intel, Broadcom or Qualcomm hardware. Due to insufficient encryption validation during the pairing process. Microsoft claims that Windows 10 is not affected, but all the other companies are releasing fixes as soon as possible.
Nvidia GTX 11 series release schedule already sent to AIB partners
It looks like Nvidia's AIB partners have already been notified about the upcoming GTX 11 launch schedule. First to launch will be the GTX 1180 flagship at the end of August. Then after 1 month the overclocked GTX 1180 cards will be launched along with the GTX 1170. Late October will see the launch of the GTX 1160 and the mobility variants will most likely come in late November.
Kirin 980 core cluster and GPU details get leaked
According to Chinese site ITHome, the Kirin 980 will integrate a quad ARM Cortex-A77 core cluster clocked at 2.8 GHz and one ARM Cortex-A55 core cluster. The GPU will be developed by HiSilicon and it is said to be 50%faster than the Adreno 630. The next gen SoC will not support 5G communications, but it will get an updated NPU for AI applications.
Nvidia GTX 1170 beats GTX 1080 Ti in latest alleged benchmarks
The leaked 3DMark picture shows some outstanding specs for the GTX 1170, besides the benchmark score. Apparently, the next gen GPU will come with as much as 16 GB of GGDR6 VRAM running at 2.5 GHz, which already sounds a bit exaggerated. Upon closer inspection, one could find a few red flags that signal faked information.
HP launches Z2 Mini G4 small form-factor workstations
The fourth generation Z2 Mini workstation series from HP is bringing refreshed specs like the Intel 8000-series desktop CPUs and the more advanced Xeon E 2100-series for professional designers. The new SFF systems support up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, up to 1 TB NVMe SSDs, Intel Optane memory and up to 1 TB SATA HDDs, plus a choice between Nvidia’s Quadro P600/P100 and AMD’s Radeon Pro WX 4150 GPUs.
Huawei planning to overtake Apple's smartphone sales by next year
The Chinese company reports that it should sell 200 million handsets by the end of 2018, which would bring it fairly close to Apple's target. At this rate, Huawei is expecting to overtake Apple in global sales at some point in 2019. The US and Indian markets should help Huawei further their plans in this respect, although the US embargoes could hinder this development.
New Intel Amber Lake-Y details emerge
Intel announced the Amber Lake-Y CPUs back at Computex in June, but core count or frequency details were not provided. This week, Dell and NextLab501 revealed names and specs for three Amber Lake-Y CPUs, and it looks like the new ULV chips should come with increased frequencies, but the core configuration and the iGPU remain the same.
Samsung's foldable Galaxy X coming in ealry 2019 according to Wall Street Journal
The first foldable phone from Samsung will most likely be named Galaxy X, and Wall Street Journal informs that it is supposed to be launched in early 2019 with a flexible 7-inch display that can be folded like a wallet. It can either hide the display completely or split the main display into two smaller screens.
TSMC to see record revenues over GTX 11 GPU / smartphone chip demand
The latest financial report coming from TSMC reveals that the Taiwanese company experienced some revenue problems in the first half of 2018 due to the crypto market depreciation, but the foundries are expecting substantial profits in the second half over great demand for next gen GPUs and mobile chips.
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 coupled with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, a 3,240 mAh battery, dual 19 MP + 12 MP rear camera setup, and an overall reduced thickness of 0.39 inches.
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 clocked at 2.0 GHz. Most important features are the LPDDR3/4X support, LTE cat 7/13 capabilities, and advanced AI application compatibility.
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, analysts pointed out that profits for both AMD and Nvidia could significantly shrink, but a crypto market rebound may restore most of the lost profits later this year.
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 30% less power compared to current LPDDR4 chips. Mass production for LPDDR5 chips should begin at some point in Q3 this year.
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 sensors and relies only on depth map imaging to calculate the cursor position and hand gestures.
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 storage, but there will also be versions with 3/6 GB RAM and 32/128 GB storage, respectively.
Fujitsu will begin Nano-RAM production in 2019
NRAM is made of carbon nanotubes that are more efficient than the current technologies used in 3D XPoint and NAND Flash devices. Nantero - the company developing NRAM - claims that its technology can provide better write speeds for decreased power requirements and production costs, and the memory has high temperature tolerance (up to 800 degrees Centigrade).
Shuttle announces new compact XPC series supporting gen 8 desktop Intel CPUs
The XPC SH370R6 supports Coffee Lake CPUs up to i7-8700K with max 95 W TDP, plus there's enough room for up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, 4 SATA bays and even a PCIe 3.0 16x slot for discrete GPUs. While it is not the most compact barebone out there, the new XPC SH370R6 can easily replace the usual desktop PCs or even more cumbersome workstations.
Nvidia GTX 2080 Ti GPU test sample pops up in Ashes of the Singularity benchmark
The benchmark entry mentions that the GTX 2080 Ti card is part of a “special supply for GSS", suggesting that this could be an early test sample sent to GRUS Spars Solver testers that assess the machine learning capabilities. However, the denomination is not really in line with the GTX 11xx moniker that was confirmed by a Lenovo leak, so the information could be fake.
Samsung's Exynos 9820 SoC early samples could have TDP issues
Ice Universe informs that the first Exynos 9820 test samples got an unexpected core configuration that includes just two Mongoose M4 cores along with two Cortex-A76 and four Cortex-A55 cores from ARM. This suggests that Samsung may be having some TDP issues with the first test samples. Also, instead of Samsung's rumored in-house GPUs, the Exynos 9820 would be coupled with ARM's Mali-G76 GPU, at least in the upcoming Galaxy S10.
Nvidia ready to ship over one million GTX 11 series cards
DigiTimes reports that Nvidia may be experiencing some problems with the current GTX 10 GPU overstock and might postpone the launch of the GTX 11 family for a few months, despite already being in possession of around one million next gen GPU cards. This could mean that the custom-made AIB and mobility versions could launch almost at the same time as the Founders' editions.
NGD reveals 16/32 TB Catalina 2 programmable SSDs
AI, machine learning and computer vision application will be getting a boost via the new NGD Catalina 2 programmable SSDs. Coming in 2.5-inch / add-in-board form-factors, these solutions integrate Toshiba's 3D NAND memory chips and benefit from the PCIe 3.0 X4 speeds with peak sequential read/writes capping at 3.9 GB/s. The programmable part is handled through a Xilnix FPGA.
June Top 10 fastest Android smartphones listed on AnTuTu
AnTuTu's list of the best-performing handheld devices updated for June shows a clear Chinese dominance. Of the ten featured devices, only three are non-Chinese (Samsung Galaxy S9+/S9 and Sony Xperia XZ2). Topping the chart is Xiaomi's Black Shark gaming smartphone, while the last position is occupied by another gaming smartphone - the Nubia Red Magic.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500X gets benchmarked and overclocked
The Ryzen 5 2500X managed to get similar scores to Intel's gen 7 i7-7700 CPU, making it an excellent solution for budget desktops. It is the only quad-core/8-thread CPU in the Ryzen 2000 family and it should be a best buy at only US$20 over the Ryzen 3 2300X ~US$140 price. Additionally, it can easily be overclocked to 4.3 GHz on air, probably eevn higher on watercooled solutions.
Foldable Samsung Galaxy X smartphone to get 7.3-inch screens and flexible batteries
Latest rumors claim that Samsung's first foldable phone - the Galaxy X - will be getting flexible batteries with capacities between 3,000 and 6,000 mAh. The foldable 7.3-inch OLED displays that will be featured with the Galaxy X are scheduled to enter production later this summer, and the devices should be ready for launch in Q1 2019, along with the Galaxy S10 models.
AMD's Ryzen 3 2300X budget CPU OC potential and Cinebench results leaked
The unannounced Ryzen 3 2300X is running at 3.5 GHz by default and can go up to 4 GHz via boost frequencies. On default air cooling it may be pushed to 4.3 GHz without any problems, but liquid coolers may be able to help push it even further. The processor managed to score 690 points in Cinebench R15, placing it right between Intel's i3-8100 and i3-8350K.
Lenovo Legion Y530 gaming laptop will get the GTX 1160 GPU this holiday season
Gigabyte was first to acknowledge the arrival of the GTX 11 mobile GPUs in Q4 2018, and now Lenovo is confirming that the next gen gaming GPUs from Nvidia should arrive in November/December. Among the first laptop to receive the GTX 11 treatment is Lenovo's Legion Y530, which will integrate the GTX 1160 6 GB VRAM version.
iPhone 9 / iPhone X Plus new details get leaked
Latest leaks show that the iPhone 9 and the iPhone X Plus will feature bigger screens compared to last year's iPhone X. The Phone 9 gets a notched 6.1-inch display, but only one camera on the back, while the iPhone X Plus boasts a big 6.5-inch notched screen and features a tri-camera rear setup. Apple is also rumored to finally ship the 2018 models with an 18 W USB-C charger with Fast Charging tech.
Intel reveals “Bean Canyon” NUCs with Coffee Lake-U CPUs and Iris Plus iGPUs
With the new "Bean Canyon" NUCs, Intel will introduce three new Coffee Lake-U CPUs: one dual-core (i3-8109U) and two quad-cores (i5-8259U, i7-8559U). All new CPUs will integrate the improved Iris Plus 655 GPU with 128 eDRAM and 48 execution units for superior mobile graphics processing power. As usual, the NUCs do not include RAM and storage solutions.
AMD's 12 nm Polaris 30 GPU coming in Q4 2018, 7 nm gaming GPUs coming in 2019
The Polaris 30 might come as a surprise, but AMD also neglected to mention the Polaris 20 GPUs in last year's roadmaps, so this looks to be business as usual for the red team. With a rumored 15% performance increase, the Polaris 30 GPUs will be comparable to the RX Vega 56 GPUs. AMD is also said to be preparing budget 7 nm GDDR6 GPUs for early 2019 and high-end HBM2 variants for late 2019.
New Samsung Galaxy Book Windows 10 tablet in the works
Samsung is among the latest Windows-on ARM supporters, intending to launch refreshed Galaxy Book models this year. Two upcoming models have already been certified for mass production by the Russian ECC authorities, and these should be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 700/800 SoC. The Always-Connected feature should also allow for the integration of a 4G LTE modem.
Nubia Z18S leaked pics reveal dual-display, no notch
Even though it is not the foldable phone everyone is waiting for, Nubia's Z18S still comes with a dual-display setup. The front screen has no notch or selfie cam, so the bezels are as thin as they can get. The secondary screen is placed on the back, under the camera setup and it can be used to display, notifications, widgets or headlines.
SD cards with 128 TB capacities and 985 MB/s speeds coming in 2019
The improved SD Express cards will feature transfer speeds up to 985 MB/s via the PCIe/NVMe interface and 128 TB storage capacities. These improvements target 4K/8K video processing, VR and augmented reality applications, AI-driven vehicles and IoT ramifications. First to get the latest specs will be the SDHC/XC/UC cards scheduled to arrive in 2019.
Intel's 8-core/16-thread mainstream CPU to be named i9-9900K
The new Z390 platform from Intel will bring support for the gen 9 mainstream CPUs that should go head to head with the Ryzen 2000 series. While the Z390 does not bring significant improvements, the i9-9900K is expected to deliver decent performance gains over the i7-8700K, also positioning itself as the direct competitor to AMD's Ryzen 7 2700 CPU.
Asus ROG gaming phone 2.0 design teased in fan-made renders
Even though the ROG Phone is not yet available for purchase, Asus fans are already coming up with interesting design ideas for the 2.0 version of the device. Concept creator's design includes a slimmer metallic case, red accents on the back, streamlined air vents, a repositioned dual rear camera setup, plus a sliding area housing a selfie cam, which allows for a truly bezel-less screen.
Shuttle announces DH02U/DH02U5 mini PCs with GTX 1050 GPUs
Shuttle's mini PC lineup just got upgraded with GTX 1050 discrete GPUs from Nvidia. The new DH02U is powered by the Celeron 3865U dual-core CPU, while the more advanced DH02U model features the i5-7200U dual core. Both models are missing the storage and RAM solutions, but they do provide support for up to 32 GB of DDR4 and room for a SATA SSD plus an NVMe SSD.
Lenovo Legion Cube C730 compact desktop specs and pricing revealed
With the new Legion Cube C730, Lenovo is attempting to provide a hybrid between mini PCs and mini tower desktops. The portability is quite affected by the 20-pound weight, but Lenovo does offer a handle to move the system around easier. Users can choose between the i7-8700K/8700 and i5-8400 six-core CPUs, up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, up to 512 NVMe SSD plus up to 4 TB HDD storage, and a choice between the GTX 1060 and the Radeon RX 570 GPUs.
First Nvidia GTX 1180 PCB prototype leaked with 12 GB 384-bit GDDR6 VRAM
According to insider sources, Nvidia's desktop GPU team is already testing GTX 11xx prototype PCBs and the final specs should be announced in mid-July. One of these prototype PCBs was already leaked on reddit. The board does not feature the GPU, however the spec sheet includes 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM with a 384-bit bus, three 8-pin power connectors and a second gen NVLink.
AMD Threadripper 2990X 32-Core / 64-Thread CPU details and benchmarks leaked
The guys over at HKEPC revealed that the Threadripper 2990X 32-core CPU is running at 3.4 GHz by default and can go up to 4.0 GHz in boost mode. It also comes with 40 MB L2+L3 cache memory and a TDP of only 250 W. According to Cinebench R15, the AMD chip is a bit faster than Intel's 28-core processor at stock frequencies.
New Nvidia GTX 11xx series essentially confirmed to launch in Q3 2018 as revealed by GPU cooler maker Power Logic
Nvidia may deny the imminent release of their next gen gaming GPUs all they want, however, more evidence for a Q3 2018 GTX 11xx release has recently been unveiled by Power Logic's CEO. The largest GPU air cooling provider on the market is expecting a considerable increase in cooler shipments in the second half of 2018, essentially confirming Nvidia's and AMD's next gen GPU arrival.
USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 dock with many connectors demoed by Realtek
Realtek is almost ready to launch a more affordable all-in-one USB dock for laptops. The latest prototype features a 10 Gb/s USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 main port splits the bandwidth across a great selection of connectors. Even though there is no Thudnerbolt 3 support, all the connector chips are proprietary, so the dock should feature a sub-US$100 price.
BitTorrent bought by Tron cryptocurrnecy creator
Tron's creator Justin Sun hopes to make the Internet more decentralized and in order to further this plan he just bought BitTorrent Inc. The popular peer-to-peer sharing platform combined with blockchain tech could revolutionize the way people access data over the Internet and may give a significant boost to the Tron coin adoption.
Celeron N4100 KNote 5 Windows 10 tablet launched by AlldoCube
The KNote5 is probably the most affordable tablet powered by the Celeron N4100 CPU on the market right now. It also comes with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, plus the integrated UHD Graphics 600 GPU.What really makes this a great deal is the all-in-one keyboard offered together with the tablet, while the 4,000 mAh battery provides enough juice for 10 hours of use.
Next gen Microsoft HoloLens could launch in 2019
Since VR is already quite a mature technology, Microsoft intends to make its mixed reality headset more affordable for the masses. The next gen HoloLens should debut in early 2019, with improved holographic displays, a lighter frame and most likely featuring Qualcomm's latest XR1 chip. MSRP should go down below US$1,000.
Samsung will begin LPDDR5 and UFS 3.0 production in 2H 2018
Judging by the latest leaks, Samsung is most likely preparing major overhauls for next year's Galaxy S10 / Note 10 high-end devices. Apparently, Samsung is planning to begin production on the LPDDR5 and UFS 3.0 chips later this summer and this could significantly boost the overall performance for the 2019 models. Moreover, it looks like the Galaxy S10 could finally get 4K video recording.
Nvidia GTX 1180 to get high speed output, new price details unveiled
New leaks reveal that Nvidia's GTX 1180 will support higher refresh rates through one VR-friendly connection, making it possible to render [email protected] Hz content for each eye, and this would also apply to the TV-sized G-Sync 4K monitors. Price-wise, the GTX 1180 will not match the original launch MSRP of the GTX 1080, as there will be two versions and the most affordable one is supposed to cost US$999.
Maingear announces Pulse 15 customizable gaming laptop
The new Pulse 15 customizable gaming PC from Maingear gets updated with all the current trendy options: thin bezels, 15.6-inch screen squeezed in a 14-inch chassis, six-core CPU, mechanical RGB keyboard, plus a generous 2 TB NVMe SSD. Users can also choose to customize the model with automotive paints and MARC II finishes.
New Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 model to include iris scanner and thinner bezels
The upcoming Galaxy Tab S4 is supposed to compete with Apple's new iPad Pro model. According to the latest Chinese leaks, the Tab S4 will get a larger 10.5-inch screen with 16:10 ratio and thin bezels, plus an iris scanner and extended DeX support that can turn the tablet into a desktop computer together with a new Book Cover Keyboard.
Zotac announces i7-8700T six-core workstation mini PC
Apparently, the Zbox Q workstation mini PCs were quite the hit and Zotac now intends to release an updated version by the end of 2018. Zotac will only add a newer i7-8700T six-core CPU (plus a new motherboard) and a faster 10 GbE NIC to the already powerful specs that include Nvidia's Quadro P5000 16 GB VRAM GPU, NVMe + SATA storage combos and up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM.
Intel's 8-core Coffee Lake-S mainstream CPUs to launch in September on the Z390 platform
PCWatch reported that the first mainstream desktop 8-core Coffee Lake-S CPUs should be launched in September along with the Z390 platform. These chips should cost more than US$400 and will come in 80/95 W SKUs. Intel will also launch refreshed 22-core Skylake-X HEDT processors and ultra-premium Cascade Lake-X chips by the end of the year.
Huawei to launch Kirin 710 SoC in response to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710
The upcoming Kirin 710 is fabricated on the 12 nm stepping and comes with Cortex-A73 cores, while the Snapdragon 710 is expected to come with the 10 nm Cortex-A75/A55 cores, so Huawei's chips will probably be featured in more affordable mid-range smartphones. The only stronger spec on the Kirin 710 is the dedicate NPU derived from the Kirin 970, but the Snapdragon is also capable of AI processing.
Samsung Mongoose M4 core specs leaked, expected to perform better than Cortex-A76
According to famous leaker Ice Universe, the Exynos 9820 will integrate Samsung's upcoming Mongoose M4 cores which are said to be better than the ARM Cortex-A76 chips. This should translate into frequencies that go over 3.3 GHz, and, since the M4 are 7 nm chips, they should have improved energy efficiency.
More details about the 28-core CPU reveal Intel's misleading presentation
Apparently, Intel's 28-core CPU presentation from Computex was not really accurate, as the company tried to pull a few tricks on the audience. Anandtech meanwhile got some answers from Intel, revealing that the demo CPU was pre-overclcocked to 5 GHz. Moreover, the chip is designed for extreme workstations, so this was not the HEDT Cascade Lake-X CPU.
