Vaidyanathan Subramaniam (News Editor)
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.
AMD expands Chromebook APU offerings with new Zen-based Athlon C and Zen+-based Ryzen C SKUs; 14+ shipping designs expected from OEMs this year
AMD has announced the expansion of its Chromebook-focused lineup to include 14 nm Zen-based Athlon and 12 nm Zen+-based Ryzen processors. The new APUs for Chromebooks allow Chrome OS users to run more capable apps natively or via Linux. These processors, which carry a "C" moniker in the branding, will cater to more than 14 upcoming Chromebook designs from HP, Asus, Lenovo, and other OEMs.
AMD Zen 3 Vermeer to include 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X and 8-core Ryzen 7 5800X; rumored to focus on boost sustainability over peak speeds
AMD's upcoming Zen 3 Vermeer lineup could include the 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X and the 8-core Ryzen 7 5800X. This further confirms that AMD will be aligning mobile and desktop CPU names under the Ryzen 5000 family. We are also getting to know that Zen 3 may get conservative when it comes to boost clocks but will be able to sustain the boost for longer periods.
Intel DG2 Xe-HPG with 8 GB GDDR6 to feature in Tiger Lake-H and Alder Lake-P; Xe-HPG could scale up to 960 EUs to compete with NVIDIA Ampere and AMD RDNA2
Intel's upcoming Tiger Lake-H and Alder Lake-P processors could launch with Intel DG2 graphics. According to rumors, Intel DG2 Xe-HPG could come in 128, 384, 512, and possibly even 960 EUs configurations with up to 256-bit 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM. A leaked PCB diagram of the 384 EU part on an MXM-type board indicates a die size of about 189 mm2 and shows six GDDR6 modules.
HP Omen Spacer Wireless TKL keyboard and Omen Vector Wireless mouse seem to be enticing options for lag-free wireless gaming
HP is introducing new peripherals to its gaming lineup. The Omen Spacer Wireless is a tenkeyless keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches that offers great battery life, loads of key customization options, NKRO, and 100% anti-ghosting. The Vector Wireless is a 16,000 DPI mouse that HP says is the world's fastest USB-C charging gaming mouse with up to 180 hours of battery life.
HP Omen Blast and Omen Frequency Wireless gaming headsets promise immersive 7.1-channel audio and long hours of comfort listening
HP has announced new additions to its gaming accessory lineup. The Omen Blast and Omen Frequency Wireless are designed to offer maximal comfort during extended gaming sessions while offering clear 7.1-channel surround. The Omen Blast comes with a 24-bit DAC while the Omen Frequency Wireless aims to offer low-latency high-fidelity audio thanks to Warp Wireless tech.
"Our community has empowered us": OnePlus India's Vikas Agarwal shares his thoughts on Nord, smart TVs, and plans for smart wearables in an exclusive chat
By launching the OnePlus Nord smartphone and diversifying the smart TV portfolio, OnePlus seems to get back to its "flagship killer' roots. We recently had an email chat with OnePlus's Vikas Agarwal to discuss more about the company's current strategy and future direction.
Intel Tiger Lake-H with up to eight cores coming soon; rumored to sport Xe LP with 32 EUs, but threat from AMD Cezanne looms on the horizon
Intel's Boyd Phelps has confirmed that 8-core Tiger Lake processors with up to 24 MB of low-level cache are in the offing soon. Rumors indicate that Tiger Lake-H will be available in 35 W and 45 W variants with four cores and up to eight cores, respectively. It will be interesting to see how the competition between Tiger Lake and AMD's upcoming Cezanne mobile APUs pans out.
NVIDIA GeForce MX450 found to be 33.5% faster than the MX350 in gaming — half the memory bandwidth and ROPs of the GTX 1650 but with higher power draw than the GTX 1650 Max-Q
NVIDIA recently announced the GeForce MX450 based on the TU117 GTX 1650 GPU but was quiet about the specs or performance. Chinese publication Zhuanlan has managed to take the MX450 for a test ride and found that it offers a very good performance bump over the MX350. However, this is at the expense of reduced memory bandwidth and raster operator (ROPs) count along with surprisingly higher power draws compared to the GTX 1650 Max-Q.
MSI seeks to redefine everyday computing with the refreshed Modern 14 and Modern 15 featuring Intel Tiger Lake and NVIDIA MX450 graphics
MSI has upgraded the Modern series of laptops with new 11th gen Intel Tiger Lake processors and the NVIDIA MX450 discrete GPU. The Modern 14 and Modern 15 now come with improvements such as Thunderbolt 4, faster RAM, 52 Wh battery across all models, and optional True Color 3.0 displays with 100% sRGB coverage.
MSI takes the Intel Evo route with the new Prestige 14 Evo
Alongside the new Prestige 14, MSI has also introduced the Prestige 14 Evo edition that complies with Intel Evo specifications. The Prestige 14 Evo is in many ways similar to the non-Evo variant except that it features a 1 W display and does not come with discrete NVIDIA graphics.
All-core 4.3 GHz at 28 W — Intel announces the 11th gen Tiger Lake lineup for laptops: Full specs, SKUs, and preliminary performance comparison
After giving us a glimpse into the Willow Cove architecture during Architecture Day 2020, Intel has now revealed the 11th generation Tiger Lake lineup led by the Core i7-1185G7. We find from our preliminary performance benchmarks that Tiger Lake may once again equalize or even exceed the performance gap that Intel had to endure during the AMD Ryzen 4000 launch. Combined with Xe LP graphics, Intel Tiger Lake seeks to offer excellent performance for work and play on the go.
Interview | "Our imitators are chasing specs": Intel's Chris Walker talks to us exclusively about Intel Evo and what it means for mobile computing now and in the future
On the heels of the launches of the Tiger Lake and Evo platforms, we caught up with Intel's Chris Walker to understand the motivation behind this standardization, response from OEMs and consumers, how it builds upon Project Athena, what to expect from it from an end-user's perspective, and what the future holds.
Samsung addresses most major shortcomings of the original Fold in the new Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G; offers Snapdragon 865+ across all regions
Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G foldable smartphone, which seeks address most of the shortcomings of the original Fold. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 will only be available in a Snapdragon 865+ version and comes with an improved CAM hinge, larger Cover Screen display, better usage and photography flexibility, and improved multitasking. One thing that is unchanged from the Fold, however, is the premium pricing that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 commands.
Lenovo Legion Slim 7i: The world's lightest GeForce RTX laptop with up to Core i9-10980HK CPU, RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics, and a Corsair iCUE keyboard
Lenovo has announced the launch of the Legion Slim 7i laptop. The Legion Slim 7i offers configuration options up to the Core i9-10980HK and the RTX 2060 Max-Q and is touted to be the lightest 15.6-inch gaming laptop to offer this configuration. The Legion Slim 7i also features the recently introduced Coldfront 2.0 cooling solution and an optional Corsair RGB keyboard with 1.3 mm key travel.
Intel still leans on gaming comparisons to prove its worth, but it may have shot itself in the foot this time around
Intel has been emphasizing the need to move away from traditional benchmarks for quite some time now. A recent press briefing to APAC journalists saw Intel extolling its advantages in gaming and postulating it as a more realistic metric that users should lean on compared to traditional synthetic benchmarks, all while making a few chimerical comparisons. While not entirely false, such marketing can potentially backfire in the long run.
Guide: Deciding between a high-end laptop and a desktop PC
Buyers often find themselves in a fix when deciding between a high-end laptop and a full-fledged desktop PC. Modern laptops are now more powerful than ever, often matching the performance of a similar-specced desktop, and they are increasingly being adopted for their versatility and portability. However, desktops still rule the roost when it comes to sheer power and expandability. We take a look at some important considerations that should be made for both form factors and explain the advantages and limitations of each.
AMD could join ARM and Intel with its own big.LITTLE-esque hybrid CPU design
A patent describing AMD's approaches to a hybrid ISA solution for low power computing has come to light recently. AMD could be taking a cue from ARM's big.LITTLE approach and Intel's hybrid ISA implementation in Lakefield and the upcoming Alder Lake processors. The patent is reportedly still being tweaked upon, but there is no confirmation that this design would indeed make it to market.
Intel details the Willow Cove architecture in Tiger Lake: SuperFin transistors and better VF curves along with an official introduction to Alder Lake
On the occasion of Architecture Day, Intel delved into the underpinnings of the Willow Cove architecture that is set to debut with the Tiger Lake CPUs next month. Willow Cove will use Intel's new SuperFin process technology and will offer a much higher dynamic range in the voltage-frequency curve along with improvements to display and memory. Intel also confirmed the arrival of Alder Lake hybrid performance processors in 2021.
AMD Ryzen 9 4950X / 5950X 16C/32T Zen 3 Vermeer's boost clock may touch the 5 GHz mark; AMD could skip 4000 series naming for desktop
Igor's Lab has revealed a new OPN ID indicating a 3.5 GHz base clock and 4.8 GHz boost clock for a 16-core 32-thread Zen 3 Vermeer engineering sample. This is a 100 MHz higher boost than the current Ryzen 9 3950X, and AMD may be able to manage speeds closer to the 5 GHz mark in the retail units. It is also being rumored that AMD may change the branding to Ryzen 5000 to avoid confusion with existing Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs for mobile and desktop. Update: Two more OPNs discovered
Our definitive laptop purchase advice: All you need to know to ensure you are getting the perfect laptop for your needs
Purchasing a laptop that caters to your needs is becoming a more daunting task every year thanks to an ever-changing technology landscape and intense competition among laptop OEMs at various price points. This article aims to help readers in understanding what they should be factoring-in while deciding on their next major purchase to ensure that they get the best notebook for the buck.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is now the number one selling game on Steam; VR, TrackIR, and HP Reverb G2 support coming soon
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is now the top-selling game on Steam. Developer Asobo Studio has also confirmed that the game will be available on Steam the same day as the Microsoft Store release on August 18. Flight Simulator 2020 will also offer support for VR, TrackIR, and the upcoming HP Reverb G2 headset.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ touted to offer PC-like fine-grained GPU customization via GPU Turbo, but latest MIUI 12 builds apparently show no such feature
Xiaomi could be offering a new GPU Turbo app in the upcoming Mi 10 Pro Plus that offers more fine-grained control over several aspects of the GPU including adjusting anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering levels among others. The Mi 10 Pro Plus powered by the Snapdragon 865 Plus is an incremental upgrade to the Mi 10 Pro, but it is not clear whether these GPU features would make to the entire Mi 10 lineup.
Nubia launches the RedMagic 5S: Same RedMagic 5G with improved cooling, higher shoulder trigger sampling rate, and an optional Ice Dock cooling accessory
Nubia announced the new RedMagic 5S gaming smartphone at the ChinaJoy event earlier this week. The RedMagic 5S sports identical hardware as the RedMagic 5G but comes with a few enhancements such as a slightly higher sampling rate for the shoulder triggers and a dedication optional Ice Dock accessory. The phone will be available in China from August 1 with a global launch planned sometime in September.
Samsung Exynos 1000 with AMD Radeon GPU rumored to feature only in the Galaxy S21 Ultra, Exynos brand change being contemplated too
Samsung's 5 nm Exynos 1000 SoC may be limited to just the Galaxy S21 Ultra next year with the base Galaxy S21 set to feature the Exynos 992, according to a new leak. The company may avoid the Snapdragon 875 chips in order to save costs. The leak also suggests that Samsung may look into changing the "Exynos" branding as well.
Poco X2 owners miffed at not receiving MIUI 12; Xiaomi confirms update will likely arrive in August but provides no ETA
The Poco X2 is likely to get the stable MIUI 12 update sometime in August as confirmed by a moderator in the official Poco India Telegram channel. This response comes in the wake of many users querying the company on Twitter, especially after knowing that the Poco X2's Chinese counterpart, the Redmi K30 4G, has already received two MIUI 12-related updates.
Windows 10 20H2 could be a major release after all, Microsoft ports Dev Channel features to 19042 Beta builds
Microsoft has announced the release of a new 19041.421 build to the Beta Channel of the Windows Insiders program that brings all the features that were detailed earlier in the Dev Channel Build 20161. This means that the upcoming 20H2 feature update will not be just a minor build as was earlier thought but will have several new UI and under-the-hood changes.
OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 8T Pro could be in the works, camera app teardown points to a 64 MP shooter that takes "highly detailed" shots
OnePlus may be working on a OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro mid-year refresh. The first clues for this come from a code snippet pertaining to the latest version of the OnePlus Camera app, which includes references to a 64 MP shooting mode. The code indicates that the 64 MP mode can capture highly detailed shots in well-lit scenes.
Halo: Infinite gameplay demo was actually running on a PC; Microsoft confirms better visual fidelity in the run up to launch, Halo: Infinite 2 won't happen
Halo: Infinite's campaign gameplay demo was actually shown off not on the Xbox Series X but on a similarly specced PC. Microsoft has responded to some of the criticism regarding the gameplay preview and assured that the graphics was in a very early preview stage and fans can expect even better quality at launch. Microsoft will treat Halo: Infinite as a platform and no sequels are likely for the foreseeable future.
OnePlus Nord has already received a couple of OTA updates; Support for OnePlus Buds and camera improvements in tow, 4G+5G dual SIM support to come later
The OnePlus Nord is yet to start retailing in stores but has already received a couple of updates that improve camera functionality and bring the phone up to date with the latest Google Android security patches. Also, the Nord along with the OnePlus 8 series will be getting dual 4G+5G SIM support in a future OTA update.
Asus ROG Phone 3 with Snapdragon 865+, 6,000 mAh battery, and 144 Hz HDR10+ screen to start from ₹49,999; No 512 GB variant for India, complete accessory list and pricing available
Asus has announced the much awaited ROG Phone 3 flagship gaming smartphone that comes with a host of new features targeted at serious mobile gamers. The ROG Phone 3 sports a 144 Hz AMOLED HDR10 display with a 25 ms latency, a Snapdragon 865+ SoC, and comes with up to 16 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. Asus is also offering a bevy of accessories and also a three-month trial of Google Stadia Pro in applicable countries.
Complete Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra specs leak - First Project xCloud phone but still stuck with Exynos 990 and lot of cut corners for the Note 20
Specifications of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra have leaked in full and they indicate that these will be the first smartphones to support Microsoft's Project xCloud game streaming service. European variants of the Note 20 series are expected to still sport the Exynos 990 SoC. Looking at the specs, it seems as if Samsung has cut a lot of corners with the Note 20 including using just a 60 Hz display and a plastic back.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro final stable MIUI 12 update released globally; however, Xiaomi confirms that it's end of the road for Xiaomi Mi 6 owners
The MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 8 Pro is being released globally after spending quite some in a Phase 2 beta test program. The update will be initially available for Mi Pilot testers but will be seeded to most other devices by the end of this month. Also, Xiaomi has confirmed that the Mi 6 will not be getting either Android 10 or MIUI 12.
OnePlus Nord will be available in India on Aug 4 starting from ₹24,999, faces tough competition from Realme X50, Find X2 Neo, and others; OnePlus Buds launched too
OnePlus has announced that its latest Nord smartphone will be available in India for a starting price of ₹24,999 from August 4. OnePlus Nord sees the company refocusing on affordable flagships, but it is not without competition owing to the many Snapdragon 765G-powered already in the market. Alongside the Nord phones, the company also announced the OnePlus Buds in-ear headphones for a price of ₹4,990 (US$67).
AMD announces the Ryzen 4000G series Renoir APUs for pre-built OEM desktops; claims a slam dunk when compared with Intel 9th gen Coffee Lake
AMD has now officially unveiled the Ryzen 4000 APU series for pre-built OEM desktops across consumer and commercial segments. The Ryzen 4000G APUs sport the exact same configuration as their mobile counterparts but feature additional TDP headroom that allows for higher CPU and GPU clocks. AMD is pitting the Ryzen 7 4700G against the likes of the Core i7-9700 and claims that it has managed to slam dunk the competition.
Asus ROG Phone 3 complete spec sheet and German contract pricing leaked ahead of launch — three SKUs including a Snapdragon 865 variant with fewer LTE bands inbound
The complete specifications and European SKU listing of the ROG Phone 3 have been revealed by a German e-tailer just ahead of the phone's official launch on July 22nd. The ROG Phone 3 will likely be available in three SKUs on Deutsche Telekom with the lowest of them being powered by the Snapdragon 865 and featuring 8 GB RAM, 256 GB storage, and support for fewer LTE bands compared to the other two.
Xiaomi Cas is an upcoming smartphone that aims for the moon; Snapdragon 865 Plus, 48 MP camera, and 120 W fast charging in tow
Xiaomi could be working on a possible new flagship as was indicated by a recent Chinese 3C certification. The Xiaomi device, which has a model number M2007J1SC, was later discovered to be codenamed Cas and will be a 5G device with 120 W fast charging support. Xiaomi Cas is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 865/865 Plus and will also sport a 48 MP triple-camera setup that can take "supermoon" shots similar to the Huawei P30 Pro.
MIUI 12 China Beta ROM adds new features to Mi 10 Lite and Redmi K30 Pro; MIUI 12 rollout hangs in the balance for Redmi Note 8, Mi 8 Series, and others: here's a list of all suspended devices
MIUI 12 China Beta ROM is all set to gain new video calling features on select devices such as the Mi 10 Lite and the Redmi K30 Pro, according to a post by a Xiaomi forum moderator. The post also indicates that Xiaomi will be temporarily stopping MIUI 12 rollout for several devices including the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 8 owing to feature and stability issues. Development for Mi 8 series and others will be suspended from September 5.
NVIDIA Ampere GA102 may offer up to 195 MHz higher boosts compared to the RTX 2080 Ti; new 12-pin power supply connector rumored to debut on Founders Edition cards
Fresh rumors indicate that NVIDIA Ampere GA102 may feature markedly higher base and boost clocks compared to the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Apart from this, we also get to hear that NVIDIA could be introducing a new 12-pin power connector at least on its PG133-based Founders Edition cards to workaround the issues of current 6-pin and 8-pin power supply wires.
New updates grace Poco F1 and Poco M2 Pro, but don't get your hopes high for MIUI 12 just yet; More Redmi K20/Mi 9T units meanwhile receive stable MIUI 12
The Pocophone F1 and the latest Poco M2 Pro are receiving performance and security updates staring today, but there's no sign of MIUI 12 for these devices yet. Poco F1 is already in Phase 2 of the MIUI 12 beta testing, so the stable bits should arrive sometime in August. Meanwhile, the Redmi K20 Indian variant is getting a wider rollout of stable MIUI 12 after having been in beta testing earlier this month.
iPhone 12 may cost US$50 or more than iPhone 11 and this is without EarPods, wall charger and now, significantly reduced battery capacity
Analyst Jeff Pu predicts that the upcoming iPhone 12 may start at a US$50 higher base price compared to the iPhone 11 owing to the inclusion of 5G and transition to an OLED display. This price rise is despite the fact that the iPhone 12 is not expected to include EarPods and a wall charger in the box. Further adding to the chagrin of prospective buyers is the fact that the iPhone 12 lineup may sport significantly smaller batteries than the corresponding iPhone 11 variants.
Far Cry 6 to run at 4K HDR only on the Xbox Series X? PlayStation 5 fans would not agree and for good reason
The poster of Far Cry 6 contains fine print that the game will run at 4K UHD only on the Xbox One X and Xbox Series X consoles naturally causing some consternation among PlayStation 5 (PS5) fans. However, there's no need to worry as this wording only pertains specifically to how Xbox advertises 4K and has no bearing whatsoever on how the game would perform on the PS5.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T MIUI 12 stable update expected in August; MIUI 12 for Redmi Note 8 Pro in India and Europe coming soon
The Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T may get the official MIUI 12 update some time in August, according to a reply from the Xiaomi Device Team to a query posted on the Mi Community forums. With regards to the Redmi Note 8 Pro, several global units have started receiving stable MIUI 12. But there is currently no info about a timeline for Indian and European users save for the fact that we know it is coming soon.
NVIDIA to delist high-end GeForce RTX 20 Turing cards in the run-up to rumored Ampere launch on September 17; stock shortages and inflated prices on the anvil
Rumors are coming in that NVIDIA may discontinue production of high-end Turing GPUs from the RTX 2070 all the way to the RTX 2080 Ti including the RTX 2070 Super and the RTX 2080 Super in the wake of the expected launch of Ampere in September. This delisting process coupled with low output from TSMC and increasing demand from cryptocurrency miners is expected to result in a shortage of Turing GPUs leading to inflated prices.
Incongruous NVIDIA GPU pops-up on Geekbench; does not seem like Ampere, but could it be an RTX 2080 Ti Super or a gimped Titan RTX?
A rather peculiar NVIDIA GPU has made its way to the Geekbench 5 OpenCL benchmark. According to the listing, the card has specs that would be reminiscent of an RTX 2080 Ti Super (if it ever existed) or a gimped Titan RTX. However, this could just be some optional config or an enthusiast's experiment as the likelihood of NVIDIA releasing a high-end Turing GPU this late is very low, especially given the fact that Ampere is just around the corner.
Concerned about Redmi Y2/Redmi S2 not receiving MIUI 12 yet? Not to worry, here's a workaround
While the Redmi Y2/S2 is slated to receive the official MIUI 12 update later this year, those who are eager to try out the latest features can now do so thanks to a custom ROM released by the Xiaomi.eu team. This ROM features MIUI 12 based on Android 10 updated till the April 2020 security patch and while most users haven't reported any serious issues, the developer does note the presence of a couple of bugs.
Dell introduces new monitors in its S-series lineup tailored for home entertainment
Dell has introduced new 27-inch and 32-inch monitors in its S-series lineup tailored primarily towards multimedia consumption and not-so-demanding gamers. The 27-inch lineup is comprised of 2K and 4K IPS monitors with support for AMD FreeSync while the 32-inch variant is a curved 4K VA panel.
Intel introduces Thunderbolt 4 combining the best of Thunderbolt 3 and USB4 with universal connectivity and enhanced security
Intel has announced the Thunderbolt 4 protocol and new Thunderbolt 4 controllers, which build on the capabilities of Thunderbolt 3 and also form the basis for the USB4 spec. Thunderbolt 4 offers the same throughput as Thunderbolt 3 along with additional platform and security features while also expanding the Thunderbolt dock ecosystem. Thunderbolt 4 will be compatible all existing USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 standards and will be first seen in Tiger Lake-powered laptops later this year.
Intel Tiger Lake Xe Gen12 iGPU in unnamed Lenovo laptop puts up promising show against NVIDIA GeForce MX350 in Geekbench OpenCL test
A Geekbench 4 OpenCL benchmark surfaced last week pitting the Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 against the NVIDIA GeForce MX350. The Gen12 Xe iGPU in Tiger Lake manages to not only put up a convincing performance but also beats the MX350 in the test. We also get to see that the 80 EU Core i5-1135G7 is about 13.5% slower than a Core i7-1165G7 in the same benchmark.
8C/8T Huawei Kunpeng 920-powered ARM PC offers a disappointing performance for its US$1,000 price tag
Initial benchmarks of the Huawei Kunpeng 920 ARM processor in a desktop PC do not seem to paint a rosy picture. This particular PC was powered by an 8C/8T Kunpeng 920 soldered onto a Huawei motherboard and running custom Chinese Linux distro called UOS. The Kunpeng 920 was originally designed with server applications in mind, and it looks to be an indication of China's ongoing efforts to reduce reliance on major CPU players such as Intel and AMD.
Alleged MIUI 12 Phase 2, Phase 3, and Phase 4 roadmap raises further questions on update timelines; here's a list of all purported Xiaomi and Redmi devices under each phase
An alleged roadmap was posted on the Mi Community forums detailing Phase 2, Phase 3, and Phase 4 rollout of the MIUI 12 stable ROM in China. While this does list all the Xiaomi and Redmi devices likely to be covered in each phase, it does not indicate any definite timeline. Interestingly, this roadmap also includes older devices such as the Redmi 4X and the Redmi Note 4X.
Ridiculous Xiaomi Redmi K30 Geekbench entry shows why healthy skepticism is a prerequisite when it comes to interpreting benchmark data
An anomalous Geekbench 5 listing of a Xiaomi Redmi K30 shows scores that are many times more than even a Ryzen 9 3950X. The fact that such a record exists in the official Geekbench database is the reason why buyers should exercise due diligence when considering synthetic benchmarks as a sole yardstick for overall device performance.
2021 iPhone SE may see Apple continuing with the A13 Bionic SoC and an iPhone 8-esque design
The 2021 iPhone SE might continue sporting the same A13 Bionic SoC as the current iteration, according to information from known leaker Mauri QHD. This makes perfect sense as the A13 is a pretty powerful chip and gets hardly pushed in the iPhone SE. The 2021 iPhone SE is also expected to sport an design similar to the iPhone 8, but that is not clear at the moment.
Xbox Series S Lockhart to share the same CPU spec as the Xbox Series X to target 1080p 60 fps or 1440p 30 fps; console likely to be officially unveiled in August
The Xbox Series S codenamed Lockhart will have the same CPU specs as that of the Xbox Series S but with reduced GPU horsepower with game devs being able to target 1080/60 and 1440p/30 performance levels. Microsoft is expected to unveil Lockhart some time in August.
First A12Z Bionic DTK Geekbench 5 benchmarks show Apple's transition holds immense promise; only a 28% in drop seen in single-core score compared to the MacBook Air 2020
The first Geekbench 5 results of the Apple Mac Mini Developer Transition Kit (DTK) powered by the A12Z Bionic running macOS 11 Big Sur Developer Beta 1 have surfaced despite Apple's developer NDA being in force. The benchmark is running under a Rosetta 2 emulation and the performance deficit, though significant compared to the Core i5 MacBook Air 2020 and the iPad Pro, is understandable and in many ways, encouraging.
Creative launches the SXFI Trio USB-C in-ears with hybrid triple drivers and in-line Super X-Fi Amp
Creative has launched the SXFI Trio in-ear headphones that feature an in-line SXFI Amp and a hybrid triple-driver system that yields a 100 dB SNR and 0.008% IMD. The in-line Super X-Fi Amp allows for holographic audio that simulates a 5.1 or 7.1 channel ambience even from stereo sources.
iOS 14 code points to support for 4K 120 and 4k 240 fps video in the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max
Apple's upcoming iPhone 12 could feature 4K 120 fps and 4K 240 fps video recording, according to code unearthed in recent iOS 14 beta builds. This feature is likely to be restricted to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max models. There's also a possibility that the iPhone would record natively at 4K 120 fps and then interlace the video to 240 fps.
First references to RDNA3 Navi 31, Van Gogh, and Cezanne spotted in macOS Big Sur; AMD could join Intel and NVIDIA in opting for an MCM design for upcoming GPUs
The first indications of an RDNA3-based Navi 31 GPU have surfaced in the macOS 11 Big Sur Developer Beta 1 driver code. The driver also contains references to upcoming AMD APUs such as Van Gogh and Cezanne along with HPC accelerators such as the MI100 and M200. With the MI200, AMD could be looking at a multi-chip module (MCM) approach and that could trickle down to Navi 31 as well.
Apple rumored to be working on an iPhone running macOS and is apparently, very excited
Apple could be working on an iPhone prototype running a full-fledged macOS, according to insider information cited by Mauri QHD. While there is no way to confirm this, such a possibility is not a distant dream given that Apple has begun transitioning its entire lineup to ARM. If this news is indeed true, it remains to be seen how effective would be its implementation considering that previous such attempts by competitors haven't been too successful.
MIUI 12 brings Windows-like Sound Assistant; Mi 9 Explorer Edition, Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition, and Mi 10 Lite Youth Edition snag official MIUI 12 stable updates
Apart from the slew of additional features already on offer, MIUI 12 is also slated to get a nifty functionality that allows per-app volume control called Sound Assistant. Meanwhile, Chinese variants of the Mi 9 Transparent Edition, Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition, and the Mi 10 Lite Youth Edition have now started receiving the MIUI 12 stable ROM OTA with global rollouts expected soon.
Intel's Raja Koduri teases the "Big Fabulous Package" — a 4-tile Arctic Sound Intel Xe dGPU aimed at HPC applications
Intel's graphics head Raja Koduri teased new Xe dGPUs being currently tested at the company's Folsom labs. Raja's tweets showed off three GPUs — one of which was referred to as a Big Fabulous Package (BFP) — a prototype cooling system, and the test platform. The BFP is a 4-tile Xe dGPU aimed at HPC workloads.
Dell's new 27-inch curved and flat panel gaming monitors feature fast refresh rates and support for NVIDIA/AMD adaptive sync tech
Dell has announced two new gaming monitors that promise a smooth, stutter-free gaming experience. The Dell 27 Curved Gaming S2721HGF is a 1500R curved VA FHD panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate while the Dell 27 Gaming Monitor S2721DGF is a flat panel QHD IPS display with a 165 Hz refresh rate and true 1 ms GTG response time. The S2721DGF also features DisplayHDR 400 support and a plethora of connectivity options.
Dell refreshes G5 Desktop 5000 with Intel 10th gen Comet Lake-S and an assortment of AMD and NVIDIA options; redesigned XPS Desktop coming next month
Dell has refreshed the G5 Desktop 5000 to feature Intel Comet Lake-S CPUs and a range of NVIDIA GPUs till the RTX 2070 Super while also offering an AMD Radeon RX 5600 option. The rest of the chassis and RGB lighting are similar to the previous generation. Dell will also be introducing a redesigned XPS Desktop later in July, which will be part of the NVIDIA RTX Studio Program.
Acer offers the new ConceptD 3 in Ezel and Notebook form factors with Intel 10th gen Comet Lake-H and NVIDIA Quadro T1000 options alongside the ConceptD 100 desktop
Acer is introducing the ConceptD 3 in the Ezel convertible mobile workstation form factor featuring 10th gen Comet Lake-H and Quadro T1000 (Ezel Pro) and GTX 1650 Ti GPU options alongside a refreshed ConceptD 3 Notebook with a similar configuration. Also being introduced is a ConceptD 100 small form factor desktop PC powered by 9th gen Intel processors.
Acer introduces a trio of ConceptD monitors with up to 4K 165 Hz, PANTONE validation, and DisplayHDR 600 support
Acer has announced three ConceptD monitors, the CP3, CP5, and CM3, tailored at professional content creators. These monitors are PANTONE-validated, support 99% Adobe RGB, 98% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage, and are DisplayHDR-certified. The ConceptD CP3 supports 4K resolution with a 165 Hz refresh rate.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Indian variant receives new MIUI 11 stable update with NavIC support; no sight of MIUI 12 Beta yet
Xiaomi Mi 10 phones in India are now getting a new OTA MIUI 11 update that brings support for ISRO's NavIC navigation system, UI updates, performance enhancements, and the April 2020 security patch. MIUI 12 development for the Mi 10 series is still suspended and there's no word yet on when it would resume.
50 W AMD Radeon Pro 5600M in the MacBook Pro 16 offers gaming performance equivalent to that of an 80 W RTX 2060 non-Max-Q laptop GPU
The AMD Radeon Pro 5600M looks to be a good choice for MacBook Pro owners who like to game, according to benchmarks performed by Max Tech. The GPU yielded a performance similar to that of an RTX 2060 non-Max-Q laptop GPU in Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone, which makes it ideal for those who need power for both productivity and gaming even if it means spending an additional US$700.
Apple confirms historic transition of entire Mac lineup from Intel to ARM; developers now have access to an A12Z Bionic-powered Mac Mini DTK for US$500
Apple has announced that it will transition its entire Mac lineup to ARM-based custom silicon over the next two years. Support for Apple silicon is now available in macOS Big Sur and developers can get started right away on a Developer Transition Kit (DTK) that includes a Mac Mini powered by the A12Z Bionic. Despite the transition Apple will continue to support Intel processors for many years to come.
TSMC officially begins 5 nm production; Snapdragon 875 SoC, Snapdragon X60 5G modem, A14 Bionic, and a 5 nm AMD high-end GPU incoming
New reports indicate that TSMC has officially started producing 5 nm chips and is expected to deliver the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 and the Snapdragon X60 modem by September. Apart from Qualcomm and Apple, AMD has also proposed awarding TSMC a contract for producing more than 20,000 wafers a month for a high-end 5 nm GPU.
MIUI 12 Global Stable Beta now accepting applications for Phase 2 testing; owners of Redmi Note 8 Pro, Note 7 series, and Poco F1 in India and several other countries eligible to participate
Users of Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 7 series, and Pocophone F1 in India and other countries are now eligible to participate in Phase 2 testing of the MIUI 12 Global Stable Beta ROM under the Mi Pilot program. There are only limited slots available for each region and enlisting depends on successful verification of eligibility.
WWDC 2020 may not see new hardware reveals; full transition to ARM expected starting from 13-inch MacBook Pro and redesigned iMac in late 2020 or early 2021
Apple's WWDC 2020 event may not showcase all the new hardware launches we've been expecting so far. Instead, Apple is expected to focus on new software updates and announce the existence of ARM-based Macs so as to get developers up to speed. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to fully transition to ARM in 2021 starting from the ARM-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro and redesigned iMac.
NVIDIA Ampere GA102 variants more or less confirmed, RTX 3090 vs Titan conundrum still remains
It is now becoming increasingly clear that the purported NVIDIA Ampere GA102 flagship GPU will come in three variants with memory capacities between 10 GB and 24 GB. NVIDIA may launch the flagship GA102-400 variant as an RTX 3090 or a new second gen Titan variant. Also, whether Ampere would actually use GDDR6X VRAM is still anybody's guess at this point.
PUBG Update 7.3 now live; adds a new C4 throwable, new train line in Vikendi, changes in vehicle explosions, parachute follow, and more
PUBG Corp. has released the Update 7.3 to all PC users after having evaluated it in the Test Server. Update 7.3 brings a host of new additions including a C4 throwable, a new train line in Vikendi, changes to vehicle explosion dynamics, parachute follow, and more apart from the usual bug fixes and performance improvements.
Navi 12-based AMD Radeon Pro 5600M with 40 CUs and 8 GB HBM2 VRAM will be available in the Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch for a US$700 upcharge
AMD has introduced the Radeon Pro 5600M GPU for the Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch. The Radeon Pro 5600M is a Navi 12 GPU with 40 CUs, 2,560 SPs, and features a multi-chip design with 8 GB HBM2 memory. MacBook Pro 16 configurations with the Radeon Pro 5600M will have a US$700 upcharge.
Asus ROG Phone 3 TENAA certification confirms a 6.59-inch display and 5,800 mAh battery
The Asus ROG Phone 3 will have a 6.59-inch display and a 5,800 mAh battery, according to a TENAA listing. The ROG Phone 3 will be a dual-SIM dual-standby 5G-capable device featuring 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 ax and 30 W fast charging and is expected to launch with Android 10 some time by end of this month or early July.
Expecting MIUI 12 for your Xiaomi, Redmi, or Poco phone? Not all devices will be getting the complete feature set; here's a list of which device gets what
MIUI 12 will soon be rolling out globally to a plethora of Xiaomi/Redmi devices. While the newer Mi, Redmi, and Poco devices will be getting all the goodies, some of the older devices will not be getting the new camera features while others stand to lose out on some of the new multitasking additions. The Super Wallpaper feature is also limited only to select devices.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 could be the new Titan with 384-bit 24 GB GDDR6X VRAM and 350 W TGP; GA102 Founders Editions cards with an expensive cooling system to be based on the PG133 board
An image of what appears to be the purported RTX 3080's heatsink has leaked online indicating that NVIDIA will be introducing a new dual-fan mechanism with a huge cooling block and at least four heat pipes with the upcoming Ampere GPUs. The top-end GA102 GPU will use the PG133 board for the Founders Edition of the RTX 3090, RTX 3080 Ti, and RTX 3080, which will use the new cooling system while AiBs are supplied with the PG132 board that allows for custom cooling designs.
Intel officially announces Lakefield SKUs based on Foveros, pits them against Amber Lake-Y
Intel has finally detailed the Lakefield family of processors based on the Foveros 3D packaging tech. The current Lakefield lineup includes the Core i3-L13G4 and the Core i5-L16G7, which are 7 W penta-core parts featuring a 10nm Sunny Cove and four 10nm Tremont cores. Intel Lakefield is available in the Samsung Galaxy Book S and will also power the upcoming Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold and the Microsoft Surface Neo.
New Xiaomi patent indicates an iPhone-esque design and mysterious pop-outs possibly for 360-degree video recording
A new Xiaomi design patent has surfaced that shows a smartphone with an outer frame similar to that of the iPhone. The patent also shows two pop-outs on the top frame, which could possibly be used for 360-degree video recording.
Intel Rocket Lake-S will top-out at eight cores max and may not launch in 2020; Early Gen12 Xe scores indicate a 10% higher performance for the Willow Cove backport compared to Ice Lake 32 EU
Intel's upcoming 11th gen 14nm Rocket Lake-S processor for mainstream desktop users may not launch this year, according to a recent performance enthusiast roadmap from Intel. Rocket Lake-S looks to bank on improved IPCs than raw core counts and early 3DMark Fire Strike and Time Spy scores of the 32 EU Gen12 Xe iGPU indicate about a 10% improvement over Ice Lake UHD Graphics G1.
Asus ROG Phone 3 12 GB RAM variant spotted on Geekbench; Game devs can now tap into ROG Phone-specific features via a Unity plugin
A 12 GB RAM variant of the Asus ROG Phone 3 has been spotted on the Geekbench 5 database with scores that are in the same ballpark as that of the previous sighting of the 8 GB RAM variant. Meanwhile, Asus said that it is now a Unity Verified Solutions Partner and ROG Phone-specific features can now be accessed by game developers via a Unity plugin.
Intel CEO says benchmarks are not everything, feels Tiger Lake will cement the company as an "undisputed leader" in mobile computing
Intel CEO Bob Swan suggested moving away from traditional benchmarks to focus more on the benefits and impact of technology. Swan also confirmed the arrival of Cooper Lake in a few weeks time for datacenter and AI applications and Tiger Lake later this summer, which he expects would further consolidate Intel's leadership in mobile.
Intel Ice Lake-SP 24C/48T processor spotted on SiSoftware database, faces tough competition from AMD in terms of both price and performance
A 24-core 48-thread Intel 10nm Ice Lake-SP processor has shown up on the SiSoftware database belong to the Intel Whitley platform. Intel Ice Lake-SP is expected to cater to the workstation/HEDT segment and will have to face some formidable opponents such as AMD EPYC Rome, and the upcoming EPYC Milan and Threadripper 4000 CPUs when they launch later this year.
Fishy AMD Sienna CiChlid reference gets added to Linux driver patches, likely to be 'Big Navi' Navi 21
About 207 patches for a new AMD GPU codenamed Sienna CiChlid have been committed to the AMD Radeon Linux Driver. Evidence from these patches suggests that Sienna CiChlid could, in fact, be Navi 21 aka Big Navi. The Sienna CiChlid Linux driver patches confirm support for VCN 3.0 and DCN 3.0 while a leaked slide indicates GDDR6 support and advanced clock and voltage control.
MSI emerges strong in terms of Q1 2020 revenue even as PC OEMs fear inventory pile-up once COVID-19 starts abating
Sales of PC hardware have seen a sudden surge during the COVID-19 pandemic, but OEMs fear that this upward trend may reverse as the situation returns to normalcy, according to a recent Digitimes report. However, gaming laptops may be an exception as they have been witnessing good growth and are expected to continue as such with MSI leading the way with record Q1 revenues.
Intel Elkhart Lake with Gen11 graphics surfaces on 3DMark; Gen9.5 UHD Graphics 630 is nearly 4x faster in Time Spy, but that's okay
The first 3DMark scores of an Intel Elkhart Lake engineering sample have surfaced. Elkhart Lake's Fire Strike and Time Spy scores indicate that Gen11 GPU in this processor lags behind considerably compared to Gen9.5 UHD Graphics 630. However, this may not be a major concern given that Elkhart Lake is expected to be primarily targeted towards IoT devices.
Cursed wallpaper soft-bricks several Android phones: Details and possible workarounds
It has been found that a certain wallpaper can soft-brick several Android phones particularly newer Samsung phones and Google Pixels. Apparently, this is due to Android's SystemUI not being able to handle the higher Google Skia color gamut of the image leading to a crash and boot loop. While not all phones are affected, it is advised that users do not attempt to use this image as a wallpaper in daily-driver phones.
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 owners complain of constant reboots after updating to iPad OS 13.4 and above; squeezing near the battery could be a temporary workaround
Several iPad Pro 10.5 owners have voiced concerns on the Apple Community forums that their device is stuck in a constant boot loop every 180 seconds after performing an iPad OS update to 13.4 or above. The issue, which does not seem to occur in iPad OS 13.3.1, is not apparently resolved even after a DFU reset. However, squeezing near the battery area seems to have had some degree of success.
Report: AMD's upcoming APU lineup includes Cezanne, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh; Rembrandt will support new I/O tech, but Intel's prospects don't look too bright
A new report on future Intel and AMD CPUs by Chinese publication Expreview confirms much of what we've been hearing about upcoming AMD processor codenames up till 2022. The report indicates Rembrandt APUs will herald the advent of new I/O technologies while also concluding that AMD's roadmap looks to have better prospects in the next few years compared to Intel's.
Redmi 5G device codename Karna in the works: Expected to feature a 144 Hz refresh rate display, MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC, and a 64 MP IMX686 sensor
Redmi is expected to launch a new device codenamed Karna in July this year right on the heels of the recent Redmi 10X and 10X Pro launch. Redmi Karna is expected to feature a 144 Hz refresh rate display and will be a 5G-capable phone powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC.
Leaked slides confirm Tiger Lake-U Gen12 Xe's 2x graphics boost over Ice Lake, a new FIVR implementation, and HW-accelerated 12-bit HEVC/VP9 encode-decode
Leaked slides pertaining to the multimedia capabilities of Tiger Lake-U's Gen 12 Xe GPU confirm the 2x graphics improvement we reported earlier in comparison with Ice Lake-U. The slides confirm previously reported native 12-bit HEVC and VP9 support and also shed light on changes to the power delivery architecture in Tiger Lake from Comet Lake.
Phantom Canyon NUC 11 Extreme with 28 W Core i5 Tiger Lake-U 4.4 GHz boost and GTX 1660 Ti spotted; RTX 2070 Super Max-Q variant also expected
An Intel Phantom Canyon NUC 11 Extreme powered by a Tiger Lake-U CPU and the GTX 1660 Ti has made its appearance on the 3DMark Time Spy database. The CPU score and clock speeds indicate that this NUC 11 Extreme engineering sample could be powered by a 28 W Core i5 Tiger Lake-U part. The Phantom Canyon NUC 11 is also expected to available in an RTX 2070 Super Max-Q configuration.
HP EliteDesk 800 G6 Mini PC, SFF, and Tower PC offerings pack increased horse power and ample expandability
HP is offering its EliteBook 800 G6 desktop series in Mini PC, small form factor (SFF), and tower PC variants tailored towards businesses with varying requirements. The new desktops focus on offering Intel Comet Lake CPUs with optional vPro, a slew of GPU options based on the required display I/O, and a multitude of storage expansion options.
HP Elitebook x360 1030 G7 and x360 1040 G7 business convertibles get a redesigned keyboard, Comet Lake-U, OLED display option, and 5G connectivity
HP has refreshed its Elitebook x360 convertible lineup with 10th gen Intel Comet Lake-U CPUs, 5G networking, and optional OLED panels for the x360 1030 G7 variant. The new Elitebook x360 models also feature a redesigned keyboard, slimmer chassis, and offer both vPro and non-vPro CPU options.
HP ZBook Firefly 14 G7 and 15 G7 with Comet Lake vPro CPUs and Quadro P520 graphics aim to take on the MacBook Pro 13
HP has refreshed the ZBook lineup with the new ZBook Firefly 14 and the Firefly 15 G7. HP calls the ZBook Firefly 14 G7 as the world's thinnest and lightest mobile workstation. The new ZBooks now offer Intel Comet Lake vPro CPUs, NVIDIA Quadro P520 graphics, longer battery life, and optional WWAN and UHD displays and aim to take on the Apple MacBook Pro 13.
Fujifilm launches the X-T4 mirrorless camera in India with improved AF tracking, IBIS, and image processing enhancements starting from ₹154,999 (US$2,048)
Fujifilm has introduced the flagship X-T4 mirrorless camera in India. The X-T4 comes with faster autofocus, in-body image stabilization (IBIS), an Eterna Bleach Bypass film simulation mode, a new shutter mechanism that allows for 15 fps bursts, and a larger battery. Pricing of the Fujifilm X-T4 starts from ₹154,999 (US$2,048) for the body only. Optional Fujinon lens kits and accessories are also available.
Creative introduces the Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus Pure Edition in a white finish with added RGB effects
Creative has introduced the limited edition Sound BlasterX AE-5 Pure Plus Edition in a white variant with additional RGB lighting. The Sound BlasterX AE-5 Pure Plus Edition also supports Dolby Digital and DTS encoding and uses the Sound Core3D DSP and the ESS Sabre 32 Ultra DAC for 32-bit 384 kHz playback and 122 dB SNR.
LG Poland apologizes after misconceived V60 ThinQ TikTok ad goes viral
LG Poland recently released a highly objectionable video on its official TikTok channel in a bid to promote the V60 ThinQ's dual screen accessory. The ad, instead of promoting the phone and the accessory, seemed to promote sexism. LG has now taken down the ad and has issued an apology.
Roadmap enlists AMD processor codenames expected till 2022; No hint of AMD Ryzen desktop CPUs indicated for 2021, but will ARM K12 be revived?
Famous leakster Komachi has enlisted a list of AMD processors across all segments that are expected to launch till 2022. The roadmap offers a great deal of info on what can be expected this year including Threadripper 4000 and Ryzen Surface Edition refreshes. What is also being indicated is that 2021 may not see HEDT or mainstream desktop CPUs. However, there are chances that AMD may revive the shelved ARM-based K12 project.
AMD Navi 21 "Big Navi" GPU stack leaks, budget gamers may have to contend with a Navi 10 Refresh rather than pinning hopes on Navi 23
SKU names and PCIe device IDs variants of AMD's upcoming "Big Navi" Navi 21 GPU across Gaming, Pro, and Apple-exclusive segments have leaked. Navi 21 will be largest die in the Navi 2x family and is expected to feature up to 80 CUs and 5,120 SPs. AMD would also be making available a Navi 10 Refresh to cater to budget and mid-range gamers as Navi 23 is likely to be comparatively more expensive owing to higher clocks and core counts.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X drops to an all-time low price of US$390 potentially jeopardizing both the Intel Core i7-10700K and the Core i9-10900K sales
Micro Center is now offering the 12C/24T AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor at a highly discounted price of US$390. The offer is only valid for in-store purchases or pickups and is limited to one quantity per household. At this price, the Ryzen 9 3900X offers excellent value and great multi-core performance when compared to Intel's newly launched Core i7-10700K and the Core i9-10900K.
Razer Blade Pro 17 now available with Intel Core i7-10875H, Max-Q versions of NVIDIA RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 Super, and a 300 Hz FHD panel
Razer has announced a refresh to its Blade Pro 17 gaming laptop. The 2020 refresh of the Blade Pro 17 now offers an Intel 10th gen Comet Lake-H Core i7-10875H CPU, RTX 2070 Max-Q and RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU options, and a 300 Hz refresh rate FHD panel. Rest of the specifications and design are more or less similar to the 2019 version.
Intel Core i9-10900K pushed to a crazy 7.7 GHz on all cores on liquid helium, DDR4 memory overclocked to 6.6 GHz on Z490
Asus's in-house enthusiast overclocker Elmor could push the Intel 10th gen Core i9-10900K to a whopping 7.7 GHz on liquid nitrogen. The processor was running on an Asus ROG Maximum XII Apex Z490 motherboard and was paired with G.SKILL's DDR4-4000 RAM. Elmor could also push the RAM to a double data rate frequency of 6.6 GHz breaking yet another record.
AMD caves-in to demand for Zen 3 support on X470 and B450 boards with an optional Beta BIOS, here's all you need to know about AMD's proposed upgrade path
AMD has now clarified that it will enable owners of X470 and B550 chipset-based motherboards to upgrade to Zen 3. However, this upgrade would be an opt-in irreversible "Beta" BIOS upgrade that would remove compatibility with some of the older Ryzen processor in order to make space for new Ryzen 4000 Zen 3 Vermeer AGESA code.
Updated: Intel Tiger Lake Gen12 Xe iGPU offers significantly better performance than Ice Lake Gen11 at same TDP, finally surpasses Vega 8 in AMD Renoir
We have received exclusive 3DMark Fire Strike results pertaining to Tiger Lake-U Gen12 Xe iGPUs, which are slated to be available as 48, 80, and 96 EU parts. The results seem to indicate that Xe can offer nearly twice the performance of corresponding Ice Lake Gen11 at the same TDP while also surpassing the Vega 8 in the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U; thus, bringing Intel to the forefront of mobile iGPU performance.
AMD updates list of Radeon RX 5600 XT AIB cards with the 14 Gbps VBIOS update; offers free games and 3-month Game Pass for new buyers
AMD has included two new AIB cards from Asus and PowerColor, which now support the new VBIOS firmware update that offers higher clocks and the 14 Gbps GDDR6 data rate. These cards come with the new firmware out-of-the-box. Gamers who buy an RX 5600 XT card before May 30, 2020 stand to receive two free games and a 3-month Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription.
Now official: First x86-based Samsung Galaxy Book S powered by Intel Lakefield Core i5-L16G7 shows up on the company's Canadian online store
A Samsung Galaxy Book S powered by the Intel Lakefield Core i5-L16G7 processor has popped up on Samsung Canada's online store making this the first x86-based Galaxy Book S. The Lakefield-based Galaxy Book S sports a similar design and spec sheet as the ARM-based variant with the exception of Gigabit LTE connectivity and a shorter battery runtime. Update: Samsung has now officially announced the Galaxy Book S powered by an Intel Core processor with Hybrid technology along with pricing info.
"Premium" Google Pixel 5 powered by Snapdragon 765G could be priced at US$699: Is Google shooting itself in the foot or is the pricing just about right?
The upcoming Google Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 could be priced at US$349 and US$699, respectively as indicated by a recent Google Opinion Rewards survey. While the Pixel 4a pricing makes it a good alternative to the iPhone SE 2020, it remains to be seen if the "Premium" Google Pixel 5 can withstand the continued onslaught of Android flagship killers or even the upcoming iPhone 12.
Leaked Intel Xe DG1 Geekbench 4 OpenCL score shows it trailing behind the Vega 11 in the Ryzen 5 3400G; retail units will not ship as PCIe add-on cards
A Geekbench 4 OpenCL score of the Intel Xe DG1 SDV has leaked and a preliminary comparison shows it trailing the Vega 11 in the Ryzen 5 3400G by about 5%. The performance gap significantly increases when compared with current entry-level dGPUs from AMD and NVIDIA such as the Radeon RX 5500 XT and the GeForce GTX 1650. We also learn that retail Xe DG1 will come integrated on laptop motherboards and won't be available as PCIe add-on cards.
Intel Tremont-based Jasper Lake Pentium and Celeron CPUs could feature Gen11 integrated graphics
A 3DMark listing of an unnamed Jasper Lake part has surfaced online. Jasper Lake-based Pentium and Celeron SKUs are touted to be based on the Intel 10nm Tremont architecture and may also feature Gen11 integrated graphics, which is a significant step up from the current Gen9.5 iGPU in Gemini Lake.
