Alex Alderson (News Editor)
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.
Xiaomi presents the Mi TV EA series in seven sizes ranging from 32-inches to 75-inches
Xiaomi has unveiled seven TVs for 2022, although it will begin selling them on April 25. The Mi TV EA series starts at CNY 999 (~US$153) for the 32-inch model and is also available in 40-inch, 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch screen sizes.
PINE64 introduces the Quartz64 Model B, a new alternative to the Raspberry Pi
PINE64 has revealed the Quartz64 Model B, a single-board computer that the company teased earlier this year. The Model B uses a Rockchip RK3566 SoC that features ARM Cortex-A55 cores and is configurable with up to 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The Quartz64 Model B will be available with up to 128 GB of eMMC flash storage, too.
Samsung tipped to avoid 3D ToF sensors for the Galaxy S22 series
Augmented reality applications may have been boosted Apple's adoption of LiDAR sensors in iPads and iPhones. However, rumour has it that Samsung will not include 3D ToF cameras in the Galaxy S22 series. Samsung started equipping DepthVision cameras in its flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series, starting with the Galaxy S10 series in 2019.
Xiaomi reported to be testing MIUI 12.5 on over 40 devices
Xiaomi's official MIUI 12.5 device list is rather lacklustre; only eighteen devices are confirmed to receive the OS update so far. Reportedly, Xiaomi is testing MIUI 12.5 on over three dozen handsets, including the Mi 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 receives DPI and charging status indicator fixes with its latest update
Xiaomi has updated the Mi A3 to the April 2021 security patch, a patch that addresses 18 critical or high CVEs for the Android One handset. However, V188.8.131.52.RFQMIXM also reportedly fixes a few bugs on the Mi A3, including DPI and charging status indicator issues.
IWO HX68: An Apple Watch clone that can make calls for US$26.99
The HX68 is a new smartwatch from IWO, and is one that can make calls thanks to its built-in speaker. Its 1.72-inch display is rather large too, but it remains lightweight at 34 g. The IWO HX68 retails for US$26.99.
Do not buy the Xiaomi Mi 11 expecting a flagship-level camera experience
The Xiaomi Mi 11 may be a great smartphone, but it is not up there with the camera performance of other flagship smartphones released this year, Mi 11 Ultra included. Unfortunately, the Mi 11 cannot meet Xiaomi's marketing, even with its 108 MP camera.
The Lenovo S2 Pro is now orderable for US$39.99
The S2 Pro is another budget smartwatch by Lenovo, although it does not look much like its non-Pro sibling. The Lenovo S2 Pro features plenty of sports modes, has a large display and retails for just US$39.99.
Samsung QX2: A trio of ultra-thin QLED TVs launch with 120 Hz refresh rates and fast response times
Samsung has launched three new gaming TVs under the QX2 series. The South Korea company sells the TVs as 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch models, albeit only in China for the time being. The fact that the TVs combine a native 4K resolution with a 120 Hz refresh rate and Samsung's excellent QLED technology should have all gamers interested.
The ASUS TUF Gaming F17 FX706 leaks with an Intel Core i7-11800H Tiger Lake H45 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU for €1,799
ASUS is preparing to release another Tiger Lake H45 and RTX 30 series backed laptop, this time a refreshed TUF GAMING F17. The new model retains last year's design, though.
Fitbit Luxe leaks with a stainless steel case and an OLED display
Fitbit's next-generation fitness tracker has leaked, and it features a crisp OLED display. The Fitbit Luxe also has a stainless steel case, a silicone watch band and will be available in at least three colours.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with a Snapdragon SoC takes better photos than the Exynos model
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra ships with an Exynos 2100 SoC in Europe and other regions, but with the Snapdragon 888 in China and North America. While the two SoCs are more or less even in terms of performance, DxOMark has shown that the Exynos 2100 model delivers worse image quality.
GKmini: Beelink announces a new mini-PC with a disappointing SoC
The GKmini is another mini-PC from Beelink, and one that is smaller than many of its other machines. The inclusion of a Celeron J4125 is underwhelming though, as is the reliance on SATA drives.
Apple iPhone 13 Pro CAD renders reveal many similarities with the current iPhone 12 Pro
91Mobiles has published iPhone 13 Pro CAD renders, and the design of Apple's next flagship smartphone looks an awful lot like the iPhone 12 Pro. The iPhone 13 Pro has a smaller notch, albeit a large one by Android standards, and a huge rear-facing camera housing. Each lens cover protrudes a fair away from the camera housing, too.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Lite leaks again with a minimal design, AKG-tuned speakers and slim display bezels
We may still be two months from the Galaxy Tab S7 Lite's release, but Evan Blass has delivered several marketing renders. Shown in Mystic Black, the 12.4-inch tablet is expected to launch with a Snapdragon 750G, 5G connectivity and S Pen support.
TicWatch E3: New smartwatch planned running Wear OS
Mobvoi is not stopping with the TicWatch GTH, which it released this week. Instead, the company also plans to launch the TicWatch E3, a smartwatch that will run Wear OS. The TicWatch E3 has a round watch face, slimmer bezels than the E2 and two physical buttons.
Samsung Galaxy Book leaks with a 15.6-inch touchscreen, a number pad and a Tiger Lake Core i7 processor; Thunderbolt 4 support may be missing
Evan Blass has revealed Galaxy Book marketing renders, Samsung's cut-price version of the Galaxy Book Pro and the Galaxy Book Pro 360. The cheaper model will start at under US$1,000 and will come with a Core i7 processor from Intel's Tiger Lake family. The 15.6-inch laptop appears to lack Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, though.
The Sony PlayStation 5 receives 120 Hz, HDMI and HDR refinements with its latest update
Sony has released a new update for the PlayStation 5, its ninth-generation games console. The latest update is a big one and contains numerous fixes and improvements. Some of these include the ability to game at 1080p and 120 Hz, extended HDMI-CEC support and the option of disabling HDR, among others.
EZVIZ C4W & C6CN hands-on: Decent security cameras for those operating on a budget
We have been using the EZVIZ C4W and C6CN security cameras for a few months now, and are just two in the company's vast range. Both are versatile cameras with plenty of features, but a few could do some with refinement, not least their Amazon Alexa and Google Home integration.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 receives MIUI 12.5 with new features and improved performance
Xiaomi has started rolling out MIUI 12.5 to the Mi 11, one of its latest flagship smartphones. The update includes not only bug fixes from MIUI 12, but also new features and noticeable performance improvements. MIUI 12.5 should reach other Xiaomi smartphones later this year.
Amazon China reveals the ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 with a Core i9-11900H processor, GeForce RTX 3070 GPU and a 16:10 display, all in a 1.8 kg chassis
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 will certainly pack a punch, what with its choice of Tiger Lake-H45 processors and NVIDIA Ampere GPUs. Amazon China has now shown what the upcoming 16:10 laptop looks like from multiple angles and has confirmed almost every specification about the flagship model.
The Surface Laptop 4 for Business could be the version to get if you want a 13.5-inch model with an AMD Ryzen 7 4980U APU
Microsoft has restricted the smaller Surface Laptop 4 to the AMD Ryzen 5 4680U, but not if you buy the 'for Business' edition. Better still, the Surface Laptop 4 for Business version is also the cheapest way to get Microsoft's laptop with an 8-core processor, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage.
The end of Logitech Harmony is nigh, even though it has no competitors
Logitech has killed Harmony, just as it did with Harmony Link and Squeeze Box. Apparently, Harmony servers will remain active, as will its database. For how long remains to be seen, though.
NVIDIA predicts that GPU shortages will be with us for a while
NVIDIA's CFO Colette Kress has spoken out about the ongoing graphics card shortage again. Apparently, demand is expected to outstrip supply for 'most of the year', which is another way of saying that there will be no GPUs at MSRP until next year.
Apple has been making misleading claims about its Pro Display XDR
Apple has been making misleading claims about the Pro Display XDR, according to The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the UK. Now, Apple can no longer claim that the Pro Display XDR offers 'far beyond HDR' in the UK, although it continues to do so in the US and other countries. The same goes for the company implying that the display covers 100% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut.
Gigabyte presents three AORUS gaming monitors up to a 48-inch, 120 Hz, 4K and OLED model
Gigabyte has released a trio of AORUS gaming monitors, the AORUS FI32U, AORUS FV43U and the AORUS FO48U. All are 4K monitors with HDMI 2.1 ports, but only the flagship 48-inch model has an OLED panel. The three monitors should deliver excellent colour accuracy though, and can output at up to 144 Hz in most cases.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 Convertible revealed in first hands-on photos
Samsung may have teased the announcement of a new Galaxy Book laptop, but Safety Korea has already revealed what the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 Convertible will look like. Both have 15-inch displays, number pads and are expected to feature Intel Tiger Lake-U series CPUs, along with optional NVIDIA GeForce MX450 GPUs.
Sony launches the Xperia 10 III, its budget entry in its Mark III series, with a Snapdragon 690 SoC and a 4,500 mAh battery
Sony has unveiled the Xperia 10 III, which builds on the Xperia 10 II. The Xperia 10 III retains its predecessor's design, but Sony has upgraded its battery capacity to 4,500 mAh. Additionally, the Snapdragon 665 from last year's model has been swapped out for a Snapdragon 690.
The Google Pixel 6 may feature a Samsung ISOCELL camera instead of the ageing Sony IMX363
Google Camera modders have found what could be an exciting feature of the Pixel 6. It seems that Google has added support for Samsung's camera sensors to its Super Res Zoom feature, indicating that the next Pixel could use an ISOCELL camera sensor.
Microsoft unveils Surface Laptop 4 with AMD Ryzen and Intel Tiger Lake processors, but there are compromises
Microsoft has upgraded the Surface Laptop to Intel Tiger Lake and newer AMD Ryzen processors. The Surface Laptop 4 retains its predecessor's design, which is to say that it is available with 13.5-inch and 15-inch displays that have 3:2 aspect ratios. Unfortunately, both sizes have their compromises.
Huawei Watch GT 2 gains new features, including watch face downloads on iPhones, with its April 2021 update
Huawei regularly adds features to the Watch GT 2, one of its most popular smartwatches. This time around, Huawei has refined the weather app and has added the ability to download watch faces via a connected iPhone. The Huawei Watch GT 2's April 2021 update should be available to download now.
Siri reveals Apple's 'Spring loaded' event on April 20
Apple has announced that it will host its next hardware event on April 20, although Siri confirmed the existence of the 'Spring Loaded' event before Apple did. The event will commence at 10:00 am PDT and is expected to showcase several products, including next-generation iPads.
Dell launches the new XPS 13 with a 3.5K OLED touchscreen and Tiger Lake processors
The XPS 13 has received an OLED upgrade, having previously been available with only IPS panels. Everything about the XPS 13 9310 remains identical though, including its choice of Intel Tiger Lake processors, LPDDR4x RAM and M.2 PCIe NVMe storage.
DJI Air 2S: Mavic Air 2 successor leaks multiple times ahead of its expected April 15 launch
DJI is on the verge of launching the successor to the Mavic Air 2, apparently as early as April 15. The new drone, called the DJI Air 2S, has a larger 1-inch sensor that supports 10-bit colour and intelligent HDR. The DJI Air 2s features other innovations too, including ActiveTrack 4.0 and OcuSync 3.0.
Philips Momentum 275M8RZ: A 27-inch gaming monitor a 165 Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-Sync support
Philips has introduced the 275M8RZ, a new gaming monitor from its Momentum series. The Momentum 275M8RZ has a peak 165 Hz refresh rate, DisplayHDR 400 certification and a native 1440p resolution.
These LG smartphones will receive Android 12 and Android 13; V60 ThinQ is the only notable absentee
LG has confirmed which of its smartphones will see Android 12 and Android 13, while reiterating its Android 11 update plans. At least the LG Velvet and LG Wing will receive Android 13, while the V50, G8 and three Q-series smartphones will get Android 12. Inexplicably, the V60 ThinQ is missing from LG's update plans, despite being the company's last true flagship smartphone.
Samsung Tab A7 Lite certified with the TENAA, confirming design, RAM, storage and connectivity options
Samsung is not expected to release the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite for a few months, but the tablet has already stopped by the TENAA. The listing confirms the tablet's design, some of its connectivity options and at least one of the memory configurations in which Samsung will offer it.
Tesvor S6: An affordable, but ultimately frustrating, robot vacuum and mop
The Tesvor S6 is relatively affordable by robot vacuum standards, but Tesvor has still managed to include many of the features that its competitors offer. Unfortunately, the Tesvor S6 misses the mark in its execution.
The Fitbit Sense may be able monitor blood pressure soon
Fitbit, now owned by Google, is currently evaluating if it can add blood pressure monitoring as a new feature for the Fitbit Sense, among others. Apparently, Pulse Arrival Time (PAT) may make it possible for Fitbit to do so. Fitbit will be testing blood pressure monitoring on the Fitbit Sense for the next month and will let people know if they can participate in the study.
HMD Global announces three years of OS updates for mid-range Nokia devices; two years for budget handsets and not necessarily anything for the Nokia C-series
HMD Global may have received plaudits for committing to three years of OS updates for its new Nokia X-series. However, the Nokia G-series and C-series have not been treated to that same level of software support, even though HMD Global has released them at the same as the Nokia X-series.
Cambridge Melomania Touch long-term review: Great sounding earbuds that are still rough around the edges
The Cambridge Melomania Touch has come a long way in a few months, having had a rough start at the turn of the year. We have been using the company's latest earbuds for a few months now, but a few issues remain, unfortunately.
Leaked photos show the presumed designs of Apple's next-generation iPad Pro and iPad mini tablets
Two leakers have shared photos of alleged dummies of Apple's upcoming tablet refreshes for 2021. The company is expected to release revised iPad mini and iPad Pro models soon, although it remains unclear if the former will receive a design overhaul.
Creative announces the Sound Blaster GC7, a premium DAC for gamers, content creators and streamers
Creative has announced the new Sound Blaster GC7, its latest DAC. The company has tailored its premium DAC for gamers and streamers, but it has also included its Super X-Fi headphone holography.
Surface Laptop 4 to launch on April 27; leaked configurations affirm that Microsoft continues to make compromises to drive sales volumes of more expensive configurations
Microsoft will announce the Surface Laptop 4 series on April 27, according to a new report. The Surface Laptop series will gain Intel Tiger Lake and AMD Ryzen Renoir 'Surface Edition' processors starting at €1,149 for the Ryzen 5 4680U edition. Ultimately though, Microsoft is trying to steer people onto the more expensive 15-inch configurations, rather than the cheaper and more compact 13.5-inch configurations.
OnePlus 9 Pro owners complain of crippling overheating issues
The OnePlus 9 Pro has been shipping to people for about a week now, following its elaborate launch and extended marketing campaign. There are already countless complaints from people about their OnePlus 9 Pro handsets overheating, such as recording 4K videos or merely taking photos. OnePlus has already claimed that it is investigating the issue, but it is not a good start for the OnePlus 9 Pro.
The Mi 11 Ultra comes out ahead of the Galaxy S21 Ultra in early camera tests, but the Huawei Mate 40 Pro Plus is a worthy opponent
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra remains atop DxOMark's questionable leaderboard, where the Galaxy S21 Ultra scores less than its predecessor. The website's in-depth review compares the Mi 11 Ultra against the Huawei Mate 40 Pro Plus and the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which highlights the shortcomings of Samsung's latest flagship.
Nintendo Switch firmware 12.0.0 hints at major upgrades for upcoming Aula model
Nintendo has released firmware version 12.0.0 to the Switch and Switch Lite, which fixes a save data backup feature present on firmware version 11.0.1. However, version 12.0.0 also adds a new setting that may hint at a future Switch console's capabilities.
Sony begins teasing its Xperia Mark III smartphones ahead of April 14 launch
Sony has started teasing its Xperia Mark III smartphones, starting with the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 10 III. The pair will debut on April 14 and are intended for very different audiences.
The PlayStation 4 Pro remains the go-to last generation console for Cyberpunk 2077 even with Patch 1.2
Patch 1.2 for Cyberpunk 2077 is slowly being dissected, but it seems to improve the game less on last-generation consoles than people had anticipated. In fact, most of the improvements are only noticeable on the PlayStation 4 Pro, and that continues to have its problems with playing the game properly.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 hits official support pages in Intel and AMD variants ahead of possible April release
Microsoft has not revealed the Surface Laptop 4 yet, but it has added AMD and Intel models to its Download Center. The Surface Laptop 4 is expected to launch as soon as next week with Intel Tiger Lake-U, custom AMD Ryzen Renoir APUs, and two display sizes.
HP OMEN 15z tipped to launch in Europe with AMD Ryzen 5000 APUs and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs
The HP OMEN 15z is coming to Europe following its US release, according to a new report. The 15.6-inch laptop combines AMD Ryzen 5000 APUs and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs with a 144 Hz display, which should deliver significantly better performance than current models.
Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 launches with enticing hardware, including a Ryzen 9 5900HX, a 115 W RTX 3070 and optional CherryMX mechanical switches
The Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 includes AMD Ryzen 5000 APUs, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs and CherryMX mechanical keyboard switches. You can configure the 15.6-inch gaming laptop with up to a 1440p and 240 Hz display, 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and 6 TB of PCIe storage. Thankfully, Alienware has gone with the 115 W variants of the RTX 3060 and RTX 3070.
SXFI AIR GAMER: Creative's latest over-ear headphones come with 50 mm drivers, a Kevlar cable and the company's CommanderMic microphone
Creative Technology has unveiled its latest pair of headphones, which it claims combines the SXFI AIR and SXFI GAMER's features. The headphones have 50 mm drivers, an audio mode for gaming and a CommanderMic microphone that is also suitable for conference calls. The SXFI AIR GAMER has a kevlar-reinforced cable too and retails for US$149.99, or £124.99 in the UK.
Dell G15 refreshed with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 and a choice between AMD Ryzen 5000 or Intel Comet Lake-H processors
Dell has launched two new G15 gaming laptops, both starting at US$899.99. The G15 Ryzen Edition (5515) comes with newer processors though, but both it and the G15 5510 have the 115 W variant of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060.
Xiaomi confirms MIUI 12.5 rollout plans for over a dozen devices
Xiaomi has outlined plans to upgrade a host of devices to MIUI 12.5 by the end of next month. The rollout only applies to devices on the company's Chinese ROM though, so it may be May before Xiaomi's latest OS reaches devices globally. Others, such as the POCO F2 Pro and the Redmi Note 8 Pro will be left stranded on MIUI 12 until at least June 2021.
Huawei's next smartwatch will be called the GLL-AL04
Huawei has another smartwatch in the works, and it will bear the model number GLL-AL04. The company has certified the GLL-AL04 with the Eurasian Economic Commission, signifying that it should be released outside of China.
Case manufacturer reveals Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 10 III designs ahead of their April 14 launch
Sony is launching the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 10 III in a few days, but a case manufacturer is already selling cases for both devices. The listings reveal the designs of both devices too, confirming the revised rear-facing cameras for this year's Xperia 1.
LG V70 ThinQ lands on AI Benchmark as the LG Rollable turns up at a South Korean certification agency
LG's mobile division is coming to an end, but new sightings of the V70 and Rollable suggest that the pair were at late stages of development. Hands-on photos of both have surfaced, while a benchmark listing has confirmed that LG had developed the V70 ThinQ with a Snapdragon 888 and at least 8 GB of RAM.
The Sony WF-1000XM4 takes another step closer to release with Bluetooth SIG and FCC certifications; new MediaTek SoC with Bluetooth 5.2 onboard rules out aptX or aptX HD support
It has nearly been two years since Sony released the WF-1000XM3, which remain its flagship pair of TWS earbuds. Bluetooth SIG and FCC certifications suggest that Sony is preparing to release a new model though and one with a newer SoC that supports Bluetooth 5.2. There will be no aptX or aptX HD support, but LDAC may be coming the way of the WF-1000XM4.
Intel Rocket Lake-S: UHD Graphics 750 GPU drivers will be ready a 'few weeks from now'
Intel is yet to publish GPU drivers for the UHD Graphics 750, the iGPU that it has included in its new Rocket Lake-S processors. According to a company Vice President, the drivers will not be ready for a few weeks, despite processors like the Core i5-11600K and Core i9-11900K being available to purchase.
LineageOS 18.1 based on Android 11 goes live for 70 devices
The LineageOS team has finally released version 18.1 of its OS. LineageOS 18.1 is available for 70 devices, including many that are unlikely to receive Android 11 officially. LineageOS 18.1 contains several new features beyond those that Google introduced with Android 11, too.
Cortana on Android and iOS is no more; Microsoft recommends using its To Do app instead
Microsoft has pulled the Cortana apps for Android and iOS from their respective app stores. The move comes after Microsoft announced that it would stop supporting its Cortana mobile apps, but it also has disabled functionality on existing installations. Microsoft recommends using its To Do app or the Cortana Windows 10 app, instead.
LG Mobile's closure would be a sad loss for smartphone fans
According to a new report, LG has decided to close its smartphone mobile division. LG will publicly announce its decision on April 5, bringing to an end a smartphone company that innovated where others did not. Unfortunately, the LG Wing could prove to be the final flagship LG smartphone that comes to market.
MIJIA Robot Vacuum Cleaner Pro: Xiaomi unveils its Roomba and Roborock-challenger with a 3D ToF camera for precise obstacle avoidance
Xiaomi has presented a new robot vacuum, the MIJIA Robot Vacuum Cleaner Pro. The company claims that the vacuum can automatically avoid small items, such as cables, thanks to its 3D ToF camera.
BLEU JOUR Wave: A mini-PC that is based on NUC Compute Elements
BLEU JOUR has introduced the Wave, its latest mini-PC. The compact machine uses Intel NUC Compute Elements, which should make it simple to upgrade.
Analogue Pocket: Luxury Game Boy lookalike delayed again until October 2021
The Analogue Pocket is, arguably, one of the most exciting retro consoles thanks to its ability to play cartridges natively. Unfortunately, the ongoing chip shortage has delayed the console's release again, this time until October 2021.
Samsung is preparing to release the Galaxy Buds 2
The latest version of Samsung's Galaxy Wearable app contains references to not just new Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active devices, but also the Galaxy Buds 2. The Wearable app states that Samsung has codenamed the earbuds 'berry.'
MSI OPTIX MAG301RF: A 29.5-inch gaming monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio, 1 ms response times and a 200 Hz refresh rate that costs US$399
MSI has unveiled the OPTIX MAG301RF, its latest ultra-wide gaming monitor. The MAG301RF has a 29.5-inch panel that runs at 2,560 x 1,080 pixels, with a 200 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response times. The MAG301RF should be available in a month for about US$399.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra teardown reveals its elaborate cooling system and the giant ISOCELL GN2 camera system
Xiaomi's Mi 11 Ultra has been torn down, and its new ISOCELL GN2 camera is just as large as it looks on the outside. The teardown video reveals the Mi 11 Ultra's extensive cooling system, too.
Foxconn predicts that the global chip shortage will remain until at least mid-2022
According to a new report, Foxconn believes that the current chip shortage will continue until at least the middle of next year. Foxconn, which supplies parts to Apple, Dell, Nintendo, and Sony, expects the situation to worsen between now and then.
Exclusive: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti laptop GPU benchmarks point to decent 1080p gaming performance for entry-level cards
We can confirm that NVIDIA plans to release the GeForce RTX 3050 and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti in multiple configurations. The GeForce RTX 3050 series will replace NVIDIA's GTX 16 series, but early benchmarks show the RTX 3050 Ti outperforming even the RTX 2060 in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
CD Projekt announces a 2021 roadmap update for Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher series; Cyberpunk multiplayer delayed until at least 2022
CD Projekt has revealed its 2021 update roadmap for Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher franchise. Revealed is stretching it somewhat in the case of Cyberpunk 2077 though, as its multiplayer modes and expansions are out of scope for 2021.
Xiaomi begins rolling out MIUI 12.5 ahead of schedule
Xiaomi has started rolling out MIUI 12.5, its latest OS following last year's MIUI 12. MIUI 12.5 has arrived ahead of schedule, although most devices will not receive it until sometime during the summer.
AMD Radeon RX 6500 or RX 6600 GPUs to feature 32 MB Infinity Cache; no bandwidth amplifier capabilities for the Van Gogh architecture
AMD APU driver updates for Linux may have revealed details about the company's upcoming Van Gogh architecture. Additionally, the updates seemingly confirm the Infinity Cache of Navi 23-based desktop GPUs, including the RX 6600 series.
Mi Mix Fold hands-on pictures and videos show that the crease is strong with Xiaomi's first foldable smartphone
The Mi Mix Fold may have many great features on paper, but hands-on shots show that Xiaomi has been unable to overcome the crease that plagued earlier foldable smartphones. Clearly, Xiaomi has some catching up to do before it can match Huawei's Mate X2.
Xiaomi goes big with the Mi Mix Fold, but it may only be bound for China
The Mi Mix Fold is big in every sense of the word. Not only does it have an 8.01-inch display when unfolded, but it also weighs between 317 g and 332 g, depending on which configuration you choose. Additionally, the Mi Mix Fold has a 108 MP camera, a liquid-lens telephoto camera, a new Surge C1 ISP and a 5,020 mAh battery capacity. The Mi Mix Fold costs between CNY 9,999 (~US$1,521) and CNY 12,999 (~US$1,977), too.
Xiaomi unveils new Mi Notebook Pro 14 and Mi Notebook Pro 15 laptops with Intel Tiger Lake-H processors and up to a 3.5K OLED display
Xiaomi has unveiled two new laptops under its Mi Notebook Pro range. Both come with Intel Tiger Lake-H processors and dedicated GPUs, but the revised Mi Notebook Pro 15 has a 3.5K OLED display. The Mi Notebook Pro 14 is no slouch in this department either, thanks to its 120 Hz IPS panel.
The Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra receive camera improvements with their latest updates
Samsung has released a new update for its flagship Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones. The update is rolling as an over-the-air (OTA) download now and improves the trio's cameras, including enabling the telephoto camera for portrait mode. Previously, the mode was only available for the Galaxy S21 series' primary and ultra-wide-angle cameras.
NVIDIA brings Resizable BAR to all RTX 30 desktop cards via a VBIOS update; performance boost now available for 17 games
Resizable BAR is now available for NVIDIA's full RTX 30 desktop product stack, as the company promised earlier this month. Resizable BAR is available for most modern AMD and Intel chipsets and processors, including Zen 3 and Comet Lake-S CPUs. NVIDIA has expandable Resizable BAR support to 17 games, too.
Xiaomi confirms that it is getting into the electric vehicle industry with a US$10 billion investment
Xiaomi has confirmed its entry into the electric car industry with a new Smart Electric Vehicles company. According to an official announcement, Xiaomi will invest US$10 billion dollars in its new venture over the next decade.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti appears by the dozen with 12 GB of GDDR6X VRAM in new EEC submission; Gigabyte preparing to release a CMP 30HX mining card too
Gigabyte has registered new GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SKUs with the EEC, following NVIDIA's GPU and VRAM changes. The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is expected to arrive in May with 12 GB of GDDR6X VRAM, but it seems that Gigabyte has its eyes set on releasing a CMP 30HX crypto mining card, too.
The Sony PlayStation 5 is unable to display SDR content correctly
The Sony PlayStation 5 outputs all content in HDR by default, even if games or videos do not support a higher dynamic range. There are some situations where one may want to disable HDR though, but it turns out that Sony's latest console struggles with displaying the correct colours when set to SDR.
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 launches with a large AMOLED display, a SpO2 sensor and up to 19 days of battery life
Xiaomi's latest fitness tracker has a 1.56-inch AMOLED display, which is about 50% larger than its predecessor's display. Additionally, the fitness tracker supports sleep tracking, 30 exercise modes, a heart rate monitor and an SpO2 monitor, among other features.
Haylou RT: Waterproof smartwatch with up to 20 days of battery life and a 1.28-inch display launches worldwide for US$44.99
Haylou has launched its RT smartwatch globally following a successful crowdfunding campaign on Xiaomi's Youpin. Sold as the Haylou RT LS05S, the smartwatch offers up to 20 days of battery life, a small display and IP68 water resistance for just US$44.99.
Huawei brings EMUI 11 to more devices globally but delays Indian rollout by two months
Huawei has almost completed its EMUI 11 rollout after commencing it late last year. Only a few devices should be without EMUI 11 now, except for in India, where Huawei has delayed proceedings by two months.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite debuts with a 6.55-inch AMOLED display, a 6.81 mm thick chassis and up to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G SoC
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite and Mi 11 Lite 5G share many similarities, including a 6.81 mm thick chassis and a 6.55-inch AMOLED display. However, the Mi 11 Lite 5G is the star of the show with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G SoC, the successor to last year's Snapdragon 765G.
The EmTek GeForce RTX 3060 MIRACLE is one of the stranger NVIDIA graphics cards to arrive this year
The South Korean hardware manufacturer EmTek has released unusual-looking graphics cards before, but the GeForce RTX 3060 MIRACLE will take some beating. While its dual fan design is regular for a GeForce RTX 3060, its honeycomb and bee-inspired design is more playful than many contemporary graphics cards. It remains to be seen how useful obscuring one intake fan will be, though.
Mi 11 Ultra launched: Xiaomi throws everything but expandable storage at its new flagship, and for €100 less than the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is here, and it is €100 cheaper than a comparably-equipped Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. The Mi 11 Ultra contains Samsung's new ISOCELL GN2 camera too, along with a 5,000 mAh battery and a secondary display, among many other features.
ASUS releases the GeForce RTX 3060 Phoenix, its smallest RTX 30 series graphics card yet
ASUS has unveiled the GeForce RTX 3060 Phoenix, a tiny GA106-based card that has one fan. The RTX 3060 Phoenix is just 177 mm long, but it is a 2.5-slot card being 51 mm wide.
Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.2 promises to deliver nearly 300 fixes while adding ray tracing support for AMD graphics cards
The long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.2 is almost here, and CDPR has confirmed that it will feature nearly 300 fixes for its triple-A title. Patch 1.2 will also enable ray tracing for AMD graphics cards, such as the Radeon RX 6700 XT and RX 6800 XT. Updated: Patch 1.2 is now live on consoles and PC, where it is a 34 GB download.
New Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite leak reveals marketing render and several key specifications
Samsung is not expected to announce the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite for a few months yet, but Evan Blass has revealed multiple details about the upcoming budget tablet. Apparently, the Tab A7 Lite will have a MediaTek SoC, a 5,100 mAh battery and a large display.
Xiaomi teases phase-change cooling system for the Mi 11 Ultra ahead of its March 29 launch
According to Xiaomi, the Mi 11 Ultra will feature new battery technology and a revolutionary cooling system. Apparently, the so-called phase-change cooling system contains solid, liquid and gas parts to deliver significantly better cooling performance than contemporary Xiaomi smartphones.
Dell G15 5515 hits 3DMark with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU and 16 GB of RAM
The Dell G15 5515 will launch with at least an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, according to a 3DMark listing. The 115 W GPU will be available with 16 GB of RAM and a fast 1TB SSD, too.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra stops by Geekbench with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and 12 GB of RAM ahead of its March 29 launch
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has stopped by Geekbench before its announcement on March 29. The flagship smartphone will have Samsung's new ISOCELL GN2 camera, a Snapdragon 888 SoC and a 'Silicon-Oxygen Anode' battery.
Chuwi CoreBook Xe to launch with an Intel Comet Lake processor and an Iris Xe Max GPU from US$699
Chuwi has teased its latest laptop, the CoreBook Xe. As its name suggests, the CoreBook Xe has an Iris Xe Max GPU, which features 96 Execution Units and 4 GB of VRAM. Both it and a Core i5-10210U processor power a 15.6-inch display.
Apple iPhone 13 series leak reveals 120 Hz LTPO displays, multiple camera improvements, and new colour and storage options; AirTags to launch for US$39
EverythingApplePro and Max Weinbach have revealed plenty of details about this year's iPhones, the so-called iPhone 13 series. Apparently, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will have 120 Hz LTPO displays, among many other changes compared to the current iPhone 12 models. The long-awaited AirTags will reputedly cost US$39 too and should work using Bluetooth Low Energy.
Xiaomi celebrates exceptional Black Shark 4 and Redmi K40 series sales figures
The Black Shark 4 series has made a remarkable start, but so has Xiaomi's new Redmi K40 smartphones. According to Xiaomi, the Black Shark 4 series generated CNY 200 million (~US$30.5 million) in sales in its initial five minutes, while the Redmi K40 series has sold over 1 million units in the last month.
TTGO T-Watch: New model launches with GPS and a microSD card reader
Another TTGO T-Watch has hit the shelves, this time with a GPS module and a microSD card reader. The TTGO T-Watch V2 lacks the microphone of the V3 model, though.
Dyson V15 Detect: A new battery-powered vacuum that does battle with dust using lasers
Dyson has unveiled the V15 Detect, its latest cordless vacuum that fights dust using lasers. The battery-powered vacuum uses a laser and an acoustic piezo sensor to do so in the fight against dust, which Dyson has combined with its 230 Airwatt Hyperdymium motor and a 5-stage filtration system.
Motorola 'Denver' leaks with a Snapdragon 480 SoC, 4 GB of RAM and stylus support
Motorola is apparently planning to launch another new budget smartphone with 5G connectivity. Codenamed 'Denver', the device will also have an active stylus, along with a large FHD display and five cameras.
Leak reveals more NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 laptop GPU specifications
NVIDIA is currently working on the GeForce RTX 3050, a new mid-range dedicated GPU that should provide thin and light laptops with more graphics performance than an AMD or Intel iGPU could. NVIDIA is yet to announce the GeForce RTX 3050, but a new leak has provided more details about it.
NVIDIA tipped to release two GeForce RTX 3070 Ti variants with 8 GB and 16 GB GDDR6X VRAM
According to a new rumour, NVIDIA plans to release two GeForce RTX 3070 Ti cards in May, both with GDDR6X VRAM. Apparently, NVIDIA has developed 8 GB and 16 GB SKUs that can reach 21 Gbps. The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is expected to launch in May with NVIDIA's GA104-400 GPU.
The next Mi Mix will receive a global release as Xiaomi teases groundbreaking battery technology
The Mi Mix series will be returning to global audiences, according to Xiaomi. The next Mi Mix will launch alongside the Mi 11 Ultra, which will feature a new Silicon-Oxygen Anode battery. Apparently, the new battery technology's increased density will allow smartphones to recharge faster while being thinner than current models.
The Motorola Moto G100 offers a near-flagship experience with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, a 5,000 mAh battery, a 6.7-inch display and an ultra-wide-angle selfie camera
Motorola has unveiled the Moto G100, its latest premium smartphone. The Moto G100 contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, an overclocked Snapdragon 865+, a 5,000 mAh battery and a triple rear-facing camera array, including a 64 MP primary sensor. The Moto G100 costs €499.99 in the Eurozone and £449.99 in the UK.
ViewSonic announces five VX18 series gaming monitors with 165 Hz refresh rates and 1 ms response times
ViewSonic has introduced five VX18 series gaming monitors with 165 Hz refresh rates and 1 ms response times. The series ranges from the 24-inch and 1080p VX2418-P-MHD to the 32-inch and curved VX3218-PC-MHD. All five gaming monitors rely on ViewSonic's SuperClear VA panels that provide high contrast ratios and wide colour space coverages.
A dead CMOS battery could cripple the Sony PlayStation 4 in a few years
The PlayStation 4 could inevitably become unusable in a few years, unless you fancy cracking it open and tinkering with it. Apparently, the console requires a working CMOS battery to play games, regardless of whether you purchased them physically or digitally. Replacing the battery is only possible for as long as the PlayStation Network supports the PS4, too.
Motorola unveils the Moto G50, a mid-range smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 SoC, a 5,000 mAh battery and 5G connectivity
Motorola's latest mid-range smartphone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 SoC that brings with it 5G connectivity. The Moto G50 features 4 GB of RAM, up to 128 GB of storage and a microSD card reader, but its 720p display is rather underwhelming. The Moto G50's 5,000 mAh battery, on the other hand, should keep it going for a long time on a single charge.
Probable Nokia X20 hits the FCC with a large camera housing and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner ahead of its April 8 launch
One of HMD Global's upcoming mid-range smartphones has been spotted at the FCC. The Nokia X20 is expected to launch on April 8 with a Snapdragon 480 SoC, and the FCC has seemingly confirmed part of its design. The device is expected to launch with up to 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, too.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the Compute Module 4 into a fully-fledged PC with the All-In-One Pi
Chipsee has developed new add-ons for the Raspberry Pi Computer Module 4, including one that turns it into an all-in-one PC. The so-called All-In-One Pi supports VESA desktop mounts in two colours. There is also an Industrial Pi board that utilises the Compute Module 4 as a 7-inch tablet with optional 4G connectivity.
The Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay HX promises up to 40 hours of battery life, ANC, comfort and premium sound
Bang & Olufsen has unveiled a new pair of Bluetooth headphones that it claims should last up to 40 hours on a single charge. The BeoPlay HX should also deliver B&O's high-quality craftsmanship, along with active noise cancellation and premium sound quality.
The Raspberry Pi 400 gets a Cyberdeck with Adafruit's CYBERDECK Bonnet display add-on
The Raspberry Pi 400 is a powerful single-board computer with a built-in keyboard. Now, Adafruit has developed a Cyberdeck for it that sits above the keyboard. The expansion should be one of the simplest ways to add a small display without hooking the Raspberry Pi 400 to an external monitor.
One XPlayer is the latest Windows PC with a Nintendo Switch form factor, but with Intel Tiger Lake processors and a 1,200p display
One-Netbook has another handheld games console in the works, following the launch of the OneGX1 Pro last year. One-Netbook has called its latest device the One XPlayer, which it has equipped with an 8.4-inch display that has a 16:10 aspect ratio and a 1,200p resolution, along with a choice of Intel Tiger Lake processors with powerful Iris Xe iGPUs.
Xiaomi Mi Mix series comeback confirmed with the supposed Mi Mix Fold or Mi Mix 4 to feature a liquid lens camera
It is fixed and official: A new Mi Mix smartphone will be joining the burgeoning list of devices that Xiaomi will announce on March 29. The Mi Mix comeback promises to eclipse the release of the Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra, with Xiaomi teasing that the next Mi Mix has a new liquid lens camera.
Apple to crack down on leaks with surveillance cameras, background checks and biometric data collection
Apple has established new security regulations with supply chain partners, supposedly to stop the emergence of leaks of unreleased devices. The changes, which will mainly affect factory workers, include collecting biometric data and conducting background checks.
Huawei P50 protective cases seemingly confirm eye-catching rear camera design
Huawei P50 cases are beginning to appear up online, sporting the same massive camera housing shown in leaked renders. Huawei is expected to launch the P50 series next month.
Xiaomi's first foldable smartphone may make an appearance at its March 29 hardware launch event
According to multiple reports, Xiaomi's first foldable smartphone may be making a guest appearance at its March 29 hardware launch event. The device has been certified at the MIIT in China with up to 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage, too.
Xiaomi is seeking to recruit more MIUI 12 beta testers for 29 devices
Xiaomi is looking for more people to test MIUI 12 beta builds. This time, the company has opened its MIUI 12 beta program to devices enrolled on the Russian branch of MIUI. 29 devices are eligible to join; the deadline for doing so is April 15.
NVIDIA tipped to use its GA100 Ampere GPU in a flagship crypto mining card
According to a report, NVIDIA plans to release a fifth CMP card, which it has designed for crypto miners. Apparently, the company will base the card on its GA100, currently found in the A100 GPU.
Two new Apple iMacs have been spotted in macOS 11.3
The fifth beta version of macOS 11.3 supposedly contains hints about the direction of the iMac, Apple's all-in-one desktop computer series. So far, references to two new iMacs have been found, both presumably running Apple Silicon ARM SoCs. Other exciting upgrades are due this year too, including a redesign for the series.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite: 4G and 5G models detailed as European pricing is revealed
WinFuture has confirmed that Xiaomi will be launching distinct 4G and 5G versions of the Mi 11 Lite, the successor to last year's Mi 10 Lite 5G. The prices of both models have been revealed, too.
The OnePlus 9 Pro survives gruelling durability test despite its dual-cell battery design
The OnePlus 9 Pro, which OnePlus unveiled yesterday, has already been put through JerryRigEverything's durability test. Unsurprisingly, OnePlus' latest flagship smartphone passes with flying colours, even with its dual-cell battery design.
Xiaomi confirms huge Samsung ISOCELL GN2 sensor for the Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra that will dwarf the Sony IMX689 in the OnePlus 9
Xiaomi has confirmed rumours that the Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra will feature Samsung's new ISOCELL GN2 camera sensor. The ISOCELL GN2 is, currently, the largest smartphone camera sensor, but we will not see what it is made of until Xiaomi launches the Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra. Fittingly, Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing has drawn a comparison between the size of the ISOCELL GN2 and the Sony IMX689 found in the OnePlus 9.
Lenovo Legion 2 Pro: Dual-fan gaming smartphone to launch on April 8
Lenovo has confirmed that it will be launching another gaming smartphone, following the launch of the ASUS ROG Phone 5 earlier this month. The Legion 2 Pro will arrive on April 8 and will feature some exciting hardware, including dual fans.
ZTE Watch GT: Renders of large AMOLED smartwatch leak ahead of March 30 launch
ZTE has confirmed that it will unveil its Watch GT smartwatch on March 30 in tandem with the ZTE S30 smartphone series. Now, the company has shared marketing renders ahead of next week's launch, revealing several aspects of the stylish-looking smartwatch.
Motorola Moto G50: Specifications and images of Motorola's upcoming affordable 5G smartphone leak
New leaks Motorola Moto G50 have not only provided many specifications about the device, but they also show what the 5G handset will look like. The Moto G50 is expected to launch with a 90 Hz display and a Snapdragon 480 SoC.
UP Squared Pro: New single-board computer with Windows support launches that is compatible with the Raspberry Pi ecosystem
The UP Squared Pro is an x86-based single-board computer (SBC) that comes with Intel Apollo Lake processors. The SBC also three M.2 slots, up to 8 GB of RAM and 64 GB of flash storage. The UP Squared Pro starts at US$169 and will begin shipping from next week.
North Edge Cross Fit2: A budget smartwatch that has a heart rate monitor, a GPS module and is IP67 certified
The North Edge Cross Fit2 combines a comparatively rugged design with a large display and a 320 mAh battery. The smartwatch also has a GPS module, is IP67 certified and supposedly features a heart rate monitor. The US$69.60 smartwatch is available to order from AliExpress.
Honor Pad 7: An affordable tablet with a 10.1-inch display and a mid-range MediaTek SoC
Honor has presented the Pad 7, its latest mid-range tablet and the first since its departure from Huawei. The 10.1-inch tablet has an IPS display, a MediaTek Helio G80 SoC and 4 GB of RAM.
CutiePi: The tablet based on the Raspberry Pi gets a performance upgrade
The CutiePi, a Raspberry Pi-based tablet, has been upgraded with more powerful internals. The developer has made other changes too, although the display remains unchanged. The new CutiePi is available to pre-order for US$199 and will begin shipping in July 2021.
First Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra teasers confirm the approaching launch of new Xiaomi flagship smartphones
Xiaomi has confirmed that it will unveil the Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra on March 29. The pair should have better cameras than the Mi 11 and innovations like a secondary display. At least one should be launching globally, too.
The Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 receives new designs with its latest software update
Samsung has started rolling out a new update to the Galaxy Fit 2, its budget fitness tracker. The update brings new features and improvements to the device, including an improved selection of watch faces.
LG 27UP850: A 27-inch and colour accurate 4K monitor with surprising gaming features
LG has aimed its latest 27-inch 4K monitor primarily at professionals who want a colour accurate monitor. However, the monitor should be suitable for some gaming on the side too, thanks to the tearing and input lag reduction technologies that it supports. The LG 27UP850 retails for US$549.99.
Samsung tipped to release a third Galaxy Z device this year that folds in two ways
According to Nikkei Asia, Samsung is planning to launch a new Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip this year and a device that folds in two ways. Apparently, the device will expand to a conventional 16:9 or 18:9 aspect ratio.
The OnePlus 7 and 7T series finally receive Android 11 and OxygenOS 11 updates
OnePlus has finally started rolling out OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11 to the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T series. All OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro handsets should receive OnePlus' latest OS within the next few days. Still, the updates are already available to download and install manually.
Huawei MateView: High-end external monitor leaked with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a built-in wireless charging stand
Huawei has recently certified a monitor at the 3C, and now renders of it have started circulating online. The so-called Huawei MateView has slim bezels, a 3:2 aspect ratio, and a built-in wireless charging stand.
The Fitbit Charge 4 and Fitbit Inspire 2 receive new features in their latest software updates
Fitbit has brought new features to the Charge 4 and Inspire 2. The features will arrive in new software updates, which Fitbit has already released for the Charge 4. Fitbit states that the Inspire 2 will start receiving its latest software update from next week.
Palit releases the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti in what will probably be the most baffling graphics card launch of 2021
The graphics card shortage has led to another curious product launch. Now, Palit has unveiled a new version of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which it first released in 2016. Worse still, the Pascal-based card is no cheaper than it was when Palit released it four years ago.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite: Unboxing and hands-on video shown ahead of next week's anticipated launch of the €320 smartphone
Xiaomi is yet to unveil Mi 11 Lite, and someone has already published an unboxing video of the Mi 11 Lite 4G on YouTube. So, Xiaomi may be planning to announce the device on March 29, but almost all its specifications have already been revealed.
Chuwi Hi10 Go: A 2-in-1 convertible with an Intel Jasper Lake processor, a 16:10 display and pen support
With the Hi10 Go, Chuwi has created a 2-in-1 convertible based on Intel's new Jasper Lake of Celeron processors. The Hi10 Go supports pen input, too.
LG Electronics may be shuttering its mobile division entirely
LG Electronics may abandon its smartphone business, according to a new report. Apparently, negotiations with prospective partners have failed, leaving LG with the option of closing its smartphone business instead.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 seemingly teased by an employee with a flagship Qualcomm SoC
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 may have leaked again, this time courtesy of a Lenovo employee. The new leak states that Lenovo has developed an Android 11 tablet with a Snapdragon 870 SoC, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, which correlates with others that surfaced earlier this month.
Possible Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 hits Geekbench with better scores than modern Intel processors, but it is no match for the Apple M1
Qualcomm is rumoured to be developing a new high-end SoC for laptops this year, and someone may have already benchmarked it on Geekbench. The so-called Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 offers a huge performance leap over its predecessor and the Microsoft SQ2, with scores that rival the Core i7-1065G7 and Core i7-1165G7. The Apple M1 has the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 well beaten, though.
The Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro has a two-year-old flagship SoC, a 120 Hz display and a 5,160 mAh battery for €199 on launch day
The POCO X3 Pro has arrived, and yes, it features the Snapdragon 855+ re-branded as the Snapdragon 860. Xiaomi has paired the two-year-old SoC with a 120 Hz display, LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. There is also a 5,160 mAh battery, five cameras and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The POCO X3 Pro will be available from €199 at launch in three colours.
Xiaomi launches the Redmi K40 globally as the POCO F3; launch price to start at just €299
The POCO F3 is here, although it is nothing but a Redmi K40 with POCO branding. The POCO F3 has the same 6.67-inch AMOLED screen as the Mi 11, along with a Snapdragon 870 SoC, LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The POCO F3 will start at €299 with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
OnePlus Watch: European price and new render images leaked in two colour options
OnePlus will present the OnePlus Watch tomorrow as part of its OnePlus 9 series launch event. An initial render of the OnePlus Watch arrived last week, but now several images of both colour options have leaked, along with its proposed launch price.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and GeForce RTX 3080 Ti specifications leak again, as do supposed launch dates
According to new information from board partners, NVIDIA plans to release two new powerful Ampere-based GPUs within the next two months. The cards in question are the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, which should both offer better performance than the current RTX 3070 and RTX 3080.
Xiaomi POCO F3 and POCO X3 Pro renders leak ahead of today's launch; MIUI stable update already live for POCO F3
Xiaomi will be launching the POCO F3 and POCO X3 Pro today, but multiple details about both devices have already flooded the internet. From marketing renders to the first stable MIUI build for the POCO F3, there is little left to reveal about Xiaomi's new POCO devices.
Radeon RX 6800M leak hints at the Navi 22 GPU being at the heart of AMD's premium laptop GPU
The first sign of AMD's top-tier laptop GPU has appeared. Based on the leak, AMD has equipped the Radeon RX 6800M with its Navi 22 GPU, the same one used for the RX 6700 XT.
LumiCube: A case for the Raspberry Pi with 192 LEDs, an IPS display and various sensors
A new case for the Raspberry Pi has been successfully funded on Kickstarter, and it comes with almost 200 RGB LEDs built-in. The LumiCube should be simple for Raspberry Pi beginners to realise and includes an IPS display, among other features.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild shines in 8K emulation with ray tracing enabled
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild remains one of the most beautiful games even four years after its release. However, the Nintendo Switch's limited power holds the game back, from its resolution to its often low framerates. However, a new video now shows how the triple-A title could look if it had been paired with more powerful hardware, or hardware that is capable of playing it in 8K with ray tracing enabled.
Lem X: An affordable smartwatch with GPS, LTE and 16 GB of storage
The Lem X is a comparatively inexpensive smartwatch from Lemfo that packs a large display, an LTE modem and built-in GPS, among other features. The Lem X has 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, too.
One Tough Pi: Turn the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 into a mini-PC with dual Gigabit Ethernet
OnLogic has announced the One Tough Pi, an industrial case that transforms the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 into a mini-PC. The One Tough Pi runs silently and brings dual Gigabit Ethernet to the single-board computer.
Huawei MatePad Pro 2: New iPad Pro challenger to be unveiled on April 27
According to a new rumour, Huawei plans to officially unveil the MatePad Pro 2 in a little over a month. The company's new iPad Pro competitor should go on sale shortly thereafter too, albeit only in China initially.
The Amazfit T-Rex Pro is set for a March 23 release, but a Polish retailer is already selling it for ~US$193
Amazfit has confirmed that it will be launching its next smartwatch on March 23. While Amazfit hopes to keep the T-Rex Pro under wraps until then, a Polish retailer is already selling it for PLN 749 (~US$193), confirming all its specifications in the process.
Do not buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 if you want a durable smartphone
JerryRigEverything has already shown that Xiaomi's inexpensive plastic phones are not built to last, but the Redmi Note 10 has proven to be exceptionally weak. If you plan on picking up the Redmi Note 10, you may want to take some insurance out on it.
The first OnePlus Watch marketing render arrives, and its looks like the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
The OnePlus Watch is one of the most anticipated smartwatches of 2021, having been in development for years. After months of leaks, rumours and teasers, Unbox Therapy has revealed the first OnePlus Watch marketing render. It looks like OnePlus has been inspired by Samsung and its Galaxy Watch Active 2, though.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra: Leaker confirms late March launch with giant camera sensors in tow
According to reports, Xiaomi has set a launch date for the Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra. Reiterated by Ice Universe, the pair will supposedly debut in a few days with Samsung's new ISOCELL GN2 flagship camera sensor.
LG enables Fine Tune Dark Areas feature on over 70 TVs to mitigate VRR raised black issues
LG has added a feature called Fine Tune Dark Areas to over 70 TVs as it aims to reduce raised black levels, especially on OLED panels. LG intends people to use the feature when using VRR on an enabled PC or games console.
AMD confirms that it will not follow NVIDIA in limiting crypto mining performance on its Radeon RX 6000 series cards
AMD's Radeon RX 6000 series is not the best choice for crypto mining, with the RX 6900 XT only generating an ETH Hash rate of just over 60 MH/s. However, the company will not be making it any worse as NVIDIA has done with the RTX 3060.
Samsung Galaxy A82 camera details revealed with a 64 MP Sony primary sensor
GalaxyClub has revealed possible details about the Galaxy A82's cameras. It is unclear if Samsung's flagship A-series smartphone will feature a sliding design like the Galaxy A80, though. However, the Galaxy A82 should feature either the Sony IMX682 or IMX686 as its primary camera.
Amazfit aims to launch smartwatches with ECG, blood pressure measurement and more in the US
The well-known wearable brand Amazfit hopes to release fitness trackers and smartwatches with ECG and blood pressure measurement in the US. The company is engaging with the FDA to bring these wearables to market.
The OnePlus Warp Charge 50 Wireless Charger will feature several improvements over the 30 W version
OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 9 Pro supports Warp Charge Wireless 50, its next-generation of wireless charging. According to the company, the new standard will recharge the OnePlus 9 Pro within 43 minutes. The new Warp Charge 50 Wireless Charger will feature a few other improvements over the discontinued 30 W model, too.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite specifications and alleged marketing renders leak
91Mobiles and Ishan Agarwal have leaked the first Mi 11 Lite marketing renders, along with specifications for the 4G and 5G models. According to the website, both models will be available in three colours.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 receives March 2021 security update in Europe with 38 high or critical CVEs addressed
The Xiaomi Mi A3 has received another update, this time on Xiaomi's EEA branch. V184.108.40.206.RFQEUXM is another security patch update for the Android One handset, but it addresses 38 high or critical CVEs that Google has identified. V220.127.116.11.RFQEUXM is rolling out now as an OTA download.
Sony is giving away Horizon Zero Dawn and 10 more PlayStation games
Sony is giving away 11 games as part of its latest Play at Home campaign. The highlights include Horizon Zero Dawn and Ratchet & Clank, along with the likes of Astro Bot. These titles could be downloaded for free by all PlayStation users, including those who do not have a PlayStation Plus subscription.
The NVIDIA CMP 30HX is a re-branded GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER aimed at crypto miners that sells for US$815
A retailer has started selling the CMP 30HX, NVIDIA's least powerful crypto mining card. Inadvertently, the retailer has confirmed that the CMP 30HX is nothing more than a GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER with the display connections removed. However, the CMP 30HX costs US$815.40, about US$300 more than the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER sells for online.
ASUS ROG Phone 5 catastrophically fails punishing durability test
The ASUS ROG Phone 5 may be one of the most powerful smartphones on the market, but it is also one of the weakest. Unfortunately for ASUS, its latest gaming smartphone does not hold up to the rigours of a JerryRigEverything durability test.
Apple insider believes that a new iPad mini will arrive this year with a larger display
New iPad Pros are not the only tablets that Apple plans to release this year, Mark Gurman believes. Echoing previous rumours, Gurman reports that Apple will announce a new iPad mini in 2021, two years after it launched the fifth-generation model. The iPad mini 6 will feature a larger display than the current model, too.
Apple tipped to announce new iPad Pro models with Thunderbolt and a mini LED display option in April; no March hardware event this year
Apple will announce its next-generation iPad Pro tablets in April, not March, according to Mark Gurman. Jon Prosser has backtracked on his claim 'from a reliable source' that Apple would host a hardware event on March 23, too.
The Google Pixel 6 may have an under-display fingerprint scanner
New rumours about a future Google Pixel smartphone are mounting. Now, Google has added support for an under-display fingerprint scanner in the latest Android 12 developer preview, signalling that the company may be on the verge of utilising the technology in a new smartphone. The inclusion of support for the feature may impact future AOSP builds and custom ROMs, too.
New Samsung Galaxy Z foldable smartphones and Wear OS smartwatches due in Q3 2021; Galaxy S21 FE arriving in Q4 2021
After the cancellation of the new Galaxy Note series for 2021, SamMobile has confirmed that Samsung still has some interesting hardware due in 2021. We must wait until at least the autumn for any new flagship smartphones, though.
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT review roundup: The first Navi 22 GPU falls to defeat against the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 while matching the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
AMD's cheapest RDNA 2 graphics card to date isn't entirely convincing in the first detailed tests. This is not due to the fact that the graphics card would not be good, but rather because Nvidia is represented in this price range with the GeForce RTX 3070.
Pete Lau confirms that the OnePlus Watch will not run Wear OS
Pete Lau has confirmed that the OnePlus Watch will not run Wear OS, despite offering hints to the contrary last year. Instead, OnePlus has based its first smartwatch on RTOS, apparently because it provides a smooth and reliable experience combined with long battery life.
Unreleased iMac with an Apple Silicon SoC appears on Xcode
Apple is currently transitioning from Intel processors to in-house chipsets based on the ARM architecture. The company has already moved three products over to Apple Silicon, and now Xcode has essentially confirmed that the iMac could soon follow suit. Rumour has it that the ARM-based iMac will feature a redesign too.
MSI Optix MAG272CQP: A 27-inch curved gaming monitor with a 165 Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync Premium support
The MSI Optix MAG272CQP is a 27-inch curved gaming monitor with a native WQHD resolution and 165 Hz refresh rate. The VA panel has 1 ms (MPRT) response times, a 1500R curvature and supports AMD FreeSync Premium. The Optix MAG272CQP has a USB hub too that includes a Type-C port with support for DisplayPort Alternate.
Early signs of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 or Galaxy Watch Active 4 spotted at Chinese certification agency
It is already known that Samsung plans to release new smartwatches this year, such as fourth-generation models of the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active. Now, a major component of what may be the Galaxy Watch 4 or the Galaxy Watch Active 4 has been spotted in China at the 3C.
The OnePlus 9 Pro's Fluid Display 2.0 receives an A+ from DisplayMate as LTPO panel with a variable refresh rate is confirmed
OnePlus has already revealed that DisplayMate has awarded the OnePlus 9 Pro's display an A+, the highest rating that the company bestows. OnePlus has teased that the OnePlus 9 Pro has an LTPO display too, which it calls Fluid Display 2.0.
NVIDIA attempts to close the stable door after the horse has bolted by pulling GeForce driver that disables crypto mining limiter for the GeForce RTX 3060
It turns out that disabling the ETH hash rate limiter on the GeForce RTX 3060 is as simple as installing a GeForce development driver that NVIDIA published on its website. NVIDIA has admitted that the driver removes the limiter, contrary to claims that a secure handshake existed between multiple elements. Unfortunately for NVIDIA, the driver remains freely available to download.
S888: A 4G smartwatch that runs Android and has built-in GPS
The S888 smartwatch supports 4G, GPS and runs Android 7.0 Nougat. The device is also IP65 rated, has a 1.88-inch touchscreen and has 32 GB of storage.
Suspected Xiaomi Mi Mix foldable prototype images leak as possible Mi Mix 4 specifications emerge
A foldable Mi Mix smartphone remains a hot topic, not least because photos of an alleged prototype have appeared online. Specifications for a Xiaomi ODIN have been published too, apparently having been seen in MIUI code. Some of its specifications include a 120 Hz AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 888 SoC and what may be an in-display fingerprint scanner.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 mod can reduce VRAM temperatures by up to 25 °C
A YouTuber has discovered how to significantly reduce temperatures on the GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition. Replacing the stock thermal pads can drop VRAM temperatures by upwards of 25 °C, allowing the card to be pushed harder before it thermal throttles.
