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.
Samsung launches the 980 PRO SSD globally
The 980 PRO NVMe M.2 is a new Samsung SSD designed for high-performance PCs - and, according to all its leaks, the PlayStation 5. Its maker has finally formally unleashed it on the world. Its ultra-high read and write speeds have been confirmed by the OEM, as has its PCIe 4.0 support.
Samsung ports its free TV Plus app to newer Galaxy S- and Note-series smartphones
Samsung US has announced that the OEM's TV Plus app is coming to smartphones. This means the 2020 and 2019 Galaxy Note and S flagships will be able to access this service, whereas it had only been available on smart screens prior to this. The in-house streaming service offers over 100 channels of ad-support content.
Rivet Networks announces the new Killer USB type C 3.1 to 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet adapter
The Killer brand of networking products has unveiled its latest adapter: one with a USB type C connector at one end and an RJ-45 jack rated for up to 2.5 gigabit Ethernet at the other. Rivet Networks asserts it is the world's first adapter designed for competitive gaming or other high-performance PC tasks in mind.
D-Link releases a "True FHD" Wi-Fi security camera with AI person detection, weatherproofing and IPv6 support
D-Link has announced the DCS-8302LH Full HD Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera. Despite one part of its name, the OEM asserts it is sleek and sophisticated to have inside the house as well. It also packs features such as IR for night vision, AI to help avoid unnecessary user alerts and "next-gen" IPv6/WPA3 support.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 has an upcoming Porsche Design variant
A YouTube channel has allegedly posted a video of a heretofore-unreleased Huawei wearable called the Watch GT 2 Porsche Design. It seems much like the rest of its possible series, albeit with a new bezel and boot animation. This may be a sign that such a product will be unveiled alongside the upcoming Mate 40 series.
LG patents a pull-out display device with stylus support
LG has previously teased or showcased devices with rollable displays. Now, its latest patent, approved by the US Patents and Trademarks Office (USPTO) in September 2020, may show the OEM's latest take on the technology. It is a box housing a display that can be unfurled horizontally and be used as a drawing device.
PlayStation 5: a Singapore study extols the virtues of holding off on a purchase until later
The PlayStation 5 will launch in Singapore on November 19, 2020. On that date, its Standard edition will be the most expensive variant of its series yet in that country (as indeed it will for pretty much all its markets). However, some new research may predict when its price will get more bearable for many consumers.
The Android app that allows users to play Xbox games wirelessly is now in beta
Microsoft has announced that the new Xbox App is available as a beta on the Google Play Store. It has been designed so that users can stream downloaded titles from their consoles onto their Android devices. The app is also rated for easy sharing, invites and notification management across this gaming ecosystem.
Aukey Gaming launches new mechanical RGB keyboards
The accessories OEM Aukey's gaming division has come up with some new mechanical keyboards. The 104-key variant features anti-ghosting, full n-key rollover and dedicated software. The brand has also even developed its own switches with different response and feedback properties.
Realme launches the Snapdragon 460-powered C17 with a 5000mAh battery and a 90Hz display
Realme has officially unveiled a device based on the new Snapdragon 460 processor in Bangladesh. The C17 also has quad rear cameras, a 500mAh battery and a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a 90 hertz (Hz) refresh rate. It is priced at US$200 in its first market.
Mobvoi announces a launch date for the TicWatch Pro 3
The TicWatch Pro 2020 may be a particularly interesting smartwatch due to its dual-layer display that is intended to save battery over time and 1GB of memory. Now, TicWatch has revealed that it has a successor that will launch in 3 days from now. This Pro 3 is slated to rock the latest Snapdragon wearables platform from Qualcomm.
Xiaomi's international business may account for over half of its revenue, and it's all thanks to MIUI
Xiaomi's CEO, Lei Jun, reportedly estimated that his OEM's global operations represented 50% or more of its total revenue at this stage. Speaking at an innovation conference in China, the executive attributed this international success to MIUI. This Android skin started out as a custom ROM, but now exists as multilingual official software found on millions of devices worldwide.
The Vivo V20 5G is a new Snapdragon 765G phone due to launch soon
Vivo has announced that it will launch the V20 series of smartphones in Southeast Asia later in September 2020. Some leaks indicate that it will have a Pro variant with the Snapdragon 765G processor. This phone may also have a triple camera with a 64MP main sensor
Realme will launch 2 versions of the same upcoming smartwatch: new leaks
The FCC has confirmed that Realme will launch its first-ever round wearable, the Watch S Pro, soon. Further similar leaks indicate that there is also a vanilla variant that may debut alongside it. This Watch S may have the same circular case, IP68 rating and heart-rate tracking, but packs a smaller battery.
Turtle Beach releases second-gen Stealth 700 and 600 headsets for the PS4/5 and Xbox
Turtle Beach has announced that the latest in its Stealth series of headsets for PlayStation or Xbox are available to purchase from today (September 20, 2020). These new variants of the "best sellers" in the wireless audio category for gamers boast features such as flip-to-mute mics, 50mm drivers and reinforced headbands.
An "ECG Edition" of the OPPO Watch will launch soon
OPPO has announced what it is calling a smartwatch with "professional"-grade electrocardiography (ECG) features. This is because it has been officially certified as such a device, albeit in China only. This wearable, which looks like the OEM's inaugural Watch, will launch worldwide in September 2020.
The Redmi 9i launches in India as an improved version of the 9a
The Redmi 9i offers a 6.53-inch screen, a 3.5mm jack and a 5000mAh battery for about US$100 in various markets. Now, the OEM has launched another variant of this same phone with more RAM and storage in India. This 9a will go on sale for INR 8299 (~$113) on platforms such as Flipkart soon.
Samsung trademarks what may be a new in-house ToF sensor
Time-of-flight (or ToF) sensors have become commonplace in higher-end smartphones, fulfilling roles such as depth-perception in photography or advanced face detection for biometrics. Samsung has used them in the past, but has not made its own. Now, however, it seems a new member of the ISOCELL image-sensor family will be dedicated to this task.
RAVPOWER PD Pioneer 65W 4-Port GaN Tech USB C Desktop Charger hands-on review
RAVPOWER's PD Pioneer series consists of chargers based on gallium nitride (GaN) technology rather than traditional silicon. One variant offers the ability to charge four devices at once with a maximum combined output of 65 watts (W). Therefore, it is clearly meant to appeal to enthusiasts with many favoured devices all clamouring for juice. Can it match up to its convenient unique selling point?
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro collects certifications on its way to launch
The Thai regulator NBTC has approved an upcoming Huawei device called the NOH-NX9, revealing that it is in fact the Mate 40 Pro in the process. This model number has also popped up on the EEC and Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) databases, suggesting that the premium phablet will indeed make its debut soon.
The Infinix Note 8 has quad cameras and a 5100mAh battery, according to the FCC
Infinix' Note 8 has emerged in recent leaks as a potential Redmi 9 (or Poco M2) challenger. Both phones have the same Helio G80 processor, although the latter's brand is better established. However, the newer prospect has just been approved by the FCC, revealing that it has quad rear cameras and a sizeable battery.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2's iFixit teardown shows it has improved on reparability in its category, if not by much
iFixit has posted its dissembly video for Samsung's latest flagship foldable device. The Galaxy Z Fold2 fared better than other phones with hinges that have featured recently on the same YouTube channel. On the other hand, it could have scored higher on its reparability scale.
ViewSonic announces a new all-in-one LED display that goes up to 216 inches in size
Large-scale 'video wall'-style displays (or those that are about 100 inches diagonally or more) are often impressive and effective, particularly in a professional environment. However, they can pose several disadvantages, especially when made using conventional LCDs. ViewSonic asserts that its new, LED-based alternative solves many of them while offering a more streamlined viewing and installation experience.
Save about US$1000 on a new-ish ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Lenovo US has announced a major sales event running for this weekend only, with up to 70% off some PCs of various types. Among these are the 7th- and 8th-gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabooks, which are down to under US$1000 in some cases. The Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U-powered T495s also features here at an excellent price.
AirConsole claims to be cloud-gaming but for Xbox, PS4 or Switch titles
Cloud gaming allows PC gamers to stream their titles via any device rather than load them on a high-powered rig. AirConsole is a company that claims to do much the same for console games. However, in its case, the user's smartphone is used as the controller and a big screen is required. This service is now expanding to Android TVs for this purpose.
Google's upcoming smart speaker and Chromecast device are allegedly leaked in full ahead of their launch
Google has indicated that it will launch new smart home products alongside the Pixels 5 and 4a (5G) at these smartphones' launch at the end of September. However, a leaks site may have spoiled any surprise left in conjunction with these devices. WinFuture purports to confirm that they will be a fresh take on the Nest speaker and Chromecast, and to have genuine product images of both.
Qualcomm, Ericsson and US Cellular break the mmWave 5G data-call range record
Earlier, Qualcomm and its 5G research partners reported that it had conducted a data call over mmWave bands over the longest distance yet. Now, this record has been broken again in a new experiment, which took place in Wisconsin.
Lenovo releases the Flex 5G to the US market via its own site
The Flex 5G is Lenovo's premium 2-in-1 with the Snapdragon 8cx platform that allows it the same standalone connectivity as most 2020 flagship phones. It has been on sale in the US before; however, those units were locked to the Verizon UW bands. The OEM now sells SKUs that may be used on any network.
Vecnos launches its new IQUI "pen-sized" 360-degree camera
Vecnos is a spin-off from Ricoh that is dedicated to making compact lifestyle cameras. It has finally unveiled its first 360-degree camera in full. The IQUI fits its 4 proprietary lenses and their controls into a laser-pointer form-factor. It can take 3840x1920 video at 30fps, and has its own app to send these shots to a smartphone.
The OnePlus 8 is now available through the carrier Visible
OnePlus scored places for its flagship 8 series of smartphones with the US carriers T-Mobile and Verizon on its launch. Now, it has (technically) added a third: Visible, a pre-pay network. It now stocks the vanilla 8 in its Onyx Black shade with plans that start at US$28 per month.
JAM Audio's latest wireless headphones offer ANC and a fold-away design for US$60
JAM Audio has launched the Travel ANC wireless headphones. The OEM claims that they are rated for up to 24 hours of battery life, or 18 with active noise-cancelling (ANC) on. Their design also allows for folding up or folding flat
The Huawei Mate 40 series, complete with 5nm 5G-capable processor, is apparently on the way
Huawei is currently thought to have a new flagship phablet series that may comprise the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro (at least) in the works. Now, one of the OEM's official Twitter channels has released a video indicating that they will definitely be released in the near future. A leaker postulates that this will take place in October 2020.
Apple makes the Watch Series 6 and Watch SE official
The latest Apple Watch is here...and so is the latest Apple Watch. The Cupertino giant has released 2 variants of its iconic wearable for the first time. The flagship Series 6 has the latest watchOS 7 features, a new always-on altimeter and the long-awaited blood oxygen sensor, whereas the SE has only some of these things.
OPPO patents a version of its Watch with a 3D-curved round face: new leak
According to an allegedly leaked patent, the OEM OPPO will follow its first-gen smartwatch with 2 more. One of these drops the Apple Watch style for a round face instead; however, it still appears to have the attractive curved-edge glass of its apparent forebear. However, fans of the square face may not be disappointed either.
42% of US households with broadband internet now own at least one health-related device
Connected health devices are electronics that can provide links to organizations such as the Mayo Clinic or Electronic Caregiver so as to help monitor or even treat a patient in their own home. A new survey indicates that their adoption and use among US residents is growing. This is likely to be related to the fall-out from the Covid-19 pandemic and general trends in medical tech and its use.
The new Sony alpha a7c is now the world's most compact full-frame camera
Sony has broken ground with its latest mirrorless unit, as the OEM has packed a full-frame sensor into dimensions normally reserved for APS-C cameras. The alpha 7c (or a7c) also offers a flip-out LCD touchscreen and in-body image stabilization (IBIS). It will start to become available in October 2020 for a surprisingly reasonable starting price.
ROCCAT unleashes its latest Elo series with 7.1 channel surround sound and Turtle Beach technology
The gaming headset maker ROCCAT has collaborated with its new parent, Turtle Beach, on its new Elo series. It comes in cross-platform stereo, USB and wireless varieties, all of which are rated for 7.1 surround sound. The Elos also have their brand's AIMO lighting system and self-regulating metal headbands.
Google sets a date for the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G launch
The Pixel 5 - not to mention the 5G variant of the 4a - have been anticipated for quite some time. Now, Google has finally confirmed a date for the launch of these new smartphones. This event will also see the debut of the latest Nest speaker and Chromecast device.
The Snapdragon 875G is reportedly confirmed to be made by Samsung
The Snapdragon 875G is a rumored high-performance variant of Qualcomm's 2021 flagship mobile processor. A new report asserts not only that it is planned for certain, but that Samsung will be the company to manufacture it. This contract is apparently worth approximately US$846 million to the South Korean giant.
Realme's first Snapdragon 460 phone may have been spotted on Geekbench
The Snapdragon 460 is a new Qualcomm processor that has hit the headlines thanks to its putative role in OnePlus' first-ever entry-level smartphone. It seems the OEM Realme is also preparing a device based on the cost-effective chipset. According to a Geekbench leak, it has a surprisingly generous amount of RAM and runs Android 10.
Realme's first round-faced smartwatch may launch in the US soon following a full FCC specs leak
The Realme Watch S Pro is a new product approved for use by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Unlike this OEM's first wearable, it has a circular AMOLED display and a relatively large 420mAh battery. These details are known thanks to its new official certification.
The Infinix Note 8 leaks onto Geekbench 5 as a potential Poco M2/Redmi 9 rival
Tecno is a smartphone OEM that may be on the rise to challenge other, more readily recognizable names such as LG, OPPO or Realme. Its main brand is Infinix, which has been spotted on Geekbench 5 with a new phone called the Note 8. According to this leak, it rocks the Helio G80 SoC and has 6GB of RAM.
The Amazfit GTR 2 takes a trip to the Bluetooth SIG, possibly confirming it will launch soon
An earlier leak suggested that the increasingly popular wearables brand Amazfit had a second-gen GTR smartwatch in the works. Now, a device of this name has been approved to use Bluetooth 5.0. Therefore, it may not be far away from an official unveiling.
The network slicing market may surpass US$600 million in 6 years
Network slicing refers to the process of sharing a single network (usually for mobile data) between different use-cases (e.g. IoT or VR) in a way that renders the same connectivity optimal for each one. Therefore, its market is likely to benefit from the rise of 5G. A new market research report estimates its value will grow to US$600 million or more by 2026.
A next-gen RTX Quadro has more CUDA cores and memory than the 3090: new leak
The leaker Moore's Law is Dead has posted details of a card described as an NVIDIA Quadro based on Ampere. This would make it a successor to the current RTX generation of this high-powered content-focused series of GPUs. It beats the freshly-launched 3090 in some aspects, despite falling behind in some others.
An EMUI 11 trailer video points to 66W charging for the Mate 40 series
Huawei unveiled its latest update to its Android skin, EMUI 11, at its 2020 Developer Conference. This involved a teaser video that contains a shot seeming to reference 66 watt (W) charging. This goes beyond the current upper limit of phone power-brick speeds for this OEM; therefore, this spec may be destined for the upcoming Mate 40 flagship series.
Google Play Games now has filters to exclude titles with ads or in-app purchases
Mobile gaming is a growing industry as it can be a fun way to pass the time. However, the enjoyment titles made to be played on your phone can be curbed by the need to complete micro-transactions to proceed, or to watch ads to avoid paying for the same. The games-specific variant of the Google Play Store now has settings to help choose new apps without these drawbacks.
Google Duo and Meet are coming to Android TVs
2020 may go down as the year of truly everyday video-calling and video-conferencing. Google has decided to facilitate this by adding support for its Meet and Duo apps to Android TVs. Therefore, these smart screens will be able to act as the displays for video-chats and work calls, so long as they have a camera.
Super Mario is the best gaming franchise, according to a new US poll
Today (September 12, 2020) is the US' National Gaming Day. Accordingly, the results of a survey involving 1000 residents of this country on the subject have been released. 47% of the group nominated Super Mario as the best franchise. Xbox and PlayStation tied for the best console, as Nintendo devices lagged behind with 21% of this vote.
BOE reports that its 5mm flexible display tech is now in mass production
Display panels that can fold and unfold regularly without damage will probably play a growing role in the electronics of the future. BOE is one company involved in their development and production. Its latest milestone in this endeavor is a panel type it has been working on that can bend with a radius of as little as 5 millimeters (mm), which can now reportedly be made in bulk.
Huawei claims its new FreeBuds Pro and FreeLaces Pro have "industry-leading" noise-cancellation
Huawei has also launched its latest hearables at its ongoing Developer Conference. The FreeBuds Pro have the AirPod form-factor; however, it is also claimed that they have "intelligent dynamic noise cancellation" and active noise cancelling features. The FreeLace Pro neckbuds also have supposedly best-in-class performance in this right, as well as a battery life of up to 24 hours.
The Huawei Watch Fit sees an international launch with pricing and availability info
Huawei has introduced the Watch Fit, its first smartwatch with a rounded rectangular fact, to more markets at its Developer Conference (HDC 2020). It has many features in common with the equally new Watch GT 2 Pro, but is much more affordable. The wearable is to be made available this month (September 2020),
Huawei's Watch GT 2 Pro has a premium build and "pro-grade" health-tracking features
Huawei has launched its new range of wearables at this OEM's own Developer Conference (HDC 2020). Its flagship is unarguably the Watch GT 2 Pro, which has titanium and ceramic in its casing, as well as a "sapphire" display crystal. It is rated for up to 2 weeks' worth of battery life and comes in Sport or Classic SKUs.
VAVA crowdfunds the "world's most secure" portable USB type C SSD
The VAVA Portable SSD Touch is a new product launched via Indiegogo recently. It is a stick-like drive with a hardware-based fingerprint scanner on the top of its aluminium, supposedly shock-proof casing. It also apparently packs AES 256-bit encryption on top of that and USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds into its compact form-factor.
VAVA USB type C 12-in-1 Docking Station hands-on review
VAVA is a new RAVPOWER brand for this OEM's home- and work-related accessories. They include a range of docks or hubs for USB type C-only laptops. This 12-in-1 variant offers up to 8 different types of I/O or utility to devices such as MacBooks. Can it deliver on these claims when connected to a high-powered gaming ultrabook?
Samsung and LG confirm they will no longer ship display panels to Huawei
Earlier, the prominent chipset manufacturer TSMC announced that it would comply with US trade regulations preventing it from doing business with the OEM Huawei from mid-September 2020 onward. Similarly, LG and Samsung have stated that they will stop supplying the company with display panels on the date in question. Then again, Huawei may still have contingencies for this latest setback.
A developer's crowdfunding project for a wireless form of Android Auto beats its goal
Android Auto is an app that throws Google services such as Maps and the Assistant up onto a car's display from a USB-connected phone. However, its compatibility or stability can be variable sometimes. To this end, the developer Emil Borconi-Szedressy has invented AAWireless, which is described as a plug-and-play method to take a cable out of the equation.
The Motorola Razr 2020 5G has a full specs leak and an unboxing ahead of its official launch
Motorola is scheduled to launch its refreshed Razr 2020 later today (September 9, 2020). However, it is already out there in the form of YouTube hands-on and first impressions by prominent tech influencers. Furthermore, Roland Quandt of WinFuture claims to have learned its entire spec list by now.
The Poco M2 will sell via Flipkart starting September 15, 2020
Poco has launched a non-Pro variant for the M2 series in India, as indicated earlier. The phone is a rebrand of the Redmi 9/9 Prime, albeit with slightly different styling. This means it is powered by the Helio G80 SoC, has 6GB of RAM and quad rear cameras.
Microsoft issues a full spec breakdown for the Xbox Series S (and X)
Microsoft has just introduced the concept of the Xbox Series S. Now, it has gone into greater detail on its upcoming, all-new digital-only console. The product also gets an AMD Zen 2-based CPU and an RDNA GPU, albeit not exactly the same as the one that will come in the Series X. The latter is rated for 4 TFLOPS' worth of performance, whereas the X is not.
The OnePlus 8 series now has stable Android 11-based betas
Google has released the first stable build of Android 11 for the Pixel line of smartphones today (September 8, 2020). Now, OnePlus has announced that it too has such an update for its current flagships, the 8 and 8 Pro. They come in the form of OxygenOS Open Betas, the last step before a stable software version.
Aukey wants to help iPhone fans get ready for new devices with its first 20W PD charger
Aukey has launched a new member of its Omnia series of chargers. It is rated for the Power Delivery (USB-PD) standard; however, unlike some of its high-powered type-C siblings, this Nano goes at 20 watts (W). The OEM hints that this ultra-compact accessory would be ideal for Apple's upcoming iPhone 12 line.
1More announces that its ANC earbuds are the first TWS devices to be THX-certified
1More launched its first pair of true-wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds with active noise cancellation (ANC) in late 2019. Now, it has revealed that the same accessories have attained a certification from the audio authority THX. This is attributed to the brand's QuietMax technology and hybrid ANC techniques.
Sony's new series of projectors is headlined by a 4K SXRD laser model
Sony has launched its new line of home theater- and enterprise-grade projectors. It comprises laser- and lamp-enabled SKUs, although its flagship has the SXRD tech necessary for a micro-display unit to throw images in 4K. Their maker also claims to have improved on their processing platforms and HDR capabilities.
Redmi launches its SonicBass Wireless Earphones in Nepal
The new Redmi SonicBass Wireless Earphones are accessories of the 'neckbud' variety alluded to in a leak earlier in 2020. Now, the brand has finally launched them in their first market, Nepal. They will cost the equivalent of about US$17 in this country on their imminent release.
The US administration considers putting the foundry SMIC on its Entity List
The Semiconductor Manufacturing Internal Corporation (SMIC) is in the same business as TSMC, if not quite at the same level of complexity or noteriety. The US administration has reportedly threatened it with a blacklisting along the same lines as the one handed to Huawei. This is reportedly linked to the company's alleged connections to the Chinese national military.
Realme will launch its first pair of ANC TWS earbuds in India: new leak
Realme has made a successful foray into the true-wireless (TWS) earbud market recently. Then again, none of its products have have the sought-after spec of active noise cancelling (ANC). A new leak suggests it is coming in a new set soon, and that their launch will take place in India.
OnePlus makes it to the top of the Indian premium smartphone market again
Counterpoint Research has published its latest report on the premium (~US$400 or more) sector of India's smartphone market. It declined by 32% in the second quarter of 2020 (2Q2020) - although this drop was less severe than that of the entire market for the same quarter. OnePlus took the #1 spot here again, just edging Samsung out with a 29% share.
Is the ZenFone 7 coming to the US after all? Maybe, according to a new leak
Asus delighted fans of the flip camera with the launch of the ZenFone 7 series, which are mobile devices with the second generation of this display-sparing tech. Those in the US may have been disappointed when the OEM mentioned no availability for its new flagships in that market. A Reddit thread contains alleged evidence that may contradict this, however.
A new leak purports to outline Intel's upcoming Jasper Lake-based range of processors
Jasper Lake is thought to be Gemini Lake's impending successor for low-end notebooks and mini PCs launching in early 2021. A website that focuses on the latter has listed what it claims as the product names for these possibly Tremont-based CPUs. Should they prove genuine, it seems the new mobile and desktop categories get one Pentium and two Celerons each.
Realme is the #1 TWS audio brand in India following its second recorded quarter in this market
Realme rose to be a top 5 hearable (or audio wearables with a smart component) brand in research on the Indian sector of this market during the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). Now, a new Counterpoint Research report on the same space for 2Q2020 has found the OEM has taken the No.1 spot in its TWS earbud sub-sector. Its success is based on the increasing affordability of the devices in question.
Huawei's 5nm Kirin launch is delayed as it seeks to get all its orders out of TSMC before an important deadline
Huawei's mobile platforms have been notable by their absence from IFA 2020. It transpires that the OEM has decided to delay the launch of its Kirin 1000 platform (which is to be the first of its series to be based on a 5 nanometer (nm) architecture), in order to focus on taking delivery of as much of the silicon it is based on before it is blocked from doing so by US restrictions.
3C may have certified some Samsung Galaxy S21-series batteries
The Samsung Galaxy S20 series phones are nearly 7 months old now. Nevertheless, leaks about their possible successors have already emerged. One of them concern 2 new batteries from their OEM freshly approved for use by the Chinese regulator 3C and now tipped as meant for an S21 variant apiece.
Lenovo posts a full product specs reference for the ThinkPad T15g Gen 1 with the possible configurations available on its launch
The anticipated first-gen T15g is currently thought of as the "gamer's ThinkPad", due to the RTX 20-series graphics that, as some leaks have attested, is destined for this machine. Its maker Lenovo may have put this beyond a doubt with a full product specifications reference (or PSREF) for the device, including a raft of SKUs with specific processor and graphics options.
Skullcandy releases the Crusher Evo headphones, the latest in its line to feature Haptic Bass
Skullcandy has announced the latest addition to the Crusher series of personal audio products. The Evo headphones are equipped with Haptic Bass, which reinforces this range with physical feedback. They also offer the option of building an Audiododo personalized audio profile, which may tailor the headphones' sound delivery to each individual user.
