Deirdre O Donnell (Editor)
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
LG Gram 2020 pricing and availability on the US market is revealed
LG has announced that the latest generation of its Gram notebook line is now available to buy from itself and from its official retailers in the US. This new line-up includes 17- and 15-inch models, as well as the 2-in-1 showcased at CES this year. They have 10th-gen Intel SoCs with Iris Plus graphics.
The combined headphones and earphones market may make up to US$45 billion in 5 years
The latest headphone and earphone market research projects that this compound device category will "generate revenues of over US$45 Billion" between now and 2025. This growth is thought to be driven by several factors, which include the rise of the TWS earbud, the demand for "smart" features, as well as noise isolation, in this category.
MediaTek launches the Helio P95 SoC
MediaTek has made the Helio P95's page on its website live. By its name, this chipset sound like an iterative upgrade over its current 4G/LTE flagship. However, it boasts the AI Processing Unit (APU) 2.0, which, as the OEM claims, will improve its benchmarking in this area compared to its predecessor. Otherwise, the CPU has 8 cores with a max clock of 2.2GHz.
A Huawei device on Geekbench may be the Honor 8X on Android 10
The Honor nX line of smartphones has only just been updated worldwide. Now, it seems its series' 2018 flagship will finally get a stable build of EMUI 10 based on Android 10. This may be confirmed by some new Geekbench 5 benchmarking results.
Nubia's Red Magic 5G has had its screen size and interesting colorway leaked
According to images allegedly derived from the Chinese regulator TENAA, the Red Magic 5G will be a considerable departure from the rest of its series in terms of rear panel design. Its new putative certification may also reveal the size its 144Hz display will be, as well as how big its battery will be.
Samsung announces that its highest-end RAM for smartphones is nearly here
Samsung has announced that it has started to mass-produce DRAM chips of 16GB in size and LPDDR5 in quality. This next-gen mobile-device memory is capable of approximately 1.3 times higher speeds than the nearest LPDDR4X module made by this OEM. It may now find its way to 2020 or 2021 premium phones.
Huawei's AX3 is the world's first "Wi-Fi 6+" and Harmony OS router
Huawei unveiled its vision for a complete, connected ecosystem of devices at its latest product launch. This involves the new AX3 series of routers, which is powered by this OEM's Gigahome SoCs for Wi-Fi 6 support (and more besides). The company also unveiled second-gen "Pro" 5G consumer premises equipment (CPE).
Huawei launches the 5G version of the MatePad Pro
Huawei held a virtual product launch today (February 24, 2020) in lieu of its planned pre-MWC press conference. This event saw many new notebooks and other products. It also introduced the MatePad Pro 5G, a new variant of this OEM's flagship tablet.
Sony teases the Xperia Pro at its flagship phone launch
Sony held a virtual press conference today in order to unveil its latest premium mobile device. However, it also made references to an intriguing device that was not the Xperia 1 II. The Pro is to have the same display and camera quality as this phone, but will also support mmWave 5G and have an HDMI port. However, there are no images or further specs for this product at present.
Sony introduces the Xperia 1 II flagship phone
Sony has formally revealed its 2020 flagship smartphone, and that it really is called the Xperia 1 II. This device has a 21:9 4K OLED display with the Motion Blur Reduction technology developed to step in for an up-to-date refresh rate. Its rear cameras support various, often own-branded, advanced features, but not 8K.
App researchers report that WhatsApp group invites are searchable online
WhatsApp sets a lot of store by the privacy in messaging it supposedly offers. However, allegations that links that invite new users to private groups are searchable online have recently emerged. This is due to the fact Google has indexed them, meaning appropriate terms can bring them up.
Apple may launch a new AirPods Pro variant soon
A new report by a Taiwanese media outlet claims that a company from the same country may be engaged to help produce the upcoming AirPods Pro Lite. These putative devices are thought to be a more affordable version of Apple's TWS earbuds, and to be released in mid-2020.
Samsung patents its take on the waterfall display
Samsung has filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO) for a kind of display that, despite curving down around the sides of the phone, can also have physical buttons. This, in effect, is a new kind of punch-hole that could reconcile many buyers to waterfall displays and their potential drawbacks. Furthermore, the button could also be replaced by other modules or sensors.
Eve V: a final sale event has been announced for this "Surface alternative"
Eve will launch its "last chance" to buy its first crowd-designed tablet, the V, soon. The company will sell the core i7, 16GB RAM variant of this product at less than US$800 on this date. However, the actual delivery of the same has been surrounded by controversy in the past; furthermore, it is to get a 2nd generation soon.
Casio honors a legend with its Bruce Lee-themed limited edition G-SHOCK
Casio has announced the Bruce Lee Collaboration Model, a specially-designed version of its high-end G-SHOCK MR-G watch series. It features a band and case colored to match the martial arts cinema legend's hallmark tracksuit, as well as a case with detailing inspired by the same. There will be only 300 of its units available when it goes on sale.
Samsung's most advanced factory is up and running
Samsung's newest production line is unique among the OEM's fabricators in that it is dedicated to the extreme UV lithography (EUV) process. This means that it is capable of making chipsets of the up-to-date 7-nanometer (nm) variety - and beyond. The company has announced that it is now open for mass-production.
Mobvoi's first 2020 Wear OS device is a TicWatch Pro refresh
Mobvoi has launched the TicWatch Pro 2020 on Amazon.com. It has a RAM upgrade, but sticks with the same SoC, design and battery life. Then again, as it still includes a dual display, it should still offer impressive longevity as a wearable.
The time-of-flight (TOF) sensor market may hit nearly US$7 billion in 5 years
Time-of-flight (or TOF) sensors became a hallmark of flagship phones as of 2018. They may enhance 3D perception in these devices for photography or even biometrics purposes. However, they are also now projected to become important in other forms of consumer electronics, autonomous cars and robotics. This may drive their market's value up to US$6.9 billion in 5 years.
The Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is now a certified Wi-Fi device
The Galaxy A71 may be a convincing upper-mid range device; however, several leaks suggest Samsung has decided it would be improved with a 5G variant. This phone - the SM-A7160 - has now appeared on the Wi-Fi Alliance certification database. It shows that the A71 5G has much of the same relevant specs as its 4G counterpart.
The Red Magic 3 gaming smartphone gets a price cut
The Red Magic 3 was the first phone to launch in 2019 with a 90 hertz (Hz) refresh rate in its AMOLED display. Now, its maker Nubia has announced a new discount for the phone. But is it worth holding out until its next generation is released?
Verizon refutes a report that it will not sell the Pixel 5
Verizon has provided Google's own-brand phones through its stores since their first generation. However, the latest leak on this subject alleged that the carrier would not continue on with the Pixel 5. The company has refuted these claims, saying that it "looks forward" to the OEM's new devices.
OPPO announces an Android 10 beta program for the Find X and R17 series
OPPO has announced new beta programs to help bring the latest version of Color OS (based on Android 10) to some of its 2018 phones. These are the flagship Find X, the R17 and its Pro variant. Places in these programs are available to users in certain regions only, however.
ZTE will refresh its Blade A7 for 2020 soon
The ZTE Blade A7 was a decent budget smartphone prospect in 2019. Now, new FCC documentation indicates that its name will be applied to a new device this year. This refresh, unlike its predecessor, will have triple rear cameras and a fingerprint sensor.
Google releases the first Android 11 Developer Preview
Google has made the Developer Preview page for the next version of Android live. This build is now available to download onto certain devices, Pixel phones included. It exhibits changes such as new security measures, privacy safeguards and electronic ID support.
Pokemon GO reportedly blocks players using Android custom recovery or backup methods
Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) is a popular alternative recovery used by those who like to root and modify their Androids. A new thread on Reddit asserts that Pokemon GO will not work if it detects signs of it in a device's storage. This behavior may be intended to prevent cheating in this augmented-reality (AR) game.
Huawei faces chip supply disruptions in new trade war-related twist
Numerous chipset foundries, TSMC included, use equipment from US-based firms to make their products. Now, the same nation's current administration may be able to leverage this fact in order to stop the supply of silicon to Huawei. This, apparently, is a new tactic to lock the OEM out of the US market.
The Galaxy Z Flip may be more fragile than Samsung would like you to think
Samsung's second-generation foldable phone was launched along with claims that the OEM had made some strides in keeping this form-factor clear of potentially destructive dust and debris. A new video by teardown specialists iFixit may have called this marketing into question with a colorful experiment.
The Realme X50 Pro 5G will launch in India and Europe at about the same time
Realme has announced that it will add an Indian event to its date for the X50 Pro debut's live-stream from Madrid, Spain. This new show will take place on 14:30, February 24, 2020, or about 30 minutes before the European stream starts. This phone will be the OEM's first top-end 5G device on either occasion.
The LG G7 ThinQ is spotted running Android 10 on Geekbench
LG's G7 ThinQ is a flagship phone that is still less than 2 years old; despite this, the OEM is yet to provide it with a stable Android 10 upgrade. However, there are now signs that it is progressing in beta form, at least. It comes in the form of new Geekbench 5 listings showing this name in conjunction with a current OS version.
House of Marley launches its first ANC pair of TWS earbuds
House of Marley has released its second-gen TWS earbuds, called the Redemption ANCs. Unlike their predecessors, they resemble Apple AirPods, albeit ones finished in sustainable bamboo. They also have a 4-mic system for voice calls, an IPX4 rating and a case with a USB type C port.
Microsoft consolidates multiple services into its new Office for Android app
Microsoft has restructured its apps for the Android platform, mainly by combining all of them into one. It is now called Office on the Play Store, and allows access to OneDrive as well as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. However, it is reportedly not optimized for tablets.
OPPO's new smartwatch is confirmed to echo Apple's in its design
An OPPO executive has teased its upcoming first-generation smartwatch, revealing that it looks quite like those made by Apple. This device is also to have "3D glass", which may be used to help the wearable's face curve downwards towards its case. It is also now known to have a gold finish.
The LG V60 ThinQ may have shown up on Geekbench
LG may launch a successor for its flagship phablet, the V50 ThinQ, soon. A device with a model number that might conform to this device has appeared on the Geekbench 5 database. It has the Snapdragon 865 and runs Android 10, and has a rather standard 8GB of RAM.
ViewSonic wins a 2020 IF Design Award for its latest mini projector
The ViewSonic M1 Mini LED Pocket Projector has won one of the IF Design Awards for 2020. It has been conferred due to its innovative and functional stand, which also doubles as a lens-protector when not in use. It also packs a battery rated for up to 2.4 hours of cable-free use and a speaker from JBL.
The Nubia Red Magic 5G will have up to 16GB of RAM: official leak
A Nubia executive has confirmed that the next-gen device from its gaming-phone brand, Red Magic, will have SKUs with 16GB of RAM. This spec is an upper limit for Android phones currently defined by the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in 2020. Considering all its other properties, both definite and rumored, this alternative is shaping up to be an attractive potential contender.
Canon confirms the existence of the EOS R5
Canon has teased the EOS R5 by affirming that this next-generation full-frame camera is indeed in development. The OEM now asserts that it will be the "most advanced" model in its category on its launch. It also plans to release new RF lenses and lens-extenders to go with the new unit.
The Samsung Galaxy M31 will launch via Amazon.in soon
As with its immediate predecessor, the Galaxy M30s, Samsung will release the M31 to the Indian market via Amazon. This site is currently teasing the phone as one that will replicate the popular "battery monster" in many ways, its 6000mAh battery included. However, its camera specs stand to improve somewhat.
The image sensor market will be worth nearly US$30 billion by 2026
Imaging sensors are used in a huge variety of electronics, which include digital cameras and smartphones. Their market was worth US$15.93 billion in 2018, but is now projected to be worth $29.99 billion in 6 years. This is thought to be related to their emerging relevance to autonomous vehicles.
The Samsung Galaxy A70e will echo an iPhone 11, albeit in the worst way possible
A new set of OnLeaks renders are based on a fresh Galaxy A70 variant. It has a triple rear camera, a rear-facing fingerprint reader - and epic, blocky screen bezels worthy of an up-to-date iPhone. The display in these images has both a pronouced chin and a waterdrop notch, thus hinting at the budget nature of this putative phone.
A new leak purports to set a rough launch date for the Snapdragon 865 Plus already
As the latest Qualcomm flagship processor, the Snapdragon 865 may be expected to gain a Plus variant (or 865+) later this year, in accordance with very recent tradition. A Weibo tipster now asserts that this will occur some time in the third quarter of 2020. This new version may power late-year versions of phones such as the OnePlus 8 and Nubia Red Magic 5G.
Canon launches the EOS Rebel T8i DSLR
The T8i is the latest in the EOS Rebel series made by Canon. It has a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor with a 45-point all-cross form of auto-focus (AF) with Face Detect. This Rebel is also the first of its line to feature vertical video for consumption on mobile devices.
OnePlus updates 7 and 7T phones with January 2020 security patches
OnePlus has announced a new software update for the 7, 7 Pro, and 7T Pro. These stable new updates bring the same bug-fixes and feature additions to each of these devices. They also update their security patch levels to January 2020.
The US' Justice Department defers Huawei's ban from the market again
Huawei has been slapped with a trade ban from the US Administration that prevents it from selling to companies based in that country. However, the nation's Department of Justice (DoJ) had postponed it for 90 days by way of a new licensing system. Now, the same body has issued a further extension to the same.
SONG X: possibly the most unique TWS earbuds on Indiegogo
A company called Aria has put its new true-wireless (or TWS) earbuds up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo. This isn't hugely unusual these days - however, these SONG X products distinguish themselves with an innovative "Star Ring" charging case. They are also described as capable of delivering high-quality audio with robust Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.
NVIDIA announces its latest financial performance results
NVIDIA has now completed its fiscal 2020, which ended on January 26 this year. It has reported revenues of just over US$3 billion for its last quarter (4FQ2020), or 41% greater compared to 4FQ2019. The company's CEO has attributed this success to its "accelerated computing" concerns.
The Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2020 has been cancelled
The Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020 has been cancelled in an effort to help control the spread of the novel coronavirus worldwide. Now, a prominent imaging hardware show, CP+ (or the Camera and Photo Imaging Show) 2020, has followed suit. It was to take place in Yokohama, Japan, and may have attracted about 70000 visitors.
Google builds hype for the Android 11 Developer Preview by mistake
Earlier (on February 13, 2020), Android Police spotted a page for a new Android Developer Preview on this OEM's website. However, its download links never went live. Now, this page is back to its old Android 10 self, suggesting that the new version is still not here in any form after all.
A new leak points to the 2020 Meizu flagship's zesty new colorway
Meizu's next flagship phone series with be called "17th", according to a new leak. It includes a render purporting to show the Plus variant of this line. It has a distinctly Galaxy S20-esque display, whereas the rear panel has a...unique gradient effect that goes from a very bright yellow to a neon green. This phone is also purported to come with the Snapdragon 865 and 3 to 4 rear cameras.
OPPO's Find X2 may have an important advantage over the Samsung Galaxy S20
Some recent leaks have asserted that the second-generation Find X flagship phone from OPPO will have a 120 hertz (Hz) refresh rate at a QHD+ resolution. The freshly-launched Samsung Galaxy S20 series has similar properties - however, they don't co-exist in real-world devices. In addition, the X2 is rumored to have some new Sony camera sensors.
The red versions of the Samsung Galaxy S20 series are coming to Europe: new leak
The Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra were launched in their new Cloud- or Cosmic-themed colorways on February 11, 2020. However, other reports have revealed that they have drastically different options on the South Korean market, one of which is Aura Red. A leaker now asserts that these SKUs are also on their way to Europe.
Google could bring Live Captions to Chrome soon
The recent Samsung Galaxy S20 launch event also served to unveil the addition of the Live Caption feature to Google, in which video-call speech is converted into text in real time. Now, there is evidence that this function is also being ported to Chrome. This app's gerrit shows the integration of an API necessary to deliver it within the browser.
The Galaxy Z Flip is only the tip of the fold-berg at Samsung, but it's not consumer-ready yet
Roh Tae-moon, the president of Mobile at Samsung, has claimed that the OEM has developed devices with "even more" hinges than the new Galaxy Z Flip. However, these multi-folding phones are apparently not ready for prime-time yet. This is due to the idea that consumers will want much more UX polish in such products.
iQOO teases an upcoming Snapdragon 865, UFS 3.1 phone via its official channels
iQOO is a Chinese smartphone brand that has made a name for itself in recent years by offering high-end hardware at decent price-points. Now, it has revealed that its next such device is to be called the 3 5G. It will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC and have the next-gen UFS 3.1 storage standard.
WhatsApp announces it has over 2 billion users now
The popular online messaging service WhatsApp has reported that it has passed an important milestone: 2 billion users. It emphasized its simple, convenient and private interface in its statement on this matter. Furthermore, it asserted its ongoing commitment to protecting the (doubtless huges amounts of) data sent through it daily.
MIUI 11+ and Wi-Fi 6 for the Xiaomi Mi 10 and 10 Pro are confirmed
The Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro are upcoming flagships likely to rock the Snapdragon 865 processor. They have been just been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance, putting their imminent launch beyond doubt. This new approval also drops an interesting extra detail: these phones will run a heretofore-unknown version of their OEM's OS skin.
Mystery solved: the "44MP selfie-cam phone" is...a new Reno3 Pro variant
Recently, a prominent tech vlogger teased a phone with a dual punch-hole camera alleged to contain a groundbreaking 44MP sensor. Now, this device has been revealed as OPPO's Reno3 Pro - but not as its existing fans know it. It has indeed sprouted this improved in-display shooter, but lacks an important marketing point from its original launch.
HMD Global drops out of the show
HMD Global, an OEM that makes Nokia phones, is one of the latest companies to announce the cancellation of its showcase at MWC 2020. Like the others, it has done so to keep its staff and audience safe from the spread of the novel coronavirus. To date, there is no new date for its upcoming launches.
Google announces new Android features at Galaxy S20 event
Earlier, Android teased "something exciting" that might debut alongside Samsung’s new flagships. Now, this has been realized in the form of a new Live Caption feature in Google’s Duo app. In addition, the OS may get much more foldable- and 5G-friendly soon.
Samsung and Xbox unveil a new mobile gaming partnership
The Galaxy S20/Z Flip launch event also saw the announcement of a new level of collaboration between Microsoft and Samsung. It involves porting PC games to this OEM’s phones, starting with Forza Street. It will be exclusive to Samsung's own app store for a while after its release, as may others in the future.
The GSMA will meet to decide if the show can go on
The Mobile World Congress (MWC) has been inexorably rocked by a series of cancellations and withdrawals from the show. They have been made by an ever-growing list of companies, to which Intel and Vivo have most recently been added. The show's runners, the GSMA, will now meet on February 14, 2020 in order to determine the event's fate.
This render may disappoint fans of the original Find X
The OPPO Find X is considered a particularly innovative ex-flagship phone, as it featured a motorized pop-up module that left both sides of the device completely clear of sensors unless it was deployed. However, a new leak suggests that its upcoming successor will not continue this trend, and will go with conventional, albeit possibly up-to-date, features instead.
Both good and bad Samsung Galaxy S20 news may have been confirmed just hours ahead of launch
The Dutch tech blog LetsGoDigital claims that its official Samsung Galaxy S20 press-pack is out of embargo, and can now be shared with the world. Its contents appear to match corresponding leaks almost exactly: for example, the 3 new phones will launch alongside second-gen Buds. This possible final tip also appears to put the flagships' ultra-high price-tags beyond doubt.
No-show for Sony; TCL cancels its press conference
Sony has announced that it must withdraw its entire presence from the Mobile World Congress this year. This includes its scheduled press conference and its product showcases on the floor during the event. Meanwhile, TCL has announced that its own conference is cancelled, but that it will still display products.
Samsung unveils a huge 583-inch enterprise-grade LED display
Samsung has announced that the business-grade versions of its bezel-free and ultra-thin Wall TV series now go up to 583 inches diagonally. This latest word in large-scale displays - which also has an 8K resolution - has been launched at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2020 conference.
WhatsApp acquires the OK to support payments in India
WhatsApp has secured approval to roll out a new facet of its service in India. It is a new payment platform that has just been approved by the relevant authories. This may help the Facebook-owned app compete effectively with others such as Google Pay/Tez and Paytm in the country.
Ericsson cancels its MWC 2020 showcase
The telecomms equipment maker Ericsson has become one of the latest in a growing group of companies that have decided against an appearance at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year. Like those others, it has cited prevention measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus to its employees or public as its reason for quitting the show.
OPPO releases the Reno2 and Reno2 Z to the German market
The smartphone maker OPPO has announced the launch of the Reno2 and Reno2 Z in Germany. This series distinguishes itself through its high digital and hybrid camera zoom specs and its pop-up selfie modules. These aspects of the phones may make up for the fact that they are not the latest generations of their line.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 series will outsell the S10s, according to a prominent analysis firm
Counterpoint Research now believes that the upcoming Galaxy S20 flagships will maintain an upward trend in Samsung sales that began with their S10-series predecessors. Furthermore, the new phones' performance in the market could re-energise the uptake of their category in general. This may be based on the strength of the S20s' price and specs.
A notebook sales leak may offer 2020 Asus ROG specs and pricing insights
A retailer has posted preliminary listings for some upcoming Asus laptops. They do not contain product images, however, based on their model numbers and listed specs, they are clearly destined for the high-end gaming markets. For example, one of them appears to be for a Ryzen 9 4900H-powered Zephyrus G14.
Nubia confirms MWC 2020 launch and more for the Red Magic 5G
The Red Magic series of gaming smartphones is headed for an update, which is to be revealed at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020. This has been confirmed by its maker Nubia, by way of a new Weibo post by its CEO, Ni Fei. The executive has also validated rumors that this device will have a 144Hz display.
The first iQOO flagship of the year may have been caught on Geekbench
iQOO, a sub-brand of the smartphone OEM Vivo, released a premium, Snapdragon 855 Plus-powered device called the Pro 5G in 2019. Now, with a new Geekbench 5 listing that may fit its description, its 2nd generation could be on the way. It apparently runs Android 10 and has 8GB of RAM.
Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo reportedly team up to form their own app-distribution platform
The Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA) is a kind of one-stop pipeline for developers, by which their apps can be uploaded to the in-house software ecosystems of 3 different OEMs simultaneously. However, these companies have asserted that they are not gunning for Google's Play Store with this new initiative.
The Flash power bank promises 100W USB type C charging, and just about everything else as well
Chargeasap, the company responsible for the Infinity Cable, has introduced another new product via Indiegogo. The Flash power bank is described as based on Tesla graphene-battery technology, which allows it to fill up at a maximal rate of 150 watts (W). It also purports to deliver 100W USB-Power Delivery (USB-PD) through a type C port, and that's not all.
GeIL releases the EVO SPEAR Phantom Gaming Edition DRAM to the US market
The Phantom Gaming Edition of GeIL's EVO SPEAR long-form-factor DDR4 memory kits is now available on Newegg. This RAM has been developed in partnership with ASRock, and has variants specifically optimized for Ryzen-compatible boards. It has speeds from 2400 to 3200MHz, and comes in 16 or 32GB SKUs.
Android hints at a new feature to debut at the Samsung Galaxy S20 launch
The Android OS' official Twitter account has posted a message alerting us all to "something exciting" that is "just around the corner". However, we will have to wait until Samsung's next big event to see what it is. The announcement has led to speculation that the long-missed Google Play Edition (GPE) program is being resurrected.
OnePlus may have patented a hidden-camera phone, but not as you might think
A new report claims that the smartphone OEM OnePlus has patented a phone with hidden rear cameras. However, this design allegedly depends on physical components rather than the next-gen electrochromic technology found in this company's recent concept device. On the other hand, it also seems to integrate an under-display selfie camera.
Realme C3 launches: new MediaTek silicon and a 5000mAh battery for US$98
The Realme C3 has become the first phone with a MediaTek Helio G70 processor, as it launches via Flipkart in India. It also has a 6.5-inch HD+ display with 3-4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage. It starts for INR 6999, or about US$98.
OPPO announces a launch date for the Find X2
The smartphone OEM OPPO has issued press invitations for the launch of what may be its next flagship, the Find X2. This phone, which is thought to have state-of-the-art specs such as a 120Hz display, will debut in Barcelona, but not at the upcoming MWC event to be held in the same city.
Qualcomm announces its first-quarter earnings for 2020
Qualcomm has released its first earnings report for the year 2020. The quarter (1Q2020) saw no less than US$5.1 billion in revenue for the chipmaking giant. This is a 5% improvement compared to 1Q2019. In addition, the company's latest pre-tax earnings saw a year-on-year increase of 69%.
A possible budget Huawei P40 variant appears in an official certification
A phone called the Huawei P40 Lite E has reportedly been approved by a Russian telecomms authority. This device might also be called the Enjoy 10 on its launch in other markets. However, its new leak does not offer any information on its specs.
The Doogee S68 Pro is a rugged smartphone with reverse wireless charging
Doogee has announced the S68 Pro, another in its long line of toughphones. However, this one also has the reverse wireless charging feature normally found in Huawei or Samsung flagships. This power will come from the device's 6300mAh battery.
Dual-format laptop: The PivoBook's display can be rotated through 90 degrees
Compal has won an IF Design Award 2020 for its latest notebook, and for good reason. The PivoBook has a 14-inch OLED display that can be tilted into portrait mode without being removed from the rest of its form-factor, making it ideal for coders, writers or designers that also like content-consumption.
New research finds nearly 30% of US high-speed internet households would buy a smart thermostat
Thermostats are just another household items that have been made smart over the last number of years. They have developed to the point that they can implement automatic usage plans, including those remotely set or sent by an energy company, in order to save money. A new study shows that more US households are interested in these functions.
Ricoh announces the WG-70, a new rugged camera with a "microscope" function
Ricoh - which currently markets the cameras formerly known under the PENTAX brand - has launched a new camera with a durable, waterproof casing. The WG-70 also has a "digital microscope mode", which enables effective close-ups that is further enhanced with its ring of 6 LEDs that are also intended for macro photography.
Samsung reportedly sows confusion over the Galaxy Home Mini and its launch date
Samsung has been linked to an upcoming budget smart speaker since 2018. More recent reports appear to confirm that this device will be called the Galaxy Home Mini and that it would launch on February 12, 2020. An even newer leak asserts that this date has in fact been pushed up a bit.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 is now the Mix 2020, has 100W charging and a 120Hz display: new leak
The increasingly convincing leaker Digital Chat Station has hinted that a new Xiaomi Mi Mix is back on the cards. It is possible that this device will be called the 2020, and it could have the OEM's long-awaited 100-watt charging technology. Pair this with the idea of a 120 hertz refresh rate, and that is an extremely speedy hypothetical phone.
Pocophone F1 users report a Pixel-esque security patch update
Recently, the brand POCO has reportedly started providing OTA updates to Android 10 for its first device, the F1. Now, it seems one for the February 2020 security patch level has followed. Oddly, it seemingly comes direct from Google, a service normally reserved for Pixel phones.
Samsung debuts Flashbolt, its latest and highest-capacity generation of HBM2E memory
Today (February 4, 2020) Samsung has unveiled its latest memory solution for the high-performance computing (HPC) market. It is a form of state-of-the-art high bandwidth memory 2E (HBM2E) with 16GB of capacity per chip. This doubles the specification of its previous generation, and is owed to its new DRAM die layout.
Huawei P40 Pro: a new leak hints at a dual punch-hole and waterfall display
Huawei is expected to produce a successor to its early-2019 flagship, the P30 Pro, soon. A new leak suggests it will have the curving screen type debuted in the Mate 30 series. However, it may not share this line's wide notch, at least.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 launch may be an online-only event
Some leaks have hinted that the next couple of major Xiaomi mobile device launches may lack physical locations. This may mean that the Mi 10 and Black Shark 3 events may be online-only. This may be due to the risks posed by the new coronavirus epidemic in China.
Realme will unveil its first TV at MWC 2020
A Realme executive has revealed that this brand is working on its own smart TV, and that more details will be available at the next Mobile World Congress (MWC). To date, no specs or features for this upcoming product are known for sure. However, based on this announcement, its first launch may be in India.
A new leak may confirm the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip's 8GB of RAM and Snapdragon SoC
The foldable and clamshell nature of the Samsung phone that may launch as the Galaxy Z Flip seems to have been confirmed in a few recent leaks. Now, a new one purports to outline its performance and specs as well. This next-gen device may be powered by the Snapdragon 855 - or 855+ - and run Android 10 with 8GB of RAM.
The latest Red Magic 5G leak proves a downgrade for its rumored charging specs
Nubia is thought to be working on a successor for the Red Magic 3 gaming phone. This generation is touted to have 5G, a 144Hz screen and other potentially ultra-fast attributes. However, a new specs leak suggests that at least one of these may not be as speedy as once thought.
The Moto G8 Power may have joined its Plus and Stylus siblings on Geekbench
Motorola is currently rumored to introduce the complete next-gen Moto G line-up at MWC 2020. It consists of the G8, G Stylus and G8 Power. The latter may have arrived on the Geekbench 5 website, revealing specs such as 4GB of RAM and Android 10.
This may be the most un-Meizu Meizu flagship leak ever
A new image of a full-screen phone with a punch-hole display has appeared on SlashLeaks. Nothing too unusual about that - until one comes to the bit where it is attributed to the Meizu 17. Should this be the case, the OEM in question would need to drop a long-held tradition of engineering ultra-high foreheads as alternatives to either notches or punch-holes.
Get US$100 off a Moto G7 - or a free Moto G6 - in this sales event
Motorola has marked its 100,000,000th unit of the Moto G series sold with a special event. It offers up to US$320 off a new phone, depending on the model. Alternatively, a shopper can choose a free accessory, money off, or even a whole other phone, with other listings.
Indian mobile gaming fans will face ROG Phone II shortages soon
Asus ROG India has issued an open letter to its fans expressing regret that they may face difficulty in buying this OEM's latest gaming phone. This "temporary shortage" is associated with the coronavirus outbreak in Asia, which is currently disrupting the relevant supply chains in the region. However, Asus is confident that its mobile-device stock levels will be back up "soon".
NVIDIA announces details on its GTC 2020 conference
The GPU Technology Conference (or GTC) 2020 has been set to begin on March 23 of this year. It will open with a keynote from NVIDIA's CEO and founder, Jensen Huang. The company also claims there will be over 1000 other speakers from various organisations across over 600 sessions at the 3-day event.
The Realme C3 is to be the first phone to rock the new Helio G70 gaming SoC
Realme has made the C3 official via its Twitter feeds. This phone will be powered by MediaTek's new Helio G70 chipset. This upcoming device will also have a 6.5-inch display and dual rear cameras, albeit ones that may improve over those found in the C2 in certain ways. The OEM has also revealed it will have a 5000mAh battery.
UFS 3.1 is now official: more speed for less power in potential future devices
The JEDEC solid-state assocation has unveiled UFS 3.1, the immediate successor for the memory standard found in some of the most premium smartphones out today. The organization asserts that it will build on its last generation in terms of speed and power-efficiency. It also has a new optional companion standard that may further boost read speeds.
The HyperJuice is the "world's first" 100W USB type C charger with GaN
HYPER has put its new charger up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo. Despite packing a maximum rate of 100 watts (W), it is described as even smaller than the MacBook Pro brick with the same kind of port. This is due to its gallium nitride (GaN) technology, which can offer greater power transfer in a smaller footprint.
The EU will force Apple to drop the Lightning port within its jurisdiction
The European Parliament has announced that it will hold a vote on a motion to write its 2014 Radio Equipment Directive into law. This would probably result in an obligation for mobile device OEMs to fit all products to be sold in the EU with a universal charging connector. Therefore, those companies with in-house ports may have to drop them for that market.
The Samsung Galaxy A41 may be ready to join its 2020 siblings soon
The Samsung Galaxy A series of smartphones appears to have gotten off to a good start this year with the launch of the A71 and A51. Now, it seems that they may soon be joined by the A41. A new leak suggests that this phone will be powered by the MediaTek Helio P65 chipset.
The Moto G Stylus will have the One Action's signature camera: new specs leak
Motorola's rumored new pen-enabled phone is becoming more and more real with each new leak. It seemt that it will be called the G Stylus, and may have 4GB of RAM and run Android 10. A new report claims to flesh it out further with SoC, camera and display details.
A 5G version of the Samsung Galaxy A51 may be on the way
Samsung has released the Galaxy A51 already. Now, a device that seems like a 5G version of the same has surfaced on the Geekbench 5 benchmarking website. It runs the Exynos 980 SoC instead of the 9611, and has 6GB of RAM.
The tech market is found to have some of the most valuable brands on Earth in 2020
The UK company Brand Finance releases a yearly report on the top 500 most valuable brands. Its 2020 edition concludes that the tech sector is the most valuable, with a combined worth of nearly US$967 billion. 5 of its brands, including Huawei, Samsung and Microsoft, also found their way into the report's top 10.
SEGA Europe announces a switch to 100% recyclable packaging for its physical games
SEGA Europe has pledged to use nothing but recyclables in the original packaging for its hard-copy products in the future. This will take effect with the release of its new PC title, Total War: ROME II. The material in question will eschew plastic in favor of cardboard; even the shrink-wrap will be eco-friendly.
It's over(?): Huawei phones may never use the Google mobile ecosystem again
Huawei's Austrian regional manager has reportedly indicated that the OEM's phones will use its own in-house version of Google Mobile Services going forward, never returning to the use of the Play Store and its apps as normal. The company has developed its own alternatives for both following its ban from trading with US companies.
The Japanese carrier KDDI picks up Qualcomm's latest LTE IoT modem
Qualcomm has announced that it has broken into the Japanese IoT market. The carrier KDDI has approved the 9205 modem for this platform. Therefore, its network for high-volume, low-power electronics can now transfer data at 4G/LTE speeds.
GitHub hints at new Intel Tremont-based micro-server and mobile chipsets
What is Jasper Lake? This has been a valid question since a leak referenced it alongside Rocket Lake in July 2019. Now, new evidence suggests that it is a mobile SoC based on the new Tremont microarchitecture. The same also nods to a novel micro-server chipset called Jacobsville.
The transparent display market may be worth billions by 2024
Transparent displays may become a commonplace backdrop for the future of technology. They can show colored images and videos, while allowing whatever's behind them to remain visible. A new research report indicates that their market could grow to a value of just over US$4.9 billion in 4 years.
A new leak reveals the Samsung Galaxy A11 is a triple-camera, 4000mAh battery device
The Samsung Galaxy A11 has been cleared by the Federal Communications Commission. This documentation shows that it will offer a 4000mAh battery with a rear-facing fingerprint sensor. Therefore, it could be a fairly standard new budget smartphone prospect in the US soon.
New leaks may have partially spoiled Realme's 2020 smartphone portfolio
A collection of new phone certifications allegedly found on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) or Eurasian Communications Commission (EEC) websites may have leaked some of the specs of upcoming Realme devices. One is thought to be a successor to the C2.
The smart speaker market may be worth nearly US$20 billion by 2024
Smart speakers are increasingly popular household items. Their market is now thought to be capable of growing until it is worth US$19.91 billion in 4 years. This success may be driven by the rise of 5G, urbanization, consumer interest in smart homes and interest in the devices themselves.
OPPO may have a new Snapdragon 765-powered phone in the works
A phone calling itself the OPPO PCLM50 has surfaced on Geekbench 5 recently. This putative new phone has an unnamed chipset, but one that may very well be Qualcomm's new mid-tier flagship, the Snapdragon 765G - or its nearest variant, the 765. It may also ship with the latest ColorOS 7 and 8GB of RAM.
The Samsung Galaxy XCover 4s could be headed for an Android 10 update
The Galaxy XCover 4s is one of the latest in Samsung's line of rugged smartphones. It currently runs Android 9.0 (Pie). Now, however, devices with its model number have appeared on a benchmarking site running a major upgrade to this OS.
Control your iPad Pro 12.9 via eye-tracking alone with this new accessory
Inclusive Technology has debuted the Skyle, a housing for the larger iPad Pro 2018 variant that allows this tablet to be operated using eye-movements alone. It can allow certain users to access the App Store independently for the first time, while also integrating with other personal or household devices that have infra-red (IR) receivers.
4 new SKUs, 4 new colors: new renders present ideas of how the iPhones 12 might look
Apple is currently believed to have more or less direct successors to the iPhone 11 series in the works. A new set of renders pull the latest leaks on these devices together. They show the different display sizes the 12 line might have, as well as its new rumoured colorway.
Nokia may launch a foldable phone in 2020 or 2021
A new leak suggests that Nokia may join the ranks of smartphone brands that make foldable devices. However, the launch of such a product is thought not to occur until late 2020 or early 2021. In addition, the HMD Global company has been said to have resurrected some accessories previously nixed by its parent.
Moto G8: new leak suggests an imminent launch
The Motorola Moto G8 Plus has already been released: however, a tech blog claims that a vanilla variant for this phone will follow this year. Should this leak prove valid, it will be the first phone of its line to have a punch-hole display. It may also have triple rear cameras and a rear-facing fingerprint sensor.
Apple now owes WiLAN US$85 million
The Canadian tech patent development group WiLAN has won a court case against Apple in which the former asserted that the latter had used its intellectual property without permission. However, the actual damages involved were to be re-assessed in a subsequent trial. This process has come to an end with the decision that Apple has to pay the plaintiff US$85.23 million.
Xiaomi shutters its Chinese physical stores in response to the coronavirus crisis
Xiaomi has announced that it will keep its brick-and-mortar stores in China closed for several days from January 28, 2020. The OEM has stated that this is to co-operate with governmental efforts to contain the spread of a novel coronavirus that has already claimed numerous lives in the country. However, customers can still order products online if necessary.
The TV is still the preferred device for content consumption: new report
Today, the world seems filled with screens of high enough resolutions to consume the content they can show regardless of their size or portability. However, a new report shows that TVs have still managed to retain the greatest share (over 50%) of videos watched among respondents in the US. They spend an average of 20 hours per week using their TVs, compared to 4 hours watching phones.
Chuwi releases the HeroBox, a new mini-PC for US$199
Chuwi may be best-known for its Microsoft Surface clones; however, it has decided that it will also do HTPCs now. This Herobox has a Gemini Lake chipset with the Intel UHD Graphics 600 necessary for 4K video playback. It also has 8GB of RAM, a 180GB SSD and it runs Windows 10.
Eve says the Spectrum’s reservation price is a time-sensitive discount
Today, (January 28, 2020) Eve has finally launched the Spectrum, its crowd-developed 27-inch monitor which, as it turns out, has a 240Hz/QHD option. The company has also announced that its current pricing online applies to the first 500 units only. Therefore, it starts at US$349, but only perhaps for a limited time.
TCL Plex owners get Android 10 and more from their latest software update
Those who use TCL's latest triple-camera smartphone, the PLEX, may be pleasantly surprised by a new OTA update that confers Android 10 and the January 1, 2020 security patch on these devices. This download is 2.7GB in size, and that is because of all the other features found in the new OS, which include a Modern Combat title and numerous UI tweaks.
Vine regenerates as Byte, a new 6-second video app
Byte has emerged from beta onto the Play Store and the App Store. It, much like its predecessor Vine, allows the user to make videos of 6 seconds in length. Both apps also have a creator in common, who hopes to bring a form of revenue-sharing to this platform soon.
The action-camera market will be worth nearly US$9 billion by 2025
Action cameras are a popular device category, particularly among those who want to record their rugged pursuits wherever they go. A new report indicates that the market in question will grow to be worth US$8.9 billion in the next 5 years. This is thought to be influenced by similar performance by the travel and adventure-sports markets worldwide.
New leaks suggest Redmi will break into wearables soon
According to a new leak, Redmi - which is usually known as a smartphone brand - will launch a fitness tracker soon. It may be of the kind that fits into a silicone wrist-band, and may also have a front-facing capacitive button. This device may have been certified for use in India already.
Meet the HyperDisk: the "smallest and fastest portable SSD" on Indiegogo
ChargeLabs has designed the HyperDisk to be a tiny external drive housing super-fast memory. This OEM claims that it has read-speeds of up to 960 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write-speeds of 920MB/s. It comes in 512GB, 1TB and 2TB SKUs, and has attracted over US$600,000 of crowd-funded backing.
The Nexus 6P settlement is on the brink of paying out
Recently, the Google/Huawei Nexus 6P was the subject of a class action lawsuit in which the claimants experienced a disproportional amount of battery drain, bootloops or both. This case was settled, and the beneficiaries have now been informed that they will receive their respective compensation. It should be issued from now until February 29, 2020.
The latest Google Camera app update allegedly hints at new 24fps feature
Google Camera has just been updated to version 7.3.017 on the Play Store. A new report allegedly based on a teardown of its APK specifies the ability to record at 24 frames per second (fps). This option may pertain to upcoming phones such as the Pixel 4a series, which may also have cropped up in this code.
A new render points to a 2020 Motorola device with a stylus
The eminent tipster Evan Blass has posted images of a Motorola phone with a feature new to this OEM: stylus support. The device as depicted also has a punch-hole camera, suggesting that it is intended for release this year. However, it may not be intended to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note series.
The first evidence of boards for Rocket Lake may have arisen in a recent leak
Comet Lake is the code-name for a possibly imminent series of upcoming Intel CPUs. Accord to some leaks, they will then be followed by Rocket Lake. A leaker claims to have uncovered a reference to a new ATX motherboard that may pertain to some of these chipsets.
Samsung Galaxy M21: new leak points to same SoC as Galaxy A51
The Samsung Galaxy M20 will probably get a successor called the M21 this year. A new addition to the Geekbench 5 database suggests that this phone does in fact exist. Should it be genuine, it will be powered by the Exynos 9611 chipset and 4GB of RAM.
Smart TV shipments may grow by about 57 million until 2025
Smart TVs are already popular purchases, and may become more so in the future due to their role as smart-home hubs. The latest analysis of their market has found that their shipments may number about 266 million over the next 5 years. This is driven by 4K content and its increasing availability.
The fitness tracker market may reach US$5 billion in 5 years
The latest report on the health- and fitness-tracker market shows that it may achieve a valuation of as much as US$5 billion by 2025. This may be driven by the increasing number of applications and functions for these devices. They may in fact improve to the point that they can be used to help diagnose and prevent illnesses in the future.
Samsung Galaxy A01 confirmed by FCC listing, may launch in US soon
The 2020 Samsung Galaxy A-series of smartphones was rumored to gain a novel variant called the A01 this year. However, it seems the leak in question has been proved true thanks to new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approvals. They suggest that this Galaxy A01 may be made available through certain carriers this year.
Austere releases an HDMI 2.1 cable for 8K UHD content
8K is the next up-and-coming thing in display-tech standards. However, devices that support it may only be so effective at showing it without compatible, high-quality cables. The company Austere has put just such a product on the market.
The Moto G7 Plus starts updating to Android 10
According to a Brazilian blog, Motorola has started to update its Moto G7 Plus to the latest version of Android. It adds the new kind of navigation controls, a dark mode and December 2019 security patches to this phone. So far, its roll-out appears to be slow, although it may be complete within a month or so.
New renders show what the so-called iPhone SE2 may look like
Numerous leaks point to what amounts to a second-generation iPhone SE - although it could be called the iPhone 9 on launch. A Slovakian blog has developed new images showing this phone's possible appearance. They combine elements of the older flagship this new phone may be based on with some up-to-date Apple design choices.
PNY releases a passively-cooled version of its Quadro RTX 8000 card
PNY has launched a new version of its 48GB NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 graphics card. This one, however, lacks a fan of any kind. Nevertheless, the OEM asserts that it is still capable of a memory bandwidth of 624 gigabytes per second (GB/s) and 14.9 TFLOPS of FP32 performance.
The Inkplate 6: a new platform for fans of Arduino programming, e-paper and custom design
The Inkplate 6 is a new product directed at those who like to make custom electronics from (nearly) scratch. It is a display that offers all the advantages of e-paper, as well as support for the hardware and software to customize it (its housing included) in a wide variety of ways. It also has a USB interface to power it, making it more versatile than many similar options.
The Snapdragon 865-powered Axon 10s Pro may be close to launch
ZTE's next flagship, the Axon 10s Pro, may be revealed in full soon. It has passed through testing by the Wi-Fi Alliance and TENAA, which confirms its premium 5G status. However, besides its updated chipset, it appears to have the same chassis as its predecessor.
A new Motorola phone with the code-name Blackjack and a 5000mAh battery breaks cover in new leak
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just cleared its first Motorola phone of the year. Its product data shows that it has a new model number (XT2055-2) and code-name (Blackjack). The device also has a markedly large battery, although this may be the most impressive thing about it on launch.
The Nokia 2.3 can now be ordered in the United States
HMD Global has announced that the Nokia 2.3 is now available on the US market, starting with pre-sales at Best Buy. This device has a 6.2-inch screen and a polycarbonate build. Its price definitely puts it in the budget category; however, for all that, it offers 2 years of Android updates.
Spend too much time on your phone? Google has new apps to fix that
Phone addiction or dependency is becoming an increasingly prevalent problem in the developed world. Google has set up its Creative Lab for users who want to address this. Its latest experiments consist of 3 apps which may act as digital detox aids, while helping users visualize their screen-on time.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 may not have a headphone jack
A new patent reportedly accepted by an Indian authority may kick off speculation about the Note 10's successor. It shows a case design with a cut-out that matches the usual placement of an S Pen, and that suggests a rear-camera module similar to that of the Note 10 Lite. However, it has no scope for a 3.5mm jack, which is a feature of the new mid-ranger.
A hugely dubious leak alleges the Pixel 4a will rock an old Exynos SoC
A new leak posted to the Geekbench 5 database purports to spill some of the upcoming Google Pixel 4a's specs. However, this "leak" is particularly unreliable, not the least as it makes the bold claim that the OEM will switch from Qualcomm to Samsung for this phone's processor. Furthermore, the SoC in question also belongs to the Galaxy S8 flagship line.
ASRock has a new Gemini Lake Refresh-compatible ITX board
ASRock has a new mini-PC board ready to go. As it appears to be designed for the Intel Pentium Silver J5040 chipset, it may be pitched at the lower end of this market. It can drive up to 3 displays and has an HDMI port that supports 4K at 60 fps, but no USB type-C ports.
No 108MP camera for the Galaxy Z Flip: new leak
Samsung's next upcoming foldable phone may be called the Galaxy Z Flip. The prolific leaker Ishan Agarwal claims to have uncovered some more of its specs. It will apparently have a main screen measuring 6.7 inches. Furthermore, it may have a 12MP rear camera rather than the next-gen sensors predicted for the Galaxy S20 series.
A mystery phone rocks a 44MP dual punch-hole camera
A popular tech YouTuber has shown off what he claims to be a phone with an unprecedented 44MP sensor in its dual in-display selfie camera. This device, which is yet to be launched, was not identified in terms of its name, specs or manufacturer. However, it is likely that it will be a premium model released this year.
Realme may launch a cheaper version of its AirPod clones
Realme recently debuted its first pair of TWS earbuds in India. At 3999 INR (or about US$56), they seem a very reasonably-priced AirPod alternative. However, it now seems the OEM has a 2nd variant in the works which may cost even less.
Panther Canyon is the Intel NUC 10 Performance series' successor: new leak
According to a new leak, Intel has a replacement for the NUC 10 Performance mini-PCs in the works. It apparently goes under the heretofore-unknown code-name Panther Canyon, and will be powered by Tiger Lake-U processors with Xe graphics. This new rumor also covers the "NUC 11 Extreme" line, also known as Phantom Canyon.
Vivo Nex 3: new leaks point to a new 5G version
A new listing on the TENAA regulatory website indicates that the OEM Vivo intends to reboot its Nex 3 flagship with a new version. It has an SoC with a different max clock to that of the phone's original Snapdragon 855+ processor. This upcoming device also has dual-mode 5G and a new red color.
A OnePlus designer shows off what the 6 could have looked like
Hao Ran, a OnePlus employee, has shared one of its designs for its early 2018 flagship. It exchanges the glass rear panel normally found on this phone (the 6) for a more original backing made of wood. This render's non-optical fingerprint sensor and logo were also picked out in gold, which went well with the phone's alternative finish.
A new Realme leak suggests the brand is about to release its first smartwatch
An Indian electronics authority has approved a new device from Realme described as being part of the "Smart Watches" category. Therefore, it seems this brand is preparing to launch its first wearable of this type in India. If so, it will compete with other OEMs such as Huawei and Garmin in this market.
Fitbit use may be used to help predict flu outbreaks, study finds
A study published in The Lancet has concluded that Fitbit use was associated with significant improvements in a technique used to detect influenza and similar conditions. This is due to the heart rate- and activity-monitoring features in these wearables. Therefore, fitness trackers may play a greater role in public health in the future.
A new carry-on suitcase also packs a Wi-Fi hotspot, a power-bank and GPS
Samsara is a company that harnesses the trend towards tech-enhanced luggage. Its latest product is of the newly-expanded 23-inch carry-on size. It is the first from its OEM to have its own Wi-Fi hotspot. The suitcase also supports wireless charging for phones and has GPS for "more accurate" tracking should it get lost.
The apparently-impending OPPO Find X2 will have a 120Hz QHD+ display
OPPO has reportedly revealed that there will be a Find X2 after all, and that it will launch in the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). New leaks posted to Weibo hint that this phone will have a premium display with a class-leading 120 hertz (Hz) refresh rate. However, there is no word on a repeat of the original X's most unique trick: its pop-up camera.
Nokia gets its first phone of 2020 FCC-approved
Nokia has certified a new phone for use in the United States. Based on the specs leaked as a result of this new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) documentation, it may have a relatively small screen - about 5.6 inches at most. Therefore, it may most likely be a 1-series device for this new year.
Facebook abandons its "Ads for WhatsApp" plan
Facebook has encountered serious opposition to its intentions to use WhatsApp for ad revenue-building purposes. Now, a new report has indicated that the social media giant has ultimately dropped its efforts to achieve this aim, which apparently included disbanding a corporate team that was dedicated to this contentious task.
Realme updates the 3 Pro to its new Android 10-based UI
The Realme 3 Pro's latest software update moves it from ColorOS to its OEM's new UI. This OS skin is also based on Android 10. However, it also offers a very different esthetic, as well as potentially improved performance.
Microsoft announces its goal of going carbon-negative by 2030
Microsoft's president, Ben Smith, has publicly acknowledged the scientific consensus that is anthropogenic climate change. Accordingly, the executive has announced an initiative by which the company aims to throw its carbon emissions into reverse. This will include reducing them to negative values by 2030.
Huawei insists it did better in the 5G phone market than Samsung in 2019
Huawei has released its performance for 2019 to the Chinese media. It claims it shipped approximately 240 million units in total that year, 6.9 million of which had 5G. For context, Samsung has announced that it shipped about 6.7 million of the same kind of phone in the same time-frame.
Meizu uses the New Year to tease its upcoming flagship phone
Meizu is a smartphone OEM that posted a "New Year gift box" at the start of 2020. It consists of rather unique desk organizers and accessories, including a clock. On closer inspection, this object may be present to hint at an upcoming flagship, the 17.
Blu-ray disc shipments are now projected to fall by over 150 million units over the next 5 years
Once, long ago, Blu-ray was touted as the gold standard in media playback. Now, however, it has sunk into obscurity among a world's worth of streaming services compatible with high-res displays. The format's market value is now thought to fall considerably until 2025.
The MediaTek Helio P70-powered OPPO F15 is launched in India
OPPO has released the F15 to the Indian market. It is technically a new device, although it ships with an older chipset: the MediaTek Helio P70. It costs the equivalent of US$280 and will ship from January 28, 2020.
The latest Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 update brings support for the newest Dragon Ball Z title
AMD has just announced the release of the latest version of Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition (20.1.2). It confers support for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, as well as Vulkan 1.2. It also fixes a problem for some UE4-based games in which they could not load under its predecessor.
The Amazfit X, a new curved-display smartwatch, is about to launch on Indiegogo
Amazfit unveiled the X, a wearable with a 92-degree curve in its screen, as a concept device in 2019. Now, however, it is ready to make this watch a reality. It will be offered as a reward on the OEM's upcoming Indiegogo campaign.
Scalable Intel Xeon Platinum-M series to be depreciated; L-series to take its price-point
Intel has announced a shake-up in its line of Xeon scalable processors. The OEM will cease sales of the M variants of these server-grade SoCs (the Xeon Platinum 8280M, for example) will. However, their L (the Platinum 8280L, and so on) counterparts will take their place in this tier of chipsets.
A new Fitbit software update unlocks blood oxygen tracking on several devices
A number of newer Fibit wearables were shipped with SpO2 (or estimated blood oxygen) sensors, which may not have been activated within their systems. However, the OEM has addressed this in a new update. Therefore, compatible devices can now track this additional health metric for their users.
Is this the next Pocophone?...or just a re-named Redmi K30?
Recently, a phone called the "Xiaomi POCO X2" has appeared on the Geekbench 5 database. It is listed as having 8GB of RAM, a 1.8GHz processor and as running on Android 10. However, suspiciously enough, there is another device with the exact same specs out there: the Redmi K30.
The dual-display Nubia Z20 gets a US$50 price-cut
With a rear panel that boasted its own display, the Nubia Z20 remains one of 2019's most innovative premium smartphones. It originally launched at a price of US$549 (or the equivalent in other currencies). Now, however, its OEM has just issued a discount for the Snapdragon 855+ device.
Chrome OS 80 gets more like Android 10 with gesture navigation
Chrome OS' next update will add the option of gesture-based navigation. If this feature sounds familiar, it is because it is also found on many phones running Android 10. Chromebooks will also have a greater panel of quick settings as a result of this new software version.
Fresh renders may show the next Samsung foldable in greater detail
The Galaxy Z Flip is currently accepted as the name of Samsung's next upcoming foldable phone. It is anticipated that it will be a clamshell device with a central punch-hole camera. New renders include further possible attributes, such as a dual outward-facing camera and the Z Flip's hinge mechanism.
Get ready for a year of budget gaming phones with the new MediaTek Helio G70 SoC series
MediaTek has announced the Helio G70 and G70T, a pair of processors that, like the G90s before them, are aimed at gaming-phone OEMs. However, the new chipsets are also intended for a lower tier of that market compared to their predecessors. They have 8 cores made of ARM Cortex-A75 and A55 cores, 4G connectivity and "HyperEngine game" technology.
Mobvoi releases its updated, AI-powered TicPods
The TicPods 2 and 2 Pro are Mobvoi's new TWS earbuds. They look much like their predecessor: however, this series is the first to feature the OEM's new, proprietary assistant Tico. They also respond to gestures for call answering or dismissal.
The non-tower Mac Pro 2019 and MacBook Pro 13 2020 may be close to launch
Apple has reportedly certified 2 new PCs with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). They both run Catalina (the latest version of macOS). One may be the next 13-inch MacBook Pro, whereas the other could be the Mac Pro rackable SKU. Some previously-released Apple TV devices also appear to have been approved alongside them.
Red Magic 4: Nubia executive hints at 144Hz spec for this 2020 gaming phone
The Red Magic 3 was one of the most interesting gaming phones of 2019. Now, its OEM's president Ni Fei has posted an image on Weibo suggesting that this device's successor's refresh rate could be cranked up to 144 hertz (Hz). However, the spec apparently needs to complete testing before it finds its way to a Nubia display.
The OnePlus 8 may launch as a Verizon 5G device in the US
The media outlet Android Police asserts that the OnePlus 8 will be compatible with Verizon's 5G network when it is released to the US market. Not only that, in fact, but it will also apparently launch through this carrier. However, the OEM already has such a partnership with T-Mobile in the same country.