Mi 11 Lite 4G leak details a Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G SoC and a 90 Hz OLED display for Xiaomi's budget smartphone
A demo booth has revealed some details about the Mi 11 Lite, which Xiaomi is expected to announce in 4G and 5G versions within the next few months. The Mi 11 Lite 4G will have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 732G SoC, but both models should have 10-bit and 90 Hz OLED displays.
The Sony Xperia PRO has a larger vapour chamber cooling solution than gaming smartphones
An Xperia PRO teardown video has confirmed that the US$2,500 smartphone is more than just an Xperia 1 II with an HDMI port. Not only has Sony included mmWave antennas, but it has included a huge vapour chamber cooling solution to account for its plastic body. In fact, the cooling solution is larger than equivalents found in modern gaming smartphones.
JingPad A1: Linux 2-in-1 convertible unveiled with an 11-inch AMOLED display running JingOS
The JingPad A1 is a 2-in-1 tablet that runs JingOS. In addition to having a high-resolution 4:3 display, the JingPad A1 also includes a 5G modem, a detachable keyboard and an 8,000 mAh battery. The JingPad A1 supports Android apps too, among other features.
Huawei announces the Watch Fit Elegant and Band 6 with oblong displays
Huawei has announced an Elegant version of the Watch Fit, a smartwatch that the company released last year. Additionally, Huawei has unveiled the Band 6, which will succeed the Band 4 series. Both devices will be available later this month.
POCO X3 Pro to arrive globally on March 22 in three colours with a familiar design; Indian launch scheduled for March 30
The POCO X3 Pro will make its debut on March 22, POCO Global has confirmed. According to leaked marketing renders, the POCO X3 Pro will resemble last year's POCO X3 NFC. However, POCO is making its Indian fans wait until March 30 before announcing the POCO X3 Pro.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU appears on Geekbench with 2,048 CUDA cores and 4 GB of VRAM
The GeForce RTX 3050 is on its way for laptops and has 4 GB of VRAM like the RTX 3050 Ti. Geekbench has seemingly confirmed that the entry-level dedicated graphics card will have 2,048 CUDA cores, while the PCI ID Repository suggests that NVIDIA has based the card on its GA107M GPU.
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT stock levels tipped to be lean across multiple regions at launch
Several sources have commented on the Radeon RX 6700 XT's expected availability, AMD's first Navi 22-based graphics card. While the new midrange card will arrive in two days, March 18 may not be the date when stock levels are at their fullest.
Samsung S34A650: A 34-inch curved monitor with a 1440p native resolution, a 100 Hz refresh rate and USB Type-C Power Delivery
The Samsung S34A650 is a 21:9 curved monitor that operates natively at 1440p. The monitor has a 1000R curvature, a 4,000:1 contrast ratio and a 100 Hz peak refresh rate. The Samsung S34A650 supports AMD FreeSync too and has multiple ports.
Retailer hints at Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G European launch price
The Mi 10 Lite started at €349 last year, and there are indications that its successor may launch for the same price. The Mi 11 Lite 5G should be joined by a 4G model too, which would probably be even cheaper.
Xiaomi wins court injunction again US investment ban
A US court has averted the threat of Xiaomi being frozen out of future US investment. A final verdict on the case is yet to be delivered, but the judge has already hinted at a complete withdrawal of the US ban. Xiaomi insists that it has no ties to the Chinese military.
Suunto 9 Peak design and specifications leak with sapphire glass, GPS and over 80 sports modes mentioned
The FCC has inadvertently leaked Suunto's next smartwatch, the Suunto 9 Peak. The regulatory body has confirmed not only the smartwatch's design, but also several of its features.
The Xiaomi Mi 10S lands on the Google Play Console with a processor upgrade
Last week, Xiaomi released the Mi 10S, albeit only in China. The device's appearance on the Google Play Console implies that an international release is impending, though. However, the listing suggests that Xiaomi has given the international version an SoC upgrade over the Snapdragon 870 that it has included in the Chinese model.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite nets One UI 3.1 and Android 11 update with DeX support
Samsung has started distributing One UI 3.1 to the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. The Android 11-based update introduces several features to the mid-range tablet, including Samsung DeX.
Android 11 makes its debut on the LG V60 ThinQ in Europe
Android 11 has arrived for the LG V60 ThinQ in Europe. The update has arrived for the LMV600EA variant, which LG also sells in South Africa and Taiwan.
Huawei Band 6 and Band 6 Pro tipped to launch next month with the P50 and P50 Pro
Huawei is allegedly planning to release the Band 6 and Band 6 Pro next month, thereby skipping the fifth generation of its Band series. The Band 6 series is expected to launch simultaneously with the P50 and P50 Pro.
Leaked Huawei P50 renders position it as a smaller alternative to the P50 Pro with a flat display
The Huawei P50 series is expected to debut next month, comprising at least the P50 and the P50 Pro. Ahead of next month's anticipated release, OnLeaks has published CAD renders of the P50, detailing its differences compared to the P50 Pro.
OnePlus confirms that the OnePlus Watch will launch on March 23; 120 Hz display and LPDDR5 RAM for the OnePlus 9 series
The OnePlus Watch is official, and OnePlus will be launching it on March 23. The company has offered the briefest of teasers so far, but it has provided even more details about the OnePlus 9 series.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G colour and memory configuration options leaked as the mid-range device passes through the TENAA
The TENAA has certified the Mi 11 Lite 5G, bringing the upcoming mid-range smartphone even closer to release. Additionally, the device's colour and memory configurations have been leaked, including green, yellow and pink variants.
Leaked ASUS ZenFone 8 Mini specifications point to a 5.9-inch and 120 Hz OLED display with a Snapdragon 888 SoC
ASUS may have just released the ROG Phone 5, but there are signs that the company is gearing to announce the ZenFone 8 series. While it looks like the ZenFone 8 could have a 6.67-inch, it may be joined by a 5.9-inch model with a 120 Hz display. ASUS has reportedly equipped the so-called ZenFone 8 Mini with a Snapdragon 888 SoC, too.
NVIDIA GeForce GPUs appear to be performing up to 30% worse than AMD Radeon GPUs when bottlenecked by older CPUs
High-end NVIDIA Turing and Ampere GPUs are not friends with older CPUs, according to new findings. Apparently, the likes of the RTX 3070 and RTX 3090 struggle so much when bottlenecked by a CPU that they performance worse than AMD RDNA 1 cards, such as the Radeon RX 5700 XT.
Beelink releases two mini-PCs with 28 W Intel processors, SO-DIMM RAM and NVMe SSDs
The Beelink SEI8 and Beelink GTI both feature the Core i5-8259U, a 28 W processor from Intel's Coffee Lake family. Both machines feature extensive I/O, PCIe NVMe SSDs and have 8 GB of RAM. The two mini-PCs are orderable now from Amazon, and Beelink is offering some hefty discounts for pre-orderers.
Boxer-8253AI: AAEON unveils a rugged and fanless mini-PC based on the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX
AAEON has introduced the Boxer-8253AI, a mini-PC that it has based on the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX. The Boxer-8253AI has a rugged design and is aimed at professional users.
OnePlus Watch surfaces at Malaysian regulation authority ahead of its anticipated March 23 release
OnePlus may have only teased the OnePlus 9 Pro so far, but it is no secret that it is working on a smartwatch too. Now, the so-called OnePlus Watch has passed through SIRIM, the Malaysian regulation authority.
The GMK NucBox2 is now shipping with an Intel Core i5-8259U for US$489.99
The successor to last year's GMK NucBox is here and it is orderable for US$489.99. The GMK NucBox2 is not as small as its predecessor, but it features a more powerful Intel 8th Gen Core processor with an Iris Plus Graphics 655 integrated GPU. The machine can output to two 4K monitors simultaneously and has Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.
First pictures of NVIDIA's CMP 30HX mining graphics card leak
NVIDIA officially unveiled its suite of mining GPUs a few weeks ago, albeit without any pictures of what they look like. Now, Videocardz has leaked a CMP 30HX model produced by Gigabyte, which has a dual-fan design. As expected, NVIDIA has dispensed with any display connections, rendering the CMP 30 HX only useful for mining cryptocurrencies.
Mobvoi unveils the TicWatch Pro S with a five-year-old Snapdragon Wear chipset
Mobvoi has introduced a successor to last year's TicWatch Pro 2020. Unfortunately, the company continues to use the Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, which should have long been retired. The TicWatch Pro S features 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of storage and retails for US$259.99.
AMD Nashira Summit, Nashira Point and Nashira Creek codenames leak with references to consumer gaming, Radeon Pro and a possible mobile variant mentioned
Another reference to an AMD Nashira Summit GPU has appeared online. This time, Nashira Summit has been joined by five Nashira Point codenames and one for Nashira Creek. At least two of the codenames imply Radeon Pro models, while Nashira Creek could be a new AMD mobile GPU. Nashira Point may be Navi 21 GPUs, though.
POCO X3 Pro outed with a Snapdragon 860 SoC, a 5,160 mAh battery and a 120 Hz AMOLED display; Xiaomi could be re-using components from the Redmi Note 10 series
Xiaomi has packed the POCO X3 Pro full of high-end components, if a new leak is to be believed. Apparently, the POCO X3 Pro will have a Snapdragon 860 SoC, a 120 Hz AMOLED display and a 5,160 mAh battery. The POCO X3 Pro is thought to have four cameras too, although none will support OIS.
Initial AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT benchmarks appear online as ASUS registers the RX 6700 with 12 GB of VRAM at the EEC
Benchmark data for the Radeon RX 6700 XT has been published online ahead of the card's launch next week. It seems that AMD still plans to release the RX 6700 though and with 12 GB of VRAM instead of 6 GB.
OnePlus showcases OnePlus 9 Pro camera samples as OnePlus 9 series marketing images leak
OnePlus has unveiled yet more camera specifications about the OnePlus 9 series. However, leaked marketing renders suggest that OnePlus has used a plastic frame on the OnePlus 9. The OnePlus 9 will have a flat display though, unlike the curved OnePlus 9 Pro.
POCO X3 Pro launch teased for March 30; starting price tipped for €250
POCO's first 'Pro' smartphone of 2021 is set to arrive on March 30, the company has teased. The device is expected to launch in three colours and two configurations for up to €300.
Xiaomi announces Mi Pilot testing program for MIUI 12.5 on 21 devices
Xiaomi has started recruiting another batch of pilot testers for MIUI 12.5. The program is open for 21 recent smartphones, including the Mi 11, Mi 10, Mi 9, Mi 9 SE, the Redmi K20 Pro, Redmi Note 8 Pro and the Redmi Note 9T, among others.
LG does nothing to dispel its terrible reputation for delivering updates with its latest Android 11 roadmap
LG has published another Android 11 roadmap, this time for Germany. Only two devices, the Velvet 5G and G8X will receive the OS upgrade before Q3 2021. Additionally, the LG Wing must wait until Q4 2021 at the earliest for Android 11, which will be long after Google releases Android 12.
The Mi Mix 3 may have been overlooked by Xiaomi for Android 11 after one OS upgrade
Xiaomi has a good record for updating its smartphones, but that record does not stretch to the Mi Mix 3. Unfortunately, it seems that the device has been bypassed for an Android 11 upgrade too, despite being released on Android 9.0 Pie.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 can now be upgraded to One UI 3.1 and Android 11
The Galaxy Note 9 can now be upgraded to One UI 3.1 and Android 11 thanks to a new custom ROM. Called Noble ROM, the ROM is available for Exynos versions of the Galaxy Note 9, including the dual-SIM edition. The ROM is the first opportunity to run One UI 3.1 on the former flagship smartphone.
New Apple Silicon MacBooks mass production date slips into 2H 2021
Apple has rescheduled mass production of its next ARM-powered MacBooks, according to a new report. Initially due to begin in May or June, Nikkei Asia reports that this production window has now slipped to sometime during the second half of 2021.
Google Pixel 6 camera and display details leak; more information revealed about the Pixel 5a too
The latest version of Google's camera app contains clues about two of its upcoming Pixel smartphones. Next up for Google is the Pixel 5a, which is supposedly due for release this summer. However, the app also contains information on the Pixel 6 about its cameras and display.
The next Samsung Galaxy Z Fold will be lighter and thinner than the Z Fold2 thanks to display and hinge refinements; Z Fold3 Pro a possibility too
More details have emerged about the next Galaxy Z Fold, presumably called the Galaxy Z Fold3 or the Galaxy Z Fold 3. According to a new report, the third-generation foldable smartphone will be thinner and lighter than the Galaxy Z Fold2, in part because of a redesigned hinge and a new display. There may even be a Galaxy Z Pro model this year, too.
Google has allegedly set the launch date of the Pixel 5a
The Google Pixel smartphone has apparently been scheduled to launch on June 11. Unsurprisingly, the device will be a new mid-range model, which Google is thought to have called the Pixel 5a.
Apple AirTags reputedly ready for release at March 23 hardware event, as are revised iPad Pros, AirPods and Apple TV; mini LED display only for new 12.9-inch iPad Pro
Apple has scheduled its next hardware event for March 23, according to a new report. The event would be set to clash with the OnePlus 9 series launch event, the date of which OnePlus has already confirmed. Apparently, new AirPods, iPad Pros and AirTags are ready for release, as is a new Apple TV. Only the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will have a mini LED display this year, though.
Nintendo Switch Pro and Super Switch speculation mounts as NVIDIA is tipped to end Tegra X1 'Mariko' GPU production this year
Production of the NVIDIA Tegra X1 'Mariko' is coming to an end, according to a new rumour. The Tegra X1 'Mariko' powers the Nintendo Switch and the Switch Lite, so we may be set to see a new Switch Pro or Super Switch this year, after all.
The Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite receives much-needed features with its latest software update
Xiaomi has started rolling out a new software update to the Mi Watch Lite that improves the smartwatch in many ways. The update brings many new features to the smartwatch, along with bug fixes and improved system stability.
Leaked Snapdragon SM8450 details point to a Qualcomm and Leica collaboration for the Snapdragon 888 successor
Initial details about the Snapdragon 888's successor have leaked, which should arrive later this year. The information suggests that Qualcomm may have partnered with Leica for the upcoming flagship SoC, among other things.
Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ launched with USB Type-C charging, a High Performance Audio Mode and Melomania app support
Cambridge Audio has revealed the Melomania 1+, the successors to the Melomania 1 that the company released in 2019. The Melomania 1+ offers all the great features of its predecessor, but with USB Type-C charging, Melomania app support and a High Performance Audio Mode.
The Sony Xperia PRO holds up well in durability test despite its plastic body
The Xperia PRO may have arrived a year late, but it remains the only smartphone that could actually be used in a professional workflow. Sony's most expensive smartphone can take a beating too, even though it has a plastic body.
BenQ MOBIUZ EX3415R: A 34-inch curved gaming monitor that runs natively at 1440p and 144 Hz with 1 ms response times
The BenQ MOBIUZ EX3415R is, as its name suggests, a 34-inch curved gaming monitor. The 21:9 monitor runs natively at 1440p with a 144 Hz peak refresh rate and 1 ms response times. The display has a 1900R curvature, is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified and has built-in speakers.
Qualcomm may have the Snapdragon 775G on the way, but it also has a cheaper SM7325 in development with a Prime core clocked at 2.7 GHz
According to a new report, Qualcomm plans to release another Snapdragon 7xx series SoC this year, along with the Snapdragon 775 and Snapdragon 775G. The SM7325 will have a Prime core, three performance cores and four power-efficiency cores, like the Snapdragon 888. The mid-range SoC will support up to 16 GB of RAM and UFS 3.1 storage too.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 mod confirms that there was a 16 GB VRAM configuration in development
It is possible to modify the GeForce RTX 3070 to support 16 GB of VRAM, a YouTuber has discovered. Enabling support on the GA104 card requires setting 'strap' resistors to the correct values too, which all but confirms that NVIDIA had been developing an RTX 3070 SKU with 16 GB of VRAM, as had been suggested last year.
New Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 leak reveals a larger battery, AMD Renoir Surface Edition APUs and favourable Intel Tiger Lake-U configurations
Microsoft will offer the Surface Laptop 4 with Intel Tiger Lake-U and AMD Ryzen Renoir APUs, according to a new leak. The Surface Laptop 4 will have a larger battery capacity than its predecessor, but only Intel models will be available with up to 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage.
OnePlus 9 Pro camera details confirm new primary, ultra-wide-angle and telephoto cameras but the same selfie camera as the OnePlus 8 Pro; OnePlus 9 series will have WARP chargers in the box
OnePlus may have revealed a few details about the OnePlus 9 Pro's cameras, but a new leak has revealed all the cameras that the device has. The Sony IMX766 will be joining the IMX789 in the upcoming flagship as will the Sony IMX471 from the OnePlus 8 Pro. OnePlus will bundle WARP chargers with the OnePlus 9 series, too.
Upcoming high-end Qualcomm SoC outed as the SM8325; a Snapdragon 888 without a 5G modem
Qualcomm will be releasing a flagship SoC without a 5G modem this year, according to Roland Quandt. The SoC, billed as the SM8325, may arrive as the Snapdragon 880 or the Snapdragon 885.
Sony PS5 Slim tipped to utilise TSMC's 5 nm node with production slated for 2023
Sony may have only just released the PS5, but the company is already making moves for what would appear to be a new console. According to a report, Sony has signed on with TSMC for its 5 nm node for what could be the PS5 Slim.
The Amazfit GTS 2 mini gains a new feature with its latest software update
Huami has brought an exciting feature to the GTS 2 mini, albeit one that should have been available at launch. Amazfit is pushing the update as an OTA through the Zepp app.
The AYA NEO smashes crowdfunding expectations with over US$1,000,000 raised in under 24 hours
The AYA NEO is a 7-inch handheld games console powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U APU. The device also has 16 GB of RAM and up to a 1 TB SSD. The AYA NEO can be ordered on Indiegogo, where it has already received over US$1,300,000 from backers.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro receives optimisations courtesy of its latest software update
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro has received another update, less than a month after its last one arrived. This month's update is a large one, although its size belies the features it brings to Huawei's flagship smartwatch.
Leaked Intel Alder Lake mobile processor details reveal three new processor segments, including a 55 W option and Core i9 processors for thin and light laptops
According to a leaked internal document, Intel will have six processor segments in its Alder Lake Mobile product stack. The company's H-series 45 W processors have been usurped by 55 W versions, while a U28 segment should bring Core i9 processors to thin and light laptops. The same leak reveals core configurations for all Alder Lake Mobile segments, too.
Leaked Qualcomm Snapdragon 775 and Snapdragon 775G specifications showcase similarities with the Snapdragon 888
According to a comprehensive leak, Qualcomm has built the Snapdragon 775 and Snapdragon 775G on a 5 nm process. The duo should receive Kryo 6xx CPU cores too, along with support for up to LPDDR5-3200 RAM. Both chipsets may be compatible with 120 Hz displays, too.
The Oppo Band will finally launch globally on March 8, providing competition to Xiaomi's Mi Band series
Oppo released its Band fitness tracker last year in China, where it is available in two styles. However, the company has finally decided to bring the affordable device to a wider audience with a global launch, which is planned for March 8.
The AYA NEO Founders Edition hits Indiegogo for US$699; most backers must pay at least US$789
AYA appears to have addressed its production material shortfall, as the company has announced that it will be bringing its AYA NEO Founders Edition to Indiegogo today. The crowdfunding campaign will start at US$699 for Super Early Bird backers, of which there will only be 42. Other backers must pay at least US$789, with prices rising to US$869 for the non-standard model.
StereoPi v2: The stereoscopic camera module for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 is now available to order
The StereoPi v2 is the follow-up to the 2019 first-generation model, which brought stereoscopic photography to the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3. Similarly, the StereoPi v2 enables the functionality of the Compute Module 4. The StereoPi v2 also supports the CM4 Lite.
LG's first 32-inch and 4K OLED monitor gets a release date and an eye-watering price tag
The LG UltraFine OLED Pro (32EP950) is one of the most exciting monitors of 2021, as it is the first to bring OLED technology and a 4K resolution to the 32-inch form factor. The UltraFine OLED Pro 32EP950 promises excellent colour accuracy too, but it will retail for €3,999. There are cheaper 27-inch and 32-inch models, but these will still start at €3,000.
Google tipped to release two new Pixel devices in Q2 2021; new Pixel smartphone coming in mid-June
Google is expected to release two new Pixel devices in Q2 2021, and one in as soon as mid-April. According to a new report, a third-generation Pixel Buds will arrive first and will be followed by a new Pixel smartphone in June. In all likelihood, Google will release the Pixel 5a, the follow-up to last year's Pixel 4a (5G).
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra certifications point to Chinese and global models being released; only Chinese Mi 11 Pro certified so far
Xiaomi has certified the Mi 11 Pro and the Mi 11 Ultra in China with the TENAA. The two devices should be Xiaomi's flagship Mi 11 series smartphones and will be more premium versions of the Mi 11 that Xiaomi announced globally last month.
Huawei's dishonesty continues as it argues that people who call HarmonyOS an Android skin have no idea about software, despite admitting that its OS runs on AOSP
Huawei has come out swinging in response to criticism that the smartphone version of HarmonyOS is nothing more than a re-branded EMUI. According to reports, Huawei asserts that people do not have an 'understanding of open-source software' if they believe such things. However, in doing so, Huawei has confirmed that HarmonyOS is not the brand-new OS that it wants us to believe it is.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 receives Android 11 and One UI 3.1 two months ahead of schedule
Samsung has already started distributing One UI 3.1 to its flagship tablet from 2019. The OS, based on Android 11, has arrived two months earlier than planned, and brings a host of new features to the tablet.
Jetson TX2 NX: NVIDIA introduces a new single-board computer with a Pascal GPU
With the Jetson TX2 NX, NVIDIA has created a single-board computer that packs a Pascal GPU in a form factor of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. The NVIDIA Jetson TX2 NX has 4 GB of RAM too, along with 16 GB of flash storage.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is tipped to be the second Ampere graphics card with an ETH mining limiter
According to new reports, NVIDIA remains committed to releasing the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, albeit with an ETH mining limiter built-in. The card is expected to have 10,240 CUDA cores, and 12 GB of GDDR6X VRAM clocked at 19 Gbps.
OnePlus Nord 2 to be released in Q2 2021 with a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 775G
According to a new rumour, OnePlus is gearing to release a successor to the popular OnePlus Nord. Dubbed the OnePlus Nord 2, the device will arrive between April and June 2021. However, the OnePlus Nord 2 will supposedly eschew Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets for the MediaTek Dimensity 1200.
OnePlus 9 series pre-orders to begin on March 23 with free gifts; colour variants revealed including an exclusive black option for the OnePlus 9 Pro
OnePlus plans to release the OnePlus 9 Pro in an exclusive colour, according to new reports. Supposedly called Stellar Black, the colour appears to have a textured matte finish. Meanwhile, pre-orders for the OnePlus 9 series and the OnePlus Watch should commence on March 23.
DIY project brings the Apple M1 SoC to an old Apple iMac
Apple may is yet to unveil its first ARM-based iMac, but a YouTuber has. The project is rough around the edges, but it shows what Apple could create if it merged the existing iMac with an M1-based Mac mini.
The POCO F3 may not be the return of a true Poco smartphone that fans of the brand were hoping for
The POCO F3 will not be an original device, as the Pocophone F1 was in 2018. Instead, the FCC has inadvertently confirmed that the POCO F3 will be a re-branded Redmi K40. The POCO F3 will also feature the Snapdragon 870, which is a repackaged Snapdragon 865 itself.
AMD announces the Radeon RX 6700 XT for 20% more than the RX 5700 XT but with 40 CUs, 192-bit VRAM and a lower memory bandwidth
AMD's Radeon RX 6700 XT is official, and will be the cheapest way to experience the RDNA 2 architecture on a PC, at least for the time being. AMD insists that the Radeon RX 6700 XT is a foil for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and the RTX 3070, although its VRAM specifications are more of a match for the RTX 3060.
Samsung announces the Odyssey G9 2021, a 49-inch curved gaming monitor with a mini LED panel, a 240 Hz refresh rate and a 2K native resolution
Samsung has updated its Odyssey G9 gaming monitor for 2021. The 49-inch curved monitor now uses mini LED backlights for improved brightness and heightened contrast ratios. The Odyssey G9 2021 also has a 240 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response times.
Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro teardown video reveals Xiaomi's LiquidCool Technology heat dissipation solution and modular camera hardware
A teardown video of the new Redmi K40 series has revealed what to expect from Xiaomi's new flagship killers when they debut globally later this year. Both the Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro appear to run hot though, even with Xiaomi's LiquidCool Technology. The Snapdragon 870 in the Redmi K40 appears to run hotter than the Snapdragon 888 in the Redmi K40 Pro, too.
Leaked Google Play Console specifications point to the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G being an underwhelming upgrade from last year's Mi 10 Lite 5G
The release of the Mi 11 Lite 5G is fast approaching, as the device has just appeared on the Google Play Console. The listing reveals several details about the upcoming low-cost alternative to the Mi 11, including Xiaomi's use of a Snapdragon 765G SoC.
First concrete clues emerge about a new Samsung Galaxy Watch or Galaxy Watch Active running Wear OS
Initial findings within One UI 3.1 have seemingly confirmed rumours that Samsung plans to switch to Wear OS this year. According to kernel source code, Samsung is working on a new Galaxy Watch or Galaxy Watch Active device codenamed Merlot that runs Wear OS.
AYA postpones the crowdfunding campaign of its AYA NEO Founders Edition handheld games console indefinitely
The AYA NEO's crowdfunding campaign has been postponed once again, in another blow for those who hoped to secure the handheld games console. Unfortunately, the campaign has been delayed indefinitely this time.
Leaked Radeon RX 6700 XT custom cards show what to expect from AMD's upcoming mid-range RDNA 2-based series
AMD is on the cusp of unveiling the Radeon RX 6700 XT, its answer to NVIDIA's RTX 3060 or RTX 3060 Ti. Ahead of tomorrow's launch, Videocardz has revealed two ASUS custom cards, underlining that AMD plans to bring two versions of the RX 6700 XT to market.
Colorful launches the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti iCafe series for internet cafes
There may be an ongoing graphics card shortage, but Colorful has found enough stock to produce iCafe editions of the RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti. The two iCafe models look almost identical, even though they have different GPUs. Ultimately, these iCafe cards could still end up with crypto miners as some internet cafes have been repurposed for mining cryptocurrencies during the pandemic.
The Xiaomi Redmi K40 Pro is billed to launch as the POCO F3 Pro internationally as launch markets of the POCO X3 Pro, POCO F3 and two versions of the Mi 11 Lite revealed
Xiaomi plans to release two versions of the Mi 11 Lite, the POCO F3, POCO F3 Pro and the POCO X3 Pro in multiple markets, according to a new report. Apparently, Xiaomi will sell the Redmi K40 Pro as the POCO F3 Pro, like the POCO F2 Pro and the Redmi K30 Pro.
Apple tipped to release an iPad mini Pro in 2H 2021
A new model in Apple's burgeoning iPad product stack is set to arrive in the second half of 2021, according to a new report. Apparently, the device will be called the iPad mini Pro, which would position it somewhere between eh iPad mini 6 and the iPad Air 4.
Google adds new features to the Pixel 3, Pixel 4 and Pixel 5 series with its March 2021 update
We are only two days into March, but Google has already started distributed new features to its Pixel smartphones. This month, the company has added the option of measuring heart rates using a camera and has improved sleep mode, among other changes.
The next Motorola Moto smartwatch will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 SoC, GPS and NFC
Motorola's next smartwatch will feature the latest Snapdragon Wear 4100 SoC, which remains criminally under adopted by Wear OS smartwatch manufacturers. The circular smartwatch will also support GPS, NFC and 5 ATM water resistance.
Retailers reveal Lenovo Legion 5i 15ITH6, Legion 5 17ITH6H and Legion 7 16ITHG6 gaming laptops with Intel Core i5-11400H, Core i7-11800H and Core i9-11980HK processors
Intel Tiger Lake-H45 processors are coming, and they are on their way to Lenovo's Legion gaming laptops. So far, retailers have revealed the Legion 5i 15ITH6, Legion 5 17ITH6H and Legion 7 16ITHG6, with Intel Core i5-11400H, Core i7-11800H and Core i9-11980HK processors, respectively.
Industry insider reveals details about the Mi Mix 4 Pro Max, Xiaomi's first foldable smartphone
A well-known industry insider has offered his view on the name of Xiaomi's upcoming foldable smartphone. Apparently, the device will herald the Mi Mix series' return, which Xiaomi has left dormant since the Mi Mix Alpha.
NVIDIA to bring Resizable BAR support to all RTX 30 Founders Edition cards by 'late March'; AIBs will issue VBIOS updates too, but initial performance benefits will be minimal
NVIDIA has announced that all GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards, desktop and laptop, will support Resizable BAR by the end of March. In-game performance benefits will vary, but NVIDIA claims it will be up to 10% in some cases. Independent benchmarks suggest that AMD has the lead over NVIDIA currently with its Smart Access Memory, though.
The Xiaomi RedmiBook Pro 14 is already purchasable for US$999.99 with an Intel Tiger Lake-U processor and a 16:10 display
The Xiaomi RedmiBook Pro 14 features a 14-inch and 16:10 display, Intel Tiger Lake processors, plenty of ports and even an NVIDIA GeForce MX450 GPU in some cases. Third-party retailers have already started selling the laptop too, although for far more than Xiaomi prices it in China.
Google's Pixel car crash detection comes to the rescue by potentially saving a man's life
An often forgotten about feature of Google Pixel smartphones has potentially saved someone's life. Unfortunately, car crash detection remains a Pixel-exclusive and is only available in three Anglophonic countries.
AXLE announces what may well be the most unlikely NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 graphics cards
AXLE has announced the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 Classic Editions, which are seemingly the first customised Founders Edition cards. Unfortunately for AXLE, there are several signs that neither of these cards actually exist, not least because it claims that the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 have DVI ports.
The ASUS ROG Phone 5 will be the first smartphone with 18 GB of RAM
ASUS tends to go big with its ROG Phone series, and the ROG Phone 5 will be no different. According to multiple Geekbench listings, the company plans to release the ROG Phone 5 with 18 GB of RAM, giving the device bragging rights over its contemporaries.
Motorola partner leaks three new Moto smartwatches for 2021 with the Moto G, Moto Watch and Moto One shown
According to a roadmap published by CE Brands Inc, Motorola plans to release at least three smartwatches in 2021. A Moto G smartwatch for June has been mentioned, as have the Moto Watch and Moto One for July.
The OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9R, OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus Watch are all tipped to launch this month as OnePlus hints at Hasselblad partnership in its first official teaser
According to reports, OnePlus will launch the OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9R, OnePlus 9 Pro and the OnePlus Watch later this month. Apparently, it has been confirmed that the hardware event will not occur until late March, but OnePlus will make some sort of announcement on March 8. OnePlus has hinted at its upcoming Hasselblad partnership, too.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro leak outlines camera specifications and back panel design
According to a new leak, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro will feature a periscope camera and Samsung's new 50 MP ISOCELL GN2 camera. The Mi 11 Pro will be capable of up to 50x zoom, too.
OnePlus 9 Pro leaks again with 4K and 120 FPS video recording capabilities and upgraded camera hardware; OnePlus 9 series launch teasers to begin very soon
The OnePlus 9 series is almost upon us, with the company expected to announce the OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9R and the OnePlus 9 Pro within the next few weeks. More OnePlus 9 Pro specifications have leaked too, including camera details such as 4K/120 FPS video recording capabilities.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is a shadow of its former self after 18 months of crypto mining
A new video has demonstrated the effects of prolonged crypto mining on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Seemingly, stressing the Turing card for so long in this way causes noticeable in-game performance drops, including to average FPS, 1% lows and GPU clock speeds.
CDPR delays Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.2 until late March at the earliest on account of its 'extensive scope' and the company's recent cyber attack
All is not well at CDPR, with the company having announced a delay to the release of Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.2. Originally due before the end of February, the second patch for the maligned game will now arrive in the 'second half of March' at the earliest. CDPR has blamed its recent hack and the scope of Patch 1.2 for its postponement.
TTGO T-Watch: The customisable smartwatch now comes with a microphone for voice control
A new version of the TTGO T-Watch is here, and it comes with a microphone. The additional component allows Lilygo's smartwatch to be controlled by voice input, improving its versatility. The new version of the TTGO T-Watch retails for under US$30.00 on AliExpress.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is tipped to shoot in up to 100 MP with Samsung's largest ISOCELL sensor
Samsung's ISOCELL GN2 sensor will play a part in the upcoming Mi 11 Ultra, according to a report. The sensor, which has 1.4 μm wide pixels, will be one of four cameras in the Mi 11 Ultra, if past leaks are to be believed. The Mi 11 Ultra may be able to save images in up to 100 MP, too.
Akasa Turing A50: A passive enclosure for the ASUS PN50, an AMD Ryzen-powered mini-PC
A new Akasa case transforms the ASUS PN50 mini-PC into a passively cooled system. The Turing A50 retails for £125.00, or €130.00 in Europe.
The LG V60 becomes the first device to receive LG UX 10 and Android 11 outside of South Korea
The LG V60 has started receiving its first wave of Android 11 updates. Currently, the update, packaged as LG UX 10.0, has reached devices in the US locked to T-Mobile and Verizon.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active receive new features with their latest updates
Newer smartwatches may have superseded the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active, but that does not mean that Samsung has forgotten about them. On the contrary, the two smartwatches have received features that were previously found on the Galaxy Watch 3.
Rocket Lake-S US pricing leaked with Intel's 11th Gen processors more expensive than AMD's Ryzen 5000 Vermeer competitors across the board
A retailer has published US pricing for the Rocket Lake-S series, Intel's upcoming 11th Gen desktop processors. Not only are Rocket Lake-S processors more expensive than their Comet Lake-S predecessors, but they are also more expensive than the Ryzen 5 5600X, Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 9 5900X from AMD.
Xiaomi registers the Redmi K40 globally under its POCO brand, indicating a possible successor to the POCO F2 Pro or POCO X2
A new regulatory body certification has seemingly confirmed the fate of the Redmi K40 for global audiences. It appears that Xiaomi plans to release its new handset under the POCO brand, and possibly as a successor to last year's POCO F2 Pro or POCO X2.
Huawei updates its EMUI 11 rollout in six regions with OS upgrades for the Mate 20 and P30 series
Huawei has begun pushing EMUI 11 to more devices globally, including the Mate 20 and P30 series. The Nova 7 and Nova 5T are now eligible for EMUI 11 in some regions too.
Cherry Pi: A single-board computer that is compatible with the Raspberry Pi but is also an Orange Pi clone
With the Cherry Pi PC, Shenzhen LC Technology has created a single-board computer that is compatible with the Raspberry Pi. However, the Allwinner H3-based board also looks an awful lot like the Orange Pi, another SBC based on the same ARM processor. The Cherry Pi sells for US$16.50 on AliExpress.
ASUS PN41: Retailer leaks a new mini-PC with Intel Jasper Lake processors
According to a new report, ASUS plans to release a new series of mini-PCs based on Intel's Jasper Lake platform. ASUS is yet to officially unveil the PN41 series, but a retailer has listed the PN41 on its website, much like the PN51 that also leaked recently.
MaaXBoard Nano: A single-board computer with an NXP i.MX 8M Nano processor that is compatible with the Raspberry Pi
A new single-board computer is available from Avnet. Called the MaaXBoard Nano, the SBC relies on an i.MX processor and 1 GB of DDR4 RAM. The device also has a 40-pin GPIO, making it compatible with the Raspberry Pi ecosystem, and runs Android 9.0 Pie or Linux images.
Microsoft announces SSD upgrade modules for the Surface Pro 7 Plus
One of Microsoft's most exciting changes with the Surface Pro 7+ compared to its predecessor was the switch to replaceable SSDs. The company has finally gotten around to offering official upgrade modules too, albeit only for business customers. Apparently, Surface Pro 7+ SSD Commercial Spares will not work on the Surface Pro X or the Surface Laptop Go either, for some reason.
Xiaomi surprises by launching the Redmi K40 Pro Plus; Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro announced too with flagship specifications
Xiaomi has unveiled its latest flagship killers, and there are three of them. Billed as the Redmi K40, Redmi K40 Pro and Redmi K40 Pro Plus, the trio all offer 120 Hz AMOLED displays, flagship SoCs and large batteries, among other features.
The 2021 MacBook Pro 16 may not be the performance upgrade we expect from Apple
According to a new report, the next MacBook Pro 16 will feature an Apple M1 chip, not a more powerful next-generation model. Any design changes will be on the minor side too, resulting in the 2021 edition looking basically the same as its 2019 predecessor. Minor changes could include a switch to a flat design and the return of legacy ports though, along with slimmer display bezels for the new model.
AMD schedules Radeon RX 6700 launch for March 3, over two weeks earlier than expected; reference card design and Navi 22 GPUs confirmed
AMD has confirmed that the Radeon RX 6700 series will arrive in just a week, contrary to previous reports. The March 3-bound cards will have a dual fan design and will be based on Navi 22 GPUs, AMD has also confirmed.
Zeblaze Vibe 3S HD: An affordable smartwatch that is a blatant Garmin Fenix 6 Pro rip off
The Zeblaze Vibe 3S HD offers a round display, good battery life and plenty of other features. However, it is also an unashamed copy of the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro.
Intel's 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S processors launch and pre-order dates leaked; review embargo to lift two weeks after pre-orders commence
According to a new report, Intel's upcoming Rocket Lake-S processors will be available to pre-order in under three weeks. However, reviews about 11th-generation desktop processors are apparently bound by an NDA until March 30.
Some Apple M1-based Mac mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro machines are experiencing extreme SSD wear
The lifespan of the soldered SSD's in new M1 Macs may be severely limited, according to multiple reports. Current wear of some SSDs is so high that some drives may need replacing within two years.
The Intel Core i7-11700KF notches a single-core performance win against the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X in Geekbench, but Zen 3 Vermeer retains its advantage over Rocket-Lake S in multi-core work
The Intel Core i7-11700KF has posted some big single-core scores on Geekbench while demonstrating that it is a more than capable successor to its Comet Lake-S predecessor. The Rocket Lake-S processor appears to have a 3.6 GHz base clock and a 4.9 GHz boost clock, which are both lower than the Core i7-10700KF's equivalents.
New Surface Laptop 4 leak points to Microsoft using custom Renoir APUs with more powerful GPUs
It is no secret that Microsoft is planning to release the Surface Laptop 4, and two new Geekbench listings have underlined this. The next Surface Laptop should be available with six or eight-core Ryzen APUs that support SMT. Chances are there that they will be Renoir APUs, but GPU details suggest that they will be Microsoft Surface Edition SKUs.
Philips Momentum 559M1RYVL: A 55-inch gaming monitor that supports 144 Hz, HDMI 2.1, USB Type-C Power Delivery, AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync
The Philips Momentum 559M1RYVL is the follow-up to last year's Momentum 558M1RY, which already included plenty of features. However, the Momentum 559M1RYVL takes things further with a 144 Hz refresh rate, HDMI 2.1 and USB Type-C Power Delivery. All the good features of last year's model remain too, including 1,200 nit peak brightness, AMD FreeSync, NVIDIA G-Sync and Philips Ambiglow.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro can now respond to SMS directly
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro already has many compelling features, including a SpO2 sensor and up to two weeks of battery life, to name but a few. However, the smartwatch can now reply to SMS, thanks to a new app.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and the Galaxy Watch Active 2 gain new features, but only if you have a Samsung smartphone in some cases
Samsung has added some new features to the Galaxy Watch 3 and the Galaxy Watch Active 2, its current flagship smartwatches. Unfortunately, one such feature requires you to have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, which seems unnecessary.
Apparent Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 packaging confirms an FHD AMOLED display and a 48 MP quad camera; possible Redmi Note 10 Pro packaging leaked too and Redmi Note 10 Pro Max planned
Xiaomi plans to release not just the Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro but the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, according to a report. Packaging for the Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro Max has made its way online too, which suggests that there will be AMOLED displays all round for the Redmi Note 10 series.
Apple's 2021 MacBook Pro refresh will welcome not just the SD card reader but the HDMI port too in an overhaul for the series
A full MacBook Pro refresh is due later this year, with a switch to Apple's in-house processors reputedly planned. According to a new report, the 2021 MacBook Pro refresh will feature an HDMI port too, which dovetail with the return of the SD card for the series.
Raspberry Pi Pico: Transform the new single-board computer into an expanded development board with the Kiwikit
The Kiwikit expands the Raspberry Pi Pico with several ports and even a small display. The development board also has two LEDs, three buttons and breakouts for several GPIO pins, among other features.
New Intel Alder Lake-S processor appears on Geekbench with eight cores, DDR5 RAM and the new LGA 1700 socket
A new Intel Alder Lake-S has surfaced on Geekbench ahead of the platform's release later this year. The processor has eight 'big' cores, uses the LGA 1700 socket and supports DDR5 RAM. Unsurprisingly, the processor does not hold back the performance of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080, either.
Samsung patents a dual-slider smartphone that resembles a successor to the Galaxy A80
Samsung has patented an unusual smartphone, albeit one that reminds us of the Galaxy A80 that the company released in 2019. With a dual slider mechanism, the device's screen can either slide down to use its cameras or slide up to reveal a long speaker grille.
An early Intel Core i7-11700 review pits the Rocket Lake-S processor against the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and the Core i7-10700 with some interesting results
A review for the upcoming Core i7-11700 has surfaced online, comparing Intel's upcoming Rocket Lake-S processor against its predecessor, the Core i7-10700. The review also assesses the Core i7-11700 in view of the Ryzen 7 5800X, AMD's most-comparable Vermeer processor that people can buy from retailers.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 breezes past the GeForce RTX 2060 and the GeForce RTX 2070 in early Ashes of the Singularity benchmarks
The GeForce RTX 3060 has arrived on the Ashes of the Singularity database, where it has outscored the RTX 2060 and the RTX 2070. The RTX 3060 appears to offer comparable performance to the RTX 2070 SUPER, despite having a US$170 lower MSRP.
Sony WF-1000XM4: New leak points to LDAC support for upcoming premium earbuds
A new leak about the WF-1000XM4 has fleshed out some of the details about Sony's upcoming TWS earbuds. Apparently, the WF-1000XM4 will be Hi-Res Audio Wireless certified, which points to the adoption of Sony's high-resolution LDAC codec. The earbuds will support ANC too and up to 18 hours use between charges.
The Sapphire Radeon RX 6900 XT TOXIC lives up to its name with colossal price rises over MSRP at launch
The most powerful Radeon RX 6900 XT has arrived, which Sapphire has paired with a 360 mm AIO. The Sapphire Radeon RX 6900 XT TOXIC should retail for £1,299 in the UK and US$1,499 in the US, but the RDNA 2 card is currently listed for up to £400 more at some retailers.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 receives its February 2021 security patch with fixes for 23 high or critical CVEs
The Xiaomi Mi A3 has received another software update, following the release of V18.104.22.168.RFQMIXM last month. V22.214.171.124.RFQMIXM brings the Mi A3 onto the February security patch, which addresses 23 high or critical CVEs.
Official Realme GT teasers reveal a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a 64 MP primary camera and an OLED display
The Realme GT is almost here, and it will have a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The device will also have a 64 MP primary camera, along with an OLED display. A Snapdragon 888 should be in attendance, too.
Xiaomi details a battery downgrade for the Redmi K40 Pro, a Damascus steel-inspired design and a 100 mm-equivalent macro camera ahead of February 25 announcement
Xiaomi has confirmed that it will pair the Redmi K40 series with a 4,520 mAh battery, a downgrade from last year's Redmi K30 Pro. The company has teased more details about its upcoming 'double flagship' smartphones too, including a special Damascus steel-inspired design.
ASUS ROG Phone 5 marketing render leaks; secondary AniMe Matrix display, Snapdragon 888 SoC and a 3.5 mm jack with an ESS Sabre DAC confirmed
The ASUS ROG Phone 5 officially arrives on March 10, but DxOMark has gone early by revealing a marketing render of the device. The website has, in the process, confirmed that the ROG Phone 5 will have an AniMe Matrix display, a Snapdragon 888 SoC and a 3.5 mm jack with an ESS Sabre DAC.
One Mix 4: Convertible laptop with a 16:10 display and an Intel Tiger Lake processor is now orderable
The One Mix 4 is now available to order from US$1,049.99. The convertible laptop has a 16:10 and 10.1-inch display, along with an Intel Tiger Lake processor and up to 16 GB of RAM. You can order the One Mix 4 directly from One-Netbook or from Geekbuying.
Samsung has two new Galaxy smartwatches in development and they may be running Wear OS
According to a new report, Samsung has two new Galaxy smartwatches in development, model numbers SM-R86x and SM-R87x. These smartwatches may be Samsung's first to run Android since 2013, with a pivot to Wear OS apparently on the cards, too.
Apple AirPods 3 leaked with a refreshed design and a new charging case
A new leak has set expectations for the AirPods 3, Apple's next TWS earbuds. The AirPods 3 look like a cross between the AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro, as does its charging case.
Sony WF-1000XM4 leaked with design overhaul shown from the WF-1000XM3
The first sighting of the Sony WF-1000XM4 may have appeared online. The WF-1000XM4 looks radically different compared to the WF-1000XM3, which Sony released in 2019.
Xiaomi Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro confirmed to have the same OLED and 120 Hz display as the Mi 11 and Galaxy S21 Ultra do; Redmi K40 tipped to launch globally as the Redmi Note 10 Pro
Xiaomi has confirmed yet more specifications about the Redmi K40 series, thought to launch as the Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro. Not only will the pair feature the same display as the one found in the Mi 11 and Galaxy S21 Ultra, but they will also support Hi-Res audio and Dolby Atmos. The Redmi K40 is slated to launch globally as the Redmi Note 10 Pro, too.
New Radeon RX 6700 XT leak suggests that AMD will release two models next month with different specifications
Supposed specifications for the Radeon RX 6700 series have leaked, ahead of next month's anticipated release. Apparently, AMD plans to release two RX 6700 XT models, while the RX 6700 will arrive in April with just 6 GB of GDDR6 VRAM.
Xiaomi teases the Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro ahead of their February 25 launch; pitches the pair as 'double flagships' while confirming several specifications in multiple teasers
Xiaomi has confirmed that it will announce the Redmi K40 series on February 25. Ahead of next week's launch, Xiaomi has teased multiple details about its upcoming 'double flagships', thought to be the Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro. One teaser may have revealed the front of at least the Redmi K40, too.
FPS Boost uses Direct3D tweaks to deliver up to 4x higher framerates for the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X
Microsoft's FPS Boost for Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X consoles uses Direct3D-level adjustments to deliver improved framerates, according to a new report. Digital Foundry has also shown that FPS Boost can improve framerates by up to 4x in some cases, with the Xbox Series consoles able to maintain these higher framerates consistently, too.
NVIDIA may re-release the RTX 3080, RTX 3090 and others with anti-mining features built-in; current SKUs to be phased out
While NVIDIA has announced plans to scupper the crypto mining capabilities of the RTX 3060, multiple sources are claiming that the company will extend this to the rest of its RTX 30 series product stack. Apparently, NVIDIA may do so be releasing new RTX 30 series SKUs and discontinuing current ones.
PS5 DualSense drift problems attributed to multiple hardware shortcomings; software issues ruled out
iFixit has attributed DualSense drift to multiple hardware shortcomings with Sony's latest controller, ruling out software as a culprit. Apparently, little can be done to rectify the problem, short of Sony redesigning the DualSense.
New lifelike Xperia 1 III renders show what to expect from Sony's upcoming flagship smartphone
Sony is expected to unveil the Xperia 1 III soon, but CAD renders have already shown what the upcoming flagship will probably look like. Now, LetsGoDigital and Concept Creator have collaborated to create detailed models, which could be mistaken for the real thing.
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3060 showed off by crypto miner on YouTube; hash rate limitations may be linked to the BIOS, not just to software drivers
It turns out that ZOTAC has been selling both its RTX 3060 cards before NVIDIA's release embargo on February 25. Now, the ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3060 Twin Edge OC Edition has popped up in a video about mining Ethereum. However, it seems that the RTX 3060 can tell that it is mining cryptocurrencies even without software drivers being installed, which points to NVIDIA having baked something within the BIOS, not just its drivers.
Sennheiser wants out of the consumer headphone and speaker markets
Sennheiser has announced that it wants to leave the consumer headphone and speaker markets, and has put its corresponding division up for sale. In the future, Sennheiser wants to focus on professional products going forwards.
New editions of the AMD Radeon RX 6800 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 emerge with 8 GB of VRAM
AMD and NVIDIA may have new 8 GB cards on the way, albeit versions of ones that they have already released. For one reason or another, an NVIDIA board partner has registered an RTX 3060 with 8 GB of VRAM with the RRA in South Korea, while a retailer claims that people can pre-order desktop PCs with an 8 GB version of the RX 6800.
The next Samsung Galaxy Fold is 'very likely' to have a reworked inner display with a much cleaner look than the company's past foldable smartphones
The next Galaxy Z Fold is very likely to a reworked inner display, according to a renowned leaker. Reportedly, Samsung plans to ditch the punch-hole camera from last year's Galaxy Z Fold2, which was an improvement on the Galaxy Fold's notch, itself.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite and Galaxy Tab S7 Lite specifications, release date and marketing renders leaked
Multiple details about two new Samsung tablets have leaked, both of which are Lite models of versions that the company released last year. Not only does the leak confirm multiple specifications about the Tab A7 Lite and Tab S7 Lite, but it also confirms their release dates and offers a look at marketing renders.
iPad Pro 2021 refresh with a mini LED display, new M1-rivalling SoC and better cameras tipped to launch alongside the iPad mini 6 and AirTags at mid-March hardware event
According to a new report, Apple will announce at least three new products at its next hardware event. Supposedly scheduled for March 16, the event is expected to showcase the iPad mini 6, AirTags and a 2021 refresh of the iPad Pro series. The 12.9-inch version of the latter should have some impressive hardware upgrades too, including a new SoC that will rival the Apple M1.
TOPTON MU01: An affordable mini-PC available with a choice of modern Intel processors
The TOPTON MU01 fits in one hand, and yet it includes quad-core Intel processors, replaceable RAM, storage and plenty of I/O. The machine starts at under US$270 as a barebones PC and can be configured with up to a Core i7-10510U.
The OnePlus 9 Pro will have a maximum of 12 GB of RAM; it and the OnePlus 9 are coming to T-Mobile in the US
OnePlus will continue to offer up to 12 GB of RAM on its premium smartphones, according to a new report. Both the OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 will be purchasable through T-Mobile in the US, too.
Microsoft releases the Xbox Wireless Headset for US$99.99, having teased it four months ago
The Xbox Wireless Headset may be Microsoft's latest pair of over-ear headphones, but it is a pair that the company first teased in October 2020. Easter egg or a delayed-release, the Xbox Wireless Headset is available pre-order now for US$99.99 and will begin shipping from March 16.
Garmin Enduro: A smartwatch with up to 65 days of battery life thanks to solar charging
Garmin has unveiled the Enduro, a new smartwatch with up to 65 days of battery life. The Enduro has such long runtimes thanks to solar charging technology. Still, it is more than capable in other areas, including GPS tracking, NFC contactless payments and all the fitness functionality one could expect from a Garmin.
BMAX X15: A quad-core laptop with an M.2 2280 SSD and a large display for US$329
The BMAX X15 has a 15.6-inch display, an Intel Celeron N4120 processor and 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The budget laptop has an M.2280 slot too, should you wish to add more storage. The BMAX X15 retails for under US$330 on AliExpress and Amazon.
Android 12: Scrolling screenshots, a Game Mode and a one-handed mode will be just some of the highlights of Google's next OS
It looks like Google has borrowed heavily from the likes of Huawei, Samsung, Xiaomi and even Sony with some of the features that it has integrated into Android 12. From scrolling screenshots to a Game Mode and a one-handed mode, Android 12 may feel familiar in some respects to those who have used EMUI, One UI or MIUI in the last few years.
LineageOS leaves two-dozen devices adrift by ending Android 9.0 Pie support
LineageOS is one of the most popular custom ROMs out there, bringing newer versions of Android to devices that OEMs have abandoned. Unfortunately, support does not last forever with LineageOS either, as the company has dropped support for LineageOS 16.0 and Android 9.0 Pie. As a result, 24 devices will no longer receive security patch updates, including the Huawei P20 Pro.
The Xiaomi Mi Watch receives new features with its latest software update
Xiaomi has added several features to the Mi Watch with this month's software update. One of the highlights is Amazon Alexa support, as is the inclusion of a camera shutter button. V1.2.52 is hitting devices globally now as an OTA download.
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5750G overclocked to 4.8 GHz matches the Ryzen 7 5800X and outperforms the Intel Core i9-10900K in CPU-Z
The AMD Ryzen 7 5750G has appeared online and overclocked to 4.8 GHz. The Cezanne APU comes within a whisker of the Ryzen 7 5800X in CPU-Z and outscores the Core i9-10900K on single-core performance. The Comet Lake-S has the edge in CPU-Z multi-core thanks to its two additional cores, though.
ZOTAC MAGNUS EN72070S with an Intel Core i7-9750H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER drops to US$1,119.99 in Winter Clearance
NVIDIA GeForce RTX desktop graphics cards of any nature are difficult to source currently. However, ZOTAC is now running a sale on the MAGNUS EN72070S and MAGNUS EN72070V, which have the RTX 2070 and RTX 2070 SUPER, respectively. The mini-PCs have an Intel Core i7-9750H too.
Pictures show countless consumer NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 cards being used in a crypto mining farm
COVID-19 has caused some internet cafes to pivot their business models, with RTX 30 series graphics cards replacing people. Unsurprisingly these new graphics cards are being used for mining cryptocurrencies.
Quartz64: Pine64 launches an alternative to the Raspberry Pi with PCIe expansion
The Quartz64 is a new single-board computer (SBC) from Pine64. The Raspberry Pi alternative runs on a Rockchip RK3566 SoC and has a PCIe slot, among other features.
XDA Developers and Fxtec smartphone goes belly up as switch from the Snapdragon 835 to the Snapdragon 662 causing a six-month shipment delay
The Pro1-X by F(x)tec and XDA Developers was supposed to arrive next month and with a Snapdragon 835 SoC. However, supply problems have pushed the device's estimated delivery date to August 2021 and forced F(x)tec to use the Snapdragon 662, instead.
Samsung NEO QLED TVs: AMD FreeSync Pro support joins HDMI 2.1 compatibility for new Mini LED displays
Samsung has confirmed that its new Neo QLED mini LED TVs support AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, which should provide a tear-free experience when gaming. The TVs also support HDMI 2.1, meaning that they can output at up to 120 Hz.
OnePlus Watch: Images of two versions emerge in German Patent Office filing
Images of the OnePlus Watch's probable design have been published online, courtesy of the German Patent and Trademark Office. The images show two designs, which are seemingly sports and luxury models of the same smartwatch.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti with 16 GB GDDR6 VRAM appears in a retailer listing
News about the RTX 3070 Ti has been quiet in recent weeks, with FinalWire adding support for the card to AIDA64 Extreme in December. Now, a retailer briefly listed an RTX 3070 Ti with 16 GB of GDDR6 VRAM on its website as part of a pre-built PC.
Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G leaked specifications point it to being a rebranded Realme Q2; Dimensity 800U smartphone slated to arrive on February with Narzo 30A and new ANC earbuds
Realme has started promoting the Narzo 30 series, which the company claims it has built for 'gaming enthusiasts'. A launch poster has seemingly confirmed that a MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G processor will be headed the way of the Narzo 30 Pro 5G, as will a 120 Hz display. However, the Narzo 30 Pro 5G looks a lot like a rebrand of the four-month-old Realme Q2.
Xiaomi confirms that the Redmi Note 10 series will debut on March 4, a week earlier than expected
The Redmi Note 10 series will arrive on March 4, Xiaomi has confirmed. While the company describes the launch as a global debut for the new smartphone series, March 4 will probably mark the release of the Redmi Note 10 4G, Redmi Note 10 5G, Redmi Note 10 Pro 4G and Redmi Note 10 Pro 5G in India.
AMD Ryzen 5000 processors can now reach 5.0 GHz with CTR 2.1 update
AMD Ryzen 5000 desktop processors can now boost to 5 GHz and even higher, thanks to the CTR 2.1 update. Overclocking Zen 3 Vermeer processors to these frequencies should be simple with CTR 2.1, which is available to download now.
Deauther Watch V3: A smartwatch aimed at hackers and penetration testers
The Deauther Watch V3 is an intriguing smartwatch. Based on an ESP8266 board, the device can hack Wi-Fi networks and can even create fake ones. The Deauther Watch V3 also has a 1.3-inch OLED display and is orderable for US$65.00.
PICO-TGU4: Compact single-board computer announced with up to an Intel Core i7-1185G7, 32 GB of RAM and 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet
With the PICO-TGU4, AAEON has created a compact single-board computer based on Intel's Tiger Lake platform. The PICO-TGU4 also offers up to 32 GB of RAM and a good selection of I/O, including 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet, despite its size.
The Haylou LS02 is now orderable for US$25.99
The LS02 smartwatch from Haylou has a simple design and is aimed at price-sensitive buyers. The smartwatch, which has a 1.4-inch display and up to 20 days of battery life, is now orderable for US$25.99, or under US$20 if you are happy to have the device shipped from China.
LG W41 leaked in two colours with five cameras, a capacitive fingerprint scanner and a more modern design than its predecessor
LG launched the W31 series in November 2020, but leaked renders confirm that the W41 series is already close to release. There will be at least three W41 series smartphones, although only the W41 has leaked in detail so far.
Xiaomi tipped to re-use the Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 730 in upcoming mid-range smartphones
The Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 730 have received a lot of love from Xiaomi, but the company is not done with the two chipsets quite yet. According to DigitalChatStation, the two outdated SoCs will power upcoming mid-range smartphones from the company, possibly to reduce costs.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite billed to look like the spitting image of the Mi 11
DigitalChatStation has provided more information about the Mi 11 Lite, Xiaomi's supposed budget answer to the Mi 11. While the two designs will look alike, the Mi 11 Lite will have a flat display, which is infinitely more practical, in our opinion.
Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A52 5G European prices leaked with a price cut compared to the Galaxy A51
The Galaxy A51's successor will arrive in March, according to new reports. The Galaxy A52 will be cheaper than its predecessor too, while the 5G model will remain reasonably-priced, despite its 120 Hz display and powerful SoC.
Galaxy Note 21 FE renders present a vision of what could be coming for Samsung's second flagship series
The future of the Galaxy Note series may remain uncertain, but LetsGoDigital has imagined what a Galaxy Note 21 FE could look like, anyway. With an understated design, the Galaxy Note 21 FE presented here may appeal to fans of clean-looking smartphones.
PlayStation 5 die shots confirm no AMD Infinity Cache support; other RDNA features may been cut too
New findings support the idea that the PlayStation 5 does not support AMD Infinity Cache. The first SWIR die shot of the PlayStation 5 points to Sony having cut other RDNA 2 features too, including some FFUs and FMAs or FMADDs.