Intel Core i9-10900K tries hard but fails to beat the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in Corona Render Test; Zen 3 Ryzen 4000 may further relegate Intel to the backseat
The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X could easily beat Intel's latest 10th gen Core i9-10900K in the Corona Render Test benchmark finishing nearly four minutes earlier than the latter. The Ryzen 9 3900X could do this despite running at lower clocks and lower temperatures. This is an indication that the upcoming Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 CPUs with purported higher IPC can further dent prospects of Intel's Comet Lake-S and Rocket Lake-S offerings.
A bevy of AMD Renoir Ryzen 4000 APUs for desktop leak, 65W Core i3 and Core i5 Comet Lake-S in potential trouble
22 OPNs of upcoming AMD Renoir Ryzen 4000 desktop APUs have surfaced online with 12 of them having detailed specifications. These APUs top out at 8 cores and 16 threads with boost clocks up to 4.45 GHz and have Vega iGPUs with up to 8 CUs (512 SPs) clocked at 2,100 MHz putting low-end Intel Comet Lake-S in trouble.
Intel announces new 10th gen Comet Lake vPro processors with enhanced Hardware Shield features and...overclocking support?
Intel has announced the vPro variants of Comet Lake processors across mobile, desktop, and workstation. The new vPro processors offer enhanced Hardware Shield security features, a modern lifecycle management, and will even be available in Project Athena-based designs. The intriguing aspect, however, is the inclusion of K-series unlocked processors that are capable of overclocking, whose exact purpose in a business environment seems unclear at the moment.
Dell G5 15 is now available in Intel 10th gen Comet Lake-H and AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir flavors, but AMD as usual gets lesser oomph
Dell is now making the G5 15 laptop available at prices starting from US$829.99. The G5 15 can be availed in Intel and AMD options. While the AMD-based Dell G5 15 SE 5505 has the distinction of being the first Ryzen 4000 + Navi 10 combination, the Intel SKUs offer more customizability in terms of GPU options, chassis lighting, and faster Ethernet.
Dell G3 15 3500 gets an upgrade to 10th gen Intel H-series, GPU options up to the RTX 2060, and an optional 144 Hz IPS display starting from US$780
Dell has upgraded the entry-level G3 15 laptop with 10th gen Intel H-series CPUs and GPU options up to the RTX 2060. The Dell G3 15 3500 now also comes with an optional 144 Hz display and an optional 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard. The G3 15 3500 will be available from May 21 at prices starting from US$779.99.
The new Dell XPS 15 9500 is here and is the redesign we've been waiting for to take on the MacBook Pro
Dell has finally launched the XPS 15 9500 laptop powered by 10th gen Intel Core H-series chips and the NVIDIA GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q GPU. This year's XPS 15 comes with a much needed re-design including a 16:10 display, top-firing speakers, absence of USB Type-A ports, and finally, a proper webcam placement. The Dell XPS 15 9500 is available from today with prices starting from US$1,299.99.
AMD announces the Radeon Pro VII as an affordable alternative to take on the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000
AMD has taken wraps off the Radeon Pro VII workstation GPU aimed at industrial applications such as broadcasting, 8K video editing, and computer-aided engineering. The Radeon Pro VII is based on the same 7nm Vega 20 GPU as the Radeon VII and is being positioned as a cost-effective alternative for the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000, with two such Radeon Pro VII cards being comparable to the Quadro GV100 at a price of US$1,899.
The PlayStation 5 may hand-hold you during the next big boss fight and even help plan your gaming alongside real-world appointments
A new Sony patent for an "In-game Information Platform" has surfaced detailing some of the assistive technologies that may eventually make it to the PlayStation 5. According to the patent, the console will be able to provide an estimate of the game-completion time and tell how it clashes with real-world scheduling. It also helps in providing handy in-game walkthroughs and directions to specific resources or collectibles.
Realme announces the Narzo lineup powered by MediaTek Helio G70 and G80 SoCs starting from ₹8,499
Realme has finally taken wraps off its Narzo lineup that is comprised of the Narzo 10 and the Narzo 10A powered by the MediaTek Helio G80 and G70 SoCs respectively. Realme is aiming Narzo at gamers and performance enthusiasts on a budget and has plans to offer more such phones in the future.
AMD Ryzen 4000 Zen 3 will be compatible with Socket AM4, but it is end of the road for X470, B450, and below motherboard owners
AMD's Robert Hallock has confirmed that the upcoming AMD Ryzen 4000 Zen 3 processors will be compatible with Socket AM4 as long as the motherboard features an X570 or B550 chipset. Zen 3 will not support older chipsets owing to lower space on the EEPROM of these motherboards. Future prospects of Socket AM4 depend on the industry's I/O innovation.
NVIDIA Ampere to offer 10-20% IPC increase over Turing, 4x RT performance with minimal FPS impact, up to 2 GHz OC clocks, and an overhauled software stack to take on AMD RDNA 2.0
New information pertaining to NVIDIA's upcoming Ampere architecture was revealed by Tom from the YouTube channel Moore's Law is Dead claiming to have access to insider sources associated with the launch. As per the sources, Turing is just a guinea pig experiment with Ampere expected to offer a 10-20% IPC increase, 4x the ray tracing performance, and clocks that can be easily pushed to 2 GHz. NVIDIA is also working on an overhauled software stack to counter AMD's Radeon Adrenalin Software.
Intel 12th gen Alder Lake-S will use a larger LGA 1700 socket that may last for three generations
Information about socket support for Intel Alder Lake-S has surfaced online. Alder Lake-S will require a larger LGA 1700 socket that will be compatible for at least three succeeding generations of Core processors. The 10nm++ Alder Lake-S platform is expected to sport of a mix of high-performing Golden Cove and power-efficient Gracemont cores.
Google Pixel 4a with Snapdragon 730 surfaces on Geekbench, slightly trails behind the Xiaomi Mi 9T
The upcoming Google Pixel 4a has surfaced on Geekbench confirming some of its specs such as the Snapdragon 730 and 6 GB RAM. While the Pixel 4a stands to offer an excellent camera and stock Android 10 experience, it has to compete with similarly specc'ed phones such as the Xiaomi Mi 9T that offer more raw performance and better value for money.
Huawei P30 Pro New Edition with Google Mobile Services set to be available in Germany from May 15
Huawei will be re-launching the P30 Pro as a P30 Pro New Edition in Germany (and perhaps in other Western markets) with Google Mobile Services (GMS) enabled. This move is being seen as an attempt by the Chinese smartphone major to regain lost ground due to the absence of GMS in the P40 series.
Trademark entry reveals the NVIDIA DGX A100: The first GA100 Ampere-based deep learning workstation
A trademark entry for an NVIDIA deep learning workstation called the DGX A100 has surfaced. The DGX A100 could feature anywhere from eight to 16 of the upcoming GA100 Ampere GPUs with 8,192 CUDA cores. NVIDIA is expected to talk more about Ampere during its rescheduled GTC 2020 keynote on May 14.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 is on track to receive the Android 10-based MIUI 12 update soon
Xiaomi has apparently started testing the Android 10-based MIUI 12 ROM for the Redmi Note 8 in China implying a global rollout soon. However, the company has not defined any timeline and whether the rollout will eventually happen or not depends on satisfactory performance of the update during testing
10 cores and 5.3 GHz — Intel possibly hits the limits of the Skylake architecture with the new 10th gen Comet Lake-S for desktop
Intel has finally taken wraps off its 10th generation Comet Lake-S desktop CPU lineup. Comet Lake-S could possibly the penultimate of the 14nm processors from Team Blue, and the flagship 10C/20T Core i9-10900K offers thermal velocity boost frequencies up to 5.3 GHz. The 10th gen lineup includes processors from 35 W to 125 W TDP and will be available from May 2020.
Intel CC150 and NVIDIA RTX 2080 powering a Clevo laptop post fairly impressive 3DMark Time Spy scores
A 3DMark Time Spy entry of a Clevo notebook powered by the unusual Intel CC150 processor and an NVIDIA RTX 2080 GPU shows that this combination scores somewhere between a Core i7-9750H and a Core i9-9900K. This is the first time the CC150 processor, which is otherwise thought to feature in GeForce Now servers, is being seen in a notebook.
Intel Lakefield Core i5-L16G7 shows up on Geekbench, Tremont cores seem to hold back multi-core performance
Geekbench 5 results of the Intel Lakefield Core i5-L16G7 5-core 5-thread processor have surfaced indicating good benefits in single-core over a Core i5-L15G7. However, the score also indicates that the small Tremont cores may hinder overall multi-core performance.
Clues point to existence of a Lenovo Legion 5 with AMD Ryzen 4000-H and RTX 2060, but that may have been shelved; Ryzen 4000 variants could offer double the battery life compared to Comet Lake-H
References to what may have possibly been a Lenovo Legion 5 SKU powered by the AMD Renoir Ryzen 4000 and the NVIDIA RTX 2060 have surfaced on the Lenovo BIOS Simulator Center and a driver download page. However, that SKU is not seen in the PSREF indicating that it may have been shelved mid-way. The PSREF spec sheets also seem to indicate the Legion 5 SKUs powered Ryzen 4000 as having nearly double the battery life compared to their Comet Lake-H counterparts.
AMD announces Zen 2 Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X CPUs for mainstream, risks cannibalizing sales due to Ryzen 5 1600 AF and upcoming Renoir desktop
AMD has introduced two new mainstream desktop processors in the Zen 2 lineup — the Ryzen 3 3100 and the Ryzen 3 3300X alongside the new B550 mid-range chipset. These CPUs are 4C/8T 65W parts and help fill the void in the US$100 to US$150 range. However, they face competition from AMD's own Ryzen 5 1600 AF and upcoming Renoir Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs.
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS offers longer near-peak performance compared to the Intel Core i7-10875H under sustained load but suffers from an overall higher dip in scores
A preliminary sustained performance comparison between the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS and the Intel Core i7-10875H in a looped Cinebench R15 Multi test shows that the Renoir chip can better hold on to its peak performance in the first few rounds compared to Comet Lake-H. What is interesting is that the 10th generation Intel chips have managed to nearly halve the second round-performance loss compared to the 9th generation chips.
Intel Tiger Lake Core i3 Fire Strike Graphics score indicates Gen12 Xe can finally offer some competition to AMD Vega iGPUs
Leaked 3DMark Fire Strike scores of what appears to be an Intel Tiger Lake-U Core i3 processor shows good gains in GPU performance over Ice Lake even though CPU scores see only modest improvements. The Fire Strike GPU score also indicates that Gen12 Xe might finally offer some much needed competition to AMD Vega iGPUs.
Android 10 will be last major OS update for the Asus ZenFone 5Z, but possibility of ZenUI 7 is not being ruled out
According to a ZenTalk forum moderator, Android 10 will be the last major OS update for the popular Asus ZenFone 5/5Z. Further updates will only focus on security and bug fixes, although the possibility of a ZenUI 7 feature update for Android 10 is not being completely ruled out.
Intel Comet Lake-H Core i7-10875H performance comparison: Tangible single-core benefits get evened out by multi-core results from the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
Our first benchmarks of the 10th gen Comet Lake-H Core i7-10875H powering the Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB laptop indicate that Comet Lake-H is best suited for those aiming for maximum clocks possible for games or workflows that require short bursts of boost. For almost every other practical purpose, the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS looks to be a better bet.
No longer a flagship-killer: OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are now official, 8 Pro tops-out at US$999 with Snapdragon 865, 120 Hz display, 2x 48 MP cameras, and more
OnePlus has officially taken wraps off the new OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. The new OnePlus 8 series is powered by the Snapdragon 865 5G and iteratively build upon last year's OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. The new phones are priced higher than ever and seem to herald a new beginning for the company that was popular as the brand that makes flagship-killers.
Godfall's PlayStation 5 exclusiveness may not be such a good idea after all
Details about Godfall, an exclusive title for the PlayStation 5, have surfaced on the ResetEra forums. Godfall will not be compatible with the PlayStation 4 but will look to harness the complete power of the PS5's CPU and GPU for an immersive gaming experience. Whether alienating an entire generation of console players will pay off or not is something that remains to be seen.
Realme XT bootloader unlock now officially available, but there's a downside
The bootloader unlock tool for the Realme XT is now official with instructions for use being made available on the Realme Community site. While the bootloader unlock allows Realme XT users to install custom ROMs, it disables official OTA updates and also downgrades the Widevine level from L1 to L3.
Comet Lake-S may require hefty CPU coolers: Core i9-10900F shown to have a 170 W PL1 (TDP) and 224 W PL2 for a 4.6 GHz all-core boost
It looks like Intel may have hit a hard limit on optimizing the power draws of the upcoming 10th gen Comet Lake-S if a recent stress test leak of the Core i9-10900F is anything to go by. The test shows that the Core i9-10900F has a PL1 of 170 W but requires a PL2 of 224 W to sustain an all-core boost of 4.6 GHz. If the numbers are true, Comet Lake-S would require hefty CPU coolers for sustained turbo performance under load.
Xiaomi MIUI to finally get Android 10 gesture controls
Users of Xiaomi MIUI 11 will soon be able to enable Android 10 gestures. An update to MIUI 11 is going live to select Chinese ROM users and is expected to be available globally soon.
One UI 2.1 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 adds 120 HZ refresh rate and re-enables NavStar, but there's a catch
The recent One UI 2.1 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 adds a 120 Hz display refresh rate option, but the phones cannot make use of it as their displays are hardware-limited to 60 Hz. The new update also re-enables the NavStar module in the Good Lock app, but there are still bugs to be fixed.
Contrary to previous reports, Crytek developer feels the PlayStation 5 can sustain its 10.3 TFLOPs better and is easier to develop for than the Xbox Series X
A Crytek developer by the name of Ali Salehi has opined in an interview to a Persian gaming site that developing for the PlayStation 5 is easier than the Xbox Series X. He also said that the Xbox's higher TFLOP advantage is only applicable in ideal conditions and that the PS5 can better sustain peak performance.
AMD discontinues StoreMI, replacement version with new features being planned for Q2 2020
AMD has EOL'd the StoreMI feature that was offered as a part of X470 and above chipsets. StoreMI allowed for combining up to 256 GB of SSD storage and RAM with traditional hard drives to speed up data access. AMD originally licensed the StoreMI feature from Enmotus but will now be focusing on developing a more feature-rich in-house solution slated to release sometime in Q2 2020.
Latest Zen 3 rumor further reiterates 10-15% IPC gains per thread and 32 MB of shared L3 cache per CCX, Zen 4 to feature 1 MB L2 cache and AVX 512 support
The upcoming AMD Zen 3 Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs will likely offer 10-15% IPC gains per thread, according to a new report. Zen 3 will feature up to eight cores per CCX and a 32 MB L3 cache that can potentially improve latency in gaming. Also being confirmed is that Zen 4 will require a new socket and feature a 1 MB L2 cache and AVX 512 support.
Leaked official image of the Dell XPS 15 9500, XPS 17 9700, and 2020 Precision confirms expected design changes
An official image of the upcoming Dell XPS 15 9500 and the XPS 17 9700 along with 2020 Precision mobile workstations was briefly posted on Dell's website before it was taken down. The image confirms the anticipated redesigns of the XPS lineup including a 16:10 display, an all-Thunderbolt 3 port selection, larger trackpad, and ultra-slim bezels on all sides.
Updated: Clevo PB50 and PB70 barebones designs powered by Intel 10th gen Comet Lake-H and NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super are now available
Clevo has upgraded its barebones designs to feature the new Comet Lake-H and RTX 20 Super Mobile offerings. The new designs in the PB50 and PB70 series feature CPU options up to the Core i9-10880H and GPU options up to the RTX 2070 Super Mobile with some SKUs offering G-Sync displays. OEMs based on Clevo designs such as Schenker have already made available laptops powered by the latest Intel and NVIDIA offerings with more variants set to be available in the coming months.
MSI revamps its entire gaming and creative portfolio with Comet Lake-H and RTX 20 Super Mobile options
MSI announced new laptops such as the GS66 Stealth, GE66 Raider, and Creator 17 at CES 2020 and has now detailed their full specifications. MSI is also upgrading the its entire gaming and creative product lineup with the latest Intel 10th gen Comet Lake-H and NVIDIA RTX 20 Super Mobile offerings. All laptops will be available for shipping from April 15.
Dell XPS 17 9700 listing on Userbenchmark rekindles hope for a true productivity workhorse
Recently, a Dell XPS 17 9700 listing surfaced on Userbenchmark indicating that Dell would finally bring back the 17-inch form factor to the XPS lineup. The XPS 17 9700 in this listing is indicated as being powered by the Core i7-10750H processor and 32 GB of RAM. While there's no discrete GPU mentioned, it is likely that the XPS 17 9700 will feature at least a GTX 1660 Ti or, if Dell is benevolent enough, an RTX 2060 Mobile option as well.
Exclusive first benchmarks of NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super Mobile show appreciable gains over the RTX 2070 Mobile, new RTX 2060 Mobile leads the RTX 2070 Max-Q
We have exclusively obtained the first 3DMark synthetic benchmark results of NVIDIA's newly announced RTX 2070 Super and the new RTX 2060 Mobile GPUs. We find that the RTX 2070 Super Mobile trails behind the desktop RTX 2070 Super by about 10% overall. Interestingly, we find the new RTX 2060 Mobile to be appreciably faster in most tests compared to the original version and even outpacing the RTX 2070 Max-Q ever so slightly.
NVIDIA announces Super versions of the RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 with new Max-Q features alongside a new GTX 1650 Ti
NVIDIA is doing a revamp of its mobile Turing offerings today with the introduction of the RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 Super along with their updated Max-Q designs. The new Max-Q design offers features such as Dynamic Boost, Advanced Optimus, low-voltage GDDR6 memory, and more. NVIDIA is now positioning the RTX 2060 mobile as the GPU of choice in the hotly contested US$999 gaming laptop segment while also introducing a new GTX 1650 Ti SKU.
5.3 GHz at 45W — Intel finally unveils the 10th generation Comet Lake-H lineup, bets on single-core performance to take on AMD Ryzen 4000
After a brief announcement earlier at CES 2020, Intel has now detailed the 10th gen Comet Lake-H processor lineup that is expected to make its way to more than 100 laptop designs this year. Comet Lake-H finally breaks the 5 GHz barrier at 45 W with four out of the six SKUs in the lineup touted to have a single-core boost at 5 GHz or above thanks to Thermal Velocity Boost. How well this works in real life depends on a lot on the OEM's cooling implementation and chassis construction.
Exclusive first benchmarks of 10th gen Comet Lake-H demonstrate Intel's leads in single-core but not too far ahead of AMD Ryzen 4000
We got exclusive access to first benchmarks of the Intel Comet Lake-H Core i9-10880H, Core i7-10750H, and the Core i5-10300H. We compared single-core and multi-core performance of these chips with contemporary offerings from AMD viz. the Ryzen 9 4900HS and the Ryzen 7 4800H, and also 9th gen Coffee Lake-H Refresh CPUs. Although the scores further re-iterate Intel's lead in single-core performance, we see that AMD has successfully managed to narrow the gap significantly while maintaining good leads in multi-core tests.
The OnePlus 8 Pro's flagship components get officially detailed
OnePlus has offered a deep dive into the flagship SoC, RAM, and storage subsystems that will be powering the upcoming 5G OnePlus lineup. Although the company hasn't officially listed the SKUs, we do know that these specs pertain to the OnePlus 8 Pro and to a large extent, the OnePlus 8.
After a year long wait, Kaby Lake-G finally gets a driver update... from AMD
After being left in the lurch for nearly 12 months, owners of the ill-fated Intel Kaby Lake-G platform finally get some respite not from Intel but from AMD. AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 drivers can now be used to update Kaby Lake-G graphics drivers. At last, Kaby Lake-G owners can now have access to day 0 game support and critical bug fixes, which they have been deprived of all these months.
Honor 30, Honor 30 Pro, and Honor 30S touted to bring some Huawei P40 goodness to the masses
Honor is expected to introduce upgrades to its lineup today, which includes the Honor 30, 30 Pro, and the 30S. The new Honor lineup is expected to bring some of the Huawei P40 features such as the 50 MP Sony IMX 7xx sensor and 40W fast charging. The Honor 30S launch will also see the introduction of the Kirin 820 5G SoC, which was shown to dominate the mid-range segment in leaked benchmarks.
Huawei P40 series launches with a Pro+ version, Leica penta cameras, 40W wireless charging, and more: Price, features, and specs
Huawei is offering three variants in the new P40 series — the P40, P40 Pro, and a P40 Pro+. The P40 Pro+ brings several droolworthy features such as the Leica penta-camera system with true 10x optical zoom and the first commercialized 40W wireless charging tech. All P40 phones feature the Kirin 990 5G SoC, a dedicated Kirin W650 chip for Wi-Fi 6 2,400 Mbps throughput, and a dual-selfie camera setup with a 32 MP lens.
The Apple A12Z Bionic SoC is just a renamed A12X with an enabled GPU core
We get to learn that the Apple A12X Bionic has eight physical GPU cores, but one of those cores is disabled. The disabled core is enabled in the new A12Z Bionic that powers the 2020 iPad Pro. While there could be several reasons for this decision, the most convincing explanation is that it would save Apple from having to develop a new A13X chip while a more powerful A14X is already in the pipeline for a late 2020 release.
SD 865-powered OnePlus 8 Pro placed 22nd in AI-Benchmark results behind the Xiaomi Mi 10, Galaxy S20, and Oppo Find X2, Kirin 990-based phones top the chart
The OnePlus 8 Pro gets featured on the AI Benchmark leaderboard but seems to have mustered a rather mediocre score in the benchmark when compared to other flagship phones powered by the Snapdragon 865 and even some of the Kirin 810-powered phones. Leading the pack is the Kirin 990 5G in the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G, which is indicative of Huawei's prowess in NPU design.
Axiomtek CEM521 COM Express module comes with Intel Whiskey Lake-U and supports both Windows 10 and Linux
Axiomtek's new CE521 is a COM Express Type 6 compact form factor module based on Intel Whiskey Lake-U and comes with options of the Core i-series or Celeron 4305UE processor. The CE521 is designed for industrial IoT applications, comes with an assortment of connectivity options, and can run both Windows 10 and Linux.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite and Mi Max M3 finally getting stable global MIUI 11 update based on Android 10
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite and the Mi Max 3 global variants are finally receiving the stable Android 10-based MIUI 11 update after having had an initial rollout in China. Both updates weigh-in around 1.8 GB and come with the February security patch. The updates, though stable, are still being seeded only to a few users and will roll out to others if all goes well.
The Nokia 8.3 5G is the first truly global 5G phone, comes with Snapdragon 765G 5G, Zeiss quad cameras, and Android One for €599
HMD Global has announced its latest flagship-esque device, the Nokia 8.3 5G. The Nokia 8.3 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G and features a tall 20:9 6.81-inch HDR PureDisplay, a quad-camera setup with Zeiss optics, and is part of the Android One program. While the specs are good for the most part despite some cut corners, the pricing of the Nokia 8.3 5G may work against its favor.
The PlayStation 5's Tempest 3D audio engine is so revolutionary that Sony may ask you to send a photo of your ears for added realism
Sony is equipping the PlayStation 5 with a revolutionary Tempest 3D audio engine that focuses a lot on positional audio experiences using HRTF methods. The PS5's Tempest Engine actually leverages an entire GPU compute unit for audio processing. Sony will be further improving audio in the years to come, and this may involve creating HRTF profiles based on the photo of a user's ear or head.
The PlayStation 5 SSD comes in an odd capacity and can fill 16 GB of RAM in just two seconds
One of the defining features of the PlayStation 5 and one that Mark Cerny stressed a lot upon is the console's storage. Sony's custom flash controller has performance equivalent to that of nine Zen 2 cores and can deliver up to 5.5 GB/s of raw and up to 9 GB/s of compressed throughput. The PlayStation 5 will also be compatible with both USB and NVMe external storage solutions, but Sony prefers waiting it out before existing NVMe M.2 drives can be validated for the console.
TFLOPs aren't everything: The PlayStation 5's 10.3 TFLOP GPU is a custom RDNA 2 part with 36 CUs running at 2.23 GHz
Sony's Mark Cerny spoke in detail about the PlayStation 5's GPU, which is a custom designed AMD RDNA 2 chip. The PS5's GPU has a lower CU count than the Xbox Series X but has higher clocks and boosts differently compared to PCs and the Xbox. Sony intended to drive home the point that TFLOPs alone do not account for all the factors that collectively impact GPU performance.
The PlayStation 5's method for SoC boost allows for dramatic increase in GPU clocks much higher than PCs, no matter the ambient temperature
Sony offered details into how the boost clocks of the Zen 2 CPU and RDNA 2 GPU in the PS5's SoC are regulated. Sony's approach of using a constant power but varying frequency should allow all PS5 units to process data in the same manner irrespective of ambient temperature. It also allows the GPU to boost way higher than anything that is available from AMD in the PC space.
Sony finally reveals PlayStation 5 specs: 10.3 TFLOPs 32 CU GPU at 2.23 GHz can give stiff competition to the Xbox Series X
Sony has finally taken the wraps off the PlayStation 5's much anticipated specs. PS5 Chief Architect Mark Cerny, in a pre-recorded webcast, talked in detail about the various hardware choices in the console and how they affect gaming. On paper, the Xbox Series X looks to have the edge in this generation, but it is too early to conclude anything before testing out some real games.
PlayStation 5 touted to be the "most exciting hardware in 20 years", but can it measure up to the Xbox Series X?
Following the heels of Microsoft fully unveiling the Xbox Series X, Sony is all set to reveal the PlayStation 5's internals via live streaming today. Leaked specs so far show a very tight competition in terms of specs between the two consoles, and it will be interesting to see how well the PlayStation 5 can match or exceed the standards set by the Xbox Series X.
Apple extremely wary about COVID-19 apps on the App Store
Apple has announced that only developers from specific credible entities can publish apps pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic on the App Store. This is being done to curb the spread of misinformation and provide users access to reliable sources. Eligible developers can also chose to get their app approved faster than the conventional App Store approval process.
GTC 2020: NVIDIA holds off sharing "exciting products and news" amidst COVID-19 concerns
NVIDIA has decided to hold off any GTC 2020-related announcements for the time being. Previously, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang was expected to deliver an online-only keynote but even that stands cancelled as of today given the increasing need for people to focus on personal health amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
AMD includes the Ryzen 9 4900H and Ryzen 9 4900HS in the Renoir Ryzen 4000 APU lineup: faster base clocks than the Core i9-9880H at 45W TDP
AMD has added the Ryzen 9 4900H and Ryzen 9 4900HS to its list of Ryzen 4000 APUs. While the H-series is rated at a 45W TDP and is OEM-configurable, the HS series will have a default 35W TDP and be available only to select OEM partners whose laptops pass AMD's validation and testing. AMD is pitting the Ryzen 9 4900HS against the Intel Core i9-9880H and according to internal benchmarks, the APU has managed an impressive show so far.
AMD details Ryzen 4000 battery life optimizations: better system awareness leads to increased run times compared to the Core i7-1065G7
AMD detailed some of the enhancements built into the new Ryzen 4000 APUs that potentially lead to better battery life compared to Intel Ice Lake-powered laptops. AMD focuses on improvements to the system management controller and how it plays well and gathers telemetry from other system components to ensure quick ramp-ups and ramp-downs, longer idle times, and lesser transition between intermediate power states.
Realme 6 front camera can now record 120 fps slow motion video thanks to a new OTA update
Realme 6 handsets are receiving an OTA update that adds a Night Mode and 120 fps slow motion video recording to the phone's 16 MP front camera. The update also brings the March 5 Android security patch and the Soloop video editing app.
No more flagship Pixels: Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL rumored to be powered by the Snapdragon 765G 5G
The upcoming Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL may not be flagship phones, if a recent teardown of a pre-release version of the Google Camera app for the Pixel 4a is any indication. The Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL are likely to be powered by the Snapdragon 765G and could be the beginning of Google's new strategy to focus on bringing more premium features to the upper-midrange segment rather than deploying the fastest SoC available.
Upcoming MacBook Pro and MacBook Air to sport scissor switch keyboards, ARM-powered MacBooks and redesigns coming in 2021
Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects the upcoming MacBook Pro and MacBook Air line to be fitted with scissor switch keyboards owing to the good feedback received from users of the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Kuo also predicts that Apple will start using its own custom SoCs in MacBooks to be released in late 2020 or early 2021 along with a complete redesign of the MacBook lineup in late 2021.
32-core (2x 16) Intel Ice Lake Server Geekbench benchmarks leak — 80% more performance than AMD Epyc Rome 7702P with half the cores?
Geekbench listings of what appears to be a 32-core (16-core dual-socket) Intel Ice Lake Server processor have surfaced. Ice Lake Server appears to put up a strong show against AMD's Epyc Rome 7702P in Geekbench 4 running on Windows Server 2019 with half the number of cores. AMD, however, has the core-count advantage, which still eludes Intel owing to lower yields on the 10nm process.
OnePlus will do a Samsung and unveil a full 5G lineup for its upcoming launch
OnePlus co-founder and CEO Pete Lau said that the company's upcoming launch will see the complete lineup supporting 5G. While the top-tier OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 variants are confirmed and will have 5G support, it is not yet clear whether the purported OnePlus 8 Lite variant would feature 5G given the higher costs of implementing the standard.
AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U offers a good performance incentive over the Ryzen 5 4500U, the latter being leaps and bounds ahead of Intel Ice Lake-U in Cinebench R15
Leaked benchmarks indicate the business-focused AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U as having an edge over the Ryzen 5 4500U SKU in 3DMark Time Spy. AMD has been comparing the Ryzen 4000 U-series to Intel Ice Lake-U and a leaked Cinebench R15 score shows the Ryzen 5 4500U as having a significant lead in the test.
Intel Comet Lake-H Core i7-10750H and Core i5-10300H pay a visit to PassMark — seem to offer nearly 40% and 17% gains over their predecessors, respectively
Intel's upcoming 45W 10th gen Comet Lake-H processors, the Core i7-10750H and the Core i5-10300H, have surfaced on the PassMark benchmarking site. The Core i7-10750H seems to offer a nearly 40% performance boost when compared to its predecessor, the Core i7-9750H. The gains brought forth by the Core i5-10300H are comparatively modest when compared to the Core i5-9300H.
Alder Lake-S with 16 cores could see Intel bringing big.LITTLE to the desktop, 80-150W TDP and PCIe Gen4 support in tow
A new leak about the purported Intel 12th gen Alder Lake-S platform indicates that we might see something on the lines of ARM's big.LITTLE architecture in smartphones being implemented on the desktop. Alder Lake-S is thought to offer up to 16 cores with a TDP ranging from 80 to 150W along with support for PCIe Gen4. The new platform is expected to require an LGA 1700 socket and will likely be made on the 10nm++ process.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U-powered laptops may potentially offer stellar battery life compared to similar Intel offerings
A PCMark 10 battery life test result of an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U-powered laptop has leaked online. Although specific details about the laptop itself are not available, the test seems to indicate a runtime of 13 hours 52 minutes on a 70 Wh battery. This is a very good runtime and probably higher than most Intel-powered counterparts. The result is also not too far away from what a typical Snapdragon 8cx-powered WoA laptop would score.
The Black Shark 3 takes amazing photos but suffers from one massive oversight
The Black Shark 3's 64 MP camera looks to be combining four such images into one resulting in massive file sizes and long processing times. The lack of storage expansion comes as a handicap for anyone wishing to take a lot of 64 MP photos. Although the photos look clear, the resulting post-processing apparently makes them look like an oil painting.
Intel Xe not really convincing? First Intel Xe DG1 dGPU Geekbench 5 OpenCL score sees it trailing behind six-year old laptop GPUs
A Geekbench 5 compute score of what is likely to be the Intel Xe DG1 dGPU has surfaced and the result isn't really convincing. The Xe DG1 seems to trail behind six-year old mobile GPUs in this particular benchmark. Even if we consider the fact that the software stack is still under development, it looks like it will be quite some time before Xe can be actually competitive against current entry-level offerings from NVIDIA and AMD.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H eclipses the Core i9-9980HK in leaked Cinebench R15 result, Vega 7 within reach of an 18W GeForce MX250
A Cinebench R15 run of the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H has leaked online and the score seems to give not only the Intel Core i7-9750H but also the Core i9-9980HK a run for its money. Also being leaked are purported Vega 7 performance numbers in League of Legends against the 18W and 25W variants of the NVIDIA GeForce MX250.
Hello Darkness: WhatsApp dark mode now rolling out globally to Android and iOS users
WhatsApp is globally rolling out dark mode for Android and iOS users after more than a month of beta testing. The Facebook-owned company says that dark mode is designed to lower eye strain in low light environments. While iOS users get to experience a pure black theme, Android users have to be content with a dark grey environment.
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H has the Core i7-10750H in its sights in first 3DMark Fire Strike and Time Spy benchmarks despite a clock and cache disadvantage
The first 3DMark Fire Strike and Time Spy results of the AMD Ryzen 5 4600H seem to indicate that the new APU could pose a tough challenge for the Intel Core i7-10750H despite the Ryzen 5 4600H having a lower L3 cache and about 700 MHz lower clock. The performance gains with Ryzen 4000 combined with the availability of a capable Vega iGPU may finally give a shot in the arm to AMD's fortunes in the laptop market.
Polaris in the era of Navi: AMD Radeon RX 590 GME spotted on Chinese website, expected to launch on March 9
Listings of the AMD Radeon RX 590 GME by several AMD AiB partners have started popping-up on Chinese websites. The Radeon RX 590 GME is clocked lower than the non-GME variant and is slated to launch on March 9 exclusively for the Chinese market with prices starting from around US$170.
OnePlus Gallery found to conflict with Google Photos gobbling-up onboard storage
OnePlus smartphone users are reporting that deleting photos from the Google Photos app does not completely remove them from the device. Instead, the photos are moved to the OnePlus Gallery app's recycle bin, which takes up space over time unless the user identifies and removes them manually from the Gallery app.
Possible NVIDIA Ampere GPUs with up to 7552 CUDA Cores and 48 GB VRAM rip through Geekbench 5 OpenCL tests, nearly 39% faster than a Titan RTX
Two possible NVIDIA Ampere GPUs with high CUDA Cores and memory capacities were spotted on the Geekbench 5 OpenCL benchmarking site. One of the GPUs with 7,552 CUDA Cores and 24 GB RAM scored 184,096 points in OpenCL beating the Titan RTX by nearly 39%. These GPUs are likely to be datacenter parts and are specced lower than the full GA100 Ampere chip.
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U powering a purported Lenovo IdeaPad laptop takes the Intel Core i7-10710U to the cleaners in Geekbench 5
A Geekbench 5 listing of the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U powering an unnamed Lenovo laptop seems to indicate that Renoir has enough muscle to beat the Intel Core i7-10710U Comet Lake-U with very good sustained performance. Although not indicated, the Lenovo laptop could, in fact, be an upcoming IdeaPad model.
The Huawei MateBook X Pro (2020) is now in it's second iteration, still doesn't get webcam positioning right
Huawei has introduced the MateBook X Pro (2020) earlier this week. The MateBook X Pro continues the same design language of the last year model, including the odd webcam placement, with the only notable differences being the new Emerald Green color option and upgraded internals to Intel Comet Lake-U and NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics.
Intel Core i9-10880H Geekbench scores show a 7.5 to 13% improvement over the Core i9-9880H, within striking distance of the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
The Intel Comet Lake-H Core i9-10880H has surfaced in Geekbench in two listings with slightly varying boost clocks. The scores indicate that the Core i9-10880H may offer anywhere between a 7.5 to 13% performance improvement over the Core i9-9880H making it on par with a desktop AMD Ryzen 7 3800X.
Intel Xe DG1 in Tiger Lake to feature native 12-bit HEVC and VP9 support, more laptops with HDR displays inbound?
A GitHub page for the Intel Media Driver for Video Acceleration API (VAAPI) has surfaced detailing the multimedia capabilities of Intel iGPUs including the Xe DG1 in Tiger Lake. From the video encode-decode support matrix, we get to see that Xe DG1 will support native 12-bit HEVC encode-decode along with decode support for 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 chroma sub-sampling, and VP9 12-bit and 12-bit 4:4:4 decode.
Qualcomm lists the Asus ROG Phone 3 and ZenFone 7 as Snapdragon 865 5G-powered flagships but leaves out the OnePlus 8 and LG V60 ThinQ
Qualcomm has listed several upcoming flagship phones that will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform. For the first time, we are seeing the Asus ROG Phone 3 and the ZenFone 7 getting an official mention. Surprisingly, the highly anticipated OnePlus 8 series and the LG V60 ThinQ do not feature in this list.
17 global operators to support Always On, Always Connected 5G PCs
Qualcomm announced that 17 mobile operators around the world will be supporting upcoming 5G Always On, Always Connected PCs powered by the Snapdragon Compute Platform that are expected to be available later this year. Apart from this, the company also announced that operators in 115 countries are investing in 5G infrastructure.
Review: Corsair M65 RGB Elite tunable gaming mouse — Elite features at a competitive price
The Corsair M65 RGB Elite tunable gaming mouse is designed for gamers who want a far greater degree of control over their mouse movements that are not usually found in conventional desktop mice. The M65 RGB Elite uses Corsair's high-end PMW3391 optical sensor and offers features such as tunable weights and nearly unlimited programming options via iCUE. With so many useful features, does the M65 live up to its Elite tag in terms of actual performance? Let's find out.
Honor Magic Earbuds aim to take on the Apple AirPods Pro and Galaxy Buds Plus
Honor announced the Magic Earbuds at its MWC substitute event in Barcelona today. The Magic Earbuds look strikingly similar to the Apple AirPods Pro and feature 10mm drivers, hybrid feed-forward/feedback noise cancelation, and a 3.5 hour-uptime for continuous music playback.
Review: Corsair K70 MK.2 Rapidfire RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard — A US$170 gamer's delight
The Corsair K70 MK.2 Rapidfire RGB uses Cherry MX Speed (Silver) switches to allow fast responses and low reaction times for competitive gameplay. The K70 MK.2 Rapidfire ticks all the required boxes for an easy recommend, but at US$170 it is not cheap and does require some time to get used to. In this review, we take a look at what features make the Corsair K70 MK.2 Rapidfire RGB stand out from the competition and see if it merits a consideration as your next gaming keyboard.
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 and ThinkPad T14 powered by AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs may be around the corner
A Github listing of Realtek UAD drivers seems to indicate that the Lenovo ThinkPad X13, ThinkPad T14, and ThinkPad T14S would be getting AMD options. Although no details about the specific processor SKUs are mentioned, it is very well possible that ThinkPads powered by the Ryzen 4000 APUs are not too far away from launch.
DisplayMate awards the "Best Smartphone Display" title once again, this time to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
DisplayMate has concluded that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra's display is "visually indistinguishable from perfect" and has awarded no less than 12 awards to the phone. The publication gave the Galaxy S20 Ultra's display an A+ rating and notes that it has "text book perfect calibration accuracy and performance".
Towards a ubiquitous 5G future: Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G modem-RF system aggregates mmWave and sub-6 GHz for high peak data speeds
Qualcomm has announced the launch of its latest Snapdragon X60 5G modem-RF system. The Snapdragon X60 aims to unify worldwide 5G implementation by aggregating mmWave and sub-6 GHz frequencies. The Snapdragon X60 also supports Voice over New Radio and the new 3rd gen mmWave QTM535 antenna that uses Qualcomm's ultraSAW filter technology for efficient isolation and processing of RF signals.
Windows 10 2004 20H1 finally gets multi-monitor refresh rates right
After nearly 13 years, Microsoft seems to have addressed an oft-ignored issue when it comes to how Windows deals with multi-monitor refresh rates. Till now, Windows 10's Desktop Window Manager (DWM) caused stutters and frame-skips when running multiple monitors with mismatched refresh rates. Windows 10 2004 20H1's DWM, which supports hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling in WDDM 2.7, finally seems to have corrected this issue as demonstrated by a user on Reddit.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 may feature an under-display camera, likely to launch around the same time as the Note 20
Fresh leaks about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 indicate that the device's display is likely to be made of ultra-thin glass like the recently launched Galaxy Z Flip. The Fold 2 is also tipped to feature an under-display camera and is expected to launch sometime in July, around the same time as the Galaxy Note 20.
Samsung's claim of the Galaxy Z Flip using a glass display is potentially misleading but is not false
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip has received much criticism owing to its highly fragile display. While durability tests do not show any indications of the display being made of glass, a closer examination does confirm the company's claims of using ultra-thin glass under a protective plastic layer. However, Samsung's marketing gives the impression that the Galaxy Z Flip's glass display is as reliable and scratch-proof as any other smartphone.
The Asus 6Z at ₹23,999 (US$336) is among the best deals available for a Snapdragon 855-powered flagship killer
Asus is offering copious discounts as part of the ongoing Flipkart Mobile Bonanza sales season from February 17 to February 21. As part of the sales offer, Asus is selling all variants of the 6Z at ₹4,000 off while the 5Z gets a generous ₹3,000 price cut. Budget phones such as the ZenFone Max Pro M1, Max 2, and Max 1 will also be available at discounted prices during this period.
Intel 10th gen Comet Lake-S qualifying samples get listed on Chinese website signaling an impending release
A Chinese e-tailer site briefly carried a listing of the upcoming Intel 10th gen Comet Lake-S desktop CPUs qualifying samples (QS) for sale indicating that we may not have to wait much longer before retail units become available. Another site managed to get their hands on a Core i9-10900, but the base clock seems to be lower than what was expected.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip's default keyboard has a bug that can get quite annoying
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip's default keyboard seems to have a bug that automatically lowercases any letter typed in uppercase and this behavior is persistent even after fiddling around with the settings. It is not a big deal-breaker though, as users can still install third-party keyboards such as Gboard or SwiftKey.
Releasing stable Navi Radeon Adrenalin drivers still seems to be an uphill task for AMD
Nearly eight months on since launch, many AMD Navi GPU owners are complaining about random black screens and other driver inconsistencies even with the latest Radeon Adrenalin drivers. This puts prospective GPU owners in a conundrum as while AMD offers better value for money hardware, NVIDIA's drivers seem to be comparatively more stable.
Realme X50 Pro 5G to have an online launch on Feb 24, Snapdragon 865 and 65W SuperDart charging in tow
With the MWC 2020 event officially called off, Realme has decided to launch its flagship, the Realme X50 Pro 5G, in an online event on February 24. The Realme X50 Pro 5G will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC, will feature 65W SuperDart fast charging, and will run on the new Realme UI OS based on Android 10.
NVIDIA planning a Turing-based MX350 successor to take on Intel Tiger Lake's Xe DG1 iGPU, will be a GTX 1650-class chip with PCIe Gen4 support
NVIDIA is working on a Turing-based successor to the upcoming MX350 dGPU, according to our sources familiar with the matter. The new MX GPU will be based on the TU117 GPU found in the GTX 1650 and will be the first Turing card to feature PCIe Gen4 support. The TU117 MX GPU is designed to take on the Xe DG1 iGPU in Intel Tiger Lake processors and is expected to come in two variants with different package sizes.
Full specs and first benchmarks of the NVIDIA GeForce MX330 and MX350 — NVIDIA clings-on to Pascal even in the third iteration
We have obtained exclusive information and benchmarks about NVIDIA's latest entry-level dGPUs for laptops — the GeForce MX330 and MX350. While the MX330 is essentially a rebranded MX250, the MX350 is based on the same GP107 chip as the GTX 1050 albeit sporting just a 64-bit memory bus and a lower 25 W TDP.
Employee's tweet leaves Asus ZenFone 5 Android 10 update prospects hanging in the air
The chances of the Asus ZenFone 5 getting updated to Android 10 seem to be slim if the tweets of an Asus France employee are anything to go by. In a response to user's query, the rep said that a lot of work needs to be done before the update can be made available for the ZenFone 5 considering the fact that it is based on ZenUI, and that it runs on a different chipset compared to the ZenFone 5Z, which has already received Android 10.
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U takes on the Core i5-102010U and Core i7-9750H — Acer Swift SF314-42 compared to the Dell XPS 13 7390 and the XPS 15 7590 in Geekbench
A Geekbench listing of the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U running on an Acer Swift 3 laptop has surfaced. The Ryzen 5 4500U shows good gains when compared to the Core i5-10210U in the Dell XPS 13 7390. While not on par with the Core i7-9750H in the XPS 15 7590, the Ryzen 5 4500U does bring in a significant gen-on-gen performance bump.
Intel Core i9-10900K with a 5.1 GHz boost gets its first listing on 3DMark
The Core i9-10900K has popped-up on 3DMark indicating a 10-core 20-thread configuration with a base clock of 3.7 GHz and a boost clock of 5.1 GHz. Although the listing does not specify any other details, we do know that the 10th generation 10900K will be a 125W chip and require a new LGA 1200 socket.
Hands-on: Corsair IronClaw RGB gaming mouse — Class-leading sensor performance at a wallet-friendly price
The Corsair IronClaw RGB gaming mouse is designed for FPS/MOBA gamers and features the high-end PMW3391 optical sensor for unparalleled resolution and accurate tracking. The IronClaw RGB looks to offer the right balance of features and pricing, and it provides gamers with a variety of customization options. Are these enough reasons to pick up the IronClaw RGB as your next weapon of choice for world domination? Let's find out in our hands-on review.
Fear of AMD Renoir Ryzen 4000 could prompt Intel to launch Comet Lake-H and Comet Lake-S earlier than anticipated
Intel could be accelerating the launch of Comet Lake-H and Comet Lake-S CPUs to March this year to counter AMD's launch of Renoir Ryzen 4000 APUs around the same time. As per reports, a reduced pricing is also on the cards. The question, however, still remains. Will an early launch period help with Intel's fortunes against AMD's 7nm onslaught?
APK teardown reveals the Pixel 4's Google Phone app getting native call recording support
An APK teardown has revealed that Google will be bringing native call recording functionality to the Google Phone app in Pixel devices. The updated Google Phone app will allow users to record, transcribe, and export the recordings. It will also prompt users on either side of the call whenever recording is initiated or terminated.
Huawei Y9 (2019) Indian variant and Nova 3/Nova 3i will not be receiving the EMUI 10 update
Huawei has given users of the Huawei Y9 (2019) Indian variant and the Nova 3/Nova 3i a cold shoulder as the company has confirmed the said devices will not be updated to EMUI 10. This is surprising considering that global variants of the Huawei Y9 are confirmed to received the update after a recent backlash and that these phones use the same Kirin 710 SoC as the Honor 8X, which is already getting its share of EMUI 10 goodness.
Poco X2 could be the cheapest smartphone with a 120 Hz refresh rate, new hands-on leaked images point towards a rebranded Redmi K30
The upcoming Poco X2 smartphone is confirmed to feature a 120 Hz RealityFlow display, and all the hints point it to be a rebadged Redmi K30 for the Indian market. Leaked images of the Poco X2 also seem to confirm a Redmi K30-esque design including the presence of a dual punch-hole front camera notch. The Poco X2 is all set to be officially released on February 4.
Future iMacs could be made entirely of glass and resemble a glorified MacBook
iMacs of the future could be made entirely of a single sheet of curved glass, if a recent Apple patent is anything to go by. According to the patent, the iMac could have a radical design overhaul with a foldable glass keyboard deck, dual trackpads, and more. The patent also shows a possible design of Mac accessories that allow for a MacBook to dock directly into the glass surface to allow for a larger working area.
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Geekbench score indicates a tough competition for the Intel Core i7-1065G7 and Core i7-10710U
An AMD Ryzen 7 4700U running on a Lenovo laptop has recently surfaced on Geekbench. The APU seems to have posted impressive single-core and multi-core scores finally giving the Intel Core i7-1065G7 and Core i7-10710U some good competition indicating the improvements brought forth by Zen 2 and the transition to 7nm.
New evidence for hardware-accelerated ray tracing support in Intel Xe GPUs comes to light
Fresh evidence for hardware-accelerated ray tracing in what is purported to be Intel GPU driver code has surfaced. The driver references several ray tracing features of the DXR API. Although speculation about ray tracing support in Intel Xe is not new, the company did not officially confirm any of those rumors but only indicated that ray tracing is on the roadmap for datacenter Xe GPUs.
Intel mulling a phased price reduction strategy to counter AMD, but all that could be in vain once Zen 3 hits the market
Industry sources report that Intel could be implementing a phased price reduction strategy this year starting with OEMs in H2 2020 to counter AMD's aggressive pricing strategy and market share increase of Ryzen CPUs. How far will this impact end-user pricing and to which processors this applies to, is still unclear.
Intel Comet Lake-U Pentium Gold G6405U and Celeron 5205U debut with the Acer Chromebook 871
Acer has launched the Chromebook 871 (Chromebook 712) — the first laptop to offer the entry-level Comet Lake-U Pentium Gold 6405U and Celeron 5205U options alongside the Core i3-10110U. Acer has ensured that the Chromebook 871 can withstand the vagaries of the typical classroom environment by making it compliant with leading safety and toughness standards.
NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super Max-Q and Core i9-10980HK appear on Geekbench, expected to launch later this quarter
A Geekbench result showing the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super Max-Q's OpenCL score has surfaced confirming our earlier exclusive report about NVIDIA's plans of bringing the new RTX 20-series Super GPUS in Max-Q versions for laptops. We also see the upcoming 10th generation Intel Core i9-10980HK in this listing showing a maximum boost frequency of 4.92 GHz.
Qualcomm introduces the Snapdragon 720G, 662, and 460 aimed at 4G markets, becomes the first to support ISRO's NavIC GPS constellation
Qualcomm has revealed three new SoCs for upcoming budget smartphones — the Snapdragon 720G, Snapdragon 662, and the Snapdragon 460. These 4G SoCs come with support for key Wi-Fi 6 features, support for ISRO's NavIC GPS satellite constellation, and improved AI capabilities. The new SoCs will be available for OEMs worldwide starting with Snapdragon 720G in Q1 2020.
More alleged NVIDIA Ampere GPU details leak — GA103 RTX 3080 could feature 3480 CUDA cores, 320-bit memory bus, and 20 GB GDDR6 RAM giving Big Navi a headache
Details about NVIDIA's upcoming Ampere GPUs have leaked online, and it looks like we may in for a treat this year. We are getting to know a few hardware specs about two Ampere GPUs — GA103 and GA104, which could eventually be designated the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070, respectively. GA103 seems to offer a significantly higher CUDA core count and memory bandwidth compared to the RTX 2080 Super. The leak also seems to indicate that there is ample room for a GA102 RTX 3080 Ti, which could turn out to be a monster of a card.
This is why Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs can offer 59% higher performance per CU despite still being on Vega
The AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs have a reduced number of compute units (CUs) compared to Raven Ridge, but improvements to the architecture means that they can offer higher clocks and a 59% higher performance per CU. AMD plans to eventually transition these improvements into upcoming Navi generations for laptops.
PUBG Season 6 releasing January 25, brings a new Karakin map, Motor Glider, Survivor Pass, and more
PUBG is getting a new Season 6 update next week. Season 6 offers a new 64-player map, Karakin, which is designed to offer a challenging gameplay and a new hazard called Black Zone in which the map layout changes with every match. Also available is a new Motor Glider vehicle, Survivor Pass, and a host of other enhancements that will go live on January 25 for PC and console players.
Still can't let go of Windows 7? Here's a hack to further extend your eligibility for security updates
Microsoft has ended official support for Windows 7 on January 14, but many home users and businesses still use it as their primary operating system. Enterprise customers can still avail the option of paying for extended support leaving other users reluctant to upgrade in a lurch. This article describes a workaround that non-enterprise users can use to make them eligible for extended security releases.
