Daniel R Deakin (Managing Editor News)
My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
AMD Ryzen CPUs hold top 13 places in Mindfactory retail sales chart as Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 series looms over the horizon
New sales data from Mindfactory has revealed the continued success story that is AMD Ryzen. The top 13 places are occupied by Ryzen CPUs, with the evergreen Ryzen 5 3600 still selling by the truckload. With the Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 series launching soon, and rumors of a Ryzen 5 5600 for next year, Team Red will likely go from strength to strength.
MIUI 12 update battery drain hitch continues to affect phones like the POCO F1, Redmi Note 8 Pro, and Xiaomi Mi 9 with no official fix in sight
More users of Xiaomi smartphones have been reporting issues with battery drain after installing the MIUI 12 update. The problem had already been mentioned on social media in connection to devices like the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 9, with POCO F1 owners also recently complaining about the hitch. Xiaomi may address the issue with future firmware builds.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 and Amazfit Band 5 feature on list of fitness trackers that could soon be able to take your temperature
Xiaomi and Amazfit appear to be preparing an update for a number of their wearables that will allow the devices to take their user’s temperature. The fitness trackers that could end up receiving such a firmware update include the Mi Band 5 and other SKUs from the Mi Band line and the Amazfit Band 5, which comes with blood oxygen level measurement.
Mi Mix 4 could end up being a foldable slider smartphone as Xiaomi continues to test devices with an external secondary display
A newly unearthed Xiaomi patent depicts an intriguing device with a design that would fit well with a future Mi Mix 4 (or Mi Mix 2021) thanks to a combination of foldable technology and a slider mechanism. It appears Xiaomi is pushing ahead with work on producing a foldable smartphone that will likely feature an external secondary display.
Redmi Note 7 gets an Android 10-based MIUI 12 beta stable update
Owners of the Redmi Note 7 that operates with the Europe (EEA) MIUI ROM will be pleased to know that there is an Android 10-based MIUI 12 beta stable update now available for that particular smartphone. MIUI 12 for Redmi Note 7 users with the Global, Indonesia, or Russia variant should be coming soon.
Xiaomi Fast LCD 24.5-inch Monitor launches with 144 Hz refresh rate, 2 ms GTG, and Adaptive-Sync technology for 1,499 yuan (US$224)
The Xiaomi Fast LCD 24.5-inch Monitor has been launched in China with a regular price tag of 1,499 yuan (US$224), although it is on sale to early-bird purchasers. The gaming-friendly external Fast LCD Monitor promises 144 Hz refresh rate, Full HD resolution, 2 ms GTG response time, HDR400 display, and Adaptive-Sync for reduced tearing and stuttering.
Mysterious PlayStation 5 SSD price tag pops up online and suspiciously seems like a steal
A PS5 SSD price tag that purportedly comes from Walmart has appeared online, and if it is accurate then the practically must-have PlayStation 5 accessory seems like a steal. Little further information can be gleaned from the tag, although US$115 for a 500 GB SSD that operates at the PS5’s next-gen standards is a bargain.
Huami Amazfit Pop smartwatch launched: Flagship features such as blood oxygen level measurement and atrial fibrillation monitoring for just 349 yuan (US$52)
Huami has launched the Amazfit Pop smartwatch in China for a surprisingly low price: 349 yuan (US$52). The bright and breezy wearable features non-medical grade monitors for blood oxygen saturation, atrial fibrillation, sleep quality, and 24-hour heart-rate monitoring. The Amazfit Pop comes in a choice of three colors and is water resistant.
Huami Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatch prices for global market allegedly leaked
The alleged international prices for the Huami Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatches have been leaked. Although both watches are packed with attractive features such as blood oxygen level measurement and heart-rate monitoring, the prices listed for the Amazfit GTR 2 and GTS 2 still seem quite steep.
Update: The smartwatches will launch in Europe on October 27.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Mi Mix 3 owners can sample Android 11 via ArrowOS 11.0 custom ROM
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Mi Mix 3 users can enjoy the delights of the Android 11 operating system thanks to the release of the ArrowOS 11.0 custom ROMs for those devices. This will be especially handy for those with a Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S smartphone, which was originally released with the Android 8 Oreo software.
Xiaomi Mi 11 SE or Redmi K40 Mini could be on the cards thanks to iPhone 12 Mini admiration
A social media post by Lu Weibing has led to some speculation that Xiaomi or Redmi could be planning a diminutive variant of a future flagship along the lines of the iPhone 12 Mini. A Xiaomi Mi 11 SE or Redmi K40 Mini would certainly go down well with users looking for a more compact smartphone.
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X get trolled in regard to God of War: Ragnarok release date and Gears 5 RTX 3090 comparison
Both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X fans have been trolled online lately in regard to a couple of major games. An alleged release date for God of War: Ragnarok on the PS5 soon got debunked, but it took a bit longer for the supposed RTX 3090 vs. Xbox Series X Gears 5 screenshot comparison to be shown as a trickster’s hoax.
OnePlus 8T attracts 100 million yuan (US$14.9 million) in sales in a single minute thanks to a Snapdragon 865, 65 W fast charging, and fine looks
The OnePlus 8T smartphone has hit the ground running on its first day of sales in China. The fine-looking device accrued sales worth 100 million yuan (US$14.9 million) in just a single minute, and it didn’t take too much longer to double that amount. The OnePlus 8T packs an SD 865, 65 W fast charging, 120 Hz display, and it comes at a reasonable price.
Redmi Note 8T users find themselves in familiar territory as Xiaomi warns of a potential MIUI 12 delay
It appears Redmi Note 8T owners are going to find themselves in the same boat as those with the very similar Redmi Note 8 smartphone in regard to a MIUI 12 update. While it seemed the Android 10-based overlay was winging its way to the Redmi Note 8T (Global, Europe, Russia) this month, Xiaomi has now warned that a delay is possible.
Amazfit Bip U Pro from Huami will offer the same Bip U smartwatch goodies but with added built-in GPS and geomagnetic sensor
The Amazfit Bip U has just launched in India and the product page for the new smartwatch has seemingly revealed an upcoming Huami Amazfit Bip U Pro device. Features like the blood-oxygen level measurement and good battery life will still be onboard, but the Bip U Pro will also sport a microphone, built-in GPS, and geomagnetic sensor.
PlayStation 5 launch possibly delayed in many Southeast Asia countries as Singapore is treated to a second PS5 pre-order run
PlayStation fans in Southeast Asia will be dismayed by the rumor that the PlayStation 5 launch may have been delayed in a number of countries in that region, including Indonesia and Thailand. However, while gamers in some places may have to wait until 2021 to buy the console, Singapore has already received a second PS5 pre-order wave.
Update: Sony has issued a short statement about the SEA launch.
Xiaomi mentioned as one of the potential buyers for Honor as Huawei allegedly eyes up 25 billion yuan (US$3.73 billion) deal
Xiaomi is believed to be one of the potential buyers for Huawei’s sub-brand Honor if such a deal is being planned. Other companies connected with the alleged sell-off include Digital China and TCL. Huawei has denied the rumor in the past but such a sale could be good for both Honor and its founder in terms of sustainability and growth.
Xiaomi Mi 11 or Mi Mix 4: Snapdragon 875 and 2K resolution display among superlative spec list teased for future Xiaomi smartphone
Hints are starting to appear about a future Xiaomi smartphone that is shaping up to be a dream flagship device. Whether the phone will be the Xiaomi Mi 11, the long-awaited Mi Mix 4, or even another mysterious device is still unclear, but it appears it will sport a brand-new Snapdragon 875 SoC and a 2K display at the very least.
Amazfit Pop details revealed by Huami: Colorful, lightweight, and fun smartwatch that takes health and fitness seriously
Huami has been teasing its upcoming Amazfit Pop smartwatch on social media. The new wearable has a cheerful and fun-looking design that belies the inherent capabilities of its many features. The Huami Amazfit Pop offers NFC payment ability, 50 m water resistance, blood oxygen measurement, and it delivers over 60 fitness modes.
Redmi Note 8 owners should prepare for a long-haul update journey as October no longer looks viable for MIUI 12 arrival
Redmi Note 8 users around the globe are going to be disappointed by the latest MIUI 12-related messages issuing from Xiaomi HQ. While there seemed to be a few signs pointing to an October update for users of the Global or Indian Redmi Note 8, it now appears to be more likely that nothing will arrive before November.
Xiaomi trolls Apple's decision to ship the iPhone 12 without a charger
Xiaomi has taken to social media to poke some light fun at Apple’s decision to remove the charger (and EarPods) from the iPhone 12 packaging. There is some irony about the Chinese OEM trolling the same company it has frequently been accused of closely imitating, though.
Mysterious Redmi K30S smartphone with Snapdragon 865 SoC, 5,000-mAh battery, and 144 Hz display is likely a rebadged Xiaomi Mi 10T
Details of a Redmi K30S smartphone have started springing up online, but it appears the brief mystery surrounding the device has been solved with a prosaic answer. It’s likely the upcoming Snapdragon 865-powered Redmi K30S is simply a rebadged Xiaomi Mi 10T for the Chinese market.
Update: An appearance on TENAA confirms the Redmi K30S is a rebranded Mi 10T.
Redmi Note 8 Pro is the immovable object in the new AnTuTu Android smartphone price-performance charts as the iQOO 5 Pro becomes the unstoppable force
The Redmi Note 8 Pro seems unmovable in AnTuTu’s price-performance charts as the latest Android tables from the noted smartphone benchmark has shown the Note 8 Pro is still the number one pick for the budget end. At the other end of the scale, the iQOO 5 Pro is far ahead of rivals like the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra and Mi 10 Pro.
Amazfit GTS 2 Mini, Amazfit Pop, and Amazfit London smartwatch details start appearing as Huami tools up to add to its extensive lineup
Details of three devices from Huami’s Amazfit range have been leaked. The wearables are supposedly the Amazfit Pop, Amazfit London, and Amazfit GTS 2 Mini. While few concrete specifications have been revealed, it seems the GTS 2 Mini will still offer users the opportunity to constantly track their heart rate.
Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 7 owners need to be wary of fake MIUI 12 builds
Fake MIUI 12 builds for the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 7/7S have been discovered. The software versions apply to both the Global and India variants of the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 7/7S. Owners of these smartphones are advised to disregard false information about these particular MIUI 12 forgeries.
PlayStation 5 UI reveal could be on the menu thanks to Burger King teaser
A Burger King promo posted on Twitter has excited gamers thanks to its obvious connections with the PlayStation 5. While some have posited that a PS5 UI reveal is going to take place in a couple of days, it’s more likely the fast food restaurant chain is planning a contest to win one of the next-gen consoles.
Update: As expected, Burger King is holding a PS5 sweepstakes.
Dimensity 820 keeps the Redmi 10X Pro and 10X on top of the latest AnTuTu mid-range smartphone performance chart but the Snapdragon 775G will unsettle that situation
The Redmi 10X Pro 5G and the Redmi 10X 5G are still the leaders of the pack in AnTuTu’s mid-range smartphone performance chart for September. Both devices are powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 820 processor. The rumored upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 775G will be a force to be reckoned with though.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra has to settle for third place in AnTuTu's latest flagship smartphone performance chart as the iQOO 5 and iQOO 5 Pro take control
The powerful Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra has been pushed out of its top spot in the AnTuTu flagship smartphone performance chart for September. The new ruler of the roost is the iQOO 5 Pro followed by the iQOO 5, with both smartphones managing average scores of over 660,000 points. All of the top 10 devices have Snapdragon 865 or 865 Plus processors.
Redmi Note 10 and Note 10 Pro shaping up to be market shakers as processors are revealed and low starting price of 1,000 yuan (US$149) is rumored
The Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro are shaping up to be incredible devices in regard to potential price/performance and features. A well-known tipster has revealed their Dimensity and Snapdragon SoCs, while there are rumors of a cheap base price of 1,000 yuan (US$149) and a potential third device in the Redmi Note 10 series.
Latest Xiaomi Mi 11 renders take more design cues from the Mi 3 than the Mi 10
Some new renders of the Xiaomi Mi 11 smartphone have appeared on Chinese social media. The images clearly look like fan-made concept designs rather than official renders from the OEM itself. It’s believed the upcoming Mi 11 will sport a Snapdragon 875 processor and attract buyers with an under-display selfie camera.
PlayStation 5 runs hotter than the Xbox Series X with the PS5 peaking at 65 °C/149 °F according to unconfirmed report
Estimated and peak temperatures for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S that have been posted on Twitter allege that Sony’s next-gen console will be the hottest device out of the three. According to the source, the PS5 could even reach a peak temperature of 65 °C/149 °F.
POCO X3 reigns supreme in Kimovil's bestsellers of the week list as Xiaomi, Redmi, and POCO smartphones saturate the chart
The POCO X3 smartphone heads Kimovil’s best sellers of the week chart and is followed by a huge list of Xiaomi, Redmi, and POCO smartphones. Although the site trawls mainly through many Chinese and European retailers, it is still Xiaomi and its offshoots that command the table. The POCO X3 offers a 120 Hz display and even a 3.5 mm audio jack for a bargain price.
Redmi Note 10 and Note 10 Pro rumored to be coming with 108 MP main camera
More rumored details about the expected Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro have surfaced online. According to a well-known tech tipster, the upcoming Redmi Note 10 series smartphones will boast of having a 108 MP main sensor in the camera setup. It’s possible at least one of the devices will be a rebranded and upgraded version of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite for the Chinese market.
PlayStation 5 disc edition, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War appears to be the dream package according to next-gen console pre-order survey
A survey carried out by market research company VGM has revealed that the disc edition of the PlayStation 5 along with a copy of the PS5 exclusive title Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and the multi-platform Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War could be the ideal gaming package for those lucky enough to make a next-gen console pre-order.
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G specs show it is ready to face off against the OnePlus Nord and Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite as the affordable 5G smartphone segment heats up
The specifications for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A42 5G smartphone have been revealed by the South Korean OEM. Judging by its specs and believed pricing, the Galaxy A42 will be challenging the space occupied by rivals such as the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite and OnePlus Nord. The Samsung device is expected to come with a Snapdragon 750G SoC.
PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X: Xbox One owners want a PS5; major retailer reports massive pre-order gap; trending PS5 teardown video
The official PS5 teardown video has just been released, and judging by the amount of views it has already accrued, there just seems to be no slowing down of the PS5 hype train. A report from a major UK retailer has simply added to the PlayStation 5’s dominance in the perceived next-generation console competition.
Xiaomi Mi 5 and Mi 5s Plus stay relevant thanks to Android 11-based LineageOS 18.0 custom ROMs
The Xiaomi Mi 5 and Mi 5s Plus smartphones have recently gained support from LineageOS 18.0, which is firmware based on Android 11. Both the Mi 5 and Mi 5s Plus were released in 2016, and being able to utilize an Android 11-based custom ROM will help keep them relevant for users who don’t want to upgrade their device.
PlayStation 5 Spider-Man: Miles Morales concept custom console by Snoreyn is appropriately amazing
An amazing PS5 Spider-Man Miles Morales Edition concept video has been published by the skilled designer Giuseppe Spinelli, who is also known as Snoreyn. It is believed Sony will release limited editions of the PlayStation 5 and that the next-gen console is customizable, but it will take something truly striking to outdo Snoreyn’s latest production.
Supposed MIUI 12 update dates for Redmi Note 7, Redmi 9 Prime, Poco M2 and the Redmi 6, 7, and 8 series signal a busy October for Xiaomi
It appears Xiaomi will be rolling out MIUI 12 to numerous devices over the next few weeks, and based on the model names, it will be users in India that should be getting ready for a smartphone update. An unofficial list claims to reveal the MIUI 12 update dates for the Redmi Note 7, Redmi 9 Prime, Poco M2, and the Redmi 6, 7, and 8 series.
Redmi Note 8 MIUI 12 saga continues as MIUI 11 update is rolled out but Android 10 could be coming very soon
Rumors have started spreading that the Android 10-based MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T could be just days away. However, Xiaomi seems to be teasing Redmi Note 8 owners at the moment by releasing an Android 9-based MIUI 11 global update for the popular smartphone.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite takes on the OnePlus Nord in the AnTuTu benchmark and wins by a hair
The Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite has made an appearance on the well-known AnTuTu benchmark where it managed to score 329,032 points according to an image shared on Chinese social media. This would place the new Mi 10T Lite just ahead of the OnePlus Nord mid-range champion in this particular speed test.
PlayStation 5 games lineup makes purchasing a next-gen console supremely tempting but the PS5's price tag in some countries will leave fans with hard choices to make
A fan-made image of some of the major titles lined up for the PlayStation 5 has appeared online and excited many waiting for their PS5 pre-order to be fulfilled. However, while the next-gen console is a reasonable purchase in some countries, in others buying one is a difficult decision for even the most loyal fan to make.
Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro differences are blurry, but thanks to the Pro's OIS, photos are not
At a first glance, the new Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro smartphones seem to be practically identical. However, there are a number of differences that help justify the currently €50 difference between the 8 GB + 128 GB variant of the Mi 10T and the Mi 10T Pro with the same RAM/storage configuration.
Astro's Playroom comparison appears to show Sony is still squeezing out every last drop of performance in the PlayStation 5 ahead of retail launch
It appears Sony has been working on ensuring Astro’s Playroom is fully optimized to run as quick as possible on the PlayStation 5’s SSD, judging by two comparison clips taken from hands-on demonstrations. However, there are some naysayers who believe the PS5 performance improvement is all down to crafty editing.
Rumored Apple iPhone 13 and iPhone SE 3 details appear: mmWave 5G for the Pro and Pro Max; 2022 launch for the third-generation iPhone SE
Rumored details about the Apple iPhone 13 range and the third-generation Apple iPhone SE have been shared by display industry analyst Ross Young. It seems there will be four SKUs in the iPhone 13 series, with two of them capable of mmWave 5G connectivity. The iPhone SE 3 will apparently not be part of Apple’s 2021 lineup though.
Xiaomi Redmi 9 should get MIUI 12 global ROM update in November at the latest
The Redmi 9 smartphone from Xiaomi has already started receiving MIUI 12 for users in China, but it seems that owners of the global variant will soon be enjoying the same software update. The GM of Xiaomi Indonesia has stated that MIUI 12 for the Redmi 9 should arrive in November if not before.
Alleged PlayStation 5 devkit UI leak has fans in a tizzy as boot time is longer than that of the Xbox Series X
A short video clip of the alleged PlayStation 5 boot screen and user interface (UI) has surfaced that appears to involve a devkit rather than a retail model of the PS5. The video shows a black DualSense controller being used to presumably start up the console, and then the boot screen and UI eventually appear on a monitor.
PlayStation 5 appears uncovered for the first time as white side plate image reveals "naked" console in the background
A “naked” PlayStation 5 console has seemingly been revealed in an image recently shared on social media. While the majority of the photo is taken up by one of the white side panels of the next-gen console, it’s believed that there is an uncovered PS5 hiding in the background, with its exposed fan creating considerable debate.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite vs POCO X3: Discernible price difference for similar specs but the Mi 10T Lite edges out the X3 with 5G and a little 128 GB storage surprise
The newly launched Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite and POCO X3 smartphones have a lot in common and have certainly shaken up the affordable end of the smartphone market with their feature sets and price tags. While many will be trying to decide between the two, it seems the pricier Mi 10T Lite might be worth the extra expense thanks to 5G and a storage secret.
Samsung wants to take charge of the Mini-LED TV market in 2021 by shipping over two million units
Samsung appears to be targeting the Mini-LED TV market according to a new report from market analyst TrendForce. Apparently, the South Korean OEM is aiming to ship over two million Mini-LED TVs worldwide in 2021, with potential customers having a wide selection of sizes to choose from.
Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9T Pro, and Pocophone F1 among the list of smartphones that can enjoy the Paranoid Android Quartz 5 Android 10 custom ROM as devs plan for Android 11
Paranoid Android Quartz 5 has now been released, and it will be the final stable version of the Android 10-based custom ROM as the devs want to focus on Android 11. Devices such as the Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9T Pro, Redmi Note 5, and Pocophone F1 can take advantage of the latest release and there is new Quartz support for the Xiaomi Mi A3 and Mi 6X too.
PlayStation 5 ray tracing and 60 fps grandstanding on Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered convey what all the next-gen console fuss is about
A new post on the PlayStation blog has revealed the work that has been carried out to bring Marvel’s Spider-Man up to PlayStation 5 standards. A comparison with the PS4 version clearly shows how ray tracing and 60 fps gaming can take Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered to a whole new level, regardless of Peter Parker looking vastly different.
Xiaomi Mi 10T: Snapdragon 865, 144 Hz AdaptiveSync display, 64 MP main camera, and 5,000-mAh battery for the new all-round contender
Xiaomi has launched the new Mi 10T onto the market, with the smartphone featuring a decent array of specifications so it can appeal to a wide audience. Chief among its features are the 144 Hz AdaptiveSync display with MEMC technology and a beefy 5,000-mAh battery that can take advantage of 33 W wired fast charging.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro launches with 108 MP AI camera with OIS, up to 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage, and a shimmering Aurora Blue color option
The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is the top-end choice in the new Mi 10T series, and it shows it by having a 108 MP sensor in its main camera system. The Mi 10T Pro also offers configuration options that allow it to have up to 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage, and the 5G smartphone can please gamers with its 144 Hz display and Snapdragon 865 SoC.
Hogwarts Legacy trailer surges past 10 million views on the official PlayStation channel even though it's not a PS5 exclusive
Hogwarts Legacy has already become one of the most-watched videos on the official PlayStation YouTube channel even though it is not being released as a PlayStation 5 exclusive. The Wizarding World title from Portkey Games is scheduled for release in 2021 and will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
PlayStation 5 DualSense wireless controller gets an unofficial early teardown
The PlayStation 5’s wireless controller, the DualSense, has appeared in a torn-down state in a series of images released by a custom controller manufacturer. The pictures show the DualSense controller in various stages of the teardown and also highlight the intricate design that incorporates the famous PlayStation symbols.
Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro full specs and new renders leak, Mi 10T Lite still expected, and rumored prices for the whole Mi 10T series
Xiaomi is officially launching its new Mi 10T series on Wednesday 30 September, and it now seems that the complete specifications for the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro have been leaked along with some new renders. A Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite is also expected to make an appearance, and price predictions have started coming in thick and fast.
Xiaomi launches two 82-inch Mi Master Series TVs: 4K model for 9,999 yuan (US$1,466) or 8K mini-LED variant for 49,999 yuan (US$7,326)
Xiaomi has launched two new 82-inch Mi Master Series smart TVs in China. The 4K model is priced at 9,999 yuan (US$1,466) and comes with a 120 Hz refresh rate and MEMC. The 8K “Extreme Anniversary Edition” utilizes a mini-LED panel and delivers double the brightness of the cheaper TV, and it costs a hefty 49,999 yuan (US$7,326).
PlayStation 5 I/O unit gets seriously souped up to a potential 17.38 GB/s bandwidth thanks to potent combination of Oodle Kraken and Oodle Texture
A new video from PlayStation UK has offered up an explanation of some of the PS5 tech, including a mention of the console’s famous SSD and its 5.5 GB/s typical raw read bandwidth. However, thanks to assistance from Oodle Kraken and Oodle Texture, I/O bandwidth could actually reach 17.38 GB/s and even Mark Cerny’s 22 GB/s claim.
Latest supposed Xiaomi Android 11 update list upgrades the Mi 10 Ultra and Redmi 9 to internal testing and clarifies that no MIUI 9 launch devices will be updated
Another unofficial Xiaomi Android 11 update list has appeared on Telegram with a few changes worth noting. Both the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra and Redmi 9 have been promoted to apparent internal testing, while it appears no smartphones that were operating on MIUI 9 at launch time will receive Android 11 from Xiaomi.
Amazfit Band 5 with blood oxygen measurement and Alexa virtual assistant is now available to buy from Amazon and Amazfit US for US$49.99
The new Amazfit Band 5 from Huami is now available to purchase either from Amazon or Amazfit’s US online store. The smart band, which costs US$49.99, provides blood oxygen measurement, Amazon Alexa, the PAI health assessment system, and up to 15 days of battery life with typical usage or 25 days in power-saving mode.
Alleged MIUI 13 power menu leaked in video and baffling unofficial MIUI 13 eligible device list includes the Redmi Note 4 and Redmi Note 8 but omits the Redmi Note 9 and Xiaomi Mi 9
A video clip of the purported MIUI 13 power menu animation has recently been leaked. Along with that, a completely unofficial and somewhat bewildering MIUI 13 eligible device list has been drawn up that includes the practically ancient Redmi Note 4 but forgets about the Xiaomi Mi 9 series and the brand-new Redmi Note 9 range.
Xiaomi Mi TV Master Ultra Edition promo teasers confirm imminent launch for the 82-inch 8K mini-LED TV with 5G connectivity
Xiaomi has a special launch coming up in a few days, with the unveiling of the 82-inch Mi TV Master Ultra Edition 8K mini-LED TV with 5G connectivity. It’s claimed this will be the world’s first mass-produced 5G/8K mini-LED TV, and it is very likely the price will reflect the innovative technology utilized.
Xiaomi's MIUI for TV 3.0 starts rolling out bringing a clearer UI layout and nifty dynamic animations with it
Xiaomi announced MIUI for TV 3.0 back in July and now it seems some users in China have started receiving the update. MIUI for TV 3.0 offers a new refined layout for the user interface, a selection of viewing modes, and dynamic animation effects that may be limited only to Xiaomi Master Series devices.
Upcoming PlayStation 5 hands-on event in Japan could reveal more about the PS5 UI and other "really cool stuff"
The PlayStation 5 console will be offered up to some fortunate Japanese vloggers as part of the YouTube Gaming Week that is coming up soon, with the PS5 hands-on giving the potential for a full UI reveal among other things. SIE boss Jim Ryan has stated that there is some “really cool stuff” to be shown off in regard to the user experience.
Redmi Note 8 and Note 8T owners get the bum's rush from Xiaomi in regard to Android 10-based MIUI 12
Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T owners are not going to be too happy with the latest news about Android 10-based MIUI 12 for their devices. Delays are already expected anyway and now the general manager of Xiaomi Indonesia has claimed that the company is “still testing” the firmware for the Redmi Note 8/8T.
Xiaomi Mi Band global sales top 13 million units for Q2 2020 as Pro and Lite variant rumors still linger for the Mi Band 5
Details about the sales records for the Xiaomi Mi Band series, both domestic and international, have been shared by Huami’s CEO Huang Wang. The health-focused smart bracelets from the Chinese OEM are the world’s number 1 most-shipped wearable. Rumors about Pro and Lite variants of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 are still appearing.
Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatch from Huami launched: Light, thin, and colorful with blood oxygen measurement and smart voice assistant for 999 yuan (US$147)
The Amazfit GTS 2 from Huami is now official, with the fun but functional smartwatch already on sale in China. The GTS 2 has had a design overhaul from the first generation, with a borderless display and lighter weight included. There’s also a blood oxygen detector, loads of sports modes, and a smart assistant to be found on the new wearable.
Huami launches the Amazfit GTR 2 smartwatch: Two editions with NFC, up to 38-day battery life, and blood oxygen detection from 999 yuan (US$147)
The Huami Amazfit GTR 2 smartwatch has been launched in China at a very competitive price starting from 999 yuan (US$147). The GTR 2 mixes form with function so that buyers can expect an elegant-looking wearable that also provides a BioTracker, blood oxygen monitoring, PAI health assessment, and an incredible battery life.
Xiaomi Mi 8 gets a Google Pixel 3 Android 11 port and the Mi 9T (Redmi K20) is stable thanks to the AOSP 11.0 custom ROM
Both the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 9T (also known as the Redmi K20) have received new custom ROM support that gives owners the chance to try out the Android 11 experience. The Mi 8 might have to camouflage itself as a Google Pixel 4a for this particular venture though.
MIUI 12 rollout for third-batch Xiaomi devices such as the Mi Mix 2, Mi Max 3, and Redmi S2 reportedly in progress
The MIUI 12 rollout for smartphones listed in Xiaomi’s third batch of devices to receive the software update has seemingly commenced. Certain smartphones on the list, such as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and Mi Note 3, have already started receiving a stable update of the MIUI 12 ROM in China.
The XPG Gammix S70 PCIe Gen4x4 M.2 SSD from ADATA will woo gamers and future PlayStation 5 owners alike with its 7,400 MB/s sequential read speeds
ADATA has revealed its new XPG Gammix S70 PCIe Gen4x4 M.2 2280 solid state drive that has the potential to reach incredible sequential read speeds of 7,400 MB/s. Video editors and gamers will no doubt be delighted by its potential performance, and it may appeal to future PS5 owners too if the SSD is compatible with the console.
Alleged Xiaomi Mi 11 Geekbench scores show above 20% performance gains over the Mi 10 thanks to the 5nm Snapdragon 875
Supposed Geekbench results for the Xiaomi Mi 11 smartphone have appeared online. According to the scores, which might be fake, the future flagship that is possibly slated for an early 2021 launch managed to amply surpass the Xiaomi Mi 10 in both single-core and multi-core tests with the help of its rumored 5nm Snapdragon 875 chip.
Huami's upcoming Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatches have diamond-like screen coatings that are as hard as sapphire
Huami has been sharing some late details about the upcoming Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatches. Along with a new promo image of the fashionable wearables, Huami has also revealed that the screens of the GTR 2 and GTS 2 have sapphire-level hardness thanks to a special coating.
Latest Xiaomi patent figures two folds are better than one for a potential Xiaomi Mi Z Fold flexible smartphone/tablet hybrid
Another Xiaomi patent has surfaced and this latest one is for a multiple fold flexible smartphone/tablet hybrid. The Chinese OEM has chosen to grace this concept device with two folds, leading it to be dubbed the Xiaomi Mi Z Fold by some sites. The foldable smartphone has some issues though, including its obvious thickness when folded.
Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 8T, Redmi Note 9S, and even the Redmi Note 5 Pro get special Android 11-based custom ROM treatment
Various new Android 11-based custom ROMs have been appearing for a number of Redmi devices, with the especially popular Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T getting the unofficial Android 11 treatment. The custom ROM for the Redmi Note 9S is in an alpha stage so may not appeal to all users and the aging Redmi Note 5 Pro is covered by LineageOS.
Intel Core i7-1185G7 reference design laptop benchmarks confirm iGPU gains over the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U in a Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 but the CPU part still suffers from core count envy
Intel’s new Tiger Lake Core i7-1185G7 chip has been doing the rounds inside of a reference design laptop, and while the iGPU component of the SoC has had reviewers generally cooing over its ability to play games at acceptable frame rates, it seems the shortage of CPU cores behind rivals such as the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U is still problematic.
Poco F1 and Xiaomi Mi A2 owners can get a taste of Android 11 thanks to updated custom ROMs
Updated custom ROMs based on Android 11 have become available for both the Poco F1 and Xiaomi Mi A2 smartphones. It has already been revealed that neither of these devices was on the list for official OEM support to Android 11, but custom ROM devs have not forgotten Poco F1 and Mi A2 owners.
Xiaomi takes on Asus with rumored 240 Hz and 360 Hz external gaming monitors with prices from just 999 yuan (US$148)
An extraordinary new rumor about Xiaomi claims the Chinese OEM is preparing to launch new external gaming monitors offering 240 Hz and mighty 360 Hz refresh rates. According to one source, prices will start at 999 yuan (US$148), and it is likely Xiaomi’s 360 Hz monitor will be more affordable than the Asus ROG Swift 360 panel.
Vertical PlayStation 5 console positioning might be the way to go as new live images show just how stocky the PS5 is on its side
New live images of the PlayStation 5 have found their way online, and although Sony has already revealed the exact dimensions of the next-gen console, it is quite startling just how big the device looks when horizontal. Vertical positioning might be optimal, especially for those who plump for a plump PS5 with disc drive.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 topples fellow Ampere card RTX 3080 from its short-lived reign as UserBenchmark's GPU champion and records effectively 19% faster result
The powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 desktop graphics card has become the new champion of UserBenchmark’s GPU comparison chart. Not only has the RTX 3090 removed fellow Ampere card RTX 3080 from the top of the table, it is also the only part that has an average benchmark rating that surpasses 200%.
PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility question creates unlikely conflict: SIE CEO Jim Ryan vs gaming personality HipHopGamer
Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) CEO Jim Ryan has expressly stated that there will be no backwards compatibility (BC) to the PS1, PS2, and PS3 for the upcoming PlayStation 5. However, just as the PS5 BC question appeared to be put to bed, social media commenter HipHopGamer claimed that disc-based full BC was still a thing.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite possible candidate for upcoming sub-€300 (US$355) smartphone with 5G and a 108 MP main camera sensor
More details of Xiaomi’s Gauguin and Gauguin Pro smartphones have appeared online, leading to speculation that one of them could be launched as a Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite device on the European market and possibly further abroad. This potential Mi 10T Lite would be a sub-€300 (US$355) 5G smartphone with either a 64 MP or 108 MP main camera.
The name "Mi 10T Lite" has been confirmed via the FCC.
Full PlayStation 5 and DualSense specifications published by Sony finally revealing what's on the console's rear and the PS5's dimensions
Sony has published all of the official specifications for both the PlayStation 5 and DualSense controller. While no rumored spec bump materialized, at least gamers finally found out what was on the rear of the console. The dimensions section confirms the PS5 is even slightly taller than what was previously estimated.
Redmi Smart TV A55 launched at an attractive price of 1,777 yuan (US$262) as the first of a series of five new smart TVs
Redmi has announced its new A Series of smart TVs for the Chinese market. The series will initially consist of five different-sized devices, with the Redmi Smart TV A55 being the first one to launch. Xiaomi is offering this 55-inch 4K TV, which runs on MIUI for TV, at a special discounted rate of 1,777 yuan (US$262).
PlayStation 5 pre-order bedlam pushes console prices past US$2,000 on eBay as Sony upsets fans to beat Microsoft to the punch
PlayStation 5 pre-ordering has become chaotic as fans desperately try to reserve one of Sony’s next-gen consoles. While prices for the PS5 console have tipped past US$2,000 on eBay, some have been left wondering if Sony’s pre-order plan was to simply beat Microsoft to the punch rather than give gamers ample warning time.
PlayStation 5 launch games and accessories price lists revealed and official PS5 boxes keep the design clean and simple
Sony has announced the official prices for the PS5 accessories and the launch games that will accompany the next-gen console on November 12/17. The retail boxes for the PlayStation 5 and Digital Edition have also appeared online, with the design remaining both understated and relatively minimalistic.
Amazon PlayStation 5 pages taken down for likely updates as PS5 price and pre-order reveal expectations take off and updated list of potential retailers
The PlayStation 5 Showcase takes place later today and millions of fans are expecting Sony to announce the prices and pre-order information for the next-gen console. It has now been reported that Amazon landing pages for the PS5 have started being taken down, with many believing this is a definitive sign that the price/pre-order wait is over. An updated list of potential retailers is included here.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 pips the Titan RTX for the highest average benchmark on UserBenchmark and shows 11% gain on the RTX 2080 Ti for effective speed
The new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card has made its way to the top of UserBenchmark’s GPU charts. The Ampere-based part stole the top spot from Nvidia’s Titan RTX, and it recorded an 11% faster effective speed than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. The Founders Edition of the GeForce RTX 3080 costs from US$699.
Samsung Galaxy Watch3 Titanium gets a September 18 global launch date but Samsung fans in the US will have to wait a bit longer
The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 Titanium variant of the recently released smartwatch will be officially launched on the European and South Korean markets on September 18. However, potential customers in the US will have to wait a little longer. The Galaxy Watch3 Titanium comes with SpO2 measurement, military-grade durability, and a substantial price tag.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra global release more likely as Mi fans in Spain compete to get up close and personal with the flagship smartphone
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra flagship device is currently only available to buy in the company’s domestic market of China. However, a competition organized for Mi Fans in Spain and a subtle comment in a Mi Community blog post appear to point in the direction of a wider global release for the impressive Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra smartphone.
Latest PlayStation 5 advert will keep fans on The Edge of their seats and Aloy's ears show how the PS5 has left the PS4 behind
Sony has created a new global brand spot for the PlayStation 5, which is entitled “The Edge”. The stunning clip is aimed at the promise of “undiscovered adventure” for gamers who take the leap and purchase the next-gen console. A comparison image of Aloy’s ears from the Horizon games highlights the power of the PS5 over the PS4.
Huami Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatches to launch soon: Contemporary looks and possible blood oxygen sensor for the second generation
Huami has been teasing the second-generation Amazfit GTR and GTS smartwatches, with a new promo poster simply announcing the new products will be “Beyond GT”. There is some expectation that the Amazfit GTR 2 and GTS 2 wearables will feature enhanced health functions that include a blood oxygen sensor.
PlayStation 5 production hits a chip-related obstacle but Sony secures US supply method for the likely affordable PS5 console
A new report has stated that there have been issues with the yield for the SoC that will be the key component of the upcoming PlayStation 5 console, with Sony having to reduce the total hardware production. However, it seems the company has sufficient means of supply for the US and an analyst believes the PS5 prices are going to be affordable.
Sony has stated that there has been no change in production numbers.
Save 17% on an Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 Gaming Desktop from Dell with up to an AMD Ryzen 9 3950X and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti for gaming nirvana
Dell has now started selling its Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 Gaming Desktops with a 17% discount coupon available. Shoppers can choose a mainstream Ryzen 5 3500 chip or go for a benchmark-breaking 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X CPU alongside 32 or 64 GB RAM and a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card from Nvidia.
PlayStation 5 Showcase times and predictions: Show time for your zone and PS5 UI, God of War 2, Final Fantasy XVI, price, and pre-orders could be revealed
The PlayStation 5 Showcase will be taking place on Wednesday September 16. The much-anticipated event starts at 1:00 pm PDT, and we have provided a list of times for fans living in other zones here. Predictions of what could be revealed in the 40-minute Showcase have included the PS5 UI, news about God of War 2, and the all-important console prices.
More PlayStation 5 model numbers hint at DualSense controller variants and even a black console but don't expect a PS5 Pro or 1.65 TB SSD premium pack just yet
More model numbers relating to the PlayStation 5 have appeared online. While many of the model codes are already connected to the console SKUs or PS5 accessories, a few unknown entries certainly hint at different types of DualSense controller. A black PS5 console also seems more likely than a PS5 Pro or 1.65 TB SSD premium pack.
Convincing PlayStation 5 price leak and latest IGN poll all but confirm victory for Sony and the PS5 in the first battle of the next-gen console war
A new and convincing PlayStation 5 price leak has appeared online, and if the figures are genuine then gamers planning on pre-ordering either a Blu-ray console or Digital Edition model are likely to be satisfied. Another IGN next-gen console poll shows huge popular support for Sony’s devices, regardless of the recent appearance of the Xbox Series S.
Another alleged price list has been leaked from the same retailer.
Base included: PlayStation 5 console box contents and model numbers for both the Blu-ray model and Digital Edition PS5 appear online
The model numbers and box contents for the upcoming PlayStation 5 consoles have been shared online by a games industry analyst. The details originate from a source in Hong Kong, so there may be regional differences encountered by future PS5 owners living in different areas. The good news is that there is a base included.
POCO X3 NFC smartphone is a certifiable hit as more than 100,000 units are sold in just three days of its first sale
POCO and Xiaomi have announced some impressive figures for the first sale of the new POCO X3 NFC smartphone. The device, which has prices starting from £199/€229 (US$255/$271), has been snapped up at speed by fans, with 1,000 POCO X3 NFC units selling in just 30 seconds and over 100,000 phones sold in three days.
PlayStation 5 wait seems nearly over as stores start gearing up, some PS4 games get new PS5 labels, and Sony's PAX pantomime fuels rumors
There have been sightings of various PS5-related promotional materials going up in retail stores around the world as the wait for the full disclosure of Sony’s next-gen console continues. Some PS4 games have new labels on their boxes for PlayStation 5 preparation, and Sony appears to be performing quite a pantomime over at PAX Online.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G has a Bill of Materials cost of US$548.90 or 42% of the US$1,299.99 price tag
The Bill of Materials (BoM) for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (128 GB variant) has been estimated at a total of US$548.90. As the flagship device currently has an official retail price of US$1,299.99, then this BoM cost is equivalent to 42.22% of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G’s price tag. The display and the communication components are the priciest parts.
Xiaomi Mi 11 smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 and under-display camera could be released in early 2021
A potential Xiaomi Mi 11 could be released in the first few months of 2021 according to a noted tipster. The premium Xiaomi smartphone, which could end up being the expected Mi 11 and feature an under-display camera, will join an unknown Vivo phone and become one of the first devices to sport the rumored Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 SoC.
PlayStation 5 prices supposedly cut to compete with Xbox consoles, Japan release date potentially leaked, and a timely reminder of what's in store for PS5 owners
A new report has claimed that Sony has had to revise planned prices for the PlayStation 5 consoles due to Microsoft’s attractive next-gen Xbox hardware price tags. A PS5 launch date in Japan may have been accidentally revealed, and a timely reminder of what future PS5 owners can look forward to has been circulating on social media.
God of War 2 and a "whole mountain of exclusives" coming to the PS5 and latest PlayStation 5 pre-order date prediction could be a misfire
Those God of War 2 rumors in regard to the PS5 just keep turning up, and apparently there will be a “whole mountain of exclusives” coming for Sony’s next-gen console. A new PlayStation 5 pre-order date prediction could be an immense misfire if accurate as it would seemingly give Microsoft the edge for attracting brand-indifferent consumers.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX scores 130% more than its nearest Intel rival on PassMark and can be picked up inside a Lenovo ThinkStation P620 - if you have the money
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX super processor has been flexing its muscles on PassMark’s CPU Mark benchmark, and unsurprisingly the 64-core, 128-thread part has soared straight to the top of the high-end CPU chart. However, you better have plenty of money to spend if you want to pick one up inside a Lenovo ThinkStation P620.
Gold-plated PlayStation 5 pre-orders go live on September 10: Reserve a 24K gold Digital Edition console for £7,999 (US$10,356) or pick up a glittering PS5 accessory from £399 (US$517)
Truly Exquisite has announced that pre-orders for its gold or platinum custom PS5 consoles and accessories will begin on Thursday September 10. Wealthy gamers after some bling can place an order for an 18K rose gold PlayStation 5 for £8,199 (US$10,617) or make a reservation for a gold-plated DualSense controller at £649 (US$840).
Xiaomi smartphone with dual front-facing and rear-facing pop-up camera system could be in the pipeline
Another innovative Xiaomi smartphone patent has seen the light of day, with the device in the patent drawings featuring an interesting solution for both the front and rear cameras. Xiaomi has integrated a dual pop-up camera system in this concept that leaves the case of the smartphone completely camera free.
Next-gen console news: Barlog and Kratos spark God of War sequel speculation, Xbox Edinburgh turns up, pricey Xbox Series X SSD expansion leaked, and more random PS5 event dates
An image header on Cory Barlog’s social media has some fans believing a God of War sequel announcement is incoming. A mysterious Xbox “Edinburgh” device has been spotted and a leaked expansion SSD for the Xbox Series X has a hefty price tag. More tenuous PS5 announcement and event date rumors have surfaced.
Stylish Samsung Galaxy transparent smartphone renders by Snoreyn would make even Tony Stark consider an upgrade
Samsung could be working on a futuristic Galaxy smartphone with a transparent display according to a recently unearthed patent. The talented designer Snoreyn (Giuseppe Spinelli) has made some beautiful concept renders for the transparent Samsung Galaxy based on the patent documents. Tony Stark/Iron Man – eat your heart out.
Xiaomi Mi Display monitor with 27-inch transparent OLED from Samsung supposedly in the works
A report out of China has claimed that Xiaomi is planning on adding more transparent products to its range, with a 27-inch Mi Display monitor that utilizes an OLED panel from Samsung possibly being the next device in line. The Chinese OEM just recently launched the transparent 55-inch Mi TV Lux.
Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 5 sales help sink Samsung in the growing North America wearables market
Apple has maintained a strong regional share for the North America wearables market and even enjoyed growth in terms of amount of units shipped. Discounted Apple Watch Series 3 devices and the popularity of the Series 5 smartwatches have contributed to a steep decline for Samsung in this particular sector.
The exasperating PlayStation 5 wait might be the greatest trick Sony ever pulled - but don't worry, the PS5 does exist
Doritos, 4chan, Soony, and a parody song: PlayStation 5 waiting fatigue has really started kicking in hard, just as a likely controlled leak from Microsoft has given up the potential prices of the Xbox Series X and S. But to paraphrase a famous movie line, this exhausting wait for the full PS5 details and prices may end up being the greatest trick Sony ever pulled.
Withings ScanWatch: Incredible clinically validated hybrid smartwatch with medical-grade SpO2 sensor, ECG recording, and 24/7 heart scanning now available from £249.95 (US$330)
The Withings ScanWatch hybrid smartwatch is now available to buy in Europe, and it can be purchased from £249.95/€279 (about US$330). This incredible health-focused wearable comes with its own on-demand electrocardiogram, respiratory scanner, atrial fibrillation detector, medical-grade SpO2 oximeter, and the ScanWatch is water resistant to 165 ft (50 m).
PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility for PS1, PS2, and PS3 games could be provided by a revamped PS Now service with upscaling capabilities
Another rumor has emerged connecting a revamped PS Now service with the PlayStation 5, and specifically the question of full backwards compatibility with the PS1, PS2, and PS3 along with the expected PS4. On top of that, the same spurious source claims that some older games will benefit from upscaling when accessed via the PS5.
Vivo solves the problem of which color to choose for your next smartphone thanks to smart glass
Vivo has been showing off an interesting new prototype smartphone that can offer users different-colored back panels thanks to the utilization of electrochromic technology. The rear of the Vivo smartphone, which looks like a modified S7 5G, is clad in smart glass, enabling it to switch colors from blue to purple and eventually silver.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 doubles up on the RTX 2080 and is up to 60% faster than the RTX 2080 Ti on CompuBench to give AMD and Big Navi a hard target to hit
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card has been spotted being put through its paces on CompuBench 2.0 Desktop. The Ampere device demolished the RTX 2080 and also put the RTX 2080 Ti to the sword. With a price starting at US$699 for the RTX 3080, Nvidia has thrown down the gauntlet to AMD and its Navi range to counter this challenge.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra with third-generation under-display camera could be launched sooner than expected
A Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra smartphone with an under-display camera has seemingly been leaked in a comparison video. Xiaomi has already revealed the technology in a recent promotional clip; however, it has now been speculated that the under-display camera variant of the Mi 10 Ultra could be launched sooner than what was previously anticipated.
The original source and a longer hands-on video have surfaced.
The Witcher 3 enhanced is coming to the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC and existing owners of the classic action RPG can get a free update
CD Projekt Red has announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition will be released in an enhanced form as a standalone purchase for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, or PC. On top of that, the new and improved next-gen edition of The Witcher 3 will be offered as a free update to those who already own a copy of the game.
Perturbing PlayStation 5 price rumor threatens to spoil the party and alleged PS5 console turns up in unlikely circumstances
A new PlayStation 5 price rumor has been making the rounds on social media lately, with the all-important figures being considerably higher than those that have been generally predicted for the next-gen console. A likely fake but quite convincing example of the PS5 hardware has also turned up in a TikTok video.
The iQOO 3 and Meizu 17 Pro replace the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro as AnTuTu's August price-performance hotshots
AnTuTu has been busy compiling its August price-performance charts for Android phones, and there are new leaders in two out of the five tables. The iQOO 3 and Meizu 17 Pro have scored highly enough to remove the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro from their respective positions, although Redmi still has an incredible 11 smartphones in the charts.
98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max goes on flash sale once again for 19,999 yuan (US$2,924) but still no sign of Xiaomi bringing it to international markets
Xiaomi has announced that the 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max will soon be available in yet another flash sale for the immensely popular big television. However, it seems yet again that it will be buyers in China that will be getting great deals on the Redmi Max 98 (19,999 yuan; about US$2,924), as Xiaomi hasn’t revealed any plans to release the device outside of its domestic market.
PlayStation 5 pre-order wait leaves fans so anxious that even a dressed-up PS3 and a lying cake provide brief PS5 news relief
Sony has yet to announce official PlayStation 5 pre-order plans, leaving fans gnashing their teeth in frustration, to the extent that even a PS3 in disguise and a dishonest cake have led to some brief PS5-related respite for anxious gamers desperate for next-gen console news. A PS5 event is rumored for September 9.
Massive Redmi 8, Note 8, and Note 8 Pro global sales send Xiaomi into the smartphone stratosphere but Apple reigns supreme with the iPhone 11
A market analyst report concerning the best-selling smartphones of the first half of 2020 has placed the Apple iPhone 11 in top position with remarkable sales of 37.7 million units. The six months have also been kind to Xiaomi, with four Redmi devices, including the Redmi 8A and Redmi Note 8 Pro, making it into the list of the top 10 most-shipped smartphones.
PlayStation 5 SSD and leaked Samsung 980 Pro outmuscled by Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus but Cerny advises future PS5 owners to "hold off" on M.2 drive purchases
Sabrent has announced its Rocket 4 Plus SSD, which the company is claiming is the world’s fastest NVMe SSD. The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus SSD’s read and write speeds place it beyond the recently leaked Samsung 980 Pro and the PS5’s drive. Console architect Mark Cerny has warned future PlayStation 5 owners to wait before making a third-party drive purchase.
Redmi, Honor, and Huawei control the latest AnTuTu midrange smartphone performance chart with the Redmi 10X and 10X Pro proving to be affordable 5G standard-bearers
The AnTuTu midrange smartphone performance chart for August is currently dominated by Redmi, Honor, and Huawei. The Redmi 10X 5G and 10X Pro 5G with their MediaTek Dimensity 820 processors have managed to keep challengers away from their positions at the top, while devices with Kirin chips bring up most of the rear.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra brushes aside the competition in the August AnTuTu flagship smartphone performance chart with the iQOO 5 and ROG Phone 3 also scoring well
AnTuTu has published its flagship smartphone performance chart for August and top position has been snatched up by the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra. The chart has thoroughly been shaken up lately thanks to some powerful new releases, including the iQOO 5 and the Asus ROG Phone 3 with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor.
Sony gears up for PlayStation 5 pre-order pandemonium with new headers, and devs hoot about the PS5 SSD and Tempest 3D AudioTech engine, but there's no optical audio out
It appears Sony might be preparing for PlayStation 5 pre-orders as new headers featuring titles like Gran Turismo 7 and Demon’s Souls have appeared on some official media channels. Devs have been singing the praises of the PS5’s SSD and Tempest 3D AudioTech engine, but it appears the next-gen console won’t have an optical audio out port.
Amazfit Band 5 fitness tracker from Huami now available for pre-order on Amazon: blood oxygen saturation monitor, 24/7 heart-rate tracker, and Amazon Alexa for US$49.99
The Huami Amazfit Band 5 fitness tracker is now officially available to pre-order from Amazon. The wearable has a price tag of US$49.99 and offers users Amazon Alexa built in, heart-rate tracking, SpO2 monitor, women’s health tracking, and up to 15 days of battery life. The Amazfit Band 5 will be released on September 30.
Redmi Note 9, Redmi Note 9 Pro, and Redmi 9A join alleged list of Xiaomi devices being internally tested for Android 11 update
A supposed list of Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones in connection with the Android 11 update has recently been altered. Now, the Redmi Note 9, Redmi Note 9 Pro (global), and Redmi 9A are reportedly at the internal testing phase. There are also status changes for the Redmi 9 Prime, Redmi 9 India, and Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (Mi CC9 Pro).
No PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility for PS1, PS2, and PS3 titles and very fake-looking hefty PS5 retail box gets overshadowed by Miles Morales concept design
An Ubisoft support page has seemingly confirmed that PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility will be restricted to PS4 titles, leaving games from the PS1, PS2, and PS3 generations out in the cold. An image of an alleged PS5 retail box has appeared online, but fake or not it pales into comparison next to an incredible fan-made Miles Morales concept design.
Alleged amazing PlayStation 5 event on September 9 to include full hardware and UI reveal, console launch date, prices, and new PS5 games information
There has been an alleged leak of the details for an upcoming PS5 event, which will apparently take place on Wednesday, September 9. According to the purported leak, the show will include a full look at the PlayStation 5 hardware and UI, price and launch date revelations, and a whole feast of information in regard to games for the next-gen console.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, and Galaxy S9+ likely to get trimmed-down version of One UI 2.5 soon
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, and Galaxy S9+ smartphones are likely to receive a cut-down version of the One UI 2.5 Android skin when it becomes available, due to hardware constraints. Samsung has been praised for offering the software update to older Galaxy models in its lineup though.
The promise of PlayStation 5 exclusives like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Horizon Forbidden West is helping the PS5 win the next-gen console popularity contest
An IGN poll titled “which next-gen console are you most excited about” left the PS5 with 75% of the vote. Xbox owners and PC gamers have been tempted by the Sony console partially because of PlayStation 5 exclusives like Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and many others.
PC vs PS5: The new Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 SSD brings next-gen console challenging speeds of up to 7,000 MB/s for desktop computers
Samsung has launched its 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD that offers a maximum read speed of 7,000 MB/s (1 TB SKU). This means that PC gamers can fit a speedy solid state drive into their machines that challenges the much-heralded superfast SSD that the PS5 will be bringing with it, at least in terms of uncompressed data handling.
Xiaomi Mijia Projector Youth Edition 2 launching soon with new smart abilities
Xiaomi has been teasing a new product in its extensive home projector lineup: the Xiaomi Mijia Projector Youth Edition 2. Few details have been revealed about the Mijia Projector so far, but it is scheduled for launch on September 2 and comes with a smart assistant onboard.
Redmi Note 8 survives eight-floor drop and watery landing but ends up with a "curved" display
A Redmi Note 8 owner has reported how their Xiaomi smartphone still works after being accidentally dropped from an eighth-floor balcony and making a splash-landing in some type of body of water. The Redmi Note 8 was able to be charged and was operational, although it was left with a “curved” display after the traumatic incident.
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition revealed in stirring announcement trailer
A new announcement trailer for Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition has been shared as part of the Gamescom event. The remastered game now boasts of 4K graphics and features two additional civilizations for RTS fans to get to grips with. Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition will be released on October 15 priced at US$19.99/£14.99/€19.99.
OnePlus Nord hype train is in motion again thanks to OnePlus Nord 2, OnePlus Nord Lite, and OnePlus Aurora smartphone rumors
Details about new OnePlus devices have started surfacing, especially in regard to what may become a OnePlus Nord successor and the so-called OnePlus Aurora smartphone that might make its way to US shores. Some alleged information about a potential OnePlus Nord 2, including price and processor, has also been shared.
PS5 direct pre-order registration lottery now open for those with a PlayStation Network ID and US-based address
PlayStation US has announced that direct pre-order registration for the PS5 console is now open. To register, fans will need a PlayStation Network ID. However, the process is a lottery as registering for direct pre-orders does not guarantee selection for the opportunity to actually reserve a PlayStation 5.
Xiaomi quarterly infographics portray a company taking the world by storm thanks to products such as the Mi 10 lineup and Mi TV Master Series
Xiaomi has published some infographics to amply portray just how successful the Chinese OEM has been over the last few months. The company is now in the top four places globally for smartphone shipments and in the top five for smart TV shipments. Products such as the Mi 10 Ultra and Mi TV LUX have contributed to Xiaomi’s outstanding performance.
Huami Amazfit Neo smartwatch with always-on display, heart-rate monitor, and chunky retro design now available from US$39.99
The new Huami Amazfit Neo smartwatch has appeared online for sale. The latest wearable from Huami comes with a 24/7 always-on display, heart-rate and sleep monitoring, water resistance to 5 ATM, and up to 28-day battery life. The rugged-looking Amazfit Neo can be purchased at a discount price of US$39.99 by using coupons.
PlayStation 5 should reward gamers with superfast connections and low latency as Wi-Fi 6 chip is spotted in likely PS5 certification
A Sony Wi-Fi 6 (IEEE 802.11ax) wireless communication module has been spotted in certification that likely pertains to the PlayStation 5. An image of the chip has also been revealed in one particular filing, which also includes the PlayStation logo. Having Wi-Fi 6 support would offer PS5 owners the chance to enjoy faster connection speeds and lower latency.
Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Pro show premium appeal in WPC listing
The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Pro from Xiaomi have appeared in a listing for the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). Although there are scant details about the earphones in the WPC record, there is an image included of the Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Pro that shows off the sleek and premium-looking personal audio device.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S7, and Galaxy Tab S7+ owners have started reporting the presence of the dreaded green tint display issue
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Snapdragon variant), Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, and Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ have been taking to online forums to report the well-known green tint display issues that many flagship devices have suffered from in the past. The same green tint problem recently affected Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphones too but was fixed with a software update.
PlayStation 5 pre-order and launch dates possibly revealed via Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War leak as PS5 commenter predictions start aligning
The pre-order date and launch date for the PlayStation 5 may have been revealed via a Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War leak. It appears data miners have managed to prise out information about the upcoming title’s reveal and release dates, which could coincide with those for the next-gen console. Known PS5 commenters have also seemingly pinpointed a particular PS5 pre-order date.
Nintendo Switch Pro could be released in early 2021 to disrupt the PS5 vs Xbox Series X match-up
New rumors have appeared about the Nintendo Switch, with a report suggesting that the Japanese company is busy putting together the next generation of the massively popular console. With a supposed improved screen and other upgrades, this possible Nintendo Switch Pro will be taking on the PS5 and Xbox Series X for next-generation console supremacy.
New Huawei Mate 40 Pro renders based on leaks and CAD files show it to be a beauty that can easily rival the iPhone 12 for looks
There are two major smartphone releases on the horizon with the upcoming Huawei Mate 40 series and the Apple iPhone 12 series. New renders of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro smartphone show it off in the best possible way with its elegant waterfall display and characteristic circular camera housing making it arguably more eye-catching than the iPhone 12.
Resurrection Remix 8.5.7 provides a custom Android 10-based experience for owners of Xiaomi smartphones such as the Mi A2, Redmi Note 8, and Pocophone F1
Resurrection Remix has announced a new stable version of its custom ROM that is based on Android 10. Resurrection Remix 8.5.7 is now available to download for Xiaomi and Redmi devices, such as the Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi 9T, Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 8, and Pocophone F1. The custom ROM can also be used with smartphones from other OEMs.
PlayStation 5 teardown details, God of War sequel information, Gotham Knights release date...the PS5 rumor flood continues unabated
The future PS5 game Gotham Knights has just been officially announced, and a social media user has already claimed to know its release date. The same Twitter resident has also made interesting comments about a possible PlayStation 5 teardown and a frequently rumored God of War sequel.
Apple Watch SE and new Apple Watch Gold Edition could offer fans budget and premium alternatives to the upcoming Apple Watch Series 6
It has been reported that Apple is working on both a budget smartwatch and ultra-premium smartwatch for fans of the brand to choose from. Details of a supposed Apple Watch SE, which would replace the current Series 3 models, have been leaked, and images of an alleged new AW Gold Edition have also surfaced.
PS5 commenter goes all out by sharing purported prices for PlayStation 5 accessories, supposed console pre-order date, and numerous alleged juicy factlets
Another known social media forumite has gone all out in regard to sharing supposed details about the PlayStation 5. Along with the usual console price and game-related rumors, this particular commenter has also offered up tidbits about the accessories, the next-generation PS VR system, the PS5 pre-order date, and even what buyers will find in the box.
Xiaomi Mi Mix solidifies its status as a bona fide work of art
The Xiaomi Mi Mix smartphone is a true work of art and this has been reconfirmed by a recent social media post by Xiaomi’s co-founder and CEO Lei Jun. The full-screen smartphone was released in 2016 and the noted French architect and designer Philippe Starck was heavily involved in the creation of the Mi Mix.
PlayStation 5 console will definitely launch in 2020 as PS5 hardware reveal trailer tops 30 million views but the 4K debate rages on
There has been yet another reassuring comment from a Sony executive stating that the PlayStation 5 will still be launched this year. The impressive PS5 hardware reveal trailer that was shared on YouTube in June has now topped 30 million views. The 4K capability of the next-gen console has been questioned yet again.
