Deirdre O Donnell (Editor)
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
Apple Podcasts Subscriptions: a new marketplace for creators available from May 2021
Apple's Podcasts app will soon spawn a new wave of titles, to be published by new partner brands such as the Washington Post and Sony Music and also by independent creators. These new streams will require monthly or yearly fees, for which bonus or early-access content, as well as an ad-free experiences, are thrown in. The new subscriptions are to be available in 170 countries from May 2021.
The Apple Card gets new Family services for credit- and payments-sharing
Apple Card Family is the latest form of financial service created by the Cupertino-based OEM. It allows 2 users to share the same credit-card as issued by the company, or for parents to share such a card with children above a certain age. Therefore, they can build credit or Daily Cash rewards up together on the same account over time.
Apple's TV 4K gets an A12 Bionic-powered upgrade with a new intuitive remote
Apple has finally updated its 4K TV box as part of its April 20, 2021 hardware event. This new model is powered by the same A12 Bionic processor found in ex-flagship iPhones. It can also balance the colors of the screen to which it is attached using one of the same smartphones, and comes with a new Siri-enabled remote with improved controls.
The Realme Q3 series is confirmed to launch on April 22, 2021
Realme has announced that the Q3 smartphone (or possibly smartphones) will debut on April 22, 2021. The line has also been confirmed to be the OEM's first to feature the new MediaTek Dimensity 1100 SoC. Their maker has also strongly hinted that the new Q-series devices will have 120Hz displays, even though it might start at the ~US$150 level.
The Galaxy Z Fold series will have an IP rating for the first time in 2021
According to a new leak, the Galaxy Z Fold3 has obtained an actual certification for ingress-protection. The new tip fails to mention the exact IPxx number in question; nevertheless, it will still be the first time a foldable phone has had such a spec. Meanwhile, the Z Fold3 is also now rumored to be lighter than its predecessor.
Turtle Beach announces a new, Arctic Camo version of its Recon 70 gaming headset
The multi-platform Recon 70 is the best headset option available for around US$40, according to its maker Turtle Beach at least. The company also offers a steadily-growing range of different colors and styles for the 70, the latest of which is a pale silver with camo earcups. This new Arctic Camo SKU is available from now.
Sony releases its 2021 BRAVIA XR TV line-up
Sony has announced pricing and availability for its 2021 TVs. They include the BRAVIA XR MASTER Series A90J, which, as the OEM asserts, integrates its best OLED panel to date. It also has new LED models with 4K and 8K options, including the 100-inch BRAVIA XR X92 now set at US$20,000.
A new Samsung trademark hints at improved durability in its next-gen smartphones
Samsung has reportedly applied to trademark the phrase "Armor Frame" in the EU, US and South Korea. Its new American IP application specifically indicates that it applies to smartphones, inviting speculation that it refers to a new engineering or design tweak for its upcoming flagships, particularly those of a foldable nature.
Facebook forces third-party versions of its Android app off the Play Store
Many Android phone owners use apps that mirror or "wrap" the mobile Facebook interface rather than use this company's app. However, the social media giant has started to deprive them of this option. It has already had the apps Simple Social and Swipe taken down from Google's Play Store.
Samsung announces an Indian launch for the Galaxy M42 through Amazon
Samsung will release the Galaxy M42 soon exclusively through Amazon India. This device is most likely the Indian-market rebrand of the pre-existing A42. The OEM has confirmed that this version still runs on the Snapdragon 750G processor, and is thus a 5G smartphone.
Android 12 might be able to auto-translate a user's apps to their chosen language
The Android OS should upgrade to its latest 12 version in just a few months. There are some preview builds around, the latest of which is now reported to have a new and powerful feature. It is a service that translates app contents to a phone's system language. Some pre-existing third-party apps are capable of this, although it seems Google may want to bake it into their new UI.
ViewSonic's portfolio of new remote work-ready monitors features a 34-inch 21:9 unit with an inbuilt USB type-C dock
ViewSonic asserts that its upcoming monitors address the needs of those who work at home. The OEM's new 24- and 27-inch models have inbuilt webcams and the ergonomic stands to keep them at comfortable eye levels. There is also a 34-inch ultra-wide flagship with a USB type-C docking station for charging and connectivity.
Sony announces new home theater-grade projectors with native 4K and a Dynamic HDR Enhancer
Sony has launched its latest 4K projectors aimed at the home cinema market. The two new SXRD units are rated for native 4K resolutions and have the same X1 processor found in many high-end BRAVIA TVs. The higher-end model has an ARC-F lens for image quality that goes right to the edge of the window it throws.
iQOO confirms that its newly expanded 7 flagship series will get an Indian launch
The iQOO 7 was the cheapest phone to launch with the top-end Snapdragon 888 SoC on its Chinese-market launch. Now, the OEM has announced that it will venture into its first international market soon. It will be joined by a "new" vanilla variant with a different processor in India later in April 2021.
The Enco Buds are to become OPPO's latest TWS accessories: new leak
OPPO will launch a new pair of audio devices called the Enco Buds soon, according to a new tip from the leaker Evan Blass. Their new alleged renders show a fairly standard TWS form-factor very similar to a product the OEM has already launched. However, the new versions apparently upgrade to Bluetooth 5.2.
The LG Rollable is coming and it has NFC, according to a new leak
LG has announced that it is out of the Android smartphone game; on the other hand, the cutting-edge Rollable mobile device is apparently being readied for launch. The latest step in this process is having it certified to use NFC, as the leaker Mukul Sharma has discovered.
Voice aims to "upgrade" to an NFT platform from the summer of 2021
Voice is an 'alternative' social media platform that claims to be about "real" users, their communities and their content. It has announced that it will "upgrade" itself with a new feature: the ability to issue NFTs for the digital artwork posted thereon. They will apparently be integrated with the EOSIO blockchain basis Voice has taken up to drive its tokenization model.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite: also to be available in silver, according to new renders
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite will launch soon with Android 11 out of the box - based on its latest leaks, that is. The latest tip relating to this possible budget slate indicates that it will debut in a silver colorway as well as the darker gray hinted at earlier. This option has a white front panel that may make its bezels more pronouced in real life.
The Realme Q3 is hyped as a super-affordable smartphone with a glow-in-the-dark finish
The Realme executive Chase Yu has strongly hinted at a brand-new style for the OEM's upcoming Q3, a phone that might start as low as ~US$153 (or 1000 yuan). That would be an impressive feat, as the device is also rumored to run on the upper-mid-range-at-worst Dimensity 1100 SoC and to have a 120Hz display.
Samsung will launch its first-gen tri-folding tablet in 2022
Samsung is slated to launch the next generations of the Z Fold and Z Flip flagship lines in the second half of 2021. However, the OEM is now said to have an even more interesting foldable in the works for the next year after that. This "Galaxy Z Fold Tab" might be capable of bending at two points and, thus, have the scope for more modes compared to its predecessors.
Xiaomi sells 30,000 Mi Mix Folds in less than 60 seconds
The Mi Mix Fold is Xiaomi's first-gen foldable phablet, and thus offers an 8-inch main display in a book-like form-factor. It has just been released for sale in China, which, according to the OEM, has been a complete success. Xiaomi claims to have sold all stock of the device for ~US$61 million in just 1 minute.
Redmi's gaming phone may have passed 3C testing with Mi 11-grade 67W fast charging
Redmi has affirmed that it will launch its first "gaming phone" in 2021 - perhaps even this month, should the latest rumors prove true. As if to give this idea more weight, a device with its alleged model number is now approved for sale by the Chinese regulator 3C. Its new certificate also suggests it might launch with the same charging tech as the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra flagship.
The Motorola Moto G60's latest leak may confirm the phone's RAM and SoC specs ahead of its launch
Motorola will launch the Moto G60 soon. This phone is the OEM's 108MP mid-ranger for 2021 that will come with the Snapdragon 732G processor and a 120Hz screen. According to its latest tip, these specs will be joined by 6GB of RAM - or 4GB in the G40 Fusion. This secondary variant has a 64MP main sensor instead, but will be very similar to the G60 otherwise.
DJI launches the Air 2S drone with an ultra-large sensor and a lot of features
The Air 2S is the successor to the DJI Mavic Air 2, even if it has new and snappier branding. It also has a sensor of 1 inch in size, which outdoes its forebear by a good margin. The new CMOS supports up to 5.4K recording at up to 30fps, and allows for zooming while in flight. The DJI Air 2S starts for US$999 from now.
The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra launches with triple 64MP rear cameras and promises of international availability
ZTE has debuted its 2021 flagship smartphone series with a launch for the Axon 30 Pro and 30 Ultra in China. The latter is the one with the OEM's intensely-hyped "Trinity" rear camera system. It also has a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate, and, of course, that Snapdragon 888 SoC.
TCL introduces its 3-in-1 concept device as the Fold 'n Roll
TCL has unveiled its latest flexible-display concept at its 2021 Display Your Greatness global product launch event. It combines folding and sliding technology into one chassis, meaning, as the OEM asserts, that it can be a smartphone, a phablet and a tablet in one. This new kind of convertible could well be part of the future of mobile tech.
TCL's 20 L series: the world's first smartphones with Circular Polarization Display technology
TCL has launched new smartphones at its latest press conference. They include the 20 Pro 5G, which offers this brand's NXTVISION 2.0 screen optimizations and the Snapdragon 750G processor. However, the 20 L and 20 L+ also have an interesting new feature to introduce: a new TÜV Rheinland-certified polarizing treatment designed to make their displays easier to use while wearing sunglasses.
Amazon launches second-gen Echo Buds with improved noise-cancellation and a cheaper starting price
Amazon has announced its Echo Buds (2nd gen). The company claims to have addressed multiple issues customers had with their predecessors: they are now rated for better audio quality, active noise cancellation and fit in the ear. They are not available for purchase yet, though, but can be ordered in May 2021.
Huawei's next tablet event clashes with Apple's April 20, 2021 show
Apple has just confirmed that its next Special Event will take place on April 20, 2021. Huawei has also gone ahead and scheduled a "new tablet debut" for the same day. This announcement, made through the OEM's official Japanese-language Twitter account, might lead to the unveiling of the MatePad Pro 2, a rumored iPad Pro competitor.
Keyed up: the upcoming first-gen 5G BlackBerry's looks are predicted in new renders
BlackBerry's latest owner, OnwardMobility, has committed to bringing the brand's signature physical keyboard back in a 5G phone soon. A tech blog has published work that imagines how such a phone might be designed in 2021. It combines triple rear cameras and a curved display with a new take on the classic feature.
The Redmi Note 10 5G may be coming to the US and India as a POCO re-brand
The Redmi Note 10 series is now available in India - on the other hand, it is missing its vanilla 5G variant. Now, there are signs that this Dimensity 700-powered phone is coming to the market after all, albeit under a different name. Xiaomi has attested that it will bear the POCO brand in India - and possibly in the US as well.
The LG Wing's price is slashed by over US$600 in India
The LG Wing is, as it turns out, one of this OEM's last ever high-end smartphones. It is also the only one around with an innovative "swivel-action" main display. It is currently on sale for 62% (or ~US$665) off its normal price via Flipkart in India: clearly, the retailer has noticed LG has left the smartphone market.
The TicWatch GTH is Mobvoi's first smartwatch to launch with a skin-temperature sensor
Mobvoi has announced the TicWatch GTH, a new affordable smartwatch. Unlike many other examples of this OEM's wearables, however, it has a square face with rounded edges. It is also its first device to be capable of measuring the user's temperature.
Canon will have the EOS R3, a new mirrorless camera, ready to launch at the Tokyo Olympics
A prolific camera-tech leaker claims that there is a new unit called the EOS R3 in the works at Canon. It will allegedly be mirrorless, yet be quite like the 1D series in terms of looks. Therefore, the putative new premium device might be best suited to high-speed, high-action subjects, which would make a rumored debut at the 2021 Olympic Games more plausible.
AMD, Intel, Qualcomm and more confirm their attendance at Computex 2021
The major Computex industry event is now confirmed to take place in 2021. It will do so in "hybrid" form this year, which means a blend of onsite and virtual presentations and resources. This entire show will run from May 31 to June 30, 2021, and is slated to see participation from prominent OEMs, AMD and Intel included.
Samsung's latest patent may put its first-gen foldable tablet closer than ever to launch
The US Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO) has approved Samsung's patent for what is depicted as a "display device" that folds in half. It appears to be at least tablet-sized, and may thus be for the long-rumored Galaxy Tab Fold, or a very similar device. The document shows how Samsung intends to make a flexible display work on a larger scale.
Asus rolls out Android 11 for the ZenFone 7 series worldwide
The ZenFone 7 series is Asus' 2020 camera-focused flagship phone series. Despite this, the 2 devices are only just now receiving the OTA to update them to Android 11. This worldwide roll-out also upgrades their security patch level to March 5, 2021.
iPhone Mac Pro: a new case brings one of Apple's most polarizing design choices to the 12 series
Have you ever looked at your iPhone 12 Pro and thought it just wasn't 2019 Mac Pro enough? A new case means you can indeed apply the desktop's signature "cheesegrater" texture to the mobile device - provided you have a 3D printer, of course. Its designer has taken inspiration from alleged Apple IP that might make the idea a reality.
Galaxy A82: a new hands-on leak with the upcoming mid-range Samsung phone is devoid of flip-cam
A number of recent tips have pointed to the imminent launch of the Galaxy A82, although it might also be known as the Quantum2 in its maker Samsung's native South Korea. However, it now seems it will drop the distinctive flip-cam mechanism of its predecessor the A80 and become just another 2021 candy-bar device. Ice Universe claims to have hands-on images that confirm this rumor once and for all.
The TicWatch GTH allegedly leaks in full just days before its launch
According to its new teasers, the TicWatch GTH will be Mobvoi's first square-faced smartwatch. New, less official leaks purport to spill much more about the upcoming wearable, including its exact screen and battery size, not to mention its health-tracking features. The GTH is slated to launch on April 13, 2021.
An alleged Surface Neo prototype chassis shows up in a hands-on video
Microsoft originally started to pitch the dual-display Surface Neo in late 2019; however, it ultimately failed to make it to its projected real-life launch. Now, a leaker has posted a video that purports to reveal the design of the erstwhile "foldable tablet". It appears to show a device that might indeed have been a larger Duo in real life.
Mi Mix Fold: a motherboard repair could cost more than a new Mi 11 Pro
Xiaomi has only just released its inaugural foldable in its native China. It has also announced its potential out-of-warranty repair costs, which specify amounts for which a whole new conventional flagship could be bought instead in some cases. For example, a 16GB Mi Mix Fold official motherboard replacement costs more than a brand-new Mi 11 Pro right now.
Android 11 finally hits the LG Velvet 5G UW in the US
The Velvet 5G UW is the Verizon version of this LG premium mid-ranger. It was announced and released in 2020, and is now receiving the major software update that upgrades the phone to Android 11. It comes with new features such as conversation bubbles, Nearby Share and Focus Mode, and also raises the security patch level to that of March 2021.
Lenovo teases a Chinese launch for what might become the Yoga Tab 13 globally
A Weibo account associated with Lenovo has released teasers for a new tablet called the Yoga Pad Pro - which might prove to be the Chinese variant of a slate to be called the Yoga Tab 13 in international markets. It is to be accompanied by another 11-inch tablet, as well as what might be a Yoga Duet 7i refresh.
Redmi's first-gen gaming phone is now tipped to launch in mid- to late April 2021
The Xiaomi brand Redmi has indicated it will launch its first-ever Android phone for gaming in 2021. According to the leaker Digital Chat Station, it might be here sooner rather than later. The device is also now slated to launch in India as well as China, and to start at a markedly low ~US$300.
The contents of 500 million LinkedIn accounts is reportedly up for sale
A user of a "popular hacker forum" claims to have scraped the data from approximately 500 million LinkedIn accounts - personal information such as names, email addresses and phone numbers included - and now plans to sell it at auction. This individual has reportedly posted 0.4% of these files as proof of their theft.
Huawei debuts new V-series smart TVs with Devialet sound systems and 4K/120Hz screens
Huawei has launched new smart screens. They are also the inaugural models of a new series by the OEM, and are also the first with speaker arrays tuned by the high-end audio group Devialet. The devices run HarmonyOS out of the box and have 4K LCD panels with a TUV Rheinland low-blue-light certifications.
Microsoft debuts liquid cooling for datacenters at a US development facility
Microsoft has implemented what it calls the world's first liquid-cooling system for high-performance computing (HPC), at a datacenter located in Washington, US. This prototype rig type uses a custom-designed, electronics-safe dielectric fluid rather than water, which means the servers in question can be immersed in it directly. This, as the OEM asserts, confers various advantages over alternatives such as air-cooling.
OnePlus announces a Chinese launch for the 9R in April 2021
The OnePlus 9R was originally presented as a "gaming" alternative variant of the OEM's latest flagship Android smartphone series that was exclusive to India. However, the company has now announced that it is to be available in China as well. The Snapdragon 870-powered device will debut in its new market in mid-April 2021.
The iPhone 12 was the best-selling phone in January 2021
Counterpoint Research has just released its first top-10 list of the best-selling smartphones in 2021. It shows that Apple dominates these rankings with no less than 6 different iPhones. They include every variant of the 12 series, although some were better placed than others. Samsung and Xiaomi secured the remaining slots.
Galaxy Tab A7 Lite: Samsung's support website hints at an imminent launch for the new budget slate
Some recent leaks have pointed to the prospect of a Lite version of the Galaxy Tab A7. Now, the addition of a new device to the support sections of a number of national Samsung websites may suggest this slate is nearly here. According to Geekbench, it has 3GB of RAM and runs One UI based on Android 11.
Xiaomi is set to launch the Redmi Note 10s in various markets soon
The Redmi Note 10s' imminent global debut has effectively been confirmed through a new certification issued by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The new document registers the phone by name, and also specifies multiple variants that might be destined for different regions. They may include India and the EU.
HTC insists it is not quite dead yet with plans for new 5G phones and extended reality equipment to launch in 2021
Not much has been heard of HTC since it launched its Desire 21 Pro in January 2021. However, the OEM reportedly intends to stay in the smartphone industry for at least the rest of this year, with new 5G devices ready to go from the second quarter (2Q2021). HTC may also consolidate its presence in the enterprise-grade virtual or augmented reality (VR or AR) sector with new hardware and services.
Eve Devices announces yet another Spectrum monitor shipping delay
Eve Devices announced its Spectrum as the world's first monitor with a QHD/240Hz option back in January 2021. Unfortunately, the OEM has also just stated that this SKU will not ship until July 9, 2021. Furthermore, the 4K/144Hz model that was to start shipping in April of this year has also been pushed back again.
Alleged live images of the Samsung Galaxy Quantum 2 (or A82) show a disappointing lack of swivel
The Samsung Galaxy A80 was a phone in which a sliding mechanism was integrated so that its main cameras could flip around to the front as needed. Recent leaks have pointed to a 2021 successor for this innovative device, even if it might be a South Korea exclusive called the Quantum 2. This device may have emerged in new live images that may confirm the swivel-cam is not making a comeback after all.
The Huawei Watch 3 will be a premium wearable that runs on HarmonyOS
Huawei is now thought to have a new smartwatch on the way. A Weibo-based leaker now asserts that it is to be called the Watch 3 and is not to be a 'sports' model. This source also believes that the OEM will install a "full" version HarmonyOS. The wearable might also support eSIMs and more third-party apps compared to its predecessors.
A rare mint copy of Super Mario Bros for the NES breaks records for games sold at auctions
An unboxed copy of the game Super Mario Bros for the legacy Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console has reportedly sold at auction for US$660,000. This is the largest final asking price for a video game yet. The item in question was a 1986 release in rare condition and packaging.
OPPO has a concept phone with concealable ports and cameras in the works
A well-known leaker now claims that OPPO is working on a prototype mobile device with that ever-popular "port-less" design in mind. However, it seems the OEM has struck a unique balance between function and looks in this concept, as it does in fact have a USB port (albeit one a user might have trouble finding). It is also said to integrate electrochromic glass and under-display tech in order to deploy its cameras at need.
OPPO's Reno6 launch seems right on track thanks to new certifications
The OPPO Reno series are smartphones with a half-yearly release cycle and an increasing tendency toward premium specs. The latest leak suggests that some of them might launch with Snapdragon 870 and 888 processors. They are also likely to launch with 65W charging
Nokia is slated to ditch stock Android for its own new customized UI
Nokia has reportedly posted a new job listing for a UX designer. This position's remit will apparently involve producing an optimal user experience both for mobile devices and online. The OS in question is not mentioned; however, the call for applicants has led to speculation as to the future of this brand's smartphones.
Axon30 series: ZTE's latest flagship smartphones are confirmed to have triple 64MP cameras and an April 2021 launch date
ZTE has revealed that its Axon30 line of Snapdragon 888-powered Android flagships will launch on April 15, 2021. The OEM has also strongly hinted at a rear camera hump that will contain 3 sensors of 64MP in resolution, with an extra periscope zoom lens in higher-end variants. The devices might also have a 4,500mAh battery with a 55W charging speed.
The first-gen "Huawei Car" is on the way
Recent rumors of Huawei's planned entry into the electric vehicle market seem to have been given more weight today thanks to the well-known leaker @RODENT950. It seems that the first car developed in partnership with the OEM will launch on April 17, 2021. Then again, it may be that Huawei has only provided the smart system for this product, which is likely only to be available in China.
The Lenovo Legion 2 Pro's design is allegedly revealed in a new leak
The Legion 2 Pro is touted to become the world's first dual-fan gaming smartphone on its launch. New leaks might partially confirm this tip while spoiling its unique design in the process. These images show a mobile device with the back-lit logo one might expect from this upcoming Lenovo product, contained in a highly distinctive rear panel.
The Vivo NEX 5 is touted as an Android flagship with all the 2021 bells and whistles going
Under-display selfie camera; new 50MP Samsung main camera; up to 120W charging: the upcoming next-gen Vivo NEX is now slated to have it all. On the other hand, this phone might rock a constantly polarizing quad-curved display. It is also now said to launch in the next half of 2021.
OPPO patents a new kind of dual-display mobile device
OPPO has patented a new kind of phone or phablet with an optional secondary display to which it can attach using custom-designed hinges. Therefore, this detachable portion could act as a keyboard, or perhaps allow the entire product to imitate a Surface Duo at will. The OEM has also apparently patented a mobile gaming controller with in-built earphones.
Huawei MatePad Pro 2: new leaks may show how HarmonyOS will look as a tablet UI
The Huawei MatePad Pro 2 is currently touted as an upcoming rival to the iPad Pro or Samsung Galaxy Tab S7-series slates. According to a Weibo-based tipster, it might launch with HarmonyOS in China, at least. This new leak includes screenshots indicating that this UI will provide a "Dual Dock" when in tablet mode.
Lenovo confirms the return of the side-mounted pop-up selfie camera in the Legion 2 Pro
Lenovo avoided punch-holes or notches in the display of its first-gen Android gaming phone by developing an innovative pop-up selfie camera, hidden in one of this device's sides rather than in its top edge, instead. Now, the OEM has revealed this feature is making a comeback in its upcoming Legion 2 Pro flagship, leaving its 144Hz screen free of any interruptions.
The Nokia C20 is made official prior to its launch thanks to a new Bluetooth SIG leak
Nokia has been rumored to have a new C-series phone in the works, which may launch during the HMD Global brand's April 8, 2021 product event. Now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has confirmed the device does indeed exist in the course of approving it to use the wireless technology. The C20's new certification also suggests it will be very cheap on its debut.
Samsung releases the Plus variant of the Galaxy SmartTag in the US
The Galaxy SmartTag is Samsung's recent answer to Tile-like devices. It was released in vanilla and Plus variants, although only the former has been available until now. The latter is now also on the market, although it is listed with only 1 retailer thus far.
The Samsung Galaxy F12 is to be unleashed on the Indian market soon
Various leaks, official ones included, point to the imminent debut of the Galaxy F12 in India soon. Samsung has just confirmed then with by announcing that the phone will launch in April 5, 2021. However, its specs might be less than unexpected in this new market.
No joke: the Xbox Series X mini-fridge is apparently on the way
The idea of a more portable refrigerator styled after the latest Xbox Series X console - one that you might be able to buy soon, moreover - sounds like the most April Fool’s Day thing ever. However, a Microsoft executive still states that it is real and will be available soon.
OnePlus updates the 9 and 9 Pro with camera improvements and March 2021 security patches
OnePlus has just launched the 9 series of flagship phones. Despite this, it has felt the need to push a software update to the 2 devices already with tweaks for their Hasselblad-branded cameras.
iPhone 13: new renders purport to confirm earlier design-related leaks
2021's iPhones are currently projected to turn out as more or less iterative upgrades over their predecessors; on the other hand, these changes might be significant for those with strong feelings about the notches that have dominated this series' displays for so many years. The latest leak, which might pertain to the new Pro model, reiterates existing tips that point to a smaller cut-out for the "13" variant's screen.
Lenovo reveals the Legion 2 Pro will have a 6.92-inch 144Hz display and a 5,500mAh battery
Lenovo is currently hyping the imminent launch of its second-gen gaming phone with some of its high-powered specs prior to this event. They include its generous FHD+ AMOLED display with its 144Hz refresh rate. It will be kept on with a 5,500mAh battery that will apparently charge at up to 90 watts (W).
Realme teases the launch of the Buds Air 2 Neo TWS earbuds
Realme has already debuted its Buds Air 2 - now, their Neo variants have also been revealed. Like their immediate forebears, they feature active noise cancellation (ANC) and 10mm drivers; however, they also have a different form-factor, as well as slightly different battery life specs.
LG wins a top US award for responsible recycling
The US' Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has conferred a Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge Award (Gold Tier) on the electronics giant LG. It has earned this accolade thanks to the recycling programs instituted by the OEM's division in this country. They are credited with keeping tons of old devices out of landfill and, thereby, preventing the concomitant carbon dioxide emissions.
Moto G60: a new render purports to show the alleged 108MP mid-ranger off for the first time
The Motorola Moto G60 has yet to be launched, yet is already being touted as a device in which a 108MP main camera trickles down into the middle tier of the smartphone market in 2021. A new leak appears to show this phone from all angles, possibly revealing its punch-hole display and 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Legendary Edition of the iQOO 7 is slated to launch in India soon
The premium smartphone brand iQOO has teased a new launch for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888-powered device in India. A prominent leaker asserts that it is not merely the iQOO 7, but the BMW-themed Legendary version. It will cost ~US$545 at the most in its new market.
Huawei releases its 23.8-inch monitor to the UK market
The electronics giant Huawei launched its first PC display in 2020. This 23.8-inch peripheral has an FHD IPS panel, and is mostly directed at enterprise-grade customers. It is also now available in a new market: the UK.
Galaxy Z Flip 2021: new leaks purport to reveal the foldable's battery specs ahead of its launch
The projected 2021 upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip hint that this upcoming clamshell foldable will have a improved display and design compared to its forebear. Then again, a new leak suggests it will also stick with the underwhelming battery capacity of yesteryear.
The Samsung Galaxy A82 allegedly appears in a new leak revealing its SoC, RAM and display specs
A device called the Samsung Galaxy A Quantum 2 - possibly the South Korean product name for the A82 - has appeared on the Google Play Console A82. According to its new leaks, it will launch with 6GB of RAM, an FHD+ screen and the former flagship Snapdragon 855 Plus processor.
The OPPO Reno6 series is tipped to launch with the new Dimensity 1200 processor
The OPPO Reno5 smartphones has been around for about 6 months now; therefore, going by this line's usual release cycle, it might nearly be time for a 6 series launch. New leaks suggest that they are indeed in the works, and will debut with similar premium mid-range specs, although at least 1 variant might get a newer SoC.
The FCC clears Lenovo's new Yoga Tab 13 for launch
Repeated leaks have pointed to the imminent arrival of a new member of the Lenovo Yoga Tab series. Now, the FCC has certified a device going by this device's alleged model number, indicating that it is destined for the US market, at least. It may launch there with the Snapdragon 870 processor, and, thus, as an Android slate.
Realme’s upcoming laptop, smart speaker and VR headset are to be Meow-themed
Some Realme fans might already be aware of Realmeow, this OEM’s recently-unveiled visor-rocking feline mascot. Now, some official-looking Twitter accounts allege that this character is to become much more to the brand. In fact, it is due to be rolled out as a smart assistant soon.
Realme launches the V13, an affordable new 5G phone that might also go international soon
The V13 is a new Realme phone launched on the Chinese market today. Admittedly, its processor - the MediaTek Dimensity 700 - has been seen before. It is joined by a 90Hz display and a 5000mAh battery in its latest vehicle, which, as rumor has it, might launch in other regions as the Realme 8 5G soon.
Arm unveils its latest v9 architecture as a solution for the AI- and security-focused future
The ubiquitous chip-design IP-holder Arm perceives the future as one in which processing demands will trend strongly towards AI and data-security needs while moving away from general computing. The company aims to meet it with its latest v9 architecture, packed with advanced support for pursuits such as machine learning (ML) and digital-signal processing (DSP).
The Realme GT Neo debuts with the Dimensity 1200 SoC, a 120Hz AMOLED display and a sub-US$300 starting price
The Realme GT Neo has launched as the world's first Dimensity 1200-powered phone. This new MediaTek flagship processor has debuted in a chassis with many potential advantages, including an FHD+ AMOLED screen with an up-to-date refresh rate, Wi-Fi 6 and UFS 3.1 storage. It starts at about US$275 for a 6GB RAM version, although a 12GB option is also available for a good price.
The Surge C1 is Xiaomi's return to the in-house chipset market
A select handful of mobile device OEMs design their own custom silicon, and Xiaomi has just re-joined these ranks with the new Surge C1. Unlike other first-party chipsets, this one is a new image signal processor designed specifically for the company's new flagship foldable device. It controls a cutting-edge liquid lens, as well as a multi-use sensor.
The ZTE S30 Pro is the world's latest 144Hz display smartphone
ZTE has launched its new S30 series of Android phones today (March 30, 2021). Its flagship is the Snapdragon 768G-powered Pro variant, which debuts with a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display that boasts HDR10+ support, 800 nits of brightness and a high-end 144Hz refresh rate. It is joined by the S30 and S30E, which also come with 5G processors.
Asus releases its ROG Flow X13 gaming convertible to the European market
Asus touts its new ROG Flow X13 as a Swiss army knife for consumers who are into content-creation as well as gaming, thanks to Ryzen 5000-series processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics. Initial European pricing and availability for this interesting 2-in-1 has now been announced; however, the OEM has yet to mention a release for its optional, RTX 3080-toting ROG XG Mobile eGPU in this market.
The latest Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 driver update adds support for DirectX ray-tracing and Outriders
AMD has released the latest version of its Adrenalin 2020 Edition driver for Radeon cards. It is hardly essential, yet may be useful for those wishing for the best experience in ray-tracing-heavy titles such as Cyberpunk 2077. It also adds support for some other games, including Outriders and Evil Genius 2: World Domination.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: a new variant with the Snapdragon 865 SoC, but without 5G, may be on the way
The FE is a popular and well-priced variant of Samsung's Galaxy S20 range. New leaks suggest that the OEM is not quite done with its release cycle yet, as it now has a 4G/LTE-only version of its Snapdragon 865-powered SKU ready to go. Should they prove true, it might represent a bargain for many consumers.
The OnePlus 9 series makes ~US$46 million in 10 seconds on its Chinese-market release
OnePlus has contributed to what is already an action-packed day for the mobile device market by releasing its new 9 flagship series in China. It has announced that the 2 phones combined raked in 300 million yuan (nearly US$46 million) in the first 10 seconds of this event. This performance outdoes that of the 8 series this time last year by a considerable margin.
Xiaomi touts the Mi AX9000 as the industry's next big thing in Wi-Fi 6 routers
Xiaomi's bumper launch of today (March 29, 2021) mainly focused on its new Mi 11-series Android phones. However, it also introduced a number of new products that could be used alongside them, one of which is the new Mi AX9000 router. Its new, gamer-geared design gives it 12 antennae in total, and integrates a top-end Qualcomm chipset for tri-band Wi-Fi 6 speeds and specs.
Xiaomi's latest wireless charging stand has a top speed of 80W
Xiaomi has unveiled a new generation of its wireless charging stand, with a ground-breaking top speed of 80 watts. This new accessory has also been designed to better blend into a user's home through its new design. As if that wasn't enough, the OEM has also cheekily debuted an AirPower-esque, multi-device wireless charging mat.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro launches with a new 50MP main camera and without a charger in the box
Xiaomi has confirmed that the Mi 11 Pro will ship with a new Samsung ISOCELL GN2 sensor for a main camera. It will also do so in very slim and 2021 retail packaging, as it lacks a charger as standard. Then again, the OEM will offer deals on its new, cutting-edge power accessories to the 11 Pro's Chinese audience.
The Xiaomi Mi 11i launches as a new global Redmi K40 Pro Plus variant
Xiaomi has launched a new(-ish) variant of the Mi 11 series at its major international product event of today (March 29, 2021). It has a premium 6.67-inch FHD+ E4 AMOLED display, a 108MP main camera and the Snapdragon 888 processor. Then again, it also packs a 33W charging rate, which matches its mid-range starting price.
The 2021 Redmi gaming phone will launch with a flat display: new leak
Redmi is slated to launch its first dedicated Android gaming phone soon. It is already confirmed to debut with the new MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor; now, it is also tipped to do so with a high-end flat AMOLED screen. The device may also have fast 65W charging, as well as shoulder buttons like those of the RedMagic or Black Shark lines.
An Android app calling itself "System Update" is unmasked as malware by a security company
According to the cybersecurity specialists Zimperium, a non-Google Play Store app masquerading as a system-update tool found online is in fact Android malware. Once installed on devices via side-loading, it apparently steals information ranging from SMS messages to clipboard data. It may also hijack phone cameras and mics to spy on unsuspecting users.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Lite has 4G/LTE and 5G variants
Recent leaks have pointed to upcoming, possibly more affordable, Samsung slates, one of which could be called the Galaxy Tab S7 Lite on its launch. However, the latest tip suggests that this device might in fact be the Lite version of the Tab S7 Plus instead. It has been touted as being 5G only up until now; however, there may now be scope for a 4G/LTE model as well.
A probable Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro makes it onto Geekbench just before its launch
The Xiaomi Mi 11's even more premium versions are slated to launch on March 29, 2021. Of these, the Pro had yet to be spotted in benchmarking leaks - until now. A device with its alleged model number has finally surfaced on Geekbench, possibly confirming 12GB of RAM along with the Snapdragon 888 SoC for this super-flagship Android phone.
Huawei's next smart TV will have speakers tuned by Devialet
According to some recent leaks, Huawei is about to launch a new series of TVs. The OEM is also now said to have partnered with the sound specialist Devialet for these putative 2021 smart screens' audio solutions. This collaboration has, apparently, results in inbuilt speakers that might make the user forget about an external set-up.
OnePlus 9 series: Verizon announces the phones' certification for its 5G network
The flagship OnePlus 9 series initially encountered a stumbling block on its launch in the US market: it was not compatible with Verizon's 5G service. However, the new Android phones now have a better shot at attracting those who use this carrier, thanks to a new certification to use its bands, as well as those of its pre-pay subsidiary Visible.
Ricoh's latest Theta 360-degree camera has more internal storage than ever before
The Ricoh Theta Z1 is this brand's latest miniature camera for 360-degree, spherical captures. It can achieve these in a single shot at a resolution of 6720x3360, and can also be used for all-around 4K/30fps video. Furthermore, it is the first of its series with an internal storage spec of 51GB, which may overcome the limitations of previous Theta models.
Huawei officially announces a release for HarmonyOS, starting with the Mate X2
Huawei has confirmed that its HarmonyOS will start to roll out from April 2021. This in-house OS is intended to replace EMUI, which is based on Android, on its mobile devices. This process will start with the Mate X2, the OEM's latest foldable flagship.
Xiaomi hints at a debut for its new in-house chipset at the Mi 11 Ultra launch event
Xiaomi is slated to launch the Ultra version of the Mi 11, not to mention the latest generation of the Mi Mix line, on March 29, 2021. It now seems that another kind of product might take the stage alongside them: a new Surge SoC. This in-house chipset might be intended to power the next generation of the OEM's connected ecosystem devices.
The Snapdragon 888-powered Vivo X60 Pro Plus launches in India
The worldwide availability of the innovative "gimbal-cam" Vivo X60 smartphone series looks more certain than ever with its debut in the Indian market. This time, the Snapdragon 870-powered X60 and X60 Pro are accompanied by their true flagship sibling, the Pro Plus. It will be available to order from April 2021 for a price of just under US$1000.
LG announces US pricing and availability for its 2021 4K OLED TVs
LG has announced that the release of its latest A1-, C1- and G1-series of 4K OLED TVs to the US market has begun. They start at US$1,299 for a 48-inch model, although the highest-end 83-inch C1 variant is $6,000. Most models are available from now, although the OEM is holding back on some until April to June 2021.
Samsung launches the Galaxy S20 FE 5G with the Snapdragon 865 SoC in India
Samsung has announced that sales of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (or FE) in the Indian market are about to begin. Then again, those wondering why as the OEM has already done so may be interested to know that it means the Snapdragon 865-powered version this time. It will be available from March 30, 2021, although consumers are advised to register their interest in the device now.
The Realme GT Neo will launch with a 120Hz display, a 4,500mAh battery, 65W charging and a 3.5mm jack
The Realme GT Neo is set to launch on March 31, 2021 as the mid-range version of the flagship GT. Then again, according to its latest leaks, it will do so with pretty much all the best aspects of its premium sibling, its 120Hz AMOLED panel and 3.5mm jack included. It will, however, pack the crucial difference of a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC in place of a Snapdragon 888.
The prospect of a Microsoft/Discord merger escalates with serious speed
The idea of Discord being bought out by Microsoft in a billion-dollar deal has mostly been dismissed as clickbait fuel - until now. The Wall Street Journal has reported that the Redmond giant and chat-service stalwart are indeed in "advanced" talks concerning a potential acquisition. Therefore, the latter may not be merely trying to ramp up for a potential IPO after all.
The iQOO Z3 launches as one of the world's few Snapdragon 768G-powered phones
iQOO's latest phone is the Z3, and has launched with the Snapdragon 768G chipset that, despite its mid-range power, is not often seen in new products. Its new vehicle has a 6.58-inch FHD display that, while it has a 120Hz refresh rate, is also LCD. It starts at just ~US$260 for a 6GB RAM SKU.
An original Steve Jobs employment application sells at auction for well over US$200,000
A surprising piece of Steve Jobs memorabilia has changed hands for a six-figure USD sum at a London auction. Rather than being an original Apple 1 or anything like that, it consists of a printed sheet of paper, filled out by the iconic Apple executive by hand in 1973. If nothing else, the document underpins Jobs' interest in computing even way back then.
Xiaomi's vice-president warns of price hikes for its smartphones as the chip shortage reaches for their market
Xiaomi's vice-president, Wang Xiang, has reportedly intimated that the global chip-shortage may lead to increased starting prices for this OEM's mobile devices. The executive made comments to this general effect during the company's latest earnings conference call, which also reveals increased revenue and profits for the last quarter of 2020 (4Q2020).
Samsung is now tipped to launch a phone called the Galaxy F52 5G soon
The discovery of a device called the Samsung SM-E5260 on 3C has led to speculation that the OEM is working on a 5G phone called the Galaxy F52. Therefore, it might be part of a series that is normally exclusive to the Indian market. However, there are signs that, as with the F62, it may not be a completely new product.
Realme launches its 108MP "Camera Flagship", the 8 Pro
Realme has made its first ever 108MP camera phone official as of March 24, 2021. The high-end sensor is joined by specs that are not nearly so new to the brand in the 8 Pro, however. Its Snapdragon 720G SoC is joined by up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and is kept on with a 4,500mAh battery with slower charging compared to the 7 Pro.
Apple patents a round-faced version of its Watch...sort of
Apple was the OEM to kick off the square-faced wearable trend back in 2015. However, many consumers might still prefer it went with a circular display for the various generations of Watch instead. According to a new US patent, the Cupertino giant may have finally designed one - more or less. It seems this round smartwatch screen also extends along the band on both sides thanks to flexible-panel technology.
The Honor Band 6 global release is imminent, starting on AliExpress later in March 2021
The Honor Band 6 is available to buy from some online platforms, albeit as the Chinese variant with or without NFC. However, the new fitness tracker's global SKU is now slated to become available. This release will start with a listing on AliExpress from March 28, 2021, with those on the OEM's own regional stores to follow.
The Nokia C20 will launch alongside the new G and X lines in April 2021
The C20 is a smartphone now rumored to supplant the Nokia 1.4 in 2021. It is also touted to launch alongside other new devices from the HMD Global brand such as the G10 and X20 on April 8, 2021. Therefore, the event might unveil a considerable change in direction for this OEM's more affordable devices.
Amazfit releases the T-Rex Pro rugged smartwatch with a US$180 price-tag
Amazfit has finally launched the Pro version of its T-Rex outdoors-style smartwatch. Accordingly, it comes loaded with somewhat extreme resistance to heat and cold, not to mention 10ATM water-resistance. It is also now available on platforms that include Amazon for US$179.99.
The first-gen OnePlus Watch comes with a round display, "two-week" battery and a special Cobalt edition
OnePlus has formally introduced its inaugural smartwatch alongside its new 9-series flagships. The wearable has a round case made of "surgical-grade" stainless steel, or a special alloy in its limited-edition Cobalt version. The OEM claims its 402mAh battery can last for up to 2 weeks, and charges using its in-house Warp technology.
Lenovo asserts its new 100w, 300w and 500w machines are ready for any demands e-learning can throw at them
Lenovo introduces its third-gen 11.6-inch Windows machines for education as devices robust and versatile enough for any kind of learning situation the student might encounter. The 500w and 300w convertibles come in casings with the durability-focused designs schools might prefer to see, as does the 100w clamshell. The series incorporates the AMD 3015e platform, although there is the option of a Pentium chipset in the 500w.
The global, Snapdragon 870-powered versions of the Vivo X60 series is now official in Malaysia
Vivo's 2021 flagships have been unleashed as the X60 and X60 Pro 5G for the Malaysian market. As rumored, the phones are based on the Snapdragon 870 SoC in this country, and not the Exynos processor they have in China. The X60 Pro is graced with a main shooter with the OEM's Gimbal Stabilization 2.0, although both variants have Zeiss branding.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 series' US sales triple those of the S20 line
The latest market research indicates that Samsung sold 3 times more Galaxy S21 units in January 2021 compared to S20 phones for the same month of 2020 in the US. This may be due to the lower prices of the newer flagships in this market compared to their predecessors. The series' sales may have dropped off gradually since their launch; however, the release of the S21 FE could jump-start them again.
The 10,000mAh battery-toting DOOGEE S59 Pro is now available on Amazon
"Rugged" phones from OEMs such as DOOGEE are often sold via platforms such as AliExpress. However, this company has now announced that it is also now selling its S59 Pro on Amazon (in the US and the UK). This IP68/IP69K/MIL-STD-810G device has one of the largest batteries on the Android market, which powers on-board speakers rated for up to 2W of audio power.
The OnePlus 8T's OxygenOS Open Beta 2 update contains the March 2021 security patch
The OnePlus 8T will be superseded by the new flagship 9 series soon; however, its new official public Android betas might help keep it relevant for some time to come. The latest one contains a bunch of bug-fixes, and also upgrades the phone's security patch level to March 2021. It also adds one or two features, including a time-stamp for the stock camera app.
CTL launches a 4G/LTE-powered, remote learning award-winning Chromebook
CTL's latest Chromebook is powered by the Intel Celeron N4020 and has 4GB of RAM, as many of the OEM's devices do. However, the NL71CT-LTE also has standalone mobile data, so it need not be reliant on Wi-Fi for its often educational use-cases. This spec has helped win it one of Tech & Learning's Excellence Awards for Best Remote & Blended Learning Tools.
Lenovo's latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Yoga models are the first PCs with the new TÜV Rheinland Dynamic Privacy Filter certification
The display-standard specialist group TÜV Rheinland has announced its new Dynamic Privacy Filter certification, and that 2021's ThinkPads X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga are the first 2 devices to officially match up to it. The 2 business PCs have done so by passing a battery of tests on their ability to protect sensitive data under a variety of lighting conditions.
The Motorola Moto G20 is alleged to launch with a Unisoc processor and 4GB of RAM
Motorola is now rumored to have a phone called the Moto G20 in the works. It seems the OEM has made some unusual choices for this device, as its SoC comes not from Qualcomm, or even MediaTek, but from Unisoc instead. According to a new Geekbench leak, it is an octa-core chipset clocked at 2.0GHz.
The OnePlus Watch supports over 110 workout modes
OnePlus is due to launch its first-gen smartwatch along with its new flagship phones on March 23, 2021. The OEM's CEO, Pete Lau, has just confirmed that it has "more than 110 work-out modes", which, apparently, range from walking to weight-lifting. The wearable is also projected to have heart-rate and blood-oxygen sensors.
iQOO will launch a new mid-range 5G phone, the Z3, on March 25, 2021
March seems to be the month of Android flagships thus far; however, iQOO's latest launch announcement might be for a more affordable device. The Z3 is slated to debut with a mid-tier processor, although whether it will come from MediaTek or Qualcomm is not clear at this point. However, all rumors do agree it will have 5G, not to mention fast 55W charging.
The ROG Phone 5 might have failed its bend test due to its unique segmented board and dual battery design
Asus' new mobile-gaming flagship device, the ROG Phone 5, recently earned a shelving of shame following a catastrophic end to its round of JerryRigEverything's popular durability tests. This failure was thought to be due to a weak point caused by a secondary USB type C port found on one side; however, the ROG Phone 3 also had one, and proved much more robust. A teardown may reveal what else is going on with this new phone.
Huawei reportedly has a Kirin 9000L mobile SoC in the works
Huawei's supply chain issues have reportedly led to shortages of its bespoke high-end mobile CPUs for 2021. However, this has not stopped new rumors that it will soon have a new variant of its flagship Kirin 9000 SoC manufactured. Called the 9000L, it is painted as a throttled and cut-down version of the more premium processor.
The Motorola Moto G60 will have a 108MP main camera, a 120Hz display and a 6,000mAh battery
A previous link hinted at an upcoming Motorola phone that, despite having otherwise affordable-class specs, has a 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 sensor. Now, a new tip asserts that it will be called the Moto G60 at launch, and has some other potential advantages, not the least of which is a large 6,000mAh battery.
SoftBank's new Japanese mmWave 5G service is driven by Qualcomm
SoftBank has announced that it has set up a new 5G service in Japan. It is based on mmWave technology as opposed to sub-6GHz, which, according to its owner, brings the potential for higher speeds at reduced costs for carriers. The new system is made using Qualcomm hardware, and will support phones with the same OEM's SoCs.
The Snapdragon 480-powered Nokia X20 is now rumored to launch soon
A device called the "HMD Global Nokia X20" has popped up on Geekbench 5, detected as running on a Snapdragon 480 processor. This SoC is aimed at affordable new 5G phones, suggesting that this putative X20 will fall into this tier on launch. Its new leak also suggests it has 6GB of RAM and runs Android 11.
GeForce NOW adds a new, premium monthly tier in addition to support for new games
NVIDIA's game-streaming service GeForce NOW has announced the end of one membership type and the beginning of another. At US$9.99, the new Priority subscription costs more, but is also slated to add more benefits such as RTX ON and DLSS support in compatible titles. However, those with the original Founder's membership have their pricing locked in.
Black Shark 4: Xiaomi's latest teaser includes a launch date for the next-gen gaming phone
Xiaomi's Black Shark premium gaming brand has announced that its new, Snapdragon 888-powered flagship is to launch on March 23, 2021 in China. The 4 is slated to have improved, "360-degree, 3D" cooling, triple rear cameras and the shoulder buttons from its 3 Pro forebear. The 2 phones are also likely to have very different designs.
ENACFIRE claims its new A9 TWS earbuds offer ANC and call quality on a budget
ENACFIRE has announced A9 TWS earbuds with active noise cancellation (ANC). This spec is delivered via "smart noise-detect mics" rated to cut out up to 80% of ambient noise while also providing a 'Transparency' mode. The buds also feature IPX7 ingress-protection, a quad-mic system for call quality and a launch price of US$40.
Motorola will release a mid-range 108MP camera phone in 2021
Motorola is now said to have a phone with the new 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 sensor on-board. Furthermore, the device is rumored to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732 SoC and up to 6GB of RAM, which might bring the high-end camera spec to a very affordable tier in the near future. It might launch in India soon.
Realme GT Neo: Dimensity 1200 SoC and March 31, 2021 launch confirmed
Realme has officially announced that its first phone with the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 flagship processor will be the GT Neo, and that it will debut at the end of March 2021. The OEM has yet to tease any more of its specs, although it is possible it will launch with a curved screen and a 4,400mAh battery.
Redmi launches the up-to-65-inch Smart TV X series in India
The Redmi Smart TV X50, X55 and X65 have been unleashed onto the Indian market. Their 4K LED panels are enhanced with MEMC, HDR10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision. The series also features dual 15W speakers, and will start at INR 32,999 (~US$455) on their March 26, 2021 release.
Google halves the "Play Store tax" levied on about 99% of Android app developers
Google has announced that it is reducing the cut of revenue made on apps sold via the Play Store from 30% to 15%. The change applies to all developers who make US$1 million or less per year on the platform. According to the Mountain View giant, this move is intended to help Android app-makers grow at critical stages of their enterprises.
iPhone loyalty is at an "all-time high" in the US in 2021, whereas that for Samsung phones has dropped
A study conducted in the US in March 2021 has found that nearly 92% of all iPhone users polled would upgrade to another Apple smartphone, whereas only 74% of Samsung owners would do the same. This represents a drop of nearly 12% in loyalty to the Android brand compared to 2019, whereas that for iPhones has gone up by 1.4%.
OnePlus is reportedly switching from HydrogenOS to ColorOS in China
OxygenOS (OOS) is OnePlus' well-received Android-based ROM for the global units of its phones. It has a Chinese-market counterpart called HydrogenOS (H2OS). However, the OEM has reportedly informed its users that it is to be discontinued in favor of OPPO’s ColorOS instead.
Samsung makes its "Awesome" new Galaxy A52 and A72 smartphones official
Samsung's inaugural Galaxy Awesome Unpacked event has debuted the long-awaited Galaxy A52 and A72. The former has 4G/LTE and 5G variants, whereas the latter is 4G/LTE-only. Then again, it is the only one to have an FHD+ display, which is 6.7 inches in diagonal length. The 3 mid-rangers also have new quad rear camera humps and "Awesome" color options.
MSI unveils its latest, Intel 11th-gen- and RTX 3000-based gaming desktops
Today (March 16, 2021), MSI has confirmed that its esports-focused lines of desktops have been refreshed with Tiger Lake CPUs. Accordingly, the next-gen Aegis, Codex R, Infinite RS and Trident rigs will have 11th-gen platforms, with the PCIe Gen 4 support that entails in most cases, as well as RTX 3000-series cards, including the 3050.
RedMagic makes its new 6 mobile-gaming series official worldwide; pre-orders to start in April 2021
RedMagic has confirmed that its latest 6 and 6 Pro Android gaming flagship phones are to be released globally, bringing their new 165Hz AMOLED displays and Snapdragon 888 processors with them. However, it seems that the 6 Pro may not pack the ultra-fast 120W charging system it had when launched in China.
AMD launches its Ryzen PRO 5000 Mobile series, promising Cezanne-level upgrades for next-gen business laptops
AMD has now made its 2021 line of Ryzen PRO mobile processors official. The OEM claims they build on the considerable leap in productivity-focused performance made by their 4000-series predecessors. This includes gains of up to 65% over the Intel Core i7-1185G7 in certain benchmarks, as well as reduced app-opening latency and improved performance in some MS Office tasks.
The OnePlus 9 series can be purchased early through a German carrier
The hotly-anticipated OnePlus 9 series is still days from launch at this point (March 15, 2021). However, an electronics leaker claims that some consumers in Europe may be able to buy it early, albeit in blind box form. It apparently has a set price, although its contents can only be guessed at.
New Vivo leaks may raise hopes of a fresh Snapdragon 888-powered phone for international markets
The list of Android flagship phones with the latest Snapdragon 888 SoC is slowly yet steadily growing, although not all of them are available globally. New leaks suggest the Vivo X60 Pro Plus, one such premium device launched in partnership with Zeiss, will make it to international shores soon.
OnePlus announces an Open Beta Android update program for the 8T
OnePlus will replace the 8T as its newest flagship soon. However, the OEM has news for those who would prefer to stick with the phone: it is now part of the Open Beta project at the company. This channel of new Android updates might unlock access to new features before they hit the "normal" stable versions.
Moto G100: a new leak may confirm the upcoming phone is a global version of the Motorola Edge S
A blog has posted new renders of what is claimed to be the rumored Moto G100, quite possibly the 2021 flagship of this well-known smartphone series. Should this be the case, it looks exactly like the Edge S that has been released to the Chinese market. Therefore, the phones could share a high-end Snapdragon 870 chipset and 64MP quad rear cameras.
The OnePlus 9 Pro will debut with 50W wireless charging
OnePlus’ upcoming top-end smartphone is now known to have new rear cameras tuned by Hasselblad. A new tip asserts the OEM has not forgotten the rest of its premium aspects either: its wireless charging is allegedly boosted all the way to 50 watts (W). This would be a considerable improvement over the 30W spec in the 8 Pro.
Custom tile support is now slated to reach Wear OS development in the second quarter of 2021
Wear OS might be a no-brainer for consumers choosing a smartwatch to go with their Android phone - or rather, it should be. The wearables platform still has many potentially frustrating limitations, one of which is the inability to set tiles for non-Google or OEM apps. However, the Mountain View giant has announced a solution for this issue is now in alpha.
Realme GT: the new Snapdragon 888 flagship makes ~US$15 million on its first 10 seconds on the market
Realme's latest flagship is the GT 5G, a phone geared toward performance, speed and those who like the option of vegan leather finishes. The OEM has announced that its first open sale netted the company 100 million yuan (~US$15 million) within the first 10 seconds of its first open sale. Meanwhile, its upcoming Neo variant may have leaked with a curved display.
Rocket Lake-S: a new leak purports to confirm a 125W TDP i5 variant
Rocket Lake-S is a supposedly upcoming line of 11th-gen Intel CPUs with TDPs of up to 125W. A Chiphell user claims to have gotten hold of pre-release samples that indicate this top-end treatment extends to their Core i5 variants. This alleged i5-11600KF is joined by an "i5-11400F" in this new leak.
OPPO will launch its inaugural foldable phone in the next few months
OPPO has just launched its "conventional" Android flagship phones for 2021. However, the prolific leaker Digital Chat Station now asserts it has something much more "interesting" to debut in this year's impending second quarter (2Q2021). This, apparently, will be its first-gen foldable-display phone.
Asus will launch the ZenFone 8 Flip soon, according to a new leak
Google's ARCore has added a new device called the ZenFone 8 Flip to its certification database. Therefore, it seems a new generation of Asus' innovative swivel-cam flagship Android phones is on the way. It is thought to be accompanied by a Mini variant, although that one has failed to materialize in this new leak.
Get US$500 off a Lenovo Legion 7i gaming laptop with 10th-gen Intel silicon
The last weekend of Lenovo's Annual Sale in the US has arrived. It still has some decent deals, however, which include dropping the price of the Intel Core i7-10750H-powered Legion 7i to US$1,199. Alternatively, the Legion Tower 7i gaming desktop and IdeaPad Gaming 3i are also available at discounts.
Crysis Remastered finally acquires DLSS support for RTX 20- and 30-series graphics cards
Crytek has announced that DLSS can be switched on in Crysis Remastered with the game's latest update. Therefore, its performance while running on NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards with RTX may be boosted considerably. Then again, the new potential advantage is also affected by some initial bugs.
Nokia is working on a 108MP penta-cam phone with a 120Hz display and the Snapdragon 775 chipset
Nokia is now said to have a phone that integrates a high-end 108MP sensor into its signature penta-cam design in development. However, as it is also now supposed to have a mid-range Qualcomm 5G chipset, this may suggest an upgrade for the 8.3 5G rather than an outright flagship. Then again, the upcoming device is also rumored to have a premium 120Hz display.
The Motorola Moto G50 could debut in Europe soon with a 90Hz display, Android 11 and 5G for just under US$280
A Spanish electronics website has posted a new listing for the Moto G50, also known as the XT2137-1 - or the rumored Motorola "Ibiza", in other words. It confirms various other details from this device's earlier leaks, RAM and storage specs included. This new preliminary sales page may indicate that the European smartphone market might get a new budget 5G option soon.
Asus ROG Phone: a next generation allegedly surfaces right after the current 5 series' launch
The ROG Phone 5 has now descended on the Android gaming scene, with its super-powered Pro and Ultimate variants for good measure. However, a tech blog claims to have found what could be their successor on the Bluetooth SIG certification website already. Then again, the evidence of this unusually advanced leak is now nowhere to be found.
ZTE Axon 30 Pro: new leaks hint at a "Trinity" of high-end cameras for the upcoming flagship smartphone
ZTE has already confirmed that it will launch the Axon 30 Pro 5G as its 2021 flagship Android smartphone. Its latest teaser for this device introduces a new "Trinity" tag-line, which apparently refers to its rear cameras. Therefore, they might consist of a triple array made up of identical (or very similar) high-end sensors.
GeForce NOW adds streaming support for the GOG versions of four Witcher-series titles
Today (March 11, 2021) is a Thursday, which means it's time for new games in. the GeForce NOW library. This week, the streaming service has added 4 The Witcher-series games, which are, moreover, those of the GOG variety. Pascal's Wager (Definitive Edition) is another new entry on the cloud-gaming platform.
The Snapdragon 870-powered OPPO Find X3 is here, but it's also exclusive to the Chinese market
Today, (March 11, 2021) OPPO has unveiled its Find X3 Pro, X3 Neo and X3 Lite, complete with European pricing. This might leave some consumers wondering where the vanilla X3 went during all this. Well, it does exist, and has the same high-end display and cameras as the Pro, but is only available to pre-order in China.
Samsung announces a new Galaxy Awesome Unpacked event set for March 17, 2021
Samsung has never conducted an "Awesome" Unpacked Event before - however, it now seems that is going to change in 2021. The inaugural edition of this kind of launch will take place via YouTube on March 17. It is thought to introduce at least 1 new member of the Galaxy A series to the world.
Insta360 launches its 360 GO 2 micro-camera for action, blogging or perhaps more
Insta360's freshly-debuted GO 2 miniature camera is a considerable upgrade over its first generation, not the least in its design and function. Its case still doubles as a battery-pack, but can now also act as a remote control and a tripod. It also has more field-of-view options and storage, as well as a new FlowState stabilization clip mode.