Doogee launches the S95 Pro, a "modular" phone aimed at fans of rugged devices
The Doogee S95 Pro is a new phone with 8GB of RAM, a triple rear camera, an IP68 certification and a 5150mAh battery. This capacity can be extended with a 3500mAh power-pack for the device that fits onto its back via a magnetic interface. There is also a detachable speaker for this phone that works along the same lines.
The Galaxy S11 actually IS the Galaxy S20, according to a Samsung “insider” tip
Recently, a prominent leaker claimed that Samsung was to disrupt its long-held flagship-naming convention with a possibly 2020-themed re-brand. Now, another media source claims to have heard that this is in fact the truth. It has allegedly received this confirmation from a “Samsung insider”, as well as from a European smartphone distributor.
Apple products stand out in a study of 2019 mobile device repair
A study of device repair in Germany for the year 2019 found that 30.7% of those conducted by users were carried out on Apple phones. Samsung was second in these terms at 29.7%, followed by Huawei at 21.6%. Owners were most likely to replace their phones' batteries by themselves, and to resort to a professional for screen repairs, last year.
LG releases its TWS earbuds to the US market
LG has announced that its latest truly wireless (or TWS) earbuds are now available to buy in the United States. These Tone Free devices are tuned by Meridian Audio and have a unique UVnano charging case. It also adds up to 21 hours' worth of playback to the LG earbuds.
CTL announces new, rugged, Gemini Lake-powered Chromebooks
CTL has launched its new NL71 series of education-focused Chromebooks. They are intended to be durable, and some are also convertible PCs with touchscreens. These devices are also capable of advanced connectivity thanks to their up-to-date processors.
Asus and AnyConnect partner up to push Smarter Cameras to the Edge
The Smarter Camera platform is an AI-powered solution for the future of industries such as security, logistics and retail. It has been developed by the company AnyConnect, which has just announced a partnership with Asus to deliver it to the market. This will be done using the Taiwanese OEM's Tinker Edge hardware.
Audio-Technica's 2020 line-up includes TWS earbuds and premium over-ear headphones
Audio-Technica has packed its Las Vegas showcase with high-tech new products. They include 3 pairs of TWS earbuds, the flagship of which are the QuietPoint ATH-ANC300TW with hybrid noise cancellation. There are also headphones directed at audiophiles, finished with premium materials such as striped ebony.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 could beat the Samsung Galaxy S20 series to launch
Some new tips concerning Xiaomi's next flagship phone suggest that it could launch before the 2020 Galaxy Unpacked event. That would make it the first Snapdragon 865 device to be announced this year. In addition, there may be a Mi 10 Pro variant in the offing.
Wacom launches a new, entry-level 13-inch creators' display
The Wacom One is a new, 13-inch digital-art display. It has an FHD panel and in-built, foldable legs for various modes. It is aimed at those looking to get into electronically-enhanced or -generated art, and can also leverage Microsoft Office features with its corresponding pen.
Amazfit's HomeStudio is a new line of personal, at-home fitness machines
Amazfit has launched a series of products in a category new to this brand: personal work-out equipment. It consists of the SMART GYM HUB, a 43-inch vertical screen with AI and a ToF sensor that can deliver fitness classes right in the home. This device can also integrate with the new Home Studio or AirRun treadmills.
Up to 64% of users have activated a smart assistant by accident
A new study of those who use voice-activated searches have found that 64% of this group set the assistant in question off by mistake during December 2019. An accidental press of a hardware button was found to be the culprit in 49% of these cases. In others, an AI "mishearing" a user's speech resulted in these mishaps.
The new Amazfit T-Rex is a smartwatch with military-grade durability
The Amazfit T-Rex is this brand's first smartwatch of 2020. With its MIL-STD-810G rating and 14 sports modes, it is clearly intended for rugged pursuits. Its maker has also updated its Bip series with the S variant, a watch with a 40-day battery life and health-focused AI features.
Ossia is ready to bring truly wireless power to the home with its latest Cota product
Ossia has brought its new Cota HOME device to CES this year. It is a residential-grade transmitter for its truly-wireless system in which energy is "beamed" to compatible devices in lieu of cables of any kind. The OEM is confident that this type of power is ready to take over, especially in view of the 5G revolution.
Amazfit unveils its PowerBuds and ZenBuds
Amazfit has announced that it's ready for the TWS earbud market in 2020. To this end, it has revealed 2 new products in this category: the PowerBuds and ZenBuds. The former are sports-focused, whereas the latter have been designed by their OEM to help relieve stress and improve sleep quality.
MediaTek debuts the Dimensity 800 line SoCs for premium mid-range 5G phones
MediaTek has expanded the range of Dimensity processors with the new 800 series. They are 8-core chipsets designed to power phones with up to 4 cameras, 90Hz displays and sub-6GHz 5G. The new 800s also feature "flagship-grade" GPUs and new APUs for AI tasks.
OnePlus unveils the Concept One, its first "Electronic CMF" phone
OnePlus has come to its first CES event to unveil the Concept One. This device is built around the idea of color-shifting glass, and how it can be integrated into a phone to hide the main cameras while not in use. This material is found in a backing that also features leather in the OEM's brand-partner McLaren's signature shade of orange.
Aipower updates its Wearbuds with a Pro variant
The Wearbuds are well known as the first true-wireless (TWS) earbuds that come with an innovative wrist-band into which they can slot and use to charge, rather than a case that has to be carried around. Now, their maker Aipower has unveiled an updated version of the same at CES 2020.
Zendure launches the MIX GO, a hybrid 45W wall charger/power bank, on Indiegogo
Zendure has put its latest product, the MIX GO, up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo. It is a 5000mAh power bank that can also plug into the wall to power devices compatible with 45 watt (W) charging. Not a brand new concept, admittedly, but this version is also equipped with state-of-the-art gallium nitride (GaN) technology.
The Realme X50 launch also reveals a new customized skin for Android
Realme has unveiled its first 5G phone today (January 7, 2020), as expected. However, the OEM did have more of a surprise to drop on the audience at the X50's launch: it is also the first phone to ship with Realme UI. This is a new software skin, although it is still based on ColorOS 7/Android 10.
The Panasonic SC-HTB01 soundbar is "designed especially for gamers"
The Panasonic SC-HTB01 is a soundbar developed in partnership with Square Enix to suit gaming-related audio content. It has 3 appropriately-themed audio presets: RPG, FPS and Voice. They can inform the device's dual frontal speakers and sub-woofers, which are rated for a total 80 watts (W) of power.
Acer unveils its compact, "Studio Sound"-enabled B250i LED projector
The B250i is Acer's latest projector. It uses LEDs to throw a FHD image at a brightness of 1000 ANSI lumens. The OEM has also outfitted it with 5W speakers, passive radiators and in-house TrueHarmony and Waves Maxx Audio technology.
Lenovo's new ThinkBook Plus comes with an e-ink display on its lid
The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus joins a growing list of productivity-focused notebooks with dual or secondary screens. This version has a unique twist in that the added display is an e-ink panel found on the PC's cover. The OEM asserts this will enhance productivity and work-flow for today's multi-tasking professionals.
MSI wants you to check out the new camo-finished GF65 Thin
The GF65 Thin is an MSI laptop that usually ships with a standard-issue dark-metal tones and logo. However, the OEM has developed new SKUs of this PC with an "on-trend" camouflage design. It is found on the notebook's lid, which may also come with updated specs.
Lenovo rounds its gaming showcase out with new wireless mice and an RGB keyboard
Lenovo has new gaming peripherals to debut at CES 2020. The Legion K300 is an entry-level RGB keyboard, while the Legion M300 is an equally budget-friendly mouse. The M600, on the other hand, is a USB type C wireless mouse touted as having the same 1000 hertz (Hz) polling rate as its wired counterparts.
Lenovo introduces its first ever external GPU
Lenovo has brought its first-gen eGPU to CES 2020. The BoostStation is part of the Legion line-up, and accomodates cards such as those of the NVIDIA GeForce 20-series and Radeon RXs. It also supports Thunderbolt 3 and 100-watt (W) power delivery for a connected PC.
Lenovo calls the Legion Y740S its "thinnest and lightest" gaming notebook yet
At just 0.58 inches (14.9mm) in depth, the Lenovo Legion Y740S is a strikingly skinny 15.6-inch laptop. However, the OEM asserts it is rated for up to 8 hours of battery life. It can be configured with up to 10th-gen core i9 processors, supports eGPUs and has 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Lenovo's new gaming monitors have near-edgeless displays, high refresh rates and FreeSync support
Lenovo has brought 3 new gaming-focused monitors to CES this year. The Y25-25, G27c-10 and G32qc-10 are 24.5-, 27- and 31.5-inch devices respectively. The former stands out with its 240Hz spec, although the other 2 have relatively high refresh rates of their own.
There may be a phone called the Samsung Galaxy A01 coming this year
Samsung's popular Galaxy A series is into its 2nd generation this year. A new leak asserts that one of these phones will be called the A01. It has allegedly been certified alongside less surprising upcoming phones such as the Galaxy A11 and M11.
No periscope lens for the Huawei P40, according to a new leak
A tip just posted to Weibo purports to have captured the housing for the Huawei P40's rear cameras. This component exhibits just 3 circular cut-outs, suggesting that the P30's successor will have this number of main shooters. A further leak indicates the presence of a P40 Lite, which may have a punch-hole display.
A new Snapdragon 765G phone from Vivo shows up on Geekbench
Vivo has already released 5G smartphones; now, it seems they are going for a third. A device called the "vivo V1963A" has appeared on Geekbench. Aspects of its processor match those found in a similar leak that may pertain to the Realme X50 5G, which will launch with the Snapdragon 765G processor.
TCL may be working on a phone with an extendable display
TCL is an OEM most likely to be familiar for its TVs. However, it also makes other display-based devices, phones included. A patent attributed to this company shows such a device with a screen that can be 'unfurled' due to its flexible panel.
The Realme X50 is now touted to be a 64MP camera phone
The Realme X50 already stands out due to its dual-band 5G status. However, a recent registration with the Chinese telecomms body TENAA may show that it will add quad rear cameras to this spec, the main sensor of which is 64MP. There may also have a 12GB RAM option and a 4100mAh battery.
OnePlus Concept One: looks like it's not foldable
OnePlus will unveil its first-ever concept device at CES this year. Given the prevailing smartphone trends, it is tempting to believe that it will turn out to be foldable in nature. However, new OEM teasers show that it is a traditional slab, albeit one with interesting features such as main cameras that can hide under color-changing glass.
Xiaomi launches the Watch Color in China
Xiaomi has unveiled its first smartwatch of 2020 already. The Watch Color has a 1.39-inch circular AMOLED display, and comes in black or silver. It is rated for 14 days' worth of battery life with normal use, and also has other potentially desirable specs such as Bluetooth 5.0, heart-rate tracking and NFC.
Dell's 2020 UltraSharp monitors have USB type-C inputs, PBP and high color accuracy
Dell's new line-up of UltraSharp monitors are all USB type-C this year. They are headlinded by the 43-inch U4320Q, a 4K panel that can be split between up to 4 separate devices via the OEM's Picture-by-Picture (PBP) feature. There are also 27- and 25-inch models in this year's productivity-focused screen series.
More mid-range phones could upgrade to under-display fingerprint scanners in 2020
In- or under-display fingerprint sensors are becoming more and more common among mobile devices. However, they are also mostly confined to AMOLED panels, which means getting this spec is likely to entail spending more on a new phone. Goodix, a company that makes these components, has announced that it is ready to mass-produce sensors that can work in LCD panels.
Huawei and Honor devices with foldable or wrap-around displays are now potentially on the cards
A new report published by a Chinese media outlet asserts that the flexible-display maker Visionox has agreed to supply its displays to the OEM Huawei. This agreement will apparently take effect from early 2020. Therefore, this brand (not to mention its subsidiary Honor) could start producing devices with next-gen screens very soon.
The Realme 5i is a possible 2020 phone with the Snapdragon 665 SoC and 4GB of RAM
Realme is now touted to launch a new phone called the 5i in Vietnam in 2020. A Geekbench listing that might correspond to this phone shows that it runs Android 9.0 on 4GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 665 processor. Therefore, this device might be the brand's first budget offering of the year.
OPPO unveils an Android 10 beta program for the F11 and F11 Pro
OPPO has announced that there is now a "Trial Upgrade" of ColorOS 7 for the F11 smartphone series. This OS is based on Android 10, and is the first version to become available for these devices. Their users can apply to join this new beta via their Settings menus.
29% of US high-speed internet households now have a smart home device
The latest research on smart-home tech uptake has shown that 29% of all broadband-using households in the US polled owned at least 1 such device. This is a change of 20% compared to 2018. However, concerns about personal data remain a major barrier to this category doing even better.
Realme X50 5G: new leak points to 8GB RAM and Android 10
The Realme X50 is one of the first phones that will launch with the new, 5G-capable Snapdragon 765G processor. A new Geekbench leak may have spilled more of this phone's specs. It seems that it will have 8GB of RAM and probably feature the latest ColorOS Android skin.
VR, AR and MR may make a US$30 billion industry by 2030
Virtual, mixed and augmented reality are probably the most familiar forms of extended reality - or technologically-enhanced experientia - out there. The latest research suggests their combined market may be worth US$30 billion or more by the next decade on. Unsurprisingly, gaming is a prominent sector therein.
Samsung Galaxy S11+: latest leak shows new, cleaner rear camera array
The Samsung Galaxy S11 series is currently believed to have as much as 4 rear cameras in a rectangular module. Some renders associated with the highest-end Plus variant suggested that the lenses were placed in there in a less than appealing pattern. However, OnLeaks has updated these rumors with a new prospective Galaxy S11+ image.
Xiaomi's next smartwatch will have a round face
Xiaomi has teased its new Watch Color, a wearable that, unlike its last, has a round face. It is slated to come in a variety of finishes and bands that will give it a total of 1540 different possible looks. This new device will be launched on January 3, 2020.
TCL's CES 2020 showcase will be based on mini-LED
TCL has announced that the new displays to be shown off at the next CES by this company will feature mini-LED technology. This next-gen form of backlight may prove a viable alternative to OLED. TCL asserts that its version are capable of "unrivaled contrast and brilliant clarity".
The 2nd-gen Huawei Mate X may support 65W charging
The Huawei Mate X's successor, thought to have the code-name of "Tahiti", may have been certified as a phone in China. The leak in question also shows that the device in question can charge at a top rate of 65 watts (W). This technology may also feature in the P40 series.
Xiaomi opens 100 physical stores simultaneously in China
Today, (December 29, 2019) Xiaomi's CEO Lu Weibing posted to Weibo claiming that the OEM opened no less than 100 brick-and-mortar stores in its native China. These outlets, which were apparently full of potential customers interested in the new Redmi K30 5G, all reportedly started trading at the same time. This achievement rounds off a good 2019 for the company.
LG's 2020 premium soundbars will be able to adapt to a room using AI
LG's upcoming line of soundbars will be unveiled at CES 2020. However, the OEM has offered some details on these new products ahead of this event. They have been developed with Meridian Audio, while also supporting Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and an AI Room Calibration feature to optimize sound based on their surroundings.
The Samsung Galaxy S11+ may be close to launch with new certifications
The Chinese telecomms regulator 3C has just cleared a phone called the Samsung SM-G9880. This phone is currently thought to be the Galaxy S11+, a potential 2020 ultra-flagship phone. If so, it will ship with a 25W charger and support 5G.
Android may be able to increase the maximum size of its video files in the future
Currently, there is a limit to the size of an MP4 file that can be saved on non-Apple phones, and it is typically 4GB. However, further development on this issue may have resulted in the ability to multiply this by up to 4X. It may take effect in an upcoming version of this OS, such as Android 11.
Samsung is to release the Galaxy Fold in Taiwan soon
Samsung reportedly plans to release its first-gen foldable phone to the Taiwanese market soon. It is slated to do so in January 2020, and is said to cost well over US$2000 in this new region. The device already features on the OEM's official site for this country.
The OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G is the world's first Snapdragon 765G phone
OPPO has launched its Reno3 series. It consists of 2 phones, both of which have 12GB RAM SKUs and 1 of which is a Pro version. This device is now officially the first to rock the Snapdragon 765G processor, a vital boast as this chipset represents the debut of mid-range 5G in Qualcomm SoCs.
The Samsung Galaxy M31 may have popped up on Geekbench
A phone called the Samsung SM-M315F has appeared on Geekbench. It may be a successor to the Galaxy M30, although it seems to have the same chipset as the M30s and A51. Should this be the case, there may be little to differentiate it from the new mid-ranger.
Xiaomi makes a Bluetooth speaker that is also a wireless charger
If a hands-free speaker with the ability to deliver the kind of charging to match is all you want for the holidays, it seems Xiaomi (nearly) has you covered. It has just certified a device called the Mi Wireless Charger Bluetooth Speaker. It appears to be an audio product with a built-in induction coil for smartphones and other gadgets.
Asus sends the ROG Phone II to Android developers
It's a happy holiday indeed for some kernel- and custom ROM-developers out there. Their Xmas packages for this year reportedly contain an Asus ROG Phone II. The OEM has done so to try and unleash the potential of Android on this powerful mobile gaming device.
The Realme X50 5G will launch in January 2020, won't do so alone
The Realme X50 is slated to be this OEM's first 5G device, powered by the Snapdragon 765G processor. The company has just announced that it will be unveiled in full on January 7, 2020. It will apparently do so alongside a second variant.
Xiaomi may be working on an inbuilt equalizer for MIUI 11
MIUI is Xiaomi's custom skin for Android, and incorporates a default audio app called MiSound. This may be handy; however, it has historically lacked an equalizer (or EQ) to adjust music playback to taste or genre. However, developers familiar with this OS' latest version claim to have found one in a new update.
DISH integrates Google Nest's doorbell into its TV receiver platform
DISH, a source of paid TV that also integrates apps such as Netflix, has announced that some Google Nest products can now co-ordinate with its "Hopper" or "Wally" receivers. As a result, users of both products will gain the abilty to see video from their Nest doorbells on their big screen. This update should be available from now.
Amazfit will unveil its first set of earphones at CES 2020
The wearables brand Amazfit is increasingly well-known for its smartwatches. However, it intends to break into new categories of wearable in 2020. They will include the company's first pair of earphones, as well as another teased as a "futuristic" new option for fitness enthusiasts.
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite may come with an even bigger battery than the Note 10+
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is an upcoming device that might put the premium in premium mid-range for Samsung. Its latest leak asserts that it will come with a 4500mAh battery, which would exceed that of the flagship Note 10+ in terms of capacity. The new phone is also now believed to have a 6.7-inch screen and 3 12MP rear cameras.
Huawei may have patented a triple flip-camera phone
Earlier, a patent apparently filed by Huawei showed a phone with a flip-camera module along the lines of the Asus ZenFone 6. Now, a new document along the same lines has been found. This one, like the Samsung Galaxy A80, has triple cameras that can serve either side of the device.
YouTube on smart TVs to gain voice-control support
YouTube has developed a panel of controls that come into effect when it is being used on a smart TV or Chromecast-enabled device. Now, it may have also added voice commands and new remote-style buttons in this menu. They have been reported as existing in a server-side update thus far.
50 carriers worldwide have 5G services by now
50 carriers in 27 different locations had set up 5G networks by October 2019, whereas over 300 others in about 109 additional markets may be preparing to do so. This is in accordance with some of the latest research on 5G deployment, which is found in a new whitepaper by OPPO and IHS Markit.
Physicality Games is an upcoming sales platform for hard-copy games
Physicality Games is a new retailer setting itself up as a platform for games in physical form. Its creators assert that its listings will not be "limited", as with some sellers in this market. It also intends to sell merchandise, gaming accessories and collectibles.
GoPro launches the Light Mod for the HERO8 Black
GoPro has released a new product that is compatible with its pre-existing mounts. However, it is not an action-cam: it is instead a mini LED floodlight intended to be used with one of them, the HERO8 Black. It can also clip onto this device, although it needs a 2nd accessory to do so.
The Realme X2 Pro's 6GB SKU is coming to India
Realme launched the X2 Pro in India recently. It was made available in its 8 and 12GB RAM variants, although there is also a 6GB version that some fans of the OEM in this country may also have liked. Now, this option is to be released in the same market, priced at the equivalent of US$394.
Asus' latest update for the ZenFone 6/6z has the November 2019 security patch
Asus has pushed a new software update to the ZenFone 6. It contains an updated security patch level - albeit only up to November 2019 - as well as some new UI tweaks and bug fixes. It is intended for the global and Indian (or 6z) versions of this phone.
OWC releases its max-outable Mac Pro 2019 RAM upgrade kits
OWC has unveiled its 64 or 128GB RAM stick kits for the new Mac Pro. They come in 768GB to 1.5TB SKUs, meaning a user can match Apple's factory maximum with this third-party memory. However, this option may also enable some savings.
Motorola postpones the Razr launch and pre-order events
Motorola had planned to open Razr 2019 pre-orders in the United States on December 26, 2019. However, the OEM has now pushed this event, as well as its subsequent launch, back to an unspecified date. This is said to be due to unexpected levels of interest in buying the foldable phone.
OnePlus opens its own paid security-incident bounty program
The OnePlus Security Response Center (or OneSRC) is this OEM's first bug-bounty initiative. It offers cash incentives (in USD) to report deficiencies in its own software. They start from US$50, but go into 3 to 4 figures for the more severe vulnerabilities.
Huawei Mate Xs: a refreshed foldable destined for an upgraded hinge, screen and MWC 2020
Huawei's CEO, Yu Chengdong, has revealed that the upcoming Mate Xs device will have a more robust display compared to the original foldable phone. It is also slated to have a new hinge with an improved design. This Kirin 990 device will also be showcased at next year's Mobile World Congress.
Galaxy S10 Lite: new leaks points to TiltOIS, Snapdragon 855 and pricing info
A new and comprehensive Galaxy S10 Lite purports to spill many more details on this upcoming launch. It asserts that it will be a Snapdragon 855 device, and will support the TiltOIS camera feature debuted in the Galaxy A90. The S10 Lite is also now touted as a triple-camera phone.
Power-over-Ethernet on some Intel NUCs is now possible
PoE Texas has announced the GBT-NUC, a new type of lid for certain Intel mini PCs that enables them to access power and data through just 1 Ethernet cable. Therefore, the devices can function independently of a conventional wall-plug, and may make them into more versatile office computers, display controllers or media-centers.
The Vivo X30 and X30 Pro are now up for pre-order
Vivo has launched the X30 series, its first pair of smartphones to come with dual-mode 5G as standard. Its unveiling has confirmed a slew of rumors and leaks, including that the Pro variant has quad rear cameras containing a 64MP sensor, a 50mm portrait lens and a periscope lens. The X30s can now be pre-ordered in China.
The OnePlus 8 Pro's latest leak points to a 120Hz display and 50W charging
OnePlus' next upcoming series of smartphones has been subject to rumors that suggest it will have specs such as the Snapdragon 865 SoC, 5G and LPDDR5 RAM. Now, it is linked to a next-gen charging standard apparently called "Super Warp". The 8 Lite's processor is also mentioned in this leak.
Samsung may release a new XCover series phone soon
Samsung has reportedly put a device called the SM-G715FN/DS through FCC testing, suggesting that it will be released soon. Some leaks allege that this phone will be marketed as the XCover Pro, thus resurrecting the OEM's line of these toughphones. Its new addition will have Bluetooth 5.0 and a display of about 6.3 inches in size.
JBL claims that its new Reflect Eternal headphones can deliver "infinite" battery life
JBL has launched the Reflect Eternal headphones via Indiegogo. The OEM claims that they are capable of self-charging, so that it may never run out of battery life or be dependent on a cable for play-time. This is conferred by Powerfoyle technology, which is found in the device's headband.
OPPO Reno3 series: new leak reveals up to 12GB of RAM, FHD+ screens and performance details
The OPPO Reno3 and 3 Pro have shown up as a set of results on the Master Lu benchmark. They show that the Snapdragon 765G may be slightly better than the MediaTek Dimensity 1000L SoC. In addition, it appears the Reno3 has a 12GB RAM variant, and that neither phone will have a 1440p display.
Nikon updates the Z 7 and Z 6 with CFexpress card and RAW video output support
The latest firmware update for Nikon Z-series cameras allows them to use CFexpress, a new memory-card format associated with faster transfers compared to XQD. This new software also allows the Z 6 or Z 7 to record 4K UHD or full-HD video in RAW. However, this can only be done with Atomos recorders and may not be available for free.
Aipower is going to CES 2020, bringing its innovative Wearbuds and more
Aipower is a start-up that had great success in its crowdfunding endeavors for its Wearbuds product. This is a type of fitness band that also houses a pair of truly wireless (or TWS) earbuds. They will be on show at CES 2020, along with some new products, a smartwatch included.
OnePlus will unveil its first ever concept phone at CES 2020
Recently, OnePlus sent out a mysterious teaser concerning its first-ever appearance at CES next year. Now, on the date of its 6th anniversary, the OEM has offered slightly greater insight into this event. Its purpose is to showcase this company's inaugural concept device.
Some of LG's 2020 TVs are set to go beyond the 8K Ultra HD criteria
LG has announced that the next generation of Signature OLED and NanoCell TVs have "exceeded" the requirements for the 8K Ultra HD designation. This new spec has been developed by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) in order to define the next-gen resolution standard. Therefore, the Korean giant may be the first to use buzzwords such as "Real 8K" when marketing new products.
ZTE's Axon 10s Pro is a Snapdragon 865 phone with 5G and Wi-Fi 6
ZTE has unveiled the Axon 10s Pro, a new version of its flagship with an updated processor, Wi-Fi standard and connectivity level. It supports dual-mode 5G, thanks to its X55 modem connected to its next-gen premium SoC. The 10s Pro will also pack LPDDR5 RAM and UFS3.0 flash storage.
OnePlus 8: new leak paints a picture of a real crowd-pleaser
OnePlus may launch the 8-series of phones in 2020. A new leak suggests that the OEM is covering nearly every base possible with at least 1 of its variants. They include the Snapdragon 865, wireless charging, an IP rating, the Sony IMX686, Warp Charge 30T, LPDDR5 memory and an IR blaster.
Realme Buds Air to launch alongside the X2 in India
Realme will debut the X2 in a new market, India, tomorrow (December 17, 2019). It will be joined on stage by the brand's first fully-wireless (or TWS) audio accessories. According to official teasers, they look like AirPods, although they come in more colors.
AT&T rolls out 5G (for real) to its first 10 US cities
AT&T has announced that its 5G service is now live in 10 different American cities, Los Angeles and New York included. In fact, it claims to have 2 (authentic) flavors of this connectivity: 5G and 5G+, which are based on low-band and high-band forms of the new radios. They are available to personal and business customers.
The Realme 1, U1 and 3 Pro get December 2019 security patches
Realme has recently updated its older 1 and U1 models. The new OTA adds a new feature in which the screen flashes for calls. More importantly, it also confers the latest security patch level on the 2 phones. It is also part of the 2019 3 Pro device's latest software update.
The latest Google Assistant version is rolling out to more English-speaking regions
Google unveiled an updated Assistant with new features at its I/O event this year. It has only been available to the US market since then; now, however, it is being applied to others such as Ireland and Canada. Then again, it remains restricted to Pixel devices in these regions.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ see a stable Android 10 update roll-out (sort of)
The Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ have started to exhibit updates to One UI 2.0 based on Android 10. This may be good news for owners of these premium phablets, particularly as this upgrade had reportedly been scheduled for 2020. On the other hand, the OTA may have reached a limited user-pool thus far.
The OPPO Reno3 will be powered by the 5G MediaTek Dimensity 1000L SoC
The OPPO Reno3 series has been teased again in even more detail by its OEM ahead of these phones' late December 2019 launch. This time, the company has let the base model's processor name slip. It seems this device will be powered by the heretofore-unannounced MediaTek 1000L chipset.
Opera GX now has a macOS version
Opera released a variant of its browser optimized for gaming earlier this year. Now, it has announced that the same app, known as GX, is compatible with macOS as well as Windows. Therefore, those using such systems can now use features such as Twitch support and network limiters in their browser.
The OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G may launch alongside brand-first TWS earbuds
A promotional poster showing a number of new and new-ish devices made by OPPO has just leaked. It suggests that its upcoming 5G device will launch alongside the OEM's first-ever truly-wireless (or TWS) earbuds. This material also shows the Reno3's full series in all its color options, as well as 2 heretofore-unknown new phones.
The visible light communication market may exceed US$100 billion in value by 2024
Visible light communication is a form of wireless technology that uses radiation in the visible to infra-red light spectrum to transmit data. It is seen as an increasingly robust and reliable way of doing so, and needs not much more than conventional, low-power LEDs to work. Its market is now thought to be capable of being worth US$101.3 billion by the end of 2024.
OnePlus teases a CES 2020 "special event"
2020 will mark the first year that OnePlus will take part in CES, the traditional January Las Vegas tech fest. The OEM has just sent out teaser images for a "special event" that will run through the relevant dates in that location. This has led to speculation that it will unveil the rumored 8 Lite smartphone.
Vivo announces a launch date for the X30 5G
The Vivo X30 will be the first phone to launch with the Exynos 980, a processor that supports dual-mode 5G. It is also thought to have a 60x zoom in its main camera array and a Pro variant. The OEM has revealed that this event will take place on December 16, 2019.
Huami will go "beyond the smartwatch" with its 2020 product portfolio
Huami is a wearables OEM that has made a name for itself largely through its Amazfit brand of smartwatches. However, it has revealed that it intends to push into additional product categories next year. The company has secured a CES 2020 booth, at which its new products may be revealed.
The Tronsmart Element T6 Max is a 60 watt Bluetooth speaker
Tronsmart has announced the Element T6 Max, a new speaker that, despite being wireless and intended as a portable accessory, has a striking 60 watts (W) of total sound output power. The OEM claims this is due at least in part to its new SoundPulse technology.
Xiaomi may have combined a foldable form-factor, a pop-up camera and a secondary display into 1 patent
Xiaomi is already linked to 1 patent for a clamshell-type foldable. Now, however, there may be a newer version. This one shows a lengthy primary display that folds in half, as does the 2019 Motorola Razr. However, unlike this phone, it has a triple pop-up camera and a small screen on the back.
Myonaz claims that its new patent-pending ceramic space heater is multifunctional, USB charging included
Myonaz is a start-up with a new kind of ceramic personal space heater. Not only does its main function initialize in an estimated 3 seconds, it can also act as a warm- or cool-air fan. It also incorporates a reading light and a USB type A port to charge a phone.
Fitbit's success in the wearables market is due to its popularity among older consumers, new study finds
At least 60% or more of US consumers aged 55 years or more favor Fitbit when buying a wearable. This is due to the demand for smartwatches and fitness trackers in the relevant age ranges. However, Apple is more popular among those aged 18 to 24.
The Realme X50 Pro will sport the Snapdragon 865 processor
Realme will launch the X50, its first phone with 5G, soon. However, the OEM has also announced that there will be a Pro variant of this same device. It will be powered by the next-gen flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC, but will not be available until 2020.
The new Apple Mac Pro is now on sale
Get ready for what could be the most expensive cheesegrater in your life: the new Mac Pro is here. It is now available to pre-order from Apple.com and retailers such as B&H. This new PC has configurations that go from 4- to 6-figure USD prices.
New research finds PC and tablet shipments in the US will gradually fall until 2023
The tech market analyst firm Daniel Research Group has reported that its latest study shows US PC shipments will exhibit an indifferent trend. On the other hand, newer form factors are thought to do better in this new forecast. This trend is thought to be related to the strength of the nation's economy over the next 4 years.
Autodesk releases an NVIDIA Studio Driver for Maya, making it RTX-compatible
Autodesk's Maya is one of the best-known applications in 3D animation. Its latest driver includes features that can be used by NVIDIA RTX graphics cards. This also extends to the latest version of Arnold, Maya's renderer.
OPPO teases the Reno3 Pro 5G on its official site
OPPO has spilled a whole panel of additional details on its upcoming third-generation Reno series of smartphones. It is now clearly destined for quad rear cameras and colorways that make it quite reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. The Pro variant will also be powered by the Snapdragon 765G.
The new Gimdow smart lock does not require a door teardown to install it
Gimdow claims that its new smart lock is one that doesn't require the user to replace the existing one (or even parts of it). This may be ideal for those who want this kind of Bluetooth-enabled security, but can't risk damage to fittings while installing it. The new product has just launched as part of a crowdfunding campaign.
AZIO is back on Indiegogo with its new FOKAL mechanical keyboard
AZIO has a new RGB mechanical keyboard up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo. This one has a less retro appearance, yet is still touted to be high-end in terms of its materials and build quality. It also has the OEM's new FOKAL spinning control, which can be used for a variety of sliding-value options and also acts as a 360-degree joystick.
The Magewell Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 can bring high-res video to the PCIe-less boards of the future
Magewell is a company that makes the components that connect video and audio output with the applicable software. Its latest M.2 video capture card is of its 'Eco' line-up, and is capable of single-channel operation at up to 4096x2160 at 60 frames per second over 12G-SDI. It will be launched in 2020 at the ISE exhibition.
OPPO drops glimpses of its 2020 smartwatch and truly wireless earbuds
OPPO's Inno Day 2019 event was mostly dominated by upcoming products such as its AR headset. However, it also teased new wearables that may launch soon as well. They are a new pair of truly wireless (TWS) earbuds, as well as a square-faced smartwatch.
Huawei has its Taiwanese Mate 30 launch cancelled
Huawei had planned to release its Mate 30 Pro and Watch GT 2 to the Taiwanese market soon. However, this jurisdiction's NCC regulator has withdrawn its approval to sell these devices. The abrupt decision is related to an old dispute that affects the country.
OnePlus announces a new, Netflix-buttoned remote for its smart TV
OnePlus released its first smart TV series (the Q1 and Q1 Pro) this year. Now, it has unveiled a new accessory for it: an alternate remote control with a Netflix-branded button. However, existing customers can get it for free.
OPPO's upcoming mid-ranger may be MediaTek Helio P70-powered (again)
Two new devices, apparently made by OPPO, have shown up on the Geekbench 4 website. Given the similarities in their specs and model numbers, they may be 2 variants of the same phone. Oddly, however, they are listed with the MediaTek Helio P70 SoC, as are some of this OEM's existing phones.
The eSIM market is now thought to be worth US$700 million by the end of 2019
The eSIM market is thought to be capable of growing rapidly in terms of shipment volumes until 2025. New research on the same subject now shows that its value will exceed US$700 million by the end of the year. This may be driven by their use in consumer-grade devices, as well as in newer cars and in the internet-of-things (IoT).
The Vivo X30 leaks in its Coral Red color option
The Vivo X30 has reportedly been spotted in real-life images, showing a novel colorway that is apparently called Coral Red. Additional leaked information asserts that both it and its Pro variant will have the dual-band 5G capabilites of their Exynos 980 chipset. Its battery capacity may also have been spoiled.
Vizio sold 80% more 4K smart TVs over the 2019 Black Friday event compared to 2018
The panel-maker Vizio has reported that it "exceeded expectations" over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday period just gone, having sold 500,000 or more units of its smart TVs between these days in 2019. For example, it sold 87% more premium 4K UHD big-screens year-on-year (YoY) compared to the same event in 2018.
Nokia 2.3 launched: Android One into 2021 for US$121
Nokia has launched a 2nd generation of its ultra-cheap 2.2 smartphone. This iteration has a novel "Nano-Textured" polymer rear panel, AI for battery conservation and the certainty of Android updates for 2 years. The new 2.3 has been launched at €109 (about $121).
Facebook's Messenger adds screen-sharing to its beta on Android
Facebook appears to be preparing a screen-sharing feature for its Messenger app. The latest beta version of this app on Android is reportedly flashing up a new option to "Share your Screen Together" in its video-calling section. To date, there is no mention of the possibility of interaction with a caller's screen.
The 500 amp MAGFAST power bank has 3 separate wireless charging coils
MAGFAST is a company set up to offer power accessories with an innovative magnetic interface. Its largest product is the Extreme, a charging station with 3 Qi-wireless charging coils on its top. It can also support USB type C, type A and Lightning-ported devices - as well as jump-leads for a car.
OPPO's Reno 3 Pro may come with cheaper, yet still 5G-powered, variants
The third-generation Reno flagship is currently projected to come in 5G flavor. This is due to leaks hinting at a next-generation Snapdragon processor that has this connectivity on-chip. Furthermore, it may be joined in its series by at least 1 more phone with an equally 5G MediaTek SoC.
Windows on ARM will pick up Project xCloud support soon
Windows on ARM is the popular Microsoft OS running on Snapdragon processors. As a relatively new platform, it does not have every feature of its "full" normal PC equivalent yet. However, this may be addressed when it gains the ability to run Project xCloud, as well as Microsoft Zoom Video, soon.
The Samsung Galaxy S11e may have gained 3C approval in China
Samsung has registered a phone called the SM-G9810 with the 3C telecomms authority in China. This device may turn out to be the rumored Galaxy S11e. If so, it will ship with a 25-watt fast charger and have a 5G variant.
The Garmin Venu smartwatch launches in India
Garmin has launched its Venu wearable in the Indian market. It has a smartwatch form factor, with a round 1.2-inch AMOLED display, but also has modes to track over 20 fitness-related activities and an inbuilt coaching interface for workouts. It will go for 37490 INR (or about US$525) when it is released to Amazon.in on December 15, 2019.
The Nokia 9 PureView officially updates to Android 10
Android 10 for Nokia's most premium phone has been on the cards since the leak of an internal test build for this OS was detected back in November 2019. Now, the OEM is pushing a major upgrade of the same out to users worldwide. It contains new features such as a dark theme, smart responses for messaging and the latest style of navigation.
Samsung gets the Galaxy A51 FCC-certified, revealing punch-hole display and 3.5mm jack
Samsung has successfully registered a phone called the SM-A515F with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This phone is most likely the Galaxy A51, which may also be officially unveiled soon. Its regulatory filings include multiple real-life images, which indicate a lack of notch or pop-up camera, and also show a headphone jack at its bottom edge.
A 2020 Samsung Galaxy A phone may have shown up on Geekbench
The Galaxy A11 is currently believed to be one of Samsung's phones up for release in the new year. A device with what may be its model number has appeared on Geekbench 4. This new leak points to 2GB of RAM, a rather elderly Snapdragon SoC and Android 10.
Huawei launches the Nova 6 series, 5G variant included
The Huawei Nova 6 is a device that has been anticipated for a long time. Now, it has finally been launched, alongside a 5G and SE variant. The first 2 of these are powered by the Kirin 990, whereas the last has the Kirin 810 instead. The new line also features high-res cameras, Android 10 and 8GB of RAM.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 Lite variants are now Bluetooth-certified devices
The SM-G770 and SM-N770F have reportedly been certified by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). This leak appears to confirm that these 2 model numbers do in fact refer to the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite respectively. In addition, it is now certain that they both have Bluetooth 5.
Vivo launches the iQOO Neo 855 - and its “Racing” Edition
iQOO has finally unveiled its refresh of the original Neo smartphone. This new variant is based on the Snapdragon 855 processor, rather than the 845 of its predecessor. There is also a second option: a “Racing” edition that upgrades further to the 855 Plus SoC.
Google introduces a new setting for more private, direct-to-contact photo sharing
Google Photos is probably one of the biggest platforms for personal image management. However, sharing via the same app has always been of a public nature. Now, the app is to gain a new update in which this content can apparently be sent directly to those known to the user in a more one-to-one manner.
The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G ships with the Snapdragon X55 modem and Android 10
T-Mobile has unveiled its branded version of the highest-end Galaxy Note 10+. This device has Qualcomm's 2nd-gen 5G modem, which makes it compatible with the US carrier's new sub-6GHz network. It is also Samsung's first phone to ship with One UI 2.0 out of the box.
The Motorola One Hyper is now touted to be the OEM's first 64MP and pop-up camera phone
Some images of a new Motorola phone with the legend "64MP Quad Pixel" embossed on its main camera module have emerged. Rumored to be called the One Hyper, this device also has a single pop-up selfie shooter that leaves its front panel with a minimal chin and bezels on 3 sides. It is also thought to be powered by the Snapdragon 675 SoC.
Android 11 may support leaving Bluetooth on in Airplane Mode
Airplane mode is an ever-present setting on mobile devices that is effectively an instant kill switch for all radios, those for wireless connectivity included. However, this setting can be considerably less convenient for those who depend on Bluetooth for audio. There are now signs that an Android 10 successor may allow more granular control over what it does.
The latest Samsung Galaxy A91 renders hint at a whole mess of cameras and central punch-hole
The Samsung Galaxy A91 is thought to be one of this OEM's new phones in 2020. OnLeaks has released new renders for this device, showing that it may look somewhat like the Note 10 of this year. This design is also thought to apply to the upcoming Galaxy S11 flagship series.
The Runn is a new sensor that beams treadmill performance to a smartphone
Those who use treadmills might want to keep track of their speed, incline and other metrics as they work out. The Runn is a new gadget that captures this data and sends it right to a compatible fitness app. It is up for pre-order now, and is slated to ship in mid-December
ZTE's Android 10 skin will be called MiFavor 10
The Chinese OEM ZTE has revealed that it has a version of Android 10 ready to go. This MiFavor 10 OS is slated to confer numerous UI and system improvements on the devices that will update to it. They include a dark mode, an AI engine upgrade and new dynamic wallpapers.
The next generations of Samsung foldables will have "Hideaway" hinges, according to a new trademark
Samsung has reportedly trademarked the name "Hideaway Hinge" with the EU's intellectual property office, EUIPO. This name, as it may sound on the tin, is a component relevant to smartphones and tablets. Therefore, it seems the Galaxy Fold's successors may be less obtrusive in the crease-region.
More and more people are using ad-based streaming services
Some subscription-based streaming platforms have become huge for a number of reasons, the total lack of ads being one of them. However, there are emerging alternatives that reinstate this potential disadvantage back in return for no monthly fee. Research has shown that their uptake in the United States has increased by nearly 10% over the last 12 months.
Samsung will launch the 2020 Galaxy A series soon
Samsung Vietnam has released a new trailer for the upcoming Galaxy A series. It is pretty apparent that, with their central punch-hole displays, they will improve on their predecessors in one respect at least. They will launch in this market on December 12, 2019.
Realme cuts some 2018 phones out of its Android 10 plans
The Realme 1, 2, C1 and U1 were all released at various points in 2018. Despite this, their maker has just announced that they will not receive an update to ColorOS 7. This is an upcoming software skin based on Android 10 that the company shares with OPPO.
Huami asserts that its Amazfit GTS smartwatch had an outstanding Black Friday
Huami has released a statement on how its latest device, the Amazfit GTS, did in the recent November 2019 sales event. It claims that the smartwatch was a hit on numerous regional online sales platform. The GTR and Bip Lite wearables also allegedly sold out in 1 hour in 1 store.
60% or more European consumers would go for an AMD APU in their next desktop
The European Hardware Association (EHA) has released the results of its latest study into user preferences for chipsets from different manufacturers. It indicates that over 60% of these customers would choose AMD for their next non-mobile PC processor. The preference for this company's graphics is also showing slow but steady growth.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 will see an Indian launch in December 2019
Huawei has announced that it will introduce its Watch GT 2 to Indian customers on December 5, 2019. This will be the first device with the new Kirin A1 processor for wearables released to this market. This smartwatch also boasts a 2-week battery life and a bezel-less display.
Realme, the OPPO sub-brand? Not for much longer, apparently
The smartphone OEM Realme started life as a spin-off from the company OPPO. Now, however, it has emerged that the 2 brands are effectively going their separate ways. The younger firm is now its own private company with its own CEO and R&D unit.
A second Redmi Note 7 series phone reportedly self-destructs
A Chinese user has reportedly claimed that a Redmi Note 7 Pro caught fire, resulting in the complete destruction of the phone. This would be the second time in two weeks that a mobile device from this OEM has apparently ended up in such a state. The company has denied the incident is related to the quality of the phone in question.
Google's Messages app gains a new ability to protect against phishing
Google is pushing a new update in which its SMS app will gain the ability to tell between 'real' and 'fake' corporate messages. This will be done in line with the search giant's new "Verified" initative, by which businesses register with Google so as to prevent their communiques being automatically labelled as a form of spam and never reaching their customers.
The LG G8 ThinQ reportedly updates to Android 10
LG's original 2019 flagship smartphone has started to see updates to Android 10. However, this is only reportedly applicable to units in the OEM's native South Korea at present. This upgrade also apparently comes with the November 2019 security patch.
The TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE gets a 25% discount
Mobvoi's Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale has started. It includes a 25% discount on its Ticwatch Pro and Pro 4G/LTE models, which are normally US$249.99 and $299 respectively. The OEM is also offering other smartwatches at up to $50 off.
Google's Black Friday sale makes its Pixel prices look much more reasonable
The Google Pixel 4 series started at US$799 at launch. However, the OEM's Black Friday event brings it down to $200 off each variant. Their predecessors are also included in this sale, as are the Pixel 3a and 3a XL.
The Lepow FHD USB type C portable monitor is going on a 30% off sale
Lepow has announced a 30% discount on its portable monitor as of tomorrow (November 30, 2019). This product is a 15.6-inch display with a built-in stand-cover and dual speakers. It has USB type C and mini HDMI ports so as to be compatible with mobile devices, PCs and consoles.
New leak points to Galaxy A10, A30 and A40 successors with improved storage specs
The leaker Ishan Agarwal claims to have heard that the Samsung Galaxy A11, A31 and A41 are definitely in the works. Furthermore, these low- to mid-range smartphones will have more internal memory compared to their first generations. They are all thought to launch in 2020.
Dell's Black Friday sale offers up to US$1020 off Alienware gaming PCs
Dell.com's Black Friday event has kicked off with about 20% off many XPS and Inspiron models. In terms of less productivity-focused hardware, however, its banner listing may be the Alienware Area-51 desktop with a Threadripper 2950X SoC, which has been discounted by US$1020. There are also other gaming PCs from this OEM on sale.
The Apple Watch-esque Amazfit GTS now has a titanium variant
Huami is a smartwatch OEM that has developed a habit of releasing titanium-cased variants of its products. Now, it has given one of its latest releases, the GTS, the same treatment. Its new edition costs about US$185, or about $58 more than the original.
Twitter walks back its plan to cull inactive accounts
Recently, reports of Twitter's intentions to delete inactive accounts, starting December 2019, came to light. However, the company has come up against resistance to this idea from more vocal users. Their main objection appears to be that the move would result in the removal of the timelines of the dead.
The Asus ZenFone 5z officially gets upgraded to Android 10
Recently, Asus released an Android 10 beta for the ZenFone 5z. Now, the phone has a stable build that will be rolled out to users in general. This update adds a dark theme and a more streamlined UI to the 2018 flagship.
A phone that may be the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite shows up on Geekbench
The Samsung SM-N770F has shown up on the Geekbench 5 database. This phone is thought to become the latest addition to the Galaxy Note 10 family. Its new leak shows that it is a 6GB device with the Exynos 9810 SoC.
Xiaomi certifies a 5G phone with 66W charging
Xiaomi has secured 3C approval for a new smartphone with dual-band 5G. Furthermore, this device - which comes in 2 variants - has a maximum charging rate of 66 watts. Therefore, it is likely that this product may be a new flagship, or a high-value mid-ranger at least.
The Honor 8X gets an EMUI 10 beta program
Honor India has announced a new beta program for the 8X. It allows participants to test a new version of EMUI based on Android 10, on their devices. However, it is only open to the phone's 4GB RAM/64GB internal storage variant at present.
YI partners with Home Depot for its Black Friday outdoor camera sale
YI is a home security brand with some Black Friday deals that have already been added to its own online store. However, it has announced that its weather-proof outdoor variant will be up to 40% through the chain Home Depot on the day itself. The camera comes with a 6-month subscription to a cloud service for video through this retailer.
LG unveils its Black Friday sale on 2019 OLED TVs
LG has unveiled what it calls the "best prices of the year" on its OLED TVs sold through its site and authorized dealers in the US. It includes no less than US$2000 off one 77-inch model, and a 55-inch SKU that now goes for just $1199. These deals take effect today (November 27, 2019) and last until December 2.
The Google Assistant Ambient Mode is now official
Google introduced Ambient Mode for the Assistant at I/O 2019. It is a kind of alternative interface for Android devices that makes them take on the functions of a smart display. This can involve a revolving series of screens showing calendar information, photos or other content.
Get about 30% off Reolink's best-rated, PoE or wireless security cameras
Reolink has announced its Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale. It includes 31% off the Argus 2, which has been named the best 2019 home security camera (outdoor) by PCMag. There is also 25% off the 355-degree-panning E1 Pro Wi-Fi camera, and 30% off the 4G-capable Go.
A new gadget can transfer Apple Watch heart-rate tracking to workout machines
North Pole Engineering has launched heartbeatz, a new device that acts as a bridge between an Apple Watch and any exercise bike or treadmill with ANT+. This enables the machine in question to display heart rate information directly from the wearable while in use. No more checking your wrist during a workout!
Intel and MediaTek announce a new 5G partnership
MediaTek has revealed that it will be supplying Intel with modems for 5G-capable hardware in the future. These components may go into laptops, the first of which are projected to be made by HP and Dell. Those PCs may those targeted at both business and personal use.
Huawei's MatePad Pro may prove a headache for the iPad Pro 2018 in China
Huawei has unveiled the MatePad Pro today (November 25, 2019). It is a 10.8 tablet with a resolution of 2560x1600 and a punch-hole selfie camera. This new slate comes in 6GB or 8GB RAM SKUs and has LTE or Wi-Fi only options. It can be pre-ordered from today, but only in its home country.
The Realme X50 will be this brand's first ever 5G phone
Realme's CEO, Xu Qi Chase, has announced the X50 via Weibo. This upcoming phone is to be the first phone to launch under this brand-name with 5G. This phone may also have a dual punch-hole selfie camera, and may offer an "advanced experience".
Intel may have patented a cloud gaming-dedicated controller
Intel has reportedly patented its own game controller. It is liberally provisioned with joysticks, buttons, a D-pad and what could be shoulder triggers. Furthermore, its design also includes a touchpad, which is apparently associated with a patent of its own. This new in-house controller could be related to this company's cloud-gaming partnership with Tencent.
Google Pay can now show SafetyNet status on its load page
The Google Pay app has been updated so as to display a message should a given phone be ineligible to conduct transactions using this method. This notification would apply to users who have rooted or otherwise modified their devices in a way that causes it to fail SafetyNet requirements. In addition, upcoming updates to this app will also be able to PIN-protect online shopping done through it.
Save as much as US$700 on Canon cameras and lenses
Canon has unveiled its Black Friday 2019 week deals, which include a number of high-end cameras, on its own website. This store also offers discounts on some lenses, as does Amazon at present. These listings also include Tamron or Sigma attachments.
NVIDIA releases its latest Game Ready Driver update
NVIDIA has a new driver update for its more recent GPUs. This version (Game Ready Driver 441.20 WHQL) makes 1 more Asus monitor and 2 more Acer displays G-SYNC compatible. It may also improve gameplay in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and the VR title Stormland.
Intel debuts its new NUC 10 Performance series
Intel has released its latest Next-Unit Computing- (NUC) form-factor PCs. They are powered by 10th-generation Core processors, and have i3, i5 and i7 variants. This applies to the kits and the mini PCs in this series, which also have Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi 6 and 4 USB 3.1 ports, 1 of which is type C.
New Samsung Galaxy S11e renders show central punch-hole and triple rear camera
OnLeaks has produced renders of what will probably be the cheapest variant of the Galaxy S11 series should it be released. They suggest that this S10e successor will have a Galaxy Note 10-esque screen, as well as a main triple-camera set-up in the OEM's new rectangular housing. This phone is thought to have the same SoC as other upcoming Samsung flagships.
Google now offers a US$1 million bounty for Titan M chipset vulnerabilities
Google's updated Android Security Rewards Program now offers up to six-figure rewards for reporting potential severe exploits that affect its Titan M security module. It applies to such discrepancies that can affect the Pixel 4, 3 and 3a smarphone series. Other similar bounties include up to US$250000 for Secure Element or Trusted Execution Environment hacks.
OnePlus reports a data security breach that affects its customers
OnePlus has sent an email to "some of" its customers advising them of a lapse in data protection at the company. In this case, it appears passwords and payment details are safe; however, personal information associated with these consumers may have been stolen. The OEM has asserted that it is investigating the issue and will be tightening their security in the future.
A Vivo 5G phone passes 3C certification, which reveals 33W charging
A phone called the Vivo V1938T has gained 3C certification in China. Given that it has dual-band 5G, this device is most likely the X30 or its Pro variant. This series is also now rumored to have quad cameras with a 60MP sensor, a 4500mAh battery and at least 8GB of RAM.
Microsoft is now licensed to do business with Huawei again
Microsoft has announced that it has secured a license from the US government that allows it to sell its products to Huawei again. This will, for example, enable the OEM to put Windows on future generations of its MateBooks. The Redmond giant is among the 25% of the companies who have had their applications to work with the Chinese company approved.
The latest OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro official betas have November 2019 security patches
OnePlus has released its Open Beta 6 software update for the 7 and 7 Pro. This version of OxygenOS confers the latest security patch levels on the 2 phones. It also introduces a setting to disable Zen Mode, as well as some fixes for the series' in-display fingerprint scanner.
Vivo is to release a new kind of S1 Pro in India soon
Vivo recently launched a new phone as the S1 Pro in the Philippines. Unlike the device sold under this name in China, it has the Snapdragon 665 processor and quad rear cameras. The newer version is also now rumored to be released to the Indian market soon.
OPPO trademarks its own in-house mobile chipset in Europe
OPPO may have an equivalent to Samsung's Exynos SoC line in the works. This is in line with a new report that the OEM has registered the name M1 in relation to this product category with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). This hardware could thus join or even replace Qualcomm silicon in future phones from this company.
The Realme XT and 5 are coming to Europe
The Realme XT is this brand's first 64MP quad-camera phone. It has finally come to European shores, although it is exclusive to eBay Germany for now, and starts at €259 (US$289) for a 6GB/64GB SKU. In addition, Realme has announced that it will be bringing the 5 to Europe in time for Black Friday.
The so-called Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite gets certified by the FCC
A new Samsung device with the model number SM-G770F has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This identifier has been linked to the "Galaxy S10 Lite" since the first rumor about this putative phone ever started. Its new certification confirms its apparently paradoxical 6.7-inch display.
Huawei teases the MatePad Pro in a new promo video
Huawei has officially acknowledged the MatePad Pro product name in full. Its latest Weibo video shows this tablet in action, showcasing some features such as split-screen apps and M-Pen support. The new promo also reveals that the first MatePad has dual rear cameras and will have a keyboard cover accessory.
The 2019 Snapdragon Technology Summit keynotes will be livestreamed from their Hawaii venue
Qualcomm has announced that its next Snapdragon Tech Summit will take place from December 3 to 5, 2019 in Maui, Hawaii. This year, the company will showcase its growing 5G expertise, as well as other facets of its mobile device business such as the appropriate SoCs. Each of the event's keynotes will also be livestreamed from a dedicated site.
It looks like Samsung has a 120Hz display in the works
A One UI 2.0 beta may have just spoiled Samsung's big next-gen display spec reveal. The leaker Ice Universe has reported that a user has found references to a 120 hertz (Hz) display setting in this version of the OS. This feature, called Best Display in the ROM, could be destined for the Galaxy S11 at the earliest.