Xiaomi Mi 8 smartphone series and Pocophone F1 join the list of Xiaomi and Redmi devices that will not receive Android 11
Some more smartphones from the popular Chinese OEM Xiaomi have joined the list of devices that seemingly won’t receive an upgrade to Android 11. The new additions include five smartphones from the Xiaomi Mi 8 range, the Pocophone F1, and the Redmi Go. Xiaomi smartphones using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 will not be updated to Android 11.
Remastered Command & Conquer, remade The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth, and rejuvenated Age of Empires can breathe life into expiring RTS genre
The real-time strategy (RTS) genre has been eclipsed over recent years by the highly popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) offshoot. However, it seems RTS fans have not been completely forgotten as beloved titles in the genre, such as Command & Conquer, Battle for Middle-earth, and Age of Empires, are all making comebacks of sorts.
Xiaomi's OnePlus Nord killer could be launched soon as a POCO smartphone with a 120-Hz display
New rumors have stated that Xiaomi is almost ready to counter the OnePlus Nord threat with a possible POCO device being launched soon. As for specifications, little is known, although it is claimed the Xiaomi/POCO smartphone could sport a 120-Hz display to tempt smartphone buyers away from the OnePlus Nord with its 90-Hz screen.
Supposed PlayStation 5 user interface details leaked by disgruntled game developer and fan offers up smooth UI concept integrating official PS5 boot screen
Purported details of the PS5 UI have been leaked by a seemingly disgruntled game developer who claimed to have been working on the latest Call of Duty title. In the meantime, a fan has utilized the official PlayStation 5 boot screen to come up with a fresh-looking UI concept for the next-gen console.
Huawei MateBook X Pro laptop's floating screen technology will soon feature in a Huawei TV
A noted tipster has reported that Huawei will be using the “floating screen technology” that is expected to feature with the upcoming Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 laptop in a cutting-edge smart TV that will be unveiled by the end of 2020. The so-called floating full-screen design means to eliminate bezels and device frames as much as possible.
Next-gen console prices and release dates allegedly leaked with Microsoft's Xbox Series X and S taking very strong positions against the PlayStation 5 consoles
The apparent prices and release dates for the PlayStation 5 Blu-ray model, PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S have been shared online. The source of the information claims the details are “more than a rumor or speculation”. If accurate, the Xbox Series consoles will hold a strong position against the PS5 hardware, especially with brand-blind shoppers.
15-inch variant of the Ryzen 4000-powered Asus ZenBook UM425IA laptop could be in the works
There has been a hint that Asus could be working on a 15-inch variant of the ZenBook 14 UM425IA laptop that comes with a choice of either an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor or an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U APU. The Asus ZenBook 14 UM425IA has been praised for its great display, compact build, and system performance.
The Redmi Smart TV Max 98's specs and price help Xiaomi outsell the competition by over 16 to 1 in a single day
Xiaomi has revealed that it managed to sell 1,660 units of the 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max in a single day thanks to the attractive combination of decent specifications and reasonable price (19,999 yuan; about US$2,877). The giant 4K Redmi Max 98 seems to be completely unrivalled in the domestic market at the moment.
Huawei MateBook X 2020 will feature a novel fanless design, come with an Intel CPU/Nvidia GPU combo, and could be priced under 10,000 yuan (US$1,438)
More details about the upcoming Huawei MateBook X 2020 laptop have started being shared online. It’s believed the device sports a novel cooling solution that doesn’t rely on fans. It is also rumored that the MateBook X 2020 could sport Intel CPUs and an Nvidia GPU, come in four different colors, and cost less than 10,000 yuan (US$1,438).
The 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max sells like hotcakes as 1,000 units go in a minute and Xiaomi moves into gold for its anniversary celebrations
Xiaomi has been celebrating its 10th anniversary in business this week and has decided to issue its own pure gold commemorative coins as an expensive keepsake for fans. The company can afford to dabble in gold when it can boast of selling 1,000 units of the 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max in just one minute at 19,999 yuan (US$2,877) apiece.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 pre-order numbers down on Galaxy Note 10 figures but still reach 1.17 million at the halfway point thanks to the Mystic Bronze Ultra
A report out of South Korea has stated that over 1.17 million devices from the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series have now been pre-ordered, with a few days of the pre-order period still remaining. Although the Mystic Bronze Galaxy Note 20 has already sold out, the total is still just short of the Galaxy Note 10’s record pre-order figures.
Dell G7 15 7590 gaming laptop with 6-core i7-9750H and powerful GeForce RTX 2080 reduced by over US$1,200 with applied coupons
Dell is currently offering a very tempting deal with its G7 15 7590 gaming laptop with Intel Core i7-9750H CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU. By applying a couple of coupons, shoppers can snap up the impressive Dell G7 15 gamer for over US$1,200 less than its estimated value price. Free shipping is also included.
Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro specs and screen protectors leaked; prices for the Mate 40 Pro allegedly starting from 5,999 yuan (US$863)
A lot of supposed information about the upcoming Huawei Mate 40 series has been leaked, with more details appearing in regard to the specs of the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro. A few images of screen protectors for the phones have also been shared, and the alleged prices for three variants of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro have turned up.
Potential PS5 cooling solution patent utilizes liquid metal as a thermal conductor
A newly published patent for a cooling system component has sparked speculation that it might relate to the upcoming PS5 console. The patent offers up the idea of utilizing “metal having fluidity” as a “heat conductive material”. The PlayStation 5’s powerful CPU and GPU require the next-gen console to have the best possible cooling solution.
PS5's Spider-Man: Miles Morales image vs PS4's Spider-Man screenshots comparison shows how far the PlayStation has come
An image from Spider-Man: Miles Morales published by Entertainment Weekly has been exciting PS5 fans because of its incredible details and appropriate visual generational difference from the graphics capabilities displayed in screenshots from the PS4’s Spider-Man, which in itself had praiseworthy visuals.
PlayStation 5 lumbered with displaying some games in "fake 4K" and possibly struggling with SmartShift setbacks according to PS5 observers
The PlayStation 5 could end up showing some 4K titles in “fake 4K” according to one commentator while another has opined that the next-gen console might be giving developers some headaches because of its AMD SmartShift technology and variable processing frequencies. The PS5 has already been under the microscope lately because of similar concerns.
The "fake 4K" source has admitted to bias.
Dimensity 1000+ vs Snapdragon 865 vs Kirin 990 5G: MediaTek's SoC demonstrates itself as a price-performance powerhouse in the Redmi K30 Ultra
The MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ in the new Redmi K30 Ultra has been put through a battery of tests alongside the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and the HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G chips. The Dimensity 1000+ proved to be an affordable processing champion by surpassing the Kirin 990 nearly every time and nipping at the heels of the SD 865 in most cases.
Apple and Samsung reign supreme in Q2 2020 US smartphone shipments but 70% of the 31.9 million shipped devices were made in China
Apple and Samsung have secured first and second positions in terms of smartphones shipped in the US for the second quarter of 2020, with Apple doing especially well by shipping a domestic record of 15 million iPhones. However, around 70% of the total smartphones shipped in the US in that quarter were made in China.
Redmi G gaming laptop coming soon with Intel processor, edgy looks...and a nosecam
Redmi has officially revealed the latest laptop in its lineup: the Redmi G. The gaming laptop has featured in a few promo images, although no confirmed specifications have been offered up yet apart from that the Redmi G will be powered by Intel processors. Unfortunately, the Chinese OEM has fitted the laptop’s webcam in a suboptimal position.
Some display specs have started leaking out.
Global MIUI 12 stable ROM for the Redmi Note 8 Pro in wider rollout and available for public download
Xiaomi has made the MIUI 12 Global stable ROM for the Redmi Note 8 Pro available as part of a wider rollout. The software update for the Global variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro had already been partially rolled out but now everyone with this particular model should soon find an update notification awaiting them.
Xbox Series X launches in November with Halo Infinite delayed until 2021 but at least there's still Tetris
Microsoft has announced that the Xbox Series X will be launched in November, with the actual date possibly accidentally leaked via a controller warranty. Halo Infinite has been delayed until 2021, which will leave Xbox Series X owners with exclusive titles such as The Medium, Scorn, and Tetris Effect: Connected to choose from.
New MIUI 12 beta stable update pushed out for Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro and Redmi K20 Pro testers in Europe
Xiaomi has officially announced that a new MIUI 12 beta stable update has started being pushed out for the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro and Redmi K20 Pro testers in Europe. The software version is V220.127.116.11.QFKEUXM and will only be available to users who have been assigned with testing duties.
Xiaomi's Ninebot GoKart Pro Lamborghini Edition can zip along at 40 km/h (25 mph) and costs 9,999 yuan (US$1,440)
Xiaomi has just revealed the new Ninebot GoKart Pro Lamborghini Edition with yellow coloring, rear spoiler, and custom tires. The Lamborghini Edition of the Ninebot GoKart Pro can manage a top speed of 40 km/h (~25 mph), comes with a 432 Wh battery pack, and it will apparently go on sale with a price tag of 9,999 yuan (US$1,440).
MIUI 12 could start arriving on third-batch Xiaomi smartphones like the Redmi Note 8 and Mi Mix 2 in October
The MIUI 12 stable rollout for Xiaomi devices in China included in the third batch or phase of the company’s update roadmap could begin by October depending on how the second-batch rollout progresses. Smartphones that are part of the third batch include the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Mi 8 SE, Redmi 7, and Redmi Note 8.
Phenomenal PS5 event rumored to include hardware teardown, backwards compatibility details, exclusive titles, release date, and the PlayStation 5 price
There is a rumor that Sony is preparing a potentially phenomenal show for the PS5 that will feature a host of revelations to delight even the most cynical PlayStation fan. According to the somewhat spurious sources, the upcoming event will reveal details about backwards compatibility, exclusives, and even the PlayStation 5 price.
Latest alleged Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra smartphone price leak could indicate a price of around 1,200 Euros (US$1,410) if released outside of China
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra flagship smartphone will soon be officially unveiled and yet another price leak concerning the high-end device has turned up online. A third-party retailer apparently has the Mi 10 Ultra prepared for sale at a price of 6,999 yuan (US$1,005), which points to a very high price tag if the smartphone is released outside of China.
Potential Xiaomi Mi 10i smartphone will delight fans of the Chinese OEM in India yearning for a Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
A Xiaomi Mi 10i device has been spotted in MIUI 12 code that could indicate a new release is on the cards for the Indian market. It’s possible that the mystery Mi 10i smartphone will actually end up being a rebranded Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite, which was released in April of this year for other markets.
Redmi Note 8 Pro Special Edition smartphone to be released with a fresh coat of paint for the global market
Xiaomi has officially announced that a Redmi Note 8 Pro Special Edition smartphone is coming, no doubt to coincide with the Chinese company’s impending anniversary celebrations. Fans of the company have been asked to guess what color the special edition variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro will come in.
The new color for the Redmi Note 8 Pro is Coral Orange.
Redmi rumored to be working on RedmiBook gaming laptop with high power Comet Lake mobile processor
There is a rumor that Redmi is developing a new laptop that could be offered as a RedmiBook gaming laptop due to the standard of the Comet Lake processor apparently chosen for it. It has been stated that an as-of-yet unreleased Intel Core i5-10200H mobile chip would be used for the gaming-centric RedmiBook.
MIUI 12 stable update rollout begins for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Mi Mix 3
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Mi Mix 3 users in China have been reporting receiving a stable update for MIUI 12 on their smartphones. This indicates that the global, European, and Indian releases of the MIUI 12 stable update ROM for these two Mi Mix smartphones should take place over the coming weeks.
Leaked Huami Amazfit Neo smartwatch image shows similar design language to Amazfit Ares
An apparent image of the upcoming Huami Amazfit Neo smartwatch has been leaked, revealing a design language that is not entirely dissimilar to that of the rugged Amazfit Ares smartwatch. No specifications for the Amazfit Neo have been unearthed yet, but it should appeal to those after a sportier-looking smart wearable.
Snapdragon 865 vs Dimensity 1000+: Qualcomm's chip heads AnTuTu's Android SoC performance chart but MediaTek shows it can compete with the best
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 has secured the top place in AnTuTu’s Android smartphone SoC chart for the first half of 2020; however, MediaTek has made a strong showing with three entrants, including the Dimensity 1000+ in second. The Taiwanese company has also pipped its American rival in mobile chip shipment market share in China for Q2 2020.
Huami apparently has second-generation Amazfit smartwatches and a mysterious new product in the works
Code relating to second-generation Amazfit smartwatches from Huami has been discovered along with a small detail about a potentially new product. Codenames for the devices were found in code for the Zepp 4.8.9 app and appear to relate to successors of the well-received Huami Amazfit GTS and Huami Amazfit GTR.
Redmi is the clear cost-effective champion as 11 Redmi smartphones appear in the latest price-performance charts from AnTuTu
Redmi has shown itself to be the clear champion of AnTuTu’s latest price-performance charts. Not only does the Xiaomi subsidiary top three of the charts, but it also has a total of 11 devices appearing in the five tables. Only the iQOO Z1 manages to disturb Xiaomi and Redmi’s dominance in leading each chart.
MIUI 12 stable update rollout for second-batch Xiaomi smartphones like the Mi 9 SE and Redmi Note 8 Pro should be completed by the end of September
Xiaomi has announced that the rollout of the China ROM of the MIUI 12 stable update should be completed by the end of September for second-batch smartphones, including the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, Mi 8, Redmi Note 8 Pro, and Redmi Note 7. The global and India MIUI 12 rollouts should follow shortly afterwards.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 may have just been revealed in Wingtech patent of trailblazing smartphone with wraparound display
A patent filed by Wingtech has revealed a smartphone that could possibly end up being the long-rumored Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 or Mi Mix 2020. The images in the filing show a device with a wraparound display while the main camera issue has been solved via a pop-up unit. The Mi Mix 4 is expected to feature an innovative design.
Latest wacky Xiaomi patent details a smartphone with a detachable display
Yet another Xiaomi smartphone patent has seen the light of day and this latest effort features a surprising modular approach. The Xiaomi device detailed in this particular patent comes with a detachable display, although the purpose behind being able to remove the screen seems somewhat unclear.
Redmi Note 8 Pro and Redmi Note 8 appear on alleged shortlist of Xiaomi smartphones that won't get Android 11
A supposed list of Xiaomi and Redmi devices that will not get an update to Android 11 has been shared online and it makes for disappointing reading for owners of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 8T, and Redmi Note 8. Unsurprisingly, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G has also found its way onto this particular shortlist.
PS5 news: State of Play date set; DualShock 4 will sort of work; dodgy leaks and crazy PlayStation 5 accessory price placeholders
PlayStation has finally announced the State of Play event for August but it might not be exactly what PS5 fans were hoping for. The DualShock 4 will work on the PlayStation 5 but only under certain conditions. More price placeholders have appeared and a tenuous source claims hardware revisions and SOCOM revival.
Xiaomi Mi 9 added to the Paranoid Android Quartz 4 custom ROM list with support for the Mi A3 and Mi Mix 3 in the works
The Xiaomi Mi 9 smartphone has joined many other Xiaomi and Redmi devices on the Android 10-based Paranoid Android Quartz 4 custom ROM support list. The devs behind the firmware are also preparing the Xiaomi Mi A3 and Mi Mix 3 for future releases of the Paranoid Android ROM.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ and maybe even the Mi Mix 2020 could be launched soon as Xiaomi has a big celebration coming
Xiaomi has announced a special event coming up soon, and a tip from a noted leaker has suggested that the popular Chinese OEM will use the moment as an opportunity to reveal some new smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi Pro+ (Super Cup) is a likely candidate, and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2020 has also been put forward for a potential reveal.
Hisense Hardcore Gaming Monitor unveiled with curved display and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-friendly 240 Hz refresh rate
Hisense has revealed its new Hardcore Gaming Monitor series at a trade show in China. The external monitor comes with a gaming-friendly 240 Hz refresh rate and features a curved display for increased immersion during intense gaming sessions. The Hisense Hardcore Gaming Monitor’s price hasn’t been announced yet.
Leaked Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones promo video reveals wearing detection feature and handy Speak-to-Chat mode
A promo video for the upcoming Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless noise-cancelling headphones has been leaked online, and it reveals quite a few details about the successor to the well-received WH-1000XM3 headphones. Users will be treated to features such as wear detection, Speak-to-Chat mode, DSEE Extreme, and location-based favorite presets.
Ghost of Tsushima's first 10 days: 156.4 million standoffs, 57.5 million duels, and 8.8 million foxes getting some attention
Statistics from the first 10 days of Ghost of Tsushima’s release have been revealed by PlayStation and there’s no doubt the PS4 title has become a massive hit with gamers. In terms of action, there were 156.4 million standoffs and 57.5 million duels, while players also engaged in a lot of fox petting, haiku writing, flute playing, and shrine visiting.
PS5 Pro console or upgrades implied in patent while the Xbox Series X seems to get a marketing downgrade
A newly published patent has hinted at the possibility of a PS5 Pro console, or similar, eventually being revealed by Sony. A “high end” system mentioned in the patent summary could feature multiple SoCs. Coincidentally, it appears the Xbox Series X has been demoted from being “the most powerful console ever”.
Xiaomi Mi 9T, Redmi K20, Redmi 5, and Redmi 7 join the long list of Xiaomi devices now supported by Android 10-based Paranoid Android Quartz 4
The Xiaomi Mi 9T, Redmi K20, Redmi 5, and Redmi 7/Y3 have now joined the list of Xiaomi smartphones that are supported by the Android 10-based Paranoid Android Quartz 4 custom ROM. The Mi 8 Pro, Mi A2, and Redmi Note 7 were also recently added, and there are plans to support the somewhat forlorn Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 in the future.
Huami Amazfit 6 leaked: Global "York" variant of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 with blood oxygen monitor, Amazon Alexa, and 24-hour heart-rate tracking
The Huami Amazfit Band 6 has been confirmed thanks to a combination of some code digging and the fitness tracker appearing in all its glory on a retailer site. The Amazfit Band 6 comes with Amazon Alexa, blood oxygen monitoring, heart-rate tracker, menstrual cycle tracker, and stress detection. The “York” codename was previously thought to belong to a global version of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5.
Latest PS5 State of Play date hint and thank Kratos that Intel isn't providing the chips as Lisa Su confirms AMD is ramping up for the PlayStation 5 launch
A noted PS5 commentator has dropped an interesting hint at when Sony’s August State of Play event could happen. Also, a recent AMD earnings call should allay any fears gamers may have that the PlayStation 5 might miss its scheduled launch window of holiday 2020.
Redmi K30 Ultra images and specs leak and a Redmi smartwatch rumor contribute to an upcoming Red(mi) letter day in August
Images and specs for the Redmi K30 Ultra have been shared online, with the upcoming device featuring a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chip and up to 12 GB RAM. Apparently, Redmi will also be launching its first smartwatch soon, possibly in August, with some speculating that it will simply be a scaled-down version of the Xiaomi Mi Watch.
Huawei TalkBand B6 launched: Three models of the fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset with blood oxygen monitor and Bluetooth 5.2 from 999 yuan (US$143)
Huawei has officially launched its new TalkBand B6 fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset combination wearable. Three editions of the Huawei TalkBand B6 have been released, with prices starting at 999 yuan (US$143). The versatile gadget comes with a blood oxygen monitor, Kirin A1 chip, Bluetooth 5.2, and heart-rate monitor.
Xiaomi Mi 10 fades to (elegant) grey
Xiaomi is introducing another color for its highly popular Mi 10 smartphone. The new finish can be translated as “elegant grey”, although it could also be classed as titanium. The elegant grey Xiaomi Mi 10 will be made available to buyers in China from July 31 and will be priced from 3,799 yuan (US$542).
Huawei enjoys its moment in the sun as it leapfrogs Samsung to become the world's largest smartphone company by units shipped
Huawei will be celebrating the news that it managed to overtake Samsung in the second quarter of 2020 to become the world’s largest smartphone company in terms of number of units shipped. China’s impressive recovery from the effects of COVID-19 and Huawei’s huge popularity in its domestic market have helped the P40 Pro maker hit the top spot.
Unproven PS5 State of Play leaks offer huge surprises including Silent Hill reveal and a closer look at the PlayStation 5 console
A couple of alleged PS5 State of Play leaks have appeared on a notorious imageboard. While both posts agree that the upcoming PlayStation event will feature Silent Hill and some more information about Spider-Man: Miles Morales, they differ on the date. One also claims that PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility details will also be shared.
LG's upcoming 163-inch 4K microLED TV is ideal for those unadorned walls in your new mansion
LG will soon be releasing a gigantic 163-inch 4K microLED TV. The huge device is already listed in the South Korean company’s business solutions under the model number LSAB009 (P0.9). Apparently, the 163-inch LG 4K microLED TV will be ideal for business premises and even those who consider themselves living in an ultra-premium abode.
PlayStation 5 Activities feature allows a gamer to jump straight from the PS5 UI into instant gameplay
The ability to jump straight from the PlayStation 5’s UI into instant gameplay has apparently been given a name: Activities. The function, which was previously mentioned by Mark Cerny in an interview with Wired last year, was described in further detail in a presentation for the future PS5 game WRC 9.
PS5 rumors: Miles Morales might come with Spider-Man remaster; Digital Edition for US$299; 120 million PlayStation 5 consoles shipped by 2025
The PS5 game Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales might come with a remaster of the PS4 Spider-Man smash hit. Optimistic commentator offers up a price tag of US$299 for the Digital Edition console as Sony potentially takes big losses. At least 120 million PlayStation 5 units are expected to be shipped in a five-year life cycle.
New Xiaomi Mi Charger 33 W can charge a Redmi K30 Pro to 100% in 63 minutes and costs just 69 yuan (US$10)
Xiaomi has a new “hot launch” in its product pages with the Mi Charger 33 W accessory. The charger can be used with smartphones like the Xiaomi Mi 10, Redmi K30 Pro, and Redmi 10X Pro, and it can be used with iPads and MacBooks. The Xiaomi Mi Charger 33 W is currently priced at 69 yuan (US$10).
Huawei TalkBand B6 fitness tracker with SpO2 sensor most likely suspect in official teaser that reveals product launch date
The Huawei TalkBand B6 wearable has become the chief suspect for a teased product launch by the popular Chinese OEM. Although the promo image doesn’t specify what device is being marketed, the curved display certainly points to the TalkBand B6 fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset. A launch date of July 30 is also mentioned.
Leaked PS5 shell images suggest that the device's plates are removable and the PlayStation 5 is a colossal console
Three PS5 shell images have apparently been leaked onto a Chinese gaming forum. The pictures show the white plates, or wings, of the next-gen console in a workshop environment. The design of the PlayStation 5 plates implies that they are removable, and it appears the device may be even larger than was already expected.
New MIUI 12 update for Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro now available for Mi Pilot testers in India
A new MIUI 12 software update has started rolling out for participants in the Mi Pilot program who are testing the overlay on Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro devices in India. This update indicates that a wider rollout for Redmi Note 8 Pro users may take longer than initially scheduled.
Xiaomi smartphone with built-in wireless earbuds is the latest curious patent innovation from the Mi Mix maker
Xiaomi could be contemplating producing a smartphone, possibly as part of the innovative Mi Mix line, which actually integrates wireless earbuds into the top edge. It’s an intriguing concept along the lines of how Samsung Galaxy Note devices house the S Pen stylus. However, whether Xiaomi will take the wireless headset-holding smartphone into production remains to be seen.
Redmi 9 launch teased for India: Budget Xiaomi smartphone with MIUI 11, MediaTek Helio G80 processor, and quad-camera setup
Redmi has been teasing a new upcoming smartphone launch for the Indian market, which seems more than likely to be the Redmi 9 device. The budget smartphone from Xiaomi is packed with decent features considering its affordable price point, including an octa-core processor and the Android 10-based MIUI 11 overlay.
Xiaomi prepares the 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max for another flash sale as the company celebrates TV market dominance in China
Xiaomi is preparing another flash sale for the giant 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max while also celebrating the news that the company shipped more TVs in China in the first half of 2020 than any other company. The Xiaomi Mi TV range is immensely popular, and with a price tag of 19,999 yuan (US$2,856), the Redmi Max 98 has also been selling well.
Xiaomi Bcase ring light with adjustable stand should help you take perfect portrait shots and costs just 159 yuan (US$23)
A new Xiaomi product has appeared on the OEM’s crowdfunding site Youpin in the form of the Bcase ring light, which is an all-in-one photography accessory with an adjustable stand. The portable Xiaomi ring light comes with LED lighting that offers three shade levels and 10 levels of brightness. The Bcase ring light is priced at 159 yuan (US$23).
Xiaomi Mi EBook Reader turns up in Bluetooth certification indicating potential cheap Kindle alternative for the global market
A Xiaomi product labeled as the Mi EBook Reader has been spotted on Bluetooth certification leading to speculation that the Chinese OEM could be preparing its current MiReader device for a wider market. If the Xiaomi Mi EBook Reader and the MiReader are the same, then global users can expect an e-reader with 16 GB storage and a 24-level reading light.
More Huawei TalkBand B6 images leaked: Fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset comes with a blood oxygen sensor
Some new images of the Huawei TalkBand B6 have been leaked, with the upcoming wearable shown off in four different color variants. The fitness tracker/Bluetooth headset looks particularly elegant in stainless steel. The TalkBand B6 is expected to feature a Kirin A1 chipset for smart operations and a blood oxygen monitor.
PS5 price target predictions go as low as US$399 for the Blu-ray model but don't expect PS3 backwards compatibility or a PlayStation 5 Pro anytime soon
Some new PS5 price target predictions have been posted online, with the source positing that the Blu-ray version of the console could cost as little as US$399, although this could still be much more than the Xbox Series S. However, gamers shouldn’t expect backwards compatibility with the PS3 too soon nor an appearance of a PlayStation 5 Pro in the near future.
Xiaomi launches MIUI for TV 3.0 with a smarter design, new controls, and improved UI
Xiaomi has launched MIUI for TV 3.0 software for its Mi TV range. The new overlay brings an enhanced user interface with it along with detailed animations for the menu and new operating modes, including a gamepad mode. MIUI for TV 3.0 is based on the Android TV operating system.
PlayStation 5 specs could be bumped up according to bombshell rumors with the PS5 geometry engine allegedly sharing features with RDNA 3
There has been speculation that the PS5 console could receive a specifications bump before its release in holiday 2020. The source of the rumor reveals several “bombshells” that include another mention of RDNA 3, the potential for a change in memory speed, and even a compute unite (CU) recount for the PlayStation 5.
PS5 exclusives: God of War sequel rumored for 2021 and Sony is planning a surprise franchise revival for the PlayStation 5
It has been rumored that there will be a God of War sequel available for the PS5 by the second half of 2021. Considering the success of 2018’s PS4 exclusive God of War this is hardly a surprise, although fans can expect a graphical treat. Video game designer Mark Cerny is allegedly working on a franchise revival for the PlayStation 5.
MIUI 12 beta global stable update for the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro starts rolling out for lucky users
Xiaomi has announced that the MIUI 12 beta global stable update has started being pushed out for owners of the flagship Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro smartphone. The software, which is version V18.104.22.168.QJAMIXM, will allow randomly chosen Mi 10 Pro users to access the full delights of MIUI 12, including Super Wallpapers.
Huawei TalkBand B6 wearable fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset leaked in live images and video clips
The Huawei TalkBand B6 wearable fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset combination has leaked in some live images and short video clips. The dual-function accessory looks to be a step up from the previous generation, with the TalkBand B6 bearing a larger display and utilizing a Kirin A1 processor.
Redmi 10X, 10X Pro, and OPPO Reno3 5G with Dimensity SoCs rule the AnTuTu midrange smartphone performance chart for the first half of 2020
It’s a combination of the Redmi 10X, 10X Pro, and OPPO Reno3 5G with MediaTek Dimensity chips that rule the roost in AnTuTu’s midrange smartphone performance chart for the first half of this year. The Kirin 985 processor has made a decent showing in the table too, but it seems the midrange market in terms of performance is currently MediaTek’s domain.
Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 reduced to ₹3,999 (US$53) to counter the upcoming OnePlus Buds threat
Xiaomi has slashed the price of its Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 in India to counter the upcoming threat from the recently launched OnePlus Buds. The Xiaomi earphones are now priced at ₹3,999 (US$53), which should help the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 take on the OnePlus Buds that have an advertised price of ₹4,990 (US$67).
OPPO Find X2 Pro and Find X2 top the AnTuTu half-year chart for flagship smartphone performance
AnTuTu has published its flagship smartphone performance chart covering the first half of 2020, and it is the OPPO Find X2 Pro and Find X2 devices that claim the top two spots. Every phone in the top 10 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC and the only non-Chinese device is the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G in 10th place.
Realme outmaneuvers Redmi and Xiaomi by wooing 40 million users worldwide in two years and selling 150,000 Realme C11 smartphones in just two minutes
Realme has been sharing some impressive statistics with its followers on social media. Not only has the Chinese company managed to hit a figure of 40 million smartphone users worldwide in just over two years of existence but the brand has also been celebrating sales of 150,000 Realme C11 smartphones in 120 seconds.
Possible Xiaomi Redmi K30 Ultra smartphone images appear on TENAA revealing expected Redmi K30 series design language
The mysterious Xiaomi Redmi K30 Ultra smartphone has turned up again, this time in a series of images from the TENAA agency. The phone, which is possibly codenamed “cezanne” and also once rumored to be a Redmi K40 device, still hasn’t been officially named by Xiaomi. The Redmi K30 Ultra may feature a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset.
Xiaomi has the 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max back at a pre-sale price of 19,999 yuan (US$2,855)
Xiaomi has revealed that the giant 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max is now in a pre-sale phase again as clearly stocks had dwindled after the amazing sales successes the Chinese OEM had with the huge device. The Redmi Max 98 is currently priced at 19,999 yuan (US$2,855), which is very reasonable for a 98-inch 4K smart TV with MEMC technology.
Poco C3 existence as a likely rebadged Redmi 9C is yet another step away from the halcyon days of the Xiaomi Pocophone F1
A potential Poco C3 smartphone has been spotted in Bluetooth certification. The model number offered in the documents gives the impression the Poco C3 will be, unsurprisingly, a rebranded Redmi device, which in this case is likely the Redmi 9C. With this, the sunny days of the semi-original Xiaomi Pocophone F1 seem to be rapidly fading further into the past.
PS5 pre-order jitters triggered by image of PS4 demo kiosk and forumite goes for broke with PlayStation 5 event in August claim
An image of a PS4 demo kiosk being prepared for dismantling has been doing the rounds on social media with many convinced it was a PS5 demo booth being set up, indicating imminent pre-order news. Elsewhere, an unreliable PlayStation 5 commentator is seeking redemption by announcing an incoming event date in August.
Xiaomi could make the Mi Mix 4 or even a proposed Mi Mix Alpha Pro into a truly bonkers smartphone
A recent Xiaomi patent for a smartphone with a 108 MP super camera and wraparound display has been brought to life in a series of renders and a beautiful concept video. It has been speculated the patent could be for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4, while an appropriate model name of "Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha Pro" has also been put forward for the bonkers device.
MIUI 12 stable update from Xiaomi coming to second batch smartphones like the Mi Mix 3, Mi 8, and Redmi Note 7 Pro by the end of July
Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 stable update should be rolled out to the second batch of smartphones mentioned in the company’s roadmap before the end of July. This news pertains to owners of devices such as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, and Redmi Note 7 Pro in China for the moment, although a global rollout can be expected in the near future.
Xiaomi Mi Band 4C now available on Amazon in Europe as the Chinese OEM plans for adding to its Mi TV range in India
The Xiaomi Mi Band 4C has been spotted appearing on Amazon Spain, where the budget fitness tracker can be bought for a very reasonable €19.99 (US$23/£18). While the Chinese OEM is busy releasing wearables in Europe, it looks like Xiaomi might be also planning on adding some new Mi TVs to its range in India.
Xiaomi announces the Mijia Projector 2 Pro with ToF technology and up to 200-inch screen projection for 4,599 yuan (US$658)
Xiaomi has announced the new Mijia Projector 2 Pro device, which is priced at 4,599 yuan (US$658). The projector is able to cast a screen of up to a maximum of 200 inches, and it features a brightness level of up to 1,300 ANSI Lumens. HDR10+ support is onboard and the Xiaomi Mijia Projector 2 Pro also implements ToF technology.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ (Super Cup) smartphone features and specs potentially teased by Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun
Features and some specs of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ (Super Cup) smartphone may have been teased by Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun. The executive asked his followers what features are important for a flagship nowadays, with some taking his post as a subtle leak of some of the features for the rumored Mi 10 Pro+ device.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition: Rumored price and launch date given for the affordable flagship with a triple-camera setup
More rumored details about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE) smartphone have started appearing online. Along with a supposed price and launch date, information about the affordable flagship’s specs has also been shared, with the Galaxy S20 FE expected to have a somewhat conservative triple-camera system.
MIUI 11 global beta stable based on Android 10 pushed out to random Redmi Note 7 users
Xiaomi has announced that random Redmi Note 7 users have been selected to receive the Android 10-based version of MIUI 11. The global beta stable update will go through a short testing period before other owners of the global variant of the Redmi Note 7 can start enjoying the operating system upgrade.
Redmi AirDots 2 announced: Budget TWS earphones with Bluetooth 5.0 and 7.2 mm sound drivers for 79 yuan (US$11)
Xiaomi has announced the new Redmi AirDots 2 earphones, which will be officially launched on July 22. The TWS earphones are currently priced at 79 yuan (US$11) during the crowdfunding stage. The budget earphones offer Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, virtual assistant functionality, and they weigh in at just 4.1 g per earbud.
PlayStation 5 console pre-orders limited to one per person according to PS Direct website source code
Some digging in the source code on the PlayStation Direct website seems to have revealed a few interesting tidbits, especially in regard to PlayStation 5 console pre-orders. The shared information has created speculation that PS5 pre-order details are coming soon and that Sony intends to tackle scalpers head on.
Redmi Note 9 will be even more of an undisputed champion in India thanks to rumored RAM boost
The Redmi Note 9 smartphone is scheduled to launch in India on July 20, and if a new rumor about the device is to be believed, it looks like Xiaomi fans in India will be able to get their hands on at least a RAM heavyweight champion variant of the Redmi Note 9.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 fitness tracker now available from US$49.98 at Amazon with free shipping
The new Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 fitness tracker is now available on Amazon US and at a reasonable price, too. US shoppers can pick up the Mi Smart Band 5 from US$49.98, which is similar to the price of the wearable in Europe. However, buyers should be aware that this is the non-NFC variant of the smart band.
PS5 console and accessories begin taking over Amazon Most Wished For as PlayStation 5 price predictions start settling at around US$499/£449/€499
The PS5 hype train has shown no signs of slowing down as the console and its accessories have taken up seven spots out of the top 15 for the Amazon Most Wished For chart (UK site). Incredibly for Sony, four more places are occupied by PS4 games. PlayStation 5 price predictions appear to be settling at US$499/£449/€499 for the Blu-ray edition.
MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India now in beta testing phase
The Android 10-based MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphone is now in its beta testing phase for the India ROM. Devs have asked owners to be patient during the testing period, but it seems the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be brandishing a stable version of MIUI 12 in the not too distant future.
PS5 news: Sony says "we'll let you know" on pre-orders; DualSense back buttons adapter seems inevitable; concept PlayStation 5 UI goes dark
A PlayStation executive has explicitly stated that “we’ll let you know” in regard to PS5 pre-order information. The recent DualSense hands-on video has led to speculation that an optional back buttons adapter will appear down the line. A new fan-made PlayStation 5 UI concept offers AI suggestions and a dark mode theme.
Acer Nitro XZ2 Series: Affordable FreeSync-capable curved gaming monitors with fast response times starting at US$199.99
Acer has announced some new affordable curved gaming monitors to its lineup in the form of the Nitro XZ2 Series models. Gamers can choose from three different panel sizes and enjoy FreeSync technology, quick response times, decent refresh rates, and best of all, price tags that won’t break the bank.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2020 concept renders deliver goofball solution to the front-facing selfie camera problem
Alleged images of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2020 smartphone have appeared online, and they offer an interesting solution to getting rid of the punch-hole cut-out for the selfie camera. The likely fan-made renders show the Mi Mix 2020 clad in marble white and sporting a quad-camera system on the rear.
New Philips OLED and LCD TVs to come with Bowers & Wilkins audio technology during extended partnership
A press release has revealed that Philips (TP Vision) and Bowers & Wilkins have decided to extend their partnership and continue to offer their respective expertise in future Philips OLED and LCD TVs. The duo previously collaborated on the well-received 65OLED+984 and OLED+934 models, and new televisions are expected to be released soon.
TikTok owner ByteDance stars in BrandZ top 50 Chinese global brand builders report for 2020 as Huawei and Xiaomi also shine
The brand equity researcher BrandZ has issued a report in regard to the top 50 Chinese global brand builders for 2020. While Huawei tops the list and Xiaomi manages a powerful fifth position, it’s the owner of TikTok, ByteDance, which has done especially well to power ahead of the well-established Mi brand.
PlayStation 5 DualSense controller gets first live official hands-on video that should finally answer the back buttons question
The PlayStation 5 DualSense controller is going to be the star of the show in a live hands-on demonstration hosted by noted game journalist Geoff Keighley. It should be an opportunity to show if the PS5 accessory has back buttons or not, and there might even be a glimpse at the console or PS5 UI as well.
Huami Amazfit Band 6 or Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 Pro: Former visits the FCC suggesting it could be the latter rebranded for the US market
An Amazfit Band 6 device has been spotted getting its FCC certification, which is something of a surprise considering the Amazfit Band 5 from Huami only recently went by the same agency too. It could be possible that "Amazfit Band 6" might be the US market name for the widely rumored Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 Pro wearable.
Dell XPS 15 9500 with Intel Core i9-10885H finally starts appearing on some country-specific sites
The Dell XPS 15 9500 laptop has started appearing on certain country-specific sites with a new processor option in the configurator for the Intel Core i9-10885H processor. The high-end Comet Lake chip offers 8-core processing and can be joined by up to 64 GB RAM, a 2 TB NVMe SSD, Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX500-DBS, and the option for a UHD+ display.
The new i9 configuration has now appeared on Dell US.
Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 9, and Mi A2 join the Mi A3, Poco F1, and Redmi Note 8 Pro on the growing Android 10-based PixelExperience custom ROM support list
Xiaomi smartphone owners with older devices can still get a taste of the Android 10 operating system thanks to custom ROM providers. In this case, the PixelExperience team has added 10 new Xiaomi devices to its list of supported smartphones, including the Xiaomi Mi 5, Mi 8, Mi 9, Mi Mix, and the Xiaomi Mi A2.
PlayStation 5 Portable and PlayStation 6 console predictions by Goldman Sachs given credence by PS5 launch date
Predictions for the release timeframe for a PlayStation 5 Portable and PlayStation 6 console have been given some credibility thanks to the scheduling for the PlayStation 5. An old report from the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs stated that the PS5 would be launched in 2020. The success of the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite could see Sony consider a potential PS5P device.
Redmi X50 goes on sale: 50-inch smart TV with 4K screen, MEMC, and a metal frame for just 1,899 yuan (US$272)
The Redmi X50 smart TV has finally gone on sale and has been priced at just 1,899 yuan (US$272). The TV, which is framed in metal and features a 4K display, offers users the chance to enjoy MEMC picture-smoothing technology on a device with a 97% screen-to-body ratio. The Redmi X50 is the smallest member of the new Redmi Smart TV X Series.
The Redmi X50 has been reduced to 1,799 yuan (US$257).
PlayStation 5 production raised to 10 million units as Sony tackles home entertainment demands caused by coronavirus
Reports from both Nikkei Asian Review and Bloomberg have stated that Sony is practically doubling the initial production run of the PlayStation 5. The effects of the coronavirus pandemic, including more people staying at home, have seen a rise in demand for home entertainment solutions. Sony reportedly wants 10 million PS5 consoles ready by the end of 2020.
Alleged Xiaomi Mi 11 images doing the rounds are clearly fan-made renders but the suggested astonishing specs give some idea of what is expected of the Mi 10 successor
Some alleged Xiaomi Mi 11 renders have started popping up online but fans of the Chinese OEM shouldn’t get too excited about them just yet. Rumored specs for the successor to the Mi 10 include the presence of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 875, a 192 MP main camera sensor, and an unblemished display thanks to an under-screen camera.
Presumed Redmi K30 Ultra image shared by Lu Weibing offers a teasing glimpse at the supposed MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ powered smartphone
A potentially game-changing smartphone in the form of the Redmi K30 Ultra is allegedly in the works, and a possible image of the mystery device has been shared by Redmi boss and notorious teaser Lu Weibing. The rumored Redmi K30 Ultra is expected to boast of a powerful MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset.
Xiaomi announces its Vertical Wireless Charging Socket with three USB ports from just 109 yuan (US$16)
The Xiaomi Vertical Wireless Charging Socket will soon be appearing on the Chinese OEM’s crowdfunding site at an introductory price of just 109 yuan (US$16). The charging accessory can offer 10 W wireless charging and comes with three USB ports. The Vertical Wireless Charging Socket is only available in white though.
PS5 pre-order preparation: List of retailers from dozens of countries that should offer PlayStation 5 console pre-orders when Sony gives the green light
Although the official price and pre-order information for the PS5 Blu-ray console and PS5 Digital Edition console has yet to be revealed, PlayStation fans can still be prepared for the inevitable pre-order frenzy when Sony finally gives the green light. We have compiled a list of retailers from many countries around the world to aid in the quest for landing a successful PS5 pre-order.
US owners of certain iPhone 6 series or iPhone 7 series devices affected by "Batterygate" can now claim from Apple's US$500 million settlement payout pool
US owners of a number of iPhone 6 series smartphones and iPhone 7 series devices who were affected by the “Batterygate” controversy can now submit a claim via online form or by mail to get their share of Apple’s US$310 million to US$500 million settlement payout pool. Apple still contends that the payout is not an admission of wrongdoing.
Weighty PS5 console and accessories reveal subtle design details and fans can get the PlayStation 5 in any color they want, so long as it is a skin
PS5 watchers have been comparing the device’s weight with other consoles, with Sony’s next-gen hardware being the heavyweight contender. Close-up photos of some of the accessories have been revealing subtle design touches and gamers can get the PlayStation 5 in almost any color they want thanks to skins and wraps.
Honor MagicBook Pro key specs leaked: AMD Ryzen 7 4800H or Ryzen 5 4600H APU choice but likely soldered DDR4 2666 MHz RAM
Key specs for the upcoming AMD-powered Honor MagicBook Pro laptop have been leaked, and it seems buyers will be able to choose between a Ryzen 7 4800H APU and a Ryzen 5 4600H chip. However, some have been lamenting the presence of DDR4 2666 MHz RAM that is most likely going to be soldered in the Renoir variant of the MagicBook Pro 2020.
Realme leak reveals company's aim to solve common 5G smartphone issues with mysterious curved-screen device
A mysterious Realme 5G smartphone has been leaked online by a noted tipster. The device appears in an image that only reveals a couple of secrets, including the apparent need to solve current issues with 5G smartphones, which could be battery life or heat development. The Realme smartphone appears to have a slightly curved screen.
PS5 news: Terrific fan-made console promo warrants viewing; another fake console render highlights clamor for black edition; tenuous PlayStation 5 pre-order made
A fan-made PS5 promo clip has been racking up the compliments thanks to a starry cast of characters appearing to have a good time on the next-gen console. Another debunked fake render has highlighted just how much fans want a black variant. An ex-Xbox One owner manages to place a "pre-order" for a PS5 Digital Edition console.
Lumos Ultra smart helmet: Apple Watch-compatible turn-signaling bike helmet attracts over US$2.2 million in crowdfunding
The Lumos Ultra smart helmet has been in the news thanks to its highly successful Kickstarter project, which still has a week left to run on it. The smart bike helmet has attracted over US$2.2 million from backers. The Lumos Ultra has integrated LEDs for turn signaling and can be operated via an Apple Watch or the included wireless handlebar remote.
Xiaomi is selling the Redmi Note 8 Pro from 1,099 yuan (US$157) and will even throw in a free pair of headphones until July 15
Xiaomi is currently offering a free pair of piston in-ear headphones to buyers of the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The smartphone has sold in spectacular amounts for the Chinese OEM and currently has an official price of 1,099 yuan (US$157) for the 6 GB + 64 GB model. The retailer JD.com offers overseas shipping for the Redmi Note 8 Pro.
PS5 price and pre-order details: Tipster doubles down on date and offers more precise timeframe for Sony to reveal key PlayStation 5 information
A new tip about when Sony might reveal the PS5 price, pre-order, and release date information has been posted. This time, the same source that recently announced a potential date of Monday July 13 for the announcement of these key PlayStation 5 details has now also offered up specific times for gamers to make a note of.
The source has now corrected his mistake with the times.
Xiaomi patent features transparent 5G smartphone with single 108 MP AI super camera and incredible wraparound display
A new Xiaomi patent has been discovered that details an innovative new design for a 5G smartphone. There is just a single camera on this Xiaomi device, but it is a 108 MP monster “super camera”. The patent also shows the transparent Xiaomi smartphone with a wraparound display.
Realme 6i details leaked on Flipkart - launching just in time to take on the Redmi Note 9 for under ₹15,000 (US$200)
Details of the upcoming Realme 6i for the Indian market have been accidentally leaked on Flipkart. Fortunately, a tipster managed to screenshot the information before it was taken down. It seems the Realme 6i will sport a MediaTek Helio G90T processor and an affordable price tag to help it take on the soon to be released Redmi Note 9.
Huawei MatePad T10 and MatePad T10s renders and specs leaked: Likely budget tablets with octa-core Kirin 710A and 2-3 GB RAM
Renders and specs of the Huawei MatePad T10 and Huawei MatePad T10s have been leaked. The two new tablets from the Chinese OEM feature the 14nm Kirin 710A chipset and from 2 GB to 3 GB RAM depending on the model. No prices have been leaked, but the specs suggest the MatePad T10 and T10s will be budget tablets.
Xiaomi Mi Band success story continues as the Mi Smart Band 4 becomes the world's best-selling wearable band
Xiaomi has been celebrating again, this time in regard to its wearables division. The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4 (Mi Band 4) has been crowned the best-selling wearable band in the world. The Mi Band 5 has been selling out constantly as well, although stories of success for the Mi Band range are nothing new.
Redmi Note 7 and 7S devices in India start receiving Android 10-based MIUI 11 beta stable update
Xiaomi has announced that random Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7S devices in India will start receiving the Android 10-based version of MIUI 11. The beta stable update has the version code V22.214.171.124 QFGINXM and if all goes well then a wider public rollout of the software for the Redmi Note 7 will follow shortly afterwards.
PS5 games box art revealed with Spider-Man: Miles Morales starring front and center while alleged real-life DualSense controller looks gigantic
Sony has revealed the PS5 games box art with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales being the first title to be shown off. Box art designs for both Horizon Forbidden West and GTA 5 have also been shared. A supposed real-life image of the DualSense controller has appeared online…and it looks huge!
Redmi Note 9: Coming to India and likely made in India - almost 99% of Xiaomi smartphones and 85% of Mi TVs sold in India are made there
The impending arrival of the Redmi Note 9 in India has been teased by Xiaomi India’s managing director. Some may decry the appearance of another smartphone from the Chinese OEM on the Indian market, but Xiaomi has reported that almost 99% of its smartphones and 85% of its Mi TVs are actually made locally.
PS5 backwards compatibility: Likely PS Now patent invigorates debate on whether Cerny's PlayStation 5 BC graphic was deliberately incomplete
A PlayStation-related patent has been doing the rounds on social media with many suspecting it could point to full PS5 backwards compatibility (BC) with the PS1, PS2, PS3, and PS4. Although the mystery around the patent has likely been solved, there are still some who question why Mark Cerny’s PlayStation 5 BC graphic looks incomplete.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 global activity tracker packaging omits NFC, Alexa, and SpO2 - possibly held back for a Pro model
A couple of leaked images of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 global activity tracker have offered up some clues of what a Pro model of the wearable could deliver. According to the poster of the images, the global Mi Smart Band 5 does not feature NFC functionality, Alexa assistant, or the SpO2 pulse oximeter sensor for blood oxygen monitoring.
Xiaomi and Redmi top four of AnTuTu's latest price-performance charts thanks to bestsellers like the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
AnTuTu has published its latest Android smartphone price-performance charts, and they make for good reading for Xiaomi in particular. The Chinese OEM and its subsidiary Redmi top four out of five charts. The Redmi Note 8 Pro leads the cheapest range while the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro heads the pack in the 4,500 yuan (US$641) and above table.
Snapdragon 865 Plus-wielding Lenovo Legion with 16 GB RAM rockets past the Snapdragon 865-powered occupants of AnTuTu's flagship performance chart
A report on Weibo has revealed the Lenovo Legion smartphone racking up a huge score on AnTuTu in part thanks to its still apparently non-existent Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor. The score of 648,871 points puts the Lenovo Legion way beyond any of the average scores of devices in the Snapdragon 865-dominated AnTuTu flagship performance chart.
OnePlus TV Series is a huge hit for the Chinese OEM as it sells all its available units in just one minute of flash sales
OnePlus has been celebrating incredible sales for its recently launched smart TV series. According to the Chinese OEM, all of its new units were sold as part of a flash sale in just one minute. The recently launched OnePlus TV Series starts from ₹12,999 (US$174) for the slimline 32-inch device.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 leaked promo video and live images signal that the smartwatch is almost ready to wear
A promo video for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has been leaked at the same time as some live images of the upcoming smartwatch were revealed via NCC certification. The video clip for the Galaxy Watch 3 focuses more on the software functions of the wearable rather than its overall physical appearance.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra live images leaked showing subtle differences to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Several live images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone have been leaked online. The real-life shots show the camera housing on the rear, the S Pen lying on the device, and a glimpse at the front and right-hand side. A noted leaker has been comparing the differences between the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4C global version with heart-rate monitor launched in Malaysia for just 99 MYR (US$23)
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4C has been launched in Malaysia. The global version of the budget activity tracker has gone on sale there for 99 MYR (US$23). The Mi Smart Band 4C is basically a rebranded Redmi Band and offers users a heart-rate monitor, 5 ATM water resistance, and a 1.08-inch touchscreen.
PS5 games price rip-off: Dutch retailer posts pre-order price of €74.99 (US$85) for titles like Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Horizon Forbidden West
A Dutch retailer has posted astounding pre-order prices for PS5 games that will shock those planning on a next-gen console purchase. Titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Godfall, and Horizon Forbidden West have all been priced at €74.99 (US$85). The price of the PlayStation 5 hardware is expected to be around US$499/£449/€499 for the Blu-ray model.
MIUI 12 India ROM for the Redmi Note 8 Pro will be "released shortly" according to Xiaomi
MIUI 12 firmware for owners of the Redmi Note 8 Pro in India has been restricted to official testers who were part of the Mi Pilot program so far. However, it appears that Xiaomi is expecting the testing period to be completed soon, as the MIUI 12 India ROM should start rolling out “shortly”.
Redmi 8 price in India hiked for a fourth time in less than a year as Xiaomi milks its popularity
The Redmi 8 has received yet another price increase in India, bringing the total to four price hikes in that market since it was released in October 2019. While one of the hikes was due to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the other three increases for the Redmi 8 suggest that Xiaomi is milking the smartphone’s incredible popularity.
Presumed Huawei Band 5 and Huawei Mate Watch placeholder images leaked indicating likely 2020 release schedule
Placeholder images for what could end up being the Huawei Band 5 activity tracker and the Huawei Mate Watch have been shared on the Chinese social site Weibo. No specifications have been revealed, but the supposed codenames for the upcoming Huawei smartband and smartwatch along with some potential design details are displayed.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 might have a small phone variant as Lu Weibing sparks speculation with Redmi Note 8/Apple iPhone 4 comparison
A post on Weibo by Redmi boss Lu Weibing has sparked speculation that either Xiaomi or Redmi is planning on releasing a small phone. A small-screen flagship variant of the rumored Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 was suggested by many of his post’s commentators. Weibing shared an image showing a size comparison of the Apple iPhone 4 and Redmi Note 8.
Huawei Display monitors expected to come in three model ranges to take on Redmi Display and Xiaomi Mi Display external monitors
It has been rumored that Huawei will be releasing its own Display ranges of monitors set at three different price points, and a 32-inch model is expected to be part of the lineup. It’s likely Huawei Display monitors will target the space that will be occupied by Redmi Display and Xiaomi Mi Display external monitors.
PS5 random pricing in Nielsen survey could indicate that Sony has plans to price the PlayStation 5 consoles at an irresistible point
A Reddit user has offered up an interesting insight into what Sony’s plans could be in regard to the PS5 price. It’s arguably one of the most crucial factors for the manufacturer to decide on, as Microsoft has more leverage in this key area. A Nielsen survey suggested random pricing that could give an idea of how the PlayStation 5 might be priced.
MIUI 12 beta stable update made available to random Xiaomi Mi 9T/Redmi K20 devices in India ahead of planned public rollout
Xiaomi has officially announced that the MIUI 12 beta stable update (V126.96.36.199.QFJINXM) has started to roll out to some Xiaomi Mi 9T/Redmi K20 devices in India. The firmware has now been pushed OTA and users chosen by random should start receiving notifications to install the MIUI 12 update. The public ROM should be available soon.
Potential 2020 Apple iMac refresh with unknown 10-core Intel Core i9-10910 CPU and AMD Radeon Pro 5300 desktop GPU spotted on Geekbench
A possible 2020 Apple iMac refresh device has been discovered on Geekbench with some surprising components: An unknown Intel Core i9-10910 processor and an unannounced AMD Radeon Pro 5300 desktop GPU. There has been speculation before of an upcoming refreshed 27-inch iMac being configured with a fast Comet Lake Core i9 CPU.
Meizu 17 Pro beats out the OnePlus 8 Pro as it muscles in on the Snapdragon 865-dominated June AnTuTu flagship smartphone chart
The Meizu 17 Pro has managed to squeeze its way into an increasingly tight AnTuTu flagship smartphone performance chart. The table for June shows the Meizu 17 Pro beating out the OnePlus 8 Pro, while a total of just 23,453 points separates the first place device with the last place device in the Snapdragon 865-dominated chart.
10-core Intel Core i9-10850K speeds past 5 GHz in Geekbench and posts rousing scores that reveal it to be a possible budget i9-10900K
An Intel Core i9-10850K processor has been spotted on Geekbench, where it was recorded reaching a maximum frequency of 5.17 GHz. The Comet Lake part also amassed strong benchmark results that stand up well against an i9-10900KF and an i9-10900K. It’s possible Intel could launch the i9-10850K as a cheaper alternative to the i9-10900K.
MIUI 12 update for Redmi Note 9 users in Europe apparently on hold as new MIUI 11 stable update rolls out
It seems likely that the MIUI 12 update for Redmi Note 9 smartphone users in Europe has been temporarily halted. A new MIUI 11 stable update has started rolling out for the Redmi Note 9 instead, which will bring the device up to date in terms of security patches. Owners of the phone in China have already started receiving MIUI 12.
Dimensity 820 vs Dimensity 1000L: Redmi 10X Pro 5G leapfrogs the OPPO Reno3 5G in AnTuTu midrange phone chart for June
A potent combination of Redmi and MediaTek has made some waves at the top of the latest AnTuTu midrange smartphone performance chart. Both the Redmi 10X Pro 5G and Redmi 10X 5G devices have snatched up first and third places, respectively, with the help of their MediaTek Dimensity 820 processors.
PS5 size comparison: PlayStation 5 towers over the Xbox Series X and even looks down on the king-sized PS3
New attempts at estimating the PS5’s measurements have surfaced recently, with a general picture starting to form in regard to the size of Sony’s next-gen console. Using the disc drive and USB ports as reference points, it’s clear to see that the PlayStation 5 towers over the competition, including the Xbox Series X and the not unsubstantial PS3.
PS5 and Xbox Series X games expected to hit starting price point of US$69.99 as NBA 2K21 gets that price tag for the next-gen consoles
It seems likely that future PS5 and Xbox Series X owners can expect to pay a starting price of US$69.99/£64.99 for upcoming triple-A releases for the next-gen consoles. 2K Sports has set a price tag of US$69.99 for the PS5/Xbox Series X edition of NBA 2K21, which is US$10 more than what previous-generation console owners will pay.
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick Google certification, Google Play Console presence, and Geekbench appearances indicate upcoming launch
The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick appears to be getting closer to an official launch, as details about the gadget have been appearing via Geekbench, Google Play Console, and on official Google certification. It is the 1080p (FHD) Mi TV Stick model that has been spotted recently, although there is evidence of a 4K (UHD) device too.
PlayStation 5 Black Edition dramatic concept design video by Snoreyn shows Sony what many PS5 fans want for Christmas
A PlayStation 5 Black Edition concept design video has been posted on YouTube by Snoreyn (Giuseppe Spinelli), and it shows exactly what many fans would like Sony to deliver in time for Christmas this year. It’s already been mentioned that there will be custom PS5 consoles, but Sony could do little wrong by also mass-producing a black edition.
Xiaomi launches the 65-inch Mi TV Master Series: Gaming-friendly 120 Hz OLED with MIUI for TV priced at 12,999 yuan (US$1,840)
Xiaomi has officially launched its first OLED TV in the form of the 65-inch Mi TV Master Series set, which will be sold at a price of 12,999 yuan (US$1,840) in the company’s domestic market. The smart TV is bursting with gaming-friendly features and offers a 120 Hz panel with a 1 ms response time. MIUI for TV and a MediaTek processor are also onboard.
MIUI 12 global stable beta update warning issued by Xiaomi for Redmi Note 8 Pro users: Don't install the firmware if you're not part of the Mi Pilot program
Xiaomi has issued an important warning about the Redmi Note 8 Pro in regard to the current MIUI 12 global stable beta update rollout. The Chinese OEM is concerned that Redmi Note 8 Pro owners who are not part of the Mi Pilot program may damage their smartphones by installing the MIUI 12 update via another unofficial route.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Pro named in activity tracker settings screenshot
There has been another reference to a Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Pro activity tracker discovered recently. A Pro variant of the wearable was already rumored due to it being mentioned in app code, and now it has been spotted again as “Kongming Pro” in a settings screenshot. The Mi Band 5 was released in June.
PS5 price, release date, and pre-order information to be revealed all on the same July day
There could be a very big day coming soon for PS5 fans according to a source on Twitter. It is alleged that Sony will reveal the price, release date, and pre-order information for the next-gen console all on the same day in July. The PlayStation 5 is currently scheduled to launch in holiday 2020.
Vizio OLED 4K TVs announced: Competitively priced 55-inch and 65-inch models with a ProGaming Engine featuring VRR support and HDMI 2.1
Vizio has unveiled its 2021 TV Collection that includes two OLED 4K TVs that should appeal to future owners of next-gen consoles. The 55-inch and 65-inch Vizio OLED 4K TVs feature the company’s ProGaming Engine and HDMI 2.1 support, which is ideal for the PS5 and Xbox Series X. The pricing should help Vizio stay competitive in the crowded marketplace.
Xiaomi XiaoAI Portable Speaker: Built-in AI and 2 W of power in a compact square form for 49 yuan (US$7) or US$19.99 from Banggood
Xiaomi has released a new XiaoAI Portable Speaker via Youpin that can also be ordered from Banggood for international customers. The mini Bluetooth speaker has a power rating of 2 W and is being offered to domestic shoppers for 49 yuan (US$7). The Xiaomi XiaoAI Portable Speaker with virtual assistant is priced at US$19.99 at Banggood.
PS5 magnetic controller dock and support stand among alleged upcoming third-party accessories; latest PlayStation 5 placeholder price estimate is €599
It has been rumored that third-party accessories for the PS5 could start being released as early as November 3. The supposed PS5 accessories include a magnetic controller dock, magnetic play and charge cable, and a system stand. A new placeholder price estimate by a Finnish retailer has been published at €599 (US$673).
Xiaomi TV Master Series specs leak: 65-inch OLED TV with HDMI 2.1, variable refresh rate, MEMC, and quad-core A73 custom chip
The Xiaomi TV Master Series has only just been announced, with a 65-inch 120 Hz OLED making up the range so far. Now some specs for the upcoming smart TV have been leaked by a Xiaomi manager on Weibo. The Xiaomi TV Master will apparently offer users HDMI 2.1, MEMC image-smoothing technology, variable refresh rate (VRR), and much more.