Realme teases the new Realme UI based on Android 10, reveals update schedule
Realme has revealed more information about its upcoming update, the Realme UI that is built with user feedback in mind. Realme UI is still based on Oppo's ColorOS 7 and offers features such as Personal Information Protection, Smart Gestures, Dual Earphone Connection, and more. Realme has also detailed the timeline for the rollout of the new update.
OnePlus officially announces the arrival of its 120 Hz Fluid Display with 4,096 levels of auto brightness control
OnePlus has officially confirmed that the company would be using a 120 Hz Fluid Display in the upcoming OnePlus flagship smartphone, touted to be the OnePlus 8 Pro. OnePlus's new display tech offers a host of features such as a QHD+ resolution, high color accuracy, MEMC, and a 4,096-level brightness control.
Another blow to UWP as Microsoft could soon deprecate the Windows 10 Stores for Business and Education
The Microsoft Store for Business and Education may soon be deprecated, according to Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley citing internal sources. These enterprise Stores allowed IT admins to deploy custom LOB apps within the organization and helped keep them up to date. It is not yet known whether Microsoft would give any transition time for businesses to switch stores or would offer alternatives to this distribution model.
Flipkart launches the Falkon Aerbook under the MarQ label in India starting from ₹39,990
Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart has announced that it is adding laptops to its MarQ sub-brand with the Falkon Aerbook. The Falkon Aerbook is a thin and light laptop for professionals and students made in collaboration with Intel and Microsoft. The Aerbook will be powered by the 8th gen Intel Core i5 processor and will be available on January 17 starting from ₹39,990 (US$564).
Snapdragon 865-powered OnePlus 8 Pro appears on Geekbench with 12 GB of RAM running Android 10
The OnePlus 8 Pro has surfaced on Geekbench for the first time and has managed to post impressive scores thanks to the onboard Snapdragon 865 SoC. The device is shown to feature 12 GB of RAM and runs on Android 10. OnePlus is expected to announce the 8 series around the time of the Galaxy S11 launch in the next couple of months.
Intel previews 10nm+ Tiger Lake with Xe DG1 graphics and integrated Thunderbolt 4
Shortly after AMD's Ryzen 4000 APU announcement, Intel showed a preview of the upcoming Tiger Lake processor with integrated Xe DG1 graphics. Not much information was revealed about the processor itself apart form highlighting the supposed benefits it brings via integrated Thunderbolt 4, improved AI, and double digit gen on gen performance.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and Radeon RX 5600M come first to the Dell G5 15 Special Edition starting at US$799
Dell has introduced the G5 15 Special Edition gaming laptop that is powered by the latest AMD mobile offerings including the 7nm Ryzen 7 4800H and the Radeon RX 5600M. The Dell G5 15 Special Edition comes with an optional 144 Hz FreeSync FHD display and includes the Alienware Command Center for system tuning and personalization.
Acer Swift 3 is now Project Athena-certified and puts buyers in an Intel vs AMD conundrum
Acer is offering consumers the benefit of doubt with the new Swift 3. The Swift 3 comes in both Intel Ice Lake and AMD Ryzen 4000 variants. While both the variants share many common features and connectivity options, the Intel version is Project Athena-certified, supports Thunderbolt 3, and comes with a higher resolution 3:2 display.
The AMD Threadripper 3990X is a 64-core behemoth that will be unrivaled for quite a long time
AMD has launched the 64-core 128-thread Threadripper 3990X at CES 2020. The new HEDT processor is the world's most powerful CPU for content creators and can boost up to 4.3 GHz in a 280W TDP envelope. The Threadripper 3990X will be available from February 7 for US$3,990 SEP.
AMD takes the fight to GTX 1660 Ti territory with the Radeon RX 5600 XT, promises 120 fps gaming for US$279
AMD has introduced the Radeon RX 5600 XT at CES 2020 to take on NVIDIA's GTX 1660 series for 1080p Ultra gaming. Using the RDNA architecture with 36 CUs and 6 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, the RX 5600 XT seems to show considerable gains over the GTX 1660 Ti and is all set to retail on January 21 from US$279.
Updated: AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 U and H-series APUs bring 7nm 8C/16T goodness to laptops, first benchmarks show AMD clobbering Intel Core i7-1065G7 and Core i7-9750H for big gains
AMD has finally revealed the much anticipated Ryzen 4000 APUs for laptops. The 7nm Ryzen 4000 APUs come in both U (15-28W) and H (35-45W) series, and offer up to 8 cores 16 threads with boosts up to 4.2 GHz. Preliminary benchmarks show that AMD has managed to significantly close the performance gap with Intel's mobile offerings and is, in fact, leading by large margins. A bevy of new laptops designs are expected to launch this year featuring AMD Ryzen 4000 processors bringing a lot of choice to the consumer.
NVIDIA announces new Game Ready driver with VRSS, Wolfenstein: Youngblood to receive a major RTX update
NVIDIA has announced the release of a new Game Ready driver at CES 2020. The new driver brings support for variable rate supersampling (VRSS), Freestyle splitscreen, updates to image sharpening, and frame rate limiting among others. Also being announced today is support for RTX in more games with Wolfenstein: Youngblood set to deliver an RTX patch this week.
Project Athena and NVMe SSDs come to Chromebooks with the Asus Chromebook Flip C436
Asus has announced the Chromebook Flip C436 at CES 2020. The convertible Chromebook Flip C436 is one of the first Chromebooks to be certified by Intel's Project Athena program and is powered by Intel Comet Lake-U CPUs and a range of NVMe storage options.
Acer announces the TravelMate P2 and TravelMate P6 to take on the ThinkPads and Latitudes of the world
Acer has unveiled the TravelMate P2 and TravelMate P6 at CES 2020. These laptops are designed to cater to mobile professionals on the go and come with built-in LTE, Wi-Fi 6, and a host of security features. The TravelMate P6 also comes in a multi-touch variant and features Intel Comet Lake-U and NVIDIA MX250 graphics along with soldered and expandable memory options.
Intel offers a sneak peek at 10th gen Comet Lake-H and Ghost Canyon NUC, possibly to steal some limelight before AMD's keynote tomorrow
Intel teased about the upcoming 10th gen Comet Lake-H CPUs at CES 2020 but did not divulge many details. Intel also showed off the Ghost Canyon NUC that will bring support for Core i9 H-series and discrete GPUs. Intel's early sneak peek points to the company being wary of AMD's announcements tomorrow.
Acer Spin 3 and Spin 5 are now slimmer and get a much needed upgrade to Intel Ice Lake
Acer has announced upgrades to the Spin 3 and Spin 5 convertibles at CES 2020. The new Spin series are now slimmer than their predecessors and are powered by 10th gen Intel Ice Lake processor options with Iris Plus Graphics. The Spin 5 comes with a 2K display in a 3:2 aspect ratio for enhanced productivity. Both the Spin 3 and Spin 5 come bundled with the Acer Active Wacom AES stylus and offer a range of connectivity options including Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3.
Asus and NVIDIA team-up to showcase the ROG Swift 360 — the world's first 360 Hz G-Sync display
NVIDIA is demoing the world's first 360 Hz G-Sync display at CES 2020. Built in collaboration with Asus, the ROG Swift 360 is a 24.5-inch FHD display that supports G-Sync VRR and offers a 360 Hz refresh rate with extremely low latency. Given the ever-expanding eSports market, NVIDIA feels that competitive gamers will find this refresh rate advantageous for faster reaction times and crystal clear visuals.
Acer expands the ConceptD lineup with new ConceptD 7 Ezel convertibles and the ConceptD 700 workstation
At CES 2020, Acer is introducing new PCs in the ConceptD lineup aimed at creative pros. The ConceptD 7 Ezel is a convertible with the Ezel hinge featuring a 10th gen Intel H-series processor, NVIDIA RTX GPU, and up to 32 GB of RAM. There is also a ConceptD 7 Ezel Pro with a choice of Intel Xeon and NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs. Alongside the new convertibles, Acer has also announced the ConceptD 700 desktop workstation with modern looks and specs to match that include the Intel Xeon E and NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000.
Acer's new pricey Predator monitors seem droolworthy for both gamers and creatives alike
At CES 2020, Acer introduced three new monitors to its Predator lineup. These include the 55-inch Predator CG552K 4K OLED display, the Predator X32 that is DisplayHDR 1400-certified, and the Predator X38 UWQHD+ panel with a 175 Hz overclocked refresh rate. All monitors feature a wide color gamut coverage and a deltaE<1 color accuracy, which should make them appealing to both gamers and creative pros.
Sony PlayStation 5 rumored to be backward compatible all the way till PS1, touted to be lower-powered than the Xbox Series X to meet a US$399 target
The Sony PlayStation 5 could feature backward compatibility all the way till the original PlayStation if the latest rumors are to be believed. Apparently, the PS5 will feature a Remastering Engine and its GPU will be able to operate in three distinct modes that allow for maximum compatibility with older titles while adding modern features such as 4K rendering. From the looks of it, the PlayStation 5 could be somewhat conservative in terms of raw power compared to the Xbox Series X in order to keep the price low.
Leaked Intel 10th gen Comet Lake-S lineup led by the 10C/20T Core i9-10900K does not seem to offer much for 9th gen owners
Leaked slides detailing upcoming Intel 10th generation Comet Lake-S SKUs seem to indicate new changes to Intel's mainstream desktop lineup. These SKUs are led by the flagship Core i9-10900K, which is a 10C/20T part with a 20 MB cache and can boost up to 5.3 GHz thanks to Thermal Velocity Boost technology and a 125 W TDP. All SKUs feature support for hyperthreading, UHD 730 graphics, and new platform features of the Intel 400-series chipset.
The US$85 AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AF looks to be a new 12nm Zen+ part and even outperforms the Ryzen 5 2600
AMD looks to have secretly given some their first gen Zen CPUs a 12nm Zen+ upgrade as was noticed by the recent availability of the new Ryzen 5 1600 AF. Initial tests seem to indicate that the Ryzen 5 1600 AF could outperform a stock Ryzen 5 2600 in Cinebench R20 although overclocking results weren't as impressive. The new CPU can be had for just US$85, which represents very good value for budget-conscious builders.
First Snapdragon 865 benchmarks reveal appreciable performance boosts and narrowed multi-core performance gap with the Apple A13 Bionic
Coming soon to an Android flagship near you. Qualcomm's latest flagship SoC is now official, and on the sidelines of the recent launch event we had a chance to test out the Snapdragon 865 in action. We compare the Snapdragon 865 in Qualcomm's reference device with the Snapdragon 855, 855+, Apple A13 Bionic, and the Kirin 990 to see the kind of performance improvements one can expect when new Android flagships launch next year.
Experiencing performance loss after installing the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 driver? Here's a possible workaround
Several users have reported performance loss and/or loss of fan curve settings after installing the AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 drivers for AMD GPUs such as the Vega 64 and the RX 5700 XT. While the issue does not seem to be widespread at the moment, completely removing all traces of the previous driver using DDU and re-installing the new version looks to be a good workaround.
Ryzen 4000 and X670 to launch in late 2020, Socket AM5 to debut with Ryzen 5000
AMD could be readying the Ryzen 4000 lineup and the X670 chipset for a late 2020 launch, according to a report from MyDrivers. Ryzen 4000 is expected to feature good IPC improvements and slightly higher clocks than the current Zen 2 lineup. Also being speculated is that Zen 3 will be the last of the Socket AM4 processors as Zen 4 will likely make the transition to Socket AM5 keeping in mind developments with respect to DDR5 and PCIe Gen5.
Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 7c and Snapdragon 8c, and Snapdragon 8cx for enterprise are built to power a range of Always On, Always Connected ARM PCs
Qualcomm has revealed two new SoCs for Always On, Always Connected PCs — the Snapdragon 7c and the Snapdragon 8c. These SoCs will power low to mid-range ARM laptops and are touted to offer performance and battery life improvements over corresponding 15W ULV options from Intel. The Snapdragon 8cx will continue to exist and is now being targeted towards enterprises.
Qualcomm introduces the Snapdragon XR2 — the world's first 5G XR platform with 7 concurrent tracking cameras, 2x CPU and GPU performance, [email protected] Hz display per eye, and added AI goodness
At the ongoing Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm has taken wraps off the Snapdragon XR2. The Snapdragon XR2 aims to bring new extended reality experiences to future headsets and offers greatly improved video, audio, and AI performance over previous generations. The Snapdragon XR2 is the world's first 5G extended reality platform and offers support for seven concurrent cameras and a custom computer vision processor for more accurate tracking with low latency.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 tech specs indicate support for all kinds of 5G networks, updateable GPU drivers, [email protected] Hz displays, 15 TOPS AI performance, and native HDR video recording
At the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 event, Qualcomm offered a deep dive into the technical specifications of its latest flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 865. The Snapdragon 865 features improved Kryo 585 CPU, an Adreno 650 GPU, a Hexagon 698 DSP, and the Spectra 480 ISP. The Snapdragon 865 does not feature any onboard modem and instead, requires OEMs to use the companion Snapdragon X55 modem that is Qualcomm's flagship 5G offering. The Snapdragon 865 can be expected to be seen in most Android flagships landing in 2020. Update 04.12.: Additional Information on 865-features added.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765/765G tech specs reveal big gains for upper mid-range users with integrated X52 5G modem and improved imaging, gaming, and AI capabilities
Qualcomm has revealed further information about the new Snapdragon 765/765G SoCs that are targeted at the upper mid-range segment. The Snapdragon 765/765G feature an integrated Snapdragon X52 5G modem and offer 5.5 TOPS of AI performance. While most specifications of both the SKUs are the same, the Snapdragon 765G is being targeted at mobile gamers with a slight increase in Prime CPU clock, increased Adreno 620 performance, and availability of select Snapdragon Elite Gaming features.
Qualcomm offers a sneak peek at the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765/765G Mobile Platforms with integrated 5G
At the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 in Hawaii, Qualcomm showed off its next generation ARM SoCs — the Snapdragon 865 and the Snapdragon 765/765G. While full technical details about the new SoCs are still awaited, Qualcomm did indicate that the Snapdragon 765/765G feature integrated 5G, advanced AI, and select Snapdragon Elite Gaming experiences.
AMD Radeon RX 5300M takes the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 to the cleaners despite clock and memory constraints
We were provided preliminary 3DMark benchmarks performed on a pre-production laptop powered by the new AMD Radeon RX 5300M mobile GPU, which give us first impressions of how AMD's new entry-level Navi 14 part stacks up against the competition. Although the RX 5300M does suffer a performance setback against the RX 5500M, it does a good job in beating the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 and its Max-Q variant quite convincingly.
Centaur announces new SoC featuring an 8-core server-class x86 CPU with AVX512 support and an integrated 20 TOPS AI co-processor
Centaur Technologies has announced that their SoC combining eight x86 cores and a dedicated AI co-processor has posted outstanding results on the MLPerf AI inference benchmarks. This is the industry's first server-class SoC with a dedicated 20 TOPS AI processing capability and is designed to be scalable when augmented with external AI accelerators.
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M Geekbench Metal score — 9% faster than the Radeon Pro Vega 20 and 55% faster than the Radeon Pro 560X
The first Geekbench Metal listing of the AMD Radeon Pro 5500M is now available, and it looks like it offers a good upgrade over the Radeon Pro 560X found in the mid-2018 MacBook Pro 15. However, those who already have the end-2018 MacBook Pro 15 with a Radeon Pro Vega 20 might have less of an incentive to upgrade from a GPU standpoint.
MSI launches a bevy of Content Creator laptops in India featuring Intel Comet Lake-U and NVIDIA RTX 2070 Max-Q options among others
MSI has brought its updated Content Creator lineup to the Indian market. This includes the flagship P series followed by the Creator, Prestige, and Modern series. The Modern and Prestige series offer Intel Comet Lake-U and NVIDIA MX250 and GTX 1650 Max-Q options while the P and Creator series sport Intel Coffee Lake-Refresh 9th gen CPUs and graphics options ranging from the NVIDIA 1660 Ti to the RTX 2070 Max-Q.
AMD justifies the shift to sTRX4 socket for 3rd gen Threadrippers and promises long-term support, but current Threadripper owners appear to be unconvinced
In a Reddit post, AMD has detailed the reasoning behind its choice of moving to a new socket sTRX4 for the Threadripper 3000 processors. AMD is looking at both near and long-term scalability for the sTRX4 platform, but current Threadripper users feel otherwise.
Fresh Samsung Galaxy S11 rumors: New SAMOLED display, 108 MP camera, and several color options on the anvil
Leaks about the Samsung Galaxy S11 continue to grace the rumor mills and this time, we get to learn some additional information about S11's display, camera, and expected color options. The Galaxy S11 could sport a new AMOLED display type with a smaller central punch hole and offer excellent low-light imaging thanks to the large 108 MP sensor.
Intel Frost Canyon NUC leak indicates an incremental update over Bean Canyon, expected to launch on December 12
Leaked information about the Comet Lake-U powered Intel Frost Canyon NUC indicates that it will be an incremental update over the Coffee Lake-U-based Bean Canyon with the only changes being the availability of a USB Type-C port in the front panel and internal CPU upgrades. Frost Canyon will be available in both ultra-thin and standard form factors and is expected to launch on December 12.
Iris Plus and MX250 could be in trouble: AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir Zen 2 APUs touted have a Ryzen 9 variant, expected to sport Vega 12 and Vega 15 iGPUs
AMD's upcoming Renoir Zen2 APUs could feature a Vega 12 iGPU, according to information from Komachi. Since the 7nm node affords accommodation of more cores, it is also being speculated that a Vega 15 iGPU is also highly probable. We don't know much about these upcoming APUs, but a proper memory implementation could seen them further widening the gap with the Iris Plus Graphics G7 and the NVIDIA GeForce MX250.
NVIDIA Volta and Carmel ARM CPU power the US$399 Jetson Xavier NX Nano supercomputer
NVIDIA has announced the Jetson Xavier NX that can deliver up to 21 TOPS of computing power for AI applications on the edge. The Jetson Xavier NX is powered by a 384 CUDA and 48 Tensor core Volta GPU and a 6-core Carmel ARM CPU. The entire computer is no bigger than a credit card and will be available in March 2020 for just US$399.
Adobe announces Sensei-powered Photoshop Camera app for iOS and Android
Adobe has unveiled a new camera app for iOS and Android devices at the Adobe Max 2019 conference. Called Photoshop Camera, the app allows for live application of filters, effects, and scene adjustments by leveraging the company's Sensei AI platform. Photoshop Camera is now available as a limited preview with official launch expected in early 2020.
AMD Navi 21 Lite, Navi 22, and Navi 23 spotted in Linux driver patch, expected to offer tough competition to NVIDIA Ampere
References to upcoming Navi 20-series GPUs, the Navi 21 Lite, Navi 22, and Navi 23, have surfaced in new Linux driver patches confirming that AMD's RDNA 2 development is on track. Not much information can be gleaned from the driver code itself apart from speculation that Navi 21 could shape-up to be a viable competitor to NVIDIA's upcoming Ampere offerings.
The Pixel 4's Soli Radar can be enabled in any region thanks to a hidden debug feature
The Google Pixel 4's Soli Radar feature is authorized for use in only certain geographies as it uses the 60 GHz frequency band. Those wanting to use the Motion Sense features can now do so irrespective of the region by taking advantage of a hidden debug feature. However, this requires unlocking the bootloader and enabling root access.
It's a drone...It's a Fly Cam...It's the DJI Mavic Mini — a compact drone for US$399 that doesn't require an FAA registration
DJI has announced the availability of the Mavic Mini — an extremely compact drone that weighs 249 grams, does not require an FAA registration, and costs just US$399. The Mavic Mini can capture videos at 2.7K resolution and comes with safety features to aid new pilots. While the Mavic Mini includes most features found in high-end DJI drones, it does cut a few corners to make the price more accessible.
Intel's HEDT woes continue: Core i9-10980XE looks to trail behind the Core i9-9980XE by 2.6% in Cinebench R20, 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X is within striking distance
The first benchmarks of the Intel Core i9-10980XE Cascade Lake-X have been published early and the processor seems to be facing tough competition from the likes of the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X. In tests such as Cinebench R20, the 10980XE seems to have posted lower scores than even the Core i9-9980XE. The 10980XE's initial data however seem to be not a very good representative of a mature platform such as Skylake.
Latest AMD AGESA 188.8.131.52 update improves all-core boost and boot times for Ryzen 3000 processors
The latest AGESA 184.108.40.206 microcode update for AMD Ryzen 3000 processors seems to enhance all-core boost clocks and improve boot times, according to preliminary test results. This update is in beta and will soon be seeded for all compatible Ryzen motherboards, but it does not yet contain all the improvements that are touted to be available in this microcode release.
Intel reports that it has had the "best quarter" ever, confirms Xe DG1 dGPU is now powered on
Intel CEO Bob Swan presented the Q3 2019 earnings report on Thursday. Intel's performance in enterprise ensured good earnings despite its consumer CPUs taking a backseat due to competition from AMD. Swan also confirmed that Intel's first dGPU, the Xe DG1, has achieved the important milestone of "power on exit".
Update | Cheeky Google: The Pixel 4 throttles the display refresh rate based on brightness setting, and you wouldn't even know it
The Google Pixel 4's 90 Hz Smooth Display feature seems to be dependent on the display brightness setting and not on the 'content' as was originally claimed by Google. This was first discovered by a Redditor and subsequently confirmed by other reviewers as well. Although there is a way to force 90 Hz in the Developer settings, by default, the Pixel 4's screen can refresh at 90 Hz only if the brightness slider is set above the 75% mark.
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X takes on the Intel Core i9-9980XE at stock settings in Cinebench R20, offers potentially higher performance per dollar than even the Core i9-10980XE
New benchmark scores of the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X seem to indicate that AMD's upcoming flagship CPU can offer performance equivalent to Intel's HEDT chips such as the Core i9-9980XE and the Core i9-10980XE while beating them in terms of performance per dollar. The Ryzen 9 3950X was benchmarked using Cinebench R20 at stock settings.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, 3970X, and 3990X expected to be announced on November 5, require new TRX40 chipsets and new sockets
The upcoming AMD Threadripper 3000 series lineup will have three variants that would launch in November. The Threadripper 3960X and 3970X are expected to be announced on November 5 and benchmark data will be available on November 19. The flagship Threadripper 3990X will be teased along with the other SKUs but is expected to be fully unveiled only during CES 2020. All Threadripper 3000 processors will require new chipsets and sockets and will not be compatible with existing X399 motherboards.
Google's new US$649 Pixelbook Go is a seemingly budget offering, but only if you consider the entry-level model
Google has unveiled the Pixelbook Go at the company's Made by Google event today. The Pixelbook Go offers a choice of 8th gen Intel processors, FHD and UHD touch display options, and is very portable. However, Google does seem to have cut some corners to bring down the price.
The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are now official with 90 Hz OLED screens, dual-cameras, built-in Soli radar, and enhanced on-device AI capabilities
At its Made by Google 2019 event, Google finally took wraps off the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones. The new Pixel 4 series comes with features such as a Soli radar chip for advanced hands-free gestures, on-device AI and voice processing, and improved AI-assisted cameras. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL can be pre-ordered starting today and will be shipping from October 24.
Intel refutes rumors of eliminating 10nm from the desktop, but don't expect anything till 2022
Fresh rumors have surfaced indicating that Intel would scrap 10nm on the desktop altogether and instead, directly launch 7nm Meteor Lake chips sometime in 2022 as 10nm has not yet reached the high clocks and yields required for desktops. However, Intel has refuted these rumors and clarified that 'great progress' is being made on 10nm that also includes desktop products.
Intel reportedly planning to unleash its financial might to counter AMD, price cuts for Core and Xeon processors to cost US$3 billion
A leaked internal Intel slide courtesy of AdoredTV talks about Intel's plans to counter AMD's increasing marketshare via price cuts that would cost the company around US$3 billion. Intel hopes that these price cuts would help its Core and Xeon offerings remain competitive, but AMD still has the advantage when it comes to leveraging TSMC's increased yields and margins for the Ryzen chips.
AMD rumored to bring ray tracing support for current Navi GPUs in December
References to DirectX ray tracing were found in the latest AMD drivers indicating that AMD could be enabling ray tracing support for the RX 5000-series Navi GPUs with the release of the December update for Radeon Adrenalin Software. Although just a software fix for now, this could pave the way for hardware-accelerated ray tracing in the upcoming Navi GPUs based on RDNA 2.0.
Intel should be worried again: AMD Zen 3 IPC gains rumored to be greater than 8% with up to 200 MHz increase in clocks compared to Zen 2
The AMD Zen 3 microarchitecture is expected to debut sometime in 2020 and going by recent rumors, it could offer IPC gains up to 8% (possibly, more) and up to 200 MHz faster clocks. Zen 3 will also offer 8 cores per chiplet with 32 MB or more of L3 cache. These improvements can further reduce latency and could turn out to be enticing for gamers.
Intel 'Comet Lake' Core i3-10100 sports a 4-core 8-thread configuration, pegged to replace the Core i7-7700K at much lower prices
The Intel Comet Lake Core i3-10100 has surfaced on the Sisoftware database confirming that it is indeed a 4C/8T part as speculated. Not much information is there about the processor itself apart from the fact that it has a base speed of 3.6 GHz and a 6 MB L3 cache. Intel Comet Lake CPUs are part of the 10th generation and will continue to be fabbed on the 14nm process.
Sony confirms PlayStation 5 launch for holiday 2020, hardware-level ray tracing, configurable game installs, and DualShock 5 controller with haptic feedback incoming
Sony has officially confirmed its next-gen console — it will be called the PlayStation 5 and is slated to launch in holiday 2020. Sony also opened up on a few aspects of the console including support for hardware-level ray tracing, a new UI, and the DualShock 5 controller.
Updated: Intel Kaby Lake-G family goes the way of the dodo
Intel has issued a new Product Change Notification (PCN) document that lists the Kaby Lake-G family as End of Life (EOL) citing market demand for other Intel products. The EOL date is effective from today and OEMs will not be able to order Kaby Lake-G products after January 31, 2020.
Google Pixel 4 camera samples show off great selfies, portraits, and... the Milky Way
Original camera samples from the Pixel 4 have leaked out, once again proving that the Pixel phones are the ones to beat when it comes to mobile photography. The samples show photos from a variety of camera modes the most interesting of which is the Astrophotography mode that lets users take stunning pictures of space.
The Microsoft SQ1 is a custom version of the Snapdragon 8cx with 2x more GPU performance than an 8th gen Intel Core CPU
Microsoft has created a new ARM processor in collaboration with Qualcomm called the SQ1. The SQ1 is a redesigned Snapdragon 8cx with built-in LTE, 3 GHz max clock, a more powerful Adreno 685 GPU with 2.1 TFLOPS of performance, and 9 TFLOPS of AI performance. The features of the SQ1 processor will be exclusive to the Surface Pro X.
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U and Ryzen 7 3780U with an extra CU constitute the semi-custom AMD Ryzen Microsoft Surface Edition series
AMD and Microsoft have collaborated to create the AMD Ryzen Microsoft Surface Edition processor — a Zen+ APU custom-built for the new 15-inch Surface Laptop 3. The Ryzen Microsoft Surface Edition constitutes two SKUs — Ryzen 5 3580U and Ryzen 7 3780U with Vega 9 and Vega 11 graphics respectively. The integrated Vega GPU also comes with an extra CU for enhanced compute performance.
Windows 10X — A 'Lite' version for Windows 10 for dual-screen devices sans live tiles
During the unveiling of the Surface Neo, Microsoft also showed off an early build of Windows 10X — a Windows 10 version that is tailored exclusively for dual-screen devices. Windows 10X will allow users to run regular Win32 apps while also offering new ways of interacting with apps that are designed to take advantage of dual screens. Windows 10X will be available next year on the Surface Neo and similar devices from Asus, HP, Dell, and Lenovo.
The mythical Surface phone just got real: Microsoft shows off the dual-screen Surface Duo smartphone running a custom Android build
Microsoft has taken wraps off the Surface Duo, a Surface device that offers telephony capabilities. The Surface Duo runs on a custom version of Android built in partnership with Google and will feature support for apps from the Google Play Store, which can scale across dual screens for enhanced productivity.
The OnePlus 7T is now official — 90 Hz screen and Snapdragon 855 Plus offer an incremental upgrade over the OnePlus 7
OnePlus has officially launched the OnePlus 7T in India featuring a 90 Hz AMOLED HDR10+ display, Snapdragon 855+, and a triple-camera setup. The OnePlus 7T also features a new design and is the first new smartphone launch to feature Android 10 out of the box.
A Dell XPS 15 with a foldable dual-screen OLED display could be a reality in the near future
Dell's patent for a dual-display device was published by the WIPO last week detailing how the OEM plans to address some of the shortcoming of foldable displays such as consistency in brightness, color, and contrast levels. The patent also talks about addressing the problem of flexible OLED screen burn-in indicating that Dell is indeed working on releasing a foldable OLED dual-display laptop in the near future.
First impressions of Android 10 on the OnePlus 7 Pro — OxygenOS continues to be one of the best OEM ROMs in the business
Dark times ahead. We have been using the latest OxygenOS release based on Android 10 ever since OnePlus dropped the first open beta earlier this month. In this article, we will take a look at some of the new features coming to OxygenOS including system-wide dark mode, new privacy features, notification updates, and more including some not-so-pleasant surprises as well.
Official renders of the OnePlus 7T confirm a circular housing for the triple-camera setup
OnePlus showed off official renders of the upcoming 7T detailing the radiant matte back panel and the triple-camera setup in a circular housing. While only the back of the phone was shown in renders, design sketches seem to indicate that the OnePlus 7T will continue to sport a tear-drop shaped notch.
Galaxy fans are in for a treat: Here's how the Samsung Galaxy S11 and S11 Plus might look like
If renders based on Samsung's recent patents turn out to be accurate, the upcoming Galaxy S11 and S11 Plus could offer a unique take on the slide phone concept. Renders seem to suggest that the Galaxy S11 could use a rolling display that can be extended upwards by about 25%. The slider display uses a 'waterfall' design with flowing icons and also conceals the rear multi-camera setup.
Realme XT goes on flash sale on Flipkart — 64 MP quad-camera, Super AMOLED display, and Snapdragon 712 for ₹15,999
Realme launched the 64 MP Realme XT in India last week and first sale of the phone has gone live of Flipkart and realme.com. Sporting a 64 MP quad-camera setup, a Super AMOLED display, and an in-display fingerprint sensor, the Realme XT is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC with prices starting from ₹15,999. Realme is only offering the phone via flash sales online with the next purchase window opening on September 30 from 12 AM IST.
Apple offers an in-depth look at the A13 Bionic GPU's Metal Engine enhancements
Following the launch of the latest iPhones at its September 2019 event, Apple has detailed some of the improvements to Metal Engine on the A13 Bionic and how developers can implement them in their apps. These improvements result in a faster overall GPU performance with reduced power consumption.
Realme announces first device powered by the Snapdragon 7-series 5G SoC, also slated to launch a 90 Hz display phone cheaper than the OnePlus 7T
Realme will soon launch a 5G smartphone powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 7-series 5G Mobile Platform. The Realme 5G phone will support both SA and NSA 5G networks for maximum worldwide band compatibility. Realme is also said to be working on a new device with a 90 Hz display refresh rate for a price that would be cheaper than the upcoming OnePlus 7T.
Huawei Mate 30 and Mate X to ship without Google apps, P40 series could launch with HarmonyOS in 2020
The upcoming Huawei Mate 30 and foldable Mate X will not ship with Google Mobile Services (GMS) pre-installed due to the ongoing ban on Huawei products by the Trump administration citing national security concerns. However, CEO Richard Yu said that users can still install Google apps on their own and that the company is contemplating shifting to HarmonyOS starting from the P40 series next year if the situation doesn't improve.
Huawei's Kirin 990 5G sticks to Cortex-A76 but offers faster clocks, integrated 5G modem, and a new NPU design
Huawei has unveiled the Kirin 990 and the Kirin 990 5G at IFA 2019. The Kirin 990 5G offers a built-in 5G modem, faster CPU clocks, and a new Da Vinci 2+1 NPU architecture. The new SoC also features a 16-core Mali-G76 MP16 GPU and will first be seen powering handsets such as the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro.
Fancy a ZenFone 6 with a faster display refresh rate? It is now possible with the custom Proton Kernel
Senior XDA member 'kdrag0n' has released the new Proton Kernel for the Asus ZenFone 6. Apart from bringing several enhancements, the Proton Kernel enables a 75 Hz display refresh rate option for smoother visuals. The Proton Kernel can be installed over the stock Asus ZenUI 6 Android Pie image after a bootloader unlock.
Acer launches a slew of new Chromebooks with entry-level Intel processors and Google Assistant starting from €299
Acer has announced a total of four Chromebooks at IFA 2019. Of these, the Chromebook Spin 311 is a 11.6-inch convertible while the remaining three sport a traditional laptop form-factor. All Chromebooks are powered by entry-level Intel CPUs and feature USB Type-C ports, Gigabit Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.0.
The Nokia 7.2 offers a 48 MP triple camera with ZEISS optics and a PureDisplay always-on HDR screen for €299
HMD Global has announced a new a mid-range smartphone at IFA 2019 — the Nokia 7.2. The Nokia 7.2 features a 48 MP triple camera setup with ZEISS optics and AI enhancements for improved low-light photos. The Nokia 7.2 sports an always-on 10-bit HDR FHD+ display powered by a dedicated Pixelworks visual processor and will be available September-end starting from €299.
Kirin 990 confirmed to sport built-in 5G modem, will be fabbed on TSMC's 7nm FinFET Plus EUV process
Banners put up by Huawei at the IFA 2019 venue confirm that the upcoming flagship Kirin 990 SoC will feature an on-die 5G modem instead of an external solution. The Kirin 990 will be the first SoC to be fabbed on TSMC's new 7nm FinFET Plus EUV process and will also be the first to support native 4K 60 fps video recording.
Acer launches new Swift 3 and Swift 5 notebooks with Intel Ice Lake and NVIDIA MX250 graphics
Acer has updated the Swift 3 and Swift 5 notebooks to offer Intel Ice Lake and NVIDIA GeForce MX250 options. The new Swift laptops are thin and extremely lightweight thanks to a magnesium alloy chassis. Both the Swift 3 and Swift 5 come with features such as Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt 3, and a long-lasting battery with fast charge that can offer up to 12.5 hours of runtime.
NVIDIA announces the mobile Quadro RTX 6000 GPU, sets new Ace Reference Design standard for mobile workstations
NVIDIA has introduced a new mobile Quadro RTX card, the mobile Quadro RTX 6000 at IFA 2019. The specifications of the mobile Quadro RTX 6000 are yet to be officially disclosed, but NVIDIA's performance numbers show that it performs within 10% of that of its desktop counterpart. NVIDIA is working with partners to create mobile workstation laptops based on its Ace Reference Design and a total of 39 RTX Studio laptops and desktops will be made available.
Lenovo introduces the 13-inch IdeaPad S540 with a QHD display and choice of Intel Comet Lake-U and AMD Ryzen Zen+ CPUs
Lenovo has announced a 13-inch variant of the IdeaPad S540 at IFA 2019. The new IdeaPad S540 comes in both Intel Comet Lake-U and AMD Ryzen Zen+ APU options. Both the variants sport a QHD 16:10 IPS display with the Intel version offering optional Wi-Fi 6 and NVIDIA MX250 graphics. The IdeaPad S540 13-inch starts from €799.00 (incl. VAT) and will be available from October 2019.
Lenovo announces refreshed IdeaPad S340 13-inch with Intel Comet Lake and NVIDIA MX250 options
At IFA 2019, Lenovo has introduced a 13.3-inch IdeaPad S340 with Intel 10th gen Comet Lake-U and NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU options. The new IdeaPad S340 is available in three color options and weighs just 1.3 kg. Sadly though, Lenovo's choice of ports leave a lot to be desired.
These are some of the Ice Lake and Project Athena laptops that can be expected this year apart from the Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1
News about laptops powered by Intel 10th gen Ice Lake processors has been far and few in between save for the Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1. We list some of the Ice Lake-powered laptops we expect to see this year and some of these could get grace the stage during IFA 2019.
Chinese company allegedly developing a GTX 1080-class GPU with faster clocks, PCIe 4.0, and high bandwidth HBM memory
Chinese GPU maker Jingia Micro is developing a new GPU that comes close to rivaling the NVIDIA GTX 1080, at least on paper. The JM9271 offers fast clocks, PCIe 4.0, HBM memory, and a 200W TDP. Jingjia's focus seems to be on the specialized military applications market at the moment, but support for DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs could make it potentially suitable for gaming.
AMD confirms CrossFire is no longer a focus, next gen Threadripper to be revealed soon
AMD chief Dr. Lisa Su delivered a keynote at the Hot Chips conference earlier this week and spoke about the company's plans for HPC and exascale computing. Dr. Su also reiterated that CrossFire multi-GPU support is no longer a focus and that more information about Threadripper 3000 will be available later this year.
Intel announces new 10th gen Comet Lake-U and Y CPUs led by the 6C/12T Core i7-10710U
The new 10th gen Comet Lake U and Y-series processors succeed Whiskey Lake and will co-exist alongside the 10nm Ice Lake SKUs. Comet Lake continues to build upon the well-refined 14nm process and aims to offer the first 6-core and 12-thread ULV package (Core i7-10710U), increased boost clocks, better sustained performance, and improved battery life. While Intel claims a fairly significant performance gain from the previous generation, our preliminary benchmarks show that may not really be the case.
Laptops 101: Designing a capable laptop audio subsystem
Unlike with desktop PCs, computer manufacturers must consider both onboard speaker and headset audio quality when it comes to laptops. In this article, we will take a look into various aspects of laptop speaker and headset audio design, including physical and electrical considerations along with software enhancements that help in elevating the listening experience. We aim to illustrate these concepts by taking audio design in MSI laptops as an example. (Sponsored article)
The PlayStation 5's GPU could be clocked at a whopping 2 GHz and feature 40 CUs, console rumored to have a February 2020 unveiling
Latest PlayStation 5 news is that the console's GPU could have a 2 GHz clock speed and feature 40 CUs. This puts the GPU almost on par with the NVIDIA RTX 2080 in terms of raw performance. Also, Sony is reportedly preparing for a PlayStation Meeting 2020 in which details about the PlayStation 5 would be revealed along with a few game demos.
AMD Navi 14 8 GB variant shows up on CompuBench, viable NVIDIA GTX 1650/1660 competitor with up to 50% better OpenCL performance than the Radeon RX 570
A new entry of what appears to be an AMD Navi 14 GPU variant has surfaced on CompuBench. The new Navi 14 listing shows the device ID as AMD 7341:00 sporting 24 CUs, 8 GB VRAM, and a max clock of 1,900 MHz. From the CompuBench listing, we see that Navi 14 offers good OpenCL performance and could eventually replace the Polaris-based Radeon RX 570.
Realme to soon ditch ColorOS for custom RealmeOS based on Android Q
Realme CEO Madhav Sheth confirmed that the company will offer its own RealmeOS in the coming months instead of Oppo's ColorOS. Not much is known about RealmeOS at this time apart from the fact that it will be based on Android Q and will incorporate features based on user feedback.
AMD Navi 23 poised to be the much anticipated 'NVIDIA Killer', being readied for a mid-2020 launch to take on the RTX 2080 Ti
AMD is reportedly prepping Navi 23 to be a flagship GPU and is internally referring to it as the 'NVIDIA Killer' according to RedGamingTech's source. The specifications of Navi 23 are still unclear, but the source claims that AMD plans to release the new cards, which are likely to be based on RDNA 2.0 with ray tracing support, sometime in the mid-2020.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X gaming benchmarks reveal turning off SMT narrows the performance gap with the Core i9-9900K only in select titles
Disabling SMT in the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X does have some benefits in improving average frame rates in a few titles bringing the processor much closer to the results posted by the Intel Core i9-9900K at stock settings, according to game benchmarks run by TechSpot. However, tests show that turning off SMT only offers gains within the 5% expected deviation and the 1% low scores, in fact, seem to favor enabling SMT.
New Linux driver signals Intel Xe iGPU+dGPU multi-GPU support
Intel's upcoming Xe GPUs will feature support for multi-GPU setups, according to a recent Linux kernel driver update. Xe will be able to form hybrid GPU pairs with integrated and discrete Xe SKUs. There is a possibility of multi-GPU support scaling up to additional Xe discrete GPUs as well.
8nm Exynos 9630 rumored to feature in 2020 Samsung Galaxy A51 and A71 mid-range devices
Samsung is internally working on an Exynos 9610 successor called the Exynos 9630 to power its next generation mid-range Galaxy A51 and A71 smartphones. The Exynos 9630 is expected to be fabbed on the 8nm process and could bring in improvements to power consumption and performance over the current generation.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X cross-platform benchmarking shows the Windows 10 scheduler finally catching up to that of Linux
Comparative benchmarks between AMD Ryzen 9 3900X systems running Windows 10 1903 and Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS show that Microsoft's work in optimizing the OS for MCM CPUs such as Ryzen has paid off. Although Linux does have an overall lead, the scheduler improvements in the latest Windows version have managed to narrow the performance gap significantly.
Latest XPS 15 7590 BIOS update fixes GPU throttling issues, even allows for GPU overclocking with a slight undervolt
Dell's recent BIOS update for the XPS 15 7590 fixes the GPU throttling issue that was reported earlier. As observed by a Redditor, the new update apparently does not allow the GTX 1650 to cross the 71 °C while also offering some headroom for overclocking with a minimal undervolt.
Asus working on AMD X590 and X599 motherboards to cater to the Ryzen 9 3950X and Threadripper 3000 series
Internal Asus documents point to at least two AMD X590 boards in development. This was confirmed by an Asus source to Videocardz. Not much is known about the X590 chipset at the moment apart from the fact that AMD could be aligning its launch to that of the 16C/32T Ryzen 9 3950X in September. Also on the anvil is an AMD X599 Zenith II Extreme for the upcoming Threadripper 3000 series.
New Intel 10th gen Ice Lake-U and Ice Lake-Y SKUs can compound AMD's laptop woes
Intel has detailed a total of 11 new CPUs in the 10th gen 10nm Ice Lake family across the U and Y series. While the U-series is aimed at performance ultrabooks with 15W, 25W, and 28W TDP configurations, the Y-series focuses on battery life with 9W and 12W variants. Most U and Y-series sport the Gen11 Intel Iris Plus Graphics and come with Thunderbolt 3 integrated in the SoC and Wi-Fi 6 integrated in the PCH along with optimizations for AI and local voice applications.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and iPhone XR 2019 leaked together in hands-on photos
Famed leakster Ice Universe tweeted photos of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ in the wild that were forwarded by an unknown leaker and interestingly, they seem to be taken by what could be the iPhone XR 2019 that is reflected in the Note 10+'s screen. The Galaxy Note 10+'s photo looks to be the real deal and seems to be in line with what we've been expecting so far, but it's authenticity cannot be verified at this time.
Navi 12 RX 5800 with 4096 SPs could be AMD's answer to the RTX 2080 Ti
Speculation is rife that Navi 12 with 64 CUs (4096 SPs) could be AMD's flagship RDNA GPU offering that could compete against NVIDIA's RTX 2080 Ti. This is surprising as Navi 12 was originally thought to be a low-end part. We also aren't quite sure if this would prompt NVIDIA to respond in kind with a Super version of the RTX 2080 Ti.
Leaked listing shows HP laptops with Intel Comet Lake-U and NVIDIA MX250 graphics options
Configurations of a few HP laptops with Intel Comet Lake-U CPUs were posted by known leakster @momomo_us on Twitter indicating that Intel's Whiskey Lake successor is right around the corner. In the leak, we see Core i5-10210U and Core i7-10510U specs with a choice of NVIDA GeForce MX250 graphics.
Laptops 101: Understanding what goes into designing an efficient laptop cooling solution
Designing and implementing an efficient thermal system in a laptop requires a lot of R&D and proper selection of each individual component in the system to ensure all components perform to their full potential. In this basics article, we take a look at what goes into each step of the thermal design process and how OEMs test and prototype their thermal designs for maximum efficiency. We take the example of MSI's flagship GT76 laptop that can run unhindered on 5 GHz on all cores to better illustrate the process. (sponsored article)
AMD pulled off a 'double jebait' to trick NVIDIA into reducing prices of the RTX Super GPUs
AMD's VP of Radeon Scott Herkelman recently revealed in an interview that the company keenly observed NVIDIA's launch of the RTX 20 Super series and revised the pricing of the new RX 5700 series GPUs to undercut NVIDIA's RTX 2060 and 2070 Super GPUs. The initial pricing of the RX 5700 series was deliberately kept higher to trick NVIDIA into reducing its launch prices.
Intel driver leak reveals details about upcoming Xe GPU variants and Gen12 integrated graphics, indicates three new upcoming CPU families
An Intel graphics driver has leaked online that provides information about the company's upcoming integrated and discrete GPUs. The next generation Gen12 GPU will be fabbed on a 10nm process and will be seen in CPUs such as Tiger Lake and Xe discrete graphics. Also on the anvil are new CPU families including Rocket Lake, Jasper Lake, and an unknown CPU named ATS.
10C/20T Intel Cascade Lake-X 'Glacier Falls' HEDT processor shows up on UserBench
A 10-core 20-thread Intel Cascade Lake-X CPU belonging to the Glacier Falls platform has surfaced on UserBench. Not much information is gained from the listing itself, but we do see the CPU being listed with low base and boost clocks.
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (OC) manages to beat the NVIDIA RTX 2080 in Fire Strike Ultra, shows RDNA has good overclocking potential
An overclocked AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT can give good competition to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 in synthetic benchmarks as was discovered by a Redditor who managed to crank up the 5700 XT all the way to 2.1 GHz. At this frequency, the 5700 XT scored higher than the RTX 2080 FE in Fire Strike Ultra indicating that the RDNA architecture has good potential for overclocking.
PlayStation 5 'Gonzalo' PC hardware simulation throws up interesting performance and power consumption results, but it's not really an apples-to-apples comparison
A PC hardware simulation of the upcoming Sony PlayStation 5's purported hardware specs offers some insights into the likely performance and power draws that can be expected from the console. The OP undervolted an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and the Radeon RX 5700 XT to simulate the PlayStation 5 specs as much as possible. While the performance can be matched to an extent, the final console has the potential to perform even better at even lower power draws.
Galaxy Note 10's display, battery capacity, and S Pen improvements get detailed in a new report
A new report claims that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will feature an FHD+ display and a battery capacity of 3,500 mAh. Also touted are some improvements to the S Pen along with a possible implementation of some form of LG's zoom audio feature. The larger Note 10+ will feature a QHD+ panel and a 4,300 mAh battery.
AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 2700U-powered HP ProBook 445 G6 launched in India
HP has launched the ProBook 445 G6 in the Indian market. The ProBook 445 G6 is powered by AMD Ryzen Zen+ APUs and offers a range of CPU, RAM, and storage customization options along with HP's suite of enterprise tools for data and identity protection.
10th gen 'Ice Lake' Core i7-1065G7 Geekbench score reaffirms Intel's hegemony in laptops, offers single-core performance on par with an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
A Geekbench score of the Intel Core i7-1065G7 'Ice Lake' running on the HP Spectre x360 convertible laptop is now available and seems to indicate very strong single-core performance that can rival processors much higher TDP such as the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X. Intel's 10nm could offer a significant advantage over AMD at least in the laptop segment with even more improved IPCs.
Intel admits over-ambition led to delays in 10nm chip production but feels Moore's Law is not dead yet
Intel CEO Bob Swan admitted that the company was over-ambitious in its quest to have more transistor density in 10nm than Moore's Law actually postulates. This led to delays in 10nm production and ultimately, the company lagged behind competitors such as AMD and NVIDIA who have now moved on to newer fabrication processes by outsourcing chip production.
Redditor finds a solution to the Dell XPS 15 7590's GPU throttling issue
A Redditor has found that undervolting the GPU in the Dell XPS 15 7590 is necessary to prevent its throttling. The GTX 1650 in the latest XPS 15 is reported to throttle severely as soon as it hits 75 °C under load at the stock voltage of 800 mV. Lowering the maximum voltage to 700 mV was found to not only allow longer sustained performance but also lowered the operating voltage to 68 °C.
Undervolted AMD Ryzen 9 3900X shown be just 23% slower while drawing 36% less power at 1.00V Vcore
The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X was shown to suffer only a nominal performance hit while drawing significantly less power when undervolted to 1.00V. Interestingly, the clock speeds across all tested Vcore voltages remained the same at 4.2 GHz although there were perceivable differences in performance and power draw from the wall at different Vcore values in the Cinebench R20 benchmark.
ECC goes for Qualcomm's neck once again, slaps a €242 million fine for trying to eliminate 3G baseband chipset competitors
The European Competition Commission has fined Qualcomm €242 million after it found evidence that the largest US smartphone chip maker has indulged in practices that prevented companies such as Icera from effectively competing in making 3G UMTS baseband chipsets between 2009 and 2011. Qualcomm, on its part, has refuted the allegations and said that it would appeal against the ECC ruling.
Pocophone in a new avatar? Xiaomi launches the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro in India
Xiaomi has officially launched the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro in India. The K20 and K20 Pro offer a flagship-grade experience under the Redmi sub-brand and feature the latest Qualcomm SoCs, FHD+ AMOLED displays, a triple-camera setup, and a pop-up selfie camera. These phones are priced pretty competitively in the Indian market and Xiaomi has also announced several accessories for these phones including a 27 W fast charger and Mi Neckband Bluetooth earphones.
Get the Intel 660p 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD for just US$85 on Newegg, offer ends this Thursday
The Intel 660p 1 TB PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD is now available at a discounted price of just US$95 on Newegg and Amazon. Newegg is offering an additional US$10 off till Thursday bringing the price down to just US$85, which makes it a good entry-level option for those looking to upgrade their PC or laptop storage.
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X pushed to 5.9 GHz along with DDR4 RAM at 5,774 MHz on LN2, seems to have good potential for an all-core overclock record
The AMD Ryzen 7 3800X managed to achieve an impressive 5.9 GHz single-core overclock on LN2. Pro-overclocker 'TSAIK' achieved this on an MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE motherboard and also managed to overclock the DDR4 RAM up to 5,774 MHz. There are no performance numbers yet, but it looks like the Ryzen 7 3800X has very good overclocking potential.
Leaked images show how the Asus ROG Phone 2 powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus looks like
Asus has announced that the upcoming ROG Phone II will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC that is optimized for enhanced gaming and VR experiences. The first leaked images of the ROG Phone II in action have also surfaced on Weibo confirming the 120 Hz display and a notch-less yet not fully bezel-less design.
Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 855 Plus, slated to power upcoming gaming smartphones and the Galaxy Note 10
Qualcomm has released a mid-year refresh to the Snapdragon 855 called the Snapdragon 855 Plus. The 855 Plus offers a slightly faster Kryo 485 Prime core and a 15% faster Adreno 640 GPU. The rest of the specifications remain unchanged from the original Snapdragon 855 SoC. The Snapdragon 855 Plus could find its way into most gaming smartphones slated to release later this year.
AMD Navi 14 appears on Compubench, poised to be a viable alternative to NVIDIA GTX 1660 and a likely replacement for Polaris RX 580
A listing of the unannounced AMD Navi 14 has appeared on Compubench that reveals some of the specs of this GPU, which could eventually be christened the RX 5600. The specs indicate that AMD is positioning Navi 14 as a viable alternative for NVIDIA's GTX 1660 series and a possible replacement for Polaris GPUs such as the RX 580.