Intel hints at Core i9-10900KS release, along with two other new Comet Lake-S processors
Intel has referenced three unreleased Comet Lake-S processors in a support document. The processors include a Core i9-10900KS, which may be a special edition of the Core i9-10900K. The Core i9-10900KS would have ten cores, two more than the upcoming Core i9-11900K, Intel's flagship Rocket Lake-S processor.
Samsung Galaxy A72: Official renders, specifications and European pricing leaked for 4G only mid-range smartphone
The Galaxy A72 has leaked in full, following the outing of the Galaxy A52 4G and Galaxy A52 5G earlier this week. The successor to the Galaxy A71 will have a 90 Hz display, a Snapdragon 720G SoC and a 5,000 mAh battery, among other features.
2021 iPad Pro refresh and AirTags are reputedly due a March 2021 release
Apple plans to unveil the AirTags and its 2021 iPad Pro refresh, according to new reports. Possibly launching simultaneously, rumours about the pair have been circulating for months.
NVIDIA confirms that the GeForce RTX 3060 will launch on February 25; MSRP remains at US$329
NVIDIA has formally announced that the GeForce RTX 3060 will arrive on February 25, following confirmation from various sources. The GA106 card is slated to launch for US$329 too, despite its apparent limited availability and amid concerns about price increases.
Chatreey AN1: An affordable mini-PC with AMD Ryzen APUs
The Chatreey AN1 is a comparatively affordable and compact mini-PC based on recent AMD Ryzen APUs. The mini-PC supports both M.2, SATA drives and has plenty of I/O.
The Xbox Series controller's ability to switch between devices is ideal for PC and Game Pass subscribers
The Xbox Series controllers can switch between devices with a button press, making them perfect for gamers who regularly switch between an Xbox and a PC or a smartphone using Game Pass. The feature works on Xbox Series S and Series X controllers.
Intel's new adverts claim that Windows laptops are better options than Apple MacBooks for content creators and gamers
Apple was a loyal customer of Intel for 15 years, but the former has now pivoted to using in-house processors. Now Intel has looked re-ignite the old Mac vs PC debate in its latest adverts, where it claims Windows laptops are superior to Apple MacBooks for gamers and content creators.
Mi 11 official teardown video showcases the repairability of Xiaomi's latest flagship smartphone
The global version of the Mi 11 is here, and Xiaomi is keen to show off how repairable its latest flagship smartphone is. The Mi 11 contains plenty of modular parts, while replacing the battery camera housing should be a breeze.
PowerColor registers the AMD Radeon RX 6700 with 6 GB of GDDR6 VRAM on the EEC; numerous Radeon RX 6700 XT SKUs registered too
Another AMD board partner has registered Radeon RX 6700 XT SKUs with the EEC in Russia. Powercolor has registered multiple SKUs with the regulatory body, all of which have 12 GB of VRAM. However, there are also a few references to the Radeon RX 6700, which AMD appears to have designed with 6 GB of GDDR6 VRAM.
Intel attempts to take advantage of AMD's Ryzen 5000 shortages with Comet Lake-S discounts
Intel is looking to turn heads with its outgoing Comet Lake-S processors by offering discounts across its portfolio. The discounts come a month before the arrival of the company's Rocket Lake-S and while AMD continues to struggle to produce enough Ryzen 5000 desktop processors.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE revealed in initial leak
The Samsung Galaxy S21 series could soon be expanded to a fourth model, following the success of last year's Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE). If the S21 FE is anything like the current model, then it should combine compelling hardware with a reasonable price.
The Intel Core i9-11900K loses gaming performance comparison against the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 7 5700G
An extensive comparison video has shown what to expect from the upcoming Intel Core i9-11900K on a Z590 motherboard. The Rocket Lake processor was benchmarked against AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 7 5700G, which are also eight-core processors. Intel has an edge in synthetic benchmarks, but AMD reigns supreme in gaming benchmarks.
Huawei 2021 hardware refresh will include at least 15 devices, including the Watch GT 3, P50 and Mate 50 series
The Watch GT 2 series debuted in 2019, so it was only a matter of time before information about a new series of Huawei smartwatches appeared. According to a well-informed source, the Watch GT3 and Watch 3 will feature a host of impressive hardware, and will be part of a major Huawei hardware refresh this year.
A leak reveals more details about Samsung's next Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip smartphones
A typically reliable source has revealed new information about Samsung's next-generation foldable smartphones, the so-called Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 2. The pair's massive hardware upgrades remain unconfirmed, but it seems that Samsung will not announce either until the second half of 2021.
ViewSonic XG2705-2K: A 27-inch gaming monitor with thin bezels, a 144 Hz refresh rate, a 1440p native resolution and AMD FreeSync Premium support
The ViewSonic XG2705-2K may look unassuming, but it is very much a gaming monitor. The 27-inch monitor features an IPS panel capable of running natively at 1440p and 144 Hz, while supporting 1 ms response times and AMD FreeSync Premium. ViewSonic promises that the XG2705-2K will cover 96% of the DCI-P3 colour space, too.
Ready! Model 100: The Raspberry Pi-compatible barebones PC hits Kickstarter with AMD Ryzen option
The Ready! Model 100 is a retro computer shell that supports the Raspberry Pi and a quad-core AMD Ryzen APU. The device has now reached Kickstarter, where it is available in multiple configurations.
Commell presents two single-board computers a quad-core Intel Tiger Lake processor and an Iris Xe GPU
Commell has added two high-performance single-board computers (SBCs) to its range, both based on an Intel Core i7-1185G7E. The company has designed the SBCs for those who want to build small embedded systems for professional use.
Gocomma W5: A budget smartwatch that combines LTE and GPS connectivity with Android 9.0 Pie
The Gocomma W5 retails for a mere US$63.99, and yet it features LTE and GPS connectivity. The W5 has a 1.54-inch display and runs Android 9.0 Pie natively.
Designer shows how Apple's mixed reality headset could look based on leaked design
What Apple's mixed reality headset looks like remains a secret, but there have already been some hints about the so-called 'Apple Glasses. The designer Antonio De Rosa has taken up the topic and, based on previous leaks, has published photorealistic renders of how Apple's upcoming headset could look.
Chuwi HiPad Plus: An 11-inch Android tablet with a 2K display for US$269.99
The HiPad Plus is Chuwi's latest tablet, and one that it has equipped with a 2K display. The HiPad Plus retails for US$269.99 and will be available from the end of February. The HiPad Plus ships with Android 10 and is 6.9 mm thick.
The AMD Ryzen 7 5700G arrives on eBay with early benchmark results
AMD is yet to confirm the Ryzen 5000G series' existence, but an engineering sample has already appeared on eBay. The listing contains multiple benchmark results for the chip, too.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 4G outed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, the cameras from the Galaxy M51 and possibly a 90 Hz display
The Galaxy A52 4G will differ from the Galaxy A52 5G in multiple ways, according to new leaks. Apparently, Samsung will equip the 4G model with a Snapdragon 720G chipset, a 90 Hz display and the cameras from the Galaxy M51. The Galaxy A52 4G and Galaxy A52 5G should arrive within the next few weeks.
CuBox-M: A tiny mini-PC that supports machine learning, natural language processing, Android and Linux
The CuBox-M measures just 50 x 50 x 50 mm and comes in two variants. The NXP i.MX 8M-based machine supports Android, Linux and can be used for machine learning or natural language processing, among other things. The CuBox-M starts at US$99.
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G added to support database as mid-ranger leaks again with a 120 Hz display, a 4,500 mAh battery and a dual-SIM model; 90 Hz display for the Galaxy A72
New leaks have revealed yet more details about the upcoming Galaxy A52 5G. The upcoming mid-range handset will have a 120 Hz display and a 4,500 mAh battery, along with a Snapdragon 750G. Samsung plans to release a dual-SIM variant too, and has already added it to its support database. The Galaxy A72 will only have a 90 Hz display, though.
Xiaomi finalises 1st and 2nd MIUI 12.5 batches with 18 devices chosen
Xiaomi has added the POCO F2 Pro and the POCO X3 NFC to its MIUI 12.5 rollout schedule, bringing the total number of eligible devices to 18.
AYA NEO crowdfunding launch date postponed; factory closures blamed
AYA has delayed the launch of its AYA NEO Indiegogo campaign. Citing factory closures, the AYA NEO will now launch after Chinese New Year, although it is unclear when.
Black Shark 4 Pro: Xiaomi's next gaming smartphone will abandon the design language of its predecessors
The next Black Shark gaming smartphone will not look as outlandish as its predecessors, according to new images published by the TENAA. The device, thought to be the Black Shark 4 Pro, retains the physical shoulder buttons of previous Black Shark smartphones, but with a simpler design.
Xiaomi's new Mi 10 model pictured, and it looks a lot like a Mi 10 Ultra
Xiaomi may have now released the Mi 11 globally, but it also plans to release a new entry in its already-well-stocked Mi 10 series. The new model is expected to feature the Snapdragon 870, a repackaged Snapdragon 865, while images from the TENAA reveal that the device may look an awful lot like the Mi 10 Ultra.
The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is making a comeback to fill NVIDIA's graphics card shortage
The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is being given a new lease of life, almost half a decade after its initial release. According to a new report, NVIDIA has already started resupplying the card to plug the gap currently left by the RTX 30 series.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro receives a new feature and optimisations with its latest software update
Huawei has rolled out a new update to its most-expensive smartwatch, the Watch GT 2 Pro. The update brings plenty of improvements to the device, including the ability to set a password. 126.96.36.199 also optimises the Watch GT 2 Pro in multiple areas.
OnePlus will include chargers in its boxes this year; OnePlus 9 and OnePlus Pro 9 to retain 4,500 mAh battery capacities from last year's models
The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro may have better cameras than their predecessors, but their battery capacities will remain unchanged from last year's models. Thankfully, OnePlus will continue to include chargers with their premium smartphones, unlike Samsung or Apple.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060: An official distributor is already selling the GA106 graphics card for over 2x its MSRP
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 is already available to purchase through official channels and at more than double its MSRP. NVIDIA's first GA106 card will be available globally, albeit probably in extremely limited quantities, from the end of February.
Xiaomi is playing games with Mi 11 prices in Europe; flagship now starts at €799 with €899 the new asking price for the 256 GB model
Xiaomi has already increased the price of the Mi 11 in Germany and Italy, just a day after it announced that the smartphone would start at €749. Now, the Mi 11 costs at least €799 for 128 GB of storage, while the 256 GB edition has seen a €100 jump to €899. Xiaomi has not explained the price increases.
Researchers claim that the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app has prevented almost 600,000 infections in England and Wales
According to new data from Oxford University, the Contact Tracing app may already saved thousands of lives in England and Wales by telling more than 1.7 million people to isolate. Apparently, the app has been downloaded over 21 million times so far.
Retailer warns of worsening NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series stock levels amid further price rises
According to a major European retailer, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series will become even harder to purchase between now and April. Prices of NVIDIA's latest graphics cards will continue to increase too, even those bought from retailers.
The Sony Xperia 1 II and Xperia 5 II have gained an exciting feature in their latest software updates
The Sony Xperia 1 II may be the consumer version of the Xperia PRO, but it still contains many of the latter's professional features. Its latest software update gives it one of the Xperia PRO's best features too, arguably. The feature will be available on the Xperia 5 II, also.
CD Projekt Red hacked; source codes of Cyberpunk 2077 and an unreleased version of The Witcher 3 supposedly stolen
CDPR may well be busy fixing Cyberpunk 2077, but it now claims an unidentified hacker has compromised its servers. Apparently, the hacker lifted source codes to CDPR's games, including those of Cyberpunk 2077 and an unreleased edition of The Witcher 3.
Bluetooth SIG listing confirms the Mi 11 Lite as the M2101K9AG; Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra may arrive in early Q2 2021
More evidence that the Mi 11 Lite will be launching soon has appeared online. Spotted at the Bluetooth SIG this time, the listing confirms that the Mi 11 Lite is the M2101K9AG seen at the BIS and the FCC. According to Max Weinbach, the Mi 11 Lite may be joined by the Mi 11 Pro and the Mi 11 Ultra in Q2 2021, too.
Do not buy the Motorola Razr 5G if you want regular software updates
The Razr 5G may combine nostalgia with a compelling design, but Motorola is letting it down with awful software support. With a vague promise of Android 11 at some point this year and six-month-old security patches, the Razr 5G is a tough sell at US$1,200.
Microsoft actually sells replacement rubber feet for the Surface Laptop 3 and its predecessors
Recently, one of the feet on our Surface Laptop 3 fell off. While Microsoft does not sell replacements on its web store, it offers them in all colours through another channel. For a small fee, you could give your Surface Laptop 3 a fresh set of feet, even outside of warranty.
Lemfo S21: A budget smartwatch with GPS and LTE for US$79.99
The S21 is a surprisingly comprehensive package, with Lemfo having equipped it with an LTE modem, GPS and a heart rate monitor, among other features. The S21 supposedly runs Android 10.0 and can access the Google Play Store too, for better or worse.
EMUI 11.1 will succeed EMUI 11 as early as March 2021, but it will be the last version of EMUI before Huawei switches to HarmonyOS
EMUI 11.1 is on the horizon, according to multiple reports. Possibly arriving as early as March 2021 alongside the P50 series, EMUI 11.1 is expected to be the farewell for EMUI 11, with Huawei switching to HarmonyOS after that.
Realme teases the Narzo 30 as the Narzo series sells more than 3 million units
Realme has only been selling Narzo smartphones since May 2020 and in limited regions. Nonetheless, over 3 million Realme Narzo smartphones have been sold, underlining the series' popularity in India. Realme has teased the release of the Narzo 30 series too, and is allowing fans to choose from six packaging designs.
Apple's 2021 iMac redesign with ARM-based processors will not arrive until October
Rumours have been circulating about Apple releasing a redesigned iMac with a high-end ARM-based processor that has at least 12 cores. While past rumours have suggested that the 2021 iMac will arrive as early as March, a new report claims that Apple has scheduled the device's release for October 2021, instead.
Xiaomi's faster, lighter and smoother OS will only reach 16 devices by late Q2 2021; MIUI 12.5 will not begin rolling out globally until April or May
MIUI 12.5 may be faster, lighter and smoother than MIUI 12, but Xiaomi has confirmed that only 16 devices are slated to receive its new OS before Q3 2021. The MIUI 12.5 rollout will not begin until Q2 2021 either, although Xiaomi will eventually bring more devices onto MIUI 12.5 at some stage, but seemingly not before the summer.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into an iPod that supports Spotify
The sPot takes a fourth-generation iPod and converts into a Spotify streamer. Using a Raspberry Pi Zero W, the sPot offers built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi while retaining the iPod's iconic click wheel. The sPot should cost around US$100 to create.
MutantC v3: Updated open-source handheld computer with a slide-out keyboard announced
A new version of the MutantC has been unveiled, the third of its kind. The handheld computer is highly versatile and can run on several SBCs. The MutantC v3 contains numerous improvements on its predecessor, including a buzzer and a real-time clock.
The TOPTON VG combines a mini-PC form factor with IR remote control support, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU and powerful processors
The TOPTON VG is a compact mini-PC that features a comparatively powerful graphics card and a choice of four desktop-class Intel processors. The VG has a remote control too, along with socketed RAM and storage.
Apple is doing the right thing by developers with its Developer Transition Kit credit increase
Apple will give developers US$500 for returning its Developer Transition Kit, a US$300 increase from the value of its original credit. The new coupon is no longer restricted to being redeemed against M1 hardware either and can be used until the end of 2021.
Xiaomi celebrates 200 million Redmi Note units sold landmark as it rises to the world's third-largest smartphone manufacturer
Xiaomi has plenty of reason to celebrate today, as it has now sold more than 200 million Redmi Note devices worldwide. According to new data, Xiaomi is now the third-largest smartphone manufacturer globally, and the leading manufacturer in 10 markets.
Possible Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro leaks with an FHD+ display and 12 GB of RAM
Another upcoming Black Shark gaming smartphone has leaked, this time on the Google Play Console. The device is thought to be the Black Shark 4 Pro.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is already receiving the February 2021 security patch, fixing 19 serious or critical CVEs
Xiaomi left it late with updating the Mi A2 to the January 2021 security patch, but we can have no such complaints this month. V188.8.131.52.QDIMIXM is rolling out now, just a few days after Google updated its Pixel smartphones to its latest security patch. The February 2021 security patch addresses 19 serious or critical CVEs for the Mi A2.
Apple's 2021 MacBook Pro refreshes will have a flat design, aping the iPhone 12 series
Apple will align the design of its MacBook Pro and iPhone series this year, according to a new report. The change will see 2021 MacBook Pros with a flatter design, albeit one with rounded corners. Apple is expected to release at least a new 16-inch MacBook Pro this year, which could also be the first ARM-based MacBook that supports MagSafe charging.
The Mi Q1 75-inch QLED 4K TV and Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 Mercedes-AMG F1 special edition to join MIUI 12.5 at global launch as Xiaomi teases three Mi 11 smartphones
Xiaomi has plenty up its sleeve for tomorrow's global launch event. Not only are the Mi 11 and MIUI 12.5 due to arrive, but so are a 75-inch QLED TV and a Mercedes-AMG F1 special edition of the Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2. Xiaomi has hinted that three Mi 11 smartphones will be available, too.
CDPR addresses a critical vulnerability in its latest Cyberpunk 2077 hotfix
The latest hotfix for Cyberpunk 2077 has arrived, hot on the heels of Hotfix 1.11. The latest hotfix fixes a critical vulnerability for Cyberpunk 2077 that could have been used to execute remote code on your PC.
The OnePlus 9 Pro leaks again in live photos; Hasselblad partnership and extensive camera hardware confirmed, as is a 120 Hz and a QHD+ display
Hands-on photos of the OnePlus 9 Pro have leaked, a month ahead of the flagship's expected launch. The leak not only confirms the device's design, but also that OnePlus has partnered with Hasselblad on the OnePlus 9 series.
NVIDIA now requires OEMs to add TGPs and clock speeds of RTX 30 series laptops to product listings while removing TGP values from its official release drivers
NVIDIA has taken matters into its hands and has intervened on how OEMs advertise its RTX 30 series laptop GPUs. OEMs will now be required to disclose their RTX 30 series laptops' TGPs and clock speeds, but NVIDIA has removed TGP values from its official release drivers.Updated: A GeForce Hotfix Driver has re-enabled Maximum Graphics Power information for RTX 30 series laptops.
The Motorola Edge S sold more than 10,000 copies in its first two minutes
The Motorola Edge S is the first smartphone with Qualcomm's 'new' Snapdragon 870 chipset, effectively a repackaged Snapdragon 865. Nonetheless, Edge S' price and performance have attracted people in China, where it sold over 10,000 units in under two minutes of going on sale.
Google Pixel smartphones will soon be able to measure heart rates and breathing via cameras
Google is bringing some clever features to its current crop of Pixel smartphones. According to a blog post, its smartphones will soon be capable of measuring heart rates and breathing without needing a smartwatch. The features should arrive on other Android smartphones eventually, too.
Pod Case concept renders show how Apple could revitalise the iPod with its popular Watch Series
Apple has more or less phased out its iPod brand, once a stable of its hardware business. Nonetheless, concept renders have shown how Apple could utilise the Watch Series as a portable music player with a click wheel.
GoldenEye 007: Over 231 million downloads of leaked HD remaster show that Rare still has a hit on its hands, 24 years on from the Nintendo 64 classic
The cancelled HD remaster of GoldenEye 007 has leaked online, offering a fresh take on the Nintendo 64 classic. Briefly uploaded to XePartnerNet over a decade ago, the leaked build is a closed beta of GoldenEye 007 but one that features the whole campaign and a working multiplayer mode. The GoldenEye 007 remaster can be run in the Xenia emulator.
Apple to offer developers a US$200 in exchange for returning US$500 Developer Transition Kits; cheapest M1 hardware starts at US$699
Gone are the days when Apple would give developers an iMac to return a Developer Transition Kit (DTK). Instead, the company now expects developers to return its latest DTK for a US$200 coupon off an M1 Mac, the cheapest of which retails for US$699.
ASUS updates its product pages with TGPs and clock speeds for its NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series laptops; ROG Zephyrus G14 has a 60 W RTX 3060
The abolition of Max-Q branding has made purchasing GeForce RTX 30 series laptops complicated. The RTX 3060 offers a higher TGP than the RTX 3080 in some instances, but many OEMs keep this a secret from people. Thankfully, ASUS has now followed XMG in including the TGPs and clock speeds of its RTX 30 series gaming laptops on its product pages.
Samsung adds more features to the Galaxy Watch 3 with its latest software update
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has received many new features, including support for the company's SmartThings platform. The update, which is rolling out now, should also improve the smartwatch's reliability and stability.
Former head of POCO Global admits that the Pocophone F1 may not receive MIUI 12.5
MIUI 12.5 will debut in a few days, with Xiaomi billing it as smoother, faster and lighter than MIUI 12. The incremental OS update is not guaranteed to reach the Pocophone F1 though, despite being Xiaomi's poster child less than three years ago.
The iQOO 7 has toppled the Xiaomi Mi 11 in AnTuTu's flagship smartphone charts
The Xiaomi Mi 11 may be one impressive smartphone, but it no longer sits atop AnTuTu's flagship smartphone charts. Instead, the Mi 11 has ceded that crown to the iQOO 7, despite both smartphones featuring Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 chipset.
BenQ ScreenBar Plus Hands-On: Easy to use, and with plenty of features, but cables galore
The ScreenBar Plus is BenQ's most expensive computer monitor light, retailing at US$129 in the US or £119 in the UK. The ScreenBar Plus has a desktop dial, is USB powered and supports auto-dimming, along with a Hue adjustment.
The Xiaomi Mi 10i has sold over 200,000 units in India alone so far with its 108 MP camera and 120 Hz display
The Xiaomi Mi 10i is proving popular in India, where it has already been purchased almost 200,000 times. The Mi 10i starts at INR 20,999 (~US$288), for which Xiaomi includes 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage to complement the device's 108 MP primary camera and 120 Hz display.
Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha 2 appears again in another patent filing with a pronounced notch
It remains to be seen if Xiaomi will launch a Mi Mix Alpha 2, but a recent patent filing suggests that the company is working towards releasing another smartphone with a wraparound display. A new patent has revealed that Xiaomi may return to notches, too.
The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 gains a hatful of new features with its latest software update
Mobvoi's latest update for the TicWatch Pro 3 has not only added four new features to its popular smartwatch, but six improvements and a few bug fixes too. The update is rolling out now to smartwatches globally.
The Lenovo S2 smartwatch is now purchasable for US$27.99
With the S2, Lenovo has created an affordable smartwatch that includes a lot of features. The Lenovo S2 has a 1.4-inch touchscreen, a real-time heart rate monitor and a purported battery life of up to 7 days.
The Huawei Watch Fit receives new features in its latest software update
The January 2021 update has brought new features and improvements to the Huawei Watch Fit, one of the Chinese company's cheaper smartwatches. The Watch Fit can now measure SpO2 levels periodically and manually split workout routines, among other changes. The update is rolling out now via the Huawei Health app.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into a NAS with up to four hard drives
The Wiretrustee carrier board utilises the power of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 as network-attached storage (NAS). The carrier board supports up to four HDDs or SSDs and features physical ports that the Compute Module 4 lacks.
Gigabyte submits the Radeon RX 6700 XT to the EEC, confirming 12 GB of VRAM
More details about the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT have surfaced, courtesy of KOMACHI ENSAKA. This time, Gigabyte has registered multiple RX 6700 XT SKUs with the EEC, seemingly confirming the company's intent to sell AORUS, Eagle, Gaming and OC versions of the card. The listing suggests that Gigabyte plans to sell a reference model too, all of which will have 12 GB of VRAM.
Pixel 2 XL prototype unit appears online, offering an insight into why Google chose LG over HTC for its flagship smartphone of 2017
Someone has got their hands on the Pixel 2 XL 'muskie', the cancelled version of Google's flagship smartphone of 2017. Produced by HTC, the muskie went big on bezels, so it is no wonder that Google eventually went with LG for the Pixel 2 XL, instead.
AMD pledges to re-stock Radeon RX 6800, RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT reference cards this quarter
AMD has promised to release more Navi 21-based reference cards throughout Q1 2021, according to a Senior Director of the company. It remains to be seen how many reference cards will hit the market though, but AMD feels that stock difficulties will stay until at least the second half of 2021. Hence, any reference cards sold this quarter will probably be resold almost instantly at a hefty premium.
The Sony Xperia 1 III leaks once again in 360 degree video
The upcoming Xperia 1 III can now be seen in a 360° video, thanks to OnLeaks. Sony's next flagship smartphone is expected to arrive in a few weeks with improved cameras than the Xperia 1 II, albeit with broadly the same design. Two other Xperia smartphones should launch simultaneously with the Xperia 1 III, too.
ASUS is set to revitalise its smartphone business with a ZenFone Mini; ROG Phone 5 launching by April at a higher price than the ROG Phone 3
According to industry sources, ASUS plans to shake up its smartphone business this year to make the division profitable. The strategy change includes releasing a more expensive ROG Phone, the ROG Phone 5, and a ZenFone Mini.
Watchy: The e-Paper and open-source smartwatch hits Crowd Supply for US$50 with CNC and injection moulded cases
SQFMI has released the Watchy on Crowd Supply, having sold out of the open-source smartwatch on Tindie. The Watchy, which was an e-Paper display, can be ordered from US$50 and will begin shipping in May. SQFMI is offering the Watchy with CNC and injection moulded cases this time around.
Huawei is being dishonest in marketing HarmonyOS 2.0 as a brand-new OS; beta reveals it to be an EMUI 11 rebrand based on Android 10
Huawei may brag that HarmonyOS 2.0 is a 'brand-new distributed operating system', but Ars Technica has discovered that the company is telling porkies. Instead, HarmonyOS 2.0 is nothing more than a renamed EMUI 11, and one that Harmony requires a passport or a driving licence to try out.
Xperia 5 II: Sony brings the pink model to Europe and throws in WF-1000XM3 earbuds to sweeten the deal
Sony loves its limited edition colourways of Xperia smartphones, as the Frost Black and Mirror Lake Green versions of the Xperia 1 II have shown. The company has now brought a pink version of the Xperia 5 II to Europe, which is available from €799. The smartphone comes with a pair of WF-1000XM3 earbuds, too.
The Huawei Watch GT 2e gains a new feature in its latest software update
The Huawei Watch GT 2e has received a new feature courtesy of its latest software update. Huawei also claims that the update improves system stability and fixes some known issues that the Watch GT 2e had.
Cyberpunk 2077 security vulnerability exposed that leaves PCs open to malicious code; CDPR promises a quick turnaround for a fix
People have discovered a new issue affecting Cyberpunk 2077, and it is one that could allow the execution of malicious code on your PC. CDPR blames external DLLs and claims that it will fix the problem soon. However, people apparently warned CDPR of the issue before it released Hotfix 1.11. Cyberpunk Engine Tweaks has reputedly already addressed the vulnerability, though.
Google closes its Stadia Games & Entertainment Studio less than 14 months after launching its streaming platform
Google Stadia has already proven itself as a video game streaming service, with triple-A titles like Cyberpunk 2077 having made the jump to the platform. However, its big breakthrough remains a long way off, and the closure of the in-house Stadia Games & Entertainment points to a re-focusing of Stadia just 14 months after its launch.
Xiaomi set to release three Redmi K40 series devices initially as Redmi General Manager boasts that the Redmi K40 has the best flat screen of any 2021 smartphone
According to Digital Chat Station, the Redmi K40 series will be launching this month as three models in China and India. Lu Weibing continues to hype the Redmi K40 series too, having now claimed that it will have the best flat screen of any smartphone released in 2021.
The Xperia 1, Xperia 5 and Xperia 5 II receive Android 11 upgrade in more countries, but many people are unhappy at the changes that Sony has made
Sony decided to only update only a handful of devices to Android 11, including the Xperia 1, Xperia 5 and Xperia 5 II. The Android 11 upgrade has now spread to more countries, but there are multiple complaints from owners of bugs and of regressive changes that Sony has made from Android 10.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra details revealed with a 2K and 120 Hz display, a 5,000 mAh battery and up to 67 W wireless charging
Digital Chat Station has lifted the lid on the Mi 11 Ultra, the successor to August's Mi 10 Ultra. Apparently, Xiaomi will equip the Mi 11 Ultra with a 2K and 120 Hz display, along with a much larger battery than it included in the Mi 10 Ultra. The Mi 11 Ultra will supposedly support up to 67 W wireless charging too.
ASUS Chromebook Flip CM3000: Retailer lists Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook alternative with a 16:10 display
With the Chromebook Flip CM3000, ASUS will soon introduce a Chrome OS-based 2-in-1 that looks an awful lot like a Microsoft Surface Go. The ASUS Chromebook Flip CM3000 features a 10.5-inch display, 4 GB of RAM, a detachable keyboard and pen support.
Xbox Series X and Series S stock will remain lean until summer 2021 at the earliest, Microsoft confirms
Microsoft has now confirmed that stock levels of its next-generation Xbox consoles will not be getting better anytime soon. According to the company, it will be at least June before the Series S, and Series X are easier to purchase through official retail channels.
TOPTON R1: A mini-PC with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, SO-DIMM RAM and three video outputs
A new mini-PC from TOPTON should offer plenty of performance, despite its compact dimensions. The R1 can be configured with either a Ryzen 5 4600H or a Ryzen 7 4800H, making it more powerful than many other mini-PCs. The TOPTON R1 has SO-DIMM RAM, three video outputs and an M.2 2280 slot for an NVMe SSD.
Chuwi SurPad: An Android tablet with a 10.1-inch display, LTE connectivity, a detachable keyboard, pen support and a large battery for US$249
Chuwi has introduced a new Android tablet, the SurPad. The 10.1-inch device has 4 GB of RAM and a MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, along with support for a detachable keyboard and an active stylus. The Chuwi SurPad starts at US$249 and has an 8,000 mAh battery.
Stealth WPC-905: A robust mini-PC that is waterproof and runs silently
Stealth has unveiled its latest robust machine, which is also waterproof. The WPC-905 mini-PC runs silently too and comes in four processor configurations. The Stealth WPC-905 starts at US$3,195, which is extraordinarily expensive by mini-PC standards.
Nintendo reaches 80 million Switch sales, but there will be no Switch Pro or Super Switch announcement 'anytime soon'
Sales of the Nintendo Switch family are close to eclipsing the lifetime sales of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, with 79.87 million Switch consoles having been sold since March 2017. Sadly, Nintendo has confirmed that it does not plan to announce a new Switch model 'anytime soon'.
The OnePlus Nord may be a one-off with the OnePlus 9E and the Nord N1 5G serving as replacements
The OnePlus Nord N1 5G is on its way, according to Max Jambor. The Nord N1 5G will succeed the Nord N10 5G, a device that OnePlus launched late last year. OnePlus is expected to release the OnePlus 9E this year too, which may leave no room for a follow-up to the OnePlus Nord.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G may be on the verge of entering the fray with an OLED screen, a Snapdragon 775G SoC, a 64 MP camera and a 5x zoom lens
A well-known Chinese leaker has ignited speculation about Xiaomi releasing a new mid-range smartphone with an unreleased Snapdragon 7 series chipset. Possibly the Mi 11 Lite 5G, the device is said to feature a Snapdragon 775G, along with an OLED screen, a 64 MP primary camera and a 5x zoom lens.
Xiaomi promises to deliver a faster and smoother OS with MIUI 12.5
Not only will Xiaomi unveil the Mi 11 globally on February 8, but it will also reveal the latest version of MIUI. MIUI 12.5 should initially reach at least 28 devices across Xiaomi's Mi and Redmi series. Xiaomi promises that MIUI 12.5 will be faster and smoother than MIUI 12, too.
The Mi A2 receives a new update as Xiaomi upgrades its Android security patch
The Xiaomi Mi A2 has received another security patch update, bringing the Android One handset onto the January patch. The Mi A2 will remain on Android 10 indefinitely, but security patch updates should be headed its way until the summer.
The Mi A3 receives another Android 11 update with a working screen recorder as Xiaomi leaves it late with the January security patch
Xiaomi has seeded a new update to the Mi A3, bringing the device onto the January security patch. The update, which the company has based on Android 11, also contains a working screen recorder. V184.108.40.206.RFQMIXM is rolling out as an OTA now for all devices on the global branch of Xiaomi's Android One program, including those that have already been upgraded to Android 11.
The AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT leaks again with its logo, VRAM capacity, marketed gaming resolution and expected release dates outed
More details about the Radeon RX 6700 XT have appeared online, with the latest leak seemingly confirming several aspects about AMD's upcoming RDNA 2 cards. Not only does the leak provide images of the Radeon RX 6700 branding, but it provides details about the card's VRAM capacity, its marketed gaming resolution and its expected release dates.
Leaked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti benchmarks show the GA102 card on par with the GeForce RTX 3090
Reputed benchmarks of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti have surfaced, showcasing the upcoming card against the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. It is unclear why NVIDIA would choose to release the RTX 3080 Ti on these benchmarks, though.
Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.1 delivers all-round improvements for the PlayStation 4 with little joy for the Xbox One; Hotfix 1.11 fixes game-breaking Down on the Street bug
CDPR was rightfully slated for the abysmal condition in which it shipped Cyberpunk 2077 to last-generation consoles. To its credit, the company has improved the game on the base PlayStation 4 though, with visual, stability and framerate gains all felt as of Patch 1.1. Hotfix 1.11 brings a few additional changes too, but Cyberpunk 2077 remains a mess on the original Xbox One.
Watchy: The open-source smartwatch with an e-Paper display will soon be available to order again
SQFMI has brought its open-source smartwatch to market, and for just US$44.99. The Watchy features an e-Paper display and features an ESP32 processor.
ODROID Go Super: Handheld retro console with a 5.0-inch display is now orderable for US$89.95
The ODROID Go Super features a larger display than its predecessor, along with improved battery capacity and additional buttons. The handheld console is now orderable for US$89.95, but its price is expected to drop to US$80 following a restock in February.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 tipped to feature a thinner design, improved displays and better cameras than the Z Flip2
The specifications of Samsung's next folding smartphone have been finalised, so claim leakers from South Korea. Apparently, a launch date by May, or a release alongside the Galaxy Z Fold3 this summer, is likely.
The new US administration is considering relaxing sanctions against Huawei
The new US administration has only been in office for nine days, but it is apparently already reconsidering Huawei's position on its economic blacklist. The Chinese company may still be prevented from accessing US telecommunications networks, though.
Initial gaming benchmarks offer insights into the performance of one of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060 laptop GPUs
The laptop versions of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 are yet to land, but the first gaming benchmarks are already online. The two videos compare the GeForce RTX 3060 against the GeForce RTX 2060 in nine games, including in CDPR's latest title, Cyberpunk 2077.
Xiaomi Mi 11: Global launch date fixed for early February
Xiaomi has already made over US$600 million from Mi 11 sales, and that was just from sales in its home market of China. Now, Xiaomi has announced when the Mi 11 will make its global debut, but it seems that the Mi 11 Pro will not be in attendance.
Huawei refreshes EMUI 11 upgrade plans globally; OS update should begin reaching all devices by April
Huawei has updated its EMUI 11 update plans globally. Not only has the Chinese company finished delivering the OS update to more devices across multiple regions, but it is now more precise in when every eligible handset should receive EMUI 11.
Apple details the power consumption savings of the M1 in the Mac Mini compared to previous models
We already know that the Apple M1 SoC offers substantial performance and battery life improvements compared to Intel-powered MacBooks. However, Apple has shared the rated-power consumption of the M1 in the Mac mini, providing comparisons between the ARM chipset and chipsets back to the PowerPC G4.
The Sony Xperia 1 II falls short in the estimations of camera experts
Sony may well compare the Xperia 1 II's cameras with its Alpha cameras, but that does not necessarily make it the best camera smartphone on the market. According to some camera experts, the Xperia 1 II's cameras fall short of even the Apple iPhone 11 and Google Pixel 4.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: Caviar unveils luxury limited-edition smartphones for up to US$77,230
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra may be cheaper than its predecessor, but it remains an expensive smartphone by contemporary standards. Nonetheless, if you want to spend a little more on a Galaxy S21 Ultra, then Caviar has introduced a whole range of limited edition models. The range includes the 'Golden 21' edition, which costs more than US$75,000.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into a retro handheld console with the GPM280
With the Waveshare GPM280, one can create a retro handheld from a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ Lite. The GPM280 can either be purchased with a CM3+ Lite or without, should you have one to hand.
VRAM prices rise to hike the cost of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 and AMD Radeon RX 6000 series; laptops will also be affected
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 and AMD Radeon RX 6000 series has already received price hikes following its release, and not just from scalpers reselling the likes of the RTX 3070 for well above MSRP. Now, a report claims that scarcity of GDDR6 and GDDR6X VRAM will push the price of AMD and NVIDIA GPUs up even further.
A new budget Samsung Galaxy Tab is on the horizon with Tab S7 Lite, Tab S7e and Tab S8e names touted
It looks like Samsung plans to unveil a successor to the Galaxy Tab S6 in the not-too-distant future. Four model numbers of unreleased Samsung tablets suggest so, at any rate. The new devices could either be called the Galaxy Tab S7 Lite, Galaxy Tab S7e or Galaxy Tab S8e, according to SamMobile. Plus or XL versions are supposedly on the way too.
Concept renders show the route that Apple could take with the iPhone SE 3
Apple is rumoured to announce the third-generation of the iPhone SE in a few months, with April targeted as a release date for the budget handset. Concept renders have shown what the device might look like too, but only if Apple decides to give an affordable iPhone a modern design.
MSI justifies keeping people in the dark about NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series GPU wattages, despite there being up to 70 W TGP differences between RTX 3080 cards
MSI has defended its decision to omit GPU wattages from its new NVIDIA GeForce 30 series gaming laptops, despite the considerable differences in performance between some GPUs of the same name. Apparently, MSI believes that it would be unable to inform people that one RTX 3080 GPU has an 80 W TGP, while another has a 150 W TGP. Its justification has left us unconvinced, though.
The Samsung Galaxy S series still does not support A/B seamless system updates
Samsung may have committed to delivering three OS updates to its smartphones and tablets, but it remains conservative in other areas regarding Android updates. The Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra are the latest Samsung smartphones that do not support A/B seamless system updates, which has become standard among competitors. There is an advantage to not adopting seamless Android updates, though.
Highly questionable Xiaomi Redmi K40 Pro hands-on pictures surface as mid-February pre-order date mentioned by retailer
A Chinese retailer has hinted that the Xiaomi Redmi K40 series will be purchasable from the middle of next month. We may only be two weeks from the Redmi K40 series' debut though, which may coincide with New Year's Eve in China. Supposed hands-on images of the Redmi K40 Pro have appeared online too, but we are doubtful of their authenticity.
Availability of AMD Ryzen 5000 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 gaming laptops will be scarce in the first half of 2021; release of iGPU Cezanne-H laptops seems unlikely
XMG has offered an insight into the availability of AMD Ryzen 5000 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series gaming laptops. Sadly, it is bad news for gamers, as companies are uncertain of the volumes of Cezanne APUs that AMD will be able to supply in the first half of 2021.
MaxPad i10: A cheap Android tablet with dual-SIM LTE and a 10.1-inch display
The BMAX MaxPad i10 a budget tablet that runs Android 10 out of the box. The MaxPad i10 also has an LTE modem, two SIM card slots and an eight-core processor paired with 4 GB of RAM.
Chuwi Hi10 XR: A Windows tablet with pen support and a detachable keyboard
With the Hi10 XR, Chuwi offers a convertible that supports pen input and a detachable keyboard. Its Celeron N4120 processor should keep things ticking over too, as should its 6 GB of RAM.
ASRock Jupiter X300: A mini PC with a 1.07-litre case that supports up to 65 W AMD Ryzen 4000G APUs
ASRock has introduced the Jupiter X300, its latest mini-PC. The Jupiter X300 is a particularly compact mini-PC based on AMD's X300 chipset. Correspondingly, the Jupiter X300 has an AM4 Socket and supports up to 65 W APUs. Its 1.07-litre case should be small enough for most desks, too.
Chuwi HeroBook Plus: Budget 15.6-inch laptop launches with 12 GB of RAM for US$439
Chuwi has unveiled another laptop following the HeroBook Pro Plus release last week. The company has called its latest laptop the HeroBook Plus, which it equips with plenty of RAM and an outdated processor. The 15.6-inch laptop retails for US$439.
Nintendo will reputedly sell the Switch Pro as the Super Switch, but there are doubts about its benefits; Monster Hunter Rise Special Edition console launches
Rumours about Nintendo releasing a more powerful version of the Switch persist. Now, a leaker claims that the device will arrive as the Nintendo Super Switch. However, developers have questioned the benefits of Nintendo releasing a more powerful eighth-generation console. Nintendo has announced the release of Monster Hunter Rise special editions of the Switch and Pro Controller, too.
The Intel Iris Xe DG1 is here with 4 GB of VRAM and a 30 W TDP, but only for OEMs
Intel has unveiled the Iris Xe desktop graphics card, better known by its codename of DG1. The Iris Xe Graphics has a 30 W TDP, 4 GB of VRAM and will only be available via OEMs. The Iris Xe DG1 will probably compete against NVIDIA's budget cards, such as the Pascal-based GeForce GT 1010.Updated: VRAM details and Colorful statement added.
Amazfit T-Rex Pro or T-Rex 2 exposed by FCC listing publication; global launch planned
The FCC has published another Amazfit smartwatch certification, albeit one that currently goes by two names. The smartwatch, which has model number A2013, is either the T-Rex Pro or the T-Rex 2. Regardless, the upcoming smartwatch will have a round screen, GPS, automatic training detection and will support music playback.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 receives new features with its latest software update
The Huawei Watch GT 2 has gained some new features courtesy of its latest software update, despite its release in October 2019. The latest firmware, which Huawei has called v220.127.116.11, is a 24.11 MB download and is rolling out to smartwatches now.
Inkplate 10: An e-Paper display that works without a Raspberry Pi thanks to Wi-Fi connectivity
With the Inkplate 10, one can use an ESP32 e-Paper display without connecting it to a machine like the Raspberry Pi. The Inkplate 10 also has a peripheral mode for use with devices such as the Raspberry Pi, but its Wi-Fi connectivity makes it more versatile than many e-Paper displays. The Inkplate 10 also promises up to 37% faster refresh rates than typical e-Paper displays, among other improvements.
LG Wing: Touchpad functionality enhanced with January update
LG has added more features to the Wing with its latest software update. Currently rolling out in South Korea, V11b-Jan-19-2021 adds dedicated scroll functionality to the second screen's touchpad, among other changes.
Pipo W12: A 2-in-1 Microsoft Surface alternative with LTE, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 and a 3:2 display for under US$450
With the W12, Pipo combines a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 chipset, up to 8 GB of RAM and a 37 Wh battery in a 2-in-1 form factor. The device has a high-resolution 3:2 display and up to 8 GB of RAM.
TOPTON presents a new mini-PC with up to an AMD Ryzen 5 3200G processor
TOPTON has released a new mini-PC, and one that it has designed to impress with its high performance, despite its compact dimensions. The mini-PC comes with up to an AMD Ryzen 5 3400GE, but other processors are available. The device supports multiple SSDs, too.
Xiaomi submits the Redmi Note 10 to the FCC, EEC and TKDN as Lu Weibing hints at upcoming mid-range smartphone; global launch confirmed
Xiaomi has submitted another Redmi smartphone with the FCC, the EEC and the TKDN. This time, the M2101K7AG has been certified, which is believed to be the Redmi Note 10. The listings confirm that the M2101K7AG will receive a global launch. Meanwhile, the Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing has begun teasing the launch of the Redmi Note 10 series.
The Sony Xperia PRO launches for a ludicrous price
Sony has finally announced the Xperia PRO's price, and it is absurd when compared to the going-rate of modern flagship smartphones. Comparing the Xperia PRO against professional-grade camera monitors puts the smartphone in a better light, but it is still effectively just an Xperia 1 II with an HDMI input.
Not all NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 laptops are created equal as early reviews show performance differences of over 30% between MSI machines with supposedly identical GPUs
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Max-P and RTX 3070 Max-Q differ by over 30% in benchmarks, early reviews of two MSI gaming laptops have shown. Many OEMs, including MSI, are divulging the minimum information about the RTX 30 series GPUs in their machines though, leaving people in the dark over what performance to expect.
Apple iMac: Complete redesign incoming alongside a cheaper external monitor option, but Face ID must wait for a later iteration
Apple has done nothing to the iMac design since 2012, and its huge bezels have not aged well. However, a new report claims that Apple is finally on the verge of unveiling a complete redesign. The new-look iMacs will launch alongside a cheaper alternative to the Pro Display XDR, too.
NVIDIA is encouraging OEMs to list TGPs and clock speeds of its RTX 30 series Max-Q GPUs as WhisperMode 2.0 arrives in latest GeForce Experience update
NVIDIA has confirmed that it is encouraging OEMs to list TGP and clock speeds of their RTX 30 series laptops. Few OEMs have done so yet. Additionally, the latest GeForce Experience version brings WhisperMode 2.0 to RTX 30 series laptops. The feature utilises 'AI-powered algorithms' to balance acoustics and system performance.
Vicarious Visions tasked with Diablo 2 remake following Blizzard Entertainment merger
According to a new report, Vicarious Visions will be developing Blizzard games from now on. The developer will commence with a remake of Diablo 2, which apparently was known as Diablo II: Resurrected. The merger of the 200-strong studio follows Blizzard Entertainment dismantling one of its internal development teams in the wake of the poorly-received Warcraft III: Reforged.
AMD Navi 31 GPUs rumoured to feature an MCM design with up to 160 CUs and approximately 37 TFLOPs of FP32 performance
According to new rumours, AMD will be upping its GPU game massively with its next-generation cards. Apparently, Navi 31 will be the first chiplet-based GPU and one that delivers up to 160 CUs, or 10,240 stream processors. The RDNA 3 GPU may offer around 37 TFLOPs of FP32 performance, too.
Sony's next compact Xperia smartphone revealed with a 140 mm height and a 5.5-inch screen
Sony may have resurrected its Xperia Compact line, according to OnLeaks. The leaker has published multiple CAD renders of the device online, which reputedly is just 140 mm tall with a 5.5-inch display. While some people may be hoping for a new compact flagship smartphone from Sony, several design cues suggest that the handset will be a distinctly mid-range affair.
The NVIDIA Geforce RTX 3060 with 12 GB GDDR6 VRAM will be available from the last week of February
NVIDIA indicated that it would release the GeForce RTX 3060 with 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM towards the end of February, following its announcement this month. New reports suggest that NVIDIA will begin selling the Ampere card in the final week of February, and that multiple embargoes are in place for the GeForce RTX 3060.
The Intel Core i9-11900K excels in PassMark single-threaded performance but succumbs to the AMD Ryzen 5000 series in other CPU Mark metrics
The Intel Core i9-11900K has posted the highest single-threaded rating on PassMark, putting it 6% ahead of the Core i7-11700K and 7% beyond the Ryzen 7 5800X. AMD's Vermeer processors retain a massive lead in other PassMark metrics, though.
Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.1 meets with mixed response as developers introduce a new game-breaking bug
The first major patch for Cyberpunk 2077 has arrived, with CDPR promising to have addressed numerous problems in its latest game. Sadly, the company has introduced a new game-breaking bug as of Patch 1.1, and it is one that is difficult to avoid.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro: Supposed camera specifications leak with the Sony IMX766 and 120x digital zoom mentioned
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro remains one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2021, despite the recent release of the Mi 11. Reputed cameras specifications claim that Xiaomi will utilise the Sony IMX766 for its next flagship capable of 120x digital zoom, which it will complement with a 48 MP telephoto camera, among other sensors.
OnePlus 9 vs OnePlus 9 Pro: More specifications leaked ahead of anticipated March release
Digital Chat Station has leaked more details about the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. According to the whistleblower, the two devices will essentially have the same displays as the OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 8 Pro, but with smaller punch-holes for front-facing cameras.
Early GeForce RTX 3060 prices put NVIDIA's GA106 card at over 150% of MSRP
NVIDIA claims that the GeForce RTX 3060 will start at £299 and US$329 when it launches next month, but early board partner pricing suggests otherwise. Instead, many custom GeForce RTX 3060 cards will sell for £499.99 through official channels, with prices varying between £457 and £513.
MSI PRO MP271 monitors launched with slim bezels, eye strain reduction and not-so-professional features
MSI is targeting professionals with the PRO MP271 series of monitors. The series peaks at a WQHD and 60 Hz model, which also has a 120 mm height-adjustable stand. All members of the MSI PRO MP271 series are TÜV Rheinland certified.
Raspberry Pi Pico: Pimoroni announces multiple devices based on the Pico's new RP2040 microcontroller, including a handheld games console
Pimoroni has announced multiple devices utilising the RP2040 microcontroller, following the Raspberry Pi Pico's announcement yesterday. A highlight of the bunch is the PicoSystem, which transforms the RP2040 into a handheld games console.
The MINISFORUM X35G mini-PC is now orderable on Amazon with an Intel Ice Lake processor and Optane storage for US$419.99
The MINISFORUM X35G has reached Amazon, following a successful Indiegogo campaign last year. The mini-PC comes with an Intel Ice Lake processor, Intel Optane memory and a Thunderbolt 3 port, among other components. The X35G retails for US$449.99 but is available for US$419.99 with a US$30 coupon.
Nova Watch: New Huawei smartwatch series nears with patent filing
Huawei has trademarked the name 'Nova Watch' in China. Undoubtedly, this suggests that the Chinese company plans to release at least one smartwatch as part of a new series soon. Huawei reserves Nova for its mid-range smartphones, so it may have a new midrange smartwatch in the offing.
The Samsung Exynos 2100 falls well behind the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 in early Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra CPU and GPU speed tests
The Samsung Galaxy S21 series will soon be in people's hands, albeit with different SoCs depending on where you live. However, it turns out that the Samsung Exynos 2100 version of the Galaxy S21 Ultra is around 10% slower than its Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 counterpart.
The Intel Core i7-11700K loses out to the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X in a big way in early Geekbench single-core and multi-core benchmarks
The Intel Core i7-11700K has appeared on Geekbench 5 to showcase its single-core and multi-core performance. The eight-core processor cannot match the single-core performance of the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and even falls behind the multi-core performance of the Ryzen 5 5600X, AMD's latest six-core processor.
The Xiaomi Redmi K40 series to feature the world's smallest punch hole and Samsung's most expensive flat display; Snapdragon 870 expected for February-bound flagships
According to Digital Chat Station, the Redmi K40 series will feature an ultra-small punch hole and Samsung's most expensive flat display. Xiaomi will borrow the display directly from the Mi 11 while using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 on the Redmi K40 series, also.
The LG Rollable and Explorer Project may be cancelled even with the sale of LG's smartphone business
The Vingroup has reputedly offered to buy LG's smartphone business, with LG retaining control over the designs and R&D of future smartphones. However, the company is considering cancelling the Rollable, which is thought to be its second Explorer Project smartphone.
The Sony Xperia Pro edges closer to release with the publication of US firmware
Sony is on the verge of releasing the Xperia PRO, according to the publication of firmware for the device in the US. Sony announced the smartphone eleven months ago with HDMI, 5G mmWave and 5G Sub-6 connectivity, and a Snapdragon 865 chipset. The Xperia PRO will probably only be available in the US, though.
The Acer Nitro 5 is available to pre-order with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 for €1,799; Intel versions orderable too
The new Acer Nitro 5 is already to pre-order, months before its expected arrival. Retailers are offering the 15.6-inch edition with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, but Ryzen 9 5900HX SKUs should eventually be available. Acer has released Intel versions of the new Nitro 5, too.
BeagleV: A powerful RISC-V single-board computer that runs Linux from US$119
The BeagleV offers open-source RISC-V computing on freeRTOS and Linux distributions like Debian and Fedora. With a SiFive U74 processor and up to 8 GB of RAM, the BeagleV should be a powerful single-board computer. The BeagleV has a plethora of I/O, too.
Philips 288E2UAE: A 28-inch monitor with a native 4K UHD resolution and a USB 3.2 hub
Philips and its partner MMD have presented a 28-inch and 4K monitor. The 288E2UAE offers decent colour accuracy, a USB 3.2 four-port hub and an adjustable stand.
The Mi A2 Lite receives another update with the latest Android security patch
The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite has begun the new decade with a new update, and one that brings it onto the January 2021 Android security patch. The Mi A2 Lite will not receive an OS upgrade beyond Android 10, but it will continue to receive security patch updates for another six months.
The Vivo X60 Pro+ launches in two colours with a Snapdragon 888, a 120 Hz AMOLED screen, ZEISS-branded optics and a gimbal camera
Vivo has unveiled the X60 Pro+, its latest flagship smartphone. The X60 Pro+ offers a host of upgrades from the X60 Pro, including a Snapdragon 888 SoC and improved optics. The Vivo X60 Pro+ will start at CNY 4,998 (~US$773) in China.
Windows 10X can run natively on the Surface Pro 7 and the Lumia 950 XL
Microsoft is yet to release Windows 10X, but the upcoming OS has already been shown working on the Surface Pro 7 and even the Lumia 950 XL. Windows 10X should officially arrive later this year pre-loaded on dual-screen devices.
Motorola Edge S hands-on photos seemingly confirm hexa-cameras as AnTuTu scores roll in
Motorola will unveil the Edge S on January 26, but leaked photos have already revealed what to expect from its next smartphone. Additionally, early AnTuTu scores show what we should expect from Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 870.
Chuwi unveils the HeroBook Pro+ with a 3K display for US$269
The Chuwi HeroBook Pro+ combines a 3K display with 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 128 GB of storage. The 13.3-inch display has thick bezels though and is powered by an Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core processor. The Chuwi HeroBook Pro+ retails for US$269.00 and is available to order now.
iPad mini 6 renders showcase Apple's next budget tablet with a punch-hole camera
The sixth-generation iPad mini has been rumoured for a while now, which is unsurprising considering Apple released the iPad mini 5 in March 2019. New CAD renders have provided a detailed look at the iPad mini 6 though, and its design is a departure from its predecessor.
MINISFORUM UM250: A Ryzen 5 powered mini-PC that costs US$299
With the UM250, MINISFORUM has launched another mini-PC that packs an AMD Ryzen APU in a compact chassis. The UM250 combines a Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U APU with up to 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. The machine starts at US$299 as a barebones PC though, allowing you to equip it with up to 32 GB of RAM and 2 TB of M.2 2280 storage.
ZimaBoard: Single-board server for creators raises over US$100,000 in crowdfunding support
The ZimaBoard has taken Kickstarter by storm, with people pledging close to US$125,000 in support after less than one week. Two versions of the ZimaBoard are available to order, separated by the CPU, RAM and onboard storage with which they have been equipped. Both ZimaBoard models should begin shipping in July 2021.
The Shuttle XPC DA320 fits 65 W Socket AM4 processors in a 1.35 litre case
Shuttle's latest mini-PC has a 1.35 litre case, but it can still accommodate 65 W Socket AM4 processors. The XPC DA320 has dual-channel SODIMM RAM too and can power three displays at 4K.
MINISFORUM EliteMini X400: Mini-PC is now orderable with up to an AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650G and 16 GB of RAM
Shipping in February, the EliteMini X400 offers Renoir APUs and up to 16 GB of RAM in a compact chassis. The machine comes with a choice of Renoir APUs from the Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G. All SKUs come with a minimum of 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of M.2 storage.
Huawei rolls out optimisations for the Watch GT 2 Pro following the release of stylish New Year Edition model
Huawei has updated the Watch GT 2 Pro once again, this time with general system stability improvements. The update follows the release of the New Year Edition that Huawei announced last week. There is a New Year Edition of the Watch Fit, too.
MSI registers GeForce RTX 3060 Ti MINER cards with the EEC for GPU mining
It has not been long since NVIDIA proclaimed that crypto miners were not a driving force behind stock shortages of the new GeForce RTX 30 series. However, it seems that MSI plans to launch GPU-mini specific cards under a MINER sub-brand. Currently, only MINER versions of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti have been certified with the EEC in Russia.
The Sony Xperia 5 II joins the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 on Android 11
The Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 were the first Sony smartphones to receive Android 11, but the Japanese company has now brought Google's latest OS to the Xperia 5 II. Sony is delivering Android 11 to the Xperia 5 II as a 709.7 MB download.
The AMD Ryzen 7 5800G leaks with PCIe 3.0 support and a Radeon RX Vega 8 GPU
The Ryzen 7 5800G is on its way, according to a GPU-Z validation. The Cezanne APU will feature a Radeon RX Vega 8 GPU with 8 CUs, 512 stream processors and support for up to just PCIe 3.0.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 and GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER are returning for a farewell tour
NVIDIA may have got stuck into the Ampere architecture over the last few months, but it is reputedly going to have another crack at releasing Turing cards. In fact, the company and board partners will re-release the GeForce RTX 2060 and GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER for €300 and €400, respectively. If that is the case, then it would make the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER more expensive option than the GeForce RTX 3060.
AirPods Max: Teardown reveals that Apple's premium headphones is surprisingly repairable
The teardown experts at iFixit have disassembled the AirPods Max, revealing the complexities of Apple's latest headphones in the process. The AirPods Max achieved a repairability score of 6 points, which is much higher than most Apple products, AirPods and AirPods Pro included. The AirPods Max has a more complex construction than the Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose NC 700, too.
Galaxy Tab S7: Samsung launches Android 11 with second-screen functionality courtesy of One UI 3.1 update
One UI 3.1 debuted on the Galaxy S21 series, and now it has reached Samsung's most-expensive set of tablets. One UI 3.1 for the Galaxy Tab S7 series comes with Android 11 and a host of improvements, including the option of using the tablet as a second screen for a laptop.
The AOC AG323QCX2 curved gaming monitor promises a 1440p resolution, a 155 Hz refresh rate and excellent colour accuracy
AOC has introduced its latest curved gaming monitor, which supports high refresh rates and a peak resolution of 1440p. The AG323QCX2 offers a 1500R curvature and is VESA HDR400 certified.
The LG V60 ThinQ is on the verge of receiving Android 11 for the first time
According to a T-Mobile representative, the LG V60 ThinQ should start to see Android 11 within a few days. The publication of the Android 11 kernel source code for the Verizon model points to a wider OS upgrade being on the cards, too.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 outed with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Max-P and a 120 Hz QHD display; European price and availability revealed too
The ROG Zephyrus G14 will soon be available with up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Max-P, according to ASUS and two European retailers. Top-end SKUs will retail for as much as €2,299 and should start shipping by early February. There will be a Ryzen 7 5800HS and GeForce GTX 1650 edition, too.