A new Honor phone appears on Geekbench, could be a 5G V30 variant
A phone called the Huawei OXF-AN10 has appeared on the Geekbench 4 website. Despite the first part of this model number, it has been linked to the upcoming Honor V30 series. It is listed as running Android 10, has 8GB of RAM and may furthermore be a 5G device.
AT&T approves Qualcomm’s new 9205 LTE modem for its IoT bands
AT&T now maintains specific bands for internet of things (IoT) devices and other low-power 4G/LTE applications. To this end, the carrier has just validated the new 9205 modem for these kinds of networks and ecosystems. This Qualcomm SoC is designed to be half as big as its predecessor, while using 70% less power and 40% fewer resources.
The cameras on "hundreds of millions" of Android phones could have been hijacked
The security research group Checkmarx has claimed to have identified a vulnerability that could have allowed hackers to bypass Android permission restrictions to remotely open and control device cameras without their owners' knowledge. This issue, which apparently affected Google and Samsung apps, has reportedly been addressed in recent software updates.
The Dripp Dropps are the "most affordable" truly wireless earphones with Qualcomm tech on Indiegogo
Dripp Audio is a new company that has put its interestingly-named true-wireless earbuds on Indiegogo. The "Dropps" are described as the cheapest products in their category to have Qualcomm aptX and cVc noise-cancelling tech. They also have Bluetooth 5.0 and IP5X ingress protection, and start at US$39.
A new Huawei MatePad Pro leak appears to confirm Kirin 990 SoC
The MatePad Pro is rumored to be the name of an upcoming tablet from Huawei. It is thought to have premium specs, including the Kirin 990 processor and 5G variants. A new Geekbench listing appears to agree with the first of these, if not the second.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is caught running Android 10 on Geekbench
The Geekbench 4 database has added several new sets of results for the Redmi Note 8 Pro, which differ from existing ones in only 1 important respect: they list the phones' OS as Android 10 rather than Android 9.0 (Pie). This suggests an imminent update to MIUI 11 for the device.
Samsung reportedly switches to an ODM to make upcoming Galaxy A models
Samsung has a solid track record of both designing and making all its own phones in-house, unlike other phone companies that contract these processes out to original design manufacturers (ODMs). However, according to a new report, the Korean giant will farm out some of its mobile devices to just such a company in the future. This ODM (Wingtech) may end up informing these products' quality, both inside and outside.
Huawei allegedly patents a response to the Asus ZenFone 6
Huawei has reportedly filed patents for phones with reversible cameras. This design choice is found in a pre-existing Asus phone: the ZenFone 6 (or 6Z), which uses a flip-action module to deploy its dual cameras as both main and selfie shooters. Huawei's apparent competing IP has either 1 or 2 sensors in its own rotating component.
Chrome reigns its pervasive website notification prompts in on Android
Websites are capable of asking to send notifications in a number of browsers, Chrome included. In this case, they may be particularly capable of disrupting the app's experience as they are markedly large and obtrusive, especially on mobile devices. The latest update to Chrome Canary for Android adds options to restrict or block them.
The TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE variant is now on sale in Europe
Mobvoi has released the 4G/LTE version of its TicWatch Pro to the European region. It costs €329.99 (about US$365) in its new market. However, its SIM functions can only be activated in Germany through this country's Vodafone division.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 reportedly gets MIUI 11 - albeit with some critical caveats
The Redmi 4 - or 4X in some markets - is a 2017 phone thought to have been all but abandoned by its maker Xiaomi in software-update terms. Despite this, some users of the device in India have reported being able to install a new upgrade conferring the OEM's latest OS, MIUI 11. However, it seems this version is not based on Android 10, and has other drawbacks besides.
The Samsung Galaxy A80 is to get a new internal-storage SKU
The Samsung Galaxy A80 is a phone containing one of the most innovative notch- or pop-up alternatives in recent times. It is available in a number of regional markets, including China. It must be popular in the latter, as TENAA has certified a new variant with double the normal fixed storage.
Sony releases an API for its robot dog, aibo
Sony started selling its first consumer-grade robot puppy, aibo, quite some time ago. Therefore, you'd think the OEM would have also released advanced development tools so that the more tech-savvy of this product's owners could have really made it their own by now. However, this has only happened with the latest app update for this device.
The Motorola Razr may be even more expensive in Europe than first thought
Earlier, a Motorola Razr 2019 leak suggested that it would be priced at up to €1500 on its European launch. Now, a new rumor indicates that it will in fact cost the equivalent of €1680 when it is released to the Swedish market in January 2020. For context, the Galaxy Fold costs about €2160 in this country.
Galaxy S11: latest rumor points to 8K recording and 20:9 aspect ratio
The Samsung Camera app's latest update reportedly contains references to what next-generation premium phones from this OEM may be capable of. Its APK allegedly contains strings indicating the potential for 8K recording and a 20:9 aspect ratio. As others also mention 108M pixel counts, this may pertain to a Galaxy S10 or Note 10 successor.
The latest Fujitsu thin clients have Gemini Lake Refresh processors
Fujitsu has announced the latest 3 additions to its FUTRO line of thin clients. They also have freshly-launched Intel chipsets: Gemini Lake Refresh processors named as the Pentium Silver J5040, Celeron J4125 and Celeron J4025. The highest-end of these new clients also has PalmSecure authentication.
Huawei reportedly files a patent for a clamshell foldable
A new patent allegedly submitted by Huawei to the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) has been posted online. It is for a phone with a flexible display - however, for one that folds vertically (like the new Motorola Razr) as opposed to the Mate X's hinge orientation. Should this document be valid, it is a triple-camera, edge-to-edge screened device.
Lenovo announces a new version of its Google Assistant-powered Smart Display
Lenovo has launched the Smart Display 7, which, like its predecessors, is a smart speaker with an in-built touchscreen. This new version has its display above its speakers this time, although they are still 10-watt (W) drivers. It also has Google Assistant, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and an ambient color sensor.
Xiaomi's Mi Surface monitor may be getting a 29-inch variant
The Mi Surface is a recently-released gaming-focused monitor from Xiaomi. Now, a new leak has pointed toward an additional variant of this display line. It is to measure 29 inches rather than 34 as in the original, yet retain this device's 1500R curvature and 144 hertz (Hz) refresh rate.
Who made the display on the Motorola Razr 2019? BOE, apparently
BOE has made an announcement on Weibo claiming that it supplied Motorola with flexible displays for the new Razr. Furthermore, it now asserts that it has done the same for the Huawei Mate X - and for the foldable Lenovo ThinkPad X1. Therefore, those interested in this upcoming notebook could look to the Razr for advance indications of its screen quality.
B&H offers US$100 off some new 16GB MacBook Pro 16-inch SKUs
B&H Photo Video is offering a US$100 "holiday" discount off the first MacBook Pro 16" units it has in stock. However, they all have 16GB of RAM, whereas this new Apple product also has 32GB and 64GB options. Some do have a core i9 processor, albeit the one with a base clock of 2.3GHz.
A new Athlon APU may have leaked onto Geekbench
AMD may have new depths of Raven Ridge to share with us soon. The evidence for this has just surfaced on Geekbench 4 for Windows, in the form of a laptop listed as powered by a chipset called the "Athlon Gold 3150U". This 2-core, 4-thread apparent APU has posted indifferent scores.
A mysterious new Xiaomi certification raises new hopes for a Pocophone F2
Xiaomi has just certified a new mobile device with the Chinese 3C authority. The most obvious explanation is that it is of the K30 series - however, a report alleges that it has already been registered under a different model number. Furthermore, this identifier is linked to this line's confirmed 5G status, whereas the strange new one is not.
Huawei announces a November 25, 2019 launch event, most likely for the MatePad Pro
Huawei's Consumer Business head Yu Chengdong has posted the date of a new launch event on Weibo. This message also contains references to the Mate line of devices, indicating that it is to get new additions at this show. They may include the rumored MatePad Pro tablet.
Xiaomi may be working on its own Razr-esque foldable
The blog TigerMobiles claims to have dug up a couple of patents that may show the directions in which Xiaomi intends to take the foldable trend. One shows a clamshell design like that of the new Motorola Razr, whereas the other is more like the Huawei Mate X, but with an impressively extensive pop-up camera.
DJI announces Remote ID: an app to find out about any drone overhead
DJI has introduced its Remote ID, which allows a drone to "beam" its identity and other prevalent information to any smartphone on the ground via Wi-Fi. The company has developed this modality, which can be used through an app, in accordance with government recommendations for safety and compliance while flying personal aerial robots.
Up to 56% of all US consumers may own a wearable at this point
A new study of wearable uptake in the US shows that 56% of its participants own such a device. Furthermore, another 13% of this group reported considering the purchase of one by 2020. This study's publication also contained some recommendation for Google's next moves in this game following its Fitbit acquisition.
Vivo launches the S5, a mid-range phone with a slightly novel diamond-shaped camera module
Vivo's S5 might be taken for just another device in a steadily-growing range of mid-range quad-cam products, were it not for the rather more original way in which the OEM has arranged its rear image sensors. They are in a square housing, but one rotated through 90 degrees compared to that of, say, the Pixel 4.
Google is reportedly coming for the Apple Card with new financial-institution partnerships
Google has reportedly set up partnerships, or at least talks for partnerships, with various US banks and credit unions to offer a new kind of checking account linked to the Pay service. This may help it battle Apple, not to mention other bodies such as AliPay and Samsung Pay.
The Motorola Razr 2019 is FCC-certified, confirming foldable design and more
Motorola has finally certified its first-gen foldable with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The device's documentation reveals everything about the phone - well, from the outside, at least. Its new regulatory images dovetail with its most recent leaks.
Microsoft rolls the November 2019 update out for Windows 10 devices
Microsoft has let it be known that checking for updates on Windows 10 PCs that run the stable-channel 1903 version may result in the ability to download its successor, 1909. This November 2019 replacement for that build can also now be accessed by business users and server maintainers.
The chance to bundle Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with a new RTX card will be gone soon
NVIDIA is offering a free copy of the latest Call of Duty PC game with every purchase of an RTX graphics card, desktop or notebook. However, this deal's window is shrinking: it is only available until November 18, 2019. The GPUs must be bought from nvidia.com or its official partners for the promotion to apply.
New Samsung Galaxy A51 renders hint at a punch-hole display, quad cameras and a 3.5mm jack
The Galaxy A51 will probably be one of Samsung's new phones for 2020. It has attracted its first 360-degree set of renders (from OnLeaks), which incorporate rumors and theories about the phone such as that it will have quad rear cameras. The phone is also now depicted as having a punch-hole camera in its display.
The Honor V30 series' launch date is confirmed, as is its 5G aspect
The Honor V30 and V30 Pro are now scheduled for launch on November 26, 2019 in Beijing. This new series has also officially been confirmed to support 5G. It is also now linked to 90-hertz displays and a new alogrithm called Camera Matrix.
GoToMeeting is found to be potentially susceptible to hacking
The European "responsible vulnerability disclosure" specialists Swascan claim to have discovered that the popular virtual conference service GoToMeeting may be subject to various common weakness enumerations (or CWEs). They may affect the ability to set up meetings with the privacy normally expected of these online events.
Google's Assistant may soon add the 'Lift to Talk' feature
XDA contributors have found that Google has included code that supports its long-touted "Lift to Talk" setting for Assistant in its app. This feature allows the voice-activated AI in question to be prepared to answer queries whenever a user holds a given device up to their face. However, the researchers have found this option is still buggy when enabled.
The Samsung Galaxy A70s' latest update makes it compatible with Link to Windows
Samsung is now rolling a new software update out to the Galaxy A70s. The OTA package adds the ability to use Link to Windows, as well as USB type C headphones. It also contains general stability upgrades and the October 2019 security patches.
The Amazfit Stratos3 is a new sports smartwatch coming to Europe soon
The Amazfit Sports Watch 3 was released in China recently. However, its series is also marketed internationally as the Stratos line of sports-focused wearables. Its 3rd generation is now set for launch across multiple European countries later in November 2019.
Vivo teases the interestingly quad-cam, Snapdragon 712-powered S5 ahead of its launch
The Vivo S5 is a probable successor to the S1 series that is rumored to rock the Snapdragon 712 processor. This phone has also been revealed to have a unique take on rear quad-cam design. It also has a punch-hole selfie camera: the OEM has posted an official image showing this spec on its website prior to its launch. This event will take place on November 14, 2019.
Qualcomm names its next permanent chief financial officer
Akash Palkhiwala is Qualcomm's new CFO (or chief financial officer). His appointment comes following a stint as the company's interim CFO, as well as the senior vice president and finance head of its CDMA tech division. Palkhiwala will now be in a position to help lead the chipmaker into its 5G era.
The CTA announces several CES 2020 award winners and honorees early
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has conferred a number of CES 2020 Awards on some OEMs ahead of this event. They include OnePlus, LG and Acer, who have won recognition for their latest flagship devices, (or, in some cases, upcoming releases) in various categories. The actual show will run from January 7, 2020 in Las Vegas as usual.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G adds 3D face-unlocking to its security options
Samsung has sneaked a 3D form of Face Unlock into the 5G version of the Galaxy S10 with its latest update. It works on this variant only as it has a time-of-flight (TOF) sensor in its front-facing punch-hole. Therefore, this phone's facial recognition may now approach iPhone-like levels of security and accuracy.
Asus opens a beta program for Android 10 on the 12GB ROG Phone II
Asus is currently inviting those who own the ROG Phone II to join its Android 10 beta program for this device. However, this only appears to apply to the ZS660KL model, the 12GB/512GB international variant. Those who wish to get this update need to join the OEM's mobile device forum, have an Asus Member's account and be prepared to submit a lot of sensitive info about the phone in question.
Canon introduces the first 2 of its 8K broadcast-grade lenses to the US market
Canon USA has unveiled its inaugural 8K broadcast lenses, the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 and 7x10.7 KAS S attachments. The company is pitching them at the capture of live TV in this UHD resolution. They also have an image format size that could become standard for the same.
HP knocks up to US$400 off a variety of Envy, Spectre and Omen notebooks
HP is having something of a pre-Black Friday sales event in which US$100 or more is taken off many up-to-date PCs from the Envy, Spectre or Omen laptop series. Examples include the Omen 17t and 15T Spectre x360. This promotion also includes HP Chromebooks, Envy desktops and photo printers.
The home theater market could be worth US$13.4 billion by 2025
Home theaters brought in a total of US$7.7 billion last year. However, this market value is thought to be capable of growing by up to $5.7 billion more over the next 6 years. The sound bar sector may grow at the greatest rate over this period.
Niantic is addressing its current Pokéstop deficiency in Pokémon GO
Pokémon GO remains one of the world's most popular augmented-reality (AR) mobile games. However, it has a persistent discrepancy as a title in this ecosystem, which is a lack of Pokéstops, particularly in more isolated regions. Therefore, its maker Niantic is about to launch a more global method of taking user suggestions for additional such item-sources in the future.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 gets the November 2019 security patch
The Galaxy Tab S6 is Samsung's latest premium slate. The OEM has just demonstrated it is committed to keeping it that way with a new software update containing the latest Android security patch level. This upgrade has also reached Galaxy Note 10- and S10-series phones.
The Vivo Z5i leaks via its own carrier
Vivo is now slated to release a new phone called the Z5i. This has not been officially announced by the OEM; however, this device has shown up on China Telecom's website despite not having even launched yet. It is powered by the Snapdragon 675 SoC and 8GB of RAM, and has 128GB of internal memory.
ZTE releases 3 new phones: the Blade 10, Blade 10 Prime and A7 Prime
3 new Blade-series phones are now live on the ZTE website. 2 of these - the Blade 10 Prime and A7 Prime - are available through the carrier Visible. The Blade 10, on the other hand, is an unlocked device sold by the OEM itself.
OnePlus announces new stable and beta updates for the 7T and 7/7 Pro respectively
OnePlus is now rolling OxygenOS 10.0.5 out for 7T users on this OEM's 'stable' update channel. There is also an Open Beta analog for the same. Those who own the 7 or 7 Pro and participate in this program also have a new build to try out.
Vivo discloses more detail on the 5G X30, except not really
The OEM Vivo held a press conference today (November 7, 2019) to introduce its X30, a phone that will ship with the dual-mode 5G chipset, Samsung's Exynos 980. Oddly, the phone itself was not displayed, nor was its spec-sheet. However, new leaks point to a 90 hertz (Hz) AMOLED display, a 4500mAh battery and a Pro variant.
Qualcomm reveals its 2019 fiscal-year performance
Qualcomm has announced the results for its fiscal year, which ended on September 29, 2019. Its revenues came in at US$24.3 billion, or 7% more year-on-year (YoY). The company also made a total of $4.8 billion in the last quarter of this year (4Q2019), although this is a 50% reduction compared to 3Q2019.
Motorola rolls an Android 10 build out to beta users of the One Power
The Motorola One Power is now reportedly capable of running Android 10. However, before becoming eligible for this update, a user needs to sign in to the OEM's Feedback Network (or MFN) for that device. This may give them access to a build that, while at the cutting edge of the OS, lacks compatiblity with some potentially important features at present.
Samsung makes Tizen available for third-party TVs
Samsung's Developer Conference (SDC) 2019 contained numerous interesting announcements, not the least that Tizen OS for TVs can be ported to third-party devices. In addition, there are now additional developer-friendly facilities for this part of the OEM's ecosystem. They include more granular user opt-outs for ads.
Google extends the EOL of 140 different Chrome OS devices by up to a year each
Google provides hardware that runs its own OS with automatic updates for a fixed period of time after their release. This software policy applies to a range of devices, from Chromebooks to Chromebits, the end-of-life (EOL) of which is known as Auto Update Expiration (or AUE). 140 of these products have had their AUEs amended by 6 months to a year each.
Xiaomi launches the Mi TV 5 and 5 Pro
Xiaomi also promised details on a fifth generation of its smart TVs during the Mi CC9 Pro debut. The OEM made good on this - less expectedly, it introduced 2 new variants of the same during the event. The Mi TV 5 Pro is the one that gets the leaked 4K QLED panel, as well as some other impressive specs.
House of Marley updates its Exodus headphones with ANC
House of Marley's Exodus is a pair of premium over-ear headphones with 50-millimeter (mm) drivers and a sustainable provenance. Their latest refresh has active noise cancellation (ANC). They are also rated for a 28-hour battery life with this feature on, and up to 80 hours without.
An early Android 10 build for the Nokia 9 PureView gets leaked
Nokia is working on Android 10 for the 9 PureView. This is evidenced by the leaked build of the ROM for this phone posted to its XDA forum. This version of the OS is believed to be part of official development from the brand, and also exists for other devices such as the 7.1 and 6.1 Plus.
Samsung ports its PlayGalaxy Link service to S10-line phones
Samsung launched PlayGalaxy Link with the Note 10 series. It is a service by which a PC connection makes the games thereon available for streaming via a corresponding app on these phones. Its latest beta extends compatibility to the S10 series.
AOPEN releases a tough enterprise-grade Chromebox
AOPEN calls its new Chrome OS PC the "Commercial 2" as it asserts it is ready for demanding business environments. Besides its fanless, solid-state design, it is rated to withstand temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius. It can run 2 4K displays and is powered by the Intel Celeron 3865U.
Google's advanced Recorder facility is coming to older Pixel devices
Google introduced a new kind of Recorder app with the Pixel 4 series. It is not merely capable of capturing audio, but of transcribing it in real time and making the resulting text searchable with the help of AI. A Mountain View representative has confirmed that it is coming to older phones of the same line soon.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro: a camera sample shows what 108MP can do prior to its debut
Xiaomi's official Polish-language fan forum has leaked a photo that, on analysis, turns out to have been taken by the Mi Note 10 Pro. Its resolution was found to be a whopping 12032x9024, meaning that it was probably shot using the upcoming device's ground-breaking 108MP sensor. Its general series is to be launched tomorrow (November 5, 2019).
Microsoft offers a preview of its Black Friday discount event
Microsoft has posted something for consumers to think about prior to their Black Friday shopping this year. It includes some details on its Surface deals for that period, including up to US$230 off the new Pro 7. There is also a link to the even earlier "X019" event, in which seasonal Xbox hardware promotions may be unveiled.
A new leak points to an impending successor for the low-cost Nokia 2.2
Some new leaks may be evidence that Nokia is preparing a smartphone called the 2.3 for release soon. It may have up to 3 variants, at least 1 of which could be single- and dual-SIM respectively. Not much else is known about this potential new device, besides its possible Bluetooth 5 status.
LG launches the G Pad 5 10.1 in South Korea
The latest LG G Pad has been revealed on the OEM's domestic website. It is a 4GB device with 32GB of internal storage, a 10.1-inch FHD display and an 8MP rear camera. These unprepossessing specs are topped off by the Snapdragon 821 processor.
Huawei Nova 6: new leaks point to 5G and dual punch-hole selfie cameras
91Mobiles claims to have heard from a "trusted source" that the next-gen Huawei Nova will have a 5G variant. Furthermore, it will have 2 selfie cameras that are visible through the display, as with that of the Samsung Galaxy S10+. This putative phone may be released in December 2019.
League of Legends is coming to mobile and console
Riot Games has announced that League of Legends is finally getting a version for phones and tablets. This new form of the title is to be called Wild Rift, and is billed as completely optimized and refreshed for its new platform. It will start rolling out in 2020, with Android phones getting first whack at its installation.
The Xiaomi Mi TV 5 is shaping up to be a powerful smart screen
Xiaomi has been dropping more spec-related hints as to what the Mi TV 5 will be capable of in the run-up to its launch. According to the OEM, it will be 4K and have 108% of the NTSC color gamut. It will also have a faster processor, as well as more RAM and storage compared to the average Android TV.
Aukey gets up to date with the GaN- and graphene-enhanced Omni-Power fast-charger range
Aukey has unveiled its new Omni-Power series of accessories. The company claims that it integrates various state-of-the-art charging technologies, including a graphene skin, GaN and USB Power Delivery. This line includes new adapters, car chargers and power banks.
WhatsApp implements its fingerprint unlocking feature on Android
WhatsApp has been working on fingerprint-based authentication for its Android app. Now, an update has added this ability to its stable version. However, a user will still be able to answer calls through the service even if the new locking mechanism is active.
The foldable Motorola Razr gets alleged new live image leaks
The respected Twitter leaker Evan Blass has kicked off a new round of Motorola Razr spoilers. They consist of new images that show how the new flexible-display device will look when open and closed. Blass also now asserts that its product name will be spelled entirely without caps.
Fitbit is to be acquired by Google for just over US$2 billion
Google has released a statement on its agreement to buy the wearables company Fitbit at a price of US$2.1 billion. The Mountain View may intend to use this acquisition to boost Wear OS. This deal may see the 2 companies collaborate on various aspects of these devices in the future.
Samsung still leads the global smartphone market in the third quarter of 2019
Canalys and Strategy Analytics have just released their findings for the worldwide smartphone market's third-quarter performance for this year (3Q2019). The 2 groups have reported slightly different sets of statistics. However, they generally agree on who the top OEMs are, and their performance compared to the previous year.
New research asserts many adults want smart assistants to help look after their health
Orbita, a company that makes a personal assistant-like AI platform focused on healthcare, has published the results of a study that shows this is what the US adults recruited to it want from their voice-controlled searches. It apparently concludes that 7.5% of this group has used services such as Alexa for this purpose, whereas over 50% would like to.
Huawei's next tablet may be a premium device with a punch-hole camera
Evan Blass has posted an image of a new tablet with a punch-hole display and a constant, minimal bezel. As this device is shown with what appears to be an M-Pen, it may pertain to a high-end successor to the Huawei MediaPad M6. The leaker has compounded this idea by calling it a "MatePad Pro".
Microsoft limits Your Phone screen mirroring compatibility in the latest Insider Preview build
The Your Phone app in Windows 10 has acted to effectively mimic iPhone syncing on Mac, but for Android devices. It has also allowed users with these devices to mirror their phone screens on PCs via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). However, this has come to an end in the latest Insiders' build.
The Google Assistant will start integrating SiriusXM soon
Google and SiriusXM have partnered in order to enable streaming of the latter on smart speakers from the former. In addition, the content provider's subscribers will be able to activate and control their channels by asking the Assistant on their phones to do so. This update will start rolling out shortly in the US and Canada.
Nokia hires 350 extra workers for its 5G project
Nokia has reportedly hired nearly 400 new staff members to build its latest 5G-focused team. These employees are to be based in the company's native Finland. 240 of them will start on equipment pitched at carriers, whereas some of the rest are SoC engineers.
Research finds privacy concerns put US consumers off buying smart home products
A recent publication has reported that 52% of all US households with high-speed internet would rather not buy into the smart-home concept. 25% of this group nominated worries about data security and privacy as their reasons to remain out of this market. This research also found that 71% of households who did the opposite worry about cybersecurity.
The new SHIELD TV remote has a Netflix-branded button, but it can be re-assigned or disabled
The new NVIDIA SHIELD TV and TV Pro have been released, and they come with an interestingly-shaped new remote. The manufacturer has partnered with Netflix to include a button that summons this app directly on it. However, Reddit users have found that it can also be turned to other uses.
Google may be working on improved wireless ADB for a future version of Android
The Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is an almost mandatory tool for developers, as well as those who simply like to modify their non-Apple phones in any kind of advanced way. It is traditionally dependent on wired connections, however. A new commit on the OS' Google Source website hints at the development of a wireless alternative.
Xiaomi teases the Mi CC9 Pro with a 50x zoom demo
The CC9 Pro is Xiaomi's upcoming penta-camera phone to be launched in November 2019. The device includes a number of impressive attributes in this extensive image-sensor collection. The OEM has showcased one of them - 50x digital zoom - in a new video.
Essential allegedly files an under-display camera patent
It seems Essential Products truly has no plans to go away yet. A recent patent apparently filed in this company's name has been discovered. This claim is for its take on the under-display selfie camera.
Qualcomm will incorporate a new kind of SIM into its next-gen modem for IoT devices
Qualcomm has announced the 9205 LTE modem, a new component destined for internet-of-things (IoT) devices that will connect using this kind of mobile data. However, it will not require a conventional SIM to do so. The OEM has integrated Deutsche Telekom's novel nuSIM platform instead, which goes directly on a chipset to save on device footprint and circuitry.
Sharp's foldable ambitions may extend beyond phones to smart bands and even hand-held consoles
A tech blog claims to have dug up a number of Japanese-language patents, awarded to Sharp, that show this OEM's plans for its oneday line of foldable electronics. Some show rather slim-line devices that are most likely clam-shell phones, whereas others appear to be collapsible, mobile gaming machines. One may also be designed to process credit-card transactions.
Qualcomm's next-gen smartwatch SoC is now rumored to be called the Snapdragon Wear 3300
A leak from earlier in 2019 suggested that the next processor designed for Wear OS devices would be based on the Snapdragon 429, an SoC that features in low-end phones and tablets. It was hypothesized to be called the Wear 2700. However, code recently added to a Qualcomm kernel source code database suggests that it is in fact to be known as the 3300 instead.
The US' "big 4" carriers announce a joint initiative to finally get RCS on more phones
The Rich Communications Service (RCS) standard has been touted as the ultimate messaging platform for some time. Unfortunately, its implementation and adoption worldwide could be described as sluggish at best. Therefore, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile have collaborated on the Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI), which aims to bring it to their customers by 2020.
The Realme 5 Pro gets upgraded with wide-angle video and an October 2019 security patch
The Realme 5 Pro is a cost-effective Android phone released in 2019. Its latest software update adds the ability to shoot video in wide-angle mode. This upgrade also raises the 5 Pro's security patch level to 5 October 2019, although the phone remains on Android Pie (9.0).
The 2019 NVIDIA SHIELD TV and SHIELD TV Pro are now live
NVIDIA now stocks the new Pro and non-Pro variants of the SHIELD TV on its official site. As projected, the latter is a 4K streaming stick with HDR 10. Both new Android 9.0 devices support Dolby Audio, can access GeForce NOW and have Google Assistant built in.
Xiaomi's Mi Watch and next-gen Mi TV are now set for launch in November 2019
The "Mi Watch" is the likely name of Xiaomi's next wearable. The OEM has indicated that it is to be released on November 5, 2019, alongside the Mi TV 5 and Mi CC9 Pro. This new product is also projected to be a Wear OS device.
AirPods Pro: The latest rumors point to new colors and water resistance
Apple's AirPods are currently projected to gain a Pro version soon, thanks to a recent slew of leaks and rumors. The latest of these may indicate that they will finally launch in colors besides white for a change. Furthermore, it is even vaguely possible that they will match those of the iPhone 11 Pros.
ELECJET claims that its new graphene-enhanced power bank can charge to full capacity in just 19 minutes
The Apollo Max is a new 10000mAh power bank that, according to its maker ELECJET, integrates the emerging graphene standard as a battery material. This, it is claimed, gives it an "unbeatable charging efficiency of 96%". This new product is currently available as a reward on its Indiegogo campaign page.
The new Terminator movie sponsors a special sales event for the Redmi Note 8 Pro in Spain
Redmi has teased a new promotion for the Note 8 Pro that ties in with the movie Terminator: Dark Fate. It will be available via the brand's Spanish division from October 29, 2019, and appears to consist of the offer of an appropriately-branded case with every sale of the standard 6GB model of the phone.
Nok Nok Labs claims that its new SDK can make smartwatches more secure and better equipped to take over from phones
The consumer-grade security development group Nok Nok Labs has unveiled its new SDK. It asserts that it is the first such app software capable of conferring FIDO-based authentication on smartwatches. This, then, may help users depend more on their wearable for more functions typically carried out on a phone.
Canon launches 2 groundbreaking additions to the RF line of lenses
The Canon RF lens series has now added its 9th and 10th members, in the form of the 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM and 85mm F1.2L USM DS products respectively. The former is described as the most compact device in its class, whereas the latter debuts the novel feature of Defocus Smoothing. The OEM asserts that either would be an asset to those with EOS R or RP cameras.
Halloween is one of the scariest times for your phone, new research finds
A recent study by the analyst group Asurion has concluded that being brought along to celebrate Halloween is one of the biggest potential nightmares a smartphone can go through. The risks of damage and other adversity these devices may face go up by as much as 42% on the date in question. The study indicates this is linked to phone use at night during these festivities.
Vivo makes the Snapdragon 855 version of the iQOO Neo official
As indicated by a number of leaks, the iQOO Neo's late-2019 refresh has launched. The new version is much the same as the old, except for its updated chipset. In addition, this phone has 33 watt (W) fast charging, whereas that of thee 'old' Neo was set at 22.5W.
The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition is coming to the US after all – with 5G
OnePlus originally introduced the 7T Pro McLaren Edition in the absence of US availability or pricing. However, T-Mobile has just announced that it is to stock this phone in the country. Moreover, this carrier’s version will support 5G.
Asus arrests development for its Zenfone 4 Android Pie update
Asus had included the Zenfone 4 in its plans to update older phones to Android Pie (9.0). However, this device has just been excluded from this schedule. The OEM claims that this will conserve the 4's system integrity and general function, however.
Huawei releases the Enjoy 10s in China
Huawei's 2019 Enjoy series is marked by its Kirin 710F SoC. Now, a new variant with this same processor has joined its siblings on sale. The Enjoy 10s has a 6.3-inch waterdrop-notched display, and comes in 1 RAM/storage configuration.
Intel's new Tremont low-power architecture is now official
Intel has released its new low-power solution in full today (October 24, 2019). It is an x86 microarchitecture associated with "significant" IPC enhancements compared to its predecessor. Tremont can also support an L2 cache of up to 4.5MB, as well as crypto acceleration that includes dual 128-bit AES units. It is pitched at IoT, server, client and connectivity applications.
Qualcomm incentivizes 5G development with a new multi-million-dollar fund
Qualcomm's Venture division has announced the implementation of the 5G Ecosystem Fund, a source of investment worth up to US$200 million. As the name suggests, it will help support start-ups involved in new, innovative and potentially lucrative applications of the new mobile-data standard. The company also intends the new fund to help get 5G in devices besides smartphones.
Motorola unveils the Moto G8 Plus, announces new markets for the One Macro
Motorola has launched 3 new Moto-series phones today (October 24, 2019). They include the already well-leaked G8 Plus and G8 Play. The Lenovo-owned brand also unveiled the E6 Play, another variant of the pre-existing E6. It also expanded the availability of the One Macro to various regions including Latin America and Australia.
The NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro is likely to launch alongside its new 4K dongle sibling
Recently, Amazon may have accidentally spoiled the launch of the NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro, an upcoming update to the 2017 streaming machine. A new leak indicates that the OEM has indeed prepared a 4K HDR streaming stick as well as the usual full-scale box. It apparently has 8GB in internal storage, whereas the SHIELD TV Pro has 16.
Qualcomm claims that a new study proves the benefits of 5G over 4G thus far in 2019
Qualcomm has commissioned a Signals Research Group (SRG) study of 5G performance, efficiency and general UX in those countries and cities to which the new radio bands have been rolled out. It reportedly found that 5G can achieve up to 10X performance compared to 4G/LTE. In addition, it is also capable of 5 times the download speeds than the older standard.
LG announces a US release date for the G8X ThinQ and its Dual Screen
LG has revealed that the G8X ThinQ will be released for sale in the United States on November 1, 2019. This phone is a variant of the OEM's 2019 flagship designed to work with the new Dual Screen accessory. Both devices also have US starting prices and the scope for promotional deals already.
The latest Moto G8 Plus leak appears to support its fellows
A phone calling itself the "motorola moto g(8) plus" has been benchmarked as a Snapdragon 665 device with 4GB of RAM. These specs are in accordance with previous rumors surrounding this putative device. The new results also show that it runs Android 9.0, which suggests it could still launch this year.
The "Joker" malware is found to exist within yet another Android app
"Joker" is a relatively new form of malware that reportedly acts to steal contacts and sign those with infected devices up for premium SMS services. Most recently, it has been detected in a heretofore-overlooked host on Android by the Pradeo security team. This lab has had the app removed from the Google Play Store, but potentially affected users are advised to uninstall it immediately.
The Samsung Galaxy A51 may have made a first appearance on Geekbench 5
A device with a model number purportedly associated with Samsung's Galaxy A51 has surfaced on the Geekbench database. However, its results depict it as powered by the Exynos 9611, and not the next-gen 8 nanometer (nm) model rumored for its 2020 line of phones. In addition, it apparently has only 4GB of RAM.
Fitness tracker users are found to worry that their devices may not be accurate enough
A new study into user attitudes towards wearables found that health tracking is the most popular use of this electronics category. 36% of those polled reported concerns that these functions may not live up to reality, however. 10% of the respondents also said they worried about data security on these devices.
Probable iQOO Neo refresh hits TENAA on its way to a launch
TENAA has certified a new phone from the Vivo sub-brand iQOO. Its specifications are nearly identical to that of the Neo, a 2019 gaming phone. However, it has what appears to be a Snapdragon (SD) 855 processor rather than the older device's SD 845. Therefore, it seems the 2 phones are an original and refresh respectively.
Huawei unleashes a sense of deja vu with its new Nova 5 variant
Huawei has launched the Nova 5z today (October 21, 2019) in China. This new phone will have few surprises for this series' fans: it has the exact same form-factor and cameras as the Nova 5i Pro. However, it does have different RAM and storage SKUs that make it a budget option compared to the pre-existing phone.
Samsung discontinues its Linux on DeX beta
DeX is Samsung's proprietary facility that converts one of its Galaxy flagships into a desktop PC on connection to a monitor. One environment supported by the mode in Android 9.0 (Pie) is GNU/Linux. Unfortunately, its beta program will come to an end with the roll-out of Android 10.
OnePlus posts a rare partial fail in a famous durability test
The OnePlus 7T has undergone the JerryRigEverything test of device robustness. Unfortunately, it faltered during the last stage of this process. Therefore, it is the first in many generations from this OEM to do less than come through this veritable tech YouTube rite of passage with flying colors.
Olympus launches a new Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera
Olympus has unveiled its newest Micro Four Thirds digital camera, the OM-D E-M5 Mark III. This mirrorless unit is based on a 20.4MP Live MOS sensor and a TruePic VIII Image Processor. The OEM asserts that it also packs a wide range of features into a relatively compact form-factor.
A major South Korean carrier unveils a service to make the dream of virtual shopping a reality
LG's South Korean telecomms company has announced the debut of its new app, "U+ AR Shopping". It enables users to transform the content of 2 popular TV shopping channels into augmented reality (AR) experiences. Consumers can then leverage them to visualize and manipulate their potential purchases in 3D.
Digital Wellbeing is now a feature of Chrome on Android 10
Google introduced Digital Wellbeing in order to allow users to track and manage their phone use, which extends to a per-app basis. This feature is now integrated into a new Chrome browser update. It can be used to display screen time and how much of it is spent on each website visited.
Samsung Galaxy flagship fingerprint sensors are reported hackable using cheap screen protectors
A British Galaxy S10 user has claimed that this phone's ultrasound sensor could be fooled into unlocking for non-registered fingerprints. This issue was allegedly caused by a cheap gel case with a clear flap to cover the screen. Samsung has admitted that this is the case, and has stated that it will push a software fix for it shortly.
Xiaomi releases a beta update to Android 10 for the Mi 9 SE
The Xiaomi Mi 9 SE now has an upgrade to MIUI 11, which is based on Android 10. It confers various upgrade-specific features such as gesture-based navigation and system-wide dark theme. This build also adds MIUI's new Focus Mode, which is suspiciously similar to OnePlus' Zen Mode.
The Moto G8 Play leaks, revealing triple cameras and a waterdrop-notched screen
A Brazilian phone blog has posted what it claims are live images of the Moto G8 Play. It shows that this device may have a 6.2-inch HD+ display, a 4000mAh battery and a triple rear camera. Its SoC remains unnamed, but is described as a 2.0GHz octa-core processor.
Vivo teases the U3, a new Snapdragon 675-powered phone
Vivo has just released a new promotional poster showing what it is calling the U3, above which the number 675 can be seen. The device in question may be the V1934A/T, which has reportedly passed through TENAA's testing. The new image of the "Vivo 675" phone resembles this unit as shown on this website closely.
Intel is slated to launch its new ULP microarchitecture in October 2019
Tremont is a collective name for Intel's next-gen SoCs developed for mobile, low-end and IoT devices. Currently, they are thought to have a microarchitecture based on a 10 nanometer (nm) process. The Linley Group now asserts that this will be confirmed or denied at its upcoming conference in Santa Clara, California.
The Mi Surface is Xiaomi's new 34-inch gaming-grade monitor
Xiaomi has announced the existence of the Mi Surface via its Weibo channel. It is a 34-inch 1500R-curved monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio. This new panel is also rated for AMD FreeSync and 121% of the sRGB color space. The Mi Surface is to be released on October 21, 2019.
The Youth Edition is a leaked variant of the Honor 20 with the Kirin 810 SoC
The Honor 20 Youth Edition has reportedly been leaked ahead of its release to the Chinese market. It is slated to run on the mid-range Kirin 810 processor and to have triple rear cameras. This Edition is thought to launch on October 25, 2019.
Fitbit updates older Versa devices with support for Spotify
Fitbit has expanded access to its Spotify app to the first-generation Versa and Versa Lite. The Ionic fitness watch is also included in this update. It enables these wearables to manage playback and podcasts on the music streaming platform, and to control other devices that can use the same.
The Honor 20 gets a Nova rebrand for the European market
Huawei UK has launched the Nova 5T. It is essentially the Honor 20 with a new name and a new region. Fans of everyday Android may be glad to learn it will be released with Google Play Services.
1More announces the release of its first ANC true-wireless earbuds
1More is the ODM responsible for Xiaomi's audio wearables. However, it also releases these products under its own brand. The latest of these are truly wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation (ANC).
OnePlus has no intention of becoming Huawei or Xiaomi (yet)
OnePlus' chief executive officer, Pete Lau, has given an interview on the company's future in its home market. Its main message was that the company has no plans to diversify into non-premium smartphones at present. Furthermore, no domestic flagship brick-and-mortar stores are in the works either.
A new Snapdragon 855 OPPO phone shows up on Geekbench 5
A device called the "OPPO PCCT30" has posted scores on the Geekbench 5 website. This model number is currently believed to belong to a second-gen Reno 5G smartphone. Its new benchmarking scores reveal that it is powered by the Snapdragon 855 processor, but could have done better by this chipset.
Nest Wi-Fi is Google's new mesh solution
Google also announced its new Nest Wi-Fi home product at the 2019 Pixel launch event. It consists of scalable router and point units in various muted colors. A single 802.11s router covers up to 2200 square feet of space each, whereas each point doubles as a smart speaker.
Google renews its Home Mini series with a Nest re-brand
The Nest Mini is a new Connected Home devices launched by Google at its latest live event. It is a smart speaker with integrated Assistant functions and touch controls. It is now up for pre-order at a price of US$49.
Google launches its first pair of true wireless earbuds
Google unveiled its second-generation Pixel Buds at its 2019 'Made By' event. They are truly wireless products that, as the OEM claims, have been designed to be as compact and streamlined as possible. Nevertheless, they are rated for 5 hours of battery life, or 24 hours from their charging case.
Nikon evokes a 58mm classic with its "fastest NIKKOR lens ever"
Nikon has launched the new and expansive NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens. This product name may sound familiar as it has been chosen to honor an iconic lens of the past. The new S-series lens has manual focus and an aperture of up to a whopping f/0.95.
The Snapdragon X55 modem will power 5G fixed broadband equipment for over 30 OEMs
Qualcomm has announced that over 30 manufacturers have taken the Snapdragon X55 modem up in order to produce their 5G fixed wireless broadband consumer-premises hardware. This means the equipment carriers and ISPs will install in homes in order to access this relatively new form of broadband is highly likely to integrate this modem.
Skullcandy invents the clip-on wireless earbud set
Skullcandy has released Vert, a new set of Bluetooth wireless earbuds. Unlike most products in this category, however, they are not of the typical "neckbud" form-factor. Instead, the buds are linked to a dial-like clip-on module, which may fit in better with pursuits needing heavy gloves or helmets.
OPPO unveils the new Snapdragon 730G-powered K5
OPPO has launched a new phone, the K5. This event has proved a series of leaks true, as the phone has a new-ish Snapdragon 730G processor, 6GB SKUs and a quad rear camera with a 64MP sensor. The K5 is also the first device to feature a VOOC 4.0 battery.
ZTE jumps on the square-camera bandwagon with the low-end Blade 20
The Chinese regulator TENAA has approved a new phone from the OEM ZTE. It is listed as a 4GB RAM device with a 6.1-inch HD screen and triple cameras in a Pixel-esque square housing. It is set into a rear panel that may be plastic or glass and also includes a fingerprint sensor.
OnePlus releases its first stable version of Android 10 for the 7 and 7 Pro
OnePlus has already provided users of its recent 7-series phones with OxygenOS based on Android 10 in the form of official Open Betas. However, those who have not opted into this program can also now upgrade to this new ROM on their devices. It contains numerous 10-specific updates and improvements.
Next-gen Xiaomi cameras may have up to 50X digital zoom
Xiaomi phones may be upgraded to telephoto lens capable of as much as 50X digital zoom in the near future. Furthermore, their optical zoom specs may improve considerably in the same generations. This rumor has srung from alleged findings that code in MIUI 11 outlines these functions.
Meizu announces a new member of its 16 flagship smartphone series
The OEM Meizu has released teasers for a new phone, the 16T, on Weibo. It will have the same SoC (the Snapdragon 855) as its siblings, the 16s and 16s Pro. However, it will also have a bigger screen and battery compared to these pre-existing variants. The Meizu 16T will launch on October 23, 2019 for the equivalent of US$352.
Vivo may launch a "Standard" version of the Y3 soon
The Vivo Y3 is a sub-US$250 phone sold in China. A new leak suggests that the OEM is going to release a second version of this device. It may be called the 'Y3 Standard' and have 2 rear cameras where the original has 3.
Samsung may release further 'budget' versions of the Galaxy S10 and Note 10
According to recent reports, Samsung are about to release 2 new phones with the model numbers SM-G770F and SM-N770F. Due to their similarity to those of the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 respectively, it is now believed that they are budget versions of these phones. The SM-G770F is said to have the same specs as the Galaxy A91.
The Nokia 6.2 sneaks onto Amazon.in for about US$250
The Nokia 6.2 has been launched in India, albeit to comparatively little fanfare. It is a 4GB RAM device with 64GB of internal powered by the Snapdragon 636 SoC. It also has a round camera housing with a triple camera.
Xiaomi could be the next OEM to the 120Hz display: new rumor
An XDA contributor claims to have found an option to switch a screen's refresh rate from 60 to 120 hertz (Hz) in MIUI 11. This suggests that there is an upcoming Xiaomi phone with this spec in development. This would leap-frog the new industry standard of 90Hz nicely.
A dark theme for Google Maps is finally on the way
The Android Instagram page has recently posted a short video that hints at a dark theme for Google Maps in the near future. It appears to cause every aspect of the app, including the map-markings themselves, to conform to a color palette that is much less bright.
A Vivo "iQOO Lite" variant pops up on Geekbench
A phone calling itself the Vivo V1936A has appeared on Geekbench, rocking what appears to be the Snapdragon 855 processor and 8GB of RAM. This has led to speculation that this device is linked to iQOO, an emerging high-end sub-brand of this OEM. To date, it has produced a more powerful 5G flagship as well as other phones of varying premium status.
The Samsung Galaxy A71 and A51 inch towards release with new certification
Some more evidence of the Galaxy A series from Samsung persevering into next year has come to light. It comes in the form of a certification that mentions what may be partial model numbers for the A71 and A51. This Indian registration is not for the phones themselves, however, but for their batteries.
Android 10 on OnePlus will come with an automatic translation feature
OnePlus held a launch event for its 7T series today (October 10, 2019). The OEM also went over OxygenOS 10 - which is based on Android 10 - a new software update that will ship on these new phones and come to older ones soon. Its developers have also implemented a new instant translation feature for video chats, which will come to this ROM soon.
OnePlus launches the 7T Pro and its McLaren special edition in London
OnePlus has unveiled its second-gen McLaren Edition phone today (October 10, 2019). It is a 12GB/256GB version of the new 7T Pro (which was also unveiled today) with a signature black-and-orange finish. Other highlights of the OEM's latest show included the 7T and its series' UK pricing.
Xiaomi may launch MIUI 11 Global along with the Redmi Note 8 Pro in India
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is set for an Indian-market release on October 16, 2019. However, it appears that this is not all its parent company Xiaomi has to debut on that date. MIUI, its OS skin, has teased a launch of its own in the same country at the same time.
Motorola launches the One Macro in India
The Motorola One Macro has become official in India, and will sell for a price of INR 9999 (or about US$140). It is a triple-camera phone, one of which takes 2MP photos with a pixel size of 1.75 microns. The OEM claims that this allows it to get 5X closer to a subject than the average phone.
Breaking a Galaxy Fold's screen more than once could cost as much as a whole premium phone
Samsung has released an updated schedule of repair charges for a number of its newer phones. The recently-released Galaxy Fold is at the top of this list. It shows that an out-of-guarantee repair for its flexible screen costs US$599.
The Nokia 8.1 gets upgraded to Android 10
HMD Global has announced an OTA update to Android 10 for the Nokia 8.1. It is the first of this brand's phones that were included in the beta program for the OS in question to see the stable version. It upgrades the 8.1 with Dark Mode, navigation gestures and the September 2019 security patch.
The Realme X2 Pro will come with a 135Hz touch-response rate
Realme has revealed that the X2 Pro's display will come with a touch-sampling rate of 135 hertz (Hz). This means that the upcoming Snapdragon 855 Plus flagship may have enhanced user-input responses to go with its 90-hertz display refresh rate. Its camera prowess has also been teased on Weibo.
Samsung Korea prepares an Android 10 beta program for the Galaxy S10 series
Samsung has announced that it will start a new beta program for One UI 2.0, its latest software skin based on Android 10. Unfortunately, it may only apply to those who own Galaxy S10-line devices in South Korea to start off with. However, this is a good indication that it will spread worldwide before too long.
The Black Shark 2 Pro launches in Europe on October 9, 2019
Xiaomi's latest gaming phone, the Black Shark 2 Pro, will be released for sale in Europe on October 9, 2019. It will be sold through the brand's regional website for an as-yet undisclosed price. The 2 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC and up to 12GB of RAM.
The Realme X2 is now official in China, Snapdragon 730G and all
Realme has launched its new X2 device for the Chinese market today. As rumored, it has an updated processor compared to that contained in its pre-existing variant, the XT. This new version is also the one coming to Europe later this month.
TCL releases its new 8-series of Roku-enabled TVs through Best Buy
TCL's 2019 8-series of TVs are based on QLED technology and integrate the Roku streaming platform. They are 4K HDR panels that support Dolby Vision and 100% of the DCI-P3 color space. The new TCL 8-series will become available through Best Buy in the US.
The semiconductor market will reach US$573 billion by 2024
New research has shown that the market for semiconductors is estimated to grow to US$573 billion in 5 years. This may be driven by a demand for these materials in wireless communications, vehicles and online connectivity. However, the common-or-garden integrated circuit will continue to influence the market into the next decade.
46% of US households with broadband have multiple streaming subscriptions now
New research has found that nearly 50% of all US households with broadband subscribe to 2 or more subscription-based services in 2019, whereas this figure was 33% in 2017 and only 20% in 2014. The apparent demand has driven the number of individual services to match in the country. It has grown by 1.4 times since 2014.
Acer wins Good Design 2019 awards for its ConceptD notebooks
The Acer ConceptD 7 and 9 models have won at this year's Good Design awards. Unsurprisingly, this is due to their innovative, creator-focused form factors. Acer have also won 2 more of these honors for the Swift 7 and TravelMate P6 laptops.
Turtle Beach claims its new Atlas Edge USB adapter gives any 3.5mm-jack headset an audio edge
Turtle Beach has released the Atlas Edge, a new USB adapter for any conventional wired headset. It is intended to enhance any headset connected to it with an in-house panel of software called Control Studio. This suite is designed to convert audio through the Atlas Edge into a "full panoramic 3D audio experience".
A new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build can link PCs to more Samsung phones
The latest Insider's version of Windows 10 updates the Your Phone app so that it is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S10 series, as well as the Galaxy Fold. This allows a user to monitor battery levels, screen-mirror and sync data. However, Microsoft has stated that these new features will be available to certain regions only to start off with.
The computational photography market may be worth nearly US$30 billion by 2024
Computational photography - or imaging that depends at least as much on software as on hardware - was worth US$7.9 billion as a market in 2018. However, the latest analysis indicates that this valuation will grow to $29 billion over the next 5 years. This market is led by companies such as Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Alphabet and Apple.
Some iPhone 6s or 6s Plus units may fail to power on, but Apple is fixing it
Apple has initiated a recall for certain iPhones of the 6S series, saying that it has found that the relevant units may become unable to start under certain circumstances. The Cupertino-based OEM will not disclose which aspects of the phones causes these potential failures, but has announced that it will rectify it if those who own these device send them for servicing.
Xiaomi may add NFC to the international-variant Mi Band 5
The Mi Band is a popular fitness wearable series worldwide, albeit with one potential drawback: many units sold outside China come without NFC. Its maker, Xiaomi, will reportedly address this deficiency in its next generation. This device is also now said to be more durable and sophisticated that its predecessor.
Sony unveils its new a9II full-frame flagship camera
Sony has launched its latest alpha-series flagship, the a9II. This new 24.2MP premium unit is distinctly pitched at professional photographers in sports reporting and other fast-moving fields. It is designed for continous shooting while still delivering top-flight auto-focus and auto-exposure.
Researchers claim Apple restricts wireless charger speeds in iOS 13.1
The blog ChargerLab claims to have found that some wireless chargers are being restricted to 5 watts (W) of power while iPhones are placed on them with the new iOS update, whereas the same devices could deliver 7.5W under the older software version. However, this apparently does not affect those brands that are sold in the Cupertino giant's stores.
Pokemon GO reportedly bans Android players for running a certain version of MIUI
There have been multiple reports of Pokemon GO handing out strikes preventing play to those who own certain Redmi devices. This pattern has been linked to MIUI 10.3.2.0, a recent firmware update for the phones affected. Niantic, the AR game's developer, has announced that it is now working on trying to revise them.
The Realme X2 Pro comes with Dolby-powered dual speakers and is headed for Europe
Realme has announced that its upcoming flagship, the X2 Pro, will have dual stereo speakers. Furthermore, they will be equipped with Dolby Atmos and "hi-res" audio. The brand has not given a launch date for this phone, but is now clearly aiming it at the European market.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be a Stadia title on launch
Google has announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 will come to its Stadia platform on it November 2019 launch. The wildly popular Rockstar game will thus be available for streaming via the new service from its very first day. At present, it is not clear if this title will allow saving across platforms.
OPPO will launch its Reno2 series in the UK in October 2019
The Reno2 line of smartphones will become available in a new market, the UK, on October 16, 2019. OPPO is calling this event "Reno Studio Earth", during which the Reno2, Reno2 Z and Reno2 F will be released to this region. The last of these is also now on sale in India.
The iPhone 11 may prove more popular than its Pro or Pro Max siblings already
A new report from Taiwan indicates that Apple needs new stocks of its iPhone 11, but not of the Pro or Pro Max variants. Sources who claim to be close to the suppliers in question have noted that this is a surprising uptick in orders from the Cupertino giant compared to last year. This behavior may be related to economic forces driving sales of the most 'budget' 2019 iPhone.
Huawei allegedly adds a new device to its Enjoy smartphone series
A Huawei device with the novel model number ART-TL00x has appeared on the TENAA regulator's website. As this phone has dual cameras, is described as having an HD 6.39-inch screen and the Kirin 710F SoC, it may be intended as a successor to the budget Enjoy 9. However, it lacks a launch date (and a product name) at present.
Google Shopping re-launches in the US, integrates with Lens this time around
Google has announced the re-institution of its Shopping service, albeit for users located in the US only. The company claims that the renewed feature can analyse millions of retail listings and other data in order to show customers the best deals. It is also now possible to order the resulting items directly through Google.
OnePlus will adopt punch-hole screens and wireless charging in 2020: new leak
OnLeaks and CashKaro have posted a new set of renders that suggest an upgrade to an in-display camera in the OnePlus 7's successor. The 2 groups also now assert that this device will support wireless charging. Otherwise, this phone looks much like the OEM's early-2019 flagship.
Samsung closes the last of its Chinese smartphone manufacturing facilities
Although it plans to keep selling mobile devices in China, Samsung no longer intends to make them in the same country. This move is thought to have been taken in order to cut costs, and also due to overwhelming competition from other OEMs such as Huawei. The South Korean company will transfer production to other nations such as Vietnam in the future.
Chromebooks may become recoverable using an Android device soon
Chrome OS PCs have many advantages; however, one of their worst drawbacks is that system recovery requires external media. Now, it appears Google is developing an alternative method: Chromebook restore via Android phone. This new way out of a software failure can only be enacted through a specific keyboard shortcut.
The cut-price iPhone SE2 will arrive in 2020: Ming-Chi Kuo
The latest leaked research note allegedly sent to TF International Securities by the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicates that Apple does have a second-gen SE in the works. It will apparently be released in the first quarter of 2020 and be "more affordable". It is also now said to assume a form-factor similar to the iPhone 8.