Intel Core i7-10510U 'Comet Lake-U' beats AMD Ryzen 7 3750H in Geekbench, signals impending arrival of the XPS 13 7390
A new Geekbench score of the 10th gen Intel 'Comet Lake-U' Core i7-10510U has surfaced online. While the new score is definitely higher than what an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H can achieve, it still is on par with the previous gen Whiskey Lake scores. The Core i7-10510U was benchmarked on a Dell XPS 13 7390 indicating that XPS 13s with Comet Lake-U parts could be arriving soon.
Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple will ditch the butterfly-switch keyboard for something that actually works, starting with the 2019 MacBook Air
A new report by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicates that Apple might ditch the troublesome butterfly-switch keyboard mechanism on upcoming MacBooks in favor of the scissor-switch. Kuo expects the MacBook Air refresh this year to sport the new switch type followed by the MacBook Pro models next year.
AMD posts Linux kernel patches for Navi 14 GPUs, Navi 10 will see only OpenGL benchmarks on launch day
AMD has posted Linux kernel patches for Navi 14 even though the GPU is yet to be officially announced. The company has also updated the Mesa graphics library 19.2 with support for Navi 10 GPUs such as the Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT. Vulkan support is yet to arrive for Navi on Linux so we are likely to see only OpenGL Linux benchmarks on launch day.
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X's leaked Cinebench OC score shows that there's no stopping this juggernaut
A Cinebench R15 multi-core score of an overclocked AMD Ryzen 9 3950X has leaked online indicating that the CPU can obliterate literally anything in its way. The result looks to be that of an engineering sample that has been overclocked to 5.42 GHz on liquid nitrogen on an MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE motherboard and is indicative of the improvements brought about by the Zen2 microarchitecture.
NVIDIA RTX Super specifications leak, RTX 2080 Super touted to be faster than the Titan Xp
The specifications and expected performance targets for the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce RTX Super series has leaked online. The Super GPUs feature upgrades to CUDA cores, memory, and clocks along with improved ray tracing performance. Specifications for the RTX 2080 Super are not yet available.
Vague game benchmark shows the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT to be about 15% faster than the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super
A game benchmark of the upcoming NVIDIA RTX 2060 Super has leaked online and the card seems to have scored lower about 15% lower than an AMD Radeon 'Navi' RX 5700 XT. The details of the game are not known and this is only one score we have at the moment so we'd advise to take it with a pinch of the proverbial salt.
First PlayStation 5 benchmark leak shows it's 4x more powerful than the PS4, and on par or better than the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
Famed leakster TUM_APISAK has revealed what could be the first benchmark leak of the PlayStation 5's AMD 'Gonzalo' APU. The scores appear to indicate a 3DMark Fire Strike run and we see that the PS5 scores 4x higher than the PS4 and is in RTX 2070 territory. The exact score value and benchmark details are still not known.
NVIDIA RTX 20 Super lineup confirmed for a July 2 launch but with caveats
The NVIDIA RTX Super GPUs will officially launch on July 2. While the review embargo for the RTX 2080 Super will be only lifted at a 'later date', we can expect to see reviews of the RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super on launch day itself. Also, notwithstanding the short notice period to partners, the review embargoes for AIB cards has been postponed to July 9.
New Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G renders point to a stunning flagship smartphone
Renders of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G have surfaced online indicating a design similar to the Galaxy Note 10 Pro. The Note 10 5G could have slightly higher battery than the regular Note 10 Pro and might also launch later depending on the availability of 5G networks across the world.
MediaTek announces the Helio P65 SoC with Cortex-A75 and A55 cores, improved AI, and 48 MP sensor support
MediaTek has unveiled a new mid-range SoC, the Helio P65. The Helio P65 offers two ARM Cortex-A75 and six A55 cores in a DynamIQ architecture for improved single-threaded performance. The Helio P65 lays a lot of emphasis on AI and photography along with improved GPS positioning. However, it uses the Mali-G52 GPU, which is a downgrade over the Mali-G72 found in the Helio P60 and P70.
Early review of the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 shows why it could be one of the most sought-after CPUs for gaming
An early review of the much talked about AMD Ryzen 5 3600 more or less confirms all the leaks we've been seeing about this CPU so far. While we do see higher latency, the Ryzen 5 3600 is shown to have posted excellent single-core scores and very good gaming performance surpassing the Ryzen 7 2700X and almost on par with the Intel Core i9-9900K.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 looks to beat the Intel Core i9-9900K in Geekbench, but it is not really a level playing field
A Geekbench listing of the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor has surfaced online and from the looks of it, it appears to have very good single-core performance, much more than the Intel Core i9-9900K. However, the Ryzen 5 3600 benchmark was run under Linux, which generally tends to show higher scores than a Windows run so the scores aren't exactly comparable.
The new Windows Terminal is now available for download from the Microsoft Store
Microsoft has released a preview of the new Windows Terminal app to the Microsoft Store. The Windows Terminal app consolidates all command line tools into a unified tabbed interface that offers GPU-accelerated text rendering, custom themes, and support for Unicode and UTF-8 characters. The app is still in early preview with version 1.0 expected to hit the Microsoft Store this winter.
More multi-core performance for a lot less: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 shown to frag the Intel Core i7-9700K in leaked Cinebench scores
Leaked CPU-Z and Cinebench R15 scores indicate that AMD might have a winner with the Ryzen 5 3600. The Ryzen 5 3600 is shown to offer equivalent or even better multi-core performance than the Intel Core i7-9700K in Cinebench R15, and also seems to offer better single-core performance than the Ryzen 7 2700X. Although they require further validation, the scores are indicative of the performance benefits in store with the 7nm Ryzen 3rd generation processors.
RIP Pixel Slate: Google won't be making tablets anymore
Google is reportedly pulling the plug on making its own tablets and a successor to the Pixel Slate. The company is looking to channelize its development efforts towards laptops and we may very well see a new Pixelbook by the end of this year. The development of Pixel phones and Google Home products will continue as usual and so will the software development of Chrome OS to cater to all OEM form-factors.
Apple announces a voluntary battery recall program for certain 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops
Apple has announced a free battery recall and replacement program for MacBook Pros with Retina display sold between September 2015 and February 2017. The company says that the batteries in these units are likely to overheat and pose a safety risk. Customers can check the serial number of their MacBook Pro on Apple's website for eligibility.
Life in the fast lane: PCI Express 6.0 to offer 256 GBps speeds on x16, being targeted for a 2021 release
PCI-SIG has announced the specifications for the PCIe 6.0 standard even as PCIe 4.0 devices are yet to become available in the market. PCIe 6.0 will offer double the bandwidth of PCIe 5.0 and uses a PAM-4 signal modulation technique to allow for increased data transfer in the same amount of time. PCIe 6.0 will continue to be backward-compatible with all existing PCIe standards and is expected to land in 2021.
Realme 3 Smartphone Hands-on Review — Helio P70 mid-ranger for not-so-deep pockets
The Realme 3 comes within six months of the launch of the popular Realme 2 with an aim to correct some of the deficiencies of its older cousin while offering an updated design, new software, and beefed-up internals. The Realme 3 offers excellent value in the sub-₹10,000 (~US$150) market but is not without rivals. For all its niceties under the hood, can the Realme 3 really rise above the competition? Our hands-on review seeks to answer just that.
ASMedia to produce AMD B550 and A520 chipsets based on PCIe 3.0, PCIe 4.0 only in 2020
ASMedia has reportedly landed orders to make AMD B550 and A520 chipsets for the Ryzen 3000 platform and will be supplying the same to motherboard OEMs by Q4 2019. These chipsets will continue to be based on PCIe 3.0 as PCIe 4.0 is currently exclusive to the AMD X570 platform. ASMedia is expected to tape-out PCIe Gen 4 designs by end of this year and will offer AMD chipsets with PCIe 4.0 support some time in 2020.
New Lenovo Legion Y545 offers a more premium construction, button-less trackpad, and RAM options up to 32 GB
Lenovo's PSREF page shows a new Legion Y545 model that is listed as being available in the Western Europe and Russia regions. The Legion Y545 is very much identical to the recently launched Y540 apart from sporting an aluminum construction, button-less trackpad, and RAM options up to 32 GB.
Google caught 'red handed' by lyrics site Genius for allegedly stealing its traffic
Lyrics site Genius has accused Google of displaying its lyrics in search information panels thereby leading to drop in site traffic. Genius uses a unique apostrophe formatting embedded in its lyrics and says that it has evidence that Google is directly lifting lyrics from the site. Google, however, said that lyrics in search information panels are supplied by licensing partners and that it will review existing agreements to ensure good practices were upheld.
7nm AMD Ryzen 'Raven Ridge' APUs could launch four months after Navi
AMD could be launching 7nm Raven Ridge APUs sometime in Q4 2019, according to Wccftech quoting an insider source. Not much is known about the new parts, but it is assumed that 7nm Ryzen APUs will bring improvements in IPC and boost clocks along with increased graphics prowess for the integrated Vega GPU.
Rumored AMD X590 chipset touted to offer even more PCIe 4.0 lanes for premium Ryzen 3000 CPUs
References to AMD X590 chipset were spotted in the BIOS code of a Gigabyte motherboard by a user on the Computerbase.de forums. This follows the tease of X590 by known Ryzen enthusiast Yuri Bubly on Twitter. Not much is known about the X590 platform but speculation is that it could feature even more number of PCIe Gen4 lanes than what X570 offers.
Asus launches the Vivobook 14 X412 and the Vivobook 15 X512 in India with Intel Whiskey Lake and NVIDIA MX250 options
Asus has introduced refreshes of the Vivobook 14 and Vivobook 15 in the Indian market. Both the Vivobooks feature Intel Whiskey Lake processors and offer NVIDIA GeForce MX230/MX250 GPU options as well. A backlit keyboard and a Windows Hello-compliant fingerprint reader are also in the offing for a reasonable entry price.
Xiaomi confirms Android Q-based MIUI 11 for 11 of its devices including the Mi 8 and Redmi Note 7
Xiaomi has confirmed that nine of its recent smartphones will be getting the MIUI 11 update based on Android Q in Q4 2019 with two others, the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro, slated to get the update by Q1 2020. The present availability is with regards to the Chinese ROM and information about global variants is not yet clear.
Oppo R17 Pro Smartphone Hands-on Review
The Oppo R17 Pro tries to combine suave aesthetics with flagship-grade performance. With a launch price close to ₹45,990 (~US$660), the R17 Pro didn't find too many takers. Now, with a more reasonable pricing and several software updates to iron out some wrinkles, the R17 Pro is still a leading contender in the upper mid-range segment. Does the R17 Pro have what it takes to outclass other Snapdragon 710 phones or is there still work to be done? We aim to find out just that.
Collectors rejoice: Xbox Project Scarlett will have an optical disc drive
Xbox Chief Phil Spencer clarified that the next generation Xbox Project Scarlett will continue to feature an optical disc drive so as to cater to collectors and those who prefer buying physical media. Spencer also said that Microsoft would make sure there is enough clarity while marketing digital-only consoles like the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.
Socket AM4 will continue well past its prime, AMD feels there's no reason to buy an Intel processor now
Socket AM4 has proven to be hugely successful for AMD primarily due to the compatibility it offers with all Ryzen CPUs to date including the new Ryzen 3rd generation processors. AMD says that the AM4 socket will continue for the foreseeable future until there is a major inflection point in the platform.
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is a 16C/32T CPU for US$749 that can potentially take Intel to the cleaners
As expected, AMD introduced the 16-core 32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X at E3 2019. The Ryzen 9 3950X offers HEDT-level performance for mainstream gamers and content creators with a boost clock of 4.7 GHz and a TDP of 105W. AMD also showed off some performance numbers for the 3950X that can give quite a complex for Intel's HEDT offerings.
Older and entry-level Xiaomi phones will no longer receive MIUI beta ROMs
Xiaomi is adopting a new policy for the delivery of beta MIUI ROMs. Henceforth, devices that are more than a year older will be gradually withdrawn from participating in the beta program. Entry-level Redmi devices are also exempted from enrolling for MIUI beta. That being said, this does not affect the eligibility of the aforementioned devices from getting stable MIUI updates.
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT gaming benchmarks leak, shown to outpace the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 in most titles
Just ahead of AMD's Next Horizon E3 2019 keynote, gaming benchmarks of the Radeon RX 5700 XT have leaked online in what appears to be an official slide from the presentation. Dubbed 'the best GPU for 1440p gaming', the RX 5700 XT seems to be ahead of the RTX 2070 in most games. However, the dual 8-pin power connector of the reference card does raise some eyebrows.
Intel announces the Unite Cloud Service — an open, low-cost, and IT-friendly collaboration solution
At the ongoing Infocomm 2019 conference, Intel announced the Unite Cloud service that leverages the power of the cloud to simplify business collaboration. Unlike the Unite Solution that requires an on-premise PIN server, Unite Cloud offloads the PIN service to the cloud that directly connects to the Unite solution hub PC.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offers over 100 console and PC games including Xbox Live Gold for just US$15 a month
Microsoft announced a new Xbox Game Pass for PC at its E3 2019 keynote that offers curated games for PC gamers for just US$10 a month. The company also announced a new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription that brings together Game Pass for console, Xbox Live Gold, and Game Pass for PC for a combined price of just US$15.
SolidRun announces the i.MX 8M Mini SOM Dev Board with Gyrfalcon AI acceleration for next-gen Edge AI applications
SolidRun has announced the i.MX 8M, a new mini System on Module (SOM) board based on NXP ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs and the Gyrfalcon Lightspeeur 2803S AI accelerator for developing Edge AI applications. The Lightspeeur 2803S is a highly power-efficient AI processing unit that offers up to 16.8 TOPS of peak performance at 300 MHz. SolidRun is also offering the i.MX 8M in a HummingBoard Pulse SBC that offers Raspberry Pi-like enhanced connectivity.
Easter eggs more or less confirm reveal of Xbox Scarlett consoles at E3
Microsoft has embedded Easter eggs in its Xbox E3 countdown videos that combine to form the RGB code for Scarlett, the codename for the next generation of Xbox consoles. Microsoft is expected to talk about Scarlett and also reveal 14 first-party games for the Xbox along with new developments on Windows 10 gaming and Project xCloud.
Realme all set to be among the first brands to launch 5G phones globally this year
Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth confirmed on Twitter that the company is looking for a global launch of 5G smartphones in 2019 and also said that 5G Realme phones will launch in India 'as early as possible'. 5G networks in India and across the world are expected to complete deployment only in 2020 so it is not yet clear as to what are the immediate target markets for Realme's 5G launch this year.
Asus ZenFone 6 to launch as the Asus 6Z in India on June 19
Asus's flagship smartphone, the ZenFone 6, will be be launching as the Asus 6Z in the Indian market on June 19. The change in naming is due to an interim order by the Delhi High Court that restrains Asus from selling any product using the 'Zen' or 'ZenFone' trademark based on a plea filed by Telecare Network. Asus will be challenging the plea soon and has promised that the sales and support of existing products will not be affected.
AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo displaces the NVIDIA Titan RTX to become the "world's most powerful GPU", but don't expect to game on it anytime soon
Shortly after Apple announced the Mac Pro desktop earlier this week, AMD said that it is introducing two new Vega 20 cards for workstation users — the Radeon Pro Vega II and the Radeon Pro Vega II Duo targeted at high-compute workloads. The Radeon Pro Vega II Duo is the world's most powerful GPU at the moment with an FP32 performance of 28.3 TFLOPs. Sadly though, this GPU is only available to the Mac Pro and it will be some time before gamers can reap the benefits of Infinity Fabric on GPUs.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 shown to post 6.3% higher FPS than an Intel Core i7-8700 in PUBG
An AMD Ryzen 5 3600 was shown to beat the Intel Core i7-8700 in a leaked PUBG benchmark over at the Chiphell forum. The Ryzen 5 3600 was shown to average about 6.3% higher than the 8700 when both of them were paired with DDR4-3000 RAM and a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. The larger cache size on Ryzen could work well for gamers, but further data and testing are needed for an absolute conclusion.
Navi 10-based AMD Radeon RX 5700 still has elements of GCN, 'pure' RDNA coming only in 2020
The upcoming AMD Navi GPUs such as the Radeon RX 5700 will use a hybrid GCN-RDNA architecture according to information obtained from AMD by Swedish outlet, SweClockers. Apparently, AMD feels that GCN is a mature architecture that has been optimized well for modern games and therefore, will find place alongside RDNA in Navi 10 GPUs. AMD is expected to completely transition to RDNA with Navi 20 sometime in 2020.
Asus expresses concerns in using OLED displays on gaming laptops
Asus showed off a gaming demo on two Zephyrus S GX502 laptops — one of them had a 4K 120Hz IPS display while the other had a 4K OLED panel. The company is looking forward to incorporate OLED displays in its gaming laptop lineup but wants to first address of some of the issues that plague OLED screens including screen burn-in, life-span, and long-term color accuracy.
Need for speed: PCI-SIG finalizes PCI Express 5.0 specification that offers up to 32 GT/s transfer rates
PCI-SIG has finalized the specifications for PCI Express 5.0 that can reach data transfer speeds up to 32 GT/s or 128 GB/s on an x16 bus — twice as fast as PCIe Gen4. PCI Express 5.0 is expected to be available for datacenter and AI applications first followed by HEDT and consumer platforms sometime in 2021.
A round-up of all the AMD X570 news from Computex — connectivity, power draw, overclocking, backward compatibility, and more
AMD's Ryzen 3000 launch has been the talking point at Computex 2019 and all eyes were on the plethora of X570 motherboards unveiled by various OEMs. The excitement with this new chipset generation is largely due to the transition to PCIe Gen4 and the fact that these chipsets have higher power draws, requiring active cooling. This article presents all the information about AMD's new flagship chipset that we are hearing from the event and from other publications so far
The MSI GT76 Titan is the most powerful desktop-replacement laptop this year
The MSI GT76 Titan houses powerful desktop-class components including a Core i9-9900K that is overclocked to 5 GHz on all cores and an NVIDIA RTX 2080 GPU. The GT76 offers a 17.3-inch 4K panel that covers 100% Adobe RGB and comes with all the connectivity options one expects in a laptop this size. The powerful internals are provided with improved Cooler Boost Titan features for sustained peak performance and the suave exterior modeled after exotic cars further adds to the visual appeal.
MSI introduces the all-new WP65 to its workstation lineup
MSI has announced a new entrant to its workstation lineup, the WP65. The WP65 mobile workstation is powered by a 9th gen Intel Core i7 processor and the just announced NVIDIA Quadro P620 graphics. The WP65 is certified by independent ISVs for workstation programs and from the looks of it, seems to be one of the more affordable workstation laptops.
The Dell XPS 15 7590 is a relatively minor refresh but finally offers a 4K OLED screen and proper webcam placement
Dell has finally taken wraps of the XPS 15 7590 at Computex 2019. The XPS 15 7590 is a relatively minor refresh to last year's XPS 15 9570 but users now have the option of choosing a 4K OLED display that covers 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. Other improvements include the expected upgrades to Intel 9th gen 45W Coffee Lake-H CPUs, NVIDIA GTX 1650 graphics, and a long awaited proper webcam placement.
Intel envisions a USB 4 standard based on Type-C, talks about Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6 integration in Ice Lake CPUs
Intel spoke about the integration of Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6 Gig+ directly into the 10nm Ice Lake architecture during its presentation at Computex 2019. USB Type-C I/O can now directly interface with the Thunderbolt 3 that is integrated onto the Ice Lake CPU bypassing the need to implement a discrete Titan Ridge controller. Intel is advocating basing USB 4 on Thunderbolt 3 for future devices. Intel also discussed about the advantages of Wi-Fi 6 integration onto the PCH and Intel's own development of the 160 MHz channel for higher throughput and reduced interference.
Intel offers a deep dive into 10nm Ice Lake, will also be available in a new 9W multi-chip package
At Computex 2019, Intel announced the arrival of 10nm Ice Lake processors that will find home in most ultrabooks and non-gaming laptops this year. Ice Lake is based on the Sunny Cove architecture and bring improvements in IPC, AI workloads, and task-specific optimization. It also comes with integrated the Gen11 graphics, Thunderbolt 3, and Wi-Fi 6 onboard the CPU/PCH. OEMs can offer Ice Lake CPUs in 9W, 15W, and 28W TDP configurations.
The colorful Asus VivoBook S14 and S15 get Intel Whiskey Lake, NVIDIA MX250, ScreenPad 2.0, and Wi-Fi 6 upgrades
Asus has announced refreshes to the VivoBook S series of ultrabooks at Computex 2019. The VivoBook S14 and S15 come in an assortment of five chassis colors and offer the option of Intel Whiskey Lake CPUs, NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics, and an updated ScreenPad 2.0 experience on the S432 and S532 models. All laptops also feature support for 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6, ErgoLift keyboards, and fast charging.
The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo looks to offer a more productive alternative to the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar
At Computex 2019, Asus unveiled its ZenBook Duo lineup of notebooks featuring a secondary display called ScreenPad Plus. The ZenBook Pro Duo offers dual-4K touchscreeens for enhanced productivity and multitasking along with powerful Core i9/Core i7 CPU options and RTX 2060 graphics. Also on offer is the smaller ZenBook Duo featuring dual-FHD touchscreens and a GeForce MX250 GPU.
AMD Ryzen 3rd generation signals deep trouble for Intel
AMD is taking on Intel with not just one or two but a total of five high-end desktop CPUs that promise far greater performance than Intel's offerings at lower TDPs and price points. The new Ryzen 3000-series is being fabricated on TSMC's 7nm process and offers a multi-chiplet layout with improved IPC, higher core counts, larger cache sizes, and support for PCIe 4.0. The Ryzen 3000-series will go on sale starting July 7.
Lenovo and Qualcomm team up for 'Project Limitless', the first 5G laptop powered by the Snapdragon 8cx
Lenovo and Qualcomm have announced 'Project Limitless', a collaborative effort to build 'Always On, Always Connected PCs' based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G Compute Platform. Lenovo and Qualcomm demonstrated a near-final version of a laptop based on the Snapdragon 8cx that also bundles in the Snapdragon X55 5G modem. The first such notebooks are expected to be available sometime in early 2020.
Qualcomm shows off first benchmarks of the Snapdragon 8cx
Qualcomm demonstrated some of the advantages of the new 7W passively cooled Snapdragon 8cx over Intel's 15W Core i5-8250U by running a few benchmarks in PCMark 10 and 3DMark. The Snapdragon 8cx posted overall better scores than the 8250U in CPU and GPU tests along with significant improvements to battery life compared to the 8250U.
MSI's latest BIOS update cuts support for Bristol Ridge APUs in some AM4 A320 motherboards
MSI has removed support for Bristol Ridge CPUs in the BIOS latest update to select A320 motherboards. Many other OEMs are expected to cut down legacy socket AM4 CPU support on low-end motherboards as they find it increasingly difficult to accommodate the ever expanding size of the microcode for backward compatibility as newer generations of processors are released.
A phone of ice and fire: New Game of Thrones edition of Samsung Galaxy Fold up for pre-order
Russian luxury phone accessory maker Caviar has announced a special Samsung Galaxy Fold Game of Thrones edition modeled on writer George R.R. Martin's eagerly anticipated book, 'The Winds of Winter'. Only seven Galaxy Fold GoT editions will be made available keeping in accordance with the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros depicted in Martin's books.
Huawei reportedly in talks with Aptoide for a Google Play Store alternative
Huawei and Aptoide are reportedly in talks to offer an alternative to the Google Play Store after Google decided to suspend all commercial engagements, including Android licensing, with Huawei following a recent executive order by the US Government. Aptoide boasts of over 900,000 apps and almost 200 million users making it an interesting prospect for Huawei to consider. Aptoide CEO Paulo Trezentos has, however, ruled out any chances of a merger with Huawei at the moment.
AMD Ryzen 5 3400G and Ryzen 3 3200G spotted in SiSoftware database along with the B550 chipset
Entries pertaining to the AMD Ryzen 5 3400G and Ryzen 3 3200G have been spotted in the SiSoftware benchmark database. The new 'Picasso' Zen+ APUs are similar to their previous generation counterparts in most aspects save for slightly increased base and boost clocks. Also seen in the database is a reference to the B550 chipset that will supposedly succeed the current mid-range B450.
First 10nm Intel Tiger Lake processor shows up on SiSoftware — Dual-core with 1.8 GHz boost
The first 10nm Intel Tiger Lake processor has landed on the SiSoftware benchmark database. From the entry, we get to see that this particular CPU is a dual-core ULV part with modest base and boost clocks. Not much information can be availed from the benchmark itself apart from the classification that it is 'Low Performing'.
Google Stadia uses a custom AMD Vega 56 GCN 1.5 GPU
Khronos Group, the consortium behind the development of the Vulkan API, has listed the Google Games Platform Gen 1 aka Stadia as being powered by a custom AMD datacenter GPU based on the GCN 1.5 architecture in its Vulkan Conformant Products page. Google Stadia's GPU is said to be a custom Vega 56 with 56 CUs and a memory bandwidth of 484 GBps. The platform is based on Google's customized Debian Linux and SDK, and uses Vulkan as the graphics API of choice.
Gigabyte's latest BIOS update enables PCIe 4.0 support on its AMD X470 and B450 motherboards
Gigabyte has released new AGESA microcode updates for its X470 and B450 offerings that seem to enable PCIe Gen4 support in the BIOS. The feature, originally thought to be available only on upcoming AMD X570 motherboards, can enable Gen4 speeds on the nearest PCIe slot connected to the Ryzen 3000 CPU. Other PCIe lanes going to the chipset and M.2 slots will continue to operate at PCIe Gen3 speeds.
NVIDIA GTX 1650 on a Single Board Computer? It is now possible with the LattePanda Alpha 864s
The LattePanda Alpha 864s comes with a full PCIe x4 M.2 slot that can be used to install entry-level GPUs such as the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 without the requirement of any additional power supply. The GTX 1650 can easily run modern games above 60 fps at low to mid settings giving the LattePanda a big boost in graphics capabilities.
AMD officially announces the Next Horizon Gaming event at E3 2019
AMD has issued a press release to announce that it will be holding a 'Next Horizon Gaming' event at E3 2019 on June 10 to reveal its upcoming gaming products for PCs and consoles. It goes without saying that AMD will be using this platform to announce the highly anticipated Navi series of GPUs and also throw some light onto the semi-custom silicon that will soon be powering the next generation of Xbox One and PlayStation consoles.
NVIDIA senses Navi's imminent threat, rumored to be working on RTX refreshes with faster memory
NVIDIA could look to introducing a refreshed RTX lineup as a pre-emptive measure to take on the upcoming AMD Navi lineup, according to information by RedGamingTech. The rumors points to a possible refresh of current RTX cards with higher memory speeds. Also being speculated is a possibility of higher clocks, use of Samsung's 16 Gb GDDR6 DRAM, and reduction in prices.
Realme U1 Smartphone Hands-on Review
MediaTek's new SoC, the Helio P70, finds its first customer in the Realme U1. The Realme U1 comes across as a capable mid-range smartphone under ₹10,000 (~$145) that aims to please most users. Does the Realme U1 have the guts to take on some of the other prominent players in this space? More importantly, how well does it harness the power of MediaTek's new mid-range offering? Let's find out in this detailed hands-on review.
Raja Koduri feels AMD's software ecosystem is meaningless without Intel
Intel's Raja Koduri laid out the position of the company in key markets such as PC, CPU, GPU, FPGA, data center, interconnect, and memory compared to the competition. During the presentation, Raja felt that AMD has no meaningful software ecosystem without Intel and that the 'Red' team lacks a memory and interconnect strategy. He also dwelt upon Intel's OneAPI strategy to make it easy for developers to code for multiple Intel architectures.
GitHubber gets a DMCA takedown notice for archiving 'confidential' HDMI docs
The HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc. has sent a DMCA takedown notice to GitHubber 'Glenwing' for posting detailed specifications of all versions of the HDMI standard, which are apparently copyrighted and confidential, on his personal GitHub page. Glenwing claims that he only used publicly available documents to educate people on the capabilities of HDMI and not for any malicious intent.
Not just RTX, even the Vega 56 can do ray tracing at 1080p 30 fps
Crytek explained about the process that went into making of ray tracing effects in the Neon Noir demo and said that most modern GPUs have enough computational power for implementing ray tracing (to various degrees). The demo showed an AMD Vega 56 being able to easily render ray tracing effects at 1080p 30 fps with the possibility of higher framerates with reduced reflection resolutions.
Microsoft talks about upcoming features to the Chromium-based Edge browser
Microsoft has revealed some of its upcoming plans for the new Chromium-based Edge browser at Build 2019. Future builds of the new Edge browser will offer a Collections pane to neatly organize and export research, a new user-friendly privacy dashboard, a built-in IE mode, and improved developer tools for working with WebView and PWAs. These features are yet to make their way to public builds, but users can try out existing builds from the Dev and Canary channels to get a feel of the new browser.
Microsoft unveils Windows Terminal, a new unified command line app for Windows 10
At the Build 2019 developer conference that kicked off today, Microsoft announced that it will soon introduce a Windows Terminal app that consolidates all command line interfaces including PowerShell, Command Prompt, and WSL into a single interface that supports tabbed views, GPU acceleration, and emojis. The company also announced that WSL 2 will also be made available later this year that will bring improved filesystem I/O, faster Linux startup, and native Docker container support.
AdoredTV reveals a list of planned AMD Navi GPUs, estimates marginal performance improvements over the Vega 64 and Radeon VII
A list of AMD Navi GPUs was revealed by AdoredTV based on his analysis of existing Navi rumors and some insider information. The Navi lineup will be apparently led by the top-end Navi20 comprised of the RX 3090 XT and RX 3090. The mid-range Navi10 will see the RX 3080 XT, RX 3080, and the RX 3070 XT while the entry-level Navi12 will feature the RX 3070 and RX 3060 SKUs. Except for Navi20, the other two are expected to launch sometime during E3 2019.
AMD 'Navi' RX 3080 XT could give the NVIDIA RTX 2070 some serious competition, early Navi samples suffer from power efficiency issues
AdoredTV reports that the Navi10-based Radeon RX 3080 XT could offer similar performance to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 at a sweet price of US$330. The RX 3080 XT is said to feature 56 CUs and will have a TDP of 190 W. AdoredTV also notes that AMD engineers are struggling to hit Vega20 clocks with early Navi samples and that they seem to suffer from power and efficiency issues.
Asus ZenFone 6 teaser shows off a bezel-less, notch-less display hinting at a pop-up selfie camera
Asus has teased a render of the upcoming ZenFone 6 flagship smartphone on Twitter. The image doesn't reveal much but we do get to see that the handset will sport extremely thin bezels and a notch-less display indicating a possibility of a pop-up selfie camera. The Asus ZenFone 6 is all set to be officially announced on May 16 in Valencia, Spain.
Open-source Linux drivers for the Intel Gen11 GPU are now feature-complete
The open-source OpenGL and Vulkan Linux drivers for the upcoming Intel Gen11 GPU are now considered to be complete according to code updates spotted by Phoronix. The drivers will be a part of the Linux 5.2 kernel and are said to be working at full performance.
Realme X passes BIS certification in India, launch imminent
The upcoming Realme X smartphone recently made its way to BIS certification indicating that an Indian launch is imminent. The Realme X is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 730 chipset and will feature a 48 MP primary shooter. The smartphone is expected to be launched at an event in China on May 15.
OnePlus 7 Pro pricing for the Indian market gets revealed, likely to start from ₹49,999
Leakster Ishan Agarwal has revealed the likely pricing for the OnePlus 7 Pro in the Indian market when it launches on May 14. The 6 GB/128 GB variant is said to be priced at ₹49,999 with the top-end 12 GB/256 GB variant is expected to retail for ₹57,999. While there is a slight possibility of the price changing before the official launch, what we hear so far seems to tally well with the reported pricing for the US and European markets.
Latest Dell XPS 15 9575 BIOS updates result in unresponsive input devices when logging in to Linux
The latest BIOS updates (version 1.4.0 and above) to the Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1 have become a cause for concern as they seem to render the keyboard and touchpad unresponsive whenever a user tries to login to the Linux desktop environment. Those who have filed this bug have confirmed that this is indeed a BIOS issue as the problem was resolved upon downgrading to the older 1.2.0 BIOS version.
New wine in old bottle: The good ol' HP TouchPad gets a working Android 9 Pie custom ROM
AOSP-based Android 9 Pie ROMs are now available for the eight-year old HP TouchPad thanks to the efforts of the custom ROM community. The HP TouchPad, abandoned soon after release, originally ran webOS but was quickly adopted by enthusiasts who managed to successfully port several Android OS versions to the tablet. While certain functionality such as Bluetooth and Camera are still being worked upon, testers claim that the tablet is able to run the latest Android update just as new.
The Nubia Red Magic 3 redefines gaming smartphones with the inclusion of a fan for active cooling
Nubia has officially announced the Red Magic 3 gaming smartphone in China. The Red Magic 3 offers a very impressive spec sheet and is also one of the first phones to feature a controllable fan for active cooling of the SoC. Other highlights include a 90 Hz AMOLED screen, programmable trigger buttons on the body, and an IP55 rating for dust and water resistance.
Microsoft isn't too worried about Intel's CPU shortage as long as PCs can run Windows
In a recent FY19 Q3 earnings call, Microsoft expressed optimism about growth of Windows sales in the enterprise and has also eased up on worries about sales in the consumer segment, which the company said in January was affected due to Intel's 14 nm supply woes. The increased growth of AMD CPUs in mainstream desktops and laptops, and the ability of Windows 10 to run on ARM hardware means that Microsoft does not have to rely on Intel to push Windows sales.
Biostar and ASRock tease Ryzen 3000 X570 motherboards for a Computex 2019 launch
Biostar and ASRock have teased their respective X570 motherboard launches for the upcoming AMD Zen 2 Ryzen 3000 lineup. Biostar's teaser image seems to indicate an improved motherboard layout with three PCIe 4.0 x16 slots, three PCIe 4.0 x1 slots, and three M.2 slots along with an actively cooled PCH. ASRock's tease is not too detailed but does indicate aggressive styling and an emphasis on RGB lighting.
List of Intel Comet Lake-G and U-series SKUs leak with supposedly low base clocks but higher turbo boosts
A list of purported Comet Lake CPUs has surfaced online and in addition to the U-series, we are getting to see a new G-series as well. The target segment of Comet Lake G is still unclear, but Intel is introducing a 6C/12T part in the U-series that is expected to succeed the current Whiskey Lake-U generation. The base clocks seem to be low but there is good turbo boost potential with Intel even indicating the attainable boosts based on core counts.
Windows 10 May 2019 update currently being blocked on computers with attached USB or SD Card storage
Microsoft is currently investigating an inappropriate drive reassignment bug that prevents Windows 10 1903 or the May 2019 update Setup from proceeding and as such, is not offering the update to devices that have USB storage devices plugged in. The issue will be resolved in a future servicing update and in the meanwhile, a workaround is to remove all external storage devices before initiating the update procedure.
Asus gets gaming essentials right with the ROG Strix G G531 and G731
The Asus ROG Strix G-series is touted to be an affordable option for gamers to experience the core ROG features without having to break the bank. The new ROG Strix G notebooks are available in G531 and G731 variants and will feature 9th gen Intel Core i7 CPUs and GPU options up to the NVIDIA RTX 2070. Also on offer is a new design language inspired by Asus's recent partnership with the BMW Designworks Group.
Asus ROG Strix Scar III and Hero III feature the Core i9-9980H and NVIDIA RTX 2070 along with an exclusive ROG Keystone secret drive
The Asus ROG Strix Hero III and Scar III are now available with the Intel Core i9-9980H CPU and up to the NVIDIA RTX 2070 GPU to cater to eSports gamers. The Hero III targets MOBA gamers while the Scar III is more geared towards FPS players. Apart from subtle exterior changes, both the laptops are more or less identical with respect to features and a new personalized link called ROG Keystone designed in collaboration with the BMW Designworks Group.
The new Asus Zephyrus M GU502 is more powerful yet slimmer compared to last year's ROG GU501GM
The Asus Zephyrus M GU502 offers up to date internals with the Core i7-9750H and RTX 2060/1660 Ti GPU options. The new generation is also slimmer than last year's GU501GM and sports slimmer display bezels and an overall lighter yet sturdy chassis.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502 brings the goodness of AMD Ryzen 7 3750H and NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti in a slim form factor
Asus has introduced a new member to the Zephyrus family with the Zephyrus G GA502. The GA5002 aims to bring the Zephyrus series to a wider audience and is powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 3550H CPU and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU to offer a high-performant combination for multitasking and gaming while still being easier on the battery life.
8 cores in a laptop: Intel announces improved 45 W 9th Gen H-series Coffee Lake-Refresh processors; Core i9-9980HK posts impressive preliminary performance
Intel has officially announced the 9th generation H-series 45 W processors today with several new features and performance improvements. Leading the stack is the Core i9-9980HK and the Core i9-9980H that sport an 8C/16T configuration with 16 MB L3 cache. The 9980HK is the only unlocked variant and can boost up to 5 GHz thanks to Intel's Thermal Velocity Boost. Preliminary performance results appear to show significantly improved multi-core performance compared to the 8th generation Coffee Lake CPUs. The 9th gen CFL-H Refresh CPUs will soon be seen in most gaming and content creation laptops from all major OEMs.
Asus ROG 'Mothership' GZ700GX now available with factory-overclocked Intel Core i9-9980HK and OC NVIDIA RTX 2080 graphics
The Asus 'ROG Mothership' GZ700GX was first announced earlier this year at CES and was aimed at offering flexibility and enhanced cooling compared to traditional clamshell gaming notebooks. Now, the GZ700GX is available with factory-overclocked versions of the 9th gen Intel Core i9-9980HK CPU and NVIDIA RTX 2080 GPU both of which are cooled by liquid metal and a total of four heatsinks. The ROG 'Mothership' is all set to be available worldwide starting Q2 2019.
100 fps for the masses — NVIDIA launches mobile versions of the GeForce GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 Ti: First Benchmarks
NVIDIA has officially announced the availability of the GeForce GTX 1650 and the GTX 1660 Ti along with their Max-Q variants. These Turing-based GTX 16-series GPUs are slated to feature in most budget to mid-range gaming notebooks this year and offer perceivable benefits over their Pascal counterparts and significant improvements over the Maxwell generation. Our first synthetic benchmarks on pre-production hardware reflect that the GTX 1660 Ti is within close range of the RTX 2060 while the GTX 1650 is firmly placed between the GTX 1660 and the GTX 1050 Ti.
The Asus Zephyrus S GX502 offers a 9th gen Core i7 CPU and a 240 Hz PANTONE-validated G-Sync display with Optimus support
Asus has announced the successor to the Zephyrus GX501 with the Zephyrus S GX502. The GX502 now comes with the 9th gen Core i7-9750H CPU and RTX 2060/2070 CPU options with NVIDIA Optimus support. The GX502 also features a PANTONE-validated 240 Hz FHD display, improved connectivity and audio, and is also lighter than the GX501.
Asus TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705 now available with AMD Zen+ Ryzen CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Asus has announced the availability of the TUF Gaming series with the latest NVIDIA Turing GTX 1660 Ti graphics. The TUF Gaming series is available in FX505 and FX705 SKUs and come with AMD Zen+ Ryzen 5 3550H and Ryzen 7 3750H CPU options. Apart from the new GTX 16-series GPU option, these laptops are otherwise identical to the original TUF Gaming series with Radeon RX 560X graphics announced during CES 2019.
BlackBerry Messenger for consumers to shut down on May 31
Emtek, the licensed owners of the BlackBerry Messenger app, announced that the service will shut down on May 31 considering that users preferred using other messaging platforms. However, BlackBerry said that BBM Enterprise is now available for use by consumers and will be free for the first year for new users.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 to feature 896 CUDA cores, will retail for US$149 MSRP
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 is based on the TU117-300 GPU and will feature 896 CUDA cores with a base clock of 1485 MHz and a boost of up to 1665 MHz. The reference design is rated at 75 W and does not require a power connector. The 1650 is all set to launch on April 23 for an MSRP of US$149, but OEMs might offer it at slightly higher prices.
The ZenFone 5Z and other ZenFones get substantial discounts as part of Asus and Flipkart OMG Days sale
Asus and Flipkart have announced new discount offers for the ZenFone lineup to celebrate Flipkart's OMG Days sale from April 15 to April 18. These offers include savings off the list price for all ZenFone variants except the Max Pro M2 along with easy EMI options and discounted Flipkart Complete Mobile Protection Plans that cover both damage and theft.
An Apple Watch jailbreak for end-users is not too far away
A user-friendly jailbreak for the Apple Watch could soon be available thanks to efforts of developer @ethanpepro. The jailbreak is currently being developed for watchOS 5.1.2 and is not available for public download yet. The new jailbreak is in contrast to the previous one that was available last year, which was more targeted at developers than end users.
A history of Dell XPS laptops from 2007 to present
The Dell XPS series has been an excellent proposition for those desiring powerful computing on the go. The evolution of the XPS line is quite a journey, but all along it always underscored the need for keeping pace with the ever evolving technology landscape and computing needs of users, making the XPS lineup one of the most sought after Windows laptops. In this article, we will have a bird's eye view of how the XPS lineup evolved from the humble XPS 466V desktop in 1993 to the high-performant XPS 13 and XPS 15 ultrabooks of today.
Specs for the Pixel 3a and 3a XL confirm previous rumors, tipped for a May 7 launch
Specs for the upcoming Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have appeared online confirming whatever we've known so far about these mid-range Pixel 3 devices. The phones are expected to officially launch on May 7 in India and will jostle for space in the fiercely competitive mid-range segment alongside other popular OEMs.
A Snapdragon 710-powered HTC mid-ranger is apparently in the works
A new HTC device was recently spotted in the Geekbench and AnTuTu databases. The device, which bears a model number 2Q7A100 seems to be powered by a Snapdragon 710 SoC and is equipped with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage. Further details about the device and an expected launch date are elusive.
Microsoft says Google Stadia has the infrastructure but no content
Xbox's Chief Marketing Officer Mike Nichols felt that Microsoft is in a better position than Google in the race for cloud gaming given the vast library of games and other content that Xbox provides, echoing the sentiments of Xbox Chief Phil Spencer. Microsoft is also optimistic about a great show for Project xCloud at E3 2019.
OPPO Reno now official with Snapdragon 855, 10x hybrid zoom, and shark fin pop-up selfie camera
OPPO has finally unveiled the new Reno line of smartphones at an event in China. The Reno lineup has two editions — a mid-range Reno and a flagship Reno 10x Zoom Edition. Both phones feature a shark fin-styled pop-up selfie camera and a 48 MP primary shooter. The Reno 10x Zoom Edition features an additional 10x optical zoom lens and is powered by the Snapdragon 855. The phones are set for a global unveil on April 24 in Zurich.
Android Pie update now rolling out to Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 and ZenFone Max M2
Asus has released the Android 9 Pie update to users of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 and the Max M2 as promised. The update is being seeded in batches and might take some time before the device shows the update notification. Android Pie update for the Max Pro M2 is expected to arrive before April 15.
Intel Optane H10 offers the best of 3D Xpoint and QLC NAND on one M.2 package
Intel detailed some of the technical specifications and performance numbers of its latest Optane H10 storage that combines 3D Xpoint and QLC NAND flash onto a single M.2 drive. The Optane H10 requires the latest Intel 8th gen U-series processor and Rapid Storage Technology drivers. It is slated to be available with major notebook OEMs starting Q2 2019.
Leaked OnePlus 7 Pro hands-on pictures confirm Snapdragon 855, 48 MP camera, and more
New images of what is alleged to be the OnePlus 7 Pro have surfaced online. These images indicate a triple camera setup and the likelihood of a pop-up selfie camera alongside other flagship-grade features. The smartphone is expected to be announced in May alongside a new OnePlus 7 Pro 5G variant.
New Core i7-8665U and Core i5-8365U Whiskey Lake-U SKUs spotted in leaked Lenovo ThinkPad X390 specs
Two new Intel Whiskey Lake-U SKUs, the Core i7-8665U and the Core i5-8365U, were spotted in leaked ThinkPad X390 specifications. These new CPUs are almost identical to the existing Core i7 and Core i5 options except for the fact that the single-core Turbo Boost has been increased by 200 MHz. It is possible that these new processors would continue to co-exist alongside current Whiskey Lake-U options and bring vPro support for enterprise management.
Android Q to add support for 'deep presses' similar to Apple's 3D Touch
Android Q could bring support for its own version of iOS's 3D Touch called 'deep press' according to developer documentation for an object called MotionEvent. From the documentation, we get to learn that deep press could be a quick way to access submenus but it is not yet clear whether this is function is just an alternative for long press or requires dedicated pressure-sensitive touchscreen hardware.
Apple Watch's heart rate monitor saves a man's life
The Apple Watch's built-in heart rate monitoring has helped a user in calling ER at the right time when the smartwatch indicated that his heart rate had suddenly become abnormal. Although the user passed out en route to the hospital and was later diagnosed with SVT, timely alerts from the Apple Watch has ensured prompt response from ER without delay thus, saving his life.
Realme 3 Pro to feature Snapdragon 710 and OPPO VOOC 3.0 fast charging
We are getting to see new information about the upcoming Realme 3 Pro smartphone. The Realme 3 Pro is expected to offer significant bumps in performance and features compared to the regular Realme 3 and will also include OPPO's famed VOOC fast-charging tech. A Snapdragon 710 is expected to power the innards and the phone will be available in several RAM and storage variants.
Asus ZenFone 6 shows up on AnTuTu with Snapdragon 855, 6 GB RAM, and Android 9 Pie
The upcoming Asus ZenFone 6 smartphone has surfaced on popular benchmarking site AnTuTu and has managed to put out an impressive score in line with other Snapdragon 855-powered phones such as the Xiaomi Mi 9. The listing also indicates that the phone will offer a 6 GB/128 GB variant and will run on Android 9 Pie.
Sony PlayStation 5 purported to support cross-platform game play and digital in-game trading
Patents filed by Sony describing cross-platform play and digital in-game trading have surfaced leading to speculation that the upcoming PlayStation 5 console could possibly support these features. Details of how Sony would be implementing them is still unclear but the company could leverage its existing PlayStation Now service to enable these features with the support of developers.
OnePlus 3 and 3T reportedly getting new HydrogenOS beta update based on Android 9 Pie
Users in China have reportedly started receiving the beta version of HydrogenOS based on Android 9 Pie. This comes after several months of internal testing of the Chinese-exclusive ROM indicating that the final version is not far off. OnePlus is yet to announce the roll out of OxygenOS beta based on Android Pie but given that the company has recently invited testers for a closed beta, global roll out can be expected soon.
Microsoft Research and University of Washington demonstrate a fully working automated DNA storage system
Researchers at the University of Washington and Microsoft Research have successfully demonstrated a large scale random retrieval of data from a DNA molecule in the quest towards exploiting the properties of DNA for massive capacities and long term storage. The researchers used short molecules called DNA primers for random access of data at specific sites. The technology is still restricted to the lab for now but this proof-of-concept shows immense potential and prospects for the future of data storage and retrieval.
Undervolting your Dell laptop can void the warranty
Dell Support has informed a customer that any non-factory settings to the processor, such as undervolting, are not covered under warranty. This seems a bit contrary on their own policy, which clearly mentions that the warranty becomes void only if component damage occurs during this process and not by mere change of voltage settings.
Intel Core i9-9900KF could offer a slightly higher overclocking potential than the 9900K
Famed overclocker 'Splave' tried out a small experiment to find out whether the newly announced Intel Core i9-9900KF offered any potential advantages over the 9900K when it came to overclocking. The results showed that the 9900KF can go somewhat higher than a binned 9900K on liquid nitrogen. Although the sample size used in this test is small, it does offer an indication that the disabled iGPU in the 9900KF SKU could be useful in overclocking under extreme cooling.
AMD Ryzen 3000's MCM design enables optimal utilization of the 7 nm process
AMD's use of a multi-chip module (MCM) approach offers quite a few advantages for AMD in terms utilizing TSMC's lines efficiently and also in driving down costs. We are now getting to know that Ryzen 3000 sports a new Infinity Fabric version that offers twice the bandwidth of the previous generation. The chiplet design should also enable AMD to disable cores with minimal loss to cater to the entry level and mid-range markets.
Latest AGESA firmware can brick Precision Boost Overdrive on AMD 400-series motherboards
Users of AMD X470 chipset-based motherboards who have updated to the latest AGESA 0.0.7.x offered by some OEMs over the past week are reporting that the update cripples the Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO) from working automatically, requiring manual adjustments via Ryzen Master. The issue seems to have affected some Asus and MSI X470 boards and the only recourse is to downgrade the BIOS (if possible) or wait till a fix for the PBO issue is released.
Disc-less Xbox One S All-Digital Edition to have a global launch on May 7 2019
Microsoft's plans of introducing a disc-less version of the Xbox One S is well known and we're getting to know that the console is all set for a global launch on May 7. Expected to be known as the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, the new console will be priced at the lowest tier in the Xbox One family to encourage newcomers to get a feel for the digital ecosystem.
AMD Ryzen 3000 support being rolled out to compatible motherboards
The AMD 'Matisse' Ryzen 3000 CPUs are still a couple of months away from launch but motherboards OEMs have started prepping for it by offering new AGESA updates that support the new processors. MSI, Asus, and BioStar have started rolling out AGESA v0.0.7.x that includes support for Zen 2 Ryzen 3000 CPUs. Other OEMs are expected to follow suit as we head closer to launch.
A GTX 1660 Ti-powered MSI GL63 8SD gaming laptop gets listed on Vietnamese retail sites
Following the recent leak of a Dell G5 15 laptop featuring the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, a few Vietnamese PC retail sites have started listing the MSI GL63 8SD gaming laptop powered by the new Turing GPU indicating that an official launch of the new card is imminent. Apart from the availability of the GTX 1660 Ti option, the rest of the specs of the MSI GL63 are the same as what we've seen during its announcement at CES 2019.
5G technology facilitates world's first remote brain surgery in China
Telemedicine could enter a whole new phase thanks to advancements made possible by 5G. Doctors in China's Hainan province could successfully perform a robotic brain surgery on a patient 3,000 km away in Beijing with the help of China Mobile and Huawei's 5G network, according to local media. The low latency and high bandwidth of 5G could be extremely valuable in performing more such remote procedures in the days to come, saving a lot of time and effort for both patients and clinicians.
Qualcomm unveils the QCS400 series SoCs for smart speakers and next-gen audio applications
Qualcomm has revealed the new QCS400 series SoCs dedicated for smart audio applications in smart speakers, soundbars, home theatre systems, AV receivers, and IoT hardware. The QCS400 series comes in four SKUs and offers a tri-radio coexistence, AI enhancements, up to 32-channels of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoding, low-latency streaming, and next generation voice capabilities. The higher-end SKUs also come with an Adreno 306 GPU for visual output. The QCS400 series aims to be more power-efficient and can be tailored by developers to offer specific experiences to the user.
Snapchat to launch its gaming platform "Project Cognac" next month
Snapchat is likely to launch its gaming platform for developers and content partners next month. Codenamed "Project Cognac", the platform will allow third-party developers to create games that run within the Snapchat app. With Snapchat's acquisition of game studios Prettygreat and PlayCanvas, first-party titles can also be expected.