PS5 backwards compatibility focus is all on PS4 games as Sony has no answer about PS1, PS2, and PS3 games
A Sony spokesperson has made a somewhat cryptic comment about PS5 backwards compatibility that already has fans interpreting it from positive and negative viewpoints. Sony is focused on PS4 games, while there is no answer in regard to PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility for PS1, PS2, and PS3 games.
New Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 images show the upcoming smartwatch looking chic in black titanium and bronze (rose gold really)
New leaked Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 images show the upcoming wearable in both black titanium and what has been classified as bronze, although it certainly looks more like rose gold. It appears Samsung has opted to go for an elegant design for its Galaxy Watch 3, although that does not mean style has been entirely chosen over substance.
Xiaomi Ninebot Number 9 Gokart Pro: Enjoy your favorite racing tracks while drifting at up to 23 mph for 8,998 yuan (US$1,270)
Xiaomi is now selling a flashy go-kart in the form of the Ninebot Number 9 Gokart Pro. The vehicle can reach speeds of up to 23 mph (37 km/h) and features 4x 8 W speakers and dynamic-cornering capability. The designer of the 8,998-yuan (US$1,270) Gokart Pro, Ninebot, is a Xiaomi-backed firm that owns Segway Inc.
Samsung QT67 QLED TV series launches: Six first-class energy-efficient models starting from 990,000 won (US$824)
Samsung has announced the launch of the QT67 QLED TV series, with six models making up the new lineup. Along with the incredible high-definition pictures, the new QT67 QLED televisions from the South Korean manufacturer have been rated with first-class energy efficiency. The cheapest model is the 43-inch set, which costs KRW 990,000 (US$824).
Comet Lake Core i7-10700K offers a ray of light for Intel in new Mindfactory sales data report
The latest Mindfactory CPU retail sales report has been shared online, and although it’s business as usual for AMD in terms of share dominance, there has been some positive movement for the Intel Core i7-10700K. The 8-core Comet Lake processor is a good choice for gamers and offers a potential maximum boost clock of 5.10 GHz.
Redmi MIUI 12 stable update commences: K30 Pro Zoom Edition and K30 Pro lead the pack as the software is pushed to the K30 and K20 lineups
Xiaomi has officially commenced the public rollout of the MIUI 12 stable update for a number of Redmi-branded smartphones. The first devices to receive the MIUI 12 update were the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition and the Redmi K30 Pro. Smartphones in both the Redmi K30 and K20 lineups have been included in the public rollout.
Redmi Note 8 and Note 8T owners can try out a custom version of Android 10 thanks to Pixys OS
Pixys has made a custom ROM based on Android 10 available for the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T. Owners of these smartphones have endured a rollercoaster ride in regard to the eagerly awaited operating system update, with the official software from Google now being delayed by Xiaomi because of major bugs.
OnePlus TV Series prices teased for three models: 32-inch smart TV could be ₹19,999 (US$264) or even ₹14,999 (US$198)
OnePlus has been teasing the prices in India for three models of its upcoming affordable smart TV series. The Chinese OEM has published three figures but has omitted a single crucial digit, leaving fans to guess at the prices. The 32-inch OnePlus TV could cost ₹19,999 (US$264) or even ₹14,999 (US$198) to challenge the popular Xiaomi Mi TV lineup.
Rumored Redmi Note 9 5G smartphone specs include a Snapdragon 765G processor and 120 Hz display
Specifications for a possible 5G variant of the Redmi Note 9 smartphone have been shared on Chinese social media. It’s rumored the device will sport an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G and boast of a 120 Hz display. However, it’s believed the Redmi Note 9 5G might end up being a China-only release.
Update: It seems one leaker was referring to the iQOO Z1x.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 price for Europe leaked: €39.99 (US$45) for the activity tracker without NFC
The alleged price for the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 in Europe has allegedly leaked, and it is set at the competitive price of €39.99 (US$45). However, it appears that fans of the Xiaomi activity tracker in Europe will have to make do without NFC. The popular wearable is known as the Mi Band 5 in China and costs from 189 yuan (US$27) there.
Huami Zepp E smartwatch images and details revealed in FCC filing - upcoming wearable for the sporty type
A Huami Zepp E smartwatch has been discovered in FCC filings. Some details about the sporty wearable and a couple of images were also unearthed. Zepp is a company that makes sports-related smart accessories and was acquired by Huami, which is a Xiaomi subsidiary, in 2018. The Zepp E could be aimed at sporty types such as golfers or tennis players.
Prodigious PS5 price rumor: Alleged prices for both consoles and every PlayStation 5 accessory; initial launch in Japan supposedly November 14
Pseudo price rumors concerning both variants of the PS5 console and all of the related accessories, including the Pulse 3D wireless headset and HD camera, have been posted on Twitter. The same highly spurious source claims the PlayStation 5 will be first launched in Japan on November 14 and will cost ¥49,980 (US$466) for the Blu-ray model.
Realme Gamepad design patent leaked and it looks just like the OPPO C1 Gamepad
A design patent for a Realme Gamepad has been leaked. The patent reveals four images of the gamepad in different colors. Although Realme has the gaming-centric X50 Pro Player Edition smartphone in its lineup, it’s expected the OEM will soon release a pure gaming smartphone. The Realme Gamepad looks just like the OPPO C1 Gamepad.
Xiaomi announces 49-yuan (US$7) battery replacement service covering 21 smartphones including the Xiaomi Mi 9 and Redmi Note 7
Xiaomi is running a temporary battery replacement service for 21 Xiaomi and Redmi-branded smartphones. The program will operate from July 1 to July 7 and users will only have to pay 49 yuan (US$7) to take advantage of the scheme. The Xiaomi Mi 9, which has been criticized for its poor battery life, is included as is the popular Redmi Note 7.
Sales of the 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max from Xiaomi continue to astound as 1,500 units are snapped up in under 11 hours
The 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max from Xiaomi is still pulling in massive sales for the Chinese OEM. It has now been announced that over 1,500 units of the Redmi Max 98 have been snapped up in 10 hours and 32 minutes. Redmi manager Lu Weibing offered up an interesting statistic to help put that incredible sales total into perspective.
Apple iPhone 12 4G variant will be priced at US$549 according to unknown leaker
A leaker has claimed that Apple is considering releasing two 4G variants of its upcoming iPhone 12 lineup, and the smartphones will be priced at surprisingly low points for Apple devices. The unknown source has stated a price of US$549 for the regular 4G model and US$649 for the iPhone 12 Max without 5G capability.
AMD continues to win over Steam users as processor usage share for Team Red reaches a new high in latest survey
AMD has shown strong monthly growth in the Steam hardware and software survey for May. Team Red managed to snag another 0.74% of the processor usage share from Intel, and this is likely to repeat over the next months thanks to the upcoming Matisse Refresh. But Tiger Lake might still make an impression for Team Blue.
Ryzen 9 3900XT sample gets highest average bench result for an AMD processor tested on UserBenchmark...but it's still behind over 25 Intel chips including the Intel Core i3-10320!
An AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT desktop processor sample has been put through its paces on UserBenchmark, where it managed some decent scores and a respectable average bench result. However, the score of 91.8% would put the 12-core Matisse Refresh Ryzen 9 3900XT in 28th place in the UserBenchmark table, which is even behind the quad-core Intel Core i3-10320!
The 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max is a smash hit for Xiaomi as 1,000 units are sold in just under three-and-a-half minutes
Xiaomi has been celebrating the fact that 1,000 units of the massive 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max were sold in just 3 minutes and 28 seconds. It’s an incredible sales feat, especially when you consider the 19,999 yuan (US$2,825) price tag. Buyers of the Redmi Max 98 can enjoy 4K resolution picture quality and the advantages of MEMC technology.
Huawei Mate Watch running on Harmony OS rumored to be launching alongside the Huawei Mate 40 series in October
It has been rumored that Huawei is planning on releasing a Mate Watch at the same time as the expected Huawei Mate 40 smartphone series. According to a leaker, the Huawei Mate Watch will operate with Harmony OS (known as HongMeng OS in China) and could be launched on October 1.
Xiaomi Mi 10 smartphones get a temporary price cut of up to 300 yuan (US$42) during the Dragon Boat Festival
Xiaomi has been slashing the price of its Mi 10 flagship smartphone again as a special Dragon Boat Festival offer. Three RAM + storage variants have been reduced during the holiday period, by 200-300 yuan depending on the model (US$28-US$42). The offer is expected to start on June 25, but unfortunately it is only for the Chinese market.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 BIS certification signals upcoming India launch - optimistic price speculation of ₹2,499 (US$33) offered
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 activity tracker has been spotted in Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification, leading to speculation that the popular wearable will soon be launched in India. Although no concrete prices have been given for the Mi Band 5 in India yet, a figure of ₹2,499 (US$33) has been suggested.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT manages credible results on Geekbench placing it in the company of the Ryzen 9 3900X and Intel Core i9-10900K but its predecessor offers better value
A Matisse Refresh AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT desktop processor has been spotted on Geekbench 5.1 along with a Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master motherboard. The 12-core chip recorded results that put it in the same ballpark as the Ryzen 9 3900X and Intel Core i9-10900K, but it is likely better scores can be squeezed out of it yet.
Update: Much better results for the 3900XT have been unearthed.
Games industry rocked by multiple reports of sexual harassment accusations and allegations of inappropriate behavior
The games industry is under the spotlight again due to a fresh wave of sexual harassment accusations and reports of inappropriate behavior. Companies that have been named in these reports include Ubisoft, Insomniac Games, Bungie, Paradox Interactive, Twitch, and the IGN media network. In some instances, there have been alleged threats of violence and even incidents of rape.
Brand-new Realme XT smartphone goes up in flames but Realme attributes it to "external force"
A brand-new Realme XT smartphone has gone up in flames during charging, leaving the owner with a charred husk of a device. However, Realme believes the phone exploded “due to external force” whereas the user is insistent that the Realme XT had its meltdown while charging overnight.
MIUI 12 beta updates suspended again for Xiaomi Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, and Redmi K30 Pro as they start receiving Android 11
Xiaomi has suspended MIUI 12 beta updates for the Xiaomi Mi 10, Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, and Redmi K30 Pro smartphones because they will be busy adapting to the upcoming Android 11 OS. It’s also possible to get the Android 11 beta firmware for the Poco F2 Pro, as it is just a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro, but it won’t have Google Services at the present.
Wumping Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time trailer drops and instantly erases nearly 22 years of waiting for a sequel to Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
The announcement trailer for Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time has been posted on YouTube and Twitter. The game is officially a sequel to Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, which was released at the end of 1998. Crash Bandicoot 4 is available for pre-order and will be released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 2, 2020.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Mouse, also known as the Xiaomi XiaoAI Mouse, offers voice command control and dual-mode connectivity for just 149 yuan (US$21)
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Mouse, which has also been called the Xiaomi XiaoAI Mouse, has been posted on the company’s crowdfunding platform. The computer peripheral can be controlled via voice commands and can also be connected to two devices at a time. The Mi Smart Mouse is priced at 149 yuan (US$21) but is currently on offer for 129 yuan (US$18).
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 real-life images with the display turned on are leaked
New real-life images of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 have been leaked, and this time they show the display turned on. It appears that the Tizen OS has been redesigned for the upcoming smartwatch, which is expected to be launched in August. The Galaxy Watch 3 will come in 41 mm and 45 mm size variants.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 vs Huawei Mate 40 Pro: Chinese OEMs stocking up on ultra-thin glass could indicate potential dynamite flagship smartphone or foldable rivalry
It has been reported that Xiaomi and Huawei have been replenishing their stocks of ultra-thin glass (UTG), creating speculation of what the Chinese OEMs have in mind for the material. The upcoming Huawei Mate 40 Pro will feature an ultra-thin display, and it is possible Xiaomi will use UTG for a Mi Mix 4 smartphone or a Xiaomi Mi foldable device.
Realme Watch firmware update 81.0 brings better notification management
The Realme Watch has a new software update available for it. The firmware update 81 brings a few new features to the popular wearable, with the most likely welcome change being the improved notification management function. Now, Realme Watch users will have access to their last 10 notifications rather than just the most recent one.
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales PS5 game trailer removed from official PlayStation YouTube channel due to Gameloft copyright claim
The announcement trailer for the upcoming PS5 game Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales has been removed from the official PlayStation YouTube channel because of a copyright claim made by the French game publisher Gameloft SE. Gameloft was involved in the development of Spider-Man related games such as the endless runner Spider-Man Unlimited.
Update: The trailer has now reinstated on the PlayStation channel.
Intel Core i7-1165G7 ties with the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U in Time Spy CPU Score despite having half the cores while its Xe iGPU batters the Vega 7 and Vega 8 competition
The Tiger Lake Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor has been spotted going through extensive testing on 3DMark’s Time Spy benchmark and the results have been positive for Team Blue. The Xe iGPU part of the chipset managed to outscore AMD Vega 7 and Vega 8 iGPUs, and the 4-core i7-1165G7 even tied with the 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 4700U in the CPU Score.
Xiaomi to suspend MIUI 12 beta updates during Dragon Boat Festival
Xiaomi has reported that all MIUI 12 beta updates will be suspended during the Dragon Boat Festival. The Chinese public holiday is on June 25 this year, and Xiaomi’s MIUI 12-related work will be halted from June 26 until July 2. The Chinese OEM normally releases beta updates for its smartphones on a weekly basis.
Redmi Note 8 Android 10 update suspended because of major bugs
Xiaomi has posted some bad news for Redmi Note 8 owners who were excited about receiving an Android 10 update for their smartphone. It seems the Chinese OEM has had to suspend the update process because of “some major bugs”. The Redmi Note 8 and Note 8T were released in August 2019.
Real PS5 console or not: Leaked image of alleged real-life PlayStation 5 console in a factory has fans divided over its authenticity
An image of an alleged real-life PS5 console being held in a factory has started appearing on several forums and sparking considerable debate. Fans seem to be divided over the veracity of the picture, which shows a man holding a substantially sized PlayStation 5 console while flanked by two other men.
Amazing Xiaomi Mi TV, Redmi K30 Pro, and Mi 10 sales help Xiaomi gross over 10 billion yuan (US$1.4 billion) during the 618 shopping festival
Xiaomi has grossed over 10 billion yuan (US$1.4 billion) in sales during the 618 shopping festival in China, which ran from June 1 to June 18. Thousands of Redmi K30 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 10 smartphones were sold, while apparently over 10,000 sets from the Xiaomi Mi TV range were sold in only 37 seconds.
Potential Realme X3 Pro sighting: Mystery Realme 5G smartphone with dual-cell battery and 6.55-inch OLED screen spotted on TENAA
A mystery Realme 5G smartphone has been revealing some of its secrets thanks to a TENAA listing. The phone, which has the model number RMX2121, is believed to feature a 6.55-inch screen, OLED-type panel, and a 4,500-mAh dual-cell battery. It's possible the unnamed device could be the upcoming Realme X3 Pro.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 temporarily sold out on its first official day of sale; available for US$31.99 on AliExpress for the non-NFC variant
Xiaomi officially released the Mi Band 5 for sale today, and the popular activity tracker has already apparently sold out. While the official Xiaomi store is reporting refreshed stocks will be available by June 30, those who cannot wait that long can find the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 on AliExpress for around US$32 to US$34.
Snapdragon 865 Plus in Asus ZF device spotted on Geekbench showing single-core boost over Snapdragon 865 phones like the Xiaomi Mi 10
The mysterious Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus has been spotted on yet another benchmark. This time, the still unconfirmed SoC was discovered being tested on Geekbench in an Asus ZF device, which was possibly the Asus ROG Phone 3. The single-core result showed considerable improvement over those managed by Snapdragon 865 phones such as the Xiaomi Mi 10.
Astonishing Xbox Series X and Series S prices would put the hurt on PS5 sales: US$400 for the Series X console and US$200 for all-digital Lockhart
Microsoft could be planning on releasing the Xbox Series X at a surprisingly low price of US$400 according to a tipster. Even more astonishing is the suggestion that an all-digital Xbox Series S console (“Lockhart”) could be priced as low as US$200. Microsoft can afford to take a loss with its next-gen Xbox consoles and would likely hamper PS5 sales with these rumored prices.
Xiaomi planning ahead with the Mi Mix 10 and MIUI 15
It seems Xiaomi is planning far in advance in regard to two of its most important products: the Mi Mix line and MIUI software. Both the Xiaomi Mi Mix 10 and MIUI 15 have been “teased” in images showing people taking part in a Xiaomi security and privacy awareness event. The mention of the Mi Mix 10 and MIUI 15 at least answer one burning question.
Potential Xiaomi Redmi K40 smartphone spotted in 3C certification - coming with 33 W fast charge and possibly a Dimensity 1000+ SoC and 144 Hz display
A Xiaomi Redmi K40 smartphone could be in the works that may feature 33 W fast charging, possibly a 144 Hz refresh rate, and even a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset. A Redmi device with the model name M2006J10C was spotted on 3C certification that has led to speculation that a Redmi K40 smartphone is currently in development.
PS5 exclusives like Gran Turismo 7 will banish long loading times and use "every single technological enhancement" of the PlayStation 5 to ensure its success
PS5 exclusives such as Gran Turismo 7 and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales are going to be part of one of the key factors for the next-gen console’s success. A PlayStation executive has been discussing the performance abilities of the PlayStation 5, stating that “the loading times will be next to nothing” for games like GT7.
Huawei smartphones that now have Android 10: Current list includes those that have received either EMUI 10.0 or EMUI 10.1
A handy list consisting of 30 Huawei smartphones has been published that feature all of the devices from the Chinese OEM that currently have Android 10 released for them. This could be as either EMUI 10 or the latest stable release EMUI 10.1. The latter release includes MeeTime, Sound Booster, and improved system response times (over EMUI 10).
Asus ROG Phone 3 with overclocked Snapdragon 865 (865 Plus?) zips way past the OPPO Find X2 devices in AnTuTu benchmark
It seems an Asus ROG Phone 3 smartphone has been ripping up the record books over at AnTuTu. An Asus device, presumed to be the ROG Phone 3, managed a score of over 640,000 points with the help of an apparently overclocked Snapdragon 865. This could be the same SoC that has been previously reported as the Snapdragon 865 Plus.
Cheap Redmi laptops with Intel Core processors could be coming to India with prices as low as around ₹20,000 (US$262)
It has been reported that Xiaomi could be planning on unleashing cheap Redmi laptops on the Indian market. The Intel-powered devices would sit in a price range from ₹20,000 (US$262) to ₹33,000 (US$432) and possibly be manufactured in India. The Xiaomi Redmi laptops would be aimed at students and those looking for a cheap notebook.
PS5 news: Console is customizable and will have special editions; smart 3D model shows how being big keeps it cool; PlayStation 5 price speculation targets US$499
A PlayStation executive has offered up the exciting news that the PlayStation 5 is both customizable and will have special editions. The same executive opined that the large size of the console is required for the thermals, as partially demonstrated by a fantastic 3D model. Latest PS5 price speculation has focused on the US$500 mark, with the Digital Edition coming in cheaper.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 wearable activity tracker could eventually come in Pro and Lite variants
Code found in the Mi Wear application has seeming revealed future potential Xiaomi Mi Band 5 variants. The words “Kongming L”, “Kongming Pro”, and “Kongming Lite” were discovered, prompting speculation that more Mi Band 5 models could be in development. The latest activity tracker from the Chinese OEM has only just been revealed and will soon officially go on sale.
Fobase Air and Air Pro Smartwatches: Blatant Apple Watch clones with 1.54-inch color screens and continuous heart-rate monitoring from US$29.99
The Chinese company Fobase has currently discounted its Fobase Air Smartwatch and Fobase Air Pro Smartwatch to US$29.99 and US$39.99, respectively. The obvious Apple Watch clones are packed with features such as heart-rate monitoring, pedometer, sleep tracker, camera remote control, sport modes, and Apple iPhone compatibility.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ smartphone allegedly coming with 65 W fast-charge support, 120 Hz refresh rate, and a Snapdragon 865 chipset
Some alleged marketing material for a Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ smartphone has been leaked onto a popular Chinese social network. The text reveals a few key specifications about the supposed Mi 10 Pro+ device, including the presence of a Snapdragon 865 SoC, 120 Hz display, and 65 W fast-charge technology.
Supposed Apple iPhone 12 molds and renders show different-sized smartphones with stylish iPad Pro design language but big notches
Images of alleged molds and renders of the Apple iPhone 12 series have been leaked online. There are several different-sized molds on show in the pictures, which seem to fit rumors of the iPhone 12 sporting a similar design language to that of the iPad Pro (2020). However, there are also some pretty big notches on display.
PS5 news: Over 4,000 games being tested for backwards compatibility; console weight revealed; PlayStation 5 is not the only next-gen console that looks like a router
Jim Ryan, CEO of SIE, has reaffirmed that testers are going through a library of over 4,000 games in regard to PS5 backwards compatibility. An Amazon France listing for the console has apparently revealed how much it weighs. Xbox Series X fans comparing the PlayStation 5 with a router should best avoid buying a Linksys Velop Intelligent Mesh Wi-Fi System.
Xiaomi DOCO ultrasonic handheld misting fan offers up to 5100 rpm of cooling power for just 69 yuan (US$10)
The Xiaomi DOCO ultrasonic handheld misting fan is now on Xiaomi’s Youpin crowdfunding website with a price tag of 69 yuan (US$10). The portable fan has three power levels that can reach a maximum of 5100 rpm for those really hot days. The Xiaomi DOCO misting fan can apparently reduce the temperature around the user by 3 °C (5.4 °F) more than a traditional fan.
PS5 price goes from sublime to ridiculous with latest retailer placeholders but research analyst reckons US$450 to US$499 will be the sweet spot for Sony
New PS5 price rumors have been springing up, thanks to retailer placeholders and comments made by a market research analyst. While a large Hong Kong-based online retailer posted a price of US$699.99 for the PlayStation 5, it seems a price tag of between US$450 and US$499 is more likely going to be the sweet spot for Sony.
Honor ViewPad 6 tablet comes with Wi-Fi 6 and octa-core Kirin 985 5G SoC but without Google services; prices start at 2,199 yuan (US$310)
The Honor ViewPad 6 is the world’s first tablet to offer Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and it also features a powerful octa-core Kirin 985 5G chipset, a 10.4-inch 2K screen, and apparently it offers faster download speeds than an iPad Pro (2020). Starting at 2,199 yuan (US$310), the ViewPad 6 tablet will not come with Google Services.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Sony has already won a crucial battle in the next-gen console war with the jaw-droppingly sexy PlayStation 5 design - but it also needs to come in black
Sony has revealed the PS5 design in all its glory and by doing so has won an important battle in the upcoming next-gen console war against the Xbox Series X. The unique and futuristic look of the PlayStation 5 has sparked a huge debate, yet again offering Sony a massive amount of free publicity. The PS5 simply looks sexy – especially if it eventually also comes in black.
Dell XPS Chromebook could be in the works; 10nm Tiger Lake-based Dell Chromebooks also a possibility
It has been reported that Dell is developing some Chromebooks to add to its extensive lineup, and there has been speculation that a Dell XPS Chromebook could be in the works, too. The same source states that at least three machines are being developed, with Intel’s 10nm Tiger Lake microarchitecture featuring in the Dell Chromebook mix.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 vs Mi Band 4 comparison: Xiaomi's latest fitness tracker brings more features, more themes, more exercise modes, and more value
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 has finally arrived and has brought a wealth of new features and upgrades over its predecessor, the Mi Band 4. There will be plenty of shoppers considering the Mi Band 5 vs Mi Band 4 conundrum, but fortunately, Xiaomi executive Lu Weibing has shared a handy graphic to help users make a purchase decision.
Dell G5 15 SE with AMD Ryzen 7 4800H records above 100 °C average CPU temperatures leaving the Asus TUF Gaming A15 as the better Ryzen 4000 gaming laptop option
The new all-AMD Dell G5 15 SE (5505) gaming laptop has been put through its paces in a new video from Jarrod’sTech, mainly to discover how hot the device runs. Worryingly, the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H APU inside reached average temperatures of over 100 °C during stress testing. It seems the Asus TUF Gaming A15 with the same Renoir APU offers a better cooling solution.
Sensational Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 poster leaks reveal beautiful Mi Mix Alpha-like design and killer specs that will destroy the competition: Snapdragon 875, 150 MP main camera sensor, 2K resolution, and much more
Alleged promotional posters of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 have found their way online and if accurate it appears the Mi Mix 4 could end up being the champion smartphone of 2020. The Huawei P40 killer will apparently feature a Snapdragon 875 SoC, 150 MP main camera, 2K screen resolution, and a gorgeous design that is reminiscent of the Mi Mix Alpha concept.
Global Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 will be released in July; unboxing and hands-on videos of the Mi Band 5 start appearing
Xiaomi has revealed the official name for the global variant of the just-launched Mi Band 5: Mi Smart Band 5. According to the Chinese OEM, the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 will start arriving in foreign markets next month. Unboxing and hands-on videos of the Chinese Mi Band 5 variant have started appearing on YouTube.
Supposed Snapdragon 865 Plus smashes AnTuTu record to pieces
An alleged Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC has been spotted on AnTuTu apparently destroying all the high scores set by its Snapdragon 865 stablemate. While the latter processor has managed scores around 600,000 points with devices like the OPPO Find X2 smartphones, the purported Plus variant cruised to well over 660,000 points.
OPPO joining OnePlus by entering the crowded affordable smart TV market to take on Realme, Redmi, and Xiaomi
The affordable smart TV sector is about to get much more competitive now it seems OPPO will be joining OnePlus by offering its own entry-level televisions. The two OEMs will be taking on strong rivals with products such as the Realme Smart TV, Redmi Smart TV X55, and the Xiaomi Mi TV lineup, in markets like China and India.
Likely PS5 dummy test listing on Amazon reveals placeholder price of £599.99 (US$764) for both a 1 TB model and a 2 TB variant of the PlayStation 5 console
Listings for the PS5 console have appeared on the pages of Amazon UK. The next-gen hardware was apparently priced at £599.99 (US$764). More surprisingly, this was the same listed price for both a 1 TB and 2 TB variant of the upcoming PlayStation 5 device. A whole host of PS5 games were also listed on the same website.
Xiaomi announces Redmi AX5 Wi-Fi 6 router for 229 yuan (US$32); international pre-order available for US$55.99
Xiaomi has announced a new affordable Wi-Fi 6 router in the form of the Redmi AX5. The device has been given a price tag of 229 yuan (US$32) and can be pre-ordered internationally for US$55.99. The Xiaomi Redmi AX5 Wi-Fi 6 router features a Qualcomm chipset and can deliver speeds of up to 1,775 Mb/s.
Alleged Xiaomi Mi Band 5 official domestic price leaked: Incredible value at just 189 yuan (US$27)
An alleged Xiaomi Mi Band 5 price for the domestic market has found its way online. According to a post on Weibo, which includes a screenshot of the source, the much-anticipated wearable will cost just 189 yuan (US$27) for customers in China. The Mi Band 5 will be officially revealed on June 11 and will go on sale on June 18.
Super low-priced Xiaomi Redmi Smart TV X sets go on sale: 2,999 yuan (US$424) for the X65 and just 1,699 yuan (US$240) for the Redmi Smart TV X55
The new Xiaomi Redmi Smart TV X sets have gone on sale, with customers currently able to choose between the Redmi Smart TV X55 and the Redmi Smart TV X65. The 4K smart televisions, which have a screen ratio of up to 97% and utilize MEMC technology, are priced at 1,699 yuan (US$240) and 2,999 yuan (US$424), respectively.
MediaMarkt trolls PS5 price and console design leak attempt and two-tone fan-made PlayStation 5 concept renders elicit memories of the PS3
The large German retailer MediaMarkt has been trolling an attempt at utilizing its pages for a PS5 price and console design-related “leak”. New fan-made concept renders and video of the PlayStation 5 take inspiration from the PS3’s design but offer a two-tone look that goes well with the DualSense controller.
Upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 marketing campaign gets a boost as former Meizu executive comes on board to take on the Huawei P40 series
It has been reported that the launch of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 will be headed by former Meizu executive Yang Zhe. The Mi Mix 4 has been rumored for a long time and is expected to feature cutting-edge specifications to enable it to take on fierce rivals such as the Huawei P40 series.
Dell G5 15 Special Edition (5505): Early reviews of the all-AMD gaming laptop are promising but there seem to be hints of underlying heating issues
Early reviews of the Ryzen 4000-based Dell G5 15 Special Edition (5505) gaming laptop have started appearing, with most praising the AMD Renoir APU and others impressed by the 144 Hz display. However, there are hints that the cooling solution of the Dell G5 15 SE could be flawed, especially when dealing with a Ryzen 9 4900H chip.
Xiaomi reveals the Mijia Laser Projector 1S 4K: Short-focus projection for up to 150-inch large screens priced at 14,999 yuan (US$2,121)
The Xiaomi Mijia Laser Projector 1S 4K has been unveiled, bringing 4K resolution and high brightness to up to 150-inch screens. The Mijia Laser Projector 1S 4K has a normal listed price of 14,999 yuan (US$2,121) but is on offer during the 618 shopping festival at a price of 12,999 yuan (US$1,838).
Alleged Xiaomi 120 W charger turns up in hands-on video - possible hint of upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix smartphone
A hands-on video of a supposed 120 W charger made by Xiaomi has been posted on Chinese social media. The authenticity of the clip has been called into question; however, there is a strong rumor that an upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix smartphone could utilize 100 W charging and maybe even 120 W if this video is genuine.
PS5 news: Production of the next-gen console begins; Gran Turismo gets a new trademark; confirmed PlayStation 5 event coming on June 11
A report out of Korea has stated that the production of PS5 console parts will begin this week. Information about Gran Turismo, including a logo, has been spotted with the trademark office for Argentina dated June 3. Sony has now confirmed that a PlayStation 5 event will take place on June 11.
Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro price slashed: Up to 700 yuan (US$99) discounted in sale starting June 9
Xiaomi has slashed the prices of three variants of the Redmi K30 Pro as part of the 618 shopping festival in China. Starting from June 9, savvy shoppers will be able to save up to 700 yuan (US$99) on select models of the Redmi K30 Pro. The Xiaomi smartphone features a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 specifications start leaking out: 10th Gen Intel Core CPUs and Nvidia GPUs in the mix for prices starting from ₹50,000 (US$662)
Details of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 have started leaking out. Apparently, four models will be made available, with customers being able to select from 10th Gen Intel Core processors and a dGPU from Nvidia. Prices are expected to start at ₹50,000 (US$662) for the base Mi Notebook 14, which will be launched in India on June 11.
Fan-made Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 renders give a better idea of what the Ampere-based end product might look like
A series of fan-made renders of the upcoming Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 have been published online shortly after the revelation of a photo of the alleged reference design hit the news headlines. The Ampere-based RTX 3080 looks very different from the designs utilized for the GeForce 20 series.
Comet Lake flakes in latest Mindfactory sales data as over 34 times more AMD Ryzen 5 3600 chips are sold than Intel Core i7-10700K parts
New sales data from German retailer Mindfactory has revealed that 34 times more Matisse AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processors were sold than the Intel Core i7-10700K, which was the best-selling Comet Lake chip for this particular period. AMD took 87.25% of the sales share compared to Intel’s paltry 12.75% portion.
Realme becomes the new Xiaomi by selling over 15,000 smart TVs in under 10 minutes and 15,000 Realme Watches in just two minutes
Realme has been celebrating some impressive sales figures over the last few days. First the Chinese OEM announced it had sold 15,000 smart televisions in barely 10 minutes and then shortly after 15,000 units of the Realme Watch were sold in just two minutes. Realme could be picking up where Xiaomi has seemingly left off.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3: Upcoming Samsung Galaxy smartwatch reveals its name in latest leak
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 name has been revealed in a new round of technical certification. It was previously unknown if the smartwatch would be called the Galaxy Watch 2 or Galaxy Watch Active 3, so it looks like Samsung has plumped for an understandable compromise with the moniker Galaxy Watch 3.
The AMD Ryzen 4000-based Dell G5 15 Special Edition will be the only SmartShift laptop in 2020
It has been confirmed that the AMD Ryzen 4000-based Dell G5 15 Special Edition device will be the only laptop that can utilize AMD’s SmartShift technology to be released in 2020. Although the upcoming PS5 will also feature SmartShift capability, there will be no more SmartShift laptops released until 2021 according to Frank Azor.
OPPO Band, OPPO Band Fashion, and OPPO Band EVA: Xiaomi Mi Band 4 and Redmi Band rivals with color-accurate AMOLED screens and affordable prices
OPPO is taking on the smartband market thanks to the introduction of the OPPO Band, OPPO Band Fashion, and OPPO Band EVA. The cheapest of the three, the OPPO Band, is priced at 199 yuan (US$28) and was launched today. The OPPO Band series will be taking on competitors like the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 and the Redmi Band.
Latest concept PS5 design looks like a thick door wedge but is more realistic than the photoshopped PlayStation 5 shoe box doing the rounds again
A new PS5 design has started appearing on social media that appears to be based on the latest rumors, which include a thick build and a strong resemblance to the PS5 devkit. However, eagerness to know what the console looks like has seemingly led to the photoshopped PlayStation 5 “shoe box” doing the rounds with some outlets again.
New Redmi 9 alleged prices are ridiculously cheap for a smartphone with a quad-camera setup and 8-core MediaTek Helio G80 SoC
New supposed prices for the upcoming Redmi 9 smartphone have been published, and they are very affordable. It is claimed that the cheapest Redmi 9, with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage, will cost just US$139.99. That’s for a 6.53-inch device with a quad-camera setup and an 8-core MediaTek Helio G80 processor.
PS5 devkit cooling system patent puts to bed the final concerns that Sony hasn't taken care of potential PlayStation 5 heating issues
A utility patent file revealing the PS5 devkit’s cooling system has been published by WIPO. The patent shows the devkit has “a plurality of cooling fans” to help it deal with the heat from the AMD Zen 2 CPU and RDNA 2 GPU. The multiple drawings and explanations prove that Sony was taking care of potential PlayStation 5 heating issues from an early stage.
Intel Core i7-1165G7 and AMD Ryzen 7 4800U clash on 3DMark 11 with mixed results for the upcoming Tiger Lake-U processor
The Tiger Lake-U Intel Core i7-1165G7 and the Renoir AMD Ryzen 7 4800U have been spotted in an interesting 3DMark 11 comparison. While the Ryzen 4000 processor unsurprisingly dominated in the CPU-based Physics Score, the Tiger Lake-U rival nosed ahead in some of the graphics-based tests thanks to its Gen12 Xe iGPU.
Xiaomi Mi 10 smartphone receives official price cut of 300 yuan (US$42)
Xiaomi has posted a cryptic message on Weibo in regard to the Xiaomi Mi 10 smartphone. The message was in the form of a complex-looking equation, which when solved revealed that the flagship device had been reduced by 300 yuan (US$42). The Xiaomi Mi 10 cost from 3,999 yuan (US$562) when first launched in China.
Eurocom Nightsky ARX15: "The world's most powerful 16C/32T AMD Ryzen 9 based 15.6-inch superlaptop" coming soon with prices from US$1,999 to over US$15,000
Eurocom has announced the Nightsky ARX15 superlaptop that can be fitted with up to a 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processor. The laptop starts at a price of US$1,999 but a multitude of diverse configuration options can take the price for the Eurocom Nightsky ARX15 beyond US$15,000.
PS5 news: Enough AMD chips for a holiday 2020 launch; official website change makes fans jittery; superfast SSD elicits Unreal Engine rewrites
Fears of a delay in the launch of the PS5 have been allayed by a report stating that there is a sufficient supply of the key AMD chips to ensure a holiday 2020 release. A recent change on the official PS5 website had made fans jittery about a potential delay. An Epic executive has revealed that Unreal Engine rewrites were made to keep up with the superfast PlayStation 5 SSD.
Mysterious Xiaomi CAS smartphone rumored to be packing a 108 MP main camera, 12x optical zoom, 120x digital zoom, and alleged Snapdragon 775G chipset
Details of a mysterious Xiaomi CAS smartphone have started emerging, and it seems the device will be fitted with a 108 MP main camera and offer users the chance to enjoy 12x optical zoom and a whopping 120x digital zoom. It’s been speculated that the Xiaomi CAS may end up being a member of the Xiaomi Mi CC10 series.
Timex Metropolitan smartwatch: Timex teams up with Huami to create an elegant Amazfit-inspired wearable for US$179
Timex and Xiaomi subsidiary Huami have seemingly teamed up to create the Timex Metropolitan R and Timex Metropolitan S smartwatches. The Timex Metropolitan smartwatches, which are clearly inspired by Huami Amazfit devices, are priced at US$179 each and are expected to be released around mid-June.
Xiaomi Mi Band 4 NFC version starts appearing in markets outside of China priced at 3,990 Russian rubles (US$58)
Xiaomi has started offering the Mi Band 4 NFC version outside of its domestic market. The wearable is currently listed on the Mi store for Russia and is priced at 3,990 Russian rubles (US$58). The Chinese company is expected to roll-out the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 NFC in other parts of Europe soon.
Kirin 820 and Kirin 985 smartphones storm the latest AnTuTu midrange device chart but it's still the Dimensity 1000L in the OPPO Reno3 5G that commands
The Kirin 820 and Kirin 985 chips from Huawei have stormed into the AnTuTu best-performing midrange smartphone chart for May, with five out of the 10 smartphones listed featuring one of these Kirin SoCs. However, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000L chipset in the OPPO Reno3 5G handset is still the one to beat.
OPPO Find X2 Pro leads BBK Electronics-dominated AnTuTu flagship smartphone chart as the OnePlus 8 Pro makes its first appearance
AnTuTu has revealed its fastest flagship smartphone chart for May and there are three OPPO devices in the top four positions, headed by the OPPO Find X2 Pro. The new OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone has found a place in the BBK Electronics-dominated leaderboard as Snapdragon 865-powered handsets occupy all of the top 10 slots.
Opinion: Sony has made the right decision postponing the PS5 event
Sony has made the right decision by postponing the upcoming PS5 event that was originally scheduled for June 4, because “more important voices” do need to be heard at the moment. PlayStation 5 fans should support the company’s move rather than complain about having to wait longer for the eagerly anticipated reveal event.
AMD Ryzen 9 4900H no longer lags behind Ryzen 7 4800HS as it bashes out a better Time Spy result in Asus TUF Gaming A15 than in Dell G5 15 Special Edition
The AMD Ryzen 9 4900H in combination with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 has paid a visit to 3DMark’s Time Spy benchmark as part of an Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506IV laptop. The result recorded was considerably better than the CPU Score produced by the Ryzen 9 4900H in a Dell G5 15 Special Edition that was tested last month.
PS5 event on June 4 postponed due to ongoing George Floyd protests - official tweet receives thousands of mixed responses within minutes
The planned PS5 event for June 4 has now been postponed. The official PlayStation Twitter account recently posted a message to inform fans that now is not the time to celebrate the PlayStation 5, due to the global protests that have been occurring since the controversial death of George Floyd. Fans have reacted with highly mixed responses.
AMD Ryzen 9 4900H in Asus TUF Gaming A15 laptop surpasses both the Intel Core i9-9980HK and i9-10980HK in leaked Fire Strike Physics Score
An AMD Ryzen 9 4900H APU in an Asus TUF Gaming A15 laptop (FA506IV) has been spotted on 3DMark’s Fire Strike benchmark where it managed a respectable Physics Score of 22,383 points. This put the Ryzen 4000 laptop ahead of most of the devices we have tested with either the Intel Core i9-9980HK or i9-10980HK.
Xiaomi's new Type-C 65 W PD fast charger will fully charge a MacBook Pro 13 in under two hours and costs just 99 yuan (US$14)
Xiaomi has released a new USB Type-C 65 W PD fast charger that can be used with a diverse range of products from the Dell XPS 15 through the Nintendo Switch to the Redmi K20 Pro. Xiaomi claims the 99 yuan (US$14) product can fully charge an Apple MacBook Pro 13 in 1 h 50 m and a MacBook Pro 15 in 2 h 25 m.
Next-gen console rumors: PS5 will be twice as thick as the PS4 Pro; huge Sega scoop could point to a new console or even a Microsoft team-up for a Sega Series X
The PS5 will supposedly be almost twice the thickness of a PlayStation 4 Pro and has a design that is completely different to everything that has been predicted so far according to a Sony “insider”. Sega may be planning a new console release or might team up with Microsoft in Japan for a “Sega Series X”.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5: Official launch date and release date revealed and new renders posted
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is definitely coming soon thanks to details revealed by Xiaomi on the Chinese social media site Weibo. The company will be officially announcing the Mi Band 5 on June 11, and it will later be released for sale on June 18. New renders of the wearable show the device without any sign of a punch hole.
PS5 backwards compatibility will cover all PS2, PS3, and PS4 games according to Turkish retailer
The PS5 will offer backwards compatibility for PS2, PS3, and PS4 games according to a PlayStation 5 page recently published by a large Turkish retailer. PlayStation 5 owners will apparently be able to utilize the next-gen console’s Blu-ray drive to play the older titles.
Stunning Samsung Odyssey 49-inch G9 1000R Curved Gaming Monitor now available for pre-order at £1,279.99 (US$1,581)
The 49-inch Samsung Odyssey G9 1000R Curved Gaming Monitor is now available for pre-order and those interested will have to pay up £1,279.99 (US$1,581) for the pleasure of owning the magnificent display. The monitor has a 240 Hz refresh rate and 5120x1440 resolution to go with the ideal 1000R screen curvature.
GTA 5 runs as slick as a whistle on the GPD Win Max as Indiegogo total for the new handheld game console tops US$2 million
The GPD Win Max handheld game console has already managed to attract over US$2 million in funding on Indiegogo and there is still 32 days of its crowdfunding campaign left. But when you see how well games like GTA 5 run on the mini laptop, it’s easy to understand why the Win Max has received so much attention.
Lenovo Smart Clock: Pick up the smart home device with Google Assistant for less than half price
The Lenovo Smart Clock is currently on offer at Best Buy. The useful smart home device is usually priced at US$79.99, but it has been reduced by US$40 at the moment, bringing the price down to a very tempting US$39.99. The Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant is an ideal entry product or addition to a smart home.
New PS5 game rumors appear as devs are told to make sure that upcoming PS4 titles are compatible with the PlayStation 5
New rumors about potential PS5 games such as Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Silent Hill, Gran Turismo 7, and Horizon Zero Dawn 2 have appeared online. In further game-related news, Sony has instructed developers to ensure PlayStation 5 compatibility with upcoming PS4 titles that are submitted to the company from July 13 onwards.
New Samsung Galaxy Watch: Four variants of the possible Galaxy Watch Active 3 start revealing their secrets through FCC filings
A new Samsung Galaxy Watch has been discovered in recent FCC files, with a total of four different model numbers being spotted. It is believed that there will be two variants with LTE connectivity, while two other Samsung Galaxy Watch models will be Wi-Fi only versions. This potential Galaxy Watch Active 3 could be announced very soon.
Shocking PS5 rumors claim unstable CPU and GPU clocks, unattractive box design, quiet and efficient cooling solution, 40% worse ray tracing than the Xbox Series X, and a US$499 price tag for the PlayStation 5
A highly dubious PS5 leak has appeared on an imageboard website with a series of claims made about the next-gen console. Apparently, the CPU and GPU clocks are unstable and the PS5 design is “ugly”. However, these cons are countered by pros such as silent and efficient cooling, an incredible dashboard, and a price of US$499 for the PlayStation 5.
Asus TUF Gaming A15 with AMD Ryzen 9 4900H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 unveiled - pre-order from £1,399.99 (US$1,721)
Asus has been promoting its TUF Gaming A15 laptop on Twitter, revealing the high-end Renoir APU AMD Ryzen 9 4900H and the capable Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. The laptop has already been advertised for pre-order on a UK site for £1,399.99 (US$1,721) and should be available in mid July. There has been some criticism about the laptop’s display, though.
Leak reveals Warhol as codename for Zen 3-based 7nm AMD Ryzen 5000 processors; Navi iGPUs might be implemented in Zen 4-based 5nm Ryzen 6000 Raphael series
“Warhol” has apparently been leaked as the codename for AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series of mainstream desktop CPUs. According to the leak, Warhol will feature Zen 3-based parts utilizing a 7nm manufacturing process and offering PCIe4 support. The series would seemingly slot between Vermeer and Raphael in AMD’s roadmap.
PS5 design should be revealed soon as mass production begins; Xbox Series X is the "most compatible console ever" as first shots in the next-gen console battle are fired
It has been reported that mass production of the PlayStation 5 console is starting, leading to the strong possibility that a PS5 design reveal could be imminent. In the meantime, Microsoft has been firing some of the first shots of the upcoming next-gen console battle by reminding people that the Xbox Series X is the “most compatible console ever”.
Xiaomi Redmi Smart TV X55 has its price slashed before launch to match the 55-inch Honor Vision X1 Smart TV
The Redmi Smart TV X55 from Xiaomi has had its price considerably slashed ahead of going on sale. The new price tag for the television is 1,699 yuan (US$237). This puts the Redmi Smart TV X55, which features a 4K screen and 32 GB storage, at the same price as the just launched 55-inch rival Honor Vision X1 Smart TV.
PS5 game reveal event in sight and a PlayStation 5 landing page update help fuel the hype train
It has been reported that Sony is planning on holding a PS5 game reveal event on June 3. It’s not known if the company will actually reveal any concrete details about the PlayStation 5 hardware, but fans are currently starving for any news concerning the next-gen console. The official PS5 page has also been updated.
Redmi Display 1A pre-sale begins: 23.8-inch IPS monitor from Xiaomi with narrow bezels for just 599 yuan (US$84)
The Redmi Display 1A monitor from Xiaomi is now official and has been put up for pre-sale. Customers in China can reserve one of the external monitors for 100 yuan (US$14) deposit while the full price for the Redmi Display 1A is 599 yuan (US$84). The thinnest part of the display measures a tiny 7.3 mm.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ expected to sport a battery with an enormous capacity of over 10,000 mAh
The expected battery capacity for a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 device has been discovered, and it seems that a potential Galaxy Tab S7+ model will end up with a battery capacity of over 10,000 mAh. This is a huge step-up from the 7,040-mAh capacity of the predecessor Galaxy Tab S6.
New Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ renders and video: Curved screen and massive camera bump
New renders and a video clip of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ have been posted online. Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy Note 20+ is larger than the regular Galaxy Note 20, and it comes with a curved display. However, it’s hard to ignore just how huge the camera bump on the rear is, which could be a deal-breaker for many.
New Xiaomi Mi Band 5 features discovered: Smartphone camera controller, more fitness categories, and analog watch face support
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 fitness tracker will reportedly feature a smartphone camera controller among its array of functions. On top of that, five new fitness categories have been added to the included list of workout activities, and the Mi Band 5 will also be able to display an analog watch face if the user so desires.
Rumored cheap Redmi 5G smartphone with 8-core Qualcomm SM6350 SoC could be priced at just 1,000 yuan (US$140)
Redmi is apparently working on a cheap 5G smartphone that will be powered by a Qualcomm SM6350 SoC. The decent 8-core processor features two performance cores that can reach clock rates of 2.25 GHz. It’s rumored that the SM6350-based Redmi 5G smartphone could be priced at a very competitive 1,000 yuan (US$140).
Apple's butterfly keyboards might make a controversial return in the future
It has been rumored that Apple is busy working on improving the highly controversial butterfly keyboard that the OEM utilized in laptops such as the MacBook Pro, MacBook, and MacBook Air over the last few years. Although more recent models have been fitted with scissor switch keyboards, it could be that the butterfly keyboard will reappear in the future.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 wearable fitness tracker revealed in new alleged live photo leak
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 wearable fitness tracker has supposedly been leaked once again in some live photos. The alleged Mi Band 5 is shown being plugged into its charging station in the latest images. Few additional details are offered with the leaked photos, although a price of 200 yuan (US$28) has been speculated.
OPPO Smart Band and OPPO Enco W51 wireless earbuds teased ahead of expected June launch
OPPO has been busy teasing some new upcoming products on social media, including the OPPO Smart Band wearable and OPPO Enco W51 wireless earbuds. Specific details about the two products are currently scarce, but it is believed OPPO will launch the Smart Band and Enco W51 earbuds in June.
OPPO Reno4 and Reno4 Pro leak: Snapdragon 765G heads key specifications and hands-on photo reveals Reno Glow brand and unsightly camera bump
Key specifications for the upcoming OPPO Reno4 and Reno4 Pro smartphones have been leaked along with a hands-on photo and some promo images. Both devices are going to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor and feature 65 W fast charging but the OPPO Reno4 Pro will have a larger 6.55-inch 3D curved screen.
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RedmiBook 13 R laptop with AMD Ryzen 7 4700U delivers muted results on Geekbench 5 that leave it just keeping pace with the Intel Core i7-1065G7
A RedmiBook 13 R laptop has been spotted on Geekbench offering up somewhat muted results, especially in the multi-core test where more could be expected from the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U APU inside it. The scores recorded leave the 8-core Ryzen 4000 chip at a similar level as the 4-core Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor.
AMD Ryzen 4000-based Dell G5 15 Special Edition gaming laptops available to buy - Ryzen 9 4900H model still MIA but a 120 Hz display option is coming in August
The new AMD Ryzen 4000-powered Dell G5 15 Special Edition gaming laptop can now be purchased from the OEM’s online store. However, the 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 9 4900H APU is still missing from the lineup. AMD executive Frank Azor has detailed how a 120 Hz display option will be coming in August for the Dell G5 15 SE.
Latest HP Envy x360 laptops with Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs already discounted: US$649.99 for Ryzen 3 4300U model and US$50 also off the Ryzen 7 4700U variants
HP is currently offering a tantalizing AMD Ryzen 4000 deal as part of its Memorial Day sale. Various HP Envy x360 15 laptops with the new Renoir APUs have been discounted by US$50, meaning smart shoppers can pick up a powerful AMD Ryzen 7 4700U-based HP Envy x360 from US$829.99.
Latest Samsung Galaxy Note 20 renders and video: More of the same but the S Pen slot has moved from the right side to the left
Some alleged renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 supposedly based on genuine CAD drawings have been shared online. The flagship smartphone looks similar to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, and the S Pen slot has apparently been moved from the right side to now sit on the left side of the Galaxy Note 20.
Redmi Smart TV X series launches on May 26: X50, X55, and X65 sets with MEMC motion compensation for enhanced viewing
Redmi will soon be introducing its new Smart TV X series. Three sets are scheduled to be launched on May 26: the Redmi X50, Redmi X55, and Redmi X65. The smart televisions will feature MEMC technology, which utilizes motion interpolation to offer up a smoother viewing experience.
RedmiBook laptops teased by Lu Weibing: Three CPU modes revealed in promo image and AMD Ryzen 4000 officially confirmed
Redmi boss Lu Weibing has been promoting the upcoming RedmiBook laptops on Weibo. The Xiaomi executive revealed that the laptops will have three CPU modes for optimum performance in different scenarios. He also confirmed the new RedmiBooks will feature the latest generation of AMD Ryzen 4000 processors.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 laptop with AMD Ryzen 7 4700U now available from US$899.99 - other markets will have to wait a bit longer for the Ryzen 4000 Yoga Slim 7
The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 laptop with AMD Ryzen 7 4700U processor is finally available at the OEM’s US site, with prices starting from US$899.99. However, expectant users in other markets, where the device is called the Yoga Slim 7, may have to wait until mid to late June before getting their hands on the Ryzen 4000 laptop.
PS5 games: Silent Hill and Gran Turismo 7 join the comprehensive list of titles confirmed, expected, or rumored for the PlayStation 5
It seems both Silent Hill and Gran Turismo 7 have now joined the PS5 games list thanks to the latest rumors about titles for the next-generation console. Silent Hill for the PlayStation 5 is expected to be a “soft reboot”. The PS5 games list of confirmed, expected, or rumored titles now contains dozens of entries.
RedmiBook Pro in disguise? Xiaomi executives caught preparing Redmi 10X promo material on Apple MacBook Pro
Xiaomi executives Lu Weibing and Wang Teng Thomas have revealed that they have been using an Apple MacBook Pro to go over marketing material for the upcoming Redmi 10X smartphone. It seems the Xiaomi RedmiBook Pro laptop just doesn’t cut the mustard when it comes to this kind of work.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 laptop series receives Intel Comet Lake refresh but still no room for AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs
Dell has been updating some of its country-specific online stores with refreshed Inspiron 15 7000 series laptops. The Dell Inspiron 15 7501 has attractive configuration options that include Intel Comet Lake SoCs and Nvidia GeForce GTX 16-series dGPUs. However, those hoping to find an AMD Ryzen 4000 APU in this particular laptop will be disappointed.
Sony wants the PS5 reveal event to showcase games actually running on the next-gen console and don't expect to know the PlayStation 5's price before August
It seems that Sony would prefer more third-party game developers to showcase their upcoming titles for the PS5 on the next-gen console itself rather than relying on PC footage that will later be “optimized”. Those wanting to know how much the PlayStation 5 will cost are going to have to wait longer to find out, possibly even up to August.
Latest AMD Ryzen 4000 laptops now available from Dell: New Inspiron 14 7000 2-in-1 - lower prices but still less power than the Intel alternatives
The latest device from Dell to feature new AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs is the Inspiron 14 7000 2-in-1 laptop. The convertible can be configured with either a Ryzen 5 4500U or Ryzen 7 4700U processor. Although the prices for the Ryzen 4000 laptops are lower, the more-expensive 13-inch Intel variants offer more RAM and more powerful batteries.
Redmi Note 8 Pro devices could start receiving MIUI 12 in July while Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T users will likely have to wait until at least August
It has been reported that Redmi Note 8 smartphones will be receiving the MIUI 12 software update within the next few months. According to a well-known tipster, the Redmi Note 8 Pro could receive MIUI 12 by July with the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T getting the update shortly afterwards, most likely in August.
Xiaomi Amazfit Ares rugged smartwatch unboxed in real-life photos - 70 sport modes and 14-day battery life for 499 yuan (US$70)
Xiaomi and Huami have announced the Amazfit Ares smartwatch, and it has already been fully revealed in a serious of real-life unboxed photos. The rugged-looking wearable has a 1.28-inch color touchscreen and weighs just 48 g. The price tag for the Amazfit Ares on the Chinese market is 499 yuan (US$70), with sales scheduled to start on June 1.
Redmi AirDots S TWS earbuds or Redmi Soundbar 2.0 most likely candidates as Xiaomi hints at new audio product for Indian market
Redmi India has been teasing a wireless personal audio product that will soon be launching on the Indian market. Fans of the brand have been guessing what the device could be, with Redmi AirDots S TWS earbuds and the Redmi Soundbar 2.0 leading the charge as popular choices. Xiaomi recently released the Redmi AirDots S TWS in China for 99 yuan (US$14).
PS5 news: Metal Gear title could be in the works; upcoming game lineup will be "compelling"; musical chairs for possible PlayStation 5 reveal
Metal Gear could be coming to the PlayStation 5 according to some detective work posted on Reddit recently. The Sony Corporate Strategy Meeting revealed little but promised a “compelling” PS5 game lineup, and the console reveal date continues its game of musical chairs as the popular June 4 prediction becomes less likely.
AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir laptop APUs take Intel to the cleaners on PassMark by occupying seven out of the top 10 places in CPU Mark chart
PassMark has updated its CPU Mark performance chart for new laptop processors and AMD has claimed seven out of the top 10 places with APUs from the highly regarded Ryzen 4000 Renoir family. The top four positions are also owned by Team Red, with the Ryzen 9 4900HS and Ryzen 7 4800H mobile APUs leading the board.
Epic has given away over US$2,000 worth of free games since 2018 but fortunately has now made more than US$1 billion with Fortnite mobile
A report has estimated that the Epic Games Store has given out more than US$2,000 worth of free games to subscribers since December 2018. Over 100 titles have been offered gratis, with GTA V being the latest. Fortunately for Epic, the company can subsidize this loss with the US$1 billion made by the mobile version of Fortnite alone.
MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC in Redmi 10X smartphone benches like a champion on AnTuTu and leaves the Snapdragon 765G in the dust
The upcoming Redmi 10X with a brand-new MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC has been delivering some astonishing benchmark scores on AnTuTu. The midrange chip managed a class-leading performance with the aid of its four Cortex-A76 @2.6 GHz cores and four Cortex-A55 @2.0 GHz cores. The Dimensity 820 has also shone in various benchmarks against the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G.
GPD Win Max crowdfunding goes insanely gangbusters by raking in over 3,000% of its flexible goal within hours of starting
Crowdfunding for the GPD Win Max handheld game console has started on Indiegogo and the campaign has already managed over 3,000% of its flexible goal in less than a day. The powerful mini laptop is capable of playing AAA games and features a built-in Xbox 360 controller, an Ice Lake i5-1035G7 processor, and it has a Thunderbolt 3 port.
Hot Microsoft Surface deals: Up to US$400 off the Surface Pro 6 and save up to US$360.99 on a Surface Laptop 3 bundle or US$330 on a Surface Pro 7 bundle
There are some great Microsoft Surface device deals to be had at the moment, especially if you are in the hunt for either a Surface Pro or Surface Laptop. There is up to US$400 off the Surface Pro 6, and you can save well over US$300 on some bundle deals, such as the Surface Laptop 3 Essentials Bundle with Microsoft 365 and 2-year extended warranty.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 gets certified while price and release date rumors surface; cheaper Mi Band 4C to be launched soon
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 has now been certified by the Taiwan National Communications Commission, and there are new rumors arising in regard to the upcoming wearable’s potential price and release date. The Xiaomi Mi Band 4C is also apparently almost ready for market; the rebranded Redmi Band is expected to be cheaper than the Mi Band 4.
Apple is the highest-ranked tech company in latest Forbes Global 2000 list while Xiaomi celebrates a rise through the ranks
Forbes has just released its Global 2000 annual ranking list for the top public companies in the world. Apple is the highest-ranked tech company, residing in a very respectable ninth position. Meanwhile, Xiaomi has celebrated moving upwards through the ranks by 42 places from last year to reach 384th position in 2020.
Benchmarked MediaTek Dimensity 820 in upcoming Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro doesn't stop for the Snapdragon 765G and snaps at the heels of the Kirin 980
A likely MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC has been spotted on Geekbench in what are believed to be the upcoming Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro smartphones. The midrange processor scored highly enough to easily surpass the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G we have tested and even managed to close in on the aging high-end HiSilicon Kirin 980.
Civilization VI and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection rumored to be the next in line free games on the Epic Games Store
A supposed leak has revealed that Civilization VI and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection will be the next free games offered on the Epic Games Store. Ark: Survival Evolved is also mentioned as an upcoming freebie from the popular site. Epic has recently offered up Grand Theft Auto V to gamers completely free of charge.
Update: Civilization VI has been revealed as the latest free game.
Alleged PS5 DualSense controller prices leaked but gamers might prefer this fan-made concept controller that could transform gameplay on the PlayStation 5
The supposed US, Canadian, European, and British price tags for the PS5 DualSense controller have been leaked. Apparently, the crucial PlayStation 5 accessory will be made available for purchase from November 20 onwards. However, some fans may be more interested in a transforming concept version of the well-received controller.
Xiaomi smartphones that have Android 10: Current list - closed beta version available for the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro
A useful list of all Xiaomi smartphones that currently have Android 10 has been made available. The list includes devices from the new Xiaomi Mi 10 series and from the popular Redmi K30 lineup and Redmi Note family. Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro owners can get in on the act if they are content with a closed beta version.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 specs and images revealed - Lu Weibing's "super performance, unexpected" cheap 5G smartphone with MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC
Specifications and images of the upcoming Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 smartphone have been released. It appears the hopefully affordable 5G smartphone will be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC and will feature a 6.57-inch OLED display. The Redmi 10 has even seemingly managed to leave the normally loquacious Xiaomi executive Lu Weibing almost at a loss for words.