The Moto G10 Power offers a 6,000mAh battery for less than US$140 to Indian customers
Motorola has launched the G10 Power, a 6,000mAh Android 11 smartphone, in India. Its 6.5-inch HD+ Max Vision display is driven by a Snapdragon 460 SoC, paired to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It will be available via Flipkart from March 16, 2021, and will start at INR 9,999 (~US$137) on that date.
Samsung's Galaxy A82 5G will launch soon, as confirmed by the Bluetooth SIG
Recent leaks have raised the possibility that Samsung is preparing a successor to its unusual flip-camera phone, the Galaxy A80. Now, a new addition to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG) database provides proof that this device exists. It is thus almost certain to launch soon, with 5G and other forms of high-end wireless connectivity to boot.
Nothing teases its first-gen TWS earbuds with a new concept design
Carl Pei asserts that his new Nothing brand can disrupt the consumer tech space with innovative, unique products. The company has just given the world the first hint of their design in its new Concept 1 TWS earbuds. However, they are also what they say on the tin, and apparently won't actually resemble Nothing's actual inaugural buds.
AMD announces a March 2021 launch date for the Zen 3-based server-grade EPYC processors
AMD has revealed that its third-gen line of processors for data-centers and similar professional use-cases, also commonly known as EPYC Milan, will launch on March 15, 2021. It is thought to offer multiple variants that go up to 64 cores, some of which have been seen on benchmarks tearing through their Intel competition and closest Threadripper analogs.
OnePlus hypes its new camera tech again as the Stellar Black version of the 9 Pro leaks out
OnePlus has now confirmed that its 9 series will launch in conjunction with Hasselblad. It has just posted a new YouTube clip starring a representative of this brand with new hints as to what their co-developed cameras can do. Meanwhile, the 9 Pro's rumored new Stellar Black option has been snapped itself and is now on Instagram.
The iQOO Z3 might be a phone that launches with the new Dimensity 1200 processor
iQOO has confirmed that it will launch its Snapdragon 870-powered Neo5 on March 16, 2021. However, new leaks suggest that it will have a second Android device to debut in the same month. The Z3 is thought to be the successor to the Z1, and, thus, to run on the new MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC.
The F19 Pro and Pro Plus 5G are the latest OPPO phones for the Indian market
OPPO has launched the F19 Pro and F19 Pro Plus, a new series of smartphones that seem to be exclusive to the Indian market. Accordingly, they are completely new devices rather than re-brands of some kind. They feature 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED displays, quad rear camera and a 5G MediaTek chipset in the higher-end model.
More than 5 million foldable or rollable phones are now projected to ship in 2021
The latest analysis of the flexible display market indicates that the sales of smartphones with foldable or rollable displays in 2021 are capable of far exceeding those of 2020. Their shipments are projected to grow to a total of 5.1 million, or 128% year-on-year (YoY), thanks to an influx of new models from new OEMs this year. Then again, most of these predictions may not pan out for at least 3 months.
Huawei P50 series: new leaks point to HarmonyOS out of the box and the Pro version's screen design
The P50 series is slated to be the next generation of Huawei's camera-oriented flagship smartphones. New leaks have suggested that the OEM is developing HarmonyOS 2.0 as their default ROM, which would be the first time it has shipped devices with this new OS. Meanwhile, a screen protector for the P50 Pro is also allegedly now out in the wild.
Vivo confirms the X60 series will go international, starting in Malaysia on March 22, 2021
Vivo has announced that it will debut the X60 premium smartphone series outside China for the first time on March 22, 2021. They will be powered by the Snapdragon 870 SoC, as opposed to the Exynos 1080 they launched with in their domestic market. Nevertheless, they may prove an interesting new entry to the global market.
SK Hynix reveals that it makes the new 18GB RAM chip found in the Asus ROG Phone 5
SK Hynix has just launched its latest LPDDR5 RAM product: a ground-breaking 18GB module for smartphones. The OEM claims that it has a superior data-transfer rate compared to existing memory chips of the same generation. This latest and greatest iteration is now in mass production, although it has already been deployed in the top-end SKUs of 1 upcoming device: the Asus ROG Phone 5.
An alleged Realme 8 Pro pops up on FCC and Geekbench
Realme has already effectively confirmed that the impending 8 Pro will launch with this brand's first 108MP main camera. Now, some new leaks may hint at what is to be found inside this device. They may include 8GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 720G processor.
2021 has already seen the highest Samsung Galaxy S-series sales in South Korea for four years
A new report has found that Samsung sold just under 600,000 units of the Galaxy S21 series in the first 4 weeks since its launch in this OEM's home country. The flagships have not done so well in this respect since the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus debuted in 2017. Furthermore, the Galaxy A31 was found to be the best-selling Android phone in South Korea for 2020.
The Nokia G10 is to be the first in a whole new line of smartphones from the brand
Nokia is rumored to have a new G-series of Android devices in the works, the first of which is to be the G10. That prefix has led to speculation that they will form a new "gaming" arm for the HMD Global brand, although nothing is certain yet. Then again, the G10 is also said to have been registered by Thai authorities as the TA-1334.
Amazfit offers a free strap with every GTS 2/2e or GTR2/2e sold via its own site
Amazfit is a popular wearables brand with its own e-store that serves several regions, the US included. It is currently running a promotion that offers a free second strap with every purchase of its latest GTS 2 and GTR 2 series of smartwatches. These bands normally cost about US$20, meaning this might be a good chance to get two in different colors for a limited time.
The Realme C21 is the most interesting-looking new ~US$122 phone around
Realme has launched the C21 in Malaysia with a unique rear panel that might make even those not looking for a budget phone take a second look. It houses a 5,000mAh battery that also allows the device to double as a power bank. Its opposite side offers a large enough 6.5-inch HD+ display.
OnePlus 9 series: a case-maker allegedly confirms product names for all three phones ahead of their launch
The accessories company Spigen has reportedly updated its OnePlus-compatible range with listings for the three devices thought to comprise an upcoming flagship series. According to this leak, they are the 9, 9 Pro - and 9E, despite recent tips that purport to change this name to 9R. However, it now seems this story has been subject to some changes.
Apple discontinues the Intel-powered iMac Pro, reviving rumors of an upcoming new version with a different platform
Apple has abruptly updated its current iMac Pro sales page to reflect the fact that apparently only its base model is in stock. This has led to speculation that a new version of this PC, perhaps even with an in-house chipset instead of the last remaining unit's 10-core Intel Xeon W-series processor, is on the way. However, the OEM might be wrapping its product cycle up for some other reason.
OPPO Find X3 Pro: a flagship with the best possible Samsung display yet cheaper than a Galaxy S21 Ultra, according to new leaks
OPPO has now confirmed that its premium Find X3 smartphone series will launch on March 11, 2021. Its flagship, the X3 Pro, is now rumored to have a display panel that combines the high-end E4 AMOLED and LTPO specs. However, it will allegedly also start for less than a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with the same amount of internal storage.
Xiaomi releases a Global version of the Mijia Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro to Banggood
The Mijia Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro is a relatively portable FHD projector launched by Xiaomi with the potential advantage of a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor for added focus capabilities in late 2020 in China. Now, it has a Global variant, which means it runs Android TV and is available on Banggood from now.
The 18GB Asus ROG Phone 5 may have already smashed Master Lu benchmarking records ahead of its launch
The official Weibo channel for the Master Lu benchmark claims to have seen its first 18GB RAM phone. Somewhat unsurprisingly, it is the ROG Phone 5, which has also surfaced on Geekbench with this ground-breaking spec. On this occasion, it has apparently shot right to the top of the rankings in this test.
Razer breaks into the smart glasses game with the first-gen Anzu frames
Razer is known for gaming audio peripherals; however, its new Anzu product is something else altogether. They are of the smart-glass type that incorporate personal speakers for the wearer's audio, which, as the OEM claims, will reach the user's head with reduced latency and increased immersion. They are available in Razer's store from now for US$199.99.
The new, 120W RedMagic 6 Pro is shown charging even faster than advertised
The RedMagic 6 Pro is Nubia's new mobile gaming flagship phone equipped with ultra-fast 120 watt (W) charging technology. The OEM markets this phone as capable of re-filling its 4500mAh battery to 0-50% in just 5 minutes, or all the way to 100% in 17 minutes. However, a vlogger claims his new 6 Pro can actually beat those times.
Apple, Huawei and Samsung retain their top rankings in the smartwatch market for 2020
The Apple Watch, Huawei Watch GT and Galaxy Watch lines helped their respective OEMs maintain their leading positions in the smartwatch space in 2020. This was a year in which the market showed relatively little growth, although its premium segment enjoyed a "significant" uptick.
Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon Sound, a re-vamp of its wireless audio tech for mobile devices
Qualcomm offers a range of products that support or serve mobile wireless audio, ranging from its aptX technology to the entire 8-series of mobile SoCs. Now, it has announced that this panel of technology has a new, unified platform: Snapdragon Sound. It will also act as a badge to signal to the consumer that its specs are present in a given product.
Razer's Sneki Snek gets to the next level in its tree-saving quest
Razer partnered with Conservation International for the Sneki Snek plushie, the sales of which go toward protecting forestry in various locations worldwide. The mascot has now achieved its initial goal of saving 100,000 trees in this manner, which means the OEM has new merch based on the character to launch at its upcoming RazerStore Live event.
The Realme GT 5G launches with a Snapdragon 888 SoC, 120Hz display and a 3.5mm jack
Realme has launched its first flagship device of 2021. The OEM asserts that the new GT 5G has been designed and equipped to get the most out of its Snapdragon 888 platform, from its "gaming" 120Hz E4 AMOLED display to its new stainless steel-augmented cooling system. It also does indeed come in finishes that include "racing-stripe" vegan leather, and starts at just under ~US$450 in China.
The Vivo S9 is the world's first Dimensity 1100-powered phone
Vivo has announced the S9 5G, alongside its more budget S9e 5G sibling. The main event here has the new, 6nm Dimensity 1100 SoC, which is now packaged in a distinctly iPhone 12-like design, complete with a notch for a dual selfie camera. It can be pre-ordered from now in China, starting at ~US$464 for an 8GB RAM base model.
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 is on the way in 2021, according to new leaks
The Lenovo Yoga Tabs are Android slates marked by unique rolling grips at one end that may also house speakers and USB type C ports. Now, it looks like the OEM has a new member of this series in the works. The "Yoga Tab 13" has appeared on Google and Geekbench databases with 8GB of RAM and Android 11.
The Meizu 18 Pro is the world's latest Snapdragon 888-, 50MP- and UFS 3.1-enhanced phone
Meizu has got the jump on the premium Android smartphone launch season with its new 18 and 18 Pro flagships. The OEM has revealed that the series offers specs such as 120Hz curved displays, 50MP main cameras and internal storage with top-end UFS 3.1 speeds. The new devices are up for pre-order in China from now.
The Realme 8 Pro will debut with the 108MP ISOCELL HM2 sensor
Realme has announced that it will launch its first 108MP camera phone in 2021. Not only that, but the top-end sensor in question is Samsung's latest CMOS of this resolution: the ISOCELL HM2. It has features such as 3x lossless zoom, nonapixel binning. The OEM has developed "Starry", tilt-shift and Neon Portrait modes for it in the 8 Pro.
Razer announces its first DevCon, scheduled for live-streaming in May 2021
Razer DevCon is a new event set to debut in 2021 via Twitch. It is slated to present discussions on the up-to-date innovation and technology that might most benefit the future of gaming across multiple platforms. Therefore, it might interest developers involved in mobile, console or PC ecosystems.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: New renders show how the "next Fan Edition" might look at its launch
Samsung is currently believed to have a successor to the Galaxy S20 FE in the works. This idea is captured in new high-quality images published by LetsGoDigital. They depict a device that looks more like its putative forebear than the S21 series, albeit with different colors and an updated processor.
Crypto mining's upcoming ban in Inner Mongolia may help explain Bitcoin's recent resurgence
Inner Mongolia is an autonomous region of China with an economy best known for cheap power. It has thus reportedly become a magnet for cryptocurrency miners. Apparently, the region does not appreciate this attention, having just outlawed the practice.
Oukitel launches the WP12 as the "world's first Android 11 rugged phone"
Oukitel has announced that its latest rugged phone is the first of its kind to ship with Android 11 out of the box. The device is also touted as "lightweight", which, given its MediaTek Helio A22 SoC and 4GB of RAM, might be meant in more ways than one. It will start at ~US$90 on its March 8, 2021 release.
Hisense asserts laser TVs are the future as it claims to triple their sales in 2020
Laser TVs are devices much more like ultra-short-throw projectors than conventional big screens. Therefore, they can deliver larger display sizes with less harmful blue light, which is what customers want these days - according to Hisense, at least. This OEM claims that it sold over three times more laser TVs in 2020 internationally compared to 2019.
Realme's first 108MP camera phone will be the Dimensity 1200-powered X9 Pro
The OEM Realme has been rumored to launch a Dimensity 1200-powered phone called the X9 Pro roughly since MediaTek released this early-2021 flagship processor. A new leak purports to spill many more details about the phone, including that it will be its maker's first phone with a 108MP main camera.
Apple might finally ditch the iPhone notch, but not until 2022
A new research note allegedly issued by the legendary analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states that the iPhones launched in 2022 will have punch-hole displays in place of the notches that have come to define these flagships. The third-gen SE is now also thought to launch in that year, and just might come with the same new kind of screen.
A "Mi 11 Pro with Dimensity 1000+" Geekbench leak is debunked by an eagle-eyed tipster
The discovery of a Xiaomi phone with a model number rumored to be that of the Mi 11 Pro on Geekbench might normally be welcome news. However, the report proved more alarming in this case, as it alleged the device had the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC instead of the expected Snapdragon 888. However, it has since been debunked by another popular name in tech leaks.
Carl Pei's Nothing now has an Indian division, to be headed by an ex-Samsung executive
Nothing is the name of Carl Pei's new tech start-up, his first since leaving OnePlus in 2020. It has been introduced as based in London; however, it also now has an Indian presence. It is to be led by Manu Sharma, formerly a Samsung executive. Pei projects that he will "play a pivotal role for our growth in India".
RedMagic 6: the gaming phones' 2021 looks leak out prior to their launch
The RedMagic line of Android phones are usually styled so as not to be mistaken for anything other than the mobile gaming powerhouses they are meant to be. Their latest 6 generation's design, officially outed by TENAA, is an evolution of the preceding 5S. They apparently come in some relatively sedate dark themes - except, of course, for the brand's rumored new foray into a vibrant pink-and-purple combo.
An intriguing leak points to a new Samsung budget phone called the Galaxy E02 coming in 2021
The tech blog MySmartPrice claims to have found a new page on Samsung India's support website for a device called the "SM-E025F/DS". A quick decoding of Samsung's model number convention does seem to suggest a new phone that, moreover, belongs to a whole new Galaxy E series. Then again, this leak has yet to be officially confirmed.
The Honor 40 is allegedly on the way, spearheading a 2021 comeback that may also involve tablets and foldables
Honor is a popular smartphone brand recently cut loose from the OEM Huawei in an ostensible bid to free it from that company's ongoing trade restrictions. Since then, Honor has completely rebuilt its business and is preparing to be a contender in 2021, according to the latest leaks. This will apparently involve lots of in-demand tech, the development of this brand's first foldable included.
The OPPO Find X3 series will launch on March 11, 2021
The OPPO Find X3 and X3 Pro are hotly-anticipated smartphones as they are touted to combine the highest-end of Android specs in 2021 with arguably iPhone-like looks. A Weibo tipster has uploaded what looks like an official poster from the OEM that contains their launch date information. Should this leak prove accurate, the event in question might also introduce Lite and Neo variants for the new line.
The Indian tablet market posts a return to growth for 2020
The market for tablets in India had shrunk for 4 years straight - until 2020. That year saw a resurgence in demand for that form-factor, as users felt they were necessary for learning or working from home. Therefore, it exhibited a year-on-year (YoY) growth of 14.7%, although Lenovo retained it status as its leading brand.
Huami officially changes its name to Zepp Health
Huami is a wearables OEM that has built a market leadership worldwide, mainly through the popularity of its Amazfit devices. Now, the company has announced that it will be known as Zepp Health from now on. This wholesale re-brand is intended to consolidate its position across all its businesses going forward
Xiaomi is touted to launch a new 120W GaN charger soon
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is a super-flagship smartphone rumored to launch later in 2021. It is touted to improve on the existing Mi 11 in a number of ways, one of which is a step up to blazing fast 120W charging. A new leak suggests it might have a new, first-party gallium nitride (GaN) power brick with which to do so.
BOE has developed an ambi-folding mobile device display: new leak
Foldable-display phones are slowly becoming more prevalent; however, they are still at a point at which they can only do so in one way per device: inward or outward. However, a new leaked video suggests a concept device that can bend in both directions is out there now. This possible breakthrough in the technology has allegedly been achieved by the panel-maker BOE.
Vivo X60: a new leak hints at an international launch for the Zeiss-enhanced phones with the Snapdragon 870 SoC
The Vivo X60 and X60 Pro are premium mid-range smartphones that are only available in China at present. However, a new leak may suggest the OEM is preparing to bring them to additional markets. Furthermore, they may be new variants of the phones with the Snapdragon 870 SoC in place of their current Exynos 1080.
Huawei releases a new, 4G-only version of the P40 in China
The Huawei P40 flagship smartphone launched with the Kirin 990 5G chipset in 2020. This CPU also has a 4G/LTE-only variant, which features in new units of the P40 now on sale on JD.com. Otherwise, the device still has its 6.1-inch OLED display, 50MP main camera and 8GB of RAM.
Gigabyte launches the Aorus RTX 3060 Elite desktop card as NVIDIA unlocks Resizable BAR for its GPU
NVIDIA has just announced updates for the RTX 3060 that bring Resizable BAR to the new GPU, as promised earlier. It is compatible with a range of relevant chipsets, processors, motherboards and cards - the new Aorus GeForce RTX 3060 Elite 12G included. This card reprises the brand's RGB three-ring design, and is also touted as designed for durability and performance.
iQOO Neo5: March 2021 launch confirmed; new leak points to a Snapdragon 870 SoC for the phone
The smartphone brand iQOO has finally acknowledged the successor to its Neo3 flagship, following a slew of leaks hinting at its high-end specs. It will now launch on March 16, 2021 in China. There is now more evidence the allegedly Snapdragon 870-powered phone might be seen outside this country soon as well, thanks to a new Geekbench leak.
ESR presents its HaloLock Kickstand Wireless Charger as a potentially improved version of Apple MagSafe
Apple has re-worked the MagSafe brand as a new type of ultra-thin and (theoretically) extra-strong wireless charger that enables a user to hold up and use an iPhone 12 as normal while juicing it back up. Now, ESR has "re-imagined" this technology, mainly through the inclusion of a useful flip-out stand.
Realme will unveil its first 108MP camera at its upcoming Innovation Event in March 2021
Realme has confirmed that it will make a leap to phones with 108MP sensors in 2021. The phone most likely to be the first with this top-end spec is currently rumored to be one of the upcoming 8 series. Therefore, it might be unveiled at the OEM's Camera Innovation Event, set for March 2, 2021.
The Sony IMX 800 will be the world's largest mobile image sensor on its April 2021 launch
The leaker RODENT950 has made some heavy allusions to an image sensor which, despite being intended for mobile devices, is exactly 1 inch in size. This would make the alleged Sony IMX 800 unprecedentedly large for its category. It is predicted to launch in April 2021, and is touted to debut in the Huawei P50 flagship series.
Nubia teases a 165Hz refresh rate for the RedMagic 6 display; first-gen Watch launch is also confirmed
The RedMagic 6 series of Snapdragon 888-powered gaming devices is slated to launch on March 4, 2021. Now, its maker Nubia has strongly hinted at an upgrade to 165Hz displays for these phones. They are also now slated to get 400Hz touch-sampling rates, which adds up to a potentially severe headache for Asus' ROG Phone 5.
OPPO introduces another member of the Reno5 smartphone family with a newer chipset
OPPO has unexpectedly launched the Reno5 K 5G in China. This phone might sound familiar, as it is effectively a pre-existing device with a new SoC: the Snapdragon 750G. Therefore, it might be a more affordable variant, although it still packs all the best features of its series, 90Hz display and 65W charging included.
Realme launches the Narzo 30A, 30 Pro and Buds Air 2 to the Indian market
The next generation of Realme's affordable Narzo line is now official, along with its newest TWS earbuds. The 30 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC and has a 5,000mAh battery, whereas the 30A gets one of 6,000mAh, even if it has an older and 4G-only Helio G85 processor. It is available from now, whereas its more premium sibling will have a March 4, 2021 release.
Samsung confirms Malaysian launch for the Galaxy M62
Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy M62 exists, and that it will be released for the first time on March 3, 2021. It will do so through Lazada in the Malaysian market. The OEM has revealed that it will have the same 7,000mAh battery as its rumored alternate form, the F62.
OPPO premieres a more in-depth trailer for its slidable phone's design and function at MWC Shanghai 2021
OPPO asserts that slidable-OLED phones like its X 2021 are the best things since foldables. The OEM has teased the device in more detail than ever before at the MWC Shanghai 2021, outlining the various techniques it has developed to ensure its durability and functionality.
ZTE's second-gen under-display selfie camera phone could have a 120Hz refresh rate, Face Unlock and more
ZTE has unveiled its second attempt at a display capable of hiding a front-facing camera at MWC Shanghai. The OEM claims to have doubled the pixel density in this new specialized screen tech, and to have enhanced it with new, heretofore unavailable features that include 3D facial recognition and augmented reality (AR) support.
Nothing unveils the Swedish group teenage engineering as a "Founding Partner"
Carl Pei's new start-up, Nothing, has announced that it has a new founding partner: teenage engineering. This Stockholm-based group has been involved in "craftsmanship" and industrial design for 10 years now, and is possibly best-known for its OP-1 synthesizer. Pei claims that its involvement in Nothing has resulted in a "product roadmap" that is "true to the company's vision".
HP announces the acquisition of HyperX
HP has just confirmed it has secured "a definitive agreement" to buy HyperX, heretofore best known as Kingston's gaming-accessories division. That company's co-founder and CEO, John Tu, calls the move "a brighter future for HyperX", while its new owner is "thrilled" to admit it to its "family".
OPPO is the latest OEM with an over-the-air charging technology demo
Remote (or over-the-air) charging is a futuristic technology that a handful of mobile device OEMs claim to have cracked in 2021 thus far. The latest of these is OPPO, a company that has released a video of its new breakthrough in conjunction with MWC Shanghai. It also features OPPO's slidable-display phone, shown charging without cables or pads of any kind.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 6 might launch soon, possibly in India and Indonesia to start with
Recent leaks have supplied possible evidence of a successor to the popular, affordable Mi Band 5. Now, a new tip asserts that the wearable has been registered with Indonesian and Indian authorities, suggesting it may debut soon in those markets, at least. It also seems to spill the 6's model number, if no additional specs for the putative fitness tracker.
Sony confirms next-gen VR system for PlayStation 5 - just not in 2021
A Sony executive has just confirmed that the PlayStation 5 (PS5) is getting its own virtual reality (VR) system after all. It will consist of a next-gen headset and controller, which will apparently be informed by everything the OEM has learned since debuting this form of gaming on the PS4. Furthermore, the controller may also be DualSense in nature.
Realme GT 5G: Racing Yellow colorway confirmed, not to mention its "stainless-steel" cooling system
Realme has officially teased its upcoming Snapdragon 888-powered phone, the GT 5G, at MWC Shanghai 2021. The event has seen its "Racing Yellow" variant set in stone, and also hints at a novel "Stainless Steel VC" cooling solution. The OEM has also unveiled its new, "Dual-platform, Dual-flagship strategy". It apparently entails a second premium series that is, unlike the new GT, camera-focused.
The Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro will upgrade to 120W charging in 2021
Black Shark is Xiaomi's line of high-end gaming phones that is thought to have vanilla and Pro variants coming in 2021. They have both been approved by the Chinese authority 3C, which reveals that both of them will have the OEM's top charging speed currently seen in the Mi 10 Ultra: 120 watts (W). Like this phone, the upcoming devices have been registered alongside a compatible power brick.
More details on Samsung's AR glasses leak out
More evidence of Samsung's foray into the augmented reality (AR) market has emerged, in the form of a new video that might be marketing material for its first-gen Glasses. They are apparently pitched at use-cases such as gaming and content consumption as well as virtual conferencing and presentations. They may also work as sunglasses and have a virtual DeX modes.
The LG W41 smartphone series is tipped to launch in India soon; full specs for all 3 devices leak
LG is rumored to launch successors to the affordable 2020 W31 and W31 Plus phones soon. The leaker Ishan Agarwal now claims to have spilled more detail on these phones, their new Pro variant included. It is predicted to have the most RAM, although it will have the same display and processor as its siblings.
Huawei launches the FreeBuds 4i: new TWS earbuds with ANC and 10mm drivers
Huawei has introduced its latest TWS earbuds alongside its new Mate X2 foldable. The accessories are definitely the more affordable of the two; nevertheless, they have high-end specs such as active noise cancellation (ANC), wearer detection and up to 10 hours of battery life. They have an AirPod-clone look, albeit with a new style of charging case and 3 color choices.
Huawei launches the Mate X2 with a new "Pinnacle Design", a secondary display and an astronomical price-tag
Huawei has announced the Mate X2 in China. This new foldable has been updated with an inward-folding design, much like its closest Samsung rival. However, the OEM has also set it apart with a new, space-saving design - on which a massive price-tag has been slapped, even for its premium category.
Motorola launches the Moto E7 Power in India
The Moto E7 Power is the latest Motorola phone unleashed on the Indian market. However, it is slightly hard to see where it gets its new product name, as it has the same 5,000mAh battery as the E7 Plus. It also has the same MediaTek Helio G25 SoC as the E7, and will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage in its new market.
AMD crowd-sources evidence for the fast-emerging 500-series chipset USB issue
AMD's official Reddit account has posted requesting reports from users about an increasingly well-publicized issue in which USB devices installed in or attached to 500-series chipset motherboards disconnect randomly and without warning. It seems to be fairly constant across this range and across board manufacturers.
iQOO Neo5: more details on the Snapdragon 870 phone reportedly emerge prior to its launch
The iQOO Neo5 has been touted as something of a flagship killer, as it has been rumored to launch with 88W charging and a punch-hole display in addition to its Snapdragon 870 SoC. Then again, its newest leaks hint that those specs might not be quite that great, although it will still have the same near-premium processor, not to mention a decently fast charging brick in the box.
LG reportedly patents a new kind of rollable phone with a secondary display
Recent rumors suggest that LG's Rollable phone project is dead in the water. However, that has apparently not stopped the OEM filing a new patent based on the concept with the Chinese intellectual property office (CNIPA). It appears to show a rolling-screen device with an additional display mounted on its rear panel for (you probably guessed it) selfies.
Xiaomi's Mi 11 Lite 5G may debut soon as it is cleared for launch in Singapore
Xiaomi is expected to launch a Lite version of its Mi 11 flagship smartphone soon. It is also rumored to have 4G and 5G variants, both of which have reportedly been certified by the Singaporean regulator IMDA. Therefore, they may now not be too far from the market.
The Realme GT leaks again with a racing-stripe finish and the AnTuTu score to match
Realme has recently confirmed that its next flagship smartphone will be called the GT and will launch on March 3, 2021. Now, one of its executives has posted what is claimed as an AnTuTu benchmarking score for the device. It apparently shows that the GT's Snapdragon 888 SoC has boosted it just past the 770,000 mark in this test.
Huawei's 2021 smartphone production is estimated at 60% less compared to 2020 as rumors of a delayed P50 launch emerge
A Chinese news site claims that Huawei plans to make not much more than 80 million phones in 2021, as opposed to the ~189 million units it shipped in 2020. Meanwhile, other reports suggest it will also cut the P50 series' supply, and also possibly delay their unveiling until later in the year than usual.
ZTE will launch its second-gen under-display camera at MWC Shanghai 2021
ZTE's CEO, Ni Fei, has confirmed that his company will bring the next generation of its under-display camera to the upcoming MWC Shanghai event. This technology, which features in the OEM's Axon 20 5G, enables a selfie shooter to completely conceal itself underneath the display. Its upgraded form might allow for enhanced functionality, Face Unlock included.
Rollme's latest smartwatch boasts 4G/LTE, a bezel-free display and a relatively massive 1,600mAh battery
Rollme has just launched the Hero, its latest smartwatch with a completely bezel-free display. This is joined by a nano-SIM card slot for 4G/LTE connectivity in this wearable, not to mention up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Not only that, but it boasts an unusually large 1,600mAh battery rated for up to 10 days on power-save mode.
Nubia schedules its RedMagic 6 launch ahead of that of the ROG Phone 5
Nubia has asserted that its upcoming RedMagic 6 gaming flagship phones will "race ahead" in 2021. To this end, it has just pre-empted Asus' ROG Phone 5 by announcing that this new series will debut on March 4, 2021 - right after Asus set its own event for March 10. The first launch is expected to usher in Snapdragon 888-powered devices with improved cooling, Tencent branding and up to 120W charging.
Realme hypes the launch of the Buds Air 2 with specs such as ANC and "diamond-class" drivers
Realme has announced that its second-gen Buds Air will launch in India on February 24, 2021. It has also confirmed multiple leaks about these TWS earbuds in teasing their specs prior to this event. They include the (expected) ANC, as well as the fact that they will have 10mm "Diamond class" drivers, improved battery life and a low-latency Gaming Mode.
ROG Phone 5: Asus posts a new RGB-themed countdown page for the 2021 gaming phone's launch
Having just confirmed that its flagship Android gaming phone would skip the 4 moniker and proceed directly to 5 in 2021, Asus has now made its debut official. It is to be unveiled on March 10, 2021, as is made very obvious with the timer now maintained on its website. The event to start when it runs down is expected to introduce a Snapdragon 888-powered device with up to 16GB of RAM and an active rear-facing LED display.
OPPO allegedly readies the Find X3 series for launch by registering its vanilla variant with TENAA
OPPO has reportedly finally obtained a certification for the Find X3 (or PEDM00) from the Chinese authorities, suggesting a launch announcement for its flagship series will follow shortly. Its new TENAA images show a phone quite like X3 Pro leaks to date, although it might have a different rear panel and camera arrangement.
Vivo launches a presence in 2 new European countries, promising forays into 4 more during 2021
The smartphone OEM Vivo has made its brand-new Romanian and Czech websites live, and has announced that it will also start to offer its products in 4 more European countries by the end of 2021. This would make the total number of countries from this region in which Vivo sells its products up to 12, which may thus get access to its flagship X60 series this year.
MWC 2021: the GSMA mulls re-introducing live attendance; MWC Shanghai to debut with a limited live audience
The GSMA has announced that it is currently considering running its flagship conference live and in Barcelona once again, albeit with up to 50,000 in-person attendees. Meanwhile, its Chinese counterpart, MWC Shanghai, is slated to begin on February 23, 2021 with 20,000 such attendees and in accordance with anti-Covid-19 health checks. Its success may determine whether MWC 2021 will return to something like "normality" this year.
Google Fi now offers the Motorola One 5G Ace on its network
Fi is Google's own MVNO that offers phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and (naturally) the Pixel 5. Its latest phones are from Motorola, however. The 6.7-inch, Snapdragon 750G-powered and 5,000mAh One 5G Ace is now up to US$120 off its retail price through Google Fi. It is joined by the 2021 Moto G Power and Moto G Play on the network.
Huawei Mate X2: a new leak allegedly confirms the switch to an inward-folding design
A Weibo-based tipster has posted what is claimed as an official Huawei poster for the impending Mate X2 flagship foldable device. This phablet has long been rumored to ditch its predecessor's form-factor, in which its flexible screen is on its outer surface, for a more book-like effect similar to that developed by Samsung. The new leak appears to support this idea.
The OPPO Find X3 makes its way onto Geekbench with the Snapdragon 870 SoC and 8GB of RAM
OPPO is slated to launch its 2021 flagship Find X3 smartphone series, in accordance with a slew of leaks that have proceeded in the mystifying absence of a vanilla variant. However, it may have just emerged in a recent tip that suggests it will have the Snapdragon 870 processor rather than the 888. New Geekbench listings appear to confirm this.
It's official: the next Asus ROG Phone will be the 5
The Asus ROG Phone has arguably been the benchmark for Android gaming-focused powerhouses since the debut of its series in 2018. Therefore, it will see its fourth generation in 2021. Despite this, the OEM has confirmed rumors that it will be called the 5 rather than the 4.
Samsung will launch the Galaxy A52 and A72 in India by mid-March 2021
The Galaxy A52 and A72 are upcoming Samsung mid-range phones that might launch with 4G and 5G variants, 90Hz AMOLED displays and decently large batteries. They are also now tipped to have an Indian launch in March 2021. The latest leak also suggests the A52 will start at around US$412, whereas the A72 will do so at ~$547.
An apparent successor to the Asus PN50 mini PC turns up on a Scandinavian website pre-launch with the Ryzen 7 5700U
Asus launched the PN50 mini PC with Ryzen 4000 processors in 2020. Now, a device described as the bare-bones version of its successor, the PN51, has appeared on the website ProShop. According to this listing, its chassis has not changed in 2021, and thus still boasts a configurable port that can add anything from a DisplayPort to a second RJ-45 to the device.
Fitbit devices appear on the Google Store for the first time
Google made its acquisition of the health-tracking household name Fitbit official in January 2021. As if to provide more evidence of this, the Mountain View's online shop now lists products from this brand alongside those of Nest, which it has also absorbed. Therefore, consumers can now buy devices such as the Charge 4 through this Store.
Chrome OS devices outsold Apple Macs for the first time in 2020
The latest full-year analysis of the PC market show that devices that run ChromeOS gained more and more market share during 2020 compared to those running macOS. Windows remained the market leader, although its share did fall compared to 2019. These changes might be related to the overwhelming demand for home-learning and -working solutions that marked the year just gone.
Epic Games brings its "Free Fortnite" battle to European shores with a new EC antitrust complaint
Epic Games has stepped its dispute with Apple over developer remuneration by filing an official antitrust complaint with the European Commission (EC). It alleges that competition in the app-distribution and payment markets has been "completely eliminated" by Apple's practices of insisting that these activities are carried out through its App Store for all software intended for use on iOS.
Samsung India discounts the Galaxy M21 by INR 1,000 across the board
Samsung launched the Galaxy M21 as one of its battery- and camera-centric phones for the Indian market. The OEM has just dropped its 4 and 6GB RAM SKUs by INR 1,000 (~US$14) each in price. This may hint at a stock-clear to make way for a newer device: could it be the M12?
The foldable iPhone might come with Apple Pencil support
Apple is thought to have a foldable iPhone in the works. However, according to a new report, the market analyst group Omdia claims that its launch has been pushed back to 2023. Then again, it might share the feature of Apple Pencil compatibility with many iPads by that time.
The Realme Buds Air 2 leak out with a good chance of having ANC with a Transparency Mode
Realme is rumored to launch its second-gen Buds Air in India soon, in partnership with the Chainsmokers EDM group. These upcoming TWS earbuds have allegedly popped up on an OEM's app early, inadvertently revealing that they have active noise cancellation (ANC). They may also boast features such as Transparency and a Game Mode.
The Huawei P50 will launch with the Kirin 9000E processor, thereby becoming the new Lite variant
The famous leaker RODENT950 has asserted that Huawei has put the P50 flagship smartphone into mass production, thus hinting that it will launch soon. The OEM will also apparently condense this whole series into just 3 variants in 2021, with the base model effectively becoming a Lite variant as it will not have Huawei's full premium processor.
The OPPO Find X3 will launch as a Snapdragon 870-powered phone: new leak
Earlier leaks have seemed to confirm the existence of OPPO's upcoming Find X3 Pro, but not that of its vanilla variant. Now, a new SlashLeaks post alleges that, not only does the X3 exist after all, but that it will have the new Snapdragon 870 processor. If true, this might presage an interesting and different approach to a flagship launch by an established company.
Google announces plan to bring 100 or more new games to Stadia in 2021, Far Cry 6 included
Google has effectively given up on making first-party games for its streaming service Stadia. However, it has committed to bringing more titles from external studios to the platform in the course of 2021. They are slated to include Far Cry 6, FIFA 21 and Hello Engineer, although not all of those will form part of the first wave of these new games.
The iPhone 13 Pro is slated to boast an always-on feature for its 120Hz ProMotion display
The next Pro-grade iPhones are currently tipped to get LTPO displays. They are also rumored to finally upgrade to 120Hz refresh rates – and to always-on displays, according to the latest leak. The successors to the 12 series are also now believed to benefit from a new, possibly textured matte finish.
India’s Supreme Court admonishes WhatsApp over user privacy
Smartphone selfie cameras will upgrade to 100MP or more soon: new leak
Currently, the highest-res smartphone image sensor in existence is one of 108MP. Obviously, it is used as a marquee feature on the back of devices like the new Xiaomi Mi 11. However, should the prolific leaker Digital Chat Station be believed, it might migrate to the front of upcoming models soon.
The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro becomes available in India for ~US$620
Lenovo offers a balance between high-end materials and mid-range internals in the Tab P11 Pro. Nevertheless, the OEM asserts that the user can get their work or gaming done on this 11.5-inch Android tablet in the manner suggested by its suffix. It has now been released on platforms such as Amazon.in and Flipkart for INR 44,999.
Samsung Quick Share will also be a Windows 10 app soon
Samsung and Microsoft's efforts to form a joint Android/Windows ecosystem to rival that of Apple's has reached a potentially critical stage. The OEMs are working to bring Quick Share (an AirDrop counterpart found on Galaxy-series smartphones) to PCs. Samsung's Free service is also to arrive on Windows 10 soon, as is a new app called "O".
Qualcomm makes its objections to NVIDIA's acquisition of ARM public
NVIDIA secured an agreement to buy the often-essential chip-design company ARM for ~US$40 billion in late 2020. However, regulators are still scrutinizing it and its ramifications for the tech industry prior to approving it. Now, Qualcomm has sent an official notice of concern over the same with these bodies.
The allegedly MediaTek Dimensity 1100-powered Vivo S9 shows up in a newly leaked poster
Vivo is currently rumored to be working on what might be the world's first phone with the new Dimensity 1100 processor. It is said to be called the S9, a product name that has surfaced in what might be pre-launch marketing material posted to SlashLeaks. The device looks somewhat like its OEM's flagships, although it might have different specs.
A wild new Comet Lake Core i3 refresh reportedly appears on the Malaysian market
According to a photo posted to Reddit, Intel has released a heretofore-unheard of new version of a Comet Lake processor in Malaysia. This "i3-10105F" would on the face of it be a refresh of the i3-10100F, which is in turn a renewed i3-9100F. Then again, there are no official database entries to verify this new alleged leak at present.
HBO Go will upgrade to HBO Max in 39 markets by June 2020; more to follow later
HBO Max is an upcoming streaming service from the TV studio in question, but also offers content from partners that range from DC to New Line. It will replace the existing Go product in many Latin and South America in June 2021, migrating its existing users to the new platform as it does. A similar transition is planned for European customers, although this lacks a concrete roll-out schedule at present.
Nokia releases the 6300 4G button-phone in the US for $70
US consumers looking for an ultra-cheap, ultra-simple phone with some modern features such as 4G/LTE and Google Assistant now have a new option, courtesy of Nokia. It now sells its 6300 comeback at a price of US$69.99. This buys all that the world's most prominent "alternative" mobile system KaiOS has to offer, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack.
There are now 100 million Apple Watch users on Earth: new report
The market research group Above Avalon has studied the fortunes of the Apple Watch series up to 2020, and has put the number of its adopters at 100 million. This would make it the OEM's fourth biggest product, with iPhones, iPads and Macs the only lines to sell better than these wearables. Should this trend continue, they may in fact be able to overtake the PCs by 2022.
A new stress-test video may highlight performance differences between the global and Chinese-market versions of the Xiaomi Mi 11
Xiaomi has now launched its new flagship phone the Mi 11 internationally, having done so in its native China earlier in the year. The YouTuber Frankie Tech has pitted units from both releases against each other in an exhaustive AnTuTu benchmarking test. He has concluded that the 'Chinese' version of the phone held up better in terms of scores, even if it did heat up more in the process.
Google Search's dark theme seems to be nearly ready for prime time
The long-awaited dark theme for the Google Search webpage on Windows or macOS is reportedly now in A/B testing. This means some users may have already seen this update, which consists of an automatic color-scheme change in accordance with the system theme. This can help address preparing for the shock of that ever-present bright page that clashes with an otherwise eye-friendly UI.
The LG Gram 2021 laptops are released to the US market
LG introduced the latest, Tiger Lake-powered versions of its ultra-thin and light Gram laptops at CES 2021. Now, they have started to become available to order via the OEM's US website. The SKUs that can be purchased now are some of their 14-, 16- and 17-inch variants, with their new 2-in-1 siblings to follow in March 2021.
Nintendo releases the Switch Super Mario Special Edition to the US and China
The ever-popular Nintendo Switch now has a Super Mario-themed edition. It is essentially the same as a normal SKU of this device, although it has a new red-and-blue colorway and is bundled with an appropriately-themed new carrying case, as well as JoyCon grips and straps in matching colors. It starts at US$299 on Best Buy.
Microsoft will launch the Surface Duo in Europe without its current US discount
Microsoft has reportedly set a date of February 18, 2021 for the launch of the Surface Duo in some European countries, as well as in Canada. However, it seems the dual-screen Android device will very much revert to its original price on its new international debut. Meanwhile, its price is now down by as much as US$450 in stores where it is sold.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G has a premium IP rating: new leak
The Galaxy A52 leaks are coming thick and fast, which may mean this phone series is nearly ready for launch now. Its latest tip concerns its ingress-protection rating, which, apparently, should be nearly as good as that of an S21-series flagship. It may match other high-end camera and display specs in this upcoming mid-ranger's 5G variant.
Motorola rugged phones are on the horizon following a new partnership with Bullitt Group
Ever looked at the ruggedized devices of today, but wished you could buy one with a brand that has been around since the beginning of mobile phones instead? If so, the new Motorola-branded options coming up might be for you. They are not to be made by Lenovo, however, but by the UK firm Bullitt, which is also responsible for the CAT and Land Rover phones.
iQOO might launch 3 new phones in India by April 2021, possibly starting with its Snapdragon 888 flagship
A leaker called @Gadgetsdata on Twitter claims that iQOO is planning to launch a "flagship" in the third or fourth week of March 2021 in India. This phone might be the new, AnTuTu-mashing 7, and is now slated to lead 2 additional phones into this new market. One of them could be the rumored Snapdragon 870-toting Neo5.
The Moto E6i launches as the phone with probably the most underwhelming specs of 2021 so far
Motorola has released the Moto E6i to the Brazilian market. This phone has just 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, something that one would have thought would be left behind at this stage. It also has a Unisoc SoC, an HD+ display and a microUSB port. On the plus side, it is an Android Go device, at least.
Huawei will unveil the Mate X2 in late February 2021
Huawei has officially announced that it will launch its next flagship foldable device on February 22, 2021. It is to be called the Mate X2, something also finally confirmed by the OEM via its Weibo channel. Its leaks suggest that it will have more of a Galaxy Fold look to it this time around, albeit with a different camera arrangement.
OnePlus patents a selfie camera small enough to fit in a modern smartphone's bezel
The race to the perfectly edge-to-edge mobile device screen has most recently culminated in the under-display selfie camera. However, it now seems OnePlus has developed an alternative: a super-slim bezel that incorporates a front-facing shooter. It may be able to maximize display real estate without resorting to punch-holes or other similar tech.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 flies through JerryRigEverything durability testing
The Xiaomi Mi 11 is the OEM's latest, Snapdragon 888-powered device. It has made its way onto the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel for its traditional bend-test. It ran this gauntlet with little bother, and with unusually high levels of praise for its low starting price and high-res main camera.
Realme gets a new phone through TENAA testing, could be a Narzo 30 series device
A new device from Realme has leaked via the regulator TENAA, suggesting that it will launch soon. Based on its model number (RMX3161), it is now thought that it will be the Narzo 30 (or, possibly the 30 Pro). The OEM is hyping the new phone already as a "fan-powered" product.
Samsung slashes the prices of all its most expensive phones by about US$200
Samsung has only just launched the Galaxy S21 flagship phone series. Nevertheless, it has discounted these 3 devices by at least US$100 on Amazon and Best Buy. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is also now down by $200 or more, while the Galaxy Z Fold2 is up to $250 cheaper.
The POCO X3 Pro might launch in India soon following its BIS approval
Recently, the approval of a new POCO phone by the FCC led to speculation that it will be the Pro version of the X3 on its launch. Now, the same device has been certified by the Indian BIS authority, as well as SIRIM of Malaysia. Therefore, it might also debut in these markets soon.
JLab Audio launches the Talk series of USB microphones for streaming or recording
JLab Audio is known for its personal audio devices; however, it claims to have translated its expertise in that market to the plug-and-play USB-connected mic. There are three of these new products: the Talk GO, Talk and Talk Pro. They all have a 24-bit rate, although the recording sampling rate rises from 96k to 192k in the Pro.
Carl Pei confirms TWS earbuds as the first product from Nothing
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei recently unveiled his new company as being called Nothing, which, as he also had no new devices to launch at that time, was pretty apt. Now, however, Pei has confirmed that the new OEM will roll its products out soon, with true-wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds to start.
RedMagic is set to launch its first Watch alongside its 2021 gaming phone series
RedMagic is a brand based on Android gaming phones with the specs and design required for players in this arena. However, it is now slated to branch into smartwatches in 2021, something confirmed by a new FCC listing. It is a round-faced wearable with an AMOLED display and heart-rate monitor.
Acer's latest financial figures are among its best for eight years
Acer has released its latest consolidated financial report, which covers January 2021. It includes revenues that are its highest "for the same period" since 2013. This performance is based on solid year-on-year (YoY) growth for the OEM's gaming, creator-PC and Chromebook sectors.
GoPro subscriber numbers shoot to 761,000 for the whole of 2020
GoPro has announced its first full-year financial report since it switched to an online retail and subscription-based business model. The customers in question are now just over 760,000 in number, beating the company's most ambitious goal for the year. This may suggest that the action-cam's brand new strategy works, although that is not the full story of GoPro's 2020.
Nubia announces its new 65W charging brick as Samsung plays catch-up with one of its own
Nubia is the latest smartphone OEM to slap its name on a power brick with fancy specs: gallium nitride-based charging with a 65 watt (W) rate and multiple ports in this case. However, it seems Samsung is hot on its heels by certifying a 65W accessory of its own. Could it be meant for the Galaxy Z Fold3?
Realme's alleged 2021 flagship appears in "GT" form on an official Chinese website
The Realme RMX2202 is a phone said to be the brand's 2021 flagship smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 888 processor. Therefore, it might prove a mighty rival for Xiaomi's freshly-launched Mi 11. It has popped up on a database run by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), suggesting it will launch soon.
OPPO's Find X3 Pro moniker is confirmed for the first time in a new leak
An OPPO device that is almost certainly powerful enough to be its 2021 flagship smartphone has appeared in several leaks. This has led to speculation that it will be the Find X3 Pro on its launch, although the OEM has yet to validate this. However, Google's ARCore support website has gotten there first.
Samsung might launch the next Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip in July 2021
The latest leaks suggest that Samsung might call its next premium foldables the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3, and confer rear cameras like those of the S21 Ultra and S21 respectively on them. Now, according to the prolific leaker IceUniverse, they might launch in the second half of 2021.
A dubious new leak points to an impending Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro Plus model
Xiaomi will launch the global edition of the Mi 11 flagship smartphone on February 8, 2021. However, this event is overshadowed by rumors of this device's Pro version. Now, a new leak claims that an even more premium Pro+ is also on the way - however, is it confused with the Mi 10 Ultra's successor?
The Galaxy A12 will launch in India soon, according to a new leak
The Galaxy A12 is a 2021 budget smartphone with quad rear cameras and a 5,000mAh battery. According to a tech blog, it will be available in India in what could be the next few days. Then again, its maker Samsung may be planning an unveiling for a compelling new mid-ranger in the same time-frame.
The OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T Pro get Always-on Displays via their latest betas
OnePlus has announced the roll-out of OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2 for the OnePlus 7 and 7T series. This advance preview of the latest software for these flagships is the one that introduces Always-on ambient displays, albeit only for their Pro variants. It might also improve the behavior of features such as dynamic wallpapers and automatic brightness.
Optoma announces a world-first 7,000 ANSI lumen short-throw projector
Optoma claims that its new DuraCore ProScene laser projector is rated to throw images with a brightness of 7,000 lumens. It is also short-throw, which means it can has use-cases up to and including whole-room, 24/7 immersive effects. The ZU720TST also weighs only 28 pounds, which could allow one person to mount it, even to a ceiling.
Telegram is the most downloaded mobile app for January 2021 as WhatsApp slips to fifth
Telegram was #9 on SensorTower's list of most downloaded (non-game) mobile app in December 2020. Fast forward one month, however, and it had jumped up to #1. WhatsApp and Instagram were #3 and #4 at the end of 2020, but fell to #5 and #6 respectively at the start of 2021.
Samsung promises more details on the Galaxy F62 on February 8, 2021
The Galaxy F62 is the rumored re-brand of the Galaxy M62 smartphone said to be exclusive to India. Samsung has reportedly unveiled its marketing campaign for this device on Flipkart. It seeks to hold consumer attention until February 8, 2021, whereupon the phone might either be launched or leaked officially in more detail.
The iQOO Neo5 is portrayed as a Snapdragon 870 device in new leaks
Vivo's premium sub-brand iQOO is now rumored to have a new headliner for its Neo smartphone series ready to launch in March 2021. With its alleged Snapdragon 870 processor and up to 88W charging speed, it is also now depicted as a potential flagship killer - especially if it emerges with the bargain prices that have become a hallmark of its predecessors.
POCO India celebrates selling 1 million X-series phones, holds 1st anniversary sale
POCO's Indian division has announced that it has now sold 1 million units from its X series. It is also marking its first anniversary of "independence" from its original parent Xiaomi with a sale on Flipkart. This event involves deals such as 25% off a new C3, and runs until February 7, 2021.
Eve posts a Spectrum monitor update assuring the inclusion of fan-requested features and VRR
Eve Devices originally pitched the Spectrum as the ideal display for enthusiasts - then pushed its delivery date back until well into 2021. However, it is still posting updates to its community website as a sign it is working on getting the product to the shipping stage. The latest one claims it is crossing things off a long list of desired features, which include VRR and an inbuilt frame-rate counter.
Galaxy Tab S7/S7 Plus: Samsung adds new 512GB and Phantom Navy options
The Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ (or Plus) are 2020 premium tablets launched by Samsung in the same "Mystic" color options as their nearest phone equivalent, the Note 20 Ultra. Now, however, the OEM also offers the slates in its newer S21-series Phantom Navy shade. They will also reportedly have a new 512GB internal storage top end soon.
Xiaomi certifies a new, 67W fast-charging power brick for mobile devices
Xiaomi launched a 65-watt (W) power brick in late 2020. Now, it has submitted a newer one rated for slightly faster 67W charging to the TUV safety-testing authority. This has led to speculation that it is intended to accompany the global version of the new Mi 11 flagship phone on its February 8, 2021 launch.
Apple agrees to pay South Korea US$89 million to end a legal dispute with the country
Apple has accepted a ruling from South Korea's national Fair Trade Commission that it has abused its dominance of the smartphone market in that country to skew conditions in its favor when it came to selling and supporting iPhones through carriers. Therefore, Apple has "volunteered" to fund facilities and education for small business in the IT sector.
The latest Android TV update makes it look more like Google TV
Google launched a new smart screen interface in 2020, which it may intend to roll out across all devices that run its UI going forward. A new software update may bring that to fruition, with a new look for Android TVs that bring features like that found on the new Chromecast dongle.
The latest OPPO Find X3 Pro leak seems to confirm its design and rear camera set-up
The OPPO Find X3 Pro is an upcoming 2021 flagship phone depicted as having iPhone-esque rear cameras set in a smooth, probably glass, casing. These esthetics have surfaced again in what the leaker Evan Blass has presented as real live images of the device. Blass has also supplied new levels of details on its sensors and their specs.
Lenovo posts a specs-ref for the new Legion 5 Pro ahead of its release
Lenovo announced that the Legion 5 Pro will be updated in 2021 with Ryzen 5000 silicon, RTX 30-series graphics and a 16:10 display. A Google-cached product specs reference let slip by the company ahead of its March release seems to confirm this, as well as how much RAM and storage space the machine can support.
Apple Car dreams might be closer to reality with a new investment in Kia Motors
Apple is currently rumored to be involved in the design of its own-brand electric cars to rival other brands such as Tesla. This might now be bolstered with reports that the Cupertino giant has invested ~US$3.6 billion in Kia, a subsidiary of Hyundai known to be involved in the production of those kinds of automobiles.
Samsung strengthens the Galaxy Buds Pros' ability to switch between ANC and Ambient mode
Samsung marketed the latest generation of their Galaxy Buds with a number of new modes, an Ambient Sound mode being most prominent among them. It is a form of ANC with environmental awareness mixed in. The TWS earbuds' latest updates should improve the hand-off between these two modes.
Sony sold 4.5 times more PlayStation 5 consoles than phones in the last quarter of 2020
Sony has released its financial performance report for October to December 2020. They show that the company shipped approximately 4.5 million PS5 units during that time, compared to about 1 million phones. It also posted 208% greater operating profits year-on-year (YoY), even though there were also 2% less sales for this quarter.
Fresh Huawei Mate X2 renders hint at a clean new foldable experience
Huawei is rumored to launch a new foldable phablet called the Mate X2 soon. According to a new render, it will be a considerable departure from its predecessor in that it will have a design quite like that of its probable main rival, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2. Then again, it might manage to avoid the multiple central punch-holes seen in that device.
Vivo's MediaTek Dimensity 1100-powered phone is slated to launch in March 2021
The Dimensity 1100 is an SoC MediaTek has introduced as a one-step-down option from its new flagship, the 1200. The OEM Vivo is rumored to be one of the first, if not the first, to produce a phone based on it. According to a new leak, it is called the S9 and will debut on March 6, 2021.
Apple might launch in-display Touch ID with the 2021 iPhones
Flagship iPhones have been unlockable through Face ID only since 2017. Now, however, there are hints that Apple might bring its only real alternative, Touch ID, back in 2021. It will apparently be an in-display version for the first time, with the company leaving the Home button in the dust with the putative new technology.
New leaked images allegedly show the RTX 3060 Ti's GPU
The RTX 3060 is said to launch soon based on an Ampere chip variant called the GA106-300. A GPU leaks site claims to confirm its existence with a new live image showing this silicon, alongside the latest news on its supposed specs. They are said to include 12GB of RAM and fewer CUDA cores than it conceivably could.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 is captured in 3D and "Awesome" color ahead of its launch
The Galaxy A52 is a keenly-anticipated Samsung mid-ranger as it is projected to come with quad rear cameras and 4G/5G variants. Its launch has been set in stone as it has now been listed on the TENAA regulatory database. Meanwhile, the leaker Evan Blass now asserts that it will come in 4 "Awesome" colors.
OPPO Find X3 Pro: a new SlashLeaks post purports to confirm many important specs of the upcoming flagship phone
The OPPO Find X3 Pro has allegedly been spotted tearing up benchmarks prior to its March 2021 launch. Its latest leak allegedly comes directly from a cloud-testing website belonging to its OEM. It seems to affirm the screen resolution, SoC, RAM and OS associated with this premium phone.
A supposed POCO X3 Pro is cleared by the FCC for launch
The brand POCO has certified a new device with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and a number of other regulators. There is some evidence that this phone will be revealed as the Pro version of the X3 on its launch. To date, most of its specs remain a mystery, however, although its leaks point to NFC support, at least.
MediaTek scores an order from Apple for new audio components
MediaTek has posted an arguable win by securing a contract with Apple to supply it with components for next-gen audio accessories. Then again, these products are not future AirPods, but those of the Beats series instead. This would be the first incidence of this product line not being made with completely in-house hardware.
Huawei will launch the Mate X2 soon, according to a new leak
The Mate X2's launch has been anticipated for some time, even with its maker Huawei's trade-war woes. A new post from a Weibo-based leaker assures the public that the device will debut "soon", with the 5nm chipset, design and features one might expect from a 2021 premium foldable phone.
The POCO M3 is to launch in India "with 6GB RAM only" on February 2, 2021
The POCO M3 is the global version of the impressively successful Redmi Note 9 4G/LTE that launched in China in 2020. Now, it is finally coming to India, and in its 6GB RAM flavor no less, whereas it sells as a 4GB phone in some other markets. It will launch via Flipkart in February 2020.
New renders depict the Galaxy Z Fold3 as a bendable S21 Ultra
The next generation of Samsung's flexible premium phablet is likely to be called the Galaxy Z Fold3. The leaker Ben Geskin has produced new images to show how this device might look according to the latest leaks and rumors. They point to it having rear cameras like those of the Galaxy S21 Ultra, although the rest is much unchanged compared to 2020.
The stable Android 11 update finally hits the LG Velvet in South Korea
LG had nominated only 1 phone to upgrade to Android 11 in 2021: the 2020 sort-of-mid-ranger Velvet. This has at least allowed it to get the device's new UI out of beta and into a stable channel, according to a user on Reddit at least. However, the update only seems to be available in South Korea at the moment.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series is an iterative, Snapdragon 888-powered upgrade over the S7s
A YouTube-based tipster has asserted that successors to the premium Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ slates are on the way. However, it seems they will be not much more than Snapdragon 888-powered versions of those 2020 models. Then again, their prices are now not expected to change either.
iOS 14.4 contains a new anti-independent repair message along with security upgrades
The latest version of iOS (14.4) is now available as a stable update. Installing it causes a new kind of "important hardware message" to pop up should an iPhone detect that its rear camera module has been unofficially replaced. Apple has also noted that the software includes patches for potentially actionable vulnerabilities.
Samsung confirms it will develop slideable and rollable displays in 2021
Samsung's Display division recently held its earnings call for the last quarter of 2020 (4Q2020), which apparently involved profits that grew nearly 800% year-on-year and revenues equivalent to about US$8.9 billion. It also announced that it would indeed get into emerging panel types, including rollable ones, so as to stay competitive in 2021 and beyond.
MediaTek announces the inclusion of its hardware in the Wi-Fi Alliance's latest testing array
The Wi-Fi Alliance has only just begun to validate hardware with the newest 6E wireless-data standard. This is good news for MediaTek, which has had its latest access point and client-side wireless solutions picked up for use in this official body's new test bed. Therefore, the company might now find it easier to pitch these components to OEMs who make routers, broadband equipment or PCs.
ZTE's Axon 30 Pro will launch with a 200MP main camera from Samsung: new leaks
The tipster WHYLAB now claims that the newly-hyped ZTE Axon 30 Pro will launch with a new image sensor called the S5KGND. This, apparently, is Samsung's rumored new 200MP sensor, possibly the most powerful of 2021. It is projected to support 16K recording, dual pixel-binning modes and dual native ISO.