Overclocker delids Intel's Core i7-8086K, pushes all cores to 7.24 GHz
Since the new limited edition i7-8086K CPU is not soldered, overclockers immediately subjected it to some liquid nitrogen craziness. Der8aer conducted a live overclocking session at the G.Skill Computex booth and managed to get all cores running stably at 7.24 GHz and 1.48V. The overclocker gradually pushed the clocks, while the liquid nitrogen kept the chip at -185 degrees Centigrade.
Seagate Exos 14 TB HDD coming soon to consumer markets
It's clear that HDDs will soon become obsolete even when it comes to capacity, but the enterprise sector is still relying on these devices because SSDs still cost a fortune in large numbers. Seagate's latest Exos 14 TB HDD is primarily aimed at the enterprise sector, but IronWolf and Barracuda versions for NAS and consumer markets are also expected in late 2018.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 looks 90% the same as Note 8 in leaked CAD-based renders
The guys over at Mobile91 got their hands on 36-degree renders for the Note 9, and it looks like the rumors were spot on about virtually unchanged designs when compared to the Note 8. The front was already leaked by Ice Universe in May, but now we get to see the back and it it's almost the same, as well, with the small difference in the position of the fingerprint sensor.
Next Diablo game officially in the works as revealed by Blizzard job listing
It seems like Blizzard is feeling the pressure from games like Path of Exile, as it finally revealed that it is working on a new Diablo game through a job listing for dungeon artists. With Blizzard being so meticulous, the game could remain in development for a while, but, hopefully, it will not take another 10 years.
AMD shows Gen 2 Threadripper HEDT CPUs with up to 32 cores / 64 threads and first 7 nm EPYC CPU
AMD's answer to Intel's 28-core HEDT CPU was showcased today at Computex in the form of the 32-core/64-thread Gen 2 Threadripper. These top-of-the-line HEDT chips from AMD will use all 4 interconnected dies, unlike the first gen Threadrippers that used only 2 of 4. As a bonus, AMD gave a sneak peek to its 7 nm EPYC CPUs based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture.
MSI showcases budget GF63 gaming laptop
If you are searching for a 15-inch hexa-core laptop but maybe budget is not that generous, MSI has you covered with the GF63 series which should be launched soon. This sub-US$1000 model integrates the Intel i7-8750H six-core CPU coupled with 8 or 16 GB of RAM, and can pack a 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD storage combo. Users can also choose between the GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti GPUs.
Intel's Cascade Lake-X 28-core HEDT CPUs to arrive in Q4 2018
Intel showcased the 28-core HEDT CPU right after the 40th anniversary i7-8086K presentation at Computex. The 28-core CPU was stably running at 5 GHz and overclockers will probably get the beastly chip running at more than 6 GHz. It is expected to hit the markets in Q4 this year, but the MSRP could be around US410,000.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to launch on August 9 with improved camera setup
Bloomberg informs that sources familiar with Samsung's plans claim that the Note 9 is going to be officially unveiled on August 9. The phablet might not be so different from last year's model after all, but at least it is getting a SoC upgrade, improved battery and even an improved rear dual camera, according to Bloomberg's source.
MSI unveils high-end GT75 Titan 8RG and GE73 Raider RGB gaming laptops
MSI decided to announce its high-end 17-inch GT75 Titan 8RG and mid-high GE73 Raider RGB right before Computex 2018, and the two models will be on display in Taipei. The GE73 Raider RGB comes with Intel Core i7 hexa-core CPUs and GTX 1070 GPUs, while the GT75 Titan 8RG sports the more expensive i9 hexa-cores and desktop-grade GTX 1080 GPUs. l
Samsung Galaxy S10 confirmed to integrate ultrasonic, virtual fingerprint recognition
Samsung is finally acknowledging the arrival of the in-display fingerprint sensors with the launch of next year's premium smartphones. The Korean company has closely been working with Qualcomm to deliver what they call the ultrasonic fingerprint recognition, which will be using updated OLEDS that include the Snapdragon Sense ID 3D.
ARM unveils "laptop-class" Cortex-A76 7 nm CPU
Using the 7 nm manufacturing process, the new ARM Cortex-A76 CPU will bring "laptop-class" performance to handheld devices. The new CPU features a totally new architecture that delivers 35% increased performance, 40% improved power efficiency and 4 times increased machine learning workloads for the upcoming "always connected" Windows on ARM PCs.
Asus ROG GL504 with thin bezels, Core i7-8750H and GeForce GTX 1070 spotted in the wild
One of the ROG gaming laptops that will get the slim display bezels this year is the GL504 model which has not yet been officially announced, but it is very close to launch since it is up for pre-order at a Polish e-tailer. The specs include everything gamers need right now, from15.6-inch IPS screens with 144 Hz refresh rates and hexa-core CPUs, to GTX 1070 GPUs and NVMe + SSHDs. storage combos.
Codename "Januss" might be Dell's upcoming foldable Windows 10 smartphone
It looks like Dell could work its magic and release a foldable phone before Microsoft even gets to officially announce the Surface Phone. Dell's codename "Januss" could also be among the first 5G smartphones, since it is said to be powered by Qualcomm's 7 nm Snapdragon 850 SoC. Other features include a USB-C connector and multiple cameras.
HP adds better Nvidia Max-Q GPUs and slim bezels to its Omen 15 laptops
The refreshed Omen 15 gaming laptops gets a slightly smaller chassis and, consequently, thinner bezels on the display. users will be able to choose [email protected] Hz and even Nvidia G-Sync enabled ones. CPU support was extended to Intel's hexa-core models, while the Max-Q GPUs get upgraded to the GTX 1070 variant.
Qualcomm reveals XR1 dedicated VR/AR/XR SoC
According to Qualcomm, the VR and AR market is now mature enough for a unified SoC, so the company is almost ready to release the Snapdragon XR1 chip that will bring support for virtual, augmented and mixed reality environments. At its core, the XR1 is a smartphone SoC that does away with most communication-related features.
Tencent to support the Chinese chip industry
The foreign import bans imposed on ZTE are bound to shake things up in China, at least in a positive way. Tencent - one of the biggest video game company in China - is willing to take constructive actions in order to increase China's chip-making capacity and reduce the reliance on foreign component imports.
Honor Play smartphone promises 4D gaming experience
Huawei seems to be ready to join the gaming smartphone craze with its upcoming Honor Play model. The latest smartphone teaser posted by the Chinese company on Weibo emphasizes the AI functionalities that should bring a "groundbreaking" 4D gaming experience. However, it looks like the Honor Play might have been spotted at TENAA, but the specs are mid-range at best.
US Justice Department investigating Bitcoin price manipulation schemes
It looked like Bitcoin could finally break the 10K line after the Consensus annual event, but the US Justice Department thwarted all bullish plans, triggering a considerable devaluation. In just 5 days, Bitcoin dropped from ~US$8,400 to almost US$7,000 as the DoJ is currently investigating price manipulation schemes pulled by crypto traders.
TicWatch Pro has 2 screens and month-long-lasting battery
The innovative stacked display design developed by Mobvoi for the upcoming TicWatch Pro should provide a substantial battery life boost. While in standard mode, the battery may last around 2 days, but there is also an Essential mode that completely disconnects the OLED screen and turns off the Wear OS, leaving only the black/white LCD active.
Samsung releases roadmap to 3 nm fabrication process
Samsung wanted to prove that it is in no way behind TSMC when it comes to manufacturing process milestones. Even though TSMC is already rolling out a good chunk of 7 nm chips for various companies, it still does not use the EUV tech. Samsung will make full use of the EUV lithography by mid-2018, and then it plans to release 5 nm, 4 nm and 3 nm chips by 2022.
Kaby Lake-G Chromebook codenamed "Kidd" in the works?
Chromebooks could soon get a substantial performance boost, as the Chrome OS developers are planning to support Intel's Kaby Lake-G CPUs that come with the dedicated AMD Radeon RX Vega M GPU. The first Chromebook that would include such specs is codenamed "Kidd" and it was discovered mentioned in the Chromium code commit repository.
Twitter account kills Asus Arez GPU brand, Asus reacts
With the announcement of Nvidia's GeForce Partner Program, Asus thought it would be wise to differentiate its GPU brands into ROG (for Nvidia) and Arez (for AMD). Since the GPP was killed in its infancy, speculators were quick to proclaim that the Arez brand will cease to exist as well. Asus retorted promptly, dismissing any greatly exaggerated rumors.
Google and LG working on ~5K virtual reality displays
A new paper compiled by LG and Google researchers stipulates that the human eye has a resolution of about 9600 x 9000 pixels with a FOV of 160 x 150 degrees. The new LG OLED VR screen is not there yet, but i certainly seems to be the best on the market right now, with its 4800 x 3840 resolution, 120 Hz refresh rate, and a 120 x 96 degrees FOV.
Intel Coffee Lake-S 8-core/16-thread CPU spotted in SiSoft Sandra benchmarks
The SiSoft Sandra benchmarks reveal that the upcoming Coffee Lake-S octa-core/16-thread CPUs will be compatible with current chipsets and the soon-to-be-released Z390 platform. The test prototype is clocked at 2.6 GHz by default, has 18+2 MB cache, and managed to score 237.032 GOPS, making it slightly faster than a 4.4 GHz i7-8700K.
The new Razer Blade 15 is the slimmest 15.6-inch gaming laptop in the world
Razer managed to squeeze the 15.6-inch systems inside the older 14-inch Blade chassis. This makes the new Blade gaming laptops some of the slimmest models on the market to date. The refreshed specs include Intel's gen 8 hexa-core CPUs coupled with 16 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, and, depending on the budget, users can choose among a GTX 1060 or 1070 Max-Q GPU, FHD or UHD displays and 256/512 GB SSDs.
Nokia X6 Chinese stocks depleted in 10 seconds
The Chinese branch of HMD Global reported that the entire stock of 700,000 Nokia X6 devices pre-sold in just 10 seconds. Another pre-sale is scheduled for May 31 and the stock is expected to be larger. Since the Nokia X6 already proved to be a hit in China, HMD Global now intends to bring it to the Western markets.
Qualcomm could allow OEMs to release several 5G smartphones this year
Major cities in the US and across the globe are testing 5G services throughout this year, and some areas might even get limited 5G connectivity in the second half of 2018. Tis has prompted some OEMs to pressure Qualcomm into allowing them to integrate the X50 5G modem and maybe even the upcoming Snapdragon 855 SoC in several smartphones that could launch by the end of 2018.
ZOTAC's ZBOX CI329 quad-core Gemini Lake fanless mini PCs launched
The ZBOX CI329 Nano from ZOTAC is powered by Intel's Celeron N4110 CPU that integrates a UHD Graphics 600 GPU, which allows it to handle 4K resolutions and H.264/265 decoding. Thanks to the low 6.5 W TDP CPU, the mini PC does not need active cooling and comes with the signature honeycomb passive cooling design.
Emdoor presents Kaby Lake-G gaming laptops and mini PCs
The EM-B13KG mini PC and EM-NM14KG 14-inch gaming laptop from Emdoor will most likely come with very affordable prices. Both can be equipped with the i5 and i7 Kaby Lake-G CPUs that integrate AMD's Radeon RX Vega M GPUs, up to 8 GB DDR4 RAM, SSD storage (+HDD for the mini PC), and the list of connectors is quite generous.
Intel Cannon Lake-Y M3-8114Y dual-core 10 nm CPU gets leaked specs
Together with the recently leaked Core i3-8121U, the M3-8114Y will be one of the first 10 nm ULV CPUs launched by Intel this year. As far as performance goes, the new M3 will be a tad slower than the i3, with a 1.5 GHz default clock and boost clocks reaching around 2.2 GHz. TDP should be around 4 W, making them ideal for fanless entry-level notebooks.
Intel Core i3-8121U SiSoft Sandra benchmarks leaked by Lenovo
It looked like Intel is going through some production problems with the 10 nm Cannon Lake chips, but the latest leaks involving Lenovo's IdeaPad 330 series powered by the Core i3-8121U CPU signals the fact that Intel will actually be the first to achieve the 10 nm milestone this year. Since the i3-8121U is an entry-level dual-core, the SiSoft Sandra results are not great, but still decent for a 15 W TDP CPU.
Nvidia's stock plummets as GPU crypto mining death fears intensify
Even though Nvidia had record-breaking Q1 earnings, the impending doom looming over the GPU-based crypto mining endeavors is causing fear, uncertainty and doubt in the green company's investors, leading recently to a 7.85% stock fall. Bitmain's Ethereum ASICs will be launched soon and Nvidia could see more than 66% decreased earnings from crypto-mining-related sales in Q2.
Nvidia GTX 11xx series could come with 7 nm chips instead of 12 nm, launching late November
With the release of the latest 7 nm chips manufactured by TSMC and GlobalFoundries, is Nvidia going to release the next gen GPUs on the short-lived 12 nm stepping, or will it jump directly to 7 nm? If the green team chooses to go with the 7 nm chips, the launch of the GTX 11xx series could be pushed towards the end of 2018.
AMD is already sampling the Threadripper 2000 series
An official slide from AMD sneaked into the official AMD Ryzen Pro mobility APU presentation, revealing that the company is currently sampling the second generation of Threadripper HEDT CPUs. These are build using the Zen+ 12 nm process, and will bring improved memory latencies together with higher default and boost clocks.
Oppo Realme 1 launching in India
Realme is Oppo's first brand created specifically for the Indian youth in search for a premium mid-range smartphone with affordable prices. The Realme 1 offers a large 2160 x 1080 6-inch IPS LCD screen together with a MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core SoC coupled with either 3/4/6 GB RAM and 32/64/128 GB storage. The camera setup includes a modest 8 MP selfie + 13 MP main.
Facebook is experimenting with blockchain tech, may launch its own cryptocurrency
Apart from the implementation of a proprietary virtual token and the subsequent financial ecosystem, the integration of blockchain with the popular social media platform should bring improved security features like encrypted messages and data or better user account identification. This could take more than a few years, and Facebook is not even interested in an ICO.
Nvidia GTX 1170 preliminary specs and performance get leaked
The GTX 1170 GPU is supposed to be powered by the same GT104 Turing 12 nm chip as GTX 1180, but it will come with lower specs that include ~1.5 GHz base clocks (1.8 GHz boost clocks), reduced CUDA core and TMU count, and slower GDDR6 VRAM. This means that the TDP could go as low as 140 W, which can make it a good target for crypto miners.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 looks almost the same as Note 8 in leaked marketing render
The leaked render presents a Galaxy Note 9 that is practically identical to the 2017 model. Rumor has it that the only differences will be related to the SoC, battery and physical height. Apparently there is no new stylus and no in-display fingerprint tech either. Why fix it if it ain't broke? Looks like 2019 will be the year for new cutting edge designs.
Lenovo's 13-inch Yoga 730 2-in-1 notebooks now available
With the 13-inch variant of the Yoga 730, users can get an FHD IPS touchscreen, and can opt for an i7-8550U or an i5-8250U CPU. They can further add 8 or 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 512 GB of NVMe SSD storage. This model specifically impresses with the 2x Thunderbolt 3 connectors that come standard on any variant.
World's first blockchain-connected smartphone Finney from SIRIN Labs gets detailed specs
SIRIN Labs managed to raise US$157.8 million for Finney's launch. The first ever block-chain connected smartphone will be released at some point in H2 2018, and the list of features now includes a high-end Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. It will also pack a highly secure cold storage crypto wallet and a host of hardware security features for all the virtual currency fans.
Asus launches more affordable ROG GU501GM gaming laptops with six-core CPUs
If the ROG Zephyrus seems too expensive for your budget, you may want to take a look at the ROG GU501GM instead. The more affordable GU501GM comes with almost the same design features, and the specs are still very solid, as it includes the i7-8750H six-core CPU, a GTX 1060 6 GB VRAM video card, 16 GB DDR4-2666 RAM, a 128 GB SSD + 1 TB Hybrid HDD, and a Thunderbolt 3 connector.
Huawei's Kirin 980 SoC confirmed to get 7 nm treatment and new AI co-processor
The next gen Kirin 980 is being manufactured at TSMC's foundries and uses the 7 nm process. Huawei will also include a new AI chip from Cambricon and an improved GPU, so the upcoming Kirin 980 will surely battle it out with Samsung's Exynos 9820 and Apple's A12 SoCs. The latest HiSilicon chip is scheduled to be launched with the Mate 20 flagships later this year.
TSMC reveals more details on the 5 nm manufacturing process
The 7 nm manufacturing process will be superseded by the 5 nm one by 2020. Right now, TSMC is working to improve the extreme ultraviolet lithography tech that should lead to reduced power consumption and considerable performance gains for the 7+ nm chips in late 2018. TSMC estimates that the performance gains and power requirements will see minor improvements with the 5 nm stepping.
Leak claims Apple's upcoming A12 smartphone SoC is ~30% faster than A11
Leaker Ice Universe claims that TSMC is manufacturing A12 prototypes using the new 7 nm process, and the performance gains over the current A11 are considerable, sitting at ~30%. However, the power consumption is not on par with what 7 nm chips should yield, and this could be caused by the lacking lithography. The A12 SoCs should be launched next year wit the tri-cam smartphones.
Triple rear camera iPhones coming soon
According to a Yuanta Securities report, Apple already expressed its interest in integrating rear tri-camera setups for its upcoming high-end smartphones. The future iPhones could get 5X optical zoom per lens and it looks like there will be at least a 12 MP sensor. Apple's tri-cam devices are slated to be released in 2019.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 destroys iPhone X in latest leaked benchmarks
Fans of the Note series can now rejoice since the latest benchmarks reveal the true power of the phablet. Previous benchmarks presented the Note 9 as a 5 GB device that could end up slower than the S9, but the latest tests show quite the reversal. As a huge bonus, the Note 9 also overpowers Apple's iPhone X, thanks to an unannounced Exynos 9815 SoC.
Mysterious AMD Vega 12 GPU info leaks out, plus Vega 20 AI features
The codenames for the upcoming Vega 20 and Vega 12 GPUs were mentioned in the latest LLVM and Clang compiler patches. Codenamed GFX906, the Vega 20 will support native AI instructions and the patch information reveals that it will benefit from the 7 nm tech, while the Vega 12 codenamed GFX904 is rumored to be replacing the Polaris series (Radeon RX 580 and co.) later this year.
Nvidia's next gen mobility GPUs confirmed to be landing in late 2018
An official Gigabyte UK representative confirmed that the mobility version of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 11xx series should arrive towards the end of the year. This pretty much confirms that the desktop versions are slated to be released this summer, as the mobility solutions usually get released a few months later.
DDR5-4400 RAM modules demoed by Cadence and Micron, DDR5-6400 coming soon
The first DDR5 memory modules are slated for a 2019 commercial release, while JEDEC will finalize the specifications this summer. The DDR5-4400 module demoed by Cadence requires lower voltages and is considerably faster than the current DDR4-3200 standard, even with CL42 latencies. Later on, speeds will be upped to 6400 MT/s and capacities should reach up to 32 Gb per chip.
AMD and Nvidia future GPUs could integrate TSMC's new wafer-on-wafer tech
Thanks to TSMC's new stacked wafer manufacturing process, future CPUs and GPUs could double the performance just by integrating dies with two wafers. For now, only two wafers can be stacked one on top of the other, but in the future, dies could include multiple wafers and get a vertical design, instead of a horizontal one. The only problem is current dual-wafer designs have low yields for manufacturing processes under 16 nm, but TSMC is working to improve that.