Xiaomi Poco F2's Geekbench listing throws up an SoC conundrum, but it's likely fake
A listing for the purported Xiaomi Poco F2 has surfaced on Geekbench and while we are expecting a Snapdragon 855-powered flagship killer from Xiaomi this year, the scores do not seem to reflect such high aspirations. Going by the RAM, SoC identifier, and the base clock, we feel this could be a mid-range variant of the Poco F2 or a renamed Poco F1 Lite... or even a fake leak.
Facebook is helping Intel in designing Cooper Lake for deep learning
Intel took to stage at the OCP Global Summit 2019 to announce new Xeon Scalable platforms for servers based on the upcoming Cascade Lake and Cooper Lake architectures. The new Xeon Scalable processors will now be available in four and eight-socket reference designs later this year. Cooper Lake will also integrate the Bfloat 16 format that is being developed in collaboration with Facebook for accelerating AI applications.
Huge Facebook outage results in 3 million new signups for Telegram
Facebook and its subsidiaries suffered a temporary outage of services yesterday leading to inconvenience for users and advertisers alike. The company clarified that the outage was a result of a server configuration change and is not a cyber attack. The downtime resulted in more than 3 million new signups for Telegram with CEO Durov advocating the service's focus on privacy and unlimited space for everyone.
Could this be Navi? New AMD 66AF:F1 GPU pops up on CompuBench, offers better graphics but lower compute performance than the Vega 64
References to an unknown AMD GPU, AMD 66AF:F1, have popped up in the CompuBench benchmark site leading to speculation that this could be one of the Navi SKUs. From the initial numbers, we get to see that this GPU offers improved numbers in several memory-intensive compute tests over the Vega 56 but still trails behind the Vega 64. However, this GPU does seem to have significant leads over the Vega 64 when it comes to graphics performance.
The foldable Motorola RAZR's second screen might offer limited functionality compared to the Samsung Galaxy Fold
Motorola's upcoming foldable RAZR phone will have several uses for the closed screen as learnt by XDA Developers. However, the functionality of the closed screen could to be limited when compared to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Fold and it currently seems as if only Moto apps can display content on the closed screen.
Microsoft open sources the Windows Calculator app on GitHub
Microsoft is open sourcing the code of Windows Calculator on GitHub in a bid to encourage developers learn more about Microsoft technologies by reviewing the code used in the app. Developers can now use Windows Calculator functionality in their own apps and participate in code review and feedback via GitHub. Microsoft will continue to finally test and flight the app in Windows builds as usual.
OPPO Find Z to feature Snapdragon 855 and 10x hybrid optical zoom
Shen Yiren Brian, VP of OPPO, took to Weibo to announce that the upcoming Find Z flagship phone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and will also incorporate the company's new 10x hybrid optical zoom camera. The Find Z could also have a 5G variant and Shen claims that the phone will look different compared to contemporary phones in the market.
iPhones with third-party batteries are now eligible for authorized Apple repairs
iPhones whose batteries have been replaced by third-party repair shops are now eligible for service at Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASPs). The new guidelines are applicable worldwide and provide for both battery and component replacement but the guidelines are restricted only to third-party batteries. Apple will still deny service if any other component has been altered via non-Apple repairs.
Leaked Fujitsu document reveals new 35 W T-series and 65 W F-series CPUs in the Intel 9th gen lineup
A motherboard compatibility document from Japanese PC maker Fujitsu has revealed all the SKUs in the Intel 9th generation Coffee Lake Refresh lineup. We are now getting to see new 'T' series chips with a low TDP of 35 W and new 'F' series processors in addition to what was announced at CES 2019 along with new Xeon E-series CPUs.
Upcoming NVIDIA GTX 1650 and Intel Core i7-9750H make an appearance on 3DMark
The rumored NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 has popped up in a leaked 3DMark entry that also lists the upcoming 9th gen Intel Core i7-9750H CPU. Not much information is evident from the entry itself, which lists just the core and memory clocks. We do, however, get to confirm that the card will feature 4 GB of RAM, which in all probability is GDDR5.
Bixby remapping now available on older Samsung Galaxy devices as well
Samsung is now offering the ability to remap the Bixby button on older flagships such as the Galaxy Note 9, S9/S9+, Note 8, and S8/S8+. The update is available via the Galaxy Store and allows the user to select a custom app to launch with either a single or double tap of the Bixby but not both. This means Bixby Home will continue to be available and the user cannot totally disable it.
Android 9 Pie now heading to Huawei Mate 9 series and Nova 2S
Huawei has commenced rollout of Android 9 Pie-based EMUI 9.0 to older flagships such as the Mate 9 series along with the Nova 2S in China. The rollout is happening as per expected timelines and should hit users in China this week followed by a global rollout shortly. Alongside the Mate 9 series, the Huawei Nova 2S, the Honor V9, and the Honor 9 are also getting their taste of Android Pie.
The next Apple iPhone could sport a sound emitting display like the LG G8 ThinQ
The upcoming Apple iPhone's screen could double-up as a speaker going by the company's patent filing at the USPTO. The patent is not detailed explicitly but does point to hermetic sealing around the device. It also suggests reduction of distortion by ensuring a near-perfect vertical speaker diaphragm motion. While not 100% indicative, there is every possibility of Apple incorporating this technology following in the footsteps of Android phones such as the LG G8 ThinQ.
Spotify is now available in India with exclusive features and better value than any other market
Spotify has announced that it is now available in India bringing its total number of markets to 79. Spotify is a late entrant to the country that has already has local and international providers trying to outdo each other and hence is launching India-exclusive plans that are a lot cheaper and provide full control over the free plan unlike other international markets. Warner Music, however, isn't too happy about the launch.
Intel previews the Foveros 3D packaging technology in upcoming Lakefield hybrid CPUs
Intel has previewed the upcoming Lakefield SoC in a bit more detail in a new video. The video illustrates the new Foveros 3D packaging technology and how different heterogeneous components can be stacked on top of each other. This helps in reduced board footprint and consequently, enables thinner, lighter, more powerful devices.
The Xperia 1 consolidates the best of Sony technologies into a flagship smartphone
Sony has announced its flagship Xperia 1 at MWC 2019 today. The Xperia 1 brings the best of Sony technologies across photo, film, and television, and aims to create an immersive viewing experience with its 21:9 4K OLED HDR screen. The Xperia 1 comes with 2019 flagship specifications and is expected to be available sometime late spring.
Microsoft HoloLens 2 blurs the line between real and virtual for US$3,500
Microsoft took to stage at MWC 2019 in Barcelona to demo their new HoloLens 2 mixed reality headset. The HoloLens 2 offers 2x the field of view and 3x the comfort of the previous generation while bringing more interactivity and collaboration to holograms. Microsoft is opening up the platform to all developers and is making it easy for businesses to create and deploy MR apps. HoloLens 2 is still focused on the enterprise but the next generation could possibly have a more consumer-centric approach.
The Nokia 9 PureView redefines smartphone photography with five cameras for US$699
HMD Global has released the highly anticipated Nokia 9 PureView at MWC 2019 in Barcelona today. True to the rumors so far, the Nokia 9 indeed comes with a penta-lens rear camera setup that takes stunning images and is actually comparable to a professional full frame camera. HMD has incorporated enhancements at both the software and hardware level to make the most of the five cameras.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold speaks for itself in a silent product video
Samsung has released a video showing off the new Galaxy Fold and demonstrated some device usage as well. Features like App continuity, camera, and Samsung Dex are briefly shown. While the video does not go into too much detail, and is actually silent for the most part, it does give a glimpse of what to expect when the device is made available later this year.
First images of the Microsoft HoloLens 2 leak just hours before launch
The first images of the upcoming Microsoft HoloLens 2 have leaked online just hours before launch. While not much information is known about the new device, we are getting to see that Microsoft has focused on the ergonomics and a possible new menu tapping gesture. The new HoloLens might also be made available for consumers at sub-US$1,000 price points.
Xiaomi upgrades the Mi Mix 3 with a Snapdragon 855 and 5G connectivity for €599
At the Mobile World Congress currently underway in Barcelona, Xiaomi took to stage to unveil the upgraded Mi Mix 3. The new Mi Mix now features the flagship 7 nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and support for 5G connectivity via the Snapdragon X50 modem. The rest of the specifications are identical to the original version including the slider mechanism and ceramic build.
AMD briefly drops Vega 56 to US$279 to take on the GTX 1660 Ti, sells out within hours
In the wake of NVIDIA announcing the 'Turing' GTX 1660 Ti GPU, AMD announced a limited period offer for the Vega 56 by bringing down the price of the card to the same US$279 price point. Unfortunately, though, the card appears to have been sold out and it is not known if and when AMD will reinstate the offer again.
Leaked Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga and ThinkPad X1 Carbon datasheets signal a June launch for Intel Ice Lake
Lenovo could be joining Dell in offering Intel Ice Lake laptops as soon as June this year. Leaked datasheets for the ThinkPad X1 Yoga and ThinkPad X1 Carbon detail the inclusion of Core i5 and Core i7 Ice Lake processor options. The new models are slimmer and the transition to Ice Lake is expected to bring significant benefits to both compute and graphics performance.
Intel Gen11 GT2 GPU outperforms the Vega 10 and closes in on the Vega 11 in leaked benchmarks
GFXBench results of Intel's upcoming Gen11 GT2 graphics have leaked online and the scores seem to be pretty impressive. The Ice Lake Gen11 GT2 is a significant improvement over Skylake's GT9 and promises 1 TFLOP GPU performance for all. These preliminary scores reveal GT11's advantage over the Vega 10 (and possibly even the Vega 11) and its potential value for OEMs and customers over AMD APUs and NVIDIA MX offerings.
Acer now offering the Swift 3 with NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics
Acer has upgraded its Swift 3 offering to feature the new NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU. The rest of the specifications remain more or less the same. The MX250 is, for all intents and purposes, a re-badged version of the MX150 with slightly higher clocks and will be available in both 10 W and 25 W TDP variants. However, it is not known which TDP variant is being used in the new Swift 3.
AMD 'Navi' could offer significantly improved power-efficiency thanks to a new SMU framework
The upcoming 'Navi' GPUs from AMD could offer much better power-efficiency according to notes from AMD's recent Linux driver patches. The patches detail that 'future ASICS' could use a new sw SMU framework superceding the current PowerPlay driver. In all likelihood, the new sw SMU might enable dynamic per-core voltage and frequency adjustment found in Ryzen APUs potentially resulting in less power-hungry GPUs and more performance per Watt.
Realme 3 to come in both Helio P60 and Helio P70 variants
The upcoming Realme 3 smartphone will be launching in both Helio P60 and Helio P70 variants. This was confirmed by Realme following the results of AIDA64 results that have leaked online. While the P70 version will launch in India, the P60 variant is destined for a global rollout. The Realme 3 is expected to sport a diamond-cut finish on the back and will target the tightly contested upper mid-range segment.
Xiaomi launches the Mi 9 SE — the first phone powered by the Snapdragon 712
Xiaomi has launched the Mi 9 SE in China alongside the flagship Mi 9. The Mi 9 SE is the world's first phone to be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC and offers the same 48 MP camera and in-display fingerprint sensor as the Mi 9. While most other specs are on par, the battery capacity seems somewhat of a downer.
Samsung joins OPPO in bidding adieu to Blu-ray
Samsung seems to have exited the 4K Blu-ray market in the US citing a niche market and current domination of Sony and Panasonic. Samsung became the second company after OPPO to stop making both 4K and FHD Blu-ray players coming in the wake of increased penetration of online streaming services and HDR format incompatibilities between the industry's Dolby Vision and Samsung's HDR10+.
LG unveils new Q and K series budget smartphones ahead of MWC 2019
Ahead of MWC 2019, LG has announced three new budget smartphones in the Q and K-series. The LG Q60 offers a triple-camera setup and higher onboard storage while the LG K50 and K40 are oriented at more price-conscious users. All phones sport an unnamed 2.0 GHz octa-core SoC and LG's FullVision display HD+ panels along with support for DTS:X audio and AI Cam.
New OnePlus 7 image leak confirms fullscreen display devoid of any notch or punch-hole
A new image of the OnePlus 7 has leaked online confirming previous leaks of a notch-less fullscreen display. We also do not see any punch-hole for the selfie camera indicating the possibility of a slider mechanism. However, the display orientation throws up a speculation as to whether or not OnePlus is building support for inverted displays into Oxygen OS.
Qualcomm QM215 SoC currently under development for Android Go phones
Qualcomm looks to be developing a new entry-level SoC for entry-level Android Go smartphones. References to the new QM215 SoC have been spotted in several Qualcomm developer documents and it is expected to be developed independent of the mainstream Snapdragon series. The QM215 should hopefully increase adoption of the Android Go platform in emerging markets.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 512 GB to get Ceramic Black finish, expected to be cheaper than the iPhone XS Max
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is said to be available in 128 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB storage variants, and one of the color options for the 1 TB variant is Ceramic Black. Roland Quandt has tweeted that even the S10 Plus 512 GB version will be available in Ceramic Black in the US and elsewhere. We are also getting to know that the price of the Galaxy S10 Plus, though still expensive, will be cheaper than its nearest competitor, the Apple iPhone XS Max.
Details of the Intel 9th gen H-series CPUs emerge, Core i9-9980HK to be the flagship SKU
An Intel export compliance metrics document has listed the new 9th gen H-series processors for laptops. These CPUs include the Core i5-9300H all the way to the Core i9-9980HK. The 9th gen H-series CPUs are not official yet and Intel has not provided many details apart from the boost clocks, L3 cache, and CTP values aimed at authorities and regulators to determine the capabilities of each chip. The 9th gen H-series processors are expected to be officially announced in Q2 this year and will feature in many gaming notebooks.
AMD Ryzen 7 nm round-up — Ryzen 3000, X570, and Navi reportedly targeted for July 7, 12-core and 16-core CPUs expected
July 7 will see the launch of AMD's 7 nm parts including the Ryzen 3000 CPUs and Navi GPUs alongside the new X570 chipset. A detailed announcement is expected during Computex 2019 in June followed by wide availability in July. AMD is also expected to announce 12 and 16-core Ryzen CPUs in the July to September timeframe. While Zen 2 is mostly on track, the simultaneous launch of Navi depends on whether TSMC is able to cater to the demand.
NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti falls just short of the GTX Titan X in FFXV benchmark, to be priced at US$279 MSRP
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti featuring the non-RT 'Turing' TU116 core has made an appearance on the Final Fantasy XV benchmark scoring just short of a 'Maxwell' Titan X and not too far above the GTX 1070, which it is expected to replace. The GTX 1660 Ti is expected to launch on February 22 at an MSRP of US$279.
Laptops to fall in love with this Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is surely a reason for celebration and togetherness for many around the world. This is also a great time to invest in or gift technology that can enhance your partner's work or play. In this article, we've lined-up some of the best laptops that we think will complement most personalities. These laptops are not just ones that you can gift to the ones you love; they are also ones that you can fall in love with, too.
Rumored Intel Core i3-9100F specs throw up a Turbo Boost conundrum
A listing for an hitherto unknown Intel Core i3-9100F CPU has surfaced on the SiSoftware database. The Core i3-9100F shares similar specs with the Core i3-8100 but does not come with integrated UHD Graphics. While Core i3s are known for lack of Turbo Boost, a Dell listing tells us otherwise.
First pictures of the Sony Xperia XA3 leak, confirm rumors so far
The first pictures of the Sony Xperia XA3 have leaked ahead of MWC 2019 via a Chinese website that has managed to grab snippets from a leaked video. The Xperia XA3 will be an upgrade to Sony's mid-range offering and will supposedly be powered by a Snapdragon 660 SoC. The main draw of the phone, however, could be its unusually tall display.
New job postings suggest Google might be building its own wearables
Google might be working on building its own brand of wearables. A job posting looking for a VP of Hardware Engineering for Wearables was recently announced that could mean that the Mountain View is looking to expand its hardware offerings into next generation wearables. A posting for a Wearables Design Manager is also in the offing.
AMD Radeon VII turns out to be competitive, but does not surpass the RTX 2080 in first reviews
The first reviews for the 7 nm AMD Radeon VII GPU are out and they all seem to give an impression that AMD has managed to take the fight to the RTX 2080's pavilion. With a whopping 16 GB of HBM2 VRAM and a 1 TB/s memory bandwidth, the Radeon VII seems to focus more on raw power and compute performance versus niceties such as ray tracing or AI supersampling. Is the added power enough to move past the RTX 2080? The initial reviews seem to say, not just yet.
New NVIDIA Game Ready 418.81 driver includes support for GeForce RTX laptops
NVIDIA has announced the release of a new GeForce Game Ready driver that brings support for new RTX laptops and also improves performance in the 3DMark Port Royal benchmark. 3DMark Port Royal has now added DLSS support, which offers a nice performance boost and improved image quality. The latest Game Ready 418.81 driver can be downloaded via the GeForce Experience app or directly from NVIDIA's website.
List of laptops featuring the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU
This article provides a comprehensive list of laptops that feature the newly announced NVIDIA "Turing" GeForce RTX 2080 GPU. The RTX 2080 comes in both Max-Q and non-Max-Q variants and is expected to perform better than the "Pascal" GTX 1080. This list will be updated as and when new laptop models featuring the RTX 2080 are announced.
List of laptops featuring the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU
This article provides a comprehensive list of laptops that feature the newly announced NVIDIA "Turing" GeForce RTX 2070 GPU. The RTX 2070 comes in both Max-Q and non-Max-Q variants and is expected to perform similar to the "Pascal" GTX 1080. This list will be updated as and when new laptop models featuring the RTX 2070 are announced.
List of laptops featuring the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU
This article provides a comprehensive list of laptops that feature the newly announced NVIDIA "Turing" GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. The RTX 2060 is currently available as a non-Max-Q variant and is expected to perform similar to the "Pascal" GTX 1070. This list will be updated as and when new laptop models featuring the RTX 2060 are announced.
Android 9.0 Pie now officially rolling out for the Asus ZenFone 5Z
The Asus ZenFone 5Z is finally getting the Android 9.0 Pie update after several weeks of beta testing. Apart from updating the base Android version, this update also brings a new contextual pop-up volume bar and a new Magnifier feature for easier copy-paste. The update is currently being rolled out in phases and is expected to reach everyone in the next few weeks.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro (M2) Smartphone Review
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro (M2) has been on the Indian market for some time, with ASUS bringing the model to wider markets post Mobile World Congress 2019. The focus of the ZenFone Max Pro (M2) is its large 5,000 mAh battery, its improved design and its more powerful hardware, which all suggest to us that Asus has made good on the criticism about the device’s predecessors. Read on to find out whether Asus has done enough to make the ZenFone Max Pro (M2) stand out from other midrange devices in what is already a highly competitive market.
iFixit: Apple MacBook Pro stage light issue turns "a $6 problem into a $600 disaster"
Several users have complained of a 'stage light' anomaly in their MacBook Pro displays. iFixit wrote in a blog post that it has identified the cause of the issue and attributes it to the manner in which the display cables connect to the display controller beneath the Touch Bar. This design causes the cables to tear overtime giving the uneven backlighting effect when the display is opened beyond a certain angle. More worrisome, however, is the fact that getting it repaired can prove to be a costly affair.
Asus ZenFone Max (M2) Smartphone — Hands-on Review and First Impressions
Asus announced the budget-oriented ZenFone Max (M2) smartphone in India last month targeting the sub-US$150 user who wants a capable smartphone that gets the basics right. The Max (M2) comes with decent specs and significant improvements over its predecessor, the ZenFone Max (M1). However, does the Max (M2) have what it takes to compete against similar offerings from the likes of Xiaomi, Honor, and Realme? Let's find out in our hands-on review.
The Lenovo Yoga A940 AiO Desktop is the Surface Studio clone we've been waiting for
Lenovo has introduced the Yoga A920 — a venerable alternative to the Microsoft Surface Studio lineup featuring some nifty enhancements that cater to the creative professional crowd. The Yoga A920 offers very good specs and most of the functionality of the Surface Studio 2 for a whole US$1,000 less.
First pictures of the 48 MP Redmi X teased by Xiaomi CEO
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has teased official images of the upcoming 48 MP phone, which is likely to be called Redmi X. The Redmi X will sport a glass back and a 6.3-inch FHD+ screen. It will come in three color variants and is expected to be officially announced on January 10.
Intel announces six new 9th Generation desktop CPUs, five of them without integrated graphics
Intel has announced expansion of its lineup of 9th generation desktop CPUs by introducing six new CPUs with F and KF monikers. While both F and KF series have their iGPUs disabled, the KF series is overclockable. These new CPUs include the Core i3-9350KF, Core i5-9400F, Core i5-9400, Core i5-9600KF, Core i7-9700KF, and the Core i9-9900KF. Intel also announced that mobile versions of these CPUs will be coming in Q2 2019.
ZOTAC announces new GeForce RTX 2060 GPUs and a Mini PC featuring the mobile GeForce RTX 2070
ZOTAC has announced two new GPUs based on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 at CES 2019. The RTX 2060 Twin Fan and RTX 2060 AMP feature the company's IceStorm 2.0 cooling mechanism and FireStorm fine tuning utility. The latest ZOTAC Magnus E series Mini PC now comes with the mobile GeForce RTX 2070 GPU and an 8th generation Intel Core i5 CPU in a compact footprint.
The Acer Predator Triton 900 packs powerful components in a convertible form factor
Acer today announced the new Predator Triton 900 2-in-1 gaming notebook. The Predator Triton 900 is the world's first gaming convertible and features high-end specs that include a 17.3-inch 4K G-Sync display, a Core i7-8750H CPU, and the just announced laptop version of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080. Acer has equipped the Predator Triton 900 with a 4th generation AeroBlade 3D cooling system to keep temperatures under control.
The Acer Chromebook 315 is the first to sport the new AMD A-Series Chromebook CPUs
On the heels of AMD unveiling CPUs for Chromebooks, Acer has announced the Chromebook 315 powered by the 7th generation AMD A-Series CPUs with integrated Radeon graphics. The Acer Chromebook 315 is built for all-day work and can run both Chrome OS and Android apps with equal ease.
The new Acer Swift 7 continues its pursuit of slimness, yet it is even more powerful than before
At CES 2019, Acer has announced the new Swift 7 notebook with an even more slimmer and lighter profile than last year while still offering improved 8th generation Intel CPUs, a 92% screen-to-body ratio, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, and an all-alloy construction. The new Swift 7 will be available in North America in May 2019 starting from US$1,699 and in EMEA and China from April 2019.
Better late than never: Radeon Software updates will now include support for AMD Ryzen Mobile APUs
AMD has confirmed that it will be directly providing driver updates for its Ryzen Mobile APUs via Radeon Software updates. This is a welcome move from AMD as it had previously put the onus of providing APU driver updates on laptop OEMs. Hopefully, this will bring APU users on par with desktop GPU owners in getting access to timely day-zero game support, feature updates. and bug fixes.
NVIDIA unveils the GeForce RTX lineup for laptops, will feature in over 40 notebooks this year
NVIDIA has finally announced its lineup of RTX GPUs for laptops at CES 2019. Coming under the N18 family, these GPUs will be available in both standard and MaxQ variants. The RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 will be coming in a total of three variants each — one standard and two MaxQ variants. NVIDIA said that over 40 notebooks from various OEMs will powered by the new mobile GeForce RTX GPUs and are slated be available starting this January.
Our take on the top 10 bestselling smartphones on Amazon
April 2020 update. In this article, you will find NotebookCheck's overview of the top 10 bestselling smartphones on Amazon.com. Read on to find out what we think about these bestsellers and whether they actually perform well or not for various use cases. We will keep this constantly updated to cover new bestselling smartphones every month.
Our take on the top 10 bestselling laptops on Amazon
December 2018 update. In this article, you will find NotebookCheck's overview of the top 10 bestselling laptops on Amazon.com. Read on to find out what we think about these best sellers and whether they actually perform well or not for various use cases. We will keep this constantly updated to cover new bestsellers every month.
This is how the upcoming 5G OnePlus phone will probably look like
Famed leakster Ishan Agarwal shared a picture of an internal OnePlus meeting talking about a new phone prototype. This could be the 5G OnePlus phone that the company plans to launch in early 2019. The picture shows the device sporting a circular camera bump and presence of red and light grey variants. If news so far is true, this phone could launch as a distinct lineup with its own set of premium features and pricing.
Here's a first look at Android 9.0 Pie running on the Asus ZenFone 5
The Android Pie update for the ZenFone 5 series is expected to arrive in January 2019 but an early version of the ROM is now available for manual download. The ROM appears to be intended for the Brazilian market but can actually be installed on any international variant. Those who have tested this ROM say that users will encounter a few bugs and they should rather wait for the official FOTA rollout.
Windows Sandbox will enable safe isolation and testing of suspicious programs in Windows 10 19H1
Microsoft will soon be introducing Windows Sandbox as an optional feature in upcoming builds of Windows 10 19H1. Windows Sandbox offers a secure, isolated, and disposable environment to test out suspicious programs and prevent them from affecting the main OS installation. Windows Sandbox will be offered in Professional and Enterprise SKUs of Windows 10 and does not require any additional addons or VHDs to run.
Upcoming Xbox Scarlett family to have 'Anaconda' and 'Lockhardt' SKUs, disc-less Xbox One to launch in January 2019
The upcoming Xbox 'Scarlett' family of consoles will feature two variants codenamed 'Anaconda' and 'Lockhart' as successors to the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S respectively. Lockhart is expected to be as powerful as the current gen Xbox One X while Anaconda is aimed at providing a more cutting-edge experience. Apart from Scarlett, Microsoft is also expected to announce the disc-less Xbox One console as early as 2019.
The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT is world's first smartphone to feature the Snapdragon 855 and a whopping 12 GB RAM
At an event in Beijing today, Lenovo announced the flagship Z5 Pro GT — the world's first smartphone to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and also the first to feature 12 GB of RAM. Apart from the raw processing power, the Z5 Pro GT is very much identical to the Z5 Pro that was launched in China last month. Lenovo has also announced the mid-range Z5s sporting a rear triple camera setup. These handsets are competitively priced but are currently exclusive to the Chinese market.
NVIDIA GeForce MX250 spotted in leaked HP ZHAN 66 Pro 14 G2 spec sheet is just a rebranded MX150
A spec sheet of the HP ZHAN 66 Pro 14 G2 has leaked online that lists the notebook sporting an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU with 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM. This is the first listing of the MX250 in the wild and from the information we have, it is just a rebranded MX150 with slightly higher clocks. So, while the RTX 2000 Turing GPUs will be getting mobile versions, NVIDIA could still continue to offer a rebranded Pascal GPU for entry-level notebooks and ultrabooks.
Upcoming streaming-only Xbox SKU to be powered by semi-custom AMD Picasso APU
We know very little about the upcoming iterations of the Xbox console apart from the fact that there will be a traditional as well as a cloud streaming-only version. A rumor is now doing the rounds that the streaming-only SKU will be powered by a semi-custom AMD Picasso APU. The exact specifications are still not available but this APU is expected to provide hardware accelerated deep learning for Project xCloud that allows for real-time AI predictions of player actions and thereby, helps in reducing latency while streaming.
No respite in sight for creative pros trying to get NVIDIA GPUs to work on macOS Mojave
Apple users trying to get their NVIDIA GPUs to work on macOS Mojave 10.14 may be out of luck as Apple has not approved any NVIDIA drivers for the OS yet, even months after release. The only NVIDIA GPUs supported are the Quadro K5000 and the GTX 680. This leaves out those wishing to use the improved CUDA acceleration and other proprietary NVIDIA development tools on macOS Mojave out of luck.
Intel talks about upcoming 10nm 'Sunny Cove' microarchitecture and 3D-stacked 'Foveros' chips
During Intel's Architecture Day earlier this week, SVP Core and Visual Computing Raja Koduri and other key Intel executives gave an overview of upcoming Intel technologies including Foveros, a new 3D packaging system and Sunny Cove, a new microarchitecture based on the 10nm process that is slated to debut in both server and client CPUs in late 2019.
Big relief for Qualcomm as provincial court bans sale of several iPhone models in China
The Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China has granted preliminary injunctions against the import, sale, and offers for sale of various older Apple iPhone models in the country. The Court granted the injunction against Apple as it found that it infringed on two Qualcomm patents. This is being seen as a big win for Qualcomm, which has been at loggerheads with Apple over various patent infringement issues for a long time.
Leaked picture of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 'Beyond 2' prototype confirms dual in-display front cameras
A picture of a prototype Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus codenamed 'Beyond 2' has leaked online and it seems to confirm the presence of the dual in-display selfie cameras as was speculated in earlier leaks and renders. The leaked image shows the device covered by an anti-leak screen protector but we can still observe the top and bottom bezels to a fair extent.
First pictures of the NVIDIA RTX Titan teased by YouTubers and influencers
Several influencers and YouTube personalities were seen teasing the NVIDIA RTX Titan GPUs. We're not sure what the new Titan card will be officially called as but from the pictures posted, we see a blue TITAN logo, two 8-pin power connectors, and an NVLink connector. The card seems to be sporting a golden shroud similar to the earlier Titan V card and is expected to feature a full Turing TU102 GPU with 4,608 CUDA Cores.
Leaked slides reveal AMD X570 chipset's launch at Computex 2019 and hint at new Intel 9th Gen Core 'KF' variants
A slide from Gigabyte's internal presentation has leaked and it shows that the AMD X570 chipset will be launching at next year's Computex. The X570 chipset will support the Ryzen 3 CPUs and also bring support for PCI Express Gen 4. The presentation also indicated information about Intel's next HEDT CPU, Glacier Falls, and new Intel chipsets — the B365 and H310C. It also mentions 'KF' variants of the 9th gen CPUs such as the Core i9-9900KF, Core i7-9700KF, and a few non-K variants such as the Core i5-9400F and the Core i3-8100F.
Get US$200 off on all Samsung Galaxy flagships this Cyber Monday
Samsung is offering US$200 discount on all unlocked 2018 Galaxy flagship devices including the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and Note 9 across all memory and storage variants. These discounts are instant without any bill credits and are available through Cyber Monday. They can be availed by purchasing these phones via Amazon, Samsung, and B&H Photo.
Select Intel and AMD CPUs get huge discounts for Black Friday and Cyber Monday
It's that time of the year that sees significant discounts in PC hardware. We've chanced upon a few Intel and AMD CPUs that are being discounted heavily for Black Friday through Cyber Monday so this is probably a good time if you've been on the fence about upgrading your existing CPU. While most CPUs across budgets are seeing reduced prices, the following CPUs are seeing some of the highest discounts available.
Apple planning to cut iPhone XR price in Japan and restart iPhone X production
Apple is looking to enhance subsidies to Japanese carriers in order to boost sales of iPhone XR in the region, according to sources familiar with the matter. Apple is also expected to resume iPhone X production, partly to boost margins and partly due to the fact that Apple needs to buy the contracted number of OLED panels from Samsung SDI Co., given that the production of iPhone XS variants has been scaled down due to low market demand.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 spotted in Final Fantasy XV Benchmarks, shows a 30% performance increase from the GTX 1060
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 has made an appearance in the Final Fantasy XV benchmarks. This is probably the first sighting of the card in the wild and according to this benchmark, the RTX 2060 seems to perform somewhere between the GTX 1060 6 GB and the GTX 1070 inline with expected generation-to-generation improvements.
Asus ROG Phone is coming to India on November 29
Asus has announced that it will be unveiling the ROG Phone in India on November 29. The ROG Phone was announced at Computex 2018 and boasted gamer-focused features such as a 3D vapor chamber design, overclocked Snapdragon 845 SoC, and a whole lot more.
Leaked AI benchmarks place the Snapdragon 8150 in the lead, Helio P80 not too far
In leaked AI benchmarks, the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 SoC managed to score the highest among all other SoCs featured in Android phones. The Snapdragon 8150 scored 22,082 points with the Mediatek Helio P80 coming in a close second at 19,453 points. The results show Qualcomm's renewed focus on AI will put it firmly ahead of competitors in 2019.
Asus ZenFone 5Z will be getting the Android 9 Pie update in January 2019
Asus will be seeding the Android 9 Pie update for the ZenFone 5Z by the end of January 2019. The new update is expected to bring new features including a new contextual pop-up volume bar and a new Magnifier for easy copy-paste.
Tim Cook feels Google Search is the best despite privacy concerns
Defending Apple's decision for making Google the default search provider in Apple products, CEO Tim Cook said that Google's search is the best despite some lingering privacy concerns. Google is known to pay companies such as Apple and Samsung hefty amounts to make them set Google Search as the default search provider. Cook also touched upon other issues such as government regulations in user data privacy and gender disparity in Silicon Valley.
This is how the Samsung Galaxy S10 will probably look like
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 could very well use an in-display selfie camera eliminating the need for a notch altogether. The Galaxy S10 could implement the Infinity-O display that was showed off during the company's recent developer conference. A design patent to this effect was applied for at the Hague International Design System, whose database is managed by the World Intellectual Property Office.
'Crypto hangover' likely reason for NVIDIA RTX 2060 delay
During its earnings report call this Thursday, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang predicted a decline in revenue in Q4 owing to an inventory backlog of Pascal cards and the fact that cryptocurrency miners would be offloading their cards at much lower prices given that the boom has now ended. Huang expressed confidence that this 'crypto hangover' would pass but this could delay shipments of midrange Turing GPUs such as the RTX 2060.
Bendgate 2.0?: Apple's latest iPad Pro 'folds like a piece of paper'
The Apple iPad Pro is apparently not a very durable tablet as demonstrated by Zack Nelson of the popular YouTube channel, JerryRigEverything. Zack was easily able to bend the iPad Pro with very minimal effort, which raises concerns about Apple putting build quality at stake in the quest for slimness.
NVIDIA admits a few early RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition cards managed to escape QA
NVIDIA seems to have finally acknowledged that some of its GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition cards seem to have missed testing during QA and that could have been the reason for the increasing number of complaints about faulty cards causing all sorts of problems. Those affected can directly contact NVIDIA Support to get their issue resolved at the earliest.
Microsoft confirms E3 2019 participation after Sony pulls out
Microsoft reaffirmed the company's presence at E3 2019 via its official Xbox Twitter handle shortly after Sony confirmed that they are pulling out of E3 for the first time in the show's 24 year history. We aren't sure of Microsoft's plans for the event but expect a lot of information on upcoming consoles and exclusives.
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U rears its head in first benchmarks, throws up the Zen+ or Zen 2 conundrum
References to a new AMD APU, the Ryzen 7 3700U, have been spotted online leading to speculation as to whether this could be a Zen+ or a Zen 2 part. The Ryzen 7 3700U sports the same clocks and core counts as the Ryzen 7 2700U and most of the evidence so far suggests that this could be the Zen+ APU as the previous 2000U series were based on Zen.
Intel plans new development center in India to boost graphics development efforts
Intel has announced that it is opening a new development center in Hyderabad in the state of Telangana, India with a capacity to host about 1,500 staff. Raja Koduri, who is now leading Intel's graphics division, said that the upcoming India Development Center will help in augmenting its existing Indian sites in graphics hardware and software development efforts.
Leaked slides reveal AMD Radeon RX 590 specs and pricing information
Specs and pricing information for the upcoming AMD Radeon RX 590 based on the Polaris 30 architecture are now available. The Radeon RX 590 is said to have an MSRP of US$279. According to presentation slides accessed by Videocardz, the RX 590 will offer 12% better performance than the current RX 580. It is expected to be offered with a 'blockbuster launch bundle' with three free titles.
Corsair's gaming keyboards and mice are now compatible with the Xbox One
Corsair has announced that its wide range of gaming keyboards and mice will support the Xbox One. Microsoft recently announced keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One and developers can choose to support their game for such input if desired. Corsair also said that the Elgato Stream Deck can now be integrated with Mixer for improved live streaming.
Intel officially announces the XMM 8160 multi-mode 5G modem
Intel has unveiled its new XMM 8160 5G modem that will soon find place in phones, PCs, and other mobile devices. Intel is launching this modem half a year earlier than the supposed launch date. The XMM 8160 can handle data throughput up to 6 Gbps and will bring support for 5GNR standalone and non-standalone modes along with legacy radio support.
Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple's 2019 iPhones will incorporate MPI antenna technology
TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects that the next generation of Apple iPhone could be switching to MPI antenna technology instead of the LCP antennas as in the current models. This move is expected to improve costs and production yields, and also broaden Apple's supplier base.
Android Go-powered Samsung Galaxy J4 Core is now official
The Samsung Galaxy J4 Core is now official and the phone's specifications have been listed on the company's Mobile Press website. The Galaxy J4 Core is an Android Go phone and therefore, sports modest specs. Pricing and availability details are not yet available.
Apple's T2 chip could severely limit the possibilities of third-party Mac repair
Apple has confirmed to The Verge that its T2 chip will limit the ability to repair new Macs as it feels that the chip is crucial to enabling modern security features on Mac computers. However, critics are concerned that Apple's move will greatly impact enthusiasts and third-party repair shops thereby preventing them from offering aftermarket services to Mac owners.
The OnePlus 7 will not support 5G but the company has plans for a new premium lineup
The OnePlus 7 (or whatever it'll be called) will not be the company's first 5G phone keeping in mind the high costs of the technology. However, OnePlus is indeed testing 5G in Qualcomm's labs for incorporation in a possible new premium lineup. This could mean that we might see three smartphones from OnePlus next year.
Android will soon offer multi-resume functionality
Google said that it will now allow developers to keep apps in multiple windows in a resumed state simultaneously in Android 9 Pie. Developers just need to add the required meta-data to their app's manifest to opt-in. Multi-resume is part of a series of developments to make Android more friendly to foldable screens. Although this feature cannot be tested in current devices, OEMs are expected to push out OS updates that will enable developers to test out this functionality for their apps soon.
PlayStation Now is leading the game subscription market ahead of EA Access and Xbox Game Pass
Sony's PlayStation Now video game subscription service is leading the market by 52% followed by EA Access at 16% and Xbox Game Pass at 15%, according to a report by analyst firm SuperData. The firm also found that the price of subscription plays a major role in consideration for gamers and that subscribers tend to spend twice as much on in-game purchases compared to other gamers.
Samsung's foldable Galaxy can be yours for a price close to US$2,000
The upcoming foldable Galaxy phone is going to be a dear proposition for a lot of people, according to a report by The Korea Times. The Galaxy F (or X) is estimated to cost around 2 million won or approximately US$1,770. The outlets quotes analysts who say that Samsung will be getting deliveries from parts suppliers this month and the company will be ready for a launch sometime early next year.
Micron starts mass producing 12 Gb LPDDR4x DRAM chips
Micron has announced that it has commenced mass production of the industry's highest capacity monolithic 12 Gb LPDDR4x DRAM for mobile devices. The latest LPDDR4x chips aim to offer double the memory capacity while consuming lesser power and still retaining the same footprint as the previous generation.
OnePlus 6T teardown reveals an optical in-display fingerprint sensor
A teardown of the newly launched OnePlus 6T reveals that the company is using an optical in-display fingerprint sensor. The camera that recognizes the fingerprint gets light from the AMOLED display that shines the light only in one direction (towards the camera). Overall, the implementation is well done and this could pave the way for in-display selfie cameras in future phones.
Google finally realizes that Dark Mode is good for the battery
At the ongoing Android Dev Summit, Google talked about how Dark Mode can have a positive impact on battery life, especially when it comes to OLED screens. Google happened to look at various parameters that affect power draw such as brightness and color. Hopefully, this means future Android versions will have an option for a native OS-level Dark Mode.
AMD's Zen 4 microarchitecture is currently under development
AMD hinted during its recently concluded Next Horizon Event that the Zen 4 microarchitecture is in the design phase. No further details were revealed but chances are that it will be using an advanced node for this architecture that could debut in 2021 or later.
A quieter Sony PlayStation 4 Pro is now available, but only with the Red Dead Redemption 2 bundle in the UK
Sony has discretely launched its quietest PlayStation 4 Pro yet with the CUH-7200 that is only available as part of the Red Dead Redemption 2 bundle (CUH-7216B). The CUH-7200 brings a revised power supply and better acoustics with almost no cooling system whine or fan noise during gaming.
Amazon Alexa can now be downloaded from the Microsoft Store for all Windows 10 devices
Amazon's voice assistant Alexa is now available for all Windows 10 devices via the Microsoft Store. The Alexa app offers almost all features of the assistant but does miss out on some features such as Spotify integration. Alexa is also slated to get PC-specific capabilities in early 2019.
Some Windows 10 Pro licenses are reportedly getting deactivated to Windows 10 Home
A strange bug in Microsoft's activation servers is causing deactivation of several Windows 10 Pro licenses and prompting users to install Windows 10 Home. Trying to purchase a Pro key from the Store is apparently not solving the problem. Fortunately, Microsoft is aware of this issue and said that it is working to resolve it at the earliest.
Samsung Exynos 9820 SoC to feature dual NPUs to boost the Galaxy S10's AI prowess
Korean media outlet ETNews reports that the Exynos 9820 SoC will feature two neural processing units (NPUs) for aiding in AI and deep learning operations. The Exynos 9820 is a 7 nm part made using the new EUV process and is expected to power the next generation of Galaxy phones including the Galaxy S10.
Details of the Xiaomi Mi 9 surface — Snapdragon 8150 and Sony IMX586 48 MP camera inbound
Xiaomi's upcoming flagship, the Mi 9 could be the first smartphone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 according to supply chain sources. The Mi 9 will also sport the latest Sony IMX586 48 MP sensor for its main camera, up to 10 GB RAM, and an in-display fingerprint sensor making for an impressive spec sheet.
Samsung's One UI will not make it to the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8
Samsung's new One UI based on Android 9 Pie will be released sometime next year but apparently, that includes only the latest Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9 devices. According to a Samsung representative at the ongoing SDC 2018, the Galaxy S8, S8+, and the Note 8 will not be getting the new One UI user experience. However, it is not clear at this stage whether these devices will be getting the Android 9 Pie update separately or not.
Purported Nokia 9 renders show off the PureView penta-camera setup
New renders of the Nokia 9 seem to confirm Nokia's plans of a penta-lens camera setup. The Nokia 9 is expected to be HMD Global's first PureView-branded Nokia phone, wherein the special emphasis will be on the imaging prowess of the device. The Nokia 9 is also likely to sport a 5.9-inch QHD display and possibly an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Samsung officially unveils the Infinity Flex foldable display
At the Samsung Developer Conference 2018 (SDC 2018), Samsung showed off their first working foldable display smartphone. The actual details about the device itself was kept under wraps but Samsung is calling this display 'Infinity Flex'. Samsung said that this foldable AMOLED display is designed to be folded hundreds of thousands of times and is also making an emulator SDK along with guidelines available for developers for testing their apps. Some of the specifications of the foldable display are also now available.
Realme will be the first to offer MediaTek Helio P70-powered smartphones
Oppo sub-brand Realme will be first brand to launch MediaTek Helio P70-powered smartphones globally. This was confirmed by Realme CEO Madhav Sheth. The MediaTek Helio P70 octa-core SoC is being built on TSMC's 12nm FinFET process and is designed for enhanced AI functionality. Additionally, Sheth also confirmed on Twitter that upcoming Realme phones will also feature Oppo's Super VOOC fast charging technology.
Pictures of the Sapphire Radeon RX 590 Nitro+ Special Edition surface
Pictures of the Sapphire Radeon RX 590 Nitro+ Special Edition have surfaced online. The exact specs of the card are still unavailable but we should be knowing more information close to the official announcement on November 15. The RX 590 is based on the new Polaris 30 architecture, which is being made in a 12nm process. Sapphire and other AIBs have retained the existing RX 580 designs for this refresh.
LG patents a true bezel-less smartphone display with an in-display selfie camera
LG has filed patents with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) for a few smartphone designs sporting borderless screens and in-display front cameras. The patents seem to show that LG could be using a flexible display with either a slanted screen or a straight screen with rounded corners sporting an oval hole at the top for housing the selfie camera (or two) thus yielding a virtually 100% borderless screen with no notch.
Images and video of a new Asus ZenFone 6 prototype device leak
New images and a video of another prototype of the upcoming Asus ZenFone 6 have leaked online. These images confirm the presence of a right side lateral notch that was first revealed in earlier leaks. There are some differences between the current leaks and the images leaked earlier indicating that we could be looking at multiple ZenFone 6 variants. That said, MWC 2019 is still some time away so expect further changes in design and software features before launch.
Qualcomm working on mid-range Snapdragon 6150 and 7150 SoCs
Aside from the flagship Snapdragon 8150, Qualcomm is also working on two mid-range SoCs — the Snapdragon 6150 and Snapdragon 7150. All that is known so far is that these are octa-core SoCs and are based on the updated 'Kryo' cores. Further details of the chips and probable launch dates are still elusive.
Plans for additional production lines for the iPhone XR halted by Apple: Report
Apple has instructed its smartphone assemblers Foxconn and Pegatron to halt plans for allocating additional production lines to the new iPhone XR model sensing low product demand. Another iPhone assembler, Wistron, has been ordered to standby for any rush orders. Interestingly, Apple has ordered increased production of the year-old iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus from its suppliers.
Samsung once again teases its upcoming foldable phone on Facebook
Samsung Mobile has uploaded an image of a folding Samsung logo to its official Facebook page hinting at some possible news this week about the much awaited foldable smartphone. This could be an indication of Samsung announcing new details about the foldable Galaxy, or Galaxy X as we know it, at the upcoming Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco. Details such as a new UI that Samsung has exclusively developed for the foldable Galaxy are expected to be revealed at this event.
OnePlus 6T spotted in Thunder Purple variant
The OnePlus 6T will soon be available in a Thunder Purple variant as spotted by a leakster on the OnePlus India support page. The new variant was briefly listed on Amazon Germany as well before it was taken down. The Thunder Purple variant will have a gradient color with various shades and will likely sport a glass back. It is not known when this variant would be made official but the current leaks seem to suggest a possible launch by the end of this month.
Steam Play and ProtonDB now support over 2,600 Windows games on Linux
ProtonDB has announced that over 2,600 Windows games are now playable on Linux via Steam Play. These include games such as The Witcher 3, Dark Souls 3, Dishonored, and more. This increase in game compatibility ever since Steam Play launched with Proton last month is an indication of Valve's commitment to making Windows games easily accessible to Linux users.
Twitter contemplating on removing the 'Like' button to improve quality of debate
Twitter might remove the red heart-shaped Like button soon as per reports by The Telegraph. According to the report, the decision to remove the Like button is to foster a healthier climate for debate. Twitterati, on the other hand, aren't too happy with the proposal.
Corsair introduces new K70 MK.2 RGB Low Profile mechanical keyboards with Cherry MX Low Profile switches
Corsair has introduced new low profile RGB mechanical keyboards in the K70 MK.2 lineup. The K70 MK.2 Low Profile and the K70 MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire offer Cherry MX Low Profile RGB and Low Profile RGB Speed respectively. As with other Corsair keyboards, the new K70 MK.2 Low Profile keyboards are fully customizable using the iCUE software.
Asus launches the Snapdragon 430-powered ZenFone Lite (L1) and the ZenFone Max (M1) budget smartphones
Asus has announced two new smartphones in the ZenFone lineup — the ZenFone Lite (L1) and the ZenFone Max (M1). Both these phones are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC and target budget smartphone buyers. In India, these phones will be available exclusively via Flipkart at discounted prices during the launch offer period.
Intel 9th Generation Core processors can support up to 128 GB DDR4 RAM
The new Intel 9th generation Core processors will support up to 128 GB DDR4 RAM as revealed by a footnote in one of HP's announcements, which was later confirmed by Anandtech. This is made possible due to the availability of double height double capacity modules from Zadak and G.Skill and Samsung's 16 GB DDR4 chips.
Adobe launches Premiere Rush CC for YouTubers on the go
Adobe announced at its MAX 2018 event that Project Rush is now ready for prime time and will launch as Premiere Rush CC as part of the Creative Cloud suite. Premiere Rush CC brings the best aspects of the desktop Premiere Pro experience into an easy-to-use mobile app that allows for pro-quality edits and easy sharing onto social media platforms.
Adobe announces full Photoshop CC for the iPad
At its MAX 2018 event today, Adobe announced that it is bringing the power of desktop Photoshop CC to the iPad. The new Photoshop CC for iPad is completely redesigned for a touch-first experience and enables all functionality found in the desktop version including support for editing PSD files and layers. The app will be available for download in 2019.
AMD Radeon RX 590 shows up on 3DMark, shows less than 10% improvement in scores over the RX 580
An entry for the upcoming AMD Polaris 30-based Radeon RX 590 has been spotted on 3DMark by noted leakster TUM_APISAK. The new RX 590 is shown to sport higher clocks and is said to be using the same GDDR5 memory subsystem as the current Polaris 20 cards. Overall, the leaked benchmark shows conservative performance improvements over the RX 580.
Acer Swift 3 powered by AMD Ryzen gets BIOS update to remove 256 MB VRAM limitation
A BIOS update is now available for Acer Swift 3 SF315-41 series laptops powered by mobile AMD Ryzen APUs that updates the AMD SMU version to 2.11. This removes the 256 MB VRAM limitation for the integrated Vega GPU and allows it access use 1 GB of system RAM as the video buffer. While the new option is indeed welcome, it hardly makes any difference when it comes to practical usage.
Asus introduces the ROG Strix GL12CX Gaming Desktop powered by the Intel Core i9-9900K and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
On the heels on Intel unveiling its new desktop CPU lineup, Asus has announced an upgrade to its ROG GL12 gaming desktop. The new ROG GL12CX is now available with the latest Intel Core i9-9900K on the Intel Z390 platform and can be configured with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPU. The ROG GL12CX is now up for pre-order and is expected to ship this November.
Huge discounts announced for the Asus ZenFone 5Z and the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) during Flipkart's Big Billion Days sales
Indian online retail giant Flipkart will be kicking off its annual Big Billion Days sales from October 10 to October 14 and has partnered with Asus to announce huge discounts on the ZenFone 5Z and the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) smartphones along with a few lucrative exchange offers. These discounts can also be clubbed with bank-specific offers for additional waivers on debit and credit card transactions.
Panos Panay justifies the absence of USB Type-C on the new Surface devices
Panos Panay opened up on why the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 lack a USB Type-C port while the Surface Studio 2, Surface Go, and even the Surface Headphones have one such port. Panay insisted that USB Type-C will not be at the expense of the traditional USB Type-A port, which still is the connector of choice for most USB devices today. The Type-C connector will eventually make it into future devices but Microsoft is in no hurry to make it happen.
Windows 10 October 2018 Update comes with native DirectX Raytracing support
Microsoft has begun seeding the Windows 10 October 2018 Update in a staggered manner and one of the important aspects of this update is that it comes with the latest version of DirectX 12 that supports DirectX Raytracing (DXR) thereby, enabling the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX cards to perform their best in raytracing-enabled games. What this also means is that cards from other companies such as AMD will also be able to take advantage of this new API.
Intel 'Ice Lake' Gen 11 iGPU will support DisplayPort 1.4a and Display Stream Compression for [email protected]
At the recently concluded XDC 2018 conference, Intel's Linux graphics kernel developer, Manasi Navare touched upon the support for DisplayPort 1.4a and Display Stream Compression capabilities of the upcoming generation of Intel integrated graphics. The Gen 11 iGPU is slated to be a part of the 10nm 'Ice Lake' CPU family expected to launch sometime in holiday 2019.