Xiaomi goes to Washington over its US Administration blacklisting
Xiaomi has lodged a complaint with a US court against the same country's government for placing it on an investment blacklist earlier in 2021. The company asserts that the action against it is unwarranted, as it is based on an association with the Chinese military which (according to Xiaomi) does not in fact exist. This, in turn, has apparently affected its ability to do business in the electronics market as usual.
Chromebook and tablet shipments break records in 2020
The latest market research report from Canalys shows that the PC market enjoyed success not seen in years during 2020. It posted shipment volumes not seen since 2015, hitting 143.7 million units (a 35% year-on-year (YoY) increase) in the last quarter (4Q2020). Tablet and Chromebook shipments also saw record increases, with the latter doubling in number compared to 2019.
Apple has a notchless next-gen iPhone prototype
The leaker @MauriQHD has posted claims that Apple has finally produced an edge-to-edge iPhone display. Unfortunately, it is also apparently a prototype, and may not be intended for the upcoming 13 (or possibly 12s) series. In other rumors, the Cupertino giant might see fit to "invent" 1TB internal storage options in 2021.
The "Meizu 18" turns up on YouTube with an under-display selfie camera
Meizu is expected to launch smartphones with the Snapdragon 888 flagship-grade processor soon. A new leak purports to show one of them (possibly the 18, 18 Pro or 18 Max) with a completely edge-to-edge screen. This suggests it will join the currently very exclusive under-display camera club in 2021.
Motorola claims to have its own version of Xiaomi's Mi Air Charge in the works
Xiaomi has just gone public with its working prototype of groundbreaking over-the-air (or remote) wireless charging. However, it seems Motorola is hot on its heels with its own take on this "Mi Air Charge". A YouTube demonstration appears to show it working with 2 modified smartphones placed at 0.8 and 1 meter away from a single transmitter.
The Snapdragon 888 version of the Galaxy S21 Ultra proves slower, but possibly more stable, than the Xiaomi Mi 11 in a new video
Earlier, the YouTuber Frankie Tech tested the Xiaomi Mi 11 and iQOO 7 - the only phones with the latest Snapdragon 888 processor at the time - in terms of their AnTuTu benchmarking performance, and found that both phones seemed to overheat in response. Now, the vlogger has pitted the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra against the Mi 11 in the same way, with interesting results.
Realme will launch its first laptop in mid-2021: new leak
Realme is mostly known for its phones and audio devices; however, like Xiaomi and Huawei before it, it is now rumored to get into the laptop game as well. According to a well-known leaker, the first of these new products will debut in June 2021. Meanwhile, the OEM has teased a new initiative called TechLife, which will launch in February.
Vivo might be the first OEM to launch a Dimensity 1100-powered phone
MediaTek invented a whole new tier of its high-end mobile chipsets with the introduction of the Dimensity 1100 alongside its outright flagship counterpart the 1200. A new leak indicates that Vivo has a device with this new premium-ish mid-range processor in the works. It is to have 12GB of RAM and an FHD+ display.
ZTE teases a Pro-grade 2021 successor for its under-display camera phone
The OEM ZTE had a landmark 2020 in that it was first to launch a smartphone with a cutting-edge under-display selfie camera. Now, it has confirmed the existence of a phone with a name that not only sounds like a next generation for the Axon 20, but is a Pro variant as well. It is being hyped as a device with industry-leading cameras.
Lenovo US announces an "employee-discount" sale on Legion laptops, more
Lenovo's US webstore has begun what it calls a "You Pay What We Pay" event, which apparently entails the same kinds of discounts only normally available to the OEM's staff members. They include up to US$800 off an Intel 10th-gen Legion 7i laptop, as well as deals on gaming mice and headsets.
Micron announces that its latest "1-alpha" DRAM is ready to ship
Micron has launched its latest form of DRAM, which is also now in volume production. It is based on the company's 1-alpha (1α, or fourth-generation) 10 nanometer (nm) node, and also incorporates 176-layer NAND for the first time. Micron asserts that has up to 40% more memory cells, and is up to 15% more power-efficient, than its predecessor.
Meizu is the latest OEM rumored to ship 2021 flagship phones without chargers
The tipster Digital Chat Station claims to have found new premium phones from Meizu on the 3C regulatory website. One might be called the 18 and support 30-watt (W) charging, while the other might be a 40W 18 Pro. However, despite these specs, it is said that the company will follow Apple and Samsung's example in leaving the necessary power bricks out of their retail boxes.
Here goes Nothing: Carl Pei introduces his second start-up with a total absence of new products
Today (27 January 2021), OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei launched his first company formed since leaving that OEM in 2020, and it's...Nothing. This new brand-name apparently applies to new and innovative tech Pei and his team plan to build from the ground up with no reference to what has gone before. However, there is still no word on what forms these products are to take yet.
Apple updates its safety information to warn users with pacemakers about the potential increased risks of using MagSafe
Apple has updated some product safety material found in the Support section of its website to clarify the potential of its new MagSafe feature to interfere with pacemakers. It notes that, while the extra magnetism involved should not make the technology more dangerous than the average wireless-charging device or accessory, a user with a medical device should keep it a certain distance away from the relevant devices.
OPPO patents its answer to the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag or Apple AirTag
Wireless smart tags for possession-tracking seem to be one of the major trends for mobile device OEMs in 2021. According to a new patent application discovered on the CNIPA database, OPPO may be the next to jump onto this bandwagon. Its new Bluetooth tag looks much like that of Samsung's, although there are no indications as yet that the two would work in the exact same way.
DOOGEE updates its rugged S88 series with more RAM and a new main camera
The DOOGEE S88 Pro stood out among toughphones with its 10,000mAh battery and the "robot-eye" LEDs in its rear panel. The new S88 Plus retains these, but also comes with 8GB of RAM, as opposed to 6GB in its predecessor. It also packs reverse wireless charging so as to share its giant capacity in an emergency, and has a special introductory price for its launch on AliExpress.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 and Active2 are cleared to activate their ECG functions in 31 new markets
The Samsung Health Monitor app has finally acquired the CE mark of approval in Europe. This means that the Galaxy Watch3 can finally use its electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood-pressure monitoring features, as can the Galaxy Watch Active2, across the European Economic Area (EEA). This is also true of the UK, UAE, Chilean and Indonesian markets.
The Samsung Exynos platform for Tesla self-driving cars is to upgrade to 5nm: new report
Samsung has partnered with Tesla to supply its cars with processors for their "auto-pilot" functions in the past, although the silicon in question has come from 14 nanometer (nm) process nodes. However, a Korean news outlet now asserts that these automotive SoCs are to evolve all the way to 5nm soon. They might control in-car entertainment as well as self-driving abilities in the future.
Blackview announces that the BL8000 rugged phone will have the MediaTek Dimensity 1200
Blackview touted its Dimensity 800-powered BL6000 Pro as the "toughest 5G phone in the world" on its launch. Now, it has an upcoming successor, the BL8000, which upgrades to the Dimensity 1200 - MediaTek's new flagship SoC. This could make the impending device a very powerful rugged phone indeed.
Motorola's "Ibiza" may launch soon as a phone with Android 11 and Wi-Fi 5
Motorola seems to be carrying on with its new 2021 trend of resort island-based code-names for its upcoming budget phones. The latest of these is apparently the "Ibiza", a device rumored to launch with the new Snapdragon 480 SoC for budget 5G phones. It may also have been registered with the Wi-Fi Alliance, suggesting it will be here soon.
The OnePlus 9 series' cameras will be capable of Moon Mode, Tilt-Shift, Hyperlapse and more
XDA contributors claim to have found code in the latest version of the OnePlus camera app for new features that are likely to launch alongside the upcoming 9 flagship series. They include distinctly pro-sounding abilities including Focus Peaking and Tilt-Shift. It seems the OEM is also going trendy with other features such as Moon Mode and Starburst.
Google Search may become unavailable in Australia over journalism compensation row
Millions of people search for news on Google or Facebook; therefore, those tech behemoths should pay media outlets for their content. At least, this is the Australian government's position in a dispute with the companies in question. Google has responded by threatening to deprive the country of its Search service.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2021) is on the way, according to a new leak
The tech blog MySmartPrice claims to have been sent exclusive renders of a new Galaxy Tab A-series slate. It is purported to be the next generation of it 8.4-inch variant, and to be slimmer and more portable compared to its predecessor. Otherwise, it seems to be largely unchanged, down to its 3.5mm jack.
Android 12 might include an answer to the iPhone's Back Tap feature
The betas for Android's next major update may not be too far away at this point. This version is the one now rumored to implement a feature in which a phone can respond to double-taps on its rear panel to open shortcuts. Android 12 is also said to add App Pairs, a new form of split-screen mode, as well as more effective third-party app-market access.
The Redmi Watch will launch in India, as per its BIS certification
The Redmi Watch - or Mi Watch Lite for global markets - has been spotted on the BIS regulatory documentation, hinting that it will launch in India soon. It is slated to be the Redmi-branded version as it has been registered under that name. By any name, it has a 1.4-inch square face, 5ATM water resistance and up to 9 hours of battery life.
A new Motorola Edge S leak puts the smartphone's launch date at January 26, 2021
The Motorola Edge S might be the first Android device to launch with the new Snapdragon 870 SoC. According to a new allegedly official poster, this event is scheduled for later in January 2021. It also seems to confirm its quad rear cameras and color options.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 is cleared for an imminent launch with new certifications
The Galaxy A52 is an upcoming Samsung phone, the release of which is all but confirmed through new Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) and Wi-Fi Alliance certifications. Then again, its additional specs, the Snapdragon 750G SoC included, have not been revealed in these new leaks.
The OPPO Find X3 Lite shows up in a new leak, hinting at a 65W charger in the box for the upcoming phone
OPPO is rumored to have a Lite version of its Find X3 2021 flagship smartphone in the works that is in fact a re-badged Reno5 5G. This idea has been given more weight by a new photo of what a prominent leaker asserts is this device's retail box. It shows a handset with very Reno-like rear cameras, presented on top of a large charging brick.
The apparently neon green Realme Buds Q2 are cleared for launch by the FCC
The Realme Buds Q are TWS earbuds that launched for about US$30 in 2020. Now, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has inadvertently confirmed that their second generation is likely to launch soon. They have been registered as Bluetooth devices with black and fluorescent green colorways.
OnePlus Watch: a new certification hints at 2 very different versions of the same upcoming wearable
The OnePlus Watch is coming to India, according to a new regulatory certification posted by a well-known tipster. It has been presumed that this wearable would have a round face; however, the new registration specifies 2 variants with different model numbers. Therefore, a square-faced option from OnePlus might be back on the cards.
Apple loses LG as a supplier for LCD iPhone displays
The days of LCD-only iPhones are numbered; however, a handful of these models are still in production. However, it now seems they will have to do without screens from LG for the rest of their manufacturing runs. The company has dropped Apple as a customer for mobile LCD panels, leaving it scrambling for other suppliers to complete new SE (2020) units.
Galaxy Z Flip 3: new renders show the foldable phone with an updated rear camera hump and secondary screen
Samsung is currently expected to launch up to 4 new foldable devices this year, 1 of which will be a next-gen Galaxy Z Flip. Fresh renders of this clamshell phone have popped up with the same main camera module as the Galaxy S21 or S21+. Should this rumor be correct, it could launch with triple rear cameras and more space for a front-facing display.
Realme Watch 2: FCC confirms square 1.4-inch display, SpO2 sensor and IP68 rating for the upcoming wearable
Realme's first-ever smartwatch was an Apple Watch clone, whereas its second had a round face and a Pro variant. A new FCC registration reveals the OEM has gone back to a square face for its next wearable. It has an on-trend blood oxygen monitor, as well as "dynamic" heart-rate tracking and IP68 ingress-protection.
The RedMagic 6 gaming-phone series is slated to have a 120W-charging Pro version
Nubia has hyped its 2021 flagship-grade gaming phone with a new spec: ultra-fast 120-watt (W) charging. A new leak suggests that there will be 2 variants of the device, only 1 of which will have the new technology. The putative Snapdragon 888-powered series is also now rumored to have other exciting features such as color-changing glass rear panels.
Qualcomm, Ericsson and Telstra claim the new world record for mmWave 5G download speeds
Qualcomm, in conjunction with its partners Telstra and Ericsson, has reported a new high in 5G download speeds. They have achieved 5 gigabits per second (Gb/s) at Australia's 5G Innovation Centre, using commercial Telstra infrastructure and up-to-date mmWave hardware. They include the new X60 mobile modem and third-gen QTM535 antenna.
OnePlus and OPPO are to share R&D teams in the future
A Chinese news outlet has recently broken the story that OPPO and OnePlus - two heretofore independent brands under the BBK Electronics umbrella - will "merge" their research and development efforts. This leak, which might mean the 2 OEMs start producing much more similar products soon, has been confirmed to some extent by OnePlus.
Samsung has a new Pro series of Galaxy Books in the works
Samsung has certified a new line of products with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). They are called the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360. By the sound of it, they are new PCs of the laptop or convertible form-factor.
The OPPO Find X3 Pro might launch with a 4,400mAh battery, 65W charging and ColorOS 11.2
The OPPO CPH2173 is an upcoming device that has been spotted in several leaks over the last few weeks. Based on its alleged specs, it is likely to be a Find X3-series flagship. It has now been certified by the FCC and 3C authorities, showing that it has a dual-cell 2200mAh battery and what seems to be a new version of ColorOS.
The 870 EVO is Samsung's newest SATA SSD for personal storage
Samsung has announced the latest in its EVO series of SSDs. The OEM is pitching the 870 at users with network-attached servers (NASs) as well as consumer PCs. It is rated for top SATA read and write speeds and for 30% performance improvements over its predecessor.
The mysterious "Capri Plus" phone is identified as the Motorola Moto G30 in a new leak
Motorola has been linked to a new series of budget phones code-named "Capri" and "Capri Plus" as of late. The latter of these - also known as the XT-2129 - has been approved for launch by the Thai regulator NBTC. It has also let its product name slip: Moto G30. Therefore, this may be a G10 replacement, although its specs speak against that idea.
Carl Pei announces his new brand's launch date, holds an M1 MacBook Air giveaway to celebrate
Carl Pei is well known as the co-founder of the successful smartphone brand OnePlus. However, he has since left this company with plans to start another. It will launch on January 27, 2021; in the meantime, Pei has tweeted that he is giving 10 MacBook Airs with the new M1 chipset away, presumably to drive hype for his own new products.
A Xiaomi Mi 11 vs. iQOO 7 benchmarking video may be an early hint of overheating issues with the Snapdragon 888 SoC
The Snapdragon 888 is Qualcomm's latest flagship-grade mobile processor, and as such is only available in a tiny handful of phones to date. The first 2 of these, the iQOO 7 and Xiaomi Mi 11, have already exhibited thermal-management problems while in the hands of a reviewer. Hopefully, this is not a sign of things to come for the rest of 2021.
An initial Samsung Galaxy S21 teardown hints at the future of reparability for its new flagship series
The first Galaxy S21 disassembly video has arrived on YouTube, courtesy of the channel P3K. It suggests that repairing this base-model smartphone might not be too difficult, even though Samsung makes it look that way with its new rear panel. The device's thermal management system is also on show in this post.
Vivo will launch its first tablet alongside the X60 Pro+
The X60 Pro+ is a Snapdragon 888-powered variant of Vivo's latest flagship smartphone series. The OEM has confirmed that it will debut tomorrow (January 21, 2021) in China. A tech blog in the same country now claims that its first-ever tablet might be unveiled alongside it.
Apple offers yet more free TV+ access to existing customers
Apple's TV+ is its answer to other streaming platforms such as Netflix. One year's worth of free access to the service was bundled with compatible hardware bought at its September 2019 launch. That offer was then extended so as to end in February 2021 - however, the OEM has now prolonged it again until July.
A South Korean high court finds Samsung's acting head Lee Jae-yong guilty of corruption
The High Court of Seoul, South Korea has sentenced Lee Jae-yong, who had held a key role at the electronics giant Samsung, to 2.5 years in jail. The court has ruled that the executive has been involved in leveraging political influence to lock down power within the company. Its decision will reportedly be appealed at a later date.
The OPPO Band is set for an international launch due to a new leak
The OPPO Band is a 2020 fitness tracker with a blood-oxygen sensor that launched in China for about US$31. Now, it has reportedly acquired an EEC certification, which suggests that it may go on sale in Russia soon. Therefore, this could this be the first of further global releases for the device.
The unusually-styled F150 B2021 8000mAh toughphone premieres for US$110
Not many rugged phones come in main colors other than black or have horizontally-oriented quad rear cameras. However, the F150 B2021 offers both. Its OEM has set it at a regular price of US200; however, it is down to $110 for its debut on Banggood or AliExpress.
MediaTek's Dimensity 2000 is now slated to launch in 2022, based on Cortex X2 and A79 cores
MediaTek's next Dimensity 1200 premium SoC may launch on January 20, 2021). However, its successor might be even bigger news. A leaker claims that this chipset, thought to be the OEM's first 5 nanometer (nm) product, will integrate next-gen Cortex X2 cores. It may be joined by A79 cores, while its GPU might be the Mali-G79.
The Huawei P50's rear panel allegedly surfaces in a new leak
Huawei is slated to launch its flagship P50 smartphone series in early 2021. According to a new leak, its vanilla model will have 5 rather different rear cameras, arranged in a new slim housing. It has been worked up into high-end renders that also show quad-curved displays and singular punch-hole selfie shooter.
Samsung updates the Galaxy Watch Active 2 with SmartThings Find and Group Walking challenge support
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a new firmware update that brings part of the OEM's virtual group-workout initiative to the wearable. It also now supports SmartThings Find, which might help an owner recover a missing unit, as well as Samsung's hand-washing app.
Honor announces the postponement of the V40 launch, again
Honor had set the date of its event to unveil its upcoming flagship phones, the V40 series, on January 18, 2021. However, this has now been pushed back until January 22. In the meantime, it has released posters confirming the appearance of at least 1 of these phones and set up a new online store in its native China.
Smartwatches may be able to help diagnose Covid-19, research finds
Can smartwatches help to diagnose cases of Covid-19? According to a couple of new studies, they can. The research applies to the Apple Watch and other wearables associated with heart-rate monitoring, as they might record the variations in this metric that might indicate the presence of the virus, even in asymptomatic patients.
Google is pushing Android TV hardware-makers to adopt the AV1 codec in 2021
AV1 is a video codec rated to enhance file compression compared to its current alternatives. Google has become its a major proponent, to the extent that it is now reportedly insisting that manufacturers need to have it enabled in devices with compatible SoCs if they want to use the Android 10 for TV interface.
Realme gets a start on debuting its 2021 budget phones and accessories
Realme is a brand that has built its appeal on affordable mobile and personal audio devices. Initial leaks suggest it is going to keep this going in 2021 with the launch of the C21 smartphone and the Buds Wireless 2 Neo. They are slated to be the successor to the cost-effective C11 and to be neckbuds rather than TWS earbuds respectively.
Samsung Galaxy M62: not a new tablet after all, according to the FCC
A recent leak may have generated confusion, if also some potential enthusiasm, at the prospect of the first in a new line of Samsung Galaxy M-series tablets. However, the device in question has now undergone testing at the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), which apparently reveals it is actually just another smartphone. Nevertheless, it is still touted to launch with an internal storage upgrade.
OPPO hints at a March 2021 launch for the Find X3 flagship series; intros Snapdragon 480-based A93 5G
OPPO may have set a rough date for the launch of its 2021 premium smartphone series, likely to be called the Find X3 and X3 Pro. At the opposite end of its mobile-device spectrum, the A93 5G has debuted with Qualcomm's latest 5G-for-the-masses SoC. It offers decent specs, including 8GB of RAM and a headphone jack, for about US$310 in China.
A Best Buy leak may reveal US pricing for the RTX 3070-powered HP Omen 15
NVIDIA has all but confirmed that the 2021 HP Omen 15 gaming laptop will be powered by RTX 3000-series graphics. According to a clearly premature sales listing on bestbuy.com, they will comprise the RTX 3070 Max-Q hinted at in previous tips. Its latest leak puts its starting price at US$1600.
Samsung provides a deep dive for the Galaxy S21 Ultra's new 108MP camera sensor
The Galaxy S21 Ultra launched with a new 108MP main shooter, even though the OEM did not introduce it by name exactly during the show. However, it is apparent that it is called the ISOCELL HM3, the first of its kind to debut with nine-pixel binning and a 0.8 micron pixel size. Samsung asserts that it can enhance dynamic range, clarity and detail compared to its predecessors.
The iQOO 7 racks up ~US$30.9 million for its first day on the market
The iQOO 7 is the world's second Snapdragon 888-based phone in the world, although it is only available to order in China at present. These sales kicked off today (January 15, 2021), an event its OEM now claims made it 200 million yuan (~US$30.86 million). Its new OS update also upgrades its touch-sampling rate to no less than 1000Hz.
The Windows 10X desktop leaks in a new video "demo"
A recent video from WindowsCentral's YouTube channel purports to demo the Windows 10X interface. The latest word on this version of the OS is that it will first arrive on devices that are single-screen, touchscreen-oriented or both. Its new leak seems to bear that impression out in detail.
Samsung offers the future of recovering missing treasures with new Galaxy SmartTags
The Galaxy SmartTag is a new consumer-grade electronic tracker from Samsung. It has a versatile array of use-cases, from potentially protecting bags from theft to finding lost pets. It is rated for up to 6 months of use per charge, and for ultra-wide-band (UWB) technology, which helps with its AR Tracking feature.
Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro launch with an updated build, intelligent ANC and auto-device switching
Samsung has added Pro variants to its Galaxy Buds series of TWS earbuds. They are rated for upgraded active noise cancellation (ANC), voice-call quality and 360° Audio. They can also switch automatically between different mobile devices from their OEM depending on what the user is doing with either one.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra is Samsung's latest truly premium device with a price to match
Samsung has made the Galaxy S21 Ultra official, alongside its smaller S21 and S21+ siblings. Its heretofore well-leaked specs is housed in a fresh case design with a metallic rear camera housing and an otherwise matte finish. The OEM also confirms its newly-acquired S Pen compatibility, new 108MP main shooter and Knox Vault security features.
HTC launches the Desire 21 Pro 5G with a questionable price for its specs
With its Snapdragon 690 SoC and 90 hertz (Hz) FHD IPS display, the HTC Desire 21 Pro 5G has stepped into the ring with the OnePlus Nord N10. However, while that phone is destined for multiple markets, its new rival has only debuted in its native Taiwan to date. Its price there works out much higher compared to its competition, however.
XMG announces "re-designed" 15-17 inch NEO and PRO gaming laptops with Ryzen 5000 processors and RTX 3000 graphics
XMG has announced that the 2021 iterations of its PRO and NEO 15/17 laptops will have new, slim cases in addition to new specs. The NEO 15 and 17 also boasts fresh Ryzen 9 5900HX or 7 5800H AMD platforms, while the PROs stick with a Core i7 processor so as to be among the first on the market to combine RTX 3000 graphics with Thunderbolt 3.
The RT-AX68U is the first Asus Wi-Fi 6 router to feature the new Instant Guard security app
Asus has debuted its new Instant Guard facility in the new RT-AX68U Wi-Fi 6 home router. The device also sprouts 3x3 MIMO antennae for speeds of up to 2.7 gigabits per second (Gb/s). It also supports the OEM's AiMesh software, so as to integrate into and proliferate any such network it finds itself in.
Asus is confident its new ExpertCenter D7/D5 series is a dependable new option for business customers
Asus is clearly pitching its new ExpertCenter D700 and D500 machines at the IT professionals who would maintain them as well as the employers that would buy them. Their cases can go down to 9 liters (L) in size, and are made to US MIL-STD-810G durability standards. Furthermore, they have a tool-less design and have legacy serial and parallel ports.
Qualcomm announces the acquisition of chip start-up NUVIA
Qualcomm has revealed that it has bought the CPU-design team NUVIA for approximately US$1.4 billion. The OEM asserts that the move will make it more competitive in the future, and will enhance the development of Snapdragon mobile chipsets, as well as platforms for AI-powered vehicles, XR and infrastructure. Its hardware partners, including Microsoft and Samsung, have welcomed the acquisition.
Nubia makes the launch of the RedMagic 6, a 2021 gaming phone with 120W charging and 4500mAh battery, official
Nubia has confirmed that its RedMagic series of premium Android gaming smartphones will get a new generation in 2021. This new device's first teaser reveals that its 4500mAh will be capable of charging by up to 120 watts (W). It is also likely to launch with the top-end Snapdragon 888 processor.
The Motorola "Nio" phone will ship with a 5000mAh battery and a 20W power brick: new leak
Motorola is said to have a new premium phone in the works with the code-name "Nio". It also has a rumored model number (XT2125), which has shown up on the Federal Communications Commission, (FCC) website. This new leak may thus confirm the device will launch soon with a 20 watt (W) power brick and a 5000mAh battery.
TCL introduces new smart glasses, TWS earbuds and a Bluetooth pet-tracker
TCL's new product launches are mainly display-centric; however, it has also announced the expansion of its smart device ecosystem at CES 2021. They include the new Wearable Display, a name the OEM has seen fit to give its first pair of smart glasses. They are joined here by other devices such as the hybrid ANC-enhanced MOVEAUDIO S600 earbuds, the MOVETRACK PetTracker and the LINKHUB 4G/LTE Outdoor CPE.
Acer refreshes the Predator Helios 300 with RTX 3080 graphics and a 240Hz display
The latest iteration of the 15.6-inch Acer Predator Helios 300 could easily be mistaken for the last. However, the OEM asserts that it is rated for even smoother gameplay thanks to its new GPU and display option. Can these new specs help it blow the cobwebs of 2020 away?
TCL announces its new form of OD Zero mini-LED alongside upcoming Google TVs at CES 2021
TCL's latest generation of mini-LED panel is called OD Zero, ostensibly as the OEM claims to have reduced the distance between the backlight and diffuser layers in these panels to "zero millimeters". This could improve on luminance and color-depth for the devices based on it, not to mention their form-factor. TCL has also announced that its 2021 smart TVs will launch with Google's new UI.
LG introduces its 2021 OLED, NanoCell and QNED line-up of TVs
LG asserts that it has brought the "ultimate" slew of updates to its premium TV offerings to CES 2021. The OEM has even invented a new sub-category for this year: QNED, a combination of its mini-LED and Quantum NanoCell Color technologies. As for the OLEDs, the 48-inch C1 has already won a Best of Innovation Award at the show.
TCL CSOT shows off its rollable OLED and AMOLED displays
TCL's display-development subsidiary CSOT has prepared 2 of its flexible prototypes that can function when paired to rollers for display at CES 2021. One is the extendable AMOLED panel that may have been seen as part of a concept smartphone before. The other is a 17-inch piece of OLED that may show what the OEM can offer the makers of devices such as transparent TVs.
TCL announces its latest tablets, one of which features the new NXTPAPER panel type
TCL has just launched its first ever NXTPAPER tablet at CES 2021. It is built around the OEM's recently-developed e-ink competitor, and is slated to deliver a "paper-like" viewing experience. It is joined at the virtual show by the new TAB 10s slate.
The HP Elite Wireless Earbuds are a new option for work video calls
HP asserts that its new Elite-series earbuds are an enterprise-grade way of introducing wireless audio into your professional online conferencing set-up. They are rated for both passive and active noise cancellation (PNC and ANC), streamlined device-switching and fast case charging via USB type C.
Samsung will make 200MP the new normal for smartphone cameras in 2021: new leak
108MP is the highest resolution available to mobile devices at the moment, featuring most recently in the freshly-launched Xiaomi Mi 11. However, the respected leaker Ice Universe asserts that Samsung has new 200MP ISOCELL-line sensors ready to go "soon". Therefore, OEMs may aim to include this tech in their flagships in the course of 2021.
Sony launches new wireless speakers with 360 Reality Audio
Sony has announced new SRS-series wireless speakers. The RA5000 and RA3000 have been designed with "room-filling sound" in mind, which entails a novel design meant to distribute sound horizontally in all directions, at least. They can also calibrate this output with respect to the room they are placed in and its dimensions.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 series is to launch in India with pre-order bundles including a free case and Galaxy SmartTag
Samsung has announced that it will launch the Galaxy S21 flagship series on January 14, 2021 in India. However, interested consumers in this market can now "pre-reserve" one of these phones ahead of this date with a special "VIP Pass". Doing so reportedly gets the buyer a free case worth the equivalent of ~US$52.
The iPhone 13 series will be thicker with updated notches and camera humps: new leak
Mac Otakara is quick on the draw in 2021 with its Apple rumors. The latest concerns the next generation of iPhones and how they will look. These devices will apparently still have a notch, although it will shrink somewhat in this new generation. They may also turn out not to be as slim as the 12 series, although this might well be no bad thing.
The Asus TUF Dash F15 laptop series with Tiger Lake-H 35 processors is on the way, according to a new leak
Videocardz now asserts that the first of a new series of Asus TUF machines called the Dash F15 will launch soon. This may be backed up with an image of this laptop from the SafetyKorea regulator. It is said to have a choice of Core i5 or i7 Tiger Lake-H 35 platforms, paired with either RTX 3060 or 3070 graphics.
Lenovo introduces its new enterprise-grade ThinkReality A3 smart glasses
Lenovo has made an ambitious leap into the business end of AR glasses with the new ThinkReality A3s. Their lenses are 1080p displays for their potential mixed-reality (MR) or heads-up display content. They also have dual RGB cameras to orient this view, and come in smartphone- or laptop-tethered USB type C variants.
The ultra-budget Samsung Galaxy A02s is headed for the US: new leak
Samsung has made the Galaxy A02s - a potential 2021 cost-effectiveness champ - official, but has yet to release it to any market. A new leak has led to speculation that the US will be first among them. The OEM has certified a number of A02s variants that could correspond to various carriers in the country.
Sony allegedly confirms that only the PlayStation 5 Classic Edition is coming to India at the console's launch
Sony India has confirmed that it has finally set a release date for the PlayStation 5 (PS5): February 2, 2021, although pre-orders start from January 12 in the country. However, those hoping to reserve a Digital Edition have had their hopes dashed by blogs claiming the company has told them this version is not coming during this early-year launch period.
LG reports record-breaking fourth-quarter profits for 2020
LG has seen revenues and operating profits in the last quarter of 2020 (4Q2020) higher than for any preceding final quarter in the OEM's history. Similarly, it has broken its operating-profit record for the whole of 2020. It made a total of ~US$57.9 billion in 2020, which kept its revenues above the $55 billion mark for four years running.
No Leica partnership for the OnePlus 9, says influential leaker
Recently, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau made a public commitment to improved cameras in the upcoming 9 flagship series, thereby fanning rumors that these phones would launch with Huawei-esque Leica co-branding. However, a reliable tipster now seeks to quash this idea, claiming the original leak behind it is false.
There will be an OPPO Find X3 Lite in 2021, which will come as a rebranded Reno5
OPPO released a Lite version of its Find X2 flagship in 2020. Now, Evan Blass asserts that this phone is getting a successor. However, fans of the OEM might find it eerily familiar on its launch, as it will not be a brand-new device, but a renamed Reno5 5G.
The "OPPO Find X3" appears on Geekbench ahead of its launch
SlashLeaks now claims that an OPPO device newly discovered on Geekbench 5 is the upcoming Find X3 flagship. This is most likely because of the Snapdragon 888 SoC that it, according to this new listing, runs on. Then again, its reportedly stellar performance on AnTuTu has not exactly been replicated here.
Google's Clearly White color option is coming to the non-Verizon Pixel 4a 5G
The 5G version of the Pixel 4a launched in just one color: black. Unless, of course, you went with the Verizon-exclusive white option instead. However, Google has now announced it is releasing unlocked SKUs of device in both colors from January 28, 2021.
Microsoft potentially floats the idea of a DualSense-esque controller for the Xbox Series X|S to its customers
Those who own current-gen Xbox consoles have reportedly been sent a survey by Microsoft about their experiences with the devices to date. It also contains some pointed questions about how they would like to see it go in the future, hinting at the possible prospect of a new controller with up-to-date features from that for the new PlayStation.
OnePlus Watch: a new leak seems to confirm a round face, while the Band's UI is exposed in detail
A new app called OnePlus Health has reportedly appeared on the Google Play Store. It has ostensibly been developed to accompany the new fitness band and smartwatch coming soon from this brand. Tech bloggers claiming to have torn its APK down have posted faces and UI snippets for either device.
OnePlus issues a fix for the 8T's new video-stalling issue
OnePlus last updated its premium 8T smartphone on December 29, 2020. However, this version of OxygenOS caused a strange issue in which videos on the device would pause out of nowhere. The OEM has just re-released the same update to address this, leaving it otherwise unchanged.
The LG Wing and Velvet are honored in the CES 2021 Innovation Awards
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced a raft of Honorees and Best Of winners for its CES 2021 Innovation awards. The first category includes 8 smartphones, of which the LG Wing is a slightly obvious choice. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 5000 series has picked up one of the main prizes.
Samsung secures 100% of the 120Hz LTPO display orders for the iPhone 13 Pros
Apple is thought to finally introduce iPhones with 120 hertz (Hz) refresh rates with the successors to the 12 series. However, only their highest-end variants are thought to get LTPO OLED displays, which, according to the latest word on this subject, are to be made by Samsung. However, LG might take over in this department in 2022.
iQOO 7: new leaks point to Monster Beat speakers and a BMW-themed special edition
The iQOO 7 is an upcoming Android flagship reported to have blown past the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 11 on benchmarks ahead of its launch. Its brand has been on Weibo to hype it up again, this time with details on its audio system, which has apparently been developed in conjunction with Monster. This teaser may also hint at a BMW Special Edition for the phone.
Honor is back to making phones that are 5G and potentially globally available again
Honor's first phone of 2021 is said to be powered by a MediaTek chipset. However, according to a new report, its next launch after that may feature a Snapdragon processor instead. Now that it is out from under the Huawei umbrella, it can partner with Qualcomm to make "normal" Android phones again.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite is on the way with triple cameras and a 120Hz display
The Xiaomi Mi 11 has only just been launched; however, other members of its series are hot on its heels, according to recent rumors. The latest tip comes from a Vietnamese YouTube channel that asserts the 11 Lite is coming with a design similar to the vanilla model. However, it will have a mid-range Qualcomm processor and 6GB of RAM.
The OPPO Find X3 allegedly wrecks the latest AnTuTu rankings in a new leak
The leaker Ice Universe claims to have found new AnTuTu benchmarking scores for an unreleased OPPO device, said to be the upcoming Find X3 flagship. Should this be the case, it has beaten the current official #1 in these terms, the Xiaomi Mi 11, as well as the also-rumored fellow Snapdragon 888 phone the iQOO 7 - and by a good margin, too.
A new leak alleges the imminent launch of Samsung's first Galaxy M-series tablet
The blog 91Mobiles claims to have been sent images of an upcoming device called the Samsung Galaxy Tab M62. Should this moniker be accurate, it would be the first slate-type device to launch from its line. It may have a central punch-hole selfie camera and debut in India in 2021.
Honor V40: latest leaks point to curved displays and delayed launch
The Honor V40 series of flagship smartphones was allegedly to debut on January 4, 2020. However, the OEM has obviously missed this date, and has instead now apparently set it to the 18th of this month instead. The devices may feature waterfall-style screens at this event - not to mention the Kirin 9000 SoC after all.
Intel DG2: new leaks may confirm 128 and 512 EU variants
DG2 refers to second-gen discrete graphics solutions from Intel, said to launch in the first half of 2021 (1H2021) at the earliest. It is rumored to have an increased execution unit (EU) count compared to its Xe Max predecessor. According to code allegedly found in a new driver from the OEM, this may indeed be the case.
Xiaomi promotes its new Wi-Fi 6E router with an Apple-baiting YouTube video
The Mi AX6000 router is a powerful new source of home Wi-Fi that Xiaomi will release for the first time on January 8, 2021. The OEM has hyped this cutting-edge product by seeing which device could use its up-to-800Mb/s signal first: an iPhone 12 Pro Max or a brand-new Mi 11.
Samsung Canada accidentally confirms the Galaxy Buds Pro name ahead of launch
Some recent leaks point to new TWS earbuds that are to accompany the Samsung Galaxy 21 series at the next Unpacked event. Now, an official webpage has confirmed that they definitely won't be introduced as the Buds Beyond. These Pros are said to have improved ANC at a higher price-tag on their release.
Moto G Stylus 2021: a new leak purports to debunk earlier design and camera-spec rumors
Motorola is now said to have a second-gen Moto G Stylus in the works. All of its previous leaks have pointed to a chassis for this phablet with quad rear cameras in a vertical orientation. A new tip from OnLeaks contradicts this, however, although it leaves its putative updated screen intact.
Sony finally announces launch and pre-order dates for the PS5 in India
Sony's original plan was to launch the PlayStation 5 on November 19, 2020; however, they fell through with no sign of the console in the country since. It has now at least released details on its re-scheduled launch, as well as the start of pre-orders with channels such as Flipkart.
The OPPO Reno5 5G phones are headed for international markets: new leaks
OPPO has adopted a complicated approach to releasing its Reno smartphone series worldwide. The devices might have different SoCs for different markets, for example. However, there is now evidence that the well-spec’d new generation recently launched in China will make it into other countries unmodified.
Samsung may have an Apple AirTag rival to launch alongside the Galaxy S21 series
According to a slew of recent certifications, Samsung has a new product called the Galaxy Smart Tag in the works. It, as the name suggests, is a Tile- or AirTag-like gadget that can connect to a phone via Bluetooth in order to locate it, or the other way around. It might be ready to debut alongside the OEM's new flagship phones.
A prominent leaker claims the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro is still on the cards
As powerful as the freshly-launched Mi 11 is, some may have been disappointed when its also-rumored Pro sibling did not debut alongside it. However, the reliable tipster Digital Chat Station asserts that its own launch is still on. It will apparently take place after the Chinese New Year.
Huawei does an Apple in a disagreement with Tencent over revenue sharing on the AppGallery
Huawei had reportedly removed all Tencent games from its first-party mobile app market, AppGallery, following an objection from the software giant as to how much of the takings it retained from sales of the app in question. This remuneration structure has also led to disagreements between the OEM and other developers.
Redmi seems to have a global version of the 9 Power in the works
Xiaomi launched a new, cost-effective 6000mAh phone it called the Redmi Note 9 4G in China recently. It then proceeded to re-brand the device as the 9 Power for the Indian market. Now, a new leak suggests it has yet another new name for an imminent debut in Thailand and possibly Europe.
The Realme 8 series might be 5G phones by default and launch earlier than usual: new leaks
The Realme 7 series launched as 2020 phones with a combination of mid-range SoCs and premium specs. Now, there are hints that their maker has replacements for them in the works. They come in the form of new Geekbench listings based on a 5G Dimensity platform.
PS5: Latest figures indicate biggest sales of any PlayStation so far
The PlayStation 5 (or PS5) has not been on the market long, and is not even available everywhere on Earth yet. Nevertheless, a new report claims that it has sold 3.4 million units already, more than any of its predecessors to date. The PS5 is also now projected to sell much more in 2021.
The first Huawei P50 Pro render purports to show its large front panel
An image claimed to be that of the upcoming Huawei P50 Pro has been posted for the first time. It may show that the flagship will rock yet another of the OEM's waterfall display. According to the new leak, the phone may also go back to a conventional call speaker, having experimented with a magnetic one in its predecessor.
Samsung Galaxy A32: 5G variant is confirmed in a new leak
2021 is expected to be the year in which the reasonably-priced Galaxy A3x smartphone series goes 5G for the first time. This is now all but set in stone thanks to this device's new Bluetooth certification. Its new connectivity is expected to be accompanied by a 6.5-inch display and 4GB of RAM.
An "iQOO 7" pops up to rival the Xiaomi Mi 11 on Geekbench
iQOO is slated to launch a Snapdragon 888-powered flagship called the 7 shortly. A new Geekbench 5 listing may confirm this. These preliminary scores may show it is capable of matching up to Xiaomi's new phone based on the same platform in terms of specs and performance.
LG Stylo 7: a new leak points to 4G/LTE and 5G variants
An alleged successor to LG's Stylo 6 phablet had previously shown up in renders hinting at a highly original, pen-centric rear panel design. Its latest leak does not bear this out: however, it does purport to reveal a "Samsung Galaxy Note rival" with an appreciably large display and SKUs with a choice of connectivity.
Motorola's "Nio" is a Snapdragon 865+ phone: new leak
Motorola has been busy teasing an upcoming premium phone with an SoC from the Snapdragon 800 series. It may have surfaced in a new set of benchmarking results that might confirm which processor this is to be for the first time. This leak also points to 8GB of RAM and Android 11 out of the box for this device.
Asus upgrades the ZenFone 6 to Android 11
The ZenFone 6 is Asus’ first-gen flip-up camera flagship phone. However, despite this, it is only just receiving the latest stable Android update. This version of ZenUI involves new features and the removal of some bloatware.
A new leak points to the Snapdragon 662 SoC for the "Motorola Capri Plus"
Motorola is said to be working on upcoming affordable phones with the code-name Capri. This moniker has just popped up again, on Geekbench this time. It hints that this line's Plus variant will be powered by the Snapdragon 662 processor and 4GB of RAM. However, it may have Android 11 out of the box, at least.
Vivo launches the X60 and X60 Pro, the brand's first Exynos- and Zeiss-powered flagship series
Vivo has made the X60 series official. They are the first phones to rock the Exynos 1080 SoC, and also have up to quad rear cameras with Zeiss branding. They start at ~US$536 for an 8GB RAM/128GB internal storage SKU. However, the OEM has also complicated things with the announcement of an additional Pro+ to debut in 2021.
A new live-image leak hints at a Snapdragon 888 flagship for iQOO
iQOO is a premium sub-brand of the smartphone OEM Vivo. It launched the Snapdragon 865-powered 5 series in 2020. Now, there is an indication that these devices will get successors called the 7s. They may reprise iQOO's 120 watt (W) FlashCharge technology.
OnePlus 9: new OxygenOS leak points to premium charging specs
OnePlus is expected to launch its Snapdragon 888-powered smartphones in March 2021. A new leak indicates that the OEM will bring its 65 watt (W) charging and 30W wireless charging standards from previous flagships back. However, it will also apparently be included in the vanilla 9 this time.
TCL faces accusations of spying through its TVs in the US
The display-maker TCL is now the focus of allegations that it has included "backdoor" software in TVs intended for the American market. These suspicions allegedly come from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Then again, the OEM denies the claims, and that the administration in question has yet to bring these accusations to it directly.
Samsung Galaxy A72: new leaks point to quad rear cameras and a 4G/LTE variant
The Galaxy A71 is a Samsung phone with 4G/LTE and 5G variants. Recent rumors suggest that its successor will get the same. The tipster OnLeaks has also posted renders for at least one of them that hint at 4 rear cameras and a 6.7-inch display.
The Huawei Mate 40E is confirmed by the Wireless Power Consortium
A new leak indicates Huawei will add a new variant to the Mate 40 series. Despite looking like its higher-end siblings, it may be a more affordable version of the same. For example, it is rumored to have an older chipset. Then again, it also clearly has wireless charging.
An alleged Vivo X60 Pro leaks onto TENAA ahead of its launch
The Vivo X60 series of smartphones will launch on December 28, 2020 - also known as tomorrow. However, its specs may have been spilled ahead of this event. The leaker Digital Chat Station claims to have dug them up on the TENAA website.
New Apple Watch SE and HomePod Mini owners report a Christmas Day 2020 set-up failure in their new devices
Some users with brand-new affordable Apple Watch and HomePod variants have encountered difficulty in their set-up or configuration while trying to connect them to their personal or home systems. This is thought (somewhat understandably) to a seasonal overload of the OEM's servers, although the timing is still a bit unfortunate.
The European Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus prices are potentially leaked
The reliable leaks site Winfuture.de has published a new post which apparently contains every last detail on the Galaxy S21 offerings for the European market. This includes the pricing structure for these sub-Ultra variants, starting at about US$1040 for the base model.
The 2021 Samsung Galaxy Buds will be the most expensive yet: new leak
Samsung is slated to launch the Galaxy Buds Pro alongside the S21 series in January 2021. According to their latest leak, they will have improved active noise cancellation (ANC) and ingress-protection compared to the Buds Live. However, they may also be the costliest of their series yet.
OPPO announces the Snapdragon 865-powered Reno5 Pro+
OPPO has launched the Reno5 series' flagship, confirming its premium attributes compared to the rest of these smartphones in the process. They include its Snapdragon 865 SoC and new 50MP main camera module in the process. It starts at 3999 yuan (~US$612).
DJI responds publicly to its US blacklisting
The drone-maker DJI is one of the latest companies to be placed on the US Administration's Entity List. The OEM has reacted with a bemused message posted to its official Twitter account, in which it denies doing anything to warrant this action, and to do all it can to limit its effect on its customers, suppliers and other business partners.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro will get the Mi 10 Ultra's 120W charging speed
New year, new Xiaomi Mi-series flagships...plus the company's highest-end charging tech, it seems. However, the latest leak on this subject suggests that this 120 watt (W) standard will be reserved for the upcoming series' Pro variant. Furthermore, something even better may be coming for a subsequent release in the second half of 2021.
Alleged shots of the Samsung Galaxy A32 may confirm its design and 4G/LTE variant to launch in certain markets
The Galaxy A32 is said to become Samsung's new lowest entry-point to a 5G phone in 2021. However, some of its leaks have failed to support this idea. This, according to the latest tip on the device, is because it also has a 4G/LTE version, destined for the Indian market at least.
Realme's Snapdragon 888-powered flagship appears in a new render ahead of its launch
Realme's upcoming top-end smartphone, officially code-named Race, has been leaked in terms of its design. Its rear panel as depicted is certainly above the run of the mill, although its rear cameras are a little more conventional. This phone is expected to launch with Qualcomm's most premium early-2021 silicon.
A rumored international OPPO Reno5 variant pops up in new leaks
New OPPO devices have appeared on the NCC and Geekbench websites, leading to speculation that they are the global and Indian-market versions of the recently-launched Reno5. However, they are linked to a different, 4G-only SoC compared to the original phone of this name.
The Motorola Revou is India's first Android 10 4K TV
There are a lot of smart TVs on the Indian market these days. However, none of them have an OS based on Android 10 - until this one. The Motorola Revou also has an inbuilt soundbar rated for up to 50W of audio power, a MediaTek chipset and a UHD/4K resolution.
The One UI 3.0 with Android 11 update starts to hit the Galaxy Z Flip 5G
The Galaxy Z Flip 5G is Samsung's refreshed premium clamshell foldable. It is also one of the latest devices to start to see the One UI firmware upgrade. Then again, this new OTA is reportedly only pushed to global units sold in Switzerland as yet. However, more widespread availability for others with this cutting-edge phone should follow shortly.
OnePlus unveils a new, color-changing concept device based on the 8T
OnePlus' Cyberpunk 2077 Special Edition may have to step aside: it has a new sibling with even more advanced and futuristic features. This 8T Concept has a rear panel with color-changing technology, designed to both indicate notifications and sync with the user's breathing using the device's also-next-level mmWave radar.
The Axon 20 5G's launch reveals international pricing for the world's first under-display camera phone
ZTE has launched the Axon 20 5G via its global site, albeit to a selection of countries. It is priced at US$449 for an 8GB/128GB SKU. However, buying it involves a certain hoop to jump through that may be aggravatingly familiar to OG OnePlus fans.
DJI and SMIC join Huawei on the US' Entity List
SMIC is a chipmaker that recently reported the development of its own 7 nanometer (nm) node. However, its plans for this silicon may have become somewhat limited, as the outgoing Trump administration has followed through on a threat to place the foundry on its trade blacklist. The drone OEM DJI is another big name in the latest rounds of these sanctions.
Cyberpunk 2077: Microsoft confirms it will refund digital purchases as CD Projekt Red faces possible legal action
Microsoft has stated that it is in the process of reimbursing customers unhappy with the performance of their digital Cyberpunk 2077 copies on its consoles. Meanwhile, investors are reportedly mulling a class-action lawsuit against the game's maker, CD Projekt Red, for misrepresenting the success of the game on relevant platforms.
OnePlus x Leica? A leaker claims this collaboration will kick off with the OEM's 2021 flagships
The OnePlus 9 series is expected to launch with triple to quad rear cameras in its higher-end variants. Now, a new tip suggests that these sensors will also be enhanced with Leica technology. This will represent a new brand-partnership for the OEM that could lead to coveted critical acclaim in the area of mobile photography.
Samsung will launch its first rollable phone in 2022: new leak
There are some indications that certain OEMs might get to their first rollable phone release in 2021. However, according to a new leak, Samsung will not be one of them. Then again, the same new tip points to a "triple-folding" tablet from the OEM for next year, as well as its first transparent display phone.
An alleged Vivo V20 (2021) leaks onto Geekbench with a puzzling downgrade from its previous generation
The Vivo V20 (2020) series launched not long ago with a vanilla variant rocking a Snapdragon 720G processor. A new potential phone from this OEM has been spotted on Geekbench with an older and less powerful SoC. Nevertheless, it is thought to be the V20's immediate successor.
The Realme X7 Pro takes its first step into international markets with a Thai launch
With its Dimensity 1000+ chipset, 120Hz display and 65W charging, Realme's X7 Pro is a potentially compelling choice of 2020 smartphones. Unfortunately, it has never emerged beyond the Chinese market. However, that has changed with its latest debut in Thailand.
A possible Honor V40 5G appears in a new leak with 66W charging
Honor's first post-Huawei flagship phones are expected to be known as the V40 series. They are also predicted not to launch with a premium Kirin processor as its forebears did. However, it now looks like they might do so with one holdover from its past as a Huawei subsidiary: 66W charging out of the box.
ENACFIRE claims its new wireless, IPX7-rated Soundtank speaker lasts 24 hours per charge
ENACFIRE's Soundtank is a new portable Bluetooth speaker with an IPX7 rating for ingress-protection, and, thus, that "take-anywhere" selling point. Inside, it is packed with 2x20W speakers that support a Bass+ feature. The new audio accessory is also USB type C, which powers a "24-hour" battery.
A leaker asserts that an M1 MacBook is capable of running Windows on ARM faster than a Surface Pro X
A Twitter-based leaker claims to have found new Geekbench listings that show Mac devices based on the new M1 silicon running Windows on ARM (WoA) via the Parallels desktop. Not only that, but this new combination apparently results in scores about double those achieved by the SQ2-powered Surface Pro X, which runs this kind of OS by default.
Fastweb announces its new 5G-powered home broadband solution will be powered by Qualcomm
The Italian telecomms company Fastweb is one of a number of European firms that are early adopters of 5G mmWave-based fixed wireless access (FWA) as services for customers. It has announced that the consumer premises equipment (CPE) that delivers this new kind of "broadband" will be based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem.
A new leak purports to unveil code-names for upcoming Zen3- and RDNA 3-based AMD products
The blog CoreTeks claims to have sifted the release notes for AMD's latest firmware patches for some nuggets of potential gold on this company's upcoming high-performance GPUs and APUs. They include at least 1 Rembrandt variant, as well as the successor to the MI100 Instinct. They are thought to be based on the Zen3 and RDNA 3 IPs respectively.
The Motorola Moto G Play (2021) is apparently confirmed through new leaks
New rumors indicate that the successor to the Moto G9 Play phone will have a slightly more straightforward product name to go with its 2021 launch. This moniker has appeared on the Geekbench database, and has subsequently been confirmed on Google's Play Console. Both of these new listings point to budget specs for the upcoming device.
The OnePlus Watch is likely to run WearOS after all
Some recent leaks have pointed to a first-gen smartwatch from OnePlus, for which the OEM might develop a proprietary UI. However, a new interview with this company's CEO indicates that it will use Google's WearOS - then again, it may be heavily modified so as to fit in with its device ecosystem.
OPPO launches a new version of the budget A53 smartphone with 5G
The OPPO A53 emerged in 2020 as the first phone to have the Snapdragon 460 SoC. Now, the OEM has announced a new version of this device. It is much like the original, except it exchanges its platform for a 5G-capable MediaTek Dimensity 720. It also starts at the equivalent of US$199 in China.
JLab Audio announces a new Epic Air series of hybrid ANC TWS earbuds
JLab Audio has released its latest TWS earbuds rated for active noise cancellation (ANC). There are 2 varaints in this new Epic Air line: AirPod-clone and non-AirPod clone with earhooks for active use. They offer long battery life, a low-latency mode and a patented inbuilt USB cable for their charging cases.
Google's Stadia comes to iOS via Safari web app
Google's game streaming platform Stadia is now available on iOS. It is not on the App Store, however, having taken NVIDIA GeForce NOW's route as a web app onto iPhones. Therefore, users with these devices can now log into the sevice on its latest compatible hardware, should they want to.
Qualcomm announces its new QCC305x SoCs for future mid-range TWS earbuds with high-end specs
Qualcomm has unveiled the new QCC305x series of chipsets for TWS earbuds. The OEM claims it can be used to make new products in this category that are cost-effective yet have some current or upcoming premium specs. They include audio-sharing between multiple earbud sets, Adaptive ANC and Bluetooth LE Audio
The Samsung Galaxy A32 leaks again via a new FCC listing
The Galaxy A32 is predicted to be Samsung's cheapest 5G phone of 2021. It is also said to have a design rather different from other rumored devices from this OEM. A product that might match its description has been certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), suggesting that it will launch in the US at least.
Epic Games announces a new Performance Mode that might benefit Fortnite gameplay on older PCs
Epic Games has released a new alpha for Fortnite on PCs. It may lower the flagshi title's demand on memory and hard-drive space in order to increase FPS on devices with less powerful CPUs. Then again, it may also reduce detail and visual effects in-game.
The latest Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra renders show the phone with the S Pen and in new post-launch colors
The Galaxy S21 Ultra is expected to launch in just 2 colors, as its predecessor did before it. However, the latest leaks suggest that Samsung will add further options throughout the year. Meanwhile, other new tips purport to provide more evidence that it will be compatible with a new S Pen in 2021.
Team Group reports the development of its own DDR5 memory
Team Group, the OEM behind the gaming-oriented T-Force memory products, has announced it is working on consumer-grade DDR5 memory. They are to be 16GB in capacity per module and to have a high 4800MHz clock-speed. This project is at a stage at which it is working with companies such as Asus and Gigabyte to see if it can work with their motherboards.
LG Gram 2021: specs for its rumored 16-inch variant leak out
LG is slated to launch its next-gen Gram laptop series in South Korea on December 16, 2020. A leak allegedly originating from the same country purports to spill details on the 16-inch SKU from this series. It points to an 11th-gen core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 65W charging and a price that might come as a surprise considering these specs.
The 50MP, Snapdragon 865, HDR10+ Reno5 Pro+ shows up in several leaks
High-end processor? Check. 50MP main camera? Check. HDR10+ display? Check. Electrochromic back?...Maybe. A new OPPO phone that is almost certainly the impending Reno5 Pro+ has appeared on TENAA, Geekbench and the HDR certification website, seeming to confirm the device's best rumored attributes in the process.
The new iOS update adds AirPods Max support, SMS receipt failure fix and 25fps recording
Apple has now issued iOS and iPadOS updates to version 14.3. It contains some previously-promised features, which include ProRAW support in the Pro iPhone 12 variants, not to mention Apple Fitness+. It also reportedly fixes some issues, including one in which a user's new messages failed to appear in their Notifications.
Best Buy claims it will re-stock on PS5s and Xbox Series X/S consoles on December 15, 2020
2020's consoles have been linked to chronically low stock since their launch. This might cause some concern among buyers wishing to have one ordered prior to the winter holidays. However, Best Buy has announced that it should have stock of the PlayStation 5 and new Xboxes available to buy online from December 15.
Vivo officially sets a date for the X60 series' launch; announces new Zeiss collaboration for its cameras
Vivo has announced that the X60 and X60 Pro smartphones will be unveiled later in December 2020. These devices will be powered by SoCs provided by Samsung, and have cameras augmented by Zeiss technology. The OEM will also hold a conference that outlines the latter prior to its new hardware launch.
Apple is now slated to get back on track with 2021's iPhone launch
Apple left the debut of the iPhone 12 series unusually late in the year in 2020, for arguably understandable reasons. However, the leading industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now predicts that this situation is not to become a regular thing going forward. Therefore, the next-gen flagships may appear by September 2020 as usual.
The 16:10 ThinkPad X1 Nano's European pricing is revealed
The ThinkPad X1 Nano is a recently-released Lenovo laptop with a 16:10 aspect-ratio display and a weight of under 1 kilogram (kg). It has just been spotted on a German e-tail website in various configurations. They start at prices approximately translating to US$2300 on their new platform.
The Nokia Purebook X14 will launch via Flipkart soon
Flipkart has officially revealed that the new Nokia ultrabook to debut soon is called the Purebook X14. It has an FHD IPS screen with Dolby Vision and a 10th-gen Core i5 processor. It has a single 8 GB RAM/512 GB SSD SKU, set to sell at a premium price on its eventual launch.
The Samsung Galaxy Book Go is a new PC that might be launching soon
A new leak points to a new Samsung device called the "Book Go". This strongly suggests that it may be a new notebook or convertible from the OEM, to join other variants such as the S or the Flex. This possible PC might debut at CES 2021.
The high-end racing-seat maker AndaSeat announces a new gaming chair
AndaSeat is a company that lays claim of a history of making racing seats for car-marques such as Mercedes and BMW. Now, it has applied this experience to a new gaming chair called the Kaiser 2. It is described as made using robust cold-cured foam and convincingly leather-like material. It is avaiilable in the US, UK and Australia.
The Redmi 9 Power is now slated to launch with quad rear cameras on December 17, 2020
The Redmi 9 Power is a device believed to be a re-brand of the new Chinese Note 9 4G for the Indian market. However, according to a new leak from Ishan Agarwal, the story may not be quite that simple. A render for this device shows 1 more rear camera than is present in the recently-launched budget phone.
Samsung will sell 'Galaxy Note conversion kits' for the S21 Ultra
Several leaks have indicated that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will support the S Pen so as to subsume the Galaxy Note line in 2021. That may have led to some confusion over how the accessory will be deployed. A tipster claims to have solved this mystery ahead of the flagship's launch.
The latest Find X3 Pro leak suggests OPPO really likes cloning Apple things
Images of what might be OPPO's 2021 flaghip smartphone have emerged online. These initial renders of the "Find X3 Pro" are strongly reminiscent of an iPhone from the back, even though it might have 4 rear cameras rather than 3. The images also show the OEM might go with a single punch-hole camera again.
Samsung secures a new OLED-selling trademark for the European market
The phrase "OLED Provided by Samsung" has been submitted as a trademark by the OEM in question with the European Union's Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). It has led to speculation that this move is part of the company's run-up to CES 2021. It may also simply serve to underpin its position in the relevant market.