The Amazfit Ares sporty smartwatch from Huami will be launched on May 19
Huami has been teasing a new product on the Chinese social network Weibo in the form of a sporty smartwatch. The somewhat rugged-looking Amazfit Ares is scheduled to be launched on May 19 and offers a host of features for smartwatch users, such as dozens of sport modes and a specialist fitness tracker.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2020 or Mi 10S Pro to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and 144 MP camera
Some more rumored information about a potential Xiaomi Mi Mix 2020 smartphone has been shared online. It seems the device could be fitted with Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 865 SoC and boast of a 144 MP main camera. However, it has also been speculated that this high-end flagship from Xiaomi could end up being the Mi 10S Pro.
PS5 vs Xbox noise grows as Tim Sweeney coos over the "best in any platform" SSD and Lisa Su spills some sauce over RDNA2 in action on the PlayStation 5 tech demo
Both Tim Sweeney and Lisa Su have been praising the PlayStation 5 lately, with the former expressing his positive opinion of the next-gen console’s SSD while the latter, understandably, wanted to mention the presence of AMD’s RDNA2 GPU architecture. Sweeney commented that the PS5’s SSD is “not only the best in class in consoles but the best in any platform.”
PS5 news: Something important is coming to PlayStation; no COVID-19 delay for the console or games; Sony CFO cautious about PlayStation 5 sales
A tweet from GameStop Italia has PlayStation fans wondering if a next-gen console reveal is on the cards. Apparently, the COVID-19 pandemic has not adversely affected production plans in regard to both the PlayStation 5 and games. A Sony executive has been offering up cautious words about potential PS5 success and sales.
PS5 scheduled for release in October according to job listing but Sony says it's an error
An advert on a Japanese website has stated that the PlayStation 5 is scheduled for release in October 2020. The job listing is for a role within SIE’s materials department and would see the successful applicant undoubtedly working with the PS5. However, Sony has stated that the published launch date is a mistake.
Upcoming Redmi Display should be even cheaper than the Xiaomi Mi Display 1A external monitor; both companies have new monitor ranges planned
It has been reported that both Xiaomi and Redmi are working on new monitors. A planned 23.8-inch Redmi Display is expected to be even cheaper than the new Xiaomi Mi Display 1A external monitor. Xiaomi’s upcoming range will include gaming and 4K displays, which apparently includes a potential 29.5-inch 4K monitor.
AMD Ryzen 7 Extreme Edition Renoir APU turns up on 3DMark - could be for a future Microsoft Surface device
An AMD Ryzen 7 Extreme Edition APU has been spotted on 3DMark revealing some of its secrets. The chip appears to have a base clock of 1.8 GHz and is an 8-core part that can utilize 16 threads. It has been speculated that the Ryzen 7 Extreme Edition could eventually find its way into a future Microsoft Surface device.
Supposed PS5 premium and basic starter pack SSD storage sizes and prices revealed in new PlayStation 5 hearsay
A currently unproven rumor on social media has claimed that there will be two starter pack variants of the PlayStation 5, with a premium pack offering a larger capacity SSD than the basic console pack. The same post also includes prices for the two PS5 options, at €499 (US$540) for the basic choice and €599 (US$648) for the premium package.
New hope for a Mi Mix 4 as details start emerging of two upcoming Xiaomi flagship smartphones
It seems possible that Xiaomi could be working on flagship smartphones for a potential Mi Mix 4 series, or at least devices with the Mi Mix moniker. Scant details have been offered by a well-known leaker on Weibo, however, there is mention of a 120 Hz refresh rate for the display which has often been rumored for a Xiaomi Mi Mix 4.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Analyst's price prediction for Microsoft's next-gen console could spell doom for the PlayStation 5
A price prediction from a noted gaming analyst for the Microsoft Xbox Series X next-gen console could seriously upset the cart for Sony and its PlayStation 5 if it ends up being accurate. While many have guessed at a price of US$500-US$600 for the Xbox Series X, this could be drastically lower if Microsoft decides to undercut the PS5.
Xiaomi Midian Zero-blu-ray Bedside Sleep Aid Lamp is a sight for sore eyes as it banishes blue-light badness
Xiaomi is renowned for being innovative and now the Chinese OEM is claiming a world’s first with the Midian Zero-blu-ray Bedside Sleep Aid Lamp. The device, which is currently going through a crowdfunding campaign, is apparently the world’s first zero blue light bedside lamp. The retail price for the eye-saving light is 329 yuan (US$47).
Upcoming Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 with AMD Ryzen 7 4800U returns to Fire Strike and cranks out an even better Physics Score that finishes off the Intel Core i7-10750H
The AMD Ryzen 7 4800U mobile APU has appeared on 3DMark’s Fire Strike benchmark once again, seemingly as the key component of the upcoming Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 laptop. The Ryzen 4000 chip amassed a huge 19,204 points in the Physics Score, putting it way beyond the Comet Lake Intel Core i7-10750H rival.
Real 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 4700G Renoir desktop APU pops up alongside a Radeon RX 5700 XT on Ashes of the Singularity benchmark
The appearance of the AMD Ryzen 7 4700G with Radeon Graphics on the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark has confirmed at least one of the expected upcoming Renoir desktop APUs from Team Red. The Ryzen 4000 desktop part revealed that it has 8 cores and 16 threads and was benchmarked alongside a Radeon RX 5700 XT.
Notorious PlayStation 5 commentator runs riot with unsourced date and game-related rumors for the PS5 console
Official news about the PlayStation 5 has been reasonably quiet recently, although the eagerly awaited Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has been confirmed for the next-gen console. However, a notorious PS5 commentator has been hitting the headlines with unsourced claims about the console’s design reveal date, launch date, and boost mode-capable games.
Xiaomi will soon be launching new Ryzen 4000 laptops with the RedmiBook 13, RedmiBook 14S, and RedmiBook 16
A tipster has reported that Xiaomi will be launching three new RedmiBook laptops featuring Ryzen 4000 APUs at some point later this month. The RedmiBook 13, RedmiBook 14S, and RedmiBook 16 will come with Ryzen 5 processors, with speculation settling on the probable selection of the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U as the APU of choice.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H in a Huawei laptop: Ryzen 4000 Honor MagicBook Pro could be in the works
It seems Huawei could be planning on refreshing its laptops with Ryzen 4000 mobile APUs. The impressive AMD Ryzen 7 4800H has been specifically mentioned in connection with the Chinese OEM, which is known for offering decent AMD-powered devices with its Honor MagicBook line. An Honor MagicBook Pro powered by the Ryzen 7 4800H would be an attractive prospect.
Galaxy A, Redmi Note 8, and iPhone 11 lineups help Samsung, Xiaomi, and Apple fill all of the global top 10 smartphone share spots for Q1 2020
Canalys has tweeted a graph showing the global top 10 smartphones in Q1 2020 and all of the positions are taken up by devices from just three OEMs: Apple, Xiaomi, and Samsung. The big winner for the quarter was the iPhone 11 with over 18 million units shipped. There were strong figures for the Redmi Note 8 & 8T and the Galaxy A51 too.
Exorbitant Xiaomi Mi 10 price tags for the Indian market lead smartphone users into taking a closer look at the OnePlus 8 Pro
The prices for Xiaomi Mi 10 smartphones for the Indian market have been revealed and have shocked fans expecting something more affordable. For example, the Xiaomi Mi 10 with 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage will cost ₹49,999 (US$662). This has led to many comments that smartphone users will be considering a OnePlus 8 Pro purchase instead.
8-core AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir desktop APU on ASRock B550 Taichi motherboard spotted on UserBenchmark performing on par with the Ryzen 7 4800H
An AMD Renoir desktop APU engineering sample has been discovered being tested on UserBenchmark. The entry reveals it is an 8-core, 16-thread part that has been benchmarked in combination with an ASRock B550 Taichi motherboard. The Ryzen 4000 desktop APU managed to perform as well as an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H mobile APU.
Honor 30S with Kirin 820 makes valiant effort to close the gap between the OPPO Reno3 5G with Dimensity 1000L and the also-rans in AnTuTu's April midrange smartphone table
Honor is looking good in the latest AnTuTu chart for midrange smartphones, with the Honor 30S powering into a strong second position with the help of its Kirin 820 chipset. Its score of 364,077 points sets it apart from those behind it, but it is still a long way off the 405,159 points managed by the OPPO Reno3 5G with its impressive Dimensity 1000L SoC.
The iQOO Neo3 and OPPO Ace2 break into AnTuTu's April chart for the fastest flagship smartphones
The arrival of the iQOO Neo3 and OPPO Ace2 into AnTuTu’s latest flagship chart have shaken things up a little bit, but the leaderboard is still headed by the OPPO Find X2 Pro. All of the top 10 smartphones feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoCs, and the iQOO Neo3 is only the third device so far to manage an average score over 600,000 points.
AMD fights back against Intel in latest Steam processor usage survey with the help of gamers choosing faster CPUs from Team Red
The latest hardware and software survey from Steam has detailed a good month for AMD in terms of overall processor usage and % change. It seems some gamers have been busy selecting devices with fast CPUs from Team Red, while it also appears likely that many users are relying on older and slower Intel-based computers during the coronavirus lockdown.
AMD disrupts Nvidia stranglehold in Steam's April hardware survey thanks to an uptake for the Radeon RX 5700 XT and an appearance by the Radeon R7 M445 laptop GPU
Steam has released its hardware and software survey for April 2020. Taking a look at the chart for PC video card usage by % change this month clearly shows that it’s not just sales or new releases affecting positions. AMD has two products in the top four movers alone, with the Radeon R7 M445 and Radeon RX 5700 XT gaining strong % changes.
Gole11: An all-in-one Windows 10 PC with a quad-core Intel Celeron N3450 SoC and 11.6-inch Full HD touchscreen from US$99
Gole Technology has introduced the Gole11 all-in-one PC, which is also known as the HiGole F11APL. According to the company, the Gole11 is “the world’s cheapest all-in-one”, and it features an Intel Celeron N3450 processor and an 11.6-inch touchscreen with a 1920x1080 resolution. The device has been offered for as little as US$99 to early-bird crowdfunding backers.
Lu Weibing explains why over 30 million units of the Redmi Note 8 series have been sold worldwide then cuts the price of the Redmi Note 8 Pro for good measure
Xiaomi has been celebrating the sales of over 30 million smartphones from the Redmi Note 8 series, which was launched in August 2019. Redmi general manager Lu Weibing has been talking about the success of the Redmi Note 8 and also delivering news of temporary price cuts for certain models. Apparently, a focus on young users has contributed to the amazing sales record.
Asus ROG Strix GT35: Intel Core i9-10900KF and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti combine for AAA gaming glory
Asus has added a new pre-built gaming desktop PC to its lineup in the form of the ROG Strix GT35. The device can be fitted with a Comet Lake-S processor up to the Intel Core i9-10900KF and can be configured with one of numerous high-powered graphics cards from Nvidia, including the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB.
Xiaomi tries to convince potential Mi Note 10 Lite buyers with stellar battery life statistics
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 smartphone lineup recently got larger thanks to the release of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite variant. The new addition to the series shares the same decent-sized 5,260 mAh battery as the regular Mi Note 10, and Xiaomi has been busy bragging about the various runtimes users can expect from the Lite model.
Lenovo Legion gaming smartphone renders and key specs revealed: Pop-up camera on the side and higher touch sampling rate than the OnePlus 8 Pro
Marketing videos from Lenovo have revealed a wealth of details about the upcoming Lenovo Legion gaming smartphone. The device features two USB Type-C ports for charging a 5,000 mAh dual-cell battery and the company claims 0-100% charge in 30 minutes. Unusually, the Lenovo Legion smartphone has a pop-up camera on its side.
AMD Ryzen 7 4700G Renoir desktop APU in the works? Maybe, but the one spotted on UserBenchmark was actually a cloaked Ryzen 7 3700X
A UserBenchmark record for an AMD Ryzen 7 4700G was discovered recently, and it sparked a flurry of excitement that AMD was finally preparing to unleash Renoir desktop APUs onto the market with surprisingly good specifications. However, it seems a mischievous user has been fiddling with regedit to cloak a Ryzen 7 3700X.
New PlayStation 5 concept design video offers funky cooling fan solution and screenshots of future PS5 game The Lord of the Rings: Gollum are leaked
A new PlayStation 5 concept design video has been uploaded by VR4Player and the striking console features a novel idea for the cooling solution, which appears to consist of a fan hidden under a removable lid. Screenshots taken from an unknown platform of the future PS5 game Lord of the Rings: Gollum have been shared online.
Discovery of an "AMD Pulsar M200502" in a Dell G3 laptop leads to new Ryzen 4000 APU speculation, but it's actually an old Intel chip in disguise
A UserBenchmark record featuring an “AMD Pulsar M200502” processor has recently been discovered, curiously as a part of a Dell G3 laptop. There was some speculation that this could possibly be a new Ryzen 4000 engineering sample going through preliminary testing, but the truth is much more prosaic. All the evidence points to an Intel chip in disguise.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 laptop with AMD Ryzen 7 4800U to finally go on sale on May 16
The sale date for the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 ultrabook featuring an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U APU has been announced. Apparently, public sales will begin on May 16 with a pre-sale starting on May 11. The AMD-based Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 was originally expected to be released in April but was delayed, possibly due to the coronavirus pandemic.
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and Intel Core i3-10100 clash in benchmark battle of the budget titans with the spoils ultimately shared
Benchmark comparisons between the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and Intel Core i3-10100 desktop processors have been dug up that show the two budget rivals offering up a fair contest against each other. The chips were tested on 3DMark’s Fire Strike and Time Spy benchmarks, with the AMD part edging the former and the Intel CPU stronger in the latter.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U in Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 arms itself with a Fire Strike Physics Score that shoots down the Intel Core i7-1065G7 and targets the Core i7-10750H
An AMD Ryzen 7 4800U inside a Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 device has managed a remarkable Physics Score in 3DMark’s Fire Strike test. The Renoir APU notched up 17,578 points, which puts it far out of reach of the similarly energy efficient Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 and within shouting distance of the more power-hungry Comet Lake Intel Core i7-10750H.
Matisse paints a beautiful picture for Zen 2 and Ryzen 3000 as AMD claims 91% of Mindfactory's CPU sales for April
Mindfactory’s sales data for March 2019 to April 2020 has been released and the CPU charts make for extremely grim viewing for Intel. In March of last year, Intel had a reasonable 31% of the sales share but that has now plummeted to just 9% by April this year. Clearly, the Zen 2-based Matisse range has been a runaway hit for AMD.
AMD Ryzen 5 4600HS in Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 scores higher than the average Intel Core i7-10750H on UserBenchmark but still gets a lower bench result
An AMD Ryzen 5 4600HS APU sample has been spotted on UserBenchmark as part of an Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop. The new Ryzen 4000 chip racked up some excellent scores on the benchmark that offered a higher overall score than the average overall score of all the Intel Core i7-10750H samples that had been tested…but the Renoir APU received a lower bench result.
Alleged Xiaomi Mi Band 5 wearable fitness tracker images leaked
Three supposed images of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 wearable fitness tracker have been leaked. The images originate from a popular Chinese social networking site and feature the wearable in switched-on and turned-off states. There is a distinctly visible capacitive button taking up a good portion of the narrow-bezel display.
Noted Xiaomi tipster believes the images are fake.
Assassin's Creed II is free on the Ubisoft store until May 5 or pre-order the Assassin's Creed Valhalla Collector's Edition for US$199.99
Ubisoft is giving three games away for free until May 5: Assassin’s Creed II, Rayman Legends, and Child of Light. The company’s store also has a number of titles that are free to try as demos, including Tom Clancy’s The Division. Four versions of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla can be pre-ordered for the PC, with the Collector’s Edition priced at US$199.99.
Xiaomi Mi 6 Mercury Silver Edition on sale for 19,999 yuan (US$2,831) or bid for a Xiaomi Mi 7 prototype for over 1 million yuan (US$141,597)
A couple of rare Xiaomi smartphones are currently being offered for sale: a Xiaomi Mi 6 Mercury Silver Edition and a Xiaomi Mi 7 prototype sample. The special variant of the Mi 6 can be purchased for 19,999 yuan (US$2,831) but you will need to have very deep pockets if you want to get your hands on the extremely rare Xiaomi Mi 7 device.
Update: Xiaomishka believes the so-called Mi 7 is a disguised Mi 8.
Core i9-10900K in a 27-inch iMac: Intel and Apple could combine to offer the world's fastest gaming processor in a refreshed all-in-one
It has been speculated that Apple could decide to refresh its iMac lineup with Comet Lake-S desktop processors later this year. There have been many rumors about a potential upcoming iMac series redesign, including a new 23-inch variant. It’s possible the 27-inch iMac could be configured with the 5.3 GHz-capable Intel Core i9-10900K.
Tenuous PlayStation 5 rumor claims the new PS Store UI will allow instant demo game-playing on the PS5 console
A new PlayStation 5 rumor has started catching considerable attention on social media. Apparently, PS5 owners would be able to access the overhauled PS Store user interface and playtest games immediately without having to wait for lengthy downloads. The system would give gamers the opportunity to try out titles in a similar way to playing a demo before making a purchase.
Alleged European prices for POCO F2 Pro smartphones highlight Xiaomi's controversial pricing policy for foreign markets
Alleged prices for two variants of the European market Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro smartphone have been leaked. The cheapest model starts at €649 (US$711), which is a considerable mark-up from the domestic market, where the phone is known as the Redmi K30 Pro. However, this seems to confirm Xiaomi’s aspirations of emulating OEMs like Samsung and Apple.
Intel Core i9-10900K hands out huge Time Spy CPU Score but gets unsurprisingly left far behind by AMD Ryzen 9 3950X in Cinebench R15 multi-core comparison
Intel’s new Comet Lake Core i9-10900K has been spotted in a couple of benchmarks. The 10-core desktop processor performed incredibly well in 3DMark’s Time Spy where it produced a high CPU score. However, the i9-10900K fared much worse in a Cinebench R15 multi-core comparison, lagging far behind a 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 3950X chip.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and Radeon RX 5500M team up for fierce FPS results in MSI Bravo 15 and Bravo 17 introduction video: "The World's Premier 7nm Gaming Laptop"
AMD has introduced the new MSI Bravo 15 and Bravo 17 laptops in a short promo video that highlights the kind of experience gamers should get out of “the World’s Premier 7nm Gaming Laptop”. The very capable devices can be fitted with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H APU and a Radeon RX 5500M GPU, which combine to offer some impressive FPS rates.
Xiaomi's Redmi K30i 5G smartphone specs and images found in TENAA listing
A 5G smartphone from Xiaomi has recently appeared in the TENAA database that could end up being the rumored Redmi K30i. The device has the model number M2001G7AC and the certification from the Chinese authority confirms this phone will come with a 48 MP main camera, whereas the regular Redmi K30 5G came with a 64 MP main camera.
PlayStation 5 news: Finally, a sensible placeholder price; more possible launch and reveal dates; and some spurious PS5 reveal event details
An Italian retailer has provided a new placeholder price for the PlayStation 5, and at €450 (US$488) it seems to be one of the more sensible estimates made lately for the next-gen console. The same source has provided a potential launch date while a games reporter has offered up yet another PS5 reveal date. New spurious reveal event rumors haven’t fully convinced skeptical fans.
Quad-core AMD Ryzen 3 3100 CPU gets caught speeding at up to 4.50 GHz on all cores on 3DMark and up to 4.60 GHz on Geekbench
The upcoming quad-core AMD Ryzen 3 3100 CPU has been doing the rounds on synthetic benchmarks lately, where overclocked samples have been chalking up some serious scores thanks to the additional voltage being pumped into them. The fastest clock rate recorded by the Ryzen 3 3100 in these particular tests was 4.60 GHz on Geekbench 5.
Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro are the new 5G smartphones with MediaTek Dimensity 800 SoCs that Xiaomi is preparing to release
It has been reported that Xiaomi is working on two new 5G smartphones that will soon be released as the Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro. The two devices will apparently feature processors from MediaTek’s Dimensity 800 series and should eventually find their way onto global markets, including China and India.
PlayStation 5 fans eagerly hop on the hype train as Official PlayStation Magazine sparks speculation of a PS5 reveal in May
A page from the digital version of the latest edition of Official PlayStation Magazine (OPM) has whipped many PlayStation 5 fans into a frenzy in regard to the potential of an upcoming reveal event for the next-gen console. While many believe the page’s text and magazine’s publishing date point to a PS5 reveal in May, others have decided to err on the side of caution.
Update: OPM refutes fan claims but new source suggests June 4 reveal event.
GPD Win Max price set at US$779 for its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that starts on May 18
Early backers of the GPD Win Max handheld PC during its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign will be able to secure one of the mini gaming laptops for US$779. The Win Max features an Intel Ice Lake processor and comes with a built-in game controller and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. The crowdfunding campaign is expected to start on May 18.
The retail price for the Win Max will be US$885; crowdfunding ends on June 30.
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X continues its benchmark rampage by fending off both the Intel Core i3-10300 and Core i7-7700K in Fire Strike
The AMD Ryzen 3 3300X has been spotted on 3DMark’s Fire Strike racking up a healthy Physics Score that should please anyone considering a future purchase of this budget desktop CPU. The Ryzen 3 3300X managed to surpass the upcoming Intel Core i3-10300 and scored higher than the Intel Core i7-7700K that we have tested several times.
PlayStation 5's DualSense controller gets a tasty 3D treatment from Snoreyn in his latest polished PS5 console concept design video
Snoreyn, also known as designer Giuseppe Spinelli, has posted a great new PlayStation 5-related video on YouTube with the focus firmly on the DualSense controller. Although the PS5 console does make an appearance in the concept design clip, the star of the show is the DualSense, which looks even more fetching when decked out in red.
Philips reveals 34-inch Momentum UltraWide gaming monitor with 144 Hz refresh rate that could be ideal for the PS5 and Xbox Series X
Philips has announced the new 345M1CR Momentum UltraWide gaming monitor, which could be an option for gamers pondering about what to use with a future purchase of either a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X. The 34-inch curved-screen monitor can manage a 144 Hz refresh rate and offers a high WQHD resolution (3440x1440).
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 featuring AMD's Ryzen 5 4500U APU goes on sale starting at US$649.99; cheaper Ryzen 3 4300U variant available in some countries
Lenovo has started selling the IdeaPad 5 laptop with a Ryzen 4000 APU from AMD inside it. The 14-inch model with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U can be had for a price starting at US$649.99 in the US, while shoppers in the UK can go for a cheaper 15-inch variant with the Ryzen 3 4300U chip from £404.99 (US$501). Lenovo customers in Germany are spoiled for choice.
Update: Ryzen 5 4600U, Ryzen 7 4700U, and Ryzen 7 4800U options also available in some countries.
GPD Win Max pre-sale price for Chinese market leaked: 4,999 yuan (US$706) for a handheld gaming computer with Thunderbolt 3 and quad-core Ice Lake processor
The alleged pre-sale price and post “early bird” deal price for the GPD Win Max handheld computer have been leaked ahead of its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The prices, which are for the Chinese market, are mentioned as 4,999 yuan (US$706) rising to 5,799 yuan (US$819) for those who don’t take advantage of snapping up the GPD Win Max early enough.
Devs for upcoming PlayStation 5 game Quantum Error combine a PC and Unreal Engine 4 to give gamers a glimpse of how it may look on the PS5
The creators of Quantum Error have started sharing screenshots of their upcoming game, which is being developed for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The horror title is set to utilize the real-time ray tracing and 4K at 60 FPS gaming capabilities of the PS5, with the devs stating that they were using a “PC at similar settings” and Unreal Engine 4 to create the trailer and screenshots.
Huge Pokémon Gold and Silver source code leak reveals some very beta-looking pocket monsters
The full source code for Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version has been shared online, and fans have been thoroughly enjoying going through the dozens of images that were part of the various builds. This includes pictures of front and back Pokémon sprites and beta designs for characters such as Pichu and Shuckle.
PlayStation 5 news: Fan-made heat sink render offers final design clues; no, GamesRadar didn't just leak the console; new PS5 revelation rumored for next week
Fan-made renders based on what is believed to be a patent for the PlayStation 5’s heat sink has led some to believe the console may emulate the PS4 in design. A brief glimpse of a “PS5” in a video from GamesRadar temporarily had fans in a flap. A Norwegian media outlet has claimed that something new about the next-gen console will be revealed next week.
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X starts cementing its position as a budget CPU champion by beating the Intel Core i3-10300 in Time Spy benchmark
An AMD Ryzen 3 3300X and an Intel Core i3-10300 have been spotted in a comparison on 3DMark’s Time Spy benchmark. In another blow for Team Blue, it appears that the new budget Matisse chip from AMD has the edge on the upcoming Comet Lake processor. The Ryzen 3 3300X managed a CPU score that was +3.3% over the i3-10300's result.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth Edition specs and official render revealed
The specifications for the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth Edition smartphone have been posted online along with an official render of the device. The Chinese-language documents reveal a frequency of 2.4 GHz for the processor, which suggests it will be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G powering these colorful smartphones.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite, Redmi Note 9, and Redmi Note 9 Pro coming to Europe soon
It’s believed that Xiaomi will soon be releasing the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite, the Redmi Note 9, and the Redmi Note 9 Pro smartphones onto the European market. The Lite version of the Xiaomi Note 10 has been in and out of the news lately, and it is expected it will come with a large battery and penta-camera setup on the rear.
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X calls time's up on the Intel Core i7-7700K by overpowering it in Geekbench's single-core and multi-core tests
The budget AMD Ryzen 3 3300X Matisse desktop processor has been tested on Geekbench 4 in combination with an ASRock X470 Gaming-ITX/ac motherboard. The new CPU has thrown up a single-core score and multi-core score that can beat the median scores for the thousands of Intel Core i7-7700K that have appeared on the same benchmark.
Potential bad news for Redmi Pad 5G admirers: Noted tipster believes the leaked promo image of the new tablet from Xiaomi is fake
A recent leak concerning an alleged Redmi Pad 5G tablet depicted a very attractive device at an almost unbelievable price. A well-known tipster has taken a closer look at the leaked image and believes its contents are fake. The Redmi Pad 5G was billed to bring 5G connectivity, a Snapdragon 765G SoC, and 30 W fast charge for just 1,999 yuan (US$282).
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 achieves solid scores on Geekbench and can take on the aging but still speedy Intel Core i7-7700K until the Comet Lake-S i3-10100 arrives
An AMD Ryzen 3 3100 CPU has been spotted on Geekbench being put through its paces, and the new Matisse processor performed well considering its entry-level status. The scores it achieved are similar to those of the Kaby Lake Intel Core i7-7700K, which could indicate the Zen 2 chip’s ability to hold up well against the upcoming Intel Core i3-10100.
Xiaomi Redmi K30i first promo image appears: Looks exactly how you would expect a Redmi K30 Lite to look like
News of the Redmi K30i from Xiaomi has only just started appearing and now an alleged first promo image has been leaked. The budget 5G smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer looks exactly how a “lite” version of the popular Redmi K30 5G would look like. However, the K30i only has one camera on the front.
A noted Xiaomi tipster has stated that the supposed K30i promo image is a fan render.
Chinese market Redmi 10X specs, renders, SoC, and price revealed; will be the Redmi Note 9 for the global market
Details about the upcoming Redmi 10X smartphone from Xiaomi have been published, and it seems this will be the Chinese market version of the Redmi Note 9. The entry-level phone will cost 1,499 yuan (US$212) and comes with a Helio G85 from MediaTek. No specific release date has been revealed yet, but it will likely come to market soon.
PlayStation 5 news: Lighter OS, DualSense's Create button is like Nvidia's ShadowPlay, and Crash Bandicoot is coming to the PS5
There has been a rumor that the operating system for the PlayStation 5 will be considerably more streamlined than the one used for the PS4 system, freeing up some vital storage space. More details have been offered about the DualSense’s Create button that will allow real-time editing, and it seems a new Crash Bandicoot game could be a PS5 launch title.
Microsoft trademarks new logo for Xbox Series X
New trademark details for an Xbox Series X logo have been spotted, with the filing date being recorded as 16 April. The new logo is surprisingly simple, featuring the word “SERIES” running vertically by the side of a large “X”, which has been deliberately stylized in an incomplete form. It’s not yet known if Microsoft will actually use the logo with the Xbox Series X console.
Low-cost Redmi Band fitness tracker to be released in Europe as the Xiaomi Mi Band 4C
It seems likely that Xiaomi will release the very affordable Redmi Band onto the European market as the Mi Band 4C. The fitness tracker has been spotted in registration certificates as the Mi Smart Band 4C, but some detective work has unearthed the evidence that points to this wearable simply being a rebranded Redmi Band.
Lockhart at this Microsoft: Fantastic fan-made Xbox Series S concept design met with almost universal approval
A fantastic fan-made concept design of the still unconfirmed Microsoft Xbox Series S console, also known as Lockhart, has been pleasing the members of the popular Xbox One Reddit group. The design, which has been compared with both the GameCube and the ill-fated Ouya console, has been applauded for its small size and “cute” looks.
Forget the upcoming PS5 vs Xbox Series X battle, the PlayStation 4 is still busy destroying the Xbox One in global hardware sales
Global hardware sales figures for major consoles have been shared online, and it appears that the PlayStation 4 is still far and away the most popular console in the world at the moment. Over 325,000 units of the PS4 were sold in the sales week starting April 11, which is almost seven times as many Xbox One units that were sold.
PlayStation 5 mass production to begin in June with simultaneous global launch planned; PS5 reveal event could land in late May or early June
PlayStation 5 consoles will apparently start being assembled as part of the mass-production process in June. With the huge E3 trade event now cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been claimed that there will be next-gen console or game showcases to fill the gap. PlayStation boss Jim Ryan wants the PS5 made globally available at launch time.
OPPO Find X2 Neo 5G smartphone latest renders leaked along with rumored specifications, release date, and price
New renders for the upcoming OPPO Find X2 Neo 5G smartphone have been published online. The device is believed to be a rebranded OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G for the global market. Along with the latest renders there are rumored specifications, release date, and price, with the OPPO Find X2 Neo apparently heading to Europe for €700 (~US$761).
The Xiaomi Redmi K30i will be an even cheaper version of the Redmi K30 5G
It has been rumored that Xiaomi has yet another Redmi K30 smartphone in the works. Apparently, the next phone in the pipeline will be a “lite” version of the current Redmi K30 5G. Known as the Redmi K30i, this latest device will differ from the regular Redmi K30 5G with its camera specifications and bargain price.
If Sony doesn't accept a loss on initial PS5 console sales then Microsoft's Xbox Series X will wipe the floor with the PlayStation 5
Holiday 2020 is gearing up to be a true battle of the console giants: PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X. Gamers have been discussing specifications, components, power, exclusive titles, backwards compatibility and more to decide which console could be classed as the better prospect. But if Sony doesn’t take a hit on the initial PS5 console run then Microsoft could utilize its superior financial strength to make sure the XSX wins the next-gen console contest.
Prices for MSI 400-series motherboards for Intel Comet Lake-S leaked: €960 (~US$1,044) for the top-end MEG Z490 Godlike
Prices for the 400-series of motherboards from MSI have been leaked online, with the cheapest board costing €200 (US$217) and the most expensive board costing €960 (~US$1,044). These new components will support the LGA 1200 socket that is required for Intel’s upcoming Comet Lake-S series of desktop processors.
Intel Core i5-10600K and Core i5-10600KF peak at 4.98 GHz on Geekbench and post scores that defy the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X but at a cost
Both the Intel Core i5-10600K and Core i5-10600KF processors have been spotted on Geekbench managing to reach peak frequencies of 4.98 GHz. The attractive single-core and multi-core scores posted by the Comet Lake processors can rival the median Geekbench results managed by the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X.
MediaTek Dimensity and 5G at a great price: OPPO launches the A92s with Dimensity 800 SoC for 2,199 yuan (~US$311)
OPPO has made the A92s smartphone available for pre-order to customers in China. The midrange handset comes with a MediaTek Dimensity 800 5G processor, and it can be configured with either 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage or 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. OPPO is offering this 5G-capable Dimensity-wielding device from just 2,199 yuan (~US$311).
PlayStation 5 graphics comparison for Observer: System Redux shows off ray tracing and 4K at 60 fps gaming but leaves PS5 fans with mixed feelings
A reveal trailer for the game Observer: System Redux has been shared on YouTube highlighting “next-gen graphics”. However, a clip showing a graphics comparison between the original PC version and upcoming PlayStation 5 version has been met with mixed opinions from viewers, although there are glimpses of the PS5’s ray-tracing power on show.
Rumored Xiaomi Smart IoT product roadmap for Europe leaked - Mi TV Stick, Mi Smart Home Hub, and Mi Electric Scooter incoming
A supposed product roadmap revealing Xiaomi’s plans for the European market over the next few months has been leaked. The list contains already revealed items, such as the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 and Mi AIoT Router, but there is also mention of the Mi TV Stick, Mi Smart Home Hub, and Mi Electric Scooter for fans in Europe to look forward to.
Intel Core i7-10700K clears 5 GHz and performs well on Geekbench but just cannot break the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X in multi-core testing
An Intel Core i7-10700K processor has been spotted on Geekbench throwing out some good numbers in both the single-core test and the multi-core test. The Comet Lake chip also managed to surpass a 5 GHz clock rate during testing. However, its strong multi-core score is still short of what AMD’s older Ryzen 7 3800X has managed.
UserBenchmark gets banned from major subreddit due to drama generation
UserBenchmark has received a significant blow today with the news that it has been banned from a major subreddit. The moderators of r/hardware, which has over 1.1 million members, have made the decision that threads regarding the oft-maligned benchmark have no value and simply generate drama. Posts or links in regard to UserBenchmark will no longer be allowed.
UserBenchmark has now also been banned by r/Intel, while r/AMD has issued a restriction.
OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro sales go over 100 million yuan (US$14.1 million) in just one hot minute
It has been reported that sales in China of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro smartphones have exceeded over 100 million yuan in just one minute. At the current exchange rate, that is equivalent to over US$14.1 million. The new flagship smartphones have only just been launched and look set to be the smartphone world’s current hottest item.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 definitely coming as Huami reaffirms close business relationship
Huami has confirmed that the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is still on course to launch later this year and that the working relationship between the two companies is as strong as ever. Recent rumors had suggested that Xiaomi was considering taking its considerable investment out of Huami, which could have scuppered plans for the Mi Band 5 wearable.
Redmi Note 9 specs and images revealed and it is already splitting opinions with its distinctive design
Some key specs and images of what is presumed to be a Redmi Note 9 smartphone have been published. The device has been spotted as the Xiaomi M2003J15SC on TENAA listings, with noted leakers suggesting it could be the Redmi Note 9. The images show the smartphone with a quad-core camera setup on the rear in a square-shaped housing.
PlayStation 5 initial production run limited to 6 million as high-end specs could lead to a high retail price for the PS5 console
A new report has stated that Sony is considering a limited production run initially for the PlayStation 5. Apparently, 5-6 million units could be made available by March 2021, with the figure being affected by the cost of the console’s components that will in turn influence the eventual retail price. A high price would likely reduce demand for the PS5.
Intel Core i5-10600 sample manages higher bench result on UserBenchmark than AMD Ryzen 5 3600 despite overall lower test scores
A Comet Lake Intel Core i5-10600 sample has been spotted on UserBenchmark, where it managed an “outstanding” bench result and scored particularly highly in the single-core test. However, even though its overall score is lower than the average total score of the AMD Ryzen 5 3600, the Intel chip was awarded a higher benchmark percentage.
Xiaomi leaks part of its MIUI 12 user interface by mistake
Xiaomi seems to have leaked a small portion of its MIUI 12 user interface by accident. It’s widely believed that the Chinese OEM is busy working on the latest version of its Android overlay and there has even been a recent leak listing which smartphones will be supposedly first to receive MIUI 12. The latest user interface seems to have a darker appearance overall.
Xiaomi Comet prototype smartphone proves that Xiaomi has dabbled with IP68 waterproofing before
Photos of a Xiaomi Comet engineering prototype smartphone have been shared online, and it bears a distinct resemblance to the design of the Black Shark 3 gaming phone. Apparently, the Xiaomi Comet sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC and is IP68 certified, which is surprising considering the OEM’s fondness for IP53-level protection.
Microsoft Surface Book 3 launch imminent as core specs revealed: Intel Core i5-10210U or i7-10510U, up to 32 GB RAM, up to 1 TB SSD, Nvidia Quadro GPU
New details about the Microsoft Surface Book 3 have been published that indicate the device will soon be released. The latest retailer listings describe the core configurations for the 13.5-inch and 15-inch Surface Book 3 convertibles along with a list of prices in Euros. It seems these new Surface devices will be coming with quad-core Intel Comet Lake-U processors.
GPD starts Win Max handheld console assembly: Price coming later this month; campaign begins in May
GPD has been slowly drip-feeding general information and technical details about the upcoming Win Max handheld console lately. Images of the device’s motherboard have just been posted online and somewhat scant updates in regard to the price and campaign release for the handheld computer have also been offered.
Fan-made PlayStation 5 game case design concepts tackle a new PS5 debate: Square or rectangular?
The covers and cases for games for the PlayStation 5 have become the latest design aspect of the next-generation console that talented fans have decided to focus on, with some settling for square-shaped concepts and others preferring a more rectangular approach to the all-important case design. Square-shaped cases for games were common with the original PlayStation.
Potential Microsoft Surface Book 3 prices revealed for both display sizes and multiple configurations
A tech blogger has managed to get hold of some price lists that could be for the upcoming Microsoft Surface Book 3 devices. The listings also included prices for various related accessories and possibly the Surface Go 2. It has been opined that the “Surface Project T” could be the 13.5-inch Surface Book 3 while “Surface Project U” could be the 15-inch model.
Leaked industry details reveal Gigabyte Aero 15 Studio XB with Intel Core i7-10875H reaching greater benchmark heights thanks to Microsoft Azure AI and Control Center optimizations
Gigabyte has managed to squeeze extra performance out of its Aero 15 Studio XB laptop that features an Intel Core i7-10875H processor. Leaked industry information demonstrates benchmark result improvements in Geekbench and Cinebench R15 for the upcoming versatile laptop, pushed along with the help of Azure AI and Gigabyte’s Control Center.
10-core Intel Core i9-10900F desktop CPU does well in Geekbench multi-core test but then gets put to shame by 8-core AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS mobile APU
A 10-core Intel Core i9-10900F desktop processor has been spotted as part of an HP system on Geekbench, where it racked up strong single-core and multi-core scores. Unfortunately for the upcoming Comet Lake chip, its multi-core score lagged behind the result we recorded for an AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS in an Asus Zephyrus G14 laptop.
PlayStation 5 SSD gains speed kudos thanks to timely reminder that it was a "low-speed" PS5 devkit SSD that whupped the PS4 Pro in that famous Spider-Man demo
An observant Reddit user has offered up a timely reminder about the speed of the upcoming PlayStation 5’s SSD. In a demo from last year, a PS5 devkit thrashed a PS4 Pro in a loading and rendering comparison using Marvel’s Spider-Man as the test game. However, it seems many have forgotten that this PS4 Pro-whupping devkit was actually a “low-speed” variant.
Lu Weibing says IP53 for the Redmi K30 Pro is sufficient - social media users disagree and persuade him to consider IP68 for future Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones
Lu Weibing, Xiaomi executive and general manager of Redmi, has been pondering the subject of Ingress Protection ratings on the Chinese social media site Weibo. The Redmi boss declared that IP53 was enough for the Redmi K30 Pro but was soon convinced by his followers that IP68 should be considered in regard to future smartphones.
Intel Core i9-10900, i7-10700K, and i7-10700 Canadian retail prices seem competitive against Coffee Lake chips but are a missed opportunity against AMD Matisse CPUs
A Canadian retailer has published the prices for the upcoming Comet Lake-S processors Intel Core i9-10900, Intel Core i7-10700K, and Intel Core i7-10700. The parts are similarly priced, at least with this particular outlet, to their Coffee Lake predecessors. However, it seems AMD Matisse processors could still offer users a decent price/performance edge.
Redmi AirDots 2 and Redmi SonicBass Wireless Earphones from Xiaomi likely to be announced soon
Recently spotted Bluetooth certificates have indicated an upcoming announcement of two new products from the Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi: the Redmi AirDots 2 and the Redmi SonicBass Wireless Earphones. The first Redmi AirDots have been called a cheap AirPods killer and offered active noise cancellation and Bluetooth 5.0 support.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite prices for 64 GB Wi-Fi variant and LTE model leaked; official support pages suggest upcoming release
European prices for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite have been leaked online. The prices relate to the 64 GB Wi-Fi variant and the 64 GB LTE model, although more SKUs with 128 GB storage are expected. Samsung has started publishing support pages for the upcoming Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, which suggests the tablet will soon be released.
Microsoft Surface Go 2 prices and estimated release schedule revealed while the next Microsoft Surface Book gets named
The Microsoft Surface Go 2 and the successor to the Microsoft Surface Book 2 should soon be available, and more details about both devices are starting to leak online. The price range for the Microsoft Surface Go 2 is expected to start at US$399 with the convertible launching in the next few weeks. The refreshed Microsoft Surface Book devices have been given unsurprising names.
This PlayStation 5 concept design from Snoreyn is so convincing it could be mistaken for the real PS5 console
Snoreyn (aka designer Giuseppe Spinelli) has often impressed with a number of PS5-related concept designs and this latest effort is no different. The talented artist seems to have combined design language from the PS4 and the DualSense controller to come up with this new set of more than convincing PlayStation 5 console renders.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro smartphone tops Soomal's display evaluation charts but there's no Huawei P40, OPPO Find X2, or Samsung Galaxy S20 to oppose it
The new Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro smartphone has leapfrogged over various iPhones to head Soomal’s display evaluation charts for both subjective user experience and the more objective professional color tests. It’s a good result for the Xiaomi device, but the charts do not yet include flagship rivals such as the Huawei P40, OPPO Find X2, or Samsung Galaxy S20.
Different motherboard same result: Intel Core i9-10900K chip's latest Geekbench multi-core score still can't surpass AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X
The upcoming Intel Core i9-10900K processor has been spotted speeding along on Geekbench 5, reaching a maximum frequency of 5.08 GHz. The Comet Lake chip in combination with an MSI Z490-S01 motherboard racked up a very strong single-core score but still stuttered behind the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in the multi-core test.
Intel Core i9-10980HK practically ties with AMD Ryzen 7 4800H in Geekbench 5 comparison but there is a huge power difference
A new Intel Core i9-10980HK processor has been spotted in a Gigabyte Aorus 17X YB laptop on Geekbench 5. The chip managed a single-core score of 1,352 points and a multi-core score of 8,386 points. The results are very similar to those of an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H in an Asus TUF Gaming laptop, but the Comet Lake processor can rely on a much higher power draw than the Renoir APU.
SIE boss Jim Ryan confirms Holiday 2020 launch for PlayStation 5 but only offers "coming months" for a PS5 console design reveal date
With all the incredible fanfare surrounding the recent reveal of the new DualSense controller for the PS5, many may have missed some important details from Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan. The executive has offered reassurance that the PlayStation 5 will launch in Holiday 2020 and a look at the console will take place “in the coming months”.
Alleged list of Xiaomi smartphones tipped for upcoming MIUI 12 update includes Xiaomi Mi 10, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, Redmi K30, and Redmi Note 8
A list of alleged Xiaomi smartphones that have been lined up to receive an update to MIUI 12 has been published online. A total of 23 devices are included on the list, which features phones from both Xiaomi and Redmi brands. The Mi 10, Mi 9, Mi Mix 3, Redmi K30, Redmi Note 8, and Redmi Note 7 are just some of the popular smartphones listed.
Codename Vermeer: AMD's Ryzen 4000 desktop processors could be released in September
A new report has stated that AMD’s highly anticipated Vermeer family of Ryzen 4000 desktop processors could be released around September this year. The latest series of AMD desktop CPUs is based on Zen 3 microarchitecture, with the chips expected to be manufactured on an improved 7nm+ process. AMD CEO Lisa Su has already hinted at this release timeframe.
Redmi Band now available via online retailer for US$19.99; affordable waterproof fitness tracker coming to India soon
The Redmi Band is now available through an online retailer for the low price of US$19.99. The cheap fitness tracker comes in a choice of four colors and is even waterproof. Unearthed BIS and Bluetooth certifications for the new Redmi Band from Xiaomi have indicated that the wearable will soon be made available in India.
PlayStation 5 news: Latest unnerving retailer placeholder price; new fan-made PS5 concept design influenced by DualSense controller and Xbox Series X
Another retailer has created a placeholder price for the upcoming PlayStation 5, and yet again the figure chosen is high enough to unnerve those fans hoping for something well under US$500. An interesting fan-made PS5 concept design has taken its cues from a combination of the just unveiled DualSense controller and the Xbox Series X.
Desktop processor dominance: PassMark's single-thread performance chart is headed by 17 Intel processors
PassMark’s current CPU Mark single-thread performance chart for desktop processors is still dominated by chips from Intel. A total of 17 Intel processors head the table before the first AMD part can be found in the form of the Ryzen 9 PRO 3900. Last month, the top 34 positions were held by Intel chips while an AMD APU was placed erroneously in the 35th spot.
Redmi follows Xiaomi's lead by pricing the top-specced Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition at 4,499 yuan (US$638)
Redmi has revealed the price for the top-specced variant of the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition, and it has taken many by surprise. The Xiaomi sub-brand is going to sell the smartphone at a price of 4,499 yuan, which at the current exchange rate is about US$638. This model of the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition comes with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB storage.
Xiaomi's cheap and cheerful Redmi Band fitness tracker appears in series of unboxed and hands-on images
Live images of the upcoming Redmi Band from Xiaomi have made their way online, and the fitness tracker looks surprisingly good considering its ridiculously low price point. The Redmi Band features a 1.08-inch color LCD screen and will initially cost 95 yuan (US$13) before rising to 99 yuan (US$14) upon wider retail release.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U APU's Fire Strike Physics Score challenges Intel Core i9-9880H results despite having much lower TDP
An AMD Ryzen 7 4800U has been found on 3DMark’s Fire Strike benchmark racking up a terrific Physics Score. The Ryzen 4000 APU managed 18,588 points, which is higher than the median score that we have achieved with devices sporting an Intel Core i9-9880H. However, the Intel chip can utilize a higher power draw than the new Renoir processor from AMD.
Dimensity rules: OPPO Reno3 5G easily tops AnTuTu's March chart for midrange smartphones thanks to its MediaTek Dimensity 1000L chipset
The OPPO Reno3 5G is still the top device in AnTuTu’s midrange smartphone chart, helped along by its impressive MediaTek Dimensity 1000L chipset. The OPPO phone now has an average score that is over 400,000 points, putting it way beyond its Exynos 980, Snapdragon 765G, and Kirin 810-powered competitors.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 smartphones dominate AnTuTu flagship leaderboard for March headed by the OPPO Find X2 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
AnTuTu has released its benchmark charts for March and Qualcomm Snapdragon 865-powered devices take up every place in the top 10 flagship list. At the top of the pile is the OPPO Find X2 Pro smartphone, which is the only device in the list to have an average score of over 600,000 points. Phones from Xiaomi, Redmi, vivo, and realme fill in the rest of the positions.
Epic's Spring Sale has dozens of games with huge discounts: Save 75% on big titles like Assassin's Creed Origins, Far Cry 5, and Anno 2205
Epic Games is holding a Spring Sale at the moment and there are dozens of titles to be had at knockdown prices. For example, 50% has been knocked off Borderlands 3, while 75% has been discounted from Assassin’s Creed Origins, Far Cry 5, and Anno 2205. The acclaimed This War of Mine can be purchased for just US$1.24.
Gigabyte Aero 15 XB with Intel Core i7-10875H trails Acer ConceptD 9 Pro with i9-9980HK in Geekbench and falls behind AMD Ryzen 7 4800H in multi-core test
The new Comet Lake-H high-end processor Intel Core i7-10875H has been tested on Geekbench as part of a Gigabyte Aero 15 XB laptop. The results left the Comet Lake chip behind the scores achieved by the Coffee Lake i9-9980HK found in the powerful Acer ConceptD 9 Pro, and the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H in HP’s Pavilion 24 grabbed a much higher multi-core score.
AMD Ryzen 9 4900U APU gets past the rumor stage by making a first appearance on UserBenchmark
An AMD Ryzen 9 4900U APU has turned up on UserBenchmark as part of a system labeled “AMD Ted3-RN”. The chip managed an excellent single-core score but the weaker multi-core scores show that this is an early engineering sample with more to come yet. The benchmark record details that the Ryzen 9 4900U has 8 cores and 16 threads.
Leaked promo material confirms 5 GHz and above for the Intel Core i9-10900K and Core i7-10700K; Core i5-10600K could be a winner at the right price
Some marketing material for the Comet Lake-S desktop processors Intel Core i9-10900K, Core i7-10700K, and Core i5-10600K, has been leaked. A lot of the information has already been published online, including the impressive 5.3 GHz boost clock for the i9-10900K. However, it is the i5-10600K that could be the best prospect if priced accordingly.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super Mobile GPU listed on Asus slide but remains missing in action
A slide from Asus has revealed that the manufacturer believed there would be an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super Mobile GPU coming from the graphics card company. However, even though there is a GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile part and a GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile GPU, it appears that there are no further plans for a 2060 variant at the moment.
Update: Asus has issued a short statement about the subject.
Intel reverses the trend in Steam's processor usage survey by snatching a significant chunk of AMD's overall share
Intel has witnessed a surprising reversal of fortune in Steam’s Hardware & Software Survey for March in terms of processor usage. While the chipmaker has been losing share against AMD consistently month after month, the latest data from Steam shows that Team Blue has now actually regained a significant amount of ground.
Nvidia's GeForce RTX 20 series continues to lure gamers with real-time hardware ray tracing and enjoys big gains in Steam's latest hardware survey
It appears that Nvidia’s RTX cards are enjoying increased adoption rates among gamers if Steam’s results for its March Hardware & Software Survey are anything to go by. The top eight video cards by usage in terms of percentage share change are all from Nvidia and five of them are GeForce RTX 20 series cards. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 led the pack with +0.53% change.
Fantastic PlayStation 5 retail box concept render inserts a positive note into the current PS5 saga
An expertly created concept render of the PlayStation 5 retail box has been made by noted designer Giuseppe Spinelli. The authentic-looking packaging gives yet another glimpse at what the PS5 console could look like, presuming Sony and Spinelli are even slightly in synch in regard to design. Considering recent developments, the new render is a welcome positive note.
Launches for Last of Us Part II and Marvel's Iron Man VR put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic
Naughty Dog and PlayStation have announced delays for The Last of Us Part II and Marvel’s Iron Man VR. According to statements from both companies, the current worldwide crisis has created logistical problems that mean the titles have to be put on hold “until further notice”. The Last of Us Part II had been scheduled for release on May 29.
Incendiary post infuriates PlayStation 5 fans with claims that Sony may have to delay and redesign the PS5 due to heating issues
A controversial post about the PlayStation 5 has rapidly spread across social media and forums due to its content. Although the claims made are currently unverifiable and the poster has made previous desultory comments about PlayStation hardware, the post has been successful in unsettling many concerned about a potential PS5 delay.
Budget business for a bargain: Dell Vostro 15 3590 with i7-10510U and AMD Radeon 610 GPU reduced from US$1,212 to US$699
Dell’s Vostro lineup might be overlooked for better known laptop series such as the Inspiron or XPS, but there are some very attractive deals to be had at the moment, especially if you’re looking for a budget device for a small business. For example, the Vostro 15 3590 with an i5-10210U, 8 GB RAM, and a 256 GB SSD is presently 43% off, cut from US$1,041.43 to US$599.00.
Alleged domestic prices for the Huawei P40 series will frustrate buyers of the global variants
The alleged domestic prices for the Huawei P40 smartphones have been leaked online, and they are considerably lower than the prices customers will have to pay for the flagship smartphones in the European and UK markets. It has been estimated that the prices will end up being around 30% cheaper for the Chinese models compared to the global variants.
Xiaomi celebrates shipping 100 million wearables with possible hint of upcoming Mi Band 5 launch
Xiaomi has posted some details about the upcoming Mi Fan Festival event that is taking place in China on April 3. The Chinese manufacturer revealed that over 100 million Xiaomi wearables had been shipped between 2014 and 2019 and that new wearables will be unveiled at the Festival. This could be a subtle hint that the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is about to be launched.
The new Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 laptop will grant a gamer's wishes with up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU and Intel Core i9-10980HK CPU
Asus has announced the ROG Strix SCAR 17 laptop that can be configured with either an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER or RTX 2080 SUPER mobile GPU and features Intel’s new i9-10980HK processor. The gaming laptop also offers users ROG Boost for additional performance, and it will be configurable with up to a 300 Hz display. Prices start at €1,899 (~US$2,121) in Germany.
New video of a PlayStation 5 devkit in action showing the main menu looks great - but sorry, PS5 fans, it's fake
A video clip of a supposed PlayStation 5 devkit in action has been recently uploaded to YouTube. There is a brief glimpse at the hardware and then the camera moves to a large monitor where we get a great look at the main menu and user interface. It’s an impressive show, but unfortunately for PS5 fans this is definitely fake.
Xiaomi and POCO announce mobile phone price increases in India due to raised GST
Both Xiaomi and POCO have revealed plans to raise the prices of their smartphone products in India due to the increase in Goods and Service Tax on mobile phones. The rate has gone from 12% to 18% and Xiaomi and POCO will soon be updating their smartphone prices accordingly. POCO has also blamed the value of the rupee and supply problems for the price hike.
HP Pavilion 24 All-in-One PC with AMD Ryzen 7 4800H shows multicore strength in Geekbench compared to the new Acer ConceptD 9 Pro with Intel Core i9-9980HK
An HP Pavilion 24 All-in-One PC with an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H APU inside it has been spotted being tested on Geekbench 5.1, where it managed a good single-core result and unsurprisingly a very strong multi-core score. The latter result was higher than what the Intel Core i9-9980HK amassed when we tested it as part of a new Acer ConceptD 9 Pro workstation.
Alleged Assassin's Creed Valhalla list of achievements leaked online
A list of the supposed unlockable achievements for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has been leaked online. It appears the upcoming title, which was previously believed to be called Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok, will offer gamers the chance to win trophies through completing sequences, indulging in some parkour, and by playing in co-operative mode.
Nintendo to celebrate 35 years of Super Mario with remasters of games like Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy for the Nintendo Switch
There are reports that Nintendo has big plans to celebrate 35 years since Super Mario Bros. came out. The celebration apparently includes remastering a whole host of Super Mario games specifically for the Nintendo Switch. Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy are believed to be on the remaster list.
AMD's Ryzen 5 3600 sold almost three times as many units than all of Intel's chips put together in latest Mindfactory CPU sales data
The latest CPU retail sales revealed from Mindfactory will make for hard reading for Intel. AMD is often dominant in terms of processor sales with the large German retailer, but the latest figures are really worth taking a closer look at. The individual sales numbers for both the Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 7 3700X top the total sales for all Intel CPUs.
Formidable Astro Slide 5G smartphone and pocket computer hybrid with meteoric MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chipset streaks past its Indiegogo goal in hours
Planet Computers has only just announced the Astro Slide 5G smartphone and pocket computer hybrid on Twitter and its Indiegogo campaign has already received more backing than the original goal. The Astro Slide is brimming with attractive features, including its transforming ability, super-fast MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chipset, full backlit keyboard, Wi-Fi 6 capability, and 48 MP main camera.
Latest potential PS5 price and release date offered up by Canadian retailer suggests the PlayStation 5 could be a bargain
Although nobody knows the exact PS5 price yet there have been quite a few retailers creating placeholders offering up details in regard to the cost and release date of the next-gen console. The latest offering, which comes from Play N Trade Vancouver Island, suggests that the PlayStation 5 could end up being quite a bargain.
World War Z free until April 2 on the Epic Games Store; refunds being issued for those who bought the game after February 13
World War Z is currently available to be had for free at the Epic Games Store for a limited time only. Other games that are free at the moment include Drawful 2, Figment, and Tormentor x Punisher. If you paid full price for World War Z after February 13, 11:00 AM ET, then you can expect an automatic refund coming your way soon.
Intel Core i3-10100T chip's performance on UserBenchmark gives hope for Comet Lake budget options
A Comet Lake-S desktop processor in the form of the Intel Core i3-10100T has been discovered being tested on UserBenchmark. The upcoming CPU was part of a Dell Precision 3640 Tower that featured 32 GB RAM and a fast SSD. The i3-10100T’s performance in the 1-core and 2-core tests could help make Comet Lake-S competitive in the budget sector.
PlayStation 5 news: Danish retailer offers eye-watering price and release date; nostalgic fan concept; poll shows PS5 is still the most wanted
The website for a Danish chain of supermarkets called føtex has created a placeholder for the upcoming PlayStation 5 that offers an astonishingly high price and a release date for the console. A new fan-made concept design will fill gamers with nostalgia, and a poll by IGN has shown that the PS5 is still the most-wanted next-gen console.
Fitbit Charge 4 fitness tracker promo video and prices for Europe leaked; built-in GPS module included for first time
A promo video showing off the upcoming Fitbit Charge 4 fitness tracker has been shared online. Prices for the European market for both the standard edition of the Charge 4 and the special edition of the fitness tracker have also been revealed. It seems Fitbit has also decided to install a GPS module in its latest Charge model.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H APU offers desktop CPU-like performance on Cinebench R15 in combination with Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 inside an Asus TUF Gaming laptop
An Asus TUF Gaming laptop has been put through its paces on Cinebench R15 utilizing the power of its AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor and its Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. The new 8-core Renoir chip scored 1,743 points, which puts it not too far behind the Ryzen 7 2700X. The latter is a fast desktop processor that scored 1,801 points in our tests.
Max savings on mini laptops: 17% off the GPD P2 Max Mini ultrabook or 20% off the GPD WIN 2 gaming laptop
GPD is currently offering some great discounts on its range of well-regarded handheld computers and consoles. The sale is part of a 10th anniversary celebration being held by AliExpress. Currently, it’s possible to pick up a GPD WIN 2 for US$620 or a P2 Max mini laptop for US$732.06. Further discounts are available for new customers and through coupons.
Xiaomi confirms upcoming Android 10 update for Mi CC9 Pro users in China and gives hope for Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro owners stuck on Android 9.0 Pie
Xiaomi has posted some exciting news on Chinese social media for owners of its Mi CC9 Pro smartphone. The manufacturer is planning on rolling out Android 10 for the device in April. As the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro is known in other parts of the world as the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 or Mi Note 10 Pro, then owners of those latter smartphones can start feeling hopeful about an OS update.
PlayStation 5 news: GameStop says no delay; Daredevil and Wolverine rumors; one PS5 GPU equals 1,658 PS2 GPUs
Video-game retailer GameStop has stated that there should be no delay to the launch of the PlayStation 5 console later this year. A tenuous leak on an imageboard has suggested that both Daredevil and Wolverine could be headed to the PS5. A fun GPU comparison has revealed that the next-gen console’s GPU’s TFLOPS count is equivalent to 1,658 PS2 GPUs.
Intel Core i9-10900K Geekbench test with ASRock Z490M Pro4 board shows healthy gains over i9-9900KS and threatens AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in multi-core result
A Comet Lake 10-core desktop processor in the form of the Intel Core i9-10900K has been flexing some multi-core muscles on Geekbench 5. The result recorded was 11,390 points, putting it way beyond the i9-9900KS on 9,458 points. Even AMD’s 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X isn’t far out of sight, with the Matisse chip pulling in 12,134 points.
MIUI 11 code offers further evidence that the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro will become the POCO F2 for the Indian market
Decompiled MIUI 11 code has strengthened the rumor that the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro smartphone will end up on the Indian market as the long-awaited POCO F2. If the code has been interpreted accurately, then Indian POCO fans will be in for a treat with the successor to the POCO F1, thanks to the presence of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC and a 6.67-in AMOLED panel.
Dell Latitude 5411 with Intel Core i5-10400H visits Geekbench and also runs up incredible single-core score on UserBenchmark
A couple of benchmarks involving a Dell Latitude and an Intel Core i5-10400H have been spotted and shared online. The Geekbench 5 results for the system reveal the i5-10400H is a four-core, eight-thread part that has a base clock of 2.6 GHz. The UserBenchmark record for the Intel Comet Lake-H chip features an amazing single-core score of 138 points.