LG K30 specs leaked on T-Mobile's support page
The unannounced LG K30's leak could mean that T-Mobile is getting ready to add the model to its offer. Spec-wise, the LG K30 looks like an entry-level model. It comes with a modest 5.3-inch HD LCD, a 13 MP rear shooter plus a 5 MP selfie, a rear fingerprint reader, and an unnamed quad-core SoC that seems to be part of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400-series coupled with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.
Intel discontinues its Kaby Lake-X series after 10 months from launch
The only two quad-core Kaby Lake-X CPUs launched back in summer 2017were supposed to provide an entry point for the Intel's HEDT chips, but sold very poorly, because the Coffee Lake hexa-cores launched just a few months later. OEMs and resellers will be able to order the two chips up until November 30 and Intel will be pulling the plug on May 31, 2019.
Dell introduces Wyse Thin Client 5070 small form-factor PCs
Dell is refreshing the Wyse small form-factor PC series with Intel Gemini Lake ULV CPUs. The new Wyse 5070 family will include two lower-end Celeron models and two higher-end Pentium models with up to 1600 factory configurations, which can be further customized with additional RAM, storage and even discrete GPUs.
Chris Hook left AMD to join Intel as head of discrete GPU marketing
When Chris Hook first announced he was leaving AMD, many analysts speculated that he could join Intel and his long-time partner Raja Koduri, who has been working for Intel since late 2017. Hook recently confirmed these rumors and explained he is starting a new marketing leadership role at Intel in Santa Clara. The two former AMD gurus will be working on the Arctic Sound and Jupiter Sound discrete GPUs with which Intel is planning to take on AMD and Nvidia.
Intel is working on the revolutionary next gen Ocean Cove CPUs
The venerable Core architecture first released in 2006 is rapidly approaching its final days, as Intel is hard at work on a next gen microarchitecture that should take performance to the next level. A recent job listing revealed that this architecture is codenamed Ocean Cove, and it could be implemented in Alder Lake cores some time in 2020 or 2021.
The 7 nm Vega 20 is AMD's answer to Nvidia's Volta AI GPUs
In the recently announced Q1 2018 earnings report, AMD's CEO Lisa Su mentions that the company is already testing 7 nm Radeon Instinct GPUs, which should be sampling later this year. This GPU series is most likely part of the Vega 20 family that appeared in previously leaked roadmap slides. Spec-wise, the Instinct looks to be a solid competitor for Nvidia's Volta AI GPUs.
Oppo A3 officially announced for China
Oppo's A3 smartphone is among the first mid-rangers to feature the trendy notched display, which usually comes with high-end models. Also included are a large 6.2-inch FHD+ LCD and the MediTek Helio P60 octa-core SoC clocked at 2.0 GHz coupled with 4 GB of RAM and an impressive 128 GB storage capacity. The rear cam gets a 16 MP sensor, while the selfie shooter gets only 8 MP.
AMD and Nvidia graphics card prices continue to fall as demand is down 40% in April
The graphics card demand drop is certainly a serious profitability issue for the Taiwanese suppliers, but this also means that gamers can now get the graphics cards they need for prices close to the original MSRP. Crypto miners are waiting to see if Bitmain's Ethereum ASICs are indeed worth it over GPU cards, however, if the upcoming GTX 11xx and AMD Navi cards would prove even better, we might see the price inflation scenario all over again.
Intel snags AMD's Athlon 64 / Zen CPU architect Jim Keller
Intel is putting together a team of industry visionaries to help counterattack AMD's Ryzen offensive. Ironically, most of the industry veterans recently coopted by Intel include veterans who used to work for AMD. Raja Koduri and possibly Chris Hook could focus on the development of discrete GPUs, while the latest addition, Jim Keller - one of AMD's prominent CPU engineers, would work his magic on upcoming innovative microprocessors.
Samsung Galaxy X concept gets inspired by Microsoft's Surface Phone
While it is still not clear if Samsung is going to release any foldable phones in 2018 or 2019, sleek 3D renders of a rumored Galaxy X model make an appearance in the wild, depicting a device with 1 external display and 2 other internal ones. The Smartphone can open up and act as a laptop powered by a light version of Windows 10, just like Microsoft's Surface Phone.
Samsung launches 970 Evo/Pro NVMe M.2 SSDs
Samsung is refreshing its mid-range NVMe SSD lineup with the 970 Evo and Pro models that are using the latest version of the company's 64-layer 3D V-NAND memory chips. The Pro version is slightly faster but comes only in 512 GB and 1 TB capacities, while the Evo model has capacities ranging from 256 GB up to 2 TB.
Intel "Tremont" will soon replace "Goldmont Plus" ultra-low voltage SoCs
The Tremont ultra-low voltage SoCs will presumably be manufactured using the 10 nm process and will feature most of the instruction sets that will be integrated in the upcoming Ice Lake desktop CPUs. Intel is making sure that the low budget/embedded PC market, together with the IoT one will be getting all the features found on the higher-end Core CPUs.
Amazon's project Vesta aims to launch domestic robots by 2019
Vesta is a more advanced Alexa that can go about houses thanks to advanced cameras and computer vision systems that are currently featured in self-driving cars. Additionally, the domestic robot could come with a pair of robotic arms so it may be able to carry things around the house. The appearance may be humanoid in order to instill a sense of friendliness.
Xiaomi Mi7 first to include Qualcomm's 3D facial recognition tech
Apple's iPhone X may have been the first to integrate the FaceID feature, but Android smartphones are set to get a refined version with Qualcomm's latest 3D facial scanning this year. While Samsung and Huawei are hard at work on their own versions, the Qualcomm one is most likely to be implemented first in Xiaomi's Mi7 smartphone, which could be launched this summer.
Apple presents Daisy, the iPhone recycling robot
Daisy can dismantle up to 200 handsets per hour while salvaging a variety of materials that can be reused in future devices. This is part of Apple's GiveBack program that incentivizes users to turn in their old models for dismantling, which, in turn, contributes to a donation fund for the Conservation International non-profit organization.
Apple iPhone SE 2 could be announced soon
A recent EEC approval filing revealed that Apple could be preparing to launch a slew of unannounced mobile devices and one of these could be the iPhone SE 2. No specific hardware specs were revealed in the EEC file, but the iPhone SE 2 could come with the A10 Fusion SoC coupled with 2 GB of RAM, up to 128 GB storage and improved cameras, plus the latest iOS 11 version, but would still retain the 4-inch display found on the original model.
Lenovo ThinkPad E485/E585 with AMD Ryzen Mobile CPUs get detailed specs
The E485 model will feature a 14-inch 1366 x 768 IPS screen, while the E585 will come with a 15.6-inch FHD display. Hardware configurations for both variants are identical and include AMD Ryzen Mobile CPUs all the way up to Ryzen 7 2700U coupled with up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1 TB HDDs, plus up to 512 GB NVMe SSDs on select SKUs.
Nvidia GTX 1180 specs and performance data leaks out
The next gen Geforce GTX 1180 GPUs from Nvidia could end up 50% faster than the GTX 1080, based on extrapolated data from the Volta architecture. Previously rumored to be released in July this year, the GTX 1180 might get a US$700 MSRP, but this could lead to more availability issues caused by cryptominers.
ZTE Nubia Red Magic gaming smartphone revealed in leaked pictures
Despite all the bad publicity ZTE is getting these days, the Chinese company is well on its way to officially reveal the Nubia Red Magic gaming smartphone on April 19. The latest leaked picture from Weibo reveals a 2:1 Infinity Display without the dreaded notch, as well as an RG LED strip on the back. This model is rumored to be powered by the Snapdragon 845 coupled with 8 GB of RAM.
Honor 10 specs leaked on TENAA
TENAA reveals that the Honor 10 will come with a 5.84-inch LCD screen capable of displaying 2280 x 1080 pixels, and rumors claim that there's an upper notch, as well. The rear camera setup comprises a 16 P + 24 MP combo with “semantic image segmentation mode.” The phone is powered by the Kirin 970 SoC and there will be 4 GB RAM/ 64 GB storage and 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage versions.
Samsung Galaxy J6 to come with Infinity Displays according to FCC
This year, Samsung is porting the Infinity Display technology from the high-end Galaxy S and Note models to the more mid-rangy A and J series. According to FCC, the latest model to get the 18.5:9 aspect ratio Infinity Display screen seems to be a member of the Galaxy J family, most likely to be named J6.
40th anniversary Intel i7-8086K CPU specs and performance get leaked
The i7-8086K would be a limited anniversary edition marking 40 years since Intel first launched the 8086 16-bit microprocessor. Spec-wise, it is very similar to an i7-8700K, but the base and boost clocks got bumped to 4 GHz and 5.1 GHz, respectively. With proper cooling, the i7-8086K could be overclocked easily to 5.0 GHz and beyond.
OWC releases ThunderBlade external SSDs with SoftRAID and 3800 MB/s read speeds
The external NVMe SSDs from OWC are aimed at high-end users who create UHD content. Capacities range from 1 to 8 TB but prices are considerably higher than the mass produced NVMe solutions. Two ThunderBlade models can be connected in SoftRAID mode in order to provide increased read speeds of up to 3800 MB/s.
Asus launches X407/X507 ultrabooks with Nvidia MX110 GPUs
The refreshed X407/X507 ultrabooks are some of the slimmest models out there, featuring CPUs up to gen 7 Core i7-7500U coupled with up to 8 GB DDR4 RAM, Nvidia's GeForce MX110 GPUs, storage combos made of a 256 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD, Nanoedge IPS FHD displays with thin bezels, and fingerprint sensors compatible with Windows Hello.
Xiaomi's Black Shark gaming phone officially revealed with liquid cooling solution
The Black Shark gaming phone comes with totally unique features that include a 550 nits 5.99-inch display, special detachable game controller, sturdy back design for improved grip, watercooling system that allows the SoC to run at lower temperatures and thus avoiding throttling, plus stereo speakers that emulate surround sound acoustics.
Chris Hook leaves AMD, could be joining Intel
Chris Hook had been with ATI and then AMD for almost 20 years. The former AMD Senior Director of Marketing could be joining Intel in order to help the company launch its latest discrete GPU, first one in 20 years. AMD promptly found a suitable replacement, announcing that Hook's position will be occupied by Sasa Marinkovic.
Thuraya X5-Touch is the world's first satellite smartphone
Thuraya has been making satellite phones for two decades now, but none of these were based on Android and had only limited "smart" capabilities. The new X5-Touch model seamlessly integrates the satellite connections with a mid-range Android smartphone that also comes with two SIM slots for quick switches between GSM and satellite networks.
Radeon RX Vega Nano cards could be launched soon
The Nano version of the Radeon RX Vega cards will feature a narrower PCB with 150 W TDP. A similar PCB is already used by Sapphire for its RX Vega 56 Pulse cards. The only known specs for the Nano cards are the 64 raster operators, the 8 GB HBM2 video memory and the 2048-bit memory buss. The cards are expected to be launched this year, before the arrival of the next gen Navi architecture.
MSI announces GT75 Titan DTR gaming laptops with Core i9 Coffee Lake-H CPUs
The refreshed G75 Titan gaming laptops are the only MSI series to pack the high-end i9 hexa-core mobility CPUs. The rather bulky chassis feature large intakes/exhausts and gamers can choose among several configurations that can include the more affordable i7 hexa-core CPUs coupled with 16/32 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, GTX 1070/1080 GPUs, and a choice between FHD 3 ms TN or 4K 17.3-inch panels.
AMD & Nvidia GPU prices are down 25% in March, supply is catching up
GPU prices dropped considerably throughout the month of March due to a series of factors that include: Amazon and Newegg refreshing their supplies more often, rumors about a possible July launch of the GTX 11 series and a late 2018 AMD Navi launch, plus Bitmain's announcement of the E3 Ethereum ASIC that could spell the end of GPU-based cryptomining.
Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone depicted in official teaser
The teased silhouette of the Black Shark presents rounded edges and a power or volume button on the side, but the previously rumored directional gamepad is most likely not going to get included. Xiaomi confirmed that the Black Shark will be unveiled on April 13 there will be variants with storage capacities ranging between 64 - 256 GB.
Samsung Exynos 9820 SoC and 5G RF chips already in the works
A Samsung Engineer leaked the fact that he has been working on the next gen Exynos 9820 since January 2018 on his LinkedIn profile. Additionally, the same engineer has been working on a 5G RF chip that is expected to be integrated directly in the Exynos 9820 ever since May 2017. These chips are expected to debut in early 2019.
Chuwi announces crowdfunded HiGame mini PC with Kaby Lake-G CPU
Chuwi's answer to Intel's Hades Canyon comes in the form of the HiGame mini PC, which packs Intel's Core i5-8305G CPU + AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL iGPU with 8 GB DDR4 system memory and 128 GB NVMe SSD storage inside a 6 x 6 inch case. Standard features include a Thunderbolt 3 connector and multi-monitor support, and users will be able to upgrade the system memory and the storage setup.
Origin PC EVO15-S gaming laptops get the Coffee Lake-H treatment
The heavily customizable EVO15-S gaming laptops are getting refreshed with Intel's latest hexacore CPUs, new 4K screens and GTX 1070 Max-Q GPUs to reduce the Chassis profile even more. Users can add up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 and up to 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage combiend with up to 2 TB HDDs. Prices start at ~US$1,600.
ADATA unveils the XPG Gammix S11 NVMe SSD
Specifically designed for gamers, PC enthusiasts, overclockers, and video rendering professionals, the new XPG Gammix S11 from ADATA offers read speeds of up to 3200 MB/s, while the write speeds can reach 1700 MB/s. The included sleek red/black heatsink provides optimal operating temperatures, increasing the stability and extending the lifespan of the SSD.
Meizu 15/15+ specs and hands-on pics surface online
Meizu decided to steer clear from notched or bezel-less displays for its 15/15+ anniversary models, keeping the tried and true bezel-less sides + upper/lower bezel design of yesteryear models. The 15+ model will feature a 5.95-inch QHD screen and an Exynos 8895 SoC, while the standard model will come with a 5.46-inch FHD display and a Snapdragon 660 SoC. Both models integrate 4/6 GB RAM and 64/128 GB storage, plus a sturdy metal back.
Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptops to integrate Intel's new hexa-core CPUs
The latest 15.6-inch Nitro 5 laptops from Acer will integrate CPUs up to Intel's hexa-core i7-8850H coupled with as much as 32 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and 512 NVMe SSD storage. All refreshed models will also include Nvidia's GTX 1050 Ti GPUs, an FHD IPS display and support for Intel's Optane memory. Availability is slated for May.
Canon's 120 MP image sensor takes surveillance to the next level
With as much as 13,280 x 9,184 effective pixels, the 120MXS CMOS sensor provides remarkable clarity and definition even at considerably increased magnification. The sensor is also capable of recording videos at 9.4 fps in full RGB or 18.8 fps in black& white, making it suitable for advanced surveillance systems.
Xiaomi Mi 6X specs get leaked
Fans of the Mi X5 will probably be disappointed to learn that the 6X is set to feature only a slightly more powerful Snapdragon 626 SoC. The imaging setup, however, has been substantially upgraded to include a 20 MP selfie cam along with a dual 20 MP + 8 MP rear cam. The display was also replaced with a larger 5.99-inch 2160x1080 IPS panel, but the memory and storage configuration remained the same 4 GB + 64 GB.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1170/1180 could arrive in July with 8/16 GB GDDR6 VRAM
According to SK Hynix, its GDDR6 memory chip production should begin in 3 months and this should coincide with Nvidia's announcement of the GTX 11 series of gaming GPUs. The whole next-gen series will benefit from the GDDR6 memory, with the GTX 1180 likely to integrate as much as 16 GB GDDR6 VRAM, and the GTX 1170 models getting only 8 GB.
Moto Z3 Play specs revealed by FCC
FCC reveals that the Moto Z3 Play will be powered by a Snapdragon 636 SoC coupled with 4 GB RAM, and there will be 32 GB and 64 GB storage options. Other specs include a 6.1-inch display, chassis that match the size of all previous Z models for Moto Mod compatibility, plus a 5 MP selfie cam and a dual 12 MP + 8 MP rear cam.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 GeekBench results and specs surface online
The Note 9 prototype that popped up on GeekBench was pitted against the S9+ and it ended up a bit behind in both single core and multi-core tests. However, the Note 9 featured in the tests comes with 5 GB of RAM instead of 6 and it is powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC which is known to be slower than the Exynos 9810 SoC that comes with the non-US versions of the Galaxy S9/S9+.
Voyo announces Surface-like Vbook i5 tablet
The latest Voyo Vbook i5 is almost as fast as a Surface pro, but comes at nearly half the price. Apart from the slower CPU that comes in the form of an Intel Pentium 4415U, the Vbook i5 integrates 8 GB of DDR3, a 128 GB SATA3 SSD, all the usual connectors and a 12.6-inch 3K IPS touchscreen that seem on par with what Surface Pro has to offer.
Nvidia DGX-2 is the "world's largest GPU"
The DGX-2 is the fastest AI computer on the market right now and can be also seen as the largest GPU in the world, thanks to the new NVSwitch system that interconnects 16 GPUs. It costs $399K, but it can easily replace US$3 million worth of 300 dual-CPU servers consuming 180 kilowatts. This is 1/8th the cost, 1/60th of the space, 18th the power.
Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 official specs released
The Y7 Prime 2018 is aimed at youths and comes with way more affordable prices compared to the P20 lineup or the Mate RS. There is no notched display here, even though the 2:1 aspect ratio 1440 x 720 IPS screen might still feel a bit awkward. Powered by a Snapdragon 430 octa-core SoC, the Y7 Prime 2018 edition features 3 GB pf RAM, 32 GB internal storage, 8 MP selfie cam and a 12 MP + 2 MP rear cam setup.
OnePlus 6 beats Samsung Galaxy S9+ in leaked GeekBench results
The OnePlus 6 prototype that is featured in the GeekBench results is powered by the same Snapdragon 845 SoC that comes with the Galaxy S9+ (US version) and Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S and it also features the same 6 GB of RAM. Apparently, the OnePlus 6 prototype might be using an overclocked SoC or better memory, and the final product could end up even faster.
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S officially released, boasts impressive specs and quad-layer ceramic body
The Mi MIX 2S is powered by an overclocked Snapdragon 845 SOC coupled with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, and the body/back plate will be made out of quad-layered ceramic material, which is more resistant to scratches. It will also feature a dual pixel 12 MP camera setup that is capable of recording slow motion videos @120 fps 720p, 30 fps 1080p or 30 fps 2160p.
Xiaomi unveils 15.6-inch Mi Gaming Laptop
The rather dull aluminum chassis of the Mi Gaming Laptop is intentionally designed this way in order to blend in at workplace environments. The hardware specs, which include a Core i7-7700HQ CPU, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, the 6GB VRAM Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU and a 256 GB NVMe SSD + 1 TB HDD storage combo all constitute the "wild" side of this model.