A new Nokia phone allegedly leaks in CAD render form
Nokia is now believed to be working on a phone called the 4.3. It may have shown up in renders showing a design much like its possible predecessor, albeit updated and with a USB type C port this time. Meanwhile, another upcoming device from this brand has been confirmed by a Google database update.
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei makes progress with his new start-up
Carl Pei announced a decision to leave OnePlus, a smartphone OEM he helped set up, earlier in 2020. Now, he has reportedly attracted US$7 million in capital for his new business from various private investors. It is also apparently now hiring for positions in two cities.
Apple announces the development of its own cellular modem
Apple currently uses components from Qualcomm in order to keep iPhones capable of using mobile data. However, its senior vice president of hardware technologies has just announced that it intends to replace these modems with one of its own. This may be the next significant move in its in-house ambitions since the conception of the M1 chipset.
GeForce NOW is streaming the 2020 Game Awards Festival as well as Cyberpunk 2077
Today (December 10, 2020) is a Thursday, which means GeForce NOW has new games to add to its library. NVIDIA has announced that Cyberpunk 2077 is one of them, which makes it a day-and-date release alongside other services such as the Epic Games Store. This streaming platform is also the official host of the Game Awards Festival.
The Polaris 4K Laser TV is a new ultra-short-throw projector launched via Indiegogo
Bomaker is not what could be called a household name in the home-theater projector market; nevertheless, it has made some attention-grabbing claims for its product freshly put up for crowdfunding. They include the ability to throw a 200-inch 4K screen up onto a wall just 31 inches away from this device.
The OnePlus 9 Pro will be IP68-certified, whereas the 9 and 9E will not
OnePlus is an OEM that has come to official ingress-protection ratings relatively late in its life cycle. However, it bowed to consumer pressure and provided the IP68 spec in its early-2020 flagship, the 8 Pro. Now, a reliable leaker asserts that its successor is getting the same.
OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi and Google are now touted to join Samsung in 2021's foldable arena
Several prominent mobile device OEMs have been rumored to enter the foldables market fairly soon. Now, a new tip from a display-focused leaker indicates that pretty much all of them will do so by the second half of 2021 (2H2021). The devices in question might have to compete with Samsung's more familiar offerings, including a possible affordable Galaxy Z Flip variant.
UGREEN X-Kit Hub-Stand hands-on review
UGREEN is a brand known for its multi-port docking solutions. Its latest product does one better, however, in that it is a hybrid of one of these devices and a laptop stand. Its maker asserts that its built-in connectivity is housed in a chassis made of high-end, recyclable materials. But how does this idea work out in practice?
The Galaxy F62 will be one of Samsung's "slimmest" phones on its launch: new leak
Samsung is now rumored to have a new Exynos 9825-powered phone called the Galaxy F62 in the works. Most recently, a rear panel for this device has allegedly leaked out, suggesting that it will be another member of the square-cam brigade. It is also now touted to be particularly thin and to be in production in an Indian factory.
OnePlus reaffirms its commitment to regular software updates for its newer phones following a fan's worrying discovery
OnePlus has just added some of its newer devices to the Android Enterprise Recommended (AER) program. However, this has created confusion as the OEM originally left its new webpage on the subject on "quarterly security patches" for all of the models in question. This has now been corrected, in conjunction with a statement from a company representative.
LG Uplus and Qualcomm bring mmWave 5G to South Korea
South Korea was one of the first markets in which commercial 5G had become available, although the networks in question use the sub-6GHz form of the connectivity. Now, however, LG's division Uplus and Qualcomm have implemented the first mmWave alternative, intended to serve an academic campus in this country.
OPPO is now projected to launch a Snapdragon 865-powered Reno5 Pro+
Recent convincing leaks have pointed to the imminent launch of Reno5 and 5 Pro smartphones with mid-range to premium mid-range specs and 5G SoCs. Now, new leaks indicate that OPPO will be introducing 5 Pro+ and 4G variants alongside them. The former is also rumored to debut a new Sony 50MP camera, and more besides.
The Pixel 2 series' latest software update is its last
Google's Pixel 2 and 2 XL had been included in the Android 11 beta program, and has also been cut in to the latest security patch issued directly from its Mountain View-based OEM. However, after 3 years of being on the market, this update is also its final official OTA. Owners of these devices now have a few options going forward, upgrading included.
The Nokia 5.4's specs are allegedly revealed in full in a new leak
Nokia is currently rumored to hold a launch event before the end of 2020, at which the 7.3 5G, 6.3 and 5.4 smartphones are to be unveiled. A new leak purports to be a full specs spill for the latter. Its headline is an SoC which may be a disappointing follow-up to its predecessor.
The next Apple TV is now slated to launch on December 8, 2020, A12Z Bionic chip in tow
The "Apple TV 2020" is now set to be introduced on December 8, 2020. This event may be an under-the-radar affair, but is touted to unveil a new 4K device with 64 to 128GB storage options. It is now also thought to be powered by an A12Z Bionic SoC.
The latest Galaxy S21 leaks appear to confirm quad cameras for the Ultra and lack of 3.5mm jacks across the board
A YouTuber called sakitech has posted images that appear to portray real-life production models of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus and Ultra variants. At first glance, the latter seems to have the 5 apertures for rear cameras hinted at in earlier leaks. However, this new photo points to one being a laser auto-focus module instead.
nerdytec launches the Couchmaster CYCON2, a new lapdesk for gaming
A lapdesk is a cushioned prop for a keyboard and mouse that might make it easier to use these peripherals while sitting on a couch. nerdytec has announced a second generation of its example of this accessory, the Couchmaster CYCON2. It also has a Cyberpunk 2077-themed special edition.
The Chrome OS 87 update brings battery levels for connected Bluetooth devices and more
Google has announced an update for Chrome OS to version 87. This upgrade allows users to see how much battery their Bluetooth-connected peripherals have left for the first time. It also confers the ability to search through open tabs and makes the system more accessible to multilingual users.
The Nokia 3.4 may become available on the Indian market soon
The Nokia 3.4 is a Snapdragon 460-powered device with a 6.39-inch HD+ display and a 4000mAh battery. Therefore, it might make a welcome addition to the Indian smartphone market. A new leak suggests that HMD Global will bring it there before the end of 2020.
The inCharge cable is back with 100W X and X Max variants
The start-up RollingSquare scored a major crowdfunding win with its original inCharge product, a miniature cable that clicks together with magnets to form a keychain for portability. Now, it is back with a new version, rated to deliver up to 100 watts (W) of power when connected to a compatible device.
A new leak may push LG's rollable phone closer to a launch date
LG has reportedly registered a new device with a South Korean telecoms authority that, according to a Twitter-based leaker, is its first-gen rollable phone. Should this be the case, the OEM may be ready to release this new form-factor in 2021. It might prove a worthy alternative to phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 on its launch.
Older Samsung wearables may not work with the Galaxy S21 series
The Galaxy S21 series is currently touted to launch soon. Their launch is now said to mean the end of support for some older smartwatches or fitness bands from the same OEM, however. They may still work with older phones, though, just not those released after 2020.
The Vivo X60 series pops up in a new leak
The OEM Vivo's next flagship series of smartphones are now thought to be called the X60, X60 Pro and X60 Pro+. At least some of them may be the devices that feature in a new certification by the Chinese regulator 3C. If so, they may be capable of charging at up to 33 watts (W).
DOOGEE announces the 10,000mAh-plus S59 Pro smartphone
DOOGEE claims that its latest rugged phone, the S59 Pro, has a battery capacity of no less than 10,050mAh. This power-pack apparently allows it to last for 18 hours' worth of gaming or video playback, 50 hours of audio playback or up to 768 hours on standby. Then again, with a MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, it could indeed last this long.
Samsung's flagship phones might find a whole new way to fold soon
Samsung has launched foldable smartphones that bend into clamshell or book shapes to date. However, its latest patents suggest that these almost-familiar form-factors are to become obsolete quite soon. They hint at new kinds of Galaxy Z Folds and Z Flips with at least 2 hinges each.
A new leak hints at Motorola's first 2021 budget smartphones
Earlier tips may have offered a glimpse of an early-2021 premium mobile device from Motorola. Now, another suggests that the OEM also has more affordable phones in the works. They are said to have the code-names Capri and Capri Plus, one of which may have a 90Hz display.
CES 2021: registrations for this all-digital tech expo are now open
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that the upcoming 100% virtual version of its flagship conference is now taking registrations. They include a special reduced price from now until January 4, 2021. The actual digital show itself starts on the 11th of that month.
GoPro gets to 40 million cameras sold in 2020
GoPro has posted "record-breaking" sales on its website due to its Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2020 event. The OEM also now increased the number of its subscribers to over 670,000, compared to about 500,000 at last count. The latest holiday period has also helped the company to an important milestone.
The OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 Special Edition is coming to a new market in blind-box form
Good news, Malaysian fans of the latest OnePlus special-edition flagship phone: it's coming to your market! Then again, there are just 10 of them, and they are only found in blind boxes to be sold via Lazada. This promotional event will take place on December 12, 2020.
Qualcomm, TIM and Ericsson claim the new long-distance mmWave 5G world record
The Italian carrier TIM, Ericsson and Qualcomm have collaborated on a project to push millimeter-wave 5G reception beyond its current limits. This work has resulted in the ability to pick this signal up at high speed from 6.5 kilometers away. Then again, this was not done with smartphones, but rather with equipment for potential next-gen wireless broadband.
An alleged Rocket Lake CPU appears on Geekbench with a 5 GHz boost clock
Rocket Lake can go up to 8 cores, 16 threads and a top spped of 4.98GHz. At least, this is what is claimed in a new leak featuring on the Geekbench website. The silicon in question apparently exhibited this boost clock in an existing HP system.
ZTE announces a global launch for the Axon 20 5G
The Axon 20 5G was the first ever phone to launch with an under-display selfie camera. However, its maker ZTE has never made it available outside China. This will change, though, on December 21, 2020, when the OEM releases it to certain additional markets.
Samsung will launch a new Galaxy F-series phone with the Note 10's processor: new leak
According to the leaker Ishan Agarwal, Samsung will launch a phone called the Galaxy F62, or SM-E62F, soon. The same model number has subsequently popped up on Geekbench 5. It indicates that this device is powered by the Exynos 9825 - the same SoC found in the 2019 flagships the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+.
Samsung updates the Galaxy S20 FE and S9 series with December 2020 security patches
The Galaxy S9 is a 2018 flagship. Nevertheless, its maker Samsung has reportedly updated it with the latest Android security patch. The more recent premium mid-ranger the Galaxy S20 FE has joined it in this respect.
iPhone 12s on AT&T and Verizon are losing 5G signals in the US
Several iPhone 12-series device owners have taken to the Apple Support Community to complain that their new flagships are losing connectivity while using 5G networks. Many of them report that they are in the United States and are on the Verizon or AT&T networks, although one claims to be in Australia.
The Oukitel WP10 is a rugged 5G 8000mAh battery phone with a December 2020 sale coming up
The Oukitel WP10 as a rugged phone with a massive 8000mAh battery. It is powered by the Dimensity 800 processor, which also makes it 5G. It launched at a price of US$670, but has a promotional event coming up that will bring that price down to $400 soon.
Philips takes legal action to prevent the sale of Xiaomi mobile devices in India
The electronics company Philips has petitioned the High Court of Delhi to block the sale, production or import of certain smartphones in India. Their OEM, Xiaomi, has been accused of infringing on Phliips' patents in making the devices in question. This case may result in financial penalties.
Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro leak via the FCC and Evan Blass ahead of their launch
An earlier tip dropped a strong hint that the successors to the Galaxy Buds Live TWS earbuds would be called the Buds Pro. Now, their certification with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) all but confirms this state of affairs. Meanwhile, another prominent leaker has posted the first renders for these potential accessories.
Mobvoi unleashes the TicWatch Pro 3 Cellular/LTE on the European market
The TicWatch Pro 3 4G/LTE is a 2020 dual-display smartwatch with standalone cellular connectivity. It is now on sale in Europe, although it is only usable through 1 carrier in the UK, Spain and Germany thus far. It is available on Amazon in these countries from now.
Lenovo releases the Legion 5 with a Ryzen 5 4600H processor to the Indian market
The Legion 5 (AMD) has Renoir-based processors and an up to 144 hertz (Hz) FHD display. It is now on the OEM's Indian-division webstore, although not in its top Ryzen 7 4800H-powered SKU. It goes for a price translating to ~US$1408, although a coupon brings this price down by about $400.
The gaming market is now estimated to be worth over US$256 billion by 2025
The latest market research reports on gaming worldwide indicate that this space has grown to about US$159 billion in 2020. Furthermore, this value is thought to grow to US$256.97 billion over the next 5 years. This may be influenced by factors that include cloud gaming, the rise of e-sports and the increased importance of in-place entertainments.
ZTE launches a Blade 20 Pro 5G with the Snapdragon 765G processor
The Blade 20 Pro 5G is ZTE's latest smartphone. It is this OEM's take on the mid-range Snapdragon 765G-based device, having a waterdrop-notched-display and a 4000mAh battery. It also has a quad rear camera with a 64MP main sensor.
Apple is slapped with a ~US$12 million fine by Italian authorities
The Italian market-competition watchdog has reportedly fined Apple to the tune of €10 million, or nearly US$12 million. This action has resulted from what the body apparently views as “aggressive and misleading” advertising relating to iPhones and their water-resistant properties. This content may have been insufficient in its clarity in a way that may pose a risk to customer warranties.
The Galaxy Z Fold3 will cost roughly as much as the Z Fold2: new leak
The Galaxy Z Fold2 is Samsung's second-gen foldable flagship mobile device that launched for close to US$2,000. Now, a well-regarded leaker asserts that this will not change much with its next generation in 2021. This is particularly off-putting as its series is reportedly intended to replace the Galaxy Notes in the fullness of time.
The OPPO Ace series will get a new generation in 2021, but it will be launched by Realme instead
The Ace2 is a 2020 flagship smartphone with up to 40W wireless charging. It was made by OPPO - but its successor won't be. The eminent leaker Digital Chat Station asserts that the series has been adopted by this OEM's sister company Realme instead, which will continue its tradition of top-end processors combined with interesting features.
A new leak spills potential pricing info for the upcoming Nokia 5.4
An earlier leak has hinted that Nokia has a successor to the mid-range 5.3 in the works that might launch before the end of the year. However, it failed to mention how much this putative phone might cost. Now, however, Australian retailers have posted pages for this device with this information in their currency.
Baseus introduces a 120W GaN Quick Charger
Baseus has launched a series of new slim, high-tech third-party chargers equipped with gallium nitride (GaN) technology. One of them is rated to charge 2 devices at up to 60 watts (W) at once. This may make it a good companion for laptops such as the MacBook Pro.
ZTE announces a new smartwatch with a blood-oxygen sensor and IP68 for ~US$38
ZTE has launched the Watch Live in its native China. This new wearable is of the Apple Watch-clone variety, although it sells for much less than its clear inspiration. Its maker claims that it packs 24-hour heart-rate tracking, blood-oxygen sensing, sleep-tracking and up to 21 hours of battery life in its square casing.
A new leak asserts an imminent launch for the Nokia 5.4
Nokia launched its mid-range 5.3 in March 2020. However, a new leak alleges that an upgrade for this phone is already prepared for launch, which it may do alongside the 7.3. The phone is thought to have quad rear cameras, although its display and storage options may be a departure from its predecessor.
The Galaxy S21 is leaked again in all its alleged colors
The respected leaker Ice Universe has posted images showing the upcoming Galaxy S21 in all the color options projected for this new phone on its 2021 launch. They also appear to confirm this device's new kind of frame/camera hump, and that it will be copper-colored in 1 of these SKUs.
The Realme 7 Pro starts to get Android 11 in India
Realme has started to push its version of Android 11 to the 7 Pro. However, Indian users in this OS' early access program appear to be the only ones eligible to receive it thus far. The update contains a number of new features, including system optimizations, extra security features and camera options.
Get 44% off a Zhiyun gimbal with "professional cinematic features"
Zhiyun's Cinepeer C11 gimbal is an accessory with 3-axis stabilization and features such as object-tracking and motion-lapse features. It is also a 4000mAh power bank, thus allowing the user to keep recording for longer. It is currently 44% off its normal US$89 price for Black Friday.
Eve Devices confirms that its upcoming launch is for the V 2020
Earlier, Eve Devices had hinted that its next product event would be for its long-hyped second-gen convertible PC, the V 2020. Now, the OEM has confirmed that this is the case. It has also teased the device with some specs and pre-order details.
Huawei is now touted to have liquid-lens technology ready for its next-gen smartphone cameras
Huawei often markets its flagship mobile devices as having cutting-edge camera technology. A new report suggests it has yet another supposedly ground-breaking spec in the works for their successors. This is a liquid lens, an adaptation directed at improved auto-focus in the sensor behind it.
Samsung's next TWS earbuds are identified as the Galaxy Buds Pro in a new leak
Samsung is rumored to have a new member of its Galaxy Buds series to launch alongside the S21 smartphones in January 2021. Now, a recent certification has revealed that they may be revealed as the "Pros" of their line at this event. This may be due to the inclusion of ANC in this generation.
The Olive Pros are TWS earbuds and hearing aids in one
The start-up Olive Union has put its latest product up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo. On first glance, they are a particularly chunky take on the AirPod-clone TWS earbud. This may be because they apparently pack an "FDA-registered" hearing aid in with typical Bluetooth and audio components. They, for example, purport to exclude background noise to isolate human voices.
The Cyberpunk 2077 experience on the PS4 or Xbox One is slated to be "surprisingly good" by CD Projekt Red CEO
CD Projekt Red has just held its third-quarter earnings call for 2020, during which its president and joint CEO Adam Kiciński fielded various questions, many of which were about the upcoming title Cyberpunk 2077. One of them may also have been on the minds of those who still own "non-Pro" PlayStation 4 or Xbox consoles.
Blackview attracts over 2500% of its crowdfunding goal for the rugged Dimensity 800-powered BL6000 Pro
The OEM Blackview decided to combine 5G connectivity with its popular line of rugged phones in the BL6000 Pro. And then it chose to launch this IP68/IP69K-rated device via Indiegogo. This strategy appears to have worked out very well, as it has smashed through its original goal to amass well over $300,000 in backing. Its campaign now has 21 days to go, and also has a special holiday perk at present.
A new leak spoils the launch of HTC's next TWS earbuds
HTC might be planning a return to the smart mobile market with new TWS earbuds. These products have been spotted on the database of the Taiwanese regulator NCC ahead of their launch. This leak indicates that these new accessories have a Sony-clone look and can use Bluetooth 5.0.
A probable OPPO Reno 5 pops up on TENAA
Some recent rumors have pointed to the imminent launch of the OPPO Reno 5 and 5 Pro, which are said to run on the Snapdragon 765G and Dimensity 1000+ SoCs respectively. A new leak from the Chinese regulator TENAA may give them more weight. It may show how the 5 looks, while possibly confirming its processor and specs makeup.
Lenovo releases new design-related teasers for its upcoming Redmi Note 9 5G rivals
Since word of the new Chinese-market Redmi Note 9 series arose, Lenovo has been dropping hints that it will launch phones capable of competing with this potential budget champion. Now, there are official renders that may back this claim up.
The OPPO Reno5 Pro pops up on the TENAA and 3C websites
Earlier, the appearance of a new OPPO phone with what seems to be the Dimensity 1000+ processor and 8GB of RAM gave rise to speculation that it is the Reno5 Pro, meaning it and its vanilla sibling will launch soon. Now, a device with the same model number has appeared on TENAA, 3C and the HDR10+ approval websites, more or less confirming that this is in fact the case.
Nokia launches Android TVs in Europe through Streamview
Streamview is an Austrian-based retailer specializing in TVs and streaming boxes. Its latest launch is for new Nokia TVs for the European market. They have 32- to 75-inch screens, most of which are also 4K and support Dolby Vision. They will be available to order within the EU in December 2020.
Motorola's "Nio" is rumored to have the Snapdragon 865 SoC, Android 11 and a 105Hz refresh rate
Motorola is now said to have a new high-end device in the works that might run Android 11 out of the box. It is also touted to have at least 8GB of RAM and a 64MP main camera. A leaker also now claims it will have a rather unusual refresh rate for its display: 105 hertz (Hz).
TSMC holds an opening ceremony for its 3nm production facility
The Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly held a ribbon-cutting event for a new fabrication unit dedicated to the production of 3 nanometer (nm) chips. They are the basis for next-gen processors in which companies such as Intel may have already expressed an interest.
QNAP announces a new Intel Xeon-based NAS with optional Thunderbolt 3 upgrades
QNAP has launched the TVS-h1288X and TVS-h1688X, 2 new enterprise-grade NAS servers with the Intel Xeon W-1250 6-core/12-thread processor. They are also compatible with PCIe Gen 3 cards that can augment them with up to 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports. These storage solutions are also the first to launch with the new QuTS hero OS.
OPPO's Reno 5 Pro will launch with the Dimensity 1000+ processor: new leak
A new device from OPPO has surfaced on Geekbench 5 running on MediaTek's flagship Dimensity 1000+ SoC. This has led to speculation that the phone in question is the Reno 5 Pro. Meanwhile, its vanilla variant is rumored to exhibit no change in its own silicon from the previous generation.
The S21's rumored flat screen/frame-cam design is shown again in new case renders
The Galaxy S21 and S21+ are currently thought to switch to flat displays on their launch. A new set of renders may show potential owners for these devices what they might expect in the way of cases for their new phones. Meanwhile, another new leak suggests their Exynos 2100-powered variants are headed to the Indian market.
A possible Redmi Note 9 5G leaks onto Geekbench ahead of its launch
Xiaomi has confirmed that the Redmi Note 9 5G series will launch on November 26, 2020. Prior to this, however, a new device from this OEM thought to be the new line's base model has appeared on Geekbench. It seems to have the phone's rumored Dimensity 800U chipset, and competes effectively with what will probably be a prime rival found on the same database.
OPPO patents a phone with a round pop-up selfie camera
The first few OPPO Reno-series phones had some of the most innovative pop-up front-facing cameras out there, as they rose from the top of the phone in a wedge. Now, it seems the OEM has taken this idea even further with a new, semi-circular module. Like others of its kind, it leaves the device in its schematics with an edge-to-edge screen.
Nebula announces new Cosmos and Cosmos Max home projectors
Nebula is a brand that has seen success on crowdfunding websites for its portable, compact projectors. Now, it is back with a more conventional launch for its new Cosmos and Cosmos Max products. They are rated for 1080p and 4K resolutions respectively, run Android 9.0 for TV and support HDR-10 with static or active contrast ratios.
Qualcomm hints at a glimpse of the Snapdragon 875 at its 2020 Tech Summit
Qualcomm has announced times and dates for 2020's Snapdragon Tech Summit keynote speeches. They will feature guest speakers from companies such as OnePlus, NTT Docomo, Sony and Verizon. The company has also stated that it will also have some word on its next mobile flagship SoC at this event.
A new leak puts the prospect of a Kirin 9000-powered Honor V40 flagship in doubt
Despite the recent shake-up in ownership at Honor, tipsters still expect the launch of V40 smartphones from the company sometime soon. However, this line's most premium variant may now not run on the Huawei Mate 40's Kirin 9000 as first thought. The series might turn out full Dimensity instead.
The new ViewSonic ColorPro VP68a monitor series offers Pantone validation and a color-blindness filter
ViewSonic has announced new monitors with specific kinds of support for accessibility in content creation. The OEM claims they come with color accuracy certified by Pantone out of the box, and also include color-blindness modes. These 24- and 27-inch displays are also equipped with a USB type C port that can support video, audio and charging.
Leaked renders show the LG Stylo 7's rear panel is designed to accentuate its pen silo
The Stylo 7 is currently rumored to become the latest in a line of LG phones with an in-built digital pen. Its latest leak shows that it has a rear panel that makes this abundantly clear. It is designed to look as though it has been moulded around the housing for this stylus, with an additional separate hump for its rear cameras.
The Sony Xperia Compact line could be back for good in 2021 with a new 5G Snapdragon chipset
There are now rumors of Sony's resurrecting the Compact versions of the Xperia smartphone series. Such stories have been around before, although this one comes with mention of the Snapdragon 775 SoC, which might grace the premium mid-rangers of 2021. This Compact is also now said to have a display size of just 5.5 inches.
BOE launches a ground-breaking 55-inch UHD AMQLED display
BOE has announced that it has made active-matrix quantum dot light-emitting diode (or AMQLED) technology 4K and TV-sized for the first time. This emerging display standard is based on quantum dots, as is QLED, but does not require a backlight. This may mean it offers more consistent colors and brightness compared to those high-end panel types.
LG's laptops might become rollable in the future
A leaker claims to have found a patent filed by LG for a laptop with a rolling display. This means that, like a cutting-edge new TV also launched by this OEM, it consists of a slim box-like housing from which this screen rises at need. Therefore, it is possible that this tech might come to PCs as well soon.
The latest Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra renders show a display that might be more edge-to-edge than ever before
The famous leaker Ice Universe now claims that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will launch as the phone with the "narrowest chin in history" on its launch. This is due to new renders that show a device with practically non-existent bezels. Meanwhile, one of this upcoming flagship's smaller siblings might have been approved for sale in India.
A working OPPO X 2021 unit is seen in the wild, along with its alleged durability rating
OPPO teased a new kind of phone at its latest developer conference: one with an extending, rollable OLED display. This device was reportedly showcased by an engineer from this OEM after the show. This employee asserts that the X 2021 is rated to withstand 5 years of active use, during which thousands of its new special move can be executed.
The OnePlus 9 is now touted to have dual 48MP rear cameras
The rumor mill is already working through reports on OnePlus' next-gen flagship smartphones. One of them is thought to be called the 9, and is linked to renders showing triple rear cameras, two of which are much larger than the third. A new leak asserts that they are both to be 48MP in resolution, although they both have different functions.
The Samsung Galaxy A12 shows up in renders looking like the Galaxy A42
A new leak hints at the existence of a Galaxy A12 smartphone to be launched in early 2020 or 2021. It suggests this device will have the same new square rear camera module as the higher-end A42 5G. However, should it prove accurate, its display may be a downgrade on its budget predecessor.
Eve Devices teases a possible V 2020 announcement
The Eve V 2020 is an upcoming device touted as a potential Microsoft Surface Pro rival. Its manufacturer has issued a December 2020 "save the date", with strong overtones of an unveiling or statement related to the Tiger Lake 2-in-1 to occur on the date in question. However, nothing is certain as yet.
The iPhone 12 series may be the latest premium device line to exhibit the "green tint" display disorder
"Green tint" is an issue in which OLED displays seem to glow where they should remain completely dark under certain conditions. It was present in some units of the iPhone 11 series last year, and has now reportedly raised its head again in the new 12s. It may affect any of the flagship line's 4 variants, and has yet to see an update that might fix it.
Sony introduces the FX6 as the first new member of the Cinema Line
The FX6 is Sony's latest professional cine-grade camera. Despite this - and its full array of controls, E-lens mount and top handle, it is rated to be relatively light and compact. Nevertheless, it also still packs tech and features from the OEM's Cinema Line and mirrorless alpha-series cameras.
Qualcomm and its Finnish partners claim to break the world's 5G speed record
Qualcomm, Nokia and the carrier Elisa claim to have achieved the world's fastest data-transfer speed over millimeter-wave (mmWave) 5G. This was done using dedicated hardware and resources from these 3 partners, and was reportedly demonstrated at Elisa's flagship store in Helsinki, Finland.
The smartphone or tablet stylus of the future could charge via NFC
The Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) and NFC Forum have announced that they will collaborate on a project to develop a new kind of charging for those mobile devices that come equipped with their own digital pens. Doing so via NFC might mean that the stylus in question could share data with its paired phone or tablet and power up at the same time.
Huawei has its own ARM-based PC in the works - but this one works with standard components
Huawei is now said to be about to mimic Apple in launching a PC with its own in-house ARM CPU. However, this putative desktop can also apparently support DDR4-2400 RAM, M.2 SSDs and PCIe 3.0 expansion. These internals may be housed in a relatively slim tower-form case, and may be paired with the OEM's also-rumored first-gen monitor.
ZTE reveals 4G and Extreme versions of the under-display-cam Axon 20 5G
ZTE was first to the under-display selfie camera with the launch of its Axon 20 5G smartphone earlier in 2020. Now, it has teased an "Extreme" variant of the same device, although how it earns this moniker is not clear at present. What is more certain is that the new 4G-only version of the same phone runs on the UNISOC Tiger T618 SoC.
Samsung under-display cameras will be exclusive to the Galaxy Z Fold3 in 2021
The under-display sensor may come to replace the punch-hole in smartphones as time goes on. A new report by a Korean media outlet asserts that Samsung has them in the works for 2021; however, they will only feature in the OEM's highest-end foldable device. Meanwhile, the same company is now said to also have affordable versions of the Galaxy Z Flip in development.
Get US$250 off the T-Mobile OnePlus 7T for Black Friday
OnePlus has revealed its 2020 Black Friday deals for the US market. They include discounts on the flagship 8 and 8 Pro, as well as 40% off its latest wireless earphones. However, the best deal here may be the 7T, which can be had for just US$349 during this holiday sale.
Next-gen LG Q-series phones are portrayed as having the most unique camera humps out there
LG is projected to launch phones called the Q63 and Q83 in 2021. Now, a new leak points to a design for one or both of these devices that seriously bucks the square-cam trend. It seems the OEM has crafted triangle-shaped housings instead, that encompass a large main sensor and up to 3 more.
The Exynos 2100 is now alleged to have a top speed beating that of the Snapdragon 875
The latest potential Samsung Galaxy S21 Geekbench 5 scores are out there, and they show the Snapdragon 875 variant may be ahead of what might be this phone's Exynos 2100-powered counterpart. However, according to a famous leaker, this is not the whole story.
Vivo unveils OriginOS, a new software skin packed full of custom features
Vivo held its Developer Conference today (November 18, 2020). This event was dominated by the introduction of OriginOS, a new UI the OEM has developed in order to replace Funtouch OS on its smartphones. With its adaptive, dynamic widgets, "behavioral" wallpapers and Multi-Turbo 5.0 engine, it may be a vast improvement over its predecessor.
The Samsung Galaxy M42 is a phone that might launch with a 6000mAh battery
A leak pointing to a new Samsung smartphone battery with a 5830mAh battery may also imply the imminent launch of a device called the Galaxy M42. This putative phone is rumored to have a 64MP primary camera, and may be available in India soon.
MediaTek acquires Intel's power-management chip business for US$85 million
Intel has reportedly sold its Enpirion arm to MediaTek. This division is responsible for the chipsets that regulate the power delivered to CPUs or ICs. Therefore, the Taiwanese silicon firm may be looking to combine some or all of these in new future products.
Belkin claims its new BOOSTCHARGE wireless charger can serve 2 compatible devices without last-gen placement issues
Belkin's new BOOSTCHARGE TrueFreedom PRO Wireless Charger is a mat-style accessory rated to handle the demands of 2 Qi-compatible mobile devices thrown on it any old how. Therefore, it might solve the traditional problem of getting cable-less power to stay on without absolute precision in lining up contacts. Therefore, it may suit newer Android phones as well as iPhones up to the 11 series with ease.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 and 700 Gen 2s were the best sellers in their gaming headset category in October 2020
Turtle Beach asserts that its Stealth 600 and 700 headsets have been top sellers in their markets for a few years running now. New data from the research group NPD indicates that this trend has been upheld by their latest generation, released in September 2020. Their Xbox-compatible variants were the first- and second-best selling units for the following month.
OPPO unveils its new ecosystem philosophy alongside new AR glasses at its Inno Day 2020
OPPO's Inno Day is its annual developer's conference, at which it might also unveil some new hardware and concepts. In 2020, this event was dominated by the introduction of its 3+N+X strategy. This will determine how the OEM's software will be distributed and developed across its expanding range of products, its 2nd-gen AR glasses included.
An early OnePlus Nord 2 leak purports to spill some important specs for the phone
The Nord is OnePlus' much-hyped contender in the 2020 upper-mid-range smartphone market. Now, a new report claims that it will get a second generation. It might run on a new Snapdragon 5G processor, have a high-refresh-rate display and run Android 11 out of the box.
RedMagic teases new CyberPod TWS earbuds to go with its gaming phones
The gaming phone brand RedMagic will release its latest TWS earbuds, the CyberPods, globally in November 2020. These accessories' design is an original take on the AirPod-clone form-factor that might complement its maker's flagship devices. They are not ANC, but claim extreme low latency and a Gamer Mode instead.
Eve V 2020: fans can now vote on the upcoming 2-in-1's CPU, memory and wireless specs
Eve Devices has already invited feedback on the keyboard and chassis of its second-generation "crowd-designed" convertible, the V 2020. Now, it's the turn of its chipset, RAM, wireless connectivity and other specs. The company seems to want to assess the popularity of more expensive options with their new poll.
Sony releases the LSPX-S2 Glass Sound Speaker to the US market
With its "organic glass" body and in-built candle-effect lighting, the LSPX-S2 speaker has been designed to be enjoyed for its looks at as much as its sound. Then again, Sony claims its audio is also effective thanks to its "Advanced Vertical Drive Technology". It is now available on Amazon.com or select retailers throughout the US.
Samsung Galaxy M12 renders turn up with a square rear camera hump and a waterdrop notch
The Samsung Galaxy M12 may be an interesting budget phone on its launch, especially if it comes with the 7,000mAh battery apparently destined for it. A new leak purports to show what it looks like from all angles, including an Infinity-V display and square module for its quad rear cameras.
The Surface Pro 3 has 1 more year of official support
Microsoft has issued a document outlining the dates on which its own-brand convertibles or laptops run out of software updates. It shows that the Surface Pro 3, despite launching in 2014, will get them until November 2021. Oddly, the Pro 4 will also see the end of its service on the same day.
High-end smartphones might need insulation as well as cooling in the future: new report
The processors that power our phones have become so powerful that they are now designed with the kind of cooling historically only expected from high-end PCs. This involves heatsinks, thermal paste and even vapor-chambers on a mobile scale these days - to such an extent there are now signs that insulation might also start to play a role in next-gen phones.
OPPO teases the launch of second-gen AR glasses at its upcoming Inno Day
OPPO is an electronics company that holds a developer's conference for its growing ecosystem of devices it calls Inno Day every year. It has announced that the latest in this series of events will take place on November 17, 2020. Apparently, its headline product debut on this date will be a pair of augmented-reality (AR) glasses.
Realme confirms an Indian launch for the X7 and X7 Pro
The Realme X7 and X7 Pro are phones based on 5G MediaTek Dimensity chipsets that aren't often seen in international markets. However, this may change soon as their release to the Indian market has just been announced. Unfortunately, this will not take place until 2021.
Chargeasap Omega 100 and 200W USB-C charger hands-on review
Chargeasap made tech headlines when it launched the “world’s smallest” 100 and 200W gallium-nitride (GaN) charger via an Indiegogo campaign. The brand claimed that this Omega series can charge a MacBook Pro with a brick about the size of a pack of cards. Can these products live up to their super-powered USPs?
A new leak alleges the Samsung Galaxy S21 will have a plastic rear panel
The Samsung Galaxy S21 series is probably not too far from launch at this point. The latest tip on this subject contains a near-complete specs leak for its 3 putative variants. However, it also offers interesting new details, such as that the vanilla model will not have a premium glass back for the first time. The phones' new colorways are also named in this new report.
Brydge releases its Surface Pro-matching keyboard dock to the US market
Brydge has announced that its 12.3 Pro+ keyboard is now exclusively available at Best Buy. This accessory is rated to turn a Surface Pro tablet into a laptop-like device. It is compatible with the 4 to 7 generations of this Microsoft device.
The Nokia 2.4 is now said to launch in India soon
The Nokia 2.4 is a new phone with a 6.5-inch HD+ display and dual rear cameras starting at about US$141. However, its maker has yet to bring this potentiallly attractive budget prospect to the Indian market. Now, however, there are claims that this might be addressed by the end of November 2020.
Nokia launches the 6300 and 8000 4G: modern feature phones starting at US$58
Nokia has introduced some old familiar names as new KaiOS devices. These versions of the 6300 and 8000 have 4G/LTE in 2020, although they look much the same as old-school button phones. There are also features such as FM radios, WhatsApp support and headphone jacks in evidence with these new devices.
Mozilla releases a new system for rating gadgets by their "creepiness"
Given that consumers may be gearing up for their 2020 holiday shopping, Mozilla has expanded its Privacy Not Included initiative by ranking various popular devices and/or gift ideas by how "creepy" they are. It is based on the organization's research into how they or their OEMs handle and respect user personal data, and has thrown up what may be unpleasant surprises in some cases.
The affordable 5G Realme V5 may go global under a different name
Realme launched the V5, which started at around US$212, as a Chinese-market exclusive earlier in the year. Now, however, it appears to have been approved for sale in Thailand, suggesting that this 6.5-inch 90Hz display device may start to become available in other regions soon.
New Motorola Moto G Stylus leaks point to a bigger screen and newer SoC in 2021
Motorola launched a Moto G-series phone with an in-built pen for the first time earlier in 2020. Now, it seems its successor will have more real estate for its special feature. It may also have a Snapdragon 675 processor, a quad rear camera and software based on Android 10 out of the box.
A possible Redmi Note 10 (4G) appears on Geekbench with an aging low-tier chipset
A new leak points to an upcoming Xiaomi phone with what is most likely the Snapdragon 662 processor. It is thought to be the Redmi Note 10 - the 4G/LTE version, that is. Meanwhile, it is rumored to get 5G variants with much newer SoCs and possibly higher-end specs.
The Redmi Note 9 5G will start at just US$150
Recent leaks have pointed to the existence of upcoming phones called the Redmi Note 9 5G and 9 Pro 5G. Now, a Weibo tipster asserts that this new series will start at 1000 yuan on its Chinese launch. The Pro variant, on the other hand, might cost 1500 yuan. This means the devices are now rumored to start at well below US$200.
DISH announces the United States' first Open RAN-based 5G network
DISH, the company behind Sling TV, has announced that it will soon offer 5G services in the US. Furthermore, its network will be the first to be compatible with Open Radio Access Network (RAN) technology, so as to make the integration of individual vendor equipment easier. This will be achieved thanks to a partnership with Qualcomm.
New leaks point to a future Samsung Galaxy M12 with a 7000mAh battery and eye-catching finishes
A tech blog claims to have learned from "exclusive" sources that Samsung is working on a next-gen budget Galaxy M-series phone with a battery rated for an impressive 7000mAh in capacity. This "M12" is also apparently destined for a 6.7-inch display with a punch-hole selfie camera. These claims may be backed up by new images of a rear panel for this putative device.
Skullcandy launches ANC versions of its Indy TWS earbuds and Hesh wireless headphones
Skullcandy has updated its wireless headphones and earbuds with active noise-cancelling (ANC) variants. Both of these new audio products also have an Ambient mode for environmental awareness and in-built Tile technology to avoid their loss. For those uninterested in ANC (and its price), however, the Hesh headphones also have a new Evo variant.
Honor unveils the 10X Lite along with its starting 2020 Black Friday price
Honor has introduced a phone called the 10X Lite to the European market. With its 6.67-inch FHD+ display, Kirin 710A SoC, 4GB of RAM and 5000 mAh battery, it is distinctly pitched at the low- to mid-tier market in this region. Its normal price is €265 (~US$311), although this has been reduced to €229.90 (~$270) as one of the brand's new 2020 holiday deals.
MediaTek announces the Dimensity 700, a 5G chipset for next-gen mid-range phones
MediaTek has launched a new addition to its Dimensity series of mobile processors. This 700 chipset is based on a 7 nanometer process and has 8 cores with a maximum speed of 2.2GHz. It supports LP-DDR4X RAM, UFS 2.2 storage and dual-sim 5G. Therefore, the OEM asserts it is an excellent choice for the "mainstream" phones of the near future.
OPPO is now slated to break into the laptop and tablet markets in 2021
A well-known Weibo leaker now claims that OPPO - an OEM mostly known for its smartphones and wearables - is planning to also move into the tablet space. Similarly, it is also now said to start making its own laptops, much as Xiaomi and Huawei do now. Examples of these new product categories for the company might emerge as soon as 2021.
Timex launches a new fitness band with a premium appeal in India
Timex is a classic watch brand that has also recently waded into the smart wearables arena. Its latest addition to this new series is a fitness band. However, unlike the vast majority of devices in its category, this one comes with a milanese-style stainless-steel strap. It is now on sale in its first market, India, for a price of just over US$60.
A new poster may show the rumored Nokia 8000 4G's design
Recent leaks have pointed to a "new" Nokia 8000 that may launch soon. The reliable tips site WinFuture has now posted what looks like a real-life promo for this device. The possible marketing image paints the device as a high-end feature phone that might not use Android.
Sony's first-ever drone is set to launch in early 2021
Sony has announced the creation of the Airpeak brand, which is to be applied to a new series of drones developed by this OEM. However, it seems these devices are to be pitched at professional content creators and enterprise customers rather than take on products like the DJI Mavic series. Their first examples may be launched in the spring of 2021.
The latest official version of Android 11 for the OnePlus 8 series unlocks Canvas on the phones
OnePlus introduced a range of new always-on display (AOD) options with OxygenOS 11 (this OEM's take on Android 11) on its late-2020 flagship, the 8T. Now, one of these, Canvas, is available to this phone's immediate forebears the 8 and 8 Pro in a new "stable" update. The company has also addressed a serious error with a previous software version.
MSI confirms an accidental fire at its Chinese PCB factory
Recently, reports of a fire breaking out at MSI's plant in Bao'an, Shenzhen arose on social media and on news sites. Now, the OEM has officially stated that these reports were true, although the incident in question was immediately met with appropriate action. No harm to workers at the factory was reported.
Disney+ is now compatible with 4K LG CineBeam projectors
LG recently added 4K or 4K/UHD LED and laser variants to its high-end CineBeam projector line-up. Now, the OEM has announced that they can now access the Disney+ app directly from their smart-TV-like interface. This means it will now be much easier for them to show The Mandalorian in the home-theater setting they can achieve.
Nokia launches the 8 V 5G UW for the US market
Nokia has just completed its latest product unveiling, and it's a new version of the 8.3 5G. This smartphone is a variant optimized for the Verizon network in the United States. To this end, it has much the same specs as the original mid-ranger on which it is based, but also has 3 "powerful" antennae for its carrier's mmWave 5G.
Square Enix reports its latest half-yearly financial results
Square Enix has published its earnings report for the last 6 months (ending on September 30, 2020). It claims to have made 172.7 billion yen (~US$1.7 billion), or 46% more in sales year-on-year (YoY), for this period. This was attributed to strong performance in areas of its business such as its games (mobile titles including) and merchandising arms.
Windows 10 users with select Samsung phones can now use an expanded form of Microsoft's Your Phone
The Your Phone facility in Windows 10 is Microsoft's answer to syncing an iPhone with a macOS device. However, it has been rather restrictive in that it only allows 1 Android app open on a given phone to be mirrored on a PC's screen at any one time. A new version now gradually rolling out from the Insider Preview addresses this issue, although there are caveats to the new solution.
GoPro posts US$81 million in revenue for the third quarter of 2020
GoPro has released its first quarterly financial report since the launch of its 2020 flagship, the HERO9 Black action-camera. It has revealed that the company now has a figure for total revenues that is over 100% what it was for the same quarter of 2019 (3Q2019). It also now has 35% more subscribers compared to 2Q2020, as well as a net profit for its latest quarter.
Nokia announces an imminent US launch event for new phones
Nokia has invited US fans to join it for a new live event set for November 9, 2020 (tomorrow). Based on the hastag used in the Twitter-based announcement for this launch, it is likely to pertain to new phones from this HMD Global brand. Therefore, long-anticipated units such as the 7.3 5G could make their debut very soon.
The Amazfit Bip U Pro is pushed closer to launch with a Bluetooth certification
Huami has announced that it will release a new version of the Amazfit Bip U smartwatch with its own GPS, mic and geomagnetic sensor. Now that this Pro variant has gone through Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) testing, this event is likely closer than ever. This leak reveals the wearable will have up-to-date wireless specs and confirms one of its extra features.
Qualcomm posts its final-quarter and fiscal results for 2020
Qualcomm concluded its latest fiscal year (FY) on September 27, 2020. As a result, it has now revealed that it made approximately US$23.5 billion in this year, about $8.4 billion of which came from its fourth quarter. The company attributed this success to its focus on 5G hardware and expertise.
The Indian smartphone market "rebounded" in the third quarter of 2020: new market research
Smartphone shipments in India - one of the top 3 markets worldwide - shrank by a worrying 48% in the second quarter of 2020 (2Q2020). However, three months later, the story has changed: the same market had posted year-on-year (YoY) gains of 17%, whereas the US and China failed to show any growth for the same quarter at all.
The new 5G versions of the Redmi Note 9 may have been confirmed by TENAA
Recently, signs of a new and more premium version of the popular Redmi Note 9 emerged in leak form. A new certification issued by the Chinese regulator TENAA may shed more light on these rumors: it may be a variant of this phone that is both Pro and 5G. It may launch soon with the new Snapdragon 750G SoC onboard.
A Samsung tablet from 2015 gets the latest Android security patch
The 9.7-inch display variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 hails from all of five years ago. Nevertheless, its units served by the carrier Verizon have been issued with October 2020 security patches. Therefore, even though it remains on an older version of Android, it is up to date in one respect, at least.
Apple releases the iPhone 12 Mini and Pro Max variants amidst a wireless-charging controversy
Apple had left its biggest and smallest versions of the iPhone 12 for last in terms of making them available to buy. Now, however, both the successor to the 11 Pro Max and the completely new 5.4-inch Mini variant can be pre-ordered from their maker's website. However, these devices, as with the rest of their series, may not be compatible with a user's old wireless chargers.
Xiaomi launches the new e-Learning Edition of the Mi Notebook 14 in India
Xiaomi has pitched its latest version of its 2020 14-inch laptop at students in need of new remote learning hardware. It has many specs in common with its pre-existing vanilla and Horizon siblings, although it has a 10th-gen Core i3 CPU and an in-built webcam this time. At INR 34,999 (~US$473), it is also now the cheapest Mi Notebook 14 available in India.
RAVPower PD Pioneer 30W Wall Charger with Lightning to USB-C Cable hands-on review
The launch of Apple's iPhone 12 series has also meant the launch of this OEM's most powerful (albeit 20 watt (W)) charging standard over Lightning to USB type C cables. However, RAVPOWER asserts that it can subsume this new spec with other, more demanding use-cases such as fast-charging for Android flagships. Can the new, dual-port 30W PD Pioneer USB C Wall Charger live up to it?
The Pixel 4a (5G) is now available to pre-order in some European countries
Today, (November 5, 2020) Google has released the 5G variant of the Pixel 4a for pre-orders in Germany, France, the UK and Ireland. As with its flagship sibling, the 5, they come with an offer of free Bose wireless headphones with each order (while stocks last). The same phone is also now live in Taiwan and Australia.
A new "protective case" leak may confirm the Samsung Galaxy S21 series' new design
The reliable tipster IceUniverse has posted what appear to be marketing images for Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra cases. The high-quality photos unambiguously show the new and super-prominent rear camera modules linked to this upcoming flagship line in earlier leaks. Therefore, Samsung fans may have to brace for a 2021 of these frame-hugging humps.
The upcoming premium version of the Redmi Note 9 will come with a 120Hz display and VRR
A prominent leaker has asserted that Xiaomi has a new variant of the pre-existing Redmi Note 9 in the works. This device is to have a 6.67-inch display with a refresh rate that can range from 30 to 120 hertz (Hz). It is also apparently certified for low blue light emissions and improved sunlight visibility.
The Realme Watch S launches with blood-oxygen, heart-rate and workout-tracking abilities
The launch of Realme's first round-faced smartwatch has been predicted for some time through numerous leaks. Now, this wearable has made its debut, albeit in only 1 market (Pakistan). Nevertheless, this event may offer hints as to its pricing and availability in other markets.
The Vivo X60 may be able to "switch" between its new OriginOS and Android
The OEM Vivo is slated to launch its new X60 flagship smartphone later in November 2020. The rumor mill also has something called OriginOS to launch alongside it. It will be a new UI, at the least, which will apparently allow reverting back to an Android interface on the phones equipped with it.
ARM announces the Cortex-A78C, a new variant of a next-gen high-end core
ARM unveiled the Cortex-A78, a new core likely to form part of flagship mobile SoCs in 2021, recently. Now, the company has revealed that it is in fact part of a family of such products. One of them is the A78C, which has been modified for specific, demanding applications that may include mixed reality (MR).
LG's "Project B" rollable phone may have surfaced in a leaked patent document
LG is currently said to have a next-gen phone in the works called Project B. It is rumored to have a rolling display, which means its screen can extend beyond the confines of its frame. Now, a new patent application submitted to the US Patents and Trademarks Office (USPTO) may show how this concept is supposed to work in a real-world device.
A Huawei Mate 40 RS teardown reveals an ultra-fast in-house memory chip
The Huawei Mate 40 RS is a special edition of its new flagship smartphone series with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. A new report indicates that the latter spec is handled not by a standard mobile ROM module but by one developed by the OEM itself. It is allegedly faster than state-of-the-art UFS 3.1 flash memory found in some top-end 2020 devices.
The Nokia 10 PureView is now tipped to be a 2021 flagship with a seriously premium display spec
A recent leak has pointed to the launch of a phone called the Nokia 10 PureView. Now, a tech blog claims that is to run on the Snapdragon 875 processor and to be released in mid-2021. It is also now touted to have a display property not claimed by any OEM in quite a while.
AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X is allegedly spotted running at 6GHz via CPU-Z
According to a prominent chipset leaker, the impending Ryzen 5 5600X has been overclocked to just over 6.0GHz. This is shown in a set of CPU-Z detection results that appear to confirm the processor can indeed be pushed this far. The new leak comes in a wave of others showing the new 5-series in a good light compared to its Intel rivals.
NVIDIA announces revised pricing for the RTX 3000 FE series in India
NVIDIA launched the RTX 3000 Founders Edition (FE) series starting at US$499 in the United States. Therefore, Indian flagship GPU fans may not have been impressed to find that the same prices in their market were far above these levels, even without GST. The OEM's division for that country has now fixed this issue, however.
Razer announces a new "Store Live" event set for November 5, 2020
Razer has already held its first virtual launch event in 2020. Now, it will hold a second to be livestreamed in November of the same year. It apparently consists of a series of "exclusive" product debuts, unboxings and giveaways via the OEM's official YouTube channel.
The Google Pixel 5 looks decently reparable in a new video
The YouTuber PBK Reviews has conducted a Pixel 5 teardown on this channel. It seemed relatively easy to do so, possibly showing that several individual components can be replaced with ease. Then again, the vlogger could find no sign of the widely-reported "lifting display" hardware issue.
JD.com holds a drone air-show to celebrate selling its stock of the Huawei Mate 40 series in just 11 seconds
The Huawei Mate 40 series was released for sale via e-tailers such as JD.com in China on October 30, 2020. A new report claims that it took this site only 11 seconds to sell out of the new phones completely on this first day. It released light-up drones which synchronized in air to spell out celebratory messages over its Beijing headquarters to mark this event.
61% of US households with smart home devices polled plan to buy a smart doorbell in the next 12 months
Video doorbells enable the user to see who is at their door on their smart screens or mobile devices. A recent study indicates that 10% of US households with high-speed internet surveyed owned one of these devices in the second quarter of 2020, compared to 7% in 2017. This increased popularity has driven doorbell OEMs to improve innovation and integration with other smart things over the years.
The Honor V40 smartphones are touted as worthy Mate 40 alternatives in a new leak
Huawei's premium sub-brand Honor is now slated to launch its flagship V40 series in December 2020. The leaker @RODENT450 claims to have dug the more prevalent of its specs up in a new Twitter post. They include a 50MP primary camera, its parent's new 66 watt (W) charging system and a 120 hertz (Hz) FHD+ screen.
Realme breaks the world record for time taken to sell 50 million phones: new report
The smartphone brand Realme has had an excellent third quarter in 2020 (3Q2020), according to the latest data from Counterpoint Research. Not only did it post a growth of 132% compared to 2Q2020, it also crossed the 50 million units shipped mark. Realme took only 2.25 years to achieve this milestone, meaning that it has officially beaten all other OEMs in this respect.
The confirmed OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 Edition has a launch date
OnePlus' CEO has reportedly affirmed via Weibo that the Cyberpunk 2077-themed special edition of the 8T premium smartphone will launch in China on November 2, 2020. Little is known about this device, except the obvious point that it has a new brand partner. There are hints that it will share the style of the game's teasers thus far.
A new leak may offer the first signs of an Exynos 981 SoC
Samsung launched the Exynos 880 5G mobile device processor earlier in 2020. Now, there is a hint it will get a successor in 2021. This 980 SoC has been mentioned in a Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) certification, which indicates it is capable of supporting the newer 5.2 standard.
OPPO is slated to launch the K7x, a new phone with affordable 5G specs, in November 2020
Recently, an upcoming OPPO device with a pleasant dark blue finish and quad rear cameras appeared on the Chinese regulator TENAA's website. Subsequent leaks indicate that it is the K7x 5G, a 90Hz display device slated to launch on November 4, 2020 in the same country. It is set to run on the Dimensity 720 SoC, up to 8GB of RAM and a 5000mAh battery.
Ulefone announces 3 new fitness-focused smartwatches at sub-US$70 prices
The OEM Ulefone has launched its new Watch series, which support continuous heart-rate tracking, multiple sports modes and 5ATM water-resistance. There is also a blood-oxygen sensor in the Pro model, whereas the Watch GPS has additional activity-tracking features. They start at US$49.99, or even less with a limited-time introductory offer.
The iPhone 12 proves extremely repair-unfriendly in a new video
Apple's products have shown themselves as resistant to teardowns and re-assembly in the past. The Australian device-repair YouTuber Hugh Jeffreys has posted a new video that seems to demonstrate that this is also true of the recently-launched iPhone 12. The device's UI and cameras exhibited anomalies in response to a motherboard switch.
The "Snapdragon 870" may be exclusive to OPPO phones on its launch
Recent rumors have hinted that Qualcomm will release a 'lite' version of the Snapdragon 875 flagship SoC on its launch. Now, a new leak asserts that this "870" has in fact been secured by OPPO for use in its upcoming devices only. It is said to be faster than the 865, although the two processors may have similar architecture.
ROCCAT introduces new Vulcan keyboards and a Burst Pro mouse
ROCCAT has announced new additions to its gaming peripheral line-up. The new Vulcan keyboard series consists of Pro, Pro TKL and vanilla TKL variants. They are equipped with this OEM's Titan switches and AIMO lighting system, as is the new Burst Pro mouse. Its properties include feet made of pure, heat-treated PTFE to enhance its speed and responsiveness.
Eve V 2020: Eve Devices updates its fans on the latest developments on the 2-in-1's keyboard
The Eve V 2020 is an upcoming Intel Tiger Lake-powered convertible PC that, as its OEM likes to say, was co-designed with its fans. The latest stage in its ongoing production involves finalizing the design of its detachable keyboard. It now apparently combines aspects of a few previous concepts, the custom button functions of which Eve now invites feedback on.
LG may manufacture only about 30% of its 2021 phones by itself
LG is an OEM that designs and fabricates its smartphones through its own production lines. However, a new report indicates that it is poised to change tack somewhat for 2021, by farming more of their manufacture out to original design manufacturers (ODMs) than usual. These devices include some that the Korean giant normally makes in-house.
Realme launches a "Qualcomm Edition" of the 6000mAh battery-toting C15
Realme launched its first ever 6000mAh battery phone in July 2020. The C15 also had a 6.5-inch HD+ IPS display, quad rear cameras and the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC. Now, the OEM is releasing a version of this phone with 1 crucial difference: a Snapdragon processor.
The FCC certifies what may be 2021's cheapest Samsung Galaxy A-series smartphone
Samsung has obtained Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval for a device called the SM-A205M. This, according to several leaks, may be launched as the Galaxy A02 or possibly A02s. Its new registration shows that it is a 4G/LTE-only phone with a rectangular rear camera.
TCL's rollable phone demo allegedly leaks onto YouTube
The display-maker TCL held a 2020 Display Technology Conference earlier in October 2020. This Chinese event reportedly showcased this OEM's rollable phone prototype. Now, a video purporting to contain the footage has been posted to YouTube. It appears to show the groundbreaking device with a fully-functional extendible screen.
Noctua unveils chromax.black editions of the NH-D15 cooler and NH-U9S fan
Noctua has announced new additions to its chromax.black line-up. For the uninitiated, they are versions of this Austrian OEM's PC coolers or fans in an all-matte black finish. These latest examples are new versions of the award-winning NH-D15 asymmetric cooler and the NH-U9S compact fan.
The Radeon RX 6800 offers AMD's latest RDNA 2 GPU design and features for less than US$600
AMD introduced the RX 6800 as the most vanilla of its all-new RDNA 2-based line-up today (October 28, 2020). However, based on its specs, it may pack a punch of its own. It offers the same GDDR6 memory and Infinity Cache as its higher-end siblings, albeit with fewer compute units (CUs) and the series' lowest base clock thus far.
Huawei can now order Samsung displays again
Huawei's place on the US administration's Entity List had cut it off from supplies of high-end OLED smartphone panels from Samsung and LG. However, new reports indicated that the former has obtained a license to sell these components to the Chinese OEM again. Then again, it still can't use them to make new flagship devices.
The LG Wing and Velvet (4G) launch in India
LG has just introduced its revolutionary Wing smartphone to the Indian market. The display-swiveling device has been joined there by a 4G/LTE version of the Velvet. This variant swaps its normal Snapdragon 765G processor for an 845 SoC. The two phones will start to become available from October 30, 2020.
The OnePlus Watch launch, originally slated for October 2020, is pushed back indefinitely
Recently, the tipster Max J. asserted that OnePlus would introduce its first-ever smartwatch in October 2020. Now, the same leaker claims that this launch has been postponed, possibly due to development issues with the new product. The OEM apparently does not have a new date for the event at this time.
Huami launches the Amazfit GTR 2 and GTS 2 smartwatches for the US and UK markets
The OEM Huami has held its global launch for the second-gen Amazfit GTR and GTS wearables, although they will only be released in the US and UK markets to start off with. These smartwatches feature blood-oxygen, heart-rate, sleep and stress monitors, which are analyzed using their in-house PAI system. They will be available through channels such as Amazon on their release.
Razer announces new deals in its Hallowe'en sale
Razer's freshly-announced Hallowe'en 2020 sale is good news for those in need of an older mobile gaming controller from this brand. There is also up to 23% off Black Widow keyboards and Mamba mice. Certain Blade laptops are US$100 less their usual price-tags.