TCL claims its latest AI-powered AV processor will unleash the true potential of its QLED and mini-LED panels
TCL has launched its second-gen AiPQ Engine at IFA 2020. It is a platform rated to enhance this OEM's big-screen TVs, particularly those made with mini-LED or quantum-dot LED (QLED). The Engine allows for "real-time audiovisual optimization" based on the content to be reproduced. It is rated to distinguish between different types of AV media thanks to its machine-learned features.
TCL launches 2 new affordable FHD+ tablets with Wi-Fi or 4G connectivity
The TCL 10 TABMAX and 10 TABMID are 2 new slates launched at IFA this year. They feature their brand's in-house NXTVISION technology for "the most vibrant colors and rich details", as well as reduced blue-light emission. They may also go well with the OEM's new MOVEAUDIO S200 TWS earbuds.
TCL launches NXTPAPER, a new rival to e-ink rated for improved color, contrast and eye-safety
TCL has unveiled its latest form of display technology as part of its IFA Special Edition 2020 presentation. NXTPAPER is an alternative to e-ink that, as its maker claims, "repurposes natural light" to prevent eye-strain while still producing a convincing range of colors. These panels are also touted to improve on contrast, power-efficiency and thickness compared to more conventional screen materials.
Zhiyun introduces its new Smooth XS gimbal as a potential DJI OM 4 challenger
Zhiyun is known as a maker of smartphone-videography aids. The Smooth XS is the latest product in this line. It, like its recently-launch DJI counterpart, is a motorized gimbal with an optional tripod. However, unlike the OM 4, the XS has a telescopic arm for selfies and also costs under US$100.
iPad Air 4: New renders show an updated tablet with a Touch ID-enabled power button
The fourth-generation iPad Air has been linked to a new design that would leave it looking more like its Pro sibling. SvetApple has posted new renders based on its latest leaks. They include support for Touch ID, which is found embedded in the slate's power button. The images also depict a sizeable camera hump despite the presence of just one lens, as well as a USB type C port.
Qualcomm's Adaptive ANC might be the next big thing in TWS earbud specs
Active noise cancellation (ANC) has been found to be of interest for 71% of consumers planning to buy true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds. However, the feature does require physical seals and a fit that some users may find less tolerable over time. Qualcomm claims that its new Adaptive ANC solves these problems.
The 2020 Asus ZenBook Flip S is the first notebook verified to conform to Intel's 11th-gen platform
Asus' Intel 11th-gen Core-based notebook line-up contains a ZenBook Flip S, for the first time in quite a while. This new variant (the UX371) features the new OLED NanoEdge PANTONE-validated panel as many of its new siblings. It also has Thunderbolt 4 and stands out with a premium build and an accented colorway.
Asus intros its new RTX 30-based cards: ROG Strix and TUF Gaming flavors with new shrouds, fans and RGB accents
Asus has launched its new Ampere-based cards. They are based on the RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 GPUs, which are distributed across new additions to the ROG Strix and TUF Gaming lines. Both are described as composed of "top-shelf" components for durability and performance.
Samsung lists the Galaxy S20 Lite by name on updated software support pages
Samsung appears to have confirmed an impending successor for the Galaxy S10 Lite. A device with a name to match this description has appeared alongside existing devices on development websites for the US and German divisions of the OEM. They suggest the upcoming phone will run Android 10, at least.
The OnePlus 8T will have a flat screen: new leak
OnePlus may release its typical late-year refreshed flagship series soon. The first snapshot of this 8T line may have leaked courtesy of material found in the OEM's own version of Android. Should this be the case, there may be a display without curves and a single punch-hole in the offing for one of the upcoming phones.
Sony announces a new Cinema Line for camera products of this caliber
Today (September 2, 2020), Sony has announced that it has implemented a new series for cameras of the pro film- and documentary-capable variety. Known as the Cinema Line, it now encompasses existing products such as the VENICE and FX units. Its next new addition is projected to appear by the end of 2020.
Dell's latest Alienware monitors include a 38-inch curved display with G-SYNC ULTIMATE
Dell has announced its new Alienware gaming monitors. This series has 25- and 27-inch flat variants, although its flagship is a 38-inch curved option. Dell asserts that this "best-in-class gaming monitor" will enhance immersion and quality, with the latest certifications from NVIDIA and VESA to boot.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G crosses the US$2000 mark with ease in Europe
Today (September 1, 2020), Samsung has launched the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G for a number of markets worldwide, Germany included. This means we finally get to find out how the premium device is priced in various different regions. The new foldable has a recommended price of over €1900, in one European country at least.
The Realme V3 launches as the cheapest 5G phone in China
Realme has unveiled the eye-catching new X7 series of smartphones today (September 1, 2020) today during a virtual event in China. This launch also introduced a new member of the V line, which is also powered by a MediaTek Dimensity chipset. However, its specs allow for pricing that starts at just 999 yuan (~US$146).
Poco sets a date for the global launch of the X3
Poco has been hinting that the upcoming X3 may be a phone to take on the OnePlus Nord in its mid-range category. The brand has just sent out press invitations for this phone's worldwide launch. It will be a virtual event that will take place on September 7, 2020.
OPPO patents a clamshell foldable phone with the screen on the outside
Samsung has captivated some tech enthusiasts with its Galaxy Z Flip neo-clamshell phone, the second of its kind to be foldable. Now, a different mobile device company, OPPO, has designed one much like it, but in reverse. Its screen is on the outside, with a sensor that detects the angle at which it is unfolded.
Qualcomm and its 5G broadband partners claim to have completed the world's longest-range mmWave data call
mmWave is a sub-type of 5G associated with the potential for ultra-high speeds. However, it is also lumbered with a perception of being unreliable due to weak reception. Qualcomm, Ericsson and Casa Systems seek to change that with its latest claim of a data call using these bands conducted over a distance of nearly 4 kilometers (km).
Honor is now linked to its own-brand version of the Huawei Watch Fit
The Huawei Watch Fit is an interesting sports-focused smartwatch as it has launched with a screen that is rectangular rather than the usual square or strip-like shapes. Now, it seems this company's second major brand, Honor, is also going to adopt it in an upcoming wearable. It would join products like the MagicWatch on the market.
Xiaomi's Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Pro may launch soon following an appearance on the Bluetooth SIG database
Xiaomi has what appear to be a Pro variant of its Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 in the works. This has been confirmed overtly by the certification of products going by this name by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). This is a strong indication they will be introduced to the market soon.
Samsung is tipped to release a new, multi-device wireless charger
Samsung's Wireless Charger Duo is a device that allows a phone and a smartwatch to charge simultaneously using the Qi standard. Now, Evan Blass asserts the OEM has come up with a new generation of this product. Called the Wireless Charger Pad Trio, it calls the Apple AirPower to mind, although the two may not work exactly the same way.
Xiaomi will launch the Mi Band 5 and Mi Watch Revolve in India soon: new leak
A respected leaker has reportedly let it be known that the successor to the Mi Band 4 will be unleashed on the Indian market soon. It will apparently be joined there by the Mi Watch Revolve, the global version of Xiaomi's first round-faced smartwatch. However, the tipster did not mention an exact date for this event.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition becomes available for various platforms
Square Enix has announced that the remastered Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles title has gone live. It has PS4, Nintendo Switch, Android and iOS versions, across which gamers can form teams and explore all the dungeons. It also has a Lite (or free) version and a Mimic Mode for those who want to play as original characters.
The Galaxy M51 is now up for pre-order on Samsung Germany's website
The Galaxy M51 has finally been confirmed as a smartphone that is soon to be released. It is now avaialble to pre-order, albeit only via Samsung's German website. However, it is also currently being teased on Amazon India, suggesting that it will launch very soon on that platform. One of its new campaigns confirm the phone's 7000mAh battery spec.
No HarmonyOS smartphone until 2021: Huawei CEO
Huawei has been rumored to release the first phone with HarmonyOS - its contingency against the loss of access to Android - out of the box by the end of 2020. However, the CEO of its Consumer Business Group has reportedly confirmed that this will not be the case. Speaking at a Chinese conference, the executive indicated that this plan might be implemented in 2021 instead.
Apple follows through on its threat to cancel Epic Games' developer account
Apple had warned that it might terminate the developer account page on its Store for Epic Games. The studio is currently involved in action that challenges the Cupertino giant's app-revenue model. Now, this threat has come to fruition, meaning that access to all of Epic's apps on iOS or iPadOS has been revoked.
The skyBOX is a "credit-card-sized" wireless portable SSD that is now available on Indiegogo
HyperAccessory is a start-up that purports to pack the advantages of on-the-go storage with top-end data transfers into a form-factor with the footprint of the average bank-card. This skyBOX also features Wi-Fi 6, alongside capacities of up to 4TB. It has already well exceeded its crowdfunding goal on its ongoing Indiegogo campaign.
The smartwatch market grew by 20% in the first half of 2020, driven by devices from Huawei, Garmin and Apple
The smartwatch market continued to flourish in the first 6 months of 2020 (1H2020), with Apple, Garmin and Huawei as its new top 3 brands. This growth was seen worldwide, albeit particularly in India, the US and Europe. The demand for these wearables is linked to the increased regard for personal health in a new report from Counterpoint Research.
Ricoh launches limited Silver Editions of the PENTAX K-1 Mark II DSLR
Ricoh has announced limited-editions of its PENTAX flagship, the K-1 Mark II. It has been joined by new versions of the D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses in the same silver color. All 4 will be available in limited runs from September 2020.
The EXO AX5400 is D-Link's latest premium mesh Wi-Fi 6 router
D-Link has released its latest AX5400 mesh router on Amazon. This device is rated for up to 6 continuous 4K content streams. Its maker claims that its speeds and bandwidth is due to its "prosumer" build and 160MHz channel.
The Hachi Infinite M1 is a projector that turns any surface into a touchscreen and is now available on Amazon
Hachi's Infinite M1 is an AI-powered projector that can throw a working interface onto the desk or wall in front of it. Its maker originally launched it at CES 2020, and is now prepared to ship it from Amazon or its own website. It works thanks to a Snapdragon SoC and a version of Android 9.0.
Global professional headset shipments may grow to 65.7 million units by 2026: new research
The number of "workplace-style" headsets shipped worldwide might exceed 65 million over the next 6 years, compared to a figure of 22.9 million from 2019. This may correspond to a market value of US$2.94 billion in 2026. This growth is associated with the shift in trends to virtual and online meeting types, as well as the rise of remote work in 2020.
Dell Technologies reports that it beat market-analysis estimates for the sixth quarter running with its latest earning results
Dell Technologies has posted its performance for its second fiscal quarter of 2021 (2FQ2021), which ended on July 31, 2020. The company has announced total revenues of US$22.7 billion for this period, with a net income of $1.1 billion. This success was attributed to demand for devices and services that drove working and learning from home.
Qualcomm and Ericsson announce a world-first in the development of 5G carrier aggregation
Qualcomm and Ericsson have been collaborating on the development of 5G technology for quite some time now. The partners' latest achievement is the successful completion of data calls using carrier aggregation. This was done using the standalone sub-6GHz form of the radio standard, which means the same could become more usable and attractive to mobile networks in the future.
SND RAY: the "best HiFi bone conduction sunglasses" are now on Indiegogo
Sunglasses that also act as personal audio devices are a rapidly expanding category of tech. The start-up SND RAY has put its take on this concept up for crowd-funding on Indiegogo. It claims that this product has improved audio quality compared to its rivals in this space.
UGREEN USB C 9-in-1 Multiport Docking Station hands-on review
To own an ultrabook is to own a PC that can go more places and do more things these days; however, it also entails the risk of losing more ports into the bargain. UGREEN offers hub-type products that seek to reinstate them through the medium of one USB type C port. Can this variant restore up to six different types of I/O to the light and portable notebook category?
GeForce NOW adds Control, Hitman and the Shadowrun Collection to its list of games
GeForce NOW is NVIDIA's solution for online cloud gaming. It famously adds titles every Thursday, for the benefit of players who own them already but do not have a high-powered PC to hand. Today, this list includes Control, as well as games that have also become free on the Epic Games Store today.
Vivo patents what could be its next flagship phone
The NEX 3 and 3S are premium smartphones from the OEM Vivo with profoundly curved or "waterfall" displays. Now, this company has patented a new phone design with what could be the next generation of the same technology. It has a punch-hole camera, whereas its possible predecessor was edge-to-edge thanks to a pop-up selfie module.
The RedMagic 5G drops in price as pre-orders for its incremental refresh go live globally
International pre-orders for the latest in RedMagic gaming phones have gone live today (August 26, 2020). This device is a variation on this series' early 2020 flagship, which launched with a 144Hz display and active cooling. That phone, the 5G, is also still available with a slight discount.
A possible Realme X7 Pro with the Dimensity 1000+ SoC appears on Geekbench
The OEM Realme is now said to have incorporated the flagship MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset in an upcoming phone called the X7 Pro. A model number that could be from the brand associated with the same SoC has surfaced on the Geekbench database. Its new results suggest that it will add Android 10 and 8GB of RAM to its specs list.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 pre-orders in China are shown to be a tenth of those of the Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series are now available to reserve with online retailers in the Chinese market. This has led to an observation from the well-known leaker Ice Universe as to how its 2 variants are faring in this market. It seems that the more expensive Ultra model is outselling its vanilla counterpart by an emphatic amount
Qualcomm selects the 33 firms that will benefit from its Small Business Accelerator Program
In response to the often harsh realities of the peri-Covid-19 world from the enterprise perspective, Qualcomm implemented the Small Business Accelerator Program to help firms of that description during this time. It exists to donate specific kinds of support and device from the OEM's partners in this initiative. The first round of successful applicants has now been announced.
DJI may launch an update for the Osmo Mobile 3 soon
The Osmo Mobile is DJI's take on the motorized smartphone gimbal, which may make for improved stability in video and selfies. A new leak points to a 2020 model of this product which, unlike the current third-generation iteration, will have a magnetic system to secure the phone in question to the rest of the robot arm-like device.
NVIDIA's new 12-pin power connector for RTX 3000 cards is spotted in the wild
Recent leaks assert that NVIDIA has developed a new 12-pin connector that will supersede the 8-pin PCIe component often seen today. Now, a tipster claims to have been given the cables that go to this newer option. According to its images and rumors, its size is comparable to that of the current standard, but can be used to draw much more power.
The Realme X7 Pro's official renders are allegedly leaked, showing its design and camera counts
The Realme X7 Pro is rumored to be unleashed on the smartphone market as a "Redmi K30 Ultra killer". A prolific Twitter leaker has posted what is claimed as promotional material for this phone. It comprises shots of the phone from the front, back and sides, depicting it as attractive yet unusually branding-heavy.
OPPO may debut the Snapdragon 860 SoC in conjunction with the Reno 5 series
OPPO is currently thought to have updates for its Reno4 series of premium mid-range phones in the works. The highest-end of these may be the first to launch with the also-rumored Snapdragon 860 processor. This SoC, as the name suggests, is projected to be a "Lite" version of the 865.
Samsung's "mid-range foldable" takes a step closer to reality with an official Wi-Fi certification
A recent leak has pointed to an upcoming Samsung foldable that may be more affordable than its predecessors. This rumor now gains more weight due to the fact that the Wi-Fi Alliance has registered a device with its alleged model number. This new leak may also point to specs that may indeed render it the foldable for (more of) the masses.
The Nokia C3 is a new budget phone that might launch in India soon
Nokia launched the C3 as a 5.99-inch HD+ display phone with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage in China recently. It also runs Android 10 with an octa-core processor, and costs about US$101. A new leak suggests this budget phone is also headed to India soon.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2: a new leak may confirm the same 120Hz limitations as the Note 20 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G will launch for the first time on September 1, 2020. However, any remaining mystique around this second-gen flexible-display phablet may have been disspelled by what looks convincingly like a leaked ad for the device. It indicates that the Z Fold2 has a 120Hz refresh rate, but with an increasingly familiar caveat.
The Zepp E is a new sporty smartwatch that comes in round- or square-faced options
The new wearables brand Zepp has launched its first smartwatch, the E. This device has a choice of square or round 3D curved bezel-free glass faces with AMOLED displays and stainless steel backing. Both versions also feature 11 sports modes, advanced sleep tracking and a blood-oxygen sensor.
Samsung Galaxy M51: a new leak may help confirm some specs ahead of its launch
The Galaxy M51 is currently thought to become the first Samsung phone that breaks the 6000mAh barrier on its launch. It may have appeared on Geekbench 5 ahead of this event, in which case its SoC and RAM may have been spilled. According to this new leak, it gets a 4G/LTE-only mid-range Snapdragon chipset.
Some Surface Book users complain of screen defects in response to normal use, and that Microsoft is all but ignoring them
The Surface Book series comprise innovative 2-in-1s that can run the buyer a pretty penny. Its support and user forums have exhibited a pattern of complaints that these devices develop cracks in their screens (often "overnight"). These defects reportedly appear as a result of doing no more than closing their lids in notebook mode.
Lightroom 5.4.0 for iOS and iPadOS causes the irreversible loss of photo and preset data
Adobe representatives have acknowledged a critical fault in a recent update to its version of Lightroom for iOS. It follows multiple complaints from users that they have lost their photos, presets or both in the event these were not backed up beforehand. The company has released a subsequent update that avoids these issues; however, it will not be able to restore the data for affected customers.
Samsung's next foldable device might be more affordable than its forebears
Foldables are the latest and most expensive forms of trendy mobile devices in existence. The blog SamMobile claims to have heard of a new, "budget" iteration of this tech from Samsung. It may have relatively low internal storage options and more color SKUs compared to the Galaxy Z Fold2 or Z Flip 5G.
The 90Hz OPPO A53 is the world's first Snapdragon 460-powered phone
OPPO has quietly released the A53 onto the Indonesian market. Despite its initial unprepossessing mid-range appearance, this phone has a few interesting attributes. For one thing, it is the first to feature the Snapdragon 460 SoC. It also has a 90 hertz (Hz) refresh rate, despite the fact the screen in question is HD+.
The latest TicWatch offers "essential" smartwatch features at a more affordable price
The wearables OEM Mobvoi is slated to launch a watch with cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon silicon for that form-factor soon. However, its latest release definitely doesn't fit this bill. Nevertheless, the TicWatch GTX packs sleep-tracking, heart-rate monitoring and 14 workout modes into a device with a normal price of US$60.
Eve Devices displays its Spectrum monitor prototypes
Eve Devices started taking reservations for its Spectrum monitor in January 2020. Now, it has a new post to share with its community in which the first prototypes for its inaugural display product are shown off. It includes video and photos of one unit being put together, potentially verifying its design and port selection in the process.
GeForce NOW adds Peaky Blinders: Mastermind on the same day as Steam
NVIDIA's cloud-gaming platform GeForce NOW announces seven additional titles today (August 20, 2020), one of which is also Steam's latest release. It is based on the popular TV show Peaky Blinders, and has been up for pre-order until now. Therefore, customers can stream their new title as well as load it on their own PC.
The latest iPhone 12 renders hint at the base model's colorful potential
2020's iPhones are thought to come with a base model that has a 5.4-inch display and a design that, as with its larger siblings, recalls the iPad Pro. These details come to the forefront in the latest renders of this device. Made by SvetApple, it shows the "12 5.4" in all colorways projected for this variant.
The flexible display-toting Nubia Watch launches internationally via Kickstarter
Nubia launched its second-generation flexible display watch in China at the start of August 2020, and it has been exclusive to that market since. Now, however, the OEM has broadened its availability by making it a reward on a Kickstarter campaign. It has attracted nearly 7 times its original goal at this point.
A new leak may confirm Huawei will keep on circling the square with the Mate 40 series' rear cameras
Recent renders have indicated that Huawei intends to stick with a round housing for the rear cameras in its upcoming additions to the Mate series of high-end phablets. A newer leak appears to corroborate this detail. It shows that both the 40 and 40 Pro will have at least 3 sensors apiece within a bordered circle of what looks like glass.
Samsung allegedly patents new AR glasses
Augmented reality (AR) may emerge as a prominent medium for content and entertainment in the future. At least, Samsung appears to think so, as it has reportedly claimed a new form of the glasses that facilitate it at the South Korean intellectual property office. Should this be the case, the resulting product may look more like sports AR goggles than anything.
A new leak points to not 1 but 3 upcoming new Fitbits, including a Versa 3
The prolific leaker Roland Quandt now claims to have laid hands on product images for Fitbit's next wave of smartwatches and fitness trackers. They include possible new generations of the familiar Versa and Inspire lines. However, there is also a completely new name that may encompass various recent health-wearable trends.
Razer is offering US$200 off various Blade notebooks for its Back to School event
Razer is weighing in on the traditional Back to School sales period with offers on many of its Blade 15 Base Edition, 15 Advanced and Pro 17 notebooks. These PCs are available at US$200 off their normal prices during this event. There is also $10 off the OEM's Hammerhead TWS earbuds.
AMD launches the A520 chipset, confirming its Ryzen 4000 compatibility in the process
AMD has released the full specifications and details of the A520 chipset, which will be using the AM4 socket. The company has also mentioned that it will be compatible with the Zen 3 architecture going forward, as well as with current Ryzen 3000 desktop APUs. It can also use PCIe 3.0 lanes and supports 5 USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports.
36% of professionals polled would happily trade 35% of their current salaries for an improved work life balance
A recent poll conducted on the professional's forum site Blind found that 36% of workers at companies such as Microsoft, Google and Oracle would accept 65% of their current pay-checks in exchange for more parity between their work and personal lives. The respondents in favor of this concept cited advantages such as improved mental and physical health and familial relationships.
NVIDIA announces the launch of GeForce NOW on Chromebooks
GeForce NOW is NVIDIA's cloud gaming solution that allows access to any titles a user may have acquired regardless of the power of their PC. These possibilities are now officially open to those with Chromebooks, thanks to a new beta. It may allow the app to launch even on these often ultra-light machines.
Huawei's access to suppliers is further curtailed by the US administration
The US government has just increased the number of companies associated with the OEM Huawei on its economic blacklist to 152. This has reportedly been done in order to ensure the electronics giant cannot use American technology or IP to source new chipsets. The Semiconductor Industry Association has reportedly expressed opposition to this uptick in the existing trend of restrictions.
More signs of a future with budget OnePlus phones surface in a new leak
TUV Rheinland has reportedly certified a new OnePlus charger. However, it is not a super-powered Warp Charge variant as normal for this brand, but supports more conventional 18 watt (W) speeds instead. This, then, may be a new hint that the smartphone OEM is working on its rumored foray into the entry-level market.
The Samsung Galaxy M31s may be headed for its first European market
The Samsung Galaxy M31s is a mid-ranger that has thrived in its main market (India) due to its extra-large 6000mAh battery. Now, it seems this same screen-time champion is headed to Italy. The OEM's division in this country seems to have given it a support page, despite the fact it is not yet sold there.
Chargeasap's new up-to-200W USB type C power brick garners over US$450,000 on Kickstarter
Chargeasap, the maker of the Indiegogo hit the Flash power bank, is back on crowdfunding with another potentially groundbreaking power accessory. This Omega wall-wart has 2 versions: one that rated to charge at up to 100 watts (W), and one at 200W. It had a goal of US$10,000 on Kickstarter, but left this threshold behind a long time ago.
The iQOO 5 Pro is the world's latest Snapdragon 865 phone with a 120Hz screen and 120W charging
The iQOO 5 series is a new line from this Vivo sub-brand that has been hyped with its novel spec of 120 watt charging. Now, on their launch, it is revealed that the Pro variant is the one with this new ability. However, the iQOO 5 still offers its Snapdragon 865 SoC, 120 hertz refresh rate and 12GB RAM top-end SKU.
Samsung gets the Galaxy Z Fold2 through TENAA testing ahead of its Chinese-market launch
The Galaxy Z Fold2 is Samsung's second-generation book-form flexible tablet. It is slated to launch in the US on September 1, 2020, followed by a debut in China eight days later. The device has appeared on the database of the regulator TENAA ahead of this event.
Wearable payments might fund a near-US$1.4 trillion market by 2027
The ability to complete point-of-sale transactions using wearables alone represented a market worth US$285.47 billion in 2019, according to new market research. However, this value is also now thought to grow until it reaches $1.37 trillion by 2027. This trend may be influenced by an increasing demand for novel ways to pay that are contactless as well as cashless.
The iQOO 5 is allegedly caught in a live-image leak ahead of its launch
iQOO is setting a whole new phone series up in order to introduce its latest and most powerful mobile-device charging standard, Flash Charge 120W, on August 17, 2020. However, one of these new products has allegedly been spoiled in terms of its appearance prior to this event. Should this be the case, it will have a single punch-hole camera and packaging that hints at its reported BMW branding.
HTC is now rumored to launch the Wildfire E Lite, a study in basic Android phones, soon
A new listing on the Google Play Console reportedly points to the imminent launch of a new HTC Wildfire E series member. This Lite variant apparently runs on an appropriately budget MediaTek processor and has 2GB of RAM. It may even have a traditional chin and forehead on its front panel.