Oppo F7 officially announced
Even though it features the infamous iPhone X upper display notch, the Oppo F7 is actually a solid mid-range selfie phone. It is powered by the octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 SoC and it comes in 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage and 6 GB + 128 GB variants. The selfie cam benefits from a 25 MP sensor and a multitude of modes, while the rear cam only gets a 16 MP sensor with LED flash.
OnePlus 6 specs get leaked
The latest leaked specs reveal that the OnePlus 6 will only have a few things in common with the Oppo R15. The high-end Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage, plus the 20 MP selfie cam and the 20 MP + 16 MP combo on the back should make the OnePlus 6 rival even the best models offered by Samsung.
Fanless wallet-sized mini PCs revealed by Logic Supply
The CL200-series ultra-compact form-factor PCs measure only 3.26 x 4.56 x 1.33 inches and have a fanless case due to the 6 W TDP Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core/dual-thread SoC powering the systems. The entry-level CL200 comes with 1 GB LPDDR4 and 8 GB eMMC storage, while the advanced CL210 integrates 2 GB LPDDR4 and 32 GB eMMC storage.
Twitter CEO foresees Bitcoin as world's single currency
Jack Dorsey believes that Bitcoin can take over all fiat currencies of the world in about 10 years, but before this could happen, the cryptocurrency needs to get over a few problems it is currently facing. Besides faster transaction times and lower fees, Bitcoin needs to stabilize the volatility and the mining cetralzation, plus it most likely needs solid regulations.
Samsung is patenting slide-out displays for future phablets
The highly anticipated foldable phone from Samsung might include a slide-out display system, which would provide a wider screen suitable for movie-watching, streaming and playing games, especially when the 5G networks go online. This could add to the overall thickness of the device, but the benefits easily outweigh the downsides.
AMD acknowledges CTS Labs exploits, will fix them in the next weeks
It took AMD more than one week to fully assess the CTS Labs report regarding 13 vulnerabilities found in all Ryzen and EPYC processors, but at least AMD's official position dismisses any claims that these vulnerabilities are critical and need immediate action. According to AMD, these exploits are to be fixed with simple firmware updates released through new BIOS versions in the coming weeks.
Gigabyte adds Radeon RX 580 cards to its external Gaming Box lineup
Apart from the standard issue Radeon RX 580 GPU, the latest Gaming Box from Gigabyte comes with the usual 450 W PSU, and connectors including the Thunderbolt 3 port plus four more USB ports that let users connect peripherals like external HDDs. Additionally, there is support for three Display Port 1.3 outputs and an HDMI 2.0 port.
Gigabyte soon to launch refreshed thinner Aero 15/15X gaming laptops
This year's Aero 15/15X models will integrate thinner bases, bringing the overall thickness down to only 0.7 inches. Users will be able to choose between an FHD 144 Hz panel with thin bezels and a 4K screen with AdobeRGB 100% color gamut. It has not been officially unveiled as of yet, but the new models could be powered by Intel's gen 8 Coffee Lake-H hexa-core CPUs.
ASRock confirms production of gaming graphics cards
A recent teaser video posted by ASRock on its Youtube channel reveals the name for the soon-to-be-released lineup of gaming graphics cards. Previously rumored to focus on MXM cards for its mini PC business, ASRock now confirms it will also manufacture discrete graphic cards that will most likely be RX Vega models.
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 anchors" in mass produced goods, as a blockchain-enabled anti-counterfeit measure.
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 the camera setup.
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, 64/128 GB storage, plus dual front/back cams.
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 3865U CPU, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, while offering varied connectors and security features.
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 626 SoC, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB storage, 6.3-inch 2280 x 1080 IPS screen, plus a 24 MP selfie cam along with a 16 MP + 5 MP rear cam that integrate a multitude of modes.
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 like a SmartCard reader, fingerprint scanner or palm vein scanner.
Details of four low-end Coffee Lake CPUs leaked on Amazon
The four leaked models include two Celeron and two Pentium Gold processors that only feature two cores and have a 54 W TDP. April is most likely the month when these will be officially launched with prices below US$100.
Oppo R15/R15 Plus specs leaked on Weibo
Oppo's upcoming R15 and R15 Plus smartphone models will be powered by MediaTek's Helio P60 SoC and Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, respectively. Both come with 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB storage, pre-installed Android 8.1, a 20 MP selfie cam, a 16 MP + 5 MP dual rear camera, and a 6.28-inch 2280 x 1080 AMOLED screen.
HP announces gen 2 Elite Slice mini PC for meeting rooms
With the new Elite Slice G2 model, HP also included a "Center of Room" 12.3-inch tablet that makes it easy to setup meetings with little to no input from users. The tablet detects when people enter the meeting room, while the mini PC unit picks up sound from 5 meters away thanks to a far-field mic.
Nvidia's specialized P102-100 cryptomining cards leaked by Inno3D
The latest Inno3D leak confirms previous rumors about Nvidia separating gaming GPUs and mining GPU production. However, Inno3D's mining card is powered by a Pascal-based chip, so the rumored Turing chips based on Volta might not be released this spring, after all. The P102-100 cards seem to be twice as efficient compared to stock GTX 1080 models.
Proton batteries could soon replace Lithium-ion ones
RMIT researchers claim that the proton batteries could be mass produced by 2023. This new breed of batteries is carbon-based, but the energy storing process is totally eco-friendly and also has reduced production costs. The Australian researchers are currently trying to increase the overall efficiency above what Lithium-ion batteries can offer.
Surface Phone may include "Back Touch" feature
The latest patent that could be integrated in Microsoft's upcoming Surface Phone involves a secondary touchscreen that could improve they way users control what happens on the main display. Some of the basic gestures that could be performed on the back screen include swipe, scroll and zoom.
PlayStation 5 dev kits already tested by select third-party game devs
PlayStation 5 is most likely not going to be released this year, but dev kits being distributed this early could mean that the next version could be launched in 2019 at the soonest. Sony might also be concerned that the XBox One X is taking over the PS4 Pro sales and the company might want to release a new system as soon as possible.
ASRock could be getting into graphics card production
ASRock is more likely to produce MXM graphics cards for its own mini PC lineups rather than get into discrete gaming and mining card production. However, considering the AMD partnership and the current GPU crisis, ASRock could help ramp up the graphics card production and bring down GPU prices.
7 nm "Castle Peak" Threadripper desktop CPU coming next year as reavealed in leaked AMD roadmap
"Castle Peak" will be based on the upcoming Zen 2 core, while this year's Threadripper gen 2 will feature a slightly improved 12 nm Zen+ core. The first Zen 3 cores are expected to arrive with the 2020 APUs.
AMD Ryzen 2000-series CPU prices and full specs leak out
There are two new mid-range and two high-end CPUs. The Ryzen 5 2600/2600X models are set to compete with Intel's i5-8600/8600K processors for a slightly lower price, while the Ryzen 7 2700/2700K CPUs should offer similar performance and pricing to Intel's i7-8700/8700K models.
AMD Ryzen 7 2000-series 8-core/16 thread CPU perfomance gets leaked
The unnamed 8-core/16-thread CPU is part of the Zen+ 12nm wave of new processors that should launch this April. Boost clocks can reach up to an impressive 4.35 GHz, but the performance is marginally better when compared to last year's Ryzen 7 1700X/1800X or Intel's Core I7-8700K models.
Lenovo S5 smartphone most likely to launch this month
Lenovo executive Chang Cheng teases the upcoming model in a Weibo post, revealing that it will come with an astounding 6,000 mAh battery. The teaser also informs about an official announcement that is to be made on March 20.
ARM announces new Mali G52/31 GPUs along with video and display processors for mobile devices
The premium G52 GPU will be featured in mid-range mobile products, while the G31 GPU is designed for entry-level smartphones and tablets. Furthermore, the V52 and D51 processors deliver improved performance with reduced die sizes.
Google presents 72-qubit quantum computer
Google is optimistic that the 72-qubit quantum computer codenamed Bristlecone will achieve "quantum supremacy" over conventional supercomputers and wil also pave the way to quantum scalability and improved error rates.
Modders manage to run Coffee Lake CPUs on older 200/100-series mobos
Modders prove the gen 8 Coffee Lake can run on older motherboards with minor software upgrades. Unlocked CPUs might not run stable, but locked 6-core versions should be fine.
Dell sneaks out Inspiron 17 5000 laptops with AMD Ryzen APUs
Dell joins the AMD mobile APU bandwagon with two Ryzen 5 2500U and two Ryzen 3 2200U notebook models. These come with 17-inch FHD screens, pre-installed Windows 10, fingerprint sensor and sub-US$1,000 prices.
Benchmarks for the Intel Hades Canyon NUC with Core i7-8809G CPU and RX Vega M GPU leak out
The unified chip powering the Intel Hades Canyon NUC combines the power of the Kaby Lake-G i7-8809G CPU and the Radeon RX Vega M GH GPU. Overall performance is decent, matching that of an i7-7700HQ + GTX 1050 laptop, although the limited cooling system might pose some problems for overclockers.
Microsoft's Surface Phone to turn into mini laptop via "determinative hinge" patent
The special hinge system allows the upper part of the Surface Phone display to act as a laptop screen, while the lower part displays a virtual keyboard with trackpad.
Nvidia's upcoming GTX 2080 GPUs to initially be available for double their US$700 MSRP
Due to the current market conditions created by the cryptominers and their great demand for GPUs, Nvidia's next gen GTX 2080 and 2070 will probably launch with MSRPs above US$1,000.
Gigabyte refreshes BRIX mini PCs with gen 8 Intel ULV CPUs
The new BRIX versions feature Intel's Core i5-8250U or i7-8850U CPUs with low TDPs. These are considered barebone solutions, as Gigabyte lets users choose their own storage and RAM solutions.
Wacom announces Cintiq Pro Engine modules that turn graphics tablets into PCs
The i5 and Xeon Cintiq Pro Engine upgrade modules come with additional processing power that practically transform the graphics tablets into standalone PCs. Users can choose between Intel i5 HQ or Xeon CPUs, 16 GB or 32 GB of RAM and 256 GB or 512 GB NVMe SSDs. Both modules integrate the same NVIDIA Quadro P3200 GPU with 6 GB GDDR5.
Western Digital shows fast SD cards with PCIe X1 interface
The proof of concept demoed at MWC 2018 delivers sequential reads of up to 880 MB/s and sequential writes of 430 MB/s, which are significantly better than what the current UHS-III standard ofers. However, WD says that PCIe SD cards will not see commercial use any time soon.
BlackBerry is working on a bezel-less phone
Apart from featuring a bezel-less display that does not seem to have the dreaded 2:1 ratio, the "Ghost" smartphone is clearly one of those atypical models that do not come with BlackBerry's signature mechanical keyboard.
New Intel Ice Lake-U / Cannon Lake-Y / Coffee Lake-U CPUs and specs get leaked on 3DMark
The Ice Lake and Cannon Lake CPUs are ultra-low voltage processors featuring the 10 nm manufacturing process. The Coffee Lake-U i7-8559U CPU seems to be similar to the existing Kaby Lake-U CPUs, but its specs have been bumped considerably.
Lenovo showcases Yoga 730 2-in-1 with Cortana/Alexa assistants and Flex 14 notebook
The showcased models did not feature full integration with Alexa, as the vocal commands only prompt on screen answers instead of voiced answers, but the final products should fix this. Spec-wise, the Yoga 730 impresses with high-end features that can easily rival a gaming laptop, while the Flex 14 is more of a mid-range solution.
Lenovo's 100e/300e/500e Chromebooks are some of the toughest devices at MWC
Spec-wise, the 100e, 300e and 500e Chromebooks are powered by Intel Celeron or MediaTek SoCs and can support 4-8 GB of RAM, with 32-64 GB of internal storage. Additionally, the 300e and 500e come with a 2-in1 design. The three models feature rugged cases and affordable price tags.
5G laptops to arrive by 2019 thanks to Intel/HP/Lenovo/Dell partnership
Previously scheduled for 2020 adoption, 5G networks could come as soon as 2019, at least for the US and Chinese regions, thanks to a partnership made by Intel with the most important laptop OEMs.
Land Rover announces Explore rugged smartphone with modular backplates
There will be two backplate modules upon reelase, but Land Rover will be expanding the module roster in the future. The Explore comes with off-road maps from ViewRanger and is powered by a 2.6 GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X27 SoC coupled with 4 GB of RAM / 64 GB of storage.
Smach Z handheld gaming PC to integrate AMD's Ryzen V1000 embedded CPU
After 4 years of development, the Smach Z handheld PC could finally see the light of day in H2 2018. Smach partnered with AMD to include a custom embedded RX-421B CPU that integrates an 8CU R7 GPU, and the device will also include at least 4 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM and 64 GB of storage.
Unannounced Intel Coffee Lake CPUs pop up on Provantage
There are 8 new models, of which 3 are part of the Core family, 3 are Pentium Gold chips and 2 are Celerons. The Core i5-8600 and i5-8500 will surely go head to head with AMD's Ryzen 1600/1600X processors in the US$200 price range, while the other models are more budget-oriented, with prices between US$50 and US$135.
Tesla cloud servers hijacked for illicit cryptomining
Instead of using malicious apps or website exploits, hackers just hijacked Tesla's cloud servers and made sure their illicit cryptomining endeavors would not seem suspicious.
Xiaomi's "Blackshark" gaming phone spotted in AnTuTu benchmarks
The 'Blackshark" comes equipped with a Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with 8 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. It also integrates a 2160 x 1080 screen and runs Android 8.0. The AnTuTu benchmark results place it above the Samsung Galaxy S9+.
HTC's entry-level Desire 12 specs revealed through leaked retail box
HTC is once again pushing the envelope for entry-level devices with the upcoming Desire 12.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 "Pinnacle Ridge" CPU perfomance gets leaked
The Ryzen 5 2600 desktop CPU performs considerably faster than the Ryzen 5 1600 predecessor, but the Geekbench leaked specs and results might not even be final ones, as AMD could further improve base and boost clocks before the April official launch.
Meltdown / Spectre CPU vulnerabilities brought Intel 32 lawsuits in 1.5 months
Two of the class-action suits involve Intel's own shareholders and board members, essential pitting Intel against Intel in court.
Intel Coffee Lake-U Core i5-8269U CPU specs leaked in SiSoftware Sandra
The test result for the unannounced i5-8269U ultra-low voltage CPU were added to the online benchmark archive on February 16. Compared to the i5-8350U, the i5-8269U has a higher base clock, but the boost clock was not yet revealed.
Compulab preps crowdfunding for compact fanless Airtop 2 gaming PC
The Airtop 2 models will be crowdfunded through a Kickstarter campaign starting on February 24. Inferno is the high-end Airtop 2 version that will feature an i7-7700K CPU, a GTX 1080, up to 64 GB DDR4-2400 RAM, NVMe SSDs + SATA 3 HDDs/SSDs combo and numerous connectors, all in a 0 db fanless compact case.
Two new Meltdown and Spectre variants discovered
The latest variants dubbed MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime were discovered by Nvidia and Princeton University researchers. In a nutshell, these variants force two CPU cores to react to each other in order to trick multi-core systems into giving up cached data.
Cryptocurrencies on the rise again, Litecoin leads rebound with ~30% appreciation in one day
The imminent release of the LitePay service lead to a sudden appreciation for Litecoin over the past few days. Litecoin is thus expected to become more useful and appreciate even further as LitePay is compatible with Visa-enabled online/offline sale outlets.
MIT reveals superefficient AI chips for smartphones
Researchers at MIT managed to simplify and adapt the intricate algorithms required by large neural-nets in order to be ran on mobile devices and smart home appliances.
Nvidia's next gen GPUs powered by Turing chips to launch next month
This is not a rumor, as the information comes straight from the reputable news agency Reuters. It is still unclear if Turing is the previously rumored Ampere GPU, or Nvidia decided to separate the dedicated cryptomining hardware (Turing) from the gaming-oriented chips (Ampere).
Panasonic launches 12-inch Let's Note laptop with Intel gen 8 CPUs
The CF-SV7 packs quite the specs for a mere 12-incheer: up to i7-8650U, up to 16 GB LPDDR3 RAM, SATA + NVMe storage combo, optical drive, and even optional specs like a 4G LTE modem. Prices are on the spicy side, but the models are only available in Japan for the moment, so MSRP could differ if Panasonic decides to bring them to the Western market.
Asus is working on a gaming smartphone
The upcoming smartphone could be showcased at MWC 2018 together with the Zenfone 5 family. Being a gaming device, Asus could also opt to release it under the ROG brand.
Intel i3-8130U mobile CPU specs get leaked
The unannounced i3-8130U will come as an answer to AMD's entry-level Ryzen 2000U series and is said to feature impressive 3.4 GHz turbo frequencies.
Asus launches sub-US$1,000 Zenbook 13 with Intel i5-8250U and GeForce MX150
The affordable ultrabook from Asus is powered by Intel's Kaby Lake-R i5-8250U CPU coupled with 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and the GeForce MX150 GPU. It also comes with 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM, a 256 GB SATA3 SSD and 13.3-inch FHD IPS touchscreen.
Italian crypto exchange BitGrail hacked for US$170 million
After CoinCheck and NiceHash, the BitGrail hack is the third major incident in less then 4 months. Of course, the Italian exchange kept most of the funds in a hot wallet, and many other exchanges are probably still doing this, practically inviting hackers to rob them blind.
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G APU gets leaked 3DMark results
Results place the Ryzen 5 2400G somewhere in between the average Intel UHD Graphics notebook and a GTX 1050 gaming notebook.
Patriot demos Viper M.2 NVMe SSDs with impressive read/write speeds
Thanks to the new Phison PS5012-E12 NVMe controller, the upcoming Viper M.2 SSDs will be able to provide almost identical speeds for sequential reads and writes, and will come in capacities ranging from 240 GB to almost 2 TB.
NVIDIA GTX 2000 series powered by Ampere GA104 chips launching this April
Latest rumors claim that current gen Pascal GPUs have already been discontinued and the GTX 2000 family is not powered by Volta chips, but by Ampere ones.
Panasonic updates detachable 2-in-1 Toughbook CF-20 with Intel gen 7 vPro CPUs
The CF-20 comes with a detachable backlit keyboard and military grade casing for outdoors use. The tablet part features a 10.1-inch touchscreen and an upgraded i5-7Y57 CPU coupled with up to 16 GB of DDR3L-1866 RAM.
HP refreshes ZBook series with 14u and 15u models
The updated Zbook 14u and 15u are thinner and lighter than previous models, but also pack more powerful specs like quad-core gen 8 Intel CPUs up to i7-8650U, AMD Radeon Pro WX3100 GPUs, up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM and up to 2 TB of NVMe SSD storage.
German January report shows Intel's Coffee Lake CPUs outselling AMD's Ryzen models
Intel managed to steal the lead in CPU sales in the last few months. AMD's Ryzen and Threadripper sales lead the hostilities from August up until November last year, but the sudden interest for the i7-8700K CPUs combined with greater availability of the gen 8 Coffee Lake CPUs reversed the positions in December and January.