Qualcomm's latest solution for mesh networking may deploy gigabit-level Wi-Fi to the entire home with smaller footprints
Mesh networking is based on a set of repeaters that can be placed strategically around a building (usually a home) to ensure a good Wi-Fi signal in every room. Qualcomm has just announced its latest series of chipsets for this use-case, which, as it claims, can greatly improve on speeds while reducing the size of each new mesh point based on it.
OnePlus announces a discount on its first-gen Buds, which are also back in gray
OnePlus' first-ever TWS earbuds were AirPod clones, but did come with a gray variant at least. They have been out of stock in many countries for some time, however. The OEM has now revealed that they are back in its store now, however, and that they are US$20 off their regular price right now.
DOOGEE launches the S96 Pro as the world’s first rugged Android 10 phone with IR night-vision
DOOGEE's latest in its line of durable smartphones is the S96 Pro. This device counts a 20MP Sony "night vision" sensor among its 4 rear cameras. It also has a colossal battery of over 6000mAh in capacity, an ingress-protection rating of up to IP69K and the MediaTek Helio G90 SoC.
Samsung’s next-gen OLED panels could upgrade to five-figure pixel densities
A new development in OLED technology could result in ultra-high-resolution displays, thanks to the latest developments in increasingly thin, effective solar panels. It involves cutting-edge physics that could be relevant to both fields, which feature in a new paper co-written by R&D scientists at Samsung.
LG Display reports a return to profitability for the first quarter of the last seven
LG's display division has just released its financial performance figures for the third quarter of 2020 (3Q2020). It has posted a net profit of about US$9.7 million, whereas it reported losses in 2Q2020 and in 3Q2019. There are also year-on-year (YoY) and quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) gains in revenue and operating profits in this new report.
Vivo will unveil a new Android skin with the launch of the X60 series
Vivo is rumored to launch its camera-centric successors to the X50 line of phones soon, perhaps before 2020 is out. These devices are also now thought to introduce a new Android skin developed by this company. This "Origin OS" is now slated to have the quality necessary to challenge rivals from OnePlus or Samsung.
The latest version of LG's signature TWS earbuds have ANC
LG now has a few generations of its TONE FREE AirPod-clones under its belt. Now, it has announced a new one. These buds look much like the old, except that they support active noise-cancelling (ANC) this time. Their series' UVnano self-disinfecting technology is also still here.
Xiaomi is slated to launch the Redmi K30S Extreme Commemorative Edition in China
Redmi is set to add a new member to the K30 series tomorrow, albeit in China only. However, the rest of the world has apparently already seen this phone, as it is a rebranded Mi 10T. Nevertheless, it is projected to sell for prices in keeping with its budget-friendly flagship-killer kin.
Having a home security system may make it more likely for you to buy a smart home device
A new research report has concluded that 63% of households with residential security equipment in the US are now considering buying a smart home device in the next 12 months compared to 40% of broadband internet-using households. Therefore, it seems that the trend toward integration with assistants such as Amazon Alexa among home-grade security OEMs is paying off in that respect.
iQOO launches its affordable U1x alongside a new 12GB RAM option for the Z1
iQOO has launched the uncharacteristically budget U1x smartphone in China. With its Snapdragon 662 SoC, relatively small HD display and 5000mAh battery, it should get a lot of screen-on time, at least. It has debuted alongside a new RAM/storage option for the more premium Dimensity 1000+-powered Z1.
The new MagSafe charger may mark up expensive first-party cases, and apparently that's just fine by Apple
The iPhone 12 series comes with dedicated components to support the new MagSafe system, which consists of a range of magnetic accessories, a compact wireless charger included. Now, it has emerged that this product may permanently disfigure the leather cases the OEM has designed for the same mobile devices.
The Samsung Galaxy A02s pops up on Geekbench 4
Some evidence of Samsung's next-gen super-budget smartphones has appeared in a new tip. It concerns a phone thought to be called the Galaxy A02s, which appears to be a 3GB RAM version of the also-rumored Galaxy A02. Oddly, however, the new benchmarking leaks for both possible phones lack SoC data.
Eve Devices announces a shipping delay for the Spectrum monitor
Eve Devices is adamant that it should not ship its upcoming Spectrum monitor "until it is ready". To this end, it has revealed that the shipping date for its QHD/240Hz and 4K/144Hz SKUs has been pushed back to February 2021. This, apparently, will give it time to iron issues with its production out.
These are the entertainment apps to be available on the PlayStation 5 from launch
A Sony executive's latest blog post has revealed that 6 different major content-streaming platforms will be compatible with the PlayStation 5 from day 1. They include Spotify, YouTube, Disney Plus and Netflix, which will get their own dedicated buttons on the console's also newly-announced Media Remote. Other apps may become available thereafter.
A new leak may reveal the full potential of Apple's upcoming AirTags
Apple is now slated to finally unleash its long-awaited AirTags in 2021. These new products are currently widely accepted to be this OEM's answer to products such as Tile anti-loss wireless accessories. However, according to leaks of new patents obtained by the Cupertino company, their applications may go far beyond that.
Huawei's latest accessories include a Watch GT 2 Porsche Design
Huawei's freshly-launched Mate 40 series has, as predicted through leaks, an extra-premium Porsche Design variant. It is accompanied by a similarly customized new smartwatch. This titanium-cased version of the Watch GT 2 has a new "iconic" watch-face, as well as continuous blood-oxygen tracking.
Huawei introduces its FreeBuds Studio headphones and Sound speaker
Huawei's major product launch of today (October 22, 2020) served to announce the Mate 40 phablet series and also several "companion" devices for it. They include the rumored FreeBuds Studio, the first ANC headphones from this line of audio products. In addition, a more compact version of the Sound X speaker made its debut.
A cryptic new leak may or may not show the OnePlus Nord N10's rear panel
The leaker Max J. has posted a mysterious new image to Twitter with an odd caption and no further comment. Based on the contents involved, it has led to speculation that it concerns the Nord N10, which is rumored to be an unusually budget phone from OnePlus.
The iPhone 12 Mini is something Android OEMs may ignore as a trend
Apple may have pleased may fans with the release of the iPhone 12 Mini, a rare return to mobile screens of well under 6 inches in size. Therefore, other non-iOS smartphone manufacturers may want to start on their own equally compact flagships, right? Wrong, says eminent leaker Digital Chat Station.
Acer pitches its new Chromebox CXI4 as a desktop-replacement for enterprise or education
The CXI4 is Acer's new Chromebox with up-to-date connectivity, featuring Wi-Fi 6, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and type C ports. Therefore, it may prove an option for the processing needed in retail or learning spaces. It also has the dimensions and VESA mount necessary to hide it behind nearly any screen paired with it in these environments.
Acer's new Predator and Nitro monitors can go up to 280Hz and 34-inch 1900R curvature
Today (October 21, 2020), Acer has unveiled its latest gaming monitors. The Predator X34 GS is the likely headline here, as it combines a 34-inch 1900R panel, a UWQHD resolution and a new stand type in one. Then again, the 24.5-inch XB253Q GW is the one with the highest (280Hz) refresh rate here. There is also a new Nitro XV272U KV which offers some attractive specs for a decent price.
Consumer tech sales figures in the US are set to show positive change for the last quarter of 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic often has connotations of economic downturn and general consumption-insecurity. Nevertheless, the US consumer tech sector is now projected to grow by 18% year-on-year for the final quarter of 2020 (4Q2020), whereas this figure was 4% in 4Q2019. This increase is thought to be connected to the need for remote working and learning equipment, particularly laptops and monitors.
DxOMark announces updates for its smartphone display and camera testing protocols
DxOMark is practically a household name for independent groups that release scores for smartphone prowess in areas such as their screens and cameras. It has announced that its system to test the former has been re-designed to reflect user experience in real-world and laboratory settings. Its procedures for cameras are also now more rigorous than ever.
T-Mobile launches the OnePlus 8T with an introductory 50% discount offer
The US carrier T-Mobile now lists the new OnePlus 8T as its latest 5G phone. It costs the same as unlocked units in this country; however, a buyer may avail of an offer by which one is half this price when bought with a new line on the network. This requires a 2-year bill-pay contract, however.
EZVIZ releases the C3X night-vision security camera in the UK
The C3X is an external home-security camera of the type that integrates AI so as to distinguish potentially dangerous moving objects such as people and cars in the vicinity from others such as animals. Its maker EZVIZ also claims it has extreme low-light capabilities and color night vision. It is now on sale in the UK for a price of about US$194.
Xiaomi patents a Samsung Galaxy Fold clone
Xiaomi has just been granted a patent for a tablet-like device that folds down the middle to form a much thinner phone-like form with an additional display on its front. In other words, it looks and seems to function much like Samsung's first-gen premium foldable phone. Therefore, the Chinese OEM might be on the brink of moving into this category itself.
The OPPO Enco X are new ANC TWS earbuds tuned by Dynaudio
OPPO has launched the latest addition to its Enco series of TWS earbuds. They are equipped with a dual-core chipset to control their active noise cancelling (ANC) features. The OEM also describes them as having been developed in partnership with the Danish sound specialist Dynaudio. These new Enco buds are Bluetooth 5.2 and have USB type C charging.
OPPO teases the Watch RX, an upcoming round-faced smartwatch
OPPO is a device OEM that has launched Apple Watch-clones in the past. Now, it has unveiled its first smartwatch with a circular face instead. The RX will also run ColorOS Watch 1.5, a new version of the OEM's software for wearables.
OPPO launches its first-ever TVs with a 65-inch QLED flagship model
OPPO unveiled products new to this OEM during its October 19, 2020 Wisdom Life conference in China. They include its first-ever TVs, which run on a version of ColorOS developed specially for this new category. They have 4K panels, the highest-end of which is also QLED and has a 120Hz refresh rate.
iTouch launches its Sport 2 Smartwatch with a new body-temperature sensor
iTouch is a wearables brand with a main presence in the United States. It has announced its second-gen Sport smartwatch, which has a new kind of sensor: one that tracks body temperature and alerts the user if it becomes elevated. It has been priced at US$95.99, but is also currently on sale for Black Friday 2020.
BOE may be planning to make its own glass for foldables in the future
BOE is the largest supplier of display panels (AMOLED included) in China. A new report indicates that it now intends to compete even further with the likes of Samsung by making its own ultra-thin glass (UTG) as well. This material is the most effective existing solution to protect foldable displays, and as such may become more and more important in the future.
Xiaomi teases an imminent launch for the SpO2-enabled Mi Watch in China
The latest in the Mi Watch series of wearables has a round face and a blood-oxygen sensor. An official Xiaomi Weibo account has hinted that it is set for launch very soon in its domestic market. It is slated to come with various additional sports-focused features at this event.
Samsung launches the Galaxy Fit2 wearable
Prior leaks had indicated that Samsung had a new version of the Galaxy Fit wearable with Bluetooth 5.1 in the works. Now, this new device in on sale in India. It has a 1.1-inch color AMOLED display, can track a user's heart-rate and stress levels, and has a battery life rated for up to 21 days between charges.
This, according to a new leak, is the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Earlier today (October 18, 2020), the tipster @OnLeaks shared images asserted to be of the successor to the Samsung Galaxy S20. Since then, the same leaker has posted renders of this phone's Ultra counterpart. The two phones look much alike, except that the latter's rear camera hump is bigger so as to accommodate yet more sensors.
Xiaomi launches new, noise-cancelling Mi Air 2 Pro TWS earbuds
Xiaomi has debuted the Mi Air 2 Pro, which may also become known as the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Pro in markets besides its initial Chinese region. These TWS earbuds boast a high-end matte finish and house specs such as active noise cancellation (ANC), 12mm drivers and wireless charging. They are available for pre-order for a price of close to $104.
The Huawei Mate 40 RS Porsche Design version's alleged looks and price surface in a new leak
A new tip from a well-known leaker may confirm that Huawei will launch a Porsche Design version of the Mate 40 during its upcoming October 2020 online event. This "RS" edition is also now slated to rock the new rear-camera hump also recently linked to the Pro Plus variant. However, in this case, it will be joined by a ceramic finish in a 'racing' style.
Infinix launches the Note 8 and 8i: budget phablets with the Helio G80 processor
Infinix has thrown its hat in the 2020 low- to mid-tier ring with its new Note 8 series. It offers big screens and quad rear cameras. Both the 8 and 8i also have large 5200mAh batteries. Can they really compete with other MediaTek Helio G80-powered devices such as the Redmi 9/Poco M2?
The iPhone 12 series' battery sizes are listed in full
Unlike most Android OEMs, Apple does not include battery capacities in its spec lists for iPhones. However, it may be a particularly pressing issue this year, as the new 12 series has gone 5G, something that may eat screen-on time. A Dutch carrier has listed actual milliamp-hour figures for all 4 variants, and they make for worrying reading.
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro's latest leak purports to spill its looks and specs in detail
Huawei will launch its premium Mate 40 phablet series laters in October 2020. A new leak asserts that its Pro variant will be much like its predecessor in looks. The device is now also slated to get triple rear cameras, the main shooter of which is to be 50MP in resolution. This new tip also contains possible details on the octa-core Kirin 9000 SoC.
Intel launches the Tiger Lake Celeron 6000 series
Intel's latest Celeron 6305 and 6305E processors have a number of up-to-date features and specs that may make devices based on them particularly worthy of consideration. There may have a lower base clock here compared to its immediate forebear, but it also supports double the cache, as well as faster memory and graphics. And, of course, Thunderbolt 4 is here in these newer models.
Intel Pentium Gold steps up to 10nm thanks to a new Tiger Lake-based variant
Intel has launched the Pentium Gold 7505 processor, which, unlike its immediate predecessor, has a 10 nanometer (nm) architecture thanks to its place in the Tiger Lake series. It also now has double the cache and supports faster integrated graphics compared to its closest 2019 counterpart - with Thunderbolt 4 on top of that.
TCL launches its 4K Android TVs in the US
TCL now sells its 4-series smart TVs in the US. These 4K Android devices support Google's Assistant and have Chromecast functionality. They are available in 50-, 55- and 75-inch variants, some of which are already on sale for 2020's Black Friday.
Kokoon's ultra-slim NightBuds sleep-audio earbuds hit the US$380,000 mark on Kickstarter
The Kokoon NightBuds are, like the Amazfit ZenBuds or Bose Sleepbuds II, designed to be worn in bed so as to help the user fall asleep. To this end, they measure just 5.4 millimeters in depth, although they are not TWS. They have launched via Kickstarter, where they have amassed nearly 15 times their goal.
Huawei releases a Dimensity 800U-powered version of the Nova 7 SE
Huawei has announced a new version of an existing mid-ranger. The Nova 7 SE Vitality Edition is essentially the exact same as the original - with the exception that it runs on the MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset rather than the Kirin 820 SoC. This means the refreshed variant is still 5G, although it starts for slightly less that the "first" 7 SE.
4G/LTE is going to the moon, and Nokia is going to install it there
Nokia has secured a contract from NASA to provide it with a 4G/LTE network - for a lunar base. The US' space administration has plans to have such a structure on the moon and operational by 2028, and the Finnish brand is the one to supply the astronauts who will work there with a telecommunications infrastructure based on a common terrestrial mobile data standard.
Carl Pei confirms his departure from OnePlus
OnePlus is a smartphone brand that has leveraged hype around "alternative" flagships into a market-leading position over the years, and Carl Pei has been there from the start as its co-founder. However, he has just posted a goodbye message to its official community website, thereby affirming he is stepping down from this position and leaving the OEM.
Canon launches the EOS M50 Mark II with new tap-to-focus and YouTube Live streaming features
Canon has updated the EOS M50 with a Mark II model. This new camera has a 24.1MP APS-C sensor with the OEM's DIGIC 8 image processor. It also has on-board Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which helps with its new ability to livestream directly to YouTube wirelessly. It should be available in late November 2020 as a single unit or bundled with compatible EF lenses.
Xiaomi will launch the Mi Smart Speaker in Europe soon
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker is a Google Assistant-enabled device that was launched in India recently alongside the Mi Band 5 and Mi Watch Revolve. It has a 63.5 millimeter (mm) driver rated for 12 watt (W) audio and has an LED accent that indicates when it is active. According to a new leak, it may also have European availability in its future.
Omnivision launches a world-first 1.0 micron 64MP sensor for smartphones
Omnivision has announced its new high-end mobile camera sensor, the OV64A. It is 64MP, which is nothing new to this manufacturer; however, this one has pixels of a ground-breaking 1.0 micron in size. This may enhance its sensitivity compared to its predecessors.
Dell sets out its deals for gamers during 2020's winter holidays
Dell has announced a whole range of sales events and deals for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and winter 2020 in general already. They include discounts on some Alienware laptops, desktops and monitors. Some of this hardware will be cut by up to 50% in price during these events.
Dell discounts a host of consumer and small business hardware for the 2020 winter holidays
Dell's end-of-2020 holiday deals have been outlined in good time this year. They are a range of discounts on PCs and monitors for entrepreneurs as well as those looking for gift ideas already. This includes Vostro-brand machines, in addition to the new XPS 13 Touch.
Mobvoi announces its Prime Day wearables sale event
Mobvoi, the OEM behind popular lines of smartwatch and AirPod-clone accessories, has announced discounts on some newer models of these wearables. They include the TicWatch Pro 2020, as well as the stainless steel-cased TicWatch C2+ and TicPods ANC. Most of these products are 30% off their regular prices.
Samsung unveils new Plus-line SDXC cards for 2020
Samsung has launched two new lines of memory cards with compelling speeds and specs. They are the new EVO Plus and PRO Plus series, which both have the full SD form-factor and come in sizes of 32 to 256GB. They are rated for high speeds and for advanced 'sevenfold' durability.
The new Beats Flex are surprisingly budget wireless earphones from Apple
The Beats by Dre brand has launched its latest pair of wireless earphones. Like the Powerbeats Pro before them, they are of the neckbud variety, but are also much cheaper this time. Nevertheless, they are rated for potentially superior audio quality and connectivity thanks to their Apple audio tech.
Amazon.com offers up to 25% off the Samsung Galaxy S20 or Note 20 phones
Amazon's Prime Day is now in full swing in multiple regions, the US included. Here, the retail giant has good deals on the latest Samsung flagship smartphones, so long as the buyer wants a factory-unlocked version. They include up to 19% off the Galaxy Note 20 series, or 25% off most S20 and S10 variants.
The iPhone 12 series and HomePod Mini are leaked in full color ahead of their launch
The next Apple Special Event is scheduled for today (October 13, 2020) - the same day on which Evan Blass has decided to leak high-quality renders of the products thought to be involved in all their new colors. They comprise all 4 variants of the iPhone 12 series as well as the alleged new HomePod Mini.
Puro Sound Labs headphones are back on Amazon, and will be cheaper for the Prime Day event
Puro Sound Labs makes personal audio products that, as it asserts, provide a high-end listening experience while protecting the user's aural health. It is known for its PuroGamer headset, and has also just launched the PuroPro active noise cancelling (ANC) "adult" headphones. It has also released UK and US pricing for Amazon's 2020 Prime Day sale.
The OnePlus 8T will launch alongside a power bank: new leak
OnePlus has hinted that additional new products may launch with the upcoming 8T flagship phone. Now, the tipster Ishan Agarwal claims to know what one of them will be: a power bank. However, fans hoping for up-to-date Warp Charge in such an accessory might be disappointed in this rumor.
Some Samsung Galaxy S20 FE users complain that their screens have touch-input issues
The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (or FE) launched as a new way to get some 2020 Samsung flagship specs at a new, attractive price. However, there seems to be a sting in this tale for some buyers. Their up-to-120Hz displays reportedly exhibit touch issues of various kinds.
Huawei announces a launch date for the Mate 40 series
Earlier, Huawei confirmed that the Mate 40 flagship series was on the way, but neglected to say when exactly. Now, its official Twitter channel has revealed that this will indeed occur on October 22, 2020. The company is already making impressive claims for its new phablets in its latest teaser.
Amazon Germany puts the OPPO A53s up for preorder
The OPPO A53s is a phone freshly added on Amazon.de. It seems to have the exact same specs as the A53, which is powered by the new Snapdragon 460 SoC and has a 90Hz 6.5-inch HD+ display. It can be pre-ordered with free TWS earbuds from this OEM prior to its release date of October 13, 2020.
Google's rumored plan is to convert YouTube into a direct-sales platform
Any number of products, devices and software included, is showcased on YouTube every day. Now, Bloomberg reports that Google has a new project that involves linking these items to sales pages generated by the Mountain View company itself through the medium of the vlogging site. This, apparently, will allow it to cash in on the prevailing online sales boom.
TSMC can do business with Huawei again, but with a reportedly epic twist
The current US administration put Huawei on its Entity List, which ultimately led to the OEM being cut off from vital suppliers such as TSMC. However, that company has now obtained a license to once again sell to the Chinese electronics giant. Then again, the terms of this new allowance may render it considerably less of a reprieve for Huawei than it sounds.
Intel quietly upgrades the Core i3-9100F processor to 10th-gen for the same price
An eagle-eyed Redditor has spotted that Intel just introduced the Core i3-10100F with minimal fanfare. This direct successor to the i3-9100F still has no integrated graphics - although it does have hyper-threading, which is a first for its nascent series. It also has the same recommended price range as its preceding generation.
Xiaomi will launch its new Mi Power Bank 3 Ultra Compact in Europe
A tech blog claims to have heard from an exclusive source that Xiaomi will launch its latest power bank in Europe. This apparently 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank 3 Ultra Compact is also slated to have a new, texturized casing that might prevent drops or damage to the new product. It may have 2 USB type A ports with 1 type C ports, and charge devices at up to 22.5 watts (W).
Razer finally releases the Tomahawk ITX mini-PC case
Razer wowed the tech world when it showed the Tomahawk PC case off at CES 2020. It is made of all-tempered-glass panels and SPCC steel reinforcements, and also boasts inbuilt cable management. The OEM has finally launched the mini-ITX variant of this case, alongside new accessories that include a new gaming chair, audio equipment and Sneki Snek in plushie form.
Razer launches the Tiger Lake version of the Blade Stealth
The inaugural RazerCon event has just wrapped up, leaving a host of new and updated products from its organizer in its wake. The headliner here is probably the refreshed Blade Stealth, although the only real difference from its predecessors here is its CPU. It now has an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU rather than a 10th-gen as before.
Google runs out of Pixel 5 units to pre-order in several European countries
Google's latest Pixel-series flagship had been released for pre-orders in France, Germany, Ireland and the UK until October 15, 2020. However, this option is now no longer actionable in either of these countries. Similarly, if you are in these nations and want a 4a (5G), you have to join a wait-list.
The wireless headphones market may be worth over US$42 billion by 2026
A new research report has concluded that the market for wireless headphones worldwide will accrue a value of approximately US$42.1 billion over the next 6 years. This growth may be based on the demand for products that connect users to their smartphones, tablets or TVs, as well as using them while working out or consuming content.
October 10 is now California's official Blue Light Awareness Day
The US State of California's legislative body has passed a resolution that makes today (October 10, 2020) Blue Light Awareness Day in the jurisdiction. The device certification group Eyesafe has welcomed the motion, particularly in light of the trend towards remote working and learning and, thus, the ever-growing rate of screen use in the region.
An alleged official poster leak suggests the Infinix Note 8 is close to launch
Based on some convincing leaks, the Infinix Note 8 will pose an effective challenge in the budget smartphone space, as it may offer the Helio G80 SoC, 6GB of RAM and a 64MP main rear camera. A new leak suggests that it will also have a dual punch-hole selfie camera and on-trend looks.
The latest CTL Chromebox comes with Wi-Fi 6, upgradeable RAM and a USB type C port
CTL has announced the Chromebox CBx2, which as the OEM asserts, is versatile enough to take on the demands of a retail display as it is those of a remote worker. It has a range of up-to-date connectivity options; plus, with 2 variants with CPU choices between 1 Intel Celeron and 1 Core i7 processor, it may indeed be configurable to a range of use-cases.
Casio launches a new member of the connected EDIFICE watch series
Casio has announced the ECB20 additions to the Bluetooth-enhanced EDIFICE range. There are 3 new variants of a style that comes with this manufacturer's Smartphone Link to show information streamed to it from a paired smartphone. It also supports up-to-date Casio abilities, including 5-alarm storage, a stopwatch, a timer and a super illuminator dial.
GoPro reports that sales of the HERO9 Black has pushed its paid subscriber numbers beyond expectations
The HERO9 Black is the latest and most advanced action camera launched by GoPro in 2020. The OEM now claims that its success has led to a number of paid subscriptions for the company that has now exceeded 500,000 in number. It also now estimates that this figure may grow to about 700,000 by the end of the year.
OPPO patents a phone with a waterfall display and an under-display selfie camera
The under-display front-facing camera may be a smash-hit spec among flagship phones going into 2021. A new leak may prove OPPO is taking it seriously by combining it with another state-of-the-art design feature: a display that curves pretty much all the way down to the rear panel. Therefore, it would combine 2 kinds of extra-premium screen technology in 1 phone.
A new leak may confirm that the Galaxy W21 will launch in China soon
The Galaxy W20 was an upgraded version of the already-flagship-grade Samsung Galaxy Fold sold in China. Now, according to a new registration issued by TENAA, its next generation might offer more of the same. The alleged certification shows a device that looks just like the Z Fold2 but with a different, fancier rear panel.
The new TCL TAB launches via Verizon
TCL launched its 8-inch 10 TABMID slate during IFA 2020 Special Edition. Now, a variant of this device has launched in the US through the carrier Verizon. It has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, but also has 4G connectivity and its OEM's NXTVISION screen technology. It has been priced at just under US$200 and is available from now.
Samsung launches the Galaxy F41 as a revised M31 for the Indian market with a release-day special offer
Samsung has launched the Galaxy F41, which has heretofore been the stuff of rumors concerning a new series of smartphones from this OEM for the Indian market. It has nearly the exact same specs as the Galaxy M31, except for rear cameras that are updated in both configuration and appearance. Flipkart plans to release it in conjunction with a special event it is hosting on October 16, 2020.
Nokia launches 6 new Android TVs via Flipkart
Nokia has added updated models to its range of smart TVs sold through Flipkart in India. They include 2 new 43-inch units as well as the 2 new 32- and 50-inch sizes hinted at in an earlier leak. This new series has speakers tuned by Onkyo, a "Pronto Focal" AI engine and up to 4K/UHD resolutions.
A US Senate Subcommittee report concludes that Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon "abuse" their positions in their markets
The United States Senate had earlier commissioned an investigation into claims that the "Big Four" tech companies - Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google - exert monopolies on the main sectors in which they operate, and, furthermore, maintain them through systems that act in their favor. This process has resulted in findings that could be interpreted to uphold these complaints.
Some Microsoft Surface Duo owners are reporting that its frame cracks around the charging port
The Microsoft Surface Duo is a rather unique Android device as it joins 2 displays via a hinge. However, it has become associated with poor durability following testing from some prominent YouTubers. Now, it seems these findings are translating into real-world problems for some users, who claim the plastic frames of their Duos have developed cracks around the USB type C port.
Samsung patents an RGB hinge for its Galaxy Z Fold series because why not
Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold series may be among the best-known of hinged devices out there. Now, a new patent reportedly filed by the OEM and published by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) in October 2020 shows a way to bring even more attention to this feature. It involves the placement of a light-up strip along the middle of the component.
Realme unleashes the 7 and 7 Pro onto the European market
Realme has revealed pricing and availability info for its up-to-date mid-tier series of smartphones in Europe. They offer the MediaTek Helio G95 and Snapdragon 720G processors in the 7 and 7 Pro respectively, as well as up to 65W SuperDart charging (in the Pro variant). The OEM has also announced that it has enhanced its service coverage for the 2 phones in their new market.
Asus now stocks the ROG Phone 3 on its US website
Asus has stealthily unleashed its latest mobile gaming flagship, the ROG Phone 3, onto the US market. It offers top-end specs such as the Snapdragon 865+ processor, a 6000mAh battery and active cooling. This device starts for US$1000 in its new region.
Apple sets its next Special Event for October 13, 2020
Apple has just announced a new product event to take place on October 13, 2020. This launch is more than likely to finally reveal the iPhone 12 series. Other long-held projections concerning rumored accessories such as the AirPods Studio, AirTags and AirPower may also be confirmed during the show.
The Poco C3 launches as its brand's cheapest phone yet
Poco has launched the C3, as promised in earlier teasers, today (October 6, 2020). It is, as expected, an effective rebrand of the Redmi 9c, which is available in other markets. However, this version has different colors, different RAM/storage SKUs and a lower price compared to the original in its new market of India.
The first Pixel 5 'hands-on' video may reveal some performance, UX and camera details early
Google launched its latest flagship, the Pixel 5, at the end of September 2020. However, unboxings, first impressions or reviews of this new phone are yet to emerge on YouTube. Then again, one UK-based vlogger claims to have the device in hand, having been sent it by a carrier in this country.
A new Galaxy Z Fold2 teardown puts the existence of its protective ultra-thin glass beyond a doubt
Samsung is touting its new Galaxy Z Fold2 as an especially durable flexible-display device thanks to its updated hinge design and the ultra-thin glass (or UTG) that covers its main 7.6-inch screen. The YouTube channel JerryRigEverything (JRE) encountered this part of the premium device to a destructive extent during its obligatory teardown.
Dell's latest soundbar has a magnetic mounting system for ideal compatibility with the OEM's new monitors
Dell is currently launching its latest UltraSharp monitors for home-office and prosumer use. The OEM also now unveils the SB521A, touted as the "world's lightest and slimmest soundbar". This accessory can snap onto a monitor from its own brand with its top-mounted magnets, thus immediately adding 3.6W RMS audio power to the display in question.
Dell Meeting Space Solutions are ready for the physical boardrooms of the future
Remote-working products reign supreme at present; however, Dell has prepared its new Meeting Space Solutions against the come-back of the real-life boardroom. They are bundles tailored to in-person conference settings of different sizes and conformations, and also adapt to the software preferred by the business client in question: Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
NVIDIA unveils the RTX A6000 and A40: new Ampere-based cards for creative or data professionals
The RTX A6000 and A40 have been introduced as state-of-the-art GPUs for content creation, data-centers or engineering. They are based on the latest Ampere architecture, and have been equipped with next-gen tensor, RT and CUDA cores. These cards are therefore rated to outstrip their Quadro predecessors in terms of throughput and performance.
LG trademarks names for possible future additions to the mid-range Q smartphone series
The latest member of LG's mid-tier smartphone series comes with the OEM's 2020 flagship design language and a 5G processor. Now, a new leak suggests that there is more along the same lines in the works. Going by their apparent model numbers, they may fall into the US$200-400 price range.
A new leak points to a 12GB RAM option for the OnePlus 8T
A device that may be the upcoming OnePlus 8T flagship refresh had appeared on Geekbench with 8GB of RAM. Now, a second phone with a nearly identical model number has made it onto the same benchmarking site, but with 12GB this time. Meanwhile, the OEM has released a new teaser video with a hint as how it will look with its new flat screen.
Realme X7 Pro: NBTC certification may raise hopes of an international launch
The Realme X7 Pro is a potentially interesting flagship-level phone as it comes with the 5G-capable MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC, a 120Hz AMOLED display and 65 watt (W) charging. Then again, it has only been available in China thus far. A new registration with a Thai regulator may change that situation soon, however.
Nokia teases a new smart TV launch
Nokia started selling its Android-powered TVs in the Indian market earlier in 2020. Now, its website is building hype for two new models for this series, one of which may be more wallet-friendly than its predecessors. They are to launch in October 6, 2020, and may feature a different audio partner for their speakers this time.
The OnePlus 8T will launch alongside new TWS earbuds
OnePlus launched its first pair of TWS earbuds alongside the 8 series of flagship smartphones in July 2020. Now, the OEM has confirmed that their next generation will debut when the 8T launches on October 14, 2020. They are to have the IP55 ingress protection rating, and are rumored to cost less than than their predecessors.
OnePlus upgrades the Nord, along with its 2019 flagships, to September 2020 security patches
OnePlus has announced new stable versions of its version of Android, OxygenOS, for its premium mid-ranger the Nord. In addition, the 7T, 7T Pro, 7 and 7 Pro have also been updated. All of these OTAs contain the September 2020 security patch; meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy A50 has one for October already.
Realme announces a European launch event for its 7 series smartphones
Realme is gearing up to debut its 7-series of mobile devices in the European market. Consumers in this region may expect at least 2 variants of this new line with up to 90Hz displays, 5000mAh batteries and 65 watt (W) charging. The OEM will outline these details, along with the phones' pricing structure in their new market, on October 7, 2020.
OWC unveils its first Thunderbolt 4 dock
OWC has launched its first dock specifically aimed at PCs equipped with Thunderbolt 4 ports. It offers a further 3 USB type Cs with the same standard, as well as a 3.2 type A port. It is rated to support dual 4K displays or one 5 to 8K monitor, as well as a range of additional peripherals, storage media or devices to 1 state-of-the-art machine.
Huawei has a new, 24-inch slim-bezel monitor in the works: new leak
A Chinese tech blog has posted what it claims as renders of an upcoming monitor from the OEM Huawei. It shows that this apparent 23.8-inch model is to have an IPS display with a 3-side-near-borderless design. The device may also have a rear panel finished in matte gray, if few ports on this side.
Lenovo releases the Legion Phone Duel to European markets
Lenovo's French, Italian, Spanish and German divisions now list the Legion Phone Duel on their regional websites. It is priced at €999 (about US$1170) on all of them. However, there are introductory offers of some additional accessories as free gifts wiith purchase, including the Yoga Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) headphones.
Most consumers from Germany or Spain surveyed prefer to buy phones online now, whereas those from the UK do not
A new report from Counterpoint Research on smartphone-buying trends in Europe has concluded that the majority of poll respondents from Spain or Germany would prefer to buy their next mobile device online. By contrast, only 10% of UK participants prefer online platforms, preferring some hands-on time with their choices before buying.
Poco spills some C3 camera details in its latest teaser
Poco India has posted a new tweet in order to build some hype for the launch of the C3, a budget phone set to debut on October 6, 2020. It includes a video hinting at its rear camera prowess. However, the brand may also have inadvertently confirmed that the phone has been seen under a different name before.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 goes through JerryRigEverything's testing, fares perhaps better than you might think
The popular electronics destruction-testing YouTube channel JerryRigEverything has gotten Samsung's latest flagship foldable, the Galaxy Z Fold2, in for a durability test. The resulting video might prove that the OEM has improved on its robustness compared to last year's model. Then again, there were some surprising discrepancies, especially considering this phone's starting price.
OnePlus 8T: leakers claim to reveal its camera specs and footprint ahead of its launch
OnePlus is scheduled to launch its usual late-year flagship phone refresh, the 8T, on October 14, 2020. However, tipsters claim to have found out how many rear cameras the phone will have, as well as the function of each sensor. Furthermore, there are now rumors that it may be slightly shorter than the 8 Pro, yet still have the same depth.
Schenker launches the XMG DJ 15 laptop for those who want a slim, light machine with all the ports
Schenker is pitching the XMG DJ 15 at those who might move around a lot with their laptop, yet need all the I/O they can get - live entertainers included. It packs a host of ports, dual 3.5mm headphone jacks for audio and mics or S/PDIF optical outputs included. It also offers an up to tenth-gen Core i7 processor and 32GB of RAM.
A new leak may confirm the Galaxy S20 Ultra's successor will not get a battery upgrade
Previous leaks have suggested that the "Galaxy S21 Ultra" will have a battery of the same size as its 2020 counterpart: 5000mAh. Now, the regulatory body 3C has reportedly produced some more evidence of this possibility. The new registration made by Samsung is for a model number that may match its upcoming flagship smartphone.
Google launches the Pixel 5 and 4a (5G) along with new connected-home products
Today (September 30, 2020), Google has finally made the 5G Pixels official. They are the flagship 5 and the new version of the 4a, which of course come with Android 11 out of the box. These phones have been joined by the Chromecast with Google TV and Nest Audio products, thereby confirming months' worth of leaks.
Vivo launches the V20 series with the promise of an upgrade to Android 11
The V20 Pro is the Snapdragon 765G-powered flagship for Vivo's latest smartphone series that the OEM now pitches at "various regions". The devices run on Android 10; however, they were also linked to a planned upgrade to its successor. They also all have the same 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, but differ otherwise in terms of specs.
The Wi-Fi Alliance certifies a new device that may be the Huawei Mate X2
The Huawei Mate X series consists of outward-folding premium smartphones. It is rumored to get a new addition in 2020 that may come with a re-done design. A device newly submitted to the Wi-Fi Alliance by the OEM is thought to be this possibly upcoming flagship.
The Amazfit X gets a final release announcement amid a deluge of dissatisfaction from its Indiegogo backers
The Amazfit X is a fitness band-like device that purports to improve on this form factor with a curved screen. Its maker Huami has confirmed that it will be available at its final retail price in the fourth quarter of 2020. However, its units from preceding crowdfunding campaigns have reportedly run into difficulty.
The [email protected] project gains CUDA support, potentially speeding it up on NVIDIA GPUs by about 30%
[email protected] has developed software that makes the complex process of protein structure analysis crowd-sourced. Accordingly, it benefits from the "spare" GPU power of its contributors' PCs. Furthermore, its software now has CUDA support, which may allow it and the Covid-19 research it feeds into to get much faster.
Mobvoi breaks into the smart home-gym market with its new treadmill
Mobvoi is an OEM perhaps best known for its TicWatch line of wearables. However, it has branched out into other device classes as of late. The latest example of this diversification is the Home Treadmill, a new piece of remote gym equipment rated for a compact footprint and flat storage. It joins other products such as the Amazfit AirRun in this market.
Lenovo France now lists the Ryzen 7 4800H-powered IdeaPad S540-13
The new IdeaPad S540-13 (AMD) is now available on Lenovo's French-language webstore. It has been here before: however, this latest arrival is powered by the Ryzen 7 4800H APU, rather than the 7 4800U. Nevertheless, the price for this newer model with the more powerful chipset remains the same as the old.
The Lenovo ThinkVision T27hv-20 monitor shows remote collaboration potential with USB type C and a 1080p IR webcam
Lenovo is clearly aiming its new 27-inch monitor at professionals who work off-site. Besides its ThinkVision branding and esthetics, it boasts a new, 1080p webcam with a privacy shutter, an integrated noise-cancelling mic and a speaker. There is also a streamlined USB type C interface with 90W charging and eye-health certifications for its 2K display.
Samsung may launch the Galaxy W21 premium foldable in China soon
The Galaxy W20 is a variation of Samsung's Galaxy Fold released as a Chinese-market exclusive with 5G. Now, it seems it is getting a successor in the coming months. The OEM has certified a new device with a model number likely to match such a device with the regulator 3C.
A potential extra-budget Lenovo phone leaks onto Geekbench
The Lenovo A-series is a line of often cost-effective smartphones. A leaker asserts that it will get a new addition soon. This is based on a new Geekbench 5 listing for a device with a heretofore-unknown model number with 4GB of RAM, the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC and Android 10.
RazerCon 2020 is an all-new, all-streamed mixed-reality product launch event
Details on the inaugural digital event RazerCon have been unveiled. This 2020 conference will provide mixed-reality (MR) showcases of new products from the event's host, as well as partners including NVIDIA, Intel and Western Digital. There will also be appearances by gaming celebrities during the live-streamed show, as well as a virtual concert featuring artists such as Deadmau5.
Caviar already lists its highly unusual iPhone 12 Pro collection, styled as an homage to the original Apple computer
Despite the fact that they have not yet been launched, Caviar has put its apparently extremely custom units of the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max up for pre-order. The company has taken an unexpected route with these modified devices: they have wooden backings, on which what is described as a piece of the first-ever Apple computer is mounted. The phones are also decorated with theme-appropriate titanium accents.
The Asia-Pacific/Middle East phone accessories market could be worth US$154.8 billion in 2027
Mobile phone accessories are big business: they made for a US$118 billion market for the combined Middle East/Asia-Pacific regions in 2019. New market research indicates this worth could grow to nearly $155 billion by 2027. Australia and New Zealand may have the greatest share of it by sub-region in that year.
Avita releases the Ryzen 7 3700U-powered Admiror laptop to the UK market
Avita, an emerging notebook brand, has already launched the Admiror mid-ranger to the US market. Now, it is to be available via UK retailers as well. It is a 14-inch USB type C-only model with an atypical design to match its Flaming Copper or Blazing Brown colorways.
The OnePlus 8T will stay "smooth" for at least 3 years: Pete Lau
Pete Lau is the CEO of OnePlus, an OEM with a late-2020 flagship phone refresh on the way. He has taken to Weibo to discuss lag in mobile devices of this tier. The executive also indicated that the impending 8T will resist it until it is 3 years old at the earliest.
A new leak may point to a Tiger Lake-based Huawei laptop in the works
The prominent tipster _rogame_ has found a new entry on UserBenchmark for a laptop with a Tiger Lake Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB hard-drive. The results do not mention an OEM; however, the leaker insists the upcoming device is from Huawei. Therefore, it may be a high-end Matebook of the future.
Huawei may release HarmonyOS in 2020, but only to developers
The latest word on HarmonyOS, Huawei's alternative to Google's AOSP-based Android, was that it would not be available until 2021 at the earliest. Now, a new report claims that the OEM will release the software to developers as early as December 2020 so as to make this happen. The company may also take this opportunity to integrate smartphones into the rest of its device ecosystem.
The new Amazon Echo Dot Show 10's display can follow the user around the room
Amazon has made the latest generations of its Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show smart speakers official. The latter still has an in-built screen; however, this one can swivel around on its base so as to keep a user in the "eyeline" of its 13MP camera. The Echo Dot also now has multiple variants. These new smart speakers are available to pre-order from now.
A start-up claims its HYPHEN 2 crowdfunded TWS earbuds have a battery-friendly alternative to ANC
RollingSquare has launched the HYPHEN 2 truly wireless (TWS) earbuds on Indiegogo. They are touted as having internals and advantages that set them apart from other products in their category. These include a slight departure from the AirPod-clone form factor, a different type of battery and a new type of noise isolation that is apparently as good as active noise cancelling (ANC) with fewer downsides.
Epic Games and Spotify are founder-members of a new 'anti-app-tax' organization
Epic Games has been in open litigious conflict with Apple over the latter's 30% levy on developer revenue in exchange for the use of its App Store. Now, the studio has escalated this situation with the implementation of the Coalition for App Fairness (CAF), a new non-profit for "developer rights". Spotify, another company openly disgruntled with Apple's "unfair" practices, has also helped form the group.
The new EOS C70 is the first Canon digital cinema camera with an RF mount
Canon has unveiled the EOS C70 4K Digital Cinema Camera, the first of its series to have compatibility with RF lenses. It features a next-gen Super 35mm sensor, yet weighs only 2.6lbs. It is rated for 4K DCI/UHD up to 120 frames per second (fps) or 2K DCI/HD up to 180 fps.
OnePlus confirms an upgrade to 65W Warp Charging in the upcoming 8T
Several leaks have painted the OnePlus 8T as a flat-screen refresh of the existing 8 flagship series. Now, it has released a new preview post to its community website revealing that it will get the next generation of this OEM's in-house Warp Charge USB type C charging standard. This system will use dual cells to allow the battery in question to attain full capacity in an estimated 39 minutes.
The OPPO Watch ECG Edition is now official
OPPO has unveiled an electrocardiography (ECG) -enabled version of its first-gen smartwatch in the course of its 2020 Developer's Conference. The wearable is essentially the same as the 46mm variant of this Watch, just with the new in-depth heart rate-tracking feature. The Watch also now also has a new League of Legends Limited Edition.
The Asus ROG Phone 3 will be released to North America soon, as confirmed by the FCC
Asus launched the ROG Phone 3, its latest gaming flagship Android phone, in July 2020. However, it never materialized on the US or Canadian markets. The device has just appeared on the FCC database, suggesting that it is finally approved for sale in the region.
The now-former Elkhart Lake series are "IoT-enhanced" Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium processors
Intel has emphasised that its latest Pentium, Celeron and Atom processors are ideal for the Internet of Things (IoT) use-cases of the near future. They are ultra-low-power CPUs that can still drive multiple 4K displays and are rated for twice the 3D graphics performance compared to their predecessors. They will start to become available in the first quarter of 2021.
Intel announces IoT-specific variants of Tiger Lake Core i3, i5 and i7 processors
Intel's Industrial Summit 2020 revealed that the OEM now believes that data and its processing will migrate to the edge in the future. To that end, it has announced 11th-gen Core processor versions aimed at Internet of Things (IoT) applications. They are extra-low-power variants of Tiger Lake CPUs with features such as Deep Learning Boost, although they retain Thunderbolt 4 and PCIe 4.0 support.
The Samsung Galaxy A42 is 5G because it has the Snapdragon 750G chipset: new leak
Samsung has officially teased the Galaxy A42, indicating it is to be the OEM's cheapest 5G handset on its launch. The statement revealed its price (in Euros), design and screen-size, while skimming right past its processor. A new code tear-down now asserts that its SoC is in fact the new Snapdragon 750G.
Huawei patents a D-pad-shaped rear camera in a new phone design
Huawei has patented a design for a smartphone that seems to have an under-display selfie camera. However, its other side has an interesting feature: quad sensors in a plus-sign-shaped module. Furthermore, one of the lenses is square, suggesting that it can accommodate cameras for periscope zoom photography.
Samsung launches the 980 PRO SSD globally
The 980 PRO NVMe M.2 is a new Samsung SSD designed for high-performance PCs - and, according to all its leaks, the PlayStation 5. Its maker has finally formally unleashed it on the world. Its ultra-high read and write speeds have been confirmed by the OEM, as has its PCIe 4.0 support.
Samsung ports its free TV Plus app to newer Galaxy S- and Note-series smartphones
Samsung US has announced that the OEM's TV Plus app is coming to smartphones. This means the 2020 and 2019 Galaxy Note and S flagships will be able to access this service, whereas it had only been available on smart screens prior to this. The in-house streaming service offers over 100 channels of ad-support content.
Rivet Networks announces the new Killer USB type C 3.1 to 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet adapter
The Killer brand of networking products has unveiled its latest adapter: one with a USB type C connector at one end and an RJ-45 jack rated for up to 2.5 gigabit Ethernet at the other. Rivet Networks asserts it is the world's first adapter designed for competitive gaming or other high-performance PC tasks in mind.
D-Link releases a "True FHD" Wi-Fi security camera with AI person detection, weatherproofing and IPv6 support
D-Link has announced the DCS-8302LH Full HD Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera. Despite one part of its name, the OEM asserts it is sleek and sophisticated to have inside the house as well. It also packs features such as IR for night vision, AI to help avoid unnecessary user alerts and "next-gen" IPv6/WPA3 support.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 has an upcoming Porsche Design variant
A YouTube channel has allegedly posted a video of a heretofore-unreleased Huawei wearable called the Watch GT 2 Porsche Design. It seems much like the rest of its possible series, albeit with a new bezel and boot animation. This may be a sign that such a product will be unveiled alongside the upcoming Mate 40 series.
LG patents a pull-out display device with stylus support
LG has previously teased or showcased devices with rollable displays. Now, its latest patent, approved by the US Patents and Trademarks Office (USPTO) in September 2020, may show the OEM's latest take on the technology. It is a box housing a display that can be unfurled horizontally and be used as a drawing device.
PlayStation 5: a Singapore study extols the virtues of holding off on a purchase until later
The PlayStation 5 will launch in Singapore on November 19, 2020. On that date, its Standard edition will be the most expensive variant of its series yet in that country (as indeed it will for pretty much all its markets). However, some new research may predict when its price will get more bearable for many consumers.
The Android app that allows users to play Xbox games wirelessly is now in beta
Microsoft has announced that the new Xbox App is available as a beta on the Google Play Store. It has been designed so that users can stream downloaded titles from their consoles onto their Android devices. The app is also rated for easy sharing, invites and notification management across this gaming ecosystem.
Aukey Gaming launches new mechanical RGB keyboards
The accessories OEM Aukey's gaming division has come up with some new mechanical keyboards. The 104-key variant features anti-ghosting, full n-key rollover and dedicated software. The brand has also even developed its own switches with different response and feedback properties.
Realme launches the Snapdragon 460-powered C17 with a 5000mAh battery and a 90Hz display
Realme has officially unveiled a device based on the new Snapdragon 460 processor in Bangladesh. The C17 also has quad rear cameras, a 500mAh battery and a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a 90 hertz (Hz) refresh rate. It is priced at US$200 in its first market.
Mobvoi announces a launch date for the TicWatch Pro 3
The TicWatch Pro 2020 may be a particularly interesting smartwatch due to its dual-layer display that is intended to save battery over time and 1GB of memory. Now, TicWatch has revealed that it has a successor that will launch in 3 days from now. This Pro 3 is slated to rock the latest Snapdragon wearables platform from Qualcomm.
Xiaomi's international business may account for over half of its revenue, and it's all thanks to MIUI
Xiaomi's CEO, Lei Jun, reportedly estimated that his OEM's global operations represented 50% or more of its total revenue at this stage. Speaking at an innovation conference in China, the executive attributed this international success to MIUI. This Android skin started out as a custom ROM, but now exists as multilingual official software found on millions of devices worldwide.
The Vivo V20 Pro 5G is a new Snapdragon 765G phone due to launch soon
Vivo has announced that it will launch the V20 series of smartphones in Southeast Asia later in September 2020. Some leaks indicate that it will have a Pro variant with the Snapdragon 765G processor. This phone may also have a triple camera with a 64MP main sensor
Realme will launch 2 versions of the same upcoming smartwatch: new leaks
The FCC has confirmed that Realme will launch its first-ever round wearable, the Watch S Pro, soon. Further similar leaks indicate that there is also a vanilla variant that may debut alongside it. This Watch S may have the same circular case, IP68 rating and heart-rate tracking, but packs a smaller battery.
Turtle Beach releases second-gen Stealth 700 and 600 headsets for the PS4/5 and Xbox
Turtle Beach has announced that the latest in its Stealth series of headsets for PlayStation or Xbox are available to purchase from today (September 20, 2020). These new variants of the "best sellers" in the wireless audio category for gamers boast features such as flip-to-mute mics, 50mm drivers and reinforced headbands.
An "ECG Edition" of the OPPO Watch will launch soon
OPPO has announced what it is calling a smartwatch with "professional"-grade electrocardiography (ECG) features. This is because it has been officially certified as such a device, albeit in China only. This wearable, which looks like the OEM's inaugural Watch, will launch worldwide in September 2020.
The Redmi 9i launches in India as an improved version of the 9a
The Redmi 9i offers a 6.53-inch screen, a 3.5mm jack and a 5000mAh battery for about US$100 in various markets. Now, the OEM has launched another variant of this same phone with more RAM and storage in India. This 9a will go on sale for INR 8299 (~$113) on platforms such as Flipkart soon.
Samsung trademarks what may be a new in-house ToF sensor
Time-of-flight (or ToF) sensors have become commonplace in higher-end smartphones, fulfilling roles such as depth-perception in photography or advanced face detection for biometrics. Samsung has used them in the past, but has not made its own. Now, however, it seems a new member of the ISOCELL image-sensor family will be dedicated to this task.
RAVPOWER PD Pioneer 65W 4-Port GaN Tech USB C Desktop Charger hands-on review
RAVPOWER's PD Pioneer series consists of chargers based on gallium nitride (GaN) technology rather than traditional silicon. One variant offers the ability to charge four devices at once with a maximum combined output of 65 watts (W). Therefore, it is clearly meant to appeal to enthusiasts with many favoured devices all clamouring for juice. Can it match up to its convenient unique selling point?
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro collects certifications on its way to launch
The Thai regulator NBTC has approved an upcoming Huawei device called the NOH-NX9, revealing that it is in fact the Mate 40 Pro in the process. This model number has also popped up on the EEC and Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) databases, suggesting that the premium phablet will indeed make its debut soon.
The Infinix Note 8 has quad cameras and a 5100mAh battery, according to the FCC
Infinix' Note 8 has emerged in recent leaks as a potential Redmi 9 (or Poco M2) challenger. Both phones have the same Helio G80 processor, although the latter's brand is better established. However, the newer prospect has just been approved by the FCC, revealing that it has quad rear cameras and a sizeable battery.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2's iFixit teardown shows it has improved on reparability in its category, if not by much
iFixit has posted its dissembly video for Samsung's latest flagship foldable device. The Galaxy Z Fold2 fared better than other phones with hinges that have featured recently on the same YouTube channel. On the other hand, it could have scored higher on its reparability scale.
ViewSonic announces a new all-in-one LED display that goes up to 216 inches in size
Large-scale 'video wall'-style displays (or those that are about 100 inches diagonally or more) are often impressive and effective, particularly in a professional environment. However, they can pose several disadvantages, especially when made using conventional LCDs. ViewSonic asserts that its new, LED-based alternative solves many of them while offering a more streamlined viewing and installation experience.
Save about US$1000 on a new-ish ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Lenovo US has announced a major sales event running for this weekend only, with up to 70% off some PCs of various types. Among these are the 7th- and 8th-gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabooks, which are down to under US$1000 in some cases. The Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U-powered T495s also features here at an excellent price.
AirConsole claims to be cloud-gaming but for Xbox, PS4 or Switch titles
Cloud gaming allows PC gamers to stream their titles via any device rather than load them on a high-powered rig. AirConsole is a company that claims to do much the same for console games. However, in its case, the user's smartphone is used as the controller and a big screen is required. This service is now expanding to Android TVs for this purpose.
Google's upcoming smart speaker and Chromecast device are allegedly leaked in full ahead of their launch
Google has indicated that it will launch new smart home products alongside the Pixels 5 and 4a (5G) at these smartphones' launch at the end of September. However, a leaks site may have spoiled any surprise left in conjunction with these devices. WinFuture purports to confirm that they will be a fresh take on the Nest speaker and Chromecast, and to have genuine product images of both.
Qualcomm, Ericsson and US Cellular break the mmWave 5G data-call range record
Earlier, Qualcomm and its 5G research partners reported that it had conducted a data call over mmWave bands over the longest distance yet. Now, this record has been broken again in a new experiment, which took place in Wisconsin.
Lenovo releases the Flex 5G to the US market via its own site
The Flex 5G is Lenovo's premium 2-in-1 with the Snapdragon 8cx platform that allows it the same standalone connectivity as most 2020 flagship phones. It has been on sale in the US before; however, those units were locked to the Verizon UW bands. The OEM now sells SKUs that may be used on any network.
Vecnos launches its new IQUI "pen-sized" 360-degree camera
Vecnos is a spin-off from Ricoh that is dedicated to making compact lifestyle cameras. It has finally unveiled its first 360-degree camera in full. The IQUI fits its 4 proprietary lenses and their controls into a laser-pointer form-factor. It can take 3840x1920 video at 30fps, and has its own app to send these shots to a smartphone.
The OnePlus 8 is now available through the carrier Visible
OnePlus scored places for its flagship 8 series of smartphones with the US carriers T-Mobile and Verizon on its launch. Now, it has (technically) added a third: Visible, a pre-pay network. It now stocks the vanilla 8 in its Onyx Black shade with plans that start at US$28 per month.
JAM Audio's latest wireless headphones offer ANC and a fold-away design for US$60
JAM Audio has launched the Travel ANC wireless headphones. The OEM claims that they are rated for up to 24 hours of battery life, or 18 with active noise-cancelling (ANC) on. Their design also allows for folding up or folding flat
The Huawei Mate 40 series, complete with 5nm 5G-capable processor, is apparently on the way
Huawei is currently thought to have a new flagship phablet series that may comprise the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro (at least) in the works. Now, one of the OEM's official Twitter channels has released a video indicating that they will definitely be released in the near future. A leaker postulates that this will take place in October 2020.
Apple makes the Watch Series 6 and Watch SE official
The latest Apple Watch is here...and so is the latest Apple Watch. The Cupertino giant has released 2 variants of its iconic wearable for the first time. The flagship Series 6 has the latest watchOS 7 features, a new always-on altimeter and the long-awaited blood oxygen sensor, whereas the SE has only some of these things.
OPPO patents a version of its Watch with a 3D-curved round face: new leak
According to an allegedly leaked patent, the OEM OPPO will follow its first-gen smartwatch with 2 more. One of these drops the Apple Watch style for a round face instead; however, it still appears to have the attractive curved-edge glass of its apparent forebear. However, fans of the square face may not be disappointed either.
42% of US households with broadband internet now own at least one health-related device
Connected health devices are electronics that can provide links to organizations such as the Mayo Clinic or Electronic Caregiver so as to help monitor or even treat a patient in their own home. A new survey indicates that their adoption and use among US residents is growing. This is likely to be related to the fall-out from the Covid-19 pandemic and general trends in medical tech and its use.
The new Sony alpha a7c is now the world's most compact full-frame camera
Sony has broken ground with its latest mirrorless unit, as the OEM has packed a full-frame sensor into dimensions normally reserved for APS-C cameras. The alpha 7c (or a7c) also offers a flip-out LCD touchscreen and in-body image stabilization (IBIS). It will start to become available in October 2020 for a surprisingly reasonable starting price.
ROCCAT unleashes its latest Elo series with 7.1 channel surround sound and Turtle Beach technology
The gaming headset maker ROCCAT has collaborated with its new parent, Turtle Beach, on its new Elo series. It comes in cross-platform stereo, USB and wireless varieties, all of which are rated for 7.1 surround sound. The Elos also have their brand's AIMO lighting system and self-regulating metal headbands.
Google sets a date for the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G launch
The Pixel 5 - not to mention the 5G variant of the 4a - have been anticipated for quite some time. Now, Google has finally confirmed a date for the launch of these new smartphones. This event will also see the debut of the latest Nest speaker and Chromecast device.
The Snapdragon 875G is reportedly confirmed to be made by Samsung
The Snapdragon 875G is a rumored high-performance variant of Qualcomm's 2021 flagship mobile processor. A new report asserts not only that it is planned for certain, but that Samsung will be the company to manufacture it. This contract is apparently worth approximately US$846 million to the South Korean giant.
Realme's first Snapdragon 460 phone may have been spotted on Geekbench
The Snapdragon 460 is a new Qualcomm processor that has hit the headlines thanks to its putative role in OnePlus' first-ever entry-level smartphone. It seems the OEM Realme is also preparing a device based on the cost-effective chipset. According to a Geekbench leak, it has a surprisingly generous amount of RAM and runs Android 10.
Realme's first round-faced smartwatch may launch in the US soon following a full FCC specs leak
The Realme Watch S Pro is a new product approved for use by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Unlike this OEM's first wearable, it has a circular AMOLED display and a relatively large 420mAh battery. These details are known thanks to its new official certification.
The Infinix Note 8 leaks onto Geekbench 5 as a potential Poco M2/Redmi 9 rival
Tecno is a smartphone OEM that may be on the rise to challenge other, more readily recognizable names such as LG, OPPO or Realme. Its main brand is Infinix, which has been spotted on Geekbench 5 with a new phone called the Note 8. According to this leak, it rocks the Helio G80 SoC and has 6GB of RAM.