Apple iPad Pro 2021 renders showcase new 11-inch and 12.9-inch models
CAD models of two new iPad Pro models have leaked, offering a detailed look at Apple's upcoming tablets. Apple will stick with 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes for the next iPad Pro, but little will separate them from the looks of last year's tablets.
These NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 mini-ITX cards will be suitable for SFF PCs
NVIDIA's board partners have begun announcing GeForce RTX 30 series graphics card for the Mini-ITX form factor. Currently, Gainward, MSI and Palit have announced single fan versions of the GeForce RTX 3060, which has 12 GB of VRAM. All cards offer memory clock speeds of 15 Gbps and NVIDIA's GA106-300 GPU.
Sapphire announces a passively cooled version of the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Sapphire has introduced a passively-cooled version of the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, which it has called the GPRO X070. The company intends professional users to purchase the card, but it does feature four display outputs. There is also an Efficiency Mode BIOS for running the RX 5700 XT at reduced clock speeds.
Huawei MateBook 14 2021 debuts with upgraded processors, a dedicated GPU option and a 56 Wh battery
The Huawei MateBook 14 2021 features many internal upgrades from last year's model, including a switch to Intel's Tiger Lake platform. The MateBook 14 is available with up to a Core i7-1165G7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce MX450 GPU and 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM. Huawei only offers the MateBook 14 2021 with a 512 GB SSD though, and in two somewhat understated colours.
Huawei MateBook 13 2021 arrives with Intel Tiger Lake processors and an NVIDIA GeForce MX450 GPU
Huawei has updated the MateBook 13 to Intel's Tiger Lake platform. The MateBook 13 comes with a Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7 processor, along with an NVIDIA GeForce MX450 GPU and a 13-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The MateBook 13 2021 starts at CNY 5,449 (~US$848), but little else has changed from its predecessor.
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021 launches with Intel Tiger Lake processors
Huawei has updated flagship laptop, the MateBook X Pro. The company has upgraded the MateBook X Pro to Intel's Tiger Lake platform, which it will offer with 16 GB of RAM and up to a 1 TB SSD. The 1.33 kg machine also features a 13.9-inch 3K display and starts at CNY 8,999 (~US$1,389).
Redmi General Manager brags about the supposedly top-notch battery life of the Xiaomi Redmi K40
The Xiaomi Redmi K40 series is seemingly almost upon us, with Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing teasing the entry-level model's prospective battery life. The Redmi K40 is believed to feature a Dimensity 1200 SoC and may start for as little as CNY 2,999 (~US$462).
Leaked photo suggests that ASUS has skipped the ROG Phone 4, but there will be a 6,000 mAh battery and 65 W charging on the company's next gaming smartphone
ASUS has teased the release of an upgraded ROG Phone, but a leaked hands-on photo suggests that the company has not called it the ROG Phone 4. Nonetheless, the next ROG Phone will feature a 6,000 mAh battery, 65 W charging capabilities, and expected to house Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 888 SoC.
Leaked Qualcomm Snapdragon SC8280 chipset details suggest 5G connectivity, 32 GB of RAM support and a larger die size for Windows on ARM PCs
According to Roland Quandt, the next Snapdragon chipset for Windows 10 on ARM machines has been spotted. Apparently, the Snapdragon SC8280 has a larger die size than the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 and support for up to 32 GB of RAM. The Snapdragon SC8280 has been tested with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 modem too, meaning that it should support 5G connectivity.
Palit registers NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3050 Ti SKUs with the EEC
NVIDIA has just unveiled a 12 GB version of the GeForce RTX 3060, which will be available sometime in February. However, a new EEC registration by Palit suggests that even more Ampere cards are on the way. Specifically, the board partner has registered multiple SKUs for the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti and GeForce RTX 3080 Ti; both are rumoured to be arriving within the next few months.
LG presents a 40-inch ultra-wide curved monitor with a 5K resolution and Thunderbolt 4 support
The new LG UltraWide 40WP95C is a monster of a monitor, with a 40-inch curved screen that operates natively at 5K. The nano IPS panel has a 21:9 aspect ratio, covers 98% of the DCI-P3 colour space and offers a peak refresh rate of 72 Hz. The 40WP95C supports Thunderbolt 4, too.
Escobar Inc goes dark after its flurry of smartphone scams
Escobar Inc has gone dark, just two months after it claimed to be suing Klarna for withholding funds from its smartphone sales. The company may be planning to release another device, but it has removed practically all evidence that it ever sold skinned smartphones produced by legitimate companies.
The AYA NEO will be available globally for as little as US$699 from February
The AMD Ryzen 5 4500U-powered AYA NEO is coming to global audiences, and for as little as US$699. The Indiegogo campaign for the handheld console will begin as early as February, with device estimated to start shipping in April. Only Super Early Bird backers will be eligible to purchase the AYA NEO at US$699, though.
Intel must deliver better products than 'lifestyle company' Apple can, claims new CEO Pat Gelsinger
With Bob Swan gone, new Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has set out a bold aim for the chipmaker ahead of the beginning of his reign next month. Apparently, he wants Intel to build better chips than the Apple M1, which has impressed with its custom ARM cores' performance. Naturally, Gelsinger belittled Apple as a 'lifestyle company in Cupertino'.
European price of ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q and a 165 Hz display revealed
Cyberport has revealed the price of what will probably be the flagship SKU of the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15, and it is expensive. At €2,799, the ROG Zephyrus G15 features an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS APU, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q GPU a 165 Hz display with a native 1440p resolution. There is only one SO-DIMM slot though, with ASUS soldering 8 GB of RAM to the motherboard.
The GPD Win3 launches on Indiegogo for US$799 with over US$1.1 million raised in under 24 hours
GPD has launched its latest handheld games console on Indiegogo, and it has already proven exceedingly popular with fans. The Tiger Lake-powered machine has raised over US$1.1 million from backers in less than a day. The GPD Win3 will begin shipping in May 2021 and is available to order with a Core i5-1135G7 or a Core i7-1165G7 processor. Both CPUs feature Intel's latest Iris Xe Graphics GPUs.
Slimbook Titan launched with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 and a 165 Hz display for €1,599
The Slimbook Titan offers an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H APU, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 and a 165 Hz display with a native QHD resolution. The machine currently starts at €1,599 and is intended for Linux users, but you can also configure it with Windows 10 licenses. The inclusion of a 93.4 Wh battery should keep the Slimbook Titan ticking over, too.
Intel finally releases new NUC 11 mini-PCs with Tiger Lake processors and a dedicated GeForce RTX 2060 option
Intel's NUC 11 series is official, following months of delays. The company has unveiled three models of varying sizes and specifications, although all are based on its Tiger Lake-U platform. There is even a NUC for gamers with a dedicated GeForce RTX 2060 onboard.
Eve delays the release of its Spectrum monitors by between 2 and 6 months
Eve has delayed the release of its Spectrum monitors in what is the least shocking news of 2021, and probably 2020. The company had originally planned to begin shipping its latest product on February 26, but now will not until April 20 at the earliest. The 144 Hz QHD model will not arrive until the 'end of Q2', too.
The NUC V6 is a mini-PC with a Core i5 processor and a built-in LCD screen
The NUC V6-i5 offers an Intel Core i5-7200U processor, M.2 storage, DDR4 SO DIMM RAM, and a built-in LCD screen. The machine measures 118 x 118 x 78 mm and features plenty of I/O, including two video outputs and four USB ports.
ECS LIVA: ARM versions of mini-PCs introduced that run Android and Ubuntu natively
ECS has released ARM versions of its LIVA brand of mini-PCs. The Q1A and Q1A Plus have Rockchip SoCs, 2 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and measure just 74 x 74 x 34.6 mm. The two machines run Android 8.1 and Ubuntu 18.04 natively.
The Motorola Edge S will debut a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series chipset
The Edge S will reputedly be Motorola's next premium smartphone, but new information suggests that the Snapdragon 865 or Snapdragon 888 will not be powering it. Instead, Qualcomm will leverage the Motorola Edge S launch to announce a new Snapdragon 800 series chipset. Apparently, a new 5 nm chipset codenamed Shima may be at the heart of the Edge S.
Leaker claims that the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro will lead the way with 80 W wireless charging
Xiaomi is likely to break one or the other record with the Mi 11 Pro, as it is accustomed to doing with its flagship smartphones. According to one reliable leaker, the Chinese company plans to bring its 80 W wireless charging capabilities to the upcoming smartphone, which it showcased last year.
The LG Rollable will receive a release in 2021, but it may cost more than a Galaxy Z Fold2
The LG Rollable is real, and it will be coming to market this year, an LG spokesperson has confirmed. LG will source BOE displays for its first rollable smartphone, but the so-called LG Rollable may retail for US$500 more than a Galaxy Z Fold2.
CDPR apologises for Cyberpunk 2077, announce updates roadmap for 2021 and appears to postpone online multiplayer until 2022
CDPR CEO Marcin Iwiński has apologised to fans for the ongoing mess of Cyberpunk 2077. Iwiński has shared insights into the launch of the company's latest game and an update roadmap for Cyberpunk 2077 throughout 2021. The first patch is due this month, with another patch and free DLC to follow later this year. Iwiński has teased the arrival of the update for next-generation consoles, too.
EVGA and ZOTAC raise the prices of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series by an average of 10% over MSRP with a peak increase of US$350
EVGA and ZOTAC have followed ASUS in increasing the price of their NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series custom cards. The changes range from 4% to 23%, which correlate to price increases of between US$70 and US$350. Overall, prices hikes average 10% across over 30 cards.
LG announces the first 32-inch OLED monitor with a native 4K resolution
The LG UltraFine OLED Pro 32EP950 may be intended for professional users, but it is also the first device with a 32-inch, 4K, and OLED screen. The 32EP950 promises exceptional colour accuracy with over 99% coverage of the AdobeRGB and DCI-P3 colour spaces.
AMD and NVIDIA confirm that GPU stock levels will remain non-existent for the foreseeable future
According to AMD and NVIDIA, there will not be an uptick in GPU availability for a few months yet. Stock levels of the GeForce RTX 30 series will remain 'lean' until at least May, according to NVIDIA, while AMD believes that things will improve once the impact of COVID lessens.
The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G launches for €279 with a woeful display
Samsung has announced the Galaxy A32 5G, and it is a step back from the Galaxy A31 in a crucial area. While the Galaxy A32 5G features up to 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and a 5,000 mAh battery, Samsung has equipped it with a paltry 720p IPS display. Pricing for Germany has only been confirmed so far, where it will retail for €279.
Leaked Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra marketing images confirm that Samsung continues to shoot itself in the foot over Apple jibes
Samsung sought to ridicule Apple for removing the charger and earbuds from the iPhone 12 series, with the American company citing environmental reasons for the omission of the accessories. Now, leaked marketing renders of the Galaxy S21 series confirm that the South Korean company will be doing the same this year.
Raspberry Pi: The YARH.IO Micro 2 transforms the popular single-board computer into a handheld computer
The latest device from YARH.IO makes the Raspberry Pi even more portable. The appropriately-called YARH.IO Micro 2 has an IPS display, a keyboard and a replaceable battery. The YARH.IO Micro 2 can be purchased as a complete unit or built at home using a 3D printer and off-the-shelf parts.
Leaked Oppo Find X3 Pro renders confirm copycat design for March-bound flagship smartphone
Oppo has confirmed that it will be launching its next flagship smartphone in March, and Evan Blass has revealed press renders of it. The Oppo Find X3 Pro is expected to feature powerful camera hardware, a 120 Hz display and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 chipset. The device's back also resembles the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, incidentally.
The iQOO 7 is one of the cheapest Snapdragon 888 smartphones released so far
iQOO has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, and it is one of the cheapest ways to get your hands on Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 888 SoC. The iQOO 7 also has a 120 Hz AMOLED screen that apes Apple's 3D Touch functionality and a 4,000 mAh battery that can recharge at 120 W. The iQOO 7 starts at CNY 3,798 (~US$588) and is available in three colours, including a BMW variant.
Xiaomi RedmiBook Pro 15 and RedmiBook Pro 15S pitched to launch next month with up to Core i7-11370H and Ryzen 7 5800H processors
Xiaomi has confirmed that it will be announcing a new RedmiBook Pro laptop with Intel's latest Tiger Lake-H35 processors. However, multiple Geekbench listings assert that AMD versions are on the way, with up to the Ryzen 7 5800H set to power the RedmiBook Pro 15S. Meanwhile, Xiaomi will offer up to the Core i7-11370H with the RedmiBook Pro 15.
Leaked iPad Pro 2021 renders provide a look at Apple's next 12.9-inch tablet
While the focus is on what manufacturers announce at CES 2021, the supposed design of the next 12.9-inch iPad Pro has leaked online. The premium tablet will have smaller bezels than the current model, while retaining its overall design. The next iPad Pro is expected to feature a mini-LED screen, among other changes.
The new ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 combines AMD Ryzen 5000 APUs, a 144 Hz display and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Max-P GPU in the same compact chassis
ASUS has announced a significant upgrade to the ROG Zephyrus G14, one of 2020's most popular gaming laptops. The new model features AMD Ryzen 5000 APUs, up to a 144 Hz and 1440p display, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Max-P GPU. The ROG Zephyrus G14 still weighs just 1.6 kg, though.
Lenovo unveils the Legion Slim 7 with AMD Ryzen 5000 processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs
Lenovo has announced its latest slim gaming laptop, the Legion Slim 7. The machine features up to AMD Ryzen 7 5000 series APUs and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs in a chassis that tapers to 15.9 mm. The Legion Slim 7 has a 15.6-inch display, available in either a 1080p and 165 Hz variant or a 4K one that tops out at 60 Hz and 500 nits. The Legion Slim 7 starts at 1.9 kg and will come in two colours.
The new Lenovo Legion 7 debuts with a flagship display, up to AMD Ryzen 9 APUs and NVIDIA's latest GeForce RTX 30 GPUs
Lenovo's flagship gaming laptop of 2021 is here, and it packs a 16-inch QHD display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The Legion 7 16ACH-06 also includes the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5000 series APUs, NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 30 GPUs and more I/O than you could shake a stick at.
Lenovo updates the Legion 5 Pro to a 16:10 display, AMD Ryzen 5000 APUs and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 GPUs
The new Legion 5 Pro features a new display, CPUs and GPUs. The gaming laptop now offers a 16:10 and 16-inch IPS display with a native QHD resolution, a 165 Hz refresh rate and 3 ms response times. Additionally, AMD Ryzen 5000 APUs and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs now power the Legion 5 Pro, which will be available from March for €1,399 and up.
ZOTAC ZBOX MAGNUS ONE mini-PC launched with an Intel Core i7-10700 and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
ZOTAC has unveiled its mini-PC, albeit one that has an 8.3-litre case. Nonetheless, the ZBOX MAGNUS ONE features an Intel Core i7-10700 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPU. The ZBOX MAGNUS ONE supports up to 64 GB of RAM too, and has plenty of I/O.
Raspberry Pi: Bring the mini-ITX form factor to the Compute Module 4 with the Over:Board
The Over:Board is a carrier board for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 that turns the compact machine into a mini-ITX motherboard. The Over:Board features a host of I/O, including dual HDMI and USB 2.0 ports. There is a PCI-Express slot too, along with a CPU fan header.
GK3V: A mini-PC with a 2.5-inch drive slot and a VGA output
The GK3V is a Gemini Lake Refresh-based mini-PC with a built-in VGA output. The device also has two HDMI ports, 8 GB of RAM and four USB ports. There is even space for a 2.5-inch drive, which supplements the device's built-in storage.
The NexDock 360 transforms a smartphone or Raspberry Pi into a 2-in-1 laptop
Nex Computer has returned with its latest laptop shell, the NexDock 360. The machine features a 13.3-inch touchscreen in a 2-in-1 convertible form factor, along with a 44 Wh battery, a large trackpad and inputs to connect a smartphone or a Raspberry Pi.
LG Rollable teased again with hands-on videos of its extending display
LG has held its CES 2021 event, during which it teased its forthcoming Rollable smartphone. The South Korean company first hinted at the device last year after announcing the LG Wing, but it has now shown how its folding mechanism in action. The LG Rollable appears to have a motorised mechanism, but many other details remain unknown at this stage.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus introduced with a larger battery, a replaceable SSD, Tiger Lake processors and LTE support
The successor to the Surface Pro 7 is here, but it is not the Surface Pro 8. Instead, Microsoft has called its latest convertible the Surface Pro 7 Plus, and has only made it available to business customers and educational institutions. The Surface Pro 7 Plus contains plenty of upgrades over the Surface Pro 7 too, albeit in the same ageing chassis.
NVIDIA teases GeForce RTX 30 mobile GPUs before January 12 GeForce event
NVIDIA will definitely be unveiling GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs for laptops tomorrow, based on the company's latest teaser. Up to seven Ampere-based GPUs are expected to arrive, from the GeForce RTX 3050 to the GeForce RTX 3080. There will be Max-Q variants of all but the GeForce RTX 3050, too.
Honor V40 details point to it being a re-branded Huawei Nova 8 Pro with a MediaTek 1000 Plus SoC
Honor may be free of Huawei, but it appears to be still using the designs of its former parent company. The Honor V40 will arrive in China on January 18, and it bears an uncanny resemblance to the Huawei Nova 8 Pro. Honor's first smartphone without Huawei may reprise Google Mobile Services, though.
Microsoft Surface Pro 8 prices leak for the US
It is no secret that the Surface Pro 8 will be another minor revision on the Surface Pro series' dated design. Microsoft will update its famous 2-in-1s to Intel's Tiger Lake platform, while retaining the chassis from previous Surface Pro generations. The Surface Pro 8 will start at US$899.99 for the Core i3 model too, but that price does not include a keyboard. Microsoft will charge nearly US$3,000 for the privilege of 32 GB of RAM, too.
Colourful Samsung Galaxy A32 press renders reveal LG Velvet inspired design
Samsung appears to be on the verge of releasing the Galaxy A32 soon, based on the volume of press renders that have leaked. The 5G handset will be available with five cameras, a MediaTek Dimensity 720 chipset and a design that resembles the LG Velvet. There will also be 4 GB of RAM and a 6.5-inch LCD screen.
Nokia 6.4 renders leak showcasing a large display and quad cameras
OnLeaks has leaked Nokia's next mid-range smartphone. Called the Nokia 6.3 or Nokia 6.4, the device will feature a 6.45-inch display and four rear-facing cameras. There will also be a headphone jack, a USB Type-C port and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
LG announces five Gram laptops for 2021 with 16:10 displays and convertible form factors
LG has delivered a few Gram-related surprises ahead of CES 2021. Not only will the company unveil new 14, 16 and 17-inch laptops next week, but it will unveil convertible 14 and 16-inch models. LG's new Gram lineup will all feature 16:10 displays and Intel Tiger Lake-U processors.
Missing Eve V refunds are reputed to exceed US$225,000
Eve has two products in the pipeline this year, four years on from the ill-fated release of the original Eve V. However, there are still concerns about missing refunds for orders placed over three years ago. At least US$225,000 is allegedly owed.
The new MSI GF65 Thin will rely on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q and the Core i7-10750H
MSI will be announcing new products on January 13, but it briefly listed new versions of the GF65 Thin on its website. The 15.6-inch gaming laptop will be available with at least the GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q, along with up to an Intel Core i7-10750H processor. It seems that no AMD options will be available, though.
The AMD Ryzen 7 5700G and Ryzen 9 5980HX emerge from the shadows in USB-IF listings
Cezanne APUs are almost upon us, and the USB-IF has offered a hint of what is to come from AMD this year. The company plans to release Cezanne-based desktop processors and a top-tier mobile chip called the Ryzen 9 5980HX.
The LG Velvet will be the company's only device running Android 11 by April 2021
LG has announced its Android 11 upgrade plan for Q1 2021, and it only contains the Velvet 5G. Seemingly, the V60 ThinQ and Wing 5G must wait until Q2 2021 before receiving Android 11. Owners of the Velvet 5G outside of South Korea are unlikely to see Google's latest OS this quarter, too.
LG's slow updates outside of South Korea continue with the LG Wing
Non-South Korean variants of the LG Wing are already lagging behind in terms of software improvements. While LG delivered new multitasking features to the South Korean edition of the Wing in early November, it has taken almost two months for the update to arrive in the US.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ultra leaks with 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM
NVIDIA plans to release Ampere-based graphics cards with Ultra branding, of which the RTX 3060 Ultra may be the first. The first leak of the RTX 3060 Ultra confirms that it will have 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM and that it should arrive later this month.
Xiaomi restarts the Android 11 rollout for the Mi A3 following bricked devices fiasco
Xiaomi has messed up another OS upgrade for the Mi A3. Now on its second and final OS upgrade, the Mi A3 will officially remain on Android 11 indefinitely. Xiaomi has begun rolling Android 11 to the device again now, but it did kill some Mi A3 units with its initial rollout.
Blackview Tab 8E: An affordable 2-in-1 Android tablet with a removable keyboard
The Blackview Tab 8E is a new and inexpensive Android tablet that could also be used as a laptop replacement. The machine has a 1200p display, runs Android 10 and has a massive 6,580 mAh battery. The Tab 8E retails for under US$200 with a removable keyboard.
Pictures of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro and Galaxy SmartTags leak ahead of next week's Galaxy Unpacked event
The Galaxy S21 series may be Samsung's next flagship products, but the South Korean company has other exciting devices in the works too. According to several pictures, Samsung plans to announce not only the Galaxy Buds Pro, but the Galaxy SmartTags also.
Huawei updates its EMUI 11 upgrade plans globally
Huawei has refreshed its EMUI 11 upgrade plans globally. The OS update has only been delivered to a limited number of handsets so far, while India is yet to receive EMUI 11 at all. Huawei has provided the update to all users of a few devices in some regions, though.
Dell updates the Precision 3560 with Tiger Lake-U processors but ditches some business features
The Precision 3560 is new for 2021, and with Intel's Tiger Lake-U platform. The 15-inch mobile workstation features a new design from last year's model with a larger trackpad and a new keyboard. However, the dedicated mouse buttons have gone, and the pointing stick appears to have been omitted too.
OnePlus CEO makes wishes come true with OnePlus smartwatch announcement
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed that the company is almost ready to announce its first smartwatch. The putatively called OnePlus Watch will be released in early 2021.
Stable MIUI 12.5 builds may not arrive until the end of February 2021
Xiaomi may begin distributing stable builds of MIUI 12.5 in late February 2021, according to a new report. The release of MIUI 12.5 could well run into March 2021 too, despite its rumoured announcement next week.
The Xiaomi Redmi 7 receives global Android 10 update but misses out on MIUI 12
Xiaomi has seeded another update for the global version of the Redmi 7. The latest update for the handset brings Android 10, but MIUI 12 is nowhere to be seen.
The Acer Nitro 5 will be soon available with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, a 144 Hz display and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 packing 8 GB of VRAM
Dozens of gaming laptops are expected to arrive at CES 2021 in January, including a new Acer Nitro 5. A retailer has confirmed that Acer has paired its gaming laptop with a Ryzen 7 5800H and a GeForce RTX 3080 too.
Realme CEO publishes more Realme Watch S Pro teasers ahead of its imminent launch
The Realme Watch S Pro is almost upon us, but CEO Madhav Sheth has found time to publish several teasers of the upcoming smartwatch. The Realme Watch S Pro will have an AMOLED screen, up to 14 days of battery life, GPS and a heart rate monitor, among other features.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra may cost upwards of US$1,500 with 512 GB of storage
The Galaxy S21 series's full pricing has been revealed in Europe, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra will be a pricey affair at higher storage configurations. Samsung may ask US$1,500 for a 512 GB of the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which will be the only Galaxy S21 available with more than 256 GB of storage.
Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha 2 pops up in patent filing
The arrival of the Xiaomi Mi 11 series nears, but the world awaits another entry in the Mi Mix series. A new patent suggests that Xiaomi is developing a second iteration of the Mi Mix Alpha though, and one with triple pop-up cameras.
Intel NUC 11 Performance to arrive with up to a Core i7-1165G7 and in three chassis variants
The Intel NUC 11 Performance is on the horizon, and with a choice of Tiger Lake processors. The mini-PC will be available in three chassis variants, including one that features a built-in wireless charging pad.
Latest OnePlus 9 5G leak details significant camera upgrades from the OnePlus 8T
More details about the OnePlus 9 5G have leaked, this time concerning its triple rear-facing cameras. Apparently, the device will feature a 50 MP Ultra Vision Camera as its primary sensor, along with 20 MP Cine and 12 MP telephoto cameras. The three cameras would be upgrades on the ones found in the OnePlus 8T.
The Samsung Galaxy S II can now be upgraded to Android 11 thanks to LineageOS 18.0
Many of Samsung's recent smartphones may be ineligible for Android 11, but a developer has ported Google's latest OS to the Galaxy S II. The nine-year-old device can be upgraded to LineageOS 18.0, albeit an alpha and unofficial port of the popular custom ROM.
Sony's struggles with 4K/120 Hz image blurring on the XH90, XH900H, X9100H and XH92 TVs continue, despite issuing a firmware fix
Sony claims that it has fixed the image blurring at 4K and 120 Hz on the XH90, XH900H, X9100H and XH92, months after it released its high-end TVs. Vincent Teoh of HDTVTest has demonstrated otherwise though, suggesting that a hardware issue is the cause of the blurriness at high refresh rates and 4K.
Leak reveals the exorbitant prices of the Samsung Galaxy S21 series
A new leak has revealed the pricing of the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, and it is a mixed bag. The entry-point into Samsung's flagship smartphones will be lower than last year, but the Galaxy S21 Ultra is more expensive than its predecessor. No expandable storage and a plastic back would make the Galaxy S21 pricey even at €849, though.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra leaks confirm design with no expandable storage, less RAM than its predecessor and no bundled accessories
The Galaxy S21 Ultra has been leaked in its entirety, and it is a mixed bag for fans of huge Samsung flagships. On the one hand, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will feature the new Exynos 2100 chipset and upgraded cameras, which should all be welcome changes from the Galaxy S20 Ultra. The removal of expandable storage, all bundled accessories and less RAM than the Galaxy S20 Ultra are all downgrades, though.
Samsung tipped to manufacture NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 SUPER GPUs next year
NVIDIA looked to Samsung rather than TSMC for the production of its RTX 30 series GPUs. The decision to go with Samsung has caused issues though, not least poor yields on its 8 nm process. Nonetheless, NVIDIA will continue to use Samsung for its RTX 30 SUPER GPUs, according to a new report. The RTX 30 SUPER series is due next year.
Official Snapdragon 888 benchmark results detail generational performance improvements in AnTuTu, Geekbench and GFX Bench
The first official benchmark results are in for the Snapdragon 888, and they show a healthy uplift from the performance of the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 865+. The results are informative, but there are too many variables at play to compare the Snapdragon 888 against one of its main rivals, the Apple A14 Bionic.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max remains without a stable MIUI 12 upgrade in India as another Stable Beta update arrives
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max appears to have been largely forgotten about by Xiaomi. The device has now received a second MIUI 12 Stable Beta update, with the first having arrived in September. There is no word on the arrival of a Stable MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max yet, though.
Cyberpunk 2077 runs better on iPhones and iPads than it does on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One
With Google Stadia available on iPhones and iPads via a web app, people have been seeing how well Cyberpunk 2077 runs. It turns out the likes of the iPhone 12 Pro do a better job of playing CD Projekt Red's latest triple-A title than the last-generation PlayStation 4 or Xbox One do.
Samsung announces the Exynos 2100 as it issues a lengthy apology to fans
Samsung has finally announced the arrival of the Exynos 2100, and it is just two days before the expected launch of the Galaxy S21 series. The Exynos 2100 is believed to feature eight cores built on a 5 nm process, with an ARM Cortex-X1 core the most powerful of the eight. The Exynos 2100 will go head-to-head with the Snapdragon 888 when the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra arrive next month.
Leaked Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro schematic points to a 6.76-inch display
A schematic of the Mi 11 Pro has leaked online. The schematic suggests that Xiaomi has equipped its next flagship smartphone with a 6.76-inch display, which is expected to run natively at a QHD+ resolution with a 120 Hz refresh rate. The Mi 11 Pro may arrive before the end of the year and will be one of the first devices with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 888 SoC.
Huami releases the Amazfit GTS 2e and GTR 2e with AMOLED displays, improved battery life and SpO2 sensors
Huami's latest smartwatches are 'e' versions of the Watch GTS 2 and Watch GTR 2, respectively. The new models are cheaper, but they have better battery life. Huami has not skrimped on other areas either, with the Watch GTS 2e and Watch GTR 2e both featuring AMOLED displays and SpO2 sensors.
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power introduced with a large battery, improved cameras and a Snapdragon 662 processor
Xiaomi has announced the Redmi 9 Power for India. The Chinese company has priced the device at INR 13,999 (~US$190), for which you will receive a smartphone with a 6.53-inch FHD+ display, a 48 MP primary camera and a 6,000 mAh battery, among other features. The Redmi 9 Power will be available with up to 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage and in four colours.
Official press images show the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ in all colours
Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S21 series in a few weeks, but the trio fo upcoming flagships have been leaked once again. Now, press images of the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ have been published, offering a look at the two devices from almost every angle, along with the colours in which they will be sold. The visual differences between the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ are minimal, though.
Huawei updates EMUI 11 upgrade plans in two regions
Huawei has updated its EMUI 11 upgrade plans in two regions. To date, the OS upgrade has only reached handsets in Asia Pacific and Canada, where the Mate 30 and P40 series have begun the slow march to EMUI 11. Huawei claims that it has upgraded over 10 million devices to EMUI 11 already, though.
The Apple Watch gains a compelling fitness feature with watchOS 7.2
Apple has started distributing watchOS 7.2 to Apple Watch Series smartwatches. The latest version of watchOS introduces Apple's smartwatches to Fitness+, although this is not available globally. Thankfully, there is another exciting new feature as of watchOS 7.2 that is available everywhere.
One-Netbook teases the One Mix 4 with a compact design, a 16:10 display and a Tiger Lake processor
One-Netbook has teased its next device, which it is calling the One Mix 4. The 10.1-inch machine will feature a Tiger Lake processor, an M.2 NVMe SSD and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. The device appears to have minimal bezels, too.
NVIDIA announces GeForce RTX event for January 12; GeForce RTX 3060, RTX 30 mobile GPUs and more expected
NVIDIA has unveiled its plans for CES 2021. The company will make an announcement on January 12 at 09:00 PST. Rumour has it that NVIDIA plans to bulk out its RTX 30 series with new desktop cards like the RTX 3060, along with its first foray into Ampere-based laptop graphics cards.
New leaked Microsoft Surface Pro 8 details confirm memory configurations and LTE support
Many details about the Surface Pro 8 have already been revealed, and now memory configurations can be added to the list. Microsoft's next 2-in-1 will support LTE connectivity too, rather than the newer 5G standard.
ZimaBoard: Hackable mini-PC, server and single-board computer unveiled
The ZimaBoard is an unusual-looking machine, and one that serves as a mini-PC, a server and a single-board computer. The ZimaBoard features an Intel processor and is passively cooled.
LG Gram 2021 refresh launched with Tiger Lake processors, three colour options and a new 16-inch model
LG has unveiled three new Gram laptops featuring Intel Tiger Lake processors. The South Korean company has brought Thunderbolt 4 support to the Gram series and three colour options, among other changes. A 16-inch model will replace the existing LG Gram 15 too, bringing with it a much larger trackpad.
Hackboard 2: A single-board computer that supports Windows 10 and is compatible with the Raspberry Pi
The Hackboard 2 is an Intel-based single-board computer that is also compatible with the Raspberry Pi. The machine runs Windows 10 or Ubuntu natively and retails for US$99. The Hackboard 2 features 4 GB up DDR4 RAM and 64 GB of eMMC flash storage too, along with plenty of I/O.
Leaked Galaxy S21 5G press image offers up the display design of Samsung's next flagship smartphone
The first official press image of the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G has leaked, courtesy of Evan Blass. The usually-reliable leaker has shown the front of the device so far, along with confirming details about the trio of Galaxy S21 devices. You may have a hard time distinguishing the Galaxy S21 from the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy S20 FE, though.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, GeForce RTX 3060, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and GeForce RTX 3080 Ti added to AIDA64 Extreme ahead of anticipated releases
FinalWire has added support for the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti in the latest stable update of AIDA64 Extreme. However, the utility also now supports the GeForce RTX 3050, GeForce RTX 3060, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, all of which NVIDIA is yet to announce.
The Intel Core i9-11900K beats the Ryzen 9 5950X in new Ashes of the Singularity benchmarks
Intel's next flagship desktop processor, the Core i9-11900K, may only have eight cores, but it is already comparing well against the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X in gaming benchmarks. The Core i9-11900K holds upwards of an 8% advantage over AMD's 16-core Vermeer chip, even with essentially the same boost clock as its Comet Lake-S predecessor.
The Apple iPhone 12 mini may be a one-hit wonder
Only Apple currently sells a compact flagship smartphone, but new research suggests that the iPhone 12 mini has not been a success so far. Based on the initial uptake of the iPhone 12 mini, it seems that spending US$100 more on an iPhone 12 is a more attractive proposition for people in the US.
The Google Pixel 5 Pro is purported to be in development
The Google Pixel 5 Pro is a real device, according to a new report. While probably not the device that someone claimed to have photos of last week, suppliers are reputedly already developing panels for something called a Pixel 5 Pro.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular-single board computer into a showpiece with the Solid Copper Maker Block Case
Desalvo Systems has introduced a new version of its Maker Block Raspberry Pi 4 case, which it has machined from a solid block of copper. Appropriately called the Solid Copper Maker Block Case, the case is likely to draw attention with its striking design. However, the use of a copper block is also practical as it supposedly delivers superior passive cooling than many other cases for the Raspberry Pi 4.
Samsung to bestow the Galaxy S21 series with the Exynos 2100 in Europe and South Korea; 16 GB of RAM headed to the Galaxy S21 Ultra
The Exynos 2100 will power the Galaxy S21 series in Europe and South Korea, according to a new report. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 will be making its way to the USA, possibly heading the American variants a performance advantage over their European and South Korean siblings. The Galaxy S21 Ultra will be available with up to 16 GB of RAM too, unlike the Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S21+.
NVIDIA u-turns on its decision to block Hardware Unboxed from receiving GPU review units
Much was made of NVIDIA's apparent decision to block Hardware Unboxed from having access to GPU review samples. The company has already done an about-turn on the matter though, possibly because of the outcry from reviewers and fans.
Cyberpunk 2077 confirmed to fluctuate between 900p and 720p on the PlayStation 4 as thousands of negative reviews roll in
The PlayStation 4 can only manage up to 900p in Cyberpunk 2077, Digital Foundry has discovered. The last-generation console mainly slums it in 720p though, and often at below 20 FPS. Expectedly, people have been leaving negative reviews in their droves.
Leaked Xiaomi Mi 11 photos affirm odd camera design as 5,000 mAh batteries are confirmed for the Mi 11 series
More leaked photos of what looks like the Xiaomi Mi 11 have been posted online. The photos match the odd camera shape shown in previous leaks, which only features two lenses. Recent 3C certifications have confirmed that Xiaomi will be bringing 5,000 mAh batteries to the Mi 11 series, too.
Samsung launches the first 110-inch MicroLED TV with self-proclaimed astonishing vibrancy and brightness
Samsung has started selling the first 110-inch MicroLED TV, which it promises will deliver 'astonishing colour vibrancy and brightness' thanks to its emissive LED display technology. The 110-inch TV effectively succeeds 'The Wall', although it is only available to purchase in South Korea, for the time being.
Apple rumoured to launch the iPad 9 in early 2021 with an A13 Bionic chipset and a 10.5-inch display from US$329
A new report from China reveals multiple details about the next iPad, tentatively called the iPad 9. The budget iPad is apparently due for release in Spring 2021, a release date that has been spoken of for the next iPad Pro. The iPad 9 will supposedly feature a larger display and an A13 Bionic chipset, but there is at least one disappointment in store.
Samsung Galaxy S21 with Snapdragon 888 shown off in hands-on video as European memory and colour configurations leak
The Galaxy S21 has been leaked in a hands-on video, showcasing its design and the performance of the Snapdragon 888 version. The memory and colour configurations of the Galaxy S21 series in Europe have been leaked, too.
AMD Ryzen 5000 Vermeer processors are now functional on X370 chipset motherboards
It is now possible to get X370 motherboards and Ryzen 5000-series processors to work together, albeit only on ASRock Taichi motherboards so far. There is an air of mystery surrounding the BIOS update that brings support for Vermeer processors to X370 motherboards, though.
Xiaomi quietly unveils the Mi Watch Lite with a square design and up to 9 days of battery life
Xiaomi has introduced the Mi Watch Lite with little to no fanfare. The new smartwatch has a square display, up to 9 days of battery life, a 230 mAh battery and GPS support, among other features. The Mi Watch Lite currently retails in China for CNY 299 (~US$45).
The Samsung Exynos 2100 reported to offer monumental battery life improvements over the Exynos 990
Samsung is gearing to release the Exynos 2100, which is expected to debut in the Galaxy S21 series early next year. Now, early battery life results of Samsung's latest chipset have leaked, and they paint it in a good light. Apparently, process and structural changes have yielded a 15% improvement alone. But, the difference between the Galaxy S20 Ultra and Galaxy S21 Ultra in some battery life tests could be huge, according to one leaker.
Samsung Galaxy S21 series launch and pre-order dates confirmed as leaker speaks of glasstic back for the Galaxy S21
Samsung's largest store in India has made some startling admissions about the upcoming Galaxy S21 series. The store has confirmed not only when Samsung will announce the Galaxy S21 series, but has divulged pre-order dates, colours and that only Exynos 2100 models will be coming to India. Sadly, the Galaxy S21 has apparently been confirmed to have a plastic back, just like the Note 20.
The LG Velvet becomes the company's first device to receive Android 11 as part of the LG OS Preview Program
The LG Velvet has started to receive Android 11, albeit only in South Korea. The LG OS Preview Program is open to multiple variants of the device, and marks the beginning of the path to Android 11 for LG handsets.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is one of the next devices to receive Android 11
The Redmi Note 8 Pro will be one of Xiaomi's next devices to receive Android 11. The same applies to the Redmi Note 8 as Xiaomi looks to bring Android 11 to more handsets on the beta branch of MIUI in China. The Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro are two of four Redmi handsets to be called up to Android 11 within the next few weeks.
Creative Outlier Air V2 Hands-On Review: An upgrade on an excellent pair of TWS earbuds for US$20 less
The Outlier Air V2 may be Creative's best TWS earbuds yet. Retailing for US$79.99, the earbuds offer a more refined experience than the Outlier Gold without any real compromises. The switch away from the awkward buttons of the Outlier Gold to touch controls is certainly an improvement, but it comes with some drawbacks, too.
PCI IDs shed light on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 and GeForce RTX 3060 desktop graphics cards
The GeForce RTX 3050 and GeForce RTX 3060 will be based on different GPUs, according to updated PCI IDs. Apparently, the RTX 3050 could be the only card to utilise the GA107 GPU, while NVIDIA will use its GA106 GPU for the GeForce RTX 3060.
Honor Router 3 Hands-On Review: Stylish, affordable and with a good feature set
The Honor Router 3 offers good looks, fast connectivity and more versatility than many routers that internet companies provide. The Router 3 is not without its issues though, as we have discovered during our time with the device.
NVIDIA is developing the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-P and Max-Q with 8 GB and 16 GB of VRAM; GA106M for the RTX 3060 Max-P and Max-Q
NVIDIA has 8 GB and 16 GB editions of the GeForce RTX 3070 mobile in development, PCI IDs have confirmed. Expectedly, there will be Max-P and Max-Q versions of the GA104-M based GeForce RTX 3070, as there will be for the GeForce RTX 3060. The latter will be based on the GA106M GPU.
Oppo Reno5 series launched; Reno5 Pro+ to be the first smartphone with the 50 MP Sony IMX766
Oppo has launched the Reno5 series in China. The series comprises the Reno5, Reno5 Pro and Reno5 Pro+, although only the latter features Sony's new IMX766 camera. All three devices have 90 Hz displays and larger battery capacities. The Reno5 Pro+ will be officially unveiled on December 24.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti listed in PCI ID database with a GA102 GPU
Another hint of the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti has been seen online. This time, the card has been added to the PCI ID repository, seemingly confirming that NVIDIA has based it on the company's GA102 GPU. The RTX 3080 Ti is thought to have up to 10,496 CUDA cores, 20 GB of GDDR6X VRAM and a 320 W TDP.
Samsung will spend at least ten months upgrading its devices to One UI 3.0 and Android 11
Samsung will be delivering the Android 11 upgrade to devices in Europe until September 2020, according to an official upgrade plan. The rollout of One UI 3.0 is already underway for the Galaxy S20 series, but the recently announced Galaxy S20 FE must wait until February 2021. Many of Samsung's recent flagships will receive One UI 3.0 and Android 11 from next month, though.
Samsung Galaxy S21 series tipped for new UD fingerprint scanner as FCC confirms Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 versions
The Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra are set to feature an exciting upgrade in the form of improved biometrics. Apparently, the devices will have a UD fingerprint scanner that is two times faster than the one in the Galaxy S20 series, and with a much larger surface area to boot. Additionally, the FCC has confirmed that there will be Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 versions of the Galaxy S21 series, too.
Leaked Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021) listing confirms specifications and design of upcoming mid-range handset
The successor to the Moto G Stylus has leaked online, and Motorola has unimaginatively called it the Moto G Stylus (2021). The device has appeared in Aurora Black and will have four rear-facing cameras, along with a punch-hole display, what looks like a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and 5G connectivity. The Moto G Stylus (2021) will retail for US$339.95 and will ship with Android 10.
Cyberpunk 2077 official benchmarks show you will need a powerful rig for high-end PC gaming
Cyberpunk 2077 conquers all known GPUs in 4K, according to official benchmarks provided by NVIDIA. Even the RTX 3090 can barely manage 22 FPS at maximum settings, and enabling DLSS Performance Mode only boosts framerates to a meagre 57.8 FPS. 1080p gaming is a problem almost all modern NVIDIA GPUs without DLSS enabled, too.
Samsung Exynos thanks its fans after a tough year before Exynos 2100 announcement
Samsung has something planned for December 15, and it may be the flagship SoC that will carry its smartphone division into 2021. It is a long way back from the Exynos 990, but Samsung has opted to thank its fan for their support ahead of the unveiling of the Exynos 2100.
Leaked pictures of the Google Pixel 5 Pro appear online
Pictures of an apparent Pixel 5 Pro have appeared on /LEAKS. Apparently, the Pixel 5 Pro has no visible front-facing camera, which has lead to speculation that it has an under-screen one. Not all seems right with the leak, though.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, RTX 3060, RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti edge closer to release with EEC registration
New RTX 30 series cards will be pouring onto the market soon, according to Manli. The board partner has registered the RTX 3050, RTX 3060, RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti with the EEC, just a month or so away from another expected NVIDIA hardware announcement. These four cards would take the RTX 30 product stack up to eight, but an RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3080 20 GB could be on the way too.
MIUI 12.5 rumoured to arrive soon with multiple changes from MIUI 12
It appears as though Xiaomi is pulling a Samsung with a half-step upgrade for MIUI 12. The update will supposedly be called MIUI 12.5, and will feature multiple UI changes from MIUI 12. Xiaomi is yet to officially upgrade many devices from MIUI 11 to MIUI 12, though.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro and Honor MagicWatch 2 receive features in latest software updates
Huawei has released new software updates for two of its most popular smartwatches, the Watch GT 2 Pro and Honor MagicWatch 2. Each update adds a few interesting new features, such as workout upgrades and a quick dial that contains shortcuts for favourite features.
The AMD Radeon RX 6700M series will have larger dies than the RX 5700 XT
The AMD Radeon RX 6700M series will have larger dies than the RX 5700 XT, according to a new report. Expected to be built on Navi 22 GPUs, the RX 6700M series will do battle with the mobile forms of the RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 from early next year. RX 6700M cards may offer up to 40 Compute Units and 12 GB of VRAM.
Samsung Galaxy A52: First pictures of 5G mid-range smartphone leaked
The first renders of the Galaxy A52 have leaked online, just a few weeks after specifications of the device were published. The design of Samsung's next mid-range smartphone will be reminiscent of the Galaxy Note 20. The Galaxy A52 is expected to arrive with a 'Glasstic' rear panel, a Snapdragon 750G chipset and 6 GB of RAM.
Brazilian certification agency delivers a damning confirmation about the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra
Samsung may have mocked Apple for removing chargers from its iPhones, but now it seems that the South Korean company has followed suit. The move may not apply to all regions, but many Galaxy S21 handsets will come with almost no accessories in the box.
Xiaomi prepares to upgrade another 12 devices to Android 11, including the Mi A3
Android 11 is almost ready to arrive on another dozen devices like the Xiaomi Mi A3, according to a new report. The Mi A3 is Xiaomi's only Android One handset that is eligible for Android 11, as the Mi A1, Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite have already received their allotted two OS upgrades. Other devices supposedly scheduled for Android 11 include the global Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max.
LG Gram 2021 launch event announced with four lightweight laptops up for release
LG has unveiled when it will launch the 2021 refresh of its Gram laptop series. The LG Gram 2021 launch event will be the first opportunity to witness at least the LG Gram 14Z90P, LG Gram 17Z90P and the new LG Gram 16Z90P.
The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Stealth dispenses with any cameras
The latest limited edition version of the iPhone 12 Pro is certainly an odd one. Supposedly an 'accessory for private meetings and serious conversations', the iPhone 12 Pro Stealth does away with all of the cameras that typically grace the iPhone 12 Pro.
Apple may be bringing a revolutionary matte black finish to future iPhones and MacBooks
A patent has revealed Apple's novel way of reproducing a matte black effect on aluminium, steel and titanium. The anodised coating could be used in multiple applications, including iPhones, MacBooks, iPads and Watches.
The AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX romps home on Geekbench and may even allow for overclocking
The Ryzen 9 5900HX has hit Geekbench, confirming several aspects of the upcoming Zen 3 and Cezanne APUs. The 8-core APU will be part of a new series for AMD, and one that may overclockable.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 mobile outed with 16 GB of VRAM, a GA104 GPU and 6,144 CUDA cores
The first details of the GeForce RTX 3080 mobile have appeared online. Not only do they offer an insight into what to expect from high-end gaming laptops next year, but they also raise the question about the continued existence of merely a 10 GB edition of the desktop variant of the RTX 3080.
Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds launched with advanced hybrid ANC, touch controls and 60 ms Bluetooth latency
Razer has unveiled a new version a Pro version of its Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds. The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro has a redesigned charging case and silicone ear tips, unlike the original model. The new earbuds support advanced hybrid ANC and 60 ms Bluetooth audio latency, according to Razer. The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro retails for US$199.99.
The Xiaomi Redmi Watch is now purchasable for US$59.99
The Xiaomi Redmi Watch is already available to order from third-party retailers. Currently, AliExpress offers the best deal on the smartwatch, where it sells for US$59.99. The Redmi Watch is available in three colours from the retailer, all of which have the same 1.4-inch display and IP certification, among other features.
Leak confirms the design of Motorola's first Snapdragon 800 series-powered Moto G smartphone
The first image of the Motorola Nio has been leaked online, confirming an unusual dual-hole punch display design. The release of the device is anticipated for early 2021, but it may well feature a Snapdragon 865, rather than the newer Snapdragon 888. The Motorola Nio will be sold under the Moto G brand.
The Intel NUC 11 Extreme reportedly delayed until Q1 2021; NUC 11 Performance due for release this month with up to a Core i7-1165G7 and 64 GB of RAM
Intel's NUC 11 Performance 'Panther Canyon' NUC remains on track for this month, according to a new report. The NUC 11 Extreme 'Phantom Canyon' NUC has been delayed until Q1 2021, though. Both machines will offer the Core i3-1115G4, Core i5-1135G7 and Core i7-1165G7, which are all based on Intel's Tiger Lake-U series platform.
MSI publishes Rocket Lake-S processor data; 8-core SKUs will have 125 W TDPs and be capable of 5.0 GHz boost clock speeds
A screenshot of a Rocket Lake-S processor in CPU-Z is being circulated online, and by none other than MSI. The image confirms that the Rocket Lake-S series will support the AVX512F and SHA instruction sets, while 8-core parts will be capable of reaching 5.0 GHz with a 125 W rated TDP. Rocket Lake-S processors are scheduled for release from Q1 2021 onwards.
NVISEN Y-GX01: A mini-PC with gaming chops thanks to its Intel Core i9-9880H processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU
With the Y-GX01, NVISEN has developed a mini-PC that is not only compact, but powerful too. The machines with a dedicated GPU, expandability and a range of processors to choose from.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 with 20 GB of VRAM lives on as MSI registers eight SKUs with the EEC
NVIDIA was thought to have killed off the 20 GB version of the RTX 3080, but MSI suggests that may not be the case. To date, the board partner has registered the RTX 3080 20 GB under its Suprim, Sea Hawk, Gaming Trio, Aero and Ventus series.
The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT shows up on the Ashes of the Singularity ahead of its December 8 release
The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT is almost here, and it has shown that it can pretty much match NVIDIA's best efforts in Ashes of the Singularity. The RX 6900 XT gets within 3 FPS of the GeForce RTX 3090, despite being a third cheaper than NVIDIA's premier card.
Huawei sits atop of AnTuTu November leaderboards, but the Xiaomi Redmi 10X 5G wins the midrange battle
Shortly before the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 hits the market, the HiSilicon Kirin 9000 and Snapdragon 865 can once again top the AnTuTu charts, while the MediaTek Dimensity 820 in the Xiaomi Redmi 10X 5G has been able to top the mid-range leaderboard.
Xiaomi confirms that MIUI 12 is now available on over 30 smartphones
Xiaomi has been updating devices to MIUI 12 for months, having started with the Mi 9 and Redmi K20 series in June. Now, the company claims that MIUI 12 is available on more than 30 smartphones, but many remain adrift on MIUI 11.
The Google Pixel 5 has a hole for wireless charging, but bio-resin saves the day
The Pixel 5 has a sizeable hole in its back panel, but JerryRigEverything has demonstrated that it is nothing to worry about. Instead, it turns out that the Pixel 5 is more resistant to being twisted and abused, despite its cut out for wireless charging. The bio-resin coating is much thicker than the coating on the Pixel 4 series, too.
Global Android 11 upgrade for MIUI 12 begins in earnest
Xiaomi has rolled out Android 11 to all Mi 10 Pro handsets globally. The update, V18.104.22.168.RJAMIXM, has passed Xiaomi's Beta Stable testing and will reach devices as an over-the-air (OTA) upgrade. The new update includes a few changes besides the upgrade to Android 11, too.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 comes out swinging on Geekbench
Qualcomm only unveiled the Snapdragon 888 yesterday, but a new entry on Geekbench with the chipset has already appeared. The device is codenamed the Vivo V2056A, but it is not the only device on the benchmarking website to feature the new flagship SoC.
FriendlyELEC releases the NanoPi R4S for US$45
The NanoPi R4S is now orderable from FriendlyELEC. The single-board computer starts at US$45 and comes with a Rockchip RK3399 chipset. The device is available with 1 GB or 4 GB of RAM and an optional CNC metal case.
Qualcomm confirms that over a dozen OEMs will use the Snapdragon 888 in their smartphones
Consumers will be spoilt for choice over smartphones with the Snapdragon 888, according to Qualcomm. The new flagship chipset will feature in devices from at least thirteen OEMs, even from the likes of LG.
AOC C32G2AE and CQ32G2SE: Two curved gaming monitors launched with 31.5-inch panels, 165 Hz refresh rates and 1 ms response times
The AOC C32G2AE and CQ32G2SE are two 31.5-inch and 165 Hz gaming monitors. The pair have a 1500R curvature and a 3,000:1 contrast ratio too with support for AMD FreeSync Premium. The C32G2AE is a 1080p monitor though, whereas the CQ32G2SE can reach 1440p.
The Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power will be India's answer to the Redmi Note 9 4G
Xiaomi has another smartphone release in India planned. This time it is a rebadged version of the Redmi Note 9 4G, which the company unveiled in China last month. The device will be sold as the Redmi 9 Power in India, according to the Google Play Console and an initial MIUI 12 build published by Xiaomi.
Samsung announces One UI 3.0 and Android 11 upgrade schedule for 41 devices
Samsung plans to upgrade at least 41 devices to One UI 3.0 by September 2021, according to an official upgrade plan. The company will begin with the Galaxy S20 series this month, before moving onto the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Z series. Most devices will not see One UI 3.0 until April 2021 and later, though.
Reuters source confirms the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series with no Galaxy Note 21 planned
A restructure of Samsung's flagship smartphones is afoot. Following multiple rumours concerning the end of the Galaxy Note series and the Galaxy Note21 being the last of its kind, Reuters now claims that Samsung will roll its S-Pen into the Galaxy S and Galaxy Z series, mothballing the Galaxy Note series in the process.
NVIDIA sets expectations for more RTX 3060 cards as it publishes RTX 3060 Ti performance benchmarks
The RTX 3060 Ti is only the start of the RTX 3060 family, according to NVIDIA. Announced via a blog post, NVIDIA is expected to bring at least the RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 mobile to market from early next year. The company has also published its official benchmark results for the RTX 3060 Ti, which compares the cards against the RTX 2060 SUPER and RTX 2080 SUPER.
Realme 'Race' announced with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 888 as design and specifications leak
Realme has announced its next flagship smartphone. Codename 'Race', the device will debut with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 chipset. Realme is quiet on details about the Race, but the design and some specifications have already leaked.
The Nintendo Switch receives new features with V11.0.0 OS update
The Nintendo Switch has received one of its biggest updates yet thanks to V11.0.0. Not only does the update improve the stability of the console, but it adds several new features, including the ability to transfer screenshots to a smartphone and a new Switch Online app.
Google begins rolling out the Wear OS H-MR2 update to more smartwatches
The Wear OS H-MR2 update is now receiving a wider rollout, rolling its release on the Suunto 7 in September. H-MR2 continues to be based on Android 9.0 Pie, but it promises improved battery life and better performance among other changes. You may need to check manually for the update on your smartwatch, though.
Microsoft releases initial Windows 10 Feature Experience Pack with two new features
Windows 10 has received a major update with new features biannually in recent years. Microsoft plans to change this approach though, and will introduce some new features via what it calls Feature Experience Packs. The first is now being rolled out to insiders and contains a few changes.
Leaked prices suggest that custom NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti will be absurdly expensive
NVIDIA claims that the new GeForce RTX 3060 Ti will cost US$399, but leaked prices suggest that custom cards will be nowhere near that level. Instead, custom cards are expected to launch tomorrow for 20% to 66% higher than NVIDIA's MSRP.
The Eve V 2021 goes up for pre-order with a high starting price and a long lead time
Eve has finally made the successor to the Eve V available. However, the 2-in-1 effectively starts at US$1,449 with a keyboard and pen, and it will not begin shipping until Q3 2021 at the earliest. The Eve V 2021 packs some impressive specifications though, including two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a choice of Tiger Lake-U series processors.
Huami Amazfit Pop Pro released for ~US$60 with GPS, a SpO2 sensor and up to nine days of battery life
The Amazfit Pop Pro offers almost an unbelievable amount of smartwatch for about US$60. Despite its relatively low price, the Pop Pro has a GPS module, a SpO2 sensor, 5 ATM waterproofing, NFC and up to nine days of battery life.
Huami Amazfit GTS 2 mini arrives with a large AMOLED screen and a minimal design
The Amazfit GTS 2 mini builds on the GTS 2, albeit by being a cheaper and smaller alternative to Huami's recent smartwatch. The feature set has been shrunk compared to the Amazfit GTS 2, as has the size of the display and watch body.
Cambridge Audio launches new Melomania Touch earbuds with up to 50 hours battery life
Cambridge Audio's second crack at TWS earbuds is here, and the company has packed in plenty of features despite their compact size. The Melomania Touch has up to 50 hours battery life, Qualcomm aptX support, touch controls, a transparency mode and a High Performance Audio Mode that apparently offers 'hi-fi grade amplification technology'.
Samsung tipped to give the Galaxy S series a price cut for next year's S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra
Samsung is planning to drop the price of its Galaxy S series, according to reports from South Korea. The price cut will be effective across the Galaxy S series, with the S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra set to be US$100-US$150 cheaper than their predecessors. The reduction would mean that the Galaxy S21 series would start at US$850-US$899, rather than US$999.
Zepp Z: Huami has also released an ECG and NFC version of its new smartwatch
Huami only unveiled the Zepp Z in the middle of November, but it turns out that there is a second version of it. The second model includes an ECG monitor and an NFC module, which were both missing from the Zepp Z that Huami announced internationally.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti posts strong performances in CUDA, OpenCL and Vulkan benchmarks
The release of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is right around the corner, and the upcoming GA104 is already flexing its muscles in CUDA, OpenCL and Vulkan benchmarks. The RTX 3060 Ti comfortably beats out the RTX 2080 SUPER across the three tests and is a match for the AMD Radeon RX 6800. The RTX 3060 Ti is not far off the RTX 3070, either.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 bags an unusual MIUI 12 update
Xiaomi has published a rather odd update for the Redmi Note 8. The update is another Android 10 and MIUI 12-based build for the device, but it is a debut update for the European branch of MIUI. It is unclear why Xiaomi has established a new branch of MIUI for the Redmi Note 8, but it has published download links for the inaugural build.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite picks up a new update
The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite has netted another update, this time one with the November 2020 security patch. V22.214.171.124.QDLMIXM is rolling out as an OTA for the Mi A2 Lite now.
Galaxy A32 5G leaked: Samsung gives its midrange smartphone a new design and 5G connectivity
A successor to the Galaxy A31 is already underway, called the Galaxy A32 5G. Samsung has given the entry-level Galaxy A handset a makeover while retaining the good selection of I/O that the Galaxy A31 offers, too.
Amazfit Bip U Pro to reach Europe with a SpO2 sensor and GPS for €70
Huami plans to bring the Amazfit Bip U Pro to Europe, and for only about €70. The Bip U Pro has a 1.43-inch display, a SpO2 sensor and GPS, among other features.
M30 Pro: An FHD tablet with LTE and a MediaTek Helio P60 chipset for US$189.99
The M30 Pro is a budget tablet by Teclast that has plenty going for it. Priced at US$189.99, the M30 Pro ships with Android 10, supports dual-LTE connectivity and has a 7,500 mAh battery. Teclast has included 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and an octa-core processor, too.
Cubot C3: New smartwatch with a rugged design and a double crown presented for US$50
Cubot has unveiled the C3, its latest smartwatch. Not only does the C3 have a rugged design, but it has a unique dual crown system. The Cubot C3 has a 1.3-inch display and is 5 ATM water-resistant, too.
The EMUI 11 stable update is already arriving on some handsets ahead of schedule
Huawei has started rolling out stable EMUI 11 updates to some handsets, only a week after it announced its global upgrade plans. The stable update has arrived ahead of schedule too, which is always good to see.