The supposed Motorola One Macro shows up in a new evleak
Motorola is now linked to an upcoming release for another One-line phone. It is rumored to be called the One Macro, and to be powered by a MediaTek SoC. A phone that might meet this description has been tweeted as a render by Evan Blass.
Microsoft unveils the Surface Earbuds: Wireless audio "with a little magic"
Along with its (impressively varied) new PCs, Microsoft also introduced its first-ever true wireless earbuds today (October 2, 2019). These Surface Earbuds are capable of noise-canceling and voice-activation features. However, they are also designed to carry out tasks such as slide-switching and translation during PowerPoint presentations.
The Surface Pro 7 defines itself through power, performance - and USB type C ports
The Surface Pro 7 has finally stepped up to USB type C support. Otherwise, it remains a 12.3-inch 2-in-1 with advanced Pen features and a refined Type Keyboard attachment. The Pro 7 starts at US$749 and ships from October 22, 2019.
The Huawei Mate 30 series posts an estimated 1 million units sold in its first 3 hours on the Chinese market
Huawei has had its latest phablet series on shelves in its home country for only 6 days now. In this time, it has reportedly sold out on a popular online sales platform, accrued 1 million sales in 3 hours and may have raked in half a billion yuan per minute in the process. This apparent success is ascribed to the uptake of Google-less EMUI 10 in China.
LG launches its first true wireless earbuds in South Korea
LG has unveiled new products called the Tone+ Free earbuds in its home country. Unlike the OEM's earlier similar products, these wearables are completely wireless and come in a charging case like the AirPods and other similar devices. They come in black or white and are available for pre-order from now.
Google is being investigated by the US Congress over a new feature in Chrome
DNS over HTTPS is a new way of connecting to websites proposed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in 2018. Google is reportedly working on implementing it in an upcoming version of its Chrome browser. However, an anti-trust task force associated with the US Congress has taken issue with this new measure.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold could be over US$2000 in India
Samsung India will open registrations for the Galaxy Fold in this country on October 4, 2019. On this date, it will reportedly be sold for INR 164,999 - which equates to about US$2320. This price includes a discounted for 1 repair should the new phone's display get damaged.
Microsoft may have a new wireless charger in the works
A new registration of Microsoft's with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hints at a new accessory that could be launched tomorrow in conjunction with the Surface 7 line. It is a wireless charger with a 300 milliwatt capacity. This is also more evidence that the next Surface Pen may go with the same device.
Redmi is all set to release the Note 8 Pro in Germany
Redmi has announced that it will start selling its Note 8 Pro via Amazon's German store in October 2019. This phone is the brand's first device to feature a 64MP camera sensor. It will be sold in 6GB RAM SKUs with either 64 or 128GB of internal memory in its new market.
A new certification brings the NVIDIA SHIELD TV 2019 closer to launch
The NVIDIA SHIELD TV is due an update soon. The most likely candidate to fit this bill has gone through registration with the FCC, and has also just secured Bluetooth SIG approval. Therefore, there may still be time for it to be released this year
The Pixel 4 series' Project Soli music controls may have been leaked in more detail
Google has already conceded that numerous leaks concerning Motion Sense, a new ability in the upcoming Pixel 4 smartphones by which they can respond to various hand gestures, are valid. Now, a new report claims to list all the regions in which those intended to control media on the devices will be available on lauch.
Realme ramps up the premium specs with the announcement of the X2 Pro
A Realme executive has just lifted the lid on the X2 Pro, which is to be the brand's first Snapdragon 855 Plus device. This upcoming flagship is also said to have a 90Hz display and next-gen VOOC charging technology. At present, it does not have an official launch date.
The UMIDIGI F1's successor has a punch-hole camera, Android 10 and a 48MP camera
UMIDIGI has launched the F2, its first phone with an in-display selfie camera. This device also ships with "stock" Android 10 out of the box. It also has quad rear cameras, which include a 48MP main shooter and a dedicated macro lens.
Mi Mix Alpha-grade screens could arrive on laptops soon
Visionox is a company involved in the manufacture of flexible display panels. Its latest trick has been the Mi Mix Alpha, Xiaomi's new limited-edition wraparound-screen phone. It has recently opened a new assembly line on which similar screens measuring up to 18 inches can be produced.
A 96 EU iGPU described as Intel Gen12 surfaces on Compubench
The Compubench site has added a listing for a "genuine" Intel CPU that is integrated with a "Gen12 Mobile Graphics Controller". This, then, may be the integrated graphics solution that is said to launch alongside Tiger Lake chipsets. The benchmark indicates that it has 96 execution units (EUs) and goes at 1.1GHz.
A new OPPO phone posts Geekbench 4 scores, could be the K5
The OPPO K5 is to be launched on October 10, 2019 as the OEM's new 64MP camera phone. However, the rest of its specs are not known. A novel model number from the same company has appeared on Geekbench with 8GB of RAM and a Qualcomm processor.
A glimpse into a Xiaomi office sets Pocophone F2 speculation off again
Xiaomi India's managing director, Manu Kumar Jain, has tweeted a photo of himself and a second executive in what appears to be the OEM's regional office. The background of this image contains a whiteboard on which a possible yearly timeline is sketched out. If so, the word "F2?" is found under the "November" point of the same.
Soundcore claims to have made the world's first "sonically aligned" truly wireless earbud
Soundcore has unveiled its new Liberty 2 Pro truly wireless earbuds. The company claims that they have been designed in a way that produces true "sonic alignment", thus delivering a more accurate soundstage, clear bass and distinct treble. They will be available in October 2019 for about US$150.
A Bluetooth SIG leak raises the prospect of a true 2019 Realme flagship
Realme may have a phone powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC in the works. This is indicated by a new certification granted by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG) for a new device from this brand. It is described as running a processor that matches up to the premium chipset well.
Casio's new Wear OS smartwatch is also its first to have a heart-rate monitor
The PRO TREK Smart WSD-F21HR is a new Casio watch with a heart-rate monitor, as well as a range of other sensors for outdoor functions and general location management. It has a 1.32-inch dual display to save battery, a microphone and Wear OS.
The Realme 3 Pro gets updated with September 2019 security patch and more
Realme has announced a new software update for the 3 Pro. It upgrades the phone's security patch level to September 2019. This OTA also adds Digital Wellbeing and a screen-on time meter to this build of Color OS.
Fitbit is the best-known name in wearables, even though Apple owns the market
The Manifest has conducted a study to find out which name was most familiar in the wearables sphere. 77% of those polled were able to name Fitbit in this context, compared to 73% for the next most recognized name ("Apple Watch"). Ironically, the latter sold a million more units in the second quarter of 2019 (2Q2019) than the former.
The fingerprint scanner market's value is set to double over the next 5 years
The market for fingerprint readers (from capacitive to thermal, and consumer- to government-grade) is estimated to be worth about US$3.5 billion at present. This worth is thought to grow to as much as $7.1 billion by 2024, however. The scanner type we have become most familiar with is thought to represent the largest sector over these next 5 years.
Samsung reveals the Galaxy A70s as a 64MP version of the A70
Samsung has released the Galaxy A70s to the Indian market. Those who already own the pre-existing A70 may or may not be happy to learn that it is a veritable clone of their current phone, but with a 64MP sensor in place of the 32MP main shooter found in the rear camera set-up. The Galaxy A70s also has different backplate colors.
The Honor 9X series may be coming to Europe soon, if not exactly as we know it
Honor has confirmed that the 9X will come to UK and European markets soon. However, some images obtained by a reliable leaker indicates that these phones will have a rear-facing fingerprint sensor, whereas existing Chinese units do not. There is also some doubt that they will ship with Google Play Services in their new regions.
The Xbox One gains a beta for Google Assistant integration
Xbox consoles are steadily upgrading in order to use the more popular virtual assistant platforms. The latest of these is Google Assistant. Those who wish to connect the two can join a forum group for a new public beta update and follow the instructions found thereon.
The Moto Z2 Play is reportedly updating to Android Pie right now
The Moto Z2 Play may finally have an update to Android 9.0 (Pie). However, this story is based on a forum post from a total of 1 user so far. Then again, this individual has supplied a number of screenshots that look convincingly like those for a new upgrade for this brand.
The latest OPPO K-series phone will have a 64MP camera sensor
OPPO has announced that it will unveil the K5 in China on October 10, 2019. This phone is slated to have a quad rear camera, the main shooter of which will be 64MP in resolution. It is listed on some retail platforms already, which reveal it has 6GB of RAM and 128GB in fixed storage.
Xiaomi's next smartwatch might run Wear OS
Xiaomi normally releases fitness bands or watches that run proprietary apps rather than a dedicated, familiar OS. A tech blog may have found evidence that this may change soon. It claims to have detected code in the Wear OS phone app that points to upcoming compatible products from this OEM.
Canon tackles smartphones that encroach on photography with the new EOS M200
Canon has released a new mirrorless camera that can record 4K vertical videos and then share them directly to social media. The EOS M200 has a 24.1MP APS-C sensor and CMOS auto-focus. It can also record in 60fps FHD and has a lightweight, convenient build.
Apple Music upgrades to a dark theme and Chromecast support
Music is a rather unique Apple app in that it is cross-platform (or, in other words, has an Android version). Its latest updates also make it compatible with Google's Chromecast. It has also acquired a dark mode, presumably to align with iOS' new system-wide option.
Google's "Atlas" may be named the Pixelbook Go at its launch
Atlas is a code-name that has popped up in a few Chromebook-related leaks over the past few months. It is linked to development by Google and has been thrown around as a Pixelbook successor. Now, 9to5Google's sources claim that it is indeed part of this series, but not perhaps as some may have assumed.
LG's awarding-winning solar panels shine at the SPI 2019 event
LG Electronic's solar energy solutions are in show at the 2019 Solar Power International expo. They include the new NeON R ACe Solar Panel, which comes with its own AC micro-inverter so as to be compatible with conventional power circuits. It will be available in markets such as the US soon.
Google plans to make the Assistant's attention more selective in the future
Google has announced that future updates will make it more difficult to activate the Assistant by mistake. The company has also taken pains to reassure users that their audio data will not be collected by default in the same release. A specific opt-in determines whether the same will be analysed by humans or not.
The Samsung Galaxy A20s launches with triple cameras and a price tag of about US$170
Samsung has finally released its new Galaxy A20 variant to a few select markets such as Malaysia. It goes for a price of RM 699 (or about US$167) in this country. For this, the customer gets 13+5+8MP rear cameras, 3GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 450 processor.
Apple's social media stock may be down in the wake of the new iPhones
A firm that analyses user attitudes toward specific subjects (e.g. companies) on Twitter claims to have shown that recent sentiment with regard to iPhones on this platform has deteriorated compared to that in 2018. Its research may also show that user discourse about Apple TV Plus and Arcade is flagging.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold US release is slated to be 100% offline
Samsung has announced that it will release the Galaxy Fold to the US market once and for all on September 27, 2019. However, the devices are only to be made available in various physical locations run by certain businesses and chains. They are AT&T, Best Buy and Samsung Experience stores.
The Realme X2 allegedly appears on Geekbench prior to its launch
The X2 is a phone rumored to be a modified version of the XT, Realme's first 64MP camera phone. A new device from the same brand has appeared on Geekbench 4. Based on its model number, it may be the X2; however, the SoC information in these benchmarking results contradicts some recent leaks.
The dual-display Nubia Z20 flagship will be released to the US market in October 2019
The Nubia Z20 is perhaps one of the more unique of all Snapdragon 855 Plus-powered flagships, as it has a 5.1-inch rear-facing display in addition to its 6.42-inch main screen. It has only been available in China since its launch; however, the OEM now has a global release date for this phone.
Redmi announces a seriously beefed-up refresh for the K20 Pro
The Redmi K20 Pro is going to gain new variants powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus processor soon. These refreshed units will also have up to 12GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage and a new rear panel. They will be released in China on September 23, 2019.
Need money for an old phone? Local stores and kiosks are the safest bet, but not necessarily the most profitable
The online device valuer Flipsy.com has released the results of a new study on the best way to sell a phone in 2019. Marketplaces - both in a user's vicinity and online - emerged as those associated with the greatest payouts, albeit with some caveats. However, other "buyback" options such as online stores were found to be the most convenient, although the seller might sacrifice the best deal this way.
Chrome OS may get lockscreen media controls soon
An XDA contributor has observed that it is now possible to control media on their Chrome OS device even though the screen is locked. The feature has not been part of this system by default in the past, but is reportedly there in its 79 Canary (or 'advance') version. It has been shown working for YouTube content.
OPPO may have a second-gen Reno flagship in the works
A new phone has been certified by TENAA with much the same specs as the OPPO Reno2 - except that it clearly has a more powerful processor. This new device, known only as the PCLM10 for now, also has 12GB in RAM terms. It retains the same rear camera counts as the rest of its probable series.
New Sony E-mount lenses from Tamron are on the way
The Japanese lens-maker Tamron already makes 17-28mm and 8-75mm f/2.8 products for Sony full-frame cameras. Now, it has released a video teaser hinting at 4 more of the same to be launched soon. Their specs are left to the imagination, but a photography blog claims to have worked them out.
A probable successor to the Samsung W2019 flip phone has just been approved
The Wi-Fi Alliance has certified a device called the Samsung SM-W2020. As the SM-W2019 is a high-end flip phone released last year, it appears that this new model number will conforn to the same form-factor. If so, it may have a new product name on its release as well .
Xiaomi updates the first-gen Black Shark to Android Pie
The Black Shark is the OEM's first attempt at a gaming smartphone. It was released with Android 8.0 (Oreo) out of the box, and had not had a major update since. However, it now has access to an OTA upgrade to Pie (9.0).
The OnePlus 7T series will come with up to 23% faster charging out of the box
Pete Lau, OnePlus' CEO, teased a new feature of the upcoming 7T series in a new interview. It will be called Warp Charge 30T, as opposed to the Warp Charge 30 found in the existing 7 Pro device. Lau claimed that the new standard will power a compatible phone 23% faster compared to its predecessor.
The latest Puro Sound Labs headset aims to boost aural health in gaming
Puro Sound Labs describes itself as "the world's leading manufacturer of premium, safe-listening headphones". It has developed the PuroGamer, a "studio-grade" headset with 50-millimeter (mm) graphene drivers for better audio at lower volumes. This product also has a noise-canceling, detachable boom mic.
A new leak alleges the development of a Nokia feature phone with Android
Most feature phones (simple phones with physical buttons) typically run on alternative software such as KaiOS. However, a blogger has posted a video of what appears to be one of these devices running Android. This phone, linked to the brand Nokia, may be released with a ROM based on an older version of this OS: Oreo (8.1).
The smart materials market is now projected to reach a US$100+ billion valuation by 2026
Smart materials may prove to be the basis of the electronic components of the future. Their market's value was estimated at US$36 billion in 2017. That figure is now thought to grow until it hits $127 billion in 7 years from now.
Netflix Narcos: coming to a controller near you soon
Curve Digital & Kuju have announced that they are bringing a title based on the Netflix show Narcos to PCs and consoles. It will allow a user to play either for the Cartel in question or against it a DEA agent. This original content will be set in the 1980s El Patron era, and is available as a digital download from now.
The Watch GT 2 is a new Huawei device you will be able to buy soon
The Huawei Watch GT 2 is this OEM's latest smartwatch. It has a 1.39-inch HD OLED display encased in "3D Glass". It comes in 42 and 46 millimeter (mm) variants, and is rated for 2 weeks of battery life.
Huawei claims that its new Google-free ecosystem will be open yet user privacy-conscious
The Huawei Mate 30 series has been launched in the absence of Google Play Services. In lieu of this, Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) are slated to take over on these phablets. The OEM claims that the OS in which they will operate will keep user data to itself.
Huawei's first own-brand TV represents the OEM's Vision of the smart home
Huawei also unveiled a new smart TV at its Mate 30 launch. It is called the Huawei Vision, and will come in 55- to 85-inch variants. The OEM asserts that it can also act as a full smart home control, and has AI-powered user interaction.
Huawei unveils its latest Porsche Design variant, the Mate 30 RS
Huawei released its new Mate 30-line flagships at a Munich event today (September 19, 2019). A new special edition of the same developed in collaboration with Porsche was also introduced. It was unveiled on stage by the OEM's Richard Yu and Jan Becker from the car-maker's design team.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has the world's most powerful camera specs in a phone
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has a new quadruple rear camera set-up that incorporates dual 40MP shooters. One of these is a "dedicated cine-camera" for 4K HDR recording at 60fps. This device also offers 10x zoom with an ultra-low ISO of 51200 and up to 7680fps slow-motion. These specs beat those of competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series by a good margin.
The Huawei Mate 30 series launches with power-user specs, but without Google Mobile Services
Huawei has unveiled its latest line of flagship phablets on stage today in Germany as scheduled. It is powered by the new Kirin 990 processor, and also has variants based on the 5G version of the same. However, the complete lack of Google apps and services during the EMUI 10 parts of the show was inescapable.
Fossil's secret smartwatch sauce may mean no Pixel Watch this year
Business Insider has published a new report that claims to offer an insight into the development of Google-brand smartwatches. It also outlines the nature of the "secret" technology purchased by this company from Fossil, which allegedly results in hybrid devices that are removed from the pure Wear OS device that may be expected of a first-gen Pixel Watch.
Incognito Mode is coming to Google Maps on phones
Google's I/O 2019 event saw announcements for plans to bring Chrome's Incognito Mode to mobile services such as Search. This is now reportedly in testing for Maps. It is accessed by tapping the avatar associated with a Google account within this app.
Realme teases the X2 ahead of its Chinese launch
Realme has announced that it will launch a new 64MP camera phone for the Chinese market on September 24, 2019. The brand has also released some details of this device - the X2 - which make it sound suspiciously like the XT that is now official in India. However, it has some crucial differences, such as its 32MP selfie camera.
The Nokia 7.2 is headed for the US in September 2019
The Nokia 7.2 is HMD Global's first phone with a triple rear camera. Now, the brand has revealed its inaugural release date in the US: September 30, 2019. The 7.2 will be an Android One device in this country, and will be sold in a single 4GB RAM SKU.
Bus Simulator: now for Xbox One and PS4
Astragon Entertainment has announced that its popular PC title, Bus Simulator 18, has come to the Playstation 4 (PS4) and Xbox One. This game involves a fictional city with 12 "vibrant" districts, 8 high-fidelity models of the vehicle in question and a multiplayer mode. It can be downloaded now for US$39.99 from the Microsoft and PS Stores.
JAM Audio claims that its new true wireless earbuds can last over 54 hours per charge
The Live Free truly wireless earbuds are the latest products from the company JAM Audio. It is claimed that they are smaller and more comfortable than their predecessors. They also come in a handy case that is rated for a battery life of 54 hours or more.
HTC appoints a new CEO as it looks forward to a 5G- and XR-focused future
HTC has confirmed that Yves Maitre, a former executive at the telecommunications company Orange, is its new chief executive officer (CEO). His predecessor, Cher Wang, will remain at the Taiwanese OEM as the head of its board. This executive will focus on products such as the VIVE XR ecosystem and the HTC 5G Hub.
Xiaomi launches the new Mi TV 4X series
Today, (September 17, 2019) Xiaomi has unveiled its latest Android TVs in India. The are of the new 4X series, and come in 65-, 55- and 43-inch variants. They include the latest features from their OS, including an in-built Chromecast, Google Assistant and a Data Saver setting.
Vivo claims to have started work on its 6G tech already
Vivo launched its new flagship, the Nex 3, today in China. It is an impressive device, particularly as it is the first phone with a waterfall-type display. Furthermore, the OEM outlined its advance plans for what will come after 5G.
The CASIO PRT-B50 is the first PRO TREK analog watch to have Smartphone Link and 4 environmental sensors
The PRT-B50 is a new PRO TREK model that can connect to a smartphone app via Bluetooth. Unlike some other Casio watches with this ability, however, this new product has a non-digital watchface. Its physical hands can be used to do things such as point to a saved location.
Qualcomm and TDK collaborate to deliver a more complete 4G/5G system
Qualcomm and TDK have clubbed together to acquire a remaining interest in the Singaporean body RF360 Holdings. This has enabled the 2 companies to produce a new kind of multi-mode radiofrequency front-end (RFFE) filter. It may contribute to improved switching between 4G and 5G in the Qualcomm modems of the future.
Sharp's upcoming take on the punch-hole camera may have leaked in a new patent
A document allegedly filed with the Japan Patent Office (JPO) suggests that Sharp may have a device with a punch-hole selfie camera in the works. Like that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series, it is in the midline of the display. Some renders included in this apparent patent indicates that this phone would also have a relatively large chin, however.
OnePlus sets dates for 7T Series launch
The OEM OnePlus has made its anticipated 7T series of phones official, and has also announced dates for its launch around the world. The first of these will be in India on September 26, 2019. The 7Ts will then get a 2nd event in London on October 10. There will also be a third, virtual event for the North American market.
The Huawei smart glasses are now on sale in China
Huawei unveiled a new line of smart glasses along with the P30 smartphone series. However, nothing has been heard of them since. Now, however, they have reportedly been released to the Chinese market in several different styles and opacities.
The Google Assistant and App is seeing a roll-out of dark theme again
Google Assistant had been reported to gain a dark theme at the start of 2019. However, this update did not get to all users at once. Now, it appears that the Mountain View giant is pushing this change again. This new roll-out, which also affects the Google App, has been observed in a small number of countries thus far.
AnTuTu appears to confirm 4GB of RAM for all 3 new iPhones
AnTuTu Benchmark has reported that it has completed testing of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. They have all scored well over 400,000 points each, meaning that they can probably compete well with equally new Androids. However, unlike these devices, only 4GB of RAM have been detected for all of the most recent Apple devices.
The Pixel 4 series may rival the Galaxy Note 10s for camera features
The Google Camera app v7 has leaked out and has been torn down. This has resulted in references to a slew of new abilities that may debut in the Pixel 4 and 4XL. They include the Mountain View's versions of Samsung's Motion Blur and Audio Zoom. They may also extend to real-time HDR edits, phone astrophotography and a new form of depth-perception.
A new power socket with USB type C Power Delivery ports has modern devices in mind
Leviton's new duplex wall socket also has in-built USB outputs. These welcome and increasingly welcome upgrades to electrical fittings are type-C ports with the Power Delivery (USB-PD) standard. This means they are rated to charge compatible devices at up to 30 watts.
Consumer-grade Sony 16K Crystal LED panels are now available
Sony is ready to release its Crystal LED technology to home theater systems. These next-gen panels are capable of both 8K HDR and 16K resolutions. With specs such as 140% of sRGB coverage and 120 frames per second, they are also rated for extremely high color accuracy and image quality.
The Opera GX browser attracts over 1 million downloads
GX is a version of the Opera browser specificially designed with gaming in mind. It has been available as an early-access build since June 2019, and has proved so popular that it has accrued over 1 million downloads to date. Opera GX offers Twitch support, a section for new releases and a network limiter.
OPPO is slated to debut 65W charging in the Reno Ace
The OEM OPPO's Vice President, Shen Yiren, has reportedly sent Weibo messages to the effect that a new, improved version of SuperVOOC will be included in an upcoming device, the Reno Ace. This new upgrade will apparently charge at an unprecedented 65 watts (W). The Ace is also said to have a 4000 mAh battery and a 90 hertz display.
LG announces NVIDIA G-SYNC support for select 2019 OLED TVs
LG has revealed that certain 2019 OLED TVs will gain G-SYNC compatibility via a firmware update. This will apply to 55- to 75-inch C9 and 55 or 65 inch E9 variants. The OEM asserts that this development will enhance immersion in gameplay using these devices.
The Kirin 990 processor may have shown up on Geekbench for the first time
The Kirin 990 SoC is the latest LTE chipset released by Huawei. A phone that purports to be a new model from this OEM has appeared on the Geekbench results database. It suggest that this new processor is a good match for the Snapdragon 855 Plus.
Get ready to meet Samsung's new battery monster, the Galaxy M30s
Following months of speculation, the existence of the Samsung Galaxy M30s as a retail product has been confirmed. It may be exclusive to Amazon India, a site that is currently promoting it as a device with an impressive 6000mAh battery. This new Galaxy M-series variant will go on sale on September 18, 2019.
The Samsung Galaxy M10s is now an Android Enterprise Recommended device
The Samsung Galaxy M10s now seems to be official. It has appeared on the Android Enterprise database, which reveals it to be a device with 3GB of RAM and 32GB in interal storage. Unlike the original M10, it also has a 6.4-inch display and a fingerprint sensor.
A new Motorola One variant shows up on Geekbench
The Motorola One line of smartphones has seen multiple new additions this year. A new phone with a name that fits in among them has just appeared on Geekbench. It may run on the MediaTek Helio P70 SoC and has 2GB of RAM.
Apple's TV+ and Arcade titles, formats and pricing structures are outlined in full
The latest Apple keynote introduced the new iPhones and iPad, yet did not stop there. It also outlined the company's new gaming- and TV-streaming services in detail. They will both go live in November 2019, cost US$4.99 per month and have content ready to go.
Apple develops a proprietary short-range communication system for the iPhones 11 Pro
The Apple U1 chip is new hardware that controls ultrawide band (UWB) energy transfers between devices. This enables compatible products to locate each other and exchange data in a way non-U1-enabled counterparts cannot. These new features are exclusive to the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max.
Apple channels Samsung with its new iPhone 11 trade-in program
Earlier in the year, we learned that Samsung would offer up to US$600 off the price of a new Galaxy Note 10 phone - in exchange for the right used device, that is. Now, Apple is doing the same for its new line of iPhones. These new trade-in prices apply to all 3 new models, and can knock an 11 down to as little as $99.
Pixel users may soon be able to get the Google Assistant to go on hold for them
9to5Google claims to have learned that Google has a new Call Screen-like function for the Assistant in the works. It may become known as "Hold my Phone", and will enable a device's AI to handle a phonecall that has gone on hold by itself. This, apparently, will involve alerting the user when a respondent has come back on to the line.
The latest Huawei Mate 30 display leak shows a smaller notch than the last
The upcoming Huawei flagship series is linked to a number of highly unusual design choice via its leaks already. One of them indicates that these phones will come with display notches (again). However, a new image depicting a screen protector allegedly made for the Mate 30 shows a different kind of notch this time around.
OnePlus reveals carbon-fiber backing for its TV, among other specs
A OnePlus executive has been spilling more details on its first-gen smart TV, in order to build hype ahead of its launch. The latest of these hints is that its back panel will be finished in a carbon-fiber effect. It will also support Dolby Vision and have a dedicated image processor.
PoE Texas' new adapter can bring power-over-Ethernet to the iPad Pro 2018
Power over Ethernet is a common method of charging using RJ45 cables connected to IEEE 802.3at compatible ports. PoE Texas makes an innovative adapter with this standard at one end and a USB output at the other. Its latest variant updates it to include a type-C port that can charge a high-end tablet or 2-in-1.
BLU launches a new brand with a "mission to bring smartphone prices back to reality"
The smartphone OEM BLU has unveiled a new sub-brand, BOLD. It will offer new "premium flagship and flagship-like" devices that buck the trend of rising prices in this market. The first BOLD phone, the N1, is powered by the mid-range MediaTek Helio P70 SoC, and has a 6.4-inch FHD+ notchless display.
Xiaomi unveils Mi Charge Turbo: a new 30W wireless charging standard
Xiaomi has launched its fastest wireless charging standard yet: Mi Charge Turbo, which powers a compatible device at 30 watts (W). The OEM claims that it needs only 25 minutes to charge an empty 4000mAh battery to 50%. Furthermore, the company also stated that it is working on a 40W upgrade for this new standard already.
The OPPO Reno A is a new 6GB mid-range phone, according to its leaked promo
A tech blog claims to have dug up new renders and marketing material for a new OPPO Reno phone. It is apparently to be called the Reno A, and is powered by the Snapdragon 710 SoC. It is described as having 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB in internal storage.
The OnePlus 7T's 90Hz screen is all but confirmed, but this may not be good news for all
Pete Lau, the chief executive officer (CEO) at OnePlus, has confirmed that a new phone with an imminent release will have a 90Hz screen. The use of the eptithet "affordable" also connected to this phone suggests that this device is the 7T rather than the 7T Pro. This, then, may not go down well with those who already own the 7 Pro.
Hisense showcases its new QLED XD and Sonic Laser TVs
Hisense has brought some new and large TVs to show off at this year's IFA. They include an 85-inch QLED XD panel that is also 8K and voice-command responsive. The company also showed off a new Sonic Laser product, which is the first of its kind capable of scaling down to 75 inches.
TCL claims to have applied its display know-how to the new PLEX smartphone
TCL, a name perhaps better known for TVs, has unveiled its latest mobile device at IFA. The PLEX is a 6.53-inch FHD+ phone with a 24MP punch-hole camera. It has triple rear cameras, one of which is 48MP, and AI enhancements for the same. The PLEX also has T-Cast, an app that allows it full control over certain smart TVs from the same brand.
Huawei unveils the FreeBuds 3: AirPod-alikes but with a round charging case
Huawei has taken to IFA to unveil new wireless earbuds alongside the Kirin 990 SoC. They are the latest in the Freebuds line of wearables, and are thus AirPod clones (in their looks at least). These 3rd-gen products have a dedicated dual-Bluetooth chipset of their own, "intelligent" noise cancellation and a unique charging case.
The next generations of Snapdragon 8-, 7- and 6- series SoCs will be 5G-ready by default
Qualcomm has announced that its chipsets for the premium, premium mid-tier and mid-tier mobile devices of the future will all come with 5G as standard. This is because they will have support for these next-gen data bands built into them directly as systems-on-chips (SoC). Of these, the 5G 7-series is already being used to design phones by OEMs such as Nokia and LG.
The latest Pixel 4 Geekbench leak is the most confusing yet
The anticipated successor to the Pixel 3 has appeared on Geekbench. It shows that the device has 4GB of RAM, is powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC and runs Android 10. Therefore, it stands a decent chance of actually being a Google phone - however, the leak does have some inadequacies.
JBL introduces the Pulse 4, a 20W portable LED speaker
The JBL Pulse 4 is the latest in a series of portable Bluetooth speakers that also light up as they stream audio. This iteration also has an IPX7 rating and an estimated 12 hours of playback. Its LEDs are controlled by a proprietary app, which also allows it to sync with multiple compatible devices from the same brand.
Kaspersky claims to have found malware in digital college textbooks
The online security company Kaspersky has reported the presence of dangerous programs in the digital versions of educational content for university students. These essays and texts were found to contain malware of varying severity and virulence. Some were described as capable of infecting whole networks from a single student's PC.
The new Arun power station has both USB and AC outputs to charge a laptop at up to 100W
The charging accessory brand Arun has a new travel product that can charge both mobile devices and full notebooks. This "power station" has variants with 22000mAh or 30000mAh capacities, both of which has a full AC outlet, as well as USB type A and C ports. The latter can charge a mobile device at up to 45 watts (W), whereas the former can deliver up to 100W.
Qualcomm unveils the new QTM527 mmWave antenna module for the Snapdragon X55 modem
Qualcomm has introduced its latest "add-on" for its 2nd-generation 5G modem, the Snapdragon X55. The QTM527 is an antenna that confers mmWave reception on the chipset. It is intended to enable the X55 to handle fiber-level connections for homes and businesses, regardless of their location.
Lenovo's new Yoga 2-in-1s offer up to 10th-gen Intel Core CPUs and smart thermal controls
Lenovo has unveiled new Yoga C- and S-series models. As expected, they conform to Project Athena and feature premium materials and features in many variants. Some also offer up to 10th-gen Intel Core processors and AI features intended to boost performance and cooling under certain circumstances
Vivo reportedly wants to make a 5G phone with Samsung's Exynos 980 SoC
The well-known tech tipster IceUniverse claims to have attended a Vivo event in which this OEM outlined plans to use Samsung's newest SoC in one of its own phones. This chipset, the Exynos 980, is thought to be best suited to mid-range phones - albeit ones with 5G. Vivo apparently plans to release just such a device before the end of 2019.
Motorola makes the One Zoom and Moto E6 Plus official
Motorola has announced the release of 2 new smartphones, the One Zoom and Moto E6 Plus. The former has a 6.4-inch 1080p display, a 4000 mAh battery and Dual OIS for its quad rear cameras. The new Moto E, on the other hand, is a dual-camera phone with a 6.1-inch HD+ display.
VESA's updated HDR standards may improve the display panels of the future
The Video Electronics Standards Association (or VESA) is the body that can confer official certifications for state-of-the art quality standards such as DisplayHDR on new screens. Its latest update to the criteria by which they are granted is called version 1.1. It calls for ultra-modern specs such as active dimming, as well as tougher yardsticks for color gamut and luminance.
Sony unveils the Xperia 5, a new compact version of its flagship phone
Sony has revealed that the long-awaited compact variant of its 2019 flagship is called the Xperia 5. It shares an OLED "TV-grade" screen with the 1; however, this panel measures 0.4 inches less than its regular-sized counterpart. The 5 also has the same triple cameras and Snapdragon 855 SoC as the 1.
Huawei is now projected to gain as much as half the Chinese mobile device market in 2020
The respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now estimates that Huawei could seize up to 50% of its domestic market next year. However, he also believes that the OEM will now miss a previous projection of 260 million units shipped this year. This company is also planning to grow stronger based on further investment into research.
Honor launches Ryzen 3000-powered versions of the MagicBook Pro
The Honor MagicBook Pro is an ultrabook that seems to take after the MacBook in design. It was launched with Intel Core i7-8565U or i5-8265U CPUs. Now, it maker has launched new variants that replaces them with AMD APUs.
Acer's Nitro XV3 series of monitors brings NVIDIA G-SYNC-compatibility and various eye-saving features
Acer's new series of XV3 gaming monitors offer modern refresh rates of up to 240Hz and response times of as low as 1 millisecond. They are also G-SYNC ready with the variable refresh rate (VRR) necessary to handle either the RTX or GTX 10-series of graphic cards. These new IPS panels come in either 24.5- or 27-inch variants, and will start at €249 (about US$275).
OnePlus releases its first version of Android 10 for the 7 and 7 Pro
The OEM OnePlus has succeeded in releasing a build of Android 10 shortly after Google formally introduced this fresh version of the OS. It is an Open Beta compatible with the 7 series from the Chinese phone-maker. The ROM updates the UI and contains many long-awaited Android 10 features.
The Snapdragon 855 Plus version of the Red Magic 3 reportedly gets an ultra-high score on AnTuTu benchmark
The Nubia Red Magic 3 is a gaming phone set to gain a new variant with the updated Snapdragon 855 Plus processor. Its first AnTuTu benchmark has reportedly been posted, and may have attained the highest score in these tests to date. This device may also come with a 90Hz display.
Facebook may have a like-hiding feature in the works
Instagram recently rolled out a new option in which the like (or reaction) count of a given post could be concealed from any user but the creator in question. Now, an analysis of new code in the Facebook app for Android indicates that this site will do the same. The feature is said to have been instituted for a number of reasons, some of which are related to mental health online.
The RedmiBook 14 Enhanced reportedly attracts over 1.5 million reservations in China
The RedmiBook 14 Enhanced is essentially its brand's first ultrabook, but with 1 important difference: 10th-generation Intel Core silicon. Its fans in China can sign up to buy their unit on mi.com at present. Redmi has announced that the volume of these reservations have now exceeded 1.5 million in number.
The iPhone 11 series will get Wi-Fi 6, according to the latest leak
An increasingly familiar name in tech rumor circles has posted on Twitter concerning the 2019 iPhones. This spec-heavy leak asserts that Apple will indeed stick with the screen sizes chosen by the company over the last few years for the 3 devices. It also indicates that the A13 SoC will support Wi-Fi 6, but not 3D Touch.
A Huawei Watch GT 2 is now rumored to launch alongside the Mate30 series
The Huawei Watch GT is a popular wearable in which the in-house software LiteOS had its debut. Now, the respected leaker Roland Quandt asserts that it is to get a second generation. This smartwatch will apparently have a larger battery than its predecessor.
The Vivo Nex 3 is allegedly involved in a new full-scale specs leak
Some new Weibo posts purport to show the Vivo Nex 3 in a candid real-life image. Furthermore, this site has also provided what may be a full panel of this upcoming flagship's specifications. It suggests that the device will have 4G and 5G variants, a 6.89-inch screen and a top-end model with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 may be joined by 4 more 108MP camera phones in 2020
XDA contributors claim to have found references to code-names for 4 different new Xiaomi phones in this OEM's software. There is also evidence that all of these devices will have the state-of-the-art 108MP Samsung image sensor that should inform the apex of smartphone cameras going into 2020. Furthermore, it is possible that the Mi Mix 4 is not one of them.
Samsung re-opens reservations for the Galaxy Fold in the US and UK
Samsung has made its pre-registration page for its first ever flexible device, the Galaxy Fold, live in the US and UK. It enables potential buyers to submit their contact details in order to receive instructions as to how to order this phone. A new report indicates that the Fold will cost the same as it did prior to its failed launch.
Apple Watch 2 and 3 units are eligible for a free screen replacement from Apple
Apple has issued a recall of its second- and third-generation Watches in order to address a screen fault that may develop in these devices. The company is, therefore, offering a free replacement for this component. A customer can avail of it by bringing or sending an applicable Watch to Apple, or to one of its official service providers.
The OPPO A9 (2020) is allegedly leaked in full
The OEM OPPO is now rumored to have a refresh for its A9 smartphone in the works. Its "2020" upgrade apparently involves the Snapdragon 665 SoC, quad cameras and a single 8GB/128GB SKU. It is also now linked to an impressive enough 5000mAh battery.
2nd-gen Xiaomi AirPod clones inadvertently make their way onto Weibo
The AirDots Pro are Xiaomi devices that conform to the "toothbrush" form factor of truly-wireless earbuds. Chinese social media users have spotted what looks like their packaging, but with a new product name, in a photograph. The box suggests that these wearables have, if anything, become more Apple-esque than their predecessors.
The Moto G8 may get the Snapdragon 665 processor and a 48MP camera
Motorola has been subject to leaks concerning its new Moto G variants already. Their flagship may be called either the G8 or G8 Plus. The latest leak on this subject indicates that it will be powered by the Snapdragon 665 SoC. It may have up to 6GB of RAM, as well as a triple rear camera with a 48MP main shooter.
The latest OnePlus 7T Pro renders show no deviation from earlier designs
An earlier report has suggested that the rumored OnePlus 7T will be a substantial upgrade over its immediate predecessor. Now, a new leak hints that the same may not be true of the 7T Pro. Despite the possibility that it will get a Formula 1-themed special edition, it will look much the same as the original 2019 flagship.
Canon releases the EOS 90D, a new 32MP crop DSLR
The EOS 90D is Canon's latest APS-C camera that can shoot at 32.5MP with a crop of up to 1.6x. It is powered by a DIGIC 8 image processor and can shoot at up to 11 frames per second continuously. This camera's core unit will go on sale in September 2019, and will cost US$1,199.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 5G is now rumored to be even cheaper than the iQOO Pro on launch
Xiaomi is slated to release a version of its popular Mi 9 smartphone with next-gen connectivity soon. A new report asserts that it will cost even less than the iQOO Pro 5G when it goes on sale in China. This second device starts at only 3798 yuan (~$540) at present.
2 Galaxy A-series phones of the future pop up in new leaks
The existence of the Samsung Galaxy A20s has been confirmed, as a device by this name has just gained Bluetooth SIG certification. In addition, a new model number that may conform to the rumored A71 has appeared on Geekbench. This listing hints at a 2020 release for this phone, as it is described as running Android 10.
A new Honor 20 variant can be pre-booked in China right now
The online retailer JD.com has posted a new page for a new member of the Honor 20 series. Known as the 20S, it has a new range of colors compared to the existing models available outside China. It has the same front-facing camera as the 20 and 20 Pro, but has 3 rear cameras where these phones have 4 each.
A new mid-range Samsung tablet gains Wi-Fi Alliance certification
Samsung has sent a new device to the Wi-Fi Alliance for certification. However, this document does not confirm much about this device, save that it is a tablet with the model number SM-T545. The same number has cropped up in a Geekbench leak recently that pegged it as a Snapdragon 710-powered device with 4GB of RAM.
Lenovo Z6 Pro to be released in India, alongside 2 new phones
The Lenovo Z6 Pro is a quad-cam flagship with the Snapdragon 855 processor, and yet has not had much availability worldwide. This has been addressed somewhat with the announcement of a release event for this phone in India. It will be launched in this market with the K10 Note and A6 Note on September 5, 2019.
Huawei's Android ban may kick in with the launch of the Mate 30 series
Huawei had faced the prospect of becoming unable to use the Android ecosystem due to a dispute with the current US government. However, most of its newer devices have subsequently retained the license necessary to do so. Unfortunately, Google has told the BBC that the upcoming Mate 30 series will not be granted access to the same.
The Realme XT is this brand's first 64MP-camera phone
Even as Redmi prepared for the Note 8 Pro's launch, Realme was reportedly sending units of its new XT mobile device out to some media outlets. It is the OPPO sub-brand's long-awaited 64MP quad-camera phone. Realme claims that it will be available for sale in September 2019.
Sony releases the a6600, its new APS-C flagship camera
The a6600 is the latest premium camera from Sony. It is an APS-C mirrorless unit with a 24.2MP Exmor sensor, Fast Hybrid autofocus (AF) and a 3-inch 180-degree touchscreen. The OEM has also unveiled an entry-level a6000-series camera and new lenses to boot.
The ZTE Axon 10 Pro launches in the US, starting at US$550
ZTE has released its 2019 flagship, the Axon 10 Pro, to the United States market. It has either 8 or 12GB of RAM, runs on the Snapdragon 855 processor and has 256GB of internal storage. It is available via ZTE itself, as well as some other online retailers, and costs under US$600 for the base model.
OnePlus allegedly plans to release Android 10 on the same day as Google
A new Reddit post shows a messaging thread that may have taken place between a OnePlus representative and a second party. The former mentions the date now linked to the official release of Android 10, and references the OEM's plans to release its own version of this OS on the same day.
Huawei Mate 30 real-life design is captured in new leaked poster
The respected tipster Ice Universe has tweeted a poster showing the top half of the finished Huawei Mate 30 product. This image has Chinese-language taglines and Leica branding, and shows that the phone does indeed have the long thin notch shown in earlier leaks. Its round camera is surrounded by a generous border.
NVIDIA addresses an issue for older games on newer displays with a driver update
Some consumers may have found that having a 4K display does not always result in pin-sharp content. This is because 1080p image data is not always scaled effectively to match the more up-to-date resolution. NVIDIA has addressed this by introducing integer scaling in its latest Game Ready Drivers update.
Redmi confirms there will be a K30, and that it will have 5G
The Redmi K20 series will get a 2nd generation, according to the brand's general manager. Furthermore, it will also get 5G. It is not clear if this will apply to all variants of the K30, or just one of them.
The Amazfit X is a new concept smartwatch with a flexible display
Amazfit has just launched 2 new wearables, the GTS and Sports Watch 3. They are a follow-up to the Bip (in which this update results in extremely Apple-esque looks) and a round watch with a new type of JDI display respectively. However, the star of this launch was the X, a concept device that is to have a 2-inch curved display.
Samsung Galaxy A70s becomes all but official with Wi-Fi Alliance certification
Samsung is now rumored to have a new version of its existing Galaxy A70 in the works. This phone (which currently goes by the model name SM-A707F) appears to be extremely similar to its predecessor in terms of specs. Now, a new regulatory document includes the same model number, lending much more weight to the "Galaxy A70s" theory.
New AMD Radeon Adrenalin version confers support for Man of Medan and HDCP 2.3 in RX 5700 series
AMD has released Radeon Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.8.2, an update that adds compatibility with HDCP 2.3 on the RX 5700 series of graphics cards. It also boosts performance while playing Control using DirectX 11 compared to the previous version of this driver. 19.8.2 may also address a range of glitches associated with this version.
OPPO Reno2: main specs spilled in new certification
The OPPO Reno2 is to be released soon during an event which will take place in India. It may be launched in several variants with different CPUs. This theory may be borne out by new leaks that show 2 different model names, 1 of which is linked to the new Snapdragon 730G SoC.
Redmi teases the Note 8's camera prowess ahead of its launch
The Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi has been previewing the 48MP capabilities of its upcoming smartphone the Note 8. It has posted some attractive shots with a watermark indicating they were taken by the phone. One of its new modes, Super Night Scene, was also described as "shocking".
New Motorola One Zoom renders show quad cameras and Amazon apps
The One Zoom may be a device soon to be released by Motorola. It is projected to be a quad-rear-camera device with Amazon Alexa integration. Some new images, shared by the legendary leaker Ishan Agarwal, may show what this phone will look like.
Samsung accidentally references the A91 on its new 45W charger page
Samsung may have divulged the existence of a heretofore unreleased phone, the A91. It is included in a list of phones that work with the OEM's new 45W charger, alongside the Galaxy Note 10+. This phone may be an additional variant, or next generation of, the Galaxy A90.
Discord integration on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series is live
Discord is now available on Samsung's proprietary mobile app store. It is intended to allow for video chats while gaming, and has been introduced as a novel feature on the new Galaxy Note 10 line. It requires that your Discord and Samsung accounts are linked on these devices.
Google Pay gets dark mode in new update
Google's Pay app has a new update with a dark mode. This means it joins a group of additional Android services that have this new feature. The trend is being adopted in preparation for the next major upgrade for this mobile OS.
iQOO launches the Pro 5G (and 4G) flagship smartphone(s)
Vivo's premium sub-brand iQOO has released the Pro, which as it turns out has a 4G variant in addition to the expected 5G-supporting model. It is powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC and has up to 12GB of RAM. The Pro runs Monster UI, a new skin for Android 9.0.
RedmiBook 14 Enhanced edition with 10th-gen i7 processor to be released soon
Redmi launched its first ever laptop, a 14-inch ultrabook, not long ago. Now, it is destined for the launch stage again, in the form of a new variant with an updated Intel chipset. The brand has not specified which one it will be, save that it is to be a Core i7 from the new 10 series.
OnePlus now rumored to join the round-camera phone brigade soon
A new OnePlus phone will have cameras that are found in a single, circular module on the back of the phone. At least, this is what new renders from OnLeaks/PriceBaba indicate. These leakers speculate that the device in question will be the 7T, and, thus, will launch in mere months.
Chrome may soon be able to alert the user if their passwords have been stolen
Password Leak Detection is an experimental feature in Chrome 78. It checks a given password against public databases of data breaches, in case of its use in a known security incident. Should this test prove positive, Chrome then offers a pop-up advising the user to change the password for the site or service in question.
Lava insists that its new, 3GB gaming phone is "too fast to be left behind"
Lava is an Indian smartphone OEM that has just released a new gaming phone. Called the Z93, it has 3GB of RAM and 32GB in internal storage, whereas many other companies in this space seem compelled to go for more in both respects. It also boasts the Helio P22 SoC, Android 9 and dual rear "depth-sensing" cameras.
The new truly-wireless earbuds from House of Marley are made from 100% recycled materials
The Liberate Air earphones are made from reclaimed silicone and have a bamboo finish. In addition, they have a charging case described as made from recycled aluminium, wood, cotton and plastic. These new House of Marley products are also reportedly superior in sound quality to the Apple AirPods.
Helio G90T-powered Redmi Note 8 Pro benchmarks are displayed prior to launch
Redmi has announced that its upcoming Note 8 Pro will rock the new, gaming-focused MediaTek Helio G90T SoC. The company asserts that this processor is more powerful than the comparable Snapdragon 710, albeit not the Kirin 810. The Note 8 Pro's AnTuTu scores appear to bear this out.
Xiaomi may switch to MIUI 11 betas at end of August 2019
International betas of MIUI may have been terminated, but they are still going for Chinese users. Xiaomi has informed them that the last such preview build based on Android Pie (9.0) will be released on August 30, 2019. This suggests that the next beta thereafter will transition to an upcoming major software upgrade.
Huawei now slated to unveil the Kirin 990 SoC at IFA 2019
Huawei will allegedly introduce its next-gen flagship mobile processor at an event in Berlin during September 2019. This would coincide with 2019's IFA event. In other news from this OEM, it has also presented its new SoC for AI, the Ascend 910.
One UI 2.0 based on Android 10 for the Samsung Galaxy S10+ may have been leaked
A Portugese YouTuber called Dudu Rocha has demonstrated what may be Samsung's next major software upgrade on camera. This ROM, which was shown in comparison to a second phone running One UI 1.0, exhibits an About page that clearly shows Android 10 as its OS version. If valid, it indicates that some Galaxy Note 10 features are coming to older flagships with this update.
OnePlus TV now officially slated for September 2019 launch; codename and specs leaked
The CEO of OnePlus (Pete Lau) has confirmed that the first-gen TV from this OEM will launch in a month from now (August 2019). It will be released to the Indian market initially. A Twitter tipster claims to have dug its CPU, GPU and Android version info, which also applies to this region.
New 8GB OPPO phone pops up on Geekbench
A device with the novel model number OPPO PCKM00 has appeared on the Geekbench website recently. It is described as having 8GB of RAM, the Snapdragon 675 processor and as running Android 9. This phone has attained a relatively good score for these specifications.
Redmi Note 8 series' colors and SKUs allegedly disclosed prior to launch
The Redmi Note 8 and 8 Pro will be released in China soon. A tech blog claims to have a document detailing the choices of colors and storage options available to either variant. It asserts that the Note 8 will start at 4GB of RAM, whereas the Note 8 Pro's base SKU has 6.
Qualcomm forges a new 3G/4G/5G patent license agreement with LG
LG Electronics (LGE) has formulated a new worldwide patent license to make single- or multi-mode devices that use 3G, 4G/LTE, 5G or all of these. Under this new agreement, LG can now develop and sell these components based on the chipmaker's technology. Qualcomm has also recently achieves a 5G milestone in Japan in conjunction with Fujitsu.
Sales of UMIDIGI's "in-screen fingerprint value king" will go live on August 26th
The UMIDIGI X, a phone that its OEM clearly believes offers the feature of an in-display fingerprint scanner in an exceptionally cost-effective way, is now live on AliExpress. However, the phone cannot be actually ordered until August 26th, 2019. It will start at a promotional price of US$179.99, but may revert to $249.99 thereafter.
Samsung Galaxy XCover FieldPro and M30s made official by Bluetooth SIG
Samsung has been rumored to bring out a second version of its Galaxy M30 smartphone for some time. A new listing in the Bluetooth SIG database indicates that this is in fact the case. A blog has also found a 2nd new phone from the same OEM: a potential 2019 Galaxy XCover.
No sweets for Q: Google announces new naming scheme for future Android upgrades
Google has announced that the next major update for its mobile OS will be...Android 10. Simply Android 10. The "dessert" theme that has been in effect for the last decade is, therefore, no more, as the brand's styling goes in a different direction.
Waze adds YouTube Music integration to its Android/iOS app
The popular navigation aid Waze has had the ability to control the audio from several music streaming apps for some time. YouTube Music is the latest example of these. Users who subscribe to the Premium version of this service can take advantage of this new feature.
The Realme 5 really does undercut the Mi A3 in India
The Realme 5 series has been released in India, and has been followed closely by the Xiaomi Mi A3 in the same market. It turns out that the Mi A3 and the base model from the new line does indeed have the same processor, although the 5 has quad cameras where the Xiaomi has 3. The latter starts at INR 12,999 (~US$182), whereas the former starts at INR 9,999 ($140).
Nokia's "Daredevil" leaks connected to the 7.2 name for the first time
A phone that looks much the same as those in leaks and renders connected to a smartphone codenamed "daredevil" has popped up again in a tweet posted by a Zeiss employee. This individual calls it the Nokia 7,2, indicating that it is truly the rumored 48MP device. This phone is also now thought to launch in September during a scheduled HMD Global event.
The 64MP Redmi Note 8 series - and the brand's first 4K TV - will launch soon
Redmi has packed a number of exciting details in its latest official announcement. Firstly, it has confirmed that its promised 64MP camera will debut in the Redmi Note 8 Pro. It will be released alongside the base Note 8 at an event on August 29, 2019. The 70-inch Redmi 4K TV will also be unveiled at this event.
Motorola's foldable phone is now rumored to cost €1500 (US$1665) when it reaches Europe
A new leak on the subject of Motorola's upcoming foldable phone states that it will have a launch event in the US prior to one in Europe. It is also thought to cost US$1500, which will translate to the same amount in Euros. A new render for this phone suggests it will definitely retain the iconic Razr looks as it does so.
Vivo's Nex 3 "waterfall" display is shown in real-life teaser
The OEM Vivo recently released a teaser in which it hinted that its upcoming flagship, the Nex 3, would have a state-of-the-art waterfall display. Now, the product line's manager, Li Xiang, has revealed a photo of a phone in which the screen appears to cascade over the side of the device. However, the effect has already been disputed on social media.
Possible Redmi 7 successor appears on TENAA and in real-life images
A device with Redmi branding and the model number M1908C3IC has been certified by the Chinese telecomms authority TENAA. It is believed that this device will be called the 8 on launch. It has dual cameras and 3 RAM SKUs.
Xiaomi Mi A3 to launch in India on August 21, may start at about US$210
Xiaomi has announced that it will launch the Mi A3 as India's next Android One device on August 21, 2019. However, Amazon may have spoiled its reveal by publishing listings for its SKUs ahead of time. They show that these phones will at least start at INR 14,998 (~US$210).
Minecraft, Dying Light 2 and other titles to get ray tracing soon
Mojang, the makers of Minecraft, has announced that its hit game will become able to use real-time ray tracing in early 2020. Furthermore, NVIDIA has broken the news that a number of other titles will get these features. They include upcoming Metro Exodus DLC, Control and Dying Light 2.
A Redmi executive may have leaked a new phone by going on social media with it
Lu Weibing, Redmi's general manager, has reportedly teased the brand's upcoming Note 8 by using it in the creation of a message about it on Weibo. The device tag for this post is allegedly "Note8Android". Its actual content is made of praise for a device with a possibly improved camera and screen.
Apple Watch screens may step up to micro-LED, but not until 2020
In a new research note written for TF International Securities, the tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has stated that he now believes that Apple will switch to micro-LED for its sixth-generation Watch. In the meantime, the Series 5 will stick with OLED screens, albeit those from a new supplier. These devices may be launched alongside the iPhone "11" line later this season.
Huawei Y9s with possible pop-up camera leaks out
It seems Huawei will release an alternative version of one of its 2019 mid-range phone soon. This device, the Y9s, has appeared on the Android Enterprise database. Its new product image shows a completely edge-to-edge screen, as opposed to the notch seen in the original Y9.
Google Play Books' first beta includes a Custom Shelf setting
For the first time in history, Google has prepared a beta for Play Books. One of its first additions is the option to create Custom Shelves. This, according to lead engineer Dan Kimberg, is a hotly-requested feature for this app.
Motorola One Action launches with groundbreaking rotated wide-angle camera sensor
The Motorola One Action has finally been unveiled. Like most of its siblings, it has a 21:9 screen and mid-range specs. However, it sets itself apart with its "industry first" wide-angle rear camera, which allows for the capture of landscape video while the phone itself is in portrait mode.
Honor and Huawei get new TVs approved, along with many more Bluetooth products
Huawei and its sub-brand Honor has attracted attention recently as it has sent what seems to be a whole generation of new smartphones, tablets and assorted wireless accessories to the Bluetooth SIG for certification simultaneously. Now, however, it has done the same with even more products. They include 6 new models clearly labelled as TVs.