The Amazfit GTR 2 takes a trip to the Bluetooth SIG, possibly confirming it will launch soon
An earlier leak suggested that the increasingly popular wearables brand Amazfit had a second-gen GTR smartwatch in the works. Now, a device of this name has been approved to use Bluetooth 5.0. Therefore, it may not be far away from an official unveiling.
The network slicing market may surpass US$600 million in 6 years
Network slicing refers to the process of sharing a single network (usually for mobile data) between different use-cases (e.g. IoT or VR) in a way that renders the same connectivity optimal for each one. Therefore, its market is likely to benefit from the rise of 5G. A new market research report estimates its value will grow to US$600 million or more by 2026.
A next-gen RTX Quadro has more CUDA cores and memory than the 3090: new leak
The leaker Moore's Law is Dead has posted details of a card described as an NVIDIA Quadro based on Ampere. This would make it a successor to the current RTX generation of this high-powered content-focused series of GPUs. It beats the freshly-launched 3090 in some aspects, despite falling behind in some others.
An EMUI 11 trailer video points to 66W charging for the Mate 40 series
Huawei unveiled its latest update to its Android skin, EMUI 11, at its 2020 Developer Conference. This involved a teaser video that contains a shot seeming to reference 66 watt (W) charging. This goes beyond the current upper limit of phone power-brick speeds for this OEM; therefore, this spec may be destined for the upcoming Mate 40 flagship series.
Google Play Games now has filters to exclude titles with ads or in-app purchases
Mobile gaming is a growing industry as it can be a fun way to pass the time. However, the enjoyment titles made to be played on your phone can be curbed by the need to complete micro-transactions to proceed, or to watch ads to avoid paying for the same. The games-specific variant of the Google Play Store now has settings to help choose new apps without these drawbacks.
Google Duo and Meet are coming to Android TVs
2020 may go down as the year of truly everyday video-calling and video-conferencing. Google has decided to facilitate this by adding support for its Meet and Duo apps to Android TVs. Therefore, these smart screens will be able to act as the displays for video-chats and work calls, so long as they have a camera.
Super Mario is the best gaming franchise, according to a new US poll
Today (September 12, 2020) is the US' National Gaming Day. Accordingly, the results of a survey involving 1000 residents of this country on the subject have been released. 47% of the group nominated Super Mario as the best franchise. Xbox and PlayStation tied for the best console, as Nintendo devices lagged behind with 21% of this vote.
BOE reports that its 5mm flexible display tech is now in mass production
Display panels that can fold and unfold regularly without damage will probably play a growing role in the electronics of the future. BOE is one company involved in their development and production. Its latest milestone in this endeavor is a panel type it has been working on that can bend with a radius of as little as 5 millimeters (mm), which can now reportedly be made in bulk.
Huawei claims its new FreeBuds Pro and FreeLaces Pro have "industry-leading" noise-cancellation
Huawei has also launched its latest hearables at its ongoing Developer Conference. The FreeBuds Pro have the AirPod form-factor; however, it is also claimed that they have "intelligent dynamic noise cancellation" and active noise cancelling features. The FreeLace Pro neckbuds also have supposedly best-in-class performance in this right, as well as a battery life of up to 24 hours.
The Huawei Watch Fit sees an international launch with pricing and availability info
Huawei has introduced the Watch Fit, its first smartwatch with a rounded rectangular fact, to more markets at its Developer Conference (HDC 2020). It has many features in common with the equally new Watch GT 2 Pro, but is much more affordable. The wearable is to be made available this month (September 2020),
Huawei's Watch GT 2 Pro has a premium build and "pro-grade" health-tracking features
Huawei has launched its new range of wearables at this OEM's own Developer Conference (HDC 2020). Its flagship is unarguably the Watch GT 2 Pro, which has titanium and ceramic in its casing, as well as a "sapphire" display crystal. It is rated for up to 2 weeks' worth of battery life and comes in Sport or Classic SKUs.
VAVA crowdfunds the "world's most secure" portable USB type C SSD
The VAVA Portable SSD Touch is a new product launched via Indiegogo recently. It is a stick-like drive with a hardware-based fingerprint scanner on the top of its aluminium, supposedly shock-proof casing. It also apparently packs AES 256-bit encryption on top of that and USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds into its compact form-factor.
VAVA USB type C 12-in-1 Docking Station hands-on review
VAVA is a new RAVPOWER brand for this OEM's home- and work-related accessories. They include a range of docks or hubs for USB type C-only laptops. This 12-in-1 variant offers up to 8 different types of I/O or utility to devices such as MacBooks. Can it deliver on these claims when connected to a high-powered gaming ultrabook?
Samsung and LG confirm they will no longer ship display panels to Huawei
Earlier, the prominent chipset manufacturer TSMC announced that it would comply with US trade regulations preventing it from doing business with the OEM Huawei from mid-September 2020 onward. Similarly, LG and Samsung have stated that they will stop supplying the company with display panels on the date in question. Then again, Huawei may still have contingencies for this latest setback.
A developer's crowdfunding project for a wireless form of Android Auto beats its goal
Android Auto is an app that throws Google services such as Maps and the Assistant up onto a car's display from a USB-connected phone. However, its compatibility or stability can be variable sometimes. To this end, the developer Emil Borconi-Szedressy has invented AAWireless, which is described as a plug-and-play method to take a cable out of the equation.
The Motorola Razr 2020 5G has a full specs leak and an unboxing ahead of its official launch
Motorola is scheduled to launch its refreshed Razr 2020 later today (September 9, 2020). However, it is already out there in the form of YouTube hands-on and first impressions by prominent tech influencers. Furthermore, Roland Quandt of WinFuture claims to have learned its entire spec list by now.
The Poco M2 will sell via Flipkart starting September 15, 2020
Poco has launched a non-Pro variant for the M2 series in India, as indicated earlier. The phone is a rebrand of the Redmi 9/9 Prime, albeit with slightly different styling. This means it is powered by the Helio G80 SoC, has 6GB of RAM and quad rear cameras.
Microsoft issues a full spec breakdown for the Xbox Series S (and X)
Microsoft has just introduced the concept of the Xbox Series S. Now, it has gone into greater detail on its upcoming, all-new digital-only console. The product also gets an AMD Zen 2-based CPU and an RDNA GPU, albeit not exactly the same as the one that will come in the Series X. The latter is rated for 4 TFLOPS' worth of performance, whereas the X is not.
The OnePlus 8 series now has stable Android 11-based betas
Google has released the first stable build of Android 11 for the Pixel line of smartphones today (September 8, 2020). Now, OnePlus has announced that it too has such an update for its current flagships, the 8 and 8 Pro. They come in the form of OxygenOS Open Betas, the last step before a stable software version.
Aukey wants to help iPhone fans get ready for new devices with its first 20W PD charger
Aukey has launched a new member of its Omnia series of chargers. It is rated for the Power Delivery (USB-PD) standard; however, unlike some of its high-powered type-C siblings, this Nano goes at 20 watts (W). The OEM hints that this ultra-compact accessory would be ideal for Apple's upcoming iPhone 12 line.
1More announces that its ANC earbuds are the first TWS devices to be THX-certified
1More launched its first pair of true-wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds with active noise cancellation (ANC) in late 2019. Now, it has revealed that the same accessories have attained a certification from the audio authority THX. This is attributed to the brand's QuietMax technology and hybrid ANC techniques.
Sony's new series of projectors is headlined by a 4K SXRD laser model
Sony has launched its new line of home theater- and enterprise-grade projectors. It comprises laser- and lamp-enabled SKUs, although its flagship has the SXRD tech necessary for a micro-display unit to throw images in 4K. Their maker also claims to have improved on their processing platforms and HDR capabilities.
Redmi launches its SonicBass Wireless Earphones in Nepal
The new Redmi SonicBass Wireless Earphones are accessories of the 'neckbud' variety alluded to in a leak earlier in 2020. Now, the brand has finally launched them in their first market, Nepal. They will cost the equivalent of about US$17 in this country on their imminent release.
The US administration considers putting the foundry SMIC on its Entity List
The Semiconductor Manufacturing Internal Corporation (SMIC) is in the same business as TSMC, if not quite at the same level of complexity or noteriety. The US administration has reportedly threatened it with a blacklisting along the same lines as the one handed to Huawei. This is reportedly linked to the company's alleged connections to the Chinese national military.
Realme will launch its first pair of ANC TWS earbuds in India: new leak
Realme has made a successful foray into the true-wireless (TWS) earbud market recently. Then again, none of its products have have the sought-after spec of active noise cancelling (ANC). A new leak suggests it is coming in a new set soon, and that their launch will take place in India.
OnePlus makes it to the top of the Indian premium smartphone market again
Counterpoint Research has published its latest report on the premium (~US$400 or more) sector of India's smartphone market. It declined by 32% in the second quarter of 2020 (2Q2020) - although this drop was less severe than that of the entire market for the same quarter. OnePlus took the #1 spot here again, just edging Samsung out with a 29% share.
Is the ZenFone 7 coming to the US after all? Maybe, according to a new leak
Asus delighted fans of the flip camera with the launch of the ZenFone 7 series, which are mobile devices with the second generation of this display-sparing tech. Those in the US may have been disappointed when the OEM mentioned no availability for its new flagships in that market. A Reddit thread contains alleged evidence that may contradict this, however.
A new leak purports to outline Intel's upcoming Jasper Lake-based range of processors
Jasper Lake is thought to be Gemini Lake's impending successor for low-end notebooks and mini PCs launching in early 2021. A website that focuses on the latter has listed what it claims as the product names for these possibly Tremont-based CPUs. Should they prove genuine, it seems the new mobile and desktop categories get one Pentium and two Celerons each.
Realme is the #1 TWS audio brand in India following its second recorded quarter in this market
Realme rose to be a top 5 hearable (or audio wearables with a smart component) brand in research on the Indian sector of this market during the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). Now, a new Counterpoint Research report on the same space for 2Q2020 has found the OEM has taken the No.1 spot in its TWS earbud sub-sector. Its success is based on the increasing affordability of the devices in question.
Huawei's 5nm Kirin launch is delayed as it seeks to get all its orders out of TSMC before an important deadline
Huawei's mobile platforms have been notable by their absence from IFA 2020. It transpires that the OEM has decided to delay the launch of its Kirin 1000 platform (which is to be the first of its series to be based on a 5 nanometer (nm) architecture), in order to focus on taking delivery of as much of the silicon it is based on before it is blocked from doing so by US restrictions.
3C may have certified some Samsung Galaxy S21-series batteries
The Samsung Galaxy S20 series phones are nearly 7 months old now. Nevertheless, leaks about their possible successors have already emerged. One of them concern 2 new batteries from their OEM freshly approved for use by the Chinese regulator 3C and now tipped as meant for an S21 variant apiece.
Lenovo posts a full product specs reference for the ThinkPad T15g Gen 1 with the possible configurations available on its launch
The anticipated first-gen T15g is currently thought of as the "gamer's ThinkPad", due to the RTX 20-series graphics that, as some leaks have attested, is destined for this machine. Its maker Lenovo may have put this beyond a doubt with a full product specifications reference (or PSREF) for the device, including a raft of SKUs with specific processor and graphics options.
Skullcandy releases the Crusher Evo headphones, the latest in its line to feature Haptic Bass
Skullcandy has announced the latest addition to the Crusher series of personal audio products. The Evo headphones are equipped with Haptic Bass, which reinforces this range with physical feedback. They also offer the option of building an Audiododo personalized audio profile, which may tailor the headphones' sound delivery to each individual user.
TCL claims its latest AI-powered AV processor will unleash the true potential of its QLED and mini-LED panels
TCL has launched its second-gen AiPQ Engine at IFA 2020. It is a platform rated to enhance this OEM's big-screen TVs, particularly those made with mini-LED or quantum-dot LED (QLED). The Engine allows for "real-time audiovisual optimization" based on the content to be reproduced. It is rated to distinguish between different types of AV media thanks to its machine-learned features.
TCL launches 2 new affordable FHD+ tablets with Wi-Fi or 4G connectivity
The TCL 10 TABMAX and 10 TABMID are 2 new slates launched at IFA this year. They feature their brand's in-house NXTVISION technology for "the most vibrant colors and rich details", as well as reduced blue-light emission. They may also go well with the OEM's new MOVEAUDIO S200 TWS earbuds.
TCL launches NXTPAPER, a new rival to e-ink rated for improved color, contrast and eye-safety
TCL has unveiled its latest form of display technology as part of its IFA Special Edition 2020 presentation. NXTPAPER is an alternative to e-ink that, as its maker claims, "repurposes natural light" to prevent eye-strain while still producing a convincing range of colors. These panels are also touted to improve on contrast, power-efficiency and thickness compared to more conventional screen materials.
Zhiyun introduces its new Smooth XS gimbal as a potential DJI OM 4 challenger
Zhiyun is known as a maker of smartphone-videography aids. The Smooth XS is the latest product in this line. It, like its recently-launch DJI counterpart, is a motorized gimbal with an optional tripod. However, unlike the OM 4, the XS has a telescopic arm for selfies and also costs under US$100.
iPad Air 4: New renders show an updated tablet with a Touch ID-enabled power button
The fourth-generation iPad Air has been linked to a new design that would leave it looking more like its Pro sibling. SvetApple has posted new renders based on its latest leaks. They include support for Touch ID, which is found embedded in the slate's power button. The images also depict a sizeable camera hump despite the presence of just one lens, as well as a USB type C port.
Qualcomm's Adaptive ANC might be the next big thing in TWS earbud specs
Active noise cancellation (ANC) has been found to be of interest for 71% of consumers planning to buy true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds. However, the feature does require physical seals and a fit that some users may find less tolerable over time. Qualcomm claims that its new Adaptive ANC solves these problems.
The 2020 Asus ZenBook Flip S is the first notebook verified to conform to Intel's 11th-gen platform
Asus' Intel 11th-gen Core-based notebook line-up contains a ZenBook Flip S, for the first time in quite a while. This new variant (the UX371) features the new OLED NanoEdge PANTONE-validated panel as many of its new siblings. It also has Thunderbolt 4 and stands out with a premium build and an accented colorway.
Asus intros its new RTX 30-based cards: ROG Strix and TUF Gaming flavors with new shrouds, fans and RGB accents
Asus has launched its new Ampere-based cards. They are based on the RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 GPUs, which are distributed across new additions to the ROG Strix and TUF Gaming lines. Both are described as composed of "top-shelf" components for durability and performance.
Samsung lists the Galaxy S20 Lite by name on updated software support pages
Samsung appears to have confirmed an impending successor for the Galaxy S10 Lite. A device with a name to match this description has appeared alongside existing devices on development websites for the US and German divisions of the OEM. They suggest the upcoming phone will run Android 10, at least.
The OnePlus 8T will have a flat screen: new leak
OnePlus may release its typical late-year refreshed flagship series soon. The first snapshot of this 8T line may have leaked courtesy of material found in the OEM's own version of Android. Should this be the case, there may be a display without curves and a single punch-hole in the offing for one of the upcoming phones.
Sony announces a new Cinema Line for camera products of this caliber
Today (September 2, 2020), Sony has announced that it has implemented a new series for cameras of the pro film- and documentary-capable variety. Known as the Cinema Line, it now encompasses existing products such as the VENICE and FX units. Its next new addition is projected to appear by the end of 2020.
Dell's latest Alienware monitors include a 38-inch curved display with G-SYNC ULTIMATE
Dell has announced its new Alienware gaming monitors. This series has 25- and 27-inch flat variants, although its flagship is a 38-inch curved option. Dell asserts that this "best-in-class gaming monitor" will enhance immersion and quality, with the latest certifications from NVIDIA and VESA to boot.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G crosses the US$2000 mark with ease in Europe
Today (September 1, 2020), Samsung has launched the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G for a number of markets worldwide, Germany included. This means we finally get to find out how the premium device is priced in various different regions. The new foldable has a recommended price of over €1900, in one European country at least.
The Realme V3 launches as the cheapest 5G phone in China
Realme has unveiled the eye-catching new X7 series of smartphones today (September 1, 2020) today during a virtual event in China. This launch also introduced a new member of the V line, which is also powered by a MediaTek Dimensity chipset. However, its specs allow for pricing that starts at just 999 yuan (~US$146).
Poco sets a date for the global launch of the X3
Poco has been hinting that the upcoming X3 may be a phone to take on the OnePlus Nord in its mid-range category. The brand has just sent out press invitations for this phone's worldwide launch. It will be a virtual event that will take place on September 7, 2020.
OPPO patents a clamshell foldable phone with the screen on the outside
Samsung has captivated some tech enthusiasts with its Galaxy Z Flip neo-clamshell phone, the second of its kind to be foldable. Now, a different mobile device company, OPPO, has designed one much like it, but in reverse. Its screen is on the outside, with a sensor that detects the angle at which it is unfolded.
Qualcomm and its 5G broadband partners claim to have completed the world's longest-range mmWave data call
mmWave is a sub-type of 5G associated with the potential for ultra-high speeds. However, it is also lumbered with a perception of being unreliable due to weak reception. Qualcomm, Ericsson and Casa Systems seek to change that with its latest claim of a data call using these bands conducted over a distance of nearly 4 kilometers (km).
Honor is now linked to its own-brand version of the Huawei Watch Fit
The Huawei Watch Fit is an interesting sports-focused smartwatch as it has launched with a screen that is rectangular rather than the usual square or strip-like shapes. Now, it seems this company's second major brand, Honor, is also going to adopt it in an upcoming wearable. It would join products like the MagicWatch on the market.
Xiaomi's Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Pro may launch soon following an appearance on the Bluetooth SIG database
Xiaomi has what appear to be a Pro variant of its Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 in the works. This has been confirmed overtly by the certification of products going by this name by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). This is a strong indication they will be introduced to the market soon.
Samsung is tipped to release a new, multi-device wireless charger
Samsung's Wireless Charger Duo is a device that allows a phone and a smartwatch to charge simultaneously using the Qi standard. Now, Evan Blass asserts the OEM has come up with a new generation of this product. Called the Wireless Charger Pad Trio, it calls the Apple AirPower to mind, although the two may not work exactly the same way.
Xiaomi will launch the Mi Band 5 and Mi Watch Revolve in India soon: new leak
A respected leaker has reportedly let it be known that the successor to the Mi Band 4 will be unleashed on the Indian market soon. It will apparently be joined there by the Mi Watch Revolve, the global version of Xiaomi's first round-faced smartwatch. However, the tipster did not mention an exact date for this event.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition becomes available for various platforms
Square Enix has announced that the remastered Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles title has gone live. It has PS4, Nintendo Switch, Android and iOS versions, across which gamers can form teams and explore all the dungeons. It also has a Lite (or free) version and a Mimic Mode for those who want to play as original characters.
The Galaxy M51 is now up for pre-order on Samsung Germany's website
The Galaxy M51 has finally been confirmed as a smartphone that is soon to be released. It is now avaialble to pre-order, albeit only via Samsung's German website. However, it is also currently being teased on Amazon India, suggesting that it will launch very soon on that platform. One of its new campaigns confirm the phone's 7000mAh battery spec.
No HarmonyOS smartphone until 2021: Huawei CEO
Huawei has been rumored to release the first phone with HarmonyOS - its contingency against the loss of access to Android - out of the box by the end of 2020. However, the CEO of its Consumer Business Group has reportedly confirmed that this will not be the case. Speaking at a Chinese conference, the executive indicated that this plan might be implemented in 2021 instead.
Apple follows through on its threat to cancel Epic Games' developer account
Apple had warned that it might terminate the developer account page on its Store for Epic Games. The studio is currently involved in action that challenges the Cupertino giant's app-revenue model. Now, this threat has come to fruition, meaning that access to all of Epic's apps on iOS or iPadOS has been revoked.
The skyBOX is a "credit-card-sized" wireless portable SSD that is now available on Indiegogo
HyperAccessory is a start-up that purports to pack the advantages of on-the-go storage with top-end data transfers into a form-factor with the footprint of the average bank-card. This skyBOX also features Wi-Fi 6, alongside capacities of up to 4TB. It has already well exceeded its crowdfunding goal on its ongoing Indiegogo campaign.
The smartwatch market grew by 20% in the first half of 2020, driven by devices from Huawei, Garmin and Apple
The smartwatch market continued to flourish in the first 6 months of 2020 (1H2020), with Apple, Garmin and Huawei as its new top 3 brands. This growth was seen worldwide, albeit particularly in India, the US and Europe. The demand for these wearables is linked to the increased regard for personal health in a new report from Counterpoint Research.
Ricoh launches limited Silver Editions of the PENTAX K-1 Mark II DSLR
Ricoh has announced limited-editions of its PENTAX flagship, the K-1 Mark II. It has been joined by new versions of the D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses in the same silver color. All 4 will be available in limited runs from September 2020.
The EXO AX5400 is D-Link's latest premium mesh Wi-Fi 6 router
D-Link has released its latest AX5400 mesh router on Amazon. This device is rated for up to 6 continuous 4K content streams. Its maker claims that its speeds and bandwidth is due to its "prosumer" build and 160MHz channel.
The Hachi Infinite M1 is a projector that turns any surface into a touchscreen and is now available on Amazon
Hachi's Infinite M1 is an AI-powered projector that can throw a working interface onto the desk or wall in front of it. Its maker originally launched it at CES 2020, and is now prepared to ship it from Amazon or its own website. It works thanks to a Snapdragon SoC and a version of Android 9.0.
Global professional headset shipments may grow to 65.7 million units by 2026: new research
The number of "workplace-style" headsets shipped worldwide might exceed 65 million over the next 6 years, compared to a figure of 22.9 million from 2019. This may correspond to a market value of US$2.94 billion in 2026. This growth is associated with the shift in trends to virtual and online meeting types, as well as the rise of remote work in 2020.
Dell Technologies reports that it beat market-analysis estimates for the sixth quarter running with its latest earning results
Dell Technologies has posted its performance for its second fiscal quarter of 2021 (2FQ2021), which ended on July 31, 2020. The company has announced total revenues of US$22.7 billion for this period, with a net income of $1.1 billion. This success was attributed to demand for devices and services that drove working and learning from home.
Qualcomm and Ericsson announce a world-first in the development of 5G carrier aggregation
Qualcomm and Ericsson have been collaborating on the development of 5G technology for quite some time now. The partners' latest achievement is the successful completion of data calls using carrier aggregation. This was done using the standalone sub-6GHz form of the radio standard, which means the same could become more usable and attractive to mobile networks in the future.
SND RAY: the "best HiFi bone conduction sunglasses" are now on Indiegogo
Sunglasses that also act as personal audio devices are a rapidly expanding category of tech. The start-up SND RAY has put its take on this concept up for crowd-funding on Indiegogo. It claims that this product has improved audio quality compared to its rivals in this space.
UGREEN USB C 9-in-1 Multiport Docking Station hands-on review
To own an ultrabook is to own a PC that can go more places and do more things these days; however, it also entails the risk of losing more ports into the bargain. UGREEN offers hub-type products that seek to reinstate them through the medium of one USB type C port. Can this variant restore up to six different types of I/O to the light and portable notebook category?
GeForce NOW adds Control, Hitman and the Shadowrun Collection to its list of games
GeForce NOW is NVIDIA's solution for online cloud gaming. It famously adds titles every Thursday, for the benefit of players who own them already but do not have a high-powered PC to hand. Today, this list includes Control, as well as games that have also become free on the Epic Games Store today.
Vivo patents what could be its next flagship phone
The NEX 3 and 3S are premium smartphones from the OEM Vivo with profoundly curved or "waterfall" displays. Now, this company has patented a new phone design with what could be the next generation of the same technology. It has a punch-hole camera, whereas its possible predecessor was edge-to-edge thanks to a pop-up selfie module.
The RedMagic 5G drops in price as pre-orders for its incremental refresh go live globally
International pre-orders for the latest in RedMagic gaming phones have gone live today (August 26, 2020). This device is a variation on this series' early 2020 flagship, which launched with a 144Hz display and active cooling. That phone, the 5G, is also still available with a slight discount.
A possible Realme X7 Pro with the Dimensity 1000+ SoC appears on Geekbench
The OEM Realme is now said to have incorporated the flagship MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset in an upcoming phone called the X7 Pro. A model number that could be from the brand associated with the same SoC has surfaced on the Geekbench database. Its new results suggest that it will add Android 10 and 8GB of RAM to its specs list.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 pre-orders in China are shown to be a tenth of those of the Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series are now available to reserve with online retailers in the Chinese market. This has led to an observation from the well-known leaker Ice Universe as to how its 2 variants are faring in this market. It seems that the more expensive Ultra model is outselling its vanilla counterpart by an emphatic amount
Qualcomm selects the 33 firms that will benefit from its Small Business Accelerator Program
In response to the often harsh realities of the peri-Covid-19 world from the enterprise perspective, Qualcomm implemented the Small Business Accelerator Program to help firms of that description during this time. It exists to donate specific kinds of support and device from the OEM's partners in this initiative. The first round of successful applicants has now been announced.
DJI may launch an update for the Osmo Mobile 3 soon
The Osmo Mobile is DJI's take on the motorized smartphone gimbal, which may make for improved stability in video and selfies. A new leak points to a 2020 model of this product which, unlike the current third-generation iteration, will have a magnetic system to secure the phone in question to the rest of the robot arm-like device.
NVIDIA's new 12-pin power connector for RTX 3000 cards is spotted in the wild
Recent leaks assert that NVIDIA has developed a new 12-pin connector that will supersede the 8-pin PCIe component often seen today. Now, a tipster claims to have been given the cables that go to this newer option. According to its images and rumors, its size is comparable to that of the current standard, but can be used to draw much more power.
The Realme X7 Pro's official renders are allegedly leaked, showing its design and camera counts
The Realme X7 Pro is rumored to be unleashed on the smartphone market as a "Redmi K30 Ultra killer". A prolific Twitter leaker has posted what is claimed as promotional material for this phone. It comprises shots of the phone from the front, back and sides, depicting it as attractive yet unusually branding-heavy.
OPPO may debut the Snapdragon 860 SoC in conjunction with the Reno 5 series
OPPO is currently thought to have updates for its Reno4 series of premium mid-range phones in the works. The highest-end of these may be the first to launch with the also-rumored Snapdragon 860 processor. This SoC, as the name suggests, is projected to be a "Lite" version of the 865.
Samsung's "mid-range foldable" takes a step closer to reality with an official Wi-Fi certification
A recent leak has pointed to an upcoming Samsung foldable that may be more affordable than its predecessors. This rumor now gains more weight due to the fact that the Wi-Fi Alliance has registered a device with its alleged model number. This new leak may also point to specs that may indeed render it the foldable for (more of) the masses.
The Nokia C3 is a new budget phone that might launch in India soon
Nokia launched the C3 as a 5.99-inch HD+ display phone with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage in China recently. It also runs Android 10 with an octa-core processor, and costs about US$101. A new leak suggests this budget phone is also headed to India soon.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2: a new leak may confirm the same 120Hz limitations as the Note 20 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G will launch for the first time on September 1, 2020. However, any remaining mystique around this second-gen flexible-display phablet may have been disspelled by what looks convincingly like a leaked ad for the device. It indicates that the Z Fold2 has a 120Hz refresh rate, but with an increasingly familiar caveat.
The Zepp E is a new sporty smartwatch that comes in round- or square-faced options
The new wearables brand Zepp has launched its first smartwatch, the E. This device has a choice of square or round 3D curved bezel-free glass faces with AMOLED displays and stainless steel backing. Both versions also feature 11 sports modes, advanced sleep tracking and a blood-oxygen sensor.
Samsung Galaxy M51: a new leak may help confirm some specs ahead of its launch
The Galaxy M51 is currently thought to become the first Samsung phone that breaks the 6000mAh barrier on its launch. It may have appeared on Geekbench 5 ahead of this event, in which case its SoC and RAM may have been spilled. According to this new leak, it gets a 4G/LTE-only mid-range Snapdragon chipset.
Some Surface Book users complain of screen defects in response to normal use, and that Microsoft is all but ignoring them
The Surface Book series comprise innovative 2-in-1s that can run the buyer a pretty penny. Its support and user forums have exhibited a pattern of complaints that these devices develop cracks in their screens (often "overnight"). These defects reportedly appear as a result of doing no more than closing their lids in notebook mode.
Lightroom 5.4.0 for iOS and iPadOS causes the irreversible loss of photo and preset data
Adobe representatives have acknowledged a critical fault in a recent update to its version of Lightroom for iOS. It follows multiple complaints from users that they have lost their photos, presets or both in the event these were not backed up beforehand. The company has released a subsequent update that avoids these issues; however, it will not be able to restore the data for affected customers.
Samsung's next foldable device might be more affordable than its forebears
Foldables are the latest and most expensive forms of trendy mobile devices in existence. The blog SamMobile claims to have heard of a new, "budget" iteration of this tech from Samsung. It may have relatively low internal storage options and more color SKUs compared to the Galaxy Z Fold2 or Z Flip 5G.
The 90Hz OPPO A53 is the world's first Snapdragon 460-powered phone
OPPO has quietly released the A53 onto the Indonesian market. Despite its initial unprepossessing mid-range appearance, this phone has a few interesting attributes. For one thing, it is the first to feature the Snapdragon 460 SoC. It also has a 90 hertz (Hz) refresh rate, despite the fact the screen in question is HD+.
The latest TicWatch offers "essential" smartwatch features at a more affordable price
The wearables OEM Mobvoi is slated to launch a watch with cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon silicon for that form-factor soon. However, its latest release definitely doesn't fit this bill. Nevertheless, the TicWatch GTX packs sleep-tracking, heart-rate monitoring and 14 workout modes into a device with a normal price of US$60.
Eve Devices displays its Spectrum monitor prototypes
Eve Devices started taking reservations for its Spectrum monitor in January 2020. Now, it has a new post to share with its community in which the first prototypes for its inaugural display product are shown off. It includes video and photos of one unit being put together, potentially verifying its design and port selection in the process.
GeForce NOW adds Peaky Blinders: Mastermind on the same day as Steam
NVIDIA's cloud-gaming platform GeForce NOW announces seven additional titles today (August 20, 2020), one of which is also Steam's latest release. It is based on the popular TV show Peaky Blinders, and has been up for pre-order until now. Therefore, customers can stream their new title as well as load it on their own PC.
The latest iPhone 12 renders hint at the base model's colorful potential
2020's iPhones are thought to come with a base model that has a 5.4-inch display and a design that, as with its larger siblings, recalls the iPad Pro. These details come to the forefront in the latest renders of this device. Made by SvetApple, it shows the "12 5.4" in all colorways projected for this variant.
The flexible display-toting Nubia Watch launches internationally via Kickstarter
Nubia launched its second-generation flexible display watch in China at the start of August 2020, and it has been exclusive to that market since. Now, however, the OEM has broadened its availability by making it a reward on a Kickstarter campaign. It has attracted nearly 7 times its original goal at this point.
A new leak may confirm Huawei will keep on circling the square with the Mate 40 series' rear cameras
Recent renders have indicated that Huawei intends to stick with a round housing for the rear cameras in its upcoming additions to the Mate series of high-end phablets. A newer leak appears to corroborate this detail. It shows that both the 40 and 40 Pro will have at least 3 sensors apiece within a bordered circle of what looks like glass.
Samsung allegedly patents new AR glasses
Augmented reality (AR) may emerge as a prominent medium for content and entertainment in the future. At least, Samsung appears to think so, as it has reportedly claimed a new form of the glasses that facilitate it at the South Korean intellectual property office. Should this be the case, the resulting product may look more like sports AR goggles than anything.
A new leak points to not 1 but 3 upcoming new Fitbits, including a Versa 3
The prolific leaker Roland Quandt now claims to have laid hands on product images for Fitbit's next wave of smartwatches and fitness trackers. They include possible new generations of the familiar Versa and Inspire lines. However, there is also a completely new name that may encompass various recent health-wearable trends.
Razer is offering US$200 off various Blade notebooks for its Back to School event
Razer is weighing in on the traditional Back to School sales period with offers on many of its Blade 15 Base Edition, 15 Advanced and Pro 17 notebooks. These PCs are available at US$200 off their normal prices during this event. There is also $10 off the OEM's Hammerhead TWS earbuds.
AMD launches the A520 chipset, confirming its Ryzen 4000 compatibility in the process
AMD has released the full specifications and details of the A520 chipset, which will be using the AM4 socket. The company has also mentioned that it will be compatible with the Zen 3 architecture going forward, as well as with current Ryzen 3000 desktop APUs. It can also use PCIe 3.0 lanes and supports 5 USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports.
36% of professionals polled would happily trade 35% of their current salaries for an improved work life balance
A recent poll conducted on the professional's forum site Blind found that 36% of workers at companies such as Microsoft, Google and Oracle would accept 65% of their current pay-checks in exchange for more parity between their work and personal lives. The respondents in favor of this concept cited advantages such as improved mental and physical health and familial relationships.
NVIDIA announces the launch of GeForce NOW on Chromebooks
GeForce NOW is NVIDIA's cloud gaming solution that allows access to any titles a user may have acquired regardless of the power of their PC. These possibilities are now officially open to those with Chromebooks, thanks to a new beta. It may allow the app to launch even on these often ultra-light machines.
Huawei's access to suppliers is further curtailed by the US administration
The US government has just increased the number of companies associated with the OEM Huawei on its economic blacklist to 152. This has reportedly been done in order to ensure the electronics giant cannot use American technology or IP to source new chipsets. The Semiconductor Industry Association has reportedly expressed opposition to this uptick in the existing trend of restrictions.
More signs of a future with budget OnePlus phones surface in a new leak
TUV Rheinland has reportedly certified a new OnePlus charger. However, it is not a super-powered Warp Charge variant as normal for this brand, but supports more conventional 18 watt (W) speeds instead. This, then, may be a new hint that the smartphone OEM is working on its rumored foray into the entry-level market.
The Samsung Galaxy M31s may be headed for its first European market
The Samsung Galaxy M31s is a mid-ranger that has thrived in its main market (India) due to its extra-large 6000mAh battery. Now, it seems this same screen-time champion is headed to Italy. The OEM's division in this country seems to have given it a support page, despite the fact it is not yet sold there.
Chargeasap's new up-to-200W USB type C power brick garners over US$450,000 on Kickstarter
Chargeasap, the maker of the Indiegogo hit the Flash power bank, is back on crowdfunding with another potentially groundbreaking power accessory. This Omega wall-wart has 2 versions: one that rated to charge at up to 100 watts (W), and one at 200W. It had a goal of US$10,000 on Kickstarter, but left this threshold behind a long time ago.
The iQOO 5 Pro is the world's latest Snapdragon 865 phone with a 120Hz screen and 120W charging
The iQOO 5 series is a new line from this Vivo sub-brand that has been hyped with its novel spec of 120 watt charging. Now, on their launch, it is revealed that the Pro variant is the one with this new ability. However, the iQOO 5 still offers its Snapdragon 865 SoC, 120 hertz refresh rate and 12GB RAM top-end SKU.
Samsung gets the Galaxy Z Fold2 through TENAA testing ahead of its Chinese-market launch
The Galaxy Z Fold2 is Samsung's second-generation book-form flexible tablet. It is slated to launch in the US on September 1, 2020, followed by a debut in China eight days later. The device has appeared on the database of the regulator TENAA ahead of this event.
Wearable payments might fund a near-US$1.4 trillion market by 2027
The ability to complete point-of-sale transactions using wearables alone represented a market worth US$285.47 billion in 2019, according to new market research. However, this value is also now thought to grow until it reaches $1.37 trillion by 2027. This trend may be influenced by an increasing demand for novel ways to pay that are contactless as well as cashless.
The iQOO 5 is allegedly caught in a live-image leak ahead of its launch
iQOO is setting a whole new phone series up in order to introduce its latest and most powerful mobile-device charging standard, Flash Charge 120W, on August 17, 2020. However, one of these new products has allegedly been spoiled in terms of its appearance prior to this event. Should this be the case, it will have a single punch-hole camera and packaging that hints at its reported BMW branding.
HTC is now rumored to launch the Wildfire E Lite, a study in basic Android phones, soon
A new listing on the Google Play Console reportedly points to the imminent launch of a new HTC Wildfire E series member. This Lite variant apparently runs on an appropriately budget MediaTek processor and has 2GB of RAM. It may even have a traditional chin and forehead on its front panel.
Google's temporary license to work with Huawei has expired, which may be bad news for the OEM's older phones
Google applied for a temporary general license (TGL) in order to keep older Huawei devices compatible with its Android app ecosystem even after this OEM was placed on the US administration's Entity List in May 2019. However, this TGL has now expired, leaving the future function of many phones worldwide in some doubt.
Intel unveils Marvel's Avengers "Collector's Edition" packaging for certain 10th-gen processors
Intel has taken to its official Twitter account to announce a collaboration with the muralist Tristan Eaton resulting in new "Collector's Editions" of some of the 10th-generation Core desktop CPUs. However, that is all that differentiates them from existing SKUs, apparently. The company has yet to reveal whether they also stay the same in terms of price or not.
LG is now throwing a pair of TONE Free TWS earbuds in with every puchase of most 2020 OLED TVs
LG USA has announced that every customer who buys an eligible OLED TV from its 2020 line-up will also get a pair of TONE Frees as a promotional gift. They are this OEM's latest TWS earbuds that are tuned by Meridian and are rated for up to 18 hours of battery life. This offer is valid until the end of August 2020.
Telegram celebrates its seventh anniversary with the announcement of video calling for Android
The popular messaging app Telegram marks its seventh year of business today (August 14, 2020). It has ushered this anniversary in along with a new feature: video calling. It now exists in alpha form, boasting picture-in-picture and end-to-end encryption, but only for its Android app thus far.
OPPO's two new "Bengal" phones are now rumored to drop soon in multiple markets
Recently, evidence of 2 new mobile devices from the OEM OPPO associated with a novel Qualcomm code-name surfaced on the Geekbench database. Now, both of their model numbers have reportedly appeared on those of several national regulators, one of which is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This suggests they may launch soon in various regions, the US included.
A new leak hints at a Nokia 8.3 5G variant headed for Verizon
Geekbench 5 now lists a set of results for a "HMD Global Nokia 8 V 5G UW". The last part of this elongated name suggests that it can use Verizon's ultra-wideband (or UW) form of the latest mobile-data standard, and may thus be locked to or at least sold through the carrier at launch. Therefore, this device, should it be real, may be a rebranded 8.3.
Canon EOS R5: a new teardown video calls the nature of its recording-time limitations into question
The EOS R5 is a recently-released, near-US$4000 Canon full-frame mirrorless camera that can shoot 8K RAW - but for only about 20 minutes straight. This, according to the OEM, is due to the need to protect its processor from overheating. However, a teardown documented on Baidu has found that this same silicon may have been underserved in the way of thermal protection.
Mobvoi's new TWS earbud Indiegogo campaign is funded by 200% in its first 30 minutes
Today (August 13, 2020), Mobvoi launched its latest Earbud Gesture product on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The OEM was able to score its goal twice over within the first hour of this project going live. The TWS devices in question are rated for up to 50 hours of battery life with their case.
A new leak purports to "adjust" Apple's launch itinerary
Recently, a leaker claimed to have spoiled the line-up of Apple's upcoming launch event, to be held online this year. It was to have introduced various products, the new iPhones and Watch included, in a specific order. Now, another tipster asserts this is not the case at all and that some new devices will not get to debut on stage at all.
Realme certifies a 4G/LTE version of its X50 in Singapore
The Realme X50 was one of the first phones to rock the Snapdragon 765G, thus also making it among the first 5G phones of 2020. Now, there is evidence that a version of the same without this connectivity may launch in Singapore. This is in accordance with a new leak from Twitter.
BMW is an official partner for the 120W iQOO phone: new leak
BMW is lending its name to the first iQOO phone to feature this OEM's latest, 120 watt (W) form of charging. At least, this is the impression given by a new poster alleged to be an official teaser for its upcoming launch event. The 2 brands are also now partners in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) racing series.
ZTE announces it will launch the world's first under-display camera phone
Move over, punch-holes, under-display cameras may be here soon. However, they are not to be premiered by OPPO or Huawei as previously thought, but by another smartphone OEM: ZTE. Its CEO has just revealed that it will be first to this tech, although no specific date for this event was mentioned.
Intel may phase type A ports out with the advent of USB4-enabled PCs
A prominent tipster has posted what may be listings for Intel's USB 4 controllers. Should this be the case, it seems they will not be compatible with the traditional type A port. The material only mentions the USB 3.2 specification, with no hint of 2.0 in sight.
THX announces new Game Profiles for its Windows 10 Spatial Audio app
The THX Spatial Audio app is software developed in conjunction with Razer that may improve the immersion offered by headsets of nearly any type. Its latest update is to add Spatial Audio Game Profiles, which may improve environmental awareness or realism while playing a compatible range of titles.
TCL introduces its 2020 5- and 6-series Roku TVs as 4K HDR QLEDs that start at US$400
TCL has announced the latest generations of its 5- and 6-series TVs. The former has upgraded to QLED in 2020, whereas the latter now has high-end, high-density mini-LED backlighting. Both new lines have 4K resolutions and have up to 75-inch options.
A full unboxing of the Mi 10 Ultra has leaked online mere hours ahead of its launch
Xiaomi's hotly-anticipated 10th-anniversary edition of the Mi 10 - or Mi 10 Ultra, according to the latest rumors - is expected to drop today (August 11, 2020). A down-to-the-wire leak purports to unbox this phone on camera beforehand, however. The video appears to confirm many primary specs of the impending super-flagship.
Anker's new PowerCore Play 6K is a mobile gaming grip, power-bank and phone-cooler in one
The PowerCore Play 6K is a power bank specifically designed with smartphone gaming in mind. Not only does it has a controller-grip-style shape, it also packs a fan for active cooling. It is compatible with Android and Apple mobile devices, and is available on Amazon from now.
Hisense announces that it is now a sponsor of Paris St-Germain
Hisense has revealed that it is to become known as a partner to Paris St-Germain worldwide. This means its brand will become officially associated with the famous French soccer club, and that its products will be marketed during relevant games. Furthermore, the OEM will furnish this team's technological considerations.
Sigma announces its latest 85mm Art-series portrait lens for E- and L-mount cameras
The lens specialist Sigma has released the new f/1.4 DG DN Art attachment for Leica L-mount and Sony E-mount full-frame cameras. With its new arrangement of aspherical, high-refraction and special low dispersion (SLD) elements, it may be well-equipped indeed for portrait shooting. It also has a button that either allows or denies the option of audible clicking in the aperture ring.
GoPro releases its latest financial performance figures
GoPro is an OEM nearly synonymous with outdoor pursuits and occupations. Therefore, it may come as no surprise that it posted a net loss of nearly US$51 million for the second quarter of 2020 (2Q2020). However, it is not all bad news for the popular action-cam brand: for example, its online sales model seems to be taking off.
Huawei's chipset production lines are to close in September 2020
Huawei has lost access to new mobile processors as normal, thanks to the mandatory end of partnerships with crucial suppliers such as TSMC. Now, the CEO of its consumer-facing unit, Yu Chendong, has acknowledged that the company will soon see its last shipments of these vital components in 2020. He has admitted this is "a very big loss" for the company.
No new Mi Mix in 2020 after all: Xiaomi CEO
The Mi Mix series is a line of premium devices marked by experimental features in the works at the smartphone OEM Xiaomi. For example, its Alpha variant has a stand-out wrap-around display. However, the company's CEO, Lei Jun, has just dashed hopes of it ever coming to market, let alone any kind of new Mix generation in 2020.
Razer's Kishi mobile device controller is now compatible with Xbox Game Pass
The Razer Kishi is a recently-launched smartphone accessory that snaps around a phone to give it physical in-game controls. Its controls include analog mechanical thumbsticks, which might be handy in the course, of, say, using Xbox Game Pass. Conveniently, the Kishi now works with this new cloud-gaming solution for Android.
The Huawei Enjoy 20 Plus may come with a pop-up selfie camera and the Kirin 820 SoC
New case leaks may reveal how a pair of Huawei phones called the Enjoy 20 and 20 Plus may look ahead of their launch. They may both have triple rear cameras, housed in a square module for the former and a round one for the latter. The Plus variant also has a feature that is getting rare in 2020: a motorized front-facing camera.
Realme India offers new color options in some of its popular phones
Realme has updated some of its phones' sales listings in India with new color options. The devices in question are far from the OEM's newest offerings: therefore, this change may reflect how well they are selling, or need to sell in the immediate future, perhaps. The C3 is an example of these chosen few.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 is updated for the first time, bringing blood-oxygen metrics and more
Samsung's latest smartwatch reportedly already has a firmware update. The new download confers blood-oxygen measurements as well as the ability to track maximal oxygen uptake (or VO2Max). Therefore, the wearable may be better equipped to help the user get an idea of important aspects of their health and fitness.
Early reviews suggest the Galaxy Note 20 series does indeed have an improved Exynos 990 SoC
Many Samsung fans may have been disappointed to learn that the latest in the Galaxy Note lines were getting Exynos-powered SKUs in some markets via pre-launch leaks. However, other reports claimed that this processor – the 990 – had been updated so as to improve performance in these newer devices compared to the Galaxy S20 series with which they share the chipset. Preliminary customer feedback hints this is indeed the case.
QNAP announces the discontinuation of vQTS
QNAP has announced that it will no longer officially support vQTS-built virtual machines (VMs) on its servers. This means that, while users can still operate the VMs they have previously constructed on this platform, they will no longer be supported or updated by the company. Machines set up using the newer QuTSCloud will, however.
A new leak may point to a Samsung Galaxy Book Flex with 5G
Samsung has reportedly applied for a European trademark for a "Book Flex" with an unusual new addition: 5G. Therefore, it may have a convertible PC with this connectivity in the works. This leak offers no hints as to the putative next-gen device's further specs, OS and chipset included, however.
The iPhone 12 series may be delayed because their wide-angle camera lenses are out of stock
The well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reportedly issued a new research note that may help explain why Apple may have to put off launching its iPhone 12 line until later in the year than usual. It seems the OEM is having trouble sourcing good-quality wide-angle lenses for the cheaper variants of this series.
South Korean Galaxy Watch Active 2 units finally get the firmware update that turns ECGs on
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 was marketed as a device that would be capable of generating electrocardiograms (ECGs) for advanced health-tracking purposes. Now - almost exactly one year after its launch - the OEM has activated this function. However, it still only works for units sold in their own home market.
A TSMC/Foxconn consortium may be just one alternative to NVIDIA's ARM acquisition
NVIDIA is reportedly in advanced talks with SoftBank to buy ARM for about US$32 billion. However, this is not set in stone, as the seller may have other options. One, according to Nikkei Asian Review, is other firms in this business such as Foxconn and TSMC clubbing together to buy the pivotal architecture IP-holder instead.
MediaTek introduces the T700, a 5G modem for the Intel notebooks of the near future
MediaTek and Intel had previously announced a partnership to ultimately result in 5G-capable laptops powered by the latter's CPUs. Now, this collaboration has reached a stage at which the modem necessary has been tested and validated for these purposes. It is thus now rated for standalone- and non-standalone sub-6GHz connectivity.
More leaks may or may not point to the imminent launch of the Realme X3 Pro
The Realme X3 Pro is a phone that has been shrouded in mystery, not to mention uncertainty as to whether a device of this name will even see a launch event this year. Some leaks have thrown up more new model numbers associated with this brand with possible specs that may yet fit the bill.
The Z Fold2 is Samsung's latest flagship foldable, but no-one can order it yet
Samsung had been slated to debut 5 different devices at its major showcase that took place today (August 5, 2020). However, the last of these to appear, the Galaxy Z Fold2, was introduced rather than launched. Nevertheless, there was an in-depth look at some of its updated flexible tech, as well as a premiere special guest-star unboxing.
The rotating bezel is back in Samsung's latest smartwatch
The Samsung Galaxy Watch series officially has a new generation. This 2020 variant retains the moving bezel that was so popular the first time around. However, its build and footprint has been updated, as have its health-tracking features.
The all-new Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are here
Samsung has long been rumored to launch its new generation of Galaxy Buds in a completely new form-factor. This has finally been proven true at the OEM's latest product launch. The Buds Live are indeed also the first of their line to feature active noise cancellation (ANC).
Samsung makes the Note 20 and 20 Ultra official
The Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra 5G have been unveiled today (August 5, 2020) at the latest Galaxy Unpacked event. This series has turned out to conform to all its more recent leaks and rumors well. In fact, all Samsung really had to do was announce their pricing and availability.
iQOO's new 5-series of smartphones is also slated to debut 120W charging speeds
iQOO recently unveiled the next-gen 120 watt (W) version of its FlashCharge system for smartphones. Now, it has announced an August 2020 launch date for an entirely new line of mobile devices. One of these is likely to be the first to feature the ultra-fast new power tech.
A Samsung Galaxy Note 20 variant with 8GB of RAM and the Exynos 990 SoC pops up on Geekbench
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series is slated to launch tomorrow (August 5, 2020); however, that has not stopped the flow of leaks for these premium phablets. One such last-ditch drip points to an 8GB RAM version of one. According to Geekbench 5, it runs on the Exynos 990 processor.
An upcoming POCO phone has the OnePlus Nord squarely in its sights
POCO's product-marketing manager and global spokesperson, Angus Kai Ho Ng, has posted a tweet suggesting that the brand will soon release a phone that will be worth passing the OnePlus Nord over for. This suggests the device in question is a mid-ranger that may offer decent specs for a good price - which is also the Nord's main prospect.
The innovative Wearbuds Pro debut via Indiegogo
Aipower's Wearbuds were unique on their launch in that they combine a fitness tracker and TWS earbuds in one product. Now, their second generation has finally come to the market via a crowdfunding platform. The OEM claims this new Pro variant improves on the original in terms of functions, battery life and finish.
A possible Motorola Moto E7 Plus appears on Geekbench
A device calling itself the "motorola moto e(7) plus" has appeared on Geekbench 4. Therefore, a direct replacement for the unprepossessing Moto E6 Plus may be on the way. This new putative phone has 4GB of RAM and runs on a possibly unknown Snapdragon processor.
TCL announces its new 6-series of TVs will be the world's first to support THX Certified Game Mode
TCL has teased the next generation of 6-series TVs with a potentially important spec: THX Certified Game Mode. It functions to activate a panel of settings intended to represent gaming content with improved fidelity and quality. The upcoming screens will be the first to feature this new technology.
The Samsung Galaxy Fit2 name is all but confirmed in a new leak
Samsung is expected to launch a fitness tracker alongside a number of other products at its impending Galaxy Unpacked event. A new leak appears to set its status as a second-gen Galaxy Fit series in stone. It may be the first reported listing for the device that uses a corresponding product name.
The Pixel 4a is finally here: US$349 for the Snapdragon 730, 6GB of RAM and 128GB fixed storage
Today (August 3, 2020) Google has ushered the Pixel 4a onto its Store website as its newest phone. This 5.81-inch FHD+ display device has just 1 SKU, although its RAM/storage specs are improved compared to its predecessor's starter variant. It is available as an unlocked device for under US$400, or through Verizon on a 24-month contract.
A new Ookla study shows Qualcomm has the fastest 5G chipsets in the UK and US for the first half of 2020
Qualcomm has published the results of a study conducted by Ookla on 5G speeds in the US and UK for the first and second quarters of 2020 (1-2Q2020). It apparently concludes that the fastest phones in this regard had chipsets and modems made by this prominent chipmaker. Specifically, they were the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 855+ mobile platforms.
Netflix implements playback speed controls on Android
Netflix is reportedly rolling out a feature by which a user can make content go forward or backward at different rates. This facility has apparently been under consideration at the streaming giant for years, and may benefit those with sensory impairments. However, it is only available on its Android app as yet.
Xiaomi's next new Mi TWS earbuds are likely to have ANC
Xiaomi's Mi-series of truly wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds is a rapidly-growing line of accessories. However, none of them have featured active noise cancellation (ANC) before. A new addition to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) strongly suggests this is about to change.
The Pixel 5a will launch with Android 11, as will the 4a 5G: new leak
Google has released a new little online puzzle that offers what is probably an insight on the Pixel 4a's long-awaited launch date. It is expected to do so with a 5G variant for the first time in this series' history. However, it seems it will not make it to this event, and will instead wait until Android 11 is here too.
Asus brings a possible ZenFone 7-series phone closer to launch with a new Bluetooth certification
The Asus ZenFone 7 is slated to launch soon - as is its nouveau Pro variant. A device that could be one of these two has been spotted on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group's (SIG) website. This suggests that the new series could indeed debut very soon.
Amazfit announces a launch for its PowerBuds in India
The PowerBuds are sports-themed TWS earbuds from Huami's brand Amazfit. They are unique in that they have a sensor for heart-rate tracking, a feature normally reserved for smartwatches. Their OEM has finally announced that they will launch on Amazon India in August 2020.
A new leak may confirm the Motorola Razr 2020 5G's design
Motorola's second-generation foldable is thought to migrate to a 5G SoC rather than the Snapdragon 710 found in its predecessor. Now, a new live image posted to Weibo may confirm the differences in looks between the two. It is by no means a substantial redesign, yet shows some refinements in the newer model.
A new leak lends further support to blood-oxygen tracking in the Apple Watch 6
Earlier reports have pointed to a new health-tracking spec for the Apple Watch 5's successor: blood oxygen tracking. A new tip may give this idea further weight. It also backs up other claims of sleep-tracking and even more advanced cardiovascular monitoring in the upcoming wearable.
Nubia launches its second-gen wraparound smartwatch
Nubia has just introduced the late-2020 refresh of its RedMagic 5G gaming smartphone. However, it also debuted a successor to the interesting Alpha flexible-display wearable alongside it. This product, simply called the Watch, has a similar form-factor but may be more durable and user-friendly this time around.
Huawei is rumored to stick with curved displays for the Mate 40 series
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is a premium phablet that came with the often-polarizing detail of a waterfall display, or a screen with a pronounced curve to both sides. Now, a blogger claims this spec will live on in the device's successor. It may in fact apply to the vanilla Mate 40 as well this time, to a degree.
Samsung is likely to sell Galaxy Note 20 Ultras with the Snapdragon 865+ in its own home market: new leak
Two devices with model numbers known to pertain to the upcoming flagship Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have appeared on the Geekbench 5 website. One of them has the suffix N, which suggests it is destined for the South Korean market. Oddly, it is the one without the Exynos 990, an SoC made by Samsung itself.
Razer announces its new gaming headset, the BlackShark V2
Razer's latest gaming headset is the BlackShark V2. Its 50 millimeter (mm) drivers feature the OEM's TriForce Titanium coating, as well as its SpeedFlex cable. It features THX Spatial Audio for an immersive experience and a removable cardioid mic with a USB sound card.
Google confirms the Pixel 4a's launch date
Google has posted a new page to its Store site that may appear, at first glance, to be full of stock Latin text. However, it also contains a kind of mini-game that serves to reveal what looks like a tagline for a new phone, as well as a certain date. Therefore, the launch of the next mid-range Pixel phone may finally be at hand.
New, high-res Galaxy Z Fold2 5G renders show Note 20-esque cameras and thinner main-display bezels
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is a first-gen bendable phablet with a possible successor that is now thought to be called the Z Fold2 5G on its launch. A prominent leaks blog claims to have the latest renders on this device. These all-angle images may confirm a new design and an improved main screen for the ultra-premium foldable.
Qualcomm posts its third-quarter fiscal performance for 2020
Qualcomm has announced that its third fiscal quarter of 2020 (3FQ2020, which ended on June 28 of this year) ended with a total of US$4.89 billion in revenue. It also reported $848 million in pre-tax profits, and paying $0.74 per share in dividends. However, it also already projects that, thanks to a new deal with Huawei, 4FQ2020 will turn out much better.
Intel's Rocket Lake-S will support PCIe 4.0: new leak
Rocket Lake-S is currently thought to be the code-name for those Intel chipsets that will succeed those known as Comet Lake-S. There is now more evidence that they will be compatible with the PCIe 4.0 standard. The processors may have up to 20 of these lanes.
LG may add a new, Dimensity 800-powered phone to the Velvet series soon: new leak
A new entry to the Google Play Console database reportedly points to a new phone called Velvet. However, this device has a MediaTek Dimensity 800 chipset, whereas the current LG device with the same moniker is powered by the Snapdragon 765G. It also apparently has 6GB of RAM and an FHD+ screen.
Samsung is reportedly under renewed pressure to ditch Bixby
Samsung is one of a minority of Android OEMs that bake its own in-house personal assistant into its mobile UI. However, some parties might prefer it did otherwise, not the least of which is Google. That company is reportedly offering the Korean giant a better deal to discontinue Bixby.
Lepow announces the new Z1-Gamut USB type C portable monitor
The latest portable monitor from Lepow has an FHD resolution and a USB type C input, as does its predecessor. However, this generation covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut and an improved brightness level. It also has dual stereo speakers and is sold via Amazon from now.
Sony announces the a7S III full-frame camera
Sony has finally launched the successor to the a7S II. It comes with a new BIONZ XR image processor, a new CMOS sensor with an effective resolution of 12.1MP and a new thermal management system that may improve 4K 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 record times. Sony has also debuted the new CFexpress Type A storage format.
The CTA announces CES 2021, and that it will be 100% virtual
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that there will be a Consumer Electronics Show (CES) scheduled for January 2021. However, it will not be held in Las Vegas as usual: instead, an "all-digital" experience is planned to replace the usual physical event. However, the Association is still confident it will be worthwhile for exhibitors and e-attendees alike.
Eve Devices pitches various accessories for the Spectrum monitor
Eve Devices touts its new Spectrum product as a gaming monitor with a crowd-source, and thus potentially idealized, design. Now, it is looking for more consumer input on the accessories that might be sold alongside this upcoming release. They include USB type C hubs, RGB lighting kits and VESA mounts.
The Amazfit ZenBuds make over US$1 million in crowdfunding
Amazfit claims that its ZenBuds TWS earbuds are so light and comfortable that they can be worn in bed all night. In fact, this is part of their use-case: to emit custom-designed audio that helps improve the user's sleep pattern. The brand has launched this product via Indiegogo, where they have now attracted just over US$1 million in backing.
Galaxy Watch 3: a new leak may confirm the return of the rotating bezel in this upcoming Samsung wearable
The Samsung Galaxy Watch is finally getting a successor, according to some leaks. The latest of these reiterates several details currently linked to this accessory, and also claims that the rotating bezel that was so particular to its first generation is back. It is also now said to have stainless steel and a blood-pressure monitor in its hardware make-up.
Sony a7S III: an upcoming full-frame camera now touted to have a flip-out rear screen and a world-beating EVF
Sony has recently confirmed that it will finally update its a7S series of cameras this year. The latest leaks surrounding this impending E-mount unit will have a rear screen like that of the ZV-1. It is also said to have some advantages over Canon's high-end EOS R5, its electronic view-finder (EVF) included.