Google's temporary license to work with Huawei has expired, which may be bad news for the OEM's older phones
Google applied for a temporary general license (TGL) in order to keep older Huawei devices compatible with its Android app ecosystem even after this OEM was placed on the US administration's Entity List in May 2019. However, this TGL has now expired, leaving the future function of many phones worldwide in some doubt.
Intel unveils Marvel's Avengers "Collector's Edition" packaging for certain 10th-gen processors
Intel has taken to its official Twitter account to announce a collaboration with the muralist Tristan Eaton resulting in new "Collector's Editions" of some of the 10th-generation Core desktop CPUs. However, that is all that differentiates them from existing SKUs, apparently. The company has yet to reveal whether they also stay the same in terms of price or not.
LG is now throwing a pair of TONE Free TWS earbuds in with every puchase of most 2020 OLED TVs
LG USA has announced that every customer who buys an eligible OLED TV from its 2020 line-up will also get a pair of TONE Frees as a promotional gift. They are this OEM's latest TWS earbuds that are tuned by Meridian and are rated for up to 18 hours of battery life. This offer is valid until the end of August 2020.
Telegram celebrates its seventh anniversary with the announcement of video calling for Android
The popular messaging app Telegram marks its seventh year of business today (August 14, 2020). It has ushered this anniversary in along with a new feature: video calling. It now exists in alpha form, boasting picture-in-picture and end-to-end encryption, but only for its Android app thus far.
OPPO's two new "Bengal" phones are now rumored to drop soon in multiple markets
Recently, evidence of 2 new mobile devices from the OEM OPPO associated with a novel Qualcomm code-name surfaced on the Geekbench database. Now, both of their model numbers have reportedly appeared on those of several national regulators, one of which is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This suggests they may launch soon in various regions, the US included.
A new leak hints at a Nokia 8.3 5G variant headed for Verizon
Geekbench 5 now lists a set of results for a "HMD Global Nokia 8 V 5G UW". The last part of this elongated name suggests that it can use Verizon's ultra-wideband (or UW) form of the latest mobile-data standard, and may thus be locked to or at least sold through the carrier at launch. Therefore, this device, should it be real, may be a rebranded 8.3.
Canon EOS R5: a new teardown video calls the nature of its recording-time limitations into question
The EOS R5 is a recently-released, near-US$4000 Canon full-frame mirrorless camera that can shoot 8K RAW - but for only about 20 minutes straight. This, according to the OEM, is due to the need to protect its processor from overheating. However, a teardown documented on Baidu has found that this same silicon may have been underserved in the way of thermal protection.
Mobvoi's new TWS earbud Indiegogo campaign is funded by 200% in its first 30 minutes
Today (August 13, 2020), Mobvoi launched its latest Earbud Gesture product on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The OEM was able to score its goal twice over within the first hour of this project going live. The TWS devices in question are rated for up to 50 hours of battery life with their case.
A new leak purports to "adjust" Apple's launch itinerary
Recently, a leaker claimed to have spoiled the line-up of Apple's upcoming launch event, to be held online this year. It was to have introduced various products, the new iPhones and Watch included, in a specific order. Now, another tipster asserts this is not the case at all and that some new devices will not get to debut on stage at all.
Realme certifies a 4G/LTE version of its X50 in Singapore
The Realme X50 was one of the first phones to rock the Snapdragon 765G, thus also making it among the first 5G phones of 2020. Now, there is evidence that a version of the same without this connectivity may launch in Singapore. This is in accordance with a new leak from Twitter.
BMW is an official partner for the 120W iQOO phone: new leak
BMW is lending its name to the first iQOO phone to feature this OEM's latest, 120 watt (W) form of charging. At least, this is the impression given by a new poster alleged to be an official teaser for its upcoming launch event. The 2 brands are also now partners in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) racing series.
ZTE announces it will launch the world's first under-display camera phone
Move over, punch-holes, under-display cameras may be here soon. However, they are not to be premiered by OPPO or Huawei as previously thought, but by another smartphone OEM: ZTE. Its CEO has just revealed that it will be first to this tech, although no specific date for this event was mentioned.
Intel may phase type A ports out with the advent of USB4-enabled PCs
A prominent tipster has posted what may be listings for Intel's USB 4 controllers. Should this be the case, it seems they will not be compatible with the traditional type A port. The material only mentions the USB 3.2 specification, with no hint of 2.0 in sight.
THX announces new Game Profiles for its Windows 10 Spatial Audio app
The THX Spatial Audio app is software developed in conjunction with Razer that may improve the immersion offered by headsets of nearly any type. Its latest update is to add Spatial Audio Game Profiles, which may improve environmental awareness or realism while playing a compatible range of titles.
TCL introduces its 2020 5- and 6-series Roku TVs as 4K HDR QLEDs that start at US$400
TCL has announced the latest generations of its 5- and 6-series TVs. The former has upgraded to QLED in 2020, whereas the latter now has high-end, high-density mini-LED backlighting. Both new lines have 4K resolutions and have up to 75-inch options.
A full unboxing of the Mi 10 Ultra has leaked online mere hours ahead of its launch
Xiaomi's hotly-anticipated 10th-anniversary edition of the Mi 10 - or Mi 10 Ultra, according to the latest rumors - is expected to drop today (August 11, 2020). A down-to-the-wire leak purports to unbox this phone on camera beforehand, however. The video appears to confirm many primary specs of the impending super-flagship.
Anker's new PowerCore Play 6K is a mobile gaming grip, power-bank and phone-cooler in one
The PowerCore Play 6K is a power bank specifically designed with smartphone gaming in mind. Not only does it has a controller-grip-style shape, it also packs a fan for active cooling. It is compatible with Android and Apple mobile devices, and is available on Amazon from now.
Hisense announces that it is now a sponsor of Paris St-Germain
Hisense has revealed that it is to become known as a partner to Paris St-Germain worldwide. This means its brand will become officially associated with the famous French soccer club, and that its products will be marketed during relevant games. Furthermore, the OEM will furnish this team's technological considerations.
Sigma announces its latest 85mm Art-series portrait lens for E- and L-mount cameras
The lens specialist Sigma has released the new f/1.4 DG DN Art attachment for Leica L-mount and Sony E-mount full-frame cameras. With its new arrangement of aspherical, high-refraction and special low dispersion (SLD) elements, it may be well-equipped indeed for portrait shooting. It also has a button that either allows or denies the option of audible clicking in the aperture ring.
GoPro releases its latest financial performance figures
GoPro is an OEM nearly synonymous with outdoor pursuits and occupations. Therefore, it may come as no surprise that it posted a net loss of nearly US$51 million for the second quarter of 2020 (2Q2020). However, it is not all bad news for the popular action-cam brand: for example, its online sales model seems to be taking off.
Huawei's chipset production lines are to close in September 2020
Huawei has lost access to new mobile processors as normal, thanks to the mandatory end of partnerships with crucial suppliers such as TSMC. Now, the CEO of its consumer-facing unit, Yu Chendong, has acknowledged that the company will soon see its last shipments of these vital components in 2020. He has admitted this is "a very big loss" for the company.
No new Mi Mix in 2020 after all: Xiaomi CEO
The Mi Mix series is a line of premium devices marked by experimental features in the works at the smartphone OEM Xiaomi. For example, its Alpha variant has a stand-out wrap-around display. However, the company's CEO, Lei Jun, has just dashed hopes of it ever coming to market, let alone any kind of new Mix generation in 2020.
Razer's Kishi mobile device controller is now compatible with Xbox Game Pass
The Razer Kishi is a recently-launched smartphone accessory that snaps around a phone to give it physical in-game controls. Its controls include analog mechanical thumbsticks, which might be handy in the course, of, say, using Xbox Game Pass. Conveniently, the Kishi now works with this new cloud-gaming solution for Android.
The Huawei Enjoy 20 Plus may come with a pop-up selfie camera and the Kirin 820 SoC
New case leaks may reveal how a pair of Huawei phones called the Enjoy 20 and 20 Plus may look ahead of their launch. They may both have triple rear cameras, housed in a square module for the former and a round one for the latter. The Plus variant also has a feature that is getting rare in 2020: a motorized front-facing camera.
Realme India offers new color options in some of its popular phones
Realme has updated some of its phones' sales listings in India with new color options. The devices in question are far from the OEM's newest offerings: therefore, this change may reflect how well they are selling, or need to sell in the immediate future, perhaps. The C3 is an example of these chosen few.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 is updated for the first time, bringing blood-oxygen metrics and more
Samsung's latest smartwatch reportedly already has a firmware update. The new download confers blood-oxygen measurements as well as the ability to track maximal oxygen uptake (or VO2Max). Therefore, the wearable may be better equipped to help the user get an idea of important aspects of their health and fitness.
Early reviews suggest the Galaxy Note 20 series does indeed have an improved Exynos 990 SoC
Many Samsung fans may have been disappointed to learn that the latest in the Galaxy Note lines were getting Exynos-powered SKUs in some markets via pre-launch leaks. However, other reports claimed that this processor – the 990 – had been updated so as to improve performance in these newer devices compared to the Galaxy S20 series with which they share the chipset. Preliminary customer feedback hints this is indeed the case.
QNAP announces the discontinuation of vQTS
QNAP has announced that it will no longer officially support vQTS-built virtual machines (VMs) on its servers. This means that, while users can still operate the VMs they have previously constructed on this platform, they will no longer be supported or updated by the company. Machines set up using the newer QuTSCloud will, however.
A new leak may point to a Samsung Galaxy Book Flex with 5G
Samsung has reportedly applied for a European trademark for a "Book Flex" with an unusual new addition: 5G. Therefore, it may have a convertible PC with this connectivity in the works. This leak offers no hints as to the putative next-gen device's further specs, OS and chipset included, however.
The iPhone 12 series may be delayed because their wide-angle camera lenses are out of stock
The well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reportedly issued a new research note that may help explain why Apple may have to put off launching its iPhone 12 line until later in the year than usual. It seems the OEM is having trouble sourcing good-quality wide-angle lenses for the cheaper variants of this series.
South Korean Galaxy Watch Active 2 units finally get the firmware update that turns ECGs on
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 was marketed as a device that would be capable of generating electrocardiograms (ECGs) for advanced health-tracking purposes. Now - almost exactly one year after its launch - the OEM has activated this function. However, it still only works for units sold in their own home market.
A TSMC/Foxconn consortium may be just one alternative to NVIDIA's ARM acquisition
NVIDIA is reportedly in advanced talks with SoftBank to buy ARM for about US$32 billion. However, this is not set in stone, as the seller may have other options. One, according to Nikkei Asian Review, is other firms in this business such as Foxconn and TSMC clubbing together to buy the pivotal architecture IP-holder instead.
MediaTek introduces the T700, a 5G modem for the Intel notebooks of the near future
MediaTek and Intel had previously announced a partnership to ultimately result in 5G-capable laptops powered by the latter's CPUs. Now, this collaboration has reached a stage at which the modem necessary has been tested and validated for these purposes. It is thus now rated for standalone- and non-standalone sub-6GHz connectivity.
More leaks may or may not point to the imminent launch of the Realme X3 Pro
The Realme X3 Pro is a phone that has been shrouded in mystery, not to mention uncertainty as to whether a device of this name will even see a launch event this year. Some leaks have thrown up more new model numbers associated with this brand with possible specs that may yet fit the bill.
The Z Fold2 is Samsung's latest flagship foldable, but no-one can order it yet
Samsung had been slated to debut 5 different devices at its major showcase that took place today (August 5, 2020). However, the last of these to appear, the Galaxy Z Fold2, was introduced rather than launched. Nevertheless, there was an in-depth look at some of its updated flexible tech, as well as a premiere special guest-star unboxing.
The rotating bezel is back in Samsung's latest smartwatch
The Samsung Galaxy Watch series officially has a new generation. This 2020 variant retains the moving bezel that was so popular the first time around. However, its build and footprint has been updated, as have its health-tracking features.
The all-new Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are here
Samsung has long been rumored to launch its new generation of Galaxy Buds in a completely new form-factor. This has finally been proven true at the OEM's latest product launch. The Buds Live are indeed also the first of their line to feature active noise cancellation (ANC).
Samsung makes the Note 20 and 20 Ultra official
The Galaxy Note 20 and 20 Ultra 5G have been unveiled today (August 5, 2020) at the latest Galaxy Unpacked event. This series has turned out to conform to all its more recent leaks and rumors well. In fact, all Samsung really had to do was announce their pricing and availability.
iQOO's new 5-series of smartphones is also slated to debut 120W charging speeds
iQOO recently unveiled the next-gen 120 watt (W) version of its FlashCharge system for smartphones. Now, it has announced an August 2020 launch date for an entirely new line of mobile devices. One of these is likely to be the first to feature the ultra-fast new power tech.
A Samsung Galaxy Note 20 variant with 8GB of RAM and the Exynos 990 SoC pops up on Geekbench
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series is slated to launch tomorrow (August 5, 2020); however, that has not stopped the flow of leaks for these premium phablets. One such last-ditch drip points to an 8GB RAM version of one. According to Geekbench 5, it runs on the Exynos 990 processor.
An upcoming POCO phone has the OnePlus Nord squarely in its sights
POCO's product-marketing manager and global spokesperson, Angus Kai Ho Ng, has posted a tweet suggesting that the brand will soon release a phone that will be worth passing the OnePlus Nord over for. This suggests the device in question is a mid-ranger that may offer decent specs for a good price - which is also the Nord's main prospect.
The innovative Wearbuds Pro debut via Indiegogo
Aipower's Wearbuds were unique on their launch in that they combine a fitness tracker and TWS earbuds in one product. Now, their second generation has finally come to the market via a crowdfunding platform. The OEM claims this new Pro variant improves on the original in terms of functions, battery life and finish.
A possible Motorola Moto E7 Plus appears on Geekbench
A device calling itself the "motorola moto e(7) plus" has appeared on Geekbench 4. Therefore, a direct replacement for the unprepossessing Moto E6 Plus may be on the way. This new putative phone has 4GB of RAM and runs on a possibly unknown Snapdragon processor.
TCL announces its new 6-series of TVs will be the world's first to support THX Certified Game Mode
TCL has teased the next generation of 6-series TVs with a potentially important spec: THX Certified Game Mode. It functions to activate a panel of settings intended to represent gaming content with improved fidelity and quality. The upcoming screens will be the first to feature this new technology.
The Samsung Galaxy Fit2 name is all but confirmed in a new leak
Samsung is expected to launch a fitness tracker alongside a number of other products at its impending Galaxy Unpacked event. A new leak appears to set its status as a second-gen Galaxy Fit series in stone. It may be the first reported listing for the device that uses a corresponding product name.
The Pixel 4a is finally here: US$349 for the Snapdragon 730, 6GB of RAM and 128GB fixed storage
Today (August 3, 2020) Google has ushered the Pixel 4a onto its Store website as its newest phone. This 5.81-inch FHD+ display device has just 1 SKU, although its RAM/storage specs are improved compared to its predecessor's starter variant. It is available as an unlocked device for under US$400, or through Verizon on a 24-month contract.
A new Ookla study shows Qualcomm has the fastest 5G chipsets in the UK and US for the first half of 2020
Qualcomm has published the results of a study conducted by Ookla on 5G speeds in the US and UK for the first and second quarters of 2020 (1-2Q2020). It apparently concludes that the fastest phones in this regard had chipsets and modems made by this prominent chipmaker. Specifically, they were the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 855+ mobile platforms.
Netflix implements playback speed controls on Android
Netflix is reportedly rolling out a feature by which a user can make content go forward or backward at different rates. This facility has apparently been under consideration at the streaming giant for years, and may benefit those with sensory impairments. However, it is only available on its Android app as yet.
Xiaomi's next new Mi TWS earbuds are likely to have ANC
Xiaomi's Mi-series of truly wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds is a rapidly-growing line of accessories. However, none of them have featured active noise cancellation (ANC) before. A new addition to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) strongly suggests this is about to change.
The Pixel 5a will launch with Android 11, as will the 4a 5G: new leak
Google has released a new little online puzzle that offers what is probably an insight on the Pixel 4a's long-awaited launch date. It is expected to do so with a 5G variant for the first time in this series' history. However, it seems it will not make it to this event, and will instead wait until Android 11 is here too.
Asus brings a possible ZenFone 7-series phone closer to launch with a new Bluetooth certification
The Asus ZenFone 7 is slated to launch soon - as is its nouveau Pro variant. A device that could be one of these two has been spotted on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group's (SIG) website. This suggests that the new series could indeed debut very soon.
Amazfit announces a launch for its PowerBuds in India
The PowerBuds are sports-themed TWS earbuds from Huami's brand Amazfit. They are unique in that they have a sensor for heart-rate tracking, a feature normally reserved for smartwatches. Their OEM has finally announced that they will launch on Amazon India in August 2020.
A new leak may confirm the Motorola Razr 2020 5G's design
Motorola's second-generation foldable is thought to migrate to a 5G SoC rather than the Snapdragon 710 found in its predecessor. Now, a new live image posted to Weibo may confirm the differences in looks between the two. It is by no means a substantial redesign, yet shows some refinements in the newer model.
A new leak lends further support to blood-oxygen tracking in the Apple Watch 6
Earlier reports have pointed to a new health-tracking spec for the Apple Watch 5's successor: blood oxygen tracking. A new tip may give this idea further weight. It also backs up other claims of sleep-tracking and even more advanced cardiovascular monitoring in the upcoming wearable.
Nubia launches its second-gen wraparound smartwatch
Nubia has just introduced the late-2020 refresh of its RedMagic 5G gaming smartphone. However, it also debuted a successor to the interesting Alpha flexible-display wearable alongside it. This product, simply called the Watch, has a similar form-factor but may be more durable and user-friendly this time around.
Huawei is rumored to stick with curved displays for the Mate 40 series
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is a premium phablet that came with the often-polarizing detail of a waterfall display, or a screen with a pronounced curve to both sides. Now, a blogger claims this spec will live on in the device's successor. It may in fact apply to the vanilla Mate 40 as well this time, to a degree.
Samsung is likely to sell Galaxy Note 20 Ultras with the Snapdragon 865+ in its own home market: new leak
Two devices with model numbers known to pertain to the upcoming flagship Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have appeared on the Geekbench 5 website. One of them has the suffix N, which suggests it is destined for the South Korean market. Oddly, it is the one without the Exynos 990, an SoC made by Samsung itself.
Razer announces its new gaming headset, the BlackShark V2
Razer's latest gaming headset is the BlackShark V2. Its 50 millimeter (mm) drivers feature the OEM's TriForce Titanium coating, as well as its SpeedFlex cable. It features THX Spatial Audio for an immersive experience and a removable cardioid mic with a USB sound card.
Google confirms the Pixel 4a's launch date
Google has posted a new page to its Store site that may appear, at first glance, to be full of stock Latin text. However, it also contains a kind of mini-game that serves to reveal what looks like a tagline for a new phone, as well as a certain date. Therefore, the launch of the next mid-range Pixel phone may finally be at hand.
New, high-res Galaxy Z Fold2 5G renders show Note 20-esque cameras and thinner main-display bezels
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is a first-gen bendable phablet with a possible successor that is now thought to be called the Z Fold2 5G on its launch. A prominent leaks blog claims to have the latest renders on this device. These all-angle images may confirm a new design and an improved main screen for the ultra-premium foldable.
Qualcomm posts its third-quarter fiscal performance for 2020
Qualcomm has announced that its third fiscal quarter of 2020 (3FQ2020, which ended on June 28 of this year) ended with a total of US$4.89 billion in revenue. It also reported $848 million in pre-tax profits, and paying $0.74 per share in dividends. However, it also already projects that, thanks to a new deal with Huawei, 4FQ2020 will turn out much better.
Intel's Rocket Lake-S will support PCIe 4.0: new leak
Rocket Lake-S is currently thought to be the code-name for those Intel chipsets that will succeed those known as Comet Lake-S. There is now more evidence that they will be compatible with the PCIe 4.0 standard. The processors may have up to 20 of these lanes.
LG may add a new, Dimensity 800-powered phone to the Velvet series soon: new leak
A new entry to the Google Play Console database reportedly points to a new phone called Velvet. However, this device has a MediaTek Dimensity 800 chipset, whereas the current LG device with the same moniker is powered by the Snapdragon 765G. It also apparently has 6GB of RAM and an FHD+ screen.
Samsung is reportedly under renewed pressure to ditch Bixby
Samsung is one of a minority of Android OEMs that bake its own in-house personal assistant into its mobile UI. However, some parties might prefer it did otherwise, not the least of which is Google. That company is reportedly offering the Korean giant a better deal to discontinue Bixby.
Lepow announces the new Z1-Gamut USB type C portable monitor
The latest portable monitor from Lepow has an FHD resolution and a USB type C input, as does its predecessor. However, this generation covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut and an improved brightness level. It also has dual stereo speakers and is sold via Amazon from now.
Sony announces the a7S III full-frame camera
Sony has finally launched the successor to the a7S II. It comes with a new BIONZ XR image processor, a new CMOS sensor with an effective resolution of 12.1MP and a new thermal management system that may improve 4K 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 record times. Sony has also debuted the new CFexpress Type A storage format.
The CTA announces CES 2021, and that it will be 100% virtual
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that there will be a Consumer Electronics Show (CES) scheduled for January 2021. However, it will not be held in Las Vegas as usual: instead, an "all-digital" experience is planned to replace the usual physical event. However, the Association is still confident it will be worthwhile for exhibitors and e-attendees alike.
Eve Devices pitches various accessories for the Spectrum monitor
Eve Devices touts its new Spectrum product as a gaming monitor with a crowd-source, and thus potentially idealized, design. Now, it is looking for more consumer input on the accessories that might be sold alongside this upcoming release. They include USB type C hubs, RGB lighting kits and VESA mounts.
The Amazfit ZenBuds make over US$1 million in crowdfunding
Amazfit claims that its ZenBuds TWS earbuds are so light and comfortable that they can be worn in bed all night. In fact, this is part of their use-case: to emit custom-designed audio that helps improve the user's sleep pattern. The brand has launched this product via Indiegogo, where they have now attracted just over US$1 million in backing.
Galaxy Watch 3: a new leak may confirm the return of the rotating bezel in this upcoming Samsung wearable
The Samsung Galaxy Watch is finally getting a successor, according to some leaks. The latest of these reiterates several details currently linked to this accessory, and also claims that the rotating bezel that was so particular to its first generation is back. It is also now said to have stainless steel and a blood-pressure monitor in its hardware make-up.
Sony a7S III: an upcoming full-frame camera now touted to have a flip-out rear screen and a world-beating EVF
Sony has recently confirmed that it will finally update its a7S series of cameras this year. The latest leaks surrounding this impending E-mount unit will have a rear screen like that of the ZV-1. It is also said to have some advantages over Canon's high-end EOS R5, its electronic view-finder (EVF) included.
Nubia has some odd yet appropriate companion devices for the rumored Red Magic 5S launch
The smartphone OEM Nubia has announced a new launch event for devices to be sold under its 'gaming' brand Red Magic. They include the rumored overclockable phone the 5S. However, they also apparently include less typical debuts for a Wi-Fi 6 router and a portable fan with inbuilt retro gaming.
Samsung releases its new AKG-tuned wireless headphones in ANC and on-ear varieties
Samsung has announced new headphones branded and optimized by AKG. The Y600NCs are the more premium of the two, and come with active noise cancellation (ANC) and an innovative rotating ear-cup for volume control. The Y400s, on the other hand, are smaller on-ears that come in a fresh range of colors.
A new leak purports to reveal the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live specs in full ahead of their launch
WinFuture's Roland Quandt was the first tipster to assert that Samsung had developed a new, kidney-bean-like form-factor for its next-gen TWS earbuds. Now, this seems to have been borne out in increasingly convincing leaks since. Now, the same blogger is back with a more complete gamut of specs for these Galaxy Buds Live.
The Realme V5 is officially the first in a new series of new smartphones
Realme has been hyping a new line of smartphones that it may launch at IFA 2020 Special Edition. An executive from this brand has now confirmed that it is to be called the V series, and that the V5 will be its inaugural release. This phone will have a rectangular rear camera, the main sensor of which is thought to be 48MP in resolution.
The Samsung Galaxy A42 might launch in 4G and 5G flavors
Samsung's Galaxy A41 made its debut not so long ago; however, that has not stopped rumors about its successor springing up already. According to one leak, it is to get variants with a 5G-capable SoC. Another states that it may have a battery of less than 5,000mAh in rated capacity.
The US smartphone market declined by 25% in the second quarter of 2020
The volume of sales completed in the US smartphone market fell by 25% year-on-year (YoY) in 2020's second quarter (2Q2020). This was attributed to the effect of Covid-19-related lockdowns, and on a tendency to buy phones through carriers in the country. All major OEMs in this space saw reductions in their sales, with Samsung seeing the least adversity in this respect.
Dimensity 2000: early leaks point to a 2021 launch and "significant" gains for the second-gen MediaTek flagship SoC series
A new report indicates that MediaTek is gearing up to release a new top-end processor in the second quarter of 2021 (2Q2021) that, based on its alleged name, would be a direct successor to the Dimensity 1000 chipset. It is also expected to boast ARM Cortex-A78 cores, and to be an upgrade in terms of its footprint and architecture.