Geekbench scores hint at Snapdragon 710 and 8GB RAM for the Realme 5 Pro
Realme's 5 Pro has just been confirmed by Flipkart as an upcoming release in August 2019. A model number that may conform to this phone has surfaced on Geekbench. It shows that it is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 710 SoC and has 8GB of RAM.
The next Motorola One phone may be the Zoom...or the Pro...or both
Motorola is now linked to a new phone called the One Zoom. The latter part of this name may stem from its quad cameras with a 48MP main sensor. Prominent leakers also assert that it will have a light-up logo on the back, and may or may not be called the One Pro in some markets.
2nd-generation OPPO Reno to be released in India soon
OPPO has sent press invites out to Indian outlets to the launch of its Reno 2. This phone will apparently double its hybrid zoom compared to its predecessor. However, it will retain the shark-fin-style pop-up camera from earlier this year.
MIUI introduces 2-factor authentication for Xiaomi user accounts
For the first time in its history, the Xiaomi custom MIUI Android skin has implemented 2-factor authentication (or 2FA) for this OEM's software ecosystem. So far, it works to send notifications to all devices connected to a single applicable account in the event of unfamiliar logins. However, there is no SMS-based verification as yet.
Sony smashes through records at the 2019 EISA Awards
Sony has announced that it has hit a new record for wins at the Expert Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) awards for this year. The company won 7 times at this event, 3 of which were for its innovative, extensive G-series FE lenses. Its advanced Real-time Eye auto-focus (AF) technology was also recognized at this show.
Realme 5 series to debut in India on August 20, 2019
The Realme 5 is now official. Flipkart is now promoting this phone as the first in its price-bracket to rock quad rear cameras and a 5000mAh battery. Furthermore, it will be launched alongside a Pro variant, which has the same number of cameras, 1 of which is confirmed to be 48MP in resolution.
New accessory listings appear to confirm 2019 iPhone names
The tech world has largely been operating on the theory that the next generation of Apple smartphones will be called something along the lines of 'iPhone 11' for some time now. A French blog claims to have caught a leak from a casemaker that disseminates this in more detail. However, it is not for those without patience with modern-day product-name convolutions.
OnePlus executive confirms plans for 2nd 5G phone
OnePlus released its first 5G phone, a variant of the 7 Pro flagship, earlier this year. Now, the company's CEO, Pete Lau, has told the Financial Times that it intends to put a 2nd one into production. This may be connected to speculation that next-gen connectivity will be more common by 2020.
Huawei and Honor certify a bumper crop of new devices and accessories
Huawei and Honor have gone to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) to register an impressive number of new wireless products. These certifications, which have all been granted today (August 15, 2019) cover obvious candidates such as phones, but also include others that may be the brands' next generations of headsets, earphones and speakers.
The upcoming Realme 5 may be a Xiaomi Mi A3-beater
Realme is now connected to the launch of a new phone, provisionally called the RMX1911 - although it may be named the 5 on release. Geekbench scores with this model number show that it has 4GB of RAM and the same SoC as the Xiaomi Mi CC9e/Mi A3. This phone has also been certified with Thai and Malaysian authorities.
Fitbit's Versa 2 official packaging allegedly leaks out
Fitbit has been linked to a second generation of its popular Versa smartwatch for some time now. Recently, rumors about it have started up again in light of new leaks. They claim to show the wearable's official packaging, as well as an image from its manual hinting at new smart assistant features.
iQOO Pro 5G goes to Geekbench, rivals ROG Phone II's score
A phone called the Vivo V1916A has appeared on the Geekbench database. This model number has been linked to the upcoming iQOO Pro 5G, which is slated to come with the updated Snapdragon 855+ processor. Its scores match well with those of the second-gen ASUS ROG Phone, which also launched with this SoC.
Tumblr is to be sold to the makers of WordPress
Tumblr is a blogging platform that has been part of Yahoo (or Oath, as it is now) since 2013. However, the parent company in this case - Verizon - has reportedly been trying to palm it off for some time. It has now successfully found a buyer: Automattic Inc, the same company behind WordPress.
OnePlus TV now slated for late-September 2019 launch, with multiple SKUs in tow
OnePlus has just introduced its first large-screen product as the...well...OnePlus TV. Leaks from other sources have claimed that this new product will be released in the last week or so of September 2019. It is also rumored to come in sizes from 43 to 75 inches and to have Bluetooth 5.0.
The FAA bans certain MacBook Pros from airplanes
The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has told airlines that there are MacBook Pros out there that cannot be brought onto commercial flights. The notebooks in question are those that were recalled by Apple earlier this year for official battery replacements. The FAA believes that these components are a fire hazard.
SK Hynix announces its next-generation, "world's fastest" high-bandwidth memory
The chip-maker SK Hynix has released HBM2E, its new storage standard. It is described as having up to 50% higher bandwidth at double the size compared to the previous generation. This new chip is aimed at uses in machine learning, AI and high-tier GPUs.
The slimmest new Casio EDIFICE watch is also a Bluetooth device
Casio has released the EDIFICE EQB1000D-1A, a new watch with a case only 8.9 milimeters (mm) thick. It is also one of the brand's connected devices, which means it can connect to a smartphone app. This allows it to keep time accurately in over 300 locations.
The Huawei Mate 30 launch may not be far away
A Russian blog may have leaked more information on when Huawei's next line of flagships, the Mate 30s, will be released. This event will allegedly occur on September 30, 2019. Other news indicates that they will indeed run Android on their launch.
Google Maps AR navigation to hit non-Pixel phones soon
AR-assisted navigation is one of the most interesting - and possibly useful - aspects of the Google Maps app to be unveiled in recent years. Unfortunately, it was also introduced as a Pixel exclusive. Now, however, it may be available on a wider varieity of phones soon.
The US phone accessory market is to be worth US$74 billion by 2026
The market for accessories such as screen protectors, cases and power banks in the US is now projected to attain a value of US$74.43 billion in 7 years. Headphones took the biggest piece (nearly 25%) of this space last year, and may maintain this share until 2026. However, the VR/AR headset sector is thought to be capable of the greatest growth into the next decade.
Huawei finds its route back to US market obstructed by new trade-war twist
Huawei has regained the ability to trade with American-based business again...technically. US firms that wish to do so need to apply for a specific new license from the current administration. Bloomberg now reports that these are being withheld in response to China's apparent reluctance to buy more crops from the States.
Redmi K20 Pro reportedly gets Android Q beta in China
Redmi is reportedly pushing an official Android Q build to some owners of the K20 Pro in China. These users had been invited to apply to a beta program to test this ROM earlier in the year. Therefore, this phone may have joined the Xiaomi Mi 9 in eligibility for advance access to this major OS update.
LG may have patented a double-folding phone that is also portless
LG has allegedly patented a next-generation phone design in which the device in question has 3 separate segments that fold into a more conventional brick-like form factor. This is not completely unheard of; however, this patent also apparently covers a complete lack of ports for charging or other uses.
The Nokia 7.2 (aka Daredevil) allegedly swoops onto Geekbench
A new Geekbench database entry apparently corresponds to one of Nokia's reported upcoming round-camera phones, the 7.2. It refers to a device with 6GB of RAM and running an unnamed SoC at 1.84GHz. Its scores are not far off those of the pre-existing Nokia 7 Plus.
The latest YI home security camera has AI for smarter, more selective user alerts
The YI Home Camera 3 is an AI-powered security camera. It notifies the user about possible intrusions - however, it solves the problem of potentially indiscriminate, unnecessary messages by using its new software to judge which ones will be important. The new YI camera also has a magnetic stand, so it can be installed anywhere.
Honor Band 5 pre-empts Mi Band 4 on the Indian market
Honor has released its latest fitness band to the Indian market, via Flipkart. This new model has a full-color AMOLED display, an estimated 14 days of battery life and 50-meter water resistance. However, it will soon have competition from an upcoming Xiaomi counterpart, which has much the same specs.
Samsung allegedly has a new Galaxy A70 variant on the go, although it's not clear why
The Galaxy A70 is one of Samsung's low-to-mid tier devices for 2019. Some members of its series have gained actual or rumored alternative versions with the suffix 's'. Now, new Geekbench listings suggest that the A70 is also getting one - with the exact same specs.
OnePlus upgrades its 2016-8 phones to August 2019 security patches
The OnePlus 3 and 3T are now about 3 years old. Despite this, they are still receiving new software updates from their OEM. The latest of these include new security patches for Android 9.0 (Pie). The same can be said for their predecessors, the 5 and 6 lines.
Nubia launches the Z20: a new dual-display, Snapdragon 855+ flagship
ZTE's high-value sub-brand Nubia has just released its latest phone. The Z20 looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S10, if that phone had an additional display on its rear panel. This new device is powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, up to 8GB of RAM and a 4000mAh battery with 27-watt fast charging.
The top 4 ride-hailing services are now worth more than US$166 billion combined
Many people have gotten used to summoning a ride in a paid driver's car from their phone. A new analysis of this market indicates that such services (known collectively as "shared mobility") now challenge the traditional industries behind vehicle use and ownership. It also suggest that autonomous cars may be the way forward for the ride-hailing business of the future.
Pixel 4/4XL now rumored to come with 6GB of RAM and 90Hz displays
A prominent Google-news blog claims to have heard from its sources that the Pixel series will be upgraded to 6GB of RAM in 2019. The 2 upcoming phones are also now slated to feature 90-hertz refresh rates, a feature that is to be termed "Smooth Display". Finally, the devices will stick with the memory SKUs from last year.
HongMeng OS could debut on the Honor Smart Screen TV
Huawei's first TV is in fact slated to be released by its sub-brand Honor, and is to be called the Smart Screen. It may be reasonable to assume that this product will run Android for these larger devices. However, the OEM is now rumored to deploy one of its own long-anticipated OSs on the new product.
An estimated US$150 billion will be spent on games in 2019
US$152.1 billion will be spent on gaming software this year, according to the latest research. This work also indicates that the console sector of the relevant market will grow by the most in 2019. However, the sector for mobile apps will remain the largest.
Facebook influences more consumers than any other social media platform
More social media users buy from brands they follow on Facebook compared to 7 other social networks studied, according to a new report. This is because social media has increased the ability of companies to reach out to consumers, and vice versa. Facebook is likely to be the most successful medium as it is the biggest and promotes brand-recognition most effectively.
A potential next-gen Pocophone patent has a punch-hole selfie camera
A tech blog claims to have dug up a new patent for a phone that looks suspiciously like a POCO F1, albeit with more cameras and a punch-hole display. As this design is indeed attributed to the OEM Xiaomi, it may just be possible that the cost-effective flagship-killing brand is not dead after all.
New Nintendo Switch screens may get a Sharp upgrade
Nintendo has reportedly picked up IGZO technology for its upcoming 2019 Switch models. This type of backing for IPS-LCD screens has resulted in positive reviews for other OEMs in the past, as it can conserve power while offering a high contrast ratio. The IGZO panels now linked to this new console are to come from Sharp.
Samsung's 6th-gen 3D V-NAND SSDs have a groundbreaking design for faster 256Gb data-transfers
Samsung claims that its upcoming vertically-stacked NAND (or V-NAND) for SATA-based SSDs confers improved read- and write-speeds on the resulting drives. They are composed of 100 or more layers of stacked flash cells, whereas previous generations had 99 or less. This increased scale is the new 3D memory's main advantage over its predecessors.
Sprint hints it will start stocking the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G soon
The OnePlus 7 Pro's 5G variant may be coming to the US soon. The carrier Sprint has announced that its next device that will support the next-gen bands will be from this OEM. Its phones have also been available through T-Mobile in the past.
A completely new NVIDIA SHIELD TV product may be in the works after all
2019 has already seen evidence that the SHIELD TV may be getting a new refresh - with the new Tegra X1 processor - soon. Now, a new FCC filing points to a wholly new device with this branding. This putative device has its own code-name and references in NVIDIA's own code and scripts.
Vivo iQOO Pro 5G captured in live image prior to launch
Vivo's next product launch is slated to be a 5G-capable smartphone that may also be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC. This device, which will go under the OEM's new sub-brand iQOO, has reportedly been photographed in the hands of a conference attendee. It appears to have fairly standard-issue styling for a 2019 flagship.
Asus showcases its ground-breaking ProArt PA32UCX monitor at SIGGRAPH 2019
Asus has gone to the SIGGRAPH conference this year to put its creator-focused hardware in full view. It consists of PCs such as the ZenBook Pro Duo and the new StudioBook series. However, the star of this show may be the new ProArt display, the world's first to offer 1200 nits of brightness and mini-LED backlighting in a 4K HDR 32-inch panel.
OnePlus' new Android Q preview build introduces Digital Wellbeing and an upgraded camera app
OnePlus has released Developer Preview 4 for Android Q, a version of its OS that gives the user the latest insights into how it may work when it has been released for general consumption. This build has been reported to have a working form of Digital Wellbeing, as well as an updated Zen Mode. However, some of its upgrades are only compatible with 1 phone from this OEM so far.
The in-app ad market may be worth well over US$200 billion by 2025
The market for in-app advertisements worldwide is now projected to be worth approximately US$226 billion in 6 years, according to the latest research. Of these, ads on Android are thought to be capable of the highest growth. In addition, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) sector is thought to exhibit the most growth between 2019 and 2025.
Xiaomi allegedly designs a phone with an in-built solar panel
A new patent, allegedly found on the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) Design Database, has led to speculation that Xiaomi is working on a phone with an array of solar-conversion cells on its rear panel. However, its apparent design suggests other uses for this component.
Razer launches the Viper, a new mouse for e-sports
The Viper is the latest mouse from Razer. It is a lightweight peripheral which, as the OEM asserts, is optimized for competitive gaming. It also integrates the 5G Advanced Optical Sensor and Razer Synapse 3.
Android Pie for the HTC U11 finally reaches users in Europe
HTC initialized a roll-out of Android Pie for a 2017 phone, the U11, in May 2019. However, not all users were served with this update before it was suspended due to technical issues. It seems the OEM has rectified them, as U11 owners in Europe have reported the successful installation of this update.
OPPO reportedly files for a particularly striking slider-phone patent
OPPO has allegedly registered a new phone design with the World Intellectual Property Office. As with the Find X, this device hides its front-facing sensors behind an edge-to-edge screen. Unlike the existing flagship, however, this part of the phone involves a discrete part of the rear panel that slides upwards.
5G technology is now projected to build a market worth over US$600 billion by 2026
The 5G tech market is now thought to be capable of hitting US$667.9 billion by the middle of the next decade. This is particularly impressive as it is also projected to accrue only $5.54 billion by 2020. This growth may be driven by a demand for streaming and for improved connectivity among industrial buyers.
Huawei reportedly trademarks atypical new P-series smartphone names
Huawei's flagship phones have tended to go by names along the lines of Px0 in the past. However, the OEM's latest European trademarking applications appear to indicate that this may change in the future. For a start, these alleged filings suggest that the P30's successor will not be called the P40.
OPPO smartphones will be the first to get Qualcomm's latest software tweaks for mobile gaming
OPPO and Qualcomm have collaborated in order to unveil 2 new gaming-centric features at the China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference. They are Game Color Plus and Dual Wi-Fi. The former uses the Snapdragon's platform's latest technology to enhance aspects of content quality in gaming. The latter allows a phone to use 2 sources of Wi-Fi at once.
Google extends the ability to advertise in YouTube searches to app developers
Google has announced that app developers will start seeing their ads in YouTube searches, as well as during video-streaming itself. In addition, developers can also now distribute their ads to Discover. This is the latest version of the Google Feed, and is still found on multitudes of homescreens.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series is now slated to launch in at least 4 colorways and 3 storage tiers
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10s are not likely to be far from launch now. A new report indicates that both Notes will be sold in India via Flipkart. They are rumored to be offered in a total of 4 new colors, and with internal storage SKUs of either 256GB, 512GB or 1TB.
Sony puts a personal, wearable air-conditioner up for crowdfunding
Sony has invented a product called the Reon Pocket. It is a device that can change a user's personal temperature (or their perception of it, at least) while worn on the body. This unusual product is currently a part of the OEM's crowdfunded First Flight project, by which its chances of manufacture is determined by its ability to attract backers.
DJI launches its FPV ecosystem for racing drones
Drone racing is a rapidly emerging trend in applications for civilian aerial robots. DJI has announced plans to improve its support for this new sport with the first-person-view (FPV) goggles and controller set. It allows a given competitor to see and direct a race from their drone's point of view.
New Samsung Galaxy Active render emerges with AT&T branding
An Android blog has posted new leaked images of a phone with the hallmarks of Samsung's Galaxy Active design and the AT&T logo. Accordingly, it seems that this carrier may start selling this new putative toughphone soon. However, given its retrograde appearance, it is hard to see how the company will manage this.
GoPro app to be updated with improved editing features
GoPro has announced that it will refresh the companion app for its action-cameras. The updates will integrate Quik editing features directly into said app. This will enable the user to apply filters and convert footage into stories. This upgrade should also improve the GoPro app's UI in the future.
Realme sees an 848% increase in its global smartphone shipments compared to this time last year
The OPPO sub-brand Realme's volume of smartphone shipments worldwide has increased from approximately 500,000 in the 2nd quarter of 2018 (2Q2018) to about 4.7 million in 2Q2019. In other words, this has grown 8.48 times year-on-year (YoY). Its parent company also remains in the top 5 OEMs worldwide, although Samsung still remains supreme.
LG refreshes the UltraFine 5K monitor for 2019
The UltraFine 5K monitor by LG is typically marketed as an ideal companion screen for Macs or MacBooks. However, it mysteriously vanished from Apple's website not long ago. Now, it is back as a new model for this year.
Google Maps introduces the ability to add notes to its Lists feature
A new server-side update to Google Maps has been observed to allow the user to add their own notes to their items in this app's Lists facility. Users can also now re-arrange said items to their own liking, or in (for example) alphabetical order. These tweaks may make these Lists more handy and productive.
Up to 63% of consumers now find connected devices "creepy"
A study conducted by Consumers International, in conjunction with the Internet Society has reportedly found that most individuals surveyed find connected devices (mostly IoT or "smart home" products) "creepy". In addition, 53% of this group said that they do not trust these devices with their privacy. Concerns such as these put 28% of a sub-group without these devices off buying one.
More potential details on Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 leak out
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is rumored to be this OEM's next premium tablet. It is already projected to ship with the Snapdragon 855 SoC, 128 or 256 GB in onboard storage and fast charging. A new tweet posted by the renowned leaker may fill in the few blanks left on this putative device.
Some official tweets hint at Android Q for the Honor 10 and 8X
The Honor 8X and 10 may be updated to new versions of their Android skin soon. This may lead to speculation that these 2 phones may also get the next major software upgrade, which would be EMUI 10. When asked about this via Twitter, the brand's Indian division gave answers that seem to affirm this.
Samsung develops new colorway for Galaxy Note 10 line - and the Galaxy Buds
Some up-to-date renders of the Galaxy Note 10 are depicted as having an unfamiliar finish that appears as a gradient from pale purple to pale green. The latest rumors indicate that this is in fact an official color option, called Aura Glow. It may feature on the upcoming 2019 Galaxy Notes, as it now does on matching Galaxy Buds.
Google Nest has free smart speakers for those living with paralysis in the US
Google Nest - the new name for this company's smart-home arm - has partnered with the Reeve Foundation to help members of the community built around this organization. They are individuals affected by paralysis or movement loss disorders. As many as 100,000 of them will receive a free Home Mini as a result of this collaboration.
The OnePlus 7 ships in a new, 12GB variant - but only in its home market
The 7 is an updated version of the 6T that launched alongside the OnePlus 7 Pro flagship smartphone. It was originally sold in SKUs with either 6 or 8GB of RAM. Now, it is also available with 12GB - but this model is for the Chinese market only.
Honor's 'Vision' is a smart TV with a pop-up camera
Honor now plans to release its first smart TV in the near future. This product is to be called the Vision, and will be powered by a newly-announced SoC, the Honghu 818. It will also incorporate a pop-up camera for user authentication.
OnePlus takes the premium-smartphone crown in the Indian market for the 2nd quarter of 2019
The latest Counterpoint Research report has found that OnePlus was able to knock Samsung off the top in the premium sector of the Indian smartphone market in 2019's 2nd quarter (2Q2019). However, Xiaomi still leads this market as a whole. Nevertheless, Realme, Nokia and Asus have found space to exhibit rapid growth in this quarter.
New Samsung Galaxy Watch gains FCC registration
An upcoming Samsung smartwatch with the model number SM-R830 has been approved by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This registration shows that the watch has a 40mm variant, and will come in stainless steel or aluminium casings. It also confirms that this device will not have the adjustable crown seen in earlier watches of this series.
US Department of Justice approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger
T-Mobile and Sprint have been granted the license to amalgamate into 1 company. This move by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) is effectively the final hurdle to the carriers' long-planned merger. They do so under the condition that both parties divest themselves of certain aspects of their respective businesss to a 3rd company, Dish.
Mobvoi is offering TicPods Free at US$30 right now
The TicPods Free are some of the most prominent AirPod alternatives out there. They are made by Mobvoi, also known for the Ticwatch Pro. This OEM is selling their wireless earbuds at US$99.99, or $30 less than their recommended price.
The ROG Phone 2's Chinese pricing may work out great for mobile gamers, if not for Vivo
Vivo is set to release a phone that will not only support 5G, but will also feature the latest flagship processor from Qualcomm. A promotional image supposedly associated with this phone (the iQOO Pro 5G) has leaked via Weibo. It alleges that it will have 8GB of RAM and 128GB in fixed storage, and will cost 4498 yuan (US$654) - however, ROG may have an answer to this already.
New Xiaomi Mi Gaming notebooks may come with either RTX 2060 or GTX 1660 Ti
Xiaomi is now rumored to have updates for its Mi Gaming notebook line in the works. The 2019 versions of these laptops may be powered by either the RTX 2060 or GTX 1660 Ti. This is not much of a stretch, as last year's models were powered by their effective predecessors.
AnTuTu confirms Snapdragon 855 Plus (and the performance to match) for Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro
The benchmarking authority AnTuTu has released its first set of results for the upcoming Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro. They indicate that the phone has made what may be significant gains over its early-2019 variant. This is due to the graphics performance conferred by the 2 Pro's new SoC: the Snapdragon 855 Plus.
New mod brings 75Hz refresh rate to Redmi K20-series screens
Some XDA contributors have posted on new mods that increase the display refresh rate of the Redmi K20 (or Xiaomi Mi 9T) and K20 Pro to 75 hertz (Hz). This mirrors earlier unofficial development work on the Mi 9. By all accounts, these mods work well, but may be detrimental to battery life.
Honor 20 Pro worldwide sales are now official
Honor released its current flagship, the 20 Pro, in a May 2019 event. However, it has not been available to buy outside of China since. This will change soon, as the company has announced that it will release this phone to other markets, starting with Russia.
Sony releases the RX100 VII, a new compact camera with full-frame powers
With up to 60 auto-focus (AF) or auto-exposure (AE) calculations per second and 20fps shooting, Sony claims to have packed flagship speeds into its latest compact camera. The RX100 VII has a 20.1MP Exmor RS sensor and the latest generation BIONZ X image processor. It also has native 4K recording and real-time Eye AF capabilities.
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro is now slated to come with DC-dimming
As with last year, Xiaomi is projected to update its gaming phone with a mid-year upgraded variant. It is likely to be called the Black Shark 2 Pro in 2019. It already has a reservations page on the retailer JD.com, which has let a heretofore-unknown detail slip: the phone's display will come with "DC dimming 2.0".
Nokia 8.2: now tipped to be the OEM's first pop-up camera phone
The renowned leaker Ishan Agarwal claims to have heard that Nokia will release its first phone with a pop-up selfie camera soon, and that it will be the 8.2. The sensor to be housed in this module may be a 32MP shooter. The 8.2 is now also said to come in an 8GB RAM/256 storage variant, and to run Android Q out of the box.
Samsung trademarks names for new smart camera features
Some new trademarking applications associated with the OEM Samsung have reportedly been filed with UK and EU authorities. They are for "Smart ISO" and "AI ISO", and apply to Class 9 equipment. This suggests a new dimension of control over light sensitivity in upcoming smartphone cameras.
Netflix launches mobile-only plan in India for equivalent of US$2.90 per month
Netflix has announced a new price-tier for its subscription plans in the Indian market. It goes for just INR 199 (about US$2.88) per month. For this, the user can only use the app on 1 device, which could be either a smartphone or a tablet.
Latest Moto E6 leak suggests underwhelming specs, even compared to the E5
The Moto E series has often been a compelling option for those in the market for a budget smartphones. It seems, however, that its next upcoming generation may fail this promise in 2019 somewhat. The Moto E6 is now listed on an official Google database as a 2GB RAM device without NFC or a fingerprint scanner.
CHUWI is adding 45W charging to its crowdfunding champ, the Minibook
The CHUWI MiniBook is the focus of an extremely successful campaign on Indiegogo. The device in question is a UMPC with an 8-inch screen, a Lenovo Yoga-like hinge and as much as 16GB in RAM. The OEM is celebrating an important milestone in its funding by offering its backers a 45-watt (W) charger.
Samsung Galaxy A10s details surface in new Android Enterprise listing
Samsung is now linked to the release of the Galaxy A10s, a possibly upgraded version of the pre-existing A10. Its latest mention comes courtesy of the Android Enterprise Recommended website, which lists often cost-effective mobile devices for business. The specifications listed here suggest there is little esthetic difference between the 2 lower-end Galaxy As.
Google Assistant gets the ability to text from a lockscreen on some phones
According to a new report, Google has released a new feature for the Assistant to a select group of users. This function allows them to compose and send texts directly from their phone's lockscreens. This sounds convenient, but also problematic from certain standpoints.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is issued with its official update to Android Pie
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is now over 2 years old; nevertheless, its maker has been working on an update to Android Pie for this former flagship. This project is now complete, and has resulted in an OS called MIUI 10.4.1.0. Those who still have the Mi 6 can download it from Xiaomi's official global ROM repository.
The Motorola P50 is the One Vision re-branded for the Chinese market
Motorola has released a phone called the P50 in China. This device is nearly identical to the One Vision, except that it runs ZUI 11 rather than stock Android 9.0 (Pie). It also comes in a 6GB RAM flavor, whereas its alternative version only has 4.
A Samsung Galaxy S8 reportedly helps avert a potential tragedy at sea
According to a new report, a Canadian citizen was able to call for help for himself and his island-hopping fellow tourists using his Samsung Galaxy S8, the only device that apparently survived when their boat capsized off the coast of the Phillippines. The victims of this event were also able to signal their location using the phone's GPS.
Microsoft celebrates the first moon landing's 50th anniversary by making an Apollo 11 hatch replica
Microsoft has marked an important NASA anniversary by taking part in Project Egress, in which engineering teams were challenged to re-make a component of the Apollo 11's landing module. The Redmond cohort were charged with making the craft's hatch, a small but complicated part that required advanced CNC to replicate.
The latest Huawei Mate 30 leak suggests a disappointing backward step in its design
The leaks that surround the Huawei Mate 30 line hint at a relatively novel conformation for its rear cameras. However, the latest such photo, allegedly linked to this series' non-Pro variant, shows no such development for its front panel. It has a wide, thin notch that houses no less than 5 sensors.
Nokia's "Daredevil" and "Star-Lord" now allegedly set for August launch
The Nokia rumor mill has generated details on 2 potentially upcoming phones: the 6.2 and 7.2. They are thought to have Marvel-inspired code-names and the circular rear camera module seen in an earlier leak. The latest indication is that they will be released together during an August 2019 event.
The Sprint Samsung Galaxy S10 5G may be bootloader-unlockable
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G sold by Sprint is reportedly the Exynos-powered variant of this phone, and not the Qualcomm Snapdragon variant that may be sold elsewhere in the United States. Therefore, the former may be OEM-unlockable, whereas the latter may not. This could be an advantage in terms of custom development for the Sprint version of this super-expensive phone.
UMIDIGI allegedly has a new triple-camera phone ready for launch
A leak pointing to a new mobile device with an in-display fingerprint scanner, a 4150mAh battery and rear triple cameras from UMIDIGI ha sprung online. As one of its cameras is allegedly a 48MP sensor, it is likely that this phone, apparently to be called the X, may be an OEM flagship at launch.
HongMeng OS is not intended for phones: Huawei executive
Huawei has reportedly developed a whole new operating system known as HongMeng. It has been speculated that this software exists as a contingency for the OEM's uncertain position with respect to the use of Android. However, the company's senior vice president (SVP) has just shot this idea down in no uncertain terms.
What really happened to the Eve V? Its manufacturer finally explains itself
The Eve V was once hailed as a 'Surface Pro killer', as it offered a worthy alternative to this 2-in-1 (on paper at least) at a low price compared to that of the Microsoft product. However, its manufacturer (also called Eve) ran into difficulty due to supply issues that delayed shipments for many users. This OEM now claims to have resolved these problems.
OnePlus releases Android Q Developer Preview 3 for the 7 and 6 series
OnePlus has just posted download links for its latest Developer Preview (DP3) for the next upcoming major Android update. It contains the latest features of both this OS and OxygenOS, the OEM's custom skin for the same. This build of DP3 is compatible with the OnePlus 7 Pro, 7, 6T and 6.
Reddit AMA reveals more details on Google Stadia
Google's Director of Product for Stadia, Andrey Doronichev, completed an AMA on Reddit yesterday (July 18, 2019) to shed more light on the company's new streaming-based gaming platform. The executive took pains to liken it to Xbox Live Gold, as opposed to a gamer Netflix. It was also revealed that the system's proprietary controller will not support Bluetooth.
The Motorola One Action is now an Android Enterprise Recommended device
The One Action is now almost certainly Motorola's next Android One device. A phone of this name has reportedly been found on the Google databases that pertain to this program. Its entries appear to confirm a 21:9 aspect ratio and a punch-hole in its display.
ZTE's alleged new dual-display patent looks most like a Huawei P30 without the notch
A Dutch tech blog claims to have found a ZTE patent for this OEM's latest trick: the dual-display premium phone. Unlike the pre-existing Axon M, this design puts a screen on either side of the device. As it has triple rear cameras in a vertical alignment, it invites comparisons with Huawei flagships, or even Galaxy Note 10 renders.
LG may have a whole new smartphone series in the works
LG may be about to release a new line of smartphones with the prefix M. According to a new report posted to a tech blog, the OEM has applied for a Korean trademark that would make the name "LG M10" official. In other related news, this company also allegedly plans to make the V series of phablets last at least 2 more generations.
New renders hint at dual cameras for Samsung Galaxy M30s
Samsung is now linked to a potentially different variant of the Galaxy M30 smartphone. Some leaks have indicated that, should such a device exist, it may have a more powerful processor than the original. Ironically, however, new render suggest that it will have dual rear cameras where the M30 has 3.
The IP camera market is now projected to be worth approximately US$20 billion in 6 years
Internet-protocol (or IP) cameras shipments are thought to grow to over 100 million by 2025, or 20% more than there are now. These projections are part of newly-published research on the IP surveillance market. It is thought to be mainly driven by commercial buyers, although domestic products may also play a role in their growth.
Toshiba announces new name for its memory division
Toshiba Memory has unveiled plans to rebrand itself in 2019. Its new name, Kioxia, is a blend of 2 different words for "memory" and "value". It will take effect from October onward.
The Polymega is a new modular console that can offer various different classic gaming systems in one
Playmaji, Inc. and extreme Co., Ltd. have announced the release of their new product: the Polymega. This new kind of console supports various classic CD-gaming platforms, including Neo Geo, PS1 and Sega Saturn. However, it also allows the user to slot in a number of modules that take cartridges from other legacy systems, including NES and SNES.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is reportedly "good to go", according to expert Korean testers
A Korean tech news site claims that the Galaxy Fold has passed testing by a group of "professionals and professors" at 2 prominent universities in the country. Reportedly, this assessment was the flexible Samsung device's final step towards approval for a re-launch. Therefore, its ultimate release for sale may not be far away now.
Prominent leaker predicts improved camera, battery and more for the Samsung Galaxy A10s
New certifications have indicated that Samsung is about to release a new version of the Galaxy A10. The respected tipster Ishan Agarwal has just posted some potential specs for the phone on Twitter. They include better cameras, a bigger battery and the addition of a fingerprint scanner.
Early analysis suggests Amazon did very well on Prime Day 2019
Prime Day 2019 is now over, and the stats on it are rolling in. Preliminary analysis published by WD Partners show that the online traffic to the retail site for the event's 1st 24 hours increased 100% compared to the same averaged over the preceding 5 days. This may contribute to the US$400+ billion in takings projected for the company this year.
Xiaomi Mi A3 is now on sale in Spain
Xiaomi has finally confirmed the Mi A3's specs in the course of this new Android One device's launch. As this event took place in Spain, this is also the first market in which it is being sold at present. The phone starts at €250 (about US$281).
T-Mobile has the fastest 4G in the US, although Verizon has the best coverage: latest research
The latest study from the cellular-data research body Opensignal reports that Verizon has the most widespread 4G services in the US (at 94.8% coverage). However, T-Mobile was associated with the best upload and download experiences on the same network. This new report also claims that all carriers included are improving in terms of these mobile download speeds.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 now rumored to have special Under Armour-branded edition
Samsung is now thought to have a successor for the Galaxy Watch Active in the works. The latest leaks on the subject claims that one variant of this putative wearable will be produced in collaboration with the sportswear company Under Armour. It may come with an exclusive band and 6 months' worth of free MapMyRun access.
New software updates for slightly older Honor and Huawei phones appear
Huawei and Honor have announced the roll-out of EMUI 9.1 (or Magic UI 2.1) for various phones released in or around 2018. This new OS version is probably best known for GPU Turbo 3.0, which optimizes performance when various compatible game apps are opened. The update also adds a new file-system to Magic UI devices.
The new Sony Alpha 7R IV camera comes with a "world's-first" 61MP sensor
Sony has launched the Alpha 7R IV (or a7R IV), its latest 35-millimeter full-frame camera. It is the first such product to feature the new, back-illuminated, Exmor R CMOS sensor with a 61.0MP resolution. The a7R IV is also capable of professional-grade 4K video, an APS-C mode and USB 3.1 Gen 2 transfer speeds via a type C port.
MediaTek allegedly plans to step into mobile gaming arena with new, custom-build SoC
New leaks that allegedly emanate from Chinese sources point to the imminent release of a new processor by MediaTek: the Helio G90. This CPU is also directed at relatively fresh ground for the Taiwanese silicon-smiths. It is purported to be destined for gaming smartphones.
OPPO trademarks a whole bunch of new names for K-series smartphones
To say OPPO may be planning to expand its K series of smartphones may be somewhat of an understatement. The OEM has reportedly made a total of 21 trademarking applications for new device names along these lines. This volume of submissions may mean that it plans to keep this line going for some time.
Latest renders point to pop-up cameras for Honor 9X series
According to some new leaks, the Honor 9X and its Pro variant will have full-screen displays. This will allegedly be conferred by selfie cameras hidden in pop-up modules. One of these Huawei sub-brand phones may also have appeared on the Antutu benchmark database.
More details of as-yet unreleased Vivo mid-ranger surface on Geekbench
The V1921A is a new device from Vivo that has triple cameras and an in-display fingerprint scanner. It has been certified by TENAA, and has now also appeared on the benchmarking site Geekbench. Its results show that it is powered by the Snapdragon 710 SoC, runs Android 9.0 and has an 8GB RAM SKU.
The smartphone OEM Vivo shows signs of breaking into new markets
Vivo is an OEM that mostly produces smartphones with modern features such as multiple cameras. However, these handsets have not been officially available in certain regions. However, new reports indicate that this company is hiring for pivotal positions in Central Europe, indicating that Vivo intends to establish a presence there.
Samsung Galaxy Fold (in new revamped form) allegedly caught in live images on Indian transport system
A SamMobile source claims to have spotted a working unit of the Samsung Galaxy Fold in the hands of someone on the New Delhi metro recently. It is likely that this device has the updated design it needs to secure a re-do of its planned April 2019 launch.
Android Pie for the LG G6 (European variant) allegedly surfaces in leaked beta form
The G6 is LG's flagship smartphone for 2017. Despite this, it is yet to be officially updated to the latest version of Android. A Redditor claims to have found a beta for this very upgrade - albeit for just 1 region-specific variant of the phone.
New update will bring video-calling to Vuzix smart glasses
Smart glasses are useful in many contexts, most of them enterprise-related. However, it is also possible to replicate the smartphone experience to some degree using some of these devices, Vuzix-brand ones included. This company claims that a new development will bring peer-to-peer video calling to its Blade devices.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 launches on PlayStation 4
Square Enix has released Dragon Quest Builders 2 for the PlayStation 4. This title builds on its predecessor with a unique setting within the relevant universe, and all the new crafting and battle opportunities that come with it. The game has a recommended price of US$59.99, or $79.99 for a Digital Deluxe version.
Huawei allegedly trademarks yet another new OS name
Huawei is now linked to multiple different possible names for its well-publicized in-house OS, which may replace Android on its phones in the near future. A new possible leak has turned up another new such term for this system: Harmony. It has allegedly been trademarked in the EU for this purpose.
5G phone sales are on the rise in numerous US cities, even those without coverage
Counterpoint Research's latest study of the 5G market in the US has found that sales of mobile devices that can use these new bands have been detected in more than 10 cities. However, some of the areas in question still do not have an actual next-gen service. This phenomenon has been attributed to consumer interest in future-proofing.
Google Assistant-enabled devices allegedly found to listen in on users
The Belgian news outlet VRT NWS claims to have gained access to audio recordings made as a result of Google Assistant 'listening' to user speech or activity. The recordings were leaked to VRT by a Google subcontractor. This apparent evidence suggests that the search giant allows these workers access to information that would have remained private were it not for the presence of the Assistant.
EMUI 10 based on Android Q will be unveiled at an August 2019 Huawei event
Huawei has released the schedule for its Developer Conference, which will take place in Dongguan, China, on August 9, 2019. The second talk in this event will concern EMUI 10, which is based on Android Q. It will be conducted by Wang Chenglu, Huawei's President of Consumer Business Software.
The latest build of MIUI may cause screen issues for some Pocophone F1 users
Xiaomi has released a new, official version of MIUI (10.3.5.0) for the Pocophone F1. This is normally great news, and would be in this case were it not for a sub-group of users who report problems such as screen freezing and ghost touch on their updated devices. The OEM has requested that affected owners send them their units for testing in relation to the issue.
Vivo debuts S series of phones in India
Vivo has launched a phone called the S1 for the Indian market. Unlike the existing device of the same name for the Chinese region, it is a new product powered by the MediaTek Helio P65 SoC, runs Android 9.0 and has triple rear cameras.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G allegedly involved in catastrophic battery failure
A Reddit post describes an incident in which a user's phone, an "S10 5G", exhibited extreme overheating. When the owner in question examined this device, it was apparently non-functional and emitted a strong smell of chemicals. This worrying claim suggests that the most expensive variant of the Galaxy S10 series may have battery integrity issues.
Next-gen Snapdragon Wear SoC now rumored to be based on budget smartphone silicon
The Snapdragon Wear 3100 is the latest platform for Google-powered wearables. New leaks suggest that a successor for this SoC is already in the works. It is rumored to be called the Snapdragon Wear 2700, and to be a derivative of the 429, another Qualcomm chipset for low-end mobile devices.
OPPO might be the next OEM to release a phone based on the new Snapdragon 665 SoC
New certifications pertaining to a device called the OPPO CPH1931 have allegedly been found online. This device as described is a phone with a 6.1-inch screen and a 5000mAh battery. Its most interesting attribute so far may be references to the recently-released CPU, the SM6125, or Snapdragon 665.
LG trademarks its post-G9 flagship names in advance
A new leak indicates that LG has successfully attained trademarks for names that sound like flagship phones to be released after 2020. There is no G11 or G12, however: instead, they appear to fall in line with the Vx0 phablet line. Therefore, the G10's successor may be called the G20, and so on.
Qualcomm & Ericsson announce world's first successful data call on the band intended for US-wide 5G
Qualcomm and Ericsson has announced that their technology has passed an important milestone in the roll-out of 5G across a country the size of the US on the same band. This 600-megahertz (MHz) frequency, one of the lowest to be associated with the new data standard, is also in use at T-Mobile to establish its own next-gen network.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 saga continues: Latest rumor hints at 2 variants with different CPUs
Various leaks have indicated that Xiaomi's Mi Ax series will be updated soon. Some leaks have also suggested that this year's iteration will be a rebrand of the OEM's new quasi-premium, youth-oriented Mi CC9e. However, the freshest twist in this tale indicates that there will be 2 Mi A3 variants, which will rock the Snapdragons 730 and 675 respectively.
eSIM-enabled device shipments are now thought to approach 2 billion by 2025
The latest market analysis indicates that the volume of eSIM-enabled device shipments reached 384 million last year. The resulting projections suggest that this figure will grow to about 2 billion over the next 6 years. Smartphones will account for the vast majority of the units in question.
Nest Hello doorbell to get delivery-monitoring update
The Nest Hello device is a smart doorbell with an inbuilt camera. A leak concerning a software update for this product has found that it may gain the ability to detect when a package has been delivered. This code may also allow for a follow-up feature in which it can tell when the same has been picked up again.
Ticwatch Pro LTE now available, will activate via Verizon
Mobvoi has unveiled a new, LTE-enabled version of the Ticwatch Pro. This wearable has most of the specs of its original variant, including its innovative battery-saving dual display. On the other hand, the LTE model is enhanced with Corning Gorilla Glass and double the RAM.
An early-access build of Android Pie for the Xiaomi Mi TV 4A is now available
Those who own the Mi TV 4A can now apply for a kind of Android Pie beta-test. Xiaomi is working on what it calls an 'early-access build' for this 32- or 43-inch device, and is currently inviting users to install and test it. The 4A's new OS adds support for the Play Store and Google Assistant (albeit in a slightly roundabout way).
Spotify launches a Lite version of its app for Android
The ability to use Spotify on your phone may be restricted in terms of the storage it can take up. The new Lite version of this Android app, however, takes up about a tenth of the space compared to the regular download. It also has a meter for the cellular data used while streaming music.
The GPU-as-a-Service market is projected to grow to 10x its current value by 2025
GPU as a Service involves offering access to the functions of an advanced, dedicated or powerful GPU set-up from a remote location. It is increasingly prominent in cloud and AI applications. The latest market research indicates that its market will grow based on its use in CAD, modelling and 3D animation.
New Samsung Galaxy A-series variant spotted in online leaks, almost exactly resembles A50
A Samsung phone with an unfamiliar model number has appeared on the Geekbench testing database. It is described as having 4GB of RAM and being powered by the Exynos 9610 SoC - as is the Galaxy A50, which was released some time ago. Therefore, this phone may be getting a new variant, albeit one nearly entirely the same as the old.
New study suggests most Americans now believe their government should do more to regulate big tech
An industrial consultant firm, Grail Insights, has released the results of a survey-based study on public attitudes towards 'big tech' companies, their effects on consumer privacy and the role national authorities should adopt in the matter. They show that 62% of respondents believe that the government needs to step in when these corporations gain "too much power".
OPPO Reno's design allegedly copied in new smartphone patent
The lesser-spotted Chinese OEM Haipai has filed a patent for a new phone with a type of pop-up module for the selfie camera that rises from the top of the device as a wedge. Sound familiar? If so, you may be thinking of OPPO, who pioneered this kind of design in its Reno flagships.
New Qualcomm 215 platform can elevate next-gen budget devices with dual cameras and 64-bit computing
Qualcomm has introduced the latest iteration of its 2-series for entry-level mobile devices. The 215 is the first of this line to support dual image signalling processors (ISPs) and 64-bit processing. It would also introduce HD+ resolution to the phones in which it will be integrated.
Microsoft is now thought to have a Stadia Founder's Edition-killer in the works
A tech blogger has posted a new video citing rumors that Microsoft is working on hardware for its xCloud platform. This console would apparently work with existing Xbox controllers, but also act as a competitor for Google's own starter pack for Stadia. As this putative box could cost as little as US$60, it would also undercut the "Founder's Edition".
New Samsung AKG-linked wireless audio products may be on the way
Samsung's SmartThings app has been found to contain diagrams of heretofore-unreleased pairs of headphones and wireless earbuds. The latter have AKG branding, whereas the former have these 3 letters as part of their model number. It is now thought that they may be products that could be unveiled at the next Galaxy Unpacked event.
Amazon keeps records of users' Alexa interactions - and may not delete them
A United States Senator has obtained a response to a letter sent to Amazon HQ concerning user privacy as it relates to the retail giant's Alexa platform. It advised the public representative that, although a given user can delete their own voice data from their accounts at will, the voice assistant's responses to queries are recorded and retained by Amazon for its own purposes.
The facial recognition market is set to roughly double in the next 5 years
Facial recognition is projected to continue to grow as an industry into the next decade. Its market is estimated at being worth US$3.2 billion now. However, this value is projected to grow to $7 billion by 2024.
The Redmi 7A is set to hit the Indian market at a 6A price
The Redmi 7A boasts an improved camera, processor and SKU choices compared to its predecessor, the 6A. It will go on sale in India at a special starting price of INR 5799 (~US$85). However, even its "normal" price translates to about $95: the Redmi 6A's price when it launched.
Meizu 16s Pro is spotted on Chinese retailer's website
With its Snapdragon 855 processor, in-display fingerprint sensor and 48MP main camera, the Meizu 16s is a 2019 flagship smartphone in its own right. An electronics blog claims to have found screenshots indicating that the e-store Taobao is preparing to sell Pro variants of this phone.
Mobvoi teases a new product, probably the next Ticwatch
Mobvoi has released a YouTube video offering hints of its next product release. It appears to be a new smartwatch, most likely of the Ticwatch line. The OEM claims that it can "boost your daily efficiency" and has an improved heart rate monitor.
Vivo now linked to new, triple-camera phone with in-display fingerprint scanner
TENAA has reportedly certified a new device for Vivo. It is described as a 6.38 inch-display phone with a 4420mAh battery. The images associated with this listing show 3 rear-facing cameras and no visible fingerprint scanner.
The Xiaomi Mi CC9e may become the Mi A3 in the US
The Mi CC9e is one of Xiaomi's latest phones on the Chinese market. Despite its mid-range specs, it still features an in-display fingerprint scanner and the new Snapdragon 665 processor. There is now evidence that this device may be released as the long-awaited Mi A3 in other regions.
Nokia is rumored to have a new 48MP mid-range phone in the works
A new report includes images of a heretofore-unseen phone linked to Nokia with triple cameras in a single circular module. Some material allegedly posted alongside these photos asserts that the main lens has a 48MP resolution. However, as a rear-facing fingerprint sensor is also visible, this putative new phone is not likely to be a premium product.
Samsung releases the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019)
Samsung has launched a new entry-level tablet today (July 5, 2019). It is the 8-inch Galaxy Tab A model for this year. This slate has a 1200x800 resolution, 2GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 425 processor.
ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G now available in Finland
The Finnish carrier Elisa now offers the 5G version of ZTE's 2019 flagship smartphone. It joins the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G as options that can use the new bands on this network. The Axon 10 Pro 5G costs €899 (US$1009) outright through this medium.
Nearly US$40 billion was spent on apps in the 1st half of 2019
The latest report from SensorTower shows that app purchases generated a revenue of US$39.7 billion in the 1st 6 months of 2019. This impressive figure also represents a 15% year-on-year increase in the same kind of spending. The Apple App Store accounted for 64% of these takings.
OPPO may make a new 8GB variant of the A9x available soon
The OPPO A9x is a mid-range smartphone based on the MediaTek Helio P70 SoC. It was released as a single 6GB RAM SKU in May 2019. Now, it has reportedly returned to the TENAA certification authority in a new, 8GB incarnation.
UMIDIGI releases the Uwatch2, a new, full-metal, super-economical wearable for US$33
UMIDIGI's latest smartwatch, the Uwatch2, boasts a fully metallic unibody, an IP67 rating and a 1.33-inch 240x240 display. The OEM claims that it offers 25 days' worth of standby time and 7 to 10 days of active use. It is sold at US$33.32, although this comes down to $24 with an upcoming promotion.
The power bank market may be worth nearly US$30 billion in 2024
The latest report projects that the power bank market will be worth US$29.5 billion in the next 5 years. It indicates that the growth in demand for devices such as smartphones drive this industry. In addition, it is possible that different forms of energy storage (such as hydrogen as opposed to lithium-ion batteries) may influence this market in the near future.
The Lenovo Z6 is the latest phone to launch with a 120Hz display
Lenovo has unveiled its latest phone, the Z6, in China today (July 4, 2019). It has a 6.39-inch FHD+ OLED display with a waterdrop notch and a 120-hertz refresh rate. The Lenovo Z6 also has 3 rear cameras, a 4000mAh battery and the Snapdragon 730 SoC.
A new dash-cam from YI has the latest Sony night-vision sensor
YI (or Xiaoyi) is a company known for camera-related product and accessories, including dash-cams. Its newest version of these is the Nightscape, a 1080p, Wi-Fi enabled device with a 140-degree field of view. It also integrates Sony's STARVIS technology for improved low-light imaging.
The wearables market is now expected to hit at least US$50 billion by 2022
Wearables are currently projected to influence the way personal electronics are used more and more in the future. This technology now covers both devices that can double as accessories and as clothing. Their market is estimated to be worth up to US$51.6 billion in the next 3 years.
Vivo launches its Z1 Pro smartphone in India
The Vivo Z1 Pro has been released for sale in the Chinese and Indian markets. It is a mid-range device with the relatively new Snapdragon 712 processor. The Z1 Pro also offers a 5000mAh battery, a punch-hole display, and 4GB of RAM for INR 14990 (~ US$217) - on the other hand, it has some compromises too.
Initial leak points to Kirin 985 for the Honor V30
A new rumor posted to Weibo suggests that Honor is working on a next-generation flagship already. It links the V30 to the Kirin 985, one of Huawei's next premium SoCs. The leak also hints at 5G support in this phone.
The wireless charging market may be worth US$27 billion by 2025
Wireless charging is already appreciably popular today. Its market is thought to be capable of attaining a US$27 billion value over the next 6 years, according to the latest research. Its results show the most prominent application of this technology is in (surprise surprise) smartphones.
The OnePlus 6 and 6T get screen recorders in their latest software update
OnePlus has recently updated the 6 and 6T, its second-last generation of flagship phones. The upgrade confers the June 2019 security patch level on the devices. It also adds a native screen-recorder, which is now found in the series' Quick Settings in their UI.
New Vuzix patent may enhance the next generation of smart glasses
Vuzix has filed a new patent with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). It will inform future smart glasses made by this OEM, particularly regarding their use in augmented reality (AR) applications. Vuzix also claims that it will help the company use the latest materials in the spectacle-making industry, as well as the most up-to-date AR sensors.
The Xiaomi Mi CC9 series will be first released for sale on July 5, 2019
Xiaomi has finally premiered its new brand, CC, in China. So far, it consists of 3 discrete variants: the Mi CC9e, the Mi CC9 and Mi CC9mt. These phones strongly resemble the Mi 9, have 6 inch-plus AMOLED displays and triple rear cameras. The Mi CC9 and CC9mt will be first to go on sale on July 5, 2019.
Synopsys contributes to accelerated 7nm production at Samsung
Synopsys has announced the successful implementation of its Yield Explorer platform at Samsung's fabricators. This reportedly results in a ramping-up of production in terms of 7 (as well as 10 and 8) nanometer (nm) architectures for this OEM. The 2 companies also now claim that this move will also inform 5-3nm platform manufacture.
Sony launches its latest flagship Blu-ray player
Sony has unveiled the UBP-X1100ES, its latest 4K/UHD Blu-ray player. This machine supports HDR, Dolby Vision, 4K upscaling and the new BT.2020 color-space standard. Sony also asserts that this new disc player has every kind of connectivity needed to integrate into any system.
12GB camo version of the Red Magic 3 goes on sale internationally
The Red Magic 3 is already probably one of 2019's most interesting gaming phones. Its manufacturer, Nubia, has also now made a 12GB RAM variant available on its international retail platform. This phone also has a camo finish that is exclusive to the SKU.
OPPO premieres a new kind of connectivity independent of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or cell data
OPPO has announced a new technology at MWC Shanghai: MeshTalk. It is described as a way to talk or text without the need for a cellular, Bluetooth or online connection. MeshTalk apparently works when 2 compatible devices are within a maximum of 1.86 miles of each other.
The latest update to 3DMark for Android optimizes Sling Shot Extreme and makes the app 64-bit
The Android version of the 3DMark benchmarking suite is regarded as one of the best for non-iOS mobile devices. Its latest update has improved its compatibility with the ARM Mali-G72 and Mali-G76 chipsets. Then again, this fix may in fact downsize certain scores achieved with these GPUs.
Xiaomi Mi CC 9e spotted on Geekbench
A device called the Xiaomi Mi CC 9e has appeared on the Geekbench 4 website. Its results in these tests depict it as a 6GB phone powered by the Snapdragon 660 SoC. The Mi CC 9e also apparently runs Android Pie, but that is all that can be gleaned from this leak.
Google is now reportedly piloting Fast Share, an AirDrop alternative
Google may be working on a new way to send files between devices without necessarily relying on the internet. This new feature, called Fast Share, may be intended to compete with Apple's AirDrop. Unlike Android Beam, it involves the instigation of Bluetooth connections.
The Samsung Galaxy A50's latest update includes new Night Mode and Super Slow-Motion camera settings
The latest software update for the Samsung Galaxy A50 offers an upgraded security patch level and Knox Guard improvements. However, some users have reported that a reset of the phone's camera settings confers new shooting modes. They are "Super Slow Mo" and "Night Mode".
Canadian OnePlus fans get a CA$100 rebate on the 7 Pro
OnePlus has just instituted a CA$100 (US$78) discount for its latest flagship, the 7 Pro, in Canada. However, those who bought their phones at the device's initial higher price in the country need not fret: the OEM has sent them an email assuring them that they will receive cash-back for the same amount via their respective payment method.
HTC U12+ reportedly updating to Android Pie in Taiwan
HTC has reportedly taken the next steps on its Android update roadmap for its older devices. A Twitter user located in Taiwan has posted the upgrade notification for version 9.0 (Pie) on their U12+. However, this has yet to be followed by reports of the same in other areas.
Xiaomi invites Pocophone F1 users to test Android Q for their device
Xiaomi has announced that it has a build of Android Q for the Pocophone F1. However, it is still not ready for public release. Therefore, it has issued a call for testers who will install and run this OS on their device.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 reportedly leaked
A Samsung blog claims to be privy to a comprehensive leak alleging that a second-generation Galaxy Watch Active is on the way. It apparently has 3 color options, LTE and Wi-Fi options and no rotating crown. The device is also reported to come in 40 or 44mm variants.
Huawei sees partial reprieve from US trade ban
The US and Chinese presidents have met at the latest G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. As a result, a ceasefire in the trade war between the two nations has been called. Accordingly, it has been agreed that Huawei can conduct certain amounts of business with US companies again.
SwiftKey may lose Gmail optimizations soon
Google has reached out to SwiftKey users, informing them that the app’s normal ability to predict text while typing based on Gmail data will be suspended soon. This measure is to come into effect starting from July 15, 2019. Then again, this may not be necessary should the SwiftKey developers comply with Google’s latest privacy policies.