OnePlus 9E: A new entry into the high-end OnePlus range billed to land alongside the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro next year
OnePlus apparently wants to further expand its flagship smartphone from range with a third model. A new report claims that this device is the OnePlus 9E, and it will arrive simultaneously with the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. Apparently, the OnePlus 9E will be more premium than the current OnePlus Nord series.
Huawei Watch GT 2e dropped by almost 40% seven months after its launch
Huawei has heavily discounted the Watch GT 2e, just over seven month after it launched the smartwatch in April. The Watch GT 2e can now be purchased for under £100, a saving of over £60. The offer is available on multiple colours and comes with two Huawei Mini Speakers if bought from Huawei directly.
Sony announces Android 11 upgrade plans: Only the Xperia 1 II will receive OS upgrade before 2021
Sony has announced its plans to release Android 11 to its Xperia smartphones. Only five devices appear to be eligible for the OS upgrade, from the Xperia 5 to the Xperia 1 II and the Xperia 10 II thrown in for good measure. The rollout will begin from next month, but only for the Xperia 1 II. All other devices must wait until 2021 for Android 11.
Huami Amazfit GTS 2 mini and Amazfit Pop Pro designs presented before December 1 launch
The Amazfit Pop Pro will join the Amazfit GTS 2 mini in being released tomorrow. The former will have a 1.43-inch display and many of the features that one would expect from a contemporary smartwatch. The design of the Amazfit GTS 2 mini has apparently been leaked, too.
Xiaomi details the features that Android 11 brings to MIUI 12 as the Mi 10 Pro and Poco F2 Pro receive OS upgrade globally
The global versions of the Mi 10 Pro and Poco F2 Pro have begun to receive Xiaomi's Android 11 upgrade. The devices are some of the first to taste the OS upgrade outside of China, along with the Mi 10. Xiaomi has detailed some of the features that it has introduced to MIUI 12 as of Android 11, too.
Xiaomi has reputedly already sold over 100,000 units of the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G
Pre-orders for the new Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G have already begun, with Xiaomi having unveiled the device in China yesterday. Astoundingly, the company claims to have already received over 100,000 pre-orders for its latest mid-range smartphone. The Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G starts at CNY 1,599 (~US243) and may make its way outside of China as the Redmi Note 9T Pro.
NVIDIA may have already killed off the 12-pin power connector on the RTX 3070 Founders Edition
The 12-pin power connector may have been removed from the RTX 3070 Founders Edition. The card remains out of stock in most countries, but NVIDIA has tweeted a marketing photo clearly showing the card with the conventional 8-pin connector.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 reportedly scores 740,000 points in AnTuTu, with the Snapdragon 775G close to the performance of the Snapdragon 865
A new report from Digital Chat Station has offered a glimpse of the potential performance of two of Qualcomm's next-generation chipsets. Apparently, the Snapdragon 875 amassed a score of 740,000 points in AnTuTu v8, which would blow the current Snapdragon 865 out of the water. The Snapdragon 775G is no slouch either with a score of 530,000 points.
Redmi Watch and Mi Watch Lite receive Bluetooth SIG certification, signifying a possible global launch for the two smartwatches
Xiaomi has certified the Redmi Watch and Mi Watch Lite with the Bluetooth SIG. Correspondingly, the two devices should receive global releases, albeit probably in different markets. Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Watch in China yesterday.
Huami teases the Amazfit GTS 2 mini, its next budget smartwatch
Huami has begun teasing the Amazfit GTS 2 mini, its next smartwatch. The Amazfit GTS 2 mini will arrive on December 1 and will probably resemble the popular Amazfit GTS with a rectangular display.
ASRock Mars 4000U: Thinnest AMD-powered mini-PC launched with support for up to a Ryzen 7 4800U
ASRock has released a new set of mini-PCs, and ones that it claims to be the thinnest of its kind. The Mars 4000U will be available with up to the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U and will support dual-channel DDR4-3200 RAM, along with Wi-Fi 6 and multiple storage types.
Intel Core i7-1180G7 debuts on Geekbench with a 4.59 GHz boost clock and impressive performance for a 15 W UP4 Tiger Lake processor
The Intel Core i7-1180G7 has reared its head on Geekbench. The 15 W and UP4 Tiger Lake processor stands up well to the more powerful UP3 series like the Core i7-1165G7 and Core i7-1185G7, while maintaining a healthy lead over the Core i7-1160G7. The Core i7-1180G7 recorded a boost clock speed of 4.59 GHz, too.
Leaked Surface Laptop 4 and Surface Pro 8 pictures confirm last-generation designs but new AMD Ryzen APUs are headed to Microsoft's laptop
The first sighting of the Surface Laptop 4 has appeared, as has another of the Surface Pro 8. This time, the two devices have appeared on the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards, confirming their designs and model numbers. Microsoft is expected to announce the Surface Laptop 4 and Surface Pro 8 early next year with Tiger Lake chipsets.
Global MIUI 12 update arrives for the Xiaomi Redmi 9 with the November security patch
Xiaomi has seeded a new Beta Stable update for the Redmi 9, and it brings with it quite a few changes for the device. Not only does it upgrade the global version of the handset to the November 2020 security patch, but it upgrades it to MIUI 12. V126.96.36.199.QJCMIXM is available to download now as an OTA or as a recovery ROM.
AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs do not necessarily throttle on battery power, despite Intel's claims to the contrary
Intel has gone after AMD and its Ryzen 4000 APUs, but its tale of throttling and unrepresentative laptop reviews has not won us over. Instead, it muddies the waters of which benchmarks we should trust and AMD's decision to allow OEMs to configure the performance of its APUs on battery power.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 4G arrives with a massive 6,000 mAh battery and a large display
The Redmi Note 9 4G is not another re-hash for Xiaomi. The Chinese company has equipped the handset with a Snapdragon 662 chipset, up to 8 GB of RAM, a 6,000 mAh battery and a large 6.53-inch display. The Redmi Note 9 4G starts at CNY 999 (~US$151) in China.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 5G released packing a MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset and a 60 Hz display
The Redmi Note 9 5G is here and with MediaTek's Dimensity 800U SoC. The budget handset also offers up to 8 GB of RAM, a 5,000 mAh battery and four cameras. The Redmi Note 9 5G starts at CNY 1,299 (~US$197), although it is unknown whether Xiaomi will release the device globally.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G launched from ~US$243 with a 108 MP HM2 camera and a 120 Hz display
Xiaomi has unveiled the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G, its latest and greatest Redmi Note 9 series handset. The Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G has a 6.67-inch LCD display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 750G, up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, plus a 4,820 mAh battery. It is also the first Redmi smartphone with a 108 MP camera, which comes from Samsung.
Boardcon EMH6: Allwinner H6-based single-board computer announced with plenty of I/O
Boardcon has announced the EMH6, its new single-board computer. The Boardcon EMH6 is based on the Allwinner H6 chipset, 1 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 8 GB of eMMC flash storage. The machine has loads of I/O too, although its OS support is somewhat lacking.
3DMark shows the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti offering good value for money against the likes of the GeForce RTX 3070
Early 3DMark results for the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti have made their way online, a week before its expected announcement. The results show NVIDIA's upcoming budget Ampere card offering 88% of the performance of the RTX 3070 at an expected 79% of the price.
Someone is selling a knock-off OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 Special Edition case for ~US$5
The OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 Special Edition may be a limited run smartphone, but a knock-off case modelled on its design is not. The case sells for CNY 30 (~US$5) too, making it more affordable than picking up the Special Edition model.
ASRock unveils the first Radeon RX 6900 XT by a board partner
The first Radeon RX 6900 XT from a board partner is here and is by ASRock. The card is merely a reference AMD design by another name though, with no ASRock branding or customisations to speak of. Custom RX 6900 XT cards should arrive after December 8, if there are any.
Initial reviews show the limitations of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold has received its first reviews, a full eighteen months after the company showcased a prototype. However, early tests have highlighted performance issues with its Intel Lakefield processor and the limitations of its foldable form factor. The ThinkPad X1 Fold starts at US$2,499.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro price cut by a third in Black Friday sales
Xiaomi may have only recently-announced the Mi 10T Pro, but it has already slashed its price for Black Friday. Starting from tomorrow, the Mi 10T Pro will be available on Amazon for a two-thirds of its launch price. Only the 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage SKU will be eligible, but a saving of 33% should not be sniffed at for a new flagship smartphone.
The AMD Radeon RX 6700 series may debut in Apple's next 16-inch MacBook Pro
Apple is rumoured to be gearing to release a new 16-inch MacBook Pro 16, and the machine may have some special AMD hardware up its sleeve. Supposedly, the laptop will be the first to feature the Radeon RX 6700 and RX 6700 XT, albeit mobile versions of the rumoured desktop GPUs.
Leaked Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 5G series photos confirm specifications, including a 108 MP camera
Xiaomi will unveil at least the Redmi Note 9 5G and Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G tomorrow, but photos of the devices and their packaging has already leaked online. Apparently, both devices will have a 6,000 mAh battery, while the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G will also have a 108 MP primary camera main. A 3.5 mm headphone jack will be in attendance, too.
Umidigi Urun: Budget smartwatch with GPS and a 1.1-inch display is now orderable for US$46.99
The Urun is a new smartwatch from Umidigi, and one that is available for US$46.99. The budget smartwatch comes with a built-in GPS module, a 1.1-inch round display, a 24/7 heart rate monitor and blood oxygen monitoring, too. The Umidigi Urun can be purchased from Amazon in multiple countries too, and for £10/US$10 off until November 27.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 receives a bizarre new update
Xiaomi only issued a new MIUI 12 update for the global version of the Redmi Note 8 yesterday, but the company has now released another build. This time, the new update is based on MIUI 11 and Android 9.0 Pie, just to confuse matters.
The Poco M3 will be the last device from the company with input from Xiaomi
The Poco M3 is now here, and it marks the end of the company's involvement with Xiaomi. As expected, the Poco M3 has a 6.53-inch display, a Snapdragon 662 processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 6,000 mAh battery. The device starts at US$129 with 64 GB of storage.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti matches the RTX 2080 SUPER in Ashes of the Singularity benchmarks, but AMD's Radeon RX 6800 leaves it in the dust
The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti has been benchmarked in Ashes of the Singularity on the Crazy_1080p and Crazy_4K presets. Inevitably, people have been drawing comparisons between the RTX 3060 Ti and AMD's latest cards, and it does not lok good for NVIDIA's upcoming budget offering. The Radeon RX 6800 outperforms the RTX 3060 Ti across both presets, and by quite a margin.
Raspberry Pi: Give the popular single-board computer added portability with Waveshare Pi 400 kits
Waveshare has put together two kits for the Raspberry Pi 400, the Pi Foundations's new keyboard-cum-computer. The kits are available with 7-inch or 13.3-inch touchscreen displays and start at US$179.99 with the Pi 400 included.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 receives a new update
The Xiaomi Mi A2 has received a new update containing the November 2020 security patch. V188.8.131.52.QDIMIXM can be downloaded now as an OTA upgrade, or as recovery and fastboot ROMs.
Beelink GTI: A new mini-PC with an Intel Core i5-8260U and a built-in fingerprint scanner launched
The GTI is a new mini-PC from Beelink. The machine has an Intel Core i5-8260U processor, up to 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage, along with a host of ports. The Beelink GTI even has a fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication.
Motorola Moto E7 launched with a 48 MP dual camera and a 4,000 mAh battery for €110
Motorola has unveiled its latest budget smartphone, the Moto E7. The company's latest device offers a modern design with a 48 MP dual camera, a 6.5-inch IPS display, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. The Moto E7 will arrive next month in Europe for just €110.
The AMD Radeon RX 6700 and RX 6700 XT tipped to launch with Navi 22 GPUs with 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM
AMD may have an answer to the RTX 3060 Ti, along with other budget cards from NVIDIA. Apparently, AMD is gearing to release the RX 6700 and RX 6700 XT, which will both use its Navi 22 GPUs. The cards will have 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM too and may arrive as early as January 2021.
Gigabyte's new AORUS RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 Gaming Boxes are the first water-cooled eGPUs
Gigabyte has finally taken the lid off its new AORUS Gaming Boxes, confirming that they will feature NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. While both high-end Ampere GPUs will be held back by the performance limitations of Thunderbolt 3, the new AORUS Gaming Boxes are the first eGPUs with water cooling.
iOS 15 will probably not be headed to the original iPhone SE or the iPhone 6s series
Apple continues to lead the way with its excellent software support for older smartphones, unlike many Android OEMs. Ultimately, even Apple has a point where it drops iPhones from future iOS releases, and it seems like the iPhone 6s series will be on the chopping block as of iOS 15. The same will probably apply for the original iPhone SE, too.
EEC listing suggests that AMD has a Radeon RX 6900 in development
ASUS has registered multiple Radeon RX 6900 SKUs with the EEC in Russia, raising the possibility of AMD announcing a cheaper alternative to the RX 6900 XT. The RX 6900 has been listed seven times, all with 16 GB of VRAM. If it is an error, then the listing should mean that ASUS is planning to release plenty of RX 6900 XT SKUs, at the very least.
Microsoft has apparently scheduled a European release of the Surface Duo for Q2 2021
The Surface Duo had outdated internals when it arrived earlier this year, but Microsoft will take that even further with a European launch of the device. Reputedly scheduled for Q2 2021, it seems that Microsoft is content with releasing a device with the Snapdragon 855, despite the likelihood of Snapdragon 875 devices already being on the market by then.
Laptops with NVIDIA RTX 3000 GPUs and AMD Ryzen 5000H APUs to arrive in 1H 2021 from as little as US$999
NVIDIA's next-generation mobile GPUs will be arriving from January 2021 and with AMD Ryzen 5000H series APUs, according to a new report. Apparently, NVIDIA has targeted a starting price of US$999 for RTX 3060-powered laptops and US$1,299 for RTX 3070 ones. Meanwhile, the RTX 3080 laptops will start at US$1,999. Intel Tiger Lake-H laptops with NVIDIA GPUs will be available, too.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 receives a fixed global MIUI 12 update that also contains the November security patch
Xiaomi has seeded a new global MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 8. V184.108.40.206.QCOMIXM should bring all global handsets onto MIUI 12 while upgrading them to the November 2020 security patch. The update will be a 2.1 GB download for handsets that are currently on MIUI 11.
The LG Wing gains a valuable software feature with its latest update
LG has enabled a much-needed feature on the Wing, which should please fans of the company's dual-screen device. Now, it is possible to switch apps between the main and secondary screens with a three-finger swipe. The latest update for the Wing has added some other features too, albeit only for devices running South Korean firmware, for the time being.
Global Android 11 update arrives for the Xiaomi Mi 10 with an equivalent upgrade for the Redmi K30 5G in tow
The global version of the Mi 10 has started receiving Android 11, making it one of the first devices outside of China to do so. The Redmi K30 5G is also now eligible for Android 11 courtesy of V220.127.116.11.RGICNXM.
The Huawei Mate X2 visits the TENAA - Kirin 9000 chipset likely in line for 5G foldable smartphone
The successor to the Mate Xs has reared its head again, this time at the TENAA. Two models have been certified with the TENAA, both with dual-SIM connectivity and 66 W fast-charging. The Mate X2 has been listed as a 5G device too, suggesting that it will have Huawei's Kirin 9000 chipset.
MINISFORUM EliteMini UM700: A mini-PC with an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H APU for US$539
The EliteMini UM700 from MINISFORUM offers an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H APU, up to 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage and a plethora of I/O. The EliteMini UM700 can be ordered now for US$539.
The Huawei P50 series will be available in limited quantities because of the scarcity of the Kirin 9000 chipset
Huawei plans to use the Kirin 9000 chipset for the upcoming P50 series, according to a new report. We first saw the 5 nm chipset on the likes of the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro, but Huawei will be forced to use it again because of ongoing sanctions imposed by the US government.
Sony will add VRR support to the PS5, but it refuses to say when
We already knew that Sony would be enabling M.2 SSD expansion on the PS5 via a future software update, but that is also the case for variable refresh rate (VRR) support. Sony is yet to confirm when either functionality will arrive, though.
Intel Rocket Lake-S: Up to 8 cores, PCIe 4.0 support and Z490 motherboard compatibility for upcoming 14 nm processors
A new report has shed more light on Intel's next desktop processors, the Rocket Lake-S series. Apparently, the processors will be compatible with Z490 motherboards and will support PCIe 4.0. However, Rocket Lake-S will be built on a new 14 nm process and will only offer up to 8-core SKUs.
Raspberry Pi: ClockworkPi transforms the popular single-board computer into a portable machine with the DevTerm Kit
The DevTerm Kit takes the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 and utilises it as a portable mini-PC. The DevTerm has a 6.8-inch IPS display, a battery module, a keyboard and an optional thermal printer.
Samsung trademarks Quantum Mini LED TV branding ahead of probable CES 2021 launch
Samsung is on the verge of announcing new TVs with mini-LED and QLED displays. The Quantum Mini LED TVs will probably debut at CES 2021 in January 2021, and have already been trademarked by Samsung in Australia.
Xiaomi tipped to launch Redmi Watch on November 26 alongside the Redmi Note 9 series
This week will be a busy one for Xiaomi, with the launch of the Poco M3 and new Redmi Note 9 series devices scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. However, the company has hinted that more 'smart things' will be arriving at Thursday's event, possibly including two versions of the Redmi Watch.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G will launch with a 108 MP camera, a 120 Hz display and a 3.5 mm headphone jack
Xiaomi is bringing a 108 MP camera to its Redmi series of smartphones. The Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G will be the first Redmi device to possess a camera with over 100 MP, which will also have a Snapdragon 750G SoC and a 120 Hz display, among other impressive components. The Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G will arrive on November 26 alongside at least the Redmi Note 9 5G.
NVIDIA board partner reveals GeForce RTX 3060 Ti specifications before December 2 launch
A board partner has revealed almost all the specifications of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, which is supposedly due for release on December 2. The card will offer 4,864 CUDA cores on NVIDIA's GA104-200-A1 GPU, along with 8 GB of VRAM and a 448 GB/s memory bandwidth. The RTX 3060 Ti is expected to launch for US$399.
Huawei announces EMUI 11 upgrade plans for nine regions
Huawei has outlined its EMUI 11 upgrade plans in nine regions. Only nineteen devices will be eligible to receive EMUI 11, but most must wait until a vague Q1 2021 before Huawei's latest OS arrives. There is no word on Android 11 availability, either.
Xiaomi confirms multiple Poco M3 specifications ahead of November 24 release
The release of the Poco M3 is almost upon us, but Xiaomi could not wait to divulge key specifications about its next smartphone. The company has left nothing to the imagination of its Cyberpunk 2077-inspired smartphone, raising the question of why it is even having a dedicated launch event.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti comes close to matching the performance of the RTX 3070 with 38 RT cores and a 1.67 GHz boost clock speed
The release of the RTX 3060 Ti is believed to be a few weeks away, but the card has already been benchmarked on Geekbench. The upcoming Ampere card averaged a score of 326,396 in OpenCL, putting it 10% behind the RTX 3070. Geekbench has seemingly confirmed several of the specifications of the RTX 3060 Ti, too.
There will be five flagship smartphones with a Snapdragon 875 SoC and 100 W fast charging by Q1 2021
The launch of the Snapdragon 875 is almost upon us, and it will apparently bring 100 W fast charging with it, according to a respected leaker. OEMs will release up to five flagship smartphones with these capabilities by Q1 2021 too, leaving us spoilt for choice.
Panasonic teases transparent OLED display ahead of global December launch
Panasonic has its answer to the Mi TV Lux, the Transparent OLED Display Module. The device will begin shipping from next month and will be available in two models. One of these contains a special dimming unit, which should give it the effect of not being transparent at all.
Xiaomi confirms November 26 launch for new Redmi Note 9 smartphones
The Redmi Note 9 4G, Redmi Note 9 5G and Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G are almost here. Xiaomi has now confirmed that it will unveil new Redmi Note 9 devices on November 26. The trio are expected to feature the Snapdragon 750G and Dimensity 800U chipsets.
A fixed global MIUI 12 update for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 is ready and may arrive before December
Xiaomi has finalised a fixed MIUI 12 update for the global version of the Redmi Note 8, according to a new report. The new update will be called V18.104.22.168.QCOMIXM, and is now thought to be arriving before the end of the month.
ASUS releases two new Tinker Board SBCs to take on the Raspberry Pi
ASUS has unveiled the Tinker Board 2 and Tinker Board 2S, its latest single-board computers (SBCs) designed to challenge the Raspberry Pi. The Tinker Board 2 and Tinker Board 2S have a Rockchip RK3399 chipset, up to 4 GB of dual-channel LPDDR4 RAM and plenty of connectivity. The Tinker Board 2S comes with 16 GB of eMMC storage too, though.
The OnePlus Nord N100 actually has a 90 Hz display
The Nord N100 may be dead on arrival thanks to OnePlus' woeful software support, but the budget smartphone does have a trick up its sleeve. While OnePlus markets it with a 60 Hz IPS display, the Nord N100 actually supports a 90 Hz refresh rate, making it one of the few smartphones to do so at its price point.
Huawei launches the MateStation B515 with AMD Ryzen processors
The MateStation B515 is here, but not with Huawei's in-house processor, as was expected. Instead, the B515 comes with a choice of the AMD Ryzen 5 4600G or Ryzen 7 4700G. A 23.8-inch IPS monitor and a keyboard will come bundled with the MateStation B515, while Windows 10 Pro is pre-loaded, too.
Realme Watch S: Smartwatch with over two weeks of battery life reaches Europe for €79.99
The Realme Watch S can now be ordered in Europe. The smartwatch retails for €79.99 and should last up to 15 days between charges. The Realme Watch S has a 1.3-inch display too, along with over 100 watch faces, 16 sports modes and a SpO2 sensor, among other features.
The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro receive a new update promising system improvements
Huawei has released a new update to the P20 and P20 Pro. The update, which is rolling out in Europe, contains system stability improvements. Neither device are ever likely to receive EMUI 10.1 or EMUI 11, though.
The Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro, POCO F2 Pro and Mi 10 Pro receive Android 11 updates
Xiaomi has now moved onto bringing its devices onto Android 11, having already upgraded most of them to MIUI 12. The Redmi K30 Pro, POCO F2 Pro and Mi 10 Pro are some of the first handsets to receive Android 11, although those outside of China must await the call to Google's new OS.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7S receive a new MIUI 12 update
Xiaomi has begun upgrading the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7S to MIUI 12 in India. V22.214.171.124.QFGINXM will arrive as an OTA, but the recovery ROM can be downloaded manually now.
Apple on the hook for another US$113 million with second iPhone battery degradation and throttling settlement
Apple has settled a second case related to the degradation of iPhone batteries and chipset throttling. The new settlement amounts to US$113 million and will be split across 34 US states.
All Xiaomi Redmi K40 models will have high refresh rate displays and fast-charging capabilities
Xiaomi has released eight Redmi K30 series devices this year with a variety of display types. The Chinese company has used everything from 60 Hz AMOLED screens to 144 Hz LCDs, but all Redmi K40 handsets should have high-refresh-rate panels. Fast-charging will be headed to all Redmi K40 series models, too.
Prices of the Xiaomi Redmi 9, Redmi Note 8 Pro and POCO F2 Pro slashed in Mi Friday deals
Xiaomi is running its Mi Friday deals until November 29, and it is offering plenty of tasty morsels for smartphone fans. From tomorrow, the Redmi 9 will be cut to £99, while the Redmi Note 8 Pro will be available for just £129. The POCO F2 Pro has been reduced to £299, too.
The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT takes the 3DMark Fire Strike world record from the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 on stock cooling
AMD now holds the 3DMark Fire Strike world record, and with its second-fastest graphics card to boot. Impressively, the Radeon RX 6800 XT took the crown from the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 with a reference cooler.
Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 smartwatches receive Google Assistant support, SpO2 upgrade and more courtesy of new software update
The Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 have received some exciting upgrades, thanks to a new software update. The update brings the Google Assistant to the two smartwatches, along with improvements to the SpO2 sensor, among other changes. Fitbit OS 5.1 is rolling out now in the US.
Intel NUC M15: A Tiger Lake and 'Evo Ready' laptop with up to 16 hours of quoted battery life
Intel has unveiled a new laptop in two colours that packs a 28 W Tiger Lake chipset. The machine, called the NUC M15, also has an aluminium chassis that is just 15 mm thick. Intel claims that the NUC M15 will last up to 16 hours between charges, too. The Intel NUC M15 should arrive as at least Eluktronics, Schenker, Maingear and XPG-branded machines.
Poco M3 design and specifications leak ahead of November 24 launch, but it may be another Xiaomi re-brand
Poco has confirmed that the M3 will be its next smartphone to receive a global launch, and one which will occur on November 24. The design and specifications of the device have already leaked though, and may be another Xiaomi re-brand rather than a distinctive Poco smartphone.
Geekbench confirms that the AMD Ryzen 5 5500U is effectively a rebranded Ryzen 5 4600U
AMD's Ryzen 5 5500U has appeared on Geekbench, confirming several aspects of the upcoming mid-range APU. The Ryzen 5 5500U is effectively a Ryzen 5 4500U with SMT enabled, or a rebranded Ryzen 5 4600U. The Ryzen 5 5500U has six cores, 8 MB of L3 cache and 3 MB of L2 cache.
Gigabyte BRIX S: Barebones mini-PCs launched with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U processor
Gigabyte has revealed its latest set of BRIX mini-PCs. To be available in two models and with a choice of four AMD Renoir APUs, the BRIX S will pack a punch.
UP Xtreme i11: A single-board computer and mini-PC with Intel Tiger Lake processors, USB 4.0 connectivity and DDR4 SO-DIMM RAM
AAEON has announced its latest single-board computer, the UP Xtreme i11. Also available as an Edge Compute Enabling Kit, the UP Xtreme i11 comes with a choice of Intel Tiger Lake processors, USB 4.0 connectivity and socketed DDR4 SO-DIMM RAM.
Citizen CZ Smart: A US$395 smartwatch with a Wear 3100 chipset
Citizen has unveiled its inaugural WearOS smartwatch, the CZ Smart. Sadly, the company has used the outdated Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform rather than the newer, and considerably more powerful, Wear 4100 or Wear 4100+ platforms. The Citizen CZ Smart retails for US$395, which is mighty expensive for a Wear 3100 smartwatch.
OnePlus announces seven new features that will be making their way to OxygenOS
OnePlus has finalised some of the changes that it will be adding to OxygenOS. The new features have been whittled to seven from thousands of community suggestions, and include a proper dark mode, not a dark grey mode as is currently available on OxygenOS 11.
The Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 receive new updates
Samsung has updated the Galaxy S6 series and Galaxy Note 5, years after official support for the devices ended. The four handsets remain on Android 7.0 Nougat and the September 2018 security patch, but Samsung claims to have optimised security-related code in some regard.
New Mac mini teardown reveals that Apple could have made its mini-PC a lot smaller
The dimensions of the Mac mini have remained unchanged since 2010, despite multiple internal revisions. Apple has removed the 2.5-inch drive and the DVD drive, while a teardown video has even slimmed down the size of the motherboard for the new M1 model, raising the question of why it has kept its mini-PC the same size.
Beelink SEi10: A mini-PC with an Intel Core i3-1005G1 processor, Thunderbolt 3 and support for up to 64 GB of RAM
The SEi10 from Beelink is a mini-PC powered by an Intel Ice Lake-U processor, up to 512 GB of pre-installed storage and support for 64 GB of RAM. The Core i3-1005G1-powered machine comes with Windows 10 pre-installed, Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 3.0 Type-A ports and three video outputs.
Mibro Air: Xiaomi's latest smartwatch is now available for a bargain price
The Xiaomi Mibro Air offers a 1.28-inch display, a heart rate sensor, IP68 certification and up to 25 days of battery life - all for US$29.99. The smartwatch includes 12 sports modes and has a digital crown, too.
Leaked Google AMD Raven Ridge Chromebook spotted with a Ryzen 3 3250C processor and 4 GB of RAM
It has been almost a year since Google unveiled the Pixelbook Go, and the Google Play Console suggests that a successor may be on the cards. The machine is powered by an AMD Ryzen 3 3250C, 4 GB of RAM and would appear to be the long-awaited Google Zork.
The Intel Core i7-11370H appears on Geekbench as a quad-core processor with a 4.79 GHz boost clock
The Intel Core i7-11370H has made an appearance on Geekbench, confirming that Intel has quad-core SKUs planned for its Tiger Lake-H series. The Core i7-11370H can boost up to 4.79 GHz and enjoys a healthy lead over the Core i5-10300H. Single-core performance is also well up on Comet Lake-H processors, but comparisons with AMD APUs are not as rosy.
Huawei may only update 14 devices to EMUI 11 by March 2021
Huawei is set to upgrade only 14 devices to EMUI 11, according to a new report. Citing official confirmation from Huawei, it will apparently take the Chinese company until March 2021 before it finishes the rollout. Devices like the Mate 30, Mate 30 Lite and P40 Lite have missed the cut for EMUI 11, too.
Sony's next mid-range Xperia smartphone will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 chipset; Snapdragon 875 being lined up for Xperia 1 III
Sony may have paired the Xperia 10 III with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 690 chipset, according to a new leak. The Japanese company appears to have a Snapdragon 875-powered handset in development too, which could be the Xperia 1 III.
Huawei sells its Honor subdivision for an undisclosed figure
Huawei has sold its low-cost subsidiary Honor to a Chinese consortium. The former parent company has emphasised that US sanctions forced it to sell Honor, and the sale was more about the survival of the Honor brand than providing Huawei with needed cash flow.
Amazon will have limited launch day stock of the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition
Amazon will have more stock of the PlayStation 5 and Digital Edition consoles in multiple countries come launch day. The company has a limited inventory of both consoles, but it should offer respite for some people who missed out on the pre-ordering Sony's next-generation console.
Lemfo LEM14: A smartwatch with Android, a huge battery and two cameras
Lemfo produces many unusual smartwatches, but it has outdone itself with the LEM14. Not only does the smartwatch feature built-in GPS and LTE, but it features two cameras for video calls and capturing general photos on the go. The Lemfo LEM14 has a 1.69-inch display and a 1,600 mAh battery, too.
The Raspberry Pi 4 has worse overclocking potential than the Compute Module 4 and Pi 400
The latest Raspberry Pi SBCs can all be overclocked, but Hackaday has revealed that not all of them are created equal. It turns out that the Compute Module 4 and Pi 400 are more efficient than the regular Raspberry Pi 4, too.
CarDroid: A mini-PC that replaces Android Auto with over US$150,000 in crowdfunding
The CarDroid is a mini-PC that promises to replace Android Auto with fully-fledged Android 9.0 Pie. The mini-PC comes with either a quad or octa-core processor, along with up to 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of flash storage. The device has generated over US$150,000 in crowdfunding on Indiegogo, while the manufacturer aims to begin shipping from next month.
The Gigabyte AORUS RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 Gaming Boxes will provide the power of the Ampere architecture over a Thunderbolt 3 connection
Gigabyte is readying to release new versions of its AORUS Gaming Box eGPU. The company plans to release GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3090 editions of the AORUS Gaming Box, which will both feature RGB lighting and plenty of connectivity. The RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 will only be capable of communicating with laptops at up to 40 Gbps, though.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 9S, Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro receive new MIUI 12 updates
Xiaomi has issued new MIUI 12 updates to several devices, including the Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 9S, Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro. The updates bring the global and Russian branches of the devices onto MIUI 12, which remains Xiaomi's latest OS.
The Montblanc Summit Lite promises to be an underwhelming and expensive smartwatch
The Montblanc Summit Lite will be mighty expensive, going off the US$1,000 asking price of the Summit 2. However, the Google Play Console has confirmed that Montblanc will sell the smartwatch with either a Snapdragon Wear 2100 or a Wear 3100 chipset, which are now over four years old.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 5G series to debut on November 24 with global launched planned as the Redmi Note 9T and Redmi Note 9T Pro
Xiaomi has its eyes trained on releasing yet more smartphones under the Redmi Note 9 - this time two editions of the Redmi Note 9 5G. Apparently, Xiaomi will unveil the Dimensity 800U and Snapdragon 750G-backed handsets on November 24 in China. However, the two models will receive a global launch as the Redmi Note 9T and Redmi Note 9T Pro, respectively.
Leaked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti benchmarks suggest superiority over the RTX 2080 SUPER at under 60% of the price
NVIDIA will be introducing the RTX 3060 Ti in a few weeks, and leaked benchmark results point towards the card offering excellent value for money. Believed to launch for around US$400, the RTX 3060 Ti will supposedly outperform the RTX 2080 SUPER. Inno3D has confirmed the existence of the RTX 3060 Ti ahead of its December 2 launch, too.
Google announces a Barely Blue limited edition version of the Pixel 4a
Google has unveiled a new colour option for the Pixel 4a. Called Barely Blue, the colour will be a limited edition variant only available in the US and Japan.
UserBenchmark reveals one of Intel's upcoming and 8-core Tiger Lake-H processors
The first Intel Tiger Lake-H processor has been spotted online. Seen on UserBenchmark, the processor has eight cores and is expected to feature a 96 EU Iris Xe GPU. The CPU may offer up to a 65 W TDP, too.
Leaked Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro details point to a QHD curved display with a punch-hole and a 120 Hz refresh rate
A new leak has offered more details on the Mi 11 Pro, Xiaomi's first flagship smartphone of 2021. The Mi 11 Pro will a few display upgrades from the Mi 10 Pro, including a 1440p (QHD) resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate. The punch-hole and curved finish of this year's model will remain, though.
Sony promises to address blurry 4K/120 Hz issue on XH90, XH900H, X9100H and XH92 TVs
Sony has promised to address the 4K/120 Hz issue affecting its XH90, XH900H, X9100H and XH92 TVs. The issue, which Sony has blamed on video processing, makes content at 4K and 120 Hz look blurry.
The Apple M1 and new MacBook Air cut a fine figure in an emulated x86 benchmark
The Apple M1 has already been flexing its muscles in benchmarks, but it seems that the ARM-based chipset has enough grunt to emulate x86 programs. The MacBook Air still manages MacBook Pro 16-esque performance in Geekbench, even with 8 GB of RAM.
Qualcomm and Huawei may be granted more trading licences in the future
Huawei can now buy some chipsets from Qualcomm, albeit only those with 4G modems. Qualcomm has other licence applications pending with the US Department of Commerce though, leaving 5G chips like the upcoming Snapdragon 875 and Snapdragon 775G on the table.
Probable OnePlus 9 appears on Geekbench with a Snapdragon 875 and 8 GB of RAM as pared-back design leaks
The design of the OnePlus 9 has leaked, four months before its expected release in March 2021. The OnePlus 9 will have a 120 Hz and flat display, according to the same leak, along with a 5,000 mAh battery. A variant of the device has debuted on Geekbench too with a Snapdragon 875 and 8 GB of RAM.
There will be no OnePlus 9 Ultra next year, but the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro are coming
OnePlus has finalised the model numbers of the OnePlus 9 series, but there will be no OnePlus 9 Ultra. Instead, OnePlus will be releasing just the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060: 6 GB and 12 GB GDDR6 SKUs to debut alongside the RTX 3050, RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti in January 2021
There will be a 12 GB version of the GeForce RTX 3060, Videocardz has confirmed. A 6 GB SKU will be offered too, but there will only be an 8 GB version of the RTX 3060 Ti. The RTX 3060, RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti are now thought to be arriving in January 2021, too.
Huawei is expected to bring HarmonyOS to up 48 devices
HarmonyOS will be available for up to 48 devices, Huawei Central believes. The 48-strong list includes current and recent flagship series, including those from Honor. Only 90% of devices will be eligible to try HarmonyOS, though.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro receives a new MIUI 12 update in Europe; Global upgrade for all Redmi Note 8 handsets will be ready next month
Xiaomi has seeded a new Beta Stable update for the Redmi Note 9 Pro, this time in Europe. V126.96.36.199.QJZEUXM will be available as an OTA for the device and brings all variants of the Redmi Note 9 Pro onto MIUI 12. The global MIUI 12 upgrade for all Redmi Note 8 handsets will be ready next month, according to Xiaomi.
NanoPi R4S: A new Raspberry Pi alternative with dual Gigabit Ethernet and up to 4 GB of RAM
The NanoPi R4S is the latest single-board computer (SBC) by FriendlyElec, and one that packs dual Gigabit Ethernet. The device also includes a Rockchip RK3399 chipset, up to 4 GB of RAM and two USB 3.0 Type-A ports - all on a 66 x 66 mm board.
The Xiaomi Mi Box 4S Pro is now orderable globally for US$78.99
The Xiaomi Mi Box 4S Pro is available to order globally. The 8K streaming box costs US$78.99 and comes with a remote, along with USB Type-A and HDMI 2.1 connectivity.
The Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9 receive One UI 2.5 updates in another region
One UI 2.5 has arrived on more versions of the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9. Following the arrival of the OS update for unlocked handsets last month, One UI 2.5 has now reached the T-Mobile and Verizon locked editions of the three devices in the US. One UI 2.5 for the three carrier-versions also includes the October 2020 security patch update, but the November 2020 set has already hit the Note 9 in Germany.
iPhone 12 Pro Max: Apple resorts to camera trickery for zoom shots in night mode
A surprising discovery about the iPhone 12 Pro Max has been made, and it is not a good one for Apple's premier flagship smartphone of 2020. While the device has a telephoto camera, it actually uses digital zoom to in night mode. Seemingly, the telephoto camera is worse than the main lens at higher magnifications in low-light conditions, then.
Xiaomi teaches its Chinese fans how to switch off adverts in MIUI 11 and MIUI 12
MIUI may be one of the most popular custom versions of Android, but it does contain adverts. Other custom Android skins are no different, but few OEMs actively teach their fans how to switch them off. Xiaomi is doing so in China, though.
Pantera Pico PC: A mini-PC with four USB Type-A ports an optional media dock
The Pantera Pico PC is like many mini-PCs but with a twist. Not only will the device feature four USB Type-A ports, but it will support an optional media dock. The Pantera Pico PC will start at US$129 when it comes to Indiegogo next month and is powered by the popular Intel Celeron J4125 processor.
AirPods Studio: Apple teases the design of its upcoming US$350 headphones in iOS 14.3
It is a poorly-kept secret that Apple is working on a new pair of over-ear headphones, supposedly the first to bear its AirPods branding. The so-called AirPods Studio has now appeared in a beta of iOS 14.3, offering a hint at its design.
Apple's new Intel 16-inch MacBook Pro and AirTags slated for release in 2-3 weeks with up to five Apple Silicon devices due within a year
Rumour has it that Apple plans to release up to five Apple Silicon-backed Mac devices within the next year. Apparently, a 24-inch iMac, 12-inch MacBook, 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro will debut before the end of 2021, with a new Mac Pro set for release in either late 2021 or 2022. Apple is thought to be releasing a new Intel 16-inch MacBook Pro and the long-rumoured AirTags within the next 2-3 weeks, too.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro will receive MIUI 12 across all variants before the month is out
The Redmi Note 9 Pro will have received MIUI 12 globally before the end of the month, Xiaomi has confirmed. Many global and European handsets remain on MIUI 11, although all other variants should have already received MIUI 12.
No unlimited Google Photos storage beyond June 2021, Google confirms
Google is ending its free unlimited photo storage on Google Photos. The change will take effect from June 1, 2021, and will affect all but owners of Pixel smartphones. From that date, Google will count all photos backed up to Google Photos against a 15 GB data limit.
Cheaper OnePlus Nord smartphones will only get one OS update and two years of security updates
OnePlus may now sell three Nord-branded smartphones, but the company will not afford the same software support for all models. Two will receive just one OS update, and they arguably should have been released on Android 11 anyway.
Apple will not unveil a new iPhone SE in 1H 2021
There will be no iPhone SE for 1H 2021, according to Ming-Chi Kuo. A new iPhone SE may arrive in the second half of 2021, but there will be no anniversary upgrade for this year's model. The iPhone 13 series remains on track for release in September 2021, though.
Vivo X60 and X60 Pro mistaken for the Xiaomi Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro in hands-on image
A hands-on image of two new flagship smartphones has been posted online, but some people have mistaken them for the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro. Sadly for Xiaomi fans, the image is actually of the Vivo X60 series, not Xiaomi's 2021-bound flagships.
The OnePlus 5 receives a fixed Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 update; no luck for the OnePlus 5T yet
The OnePlus 5 has received a fixed OxygenOS 10 update, six months on from the disaster that was OxygenOS 10.0.0. OxygenOS 10.0.1 promises to fix the call recording, de-activated alarm and EIS issues that were present on the original Android 10 update, among other changes. OnePlus states that OxygenOS 10.0.1 will arrive on the OnePlus 5T too, although it has not said when.
The Huawei P50 and P50 Pro may feature a Snapdragon 875 SoC
The US government has granted Qualcomm a licence to trade with Huawei, allowing the chipmaker to supply hardware to the sanction-stricken Chinese company. The timing of the news aligns perfectly for Huawei and its P50 series, according to a new report.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S receives a new MIUI 12 update
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S has received a new MIUI 12 update, this time in Europe. V188.8.131.52.QJWEUXM replaces V184.108.40.206.QJWEUXM and is available as an OTA upgrade.
Leaked iPad mini 6 specifications point to Apple's tablet being a smaller version of the iPad Air 4 with an 8.5-inch display
The first details about the iPad mini 6 are here, and it is shaping up to be a smaller iPad Air 4. Apparently, Apple is prototyping the iPad mini 6 with an 8.5-inch display, an A14 Bionic chipset and 4 GB of RAM. A USB Type-C port has been included too, as has support for the Apple Pencil 2.
Huawei commences EMUI 11 rollout for 10 devices as HarmonyOS beta for smartphones set to debut in December
Huawei has started rolling out EMUI 11 to 10 devices, including to the Mate 30 Pro, P40 Pro and MatePad Pro. The Mate 30 Pro 5G is seemingly the first device to receive EMUI 11 outside of China, but Huawei also plans to have HarmonyOS beta builds ready for next month.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will allegedly launch in January 2021 for US$999 to combat the AMD RX 6900 XT
NVIDIA has a plan to rival AMD's Radeon RX 6900 XT, and it will come in the form of the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. Confirmed by HKEPC and Videocardz, the RTX 3080 Ti is thought to be based on a GA102 GPU with 10,496 CUDA cores. Apparently, the RTX 3080 Ti will apparently arrive in January 2021 for US$999, while it will also have 20 GB of GDDR6X VRAM.
Arduino NES: Transform an Arduino-compatible board into a portable NES
A new project utilises an ESP32-based developer board as the basis for a portable NES. The so-called Arduino NES features a small display, several buttons and a battery.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G appears on Geekbench with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G and 6 GB of RAM
Samsung appears to be prepping a successor to the Galaxy A51 5G. Predictably called the Galaxy A52 5G, the device seemingly features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G chipset and 6 GB of RAM.
LG begins testing Android 11 on the V60 ThinQ
LG's Android 11 testing is underway, according to Max Weinbach. Reputedly undergoing development on the V60 ThinQ, LG UX 10.0 will probably arrive in 2021 for most LG smartphones.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T receive new MIUI 12 updates
The Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T have received new MIUI 12 updates, bringing more variants onto Xiaomi's latest OS. The two updates are also based on Android 10 and are rolling out on the Indian and Russian branches of MIUI, respectively.
Apple announces the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with up 20 hours of battery life and 2.8x faster CPU performance
Apple's next 13-inch MacBook Pro is here, and with tonnes of under-the-hood improvements. From up to 20 hours of battery life, 5x faster graphics and a 2.8x faster CPU, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro promises to be a huge upgrade from the current Ice Lake-based model. The Apple M1-based 13-inch MacBook Pro will start at US$1,299.
The Sony PlayStation 5 was originally supposed to be even larger than its final design
The PlayStation 5 may be a huge console, but it could have been even larger, had its design had his way. There may be some Easter eggs hidden within the next-generation console too, and not just the pattern of the DualSense controller that has already been discovered.
Agon PD27: AOC and Porsche Design collaborate to deliver a stylish 27-inch gaming monitor with a 240 Hz refresh rate
AOC's latest gaming monitor has been developed in partnership with Porsche Design, and it certainly looks the part. However, the Agon PD27 also packs a 27-inch panel that has a WQHD native resolution and a 240 Hz refresh rate. The Agon PD27 is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified too and will be available from this month for US$799.99.
Honor's sale for US$15.2 billion could free it from Huawei's US trade sanctions
Huawei is on the verge of selling Honor for US$15.2 billion, according to Reuters. Due to be sold by as early as Sunday to a consortium, the sale would free Honor of the hindrance of the sanctions that the US government currently imposes on Huawei.
Apple's ARM MacBooks will support iPhone and iPad apps on macOS 11 Big Sur, with caveats
Apple is expected to unveil its first ARM-powered MacBooks in a few hours, along with a release date for macOS 11 Big Sur. The first ARM MacBooks will play nice with iPhone and iPad apps too, but there will be some notable absentees.
Apple reputedly set to bring low-power LTPO OLED screens to the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max
According to a new report, Apple has sourced LTPO OLED screens from LG for next year's Pro iPhones. These low-power panels may pave the way for Apple enabling a 120 Hz 'ProMotion' refresh rate on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Apparently, the company supposedly decided against including high-refresh-rate displays on the iPhone 12 series in favour of battery life.
Nemeio: Customisable keyboard with ePaper keys hits Kickstarter
The Nemeio keyboard is highly customisable, thanks to its ePaper display. The 81-key keyboard supports Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, while it can also operate in multiple languages and configurations. The Nemeio will not ship until September 2021, but it has received over 200% over its funding goal.
OnePlus provides a workaround for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro Open Beta data wipe woes
Beta builds tend to include more bugs than stable ones, but few will wipe your data as a new update for the OnePlus 8, and OnePlus 8 Pro, on the Open Beta program has. OnePlus has, to its credit, provided a workaround to prevent data loss, though.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro receives a new MIUI 12 update globally
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro has started receiving MIUI 12 globally. The update is called V220.127.116.11.QJZMIXM and is rolling out as an OTA following the arrival of similar updates for other regional variants of the Redmi Note 9 Pro.
EGLOBAL S200: A mini-PC with up to an Intel Core i9-10880H processor and 32 GB of RAM
The EGLOBAL S200 is a new mini-PC that is available with up to an Intel Core i9-10880H processor. The machine can be configured with up to 32 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD, too.
Apple criticised for poor iPhone 12 mini battery life in early tests
The iPhone 12 mini is here, and Apple is copping some flack for the device's underwhelming battery life. The 5.4-inch iPhone has a 2,227 mAh battery, so it should come as no surprise to see it barely lasting a full working day between charges.
The AYA NEO Founder arrives with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, 16 GB of RAM and a translucent design; global crowdfunding campaign is coming
AYA has finally begun shipping the NEO, its compact and handheld games console. The AYA NEO Founder comes with a translucent shell, an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U APU and a 47 Whr battery. AYA is only shipping the NEO Founder in China for the time being, though.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 receives Beta Stable Android 11-based MIUI 12 update
The Xiaomi Mi 10 has received its call to Android 11. The Mi 10 is one of the first Xiaomi handsets to be upgraded to Android 11, albeit only in China for the time being. V18.104.22.168.RJBCNXM is rolling out as an OTA to devices now, but it is available to download manually.
The GPD Win 3 brings an Intel Core i7 Tiger Lake processor to a Nintendo Switch form factor
GPD is working on a new handheld games console, the Win 3. Based on a 5.5-inch display and an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, the Win 3 features a 96 EU Iris Xe Graphics G7 GPU, 16 GB of RAM and Thunderbolt 4.
MINISFORUM GK41: Mini-PC with a quad-core Intel chipset and 8 GB of RAM is down to US$229.99
The MINISFORUM GK41 features an Intel Celeron J4125 chipset, 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of storage. The 128 GB model is now down to US$229.99 online, while all SKUs come with a bounty of connectivity, including dual 4K video outputs and four USB 3.0 Type-A ports.
Samsung may be planning to upgrade up to 90 devices to One UI 3.0 and Android 11
A list of devices that will receive One UI 3.0 has appeared online, suggesting that Samsung may bring Android 11 to up to 90 smartphones and tablets over the next few months. The list includes representatives from Samsung Galaxy A, M, Note, S and Tab series, among others.
The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X hits over 6.3 GHz and 15,000 points in Cinebench R20
The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X has already shown its overclocking potential with an all-core boost clock of 6.362 GHz. The Vermeer processor has pushed past the 15,000 mark in Cinebench R20 too, albeit at 1.692 V and on LN2 cooling.
Chuwi LarkBox Pro: A compact mini-PC with a more powerful processor than its predecessor
Chuwi has unleashed a Pro version of the LarkBox, the LarkBox Pro. The LarkBox Pro retails for US$219 and comes with an Intel Celeron J4125 processor, a 200/300 MHz upgrade on the Celeron J4115 in the original LarkBox.
Four new iPhone models will launch in 2021 with improved ultra-wide-angle optics due for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max
Apple plans to release four new iPhones next year, with the company aiming to return to a September release window. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will feature an improved ultra-wide-angle camera too, according to Ming-Chi Kuo.
PlayStation 5: Sony confirms that its next-generation console will not support 1440p gaming
Sony may boast that 'Play Has No Limits', but there will be a limit to the PlayStation 5 if you try to game at 1440p later this month. According to IGN Italia, Sony has confirmed that its next-generation console will not support the resolution that is popular with PC gamers, for some reason.
Sony's XH90 TVs cannot game at true 4K and 120 Hz
Sony bills its XH90 range of TVs as being next-gen ready, thanks to their support for 4K and 120 Hz gaming. However, multiple reports have demonstrated that the TVs do not support high refresh rate gaming at 4K natively.
Apple iPhone 12 Pro flexes its muscles in Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra speed comparison
The iPhone 12 Pro has been shown to conquer the speed of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, even the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ edition. The Note 20 Ultra may have double the RAM that the iPhone 12 Pro offers, but Apple's new 5 nm chipset proves too much for Qualcomm's 7 nm offering.
VRR Gamma problems with LG CX and C9 OLED TVs may leave PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X gamers with a headache
LG's CX and C9 OLED TVs may look exquisite, but they have a serious issue with displaying content with variable refresh rate (VRR) enabled. From washed-out dark areas to image flickering and instability, VRR is currently a no-go on some of LG's expensive OLED TV series. A firmware update may not be able to resolve the issues, either.
Meizu 18 Max 5G reputedly leaks with outlandish specifications and an eye-catching design
A leak supposedly of the Meizu 18 Max 5G is doing the rounds online, and it points towards the smartphone being a true flagship challenger. Allegedly, Meizu's next smartphone will feature a 3K OLED screen, a Snapdragon 875 chipset, LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage, among other attention-grabbing specifications. A render of the Meizu 18 Max 5G, possibly fan-made, does not look half-bad either.
Huawei finishes EMUI 10.1 upgrade plan in another region
Huawei has reached another milestone in its release of EMUI 10.1, this time finishing its OS rollout in North-Eastern Europe. EMUI 10.1 should now have been delivered to all devices in the region, from the likes of the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro to the new P40 Lite.
Huawei leans heavily on the design of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max with the Nova 8 SE and Nova 8 SE High Edition
Huawei has unveiled the Nova 8 SE, and it has borrowed heavily from the design of the iPhone 12 series. The Nova 8 SE comes in standard and 'High Edition' versions, which means to say that the latter has a more powerful chipset and superior 5G support. All other elements of the Nova 8 SE and Nova 8 SE High Edition are identical though, including a large OLED screen and 66 W fast charging.
Apple expects to sell up to 2.5 million ARM-based MacBook Air and MacBook Pro units in four months up to February 2021
Apple is expected to unveil its first ARM-based MacBooks next week, with a MacBook Pro 16, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13 on the cards. The company expects to ship up to 2.5 million units of ARM MacBooks in the next four months, underlining its confidence in its in-house processors.
Shuttle XH410G: 3-litre mini-PC launched with Comet Lake-S processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 support
Shuttle has launched a new mini-PC, the XH410G. The XH410G supports with a choice of Comet Lake-S processors, and has a PCIe card slot that could house a dedicated GPU, like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650. The Shuttle XH410G starts at €283 as a barebones machine.
Mi Box 4S Pro: Xiaomi announces 8K Android TV Box with HDMI 2.1 for ~US$60
Xiaomi has introduced the Mi Box 4S Pro, its latest Android TV box. The device can output in up to 8K for just CNY 399 (~US$60), meaning that it supports HDMI 2.1. The Mi Box 4S Pro also has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
Apple AirPods 3: First photos of next-generation TWS earbuds emerge
The first pictures of the AirPods 3 have leaked, revealing that Apple has moved away from the current design and towards the design of the AirPods Pro. Apple is expected to announce the AirPods 3 in the first half of 2021.
Moto G 5G: Motorola launches a mid-range smartphone with a Snapdragon 750G SoC, a 90 Hz display and a 5,000 mAh battery
Motorola has unveiled the Moto G 5G, its latest mid-range smartphone. Paired with a Snapdragon 750G, the Moto G 5G has a 6.7-inch punch-hole display, a 5,000 mAh battery and up to 6 GB of RAM. The Moto G 5G is available with either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage too and starts at €299.
Motorola unveils the Moto G9 Power with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC and 60 hours of battery life
The newest entry in the Moto G9 family comes with a 6,000 mAh battery that Motorola claims should last up to 60 hours on a single charge. The Moto G9 Power comes with a 6.8-inch display too, along with a Snapdragon 662 chipset, 20 W fast charging and four cameras. Motorola has priced the Moto G9 Power at €199.
Chuwi CoreBox Pro: Ice Lake mini-PC with a Thunderbolt 3 port launched for US$439
The Chuwi CoreBox Pro offers an Intel Ice Lake processor, 12 GB of RAM, an NVMe drive and loads of ports. One of these is a Thunderbolt 3 port, opening the two-litre machine up to being used with an eGPU. The Chuwi CoreBox Pro is available to order now for US$439.
The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT takes on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 in 3DMark Time Spy Extreme benchmark result
The Radeon RX 6800 XT is not out yet, but one card is already being benchmarked in China. Put through its paces in 3DMark Time Spy Extreme, the RX 6800 XT comes close to equalling the performance of NVIDIA's RTX 3080.
Apple contracts LG Display to supply mini-LED LCDs for next iPad Pros; mass production to commence next month with fifth-generation release in Q1 2021
LG Display has been contracted to supply mini-LED LCDs to Apple for its fifth-generation iPad Pros, according to ETNews. Mass-production of these next-generation displays will commence before the end of the year, allowing Apple to release new iPad Pros in Q1 2021.
Zepp Z: Huami's latest smartwatch will be unveiled on November 17
Huami has already released multiple smartwatches under its Amazfit brand, but the company also recently expanded into Zepp. The company started with the Zepp E and has now moved onto the Zepp Z, which it will unveil on November 17. The Zepp Z will feature a circular display, a leather strap and at least three hardware buttons.
LG's PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier 'smart mask' to hit the shelves this month
LG is bringing a face mask to market. Called the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier, the elaborate face mask features sensors, fans and two H13-HEPA filters. The mask should filter up to 99.95% of hazardous air particles, including bacteria and viruses. However, LG remains tight-lipped on the price of the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is already purchasable, but for nigh on US$1,000
The first RTX 3060 Ti custom card has been spotted, and it is already available to purchase in for nearly US$1,000. Sold by Saudi Arabian retailer Silicon Valley Computers, the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti EAGLE OC will probably cost closer to US$400 upon release on December 2.
NVIDIA is plotting to release the budget RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3060 on GA106 GPUs with 6 GB of VRAM and up to 3,840 CUDA cores
NVIDIA has another two RTX 30 series cards up its sleeve, according to a prominent leaker. Apparently, the company will release the RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3060 early next year on its GA106 GPU with up to 3,840 CUDA cores and 6 GB of VRAM. The arrival of the RTX 3050 Ti may signal that there will be no new forthcoming GTX x050 cards, too.
The Intel Xe-HP NEO hits Geekbench with 512 compute units, 4,096 shading units and 6 GB of HBM2 VRAM
A new Geekbench listing has revealed multiple aspects about the Xe-HP Neo, Intel's high-powered graphics chip. The listing not only shows the volume of compute units that the chip has, but shows the volume of cores, clock speeds and built-in VRAM.
Samsung reputedly set to launch the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra on January 14 bundled with Galaxy Buds Beyond wireless earbuds
The Samsung Galaxy S21 series will reputedly launch on January 14, 2021, with wireless earbuds in the box, according to new reports. The Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra will launch simultaneously and will begin shipping 3before the start of February 2021.
Google dismisses concerns about Pixel 5 display and chassis gaps as 'a normal part of the design' of the smartphone
It is normal for your Pixel 5 to have noticeable gaps between its display and chassis, according to Google. Apparently, any gaps should not affect dust and water resistance or the functionality of handsets, but people remain unconvinced.
Xiaomi rips off the Chuwi LarkBox and GMK NucBox with its new mini-PC
Xiaomi has unveiled a mini-PC, and it is a dead ringer for the Chuwi LarkBox and GMK NucBox. Xiaomi has based its machine, called the Ningmei Cube, on an Intel Celeron J4125 processor and up to 8 GB of RAM. The Xiaomi Ningmei Cube starts at CNY (~US$150).
Honor Band 6: Budget fitness tracker launches for ~US$37 with a large display, optional NFC and long battery life
Honor's latest fitness tracker is here, and it is available with or without NFC. Called the Honor Band 6, the device features a 1.47-inch display, no physical buttons and a host of sensors for tracking your heart rate and sleep quality, among others. The Honor Band 6 starts at CNY 249 (~US$37) for the non-NFC model.
The Nokia 6300 and Nokia 8000 are making a comeback; new 4G models to debut in a few weeks
Two more classic Nokia smartphones are being brought back from the grave, according to Roland Quandt. This time, HMD Global has its sights set on the Nokia 6300 and Nokia 8000; two classics of the early smartphone era. The two revamped handsets are thought to be arriving within the next few weeks, too.
Librem Mini V2: A powerful mini-PC with a Comet Lake Core i7 processor and up to 64 GB of RAM
Purism has updated its Librem Mini, now called the Librem Mini V2. The second version of the popular mini-PC comes with a Comet Lake-U Core i7 processor, up to 64 GB of RAM and has an M.2 slot for fast NVMe drives.
Apple's ARM-based MacBook Air will reputedly launch at US$799 with the MacBook Pro 13 priced at US$1,099
Apple's first ARM-based MacBook Air may start at US$799, according to a leaker. Possibly priced up to US$999, the ARM-powered MacBook Air is thought to be launching alongside an ARM MacBook Pro 13, which is expected to start at around US$1,099.