Shuttle intros DL10J mini PC with Gemini Lake CPUs
Shuttle joins the Gemini Lake mini PC club with its latest DL10J model that is powered by Intel's Celeron J4005 CPU. The mini PC also supports up to 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, a SATA SSD + 2.5-inch HDD combo, and comes with tripe video outputs.
Smartphone displays could get a diamond treatment by 2019
Akhan intends to implement the Miraj Diamond thin-film glass in high-end smartphones by 2019. The diamond-based protective glass stays considerably cooler and brings improved resistance to scratches.
Lightweight LG Gram 15Z980 15-inch notebook powered by Intel i7-8550U now available
The Gram 15Z980 is among the lightest 15-inchers on the market right now, and, despite its weight, it still integrates powerful features like the Intel gen 8 i7-8550U CPU coupled with 16 GB of DDR4-2400 and two 512 GB M.2 SATA SSDs.
AMD's 7 nm Zen 2 and EPYC Rome CPUs coming in late 2018
AMD claims in its latest financial report that the design of the Zen 2 platform has been finalized and the sampling for the Ryzen 2 desktop/mobility CPUs, as well as the EPYC Rome server cores will begin in late 2018, with worldwide availability scheduled for early 2019.
Game Chaingers UNICEF program to raise crypto funds for Syrian children with the aid of PC gamers
Inspired by initial coin offerings (ICOs), UNICEF figured out that cryptocurrencies could facilitate fundraisers for humanitarian scopes. The latest Game Chaingers program is targeting the help of gamers who own beefy GPUs that can mine decent amounts of Ethereum directly into the UNICEF electronic wallet.
Bitcoin is down ~55% from its December US$20,000 peak
BTC dropped to almost US$8,000 as alarming news put the stability of all cryptocoins in a tight spot.
Windows Polaris could run legacy Win32 apps through remote Azure servers
Even though Polaris will not support Win32 apps natively, Microsoft could use Azure-based remote services like RAIL or VAIL for legacy software. The upcoming Surface Phone is rumored to be the first device that will run Polaris and it is expected to be launched in late 2018.
NEC's LaVie Note Mobile 12.5" ultrabook weighs only 1.99 lbs
With the new LaVie Note Mobile, NEC manages to squeeze passively-cooled Kaby Lake-Y CPUs and batteries that could last 12 hours into an ultraslim chassis.
Coincheck hackers get traced as stolen cryptocoins trickle to other accounts
Hackers are trying to spread the stolen NEM coins to as much as 20 accounts, but Coincheck and the NEM Foundation have already tagged all the affected coins, making the affected cryptocurrency easily trackable on exchanges.
Panasonic announces explosion-proof Windows 10 tablet
Despite its tough looks and proofing, the FZ-G1 features some surprisingly outdated hardware for a 2018 device. The price also seems "extremely" suitable for this device ready to take on harsh conditions.
Toshiba soon to launch updated business laptop models with Intel gen 8 CPUs
The updated roster includes two Portégé and four Tecra models. The Portégé models feature premium options like Thunderbolt 3 connections, while the Tecra notebooks are more affordable, but integrate bigger displays.
Lenovo's Fingerprint Manager Pro exposed user passwords, security update released
The fingerprint software vulnerability affects quite a few ThinkPad, ThinkCentre and ThinkStation models that run Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.
Chuwi's dual OS Hi8 Air tablet coming soon
The entry-level tablet runs Windows 10 and Android 5.1 at the same time. It is powered by Intel's X5 Cherry Trail X8350 clocked at 1.44 GHz / 1.92 GHz coupled with 2 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. Package also includes a Bluetooth keyboard and expected price is in the US$100 range.
Cryptohackers steal US$500+ million from Japanese online exchange Coincheck
Hackers managed to steal 523 million NEM coins and possibly US$123 worth of Ripple coins from Coincheck's online hot wallet. The Japanese exchange assured its affected customers that the money will be reimbursed upon the completion of the police investigations.
Microsoft working on a totally new version of Windows code-named Polaris
Microsoft intends to release a "modern" Windows OS, stripped of the Win32 legacy code and running only UWP apps. This might not be appealing to gamers or professionals that still need Win32 compatibility for the most popular games and apps.
Intel will release "in-silicon" fixes for Meltdown and Spectre this year
The Q4 2017 financial report mentions about decreased desktop CPU sales and the "in-silcon" fixes that could totally eradicate the Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities in the upcoming 10 nm CPUs, and possibly in fresh batches for the current 14 nm CPUs.
Vivo X20 Plus with under-glass fingerprint sensor gets detailed specs and price upon Chinese launch
The in-display fingerprint sensor from Synaptics will be featured for the first time in the Vivo X20 Plus smartphone. This model comes with mid-range specs and will only be available in China at launch.
GPD XD Plus Android handheld gaming system now available for pre-order
Powered by MediaTek's quad-core MT8176 SoC coupled with 4 GB RAM and a PowerVR GX6250 GPU, the XD Plus can run many retro games including older PSP/PS1, Nintendo DS/Gamecube and Arcade or old PC games.
Irdeto acquires video game DRM developer Denuvo
With the new Denuvo acquisition, Irdeto is looking to strengthen its own security tech. The Denuvo DRM for games could also end up stronger than ever, giving crackers around the world a hard time once again.
Micron is bringing GDDR6 memory to non-GPU products
Micron and its partners want to improve the adoption rate of GDDR6 chips, making them compatible with non-GPU products like AI neural nets, car image processors and networking devices.
MSI's Vortex W25 is one of the slimmest workstation PCs around
MSI will launch this year the workstation variant of its G25 gaming compact PC. The W25 will feature gen 8 Core or Xeon CPUs, Nvidia Quadro GPUs, up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, HDD+NVMe combos and VR-ready compliance.
Integral Memory first to launch 512 GB microSDXC memory cards for mobile devices
The first 512 GB microSD cards are slated to launch this February with reading speeds up to 90 MB/s and support for 1080p video recording.
Intel Coffee Lake-H Mobility CPU lineup specs get leaked
The top of the line i9-8950HK and the Xeon E-2186M feature six cores/twelve threads that can reach boost clocks of 4.8 GHz. The mid-range i7-8850H and Xeon E-2176M feature the same core/thread count, but can boost only to 4.3 - 4.4 GHz. Finally, the entry-level i5-8400H and i5-8300H come with 4 core and 8 threads that can go up to 4.2 - 4.0 GHz.
Nvidia wants retailers to prioritize gamers over cryptominers
Availability for the GTX 1000 series cards is severely hit by shortages at all major retailers, driving prices to nearly double MSRP due to increased cryptomining demands. Nvidia is now trying to appease the angry gamers who cannot find decent supplies by limiting orders from major retailers to 2 products per person. Additionally, Nvidia is also selling the GPUs on its official site.
Samsung files patent for in-display camera and fingerprint scanner
The patent may be implemented in the successor of the Galaxy S9 at the soonest, but then again, as with many patents, it could only be just a cool concept that may never be featured in Samsung's devices.
Vaio is refreshing its ultrabook lineup with Intel Core gen 8 CPUs
The S11 (11.6-inch display) and S13 (13.3-inch) ultrabooks can be powered either by the i7-8550U or the i5-8250U CPUs. RAM options include 8 / 16 GB LPDDR3, while users can opt for combos consisting of NVMe SSD with capacities up to 1 TB and SATA SSDs up to 256 GB.
AMD hit by double class action suit over Spectre vulnerabilites
Rosen and Pomerantz law firms representing AMDs investors claim that the processor maker had prior knowledge about the Spectre variant 2 vulnerability. Investors are also claiming that the stock prices have dropped upon the release of BIOS updates for the Spectre variant 2 vulnerability.
Zotac showcases "credit card" pico PCs powered by Gemini Lake CPUs
The PI226 and PI336 are the world's smallest mini PCs, but that does not mean their performance is lacking. These are powered by Intel's 6.5 W TDP Celeron 4000 / 4100 SoCs that integrate the UHD 600 iGPUs and come with 4 GB of LPDDR4 plus 32 GB eMMC of internal storage.
Enmotus FuzeDrive brings fast storage to AMD Ryzen users
The FuzeDrive software "melds" SSDs, HDDs, NVMe devices and even DDR4 system RAM into one large storage pool that remains bootable and does not require OS reinstallation.
Lenovo Moto G6 lineup leaks out
The G6 looks to be one of Lenovo's mid-range lineups for 2018. Design-wise, the G6 borrowed key elements from the X4 family and features 3D glass cases and fingerprint sensors.
ADATA preps support for the upcoming M.3 SSD form-factor standard
The M.3 form-factor provides a 30.5 mm surface, allowing manufacturers to add more memory chips, failure capacitors and larger controllers. The M.3 SSDs will thus feature larger capacities, improved speeds and extended security features.
Chuwi's affordable Hi9 Gamer tablet now available
The Hi9 Gamer tablet runs Android 7.0 out of the box and comes equipped with an 8.4-inch 2560 x 1600 display, a quad-core MediaTek SoC, a PowerVR GPU and 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM.
Dell Vostro 13 5370 business notebook already available online for Asia and Australia
The 13.3-inch business notebook gets upgraded with an Intel gen 8 i5-8250U CPU, up to 32 GB DDR4-2400 RAM and a choice between Intel's UHD Graphics 620 or AMD's Radeon 530 GPUs. The model is now available online for Asia and Australia for as low as US$930.
Intel's upcoming 760p and 660p QLC PCIe NVMe SSD specs get leaked
The 760p models seem to be Intel's high-end consumer models for 2018, while the 660p feel more like a mid-range variant, which integrates QLC memory and should cut the prices in half.
ECS presents new mini PC models with Gemini Lake processors
The Liva Q2, Z2 and One SoC ultra-compact form-factor mini PCs will feature Intel Celeron and Pentium SoCs with 10 W TDP and improved media processing, which finally allow for the inclusion of DDR4 RAM.
Chuwi announces new mini PC, tablet and 2-in-1 devices
All the devices are prototypes, so specs could change meanwhile. The GBox Pro mini PC is an HTPC powered by Intel's gen 8 core i5 CPU with integrated AMD Vega GPU, while the Hi9 Air tablet comes with a Mediatek SoC, and the SurBook Pro features the latest Gemini Lake Pentium CPU.
Intel showcases 58 GB and 118 GB Optane 800p SSDs
The Optane 800p SSDs can act as cache memory, as well as regular storing devices, and the 1W idle state makes them ideal for laptops.
Hyperkin plans to resurrect legendary handheld Game Boy console
Since Nintendo has not yet announced any plans to revive the Game Boy handheld console just like it did with the NES and SNES consoles, other companies may transform this into their advantage. Hyperkin presented an Ultra Game Boy that adds all the features the fans of the classic wanted, also requiring the original cartridges.
Asus presents affordable ZenFone Max Plus with high-end features
The ZenFone Max Plus integrates the Face Unlock function, found on high-end models, which complements the fingerprint scanner for additional security measures. Also included is a 4,130 mAh battery that should provide longer-lasting usage time.
Patriot's EVLVR SSD is one of the most affordable external NVMe solutions yet
Featuring a PCIe 3.0 2X interface, the EVLVR external SSD comes in capacities ranging from 256 GB to 1 TB at very competitive prices of at most US$489.99
Asus extends the ROG gaming laptop series with Strix SKT T1 Hero edition and updated G703 models
The Strix SKT T1 Hero edition is made in collaboration with the SK Telecom T1 eSports team and comes with branded collectibles and a Faker signature on the palm rest, while the updated G703 sports a 4.3 GHz pre-overclocked i7-7820HK CPU.
Asus showcases three new mini PC models
The Chromebox 3 mini PC sports a diminutive case, but supports gen 8 Intel Celeron Silver quad-core CPUs. The more advance PN40 and PB40 can accommodate CPUs up to Pentium Silver and feature cases that allow for easy upgrades.
Lenovo Miix 630 combines the power of a laptop with always on smartphone connectivity
Lenovo partnered with Qualcomm and Microsoft in order to provide always on 4G LTE connectivity to an ultraportable 2-in-1 convertible powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC running Windows 10 S. It features a detachable keyboard and a stylus, comes with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB USF storage, and it is very light at only 2.93 lbs.
Lenovo launches Gen 3 ThinkPad X1 tablet with larger 3K screen and updated specs
Compared to the Gen 2, the latest model integrates a bigger 13-inch IPS touchscreen with 3K resolution, CPUs updated to Intel's gen 8 Core i7 ULVs and extended security features including a fingerprint reader compatible with Windows Hello and an infrared sensor. Shipping will begin this January and MSRP starts at US$1,599.
Samsung's modular MicroLED TVs expected to be better than OLEDs
To compensate for the lackluster QLED experience from 2017, Samsung is betting now on the MicroLED technology that seems to be better than the current OLED solutions form LG. The Samsung First Look panel at CES 2018 showcased a 146-inch modular MicroLED display named "The Wall", which features 8K resolution and AI-based upscaling algorithms to improve the available FHD and 4K content.
Nvidia presents 65-inch 4K @120Hz G-Sync HDR gaming display
The Big Format Gaming Display initiative from Nvidia brings the G-Sync technology to large TV screens with diagonals of at least 65-inch. These large screens are also HDR compliant and come standard with a [email protected] HZ resolution, but do not feature integrated TV tuners. Nvidia claims the BFGDs will have latencies close to regular PC monitors and the first models should be expected this summer.
Zotac announces this year's mini PC updates
The 2018 Zotac mini PCs will get CPUs ranging from Gemini Lake ultra-low voltage chips to six-core gen 8 processors from Intel. The fanless models will feature redesigned chassis that support processors with TDPs up to 25 W, allowing for pre-overclocked Kaby Lake-R processors.
Mad Catz is back in business with a new management team and a new vision
The legendary hardware brand returns under Chinese management and with reimagined product lines that will be showcased at CES 2018.
LG presents world's first 88-inch 8K OLED display
Even though the market is not yet ready for the 8K standard , LG breaks the ice releasing the first 8K OLED display with an impressive 88-inch diagonal and astounding brightness.
Microsoft releases emergency patches to address Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities affecting most current processors
Windows promptly released security updates for all the Windows 10 builds in ordered to fix the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities discovered by the Google Project Zero team earlier this week. Although there have not been reports of exploited systems, Windows 10 users had better install the patch.
Lenovo launches affordable K320t dual camera smartphone with 18:9 display
Lenovo is the latest OEM to integrate the near-bezel-less 18:9 displays in its smartphone models. Apart from the 2:1 aspect ratio display with 1440 x 720 resolution, the K720t features a 1.3 GHz Spreadtrum SoC with either 2GB or 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage. Even if it's an entry level model, the K320t still integrates a dual camera setup and even a fingerprint sensor on the back.
Huawei P20 sketches get leaked, tri-camera setup on the back
Huawei is among the first smartphone makers to promote the tri-camera trend in 2018 with a three-model P20 lineup of smartphones. The leaked sketches from Weibo also revealed 18:9 bezel-less displays and different alignments for the 40 MP camera setup on the advanced models.
Xiaomi presents the new Huami AmazFit 2 smartwatch
The Huami AmazFit Smart Sports Watch 2 is only available in China for the moment, but Xiaomi plans to launch it for the Western markets under the AmazFit Pace 2 name later on. The successor of the popular Amazfit Pace comes with a more sturdy body and upgraded processing power, along with a new Watch 2.0 version. There is a premium US$200 version that adds a leather strap, while the standard version costs US$140.
Japan Display announces 803ppi and 1,000 ppi LCD screens for VR headsets
The dreaded "screen door" effect that plagues the current VR headsets will soon be a thing of the past with Japan Display's 803 ppi and 1,000 ppi LCD screens.
Nvidia Titan V cryptomining performance does not disappoint, but price/perfomance factor is way off
Bottom line: the Titan V is indeed a mining powerhouse, but the prohibitive price does not scale well with the price/perfomance factor.
VESA introduces three-tier DisplayHDR open standard for LCD screens
The new DisplayHDR certificate aims at a more clear classification for HDR-grade LCD displays. It includes three tiers that have distinct logos and are differentiated according to luminance, color gamut, bit depth and rise time. Commercial DisplayHDR-certified screens will be available as soon as Q1 2018.
Bitcoin futures go online, price spikes close to US$17,000
The cryptocurrency king went almost US$1,000 up in value immediately after the release of CBOE's future contracts. While the involvement of investors and traders could reduce the price volatility, the decentralized nature of the coin might become just a myth.
Microsoft to reach US$1 trillion market cap by 2020
Microsoft's share price is expected to reach US$109 by 2020, leading to a market cap of over US$1 trillion. Surprisingly enough, Windows and Xbox will not be the main revenue generators, Microsoft relying instead on the 365 cloud computing platform and the Azure Stack solution.
Nvidia unveils US$3,000 Titan V GPU based on Volta core
The Titan V AI compute card may seem too expensive for an extreme gaming solution, but it is US$7,000 cheaper than the Tesla V100 card that served as basis. Considering the notable price difference, the Titan V actually offers almost the same performance as the Tesla V100, with slightly inferior specs, and essentially the same Tensor, single and double precision speeds.
ADATA announces i-Memory AI720 USB drive storage expansion for iOS devices
The i-Memory AI720 includes a Lightning connector at one end and a USB 3.1 connector at the other end. It comes in 32/64/128 GB capacities and can easily handle UHD 4K video playback thanks to the 90 MB/s transfer speeds. The OTG functionality allows users to save videos and pictures directly on the stick, in order to save up space on their devices.
HBM3 memory expected to feature 4 Gbps transfer rates and GDDR6-like bandwidth
Rambus released some preliminary details about the HBM3 graphics memory modules that are expected to hit the market in 2019, at the earliest. With a transfer rate of around 4 Gbps, the HBM3 modules could double the memory bandwidth, making them faster than the GDDR6 modules included in Nvidia's GTX 2000 GPUs.
Shuttle SZ270R9 mini PC enclosure gets push-button overclocking
The XPC SZ270R9 mini PC enclosure from Shuttle offers versatile customization options combined with easy overclocking functions for gamers who want compact, efficient and silent systems.
Bitcoin passes US$12,000 mark, could go beyond US$14,000 this week
If experts are right, Bitcoin has entered a parabolic feedback loop that appreciates its value in waves. This could mean that the price of BTC may reach US$14,000 by the end of this week and potentially go as high as US$20,000 by the time miner rewards get halved in February 2018.
AMD stealthily lowers count of compute units on second wave of RX 560 GPUs
Buyers should pay attention to what Radeon RX 560 cards they are purchasing, as AMD was discovered to allow OEMs like Sapphire, Asus and PowerColor market RX 560 versions with 14 compute units instead of 16. These downgraded versions are most likely to be found on Amazon and Newegg.
Samsung could include palm ID system in future Galaxy phones
A recent Samsung patent describes how the palm scanner could help users remember forgotten passwords. The image of the user's palm features embedded incomplete characters that would appear random to other people, but could juggle the phone owner's memory into remembering the correct string.