The mobile payments market is now estimated to jump to over US$1 trillion in value by 2022
Mobile payments are now thought of as a market capable of vast growth over the next 3 years. The latest figures put its worth at US$348 billion now; however, this is thought to grow to $1.3 trillion in 2022. It is projected to grow at this rate in the developed and developing world, and is thought to benefit from the presence of mobile network operators.
T-Mobile switches its 5G service on, now sells the Samsung Galaxy S10 version to go with it
The carrier T-Mobile has released the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G for sale today (June 28, 2019). This coincides with its inaugural 5G service debut. However, it currently only covers 6 cities in the US, and not much of any of them at that.
Huawei Nova 5i confirmed to have Google Play certification, along with Honor 20 and 20 Pro
Those who own or plan on owning Huawei or Honor Android devices may have been alarmed by reports that their parent company had lost crucial certifications necessary to use this OS. Despite this, however, Honor's latest flagships (the 20 and 20 Pro) have been found on the Google Play Certified list. One of Huawei's latest phones, the Nova 5i, is also present here.
Google is trying out Instagram-esque effects for native Messages app in Android
An XDA developer has gained access to new features in Google's Messages app for Android phones. It is called "Effects", and adds a small number of cartoonish, 3D edits to a new photo or video to be added to a message. Therefore, it appears that Google is attempting to step up to Instagram's level as far as SMS, MMS or RCS customization goes.
Putative Samsung Galaxy A10s is now a Wi-Fi-certified device
A new Samsung device with the model number SM-A107F has surfaced in a number of new leaks recently. Now, the same has shown up on the Wi-Fi Alliance's website as a device cleared to use this technology. Therefore, this phone - which is thought to be an improved version of the Galaxy A10 - may be released soon.
Windows Calculator ports for Android, iOS and web are now available
Calculator for Windows 10 was placed on the open-source repository GitHub some months ago. Now, the developer Jérôme Laban has released iOS, Android and WebAssembly ports via the Uno platform. Therefore, nearly anyone with any device can enjoy the versatile Fluent Design app.
Sharkoon claims its Gaming DAC Pro S can deliver sound card-level audio via any USB port
The Sharkoon Gaming DAC Pro S is a new product to which any headset with a 3.5mm jack can connect. It also has a USB type A interface to link the same to a PC. This may confer an improvement on the audio coming through the DAC.
iQOO Neo to launch in July 2019, comes with 22.5W Flash Charge for a 4500mAh battery
iQOO is a new brand from the OEM Vivo that has already released a flagship smartphone for this year. Now, it is to be joined by the Neo, a more mid-range device with a 2018 premium SoC. The company has also reportedly confirmed that it will have a 4500mAh battery, to be kept going with 22.5-watt (W) Flash Charge technology.
Honor says some of its phones will get Android Q after all
Honor's UK division has released a statement reassuring users that its "most popular current devices" will be upgraded to Android Q. This pledge applies to the Honor 20 series (including its Lite and Pro versions). The brand also confirmed rumors that it will release a 5G phone by the end of 2019.
The Realme 1 is now being updated to Pie
The Realme 1 is a sub-US$200 phone released in 2018. Despite this, the brand is now pushing an update to ColorOS 6. This ROM is based on the latest stable version of Android.
Auto-delete your Google Location History with this new setting
Google offers the option to store a timeline of places in which a user's location-enabled phone has been. The account-holder in question can also disable this ability and delete this information if they choose. The latest update to the app involved adds buttons that automates this procedure after 3 or 18 months.
Nubia releases gaming-centric accessories for the Red Magic 3
The Red Magic 3 is a 2019 gaming phone with a 90Hz refresh rate. Its maker Nubia has just released the Pro Handle, a joystick attachment, as well as a Magic Adapter, especially for this device. These new accessories add off-screen controls and a 3.5mm jack respectively.
Qualcomm and ZTE demo 5G cloud gaming in China
Qualcomm has partnered with ZTE at MWC Shanghai to expound on 5G and what it means for the future of mobile gaming. To that end, it has demonstrated cloud gaming - which is powered by Tencent Instant Play in China - on phones with Snapdragon X50 modems. They are sold by ZTE itself, OnePlus, Vivo and Xiaomi.
Pie for all: Nokia 1 gets update to Android 9.0
HMD Global has delivered on its pledge to upgrade its entire range of Android phones to the current latest stable software version. This also now encompasses the Nokia 1, its "most affordable smartphone". Its new Pie-based ROM also comes with a June 2019 security patch.
16GB CHUWI Minibook SKUs to be added to the Indiegogo campaign in limited numbers
CHUWI has announced that it will be adding the option to upgrade to 16GB of RAM as rewards to its Indiegogo campaign for the Minibook. These SKUs will have the same Intel m3-8100Y SoC as the UMPC's current higher-end version. The first 50 of these are to cost US$10 more than their 8GB counterparts.
The Snapdragon 855 is the first mobile processor certified to be as secure as a smart card
Qualcomm has announced that its latest flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 855, is the first CPU for mobile devices to attain the Smart Card Equivalent Security Certification. This means the processor can handle applications normally confined to the realm of dedicated security chips. It does this through its integrated Secure Processing Unit.
Realme teases the next-gen Samsung GW1 64MP sensor in a new quad-camera phone
The OPPO sub-brand Realme has posted a new teaser to its official Weibo channel. It purports to show an upcoming phone with a total of 4 rear cameras. The most prominent of these is the Samsung GW1, a revolutionary 64MP ISOCELL sensor.
The OnePlus TV may not be OLED
Last year, OnePlus announced that it was to release its first ever TV. However, not much has been heard about this product since then. Now, a renowned leaker claims that it is "not very far away", but that it is likely to have an LCD panel when it arrives.
Next-gen Galaxy Folds could have punch-hole cameras
Samsung has allegedly filed a patent for a foldable device that looks quite different from the Galaxy Fold as previewed earlier this year. It describes a device with one extensive display that behaves more like the Huawei Mate X. The document also specifies a punch-hole camera for this flexible phone.
Probable new Samsung Galaxy Tab shows up on Geekbench
A device with the model number SM-T545 has posted results on the Geekbench 4 website. Its designation suggests that it is a new Samsung tablet, possibly a Galaxy Tab A or Active. With 4GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 710 SoC, it is also distinctly mid-range.
No Mi Max 4 this year: Xiaomi CEO
The Xiaomi Mi Max 4, as well as a possible Pro variant for this phone, had been rumored for release. However, Lei Jun, the OEM's chief executive officer (CEO) has contradicted this on Weibo. It now seems that any devices of this line, in addition to the Mi Notes, have been axed, for 2019 at least.
Lenovo VP confirms Snapdragon 730 for the Z6
A recent teaser for the upcoming Lenovo Z6 smartphone suggested that it would have Sony AI cameras, a high-capacity battery and a "next-generation" processor. Subsequently, the OEM's vice president got on his Weibo and released more concrete details on the new device. It seems this phone will indeed be getting the Snapdragon 730 SoC.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ Prism Silver edition is headed to a new market
According to a new report, Samsung will release the Galaxy S10+ in its Prism Silver color option to the Indian market soon. Furthermore, the Galaxy M30s will also become available for sale in this country. This new phone is a new, improved version of the existing M30.
One of Xiaomi's new CC phones teased in Weibo video
Xiaomi is seemedly already building hype for its new brand, CC, and its upcoming devices. One of them is apparently featured in a new video released onto Chinese social media by the company. This clip does not offer many actual details about the phone, however.
Canon unveils a new CMOS sensor with super-powered 120MP resolution
Canon is attending the 2019 Sensors Expo & Conference in San Jose, California to showcase its new 120MXSI sensor. This CMOS is rated for 120MP imaging, and can operate in visible and near-infra-red (NIR) light spectra at a maximal 9.4 frames per second.
A new version of the Samsung Galaxy A10 with a fingerprint scanner and bigger battery may be in the works
A phone with the model number SM-A107F has allegedly gone through certification at the US' FCC. As this number is close to that of the Samsung Galaxy A10, it appears that the device in question is a new variant of the same. Unlike the supposed original, the SM-A107F appears to have a fingerprint reader, as well as a 3900mAh battery.
The edge-computing market is to be worth about US$7 billion by 2024
Edge computing is a rapidly emerging industry that may become closely associated with others such as machine learning in the future. Its market is now projected to be worth US$6.9 billion in the next 5 years. This is thought to be driven by its use in 5G and smart-city applications.
Looking forward to Android R on the Moto Z4? Don't count on it
A popular tech blog claims to have gotten the word from Motorola that its latest major release, the Moto Z4, may only get 1 full Android version update during its life cycle. Therefore, the new phone will see Q, but could miss out on R. On the other hand, the OEM also pledges to support the device with 2 years' worth of security updates.
India is building a national IMEI database to combat phone theft
The Indian Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEIT) is reportedly setting up a Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR). It is to be composed of the IMEIs of all mobile devices in the country. This initiative has been planned in order to help prevent the theft of these items in the country.
Various different businesses allegedly feel the pinch of Huawei's ban from working with US corporations
Huawei has refuted reports that the volume of its orders for new smartphone units from the manufacturer Foxconn have been downsized. This allegation is linked to the OEM's recent ban from working with US companies. On that note, it has also been claimed that one of these businesses, FedEx, refused to complete a shipment because it contained Huawei hardware.
Samsung may have a new, more powerful variant of the Galaxy M30 in the works
The Galaxy M30 is one of Samsung's newest mid-range devices. However, it appears that the OEM is already planning to refresh this phone with a different, faster CPU. On the other hand, this possibility has only been indicated through new Geekbench scores thus far.
Noctua releases its new chromax cooler and fan inserts
Noctua makes some well-known CPU coolers and fans. It has also recently released its new series of inserts and alternate parts, which can change a PC's look without needing to resort to RGB. They include the new NA-HC5 chromax cooler covers and NA-SAVP1 chromax grey anti-vibration pads for fans.
Meet Xiaomi's new, youth-oriented brand: CC
Xiaomi's CEO, Lei Jun, recently took to Weibo to introduce the OEM's latest split-off, CC. It is apparently informed by the "Chic & Cool 90 team", or designers that were born in the 90s, came from the main company's recent acquisition Meitu or both. Its first release will be for the Mi CC9 and CC9e, which may be released soon.
TOF camera now projected for Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Samsung has just allegedly trademarked a product called "Make & Play 3D", which apparently involves a time-of-flight (TOF) module that brings depth-sensing to devices such as smartphones. This suggests that upcoming releases from this OEM may have such a next-gen module. The Galaxy Note 10 may be as good a candidate as any for this upgrade.
Are Bing and Edge really duds? Maybe not, according to new leak
Microsoft does not normally release data on the performance of its in-house search engine and browser. However, a new leaked slide may give an idea of how Bing and Edge are doing. Apparently, Bing has over 450 million monthly active users and handles 10.5 Billion queries per month.
More Pixel 4 leaks, more colors: Latest renders show Not Pink replaced by new option
The Pixel 4 has appeared in yet more renders offering a new layer of detail about this phone prior to his launch. It concerns its color choices, and indicates that there will be three: black, white and (for the first time) green. Elsewhere, a Twitter leaker has posted this phone's possible dimensions, as well as that of the XL variant.
New Microsoft 365 suite offers enterprise-level security for political campaigns
Microsoft 365 for Campaigns is a new service intended to safeguard election campaigns from bad actors of various kinds. It is part of the Redmond company's Defending Democracy Program, and offers enterprise-level security to those covered by its subscriptions. Currently, it is available for US$5 per user per month.
Huawei Watch GT sells over 2 million units since its release
The Huawei Watch GT is the OEM's latest smartwatch, which runs on LiteOS rather than the Wear OS of its predecessors. The company has reported that it has shipped more than 2 million of these devices since their launch in 2018. It also claims to have new data on the performance of its wearable business in general from the first quarter of 2019.
GPS spoofing attack could drive a Tesla Model S or 3 off the road, as security researchers find
The Tesla Models S or 3 have a feature called Navigate on Autopilot feature, which can allow one of these vehicles to follow a certain route while driving autonomously. The security firm Regulus Cyber has claimed that they are susceptible to GPS-spoofing interventions, which allegedly caused a test car to enact auto-turning behaviors while still 3 miles from an actual exit.
One of LG's upcoming 'Amazon.in Specials' gets leaked prior to launch
LG intends to release its new mid-range smartphones, the W series, as Amazon exclusives in India. However, one variant of this series, the W10, has allegedly surfaced on the Android Enterprise database. It shows that the phone may have 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and run Android 9.0 (Pie).
Omnivision releases its own 48MP sensor for smartphones
Omnivision has announced the OV48B, this company's first 48MP image sensor. Like the Sony IMX 586, it has pixels of 0.8 microns in size that can bin the data it captures into a high-resolution 12MP image. The OV48B can also record at 4K, 1080p and 720p at several frame-rates.
A new variation on or version of the Xiaomi Mi 9 may be on the way
A new certification for a phone called the Xiaomi M1904F3BC has allegedly been found on the TENAA website. It is depicted as having triple rear cameras in a straight line aligned with a corner of its black rear panel, a waterdrop notch and a possible under-display fingerprint sensor. Therefore, the phone strongly resembles the Mi 9.
New 8GB, Snapdragon 730-powered Lenovo phone appears on Geekbench
A Lenovo device with the novel model number L78121 has posted several scores already on the Geekbench website. It is powered by a chipset also found on results for other phones with the Snapdragon 730 SoC. This new mid-ranger's scores measure up respectably against its probable competition.
Huawei Nova 5 Pro officially exists, posts impressive Antutu score
The Nova 5 is the subject of Huawei's next smartphone release. It has been rumored to launch alongside a few variants, including a Pro version. The OEM has now issued a teaser for this device, which has also allegedly gained an Antutu benchmark score and several new leaked photos showing its screen, color options and (possible) fast-charging status.
Google will terminate its UK P2P service later in 2019
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) is one of several functions that were amalgamated under the Google Pay name in 2018. It has still been available in the UK market, however, and allows users to send payments to others using a balance stored in a relevant account. Unfortunately, Google has announced that it is suspending this ability in September 2019.
Samsung allegedly patents a selfie-friendly dual-display phone
A patent attributed to the OEM Samsung has been posted online, showing a phone with a truncated display on its rear panel. The front of this device appears to lack cameras of any kind, suggesting that the secondary screen takes over in the event that the user wants a portrait shot. Otherwise, the device looks conventional in the extreme.
The FDA approves Cochlear's Nucleus Profile Plus, a hearing-aid implant that can control an Android phone
The Nucleus Profile Plus is a freshly-approved hearing aid from Cochlear that can connect to an Android phone using Google's new, improved ASHA protocol for this purpose. It allows those with aural impairments to control, stream from and interact with their phone. Unlike others before it with the same, the Profile Plus is an actual implant, and one that can withstand certain MRI scans at that.
The 9X Pro could be Honor's first phone to use the new Kirin 810 processor
The Kirin 810 may be introduced with the upcoming Nova 5 phone from Huawei. Now, it appears that Honor also has access to this new, mid-range SoC. This brand is rumored to use it to make a new device, the 9X Pro.
Further leaks point to 32MP selfie camera and Kirin 810 for the Huawei Nova 5
The Nova 5 is the next major smartphone release from the OEM Huawei. Some rumors surrounding this device suggest that it is getting a 32MP selfie camera in its waterdrop notch. Today, (June 17, 2019) this was officially confirmed via Weibo. Other rumors suggest that this device will be powered by the Kirin 810.
Qualcomm unveils its latest series of Aqstic audio codecs
Qualcomm claims that the audio codec integrated into its flagship mobile SoCs can rival DACs produced by dedicated manufacturers. Its latest iteration of these are found in the new Snapdragon 730 mid-range chipsets. They are called the WCD9370 and WCD9375 Aqstic codecs.
Android port for Nintendo Switch reportedly nearly ready to go
Several developers have been working to port Android to the Nintendo Switch since at least February 2019. Now, it appears that this work has paid off and the conversion is nearly fully-functional. The latest build for this console reportedly exhibits working WiFi, important apps, games and audio.
Alleged Huawei Nova 5 appears on Geekbench
The Nova 5 is a new quasi-high-end smartphone destined for launch on June 21, 2019. Despite this, its leaks seem to keep coming. The latest is a device with a model number and specs that may match the upcoming device on Geekbench.
NVIDIA SHIELD TV may be back with a (slightly) new version
The NVIDIA SHIELD TV box may be among the best-known of all Android TV boxes. Now, there is evidence that it is finally seeing a refresh. However, it seems that the only difference between it and the existing model is a slightly updated SoC and the ability to run Android 9.0 out of the box.
Xiaomi announces Global MIUI Beta Program termination for all of its phones
Xiaomi has announced that its software division will stop releasing global betas of its OS, MIUI, on July 1, 2019. This applies not merely to older and slower devices, but to all phones of its brand. However, the OEM has also stated that this decision will not affect the frequency of security-related updates.
Huawei gets 12GB P30 Pro variant certified in China
Most SKUs of the Huawei P30 Pro flagship have 8GB of RAM. However, it appears that the OEM is about to release a further variant of this phone with an additional 4GB. Then again, this new, ultra-high-end device may be a Chinese-market exclusive.
OnePlus found to have sprung a user-data leak through a photography app
"Shot on OnePlus" is an initiative by which users can upload their shots via a smartphone app or online. This is done via an API, which, when analyzed, was found to be a ready source of user emails and IDs. The company's response to this situation currently includes an overhaul of this interface.
Xiaomi releases a new version of the POCO Launcher
The POCO Launcher, originally designed for the Pocophone F1, has gained popularity due to its advanced customization options. Now, its makers at Xiaomi have released a 2nd version, which can be downloaded and tried out now. It mainly improves on the app drawer and dark theme of this interface.
Huawei Mate X pops up in highly dubious sales listing
The Huawei Mate X has reportedly appeared as a retail item on a Chinese retail site. This is highly suspicious, however, particularly as the OEM has announced that this foldable phone's launch will now be delayed. In addition, the price included on the order page in question is out of line with previous projections.
Innodisk claims its new Fire Shield SSD can withstand temperatures of 1500 degrees Fahrenheit
Innodisk's Fire Shield SSD(TM) has reportedly been developed to withstand extreme temperatures. It is apparently based on black-box technology in order to maintain 100% accuracy and integrity for the data on its NAND storage. So far, this new type of drive is available in a 3.5-inch SATA SSD form-factor.
Brydge Pro: a new, premium Bluetooth & USB-C keyboard attachment for the 2018 iPad Pro
Brydge is a company that makes premium external keyboards for tablets from OEMs such as Microsoft and Apple. Most recently, it has released the 'Pro', a Bluetooth accessory for the 2018 iPad of the same name. It is made of aluminium and has variants for the 11- and 12.9-inch SKUs of its corresponding device.
New Samsung and Huawei tablets may be on the way
Several leaks have hinted at the release of the Huawei MediaPad M6 and new Samsung Galaxy Tab-line devices in the recent past. Now, new certifications appear to lend yet more weight to these rumors. One of these listings makes overt references to the probable 2019 MediaPad, whereas another contains new, yet partially familiar, Samsung model numbers.
New Sony device allegedly certified, could be the Xperia 2
A new certification from the Moscow-based Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) requested by the OEM Sony has come to light. It is for a "mobile phone" with the model number J9210. As it matches that of the Xperia 1 closely, it may refer to the rumored Xperia 2. On the other hand, it could also simply be a new variant of the 1.
Samsung reportedly trademarks a new T-series portable SSD
Samsung has allegedly secured a trademark for a new product called the "Portable SSD T7 Plus". Should this leak prove true, it appears that a successor for the T5 is on its way. This putative product may at least maintain a trend towards max speeds of 540 MB/s, 256-bit AES encryption and a USB 3.1 Gen2 interface in a form weighing just 0.11 pounds.
Alternative semiconductors for charging and power could make a billion-USD industry by the next decade
Semiconductors are commonly used in energy transfer for electronics and other related fields. The current state of the art are applications of gallium nitride or silicon carbide rather than conventional markets. The potential improvements and advancements to be gained from this transition could drive their market's worth to as much as US$3 billion by 2025.
Xiaomi announces a recall of its electric scooters
Xiaomi has issued a recall of its Mi Electric Scooter (or M365) product. This request to return items does not apply to all units of the personal transport accessory, however, but to a subset of the same sold in certain countries. These devices have a hardware fault that could affect their function and the safety of their users.
KaiOS set to expand on various vital levels in the coming year
KaiOS is the most prominent alternative to either iOS or Android on mobile devices. Its CEO, Sebastien Codeville, has just given an interview outlining this platform's directions and goals for the immediate future. They include greater functionality, more form factors and new markets.
Huntkey breaks into the gaming market with its X-series curved monitors
Huntkey is known as a maker of power bricks and other similar accessories. However, it also makes other devices, monitors included. Its latest model is the X2471C, which is a 1080p, 144-hertz (Hz) 23.6-inch 1800R-curved panel. This model has a white housing, 2 HDMI ports and 1 Display Port.
ZTE announces July release for the Axon 10 Pro 5G edition in China
ZTE has already launched its flagship smartphone for this year, the Axon 10 Pro. However, it also had a 5G-enabled variant, which had not been available in its domestic market despite having been released into others. Now, the OEM has announced that this will be rectified in July 2019.
AT&T cancels its Samsung Galaxy Fold pre-orders
The US carrier AT&T has sent emails to customers who have pre-ordered the (still) upcoming Samsung Galaxy Fold informing them that these reservations have been cancelled. The company states that it will refund any advance charges made, or release any funds held, in conjunction with these transactions. Affected customers may also receive credits against a future bill.
Samsung allegedly constructs a 3D-curved screen to go with its under-display camera
The ability to make OLED panels more and more flexible will most likely revolutionize phone design in the future. A new set of renders linked to the OEM Samsung show a device with a screen that curves not merely at its longer edges, but right down to the corners too. The blog responsible for this material also suggests that an under-display camera is part of this design.
The Motorola One Action is allegedly leaked in full
A new 91Mobiles report purports to confirm the existence of a phone called the Motorola One Action. This phone will apparently be a more affordable version of the One Vision, with a polycarbonate rather than glass backing. The 2 phones may share display specs, although the One Action may get additional RAM/storage SKUs.
The micro-display market will be worth over US$3 billion by 2025
A micro-display is a panel that may be made of conventional materials such as OLED or LCD, yet are 2 inches at most on the diagonal. They are incorporated into everyday devices such as digital cameras, and in emerging categories such as heads-up or head-mounted displays. The latest research suggests that their market will be worth US$3.42 billion in the next 6 years.
Cable Matters offers a dock that can drive 2 4K/60Hz monitors with a MacBook Pro for under US$200
The connectivity-equipment maker Cable Matters has released a new docking station that can expand a MacBook Pro's output by up to 2x 4K at 60Hz via HDMI. This Dual-Input USB-C accessory can also support 80W Power Delivery (PD) charging and read microSD/UHS-II SD cards. It is available at US$189.99 per docking station.
5G networks gain over 1 million users in South Korea
South Korean telecommunications bodies have confirmed that the number of people who use 5G in the country has grown to over 1 million. This figure is based on the volume of relevant phone plans sold by the carriers that have deployed this new mobile data standard in the country. The government also plans to improve 5G infrastructure in the future.
The U19e and Desire 19+ are new HTC phones for the Taiwanese market
HTC has released new phones for 2019, albeit not flagship-level and only for the OEM's home market. They are the U19e, as projected earlier, and a new Desire-line device. They have 6.0- and 6.2-inch displays, and have double and triple rear cameras, respectively. The U19e will be sold at a price of approximately US$474, whereas the Desire 19+ will cost about $318.
The OnePlus 7 Pro Almond SKU goes on sale, may gain a new Android Q navigation gesture soon
OnePlus has released a new colorway for the 7 Pro. This SKU (Almond) is available in the US or Canada so far. In addition, development leaks indicate that the OEM is preparing the new 'back' gesture, which consists of swiping inward from the side of the screen and is also found in the latest Q betas.
Samsung unleashes the Galaxy M40 on the Indian market
The Samsung Galaxy M40 is available in India as of today (June 11, 2019). It offers a full-HD+ screen with a punch-hole camera, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage for INR19,990 ($US288). The M40 also features triple rear cameras, 15-watt charging and a 3500mAh battery.
The Redmi S2, aka Y2, gets its Android Pie update
Redmi released a ~US$160 5.99-inch device with the Snapdragon 625 SoC and dual rear cameras in 2018. It is known as the S2 in China and as the Y2 in India. Of these, the S2 has started to exhibit an update to Android 9.0 (Pie).
The new Maxim smart amp may improve bass and volume in the device speakers of the future
Maxim announces the release of its latest smart amplifier, the MAX98390, for the small speakers that might be found in PCs or other devices. This digital Class D audio component integrates a Dynamic Speaker Management (DSM) algorithm to boost the quality, clarity and volume of sound of the speakers to which it is applied.
New Google Maps feature may help you tell when taxis are taking you the wrong way
Google Maps is reportedly rolling out a new feature intended to benefit users taking taxis or ride-shares in unfamiliar locations. It starts to send alerts if the vehicle in question starts to deviate from a given route by 500 meters or more. This new setting has only been observed in the Indian market so far, however.
Vivo's iQOO phone allegedly falls from 102,000 feet in the air and survives
The OEM Vivo has posted a video on Weibo, which portrays a project in which an iQOO phone was loaded onto an industrial-grade balloon. These hydrogen-filled craft are used with increasing frequency to visit extreme, near-space altitudes. In this case, the phone was also allegedly still operational after being ejected from a height of about 101,706 feet.
Latest leaks hint the OPPO foldable phone will have a pop-up camera
New renders allegedly generated by the OEM OPPO show a device that is capable of both folding and hiding its camera unit via a pop-up module. It is also now claimed that the same camera could have the 10X zoom found in the flagship Reno phone. However, the 'concept' nature of this leak invites some skepticism.
New Chrome for Android brings long-awaited password generator, improves dark mode
Chrome 75 is the latest version of this app for Android. It is the one to finally add a password generator to the browser. This update also offers a clearer path to its dark mode, may improve on in-app animations and allow users to send more things to other native apps.
LG targets Samsung Galaxy M line's market with upcoming W smartphone series
The US$100-250 price category is a competitive place for smartphones these days, particularly in the Indian market. Nevertheless, this is where LG reportedly intends to wade in with its new W-series smartphones. These devices have triple cameras, notched screens and "pocket-worthy" price tags.
Sleep-tracking tech may not be fit for purpose yet, accoding to leading neurologist
Dr. Guy Leschziner, a prominent neurologist and consultant in London's sleep-medicine arena, has recently indicated his belief that sleep-tracking apps and similar technology may backfire on the user. This is apparently due to a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to sleep metrics employed by these apps.
Latest beta version of Google app could automate Assistant on your lockscreen
A popular blog has analyzed the new Google app beta. It has found that this potential update could turn a phone's lockscreen into something more like Pixel Stand mode with auto-generated suggestions from the user's Assistant. Besides this, the beta can add a Google One status symbol to a profile picture.
OnePlus releases a camera-centric software update for the 7 Pro
OnePlus has announced a new update for OxygenOS (OOS, the OEM's Android skin) on its new flagship, the 7 Pro. It contains a long list of potential camera optimizations which, as the company claims, have been developed as a result of user feedback. This OOS 9.5.7 update may also enhance some non-camera aspects of the phone.
Possible Samsung Galaxy Tab S5 allegedly pays Geekbench a visit
Samsung's Galaxy Tab S4 was at the higher end of tablets on its release in 2018. Now, there are hints that it is getting a successor this year. A device possibly matching this description has been spotted on Geekbench, although it has subsequently disappeared.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 is available for as little as US$359.99 - for the next 22 hours
GearBest has launched a promotion that brings its price for the Xiaomi Mi 9 from US$516.87 down to $377.99. However, using a coupon listed on a different page cuts this discounted price again, to $359.99. On the other hand, the listing is for the phone's base model, a 6GB/64GB SKU.
Moto Z3 Play and Z2 Force get updated to Android Pie
Motorola is now rolling out its Pie update to users of the Moto Z3 Play, including those located in the US. In addition, some Moto Z2 Force owners have reported an OTA for the same upgrade. These devices are now 1 and 2 years old respectively.
Huawei's new smartphone OS may launch in August or September 2019
A "global" new outlet has tweeted that HongMeng OS, Huawei's new rumored official ROM for its mobile devices, will be known as Oak OS in non-Chinese markets. Furthermore, this putative new system will be unveiled in the first fall months of 2019. Therefore, this OEM's phones could have as little as 2 more months on Android.
The new Samsung Galaxy Fold release date is to be confirmed later in June 2019
The Samsung Galaxy Fold has not been heard of officially for about a month now. However, a recent Korean news report has dropped hints that it may see an actual release in July 2019. While this cannot be confirmed outright, Samsung has also stated that it will hold an event later this month (June 2019) to announce the Galaxy Fold's real launch date.
Reolink releases a new Wi-Fi home security-cam with 355-degree pan and 50-degree tilt for under US$60
Reolink, a company already known for well-spec'd wireless security cameras, now launches the E1 Pro. This new option offers a wide range of coverage for an affordable price. It will also gain Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility in the near future.
The 4G/LTE and 5G broadcast market's value is set to increase by 73% by 2024
Broadcasts over 4G/LTE are common these days. The technology behind them is used for TV feeds, on-demand video, notifications and data-feeds. Their market will soon also be augmented by 5G analogs, which could push its value to about US$800 million over the next 5 years.
The Sony Xperia 1 goes on sale in China
Sony's latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia 1, started sales in the US for a price of US$949. It is also available in the EU and UK. Now, it has also been released in China, where it retails for a price translating to about $912.
More OPPO Reno phones are destined for European market
The OPPO Reno, Reno 10X Zoom and Reno 5G are already on sale in some European countries. Now, they are allegedly to be joined by the Reno Z (which has been heard of in other regions) and the Reno F (which has not). It is possible the latter is a rebranded F11 variant.
Google releases a Founder's Edition to mark inaugural Stadia Connect
To celebrate an event in which more information on its first cloud gaming platform was released, Google has prepared a "Stadia Founder's Edition". It consists of a Stadia Controller in an exclusive Night Blue colorway and a Chromecast Ultra. It may help play the range of Stadia titles that were confirmed today.
The new Nokia 2.2: HMD Global's cheapest smartphone that will get Android Q
HMD Global has released the Nokia 2.2 today (June 6, 2019). It is a 5.71-inch device with either 2 or 3GB RAM, and may be sold for as little as €99 (US$112) worldwide. Despite this 'affordable' aspect, it is also an Android One device - which means it should be assured of an update beyond Pie.
New 20H1-based build makes it to Windows 10 Insiders Preview
The latest Insider's Preview version of Windows 10 (Build 18912) has updated from 19H1 to 20H1. This preliminary OS fixes some bugs found in its predecessor, but may also be associated with some new ones. It also adds a new ability for Windows Narrator: the ability to read and relay the URLs behind click me-type links.
Android Q Beta 4 rollout on Pixels arrested due to bootlooping issue
Android Q's latest preview build was released yesterday (June 5, 2019). It has some interesting new aspects, such as a re-brand for Smart Unlock. However, Google has now stopped pushing its OTAs to phones as it has been found to cause bootloops in some cases.
Up to 100 million users could be on EMUI 9 by the end of the month
Huawei has released figures indicating that approximately 80 million smartphone users woridwide have the latest version of its Android skin, EMUI, on their phones. For many older devices, this is their 2nd major update. However, the OEM also estimates that this number will grow to as much as 100 million by the end of June 2019.
The portable Bluetooth speaker market will be worth nearly US$3 billion by 2025
Speakers with built-in Bluetooth have become better and better at bringing your music places where traditional wired devices can't go. The market built up around these products is now estimated to grow to the tune of US$2.64 billion in 6 years. This may be driven by increased uptake in emerging economies like India.
Samsung releases the Galaxy A20 and A20e in its home market under unusual new names
The Samsung Galaxy A20s have been released onto various national markets around the world. Now, it seems they are destined for South Korea as well. In this country, they will lose their simple alphanumeric monikers and be called the Galaxy Wide 4 and Jean 2 instead.
Evidence of new Moto E arises via Geekbench
A new leak suggests that the Moto E line of smartphones may be getting a new generation soon. Geekbench has allegedly added scores for a "motorola moto e(6) plus", running on an SoC that may be the Helio P22. It runs on Android 9 and has 2GB of RAM.
Noctua showcases its award-winning NF-A12x25 fan, among others
Noctua, often a go-to brand for PC fans, is at Computex to highlight its new and updated products. They include the NF-A12x25, which gained the European Hardware Association's best case-fan of 2019 award. The company has also made new ultra-thin fans, improved CPU coolers and fanless coolers.
Aukey's first foray into premium audio includes a new pair of wireless earbuds
Aukey is already a familiar name in the affordable personal audio game. Now, it has released a new line of earphones called the Key Series with a higher-end appeal. It comprises the EP-T10 true wireless earbuds and EP-B80 wireless earphones, as well as the more sporty wireless EP-B60 set and the EP-B33 neckbuds.
iOS 13 officially lives: Dark Mode, 30% faster Face ID, new keyboard, it's all here
The next upcoming version of Apple's mobile device OS has finally been released at WWDC 2019. It brings the long-awaited Dark Mode, in addition to improvements for many other iOS features and functions. They include a 'new' swipe keyboard, faster app launch times and Sign in with Apple.
Seagate introduces world-first 16TB Exos HDD and IronWolf NAS drives
Seagate announces that it is now prepared to market enterprise- and server-grade hard-drives with capacities of 16TB for the first time. The Exos X16 is a helium-based 7200rpm drive, whereas the IronWolf 16TB and IronWolf Pro 16TB are NAS drives. Tencent Cloud has already picked up X16s for use in its operation.
Possible first benchmark scores for the Samsung Galaxy A90 pop up
Samsung may released a new phone, which is rumored to resemble the Galaxy A80, soon. According to a new Geekbench database entry linked to the new device (the SM-A9050), it may feature the Snapdragon 675 and have 6GB of RAM. As the A80 is powered by the 730, this is somewhat suspicious.
Apparently doomed Samsung Galaxy S9 Active may re-emerge as new mid-range toughphone
Once, rumors of a phone with the same internals as a 2018 Samsung flagship phone, but with a much different, ruggedized chassis, did the rounds. However, the OEM also eventually took it off the cards as a product. Now, a device with a similar model number and specs to the “S9 Active” has re-surfaced on Geekbench.
MSI warns account-holders of new Apple ID email scam
MSI has alerted its customers advising them of a fraudulent email that may be sent due to their possession of an account with the company. The message attempts to direct the reader to change their Apple IDs using its link. However, MSI asserts that no users' personal, financial or otherwise sensitive data is at risk as a result.
The Lenovo Z6 Youth may be marketed as the K10 Note in non-Chinese markets
Lenovo released the Z6 Youth on May 22, 2019 to the Chinese market. As a Snapdragon 710 device with triple rear cameras and a 6.3-inch FHD screen, it may make a solid mid-ranger. A phone roughtly matching this description has been spotted with Thai marketing approval - however, it went under another name in this certification.
New OPPO A-line phone makes it through multiple certifiers
A new device called the OPPO CPH1925 (or A1s) has popped up on the websites of Russian, Thai and Indonesian regulatory bodies. Like the A1k before it, it has a 2.0GHz MediaTek processor, a 4000mAh battery and a 6.1 inch waterdrop-notch screen. However, this model improves on its pre-existing sibliing with a dual rear camera.
BBC broadcast fails highlight potentially serious drawbacks of 5G
The UK's first 5G network launched recently, at the end of May 2019. The country national broadcaster, the BBC, attempted to conduct some news reports over the new data standard. Unfortunately, they faced severe issues due to the data eaten in the process.
The 2018 Nokia banana-phone now has WhatsApp
The 8110 (4G) is a reprise of a classic Nokia phone of the same name, released at MWC last year. However, its KaiOS meant that it had reduced functionality compared to the average Android or iOS device. With the roll-out of a compatible WhatsApp version, this has been remedied slightly.
OnePlus 7 Pro users on T-Mobile can now convert their phones to international units without the usual hurdles
Buying through T-Mobile may be a more intuitive way of getting one's hands on a OnePlus 7 Pro in the US. However, those units of this flagship are often subject to restrictions that keep them on this carrier's software update plan for a set amount of time. Now however, there is a possible solution to this situation.
Likely 7-inch variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2019) visits FCC
A new Samsung tablet has gone through FCC validation, and may thus be released soon. Judging by its model number (SM-T295), it will probably be unveiled as a Galaxy Tab A (2019) at this event. The new certifier's listing also suggests that it will be a 7-inch version of the existing Tab A 10.1, with a 4980mAh battery.
Panasonic unveils the LUMIX S1H, the world's first 6K/24p digital single-lens mirrorless camera
Panasonic introduces a new LUMIX S-series camera, which, as it claims, "combines the video quality of a professional camera and the high mobility of a mirrorless camera". This is because it is capable of recording 6K video at up to 24fps, which still maintaining a full-frame unit's form factor. It will be released some time after summer in 2019.
Huawei reportedly finishes work on Kirin 985 and 990, but what about their successors?
According to a new Nikkei Asian Review article, Huawei has finalized the blueprints for its next upcoming smartphone SoCs. However, the OEM has now lost the support of the chipset-design supplier Synopsys, as it has that of ARM. Therefore, it will find making follow-ups in 2021 and onward exceptionally difficult.
The games industry could be worth up to US$179 billion in 5 years
The video-game industry could accrue as much as US$179.1 billion by 2024. This is in line with a new market-research report on the subject. This valuation may be driven by conventional platforms such as mobile devices, PCs and consoles; however, VR and AR are also likely to have an increasingly large influence on the space.
Apple iPhone "XR 2019" case leaks may give further insight into how cameras and buttons will look on this phone
The possible exitstence of a 2nd-generation iPhone XR is relatively well-supported in the Apple rumor sphere. Most lately, a blog claims to have gotten hold of images showing what could be this phone with and without clear cases. As it has more than 1 rear camera in these pictures, it could just be a real 2019 phone.
Next-gen Clevo notebooks will incorporate Creative Super X-Fi audio at a hardware level
Today, (May 31, 2019) Creative unveils a new partnership with the Taiwanese PC-smiths Clevo. It will involve the integration of Super X-Fi technology into this manufacturer's notebooks in the future. Therefore, this platform will focus on headphone audio in Clevo machines.
The Motorola One line may be getting a ruggedized variant
The Motorola One Vision was released not long ago. However, a new leak suggests that its series is getting yet another new phone sometime soon. Should a Geekbench entry prove accurate, it will be called the One Action.
The Sony a9 mirrorless camera can be had for US$1,000 cheaper right now
The a9 is Sony's flagship mirrorless camera. It is a 24.2MP full-frame unit with an Exmor RS sensor and a silent shutter. Normally, this extensive piece of kit retails for US$4,498. However, the new "Step up to Sony" offers interested prosumers the chance to pick it up for 22$ off this price.
Moto Z4 launches on Verizon, Snapdragon 675, 4GB of RAM and all
Motorola has released a new addition to its Z line of smartphones soon. The Moto Z4 has a 5G Moto Mod and a larger 6.39-inch FHD OLED screen. It is available on Verizon in conjunction with plans starting at US$10 per month.
Zotac updates the MEK MINI gaming PC
Zotac released the MEK MINI, an appreciably compact high-powered gaming PC, some months ago. However, that has not stopped it from re-appearing as part of the OEM's showcase at Computex 2019. The unit in question has an Intel Core i7-9700 CPU, which is an improvement on the models on zotac.com.
HTC's VIVEPORT is offering its subscribers a trip beyond the Wall of Westeros
Viveport Infinity is a service that pulls together VR experiences from numerous different publishers for a single monthly fee. To this end, "Beyond the Wall", an HBO/Game of Thrones product, launches on this platform tomorrow (May 31, 2019). It may offer customers the opportunity to explore Westerosi vistas in a virtual manner.
LG releases its 2019 XBOOM speaker line-up to the US market
LG's XBOOM series is often worth a look, as they can be high-powered speakers in relatively compact or portable form-factors. Its 2019 iterations are not exceptions to this rule. They range from entire sound-systems to smart speakers with inbuilt screens.
Meizu launches a new triple-camera mid-range phone, the 16Xs
Meizu has launched its new mid-ranger, the 16Xs, today (May 30, 2019). However, it had already released all details on the phone via its own website. The 16Xs rocks triple cameras, a 6.2-inch AMOLED screen and 6GB of RAM.
The Redmi K20 Pro may gain a 12GB RAM variant
The Redmi K20 and K20 Pro have only recently emerged to try and conquer the market in China. The higher-end model was launched with 6 and 8GB RAM SKUs. However, an alleged update to the former's TENAA listing indicates that a 12GB model may be added to this list soon.
Hints at imminent release of new Huawei MediaPad emerge online
The Huawei MediaPad M5 is an Android tablet from 2018 with a Kirin 970-powered Pro variant. Some graphics spotted on JD.com and the certifying body EEC point to a possible successor for it. However, in the current climate, its ability to continue its series' history of running Android may be in question.
Nvidia debuts the Studio platform to help pair creators with their ideal notebooks
Nvidia Studio is an initiative by which laptops augment creator-level hardware with a new suite of software that boosts performance and reliability in tasks such as video editing or ray tracing-powered design. Studio also amounts to a new classification for notebooks that meet appropriate spec requirements. It has been presented at Computex with the help of some world-class artists.
2019 LG TVs with ThinQ AI in the US will be able to use Amazon Alexa soon
Some of the most recently-released LG ThinQ TVs have been advertized as Amazon Alexa-capable. However, customers in the US may have noticed that this apparent functionality was missing - until now. The OEM has announced that the smart assistant app on these devices should become active over the next few weeks.
Qualcomm unveils a new Smart Viewer Reference Design
Qualcomm is at the Augmented World Expo (AWE) to launch its new Snapdragon Smart Viewer Reference Design. It is a reference VR headset based on the XR1 Platform. This device has a DJI display, up-to-date controllers, interfaces and a Standalone Mode.
The Manifold 2: the on-board mini-supercomputer than can turn DJI drones into autobots
DJI has announced the Manifold 2, a line of tiny supercomputers that can be installed on certain drones from this manufacturer. These devices can upgrade the devices in quesiton into autonomic flying machines, or those that can be trained to recognize certain objects or use an AI.
Asus is now partnering with Google Coral for AI and Edge applications
Coral is a platform developed by Google to support and facilitate on-device AI. Asus has announced that it will use its system-on-module (SOM) on its new AI development kit and single-board computer (SBC). They will be called Tinker Edge T and the CR1S-CM-A respectively.
Samsung's Galaxy XCover series allegedly set for a new update soon
The Samsung Galaxy XCovers are a line of smartphone that clearly happily sacrifice performance and modern-day looks for ruggedness. It has not seen a refresh since 2017. Now, however, it appears that a phone called the XCover 4s has been certified by Bluetooth SIG.
HP debuts "the world's most secure" modular AIO
HP is set to release a new all-in-one (AIO) for 2019: a modular one. The Mini-in-One 24 Display looks like just another 1080p monitor. However, it has an enclosure at the back into which certain HP Mini desktops can be slotted. The Display can then use this PC's I/O as its own.
Asus also unveils new TUF gaming monitors
The TUF sub-division of Asus has released new gaming monitors at Computex this year. There are 3 of these devices, 1 of which is a vertically-aligned panel. All 3 support HDR, Adaptive-Sync and HDMI v2.0.
Asus showcases its latest displays - 240Hz included - for gaming notebooks
Asus has a lot of new high-powered hardware to show off at Computex this year. But what is all that without the display tech to match? The 240Hz ROG Strix Scar III and Hero III are on show at the conference, as are some of the OEM's even newer, faster notebook displays.
Confirmed: the RedmiBook 14 will launch alongside the K20 line
Redmi has announced that its first notebook, most likely to be a 14-inch thin & light model, will be released tomorrow (May 28, 2019). This event will also see the launch of the K20 series of smartphones. The larger device is thought to offer an IPS FHD display with up to 8GB of RAM.
Asus unveils its new ZenScreen Touch
The ZenScreen is a product that allows the user to take a monitor anywhere they might need to. This year, Asus has updated it with touch capability. This model is also just 9 millimeters deep, has micro-HDMI and Hybrid-Signal USB type C ports.
Intel unleashes the i9-9900KS, a special edition clocked to 5GHz on all cores
The Intel i9-9900K is widely regarded as one of the best desktop CPUs out there. Ahead of Computex 2019, its maker has released a new version of this SoC. It is exactly like the base 9900K, except it runs at 5.0GHz on all 8 cores rather than just 1.
The Harman Kardon-powered Sprint TREBL with Magic Box wins the 2019 Judges' Choice Award from the Small Cell Forum
The Sprint TREBL with Magic Box is a small cell solution that also integrates Amazon Alexa voice-assistance and Harman Kardon sound quality. This combination makes it unique in its product category. Perhaps this is how it has won the Small Cell Forum's Judges' Choice Award for this year.
GoPro extends its Trade-Up program to the European Union
GoPro has a history of allowing its customers to trade their existing cameras in for something off the cost of a new model of this brand. However, this offer has never been available in the European Union's (EU) member-states before. This has now changed: customers in these 28 countries can now "trade-up" their cameras for €100 (about US$112) off a Fusion or Hero7 Black's price.
OmniVision aims to bring thinner bezels to sub-premium notebooks with its new SoC for webcams
The laptop webcam has become a critic's punchbag as of late, as its relationship with these devices' screens is changing, diminishing or in some cases disappearing altogether. This may put some OEMs off the development of thinner bezels in their entry-level machines. However, the new OV0VA10 SoC may help them in this regard.
ASUS celebrates its 30th anniversary with a contest for lots of goodies
ASUS is currently holding a "30 Years Together" event to celebrate 3 decades as a hardware and peripherals OEM. It involves competitions in which contestants can enter a PC-centric quiz or tell their own ASUS/ROG ownership story to gain points. The prizes to be won include laptops, cutting-edge graphics cards and accessories.
BLU unveils the G9, an "Ultimate-Value" smartphone
BLU Products has released the G9, a smartphone with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It also has AI-enhanced dual rear cameras and a decently large 4000mAh battery. It is sold via Amazon for a price of US$179.99.
Casio's latest PRO TREK smartwatch has a dual-layer display and exclusive outdoor app features
Casio has released the WSD-F30RG, its newest smartwatch from the PRO TREK line. It has an OLED display, but also has individual monochrome and color overlays. The OEM also asserts that it has an improved resolution for detailed legibility on its screen.
Best Buy is cancelling its Galaxy Fold pre-orders
The Samsung Galaxy Fold had been available in the US through a pre-order system at Best Buy. However, this retail giant has reportedly been sending emails to its customers advising them that these transactions have been revoked. Many affected consumers are being sent a US$100 savings code by means of compensation.
Vivo V15 and Y17 receive permanent price-cuts in India
The Vivo V15 and Y17 are MediaTek Helio SoC-powered devices. They have been on sale for Rs. 19,990 (US$288) and 17,990 ($259) respectively in India. These prices have been apparently reduced by Rs. 2000 ($29).
Redmi K20 now available for deposit-based pre-order in China
The Redmi K20 is available to order from today (May 24, 2019) after a manner of speaking. Those who wish to pre-order the new flagship phone need to pay a deposit of 100 yuan (about US$14.50) on Mi.com or JD.com. They can then pay the balance on May 28.
New iPhones may have made it through their first certification
A certification for what may be 2019 iPhones has allegedly surfaced on the Eurasian Economic Commission's database. The submission details a total of 11 different model numbers apparently associated with the Apple brand. They may represent different SKUs of the XR, XS and XS Max's successors.
ASUS allegedly patents a dual-slider phone
According to new documents apparently filed with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), ASUS has designed a phone along the lines of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. However, this version may be able to slide out from the bottom of the phone as well as the top.
Google Keep will be upgraded to Dark Mode soon
Google is currently optimizing some of its core apps in order to comply with Android Q's system-wide dark mode. The latest of these spotted with such an update is Keep, a handy source of memos. Its new theme, while not available to all users, may appeal with its ease on the eyes and new custom colors.
New AIDA64 update adds support for AMD Matisse, Windows 10 May 2019 and SHA3-512
The latest version of AIDA64 - v6.00 - has been released. It adds benchmarks for the Zen2-based Matisse processors. In addition, it now also has a SHA3-512 cryptographic hash benchmark.
EE launches the UK's first 5G network
Today (May 22, 2019), the carrier EE announced the launch of its 5G network in the UK, the first of its kind in this country. EE has also made some devices that are compatible with this network available. They include the OnePlus 7 Pro and the LG ThinQ V50.
Samsung reportedly develops ultra-compact 5x zoom module for future smartphones
Samsung has reportedly unveiled a new kind of smartphone camera component in South Korea. It apparently confers 5x zoom on a device, without creating an ugly bulge extending from its rear panel. However, this module may not be destined for upcoming flagships such as the Galaxy Note 10 yet.
ARM reportedly stops trading with Huawei
In what may be a fresh blow to Huawei's electronics concern, reports that ARM has told its staff not to deal with the OEM have emerged. The silicon giant has done so as it believes it falls under the recent ban imposed by the US administration. This may affect the ability to produce HiSilicon chipsets in the future.
The Honor 20 and 20 Pro: fresh new quad-cameras with 48MP sensors
The full gamut of Honor 20 and 20 Pro details is now available. The brand's new flagships are quad-camera devices, although only the 20 Pro has a telephoto lens among its sensors. They will start at about US$557 on their release for sale.
OnePlus releases Android Q Beta for the 7 and 7 Pro
The OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro have only been official since May 14, 2019. Despite this, the OEM has already rolled a new Android Q beta out for the phones. The build may offer insights as to what software updates of the future will be like on the 2 devices, but not much else at this point.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 series may get a new color: red
The Galaxy S10 and S10+ had been rumored to rock a bright red color, that would have been new to the Samsung flagships, prior to their launch. The actual range of shades displayed at this event appeared to debunk this theory. However, the option now seems to be back on the table, thanks to a new exclusive leak of Roland Quandt's.
Oculus Quest now available, starts at $399 for a 64GB set
The Quest is Oculus' first all-in-one virtual reality (VR) headset. It is available for sale from today (May 21, 2019). It is also a truly wireless VR set, and uses the company's imaging and touch-sensor technology to deliver this. The Quest starts at US$399 for a model with 64GB of on-board memory.
66% of consumers would prioritise privacy over price now
A new report by SAI Global shows that the number of consumers aware of issues such as privacy, and who value them in their buying choices, is on the rise. It indicates that 2/3 of these individuals surveyed would make a trade-off in favor of a brand known for user-privacy protection over another offering a lower price.
Royole and Louis Vuitton team up to put flexible displays into fashion
The super-pricey style house Louis Vuitton has unveiled a new range called "Canvas of the Future". This, appropriately enough, means bags that incorporate flexible displays from the OEM Royole. These displays can make the side of the bag show nearly anything, and can also be controlled by the owner.
New teaser shows Marvel Studios tie-in for Honor 20 launch
The Honor 20 line is (still) set to launch tomorrow (May 21, 2019) in London. A new poster showing the brand's logo alongside a treatment for the next upcoming X-Men movie, "Dark Phoenix" has been released via official Weibo channels. It shows the probable outline of at least one new phone.
More new OPPO patents showing foldable phone prototypes emerge
A Dutch blog claims to have unearthed patents filed with the Chinese intellectual property office (SIPO) by the OEM OPPO. They show a mobile device that is clearly foldable. The documents show that the company is considering either a notch or punch-hole technology for its purported first flexible display.
The OPPO K3 may be joined by new VOOC 3.0 accessories on its launch
OPPO has confirmed that the upcoming K3 smartphone will be launched on May 23, 2019. This new mid-range device will apparently be equipped with VOOC 3.0, with a fresh range of accessories to match. They are said to include power banks with the same technology.
Black Shark 2 will make it onto Indian shores on May 27
Xiaomi's 2019 gaming phone, the Black Shark 2, has been released in a number of markets so far. However, it has not been available in India thus far. The OEM plans to amend this by scheduling a launch for the phone on May 27, 2019
OnePlus reportedly scores about 1 million reservations for the 7 Pro in China
A well-regarded tipster claims to have heard that OnePlus has managed to amass 1 million reservations for units of its new flagship, the 7 Pro. These reservations could be made in China only in advance of the phone's launch. Therefore, it seems the latest pop-up selfie-cam device is very popular there.
The Redmi K20 is now touted as the lightest pop-up camera flagship around
Redmi is currently building a vortex of hype for its upcoming Snapdragon 855 flagship. As a result, it has teased its name (the K20) and a few key specs of the phone to keep us interested. One is its pop-up selfie camera, which, as the brand's general manager now insists, will not weigh the phone down.
The Blackview BV9700 Pro attracts over US$100,000 on Indiegogo in 24 hours
The BV9700 Pro is a phone described as "beyond rugged" by its manufacturer, Blackview. This OEM has put its new device on Indiegogo, as part of a campaign in which it was looking for about US$20,000 to help make it. However, its backers have contributed $119,275 - in the first day alone.
The Reolink Go wireless 4G LTE security camera is now available worldwide
The Reolink Go is a possibly worthwhile innovation in the security-cam industry: it is a truly stand-alone product that does not require external power or cables of any sort. Therefore, it can be installed so as to surveil anything the user wants. However, its need for 4G connectivity could be a drawback in some circumstances.
WeChat's cross-border payments business plans to break into Europe
WeChat claims to have over 1.1 billion users per month, 800 million of who also use WeChat Pay. Now, the company intends to make the use of this aspect of the service easier to use abroad. This involves improving on its existing payments systems in Europe.
Nikon's new software update for the Z7 and Z6 models adds eye-detection autofocus
Nikon announces a new firmware update for the mirrorless Z 7 and Z 6 full-frame cameras. It upgrades the products with eye-detection autofocus (AF) for still-image shooting. The update also enhances the cameras' low-light AF detection range, and adds an auto-exposure tracking capability to their 'burst' modes.
The mini- and micro-LED market is set to grow by at least 100% over next 5 years
Micro- and mini-LEDs may make up the next generation of high-end displays after AMOLED. At present, however, they are more of a niche-application product. However, new research indicates that their market will grow to be worth US$6 million in 2024.
GeIL partners with ASRock to make new EVO SPEAR Phantom Gaming Edition DDR4 memory kits
Golden Emperor International Ltd (GeIL) has released a new DDR4 memory product based on the long DIMM form factor. As it has collaborated with ASRock for its design, this new line of RAM is called the EVO SPEAR Phantom Gaming Edition. They have variants optimized for AMD and non-AMD boards.
Sprint launches pre-orders for the LG V50 ThinQ and HTC 5G Hub
Today (May 17, 2019), Sprint has begun taking pre-orders for its first 5g devices. They are the LG V50 ThinQ and HTC's 5G hub. These products are only available in certain regional markets, however.
Lenovo makes the Z6's Pro 5G and Youth Editions official
Lenovo has revealed that its smartphone flagship, the Z6 Pro, has a 5G variant. However, no pricing or availability information for this device has been released. The OEM has also confirmed that the Z6 Youth Edition does indeed exist, and will launch on May 22, 2019.
Vivo Y3 released in China
The Vivo Y3 has been launched in China. As projected through its leaks, it is a budget device, albeit one with triple rear cameras and an extra-large battery. The Y3 is available in pink or blue shades for about US$217.
The OnePlus 6 and 6T will get Zen Mode, but not NightScape 2.0
The OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro were recently released alongside some new features for their Android skin, OxygenOS. They include new camera modes, including a second-generation NightScape for low-light shots. However, the OEM has indicated that older flagships may not be in line for the same.