Nubia has some odd yet appropriate companion devices for the rumored Red Magic 5S launch
The smartphone OEM Nubia has announced a new launch event for devices to be sold under its 'gaming' brand Red Magic. They include the rumored overclockable phone the 5S. However, they also apparently include less typical debuts for a Wi-Fi 6 router and a portable fan with inbuilt retro gaming.
Samsung releases its new AKG-tuned wireless headphones in ANC and on-ear varieties
Samsung has announced new headphones branded and optimized by AKG. The Y600NCs are the more premium of the two, and come with active noise cancellation (ANC) and an innovative rotating ear-cup for volume control. The Y400s, on the other hand, are smaller on-ears that come in a fresh range of colors.
A new leak purports to reveal the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live specs in full ahead of their launch
WinFuture's Roland Quandt was the first tipster to assert that Samsung had developed a new, kidney-bean-like form-factor for its next-gen TWS earbuds. Now, this seems to have been borne out in increasingly convincing leaks since. Now, the same blogger is back with a more complete gamut of specs for these Galaxy Buds Live.
The Realme V5 is officially the first in a new series of new smartphones
Realme has been hyping a new line of smartphones that it may launch at IFA 2020 Special Edition. An executive from this brand has now confirmed that it is to be called the V series, and that the V5 will be its inaugural release. This phone will have a rectangular rear camera, the main sensor of which is thought to be 48MP in resolution.
The Samsung Galaxy A42 might launch in 4G and 5G flavors
Samsung's Galaxy A41 made its debut not so long ago; however, that has not stopped rumors about its successor springing up already. According to one leak, it is to get variants with a 5G-capable SoC. Another states that it may have a battery of less than 5,000mAh in rated capacity.
The US smartphone market declined by 25% in the second quarter of 2020
The volume of sales completed in the US smartphone market fell by 25% year-on-year (YoY) in 2020's second quarter (2Q2020). This was attributed to the effect of Covid-19-related lockdowns, and on a tendency to buy phones through carriers in the country. All major OEMs in this space saw reductions in their sales, with Samsung seeing the least adversity in this respect.
Dimensity 2000: early leaks point to a 2021 launch and "significant" gains for the second-gen MediaTek flagship SoC series
A new report indicates that MediaTek is gearing up to release a new top-end processor in the second quarter of 2021 (2Q2021) that, based on its alleged name, would be a direct successor to the Dimensity 1000 chipset. It is also expected to boast ARM Cortex-A78 cores, and to be an upgrade in terms of its footprint and architecture.
Mozilla now offers its own VPN
Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, has announced that it is also stepping into the virtual private network (VPN) arena. This new product apparently has over 280 servers in over 30 different countries, and has a no-logging or -tracking policy. However, it will be available in only 6 countries on its launch.
Red Magic may allow the user to do some GPU overclocking on its next smartphone
The reliable tipster Digital Chat Station claims that Nubia has a refresh of its Red Magic gaming phone flagship in the works. Called the 5S, it will apparently be capable of GPU overclocking. This means that, even though it is slated to run on the Snapdragon 865, the user can make its Adreno 650 exceed standard clock speeds by an appreciable margin.
Oppo will launch the global, WearOS version of its Watch on July 31
Oppo has released an animated trailer for a Wear OS device that will reportedly launch worldwide on July 31, 2020. It is most likely for its first-gen smartwatch, which has been released in China but runs a variant of ColorOS in that region. This device is Apple-esque in its design and has a Qualcomm processor for wearables.
New Geekbench 5 listings may confirm some Pixel 4a specs
A device called the "Google Pixel 4a" has appeared on Geekbench 5 for the first time since January 2020. It contains a code-name repeatedly linked to the device, as well as plausible specs for the device. They include 6GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 7-series processor.
A new iPhone battery with a sub-3000mAh capacity is reportedly certified
A well-known Twitter leaker claims to have found a new Korean safety approval for a battery that may go to an Apple device with the model number A2431. Therefore, it may pertain to an iPhone 12 variant. If so, it may be much smaller than those of the 11 series.
Lenovo introduces its first Android gaming device as the Legion Phone Duel
Lenovo has announced its first gaming phone, which is now officially the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel. It is powered by the refreshed Snapdragon 865+ (or Plus) SoC, and has 12 or 16GB of RAM. It is also now confirmed to have the unique landscape-oriented pop-up rear camera set-up shown in numerous leaks, and has a 64MP dual main camera.
Samsung abruptly announces the 5G version of the Galaxy Z Flip
Samsung had let it be known that 5 devices would be unveiled at its August 5, 2020 Galaxy Unpacked event. The OEM's fans may have expected the Galaxy Z Flip 5G to be one of them. However, the Korean giant has now introduced this device. It seems to be a Snapdragon 865 Plus refresh of the original foldable clamshell.
AMD claims a new Premiere Pro update can get better 4K video exports out of some Ryzen 4000 notebooks
Adobe's Premiere Pro 14.2 update added hardware-accelerated encoding support for AMD GPUs. This, as the same chipmaker now claims, can reduce 4K video export times by up to 43% on the Ryzen 4000 H-series platform with Radeon RX 5000 GPUs compared to the CPU in question alone. This may make PCs such as the Dell G5 15 SE more appealing to content-creators
Realme becomes a top smart personal audio brand in India after only its first quarter-year of being one
The latest figures on the Indian hearables (or personal audio accessories with smart features) market show that Realme has rocketed into its top 5 brands. This success is particularly impressive as it only started selling products in this category in December 2019. Nevertheless, it now has more of a share than Sony or Xiaomi in that market.
Google may be working on a dual-touchscreen Chromebook
One of the most convincing trends in PC design these days is the dual-screen notebook. Now, there is evidence that Google is bringing this tech to Chrome OS. This is in line with a leak about a device code-named Palkia, which apparently boasts 2 touchscreens among its input methods.
A new leak may supply more evidence of 5G for the Pixel 4a
Recently, a leak indicating that Google would release a 5G version of the long-anticipated mid-range Pixel 4a phone came to light. Now, XDA contributors claim to have found references to a device from this OEM with the same connectivity in a mobile virtual network operator's (MVNO) records. Should this be the case, it seems the 4a (5G) is coming to the US, at least.
AMD makes its new Ryzen PRO (and Athlon) processors official
AMD has formally launched its Ryzen 4000 line-up today. Of these, their PRO variants are naturally aimed at enterprise-grade desktops. The OEM asserts that these 7 nanometer (nm) solutions offer speeds that outstrip certain Intel competitors by up to 31%. By contrast, the new Athlon 3000 G-series is still based on the Zen+ architecture.
Lenovo announces new Ryzen 3000-powered Legion gaming desktops
Lenovo has also added new tower-form PCs to its new Legion gaming line-up. Its Tower 5 variant can have up to the Ryzen 9 3950X as a processor, as well as RTX 2070 SUPER graphics. The IdeaCentre Gaming 5 is a Ryzen 7 3700X/RTX 2060 machine with improved thermals.
Realme's 6000mAh phone officially has a name and a launch date
Realme has outlined its launch event for a new phone that will have the brand's largest battery yet. It has been confirmed to be a new member of the C series, and will go live in Indonesia late in July 2020. Its new teaser also shows it has a square rear camera and a waterdrop notch.
Zoom destroys TikTok's record for downloads from the App Store in 2020
TikTok posted an impressive 67 million official downloads onto iOS devices in the US in the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). However, in 2Q2020, this stat has been eclipsed by one of approximately 94 million by the collaboration app Zoom. This is a major factor in a trend favoring business-focused apps on the Cupertino company's platform.
An impending Samsung Health update will cost it its food- and caffeine-intake tracking features
Samsung Health is an app perhaps mostly associated with this OEM's phones and wearables, but in fact also works across more of its hardware ecosystem. Some of its users have seen a notification that its latest update will remove its Food (or Calorie), Weight and Caffeine Tracking sections. Therefore, their widgets will stop functioning after this OTA is implemented.
A new Samsung Galaxy Unpacked teaser seems to confirm the Z Fold 2's debut
"One fold, infinite possibilities". That is the tagline for Samsung's latest promotional tweet on the subject of its next major product launch. Accordingly, it may be a strong hint that a successor to the first-gen Galaxy Fold will have a place in this August 2020 show.
Several Pixel 4 XL users complain the glass rear panel is "peeling off" their phones
The latest XL variant of the Pixel smartphone series may be susceptible to a fault in which the glass rear panel may spontaneously start to come away from the rest of the phone. This same problem has now been reported multiple times by different Redditors. Google has yet to publicly respond in relation to this new issue with its devices.
The Google Nest Speaker is reportedly cleared for launch in Taiwan
Google is currently believed to have a new generation of its Nest-branded smart home speakers in the works. A device that looks like the same from a prior leak has been certified by the Taiwanese electronics regulator NCC. It may confirm the new device's model number, as well as its dual-band Wi-Fi.
Samsung sees 3D holograms, "digital twins" and terahertz bands as things in the 6G future
The 5G era has just about begun; however, Samsung's research division is also looking into the next generation of this kind of connectivity already. The OEM is also projecting the technology that this level of bandwidth could bring to fruition. They include new levels of extended reality and "AI nativity".
The OnePlus Nord will run Google Phone, Messages and Duo out of the box
OnePlus is currently busily hyping its upcoming take on the mid-range 5G phone, the Nord. Its latest teaser indicates that it comes with certain communication-related Google apps out of the box. This, apparently, is done to keep its software experience the "smoothest" it can be.
Realme announces its participation in IFA 2020 'Special Edition'
IFA 2020 will be a heavily pandemic-adapted, mostly virtual event with few actual real-world attendees. A Realme executive has confirmed that the brand will have a presence at this show in any case. It will take that opportunity to make a "big announcement" during the conference.
The Indian smartphone market shrank by 48% in 2020's second quarter
The latest report on the market for mobile devices in India by Canalys has shown that its shipments totalled 17.3 million for the second quarter of 2020 (2Q2020). That sounds fine - until one compares it to the figure of 33 million from 2Q2019. This contraction was attributed to factors such as supply disruptions among the OEMs concerned.
The Fophie USB type C hub/wireless charger/phone stand makes over 20x its goal on Kickstarter
Multi-functional USB hubs have become a solid trend on crowdfunding websites, particularly those that bake additional functions into these ultrabook accessories. The Fophie is one such hub that adds wireless charging and phone-holding options to its ingredients list. It has now attracted just over 2000% of its original Kickstarter goal.
Blackmagic updates its URSA Mini Pro cinema camera with a sensor rated for up to 12K native recording
The URSA Mini Pro packs what is often regarded as best-in-class digital film recording into a body measuring just 9.2 inches across. Its OEM, Blackmagic Design, claims to have stuffed its latest generation with all-new internals that allows it to output in up to 12K natively. It also has new accessories that allow it to work with a Thunderbolt 3-enabled PC.
TSMC confirms that it is taking no new orders from Huawei
The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) supplies the silicon on which many OEMs' SoCs or devices are based, Huawei's included. However, the current US administration has issued an executive order that prevents the latter from conducting this kind of business. TSMC has stated that it is complying with the directive.
Mobvoi is launching its new, 50-hour battery-life TWS earbuds on Indiegogo
Mobvoi is a wearables brand that is teasing its next upcoming products, the Earbuds Gesture, via Indiegogo. They can be controlled through either head movements (in line with their name) or touch-sensitive panels. The OEM also claims they have a whopping 50 hours of battery life.
Galaxy Watch Active 2: Nearly two months on, the ECG-tracking function has yet to reach users in various markets
Samsung promoted the Galaxy Watch Active 2 as a health-focused wearable that would rival the Apple Watch series thanks to its in-built medical-grade electrocardiography (ECG). However, the function was disabled at its launch. This is not the case anymore; however, German and Austrian users are reportedly still waiting for their access to this feature.
The OPPO A72 5G and its unnamed MediaTek processor surface on Geekbench 5
OPPO is now slated to release a phone called the A72 5G in China soon. This phone is also thought to be called something like the Reno 10X Mark 2 in other markets. Its model number and yet-to-be-launched MediaTek SoC have appeared in another new leak that may show what they offer the consumer.
Samsung will launch the Galaxy M51 this year: new leak
A new certificate issued by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (or Bluetooth SIG) confirms in no uncertain terms that Samsung has a device called the Galaxy M51 in the works. Other recent leaks strongly suggest this phone will come with a battery rated for 7000mAh in capacity. It is also possible it will act as an M40 successor in 2020.
Samsung's new fitness tracker is a Bluetooth 5.1 device
A recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval has confirmed that the upcoming Samsung SM-R220 is a wearable of the fitness-tracker variety. Now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has set its wireless connectivity spec in stone. This new device may launch alongside the Galaxy Note 20 series on August 5, 2020.
A possible Huawei MatePad T10 makes its way onto Geekbench
Huawei is thought to have a new series of slates that consists of the MatePad T10 and T10s in the works. They are linked to the Kirin 710A processor and are, thus, thought to be budget devices on their launch. A new leak on Geekbench 4 suggests that at least one of them has 4GB of RAM and runs Android 10.
The TheoryBoard is touted as a new way to control and make music with an electronic crowdfunded gadget
Some consumers might be forgiven for mistaking the TheoryBoard as a particularly extensive gaming keyboard. However, it has been designed by its OEM, the start-up Irijule, as a new technology that helps the user reproduce whatever tunes they imagine, and from scratch too if necessary. It is also a MIDI controller that works with both PC and mobile devices.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: FCC confirms there will be a non-5G version of this device
The FCC has approved a product with a model number that marks it out as a probable Galaxy Note 10+ successor. Interestingly, it is a 4G/LTE-only mobile device. Its connectivity, while not very cutting-edge, may be a source of some relief for some Samsung fans' wallets.
Mobvoi's first pair of headphones is both ANC and wireless
Mobvoi has debuted the TicKasa headphones. Although this is only the first product in this category from the band, they have progressed directly to active noise cancelling (ANC) and wireless features. They are Bluetooth 5, have 40 millimeter drivers and have button controls.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) is touted to launch with a new Qualcomm "Bengal"-series processor
A Samsung SM-T505 has been spotted on Geekbench 5; based on this model number, it is now projected to be the Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) on its launch. Its new benchmarking results include the novel Qualcomm code-name bengal, which may be a lower-end, albeit new, Snapdragon platform on its own debut.
The iPhone 12 series may have a new, braided charging cable
A Chinese blog claims to have laid hands on a new kind of charging cable developed at Apple for its upcoming 2020 iPhones. It is an upgrade on the current standard accessory in that it is braided, which is often perceived as higher-end and more durable. In addition, its Lightning-end contacts are rumored to be upgraded with new materials.
The OPPO A72 5G may be the first phone to launch with a mysterious new MediaTek processor
China Telecom has reportedly listed an as-yet unreleased new OPPO phone on its website. It is apparently to be called the A72 5G, and has an SoC represented by an unfamiliar MediaTek model number. According to some other leaks, however, it may also be a Reno 10X Zoom successor.
The Lenovo ThinkStation P620 is the first device of its kind to run on the Ryzen Threadripper PRO platform
AMD has finally made the most enterprise-friendly variants of its Ryzen 3000 series official. It consists of up-to-64-core processors, as is the case with its flagship, the 3995WX. Lenovo has announced its P620 ThinkStation alongside this new line as the first workstations to run on these new Threadripper PROs.
Mobvoi releases its first Wi-Fi enabled home security camera
Mobvoi may be best known as a wearables brand; however, it is also breaking into the market for smart-home gadgets. The latest of these is the LifeSmart outdoor camera. It supports footage at HD or FHD resolutions, has an IR night-vision mode and a 110-degree field of view.
Belkin releases "Special Editions" of its Apple-product-focused wireless chargers
Belkin has debuted BoostCharge wireless charging accessories that support the iPhone, Apple Watch or AirPods, or, in some cases, all three at once. One of these can also become a power bank at need. They start at US$49.95 on the OEM's website at present.
Get up to 33% off a TicWatch in Mobvoi's anniversary sale
Mobvoi has announced that today (July 14, 2020) is the anniversary of its birth as a wearables and smart-things brand. Accordingly, it is holding a sales event for the next 11 or so hours. It includes 10% off a new TicWatch C2+, or a third off the 4G/LTE version of this series' Pro variant.
Intel will bring Hybrid Technology to the desktop with Alder Lake-S: new leak
Alder Lake is a code-name for Intel CPUs currently slated to come after their Rocket Lake counterparts. These processors' rumors allege a number of notable features, not the least of which is their 10 nanometer (nm) nature, new socket type and big/small core arrangement. A new leak may confirm the latter: apparently, it will be a form of Lakefield's Hybrid Technology, but for desktops.
Belkin's new Screenforce-series product for MacBooks is also designed to boost privacy while using these devices
Belkin's latest screen protector for Apple ultrabooks also confers a property that HP devices with SureView have by default. It occludes the content on these screens for viewing angles not those of the user, thus reducing the risk of intrusion or some immediate forms of data-theft. It is available for 13-, 15- and 16-inch MacBooks Air and Pro.
Realme's first 6000mAh phone is coming to Indonesian customers soon
A Realme Indonesia employee has posted a new teaser that strongly suggests a new phone with a 6000mAh battery will debut in this market soon. Therefore, it may make a worthy successor to a 5- or C-series device in these terms. However, the new potential threat to the Samsung Galaxy M series' might lacks an exact launch date at present.
The OnePlus Buds will also launch on July 21, 2020
"OnePlus Buds" has just been acknowledged as a real product name by their OEM. The company has also announced that they will launch on the same day as its upcoming first-gen Nord smartphone. The former are expected to be TWS earphones that look much like Apple AirPods.
The lenses for Apple's AR glasses are slated to be made by Foxconn
Foxconn has reportedly begun to test out the fabrication of lenses for Apple's rumored first-gen smart glasses. Apparently, these components are to be semi-transparent, and to be capable of displaying projected images to the user. They would be superimposed on "real-world" objects in this wearer's field of view.
Realme may be ready to unveil 120W "UltraDart" charging tech
The renowned leaker Ishan Agarwal now asserts that Realme has a new generation of its 65-watt (W) SuperDART charging standard in the works. It will apparently be called UltraDART instead, however, and may be rated for as much as 120W. This alleged upgrade is now touted to charge a 4,000+mAh battery by about 33% in 3 minutes.
Apple foldables may launch with UTG from Corning: display-industry leaker
The well-known display supply-chain commenter Ross Young has released a projection in which foldable devices with ultra-thin glass (UTG) protection easily outdoes the first-gen Galaxy Fold (which has a polymer-coated display) in terms of sales in 2020 and onward. Accordingly, the leaker now believes that Apple will also go with UTG in its own eventual foldable devices.
PC shipments show positive growth for the second quarter of 2020
The latest report from Gartner on the PC market shows that it had grown by 2.8% in the second quarter of 2020 (2Q2020). This may not sound like a lot, but is more encouraging in light of 1Q2020's -12.3% performance. This change suggests shipment volumes are recovering from the deleterious effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Far Cry 6 may be unveiled at the UbiForward event
Ubisoft has all but confirmed the launch of the next game in the Far Cry series, as well as some particularly important aspects of the title: its new location and main villain. The studio has indicated there may be more details at its imminent Forward event, which takes place tomorrow (July 12, 2020).
Acer Belgium lists an upgrade for the Aspire 5 A514 with a Tiger Lake processor
The French-language version of Acer's website now has a page for a new notebook: the Aspire 5 A514-54-50DU. Cosmetically, it seems much the same as the A514-52 we reviewed a couple of months ago. However, this one apparently has an Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU rather than the Comet Lake silicon of the pre-existing model.
AMD releases the latest Radeon Adrenalin 2020 Edition driver version
AMD describes its latest Radeon Software Adrenalin version (20.7.1) as one of its most extensive stability-focused update in 2020 thus far. The new download also introduces the AMD Bug Report Tool (the latest method to report bugs directly to the OEM) and adds support to the recently-released title Disintegration.
Leica will launch its M10-R via YouTube on July 22, 2020
Leica has posted a new YouTube link to go live later in July 2020. It will broadcast the launch of the next addition to the M10 series of cameras. According to recent leaks, it will be called the M10-R, and will be capable of ~40MP stills. It is also touted to come in black or silver colorways and have a 3-inch TFT rear screen.
A potential 16GB Lenovo Legion phone pops up on Geekbench
Lenovo's first gaming phone has been implicated in a Geekbench leak before. Now, this has happened again - although this time, the purported device in question has double the RAM compared to before. Its specs point to the Snapdragon 865, although it is now thought to have the Plus variant of this SoC.
LG unveils its latest soundbar as the "perfect companion" to the GX Gallery series of OLED TVs
LG has designed its new GX soundbar as a matching accessory for the 65-inch 'Gallery' OLED TV. Beside this, it features eARC in its HDMI ports; Bluetooth for wireless functions such as streaming directly from a mobile device, and Dolby Atmos. It will become available to US customers later in July 2020.
GoPro announces a beta update that converts the HERO8 Black into a webcam
GoPro has addressed an increasingly prevalent issue for many users who have shifted their work, learning or hobbies online in a new update under development at this action-cam OEM. It confers a new function on its HERO8 Black model that allows owners who also use Macs to use the device as an FHD, wide-angle upgrade on their default webcams.
Canon launches the EOS R5 and R6 mirrorless cameras
Canon has finally unveiled the long-awaited 2020 EOS R series of mirrorless cameras. The OEM has confirmed the former has a 45MP sensor, whereas the latter is 20MP. They also have DIGIC X image processor and 5-Axis image stabilization. 4 new RF lenses have also been launched alongside the new units.
GPD Win Max: crowdfunding for the 'mini console' moves on to a new stage amid user concerns about its charging tech
GPD's goal-based Indiegogo campaign for its 8-inch Win Max console-control-enabled mini notebook has ended in triumph, raking in about US$2.8 million from over 3,000 backers. However, the device is still available on this platform for the next few days at a price closer to its eventual retail cost. It's not all good news for the OEM, though: some early adopters claim that its speedy 65W charger has failed on them.
The iQOO Z1x: a new Snapdragon 765G, 120Hz phone starting at ~US$229
iQOO has launched the Z1x as the world's latest Snapdragon 765G-powered device. It also has the 120Hz refresh rate in its FHD+ LCD screen, as promised in its hype-phase. The phone also offers a 5000mAh battery that charges at 33 watts (W) and "PC-grade" cooling for as little as 1598 yuan to its new Chinese audience.
No QHD+ at 120Hz for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series: new leak
A Twitter tipster has claimed that the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 series will not be capable of a 120 hertz (Hz) refresh rate when their displays are set to a QHD+ resolution, according to someone currently in possession of these devices. Therefore, they may be restricted to the higher rate at FHD+ only, as with the current S20 flagships. This contradicts an earlier rumor on the subject.
The CEO of MSI dies aged 56
Shengchang Chiang - also often known as Charles Chiang - has been reported dead. He had taken over as the chief executive officer (CEO) of MSI in January 2019, having served as the company's head of its desktop division prior to that. Chiang reportedly fell to his untimely demise at the OEM's Taipei headquarters.
Anker's eufyCam 2 Pro is a new 2K, 100% wireless security camera system
The eufyCam 2 Pro improves on its previous generation in that its image sensor's resolution steps up to 2048x1080 (or 2K). It also incorporates night vision (color and IR), 2-way audio and a battery life of up to 12 months. This new indoor/outdoor home-surveillance kit is available through Best Buy in the US.
HarmoniQ Labs' upcoming TWS earbuds are 3D-printed for their comfort- and acoustics-focused features
HarmoniQLabs is a company that has an in-house 3D-printing process to make its new TWS earbuds. The OEM claims that the resulting unique shape created is better for prolonged wear and for passive noise cancellation. These new accessories will launch via Indiegogo on July 13, 2020.
The Samsung Galaxy A51 and A71's new updates add more S20-series features
Samsung has announced that the latest firmware updates for the Galaxy A51 and A71 port some features that had heretofore been exclusive to the OEM's flagships to these mid-rangers. They mainly consist of camera-app upgrades such as the addition of Live Focus, Single Take and Smart Crop.
The Sony FE 12-24mm GM is the world's new widest F2.8 zoom lens
Sony asserts it has broken new ground with its latest FE G Master lens. Its zoom does indeed go down to 12 millimeters (mm) while maintaining a 2.8 aperture. This means it can summon an impressive field of view while retaining its level of brightness at all times. The OEM claims it can thus outdo the human eye in wide-angle perception.
Vizio's latest line in soundbars includes the innovative, CES award-winning Elevate 5.1.4
Vizio has announced new additions to its collection of soundbars, which are available either now or later in 2020. They are headlined by the Elevate 5.1.4, which stood out in its category at CES 2020 due to its Adaptive Height Speakers. These rotating parts activate to deploy content with the high-end audio tech it supports.
Pre-orders for the Black Shark 3 Pro on the brand's global e-store begin
The 3 Pro is Black Shark's Snapdragon 865-powered 2020 flagship that boasts a 7.1-inch OLED 1440p display. The Xiaomi gaming brand has declared international pre-orders for this device open as of today (July 7, 2020). Its price is set at just under US$900 on its new platform.
Huawei's new European trademark could make an apt name for the Mate Xs' successor
Huawei has filed a trademark application with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) for the name Mate V. This would be an adroit term for, say, a device that can fold like a book in the current Galaxy Fold style. Therefore, the term may hint at such an upcoming phablet from this OEM.
New Master Lu benchmarking results may confirm 8GB of RAM for the iQOO Z1x
The iQOO Z1x is set to launch on July 9, 2020 and to rock the Snapdragon 765G processor on this date. However, the OEM has yet to confirm any more details on the new phone's internals. A new Master Lu listing for a device with an unfamiliar model number is now linked to the upcoming mid-ranger, however, and may show what it can do with 8GB of RAM.
66% of professionals surveyed still don't know when going to the office will be a thing again: new study
A new study conducted in June 2020 by the company TeamBlind indicates that 33% of the workers who participated in it have been given a date on which they can resume office work. This figure varied when corrected for location or company, however. 57% of the respondents stated that they would keep working from home given the opportunity, however.
A likely Samsung Galaxy A71s 5G passes FCC testing, may be a Verizon-only device
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a new Samsung device called the SM-A716V for sale. This phone is thought to be called the Galaxy A71s 5G on launch. According to its new official schematics, it may look much like the pre-existing A71. However, there are some signs its potential new derivative is destined for the Verizon network.
Panasonic releases its latest M-series wireless headphones
Panasonic has announced pricing and availability data for its new RB-M500B and RB-M700B wireless headphones. Both feature 40 millimeter (mm) neodymium drivers housed in ergonomically-designed ear-pads, although only the latter features active noise cancellation (ANC). They are also designed to enhance bass using this OEM's XBS DEEP technology.
Huawei may have new 66W power bricks for the Mate 40 series
Huawei's best SuperCharge wired power adapter can charge a compatible device at up to 40 watts (W). However, a leak points to a new generation of these accessories that is capable of 66W. The OEM has reportedly had it approved for use by the regulator 3C, which may make it available for the Mate 40 series.
LG announces new additions to its XBOOM Go series of portable speakers
LG has updated the portable variants of its XBOOM speaker line-up. These new PL7, PL5 and PL2 models feature an equally renewed design that incorporates Meridian technology for their audio clarity. They can also be controlled via an iOS or Android app and respond to voice commands.
Durabook claims that its new ultra-slim yet rugged tablet is ideal for fieldwork in 2020
Durabook has launched its latest tablet, the R11. Like others from this OEM, it has military-grade drop, shock, ingress and temperature resistance. However, this one is also only about 20 millimeters (mm) in height and weighs 1.2 kilograms. This may make it more amenable to work in the hazardous environments of today.
Panasonic launches its latest TWS earbuds, complete with noise-cancelling variants
The Panasonic RZ-S300W are new TWS earbuds with a non-AirPod-clone form-factor and a unique finish. A further variant of the same (the RZ-S500W) have "Dual Hybrid Noise Cancelling Technology" with an ambient mode for "best-in-class" audio isolation. The OEM also has a 3rd pair of new buds launched under its high-end Technics brand.
3C clears Vuzix to sell its M400 smart glasses in China
The smart-glasses company Vuzix has announced that it has 3C certification for its M400 model. Therefore, it may now target the market in question with this IP67-rated, drop-resistant smart viewer. As with many other products in this category, it is directed at professional and industrial applications.
A new Samsung India support page implies an imminent launch for the Galaxy M01s
Samsung India has reportedly posted a support page for a phone called the Galaxy M01s (or SM-M017F/DS), despite the fact that this phone is not on sale in the same country yet. This official leak shows that the upcoming device has 3GB of RAM. However, additional tips show that it may not be a brand-new product on its launch.
iQOO will launch a mid-range version of its Z1 on July 9, 2020
iQOO has announced that its new addition to the Z1 series of phones will debut later in July 2020. According to recent leaks, this one will be powered by the Snapdragon 765G processor, whereas the flagship has the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC. Its mid-range sibling may also have a 6.57-inch FHD display and triple rear cameras.
Chrome for Android upgrades to 64-bit in its latest few versions
Android has been a 64-bit OS for some time now. However, this transition has not resulted in a wholesale switch to the same in all apps. Nevertheless, Chrome has finally shown signs of migrating to this platform, starting with its newest Dev and Canary versions.
New leaks hint at Samsung's next big thing in smartphone batteries
Move over, Galaxy M31: it looks like your title of "battery monster" will go to a newer phone soon. Samsung has apparently made a new mobile power-pack with a rated capacity of no less than 6800mAh. It has leaked out thanks to a few official certifications for this component from Korean and Chinese regulators.
Huawei patents a phone that may have a real mechanical zoom lens
A new phone design patent attributed to the OEM Huawei shows that it has one truly massive lens in an even larger rectangular housing on its back panel. However, there may be a good reason for this: its schematics show that it may also be capable of DSLR-like zoom. Therefore, this IP may one day represent the company's next image-sensor breakthrough.
3C clears a device that might be the next new Motorola Razr
The Chinese telecomms regulator 3C has reportedly certified a new Motorola device called the XT2071-4. This model number is rumored to correspond to the 2nd-generation foldable Razr. This new clamshell is thought to have the same screen size as its predecessor, although it may have an updated 5G SoC.
MSI releases its 2020 line of workstations
MSI presents its new notebooks that, while being powerful enough for many enthusiasts and creators, retain decently portable dimensions. The series consists of 15.6- and 17.3-inch machines that feature up to Intel Xeon processors and NVIDIA Quadro GPUs across the board. They are available to buy now from platforms such as Newegg.
Samsung updates select newer phones with the July 2020 security patch
Some phones from 2019 and 2020 that bear the Samsung Galaxy name now have OTA updates that contain the latest Android security patch. They include the S20 series, as well as the Note 10s. Some higher-end Ax0 devices are also included in this list, which has appeared markedly early in the month.
POCO M2 Pro: more evidence of Redmi Note 9 Pro-clone status emerges
POCO has confirmed the existence of the M2 Pro, and is currently teasing it on Twitter and Flipkart ahead of its July 7, 2020 launch. These official leaks show some inextricable links between it and the pre-existing Redmi Note 9 Pro. For example, both phones are now known to have quad rear cameras and 33 watt (W) charging.
The CEOs of all 4 big tech companies are slated to attend a US Congress hearing in July 2020
The current chief executive officers (CEOs) of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon are reportedly required to appear before the United States' Congress later in July 2020. These events are apparently tied to proceedings related to antitrust practices. Their attendance has been confirmed by a member of this body representing the state of Rhode Island.
Return of the big screen: Honor launches the 7.09-inch X10 Max
Honor has launched a pair of new Dimensity 800-powered phones today (July 2, 2020). Despite this, the 2 phones are quite different, particularly in terms of their displays. The 30 Youth Edition has a 6.5-inch 90 hertz (Hz) panel, whereas that of the X10 Max exceeds 7 inches. Both devices can be pre-ordered today.
Samsung India issues a price cut for the Galaxy A31
Samsung launched the quad-camera Galaxy A31 less than a month ago (in June 2020). Nevertheless, the phone is getting a discount already. It is now INR 1000 less than its original price, which brings it down to the equivalent of US$278.
Nintendo 3DS bugs are no longer eligible for the HackerOne program
Nintendo had been promoting the security of its 3DS and Switch devices by soliciting bug reports through HackerOne's bounty initiative. Here, users are incentivized to find such discrepancies with financial rewards. However, the hand-held gaming system is no longer signed up for the service.
Noctua partners with Louqe to launch a new Ghost S1 edition of the NH-L12 cooler
The NH-L12 is a cooler that, according to its maker Austria-based Noctua, offers many advantages for compact PC builds. However, it did not completely fit in the Ghost S1 case by the Swedish company Louqe. Therefore, the 2 firms have collaborated on a new variant for self-building fans of both PC-component brands.
Samsung's next-gen foldables may have equally flexible batteries
A new patent added to the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) database shows that Samsung has developed a foldable battery to power phones of the same nature. It is constructed of layers in a way that allows one of its cells to connect to another via a flexible commisure that crosses the hinge-portion of the device in question. This removes the need for 2 separate solid batteries and their potential drawbacks.
Qualcomm launches the Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform, complete with a series-first Plus variant
The Snapdragon Wear 3100 was Qualcomm's latest dedicated SoC for smartwatches - until today. It has been supplanted by the new 4100 - as well as the 4100+. Both feature a new processor, paired with an ultra-low-power co-processor. The 4100+ distinguishes itself with an exclusive chipset for enhanced always-on displays.
Ming-Chi Kuo predicts the next iPad will launch later in 2020
The eminent TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's latest round of Apple predictions include a rough launch date for an upcoming iPad with a 10.8-inch display. They also allude to another tablet of this series that would involve a re-imagining of the Mini variant for 2021. Both of them may get the OEM's rumored new 20 watt (W) power brick in the box.
Potential new OPPO phones with an interesting code-name leak onto Geekbench
Two new devices with what could be model numbers from the OEM OPPO have emerged on Geekbench 4. They both have 4GB of RAM, run Android 10 and have a heretofore-unseen code-name associated with their processing platform: bengal. Could this, then, be a brand-new upcoming SoC?
UGREEN releases its new USB type C HiTune TWS Earbuds
The latest truly wireless (TWS) earbuds from UGREEN upgrade to a USB type C port for charging and to an IPX5 rating for ingress protection. They also have a Qualcomm chipset which confers some up-to-date audio specs on these new HiTune accessories. They include Bluetooth 5.0, cVc v8.0 for noise cancellation and aptX.
NVIDIA's GTX 1650 has a new variant, again
The gaming component and peripherals company GALAX has launched a new product called the GTX 1650 Ultra. However, its GPU is not that of the original non-ray-tracing Turing variant, but of underpowered chips left out of other cards such as the RTX 2070. Then again, its TDP is higher than some others of its name.
A successor for the Sony a7S II is finally on the way
The a7S II is a member of Sony's Alpha series of full-frame cameras lauded for its low-light and 4K video performance, even though it has been several years since its release. Now, an executive from this OEM has confirmed that a successor for the unit is on the way. According to this source, every aspect of the 7S has been completely re-designed.
OWC launches the Envoy Express, the "world's first Thunderbolt 3-certified" SSD enclosure
There are many products on the market that claim to convert M.2 NVMe SSDs into fast portable external storage. However, OWC claims that its own such housing is the first to come certified for Thunderbolt 3 speeds. Accordingly, it may achieve 1.533 gigabytes per second (GB/s) in "real-world performance".
The OnePlus Buds will come in black: new leak
The eminent and apparently OnePlus-focused leaker Max J. has posted a new image of this OEM's inaugural TWS earbuds on his Twitter feed. This one shows the other side of these stem-toting accessories for the first time - and also paints them black. Therefore, it seems the product will have at least 2 color options on their launch.
A carrier's online store now stocks cases for the iPhone 12 series
T-Mobile Netherlands is a national division of a carrier that also sells accessories for flagship iPhones from 2018, 2019...and 2020. It names these devices according to their individual variants, and also has live pages for a few cases that may indeed fit them accurately - despite the fact they are still probably months away from launch.
Switch Fighter claims its crowdfunded dock turns the Nintendo Switch into a mobile mini-arcade
The Nintendo Switch may be the console for the Covid-19 era; however, a start-up has decided that it also needs the edge conferred by the nostalgia for retro arcade gaming. To this end, it has created the Switch Fighter, a dock-like device that turns the tablet into a portable version of the same when slotted into it.
The Honor 30 Youth Edition 5G and 10X Max will launch on the same day
Honor has officially announced that the Youth Edition of its 30-series smartphone exists, and that it has a launch date for the Chinese market. In fact, it is the same as that of the 10X Max: July 2, 2020. Both phones are rumored to have the same Dimensity 800 SoC, although they may be very different otherwise.
A new leak hints at Android 10 for the Motorola Moto E6 Plus
A recent edition to the Moto E series of affordable smartphones exhibited several discrepancies in our review, not the least of which was launching with Android 9.0 (Pie) in 2019. However, a new Geekbench 5 listing suggests that this issue, at least, may be resolved soon. It shows that a phone with the E6 Plus' specs, but running an updated OS.
AMD's Ryzen 3000 wins big at the 2020 European Hardware Awards
The European Hardware Association (EHA) has announced the devices or components that have won its organization's awards for 2020. This list contains some potentially easy predictions, such as the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 for the Best Gaming Notebook. However, it is the Ryzen 3000 platform that has really cleaned up.
Vive X announces that it has nearly doubled its VR/AR investments
Vive X is a group set up by HTC's Vive in order to invest in augmented (AR) or virtual (VR) reality-based products and services. It has announced that it has achieved a return of nearly twice the funding it has awarded since its inception in 2016. It has mostly been conferred on commercial-grade VR/AR companies.
US households spend about 36% more on their ISP now compared to 2012: new study
New research of broadband internet provision and its adoption in the US found that consumers spend about US$60 on them per month at the end of 2019, compared to about $44 in 2012. This new study also concluded that these customers prioritize speed over any other aspect of the service in question. However, following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemics, this may change somewhat.
The Amazfit GTS and GTR are updated to monitor daytime naps
A number of newer Amazfit smartwatches are capable of sleep-tracking as part of their health-metric suites. They include the GTR and GTS, which have recently been updated further in order to evaluate sleep patterns during the day as well. This involves adding this data to records through its relevant app.
OnePlus says its upcoming TVs will be even thinner than its flagship phones
OnePlus is billed to release new mid-range TVs soon. The OEM has released more details on these devices ahead of their July 2020 launch. One of these teasers involves the apparent fact that they will be thinner at their narrowest point than the company's latest premium phones.
Neopon claims its new product offers all the advantages of TWS earbuds with none of the drawbacks
Neopon are TWS earbuds, albeit not ones of the typical 'popcorn' or 'stem' form-factor found everywhere these days. Instead, they have been designed with an ear-hook that connects to the actual, oval ear-bud part via a short flexible cable. Therefore, their maker asserts that they may enhance comfort and wearing time while still providing all the potential up-sides of wireless audio.
The iPhone 12 series might come without an in-box charger: new leak
An earlier leak suggested that Apple is planning to do away with EarPods as standard packaging contents for its 2020 generation of iPhones. Now, the British financial institution Barclays reportedly predicts that the OEM will not even ship a power brick with these new mobile devices. However, a different rumor asserts that this is not the case at all.
A new leak puts a "Samsung Galaxy A71s 5G" on the cards
Samsung refreshed its popular Galaxy A71 smartphone with a 5G-enabled SoC in 2020. Now, a new Geekbench listing hints at a further variation on this device. It is known as the SM-A716V on this platform, and may thus have the product name of A71s should it launch soon.
AMD announces that the Ryzen 7 4800H destroys its 25x20 power-efficiency goal
In 2014, AMD set forth an aim to improve the power efficiency of its processors by 25 in 6 years. Now, in 2020, the company asserts that it has not only met that goal but exceeded it. This has been done in the form of the Ryzen 7 4800H APU.
TCL announces that its next generations of displays are officially certified for blue-light safety
TCL has confirmed that its upcoming display panels have attained an Eyesafe display certification for blue-light reduction and color performance. This standard has been developed to protect user eye health. They are applied to various screen types, those for PCs or monitors included, and may become a preferred spec in the new devices of the near future.
An ex-Intel engineer claims to know why Apple went in-house for the future of Mac processors
Apple made waves at its 2020 WWDC when it confirmed that Macs were to be powered by non-Intel SoCs going forward. This transition may have many advantages for the company, not to mention the PCs involved. However, self-professed Intel expert François Piednoël claims that there were other reasons for this move.
iPhone 12 series: New Reddit images may corroborate previous design leaks
A Redditor who claims to work in the smartphone repair industry has posted photos of new clear cases and dummy devices that allegedly match the iPhone 12 series. They correspond to the upcoming lines' 3 hypothetical variants, and have the iPad Pro-like appearance projected for these devices.
NVIDIA's new GeForce Game Ready driver is DirectX 12 Ultimate-compatible
The latest Windows 10 Game Ready driver for NVIDIA GeForce cards unlock DirectX 12 Ultimate features on RTX GPUs. This may bring attributes such as hardware-accelerated ray tracing and mesh shading to certain games. The new driver also supports 9 more G-SYNC-enabled monitors from AOC, Dell, LG and other OEMs.
Olympus announces that it has cut its camera business loose
Olympus has officially confirmed it has signed an agreement to relinquish the imaging division of its company. This means that cameras such as those of the OM-D series will no longer be available under their original maker's name. However, there are plans for a new, separate entity that will make and sell their successors.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G: NFC and Bluetooth certifications put the upcoming 2020 clamshell close to launch
Samsung is currently believed to have a 5G version of its Galaxy Z Flip in the works. Several new listings on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) website confirm this, overtly naming multiple versions of the same device in these terms. One of them has also gained a certification to use NFC.
Amazfit will launch its ZenBuds via Indiegogo at the end of June 2020
Amazfit claims that its ZenBuds are capable of enhancing sleep or relaxation due to their noise-cancelling, health-tracking and other properties. The brand has finally announced details on how this version of the truly wireless (TWS) earbud will be premiered: as a reward on its upcoming crowdfunding campaign.
Nintendo shows signs of giving up on the smartphone gaming market altogether
Nintendo's Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Switch is inarguably one of the biggest hits of “lockdown life”. However, its mobile titles (Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes, for example) have not exhibited the same level of success, to the extent that the company allegedly has no new titles planned for this platform.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ could launch in August 2020
The eminent Weibo leaker Digital Chat Station has dropped a number of hints as to the launch schedules of what could be the next flagships from Xiaomi and Redmi. The latter may have the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC and is thought to be the first of these 3 to debut. That leaves what are thought to be the Mi 10 Pro+ and, finally, the next-gen Mi Mix.
Future Huawei phones could have under-display selfie cameras and no physical buttons
Huawei has patented what could be its next-gen mobile-device form-factors. Not only do they have no discernible front-facing cameras, their side-buttons are replaced with what appear to be parts of a flexible display instead. These virtual keys have corresponding cut-outs in the device's frame.
QNAP claims its new PCIe-expandable TS-x53D NAS series is ideal for both professionals and gamers
QNAP's latest TS-x53D series of network-attached storage (NAS) products have 2, 4 or 6 bays and 4 to 8GB of RAM. They are also equipped with a PCIe Gen 2 expansion slot and 2 2.5 gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports. The user can also play videos at up to 4K thanks to its HDMI port.
The Samsung "Galaxy A01e" is now the Galaxy A01 Core: new leak
Recent leaks have pointed to the release of a second variant for the Galaxy A01, a budget phone debuted by Samsung in 2020. A new entry on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) website now confirms its existence. It also shows that the phone's product name will have a novel twist: it will be the Galaxy A01 Core.
Acer touts the new Predator Cestus 350 mouse as a precise, powerful and stylish gaming accessory
Acer has launched the Cestus 350 as part of its new Predator-series gaming line-up today (June 23, 2020). It has a Pixart 3335 sensor, which, as the OEM asserts, will confer accuracy on the new device with minimal latency. It also has 8 programmable buttons and can be used in wired or wireless mode.
The Acer CastMaster may prove a minimalist solution to many traditional presentation issues
Acer is showcasing its CastMaster system as part of its 2020 General Presentation Conference (GPC). This product consists of a receiver and a transmitter in the form of a large globular button. The OEM asserts that this "Plug-and-Play" arrangement will render the set-up and control of a presentation constant across any environment.
New Pixel-series hardware defects may result in another lawsuit for Google
A law firm has posted an invitation to Pixel 3 users to contribute to a class action it may build against Google for hardware issues in this phone. In addition, it is claimed that the device's camera results in unacceptable jittering and crashing. Dissatisfied owners may now fill out an online form in order to join this potential suit.
TUV Rheinland certifies a new battery that may be for the Samsung Galaxy M31s
Some recent leaks have raised the possibility of a successor for the Samsung Galaxy M30s. Now, the OEM has certified a battery that could conceivably have been made for this phone. However, those hoping for even more screen-on time between charges may be slightly disappointed in its specs.
A new Dimensity 800 phone appears on Geekbench: could it be the Honor 30 Lite?
The Lite variant of the Honor 30 series could be a particularly interesting release, as it is touted to rock the Dimensity 800 processor and to have a global launch. A new model number that might correspond to this device has surfaced on Geekbench 4. It runs Android 10 and has 6GB of RAM in addition to the new MediaTek SoC.
NVIDIA unveils the A100 GPU in PCIe form
The A100 is the first GPU based on NVIDIA's state-of-the-art Ampere architecture. It is available in NVLink and (as of today) PCIe-enabled cards intended for high-performance computing (HPC) use cases. Its maker has also announced details on over 50 new servers based on these new graphics solutions.
Xiaomi gets a new "Mi Smart Mouse" through Bluetooth SIG testing
Xiaomi may be about to launch a new mouse that is capable of responding to voice commands. This is apparent thanks to new Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) documentation. It approves the Mi Smart Mouse as a device with up-to-date wireless connectivity and a 4000 DPI.
The Redmi 9 will have up to 6GB of RAM on its Chinese debut: new leak
The Redmi 8's long-awaited successor launched in Spain as a device with 3 or 4GB of RAM. However, the noted tipster Ishan Agarwal now claims that some of its China-only SKUs will go up to 6GB. Furthermore, some others will have 128GB of internal storage, whereas its current European units have half that at best.
A new "Galaxy Note 20 Plus" case leak may improve the odds of its being another Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus' successor is currently thought to actually be called the Note 20 Ultra. This may be due to renders that have given it an extra-large camera hump like that of the pre-existing S20 variant of this name. A Twitter leaker's new "case photos" lends this idea more weight.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+: new leaks may confirm the tablet's ~10,000mAh battery
Some upcoming variants to the Samsung Galaxy Tab line of premium slates are currently believed to have a markedly large battery capacity. This spec might help them earn their rumored 'Plus' moniker. A leaker has posted new images, allegedly taken by official regulators, that may confirm this theory.
RAVPower PD Pioneer GaN Tech USB C Wall charger hands-on review
Some of RAVPower’s latest USB chargers are those of the gallium nitride (GaN) variety. This state-of-the art charging material is linked to potentially improved efficiency at lower temperatures. But how do they hold up against the contents of an everyday tech-lover’s household?
Google's Nearby Share for Android may also be compatible with ChromeOS, Linux, Windows and macOS
Nearby Share is Google's long-awaited answer to AirDrop, and may formally debut as part of Android 11. However, XDA contributors have found evidence that it may work with other operating systems, so long as they run Chrome. This is because it may have a web UI, which could make it almost universal for file-sharing.
The Dimensity 800-powered Honor 30 Lite leaks out
Honor has already released a wide variety of 30-series phones thus far in 2020. However, new leaks hint that there is at least 1 more to see this year: the MediaTek-powered and 5G 30 Lite. It may also be known as the 30 Youth Edition for the Chinese market
Lenovo launches the 15-inch IdeaPad Slim 7 GTX
Lenovo has released more details of a new addition to the IdeaPad Slim 7 line of notebooks. This one is powered by the Core i7-10750H processor, rather than the Ryzen 7 4700U like its 14-inch counterpart. However, the OEM has included dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics here...even if it is an older card.
The end of 2020 is also the end of Adobe Flash Player
There was a time when Flash was the go-to standard for online content building and support. However, other standards such as HTML5 have outstripped it considerably in the ability to deliver AV and interactive apps of all kinds. Therefore, Adobe has announced a definitive EOL date for this once-ubiquitous relic of the internet.
UNISOC claims its 6nm 5G SoCs are ready for mass production
UNISOC has announced that it will start full-scale production of its 6 nanometer (nm) chipset by the end of 2020. This will enable it to supply OEMs with this advanced platform by 2021. The SoC will also come with an integrated 5G modem and a Mali-G75 GPU.
The new Motorola Razr goes on sale for the first time at US$500 less than normal
The Motorola Razr was announced in 2019 as the first foldable clamshell phone on the market. Therefore, the OEM set its price at US$1499.99 on its launch. Those who find this outlay for a phone powered by the Snapdragon 710 SoC off-putting may be interested to know that it has a special reduced price on its US website until June 21, 2020.
OPPO launches the Find X2 in India, but where are the Pro variants?
The Find X2 phones are OPPO's premium, Snapdragon 865-powered flagships for 2020. The OEM has launched it in India. However, it appears the country only gets the vanilla variant, which has 12GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage and is priced at INR 64,990 (~US$853).
Qualcomm launches the new RB5 platform for next-gen robotics
Qualcomm has unveiled the RB5 platform, aimed at the consumer- and enterprise-grade robotic devices of the future. To this end, it is based on the QRB5165 processor, which can handle the imaging sensors, digital signals, machine learning and AI capabilities expected of these machines. It also supports up-to-date connectivity, 5G included.
PCIe 4.0 for all: Asus announces its B550 motherboard line-up
Asus has unleashed its panel of motherboards that support AMD's B550 chipset on the US market. They enable up to 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes when equipped with a Ryzen 3000-series APU. These cost-effective new components are of the OEM's popular ROG Strix, TUF Gaming and Prime brands.
Verizon launches the Lenovo Flex 5G in the US
The Lenovo Flex 5G is the first "Always On, Always Connected" ultrabook to launch with the connectivity that gives it its name. It is capable of the ultra-wideband (UWB) variety of the same, which covers a lot of the mmWave band. Accordingly, it will be sold through the carrier Verizon in the US.
The AirTab portable monitor has reached its crowdfunding target in just 1 hour
AirTab claims that its first eponymous product is an ultra-lightweight on-the-go secondary display. It measures 15.6 inches diagonally, and also has a SKU with a touchscreen. This device has been launched via Kickstarter, and has amassed 100% of the backing looked for in just 1 hour.
Anker launches the PowerExpand Elite Thunderbolt 3 Dock
Anker's latest dock allows the user to connect external monitors via both Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI ports at 60 hertz (Hz). It also has a range of other I/O besides, an SD card reader and a 3.5mm AUX port included. One of its type C ports also allows pass-through charging at up to 85 watts (W).
The Vive XR Suite is the latest entrant into the remote working and collaboration market
HTC Vive has announced a new suite of XR applications to help those whose work or pursuits have moved into a remote format. An example of these is Vive Sync, which may take on other similar platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom. The new suite also features various software and hardware partners that operate in areas relevant to these apps.
The Huawei Enjoy 20 Pro will launch in China on June 19, 2020
Huawei has announced that it will launch a phone called the Enjoy 20 Pro 5G later in June 2020. This device is rumored to have a 6.5-inch display and to run on the MediaTek Dimensity 800 SoC. However, there is a pre-existing device called the Enjoy Z that covers these specs.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ SKUs allegedly show up on Geekbench
Samsung's highest-end tablet series is thought to branch into additional Plus versions for its late-2020 generation. More evidence of this has allegedly leaked onto Geekbench 4. They show what may be Tab S7 and S7+ variants with the same amount of RAM and running on the Snapdragon 865 processor.
The Asus ZenBook 13 UX325 is quietly unleashed on the European market
The ZenBook UXn25 series is a compelling line of Thunderbolt 3-enabled ultrabooks, although you'd hardly know it from Asus' press releases thus far. Accordingly, its 13-inch variant has sneaked its way onto the OEM's Bulgarian website. It has also been spotted on various retail sites throughout Europe.
The new LG CineBeam projector can throw a 100-inch image and weighs 1.1 pounds
LG has announced the latest model in its line of CineBeam projectors. The PH30N is rated for images of up to 100 inches from 10.8 feet away. It has also been designed to be light and portable so as to generate a theater-like experience in various settings.
Pixel 4a delay rumors spark up again, this time with allegations of a release late into 2020
The leaker Jon Prosser has laid some claim to some new Pixel 4a availability information. Its launch is now thought to take place in July 2020, although it may not actually be released until October. However, another tipster now alleges that it may not arrive at all.
Sony announces new, commercial-grade BRAVIA 4K HDR monitors
Sony has announced its latest line of BRAVIA monitors directed at professional environments and use-cases. This BZ40H series has many attributes from this OEM's high-end TVs, as well as Ethernet connectivity in order to set up its own WLAN/WWAN. They also feature an Android Pie (9.0)-based OS with various on-board wireless options.
The global USB charger market may be worth nearly US$10 billion by 2024
The market for wall-warts that charge devices via USB is now projected to be worth an additional US$9.9 billion by 2028. It is a sector of the overall wall-charger market, which is thought to grow by up to $23 billion over the same period. Even given the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, various regions are thought to be capable of adding hundreds of millions of USD to its value.
Aukey's latest power bank is also a phone stand
The new Basix Pro Wireless Power Bank from Aukey has an innovative design, in that it combines the ability to act as a phone stand in addition to the function that gives it its name. It does so by integrating a kickstand into its slim 10000mAh form factor. The bank also has a USB type C port for relatively higher Power Delivery speeds.
A phone that may be the Samsung Galaxy M31s pops up on Geekbench
The Galaxy M30s was a considerable success for Samsung in 2019. Now, it appears the OEM may be looking to replicate its success this year. Some evidence of a device that may conform to this description has surfaced on a benchmarking website.
Apple announces its virtual WWDC itinerary
Apple has released further details on the schedule of its upcoming WWDC 2020 event. All of its presentations will be streamed this year, although the e-conference will also debut the "all-new" Developer's Forum and some one-on-one lab that is accessed by appointment only.
OPPO launches the Lamborghini Edition of the Find X2 Pro in Germany
The Lamborghini Edition of the OPPO Find X2 Pro is a version of this phone with an appropriately car marque-themed finish and accessories. It has been released onto the German market via this country's Amazon site. It is in apparently extremely limited supply, but is available to order now.
Samsung unleashes a new Limited Edition of the Galaxy S20 Ultra in Vietnam
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra normally comes in relatively somber shades of gray or black. A new Limited Edition of this phone is anything but, however. It is currently exclusive to the Vietnamese market, with a steep price that might be sweetened with the offer of a free Harman Kardon speaker with each purchase.
Amazfit will launch the Stratos 3 fitness smartwatch in India soon
The Stratos 3 is a round-faced smartwatch packed with sports modes and also with a dual chipset/OS system that may help it conserve battery life. It also has a display optimized for visibility in sunlight. This wearable is also now to be sold in India, having just appeared on the retail platform Flipkart ahead of its (as-yet unknown) release date.
Google releases the first public Android 11 beta for most Pixel phones
Google has started the Android 11 beta program. This initial preview ROM should contain changes such as notification bubbles, enhanced permission controls and wireless ADB debugging. It is compatible with newer Pixel-series devices, although other OEMs have announced some of their phones will also get this beta soon.
The ROG Phone 3 edges even closer to launch with a new certification
Asus is currently said to introduce its third-gen ROG Phone in or around early July 2020. A new leak suggests this event may fall sooner in this time-frame rather than later. It concerns a new document that indicates the mobile-gaming device has been approved for sale in Russia.
Microsoft and Apple are the first companies to cross the US$1.5 trillion market-cap threshold
Some of the world's biggest tech companies have recently returned positive gains as stock markets in general start to rebound from the effects of Covid-19. However, Apple and Microsoft were the biggest winners this week, as their market caps now exceed half a trillion US dollars. They are also the first firms to do so in history.
TCL announces a QLED TV launch in India
TCL has released details on a new event that will introduce some more of its TVs to India. The webpage for this launch's live-stream makes it quite apparent that they will be QLED in nature. Accordingly, the OEM may be going for the higher end of this market with this debut.
The Red Magic 5G's top-end Transparent Edition is released for pre-order
The Red Magic 5G is the 2020 generation of this gaming phone series. Its most powerful 16GB RAM SKU is finally available to pre-order via the Chinese platform JD.com. It also has a new, "Transparent" rear panel, which may appeal to fans of teardown videos.
Samsung reportedly switches to Corning for the Galaxy Fold 2 display's glass solution
Samsung first used ultra-thin tempered glass (or UTG) in the Galaxy Z Flip, which was supplied to it by the German company Schott. Now, a Korean media outlet claims the OEM has turned to Corning instead for analogous flexible protection that is to be incorporated in its true next-gen smartphone/tablet flagship, the Fold 2.
HTC announces a June 16, 2020 launch event, could be for Desire 20 series
HTC has yet to be heard of in the context of new phones in 2020. However, the OEM has just confirmed that it will change this with an upcoming June event. According to recent rumors, the devices to be launched may be called the Desire 20 series, one of which could also be 5G.
Intel Kaby Lake G reportedly loses AMD driver support all of a sudden
The Kaby Lake G platform is unique in that it combines an 8th-gen Intel Core CPU with Radeon Vega M graphics. Attractive a proposition as this - and some of the PCs on which it is based - sounds, it quickly ran into support issues. Now, it seems it has a new one: it can't install newer drivers, which are normally supplied by AMD.
Razer releases its new Kishi universal mobile gaming controller
Razer has announced that its latest accessory for smartphone gaming, the Kishi, is now available to order. This model is designed to fit onto mobile devices of varying screen size to deliver Nintendo Switch-esque controls. It does so with a good range of options, thumbsticks that are also clickable included.
OnePlus registers a mysterious new trademark with the USPTO
OnePlus is a smartphone OEM that may have started out as a "flagship killer", but has branched out into additional areas such as audio accessories and smart TVs since then. Now, it appears it may have another new project underway, which may have started by filing a new trademark application with the United States Patents and Trademarks Office (USPTO).
A phone that may launch as the Samsung Galaxy A01e surfaces on Geekbench
Recently, a leak pointing to an upcoming mobile device called the Samsung SM-A013 emerged. Now, the same model number has been spotted on Geekbench 4. Its listing here may reinforce the idea that this is a new variant of the Galaxy A01, and may drop hints as to how it may be even cheaper than the pre-existing super-budget phone.
Realme reportedly certifies a new dual-cell battery that could fit in an X3-series phone
A prolific leaker claims to have found a new TUV Rheinland Japan approval for a new battery made by the smartphone brand Realme. It has dual 2250mAh cells, and may charge at up to 65 watts (W). This new power-pack may thus be destined for an as-yet unlaunched premium phone: the X3 Pro, perhaps?