LG UltraGear 27GN800-B: 27-inch and WQHD gaming monitor with NVIDIA G-Sync, AMD FreeSync Premium and 144 Hz support announced
LG has introduced its latest gaming monitor, the UltraGear 27GN800-B. Equipped with a 27-inch IPS panel, the UltraGear 27GN800-B supports AMD FreeSync, NVIDIA G-Sync and 144 Hz gaming. The UltraGear 27GN800-B runs natively at 2,560 x 1,440 pixels too, making it a WQHD monitor.
Novasom M9: A Raspberry Pi alternative that supports M.2 drives and three video outputs
The Novasom M9 is a new alternative to the Raspberry Pi that not only supports M.2 drives, but supports three display outputs. The board has 128 GB of flash storage too, along with Gigabit Ethernet and four USB connections.
Global MIUI 12 update for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 released to all handsets as the Redmi Note 7 receives a new update
The global MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 8 is now rolling out to all handsets, following its stint as a Stable Beta build. V22.214.171.124.QCOMIXM is rolling out to the global variant as an OTA, while V126.96.36.199.QFGRUXM has reached the Stable Beta stage for the Russian variant of the Redmi Note 7.
Raspberry Pi: New stereoscopic camera expansion board released for the Compute Module 4
StereoPi has introduced a new version of its stereoscopic camera expansion board, the StereoPi V2. The company has designed its new expansion board for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4, which also brings a USB Type-C port, two USB Type-A ports and Gigabit Ethernet to the pocket-sized board.
Lemfo LES4: An affordable smartwatch with 4G LTE and GPS
The Lemfo LES4 is a cheap smartwatch with plenty of features. Lemfo has included 4G LTE and GPS modules, allowing the 1.6-inch smartwatch to be used independently of a smartphone. The Lemfo LES4 retails for US$109.99.
Huawei to regain access to MediaTek and Qualcomm chipsets but still has its eyes set on going it alone
Huawei's mobile division may be on the verge of receiving chipsets from the likes of MediaTek and Qualcomm, according to the Financial Times. The Chinese company is ploughing on with buildings its own chip fabrication plants. It will be years before Huawei reaches parity with mobile chipsets from MediaTek, Samsung and Qualcomm, though.
Apple starts replacing AirPods Pro for free because of a design flaw
If you own a pair of AirPods Pro that produce crackling or static sounds, then Apple will replace them for free. The replacement program also applies to units where active noise cancellation is not working as expected. Apparently, a design flaw is the reason why some of these issues have been occurring.
Station M1 & P1: Passively cooled mini-PCs that can be used as media centres
The Station M1 and P1 are affordable and compact mini-PCs that can double as media centres. Both come with Rockchip SoCs, up to 4 GB of RAM and bags of connectivity.
Motorola Moto G 5G to launch with a Snapdragon 750G, a 5,000 mAh battery and 6 GB of RAM
Motorola is on the verge of releasing the Moto G 5G, its next mid-range smartphone. Powered by the Snapdragon 750G, the Moto G 5G will have a 5,000 mAh battery, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and a 6.66-inch display.
Orange Pi Zero2: The Raspberry Pi Zero alternative is finally orderable
The Orange Pi Zero2 has finally made it to market, over a year after Shenzhen Xunlong Software unveiled it. The Raspberry Pi Zero competitor has been upgraded to a new chipset that supports Android 10 and multiple Linux distributions, including Debian and Ubuntu.
Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro: An ECG version of the stylish smartwatch is coming
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro ECG is scheduled to be launched in December, as spotted by a popular leaker. The new version of the stylish smartwatch has an ECG function, giving it an advantage of many other smartwatches.
Apple sells out of many Mac models ahead of November 10 event as leaker suggests that ARM versions are on their way
The hints of the upcoming launch of Apple's first ARM-based Macs are slowly building. Apple is hosting another hardware event on November 10, and the company has sold out of many Mac products, while a leaker has suggested that the company's first ARM Mac will be worth the wait.
Teardown confirms the modularity of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro
The Mate 40 Pro may not sell as well in many markets because of its lack of Google Mobile Services, but it is at least reasonably repairable. The Mate 40 Pro is modular for a modern flagship, especially considering alternatives like Apple's latest iPhones.
The Google Pixel 5 fails to impress in camera tests
The limits of Google's strategy of pairing old camera hardware with excellent software have been shown in a series of camera tests published by DxOMark. There may well be some flaws in DxOMark's methodology, but it seems that Google should now move on from the 12 MP IMX363 camera that it has been using steadfastly for years.
Gaming benchmarks reveal that the AMD Radeon RX 6800, RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT conquer NVIDIA GeForce cards at 1440p and 4K
AMD has released a slew of gaming benchmark results for the RX 6800, RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT, offering a look at how its RDNA 2 cards stack up against NVIDIA's recent efforts. The initial results are encouraging, and suggest that AMD can match or outperform NVIDIA at 1440p and 4K in multiple triple-A games.
Google CEO promises exciting hardware for 2021 as Q1 2021 flagship Pixel rumours emerge
Google has exciting hardware in the works for 2021, according to company representatives. One of these devices could be a flagship Pixel smartphone, which will reputedly launch as early as March 2021.
PlayStation 5 Slim concept renders offer clue as to how Sony could reduce the size of its over-sized console
The PS5 is not a dainty console, by any means. Subject to memes mocking its size, the PS5 will probably be replaced by a more compact edition at some stage in its lifetime. In that vein, a concept has shown what a PS5 Slim could look, and if Sony offered it black, along with its current white finish.
MINISFORUM DeskMini DMAF5: Mini-PC with an AMD Ryzen 5 3550H processor is now shipping
The MINISFORUM DeskMini DMAF5 is now shipping, following a successful crowdfunding campaign. The DeskMini DMAF5 starts at US$399 and comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 3550H APU. The machine can be equipped with up to 32 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD.
Huami adds two key features to the Amazfit GTS, GTR and GTR Lite
Huami has released extensive software updates to three of its most popular smartwatches, the Amazfit GTS, GTR and GTR Lite. The update brings an important health feature to the three smartwatches and improves the precision of their GPS modules.
Nokia Essential True Wireless Earphones E3500: Affordable TWS earbuds to begin shipping in mid-November
The Nokia Essential True Wireless Earphones E3500 is HMD Global's latest pair of TWS earbuds. Priced at €89.90, the earbuds come with noise reduction, aptX support and up to 25 hours of battery life.
Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar: A luxury smartwatch with several months of battery life
The Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar is a stylish smartwatch that offers several months of battery life between charges thanks to many tiny solar sensors. The hybrid smartwatch will debut on November 2 for around €900.
Arduino Oplà: A kit designed to simplify dabbling in IoT projects
The Arduino Oplà Kit is intended to offer an accessible introduction into the world of smart networking and IoT. The kit retails for US$114 and contains eight IoT projects to get you started.
Anbernic RG280V: Compact handheld console presented with a large screen and an array of buttons
The RG280V is Anbernic's latest handheld games console, and its smallest to boot. The RG280V runs on OpenDingux and should be powerful enough to emulate N64 and PS1 games smoothly.
AMD trolls NVIDIA over the size, power requirements and the 12-pin power connectors of the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090
AMD is seemingly in a buoyant mood, trolling NVIDIA about the size and power requirements of its RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 cards. The red team has poked fun at NVIDIA's new 12-pin power connector too, but responses online suggest that AMD has misunderstood why people are excited about the likes of the RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT.
Dynabook Portégé X40-J: New 14 inch ultrabook with Intel Tiger Lake processors, Iris Xe Graphics and Thunderbolt 4 unveiled
Sharp has announced the Dynabook Portégé X40-J, its latest ultrabook designed for business users. The X40-J relies on Intel Tiger Lake-U processors, which will offer a giant leap forward from the graphics and CPU power that its Comet Lake-U powered predecessor offered. Sharp has also equipped the X40-J with a 14-inch display and Thunderbolt 4 ports, which are housed in an aluminium chassis.
The Microsoft Xbox Series X and Series S will be the only consoles with fully-fledged AMD RDNA 2 GPUs
Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series X and Series S will be the only consoles that will support all the features of the new RDNA 2 architecture, the same one on which AMD has based its new Radeon RX 6000 cards. These features include DirectX Raytracing, Mesh Shading and Variable Rate Shading (VRS). The Xbox Series X and Series S will arrive next month.
Samsung will unveil the Galaxy W21 5G, a new foldable smartphone, on November 4
Samsung has released a teaser for the Galaxy W21 5G, its next foldable smartphone. To be released on November 4, the Galaxy W21 5G has already been spotted at the TENAA, confirming many details and the design of the upcoming handset. The Galaxy W21 5G will be available exclusively in China.
Foldable Xiaomi smartphone with a 108 MP camera and a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset confirmed by MIUI 12 code
MIUI 12 code has confirmed that Xiaomi has a foldable smartphone in development, codenamed 'cetus'. The device also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and a 108 MP primary camera and runs Android 11.
Xiaomi Mijia Paipai: A wireless casting adapter for streaming content in up to 1080p
The Xiaomi Mijia Paipai is a wireless casting adapter that retails for just US$53.99. Resembling two Chromecasts, the Mijia Paipai Wireless Casting Adapter operates over 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks to transmit 1080p content from up to 10 metres away.
The GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition launch was another mess for NVIDIA
Today's launch of the GeForce RTX 3070 was another bust for fans of Founders Edition cards, following a major retailer emptying customer baskets to attempt to cope with the influx of website traffic. Unsurprisingly, resellers have flooded market places like eBay with RTX 3070 Founders Edition cards, where they are selling for nearly 50% more than the RTX 3080.
Huawei announces plans to update 37 devices to EMUI 11
Huawei has published the list of devices that will be eligible to receive EMUI 11 beta. All devices should be brought onto the EMUI 11 beta program by the end of November. The list contains 37 devices, including some Honor handsets. Stable EMUI 11 updates start rolling out by the end of next month, too.
Grab a WearOS smartwatch for US$99 with the Skagen Falster 2
WearOS smartwatches may not be as popular as Apple's or Samsung's equivalents, but you can currently get one for just US$99, £89 in the UK and €99 in the Eurozone. The Skagen Falster 2 comes in multiple looks and features a heart rate monitor, GPS and NFC for use with Google Pay.
Samsung brings one of the best features of the Galaxy Watch 3 to the Galaxy Watch Active 2
Samsung has donated another feature to the Galaxy Watch Active 2, its former flagship smartwatch. This time, the South Korean company has borrowed from the feature set of the new Galaxy Watch 3, which it released in August.
AMD partners line up with custom versions of the Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT
AMD's partners have started announcing custom versions of the Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT, including a liquid-cooled card by ASUS. Gigabyte will be selling what look like reference cards, while MSI has at least a GAMING X TRIO version of the RX 6800 XT planned.
DJI Mavic Mini 2: Specs and details of new compact drone confirmed by an early unboxing video
DJI is on the verge of releasing a new drone, an unboxing video has confirmed. Pictured being purchased from Best Buy, the Mavic Mini 2 looks practically the same as its predecessor, but it has a few new features up its sleeve.
The Sony Xperia 1 II shows the performance limits of having 12 GB of RAM over 8 GB
Sony may be on the verge of releasing a version of the Xperia 1 II with 12 GB of RAM, but it will not necessarily offer any performance improvements on the standard 8 GB model. To that end, Geekbench has shown the performance limits of going from 8 GB to 12 GB of RAM, with marginal improvements in single-core and multi-core tasks.
Apple iPhone 12 mini: First hands-on video with the smallest iPhone showcases its diminutive stature
Apple's smallest iPhone will not be available until next week, but a prominent Romanian YouTuber has already got his hands on one. The iPhone 12 mini has been compared to last year's 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, ahead of the device's review embargo.
The Global MIUI 12 upgrade for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 may be missing multiple features as the Redmi Note 7 receives a new update
It seems that Xiaomi forgot to include several features in the first Android 10 and MIUI 12 update for the global version of the Redmi Note 8. According to multiple reports, V188.8.131.52.QCOMIXM is missing multiple elements of MIUI 12, like floating windows, new animations and even the Android 10 gesture navigation pill.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge receive a new update
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have received a new update, over four-and-a-half years since their release in March 2016. The update brings the September 2020 security patch to the two devices, along with bug fixes, performance optimisations and stability improvements.
Google commits itself to new environmental goals, including plastic-free packaging, by 2025
Google has announced several new initiatives to improve the environmental friendliness of its Pixel smartphones. From 2025, the packaging of Google's smartphones will be plastic-free, while at least 50% recycled or renewable plastic will be used in its Pixel or Nest hardware.
Gigabyte and MSI certify multiple Radeon RX 6800 and Radeon RX 6800 XT cards; RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro registered too
Gigabyte and MSI have filed multiple Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT with the EEC, following their launch by AMD. Gigabyte has certified another RTX 3060 Ti SKU with the regulator too, following the ones that it registered earlier this month.
AMD pitches the Radeon RX 6900 XT as an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 beater for US$999
The RX 6900 XT is here, and AMD claims that it takes on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 for just US$999. AMD's most-powered RDNA 2 GPU will debut in December, albeit only as a reference card initially.
Foxconn accused of using shady tactics to boost profits relating to Apple contracts
Apple and Foxconn may have been partners for years but the relationship has soured in the last few years, according to a report published by The Information. Reputedly, Foxconn has employed a range of tactics to maximise profits, including overcharging for production costs and even potentially revealing Apple designs to third-parties before they have been announced.
Hela Bio: A smartwatch that promises blood glucose measurements, blood pressure tracking and more
The Hela Bio smartwatch is not only a fitness tracker but a smartwatch that can measure blood glucose levels, blood pressure and heart rates. The smartwatch has gained over US$200,000 in crowdfunding, but some things do not add up.
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 finally receives MIUI 12 globally with no catches
Unbridled MIUI 12 has finally arrived globally for the Pocophone F1. V184.108.40.206.QEJMIXM is available as an OTA download, but Xiaomi has also published the recovery and fastboot ROMs of the build, should you need to install one of those instead.
PCI IDs point to NVIDIA using the GA104M GPU for the RTX 3070 Max-P and Max-Q
NVIDIA has based the RTX 3070 Max-P and Max-Q on the GA104M GPU, according to a list of PCI IDs. Assigned the IDs 249c and 249d, the RTX 3070 mobile cards will undoubtedly offer pared-back performance compared to the desktop RTX 3070. It seems that NVIDIA has been testing tonnes of other GA104 and GA102-based cards, too.
PrimeMini 5: Fanless Mini-PC unveiled with a choice of Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors
The PrimeMini 5 is a new and powerful mini-PC, considering its size. The compact machine runs silently too and features a good selection of I/O. The PrimeMini 5 ships worldwide from Switzerland.
Nokia 10 referenced in leaked HMD Global internal document
A leaked internal document has revealed HMD Global's future plans for Nokia, which apparently include the release of a Nokia 10. The Nokia brand will remain committed to the Android One ecosystem too, which is becoming increasingly Nokia-dependent following the seeming withdrawal from the program by Xiaomi.
Early NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti retailer listings point to US$450 price tags and possible late November arrival for AIB cards
The RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti should be arriving before the end of November, according to multiple pre-order listings on Chinese e-commerce platform Taobao. The RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti may cost upwards of US$450 too, which would make them around US$50 cheaper than the RTX 3070.
Apple may be planning to release a new MacBook Pro 16 before the year is out
The attention may be on Apple's expected ARM MacBooks, but the company also seemingly has a new version of the 16-inch MacBook Pro in the pipeline. The new MacBook Pro 16 will seemingly arrive before the end of the year, too.
i7book: Alldocube is charging US$499.99 for a 14-inch laptop with an Intel Core i7-6600U processor
With the i7book, Alldocube has set its sights on creating a compact laptop with an aluminium chassis and a minimal design. However, its Core i7-6600U processor is a blast from the past.
Rockstar Games is bringing several improvements to GTA V on next-gen consoles; PS5 version to benefit from a heap of changes
Rockstar Games has given an insight into what improvements it plans to bring to the next-generation version of GTA V. Specifically, how its triple-A game will differ on the PS5. The game will benefit from improved rendering distance and a higher resolution, among other changes.
Mi TV Lux: Xiaomi's transparent OLED TV is both brilliant and pointless
OLED TVs cost stacks of cash anyway, but Xiaomi's transparent Mi TV Lux takes it up a notch. Costing around US$7,000, the Mi TV Lux looks brilliant, but its showstopper design is held back by its 1080p resolution and its limited connectivity.
Pro1-X: XDA Developers collaborates to create the world's first Lineage OS and Ubuntu Touch smartphone
The Pro1 X is a collaboration between F(x)tec and XDA Developers with native support for both LineageOS and Ubuntu Touch. The price is high for outdated hardware and long lead-times, though.
CD Projekt Red delays Cyberpunk 2077 for the third time; over-ambition blamed this time
Here we go again. CD Projekt Red has delayed the release of Cyberpunk 2077 for the third time; this time re-scheduled for December 10. Apparently, the company is guilty of its own ambition this time.
Creative Outlier Air V2 launched: Up to 34 hours of battery life with Qualcomm aptX, Qualcomm cVc 8.0 and touch controls
Creative Technology has launched a new pair of its Outlier Air earbuds, the V2. The new model builds on the Outlier Air and Outlier Gold by adding touch controls, while retaining the stellar battery life and sound quality of its predecessors. The Outlier Air V2 is available to order in the UK now and will launch in the US on November 5.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is back and it could be launching soon with a 320 W TGP and 10 GB of GDDR6X VRAM
NVIDIA is rushing to release an RTX 3070 Ti after all, keen to take on AMD's impending 'Big Navi' cards. The card will be based on the company's GA102 GPU and will feature a 320 W TGP, along with 10 GB of GDDR6X VRAM. 7,424 CUDAs will be present too, as will 232 Tensor cores and 58 RT cores.
Apple has scaled-back the AirPods Studio because of production issues; AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2 scheduled for release in 2021 with new designs
Apple has plenty of audio hardware in the works, Mark Gurman and Debby Wu of Bloomberg have revealed. A new pair of AirPods are on the agenda, as are a second-generation pair of AirPods Pro and the AirPods Studio.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus will share many key design characteristics
More clues about the design of the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus have turned up online, seemingly confirming past leaks for Samsung's next trio of flagship smartphones. The Galaxy S21 Plus will reputedly resemble a slightly larger version of the Galaxy S21, even more so than the Galaxy S20 Plus does to the Galaxy S20.
Googlefier: Bring Google apps and services to Huawei and Honor devices with a simple tool
Hacking Google apps and services have returned to Honor and Huawei devices, courtesy of Googlefier. The workaround can bring Google Mobile Services to devices like the Mate 30 Pro and P40 Pro.
The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X posts an astonishing CPU benchmark result in PassMark; 10% above all Intel processors and 47% faster than the Ryzen 5 3600X
The Ryzen 5 5600X has flexed its muscles on PassMark, leaving Zen 2 and Intel processors in its wake. AMD's budget Vermeer and Zen 3 chip outscores all before it by at least 10% in PassMark's single-threaded test and is 47% faster than its predecessor.
Raspberry Pi: Canonical finally brings Ubuntu Desktop to the popular single-board computer
Canonical has brought Ubuntu Desktop to the Raspberry Pi. The humble single-board computer can now be pre-loaded with Ubuntu 20.10, albeit only on the Raspberry Pi 4.
Microsoft is offering origami Xbox Series X Papercraft Kits with pre-orders
Fancy some origami while you wait for your Xbox Series X to arrive? Well, Microsoft is offering Papercraft Kits with some Xbox Series X pre-orders, albeit only Germany. You can print out your own Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S 'Papercraft Kit' worldwide, though.
Leaked NVIDIA RTX A6000 benchmark result points to uninspiring performance with only an 11% uplift over the RTX 6000
The first benchmark result for the RTX A6000 is in, and it does not look good for NVIDIA's enterprise card. Based on a full-fat GA102 GPU with 10,752 CUDA cores supported by 48 GB of VRAM, the RTX A6000 only managed 11% higher scores on average than the RTX 6000.
Intel is already delivering the Iris Xe Max DG1 ahead of its debut later this year; Xe DG2 desktop gaming GPU will not be ready until 2H 2021 at the earliest
Intel CEO Bob Swan has confirmed that the first dedicated Xe graphics chip is now shipping and should be delivered before the end of the year. Its gaming desktop counterpart, the DG2, will not follow for a few months, though.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 receives a new update bringing the October security patch and bug fixes
The Xiaomi Mi A2 has received its monthly update, this time called V220.127.116.11.QDIMIXM. The new update brings the October 2020 set of security patches to the Android One handset, along with a few bug fixes. V18.104.22.168.QDIMIXM is rolling out now as an OTA.
NVIDIA is on the warpath with another cutdown GA102 card, featuring 7,424 CUDA cores and GDDR6X VRAM, to add to its RTX 30 arsenal
NVIDIA may be planning another raid on the upper-midrange desktop graphics card market, according to a new leak. Apparently, the green team has a third GA102-based card in development, which would sit between the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 in its Ampere product stack with 7,424 CUDA cores, GDDR6X VRAM and possibly up to 232 Tensor cores.
MIUI 12 may be on a limited release for the Xiaomi Pocophone F1, but there may be a workaround
MIUI 12 may still be on a limited release for the global version of the Xiaomi Pocophone F1. If your device is yet to receive the OS upgrade, then flashing the OTA files manually may do the trick.
Kingdel NC610: A powerful mini-PC that packs an LGA 1151 socket and a desktop NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU
The Kingdel NC610 may be small, but it packs a punch. With an LGA 1151 socket and up to a pre-configured Core i7-9700F, the NC610 also features a replaceable GeForce GTX 1650 GPU and a host of connectivity. The Kingdel NC610 is also available with either a Core i3-9100F or a Core i5-9400F.
Transform the Arduino Pro Micro into an Arduino Keyboard Joystick Extender Box with a new project
A new project has transformed a humble Arduino Pro Micro into a joystick with various knobs. The project is intended to be used in conjunction with a keyboard for making adjustments when gaming or creating music.
Leaked AirPods Pro 2 purport new price and release of Apple's premium TWS earbuds
If you were hoping that Apple would release a successor to the AirPods Pro any time soon, then you are sorely mistaken. According to a new leak, the AirPods Pro 2 may not be arriving over a year. A rough price for the AirPods Pro 2 has been offered too, which is more encouraging.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection will run at 120 FPS on the Xbox Series X and S
The release of Halo Infinite may be a while off yet, but The Master Chief Collection is coming to the Xbox Series X and S on November 17. The re-release will run at up to 120 FPS on Microsoft's new consoles and will feature a host of improvement, such as a refined split-screen mode. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be free for those who already the collection and also for those who subscribe to Xbox Game Pass.
The Apple iPhone 12 series is not only more expensive in Europe with slower 5G, but it is also uglier
Apple may be expected to sell tens of millions of iPhone 12 units between now and next September or October, but the company has made a rather strange design decision for European models. Sadly, it has made the iPhone 12 a bit uglier in Europe than it is in the US, although it is unclear why Apple has done so.
Windows 10 21H1: Microsoft to add HDD/SSD drive health warnings and design upgrades as new preview build lands
Microsoft has released the Windows 10 21H1 Insider Preview Build 20241, integrating yet more features into next year's update. Behind the scenes, the company has been working on many features, including one that will warn people if their HDD or SSD is in a bad way.
Nokia blocks Lenovo from selling any laptops, PCs or tablets in Germany and is seeking similar injunctions in Brazil, India and the US
Lenovo has had to remove almost all its products from its German website, because of a patent dispute with Nokia. The Chinese company has supposedly been violating H.264 patents that Nokia holds, resulting in the Finnish company taking out an injunction to freeze Lenovo's online sales.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G: Too expensive for mass appeal?
The Samsung Galaxy ZFold 2 5G costs an awful lot money, but it is clearly better than its predecessor. Samsung has made a host of changes for this year's model, which our review reveals.
Leaked GeForce RTX 3070 benchmarks suggest that NVIDIA's US$499 Ampere card will be a strong performer
Initial benchmark data for the GeForce RTX 3070 is here, and the US$499 card can hold its own against the RTX 3080 and RTX 2080 Ti in 3DMark, Ashes of the Singularity and Geekbench. The RTX 3070 will arrive on October 29 after a two-week delay.
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is the new camera king, for now
Huawei may have just announced the Mate 40 Pro, but it has already stormed to the top of DxOMark's leaderboards. Crowned the new king of main and selfie cameras, it seems that the Mate 40 Pro is new smartphone to purchase if you are a camera junkie - until DxOMark reviews the Mate 40 Pro Plus or Mate 40 RS, that is.
Google Pixel 5 screen gap issue is under investigation by company officials
The Pixel 5 screen gap issue, where some displays have separated from the phone body, is being investigated by Google. The investigation may take a few days, according to Forbes.
Xiaomi Mi CC9e and Redmi Note 8 Pro receive new MIUI 12 upgrades as the Redmi 8 and Redmi Note 8 pick up perfunctory updates
The Mi CC9e and Redmi Note 8 Pro have received new MIUI 12 upgrades spanning several branches of MIUI, but the Redmi 8 and Redmi Note 8 are in no such luck. Instead, the Redmi 8 and Redmi Note 8 have just received security updates in multiple regions, keeping the devices on MIUI 11 for the time being.
Samsung will return to flat screens for the Galaxy S21 series; Galaxy S21 Ultra to retain pronounced curvature though
Samsung will be returning to flat screens for the Galaxy S21 series, according to Ice universe. The 2.5D glass of the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus will be replaced by 2D glass, but the S21 Ultra will have a curved display.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into an Amazon Alexa home hub
A simple project has shown that the Raspberry Pi can, in conjunction with a Bluetooth speaker, become an Alexa-enabled device. There is no restriction on what type of Bluetooth speaker can be used, allowing a great deal of customisation with the project.
Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro gains a new health feature courtesy of latest software update
Huawei has introduced a new health feature to the Watch GT 2 Pro, despite its recent introduction. The update expands the capabilities of the company's latest smartwatch, specifically in relation to its SpO2 sensor.
Raspberry Pi: Turn the Compute Module 4 into a cluster system with Turing Pi 2
Turing Pi has announced a new cluster board, this time for the recently-announced Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. The Turing Pi 2 promises high performance, despite its compact mini-ITX form factor.
PIPO W11: A cheap 2-in-1 alternative to the Surface Go 2 with a detachable keyboard and pen support
The PIPO W11 is a budget alternative to the Microsoft Surface lineup, specifically the Surface Go 2. The W11 is still relatively cheap though, thanks to its Gemini Lake processor and 8 GB of RAM.
AMD's 'Big Navi' Radeon RX 6900 XT will challenge the best of the NVIDIA RTX 30 series with 80 CUs, 16 GB of GDDR6 VRAM and over 2 GHz clock speeds
The RX 6900 XT will deliver clock speeds over 2,300 MHz with 80 CUs and 16 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, according to a new leak. Four other cards will make up AMD's 'Big Navi' lineup, as will AIB cards that will venture to an eye-watering 2,577 MHz.
5G may cost up to 20% battery life on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro
It may now be possible to connect to 5G networks on an iPhone, but it will cost you in battery life. Enabling 5G can cut battery life by up to 20% based on initial findings, meaning that you may need to recharge the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro before the end of the day.
Microsoft releases Windows 10 20H2 with multiple changes as the October 2020 update
Finally, the Windows 10 fall update is here, better known as the October 2020 update or Windows 10 20H2. The new update remains a free one for all existing Windows 10 licenses and features a host of changes, including a new start menu, settings improvements and better Microsoft Edge integration.
eGPU gaming: Ice Lake-U processors offer nearly 50% better performance in some games than Comet Lake-H processors do
It turns out that Ice Lake laptops are better for eGPU gaming than their more powerful Comet Lake-H counterparts, Jarrod's Tech has discovered. Thunderbolt 3 controller placement seems to be at the heart of the difference in performance, which can be nearly 50% in some modern triple-A games. Seemingly, Thunderbolt 3 latency matters more in eGPU gaming than high clock speeds or a superior TDP.
ODROID-HC4: A Raspberry Pi alternative that doubles as a dual NAS
With the ODROID-HC4, one can create a dual NAS setup without having to break the bank. Priced at US$65 with a plastic housing, the ODROID-HC4 supports two 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives and comes with other features, such as an IR receiver.
TicWatch Pro 3: An LTE version of the upmarket smartwatch is on the horizon
Mobvoi is planning to release yet another smartwatch, this time an LTE version of the TicWatch Pro 3. The smartwatch will utilise LTE connectivity thanks to the Snapdragon Wear 4100's modem.
Leaked Lenovo Tab P11 details confirm design and specifications of upcoming budget tablet
After the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro comes the Tab P11, a slimmed-down version of its Pro sibling. Leaked details have confirmed not only the design of the Tab P11, but also the specifications of Lenovo's upcoming tablet.
The Xiaomi Mi Watch Color Sports Edition has two weeks of battery life and a SpO2 sensor for ~US$105
Xiaomi has unveiled a new smartwatch, the Mi Watch Color Sports Edition. A lighter and sportier version of the Mi Watch, the Mi Watch Color Sports Edition is also cheaper and retails for CNY 699 (~US$105).
Xiaomi ribs Apple again for not including a charger in the box with Mi 10T Lite advert
Xiaomi is revamping the packaging of the Mi 10T Lite in Europe by using cardboard instead of plastic. The result should yield up to 60% less plastic used without needing to remove the charger or case from the box, an impressive feat. Xiaomi has, of course, took another opportunity to remind people of Apple's recent decision to do otherwise, though.
Some early Google Pixel 5 units are exhibiting quality control issues
Have you noticed a small gap between the display and the body of your Google Pixel 5? Well, some early units are suffering from such an issue, and it is affected both the Sorta Sage and Just Black versions.
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 and Mi Mix 3 5G receive new MIUI 12 updates
The Mi Max 3 and Mi Mix 3 5G have received new MIUI 12 updates, bringing the two devices on Xiaomi's latest OS. The Mi Mix 3 5G still remains on Android 9.0 Pie in Europe on the Vodafone network, but the global and Russian versions of the Mi Max 3 have been upgraded to Android 10 builds of MIUI 12.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G Smartphone Review - A great and expensive foldable phone
Samsung has made numerous improvements to the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G compared to its predecessor. There is a new hinge with more options, almost full screen displays and better battery life, for example. But the high price has remained from last year's model.
The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT rumoured to top at a game clock of 2.4 GHz, but AIB cards could go even higher
AMD is yet to announce its challengers to the likes of the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080, but rumoured clock speeds suggest that at least one Navi 21 SKU will be capable of reaching 2.4 GHz. The Navi 21 XT is thought to offer 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM too, along with a 255 TGP. The Navi 21 XL and XLE will supposedly be no slouches, either.
Raspberry Pi: Compute Module 4 launches for US$25 with powerful upgrades and a new form factor
The new Raspberry Pi Compute Module is here, heralding a new era for the series. The Compute Module 4 features a faster CPU than its predecessor, along with more RAM, storage and the option to add Wi-Fi connectivity. The Compute Module 4 also sports a new design for the Compute Module series and is available from US$25.
Google Coral Dev Board Mini: Raspberry Pi alternative finally comes up for pre-order for US$99.99
Google's latest developer board is available to pre-order, at long last. The Coral Dev Board Mini features a quad-core processor, 2 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and has a Google Edge TPU coprocessor.
Xiaomi announces the Mi 10T series in the UK; Mi 10T Lite to debut for £199 from October 26
Xiaomi has announced plans to bring the Mi 10T series to the UK. The Mi 10T, Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T Lite will all be available to purchase from multiple retailers, including Amazon and Mi.com. The Mi 10T Lite will start for just £199, too.
The Sony PlayStation 5 is tracking to sell nearly twice the volume of the PlayStation 2's 157 million lifetime sales
The PlayStation 2's record sales will be blown away by the market dominance of the PlayStation 5, according to a top Japanese analyst. Sony's next-generation console is expected to sell anywhere from 200 to 300 million units its lifetime, which is thought to last 5-6 years.
Initial XPS 13 9310 Tiger Lake performance comparisons underline why Dell should release an AMD Ryzen 4000-powered XPS 13
The Dell XPS 13 9310 is here, and its packs Intel's latest Tiger Lake-U series processors. Early performance comparisons show the Core i7-1165G7 to be a decent improvement from its Ice Lake predecessor while still falling short of AMD's Renoir mobile processors. If only Dell offered the XPS 13 with Ryzen 4000 series APUs.
Raspberry Pi: Bring 5G and GPS connectivity to the popular single-board computer with a Snapdragon X55-based HAT
A new HAT has brought 5G and GPS connectivity to the Raspberry Pi. Designed for any single-board computer with a 40-pin header, the Waveshare SIM8200EA-M2 5G HAT supports up to Sub-6 5G. The HAT should be compatible with Android, Linux and Windows.
Sony unveils new Mirror Lake Green colour option of the Xperia 1 II with 12 GB of RAM
Sony has unveiled a new colour option of the Xperia 1 II, Mirror Lake Green. The fresh look for the flagship smartphone has also been paired with 12 GB of RAM, like the Frost Black version that Sony launched in August.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro Plus image reveals the sheer scale of its camera housing as retail box leaks
A new teaser for the Mate 40 Pro Plus has been posted online, shedding some light on the device's monstrous camera bump. The volume button has returned for this year's model at least, but the circular camera housing from the Mate 30 Pro has been replaced by what can only be described as a shield. The retail box of the Mate 40 Pro Plus has leaked too, confirming several specifications.
Garmin vívofit jr.3: A new smartwatch for children with Marvel and Disney Princess designs launched
Garmin has unveiled the vívofit jr.3, its latest wearable for children. Available for US$79.99 in multiple colours, the vívofit jr.3 features timed activities, a colour display and an ICE widget, among other features. The vívofit jr.3 comes in Marvel and Disney Princess designs, too.
TOPTON Mini-PC: A compact yet powerful machine with 45 W Intel processors that starts at US$342
TOPTON's latest Mini-PC features a choice of 45 W processors up to the Core i9-10885H, despite its compact size. The machine supports dual-channel RAM and up to three storage drives too, along with a plethora of ports. It is available either as a barebones kit or with RAM and storage.
Leaker dampens expectations for the Samsung Galaxy S21 series as 25 W charging confirmed for entry-level model
Samsung is not planning any great leaps forward with the Galaxy S21 series, according to Ice Universe. Instead, Samsung's next Galaxy S smartphones will be a conservative upgrade from this year's models, with no 144 Hz displays or ultra-fast charging. 3C certification documents have seemingly confirmed a 25 W charging brick for the Galaxy S21, too.
Xperia 5 II teardown reveals Sony's innovative cooling decisions
The Xperia 5 II may not feature a vapour chamber cooling system, but Sony has attempted to keep its latest flagship cool in other ways. Multiple pieces of graphite film should help prevent overheating, while the Xperia 5 II looks simple to repair too.
The iPhone 12 performs up to 30% worse than the iPad Air with the same Apple A14 Bionic chipset, but that is acceptable
Apple decided to release the new iPad Air and the iPhone 12 practically simultaneously, a first for the company. The fourth-generation tablet features the same 5 nm chipset as likes of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, so it was inevitable that people would draw performance comparisons. As AnTuTu has demonstrated, it seems that the iPhone 12, at least, is holding back the A14 Bionic somewhat.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 receives One UI 2.5 update
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has started receiving One UI 2.5, its final OS update. One UI 2.5 brings wireless DeX and changes to the camera app, among other alterations. The update has gone live as an OTA in Germany and will be reaching other regions shortly.
First ARM Apple MacBook will debut in mid-November; AirPods Studio arriving in March 2021
Apple has pegged November 17 as the date to announce its first ARM-powered MacBook, according to Jon Prosser. The ARM Mac event will, by extension, be the earliest opportunity to see Apple's first ARM-based laptop chipset. Prosser claims to have revealed the launch date of the long-awaited AirPods Studio, too.
Leaked Huawei FreeBuds Studio details confirm the design of October 22-bound and €400 headphones
Huawei has a premium pair of ANC headphones in the works called the FreeBuds Studio. To be unveiled on October 22 in two colours, the FreeBuds Studio will retail for in the region of €400 and will look to challenge the likes of the Sony WH-1000XM4, Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 and the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless.
ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQX: Retailer listing points to a US$6,400 asking price for 4K, 144 Hz and Mini-LED gaming monitor
ASUS has packed an awful lot of features into the slim chassis of the ROG Swift PG32UQX, its 32-inch gaming monitor. Not only has ASUS included a 4K panel, but it also has equipped the PG32UQX with a 1,152 zone Mini-LED backlight and a 144 Hz refresh rate. The PG32UQX supports NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate too, although there is no HDMI 2.1 on board.
MINISFORUM X35G: Mini-PC with a Thunderbolt 3 port and Ice Lake processor to start shipping in November
The MINISFORUM X35G is a Mini-PC with an Ice Lake processor, 16 GB of RAM and a Thunderbolt 3 port, among other ports. The compact PC is available to back on Indiegogo from US$350 and will begin shipping next month.
Watch Dogs Legion requires an RTX 3080 for ray tracing at 4K Ultra but just a GTX 1650 or R9 290X for 1080p gaming
The launch of Watch Dogs Legion is almost here, so Ubisoft has released the system requirements for run its upcoming triple-A title. The game is lean when it comes to 1080p even at high settings, but it becomes a touch power-hungry at 1440p and beyond, especially with ray tracing enabled.
Early iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro AnTuTu benchmarks are at odds with Apple's performance claims for the A14 Bionic
More benchmarks of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have appeared online, this time on AnTuTu. CPU scores of the A14 Bionic look good, but initial GPU scores are rather underwhelming, especially compared to the likes of the Snapdragon 865.
Apple iPhone 12 series sales pegged to 80 million units by the end of 2020
Apple is expected to sell at least 70 million iPhone 12 units by the end of 2020, DigiTimes claims. Apple may even top 80 million units before the new year, barring an escalation in the trade war between China and the United States. Apparently, hardware improvements and a fresh design will drive iPhone sales this year.
OnePlus teases rounded design for its first smartwatch
The OnePlus Watch is close to release, based on an official teaser. It would seem that OnePlus' first smartwatch will have a round display, unlike the recently released Oppo Watch.
OnePlus confirms December arrival of Android 11 and OxygenOS 11 for the OnePlus 7 and 7T series
The OnePlus 7 and 7T series will begin receiving Android 11 and OxygenOS 11 from December, according to a company spokesperson. It is unclear whether these will be beta or stable builds, but the likes of the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T Pro will at least get a taste of Android 11 before the year is out.
Xiaomi resumes closed beta MIUI 12 testing as it brings Android 11 to the Mi CC9 Pro, Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro
Xiaomi has brought the Mi CC9 Pro, Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro onto Android 11, courtesy of a new closed beta update. The update can be downloaded on an unlocked handset via TWRP and is an encouraging sign of development for Xiaomi's 108 MP smartphone.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into a music server with a VU meter
The humble Raspberry Pi can be used as a music server, a simple project has shown. The single-board computer combines with a VU meter and a DAC to stream music from local or network-attached storage.
The OnePlus Nord Gray Ash has a matte finish, but it is only available with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage
OnePlus has released a new version of the Nord, its budget alternative to the likes of the OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 8 Pro. The Gray Ash variant is only available with the premium storage option of the OnePlus Nord though, making it just £80 cheaper than the entry-level OnePlus 8T.
Apple AirTags reputedly launching next month with iOS 14.3, but production issues push AirPods Studio release until December 2020 at the earliest
The AirPods Studio may not be arriving until December at the earliest, according to a new report. March 2021 is another likely candidate for the release window of Apple's over-ear headphones, which are rumoured to cost up to US$599. The AirTags are now slated to arrive next month alongside iOS 14.3, though.
Apple may have equipped the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max with 6 GB of RAM, but initial Geekbench result is a mixed bag for the A14 Bionic
The differences between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro models were thought to be only camera-based, but it turns out that Apple has also equipped them with different volumes of RAM. The increase in RAM for the Pro models should give them an advantage over the regular iPhone 12 and their predecessors, but an initial Geekbench listing offers up some rather disappointing multi-core performance.
Nubia Watch: Curved smartwatch goes global for US$219
The Nubia Watch is now available to order globally for US$219. The futuristic-looking smartwatch features a curved AMOLED screen, a heart-rate monitor and an e-SIM, among other features.
ASUS is already rolling out Android 11 for ZenFone 7 Pro beta testers
ASUS has begun issuing Android 11 beta builds to the ZenFone 7 Pro, stealing a march on other Android OEMs. The first beta build for the recently released flagship introduces a host of changes, not just Android 11.
Samsung commences One UI 3.0 beta testing in Europe
Samsung has started beta testing One UI 3.0 in Europe. Testing began in South Korea and the US last month and remains limited to the Galaxy S20 series. The S20 FE is not eligible for One UI 3.0 beta yet though, and you must have an unlocked S20, S20 Plus or S20 Ultra to participate.
Mi AIoT Router AX3600: Affordable Xiaomi router goes global for under US$100
The Xiaomi AX3600 router is now available to order from multiple retailers, and for under US$100. The router offers Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, MU-MIMO and an AIoT smart antenna, among other features.
OnePlus Buds Z launched with true wireless capabilities for US$49.99
OnePlus has launched the Buds Z, its no-frills pair of TWS earbuds. The company promises that the earbuds will deliver top-quality audio, water-resistance and a stable Bluetooth 5.0 connection for US$49.99. Google Assistant integration is included for that price, too.
Android 11 may be slowing down some smartphones like the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4 XL
Android 11 may be slowing down smartphones like the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4 XL, HotHardware has discovered. The two Google smartphones perform demonstrably worse in benchmarks running Android 11 than they do on Android 10; the website is not the only one to be complaining of slowdowns on Android 11, either.
First MIUI 12 update arrives for the global Redmi Note 9 Pro as OS upgrade for the Redmi Note 7 Pro goes official
The first MIUI 12 update has arrived for the global version of the Redmi Note 9 Pro. Currently rolling out to Turkish handsets, the arrival of V22.214.171.124.QJZTRXM should predate equivalent updates for the global and European branches of MIUI by a few days. The inaugural MIUI 12 update has formally landed for the Redmi Note 7 Pro, too.
Regulatory body points to the next Poco smartphone being a rebranded Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
A new Poco smartphone is in development, and it is intended for the global market. However, a recent certification listing suggests that the device may be a rebrand of another upcoming Xiaomi smartphone, the Redmi Note 10 4G.
Nintendo Switch predicted to surpass the sales of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles in holiday 2020
Nintendo will sell more consoles than Microsoft and Sony this holiday season, despite the arrival of the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X, according to analysis from NPD. Call of Duty is expected to continue to dominate the market too, while the sale of gaming subscriptions and accessories will receive a boost.
ASUS clarifies its position on Zen 3; support for X470 and B450 chipsets still coming early next year
ASUS will support the X470 and B450 chipsets into Zen 3, the company has confirmed. It has reaffirmed support for the two chipsets after representatives apparently informed a customer that the X470 chipset would never receive the BIOS upgrade to run Ryzen 5000 processors.
ASRock NUC 1100 BOX: Intel Tiger Lake NUC Mini-PCs launched with 28 W CPUs and Iris Xe Graphics
ASRock has announced three new Intel NUCs based on the chipmaker's Tiger Lake-U architecture. The NUC 1100 BOX series will be available with up to the Core i7-1165G7, although all SKUs will offer the same connectivity and plethora of ports.
Smartphone manufacturers are reputedly working on up to 100 W wireless fast-charging
A well-known and reliable leaker has divulged that several smartphone manufacturers are working towards delivering next-generation wireless fast-charging. Apparently, the technologies will be capable of transferring up to 100 W wirelessly, which would be a generational leap for smartphones.
MIUI 12 for the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 rolls out to more handsets as Android 10 arrives for the Redmi 8A Dual
MIUI 12 is rolling out more widely for the global version of the Pocophone F1, according to multiple reports. V126.96.36.199.QEJMIXM is rolling out now as an OTA, while the Redmi 8A Dual has been upgraded to Android 10, sans MIUI 12.
ASUS drops support for Ryzen 5000 processor series on X470 motherboards
ASUS will not be enabling support for Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 processors on X470 motherboards. The move comes following AMD's confirmation that the X470 and B450 chipsets should start receiving beta BIOSes that enable support as of January 2021. Update: ASUS has stated that a customer service representation was misinformed in their comments.
The Dell UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor UP3221Q is the world's first 2,000-zone mini-LED and 4K monitor
The Dell UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor UP3221Q is the world's first 2,000-zone mini-LED monitor, and it will begin shipping as early as November 5. The monitor can reach 1,000 nits, but it will set you back US$5,000.
Apple registers eight Mac model numbers with the EEC ahead of possible ARM MacBook release in November
Apple has registered eight unreleased Mac model numbers with the EEC. Five are entirely new, so it would seem that Apple is readying itself to release some new Mac hardware. Rumour has it that the company's first ARM MacBooks will be unveiled in November.
AMD joins NVIDIA and Intel with enabling AV1 hardware acceleration on the Radeon RX 6000 series
The Radeon RX 6000 series will support the new AV1 hardware acceleration, Microsoft has confirmed. AMD joins NVIDIA and Intel in supporting the AV1 video codec, which promises to offer up to 50% better compression than H.264 and 20% better than VP9.
Rollme S08: A smartwatch with 4G LTE, dual cameras and a built-in GPS module
The Rollme S08 is a smartwatch with 4G LTE, dual cameras and a built-in GPS module, along with 32 GB of storage and 3 GB of RAM. The smartwatch has a steel body, a ceramic bezel and is IP68 certified.
AMD Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 support is rolling out for ASUS, ASRock, Biostar, Gigabyte and MSI 500 series motherboards; no B450 or X470 support until January 2021 at the earliest
AMD Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 support has been added to multiple 500 series motherboards, including the likes of the A520 and X570 chipsets. ASUS, ASRock, Biostar, Gigabyte and MSI are the first manufacturers to add support, but it will be at least January 2021 before 400 series chipsets like the B450 or X470 can run Zen 3 processors.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro irreparability revealed in teardown video
The Mi 10T Pro may well be Xiaomi's latest flagship smartphone, but it is not all that repairable. From soldered-on ports to a firmly-installed battery, the Mi 10T Pro will probably be an expensive smartphone to repair.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon announced; no US or European releases seemingly planned for lightweight Tiger Lake laptop
Lenovo has finally announced the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon, but it will not be making its way to North America. Similarly, the machine may not even be released in Europe. The sub-1 kg ultrabook features a 16:10 QHD display, Tiger Lake processors, a 50 Wh battery and a tonne of memory.
Xiaomi's Mi 55W Wireless Charging Stand offers ultra-fast charging for under US$40
Xiaomi's Mi 55W Wireless Charging Stand has hit third-party retailers, and it is significantly cheaper than alternatives like the Google Pixel Stand. Xiaomi's wireless charger supports Qi EPP for fast-charging many modern smartphones, despite being designed to recharge the Mi 10 Ultra.
Raspberry Pi: Vizy AI camera raises over US$90,000 on Kickstarter
The Vizy is an AI camera based on the Raspberry Pi 4. The camera can shoot in up to 300 FPS, supports interchangeable lenses and has already raised over US$90,000 on Kickstarter.
Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro slashed by 40% to £299 as Mi 10 also receives a similar discount in Prime Day sales
Xiaomi has cut the price of the Poco F2 Pro to £299 in its Prime Day deals, which start tomorrow. The company is throwing in a Mi Smart Band 5 and Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic too, as it is in a comparable deal for the Mi 10 - which will cost £599.
The ASUS ZenFone 7 Pro is the selfie video king, but not for photos
The flipping camera technology of the ZenFone series has delivered again, according to camera reviewers DxOMark. According to the French website, the ZenFone 7 Pro records better selfie videos than any other smartphone, although it cannot quite match the photo quality of the Huawei P40 Pro.
OnePlus will revitalise its sandstone finish on October 14 with the release of the OnePlus Nord Special Edition
A special edition of the OnePlus Nord will grace us this week, and it will see the return of the sandstone finish from early OnePlus smartphones. The new variant of the OnePlus Nord will be launched alongside the OnePlus 8T and the OnePlus Buds Z.
MIUI 12 is coming to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T this month as reports of a wider rollout for the Redmi Note 7 Pro mount
MIUI 12 will be arriving on the Redmi Note 8T later this month, according to an official Xiaomi timeline. The commencement of the update may coincide with the release of MIUI 12 to the likes of the Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 8 and the global version of the Redmi Note 9 Pro. There are reports of MIUI 12 finally reaching more Redmi Note 7 Pro handsets, too.
The OnePlus 7 series will not receive Android 11 or OxygenOS 11 until 2021
The OnePlus 7 series only launched last year, but the devices have reputedly been relegated to second-tier software support. While the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro have already received Android 11, the new version of OxygenOS will not be arriving on the OnePlus 7 series until 2021.
NVIDIA is no longer selling the RTX 3080 Founders Edition or RTX 3090 Founders Edition directly
NVIDIA has stopped selling the RTX 3080 FE and RTX 3090 FE on its online store. The Founders Edition cards will only be available from Best Buy in the US, but there is no word on European fulfilment options.
Banana Pi: A Raspberry Pi alternative with an AI accelerator that costs just US$16
The Banana Pi BPI-EAI80 is an affordable single-board computer that packs a dual-core AI accelerator. The board could also be used as an alternative to a Raspberry Pi thanks to its 40-pin GPIO header, albeit with some limitations.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max may have better cameras than the iPhone 12 Pro
The iPhone 12 Pro Max may have more premium ultra-wide and telephoto cameras than the 12 Pro, according to reports. The 12 Pro Max will reputedly feature an 'expansive' ultra-wide camera, along with superior telephoto optics. It seems that neither device will feature periscope cameras, but Apple's new 7P lenses will be on board.
Global MIUI 12 update reaches the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 sans Android 10 or Android 11
The global version of MIUI 12 has reached the Mi Mix 2, but there is a catch. Unlike many other devices, the Mi Mix 2 remains on Android 9.0 Pie, despite the existence of Android 10 and Android 11 versions of MIUI 12 being in circulation.
Apple will not be bringing the AirPods Studio, AirTags or 120 Hz iPhones to its October 13 hardware event
Rumour has it Apple will not announce AirTags next week, nor its rumoured AirPods Studio over-ear headphones. The AirTags may be delayed until March 2021 too, while the AirPods Studio could cost up to US$599. It is bad news for those hoping for 120 Hz displays on the iPhone 12 series, also.
Raspberry Pi: Bring M.2 SSDs, full-sized HDMI ports and active cooling to the popular single-board computer with the Argon ONE M.2
The Argon ONE M.2 brings native M.2 SSD support to the Raspberry Pi 4, along with full-sized HDMI ports and a software-controlled fan. The useful features from the Argon ONE remain too, including its stylish design. The Argon ONE M.2 is available for US$45.
MIUI 12 for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 8 expected to arrive this month as testing also reputedly completed for the Redmi Note 7S
MIUI 12 testing for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7S and Redmi Note 8 is almost done, according to reports. Xiaomi expects to release MIUI 12 for at least the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 8 this month, too.
Simply NUC Aspen: An AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir Mini-PC with up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM and a 2 TB PCIe SSD
The Simply NUC Aspen is a new series of Mini-PCs based on AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs. The Aspen can be configured with up to 64 GB of dual-channel RAM and a 2 TB PCIe NVMe SSD.
GMK NucBox: Compact Mini-PC to begin shipping before the end of the month
The GMK NucBox has arrived on third-party retailer Banggood, following its successful Indiegogo campaign. The NucBox will begin shipping from the retailer before October 21 and starts at US$219.99. GMK still sells the NucBox for less, albeit only on Indiegogo.
Amazfit Bip U: New Apple Watch lookalike with 9 days of battery life to begin shipping from October 16 for under ~US$50
The Amazfit Bip U will begin shipping on October 16, and it looks remarkably like the Apple Watch. The Bip U has a 1.43-inch display and a 255 mAh battery that Amazfit promises will last up to 9 days between charges.
Exynos 1080: Samsung executive claims upcoming mid-range chipset will outperform the Snapdragon 865 on a 5 nm node with ARM Cortex-A78 and Mali-G78 cores
Samsung has dropped the first hints about the Exynos 1080, its mid-range successor to the Exynos 980. The chipset is due to be built on a 5 nm node with ARM's new Cortex-A78 and Mali-G78 cores. Samsung claims that the Exynos 1080 will score over 650,000 points in AnTuTu, a score that would put it beyond flagship chipsets like the Snapdragon 865.
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 receives a new MIUI 12 update
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 has received a new MIUI 12 update for global users. The update, called V188.8.131.52.QEJMIXM, is rolling out now as an OTA.
OnePlus 8T shines in official press pictures with a flat screen and almost symmetrical bezels
The OnePlus 8T will have a flat screen and near-symmetrical bezels, distinguishing it from other OnePlus smartphones. The company's next smartphone will arrive on October 14 and looks to have thinner bezels than even the OnePlus 8 Pro. Update: New, and possibly cheaper, Lunar Silver colour option has been leaked too.
MIUI 12 for the global versions of the Xiaomi Redmi 9, Redmi Note 9S and Redmi Note 9 Pro is on the horizon
Xiaomi is gearing to upgrade the global versions of the Redmi 9, Redmi Note 9S and Redmi Note 9 Pro to MIUI 12, according to a report. The OS upgrade will reputedly arrive from October 20, bringing the three devices into line with countless other Xiaomi smartphones.
Leaked OnePlus Buds Z confirm details and the look of upcoming budget TWS earbuds
The OnePlus Buds Z have not announced by OnePlus, but photos of the upcoming earbuds have been included in an APK. Interestingly, the design of the forthcoming earbuds differs significantly from the current OnePlus Buds.
NVIDIA Jetson Nano: Raspberry Pi alternative gets cheaper US$54 variant with 2 GB of RAM
NVIDIA has released a cheaper version of the Jetson Nano Developer Kit, its developer board with a 128-core GPU. The new model has 2 GB of RAM and retails for just US$54. There are a few compromises from the US$99 Developer Kit, though.
Razer unveils a glowing prepaid card for 'Youths and Millennials'
Razer has revealed a set of prepaid cards, appropriately called Razer Cards. The Razer Card works with in-app payment service called Razer Pay, while the premium card glows green whenever it is used.
OnePlus 8T teasers confirm curved design, quad cameras and a 'breakthrough' diffuse reflection glass back that mitigates fingerprints
The OnePlus 8T will have a curved design, quad cameras and a stylish Aquamarine Green finish, OnePlus has confirmed. Dubbed a breakthrough by the company, the variant has a diffuse reflection back panel that supposedly reduces the build-up of fingerprints.
NVIDIA scraps the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti as RTX 3060 Ti remains on track for a mid-November release
Rumour has it that NVIDIA has scrapped the RTX 3070 Ti, which would have slotted in below the RTX 3080. The card was supposedly based on a full-bore GA104 GPU. The RTX 3060 Ti is still on for a mid-November release, though.
New versions of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3080 could be arriving in December
New versions of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3080 could be arriving as soon as December, according to a new report. Apparently, these new cards will be the 16 GB edition of the RTX 3070 and the 20 GB version of the RTX 3080.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into a fully-fledged PC with the DeskPi Pro
With the DeskPi Pro, Seeedstudio has created a case for the Raspberry Pi 4 that turns the single-board computer into a fully-fledged PC. The DeskPi Pro offers 2.5-inch HDD/SSD support and provides two full-sized HDMI ports, among other innovations.
Nokia announces Android 11 roadmap for 14 devices, but the Nokia 9 PureView must wait until Q2 2021 for Google's latest OS
Nokia Mobile has announced plans to upgrade 14 devices to Android 11, including the recently-released Nokia 8.3 5G. The Nokia 9 PureView must wait until Q2 2021 for Google's latest OS though, underlining its insignificance for Nokia Mobile and HMD Global.
Leaked Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon listing confirms 16:10 aspect ratio for Tiger Lake laptop with up to 16 GB of RAM and Thunderbolt 4 ports
The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon has leaked, confirming multiple details about the upcoming 13.3-inch ultrabook. The machine will have a 16:10 display, a choice of Tiger Lake chipsets, up to 16 GB of RAM and Thunderbolt 4 support, among other features.
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is still without MIUI 12 in most regions, and fans are not happy about it
Complaints about the continued absence of MIUI 12 on most Pocophone F1 handsets are mounting, almost three months since the global variant last received an update. Only the Russian version of the Pocophone F1 has been upgraded to MIUI 12, leaving all other variants stranded on MIUI 11.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 receives September update with bug fixes
Xiaomi has issued the September update to the Mi A2, bringing a new security patch to the Android One device. The new update, V184.108.40.206.QDIMIXM, also includes some bug fixes.
Rock Pi X: Raspberry Pi alternative with an Intel Atom processor is now orderable from US$59
The Rock Pi X Model B is now orderable for US$59. The Raspberry Pi alternative features an Intel Atom processor and is available with up to 4 GB, along with 128 GB of eMMC storage.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 official performance figures confirm 60% advantage over the RTX 2070 and a consistent uplift from the RTX 2080 Ti
NVIDIA has published initial performance figures for the GeForce RTX 3070, which will arrive on October 29. The Ampere card is apparently over 60% faster than the RTX 2070 in mixed applications and around 8% more powerful than the RTX 2080 Ti.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 receives a new update as Android 11 development begins
The Xiaomi Mi A3 has received a new update, this time for the European variant of the Android One handset. Android 11 development has apparently begun for the device too, although it will probably be the last OS update for the Mi A3.
Xiaomi's Mi 65W Fast Charger uses GaN technology and is only €29.99
Xiaomi's latest fast charger is a bit of a bargain, considering that it packs 65W of charging power and only retails for €29.99. The appropriately named Mi 65W Fast Charger uses Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology too, which allows it to be considerably smaller than other contemporary fast chargers.
AOC unveils three new monitors with affordable 31.5-inch QHD, 31.5-inch 4K and 34-inch ultrawide options
AOC has presented three new entries in its E2 series, called the Q3232N, Q3432A and U32E2N, respectively. All three monitors offer good value for money, yet are designed for different use cases.
NVIDIA postpones GeForce RTX 3070 release to provide more launch day stock
NVIDIA has announced that the launch of the GeForce RTX 3070 will be postponed by two weeks to October 29. Apparently, the delay will ensure better availability than the calamitous release of the GeForce RTX 3080.
The Xiaomi Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, POCO F2 Pro and Redmi K30 Pro receive Android 11 and MIUI 12 upgrades
The Xiaomi Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, POCO F2 Pro and Redmi K30 Pro have started receiving upgrades to Android 11. The journey to Android 11 has started on the China branch of MIUI for the four devices, but the Mi 10 Pro has also been upgraded to Android 11-based builds of MIUI 12 globally.
Sony sweetens Xperia 5 II pre-orders with WF-1000XM3 earbuds or WH-1000XM3 headphones in multiple markets
The Xperia 5 II is now available to order, and Sony is offering multiple TWS earbud pre-order bundles across Europe. These bundles include the WF-1000XM3 or the WH-1000XM3, which are still some of the best noise-cancelling wireless headphones on the market, among other audio products. The Xperia 5 II itself has a Snapdragon 865 chipset, a 6.1-inch display and four cameras, among other features.