The VR gaming market will be worth just over US$40 billion in 5 years
According to a new report, the virtual reality (VR) gaming market will grow from its most recent US$10.3 billion valuation to one of $40.2 billion in 2024. This is likely to be driven by advancements in VR equipment design and function. However, the cost of the same is also thought to be what is holding this market back at present.
Sony and Microsoft announce collaboration on the future of Azure AI and imaging sensors
Today (May 16, 2019), the corporations Microsoft and Sony unveiled plans to collaborate on the development of new technology. This partnership will see the 2 electronics giants team up on new image sensors and cloud computing applications. This may enhance platforms such as PlayStation and Azure AI in the future.
Intel may be working on a particularly futuristic smartphone
According to a patent filed with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), Intel may be considering the manufacture of its own smartphone. This device may follow the dual-display trend set by Vivo and Nubia, and also allegedly has "360-degree" cameras. The patent is dated May 14, 2019.
Nubia will release the Red Magic 3 for sale through its own channels soon
The Red Magic 3, Nubia's latest gaming smartphone, is available outside China, albeit through some third-party resellers. Now, however, the OEM has announced that it is about to ship the phone itself to numerous international locations. This general release will begin on May 27, 2019.
Leaks that point to new OPPO phone with "Gundam Custom Edition" emerge
According to some renders that have surfaced online, OPPO is allegedly preparing a new device. As this phone has a central punch-hole selfie camera, it may not be of the recently-launched Reno series. The leaker Ice universe has also found images of the same phone that indicates a partnership with the Gundam franchise.
Samsung Galaxy A10 variant with MediaTek processor shows up on Geekbench
The Samsung Galaxy A10 (or SM-A105) was launched in India recently for the rough equivalent of US$120. Now, it seems that more variants of the same line have emerged. Their model numbers resemble those of the A10; however, at least 1 has a MediaTek SoC rather than an Exynos one.
Redmi's first PC is most likely to be a 14-inch notebook
According to some online rumors, Redmi is on the verge of entering the laptop market with its first product of this category. More details on this machine - apparently named the RedmiBook 14 - may have emerged. It could rock Intel Core CPUs up to the tune of an i7, as well as the NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU at the highest end.
Hisense allegedly patents a true camera/phone hybrid
Hisense has reportedly filed a patent for a device that looks like a conventional camera on one side and a phone on the other. If this concept sounds less than unique, that's because it is. However, the Chinese OEM's apparent new take on the idea looks sleeker than its predecessors.
The OnePlus 7 Pro hits the big time in DxOMark's camera tests
During the OnePlus 7 Series launch event (on May 14, 2019), the OEM announced that the flagship of this line scored 111 in its DxOMark review. This puts it behind just 2 other premium devices in the benchmark's rankings.
Possible Honor 20 shows up on Geekbench
A Huawei device with the model number YAL-L21 has arrived on Geekbench. As it rocks the Kirin 980 processor, it is possible that this phone is the Honor 20 or 20 Pro. The phone has 6GB of RAM, which is consistent with the middle-road Honor 10 SKUs of last year.
The OnePlus 7 Pro's screen is the notchless panel that was promised
The OnePlus 7 series has just been announced today (May 14, 2019). The marquee device of this event was decidedly not the 7, as it is a direct upgrade for 2018-looking hardware. The Pro variant, on the other hand, may be a quantum leap in terms of screen quality produced by the OEM.
The OnePlus 7 Series is now official
OnePlus has launched its latest flagship series. As expected, it includes the 7 Pro and the base 7. The 4G variant will go on sale on May 21, 2019; however, there will be some special events prior to that.
Xiaomi installs a phone-dispensing vending machine in India
Xiaomi India’s managing director, Manu Kumar Jain, has announced a new initiative by the OEM: a vending machine for its devices and accessories. It is located in Manyata Technological Park, Bengaluru. The innovative "Mi Express Kiosk" accepts a wide range of payment types to dispense phones, power banks and more.
'Shark fin-less' version of the OPPO Reno allegedly found on carrier's website
The OPPO Reno line usually stands out due to the unique angular pop-up selfie-cam module the OEM has installed in it to keep the screen clear of a notch. However, a new variant of this smartphone series has allegedly popped up on China Telecom's website without one.
7 more Huawei and Honor flagships will see an Android Q update
We already know that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro will be updated to Android Q. Now, its maker has announced that 5 more of its fellow flagships, in addition to 2 from Honor, will join it. However, these phones will have to wait until the stable form of this OS is released.
Fuchsia OS officially exists, but not as you may think
Google's head and director of its Android and Chrome division took part in a media outlet's podcast during the I/O event this year. In the course of the interview in question, the two executives confirmed openly for the first time that Fuchsia OS does in fact exist. However, it was also subsequently dismissed as an 'experiment'.
UMIDIGI enters the Australian smartphone market via Amazon and eBay
The Australian smartphone market could benefit from more choices as much as any other. Accordingly, the OEM UMIDIGI is now selling its devices in this country, via its eBay and Amazon sites. They will include the new A5 Pro, a budget option with a triple camera.
The Mate 20 Pro gets Huawei's Android Q Beta treatment
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is one of 21 devices certified for the latest beta for Android Q. The OEM has now made places on a program to test it available to users of the 2018 flagship. It appears that this program is best suited to developers or those used to testing potentially unstable ROMs.
Indian Competition Commission launches investigation into Google's effect on the mobile device market
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has reportedly launched a full-scale probe into Google's business practices. It is doing so based on allegations of anti-trust behaviors on the part of the Mountain View giant. Should the CCI find a basis for these complaints, the target could be liable for potentially sizable penalties.
The US earphone/headphone market will be worth US$9 billion in 5 years
Earphones and headphone sales drive a healthy market in the United States. The market analysis firm ReportBuyer estimates that it will grow at a compound rate of over 12% until it is worth approximately US$9 billion in 2024. The products in question are mostly used in fitness, entertainment and gaming pursuits.
Apple's next smartphone SoC is now in production
Bloomberg reports that the processor for this year's generation of iPhones has now entered production. This SoC, likely to be known as the A13 chipset, has apparently already entered production by TSMC at a testing stage. However, it is set to be mass-produced some time this month (May 2019).
Google Nest Hub Max now official: a smart-home speaker with a subwoofer for US$229
Google has unveiled its latest Nest product at I/O 2019. It is called the Nest Hub Max: a possibly more extensive, useful and powerful version of the Google Home Hub released earlier. It will retail for US$229, or its regional equivalent.
The Vivo Y3, an entry-level phone with a triple camera, leaks out
Recently, a Vivo phone with the model number V1901A (or V1901T) has surfaced on Geekbench. With its 4GB of RAM, Android 9 ROM and 2.3GHz SoC, its specs hint at a new solid budget option waiting in the wings. Its TENAA listing supports this, as it states that this phone (possibly the Y3) has 3 cameras on its rear panel.
The Honor 20 and 20 Pro will be made with "Dynamic Holographic" design
Honor has released further detail on its upcoming 20 and 20 Pro flagships. They will feature "Dynamic Holographic design", an effect that will be apparent on their glass rear panels. The OEM has also revealed that this esthetic choice has shifted the phones' fingerprint sensors onto their frames.
Lenovo teases a new version of the Z6 with Ferrari branding on Weibo
Lenovo has just launched the Pro version of its Z6 flagship smartphone. Now, its Vice President, Chang Cheng, has reportedly posted a photo of another new variant for this device on Weibo. This is patently a different model, as it bears a Ferrari logo, which even the Z6 Pro lacks.
Samsung patents a display that can fold...into a brick
A new entry into the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) may show where Samsung may think foldable displays and their use in the future are headed. It depicts an electronic product that can lay flat, but can also be folded...into a 3D rectangle. This "display device", therefore, may be a new kind of convertible, although it does not really seem that portable.
Skullcandy releases Indy, its latest truly wireless earbuds
The popular audio company Skullcandy has unveiled Indy, a pair of truly wireless earbuds aimed at those wishing to get into this product category at a decent price. They offer IP55 ingress protection, Bluetooth 5.0 and a combined battery life of 16 hours for US$79.99.
US consumer safety body orders recall of a wireless charging pad
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has ordered the recall of a wireless charging pad sold by the company Imagine Nation Books due to a burn hazard. This order affects about 64,000 of these products circulating in the country. Those who have bought them are advised to return them for a refund without delay.
Some Google Pay users find the latest Android Q beta is not daily driver-ready the hard way
Google announced that the newest preview for the next version of Android would be made available on a total of 21 devices, including the more recent Pixel phones. Therefore, a relatively large number of users may have gained access to it already. Unfortunately, some of them now report that using Google Pay as normal is impossible while running this beta.
US consumers reportedly prefer Hisense TVs over those of this brand's competitors
A number of 'new brands' are emerging rapidly in the US smart TV market, despite being less than readily associated with this product category. Prominent examples include Hisense, TCL and Vizio. Recent research indicates that, of these, Hisense is regarded as the superior option among US customers.
Microsoft announces new solution to safeguard electronic voting systems
Microsoft has unveiled ElectionGuard, a software development kit (SDK) intended to make e-voting technology more secure. This open-source, encryption-enabled kit is intended to improve the polling systems to which it is applied. It will become available to polling officials via GitHub from the summer of 2019.
Qualcomm announces new levels of support for Google Assistant on its Smart Headset platform
Today (May 9, 2019), Qualcomm unveils support for Google Fast Pair and for Google Assistant on its current Smart Headset hardware platform. It incorporates the most up-to-date low-power Bluetooth audio SoCs the chip-maker has to offer. The new levels of support may enhance the advanced mobile-device audio experience consumers may expect these days.
Anker claims its new PowerIQ 3.0 technology is compatible with 100W charging
Anker has released details on its new PowerIQ chips to control its upcoming charging accessories. The OEM asserts that they are compatible with QuickCharge 3.0 and PowerDelivery (PD) platforms that charge at up to 100 watts (W). However, the first PowerIQ 3.0 product will be a 60W 2-port charger that can be used with a MacBook.
Huawei patents a new kind of notch-killer
The display notch has become one of the biggest polarizing factors in the smartphone industry. It has also resulted in a number of design tweaks to avoid it while maximizing screen real-estate. Huawei has patented an innovative form-factor that avoids the notch without resorting to one of these.
Epson releases a new 4K, HDR10 Pro Cinema projector
There are those who prefer their home cinema with the accent on the 'cinema'. To this end, Epson has made the Pro Cinema 6050UB 4K PRO-UHD projector. The OEM claims that its HDR10 rating, strong brightness and proprietary UltraBlack tech give the best and most accurate domestic theater experience possible.
Nubia Alpha leads flexible-display devices into JerryRigEverything testing
The Nubia Alpha is an innovative device that may pioneer a trend of wrap-around displays on wrist-worm devices. Its latest trick is to have appeared on the JerryRigEverything channel for durability testing. Can this much really be expected of a wearable with a flexible screen?
Sony IMX586 sensor and FHD AMOLED screen for Realme X confirmed
The X is Realme's next smartphone release. Previous leaks about this phone have suggested that it will have premium camera specs, in that its main sensor will be 48MP. This has been confirmed by its OEM ahead of its launch. Furthermore, the module in question will be the high-end Sony IMX586 that also graces the Redmi Note 7 Pro.
New putative color for the Motorola One Vision leaks out
According to some recent rumors, Motorola will release a phone called the One Vision. It is touted as a combination of a punch-hole display, a dual camera that incorporates a 48MP sensor and Android One. Its latest leak shows it in a new color, which makes only 2 for the prospective device so far.
The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are announced at Google I/O
Google I/O is now in full swing, and it will be until May 9, 2019. However, at least one major hardware-related announcement is out of the way already. The new mid-range Pixels are here, and they start at US$399.
The ZTE Axon 10 Pro goes on sale in China
ZTE's newest Axon-brand flagship, the 10 Pro, has been released for sale in China. It is touted as the world's first phone to be powered by the Snapdragon 855 and have the F2FS filesystem. Otherwise, the phone has a 48MP main camera, stereo speakers and a 5G variant.
OnePlus makes HDR10+ for the 7 Pro official
The OnePlus 7 Pro is already definitely associated with the UFS 3.0 standard ahead of its launch on May 14, 2019. Now, the OEM has confirmed that this phone will support HDR10+ content. In ongoing leak terms, it may also have had all its colorways exposed in more detail.
EU set to investigate possible anti-trust behavior by Apple, based on Spotify's complaints
The Financial Times claims that its sources have told it that the EU will indeed probe Apple's potential anti-competition business practices. The decision follows 'surveys' of interested parties such as Spotify, who claim that the Cupertino company rigs music consumption on the iOS platform in its own favor.
Some Google Fi customers are being charged full prices rather than their finance-agreement rates for phones
Google runs a virtual carrier in the States called Fi, through which customers can avail of interest-free instalment plans to pay for devices such as the Pixel 3. However, its support site is currently being flooded with complaints from such consumers who have had the full price for said phones taken out of their accounts.
The global notebook market will be worth just over US$100 billion in 6 years
The latest report by the market analysis group Grand View Research indicates that the laptop market will be worth US$108.91 billion worldwide by 2025. This is based on data collected from 2014 to 2019, and shows that the segment for the 2-in-1 category is projected to exhibit the most effective growth between then and now.
Nebra AnyBeam projector's Kickstarter ends, exceeding its goal by 57%
Nebra put its innovative projector, the AnyBeam, up as a reward for its crowdfunding campaign. The start-up claims that this product is the "world's first pocket laser projector". This, apparently, was quite the draw among backers, as this project has gained 1.57 times its original goal.
Dubious yet highly-detailed new leak hints at Kirin 980-powered tablets
XDA's editor-in-chief, Mishaal Rahman, claims to have a source who has given him information on a range of upcoming devices with Huawei's Kirin 980 processor. Some of them are alleged to have screens measuring 8.4 and 10.7 inches.
Firefox affected by bug that disables all the browser's extensions
Those who use the latest version of Firefox (66.6) may have noticed that their usual extensions have disappeared. This is due to a bug in this browser in which an expired certificate gives the impression that all of these add-ons are corrupt. Mozilla has stated that a fix is being rolled out at present.
Spotify reportedly pilots a new kind of in-app ad in the US
Spotify has reportedly rolled out a new kind of ad to grab user attention in the United States. The messages involved apparently encourage the user to give a voice command in order to navigate to relevant sponsored content. These ads are scarce at present, but could conceivably become more common should Spotify find them successful.
The Honor 20 Pro may be brand's next phone to bear punch-hole camera
The 20 Pro is an upcoming Honor flagship that may be in line for the telephoto lens also used in the Huawei P30 line. A newer leak suggests that it is also getting the in-display selfie camera originally seen in the Honor View 20. This recent post also possibly spoils the 20 Pro's retail packaging in part.
Microsoft releases new patch for Windows 10 1809
The next Windows 10 update, May 2019 (or 1903) is becoming available via early-access programs run by its maker. However, Microsoft is also still maintaining the current general build, 1809. This version of the OS now has a new patch that may fix a whole raft of issues.
Flexible, but not foldable? Samsung allegedly patents an overlapping display for smartphones
Samsung has apparently patented a type of display that extends over at least one edge of a smartphone's body onto its reverse side. LetsGoDigital asserts that the document it found on the subject suggests a number of applications for this tech. They may include switching 1 set of cameras between 'selfie' and 'main' modes.
New Turing dies set to put an end to the "two-tier" system for RTX cards
Reviewers and GPU aficionados have previously observed that there are two "classes" of the dies that make up NVIDIA RTX cards. They are essentially the TU10x-xxxA and TUx-xxx chips, the "A"s of which are approved for factory overclocking. However, new variants of the same dies negate this dichotomy.
Nubia Red Magic 3 international pre-orders become available, start at US$539
The Red Magic 3 is the first gaming phone to feature a physical fan. This stand-out Snapdragon 855 is set to be available to order in China from today (May 3, 2019). GizTop now also offers the possibility of ordering a truncated range of variants from outside this region. It starts by asking US$539 for a 6GB/64GB SKU.
New Huawei Mate 30 Pro leak suggests it will retain square camera, get bigger screen
Up-to-date rumors point to successors for the Huawei Mate 20 line this year. The latest leak on one variant of this series states that it will have the perfectly square rear camera pioneered last year in this series. It will also have a bigger screen, as well as a time-of-flight (TOF) module.
More alleged real-life OnePlus 7 Pro photos surface prior to its launch
An Indian media outlet claims to have found more "hands-on" images of the OnePlus 7 Pro. Much like the rest, they appear to confirm the phone's edge-to-edge screen, if little else about the phone. However, it must be said that they may lack a certain important, OEM-specific property.
Latest report shows 1 in every 3 smartwatches sold in 2019 so far was an Apple Watch
Counterpoint Research's latest data on the smartwatch market indicates that 48% more of these products were shipped in 2019's first quarter (1Q2019) compared to that of 2018. Apple still has a considerable majority in these terms. This may have something to do with the ECG functionality of its fourth-gen Watch.
Phishing on social media sites increased by nearly 75% in the 1st quarter of 2019
Vade Secure is an email-security company that produces a series of reports called "Phisher's Favorites". The 2019 first-quarter (1Q2019) issue shows that the targeting of social media by this kind of hacker has increased by 74.7% compared to 1Q2018. Facebook and Instagram are prominent example of the sites in question.
Turtle Beach releases Recon 70 headset for PlayStation and Xbox
The Recon 70 headset already exists for the Nintendo Switch; now, Turtle Beach has released variants of the same that are compatible with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The headphones have faux-leather cups over 40mm drivers, complemented by the OEM's flip-up mic.
More possible insights on Samsung Galaxy Note 10 "Pro" spill on YouTube
Arun Maini is a popular tech YouTuber who claims to be in contact with the also-famous leaker IceUniverse. The former has reportedly gained even more detail on the upcoming Galaxy Note "Pro" variants than the latter has posted to Twitter.
New pricing and benchmark leaks for the Pixel 3a/3a XL surface
Google will release its first mid-tier smartphones on May 7, 2019. It has been all but confirmed that they will be called the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. New tips on the subject claim to have more details on their prices in USD, as well as a new possible Geekbench score for the 3a.
Huawei's TV plans now allegedly involve 8K - and 5G
Huawei is rumored to release its first TV this year. Most recently, the outlet Nikkei Asian Review has reported that this product could have an 8K resolution when it comes out. It also alleges that the same device will have its own 5G connectivity.
LG V50 ThinQ launch reset for early May 2019
LG had planned to release its first-ever 5G smartphone, the V50 ThinQ, by now. However, some less-than-specified technical difficulties obliged the OEM to delay this event. It has now announced a new launch date for the phone: May 10, 2019.
Intel's upcoming Xe discrete GPUs support ray-tracing
Intel is currently preparing for the release of its new line of discrete graphics cards. Today (May 1, 2019), the company's senior principal engineer has officially confirmed that these new GPUs will support ray-tracing on a hardware basis. This puts them directly in Turing's firing-line - or possibly vice-versa.
The Sero is a new TV by Samsung that can go into portrait mode
Samsung has unveiled a new line of TVs in South Korea recently. However, rather than being mere flat content-displays, this new line is apparently designed to fit into the 'millennial' lifestyle. To this end, one of them, the Sero, can be switched between horizontal and vertical orientations.
The Unisoc Tiger 310: Snapdragon 845 cores in a new, entry-level form
The Unisoc Tiger T310 combines 3 ARM Cortex-A55 cores and 1 A75 core. This arrangement, as the OEM claims, makes it the world's first quad-core 4G/LTE SoC for smartphones. Therefore, the new chipset is a potentially affordable way to gain near-state-of-the-art performance.
Foxconn reportedly looks to lock down next-gen iPhone display contracts with forays into microLED
Foxconn's reported directions as regards display technology production have sparked speculation that the iPhones of the future may have microLED displays. This next-gen form of screen is starting to manifest in TVs at this point. However, Foxconn may think it is also the future of smartphone panels.
The Meizu 17 may re-use the Zero smartphone design
Meizu's next major phone release after the 16s may be the 17. A Chinese blog claims to have gotten hold of promotional images that point to 5G for this device. It also now claims that Meizu may apply the design for the failed Zero concept phone to the 17.
OnePlus 7 Pro preview confirms 3X optical zoom for the phone
The Verge has reported on access it was allowed to a near-production unit of the upcoming OnePlus 7 Pro. The outlet is in a position to state that one of the phone's main cameras has 3X optical zoom as a result. In other news, IceUniverse has claimed to be able to affirm the notchless, curved nature of the 7 Pro's screen.
Massdrop becomes Drop, announces new range of own-brand products
Massdrop has become increasingly well-known among the tech community as a company that makes or sources products based on the feedback given by its customers. This has released in novel electronics such as the Massdrop x Sennheiser audio range. It has announced a re-brand: it will simply be called Drop in the future.
Royole offers first 2019 batch of FlexPais for pre-order in China
The Royole FlexPai had been available in China in December 2018, but only in pre-order form. No new units have been offered in subsequent events - until now. The company had reportedly put the flexible phone back on the retail site Tmall in April 2019.
OnePlus 7 Pro scores DisplayMate's highest accolade, even prior to its launch
The Pro variant is OnePlus' newest marketing tag, and will be used for the first time to differentiate one variant of the upcoming 7 flagship from another. DisplayMate has announced that it has given this phone its "highest A+" rating. Therefore, the OnePlus 7 Pro now goes into its May 2019 launch under this additional expectation.
Intel CEO says effects of chip shortage likely to persist into 3rd quarter of 2019
Intel's new chief executive officer (CEO), Bob Swan, has conceded that the company's "supply constraints" may still impact on the diversity of the chipsets it offers as this year goes on. Swan has admitted that this will be a "challenge", even in the 3rd quarter of 2019. Then again, he has also committed to never allowing this to affect customers again.
Nikon's latest sale offers numerous discounts on its Z Series full-frame cameras, some DSLRs and lenses
Today (28 April 2019), Nikon opens its "Capture the Savings" event. It offers "instant savings" on products such as the award-winning Z Series full-frame camera bodies, as well as the D-series DLSRs and many types of Nikkor lenses. Most of these deals are available until 1 June 2019.
Google Maps reported to show blank screen on some Wear OS watches
Some users of Android smartwatches have complained that Google Maps fails to show any information following its newest updates. This issue was originally thought to affect Ticwatch devices only, but has also been reported on watches from other OEMs. To date, it appears that uninstalling updates is the only valid fix.
More details on X570 motherboards allegedly leaked
The X570 chipset is compatible with AMD's upcoming Ryzen 3000 series. So far, we have been led to believe that it will support PCIe 4.0 and will, obviously, next-gen performance and speed. A new leak appears to confirm its all-4.0 nature, as well as the number of USB ports an X570 motherboard may have.
Fortnite faces legal battle over allegedly stolen likenesses in game's Emotes
A law firm has filed a suit against Epic Games on behalf of its client, a musician who believes his trademark appearance and moves have been stolen in order to build one of the Emotes found in the game Fortnite. These Emotes are Battle Royale features that often require micro-transactions in order to be enabled.
Latest stable update for OnePlus 5/5T brings April security patch, fixes some things
The OnePlus 5 and 5T have been updated to OxygenOS 9.0.5, a software update that raises the 2017 flagships' security patch level to April 2019. It also addresses some problems with calls in third-party apps reported by users. This update also makes the first-party phone app more stable.
OPPO Reno allegedly uses Nokia's OZO audio technology
The latest OPPO smartphones use OZO, a form of audio capture developed by Nokia. This claim can reportedly be found in the latter's first-quarter financial report for 2019. The rest of this report apparently makes for less intriguing reading.
Nintendo financial report confirms new Pokemon and Zelda titles in 2019
Nintendo's latest earnings report covers the years ending March 2018 and 2019. They show generally positive results, including a 13.7% year-on-year increase in net sales. The text of this report also states that the release of Pokemon Shield, Pokemon Sword and the Link's Awakening remake are indeed set for this year.
A data-security company claims that up to 42% of used hard-drives sold on eBay still have important data on them
The device-diagnostics company Blancco claims to have bought over 100 second-hand hard drives on the eBay sites of 4 different counties, to see what data, if any, could be accessed on them. It claims that 42% of these drives still stored information from their previous owners that can be thought of as sensitive.
Intel reports first-quarter earnings for 2019
Intel has made its earnings report for the first quarter of this financial year (Q1FY2019) available to the public. In it, overall revenue is described as "flat" compared to Q1FY2018. Its "data" business has declined by 5% in the same terms, although its "PC-centric" revenues are up 4%.
The 8K tech market will be worth US$68 billion in 7 years
The 4K display standard is likely to be immediately succeeded by its 8K counterpart in the fullness of time. ResearchandMarkets has estimated that, even though this next-gen solution only pulled in about US$2 billion worldwide in 2017, this will increase to just over $68 billion in 2026.
The start-up Coolgeek has made a coffee table that is also a speaker
Need an original twist on the common-or-garden wireless speaker? The start-up Coolgeek might have you covered with their new Soundesk product. It is a round glass coffee table with a conical aluminum stand - that also houses a 360-degree speaker. The Soundesk can work via Bluetooth or an AUX cable for allegedly clear, high-quality sound.
Windows to increase minimum storage requirements for 1903 update
The May 2019 update is set to be the next major upgrade to Windows 10. However, those with older machines may have particular trouble with getting it to work after installing it. This is because Microsoft has raised the minimum recommended hard-drive storage to support doing so to 32GB.
Shenzhen becomes first Chinese city to get 5G
China Unicom has deployed a 5G network in an area of Shenzhen called the Qianhai-Shekou Free Trade Zone. This makes China one of only 3 countries with the new generation of wireless networks. The carrier is now planning exhibitions of 5G applications in the Zone.
Nubia Red Magic 3 allegedly destroys benchmarking test...again
MyDrivers has reported that the upcoming third-gen Nubia gaming phone has made it through the Master Lu benchmark. However, the Red Magic 3 had allegedly made this trip before, posting a 470,000+ score. This new apparent result is comparably impressive.
Leaked email hints at new Samsung Galaxy Fold release date
The Samsung Galaxy Fold was supposed to see an official release tomorrow (April 26, 2019). However, as many of us know by now, teething problems uncovered by reviewers have postponed the launch of this next-gen smartphone. A tweet allegedly referencing an AT&T email suggests that it will now take place in June.
Lenovo claims its new Z6 Pro has scored over 200,000 reservations in a single day
Lenovo officially launched the Z6 Pro, a new flagship smartphone, in China only 2 days ago. Now, the OEM has released a celebratory poster on Weibo claiming that this device has attracted over 200,000 reservations already. Then again, these clicks do not necessarily presage actual orders, which will begin on April 29, 2019.
OPPO Reno series set for release in international markets
As part of its international roll-out, the European prices for the OPPO Reno series have been announced. The base model will cost €500 (about US$557), whereas the one with 10X zoom will be €800 (~US$892). The 5G variant of the same will be €100 (a total of $1003) more than this.
New cheaper Nintendo Switch now rumored to launch in June 2019
It has been projected that Nintendo is preparing 2 new versions of its latest console this year. One of them, a 'budget' model, has been slated for a release in 2 months in a new Bloomberg report. It also states that the other 2nd-gen Switch will be a "modest upgrade".
Alleged Intel release roadmap shows no 10nm until 2021
The latest reports on the subject of new Intel platforms suggest that the first 10-nanometer (nm) chipsets will be here later in 2019. However, according to a new image characterized as the company's latest release schedule, this does not apply to commercial CPUs. It puts the launch of the next-gen architecture at the 3rd quarter of 2021.
OnePlus 7 Pro's European pricing is allegedly revealed on Twitter
The OnePlus 7 Pro could cost the rough equivalent of $US928 in one of its markets. At least, this is what the prolific leaker Ishan Agarwal has apparently heard. A Tweet from this individual has set out the apparent memory SKUs of this upcoming phone, as well as their respective prices in Euros.
Creative releases the Outlier Air true-wireless earbuds
Creative has finally joined the true wireless earphone market with the new Outlier Air buds. They boast IP5X ingress protection, 10 hours of playback on a single charge and graphene in their driver-diaphragms. These Bluetooth 5.0 buds retail for US$79.99 on the OEM's own website.
OPPO named as fastest-growing OEM in 2018's premium smartphone space
The latest figures on the global premium smartphone market reportedly show that OPPO increased its share of it by a stunning 863% in 2018. This stripped out comparable performances on the part of competitors such as Xiaomi and even Huawei. On the other hand, it did not threaten Apple's place at the top of this market.
MS Paint has been spared discontinuation (again)
Microsoft had announced a plan to finally put the legacy app Paint to rest in future versions of Windows. However, as with the last time the company tried this, it was met with user pressure to retain the beloved old drawing utility. As a result, it has subsequently been revealed that it will make it to 1903.
iPads may finally gain mouse support with iOS 13
The tech leaker Stephen Troughton-Smith has supported a rumor that an iPad will gain the ability to pair properly with a mouse with the next iOS update. This new feature will allegedly be a new accessibility option in the new upgrade. However, it is not clear if the rumor applies to wireless, wired or both in terms of these peripherals yet.
New leak points to 90Hz screen (plus an actual internal fan) for the Red Magic 3
The Red Magic Mars is probably what Nubia's 2019 gaming phone will be called. It is already linked to the Snapdragon 855 and an improved battery capacity. Today (April 23, 2019), Roland Quandt has posted a new rumor that this upcoming device will have a cutting-edge 90Hz screen.
Canon is now allegedly linked to an upcoming 63MP sensor
A photography blog claims to have discovered a specs sheet for a new Canon sensor with a whopping 63MP resolution. This new module is intended for a full-frame (i.e. 35mm) camera, and has pixels of 37 micrometers in size. Should this leak prove real, this new sensor could compete well with new 60MP counterparts from Sony.
The Lenovo Z6 Pro is officially released
Lenovo's latest flagship smartphone has been released today (April 23, 2019), as scheduled. Its launch confirms the presence of a quadruple rear camera, which incorporates a 48MP module as expected. Besides this, it has a Snapdragon 855 processor, a 12GB RAM variant and a 4000mAh battery.
Realme 3 Pro is released in India
In accordance with previous reports, the Realme 3 Pro has been released to the Indian market today (22 April, 2019). It offers the Snapdragon 710 processor in a package with up to 6GB of RAM, an AI-enhanced selfie camera and gradient color options. The Realme 3 Pro starts at the equivalent of US$200.
WhatsApp to update its current set of emoji stickers; is working on animated ones, too
WhatsApp is reportedly working on animated stickers in its latest betas. This enables a user to superimpose a a moving piece of art (e.g. a drawing or character) on a message. A blog has also apparently found that the app is going to replace its existing emoji design with a new one.
Facebook researchers develop AI method to convert videos of people into playable game characters
A trio of IT researchers affiliated with Facebook have created a new method to turn a video of an individual performing a series of actions (e.g. a dance) into a 3D 'game character'. This character - and its associated movements - can then be transposed onto a new background. The researchers assert that this background could interact with said character.
Alleged case-maker's impressions for iPhone "XI and XI Max" appear to confirm square camera module yet again
By now, it is likely that you have read at least one rumor that the typical lozenge shape of the main iPhone camera module will mutate into a perfect square this year. The latest possible leak on the subject seems to confirm this design decision. It involves images of a case-mould for what may be 2 new iPhones.
The company behind the YotaPhone declares bankruptcy
Yota is an OEM associated with innovative dual-screen phones of the same name. It made its last such device in 2017, and hadn't been heard from since. Now, it has emerged that Yota has filed for bankruptcy in the Cayman Islands.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti listed on certification authority site in custom ASUS form
The new NVIDIA 1650 card is to be unleashed soon. However, it seems there is also a Ti variant of this graphics solution in the works. ASUS has apparently developed several different models of this new GPU, which have surfaced on the Russian ECC certification database.
The Huawei P30 Pro demonstrates improved durability compared to its predecessor
Huawei's latest flagship is the P30 Pro, a phone that has many advantages over its 2018 counterpart. It now appears that it also performed better in the JerryRigEverything bend test than the P20 Pro. On the other hand, it seems this premium device has potential deficiencies in other areas.
LG allegedly patents a triple selfie camera
A smartphone leaks blog claims to have unearthed a patent filed by LG in which a phone with a triple selfie camera is depicted. The phone in question could easily be a V50 ThinQ, except for the three distinctly lens-like sensors visible in its notch. This, then could suggest the next generation of LG phone design.
OnePlus 7 launch date to be announced "next Tuesday"
We may think we know when the next OnePlus flagship will be officially unveiled. However, the company's chief executive officer (CEO) has stated that the applicable rumors will be confirmed or denied on April 23, 2019. Judging by the typical product cycle associated with this company, the event itself is likely to follow in about a month from then.
AMD's 7nm+ Zen 3 chips could have a 20% greater transistor density over Zen 2
The Zen 2-based Ryzen, EPYC and Threadripper chipsets should make for exciting launches soon. This is because their state-of-the-art 7nm architectures should deliver performance improvements in many areas compared to their Zen+ predecessors. However, it appears that the Zen 3s of the future are shaping up to be even better already.
Has the existence of GTA VI really been leaked...in a resume?
Recently, the gaming community has been set alight with rumors that Grand Theft Auto will get a new version soon. This has come about as a result of the discovery of an online resume belonging to a "3D game artist" who lists the heretofore unseen title among his experiences at Rockstar Games. This individual also specifically claims a role in GTA 5's DLC.
Windows 10 May Update now available via Insider Preview
Microsoft has made the next upcoming version of Windows 10 available via its Insider Preview program. It is called 1903, or the May 2019 Update. An SDK for this build is also now ready to download.
The iPhone XR was Apple's top seller in the US for February 2019
A new report from Counterpoint Research has found that, of all Apple smartphones, the iPhone XR did the best in the US market in the month of February 2019. Of those who bought this device, 20% of those already using iOS upgraded from the 7, whereas 32% more exchanged models older than this for the XR. Counterpoint also found that the XR was responsible for the greatest conversion from Android to this platform in February.
Shopping around online before buying a new phone could save you about 40%: new research
Want a new phone? Fine, but clicking 'Pay Now' on the first listing you see for it could cost you. The analyst firm Minderest has found that there is a margin of as much as 41.3% between the worst and best prices for the same device online. According to this report, WirelessBoss gives the best deals on average.
Meizu is working on its own pop-up camera phone: new report
The pop-up selfie camera is an increasingly common alternative to the display notch in smartphones. A Chinese media outlet claims that Meizu has joined the list of OEMs who are at least planning such devices. This version may rise from a central position in the top of a given chassis.
First Galaxy Fold teardown reveals masterpiece of Samsung design
Some review units of the Samsung Galaxy Fold have developed worrying tendencies to exhibit display failures. However, consumers who have ordered the device themselves may rest easier in the knowledge that their new flexible phone is apparently well-constructed. The first Galaxy Fold dissembler has indicated that the main screen is easy to replace.
The Honor 20i with a 32MP selfie shooter is now available in China
Honor's latest phone, the 20i, has been launched in China. This phone has a 32MP front-facing camera in its U-shaped notch. In addition, the new phone has a 6.21-inch IPS-LCD full-HD screen, triple rear cameras and the Kirin 710 processor. Its prices start at 1,599 RMB (about US$238) for a 4GB SKU.
At least one new iPhone will have a super-wide-angle camera: Ming-Chi Kuo
The prolific Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's latest prediction concerning the 2019 iPhones indicate that at least one of them will have triple rear cameras, augmented by an improved wide-angle lens in one module. In addition, the new devices' selfie cameras may be upgraded. On the other hand, they are likely to retain a notch and glass rear panels.
OnePlus CEO's tweet appears to confirm some rumors about the OEM's next flagship
OnePlus' chief executive, Pete Lau, posted a tweet with more details on a "new device", as promised. It mainly consisted of what could be a new tagline for 2019, in addition to a short video showing a device that could have curved sides and nothing along its top edge. This, then, may be the rumored 7 Pro.
OnePlus 3/3T: new OxygenOS beta based on Android Pie available now
A new version of OxygenOS for the OnePlus 3 and 3T is finally here. However, there are a few slight caveats: it is still in beta (albeit an official Community Beta), and thus may still have some bugs. On the other hand, it has an up-to-date security patch - and is based on Android Pie (9.0).
TikTok video app banned from Google and Apple app stores in Indian jurisdiction
The Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has ordered Google and Apple to remove the app TikTok from their respective stores. This ban has followed allegations that the service increases the risk of child abuse. TikTok can now appeal this ruling on dates set for about a week from today (April 17, 2019).
Google Maps now auto-completes addresses from a browser's clipboard; no paste needed
An XDA contributor has noticed that Google Maps has gained the ability to scan a mobile device's clipboard for addresses. This enables it to suggest an address that has been copied from, say, Chrome, in its search bar without the need for a button or option to paste it. It is not clear when this new feature of Maps arose.
LG V50 Korean launch has been delayed
The V50 is LG's first 5G-enabled device, and was scheduled for release during an event on April 19, 2019. However, the OEM has issued a statement saying that this launch is now postponed. No reasons were given for this, although it is known that 5G services in South Korea are experiencing technical difficulties.
Samsung Galaxy Buds: latest update adds voice-control via Bixby, other new features
Samsung designed the Galaxy Buds as a wireless audio companion for devices such as the Galaxy S10s. However, they have recently improved in this capacity through a new software update. It allows the user to operate them using Bixby alone if they choose.
Casio announces a new G-SHOCK MT-G connected watch with "Vibrant Red" strap
Casio has unveiled a new addition to the MT-G line of G-SHOCKs. It has Bluetooth connectivity so as to maintain accurate time via a dedicated phone app. This new 'bright red' MT-G is rated for 200M water- and shock- resistance, as well as its maker's 'tough' solar technology to stay charged.
Parrot launches the new ANAFI thermal imaging-enabled drone
Parrot has unveiled its latest drone. The new ANAFI not only allows for 4K video in both live and recorded formats, but also has a high-end FLIR mode for thermal imaging. It can fly over potential dangerous hot-spots for up to 26 minutes on a single battery's charge for professional-grade safety and thermal gradient monitoring.
Google Pay gains the ability to import rewards, loyalty cards and deals from Gmail
Google Pay has gained more functionality in a new update. It involves the ability to 'scan' Gmail for information on a user's financial perks and other info. This includes rewards from using loyalty cards or other similar systems.
The first Samsung 5nm SoC is ready for sampling
Samsung has announced that it is finally in a position to send samples of its new, ground-breaking 5nm processor technology to its customers. The OEM claims that this new architecture brings 25% improvements in logic-area efficiency compared to 7nm, with up to 10% potential performance enhancements.
36% of US households with high-speed internet own at least one smart speaker by now
A new report released by Parks Associates has found that 36% of US households with broadband-level internet connections also owned at least 1 voice-controlled smart speaker in early 2019. This data suggests that these connected devices are becoming more popular, and that their use as automatic home controls may be getting more and more familiar.
No, Apple has not taken up that 5G modem offer: Huawei
Huawei recently held its own in-house Analyst Summit for 2019. During a Q&A at this event, its representatives reportedly confirmed that Apple has not responded to its proposal to sell it the 5G modems it needs for its iPhones. This offer had recently been made publicly, possibly to highlight the fact that one OEM can use next-gen radio bands and the other cannot.
New, "exclusive" OnePlus 7 renders look suspiciously like the 6T
The OnePlus 7 may launch alongside some new variants for 2019 sometime next month. However, if a new leak from PriceBaba is to be believed, it could easily be mistaken for its predecessor at its launch. This site claims that the 7 will have a teardrop-notched screen, a glass back and dual cameras - just like the 6T.
A Dutch competition authority is investigating Apple, Google for the possibility of app-store monopoly
Google and Apple provide and maintain 2 of the largest app markets in the world. The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets has decided to investigate them with regard to how third-party developers are treated on these platforms compared to their respective first-party counterparts.
Dark Mode may make it to the next major iOS update
A new report indicates that iOS 12's successor may gain a system-wide dark mode. In addition, this OS upgrade will lose the requirement for a profile in order to manage fonts. iPads may also get a version of Safari that defaults to desktop mode in iOS 13.
Dual-screened Nubia X is issued with new Android Pie beta
The Nubia X is one of a very few phones with working displays on both sides. It also now has Android 9 (Pie), albeit in beta form. Its maker is releasing it in a form that requires installation via local upgrade.
TSMC set to start making Kirin 985 and Apple A13 Bionic SoCs in 2nd half of 2019
Apple and Huawei are some of a handful of smartphone OEMs that develop in-house chipsets. Their upcoming 2019 generations - the A13 Bionic and Kirin 985 CPUs respectively - are now said to be nearly ready for production in earnest soon. They are both 7nm and are being fabricated by the same chipmaker: TSMC.
AMD Navi could see launch on July 7, 2019: latest rumor
The next generation of AMD cards based on the Navi architecture could be unveiled at Computex this year. However, according to some other rumors, they could also have their own dedicated release event on July 7 this year. It would be a good choice of date, as the potential success of Navi hangs on its state-of-the-art 7nm nature.
OnePlus 7 series to launch on May 14: new rumor
The well-known tipster Ishan Agarwal has announced on Twitter that he has found out when the new OnePlus devices will be unveiled: May 14. This has not been confirmed by the OEM; however, the date is in line with its launch schedule from last year. According to rumors, this year will see multiple variants of the device in question.
A software update for the Huawei Mate 20 line is in the works
With the release of the P30 and P30 Pro, the Mate 20 series is now the second-latest generation of Huawei flagships. However, it appears the OEM is still maintaining an update schedule for these devices. It has announced a new beta program for EMUI 9.1 (based on Android 9) for these phones.
The next Xiaomi Black Shark is set to have a headphone jack
Xiaomi's Black Shark 2 is a powerful gaming phone that can be spec'd out to as much as 12GB in RAM. However, it does have one drawback: no 3.5mm jack. However, a brand spokesperson has indicated that this discrepancy will be rectified in its successor.
An app calling itself Google Wallet is scamming access to users' accounts
Google Wallet has reportedly gained access to a number of Google accounts over the last few days. That would be fine and all - if the official iteration of this app still existed. It was discontinued and absorbed into Google Pay some time ago, meaning that this name may now be used by scammers to steal user payment details or funds.
LG may think the future of its smartphones is rollable
Earlier this year, the chief technical officer (CTO) of LG Electronics gave an interview in which he hinted at the possibility of smartphones that may be capable of rolling up completely rather than simply folding in the future. Now, a blog claims to have found a number of patents filed by this OEM that point to relevant form factors.
New Skype Insider Preview build adds screen-sharing on iOS and Android
Skype for Mobile now offers the user an option to share their screen with a caller. This could enable people on a Skype call to share things such as slideshows, webpages, a homescreen and so on. The new function is found in the '...' menu on the mobile version of this app.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 line did better in its 1st week of US sales compared to the Galaxy S9/S9+ by 16%
Samsung sold 16% more units of its early 2019 flagships compared to those of their predecessors in the first week of sales in the United States. These are the results of a new report conducted by Counterpoint Research. This group also now concludes that the Galaxy S10s are Samsung's best chance of regaining the majority of this market yet.
Huawei claims the P30/P30 Pro took only 10 seconds to sell out in China
Huawei launched sales of the P30 and P30 Pro in China yesterday (April 11, 2019). It now asserts that it took only 10 seconds for it to run out of stock of the new flagships during this event. The OEM reportedly earned 200 million yuan (about US$29.8 million) in this process.
Apple procures pledges from Foxconn, TSMC to fulfil its orders using renewable energy
Apple has convinced its main manufacturing partners, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Foxconn, to makes its parts and/or devices using green energy by 2020. This achievement is a big part of the OEM's current drive towards making its business as sustainable as possible.
Reno killed the OPPO R star - confirmed by OEM CEO
Any direct successor for the R17 is dead; long live Reno. This is the main message of an interview given by OPPO's CEO, Shen Yiren, that took place after the launch of the latter earlier this week. Accordingly, this new brand, in conjunction with the new Find Z, will pick up where the R-line left off.
The new mid-range Snapdragon SoCs (665, 730 & 730G) go to AnTuTu for testing
The Snapdragon processors 665, 730 and 730G are Qualcomm's latest mid-range SoCs. The 730G is particularly interesting as it is a specifically gaming-focused chipset. AnTuTu was able to test these new products and compare them to their predecessors. The results are unexpected in parts.
Surface Pro variants with Snapdragon processors may be in the works
The future of Microsoft PCs such as the Surface Pro may yet be Qualcomm-based. A new report on the development of Windows on ARM includes references to several prototypes from this line with Snapdragon processors rather than those from Intel. Therefore, this prospect may now be more feasible than ever.
Nepalese authorities order nationwide ban on PUBG
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, or PUBG for short, is one of the Korean studio Bluehole's biggest success stories. However, some state regulators seem not to like it as much as its millions of players do. Nepal is the latest country to ban the game, citing detrimental effects on children and teenagers.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G users complain that their phones drop signal while switching to 4G
According to a new report in the Korean media, those who have bought Samsung's 5G edition of the Galaxy S10 face a significant new issue with these devices. It seems that these phones fail to connect to 4G when the new radio bands are not available. As they have separate antennas for both kinds of mobile data, this should not be happening.
More details on new Disney+ streaming service to be made available soon
The new Disney+ streaming service will entail a mixture of old and new shows from all of the studios under its umbrella. This, therefore, includes Lucasfilm, 21st Century Fox, Pixar and Marvel. Therefore, Netflix may indeed forfeit several lucrative series-length titles as Disney parts company with it in 2019. This year should also see much more granular detail on what this new subscription has to offer.
Swisscom and Qualcomm are first to a consumer-grade 5G service in Europe
Qualcomm and Swisscom have announced the implementation of Europe's first commercial 5G service. These telecommunication and technology corporations had set up a partnership to deliver this next-generation mobile data standard in Switzerland. This will also now enable other firms who operate in the same country to offer 5G products and hardware.
AnTuTu releases its first score for the OPPO Reno 10X Zoom Edition
AnTuTu has taken to Weibo to present the first benchmark score derived from the newly-released OPPO Reno line. It is associated with the '10X Zoom' variant, which has a Snapdragon 855 processor and 6GB of RAM. This alleged super-camera-phone has returned a result of 369254, which is just about what is expected of its flagship SoC.
Apple to phase iTunes out in favor of standalone media apps in future versions of macOS
iTunes, the unified account by which Apple apps and services are accessed on devices such as Macs, seems to have been around forever. However, it also appears that this is no longer the case. A 9to5Mac contributor has confirmed rumors that the new protocol Marzipan is being used to make new apps (e.g. Apple TV) that do not require this old system on macOS.
New Pixel 3a and 3a XL case renders appear to confirm 3.5mm jack and other features
The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are reportedly set for release at the next Google I/O event. They may be cheaper versions of the original 3 line, although they may retain advantages such as timely Android updates. A newly-leaked set of case renders for the 2 phones appear to show that they will also have headphone jacks.
Sharp teases its own foldable phone prototype
Sharp has thrown its hat into the foldable-device ring by displaying its own device built around a flexible OLED panel. This screen will apparently measure 6.18-inches and have a 1440 x 3040 resolution when part of a finished product. Interestingly, it takes a clamshell form-factor and folding action, which is also associated with no companies besides Motorola at this point.
Action-cam market set to be worth US$10.25 billion by 2026
The action camera market is projected to be worth over $10 billion in 7 years. It has been found to be made up of the popular brands in this space, such as GoPro, Sony, Olympus, Garmin and others. This market is reportedly driven by increasing levels of disposable income and interest in relevant outdoor pursuits.
YouTube calculates that it has 265 million active users in India, expects this to roughly double by 2020
YouTube has amassed a 265 million-stong user based in the Indian market. Speaking at a recent Google conference, the service's CEO, Susan Wojcicki, projected that this number would grow further to 500 million by next year. The executive attributed this to the availability of 4G in this country.
Canon updates its EOS Rebel compact DSLR camera line with APS-C, an LCD touchscreen and 4K
Canon has launched the EOS Rebel SL3, the latest in this line of compact DLSRs. This model is capable of 4K reconding, a first for the EOS Rebel series. It does so with its 24.1 megapixel (MP) APS-C sensor, which is compatible with EF and EF-S lenses. The EOS Rebel is capable of various autofocus settings, and has a completely adjustable LCD touchscreen.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 now rumored to come in 4 different variants
Earlier, it had been speculated that the update to the Galaxy Note series to be released later in 2019 would feature more than 1 version. Now, a Korean news agency claims that its sources have increased this potential number to 4. Samsung may be planning this deviation from the norm in order to accomodate the 5G-flagship trend that has already taken hold this year.
Windows 10 reportedly up and running on a developer's OnePlus 6T
Remember the Pixel 3 XL that surfaced on Twitter while booting Windows? Well, its owner is back and has turned the same skills on the OnePlus 6T. The phone reportedly booted the OS, then proceeded to successfully run it and start a number of apps, including a game.
WhatsApp may be preparing a version of its app for iPad
WhatsApp has nearly always been available on iOS, but not on iPads. However, as these tablets come with SIM-enabled variants, some users would probably like the option. The app's developers may now be working on a new beta that is optimized for these Apple slates.
Apple may have a new prospect for 5G modems: Huawei
Apple may be obliged to delay its adoption of 5G until 2020 at the earliest. This is due to its ongoing feud with Qualcomm, who, as it is claimed, will not sell the necessary hardware to the Cupertino company. More recently, Huawei has said it may sell its own modems to Apple.
MIT has reportedly "severed ties" with Huawei and ZTE
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) vice-president of research Maria Zuber has stated that the university will discontinue its new and existing partnerships with the OEMs ZTE and Huawei. This decision is reportedly connected to suspicions that the two companies have violated US sanctions.
HTC has discontinued 9 of its own Android apps in the last 3 months
HTC is widely regarded as a smartphone OEM on the ropes. Now, AppBrain's data on the company has shown that it has taken 9 of its apps, including its in-house Sense launcher, off Google's Play Store between February and April 2019. This could be a bad sign, but may also mean that the company is simply re-designing or re-assigning them.
The Nokia X71 is now on sale in China
Nokia's new punch-hole camera phone, the X71, has been launched in China today (April 8, 2019). This device is a variant of the 7 Plus, but with a triple rear camera set-up. It is available in 6/64GB or 6/128GB configurations.
TSMC will fire on all 7nm-making cylinders by the next half of 2019: new report
According to a new report by DigiTimes, the uptake of 7nm chips from TSMC was at its lowest 2019 ebb in the first quarter of this year (1Q2019). However, the company expects its orders to push its relevant processes to their full capacity in 3Q2019. The firm has also started using the improved EUV method for the production of 7nm dies.
AMD's EPYC Rome CPUs could have double the PCIe lanes of the corresponding Intel chipset
A blog called ServertheHome has drawn on the latest leaks and info on EPYC Rome to conclude that it could have between 128 and 160 PCIe lanes. By contrast, the competing Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 solution may have only 80. On top of that, the Xeon's lanes may be Gen3, whereas Rome is likely to have Gen4.
Huawei's new 40-watt, 12000mAh power bank set for April 11 release
Huawei is set to release its latest power bank for sale for the first time in China. This will take place in the coming week (on April 11, 2019). The OEM alleges that this power bank is compatible with devices that can charge at 40 watts. This includes the P30 line of smartphones, as well as some Matebooks.
Redmi executive reportedly shoots down idea of pop-up cameras for the brand
Front-facing cameras that are hidden inside the body of a phone, and can deploy at need, are gaining steam in 2019. They leave the display in question with an improved body-to-screen ratio, but also require extra moving parts. Redmi's general manager has reportedly rubbished speculation that this brand may adopt 'pop-up camera' technology.
MiLi wants to make any table into a wireless charging accessory
MiLi is a company that integrates its Furniture Mate wireless-charging pad into any table-top. It aims this product at those in the service industry and also to those who want decor that can charge an increasing number of phones at home. MiLi also makes the Table Mate, a similar pad that can be attached to nearly any table.
Android TV has ads in its launcher now
XDA contributors have noticed that the latest update to the Android TV OS has resulted in the appearance of "sponsored content" on the launcher visible from several kinds of device. They include the Sony Bravia X900F, the Mi Box 3 and NVIDIA's Shield TV. At present, this can be circumvented by uninstalling the updates from a specific app.
OPPO reportedly confirms 10X zoom and 48MP camera for new Reno line
OPPO has apparently released a promotional poster detailing the new carmera set-up of the upcoming Reno phone. It includes possible references to the long-awaited 10X zoom feature, as well as a main rear camera that is the 48MP Sony IMX586. The other two are a super-wide-angle 8MP module, accompanied by the 13MP shooter that will contain the new kind of zoom technology.
Aukey unveils Dynamic Detect, a new fast-charging solution for USB-PD chargers
Aukey, a common name in USB power and mobile-device accessories, has launched a new technology called Dynamic Detect. It allows a dual-port USB-Power Delivery (USB-PD) charger to recognize the number of devices connected to it and allocate its full wattage accordingly. This could allow an ultrabook to fast-charge at the full wattage it needs.
Xiaomi is cutting support for several older Redmi phones
Xiaomi normally has a decent reputation for keeping its phones updated with new versions of MIUI, its version of Android. However, the OEM has recently announced that some Redmi phones from 2017 or earlier will no longer be receiving this support. It means that these devices will see no further software development, although they may still receive regular security updates.
Samsung Galaxy S10 fingerprint sensor reported hacked on Reddit
The under-display fingerprint sensor built into the new Samsung Galaxy S10 is often perceived as the most secure. This is due to its state-of-the-art, ultrasonic nature that builds a 3D map of the user biometric in question. A Reddit user has claimed to have fooled it with a mock print made of resin.
Xiaomi reportedly set to release a new telescope for its 'Fan Day'
Xiaomi is said to be on the point of releasing a new product for 2019. This product is to be called the Star Trang telescope, and will be available for sale on April 9. It is set to cost about US$89, and is one of many gadgets the OEM may release for its "Fan Day" event in China.
New iPad Mini found to be less breakable than new iPad Pro
The iPad Mini has been refreshed for 2019. Saying that, it does not have many new features, besides the A12 Bionic chip that is also found in the latest iPhones. This new little slate went through JerryRigEverything's tests, and was found to bend, but not flake apart like the iPad Pro 2018.
Qualcomm lets its CFO and Executive Committee member go
Qualcomm has announced that George Davis, an executive who had served as the company's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the past 6 years, has left the firm. His immediate successor is David Wise, who also acts as senior vice-president and treasurer for the chipmaking giant. However, Qualcomm is also looking for a new CFO to replace him in the long term.
OPPO's latest patent may be for the strangest pop-up phones yet
Pop-up components in smartphones are becoming increasingly familiar concepts in anti-notch technology. However, a tech blog claims to have uncovered patents that suggest the OEM OPPO is considering a different approach to them. The 'pop-ups' portrayed in them deploy things besides selfie cameras.
Verizon unexpectedly launches its 5G network - making the Samsung Galaxy S10 the world's second 5G phone
Verizon has started generating 5G service, surprising many in the industry as its launch date had been set from about a week from now. On the other hand, it is only available in either Chicago or Minneapolis, and in restricted areas of these 2 cities. Nevertheless, it means that the Moto Z3 is technically the world's first 5G phone.
Newly-discovered Google patent suggests unique strap-release mechanism for the Pixel Watch
The Pixel Watch is still rumored to be Google's first own-brand smartwatch. The company has added fuel to the rumor-fire to this effect by filing a patent for a new kind of watch-band clasp. It could be integrated into the prospective Watch in order to make first-party straps as good a business as they have become for Apple.