Mozilla now offers its own VPN
Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, has announced that it is also stepping into the virtual private network (VPN) arena. This new product apparently has over 280 servers in over 30 different countries, and has a no-logging or -tracking policy. However, it will be available in only 6 countries on its launch.
Red Magic may allow the user to do some GPU overclocking on its next smartphone
The reliable tipster Digital Chat Station claims that Nubia has a refresh of its Red Magic gaming phone flagship in the works. Called the 5S, it will apparently be capable of GPU overclocking. This means that, even though it is slated to run on the Snapdragon 865, the user can make its Adreno 650 exceed standard clock speeds by an appreciable margin.
Oppo will launch the global, WearOS version of its Watch on July 31
Oppo has released an animated trailer for a Wear OS device that will reportedly launch worldwide on July 31, 2020. It is most likely for its first-gen smartwatch, which has been released in China but runs a variant of ColorOS in that region. This device is Apple-esque in its design and has a Qualcomm processor for wearables.
New Geekbench 5 listings may confirm some Pixel 4a specs
A device called the "Google Pixel 4a" has appeared on Geekbench 5 for the first time since January 2020. It contains a code-name repeatedly linked to the device, as well as plausible specs for the device. They include 6GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 7-series processor.
A new iPhone battery with a sub-3000mAh capacity is reportedly certified
A well-known Twitter leaker claims to have found a new Korean safety approval for a battery that may go to an Apple device with the model number A2431. Therefore, it may pertain to an iPhone 12 variant. If so, it may be much smaller than those of the 11 series.
Lenovo introduces its first Android gaming device as the Legion Phone Duel
Lenovo has announced its first gaming phone, which is now officially the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel. It is powered by the refreshed Snapdragon 865+ (or Plus) SoC, and has 12 or 16GB of RAM. It is also now confirmed to have the unique landscape-oriented pop-up rear camera set-up shown in numerous leaks, and has a 64MP dual main camera.
Samsung abruptly announces the 5G version of the Galaxy Z Flip
Samsung had let it be known that 5 devices would be unveiled at its August 5, 2020 Galaxy Unpacked event. The OEM's fans may have expected the Galaxy Z Flip 5G to be one of them. However, the Korean giant has now introduced this device. It seems to be a Snapdragon 865 Plus refresh of the original foldable clamshell.
AMD claims a new Premiere Pro update can get better 4K video exports out of some Ryzen 4000 notebooks
Adobe's Premiere Pro 14.2 update added hardware-accelerated encoding support for AMD GPUs. This, as the same chipmaker now claims, can reduce 4K video export times by up to 43% on the Ryzen 4000 H-series platform with Radeon RX 5000 GPUs compared to the CPU in question alone. This may make PCs such as the Dell G5 15 SE more appealing to content-creators
Realme becomes a top smart personal audio brand in India after only its first quarter-year of being one
The latest figures on the Indian hearables (or personal audio accessories with smart features) market show that Realme has rocketed into its top 5 brands. This success is particularly impressive as it only started selling products in this category in December 2019. Nevertheless, it now has more of a share than Sony or Xiaomi in that market.
Google may be working on a dual-touchscreen Chromebook
One of the most convincing trends in PC design these days is the dual-screen notebook. Now, there is evidence that Google is bringing this tech to Chrome OS. This is in line with a leak about a device code-named Palkia, which apparently boasts 2 touchscreens among its input methods.
A new leak may supply more evidence of 5G for the Pixel 4a
Recently, a leak indicating that Google would release a 5G version of the long-anticipated mid-range Pixel 4a phone came to light. Now, XDA contributors claim to have found references to a device from this OEM with the same connectivity in a mobile virtual network operator's (MVNO) records. Should this be the case, it seems the 4a (5G) is coming to the US, at least.
AMD makes its new Ryzen PRO (and Athlon) processors official
AMD has formally launched its Ryzen 4000 line-up today. Of these, their PRO variants are naturally aimed at enterprise-grade desktops. The OEM asserts that these 7 nanometer (nm) solutions offer speeds that outstrip certain Intel competitors by up to 31%. By contrast, the new Athlon 3000 G-series is still based on the Zen+ architecture.
Lenovo announces new Ryzen 3000-powered Legion gaming desktops
Lenovo has also added new tower-form PCs to its new Legion gaming line-up. Its Tower 5 variant can have up to the Ryzen 9 3950X as a processor, as well as RTX 2070 SUPER graphics. The IdeaCentre Gaming 5 is a Ryzen 7 3700X/RTX 2060 machine with improved thermals.
Realme's 6000mAh phone officially has a name and a launch date
Realme has outlined its launch event for a new phone that will have the brand's largest battery yet. It has been confirmed to be a new member of the C series, and will go live in Indonesia late in July 2020. Its new teaser also shows it has a square rear camera and a waterdrop notch.
Zoom destroys TikTok's record for downloads from the App Store in 2020
TikTok posted an impressive 67 million official downloads onto iOS devices in the US in the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). However, in 2Q2020, this stat has been eclipsed by one of approximately 94 million by the collaboration app Zoom. This is a major factor in a trend favoring business-focused apps on the Cupertino company's platform.
An impending Samsung Health update will cost it its food- and caffeine-intake tracking features
Samsung Health is an app perhaps mostly associated with this OEM's phones and wearables, but in fact also works across more of its hardware ecosystem. Some of its users have seen a notification that its latest update will remove its Food (or Calorie), Weight and Caffeine Tracking sections. Therefore, their widgets will stop functioning after this OTA is implemented.
A new Samsung Galaxy Unpacked teaser seems to confirm the Z Fold 2's debut
"One fold, infinite possibilities". That is the tagline for Samsung's latest promotional tweet on the subject of its next major product launch. Accordingly, it may be a strong hint that a successor to the first-gen Galaxy Fold will have a place in this August 2020 show.
Several Pixel 4 XL users complain the glass rear panel is "peeling off" their phones
The latest XL variant of the Pixel smartphone series may be susceptible to a fault in which the glass rear panel may spontaneously start to come away from the rest of the phone. This same problem has now been reported multiple times by different Redditors. Google has yet to publicly respond in relation to this new issue with its devices.
The Google Nest Speaker is reportedly cleared for launch in Taiwan
Google is currently believed to have a new generation of its Nest-branded smart home speakers in the works. A device that looks like the same from a prior leak has been certified by the Taiwanese electronics regulator NCC. It may confirm the new device's model number, as well as its dual-band Wi-Fi.
Samsung sees 3D holograms, "digital twins" and terahertz bands as things in the 6G future
The 5G era has just about begun; however, Samsung's research division is also looking into the next generation of this kind of connectivity already. The OEM is also projecting the technology that this level of bandwidth could bring to fruition. They include new levels of extended reality and "AI nativity".
The OnePlus Nord will run Google Phone, Messages and Duo out of the box
OnePlus is currently busily hyping its upcoming take on the mid-range 5G phone, the Nord. Its latest teaser indicates that it comes with certain communication-related Google apps out of the box. This, apparently, is done to keep its software experience the "smoothest" it can be.
Realme announces its participation in IFA 2020 'Special Edition'
IFA 2020 will be a heavily pandemic-adapted, mostly virtual event with few actual real-world attendees. A Realme executive has confirmed that the brand will have a presence at this show in any case. It will take that opportunity to make a "big announcement" during the conference.
The Indian smartphone market shrank by 48% in 2020's second quarter
The latest report on the market for mobile devices in India by Canalys has shown that its shipments totalled 17.3 million for the second quarter of 2020 (2Q2020). That sounds fine - until one compares it to the figure of 33 million from 2Q2019. This contraction was attributed to factors such as supply disruptions among the OEMs concerned.
The Fophie USB type C hub/wireless charger/phone stand makes over 20x its goal on Kickstarter
Multi-functional USB hubs have become a solid trend on crowdfunding websites, particularly those that bake additional functions into these ultrabook accessories. The Fophie is one such hub that adds wireless charging and phone-holding options to its ingredients list. It has now attracted just over 2000% of its original Kickstarter goal.
Blackmagic updates its URSA Mini Pro cinema camera with a sensor rated for up to 12K native recording
The URSA Mini Pro packs what is often regarded as best-in-class digital film recording into a body measuring just 9.2 inches across. Its OEM, Blackmagic Design, claims to have stuffed its latest generation with all-new internals that allows it to output in up to 12K natively. It also has new accessories that allow it to work with a Thunderbolt 3-enabled PC.
TSMC confirms that it is taking no new orders from Huawei
The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) supplies the silicon on which many OEMs' SoCs or devices are based, Huawei's included. However, the current US administration has issued an executive order that prevents the latter from conducting this kind of business. TSMC has stated that it is complying with the directive.
Mobvoi is launching its new, 50-hour battery-life TWS earbuds on Indiegogo
Mobvoi is a wearables brand that is teasing its next upcoming products, the Earbuds Gesture, via Indiegogo. They can be controlled through either head movements (in line with their name) or touch-sensitive panels. The OEM also claims they have a whopping 50 hours of battery life.
Galaxy Watch Active 2: Nearly two months on, the ECG-tracking function has yet to reach users in various markets
Samsung promoted the Galaxy Watch Active 2 as a health-focused wearable that would rival the Apple Watch series thanks to its in-built medical-grade electrocardiography (ECG). However, the function was disabled at its launch. This is not the case anymore; however, German and Austrian users are reportedly still waiting for their access to this feature.
The OPPO A72 5G and its unnamed MediaTek processor surface on Geekbench 5
OPPO is now slated to release a phone called the A72 5G in China soon. This phone is also thought to be called something like the Reno 10X Mark 2 in other markets. Its model number and yet-to-be-launched MediaTek SoC have appeared in another new leak that may show what they offer the consumer.
Samsung will launch the Galaxy M51 this year: new leak
A new certificate issued by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (or Bluetooth SIG) confirms in no uncertain terms that Samsung has a device called the Galaxy M51 in the works. Other recent leaks strongly suggest this phone will come with a battery rated for 7000mAh in capacity. It is also possible it will act as an M40 successor in 2020.
Samsung's new fitness tracker is a Bluetooth 5.1 device
A recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval has confirmed that the upcoming Samsung SM-R220 is a wearable of the fitness-tracker variety. Now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has set its wireless connectivity spec in stone. This new device may launch alongside the Galaxy Note 20 series on August 5, 2020.
A possible Huawei MatePad T10 makes its way onto Geekbench
Huawei is thought to have a new series of slates that consists of the MatePad T10 and T10s in the works. They are linked to the Kirin 710A processor and are, thus, thought to be budget devices on their launch. A new leak on Geekbench 4 suggests that at least one of them has 4GB of RAM and runs Android 10.
The TheoryBoard is touted as a new way to control and make music with an electronic crowdfunded gadget
Some consumers might be forgiven for mistaking the TheoryBoard as a particularly extensive gaming keyboard. However, it has been designed by its OEM, the start-up Irijule, as a new technology that helps the user reproduce whatever tunes they imagine, and from scratch too if necessary. It is also a MIDI controller that works with both PC and mobile devices.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: FCC confirms there will be a non-5G version of this device
The FCC has approved a product with a model number that marks it out as a probable Galaxy Note 10+ successor. Interestingly, it is a 4G/LTE-only mobile device. Its connectivity, while not very cutting-edge, may be a source of some relief for some Samsung fans' wallets.
Mobvoi's first pair of headphones is both ANC and wireless
Mobvoi has debuted the TicKasa headphones. Although this is only the first product in this category from the band, they have progressed directly to active noise cancelling (ANC) and wireless features. They are Bluetooth 5, have 40 millimeter drivers and have button controls.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) is touted to launch with a new Qualcomm "Bengal"-series processor
A Samsung SM-T505 has been spotted on Geekbench 5; based on this model number, it is now projected to be the Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) on its launch. Its new benchmarking results include the novel Qualcomm code-name bengal, which may be a lower-end, albeit new, Snapdragon platform on its own debut.
The iPhone 12 series may have a new, braided charging cable
A Chinese blog claims to have laid hands on a new kind of charging cable developed at Apple for its upcoming 2020 iPhones. It is an upgrade on the current standard accessory in that it is braided, which is often perceived as higher-end and more durable. In addition, its Lightning-end contacts are rumored to be upgraded with new materials.
The OPPO A72 5G may be the first phone to launch with a mysterious new MediaTek processor
China Telecom has reportedly listed an as-yet unreleased new OPPO phone on its website. It is apparently to be called the A72 5G, and has an SoC represented by an unfamiliar MediaTek model number. According to some other leaks, however, it may also be a Reno 10X Zoom successor.
The Lenovo ThinkStation P620 is the first device of its kind to run on the Ryzen Threadripper PRO platform
AMD has finally made the most enterprise-friendly variants of its Ryzen 3000 series official. It consists of up-to-64-core processors, as is the case with its flagship, the 3995WX. Lenovo has announced its P620 ThinkStation alongside this new line as the first workstations to run on these new Threadripper PROs.
Mobvoi releases its first Wi-Fi enabled home security camera
Mobvoi may be best known as a wearables brand; however, it is also breaking into the market for smart-home gadgets. The latest of these is the LifeSmart outdoor camera. It supports footage at HD or FHD resolutions, has an IR night-vision mode and a 110-degree field of view.
Belkin releases "Special Editions" of its Apple-product-focused wireless chargers
Belkin has debuted BoostCharge wireless charging accessories that support the iPhone, Apple Watch or AirPods, or, in some cases, all three at once. One of these can also become a power bank at need. They start at US$49.95 on the OEM's website at present.
Get up to 33% off a TicWatch in Mobvoi's anniversary sale
Mobvoi has announced that today (July 14, 2020) is the anniversary of its birth as a wearables and smart-things brand. Accordingly, it is holding a sales event for the next 11 or so hours. It includes 10% off a new TicWatch C2+, or a third off the 4G/LTE version of this series' Pro variant.
Intel will bring Hybrid Technology to the desktop with Alder Lake-S: new leak
Alder Lake is a code-name for Intel CPUs currently slated to come after their Rocket Lake counterparts. These processors' rumors allege a number of notable features, not the least of which is their 10 nanometer (nm) nature, new socket type and big/small core arrangement. A new leak may confirm the latter: apparently, it will be a form of Lakefield's Hybrid Technology, but for desktops.
Belkin's new Screenforce-series product for MacBooks is also designed to boost privacy while using these devices
Belkin's latest screen protector for Apple ultrabooks also confers a property that HP devices with SureView have by default. It occludes the content on these screens for viewing angles not those of the user, thus reducing the risk of intrusion or some immediate forms of data-theft. It is available for 13-, 15- and 16-inch MacBooks Air and Pro.
Realme's first 6000mAh phone is coming to Indonesian customers soon
A Realme Indonesia employee has posted a new teaser that strongly suggests a new phone with a 6000mAh battery will debut in this market soon. Therefore, it may make a worthy successor to a 5- or C-series device in these terms. However, the new potential threat to the Samsung Galaxy M series' might lacks an exact launch date at present.
The OnePlus Buds will also launch on July 21, 2020
"OnePlus Buds" has just been acknowledged as a real product name by their OEM. The company has also announced that they will launch on the same day as its upcoming first-gen Nord smartphone. The former are expected to be TWS earphones that look much like Apple AirPods.
The lenses for Apple's AR glasses are slated to be made by Foxconn
Foxconn has reportedly begun to test out the fabrication of lenses for Apple's rumored first-gen smart glasses. Apparently, these components are to be semi-transparent, and to be capable of displaying projected images to the user. They would be superimposed on "real-world" objects in this wearer's field of view.
Realme may be ready to unveil 120W "UltraDart" charging tech
The renowned leaker Ishan Agarwal now asserts that Realme has a new generation of its 65-watt (W) SuperDART charging standard in the works. It will apparently be called UltraDART instead, however, and may be rated for as much as 120W. This alleged upgrade is now touted to charge a 4,000+mAh battery by about 33% in 3 minutes.
Apple foldables may launch with UTG from Corning: display-industry leaker
The well-known display supply-chain commenter Ross Young has released a projection in which foldable devices with ultra-thin glass (UTG) protection easily outdoes the first-gen Galaxy Fold (which has a polymer-coated display) in terms of sales in 2020 and onward. Accordingly, the leaker now believes that Apple will also go with UTG in its own eventual foldable devices.
PC shipments show positive growth for the second quarter of 2020
The latest report from Gartner on the PC market shows that it had grown by 2.8% in the second quarter of 2020 (2Q2020). This may not sound like a lot, but is more encouraging in light of 1Q2020's -12.3% performance. This change suggests shipment volumes are recovering from the deleterious effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Far Cry 6 may be unveiled at the UbiForward event
Ubisoft has all but confirmed the launch of the next game in the Far Cry series, as well as some particularly important aspects of the title: its new location and main villain. The studio has indicated there may be more details at its imminent Forward event, which takes place tomorrow (July 12, 2020).
Acer Belgium lists an upgrade for the Aspire 5 A514 with a Tiger Lake processor
The French-language version of Acer's website now has a page for a new notebook: the Aspire 5 A514-54-50DU. Cosmetically, it seems much the same as the A514-52 we reviewed a couple of months ago. However, this one apparently has an Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU rather than the Comet Lake silicon of the pre-existing model.
AMD releases the latest Radeon Adrenalin 2020 Edition driver version
AMD describes its latest Radeon Software Adrenalin version (20.7.1) as one of its most extensive stability-focused update in 2020 thus far. The new download also introduces the AMD Bug Report Tool (the latest method to report bugs directly to the OEM) and adds support to the recently-released title Disintegration.
Leica will launch its M10-R via YouTube on July 22, 2020
Leica has posted a new YouTube link to go live later in July 2020. It will broadcast the launch of the next addition to the M10 series of cameras. According to recent leaks, it will be called the M10-R, and will be capable of ~40MP stills. It is also touted to come in black or silver colorways and have a 3-inch TFT rear screen.
A potential 16GB Lenovo Legion phone pops up on Geekbench
Lenovo's first gaming phone has been implicated in a Geekbench leak before. Now, this has happened again - although this time, the purported device in question has double the RAM compared to before. Its specs point to the Snapdragon 865, although it is now thought to have the Plus variant of this SoC.
LG unveils its latest soundbar as the "perfect companion" to the GX Gallery series of OLED TVs
LG has designed its new GX soundbar as a matching accessory for the 65-inch 'Gallery' OLED TV. Beside this, it features eARC in its HDMI ports; Bluetooth for wireless functions such as streaming directly from a mobile device, and Dolby Atmos. It will become available to US customers later in July 2020.
GoPro announces a beta update that converts the HERO8 Black into a webcam
GoPro has addressed an increasingly prevalent issue for many users who have shifted their work, learning or hobbies online in a new update under development at this action-cam OEM. It confers a new function on its HERO8 Black model that allows owners who also use Macs to use the device as an FHD, wide-angle upgrade on their default webcams.
Canon launches the EOS R5 and R6 mirrorless cameras
Canon has finally unveiled the long-awaited 2020 EOS R series of mirrorless cameras. The OEM has confirmed the former has a 45MP sensor, whereas the latter is 20MP. They also have DIGIC X image processor and 5-Axis image stabilization. 4 new RF lenses have also been launched alongside the new units.
GPD Win Max: crowdfunding for the 'mini console' moves on to a new stage amid user concerns about its charging tech
GPD's goal-based Indiegogo campaign for its 8-inch Win Max console-control-enabled mini notebook has ended in triumph, raking in about US$2.8 million from over 3,000 backers. However, the device is still available on this platform for the next few days at a price closer to its eventual retail cost. It's not all good news for the OEM, though: some early adopters claim that its speedy 65W charger has failed on them.
The iQOO Z1x: a new Snapdragon 765G, 120Hz phone starting at ~US$229
iQOO has launched the Z1x as the world's latest Snapdragon 765G-powered device. It also has the 120Hz refresh rate in its FHD+ LCD screen, as promised in its hype-phase. The phone also offers a 5000mAh battery that charges at 33 watts (W) and "PC-grade" cooling for as little as 1598 yuan to its new Chinese audience.
No QHD+ at 120Hz for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series: new leak
A Twitter tipster has claimed that the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 series will not be capable of a 120 hertz (Hz) refresh rate when their displays are set to a QHD+ resolution, according to someone currently in possession of these devices. Therefore, they may be restricted to the higher rate at FHD+ only, as with the current S20 flagships. This contradicts an earlier rumor on the subject.
The CEO of MSI dies aged 56
Shengchang Chiang - also often known as Charles Chiang - has been reported dead. He had taken over as the chief executive officer (CEO) of MSI in January 2019, having served as the company's head of its desktop division prior to that. Chiang reportedly fell to his untimely demise at the OEM's Taipei headquarters.
Anker's eufyCam 2 Pro is a new 2K, 100% wireless security camera system
The eufyCam 2 Pro improves on its previous generation in that its image sensor's resolution steps up to 2048x1080 (or 2K). It also incorporates night vision (color and IR), 2-way audio and a battery life of up to 12 months. This new indoor/outdoor home-surveillance kit is available through Best Buy in the US.
HarmoniQ Labs' upcoming TWS earbuds are 3D-printed for their comfort- and acoustics-focused features
HarmoniQLabs is a company that has an in-house 3D-printing process to make its new TWS earbuds. The OEM claims that the resulting unique shape created is better for prolonged wear and for passive noise cancellation. These new accessories will launch via Indiegogo on July 13, 2020.
The Samsung Galaxy A51 and A71's new updates add more S20-series features
Samsung has announced that the latest firmware updates for the Galaxy A51 and A71 port some features that had heretofore been exclusive to the OEM's flagships to these mid-rangers. They mainly consist of camera-app upgrades such as the addition of Live Focus, Single Take and Smart Crop.
The Sony FE 12-24mm GM is the world's new widest F2.8 zoom lens
Sony asserts it has broken new ground with its latest FE G Master lens. Its zoom does indeed go down to 12 millimeters (mm) while maintaining a 2.8 aperture. This means it can summon an impressive field of view while retaining its level of brightness at all times. The OEM claims it can thus outdo the human eye in wide-angle perception.
Vizio's latest line in soundbars includes the innovative, CES award-winning Elevate 5.1.4
Vizio has announced new additions to its collection of soundbars, which are available either now or later in 2020. They are headlined by the Elevate 5.1.4, which stood out in its category at CES 2020 due to its Adaptive Height Speakers. These rotating parts activate to deploy content with the high-end audio tech it supports.
Pre-orders for the Black Shark 3 Pro on the brand's global e-store begin
The 3 Pro is Black Shark's Snapdragon 865-powered 2020 flagship that boasts a 7.1-inch OLED 1440p display. The Xiaomi gaming brand has declared international pre-orders for this device open as of today (July 7, 2020). Its price is set at just under US$900 on its new platform.
Huawei's new European trademark could make an apt name for the Mate Xs' successor
Huawei has filed a trademark application with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) for the name Mate V. This would be an adroit term for, say, a device that can fold like a book in the current Galaxy Fold style. Therefore, the term may hint at such an upcoming phablet from this OEM.
New Master Lu benchmarking results may confirm 8GB of RAM for the iQOO Z1x
The iQOO Z1x is set to launch on July 9, 2020 and to rock the Snapdragon 765G processor on this date. However, the OEM has yet to confirm any more details on the new phone's internals. A new Master Lu listing for a device with an unfamiliar model number is now linked to the upcoming mid-ranger, however, and may show what it can do with 8GB of RAM.
66% of professionals surveyed still don't know when going to the office will be a thing again: new study
A new study conducted in June 2020 by the company TeamBlind indicates that 33% of the workers who participated in it have been given a date on which they can resume office work. This figure varied when corrected for location or company, however. 57% of the respondents stated that they would keep working from home given the opportunity, however.
A likely Samsung Galaxy A71s 5G passes FCC testing, may be a Verizon-only device
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a new Samsung device called the SM-A716V for sale. This phone is thought to be called the Galaxy A71s 5G on launch. According to its new official schematics, it may look much like the pre-existing A71. However, there are some signs its potential new derivative is destined for the Verizon network.
Panasonic releases its latest M-series wireless headphones
Panasonic has announced pricing and availability data for its new RB-M500B and RB-M700B wireless headphones. Both feature 40 millimeter (mm) neodymium drivers housed in ergonomically-designed ear-pads, although only the latter features active noise cancellation (ANC). They are also designed to enhance bass using this OEM's XBS DEEP technology.
Huawei may have new 66W power bricks for the Mate 40 series
Huawei's best SuperCharge wired power adapter can charge a compatible device at up to 40 watts (W). However, a leak points to a new generation of these accessories that is capable of 66W. The OEM has reportedly had it approved for use by the regulator 3C, which may make it available for the Mate 40 series.
LG announces new additions to its XBOOM Go series of portable speakers
LG has updated the portable variants of its XBOOM speaker line-up. These new PL7, PL5 and PL2 models feature an equally renewed design that incorporates Meridian technology for their audio clarity. They can also be controlled via an iOS or Android app and respond to voice commands.