Real-life images of the OnePlus 8 Pro leaked
A couple of images of the real OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone have been leaked online. It appears the upcoming device looks exactly like recent renders, as it sports a punch-hole selfie camera in the top left corner and features an identical quad-camera setup on the rear. It’s believed the phone will be launched in April and may cost US$799.
April 2 announcement date for Nvidia SUPER gaming laptops with Intel 10th Gen CPUs corroborated by MECHREVO promo image
A promo image shared by a Chinese OEM on a social network seems to confirm April 2 as the announcement date for new Nvidia SUPER gaming laptops with Intel 10th Gen CPUs. The marketing material from MECHREVO states that the company will be making some revelations about a new product, which could possibly be a Z3 gaming laptop.
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS performs better than the Ryzen 7 3700X and even the mighty Ryzen 9 3950X in startling UserBenchmark test
Benchmarks for the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS APU have started popping up and the latest one is quite a surprise. According to the results recorded on UserBenchmark, the Renoir chip outpaced both the Ryzen 7 3700X and even the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X. The Ryzen 4000 APU was tested in an Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop and managed an average bench of 96.7%.
Holiday 2020 is still on: Sony updates official PlayStation 5 landing page but remains tight-lipped about the PS5's price and release date
The landing page for the PlayStation 5 has been updated but unfortunately there is still no news about how much the console will cost, when it might be unveiled, or when the specific release date is. However, it seems the coronavirus pandemic may not have affected PS5 production, at least for the time being, as the holiday 2020 launch is still on.
Xiaomi announces the massive 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max that might be larger than your bed and costs 19,999 yuan (~US$2,832)
Xiaomi has introduced a huge television into the Redmi ranks in the form of the 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max. This giant smart device supports 4K resolution and comes with 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, and its own 12nm quad-core custom processor. The Redmi MAX has been priced at 19,999 yuan (~US$2,832) and is apparently 13.6% bigger than a single bed.
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS in Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 takes out Dell Precision 5540's Intel Core i9-9980HK in Geekbench multi-core contest
An Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop has been spotted on Geekbench being tested along with its powerful new AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS APU. While the reported single-core scores held up well against the rival Intel Core i9-9980HK, the Renoir chip’s multi-core results surpassed what the Coffee Lake processor managed in the Dell Precision 5540 we tested.
AMD enjoys gains in Mindfactory GPU and CPU sales data thanks to resurgent Radeon RX 5700 XT and consistent Ryzen 3000 demand
AMD has enjoyed a good week in terms of the sales data leaked from Mindfactory. Unsurprisingly, the popularity of the company’s Ryzen 3000 series has continued to help it keep a very strong lead over Intel in CPU sales; however, the previously stumbling Radeon RX 5000 series has enjoyed considerable uptake lately to greatly improve Team Red’s GPU share.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S offers similar AnTuTu result to Redmi Note 8 Pro but SD 720G should help avoid Helio G90T's notorious heat issues
A Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S has been tested on the AnTuTu benchmark and has offered up an appropriate mid-range score of 280,529 points. This puts the new smartphone in the same ballpark as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro, although the two devices use processors from different companies. The Redmi Note 9S is a rebranded Redmi Note 9 Pro for certain markets.
MacBook Air 2020 will offer the new Intel Core i3-1000NG4, i5-1030NG7, and i7-1060NG7 as processor options; i3 and i5 spotted on Geekbench 5
Apple has just unveiled the new MacBook Air model, but the specifications list on the official website did not disclose the full processor options. It appears buyers of the MacBook Air 2020 will be able to select from a choice of new Ice Lake SoCs: Intel Core i3-1000NG4, Intel Core i5-1030NG7, and Intel Core i7-1060NG7. These processors do not offer configurable TDPs unlike their similarly named counterparts.
Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro and K30 Pro Zoom Edition variants and prices revealed: Up to 12 GB RAM and 512 GB storage for the latter
The excitement in regard to Xiaomi’s Redmi China launch event is starting to build, and now it appears that the variants and some prices of both the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro and Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition smartphones have been revealed. The top-end variant of the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition will offer users a massive 12 GB of memory and 512 GB of storage.
Refreshed Xiaomi RedmiBook 14 Ryzen Edition laptop to be launched alongside the Redmi K30 Pro and K30 Pro Zoom smartphones on March 24
It appears Xiaomi has a truly jam-packed event coming up on March 24. The Chinese manufacturer apparently won’t be content with just unveiling the Redmi K30 Pro and Redmi K30 Pro Zoom smartphones. According to a noted leaker, Xiaomi will also be announcing a refresh for the RedmiBook 14 Ryzen Edition laptop with updated specifications.
Impressive graphic should cheer up disappointed PlayStation 5 fans focusing too much on the Xbox Series X power advantage
The next-gen console specifications have been revealed and on paper the numbers are clearly more favorable for the Xbox Series X. While many PlayStation 5 fans have been bemoaning the perception that Microsoft seems to have outplayed Sony, they have overlooked the fact of just how much the PS5 has to offer over the PS4.
Xiaomi offers up questionable solution for a foldable smartphone that takes great selfies in new design patent
Xiaomi seems to have come up with a novel idea for creating a foldable smartphone that could appeal to users who are particularly fond of taking selfies. According to this particular design patent, the Chinese manufacturer has decided that the camera setup part of the device needs to be foldable. This way, a powerful camera system can be used from either side.
Increase your web-surfing options: Private Internet Access offers yearly VPN service from US$2.85 a month thanks to 71% savings
Private Internet Access is currently offering some great deals on its Virtual Private Network (VPN) service. While the monthly subscription stands at US$9.95 each month, a 6-month plan can be had for the equivalent of US$5.99 a month. However, the best deal to be had is the yearly VPN service, which would cost the same as US$2.85 a month to subscribers.
New Geekbench results for AMD Ryzen 7 4800H in Asus TUF Gaming laptop top those of the Intel Core i9-9980HK in the Dell Precision 5540 and Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019
Some of the latest Geekbench 4 and 5 results for the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H APU have been shared online, and once more they offer the sort of high multi-core scores you would expect from a Ryzen 4000 processor. However, the Renoir part in the Asus TUF Gaming laptop also kept up with the single-core scores for the i9-9980HK found in the Dell Precision 5540 and Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019.
Comet Lake-S desktop processors led by Intel Core i9-10900K post respectable Fire Strike Physics Scores but have yet to face AMD's Ryzen 4000 Vermeer CPUs
No less than five Comet Lake-S desktop processors from Intel have been put in a 3DMark Fire Strike comparison to show off their decent Physics Scores. The CPUs chosen range from the i5-10400 all the way up to the mighty i9-10900K. The scores produced might be troublesome for some Matisse CPUs but will they bother AMD’s Vermeer Zen 3 chips?
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 to feature a web-chain system and web-swinging animation that will make the most of the PlayStation 5's powerful GPU
Some new information about Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 for the PlayStation 5 has been leaked on Reddit. A reveal of the title being developed by Insomniac Games is expected for summer, with the game possibly being released by September 2021. Animation-heavy web-swinging should allow gamers to fully enjoy the performance capabilities of the PS5’s GPU.
First Fitbit Charge 4 fitness tracker images leak online
Some images of the upcoming Fitbit Charge 4 fitness tracker have been leaked online, hot on the heels of the revealed full specifications for the wearable. The new pictures show the Charge 4 looking very similar to the Fitbit Charge 3, although the new watch face of the former features larger numerals than the latter.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS in Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 unsettles Intel Core i9-9880H in the Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 with sturdy Geekbench 5 results
An AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS has been spotted being put through its paces on Geekbench 5. The Ryzen 4000 APU was part of an Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop. The 8-core Renoir chip amassed decent single-core scores of 1,135 and 1,164 points and multi-core scores of 7,444 and 7,544 points in two separate tests. This puts it on a very fair footing with the Coffee Lake Intel Core i9-9880H.
Fitbit Charge 4 fitness tracker full specs revealed by online retailer including prices, colors, and NFC capability
The Fitbit Charge 4 fitness tracker has made a couple of online appearances recently. One of them was for an FCC certification and the other was on a retailer site. Unfortunately, no images of the Fitbit Charge 4 were leaked, but the prices and colors of the fitness tracker were revealed, as well as the fact it features NFC technology and is water resistant.
Xbox Series X release date may have been accidentally revealed on Xbox product page
It’s possible the Xbox product page just revealed the Xbox Series X release date. At the bottom of the page is the Xbox Series X logo and the slogan “power your dreams”. However, some regional variants of the site had the additional text “coming Thanksgiving 2020” underneath the slogan. An Xbox executive has reported the potential reveal as “inaccurately listed”.
Purism reveals the Librem Mini - a configurable mini PC with an Intel Core i7-8565U CPU and PureOS from US$599
Purism has launched its Librem Mini small form-factor mini PC, with preorders for the device now being taken. The tiny computer comes with a Whiskey Lake Intel Core i7-8565U processor and can be configured with up to 64 GB RAM. PureOS is offered as the operating system, with PureBoot and Librem Key support included for extra privacy and security.
GPD Win Max delivers praiseworthy FPS rates in thorough gaming test: Up to 55 FPS in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and 57 FPS for Borderlands 3
GPD has put its Win Max handheld computer through extensive testing in regard to its gaming capabilities. The company has measured FPS rates for numerous games and has come up with some great results that should attract plenty of customers. All the upper figures recorded were over 30 FPS, but some titles delivered unplayable lower rates for the GPD Win Max.
These latest PlayStation 5 fan-made concept renders will tide you over until the official PS5 console is revealed
Sony has still to officially present the PlayStation 5 next-gen console to the world. In the meantime, there have been plenty of concept renders made for the PS5, with two more turning up recently that offer a fresh perspective at what the console could look like. There is a growing belief that the coronavirus pandemic may be contributing to Sony’s continued silence.
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H in Asus TUF Gaming laptop demonstrates Zen 2 advantage by romping ahead of the Ryzen 7 3750H and Intel Core i7-8850H in Geekbench tests
The Geekbench 4 and 5 results for an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H APU in an Asus TUF Gaming laptop have been shared online, and they help demonstrate the performance improvements brought by the Zen 2 microarchitecture. In Geekbench 5, the Renoir chip scored 1,116 points (single core) and 6,337 points (multi core), putting it ahead of the older Ryzen 7 3750H and i7-8850H.
PlayStation 5 with 52 active CUs at 2.0 GHz and 13.3 TFLOPS - did the recent unveiled Xbox Series X specs just confirm PS5 rumors?
It’s possible the recent revelation of the full specs for the Xbox Series X may have actually confirmed some key details about the specs for the PlayStation 5. Important GPU information about both the XSX and PS5 were shared by a poster on a forum in December, and surprisingly the figures given for the Microsoft console have turned out to be accurate.
Upcoming Dell G5 Special Edition gaming laptop will be overflowing with AMD treats such as a Ryzen 4000 H-series APU and Radeon RX 5600M GPU
A new laptop from Dell’s G Series has been revealed, and it is packed with the latest technology from AMD. The Dell G5 SE (Special Edition) will bring a high-performance Ryzen 4000 H-series processor in combination with the RDNA-based AMD Radeon RX 5600M mobile graphics card with it. The Dell G5 SE should be available in the second quarter of 2020.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 with AMD Ryzen 4000 HS-series processor lays claim to being the world's most powerful 14-inch gaming laptop
Asus believes the ROG Zephyrus G14 will be the most powerful 14-inch gaming laptop in the world thanks to the help of its AMD Ryzen 4000 HS-series processor. The Taiwanese manufacturer has stuffed the computer full of high-end gaming-friendly components topped off with a Pantone-validated display that offers a 120 Hz refresh rate for the FHD variant.
AMD Ryzen 9 4900H APU teams up with Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 for encouraging Ashes of the Singularity performance
An AMD Ryzen 9 4900H APU with Radeon Graphics has been spotted alongside an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 performing well on the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark. The frame-rate measurements were high, with an average of all the batches recorded at 75.5 fps. The Renoir APU is listed as having 8 cores and 16 threads to call upon.
Alleged Apple A14 Geekbench results show potential iPhone 12 chip clocked at 3.1 GHz outscoring all previous iPhone SoCs and even the iPad Pro
Some extraordinary Geekbench results for a supposed Apple A14 SoC have been posted on the Weibo social network. The apparent mixture of Geekbench 4 and 5 information reveals that the chip was clocked at 3,090 MHz and features 6 cores. The hexa-core processor amassed huge test scores: 1,658 points for the single-core benchmark and 4,612 points for the multi-core test.
Call of Duty: Warzone goes ballistic by amassing 15 million players faster than both Apex Legends and Fortnite
The Call of Duty: Warzone battle royale game has managed to attract over 15 million players in just three days since being launched. The incredible figure has surpassed anything either Apex Legends or Fortnite managed in the same period of time. Over 6 million people downloaded the free-to-play game within its first 24 hours of release.
Xiaomi has now sold over 110 million Redmi Note smartphones around the world
Xiaomi has recently been highlighting the sales record of its Redmi Note devices on the company’s Twitter account. According to estimates provided by Canalys, the Chinese manufacturer has been successful in selling over 110 million Redmi Note smartphones around the world. The Redmi Note series was launched in 2014.
Wi-Fi 6 capable Netgear Nighthawk AX4 router currently less than half price at Walmart
Walmart has slashed the price of the Netgear Nighthawk AX4 router that offers Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) connection for faster streaming, downloading, gaming, and surfing. The router was previously listed at US$199.00, but shoppers can now pick it up for less than half price at US$99.00. This is a bargain price for a well-reviewed Wi-Fi 6-capable router.
Nvidia SUPER gaming laptops with Intel 10th Gen processors coming in April; will likely compete with upcoming Ryzen 4000 laptops
It has been reported that new laptops featuring one of Nvidia’s SUPER mobile GPUs and an Intel 10th Gen CPU will be made available in April. A whole range of SUPER mobile graphics cards, from the GeForce GTX 1650 all the way up to the RTX 2080, is expected to be announced. The Nvidia SUPER desktop counterparts have been popular with gamers.
AMD obliterated from PassMark's single-thread performance chart as Intel claims top 34 places thanks to version 10 update
The PassMark site has recently introduced version 10 of its PerformanceTest benchmark, with the result being that Intel processors now utterly dominate the single-thread performance chart. The Intel Core i9-9900KS tops the list with a result of 3,039, while the highest AMD chip is down in 35th position with the Ryzen 3 4300U on 2,673.
GPD Win Max video clip convinces fans with The Witcher 3 gameplay
GPD has uploaded a brief video clip of a Win Max handheld computer being put through its paces with a gaming session of The Witcher 3. The company claims the video was leaked, but it seems more like a handy tidbit of promotional material in reality. Reaction has been generally positive, although there is some concern about the device’s ergonomics.
Preposterous PlayStation 5 core specifications leaked: CPU @3.86 GHz, GPU with 56 CUs and 15.05 TFLOPS, 32 GB RAM, 1.5 TB SSD - all for US$499
Alleged core specifications for the upcoming PlayStation 5 have recently been shared online, although considering the source those anxious for news about the next-gen PS5 console should be prepared to dip into their salt reserves. The supposed leak states a powerful RDNA 2 7nm AMD GPU with 56 compute units @2.1 GHz, which apparently can reach a peak performance of 15.05 TFLOPS.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS chip's Time Spy Graphics Score demonstrates Renoir's higher performance per CU over Picasso despite same Vega architecture
A Time Spy Graphics Score for a Ryzen 7 4800HS APU has shown just how much AMD has managed to improve the iGPU performance for the Renoir generation of processors. The new Ryzen 4000 mobile chip managed to score 1,089 points, which placed it ahead of Picasso APUs like the Ryzen 7 3780U and Ryzen 7 3700U even though they have more compute units (CUs).
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U in Lenovo laptop creeps past Intel Core i7-1065G7 in Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 in Geekbench 4 multi-core test
A hexa-core AMD Ryzen 5 4500U APU has managed to achieve a higher score on Geekbench 4’s multi-core test than the quad-core Ice Lake Intel Core i7-1065G7. Although the latter Intel SoC is streets ahead of the Ryzen 4000 processor with its single-core score, its multi-core result of 18,772 points is not quite enough to fend off the Ryzen 5 4500U on 18,819 points.
Crazy new PlayStation 5 leak offers insane figure for GPU performance and includes image of an alleged PS5 prototype
More supposed PlayStation 5 details have been posted on an infamous imageboard, but this latest alleged leak also includes a photo that is apparently of a prototype PS5 console. Unfortunately, the image reveals very little detail about the device, apart from a seemingly very slim design. A new high GPU peak performance of 15.1 TFLOPS is also mentioned.
First AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir desktop APU appears on 3DMark 11 but offers lower scores than the Ryzen 7 4700U and Ryzen 7 4800U mobile APUs
A possible AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir desktop APU has been spotted on the 3DMark 11 benchmark. The processor, which was in a system that utilized a yet to be released Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro motherboard, managed an overall score of 5,659 points. This left it lagging behind laptop APUs such as the Ryzen 7 4700U and the Ryzen 7 4800U.
New Xbox Series X information incoming as PlayStation 5 GPU gets yet another speculated set of TFLOPS
Microsoft is planning to livestream information that had previously been planned for GDC 2020, which is currently postponed until summer. The Xbox Series X console is on the agenda, so there could be some fresh details offered up about this device soon. Meanwhile, another speculated set of GPU performance data for the PlayStation 5 has been revealed, with the all-important TFLOPS figure settling at 13.06.
AMD Ryzen 4000 laptop prices and release dates accidentally leaked by Canadian retailers
A number of Asus TUF Gaming laptops and Asus ROG devices powered by Renoir chips from AMD's Ryzen 4000 series have been spotted on Newegg Canada and the Canadian retailer Memory Express. Although the listings have all been removed now, it seems these Ryzen 4000 laptops will be released within a few days and are priced from CAD$899 up to CAD$2,499.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 users will soon be enjoying MIUI 11 based on Android 10
The Android 10-based MIUI 11 update for the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 smartphone/phablet has apparently started rolling out to users in China. It’s expected a rollout for owners of the 6.9-inch device will soon follow in other parts of the globe. The Mi Max 3 was released in 2018 and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC and a dual-camera setup. The large handset originally came with MIUI 9.5 (based on Android 8.1).
AMD Ryzen 4000 laptops in the forms of the Asus TUF Gaming and ROG Zephyrus G14 appear on Amazon China
At least three Asus laptops have been listed on the Amazon China website revealing that AMD Ryzen 4000 laptops are finally arriving. The 17.3-inch Asus TUF FA706IU Gaming laptop features the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H APU while both the 14-inch ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401II and 14-inch ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401IU laptops come with AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800HS.
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS revealed to have 3.0 GHz base clock and 4.4 GHz boost clock; trails behind Ryzen 7 4800H in first 3DMark 11 tests
An AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS processor has been spotted being tested on the 3DMark 11 benchmark. The APU, which was recently leaked by a retailer listing for an Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop, manages reasonably healthy physics scores ranging from 13,735 points to 14,590 points. However, this puts the Ryzen 9 4900HS behind its fellow Renoir chip, the Ryzen 7 4800H.
More alleged PlayStation 5 specs leaked: Supposedly 13.3 teraflops of GPU power and a 1 TB SSD this time around for the PS5
More alleged technical specifications for the PlayStation 5 have been shared online, and if they are anywhere close to factual then there will be plenty of happy PS5 fans out there. According to the supposed leaked details, the next-gen console will feature a custom RDNA 2-based GPU that will offer 13.3 teraflops of compute performance.
2K's departure from GeForce Now is another blow for the fledgling service but Epic Games offers a well-timed lifeline
Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud-gaming service has only been officially operational to the public since February 2020 and has already fallen foul of some disgruntled game publishers. Activision Blizzard and Bethesda have had issues with GeForce Now, and now it’s 2K Games’ turn to quit the service. However, Tim Sweeney of Epic Games has publicly voiced his full support for the platform.
GPD Win Max full specs revealed: Thunderbolt 3, backlit keyboard, and an 8-inch landscape screen to tempt handheld PC fans
The full specifications for the GPD Win Max handheld computer have been published online. The gaming device features the Ice Lake Intel Core i5-1035G7 and 16 GB of LPDDR4 RAM @3733 MHz. However, it is details such as the backlit QWERTY chiclet keyboard, the presence of a Thunderbolt 3 port, and the diminutive 8-inch form that have been exciting fans.
HTC U11 Life starts receiving Android 10 update as part of the Android One program
While there are still flagship devices out there waiting to receive an update to Android 10 it seems that the midrange HTC U11 Life can now be counted as one of the smartphones that has actually started receiving the latest operating system. The HTC U11 Life, which was released in late 2017, is part of the Android One program.
Pocophone F1 Android 10 update starts rolling out to the wider public
It seems a stable release of Android 10 has started arriving on Pocophone F1 smartphones around the world. Xiaomi had some issues with the software a few weeks ago, with numerous bugs preventing a wider rollout of the latest OS. However, it appears that even Pocophone F1 owners who did not sign up for the beta test have now started receiving the welcome update.
Sony should have a look at this terrific PlayStation 5 user interface concept video before making any final UI decisions
A product designer has published his visual ideas for the PlayStation 5’s user interface, and they have been met with an overwhelmingly positive response. Although some have commented about the PS4/Xbox influences, the PS5 UI concept video clips seem to focus on fully integrating the game library and related details to each title.
Desktop PC enthusiast builds monster rig with AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, two Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti cards, and 47 case fans
A desktop PC user has spared no expense in creating the ideal rig for home use. The impressive build comes with AMD’s powerful Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, two GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards, a speedy Intel Optane SSD, and a total of 128 GB RAM. Along with an assortment of other high-end components, the builder decided to integrate a total of 47 case fans.
Xbox Series S console to come with just 4 teraflops of GPU performance but will only cost US$300
A wealth of information about the supposed Xbox Series S console, also known as Lockhart, has been published by a Chinese website. According to the site’s sources, the upcoming next-gen console will be the base model as opposed to the high-end Xbox Series X and its 12 TFLOPS. However, although the rumored cost of US$300 is promising, the 4 TFLOPS of compute performance is seemingly low.
PlayStation 5 news: Better hair thanks to higher teraflops and a PS5 concept design that resembles a potty
Future PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X owners can expect game characters with better hair thanks to the higher teraflop count of the next-gen consoles according to a noted game developer. Yet another PS5 concept design has surfaced, and this one might even be stranger than the recent “Death Star” effort due to its potty chair-like appearance.
Intel continues to slide down the slippery slope against AMD in terms of CPU usage in Steam's February survey
AMD has continued to make gains in processor usage according to Steam’s latest hardware and software survey. Team Red increased its share in systems using Windows and Linux, although Intel still has the lion’s portion of the overall share. However, AMD has consistently worn down Intel’s grip over this particular market, with Zen 2 based chips being especially successful.
Nvidia's GeForce GTX 16 series enjoys robust upward movement in Steam's hardware survey while AMD graphics cards flounder
Steam’s Hardware and Software Survey for February 2020 has been published, and although AMD enjoyed a tiny increase in overall PC video card usage the charts for change in share and overall share still belong to Nvidia. The GeForce GTX 16 series has been particularly successful for Team Green, with four cards from that series featuring in the top 10 movers.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U keeps up with higher-powered Intel Core i9-9880H thanks to promising Geekbench 5 test scores
A Lenovo system featuring an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U APU has been tested on Geekbench 5 recently, and it managed scores of 1,150 points for the single-core test and 7,047 points for the multi-core test. The 8-core Renoir processor achieved similar results to the Coffee Lake Intel Core i9-9880H processor, even though the latter could rely on a higher TDP.
PlayStation 5 reveal and launch dates may have been delayed but PS5 fans are busy dreaming of 13 teraflops
Sony has yet to announce a reveal date for the PlayStation 5 and now a popular gaming YouTuber has claimed that there are supply chain issues that have forced the company to delay both the reveal date and the launch date. However, PS5 fans have been remaining optimistic about their choice of next-gen console, with many hoping for 13 teraflops of GPU performance.
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U joins Renoir's ranks and will likely feature in future Lenovo ThinkPad laptops
The AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U processor has shown up in a snippet of information taken from 3DMark. It appears the new PRO APU will fill a niche that is already occupied by chips such as the Ryzen 5 4600U and the higher-powered Ryzen 5 4600H. The Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U will be aimed at enterprise solutions, such as the upcoming Lenovo ThinkPad L14 and L15 laptops.
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U processor spotted on 3DMark could soon turn up in new Lenovo ThinkPad laptops
An AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U APU has been discovered on 3DMark. The reported base clock rate for the processor is 1,700 MHz while the maximum turbo clock rate is listed as 4,201 MHz. Unsurprisingly, these clocks would fit the Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U snugly between the Renoir APUs Ryzen 7 4700U and Ryzen 7 4800U. Lenovo will soon be releasing new ThinkPads with Ryzen PRO 4000 chips.
No PlayStation 5 reveal frustration setting in? Concept PS5 video offers satisfaction with clean and conservative design and hope for 14 teraflops of GPU power
A new concept video created by Concept Creator has offered a fresh glimpse at what the PlayStation 5 console could look like. PS5 fans are currently starved of details thanks to Sony’s reticence in revealing any substantial information about the device. The video suggests 14 teraflops of GPU performance for the PS5, which is highly unlikely in reality.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER and RTX 2080 SUPER mobile GPUs demonstrate performance gains in leaked SUPER LAPTOPS slide
A leaked presentation slide from Nvidia has revealed the relative performance provided by the upcoming GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER and GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER mobile GPUs. It appears SUPER laptops featuring these new GPUs will offer gamers impressive gains over other Nvidia products such as the RTX 2060 and GTX 1660 Ti.
Dell accidentally leaks 10th Gen Intel Comet Lake desktop processors in promo video for the XPS Tower and XPS Tower Special Edition
Dell has seemingly confirmed the existence of 10th Gen Intel Comet Lake desktop processors thanks to a promo video the computer manufacturer uploaded to YouTube, which has now been made private. The clip concerned the upcoming refreshed Dell XPS Tower and Dell XPS Tower Special Edition desktop PCs that will feature CPUs from the Comet Lake-S lineup and Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics cards.
PlayStation 5 or goldfish bowl with surprising connectivity? "Leaked" design will keep expectant fans smiling until the real PS5 is unveiled
Sony is still withholding the final design of the PlayStation 5, leaving console fans little else to do than scour the Internet in the hope of finding a clue or a leaked image. A new “leaked” design looks nothing like the numerous rumor-based PS5 renders that have been shared online, and it is so ridiculous it should at least cheer up impatient next-gen console watchers.
Update: Renders have now been made of the spherical PS5 drawings (images posted at the end of the article).
RX 5600 XT fails to rescue AMD as Nvidia GPU sales grow in leaked Mindfactory information
AIB variants of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER and GeForce RTX 2070 top the GPU sales list for Mindfactory this week, with the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti not too far behind. There are several instances of AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT cards making reasonable sales, but the newer RX 5600 XT has not prevented AMD’s overall market share decreasing for this particular retailer.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS pounds Ryzen 5 4600H and Intel Core i7-10750H in Fire Strike Extreme physics score results
AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800HS mobile SoC has been spotted on another benchmark, in this case 3DMark’s Fire Strike Extreme. The Renoir APU’s results were compared with those of the high-end Comet Lake Intel Core i7-10750H and the Ryzen 5 4600H. Although the Intel part offered the highest 3DMark score and graphics score, the Ryzen 7 4800HS’s physics score was way beyond the chosen rivals.
Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 7 3700X help AMD continue to thwart Intel CPU sales in latest Mindfactory retail data
Once again AMD has enjoyed healthy sales in regard to information taken from sales data from Mindfactory. Leading the charge for Team Red is the Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 7 3700X, followed by seven more processors from AMD. However, overall share of CPU sales shifted slightly in Intel’s favor, although AMD still commands 84.36%.
Base PlayStation 5 console to offer 9 teraflops of GPU performance; Xbox and PS5 to come with Pro variants
A vetted industry insider has been dishing up some interesting information about the upcoming next-gen consoles. It appears there will be Pro versions of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X after all. Apparently, the base PS5 can boast of 9 teraflops of GPU power, while the Pro model will be closer to the 12 TFLOPS of the Pro variant of the XSX.
What many future PS5 owners really want is an improved web browser for accessing Pornhub
There will be many console fans excited about the various features that the PS5 will offer: Backwards compatibility is already being feted as particularly enticing. However, there seems to be a growing movement of potential future PS5 owners who want Sony to implement a better web browser on the next-gen device, with the enhanced enjoyment of adult entertainment sites being a motivating factor.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H is back on Geekbench putting Intel's Core i7-10750H and Core i9-9980HK to the sword
AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800H has been spotted being tested on Geekbench again, with some new scores being recorded on version 5 of the well-known benchmark. The Ryzen 4000 series APU scored surprisingly well in the single-core test but really excelled in the multi-core test, where it managed to outmuscle Intel rivals such as the Comet Lake i7-10750H and the Coffee Lake i9-9980HK.
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B with 2 GB RAM receives permanent price drop to US$35
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has decided to permanently drop the price of the 2 GB RAM version of the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B single-board computer to US$35. This means the board is now the same price as the 1 GB RAM variant, while the Raspberry Pi with 4 GB RAM costs US$55. The permanent price cut is apparently part of a birthday celebration.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H holds its own against Intel's i9-10980HK and i7-10750H on Geekbench with powerful multi-core scores
The Zen 2 AMD Ryzen 7 4800H has been spotted on Geekbench achieving scores that make it very well matched with Intel’s Comet Lake processors Core i9-10980HK and Core i7-10750H. Unsurprisingly, the 6-core i7-10750H falls behind the 8-core counterparts in the multi-core test, but the i9-10980HK has the edge on the Ryzen 7 4800H for the time being.
Microsoft Surface Duo peek function just makes the foldable device even more desirable
A new peek function for the upcoming Microsoft Surface Duo foldable device has been leaked. A couple of short video clips have been shared on Twitter that show the smartphone being opened only slightly but still allowing the user to “peek” at notifications and call information on the far right-hand side of the display.
Confirmed: Neither the Samsung Galaxy S8 nor the Galaxy Note 8 will receive Android 10 and One UI 2.0
Samsung has definitively confirmed that neither the Galaxy S8 nor the Galaxy Note 8 will receive an update for Android 10 and One UI 2.0. There was some confusion in regard to whether these devices would receive the latest operating software upgrades, but it’s now official that they will not. Both the Galaxy S8 and the Note 8 were released in 2017.
Black Shark 3 Pro 5G takes a bite out of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro's short-lived AnTuTu record
Another smartphone from Xiaomi has reportedly already broken the AnTuTu benchmark record recently set by the Chinese manufacturer’s Mi 10 Pro. The latest smartphone to snatch the performance crown is the upcoming Black Shark 3 Pro 5G device, which made good use of its Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC to reach a new high score of 620,952 points.
PS5 fans clutching at straws for reveal date news and patent for DualShock 5 controller gets personal thanks to biofeedback function
More rumors have cropped up in regard to when the PS5 reveal date could be, although some of the sources being used are certainly less reliable than others. However, those eager for news about the upcoming next-gen PlayStation console will be interested to learn about a patent for the DualShock 5 controller that involves measuring a user’s biological reactions while gaming.
PS5 in trouble? 12 teraflops of GPU power confirmed for the Xbox Series X
Microsoft has confirmed some of the specifications for the upcoming Xbox Series X in a news post by Phil Spencer, the Head of Xbox. Arguably one of the standout revelations is the 12 teraflops of GPU performance the console will have to play with, while the article reconfirms that the AMD Zen 2 and RDNA 2 microarchitectures are being utilized.
Ryzen 5 3600 outsells closest Core rival by nearly 13 to one as AMD hammers Intel into the ground in Mindfactory CPU sales data
Leaked CPU sales data from Mindfactory has shown an astonishing dominance for AMD over Intel. The overall share is 86.11% to 13.89% in favor of Team Red. The Ryzen 5 3600 chip was the bestseller for the week with 1,280 units sold, while the top-performing Intel processor was the Core i7-9700K, which only managed to secure 100 sales.
Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER distances itself from AMD's Radeon 5700 XT in leaked Mindfactory GPU sales data
GPU sales information from Mindfactory, a popular hardware and software retailer based in Germany, has offered an interesting glimpse at what products are currently succeeding in attracting customers. It seems Navi is falling further behind SUPER, as twice as many Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER units were sold in comparison with the AMD Radeon 5700 XT.
Intel Core i9-10900 sample's pedestrian results on Cinebench R15 and Cinebench R20 won't trouble AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X
An alleged Comet Lake desktop processor, the Intel Core i9-10900, has been put through its paces on both Cinebench R15 and Cinebench R20. The engineering sample (ES) posted some unimpressive multi-core results that won’t challenge competitors such as the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor. However, it is likely that the final consumer variant of the Intel chip will offer better performance.
Pick up a Dell XPS 13 laptop for less than US$650 or save US$500 on an XPS 15 with i9-9980HK CPU and GeForce GTX 1650 GPU
Dell has some enticing offers in its laptop deals section at the moment, with two of the highlights coming from the famed XPS range. For those looking for something like a media powerhouse, then the Dell XPS 15 with Intel’s Core i9-9980HK and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 could be a good choice. The XPS 13 with an Intel Core i3-8145U processor is especially tempting at US$649.99.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X leaves nearest Intel rival far in the distance as it tops PassMark's CPU Mark chart
A few samples of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3990X have started appearing on PassMark and the results have been outstanding. The 64-core monster unsurprisingly shot straight to the top of the CPU Mark chart, which is already dominated by AMD processors. The nearest Intel rival, the Xeon W-3275M, languishes over 20,000 points behind in eighth place.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 screens are cracking up but it's not a laughing matter
More and more Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 owners have been reporting cracks appearing on the screens of their devices. It appears the issue is affecting mostly the non-alcantara models, with some users putting the problem down to a possible design flaw. Microsoft is currently “evaluating the situation” of what could be causing the cracks in the latest Surface Laptop.
Images of upcoming Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 camera leaked
Images of the new Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 camera have been leaked online ahead of the expected release date of the latest device in the series of instant still cameras. The Instax Mini 11 will be the successor to the Instax Mini 9, which was released in 2017. The Instax range has sold in its millions, with its popularity growing in recent years.
Big Navi spotted? The Nvidia killer may have just turned up in a Korean RRA certificate and might be revealed on March 5
A Korean RRA certificate has been unearthed that could have been made for AMD’s Big Navi graphics solution. The certification date is for February 19 and has been made for a video card model with the number D32310. If this is the vaunted “Nvidia killer” GPU, then it’s possible it could be revealed at AMD’s Financial Analyst Day on March 5.
No PS5 reveal here: PlayStation cancels scheduled PAX East appearance due to coronavirus concerns
Sony Interactive Entertainment has decided that the PlayStation brand will no longer be making an appearance at the upcoming PAX East event. The cancellation is due to growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. It had been previously speculated that the PS5 might have been unveiled at the gaming show.
Affordability more important than games or graphics for future PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X owners
An interesting survey carried out by one of the creators of Mortal Kombat has offered up a surprising result in regard to what the key factor is for gamers when considering the purchase of a next-gen console. It seems the majority of voters are concerned about how much the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will end up costing them.
Nvidia RTX laptops will challenge the AMD-powered PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X for gaming supremacy
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has never been shy about bigging up the company he is in charge of, but his latest claim will certainly raise some eyebrows among console fans. The executive reckons that gaming laptops fitted with Nvidia RTX GPUs will defeat the AMD-based PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in the upcoming next-gen console clash.
Microsoft Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2 key specifications and price estimates revealed
Some specifications for the upcoming Microsoft Surface Book 3 and Microsoft Surface Go 2 have been leaked online. The Surface Book 3 convertible can expect to sport 10th Gen Intel processors and GPUs from Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 16 series lineup. The Surface Go 2 is rumored to be getting a low-end chip that could be Pentium Gold branded or Core M.
PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X: Alleged devkit specs leak and Xbox updates online presence with new console image
Some fresh specifications supposedly linked to devkits of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have been shared online. Although many have already dismissed the information as fake, the consoles seem evenly matched in devkit form. Xbox has also updated its Twitter and Facebook accounts with an image of a console floating ominously over a body of water.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER pips AMD Radeon RX 5700 for take-up in Steam's hardware survey
Steam has published its hardware and software survey for January 2020. While the video card usage chart shows a better month overall for AMD after the bleak showing in December, there seems to be an interesting tussle starting between two new entries in the form of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER and AMD’s Radeon RX 5700.
New AMD Ryzen 7 4800U 3DMark 11 scores increase its margin over the Core i7-1065G7
AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800U has already been discovered going through 3DMark 11’s punishing tests and a new run has thrown up even higher scores for the Renoir mobile chip. The Ryzen 4000 APU had managed to create quite a margin between itself and Intel’s Core i7-1065G7, with the new results demonstrating the Ryzen 7 4800U’s processing capabilities.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS continues to astound with hefty Fire Strike Ultra physics score that punishes the Core i7-9700K
AMD’s Renoir APU, the Ryzen 7 4800HS, has been spotted in action again. This time, the mobile processor was tested on 3DMark’s Fire Strike Ultra test, with the physics score recorded as 21,254 points. This puts it way beyond a tested Intel Core i7-9700K on 18,934 points and not a million miles behind the powerful Core i9-9900K on 24,794 points.
New PlayStation 5 price rumor has the next-gen console approaching US$500
A new report has suggested that an issue with components could force Sony to price the PlayStation 5 at around the US$500 mark instead of the much lower level that many fans would have been hoping for. Acquiring DRAM and NAND memory at higher prices could mean that the next-gen console costs over US$470 and toward US$500.
Leaked PlayStation 5 icon reveals questionable design surprise
A photo of an alleged PlayStation 5 icon that supposedly appeared on the official Sony PlayStation Japan website has been leaked online – and if it is genuine its appearance could be something of a major surprise. While it is generally maintained that consumer market consoles look vastly different from their devkit counterparts, the icon suggests the PS5 will retain a V-shaped design.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro with Snapdragon 865 topples the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and OnePlus 7T Pro with phenomenal Geekbench results
A couple of recent Geekbench records, seemingly for the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, have been unearthed that offer incredible scores in both the single-core test and the multi-core test. The scores for the single-core benchmark were 904 and 906 points, while it appears the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865-powered smartphone racked up 3,290 and 3,294 in the multi-core benchmark.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS APU overtakes both the Ryzen 7 4800H and Intel's Core i7-9700K CPU in latest Time Spy benchmark leak
AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800HS APU has been spotted on the Time Spy benchmark, where it performed remarkably well judging on the reported score. Surprisingly, the chip with a 35 W TDP managed to overtake the 45 W Ryzen 7 4800H, which will undoubtedly delight future gaming-laptop buyers. Once again, Intel’s Core i7-9700K desktop CPU had to play catch up.
System76 unveils the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X powered Thelio Major desktop with a battery of comparison tests that will make your CPU whimper
System76 has added the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X in the list of configurable options for its Thelio Major desktop. The computer operates on either Ubuntu or Pop!_OS, and it’s possible to fit up to two graphics cards inside it, with choices ranging from AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 XT to Nvidia’s RTX Titan. System76 also shows how the 3990X will shame your current CPU in some handy tests.
PlayStation 5 killer? Nvidia GeForce Now's Intel CC150 CPU and RTX T10-8 GPU tested on Geekbench and Ashes of the Singularity
Nvidia’s GeForce Now service has been spotted running tests on both Geekbench and Ashes of the Singularity. Although the results themselves are hardly mind-blowing, the Geekbench OpenCL score should give prospective PlayStation 5 buyers food for thought when considering the advantages of a cloud gaming service over console hardware.
Canon EOS 850D leaked images reveal flip-out screen and port selection
A full set of images of the upcoming Canon EOS 850D digital camera has been leaked. The camera, which will also be known as either the Rebel T8i or Kiss X10i depending on the market, features a flip-out screen and a 24.1 MP CMOS sensor. Some of the specs for the Canon EOS 850D have already been revealed ahead of its release.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018), A10, A10e, and A20e seemingly next in line for welcome One UI 2.0 update
It appears Samsung has been working hard to make sure owners of some of its wide range of smartphones can start enjoying the Android 10-based One UI 2.0. It’s not just the famous flagships of the South Korean manufacturer that are receiving the update though, as the Galaxy A7 (2018), Galaxy A10, Galaxy A10e, and Galaxy A20e should be running on Android 10 soon.
PlayStation 5 reveal date news: Is there a clue in Shuhei Yoshida's expert trolling or does PAX East have the answer?
The PlayStation 5 console still hasn’t been officially revealed to the world yet, and fans are now looking for any possible clue as to when the date of the first unveiling could be. Two new suggestions have been offered up, although one of them is actually a component of a somewhat brutal tease by SIE’s Head of Independent Developer Initiative, Shuhei Yoshida.
Mysterious Intel Core i3-1000NG4 processor makes curious appearance on Time Spy benchmark
A processor with the designation Intel Core i3-1000NG4 has been spotted having a crack at the Time Spy benchmark. With a base clock of 1.10 GHz and just two cores to utilize, unsurprisingly the CPU did not rack up a gigantic score. But the big questions here are what does the “N” stand for and is this chip a further addition to Intel’s Ice Lake series?
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X could be delayed by coronavirus outbreak; Nintendo Switch production also affected
A financial services company has suggested that the current Wuhan coronavirus outbreak could end up forcing a delay on the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X next-gen consoles. Nintendo has also revealed that the virus has affected Switch console production. China is the world’s largest console hardware manufacturer.
The legions of Samsung Galaxy A50 owners should brace themselves for an impending One UI 2.0 update
It appears one of the world’s current best-selling smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy A50, could be receiving the expected update to One UI 2.0 soon thanks to the information revealed in a recently spotted Wi-Fi Alliance certification. The Android 10 upgrade will be welcomed by fans of the phone, which dominated sales charts in Europe and other markets in 2019.
Android 10 update headaches skipped by Google Pixel 2 XL enjoying Android R
There have been plenty of headlines written in regard to smartphone owners waiting to receive an update to Android 10. However, smartphones are definitely not created equally, as an image of a Google Pixel 2 XL running on an alleged version of Android R has demonstrated. Android R is likely a preliminary name for Android 11.
The PlayStation 5 gets an official landing page but what's more interesting is the console might get a Samsung 980 QVO NVMe SSD
PlayStation 5 watchers should be aware by now that Sony has published a landing page for the next-generation console. To nobody’s surprise, there were no new big reveals about the PS5, but fans can sign up to receive updates. In the meantime, there has been speculation that the console’s SSD could end up being a Samsung 980 QVO model.
Early leak about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 focuses on mysterious refresh rate technology
The latest leak about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 has appeared online courtesy of noted tipster Ice universe. There are very little details to be had about the future flagship smartphone in the latest tip, but it seems the device will come with a display that offers a 120 Hz refresh rate. However, there is a little bit more to it than that straightforward figure.
Two huge franchises tipped for the PlayStation 5 as sales of the PlayStation 4 hardware and games start to taper off
Two more major game names have been associated with the PlayStation 5 lately that should have gamers even more excited about the upcoming next-gen console’s launch. Both The Sims and Ratchet & Clank have now been mentioned in the same breath as the PS5. Meanwhile, sales of the PlayStation 4 and its software have been unsurprisingly declining.
Sensational DualShock 5 controller concept video will have expectant PlayStation 5 owners giddy with anticipation
A new concept video for the DualShock 5 controller has been unleashed on YouTube by Snoreyn in conjunction with LetsGoDigital. The remarkable clip shows the impressive functionality the device would bring to PlayStation 5 users, affording such useful notions as interchangeable sticks, removable back paddles, and adaptive triggers with light pulls for intense gun battles.
First leaked image of the Fujifilm X100V camera shows it to be a beauty
An image of the upcoming Fujifilm X100V camera has been leaked, and it should please the eye of many photographers. The specifications list for the device had already been revealed recently, and the image has been leaked just ahead of the expected official announcement date for the Fujifilm X100V – February 4.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X terrifies every CPU in Geekbench's multi-core test apart from the Threadripper 3970X and Intel Xeon W-3175X
Geekbench is the latest synthetic benchmark to experience the processing power of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, with the 64-core monster tearing the multi-core test to shreds. However, the incredible score of 22,045 points still left it trailing its Castle Peak brethren, the Threadripper 3970X, and the Intel workstation processor Xeon W-3175X.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus user reports indicate wider global rollout of One UI 2.0
The confusion over Samsung’s rollout of the Android 10 based One UI 2.0 for the Galaxy S9 series seems to be settling as users around the globe have been reporting the update’s availability. Owners of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus from countries as far apart as India, the UK, Slovenia, and Australia have been reporting receiving the new software.
Pocophone F1 owners check your phone, Android 10 might be waiting for you
There’s been quite a drama between the Pocophone F1 and the popular Android 10 OS. There seemed to be some doubt over whether the ageing smartphone would even get an upgrade to the latest edition of Android, but it now appears a public rollout has begun with users around the world cheerfully commenting on the update.
New image of PlayStation 5 user interface leaked; 2 TB SSD could be in store for the console
A new image of what is allegedly the final version of the PlayStation 5’s user interface has been shared online. The picture itself isn’t particularly revealing, but it is in line with what could be expected from a PlayStation console UI. Rumors from another source claim the PS5 could come with a 2 TB SSD and there’s yet another release date suggestion.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X engineering sample makes startling initial showing on UserBenchmark
An engineering sample of an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X has turned up on UserBenchmark and offered up huge scores that still have room for improvement. The 64-core part was a component in a system that also featured the Prime TRX40-Pro motherboard from Asus and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Unsurprisingly, the measured 64-core score was massive.
Poco X2 price in India and renders leaked
An alleged poster featuring renders of the upcoming Poco X2 along with its price in India and some key specifications has been posted online. The image, if genuine, seems to confirm the oft-repeated similarity the new smartphone has with the Xiaomi Redmi K30. However, at a price of ₹18,999 (~US$266) the cost of the Poco X2 could be higher than expected.
New vague specs leak claims the PlayStation 5 offers better performance than the Xbox Series X but few are convinced
An interesting tweet by an “industry insider” has stirred the pot once more in regard to the performance capabilities of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. It seems overall that the next-gen console from Sony will offer better performance than Microsoft’s effort, with the PS5 also having a superior SSD and RAM. However, the Xbox Series X has the all-important GPU advantage.
Dead or undead: Rumor claims Resident Evil 8 is still alive and will feature zombies
A well-known leaker recently claimed that Capcom was focusing on potential remakes rather than pursuing development of Resident Evil 8. However, a new rumor sent to Biohazard Declassified’s tipline has stated that there will be a Resident Evil 8 of sorts, but it won’t actually have that specific name. Zombies and werewolves are expected to make an appearance.
Leaked official Samsung Galaxy Z Flip renders and full specs will make you flip out
A whole host of renders of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Flip have been posted online. The numerous images make it clear how the expensive flagship will look, and it seems quite eye-catching in either purple or black. Full specifications for the phone have also been revealed, with the expected Snapdragon 855+ playing a major role.
Intel Core i5-L16G7 turns up on UserBenchmark: Efficient 5-core Lakefield processor for ultraportable devices
A Lakefield chip from Intel has been discovered in UserBenchmark’s database. The processor is named as the Intel Core i5-L16G7. The benchmark entry reveals that the chip has 5 cores and 5 threads, and it offers a base clock of 1.4 GHz and average turbo up to 1.75 GHz. Lakefield SoCs could eventually be used in devices such as the next-gen Microsoft Surface Go.
PlayStation 5 trademark registration adds fuel to the fire that a big reveal is incoming
Sony has recently applied to register a trademark for “PS5” with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. This may not be a huge deal in itself, but the fact that the application has now been made points to the impending arrival of a PlayStation 5 reveal event. There is some evidence this could take place in New York on February 29.
Corsair introduces the Vengeance 6180 and 6182 gaming PCs jam-packed with AMD goodness
Corsair has revealed a couple of new AMD-powered gaming PCs to its lineup. The Vengeance 6180 and Vengeance 6182 both feature a Ryzen 3000 series CPU in the form of the 8-core Ryzen 7 3700X while graphics processing is carried out by the Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU. Naturally, there are more RGB lighting options than you could shake a stick at.
SmoothAF, bruh: POCO X2 gets an official launch date and its own dedicated product page with views and clues
POCO is continuing to pull out the surprises, this time by revealing that the POCO X2 smartphone will be launched at 12 PM on February 4. POCO India has used the light-hearted slogan “Bruh, it’s #SmoothAF” to announce the upcoming unveiling of its new device on the company’s official Twitter account.
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 will likely push the PlayStation 5 to its limits but don't expect it before Holiday 2021
Some news about Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 has leaked on Reddit, including a possible release date, cast of characters, and even a morsel of information about the tech behind its development. Some may have been expecting the superhero title to launch at the same time as the PlayStation 5 for Holiday 2020, but it appears fans will likely have to wait quite a bit longer.
Capcom to work on more remakes after Resident Evil 3 with Dino Crisis and Dead Rising seen as likely candidates
Capcom will apparently be developing more remakes of some of its classic franchises, possibly with the upcoming releases of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in mind. Although no specific title has been revealed yet, fans have already started speculating, with plenty of comments being made in favor of the classic survival horror game Dino Crisis.
Xiaomi Redmi 8A owners rejoice as Android 10 could be winging its way to you soon
It seems owners of the Xiaomi Redmi 8A budget-friendly smartphone could soon be enjoying all the features that Android 10 has to offer. A recent Geekbench database entry for a “Xiaomi Redmi 8A” has “Android 10” mentioned as its operating system. The cheap handset with a large battery currently operates on Android 9 Pie.
Potential final-design PlayStation 5 console shown booting up in video, but it could be an elaborate fake
A short video has been uploaded to YouTube that appears to show the boot screen for the PlayStation 5 and maybe even a good glimpse at the console itself in its final design format. The console looks completely different, as is expected, from the now familiar PS5 devkits. However, there is plenty of argument that this clip has been faked.
Intel Tiger Lake U chip shows AMD's Ryzen 7 3780U APU the door in Time Spy test but still has to face Renoir
A processor from Intel’s Tiger Lake family has been spotted achieving a credible score on 3DMark’s Time Spy test. The Tiger Lake-U chip racked up scores of 1,300 in the GPU test and 4,400 in the CPU test. A low-power APU from AMD's older Picasso lineup, the Ryzen 7 3780U, managed 1,000 and 3,100 points, respectively.
Game developers are more interested in working with the PlayStation 5 than the Nintendo Switch or Xbox Series X but the PC rules the roost
An interesting survey released by the Game Developer Conference has shown which platforms are the most interesting to developers at the moment. In the console wars, the PlayStation 5 just pips the Nintendo Switch for being the device that sparks the most interest, but it is the good old PC that remains the favorite.
Realme smartphone with Snapdragon 865 flies past the OnePlus 7T and Redmi K20 Pro while posting record score on AnTuTu
A smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer Realme has been spotted on the AnTuTu benchmark racking up an incredible score of 574,985 points, which is currently a record figure. There has been some speculation that this mysterious Realme RMX2071 device with its Snapdragon 865 chip could end up being the Realme X50 Pro flagship smartphone.
Quad-core Intel Tiger Lake processor outscores AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X in Geekbench single-core test
A Tiger Lake processor from Intel has been spotted being put through its paces on Geekbench. The unnamed Tiger Lake-U quad-core chip posted 4,920 in the multi-core test, but its single-core score was quite outstanding. At 1,400 points, this places the Intel processor ahead of such enthusiast-level chips as AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X.
AMD's Ryzen 7 4800H mobile APU spotted surpassing Intel's Core i7-9700K desktop CPU in Time Spy benchmark
A noted data miner has dug out an impressive result for AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800H in 3DMark’s Time Spy benchmark. The Ryzen 4000 series chip from the new Renoir family of APUs amassed a total of 8,350 points in the test, putting it ahead of potential competitors such as Intel’s Core i7-9700K, which managed 8,209 points in the same benchmark.
First glimpse at potential PlayStation 5 user interface shows similarity with PS4's UI
A picture of what is claimed to be the first look at the PlayStation 5’s user interface has been posted on a well-known imageboard. The poster of the image states that they work at a game studio that is currently utilizing PS5 devkits. Comments in regard to the possible PS5 UI have focused on its similarity to the PS4’s revamped UI.
Possible Samsung Galaxy S20 range and Galaxy Z Flip prices and official sales date revealed
Alleged European prices for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, S20+ 5G, S20 Ultra 5G, and Galaxy Flip Z have been shared online, along with the expected sales date for the Galaxy S20 smartphone range. While Galaxy fans may have to pay between €900 and €1,400 for one of these premium devices, potential buyers in the US may have to fork out US$850 to US$1,200 for a brand-new Galaxy S20.
PlayStation 5 concept renders based on recent purported design have the X Factor
Some new concept renders of the PlayStation 5 based on a recent alleged leak have started appearing online. The console in the renders features the questionable X-shaped design that has led to growing concern over potential overheating issues. However, it shouldn’t be too long before the world gets a look at the final consumer model design.
Live photos of the Leica M10-R digital camera released
Images of the Leica M10-R camera have been discovered on the website of the FCC (United States Federal Communications Commission). It has been speculated that the camera featured in the new photographs is actually a prototype version of the Leica M10-R, which is rumored to be coming with a 47 MP sensor.
Poco F2 Lite smartphone makes surprise showing in purported live image leak
Some live images of an alleged Poco F2 Lite smartphone have been uploaded in a brief video clip on YouTube. Along with showing off a waterdrop notch on the front for the selfie camera, it seems the Poco F2 Lite might come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC, 6 GB RAM, and a meaty 5,000 mAh battery.
Latest PlayStation 5 release date and price rumors for worldwide markets
There has been no shortage of speculation in regard to the actual release date of the PlayStation 5 and its final recommended retail price. The latest suggestion has come up with a slightly earlier date than many believe, while the worldwide market prices listed on this occasion for the PS5 seem to be in line with what is already generally expected.
Alleged PlayStation 5 consumer model designs and supposed first real-world image of the next-gen console appear on imageboard
A couple of so-called patent designs for the consumer model of the PlayStation 5 have been shared on the well-known imageboard 4channel. Along with those, an even more unlikely image, claiming to be a real-world shot of the PS5, has also been uploaded to the same site. The overall look of the next-gen console in the purported designs and blurry image is surprising.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X details officially go live: "One Processor to Render Them All"
The official page for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor has gone live. Many of the details about the HEDT chip were already revealed at CES 2020 but now the powerful 64-core desktop CPU has its own home to boast of. AMD is advertising the Threadripper 3990X as the “One Processor to Render Them All”.
Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok leaks: Alleged release date, platforms, and blurred image of main character
Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok, which is apparently codenamed Kingdom, appears to have been leaking all over the place lately. The numerous leaks have included details about the gameplay and story, and there is even a supposed first look at the game’s lead character, Jora. The next episode in the famed series is expected to be available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
Xiaomi Pocophone F2 trademark application gives strength to rumored forthcoming launch
An unearthed Chinese trademark application has sparked rumors that Xiaomi may be preparing to finally reveal the long-awaited successor to the Pocophone F1 (Poco F1 for the Indian market). The trademark documents specifically state “POCO F2” on them, giving fans of the original device hope that they will soon get their hands on a Xiaomi Pocophone F2.
5G and 16 GB RAM in a smartphone? It has to be Xiaomi with the Black Shark 3
A new rumor has suggested that Xiaomi is planning on fitting its upcoming Black Shark 3 smartphone with a whopping 16 GB of RAM. Along with that huge amount of memory, the gaming-focused device would also be 5G capable, making it a sure-fire futureproofed handset for those who seek the most mobile form of high-end gaming enjoyment.
New images of the PlayStation 5 devkit and DualShock 5 controller leaked
More images of the PlayStation 5 devkit and a possible DualShock 5 controller have been leaked. This time, a cleaner working for a developer involved with Sony’s next-generation console decided to upload the pictures while giving the office a thorough dusting. These latest images give a closer look at the hefty controller that could be the DualShock 5.
Dell Cinema Guide takes the toil out of searching for content over multiple streaming services
Dell Technologies is expanding its Dell Cinema service with the new Dell Cinema Guide application. The manufacturer describes it as a “streaming entertainment search engine” that aims to simplify the hunt for a particular television series or movie for users who have access to multiple streaming sites. The software will be offered free of charge in 2020.
Planned Dell Mobile Connect update will give iOS-based devices a wireless boost
Dell is promising further integration with its Mobile Connect application for those who have devices running on iOS. Currently, the iOS version of the service lags behind what is offered for Android users, but a free update scheduled for spring 2020 will give fans of Apple smartphones and the like an equal amount of functionality.
Sony repudiates alleged PlayStation 5 release date and price leak that states figures ranging from US$600 to over US$1,000
Some new price tags for two variants of the Sony PlayStation 5 have made their way online but have rapidly been denied by the manufacturer of the next-generation console. It was claimed that a PS5 with a 4 TB SSD would cost the equivalent of over US$1,000, while the same source stated that December 4, 2020 had been confirmed as the official release date.
With a bit of luck and around US$1 million you could own a Nintendo PlayStation
The only known “Nintendo PlayStation” console is being offered up for auction, and it is possible the intriguing device could end up fetching in the region of US$1 million or even more. The prototype was built during a joint venture between Nintendo and Sony in the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, the partnership ended when Nintendo made a deal with Philips.
Images of ASRock and Gigabyte RX 5500 XT cards leaked ahead of launch
Images of the ASRock Challenger RX 5500 XT card and the Gigabyte RX 5500 XT Gaming OC and OC cards have been leaked online. The two AIB partners are offering the AMD Navi 14-based graphics card in an overclocked state, with 4 GB and 8 GB model availability. The AMD RX 5500 XT is expected to be launched on December 12.
Continued RTX and SUPER take-up helps Nvidia retain command of Steam's video card usage survey
Steam’s hardware and software survey has revealed an astonishing month for Nvidia in terms of video card usage (monthly change). No less than 16 out of the top 20 products come from Team Green, with three AMD GPUs and a single Intel solution filling in the gaps. Cards from the RTX series and the new SUPER lineup have helped Nvidia consolidate its strong position.
Double dose of fortune for AMD as Dell comes knocking and Steam's Hardware Survey delivers a new milestone
Dell has started evaluating the proposition of utilizing a wider selection of processors from AMD due to Intel’s ongoing situation with chip supply. The shortage affected Dell’s business, so now the tech giant is looking for a broader solution. Steam’s monthly hardware and software survey also delivered good news for AMD as the Ryzen manufacturer crossed the 20% processor usage mark.
Leaked Resident Evil 3 remake images show new looks for Jill, Carlos, and Nemesis
Some artwork for a Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake has been accidentally leaked onto the PlayStation Network. Although the game has not been officially announced yet, it has long been rumored, and it seems the new images confirm the existence of the title. Jill, Carlos, and Nemesis feature in the pictures with updated looks for the 21st century.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite renders reveal welcome presence of the headphone jack
New renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite have revealed that the smartphone apparently sports a headphone jack. It also appears to have a central punch-hole front-facing camera and a square housing for the rear-facing camera setup. The Note 10 Lite, which may also be known as the Galaxy A81 in some markets, is expected to come with 6 GB RAM and an Exynos 9810 SoC.
PlayStation news: Guinness World Record, PS5 pre-orders, no PS Vita 2 development
Sony has been awarded a Guinness World Record for having the best-selling home video console brand ever, just in time for the PlayStation’s 25th anniversary. Best Buy is now offering eager future PS5 purchasers the chance to be notified when pre-order is available. However, fans of handheld consoles hoping for a PS Vita 2 will be disappointed by comments made by PlayStation’s boss, Jim Ryan.
Huawei fails to apologize to unfairly detained former employee but bemoans Meng Wanzhou's situation
Huawei has issued a statement in regard to the lengthy and unjust detention of a former employee who was falsely accused of trying to blackmail the Chinese company. However, while many would have expected a formal apology, it seems the manufacturer has suggested the ex-worker should consider litigation instead. Ironically, Huawei has just publicly complained about its CFO’s “unlawful and illegal” detainment.