Toshiba announces UFS 2.1 mobile storage chips with up to 900 MB/s sequential read speeds
The new UFS 2.1 storage memory chips integrate Toshiba's 64-layer BICS 3D TLC NAND technology, and will target mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and standalone VR headsets. Providing sequential read speeds of up to 900 MB/s, sequential write speeds of up to 180 MB/s and improved random read/write performance for the 64 GB memory chip, Toshiba promises even better specs for the higher capacity versions.
Upcoming AMD Raven Ridge APUs to feature Vega 11 graphics core
The Vega 11 GPU core will only be featured in upcoming Raven Ridge APUs and will not be released as budget versions of the Vega 56/64 GPUs. These should bring a notable performance boost over the Ryzen 5 2500U chips that integrate Vega 8 cores.
Cherry outs the MC 4900 optical mouse with fingerprint reader
The MC 4900 mouse is designed to bring extra security to office and business environments through the integrated fingerprint reader. While the mouse has a modest 1375 DPI optical sensor, the fingerprint sensor is among the best capacitive sensing solutions on the market, with 508 DPI resolution, 12 FPS capture speed and AES128 USB encryption.
Toshiba introduces large capacity XG5-P NVMe SSD
The new XG5-P SSD is aimed at heavy workload environments and provides storage capacities up to 2 TB. Supporting the PCIe Gen3 x4 interface, its sequential read speeds go up to 3,000 MB/s, while the sequential write speeds reach 2,200 MB/s. The M.2 2280S form-factor makes it ideal for notebooks, as well as desktops, plus it only consumes 60 mW.
Upcoming Snapdragon 845 SoCs to feature third gen Kryo cores
The new Kryo cores should include four ARM Cortex-A75 processors and four efficient Cortex-A53 cores, along with the Adreno 630 GPU. The Snapdragon 845 is also expected to support quad 25 MP cameras (2 front + 2 rear) and the X20 modem with 1.2 Gbps downlink speeds.
HP releases official statement regarding spyware accusations
HP is dismissing all the allegations, claiming that Touchpoint Analytics only collects hardware data and sends it with the user's approval. The new version of the app did install itself without any user consent, but this was already covered by permissions given at the initial system install. LaptopMagazine tested the app and did not find anything suspicious about it.
Crowdfunded Gemini PDA with ten-core SoC coming in January 2018
The Gemini tries to combine the best features of a smartphone and a notebook. It has a 6-inch 2160 x 1080 LCD screen and a QWERTY keyboard that hides a Mediatek X27 ten-core SoC, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of storage. Prices range from US$299 to US$399 depending on the network connectivity options.
Final HDMI 2.1 specifications released with 8K, 10K and dynamic HDR support
Other new features include enhanced audio return channel, variable refresh rate, quick media switching, quick frame transport, auto low latency mode, and display stream compression (DSC). The 2.1 standard actually allows [email protected] and [email protected], but only through DSC. A new "Ultra High Speed HDMI" cable with 48 Gbps throughput will also be required.
HP accused of spying on its customers through stealthy telemetry app
HP stealthily replaced the "Touchpoint Manager" app with a new version called "Touchpoint Analytics Service", causing full CPU usage on its clients' systems and syphoning user data.
Huawei officially reveals Honor V10
The Honor V10 combines the best features from previous models such as the Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro and also sports a more affordable price. It is powered by the Kirin 970 SoC and comes with 4 GB or 6 GB RAM options, as well as 64 GB or 128 GB storage options. The 3.5 mm audio jack is also among the features.
Mediatek announces MT2621 chipset for IoT devices
Mediatek is expanding into IoT territory with its MT2621 SoC that is designed to provide coverage for NB-IoT as well as GSM/GPRS networks. The chip also comes with an ARMv7 processor running at 260 MHz, and it is aimed at smart trackers, wearables, IoT security and industrial applications
Top 5 Budget Multimedia Laptops
Here you will find the best 5 budget multimedia laptops reviewed by Notebookcheck as of late 2017. The laptops are ranked by overall rating rather than performance. For more details about the pros and cons of each model as well as extensive tests and benchmarks that could help you better determine which laptop is best suited for your needs and budget, make sure to check out the full reviews.
150-inch micro-LED TVs to be demoed by Samsung at CES 2018
Samsung claims the micro-LEDs are better than OLEDs when it comes to larger screen TVs. The microscopic LEDs would solve the burn-in problems that come with the OLED displays, and would allow for larger screen sizes at a fraction of the cost. They can also be used to make foldable screens for mobile devices.
Gionee launches S11 flagship lineup with two variants for the Western markets
The S11 and S11 Lite will be available worldwide, while the S11 S is only meant for the Chinese market. What sets the S11 and S11 S apart are the two dual camera setups for rear and front, featuring advanced HDR effects, hardware bokeh and autofocus capabilities.
Xiaomi Mi7 to feature Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 GB RAM and edge-to-edge 6-inch OLED display
The Mi7 flagship is expected to hit the market in Q1 2018 and it could also include a rear fingerprint sensor, a 16 MP camera and facial recognition technology.
Apple applies for foldable phone patent
Apple's patent involves a single flexible display made of carbon nanotubes, micro-LEDs and a special shape memory alloy based on liquid metal.
HoloLens lands Microsoft patent lawsuit and "triple damages" threat
HoloTouch claims Microsoft's HoloLens is infringing on two of its patents involving a touch-less way of controlling devices, and a design that optimizes the power consumption, size and weight of a holographic head-mounted device.
Razer CEO ensures camera fixes for the Razer gaming phone will be released soon
Reviewers were quite displeased with the overall quality of the dual 12 MP camera setup on the Razer phone, so the Razer CEO himself came forth and ensured everyone the company is well aware of the camera bugs and it will roll out fixes in the coming weeks.
New iPhone models with dual-SIM option and Gigabit LTE are expected to launch in 2018
The dual-SIM feature could end up on the OLED models already leaked a week ago. The gigabit LTE speeds will be provided by the Intel XMM 7560 and Snapdragon X20 LTE chips.
Notebooks with ARM-based processors are popping up on Geekbench, performance is lacking
The ARM-based Windows 10 notebooks scored half of what a Snapdragon 835-powered smartphone is capable, but these could be early prototypes, and performance might improve with updated hardware and an optimized OS.
Asus starts shipping the ROG Strix GL702ZC gaming laptop with Ryzen 7 1700 dekstop CPU
The 17-inch ROG Strix GL702ZC can easily replace a desktop gaming rig, as it is powered by desktop versions of the Ryzen 7 1700 CPU and Radeon RX580 GPU. It also comes with a 1080p IPS Freesync display, 16 GB of DDR4-2400 and a storage combo made up of a 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD and a 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD.
Promise releases the TD-300 9-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 dock
Aimed at users who want to ditch the desktop for a laptop, the Promise TD-300 9-in-1 dock extends the connectivity with five USB 3.0 ports for more peripherals like screens and gaming gear. Additionally, there is a GbE connector, an SD 3.0 card reader, an audio combo jack, an HDMI port and another Thunderbolt 3 header.
Apple will add ARM A10 Fusion chip for always-on Siri functionality in iMac Pro and MacBook Pro
While it has been an iOS exclusive for quite some time now, Siri will be coming to macOS starting with the upcoming iMac Pros and MacBook Pro versions. The ARM A10 Fusion chip will enable an always-on functionality that allows Siri to work even when the devices are completely shut off.
Toshiba could sell its PC division to Asus or Lenovo
With its TV and memory divisions already sold, Toshiba is still going through financial difficulties and may be forced to sell its PC division, as well. Rumors say that Asus or Lenovo could be the buyers, but Toshiba claims it is not negotiating with any company at the moment.
Micron showcases 11 TB NVMe PCIe Gen 3 X8 SSDs at SC17
The 11 TB NVMe SSD is part of the new 9200 ECO lineup, which also features 8 TB capacities and PCIe x4 / x8 variants. These SSDs come in a more exotic form-factor known as the U.2 that is specific to enterprise servers. Micron states that the PCIe x8 versions can perform up to 5.5 GB/s sequential reads and up to 3.5 GB/s sequential writes.
Motorola releases Moto Z Mod that turns smartphones into Polaroid instant cameras
The new Moto Mod enables compatible Moto Z smartphones to print 2 x 3 inch pictures from Facebook, Instagram, Google Photos and the camera gallery through the latest Zero-Ink technology from Polaroid.
PNY launches PrevailPRO Mobile Workstation with NVIDIA Quadro Max-Q and Core i7
The PrevailPRO is PNY's first incursion into mobile workstations. There are three available variants that integrate an i7-7700HQ CPU coupled with up to 32 GB DDR4-24400 RAM and up to 512 GB NVMe SSD + 2 TB HDD storage options. On the graphics side, professional designers can choose between Nvidia's Quadro P3000 and P4000 GPUs, both with Max-Q specs.
Amazon offers 33% discount on the MSI GT83VR Titan gaming laptop with GTX 1070 SLI setup
The MSI GT83VR Titan is not your usual gaming laptop. It packs all sorts of premium features like the unlocked gen 6 i7-6820HK CPU coupled with 64 GB DRR4-2400 RAM, two 256 GB NVMe SSDs + 1 TB 7200 rpm HDD storage combo, 18.4-inch 1080p IPS-grade display, BD writer + SD card reader, and a SteelSeries backlit mechanical keyboard with RGB backlight and separate numerical touchpad.
Intel Optane DIMMs to hit the market in second half of 2018
The Optane DIMMs will come in DDR4 module sizes and will also feature NVMe-like capacities of at least 512 GB. These will improve data caching without the need of an SSD, speeding up load times in applications and games. Estimated cost is around US$88.
An early 2018 Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini is highly likely, according to new rumors
U.S.-based investment information firm Valuewalk informs that a Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini version is most likely to be launched in early 2018, along with the S9 and S9+ flagship models. The Mini model would get a 4-inch display with curved edges and all the other powerful specs that come with the larger versions.
Nvidia's upgraded SaturnV with Volta DGX-1 GPUs to be among top 10 AI supercomputers
Nvidia is currently upgrading its SaturnV AI supercomputer with Volta DGX-1 GPUs in order to push the crunching power for its autonomous driving program. The SaturnV will be capable of 40 PetaFLOPS in FP64 mode, making it one of the top 10 AI supercomputers worldwide.
ECS launches the Liva Q mini PC with diminutive dimensions
The Liva Q is one of the smallest mini PCs around, and can be powered by either the dual-core Celeron N3350 or the quad-core Pentium N4200 SoCs coupled with a maximum of 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The storage part is ensured by a 64 GB eMMC chip and a microSD reader. This mini PC is marketed as a multimedia streaming and digital signage solution.
Nvidia Volta GPUs (GTX 2000) to come with Samsung's GDDR6 memory, reaching 16 Gbps transfer rates
Samsung announced that the GDDR6 modules are going to be released in early 2018 with the new nvidia GTX 2000 series, boasting transfer rates increased by almost 50% and reduced energy requirements.
HP drops the price on the Envy 17t Touch notebook to US$1,299.99
The new Envy 17t touch notebook comes equipped with all the latest mobile tech: the powerful i7-8550U CPU coupled with 16 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, 1 TB 7200 rpm HDD + 128 GB SSD combo, a gorgeous 17-inch 1080p multitouch IPS display, and even a DVD-writer.
Lamborghini and MIT collaborate on self-healing, semi-autonomous supercar
Lamborghini jumps on the autonomous car bandwagon, collaborating with MIT on its latest Terzo Millenio all-electric supercar concept. The Italians will never make their cars fully autonomous, but the next production models could integrate semi-autonomous functions that improve the owner's driving skills.
Compulab outs Fitlet2 mini PC with Apollo Lake CPUs starting at US$153
The Fitlet2 is one of the smallest full-featured mini PC on the market. It can be powered by Intel Apollo Lake Atom and Celeron CPUs coupled with up to 16 GB of DDR3L-1866 RAM, and supports M.2 / eMCC / 2.5-inch HDD storage solutions. It also comes with a fanless enclosure and it is marketed as an IoT gateway.
[Update]Broadcom rumored to acquire Qualcomm
Since Qualcomm is known to go through some financial problems with the Apple lawsuit, the company could benefit from a change of management. Broadcom is currently considering to help with that, and Qualcomm's acquisition could result in a more consolidated market.
Razer launches Naga Trinity mouse with interchangeable side panels
The three interchangeable side panels are specifically designed for FPS, MOBA and MMORPG players. All side panel buttons come with mechanical switches and are programmable through the Razer Synapse software. Razer also includes an upgraded 5G optical sensor with 16,000 DPI and 1,000 Hz polling rate.
Asus launches the impressive 17-inch ROG G703 gaming laptop
The G703VI-XH74K is a US$3,500 beast that packs impressive features like the 17-inch IPS-grade 1080p display with 144 Hz refresh and G-Sync, the powerful quad-core i7-7820HK CPU clocked at max 3.9 GHz, the superclocked GTX 1080 GPU, along with two 256 GB NVMe SSDs paired in RAID 0 and a 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD.
Apple's Q4 2017 earnings turn out better than expected
Revenues cap at US$52.6 billion and Apple managed to sell more iPhones, iPads and Macs compared to Q4 2016. The iPhone 8/X models are expected to increase revenues by as much as US$35 billion for Q1 2018.
Intel and ARM collaborating on next gen 3.5 GHz 10 nm Cortex A mobile processor
The next gen 10 nm mobile CPU runs at 3.5 GHz and 0.5 V, with an outstanding energy efficiency of 0.25 mW/MHz. Additionally, Intel and ARM will update the existing Cortex A55 to Intel's 22 nm manufacturing process, which will enable it to run at 2.35 GHz and 0.4 V.
Qualcomm profits down 90%, Snapdragon sales still going strong
The ongoing Apple lawsuit proves to be a thorn in Qualcomm's side. Net income is down from US$1.6 billion to US$168 million compared to last year's Q4 report. SoC sales have not been affected, however, and the stocks did not drop too much.
ARM readies Mali-D71 mobile display processor with VR and HDR capabilities
The Mali-D71 display processor introduces the new CoreLink MMU-600 and Assertiev Display 5 units that enable the HDR10 color space and VR features at 4K resolutions / 120 fps. These chips should be launched with early 2019 smartphones.
TP-Link Neffos smartphone with 18:9 screen and Snapdragon 835 SoC gets leaked
The surprising leak reveals high-end specs for the unnamed Neffos flagship: Snapdragon 835, 6 GB RAM, 20 MP + 16 MP rear cameras, 16 MP front camera and a trendy 18:9 display with thin bezels and curved edges.
CAT launches the rugged S41 smartphone
What sets the S41 apart is the military grade 810G casing that provides protection against harsh conditions, making it ideal for construction site personnel. The smartphone also packs mid-high end specs: a MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core SoC coupled with 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage, along with a 5-inch 1080p IPS display.
Nokia 2 officially announced
HMD Global is bringing back the concept of quality entry-level smartphones with the new Nokia 2. It features a 5-inch 720p IPS display, a 5 MP frontal / 8 MP rear camera setup, 8 GB of internal storage, a 4,100 mAh battery, and it is powered by the Snapdragon 212 SoC coupled with 1 GB of RAM.
Razer presents value-oriented Cynosa Chroma RGB gaming keyboards
The Cynosa Chroma and Cynosa Chroma Pro come with soft-cushioned gaming-grade keys that feature 1,000 Hz ultrapolling rates. Light and commands can be programmed for each of the 104 keys through the Razer Synapse software. The Pro version is the first Razer keyboard to include 24 underglow programmable zones.
ADATA releases XPG SX6000 512 GB NVMe SSD for US$145
The XPG SX6000 NVMe SSD offers the best value on the market right now. For only US$145, gamers and video editing pros can benefit from 1 GB/s read speeds and 800 MB/s write speeds. The M.2-2280 form factor is designed to fit both desktops and laptops. ADATA also provides 128 GB, 256 GB and 1 TB variants.
Azulle outs Inspire mini PCs with gen 7 ULV Kaby Lake CPUs
The new Inspire mini PCs come in three variants: the most affordable one is powered by the Intel Core i3-7100U CPU priced at US$270, then follow the i5-7200U model for US$335, and the top of the line i7-7500U that costs US$450. Azulle does not provide memory and storage with these three barebones, so their price is slightly lower than Intel's NUCs.
Samsung launches the Galaxy Tab A (2017) tablet
The latest model in the Galaxy Tab A family gets an 8-inch IPS display with 1280 x 800 resolution and features the Snapdragon 425 SoC with Adreno 308 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. Additional specs include 32 GB of internal storage, 5 MP front camera and 8 MP rear camera, plus a 5,000 mAh battery that allows the entire family to enjoy the tablet for more time.
PCI-SIG releases PCIe 4.0 specs, teases PCIe 5.0 performance
Expected to be fully adopted by 2019, the PCIe 4.0 specs bring 64 GB/s bandwidths in x16 duplex running at 16 GHz, plus improvements such as reduced system latency, lane margining and superior scalability.
Summit will be the world's fastest supercomputer upon completion
The Summit is almost ready to go online and it will become the fastest supercomputer ever built. It will average between 150 and 300 petaflops of processing power and will integrate 4,600 nodes that are powered by IBM and Nvidia processors, consuming 15 MW in full load.
AMD announces Q3 2017 revenues, first positive net income in years
After years of financial struggles, AMD rises above and makes a comeback in 2017. Q3 2017 was the best in years, bringing US$1.64 billion in total revenues, of which US$71 million was the net income. This is very good news for AMD, since the company hasn't seen a positive net income for the past several years.
Asus expands the RoG Strix gaming laptop lineup with Hero and Scar editions
Three new gaming laptops were added to the ROG Strix lineup: a 15-inch Hero edition and two 17-inch Scar editions. All new models are powered by Intel's Core i7-7700HQ CPUs coupled with 16 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM and come with a 256 GB NVMe PCIe SSD + 1 TB FireCuda SSHD storage combo. The 15-inch and the less expensive 17-inch integrate the GTX 1060 GPU, while the top of the line 17-inch comes equipped with the GTX 1070.
Asus launches the VivoBook Flip 14 TP401CA convertible notebook
Powered by the energy-efficient Core m3-7Y30 CPU that integrates the HD Graphics 615 iGPU, the VivoBook Flip 14 TP401CA is marketed as a budget convertible. It also comes with 4 GB LPDDR3 and 128 GB eMMC internal storage.
MSI introduces fanless Cubi 3 Silent S mini PCs with gen 7 Kaby Lake-U CPUs
The gen 7 Kaby Lake-U CPU powering the new Cubi 3 Silent S fanless mini PCs seem to be restricted to the 15 W TDP versions. They integrate the HD Graphics iGPU, and are coupled with as much as 32 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM. Storage solutions include SSD, HDD, or hybrid, and MSI provides extensive connectivity.
Get the 14-inch Jumper EZBook i7 with Intel Core i7-4500U and 4 GB RAM for $394.99
Powered by the dual-core i7-4500U ULV CPU, this ultrabook also comes with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and 128 GB SSD. The 14-inch 1080p screen is complemented by Intel's HD Graphics 4400 iGPU.
Logitech Wireless Marathon M705 mouse lasts 3 years on just 2 AA batteries
With a sculpted body that fits right-handed persons perfectly, the new M705 wireless mouse from Logitech is specifically designed for laptop users. It also comes with a 1000 dpi sensor and the Unifying Receiver.