Asus ZenFone 5Z Smartphone — Hands-on and First Impressions
After a series of lackluster ZenFone sales, Asus launched the ZenFone 5Z in July this year to appeal to those who value flagship-grade performance at an affordable price. The ZenFone 5Z goes against the reigning flagship-killer champion, the OnePlus 6, and it offers a similar feature set for much less dough. Does the ZenFone 5Z have what it takes to be a worthy contender to the OnePlus 6 or has Asus cut deep corners to reach more pockets? Let's find out.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX benchmarks — RTX 2080 is a tough sell but RTX 2080 Ti absolutely annihilates everything
The first benchmarks of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and the RTX 2080 Ti are here and seem to reflect what we've been expecting so far. While the RTX 2080 Ti posts some impressive performance numbers and is easily the most powerful GPU in this generation, the RTX 2080 is on par with the GTX 1080 Ti in performance while still costing US$200 dearer. While these numbers reflect non-RTX performance, it will still be sometime before the worth of these cards can be estimated on actual RTX-enabled games.
Zhongshan Subor Z+'s custom Ryzen+Vega SoC has more GPU compute power than the Intel 'Kaby Lake-G' Core i7-8809G
Sporting a custom Ryzen SoC with integrated Vega graphics up to 24 CUs clocked at 1300 MHz, the Zhongshan Subor Z+ is a small form factor PC that tries to offer a console-like experience along with the flexibility of using a traditional Windows PC. The most intriguing aspect of the Subor Z+ is, no doubt, its custom SoC that offers up to 3.99 TF of GPU Compute compared to the 3.65 TF power of the Intel 'Kaby Lake-G' Core i7-8809G. The Subor Z+ also manages a much more consistent performance at 60 fps in 1080p Ultra settings in Battlefield 1 and Destiny 2.
Samsung promises '4x fun' in its October 11 Galaxy event
Samsung is holding a Galaxy Event on October 11. There are no details provided but the invite reads '4x fun' implying that this could be related to the announcement of the rumored quad-camera Galaxy phone.
Intel Core i9-9900K's leaked Cinebench score shows strong multi-core performance at 5 GHz
A Cinebench R15 multi-core score of the 8-core 16-thread Intel Core i9-9900K has leaked on the internet and the CPU has managed to score an impressive 2166 points at 5 GHz overclock on all cores. The video does not show single-core results but it can be expected that Intel's offering will put pressure on AMD once again to up their multi-core performance.
Latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build tries to dissuade users from installing Chrome or Firefox
Microsoft is doing an A/B testing of a new functionality in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview that reminds users of Microsoft Edge whenever they try to install another browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Microsoft, however, said that this is limited only to the Insider Preview Builds for feedback and will not appear in the final shipping release.
AMD takes on the Intel Pentium Gold G4560 with the Athlon 200GE for just US$55
AMD has announced the new entry-level Athlon 200GE series CPUs to take on Intel's Pentium Gold offerings. AMD is pegging the Athlon 200GE series as a CPU for everyday PCs and comes with integrated Radeon Vega graphics with 3 CUs and can fit easily into any Socket AM4 motherboard. Pricing starts from US$55 for the Athlon 200GE with details for the Athlon 220GE and 240GE to be announced soon.
First hands-on picture of the Apple Watch Series 4 shows off its edge-to-edge display
A hands-on image of the upcoming Apple Watch Series 4 has leaked showing a slightly larger edge-to-edge display with rounded corners. The resolution of this display is expected to be around 384 x 480 pixels, which allows for a higher information density than the Watch Series 3.
EA DICE targeting 1080p 60 fps with RTX enabled in Battlefield V
Battlefield V developer EA DICE revealed to Tom's Hardware that it had toned down some of the ray tracing effects in the game to enable more performance. DICE said that it is looking to hit a comfortable 60 fps on 1080p with ray tracing enabled. The game seems to be optimized for multi-core CPUs but does not support multi-GPU configurations.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will be compatible with future 5G NR networks
Director of Product Management for Xiaomi Global, Donovan Sung, has posted a photo of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 that shows the handset operating on a 5G network. The Mi Mix 3 will be one of the first phones to support 5G when it launches in October this year, much ahead of time even before 5G networks actually start rolling out.
Samsung looking to collaborate with Google for enhancing Bixby's AI capabilities
Samsung CEO Kim Hyun-suk said that the company is looking at collaborating with Google to help augment its Bixby voice assistant. Hyun-suk feels that Samsung could leverage its dominance in device sales to negotiate with companies such as Google.
Sony Chief: PlayStation is the best console to play Fortnite
Sony will not allow Fortnite players on PlayStation to play against players on other consoles according to Sony Chief Kenichiro Yoshida as he feels that the PlayStation 4 offers the best experience for playing Fortnite compared to other consoles. He said that the decision to allow cross-platform play will be decided on what's best for the user experience.
Windows 10 'Redstone 5' will be officially called the October 2018 Update
The upcoming Windows 10 feature update for this year will be called the October 2018 Update. This update focuses on stability, overall polish, and under the hood improvements so not too many groundbreaking features are being planned. As usual, the rollout will be staggered and eligible devices will receive it first followed by others pending any major issues.
Apple offers to repair defective iPhone 8 logic boards for free
Apple has announced that it is offering free logic board replacements for affected iPhone 8 devices purchased between September 2017 and March 2018 in select markets. Apple said that a small percentage of iPhone 8 devices had a defective logic board that resulted in unexpected restarts and frozen screens.
Windows 10 will soon allow logins via a Google Account
Google is apparently working on a credential provider that allows users of G Suite to logon to Windows 10 PCs using a Google account. A Google administrator can create a Google Accounts and ID Administration (GAIA) account that allows enterprise users to logon to their Windows 10 PC and access Google services. This feature is still in code review stage and a possible rollout date is not yet known.
The Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS is the first Snapdragon 850 notebook
At its TechLife event at IFA 2018, Lenovo unveiled the world's first Qualcomm Snapdragon 850-powered 2-in-1 — the Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS. The Yoga C630 has an integrated Snapdragon X20 LTE modem and promises a 30% performance increase compared to the previous generation while still claiming to offer battery life north of 25 hours.
Acer gives us a glimpse of what to expect with the upcoming Swift 7 ultrabook
Acer talked about the upcoming Swift 7 notebook during its IFA 2018 keynote and while there was only a dummy product on display, the company notes that the notebook will slim down even further and feature ultra-narrow bezels yielding a 92% screen-to-body ratio and a passively cooled Intel 'Amber Lake-Y' Core i7 processor.
The new Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 7000 sports a '1D10' NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU
We had an opportunity to play around with the new Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 notebooks at IFA 2018 and were glad to see that the 15 and 17-inch versions sport the '1D10' version of the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU. The '1D10' version of the MX150 can operate in a 25W TDP envelope, which should allow better performance in games and demanding applications.
Hands-on with the HTC U12 Life
At IFA 2018, we managed to have a brief hands-on with the HTC U12 Life. The U12 Life is a mid-range smartphone sporting the same 6-inch display as the flagship U12+. The U12 Life offers 16 MP + 5 MP dual rear cameras and a 13 MP front camera with LED flash.
Intel launches Whiskey Lake-U and Amber Lake-Y CPUs with focus on enhanced mobile connectivity
Intel is announcing new 'Whiskey Lake-U' and 'Amber Lake-Y'-series processors as successors to last year's 8th gen 'Kaby Lake-R' U-series and 7th gen 'Kaby Lake-Y' CPUs. These new CPUs will continue to be a part of the 8th generation family and feature improvements to connectivity and battery life. The 15W 'Whiskey Lake-U' series starts with the Core i3-8145U and goes all the way till the Core i7-8565U while the 5W 'Amber Lake-Y' series starts with the Core m3-8100Y and tops out with the Core i7-8500Y. All processors feature support for Hyperthreading and the Whiskey Lake PCHs sport integrated USB 3.1 and Gigabit Wi-Fi controllers (partly). Update: Process and PCH updates
Honor teases the upcoming Magic 2 smartphone powered by the 7nm Kirin 980 SoC
At IFA 2018, Honor took to stage to give us a glimpse of the Honor Magic 2 smartphone. The Magic 2 sports an all-screen design with slide out cameras and is powered by HiSilicon's 7nm Kirin 980 SoC. Not many details were divulged by Honor apart from the fact that the smartphone comes with a 40W charging mode.
Asus refreshes its ZenBook lineup with slimmer NanoEdge bezels and GTX 1050 Max-Q graphics
Alongside the ZenBook Flip convertibles, Asus has also announced new ZenBook ultrabooks in 13, 14, and 15-inch form factors. All ZenBook models come with a high screen-to-body ratio of 95% and the smaller variants use the trackpad area as a virtual NumberPad. Internally, all the new ZenBooks include the new Intel 'Whiskey Lake-U' CPUs with the ZenBook 15 offering graphics options up to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q.
Asus ZenBook Flip 13 and the ZenBook Flip 15 get the Intel 'Whiskey Lake-U' treatment and a few extra goodies
Asus has unveiled updates to its ZenBook Flip lineup of convertibles. Both the ZenBook Flip 13 and Flip 15 sport even more slimmer bezels than their predecessors and come upgraded with the latest Intel 'Whiskey Lake-U' CPUs. The ZenBook Flip 13 features a unique Precision touchpad that doubles up as the Numpad while the ZenBook Flip 15 offers a PANTONE-certified display with NVIDIA discrete graphics.
Acer Predator Orion gaming desktops offer dual graphics options up to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
At IFA 2018, Acer unveiled the updated Predator Orion line of gaming desktops. The Predator Orion comes in three main variants and offers CPU options up to the Intel Core i9 7980XE Extreme Edition and AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, and GPU options up to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. These systems utilize Acer's IceTunnel 2.0 liquid cooling for keeping temperatures under check.
In-display fingerprint sensor to grace all Samsung Galaxy S10 variants
Samsung is expected to launch three variants of the Galaxy S10 next year and apparently, all three variants will sport in-display fingerprint sensors with the two higher-end variants housing an ultrasonic scanner and the third lower-end model featuring an optical scanner. The use of in-display fingerprint sensors is expected to define the overall smartphone market next year.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8180 for Windows 10 on ARM shows up on Geekbench
A Geekbench entry has surfaced for a new Qualcomm SoC and a closer examination reveals that this is indeed the Snapdragon 8180 SoC that was rumored to be in development exclusively for Windows 10 on ARM notebooks. The Snapdragon 8180 was originally referred to as the Snapdragon 1000 and it offers a higher 15W TDP envelope to power typical mainstream computing tasks. The initial benchmark scores, however, are not very convincing.
Silicon Power launches four new PCIe NVMe SSDs
Silicon Power announced the launch of four PCIe NVMe SSDs at IFA 2018 today. The P34A80 and P34M85 support PCIe Gen3 x4 while the P32A80 and P32M85 connect via PCIe Gen3 x2 lanes. The M85 models come with an added heat sink to prevent overheating during continuous activity.
The Acer Predator Triton 900 is a 2-in-1 gaming notebook from the future that could feature an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU
We had a surprise from Acer at IFA 2018 where the company showed off the Predator Triton 900 — the world's first gaming convertible. While Acer was mum about the Predator Triton 900's specs, all signs point to it using the latest Intel 8-core CPUs and NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2070/2080 graphics.
Acer unveils the Aspire 7 and Aspire 5 with Intel 'Kaby Lake-G' and 'Whiskey Lake-U' options
At IFA 2018, Acer is taking wraps off its new Aspire notebook models. The budget-gamer focused Aspire is getting an upgrade to Intel 'Kaby Lake-G' CPUs with onboard Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics while the Aspire 5 is being upgraded to Intel's latest 'Whiskey Lake-U' 15 ULV chips with optional NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics.
Acer updates the Swift 3 and Swift 5 notebooks with Intel 'Whiskey Lake-U' options
Acer is announcing updates to its Swift lineup at IFA 2018. The new Swift 3 and Swift 5 are powered by the new Intel 'Whiskey Lake-U' processors and retain most characteristics of their predecessors but feature the near bezel-less displays in the Swift 3 and the Swift 5 15-inch. The Swift 3 also comes with optional integrated 4G LTE.
Microsoft's Xbox All Access subscription gets you an Xbox One X for US$35
Microsoft is introducing the concept of console-as-a-service with the Xbox All Access subscription. With Xbox All Access, customers can get an Xbox One S or Xbox One X console along with 2 years of Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold access. The subscription starts at a monthly fee of US$21.99 without any upfront costs and is currently available only at Microsoft Stores in the US subject to qualifying a credit check.
LG expands its G7 portfolio by announcing the wallet-friendly G7 One and G7 Fit smartphones
LG is adding two new devices to its G7 portfolio. The G7 One is the first LG smartphone to feature a Snapdragon 835 SoC and is part of the Android One program. The G7 Fit, on the other hand, comes with an older Snapdragon 821 SoC but offers two storage options. The G7 Fit is not an Android One phone but shares many features with the G7 One including the Quad Hi-Fi DAC and IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
PureView is now an HMD Global trademark
HMD Global, the new home for Nokia phones, has licensed the PureView trademark from Microsoft, which earlier had the rights to use it when it acquired the Nokia Devices and Services Division in 2014. A PureView-branded camera signifies imaging excellence. The new ownership of the PureView trademark is now visible on HMD Global's EU IP Office website but it remains to be seen whether future Nokia phones will actually start utilizing it.
Samsung launches the 34-inch 21:9 C34J791 Thunderbolt 3 QLED ultra-wide curved monitor
Samsung announced the new CJ79 monitor at IFA 2018 yesterday. The CJ79 is a 34-inch ultra-wide QLED monitor with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. The display features a VA panel that offers a 3000:1 contrast ratio and comes with support for AMD FreeSync.
Upcoming iPhone X successors will offer diverse choices but Apple hasn't zeroed in on the names yet
Apple is expected to launch three new iPhone X successors this September and apparently, the company is referring to them as 'S' devices as they are externally similar to the iPhone X and only sport internal upgrades. The largest iPhone of the bunch will be a 6.5-inch model internally referred to as 'D33'. The 'D32' is the upgrade to the current 5.8-inch iPhone X while 'N84' will be the cheapest of the lot and will sport a 6.1-inch LCD screen and come in multiple color options.
Gamer opens fire, kills two and injures eleven at a Madden eSports tournament in Jacksonville, Florida
David Katz, a 24-year old gamer opened fire at a Madden eSports tournament in Jacksonville, Florida killing two players and injuring eleven others. The players had gathered at the GLHF Game Bar to compete for qualifying in the advanced stages of the tournament when this tragic incident occurred. Police are investigating the case and a possible motive behind the incident has not yet been released.
3DMark to get a new ray tracing test in September
The next version of 3DMark, a popular graphics benchmarking tool, will feature support for NVIDIA's RTX tech allowing adopters to test the ray tracing abilities of their cards. UL Benchmarks, the developer behind 3DMark, is hopeful of a release aligning with the next major feature update to Windows 10 slated to rollout in September.
AMD announces the Radeon Pro V340 GPU with 32 GB HBM2 VRAM for VDI applications
At the ongoing VMworld 2018 conference in Las Vegas, AMD announced the Radeon Pro V340 dual-GPU for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) applications. The Radeon Pro V340 can power demanding datacenter workloads such as CAD, rendering, and Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) applications. The V340 can support up to 32 VMs, each with its own independent memory access for extra security along with support for independently compressing H.264 and H.265 video streams.
Intel Core i7-9700K shown to hit 5.5 GHz on all cores on water cooling
The upcoming Intel Core i7-9700K was recently spotted running on an ASRock Z370 Professional Gaming i7 motherboard and was found to have been overclocked to 5.5 GHz on water cooling. The overclocked Core i7-9700K showed impressive Cinebench performance scoring 250 in single and 1827 in multi-core tests.
Fortnite Mobile installer for Android found to contain a Man-in-the-Disk exploit
Google disclosed a vulnerability in the Fortnite Mobile APK that allows a pre-installed malicious application to exploit the way the game installs for the first time in Samsung Galaxy devices. Thankfully, Epic has patched this vulnerability in the latest version of the installer but is not very happy about Google disclosing it prematurely.
Firefox 62 comes with Firefox Monitor that notifies if you've been pwned
Version 62 of Firefox will integrate a new add-on called Firefox Monitor that basically informs users if their email accounts have been compromised. The add-on uses the popular Have I Been Pwned database backend to check if the account has been compromised in data breaches.
Acer Swift 3 and Aspire 5 powered by Intel Whiskey Lake-U get listed online
New Acer laptops powered by Intel 'Whiskey Lake-U' CPUs have started showing up in online retail stores in Europe. The Acer Swift 3 and the Acer Aspire 5 are powered by the Intel Core i7-8565U and apart from the CPU refresh, nothing much seems to have changed compared to their respective variants already in the market. The listed prices are close to €1,000 and the laptops are expected to be announced during IFA 2018.
Leaked image shows the Sony Xperia XZ3 devoid of a notch and dual rear cameras
An image of the upcoming Sony Xperia XZ3 flagship Android smartphone has leaked and it is largely reminiscent of the renders we've seen so far. The image confirms that the Xperia XZ3 will be devoid of any notch and that it has a single-lens camera at the back.
Retailer lists the Intel Core i9-9900K for pre-order at €689 but it's likely false
European online retailer CentralPoint has listed the Intel Core i9-9900K and the Core i7-9700K for pre-order. CentralPoint expects the stocks to arrive as early as September 7 and has listed the i9-9900K for €689 + VAT and the i7-9700K for €539 + VAT. Given that we will not know the MSRP of these chips before September, the listed prices are to be taken with a grain of salt.
Microsoft fires employees found involved in Hungarian Government bribes
Microsoft has confirmed that it has fired four employees and terminated business relationships with four partners in Hungary over ongoing probings for bribery and corruption. The investigation is on for sale of Microsoft software to middlemen for a discounted price who then resold the same to the Hungarian Government at full price.
Act fast for a chance to grab the PlayStation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition
GameStop will be selling the 500 Million Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Pro bundle tonight starting from 12.01 am CDT / 1.01 am EDT. Sony will be making only 50,000 of these consoles, which are being crafted to commemorate the PlayStation brand selling 500 million units of the console since the introduction of the PlayStation 1 in December 1994.
NVIDIA announces Ansel RTX for creating high quality ray-traced in-game photos
NVIDIA's next generation GeForce RTX cards come with support for Ansel RTX, which enables creating high quality in-game ray traced photos. Invoking Ansel RTX in a supported game increases the level of ray tracing — to a level which is not possible in real time — to create a high quality in-game photo. Games that do not yet support the Ansel SDK can still use some of the platform features to create Super Resolution in-game shots.
The 'RTX' in NVIDIA's new GeForce GPUs doesn't refer to just ray tracing alone
Games supporting NVIDIA's RTX technologies are assumed to have some form of ray tracing enabled but NVIDIA has clarified that RTX support not only refers to ray tracing but also to Deep Learning Super Sampling as well. NVIDIA has also released a list of games that support ray tracing and DLSS.
Qualcomm starts sampling next-gen Snapdragon SoCs to OEMs
The next generation Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs are being sampled to OEMs according to Qualcomm. The upcoming Snapdragon Mobile Platform will be built on the 7nm process and will work together with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem to power the next generation of mobile devices as we head into 2019.
Killing the flagship killer — Xiaomi's new Poco F1 is just too enticing to ignore
Xiaomi has officially launched the Poco F1 in India to take on rival flagship killers such as the OnePlus 6, Asus Zenfone 5Z, the Honor 10, and the Honor Play. The Poco F1 features 2018 flagship specifications and Xiaomi says that it has been optimized from the ground up for fast performance. The Poco F1 will be available in 3 color variants along with a special Armored Edition and starts from US$300 for the 6GB/64GB variant.
OnePlus to start an 'elite' beta testing group
OnePlus will be starting a new Closed Beta program that will consist of a special group of testers who will be directly interfacing with OnePlus's staff to test out very early software releases before they are seeded to Open Beta testers and consequently to the public. There are certain requirements to qualify for the Closed Beta and OnePlus will be recruiting only 100 people for this program.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider gameplay on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti showcases the grandeur of ray tracing but with worrying concerns
A few outlets managed to run a demo of the Shadow of the Tomb Raider on the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and the initial impressions seem to be a bit dampening with ray tracing turned on. The game was shown to hover in the 30 fps range in 1080p and struggled to reach 60 fps. A demo without ray tracing was not shown but it should understandably result in a huge performance difference.
Asus's GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 portfolio is now official
Asus has announced the ROG Strix, Dual, and Turbo cards based on the just launched NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti GPUs. These cards are now available for pre-order on major e-tail sites with prices starting from US$839 for the Dual RTX 2080 and going up to US$1,239 for the Dual RTX 2080 Ti.
iPad explodes in an Apple Store in Amsterdam
An iPad exploded in the Apple Store in Amsterdam on Sunday possibly due to an overheated battery. Luckily no one was injured but some of the staff are being treated in a local hospital for respiratory complications.
Analyst expects the Sony PlayStation 5 to launch in late 2019
A report from Ace Economic Research Institute in Japan suggests that the PlayStation 5 might launch as soon as late 2019 provided the company can procure enough monolithic ceramic capacitors (MLCCs). The demand for MLCCs is so huge that manufacturers are struggling to keep up with demand given the impending arrival of new cars and 5G mobile devices and services.
Here's a roundup of all NVIDIA GeForce RTX cards from various AIB partners
The next generation NVIDIA Turing GeForce RTX cards for consumers are all set to be unveiled in a couple of hours. In the run up to the release, we've been seeing photos of various partner cards pop up on the web. While we've already reported on what PNY has in store, here's a look at offerings from Palit, MSI, Zotac, EVGA, Asus, Gigabyte, and of course from NVIDIA itself.
PNY lists the XLR8 RTX 2080 Ti OC Edition at US$1,000
PNY has leaked specs and pricing information for the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti. The RTX 2080 Ti is listed at US$1,000 while the RTX 2080 is at US$800. The listed prices, however, seem to be placeholders and are likely to change once the new GPU becomes official.
Kuo: Make way for the Apple Car in 2023
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple's next trillion dollars could come from its services business, AR glass, and Apple Car. The Apple Car is expected to launch sometime between 2023 to 2025 and will be positioned as the 'next star product'. While the idea of an Apple-branded vehicle was shelved sometime ago, some of the recent hirings of the company might mean Apple is indeed reconsidering getting into the automobile industry.
The AMD Threadripper 2990WX shows even higher numbers when benchmarked on Linux
Phoronix has done a performance comparison of the AMD Threadripper 2990WX in Windows 10 Pro and Linux and the results show Threadripper numbers significantly lower under Windows 10 Pro than in Linux. In some tests such as 7-Zip Compression, the Threadripper 2990WX posted almost 58% higher scores in Linux compared to Windows 10 Pro implying that Linux is a better OS of choice when testing high core count CPUs.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U-powered Lenovo Yoga 530 shown to trade blows with the Core i7-8550U
Lenovo has introduced the AMD Ryzen variant of the Lenovo Yoga 530 convertible notebook in without much fanfare and initial reviews seem to show promising performance. The Lenovo Yoga 530 is powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U with Radeon RX Vega 8 graphics and benchmarks have shown the laptop beating the Intel Core i7-8550U by a fair margin. The dual-channel DDR4-2400 memory in the Yoga 530 also helps it gain leads over the Ryzen 7 2700U-powered IdeaPad 720S.
The NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs feature Samsung's 16 Gigabit GDDR6 memory
The NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs implement Samsung's latest 16 Gigabit GDDR6 memory. The enhanced bandwidth of GDDR6 helps in improved performance and memory efficiency while consuming 35% less power. The Quadro RTX is the first product to implement Samsung's GDDR6 VRAM.
NVIDIA teaser video almost confirms the GeForce RTX 20xx nomenclature
Shortly on the heels of unveiling the Quadro RTX cards at SIGGRAPH 2018, NVIDIA released a new teaser video for the upcoming 'GeForce Gaming Celebration' event. The teaser drops quite a few hints, which indicate that the upcoming GeForce cards will indeed have an RTX 20xx nomenclature.
Xiaomi Poco F1 set to launch in India on August 22
According to the official Twitter handle of Poco India, the Xiaomi Poco F1 is all set to launch on August 22. While no specifications have been revealed, we do know that the Poco F1 is Xiaomi's shot at the affordable flagship category.
MSI announces the WS65 mobile workstation powered by Intel Core i9-8950HK and NVIDIA Quadro P4200 graphics
MSI has announced a new mobile workstation for creatives. The WS65 is a professional makeover for the GS65 Stealth Thin and comes with processor options up to the Intel Core i9-8950HK and GPU options up to the NVIDIA Quadro P4200. The MSI WS65 will be on display during SIGGRAPH 2018 and is expected to be available from September.
Acer Nitro 5 and Chromebook 15 get discounted for Back to School season
Acer is announcing discount offers for its Nitro 5, Chromebook 15, and Chromebook R11 for the Back to School season. The limited period offer gives up to US$50 discount on select models of the Nitro 5 and first-gen Chromebook 15, and Chromebook R 11. Acer is also offering US$100 discount on the second gen Chromebook 15.
Google to miss out more than US$50 million in revenue due to Fortnite Mobile bypassing the Play Store
Google is expected to miss out cashing in on the Fortnite craze due to Epic Games' decision to distribute the Fortnite Mobile APK outside the Play Store. App Store intelligence firm Sensor Tower projects that Google might stand to miss out on more than US$50 million in platform fees for the remaining part of 2018. Circumventing the Play Store might have a slight impact in overall downloads of the game but its revenue potential stands to remain fairly unaffected.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 11xx/20xx latest rumor roundup
As we inch closer to the launch of NVIDIA's next generation GPUs, fresh rumors and leaks have started cropping up on the web. New info points to a possibility of a dual-fan Founders Edition and ray tracing capabilities in the top-tier SKIs. The company has also registered the Turing, Quadro RTX, and GeForce RTX trademarks. Here's a roundup of such rumors and more.
Fortnite Mobile for Android beta invitation now open to non-Samsung phones
Epic Games is now accepting invitation requests for installing Fortnite Mobile on non-Samsung devices. Once signed up, users have to wait for a confirmation email before Epic activates the account for playing Fortnite. However, developers have found a way to modify the APK so that any phone can be spoofed to be the Galaxy Note 9 in order to instantly play the game.
Next gen NVIDIA GeForce and Quadro SKUs show up for EEC certification
A bevy of new NVIDIA GeForce and Quadro cards were spotted on the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) website. While the certification entries themselves do not reveal much about the cards, this is one of the last stages before the cards are released into the wild.
Future MacBooks could sport a fully virtual keyboard
MacBooks of the future might feature a full touch keyboard if recently filed Apple patents are anything to go by. There are three patents filed that demonstrate an increased touch area with haptic feedback for signalling a key press. These patents, however, could be just design ideas and might not even see the light of the day.
Android Pie gesture navigation will be a mandatory feature on the Pixel 3
Android 9 brings support for gesture-based navigation but current phones can choose to retain the conventional navigation buttons. While OEMs making Android One devices are still free to choose whatever navigation UI they deem fit, Google says that future Pixel phones will only feature the new gesture-based UI.
Pictures and unboxing video of a production unit of the Google Pixel 3 XL leak
New images and an unboxing video of a production unit of the Google Pixel 3 XL have surfaced online. The Pixel 3 XL appears to run on Android 9 Pie and features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with 4 GB RAM. While the Pixel 3 XL lacks a headphone jack, Google appears to have compensated for the same by bundling a set of USB-C earphones in the box.
Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 670 SoC featuring the Hexagon 685 DSP and X12 LTE modem
Qualcomm has announced a new SoC for the burgeoning mid-range Android segment. Dubbed the Snapdragon 670 Mobile Platform, the new SoC has two high performance cores and six efficiency cores and comes with the Spectra 250 ISP for advanced imaging capabilities. The SoC also brings forth the Hexagon 685 DSP, normally found in the top-tier variants, for improved AI capabilities.
Razer Phone 2 powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 expected to arrive in China by end 2018
The Razer Phone 2 might be launching sometime in December 2018 according to Razer Vice President Chen Xiaoping who revealed this information during the just concluded ChinaJoy entertainment expo. Given the launch timeframe, it is being speculated that the Razer Phone 2 might feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC.
Palm PVG100 smartphone receives FCC and Wi-Fi Alliance certifications
Filings of a new Palm smartphone with model number PVG100 have made it to the FCC and Wi-Fi Alliance certifications. The specifications of the Palm PVG100 are still unclear but from the Wi-Fi Alliance's certification, it can be seen that the phone supports only the 2.4 GHz band implying either a budget or mid-range device.
EU Commission might go after Apple's Lightning Connector
The European Union is looking into the current fragmentation in smartphone connectors and has setup an inquiry to see if a single connector type can be mandated across all smartphones. While the issue of multiple plugs is almost passe, Apple's Lightning Connector differs from the standard micro-USB or USB-C connector that is common amongst Android smartphones prompting the EU to investigate if some sort of standardization can be achieved.
Halo fans rejoice: Master Chief will play one of the leads in Showtime's Halo TV series
Showtime's President of Programming Gary Levine confirmed that Master Chief would be a 'lead character' in the Halo TV series. Showtime is taking all care to protect the mystery behind Master Chief's face and is working with Microsoft's 343 Industries to do justice to the project, which also features Hollywood biggies like Steven Spielberg, Kyle Killen, and Rupert Wyatt.
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 posts a very impressive AnTuTu score only next to the Black Shark
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 has made its way to the AnTuTu benchmark posting an impressive score of 285302. This is higher than most Snapdragon 845-based flagships and could likely be the result of the liquid cooling mechanism that helps minimize throttling due to heat.
References to Intel 'Whiskey Lake-U'-powered Lenovo Yoga 730 and IdeaPad 730S notebooks surface online
A couple of B2B sites have started listing Lenovo laptops that feature the upcoming Intel 'Whiskey Lake-U' CPUs. The notebooks include the Lenovo s730 and IdeaPad 730S powered by the Intel Core i5-8265U and the Lenovo Yoga 730 powered by the Intel Core i7-8565U. Not much information is available about these notebooks right now but we can expect them to be officially announced during IFA 2018.
Android 9.0 P is now officially Android Pie
Android 9 is now available for all Pixel phones and is officially being christened Android Pie. This is the initial release of the OS and some of the features announced during Google I/O such as a Digital Wellbeing dashboard, and a revamped Do Not Disturb mode will be made available later.
AMD takes wraps off the 2nd generation Threadrippers, pre-orders start today
AMD has announced that its latest HEDT CPUs, the Ryzen Threadripper 2, are available for pre-order starting today for a retail launch on August 13. The second generation Ryzen Threadrippers come in multiple SKUs targeting different segments of the enthusiast gaming and content creation market with prices starting from US$649 for the Threadripper 2920X and going all the way up to US$1,799 for the Threadripper 2990WX.
Alleged pictures of the NVIDIA GTX 1180/2080 PCB surface online
Alleged pictures of what is likely to be the PCB of the upcoming NVIDIA GTX 1180/2080 GPU have cropped up online and reveal quite a few interesting details. The new GPU will feature either 8 GB or 16 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, an 8+2-phase VRM, an NVLink connector, and a USB-C out.
Microsoft in denial about concerns regarding shoddy Windows 10 patches
Microsoft MVP Susan Bradley has written an open letter to top management at Microsoft about the quality of Windows 10 patches. She has also pointed to results of her survey of IT admins who are admittedly not very happy with shoddy patches and that the Windows Insider program isn't helping in identifying issues. Microsoft, however, thinks otherwise.
Fortnite Mobile for Android requires a fairly powerful smartphone
The much anticipated Fornite Mobile for Android will require a fairly powerful smartphone to run. The minimum requirements to run the game were found by XDA Developers while querying the entitlement API. Based on the resulting JSON output, an Adreno 530, Mali-G71 MP20, or a Mali G-72 MP12 or higher GPU is needed.
Google admits to 'inadvertently coding' Aadhaar helpline number in Indian Android phones
Smartphone users in India are reporting seeing an entry for a contact in their phonebook that purportedly belongs to a Government authority. The number apparently was added without users' consent and Google has now issued a clarification that this contact entry was 'inadvertently coded' in Android releases seeded to Indian OEMs. Google's statement, however, creates more questions than answers.
Asus Zenfone 5Z OTA update brings RAW support and other camera improvements
A new OTA update is rolling out to Asus Zenfone 5Z, which focuses on improving the camera capabilities of the smartphone. This update adds support for RAW capture, Panorama mode, and a host of other camera-related improvements, improved Wi-Fi stability, and bug fixes.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X shown to hit 4 GHz on all 32 cores...on air!
AMD will be supplying new Wraith Ripper coolers designed by Coolermaster that will allow the Threadripper 2990X to hit 4 GHz on all 32 cores on air. This was demonstrated during an AMD event recently held in Maranello, Italy. Getting all 32-cores to boost to 4 GHz on air is a commendable feat, which implies much higher boosts on single and fewer cores.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 aims to take on the Apple iPad Pro
Samsung has introduced the Galaxy Tab S4, which is aims to satisfy those who swear by Android tablets for personal and professional use. The Galaxy Tab S4 comes with the S-Pen, Snapdragon 835 SoC, and DeX support. The asking price of US$650 gets you the S-Pen but doesn't include the Book Cover Keyboard.
Fresh leaks confirm Intel Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K, Core i5-9600K, and Core i5-9400 launch in October 2018
Turns out that the recent XFastest leak about the 9th generation Intel 'Coffee Lake-S Refresh' was a bit outdated. New slides have emerged that confirm the 9th gen CPU launch in Q3 2018 itself. Adding credence to this is another roadmap via HKEPC that confirms an October 2018 launch window. This will also be the time when the Basin Falls Refresh is expected to launch.
AMD officially unveils the Ryzen B450 chipset
AMD, today, unveiled the B450 chipset aimed at mainstream Ryzen customers. The B450 offers good value for money while also offering some of the features of the more expensive X470 chipset. The B450 chipset is compatible with all Ryzen CPUs and even supports overclocking with low-end motherboards.
Leaked slides point to arrival of Intel Core i9-9900K in Q1 2019, Basin Falls Refresh 'Cascade Lake X' to debut in Q4 2018
Leaked slides have revealed that Intel's 9th generation 'Coffee Lake-S Refresh' CPUs such as the Core i9-9900K will be available from Q1 2019. This comes as a surprise as we've been expecting a September 2018 launch so far. The slides also indicate that new 'Cascade Lake X' CPUs will debut by Q4 2018 as anticipated.
Samsung Galaxy S10 could be the first 5G smartphone
Samsung Electronics has announced its Q2 2018 results and the company has posted operating profits of KRW 14.87 trillion and a Q2 consolidated net profit of KRW 11.04 trillion. Samsung did acknowledge low sales of the Galaxy S9 but wants to make up for it by launching the Galaxy Note 9 early and adopt new technologies in the next Galaxy device including 5G.
Google takes a jab at Windows and macOS in latest Chromebook ad
Google seems to take on Windows and macOS head on with its latest Chromebook ad. The ad shows how Chromebook users don't have to deal with any of the errors and update nags that plague traditional PC users. While Chromebooks are indeed easy to use and stable, most of the issues shown in the ad are largely passe.
Pictures of individual Galaxy Note 9 components leak, heat-dissipating copper pipes inbound
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9 could feature a more robust heat dissipation mechanism via copper pipes if rumors are to be believed. Also, a spares shop has leaked images of some of the Note 9's components leading to speculation that the spares of the device might already be out in the wild.
Qualcomm hints at dual-screen Windows 10 on ARM devices
Qualcomm's Senior Director of Product Managemen, Miguel Nunes, said that the market is ready to embrace new form factors and dropped hints that the Snapdragon processors have enough power to enable dual-screen devices. Nunes, however, said that the new form factors will not completely replace existing designs but will be more of a gradual evolution.
Leaked pre-order poster reveals Galaxy Note 9 pricing
A leaked Samsung pre-order poster for customers in Indonesia has revealed the pricing and available color variants of the upcoming Galaxy Note 9. The poster also shows additional offers available for Indonesian customers such as free Smart TVs and additional data.
OnePlus 6's adaptive brightness feature reported to cause screen flickering
A few OnePlus 6 handsets are reportedly suffering from screen flickering issues when the adaptive brightness feature is enabled. The handset seems to flicker between two brightness levels when the brightness goes high. OnePlus is yet to acknowledge and provide a fix for the issue.
US Government agencies asked to stop using Adobe Flash
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has instructed Government agencies to come up with procedures to remove Adobe Flash from all US Government sites and PCs by August 1, 2019 citing Adobe's end of Flash support by end of 2020. This move is being done to avoid a Windows XP-like situation, which some Government agencies are apparently still using.
Huawei hopes to beat Samsung in the foldable smartphone race, Samsung's foldable Galaxy to cost up to US$2,000
Sources in the industry are saying that Huawei is looking to beat Samsung in the run up to launching the first foldable smartphone. The flexible OLED panels for this device will be made by BOE and Huawei is expected to launch such phones in limited quantities much before Samsung in early 2019.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X gets listed online for US$1835
The 32-core 64-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X gets a listing on CanadaComputers for CA$2,399 or around US$1,835. This is in line with the Cyberport listing last month that showed the price at €1,509. The listing also shows that the new Threadrippers will sport the same retail packaging as the previous generation.
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 sports a liquid-cooled Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 has surfaced in the Bluetooth SIG certification that reveals a few interesting facts about the smartphone. The Pocophone F1 will be powered by a liquid-cooled Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and will come with at least 6 GB of RAM along with a dual camera setup. The Pocophone F1 is touted to be the cheapest smartphone that will sport the Snapdragon 845 and will first hit Europe followed by India.
Upcoming Apple iPad Pros to sport slimmer bezels and ditch the headphone jack
If reports are to go by, the upcoming 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch Apple iPad Pros are all set to go almost bezel-less. These iPad Pros will also be getting the Face ID feature and in all likelihood, will be ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Intel Core i9-9900K shows up in 3DMark Time Spy, comfortably beats the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
The 8-core Intel Core i9-9900K has made its way to the 3DMark database and has scored an impressive 10,719 in the CPU only test and 9,862 when paired with the GeForce GTX 1080Ti. This score is comparatively higher than that of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, which posted a CPU-only score of 9,428 and a combined score of 7,570 under overclock.
List of new Asus Z390 'Coffee Lake-S Refresh' motherboards revealed
A list of Asus motherboards that will sport the upcoming Intel Z390 chipset were revealed in an Asus support document. The Z390 is spread across the Maximus XI, Strix, Prime, TUF, and Dragon brands.
Apple offers free repairs for products damaged in the recent Japan floods
Apple Japan is offering to repair Apple products damaged in the recent floods in Japan, free of cost. Those affected can directly contact Apple to arrange for a pick up till the end of September. However, there could be delays in delivery as courier services are still suspended in some areas.
Early hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 reveals support for AAA Vulkan games
A Reddit user has managed to get his or her hands on the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 and has detailed some of the features of the smartphone that mostly corroborates to what we've known so far. What is interesting is that Samsung is looking to project the Note 9 as a capable gaming device as well and will have support for AAA Vulkan titles.
Expect systems powered by Intel 10nm chips in shelves by holiday 2019
Systems powered by Intel 10nm CPUs might hit shelves just in time for the holiday season in 2019. The 10nm part will first be made available to client systems followed by datacenter products. However, Intel feels that 14nm will continue to play a significant role next year as well.
The Intel Core i9-9900K and the Core i7-9700K will be compatible with H310 boards as well
ASRock has started putting stickers on the packaging of its H310 motherboards indicating that the upcoming 8 core Intel CPUs such as the Core i9-9900K and the Core i7-9700K are supported by the H310 chipset as well along with the Z390. Existing H310 boards should be getting a BIOS update that enables support for the new CPUs.
Apple T2 chip causing kernel panics in few 2018 MacBook Pros and iMac Pros
Owners of the iMac Pro and the new 2018 MacBook Pro have turned to Apple forums to report several instances of kernel panics, which trace back to BridgeOS found in the Apple T2 chip. The T2 chip provides support for secure boot, encrypted storage, and the always-on 'Hey Siri' command. Apple is apparently aware but has not publicly acknowledged the issue so an estimated date for a fix is not yet known.
New Samsung Galaxy Note 9 teaser touts battery life improvements
Samsung's new teaser for the impending Note 9 launch is about our smartphone batteries dying in the middle of something important. While nothing much was revealed in the video, we do know that the battery in the Note 9 is going to get a significant bump.
Huawei launches the Nova 3 and Nova 3i in India as Amazon exclusives
Huawei has announced the Nova 3 and 3i for the Indian market in a launch event today. The Nova 3 will compete directly with the OnePlus 6 and Asus Zenfone 5Z for the 'affordable flagship' crown while the Nova 3i is the first to sport the Kirin 710 SoC. Pre-booking for both the models has started with shipping dates in August.
No delidding needed: Intel Core i9-9900K and Core i7-9700K to come with a soldered IHS
The upcoming Intel 9th generation 'Coffee Lake-S' CPUs will feature a soldered integrated heat spreader instead of a thermal compound. However, this will be limited to only the 8-core Core i9-9900K and the Core i7-9700K while the rest of the lineup will still continue to use a thermal compound.
Intel Core i7-9700K appears in first benchmarks, Hyperthreading to be a Core i9-exclusive feature in future Intel CPUs
The Intel Core i7-9700K made its way to the SiSoftware database and looks like it will be a non-Hyperthreaded part. Intel looks to reserve Hyperthreading for the Core i9 SKU from the next generation onwards, which makes the Core i7-9700K, the first Core i7 CPU to lack Hyperthreading making the Core i7-8700K a better choice for multi-threaded workflows.
Microsoft opens the Skip Ahead ring for Windows 10 19H1 update with focus on Windows Mixed Reality
Microsoft has re-opened the Skip Ahead ring for Windows Insiders with a new build from the 19H1 branch alongside a new Redstone 5 build for Fast Ring Insiders. These builds come with a new Mixed Reality Flashlight feature that allows a quick peek at the outside world without having to remove the headset. Also included are a slew of improvements to Microsoft Edge, time accuracy, Kiosk Setup, and new update experiences.
Qualcomm might not supply modems for upcoming iPhones
In the backdrop of Qualcomm's earnings call for this quarter, the company stated that Apple intends to use only Intel modems in the coming iPhone release and thus, Qualcomm will not be supplying modems for the next iPhone. It remains to be seen if Intel would be the preferred supplier or Apple would be looking at alternatives such as MediaTek.
Huawei phones can no longer download VLC from the Google Play Store
The VideoLAN team has blocked Google Play Store access for the widely popular VLC app for newer Huawei phones alleging poor background task management. The aggressive power management in EMUI seems to abruptly stop background playback in Huawei phones resulting in users leaving 'unfair' reviews.
No Adreno Turbo for now — Qualcomm China's teaser was just a Snapdragon 845 promo
Qualcomm teased something related to the Snapdragon 845 for today and it seems that it is about the Snapdragon 845 itself and not any Adreno Turbo technology as was speculated. The campaign was to promote the Snapdragon 845 in the ChinaJoy tech expo and the company posted a video on Weibo highlighting the features of the chip for gaming and entertainment.
AMD trolls Intel yet again, compares Xeon to dinosaurs
AMD's marketing appears to be in turbo mode, literally. The company has put up a series of ads in San Jose airport highlighting its Epyc series CPUs while trolling Intel Xeons and comparing them to relics. The ads are fun to see and remind us of the Intel-AMD CPU wars during the 90s and early 2000s.
The AMD Ryzen 5 2500X makes an appearance in the Acer Nitro N50-100 gaming desktop
Acer Slovakia seems to have published the details of the Nitro 50-100 gaming desktop tower that features the AMD Ryzen 5 2500X processor. The Ryzen 5 2500X and the Ryzen 3 2300X were not mentioned during the Ryzen 2 unveiling making this the first official appearance of the CPU.
The upcoming Xbox 'Scarlett' console could have a streaming-only SKU
The upcoming Xbox console could come in two versions — a conventional console with top of the line hardware and a streaming-only version that has lower compute ability and streams games from what is internally being referred to as the 'Scarlett Cloud'. 'Scarlett Cloud' could mean that gamers will be able to stream Xbox games on virtually any device with an internet connection.
Honor 9N launched in India as a Flipkart exclusive
Honor yesterday announced the arrival of the Honor 9N for the Indian market. The midrange handset will be exclusive to Flipkart and is essentially identical to the Honor 9i. Shipments start from July 31 with prices starting from ₹11,999 (US$174).
Apple issues software fix to address thermal throttling in new MacBook Pro
Apple has issued a supplemental update to macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 that addresses the throttling issues exhibited by the 2018 MacBook Pro. Those who have installed the update report that they are seeing improved performance in the Core i9 model and that the CPU is now at least able to sustain the base clocks.
Apple removes the Customer Data Migration Tool connector in the the 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
iFixit has discovered in its recent teardown of the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar that Apple has removed the Customer Data Migration Tool connector from the logic board. The connector helped in transferring data to a functioning MacBook in the event of a logic board failure but it now looks like customers should use inbuilt backup options such as Time Machine on a frequent basis to safeguard their data.
Throttling in the 2018 Core i9 Apple MacBook Pro traced to improperly set VRM power limits
A Reddit user has managed to find out the reason for the high throttling seen in the 2018 Apple MacBook Pros with the Intel Core i9 CPU and it turns out that it is due to power throttling of the VRM than thermal throttling of the CPU. The user has managed to manually alter the turbo power limit for the VRM and thus, was able to achieve steady turbo boost without throttling.
Details of the Intel Core i9-9900K leak — 8C/16T with 5 GHz boost clock
Details of new 8-core 16-thread Intel Coffee Lake CPUs have leaked online. The top-end Core i9-9900K can boost up to 5 GHz out of the box and has a TDP of 95W. The other SKUs in the lineup include the 8-core Core i7-9700K and the 6-core Core i5-9600K both without Hyperthreading.
Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite are now official
Xiaomi has made the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite official at a Madrid event today. The European launch of the Mi A2 signals the arrival of the Chinese smartphone maker on the global arena and the Mi A2 looks to build upon the success of its predecessor. These new Android One smartphones will soon launch in 40 markets worldwide.
Samsung could be joining the gaming smartphone league soon
Leakster @MMDDJ_ on Twitter has tweeted that Samsung is preparing a gaming smartphone. No other details were posted but the leakster did say that the gaming smartphone will not be named the 'Galaxy X'.
Qualcomm rumored to announce Adreno Turbo to take on Huawei's GPU Turbo
Qualcomm China has put out a teaser related to a 'faster', 'cooler', and 'smarter' Snapdragon technology on its official Weibo page. While details are still scarce, all indications point to Qualcomm announcing its version of Huawei's GPU Turbo feature, which will in probability be called Adreno Turbo.
Qualcomm introduces the QTM052 5G NR mmWave antenna for smartphones
Qualcomm unveiled the QTM052 mmWave antenna module that can fit into a smartphones using the Snapdragon X50 to provide 5G NR connectivity. The QTM052 is accompanied by the announcement of new sub-6 GHz RF modules that smartphone makers can incorporate to provide gigabit speeds as the industry begins its transition to 5G networks.
Sony's new IMX586 image sensor is a 48 MP stacked Quad Bayer CMOS chip
Sony has unveiled the new IMX586 imaging sensor for smartphones that packs an effective 48 MP with a pixel size of 0.8 microns. The CMOS sensor features a Quad Bayer color filter array that bins adjacent 2x2 pixels to yield sensitivity equivalent to a 1.6 micron 12 MP sensor.
Qualcomm claims the Snapdragon 845 offers superior cellular performance than the Intel XMM modems found in iPhones
Qualcomm published a blog post that it's X20 LTE modem-equipped Snapdragon 845 SoC offers superior mobile connectivity than other modems such as the Intel XMM 7480 and Intel XMM 7360 found in various iPhones. The data has been gathered from Speedtest.net results on AT&T and T-Mobile.
Apple HomePod gets the ability to make phone calls and a bunch of new features with OS 12
The upcoming OS 12 update for the Apple HomePod is slated to bring a slew of new features to the smart speaker including the ability to make and receive calls when paired with an iPhone and set multiple timers. With the upcoming MacOS Mojave update, the HomePod can also be controlled directly from the Mac.
Huawei's 'Spark A Renaissance' photography competition has an AI judge
Huawei has launched a photography contest that uses an AI judge and a Leica pro photographer to decide the winner. Photographers need to submit their photos to the 'Spark A Renaissance' competition based on 5 different themes and they stand to win 10 P20 Pro's along with a trip to a Leica photography masterclass in Florence, Italy. The grand winner gets to embark on a three-nation European tour.
Samsung to invest additional US$2.6 billion to increase NAND production in 2019
Anticipating increased demand for 3D NAND flash storage in the coming year, Samsung is looking to invest an additional US$2.6 billion to expand production capacities of its NAND factories in China and Korea taking the total investment to US$9 billion by 2019. The increased investments are being centered around production of 3D NAND flash, V-NAND flash, and QLC flash memory.
Facebook confirms the existence of Athena — a secret internet satellite project
Facebook subsidiary PointView Tech is building an internet satellite to enable broadband connectivity to remote areas. The project, named Athena, was shrouded in secrecy up till now. Facebook has finally confirmed to WIRED and CNET about the existence of such a project. Details of the satellite itself are still under wraps but is expected to launch in early 2019.
Samsung looking to consolidate Galaxy Note and Galaxy S lineups into a single brand
According to reports from Korean media, Samsung could be looking to merge the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S brands given that the differences between them are minimal. This move can reduce the costs of Samsung's mobile development portfolio and possibly increase profitability amidst the onslaught of Chinese smartphone brands.
Microsoft looks to win back consumers with its vision for 'Modern Life Services'
At the Inspire partner show this week, Microsoft executives talked about plans to bring back consumers into their fold with the inclusion of Gaming and Modern Life under the Modern Life Services umbrella in Microsoft's core digital solutions across the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge. The idea is to make these services attractive for professional consumers with the goal of making them even more productive.
Samsung Galaxy Watch to launch alongside the Galaxy Note 9
Samsung's upcoming smartwatch will be called the Galaxy Watch instead of the Gear S4 according to its FCC certification. The Galaxy Watch is slated to launch alongside the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9 and comes in two variants along with an additional LTE option.
Apple service documents confirm presence of a membrane in the 2018 MacBook Pro keyboards
Apple Authorized Service Providers have been distributed documents from Apple that confirm the presence of a membrane beneath the keys of the 2018 MacBook Pro models to prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism. While the membrane is for real, the reason for its existence is apparently not the same in all versions of the documentation.
All four Thunderbolt 3 ports in the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar work at full speed
The move to 8th generation Intel processors has enabled full speed Thunderbolt 3 connectivity on all the four ports in the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar thanks to the increased number of PCIe lanes available from the CPU. This is an improvement over the 2016 and 2017 models wherein only 2 of the 4 ports had support for full speed Thunderbolt 3.
Tom Gruber, the last of the Siri co-founders, leaves Apple
The last of Siri's co-founders, Tom Gruber, has announced his retirement from Apple. Siri was acquired by Apple in 2010 but two of its founders left in the succeeding years. The news comes in the wake of Apple recently appointing Google's former head of Machine Intelligence, John Giannandrea, as Chief of Machine Learning and AI Strategy.
Samsung announces the C43J89 — a 43-inch 32:10 ultra-wide curved gaming monitor
The C43J89 is Samsung's new ultra-wide monitor that boasts a resolution of 3840x1200 in a 120Hz 43-inch VA panel. Coming in both business and gaming variants, the C43J89 supports a host of connectivity options, offers a 99% FOV, and can display two sources simultaneously.