Leaked image of two PlayStation 5 devkits reveals prototype DualShock 5 controller
Another image of the PlayStation 5 devkit has been leaked, with two of the devices caught on camera this time around. While this latest picture confirms the design of the next-gen console devkits, there also seems to be a surprise reveal of the DualShock 5 controller. The PS5 is scheduled for release in Holiday 2020 and is expected to cost around US$499.
Lenovo's doorbuster deals: US$1,680 off a 1st Gen ThinkPad X1 Extreme or US$2,520 off a ThinkPad P53 with i9-9880H and Quadro RTX 4000
Lenovo has some very impressive doorbuster deals running at the moment that offer consumers savings that reach into the thousands of dollars. Various ThinkPad P53 mobile workstations have been discounted by nearly 50%, and there are hefty savings to be had on ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptops, ThinkPad X1 Extreme notebooks, and ThinkPad X1 tablets. The mind-boggling deals are time restricted and stock limited.
Tesla's Cybertruck trolled by Lego Group's shatterproof vehicle
Lego Group, the company behind the beloved plastic building bricks, has expertly trolled Tesla in regard to the recently revealed Cybertruck. Elon Musk unveiled the futuristic-looking electric vehicle a few days ago in a PR event that was overshadowed by the Cybertruck having its unbreakable windows shattered on stage. Lego has come up with a very attractive alternative for prospective buyers.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X gets clocked at 5.75 GHz and goes on a world record-breaking rampage
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X processor has been setting and breaking a whole handful of records over at HWBot, amply demonstrating the potency of Team Red’s latest threat to Intel at the high-end of the CPU market. Eleven records were set with the 3970X, mostly in combination with an Asus ROG Zenith II Extreme TRX40 board, while an MSI Creator TRX40 motherboard was used for the 5.75 GHz overclock achievement.
First Samsung Galaxy S11+ renders present a phenomenal flagship with a penta-lens camera and laser-focusing module
The Samsung Galaxy S11+ has appeared in some renders and a video published by CashKaro in conjunction with @OnLeaks. The well-crafted images show the forthcoming flagship smartphone with a central punch-hole front-facing camera and a huge housing on the rear for the penta-lens camera setup, which apparently features a laser-focusing module.
Update: Another noted leaker has claimed that these S11+ renders based on CAD drawings are wrong.
Quad-curve flagship smartphones will rule the roost in 2020
Smartphones with curved displays reaching over all four edges of the device will be the prevailing trend in 2020 according to a well-known tipster. While the “waterfall” design has the screen tumbling over the right and left edges of a smartphone, the “quad-curve” design will utilize the top and bottom edges, too. Some have questioned the utility of such a curved smartphone display, though.
Xiaomi goes from strength to strength: 73% annual growth in Europe, bigger than Samsung in India, and prepping the 108 MP Mi Note 10 for the Indian market
A new report from market analysts Canalys has revealed incredible results for Xiaomi in the European smartphone market: The Chinese manufacturer has witnessed annual growth of 73%. In India, Xiaomi is currently the number 1 smartphone brand for overall market share, on 27.1%. This is likely to increase with the impending release of the Mi Note 10 with its 108 MP camera.
Business presentation slide suggests the NVMe SSD for the PlayStation 5 will come from Samsung
The Samsung SSD Forum that was recently held in Tokyo has possibly revealed a small clue about one of the most important components of the PlayStation 5: The SSD. One of the slides shown during the presentation clearly shows a PlayStation DualShock controller, which has led to this latest round of PS5 speculation. Next-generation consoles will greatly benefit from the faster loading speeds of NVMe SSDs.
Xiaomi might want to rapidly reconsider its choice for the fast charging icon on MIUI 11
Xiaomi has been busy rolling out its MIUI 11 firmware on devices from its lineup, delivering many welcome changes to the previous iteration. However, one potential hiccup has been spotted in regard to the updated fast charging symbol. The new icon, which consists of two lightning bolts placed together, looks somewhat reminiscent to the insignia of one of history’s most reviled organizations.
Blade Runner-inspired bulletproof Tesla Cybertruck will slice through traffic but has breakable unbreakable windows
The Tesla Cybertruck has been officially revealed, and while the all-electric vehicle has been specifically designed to protect the environment, it will certainly make some eyes sore. Elon Musk unveiled the Blade Runner-esque truck, which can withstand a 9 mm bullet being shot at the door but not a small steel ball gently thrown at the window.
AMD Radeon RX 5500 benchmarks reveal power-efficient Full HD performance that should appeal to gamers on a budget
AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 desktop graphics card has been put through a few gaming benchmarks to see how it performed. Unsurprisingly, the RX 5500 couldn’t keep up with the chosen competition: Gigabyte’s GeForce GTX 1660 OC and Sapphire’s RX 580 Nitro+. However, the AMD video card proved to be a good Full HD performer that required less power than its competitors.
Hands-on promo clip of the foldable ThinkPad X1 will have many fans telling Lenovo to take their money
Lenovo has posted a promo clip of the foldable ThinkPad X1 on YouTube that was filmed at the company’s recent Tech World event. A rendered marketing video for the folding laptop was already released earlier this year, but this latest clip shows the actual device going through a thorough hands-on workout. The foldable PC looks impressive but is clearly in an unfinished state.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S goes up in flames but manufacturer attributes it to "customer induced damage"
A Redmi Note 7S owner has reported a fault with his device that he believes caused it to explode. The user claimed that the smartphone was treated in a normal manner and wasn’t even charging when it caught on fire. However, after a thorough examination of the melted handset, Xiaomi has concluded it was caused by “customer induced damage”.
Xiaomi has provided Notebookcheck with an updated statement in regard to this incident.
PlayStation 5 game cartridge or external SSD? The truth can now be revealed
A Sony patent for a cartridge has been creating considerable speculation recently, with some believing the PlayStation 5 could come with a game cartridge slot while others opined the patent heralded the introduction of external SSDs for the next-gen console. However, it appears the device in the patent drawing is actually destined for use with Sony’s Toio platform.
Alleged Tiger Lake Y chip makes more of a purr than a roar in Geekbench test
A Tiger Lake Y processor has seemingly been spotted on Geekbench delivering some very unimpressive results. However, it’s likely that if the record is genuine then Intel may be simply testing an early engineering sample (ES) that’s not operating at its regular base clock rate. Tiger Lake is expected to be the successor to Intel’s Ice Lake microarchitecture.
Huawei Sound X smart speaker images and specifications leaked
The information guide for Huawei’s Sound X smart speaker has leaked online ahead of the device’s expected launch. The Sound X offers an interesting collection of hardware specifications that includes two 60 W subwoofers and a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor. But will consumers be willing to place a hefty listening device from a controversial manufacturer in their homes?
Xbox Project Scarlett will be more powerful than the PS5 and not too pricey according to Microsoft
In a recent interview, Microsoft executive Aaron Greenberg stated that the company is building the “world’s most powerful console”. The Xbox chief himself, Phil Spencer, has also talked about Xbox Project Scarlett’s power and how it will be carefully priced to be competitive. It seems Microsoft is ready to start stealing some limelight from Sony and the PS5.
Dell combines an AMD Ryzen 9 3950X CPU with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti for an astonishing Alienware Aurora desktop
AMD is preparing to officially launch the incredible 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X and Dell has selected it for an Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 Gaming Desktop. Understandably, the OEM also chose a high-end GPU in the form of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti to aid with the processing duties. The premium desktop has been destroying benchmarks apparently at the cost of heat and noise emissions.
Alleged K30 series smartphone from Xiaomi caught on camera but it's more likely a Redmi herring
A supposed mystery smartphone has appeared in new photos taken on a subway train in China. There has been some speculation about what make and model the phone in the pictures is, with many plumping for either the upcoming Xiaomi Redmi K30 or K30 Pro. However, it is probable this could be a case of mistaken identity.
Massive Call of Duty: Modern Warfare leak reveals battle royale map, missions, perks, and more
A huge Call of Duty: Modern Warfare leak has detailed plans for a battle royale mode for the smash-hit title. The leaked information includes an image of a map and its zones as well as thorough details of the perks, loot, missions, and game options. Modern Warfare was released on October 25 of this year and raked in US$600 million in sales in just three days.
Ricoh Theta SC2 360-degree camera renders and specifications leaked
Some renders and the specifications of the upcoming Ricoh Theta SC2 360-degree camera have appeared online. The pictures show the device in a range of pastel colors and it sports a similar design language to the Theta SC. According to the leaked specifications, the Theta SC2 has the ability to record 4K video at 30 fps.
Scathing Metacritic user reviews and #GameFreakLied dull the shine of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield's release
The first user reviews for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield have started being posted on Metacritic and it’s not looking good for the latest installments in the beloved franchise. At the time of writing, the user score stood at 3.5 for Sword and 3.4 for Shield. Discontent has already been visible on Twitter thanks to the trending hashtag #GameFreakLied.
Sumptuous Xiaomi Mi 10 concept video has a crack at the possible design and specifications for the future flagship
A concept video for the Xiaomi Mi 10 has been posted on YouTube along with a set of optimistic specifications. Whether the Chinese manufacturer will fit the successor of the Mi 9 with a 108 MP sensor and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC remains to be seen, but the “waterfall” display gives the concept Mi 10 an enviable screen-to-body ratio.
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X storms PassMark's CPU Mark chart and soars past Intel's server processors and the Core i9-9980XE
AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X processor has been spotted on PassMark. The chip was tested on the CPU Mark benchmark for “high end CPUs” and scored magnificently. Only Epyc server processors from the same manufacturer prevented the sample from hitting the top spot, while Intel rivals such as the Core i9-9980XE had to make way for the upstart super-processor.
Early Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield reviews hint that the games have weathered the leaks and the Pokédex Dexit storm
The first reviews for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield have started coming in, and it appears the latest Pokémon titles are not a disaster. After being subject to numerous massive leaks and the controversial “Dexit” storm, the 8th Gen games have been praised for being streamlined and enjoyable, but they have not been met with universal acclaim.
PlayStation 5 console might come with expandable storage in the form of external SSD cartridges
There is a growing belief that Sony may be planning on offering expandable storage in the form of SSD cartridges for the PlayStation 5. A patent drawing originally thought to be a game cartridge is now being reconsidered as a possible straightforward external solution for supporting the PS5’s internal custom SSD when it is reaching its storage limits.
Speculation of PlayStation 5 game cartridge function or PlayStation Vita 2 development fueled by patent
Sony Interactive Entertainment has filed a patent application with Brazil’s Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI) that features a drawing of what looks like a game cartridge. Could the upcoming PlayStation 5 console include a game cartridge slot or has SIE got another console in the works, such as a PS Vita 2?
AMD pits its Radeon RX 5500 against Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1650 in leaked sales guide benchmarks
A sales guide for the AMD Radeon RX 5500 Graphics has been posted online, revealing some performance details about the upcoming graphics card. The RX 5500 is listed in numerous triple-A gaming benchmarks challenging the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 card, and unsurprisingly the AMD product thrashes the GTX 1650 in every test.
MSI blunder confirms existence of incredible 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X with 64 cores and 128 threads of processing power
A promo video from MSI has seemingly shown off AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3990X by accident. The clip was focusing on the manufacturer’s Creator TRX40 board that is capable of supporting the new 3rd Gen Threadrippers. However, a system clue has apparently given away the fact that it was not a Threadripper 3960X or 3970X behind the scenes.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield news: Latest leak will help you choose between Ponyta and Darumaka; Nintendo fights back
The latest apparent Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield leak has detailed which Pokémon will be exclusive to each game. Ever since Pokémon Red and Blue were released in 1996, gamers have had to carefully choose which game to buy or just purchase both titles. In the meantime, Nintendo has been wielding its legal sword as some social media sources have been suspended.
Full steam ahead as AMD reveals 24-core and 32-core Ryzen Threadrippers, the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X desktop processor, and the cheap and cheerful Athlon 3000G
It’s been a busy couple of days for AMD as the company has revealed four new products to its processor lineup. The red team has covered bases all the way from extremely affordable to high-end performance with its latest additions, which consist of two new Ryzen Threadripper chips, the “world’s most powerful 16-core desktop processor”, and a Vega 3-brandishing Athlon 3000G.
Globalization, rapid console generation transition, and ease of coding should help the PlayStation 5 match its predecessor's success
In a revealing interview, the current president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, has been discussing PlayStation 5 business. The executive feels globalization is a vital concept behind future PlayStation success and has been proudly sharing feedback from developers about the ease of coding on the PS5. Ryan also stated that encouraging gamers to move from the PS4 to the PS5 is a key goal for the company.
Fetching iPhone 12 concept renders highlight Apple's design strengths and weaknesses
Artistic concept renders for the Apple iPhone 12 have offered fans an idea of what the Cupertino company could be planning for the next generation of its popular smartphone range. The notch is still present but slightly more modest, and the rear of the device sports a quad-camera setup. The conceptual iPhone 12 also features straighter edges than its most recent predecessors.
AMD moves on from 2019 as Zen 3, PS5, Scarlett, Samsung, and 7nm mobile await 2020
It can be easily argued that 2019 has been a standout year for AMD. Zen 2 Ryzen 3000 desktop processors have been shaking up benchmarks all over the place and the long-awaited Radeon RX 5000 series (“Navi”) has introduced RDNA architecture to the world. But AMD’s respected CEO, Lisa Su, understandably believes 2020 is going to be grander.
AMD 3rd Gen Threadripper packaging leaked: Outlandish style for an outstanding chip
Packaging for a 3rd Gen Threadripper from AMD has been leaked. The box-within-a-box design features a square exterior case emblazoned with the famous orange Ryzen ring while the interior packaging resembles a sleek and even slightly futuristic somber gaming rig. It’s believed AMD will be releasing the Castle Peak Ryzen Threadrippers very soon.
Images and price of Canon EOS Ra camera leaked
A few images of the Canon EOS Ra camera have been leaked. The full-frame mirrorless digital camera has been specifically designed for night shots and astrophotography. A price tag for the upcoming device has also been leaked; those looking for a dedicated star-shooter will be looking at paying just under US$2,500 for the body.
Game over: Entire Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield cast of 400 Galar Pokédex characters revealed but alleged leaker may have been nabbed
The recent Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield leak has been quite astonishing in its enormity and impact. The games themselves are scheduled for release on November 15 but it now seems the entire Pokédex has been revealed, with 400 Pokémon taking part. However, there are claims that the person behind the leak has been discovered by Nintendo.
Gigabyte reveals the Aorus RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box: The world's first water-cooled external graphics solution
Gigabyte claims the Aorus RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box offers “The World’s 1st Water-Cooling External Graphics”. Along with being the first of its kind, Gigabyte also waxes lyrical about the Aorus RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box for its power, noise emissions, and compact size. The device weighs less than 4 kg (8.8 lbs) and should help turn a regular ultrabook into a gaming meteor.
The T-bao Tbook5 Pro laptop: Too cool for square keys
Chinese manufacturer T-bao has released its Tbook5 Pro laptop that offers users something of an intriguing unique selling point. The device comes with a dedicated graphics card from Nvidia and a CPU from Intel’s Celeron series, but what helps it stand out from the crowd is its visually striking keyboard that has been described as “retro punk”.
The Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield leak evolves into a deluge as most of the alleged Pokédex appears online
The recent supposed Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield leaks have intensified into a deluge as a generously sized portion of the Pokédex now appears to be online. If the leaked characters turn out to be genuine, then this will be a considerable blow to both developer Game Freak and publisher Nintendo who wanted gamers to find the new Pokémon while playing the games.
Goatman abomination and drowned raiders: Full leaked Diablo 4 artbook gives gamers an idea of what to expect by 2021
Many pages from the Diablo 4 artwork book have been posted online, giving fans an idea of what they can expect from the game when it finally gets released. Vile-looking characters such as the Goatman Abomination and Drowned Raider feature alongside a terrifying battleground, a gory sacrifice, and the possible reveal of a new Prime Evil.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield characters and evolutions extensively leaked
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are scheduled to be released on November 15 for the Nintendo Switch; however, many of the characters and their various evolutions have already been leaked online. Gigantamax forms for a number of Pokémon have been revealed and there is a potentially new evolved look for Meowth.
Clips of Oppo Reno Ace being charged will banish ugly memories of overnight charging
Clips of Oppo Reno Ace smartphones being charged have been shared on social media platforms that might astonish those who haven’t yet had the fortune to try out some form of fast-charging feature with a smartphone yet. However, there are concerns that the high charging speed will result in premature battery degradation.
Another stab at the PlayStation 5's release date is made as more games for next-gen consoles are revealed
There’s been a new speculative guess at the PlayStation 5 release date thanks to the appearance of an Easter egg in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It’s arguably one of the most tenuous so far, but these kinds of hints have been accurate in the past. Ubisoft has revealed it is working on five cross-generational titles.
Development of PlayStation 5 games "progressing smoothly" as two more rumored titles are leaked
Sony’s Chief Financial Officer, Hiroki Totoki, has been revealing tidbits of information about the company’s PlayStation 5 console. The executive mentioned that software development by Sony’s partners was “progressing smoothly” and that the PS5’s scheduled release will “strengthen the platform”. Two more titles have joined the list of rumored games connected to the next-generation console.
Rumored Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite makes light work of all the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 devices in Geekbench multi-core test
A Geekbench record for a “samsung SM-G770F” has been spotted that handily reveals a few details about the mystery smartphone. Some believe this particular device could end up being the Galaxy S10 Lite, which would likely feature a Snapdragon 855 SoC and at least 8 GB of RAM. The SM-G770F manages a powerful multi-core score in the test.
Battle of the bands heats up as leaked Huawei Band 4 Pro render shows off colorful options
A new image of the Huawei Band 4 Pro has been shared online. Although details about the specifications are still thin on the ground, the first appearance of the activity tracker is seemingly positive. There is a range of colors to choose from, and the smart band exhibits a color display (presumed to be AMOLED) and swappable straps.
The high-end Navi GPU AMD is providing for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett consoles may have just been sighted
A noteworthy piece of detective work may have resulted in the discovery of AMD’s “Big Navi” GPUs. This has led to wide speculation that there is a possibility this could be the much-talked about custom chip that will eventually be found in the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett consoles. Could the “Nvidia Killer” finally be coming?
Join Xbox All Access now and get an upgrade to Project Scarlett in 2020
Microsoft has reintroduced its Xbox All Access program for customers in Australia, the UK, and the US. The regular subscription scheme includes the opportunity to upgrade to Project Scarlett in Holiday 2020, and there is also a limited time deal for UK/US Xbox One X buyers to sign up to get their hands on the next-generation console.
You could be the proud owner of a Sony PlayStation 10 - in 2050
Sony Interactive Entertainment has been busy registering some important terms with the Japan Patent Office. The trademarks are related to future PlayStation releases beyond the forthcoming PlayStation 5 console. The company has been securing all iterations up to number 10, which following past release schedules for PlayStations, could see the light of day by 2050.
iPhone SE 2 could be launched by Apple in March 2020 and will sell in the millions
A report from noted market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has detailed when Apple could set the long-awaited iPhone SE 2 into production. Apparently, the diminutive smartphone will start being mass manufactured in January 2020, with March set as the potential launch period. Rumored hardware specifications for the iPhone SE 2 include the presence of a fast A13 Bionic chip.
Diablo 4 becomes more of a reality thanks to the appearance of the Daughter of Hatred
Another artbook-related leak has added fuel to the fire that Blizzard Entertainment is finally preparing to reveal Diablo 4 to expectant gamers. A single page about a character that is expected to appear in the dungeon crawler has been shared on Twitter, and it seems the Daughter of Hatred herself has good news for Diablo fans.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro confirmed by regulator certifications; expect premium hardware for half the price of a Samsung Galaxy Note 10
A certificate from Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has confirmed the existence of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 device. In a further surprise, the documents also revealed that there will be a Pro variant of the smartphone that the Chinese manufacturer has skillfully managed to keep under wraps so far. Speculation in regard to potential price has been optimistic.
Mi Note 10 packaging spotted: Xiaomi tosses out the rulebook in terms of model numbering
Xiaomi could be preparing to unleash a Mi Note 10 on a practically unsuspecting market soon. An image of alleged packaging material has been shared online, which of course could be fake. However, if it is genuine, then the crafty Chinese manufacturer has seemingly decided to skip the Mi Notes 4 to 9.
Cheap as chips: Intel could chop 9th Generation Skylake-X CPU prices in half
A new report has claimed that Intel could be preparing to heavily discount its 9th Gen Skylake-X series of high-end desktop (HEDT) CPUs. The 8-core i7-9800X could end up being priced at around €360 (~US$400) while the top-end SKU, the 18-core i9-9980XE, has been predicted to be discounted to around €950 (~US$1,058).
ARM announces Ethos-N57 and Ethos-N37 NPUs, Mali-G57 GPU, and Mali-D37 DPU
ARM has revealed four new processors that should help enrich consumer tech products aimed at the mainstream market. The new additions to the company’s lineup are the Ethos-N57 and Ethos-N37 Neural Processing Units (NPU), the Mali-G57 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), and the Mali-D37 Display Processor Unit (DPU).
Screenshot of rumored Walmart Black Friday deal includes a half-price Sony PS4 1 TB Slim console and a Nintendo Switch for under US$200
A screenshot of some of Walmart’s alleged console offers for the upcoming Black Friday event will have gamers giddy with anticipation if it ends up being the real deal. Those holding out on buying a Nintendo Switch could find themselves saving US$100 on either a neon blue or gray model. There are also impressive discounts on consoles from both Sony and Microsoft.
Technical specifications and alleged price and release date for Fujifilm X-Pro3 camera leaked ahead of launch
A press kit for the Fujifilm X-Pro3 digital camera, which includes many renders of the device, has already been shared on Twitter. The X-Pro3 is scheduled to be officially launched on October 23, but like every good piece of tech equipment nowadays, many of its details have already been leaked online or guessed at.
AMD's Matisse beasts are far from toothless as Ryzen 3000 helps to gnaw at Intel's Steam survey share
September’s Steam Hardware and Software Survey has seemingly delivered more good news for AMD. The survey has measured data in regard to PC processor usage by manufacturer, which yet again has been thoroughly dominated by Intel. However, the red team has enjoyed another month of considerable growth, which could be down to its Ryzen 3000 generation of chips.
SUPER appearance for Nvidia in Steam's hardware survey but there's also plenty of love for AMD's Radeon RX 590 series
The Steam Hardware and Software Survey for September 2019 has shown some interesting changes in terms of PC video card usage. Although Nvidia still dominates the overall percentage share with the GeForce RTX 2060 going strong and the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER making an appearance, AMD’s Radeon RX 590 Series leads an upsurge in GPUs from the red team.
Full specifications for the Zeiss ZX1 digital camera revealed
The full details of the technical specifications for the Zeiss ZX1 camera have been published. The renowned German manufacturer announced the device back at the Photokina trade event in 2018 with availability originally scheduled to start with chosen dealers in early 2019. However, the camera has failed to materialize on the market thus far.
Don't worry, it's just a devkit: New concept renders of the Sony PlayStation 5
A group of new Sony PlayStation 5 concept renders have been produced by LetsGoDigital based on the recently leaked devkit photo. The images show off the busy front panel and also include the “prototype” label and the huge ventilation grilles. It may not thrill expectant future PS5 owners, but it is quite stylized for a developer kit.
Samsung Galaxy S11 news: Model numbers for three 5G-capable SKUs leaked; no full-screen display coming
Some new details about Samsung’s Galaxy S11 series have been shared online concerning the amount of SKUs that will be part of the lineup, the communication abilities of the devices, and the expected screen design. While some may have been hoping for a notch-free S11, it appears Samsung is saving that for a different series.
Retailer listing for PlayStation 5 offers latest suggestions for potential price and release date
Another retailer has decided to start listing the PlayStation 5 on its site, this time with references to both a specific price and release date. Although it’s clear that the information on the page is speculative, it does give some idea of how much the next-gen console will cost upon its Holiday 2020 release.
Leaked real-life image of PlayStation 5 devkit shows prototype console with possible integrated camera feature
A real-life photo of an alleged Sony PlayStation 5 development kit (devkit) has been posted online as part of a YouTube video uploaded by ZONEofTECH. The console in the picture looks eerily similar to recent concept renders of the device, thanks to the now familiar V-shaped design language and chunky side vents.
Placeholders or products: Newly discovered icons for the upcoming 16-inch MacBook Pro fall flat at first sight
Icons of what could be the 16-inch MacBook Pro 2019 have been found in the beta code for macOS Catalina. Those hoping for a complete exterior redesign of the MBP might be disappointed by the images though, as the laptop featuring on the icons looks very similar to the 15-inch MacBook Pro. But some differences between the supposed iterations have been spotted.
Latest benchmark scores show AMD's 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X is shaping up to be a blue-ribbon gaming chip
Some new Geekbench scores for AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X have been unearthed and unsurprisingly the 16-core chip has performed admirably in the multi-core tests. Two separate benchmarks have been discovered, with AMD’s Zen 2 processor appearing on a Prime X570-P motherboard from Asus and a B450 Aorus Pro Wi-Fi board from Gigabyte.
Unboxing video of Huawei Mate X reveals a flashy foldable flagship with a new red button
A video of someone unboxing a brand-new Huawei Mate X foldable smartphone has made its way onto YouTube. The vaunted device has been apparently thoroughly revised by the Chinese manufacturer and should be released soon, with various reports stating a November timeline. The Mate X in the video now sports a handy red button that pops the smartphone open.
Boat battle royale: Fortnite Chapter 2 gets accidentally leaked on the App Store
Fans of the hugely successful battle royale title Fortnite will be excited to learn that a sequel could be on the way. While many gamers are awaiting the next season of the smash hit, an image that briefly appeared on the iOS App Store for the Italian market seems to indicate that Fortnite Chapter 2 is in the works, and there could be water-based battles in store.
Sharp new Sony PlayStation 5 concept renders published as retailer starts taking preorders for the next-gen console
New artistic renders of the PlayStation 5 have been published that are believed to be the most accurate renditions yet. Based on leaked information, the latest images see the console with a surprisingly sharp silver coat but with basically the same design language as previously released renders. A European retailer has started taking preorders for the next-gen console with just a €50 down payment.
Pick up a Dell Inspiron 14 3000 for less than $200 or save more than a third on an Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1
Dell is currently offering two Inspiron laptops for less than US$200. Shoppers can pick up an AMD-powered Inspiron 11 3000 for US$179.99 or plump for the larger Intel-based Inspiron 14 3000 for just US$199.99. There’s also a terrific deal to be had on the Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 laptop, which has seen its price reduced by 37%.
Leaked Canadian pricing for the Google Pixel 4 and 4XL should leave fans breathing a little easier
Some launch prices for the Google Pixel 4 and 4XL flagship smartphones have been posted on Twitter by well-known tech insider Evan Blass. The prices are for the Canadian market, which show that the entry-level Google Pixel 4 with 64 GB storage will cost CAD$1,049.95 (~US$788), while the 128 GB storage variant of the Google Pixel 4 XL will allegedly cost CAD$1,359.95 (~US$1,022).
Leaked Microsoft Surface promo images and latest rumors: new colors, connectivity upgrades, borderless Surface Pro 7, Alcantara-less Surface Laptop 3
New alleged details about Microsoft’s upcoming new Surface products have emerged. Apparently, a selection of fresh colors for the next generation of Surface devices is inbound, and the newest edition to the Surface Laptop line will be shorn of its Alcantara coat. Arguably, the most exciting leak is the supposed almost borderless display that the Surface Pro 7 (or just "Surface 7") will sport.
The hardest game-related decisions you're ever going to make are coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the form of Frostpunk: Console Edition
11 bit studios has released an official story trailer for Frostpunk: Console Edition. The city survival game was originally released for Microsoft Windows in April 2018 and managed to rack up sales of over 1.4 million units. The gameplay involves torturous decisions and constant demands from the populace and environment that draws the player deep into the icy world.
Artistic PlayStation 5 concept video will whet your appetite for Sony's potentially V-shaped console
A new concept video of the PlayStation 5 has been uploaded to YouTube that offers a potential glimpse at what the final product from Sony could resemble. The console, which bears the logos “PSV” and “PS5” on its case, looks starkly different from its predecessors, with the artist choosing to base the creation on the V-shaped device found in recently unearthed patent drawings.
New Microsoft Surface Pro 7 leak: Still no 32 GB RAM but at least a powerful 10nm processor is present
A 3DMark entry for an apparent Microsoft Surface 7 Pro device has been spotted, with the benchmark record providing various details about the specifications of the upcoming 2-in-1 detachable. The unit was tested on the Sky Diver 1.0 benchmark, which listed the presence of a 10nm Ice Lake processor from Intel but only 16 GB RAM.
Acer Nitro 5 laptops appear on retailer website with AMD Ryzen 5 3550U APUs
A Southeast Asian retail website has listed two Acer Nitro 5 laptops sporting AMD Ryzen 5 3550U processors. The new APU has been mentioned on various sites in the past but has not been made official by the red team yet. It’s expected the Ryzen 5 3550U APU will feature a powerful Vega 9 iGPU and offer clock rates ranging from 2.1 GHz to 3.7 GHz.
Update: Acer has contacted Notebookcheck to confirm that these SKUs will actually come with AMD Ryzen 5 3550H processors.
Oh So Expensive: Google Pixel 4 color names leaked and retailer listings reveal premium prices
A couple of more Google Pixel 4-related leaks have surfaced, one concerning the apparently official names for the colors the smartphones will come in and another about the not inconsiderable price tags. According to one specific retailer, potential Pixel 4 buyers in Ireland will have to cough up just under €820 (~US$903/£723) for the 64 GB variant of the regular-sized model.
AMD will release the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X and first 24-core Ryzen 3000 Threadripper processors in November
AMD has officially stated that the Ryzen 9 3950X desktop processor and the next generation of Ryzen Threadripper chips will be launched in November. Although some will be disappointed about the delay of the 16-core Matisse CPU, others will be excited about the confirmation of the HEDT chips, which start with 24-core SKUs.
New tip suggests Microsoft Surface device will come with AMD's Ryzen 5 3550U and Ryzen 7 3750U processors
An interesting tip from a well-known leaker has seemingly revealed which AMD processors could find their way into Microsoft Surface devices in the not too distant future. It’s expected the new Surface Laptop 3 will be configured with an AMD-based option, and it appears buyers will be able to choose between the mysterious Ryzen 5 3550U and Ryzen 7 3750U.
If you hate the square camera design for the Apple iPhone 11 then you're going to loathe the next-gen iPad Pro
An image of an apparent final design mockup of the next-generation Apple iPad Pro has found its way online, and if you are not a fan of Apple’s choice for the main camera design on the iPhone 11 series then there’s a good chance you’re not going to be keen on the decision made for the high-end tablet, either.
Alleged Geekbench 5 OnePlus 7T record gives the OnePlus 7 Pro a good run for its money
A OnePlus 7T sporting an octa-core processor has apparently been spotted on the Geekbench 5 benchmark. The device in question amassed very respectable scores in both the single-core and multi-core tests, generally outperforming the OnePlus 7 Pro by a small margin. The OnePlus 7T is expected to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC.
Leaked Samsung exhibition poster names foldable Galaxy W20 5G flip-phone
A revealing leaked image of an exhibition poster has shown that Samsung is preparing to unleash another foldable device onto the market. However, this is not about a successor to the now somewhat notorious Samsung Galaxy Fold, as the poster in the photo is actually for promoting the Galaxy W20 5G flip-phone.
Huawei releases Linux variants of the MateBook 13, MateBook 14, and MateBook X Pro
Huawei has added the MateBook 13 for Linux, MateBook X Pro for Linux, and the MateBook 14 for Linux onto Vmall, the Chinese shopping site for Huawei and Honor products. The OEM has selected Deepin for the operating system, which has allowed the Chinese manufacturer to make modifications due to the nature of its open source software.
Configuration details for Microsoft Surface Pro 7 leak out
Some details of Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Pro 7 have apparently been leaked with five different configurations being mentioned. It seems the entry-level Surface Pro 7 will feature an Intel Core i3 processor while the top-end device will sport an Intel Core i7. RAM options will reach from a lowly 4 GB up to a stately 16 GB.
Hexa-core i7-10710U sample underachieves in Cinebench R15 and R20 benchmarks; trails behind AMD's quad-core Ryzen 7 3700U
A 6-core Comet Lake Intel Core i7-10710U has been put through the rigors of Cinebench R15 and R20 and has apparently struggled with the multi-core testing aspects of the benchmarks. AMD’s 15 W quad-core APU, the Ryzen 7 3700U, was able to achieve better scores in R15. The Intel chip is a part of the same MSI Prestige 15 laptop that was recently spotted on Geekbench and UserBenchmark.
MSI has stated that the performance discrepancy could be down to the Creator Center mode selected.
Trypophobia rears its unholy head once more thanks to the Apple iPhone 11 Pro and its rear triple camera system
People suffering from trypophobia have been posting negative comments on social media about the new iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max due to their rear main camera arrangements. It wasn’t that long ago that another flagship smartphone was causing unease in the trypophobia community, with HMD Global thoroughly upsetting sufferers due to its Nokia 9 PureView’s penta-lens pattern.
The Apple iPhone family welcomes the new additions of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max have all finally been officially revealed by Apple. The new smartphones feature high-performance A13 Bionic chips and standout camera systems: a dual setup for the regular iPhone 11 and triple lenses for the Pro and Pro Max handsets. Prices range from US$699 to US$1,449, with iPhone trade-in discounts available as well.
Apple's 2019 iPad: The seventh-generation tablet goes large
Apple has now unveiled the latest addition to its iPad lineup in the shape of the seventh-generation iPad. The new tablet has increased in size from its 2018 predecessor, growing from 9.7 inches to 10.2 inches. The device is currently available to pre-order and will start shipping on September 30. The cheapest model costs US$329.
The competition needs to watch out: Apple Watch Series 5 does so much more than just tell the time
Among a host of other revelations at the recent Apple Special Event, the Cupertino company also officially announced the Apple Watch Series 5. The latest iteration of the highly successful smartwatch features an Always-On Retina display and comes in a huge range of customizable options. Prices start from US$399 for the basic 40 mm space-gray aluminum case with sport band GPS-only model (requires iPhone connection).
Intel Core i7-10710U delivers powerful single-core performances in UserBenchmark and Geekbench 5; flies past AMD Ryzen 7 3700U and 3750H rivals
An Intel Core i7-10710U processor has been spotted being put through its paces on both UserBenchmark and Geekbench 5. The energy-efficient six-core CPU, which was tested in MSI’s new Prestige 15 laptop, particularly shines in single-core benchmarks where it manages to outclass the quad-core Ryzen competition from AMD.
AirPower resurrected and full iPhone 11 details revealed: names, models, prices, and release dates
According to a recently leaked image, the Apple iPhone 11 series will feature smartphones ranging from an entry-level US$749 device all the way up to an eye-watering US$1,299 top-end model. The picture shows that the top two SKUs will be available on September 20, and remarkably it also suggests the AirPower charging mat may have been brought back from the dead.
Leaked photos of Leica SL2 full-frame mirrorless camera with 47 MP sensor reveal surprising textured design
A couple of images of a Leica full-frame mirrorless camera have been posted on a Japanese website, which claims the subject of the photos is the Leica SL2. The German manufacturer released the SL (Typ 601) in October 2015, which was generally well-received but noted for its high price tag and its cumbersome build.
Modder creates PIS2 functioning handheld game console by combining PlayStation 2 parts with Raspberry Pi 2 power
A dedicated modder has managed to create a working portable game console by utilizing the motherboard from a slimline PlayStation 2 in conjunction with the capabilities of a Raspberry Pi 2 single-board computer. Although it has taken a long time to build the device, the end product has been shown offering impressive results in a video shared on YouTube.
Save almost US$900: Eye-popping price cuts on Dell Vostro laptops with GTX 1650 GPU or 10th Gen Intel CPU
Dell has some mouth-watering deals currently available on various SKUs from its Vostro line, which include laptops featuring a Turing-based discrete GPU from Nvidia or processors from Intel’s new Comet Lake generation. The models included in the current deal would be ideal for business users looking to upgrade or renew existing notebooks.
Alleged leaked photo of Sony A9II flagship camera reveals dials aplenty but few notable changes
A popular Sony digital camera news blog has published what it claims to be the first leaked image of the Japanese manufacturer’s A9II flagship camera. Sony released the full-frame mirrorless A9 camera in 2017 and there are many keenly awaiting its successor. The alleged A9II looks practically identical to its predecessor.
Back Stage demo highlights graphics tech that could find its way into the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Project Scarlett
A demonstration video created by Luminous Productions has shown the incredible level of graphics quality that could be wielded by next-gen consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett. Although the Back Stage clip was designed with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, the ray-tracing capability on show is something AMD should be providing for the upcoming gaming devices.
Huawei Dev Phone featuring HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G SoC hammers Snapdragon and Exynos competition in AI Benchmark
A device simply called “Huawei Dev Phone” has been spotted on the AI Benchmark, and both the phone and the HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G mobile SoC it features have completely outclassed the competition in the benchmark’s performance rankings. The smartphone’s final AI score was more than twice the amount of its nearest rival, the Honor 20S.
An Apple Special Event is coming, so time for a coincidental Google Pixel 4 leak: Handsets in black, white, and orange
An image showing three Google Pixel 4 smartphones in different colors has seemingly leaked on Weibo. Unsurprisingly, both a black and white SKU are visible, but the choice for the third color has caused some eyebrows to be raised. It had already been leaked that Google was going with orange as one of the Pixel 4’s color options.
Samsung has a secret weapon up its sleeve to take on the iPhone and Pixel
A recent tweet posted by Ice universe has made strong implications that Samsung will be focusing on the camera equipment used in future devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S11. Although the tipster did not reveal any specifics, his somewhat cryptic message will offer hope to Samsung fans tired of reading about superior iPhone and Pixel cameras.
GPD channels Nintendo for unnamed console that borrows heavily from the Switch
Some images of a potential GPD prototype device have been leaked onto Baidu, showing something that is not entirely dissimilar to the Nintendo Switch. GPD has become renowned for its innovation in the gaming device field, and it could be possible that the Chinese company wants to take a bigger bite out of the hybrid console market.
Gamers with an RX 5700 XT can enjoy up to 8% better performance in the upcoming Gears 5 thanks to AMD
A new graphics driver from AMD will optimize performance in Gears 5 for those users lucky enough to have an RX 5700 XT graphics card in their system. The red team has made the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.9.1 available for optional download, although ironically it could also cause a minor issue with the new title from Xbox Game Studios.
Asus ROG introduces world's first gaming laptop sporting a 300 Hz display with the Zephyrus S GX701
Asus is known for making technological leaps forward in regard to gaming-laptop displays, and now it seems the Taiwanese manufacturer is ready to make another spectacular bound. Asus has revealed that the Zephyrus S GX701 will be the world’s first notebook to offer a display capable of a 300 Hz refresh rate, ideal for esports and gaming professionals. Update: It looks like Acer beat Asus to the punch for this "world's first" claim.
New Asus ProArt StudioBook series features flagship model with Core i9-9980HK CPU and powerful Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000 GPU
Asus has claimed that its ProArt StudioBook lineup includes the “world’s most graphically-powerful laptop” with the ProArt StudioBook One (W590) workstation. The device comes with a 9th Gen Intel mobile processor and Nvidia’s Quadro RTX 6000. The new series also features the ProArt StudioBook Pro X (W730) that offers up to a Quadro RTX 5000 and incorporates the innovative ScreenPad 2.0 secondary display.
AMD addresses issue with 3rd Gen Ryzen processors failing to reach advertised boost clock speeds
AMD has posted a declaration on its Ryzen Twitter account in regard to reports of 3rd Gen Ryzen processors not offering the levels of performance that were expected by users. The post states that the company is working on a BIOS update that should deal with the boost performance issues that had been affecting SKUs such as the Ryzen 9 3900X.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx amasses respectable score on Geekbench and closes in on Intel's Core i5-8250U
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor has recently been spotted on Geekbench as part of a system recorded as “Qualcomm CLS”. The California-based chip designer had already compared the Snapdragon 8cx’s performance with Intel’s Core i5-8250U and this latest benchmark reveal seems to show that the former can keep up with the latter.
Leaked images of possible Sony Xperia 2 flagship smartphone show relocated camera setup
A handful of images of a new Sony Xperia smartphone have been leaked online. There has been speculation that this could be a first look at the successor of the Xperia 1, and the overall design language is certainly reminiscent of the 21:9 aspect ratio-boasting flagship from the Japanese manufacturer.
AMD Athlon 300GE APU gets taken apart on 3DMark's Fire Strike Ultra 1.1 benchmark
The entry-level AMD Athlon 300GE APU has been spotted enduring a run-through on the 3DMark benchmark Fire Strike Ultra 1.1. Unsurprisingly, the chip did not record a stellar performance that will amaze anyone, although the particular test in question may not be the most suitable for an expected low-performance APU.
Fingers crossed that it's a devkit: Concept renders for latest PlayStation 5 design patent reveal unseemly console
The recent discovery of patent drawings for a potential PlayStation 5 console, or at least a devkit of the next-gen device, created considerable excitement in the gaming community as many fans are eager to see what Sony will come up with for the PS5. However, new concept renders based on the patent show a rather clunky-looking and somewhat unappealing device.
Formidable full specifications for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 leaked
A new leak of the alleged full specifications for the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 flagship smartphone has revealed that the device should pack quite a punch and delight fans of the Chinese manufacturer. Not only should there be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC on board but there should also be 12 GB of RAM and a huge 1 TB of UFS 3.0 storage.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 could be released in September
A new tweet from a well-known tech tipster has stated that Xiaomi could be planning on launching the anticipated Mi Mix 4 flagship smartphone next month. There have been plenty of rumors about the device flying around lately, and it seems the Chinese manufacturer is preparing to deliver an incredible successor to the innovative Mi Mix 3.
Rumored clock rates for AMD Ryzen 9 3900 surface online
Purported details of the AMD Ryzen 9 3900 processor have been posted on Twitter. The Ryzen 3000 series chip has not been officially announced yet, but it seems this particular SKU could be a 65-W TDP variant as opposed to the Ryzen 9 3900X with its 105 W TDP. The latest chip is expected to have 12 cores and 24 threads.
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534 with Comet Lake Intel Core i7-10510U appears on French product page
The French-language site for Asus has started showing a product page for the ZenBook 15 UX534FA-A8038T laptop computer. The slimline device features the company’s innovative ScreenPad input device, and according to the listing it will come with a processor from Intel’s Comet Lake-U series of chips, in the form of the 10th Gen i7-10510U.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 16 series cards lead the way with positive changes in latest Steam hardware survey
The July 2019 Steam Hardware & Software Survey has offered up new details in regard to overall video card usage and trends. Unsurprisingly, Nvidia still dominates as the most commonly used manufacturer, and it appears that products from the GeForce GTX 16 series have been particularly popular recently with gamers taking part in the software distribution platform’s survey.
PlayStation 5 survey shows gamers are willing to pay up to 600 Euros for the next-gen console
A survey carried out by the German tech site CHIP.de has revealed just how much people are willing to shell out on the upcoming PlayStation 5 console. Clearly, respondents have taken into account the high-end hardware that the PS5 will employ, with a somewhat heady figure of €600 (~US$672, £553) being deemed as an acceptable maximum amount.
Get a wiggle on: Dell 72-hour sale knocks US$250 off an XPS 15 9570 and a whopping US$860 off an Alienware 17
Dell is currently running a 72-hour sale with a fair share of bargains to be had. Shoppers can pick from an Inspiron 11 Chromebook laptop for US$129.99 (US$70 off), a couple of discounted XPS notebooks in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes, and even a heavily reduced gaming behemoth in the form of an Alienware 17 laptop with an overclockable dGPU.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 will be in the pink
New renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phablet have been posted online by WinFuture that should appeal to those who like to mix business with pleasure. The often business-oriented Note line has been given a fresh coat of pink for this iteration, although it has not yet been confirmed which markets will receive the rose-colored variant.
Third-party retailer's PlayStation 5 price placeholder gives gamers the jitters
A Swedish online retailer’s listing for the Sony PlayStation 5 has been making news recently because of the value stated in the placeholder for the console’s price. MediaMarkt has given a figure of 9,999 Swedish krona for the PS5, which equates to around US$1,054 or €946. This has led to new speculation of what the device could end up actually costing.
Mysterious 10510Y processor pops up on 3DMark
There has been mention of a 10510Y processor in a 3DMark record, according to noted database miner Tum Apisak. Although details about the chip are currently scant, the tipster did add that the CPU had been measured running at a clock rate of 1.5 GHz. A leaked Intel roadmap signified a 2020 release for Comet Lake Y processors.
Real-life images of possible Huawei Mate 30 Pro leaked
Some photos of what seems to be the upcoming Huawei Mate 30 Pro have been shared on the Chinese social network site Weibo. The pictures show a couple of the flagship smartphones being tested on public transport, with what appear to be a pair of Huawei Mate 20 X devices joining them for the ride.
Smach Z prototype gets tested: Challenges GPD Win 2 3DMark scores and may offer 32 GB RAM and Ryzen Embedded V1807B SoC
A prototype of a Smach Z handheld game console has been unboxed and tested in a YouTube video posted by The Phawx. The device was put through its paces in three 3DMark benchmarks and managed to outscore the GPD Win 2 in all three tests. It’s now possible to reserve one of the handhelds for as little as US$10.
Release of an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SUPER graphics card could depend on AMD
With the latest SUPER upgrades from Nvidia joining the company’s extensive lineup of graphics cards, there has been some speculation that the green team could also release a SUPER variant of the top-end GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Although an Nvidia executive has categorically stated there are no plans to release such a product, it may depend on what AMD has in store.
Smartphone with 108 MP camera and 10x optical zoom apparently coming in 2020; Samsung Galaxy S11 suggested
A particularly well-known tech tipster has made the startling proclamation that there will be a smartphone on the market by next year that will not only sport a 108 MP camera but will also offer 10x optical zoom capability. Unsurprisingly, this statement has sparked a decent amount of speculation, with some believing it could be a reference to Samsung’s Galaxy S11.
Lisa Su welcomes former Dell XPS chief Frank Azor aboard the good ship AMD
AMD’s CEO Lisa Su has announced that former Dell executive Frank Azor has officially become a member of the red team. Su’s tweet revealed that Azor will be the company’s chief architect of gaming solutions. Azor has responded to the message with an acknowledgment of enthusiasm for his new role.
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X in X570 motherboard surpassed by unhindered Intel Core i9-9900KS in latest Geekbench reveal
A new Geekbench comparison has been unearthed that appears to give a snapshot of the true performance of the upcoming Intel Core i9-9900KS processor. The chip from the blue team has been measured against a powerful AMD Ryzen 7 3800X once again, and this time it has outshone the competition in both the single and multi-core benchmarks.
Intel's Core i9-9900KS fails to kill AMD Ryzen 7 3800X in Geekbench comparison
A Geekbench comparison between an Intel Core i9-9900KS processor and an AMD Ryzen 7 3800X has been shared online showing some surprising results. The Ryzen CPU is soundly defeated in the single-core benchmark test; however, in the multi-core test the 8-core i9-9900KS falls behind its fellow 8-core rival.
AMD Radeon RX 5700 starts pulling away from Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 in PassMark price-performance comparison
AMD’s new Radeon RX 5700 has turned up on PassMark, with two samples seemingly demonstrating the price-performance expectations of the long-awaited graphics solution. The desktop graphics card now has an average G3D mark of 13,616 points, which means it is moving away from the average score produced by Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2060 rival.
Super beats Navi but at a price: Ashes of the Singularity Crazy benchmark featuring Nvidia Super, RTX, and AMD 5700 cards leaked
Some Ashes of the Singularity (AotS) benchmark scores have been shared online that seem to show an interesting comparison between AMD and Nvidia products. In the short comparison list offered, out of six challengers the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super reigns supreme in the Crazy 4K test. The graphics card from the green team pumped out a rate of 57 FPS.
Dell Black Friday in July sale: Save 11% on XPS 15 9570 and up to 22% on XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop
Dell is having a Black Friday in July sale and there are some attractive laptop deals to be had. Shoppers can enjoy up to US$250 off a Dell G5 15 gaming laptop and even a huge US$700 off a high-end Alienware m17 gaming laptop. Offerings in the ever-popular XPS lineup are also involved in the limited time sale.
Promising UserBenchmark result shows AMD Ryzen 7 3700X taking on both the Core i9-9900X and Threadripper 2950X
A UserBenchmark record has been shared online showing the performance of AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 7 3700X processor. The 8-core, 16-thread Zen 2 chip has powered through the speed tests and thrown up an average benchmark score that not only places it equal to the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X but also puts it ahead of Intel’s powerful Core i9-9900X.
AMD's Ryzen 5 3600X overtakes Intel's Core i7-9700K in UserBenchmark speed test
AMD’s Ryzen 5 3600X processor has turned up on UserBenchmark and has amassed excellent scores in the speed tests. The upcoming Zen 2 chip managed to zip past rivals such as Intel’s Core i7-8700K and Core i7-9700K. The impressive performance of the Ryzen 3000 processor means it currently holds 13th position in UserBenchmark’s average bench chart, out of 1,160 entrants.
Powerful system sporting AMD's Radeon RX 5700 XT racks up colossal OpenCL score on Geekbench
A massive OpenCL score has been recorded in a Geekbench database entry based on an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card. The system used also sported a ROG Rampage VI Apex motherboard from Asus, Intel’s Core i9-7960X CPU, and 32 GB of RAM. The Geekbench record states a score of 324,481 points for this graphics test.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super powers past AMD's Radeon RX 5700 XT in Final Fantasy XV benchmark
A benchmark featuring both Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super and AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 XT has been spotted, and it makes great reading for fans of the green team’s products. The Nvidia Super card is way above the RX 5700 XT in the Final Fantasy XV benchmark; however, it’s believed this particular benchmark is generally weighted in Nvidia’s favor.
Geekbench tests pulverized by 16-core AMD Ryzen processor clocked at 5.2 GHz
It seems yet again a 16-core Matisse processor from AMD has been creating surprise results on Geekbench. This time, a test system featuring a processor labeled as “AMD 100-000000033-01” managed to throw up huge scores in both the single-core test and the multi-core benchmark. A maximum frequency of 5.2 GHz was also measured.
The next-gen console hype circus continues: Rumor claims the PS5 offers 10-15% more performance than the Xbox Scarlett
A message posted on the Twitter account for PlayStation Latest has made quite a confident claim in regard to the performance power of the PlayStation 5. According to the post, the next-gen console from Sony will outrun its future Xbox rival by 10 to 15%. Unsurprisingly, this kind of comparison has been questioned by genuine industry insiders.
Frank Azor leaves Dell
In a surprising revelation posted on both his Twitter account and the Alienware Arena website, Dell executive Frank Azor has announced that he will be leaving the company he has been associated with for over two decades. Although the soon-to-be former XPS and Alienware chief has not stated exactly what his next challenge will be, it seems he will be focusing on the gaming industry.
New UserBenchmark and Cinebench results point to AMD's upcoming Ryzen 5 3600 being nothing short of a price-perfomance superchip
More benchmark information regarding the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 has apparently been spotted, including further UserBenchmark results and an astounding, if hard to believe, single-core score on Cinebench R15. The new UserBenchmark ranking for the Matisse processor puts it on a level close to an Intel i7-8700K, while the new Cinebench result places it above an i5-9600.
Cybersecurity company finds worrying vulnerability affecting millions of Dell laptops and desktops
A high-severity vulnerability has been discovered in Dell’s SupportAssist software that is found on millions of computers sold by the American manufacturer. The problem was highlighted by a company called SafeBreach and was originally reported to both Dell and PC-Doctor in May. Dell has offered a simple resolution to deal with the disconcerting find.
Wave goodbye to the Samsung Galaxy A90 and say hello to the Samsung Galaxy R series
It seems possible that Samsung will resurrect the Galaxy R brand-name to include what many believed was going to be the Samsung Galaxy A90. According to a well-known industry leaker, the Samsung model SM-A90X will likely be part of a new Galaxy R series that would feature premium midrange smartphones.
One-Netbook offers One Mix 1S Yoga with Kaby Lake processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 128 GB SSD from US$439.99
One-Netbook seems to be constantly updating its product portfolio and now the One Mix 1S Yoga mini laptop can join that list. The pocket-sized computer with a 7-inch 1920x1200 resolution display is joining a growing and competitive market thanks to rival products from manufacturers such as GPD and Chuwi. The One Mix 1S Yoga comes with an Intel Celeron 3965Y processor.
Simple but effective new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro render will have you falling in love with it again
There has been plenty of contentious news about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 as of late, some of which may have taken some of the gloss off the phablet before it’s even released. However, a simple concept render of the Pro variant posted by Ice universe and based on recently leaked screen protectors has been met with almost universal approval.
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X ES confirmed as Geekbench-wrecking record-breaker
It has been confirmed that it was one of AMD’s new Matisse desktop processors that smashed its way through Geekbench’s multi-core test recently; more precisely it was a Ryzen 9 3950X engineering sample (ES). Apparently, the system featured an overclocked CPU utilizing an AIO water cooler and an X470 reference motherboard.
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 coming in July or August
There has been an update in regard to the release schedule for Dell’s new XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 convertible. It was originally expected to be made available on July 10, but it seems potential purchasers will have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on the upgraded device. The XPS 13 7390 should be released in late July or early August.
Navi 12, 14, 21, and Lite variants of AMD's latest GPU range revealed in Linux driver code; RX 5800 could take on the GeForce RTX 2080
References to Navi 10, 12, 14, and 21 have appeared in lines of Linux driver code. AMD has already revealed the Navi 10-based RX 5700 XT and RX 5700, and it seems that there will be quite a few more GPUs to be released down the road. The same code also makes mention of “Lite” variants of the graphics processing units.
Alleged CPU-Z single-core benchmark scores place Intel Sunny Cove CPUs above more-powerful AMD Matisse processors
An image showing supposedly leaked CPU-Z single-core benchmark scores has been shared online that shows Intel’s Sunny Cove core microarchitecture in a very good light. The processors involved in the purported test also include three members of AMD’s vaunted Matisse Ryzen 3000 series and a Comet Lake ES (Engineering Sample) from Intel.
Intel's Ice Lake i7-1065G7 CPU briefly pops up on PassMark and outstrips AMD's new Picasso Ryzen 7 3750H APU
It appears Intel’s Ice Lake generation CPU i7-1065G7 has recently been tested on PassMark and has managed to come up with a noteworthy result. Not only did the processor from the blue team zip past AMD’s power-efficient Ryzen 5 3500U APU, the Ice Lake chip even outpaced the more power-hungry Ryzen 7 3750H.
Xbox Project Scarlett vs. PlayStation 5: Specs comparison table and latest launch price speculation for both consoles
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett seem destined to be fierce competitors by the end of next year, and it appears to be rather tricky to divine which next-generation console is most likely to have the edge. We have compiled a comparison table populated by confirmed and rumored details about each console, just in time to report about new speculated launch prices that will make gamers giddy if they come true.
Return of Intel: Core i5-8265UC impresses on Geekbench and UserBenchmark; rated higher than AMD's Ryzen 5 3500U on PassMark
The mysterious Intel Core i5-8265UC processor has reared its head again, and this time it has done so in some style. The chip has been spotted on numerous benchmarks and has performed well in all of them, outpacing both AMD’s Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 5 3500U in some cases. Intel’s processor offers four cores and eight threads for CPU performance.
GPD P2 Max to offer 1 TB SSD variant of its soon-to-be crowdfunded "world's smallest Ultrabook" that will take on the XPS 13 and Surface Pro 6
It appears GPD has gone into marketing overdrive in preparation for its crowdfunding campaign for the GPD P2 Max pocket-sized laptop. The Chinese manufacturer is now calling the P2 Max the “world’s smallest Ultrabook” and is comparing it favorably with some of the industry’s major players. The company has also announced there will be a third variant that will come with a 1 TB SSD.
HP ProOne 600 G5 21.5-in All-in-One with Intel Core i9-9900T manages fierce single-core and multi-core results on UserBenchmark
A system record apparently for an HP ProOne 600 G5 21.5-inch All-in-One enjoying the company of Intel’s Core i9-9900T processor has been discovered on UserBenchmark. The focus of the benchmark is clearly on the processor as the rest of the system does not seem to be fully completed yet. The Coffee Lake desktop CPU has eight cores and 16 threads.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will be a chinless wonder
An apparent screen protector for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has been leaked online, and if it is genuine then the rumors about the vaunted phablet having a bezel makeover are justified. The Galaxy Note 9 is a terrific device but it has a considerable chin to it, which seems to be something the Galaxy Note 10 won’t be emulating.
Dell XPS 15 7590 should start shipping by early July
The Dell XPS 15 7590 laptop is getting closer to finally being in the eager hands of expectant buyers. According to a recent tweet from XPS chief Frank Azor, shipments of the device should begin in the first week of July, although no exact timeline has yet been proffered. The new laptops should have a starting price of US$999.99.
16-core AMD Ryzen Matisse processor amasses monumental multi-core score on Geekbench that puts Intel's 18-core i9-9980X to shame
An amazing entry on Geekbench has been spotted. The record features an unnamed 16-core Matisse processor from AMD being tested with the Myrtle motherboard, and although the system achieves a highly credible single-core score, the multi-core result is simply astounding. The clues in the database entry point to a possible Ryzen 9 3950X engineering sample.
New real-life pictures of the just launched Xiaomi Mi Band 4 show attractive features for unbelievable prices
Xiaomi has released the Mi Band 4 and it seems likely that the device will not disappoint. The Chinese company has created three variants of the fitness tracker, which is brimming with features that appear to contradict its considerably low price. Xiaomi has the basic model of the Mi Band 4 retailing for just 169 yuan, which is about US$24.
2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 3000 mobile processors could make their way into Dell XPS 15 laptops
There’s a possibility that the Dell XPS 15 series will eventually offer consumers a choice of a mobile processor from AMD’s Ryzen 3000 range. Although nothing concrete has been offered in terms of details or plans yet, the likelihood of an XPS 15 laptop taking advantage of Zen+ microarchitecture in the future is growing.
Zen+ and Vega for under US$100: Details of AMD's Ryzen 3 3200G and Ryzen 5 3400G Picasso APUs leaked
Confirmed specifications and expected MSRPs for the Ryzen 3 3200G and Ryzen 5 3400G have apparently been leaked. The latest APUs from AMD may not be as spectacular as their Ryzen 3000 desktop CPU AM4-series counterparts, but they come at very attractive price points and are based on AMD’s Zen+ microarchitecture and feature tweaked Vega graphics technology.
Exclusive: Huawei could be preparing to kill off its budding laptop business
Huawei’s current issues in regard to the US Department of Commerce adding the Chinese technology company to its entity list under the Export Administration Regulations have been well documented. However, while many reports have focused on Huawei’s smartphone and tablet business, there is a rumor that it could be the company’s laptop division that becomes the first victim of the current business restrictions.
Rumored Nvidia Super graphics card prices should lead to super price drops for current GeForce RTX 20-series cards
Nvidia’s Super range of graphics cards could soon be upon us and there has been some speculation about how much the new products could cost. Along with that, there is a rumor that the current GeForce RTX 20-series cards will receive price cuts to help make them more competitive in an increasingly crowded marketplace.
Project Scarlett with its new generation SSD and Halo Infinite take center stage at the Xbox E3 briefing
A few details about Project Scarlett were revealed at the Xbox E3 2019 briefing, but it seems in the end it was the next episode in a very famous game franchise that did most of the talking for the next-generation console. A teaser video offered some familiar glimpses at what is expected from future Xbox consoles, but it was the game engine footage of Halo Infinite that stole the show.
Supposed Xbox Scarlett devkit specifications leaked; outguns rumored PlayStation 5 power
Microsoft has been busy wowing the audience with its E3 2019 Xbox briefing. A lot of people will be very interested in what the company has got planned and will share in regard to the Xbox Scarlett console family. However, it seems some Xbox Scarlett devkit specifications have already been leaked, and they are not going to disappoint expectant fans.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 rumor roundup: Alleged Geekbench appearances show different SoCs; gaming potential; concept render given the thumbs up
Two Pro 5G variants of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 have apparently been spotted on Geekbench. The benchmark results have revealed some supposed hardware specifications about the phablets. There is a rumor the Note 10 could be gaming-oriented and a concept render of the much-anticipated device has been given a seal of approval from Ice universe.
Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 already delayed
Dell’s new 2-in-1 convertible, the XPS 13 7390, could already be delayed. An expected launch date of July 10 was previously stated, but it now seems it could be almost another month before the convertible hits Dell’s online store. The XPS 13 7390 should offer a considerable step up in terms of features over its predecessor.
Dell XPS 15 7590 coming in June: No soldered-on SSD, finally an OLED option, potential for a future Ryzen Zen 2 APU
There’s good news for those waiting for the latest version of Dell’s renowned XPS 15 lineup. Company executive Frank Azor has revealed that the new XPS 15 7590 is coming this month. Although it appears this year’s refresh is relatively minor, there are still plenty who would like to enjoy the OLED option on the popular Dell laptop.
Video of modified Mi 9 with under-display camera aims to prove that Xiaomi is keeping up with the competition
A brief video clip of a seemingly modified Xiaomi Mi 9 smartphone with an under-display camera has been shared online. The video shows two Mi 9 devices being compared with one another. It soon becomes apparent that the smartphone on the left-hand side isn’t quite the same as the current Xiaomi Mi 9 we know and love.
Xiaomi could beat Samsung in producing a full-screen smartphone with an under-display camera
A patent filed by Xiaomi for a full-screen smartphone utilizing an under-display camera has been unearthed. The patent application was made with the State Intellectual Property Office of China in November 2018, and it briefly describes Xiaomi’s solution for the feature, which appears to involve the smartphone using two screens.
Want to get your hands on a Dell XPS 15 (9570) Touch laptop? Save up to nearly US$900 with site discount and code
It’s possible to save almost US$900 on a Dell XPS 15 (9570) Touch laptop with i9-8950HK processor and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card at the moment. The top-end device in the lineup usually costs US$2,978.99, but this can be knocked down to US$2,082.49 with Dell’s discount and a special coupon code. There are also savings to be had on non-touch XPS 15 laptops.
Real-life images of the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 fitness tracker leaked online
Actual real-life pictures of Xiaomi’s Mi Band 4 fitness wearable have been leaked. The images show that the display part of the Mi Band 4 is very similar to the renders that were leaked last month. The Mi Band 4 gets a considerable upgrade over its predecessor by sporting a color display instead of a monochrome OLED.
Nvidia to release two new Turing-based high-end graphics cards? That would be Super
Nvidia recently teased the word “Super” in a very brief promotional video that created speculation that the graphics card specialist had some new products coming. A new leak has suggested that the green team is preparing two new graphics cards for release that will feature Turing technology and will be positioned at the premium end of the market.
This is what a Panda Pixel 4 could look like
One of the popular design options for the Google Pixel 2 XL was a black-and-white “Panda” variant. The Panda Pixel 2 XL had most of its rear case covered in panda white, while a portion at the top was colored black. A skilled concept designer has come up with a potential Panda Pixel 4 smartphone that has received an overwhelmingly positive reaction.
Online retailer listing gives idea of how much AMD's Ryzen 3000 processors will actually cost
An online retailer specializing in consumer electronics has added the five current members of AMD’s Matisse family to its database. The prices listed for the Zen 2 desktop processors aren’t too much higher than what was expected: Bottom Line Telecommunications (BLT) has the entry-level Ryzen 5 3600 with Wraith Stealth cooler for US$207.34.
Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus with AMD's Ryzen 5 3600 defeats all other Ryzen chips in Geekbench single-core test
An unknown system incorporating an Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus motherboard and an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU has been tested on Geekbench. The device with the brand-new board and just-announced Ryzen 3000 processor managed a surprising score in the single-core test, where it managed to beat out every other Ryzen-based system that has appeared on Geekbench so far.
"The processing power of PlayStation 5 is incredible": Yakuza creator praises next-gen console's artificial intelligence
The creator and executive director of the famed Yakuza series of games has been singing the praises of the PlayStation 5 and its performance capabilities. While discussing the latest entry to the action-adventure franchise, Toshihiro Nagoshi offered up some interesting comments about Sony’s next-generation console.
Hit the road jack: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to join the USB-C brigade by ditching the headphone jack
The latest leak about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is likely to infuriate some people. Apparently, there’s a strong probability that the phablet will not feature a 3.5 mm headphone jack. While some have bemoaned the passing of the audio connector, others have embraced the ever-increasing usage of USB-C ports.
AMD's new Ryzen 5 3600 zips past a Ryzen 7 2700X and an Intel Core i7-8700 on UserBenchmark
An AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor has made an appearance on UserBenchmark and the results it achieved seem to point in the direction of the 3rd Gen Ryzen series achieving what was expected from it. High hopes had been pinned on the Zen 2 Matisse CPUs, and early benchmarks are demonstrating that AMD has delivered the goods.
Intel shows off some amazing concept graphics cards that might be on store shelves by 2035
Intel has been entertaining visitors at Computex 2019 with some images of graphics cards that could make their way into desktops by 2035. The concept designs, which were created by Cristiano Siqueira, were displayed during the recent Intel Odyssey event. The Prometheus concept graphics card has been particularly well-received.
Here is a fresh up-close look at AMD's Navi GPU next to the Ryzen 9 3900X CPU
A couple of photos of an AMD Navi chip and a Ryzen 3000 series processor have been published by a Japanese website. After months of rumors and leaks, the physical products are finally available to see. The Ryzen 9 3900X is easily distinguishable with its chiplet design. The rear sides of the processors show Navi’s smaller ball grid array.
Intel's Iris Plus Graphics in Dell XPS 13 7390's Ice Lake i7-1065 G7 amasses huge OpenCL score on Geekbench; can compete with dGPUs
A Geekbench OpenCL benchmark score for Intel’s Iris Plus Graphics has been unearthed, and it seems the Ice Lake variant of the iGPU has performed very well. The system in the test was a Dell XPS 13 convertible powered by a 10th Gen i7-1065 G7 processor. The recorded OpenCL score ended up being 61,949 points.
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 with Intel 10th Gen Ice Lake Core i7-1065 G7 spotted on Geekbench
A record for a Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 laptop powered by an Ice Lake i7-1065 G7 processor has appeared on the Geekbench database. The system involved in the benchmark managed a score of 5,234 in the single-core test and picked up 17,330 points in the multi-core test. According to the published data, a maximum frequency of 3.48 GHz was reached.
Lisa Su on AMD's Ryzen Threadripper processors: "you will definitely see more"
AMD’s CEO, Lisa Su, has managed to allay concerns that development of 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors has been abandoned. An AMD Investor Presentation from March had the vaunted HEDT chips included in the 2019 AMD client lineup. However, May’s presentation removed the next-gen Threadripper from the roadmap.
MSI's WS65 workstation claims the title of world's first laptop to feature the new mobile Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 graphics card
MSI has unveiled the upgraded WS65 workstation, which the company claims is the world’s first laptop to be powered by Nvidia’s brand-new mobile Quadro RTX 5000 graphics card. The WS65 also features an Intel Core i7-9750H processor and a whopping 32 GB RAM. The MSI WS65 is available for pre-order at a price of US$3,499.
New Galaxy Note 10 concept render gives life to the rear camera setup; Samsung possibly targeting 90%+ screen-to-body ratio
The latest concept render of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has been published to show how the rear-facing main camera setup might look like based on a new leak. It seems Samsung could be targeting incredibly high screen-to-body ratios for its upcoming smartphones, which could include the Note 10 and the mysterious “creative Samsung smartphone”.
Controversial main camera setup design has cast a cloud over the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 but there is a silver lining
A new leak about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10’s rear-facing main camera array has some comparing the design with both the Huawei P30 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S9+. Surprisingly, the supposed camera alignment for the upcoming Note 10 phablet has not been universally praised, with some even opining that Samsung is copying Apple’s plans for the iPhone XI.
ASRock may have just shown off physical Navi Radeon RX 5700 desktop graphics cards
ASRock has been displaying quite a few of its new products at the Computex 2019 trade event in Taiwan. Two especially interesting items from the Taiwanese manufacturer have already sparked speculation online as to what they could be. Although they are labeled as concept cards, it has been reported they could be Navi Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards.
The ROG Strix XG17 is a new 17.3-inch 240 Hz portable monitor for gaming from Asus
Asus has revealed its new ROG Strix XG17 portable monitor that has been specifically designed for gaming on the go. The 17.3-inch display offers a maximum refresh rate of 240 Hz and can be powered either through AC power in the wall or via its two USB Type-C ports. The XG17 is less than half-an-inch thick.
Nvidia announces seven brand-new Quadro GPUs for mobile workstations including three high-end RTX SKUs
Nvidia has officially revealed a new lineup of Quadro GPUs for laptops, which includes three SKUs that feature RTX technology. Seven mobile Quadro GPUs have been announced in total, with many major OEMs already incorporating the powerful graphics solutions in upcoming professional-level workstation notebooks.
Asus announces the new ZenBook 13, 14, and 15 ultracompact laptops
Asus has revealed a trio of new ZenBook laptops. The ultracompact devices are the ZenBook 13 (UX334), the ZenBook 14 (UX434), and the ZenBook 15 (UX534). The Taiwanese manufacturer has made sure the new ZenBook series can be configured with up-to-date components, while the innovative ScreenPad 2.0 offers numerous additional features to Asus’ latest notebooks.
Asus celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special ZenBook 30 Edition laptop
Asus is celebrating 30 years in business with a special leather-bound laptop. The Asus ZenBook Edition 30 laptop (UX334FL) is an exclusive and limited notebook from the Taiwanese manufacturer. It can be configured with either an i5 or i7 Whiskey Lake processor and can be fitted with a discrete GPU from Nvidia.
Asus commemorates 30 years in business with the awesome Prime X299 Edition 30 motherboard
Asus has revealed a new motherboard as part of its celebrations of enjoying 30 years in business. The Prime X299 Edition 30 supports the LGA 2066 socket that is compatible with Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X, and Skylake-W processors from Intel. This means the special edition motherboard from Asus can operate with up to 18-core CPUs.
MSI channels the world's greatest sports cars for the GT76 Titan's unique design
MSI has revealed some of the design secrets behind the company’s stylish-looking GT76 Titan gaming laptop. It appears the Taiwanese gaming specialist wanted to take inspiration from some of the world’s most incredible exotic cars for this particular notebook. This is reflected in features such as the GT76 Titan’s ventilation grilles, streamlined appearance, and stunning lighting effects.
Sony may have created a customized SSD for the PlayStation 5
Some revealing patents have been unearthed that give the impression Sony has overhauled the SSD units that will eventually be integrated into the upcoming PlayStation 5 console. It seems “basic” SSDs had too many limitations that would prevent the next-generation console from reaching peak performance levels.
Fingers crossed for an IR blaster: Latest leak about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 reveals increased remote control interoperability
Samsung may be reintroducing infrared remote control to its Note series, according to a tip from Ice universe. The handy feature has been conspicuously missing from numerous Samsung flagship smartphones and phablets, but it could soon be making a return in the Galaxy Note 10. However, a potential IR blaster might be implemented in a surprising manner.
Entry-level AMD Ryzen 3000 Matisse processor's scores on Geekbench will make Intel nervous
A member of the upcoming Matisse family of Ryzen 3000 processors from AMD has been spotted on Geekbench, and the seemingly entry-level sample has delivered scores that will have Intel concerned. The apparent price-performance ratio of the Zen 2 chip appears to be impressively high, if it is actually the SKU that many have speculated it is.
Alleged new AMD Navi RX 3080 specifications leaked; Nvidia tries to trademark the number "3080"
New specifications for AMD’s Navi-based RX 3080 graphics card have apparently been leaked. It’s believed the RX 3080 will offer eight shader engines and 2,560 stream processors. It seems Nvidia is not too keen on AMD’s rumored naming scheme and has filed to trademark the numbers 3080, 4080, and 5080 with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
Gorgeous new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 concept renders give the clearest idea yet of what the phablet will look like
Some well-crafted concept renders from PhoneArena have offered a good idea of how the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could end up looking. The new designs are based on recent leaks and rumors, which seem to have been mostly based on the front and rear camera setups of the upcoming high-end phablet series.
The main Samsung leaker himself, Ice universe, has shared some photoshopped "Note 10s" using a OnePlus 7 Pro as the foundation.
Dell's Memorial Day sale knocks US$338 off an XPS 15 9570 and a mind-blowing US$1,592 off an Alienware 15 with GeForce GTX 1080
Dell is holding a sitewide Memorial Day sale that covers the full gamut of products that the American manufacturer offers. There is over US$300 in savings to be had on a Dell XPS 15 that sports an 8th-Gen CPU and discrete GPU, but even that great offer is overshadowed by the incredible price for an Alienware 15 gaming laptop that has been reduced by 44%.
Full specifications for Dell Precision 7740 leak: New Intel Core and Xeon CPUs; AMD Radeon Pro WX and mobile Nvidia Quadro RTX GPUs confirmed
Marketing material and the features and technical specifications sheet for the Dell Precision 7740 workstation have apparently been leaked on the Chinese website Chiphell. The new information seems to match the details in documents that were also leaked earlier this month. The Precision 7740 will offer users a choice between AMD Radeon Pro WX GPUs and Nvidia’s seemingly brand-new mobile Quadro RTX GPUs.
Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition gameplay looks flawless on GPD P2 MAX in promo video
GPD has posted a video of one of its upcoming P2 MAX devices being put through its paces. An intense fight sequence from Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition is shown and the console/mini laptop hybrid seems to take the high demands on its hardware in its stride. The gameplay looks seamless, which will please those considering a purchase.
Asus teases upcoming hardware that's not a Mothership 2 but could be a ROG tablet
Asus has posted a teaser to its ROG Global Twitter account that appears to show some new hardware coming from the Taiwanese manufacturer. The four-second clip doesn’t reveal too much and is deliberately shy with details. However, Asus has already denied it’s a successor to the innovative ROG Mothership (GZ700) device.
Chuwi launches budget HiGame successor GT Box mini PC with Intel Core i3-5005U CPU and 256 GB SSD for US$300
Chuwi has increased its product line with the launch of the Chuwi GT Box mini PC. The company claims the GT Box is an affordable successor to the HiGame PC that did so well on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. This little machine sports a veteran i3 processor, 8 GB RAM, a 256 GB SSD, and it comes in a lightweight metal case.
AMD should prepare its Navi kryptonite as Nvidia has something "super" on the way
Nvidia has shared a new video clip on YouTube that claims “something super is coming” in the video’s description. The clip itself is very short on information – it simply shows the word “super” being slowly and magnificently brought into focus. Unsurprisingly, a lot of speculation has landed on the possibility of Nvidia producing a new “super”-branded GPU lineup.
16-core Ryzen 3000 processor posts spectacular score on Cinebench R15
A 16-core Zen 2 AMD Ryzen 3000 processor has apparently been benchmarked on Cinebench R15 and offered up a score that will surprise or amaze many. It’s believed the chip in question has a base clock of 3.2 GHz with a boost available up to 4.3 GHz. The unnamed AMD product is supposed to have attained a score of 4,278 points.
Xiaomi releases official promo images of the Redmi K20
The Redmi K20 flagship-killer smartphone has made a couple of rendered appearances on the official Weibo account for the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi. Considering its high-end specifications, it’s obviously important that the exterior matches the attraction of the interior. The device shown in the promo image is certainly eye-catching, but it won’t appeal to everyone.
Save US$300 on a Dell XPS Tower that packs a 6-core processor and 16 GB RAM
The Dell XPS Tower with Intel Core i7-8700 processor and 16 GB RAM is currently advertised at the company’s website for US$999.99. However, if you input a handy coupon you can knock that price down to a much more affordable US$699.99 with free shipping. The XPS Tower offers a multitude of configuration options.
Alleged leaked prices for AMD Navi graphics cards are shockingly high
Leaked information in regard to two of the upcoming heralded AMD Navi-based graphics cards has revealed a disquieting surprise. Many believed the graphics solutions from the red team would drastically undercut Nvidia products while offering almost similar performance, but this new supposed pricing scheme contradicts that belief.
Manli announces Superior Ultimate Editions of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 Gallardo graphics cards with customizable LEDs
Graphics card specialist Manli has not skimped on the hyperbole in unveiling the Superior Ultimate Editions of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 Gallardo desktop graphics cards. The triple cooler boards offer the power, performance, and pizzazz that any demanding gamer would require from a high-end ray-tracing capable graphics solution.
MSI GT76 Titan officially confirmed and already winning awards
MSI is preparing to officially unveil the GT76 Titan gaming laptop. The device features a desktop processor in the form of an i9 K-series SKU and a powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics solution. The new gaming beast has already been winning awards, having been chosen for a Golden Best Choice Award at Computex 2019.
PlayStation 5 whups the PlayStation 4 Pro in Spider-Man loading times video
Sony has finally shown the PlayStation 5 in action, although unfortunately you don’t get a glimpse of the console itself. A short video clip shared by Wall Street Journal writer Takashi Mochizuki shows the loading times for Marvel’s Spider-Man on both the PlayStation 4 Pro and the next-generation console. The difference is astonishing.
Forget the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Fold; apparently Samsung has something even more amazing waiting in the wings
The South Korean manufacturer Samsung may be planning on releasing a surprising new addition to its smartphone lineup in the second half of 2019. There is already a mountain of expectation for the Galaxy Note 10 phablet series and the Galaxy Fold could still create some ripples when it’s finally fully ready. However, there now seems to be another device to be excited about.
AMD Navi graphics cards show up on Ashes of the Singularity and 3DMark; specifications have AMD fans concerned
A couple of alleged AMD Navi graphics cards, specifically engineering samples, have been spotted on two different benchmarks. Unfortunately, nothing has been shared in regard to the Ashes of the Singularity test, but there are some details offered with the Navi GPU that popped up on 3DMark. The preliminary specifications have some AMD fans worried about Navi’s future in the graphics card market.
Colorful's iGame G-One AIO packs GeForce RTX 2080 and Intel Core i9-8950HK power but at a premium price
Chinese manufacturer Colorful has announced its iGame G-One all-in-one PC. As an all-in-one (AIO) solution, the iGame G-One does away with the need for a tower and houses the CPU and GPU within the display frame. In this case, the AIO PC comes with a high-performance Coffee Lake mobile processor and a graphics card from Nvidia’s Turing-based GeForce RTX 20 series.
Borderlands 3 custom rig offers AMD fans the tools for high-performance Vault Hunting
AMD has been showing off another fantastic custom desktop PC that utilizes a processor and graphics card from the red team. The build was created by Xidax PCs especially for a Borderlands 3 reveal event. The rig features an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X CPU that is paired with a high-end Radeon VII 16 GB graphics card.
Fresh Pixel 4 concept images show Google what users want
New variants of the Pixel 3 have just been released by Google and already there is plenty of speculation about what the Pixel 4 will offer and how it will look. There’s even a rumor that the Pixel 4 could come with a button-less design. Some excellent new concept images have stuck with hardware buttons, though.
Picasso selected as codename for Samsung Galaxy S11; not to be confused with AMD's Zen+ mobile APUs
“Picasso” has been revealed as the research and development codename for Samsung’s Galaxy S11 smartphone. It seems an interesting and appropriate choice by the South Korean manufacturer, which has already selected another world-famous artist to represent its upcoming Galaxy Note 10 device: Da Vinci.
Samsung's expensive Notebook Odyssey with i7-8750H and RTX 2060 will likely struggle against dedicated gaming brands
Samsung’s new Notebook Odyssey gaming laptop (NP850XBC-X01US) is now available for pre-order. The somewhat distinctive-looking device features a display that seems to sit precariously on a large central hinge. Featuring an i7-8750H and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, Samsung is optimistically charging US$1,999.99 for its latest laptop.
Samsung could be upsetting the applecart with radical camera setup changes for the Galaxy Note 10
Leaked information about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has offered a surprise in regard to the upcoming device’s camera setups. Although the actual details that have been shared are somewhat vague and even ambiguous, it hasn’t stopped commentators speculating on what the South Korean manufacturer is preparing for its flagship phablet.
Microsoft to offer new i5-powered Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 models with more RAM
A large electronics retailer has apparently accidentally revealed two new SKUs for Microsoft’s popular Surface range. The models involved are variants of the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2. It appears the Redmond-based tech giant has decided to allow consumers the opportunity to combine i5 processors with a larger amount of RAM.
Racy desktop PC build features a Coffee Lake CPU, a Pascal GPU, and a tiny red supercar
It takes a lot of time, effort, and thought to create the perfect PC build. Not only is there a mountain of potential problems to overcome, but selecting a perfect CPU and GPU combination is also of paramount importance. Sometimes, an i5-8600K and GeForce GTX 1080 really need to be combined with a miniature sports car.
SiSoftware record reveals Dell PowerEdge R6515 racing along with a 32-core Rome chip from AMD
An interesting entry in the SiSoftware SANDRA database has been spotted that has shown a presumably upcoming Dell server being tested with one of AMD’s forthcoming Epyc 2 “Rome” chips. It seems the engineering sample and Dell server get along with each other very well, as the qualification record states “excellent performance.”
One-Netbook is preparing the One Mix 3S with Core i5-8200Y for release
One-Netbook has another product coming to the market in the form of the One Mix 3S mini laptop. The 8.4-inch computer will be powered by an Intel Core i5-8200Y and pack 16 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD in its compact frame. According to leaked advertising material, the One Mix 3S will be released on May 21.
Exclusive leaked images show MSI GT76(?) laptop dragon baring its gaming fangs
A handful of images of an unknown MSI gaming laptop have been exclusively shared with Notebookcheck. The device in the pictures has a design language that is reminiscent to products in the Taiwanese company’s GT75 lineup. Unfortunately, no concrete details about the impressive-looking notebook were offered.
Apparently Anthem's problems are because of the players
It’s been reported that some of the executives at BioWare, the EA-owned game developer, have been blaming Anthem’s issues on the gamers that play it. Great things were expected from the title, but within days of its release in February it was already facing a lukewarm response from critics and complaints about hardware crashes from players.
Raspberry Pi board morphs into a gaming device with the Hyper Keyboard Pi
An interesting new custom kit has been discovered that can turn a simple-looking Raspberry Pi board into a handheld gaming console with keyboard and game controls. The Hyper Keyboard Pi is currently being sold for ¥6,980 (~US$64), although users will have to purchase the rest of the key components separately.
TinyPICO: The mighty ESP32 development board that's smaller than a thumb
The TinyPICO ESP32 development board has been making some waves at the Crowd Supply website. The developer of the board set a very realistic goal of US$100, although the little product has proved to be a very popular project to back. The current total stands at US$19,156 for a development board that measures just 18 mm x 32 mm.
Modder shows Nintendo why a GameCube mini console needs to exist
A modder known as Madmorda has created an amazing fully functional miniature version of Nintendo’s immensely popular GameCube. Nintendo has had great success with the NES and SNES Classic Edition mini consoles, but there has been no sign that the Japanese company would turn its sights onto the GameCube.
Intel's Comet Lake-U i5-10210U SoC underwhelms on both Geekbench and GFXBench
Intel’s Comet Lake-U processor i5-10210U has been spotted on Geekbench and GFXBench. The results that have been recorded on both benchmarks aren’t going to win any performance awards; however, the chip has a very low TDP and a presumed base clock of 1.6 GHz, so it’s not expected to be a high-end processing solution.
Expected colors for upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phablets revealed
A couple of sources have revealed the choice of colors that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 lineup will probably offer. Obviously, the South Korean manufacturer can be adventurous to a point as there are at least four different SKUs in the series. So even though black will still be par for the course, there could be some dazzle brought in by colors such as pink and silver.
Raspberry Pi 3B-based mini laptop impresses with its 4-inch touchscreen and gaming ability
A Raspberry Pi enthusiast has managed to use one of the single-board computers as the basis of a mini laptop that looks amazing. The pocket RPi notebook features stripped-down components so that it could be assembled into its neat form, and the battery for the mini laptop was taken from a Xiaomi powerbank.
Dell’s 12% sitewide sale: Save over US$400 on an Inspiron Gaming Desktop or snip over US$160 off an XPS 15 laptop
Dell is currently offering a sitewide sale with 12% off a full range of electronic products. This covers the American manufacturer’s numerous well-known lines, including XPS, Alienware, Inspiron, and more. One of the most interesting current deals is for an Inspiron Gaming Desktop packed with an AMD Ryzen 7 2700 and Radeon RX 580 graphics card for US$791.99.
Renders of Xiaomi Mi Band 4 leaked
Some renders of Xiaomi’s Mi Band 4 fitness tracker have been leaked online. The wearable now appears to have a color screen, which will be a new feature in the Mi Band series. It looks slightly refined in comparison to its predecessor, and it is expected to be released within the next few months.
Research analyst predicts PlayStation 5 release date, launch price, and first two years of sales
An analyst for the Ace Research Institute has compiled a financial results report about Sony’s PlayStation business. Among the big numbers and forecasts, the researcher has detailed some information about the upcoming PlayStation 5 console, which includes an expected launch date of November 2020. There are also predictions for price and sales.
Biostar publishes list of 3rd Gen Ryzen-compatible motherboards and reveals "AMD Ryzen 3000 Desktop Ready" logo in the process
Biostar has announced the 300 and 400-series motherboards that will offer compatibility with AMD’s upcoming range of Ryzen 3000 desktop processors. There are models from the A320, B350, B450, and X470 lineups that will be able to welcome the 3rd Gen chips. A promo image has also shown off the “AMD Ryzen 3000 Desktop Ready” logo.
Ipason's F-Migrate miniPC offers mobile working and gaming thanks to its AMD Ryzen 3 2200GE, 8 GB RAM, and 240 GB SSD
Chinese manufacturer Ipason has launched the F-Migrate miniPC. The compact desktop computer comes with AMD’s Ryzen 3 2200GE desktop APU with 8 GB RAM and a 240 GB SSD also onboard. Abundant connectivity options and a tight two-liter case make the Ipason F-Migrate ideal for those seeking portable computing power.
12-core AMD Ryzen engineering sample rips through UserBenchmark and scores over 99%
An engineering sample of an upcoming AMD processor has been spotted on UserBenchmark. This particular chip has visited the benchmark before, back in January, but it seems it has received some improvements in the meantime. The sample is believed to be connected to AMD’s “Matisse” Ryzen 3000 series of Zen 2 desktop processors.
Browser benchmark reveals Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro 5G model's aspect ratio
A browser benchmark for a device with the model name “SM-N976V” has been spotted, and it has offered up an interesting morsel of information about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phablets. In yet another subtle, but still expected, change from the predecessor Note 9 series, the next iteration of Notes will have 19:9 screen aspect ratios.
John Wick's back again in upcoming turn-based strategy game John Wick Hex
The video game John Wick Hex has appeared in an interesting announcement trailer that gives gamers a brief insight into what the title holds for the grizzled hitman. The strategy game is being created by Bithell Games in collaboration with Good Shepherd Entertainment and Lionsgate. John Wick Hex will initially be available for the PC and Mac.
Will Android OEMs still want to copy Apple after seeing renders and concept video of the iPhone XR's successor?
Concept renders and a brief video of the supposed successor of the iPhone XR have been published online. The device is expected to be the “cheap” member of the next series of iPhones and will wield lower specifications than the other 2019 smartphones. One obvious example of the cost-cutting is the rear-facing dual camera setup.
A Redmi-branded Mi Notebook could be in development
There is a rumor that Redmi is not satisfied with just producing budget-friendly smartphones and phablets and intends to move into creating laptops too. The sub-brand’s parent company, Xiaomi, has been in the notebook business for a few years now, and it has won praise for products such as the Mi Notebook Pro and Mi Notebook Air.
This is NOT the Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Images of a mystery smartphone have been shared on Twitter, with some tweeters immediately presuming they were gazing at the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 for the first time. Unfortunately, it was quickly revealed that the renders were not of the coveted phablet. In other Note 10 rumor news, the possibility of it coming with UFS 3.0 storage seems more likely.
Dell has no plans to release a new XPS 15 convertible in 2019
There won’t be a successor to the Dell XPS 15 9575 released in 2019. The popular 2-in-1 convertible laptop was released in the first half of 2018 and there seems to be plenty of people who are expecting the American manufacturer to offer a refreshed or upgraded option for this year. But that will not be happening.
Google releases list of 21 smartphones that support Android Q Beta 3 - Essential and Xiaomi but no Samsung
Google has revealed which companies, and specifically which smartphones, will be supporting Android Q Beta 3. There are a couple of surprising entries in the list of 21 devices and a seemingly glaring omission. Essential, Huawei, Xiaomi, and Sony all have participating products but there is nothing from Samsung at the moment.
Alleged Intel Xeon W-3275 CPU records massive score in Geekbench multi-core test
An entry for an Intel Xeon W-3275 processor has been discovered on Geekbench that shows a pretty remarkable result at least in the multi-core benchmark. While the single-core score for the CPU was still decent at 5,211 points, the multi-score recorded was a huge 39,869 points. The codename used in the record was Skylake-W.
One-Netbook wants to challenge the GPD Win Max and Smach Z handheld gaming PCs with OneGx
An advert from One-Netbook Technology seems to show that the company is preparing to enter the handheld gaming PC market. Depending on the development time involved, any product could end up being a rival to the upcoming GPD Win Max and the Smach Z. The new brand name (and possibly the name of the console) is OneGx.
Terrifying-looking system with two Titan RTX cards in an SLI configuration tears up the Time Spy Extreme Hall of Fame
A titanic score of 16,956 points has been recorded on 3DMark’s Time Spy Extreme benchmark recently. Pictures of the PC build that achieved the amazing result were shared on Twitter, and if you’re a fan of RGB lighting and perfectly ordered cases, you’ll probably want to look away. The “desktop” looks more like an engine than an actual computer.
Pine64's 14-inch Linux laptop PineBook Pro will offer a Rockchip RK3399 SoC and 4 GB RAM for US$200
Pine64, a Chinese company known for its single-board computers, has delivered a video update of the upcoming Pinebook Pro laptop. The manufacturer seems to be working out some teething problems with the 14-inch device, but it is still expected to be released within the next few months at a budget price point of around US$200.
OnePlus 7 gets one over the Samsung Galaxy Fold with UFS 3.0 confirmation
It was already rumored that at least one device in the upcoming OnePlus 7 series would feature fast UFS 3.0 storage, but now it has been confirmed by CEO Pete Lau himself that the regular OnePlus 7 smartphone and the Pro and Pro 5G variants will have this storage solution. The Samsung Galaxy Fold was going to be the first device to bring UFS 3.0 to the mass market until it was recalled.
New AMD Athlon APUs leaked online with expected base clock rates
A couple of AMD processors have been revealed online: The Athlon 300GE and the Athlon 320GE. Unfortunately, there are almost no details to accompany the supposed names of the chips apart from the alleged base clock rates. The Athlon 300GE will apparently clock at 3.4 GHz while the Athlon 320GE offers a little more at 3.5 GHz.
Speedy custom desktop with 4x RTX 2080 Ti cards rips apart OctaneBench without going over 75 °C
A PC builder has managed to install four Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards in the tiniest of desktop cases, and then proceeded to amass a huge score of over 3,500 points on OctaneBench while claiming that none of the GPUs exceeded a temperature of 75 °C /167 °F. The customized desktop, which is apparently used for rendering work, also features an AMD CPU.
Something super is coming to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Ice universe is back with more teasing tips about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 flagship phablet series. Although the leaker didn’t specify which Note variant he was referring to (Pro, 5G, etc.), he did manage to set off yet another stream of speculation thanks to posting a picture of Superman and using the “not equal to” ≠ symbol.
AirPods survive brutal durability test by passing through human digestive system without a scratch
It has been reported that an AirPod has managed to survive passing through the entire digestive system of an adult male human being. Fortunately, this is not some new horrifying development test by Apple nor is it an extreme benchmark created by a voracious tech blogger. It’s simply the result of a case of accidental swallowing while sleeping.
Get your game on this weekend with great console deals at Walmart: Xbox One X with PUBG for US$349.99 or a Nintendo Switch for US$239.99
Walmart is offering some great deals on popular consoles at the moment. One of the current picks of the bunch is for the Microsoft Xbox One X that comes bundled with a copy of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The list price is US$499.99, but it can be picked up for US$349.99 and will help banish those boring rainy weekends.
Second-generation Topjoy Falcon also sports an Intel Core m3-8100Y CPU to take on the GPD Pocket 2 Max
A new device from the manufacturer of the Topjoy Falcon pocket notebook has been spotted at the 2019 Global Sources Electronics Fair. The apparent second-generation Topjoy Falcon has received an Amber Lake-Y upgrade to its predecessor’s Gemini Lake N5000 CPU, which will help it compete against rival mini-laptops such as the upcoming GPD Pocket 2 Max.
Mobile variants of Nvidia's Quadro RTX GPUs revealed in leaked Dell Precision workstation documents
Leaked documents providing information about upcoming Dell Precision laptops have revealed that Nvidia will be releasing mobile versions of its Quadro RTX graphics cards. It has been planned that the Dell Precision 7540 and 7740 workstations can be configured with the new high-end graphics solutions to work alongside their 9th Gen Intel Core CPUs.
No 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper in the latest AMD Investor Presentation but there is room for Zen 4 and Navi cloud gaming
A new investor presentation from AMD has been published online and there are numerous interesting additions and omissions from the previous presentation. In comes mention of Zen 3, Zen 4, Milan and cloud gaming connected to Navi, and no doubt to the dismay of HEDT processor fans, out goes the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPU.
Asus ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Platinum graphics card coming soon but will set you back over US$1,900
Asus has been teasing the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Platinum desktop graphics card on Twitter recently, and it has already attracted some attention from interested gamers. The binned card features the company’s Infinity Loop Cooling system, which is a closed-loop water-cooling solution that is installed under the shroud.
Xiaomi reports smartphone shipments of over 27.5 million units for the first quarter of 2019
Xiaomi has posted a voluntary announcement to the website of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited in regard to smartphone shipments. According to the statement made by the Chinese manufacturer, more than 27.5 million units were shipped in Q1 2019. Some market research analyst estimates had offered lower figures.
Dell ceases to pick its nosecam: New XPS 15 model will move the webcam back to the top bezel
Dell XPS boss Frank Azor has revealed that the next iteration of the XPS 15 laptop will have its webcam located on the top bezel. Many XPS 15 9570 owners have complained about the location of the camera under the Dell logo on the bottom bezel of their laptops, which effectively turned the webcam into a “nosecam”.
The future of Slightly Mad's Mad Box console that proposed VR gaming at 120 FPS is looking grim
An executive for Slightly Mad Studios has admitted that the future development of the Mad Box console is looking “questionable”. Slightly Mad, which is the company behind the Project CARS series of games, revealed it was planning on producing a console that could offer incredible VR support amounting to 60 FPS per eye, or 120 FPS in total.
Report claims the Apple iPhone X was the world's best-selling smartphone in 2018 with Xiaomi's Redmi 5A being the best-selling Android device
A report from market analyst company Counterpoint Research has stated that Apple’s iPhone X was the best-selling smartphone in the world in 2018. Top 10 charts for both the world and China were shared online and while Apple has dominated the global market, it seems the domestic manufacturer Oppo is the top dog in its home market.
XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy graphics card going for a song at US$199.99 plus free game pack
Amazon US is currently offering XFX’s Radeon RX 590 Fatboy video card for a pinch under US$200. Buyers willing to shell out US$199.99 for this version of AMD’s board will get a piece of hardware that packs 8 GB of GDDR5 memory and a boost clock rate of 1,580 MHz. Buy it before June 8 and you will also get a download code for two new games for your Fatboy to run.
Sony should take a look at these radical PlayStation 5 concept renders
Sony has already announced the PlayStation 5 is in development and even shared some scant but vital component details about the next-generation console. However, there is still no real idea of what the gaming hardware will actually look like when it finally hits the shelves, which will hopefully be sometime in 2020.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 whispers: No 25 W fast charging after all but maybe a pop-up camera to make up for it
Noted tipster Ice universe appears to have gone back on his slightly cryptic comment about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (the Pro 4G version) coming with 25 W fast charging capability. The leaker admitted the probability of this was giving out the “wrong message”. However, another rumor that has been around for some time is that the Note 10 will get a pop-up camera.
Happy 50th Anniversary, AMD: Matisse processor briefly mentioned on Newegg as part of a prize draw
Happy 50th Anniversary, AMD. The red team is celebrating half a century in business, having been founded on May 1, 1969. There are numerous celebratory products brandishing a flash of gold to enliven proceedings and Newegg is offering all sorts of goodies to those who buy an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X AMD50 Gold Edition – which at one point included entry into a prize draw to win a Matisse processor.
Dell fails to deliver OLED option to the XPS 15 in April but clues suggest 9580 refreshed model for June
The announced OLED panel update for the Dell XPS 15 has already been delayed since March, and it now looks like those hoping for this display type on this particular performance laptop will have to wait even longer before making a purchase. However, there are signs that Dell could finally deliver the much-requested display option in June.
AMD confirms Q3 2019 launch for Navi; initial price will be cheaper than the Radeon VII
AMD has announced in an earnings conference call that its 7nm Navi GPU series will be launched in the third quarter of 2019. It is expected that there will be some sort of revelation about Navi at this year’s Computex, which starts at the end of May, with a possible full reveal at E3 in the second week of June.
Asus reveals full list of AM4 motherboards that will get BIOS updates for AMD's upcoming Ryzen 3000 CPUs
Asus has posted a statement detailing which of its motherboards will be compatible with the upcoming next-generation Ryzen 3000 series of processors from AMD. The list covers models from the 300 and 400 series of products, and Asus has added that further motherboards will be included on the list soon.
Buckets of salt required: Alleged PlayStation 5 spec leak mentions 3.2 GHz Zen 2 CPU and 1.8 GHz/12.9 TF Navi GPU
A new purported leak about the PlayStation 5 has offered up some more detailed information about the key components. Sony already announced that the next-generation console will feature an AMD APU with a 7nm Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU. But a new leaker claims to have specific clock rates that were apparently obtained from a more recent Sony meeting.
Mock-up of GPD Win Max elicits mixed opinions; rumored specifications published
An image of a mock-up of a GPD Win Max handheld gaming PC has been shared on Reddit, drawing out a mixed response from redditors. The picture shows a printed cut-out that has been placed on top of a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop to give an idea of the Win Max’s dimensions. A list of rumored specifications has also been posted online.
Evercade releases press renders of cartridge-based handheld console that will offer retro gaming heaven; Atari on board
Interesting renders of a new handheld console have been posted by its manufacturer, Evercade. The device is still in the development phase, although apparently it’s in the later stages as the company has announced it will be available in 2019. The console offers straightforward cartridge-based gaming with retro games and publishers being targeted for inclusion.
Images of exploded Samsung Galaxy S10 5G evoke memories of Note 7 debacle
A Samsung Galaxy S10 5G owner has taken to an online platform to share some disturbing photos of the flagship smartphone after it apparently caught fire and exploded. It’s clear to see in the images the massive amount of damage the device has sustained; fortunately, it seems the user was not injured in the incident.
Samsung has issued a brief statement about the matter.
Leaked Dell roadmap shows concept plans for XPS 15 7500, XPS 17 7700, and the mysterious Dell XPS Dual Screen Maximus
An alleged Dell roadmap showing XPS laptops in shipping, development, and concept stages has been acquired by the Dutch technology website Tweakers. The roadmap is dated from February 2018 and includes concept ideas for computers such as the XPS 15 7500 “Fiorano”, the XPS 17 7700 “Stradale”, and a dual-screen machine with the codename “Maximus”.
Lenovo brings the new supercharger GeForce GTX 1650 to its IdeaPad S540 laptop
Lenovo will be offering its IdeaPad S540 laptop with a new discrete graphics card option in the form of Nvidia’s recently released mobile GeForce GTX 1650. It was previously expected that the S540-15IWL model would come with discrete GPU choices of either a GeForce GTX 1050 or MX250 graphics solution.
New AMD Radeon Vega logos spotted in legal trademark database
Two Radeon Vega logos have been unearthed on the trademarks section of the Justia website. Surprisingly, there is no red present in the two trademark images: One of them is colored blue and the other is monochrome. It’s not known what product AMD might be planning on using the images with, if any.
An image sample from the USPTO and an AMD promo video show the 3D logo connected with the Radeon Pro WX 9100.
Nintendo is looking for Android users to be Mario Kart Tour beta testers
Nintendo is currently looking for people to apply to the beta-testing phase of the upcoming mobile game Mario Kart Tour. At the moment, the company is only accepting applications from Android users (although the game is planned for iOS too). The application schedule window is already open, but it is only available to potential testers living in either the US or Japan.
Xiaomi's Redmi 855 confirmed to feature pop-up camera; more key specifications revealed
Redmi has finally revealed the selfie camera solution for the upcoming Redmi 855 flagship smartphone. The company has opted to go for a pop-up camera, regardless of the general manager’s insistence that the brand would not be utilizing this method. Apparently the phone will also come with a 4000 mAh battery and support for 18 W fast charging.
Marketing renders of the Motorola Razr 2019 foldable smartphone and its packaging are leaked
A handful of official-looking press renders for the upcoming Motorola Razr 2019 foldable smartphone have found their way online. The leaked images show the Razr leaning casually against its magnificent packaging, the supposed full contents of the box, and the Razr in a partially folded state but with its main display facing away from the camera.
240 Hz screen for Alienware Area-51m not coming until next year but there are plenty of other options
It’s been reported that Dell’s powerful Alienware Area-51m gaming laptops will not be receiving panel upgrades to 240 Hz in 2019. More and more OEMs are turning to this particular refresh rate as a major selling point for updated notebooks, but it seems the Alienware Area-51m will be stuck at a maximum of 144 Hz for the time being.
Fresh Samsung Galaxy Note 10 leaks: 4500 mAh battery, 25 W fast charging, model numbers deciphered
At least one of the four expected variants of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phablets will come with a 4500 mAh battery, according to an image of a battery found on a consumer website for South Korean KC certification. At almost the same time, it has been reported that the same device will also support fast 25 W charging.
AMD's mainstream 6-core Ryzen 5 2600X desktop processor dips under US$200
With the third generation of Ryzen processors looming over the horizon, now seems like a good time to pick up a second-generation processor for a bargain price. At the moment, you can purchase an AMD Ryzen 5 2600X desktop CPU for US$184.99 at Newegg. Amazon US is offering the same chip for even less, at a low price of US$179.99.
Paradox teases brief sneak peek at pre-alpha gameplay of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Paradox Interactive has released a video on YouTube that shows an animated clan introduction to the upcoming game Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. After watching the clip, viewers are treated to a very short (and small) look at pre-alpha gameplay, giving gamers a vague idea of what to expect from the eagerly awaited title.
Images of possible printed circuit board for AMD's Navi graphics cards leaked
Two images of a printed circuit board (PCB) have been posted on Beidou that could be part of AMD’s upcoming Navi graphics cards. The AMD logo can clearly be seen on the PCB and there is an obvious space for a GPU. The PCB in the pictures is still covered in a protective film.
Renowned leaker offers cryptic clues about Samsung's "symmetrical" Galaxy Note 10
The well-known smartphone industry tipster Ice universe has sparked a flurry of speculation with two enigmatic tweets pertaining to Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 10. His two clues consisted of the simple line “Da Vinci is symmetrical,” which was followed by a tweet containing a picture of the famous Vitruvian Man drawing created by Leonardo da Vinci.
Driver code confirms AMD's Navi GPU series will be based on Graphics Core Next
Radeon driver code for Navi has been spotted that appears to confirm the upcoming graphics solution from AMD will be based on the Graphics Core Next (GCN) microarchitecture. There was still some speculation that Navi might feature next-generation architecture that had been mentioned on AMD’s graphics roadmap but that seems highly unlikely now.
Sony will have sold over 100 million PlayStation 4 consoles by the time the PS5 is released
Sony has released its consolidated financial results for the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2019 (FY2018). Although hardware sales for the PlayStation 4 have slowed down, they are still selling at an impressive rate. Total sales for the PS4 stand at 96.8 million units and should easily top 100 million before the PS5 is released.
Intel Cascade Lake-X HEDT processor appears on SiSoftware's Sandra benchmark database
A record for a processor that utilizes the Glacier Falls platform has been spotted in SiSoftware’s Sandra database. “Glacier Falls PCH” was mentioned in a leaked Gigabyte presentation slide in December and was categorized as “Extreme” with availability starting in Q3 2019. The High End Desktop (HEDT) processor in this particular case could be a member of the upcoming Cascade Lake-X series.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X-powered workstation looks ready for take-off in fascinating time-lapse build video
Danish desktop enthusiasts have built an incredible workstation based around an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X. The desktop computer was actually undergoing a thorough upgrading session in a venture labeled “Project Threadripper”. The end product looks terrific and features hardware from Corsair, Samsung, Asus, and Cooler Master.
Xiaomi patent shows smartphone with ungainly stick-out notch
A patent has been unearthed that shows one of Xiaomi’s ideas for solving the problem of the notch. In the drawings contained in the application, Xiaomi has gone with a stick-out notch that stretches beyond the normal display area of the smartphone. The stick-out notch is filled with two cameras facing the front while the rear of the notch is left bare.
Alleged key specifications for Redmi 855 flagship smartphone leaked
The supposed key specifications for the upcoming Redmi 855 flagship smartphone have been shared online. The device, which is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, still hasn’t got any other name than “Redmi 855” at the moment. The smartphone is expected to be released in either May or June and could feature an AMOLED display.
Alienware Area-51m scores 26,435 points in 3DMark Fire Strike and gets immediately outgunned by a couple of Clevos
An Alienware Area-51m owner has managed to score a very respectable 26,435 points in 3DMark’s Fire Strike test (1.1). The laptop was fitted with an Intel Core i9-9900K CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU. But it seems a couple of overclocking Clevo owners have proved their gaming pedigree by immediately responding with reminders of how well their particular laptops performed.
Clarification: The Clevo laptops recorded their scores earlier this month.
Mysterious AMD Ryzen 5 3550U APU with Vega 9 iGPU mentioned online
There has been mention of an AMD Ryzen 5 3550U with Vega 9 made online, but no other information has been offered apart from the names for the two potential components. AMD already has a Ryzen 5 3550H mobile processor in its lineup that features a Radeon Vega 8 Graphics solution. The Picasso APU family features H-series and U-series chips.
Latest photo of Xiaomi’s supposed Redmi 855 device shared online along with rumored ridiculously low price
A photograph of a man holding what is claimed to be the upcoming “Redmi 855” flagship smartphone in his hand has been uploaded to the Chinese social network site Weibo. The whole thing seems incredibly spurious at first until it’s pointed out that the man in question just happens to be the Redmi CEO, Lu Weibing.
Dell XPS 15: No OLED panel option for the 2-in-1 but still coming for the main series; no white SKU planned
XPS chief Frank Azor has been fielding some questions on Twitter in regard to the Dell XPS 15 and its expected OLED panel update. The executive effusively responded “yes” to one question about whether it was coming but had less positive answers for other inquiries. Unfortunately, there is still no fixed timeframe for the OLED option.
Compulab reveals Airtop3 IoT edge server that can passively cool a combination of i9-9900K and Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card
Compulab has announced its Airtop3 device that comes with up to an Intel Core i9-9900K CPU and Nvidia Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card. The ruggedized IoT edge server is passively cooled and has been designed for industrial use. Numerous customization options are available for the Airtop3 PC, including extended and industrial operating temperature ranges.
3DMark Time Spy benchmark pits Asus FX505DU with GeForce GTX 1660 Ti against Asus GU502DU with GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
A benchmark comparison between an Asus FX505DU laptop with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU and an Asus GU502DU laptop fitted with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q design GPU has been spotted on 3DMark. Both devices also featured an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H Zen+ APU. The Max-Q variant managed to keep up within an acceptable distance.
Dell announces upcoming 9th Gen Intel Core CPU and GeForce GTX 16 series GPU upgrades for XPS 15 range
Dell has revealed that its XPS 15 lineup will be receiving upgrades to the new Intel Core Coffee Lake-H Refresh chips in June. Along with the 9th Gen CPUs, shoppers looking to purchase a new XPS 15 will have the opportunity to select one of the new mobile GPUs from Nvidia: the GeForce GTX 1650 and the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.
Leaked information about new Razer Blade 17 and Razer Blade 15 laptops points to 9th Gen Intel Core and GeForce RTX upgrades
Details about a refreshed Razer Blade 17 and updated Razer Blade 15 have been accidentally leaked in a YouTube video review posted by tech site PCWorld. The video has now been taken down, but not before some apparent key specifications were shared online. The base model of the Razer Blade 15 is likely to get a GPU upgrade from an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q to an RTX 2060.
Latest video from Nvidia and partners gives the mobile GTX GeForce 1660 Ti game away
Another video posted by Nvidia on the Twitter account for Nvidia GeForce has offered up some massive clues about what gamers can expect next from the company. Although original focus was mostly on the sleek device that featured in the four clips, it’s now shifted to what’s inside the laptop: Namely an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU.
AMD's upcoming 50th anniversary preparations continue with alleged special edition red Radeon VII graphics card
Another limited edition product has been unearthed that will be seemingly part of AMD’s 50th anniversary celebrations. A red version of the great value for money Radeon VII desktop graphics card has made an appearance, although it looks likely at the moment the only differences with the regular card will be design-based rather than performance-based.
AMD fan amazes the red team with custom build PC featuring four Radeon RX Vega 64 LC graphics cards
AMD has posted a tweet on its Ryzen Twitter account showing what can be done with just one Ryzen Threadripper 1950X HEDT chip and four Radeon RX Vega 64 LC graphics cards. The builder of the custom desktop PC setup has called his system “RippinRed 2.0”, and it also features 32 GB RAM, a motherboard from Gigabyte, and four monitors from Dell and Acer.
Save nearly US$1,000 with very limited offer on refurbished Dell XPS 15 9560 with i7-7700HQ CPU and 1 TB SSD
Dell has a very limited sale on at the moment for certified refurbished Dell XPS 15 9560 laptops. One particular SKU comes with an Intel Core i7 processor from the Kaby Lake series, a discrete GPU in the shape of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, and a generous 1 TB M.2 PCIe SSD. A usual price of US$2,306 is advertised for this laptop, but with the sale and a coupon it can be picked up for US$1,365.03.
Gigabyte celebrates AMD's upcoming 50th anniversary with a special edition X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi-50 motherboard
Gigabyte Japan has announced the upcoming launch of the X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi-50 motherboard. The board will be released domestically on April 26 for about 35,000 yen including taxes (~US$310). It’s not yet known if the Taiwanese manufacturer will be bringing the limited edition motherboard to other markets.
AMD's Radeon VII and RX Vega 64 LC crush Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti in World War Z GPU benchmark
AMD’s Radeon VII, RX Vega 64 LC, and RX Vega 64 have managed to defeat Nvidia’s top-end GeForce RTX hardware, the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti, in a World War Z GPU benchmark. In one specific test, the Radeon VII was measured offering an eye-popping average rate of 192 FPS compared to the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti’s best effort of 160 FPS.
The iLife NG08 8-inch pocket laptop with Gemini Lake processor could be released as the Chuwi MiniBook
Chuwi could be launching an 8-inch mini-computer that comes with a choice of Intel Gemini Lake processors in the not too distant future. The device, which is currently known as the iLife NG08, may be rebranded as the Chuwi MiniBook for market release. The little laptop features a Full HD touchscreen, 4 to 8 GB RAM, and it even has an integrated fingerprint scanner.
Images and specifications for AMD's Picasso Zen+ Ryzen 3 3200G desktop APU leaked
Two images of one of AMD’s upcoming Picasso range of desktop APUs have been leaked online. The pictures themselves don’t reveal very much, apart from the fact that AMD is likely preparing to finally release the desktop APU counterparts of the Picasso mobile APUs that were released earlier this year. The APU in question is believed to be the Ryzen 3 3200G.
Leaked images of GPD Win Max console internals confirm AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processor
Images of the components for the upcoming GPD Win Max handheld gaming PC have been leaked. The pictures show that an embedded chip from AMD’s Ryzen V1000 series has been chosen to power the device. It also seems that GamePad Digital (GPD) has decided to change the device’s name from Win 2 Max to simply Win Max.
Infinity-O no: Divine concept video for Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is too hole-y
A finely crafted concept video of a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phablet has been posted on YouTube. The creator of the video has specifically stated that it is not based on leaks, which helps explain some differences between the device shown in the clip and what is currently expected from the real thing.
Alleged details of Qualcomm Snapdragon 735 SoC leaked: integrated 5G modem, NPU for AI
The specifications of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 735 processor have apparently been leaked and posted online. It seems the rumored 735 will offer a bit of a bump up from the already announced Snapdragon 730 and 730G mobile platforms. The details offered state that the Snapdragon 735 will be manufactured on a 7nm LPP process.
Xiaomi rumored to be working on two flagship smartphones with pop-up cameras
A new report has stated that Xiaomi is developing two new flagship smartphones that will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoCs and pop-up cameras. The rumored devices apparently have the codenames “davinci” and “raphael”. Unfortunately, no other hardware information or specifications are currently known.
Laptop version of GeForce GTX 1660 Ti confirmed thanks to official Acer Predator Helios 300 listing
There is a new product listing on Acer’s website for its Predator laptop series: model name PH315-52-78VL. The Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop in question sports some impressive hardware, which apparently includes a mobile variant of Nvidia’s Turing-based GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. The device also comes with a Coffee Lake H Refresh mobile processor from Intel.
Save US$439 on a rose-gold 4K Dell XPS 13 9380 or a massive US$860 on an Alienware 17 with GeForce GTX 1070 OC
Dell has a couple of standout offers in its deals section at the moment. Shoppers can get a hefty discount on a brand-new Dell XPS 13 powered by an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, or if you fancy something much bigger the manufacturer has knocked US$860 off the price of an Alienware 17 gaming laptop, which comes with an 8th Gen Coffee Lake SoC and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 OC GPU.
New video of mystery device from Nvidia, Asus, and MSI released - points to GeForce GTX 16-series gaming laptops
A new video has been posted on Twitter accounts for Nvidia, Asus, and MSI that shows a bit more detail of the mysterious device that the trio of companies teased recently. The same Matrix-like streaming green code can be seen on the display while this time the keyboard is made much more visible. An eagle-eyed tweeter has spotted a very revealing clue about the device.
Lenovo also appears to be involved with the promotional stunt.
Lenovo Z6 Pro roundup: leaked image, full specs, quad camera setup with 48 MP sensor, astonishing score on AnTuTu
The Lenovo Z6 Pro smartphone is expected to be officially unveiled to the world on April 23, and it is already making some impressive headlines. The flagship device will come with a quad camera setup on its rear and feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855. Apparently, its high-end hardware helped it post an incredible score on the AnTuTu benchmark.
Leaked retail box photo suggests upcoming release of 5G version of the Huawei Mate 20X that has a smaller battery but faster charging
An image of the retail box for the Huawei Mate 20X 5G phablet has been leaked online. The most recent Mate series originally consisted of the Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, and the Mate 20X. It was announced at MWC19 that the latter device would get a 5G variant, which will apparently come with some important changes.
Alleged mobile version of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 tested on UserBenchmark; beats out AMD's RX 550 and RX 560 desktop cards
A record for an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU has been added on UserBenchmark’s database, and there is convincing evidence pointing to this being the mobile version of the upcoming graphics card. The average bench score of 45.6% put the hardware in 71st position in UserBenchmark’s ranking, sandwiched neatly between an old AMD R9 280X and an even older Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 (SLI disabled).
Mysterious device teased by Nvidia, MSI, and Asus sends Twitter users into speculation meltdown
A video clip that has been uploaded to Nvidia, MSI, and Asus Twitter accounts has sparked furious speculation over what it is about and what the device that stars in it is. The clip is painfully brief at just five seconds long and simply shows an impressively slender laptop-like device opening up and displaying some Matrix-like green animation.
Video of Samsung Galaxy Fold shows it posting incredible results in AndroBench 5 thanks to its UFS 3.0 storage
A short video clip of a Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone running AndroBench 5 ends with the device achieving some very impressive results. The sequential read rate was measured at 1478.85 MB/s, and a 4 kB random read performance measurement of 37,635.85 IOPS was also recorded. The Galaxy Fold utilizes Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 3.0.
Asus reveals FX95DD laptop with AMD's Ryzen 7 3750H and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050
Asus has added the FX95DD laptop to its Chinese website as part of its FX/ZX series of computers. The device will feature a Zen+ Picasso AMD Ryzen 7 3750H APU in combination with the Pascal-based Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. The notebook, which is known locally as the Flying Fortress, is currently being offered for presale orders.
AMD announces Ryzen Embedded R1000 series with the R1606G and R1505G processors; 3DMark 11 performance comparison unearthed
AMD has introduced two embedded processors as part of the new Ryzen R1000 series. The models are the Ryzen Embedded R1606G and the slightly lower-specced Ryzen Embedded R1505G. Both chips come with two cores and four threads. Strangely enough, it seems the two embedded chips were compared against each other on 3DMark 11 back in October 2018.
Rumored Navi 10-based Radeon RX 3080 graphics card specifications leaked
Alleged specifications for “AMD Navi” have been posted online. The new information offered seems to correspond with existing rumors about the Radeon RX 3080 Navi 10 graphics solution. Apparently, the performance of the Navi GPU places it between AMD’s Vega 56 and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080, but the supposed price is much cheaper than Nvidia’s product.
Gold-colored Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 590 graphics card for AMD's 50th anniversary appears online
AMD will soon be celebrating its 50th anniversary in business, and it seems Sapphire Technology wants to highlight the achievement by releasing a gold-colored Nitro+ Radeon RX 590 desktop graphics card. The special edition card has a boost clock rate of 1560 MHz and is fitted with 8 GB GDDR5 memory (2100 MHz clock that utilizes a 256-bit interface).
References to Intel Core i3-8145UC, i5-8265UC, and i7-8565UC processors start appearing online
Numerous online retailers have been adding new placeholders for Intel processors on their e-commerce sites. The chips listed are the Intel Core i3-8145UC, the Core i5-8265UC, and the Core i7-8565UC. It’s not entirely clear how these CPUs differ from the Whiskey Lake U-series, although the stepping code variation seems to suggest memory support changes.
Leaked Gigabyte Aorus X570 promo material points to May 27 for AMD Ryzen 3000 launch
A piece of leaked marketing material purportedly from Gigabyte has led to considerable speculation about what could occur on the date mentioned on it. The image pertains to the gaming-related Aorus sub-brand, with some believing it will lead to an announcement of the X570 motherboards and possibly even a reveal of AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 50th Anniversary Edition CPU spotted at online retailer
AMD will soon be celebrating 50 years since its formal incorporation, and to celebrate this fact it appears there will be a 50th Anniversary Edition of the Ryzen 7 2700X processor. It’s not known if the special edition of the CPU will differ from the Pinnacle Ridge chip that was originally released in April of last year.
Alleged MSI tech support email states older 300-series motherboards won't support AMD Ryzen 3000 processors
An email that has supposedly come from MSI’s German-language tech support team has stated that the company will not be offering support for AMD’s upcoming line of Ryzen 3000 Matisse desktop processors on older motherboards (300-series). However, there has not been an official statement from the Taiwanese company in regard to this issue yet.
MSI has issued a press release stating there will be support for compatible 300-series motherboards.
Rumor states there will be a Pro version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10
A recent tweet from tipster Ice universe has arguably explained what Samsung could be planning in terms of naming the phablets that are part of its upcoming Galaxy Note 10 lineup. The four models, which are differentiated by two sizes and whether they come with 5G or not, could end up being called the Samsung Galaxy Note 10e and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro.
New photo of rumored Snapdragon 855-powered Redmi "accidentally" leaked by Xiaomi executive
An unknown Xiaomi smartphone, which could possibly be the rumored forthcoming Redmi flagship device, has been accidentally leaked on a Chinese network site. Xiaomi’s product director, Wang Teng Thomas, posted what seems to be an innocuous picture of some bottles neatly lined up. But there’s a mysterious smartphone on the table behind them that was apparently overlooked.