Samsung reveals 360 Round camera for VR content creators
The 360 Round is the first camera that features genuine 3D VR recording capabilities. It comes with 17 lenses and it can record and stream in 4K. The included proprietary Samsung software makes it easy to edit the footage and preview it on a Samsung Gear headset.
Logitech presents the UE Blast and Megablast Bluetooth speakers with Alexa
Featuring the latest Alexa voice assistant that comes with the UE Blast and Megablast wireless speakers can play your favorite music, control IoT-enabled devices and perform more than 25,000 other tasks.
Apple's upcoming iMac Pro with 10-core custom Intel Xeon CPU surfaces on GeekBench
The 10-core Xeon CPU is more than 50% faster than the 8-core model when it comes to multi-core performance tests. Apple will also launch an 18-core/36-thread iMac in December this year.
HTC U11 variant with 6-inch 18:9 display pops on GFXBench
The mysterious U11 variant seems to have the same specs as the original U11, save for the reduced 4 GB RAM. If the GFXBench leak proves to be true, this would be the first HTC smartphone with an 18:9 display.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U mobile Raven Ridge APUs get leaked benckmarks
PCPerspective revealed that the two Raven Ridge APUs perform almost as well as an Intel Core i7-8550U + Nvidia MX150 GPU combo when it comes to graphics tests.
Intel presents its new Nervana Neural Netwok Processor
Intel intends to keep up with Nvidia and AMD on the AI market by releasing the Nervana NNP for deep learning applications. The new NNP is actually an ASIC with a non-standard cache hierarchy controlled directly by software commands, and it comes with improved scalability. The Flexpoint numerical format allows for increased parallelism, while the deep learning training performance is expected to increase by 100x until 2020.
Qualcomm is first to reach 5G speeds using the X50 mobile modem
The X50 modem provides downlink speeds of over 1 gbps in the 28 GHz mmWave spectrum. Qualcomm also presented the first 5G smartphone reference designs for OEMs. The 5G standard, together with supporting smartphones, is expected to be available by 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
XOLO releases three budget Era smartphones for the Indian market
The Era 3X/3/2V models are powered by the MediaTek MT6737 and come with a 5-inch 720p screen. The more expensive 3X integrates 3 GB RAM, 16 Gb internal storage and double 13 MP cameras. The 2V model gets 2 GB RAM and a downgraded 8 MP back cam, while the Era 3 is the most affordable, with 1 GB RAM, 8 GB storage and 8 MP front / 5MP back cameras.
Nvidia unveils post-Volta GPUs powering the Drive PX Pegasus board for driverless cars
The Drive PX Pegasus board will power future self-driving cars and provides the highest level of autonomy for AI-driven vehicles. The 500 W TDP board comes with 2 Xavier SoCs that integrate 16 ARM processors, two Volta iGPUs and two dedicated GPUs that are built on a totally new architecture (possibly a successor to Volta).
ZTE teases the upcoming Nubia Z17S smartphone
Two new teaser videos showcase the color options and the front/back dual camera setups.
Alpha outs Centurion Nano/Ultra Linux laptops
The new Centurion notebooks feature 1080p displays, and can be equipped with Intel gen 7 ULV CPUs up to i7-7500U. RAM can go up to 16 GB, with storage options including SSD + HDD combos. The 13-inch Centurion Nano costs as low as US$699, while the 15-inch Centurion Ultra bumps the price up to at least US$749.
[Update] Intel and AMD partnering up? Leaked slide reveals Mobility CPUs with Vega integrated graphics
Even though the battle between AMD and Intel is heating up on the PC CPU front, the two companies might be up for a collaboration on the mobile CPU shore.
Dell announces more 13-inch and 15-inch Inspiron 2-in-1 notebooks with Intel gen 8 CPUs
Three more models from Dell's Inspiron 7000 are now available. The Inspiron 7370 and 7373 come with 13.3-inch 1080p displays, while the 7573 sports a 15.6-inch 1080p or 4K display. All models can be powered by Intel's new i7-8550U or i5-8250U CPUs coupled with up to 16 GB DDR4 RAM and up to 512 GB SSDs, but only the 15-inch model comes with Nvidia's 940MX GPU.
ViewSonic unveils new XG gaming monitors, interactive displays and e-posters
Celebrating 30 years of existence, ViewSonic reveled a host of new products including gaming monitors, interactive 4K 75-inch flat panels, and e-posters.
Seagate introduces consumer-oriented 12 TB Helium HDDs
The new Guardian 12 TB HDDs come with helium-filled enclosures that provide increased stability and durability for the PRM platters. The Guardian lineup consists of 3 variants: Baracuda Pro Compute is designed for desktops and entry-level attached storage (250 MB/s transfer rates), IronWolf NAS targets 1-8 bay NAS devices (210 MB/s transfer rates), and IronWolf Pro NAS is intended for 1-16 bay creative professional NAS devices (250 MB/s transfer rates). All variants come standard with 256 MB DRAM cache, 7200 RPM and SATA 6 Gbps interface.
Samsung outs 49-inch 32:9 super ultrawide QLED gaming monitor
The CHG90 boasts an impressive 32:9 ratio screen with 3840 x 1080 resolution. The QLED panel handles HDR content and provides blacks almost as deep as the ones found with the more expensive OLEDs. The curvature of the screen allows for an immersive gaming experience, while the 1 ms response time and 144 Hz refresh rate enable smooth framerates.
Sandisk unveils Automotive and Industrial SD/microSD cards
The Automotive and Industrial memory cards feature improved speeds (up to 80 MB/s for reading and up to 50 MB/s for writing), and come in capacities ranging between 8 and 128 GB. Special features include remote health and performance monitoring, data retention "Read Refresh" mechanism, host lock and extreme operation temperatures.
TSMC already building world's first 3 nm facility in Taiwan
With the aid of the Taiwanese government, TSMC will be able to begin production of 3 nm chips sooner than the predicted 2022 scheduled dates, while the 5 nm facilities should be ready for risk production by 2019.
Game streaming and recording made easy with AVerMedia's new Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus
The latest external capturing hub enables a smooth streaming experience, even when playing the most demanding games in 4K resolutions. It can also record everything on microSD cards at 1080p and 60 fps.
AMD announces low-voltage Polaris-based embedded Radeon E9170 GPUs
The latest E9170 embedded GPUs target thin IoT devices and the smart applications market. Based on the Polaris architecture, and matching the desktop Radeon RX 550 specs, the E9170 GPU will come in MCM, MXM and PCIe form-factors, with support for up to five 4K displays.
8-core AMD Ryzen 5 1600/X CPUs randomly surface, performance matches the more expensive Ryzen 7 1800X
Korean reports point out to the existence of 8-core/16-thread Ryzen 5 1600/1600X CPUs. Benchmark results indicate that these CPUs are essentially US$200 Ryzen 7 1800X variants.
Chinese and Austrian scientists make first unhackable quantum video call
The quantum communication process involves data that is embedded into entangled photons. Any unauthorized tempering with the quantum data stream is immediately exposed and the quantum signature is automatically changed to prevent further data tempering.
Marseille mCable Gaming Edition HDMI cable removes aliasing from your favorite games
Offering support for older and current gen consoles, as well as for PCs, the mCable Gamer Edition HDMI cable comes with an outstanding antialisasing processor that performs better than the antialiasing algorithms found in the latest GPUs.
AMD's RX Vega 64 / 56 GPUs are considerably faster than Nvidia's GTX 1080 Ti in Forza 7 DX12
The RX Vega 64 / 56 cards dominate the 99th percentile frametime tests for all resolutions in Forza 7, while the GTX 1080 Ti only manages to stay on top in the 4K FPS test.
Gigabyte upgrades the AORUS Gaming Box for laptops with GTX 1080 cards
The new GTX 1080 external graphics solution for laptops comes in a small-form factor and lightweight enclosure. It can support up to 5 monitors plus three USB peripherals and comes with Thunderbolt 3 plug-and-play connection. MSRP is expected to be around US$750.
Gionee M7 Power - bigger battery, mid-range specs
The M7 Power is the more mid-rangey brother of the recently released M7 smartphone. It is powered by the less impressive Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core, but it comes with a 5,000 mAh battery that makes it ideal for mobile movie watchers, along with the 18:9 6-inch display.
Sirin Labs is developing world's first blockchain smartphones and PC terminals
The Finney smartphones and PC terminals will be the first open-soruce devices to connect to an independent blockchain network. These will run a proprietary Android-based Shield OS that comes with an array of security features like behavioral based intrusion prevention system, secured communications through VoIP, text or email, and biometric authentication. The smartphones are expected to cost around US$1,000 and the PC terminal could be priced at US$799, but the prices might be modified after the crowdfunding campaign scheduled for this October.
Asus announces new VivoBook S15 and ZenBook UX430 notebooks with Intel's gen 8 ULV CPUs
The new VivoBook S15 comes with a 15.6-inch display that can be either HD or FHD, while the ZenBook UX430 features a 14-inch FHD IPS-grade display. Both models are powered by Intel's gen 8 ULV CPUs and Nvidia's MX150 GPU. Asus will launch the new VivoBook S15 on October 1 for ~US$900 in India at first. The ZenBook UX430 can already be ordered for ~US$1150.
Google and Apple release emergency patches to fix Wi-Fi exploit in iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 Edge
The Wi-Fi exploit works with any mobile device that integrates Broadcom Wi-Fi chips. Google and Apple claim they have released emergency patches for Android 8.0 Oreo and iOS 11, but it may take some time to patch all devices.
Pre-orders for the Asus ZenBook Pro UX550 start at US$1,699
The ultraslim notebook can be pre-ordered at B&H and Newegg. It is powered by the Core i7-7700HQ quad-core CPU coupled with up to 16 GB DDR4-2400 RAM, and comes with a 512 GB NVMe SSD, on top of the 1 TB HDD. It also features the GeForce GTX 1050 4 GB GPU, so it can handle some light gaming. The 1080p multi-touch display version costs US$1,699.
Intel presents its first self-learning neuromorphic processor codenamed Loihi
Intel's self-learning Loihi processor is built using the 14 nm manufacturing process and integrates 130,000 artificial neurons that can develop up to 130 million synapses. The chip can perform training and inference tasks, so it adapts in real time to environmental variables. Loihi could power self-driving cars in a few years, but it could also help improve education, facial recognition, manufacturing, emergency services and smart cities.
Colorful reveals 3 new NVMe SSDs
Colorful will be the first company to ship new NVMe 1.3 M.2 2280 SSDs with the new PCIe 3.0 X4 2262/2263/2263XT controllers from SiliconMotion. There are three models: a budget CN600 DRAM-less edition, a mid-range CN600 DRAM edition, and a high-end CP600 iGame Edition. These will begin shipping in late 2017 and will be available in Asia and Europe.
Intel officially unveils Coffee Lake desktop CPU prices and details
Intel's gen 8 desktop CPUs are expected to be available on October 5. These require the new Z370 chipset and support memory modules up to DDR4-2666. The lowest priced model is the i3-8100 quad-core at US$117, while the flagship i7-8700K 6-core/12-thread CPU costs US$359.
Get the Jumper EZpad 6 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet for only US$169.99
The Jumper EZpad 6 is powered by Intel’s Atom Cherry Trail x5-Z8350 ULV quad-core CPU, comes with 4 GB DDR3LP memory plus 64 GB internal storage, and features an 11.6-inch 1080p IPS display. The docking keyboard is sold separately, but shouldn't bring the total cost to more than US$200.
Imagination releases new PowerVR mobile GPUs and its first Neural Network Accelerator
The PowerVR Series9XE GPUs are designed for entry-level mobile devices and cost-effective products, while the more advance Series9XM chips are aimed at mid-range smartphones/tablets, premium gaming set-top boxes and infotainment systems. Imagination's first NNA chip offers similar features to Apple's A11 Bionic and Huawei's Kirin 970 SoCs, but in a more energy-eficient envelope.
Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti most likely to arrive in late October for US$430
The GTX 1070 Ti is very close to the original GTX 1080, spec-wise, and this makes it more appealing for crypto-miers. It's supposed to be released in late October for around US$430.
Ryzen and Vega will get 12 nm versions in 2018
AMD’s CTO Mark Papermaster announced that the Vega GPUs and the Ryzen CPUs will get 12 nm version in early 2018. The 12 nm Vega chips should compete with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 2000 series that are expected to be released in early 2018, while the 12 nm Ryzen CPUs will be AMD's response to Intel's 10 nm Ice Lake processors, until it releases the 7 nm Ryzen 2 products in late 2018.
Next self-driving Tesla cars to use AMD AI chips
Tesla intends to release autonomous cars by 2019, and these cars will be equipped with semi-custom AI chips manufactured by AMD. Sample chips are currently tested by 50 Tesla engineers who are lead by ex-AMD legendary microarchitect Jim Keller.
Intel Core i9 7980XE CPU annihilates AMD's Threadripper in latest leaked benchmarks
The i9 7980XE CPU manages to keep a 30% lead against AMD’s Threadripper 1950X throughout synthetic and gaming benchmarks. The Intel CPU has 2 more cores that yield 4 more threads, so it's not really that surprising it performs better, but is the US1000 price difference really worth it?
Pimax 8K VR headsets coming in February 2018 for as low as US$449
The Kickstarter campaign initiated by Pimax raised the US$200,000 funding goal in less then 2 hours, so the company is now expected to ship the first models in February 2018. The 8K headset comes with dual 4K displays and can be pre-ordered for US$449, while the 5K version integrates dual 2560x1440 displays and costs US$349.
Scientists envision the optical computer - light and sound waves transformed into data
A group of researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia have developed a "photonic microchip" that converts light pulses into data, via sound waves. The chip does not produce any heat, it is immune to electromagnetic interference, and it's supposed to be 20 times faster than current CPUs.
Western Digital releases the 12 TB WD Gold HDD
The 12 TB WD Gold drive offers increased security and durability for enterprise customers. It comes with eight 1.5 TB platters, 256 MB cache, 255 MB/s data transfer rates, and has an MSRP of US$521.99.
Dell launches new 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch 2-in-1 Inspiron laptops with Intel gen 8 CPUs
All new 2-in-1 models can be powered by either the Intel Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8550U quad-core / eight-thread CPUs and will be available starting October 3. The 13.3-inch Inspiron 5379 has no discrete GPU and can cost as low as US$749.99. The 15.6-inch Inspiron 7570 comes with the older 940 MX GPU from Nevidia and costs as low as US$799. The top of the line Inspiron 7773 features the new Nvidia MX150 GPU and costs as low as US$949.99.
First compute performance test results for Nvidia's Volta Tesla GPU revealed
The Volta-based DGX-1 system is over 2 times faster than the Pascal-based systems in compute benchmarks. If the performance gains in games are similar to the compute ones, the GTX 2000 series could be a hit.
Light L16 camera integrates 16 separate lenses, costs US$1,699
Integrating 16 separate 13 MP sensors that come in 28 mm, 70 mm and 150 mm lens sizes, the L16 camera can compose pictures up to 52 MP. It's as big as a regular smartphone, and features a 5-inch 1080p touchscreen, as well as 256 GB internal storage.
Zotac adds GTX 1060/1070 GPUs and Ryzen CPUs to its Magnus gaming mini PC lineup
The Magnus EK51060 and EK51070 are both powered by Intel’s quad-core i5-7300HQ CPU and integrate the GTX 1060/1070 GPUs, respectively. The ER51060 and ER51070 variants are powered by the 4-core/8-thread AMD Ryzen 5 1400 CPU and integrate the same GPUs. All new variants can integrate up to 32 GB RAM.
MSI's new GS63VR/73VR Stealth Pro are the slimmest VR-ready gaming notebooks around
The new GS63VR/73VR Stealth Pro VR-ready gaming laptops are powered by the latest Intel gen 7 Core i7 CPUs and the GTX 1070 8 GB GDDR5 (Max-Q) GPU. MSI claims these are the slimmest and lightest VR-ready gaming laptops out there, with the 17.3-inch model weighing 5.3 lbs, and the 15.6-inch one weighing 3.96 lbs.
Nvidia rumored to launch the GTX 1070 Ti
A Chinese leak presents the ASUS GTX 1070 Ti STRIX O8G powered by the Pascal GP104 chip that integrates 2304 CUDA cores and includes 8 GB of GDDR5. The GTX 1070 Ti variant would be released later this year for US$350.
BlueBorne vulnerability could target billions of unpatched Bluetooth devices
Armis Labs discovered a Bluetooth vulnerability codenamed BlueBorne that could affect billions of devices including smartphones like Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy, tablets like Samsung Galaxy Tab, smartwatches like LG Watch Sport, or audio systems like the Pumpkin Car Audio System. BlueBorne can also attack unpatched Windows and Linux PCs, and a variety of smart appliances like TVs and security cameras. In order to avoid the proliferation of the BlueBorne vulnerability, users are cautioned to permanently disable their Bluetooth connections until proper patches are issued.
iPhone X A11 SoC benchmarks leaked before official presentation event
The A11 hexacore SoC packs 2 high-performance Monsoon cores, 4 energy-efficient Mistral cores and a 3-core GPU. The single-core test results are higher than what most Qualcomm chips can score in multi-core tests.
Intel's Core i7-8700K desktop CPU gets benchmarked
The multi-threaded tests ran in CineBench R15 and CPU-Z reveal that the new i7-8700K is significantly outperformed by AMD's Ryzen 7 1800X. Nonetheless, Geekbench is where the i7-8700K shines, overtaking the AMD competition in both single-thread and multi-threaded tests.
Get the Dell XPS 13 Rose Gold edition with 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD for $1,499
The Microsoft Store offers the Dell XPS 13 Rose Gold edition for US$1,499. It is powered by the Core i7-7500U CPU from Intel coupled with 16 GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM, and it also comes with the 512 GB SSD option that has Windows 10 64-bit pre-installed. This is the world's first notebook to integrate the InfinityEdge display that places an almost borderless 13-inch screen in an 11-inch chassis.
Xiaomi launches the Mi Notebook Pro line with Intel's gen 8 CPUs
The Mi Notebook Pro line is powered by the latest gen 8 CPUs from Intel and feature a 15.6-inch display. Options include up to 16 GB DDR4 RAM, up to 1 TB SSDs, and the MX150 GPU from Nvidia. Availability is limited to China for the moment, and prices range from US$859 for the Core i5 / 8GB RAM model to US$1075 for the Core i7 / 16GB RAM model.
First Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 benchmark surfaces
Next year's flagship SoC from Qualcomm seems to be a bit better than Apple's A9 chip, but it's still behind the A10 and most likely A11 chips when it comes to single core performance tests.
BLU S1 with octa-core CPU and 13 MP camera gets leaked
An unannounced BLU S1 mid-range smartphone has been leaked on the Best Cellular site and it is said to be a Sprint exclusive. It includes a 5.2-inch HD display, while it is powered by Mediatek's MTK6750 octa-core SoC clocked at 1.5 GHz coupled with only 2 GB RAM. Best Cellular is selling it for US$159.95
ASRock's X10 IoT Router remotely controls home appliances over radio and IR
The X10 comes with the usual dual band Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet connections, but also offers remote control capabilities for smart home appliances through the integrated ZigBee radio controller and IR blaster.