The latest ASUS ROG ultra-wide gaming monitor is overclockable to 120Hz
The ASUS ROG Swift PG349Q is a 34-inch, 21:9 Ultra-wide monitor with a resolution of 3440x1440. The OEM claims that these specs give 35% more desktop space compared to a WQHD panel. More to the point, however, this new monitor can be clocked between 100 and 120 hertz.
Powerbeats Pro announced: AirPod technology in a new, fitness-focused true-wireless earbud package
Beats has unveiled its new Powerbeats Pro on its website. These new earbuds are of the 'sports' variety, and thus have over-the-ear loops built into a completely wireless design. Like the new AirPods, they can activate Siri hands-free and have the new H1 chip for wearables.
OPPO may get litigious over Reno leaks
The concept of a whole new brand for OPPO could have been a major reveal for the company at its next launch event. However, this possibility has been disrupted by a multitude of leaks on the subject. Now, the OEM is said to have to be threatening a store with legal action over one of them.
Alleged case-maker's renders for OnePlus 7 are leaked
A leaker often seen on SlashLeaks has posted a set of images on their own Twitter timeline. They apparently show the upcoming OnePlus 7 in a clear case. The account-holder claims these renders come direct from an accessories manufacturer.
Google Duplex is now migrating to phones beside Pixels
Duplex is the strikingly realistic voice-enabled arm of the Google Assistant. It can carry out tasks such as booking tables at restaurants for smartphone users in 43 US states. It had been restricted to doing so on Pixel-line phones only; however, an XDA contributor has claimed that it may now work on devices from other OEMs.
Apple's new AirPods prove as unfixable as the old
The e-reparability authority iFixit had nothing but criticism for the first-gen AirPods when they came out. The wireless earbuds received a rare "repairability score" of zero from the company. Now, the new 2019 versions of these products have received the same rating.
Nubia's Red Magic 3 reportedly breaks AnTuTu ratings with 437,000+ score
ZTE Nubia is slated to release a new generation of its Red Magic gaming smartphone soon. A Weibo account-holder has posted screenshots that may show an AnTuTu benchmark score for this phone. Should it be proven accurate, the device is capable of attaining 437,524 points in this test.
2019 iPhones will support reverse wireless charging: Ming-Chi Kuo
Samsung followed Huawei into reverse wireless charging territory in 2019. Now, the respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo asserts that Apple will do the same. This feature would align nicely with the new capabilities of the AirPods.
New leak claims that the upcoming OPPO Reno will have a DC dimming function
DC dimming is often used to modulate LED brightness in professional or business environments. It involves switching a DC input from between 0 and 10 volts. OPPO claims to have integrated it into the display panel of the upcoming Reno range of phones, although it may be more software-based than the typical implementation.
The "world's first pocket laser projector" goes on Kickstarter
A start-up called Nebra has included its AnyBeam portable projector as a reward on its current Kickstarted campaign. It claims that, as this product uses lasers rather than bulbs, it avoids many of the drawbacks of other similar projectors. This new product comes either in a housing or as a Raspberry Pi-mountable module.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could have a compact variant
Samsung produced a smaller-screen version of its S-line flagships this year. Now, a Korean news outlet claims that its sources have said the OEM will do the same with the Note series. However, this version may be exclusive to the European market.
64% of smartphone owners have cracked their screens: new survey
Ting Mobile, a North American mobile service provider, recently conducted a survey of just over 1.400 smartphone users. It found that 64% of these respondents reported cracks in their screens, most of which (62%) did so through dropping their devices. The survey also found that only 11% repaired their own phones, whereas 64% would be interested in a DIY repair kit to help them do so.
Hyper "announces" a USB type C hub with a 3.5-inch floppy disk drive
The MacBook accessory company Hyper has posted a page on its website for something it calls the "mother of all USB hubs". It has a total of 18 USB ports, 4 SD card slots, a range of legacy monitor ports and, best of all, a 3.5-inch floppy disk drive. If this method of expanding on limited ports in your ultrabook sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
OnePlus teases #WarpTen, which will accompany an April 1, 2019 announcement
OnePlus has hinted at something called WarpTen on its Weibo page. Given the term's similarity to the OEM's latest charging standard, it may have something to do with improved charging for the upcoming 7 flagship. However, the post's proximity to April 1, 2019 may cast doubt on this prospect.
UMIDIGI F1 sees refresh with a new, even cheaper variant
UMIDIGI unveiled the F1 in December 2018. This phone shook up the US$200-300 bracket with a 5000mAh battery and other decent specs such as an FHD display and 4GB RAM. Now, a new version of the same adds a 48MP camera sensor, even more battery and a new, even lower price.
Huawei does not rule DxOMark rankings outright: Samsung
Huawei broke records in terms of DxOMark camera ratings when it released the P30 Pro. The OEM has been touting it as a major point of the phone's appeal ever since. Its rival Samsung has pointed out that this situation is not the whole picture.
The Royole FlexPai wins a 2019 Red Dot Design Award
The FlexPai by the start-up Royole can be thought of as the first flexible phone. This achievement has been rewarded by a Design Award from Red Dot. The company has also won a second such prize for another of its products: a flexible, portable keyboard.
Google releases its 2018 Android Security Report
Android is now coming up on 10 years of use as a mobile device OS. Google claims that 2018 was one of its most secure yet. Its report on this subject attributes decreasing rates of potentially harmful apps to the implementation of Play Protect.
OPPO Reno Lite also allegedly leaks via TENAA
Reno is a new line of OPPO smartphones set to launch later this year. At least one of its devices has reportedly leaked due to its submission to international certifiers such as TENAA recently. Now, a SlashLeaks contributor claims that a possible Lite variant of the same has also passed through this body's doors.
Xiaomi now sells the Black Shark 2 in Europe
Xiaomi's Black Shark 2 is powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC and comes with up to 12GB of RAM. It was released earlier this month, albeit to the Chinese market only. Now, however, the OEM has released it for sale on its EU sales site.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G's price has been set in Korea
The 5G variant of the Samsung Galaxy S10 will be released in South Korea on April 5, 2019. A news outlet in that country has claimed to have uncovered pricing details on this flagship option. It will start at the equivalent of about US$1285.
Apple got at least one thing right: AirPods were the most popular true-wireless earbuds in 2018
Apple's original AirPods snatched the majority of the true wireless earphone market at the end of 2018, according to Counterpoint Research. Its latest report on the subject put the earbuds' share at 60%. Jabra, Samsung, JLabs and Bose provided the remainder of the top 5 during the time studied.
Lyft has started trading on the Nasdaq
Lyft has successfully completed its IPO in the US, and is trading on the Nasdaq platform as of today (March 29, 2019). It had been estimated to start at US$72 per share; however, this value is now closer to $88. This, then, is the most successful tech offering since Snap - but Uber is hot on its heels.
The 27-inch iMac 2019's RAM may be upgraded to 128GB
Apple puts the maximum RAM of its new 27-inch iMac at 64GB. However, the memory kit-maker OWC has confirmed that the PC is indeed compatible with twice this value. Therefore, it now sells upgrade kits for this PC that may allow a user to add 120GB of RAM to an iMac base model.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now Consumer Report's best-rated smartphone
The Galaxy S10+ is at the top end of Samsung's latest flagship smartphone line. Despite the early point in the year, Consumer Reports has named it the best device in its category. This assessment was made based on the S10+'s cameras, battery life and durability.
Lenovo, HP and Dell make the most upgradeable & sustainable PCs: device certifier
TCO Certified is a body that assesses the durability, recyclability and upgradability of desktops and laptops. The goal of this process is to improve sustainability in the IT industry. TCO claims that its 8th-generation criteria are the most stringent yet, and that 3 OEMs in particular have beaten them.
LG G8 ThinQ US launch set for April; preorders on Sprint start sooner
The G8 ThinQ is LG's latest flagship, and introduces its Crystal Sound technology among other features. This smartphone will become available in the United States from April 11, 2019. However, those who want it on Sprint can pre-order it from tomorrow (March 29).
Targus has made a backpack with Qi wireless charging
Targus, a name in the travel and laptop-carrying accessory space, has developed the Mobile ViP+ Backpack. It integrates Qi wireless charging, so that a phone such as the Samsung Galaxy S10+ can have a dedicated pocket within the new bag that secures and charges it at the same time. This new backpack also has RFID shielding and airport-cart compatibility.
The new Jabra Evolve 65e is a pair of neckbuds with "professional-grade sound quality"
Jabra has released its latest generation of neckbuds, the Evolve 65e. The audio company claims that this wireless set of earphones has consumer-grade comfort with professional levels of audio. This product has attained Skype for Business and UC certification, which may appeal to the business customer in need of mobile connectivity.
Sony introduces the RX0 II, a 2nd-generation GoPro-like 4K camera with an adjustable LCD screen
Sony's RX0 line is the company's take on the compact camera. Its latest version, the RX0 II, crams 4K recording, advanced image processing and electronic stabilization into "the world's smallest and lightest premium compact camera". This device is also fit for outdoors videography, and it comes with water, dust and shock resistance.
New iOS 12 update appears to fix known 11-inch iPad Pro 2018 screen issue
According to a pattern of online user reports, the smaller variant of the iPad Pro 2018 is afflicted by a bug that throws its touch-responses off when a glass screen protector is installed. This results in a host of ill effects, from ghost touches to diminished passcode-entering accuracy. However, iOS 12.2 reportedly includes a fix for these issues.
Foldable phone prices may stay sky-high for some time after all
2019 may be the year of the first-generation foldable smartphones from familiar brands. They are likely to be linked to extra-large price-tags; however, a prominent industry figure has predicted that they may shrink steadily as time goes on. Unfortunately, a new report may have put the kibosh on that idea.
Some Samsung Galaxy S10+ users are complaining of poor cell reception
Some owners of the new, super-expensive Galaxy S10+ have taken to Reddit, as well as Samsung's own forums, to point out that their SIM-based functions are poor on certain carriers. A media outlet has tested the phone on this issue, and concluded that there may be some weight to the reports.
First-party US iPhone sales may be banned soon
A recent legal ruling gave Qualcomm the right to force iPhones off its OEM's own shelves in China. Now, the chip-maker may get the chance to do the same in the US. A judge from the country's International Trade Commission has ruled that the Apple infringed on a patent that applies to its most recent mobile SoCs, leading to a recommendation that their use should be prevented.
Meet Huawei's latest accessories: the FreeLaces, FreeBuds Lite and SuperCharge 12000 power bank
Huawei also introduced some new products to complement its latest flagships, the P30 and P30 Pro. They include the FreeLaces, a pair of 'neckbuds' with an innovative design. The OEM also now offers a power bank with its SuperCharge technology, which can charge at 40 watts: enough for laptops as well as smartphones.
Huawei unveils its own line of smart glasses
Huawei also revealed the existence of some new wearables at its early-2019 launch event in Paris. The least expected of these are the new 'smart' glasses the OEM has developed with the eyewear company Gentle Monster. Their main function is in fact to deliver audio via Bluetooth, and also charge via a new and interesting route.
Huawei P30 and P30 Pro launch in Paris
Huawei has just released its new P30 flagship series in Paris. Its specs line up pretty well with the various leaks that have already been spilled about the 2 phones in question. They are available from today (March 26, 2019) and start at €799 (about US$900).
Apple Arcade: the world's first gaming subscription service for mobile, desktop and the living room
Apple's latest release event debuted Arcade, a new elaboration on the App Store's gaming experience. The company claims that over 100 new and original games have been developed for this new subscription-based service. It is also ad-free and allows offline play.
The new Apple TV services are here
The Cupertino giant has unveiled the next generation of its TV arm. However, it is not a device; rather, it is a software- and content-based upgrade. The new Apple TV app allows users to cherry-pick channels or streaming providers at need. They could also add Apple TV Plus: the company's new panel of original shows available via subscription.
The "connected living room" is a concept that may make a US$900+ billion market in 5 years
Transparency Market Research's latest report is based on the observation that the demand for a 'smart' or 'connected' living room is growing steadily these days. It may consist of entertainment or media hardware that works seamlessly together via wireless controls. Currently, the market that underpins this idea is worth about US$500 billion; however, this is estimated to nearly double over the next 5 years.
The US market has seen 14 consecutive months of falling smartphone sales
The months of December 2017 through to January 2019 have been associated with declining smartphone sale numbers in the United States on a year-on-year basis. Counterpoint, a market analysis firm, cited the lack of deals on flagships and the government shutdown as factors in the trend as it applied to January.
Intel Gen11 GPU variants detailed in new Graphics Command Center analysis
The blog TechPowerUp claims to have accessed the new Intel Graphics Command Center's INF file. It apparently lists the various sub-types of the new, particularly powerful Gen11 integrated GPUs. They may also pertain to Ice Lake and Lakefield CPUs.
Vivo will sponsor the 2019 PUBG Mobile Club Open
Vivo has announced that it will partner with Tencent Games in order to sponsor the annual PUBG Mobile Club Open 2019. This involves competitive battles of the game in question in 10 regions worldwide for an ultimate prize of US$2.5 million. These players will be provided with Vivo hardware in order to play in this tournament.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold does not have an Exynos variant
Samsung's first flexible device, the Galaxy Fold, is now officially displayed on its website as a saleable product. These pages describe the Fold's SoC as a "7nm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor", leading to worries that it may not necessarily be the Snapdragon 855 processor in all markets. However, an analysis of its firmware appears to confirm that this is in fact the case
2019 iPhones may come with 18W charging as standard and reverse wireless charging
Apple has developed a habit of disappointing its fans by including power bricks that charge at only 5W with its iPhones. However, a new leak has predicted that the company will put an end to this in 2019. It also projects that the next generation of Apple mobile devices will be capable of reverse wireless charging.
Apple is losing its majority in the Chinese smartphone market
Apple's market share in China has reportedly fallen by 26.6% in 2018. Unsurprisingly, the culprits are more 'local' OEMs such as Huawei and Xiaomi, who offer more innovative features in premium handsets that go for less than those from the Cupertino company.
The first-generation Huawei TV may launch next month
Last year, we reported on rumors that Huawei was working on its first smart TV. Now, a Chinese news outlet claims that its sources have told it these products are nearly ready for release. These products are apparently to be released in 55- or 65-inch variants.
Razer and Tencent announce mobile-gaming collaboration
Tencent, which publishes games such as PUBG, has set up a collaboration with Razer in order to improve said apps' function on the gaming hardware giant's Android phones. This involves optimizing Tencent titles for the Razer Phones, as well as for the mobile-gaming peripherals Razer sells.
Next-generation Powerbeats could come in true-wireless form and with the new Apple AirPods' features
Beats by Dr. Dre has been an Apple subsidiary for some time now. The brand's next product may be a pair of truly-wireless earbuds. According to a CNET report, they may run on the new Apple H1 chip, which is also found in the newly-released AirPods 2.
The Meizu 16s may indeed have ultra-slim bezels: new leak
The 16s is Meizu's rumored 2019 flagship that is projected to dodge the notch trend with ultra-slim top and bottom bezels in its front panels. Some leaks attributed to the purported device have supported this theory. The latest one lends it further weight.
A power brick maker will release a 90W wall charger later this year
Huntkey, a company based in Shenzhen, has announced that it is currently producing a 90-watt wall-wart intended for mobile devices. This next-gen power-brick also has a USB type-C output, rather than type-A as normal. It supports various fast-charging profiles, in addition to USB Power Delivery and Qualcomm QuickCharge3.0+.
The Apple AirPower charging mat may launch soon: new leak
DigiTimes has cited sources at a components supplier in a new report that alleges the AirPower accessory is finally going to be released soon. This article also asserts that the long-awaited wireless charging pad will work with at least one generation of the Apple Watch.
Razer made nearly US$80 million in gross profit last year: new report
Razer has released its financial report for 2018. It shows that the gaming company's revenues are now stands at US$274.2 million. The firm made $79.5 million in terms of gross profit last year, and also cut its losses by 4.3% compared to 2017.
Xiaomi releases cheaper 8GB version of the Mi 9 Transparent Edition
The transparent variant of the Xiaomi Mi 9 seems to be doing very well this year. Chinese blogs have reported that the OEM cannot keep it on shelves, despite its relatively high price tag. Perhaps this is why a new, cheaper variant with less RAM has just been announced.
OnePlus offers Closed Beta Android Pie program places to 3 and 3T users - for one day only
OnePlus has reached an important stage in the development of Oxygen OS 9, which is based on Android Pie (9.0), for its former 3/3T flagships. It now has a closed beta of this build, which can be downloaded following a successful application to the program in question. Therefore, the general, stable release of this ROM is closer than ever.
Alleged Huawei P30 and P30 Pro marketing material shows up online ahead of launch
The next Huawei flagships are due to launch on March 26, 2019. However, a leaker claims to have gotten hold of genuine promotional images for the two phones ahead of this event. These posters are for the French market, and show what could be special launch-day offers for that region.
A phone with free calls, texts and data? This is what the Volk One offers, apparently
Could a phone establish data connections and load webpages independent of either WiFi or a SIM card? Volk Fi apparently thinks so. This company is currently advertising its first smartphone, the Volk One, which can apparently form part of its own 'mesh network' with every other unit of the same around it.
The Redmi 7 makes it to its first Western market: Ukraine
Xiaomi has a thriving presence in Ukraine, with numerous physical stores and online sales through partner websites. This now extends to the new Redmi 7, the second device line to be sold under the OEM's latest sub-brand. Its availability has been announced on Mi Ukraine's Facebook page.
Ashes of the Singularity scores for Intel Gen11 GPU are allegedly leaked on Twitter
The Gen 11 GPU is Intel's upcoming integrated graphics solution for next-gen CPUs, as announced at GDC this year. It is associated with a possible 1 teraflop of single-precision performance. According to the leaker Tum Apisak, its first known benchmark shows double the score compared to the UHD 620.
Google will ask European Android users which browser and search engine they want in the future
Reports have just emerged that the European Commission has disciplined Google for anti-trust-related business practices. Coincidentally, the company has issued a new blog post outlining its new measures to ensure that there is "choice and competition" among digital services for users in this region.
Alleged Meizu 16s case leak suggests departure from predecessors' design
A phone that may be the next generation of the Meizu 16 line is yet again the subject of a post on SlashLeaks. This time, it is described as a case for this new phone. It indicates that the OEM will drop the usual central position for the rear cameras for a triple-sensor in one corner.
Apple releases AirPods 2 with new wireless charging case option
Apple's latest press release has unveiled the AirPods 2. These new earbuds integrate handsfree Siri activation, faster switching between different devices and wireless charging. However, their design is largely unchanged compared to their preceding generation.
OWC has prepared RAM upgrades for the 27-inch 2019 iMac already
OWC is a company that caters to iMac fans who want to upgrade their new Apple all-in-ones. It has announced its new Memory Kits for the 2019 27-inch iMac (the 5K model). As this new 2019 variant has 4 user-accessible slots, OWC is also currently testing out the possibility of maxing its RAM to 128GB.
The best USB microphone is made by Blue: new analysis
In a world where everyone seems to be a streamer or caster or some kind, a USB microphone may be a viable purchase. They combine the possible advantage of improved audio with a power source that is already built into your machine. A recent "data-driven" review puts the Blue Yeti at the top of a new list of the best of these devices.
LumiCharge II: The teched-out desk lamp returns with a wireless-charging upgrade
LumiCharge made a good impression among tech correspondents with its first-gen desk lamp. This product had an LED clock, not to mention ways to charge iOS and Android smartphones with built-in wired connections. Now, the company is back on Indiegogo with the LumiCharge II, which adds wireless charging to this set-up.
Apple has updated its iMac line-up for 2019
In a move that aligns with relevant rumors from days ago, Apple has upgraded its take on the all-in-one (AIO) PC. However, these new desktops are iMacs, not iMac Pros. Nevertheless, they now come with 8th- or 9th-gen Intel processors, graphics that go up to Vega 48s and new prices.
Vivo has launched the X27 and X27 Pro: its newest pop-up selfie-cam phones
Vivo has announced its newest devices in a Chinese event today (March 19, 2019). They are the X27 and X27 Pro. The X27 has 2 variants with either the Snapdragon (SD) 675 or 710, although they both have the same screen and single pop-up selfie camera. The Pro version has a larger display, and a more novel wider pop-up module with a dedicated flash.
LG announces US availability of 2019 OLED TVs - and that they will be super expensive
LG has stated its US dollar prices for its new OLED TVs. These state-of-the-art panels were previewed at CES 2019, and come with Dolby Vision, ThinQ AI and inbuilt Google Assistant. They start at US$2,499 - and work their way up to US$12,999.
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is now available: SD 855 and Pixelworks HDR for US$477
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 has been launched today (March 18, 2019) in China. As expected, it is powered by the Snapdragon 855 processor, has a 6GB RAM base model and has a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. This panel has some interesting HDR features, touted to enhance gaming and media experiences.
New Roland Quandt leak purports to contain nearly every detail on the Huawei P30 series
Roland Quandt has posted a new article in which he claims to set out every detail on the upcoming Huawei P30 and P30 Pro prior to their launch. This includes nearly every major spec and detail of the phones, including their relative RAM capacities, camera counts, new color schemes and battery capacities.
Fresh Pixel 4 leak suggests punch-hole for this phone as well
A few days ago, a series of renders pointed to a Pixel 4 XL design with a dual selfie cam set into its screen. Now, a Twitter-based leaker alleges that the smaller device from the same upcoming line will also follow this trend. However, its punch-hole will be circular rather than pill-shaped.
Xiaomi plans to make 18-month warranties a standard for its smartphones
Xiaomi usually offers a 12-month warranty for its phones to customers in its home country of China. However, this was turned on its head somewhat with the release of the Redmi Note 7. The company gave an extra 6 months' worth for this phone; now, it reportedly intends to roll this out to more of its future devices.
Qualcomm beats Apple in multi-million-dollar patent infringement case
Qualcomm has successfully pressed its latest legal complaint against Apple in a San Diego court. Its jury has ruled that the Cupertino company did in fact use 3 patents that did not belong to it in the making of its 2016-2018 iPhones. Qualcomm can now collect the US$31 million that, as it asserts, Apple needs to pay for this infringement.
Batfree: the first "charging strap" for the Apple Watch
If smartwatches have one problem, it is their restricted battery capacities. The company Togvu has announced its "battery case" that may solve this problem for Apple Watch users. It is a strap for these devices that integrates wireless charging and a 600mAh battery.
Samsung's next-generation displays are set to engulf and hide cameras completely
The Galaxy S10s are Samsung's first flagships in which the front-facing cameras peek right through their high-end OLED displays. However, their future replacements may not even require the cut-out in order to fit around a camera. These panels may provide a full-screen experience by hiding all their sensors underneath them.
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 emerges in pre-release reservations-page form
Xiaomi's new gaming phone, so far known as the 'Black Shark 2', has been listed by the online retailer JD.com. Although this page does not reveal its price, it allows potential buyers to reserve a unit ahead of its launch date (March 18, 2019). At this point, the final cost of the phone will presumably be revealed.
2019 iPhones really are going to have square rear cameras: new leak
Some renders and rumors have asserted that the iPhones to be released this year will have triple rear cameras. This, apparently, will necessitate a Huawei Mate 20-esque square module for these sensors. MacOtakara has claimed that its sources in the supply industry have confirmed this rumor.
Samsung is about to mass-produce its 12GB LPDDR4X mobile DRAM module
Samsung has announced that it is ready to start producing its highest-capacity RAM module for mobile devices. It has a 10-nanometer architecture and should deliver data speeds of up to 34.1 gigabytes (GB) per second. This 12GB low-power double data rate 4X (LPDDR4X) chipset is likely to be integrated into phones such as the Galaxy Fold.
Xiaomi cancels Mi 9 Transparent Edition sales at the last minute
Xiaomi had planned a sales event for the Mi 9 Transparent Edition, as well as the Mi 9 SE, for today (March 14, 2019) in China. However, reports that it has been abruptly cancelled have come in from that country. The OEM cited unit supply issues while apologizing for this move.
A set of impressive photos, supposedly taken with OPPO's 10x zoom, appears on Weibo
A Weibo account has posted a series of images, mostly of famous places or buildings that were allegedly taken with an OPPO device equipped with the OEM's new 10X zoom module. The user claims that the phone in question is a Reno, the first phone to bear this product name.
First Android Q beta rolls out to Pixel phones
It's finally here - Q has been released for download and use - albeit only on Pixel-line phones. On the other hand, this Beta 1 form of the OS is mainly meant for development and testing, not daily use. However, it does come with most of the promised and projected new features associated with the next version of Android.
There will be a "new" size of iPad this year: new leak
The relatively new, yet particularly accurate Apple leaker @coiiiiiiiin is back. This time, the tipster claims that 2 new iPads will be released in the near future. One will have a screen-size that is new to the series: 10.2 inches. The other will be a non-Pro 10.5-inch iPads.
An insurance company publishes its report on successful stolen or lost device recovery research
A mobile insurance and device company, Asurion, has announced its findings on a study about missing devices and cases in which their owners managed to get them back. The company reported that having a lockscreen showing a contact number resulted in 3 times the chances of recovering such a device. In addition, the use of a cross-platform browser is a good idea in case of phone loss.
Shockwave support will finally come to an end in April 2019
Adobe Shockwave was once the essential plug-in for interactive website elements and functions. However, it has been long overtaken by more up-to-date options. Its maker has announced the cessation of support for this relative dinosaur, with the exception of some business-focused licenses, on April 9, 2019.
A new device called the Honor 10i hits SlashLeaks
A recent post on SlashLeaks shows real-life images of a device with Honor branding. The poster alleges that it is of the brand's 10 line - however, it can't be the pre-existing 10 Lite, as it appears to have triple rear cameras. Therefore, its contributor has dubbed it the Honor 10i.
New Windows Insiders build allows for native Android screen-mirroring on PC; only works with certain phones so far
The latest build of Windows 10 available via the Insider program expands the functions of the Your Phone app on the OS. This service, which formerly gave Android users a more convenient way to move their files on their PCs, now supports screen mirroring. Unfortunately, it only works with some Samsung Galaxy-line devices so far.
Xiaomi reportedly starts work on Android Pie update for the Mi 6X
Xiaomi has already released official Android Pie-based builds for a number of its 2018 devices. Recent rumors that may emanate from the Chinese MIUI community indicate that the Mi 6X will soon join their ranks. This phone, which is a twin of the Android One phone, the Mi A2, is a solid mid-ranger with the Snapdragon 660 processor.
Probable Huawei P30 Pro shows up on Geekbench, outshines P20 Pro
A Huawei device with the model name VOG-L29 has surfaced on Geekbench today (March 12, 2019). It has exhibited 2019 flagship specs and the scores to go with it. They have beaten up-to-date entries for the P20 Pro on the same database by a considerable margin.
Meet Reno, OPPO's newest product line
OPPO has recently unveiled a new name for some of its devices in the future on Weibo. It is apparently to be called Reno. This is not the only recent reveal for the Chinese OEM: it also has a new logo and set of 2019 flagship specs.
The new Motorola 'RAZR' logo emerges in new leak alongside its alleged specs
A slew of leaks and speculations have pointed to the resurrection of the RAZR product line in the release of the first foldable under the Motorola brand. A new post on SlashLeaks consists of the new logo for this putative phone. It is accompanied by a supposed list of its major specs.
Foldables may become much more affordable in the very near future
Huawei's CEO, Yu Chendong, recently conducted an interview with the German publication, Welt. The executive was tackled on many issues, including foldable phones and their current extravagant prices. He responded by projecting that their prices may fall at a significant rate in the near future.
A Pixel 3 XL owner claims to have ported Windows to the device
The Twitter account @NTAuthority has posted a video in which a Pixel 3 XL appears to boot into Windows. The OS' logo shows up at the start of this process, which is followed by not much more than a blue screen with what appears to be a command window. Should the claim prove true, it appears that Windows can run on yet another device not intended to do so.
Some Galaxy S10 customers will get free trials of YouTube Premium & Spotify
The Galaxy S10 flagship series may have already demonstrated that it is having no trouble with its sales. However, Samsung has arranged a few perks to ensure that the new phones keep flying off shelves. They involve YouTube Premium and Spotify deals; on the other hand, their availability is region-dependent.
The transparent display market could be worth over US$2 billion in 4 years
Some companies have developed transparent displays to the point where they may be the immediate future of head-mounted, heads-up and state-of-the-art shopfront technology. A new analysis has shown that their market may be worth US$2.591 billion by 2023. This market will be made up of see-through OLEDs and LCDs in a range of display sizes.
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 gets updated to Android 9/MIUI 10
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3, like all Mi Max devices, is sold with the unique feature of having a huge screen. This generation has a 6.9-inch FHD display, which is matched by few other phablets. Units of this model worldwide are now eligible for an official update to the Pie-based MIUI 10.
The T-Mobile OnePlus 6T is in line for RCS messaging via an update
The 6T is the first OnePlus flagship to be sold through a US carrier: T-Mobile. These units are now receiving a notification for a new update that confers RCS messaging. This new form of messaging on Android brings expanded features and capabilities compared to the old one.
South Korea now faces 5G roll-out delays
The South Korean Ministry of Science and ICT has warned that South Korea is likely to miss the current approximate deadline at which 5G should be available in the country. This was estimated to be at the end of March, but now may be pushed back until later in the year. The authorities have cited costing disputes with providers as one factor in this delay.
Face Unlock fails again? YouTuber highlights a possible flaw in Galaxy S10+ security
The popular tech YouTuber Lewis Hilsenteger has posted a video to his channel claiming that the new Samsung Galaxy S10 series' Face Unlock security can be hacked. Hilsenteger demonstrated this by holding his Galaxy S10+ up to a 2nd phone playing a video of his face, which appeared to successfully unlock the former's screen.
The latest MIUI update will bring fingerprint-unlock shortcuts to the Mi 9/9 SE
A new update to the latest version of MIUI may expand the function of the under-display fingerprint sensor found in the latest Xiaomi flagships. It involves activating an array of app shortcuts when this module is used. The new feature will be found in the Mi 9, 9 SE and some versions of the Mi 8.
The OnePlus 7 surfaces as a product on a retailer's website
Months ahead of its launch, the OnePlus 7 has appeared in sale-page form on the retail website GizTop. It contains a list of specs with many details that may be plausible for this new release. On the other hand, there is no guarantee that it will prove accurate.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is available on Boost Mobile from today
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is one of the new additions to the flagship series. It has the smallest screen (and price) of all its variants, yet retains many of the new features associated with it. The S10e has been made available on Boost Mobile today (March 8, 2019) at an out-right price of US$749.
Leica unveils the second-generation Q camera, with 4K and an improved imaging sensor
Leica has launched the Q2, the second generation of its high-end full-frame sensor module. It is capable of 4K/UHD recording, 47.3-megapixel image capture, and expanded crop functions. The new Leica Q2 also has some degree of water-ingress protection for all-weather use.
A new kind of smartphone stand may solve common wireless charging problem
Wireless charging is becoming increasingly popular with mobile device designers, particularly at the higher end of the market. However, it is associated with a potentially significant problem: the inability to use a phone effectively while it has to be on its pad or station. The makers of a novel smartphone stand now available on Indiegogo claim they can help with that.
Xiaomi may abandon the more budget-friendly ends of its market in the future: company CEO
Xiaomi has made its name by offering phones that could be seen as value-for-money in the past. However, its CEO, Lei Jun, has unveiled plans that involve the company turning its back on this strategy in the future. He has said that "this might be the last time our price will be under RMB 3,000 (about US$447)".
An upcoming 7nm MediaTek SoC will also be 5G-capable
A MediaTek business executive has told Android Authority that the company is working on a chip that has a 7-nanometer (nm) architecture and will have 5G connectivity. This processor may out-perform the Helio P90, the company's current flagship SoC. Therefore, MediaTek is likely to target the more premium end of the market with this future product.
52% of US households with high-speed Internet now watch their streaming services on connected TVs: new report
A thin majority - 52% - of all households with broadband connections in the US now watch content that can be found, bought or sourced online on their connected TVs. These findings have been reported by Parks Associates. They have also discovered that this activity is now more popular among such households compared to other leisure pursuits - even gaming.
New Snapdragon 855-powered devices show up on Geekbench, all of which could be the next Xiaomi Black Shark
Multiple new entries for the same device - a 'blackshark AAA' - have appeared on the Geekbench 4.3 database. They are all powered by the same SoC, which is likely to be the Snapdragon 855. Interestingly, all but 2 of the 10 listings specify 12GB of RAM.
Apple's first 5G iPhone may end up even more delayed than currently thought
Bloomberg's most recent report on Apple and its next-generation modem woes suggest that the company is in even more trouble than previously imagined. Its choices for 5G hardware in future iPhones are apparently limited and come with compromises. Therefore, it JUST may skip this feature in 2020 as well as 2019.
The OPPO F11 and 11 Pro launch in India
The OPPO F11 Pro has been characterized as a phone that would come out with a pop-up selfie camera on release. These leaks have been vindicated at its launch. It was also joined by the F11, a second variant of the same basic phone, but with a water-drop notch to house its own front-facing camera.
Nintendo asks its mobile-gaming partners to rein in their microtransactions
According to a new report in the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo has at least started to intervene in order to prevent disproportional amounts of in-game transactions in the titles it has licensed to Android and iOS developers. This may reflect the increasing drive to regulate such charges, which can lead to significant profits as a result of using free apps.
Intel prepares for 5G demands with its new Stratix 10 TX FPGA
Intel has unveiled a new and powerful transceiver for 2019 at the Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) conference in San Diego. This module, the Stratix 10 TX, enables data-transmission rates of as much as 58 gigabits per second (Gb/s). In practice, this translates to Ethernet bandwidth of up to 400Gb.
The Meizu Note 9 launches in China
The Meizu Note 9 is one of a handful of phones that rocks the new 48MP Samsung camera sensor. It has been launched today in China for prices ranging from about US$208 to $238, depending on the variant selected. However, it will not be on sale until March 11, 2019.
The Meizu Zero crowdfunding campaign has ended in failure
The Meizu Zero was a novel prospect for the smartphone world: a device with no ports or buttons whatsoever. Its maker had been assessing the demand for this idea via a campaign on Indiegogo. However, it has failed to achieve its goal of US$100,000, securing only about 45% of this figure.
Facebook Messenger's Dark Mode is now available for activation
A new feature in Facebook's Messenger app - Dark Mode - has been in the works for some time now. A Redditor has recently noticed that it can be activated by sending a specific emoji. The new Mode may particularly benefit those with light sensitivities or whose devices have OLED screens.
HTC hopes to drive sales in India through brand-licensing
HTC is reportedly in talks with a number of Indian smartphone firms to license its hardware under their brands. These phones will apparently target the Rs 10,000- (about US$141) or-more section of this market. The Taiwanese OEM hopes to compete with the likes of OPPO and Xiaomi as a result of this move.
Images of Chromium-based Edge emerge online
The new version of Microsoft Edge, a browser whose development is now driven by that of Chromium's, has been leaked in a set of images by Neowin. They show a browser that will indeed ring a number of bells for those who follow the open-source project. However, there is a Microsoft extensions store and Bing integration.
The GTX 1060 is being cleared off to make room for the 1660 series – or is it?
A blog has claimed that a GTX 1060 6GB card had gone down to €179.90 (about US$204) in a French computing store. However, this price is no longer available. In any case, it turns out that the card in question was of the single-fanned variety, and those with any more are still often above the €300 ($340) mark.
Vivo has set up a collaboration to test out truly wireless charging tech for its phones
A start-up called Energous has announced a collaboration with Vivo. This move could bring Energous' over-the-air charging technology, WattUp 2.0, to the smartphone OEM's devices. Vivo has said that this move could alleviate "battery anxiety" for its customers.
Xiaomi will cease official software support for the Mi Max and Mi Max Prime in April
Xiaomi released its first iterations of the Mi Max line in 2016, and they have received regular software updates ever since. However, the OEM has announced that the Mi Max and Mi Max Prime will see its final stable build in April 2019. It will be MIUI 10.3 based on Android Pie.
A Twitter user claims an Android TV allowed access to other users' Google Photos data
An Indian Twitter user has alleged that an Android TV to which he had access allowed him to see all the other accounts linked to the same via the Google Home app. The bug in question also could have let him put their Google Photos-stored images up on the screen. Google has responded by temporarily suspending the app options involved.
New version of mobile MS Office can convert photos into Excel spreadsheets
Microsoft has announced a useful new feature for Office on phones or tablets: the ability to convert an image of a table into one in Excel. The app will use optical character recognition (OCR) and AI to deliver this promising new function. However, it will be exclusive to Office 365 subscribers on Android at first.
Fresh leak purports to outline Ryzen 3000 price-scheme in Singapore market
A new leak associated with the upcoming Ryzen 3000 series has surfaced. It is a pricelist that has been distributed by the IT seller Bizgram, which has an address in Singapore. This document baldly lists all the new Threadripper variants, as well as the prices at which they may be sold.
New OnePlus 7 leak replaces sliding mechanism with pop-up selfie camera
A new set of images on SlashLeaks purports to show the OnePlus 7. This leak suggests that the next phone from this OEM will have a bezel-less display. However, unlike the last, it alleges that this will be achieved via a pop-up selfie camera, and not a sliding mechanism.
TikTok has amassed over a billion downloads on iOS and Android
The short-video app TikTok has seen its billionth download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store combined. It has also rivalled Facebook and surpassed Instagram for app install counts in 2018. It was also the most-downloaded non-game app in the US in January 2019.
First hint that Samsung Galaxy S10 & S10+ are doing better than Galaxy S9 & S9+ at preorders has surfaced
The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ recently went up for pre-order in China. According to the reliable tipster IceUniverse, they raked in twice the numbers in this process compared to their predecessors in a fraction of the same time-frame in this market. This suggests that the 2019 line is being received better than last year's already.
MWC19 also revealed the 5G Snapdragon X55 module for notebooks
This year's Mobile World Congress (MWC19) focused heavily on more mobile tech, particularly as some acquired the ability to fold this year. However, this was also a stage for 5G this year. To this end, Qualcomm unveiled its X55 SoC-containing module for laptops at the show.
The Huawei Mate X won a prestigious award at MWC19
Huawei has won this year's Best Connected Mobile Device of Mobile World Congress 2019 for the Mate X. The GSMA conferred this title on the new foldable phone at the end of MWC19 (on February 28, 2019) at the GLOMO awards event. Kevin Ho, who accepted the award on the OEM's behalf, said that his team were "very excited and honored" to receive it.
Chrome developers are preparing a new feature to make back/forward navigation faster
New Google Home app update adds ability to control the color of smart-home lighting
The Google Home app can act as a one-stop shop for all your smart-home appliance control needs. Its latest update also adds the ability to tune the color of connected bulbs or lamps. This is opposed to the simple on-off switch found in previous versions.
New leaked images suggest next Meizu flagship will be both notchless and punch hole-free
Meizu's next flagship smartphone, projected to be called the 16s, is linked to new images posted on SlashLeaks. They show a phone with a traditionally-placed selfie camera, but in an ultra-low-profile forehead. The bezels on this device are also minimal, so as to create a decent illusion of a full-screen display.
The GoPro HERO7 Black now has a limited-edition variant
The HERO7 Black is the top-spec'd SKU of its GoPro camera series. It is now available in a limited-edition alternative finish, Dusk White. This version will be released on March 3, 2019 on gopro.com and selected retailers worldwide.
RAVPower releases its thinnest-ever 45W wall charger with PD
RAVPower, the well-known accessory-maker, has a stand at MWC this year. It showcases a new PD charger, an ultra-thin (14mm) 'wall wart' based on gallium nitride (GaN) technology. RAVPower also has a new wireless charging stand that is also a power bank.
Nubia Alpha: the flexible wrist-phone unveiled at MWC
There is a new alternative to the foldable phone already. Nubia has unveiled the Alpha, a device with a screen that curves along a wide watch-like form factor. This display is 4 inches long, and operates using the Snapdragon 2100 wearables processor.
The Redmi Note 7 goes through JerryRigEverything's bend test, fails narrowly
The Redmi Note 7 is a phone that is sold at US$150, yet has a 48MP camera to sweeten its budget deal. It arrived in the JerryRigEverything YouTube studio to undergo the by-now famous durability test. Unfortunately, the Redmi device fell at the final hurdle.
Energizer's new foldable smartphone is unveiled
Energizer, a brand known better for disposable lithium-ion batteries, has brought new smartphones made under its name to MWC. One is an extremely typical mobile device, although it has a dual pop-up camera. Another is a foldable prototype with specs to challenge Samsung or Huawei in the same regard.
Swatch has filed a legal case against Samsung for trademark infringement
The Swiss watchmaker group Swatch has filed a complaint with US legal authorities to the effect that Samsung has impinged on its trademarks. This is connected to the design of some downloadable watchfaces for Gear-line smartwatches. The company will look for hundreds of millions of US dollars in compensation for this breach.
The Samsung 'Galaxy Note 10' could end up looking a lot like the S10 5G
SamMobile claims to be privy to exclusive information that points to a quad-camera set-up for the upcoming addition to the Samsung Galaxy Note line. This is the same number of rear-panel sensors found in the Galaxy S10's 5G variant. In addition, it is possible that the OEM may change its phablet's naming scheme this year.
Huawei chairperson denies US espionage allegations on stage
Guo Ping, Hauwei's current chairperson, has appeared on stage as part of a conference at MWC19. He asserted that the company is not involved in activities that amount to cyber-spying on behalf of the Chinese govermment, as the U.S. has alleged. Guo also called for improved regulation and assignation of responsibility in the coming global 5G infrastructure roll-out.
Sony shows its 5G phone prototype off at MWC
Sony has unveiled its own foray into 5G tech at the Mobile World Congress (2019). It is a phone that, with its 21:9 aspect ratio, resembles the new Xperia 1 closely. The OEM did not offer much detail on this device, besides that it is powered by the Snapdragon 855 and runs the X50 modem.
OnePlus may have started work on Pie for the 3/3T
Some time ago, the Android OEM OnePlus committed itsefl to provide an update to Android 9.0 (Pie) for its 2016 flagships, the 3 and 3T. However, it may have fallen behind in these plans recently. Now, a potentially important piece of evidence that the company has at least started on this project has surfaced.
Samsung has opened a Bixby Studio in Barcelona
It seems Samsung is doing more in Barcelona than MWC. The OEM has opened a Bixby Studio in the city's Plaza de Catalunya. This installation gives visitors a sense of what life would be like with Bixby-powered applicances and devices in it.
BlackBerry launches its new Red Dual SIM variant of the Key2
BlackBerry had an announcement of its own for the MWC19 event. It was not for a new device, however, but for a new variant of the pre-existing Key2. It is a vibrant, red, dual SIM, 128GB version of this phone.
TLC's folding prototypes make it to MWC
TCL is one of a handful of companies to bring foldable technology prototypes to this year's MWC. Interestingly, this company's demo models include form-factors besides phone/tablets. However, their presentation was a little low on detail.
Truly wireless charging is closer than ever thanks to a Spigen/Ossia partnership
The popular case-maker Spigen is collaborating with Ossia, a true-wireless charging pioneer, to bring a phone case that integrates the necessary Cota technology to market. The two groups have brought renders of this product (which comprises a 'phone sleeve' and a transceiver) to this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC19).
HTC wants to replace your router with its new 5G Hub
HTC has taken the wraps off its 5G Hub. The Taiwanese company claims that this new device can deliver the speed and poiwer of the new radio bands to homes or businesses. It is powered by the Snapdragon 855, as well as Qualcomm's 60GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi and 2x2 Wi-Fi 6-ready chipsets.
Alcatel's newest tablet has a stand that is also a full-sized speaker
The TCL subsidiary Alcatel has launched its new 3T 10 tablet at MWC19. This device has a 10-inch screen and runs Android 9.0 (Pie) out of the box. It also comes with a Google Assisant pre-install. The Alcatel 3T 10 is compatible with an optional "Audio Station" stand which, as the OEM claims, adds 7 hours of battery life (for some tasks) and a dedicated 'docked' interface.
Alcatel showcases a new fleet of phones at MWC19
Alcatel has brought four new phones to show off at 2019's Mobile World Congress (MWC19). The 1X and 1S are bugdet-friendly options, whereas the 3 and 3L are slightly more premium. They have been finished with some attractive materials, and boast some up-to-date features such as AI camera enhancements and face unlocking.
The Huawei Mate X has been previewed at MWC19 already
Huawei's first foldable phone, the Mate X, has been demonstrated to tech journalists in Barcelona as part of a preview event for the 2019 Mobile World Congress. The device has some similarities with the Samsung Galaxy Fold, but also has some unique features of its own.
Nokia 6.2 may not make it to MWC19: new rumor
Some leaks have pointed to the 6.2 as Nokia's first phone to feature a punch-hole camera. However, it appears we will have to wait a while to confirm this. A HMD-focused leaker has asserted that the brand intends to focus on the 9 PureView instead at its MWC event.
Smartphones account for 59% of all spending on consumer electronics in 2018: tech author
Jim Harris, an author and speaker on disruptive innovations, has released a new report on consumer tech ahead of MWC 2019. In it, he claims that 59% of all the money spent in the same market in 2018 was expended on smartphones. Harris also asserts that Android is now the most popular software platform.
Possible LG V50 pictured with 'second-screen' case in new leaks
The LG V series has a history of including secondary displays, which are often built into their large phablet-scale screens. If a new leak is to be believed, this feature has returned to the V50 ThinQ - sort of. It consists of images showing a case that gives the upcoming LG flagship an entire extra screen.
The 5G OnePlus phone will be released in the UK, but not the US
OnePlus' first 5G phone will be released in partnership with the carriers EE and Elisa in the second quarter of the year. They are located in the UK and Finland respectively, and are the only companies to be associated with the release of this phone so far. OnePlus' CEO has indicated that the device will cost under US$1000.
Huawei's first flagship offline store outside China will be located in Vienna, Austria
Huawei maintains a number of physical stores for its devices in China. Reuters has reported that it now plans to open its first international bricks-and-mortar establishment in Vienna. This outlet will reportedly be open by summer 2019.
Meizu Note 9 to be released in March
Meizu has announced that its Note 9 is to be launched on March 6, 2019. This phone will feature a Samsung GM1 48MP camera sensor. It may also have 6GB of RAM, a 6.2-inch FHD display and the Snapdragon 675 processor.
The Bixby button is remappable in the Samsung Galaxy S10
The Samsung Galaxy S10 line continues the recent tradition of having an additional hardware button that activates the Bixby virtual assistant out of the box. However, unlike previous flagship generations, users will be able to re-assign the functions of this button. This new feature may also be transferred to the Note 9 and older phones in the future.
MediaTek announces new chipsets for 3G and 4G KaiOS phones
KaiOS powers feature phones such as the Nokia 8110. MediaTek has prepared new 3G and 4G SoCs for this platform. One of these, the MT6731, can also support 4G in dual SIM slots. They are intended to bring new, affordable phones with these connectivity options in 2019
Apps are already having compatibility issues with the Samsung Galaxy S10 display
The Samsung Galaxy S10 line introduces the Infinity-O display to the international market. Unfortunately, it seems that some app elements are being occluded or otherwise disrupted by the 'punch-hole' found in the upper right corner of this screen type. This highlights the increasing need to account for and adapt to this new display tech in the future.
Nintendo Switch may gain ability to use Xbox features, including Game Passes, soon
A YouTuber has asserted that Microsoft will port some games and features to the Nintendo Switch later this year. The indie title Ori has been specifically named in relation to this new purported deal to link the two platforms. This development will also apparently bring Xbox Game Passes to the Switch.
Adobe is offering a limited-time discount on individual Creative Cloud Plans
Adobe is offering a discount on the prices of all-app Creative Cloud (CC) plans. This offer applies to monthly-paid prices for CC and CC plus Adobe Stock plans only, and drops them to US$39.99 and $69.98 respectively. It is valid from now until March 1, 2019.
Microsoft starts developing Windows 20H1 ahead of 19H2
Microsoft's next probable major software release is 19H2, the April 2019 update. However, a build associated with a release in 2020 is the one that has most recently popped up for users in the Skip Ahead program. Despite this, the company insists 19H2 will be ready on time.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has even more cameras than the S10+
Samsung also devoted some of its latest launch event to 5G and its potential in the future of telecommunicatons and online life in general. This led to the unveiling of the Galaxy S10 5G. It has an extra 3D-sensing module on its rear panel, in addition to the three cameras also found in the S10 and S10+.
New Samsung wearables - the Galaxy Buds, Fit and Watch Active - have been launched
Samsung has released three new types of wearable to go with the Galaxy S10 series in 2019. They are the Galaxy Buds, a possibly improved set of earbuds, the Galaxy Fit, a new activiy tracker, and the Galaxy Watch Active, a new sports-focused smartwatch. All three can charge wirelessly, including off S10 devices.
Unpacked event also introduces Samsung Galaxy S10e
Today, (20 February 2019) Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+. However, the much-rumored new S10 variant, the S10e, was also counted in at some points. It will start at US$749, and has most of the new premium line's specs and features.
Bixby 2.0 adds support for more languages
Samsung's in-house virtual assistant, Bixby, has been historically linked to many limitations over its life. One of them is the inability to work in certain languages, German and Italian included. However, support for these languages, as well as for Spanish, is now being rolled out to its 2.0 version.
Yet more new renders of Samsung Galaxy Fold emerge prior to its potential launch
The release of the Samsung Galaxy S10 series is imminent. This event has also been roundly rumored to include a stage at which the OEM's first foldable device will be unveiled. That has not stopped MobiFlip from presenting new possible images of this phone.
MediaTek announces collaboration with Google to enhance the Helio P90 SoC's AI features
The Helio P90 is an SoC that could bring augmented and mixed reality to some mid-range devices in the future. Today, MediaTek added AI to that list of possibilities. It has announced support for Google's ML Kit in conjunction with the P90. This could allow the processor to harness its APU to produce an enhanced AI experience.
Qualcomm has announced the new, 2nd-gen 5G Snapdragon X55 modem
Today, (February 19, 2019) Qualcomm has launched its second modem for use with 5G-New Radio (5G-NR): the Snapdragon X55. It is rated to support download speeds of up to 7 gigabits per second (Gb/s) and upload speeds of up to 3 Gb/s. Unlike its predecessor, the X50, this modem is also compatible with 2G, 3G and 4G.
The world's thinnest wireless charging pad is now up for crowdfunding
PlusUs has introduced its Xpad, a charging pad that measures only 2.2 millimeters in depth. This spec leads the start-up to assert that it is the thinnest product of its kind worldwide. It is available as a reward as part of an Indiegogo campaign, which aims to raise US$20,000.
Android Q could make the back button obsolete
A recent video made by XDA based on a leaked version of Android Q from January 2019 does not have a 'back' option in its UI navigation functions. The user must now swipe to the left using the 'pill' to return to a second-most recent app. This Q build also has smoother animations for app-switching.
OPPO's 10x zoom modules will go into production in the first half of 2019
The Android phone-maker OPPO had previously teased its new camera-tech breakthrough: 10x lossless zoom, facilitated by a prism and an extra series of lenses that can fit into a typical phone chassis. The OEM's vice president has announced that it is prepared to mass-produce these components. This should start by about June 2019.
New leak re-visits Samsung Galaxy S10+'s potential screen-protection issue
A while ago, a series of Tweets from a smartphone case-maker presented the possibility that the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+'s fingerprint reader placement would make using screen protectors on these phones much more difficult than normal. Now, a 2nd accessory firm has released a video reiterating this line of speculation.
Xiaomi's first own-brand sports watch may be launched via crowdfunding
MyDrivers has reported that Xiaomi intends to announce a crowdfunding project for a new product: a smart sports watch. This device will apparently support real-time GPS tracking, so that a user can generate and maintain maps of their fitness-related activities (e.g. runing routes and so on).
Realme 2 Pro now available at a discount in India
The Realme 2 Pro is a phone directed at the younger market in a number of countries, including India. Here, the 2 Pro is available at Rs. 1000 (about US$14) less than usual. However, its better-spec'd SKUs are currently out of stock.
New hire by Apple suggests renewed focus on smart home market
Apple does not quite match up to some other major software companies in terms of smart-home products. It has only one product dedicated to this market: the HomePod. The company may by trying to change this by hiring Sam Jadallah, an ex-Microsoft executive with experience in the smart-home space.
Xiaomi's product director hints that the brand may make a pop-up selfie camera phone soon
Xiaomi is now known as one of the very few Android OEMs who have released the most modern take on the slider phone. However, it also appears as though it wants to get into the pop-up camera game as well. A company executive has hinted that this may be the case should demand for that kind of device remain high.
The OPPO R19 will not be released this year: company vice-president
It has been anticipated that the OPPO R17 would be replaced by the R19, a phone that may have a punch-hole selfie camera, in 2019. However, the vice president of the Android OEM, Shen Yiren, has taken to Weibo to disrupt this line of speculation.
Acer has announced its financial report for January 2019
Acer has released a report in which it puts its January 2019 revenues at about US$540 million. These figures have decreased by 23.7% compared to December 2018 and by 1.3% compared to January 2018. The company has cited the ongoing effects of the SoC shortage in explaining these changes.
Canon has released its latest full-frame mirrorless EOS-R line camera
Canon has launched a new full-frame mirrorless camera, the EOS RP. Unlike other DSLRs, even those with APS-C, these devices use a sensor equivalent to traditional film (i.e. they measure 36x24mm in total). This confers advantages such as improved depth-of-field and general image quality.
NVIDIA CEO may have spoiled Unity Engine's ray-tracing support announcement
NVIDIA's CEO, Jensen Huang, referenced both Unreal and Unity Engines in relation to ray-tracing during a company conference call about its fourth-quarter earnings conducted this week. That is odd, however, as only Unreal has ray-tracing support at present. Therefore, Huang may just have leaked Unity's imminent roll-out of similar capabilities.
iPhones XS and XS Max rumored to be released in new color for the Chinese market
Apple will release red versions of the iPhone XS and XS Max, but only in China. At least, this is what a new post on Weibo claims. It cites the OEM's declining fortunes in the country in this apparent marketing decision.
LG may also launch the enterprise-focused K40 at MWC 2019
The LG K40 is one 2019 device that may launch at MWC 2019. However, this exciting attribute is somewhat tempered by its direction at the budget end of the OEM's business-to-business devices. Then again, it may be supported for 3 years under Google's Android Enterprise initiative.
The Xiaomi Mi 9's launch will clash with that of the Samsung Galaxy S10
According to IceUniverse, Xiaomi has announced that the release of its next flagship, the Mi 9, will take place on February 20. However, the event at which a similarly-tiered device, the Galaxy S10, will be unveiled on the same day by Samsung. This shows what could be considered a great amount of ambition on Xiaomi's part, at best.
Amazon has axed its plans for a New York City HQ
Amazon has been the focus of considerable political opposition in the state of New York due to its plans to build one of its two new headquarters (HQ) in Long Island. New Yorkers have voiced their discontent with the proposals over the amount it would reportedly cost the state, among other issues. Amazon may now continue its HQ plans with other US locationa in mind.
ASUS has unleashed the first laptops with Ryzen 3000
One variant of the new Ryzen 3000 mobile CPU series, the 3550H, has been launched in the form of the ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 and FX507 notebooks. They are 15- and 17-inch laptops, respectively, both of which feature 4GB of inbuilt RX 560X graphics memory. They also have 16:9 FHD displays with minimal bezels and options on Radeon FreeSync.