Durabook claims that its new ultra-slim yet rugged tablet is ideal for fieldwork in 2020
Durabook has launched its latest tablet, the R11. Like others from this OEM, it has military-grade drop, shock, ingress and temperature resistance. However, this one is also only about 20 millimeters (mm) in height and weighs 1.2 kilograms. This may make it more amenable to work in the hazardous environments of today.
Panasonic launches its latest TWS earbuds, complete with noise-cancelling variants
The Panasonic RZ-S300W are new TWS earbuds with a non-AirPod-clone form-factor and a unique finish. A further variant of the same (the RZ-S500W) have "Dual Hybrid Noise Cancelling Technology" with an ambient mode for "best-in-class" audio isolation. The OEM also has a 3rd pair of new buds launched under its high-end Technics brand.
3C clears Vuzix to sell its M400 smart glasses in China
The smart-glasses company Vuzix has announced that it has 3C certification for its M400 model. Therefore, it may now target the market in question with this IP67-rated, drop-resistant smart viewer. As with many other products in this category, it is directed at professional and industrial applications.
A new Samsung India support page implies an imminent launch for the Galaxy M01s
Samsung India has reportedly posted a support page for a phone called the Galaxy M01s (or SM-M017F/DS), despite the fact that this phone is not on sale in the same country yet. This official leak shows that the upcoming device has 3GB of RAM. However, additional tips show that it may not be a brand-new product on its launch.
iQOO will launch a mid-range version of its Z1 on July 9, 2020
iQOO has announced that its new addition to the Z1 series of phones will debut later in July 2020. According to recent leaks, this one will be powered by the Snapdragon 765G processor, whereas the flagship has the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC. Its mid-range sibling may also have a 6.57-inch FHD display and triple rear cameras.
Chrome for Android upgrades to 64-bit in its latest few versions
Android has been a 64-bit OS for some time now. However, this transition has not resulted in a wholesale switch to the same in all apps. Nevertheless, Chrome has finally shown signs of migrating to this platform, starting with its newest Dev and Canary versions.
New leaks hint at Samsung's next big thing in smartphone batteries
Move over, Galaxy M31: it looks like your title of "battery monster" will go to a newer phone soon. Samsung has apparently made a new mobile power-pack with a rated capacity of no less than 6800mAh. It has leaked out thanks to a few official certifications for this component from Korean and Chinese regulators.
Huawei patents a phone that may have a real mechanical zoom lens
A new phone design patent attributed to the OEM Huawei shows that it has one truly massive lens in an even larger rectangular housing on its back panel. However, there may be a good reason for this: its schematics show that it may also be capable of DSLR-like zoom. Therefore, this IP may one day represent the company's next image-sensor breakthrough.
3C clears a device that might be the next new Motorola Razr
The Chinese telecomms regulator 3C has reportedly certified a new Motorola device called the XT2071-4. This model number is rumored to correspond to the 2nd-generation foldable Razr. This new clamshell is thought to have the same screen size as its predecessor, although it may have an updated 5G SoC.
MSI releases its 2020 line of workstations
MSI presents its new notebooks that, while being powerful enough for many enthusiasts and creators, retain decently portable dimensions. The series consists of 15.6- and 17.3-inch machines that feature up to Intel Xeon processors and NVIDIA Quadro GPUs across the board. They are available to buy now from platforms such as Newegg.
Samsung updates select newer phones with the July 2020 security patch
Some phones from 2019 and 2020 that bear the Samsung Galaxy name now have OTA updates that contain the latest Android security patch. They include the S20 series, as well as the Note 10s. Some higher-end Ax0 devices are also included in this list, which has appeared markedly early in the month.
POCO M2 Pro: more evidence of Redmi Note 9 Pro-clone status emerges
POCO has confirmed the existence of the M2 Pro, and is currently teasing it on Twitter and Flipkart ahead of its July 7, 2020 launch. These official leaks show some inextricable links between it and the pre-existing Redmi Note 9 Pro. For example, both phones are now known to have quad rear cameras and 33 watt (W) charging.
The CEOs of all 4 big tech companies are slated to attend a US Congress hearing in July 2020
The current chief executive officers (CEOs) of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon are reportedly required to appear before the United States' Congress later in July 2020. These events are apparently tied to proceedings related to antitrust practices. Their attendance has been confirmed by a member of this body representing the state of Rhode Island.
Return of the big screen: Honor launches the 7.09-inch X10 Max
Honor has launched a pair of new Dimensity 800-powered phones today (July 2, 2020). Despite this, the 2 phones are quite different, particularly in terms of their displays. The 30 Youth Edition has a 6.5-inch 90 hertz (Hz) panel, whereas that of the X10 Max exceeds 7 inches. Both devices can be pre-ordered today.
Samsung India issues a price cut for the Galaxy A31
Samsung launched the quad-camera Galaxy A31 less than a month ago (in June 2020). Nevertheless, the phone is getting a discount already. It is now INR 1000 less than its original price, which brings it down to the equivalent of US$278.
Nintendo 3DS bugs are no longer eligible for the HackerOne program
Nintendo had been promoting the security of its 3DS and Switch devices by soliciting bug reports through HackerOne's bounty initiative. Here, users are incentivized to find such discrepancies with financial rewards. However, the hand-held gaming system is no longer signed up for the service.
Noctua partners with Louqe to launch a new Ghost S1 edition of the NH-L12 cooler
The NH-L12 is a cooler that, according to its maker Austria-based Noctua, offers many advantages for compact PC builds. However, it did not completely fit in the Ghost S1 case by the Swedish company Louqe. Therefore, the 2 firms have collaborated on a new variant for self-building fans of both PC-component brands.
Samsung's next-gen foldables may have equally flexible batteries
A new patent added to the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) database shows that Samsung has developed a foldable battery to power phones of the same nature. It is constructed of layers in a way that allows one of its cells to connect to another via a flexible commisure that crosses the hinge-portion of the device in question. This removes the need for 2 separate solid batteries and their potential drawbacks.
Qualcomm launches the Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform, complete with a series-first Plus variant
The Snapdragon Wear 3100 was Qualcomm's latest dedicated SoC for smartwatches - until today. It has been supplanted by the new 4100 - as well as the 4100+. Both feature a new processor, paired with an ultra-low-power co-processor. The 4100+ distinguishes itself with an exclusive chipset for enhanced always-on displays.
Ming-Chi Kuo predicts the next iPad will launch later in 2020
The eminent TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's latest round of Apple predictions include a rough launch date for an upcoming iPad with a 10.8-inch display. They also allude to another tablet of this series that would involve a re-imagining of the Mini variant for 2021. Both of them may get the OEM's rumored new 20 watt (W) power brick in the box.
Potential new OPPO phones with an interesting code-name leak onto Geekbench
Two new devices with what could be model numbers from the OEM OPPO have emerged on Geekbench 4. They both have 4GB of RAM, run Android 10 and have a heretofore-unseen code-name associated with their processing platform: bengal. Could this, then, be a brand-new upcoming SoC?
UGREEN releases its new USB type C HiTune TWS Earbuds
The latest truly wireless (TWS) earbuds from UGREEN upgrade to a USB type C port for charging and to an IPX5 rating for ingress protection. They also have a Qualcomm chipset which confers some up-to-date audio specs on these new HiTune accessories. They include Bluetooth 5.0, cVc v8.0 for noise cancellation and aptX.
NVIDIA's GTX 1650 has a new variant, again
The gaming component and peripherals company GALAX has launched a new product called the GTX 1650 Ultra. However, its GPU is not that of the original non-ray-tracing Turing variant, but of underpowered chips left out of other cards such as the RTX 2070. Then again, its TDP is higher than some others of its name.
A successor for the Sony a7S II is finally on the way
The a7S II is a member of Sony's Alpha series of full-frame cameras lauded for its low-light and 4K video performance, even though it has been several years since its release. Now, an executive from this OEM has confirmed that a successor for the unit is on the way. According to this source, every aspect of the 7S has been completely re-designed.
OWC launches the Envoy Express, the "world's first Thunderbolt 3-certified" SSD enclosure
There are many products on the market that claim to convert M.2 NVMe SSDs into fast portable external storage. However, OWC claims that its own such housing is the first to come certified for Thunderbolt 3 speeds. Accordingly, it may achieve 1.533 gigabytes per second (GB/s) in "real-world performance".
The OnePlus Buds will come in black: new leak
The eminent and apparently OnePlus-focused leaker Max J. has posted a new image of this OEM's inaugural TWS earbuds on his Twitter feed. This one shows the other side of these stem-toting accessories for the first time - and also paints them black. Therefore, it seems the product will have at least 2 color options on their launch.
A carrier's online store now stocks cases for the iPhone 12 series
T-Mobile Netherlands is a national division of a carrier that also sells accessories for flagship iPhones from 2018, 2019...and 2020. It names these devices according to their individual variants, and also has live pages for a few cases that may indeed fit them accurately - despite the fact they are still probably months away from launch.
Switch Fighter claims its crowdfunded dock turns the Nintendo Switch into a mobile mini-arcade
The Nintendo Switch may be the console for the Covid-19 era; however, a start-up has decided that it also needs the edge conferred by the nostalgia for retro arcade gaming. To this end, it has created the Switch Fighter, a dock-like device that turns the tablet into a portable version of the same when slotted into it.
The Honor 30 Youth Edition 5G and 10X Max will launch on the same day
Honor has officially announced that the Youth Edition of its 30-series smartphone exists, and that it has a launch date for the Chinese market. In fact, it is the same as that of the 10X Max: July 2, 2020. Both phones are rumored to have the same Dimensity 800 SoC, although they may be very different otherwise.
A new leak hints at Android 10 for the Motorola Moto E6 Plus
A recent edition to the Moto E series of affordable smartphones exhibited several discrepancies in our review, not the least of which was launching with Android 9.0 (Pie) in 2019. However, a new Geekbench 5 listing suggests that this issue, at least, may be resolved soon. It shows that a phone with the E6 Plus' specs, but running an updated OS.
AMD's Ryzen 3000 wins big at the 2020 European Hardware Awards
The European Hardware Association (EHA) has announced the devices or components that have won its organization's awards for 2020. This list contains some potentially easy predictions, such as the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 for the Best Gaming Notebook. However, it is the Ryzen 3000 platform that has really cleaned up.
Vive X announces that it has nearly doubled its VR/AR investments
Vive X is a group set up by HTC's Vive in order to invest in augmented (AR) or virtual (VR) reality-based products and services. It has announced that it has achieved a return of nearly twice the funding it has awarded since its inception in 2016. It has mostly been conferred on commercial-grade VR/AR companies.
US households spend about 36% more on their ISP now compared to 2012: new study
New research of broadband internet provision and its adoption in the US found that consumers spend about US$60 on them per month at the end of 2019, compared to about $44 in 2012. This new study also concluded that these customers prioritize speed over any other aspect of the service in question. However, following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemics, this may change somewhat.
The Amazfit GTS and GTR are updated to monitor daytime naps
A number of newer Amazfit smartwatches are capable of sleep-tracking as part of their health-metric suites. They include the GTR and GTS, which have recently been updated further in order to evaluate sleep patterns during the day as well. This involves adding this data to records through its relevant app.
OnePlus says its upcoming TVs will be even thinner than its flagship phones
OnePlus is billed to release new mid-range TVs soon. The OEM has released more details on these devices ahead of their July 2020 launch. One of these teasers involves the apparent fact that they will be thinner at their narrowest point than the company's latest premium phones.
Neopon claims its new product offers all the advantages of TWS earbuds with none of the drawbacks
Neopon are TWS earbuds, albeit not ones of the typical 'popcorn' or 'stem' form-factor found everywhere these days. Instead, they have been designed with an ear-hook that connects to the actual, oval ear-bud part via a short flexible cable. Therefore, their maker asserts that they may enhance comfort and wearing time while still providing all the potential up-sides of wireless audio.
The iPhone 12 series might come without an in-box charger: new leak
An earlier leak suggested that Apple is planning to do away with EarPods as standard packaging contents for its 2020 generation of iPhones. Now, the British financial institution Barclays reportedly predicts that the OEM will not even ship a power brick with these new mobile devices. However, a different rumor asserts that this is not the case at all.
A new leak puts a "Samsung Galaxy A71s 5G" on the cards
Samsung refreshed its popular Galaxy A71 smartphone with a 5G-enabled SoC in 2020. Now, a new Geekbench listing hints at a further variation on this device. It is known as the SM-A716V on this platform, and may thus have the product name of A71s should it launch soon.
AMD announces that the Ryzen 7 4800H destroys its 25x20 power-efficiency goal
In 2014, AMD set forth an aim to improve the power efficiency of its processors by 25 in 6 years. Now, in 2020, the company asserts that it has not only met that goal but exceeded it. This has been done in the form of the Ryzen 7 4800H APU.
TCL announces that its next generations of displays are officially certified for blue-light safety
TCL has confirmed that its upcoming display panels have attained an Eyesafe display certification for blue-light reduction and color performance. This standard has been developed to protect user eye health. They are applied to various screen types, those for PCs or monitors included, and may become a preferred spec in the new devices of the near future.
An ex-Intel engineer claims to know why Apple went in-house for the future of Mac processors
Apple made waves at its 2020 WWDC when it confirmed that Macs were to be powered by non-Intel SoCs going forward. This transition may have many advantages for the company, not to mention the PCs involved. However, self-professed Intel expert François Piednoël claims that there were other reasons for this move.
iPhone 12 series: New Reddit images may corroborate previous design leaks
A Redditor who claims to work in the smartphone repair industry has posted photos of new clear cases and dummy devices that allegedly match the iPhone 12 series. They correspond to the upcoming lines' 3 hypothetical variants, and have the iPad Pro-like appearance projected for these devices.
NVIDIA's new GeForce Game Ready driver is DirectX 12 Ultimate-compatible
The latest Windows 10 Game Ready driver for NVIDIA GeForce cards unlock DirectX 12 Ultimate features on RTX GPUs. This may bring attributes such as hardware-accelerated ray tracing and mesh shading to certain games. The new driver also supports 9 more G-SYNC-enabled monitors from AOC, Dell, LG and other OEMs.
Olympus announces that it has cut its camera business loose
Olympus has officially confirmed it has signed an agreement to relinquish the imaging division of its company. This means that cameras such as those of the OM-D series will no longer be available under their original maker's name. However, there are plans for a new, separate entity that will make and sell their successors.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G: NFC and Bluetooth certifications put the upcoming 2020 clamshell close to launch
Samsung is currently believed to have a 5G version of its Galaxy Z Flip in the works. Several new listings on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) website confirm this, overtly naming multiple versions of the same device in these terms. One of them has also gained a certification to use NFC.
Amazfit will launch its ZenBuds via Indiegogo at the end of June 2020
Amazfit claims that its ZenBuds are capable of enhancing sleep or relaxation due to their noise-cancelling, health-tracking and other properties. The brand has finally announced details on how this version of the truly wireless (TWS) earbud will be premiered: as a reward on its upcoming crowdfunding campaign.
Nintendo shows signs of giving up on the smartphone gaming market altogether
Nintendo's Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Switch is inarguably one of the biggest hits of “lockdown life”. However, its mobile titles (Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes, for example) have not exhibited the same level of success, to the extent that the company allegedly has no new titles planned for this platform.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ could launch in August 2020
The eminent Weibo leaker Digital Chat Station has dropped a number of hints as to the launch schedules of what could be the next flagships from Xiaomi and Redmi. The latter may have the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC and is thought to be the first of these 3 to debut. That leaves what are thought to be the Mi 10 Pro+ and, finally, the next-gen Mi Mix.
Future Huawei phones could have under-display selfie cameras and no physical buttons
Huawei has patented what could be its next-gen mobile-device form-factors. Not only do they have no discernible front-facing cameras, their side-buttons are replaced with what appear to be parts of a flexible display instead. These virtual keys have corresponding cut-outs in the device's frame.
QNAP claims its new PCIe-expandable TS-x53D NAS series is ideal for both professionals and gamers
QNAP's latest TS-x53D series of network-attached storage (NAS) products have 2, 4 or 6 bays and 4 to 8GB of RAM. They are also equipped with a PCIe Gen 2 expansion slot and 2 2.5 gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports. The user can also play videos at up to 4K thanks to its HDMI port.
The Samsung "Galaxy A01e" is now the Galaxy A01 Core: new leak
Recent leaks have pointed to the release of a second variant for the Galaxy A01, a budget phone debuted by Samsung in 2020. A new entry on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) website now confirms its existence. It also shows that the phone's product name will have a novel twist: it will be the Galaxy A01 Core.
Acer touts the new Predator Cestus 350 mouse as a precise, powerful and stylish gaming accessory
Acer has launched the Cestus 350 as part of its new Predator-series gaming line-up today (June 23, 2020). It has a Pixart 3335 sensor, which, as the OEM asserts, will confer accuracy on the new device with minimal latency. It also has 8 programmable buttons and can be used in wired or wireless mode.
The Acer CastMaster may prove a minimalist solution to many traditional presentation issues
Acer is showcasing its CastMaster system as part of its 2020 General Presentation Conference (GPC). This product consists of a receiver and a transmitter in the form of a large globular button. The OEM asserts that this "Plug-and-Play" arrangement will render the set-up and control of a presentation constant across any environment.
New Pixel-series hardware defects may result in another lawsuit for Google
A law firm has posted an invitation to Pixel 3 users to contribute to a class action it may build against Google for hardware issues in this phone. In addition, it is claimed that the device's camera results in unacceptable jittering and crashing. Dissatisfied owners may now fill out an online form in order to join this potential suit.
TUV Rheinland certifies a new battery that may be for the Samsung Galaxy M31s
Some recent leaks have raised the possibility of a successor for the Samsung Galaxy M30s. Now, the OEM has certified a battery that could conceivably have been made for this phone. However, those hoping for even more screen-on time between charges may be slightly disappointed in its specs.
A new Dimensity 800 phone appears on Geekbench: could it be the Honor 30 Lite?
The Lite variant of the Honor 30 series could be a particularly interesting release, as it is touted to rock the Dimensity 800 processor and to have a global launch. A new model number that might correspond to this device has surfaced on Geekbench 4. It runs Android 10 and has 6GB of RAM in addition to the new MediaTek SoC.
NVIDIA unveils the A100 GPU in PCIe form
The A100 is the first GPU based on NVIDIA's state-of-the-art Ampere architecture. It is available in NVLink and (as of today) PCIe-enabled cards intended for high-performance computing (HPC) use cases. Its maker has also announced details on over 50 new servers based on these new graphics solutions.
Xiaomi gets a new "Mi Smart Mouse" through Bluetooth SIG testing
Xiaomi may be about to launch a new mouse that is capable of responding to voice commands. This is apparent thanks to new Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) documentation. It approves the Mi Smart Mouse as a device with up-to-date wireless connectivity and a 4000 DPI.
The Redmi 9 will have up to 6GB of RAM on its Chinese debut: new leak
The Redmi 8's long-awaited successor launched in Spain as a device with 3 or 4GB of RAM. However, the noted tipster Ishan Agarwal now claims that some of its China-only SKUs will go up to 6GB. Furthermore, some others will have 128GB of internal storage, whereas its current European units have half that at best.
A new "Galaxy Note 20 Plus" case leak may improve the odds of its being another Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus' successor is currently thought to actually be called the Note 20 Ultra. This may be due to renders that have given it an extra-large camera hump like that of the pre-existing S20 variant of this name. A Twitter leaker's new "case photos" lends this idea more weight.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+: new leaks may confirm the tablet's ~10,000mAh battery
Some upcoming variants to the Samsung Galaxy Tab line of premium slates are currently believed to have a markedly large battery capacity. This spec might help them earn their rumored 'Plus' moniker. A leaker has posted new images, allegedly taken by official regulators, that may confirm this theory.
RAVPower PD Pioneer GaN Tech USB C Wall charger hands-on review
Some of RAVPower’s latest USB chargers are those of the gallium nitride (GaN) variety. This state-of-the art charging material is linked to potentially improved efficiency at lower temperatures. But how do they hold up against the contents of an everyday tech-lover’s household?
Google's Nearby Share for Android may also be compatible with ChromeOS, Linux, Windows and macOS
Nearby Share is Google's long-awaited answer to AirDrop, and may formally debut as part of Android 11. However, XDA contributors have found evidence that it may work with other operating systems, so long as they run Chrome. This is because it may have a web UI, which could make it almost universal for file-sharing.
The Dimensity 800-powered Honor 30 Lite leaks out
Honor has already released a wide variety of 30-series phones thus far in 2020. However, new leaks hint that there is at least 1 more to see this year: the MediaTek-powered and 5G 30 Lite. It may also be known as the 30 Youth Edition for the Chinese market
Lenovo launches the 15-inch IdeaPad Slim 7 GTX
Lenovo has released more details of a new addition to the IdeaPad Slim 7 line of notebooks. This one is powered by the Core i7-10750H processor, rather than the Ryzen 7 4700U like its 14-inch counterpart. However, the OEM has included dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics here...even if it is an older card.
The end of 2020 is also the end of Adobe Flash Player
There was a time when Flash was the go-to standard for online content building and support. However, other standards such as HTML5 have outstripped it considerably in the ability to deliver AV and interactive apps of all kinds. Therefore, Adobe has announced a definitive EOL date for this once-ubiquitous relic of the internet.
UNISOC claims its 6nm 5G SoCs are ready for mass production
UNISOC has announced that it will start full-scale production of its 6 nanometer (nm) chipset by the end of 2020. This will enable it to supply OEMs with this advanced platform by 2021. The SoC will also come with an integrated 5G modem and a Mali-G75 GPU.
The new Motorola Razr goes on sale for the first time at US$500 less than normal
The Motorola Razr was announced in 2019 as the first foldable clamshell phone on the market. Therefore, the OEM set its price at US$1499.99 on its launch. Those who find this outlay for a phone powered by the Snapdragon 710 SoC off-putting may be interested to know that it has a special reduced price on its US website until June 21, 2020.
OPPO launches the Find X2 in India, but where are the Pro variants?
The Find X2 phones are OPPO's premium, Snapdragon 865-powered flagships for 2020. The OEM has launched it in India. However, it appears the country only gets the vanilla variant, which has 12GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage and is priced at INR 64,990 (~US$853).
Qualcomm launches the new RB5 platform for next-gen robotics
Qualcomm has unveiled the RB5 platform, aimed at the consumer- and enterprise-grade robotic devices of the future. To this end, it is based on the QRB5165 processor, which can handle the imaging sensors, digital signals, machine learning and AI capabilities expected of these machines. It also supports up-to-date connectivity, 5G included.
PCIe 4.0 for all: Asus announces its B550 motherboard line-up
Asus has unleashed its panel of motherboards that support AMD's B550 chipset on the US market. They enable up to 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes when equipped with a Ryzen 3000-series APU. These cost-effective new components are of the OEM's popular ROG Strix, TUF Gaming and Prime brands.
Verizon launches the Lenovo Flex 5G in the US
The Lenovo Flex 5G is the first "Always On, Always Connected" ultrabook to launch with the connectivity that gives it its name. It is capable of the ultra-wideband (UWB) variety of the same, which covers a lot of the mmWave band. Accordingly, it will be sold through the carrier Verizon in the US.
The AirTab portable monitor has reached its crowdfunding target in just 1 hour
AirTab claims that its first eponymous product is an ultra-lightweight on-the-go secondary display. It measures 15.6 inches diagonally, and also has a SKU with a touchscreen. This device has been launched via Kickstarter, and has amassed 100% of the backing looked for in just 1 hour.
Anker launches the PowerExpand Elite Thunderbolt 3 Dock
Anker's latest dock allows the user to connect external monitors via both Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI ports at 60 hertz (Hz). It also has a range of other I/O besides, an SD card reader and a 3.5mm AUX port included. One of its type C ports also allows pass-through charging at up to 85 watts (W).
The Vive XR Suite is the latest entrant into the remote working and collaboration market
HTC Vive has announced a new suite of XR applications to help those whose work or pursuits have moved into a remote format. An example of these is Vive Sync, which may take on other similar platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom. The new suite also features various software and hardware partners that operate in areas relevant to these apps.
The Huawei Enjoy 20 Pro will launch in China on June 19, 2020
Huawei has announced that it will launch a phone called the Enjoy 20 Pro 5G later in June 2020. This device is rumored to have a 6.5-inch display and to run on the MediaTek Dimensity 800 SoC. However, there is a pre-existing device called the Enjoy Z that covers these specs.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ SKUs allegedly show up on Geekbench
Samsung's highest-end tablet series is thought to branch into additional Plus versions for its late-2020 generation. More evidence of this has allegedly leaked onto Geekbench 4. They show what may be Tab S7 and S7+ variants with the same amount of RAM and running on the Snapdragon 865 processor.
The Asus ZenBook 13 UX325 is quietly unleashed on the European market
The ZenBook UXn25 series is a compelling line of Thunderbolt 3-enabled ultrabooks, although you'd hardly know it from Asus' press releases thus far. Accordingly, its 13-inch variant has sneaked its way onto the OEM's Bulgarian website. It has also been spotted on various retail sites throughout Europe.