Logitech releases the Lightspeed G603 wireless mouse with 1 ms input lag
The US$69.99 G603 wireless mouse is aimed at mainstream gamers. Still, it integrates the Lightspeed connection and the HERO sensor with 12,000 DPI that consumes less energy and allows the mouse to operate for 500 hours on two AA batteries.
AMD 35 W Bristol Ridge A-Series APUs now available
The 35 W APUs from AMD are available now, after more than a month of shortage. These low TDP APUs still retain the core count, stream processors and integrated GPUs from the 65 W models, but the CPU / GPU clocks were reduced. Prices range between US$58 and US$112.95.
GearBest has discounted prices on Intel-powered tablets and notebooks throughout September
Some of the highlights from GearBest's Intel Super September sale include: the Teclast X98 Plus II dual OS tablet powered by the Intel Cherry Trail X5-Z8350 quad-core CPU for US$149.99, the all-in one Onda C270 PC with curved LED display for $US379.99, and the Cube Mix Plus 2-in-1 Tablet PC powered by the Intel Kaby Lake Core M3-7Y30 dual-core CPU for $US345.99.
Apple could up the megapixel count and the screen size for the iPhone 9
Apple plans to include camera modules with more than 12 MP in the iPhone 9 models. The company has already booked the Largan Chinese facility and will roll out the new camera modules that could feature dual or multiple lenses, large apertures, and 3D sensing functions starting October 2017.
AMD says Ryzen was "a worst case scenario," reveals details on Ryzen 2
Regarding the arguably low CPU frequencies, AMD states that Ryzen was a brand new architecture on a brand new node, making it a worst case scenario. But it still turned out well, since the Ryzen Threadrippers can go above 4 GHz. As for the upcoming Ryzen 2, AMD promises increased clocks, more instructions per cycle, and better game optimization.
ADATA adds improved standards to the Premier Pro microSDXC / microSDHC UHS-I Class 10 memory cards
The refreshed Premier Pro microSDXC / microSDHC UHS-I Class 10 series are now A1-ready, featuring read speeds of up to 95 MB/s and write speeds of up to 90 MB/s. Storage capacities range between 1 GB and 256 GB. ADATA also implemented the V10 and V30 standards for video recording speeds up to 30 MB/s.
Gigabyte announces the GeForce GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G for small form-factor PCs
Gigabyte has managed to shrink the GTX 1080 card to micro ITX standards. The new GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G card retains the reference card clocks and 8 GB VRAM memory, adding only a dual slot single fan cooling system.
Logitech outs the G613 wireless mechanical keyboard with low input lag
Logitech finally figured out how to reduce input lag in wireless keyboards with the new G613 model. It offers 1 ms polling rate through the innovative Lightspeed receiver, as well as increased signal strength. Additional features include the Romer-G switches with 1.5 mm actuation distance, a palm rest and 18 months operation time on two AA batteries.
Intel i9-7980XE 18-core CPU benchmark results and temps get leaked
The leaked results show the i9-7980XE 18-core CPU (overclocked to 4.8 GHz) scoring 37,485 points in the FutureMark FirstStrike benchmark, around 3 times faster than the i9-7900X 10-core CPU.
Logitech introduces the wireless CRAFT keyboard with content-specific dial
The dial detects tap, touch and turn gestures and offers compatibility for Adobe's creative software suites, as well as for Microsoft Office programs. Priced at US$199.99, the CRAFT keyboard is expected to be available this October.
[Update] Lenovo's IdeaPad 320s notebook first to get the new GeForce 1040 GPU
Nvidia is planning to release a new budget mobile GPU in the form of the GeForce 1040. Lenovo will be the first OEM to include the upcoming GPU in the IdeaPad 320S notebook models, which will be priced between US$699-799.
Samsung officially announces Gear Fit2 Pro, reveals Gear Sport and Gear IconX (2018)
The specs for Gear Fit2 Pro fitness band have already been leaked and Samsung only confirmed them with the official announcements, but it also revealed the new Gear Sport smartwatch and the wireless IconX (2018 model) earbuds.
ASRock releases the small form-factor DeskMini GTX/RX PC with GTX 1080
The new small form-factor GTX/RX models can be customized to include Intel’s 6th or 7th generation CPUs with a maximum TDP of 65 W, Nvidia GPUs up to GeForce GTX 1080, as much as three M.2 NVMe SSDs and up to 32 GB DDR4-2400 RAM.
Intel presents the new Xeon-W workstation CPUs
The workstation-oriented Xeon-W CPU family includes models packing between 4 and 18 cores and up to 36 threads, with Turbo frequencies going as high as 4.5 GHz. Prices range between US$294 and more than US$2000.
First Coffee Lake 6-core mobile CPU benchmarks are in
GeekBench got hold of spec and performance information on a mysterious 6-core Coffee Lake mobile CPU. It's default clock is set to 2.6 GHz, but it can boost to 4.0 GHz. The gen 8 model seems to have the same single-core performance as the 7th gen i7-7700HQ. However, the multi-core tests show a 40% performance gain over the gen 7 CPU.
Intel announces the Movidius Myriad X - the world's first vision processing unit
The 16 nm VPU consumes only 1.5 W and enables learning algorithms to train themselves in order to identify images and words or analyze video feeds. The Myriad X chip brings these capabilities to devices like drones, cameras, robots and VR / AR headsets.
Gionee to release a new mid-range smartphone with a 6-inch 18:9 display
Gionee is the second Indian company to release smartphones with 18:9 displays. The unannounced Gionee codename SW17W08 was listed in GFXBench, and it features a 6-inch display with 1440x720 resolution, a 2.6 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helip P25 CPU, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage.
Get the MSI GL62M gaming laptop with GeForce GTX 1050 Ti for only $869.99
GearBest comes with a week-long deal for the MSI GL62M 7RDX 15.6-inch gaming laptop. You can get the Core i5-7300HQ CPU packed with 8 GB DDR4 RAM and the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti GPU for as low as US$869.99.
Nvidia reveals more details on the upcoming Volta GPUs
The 12 nm process Volta GPU comes with a 32 square-inch die, which is 33% larger compared to the current P100. It integrates 5120 CUDA cores and 16 GB of XBM2 VRAM. Nvidia plans to release professional cards that pack up to eight V100 GPUs, as well as new gaming cards from the GeForce series. The upcoming GTX 2080 is rumored to cost US$699.
Get the CHUWI LapBook 15.6 for only $179.99 this weekend
GearBest is back with a hot deal - the CHUWI LapBook 15.6 notebook featuring the Intel Cherry Trail x5-Z8350 ULV CPU and 4 GB RAM for as low as US$179.99.
Windows 95 turns 22 - still lurks inside Pentagon's critical systems
22 years after its release, Microsoft Windows 95 is still running on machines around the world, including critical systems inside the Pentagon. The US Department of Defense is collaborating with Microsoft to migrate all Pentagon systems to Windows 10.
Western Digital ups capacities for the My Book Duo external HDDs to 20 TB
The latest My Book Duo features two WD Red 10 TB 7,200 RPM drives configured in a RAID 0, which allows for sequential read speeds of up to 360 MB/s. The new 20 TB version will be available on September 6 for US$800.
Micromax announces the budget Canvas Infinity smartphone with 18:9 screen ratio
Even though the Canvas Infinity impresses with the 18:9 Full Vision display that is usually found in high-end models, the specs and the US$156 price recommend it as a mid-range smartphone. The model will only be available through Amazon India starting September 1st.
SilverStone presents the 0.37-inch TOB03 ODD CD/DVD/BD/BDXL burner
The TOB03 is built in collaboration with Panasonic. It supports all read/write standards for CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, except UHD Blu-ray. Prices are expected to vary between US$70 - 90.
Asus outs specialized cryptomining motherboard supporting 19 graphics cards
The B250 Mining Expert motherboard is specifically designed for GPU cryptomining, supporting up to 19 graphics cards. Asus states that the MSRP is $US130, making it one of the best deals for Ethereum miners.
ZTE is offering the Nubia Z17 8 GB RAM version for pre-orders
The 8 GB RAM Nubia Z17 can now be pre-ordered for US$479 (64 GB storage model) or US$599 (128 GB storage model) between August 21 - 28. Pre-order perks include 10,000 mAH power banks, headphones and discount vouchers.
Intel supplies business partners with new info on the 8th gen desktop CPUs
And Intel partner briefing held in China has revealed that the performance gains between the 7th gen and 8th gen CPUs are due to the increased number of cores and enlarged L3 memory caches. The i7 CPUs will feature 6 cores and 12 threads with 12 MB L3, the i5 CPUs will come with 6 cores and 6 threads with 9 MB L3, and the entry-level i3 processors will only integrate 4 cores and 4 threads with 6 MB L3.
HP announces the ProBook 400 G5 business laptops powered by Intel's Coffee Lake CPUs
HP has refreshed their ProBook business laptop series with models powered by the latest Core i5-8250U and i7-8550U Coffee Lake CPUs from Intel. The ProBook G5 models come in 13.3”, 15.6” and 17.3” sizes.
Intel Core i7-8550U specs and early benchmarks
The i7-8550U ultra-low voltage CPU wipes the floor with the previous generation i5-6300HQ and i7-7500U, but is a bit behind the i5-7300HQ.
The Xiaomi Mi Air 13 notebook is on sale for US$848.99 this weekend
GearBest is selling the Xiaomi Mi Air 13 notebook with Intel Core i5-7200U and Nvidia MX150 for US$848.99. Use the “Air13N" promo code to get the 17% discount.
Polaroid introduces two new entry-level Cosmo smartphones and a Jet C7 tablet
Celebrating 80 years of existence, Polaroid has launched the Cosmo K and K Plus smartphones, together with the Jet C7 tablet in Mexico. The devices are powered by MediaTek's quad-core CPUs and are available at Telcel.
Self-healing smartphone screens get patented by Motorola
Motorola's patent paper states that the self-healing screen integrates a "self memory polymer" that could restore its default shape through heat. "At least some of the deformation" can be repaired, depending on the extent of the damage.
Monitors with 480 Hz refresh rates are almost here
Blur Busters confirm that the 28” 4K LCD 1ms TN panel is able to achieve near-CRT clarity, thanks to a technology similar to strobeless LightBoost. The prototype is capable of 480 Hz only in 1080p for now.
ADATA readies the XPG SX9000 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe 1.2 SSD
The XPG SX9000 SSDs come in 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB capacities, and offer read/write speeds of up to 2800/1450 MB/s, thanks to the Marvell 88SS1093 controller. The M.2 2280 form factor allows these SSDs to be fit in laptops as well as in desktop PCs.
Gigabyte unveils unannounced 16-core Denverton SoC from Intel
The new MA10-ST0 server motherboard comes packed with the high-end 16-core C3958 Denverton SoC that hasn't been previously announced by Intel. The combo is designed to power NAS servers.
Shuttle launches the X1 Mini PC with GeForce GTX 1060
The small form-factor X1 PCs from Shuttle are able to handle 4K games thanks to the inclusion of Nvidia's GTX 1060 GPUs. The reduced size comes at a premium, though, with the i7 variant priced at US$1709 and the i5 variants costing around US$1500.
PS4 Pro could end up faster than XBox One X, through the RPM feature found in AMD GPUs
The Rapid Packed Math technology is essentially hyper-threading for GPUs. In some cases, RPM could double PS4 Pro's performance, overtaking the Xbox One X. Apparently, the Xbox One X does not support the RPM feature.
Silicon chips might not retire too soon, thanks to ultrathin semiconductors
Scientists from Stanford University combined silicon with ultrathin semiconductors, making silicon viable for chips under 5 nanometers and thus offering a smoother transition between silicon and germanium-based chip manufacturing.
Biohackers splice malware directly into DNA strands
Scientists came up with a plan to infect computers using altered human DNA. The malicious code is activated when the altered human genetic code is analyzed by a DNA sequencer that is hooked to a computer network.
Nvidia announces US$2.2 billion earnings for Q2 2018 fiscal year, due in part to cryptocurrency mining
Nvidia's earnings for Q2 2018 seem to have been boosted in part by the cryptominers who hog GPUs to increase the profitability of the Ethereum miners. Revenues for Nvidia are up 56% from Q2 2017, cumulating US$2.23.
Sony wants to provide increased cybersecurity for educational institutions through blockchain tech
Recognizing the potential of the blockchain tech, Sony is looking to provide an educational system based on the highly acclaimed Hyperledger Fabric 1.0 framework. The blockchain-based system records information in a difficult to falsify way and controls access to recorded information, making it possible to reliably disclose information to authorized third parties.
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 gets leaked all-screen front render
The leaked render presents the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 as an almost bezel-less smartphone that integrates a piezoelectric speaker, but does away with the front camera. The new model is thinner and is expected to hit the Chinese market this mid-September for US$748.
Samsung plans to release 128 TB QLC SSDs
The 128 TB QLC SSD could come in 2019, but, until then, Samsung has plans to launch successors for the 960 EVO and Pro SSDs with the new 970 and 980 64-layer 3-bit per cell V-NAND NVMe series coming in early 2018.
"Ruler" form factor SSDs announced by Intel
The new ruler form factor SSDs fit perfectly in 1U rack units, solving problems with wasted space in data centers. Thus, a 1U rack can now store up to 1,000 TB (1 petabyte). Intel promises 3D NAND and Optane SSD models with the new ruler form factor in the near future.
Seagate presents new Nytro NVMe SSD models, teases 13 GB/s read speeds
The Nytro 5000 consumer-grade NVMe SSDs feature compact form factors and storage spaces of up to 2 TB, while the Nytro 3000 industrial-grade models can store up to 15 TB and come with a 12 Gbps SAS interface for increased reliability and endurance. Seagate also teased the 64 TB AIC drive that is supposed to reach read speeds of up to 13 GB/s.
Intel unveils the rest of the Core i9 X-series family
The top of the line 18-core / 36 thread i9-7980XE is priced at US$1,999, then follows the 16-core / 32-thread i9-7960X, priced at US$1,699. The 14-core / 28 threads i9-7940X is priced at US$1,399. These 3 CPUs will be launched on September 25, while the 12-core / 24-thread i9-7920X priced at US$1,199 will be released on August 28.
Gigabyte presents the Aorus X299 Gaming motherboard specifically designed for Kaby Lake-X CPUs
This Kaby Lake-X-specific mid-range motherboard includes support for 4X DDR4-4133 RAM and 3-way SLI or Crossfire. Being marketed as a gaming product, it also comes with programmable RGB LEDs.
Motherboard manufacturers list unannounced 1920 Threadripper CPU, other non-X versions could follow
The non-X 1920 Threadripper CPU could be considerably cheaper than the X variant, and even though it could end up with reduced boosts clocks, the multipliers are most likely remaining unlocked to further provide excellent overclocking potential.
Early reviews claim AMD RX Vega GPUs are monster Ethereum miners
It looks like Ethereum mining could become great again with AMD's latest Vega 64 and 56 GPUs. Equipped with 8 GB of HMB2 VRAM, the Vega cards are rumored to provide 100% faster hashing speeds, while maintaining reasonable prices.
Toshiba announces M.2 form factor BG3 Single Package NVMe SSD
The latest BG3 single package SSDs feature the M.2 2230 removable module and will be available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities. The NVMe technology provides sequential read speeds of up to 1,520 MB/s.
LG teases nearly bezel-less OLED display for the V30 smartphone
The front panel of the V30 integrates a P-OLED QHD+ display with Gorilla Glass 5 and the FullVision 2:1 design.
IBM fits 330 TB in palm-size cartridge
IBM colaborated with Sony and managed to achieve the highest areal density of 201 gigabits per square inch (Gb/in2) for magnetic tape. The 330 TB cartridge capacity could be doubled every two years.
Lenovo's low-cost Windows 10 S convertible notebooks available now
Prices range from US$229 for the N23 and go up to $349 for the N24. The two convertible models are designed for schools and business environments.
Facebook is working on a video chat device
Prototypes of the video chat device include a 13”-15” screen, “smart camera technology” with wide-angle lenses and AI-powered microphones and speakers. Bloomberg informs that the official launch could occur in 2018 and the device could retail for “a few hundred dollars”.
Micromax's Selfie 2 smartphone comes with an 8MP front flash camera
The Selfie 2 smartphone combines powerful imaging features with an impressive 8 MP front flash camera and a 13 MP Sony IMX135 rear camera for only US$154.
Nvidia is bringing Titan Xp and Quadro external GPU solutions to notebook creative professionals
The Titan Xp solution is intended for gaming as well as demanding appliactions such as Maya and Premier Pro, while the Quadro eGPU mainly focuses on engineering-grade applications and certifications.
AMD has announced the US$549 Ryzen Threadripper 1900X octa-core CPU
The Ryzen Threadripper 1900X is US$50 more expensive than the Ryzen 7 1800X, and even though they have similar specs, the Threadripper CPU is worth the extra cost considering the benefits of the new X399 chipset.
Samsung readies industry-first 1.2 Gbps downlink LTE mobile modem
With speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps, the new LTE modem allows users to download full-length HD movies in 10 seconds.
Silicon Power outs all-in-one Type-A / Micro-B / Type-C Mobile C50 USB drives
The Mobile C50 drives come in 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB configurations featuring a unique 3-in-1 design.
MSI's Cubi 3 Plus compact PC is powered by the i7-7700 Kaby Lake
The new Cubi 3 Plus line offers several CPU options, starting with the entry-level Celeron G3930 model priced at US$427, up to the high-end Core i7-7700 selling for US$791.
Samsung Exynos 9610 and 7885 specs get leaked
Samsung's Exynos 7785 is a mid-range SoC that will be integrated in the 2018 Galaxy A7 model, while the 9610 model does not seem to be the flagship SoC, since the Galaxy S9 launching next year should integrate the un-leaked Exynos 9810 chip.
HTC prepares standalone VIVE VR Headset for China
The Chinese-specific standalone headset from HTC is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC and is very similar to HTC's standalone Daydream headset that will be released worldwide later this year. The standalone headsets are supposedly more affordable than the previous versions.
MSI introduces the GV62 7RC budget gaming notebook with MX150 GPU
The GV62 7RC will have several variants powered by Intel's I7-7700HQ / i5-7300HQ / i3-711 CPUs and Nvidia's MX150 GPU. The i7-7700HQ variant with 4 GB RAM costs US$749.
AMD's Q2 2017 revenue results unveiled - Ryzen steals the show
AMD is well on its way back to profitability, thanks to the Ryzen CPUs, the Vega GPUs and the EPYC datacenter products. Q2 2017 revenue increased 19% over Q2 2016.
Biostar announces world's first 8-Slot PCI-e mining motherboard
Biostar has expanded their dedicated mining portfolio with the TB250-BTC+ motherboard that features 1 x PCI-E x16 3.0 slot plus 7 x PCI-E x1 3.0 slots. This model is designed for DIY people who intend to build home mining rigs.