The Kensington SD7000 Surface Pro Docking Station adds even more versatility to the Surface Pro
Kensington has announced the availability of the SD7000 dock for the Surface Pro. The SD7000 dock connects to the Surface Pro using the Surface Connector and provides USB ports, Ethernet, USB-C, HDMI, and a DisplayPort converting the tablet into a mini Surface Studio of sorts.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 now official with 6.9-inch display and 5500 mAh battery
After numerous leaks and teasers, the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is finally here. Xiaomi's new phablet inherits a lot of specifications from the Redmi Note 5 including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC and dual cameras but the standout features of the Mi Max 3 are the 6.9-inch FHD+ 18:9 display and its 5,500 mAh battery.
Report: Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Apple iPhone 6 were the 'worst performing' smartphones of 2017
Research firm Blancco has published a Mobile Device Repair and Security Report that throws up some interesting facts. The report puts Samsung as the OEM with the highest failure rate among Android manufacturers and the Xiaomi Redmi 4 as the specific model with the highest failures in 2017. In the Apple camp, the iPhone 6 was the device with the highest failure rate.
Panos Panay talks of new Surface form factors but don't get your hopes high for a Surface Phone
Microsoft's Surface chief Panos Panay recently opened up on the WIRED's Gadget Lab podcast and talked about the Surface Go and its position in the Surface family. However, he categorically denied the possibility of a Surface Phone but did say there will be new form factors and new change in the market.
Microsoft and Walmart team up to take on Amazon's cloud and retail business
Walmart has chosen Microsoft as its cloud services provider to improve the former's forecasting, purchasing, and data sharing abilities. While both the companies clearly share a rivalry with Amazon, this 5 year deal helps Walmart increase its market share in the US and also streamline its delivery system.
First pictures of the front glass panels for the 2018 iPhones show thicker bezels for the 6.1-inch model
Leakster Ben Geskin tweeted a photo showing the front glass panels for the three iPhone models Apple is expected to announce this September. All the panels sport the now infamous notch and while all of them are edge-to-edge displays, the 6.1-inch panel has slightly thicker bezels compared to the other two.
MIT's new AI system can tune individual musical instruments straight out of a concert video
A new deep learning AI algorithm developed by MIT CSAIL called PixelPlayer can isolate soundwaves of individual instruments in a video by recognizing the pixels from where the sound is coming thus enabling tuning of individual frequencies. MIT says the system is 'self-supervised' and doesn't require any human annotations.
Developer brings Windows Timeline support to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox
Dominic Maas has developed an extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that enables users of these browsers to sync their activity across devices via Windows Timeline. Among browsers, Microsoft Edge is the only one with Timeline support as it requires developers to enable explicit support for Microsoft Graph in their apps.
GPU Turbo update to grace a slew of Huawei and Honor phones this year
Huawei will be rolling out its GPU Turbo software update to select devices starting this August. GPU Turbo aims to improve graphics processing by 60% and reduce power consumption by 30% but Huawei is yet to prove its claims in the real world. The update initially supports PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang with support for more titles in the pipeline.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with Exynos 9820 shows up on Geekbench
A somewhat intriguing listing of a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 powered by the Exynos 9820 has surfaced on Geekbench. The mention of the Exynos 9820 raises a question as to whether there will be two models of the Galaxy Note 9 as the upcoming phablet was originally thought to feature the Exynos 9810 SoC.
Intel's Xeon E-2100 CPUs aim to offer a compelling choice for the entry-level workstation market
Intel has taken wraps off its new Xeon E-2100 entry-level workstation processor family. The 6C/12T Xeon E-2100 is a derivative of the 14nm++ 'Coffee Lake' architecture and is tailored for creative professionals looking at a low-cost workstation CPU that offers improved single-threaded performance along with faster DRAM and higher PCIe lane counts.
Samsung opens the world's largest smartphone factory in India
Samsung Electronics' expanded mobile factory was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Noida, Uttar Pradesh in the presence of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The factory is billed to be the world's largest facility for smartphone manufacturing with a capacity of producing 120 million units a year.
Typo in custom ROM code breaks unlimited photo backups on the Google Pixels
A typo in the build script of AOSP-based custom ROMs for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones is reportedly causing the photo uploads from Google Camera to count against the Google Photos storage limit. The bug, however, is fixed now and users running custom ROMs on first gen Pixel phones should be able to use the unlimited Google Photos storage as usual.
Microsoft's 'Andromeda' Surface Phone is going back to the drawing board
Prominent Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley has learnt that Microsoft is still working out the nitty-gritty of the long-rumored Surface Phone or 'Andromeda' device, whose leaks and renders have been doing the rounds on the Internet. The delay in launching the device is apparently being attributed to the unfinished state of the 'Andromeda' shell and other quality and scheduling issues.
IOC to host eSports forum to discuss potential collaboration
The rising prominence of eSports has prompted the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to contemplate on including it as part of the Olympic Movement and is hosting an eSports forum to discuss the possibilities with all stakeholders. The forum will discuss various aspects of eSports and how they differ from traditional sport federations and the associated challenges.
The Xbox One X is the first device to support HDMI 2.1
At Computex 2018, HDMI showed off some new features of the HDMI 2.1 specification on the Xbox One X. The Xbox One X will be the first device to support HDMI 2.1 features such as Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM). These features will be coming in an upcoming firmware update to the console and will require compatible TVs for the same.
Dell will bring back the matte display option in the XPS 13 9380, HDR panel a possibility as well
Lack of a matte display option was one of the pain points of the Dell XPS 13 9370, making it a tad difficult to use under direct light or outdoors. We had a chance to speak to some panel manufacturers during Computex 2018 and luckily, they tell us that the upcoming XPS 13 9380 will feature a matte display option. Also, based on the information thus far, we get to speculate that HDR panels are a likely possibility in the upcoming XPS lineup.
Tachyum's Prodigy Universal Processor Platform aims to rewrite everything we know about CPUs and GPUs
Startup firm Tachyum's Prodigy is being billed as a Universal Processor Platform that claims to deliver over 10x performance over conventional CPUs in the Hyperscale Data Center market. The company claims that it can outperform the competition in AI applications and that it needs just about 250,000 of these chips to rival the human brain.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X shows up on 3DMark, supposed insane pricing could give Intel the chills
AMD's upcoming HEDT processor, the 32C/64T Ryzen Threadripper 2990X has been spotted in the 3DMark database. While the entry does not show any performance score, it does show lower boost clocks owning to probably a non-XFR2 motherboard. Also, the pricing of the CPU was inadvertently leaked by a European online retailer. At just over Euro 1500, the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X could give Intel's 28-core chip a run for its money.
ASRock Phantom Gaming RX 570 and RX 580 cards set to hit Europe on July 1
ASRock's foray into the GPU market started with the Radeon RX 570 and RX 580-based GPUs when they became available in the Asian market a few months ago. Now, ASRock is making these GPUs available for the European market starting July 1. While the Radeon RX 570 and 580 are starting to age, they are a perfect bet for ASRock to test the waters and offer great bang for the buck.
Wi-Fi gets its biggest update in 14 years — WPA3 security protocol now official
The ubiquitous and all-pervasive Wi-Fi is receiving its first major update in 14 years with the announcement of the WPA3 authentication protocol by the Wi-Fi Alliance. WPA3 is the successor to WPA2, which was the target of many hackers in the last year and comes with new features that prevent offline dictionary attacks and enable forward secrecy. The protocol is available for implementation in new routers today and is expected to go mainstream by 2019.
State of Decay 2's Designer Director feels Microsoft is not fooling around in the console gaming space
Designer Director of Undead Labs (recently acquired by Microsoft), makers of the hit game State of Decay 2, Richard Foge, feels that Microsoft is not fooling around when it comes to providing first rate gaming experiences to its customers. He feels that the company will continue to innovate with the best games and hardware and grow the highly successful State of Decay franchise.
Your 1440p QHD monitor might be actually housing a 4K UHD panel
Surprising as it may seem, there is every possibility that the QHD monitor that you are using right now might in fact be a 4K panel. Supply shortages mean that OEMs could simply install a 4K panel, which are now almost as expensive or even cheaper than QHD panels and still be able to limit the output resolution via firmware. But how does one know whether the monitor has a native QHD panel or a 4K panel and does it affect regular usage?
AIBs expected to receive first NVIDIA 'Turing' GPUs by early September, likely to be called the GeForce GTX 1180
NVIDIA's Add-in Board (AIB) partners are expected to receive the first shipments of NVIDIA's next generation 'Turing' architecture GPUs sometime in between late August to early September. The official nomenclature is yet to be made official but we can expect some leaks to crop up once the first shipments are out. The initial seeding to the AIB partners, however, is said to be in limited volumes.
Upcoming Intel Z390 chipset to be just a rebadged Z370
Intel's upcoming Z390 chipset could be just a rebadged Z370 if the grapevine on the street is to be believed. The Z390 was expected to bring support for the 8-core 'Coffee Lake-S' CPUs along with an integrated USB 3.1 Gen2 Host Controller and Intel Wireless 802.11ac with Bluetooth 5.0 but it looks like Intel had a change of heart owing to increased strain in 14nm production.
OnePlus 6 can unofficially run Google ARCore apps
The OnePlus 6 was conspicuous by its absence on the list of supported devices for Google ARCore but it turns out that the ARCore app can be sideloaded on the phone and it works just fine. It is not known when the OnePlus 6 will be eventually added to the Play Developer Console but it should only be a matter of time.
Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality not on Microsoft's radar for the Xbox One consoles anytime soon
In an interview to GamesIndustry.biz, Microsoft's Chief Marketing Officer for Gaming, Mike Nichols, said that there are no immediate plans to bring VR/MR capabilities to the Xbox consoles. Nichols feels that VR/MR is more suited to the PC and the focus currently at Xbox is to enhance the experiences on the TV.
IGTV is Instagram's take on social video
Facebook-owned Instagram has launched IGTV — a new app for sharing and viewing videos on the platform. IGTV enables users to take vertical full screen videos that can last up to an hour with each creator being the channel. Users can follow other creators or upload their own videos to IGTV.
Leaked picture and sketch of the Huawei Mate 20 show a dual-camera setup but no signs of a notch
A leaked picture of what could be the Huawei Mate 20 is doing the rounds online and apparently, the device does not sport a notched display. A sketch of the Mate 20 has also leaked revealing a dual camera setup with an LED flash in between the lenses. Further details are scarce at this point but the smartphone is expected to be powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 980.
AMD Radeon PRO V340 spotted — dual Vega 10 multi-GPU with 32 GB HBM2 memory
AMD has discretely revealed the Radeon PRO V340 — a dual Vega 10 multi-GPU card with 32 GB HBM2 memory. The Radeon PRO V340 is being targeted for virtualization applications with support for up to 32 concurrent users and hardware encode capabilities for H.264 and H.265 video while providing a built-in security processor for isolating the virtualized environment from the cloud provider.
OnePlus 6 trade-in program throws up an unpleasant surprise
Buyers who have opted for the OnePlus 6 trade-in program were seen getting multiple voucher breakups instead of a single voucher for the exchange amount. This is causing problems as the trade-in program allows using only one voucher. OnePlus is known to have acknowledged this issue and is working on a resolution.
AMD 'Raven Ridge' APU drivers to be updated as quaterly releases only
AMD will be providing Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition driver updates for its 'Raven Ridge' APUs in a quarterly cadence as opposed to more frequent updates for its Radeon GPUs. This was clarified by an AMD rep to a user's query on the OverclockersUK forum. The drivers, however, will be delivered as WHQL certified releases.
Adobe's Project Rush helps novices create professional videos on the go
Adobe announced a new cross-platform video editing app codenamed Project Rush. Project Rush brings the best features of industry leading software such as Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Audition along with access to Adobe Stock into one seamless interface.
AMD Ryzen 7 2800H, Ryzen 5 2600H, Vega 20, and Vega 12 entries spotted in AOTS DirectX 12 benchmarks
References to few upcoming AMD parts have been spotted in the Ashes of the Singularity DirectX 12 benchmark database. These include new 35W quad core chips such as the AMD Ryzen 7 2800H and Ryzen 5 2600H signalling AMD's arrival in the gaming laptop market. Some references to Vega 20 and Vega 12 GPUs were also spotted in the same database.
Microsoft introduces Windows Collaboration Displays for the modern meeting room
Microsoft took to the stage at Computex 2018 to demonstrate a new class of meeting room devices. Dubbed Windows Collaboration Displays, these devices are meant for the modern meeting room and come with a full suite of Microsoft 365 collaboration tools and built-in sensors that can interface with Azure IoT spatial intelligence capabilities.
AMD demonstrates Radeon Instinct 7nm Vega GPU platform with 32 GB HBM2 memory
AMD demonstrated the world's first 7nm GPU architecture at Computex 2018. The Radeon Instinct series of accelerators are made for High Performance Compute (HPC) applications and feature 32 GB HBM2 memory on a 4096-bit bus. The 7nm Vega GPUs are currently being sampled with targeted availability in 2H 2018.
Intel celebrates 40 years of the x86 architecture with the 8th generation Core i7-8086K Limited Edition processor
Intel is celebrating 50 years of its existence and 40 years since the first x86 processor, the 8086, debuted and is introducing the 8th generation Core i7-8086K Limited Edition CPU to commemorate these milestones. The Core i7-8086K is a 6-core 12-thread part that can overclock to a 5 GHz single-core boost out of the box making it a compelling option for gamers and content creators.
Klevv launches CRAS X 'wireless' RGB NVMe SSDs and CRAS X DDR4 memory kits
SK Hynix sister concern Klevv has announced the availability of the world's first 'wireless' RGB M.2 NVMe SSD. Called the CRAS X, the SSD has a hollowed out heatsink to let the RGB lighting take center stage. Apart from the CRAS X SSD, Klevv is also introducing CRAS X RAM modules with RGB and support for Intel XMP 2.0.
Dell likely to join Asus, HP, and Lenovo to bring new Windows 10 on ARM devices
Dell could very well join in the Windows 10 on ARM bandwagon alongside new devices Asus, HP, and Lenovo if word on the street is to be believed. Dell was earlier skeptical of Windows 10 on ARM and adopted a wait and watch approach. That could change now and in fact, Dell could be one of the first to realize Microsoft's 'ultimate mobile device' dream.
Xiaomi shows off the Mi 8 Explorer Edition with in-display fingerprint sensor and 3D face recognition
Alongside the Mi 8 reveal, Xiaomi also showed off a limited edition Mi 8 Explorer Edition. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition features an in-display fingerprint sensor and a transparent back that reveals the innards. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is limited to China as of now and will be available only in defined quantities.
Xiaomi unveils the iPhone X-esque Mi 8 flagship featuring dual GPS and IR face unlock
Xiaomi has taken wraps off its newest flagship model, the Mi 8. The Mi 8 comes with the latest Snapdragon 845 chip, dual cameras, and a dual GPS system. The Mi 8 gets launched in 8 other markets apart from China and packs most features found in other expensive flagships. While the design is reminiscent of the iPhone X, the smartphone looks to be priced quite competitively and should rake in good numbers for the Chinese major.
Snapdragon 850 for Windows 10 on ARM in the works
Qualcomm is working on an exclusive SoC for upcoming Windows 10 on ARM devices. Entries for a new Snapdragon chip were found on Geekbench and all clues point it to be a performance-based variant of the Snapdragon 845 adapted for the extra thermal headroom in notebooks and 2-in-1s.
The hexa-core Intel Core i7-8086K Anniversary Edition gets listed online
The Intel Core i7-8086K Anniversary Edition CPU has started showing up on online retailers in Canada, Russia, and Italy. The hexa-core CPU is more or less a binned Core i7-8700K and is touted to be announced on June 5th to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Intel's highly successful 8086 microprocessor. The Core i7-8086K still has a 95W TDP envelope but is expected to attain 5 GHz boosts out of the box.
Details of the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE surface before launch
New information about Xiaomi's upcoming flagship smartphone, the Mi 8, has surfaced online just ahead of its official launch tomorrow in China. While the flagship Mi 8 is touted to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the leaks also reveal the possibility of a Mi 8 SE variant powered by the Snapdragon 710 AIE SoC. There is also a possibility that the Mi 8 will feature advanced 3D facial recognition technology.
MacBook 'Star' could be the first ARM-powered MacBook
Apple is reportedly preparing to introduce ARM-powered notebooks. A Digitimes report says that Pegatron has landed orders from Apple for an ARM-powered MacBook codenamed 'Star' with series number N84. The new MacBooks are speculated to run an iOS derivative and could be marketed separately from other Intel-based MacBooks.
Google brings ARCore apps to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S in China via the Xiaomi App Store
Google has partnered with Xiaomi to make ARCore apps available on the Xiaomi App Store in China. Google has not revealed any further details but these apps will be first made available for Xiaomi's latest flagship, the Mi Mix 2S, with more devices to follow soon.
New AMD Ryzen 'Raven Ridge' 35W CPUs spotted: AMD Athlon 200GE and Athlon Pro 200GE
Two new CPUs belonging to AMD 'Raven Ridge' Ryzen family were recently spotted online and on the Asus Crosshair VII Hero motherboard CPU list. Named the Athlon 200GE and the Athlon Pro 200GE, these are dual core CPUs with a base frequency of 3.2 GHz and a TDP rated at 35W.
OnePlus 6's Always On Ambient Display removed due to "battery concerns"
OnePlus has removed the Always On Display setting in the new OnePlus 6 via a day 1 patch that installs after first boot. While users have been clamoring on the OnePlus Forums for the feature to return, the company replied that the feature had to be removed to save battery.
Lenovo inks pact with Ubisoft to furnish Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Pro eSports events with Legion gear
Lenovo has partnered with Ubisoft to furnish the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Pro League and Majors eSports events with Legion hardware including desktop PCs, laptops, and monitors. The partnership extends from Spring 2018 to Spring 2019 worldwide across North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.
Upcoming Windows 10 'Redstone 5' Insider Build will allow launching a Linux terminal directly from File Explorer
Windows 10 users who depend on the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) for development work will soon have an easy access to the Linux terminal thanks to a popular User Voice request. Upcoming Windows 10 'Redstone 5' builds will have the ability to directly open a Linux terminal from File Explorer similar to how one can invoke the Command Prompt.
HP intros the Elite x2 1013 G3: a Surface Pro clone for business with thin bezels
Alongside many of its premium reveals, HP has also introduced the Elite x2 1013 G2. The Elite x2 is being billed as the world's smallest business detachable and comes with upgraded internals, ultra-thin bezels, and two high resolution display options.
HP refreshes the Envy desktop portfolio with new AiO and Tower offerings
HP has refreshed its Envy All-in-One and Envy Tower desktop offerings with Intel 8th generation processors and NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics. The Envy AiO is now available in 27-inch and 34-inch ultra-wide screen options and has Amazon Alexa integrated. The Envy Tower now sports a new chassis design and also gets an Intel 8th generation CPU upgrade and GPU options up to the GTX 1080.
New HP Envy and Envy x360 refreshes get inspired by Damascus steel
HP has announced refreshes to its Envy notebook lineup including the Envy 13, Envy 17, Envy x360 13, and Envy x360 15. The standout feature of these notebooks is the new minimalist chiseled appearance similar to the patterning found in sword blades made from Damascus steel. Internally, all notebooks receive an upgrade to the Intel 8th generation CPUs with the Envy x360 offering AMD Ryzen with Vega graphics options as well. The Envy x360 15 also sports a 650-nit bright panel for excellent outdoor legibility.
Apple hit with class action suit over faulty butterfly-switch keyboards
A class action law suit against Apple was filed in the Northern District Court of California by two plaintiffs who have been at the receiving end of the Apple MacBook Pro faulty keyboard fiasco. The suit alleges that Apple intentionally promoted and sold these laptops knowing very well that the keyboards were inherently defective.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 might inherit the same throttling issues as its predecessor
The service manual for the Dell XPS 15 9570 has been posted online and it looks like the notebook will sport a similar heatsink design with 2 heat pipes as its predecessor. This raises concerns about the possible throttling issues as the previous XPS 15 9560 had to be undervolted and thermal pads applied to the VRMs in order to prevent performance drops due to thermal throttling and power limits.
Frank Azor: The Dell XPS 15 9570 is being targeted for availability this week
Frank Azor has confirmed that the much anticipated Dell XPS 15 9570 notebook is likely to launch this week. This would be highly welcomed by those eager to lay their hands on the laptop as the ongoing Cashstar pre-order promo met with sharp criticism from prospective buyers.
How to block annoying ads and secure your PC in any OS
The recent Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal has proved that user data can be harvested and used for any purpose by almost anyone without explicit consent. Therefore, it is imperative that one secures his/her online experience from tracking sites, intrusive ads, and deceptive pop-ups. One way to accomplish this is by editing the Hosts file. The Hosts file in any OS contains references to domain names and their corresponding IP addresses. Knowing how to edit the Hosts file can be very useful in preventing access to malicious websites, redirection to other sites, blocking intrusive ads, creating shortcuts to websites, and a lot more. The Hosts file is the same in Windows, macOS, and Linux although, the method of getting access and editing it might have some variations. This guide aims to comprehensively detail the purpose of the Hosts file and how you can use it to secure your online experience.
Dell's gaming survey reveals interesting facts about gamers and their preferences
Dell commissioned a study in collaboration with Researchscape to understand the PC gaming community. The study brings forth some new facts about gamers, their habits, and attitudes and breaks the typical stereotyping commonly associated with them.
Frank Azor: Dell mulling 3:2 and other aspect ratio screens for future XPS notebooks
Dell could be looking at offering new aspect ratios aside from the standard 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio in future notebooks. This was confirmed in a conference call by Frank Azor during the new XPS and Alienware reveal. Opting for non-standard aspect ratios can greatly enhance the tablet mode experience especially in 2-in-1 notebooks.
The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X gets overclocked to a whopping 6 GHz on LN2
Famed overclocker 'der8auer' has managed to overclock the new AMD Ryzen 7 2700X to cross the 6 GHz on all cores. He managed to achieve this by first selecting the best CPUs for the task and then subjecting them to LN2 cooling. Consumer use isn't anywhere going to get close to that figure but it is still good to know that Ryzen are really as overclocker-friendly as AMD claims.
Rise of the Zen: AMD 2nd generation Ryzens are here to challenge Intel's 'Coffee Lake' desktop offerings
AMD has finally taken wraps off its 2nd generation Ryzen chips. The 2700X and the 2600X are at the helm of the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 series respectively and are made to offer great multi-core and gaming performance in comparison with equivalent processors from Intel. AMD touts great and consistent overclocking potential and advanced capabilities of the AM4 socket and the X470 chipset to offer great performance for the buck.
AMD pledges to respect the gamer's choice in the wake of inconsistencies in NVIDIA's GeForce Partner Program
AMD's Scott Herkelman took to pen a blog post regarding AMD's stance in providing choice to the PC gamer. Although his post does not directly mention the controversial NVIDIA GeForce Partner Program, there is enough information in the post to convey that AMD will not take NVIDIA's route in the garb of ensuring a great PC gaming experience.
Frank Azor: The Dell XPS 15 9570 could be available by end of April
The Dell XPS 15 9570 could be available by the end of April according to Dell's Frank Azor. Pre-orders seem to be live at the moment but they require a purchase of a pre-order gift card via Cashstar, which has caused quite a flutter among prospective buyers.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 takes on the Intel Core i5-8600K in first benchmarks
Initial benchmarks of the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 are out and the Zen+-based 'Pinnacle Ridge' chip trades blows with the similarly priced Intel Core i5-8600K in most benchmarks. The Ryzen 5 2600 shows very good performance in synthetic benchmarks. However, Intel still has the edge when it comes to gaming even if its only by a few frames per second.
MSI has a slew of new X470 boards lined up for the AMD Ryzen 2 platform
In the wake of AMD making its Ryzen 2 platform official, MSI has released new motherboards based on the new X470 chipset. Features common to all these boards include support for two M.2 slots with support for PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs, four DIMM slots, MSI Mystic Light RGB LED control software, and proprietary hardware utilities.
Dell silently launches AMD Ryzen 7 2700U-powered Inspiron 13 7000 and Inspiron 15 5000 notebooks
Dell has launched the new Inspiron 13 7000 convertible and Inspiron 15 5000 notebooks powered by AMD Ryzen APUs without much fanfare. Both notebooks come with options of either the Ryzen 5 2500U or the Ryzen 7 2700U APU and are available in a range of price options. However, initial user reviews on Reddit have criticized Dell for reusing a 2016 Inspiron 13 7368 chassis.
Intel 'Kaby Lake-X' HEDT chips to be EOL'd in late 2018 in favor of 'Skylake-X' Refresh and 'Cascade Lake'
Intel might be looking to retire its 'Kaby Lake-X' series of chips in late 2018 and focus instead on a 'Skylake-X' Refresh ranging from 6 to 18 cores. Also in tow is a new Solder Thermal Interface Material (STIM) for the Integrated Heat Spreader that can offer up to 200 MHz boosts on base and turbo frequencies. On the other hand, 'Cascade Lake' might get delayed till Q2 2019.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X outpaces the Intel Core i7-8700K in more ways than one in first benchmarks
The AMD Ryzen 2700X was given a test drive ahead of its official announcement and the CPU has managed to put up an impressive show. The Ryzen 2700X has managed to beat or come in close proximity to the Intel Core i7-8700K in gaming benchmarks and was absolutely stellar in multi-threaded performance.
The HP Chromebook x2 brings Chrome OS goodness in a detachable form factor
HP has unveiled its latest Chromebook offering with the Chromebook x2. It is the first Chromebook to be offered in a detachable form factor and is powered by the Intel 7th generation Core m3 processor that can be paired with up to 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM. HP compares the Chromebook x2 to the iPad Pro and shows how the former is a better value for money in most aspects.
Opinion | Windows 10 on ARM: DOA?
With the promise of all-day battery life, always-on LTE, and smartphone-like standby and resume, the first Windows 10 on ARM devices are here. Windows 10 on ARM may be great feat of engineering, but it does come with limitations unique to it, impacting what one can and cannot get out of an ARM-powered PC. Windows 10 on ARM is still in its infancy and, in its current manifestation, is better worth skipping for future refinements.
AMD launches OEM-specific Radeon RX 500X-series GPUs for desktop and mobile
AMD has released OEM-specific variants of RX 500 GPUs for both desktop and mobile. Dubbed the RX 500X, this is a simple re-badging exercise for OEMs help in advertising new systems. The RX 500X series are exactly the same as their corresponding base parts but OEMs can tune their clock speeds for thermal and power reasons.
HP Pavilion and Pavilion x360 notebooks get the thin bezel treatment
HP has refreshed the Pavilion and Pavilion x360 lineup with modern thin bezel designs, borrowing many cues from the premium Envy series. Both the Pavilion and the Pavilion x360 come in 14 and 15-inch versions and come in a range of configuration options and price points.
HP Pavilion Gaming desktops are here with new Intel 'Coffee Lake-H' and AMD Ryzen 2 offerings
HP has announced a revamp to its Pavilion Power Desktop lineup. The new generation is christened Pavilion Gaming and comes in two chassis options with options of the latest Intel 8th generation hexa-core 'Coffee Lake-H- series or AMD 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs along with options of a GeForce GTX 1060/GTX 1080 or a Radeon RX 580 GPU. These PCs are aimed at those who value both content creation and gaming on a budget and feature a stand-out design language.
Despacito and other popular music videos defaced and delisted by YouTube hackers
Hackers have managed to deface or delist many popular YouTube videos, including the highly popular 'Despacito' by Fonsi and Yankeee. Some videos have entirely disappeared while some had their titles changed. The affected videos were uploaded to the artists' YouTube Vevo accounts.
Google Chrome found to start antivirus scans at every launch
A bug in Google Chrome is causing the inbuilt antivirus scanner in the browser to initiate scans during startup causing delays in launching the program. While Google will be addressing this bug in a future patch, the only workaround right now is to clear the download history to prevent the scan from occurring at launch.
The original Windows File Manager is now available on Windows 10 for nostalgia's sake
Microsoft has released the source code for the original Windows File Manager that debuted nearly 28 years ago in Windows 3.0. The source code has been modified a bit to make it compatible with modern Windows versions and can be downloaded via GitHub and compiled using Visual Studio 2015 and above.
HMD Global to make smartphone components in India soon
HMD Global soon plans to manufacture its components in India to avoid import duties and ride along the smartphone wave in the country. The Finnish company, which has license to use the Nokia brand, is in talks with Foxconn to setup surface-mount technology lines and other component manufacturing.
First pictures and layout schematics of the Asus X470-F ROG Strix and other Asus X470 motherboards leak
Pictures of Asus' X470 portfolio have surfaced online. The X470 chipset brings support for the upcoming Ryzen 2 CPUs, which are based on the Zen+ microarchitecture. While they look similar to the last generation X370 offerings, all of them now sport two M.2 slots and support for AMD's XFR 2.0 and Precision Boost 2.0 technologies. The new X470 boards also have support for the faster DDR4 3466 MHz RAM and are fully backward compatible with the first generation Ryzen CPUs.
Pete Lau briefly mentions key OnePlus 6 specs
In a post on the official OnePlus forum, CEO Pete Lau took to mention (or rather confirm) some key OnePlus 6 specs. The upcoming flagship will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 along with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. Nothing else was mentioned other than these but the post went into detail of how OnePlus engineers strive to improve the user experience.
Alienware 15R4 and 17R5 with 'Coffee Lake-H' options vie for your attention
Dell has announced refreshes to its Alienware 15 and 17 gaming notebooks. Dubbed the 15R4 and the 17R5, these notebooks come with all the hexa-core overclockable goodness of Intel's new 'Coffee Lake-H' CPUs in a premium finish. The new Alienwares feature a multitude of customization options, including GPU choices from AMD and NVIDIA and debut a new TactX keyboard with support for n-key rollover. Dell also introduced an updated Alienware Command Center software to offer more granular control over the CPU and GPU. Also on the anvil is a new rewards program. Both the Alienware notebooks are available for purchase starting this month.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 is here and is more powerful than ever
The Dell XPS 15 9570 is certainly one of the highly anticipated refreshes both fans and reviewers were eager to catch hold of. In the wake of the 'Coffee Lake-H' launch, Dell has unveiled what could be its most ambitious XPS 15 yet. Sporting CPU options up to the Core i9-8950HK and GPU options up to the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, the XPS 15 9570 has everything a multimedia enthusiast would require and more. Prices start from US$999 for the Core i5-8300H variant with expected availability sometime in May 2018.
Intel 'Coffee Lake-H' Performance Comparison: A worthy upgrade from 'Kaby Lake'?
The 8th generation 'Coffee Lake-H' chips for enthusiast notebooks are finally here. Intel is doing all it can to woo the masses back from AMD Ryzen by increasing core counts and boosting clocks. This generation also sees the rebranding of the Core i7-HK series as the 'Core i9'. Intel naturally claims significant improvements over the 7th generation 'Kaby Lake' but does it actually hold true? What do the new CPUs mean for the mobile enthusiast? Our preliminary review of new 'Coffee Lake-H' Core i7-8750H-powered notebooks tells what's improved and what's not. We also list out some of the notebooks that will debut this Spring sporting the new chips.
Intel announces new 45W 8th Gen hexacore 'Coffee Lake-H' CPUs led by the Core i9-8950HK
Intel has taken the wraps off the new 45W hexa-core CPUs belonging to the 8th generation 'Coffee Lake-H' family. The SKUs start from the quad-core Core i5-8300H and go all the way up to the hexa-core Core i9-8950HK. As one of the new aspects of Coffee Lake, Intel is touting what they call 'Thermal Velocity Boost', a technology that offers a maximum turbo single-core boosts up to 4.8 GHz under certain conditions.
The XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) gets listed on Dell's website
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 finally gets a listing on Dell's website. The convertible notebook comes with a choice of Intel 'Kaby Lake-G' Core i5 and Core i7 processors and offers a few other configuration options. Prices start from US$1,499 with financing options directly from Dell.
HP laptop explodes during overnight charging and burns down a Letchworth store
The ground floor of a tarpaulin store in Letchworth was destroyed when a HP laptop that was left for overnight charging exploded. The explosion and subsequent spreading of flames was caught on a CCTV camera and while there were no luckily no casualties in the incident, it does serve to remind us of the latent danger in leaving devices to charge overnight.
Intel claims its driver assistance technology is superior to that of Uber's
Intel took a dig at Uber by claiming that its driver assistance technology can detect and prevent pedestrian impact more accurately than Uber's version. This comes in the wake of a tragic incident involving the collision of a self-driving Uber vehicle with a woman pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona last week.
Microsoft internally signs off the Windows 10 'Redstone 4' Spring Creators Update RTM candidate
Windows 10's upcoming feature update, the Spring Creators Update codenamed 'Redstone 4', has reached the RTM milestone after it has been internally signed off at Microsoft last week. Build 17133 is the RTM candidate, which is expected to be seeded to Insiders this week followed by a staged rollout to production systems starting April 10.
Expect the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 to be available in a couple of days from now
The much anticipated Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 will launch this week if a tweet by Dell's Frank Azor is anything to go by. The launch of the Intel 'Kaby Lake-G'-powered convertible has eluded fans ever since it was announced at CES 2018 and Azor's tweet could offer some respite for those looking to lay their hands on one.
Unnamed 8-core Intel Coffee Lake-S spotted in 3DMark database, Z390 chipset on the anvil
A reference to an unnamed Intel 8-core CPU has popped up in the 3DMark database and while the information at hand is scarce, all indications point to it being a 'Coffee Lake-S' chip. As per earlier leaked roadmaps, the new 8-core CPU should also see the arrival of the Z390-chipset and both the new CPU and Z390 boards can be expected to launch sometime in H2 2018.
Huawei P20 Lite goes official, launches as the Nova 3e in China
Huawei has launched the first of the P20 smartphones, the P20 Lite, in Europe and China with the Chinese variant being christened the Nova 3e. With a midrange Kirin 659 at the helm of affairs, the P20 Lite features a notched 19:9 display and retails from Euro 369.
Huawei P20 and P20 Pro get listed on Geekbench
The upcoming Huawei P20 Pro has been spotted on Geekbench and has posted some good numbers albeit more or less in line with the scores posted by the P20. While benchmark numbers are not everything, the P20 and its Pro cousin fall inline with the 2017 Android flagships and will definitely be overshadowed by the 2018 ones from the likes of Samsung and Xiaomi et al.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 get detailed in leaked review, available from April 19
AMD's 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs, the Ryzen 7 2700X and the Ryzen 5 2600, got a full evaluation by SiSoftware and the numbers show overall performance improvements over the previous generation Ryzens. The benchmarks page and the results have been taken down but we now have concrete information about the TDP, clock speeds, and how much of a performance gain can be expected. Additionally, we also have information on the launch date and pricing of the new Ryzen 2 SKUs.
Agony's PC requirements revealed
Madmind Studios, the developer behind Agony, has listed out the minimum and recommended PC requirements of the first person survival horror game. The listed requirements are not too high by today's standards but help in ensuring smooth gameplay.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X benchmarks leak on Geekbench, show up to 18% higher performance than the previous generation
AMD's new Zen+ CPUs, the Ryzen 5 2600X and the Ryzen 7 2700X, have made their way to Geekbench and seem to have posted some impressive scores in comparison with their previous generation counterparts. The increased single-core and multi-core scores seem to be a result of some of the improvements on the original Zen architecture in this optimization cycle.
Broadcom gives up on acquiring Qualcomm
Broadcom has officially withdrawn from plans of acquiring Qualcomm. The now Singapore-based semiconductor giant tried its might to cajole Qualcomm with enticing offers but the latter did not budge. Despite losing the dangling carrot, Broadcom said it will still continue its redomiciliation process and shift base to the United States soon.
Frank Azor: The Dell XPS 15 9570 will feature a Max-Q GPU
The highly anticipated Dell XPS 15 (9570) could feature a discrete Max-Q GPU. This was confirmed by Dell's Frank Azor in reply to a question asked on Twitter. Azor, however, did not reveal what the exact GPU is but expect to see a GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q at the minimum.
The Nokia 9 will likely sport an in-display fingerprint sensor
We could very well see a Nokia 9 this year sporting an in-display fingerprint sensor. The information comes from a source close to NokiaPowerUser and goes on to say that 2018 flagships from HMD Global are also likely to sport a notch to maximize the display area given the native notch support in the upcoming Android 9.0 P OS.
Leaked slides reveal that AMD Ryzen Threadripper 4000 will greet us in 2020
Leaked slides pertaining to AMD's Next-Gen High-End Desktop (NG HEDT) platform reveal that AMD is bullish with regards to continuing and refining its Threadripper lineage. The slides reveal three Ryzen Threadripper families starting with the Threadripper 2000 set to launch in 2018, the Threadripper 3000 set for 2019, and culminating in the Threadripper 4000 set for 2020.
Want to join in NASA's search for exoplanets? Google's AI can help
Google has released its AI and ML tools that helped NASA discover new exoplanets such as the Kepler-90 i and the Kepler-80 g. Google's model helped search 670 stars out of the 200,000 stars observed by NASA's Kepler mission and hopes to discover more such exoplanets by open sourcing the tools to anyone interested in analyzing Kepler data.
Snapdragon 845-powered OnePlus 6 pays a visit to AnTuTu, manages to beat the iPhone X
The upcoming OnePlus flagship, OnePlus 6, looks like the phone to watch out for in 2018 as it posted impressive scores in the AnTuTu benchmark beating contenders such as the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ and even the iPhone X. The benchmark app also lends further credence to the fact that the OnePlus 6 will sport an iPhone X-esque notch.
Intel reportedly eyeing Broadcom to thwart Qualcomm buyout
Intel is apparently viewing the possible acquisition of Qualcomm by Broadcom as a potential threat to its communications semiconductor business according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. The company is also reportedly exploring various fallback options in the event the Qualcomm takeover materializes.
Debian and Kali Linux now available for download from the Microsoft Store
Debian and Kali Linux are the latest distros to join the Microsoft Store and can be tried out by anyone with Windows Subsystem on Linux (WSL) enabled on Windows 10. The availability of Debian and Kali underscores the importance of WSL in enabling seamless cross platform development and testing without the need to deploy separate installations or virtual machines.
BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram for patent infringement
BlackBerry Ltd has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook and its companies WhatsApp and Instagram for improperly implementing BBM IP in the social network's messaging apps. While BlackBerry is seeking to protect the interests of its shareholders, Facebook is not in a mood to give up and is ready to challenge the suit in court.
New AMD Ryzen and Vega powered Elitebooks leak on HP's Support Website
HP has reportedly has plans for a slew of Ryzen and Vega powered Elitebooks going by a listing on its Care Pack Central support page. References to the new Elitebooks appear to have since been removed but we can expect the official unveil to be not too far away.
A 5G capable iPhone in 2019 is highly unlikely
Apple could be looking to play the waiting card until Intel gets its 5G modem ready, which implies Qualcomm is being given the slip. We might not be seeing a 5G enabled iPhone in 2019 although Apple is already testing the technology.
Details of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X leak — 8C/16T at up to 4.2 GHz turbo clock
A second generation Ryzen chip has leaked in the wild and it looks like it will continue the Zen architecture's success story. The new Ryzen chip is seen listed as Ryzen 7 2700X and sports the same 8C/16T configuration as the Ryzen 7 1700X but has a higher turbo clock at 4.2 GHz — 300 MHz more than what the 1700X can offer.
OneCast enables Macs to join in for some Xbox One fun
Mac owners can now stream and play Xbox One games directly to their computers using the OneCast app — a feature only natively available for Windows 10 users. The app is available for a 14-day free trial after which it costs US$11.79 (till April 1) for a standalone license.
KGI: Low cost MacBook Air 13 coming in Q2 2018
KGI Securities is expecting Apple to launch a new MacBook Air sometime in Q2 2018 with a lower price tag. The analyst firm does not offer any details as to how much of an upgrade will the new Air be but obvious internal upgrades inline with a 2018 notebook can be expected.
AMD offers Far Cry 5 for free with Radeon powered PCs
Those who plan on purchasing a PC powered by AMD Radeon get to claim a free copy of Far Cry 5 from a participating retailer. This offer only applies to pre-built systems sporting the RX 580, RX Vega 56, and RX Vega 64 GPUs and not to standalone Radeon GPUs.
Twitter CEO requests for proposals to help improve the platform
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey expressed concern that the social network has a problem with trolls and bots infesting the platform often fueling hate and abuse. The CEO is inviting proposals from users on how to improve the platform and encourage civil behavior.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 pops up in an HTML5 test
A prototype Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has surfaced in an HTML5 test. While the test does not reveal any hardware details as such, it does seem apparent that the upcoming Note phablet will be sporting an 18.5:1 aspect ratio display similar to the recently launched Galaxy S9.
The Samsung Galaxy S9's color accuracy is "Visually Indistinguishable from Perfect"
DisplayMate had a lot of good things to say about the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S9's display. The firm says that the Galaxy S9's OLED display sets new performance records that makes it better than most high-end displays available across form factors and gives it an all time high A+ rating.
Promising the Moon: Nokia and Vodafone to set up the first lunar 4G network in 2019
A group of German scientists belonging to PTScientists are looking forward to launch the first privately funded unmanned lunar rover mission in 2019. Telecom heavyweights Vodafone and Nokia are helping to devise the first 4G communications network on the Moon to aid in transmission of scientific data and HD video of the abandoned NASA Apollo 17 rover and the lunar surface.
AI for the masses: Qualcomm introduces the Snapdragon 700 Mobile Platform Series
On the occasion of MWC 2018, Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 700 Mobile Platform series SoCs tailored towards bringing on-device AI and satisfying the needs of Chinese OEMs for more premium features at lower price tiers.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 could have a possible name change and feature a 7nm Snapdragon 855 at the helm of affairs
Samsung could be looking for a name change to its flagship Galaxy S series and rumors are rife that the next Samsung flagship might not be referred to as the Galaxy 'S10'. Samsung's mobile head, DJ Koh, did not refute the rumors and said while a name change is being contemplated upon, the Galaxy brand is here to stay.
HMD Global announces the Nokia 7 Plus sporting a Snapdragon 660 and Zeiss optics
HMD Global has announced the Nokia 7 Plus — an upper midrange phone promising to offer flagship design and performance. The Nokia 7 Plus brings forward some of the imaging and audio prowess of the Nokia 8 coupled with AI-led features in an Android One package.
Huawei P20 name is now official, set to launch on March 27
The upcoming successor to the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus will be the P20 and not P11. This was confirmed in a Huawei launch invite teaser, which confirms the March 27 launch date in Paris along with indications of a triple-camera setup. We are also treated to a press render showing off the P20 and a possible P20 Plus.
MediaTek Helio P60 spotted on Geekbench, could be launching at MWC 2018
Mediatek could be looking to launch the Helio P60 at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona going by a Geekbench listing. The scores put the performance of the Helio P60 in close proximity to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.
How to run Linux binaries natively in Windows 10
The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is Microsoft's technology stack that enables native Linux binaries to run in a Windows user environment without the need to install a full fledged Linux distro — native or virtual. This tutorial will help you to get started with getting WSL up and running on your Windows 10 PC. We will also look at some tricks to get basic GUI apps to work in WSL.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is coming for real, iPhone X-like gestures and Snapdragon 845 in tow (video)
New evidence points to the existence of the highly anticipated Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S — the first smartphone touted to sport the Snapdragon 845 SoC. The Mi Mix 2S could also feature iPhone X-like gestures for navigation along with a side notch for housing the selfie camera.
Intel 'June Canyon' NUCs with 'Gemini Lake' CPUs now available
Intel has announced the availability of new NUC kits powered by the new 'Gemini Lake' Pentium Silver and Celeron CPUs. The new kits feature improved integrated graphics and offer a fair degree of customization to meet specific end-user requirements.
iOS 12 will finally make 'Peace' with customers
Apple is looking to revamp its software development workflow to balance introduction of new features and ironing out existing bugs. The upcoming iOS 12 internally codenamed 'Peace' will be the first result of this strategy.
Windows Defender ATP coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1
Microsoft has announced support for Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, a Windows 10 only feature, to Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1. This is to help organizations protect themselves during the transition to Windows 10 from the aforementioned OSs.
Windows 10 'Redstone 5' starts appearing on BuildFeed
Windows Insiders in the Skip Ahead ring can expect to receive 'Redstone 5' builds shortly. With 'Redstone 4' (RS4) almost ready for rollout in a month, new RS 4 builds will henceforth be released in the 'rs4_release' branch.
Android P to get more 'Notch' friendly
Google has started work on the next iteration of the Android OS, Android P. The update is expected to overhaul the Android UI and also bring OS level support for devices that sport an iPhone X-like notch.
Inbox apps in Windows 10 to get their own previews irrespective of Insider status
Microsoft has started testing previews for Windows 10 inbox apps such as Windows Camera, Photos, Alarm and Clock etc. Users can opt in to these previews irrespective of their current Insider status.
How to check if your PC is protected from Meltdown and Spectre
The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities exposed inherent flaws in hardware and software design, which we've been using for many years. Chip vendors and developers alike are scrambling to quickly release fixes to prevent any damage to customer data. Intel, AMD along with motherboard partners and Microsoft have released security patches over the past month to cover the necessary mitigation. This tutorial will help you in determining whether your PC has received the required mitigation so as to thwart any potential abuse of these vulnerabilities.
How to protect critical data from ransomware in Windows 10
With ransomware on the prowl every other day, it has become all the more important to ensure that critical files are protected from being encrypted or altered. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a new functionality called Controlled Folder Access that can help prevent modification of critical files and folders by unauthorized software. This tutorial will show you how to enable this functionality to protect both personal and corporate data.
EMUI 8 rollout schedule for various Honor devices detailed
Honor France has released a timeline for the OTA rollout of EMUI 8 for various Honor devices. The rollout starts from 7th February and continues into Q2 2018 depending on the Honor variant.
ASRock announces the Rack D2100D8UM — first Xeon D-2100 motherboard
ASRock has announced the Rack D2100D8UM with support for the Intel Xeon D-2100 processor. The motherboard is an integrated platform and can be ordered with any of the newly launched Xeon D-2100 series SoCs.
Progressive Web Apps to be a native feature of Windows 10 'Redstone 4'
Microsoft is looking to integrate Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) functionality natively into Windows 10. The company notes that PWAs are not a substitute for full-fledged UWP apps and both can complement each other in the Store bringing benefits to both users and developers.
Dell EMC PowerEdge servers powered by AMD EPYC CPUs now on sale
Dell has listed new PowerEdge servers powered by AMD EPYC CPUs for order. The EPYC-based servers are available in 1U and 2U rack sizes and can be extensively customized based on the requirements of the enterprise while still offering a high performance per dollar compared to equivalent Intel Xeon-based servers.
Samsung patents a laptop design with almost zero bezels
The WIPO has published a Samsung patent that shows off an almost zero bezel design for its notebook. The patent, however, seems to be an ornamental one as no functionalities are described.
Kernel sources for Honor View 10 now available
Huawei has posted kernel sources for the Honor View 10 smartphone. This follows in the wake of Huawei's announcement of the Honor Open Source Program, which aims at releasing the kernel sources and APIs to take advantage of the neural processing capabilities in the Kirin 970.
New Apple products could launch starting from March this year
DigiTimes claims that component suppliers are getting increased orders from Apple and that new iOS and MacBook devices are slated for debut starting March 2018.
Gabe Newell squashes rumors of Valve being acquired by Microsoft
Valve CEO, Gabe Newell, has responded in the negative to recent rumors about a possible acquisition of Valve by Microsoft. Others such as Electronic Arts are yet to confirm or deny the reports.
Windows 10 edges out Windows 7 in global marketshare according to StatCounter
StatCounter's new analytics show Windows 10 overtaking Windows 7 as the Windows OS with the highest desktop market share up till January 2018. Although other analytics firms paint the opposite picture, the numbers are still strong nevertheless.
Samsung Foundry to manufacture ASIC cryptocurrency miners, looks to produce 4nm chips by 2020
Samsung could be bringing some competition into the ASIC crytocurrency miner market as it is looking to produce its own ASICs. The company is also looking to align its fabrication development with TSMC and hopes to complete the 4nm process by end of 2020.
Microsoft details servicing changes to Windows and Office, Office 2019 to be a Windows 10 exclusive
Microsoft has listed out a few servicing changes to Windows and Office keeping in view the deployment requirements of the enterprise. The company also detailed availability and support cadences of Office 2019 and Windows 10 LTSC.
Apple responds to reports regarding the US Government's enquiry into throttling iPhones
Apple confirmed that the US Government has asked questions regarding intentional throttling of old iPhones and reaffirmed that it would not degrade the customer experience to force upgrades.
Microsoft rumored to buy Electronic Arts for US$35 billion to boost Xbox-exclusive portfolio
Rumors are doing the rounds that Microsoft is looking at a possible acquisition of a large game publisher, such as Electronic Arts, Valve, PUBG Corp., or the likes. But there is also skepticism given Microsoft's not-so-successful track record of turning acquisitions into profits.
Intel alerted select corporations about Meltdown/Spectre, China speculated to have known about it before the US
The Wall Street Journal reports that Intel had informed select customers about the Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities. What's news, however, is that somehow the Chinese Government could have gotten to know about the vulnerabilities much before the US Government did.
More details of upcoming iPhone X successors emerge
New predictions from KGI Securities reveal more details about the upcoming iPhones this year. The new report reiterates earlier predictions and outlines the display and component suppliers for the 6.1-inch model while also predicting the RAM and battery capacities of the other models.
The Galaxy S9/S9 Plus could feature 'Intelligent Scan' biometric authentication and depth-sensing stickers
An APK teardown of the Settings APK in Note 8 Oreo builds reveals a new biometric authentication called 'Intelligent Scan' that could probably feature in the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. The APK teardown further reveals that the new dual-camera setup in the S9 Plus could enable depth-sensing stickers that can be added to photographs.
The Nokia 10 could implement a rotating penta-lens camera setup
The Nokia 10 could feature a rotating penta-lens camera setup, if rumor on the street is to be believed. If HMD Global can pull it off, it will be the first major camera advancement for the brand since the Lumia 1020.
Windows 10 'Redstone 4' Build 17083 offers font downloads directly from the Microsoft Store
Insiders running the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17083 will now be able to download fonts directly from the Microsoft Store. This is part of a larger effort to consolidate all settings under the new Settings app.
Xbox Game Pass announcement compels Austrian retailer to delist Xbox One consoles
Austrian retailer, Gameware.at, is unhappy about Microsoft offering Xbox Game Pass subscribers access to the latest games on day 1 for a low monthly price. The retailer has decided to delist all Xbox consoles from their online store citing low profits.
MSI planning new RX 570 and RX 580 Armor MK2 cards
MSI is planning to release new cards based on the AMD Radeon RX 570 and RX 580 GPUs. Not much is known about the new cards apart from the fact that they come with a new color scheme and improvements to the cooling system.
More info on Apple's 3 iPhone models for 2018 emerge, iPhone X will live on in spirit
KGI Securities revealed some more information about what can be expected of iPhones in 2018. Alongside the details, the report also implied that the iPhone X will be discontinued than be discounted due to low sales. Apple watchers, however, say this is highly unlikely.
Exynos CPUs will soon power more mid-range smartphones
Samsung is mulling to sell its Exynos SoCs to other smartphone vendors in a bid to boost its foundry utilization and increase its market share in the mid-range segment.
New 13-inch MacBook apparently coming in H2 2018, MacBook Air could get the axe
Going by the huge orders placed by Apple for LCD modules for a new 13-inch MacBook, it appears that the Cupertino giant might soon retire the iconic MacBook Air as it does seem out of place with the new MacBook range.