The ZenBook 14 UX425 turns up on the pages of Australian retailers
The UX425 is a version of the ZenBook 14 touted to come with either Ryzen 4000 or Intel Core i7-1065G7 processors. The latter variant has just appeared as a listing on Scorptec and Mwave, online stores that operate in the Australian market. They both affirm that this Asus PC has 16GB of RAM and 2 Thunderbolt 3 type C ports.
Visionox claims its under-display camera panels are the first of their kind to make it to mass production
The display-panel maker Visionox has announced its new InV See technology, a panel type that allows a front-facing camera to "hide" under the screen when not in use. Furthermore, the company has stated that it is ready for mass-production. Therefore, next-gen phones could have the genuinely edge-to-edge screens of their OEM's dreams.
Brandeis launches the "extraordinary" Prometheus smartphone on Indiegogo, attracting both backing and skepticism
A start-up called Brandeis has put its inaugural smartphone, the Prometheus, up for crowdfunding. It purports to offer a Snapdragon 865 SoC, 16GB of RAM, a uniquely-shaped QHD OLED screen and a 108MP main camera for as little as US$499. But is it just too good to be true?
OnePlus halves the frequency of its Open and Closed Beta programs for OxygenOS
OxygenOS is OnePlus' well-received skin for Android. The OEM runs a beta program for this software, by which users can access new features in advance and offer feedback on the same. Now, however, the company has announced that it will reduce the number of these builds released per month.
LG launches its new QHD IPS monitor, the "Ergo"
LG has introduced a new monitor, known as the "Ergo". This is due to its new kind of "C-Clamp"-enabled stand that confers a full range of motion on the 27-inch panel. It also has USB type C with 60 watt (W) Power Delivery, so as to enable 1-cable operation with this display.
Verizon's variant of the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G has only 128GB of internal storage and no microSD card slot
Verizon has augmented its 5G phone offerings with the Samsung Galaxy S20 UW variant. However, some users have been dismayed to find this phone lacks the microSD card support found in other SKUs of this phone. Furthermore, it also has less RAM compared to its unlocked counterpart.
TCL launches its own line of Android TVs in the US
TCL is an increasingly well-known name in the area of cost-effective big-screens in the US. Now, it has released some of its smart TVs that run Android into this market. These 3-Series devices incorporate Chromecast functions, the Google Assistant and all the apps the user may expect from US$129.99.
Huami is in the top 5 in the smartwatch-maker charts for the first quarter of 2020
Huami, the OEM behind the Amazfit brand of wearables, found its way into the top 5 names in the smartwatch market during the first quarter of this year (1Q2020). It was also in the US top 5 in the same terms, and was #1 in some countries, including Spain, Indonesia and India.
Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 20 series and more on August 5, 2020
A Korean blog now asserts that the next major Samsung mobile device launch will take place about 2 months from today (June 6, 2020). This event is touted to unveil the next-gen Galaxy Notes and Fold, as well as some more devices such as the OEM's new premium tablets. It may also assume an online format.
The Aipower T18NC TWS ANC earbuds are at their "lowest price ever" this weekend
Aipower may be best known for its innovative Wearbuds product. However, it has also released a pair of standalone TWS earbuds with premium features such as active noise cancellation (ANC). The brand has put these T18NCs up for a flash sale, which ends on June 8, 2020.
The Moto G Fast and E 2020 are now officially on the US market
Motorola has just released the new Moto G Fast to the US market. This Android 10 phone has 3GB of RAM, the Snapdragon 665 SoC and triple rear cameras. It is joined by the latest addition to the Moto E series, which has 2GB of RAM and dual cameras instead.
Xiaomi allegedly patents what looks like a Mate Xs clone
Xiaomi has reportedly patented a phone with an outward-folding display which leaves its I/O contained within a strip down 1 side of this device. If that concept sounds familiar, it is because this form-factor has already been debuted by Huawei in its Mate X series. Xiaomi's new take on it exhibits at least 4 cameras.
Get 30% off House of Marley's audio products
House of Marley wants to help consumers celebrate Father's Day with a 30% sale off everything in its US online store. They include the brand's Exodus active noise-cancelling (ANC) headphones. This discount is in effect from today (June 5) until June 13, 2020.
Nubia releases a new color SKU of the Red Magic 5G for international pre-orders
When the latest iteration of the Red Magic gaming phone launched globally, there were only 2 of its 3 SKUs available: the 8GB RAM Eclipse Black and 12GB Pulse. Now, they have been joined by the 8GB Hot Rod variant. The brand has announced that 1% of its pre-order revenue will go to the charity Child's Play.
Samsung releases the Galaxy A31 to the Indian market
The 2020 Galaxy A series has turned out to be a collection of interesting and often cost-effective phones thus far. Now, Samsung has launched one of its variants in India. The A31 has quad rear cameras, 6GB of RAM and can be ordered for the equivalent of ~US$292 right now.
The HTC Desire 20 Pro is all but confirmed through new leaks
HTC really is going to launch a phone called the Desire 20 Pro. This is in accordance with a new leak that reportedly comes direct from the Google Play Console. The phone's new page in this database may also confirm many of its specs, including its ability to run Android 10 at launch.
AMD has shipped over half a billion chipsets since 2013
AMD's GPU shipment volumes are now reported to have exceeded 500 million. This figure, which encompasses discrete and integrated graphics, beat corresponding numbers for Intel and NVIDIA. This success is projected to benefit even more from future projects such as a new partnership with Samsung.
The Lenovo Legion phone may have surfaced on 3C and Geekbench
The first phone from Lenovo's gaming brand Legion may be getting close to launch. A device with what is thought to be its model number has reportedly been certified with the regulator 3C. The same number has also posted results on Geekbench 5, complete with some of the device's rumored specs.
Honor Play4 series: new 8GB Kirin 990 5G and Dimensity 800 phones starting at ~US$280
Honor has launched the Play4 and 4 Pro today (June 3, 2020) in China. The latter does indeed rock the premium Kirin 990 5G chipset, in line with previous leaks - and for only around US$400, too. Those looking for something fresher, however, could consider the vanilla model, which comes with the 2020 mid-range MediaTek Dimensity 800 SoC.
The Realme X3 SuperZoom will launch in Indonesia, and also possibly India, soon
Realme Indonesia has announced that its latest premium phone, the X3 SuperZoom, will arrive in this market on June 16, 2020. Meanwhile, other leaks suggest that this device is also headed to India, perhaps with some additional variants in tow. They may exist in order to round out its series, in line with previous rumors.
Intel's latest discontinuation notice includes some 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processors
Intel has announced that a raft of processors based on the Coffee Lake architecture have reached the end of their life. This new notice encompasses Core i3-, i5- and i7-8xxx CPUs. It also extends to certain Pentium Gold and Celeron desktop chipsets.
The rate of mobile phishing aimed at businesses grew by 37% by the end of March 2020
The security group Lookout has released the results of its latest study of fraud that targets phones or tablets owned by enterprises. It found that the number of such incidents grew by 37.1% between the last quarter of 2019 and the first of 2020. Even just one of these attacks can cost businesses millions of dollars.
Vivo shipped 24.8 million phones in the first quarter of 2020: new research
Based on a new report released by the International Data Corporation (IDC), Vivo now claims it is the #5 smartphone OEM in terms of market share and shipment volumes. It attributes this success to recent launches such as the S1 Pro and to providing customers with contactless delivery options.
Huawei patents what look like flagship phones with under-display cameras
Selfie cameras that can hide under display panels are probably the natural evolution of the current punch-hole trend in smartphones. Huawei has reportedly filed patents for devices with this technology. Their similarity to the current P and Mate series may raise hopes of their forming the basis of real-world products soon.
The 2020 Asus E-series of notebooks win a Red Dot Design Award
The Asus E210, E410 and E510 are budget laptops with Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processors. However, they also feature this OEM's NanoEdge display and NumberPad technologies. They also feature up to 512GB PCIe SSDs and have 1 USB type C 3.2 gen 1 port each.
Mobvoi partners with PayPal to offer 10% off any product in its online store
Mobvoi is a wearable and smart-thing OEM that makes the WearOS-powered TicWatch series. It has announced that customers who order from its own web-store using PayPal will get a 10% discount. This, for example, would bring the price of its latest Pro 2020 model down by nearly US$26.
Western Digital faces a lawsuit over the specs of some of its hard drives
Earlier this year, it emerged that certain OEMs had been misrepresenting some of the hard drives they sold in terms of the storage technology they used. One of these companies was Western Digital (WD), who subsequently admitted to doing so with some SKUs of its Red, Black and Blue HDD series. Now, a law firm has filed a suit in order to procure redress for their owners.
OPPO sets a launch date for the Reno4 series as a possible 12GB variant leaks onto Geekbench
OPPO has announced that the Reno4 series of smartphones will launch on June 5, 2020. This line is currently thought to have vanilla and Pro variants. One of them may have found its way onto Geekbench 5, which reveals it may have 12GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 765G processor.
Nokia launches the C5 Endi via Cricket Wireless
Nokia has conducted a new budget phone debut via Cricket Wireless in the US. The C5 Endi is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, has 3GB of RAM and triple rear cameras. It is joined by new SKUs of the C2, which have dual rear cameras this time.
Disney+ is now the 4th most popular streaming service in the US: new study
Disney launched its own streaming services only about 6 months ago. Despite this, a new study has found that 25% of its US-based respondents have already subscribed to it. This puts it in the top 5 of such apps alongside more established names like Netflix.
Eve V 2020: Eve Devices is taking the design of its upcoming convertible's keyboard very seriously
Eve Devices is currently developing its second-generation 2-in-1 informed by feedback from its community, as is the brand's wont. It has collected this input on the tablet portion of this product, and has now moved onto its detachable keyboard. The OEM has prepared 4 concepts for its fans to vote on.
Galaxy Fold Active? Samsung patents a waterproof version of its first foldable phone
Samsung has filed a patent for a foldable phone with a "waterproof housing". The document's images depicts this device as similar to the Galaxy Fold, but with a tougher-looking, possibly thicker, chassis. However, the internal tablet-sized screen remains more or less the same.
Samsung launches its own Apple Card-esque service in the US
Samsung Money is a new partnership between this OEM and SoFi that offers a new type of Mastercard-issued debit card. It also extends benefits such as a fee-free account and potentially increased interest on savings. This new arm of Samsung Pay will be available to US customers in the summer of 2020.
ZTE reportedly patents a tri-folding tablet
The smartphone OEM ZTE has reportedly filed a patent with the Chinese National Intellectual Property Office (CNIPA) for a tablet-like device with a screen that can bend at 2 points to collapse into more of a phone form factor. It is not the only manifestation of this concept out there, but does look a very convincing take on it.
Samsung's global wearables shipments grew by 71% for the first quarter of 2020
The latest IDC report on the wearables market (for the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020)) shows that its watch sector declined. However, this shortfall was addressed by gains made by the audio and band categories. Apple remained the #1 brand in terms of shipments, although Samsung posted the greatest year-on-year (YoY) growth.
The new GPU-Z update adds support for 10th-gen Intel Core processors and the Windows 10 May 2020 update
TechPowerUp has announced a new version (2.32.0) of its popular GPU-Z tool. It adds support for a number of new cards and CPUs, 10th-gen Intel silicon included. This update also includes the more granular detection of stepping in Comet Lake-S processors.
A new leak may spill the Motorola One Fusion Plus' internal specs
Motorola may launch a phone called the One Fusion Plus soon. Its existing leak appears to show that it will, unlike its immediate predecessor, have a display with a waterdrop-style notch. Now, it seems to have surfaced on Geekbench 5 with a different SoC too.
OPPO may be closer than ever to having its own Kirin-esque series of chips
According to a new report, the mobile device OEM OPPO is making progress with its dream of constructing a team to rival Huawei's HiSilicon division. This would enable it to build its own in-house chipsets, as this company and Samsung do. The move may enhance OPPO's efficacy as a global electronics player.
The Honor Play 4 series will launch on June 3, 2020
The Honor Play 4 series is thought to have a flagship that will rock the premium-grade Kirin 990 SoC. Newer leaks suggest that its vanilla counterpart will have a MediaTek Dimensity 800 processor. However, these theories will not be confirmed until its June 2020 debut event.
Qualcomm's latest connectivity modules step up to Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2
Qualcomm has announced the FastConnect 6900 and 6700, 2 new connectivity solutions that may upgrade some future phones to Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E. The latter is a variation on the latest wireless data standard that adds the 6GHz band to potentially increase its speed to 3.6 gigabits per second (Gb/s).
Fujitsu's latest series of Lifebooks includes "the world's lightest convertible with a pen"
Fujitsu has announced new additions to its business-class Lifebook line of notebooks. They are led by the U9310 and its 2-in-1 variant, the U9310X. This 13.3-inch convertible has up to 10th-gen core i7 Intel processors and weighs only about 1 kilogram (kg).
The Vivo X50 will not get a 50MP main camera: new leaks
In terms of upcoming Vivo smartphone launches, all eyes are likely to be on the X50 Pro, and not just because its reportedly novel Samsung 50MP makes its renders look like a cyclops. However, there is also to be a non-Pro variant of this device. According to a reliable Weibo leaker, it will have a decent quad-cam array of its own.
The Samsung Galaxy A01 may be getting another variant: new leak
Samsung has allegedly certified a new smartphone battery with the model number EB-BA013ABY. Based on this OEM's typical naming conventions, it may power a device called the SM-A013. Given that the SM-A015 is the Galaxy A01, this leak hints at a new variant for the 2020 budget model.
The Vivo X50 series reportedly leaks onto Geekbench and Weibo
The Vivo X50 Pro is currently believed to be the first phone to rock the markedly large 50MP Samsung ISOCELL GN1 main camera sensor. New leaks suggest that it may also have 8GB of RAM and run Android 10. It may also have 3 color options and a comprehensive packet of OEM hype-content already.
The US gaming headset market is found to have hit new heights as of April 2020
A new market research report states that the gaming headset sector broke records in terms of US retail sales in April 2020. This study also found that 8 of the 10 best-selling devices in this category were from the brand Turtle Beach. Of these, its Stealth 600 has accrued the most revenue in 2020 so far.
The number of people who clean their phones daily in the US may have doubled due to Covid-19
Most modern phones are made of materials on which pathogens, Covid-19 included, can survive on for up to 120 hours. Accordingly, bodies such as the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that they be cleaned once a day. New research suggests that up to 44% of users do so now, compared to about half this number prior to the pandemic.
Qualcomm previews a new line of smartphone-linked XR viewers for 2021
Qualcomm has announced a range of XR viewers, a novel product category possible due to 5G speeds and bandwidth. They are intended to deliver high-quality content to be supported by the smartphones they connect to via USB type C, and will be made by companies such as Panasonic and OPPO.
Huawei springs an unexpected MatePad Pro 5G launch on the Chinese market
The 5G version of Huawei's latest premium slate has been on the international market for some months now. However, it has not been available in this OEM's own home market. The company has rather abruptly announced that it will correct this situation tomorrow (March 27, 2020).
The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are the first phones to get Fortnite at 90fps
OnePlus has announced a new deal with Epic Games, by which the OEM's current flagship 8 series will be the first mobile devices to be able to play the runaway hit Fortnite at 90 frames per second (fps). The game will do so through the medium of Unreal Engine. Furthermore, some older OnePlus phones will be able to run this app at 60fps.
Samsung introduces the Exynos 880, a new 5G-enabled processor
Samsung has formally unveiled the Exynos 880, an octa-core processor that also supports sub-6GHz 5G. It also has an integrated NPU, supports up to 4K/30fps video recording and main image sensors of up to 64MP in resolution. This new SoC may debut in a new phone from Vivo soon.
Sony announces its new "vlogger's camera", the ZV-1
Sony has launched a lightweight, compact camera with a 20.1MP 1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS sensor. However, it is not a new RX: the new ZV-1 was designed with content creators in mind. It has a side-mounted LCD touchscreen, as well as the OEM's latest directional mic that is compatible with its own wind-screen.
The Redmi 9 will launch soon, most likely in multiple markets
Redmi has been confirmed to have a phone called the 9 ready to go, thanks to new certifications by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), Wi-Fi Alliance and SIRIM. These leaks suggest that it has several region-specific variants, one of which may be destined for the Malaysian market.
The new HP E-series monitors include a 14-inch portable variant
HP's latest launch includes a range of new enterprise-focused monitors. The traditional wired versions of this E series are the world’s first fully-adjustable displays TUV-certified for blue light reduction. There is also the E14 G4, a high-brightnes portable device with a high-end chassis and USB type C passthrough power.
The ProDesk 400 and 600 G6 lines are HP's new enterprise-grade PCs
HP has announced its 2020 commercial desktop lines. It consists of 400- and 600 G6-series mini-PCs, small form-factors, microtowers and all-in-ones (AiO). They boast advantages such as military-grade durability, up to 10th generation Intel Core i7 processors and user-upgradable memory.
HP announces a new Collaboration AiO with Zoom Rooms
HP's new PC G6 is an all-in-one (AiO) so directed at interprofessional use-cases it even has a relevant term in its official product name. It is also accordingly equipped with Rooms, a feature of the Zoom service intended to remove the need to configure it to the AV system in question prior to starting a first meeting.
HP wants to take over your workplace deployments with its Device Provisioning Services
HP claims that its Device Provisioning Services can streamline and enhance the process of buying new hardware within a business, while also conserving the costs of doing so. It covers many typical stages of the same, from selection to update regulation. This suite has a range of "modules" aimed at facilitating hardware and software management for target clients.
ZTE is to launch an Axon 11 SE 5G on June 1, 2020
ZTE has announced that it is going to launch an "SE" (possibly Special Edition) version of its Axon 11 in China. This new variant is billed as a "5G video phone" and is directed at a younger audience. However, the OEM has yet to reveal how it differs from the original.
OnePlus will launch its first pair of TWS earbuds alongside the Z in July 2020
The tipster Max J. claims that OnePlus is closer than ever to releasing its first pair of truly wireless (TWS) earbuds. He also asserts that they will be launched in about 2 months from today (May 24, 2020). However, those hoping for even a slight deviation from the norm in this device category may be disappointed in this leak.
The Windows 10 May 2020 update will have enhanced network diagnostics
Microsoft has announced that the latest stable upgrade to the Windows 10 OS will have an "enhanced" form of Packet Monitor. This is an extensive diagnostic tool that can detect, log and export packet drops in a network. Therefore, it may help the user address discrepancies in their Ethernet configurations.
Huawei launches the Enjoy Z, starting at ~US$240 for the MediaTek Dimensity 800 and 5G
Huawei has put its latest 5G smartphone, the Enjoy Z, up for preorder. Unlike many new devices with this connectivity, it comes in at under US$300 for this state-of-the-art connectivity. The Z is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800 SoC and starts with 6GB of RAM.
67% of US high-speed internet households own at least 1 device that is just for streaming AV content
New market research has found that nearly 70% of all US households with broadband internet own and use at least 1 device along the lines of a smart TV, streaming box, connected DVR or console. This appears to underpin the strong role that online video has taken in home entertainment. It also suggests that OEMs in this space may be gravitating towards open-source software.
Intel buys Rivet Networks, the maker of Killer Wi-Fi
Intel has announced that it has acquired Rivet Networks, a company best known for its Killer brand of connectivity modules. The silicon giant asserts that this move will enhance its standing as a proponent of Wi-Fi standardization. It may also simply help the company stay ahead of the competition in terms of this area of specs.
Huawei will start a new smartwatch line that matches the Mate series
A leaks site has posted what is claimed to be a new trademarking application filed by Huawei for a "Mate Watch". Therefore, it seems the OEM is making a new wearable specifically intended to go with the phablets of the same name. It may be joined by another accessory, the "MatePod".
The gaming laptop sector of NVIDIA's business is booming
NVIDIA's latest financial report indicates that notebooks now account for 30% of its gaming-related business. The company's chief financial officer (CFO), Collette Kress, attributes this success in part to increased demand for these PCs due to the constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic. Similarly, Nintendo's Switch appears to have been a popular buy lately.
The new Dell XPS 15's battery is rated for 300 cycles, and apparently that's ok
Dell recently updated the 15-inch XPS variant with the 9500 for 2020. It incorporates some changes that may be welcome, although its battery capacity is reduced compared to its predecessors. A consumer has noticed that it is also rated for 300 charging cycles, whereas Apple, for one, provide more in its competitors.
A leaked poster appears to prove the Exynos 880-powered Vivo Y70s exists
Recently, a Geekbench leak pointed to a new Vivo phone that ran an equally novel 5G Samsung SoC. Now, what looks like a promo for a device from this OEM with this spec has been posted by a tipster on Weibo. It also suggests that it will cost less than US$310 on its launch.
Xiaomi patents the twist-cam/foldable phone hybrid
Xiaomi has already claimed a phone with a twistable camera as intellectual property. Now, it has combined this design with that of a clamshell foldable. As before, it allows the user to take selfies with the device's main shooters at will.
Bloomberg TV+ is coming free to Samsung smart TVs
Bloomberg TV+ is provided by the media outlet of the same name. It launched in 2019 as the first such online channel to stream in 4K UHD. Its maker has announced a new partnership by Samsung by which it will appear on this OEM's free video service for its smart screens.
The rugged tablet-maker Durabook launches its first 10th-gen Intel Core-based model
Durabook has announced an updated version of its super-tough U11 tablet with up to Intel Core i7-10510Y processors. It also has a MIL-STD-810G certified rubberized chassis with a military-grade on-the-spot SSD-removal system. Users can also configure the device for professional specs such as an RFID module.
TCL wins a 2020 iF Design Award for its latest flagship soundbar
TCL is becoming increasingly well-known for its mostly affordable high-res TVs. However, it also does soundbars, the newest of which has won an award for its unique "RAYDANZ" design. The OEM claims that it allows the device to project sound effectively in the desirable directions.
POCO makes the M2 Pro official with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth certifications
The Xiaomi brand POCO is currently rumored to have a phone called the M2 Pro in the works. Now, new documentation issued by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) and Wi-Fi Alliance have confirmed this. These new official leaks may debunk the theory that it is a completely new device, however.
Black Shark, Realme, Meizu and OnePlus join the multi-Android OEM P2P file-transfer alliance
Xiaomi, Vivo and OPPO launched a file-transfer system of their own in February 2020. This facility allows for a robust form of sharing between Android devices from these 3 OEMs independent of any third-party apps. Now, the additional brands Black Shark, Meizu, OnePlus and Realme have declared they want in on this action.
The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition may be the last of its line
According to observations posted by a Redditor, the OnePlus and McLaren brand partnership is no more. Therefore, it seems we are not getting a flagship variant with a distinctive black-and-papaya finish this year. However, the OEM has yet to publicly announce this news itself.
Samsung may have a new, particularly budget Galaxy M phone in the works
Recent leaks have pointed to the existence of the Samsung Galaxy M01, which, based on this name, may be the cheapest of its line available in 2020. Now, it may have a second variant, thought to be called the M01s on its launch. It may have a MediaTek Helio P22 SoC and run outdated software.
The Asus ROG Phone 3 may have been spotted on Geekbench
A device listed as the ASUS_I003DD has just been spotted on the Geekbench 5 website. As this company's gaming phone's 2nd generation was the I001Dx, it is possible that the 2020 ROG Phone has finally broken cover. This model number has also been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
The Huawei Enjoy Z may run on the Dimensity 800 SoC on its May 2020 launch
Enjoy is a series of affordable smartphones from Huawei that is now rumored to add a new 5G model to its ranks. Therefore, one might expect it to have the OEM's in-house Kirin 820 chipset. However, leaks point to a MediaTek Dimensity 800 processor instead.
NVIDIA faces the ire of its investors amidst allegations of crypto-card income hiding
In very recent memory, powerful NVIDIA GPUs normally marketed to gamers became popular among cryptocurrency enthusiasts for their ability to mine. Allegations of misrepresenting the actual amount of money made off this use-case has led to the beginnings of legal action from shareholders who may feel they were being misled.
New alleged live images may confirm the 'Zoom' in "Realme X3 SuperZoom"
Realme is currently believed to update its X series with a variant that may sell based on the periscope-lens spec of its rear camera array. A Thai blog has recently claimed to have obtained photos of a real-world unit of this phone, donated by 2 prominent leakers. They may demonstrate that the SuperZoom does in fact live up to its name.
Sony patents the pop-out camera/speaker phone
According to a new document reportedly filed with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), Sony has invented a phone that has pop-up modules at both its top and bottom edges. These additional parts span the short edges of the main device, and largely function to hide front-firing speakers when not in use.
IFA 2020 will take place live in Berlin, just not as we know it
A number of annual conferences and showcases have had to either shut down or move online from their traditional real-world venues in 2020. IFA has just announced that its own flagship expo is not to be among them. However, due to the new Covid-19-related restrictions, its structure and schedule has changed considerably.
Dell claims its new Optimizer makes some new business models into "the world's most intelligent PCs"
Dell has integrated a new form of potentially workflow-aiding AI into some of its new PCs. Known as the "Optimizer", it confers features such as Express Sign-In, Intelligent Audio and Express Response. They allow for next-gen behaviors such as an auto-lock as soon as the user walks away.
Dell adds a new service to its IT professional-focused Workforce Persona set
Today (May 19, 2020), Dell has introduced a whole slew of enterprise-level PCs. This may leave IT managers overwhelmed with options for a new or upgraded workplace fleet. However, the OEM also has a new service that wants to take this weight off their shoulders.
Honor's Play series of phones gets even more budget with a new 4T SKU
The 4T is a recent addition to the Honor Play line of smartphones with an HD+ screen and dual rear cameras. It launched at just 1199 yuan (~US$169) on the Chinese market. However, there is now another, even cheaper, variant of this phone out there.
The iQOO Z1 launches, offering the new Dimensity 1000+ SoC and premium specs starting at about US$309
The iQOO Z1 is now up for pre-order in its initial market, China. Unlike this brand's last high-end mobile device, it runs on the refreshed MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ processor. However, the rest of its specs remain very similar to this existing Neo3 - except the Z1 is indeed cheaper.
Microsoft makes more progress with 64-bit Windows on ARM
Windows 10 on ARM is slowly winning more uptake from OEMs and users alike as time goes on. However, it still has its limitations, not the least of which is the restriction to 32-bit code. However, a new reported breakthrough may bring an upgrade to x64 closer than ever.
A new leak fills in even more detail on 2020's iPhones
The next generation of iPhones - thought to be called the 12 series - have been leaked extensively already. A new leak from Ross Young of the DisplaySupplyChain tips site now claims to fill in some of the remaining blanks. They include the resolutions and sources of their respective displays.
A new render shows an iPhone 12 with a 5.4-inch OLED display
The iPhone 12 series is currently thought to have a total of 4 variants. A new set of 3D images shows what one with a 5.4-inch screen would look like. It has the iPad Pro-esque form factor of previous renders, as well as a standard Apple notch. It is speculated that it will have the same new SoC as its other variants.
A probable iQOO Z1 shows up on Geekbench ahead of its launch
The iQOO Z1 is currently touted as the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC-powered twin of the Snapdragon 865-driven Neo3 smartphone. A phone with a model number that may belong to the former has surfaced on Geekbench 5. It points to 8GB of RAM and Android 10 for this upcoming device.
Covid-19: Fitbit responds to the pandemic by developing a ventilator
Fitbit has announced that its own-brand ventilator has been sent to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for testing. Despite being known for wearables, this company has also recently devoted some of its resources to the production of this new item, which is to be used in the treatment of Covid-19-affected patients.
Eluktronics announces its new Ryzen 7 4800H-based 15- and 17-inch notebooks
The Matrix RP-15 and RP-17 are Eluktronics' latest notebooks, which set themselves apart with AMD Ryzen 7 4800H APUs. They are also slated to have 144 hertz (Hz) displays and what this brand calls "Covert Design". These new PCs' graphics will be handled by "full performance" GeForce RTX 2060 cards.
The Realme X50 Pro Player Edition (aka "Blade Runner") is official, will launch on May 25, 2020
Recently, a new Realme phone this OEM had dubbed "Blade Runner" surfaced in some official leaks. Other rumors pointed to its being called the X50 Pro Player Edition on its launch. Its maker has confirmed that this is the case, and that it will be one of several new devices that will make their debut soon.
The "Motorola One Fusion" surfaces in new leaks, may launch soon
An upcoming phone called the Motorola XT2073-2 has been certified by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). According to some leaks, it will be called the One Fusion on its launch. It is thought to have a 4000mAh battery and a possible Plus variant.
UGREEN launches a new, compact, multi-USB 65W GaN charger via Indiegogo
UGREEN's latest power brick has 4 ports: 3 USB type Cs and 1 USB type A; therefore, it may suit the need of many users with multiple devices that can charge at up to 65 watts (W). The OEM also claims that it will be smaller than its 61W Apple counterpart. However, only the end of its new crowdfunding campaign may supply the proof of that.
Sony launches a new AR app to help users choose which of its TVs to buy
Envision TV AR is a new Android and iOS app designed by Sony to help users reluctant to go outdoors shop for a new big-screen device in any case. It uses the augmented-reality (AR) features of a smartphone to virtually place Sony TVs in any given room. Therefore, the user can "measure" various models for optimal fit and placement according to their available space.
1More announces its latest Dual Driver wireless in-ear neckbuds with ANC
1More has introduced its new Dual Driver ANC Pro Wireless In-Ear Headphones. This new product is not truly wireless, but does improve on its predecessor through the addition of Bluetooth 5.0 and a Wind Noise Resistance mode on top of its active noise cancellation (ANC) spec. The buds are also rated for twice the battery life of their previous generation.
The Nokia 1.3 is released to the US market
Nokia's ultra-budget 1.3 is a phone with a 5.71-inch HD+ display. Despite this, it runs an up-to-date ROM thanks to Android Go, as well as Google's Camera Go. It is now available on the American market for US$99.
The Honor X10 is confirmed to come with a 90Hz screen
The Honor X10 is an upcoming Kirin 820 phone that is thought to be particularly cost-effective despite its 5G status. The OEM has officially announced that it will sweeten this putative detail with a 90 hertz (90Hz) refresh rate for its display. This may make it an especially compelling option in the mid range.
The new Vivo X50 series will be powered by the Snapdragon 768G SoC
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G is a new 5G mobile processor that has to date appeared in only 1 phone: the Redmi K30 Racing Edition. However, new leaks suggest Vivo is preparing alternatives in the form of the X50 and X50 Pro. They are thought to have rectangular rear cameras and punch-hole displays.
Find X2: OPPO is bringing these "true flagships" to the Indian market soon
OPPO's Indian division has announced that this OEM's most premium 2020 phones are launching in this country. This series is now being teased via Amazon.in, although a start date for its orders has yet to be revealed.
Realme announces a bumper product launch set for May 25, 2020
Realme has let it be known that it is to launch up to 8 new devices or accessories on May 25, 2020. Therefore, speculation is now rife that this event may debut the rumored X3 series. One of them is also now thought to be a gaming phone code-named "Blade Runner".
The market for phones in China regained some sense of normalcy in April 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has been linked to the depression of the mobile-device market worldwide over the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). However, new official figures from China show that this sector of the same had recovered to a degree by April.
Dell sets up a new Migrate service to help users set their new PC up just like the last one
Migrate is a new addition to Dell's consumer services portfolio. It allows a user to transfer their files and settings from an old PC to a new. This is not really anything new; however, the OEM claims that it is more effective in finding and applying data that makes a machine one's own.
Redmi 9: a new FCC approval may put this budget phone closer to launch
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reportedly certified a new phone from the Xiaomi brand Redmi. This device, with its standard connectivity and 10 watt (W) charging, is currently thought to be called the 9 on its launch. It may do so with a 5000mAh battery, at least.
Vivo is using a brand-new 5G Exynos processor in one of its upcoming phones
The "vivo V2002A" is a new device that has landed on Geekbench purporting to run on the Exynos 880 SoC. This heretofore-unknown chipset has 8 cores and has conferred mid-range scores on this apparently upcoming phone. Its model number has also reportedly appeared on the 3C database.
Sony intros its new, Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar
Sony has launched the HT-G700, a new partially-wireless 400 watt (W) soundbar system rated for up to 7.1.2-channel audio reproduction and effective room coverage. It supports standards such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X while using its HDMI eARC, and also incorporates a standalone sub-woofer for bass.
A new leak points to a Plus variant for the Motorola One Vision
The Motorola One Vision launched as this OEM's first smartphone with a punch-hole display. Now, it seems it is getting a new variant. Known as the Plus, it has the same size screen as the original, but may not be the same on the inside.
Sony launches new wireless speakers with EXTRA BASS
Sony has announced new additions to its SRS-XB line of wireless speakers. Their generation features programmable lighting strips in their IP67 housing and are engineered for "deep, punchy bass" and a 3D surround effect. There are 3 models in this line-up that are available to pre-order from today.
Vivo launches the V19 in India
The OEM Vivo has announced a new smartphone, the V19, for its Indian customers. This Snapdragon 712-powered device has a 6.44-inch FHD+ display with dual punch-hole cameras. It starts at the equivalent of ~US$370 (INR 27,990), and will be available from May 15, 2020.
The OPPO Reno 4 may look a lot like the LG Velvet: new leak
The OPPO Reno3 series was among the first to introduce new Snapdragon and MediaTek 5G SoCs to the market in 2020. Now, a new leak from IceUniverse may show that at least 1 of its successors is in the works. It consists of an image of a phone in which the rear cameras are divided into separate circles, like those of LG's latest release.
Motorola announces an Android 10 upgrade for the Razr 2020
Motorola released its new kind of Razr at the start of 2020. Despite its groundbreaking foldable screen, it was stuck on Android 9.0 (Pie) from its launch. Now, the OEM has finally announced a major software upgrade, custom-designed to suit its form-factor.
Lenovo releases the 8th-gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon to the German market
Lenovo introduced the latest ThinkPad X1 Carbons with up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7s at CES 2020; however, they have not been available in some regions thus far, Germany included. This has now been addressed on the OEM's webstore.
The Pixel 4a's launch may be even later in 2020 than previously thought
An earlier leak asserted that Google had chosen May 22, 2020 as the launch date for its new mid-ranger, the Pixel 4a. However, an update from the same source now purports to push this event further back into June. It may or may not coincide with a new kind of online conference arranged for Android 11.
Qualcomm formally introduces the Snapdragon 768G chipset
It was known that a new 5G SoC, the Snapdragon 768G, would be announced today (May 11, 2020) due to the fact the first device to rock it has also been launched. Now, its maker Qualcomm has released more details on it and how it improves on its predecessor, the 765G.
The Honor X10 will support 9 new radio bands, which may make it the world's "most powerful" 5G phone
Honor's upcoming successor to the 9X will be 5G thanks to its Kirin 820 processor. The brand has been hyping the phone on this basis, pointing out that it supports enough new bands to make it viable for years to come. This device's launch date has also been revealed.
The iQOO Z1 is to launch in May 2020, may cost less than the also-premium Neo3
The Z1, an upcoming phone from Vivo's high-value sub-brand iQOO, is currently tipped as the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ version of the Snapdragon 865-powered Neo3 from the same. Its launch date has now been officially revealed, alongside new teasers that show how this phone will look.
Realme reportedly certifies its first 6000mAh phone battery
Some recent Realme phones have impressed with their large 5000mAh power-packs at affordable levels. Now, it seems the next generation on may have even better battery life. This OEM has reportedly made a new component with 1000mAh more.
Xiaomi's Mi 10 Lite Zoom is to launch in Europe in May 2020
The existence of a new Mi 10 variant, the "Lite Zoom" was inadvertently leaked by none other than Qualcomm not long ago. Now, a new tip asserts that it is headed for a European launch shortly. It may be revealed as an international Mi 10 Youth Edition at such an event.
Redmi 10X: a new leak suggests this phone is not a renamed Note 9 after all
Redmi is currently linked to the launch of a phone called the 10X. Despite the novelty of this name, recent leaks have suggested that this device has the same specs as the Note 9 from the same brand. However, a new tip contradicts this idea with a different spec-list.
Samsung launches the Galaxy A41 in Europe
The Samsung Galaxy A41 will go on sale in the Netherlands soon. This new affordable option has a 6.1-inch FHD+ screen and an IP68 ingress-protection rating. It is listed on some Dutch retail sites as an unlocked phone, and will also be available via several carriers.
NVIDIA, AMD, Intel and others are to pull out of Computex 2020
A new report from a Taiwanese media outlet claims that some major PC- and PC component-makers are planning to withdraw from the annual Computex event this year. They may cite the current public health crisis as their reason for doing so, despite the fact the show has been postponed for this very reason.
Some 2020 LG TVs have less than full-speed HDMI 2.1 ports, and apparently that's okay
A Forbes contributor has highlighted an issue in which some 2020 OLED 4K TVs from LG were found to lack the "full" HDMI 2.1 standard. This means that the devices' ports cannot transmit data at their highest possible speed of 48 gigabits per second (Gb/s). However, the OEM asserts that this is not a problem.
A new leak purports to show the Honor X10's graphene-enhanced cooling system
The Honor X10 is probably going to be its brand's next Kirin 820-powered phone. A new leak in conjunction with this device has shown how it might retain this SoC's performance in demanding circumstances. This may consist of thermal management involving a relatively substantial amount of graphene.
Realme X3 series: another potential contender shows up via leaked benchmark scores
AnTuTu has reportedly tested a device with the Snapdragon 865 SoC and a novel Realme model number. This has led to speculations that a true X2 Pro successor is in the works. If so, it might join the X3 and X3 Super Zoom variants on its launch.
The Black Shark 3 is unleashed on the European market
Today, (May 8, 2020) Xiaomi's gaming brand Black Shark has announced the beginning of open sales for its latest generation of flagship phones, the 3 and 3 Pro. These devices pack the Snapdragon 865 SoC, along with some genre-specific hardware tweaks. However, only some SKUs are actually available to order at present.
MediaTek unveils the renewed Dimensity 1000+ SoC
MediaTek has unveiled a new 5G platform for premium phones - well, sort of. This Dimensity 1000+ (or 1000 Plus) has the same make-up as the current 1000 SoC. However, this refreshed version boasts a number of features intended to further enhance its potential flagship game.
OnePlus' next-gen flagship could ship with a 65W charger
The TUV Rheinland body has reportedly certified a new power supply unit (PSU) from the OEM OnePlus. This apparent next-gen Warp Charger is rated for a maximal rate of 10 volts (V)/6.5 amps (A) - or 65 watts (W). Therefore, it could boost charging speeds using this company's in-house system considerably.
Cable Matters releases its first USB type C/Thunderbolt 3 docking station
The popular PC/Mac accessory-maker Cable Matters now sells a dock that combines USB type C and Thunderbolt 3 speeds. Therefore, it can drive dual 4K monitors at up to 40 gigabits per second (Gb/s). It also has 3 type A ports to accommodate peripherals or storage media.
The Meizu 17 series' specs may have leaked via Geekbench
The Meizu 17 is an upcoming Snapdragon 865-powered smartphone. According to a new benchmarking leak, it will also have 8GB of RAM, whereas its possible Pro variant may have 12. However, this does not explain why the former got better scores than the latter.
TSMC's market cap has now exceeded that of Intel
An analyst with the ARK Investing group has reported that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) now has a market cap that exceeds that of Intel. Therefore, the former may now be more valuable than the latter. This is mainly attributed to the Company's smartphone SoC business.
The next Powerbeats Pro may launch soon
Recent FCC documentation shows that Apple has what appears to be Powerbeats Pro 2 in the works. They have now picked up further certifications that probably put them close to an unveiling. Therefore, they may be launched in the US, Korea and Malaysia at the least.
Samsung updates the Galaxy Z Flip, S10 and A50 with May 2020 security patches
Google has released its latest security patches for Android, and as usual, the Pixel series of phones had first pick of them. However, Samsung has reportedly gotten ahead of all other OEMs by rolling these May 2020 upgrades to 3 of its phones. One is its latest foldable, whereas another is a 2019 mid-ranger.
Snapdragon 875 specs are allegedly leaked: 5nm, new GPU, VPU and more
A tech blog now touts the Snapdragon 865 SoC's next generation as the first of its line to launch with a 5 nanometer (nm) architecture. It also claims to be able to name several important components of its platform, its GPU, VPU and DPU. This 2021 premium mobile processor may also have new security features and (of course) 5G support.
Vivo allegedly patents its first smartwatch
More and more Android OEMs are also releasing wearables these days; now, it seems that Vivo is about to join them. A Twitter leaker claims to have found images, apparently derived from a "patent", showing that this company has designed its first-gen smartwatch.
Xiaomi may have patented a breakthrough in its under-display camera-phone tech
Xiaomi has reportedly filed a new patent for smartphone displays with under-display selfie cameras. This one depicts them as part of a triple-camera phone, which suggests this tech is closer to real-world use at this point. In addition, the new sensors in question appear better integrated into the rest of the device compared to the OEM's last known IP on this subject.
The Realme X50 Pro 5G launches a sneak attack on the European market alongside the 6 Pro
Today (May 5, 2020), Realme unleashed its 6 Pro on the European market as promised. This event also saw the launch of the 5i, as advertised - as well as the X50 Pro 5G. This much less expected premium phone now sells for just under €600 (~US$652) in the region.
Meizu teases a 30W power bank to go with its impending 2020 flagship phone
The OEM Meizu has already confirmed that its upcoming premium smartphone 17-series will come with 30-watt (W) "mCharge" standard. Now, it has hinted at the prospect of a powerbank with the same technology. This would be handy in the absence of the gallium nitride (GaN) charger the phones are also rumored to ship with.
LG launches its 2020 soundbars for the US market
LG has announced that the soundbars designed to go with its 2020 OLED and NanoCell TVs will be available in the US soon. These products are rated to deliver between 380 and 770 watts (W) of audio power, and feature enhancements such as Dolby Atmos, DTS-X and Meridian tuning.
USB 4.0 type C ports will be able to output up to 16K video at ~80Gb/s thanks to VESA's new DisplayPort standard
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has released specifications for its new DisplayPort (DP) Alt Mode version 2.0 standard. This video output modality allows USB type C ports to drive even 16K/60Hz displays, as it can leverage USB 4's 4 lanes to transmit nearly 80 gigabits of data per second.
Stadia integration with the Google Assistant kicks off with the ability to launch games on Chrome OS and Android
Google had promised the ability to control its cloud gaming platform Stadia using the Assistant on more platforms. This has started to come to fruition with the ability to tell this AI to launch titles via the service. It reportedly works through text or voice on Android or Chrome OS devices.
OPPO patents a smartphone keyboard case
Phones with dedicated keyboards are more or less a thing of the past at this point. However, OPPO has patented a new product that may bring them back, albeit on an optional basis. The resulting "keyboard case" has a layout probably chosen for its relatively small footprint.
OnePlus' new software update for the 8 and 8 Pro may not fix the green tint issue
The latest releases from the smartphone OEM OnePlus, the 8 and 8 Pro, have been issued new versions of their Android skin, OxygenOS. These updates are intended to fix the "green tint" defect reported by some users. They have also been released to enhance some aspects of the phones' cameras.
The Pixel 4a's full camera specs are allegedly detailed in a new leak
The Cuban vlogger TecnoLike Plus has already purported to have reviewed the Google Pixel 4a's cameras well ahead of its launch. Now, the same source has leaked this phone's relevant specs in more detail. It seems the phone has the same Sony IMX shooters as some older Pixels on its front and back.
The LG Velvet appears in hands-on images as a demo unit in South Korea
It seems LG has dropped all pretense of keeping its upcoming premium mid-ranger, the Velvet, under wraps until its May 2020 launch. It has been spotted in one of this OEM's physical stores in South Korea. This new leak may confirm a build quality to match its looks, and also how it looks with its Dual Screen cover.
An Apple Watch is credited with saving yet another user from an acute heart condition
According to a report published in a medical journal, a patient's Apple Watch successfully detected a serious anomaly missed by diagnostic hospital equipment. However, when the individual pointed out ECGs matching the health issue in question generated by her wearable to doctors, it was apparent treatment was in order.
PowerVision announces its weather-proof drone, the PowerEgg X
The PowerVision Robot Corporation has launched a new drone. This one sets itself apart with what its maker describes as weatherproof attachments, one of which even allows the PowerEgg X to land on water. It is also rated for 4K/60 frames per second (fps) recording in flight.
Research finds that the global smartphone market shrank by the "fastest ever" rate in 1Q2020
The market for mobile devices contracted by 13% in the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020), compared to 1Q2019. All of its top brands, with the exception of Realme and Xiaomi, also saw declines in terms of shipments and share. However, they may all see even more adversity in 2Q2020.
Some of Samsung's latest patents show a possible next-gen, triple-camera Galaxy Z Flip
Samsung is said to have a true Galaxy Fold 2 in the works - now, it also seems there is a 2nd-gen Galaxy Z Flip as well. This clamshell-style foldable, despite its novelty, may be underwhelming in terms of its dual rear cameras. New patents allegedly filed by its maker shows how it might look with 1 lens more.
Sony's strange new TWS earphone design may be intended to cater to helmet-wearers
Sony has reportedly filed a patent for a pair of truly wireless (or TWS) earphones. However, successors to the well-received WF-1000XM3s they are most likely not: they have a more original design that incorporates a large attachment on which physical controls are found.
A dubious leak points to a new phone called the Meizu 17T
Meizu has already confirmed that it will launch a flagship smartphone called the 17 in May 2020. Now, the e-tail site JD.com has posted a relevant listing in advance of this event. However, it is not for the 17, but an unheard-of T-variant.
Apple's second-quarter financial report for 2020 shows its product sales are down
Apple has published a consolidated report of its financial performance in the second quarter of 2020 (2Q2020). It shows an overall increase in revenue of about 1% compared to the same quarter of 2019; however, when these figures are divided into the categories of products and services, one has made a loss.
The Samsung Galaxy A21s is cleared for launch by the Bluetooth SIG, may be destined for several new markets
Samsung has been rumored to have a Galaxy A21s ready for release this year. A new leak confirms this, referring to the phone by its name for the first time. Interestingly, the new device is now associated with 5 slightly different model numbers, suggesting that it will be available in multiple regions.
Huawei patents a new possible MatePad with an interesting rear panel
Huawei may have filed a new patent for a tablet that is now on the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) database. Given its form-factor, it may be easy to assume that it is the upcoming T8 model rumored to launch soon. However, this new design and the budget slate as leaked thus far show slightly confusing variation.
Realme announces a European launch date for the 6 Pro
Realme introduced its 6-series of phones to the European market at the end of March 2020, albeit with 1 bewildering omission: its Pro variant. Now, the OEM has cleared this up with the announcement of a standalone virtual launch event for this device.
A new leak shows the HTC "Desire 20 Pro" with a punch-hole display
HTC is currently said to have a new phone called the Desire 20 Pro in the works. The noted leaker Evan Blass has now ramped these rumors up with a new render. It depicts the supposedly upcoming device as one with a quad rear camera module and a single punch-hole in its display.
Xiaomi's Black Shark announces an EU launch date for its 3 series
The gaming-phone sub-brand Black Shark has released details of a European launch for its new flagship series. It will be available via open sales in a dedicated web-store from May 8, 2020. In the meantime, fans can enter competitions for various discounts.
The Samsung Galaxy M01 is the Galaxy A01 with a larger battery: new leaks
Samsung has reportedly certified the SM-M015G/DS, a device thought to be called the Galaxy M01 on its launch. This is because it has virtually the same specs as the pre-existing, ultra-budget Galaxy A01 - albeit with enhanced battery life.
The MediaTek Dimensity 1000 is the first mobile SoC to have a hardware-based AV1 video decoder
AV1 is a video codec that allows for the playback of 4K video at up to 60 frames per second (fps) in the presence of smaller file-sizes compared to other similar formats. MediaTek has announced that its 2020 flagship SoC, the Dimensity 1000, supports it at a hardware level. Therefore, devices with this processor can use the YouTube app at the highest resolutions.
Eve V 2020: the "community-designed" tablet's looks have now been determined
Eve Devices is a start-up that routinely invites its fans to inform its upcoming products with their opinions and ideas. For example, it had developed 3 different concepts for its 2020 tablet between which this audience was to choose. These votes are now in, and the winning design is:...
Omnivision launches a new, ultra-thin and ultra-large 64MP sensor for mobile devices
Omnivision is a company that makes CMOS image sensors for devices such as smartphones. Its latest such product is the OV64B, which offers a resolution of 64MP with a slightly different footprint compared to its more common Samsung or Sony counterparts. It also has a smaller pixel size than its competitors.
The Realme Watch: renders for this brand's very own Apple Watch clone emerge online
An XDA contributor claims to have "exclusive" access to info on Realme's 2nd-gen wearable. This product will apparently simply be called the brand's Watch, as with other OEM's answer to Apple's device of this category. The new leak apparently consists of renders and several UI snapshots.
QNAP releases a new personal/home multi-bay NAS server
QNAP Systems has debuted its new 1.7GHz TS-x31K series for network-attached storage (NAS) of a residential or private magnitude. It comes in 1- to 4-bay SKUs, each of which supports Gigabit Ethernet and SATA 6Gb/s. They also all have AES-256 bit encryption and lockable bays.
Apple certifies new TWS earbuds, could be next-gen Powerbeats Pro
Some new TWS earbuds from Apple have passed through Federal Communications Commission (FCC) testing. These products are not new AirPods, however: their new certification lets their Beats branding slip, in addition to the fact they closely resemble the existing Powerbeats Pro. Therefore, they are most likely to be a 2nd generation of the same.
The Amazfit X finally goes live via Indiegogo
Following a lengthy wait, Amazfit has released its first smartwatch with a curving display onto the market. Well, more or less: it is being offered as a reward as part of a new Indiegogo campaign. The device starts for US$149 and is currently slated to ship in August 2020.
Black Shark rolls a new software update out to its latest models
Xiaomi's gaming-focused series of phones, Black Shark, run on an Android skin called JoyUI. Today (April 28, 2020), its latest stable version will start to appear as an OTA worldwide. This will occur on the brand's 2020 flagships, the 3 and 3 Pro, as well as their predecessors.
Realme is slated to launch a Pro version of its Buds Wireless earphones soon
The Realme Buds Wireless are of the 'neckbud' form-factor. Now, it seems the brand has a Pro variant of the same ready to go. A product under this name has been spotted in the hands of Singaporean and Taiwanese regulators ahead of their launch.
The Pro version of the Meizu 17 will have wireless charging
Meizu's trailers for its upcoming 17 flagship phone have also incidentally confirmed numerous rumors about this device. However, there is 1 leak it has yet to acknowledge: the one concerning an additional Pro variant. An eminent leaker now allegedly claims that it does exist, and will come with at least 1 special feature.
Samsung releases the Galaxy A31 in South Korea for a price of about US$300
One of the latest phones in the Galaxy A series has been made available to pre-order in South Korea. The A31 has a 6.4-inch FHD+ notched display, a quad rear camera and a 5000mAh battery. It also has 4 color options, NFC for Samsung Pay and an in-display fingerprint reader.
Wild Pixel Buds 2 appear on Google's US Store
Today, (April 27, 2020) a new app for Google's Pixel Buds 2 went live on the Play Store. It was even more unexpectedly followed by the TWS earphones themselves on the Mountain View giant's store. They support OEM-specific features such as Instant Translation, Assistant integration and Adaptive Sound.
A new leak confirms wireless charging in the LG Velvet
The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has just certified the upcoming LG Velvet as a device that uses wireless charging. It will do so at an unprepossessingly standard rate of 10 watts (W). Nevertheless, this can now be added to the brand-new-in-2020 phone's growing list of leaked specs.
The Samsung Galaxy A21s may have leaked in greater detail
A new leak from a respected tipster purports to spill more specs for the Samsung Galaxy A21s, a rumored variant of the A21 that may have a vastly different SoC. The phone is also now said to have a different screen size, more storage and a larger battery.
Discord is rolling its Mobile Voice Overlay feature out to non-Samsung phones
Discord for Android has a useful feature in which a button for its voice-chat functions can float over every other aspect of the UI. Unfortunately, it was originally launched as an exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Notes 10. However, it has now been detected as working in more Android phones via the app's latest betas.
HTC is headed back into the smartphone game with a "Desire 20 Pro": new leak
A possible new mobile device by HTC has been spotted on Geekbench 5. However, despite its alleged "Pro" moniker, its specs are arguably lower-end in 2020 terms. They appear to consist of an older Snapdragon 6-series processor and 6GB of RAM.
Meizu teases its upcoming 17 flagship with specs such as 30W charging and UFS 3.1
Meizu has confirmed that its upcoming Snapdragon 865-based premium device, the 17 5G, will launch on May 8, 2020. In the meantime, it is hyping the new phone up with a series of posters capturing its more compelling specs. They include a 4500mAh battery that charges at 30 watts (W).
Realme launches a budget, yet still 120Hz, version of the X50 5G
The X50 was the first Realme phone to launch with the Snapdragon 765G SoC and this brand's updated UI. Now, it has been refreshed with a version that starts cheaper than the original phone in its home market. However, it still rocks a 120 hertz (Hz) refresh rate for its 6.57-inch display.
A new Xiaomi patent may take the main-camera selfie trend to a whole new level
Xiaomi has reportedly filed a patent for a wholly new kind of phone design with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). This property allows for the top part of its screen to swivel all the way around so that its main cameras can point in either direction. Accordingly, its display is divided along the line of this novel moving part.
A new leak hints at the launch of a 2020 Samsung Galaxy Watch
Samsung has reportedly had a new product certified with the MIIT regulator in China. Based on its model number, it is likely to be a full-screened wearable. Therefore, a successor for the Galaxy Watch Active 2 may be in the offing.
Intel releases its first-quarter financial results for 2020
Intel has revealed that it has made US$19.8 billion in revenue for the first 3 months of 2020 (or 1Q2020). This represents a 23% increase year-on-year (YoY). The vast majority of its "key business" divisions (PC-centric and data-center groups included) also saw gains compared to 1Q2019.
OPPO trademarks the name "Reno Glow" in Europe
OPPO has filed an intriguing new trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Based on the series of products it appears to be associated with, it may turn out to be a new phone. However, there are other possibilities for the new moniker.
Motorola releases a "TurboPower" wireless charger to go with the Edge+
The Edge+ is Motorola's first flagship phone to have wireless charging. Now, a matching accessory from this brand is available on the US market. It can charge the Edge+ at 15 watts (W) and boasts the "thermal management" necessary to do so safely.
The mysterious Realme X3 SuperZoom breaks cover with a Bluetooth SIG certification
Realme is said to have an X3 series of smartphones in the works. It is also rumored to have a "SuperZoom" variant. This heretofore-unexplained moniker has been confirmed through its official telecomms certifications, suggesting we will find out all about it soon.
The HyperDrive Gen2 has now achieved over 1000% of its Indiegogo goal
HYPER's 2nd-generation USB type C hub for laptops such as MacBooks has been launched via crowd-funding platforms. The resulting Indiegogo campaign has now attracted over US$1 million in backing, whereas the company had originally looked for about a tenth of that. This version of the HyperDrive has 3 SKUs with up to 18 ports each.
TCL wins 2020 Red Dot and IF Design awards for the new 10 Pro smartphone
TCL launched its latest 10-series of smartphones earlier in April 2020. Now, it has announced that the Pro variant of the same has won some prominent awards. In addition, the OEM's PLEX phone has also won similar gongs, as has 1 of its Wi-Fi routers.
A "leading" TV box manufacturer switches to Huawei's HiSilicon chipsets for some of its new devices
Oranth is a company that makes smart TV equipment, some of which are sold under the brand-names of other OEMs. It has announced that a new 4K series of the same will run on SoCs supplied by HiSilicon, a division of Huawei also responsible for more premium Kirin smartphone chipsets.
NVIDIA GeForce NOW loses all titles from 4 different publishers, but gains Ubisoft's support
GeForce NOW has had games made by Codemasters, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Klei Entertainment and XBOX Game Studios pulled from its platform. However, the news on NVIDIA's take on cloud gaming is not all bad: Ubisoft has added a total of 36 new games to its portfolio. A representative for this publisher has also endorsed it as "a leading-edge service".
Mobvoi launches its own smart, wall-mountable modular LEDs
Mobvoi - the OEM behind the TicWatch line of wearables - has unveiled its latest product, the Cololight. It consists of hexagonal LED panels that can be connected and thus arranged into a variety of patterns at the user's discretion. Its starts at a pack of 3 lights and their necessary components for US$59.99.
Over 260 million Facebook profiles have been found to be on sale on hacker forums
A security group has reported the detection of 267 million Facebook profiles on a server being offered in exchange for £300 (~US$340). The users in question are apparently mostly located in the United States. This allegedly hacked info includes their names and phone numbers.
The Huawei Nova 7 series: all 5G, all quad cameras, all 4000mAh battery phones
Huawei has debuted the Nova 7 SE, 7 and 7 Pro today (April 23, 2020). These phones closely resemble the Honor 30 devices from the front, but their rear panels are a different matter. Each variant has a 4-camera array on its back, each of which has its 64MP main shooter.
Huawei launches the new MatePad 10.4 in China
Huawei's latest tablet is the MatePad 10.4, a slate with a 2K display with the diagonal length it is named for. It is powered by the Kirin 810 and has 4GB or 6GB RAM options, which come in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi or LTE SKUs. The OEM has revealed that its starts at 1899 yuan (~US$269).
Most of Noctua's LGA115x-compatible coolers can also work with Comet Lake-S
There is good news for those considering an upgrade from their existing rigs with a Noctua cooler and that are based on an Intel 300-series chipset to one with certain newer 400-series options instead: they may be able to switch the former from one to another. Some of this brand's products are even compatible with Comet Lake-S processors out of the box.
Samsung says the Galaxy S20 Ultra autofocus issue is not a bug that can be fixed with an update
Some owners of the most expensive Galaxy S20 variant have reportedly complained to its maker, Samsung, that its rear cameras cannot focus over very short distances. The same users have called for a firmware upgrade that might fix this. However, this problem may be due to the physical constraints of the phone's image sensor.
Meizu announces its new flagship, the 17 5G, along with its May 2020 launch date
Meizu has issued a new media campaign in order to draw attention to the launch of its next premium phone, the 17 5G. It is based on an image that may or may not confirm an important aspect of the supposedly Snapdragon 865-powered device's design. The OEM does indeed seem to be banking on this aspect of the 17 to build sales.
The latest iPhone 12 Pro renders are in, and they look like a tiny iPad Pro 2020
The tech-oracle blog SvetApple is back, this time with renders for the Pro variant of the upcoming iPhone 12 series. It incorporates its latest leaks to generate images that really do resemble the latest iPad in miniature. This is due to the flat screen, rounded corners and square camera hump exhibited by the new design.
The Amazfit X, a new curved-display smartwatch, is about to launch on Indiegogo
Update: Amazfit has finally announced a launch date for the X: April 28, 2020. This 92-degree curved wearable was first introduced as a concept device in 2019. Now, however, it is ready to become a reality via its upcoming Indiegogo campaign.