Serious Sam 4 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Fans of the Serious Sam series are finally getting their money's worth again, almost ten years after the third chapter - Flaky shooting fun against gigantic hordes of crazy creatures. Unfortunately, developer Croteam, in all in the excitement, forgot to optimise the engine.
The New Surface Pro X starts at US$1,499.99 with a Microsoft SQ2 processor, a new Platinum finish and more colourful Signature Keyboard covers
The new Surface Pro X is here, and it is not called the Surface Pro X2. Instead, Microsoft continues to call its ARM Surface the Surface Pro X, primarily because it has only made iterative upgrades. The Surface Pro X is now available in Platinum with new Signature Keyboards and can be equipped with Microsoft's new SQ2 processor. No details have been offered about the SQ2, though.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti confirmed by Gigabyte EEC listing
Gigabyte has certified four RTX 3060 Ti models with the EEC, @KOMACHI_ENSAKA has discovered. The four cards will have 8 GB of VRAM and are expected to use NVIDIA's GA104-200 GPU. 4,864 CUDA cores are apparently due for the RTX 3060 Ti too, which may debut as soon as this month.
New Surface Laptop launched with a 12.4-inch PixelSense display, an Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor and steep memory upgrade prices
The Surface Laptop Go is here, Microsoft's small form factor laptop. The Go features a 12.4-inch display, a 15 W Ice Lake processor and starts at US$549.99. You may want to skip the entry-level model though, as it comes with just 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Prices rise to US$1,119.99 for 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, but this is only available to business customers.
The Vivo X50 Pro Plus has excellent cameras, but they are not at Huawei or Xiaomi's levels
The cameras in the Vivo X50 Pro Plus live up to the hype, according to DxOMark. Vivo's latest flagship packs four rear-facing cameras, including a 50 MP primary sensor, but it just misses out on dethroning the Mi 10 Ultra. Similarly, it falls short of the camera performance of the Huawei P40 Pro, too.
Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) pre-orders boosted with free Bose QC35 II headphones following the collapse of its smartphone business
The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) are here, and Google is offering a pair of Bose QC35 II headphones with pre-orders in multiple countries. The reason for bundling such expensive headphones with pre-orders may owe to the state of Google's smartphone business, which has plummeted over 60% in the last year.
Xiaomi Mi Watch launched from €99 with an SpO2 sensor, a heart rate monitor and a large 1.39-inch AMOLED screen
The Xiaomi Mi Watch has a 1.39-inch AMOLED screen, an SpO2 sensor and a heart rate monitor, among other sensors. The Mi Watch will be available in six colours and from €99 - however, pricing may stretch to €119 for some variants.
New Surface Laptop to be called the Surface Laptop Go; 12.45-inch PixelSense Display, up to 13 hours of battery life and Windows 10 in S mode for US$699.99 laptop
The next Surface Laptop will be called the Surface Laptop Go, according to a new report. The device will weigh in at around 1.1 kg and will pack a 12.45-inch PixelSense display, along with a 15 W Ice Lake processor. The Surface Laptop Go will be available with up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, but the US$699.99 entry-level edition must make do with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC storage.
The Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro will be available to order from tomorrow at bargain prices
The Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro will be available to order from tomorrow, Xiaomi has confirmed. The two smartphones have been priced aggressively, undercutting the likes of the Galaxy S20 FE and the Poco F2 Pro. The Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro will be orderable through multiple sales channels.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 confirmed to be using the GA104-300 GPU
The GeForce RTX 3070 has a GA104-300 GPU, Gainward has confirmed. The card, which will be arriving later this month, has 5,888 CUDA cores and 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM.
No Surface Pro 8 or Surface Laptop 4 release this year as Microsoft targets mid-October for second-generation Surface Pro X and new 12.5-inch Surface Laptop release
Microsoft has delayed the release of the Surface Laptop 8 and Surface Pro 8, according to a report. The two devices may not arrive until Q1 2021, with Microsoft opting to release an updated version of the Surface Pro X and a budget Surface Laptop, instead.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090: Initial reviews show that native 8K gaming is a step too far for the US$1,499 card in many triple-A games
The RTX 3090 may be an exceptional card, but it is not powerful enough for native 8K gaming across the board according to multiple reviews. The US$1,499 card can handle 8K gaming using DLSS 2.1, but that is not 8K gaming in the truest of senses.
Leaked Qualcomm Snapdragon 775G details point towards huge performance gains; up to 120 Hz displays, 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage supported
The first details about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 775G have leaked, courtesy of Roland Quandt. Apparently, the Snapdragon 775G will be a huge upgrade for the Snapdragon 7xx series and will support a host of flagship components, including 120 Hz displays and LPDDR5 RAM.
Huawei updates the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P20 and P20 Pro with system improvements
Huawei has issued a new round of updates for the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P20 and P20 Pro. The new build, called EMUI 10.0.0.180, seeks to deliver system improvements for the four devices as they near the end of software support.
Konami re-releases Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance on PC
Konami has brought Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance to the GOG store. The two classic games are available for US$9.50 each and will work on Windows 7 through 10. The original Metal Gear and Konami Collector's Series: Castlevania & Contra can be downloaded for US$6.33, too.
AMD to offer at least three Radeon RX 6000 series cards with Dimgrey Cavefish as an entry-level model
The Radeon RX 6000 series will be made up of at least three GPUs called Sienna Cichlid, Navy Flounder and Dimgrey Cavefish. Dimgrey Cavefish will be the baby of the series and will be based on AMD's GFX103X graphics architecture. The Radeon RX 6000 series will go live on October 28.
XPI-3128: A cheap single-board computer with Wi-Fi that is compatible with the Raspberry Pi ecosystem
The latest member of the Geniatech XPI family packs a Rockchip RK3128 chipset, along with up to 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. A Wi-Fi module can be added to go with the board's four USB Type-A ports, HDMI port and 40-pin GPIO header. The Geniatech XPI-3128 starts at US$25 and can currently be configured up to US$35.
Leaked Google Pixel 4a (5G) prototype shows how glass or aluminium models could have looked
A leaked Pixel 4a (5G) prototype has shown that Google may have been experimenting with glass and aluminium versions of the device. As it stands, Google is expected to release the Pixel 4a (5G) with a plastic back, as it has with the Pixel 4a.
New iPad Pros rumoured to start shipping in Q4 2020 with a mini LED screen and an A14X Bionic chipset
Rumour has it that Apple will soon start selling a new generation of iPad Pros with mini LED screens. The fifth-generation devices may arrive as early as Q4 2020 too, contrary to past rumours. These may be the first iPads to the feature Apple's A14X Bionic chipset, too.
EVGA's NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN hits 2.58 GHz in world-beating 3DMark Port Royal benchmark run
The EVGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN is currently the world's fastest graphics card, having achieved a score of 16,673 points in 3DMark Port Royal. The card managed the lofty score at 2.58 GHz, or over 50% higher than stock NVIDIA speeds.
New Surface Laptop will start at US$699.99 with an Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage
The pricing of the 12.5-inch Surface Laptop has leaked ahead of the device's expected announcement next month. Apparently Microsoft's budget answer to the regular Surface Laptop series, the 12.5-inch will start at US$699.99 with 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and a Core i5-1035G1 processor Prices will rise to US$1,199.99, but that Ice Lake CPU will be equipped across all SKUs.
Nokia 7.3 5G leaks confirm flat screen and quad ZEISS cameras for reasonably priced and Q4 2020-bound mid-range smartphone
Renders of the Nokia 7.3 5G have leaked, and they show a device that resembles the Nokia 8.3 5G. The device is rumoured to be launching in Q4 2020 with a Snapdragon 690 and up to 8 GB of RAM. The Nokia 7.3 5G will have five cameras too, along with a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a possible starting price of €399.
Leaked Google Pixel 5 marketing renders confirm green colour option
Leaked images of the Pixel 5 have confirmed that Google has a green edition in the works. The muted colour scheme wraps around the back and frame of the device, unlike the Pixel 4 series. The device will be available with a Snapdragon 765G, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, along with two rear-facing cameras.
Some NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 cards are crashing at factory overclock speeds
GeForce RTX 3080 cards are finally getting into the hands of consumers, but some units are proving unstable at factory overclock speeds. 2.0-2.1 GHz seems to be the threshold for causing issues, with many cards crashing to desktop when they reach these frequencies.
Leaked Google Pixel 4a (5G) marketing renders confirm relatively large chin and dual cameras for US$499 smartphone
John Lewis has, perhaps mistakenly, revealed the design of the Pixel 4a (5G) before its release next week. Google's mid-tier smartphone for this year will share many of its components with the Pixel 5, except for its rather larger bottom bezel and 3.5 mm headphone jack. The Pixel 4a (5G) is not expected to support wireless charging either, but it will have three cameras and a capacitive fingerprint scanner.
Mobvoi unveils the TicWatch Pro 3 GPS, its US$299 smartwatch with NFC and a heart rate monitor
Mobvoi's latest smartwatch is here, the TicWatch Pro 3 GPS. The new smartwatch features a 1.4-inch AMOLED screen, a heart rate monitor and a 577 mAh battery that can last up to 45 days. The TicWatch Pro 3 GPS retails for US$299 and is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform.
Leaked Galax slide confirms NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 20 GB, RTX 3070 Ti, RTX 3060 and RTX 3070 inferiority to the RTX 2080 Ti
Galax seems to think that the RTX 3070 is slower than the RTX 2080 Ti, despite NVIDIA's claims when launching the RTX 30 series earlier this month. A leaked company slide has effectively also confirmed that the RTX 3070 SUPER/RTX 3070 Ti is on its way, along with the RTX 3060 and a 20 GB version of the RTX 3080.
DeskMini X35G: New Mini PC comes with an Intel Ice Lake processor, 16 GB of RAM, Thunderbolt 3 and Dual Gigabit Ethernet
The DeskMini X35G is a Mini PC with an Intel Ice Lake processor, a stylish design and a host of connectivity. MINISFORUM has not scrimped on storage either, as it has included two drive bays and a microSD card slot. The 15 W Mini PC even has a Thunderbolt 3 port.
MaaXBoard Mini: Raspberry Pi alternative with extensive software support and DDR4 RAM is now available
The MaaXBoard Mini is an affordable single-board computer that is about the size of a Raspberry Pi. The board also includes a 40 pin header, a 14 nm quad-core ARM chipset, Gigabit Ethernet and five USB ports. The MaaXBoard Mini sells for US$72.50.
Leaked Google Pixel 4a (5G) details confirm that it will have a larger screen, less RAM and a smaller battery than the Pixel 5
Details about the Google Pixel 4a (5G) have leaked, confirming almost every aspect about the upcoming mid-range smartphone. A 6.2-inch and 60 Hz OLED screen is headed to the Pixel 4a (5G), as is 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and a 3,885 mAh battery.
Leaked NVIDIA Quadro RTX (A)6000 details confirm GA102 GPU, 48 GB GDDR6 VRAM and a new 8-pin power connector for professional Ampere card
NVIDIA's new range of RTX Quadro cards is almost here, and the RTX (A)6000 may well be at the top of the pack. The 300 W card is expected to launch on October 5 with a GA102 GPU, 48 GB of GDDR6 VRAM and a new 8-pin power connector.
HMD Global launches the Nokia 2.4, Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 8.3 globally
HMD Global has released three new smartphones, the Nokia 2.4, Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 8.3 5G. The Nokia 2.4 and Nokia 3.4 are the only genuinely new smartphones of the three, as HMD Global unveiled the Nokia 8.3 5G in March.
Early NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 8K gaming benchmarks show 60 FPS capabilities of upcoming US$1,499 card
Early 8K benchmarks for the GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition have been published, showing the capabilities of NVIDIA's US$1,499 card in games like Control, Death Stranding, Doom Eternal, and Forza Horizon 4. It is not 60 FPS across the board for the RTX 3090, but the card can reach this threshold in some triple-A titles.
ASUS PN62S: A Mini PC with Intel 10th Gen processors that will fit in your hand
ASUS has unveiled a new Mini PC, the PN62S. The PN62S builds on the PN62 and offers Intel 10th Gen processors, a host of connectivity and up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM.
Samsung launches the Galaxy S20 FE with Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865 chipsets starting at €633
The Galaxy S20 FE has arrived with a choice of Exynos 990 or Snapdragon 865 chipsets. The 6.5-inch device is also available in six colours with 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB storage. The Exynos 990 model starts at €633, while the Snapdragon 865 edition will retail for €730.
New Google Pixel 5 leak points to a plastic back as a headphone jack is confirmed for the Pixel 4a (5G)
The Google Pixel 5 will have a plastic back, according to YouTuber Dave Lee. The Pixel 4a (5G) will be the larger of the two models and will be the only one to feature a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Google will announce both the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) on September 30.Update: WinFuture contradicts Dave Lee's assertion with claims of an aluminium chassis.
Xiaomi suspends MIUI 12 beta development between September 30 to October 12
MIUI 12 beta and internal testing will be halted between September 30 and October 12, according to a new report. The break in development may also result in a pause to phase three of Xiaomi's MIUI 12 release schedule for devices like older Redmi Note handsets.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S and Redmi Note 9 Pro receive MIUI 12 update as OS upgrade goes global for the Mi Mix 3 5G
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S and Redmi Note 9 Pro have received their first MIUI 12 update in India. The OS upgrade should precede equivalents for the global, European, Russian and Turkish branches of MIUI, which are yet to receive Xiaomi's latest OS. The Mi Mix 3 5G has received MIUI 12 globally, too.Update: MIUI 12 is now being rolled out to more Redmi Note 9S and Redmi Note 9 Pro devices.
The Apple AirPods Studio may have a U1 chip for seamless wearing as supposed video leaks
Rumour has it that Apple will utilise the U1 chip in the AirPods Studio, its first set of AirPods-branded over-ear headphones. Reputedly set to launch for US$349, the AirPods will be highly customisable and have so far been spotted in two colours.
LG K71 unveiled with a 6.8-inch display and stylus support
LG has released a new smartphone, the K71. The new mid-range smartphone has a 6.8-inch display, 4 GB of RAM and stylus support. A 4,000 mAh battery is onboard too, as are four cameras.
Leaked Google Pixel 5 details confirm Snapdragon 765G, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and the design of upcoming €629 smartphone
New leaks have confirmed nearly every aspect of the Google Pixel 5, which is due to arrive on September 30. The €629 device will feature a 6.0-inch display, a Snapdragon 765G chipset, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Additionally, Google has moved up to a 4,080 mAh battery for its new smartphone, but many other features are the same as or worse than the Pixel 4 series.
The Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro may be cheaper than expected as September 30 launch announced
The Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro may be cheaper than expected, according to new reports. The Mi 10T will supposedly retail for just €499 in Europe, while the Mi 10T Pro will start at €599.90 with 128 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM. The 256 GB model will set you back €50 more, which would be significantly cheaper than previous claims.
Xiaomi Redmi K30T will arrive before the end of the year with a 144 Hz screen and 108 MP Samsung HM2 camera
Rumour has it that Xiaomi is working on another Redmi smartphone, the Redmi K30T. The device should be with us before the end of the year and may bear a striking resemblance to the Mi 10T Pro.
Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) release date of October 15 offered by UK retailer
Google's next smartphones will not be released until October 15 according to a UK retailer listing, despite their announcement on September 30. Google has stated the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) the two devices will be available to pre-order simultaneously, while the BT listing also confirms that the Pixel 4a (5G) will start at £499 with 128 GB of storage.
HP Pavilion 13: Compact Tiger Lake laptop launched in three colours for US$679.99
HP has overhauled the Pavilion 13, the most compact laptop in its Pavilion series. The new machine features Intel Tiger Lake processors, an 84% screen-to-body ratio and a choice of colours. The HP Pavilion 13 starts at US$679.99.
HP Pavilion 14 launched with Intel Tiger Lake processors, an NVIDIA GeForce MX450 GPU and a UHD display
The new HP Pavilion 14 is here with a refreshed design, new processors and in a choice of six colours. The Tiger Lake laptop can be equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce MX450 GPU too and starts from just US$579.99.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro receives a new MIUI 12 update
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro has received a new MIUI 12 update. The update brings the Indian variant in line with the Chinese one, which received Xiaomi's latest OS in July. V220.127.116.11.QFHINXM includes Android 10, too.
Xperia Play 2: Prototype shows what Sony could do with a PlayStation-inspired smartphone
A prototype of the Xperia Play 2 has appeared online, harking back to a time before Sony fully acquired the Sony Ericsson brand. The prototype offers a reminder of what could be if Sony released a PlayStation-inspired smartphone again.
Early Blender benchmarks suggest that two NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 cards would outperform a single GeForce RTX 3090 had NVIDIA included NVLink support
Initial benchmarks suggest that the GeForce RTX 3090 should outperform the RTX 3080 by up to 23.5% in professional applications, according to a new report. That is a far cry from the paltry 5% improvement in some gaming benchmarks, but two RTX 3080 cards would beat an RTX 3090 in professional applications if NVIDIA had enabled NVLink.
Xiaomi has finally enabled native call recording on the Poco F2 Pro
Xiaomi has finally gotten around to enabling native call recording on the Poco F2 Pro. The feature is available on the global variant of the device and will work from within the default phone app.
Early Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) retailer listings confirm two colours and sole 128 GB storage option
The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will only come with 128 GB of storage, according to several early retailer listings. Google will unveil the devices in two colours on September 30 too, giving fans more choice than it does with the Pixel 4a. The Pixel 5 may also cost as little as £599 in the UK.
The OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T can be upgraded to Android 11
Android 11 has arrived for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T, albeit in the form of custom ROMs. Neither device is ever likely to receive Android 11 officially, so custom ROMs will be the only way to access Android 11 from here on out.
The ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 3080 OC is the fastest RTX 3080 around and clocks 13% higher than the Founders Edition
ASUS has finally announced the clock speeds of the ROG STRIX RTX 3080 OC, over two weeks after the card's announcement. The ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 3080 OC tops out at 1,935 MHz, making it the fastest RTX 3080 that has been announced so far. Rumour has it that 20 GB editions of the RTX 3080 will have higher clock speeds, though.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 may have a 350 W TDP but it can consume nearly 60% more
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 already has an insanely high TDP of 350 W, eclipsing even the TITAN RTX by quite a margin. However, AIBs are releasing custom cards with TDPs over 400 W, while one modder has upped the consumption of their card to a whopping 550 W. The RTX 3090 is truly a beast in all senses of the word.
New Surface Laptop hits Geekbench with an Intel Core i5-1035G1 and up to 16 GB of RAM
Microsoft's next Surface Laptop has been spotted on Geekbench with an Intel Core i5-1035G1 and up to 16 GB of RAM. The new model will supposedly be a cheaper answer to the Surface Laptop 3 and may start for as little as US$500. The device will have a 12.5-inch display too, making it slightly smaller than the Surface Pro X.
Leaked benchmarks show the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 offering as little as 5% better performance than the RTX 3080 for over twice the price
More benchmark data about the GeForce RTX 3080 has leaked ahead of the card's official release next week. Based on initial findings, NVIDIA's US$1,499 card only just outperforms the US$699 RTX 3080 in many triple-A titles and by a margin as slim as 4.7%. The RTX 3090 fares better in synthetic benchmarks, but it can only achieve a lead of 10-20% for over twice the price of the RTX 3080.
The Xiaomi Redmi K20, Mi CC9 Pro and Redmi K30 may be next in line for Android 11-based MIUI 12 upgrades
Xiaomi may already be testing Android 11 builds of MIUI 12 for multiple devices internally, according to a new report. It seems that the Redmi K20, Redmi K30 and Mi CC9 Pro are next up for Android 11, as should the Mi Note 10, Mi Note 10 Pro, Mi 9T and Poco X2 by extension.
MIUI 12 update arrives for the Pocophone F1
The Pocophone F1 has started receiving MIUI 12, Xiaomi's latest OS. Based on Android 10, MIUI 12 for the Pocophone F1 is only being rolled out to Russian handsets for the time being, but it can be downloaded manually.
Gigabyte releases a blower and dual-slot NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 with a 350 W TDP
Gigabyte has released a blow and dual-slot version of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090. The GeForce RTX 3090 TURBO 24G also has a 350 W TDP, to add to the fun of owning a blower RTX 3090.
Football Manager 2020 and Watch Dogs 2 are now free to download and keep indefinitely
For a short time, Football Manager 2020 and Watch Dogs 2 can now be download completely free of charge. Better yet, the two games can be kept forever. Both games can be downloaded on Windows, while Football Manager is also available on Mac.
Royole FlexPai 2 hits AnTuTu and the TENAA with a Snapdragon 865, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage ahead of September 21 announcement
The Royole FlexPai 2 has reached the TENAA and AnTuTu, shortly before its release on September 21. The foldable smartphone will have a 7.8-inch AMOLED screen, a Snapdragon 865 chipset and up to 12 GB of RAM with 256 GB of storage.
Leaked Polar Vantage V2 retail listing points to an October release
A Finnish retailer has listed the Polar Vantage V2, prompting speculation that Polar is on the verge of releasing a new smartwatch. Polar released the Vantage V in 2018, so an update is in order.
New leaked Samsung Galaxy S20 FE images confirm flat screen and plastic back as unusually high prices appear for 5G model
Leaked Galaxy S20 FE hands-on images have confirmed that Samsung has equipped its next smartphone with a flat-screen, and a plastic back. It looks like the 5G model will be roughly 10% more expensive than the 4G model, effectively making Samsung fans pay a premium for having a Snapdragon 865 instead of the lesser Exynos 990.
Xperia 1 II to receive Android 11 when the Xperia 5 II launches in Q4 2020
The Xperia 1 II will not receive Android 11 until the Xperia 5 II launches, according to a new report. The Xperia 5 II has multiple launch dates, so it may not be until December before the Xperia 1 II sees Android 11.
Kinda Blue: The Google Pixel 4a has never been seen like this
A second colour of the Google Pixel 4a has been uncovered. The location of the finding confirms that Google was close to releasing the Pixel 4a in two colours rather than Just Black, as is currently the case.
A 120 Hz refresh rate and 240 Hz touch sampling may be headed to the Sony Xperia 1 II
Sony may enable two of the display features of the Xperia 5 II on the Xperia 1 II, according to a new report. Apparently, the Xperia 1 II has had a 120 Hz display from the beginning, despite being limited to 60 Hz.
Leaked 85-inch Surface Hub 2S product images confirm specifications of 2020-bound interactive whiteboard
Product images of the 85-inch Surface Hub 2S have leaked online, confirming several specifications about the interactive whiteboard. Microsoft announced the device almost 18 months ago but the Surface Hub project has stalled since then.
Huawei completes EMUI 10.1 upgrade plan in two more regions
Huawei has completed its EMUI 10.1 upgrade plan in two more regions. All Huawei devices in Africa and the Middle East should have now received EMUI 10.1, shortly before the company starts rolling out EMUI 11, its new in-house version of Android.
Xperia 5 II: Sony's new flagship is over 18% more expensive than its predecessor
The Xperia 5 II will be available to pre-order in some countries from September 29, Sony has confirmed. The Xperia 5 II is significantly cheaper than the Xperia 1 II, but it is several hundred dollars more expensive than the Xperia 5.
AMD Radeon RX 6000 series: Up to 80 CUs with a 256-bit memory interface, 128 MB of Infinity Cache, a 300 W TDP and PlayStation 5 GPU clock speeds
Details about the Radeon RX 6000 series have started flowing out, six weeks before AMD launches its next graphics cards. According to a new report, the RDNA 2 cards will offer up to 80 CUs, a 256-bit memory interface and 128 MB of Infinity Cache. 300 W will likely be a target TDP for high-end RX 6000 series cards, as will clock speeds that will rival the 2.2 GHz GPU clock of the PlayStation 5.
Leaked AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT photos confirm thick design and I/O
Photos of Radeon RX 6000 and RDNA 2 cards are starting to flooding out, this time from RedGamingTech. The triple-fan card features plenty of I/O and a thick design. Thought to be the Radeon RX 6900 XT, the card will be joined next month by lower-end SKUs, too.
Rocket League players must use an Epic Games account to access the game; Psyonix removes Quick Play in UI overhaul
An Epic Games account is now a requirement to play Rocket League, as of the latest update for the game. There is now no way to play Rocket League without having an Epic Games account, and Epic Games will happily break data protection regulations to get you to create one. Psyonix has overhauled the UI too, while removing the quick play button in the process.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will have the same battery as the S20 Ultra; only the Plus model is in line for a larger battery
The battery capacity of the Galaxy S21 Ultra has been revealed, and it seems that Samsung is happy with the 5,000 mAh battery from the S20 Ultra. In fact, only the Plus model is in the frame to receive a larger battery of the S21 series.
Leaked AirPods Studio photo and renders confirm the design of Apple's upcoming US$349 over-ear headphones
A photo of the AirPods Studio has leaked online, sparking debate about Apple's rumoured US$349 over-ear headphones. The headphones feature an industrial design, but apparently multiple versions are in development. No 3.5 mm headphone jack will be present on the AirPods Studio, which should come as no surprise considering Apple's dislike of the port.
Surface Pro X 2020 billed to launch in October with custom Microsoft SQ2 processor and 64-bit app support
The Surface Pro X may be one of Microsoft's most stylish products to date, but it did not quite hit the heights as the regular Surface Pro series has. Nonetheless, Microsoft is planning to release a second-generation model, and it will allegedly arrive next month.
The Mobvoi TicWatch GTX is orderable for as little as US$53.99
Mobvoi only announced the TicWatch GTX last month, but the company is already running a promotion on the budget smartphone. If you act fast, then you grab the TicWatch GTX for US$53.99, £49.49 in the UK or AUD$80.99 in Australia.
GoPro Hero 9 Black launches for US$449.99 with new GoPro Mods and a host of changes
The GoPro Hero 9 Black is here, and it supports several GoPro Mods. The Hero 9 Black features better battery life and a larger camera sensor than its predecessors, along with a new front colour display. The Hero 9 Black costs US$449.99 but can be had for over US$100 cheaper with a GoPro subscription.
Leaked AMD Radeon RX 6700 or RX 6800 confirm dual-fan design; possible Radeon RX 6900 pictured
Images of the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series have leaked online, including a dual-fan variant. Possibly called the RX 6700 or RX 6800, the card features prominent Radeon branding. Another render and a hands-on photo of the triple-fan model has leaked too, confirming a few aspects of the series.
Honor Hunter V700 gaming laptop launches with a sub-20 mm thick case, an innovative cooling design and powerful components
Honor and Huawei's first gaming laptop is here, after many leaks and teasers. The Hunter V700 offers a 144 Hz and 16.1-inch display, along with a choice of Intel Comet Lake-H processors and NVIDIA GeForce GPUs. Honor has housed these powerful components in a comparatively thin chassis, but prices are high.
5G connectivity woes plague the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G on MIUI 12
There are reports that the first MIUI 12 build for the Mi Mix 3 5G has removed 5G connectivity for the device. The EU variant is the only one to have received Xiaomi's latest too, albeit one still based on Android 9.0 Pie. All others remain on MIUI 10, over 18 months after being released.
Motorola Moto G9 Plus and Moto E7 Plus launched in the UK and Europe with 5,000 mAh batteries, large displays and expandable storage
Motorola has brought the Moto E7 Plus and Moto G9 Plus to more regions. The two devices will be available in the UK and the rest of Europe in the coming weeks. Both feature 5,000 mAh batteries, 4 GB of RAM and expandable storage, but the Moto G9 Plus is the more premium of the two handsets.
GoPro More Everything live stream: What to expect from today's action camera event
GoPro will be live streaming its annual product later today, which will be hosted on YouTube. This year's event will not be as feature-packed as the one in 2019 though, as it looks like GoPro only has plans to replace one of its action cameras.
Apple unveils the A14 Bionic, the world's first 5 nm chipset with 11.8 billion transistors and sizeable performance gains over the A13 Bionic
The A14 Bionic is here, and it is the world's first 5 nm chipset. The new SoC, which debuts in the fourth-generation iPad Air, boasts 11.8 billion transistors, a 16-core Neural Engine, along with new CPU and GPU cores. The A14 Bionic should offer upwards of 40% better CPU and 30% better GPU performance than the A13 Bionic, too.
Apple showcases an overhaul of the iPad Air with a new design, A14 Bionic chipset and 20 W USB Type-C charging
The iPad Air has been given a much-needed refresh. The fourth-generation model now comes with an A14 Bionic chipset, a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, USB Type-C charging and Touch ID. The redesigned iPad Air starts at US$599 and rises to US$879 for the 256 GB model with LTE.
Leaked GoPro Hero 9 Black unboxing video showcases upcoming €479 action camera
The GoPro Hero 9 Black has leaked once again, this time in a hands-on unboxing video. The upcoming action camera should launch within the next few weeks for a reputed €479 in Europe.
Apple brings the A12 Bionic and the USB Type-C port to the iPad for US$329
Apple has unveiled its new entry-level iPad with an A12 Bionic chipset. The 8th generation tablet will be available to pre-order today from US$329 and will ship from Friday.
The Microsoft Surface Duo is a pain to repair
The Surface Duo may have spent a long time in development, but that did not make the dual-display smartphone any more repairable than other Surface products. The displays and glass panels can be removed without taking apart any other components, but that is about as good as it gets for the Surface Duo.
Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro visit the FCC ahead of possible North American release
The Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro have visited the FCC, stoking the notion that the devices will be released in North America. The two devices will arrive in Europe too with their high-resolution cameras, near bezel-less displays and other flagship components.
The Razer Phone 2 has not received an OS upgrade in almost 19 months
The Razer Phone 2 has only received one OS upgrade since its release in October 2018. The former flagship smartphone may still receive security patch updates, but it remains stuck on Android 9.0 Pie with no upgrade to Android 10 in sight.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro receives a new update
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has received a new update. The update, which is rolling out globally now, brings the device onto the August 2020 set of Android security patches.
Sony Xperia 5 II visits the TENAA ahead of its September 17 announcement
The Xperia 5 II has been certified by the TENAA, confirming several leaks about the upcoming flagship smartphone. The device will measure 157.65 x 68.4 x 8 mm, within which Sony has integrated a 6.1-inch and 120 Hz display, a large 4,000 mAh battery and four cameras.
Surface Solo concept renders show what Microsoft could do if it started making smartphones again
Like the design of the Surface Duo but put off by its buggy software and excruciating price? Well, how about the Surface Solo, a concept by industrial designer Jonas Daehnert? The Surface Solo takes the design of the Surface Duo and reworks into a simple, yet stylish, conventional smartphone.
Apple may be planning a powerful upgrade for the entry-level iPad
A powerful upgrade is on the cards for the entry-level iPad, according to Evan Blass. The current 10.2-inch tablet has the A10 Fusion chipset from 2016's iPhone 7 series, but the 2020 edition could see a jump to the A12X Bionic. Excess stock may be the reason for bringing the former-iPad Pro chipset to the 8th generation iPad, which should be compatible with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard too.
Leaked OnePlus 8T renders bear a striking resemblance to the Galaxy S20
OnePlus may like to remind its fans to 'Never Settle', but it seems that the company has settled on the design of the Galaxy S20 for the OnePlus 8T. Revealed in renders published by OnLeaks and Pricebaba, the OnePlus 8T has a flat screen, minimal bezels and samey-looking rear-facing camera housing. Flagship specifications like a high-end chipset and copious amounts of RAM and storage should suit OnePlus fans, though.
iPad Air 2020: Sub-US$600 tablet could be the first outing for the Apple A14 Bionic
The 2020 edition of the iPad Air will feature the new Apple A14 Bionic SoC, according to Evan Blass. The 5 nm chipset will apparently be joined by an 11-inch Liquid retina display and a USB Type-C port, but it may cost upwards of US$569-US$599.
Xiaomi's 82-inch and 8K Smart TV will be one of the first with a built-in 5G modem for uninterrupted streaming
Xiaomi is working on bringing a new 82-inch and 8K TV to market, according to a new report. The TV will even have a 5G modem onboard, allowing for streaming without an Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection.
New leaked Google Pixel 5 images confirm 128 GB storage option and symmetrical bezel
New leaked images of the Pixel 5 have confirmed that at least 128 GB of storage is headed the way of Google's next flagship smartphone. The photos have highlighted the device's symmetrical bezels too, which will make a pleasant change from the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 series.
Acer unveils its first HDMI 2.1, 4K and 144 Hz external monitor
The XV282K KV is Acer's first HDMI 2.1 and 4K/144 Hz monitor. The monitor also offers VESA DisplayHDR 600 support, AMD FreeSync, up to 550 cd/m² of typical maximum brightness and a host of connections.
Leaked GoPro Hero 9 Black protective replacement lens cover suggests that GoPro has listened to its fans
The GoPro Hero 9 is almost here, and it will mark the return of the replaceable lens cover. GoPro axed protective replacement lens cover last year with the Hero 8 Black, but there will be no such issue for this year's model. The GoPro Hero 9 will also have a 23.6 MP camera sensor, a large front colour display and 5K/30 FPS video capabilities, although at the cost of an 11% uplift from the price of the Hero 8 Black.
LG Wing launched with two displays, a gimbal camera and a Snapdragon 765G chipset
The LG Wing is here, after several leaks and teasers. The premium smartphone contains a few surprises, including a fold-out display, a gimbal camera and a pop-up selfie shooter. The LG Wing also has 8 GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 765G chipset and a 4,000 mAh battery. The only thing that the LG Wing is missing is a headphone jack.
Iconikal Rockchip RK3328: A US$10 single-board computer with more power than a Raspberry Pi 3
A single-board computer by Iconikal promises to offer more performance than the Raspberry Pi 3 but a fraction of the cost. Iconikal also includes a few accessories, while the board should be compatible with software for the Pine ROCK64.
Early Samsung Galaxy S20 FE retailer listing confirms European pricing for September-bound smartphone
Orange Slovakia has jumped the gun once again, this time with the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. Also called the S20 Fan Edition, Orange Slovakia's listing follows a similar one by Samsung Philippines last week. The S20 FE will launch in two variants later this month and will be one of the only Samsung smartphones to offer the Snapdragon 865 in Europe.
Apple Watch and Watch Pro set to debut alongside iPad Air 4 and iPad 8 at tomorrow's Apple Event
Jon Prosser expects Apple to unveil at least four new products at tomorrow's Apple Event at Apple Park. An eighth-generation iPad is believed to be in attendance, as is a fourth-generation iPad Air and two Apple smartwatches either called the Apple Watch SE and Watch Series 6 or the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Pro.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 hits the heights in early 3DMark and gaming benchmarks
Benchmark results for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 have started rolling in, and they show a notable improvement from Turing cards, but not at 1080p. The RTX 3080 even handily outperforms the RTX 2080 Ti, paving the way for the RTX 3090.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series marks the end of the VirtualLink connector
The VirtualLink connector has been killed off only two years after its announcement. NVIDIA introduced the VR connector with the GeForce RTX 20 series, but it is absent from the company's new RTX 30 Ampere cards. AMD, meanwhile, never released a card with a VirtualLink connector, despite being part of the VirtualLink Consortium.
Apple Mac and iPad Pro A14X chips to enter mass production in Q4 2020
Apple's A14X chips will enter mass production in Q4 2020, according to a new report. Apparently, these chips are destined for the next iPad Pro and the first ARM-based MacBooks.
Bose shakes up the TWS earbud market with the QuietComfort and Sport Earbuds
Bose has unleashed two sets of TWS earbuds called the QuietComfort and Sport Earbuds. With one billed as offering the most effective noise cancellation ever and the other as having amazing sound with 'unmovable design', Bose is gunning for competitors like Sony and Sennheiser.
Motorola launches the Moto E7 Plus in two colours with a Snapdragon 460, 4 GB of RAM and micro USB charging
Motorola has released its second device of the day, the Moto E7 Plus. Leaked multiple times like the more expensive Moto G9 Plus, the Moto E7 Plus is available in two colours with entry-level hardware.
Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro: Early retailer listings confirm Snapdragon 865 flagship performance, high-resolution cameras and a 144 Hz AMOLED screen at reasonable prices
The Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro have appeared on Amazon Spain, and they are surprisingly cheap considering their specifications. Both smartphones feature the Snapdragon 865, five cameras and a near bezel-less display. However, the Mi 10T Pro is the star of the show with its 144 Hz AMOLED screen, 108 MP camera, 5,000 mAh battery, 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of storage.
The Google Pixel 4a is now orderable in eight more countries with 3 months of Google One, Google Play Pass and YouTube Premium included
The first new Pixel smartphone of 2020 is now available to pre-order in 8 more countries. Google has bundled the Pixel 4a with 3-month trials of Google One, Google Play Pass and YouTube Premium to sweeten the deal.
Motorola Moto G9 Plus launched with a 6.8-inch display, 5,000 mAh battery and a Snapdragon 730G chipset
Motorola has finally launched the Moto G9 Plus after copious leaks. The device features a Snapdragon 730G SoC, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of expandable storage. Also in the mix is a 6.8-inch FHD+ display, five cameras, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a 5,000 mAh battery.
Leaked Motorola Moto E7 Plus materials confirm more details about upcoming €149 entry-level smartphone
The Moto E7 Plus has been leaked for the second time, suggesting that a release is imminent. The entry-level smartphone will apparently be priced at €149, for which Motorola will include a 6.5-inch display, a Snapdragon 460 chipset, 4 GB of RAM and micro USB charging. The Moto E7 Plus has three cameras too, along with a capacitive fingerprint scanner, 64 GB of expandable storage, and dual-SIM connectivity.
Hands-on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition picture showcases the card's gargantuan size and ungainly power connector
The first picture of an RTX 3090 Founders Edition in a case has been published online, and it is huge. NVIDIA's new 12-pin power connector sticks out like a sore thumb, too.
Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Hands-On: Setting the standard for affordable wireless earbuds
The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 may have an unusual name, but they offer incredible value for money. Priced at under £100, the Melomania 1 offers unrivalled audio quality and battery life while remaining impressively compact.
Sony WH-1000XM4: First Impressions with an underwhelming upgrade
Sony finally got around to releasing the WH-1000XM4 last month, its premium set of over-ear headphones. Since we were such fans of previous generations, we thought we would take the fourth-generation units for a spin to see what Sony has changed in the last two years.
Nintendo reminds Fortnite fans about the Switch with a Fortnite Special Edition of the handheld console
Nintendo has unveiled a Fortnite Special Edition of the Nintendo Switch. The limited-edition console comes with exclusive Joy-Cons, unique Fortnite designs for the console and dock, along with 2,000 V-Bucks and the Wildcat bundle. The Fortnite Special Edition will be released in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro Plus: Modest changes from the TicPods 2 Pro for US$139.99
Mobvoi has replaced the TicPods 2 Pro, which it announced in January. The new earbuds, called the TicPods 2 Pro Plus, feature some minor improvements and are priced at US$139.99.
Huawei MateBook X and MateBook 14 come to Europe with 3:2 displays and compact designs
Huawei is bringing the MateBook X and Renoir-powered MateBook 14 to Europe. The two machines will arrive in October for €1,499 and €849, respectively. However, the MateBook 14 will be the more powerful of the two with up to a Ryzen 7 4800H processor.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: The Galaxy S20 "for the fans" revealed ahead of official release
The Galaxy S20 FE has been revealed ahead of its official release, by Samsung. Dubbed the Galaxy S20 for the fans, the S20 FE has 128 GB of storage, dual-SIM connectivity, a flat display and a Snapdragon 865 for the 5G model.
EMUI 11 launched as Huawei opens its beta program to 10 devices
Huawei has launched EMUI 11, its latest in-house OS. EMUI 11 is currently based on Android 10, but features numerous changes from EMUI 10 and EMUI 10.1. Huawei has opened its beta program to ten devices too, albeit only those in China for the time being.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition may not be the graphics card for perfectionists
NVIDIA may be getting the plaudits for the GeForce RTX 3080, but a quirk in the Founders Edition card may deter perfectionists from dropping US$699 on the card.
ASROCK 4X4 BOX-4000: A Mini-PC with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U and 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM
ASRock has launched a trio of Ryzen 4000 Mini-PCs. Called the 4X4 BOX-4000, the series utilises Renoir APUs up to the Ryzen 7 4800U within a chassis that weighs 1 kg. The 4X4 BOX-4000 has a host of ports and connectivity, too.
EVGA offers impressive NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN 8K benchmark results; 360 mm radiator and three 8-pin power connectors confirmed for Ampere behemoth
More details about the EVGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN have emerged, confirming several aspects about the upcoming top-tier Ampere card. EVGA has published some RTX 3090 8K benchmark results too, and they point to the card being a performance monster.
Xiaomi announces the end of MIUI 12 Round 2 as the start of Round 3 seems likely
The second round of the MIUI 12 release schedule has been completed, Xiaomi has confirmed on Weibo. The second batch of OS upgrades has been completed ahead of schedule, but Xiaomi has not finished the rollout of MIUI 12 yet. Older Redmi handsets, like the Redmi Note 5, are still yet to receive the company's latest OS.
LG Velvet durability test confirms the origin of the screen in its Dual Screen accessory
The LG Velvet represents good value, especially if you get the Dual Screen case that transforms the mid-range handset into a Surface Duo or foldable smartphone alternative. The handset is just 7.9 mm thick, but it stood up to the rigours of JerryRigEverything's durability tests. The popular YouTuber has uncovered the origin of the screen in the LG Velvet Dual Screen accessory, too.
Early NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Geekbench OpenCL benchmarks show that it is a powerhouse, but perhaps not a very efficient one
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 may offer considerably more performance than the RTX 2080, but it comes at the cost of efficiency, according to recent Geekbench OpenCL benchmarks. Still, the popular benchmarking website has shown once again that a mid-tier Ampere card can outperform Turing's flagship GeForce card.
Motorola Moto G9 Plus: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 confirmed for upcoming €235 smartphone
The Motorola Moto G9 Plus has appeared on the Google Play Console, following its sighting on Orange Slovakia. The latest outing for the device confirms yet more aspects about its hardware ahead of its inevitable unveiling, like the chipset that has been chosen by Motorola.
The Huawei Mate 8 receives a new update, almost five years after being released
The Huawei Mate 8 is still receiving software updates, nearly five years after its release in November 2015. The latest update brings the July 2020 set of security patches and a battery abnormality detection feature. The update is rolling out now to Chinese handsets but should make its way to global handsets, too.
Nintendo tells developers to ready their games for 4K as it ups Switch production by 20%
4K gaming could be on the way to the Nintendo Switch, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Apparently, Nintendo has asked developers to make their games 4K-ready, implying that the company could be bringing a 4K console to market for the first time. Production of existing consoles has been increased by 20%, too.
GoPro Hero 9 Black pricing in Europe and further specifications leak; over 11% more expensive than the Hero 8 Black
The GoPro Hero 9 Black may have a larger battery, camera sensor and improved video recording capabilities compared to its predecessor, but it will also be about 10% more expensive. The actual size of the new action camera's camera sensor and two screens has been outlined, too.
Leaked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 SUPER/Ti details point to a GA104 GPU, 4,864 CUDA cores and 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM for budget RTX 30 series card
Rumour has it that NVIDIA is planning to release two variants of the RTX 3060 in November, including a Ti or SUPER edition. Details about the latter have now been leaked online, including its GPU, CUDA core volume and VRAM.
Alpha A7c: A "new concept is coming" on September 15 for Sony's Alpha camera series
Sony has teased the release of a new Alpha camera, which will be launching on September 15. Likely the Alpha A7c, Sony has pitched the launch as the debut of a new concept for its full-frame camera series.
Nokia 2.4 and Nokia 3.4 renders and specifications leak
Evan Blass has offered a first look at the Nokia 2.4 and Nokia 3.4, HMD Global's next entry-level smartphones. The two devices share many specifications, but they also differ in crucial areas.
"Budget" Microsoft Surface Laptop billed for an October release with uninspiring specifications
Rumour has it that Microsoft is working on a 12.5-inch version of the Surface Laptop. Apparently to be billed as a budget model in the same vein as the Surface Go, the device will start at US$500-US$600 with a 10th generation Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.
M7C: A budget smartwatch with a touchscreen display, GPS and a heart rate monitor
The M7C smartwatch by SMAWATCH includes a GPS module, a touchscreen display, a heart rate monitor and a host of workout modes for US$30. The SMAWATCH M7C is available from AliExpress.
Sony Xperia 5 II hits the FCC with an 18 W fast charger for its 4,000 mAh battery
The Xperia 5 II has stopped by the FCC, confirming that it will come bundled with an 18 W fast charger. The September 17-bound flagship will also have a 4,000 mAh battery, a 120 Hz display and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 SoC.
Apple announces September 15 event as Apple Watch Series 6 and new iPad Air launch proves a no-show; iPhone 12 series due in October
The next Apple Event will begin at 10:00 PDT on September 15, the company has confirmed. Unsurprisingly, new hardware is expected to be announced at next week's event, but today's rumoured Apple Watch Series 6 and new iPad Air launch came to nothing.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into a hackable mobile device with the YARH.IO
A new project utilises the Raspberry Pi as a portable mobile computer with a built-in screen, keyboard and trackpad. Housed in a 3D-printed case, the YARH.IO has been designed for hackers.
The GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition has a 12-pin power connector, but it may be an NVIDIA-exclusive
The GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition has a 12-pin power connector, despite the confusion sown by NVIDIA. However, AIBs are sticking with the trusty 8-pin connector, begging the question of the existence of the slimmer 12-pin one.
First EMUI 11 teasers point towards greater connectivity and usability for Huawei's next OS
Huawei has started teasing EMUI 11, with the company focusing on greater connectivity and usability for its next in-house OS. EMUI 11 will be unveiled on September 10 at HDC 2020 alongside HarmonyOS 2.0 and potentially some new hardware, too.
GoPro Hero 9 Black leaked marketing assets confirm 20 MP camera and a larger battery for Hero 8 Black successor
The successor to the popular GoPro Hero 8 Black is almost here, and a new leak has confirmed that it will have some notable changes from last year's model. Not only will the Hero 9 Black have a new 20 MP camera, but it will also have a 41% larger battery. New versions of GoPro HyperSmooth and TimeWarp technologies will debut in the Hero 9 Black too, as will the option of shooting in 5K at 30 FPS.
Leaked Xperia 5 II promotional video confirms Snapdragon 865, 120 Hz display and 4,000 mAh battery for Sony's next flagship
Evan Blass has leaked a promotional video for the Xperia 5 II, confirming yet more aspects about the device, including its 120 Hz display. Sony will launch its next flagship on September 17 with a Snapdragon 865 chipset, three 12 MP rear-facing cameras, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a 4,000 mAh battery.
Galaxy S20 FE: Samsung has finally listened to its fans by bringing a Snapdragon 865 model to Europe
Samsung fans rejoice, for a Snapdragon 865 version of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will be launching in Europe. There will also be a 4G Exynos 990 model, but there may well be a huge difference in performance between the two editions. The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, shortened to the Galaxy S20 FE, will be available in six colours and will have a 120 Hz display too.
Early real-world NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 benchmarks point to 80% performance gains over the GeForce RTX 2080 in multiple triple-A games
Initial 4K benchmarks of the GeForce RTX 3080 have been posted, and things are looking good for NVIDIA's new Ampere architecture. NVIDIA's latest US$699 card can outperform the GeForce RTX 2080 by around 80% in games like Borderlands 3, Control and Doom Eternal, which is a huge leap in one generation.
Chuwi HiPad X: A detachable and 2-in-1 tablet with a 16:10 aspect ratio display that supports Android 10 and LTE
With the HiPad X, Chuwi has created a new tablet aimed at Android fans. The 10.1-inch device runs Android 10, supports pen input, has a detachable keyboard and includes an LTE modem. Chuwi will launch the HiPad X on September 15, but it is already available to order on AliExpress.
Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro: Stylish and classy smartwatch leaks ahead of mid-September anticipated launch
Marketing renders of the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro have been leaked ahead of its likely launch later this month. The Watch GT 2 Pro is somewhat of an iterative update over last year's Watch GT 2 with a more refined design and the adoption of wireless charging.
Honor Watch GS Pro launched: A rugged smartwatch with a heart rate monitor, GPS and a SpO2 sensor
Honor has released its first rugged smartwatch, the Watch GS Pro. With an AMOLED screen, over 100 workout modes and GPS, the €249.99/£249.99 smartwatch should be suited for most eventualities. The Honor Watch GS Pro will be available in three colours and also includes a heart rate monitor, along with a SpO2 sensor.
Honor Watch ES launches for £99.99/€99.99 with a large touchscreen and an abundance of sensors
Honor's answer to the Huawei Watch Fit has arrived. Called the Honor Watch ES, the device features an elongated AMOLED screen, an optical heart rate sensor, a SpO2 sensor and a 6-axis IMU sensor. The Honor Watch ES retails for £99.99/€99.99 and comes in three colours.
Razer launches a Bluetooth and wireless version of the Naga Trinity for US$149.99
Razer has released a wireless version of the Naga Trinity, its modular gaming mouse. Called the Naga Pro, the mouse supports Razer HyperSpeed and up to 150 hours of battery life. The Razer Naga Pro comes with three interchangeable side plates and retails for US$149.99.
Poco X3 Premium Version listed as hands-on images of the first real Poco since the Pocophone F1 leak
The Poco X3 will be unveiled on September 7, but the device has already been leaked online courtesy of a hands-on video. A Poco X3 Premium Version also appears to be on the cards.
MSI Prestige 15 refreshed with up to an Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe Graphics, an 82 Wh battery and an NVIDIA GPU
The revised MSI Prestige 15 comes with up to an Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe Graphics and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU. The 15-inch machine has two Thunderbolt 4 ports too, along with an 82 Wh battery, dual SO-DIMM slots and two M.2 drive bays.
MSI Prestige 14 gains Tiger Lake processors, Iris Xe Graphics and an Intel EVO edition
The new MSI Prestige 14 has been announced in a choice of Intel Tiger Lake processors. The refreshed 14-inch laptop retains the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU of its predecessor and its 52 Wh battery. MSI has unveiled a Prestige 14 EVO too, which has a 1 W display but no dedicated graphics.
Nintendo announces Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy remasters and a host of other games at Super Mario Bros 35th Anniversary Direct
Nintendo has pushed nostalgia into overdrive with the announcement of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy remasters for the Nintendo Switch. The three games are joined by upgraded versions of Super Mario All-Stars, Super Mario 3D World and a mixed-reality game called Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. Nintendo has unveiled a limited edition battle royale version of Super Mario Bros too, along with a Super Mario Bros edition of the Game & Watch.
MIUI 12 rollout for the Pocophone F1 may be delayed because of overheating issues
MIUI 12 is still yet to arrive for the Pocophone F1, months after Xiaomi started rolling out the OS upgrade to numerous devices. Apparently, the reason for the delay centres on overheating issues, which occur even during simple tasks like recording a 4K video or running the screen at full brightness.
LG V40 ThinQ Android 10 update lands in at least seven new countries
The LG V40 ThinQ has been upgraded to Android 10 in at least seven new countries. At least devices in Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK have started receiving LG UX 9.0 following equivalent rollouts for US carrier-locked devices earlier this year. Reports of the V40 ThinQ receiving Android 10 in India are false, though.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE and Mi 10 Lite receive MIUI 12 updates
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE and Mi 10 Lite have received the call to MIUI 12. Both updates are rolling out as OTAs. The one for the Mi 10 Lite brings the global version of the device into line with the European variant, which Xiaomi upgraded to MIUI 12 in July.
The Sony Xperia 1 II and Xperia 5 II will receive three OS upgrades; no Android 11 for the Xperia XZ3 or earlier models though
The Xperia 1 II and Xperia 5 II will be the first Sony smartphones to receive three OS upgrades, according to a new report. This would mean that the devices will be upgraded through to Android 13. By contrast, software support for older devices like the Xperia 1, Xperia 5, Xperia 10 II will cease as of Android 11. The Xperia XZ3 and other older handsets will remain stuck on Android 10, too.
LG shares teaser video for new form factor smartphone ahead of September 14 launch
LG has shared a teaser video for its upcoming smartphone, the so-called LG Wing. The device will debut on September 14 with a completely new form factor that twists out to reveal a secondary display. The T-design smartphone may retail for upwards of US$1,000, though.
FCC certifies new Google smartphones as Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 details offered
The FCC has certified several new Google smartphones ahead of the release of the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5. A new leak has detailed the prices and colours of both devices in Europe too.
Apple iPhone 12 prototype hands-on video surfaces, but do not be fooled
An alleged video of an iPhone 12 prototype has been published online. The 15 second hands-on offers a good look at the device, but its camera arrangement suggests that someone is trying to pull the wool over people's eyes.
Honor Hunter GameBook to launch on September 16 with Comet Lake-H processors, multi-zone RGB lighting and a numeric keypad
The first gaming laptop from Huawei and Honor is almost here, and it will be called the Honor Hunter GameBook. The device is scheduled for release on September 16, and Honor has published a teaser video in advance of the laptop's grand unveiling.
ZTE Axon 20 5G launches in four colours with an under-screen selfie camera, a 90 Hz OLED screen and a Snapdragon 765G processor
The Axon 20 5G is finally here in three SKUs and four colours. The world's first smartphone with an under-screen selfie camera has a 6.92-inch and 90 Hz OLED screen, a Snapdragon 765G SoC and five cameras. The Axon 20 5G will be available with up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10, Mi Note 10 Pro and Mi Note 10 Lite receive global MIUI 12 updates
Xiaomi has begun issuing MIUI 12 to the global editions of the Mi Note 10, Mi Note 10 Pro and Mi Note 10 Lite. The updates are available as OTAs and should be rolling out now to handsets.
Xbox Game Pass reference suggests that a Microsoft Xbox Series S announcement is due
Microsoft has not formally unveiled the Xbox Series S, but a reference to the console in Xbox Game Pass promotional material suggests that an announcement is close.
Asus releases the Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro in 11 more countries; no UK or US availability planned
Asus has made the Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro available to purchase in eleven more countries, just not the UK or the US. The Zenfone 7 costs €699 for 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, while the Zenfone 7 Pro retails for €799 with the same volume of RAM and double the storage.
The Amazfit Zepp E is now shipping in the UK and US
The Zepp E is now shipping in the UK and US. The Zepp E is available in two styles, which both feature AMOLED screens, up to 15 days of battery life and a host of sensors. The Zepp E supports Bluetooth 5.0 BLE connectivity, too. Update: Zepp has clarified its relationship with Amazfit.
GoPro Hero 9 Black leak points toward 5K/30 FPS, HyperSmooth 3.0 and TimeWarp 3.0 capabilities for upcoming action camera
More details about the GoPro Hero 9 Black have leaked online. The latest leak appears to confirm the retail packaging of the device, along with several features including TimeWarp 3.0 and 8x slo-mo. The GoPro Hero 9 Black will seemingly be capable of shooting in 5K and RAW, too.
The NVIDIA Ultimate Countdown ends today; Ampere-based GeForce RTX 30 series announcement to be live-streamed on Twitch
The NVIDIA "ultimate" countdown started 21 days ago, so that means the time is nigh for the company's next GeForce Special Event. Thought to be used to unveil the likes of the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, today's event will commence at 16:00 UTC and can be watched on Twitch.
Huawei updates EMUI 10.1 upgrade plans in eight regions as rollout begins winding down
Huawei has updated its EMUI 10.1 upgrade plans in eight regions. The company now claims to have finished rolling out its latest OS in Canada and Western Europe following its completion in Japan. Other regions like Africa, Central Asia, North-Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Russia are not far behind either. The rollout in Latin America is a similar story, also.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020): Official renders of cheap 10.4-inch tablet leaked
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) is almost here, and will be available in at least two colours. The budget tablet is thought to be based on the Snapdragon 662, which will power a 10.4-inch display. The mid-range SoC will be complemented by 3 GB of RAM and up to 64 GB of storage.
Leak details enormous performance gains of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 compared to the RTX 2080 Ti
The next-generation of NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards are almost here, and some leaked benchmarks point to huge performance gains for the Ampere architecture. Depending on the game, the RTX 3090 may be over 2x faster than the RTX 2080 Ti at ultra settings with RTX on.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 joins the Mi A2 Lite with a new update
The Xiaomi Mi A2 has received a new update. The new update, called V18.104.22.168.QDIMIXM, upgrades the device to the August 2020 set of security patches. There are complaints of Android 10 still be a buggy experience for the Mi A2, though.
Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro leaked with a new design, Qi wireless charging, GPS and a SpO2 sensor
The design of the Watch GT 2 Pro has leaked, and Huawei has made a few changes from last year's Watch GT 2. Huawei's next premium smartwatch will make the switch to Qi wireless charging too and boasts up to two weeks of battery life.
Leaked Sony Xperia 5 II renders confirm more details of September-bound flagship as Geekbench listings with a Snapdragon 865 and 8 GB of RAM surface
A huge volume of Xperia 5 II renders have dropped, confirming yet more features of Sony's upcoming flagship smartphone. The three 12 MP rear-facing cameras from the Xperia 1 II will be making a return, as will 8 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 865, according to two Geekbench listings.
Huawei Watch Fit: Affordable smartwatch launches in multiple colours with a SpO2 sensor, a heart rate monitor and GPS
Huawei's latest smartwatch here and it is rather affordable. Priced at AED 399 (~US$109) and thought to retail for €119 in Europe eventually, the Huawei Watch Fit looks like a stretched Apple Watch without a Digital Crown. The Huawei Watch Fit has a SpO2 sensor, an optical heart rate sensor, 5 ATM water resistance, GPS and up to 10 days of battery life.
Leaked GoPro Hero 9 Black renders confirm new colour front display ahead of Q4 2020 release; 5K support incoming too
Marketing renders of the GoPro Hero 9 Black have leaked online, confirming several aspects about the upcoming action camera. The device, likely arriving in Q4 2020, will apparently be capable of recording 5K videos too.
Dell XPS 13 2021 leaks: Tiger Lake processors and Iris Xe Graphics with the design of the XPS 13 9300
The first details about the next Dell XPS 13 have leaked, but you may struggle to tell the device apart from the XPS 13 9300. Spotted in an Intel Tiger Lake promo video, the next XPS 13 will retain the design of Dell's current ultrabook while dialing up CPU and GPU performance.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro nets a fresh MIUI 12 update
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has received a fresh MIUI 12 update, following the recent rollout to the European variant of the device. Xiaomi is issuing the update as an OTA, but it can also be downloaded and installed manually.
Asus releases its long-overdue 360 Hz external monitor aimed at eSports players
Asus' latest external monitor is aimed at eSports players, with its 360 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms grey-to-grey response times and NVIDIA G-Sync support. The 24.5-inch IPS panel supports HDR10 too and has the not-so-catchy name of the ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN.