More details of Intel's Coffee Lake T-series emerge: clock rates, core counts
New information about Intel’s Coffee Lake T-series of processors has been posted online. The lineup runs from the Core i3-9100T right up to the Core i9-9900T. The chips are based on a 14nm manufacturing process and come with iGPUs. The T-series will have lower TDPs than their Coffee Lake counterparts and considerably lower base clock rates.
Upcoming Honor 8S renders and specifications leaked
Some renders and the specifications of the Honor 8S smartphone have been leaked online. This entry-level device apparently will be powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 processor and will likely feature 2 GB RAM, although there may be a regional variant with 3 GB. The Honor 8S has a selfie camera in a waterdrop notch but still comes with thick bezels.
Blundering retailers continue to create headaches for OEMs as recent Acer Predator Helios 300 leak demonstrates
Acer has just revealed its brand-new Predator Helios 300. The laptop sports thin bezels, an RGB-illuminated keyboard, and it will feature top-of-the-range goods from both Intel and Nvidia. But we already expected this thanks to a retailer posting information about the device on its website just days before the computer was officially announced.
The iPhone SE is currently available from US$249 in the Apple online store
The iPhone SE has made another unexpected appearance on Apple’s online store. Several different-colored variants are listed and there is even a 128 GB version available. Prices for the diminutive iPhone SE start at US$249 and they are all categorized as “certified refurbished” as part of the clearance section of the website.
Possibly fake Geekbench listing suggests incredible smartphone collaboration between Huawei, Sony, and Samsung
A recently posted and unearthed Geekbench listing has shown a device that could be truly unique, as it suggests a joint effort from smartphone giants Huawei and Samsung, who have generously brought Sony along for the ride. However, disappointingly, this potentially majestic device only scored a measly 1,623 points in the single-core test and sports a Snapdragon 660 SoC.
Lenovo's Tax Time Sale: Save hundreds of dollars on the ThinkPad T480, IdeaPad 330S, and Miix 630
Lenovo is holding a Tax Time Sale this weekend for those hunting for a great deal on a laptop or convertible. The Chinese manufacturer has laptops from its flagship lines on offer, and there are savings to be had on a variety of tablets, monitors, and other peripherals and accessories. The current sale ends on April 15.
Acer announces the ConceptD 9, 7, and 5 laptops featuring up to a 9th Gen i9 CPU and GeForce RTX 2080 GPU
The ConceptD line from Acer has been revealed, and it includes three new laptops: The Acer ConceptD 9, the Acer ConceptD 7, and the Acer ConceptD 5. The notebooks are aimed at creatives and designers, and the high-end ConceptD 9 can be configured with a 9th Gen i9 processor and a GeForce RTX 2080 graphics solution.
ASRock launches iBOX mini desktop computer with Whiskey Lake-U processor options
ASRock has revealed its new mini desktop PC that features chips from Intel’s Whiskey Lake-U series. Along with the modern processor, the ASRock iBOX has a fanless design with fins covering the surface of the desktop to assist with cooling. The new product is expected to be utilized in industrial environments.
Huawei's upcoming Windows on ARM Matebook E 2019 convertible features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850
A revised Huawei Matebook E for 2019 has been on show in China, and it has revealed a surprising new component: A Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 SoC. The convertible computer comes with a 12-inch display and offers similar hardware specifications to 2018’s Matebook E, although that particular device was powered by a processor from Intel.
Skylake-X Intel Core i9-9990XE CPU now available for €2,999 or snap up an i9-9990XE-based desktop PC for €12,999.90
The extreme edition Intel Core i9-9990XE is now available for direct sale, but it doesn’t come cheaply. German computer hardware specialist CaseKing.de has decided to make the powerful chip available to customers for a starting price of €2,999 (~US$3,384). If you want to buy a system that already has the chip installed, there is one currently available for €12,999.90 (~US$14,671).
Uptake of i9-9900K only bright spot for Intel as AMD outsells its rival two to one in Mindfactory sales data for March
Sales data from Mindfactory, a large German computer hardware retailer, has shown that CPUs from AMD are outselling Intel’s processors by more than two to one. Leading the charge for the red team are two CPUs from the Zen+ Pinnacle Ridge series: The mainstream Ryzen 5 2600 and the performance-orientated Ryzen 7 2700X.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 leak: foldable smartphone, 60 MP camera
Alleged details of a Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 smartphone have been shared on Twitter. According to a screenshot that was apparently taken from the online payment platform Alipay, the Mi Mix 4 will be a foldable device that features a 60 MP camera. The series is known for its innovation: The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 smartphone has a slider form factor.
"Boxing" video shows the MacBook Pro 13-beating UDOO BOLT single-board computer is now shipping
A short video uploaded by UDOO on YouTube has shown that the UDOO BOLT single-board computer is now being shipped to early-bird backers. The little board made some waves with claims that it was faster than a MacBook Pro 13 and Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 m3. Apparently, it can even work well when connected to a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card.
Abaco Systems introduces Intel Xeon-powered SBC3511 rugged single-board computer
Abaco Systems, a specialist in rugged embedded computing products, has just announced its SBC3511 3U OpenVPX single-board computer. The powerful board with an 8th Gen Coffee Lake Intel Xeon processor has been designed with security and durability in mind. Products from Abaco have been selected by the military for their capabilities.
Alleged list of future PlayStation 5 games includes Grand Theft Auto VI and remastered The Last of Us Part II
An interesting lineup of purported games for the PlayStation 5 has been shared online. The titles mentioned include exclusives and non-exclusives for the next-generation console. Among the exclusive games listed are Gran Turismo 7 and a supposed remastered version of The Last of Us Part II. Tucked in with the non-exclusives title is Grand Theft Auto VI (GTA 6).
Extraordinary PlayStation 5 details leaked: 7nm Ryzen CPU, 7nm Navi GPU, 14 teraflops of performance
Alleged details of the PlayStation 5 console have been posted online. The incredible claimed specifications include 8K upscaling, 2 TB storage utilizing NAND, 24 GB GDDR6 RAM, VR, ray tracing, backwards compatibility and more. There’s also mention of the widely believed custom AMD Ryzen CPU and the Navi GPU – that apparently offers 14 teraflops of compute performance.
New codename for AMD's rumored custom console APU Gonzalo throws up new conundrums
An engineering sample processor has turned up on Twitter with the codename “ZG16702AE8JB2_32/10/18_13F8”. Fortunately, a little bit of light has been shed on what this mystery processor could be, and it is claimed that it is actually AMD’s custom chip Gonzalo, which is expected to appear in the next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony.
Picasso-powered Chromebook codenamed Zork will utilize Trembyle Chrome OS board
A new Chromebook featuring APUs from AMD’s Picasso range of processors might be in the works. A device with the codename “Zork” has been unearthed that apparently utilizes a Chrome OS board called “Trembyle”. Data management commits have been spotted that link Zork with Picasso – which means a Chromebook with an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U inside could be in development.
Honor MagicBook with AMD Ryzen 5 3500U will be released on April 17
A 2019 refresh of the 14-inch Honor MagicBook is going to be released on April 17, according to a Chinese retailer. The main difference between the upcoming version and the 2018 laptop is a processor upgrade: Last year’s AMD MagicBook variant came with a Ryzen 5 2500U, whereas the 2019 model will be fitted with a Ryzen 5 3500U APU.
Intel Core i7-9700T desktop processor spotted on UserBenchmark
The upcoming 9th Gen Coffee Lake Intel Core desktop processor i7-9700T has appeared in the UserBenchmark database. The chip seemed to perform very well in the tests, achieving a reasonably high place in the overall ranking. The “T” variants in the Coffee Lake lineup are distinguished by their lower TDP levels and therefore lower clock rates.
Images of GeForce GTX 1650 desktop graphics card from Gainward, Palit, and ZOTAC leaked
A few images of the upcoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 desktop graphics card have found their way online. The models from ZOTAC, Palit, and Gainward are all single-fan cards with some slight differences in connectivity. Nvidia hasn’t officially announced the latest entry to the GeForce GTX 16 series, which is expected to be released in a couple of weeks.
GeForce GTX 1650 and i7-9750H combination features in leaked MSI GL63 laptop marketing material
Leaked promotional material for a new MSI GL63 laptop sporting an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU and an Intel Core i7-9750H has provided numerous performance details. The images show scores for benchmarks that put the 9th Gen Intel CPU way ahead of the i7-8750H and i7-7700HQ, while the purported mobile GTX 1650 outpaces both the GTX 1050 Ti and the GTX 1050.
AMD manages to take a nibble out of Intel's share in Steam processor survey
AMD has taken a bite out of Intel’s overall share in Steam’s monthly survey in the PC processor usage category. The red team was up to 18.1% for March, rising 0.5% from 17.6% for February. AMD took share away from Intel for systems running Windows, but the latter chipmaker gained a little for computers operating on Linux.
Latest Steam hardware survey suggests GeForce RTX 20 series sales are on the up
The March 2019 Steam Hardware & Software Survey has been posted by the software distribution platform, and as usual things look rosy for Nvidia in the video card usage category. Three of the top six places in terms of percentage increase over the month are occupied by GeForce RTX 20 series products, with last month’s missing RTX 2060 now taking the top spot.
Cryptic "Cato" chips from AMD likely to be upcoming generation of embedded SoCs
A screenshot of information concerning three processors has surfaced that seems to reveal that AMD is preparing to release some new embedded SoCs. The screenshot was taken from a Futuremark database, with the information being spotted and shared by Tum Apisak. The three mysterious chips have the driver names Cato SoC and Radeon RX 350 Series.
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H appears on PassMark
A benchmark score for the upcoming Intel Coffee Lake H Refresh mobile chip i7-9750H has appeared on the PassMark database. The test used for the processor was the PerformanceTest Version 9.0.1030. Apparently, the 9th Gen chip managed to achieve a score of 14,118 points, which puts it way ahead of the predecessor i7-8750H.
Leaked image of MECHREVO laptops allegedly with GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 GPUs and 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H CPUs
A picture of two MECHREVO Z2 laptops that apparently sport an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 Ti, respectively, has been leaked. Not only do the gaming notebooks allegedly come with these often-rumored mobile GPUs, but it is claimed they also feature a brand-new 9th Gen Coffee Lake H Refresh CPU, in this case the i7-9750H.
Rumored release date and full specifications for Intel's 9th Gen Coffee Lake H Refresh chips
A potential launch date for Intel’s anticipated 9th Gen Coffee Lake H Refresh has been offered: April 21. Along with the date, the same source has offered full details of the six models that will make up the series of new Intel Core mobile processors. However, some of the information conflicts with previously rumored specifications, although it does offer an insight to expected clocks and TDP.
Mysterious Nvidia GPU performs between a GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 on UserBenchmark
An Nvidia graphics card has turned up on UserBenchmark with the prosaic name “graphics device”. The results in the benchmarks for the hardware are somewhat surprising, as the GPU seems to land somewhere between the GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 in terms of performance average. There was mention of a GeForce RTX 2070 Ti once before, but this was eventually explained away as a typo.
Dell begins offering the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti in select Inspiron, XPS, and Alienware desktops
Dell recently revealed that some of its desktop PC lineups can now be fitted with the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. The Dell XPS Tower Special Edition is one such system, which has select models that along with the Turing-based graphics card can also be configured with 8th Gen or 9th Gen Intel Core chips and up to 64 GB RAM.
Lenovo and Asus laptops featured in online product listings with i7-9750H processors
Numerous online retailers have started updating their product lists to include laptops from manufacturers like Lenovo and Asus that will feature the 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H processor. The i7-9750H is a member of the second tier of Coffee-Lake-H mobile processors that will be aimed at usage in high-performance laptops.
Not even Samsung's Galaxy S10 range can save the company's consolidated operating profit nose-diving by over 60%
Samsung Electronics has issued earnings guidance for the first quarter of 2019, and it shows that the tech giant’s operating profit has decreased dramatically from the first and last quarters of 2018. Issues such as the fall in memory chip prices and weaker demand for products like displays have affected the South Korean manufacturer’s financial performance.
Potentially explosive leaked email chain details issues female employees have to contend with at Microsoft, including sexual harassment
Business news site Quartz has looked over a huge email chain leaked from Microsoft's offices that features numerous disturbing stories from female employees of the tech giant. Workers have shared their experiences with each other in the email chain, which shockingly includes episodes of sexual harassment.
HWiNFO v6.04 includes support for AMD's Navi GPUs and Intel Emmitsburg
The latest version of HWiNFO is available for download, and it now offers support for AMD Navi and Intel Emmitsburg. The inclusion of preliminary support for Navi points to the fact that the much-anticipated range of GPUs should be soon with us. There is also mention of Intel Emmitsburg, which could be related to an upcoming PCH.
“Almost completely correct” sliding and rotating selfie camera shown off in fantastic Samsung Galaxy A90 concept video
A well-crafted concept video of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A90 smartphone has been posted on YouTube, and it shows what is apparently the South Korean manufacturer’s solution for the pesky selfie camera. The camera setup is located on a sliding mechanism, which moves up from the rear of the device and the camera module can be rotated to face either the front or rear.
TENAA listing confirms Meizu 16s specifications; new images revealed
The main specifications for the upcoming Meizu 16s smartphone have been listed by TENAA, the Chinese telecommunications authority. Although a specific SoC is not mentioned, the CPU frequency of 2.8 GHz certainly points to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. New leaked images of the smartphone show that it will not come with a notch or punch-hole selfie camera.
System with four GeForce GTX 1080 cards in an SLI configuration just broke 3DMark's Time Spy record
A new HWBOT World Record has just been set in 3DMark’s popular Time Spy benchmark. The score of 37,697 points was achieved with a system that featured four Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards operating in an SLI configuration. An Intel Core i9-9980XE processor was also used in the record-breaking system.
Intel Core i5-9300H turns up on Geekbench as part of Acer ConceptD CN715-71 system
It seems Intel’s Coffee Lake CPU, the i5-9300H, has made an appearance on Geekbench. The chip was part of a listing for a model mysteriously titled “Acer ConceptD CN715-71”. The upcoming 9th Gen processor achieved a single-core score of 5,091 and a multi-core score of 16,145 points. This particular CPU has four cores and eight threads.
Exciting leak shows 2019 Acer Nitro laptops with 9th Gen Intel CPUs and mobile GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 GPUs
Acer is planning on fitting some of its upcoming Nitro laptops with GPUs from Nvidia’s Turing-based GeForce 16 series and 9th Gen Coffee Lake Intel Core processors. A leaked slide names the Acer Nitro AN515-54 and Acer Nitro AN517-51 models, with various display and GPU options for each one. The leak has seemingly confirmed mobile versions of the GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650.
Dell announces availability of select Inspiron laptops with 2nd-Gen AMD Ryzen "Picasso" APUs
A recent post made on Dell’s blog has revealed that the manufacturer has started to incorporate AMD’s Picasso range of mobile APUs into its Inspiron lineup. The Inspiron 15 5000 (5585) with a second-generation Ryzen CPU is now available to select on Dell’s online configurator, with shoppers being able to choose from three processor options.
Overclocked GeForce RTX 2080 Ti pushed to astonishing clock rate of 2.94 GHz
A clock rate of 2,940.0 MHz has been recorded for a customized GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card. The hardware was specially prepared as part of the Galax OC Gathering 2019. The incredible clock rate was measured as part of a GPUPI 1B benchmark test, which also resulted in the system achieving a very credible mark of 2 s 691 ms.
Google Pixel 4 development accidentally confirmed
The Google Pixel 4 smartphone has been specifically mentioned in a discussion about code in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). There has been previous mention of a “2019 Pixel” made in an AOSP commit message, but the latest commit seems to suggest that the Pixel 4 is in the development phase.
Galax variant of Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 Ti claims top spot for single GPUs in 3DMark's Fire Strike Extreme
A new high score for 3DMark’s Fire Strike Extreme test (single GPU) has been achieved by a system featuring a customized variant of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card. The hardware in question was a Galax GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Hall of Fame OC Lab WC Edition board. A score of 23,998 points was publicly shared, although an even higher score was recorded.
Save over US$400 on a Dell XPS 13 Touch; up to US$460 on non-touch version
Dell is offering some considerable discounts across its XPS 13 range at the moment. Some of the deals are time limited, so if you’re in the hunt for a handy-sized Ultrabook that can offer great performance with a small footprint, now is the time to act. Over US$400 can be saved on some SKUs.
Apple might release three OLED iPhones in 2020; one could be an iPhone SE 2
A new report has stated that Apple could be planning on releasing three iPhones in 2020 that all feature OLED panels, which will probably be supplied by Samsung. As one of the 2020 phones is rumored to be coming in a 5.42-inch size, there has been speculation this could be a next-generation iPhone SE.
Lenovo foldable smartphone patent shows off its peculiar impracticality in renders
Some renders have been developed based on patent drawings made by Lenovo as part of a patent filing with the USPTO. The result is a rather odd foldable smartphone that not only looks peculiar in comparison to other foldable smartphones, but it also seems to reveal a number of impractical features.
Mysterious reported AMD engineering sample could be Picasso desktop APU
The codename given to an AMD engineering sample processor has been leaked online and has already sparked considerable speculation as to what it could be. A breakdown of the name seems to point at the chip being a desktop APU from the Picasso range based on the Zen+ microarchitecture. This series currently consists of just mobile processors.
AMD could unveil Navi GPUs on May 27 with possible Ryzen 3000 launch on the same day
The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) has announced that AMD’s CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, will be delivering the opening keynote at Computex 2019. The keynote has been scheduled for May 27, and it seems like this could be the ideal setting for Su to show off AMD’s anticipated Radeon Navi GPU series. It’s also been speculated that she could launch the Ryzen 3000 series at the same time.
SiSoftware Sandra benchmark entry for MSI X570 motherboard features possible AMD Zen 2 processor
A record in SiSoftware’s Sandra benchmark database has offered up two new pieces of information in regard to AMD’s upcoming Zen 2-based products. Firstly, the entry shows that MSI is developing hardware in the form of an X570 motherboard to support the expected Ryzen desktop processors, and secondly a mysterious AMD processor was involved in the test.
Gigabyte preparing X499 motherboards for 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadrippers
The names of three new Gigabyte motherboards have been revealed bearing the “X499” designation. It’s believed at least one of the boards will be capable of offering 10 GbE network data rates. AMD is expected to introduce the X499 chipset specifically for the 3rd Gen HEDT Ryzen Threadripper processors.
Purported Meizu 16s achieves amazing score on AnTuTu
Another alleged test score for the Meizu 16s has been shared online, this time with the renowned Chinese benchmarking utility AnTuTu. The upcoming smartphone apparently managed to amass a total of 357,975 points, which puts it way ahead of some big name devices, such as the Xiaomi Mi 8 and OnePlus 6.
Alienware m15 now available with OLED display but Dell XPS 15 still waiting for delayed panel option
The product page for Dell’s Alienware m15 laptop range has been updated to show the new OLED display option for potential purchasers. The planned integration of OLED technology in Alienware m15, Dell XPS 15, and Dell G7 15 laptops was originally announced by the manufacturer in January and was expected to start rolling out in March.
Gigabyte’s X570 motherboards for upcoming Zen 2 Ryzen 3000-series desktop processors leaked
A list of X570 motherboards from Gigabyte has been leaked thanks to data published online by the Eurasian Economic Committee (EEC). Various OEMs are gearing up for the upcoming release of AMD’s 3rd Generation of Ryzen desktop processors, which are based on the power-efficient Zen 2 microarchitecture.
The Sega Genesis Mini/Mega Drive Mini console finally gets an official release date
The Sega Genesis Mini (Mega Drive Mini) has finally received an official launch date: September 19. The Mini console has been in the works for some time but apparently got stuck in development as Sega changed its plans in regard to production and global availability. It will cost US$79.99/£69.99/€79.99/ AU$139.95.
Xiaomi gets creative with dual selfie camera placement
A fantastic render has been published showing what Xiaomi could be planning in regard to smartphone front-facing camera placement. The render is based on a patent made by the Chinese smartphone company, which of course, may never go further than the drawing board. But it does at least highlight how important innovation is for Xiaomi.
Entry-level Microsoft Surface Book 2 now comes with 8th Gen Intel Core i5 option
The base model of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 has just received an additional choice among its configuration options. Microsoft has given potential purchasers the opportunity to have the device fitted with a quad-core 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor. Previously, shoppers had to make do with the dual-core i5-7300U CPU.
Wánxiào invents FOS Rapid Alloy that will revolutionize the global smartphone market by providing instant physical handset upgrades
In an incredible leak, it has been discovered that a secretive Chinese technology startup called Wánxiào has invented a product called FOS Rapid Alloy that according to some industry insiders will turn the worldwide smartphone market upside down. Full-Organic-Surface (FOS) technology could make its way into the construction of the upcoming Samsung Neat 10, Huawei Mute 30, or even the rumored Apple fitness band iPhat.
"Leaked" PlayStation 5 devkit and DualShock controller images fuel speculation
There’s a great deal of anticipation in the gaming community for the PlayStation 5, or whatever name Sony gives its next-generation console. It seems that some can’t wait for the real thing though, and an increasing number of “leaks” of PlayStation-related hardware are starting to appear on social media.
Gold-plated water block adds bling to your RTX Titan or Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti graphics card
The liquid cooling specialist EK Water Blocks has revealed a new product for owners of Nvidia Titan RTX graphics cards. The EK Vector RTX Titan is a special edition water block that features an acetal top cover, RGB lighting compatibility, and gold-plated screws. For the pièce de résistance, the EK Vector RTX Titan brandishes a gold-plated cold plate.
Meizu 16s will come with a Snapdragon 855 according to alleged Geekbench listing
A device under the name “alps m1971” has turned up in a Geekbench test, and this could be the upcoming Meizu 16s. The smartphone was already rumored to be loaded with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, and if the Geekbench listing is genuine, then this rumor seems to be confirmed.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ beaten by iPhone XS Max in PhoneBuff's drop test; barely scrapes into top 10 rankings
A new video posted by YouTube channel PhoneBuff has pitted the Samsung Galaxy S10+ against the iPhone XS Max in a series of brutal drop tests. Although the flagship from the South Korean manufacturer is wrapped in Corning’s Gorilla Glass 6, it loses to the subjectively better durability performance of its iPhone rival.
New rumored release date for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650; 1650 Ti variant expected soon
A new rumored release date for the upcoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 desktop graphics card has been offered: April 22. A previous report had suggested a launch date of April 30 for the latest entry to the GeForce 16 series, but apparently the new date has been provided by AIBs. A Ti variant of the GTX 1650 is also expected at some point.
Google leaks its Nest Hub Max smart home device
Google has accidentally leaked a new product in its Google Home range. The Nest Hub Max, which was spotted by Android Police, was featured in the Connected Home section of the tech giant’s website. The information about the Nest Hub Max has now been taken down, but not before it was shared online.
AAEON reveals the UP Xtreme single-board computer with Whiskey Lake processors
AAEON has added a new single-board computer (SBC) to the UP product family: the UP Xtreme. As is befitting the hyperbolic name, the board can operate with a CPU from Intel’s 8th Generation Whiskey Lake series. The board also has the UHD 620 iGPU solution at its disposal and can be fitted with up to 16 GB RAM.
More details of the Nokia X71 surface thanks to alleged Geekbench appearance
It seems the upcoming Nokia X71 smartphone has allegedly paid a visit to Geekbench and in doing so has revealed a few more details about the hardware it sports. The midranger from the Finnish company HMD Global should be launched in Taiwan on April 2; the device spotted on Geekbench might be just for that particular market.
Gaming performance benchmark leak shows the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 performing better than the GTX 1050 Ti and AMD RX 570
A new Final Fantasy XV benchmark has been shared online that shows the upcoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 performing reasonably well in the 1920x1080 High Quality test. The graphics card manages a score of 3803, which puts it firmly in the middle of the points range for a standard level of performance.
5000 mAh battery and other powerful hardware should help the Nubia Red Magic 3 wipe the floor with the Red Magic Mars
New information about a Nubia gaming smartphone that is currently known by the model number NX629J has surfaced online. This smartphone is expected to be the upcoming Nubia Red Magic 3 that has been recently teased on Weibo by the company’s co-founder. If the specifications are accurate, it should completely eclipse the performance of the Red Magic Mars.
2018 sales projection of just 6.5 million smartphones possible catalyst for Sony Mobile restructuring that could cost 2,000 jobs
Sony has announced a “realignment” that involves Sony Mobile, the Imaging Products & Solutions Business, and the Home Entertainment & Sound Business. The merger will create Sony’s Electronics Products & Solutions Business. Some see it as Sony’s attempt to hide the massive failure of Sony Mobile to compete with rivals such as Samsung, Huawei, and Apple.
Leaked videos suggest Google Atlas Chromebook may not be a Pixelbook successor
A couple of videos showing some bug testing on what is believed to be the Google “Atlas” Chromebook have been leaked. It was previously believed that Atlas would be part of the Pixel line, possibly even a sequel to the Pixelbook. However, clear design differences suggest the Atlas could actually be a new premium Chromebook.
Best Buy knocks up to US$575 off i5 and i7 versions of the Microsoft Surface Laptop
Best Buy is currently offering an incredible sale on the first generation of Microsoft’s Surface Laptop. However, stocks seem to be selling out quickly, so if you’re interested in either an i5 or i7 variant of this device you better hurry fast. Up to a whopping US$575 has been slashed from the usual listed price for certain models.
PC Health Check scareware allegations cost Office Depot and Support.com US$35 million
Office Depot, Inc. and Support.com, Inc. have agreed to pay a combined total of US$35 million to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after being accused of tricking customers into paying for unnecessary computer repair services. Support.com has been involved in a similar scareware scandal before, in conjunction with AOL’s Computer Checkup service.
Samsung smooths over reported Galaxy Fold crease crisis
A recent video leaked onto YouTube showed off a Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone with a rather worrying visible crease running down the center of the display. However, a communications manager for Samsung has offered reassurance that buyers of the Galaxy Fold will not encounter the issue faced by the device in the controversial clip.
"Iris" included in leaked color choices for Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL; estimated price for 3a revealed
Some new details about the upcoming Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL smartphones have been leaked. Apparently, one or both of the new devices will be offered in an “iris” color, which is the word specifically used to describe the choice. The same source has suggested a price for the Pixel 3a, and it might not be as cheap as expected.
New promo video for Xiaomi Mi foldable smartphone looks gorgeous but raises some concerns
Xiaomi has shared a new short promotional video of its upcoming foldable smartphone. The device still looks fantastic and is distinctly different to the foldable devices produced by Samsung and Huawei thanks to its unique folding mechanism. But the simple clip does raise a couple of concerns about the Chinese manufacturer’s creation.
Specifications for Samsung's 8nm Exynos 9710 SoC leaked
The supposed specifications for a Samsung Exynos 9710 SoC have been leaked. According to the new information, the chip will be manufactured on an 8nm process, just like the high-end Exynos 9820 found in the international variants of the Samsung Galaxy S10. It’s likely this potential successor to 2018’s Exynos 9610 SoC will be used in midrange smartphones.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum could debut on the next-generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles
Daedalic Entertainment has just announced its development of the game The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. However, a seemingly innocuous comment by the CEO of the company to The Hollywood Reporter has sparked some speculation that this action-adventure game could end up being one of the first titles to appear on the next-generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
Rumor: AMD's Navi 20 series could feature ray-tracing technology that would challenge Nvidia's RTX lineup
There is a rumor that AMD has been working on its own version of ray-tracing technology that could be incorporated into the red team’s expected Navi 20 series. The same source speculates that this high-end lineup could challenge or even surpass the ray-tracing capabilities of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards.
Goodbye Bixby? Button-less Samsung Galaxy Note 10 may have a pressure-sensitive display
A report out of Korea has suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could end up being a button-less phablet. It appears the South Korean manufacturer has been considering a partnership with a Chinese company called NDT that specializes in “force touch solutions”, so the eagerly anticipated flagship might come with a pressure-sensitive display or frame.
Sony announces 4.2 million PlayStation VR headset sales; Iron Man VR should help sell some more
Sony has revealed in a PlayStation blog post that 4.2 million PlayStation VR headsets have been sold worldwide up to March 3. The PlayStation VR device was released in October 2016 and had passed one million sales by June 2017. A new Iron Man VR game has also been announced, which should help Sony shift a few more PSVR units.
The Lenovo Z6 Pro smartphone and its HyperVision camera will be revealed on March 27
Lenovo has surprisingly announced that the Z6 Pro device will be revealed on March 27. Few confirmed details are known about the upcoming flagship smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer, although it apparently features a HyperVision camera for creating Hyper Videos. It is also expected to come with 5G capability.
UDOO BOLT single-board computer with embedded Ryzen SoC claims to be twice as fast as a MacBook Pro 13
UDOO recently ran a campaign on Kickstarter for the UDOO BOLT single-board computer, and the developers of the device managed to secure US$635,769 in crowd-sourced funding. It’s likely many investors were attracted by the claim that the BOLT is “almost twice as fast as the MacBook Pro 13”. The Ryzen-powered board should start shipping by the end of the month.
Nvidia GeForce Game Ready driver 419.67 WHQL delivers Battlefield V: Firestorm optimizations
Nvidia has announced the availability of the GeForce Game Ready 419.67 WHQL drivers that bring optimizations to several games, including Battlefield V’s new battle royale mode, Firestorm. Gamers can download the latest drivers through the GeForce Experience application or directly from the company’s website.
Nvidia might release a Max-Q version of the mobile GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU
Alleged laptop data has been leaked that mentions an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q design. Although a mobile version of the Turing-based graphics card has been expected for some time now, a Max-Q variant is a new development. Max-Q technology aims to improve energy efficiency but at the cost of performance.
Leak suggests Asus has laptops coming with Zen+ Ryzen Picasso APUs combined with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060 Turing GPUs
Leaked information about some potential upcoming laptops from Asus suggests that the Taiwanese manufacturer is preparing to reveal devices that feature both Picasso and Turing technology. Three different models are mentioned that combine two different AMD Ryzen APUs with seemingly three Nvidia GeForce GPUs. Asus has already released gaming laptops with the new Picasso chips but not with an Nvidia GPU.
Geologists blend "high-grade" iPhone to discover it contains 36 mg of gold and 900 mg of critical element tungsten
Geologists at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Plymouth in England have blended an iPhone so they could scrutinize the elements it’s made from more closely. Using their specialist knowledge and skills, the researchers found that the iPhone had enough gold and tungsten in it to be classified as high-grade.
AMD seemingly slashes prices for Zen+ performance Ryzen 7 CPUs ahead of Zen 2 launch
Prices for second-generation AMD Ryzen CPUs have dropped, with US$50 being shaved off a performance-level Ryzen 7 2700 CPU on Newegg. A number of CPUs based on the Zen+ microarchitecture have been discounted, leading to speculation that AMD is making space in its inventory for the upcoming Zen 2-based Ryzen chips.
Brazilian PlayStation Store may have just leaked upcoming EA Access service
A screenshot posted on Reddit has been stirring up some excitement among PlayStation 4 owners. The image shows a page from the Brazilian PlayStation Store, and there is a small window advert for EA Access. The EA Access service offers popular games like the Madden NFL series and the NHL range to Xbox One subscribers for US$29.99 a year.
Walmart could be the next major corporation to join the race for game-streaming supremacy
It has been reported that Walmart has been meeting with a number of game developers and publishers to discuss a potential video-game streaming service. With Google just revealing its Stadia service and Nvidia’s GeForce Now platform gearing up for worldwide launch, there’s a good chance cloud gaming is going to revolutionize the way people play video games on a huge scale.
Study declares 95% of reported bitcoin trading is fake
A comprehensive study carried out by Bitwise Asset Management has come to the conclusion that the majority of reported volume in bitcoin trading is faked. Some unethical bitcoin traders are deliberately manipulating the volume to encourage either buying or selling of the cryptocurrency. Bitcoin is currently valued at US$3,965.
Concept video for iPhone foldable shows rumored square triple camera setup and brilliant triangular packaging
A designer called Antonio De Rosa has come up with a concept video of what an iPhone foldable smartphone, which is called the iPhone X Fold in the clip, could actually look like. Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of familiar Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X elements in the mix, but the presence of a square triple camera setup and some innovative packaging are highlights.
List of Asus X570 motherboards for AMD Ryzen 3000 series leaked
The new AMD X570 chipset is expected to be launched soon and a list of motherboards produced by Asus for this particular generation has been leaked. The products being prepared cover a number of well-known Asus lines, including ROG and TUF. ASRock’s upcoming line-up of X570 boards has also been published online.
Save nearly US$300 on a Dell XPS 15 with i7-8750H and GTX 1050 Ti; almost US$500 off for i9 touch variant
Dell is having its semi-annual electronics sale at the moment, and there are massive savings on offer throughout the company’s extensive range of products. One of the most attractive deals is for a Dell XPS 15 laptop sporting an 8th-Gen Intel Core processor and a GPU from Nvidia’s Pascal-based GeForce 10 series, which can be purchased for US$1,410.99.
Huawei Mate 30 tipped to be first smartphone to feature the 7nm+ EUV HiSilicon Kirin 985 SoC
A report out of Taiwan has stated that Huawei is planning on releasing the HiSilicon Kirin 985 SoC before the end of the year, and it could even find its way inside the expected Huawei Mate 30 smartphone. The chipset will apparently be manufactured on a 7nm+ process that involves TSMC’s extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) technology.
Firestorm launches March 25; Nvidia recommends competing with an RTX 2070
Battlefield V’s battle royale mode, Firestorm, will be launched on March 25. It will come as an update to owners of the Battlefield V game and will give players the chance to utilize a range of vehicles in their quest for victory. Nvidia has posted a system requirement spec sheet for players, which includes the company’s own RTX 2070 graphics card.
Pick up an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor for US$299.99
The 1st-Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X CPU is currently priced at US$299.99 on Newegg. This Zen-based high-end desktop processor (HEDT) was originally released in August 2017 and cost US$549 at the time of launch. The chip has eight cores and 16 threads, and it can offer a boost clock of up to 4 GHz.
Google could be planning on adopting AMD's Zen 2-based EPYC 2 "Rome" server chips
A market analyst for financial services company Cowen has predicted that Google will utilize AMD’s upcoming EPYC 2 server CPUs, codenamed “Rome”, for its own services. This would be a huge deal for AMD, which has already been selected to provide customized GPUs for the Google Stadia cloud gaming service.
Apex Legends dev warns against datamining rumors then data miners find PvE and map information
A Respawn Entertainment community manager has taken to Reddit to warn fans of Apex Legends about the perils of believing datamined rumors. Jay Frechette’s comments were pragmatic and logical: “real info will come from us”. However, within days of his post two new potentially massive features for the battle royale hit have been shared by data miners.
Rumored camera and hardware specifications for upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 leaked; possible August launch
Some more rumored details of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 have appeared online. It seems the flagship phablet will sport a similar camera setup to the Galaxy S10 5G, with four cameras on the rear and two on the front. The device, which is expected to come with either a 6.6-inch or 6.66-inch display, could be launched as early as August 8.
Launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G confirmed
The launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G flagship smartphone has been announced as April 5. Unsurprisingly, the device will go on sale on this date in the manufacturer’s home country of South Korea. The price for the 5G model of the S10 series has yet to be confirmed, but it is expected to be around 1.5 million won (~US$1330).
Microsoft's response to Google's Stadia: Going big at E3 with possible xCloud or Xbox announcements
A leaked email allegedly from Phil Spencer, the Xbox head executive, has given some ambiguous details about how Microsoft and Xbox will challenge Google’s recent massive announcement about its Stadia game-streaming service. It seems something big is going to happen at E3 though, which officially starts on June 11.
God of War wins the Game Developers Choice Award for Game of the Year
God of War has won another “Game of the Year” title to add to its growing collection. This time, it was the Game Developers Choice Award for Game of the Year that was given to the acclaimed action-adventure game. God of War, which was developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony, was released in April 2018.
Intel shows off a few example renders of what its upcoming Xe discrete graphics card could look like
Intel has been very busy during a packed presentation at the Game Developers Conference. Among all the talk about the company's Odyssey initiative there was time to flash up some design renders of the upcoming Intel Xe discrete graphics card. Images of the card's potential shroud, created by designer Christiano Siquera, were shared with an excited audience.
Dell's Frank Azor says no to Alienware gaming phones and more consoles
During a visit to India where he has been discussing newly launched Dell and Alienware laptops for the Indian market, Dell executive Frank Azor had time to make a few interesting comments about what direction Alienware won’t be taking in the near future. It seems an Alienware gaming phone certainly isn’t in the picture.
Dell launches G7 15, Alienware m15, and Alienware Area-51m gaming laptops in India
Dell has announced that the G7 15 gaming laptop, the Alienware m15 notebook, and the powerful Alienware Area-51m computer are now available to customers in India. The devices can currently be ordered from the website for Dell India, and they will be made available in retail outlets such as Reliance Digital and Croma from April 1.
Hands-on video of Galaxy Fold shows it may not be as seamless as Samsung hoped for
A hands-on video of a Samsung Galaxy Fold has been uploaded to YouTube. The clip in question is actually focused on unlocking the smartphone; however, the thing that is immediately apparent is how noticeable the crease down the middle of the device is. The Galaxy Fold will be officially launched on April 26.
Custom AMD GPUs will help power Google Stadia beyond current-generation consoles
Google has officially announced its Stadia cloud gaming service at the 2019 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Google Stadia will allow users to play games from any computer, smartphone, smart television or tablet that has an Internet connection. The GPUs that have been selected for the service’s hardware are custom Radeon chips from AMD.
Alienware Area-51m with GeForce RTX 2080 and i7-9700K achieves amazing score in 3DMark Fire Strike
An Alienware Area-51m laptop with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU and an Intel Core i7-9700K processor has recorded a very impressive score of 25,039 in 3DMark’s Fire Strike 1.1 test. According to the chart details for the run, this puts this particular system ahead of 98% of all other results. The Graphics score was 30,306.
Ray tracing and DLSS now available for Shadow of the Tomb Raider
A new patch for Shadow of the Tomb Raider has been announced that contains software for ray tracing and DLSS support. Users will need to have an Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-series GPU in their system to enjoy the new features. The action-adventure game was released in September 2018 with Nixxes Software developing the Windows port.
Apple A12 Bionic SoC in latest iPad tablet destroys Android competition in alleged Geekbench single- and multi-core tests
Apple has just launched the new iPad Air and iPad mini tablets, and it seems one of them may have already been tested on Geekbench. Apparently, the integrated A12 Bionic chip scored an incredibly high multi-core score of 11,607, putting it way beyond the reach of even the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or the Exynos 9820 variants of Samsung’s Galaxy S10+.
MSI variant of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card spotted in EEC product registration; Ti SKU also rumored
An MSI GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G graphics card has been spotted in a listing on the website for the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). Scant details are offered in regard to the product; however, it does seem to confirm that Nvidia will be adding to its GTX 16-series soon. There is also a rumor that a GeForce GTX 1650 Ti card is in the works.
Atari VCS ditches custom AMD Bristol Ridge A10 for an unannounced dual-core Ryzen APU; console still not available though
The team behind the much-delayed Atari VCS has announced an APU replacement for the game console. Previously, a customized A10 chip from AMD’s Bristol Ridge series was going to be installed, but perhaps wisely the developer has now upgraded that choice to a more modern dual-core Ryzen processor. Graphics will be processed by a Radeon Vega GPU rather than the R7 GPU.
Machine learning from US$99: Nvidia unveils tiny Jetson Nano AI computer
Nvidia has launched the Jetson Nano, a small computer that offers machine-learning capabilities at an entry-level price. The developer kit costs US$99 while a production-ready module will cost US$129. The Jetson Nano module offers 472 GFLOPS of computing performance in a 69.6 mm x 45 mm package. Worldwide distribution for the module version will begin in June; the developer kit is available now.
Nvidia to bring DirectX ray tracing to the GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and other Pascal cards in April
Nvidia has announced that a number of Pascal-based graphics cards will soon be enabled to utilize DirectX ray tracing (DXR). GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB cards and higher will receive a Game Ready Driver update, which is currently expected in April, to allow their users to enjoy limited ray tracing technology in certain games.
AMD releases Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.3.2 driver
AMD has announced that the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.3.2 installation package is ready for download. The package includes various fixes and support for games, and it is currently available for Windows 10 64-bit and Windows 7 64-bit (with SP1 or higher).
Dell gaming news: Alienware S5000 gaming chair launched; Area-51m RTX 2080 200 W BIOS ready
Dell has revealed the Alienware S5000 gaming chair on its website. The racing-style chair is currently available for pre-order and has a listed price of US$399.99. The S5000 is brimming with adjustable parts that should help make any hardcore gamer’s life more comfortable. Dell has also announced that the Area-51m RTX 2080 BIOS update is now ready to download.
AMD comes out fighting: Pick up a Radeon RX 590 for US$219.99; Vega 56 spotted again at US$279.99
AMD could be planning on some serious product discounting soon. A Gigabyte Radeon RX Vega 56 GAMING OC 8G card has been priced at a very tempting US$279.99 on Newegg for limited time sales, and there has been an RX 590 Special Edition card from Sapphire available from the same retailer for US$219.99 – the same price as the cheapest new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 cards.
Turing technology for US$219: Nvidia announces the GeForce GTX 1660
Nvidia has officially announced the GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card, the latest addition to the company’s GTX 16-series. Like the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, the new product is based on Turing architecture and comes at the competitive price point of US$219, depending on provider. The GTX 1660 offers 1408 CUDA cores and a boost clock of 1785 MHz (base: 1530 MHz).
Intel maintains massive lead over AMD in Steam survey for processors in both Windows and Linux
Intel has kept its huge lead over AMD in Steam’s survey for processor usage. The blue team has even managed to slightly increase its share in systems utilizing a Windows OS, but AMD has taken a nibble out of Intel’s share on machines operating on Linux. Steam users have also shown a preference for high-end chips.
Intel's Elkhart Lake SoC will feature a Gen11 iGPU
Leaked driver support information has given away some details about the little-known Intel Elkhart Lake SoC. According to the development work, the system-on-a-chip will come with the support of Intel’s Gen11 integrated GPU. The Gen11 has already appeared in some benchmarks, which apparently show it closing the gap between iGPUs and (entry-level) discrete GPUs.
Mark it on your calendar: New rumored launch date for AMD's 7 nm Navi GPUs
A rumored launch date of August has been reported for the upcoming 7 nm Navi GPU series. The highly anticipated hardware from AMD has been surrounded in mystery, with details and specifications being comparatively thin on the ground. However, it seems Navi could be upon us right after AMD has finished with its Ryzen 3000-series launch.
Oculus Rift is the most popularly used VR headset on Steam
The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has been surveyed as the most popular VR hardware utilized by Steam users. The rival headset from HTC, the Vive, also has a commanding share of users, but it has seen the gap between itself and the Oculus Rift widen over the last month. Also getting a worthy mention is Windows Mixed Reality, which can be utilized by owners of Microsoft HoloLens smartglasses.
Growth for GeForce RTX 2070, 2080, and 2080 Ti in Steam's GPU survey, but RTX 2060 is MIA and AMD’s RX Vega falters
Steam has published its hardware and software survey for February 2019, and once again Nvidia dominates the PC video card usage charts. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070, 2080, and 2080 Ti have all enjoyed growth over the month. However, the RTX 2060 graphics card doesn’t even feature in the chart at all. The GeForce GTX 1060 is still the most used GPU in the survey.
5G version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could be in the works; mysterious "luge" spotted
XDA Developers has discovered a clue in the kernel source code for the Exynos versions of the Samsung Galaxy S10 line-up that could point to the development of a 5G version of the Galaxy Note 10. The code also offered up a new device codename “luge.” It has been speculated that this could be one of Samsung’s next foldable smartphones.
AMD launches the midrange Radeon RX 560 XT graphics card for the Chinese market
AMD has announced the availability of the Radeon RX 560 XT graphics card for just the Chinese market. The GPU bridges the wide gap between the Radeon RX 560 and RX 570 and offers a base clock of 973 MHz and a boost clock of 1073 MHz. The card comes with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory.
Alleged Ashes of the Singularity benchmark Crazy score of 4200 for Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660
An Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation benchmark score for a supposed Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card has been reported. According to the result, the upcoming GPU managed to score 4200 points. It’s rumored the latest addition to Nvidia’s GeForce 16-series of graphics cards will be released on March 14.
Asus launches ZenBook 14 (UX431) with Whiskey Lake CPUs and upcoming GeForce MX150 configuration
Asus has announced the ZenBook 14 (UX431). Two configurations of the laptop are currently available, with a third higher-specced option coming in the second quarter of the year. The usual slim ZenBook aesthetic is present with the latest additions, which come with 8th Gen Intel Core processors and the option of a discrete graphics card.
Images of supposed Gigabyte and EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 graphics cards leaked
Some new images of the upcoming GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card have found their way online. Various models from Gigabyte and EVGA are represented in the latest leak, although there is some speculation that the example from Gigabyte is possibly a fake or a hastily edited render of the GTX 1660 Ti due to a memory error spotted on the box.
RAM and storage options for Huawei P30, P30 Pro, and P30 Lite leaked
The Huawei P30, P30 Pro, and P30 Lite have been going through network certification processes for agencies in Taiwan and Indonesia. Even though the devices have been listed under their model numbers, it has been possible to tell which device has which RAM and storage options, thanks to the information found on the leaked certificates.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 artistic renders will make you forget the S10
Some artistic concept renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 have been created and published by Phone Arena. The impressive images have been based on some rumors that have already started appearing about the expected flagship, along with an amount of artistic license. The Note 10 could feature a rear-facing quad camera setup.
Intel expected to overtake Samsung as world's largest semiconductor supplier as memory sales plummet
Intel is expected to regain the title of world’s largest semiconductor supplier, according to initial forecasts from IC Insights. However, the swapping of places with Samsung seems to be more down to the South Korean manufacturer’s huge dip in memory sales rather than a considerable increase in sales for Intel’s chips.
Apex Legends datamine leaks suggest NPCs will watch you wall-running and flame-throwing all day and night
Dataminers have been busy exploring the code for Apex Legends, and it seems there could be some interesting developments coming soon for the battle royale hit. NPCs could be making an appearance in the game, as could flamethrowers. Arguably the most-exciting rumor for Titanfall fans is the possible introduction of wall-running.
Sprint's 5G fight with AT&T intensifies
The Sunday edition of the New York Times has published a full-page advert by Sprint in the form of an open letter to wireless consumers. In the letter, the telecommunications company berates its rival, AT&T, for the use of the term “5G Evolution.” Sprint feels AT&T is deliberately misleading customers looking for 5G networks.
Apex Legends mods have already booted over 355,000 players for cheating
Jay Frechette, the Community Manager for Respawn Entertainment, has shared information about the company’s battle against cheaters, specifically in the smash-hit battle royale game Apex Legends. Apparently, over 355,000 players have already been banned from the PC version, and the game developer is busy working on additional methods to combat cheating.
Global wireless charging market could be worth over US$30 billion by 2024
It has been predicted that the global wireless charging market could reach a value of US$30.164 billion by 2024, according to a press release from Research and Markets. In contrast, 2018’s value was estimated at US$7.897 billion, with adoption rates of wireless charging technology growing in markets such as the North American and European regions.
Windows 10 update KB4482887 causing issues with graphics and mouse performance in certain games
Microsoft has recommended that Windows 10 users suffering from problems with graphics or mouse performance degradation in certain games should uninstall the latest update for the ubiquitous operating system. KB4482887 was rolled out for “quality improvements” but has ironically affected quality in a number of crucial areas.
Nvidia, Intel, and Xilinx in rumored bidding contest for Mellanox
It has been reported that Nvidia has joined the bidding contest for Mellanox Technologies. Other companies believed to be interested in acquiring the fabless semiconductor firm include Intel and Xilinx. Mellanox, which has corporate headquarters in the USA and Israel, supplies networking equipment and it also designs network processors.
Teardown of Samsung Galaxy S10 allows for detailed die shot of the Exynos 9820
ChipRebel has been busy with a Samsung Galaxy S10 teardown and in the process took some incredibly detailed die shots of the Exynos 9820 SoC that is the heart of the flagship smartphone. The Exynos 9 Series 9820 is manufactured on an 8 nm LPP FinFET process and has an integrated Neural Processing Unit (NPU).
Design renders based on Google game controller patent channels the worst parts of the clunky Ouya controller
Some renders of a game controller based on a patent application made by Google have been met with considerable derision by the online community. Although the renders themselves have been expertly created, the majority of the negative comments have been aimed at Google’s actual design. The tiny analog sticks, the wide handles, and the ergonomics have all been singled out for criticism.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 leaks: images, specifications, price, availability
Some images of MSI variants of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card have been leaked, along with alleged specifications, pricing, and release date. The non-Ti version of the Turing-based 16-series card will have slightly higher base and boost clocks than the GTX 1660 Ti, but it will have lower memory bandwidth due to the use of GDDR5 memory. It is expected to launch on March 14 at a price of US$219.
Growing concerns over Eve-Tech's unfulfilled orders for Eve V computers
Eve-Tech has just had another flash sale for its Eve V device, with potential customers likely enticed by discounts ranging from US$300 all the way to US$600 for the i7-7Y75 variant. However, there seems to be a growing number of disgruntled buyers venting their frustration online over the company’s extreme tardiness in regard to shipping the crowdfunded convertible.
Up periscope: The Huawei P30 Pro could come with a mechanical super-zoom camera
Clement Wong, Huawei’s VP of Global Product Marketing, has confirmed that the upcoming Huawei P30 Pro will have a camera that offers periscope-style super-zoom capabilities. This confirmation has sparked speculation that the lens in question could actually be powered mechanically, enabling it to offer the rumored 10x optical zoom.
The company behind ProtonMail has been awarded €2 million from the EC to develop encrypted services
Proton Technologies AG, the company behind the popular encrypted email service ProtonMail, has issued a press release to reveal it has been awarded €2 million in funding from the European Commission (EC). The company plans on using the money to develop encrypted services such as its ProtonDrive file storage application.
Leader of OneCoin cryptocurrency pyramid scheme arrested by US authorities
The US Department of Justice, in conjunction with the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, has announced the arrest of Konstantin Ignatov, the so-called “leader” of the supposedly fraudulent OneCoin cryptocurrency. Ignatov has been detained on a charge of wire fraud, and he is accused of cheating investors out of billions of dollars.
Leaked video offers insight into Battlefield V's upcoming Firestorm battle royale mode
An alleged video of Firestorm, the battle royale mode for Battlefield V, has been uploaded to YouTube. The clip is configured as an introduction and tutorial, showing off the huge battleground and the numerous weapons and vehicles that will be at a player’s disposal. Firestorm is expected to be officially revealed soon, possibly even within the next couple of weeks.
Renders for ZTE foldable clamshell smartphone are strangely reminiscent of the Game Boy Advance SP
Drawings in a patent filing made by ZTE have been turned into renders by LetsGoDigital. The device in the renders can be described as a foldable smartphone utilizing a clamshell form factor. The ZTE smartphone folds over itself and leaves an exposed portion of the display. It looks oddly reminiscent of a Game Boy Advance SP handheld game console.
Manli announces GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with twin coolers and overclockable Gallardo variant
Hong Kong-based manufacturer Manli has announced two new variants of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. The Manli GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and Manli GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gallardo both come with twin cooling fans and two composite copper heatpipes. The Gallardo variant of the card is overclockable.
Nvidia claims battle royale gamers can greatly improve their kill-death ratio with an RTX 20-series GPU
In a new blog post, Nvidia has highlighted that players of battle royale games like Fortnite, PUBG, and Apex Legends can improve their kill-death ratio by a considerable percentage by utilizing a graphics card from the RTX 20 series, especially the GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti.
AMD Investor Presentation roadmap features 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPU and launch period for Ryzen 3000 series
AMD has been sharing important information in an investor presentation, including a roadmap for its upcoming processors. Next in line for release is the 2nd Gen Ryzen Pro Mobile, followed by the 3rd Gen Ryzen desktop processors. Making a surprise appearance at the end of the 2019 roadmap is the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPU.
Donald Trump calls tech giant CEO "Tim Apple" during televised board meeting
During an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting held on March 6, President Donald Trump made a faux pas by calling the CEO of one of the world’s most famous technology companies “Tim Apple.” To his credit, Apple boss Tim Cook seemed to react to the error with nothing but a stoic countenance while the US President went on to talk about border control.
Nvidia's Triple Threat Bundle offers Battlefield V, Anthem, and/or Metro Exodus with qualifying RTX 20-series purchase
Nvidia is currently offering a limited time deal to encourage gamers into a purchase of one of the company’s RTX 20-series graphics cards. The offer is valid for both desktop and laptop variants of the Turing-based GPUs, although to get all three games for free customers will have to choose one of the top-end RTX 2080 Ti or RTX 2080 models.
Corning is working on Gorilla Glass for foldable smartphones but it could take years
It has been reported that Corning is working on flexible glass that will be strong enough to use with foldable phones. Presently, foldable devices rely on plastic polymers because of their flexibility. However, Corning wants to eventually create a glass product that offers the useful properties of the plastic polymer screens but with the quality and hardness of glass.
Dell clears up RTX 2050 typo, leaks mobile GTX 1660 Ti instead
Dell has updated its website in light of the recent seemingly incorrect mention of an “RTX 2050” being available to some systems. However, the new information could also be considered a leak, as now there is mention of a GTX 1660 Ti instead, which seems to confirm a mobile version of this graphics card is on the way.
120 Hz QHD display option coming to the Alienware m17 this month; QHD and 4K options for the Area-51m later this year
Both the Alienware m17 and Alienware Area 51-m laptops should be receiving new display options at some point in 2019. This is according to Dell’s XPS and Alienware chief, Frank Azor, who has been spreading the good news on Twitter. Those interested in an Alienware m17 device will soon finally be able to choose the long-awaited 120 Hz display.
Samsung Galaxy S10 sets 13 DisplayMate records and bags highest A+ grade ever
The Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone has been thoroughly tested by DisplayMate and apparently passed with flying colors. The display quality company has awarded the flagship with its highest A+ grade ever, and the S10 has also been given a Best Smartphone Display Award. To add to those accomplishments, the Samsung device also set or matched 13 DisplayMate records.
Essential gives PH-1 Phone users Digital Wellbeing; PH-2 concept video wows viewers but fails to convince
Essential has informed PH-1 phone users that the latest security patch from Google is now available. However, the March update brings a welcome new feature for owners of the Essential Phone: Support for Google’s Digital Wellbeing app. A concept video of the rumored Essential Phone 2 (PH-2) has been entrancing viewers with its looks and supposedly “leaked” information.
Some Google Pixel 3 owners are reporting improved storage performance after latest software update
Some Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphone owners have been reporting that the March update for their devices has optimized read/write storage performance to a considerable degree. Images of AndroBench comparisons between February’s update and March’s update show some benchmark results drastically improving.
Huawei's solution for a full-screen device could be a slider phone
LetsGoDigital has produced some renders of a potential Huawei smartphone that utilizes a sliding mechanism. The images are based on a patent the Chinese company applied for with the World Intellectual Property Organization. The slider features a front-facing dual camera setup with a flash between the lenses.
Battle royale smash hit Apex Legends draws in 50 million players in its first month
Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella has taken to Twitter again to report on Apex Legends’ latest milestone. The battle royale game, which is set in the Titanfall universe, has now been tried out by over 50 million people worldwide – in its first month since launching. The title is currently available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Leak claims AirPods 2 and case can be fully charged wirelessly in just 15 minutes
A new leak has claimed that Apple’s next generation of wireless earbuds will incorporate extremely fast charging technology. According to a post on Twitter made by XDA Portal writer Max Weinbach, the Apple AirPods 2 will be able to wirelessly charge from 0 to 100% in just 15 minutes, and that includes charging the case.
Critical bug in Anthem is causing PS4 consoles to shutdown; PC and Xbox users also reporting hard crashes
Anthem, the new action RPG game from BioWare, is apparently causing hard crashes on PlayStation 4 consoles. A growing number of gamers are taking to both Reddit and Electronic Arts’ Answers HQ to complain about issues with PS4 shutdowns while playing the game. Apparently, the critical bug is also affecting PC users and Xbox owners, too.
Dell might have just accidentally leaked either an Nvidia GeForce GTX 2050 or even an RTX 2050 GPU
The existence of an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2050 or GTX 2050 graphics card may have just been revealed by Dell. A new laptop GPU from the green team is expected to be released in the not too distant future, but speculation has been based on a non-RTX branded product. It is possible the Texas-based computer giant has made an assumption or even made a typo.
Apex Legends was leaked on Reddit nearly a year ago but was dismissed as fake
A map for Apex Legends was leaked on Reddit 11 months ago but was quickly dismissed by the community. A redditor called hiticonic uploaded the map image along with the caption “alleged minimap for rumored Titanfall battle royale game.” Another redditor has now created a new subreddit about the leak, allowing hiticonic to receive some belated upvotes.
Sony ends production of PlayStation Vita
Sony has discontinued production and shipment of the PlayStation Vita handheld game console. The final two SKUs that were still listed on the Japanese product page now have the solemn words “shipment complete” in their respective summaries. Production of game cards for the Vita will cease at the end of March.
Samsung Galaxy A40 with Exynos SoC rumored to have a European price tag of €249
MySmartPrice has reported that the Samsung Galaxy A40 smartphone will be sold in Europe, at a price of €249 (~US$283). The device will be part of the same series as the recently launched A10, A30, and A50 smartphones. The A40 is expected to hit European markets soon and may also be sold in India at some point in the future.
Samsung Galaxy S10 passes bend test in durability test video but the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner eventually fails
Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything fame has been putting a brand-new Samsung Galaxy S10 flagship smartphone through his brutal durability tests. The S10 had to face blades, flames, picks, and bends as it was verbally critiqued by the surprisingly mellifluous tones of the famous YouTuber. The ultrasonic fingerprint scanner was eventually put out of action.
Vivo’s iQOO Monster gaming smartphone offers Snapdragon 855, 12 GB RAM, and 45-minute full recharge capability for under US$650
Vivo has released a series of new smartphones under its iQOO sub-brand. The iQOO devices are aimed at gamers and range from the base model with 6 GB RAM/128 GB storage up to the top-end variant (the iQOO Monster) that sports 12 GB RAM/256 GB storage. The smartphones come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and some of them feature Vivo’s 44 W Super FlashCharge technology.
Canada allows extradition proceedings to continue for Huawei CFO
The Canadian government has moved ahead with extradition proceedings in regard to the case of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei. The executive will be back in court on March 6 to find out the date for her extradition hearing. The news will undoubtedly infuriate the Chinese government, which has been insisting on Meng Wanzhou’s release.
Overall GPU shipments down for Nvidia, AMD, and Intel in Q4 2018 but laptop GPU shipments rise
John Peddie Research has released its review of the GPU market for Q4 2018. Overall GPU shipments were down by 2.65% from the previous quarter, with Nvidia shipments decreasing by 7.62%, AMD’s by 6.81%, and Intel’s GPU shipments falling by 0.67%. However, GPU shipments for notebooks increased as the cryptocurrency crash continued to affect desktop GPU demand.
AMD patent spotted for variable rate shading, as featured in Nvidia Turing-based GPUs
A United States Patent Application made by AMD for variable rate shading (VRS) has been discovered. At present, the little-used technology only features in Turing-based cards from Nvidia; VRS can offer an fps increase in games that utilize it. It has been speculated that AMD plans to incorporate variable rate shading in its upcoming 7 nm Navi GPUs.
New Xbox consoles rumored for reveal at E3 2019; leaked specs feature custom AMD Navi GPUs
There is a rumor that Microsoft will take center stage at E3 2019 by revealing the expected new Xbox consoles. The consoles, codenamed Lockhart and Anaconda, are believed to feature SSDs, custom CPUs based on AMD’s Zen 2 microarchitecture, and custom Navi-based GPUs. However, the release schedule for the latest Xbox hardware is still a long way off: End of 2020.
System76 upgrades its Oryx Pro laptop with Nvidia RTX 20-series GPUs and 8th Gen Intel Core CPU
System76 has revised its Oryx Pro laptop, bringing Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs and an 8th Gen Intel Core chip into the mix. The champions of open-source software are offering potential buyers the chance to choose from an RTX 2060, RTX 2070, and an RTX 2080 graphics card. More RAM and storage options are also available in the company’s online configurator.