The new LG CineBeam projector can throw a 100-inch image and weighs 1.1 pounds
LG has announced the latest model in its line of CineBeam projectors. The PH30N is rated for images of up to 100 inches from 10.8 feet away. It has also been designed to be light and portable so as to generate a theater-like experience in various settings.
Pixel 4a delay rumors spark up again, this time with allegations of a release late into 2020
The leaker Jon Prosser has laid some claim to some new Pixel 4a availability information. Its launch is now thought to take place in July 2020, although it may not actually be released until October. However, another tipster now alleges that it may not arrive at all.
Sony announces new, commercial-grade BRAVIA 4K HDR monitors
Sony has announced its latest line of BRAVIA monitors directed at professional environments and use-cases. This BZ40H series has many attributes from this OEM's high-end TVs, as well as Ethernet connectivity in order to set up its own WLAN/WWAN. They also feature an Android Pie (9.0)-based OS with various on-board wireless options.
The global USB charger market may be worth nearly US$10 billion by 2024
The market for wall-warts that charge devices via USB is now projected to be worth an additional US$9.9 billion by 2028. It is a sector of the overall wall-charger market, which is thought to grow by up to $23 billion over the same period. Even given the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, various regions are thought to be capable of adding hundreds of millions of USD to its value.
Aukey's latest power bank is also a phone stand
The new Basix Pro Wireless Power Bank from Aukey has an innovative design, in that it combines the ability to act as a phone stand in addition to the function that gives it its name. It does so by integrating a kickstand into its slim 10000mAh form factor. The bank also has a USB type C port for relatively higher Power Delivery speeds.
A phone that may be the Samsung Galaxy M31s pops up on Geekbench
The Galaxy M30s was a considerable success for Samsung in 2019. Now, it appears the OEM may be looking to replicate its success this year. Some evidence of a device that may conform to this description has surfaced on a benchmarking website.
Apple announces its virtual WWDC itinerary
Apple has released further details on the schedule of its upcoming WWDC 2020 event. All of its presentations will be streamed this year, although the e-conference will also debut the "all-new" Developer's Forum and some one-on-one lab that is accessed by appointment only.
OPPO launches the Lamborghini Edition of the Find X2 Pro in Germany
The Lamborghini Edition of the OPPO Find X2 Pro is a version of this phone with an appropriately car marque-themed finish and accessories. It has been released onto the German market via this country's Amazon site. It is in apparently extremely limited supply, but is available to order now.
Samsung unleashes a new Limited Edition of the Galaxy S20 Ultra in Vietnam
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra normally comes in relatively somber shades of gray or black. A new Limited Edition of this phone is anything but, however. It is currently exclusive to the Vietnamese market, with a steep price that might be sweetened with the offer of a free Harman Kardon speaker with each purchase.
Amazfit will launch the Stratos 3 fitness smartwatch in India soon
The Stratos 3 is a round-faced smartwatch packed with sports modes and also with a dual chipset/OS system that may help it conserve battery life. It also has a display optimized for visibility in sunlight. This wearable is also now to be sold in India, having just appeared on the retail platform Flipkart ahead of its (as-yet unknown) release date.
Google releases the first public Android 11 beta for most Pixel phones
Google has started the Android 11 beta program. This initial preview ROM should contain changes such as notification bubbles, enhanced permission controls and wireless ADB debugging. It is compatible with newer Pixel-series devices, although other OEMs have announced some of their phones will also get this beta soon.
The ROG Phone 3 edges even closer to launch with a new certification
Asus is currently said to introduce its third-gen ROG Phone in or around early July 2020. A new leak suggests this event may fall sooner in this time-frame rather than later. It concerns a new document that indicates the mobile-gaming device has been approved for sale in Russia.
Microsoft and Apple are the first companies to cross the US$1.5 trillion market-cap threshold
Some of the world's biggest tech companies have recently returned positive gains as stock markets in general start to rebound from the effects of Covid-19. However, Apple and Microsoft were the biggest winners this week, as their market caps now exceed half a trillion US dollars. They are also the first firms to do so in history.
TCL announces a QLED TV launch in India
TCL has released details on a new event that will introduce some more of its TVs to India. The webpage for this launch's live-stream makes it quite apparent that they will be QLED in nature. Accordingly, the OEM may be going for the higher end of this market with this debut.
The Red Magic 5G's top-end Transparent Edition is released for pre-order
The Red Magic 5G is the 2020 generation of this gaming phone series. Its most powerful 16GB RAM SKU is finally available to pre-order via the Chinese platform JD.com. It also has a new, "Transparent" rear panel, which may appeal to fans of teardown videos.
Samsung reportedly switches to Corning for the Galaxy Fold 2 display's glass solution
Samsung first used ultra-thin tempered glass (or UTG) in the Galaxy Z Flip, which was supplied to it by the German company Schott. Now, a Korean media outlet claims the OEM has turned to Corning instead for analogous flexible protection that is to be incorporated in its true next-gen smartphone/tablet flagship, the Fold 2.
HTC announces a June 16, 2020 launch event, could be for Desire 20 series
HTC has yet to be heard of in the context of new phones in 2020. However, the OEM has just confirmed that it will change this with an upcoming June event. According to recent rumors, the devices to be launched may be called the Desire 20 series, one of which could also be 5G.
Intel Kaby Lake G reportedly loses AMD driver support all of a sudden
The Kaby Lake G platform is unique in that it combines an 8th-gen Intel Core CPU with Radeon Vega M graphics. Attractive a proposition as this - and some of the PCs on which it is based - sounds, it quickly ran into support issues. Now, it seems it has a new one: it can't install newer drivers, which are normally supplied by AMD.
Razer releases its new Kishi universal mobile gaming controller
Razer has announced that its latest accessory for smartphone gaming, the Kishi, is now available to order. This model is designed to fit onto mobile devices of varying screen size to deliver Nintendo Switch-esque controls. It does so with a good range of options, thumbsticks that are also clickable included.
OnePlus registers a mysterious new trademark with the USPTO
OnePlus is a smartphone OEM that may have started out as a "flagship killer", but has branched out into additional areas such as audio accessories and smart TVs since then. Now, it appears it may have another new project underway, which may have started by filing a new trademark application with the United States Patents and Trademarks Office (USPTO).
A phone that may launch as the Samsung Galaxy A01e surfaces on Geekbench
Recently, a leak pointing to an upcoming mobile device called the Samsung SM-A013 emerged. Now, the same model number has been spotted on Geekbench 4. Its listing here may reinforce the idea that this is a new variant of the Galaxy A01, and may drop hints as to how it may be even cheaper than the pre-existing super-budget phone.
Realme reportedly certifies a new dual-cell battery that could fit in an X3-series phone
A prolific leaker claims to have found a new TUV Rheinland Japan approval for a new battery made by the smartphone brand Realme. It has dual 2250mAh cells, and may charge at up to 65 watts (W). This new power-pack may thus be destined for an as-yet unlaunched premium phone: the X3 Pro, perhaps?
The ZenBook 14 UX425 turns up on the pages of Australian retailers
The UX425 is a version of the ZenBook 14 touted to come with either Ryzen 4000 or Intel Core i7-1065G7 processors. The latter variant has just appeared as a listing on Scorptec and Mwave, online stores that operate in the Australian market. They both affirm that this Asus PC has 16GB of RAM and 2 Thunderbolt 3 type C ports.
Visionox claims its under-display camera panels are the first of their kind to make it to mass production
The display-panel maker Visionox has announced its new InV See technology, a panel type that allows a front-facing camera to "hide" under the screen when not in use. Furthermore, the company has stated that it is ready for mass-production. Therefore, next-gen phones could have the genuinely edge-to-edge screens of their OEM's dreams.
Brandeis launches the "extraordinary" Prometheus smartphone on Indiegogo, attracting both backing and skepticism
A start-up called Brandeis has put its inaugural smartphone, the Prometheus, up for crowdfunding. It purports to offer a Snapdragon 865 SoC, 16GB of RAM, a uniquely-shaped QHD OLED screen and a 108MP main camera for as little as US$499. But is it just too good to be true?
OnePlus halves the frequency of its Open and Closed Beta programs for OxygenOS
OxygenOS is OnePlus' well-received skin for Android. The OEM runs a beta program for this software, by which users can access new features in advance and offer feedback on the same. Now, however, the company has announced that it will reduce the number of these builds released per month.
LG launches its new QHD IPS monitor, the "Ergo"
LG has introduced a new monitor, known as the "Ergo". This is due to its new kind of "C-Clamp"-enabled stand that confers a full range of motion on the 27-inch panel. It also has USB type C with 60 watt (W) Power Delivery, so as to enable 1-cable operation with this display.
Verizon's variant of the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G has only 128GB of internal storage and no microSD card slot
Verizon has augmented its 5G phone offerings with the Samsung Galaxy S20 UW variant. However, some users have been dismayed to find this phone lacks the microSD card support found in other SKUs of this phone. Furthermore, it also has less RAM compared to its unlocked counterpart.
TCL launches its own line of Android TVs in the US
TCL is an increasingly well-known name in the area of cost-effective big-screens in the US. Now, it has released some of its smart TVs that run Android into this market. These 3-Series devices incorporate Chromecast functions, the Google Assistant and all the apps the user may expect from US$129.99.
Huami is in the top 5 in the smartwatch-maker charts for the first quarter of 2020
Huami, the OEM behind the Amazfit brand of wearables, found its way into the top 5 names in the smartwatch market during the first quarter of this year (1Q2020). It was also in the US top 5 in the same terms, and was #1 in some countries, including Spain, Indonesia and India.
Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 20 series and more on August 5, 2020
A Korean blog now asserts that the next major Samsung mobile device launch will take place about 2 months from today (June 6, 2020). This event is touted to unveil the next-gen Galaxy Notes and Fold, as well as some more devices such as the OEM's new premium tablets. It may also assume an online format.
The Aipower T18NC TWS ANC earbuds are at their "lowest price ever" this weekend
Aipower may be best known for its innovative Wearbuds product. However, it has also released a pair of standalone TWS earbuds with premium features such as active noise cancellation (ANC). The brand has put these T18NCs up for a flash sale, which ends on June 8, 2020.
The Moto G Fast and E 2020 are now officially on the US market
Motorola has just released the new Moto G Fast to the US market. This Android 10 phone has 3GB of RAM, the Snapdragon 665 SoC and triple rear cameras. It is joined by the latest addition to the Moto E series, which has 2GB of RAM and dual cameras instead.
Xiaomi allegedly patents what looks like a Mate Xs clone
Xiaomi has reportedly patented a phone with an outward-folding display which leaves its I/O contained within a strip down 1 side of this device. If that concept sounds familiar, it is because this form-factor has already been debuted by Huawei in its Mate X series. Xiaomi's new take on it exhibits at least 4 cameras.
Get 30% off House of Marley's audio products
House of Marley wants to help consumers celebrate Father's Day with a 30% sale off everything in its US online store. They include the brand's Exodus active noise-cancelling (ANC) headphones. This discount is in effect from today (June 5) until June 13, 2020.
Nubia releases a new color SKU of the Red Magic 5G for international pre-orders
When the latest iteration of the Red Magic gaming phone launched globally, there were only 2 of its 3 SKUs available: the 8GB RAM Eclipse Black and 12GB Pulse. Now, they have been joined by the 8GB Hot Rod variant. The brand has announced that 1% of its pre-order revenue will go to the charity Child's Play.
Samsung releases the Galaxy A31 to the Indian market
The 2020 Galaxy A series has turned out to be a collection of interesting and often cost-effective phones thus far. Now, Samsung has launched one of its variants in India. The A31 has quad rear cameras, 6GB of RAM and can be ordered for the equivalent of ~US$292 right now.
The HTC Desire 20 Pro is all but confirmed through new leaks
HTC really is going to launch a phone called the Desire 20 Pro. This is in accordance with a new leak that reportedly comes direct from the Google Play Console. The phone's new page in this database may also confirm many of its specs, including its ability to run Android 10 at launch.
AMD has shipped over half a billion chipsets since 2013
AMD's GPU shipment volumes are now reported to have exceeded 500 million. This figure, which encompasses discrete and integrated graphics, beat corresponding numbers for Intel and NVIDIA. This success is projected to benefit even more from future projects such as a new partnership with Samsung.
The Lenovo Legion phone may have surfaced on 3C and Geekbench
The first phone from Lenovo's gaming brand Legion may be getting close to launch. A device with what is thought to be its model number has reportedly been certified with the regulator 3C. The same number has also posted results on Geekbench 5, complete with some of the device's rumored specs.
Honor Play4 series: new 8GB Kirin 990 5G and Dimensity 800 phones starting at ~US$280
Honor has launched the Play4 and 4 Pro today (June 3, 2020) in China. The latter does indeed rock the premium Kirin 990 5G chipset, in line with previous leaks - and for only around US$400, too. Those looking for something fresher, however, could consider the vanilla model, which comes with the 2020 mid-range MediaTek Dimensity 800 SoC.
The Realme X3 SuperZoom will launch in Indonesia, and also possibly India, soon
Realme Indonesia has announced that its latest premium phone, the X3 SuperZoom, will arrive in this market on June 16, 2020. Meanwhile, other leaks suggest that this device is also headed to India, perhaps with some additional variants in tow. They may exist in order to round out its series, in line with previous rumors.
Intel's latest discontinuation notice includes some 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processors
Intel has announced that a raft of processors based on the Coffee Lake architecture have reached the end of their life. This new notice encompasses Core i3-, i5- and i7-8xxx CPUs. It also extends to certain Pentium Gold and Celeron desktop chipsets.
The rate of mobile phishing aimed at businesses grew by 37% by the end of March 2020
The security group Lookout has released the results of its latest study of fraud that targets phones or tablets owned by enterprises. It found that the number of such incidents grew by 37.1% between the last quarter of 2019 and the first of 2020. Even just one of these attacks can cost businesses millions of dollars.
Vivo shipped 24.8 million phones in the first quarter of 2020: new research
Based on a new report released by the International Data Corporation (IDC), Vivo now claims it is the #5 smartphone OEM in terms of market share and shipment volumes. It attributes this success to recent launches such as the S1 Pro and to providing customers with contactless delivery options.
Huawei patents what look like flagship phones with under-display cameras
Selfie cameras that can hide under display panels are probably the natural evolution of the current punch-hole trend in smartphones. Huawei has reportedly filed patents for devices with this technology. Their similarity to the current P and Mate series may raise hopes of their forming the basis of real-world products soon.
The 2020 Asus E-series of notebooks win a Red Dot Design Award
The Asus E210, E410 and E510 are budget laptops with Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processors. However, they also feature this OEM's NanoEdge display and NumberPad technologies. They also feature up to 512GB PCIe SSDs and have 1 USB type C 3.2 gen 1 port each.
Mobvoi partners with PayPal to offer 10% off any product in its online store
Mobvoi is a wearable and smart-thing OEM that makes the WearOS-powered TicWatch series. It has announced that customers who order from its own web-store using PayPal will get a 10% discount. This, for example, would bring the price of its latest Pro 2020 model down by nearly US$26.
Western Digital faces a lawsuit over the specs of some of its hard drives
Earlier this year, it emerged that certain OEMs had been misrepresenting some of the hard drives they sold in terms of the storage technology they used. One of these companies was Western Digital (WD), who subsequently admitted to doing so with some SKUs of its Red, Black and Blue HDD series. Now, a law firm has filed a suit in order to procure redress for their owners.
OPPO sets a launch date for the Reno4 series as a possible 12GB variant leaks onto Geekbench
OPPO has announced that the Reno4 series of smartphones will launch on June 5, 2020. This line is currently thought to have vanilla and Pro variants. One of them may have found its way onto Geekbench 5, which reveals it may have 12GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 765G processor.
Nokia launches the C5 Endi via Cricket Wireless
Nokia has conducted a new budget phone debut via Cricket Wireless in the US. The C5 Endi is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, has 3GB of RAM and triple rear cameras. It is joined by new SKUs of the C2, which have dual rear cameras this time.
Disney+ is now the 4th most popular streaming service in the US: new study
Disney launched its own streaming services only about 6 months ago. Despite this, a new study has found that 25% of its US-based respondents have already subscribed to it. This puts it in the top 5 of such apps alongside more established names like Netflix.
Eve V 2020: Eve Devices is taking the design of its upcoming convertible's keyboard very seriously
Eve Devices is currently developing its second-generation 2-in-1 informed by feedback from its community, as is the brand's wont. It has collected this input on the tablet portion of this product, and has now moved onto its detachable keyboard. The OEM has prepared 4 concepts for its fans to vote on.
Galaxy Fold Active? Samsung patents a waterproof version of its first foldable phone
Samsung has filed a patent for a foldable phone with a "waterproof housing". The document's images depicts this device as similar to the Galaxy Fold, but with a tougher-looking, possibly thicker, chassis. However, the internal tablet-sized screen remains more or less the same.
Samsung launches its own Apple Card-esque service in the US
Samsung Money is a new partnership between this OEM and SoFi that offers a new type of Mastercard-issued debit card. It also extends benefits such as a fee-free account and potentially increased interest on savings. This new arm of Samsung Pay will be available to US customers in the summer of 2020.
ZTE reportedly patents a tri-folding tablet
The smartphone OEM ZTE has reportedly filed a patent with the Chinese National Intellectual Property Office (CNIPA) for a tablet-like device with a screen that can bend at 2 points to collapse into more of a phone form factor. It is not the only manifestation of this concept out there, but does look a very convincing take on it.
Samsung's global wearables shipments grew by 71% for the first quarter of 2020
The latest IDC report on the wearables market (for the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020)) shows that its watch sector declined. However, this shortfall was addressed by gains made by the audio and band categories. Apple remained the #1 brand in terms of shipments, although Samsung posted the greatest year-on-year (YoY) growth.
The new GPU-Z update adds support for 10th-gen Intel Core processors and the Windows 10 May 2020 update
TechPowerUp has announced a new version (2.32.0) of its popular GPU-Z tool. It adds support for a number of new cards and CPUs, 10th-gen Intel silicon included. This update also includes the more granular detection of stepping in Comet Lake-S processors.
A new leak may spill the Motorola One Fusion Plus' internal specs
Motorola may launch a phone called the One Fusion Plus soon. Its existing leak appears to show that it will, unlike its immediate predecessor, have a display with a waterdrop-style notch. Now, it seems to have surfaced on Geekbench 5 with a different SoC too.
OPPO may be closer than ever to having its own Kirin-esque series of chips
According to a new report, the mobile device OEM OPPO is making progress with its dream of constructing a team to rival Huawei's HiSilicon division. This would enable it to build its own in-house chipsets, as this company and Samsung do. The move may enhance OPPO's efficacy as a global electronics player.
The Honor Play 4 series will launch on June 3, 2020
The Honor Play 4 series is thought to have a flagship that will rock the premium-grade Kirin 990 SoC. Newer leaks suggest that its vanilla counterpart will have a MediaTek Dimensity 800 processor. However, these theories will not be confirmed until its June 2020 debut event.
Qualcomm's latest connectivity modules step up to Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2
Qualcomm has announced the FastConnect 6900 and 6700, 2 new connectivity solutions that may upgrade some future phones to Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E. The latter is a variation on the latest wireless data standard that adds the 6GHz band to potentially increase its speed to 3.6 gigabits per second (Gb/s).
Fujitsu's latest series of Lifebooks includes "the world's lightest convertible with a pen"
Fujitsu has announced new additions to its business-class Lifebook line of notebooks. They are led by the U9310 and its 2-in-1 variant, the U9310X. This 13.3-inch convertible has up to 10th-gen core i7 Intel processors and weighs only about 1 kilogram (kg).
The Vivo X50 will not get a 50MP main camera: new leaks
In terms of upcoming Vivo smartphone launches, all eyes are likely to be on the X50 Pro, and not just because its reportedly novel Samsung 50MP makes its renders look like a cyclops. However, there is also to be a non-Pro variant of this device. According to a reliable Weibo leaker, it will have a decent quad-cam array of its own.
The Samsung Galaxy A01 may be getting another variant: new leak
Samsung has allegedly certified a new smartphone battery with the model number EB-BA013ABY. Based on this OEM's typical naming conventions, it may power a device called the SM-A013. Given that the SM-A015 is the Galaxy A01, this leak hints at a new variant for the 2020 budget model.
The Vivo X50 series reportedly leaks onto Geekbench and Weibo
The Vivo X50 Pro is currently believed to be the first phone to rock the markedly large 50MP Samsung ISOCELL GN1 main camera sensor. New leaks suggest that it may also have 8GB of RAM and run Android 10. It may also have 3 color options and a comprehensive packet of OEM hype-content already.
The US gaming headset market is found to have hit new heights as of April 2020
A new market research report states that the gaming headset sector broke records in terms of US retail sales in April 2020. This study also found that 8 of the 10 best-selling devices in this category were from the brand Turtle Beach. Of these, its Stealth 600 has accrued the most revenue in 2020 so far.
The number of people who clean their phones daily in the US may have doubled due to Covid-19
Most modern phones are made of materials on which pathogens, Covid-19 included, can survive on for up to 120 hours. Accordingly, bodies such as the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that they be cleaned once a day. New research suggests that up to 44% of users do so now, compared to about half this number prior to the pandemic.
Qualcomm previews a new line of smartphone-linked XR viewers for 2021
Qualcomm has announced a range of XR viewers, a novel product category possible due to 5G speeds and bandwidth. They are intended to deliver high-quality content to be supported by the smartphones they connect to via USB type C, and will be made by companies such as Panasonic and OPPO.
Huawei springs an unexpected MatePad Pro 5G launch on the Chinese market
The 5G version of Huawei's latest premium slate has been on the international market for some months now. However, it has not been available in this OEM's own home market. The company has rather abruptly announced that it will correct this situation tomorrow (March 27, 2020).
The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are the first phones to get Fortnite at 90fps
OnePlus has announced a new deal with Epic Games, by which the OEM's current flagship 8 series will be the first mobile devices to be able to play the runaway hit Fortnite at 90 frames per second (fps). The game will do so through the medium of Unreal Engine. Furthermore, some older OnePlus phones will be able to run this app at 60fps.
Samsung introduces the Exynos 880, a new 5G-enabled processor
Samsung has formally unveiled the Exynos 880, an octa-core processor that also supports sub-6GHz 5G. It also has an integrated NPU, supports up to 4K/30fps video recording and main image sensors of up to 64MP in resolution. This new SoC may debut in a new phone from Vivo soon.
Sony announces its new "vlogger's camera", the ZV-1
Sony has launched a lightweight, compact camera with a 20.1MP 1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS sensor. However, it is not a new RX: the new ZV-1 was designed with content creators in mind. It has a side-mounted LCD touchscreen, as well as the OEM's latest directional mic that is compatible with its own wind-screen.
The Redmi 9 will launch soon, most likely in multiple markets
Redmi has been confirmed to have a phone called the 9 ready to go, thanks to new certifications by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), Wi-Fi Alliance and SIRIM. These leaks suggest that it has several region-specific variants, one of which may be destined for the Malaysian market.
HP announces a new Collaboration AiO with Zoom Rooms
HP's new PC G6 is an all-in-one (AiO) so directed at interprofessional use-cases it even has a relevant term in its official product name. It is also accordingly equipped with Rooms, a feature of the Zoom service intended to remove the need to configure it to the AV system in question prior to starting a first meeting.
HP wants to take over your workplace deployments with its Device Provisioning Services
HP claims that its Device Provisioning Services can streamline and enhance the process of buying new hardware within a business, while also conserving the costs of doing so. It covers many typical stages of the same, from selection to update regulation. This suite has a range of "modules" aimed at facilitating hardware and software management for target clients.
The new HP E-series monitors include a 14-inch portable variant
HP's latest launch includes a range of new enterprise-focused monitors. The traditional wired versions of this E series are the world’s first fully-adjustable displays TUV-certified for blue light reduction. There is also the E14 G4, a high-brightnes portable device with a high-end chassis and USB type C passthrough power.
The ProDesk 400 and 600 G6 lines are HP's new enterprise-grade PCs
HP has announced its 2020 commercial desktop lines. It consists of 400- and 600 G6-series mini-PCs, small form-factors, microtowers and all-in-ones (AiO). They boast advantages such as military-grade durability, up to 10th generation Intel Core i7 processors and user-upgradable memory.
ZTE is to launch an Axon 11 SE 5G on June 1, 2020
ZTE has announced that it is going to launch an "SE" (possibly Special Edition) version of its Axon 11 in China. This new variant is billed as a "5G video phone" and is directed at a younger audience. However, the OEM has yet to reveal how it differs from the original.
OnePlus will launch its first pair of TWS earbuds alongside the Z in July 2020
The tipster Max J. claims that OnePlus is closer than ever to releasing its first pair of truly wireless (TWS) earbuds. He also asserts that they will be launched in about 2 months from today (May 24, 2020). However, those hoping for even a slight deviation from the norm in this device category may be disappointed in this leak.
The Windows 10 May 2020 update will have enhanced network diagnostics
Microsoft has announced that the latest stable upgrade to the Windows 10 OS will have an "enhanced" form of Packet Monitor. This is an extensive diagnostic tool that can detect, log and export packet drops in a network. Therefore, it may help the user address discrepancies in their Ethernet configurations.