The ThinkPad X1 Fold is launching this fall; Lenovo offers a look at the inside of its first folding laptop
The release of the ThinkPad X1 Fold, Lenovo's first foldable laptop, draws closer. Now, the company claims that the X1 Fold will arrive this fall, although this could mean anywhere from September to December.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 and Mi 8 Pro (UD) receive new MIUI 12 updates
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 and Mi 8 Pro (UD) have received new MIUI 12 updates. The updates are rolling out now as OTAs and bring yet more handsets onto Xiaomi's latest OS.
The Sony Xperia 5 II gets an official release date
With the Xperia 5 II, Sony is offering a high-end smartphone that has a notch-free and 21:9 OLED screen, three Carl Zeiss-branded rear-facing cameras, a reasonably compact chassis and a dedicated camera shutter button. Sony has now confirmed the official release date of the Xperia 5 successor too.
Nintendo Switch revision detailed by the FCC; new SoC, memory and CPU board incoming
A new Nintendo Switch is on the horizon, albeit another revised version of the console that Nintendo released in 2017. Like last year's revision, the new Switch will feature a newer memory and SoC. These changes have required Nintendo to change the Switch's CPU board too, but the new revision will look visually identical to existing models.
Apple certifies seven iPad model numbers with the EEC ahead of possible iPad or iPad Air refresh as alleged manual leaks
It seems that a new iPad is almost upon us, as Apple has certified seven new model numbers with the EEC. While the time is ripe for an eighth-generation iPad, an alleged manual suggests that a fourth-generation iPad Air could be arriving soon too.
Probable Apple Watch Series 6 models grace the EEC ahead of September launch
Apple has certified eight new smartwatches with the EEC, prompting speculation that they make up the company's Watch Series 6 offering. The smartwatches, likely to be released alongside the iPhone 12 series, will come in multiple styles and sizes.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Mi Mix 3 receive new stable MIUI 12 updates
The Mi Mix 2S and Mi Mix 3 have received new MIUI 12 updates. Xiaomi has now started bringing the global versions of the handsets onto its latest OS, following equivalent rollouts on other branches of MIUI.
Mi 10 Ultra: Xiaomi reveals details behind its camera darling
Xiaomi pulled out all the stops with the cameras in the Mi 10 Ultra. Accordingly, the device is currently the smartphone to beat when it comes to cameras and even manages to beat heavyweights like the Huawei P40 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, and Oppo Find X2 Pro. Now, the engineers behind Xiaomi's latest smartphone have revealed some of the magic that went into building it.
The DJI OM 4 is now orderable for US$149/£139
DJI has unveiled the Osmo Mobile 4, which it is now marketing as the DJI OM 4. The motorised gimbal connects to smartphones by magnets, a change from the grip that its predecessor used. The DJI OM 4 retails for US$149 or £139 in the UK and is orderable today.
LG Wing hands-on video showcases the capabilities of a twist-out smartphone
It has been a few months since a render of the LG Wing appeared online. However, a working version of the device has now been shown, offering a look at how it could be utilised for multitasking. The release of the LG Wing may not be that far away either, Android Authority reports.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090: 24 GB of GDDR6X VRAM, irregular PCB shape and 12-pin connector confirmed, no RTX 3080 Ti for the foreseeable future
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Founders Edition will have irregular-shaped PCBs, NVIDIA has teased. 12-pin and backwards-compatible connectors are inbound for Ampere cards too, as is the leaked cooler design. The RTX 3090 will have 24 GB of GDDR6X VRAM, while the RTX 3080 must make do with 10 GB of VRAM. There will be no RTX 3080 Ti for the time being, though.
Xperia 5 II leaks: Sony is bringing the headphone jack back to its smaller handset
A marketing render of the Xperia 5 II has leaked, confirming that Sony is bringing back the headphone jack. The Xperia 5 II follows the design of the Xperia 1 II, but adds a third hardware button at the expense of a ToF camera. The Xperia 5 II may well feature a 6.1-inch OLED screen and a Snapdragon 865 chipset, too.
Possible NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 die leaks as supplier confirms that Ampere water blocks will be "ready at or close to launch"
The Ampere RTX series is almost here and water blocks will be "ready at or close to launch", according to one water block supplier. Additionally, a picture of the die for the GeForce RTX 3090 has leaked, detailing that NVIDIA is readying the GA102-300-A1 for release.
Asus Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro launched: All round improvements from the Zenfone 6 but no headphone jack or US release
The Zenfone 7 is here, and it has a sibling, the Zenfone 7 Pro. The two devices have 6.67-inch and 90 Hz AMOLED screens, three rotating cameras and 5,000 mAh batteries. However, the Zenfone 7 Pro also has OIS on two of its three cameras and a Snapdragon 865 Plus instead of the Snapdragon 865 with which Asus has equipped the Zenfone 7. Both smartphones will arrive in Europe on September 1, but there is no talk of a US release.
120 Hz refresh rate, adaptive refresh and LiDAR camera options showcased in Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max leaks
The iPhone 12 Pro Max will have a 120 Hz screen and a LiDAR camera, according to new leaks by Jon Prosser and Everything ApplePro. There is even a video showcasing the two features, cementing the validity of the leak somewhat. The iPhone 12 Pro Max will be the first iPhone to support either technology.
Where is My Body? Game Boy cartridge exceeds 600% of its funding goal on Kickstarter
It has been more than 30 years since Nintendo launched the Game Boy, but new games are still being released for the platform. Where is My Body?, an 8-bit adventure game, has been successfully funded on Kickstarter, smashing through over 600% of its funding goal. The game can still be pre-ordered if you missed the crowdfunding campaign and will be playable as a physical Game Boy cartridge.
COLMI V23: A cheap smartwatch with multiple sensors and IP67 certification
The COLMI V23 is an affordable smartwatch that supports multiple sports modes, a heart rate monitor and IP67 water and dust resistance. The 1.28-inch smartwatch supports Android and iOS too.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro and Mi Mix 2S receive new MIUI 12 updates
The Redmi Note 8 Pro and Mi Mix 2S have received new MIUI 12 updates. Now, the European edition of the Redmi Note 8 Pro can be upgraded to Xiaomi's latest OS, following equivalent updates for other variants. In the same vein, MIUI 12 has reached all but the global version of the Mi Mix 2S.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into a server with the NODE Mini Server V3
A new project utilises the current Raspberry Pi 4 into a powerful mini-server. The project can run off an M.2 SSD and should be fairly simple to build.
Sennheiser presents Momentum True Wireless 2 Anniversary Edition for its 75th anniversary
Sennheiser has marked its 75th anniversary by releasing another version of the Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds. The price remains identical to the regular model, as does the hardware contained within the pricey earbuds. However, Sennheiser has incorporated an exclusive all-black design with its original company logo for fans of a more retro look.
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition listed for close to €1,000 with a 2 TB by German retailer
The German mail order company Otto has already listed the PlayStation 5 on its webshop at short notice. The next-generation Sony console has been priced at almost €1,000 for 2 TB of storage, which would be unexpected enough but for the fact that it is the Digital Edition that lacks a disc drive.
MSI certifies 29 new graphics cards ahead of the NVIDIA GeForce Special Event on September 1
MSI has certified a bunch of possible NVIDIA Ampere cards with the EEC. The registration of twenty-nine cards has been published just a week before NVIDIA hosts its GeForce Special Event on September 1, where it is expected to unveil the likes of the RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3090.
AirPower: Teardown of a prototype shows how complex the cancelled Apple charging pad was as canned official advert does the rounds again
The release of the AirPower still remains on the table, despite having been cancelled last year. Now, a supposed prototype has been torn down to reveal just how complex Apple's charging pad was. An official canned advert is doing the rounds again too, underlining just how close Apple was to releasing the AirPower.
Stable MIUI 12 update lands on the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro in Europe as update whereabouts offered for more Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7S handsets
The first stable MIUI 12 update has landed on the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro in Europe. The update, which is rolling out now as an OTA, upgrades the two devices from V22.214.171.124.QFDEUXM. The whereabouts of MIUI 12 for more editions of the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7S has been offered too.
Surface Pro 8 concept shows how Microsoft could improve its premium 2-in-1 convertible tablet
The anniversary of the release of the Surface Pro 7 is approaching, which should signal the arrival of a successor. Probably called the Surface Pro 8, the device remains an unknown quantity for the time being. Nonetheless, Concept Creator and LetsGoDigital have teamed up to offer a glimpse at what the Surface Pro 8 could hold for us when it launches later this year.
LG Q92 released: A 6.67-inch midrange smartphone with five cameras, a Snapdragon 765G, a 4,000 mAh battery and a minimal design
LG has unveiled its latest mid-range smartphone, the Q92. The handset features a 6.67-inch and 20:9 FHD display, a Snapdragon 765G, 5G connectivity, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. LG has included four rear-facing cameras too, along with a 4,000 mAh battery.
The Amazfit X is now available to order from Xiaomi
The Huami Amazfit X has reached the Xiaomi's Youpin eCommerce platform. The smartwatch has already received almost US$2 million in crowdfunding on Indiegogo and comes with a 2.07-inch AMOLED screen, along with up to 7 days of battery life, 5 ATM water resistance and an SpO2 sensor.
The Smach Z project goes quiet as Smach continues to issue refunds to backers
Smach is still yet to begin shipping the Smach Z, and it seems increasingly likely that it never will. After the company looked so close to releasing its long-awaited console in 2019, updates have dried up and its social media channels are a wasteland.
Xiaomi patent shows us the future of smartphones with movable cameras
The Mi 10 Ultra may be the smartphone to beat when it comes to cameras, but Xiaomi has thought up another weird and wonderful way to improve smartphone camera tech as we know it. This time, the company has developed movable camera lenses, which supposedly would improve the quality of ultra-wide-angle shots and digital zoom when recording videos.
The Asus Zenfone 7 may have a high refresh rate display
The release of the Asus Zenfone 7 is almost here, and it looks as though it will have a high refresh rate screen to go with its other flagship specs. The Zenfone 7 also has 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, a Snapdragon 865 SoC and three rotating cameras.
Motorola Moto G9/G9 Play launched: A mid-range handset with a 6.65-inch display, 4 GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 662 and a 5,000 mAh battery
Motorola only launched the Moto G8 a few months ago, but it has already moved onto the Moto G9 series. The first device in the new series is the Moto G9 Play, also called the Moto G9 in some markets. Motorola has integrated a Snapdragon 662 chipset, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and a 6.5-inch display with a waterdrop notch. Motorola has also included a 5,000 mAh battery, three rear-facing cameras and a capacitive fingerprint scanner.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 receives another new update
The Xiaomi Mi A3 has received a new update. The update apparently upgrades the device to the August 2020 security patches, among other changes like stability improvements and performance optimisations. The update is rolling out now as an OTA.
AMD Ryzen 2020-2022 roadmap leaks; Cezanne, Dragon Crest, Raphael, Rembrandt and Van Gogh all detailed
Another part of AMD's 2020-2022 roadmap has leaked, detailing several codenames and specifications. Navi2-based APUs will arrive in 2021, but it won't be until 2022 when we see laptop APUs with Navi graphics. Zen 3 will debut with Cezanne and Warhol too.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro receives a new MIUI 12 update
A new MIUI 12 update has reached the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. The update should be an encouraging sign for the handsets that remain on MIUI 11, like those on the European and Russian branches of MIUI.
The Huawei x Gentle Monster Eyewear II utilises speakers and microphones instead of AR displays
Huawei has developed a new pair of smart glasses in collaboration with Gentle Monster. The new glasses feature a range of smart features, including an integrated voice assistant and built-in microphones. The Huawei x Gentle Monster Eyewear II support touch controls, too.
ZOTAC ZBOX QCM7T3000: A powerful Mini-PC that includes an Intel Core i7-10750H, an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 and supports up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM
Zotac has unveiled its latest mini desktop, the ZBOX QCM7T3000. The machine incorporates an Intel Core i7-10750H processor, an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 and can be equipped with up to 64 GB of dual-channel DDR4-2933 RAM. The machine has multiple ports too, including four display outputs and Gigabit Ethernet.
Leaked Pixel 5 renders paint a sad vision of Google's next flagship smartphone
Google is thought be announcing the Pixel 5 next month, but the latest set of leaked renders do not paint the smartphone in a good light. The advanced biometric features from the Pixel 4 series have apparently gone, and the Pixel 5 will almost be indistinguishable from the Pixel 4a. Understandably, we have our doubts. Another rumour has pegged the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) with 128 GB of storage, too.
The Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro pick up new updates as rollouts expand for the P20 and P20 Pro
The Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are receiving new updates. This month's download brings the two former flagships onto the August set of security patches and addresses multiple CVEs. Similarly, Huawei has extended the rollout of the July 2020 security patches to the European editions of the P20 and P20 Pro.
The PlayStation 5 will have the "best line-up in the history of PlayStation", according to a Sony executive as global promo lands
A Sony executive has declared that the PlayStation 5 has "the best line-up...in the history of PlayStation, setting expectations for the next-generation console exceedingly high. Sony has published the first global promo for the console too, although it only features dramatised footage to showcase the many innovations of the PlayStation 5.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra is being mistaken for the Mi CC10 Pro on Geekbench
Rumour has it that a Xiaomi Mi CC10 or Mi CC10 Pro has been spotted on Geekbench, complete with a Snapdragon 865 chipset and 8 GB of RAM. The reality could not be further from the truth though, so do not get your hopes up for a Mi CC9 Pro or Mi Note 10 Pro successor anytime soon.
EMUI 11 expected features published ahead of September unveiling for Huawei's Android 11-based OS
An expected set of features for the upcoming EMUI 11 has been posted online. The features include an improved GPU Turbo, a refreshed dark mode, better file sharing and overhauled gestures among other changes and innovations.
Possible NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 certified in South Korea ahead of September 1 launch
The first sign of the Ampere architecture is here. NVIDIA has certified a new graphics card, model number PG133A, at the RRA in South Korea. The graphics card is expected to be the RTX 3090 Founders Edition, and it may launch as early as September 1.
Axon A20 5G: ZTE pokes fun at display punch holes, notches and pop-up cameras with in-screen selfie camera teaser
The first smartphone with an in-screen selfie camera is almost here, and manufacturer ZTE has published an amusing teaser video ahead of the device's launch on September 1. The Axon A20 5G will only have a 1080p AMOLED screen though, and its Snapdragon 765G chipset will not turn any heads.
Leaks confirm Motorola Moto E7 and Moto G9 series; E7 Plus and G9 Plus detailed
Motorola is on the verge of announcing refreshes to its Moto E and Moto G series, according to multiple leaks. The Moto E7 Plus and Moto G9 Plus have been revealed so far, but other models like the Moto E7, Moto G9 and Moto G9 Power should also be on the cards.
The Sony Xperia 1 II picks up an enticing new matte colour option and 12 GB RAM
Sony has unveiled a new version of the Xperia 1 II with 12 GB of RAM and a matte back panel. The edition, called Frost Black, will not pick up fingerprints as easily as the other three glossy finishes in which Sony has already released the Xperia 1 II.
Samsung Galaxy M51 is tipped to feature a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a 7,000 mAh battery and a 64 MP camera
The Galaxy M51 will have a bigger display than was previously suggested, according to a new leak. Samsung's upcoming mid-range handset is now thought to feature a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen, along with a 7,000 mAh battery and 8 GB of RAM.
Lenovo announces the Yoga 7i and Yoga Slim 7i as part of its Intel Tiger Lake refresh
The Yoga 7i and Yoga Slim 7i join the Yoga Slim 7i Pro as part of Lenovo's Intel Tiger Lake refresh. The machines will be available from November at various price points and configurations.
Lenovo unveils the Yoga Slim 7i Pro, a Tiger Lake alternative to the Yoga Slim 7 Pro with better battery life and an optional NVIDIA GPU
The Yoga 6 and Yoga Slim 7 Pro may be attractive to fans of AMD's Ryzen 4000 Renoir series, but Lenovo has also announced a powerful Tiger Lake-based alternative. Called the Yoga Slim 7i Pro, the machine can be equipped with an optional NVIDIA GPU and apparently offers better battery life than the Yoga Slim 7 Pro.
Revered leaker offers new launch dates and colour options for the Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G)
The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 may be arriving slightly earlier than expected. Originally thought to be coming in October, a new leak from Jon Prosser states that Google has its eyes on a late September release. The Pixel 4a (5G) will eventually be available in two colours too, while Prosser claims that Google will launch the Pixel 5 in black and green.
Honor Watch GS Pro smartwatch teasers hint at a rugged design and a September 4 launch date
Honor is on the verge of launching the Watch GS Pro, according to a first round of teasers by the company. The Watch GS Pro was recently certified by the EEC and looks to be more of a rugged smartwatch than its predecessor, the MagicWatch 2.
Huawei commits to Android updates for older handsets with Google Play Services
Huawei smartphones with Google apps will continue to receive software updates, the company has confirmed. The assurance comes after the expiration of the company's licence with Google and the tightening of US sanctions.
Huawei unveils three MateBook B business laptops
Huawei has unleashed the MateBook B series, which it is positioning for business consumers. The MateBook B5-420, MateBook B3-510 and MateBook B3-410 come with Intel Comet Lake-U processors and up to 512 GB of storage.
The Huawei MateBook 13 2020 and MateBook 14 2020 combine a Ryzen 5 4600H or Ryzen 7 4800H with 2K and 3:2 aspect ratio displays
The MateBook X and MateBook X Pro may be the two most eye-catching laptops that Huawei has released this year, but the MateBook 13 2020 and MateBook 14 2020 are the only ones to feature 45 W Renoir APUs. The two laptops also include 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD and 2K screens that have 3:2 aspect ratios.
Huawei MateBook X launched: A lightweight and premium laptop hampered by Comet Lake-U processors and DDR3 RAM
Huawei has unveiled its new premium and lightweight laptop, the MateBook X. The 13-inch device weighs less than 1 kg and houses a 3:2 3K display, along with a large keyboard and a new pressure-sensitive trackpad. The fanless machine starts at CNY 7,999 (~US$1,155) and is only available with Comet Lake-U series processors.
Lenovo teases the Yoga Pro 13s Carbon, a sub-1 kg ultrabook with a 16:10 aspect ratio and Tiger Lake processors
Lenovo has teased the Yoga Pro 13s Carbon, a circa 990g ultrabook that is expected to feature Intel's latest Tiger Lake processors. The device also has a 13.3-inch display with a native resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels and a 16:10 aspect ratio. Underpinning the package is a 50 Wh battery.
The Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P20 and P20 Pro are receiving new updates
Huawei is issuing new updates to the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P20 and P20 Pro. The round of updates brings the older flagships onto the July set of security patches and fixes multiple CVEs.
Global and European stable MIUI 12 updates rolled out for the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro
New stable MIUI 12 updates have been made available for the Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro. The updates are rolling out to global and European handsets now as OTA packages.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro will support 10 W wireless charging for its 455 mAh battery
Rumour has it that Huawei will unveil the Watch GT 2 Pro alongside the Mate 40 series. The smartwatch has recently been certified by multiple regulatory bodies, confirming the presence of a 455 mAh battery that will charge wirelessly at up to 10 W.
Lenovo brings its ANC game with the Shadow Black Yoga Headphones
Lenovo has revealed a new pair of its Yoga ANC Headphones. The over-ear headphones come in what Lenovo calls Shadow Black and offer up to 14 hours of battery life. The Yoga ANC Headphones will retail for US$149.99, making them a much cheaper alternative to the likes of the Bose 700, Surface Headphones 2 and Sony WH-1000XM4.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite receives a new update
The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite has received a new update. The update brings the August security patch to the device and is arriving as an OTA. Xiaomi is rolling out the update to global handsets, albeit on a partial release for the time being.
Note 20 Ultra: The display in Samsung's latest flagship is not a fan of flames
The first smartphone with Corning Gorilla Glass 7, better known as Gorilla Glass Victus, has passed through the hands of JerryRigEverything with less than flying colours. While the Note 20 Ultra may be structurally sound, its AMOLED screen did not fare well during the YouTubers infamous burn test.
Redmi K30 Ultra teardown reveals the scale of the copper vapour chamber cooling system in Xiaomi's latest smartphone
The Redmi K30 Ultra has been torn down, revealing the complex interior of Xiaomi's Dimensity 1000+ powered smartphone. The teardown confirms the device's large vapour chamber cooling system, which measures almost 3,500 mm².
The Microsoft Xbox Series X is already on display at a brick and mortar store
The Xbox Series X is already being exhibited at a store in Germany. Available to view at the Xperion E-Arena in Cologne, the console will supposedly be joined by the Xbox Series S when it launches later this year.
Samsung has a colourful surprise in store for fans of affordable flagship smartphones
If paying US$1,000 for the plastic Galaxy Note 20 does not do it for you, then Samsung has a colour surprise for those who are willing to wait a few months before upgrading to their next smartphone. The device in question will arrive in October and will be available in at least six colours.
Huawei MateBook X, MateBook X Pro, MateBook 13 2020 and MateBook 14 2020 specifications detailed in new leak
A new leak suggests that the new MateBook X will be joined by three other laptops, namely the MateBook X Pro, MateBook 13 2020 and MateBook 14 2020. All models will come with 3:2 aspect ratio displays, but the MateBook 13 2020 and MateBook 14 2020 may be the models to go for if you are a fan of the AMD Ryzen 4000H series. The mythical Ryzen 7 4800H is apparently headed to both devices, too.
Early insight suggests that the A14X Bionic will be a powerhouse, but comparing it to the Intel Core i9-9880H is wide of the mark
Early insights into the expected performance of the A14X Bionic suggest that it will be a true upgrade over the A12X Bionic, unlike the A12Z Bionic that graces the latest iPad Pro range. Comparing an ARM chip that is unlikely to make it into a laptop with a 45 W x86 processor is just as meaningless as ever, though.
MIUI 12 upgrade rolled back for the Xiaomi Redmi 9 as a new MIUI 11 update arrives in its place
Xiaomi has rolled back the MIUI 12 upgrade for the Redmi 9, which the company began issuing late last month. In its place comes a fresh version of MIUI 11. The new update is rolling out to handsets now.
Mi 8 Explorer Edition and Mi 9 Lite gain MIUI 12 update as Xiaomi expands upgrade eligibility for the Mi 9 SE
The Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Mi 9 Lite and Mi 9 SE have all grabbed the MIUI 12 update. The update is rolling out to the Global, European and Russian versions of the Mi 9 SE.
The Nokia 2.4, Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 8.3 5G are right around the corner as the Nokia 6.3, Nokia 7.3 5G and Nokia 9.3 PureView remain on track for Q4 2020 release
The unveiling of the Nokia 2.4, Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 8.3 5G are imminent, according to a new rumour. The trio of devices will be joined next quarter by the Nokia 6.3, Nokia 7.3 5G and Nokia 9.3 PureView too.
Huawei refreshes EMUI 10.1 upgrade plans in four regions
Huawei has updated its EMUI 10.1 upgrade plans for Africa, the Middle East, Western Europe and North-East Europe. The OS upgrade has now commenced for almost all handsets, albeit only those that Huawei has deemed capable of running EMUI 10.1 anyway.
Mi 10 Ultra teardown reveals the impressive hardware of Xiaomi's latest flagship smartphone
Xiaomi has published a teardown video of the Mi 10 Ultra, and boy is there a lot of copper. The battery in the Mi 10 Ultra should be simple to replace thanks to the inclusion of battery pull tabs, while the size of the device's periscope and 48 MP cameras are a sight to behold.
Huawei MateBook X official marketing renders leaked ahead of August 19 release
Marketing renders of the upcoming Huawei MateBook X have been revealed ahead of its release on August 19. The renders confirm that Huawei has developed four colours for its premium laptop, which will have minimal bezels and a large trackpad. Huawei has started releasing promotional videos for the MateBook X, too.
Underwhelming specifications for the Google Pixel 5 leak: A miniature battery with a high-resolution and high-refresh-rate QHD+ display?
Additional specifications about the Pixel 5 have leaked online. Apparently, Google will equip the Pixel 5 with a QHD+ display, which reportedly supports a 120 Hz refresh rate. The Snapdragon 765G-powered device will be underpinned by a lowly 3,080 mAh battery, too.
The Honor Hunter may be lumbered with Intel's 14 nm Comet Lake-H processors
Honor has hinted of a renewed partnership with Intel for its first gaming laptop, the Hunter. The company has released several AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir machines this year, but it has seemingly looked to Intel to supply 14 nm processors for its foray into the gaming laptop market.
Leaker outlines possible ARM transition roadmap for Apple; ARM MacBook Pro 16 to arrive in 2021
A leaker has outlined a possible roadmap for Apple's transition away from Intel processors. According to the post, an ARM-powered MacBook Pro 16 will arrive in 2021, while the company will not bring ARM versions of the iMac Pro or Mac Pro to market until 2022.
Huawei MateBook X: August 19-bound premium ultrabook to feature an Apple-inspired FreeTouch trackpad
Leaker Digital Chat Station has offered new details about the MateBook X. According to their information, the MateBook X will have a 13-inch display and a FreeTouch trackpad, which will replicate the feel of Apple's Force Touch trackpads. The MateBook X is said to weigh around 1 kg too and will arrive on August 19.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro, Mi 8 Lite and Mi Max 3 join the MIUI 12 brigade
Xiaomi has started upgrading three more devices to MIUI 12. The Mi 8 Pro, Mi 8 Lite and Mi Max 3 join the dozens of smartphones that have already received Xiaomi's latest OS.
Leaker reveals the Huawei and Honor devices that will arrive in Europe soon, and the Mate 40 Pro is conspicuously absent
The Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro will be Huawei's latest Kirin-based smartphones, but neither are apparently launching in Europe anytime soon. Instead, Huawei plans to bring mid-range and entry-level smartphones to market like the Mate 40 Lite, along with laptops like the Honor Hunter and Honor MagicBook Pro.
Xiaomi RedmiBook Air 13 launched: A laptop with a 2.5K display, a minimal design and up to 16 GB of RAM for ~US$750
Xiaomi has unveiled its latest ultrabook, the RedmiBook Air 13. The laptop features a 2.5K display with an 89% screen-to-body ratio, 512 GB of storage and up to 16 GB of RAM. The RedmiBook Air 13 also has a 41 Wh battery and starts at CNY 4,899 (~US$705) with 8 GB of RAM. The cheapest 16 GB SKU costs CNY 5,199 (~US$750), though.
ZTE A20 5G: The first smartphone with an under-screen camera appears at the TENAA
The TENAA has certified the ZTE A20 5G, better known as the first smartphone with an under-screen camera. The rest of its hardware is not to be sniffed at either, like its 6.92-inch OLED panel, its 64 MP primary rear-facing camera and its octa-core SoC. The ZTE A20 5G will be available with up to 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of expandable storage too.
Xiaomi unveils the Redmi G, a gaming laptop with a 16.1-inch and 144 Hz display
The Redmi G is Xiaomi's latest gaming laptop, and one that is available in three configurations. The device starts at CNY 4,999 (~US$720), which nets you an Intel Core i5-10200H processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. Xiaomi offers up to a Core i7-10750H and a GTX 1650 Ti for its gaming laptop though, along with a 144 Hz and 16.1-inch IPS display. All models come with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD.
Some Dell XPS 15 9500 machines may have a display hinge issue
Wobbly trackpads may have affected multiple early XPS 15 9500 units, but it has emerged that others will not stay closed when they are picked up. Picking up some XPS 15 9500 machines causes their display lid to pop open, almost as if no magnets are holding them in place. Dell is yet to acknowledge the issue publicly, but there are multiple examples of it spread across Dell Community and Reddit forums.
Google Pixel 4a (5G) leak suggests 5.81-inch display and Snapdragon 765G SoC for US$499 handset
Rumour has it that the Pixel 4a (5G) will have the same screen as the Pixel 4a. Google is apparently swapping out the Snapdragon 730 for a Snapdragon 765G though, which will include a 5G modem. The Pixel 4a (5G) will start at US$499 and is expected to launch in October.
Leaked photos reveal the significantly larger battery capacity of Sony's next-generation controller
Several DualSense controllers seem to already be in circulation, as hands-on images of another example have been published online. The latest round of photos also show the battery capacity of the next-generation controller, and it is almost double the one in the original DualShock 4.
LG Q92 leaked again: Midrange smartphone may launch as early as August 21 and in three colours with a global launch planned for September
More details about the LG Q92 have leaked following the midrange device's sighting at the Google Play Console last month. According to the new leak, the LG Q92 could arrive on August 21 with 128 GB of storage, a Snapdragon 765G, 6 GB of RAM and a 4,000 mAh battery.
The Google Pixel 5 may actually be the US$699 successor to the Pixel 4 XL, not the Pixel 4
Rumour has it that the Pixel 5 will not be the successor to the compact Pixel 4. Instead, the device will be closer to the size of the Pixel 4 XL, which points towards it having a 6.67-inch and 120 Hz display. A US$699 starting price has been suggested too, but Google will only be offering a Snapdragon 765G and a capacitive fingerprint scanner for your money.
Razr 2020 5G: Motorola confirms that it will "flip the smartphone experience once again" on September 9
The rumours were true; Motorola will be unveiling a new Razr smartphone this year. The follow-up to the Razr 2019 will arrive on September 9 and is rumoured to feature a Snapdragon 765G SoC, meaning that it will also support 5G connectivity. A higher-resolution main camera is apparently due too, but the Razr 2020 5G will probably stick to the design of its predecessor.
Android 10 reaches the Xiaomi Redmi 8 in Europe and the Redmi Note 7 in Russia as Xiaomi re-releases MIUI 12 for the Redmi Note 9 globally
Android 10 has reached the Xiaomi Redmi 8 in Europe after similar rollouts for the global edition of the device. The Redmi Note 7 has received the same upgrade in Russia too, while MIUI 12 has been re-released for the Redmi Note 9 globally.
Honor confirms gaming laptop leaks with "Hunter is coming" teaser
Honor has confirmed last month's leak concerning its first gaming laptop. To be marketed under its Hunter brand, the laptop is supposedly inspired by the design of modern supercars. Presumably, Honor will deck out the laptop with AMD Renoir APUs, too.
Philips 279C9: A borderless 4K UHD monitor with a USB Dock and Power Delivery
The award-winning Philips 279C9 not only has a 4K UHD display with DisplayHDR 400 certification, but also a USB Type-C port that supplies up to 65 W via USB Power Delivery. The monitor has four USB 3.2 Type-A ports too, along with two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort. The 400 cd/m² and AMD FreeSync monitor will be available from the end of August for £439 in the UK and €489 in the Eurozone.
Mele PCG02: Fanless PC stick with Ethernet and a 10 W CPU is now orderable
The Mele PCG02 is a compact PC stick that has plenty of connectivity despite its size. The device connects to external monitors and TVs via an HDMI 2.0 port, and is based on the Intel Celeron J4105 Gemini Lake processor. The Mele PCG02 also has 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, a 64 GB eMMC drive, Gigabit Ethernet and Windows 10 Pro.
Huawei updates its EMUI 10.1 upgrade plans in seven regions
Huawei has updated its EMUI 10.1 upgrade plans in seven regions. The Android 10-based OS should now have now reached almost-all eligible devices in Central Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Japan and Russia.
Xiaomi unveils MIUI 12 for India and outlines initial upgrade plans
Xiaomi has unveiled MIUI 12 for India. Announced in a livestream, the company has confirmed that it will start by upgrading 7 devices to its latest OS in the country. It seems to have forgotten that it began rolling out MIUI 12 to handsets in India months ago, though.
Huawei readies a 24-core desktop PC for release; ARM-based processor can reportedly outperform the Intel Core i9-9900K in multi-core tasks
A new report claims that Huawei's in-house processor can compete with the Intel Core i9-9900K. Called the Kunpeng 920 3211K, the processor will be available in China in a pre-built desktop PC.
Leak suggests that the fourth-generation iPad Air will not be ready until Q1 2021, but the A14 Bionic is apparently due for Apple's US$649 tablet
Contrary to previous rumours, leakers are now claiming that Apple will not be releasing the fourth-generation iPad Air until 2021. The 11-inch device will adopt the design of the iPad Pro though, along with an A14 Bionic SoC and up to 512 GB of storage. The iPad Air will be compatible with the Apple Pencil 2 also and will start at US$649, up from US$499 for the current model.
Xiaomi expands the MIUI 12 rollout for the POCO F2 Pro and the Redmi Note 9
Xiaomi has expanded the release of its latest OS for the Poco F2 Pro and Redmi Note 9. MIUI 12 has now reached the Redmi Note 9 in India and is available for more POCO F2 Pro handsets in Indonesia. The two devices have already received MIUI 12 in other regions, too.
Huawei teases new MateBook X with a thinner design and a 3K display ahead of its August 19 unveiling
Huawei is on the verge of releasing a new MateBook X, just six months on from unveiling the current model in Barcelona. The new edition will arrive on August 19 with a 3K display and impossibly-thin display bezels. The device will weigh considerably less than its predecessor too.
Apple may release the second-generation Magic Keyboard in March 2021 with compatibility for the fourth-generation iPad Air
Rumour has it that Apple has a second-generation Magic Keyboard in development. The keyboard accessory will apparently be compatible with the iPad Pro and the rumoured fourth-generation iPad Air. The new keyboard is scheduled to arrive in March 2021, a year after Apple released the fourth generation of the iPad Pro.
Cyberboard: A Cybertruck and Cyberpunk-inspired mechanical keyboard that costs an astonishing US$410
The Cyberboard takes its inspiration from the Tesla Cybertruck and Cyberpunk. The mechanical keyboard features a striking design with configurable LEDs and has already raised over US$100,000 in crowdfunding. However, the Cyberboard costs an eye-watering US$410 and does not come with keycaps or switches.
The Dell XPS 15 9500 is finally available to order in Frost White; prices start at US$1,549.99
The Dell XPS 15 9500 is available to order in Frost White, at long last. Officially called "Frost White with White Palmrest", the option is only configurable in some markets like the US and Canada.
Mudra Band: Gesture control wristband for the Apple Watch raises over US$170,000 in crowdfunding
The Mudra Band is not an ordinary third-party strap for the Apple Watch. Wearable Devices Ltd claims to have brought gesture controls to the popular smartwatch by way of interpreting nerve signals. The Mudra Band communicates via Bluetooth and is currently available to order for US$159. The project has raised over US$170,000 in crowdfunding so far, too.
Leaker claims that Huawei has adopted the design of its rival for its next foldable smartphone
The Mate X and Mate Xs may stand out from the crowd, but rumour has it that Huawei has scrapped their outwards folding design for this year's model. Instead, the Mate X2 will feature an inwards folding display like Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G. The Mate X2 will have a second screen too, along with a huge battery, four cameras, 65 W charging and multiple storage configurations.
NVIDIA is hosting a GeForce Special Event on September 1 and AIB cards will supposedly be available at launch
NVIDIA has confirmed that it will be hosting a GeForce Special Event, but not on August 31. Instead, the event will occur on September 1 and will "highlight the company's latest innovations in gaming and graphics". According to a new rumour, AIB cards like the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will be available from launch, too.
Leaker claims that Apple may not have a Special Event planned for its first ARM MacBooks
The release of the first ARM-powered MacBooks will apparently follow the trend of recent Apple hardware announcements. Instead of a physical event ala recent iPhone launches, the ARM-powered 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro 13 will land without notice at the end of October.
Xiaomi rolls out Android 10 to the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India as Mi Note 10 and Redmi Note 8 Pro receive new MIUI 12 upgrades
Xiaomi has started issuing the Android 10 update to some Redmi Note 7 Pro handsets in India. The update is based on MIUI 11 rather than MIUI 12 and contains the July security patch. The rollout of MIUI 12 has been expanded for the Mi Note 10 and Redmi Note 8 Pro, though.
Samsung Galaxy M51: Mid-range handset slated for a 6.5-inch display and a 7,000 mAh battery appears on Samsung Russia support page
The Galaxy M51 has appeared on a Samsung Russia support page ahead of its release. The device, which first leaked nearly five months ago, is rumoured to feature four cameras, a 6.5-inch display and upwards of a 7,000 mAh battery.
Leaked details reveal the prices, battery sizes and storage capacities of the Apple iPhone 12 series
Rumour has it that Apple has dropped the 64 GB storage option for the iPhone 12 series. The change will see a US$50 increase in the price of the cheapest iPhone this year, as the series will now start at US$749. Prices will rise to US$1,449 for the 512 GB edition of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which is also the only model to have a battery of over 3,000 mAh.
The Pocophone F1 gets its first taste of MIUI 12 on the Mi Pilot program
The Pocophone F1 has started receiving MIUI 12, albeit on the Mi Pilot program. The update is available to the global version of the device and is rolling out in batches. According to Xiaomi, the global stable MIUI 12 update for the Pocophone F1 could arrive within a matter of days, contrary to previous information that the company provided.
Odyssey Blue: A powerful x86 and Arduino machine that supports Windows 10 and Linux
The Odyssey Blue is a mini-PC that Seeedstudio has based on the ODYSSEY-X86J4105800. The device is equipped with an Intel Celeron processor and an Arduino-compatible coprocessor for added flexibility.
Apple's 5 nm A14 Bionic chipset will apparently set new performance standards
The Apple A14 Bionic is probably about a month away, and a new leak has detailed some of the performance improvements that the upcoming chipset will offer. In short, we should be excited for the arrival of the iPhone 12 series and giddy with anticipation about the prospect of the A14X Bionic in the rumoured ARM-powered 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro 13.
Leak reveals Apple's September online event schedule with new iPad, Watch Series 6, iPhone 12 series, AirTags and AirPower all in tow
A new leak has unveiled the apparent running order of Apple's September hardware event. Apple is slated to unveil a new iPad, the Watch Series 6, iPhone 12 series, AirTags and the long-awaited AirPower.
Surface Duo: Leaked marketing renders confirm the outdated looks of Microsoft's upcoming foldable
Leaked marketing renders have offered a closer look at the Surface Duo, Microsoft's long-awaited foldable device. While Microsoft exited the smartphone market four years ago, the bezels on the Surface Duo feel like the company never left. If that was not enough of a throwback, then the Surface Duo may be exclusive to AT&T in the US too.
Huawei Watch Fit leaked: An elongated AMOLED panel, GPS, a heart rate sensor and 10 days of battery life for €119
A leak has revealed Huawei's plans to release a smartwatch called the Watch Fit. Branded as the HUAWEI Watch FIT, the device will feature a 1.64-inch AMOLED panel, a host of sensors and 5 ATM water resistance. The Watch Fit will retail for €119 and will be available from September in four colours.
The Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro may be the swansong for HiSilicon Kirin, but Huawei is eying up Qualcomm processors as replacements
The Huawei Mate 40 series will be the last devices to feature HiSilicon Kirin chipsets. Production will cease on September 15, effectively leaving Huawei without any chipsets going forwards. Qualcomm is lobbying the US government for a licence to supply chipsets to the Chinese company though, so all may not be lost for Huawei and its smartphone, tablet and wearable divisions just yet.
NVIDIA shares the start of the "Ultimate Countdown", which ends on August 31
NVIDIA has shared a teaser for an upcoming release on its social media platforms. The teaser shows a cosmic explosion and is the beginning of the #ULTIMATECOUNTDOWN, which ends on August 31. The timing on the countdown coincides with the 21st anniversary of the GeForce brand, which began in 1999 with the GeForce 256.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the single-board computer into a powerful cluster system with the ClusterCTRL Stack
With the ClusterCTRL Stack, one can harness the power of up to 5 Raspberry Pi boards simultaneously. The ClusterCTRL Stack can control up to two fans to keep the clustered Raspberry Pi SBCs cool too.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra hits Geekbench with a Snapdragon 865 Plus and 8 GB of RAM as official case designs leak and a questionable hands-on image surfaces
The Mi 10 Ultra has appeared on Geekbench before its release tomorrow. The device has been benchmarked with a Snapdragon 865 Plus and 8 GB of RAM, but Xiaomi is thought to equip the device with 12 GB and 16 GB of RAM too. Images of official-looking cases have leaked online too, as has a hands-on image that should raise eyebrows.
Stable MIUI 12 arriving this week for the Mi 8 Pro as Xiaomi pulls bug-ridden update for the Poco X2 and hints at a September release for the Pocophone F1
The Mi 8 Pro is set to receive its inaugural MIUI 12 update this week, according to Xiaomi. The company has pulled back MIUI 12 for the Poco X2 because of bugs though and has suggested that the Pocophone F1 may not receive its latest OS until September at the earliest.
A rumoured launch date puts the arrival of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and other Ampere architecture cards at less than a month away
Rumour has it that NVIDIA is less than a month away from announcing the RTX 3000 series. The next-generation GPUs, which are based on the company's Ampere architecture, are now supposedly slated for release on September 9. The announcement would seemingly be ahead of AMD unveiling its "Big Navi" cards.
Zero Terminal 3: A modular mini-PC based on a Raspberry Pi with a touchscreen and a battery
The Zero Terminal 3 is a compact mini-PC based on a Raspberry Pi. The device has a 1080p touchscreen, a built-in battery and a keyboard.
UP Xtreme: A powerful single-board computer with Intel Whiskey Lake processors
The UP Xtreme from AAEON and UP Board is a particularly powerful single-board computer. Available in Lite or regular models, the UP Xtreme comes with Intel Whiskey Lake processors, plenty of ports, a 40-pin header and a DDR4 SODIMM slot among other features.
Stable Android 10 update begins hitting the LG G7 ThinQ in Canada and Europe
Android 10 has reached the LG G7 ThinQ in Canada and Europe. The update is rolling out to devices now and is available to download either as an OTA or via the LG Bridge.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra: Leaks confirm the design and heady specifications of August 11-bound flagship as questionable prices imply a 2.5x price gap to the Redmi K30 Ultra
The Mi 10 Ultra is shaping up to be quite the flagship smartphone. According to leaked specifications, Xiaomi will equip the device with a Snapdragon 865+ chipset, along with up to 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. The Mi 10 Ultra also appears to have four rear-facing cameras, 120x zoom capabilities and could be the first device with a selfie camera underneath its display. Xiaomi is thought to be launching the Mi 10 Ultra in two colours. Prices for it and the Redmi K30 Ultra have been offered too, but these seem unlikely.
Google Pixel 4a is a best-seller despite its mediocre hardware and delayed release
The Pixel 4a may have unsurprising specifications, but it is proving popular on websites like Amazon and Best Buy. The device is so popular, in fact, that is currently one of the best-selling smartphones on the two eCommerce platforms in the US. The Pixel 4a retails for US$349.
Stable MIUI 12 updates: List of devices that have received Xiaomi's latest OS grows to 48
The number of devices that have started receiving MIUI 12 has grown to 48. A detailed list outlines which devices have been upgraded to Xiaomi's latest OS, and on which branches of MIUI too.
Creative SXFI Air Hands-On Review: An intriguing but ultimately disappointing pair of over-ear headphones
The Creative SXFI AIR is a US$140 pair of over-ear headphones that packs plenty of features. With a Super X-Fi DSP, Bluetooth, line-in, USB Type-C and a microSD card reader, you are spoilt for choice with the SXFI AIR. Average battery life and underwhelming drivers hold the SXFI AIR back, though.
Stable MIUI 12 update arrives for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro as rollout for the Pocophone F1 is delayed again
The stable MIUI 12 update has started being issued to the Redmi Note 7 Pro outside of India. It is bad news for the Pocophone F1 though, as Xiaomi has delayed its planned OS upgrade once again.
Xiaomi confirms August 11 launch date for the Redmi K30 Ultra; MediaTek Dimensity 1000+, up to 12 GB of RAM and a 120 Hz display all tipped for upcoming flagship
The Redmi K30 Ultra will be arriving a few days earlier than expected. Instead of its rumoured August 14 launch date, the Redmi K30 Ultra will be unveiled alongside the Mi 10 Ultra on August 11. The device, also called the Redmi K30 Extreme Commemorative Edition, will feature the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC and up to 12 GB of RAM.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro gets MIUI 12; Mi 10 joins the upgrade brigade in Russia
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro has picked up the MIUI 12 upgrade. The device remains on Android 9.0 Pie for some reason, though. Additionally, Xiaomi has started upgrading the Mi 10 to its latest OS in Russia.
XCY X51: A mini-PC that is shipping for under US$179
The XCY X51 is a mini-PC and an incredibly small one at that. Based on the Intel Celeron N4100, the X51 features 8 GB of RAM, a 128 GB M.2 2242 SSD and a host of ports. The 62 x 62 x 42 mm device weighs 121 g and can be purchased for US$179.
Sony finally releases the WH-1000XM4, almost two years on from the WH-1000XM3
Sony has finally released the WH-1000XM4, almost two years after it released its last edition in the WH-1000XM series. Little has changed from the WH-1000XM3 and WH-1000XM4 save for a few new features. Battery life remains at 30 hours with NC on and the new model has the same 40 mm neodymium drivers. Bluetooth 5.0 is now supported, but aptX and aptX HD have been dropped.
Ovisen S201: A stylish smartwatch that packs a pair of wireless earbuds
The Ovisen S201 is reminiscent of many cheap smartwatches, but it has a trick up its sleeve. Unusually, Ovisen has integrated a pair of wireless earbuds that charge from within the body of the smartwatch.
The Rock Pi 4 Model C is now orderable from another retailer
The Rock Pi 4 Model C is available to order from another retailer for the princely sum of US$59.00. Previously, AllNetChina had been the only retailer to offer the single-board computer at that price, but Seeedstudio has now got in on the act.
Razer Arctech Pro: A case to keep your Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra cool
The Razer Arctech Pro is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. The company claims that the Arctech Pro not only protects the two new flagships against drops, but also that it offers enough passive cooling to improve performance.
Sony WH-1000XM4: Amazon France & MediaMarkt listings drop early for new premium ANC headphones as review appears online ahead of release
The release of the WH-1000XM4 is almost upon us, at least according to the publication of more retailer listings and even a video review. Sony appears to have made some minor changes from the headphones that it released two years ago, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Call quality apparently remains unchanged, though.
The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will only be available in nine markets; October 8 release date and US$499 starting price revealed
The release date of the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 may have been revealed by Google France. According to an amended blog post, the two 5G smartphones will be available to pre-order from October 8. The Pixel 4a (5G) will start at US$499, but it and the Pixel 5 will only be available to purchase in nine markets.
CAT S62 Pro: A rugged smartphone with mid-range specs and a professional-grade thermal imaging camera
The CAT S62 Pro is a compact and rugged smartphone with a professional-grade thermal imaging camera. The CAT S62 Pro also has 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, a 4,000 mAh battery and a Snapdragon 660 SoC. Caterpillar Inc will begin shipping its latest rugged smartphone from August 17.
Hands-on images of the PS5 DualSense controller reveal two colour options as Sony confirms software update plans
Hands-on images of the PS5 DualSense controller have been published online, purportedly from the FCC. The images show the DualSense from all angles in its two-tone colour scheme and also offer a look at an unannounced black version. Sony has confirmed that the PS5 DualSense controllers will receive dedicated software updates too, a change from how the company currently delivers updates for the DualShock 4.
HP Spectre x360 13 with Sure View - What a way to ruin a great laptop
HP has done a great job with the Spectre x360 13, but give the 1080p Sure View display a wide berth. With poor viewing angles and image quality even with Sure View switched off, we cannot fathom why HP does not offer a regular 1080p display in the UK.
Google is likely to pair the Pixel 4a 5G or Pixel 5 with a 6.67-inch and 120 Hz display
Google has teased that it plans to launch the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 soon, and rumour has it that one of them will be featuring some impressive display technology. According to one respected informer, either the Pixel 4a 5G or Pixel 5 will have a 6.67-inch display that is capable of reaching 120 Hz. The devices will apparently launch within the next 2 months, too.
Chuwi UBook X: A detachable and 2-in-1 tablet that comes with a pen and keyboard for US$399
The Chuwi UBook X is a 2-in-1 Windows tablet for those who are operating on a budget. At US$399, Chuwi has included a 12-inch 1440p IPS display, an active stylus, 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and a 256 GB SSD. The tablet has a 38 Wh battery, a quad-core processor and comes bundled with a keyboard cover for orders placed by August 8.
Apple refreshes the 27-inch iMac; 21.5-inch iMac and iMac Pro upgraded too
The new 27-inch iMac is here, although you would be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Apple has left the design of its 5K iMac unchanged, but it has overhauled the internals with 10th Gen Intel Core processors and AMD Navi GPUs. The 21.5-inch iMac and iMac Pro have also been upgraded, albeit on a much smaller scale.
Stable MIUI 12 lands on the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro in Europe as Android 10 upgrade for the Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A begins globally
The stable MIUI 12 update has arrived for the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro in Europe, a few days after an equivalent one for the Mi 10 arrived. Xiaomi has also begun upgrading the Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A to Android 10 globally.
Leaked Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro renders confirm a more practical design for the Huawei Mate series
The designs of the Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro have been revealed, and they may not be to everyone's tastes. The volume button has returned to the Pro model and the notch from the Mate 30 series has gone, but there is no escaping that comically-large rear-facing camera housing.
Galaxy S20 FE: Samsung's next affordable flagship smartphone will feature 5G connectivity and a flat display
The design of the Galaxy S20 FE has leaked, also known as the S20 Fan Edition. The device will have a flat display, a single front-facing camera and a noticeable chin. The S20 FE will sport 5G connectivity, too.
Sony WH-1000XM4: Early retailer listings confirm last-generation noise cancelling processor for high-end ANC headphones ahead of August 6 release
The Sony WH-1000XM4 is thought to be arriving on August 6, following a protracted development cycle. The headphones will arrive almost two years on from the release of the WH-1000XM3, but early retail listings have confirmed that the WH-1000XM4 will use the same QN1 Noise Cancelling Processor as its predecessor.
Rock Pi 4 Model C: A US$59 single-board computer that supports NVMe drives and PoE
Radxa's new version of the Rock Pi 4, the Model C, is finally orderable. The Rock Pi 4 Model C has an M.2 connector for NVMe storage and is available for as little as US$59. The SBC is available with a hexa-core processor and 4 GB of RAM.
Global stable Android 10 upgrade extended for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
The Android 10 upgrade for the global version of the Redmi Note 7 is hitting more devices. The update, which is called V126.96.36.199.QFGMIXM, also carries the July 2020 security patch among other changes.
Analogue Pocket: The luxury Game Boy will be orderable from next week for US$199.99
The Analogue Pocket will be available to pre-order from next week for US$199.99. The luxury Game Boy supports original cartridges from consoles like the Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance. The device has a 615 PPI display too and can be outputted to TVs or external monitors.
The new Huawei MateBook D comes with AMD Ryzen Renoir processors for under US$600
The MateBook D has received a Renoir refresh. Available in 14-inch and 15-inch variants, the MateBook D has a sleek design and narrow display edges. The new MateBook D series starts at CNY 4,099 (~US$584).
Stable MIUI 12 update arrives for the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7S in India as OS upgrade lands on Mi 8 and is extended for the Mi 9T and Redmi K20
The stable MIUI 12 update has arrived for the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7S in India. Additionally, Xiaomi has upgraded the Mi 8 and has expanded the rollout of its latest OS for the Mi 9T and Redmi K20 in Europe.
EUIPO confirms renewed Huawei and Porsche Design partnership with Watch RS and Watch GTRS smartwatch trademarks; release possibly timed for Mate 40 series unveiling in October
Huawei and Porsche Design appear to be working together again, but this time on smartwatches. Huawei is already working on a Mate Watch, a Watch GT 2 Pro and an Honor GS Pro, but two Porsche Design smartwatches are on the horizon too. Called the Watch RS and Watch GTRS, the two Porsche Design-branded devices may arrive as early as October.
Apple MacBook: First ARM MacBook may have up to 20 hours battery life, an A14X Bionic chipset and 16 GB of RAM, but also a 720p webcam and a butterfly keyboard
Apple is planning to equip its first ARM-powered MacBook with an A14X Bionic, according to a new rumour. The in-house chipset will be paired with up to 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD, along with a 720p webcam and a 4th generation butterfly keyboard. Between 15 and 20 hours of battery life beckons for the new 12-inch MacBook, too.
Zephyr Gaming Mouse: First Impressions of the gaming mouse with a built-in fan
The Zephyr Gaming Mouse resembles many other gaming mice with its RGB lighting and over the top design. However, it also includes a built-in fan that Zephyr Gaming claims can cool your hand. We have been using a prototype for over a week now, but is it worth its US$89 early bird price?
Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3 release date rumoured as Nokia 2.4 specifications leak
Rumour has it that HMD Global is planning to launch three new smartphones in September. Specifically, the company is alleged to be unveiling the Nokia 2.4, Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3 at IFA 2020, which will be hosted in Berlin between September 3 and 5.
The PS5 comes out on top in a new survey of gamers as the most popular next-generation console
A new survey has revealed that 4/5 of people plan to purchase the PS5 over the Xbox Series X, with almost 2/5 hoping to purchase a next-generation console "at launch". Cyberpunk 2077 is the most-anticipated next-generation game too, despite its release on current-gen consoles.
Huawei Enjoy Tablet 2 and MatePad 10.8 launched: Two 16:10 aspect ratio tablets at reasonable prices
Huawei has launched two new tablets in its home market of China. Called the Enjoy Tablet 2 and MatePad 10.8, the tablets feature the Kirin 710A and Kirin 990 chipsets respectively. Both devices will run EMUI 10.1 out of the box, but the MatePad 10.8 is the more premium of the two tablets.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 could almost hit 10,000 points in 3DMark Time Spy Extreme with performance improvements in excess of 50% over the RTX 2080 Ti
NVIDIA is expected to bring some healthy performance increases to the table later this year with its Ampere architecture. Rumour has it that the RTX 3090 could offer up to a 50% performance increase over the RTX 2080 Ti and may get close to 10,000 points in 3DMark Time Spy Extreme.
OnePlus Nord: OnePlus dismisses reports of green, purple and yellow display tinting issues about its new mid-range smartphone
It has only been a few months since reports emerged of early OnePlus 8 Pro units suffering from green display tinting at low brightness. Now, a similar problem has been described for some OnePlus Nord units. OnePlus states that it has addressed the issue for the OnePlus 8 Pro, but it has dismissed claims about green, purple and yellow display tinting issues affecting the OnePlus Nord.
Sony WH-1000XM4: Sony announces that "something exciting is coming your way" on August 6
Sony is finally getting around to releasing the WH-1000XM4, some eight months after the headphones leaked. Reportedly, the WH-1000XM4 will retail for €379.90 in the Eurozone and US$349.00 in the US. It could be upwards of a month before the up-market headphones start shipping, though.
EEC confirms new Huawei GT 2 Pro and Honor Watch GS Pro smartwatches ahead of possible September announcement
The EEC has confirmed that Huawei is working on two new smartwatches. One is called the Watch GT 2 Pro, making it a good candidate as the successor to the Watch GT 2. The other is headed to Honor, and its name suggests that there is a new series planned for Huawei's sister company.
Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite are unlikely to get native screen recorders
The Xiaomi Mi A3 may be set to receive native screen recorder functionality with Android 11. However, it looks like the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite will miss out.
Sony announces that its XH90, XH92 and ZH8 TVs are "ready for PlayStation 5"
Sony has announced that a number of its premium TVs are "Ready for PlayStation 5", ahead of the console's release later this year. The list includes the XH90, XH92 and ZH8, which will all support 4K and 120 FPS gaming.
Possible OnePlus 8T spotted on Geekbench with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus and 8 GB of RAM as OnePlus hints at US-exclusive Nord smartphone
The OnePlus Nord has coveted plenty of press in the last few weeks, but the company has already hinted that it plans to release another device in the US. Geekbench may have just offered a first whiff of the OnePlus 8T too. Unsurprisingly, the device is rocking Qualcomm's latest flagship chipset and plenty of RAM.
MIUI 12 updates commence for the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Lite as Android 10 reaches the Redmi 8A
Xiaomi is not messing about with the rollout of MIUI 12 as it has brought two more devices onto its new OS. This time it is the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Lite in Europe, which follow the likes of the Mi 9 and Redmi K20 series. The Redmi 8A has finally received an OS upgrade too, nearly a year after its release.
Audacious price tags rumoured for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 series as premium tablets arrive on the Google Play Console
A new leak has confirmed that the Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus will be mighty expensive tablets, although still slightly cheaper than the iPad Pro series. Samsung's latest premium tablets have appeared on the Google Play Console ahead of their release too following the publication of more renders by Evan Blass.
Leaks confirm the design of the Honor Hunter, Huawei's first gaming laptop
Honor, Huawei's subsidiary, is planning to release a brand of gaming laptops. Called Honor Hunter, the series will be built around AMD processors and dedicated GPUs.
Huawei announces EMUI 10.1 upgrade plan expansion for nine regions
Huawei has expanded the rollout of EMUI 10.1 in multiple regions. The expansion builds on the company's previous upgrade plans for Western Europe, North Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, Central Asia, Canada, Japan and Latin America.
The Sony Xperia 1 II finally supports the RAW image format
The Xperia 1 II has some impressive camera capabilities, upon which Sony has improved with a new update for the device. Currently rolling out in multiple regions, albeit only for single-SIM versions, the update adds RAW image format support among a few other changes.
The OnePlus One will receive the official Lineage OS 17.1 Android 10 update
The OnePlus One remains a fan favourite all these years on, and it is set to receive official Lineage OS 17.1 updates. The community developed OS is based on Android 10, which is the sixth major OS update for the OnePlus One since its launch in 2014.
New leak reveals huge price tags for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series; Indian release date offered too
A new leak has revealed the price tags for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series, and they are on the high side. A release date for India has been leaked too, as has pricing for the Galaxy Buds Live.
Apple's ARM-based MacBooks may be significantly cheaper than the current Intel-powered machines
Rumour has it that Apple's first ARM-backed MacBooks will be hundreds of dollars cheaper than the company's current Intel-powered devices. The main source of savings will be Apple's in-house chipsets, which the company will seemingly pass onto consumers.
New leak reveals the price tag of the Sony WH-1000XM4 in Europe as a new release date is mooted
The price tag has been set for the Sony WH-1000XM4 in Europe, a new leak has revealed. Additionally, a new release date has been suggested as Sony bears down on the possible launch of the Apple AirPods Studio.
New leak details Apple iPhone 12 series screen sizes; hands-on images of 5.4-inch iPhone 12 model offered too
New leaks have presented a look at the various screen sizes of the iPhone 12 sizes. The iPhone 12 will be the easiest to use with one hand thanks to its 5.4-inch screen and may be a similar size to the iPhone SE. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will look noticeably larger than their predecessors, though.
MIUI 12 rollout extended for the Mi 9T Pro and Redmi K20 Pro as Redmi 9 gets upgraded to Xiaomi's latest OS; more Redmi 7A handsets are now eligible for Android 10 too
The rollout of MIUI 12 for the Mi 9T Pro and Redmi K20 Pro has been extended, meaning that all versions should now be eligible for the OS upgrade. The Redmi 9 has also been brought onto MIUI 12 ahead of its release in India, while Xiaomi has expanded the Android 10 upgrade for the Redmi 7A too.