Apple HomePod up for pre-order on Jan 26, arriving Feb 9
Apple's wireless HomePod speaker is finally launching on February 9 for US$349 with pre-orders starting tomorrow in the US, UK, and Australia. The HomePod features an enhanced Siri experience, spatial awareness, and a wide soundstage.
Intel readying a more reliable Meltdown/Spectre fix for 'Broadwell' and 'Haswell' platforms
Intel has identified the root cause of the recent reboot issues plaguing the company's 'Broadwell' and 'Haswell' chips that received a microcode update for the Meltdown and Spectre exploits. The company has issued an updated guidance for customers and partners in this regard.
Latest Windows 10 Insider Preview builds reveal new privacy tools
In a step up towards addressing the spate of privacy concerns surrounding Windows 10, Microsoft is introducing new privacy tools that will enable users to see the exact data being sent as telemetry information.
CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year
CES 2018 has come and gone, and we have witnessed OEMs showcasing the best of their innovations. While we had some noteworthy announcements that will shape the tech industry for years to come, there were also a lot of me-too products on display as well. We recap the event to look at some of the products that were show-stoppers and discuss what they may indicate for the overall tech landscape this year.
SK Hynix lists GDDR6 memory as available
SK Hynix has listed the status of GDDR6 memory in its Q1 2018 Databook as available with speeds starting from 10 Gbps and reaching up to 14 Gbps.
'Arctic Sound' and 'Jupiter Sound' Intel dGPUs could be in the works
Intel could be looking to develop its own discrete GPUs and package them into an MCM similar to the Intel-AMD MCM we've seen at CES. We could see this implementation starting from the upcoming 10th generation Core family.
Gone in 30 seconds: New Intel AMT exploit is scarier than you can ever fathom
F-Secure's security researchers discovered another flaw in Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) that a hacker can potentially misuse to gain remote access to a system.
Intel 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' CPU users complain of higher system reboots after applying Meltdown and Spectre patches
Users of older generation 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' Intel CPUs are reporting of constant reboots after applying patches to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Intel is looking at issuing a revised firmware to address specific issues related to these CPUs.
Windows 10 on ARM shown running on a Lumia 1520
Thanks to the rooting capabilities provided by WP Internals, developers are now able to find ways of running Windows RT and even Windows 10 on ARM on Lumia handsets paving the way for some cool hacks.
Windows Phone Internals 2.3 may help resurrect ageing Lumia devices
Rooting and custom ROM development has traditionally been Android's USP. Now, Windows Phone users too can join the fun, thanks to the efforts of XDA Developer, Heathcliff74.
First benchmarks of the Acer Nitro 5 (2018): AMD Ryzen 7 2700U takes the Intel Core i7-7700HQ head on
Preliminary benchmarks of the AMD 'Raven Ridge' powered Acer Nitro 5 currently being showcased at CES 2018 show that the Ryzen 7 2700U can perform equivalently, if not better, than Intel's 7th generation 'Kaby Lake' Core i7-7700HQ. This is great news for multimedia enthusiasts as the Ryzen APUs offer a higher performance per dollar compared to the Intel equivalents.
Acer Chromebook 11 brings USB Type-C goodness at an affordable price
Acer announced the Chromebook 11, a capable laptop for those wanting to hop on the ChromeOS bandwagon. The new Chromebook 11 comes with two USB-Type C ports and fully supports Android apps from the Google Play Store. Update: Photos from CES
NVIDIA GeForce NOW brings modern AAA gaming to el cheapo PCs
NVIDIA's GeForce NOW enables cloud streaming of game content that can be played on virtually any PC with the company's datacenters offloading all the dirty processing work. The service is currently in public beta for Windows PCs and Macs in North America and Europe.
Oops! Apparently, Cortana works best on the 'Surface Phone' according to Microsoft China
A reply by a Microsoft Asia Research Institute engineer stating that Cortana would be best integrated with the 'Surface Phone' for a question asked on the Chinese forum Zhihu seems to lend fresh credence to the rumors that there is in fact a Microsoft Hero device in the works.
The Tizen-powered Flip is Samsung's take on the digital whiteboard
Samsung has joined the likes of Microsoft and Google by creating its own version of the digital whiteboard. Named Flip, the whiteboard enables seamless collaboration and is powered by the Tizen 3.0 OS.
Toshiba unveils RC100 Series M.2 NVMe SSDs and a 96-layer QLC BiCS 3D NAND
At CES 2018, Toshiba showed off a new RC100 Series of M.2 NVMe SSDs along with their 96-layer QLC NAND technology. The RC100 SSDs enable mainstream PC users to upgrade to SSDs in a cost-effective and power-optimized manner.
Intel finally lifts the curtains off its 8th gen Core CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics
After a droolworthy announcement last year, Intel has finally taken wraps off its much hyped Intel-AMD MCM. The MCM is available in 65W and 100W total package power and will soon start showing up in notebooks and NUCs this year.
The next DisplayPort standard will bring support for uncompressed 8K video
VESA has announced that work has commenced to finalize the specifications of the next generation of the DisplayPort standard in the next 18 months. The aim is to double the bandwidth of the current standard to allow support for uncompressed 8K video.
Intel's new 802.11ax Wi-Fi portfolio promises 40% higher data rates and enhanced packet efficiency
Intel will be expanding its home Wi-Fi portfolio with new 802.11ax chipsets for 2x2 and 4x4 home routers. The new IEEE standard promises 40% higher peak data rates and increased average throughput in congested environments.
Oculus Go could come in 32 GB and 64 GB variants
An FCC listing reveals that the Oculus Go will come in 32 GB and 64 GB variants. Apart from the storage differences, both models are identical in all other aspects.
ASRock shows off new HEDT motherboards in micro-ATX form factors
ASRock is debuting micro-ATX motherboards for HEDT CPUs like AMD Threadripper and Intel Skylake-X based on the X399 and X299 chipsets respectively. Alongside the new boards, the company is also announcing an upgrade to the DeskMini GTX small form factor PC.
Intel's new 'Titan Ridge' Thunderbolt 3 controller brings support for DisplayPort 1.4
Intel has announced upgraded Thunderbolt 3 controllers belonging to the JHL7x40 series, codenamed 'Titan Ridge'. The new controllers retain the 40 Gbps bandwidth and add support for the DisplayPort 1.4 specification.
G.Skill's new Sniper X DDR4 memory comes with a touch of camouflage
G.Skill has announced the availability of Sniper X DDR4 3600 RAM in a camouflage design that complements gaming PCs. G.Skill offers capacities up to 128 GB and the modules come with support for XMP 2.0.
Linux Mint 19.x 'Tara' to release in mid 2018
The next version of Linux Mint, Linux Mint 19, will release sometime in May or June this year. The popular Linux distro will be based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
Samsung intros the Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC aimed at richer multimedia and AI applications
Samsung has announced the new Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC based on the 10nm fabrication process. The SoC's high performance cores can reach 2.9 GHz and has a 6CA LTE modem along with the capability for deep learning processing.
Consumer NVIDIA GPUs cannot be used in datacenters henceforth
Recent changes to NVIDIA's EULA prohibits datacenter deployment of their consumer grade GeForce GPUs apart from those used for blockchain processing. This being seen as a move to curb deployment of cost-effective GeForce GPUs for half-precision Deep Neural Network processing.
HP Spectre x360 spotted with new Intel-AMD Core i7-8705G, Asus and Dell could join in as well
A new HP Spectre x360 model has surfaced on 3DMark that features the Intel-AMD MCM. Specifically, the notebook seems to use a Core i7-8705G with Vega M GL graphics.
The Intel-AMD Core i7-8809G will be overclockable with a 100W target TDP
Intel's India website leaked some information about the 'Kaby Lake-G' Core i7-8809G MCM. The listing sheds some light on the specifications of the new package and gives us hints on what to expect from Intel's official announcement at CES 2018.
Pixel 2's Portrait mode being ported to non-Google devices as well
Following the porting of Google Camera's Portrait mode found exclusively in the Pixel 2 to older Google devices, other developers have joined the fray in the porting the feature to non-Google devices running Android Oreo.
Torrenting can cost you the ability to remotely control your smart thermostat
Armstrong Zoom Internet has sent notices to its users that copyright infringement can lead to speed throttling that not only affects file transfer but also the ability to remotely control connected devices such as smart thermostats and video monitoring services.
Sony XA2 Ultra prototype leaks, shows dual front-facing cameras
Fresh leaks have confirmed the existence of Sony's XA2 Ultra handset and from the looks of it, the company seems to retain its classic design despite the continuing onslaught of bezel-less phones.
Camera NX brings Portrait mode to the original Pixels, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P
A developer has created a Google Camera mod that enables portrait mode on devices such as the original Pixel series, Nexus 5X, and the Nexus 6P. This mod enables the Pixel 2 exclusive portrait feature on older generation Google devices.
Microsoft patents a foldable phone dock
Microsoft has applied for a patent for a new type of clamshell peripheral device that functions both as a phone dock as well as an independent VoIP speaker for the PC. The device could be launched as an accessory for the iPhone.
HQ Trivia now available on Android for users in the United States and Canada
Popular trivia app, HQ Trivia, is now available for Android users in the United States and Canada. The free-to-play app is immensely popular on iOS and players can actually cash out real money by answering questions correctly.
Android games found tracking users' TV viewing habits
Many Android games have been found to track the user's TV viewing habits for displaying ads. The games use software from Alphonso that collects data from the phone's microphone, identifies the audio stream, and displays targeted advertising.
WhatsApp outages greet users in the New Year
WhatsApp went down in many parts of the world on the occasion of New Year much to the dismay of users. The outage, however, was quickly resolved and the service is now back online.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ all set to hit production
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are all set to enter into production this January for an official unveiling during MWC in February followed by public availability in March.
Project Andromeda app listing spotted in the Microsoft Store
A listing on the Microsoft Store could give further impetus to the fact that Microsoft could be testing app development on an unknown platform, currently designated '8828080'. Interestingly, the number also refers to Microsoft's telephone in Redmond.
iMac Pro teardown reveals upgradeable RAM and SSD but it's not for the faint-hearted
While the new iMac Pro is not end-user upgradeable, Apple component supplier, OWC, did a teardown of the latest iMac Pro base model and found that the RAM and SSD can actually be upgraded if needed.
Brothers do a neat Italian Job of trademarking 'Steve Jobs'
Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato have emerged victorious in the legal battle against Apple in naming their brand after Steve Jobs. Their company currently produces clothing and plans to enter into electronics very soon.
HTC and Motorola say slowing down older phones is not their cup of tea
In emails to The Verge, HTC and Motorola have clarified that they do not slow down phones as the batteries start wearing out. This comes in the wake of Apple's now controversial policy of slowing down phones with ageing batteries.
Top 10 bezel-less laptops for Late 2017
More content, less bezel. 2017 has been the year of not just hardware advancements, but aesthetics as well. Laptops that could offer more immersive experiences due to narrow bezels were suddenly being preferred over conventional designs. In this article, we will take a look at some of the laptops that have managed to lure buyers by virtue of their nearly bezel-less displays.
LG G6 undergoing beta testing for Android Oreo
The LG G6 will be soon receiving the Android Oreo update as beta testing has started for users in China. This follows on the heels of the LG V30 receiving the final Oreo build in South Korea a few days ago.
Apple's Lisa OS source code to be released for free in 2018
Apple and Computer History Museum will jointly release the source code for Lisa, one of Apple's first commercial OSs to feature the GUI. The source code, currently being reviewed by Apple, will be made available for free in the public domain very soon.
Ubuntu 17.10 'Artful Aardvark' burrows into PC BIOSs causing boot issues
The latest Ubuntu release has a bug in the Intel SPI driver in the Linux kernel that seems to be corrupting UEFI firmware on certain Lenovo and Acer laptops leaving users with no options to change UEFI settings or select an alternative boot method.
First pictures of the Gigabyte GTX 1060 5 GB surface online
The first pictures of the rumored NVIDIA GTX 1060 5 GB SKU card have surfaced online. The new Gigabyte card is identical to the GTX 1060 6 GB Windforce OC but comes with the NVIDIA GP106-350-K3-A1 GPU that supports up to 5 GB GDDR5 memory and reduced memory bandwidth.
Microsoft India chief keeps the possibility of a 'Surface Phone' open
In an interview to Digit, Microsoft India President, Anant Maheswari, did not deny the existence of a Surface Phone but also did not reply in the affirmative. He also touched upon some points about the broader availability of Microsoft products and services in the Indian market.
NVIDIA to launch exclusive GTX 1060 variant with 5 GB VRAM
NVIDIA will soon be launching a new variant of GeForce GTX 1060 with 5 GB GDDR5 VRAM. The card is meant to be sold in bulk to cybercafes and will be exclusive to the Chinese market.
64-bit custom ROM support now available for the Moto G4 Plus
The Moto G4 Plus can now get 64-bit custom ROMs thanks to the fine folks at XDA. Except for the system server process, all other processes now run in native 64-bit code.
LG V30 gets a taste of Oreo in South Korea sans Treble
LG has announced on its Korean website that it is rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to its V30 handset. The update is currently rolling out in the Korean market but users have found that it does not support Project Treble.
Huawei's leaked roadmap gives a glimpse of what's to come in 2018, P20 in tow
A roadmap of what is supposed to come out of Huawei's stables in 2018 has surfaced during one of the presentations by the handset maker's Israeli importer. While we are already aware of the upcoming Mate 10 series, there was a revelation of sorts about the P20 sometime in Q2 2018.
Huawei makes a year-end splash with the refreshed MateBook D
Huawei has launched the refreshed MateBook D for 2018. Currently available for the Chinese market, the new version of the MateBook D comes in three variants with 8th gen Intel Core processors and the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU.
AMD Promontory 400-series chipset with support for next gen Ryzen coming soon
We could soon see AMD launch its 400-series chipset close to Ryzen 2000's launch early next year. Existing 300-series boards will, however, continue to be compatible with the next generation Ryzen CPUs.
32-bit NVIDIA drivers will soon be passe
The upcoming version 390 of NVIDIA's graphic driver will be the last to officially support 32-bit OSs. Barring a year's more time of security support for 32-bit drivers, all new features and enhancements will take the 64-bit route going forward.
Apple mulling at unified app development a la Microsoft's UWP
Apple is looking for a way to 'converge a toaster and a refrigerator' by means of creating its own version of a unified app platform similar to what Microsoft currently has in Windows 10. The unified app platform will enable apps to seamlessly scale and work across iOS and macOS.
Google throws a bone at the Microsoft Store, offers download of Chrome installer
Google Chrome can now be downloaded directly from the Microsoft Store. Well... sort of.
Details of the 8th generation hexa-core Intel Core i7-8700HQ emerge
Details of the much awaited 8th generation Intel HQ-series CPUs have surfaced online and from the looks of it, seems to corroborate our expectations of a 'Coffee Lake' 6-core 45W chip. The rest of the specifications are more or less similar to that of the extant 'Kaby Lake' quad-core 45W HQ offerings.
Exelus to showcase emergency telemedicine using the Microsoft HoloLens
Exelus has announced the availability of the Nomadeec platform on the HoloLens that will enable EMTs and paramedics to get real-time information of patient vitals and medical records. It will also enable them to directly teleconference with doctors to provide appropriate emergency care.
Windows 10's included password manager can pose a security risk
A Google security researcher has discovered that the included third-party password manager in Windows 10, Keeper, comes with a security vulnerability that injects privileged UI into web apages that exposes a user's passwords.
Brace yourself for a porg attack in Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Porg Invasion
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Disney and its subsidiary, Lucasfilm, announced a new game for PC and mobile that enabled players help BB-8 and Chewbacca defend the Millennium Falcon from porgs.
The Asus VivoBook 14 makes a quiet appearance ahead of CES 2018
Asus has revealed the VivoBook 14 laptop on its website ahead of CES 2018. The VivoBook 14 comes with options of up to an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU and an optional NVIDIA MX150 GPU along with several storage options and will be have an official presentation during CES 2018.
Microsoft partners with Reddit for some crowdsourced wisdom
A partnership between Microsoft and Reddit will see the latter leveraging Microsoft's AI tools and Bing to integrate Reddit content in search results, especially from AMA sessions and Reddit Answers, enabling a more natural and crowdsourced approach to search.
India reportedly chooses indigenization over Apple's demand for tax-free imports
The Indian Government is not in favor of offering import tax sops to Apple's mobile phone parts considering the impact it will have on the domestic manufacturing sector. Apple is demanding that the Government concede to its demand of duty-free imports in order to expand iPhone manufacturing in the country.
References to a new Huawei tablet surface online, purportedly the MediaPad M4
Some references to what could be the successor to the MediaPad M3 have surfaced online via an UAprof.xml file. The references point to a similar display resolution as the M3 and the OS version to be Android 8 Oreo.
Ring in the spirit of the holidays with Microsoft's new Paint 3D ad
The new commercial showcases the capabilities of Microsoft's Paint 3D app while also driving home a message of inclusion and celebration — just the right theme for the holiday season.
Apple allegedly throttling older iPhones with degraded batteries
A user on Reddit has posted potential evidence that Apple could be throttling older iPhones relative to the output battery voltage to prevent them from drawing too much power. Although this is not the first instance of throttling on iPhones, it surely has been a subject of much debate.
Intel 'Gemini Lake' Pentium Silver and Celeron CPUs now official, come with support for Gigabit WiFi
Intel has officially announced the launch of 'Gemini Lake' CPUs in Pentium Silver and Celeron variants. 'Gemini Lake' succeeds 'Apollo Lake' and comes with support for Gigabit WiFi, Adaptive Contrast Enhancement, and improved graphics capabilities.
First benchmarks of the Asus NovaGo TP370QL — the Snapdragon-powered Windows notebook
The Asus NovaGo is one of the first notebooks to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Initial impressions of the notebook seem to be positive but performance numbers seem to be behind even low-end x86 CPUs.
The Most Popular Laptops of Late 2017
Wisdom of the crowd? The Amazon Bestseller list is usually a good indication of which laptops capture buyers' attention and what users generally look forward to when buying a notebook. In this article, we take a look at some of the notebooks that have made it to the Amazon bestsellers list in the Laptop Computers category.
First benchmarks of the NVIDIA GeForce MX130 are reminiscent of the GeForce 940MX
The NVIDIA GeForce MX130 is another entry-level offering from NVIDIA based on the older but still capable Maxwell architecture. How does it fare when compared to the MX150 and more importantly, the 940MX, to which it is a direct successor? Let's take a look.
Xiaomi issues BIOS fix for slow SSD performance in the Mi Notebook Pro
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro suffered from less than ideal disk read and write speeds despite having a Samsung PM961 SSD onboard. A BIOS update is now available that enables full x4 bandwidth on the NVMe SSD PCIe lanes, leading to increased read/write speeds.
Asus announces the NovaGo convertible — the first Windows-on-Snapdragon device with all day long battery life
Asus has announced the NovaGo convertible — the world's first Gigabit LTE laptop powered by the Snapdragon 835 running full Windows 10. The notebook promises always-on connectivity and purportedly offers more than 20 hours of battery life.
Always-on LTE connectivity coming soon to a Ryzen-powered laptop near you
AMD announced its partnership with Qualcomm to integrate the latter's X16 LTE modem on Ryzen APUs, thereby, bringing always-on LTE connectivity to high-performance notebooks.
The Envy x2 is HP's idea of a detachable notebook with always-on connectivity
HP has taken wraps of the Envy x2, a detachable notebook powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. The Envy x2 sports a premium finish and comes with the promise of Gigabit LTE and 20 hours of battery life.
Leaked roadmap reveals Intel's 'Cascade Lake-X' HEDT along with new 35W 'Coffee Lake-S' offerings
We might soon see Intel's 35W 'Coffee Lake-S' hit production in Q1 2018 alongside quad-core and dual-core 'Gemini Lake' entry level CPUs. Interestingly, Q4 2018 will see the launch of HEDT 'Cascade Lake-X', the successor to 'Skylake-X'.
eGPU: Two PCI-e lanes, no problem?
Conventional wisdom says that Thunderbolt 3 in a 4-lane PCI-e configuration is a must to have a good gaming experience when using external GPUs. Benchmarks by Stephen Burgess of Own or Disown may surprise you.
The 10 Best Multimedia Laptops for Late 2017
Creativity, unhindered. Holiday season is finally upon us, and thus begins one of the most lucrative periods for anyone mulling to purchase a new notebook excelling both in content creation and consumption. The choices can be daunting, but leave it to us to help you decide on the best multimedia notebook to perfectly complement your needs.
Nintendo's Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is now live on a smartphone near you
Nintendo sprung a surprise by announcing the availability of popular game, Animal Crossing, on iOS and Android app stores for free. The company aims to capture both console and smartphone gamers with its offerings.
Apple working on its own AR headset, believes it to be a game changer
Apple is rumored to be developing its own Augmented Reality (AR) headset independent of its existing mobile offerings, running custom parts and software. The company is said to be targeting a late-2019 to early-2020 launch for the headset.
AMD 'Raven Ridge'-powered Dell Latitude 5495 surfaces online
Dell could be joining the list of OEMs looking to offer AMD 'Raven Ridge' aka Ryzen Mobile CPUs in upcoming notebooks, if the listing on benchmarking site SiSoft Sandra is any indication. The listing reports scores of a Dell Latitude 5495 notebook powered by the Ryzen 7 APU with onboard Vega graphics.
Intel's 5G modem completes end-to-end testing, could make its way into a future iPhone
Intel has announced that its first commercial 5G modem, the XMM 8060, has completed end-to-end field testing, beating rival Qualcomm in the 5G race. It is also being rumored that Apple is in talks with Intel to incorporate Intel's 5G offerings in future iPhones.
Purported Galaxy S9 benchmark scores are no match for the iPhone X
Benchmarks of a purported Samsung Galaxy S9 model have surfaced on Geekbench. While the scores show it to be one of the fastest Android flagships, it still is miles behind the iPhone X.
Frank Azor drops a few hints about the XPS 15 9570 on Twitter
The upcoming iteration of the Dell XPS 15 will finally have full speed 4-lane Thunderbolt 3 along with possibly a 5K display option according to Dell's VP Gaming and XPS, Frank Azor, who also confirms that Dell is waiting for Intel to ship its 8th generation H-series processors.
iPads in 2018 could be based on the 7nm Apple A11X Bionic octa-core CPU
Apple will be reportedly using the A11X Bionic CPU in the next generation iPads, which is an octa-core CPU based off TSMCs 7nm fabrication process.
The HP 2US29AV could be one of the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops
Details of HP's first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptop could have just leaked, courtesy of HP Care. The site lists availability of Care Pack services for an yet to be announced HP laptop powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC.
First photos of the new Intel-AMD multi-chip module surface
The first images of the new Intel-AMD multi-chip module (MCM) in the wild have surfaced and going by the looks of it, appears to be exactly what ultrabooks and mini-PCs have been longing for all this while.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2018) spotted on GFXbench
The upcoming version of the Samsung Galaxy J3 has been spotted on benchmarking site GFXBench. The device is being listed with the model number SM-J337 and is a refresh to the current Samsung Galaxy J3 (SM-J330F).
Flipkart's Billion Capture+ smartphone is tailored for the Indian market
Indian e-retailer, Flipkart, has announced its foray into the smartphone business with the launch of the Billion Capture+ smartphone. The new smartphone is tailor-made for the Indian market and features mid-range specs, dual 13MP rear cameras, and unlimited cloud storage for a starting price of ₹10,999 (US$169).
Rivals with benefits — Intel and AMD collaborate to create a new entrant to the 8th generation CPU family
In an interesting development, CPU arch rivals Intel and AMD have collaborated together to create a unique new entrant to Intel's 8th generation CPU family — a combination of an Intel H-series chip coupled to a...wait for it...a custom AMD Radeon GPU with HBM2 memory!
GameStop's Power Pass promises half a year of unlimited gaming for 60 bucks
For just US$60, gamers can purchase a GameStop Power Pass subscription, which allows for unlimited game rentals for a 6 month period beginning November 19. The icing on the cake is that gamers get to keep any rented game for themselves at the end of the subscription period.
The Microsoft Store app will soon start offering Surface and other hardware
The Microsoft Store app will soon offer users to buy Surface and other partner hardware directly from within the app. Although hidden for now, this could be part of Microsoft's efforts to consolidate all marketplaces into one cohesive Store interface.
The first Intel 10nm chips could land as early as end 2017
Intel's 10nm 'Cannon Lake' chips could land as soon as 2017-end, albeit in small volumes. The new chips, which will still be part of the 8th generation, are expected to go in full production by H1 2018 for a broad availability by H2 2018.
Windows 10 Settings app to get some Fluent Design makeover in 'Redstone 4'
Upcoming builds of the 'Redstone 4' early development branch of Windows 10 will feature Fluent Design System elements being incorporated to the Settings app. As development of 'Redstone 4' progresses, we can expect to see more Fluid Design elements being incorporated in key areas of the user interface and inbox apps.
NVIDIA announces the GTX 1080's fraternal twin — the GTX 1070 Ti, aims to take AMD Vega 56 head on
NVIDIA has announced the launch of the much anticipated GeForce GTX 1070 Ti as a successor to the hugely popular GTX 970. Featuring the same GP104 GPU as the GTX 1080 but just 128 CUDA cores short of its elder cousin the 1070 Ti, which will officially launch on November 2, is well poised to take the AMD Vega 56 head on.
What we'd like to see in the 2018 XPS 15 9570
The Dell XPS 15 still remains one of the best laptops money can buy, but is not without its flaws. As we head into 2018, we expect Dell to refresh the XPS 15 lineup with new Intel 8th generation CPUs and hopefully address some of the nagging problems in the current generation. Here's a list of what we'd like to see changed in the upcoming refresh of an already great piece of hardware.
Samsung J7 catches fire in an Indian flight causing a mid-air scare
A Samsung J7 smartphone caught fire on a Jet Airways flight bound to Indore from New Delhi causing mid-air panic. The flight staff were unable to extinguish the fire and had to drop the phone in a tray of water to put off the flames.
Are gaming keyboards really faster than conventional keyboards?
Gaming keyboard manufacturers, much like gaming mice manufacturers, claim fast response times to entice games to pay the premium. Unlike gaming mice, however, we do not find enough benchmarks that have actually put the claims to test. As a result, gamers and enthusiasts have (until now) gone by the manufacturer's claims of high polling rates and low response times. So is that shiny new RGB keyboard with anti-ghosting or N-key rollover actually more responsive than a conventional keyboard? Dan Luu's mini-experiment proves otherwise.
The Surface Book 2 13.5-inch stacks up to the MacBook Pro 13-inch with power and oomph
Microsoft's new Surface Book 2 13.5-inch ticks all the right boxes for a capable prosumer laptop while still retaining the platform's unique features. The new notebook is now available in completely fanless variants and features the latest 8th generation Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics.
The first Intel 'Gemini Lake' convertible notebook surfaces anonymously
The first convertible notebook based on Intel's 8th generation 'Gemini Lake' Celeron N4000 SoC was showcased at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2017 by Chinese supplier, Skyworld. The 'anonymous' notebook runs Windows 10 and comes with a stylus with support for Windows Ink.
Chips with silver linings — Caseking and der8auer stock up on custom Core i7-8700K CPUs
Famed overclocked 'der8auer' and his employer, Caseking.de seem to have a lot of Intel's latest 'Coffee Lake-S' Core i7-8700K chips in stock at a time when most e-retailers are facing a drought of these new monsters. These chips have been de-lidded and binned, and for the top most variants, the stock heat spreader has been given a silver touch.
Asus quietly puts up the FX503 on their website
Asus seems to have quietly put up the FX503 multimedia and gaming notebook on its website. The FX503 is just a slight incremental update to the already good FX502 with RAM options up to 32 GB, choice of GPU VRAM, and an overall less thicker profile.
Dell XPS 13 vNext gets teased ahead of CES 2018
Dell showed off a sneak peak of the upcoming XPS 13 way ahead of its official CES 2018 announcement. The new XPS 13 seems to sport new color choices and ditches all legacy USB ports in favor of USB Type-C.
Ditch the desktop: Clevo debuts the world's first gaming notebooks powered by Intel 'Coffee Lake-S' 95W CPUs
Clevo has announced the availability of new laptops powered the latest Intel 'Coffee Lake-S' CPUs. Initial benchmarks of the Core i7-8700K found in the highest end P870TM notebook shows up to a 45% increase in multi-threaded performance when compared to the previous generation 'Kaby Lake-S' Core i7-7700K. The new Clevos also feature enhanced audio processing tuned by Creative Sound Blaster X Pro-Gaming 360.
HP announces refreshed Spectre 13 featuring 8th gen Intel CPUs and a redesigned chassis
The refreshed HP Spectre 13 ultrabook features the Intel 'Kaby Lake-R' Core i7-8550U CPU and slimmer design than its predecessor. Along with the upgraded internals, the ultrabook features a choice of a 4K or FHD display and a bigger 43 Wh battery.
What can you do with a Chromebook?
Chromebooks, which run on Google's ChromeOS, have quickly become one of the major drivers of mobile computing as they provide an easy way to access the web without worrying a lot about deployment, administration and configuration. Although ChromeOS is an almost online-exclusive OS, Chromebooks can still be adapted to handle most workflows. In this article, we explore what a Chromebook can do and help you decide if you should be hopping on the Google bandwagon.
Gigabyte WILL release custom RX Vega 64 cards in late October, other AIBs to shortly follow suit.
Gigabyte hopes to release custom Vega 64 cards in the later half of October. This is somewhat of a relief to AMD fans in anticipation of custom graphics cards from AMD's Add-in-Board (AIB) partners, who claim to have issues with Vega chips preventing them from creating custom cards.
Leaked slides reveal AMD's 2-year roadmap, 'Raven Ridge' delayed till 2018
Leaked slides reveal AMD's plans for client CPU and GPU offerings in 2018 and 2019. Towards the end of 2018, we will likely see more information regarding Zen 2 and Vega 20. The slides also reveal an increased performance of Ryzen 5 Pro Mobile compared to the Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 CPU.
The AMD Radeon-powered Ataribox could launch in spring 2018 for US$250
The Ataribox is a highly customizable console, which runs on Linux and is powered by a custom AMD Radeon chip. The console is all set for a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and is likely to launch sometime around spring 2018 for no less than US$250.
Lenovo launches the ThinkSmart Hub 500
Lenovo has announced the availability of the ThinkSmart Hub 500, which is the company's first Smart Office product offering. The ThinkSmart Hub 500 is a Skype Room Systems device built for enhanced collaboration within modern meeting rooms.
The Dell Latitude 13 7000 can be yours for just US$599
Dell's premium business offering, the Latitude 13 7370, is currently available on Dell's eBay store for just US$599 — more than 50% off its original price of US$1,300. The discounted price also includes a US$100 on-page discount.
Intel shows off a 10nm wafer and a bevy of other developments on the occasion of Technology and Manufacturing Day
At its Technology and Manufacturing Day held in Beijing, Intel showcased a number of new developments ranging from the 10nm process for its upcoming 'Cannon Lake' chips to the first commercially available 64-layer 3D NAND for data centers. The company also shared plans for its first 10nm FPGA codenamed 'Falcon Mesa'.
AOC unveils the AGON QHD curved gaming monitor with support for AMD FreeSync
AOC has announced the launch of the AG322QCX — a curved 32-inch QHD gaming monitor with support for AMD FreeSync. The AG322QCX targets the enthusiast gamer segment and features technologies that reduce eye fatigue.
Roadmap reveals new Intel NUCs with Gemini Lake and Coffee Lake offerings
The roadmap for Intel NUCs in the coming years seems to be a rather interesting one with a host of NUCs in different configuration options starting from the 10W 'Gemini Lake' Celerons all the way till the 100W Kaby Lake-H Core i7-xxxxK. NUCs based on the Coffee Lake and Kaby Lake-H CPUs also come with support for Thunderbolt 3 and Intel Optane memory.
Legacy 32-bit iOS apps will fail to run on iOS 11
The iOS 11 update is just around the corner for compatible Apple devices. Users of legacy 32-bit apps need to be aware of the fact that iOS 11 will not allow execution of 32-bit apps unless they have been updated by the developer to support the 64-bit architecture. Going forward iOS, and eventually macOS, will support only 64-bit applications.
CCleaner hijacked by hackers to open a backdoor for remote code execution
Piriform, makers of the popular PC cleaning software CCleaner, said that a few versions of the program's 32-bit binary were hijacked by hackers who could insert a two-stage backdoor capable of remote code execution. Investigation is on to understand what exactly caused the hijack that resulted in about 2.27 million users getting affected.
Google Tez aims to revolutionize the digital payment landscape in India
Google has launched a new payment service, Tez, which enables fast payments without the need to share information such as bank account numbers, fund transfer codes, or even pair up mobiles by NFC. The new service is compatible with any Indian bank that supports the Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
AMD Ryzen 5 'Raven Ridge' APU benchmark shows major performance benefits over last gen 'Excavator'
Benchmark scores of the Zen-based AMD Ryzen 5 2500U APU are out on Geekbench and they seem promising. While the results seem to somewhat corroborate AMD's claims of a close to 50% performance increase over Bristol Ridge APUs, details are still scarce with respect to specifics of the on-die components.
The HP EliteOne 1000 is a purpose-built AiO for collaboration
HP launched the EliteOne 1000 All-in-One (AiO) G1 PC at its World Partner Forum in Chicago featuring 7th gen Intel Core i7 65W CPUs and optional Intel Optane memory with a range of display options. The AiO comes with a 2 MP dual-facing pop-up webcam and an upgradeable PC base.
HP launches the Elitebook x360 1020 G2, a convertible with a whopping 700 nit display
HP has launched the EliteBook x360 1020 G2 convertible at its annual World Partner Forum in Chicago featuring 7th generation Intel Core processor options, long battery life, and a bright 700 nit display. HP bills it as the world's thinnest and lightest business convertible.
QNAP briefs about QTS 4.3.4 OS and the TS-x77 NAS powered by AMD Ryzen
QNAP offered a glimpse into some of the advancements coming to the QTS 4.3.4 operating system that includes new features such as snapshot support for ARM-based QNAP NAS. It also offered a closer look into the TS-x77 NAS powered by AMD Ryzen CPUs.
The Apple Watch Series 3 is now official, starts from US$329
Apple has officially launched the Watch Series 3 during its September 2017 keynote. The new Watch now sports LTE connectivity with a host of new fitness features and will be launching on September 15 with prices starting from US$329.
Qualcomm lists innovations that appeared first on Android — just ahead of the iPhone X launch
Qualcomm has published a blog post detailing some of the mobile innovations that were made possible by the collaboration with Google and other Android OEMs. Cheekily, the list of innovations seem to reflect some of the new features that will be debuting in the new iPhones set to be launched later today.
Preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 begin in India
Samsung India has officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 8 in India shortly after its global launch. The handset, which retails at ₹67,900 (US$ 1,060), will go on sale in the country starting September 22.
Dell offers to replace swelling XPS 15 9550 batteries for free, even if out-of-warranty
There were problems with batches of 84Wh batteries in the XPS 15 9550 that led to the battery bulging and pushing against the trackpad. Once the swelling was bad enough, it not only hindered the trackpad function but also posed a safety hazard. Users are now reporting that Dell is now finally accepting out-of-warranty battery replacements for the XPS 15 9550.
Dell Dynamic Power Policy: A look into how Dell manages thermal and power policies across its XPS lineup
Using a combination of hardware and software, Dell designs its XPS lineup of notebooks to dynamically adjust power inputs to the various components to ensure that the system operates within specified temperature limits. We explain how Dell implements its Dynamic Power Policy to maximize performance within design constraints.
Leaked VMI document offers an insight into Apple's warranty repair rules for the iPhone
Apple's Visual/Mechanical Inspection (VMI) guide details how Apple Care centres handle in-warranty and out-of-warranty repairs. The leak of this guide is not exactly path-breaking but definitely offers an insight into how Apple honors warranty and decides the service eligibility of a device — in this case, the iPhone.
Intel 8th gen Kaby Lake-R vs 7th gen Kaby Lake performance comparison
The new Intel 8th generation processors have started showing up in notebooks, and it has piqued our interest to see how well they fare in comparison to their contemporaries from the previous generation. With Kaby Lake-R, Intel has upped the number of cores to 4 while retaining the same TDP values — albeit at reduced base clocks. Where does this place the new chips with respect to the existing 15W and 45W variants? Should you be considering laptops based on the 8th generation Kaby Lake-R processors? We give the early verdict.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will officially roll out starting October 17 along with a slew of Windows Mixed Reality headsets
At its IFA 2017 keynote in Berlin, Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will start officially rolling out starting October 17. Microsoft's partners will also start shipping affordable Windows Mixed Reality headsets alongside the new OS update.
Microsoft invites Insiders to test drive Office 365 from the Windows Store
Microsoft is inviting Insiders to test out Office 365 programs from Windows Store. These are the original Win32-based programs converted using the Project Centennial desktop bridge that can now call UWP-specific APIs and services.
It's official: Apple's iPhone 8 event will be held on September 12
Apple has sent invitations for its iPhone 8 launch event, which will be held for the first time in the Steve Jobs Theater inside Apple's 'spaceship' campus.
The Acer Nitro 5 Spin is a convertible designed for casual gaming
Acer has announced the Nitro 5 Spin convertible notebook that features the latest 8th generation Intel CPUs and GTX 1050 graphics to target casual gamers and multimedia aficionados.
Acer showcases 360-degree cameras with LTE connectivity
Acer has showcased two LTE enabled 360-degree cameras, the Holo360 and Vision360, at its IFA press conference. The Holo360 is a one-stop device for all things concerned with video recording, editing and sharing while the Vision360 is an in-car camera designed to augment driving safety.
Acer announces the Aspire S24 All-in-One starting at US$999
Acer has announced the availability of the Aspire S24, its slimmest all-in-one with the latest 8th generation Intel processors and optional Intel Optane memory. It also comes with a wireless charging base for supported Qi-devices.
Eureka! The Intel Management Engine can finally be disabled, thanks to the NSA
Researchers have found a way to disable a much hated component of Intel CPUs — the Intel Management Engine, thanks in part to the NSA's High Assurance Platform (HPA) program.
WhatsApp will soon allow you to chat with verified businesses
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has started a pilot program to verify business numbers. This allows customers to directly chat with businesses for quicker updates and problem resolution.
Google announces the availability of ARCore Augmented Reality SDK
Google has announced the availability of an early preview of the ARCore API for developers to create AR experiences for qualified Android devices. The initial preview is restricted to the Pixel phones and variants of the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Verizon starts rolling out Android Oreo to Google Pixel handsets
Contrary to popular notion, Verizon has started to seed the Android Oreo update to Google Pixel phones on its network much before any other major US carrier has initiated the process.
New PlayStation VR bundle to launch on September 1 for US$399
The PS VR bundle will see a significant price cut beginning September 1 bringing the cost of owning a PS VR bundle and the PS4 to just US$700, making this the cheapest VR implementation one can get.
NYPD contemplating on replacing 36,000 odd Windows Phones with iPhones
In the continuing habitual setback for Microsoft in its mobile endeavors, the NYPD will soon be scrapping its 36,000 odd smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1 for iPhones. The department is taking the decision in the wake of Microsoft halting updates for the ill-fated mobile OS.
The iPhone 8 could launch on September 12
Apple has scheduled a product announcement event on September 12 and all expectations are that this could very well be the event that the Cupertino giant would announce the new iPhones and the Watch Series 3 to the world.
LG V30 will feature an advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC for a more customizable listening experience
The LG V30 builds upon the audio prowess of its predecessor, the LG V20, by featuring an ESS Sabre 32-bit Quad DAC complete with presets and digital filters to offer an audiophile grade experience even with not-so-capable audio hardware.
Comparison: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 vs NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
NVIDIA has distilled their Pascal architecture to the entry level GT 1030 aka the MX 150 claiming a sizable performance increase over the previous generation. We do a short comparison by pitting the MX150 against the previous generation Maxwell-based 940MX to see how the new chip benefits entry-level gamers.
Beware! Ransomware Locky and Mamba on the prowl again
Variants of ransomware Locky and Mamba have resurfaced and are more lethal than ever. Those unfortunate to be infected, risk encryption of the entire HDD and need to cough up a huge sum of money for decryption and recovery of their data.
Acer unveils the Predator Helios 300 in India, prices start from US$2028
Acer has officially unveiled the Predator Helios 300 in India equipped with an overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060/1050Ti GPU and other top of the line specs worthy of a gaming laptop with prices starting from ₹ 1,29,999 (US$ 2028) for the Core i5 model.
The Apple Watch Series 3 could do VoIP instead of direct phone calls
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seems to suggest that the upcoming Apple Watch Series 3 might support VoIP instead of traditional phone calls, possibly to avoid user experience issues and also due to the lack of internal space within the device for a proper SIM slot.
Intel to retire the Microsoft HoloLens CPU soon
Intel has announced that it will be retiring the Atom x5-Z8100P, the CPU used in the Microsoft HoloLens, by end of October this year. With Microsoft likely being the only customer using this SoC, it could have very well been the EOL initiator for these CPUs.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 could launch as early as August 24 in the US
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is all set for an official unveiling on August 23 but if word on the street is to go by, the device could land up in shelves as early as the next day, at least in the US.
Kaspersky withdraws antitrust claim after Microsoft offers to make Windows 10 more AV vendor friendly
It appears that Microsoft and Kaspersky have come to terms with respect to the latter's demands of a more antivirus vendor friendly approach in Windows 10 resulting in withdrawal of all antitrust allegations against Microsoft by Kaspersky.
Windows Subsystem for Linux now available on a Windows Server near you
The Windows Subsystem on Linux (WSL) can now be deployed on Windows Server installations starting with Build 16257, making it easy for IT admins to run that elusive Linux command line tool without having to install and configure an entire virtual machine or disk installation.
"We'll explain things when we're ready", says a Microsoft rep about Windows 10 Mobile
In a rather reticent tweet, Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc has tweeted that the company is not yet ready to go public with plans regarding the future of the ill-fated Windows 10 Mobile. For fans of the platform however, it has opened up more questions than answers.
Top 5 MSI Gaming Notebooks for Back to School Season
MSI's gaming notebooks range from compact and lightweight to some of the most heavy-duty gaming laptops you can buy. This article covers the ins and outs of their recently updated gaming lineup. (Sponsored article)
The Google Pixel is now $200 less dearer
Google has discounted its Pixel smartphones by US$200 to kickoff its Back to School event. That's not all: there's a free Daydream View VR headset bundled in as well.
Live pictures of the Galaxy Note 8 surface, reveal dual cameras and a redesigned S-Pen
New pictures of the Galaxy Note 8 have just gone live and seem to corroborate earlier reports of a Galaxy S8-esque design with a squared-off look at the corners, along with the presence of dual rear cameras and a redesigned S-Pen.
LG Q6 to launch in India on August 10
The LG Q6 will be getting its first international launch in India on August 10 as an Amazon exclusive after launching in South Korea earlier this month.
Office 365 Personal (Preview) now available for all Windows 10 S PCs
The Office desktop apps are now available to download in Preview form from the Windows Store as part of Office 365 Personal to all users of Windows 10 S: the OS that only runs apps downloaded from the Windows Store.
The iPhone 8 can likely be unlocked even while resting
A deep dive into Apple's HomePod firmware has revealed strings that point to the iPhone 8's enhanced Pearl ID facial recognition that could enable the user to unlock the phone even in odd angles, such as lying flat on a table.
Microsoft brings Parts and Remixes to Remix 3D.com
The new update to the popular online service will enable users to re-use parts of existing 3D models (with attribution to the original creator) and spin off new creations.
The best deal on the Galaxy S8 is now live — get it now for as low as US$425
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is now available for $150 off the regular price: combine that with Samsung's trade-in program for eligible phones and reap the rewards of the limited period discount.
AMD Radeon RX Vega now official: $499 for the Vega 64 and $399 for the Vega 56
AMD has finally made the next gen Vega GPUs official with the unveiling of 3 Radeon RX Vega GPUs featuring enhanced features at seemingly competitive price points, with broad availability starting August 14.
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 GPUs spotted in liquid and air cooled versions ahead of official launch
Pictures of consumer versions of graphic cards based on AMD's next gen GPU architecture, Vega, have made their way to the internet ahead of their official launch and they seem to sport good looks along with the promise of a superlative gaming experience.
Paint and other legacy features to get axed in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
The upcoming feature update to Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will see many legacy features in Windows getting removed or deprecated: the most noticeable among them being the classic Paint program, System Image Backup and screensaver functionality, amongst others.
The Reliance JioPhone can be all yours effectively for $0
Indian telecom operator Reliance Jio has announced the launch of the JioPhone at an effective price of 'zero' coupled with affordable data plans to foster wider adoption of data and e-services across the Indian demographic.
No Creators Update and beyond for Intel 'Clover Trail' Atom CPUs going forward, says Microsoft.
Microsoft has officially ended availability of Windows 10 feature updates post the Anniversary Update for tablets and laptop hybrids featuring Intel's 'Clover Trail' Atom chips owing to end of interactive support for these processors from Intel.
Latest leaks reveal Nokia 8's design and possible pricing
Images leaked on a Chinese website show the upcoming Nokia 8 in all its glory replete with a dual-camera layout and flagship specifications.
Get deep learning and AI processing in your pocket for $79 with Intel's Movidius Neural Compute Stick
Intel's subsidiary Movidius has launched the Neural Compute Stick that works on the Caffe deep learning framework to provide a low cost, yet effective solution in the end-inference market.
Android shipments touch 85% while Windows Phone relegates into the abyss
There's no stopping the Android juggernaut as the latest IDC numbers for Q1 2017 put it in a comfortable lead of 85% while the lack of new hardware or developer support has pushed Windows Phone into virtual extinction.
New Samsung Galaxy variant spotted on Geekbench, could feature the Snapdragon 840
A new Samsung Galaxy variant, purportedly the Galaxy S8 'lite', has hit the Geekbench benchmarks list and interestingly, the device seems to feature an unannounced Snapdragon 840 chipset.
Beat this! Intel Core i9 7900X overclocked to 6.01GHz under LN2 cooling, breaks HWBOT benchmark
What do you get when you have a combination of Intel's latest HEDT processor, a specially crafted enthusiast Gigabyte motherboard and a can of liquid nitrogen? An overclock that shatters all records imaginable.
Master decryption key for Petya ransomware found to be ineffective against NotPetya
The decryption key for the Petya ransomware seems to be ineffective for use in systems infected by NotPetya, leaving those infected by the nefarious program still in the lurch.
Case-maker renders reveal Galaxy Note 8 design, dual cameras in tow
Leaked case renders for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phablet lend credence to earlier reports of a bezel-less Infinity display and presence of dual cameras in what could be Samsung's most impressive comeback in the phablet space after the Note 7 debacle.
You will soon be able to recover your Microsoft Account directly from the login screen
Microsoft is testing a new feature in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that enables users to directly recover their Microsoft Account from the login screen itself, thereby saving the hassle of hunting for another device for account recovery.
Ubuntu now available for download in the Windows Store
Insiders running the latest Windows Insider Preview builds can now get a taste of a native Ubuntu experience directly from the Windows Store and play around with popular Linux developer tools without the hassle of managing multi-boot setups.
New Windows Mobile device being prototyped by Microsoft, likely AR/VR focussed
A new mobile device prototype, which could likely be focused on AR/VR, is doing the rounds in Microsoft HQ that could possibly signal the company's efforts for a comeback in mobile.
Enhanced DPI scaling coming to Windows 10 in the Fall Creators Update
The latest Insider preview build of Windows 10 now gives desktop apps the ability to retrieve DPI/display scaling information from Windows without the need to log off the entire session and log back in.
Google's new Samba client for Android uses the highly vulnerable SMBv1 protocol
The SMBv1 protocol was the entry route for the recent ransomware attacks, and it comes as a surprise that Google is still developing an app based on this protocol — even after it has been deprecated, putting end users at risk.
Touch-friendly interface coming soon to a Chromebook near you
Canary builds of Chrome OS feature a touch launcher suggesting that Chrome OS could soon power touch-enabled displays in the near future
Xiaomi's Surge S1 SoC could find possible takers in the upper-midrange segment
The S1 Surge SoC hopes to carve its own space in the hotly contested ARM processor market with a likely launch on some upcoming Nokia phones.
US launch of Samsung's Bixby delayed due to data-deficient AI
Lack of big data and inefficient communication between Samsung's offices in the US and Korea is proving limiting for Bixby whose US launch is still a while away.
The 5000 mAh ZTE Nubia N2 launches in India on Amazon
A midrange spec sheet coupled with a humongous 5000 mAh battery and a 16MP selfie camera make the ZTE Nubia N2 standout from the rest of the pack.
Skype Lite for Android updated with user verification integration for Indian users
Integration of a citizen's 'Aadhaar' identification into Skype is now possible, providing Indian users with identity verification facility for important calls.
Nokia's cancelled 'Mercury' tablet is reminiscent of a large Lumia phone
Leaked images reveal that the Nokia 'Mercury' tablet could have been a decent Windows 8 device with enough power for day-to-day tasks.
Forget the display — even the OnePlus 5's audio is inverted
Users of the new OnePlus 5 smartphone are reporting that the handset inverts the left and right channels while recording video in a particular orientation.
Windows Timeline is out of the Fall Creators Update for now
The Windows Timeline feature, which aims to provide a chronological view of your activity across all your devices, is currently off the roadmap for the Fall Creators Update.
The AMD Vega FE is a prosumer powerhouse that falls short of gaming excellence
Although the AMD Vega Frontier Edition is slower than the average GTX 1080, its performance in professional applications is still the one to beat.
Samsung's Galaxy S8 trade-in program leaves many customers in the lurch
Disparities in the manner in which Samsung is honoring its trade-in program for the Galaxy S is irking many customers who had sent genuine working devices in hopes of a US$200 rebate.
Microsoft pressured to offer Windows 10 upgrades at 75 percent off due to ransomware attacks
With many devices still languishing with older Windows versions, the Indian Government is pressing Microsoft for a one-time discount on Windows 10 to curb the proliferation of ransomware.
Pictures of the cancelled Surface Mini reveal why it didn't hold promise
With nothing noteworthy to offer apart from a smaller display and an underpowered processor, the Surface Mini was cancelled by Microsoft at the last minute.
The phone that wasn't: Even more pics of cancelled Lumia 960 leak online
The alleged Lumia 960 could have been a stop-gap phone for Microsoft until it reinvented the wheel with the fabled Surface Phone.
Microsoft reveals some of the upcoming enterprise security features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
There's never been a time to be more secure than now, and the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update looks to reinforce this fact
Relive the games of yore with free Sega classics — now available on mobile
The Sega Forever Collection brings five of the best classics to relive the good ol' days.
OnePlus 5 officially hits the launch pad and is more Apple-esque than ever
OnePlus has unveiled the much anticipated upgrade to its smartphone lineup
Recovery image for Windows 10 S now available for the Surface Laptop
It is now possible to recover your Surface Laptop to a Windows 10 S image even after you upgrade to Windows 10 Pro
Mobile Graphics Cards for Professional Users (AMD FirePro, NVIDA Quadro)
Professional GPUs such as the AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadro lineup differ from their consumer variants in that they offer workstation class performance and are certified to work with industry-specific software that benefit from high GPU computations. In the following editorial we will take a closer look at some of the notebooks based on FirePro and Quadro GPUs and understand what factors should be considered before deciding on a purchase.