Huawei launches the Enjoy Z, starting at ~US$240 for the MediaTek Dimensity 800 and 5G
Huawei has put its latest 5G smartphone, the Enjoy Z, up for preorder. Unlike many new devices with this connectivity, it comes in at under US$300 for this state-of-the-art connectivity. The Z is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800 SoC and starts with 6GB of RAM.
67% of US high-speed internet households own at least 1 device that is just for streaming AV content
New market research has found that nearly 70% of all US households with broadband internet own and use at least 1 device along the lines of a smart TV, streaming box, connected DVR or console. This appears to underpin the strong role that online video has taken in home entertainment. It also suggests that OEMs in this space may be gravitating towards open-source software.
Intel buys Rivet Networks, the maker of Killer Wi-Fi
Intel has announced that it has acquired Rivet Networks, a company best known for its Killer brand of connectivity modules. The silicon giant asserts that this move will enhance its standing as a proponent of Wi-Fi standardization. It may also simply help the company stay ahead of the competition in terms of this area of specs.
Huawei will start a new smartwatch line that matches the Mate series
A leaks site has posted what is claimed to be a new trademarking application filed by Huawei for a "Mate Watch". Therefore, it seems the OEM is making a new wearable specifically intended to go with the phablets of the same name. It may be joined by another accessory, the "MatePod".
The gaming laptop sector of NVIDIA's business is booming
NVIDIA's latest financial report indicates that notebooks now account for 30% of its gaming-related business. The company's chief financial officer (CFO), Collette Kress, attributes this success in part to increased demand for these PCs due to the constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic. Similarly, Nintendo's Switch appears to have been a popular buy lately.
The new Dell XPS 15's battery is rated for 300 cycles, and apparently that's ok
Dell recently updated the 15-inch XPS variant with the 9500 for 2020. It incorporates some changes that may be welcome, although its battery capacity is reduced compared to its predecessors. A consumer has noticed that it is also rated for 300 charging cycles, whereas Apple, for one, provide more in its competitors.
A leaked poster appears to prove the Exynos 880-powered Vivo Y70s exists
Recently, a Geekbench leak pointed to a new Vivo phone that ran an equally novel 5G Samsung SoC. Now, what looks like a promo for a device from this OEM with this spec has been posted by a tipster on Weibo. It also suggests that it will cost less than US$310 on its launch.
Xiaomi patents the twist-cam/foldable phone hybrid
Xiaomi has already claimed a phone with a twistable camera as intellectual property. Now, it has combined this design with that of a clamshell foldable. As before, it allows the user to take selfies with the device's main shooters at will.
Bloomberg TV+ is coming free to Samsung smart TVs
Bloomberg TV+ is provided by the media outlet of the same name. It launched in 2019 as the first such online channel to stream in 4K UHD. Its maker has announced a new partnership by Samsung by which it will appear on this OEM's free video service for its smart screens.
The rugged tablet-maker Durabook launches its first 10th-gen Intel Core-based model
Durabook has announced an updated version of its super-tough U11 tablet with up to Intel Core i7-10510Y processors. It also has a MIL-STD-810G certified rubberized chassis with a military-grade on-the-spot SSD-removal system. Users can also configure the device for professional specs such as an RFID module.
TCL wins a 2020 iF Design Award for its latest flagship soundbar
TCL is becoming increasingly well-known for its mostly affordable high-res TVs. However, it also does soundbars, the newest of which has won an award for its unique "RAYDANZ" design. The OEM claims that it allows the device to project sound effectively in the desirable directions.
POCO makes the M2 Pro official with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth certifications
The Xiaomi brand POCO is currently rumored to have a phone called the M2 Pro in the works. Now, new documentation issued by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) and Wi-Fi Alliance have confirmed this. These new official leaks may debunk the theory that it is a completely new device, however.
Black Shark, Realme, Meizu and OnePlus join the multi-Android OEM P2P file-transfer alliance
Xiaomi, Vivo and OPPO launched a file-transfer system of their own in February 2020. This facility allows for a robust form of sharing between Android devices from these 3 OEMs independent of any third-party apps. Now, the additional brands Black Shark, Meizu, OnePlus and Realme have declared they want in on this action.
The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition may be the last of its line
According to observations posted by a Redditor, the OnePlus and McLaren brand partnership is no more. Therefore, it seems we are not getting a flagship variant with a distinctive black-and-papaya finish this year. However, the OEM has yet to publicly announce this news itself.
Samsung may have a new, particularly budget Galaxy M phone in the works
Recent leaks have pointed to the existence of the Samsung Galaxy M01, which, based on this name, may be the cheapest of its line available in 2020. Now, it may have a second variant, thought to be called the M01s on its launch. It may have a MediaTek Helio P22 SoC and run outdated software.
The Asus ROG Phone 3 may have been spotted on Geekbench
A device listed as the ASUS_I003DD has just been spotted on the Geekbench 5 website. As this company's gaming phone's 2nd generation was the I001Dx, it is possible that the 2020 ROG Phone has finally broken cover. This model number has also been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
The Huawei Enjoy Z may run on the Dimensity 800 SoC on its May 2020 launch
Enjoy is a series of affordable smartphones from Huawei that is now rumored to add a new 5G model to its ranks. Therefore, one might expect it to have the OEM's in-house Kirin 820 chipset. However, leaks point to a MediaTek Dimensity 800 processor instead.
NVIDIA faces the ire of its investors amidst allegations of crypto-card income hiding
In very recent memory, powerful NVIDIA GPUs normally marketed to gamers became popular among cryptocurrency enthusiasts for their ability to mine. Allegations of misrepresenting the actual amount of money made off this use-case has led to the beginnings of legal action from shareholders who may feel they were being misled.
New alleged live images may confirm the 'Zoom' in "Realme X3 SuperZoom"
Realme is currently believed to update its X series with a variant that may sell based on the periscope-lens spec of its rear camera array. A Thai blog has recently claimed to have obtained photos of a real-world unit of this phone, donated by 2 prominent leakers. They may demonstrate that the SuperZoom does in fact live up to its name.
Sony patents the pop-out camera/speaker phone
According to a new document reportedly filed with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), Sony has invented a phone that has pop-up modules at both its top and bottom edges. These additional parts span the short edges of the main device, and largely function to hide front-firing speakers when not in use.
IFA 2020 will take place live in Berlin, just not as we know it
A number of annual conferences and showcases have had to either shut down or move online from their traditional real-world venues in 2020. IFA has just announced that its own flagship expo is not to be among them. However, due to the new Covid-19-related restrictions, its structure and schedule has changed considerably.
Dell claims its new Optimizer makes some new business models into "the world's most intelligent PCs"
Dell has integrated a new form of potentially workflow-aiding AI into some of its new PCs. Known as the "Optimizer", it confers features such as Express Sign-In, Intelligent Audio and Express Response. They allow for next-gen behaviors such as an auto-lock as soon as the user walks away.
Dell adds a new service to its IT professional-focused Workforce Persona set
Today (May 19, 2020), Dell has introduced a whole slew of enterprise-level PCs. This may leave IT managers overwhelmed with options for a new or upgraded workplace fleet. However, the OEM also has a new service that wants to take this weight off their shoulders.
Honor's Play series of phones gets even more budget with a new 4T SKU
The 4T is a recent addition to the Honor Play line of smartphones with an HD+ screen and dual rear cameras. It launched at just 1199 yuan (~US$169) on the Chinese market. However, there is now another, even cheaper, variant of this phone out there.
The iQOO Z1 launches, offering the new Dimensity 1000+ SoC and premium specs starting at about US$309
The iQOO Z1 is now up for pre-order in its initial market, China. Unlike this brand's last high-end mobile device, it runs on the refreshed MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ processor. However, the rest of its specs remain very similar to this existing Neo3 - except the Z1 is indeed cheaper.
Microsoft makes more progress with 64-bit Windows on ARM
Windows 10 on ARM is slowly winning more uptake from OEMs and users alike as time goes on. However, it still has its limitations, not the least of which is the restriction to 32-bit code. However, a new reported breakthrough may bring an upgrade to x64 closer than ever.
A new leak fills in even more detail on 2020's iPhones
The next generation of iPhones - thought to be called the 12 series - have been leaked extensively already. A new leak from Ross Young of the DisplaySupplyChain tips site now claims to fill in some of the remaining blanks. They include the resolutions and sources of their respective displays.
A new render shows an iPhone 12 with a 5.4-inch OLED display
The iPhone 12 series is currently thought to have a total of 4 variants. A new set of 3D images shows what one with a 5.4-inch screen would look like. It has the iPad Pro-esque form factor of previous renders, as well as a standard Apple notch. It is speculated that it will have the same new SoC as its other variants.
A probable iQOO Z1 shows up on Geekbench ahead of its launch
The iQOO Z1 is currently touted as the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC-powered twin of the Snapdragon 865-driven Neo3 smartphone. A phone with a model number that may belong to the former has surfaced on Geekbench 5. It points to 8GB of RAM and Android 10 for this upcoming device.
Covid-19: Fitbit responds to the pandemic by developing a ventilator
Fitbit has announced that its own-brand ventilator has been sent to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for testing. Despite being known for wearables, this company has also recently devoted some of its resources to the production of this new item, which is to be used in the treatment of Covid-19-affected patients.
Eluktronics announces its new Ryzen 7 4800H-based 15- and 17-inch notebooks
The Matrix RP-15 and RP-17 are Eluktronics' latest notebooks, which set themselves apart with AMD Ryzen 7 4800H APUs. They are also slated to have 144 hertz (Hz) displays and what this brand calls "Covert Design". These new PCs' graphics will be handled by "full performance" GeForce RTX 2060 cards.
The Realme X50 Pro Player Edition (aka "Blade Runner") is official, will launch on May 25, 2020
Recently, a new Realme phone this OEM had dubbed "Blade Runner" surfaced in some official leaks. Other rumors pointed to its being called the X50 Pro Player Edition on its launch. Its maker has confirmed that this is the case, and that it will be one of several new devices that will make their debut soon.
The "Motorola One Fusion" surfaces in new leaks, may launch soon
An upcoming phone called the Motorola XT2073-2 has been certified by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). According to some leaks, it will be called the One Fusion on its launch. It is thought to have a 4000mAh battery and a possible Plus variant.
UGREEN launches a new, compact, multi-USB 65W GaN charger via Indiegogo
UGREEN's latest power brick has 4 ports: 3 USB type Cs and 1 USB type A; therefore, it may suit the need of many users with multiple devices that can charge at up to 65 watts (W). The OEM also claims that it will be smaller than its 61W Apple counterpart. However, only the end of its new crowdfunding campaign may supply the proof of that.
Sony launches a new AR app to help users choose which of its TVs to buy
Envision TV AR is a new Android and iOS app designed by Sony to help users reluctant to go outdoors shop for a new big-screen device in any case. It uses the augmented-reality (AR) features of a smartphone to virtually place Sony TVs in any given room. Therefore, the user can "measure" various models for optimal fit and placement according to their available space.
1More announces its latest Dual Driver wireless in-ear neckbuds with ANC
1More has introduced its new Dual Driver ANC Pro Wireless In-Ear Headphones. This new product is not truly wireless, but does improve on its predecessor through the addition of Bluetooth 5.0 and a Wind Noise Resistance mode on top of its active noise cancellation (ANC) spec. The buds are also rated for twice the battery life of their previous generation.
The Nokia 1.3 is released to the US market
Nokia's ultra-budget 1.3 is a phone with a 5.71-inch HD+ display. Despite this, it runs an up-to-date ROM thanks to Android Go, as well as Google's Camera Go. It is now available on the American market for US$99.
The Honor X10 is confirmed to come with a 90Hz screen
The Honor X10 is an upcoming Kirin 820 phone that is thought to be particularly cost-effective despite its 5G status. The OEM has officially announced that it will sweeten this putative detail with a 90 hertz (90Hz) refresh rate for its display. This may make it an especially compelling option in the mid range.
The new Vivo X50 series will be powered by the Snapdragon 768G SoC
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G is a new 5G mobile processor that has to date appeared in only 1 phone: the Redmi K30 Racing Edition. However, new leaks suggest Vivo is preparing alternatives in the form of the X50 and X50 Pro. They are thought to have rectangular rear cameras and punch-hole displays.
Find X2: OPPO is bringing these "true flagships" to the Indian market soon
OPPO's Indian division has announced that this OEM's most premium 2020 phones are launching in this country. This series is now being teased via Amazon.in, although a start date for its orders has yet to be revealed.
Realme announces a bumper product launch set for May 25, 2020
Realme has let it be known that it is to launch up to 8 new devices or accessories on May 25, 2020. Therefore, speculation is now rife that this event may debut the rumored X3 series. One of them is also now thought to be a gaming phone code-named "Blade Runner".
The market for phones in China regained some sense of normalcy in April 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has been linked to the depression of the mobile-device market worldwide over the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). However, new official figures from China show that this sector of the same had recovered to a degree by April.
Dell sets up a new Migrate service to help users set their new PC up just like the last one
Migrate is a new addition to Dell's consumer services portfolio. It allows a user to transfer their files and settings from an old PC to a new. This is not really anything new; however, the OEM claims that it is more effective in finding and applying data that makes a machine one's own.
Redmi 9: a new FCC approval may put this budget phone closer to launch
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reportedly certified a new phone from the Xiaomi brand Redmi. This device, with its standard connectivity and 10 watt (W) charging, is currently thought to be called the 9 on its launch. It may do so with a 5000mAh battery, at least.
Vivo is using a brand-new 5G Exynos processor in one of its upcoming phones
The "vivo V2002A" is a new device that has landed on Geekbench purporting to run on the Exynos 880 SoC. This heretofore-unknown chipset has 8 cores and has conferred mid-range scores on this apparently upcoming phone. Its model number has also reportedly appeared on the 3C database.
Sony intros its new, Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar
Sony has launched the HT-G700, a new partially-wireless 400 watt (W) soundbar system rated for up to 7.1.2-channel audio reproduction and effective room coverage. It supports standards such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X while using its HDMI eARC, and also incorporates a standalone sub-woofer for bass.
A new leak points to a Plus variant for the Motorola One Vision
The Motorola One Vision launched as this OEM's first smartphone with a punch-hole display. Now, it seems it is getting a new variant. Known as the Plus, it has the same size screen as the original, but may not be the same on the inside.
Sony launches new wireless speakers with EXTRA BASS
Sony has announced new additions to its SRS-XB line of wireless speakers. Their generation features programmable lighting strips in their IP67 housing and are engineered for "deep, punchy bass" and a 3D surround effect. There are 3 models in this line-up that are available to pre-order from today.
Vivo launches the V19 in India
The OEM Vivo has announced a new smartphone, the V19, for its Indian customers. This Snapdragon 712-powered device has a 6.44-inch FHD+ display with dual punch-hole cameras. It starts at the equivalent of ~US$370 (INR 27,990), and will be available from May 15, 2020.
The OPPO Reno 4 may look a lot like the LG Velvet: new leak
The OPPO Reno3 series was among the first to introduce new Snapdragon and MediaTek 5G SoCs to the market in 2020. Now, a new leak from IceUniverse may show that at least 1 of its successors is in the works. It consists of an image of a phone in which the rear cameras are divided into separate circles, like those of LG's latest release.
Motorola announces an Android 10 upgrade for the Razr 2020
Motorola released its new kind of Razr at the start of 2020. Despite its groundbreaking foldable screen, it was stuck on Android 9.0 (Pie) from its launch. Now, the OEM has finally announced a major software upgrade, custom-designed to suit its form-factor.
Lenovo releases the 8th-gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon to the German market
Lenovo introduced the latest ThinkPad X1 Carbons with up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7s at CES 2020; however, they have not been available in some regions thus far, Germany included. This has now been addressed on the OEM's webstore.
The Pixel 4a's launch may be even later in 2020 than previously thought
An earlier leak asserted that Google had chosen May 22, 2020 as the launch date for its new mid-ranger, the Pixel 4a. However, an update from the same source now purports to push this event further back into June. It may or may not coincide with a new kind of online conference arranged for Android 11.
Qualcomm formally introduces the Snapdragon 768G chipset
It was known that a new 5G SoC, the Snapdragon 768G, would be announced today (May 11, 2020) due to the fact the first device to rock it has also been launched. Now, its maker Qualcomm has released more details on it and how it improves on its predecessor, the 765G.
The Honor X10 will support 9 new radio bands, which may make it the world's "most powerful" 5G phone
Honor's upcoming successor to the 9X will be 5G thanks to its Kirin 820 processor. The brand has been hyping the phone on this basis, pointing out that it supports enough new bands to make it viable for years to come. This device's launch date has also been revealed.
The iQOO Z1 is to launch in May 2020, may cost less than the also-premium Neo3
The Z1, an upcoming phone from Vivo's high-value sub-brand iQOO, is currently tipped as the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ version of the Snapdragon 865-powered Neo3 from the same. Its launch date has now been officially revealed, alongside new teasers that show how this phone will look.
Realme reportedly certifies its first 6000mAh phone battery
Some recent Realme phones have impressed with their large 5000mAh power-packs at affordable levels. Now, it seems the next generation on may have even better battery life. This OEM has reportedly made a new component with 1000mAh more.
Xiaomi's Mi 10 Lite Zoom is to launch in Europe in May 2020
The existence of a new Mi 10 variant, the "Lite Zoom" was inadvertently leaked by none other than Qualcomm not long ago. Now, a new tip asserts that it is headed for a European launch shortly. It may be revealed as an international Mi 10 Youth Edition at such an event.
Redmi 10X: a new leak suggests this phone is not a renamed Note 9 after all
Redmi is currently linked to the launch of a phone called the 10X. Despite the novelty of this name, recent leaks have suggested that this device has the same specs as the Note 9 from the same brand. However, a new tip contradicts this idea with a different spec-list.
Samsung launches the Galaxy A41 in Europe
The Samsung Galaxy A41 will go on sale in the Netherlands soon. This new affordable option has a 6.1-inch FHD+ screen and an IP68 ingress-protection rating. It is listed on some Dutch retail sites as an unlocked phone, and will also be available via several carriers.
NVIDIA, AMD, Intel and others are to pull out of Computex 2020
A new report from a Taiwanese media outlet claims that some major PC- and PC component-makers are planning to withdraw from the annual Computex event this year. They may cite the current public health crisis as their reason for doing so, despite the fact the show has been postponed for this very reason.
Some 2020 LG TVs have less than full-speed HDMI 2.1 ports, and apparently that's okay
A Forbes contributor has highlighted an issue in which some 2020 OLED 4K TVs from LG were found to lack the "full" HDMI 2.1 standard. This means that the devices' ports cannot transmit data at their highest possible speed of 48 gigabits per second (Gb/s). However, the OEM asserts that this is not a problem.
A new leak purports to show the Honor X10's graphene-enhanced cooling system
The Honor X10 is probably going to be its brand's next Kirin 820-powered phone. A new leak in conjunction with this device has shown how it might retain this SoC's performance in demanding circumstances. This may consist of thermal management involving a relatively substantial amount of graphene.
Realme X3 series: another potential contender shows up via leaked benchmark scores
AnTuTu has reportedly tested a device with the Snapdragon 865 SoC and a novel Realme model number. This has led to speculations that a true X2 Pro successor is in the works. If so, it might join the X3 and X3 Super Zoom variants on its launch.
The Black Shark 3 is unleashed on the European market
Today, (May 8, 2020) Xiaomi's gaming brand Black Shark has announced the beginning of open sales for its latest generation of flagship phones, the 3 and 3 Pro. These devices pack the Snapdragon 865 SoC, along with some genre-specific hardware tweaks. However, only some SKUs are actually available to order at present.
MediaTek unveils the renewed Dimensity 1000+ SoC
MediaTek has unveiled a new 5G platform for premium phones - well, sort of. This Dimensity 1000+ (or 1000 Plus) has the same make-up as the current 1000 SoC. However, this refreshed version boasts a number of features intended to further enhance its potential flagship game.
OnePlus' next-gen flagship could ship with a 65W charger
The TUV Rheinland body has reportedly certified a new power supply unit (PSU) from the OEM OnePlus. This apparent next-gen Warp Charger is rated for a maximal rate of 10 volts (V)/6.5 amps (A) - or 65 watts (W). Therefore, it could boost charging speeds using this company's in-house system considerably.
Cable Matters releases its first USB type C/Thunderbolt 3 docking station
The popular PC/Mac accessory-maker Cable Matters now sells a dock that combines USB type C and Thunderbolt 3 speeds. Therefore, it can drive dual 4K monitors at up to 40 gigabits per second (Gb/s). It also has 3 type A ports to accommodate peripherals or storage media.
The Meizu 17 series' specs may have leaked via Geekbench
The Meizu 17 is an upcoming Snapdragon 865-powered smartphone. According to a new benchmarking leak, it will also have 8GB of RAM, whereas its possible Pro variant may have 12. However, this does not explain why the former got better scores than the latter.
TSMC's market cap has now exceeded that of Intel
An analyst with the ARK Investing group has reported that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) now has a market cap that exceeds that of Intel. Therefore, the former may now be more valuable than the latter. This is mainly attributed to the Company's smartphone SoC business.
The next Powerbeats Pro may launch soon
Recent FCC documentation shows that Apple has what appears to be Powerbeats Pro 2 in the works. They have now picked up further certifications that probably put them close to an unveiling. Therefore, they may be launched in the US, Korea and Malaysia at the least.
Samsung updates the Galaxy Z Flip, S10 and A50 with May 2020 security patches
Google has released its latest security patches for Android, and as usual, the Pixel series of phones had first pick of them. However, Samsung has reportedly gotten ahead of all other OEMs by rolling these May 2020 upgrades to 3 of its phones. One is its latest foldable, whereas another is a 2019 mid-ranger.
Snapdragon 875 specs are allegedly leaked: 5nm, new GPU, VPU and more
A tech blog now touts the Snapdragon 865 SoC's next generation as the first of its line to launch with a 5 nanometer (nm) architecture. It also claims to be able to name several important components of its platform, its GPU, VPU and DPU. This 2021 premium mobile processor may also have new security features and (of course) 5G support.
Vivo allegedly patents its first smartwatch
More and more Android OEMs are also releasing wearables these days; now, it seems that Vivo is about to join them. A Twitter leaker claims to have found images, apparently derived from a "patent", showing that this company has designed its first-gen smartwatch.
Xiaomi may have patented a breakthrough in its under-display camera-phone tech
Xiaomi has reportedly filed a new patent for smartphone displays with under-display selfie cameras. This one depicts them as part of a triple-camera phone, which suggests this tech is closer to real-world use at this point. In addition, the new sensors in question appear better integrated into the rest of the device compared to the OEM's last known IP on this subject.
The Realme X50 Pro 5G launches a sneak attack on the European market alongside the 6 Pro
Today (May 5, 2020), Realme unleashed its 6 Pro on the European market as promised. This event also saw the launch of the 5i, as advertised - as well as the X50 Pro 5G. This much less expected premium phone now sells for just under €600 (~US$652) in the region.
Meizu teases a 30W power bank to go with its impending 2020 flagship phone
The OEM Meizu has already confirmed that its upcoming premium smartphone 17-series will come with 30-watt (W) "mCharge" standard. Now, it has hinted at the prospect of a powerbank with the same technology. This would be handy in the absence of the gallium nitride (GaN) charger the phones are also rumored to ship with.
LG launches its 2020 soundbars for the US market
LG has announced that the soundbars designed to go with its 2020 OLED and NanoCell TVs will be available in the US soon. These products are rated to deliver between 380 and 770 watts (W) of audio power, and feature enhancements such as Dolby Atmos, DTS-X and Meridian tuning.
USB 4.0 type C ports will be able to output up to 16K video at ~80Gb/s thanks to VESA's new DisplayPort standard
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has released specifications for its new DisplayPort (DP) Alt Mode version 2.0 standard. This video output modality allows USB type C ports to drive even 16K/60Hz displays, as it can leverage USB 4's 4 lanes to transmit nearly 80 gigabits of data per second.
Stadia integration with the Google Assistant kicks off with the ability to launch games on Chrome OS and Android
Google had promised the ability to control its cloud gaming platform Stadia using the Assistant on more platforms. This has started to come to fruition with the ability to tell this AI to launch titles via the service. It reportedly works through text or voice on Android or Chrome OS devices.
OPPO patents a smartphone keyboard case
Phones with dedicated keyboards are more or less a thing of the past at this point. However, OPPO has patented a new product that may bring them back, albeit on an optional basis. The resulting "keyboard case" has a layout probably chosen for its relatively small footprint.
OnePlus' new software update for the 8 and 8 Pro may not fix the green tint issue
The latest releases from the smartphone OEM OnePlus, the 8 and 8 Pro, have been issued new versions of their Android skin, OxygenOS. These updates are intended to fix the "green tint" defect reported by some users. They have also been released to enhance some aspects of the phones' cameras.
The Pixel 4a's full camera specs are allegedly detailed in a new leak
The Cuban vlogger TecnoLike Plus has already purported to have reviewed the Google Pixel 4a's cameras well ahead of its launch. Now, the same source has leaked this phone's relevant specs in more detail. It seems the phone has the same Sony IMX shooters as some older Pixels on its front and back.
The LG Velvet appears in hands-on images as a demo unit in South Korea
It seems LG has dropped all pretense of keeping its upcoming premium mid-ranger, the Velvet, under wraps until its May 2020 launch. It has been spotted in one of this OEM's physical stores in South Korea. This new leak may confirm a build quality to match its looks, and also how it looks with its Dual Screen cover.
An Apple Watch is credited with saving yet another user from an acute heart condition
According to a report published in a medical journal, a patient's Apple Watch successfully detected a serious anomaly missed by diagnostic hospital equipment. However, when the individual pointed out ECGs matching the health issue in question generated by her wearable to doctors, it was apparent treatment was in order.
PowerVision announces its weather-proof drone, the PowerEgg X
The PowerVision Robot Corporation has launched a new drone. This one sets itself apart with what its maker describes as weatherproof attachments, one of which even allows the PowerEgg X to land on water. It is also rated for 4K/60 frames per second (fps) recording in flight.
Research finds that the global smartphone market shrank by the "fastest ever" rate in 1Q2020
The market for mobile devices contracted by 13% in the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020), compared to 1Q2019. All of its top brands, with the exception of Realme and Xiaomi, also saw declines in terms of shipments and share. However, they may all see even more adversity in 2Q2020.
Some of Samsung's latest patents show a possible next-gen, triple-camera Galaxy Z Flip
Samsung is said to have a true Galaxy Fold 2 in the works - now, it also seems there is a 2nd-gen Galaxy Z Flip as well. This clamshell-style foldable, despite its novelty, may be underwhelming in terms of its dual rear cameras. New patents allegedly filed by its maker shows how it might look with 1 lens more.
Sony's strange new TWS earphone design may be intended to cater to helmet-wearers
Sony has reportedly filed a patent for a pair of truly wireless (or TWS) earphones. However, successors to the well-received WF-1000XM3s they are most likely not: they have a more original design that incorporates a large attachment on which physical controls are found.
A dubious leak points to a new phone called the Meizu 17T
Meizu has already confirmed that it will launch a flagship smartphone called the 17 in May 2020. Now, the e-tail site JD.com has posted a relevant listing in advance of this event. However, it is not for the 17, but an unheard-of T-variant.
Apple's second-quarter financial report for 2020 shows its product sales are down
Apple has published a consolidated report of its financial performance in the second quarter of 2020 (2Q2020). It shows an overall increase in revenue of about 1% compared to the same quarter of 2019; however, when these figures are divided into the categories of products and services, one has made a loss.
The Samsung Galaxy A21s is cleared for launch by the Bluetooth SIG, may be destined for several new markets
Samsung has been rumored to have a Galaxy A21s ready for release this year. A new leak confirms this, referring to the phone by its name for the first time. Interestingly, the new device is now associated with 5 slightly different model numbers, suggesting that it will be available in multiple regions.
Huawei patents a new possible MatePad with an interesting rear panel
Huawei may have filed a new patent for a tablet that is now on the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) database. Given its form-factor, it may be easy to assume that it is the upcoming T8 model rumored to launch soon. However, this new design and the budget slate as leaked thus far show slightly confusing variation.
Realme announces a European launch date for the 6 Pro
Realme introduced its 6-series of phones to the European market at the end of March 2020, albeit with 1 bewildering omission: its Pro variant. Now, the OEM has cleared this up with the announcement of a standalone virtual launch event for this device.
A new leak shows the HTC "Desire 20 Pro" with a punch-hole display
HTC is currently said to have a new phone called the Desire 20 Pro in the works. The noted leaker Evan Blass has now ramped these rumors up with a new render. It depicts the supposedly upcoming device as one with a quad rear camera module and a single punch-hole in its display.
Xiaomi's Black Shark announces an EU launch date for its 3 series
The gaming-phone sub-brand Black Shark has released details of a European launch for its new flagship series. It will be available via open sales in a dedicated web-store from May 8, 2020. In the meantime, fans can enter competitions for various discounts.
The Samsung Galaxy M01 is the Galaxy A01 with a larger battery: new leaks
Samsung has reportedly certified the SM-M015G/DS, a device thought to be called the Galaxy M01 on its launch. This is because it has virtually the same specs as the pre-existing, ultra-budget Galaxy A01 - albeit with enhanced battery life.
The MediaTek Dimensity 1000 is the first mobile SoC to have a hardware-based AV1 video decoder
AV1 is a video codec that allows for the playback of 4K video at up to 60 frames per second (fps) in the presence of smaller file-sizes compared to other similar formats. MediaTek has announced that its 2020 flagship SoC, the Dimensity 1000, supports it at a hardware level. Therefore, devices with this processor can use the YouTube app at the highest resolutions.
Eve V 2020: the "community-designed" tablet's looks have now been determined
Eve Devices is a start-up that routinely invites its fans to inform its upcoming products with their opinions and ideas. For example, it had developed 3 different concepts for its 2020 tablet between which this audience was to choose. These votes are now in, and the winning design is:...
Omnivision launches a new, ultra-thin and ultra-large 64MP sensor for mobile devices
Omnivision is a company that makes CMOS image sensors for devices such as smartphones. Its latest such product is the OV64B, which offers a resolution of 64MP with a slightly different footprint compared to its more common Samsung or Sony counterparts. It also has a smaller pixel size than its competitors.
The Realme Watch: renders for this brand's very own Apple Watch clone emerge online
An XDA contributor claims to have "exclusive" access to info on Realme's 2nd-gen wearable. This product will apparently simply be called the brand's Watch, as with other OEM's answer to Apple's device of this category. The new leak apparently consists of renders and several UI snapshots.
QNAP releases a new personal/home multi-bay NAS server
QNAP Systems has debuted its new 1.7GHz TS-x31K series for network-attached storage (NAS) of a residential or private magnitude. It comes in 1- to 4-bay SKUs, each of which supports Gigabit Ethernet and SATA 6Gb/s. They also all have AES-256 bit encryption and lockable bays.
Apple certifies new TWS earbuds, could be next-gen Powerbeats Pro
Some new TWS earbuds from Apple have passed through Federal Communications Commission (FCC) testing. These products are not new AirPods, however: their new certification lets their Beats branding slip, in addition to the fact they closely resemble the existing Powerbeats Pro. Therefore, they are most likely to be a 2nd generation of the same.
The Amazfit X finally goes live via Indiegogo
Following a lengthy wait, Amazfit has released its first smartwatch with a curving display onto the market. Well, more or less: it is being offered as a reward as part of a new Indiegogo campaign. The device starts for US$149 and is currently slated to ship in August 2020.
Black Shark rolls a new software update out to its latest models
Xiaomi's gaming-focused series of phones, Black Shark, run on an Android skin called JoyUI. Today (April 28, 2020), its latest stable version will start to appear as an OTA worldwide. This will occur on the brand's 2020 flagships, the 3 and 3 Pro, as well as their predecessors.
Realme is slated to launch a Pro version of its Buds Wireless earphones soon
The Realme Buds Wireless are of the 'neckbud' form-factor. Now, it seems the brand has a Pro variant of the same ready to go. A product under this name has been spotted in the hands of Singaporean and Taiwanese regulators ahead of their launch.
The Pro version of the Meizu 17 will have wireless charging
Meizu's trailers for its upcoming 17 flagship phone have also incidentally confirmed numerous rumors about this device. However, there is 1 leak it has yet to acknowledge: the one concerning an additional Pro variant. An eminent leaker now allegedly claims that it does exist, and will come with at least 1 special feature.
Samsung releases the Galaxy A31 in South Korea for a price of about US$300
One of the latest phones in the Galaxy A series has been made available to pre-order in South Korea. The A31 has a 6.4-inch FHD+ notched display, a quad rear camera and a 5000mAh battery. It also has 4 color options, NFC for Samsung Pay and an in-display fingerprint reader.
Wild Pixel Buds 2 appear on Google's US Store
Today, (April 27, 2020) a new app for Google's Pixel Buds 2 went live on the Play Store. It was even more unexpectedly followed by the TWS earphones themselves on the Mountain View giant's store. They support OEM-specific features such as Instant Translation, Assistant integration and Adaptive Sound.
A new leak confirms wireless charging in the LG Velvet
The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has just certified the upcoming LG Velvet as a device that uses wireless charging. It will do so at an unprepossessingly standard rate of 10 watts (W). Nevertheless, this can now be added to the brand-new-in-2020 phone's growing list of leaked specs.
The Samsung Galaxy A21s may have leaked in greater detail
A new leak from a respected tipster purports to spill more specs for the Samsung Galaxy A21s, a rumored variant of the A21 that may have a vastly different SoC. The phone is also now said to have a different screen size, more storage and a larger battery.
Discord is rolling its Mobile Voice Overlay feature out to non-Samsung phones
Discord for Android has a useful feature in which a button for its voice-chat functions can float over every other aspect of the UI. Unfortunately, it was originally launched as an exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Notes 10. However, it has now been detected as working in more Android phones via the app's latest betas.
HTC is headed back into the smartphone game with a "Desire 20 Pro": new leak
A possible new mobile device by HTC has been spotted on Geekbench 5. However, despite its alleged "Pro" moniker, its specs are arguably lower-end in 2020 terms. They appear to consist of an older Snapdragon 6-series processor and 6GB of RAM.
Meizu teases its upcoming 17 flagship with specs such as 30W charging and UFS 3.1
Meizu has confirmed that its upcoming Snapdragon 865-based premium device, the 17 5G, will launch on May 8, 2020. In the meantime, it is hyping the new phone up with a series of posters capturing its more compelling specs. They include a 4500mAh battery that charges at 30 watts (W).
Realme launches a budget, yet still 120Hz, version of the X50 5G
The X50 was the first Realme phone to launch with the Snapdragon 765G SoC and this brand's updated UI. Now, it has been refreshed with a version that starts cheaper than the original phone in its home market. However, it still rocks a 120 hertz (Hz) refresh rate for its 6.57-inch display.
A new Xiaomi patent may take the main-camera selfie trend to a whole new level
Xiaomi has reportedly filed a patent for a wholly new kind of phone design with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). This property allows for the top part of its screen to swivel all the way around so that its main cameras can point in either direction. Accordingly, its display is divided along the line of this novel moving part.
A new leak hints at the launch of a 2020 Samsung Galaxy Watch
Samsung has reportedly had a new product certified with the MIIT regulator in China. Based on its model number, it is likely to be a full-screened wearable. Therefore, a successor for the Galaxy Watch Active 2 may be in the offing.
Intel releases its first-quarter financial results for 2020
Intel has revealed that it has made US$19.8 billion in revenue for the first 3 months of 2020 (or 1Q2020). This represents a 23% increase year-on-year (YoY). The vast majority of its "key business" divisions (PC-centric and data-center groups included) also saw gains compared to 1Q2019.
OPPO trademarks the name "Reno Glow" in Europe
OPPO has filed an intriguing new trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Based on the series of products it appears to be associated with, it may turn out to be a new phone. However, there are other possibilities for the new moniker.
Motorola releases a "TurboPower" wireless charger to go with the Edge+
The Edge+ is Motorola's first flagship phone to have wireless charging. Now, a matching accessory from this brand is available on the US market. It can charge the Edge+ at 15 watts (W) and boasts the "thermal management" necessary to do so safely.
The mysterious Realme X3 SuperZoom breaks cover with a Bluetooth SIG certification
Realme is said to have an X3 series of smartphones in the works. It is also rumored to have a "SuperZoom" variant. This heretofore-unexplained moniker has been confirmed through its official telecomms certifications, suggesting we will find out all about it soon.
The HyperDrive Gen2 has now achieved over 1000% of its Indiegogo goal
HYPER's 2nd-generation USB type C hub for laptops such as MacBooks has been launched via crowd-funding platforms. The resulting Indiegogo campaign has now attracted over US$1 million in backing, whereas the company had originally looked for about a tenth of that. This version of the HyperDrive has 3 SKUs with up to 18 ports each.
TCL wins 2020 Red Dot and IF Design awards for the new 10 Pro smartphone
TCL launched its latest 10-series of smartphones earlier in April 2020. Now, it has announced that the Pro variant of the same has won some prominent awards. In addition, the OEM's PLEX phone has also won similar gongs, as has 1 of its Wi-Fi routers.
A "leading" TV box manufacturer switches to Huawei's HiSilicon chipsets for some of its new devices
Oranth is a company that makes smart TV equipment, some of which are sold under the brand-names of other OEMs. It has announced that a new 4K series of the same will run on SoCs supplied by HiSilicon, a division of Huawei also responsible for more premium Kirin smartphone chipsets.
NVIDIA GeForce NOW loses all titles from 4 different publishers, but gains Ubisoft's support
GeForce NOW has had games made by Codemasters, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Klei Entertainment and XBOX Game Studios pulled from its platform. However, the news on NVIDIA's take on cloud gaming is not all bad: Ubisoft has added a total of 36 new games to its portfolio. A representative for this publisher has also endorsed it as "a leading-edge service".
Mobvoi launches its own smart, wall-mountable modular LEDs
Mobvoi - the OEM behind the TicWatch line of wearables - has unveiled its latest product, the Cololight. It consists of hexagonal LED panels that can be connected and thus arranged into a variety of patterns at the user's discretion. Its starts at a pack of 3 lights and their necessary components for US$59.99.
Over 260 million Facebook profiles have been found to be on sale on hacker forums
A security group has reported the detection of 267 million Facebook profiles on a server being offered in exchange for £300 (~US$340). The users in question are apparently mostly located in the United States. This allegedly hacked info includes their names and phone numbers.
The Huawei Nova 7 series: all 5G, all quad cameras, all 4000mAh battery phones
Huawei has debuted the Nova 7 SE, 7 and 7 Pro today (April 23, 2020). These phones closely resemble the Honor 30 devices from the front, but their rear panels are a different matter. Each variant has a 4-camera array on its back, each of which has its 64MP main shooter.
Huawei launches the new MatePad 10.4 in China
Huawei's latest tablet is the MatePad 10.4, a slate with a 2K display with the diagonal length it is named for. It is powered by the Kirin 810 and has 4GB or 6GB RAM options, which come in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi or LTE SKUs. The OEM has revealed that its starts at 1899 yuan (~US$269).
Most of Noctua's LGA115x-compatible coolers can also work with Comet Lake-S
There is good news for those considering an upgrade from their existing rigs with a Noctua cooler and that are based on an Intel 300-series chipset to one with certain newer 400-series options instead: they may be able to switch the former from one to another. Some of this brand's products are even compatible with Comet Lake-S processors out of the box.
Samsung says the Galaxy S20 Ultra autofocus issue is not a bug that can be fixed with an update
Some owners of the most expensive Galaxy S20 variant have reportedly complained to its maker, Samsung, that its rear cameras cannot focus over very short distances. The same users have called for a firmware upgrade that might fix this. However, this problem may be due to the physical constraints of the phone's image sensor.
Meizu announces its new flagship, the 17 5G, along with its May 2020 launch date
Meizu has issued a new media campaign in order to draw attention to the launch of its next premium phone, the 17 5G. It is based on an image that may or may not confirm an important aspect of the supposedly Snapdragon 865-powered device's design. The OEM does indeed seem to be banking on this aspect of the 17 to build sales.
The latest iPhone 12 Pro renders are in, and they look like a tiny iPad Pro 2020
The tech-oracle blog SvetApple is back, this time with renders for the Pro variant of the upcoming iPhone 12 series. It incorporates its latest leaks to generate images that really do resemble the latest iPad in miniature. This is due to the flat screen, rounded corners and square camera hump exhibited by the new design.
The Amazfit X, a new curved-display smartwatch, is about to launch on Indiegogo
Update: Amazfit has finally announced a launch date for the X: April 28, 2020. This 92-degree curved wearable was first introduced as a concept device in 2019. Now, however, it is ready to become a reality via its upcoming Indiegogo campaign.
OnePlus will engage ODMs to offer a greater range of more affordable phones per year
OnePlus is a smartphone OEM with a tendency to focus on just 1 or 2 phones per launch. However, a new report from the Chinese media points to the possibility that it will expand its operation so as to release more new handsets per year. These devices, which are said to have either 5G or 4G, will be supplied by ODMs to keep costs down.
Sony releases pricing and availability info on its 2020 8K and 4K TVs
Sony has announced details on its latest TVs, including their MRSPs in USD and where to get them. They include 8K LED models, which are of course the most expensive on this new list. However, there are also 4K BRAVIA OLED and LED options at more reasonable prices.
Aukey releases its latest 100W USB type C charger
Aukey has announced that its new 100 watt (W) charger with a USB type C port is now available to pre-order. This Omnia 100W is based on gallium nitride (GaN) technology, which leaves it with a depth of 32 millimeters. This, according to the OEM at least, makes it more portable than a comparable MacBook Pro power-brick.
600MP for the masses? Samsung outlines its plans for the image sensors of the future
A Samsung executive has written a piece on where this OEM's image sensor technology is headed. It includes claims that it is working on new components with qualities that beat those of the human eye. This includes estimated resolutions of about 500MP, whereas the Korean giant is aiming for 600MP.
The Nubia Play is now live: a 144Hz display in a phone set at ~US$381
Nubia has launched its latest smartphone, the Play, during an online event today (April 21, 2020). This Snapdragon 765G device has a 6.65-inch screen with a refresh rate of 144 hertz (Hz). It has 8GB of RAM and a solidly mid-range price.
Canon hypes the EOS R5 with more detail on its specs
Canon has yet to launch what is to be the "most advanced" full-frame mirrorless unit it has ever made, the EOS R5. In the meantime, the OEM aims to keep enthusiasm for this camera going with a deeper dive into its full specs. They include more on its 8K recording capabilities and the memory it will support.
The Asus ROG Maximus XII motherboard series will have 4 variants: new leak
The high-end Asus ROG Maximus line-up is rumored to be back with Z490 support this time around. Their allegedly leaked product info sheet indicates that it has multiple SKUs, which have PCI-Express 3.0, gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. They are also DDR4-4800 memory-compatible.
The LG Velvet phone will have a Dual Screen accessory
LG has announced that it will launch a new smartphone called Velvet in 2020. It will be powered by a 5G-enabled Snapdragon 7-series processor, and is believed to replace the flagship G-range. Now, there is also some evidence that suggests it will get a V60 ThinQ-esque case that adds a second display.
Flipkart and Amazon India are not back in business
The Indian government had released new guidelines that allow online shopping sites to get up and running in the country once again. These measures, which permit order fulfilment as usual nationwide with certain necessary caveats, were to take effect from today (April 20, 2020). However, the authorities have now chosen to reverse this decision.
Huawei will release another new phone with the Kirin 990 5G processor: new leak
A device with a completely new Huawei model number has appeared on Geekbench 5. It is described as having 8GB of RAM and running on the 5G version of the premium Kirin 990 chipset. This has led to speculation that it is the Nova 7 Pro - or possibly 7 Pro+.
The Nubia Play is being hyped as 2020's first mid-range 144Hz display phone
This year has already seen a (very) exclusive club of phones that pack notebook-grade 144 hertz (Hz) display refresh rates. Nubia has announced that the upcoming Play will be the next to join it. However, unlike its new co-members, it is a premium mid-ranger and not a flagship.
Some evidence of the Realme X3 pops up online
There have been rumors to the effect that Realme may update its X2 series of smartphones soon. Now, a new device that this OEM has had approved for sale in various regions is thought to be one of them. This possible X3 has a 6.57-inch display and a 4100mAh battery.
The Honor 10X Pro pops up in a new leak
A device alleged to be the Honor 10X Pro has appeared on SlashLeaks. This new rumor mainly consists of a render showing a phone somewhat like the new premium 30 series from the same brand. This new mid-ranger may also be destined for the Kirin 820 SoC.
A possible iQOO Neo3 complete with Snapdragon 865 SoC appears on Geekbench
The iQOO Neo series' next generation is the 3, a phone touted to combine the highest-end of flagship phone specs at the lowest price. Its model number has appeared as the title of new listings on Geekbench 4, which may help set some of them further in stone. This "Neo3" has posted healthy scores for its conformation.
The Huawei Nova 7 series may have much in common with the Honor 30 phones: new leak
The Huawei Nova 6 series launched in late 2019 with vanilla, SE and Pro variants. A new leak posted to Weibo indicates that the OEM will provide direct successors to all of them this year. These phones are also now said to have the same displays and Kirin processors as the Honor 30 series.
Samsung launches a hand-washing app for its smartwatches
Adequate hand hygiene is one of the everyday measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to help combat Covid-19. Accordingly, Samsung has developed the ‘Hand Wash’ app for its watches. It promotes this activity through regular reminders, a tracker and a corresponding watch-face.
A new leak suggests Google's version of the Apple Card is on the way
Late 2019 saw rumors that Google was developing a type of Apple Card-competitor in partnership with certain financial institutions. Now, there may be more evidence that this new instrument is indeed nearly a reality. It is to be a debit card rather than a credit card, and will be tied into and controlled through an app.
The dual-screen Lenovo ThinkBook Plus will be released soon
Lenovo's innovative ThinkBook Plus is now up for pre-order on JD.com, prior to general sales starting from April 24, 2020. To recap, this 13.3-inch notebook has a 10.8-inch e-ink display on its lid. The user can thus write or doodle on the device without opening it with its included Precision Pen.
Lenovo Legion is working on motherboards for Comet Lake-S processors
Lenovo's gaming brand Legion has become linked to an entry into the motherboard space. Apparently, it will kick things off in this vein with those for Intel Comet Lake and Comet Lake-S processors. This leak is based on images of boards with corresponding chipsets for both series.
Qualcomm's latest NB-IoT chipset needs only 1 microamp of charge in sleep mode
Qualcomm has launched the 212 modem, a new chipset for NB2 bands that needs as little as 2.2 volts (V) to function. This may be advantageous for internet-of-things devices that need to keep going on ultra-low power in the long term. It is also small enough to allow for connectivity modules measuring 100 square millimeters or less.
TCL's TV shipment volumes hit 6.73 million in the first quarter of 2020
The display specialist TCL has reported its sales performance for the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). This company sold 6.73 million of its TVs during this period. This figure was down by approximately 20% year-on-year (YoY), however, which was attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic situation.
The Moto G Stylus and G Power are released to the US market
Two of the latest phones to join the popular Moto G smartphone series are now available for purchase on Motorola's US website. The G Power and G Stylus have very similar specs (the Snapdragon 665 SoC and 4GB of RAM included), although the latter has an in-built pen, a first for this brand.
Niantic announces a new Remote Raid Battle mode for Pokemon GO
Normally, part of the object of a Raid Battle in Pokemon GO is that the player physically visits a Gym in order to take part in such an event. However, for those still under lockdown as a result of Covid-19, this is obviously impossible. Niantic will address this by rolling out new Remote Passes that can be used at home.
Up to 53% of US households with high-speed internet report appreciating tech more in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic
A new study of consumer attitudes in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in findings that 53% of its participants (US households with broadband internet services) were prepared to agree with a statement to the effect that their regard for technology had improved compared to that prior to the public health crisis.
Qualcomm, MediaTek and Samsung are found to have been the biggest mobile chipset sellers in 2019
Counterpoint Research has released its latest report on the smartphone SoC market. It reports that Qualcomm remained the #1 vendor of such silicon worldwide in 2019, even though its share of the market fell slightly year-on-year. This can also be said of the rest of the top 5 manufacturers, with the exception of Samsung and Huawei's HiSilicon.
Note 20: not the phone, but new TWS earbuds from the maker of CARD20
The Note 20s are YOBYBO's latest go at revolutionizing the TWS earbud form-factor. They have a unique asymmetrical shape that extend out of the wearer's ear while in use, as well as an equally innovative square charging case with a case rated to be up to 50% that those of competitors. They are available via their new Indiegogo campaign.
iQOO Neo3: AnTuTu reveals the phone's 600,000+ score and main specs
iQOO is currently setting its latest Neo-series smartphone up for launch on April 23, 2020. It has been through the AnTuTu benchmark beforehand, which reveals a decently high score as may be expected of a Snapdragon 865-powered device. It is also touted as having a 144Hz display, which may have come into play during this test.
The OPPO A92s is a phone that may launch with a MediaTek Dimensity 800-series SoC soon
New leaks point to the imminent debut of a new smartphone by OPPO called the PDKM00, or A92s. This device has also recently acquired renders that suggest quad rear cameras found in a square module. It may also have popped up on Geekbench 4 with a novel MediaTek processor that could be a mid-range Dimensity variant.
OnePlus' Chinese launch will include a 'mystery product' alongside the 8 series
OnePlus held its global launch for the 8 and 8 Pro smartphones yesterday (April 14, 2020). However, it also had a China-only launch event for the same scheduled for later. The OEM's official Weibo channel has teased the possibility of a "mysterious new product" for this show; could it be the 8 Lite/Z?
Qualcomm and BOE announce a collaboration to bring 3D Sonic fingerprint sensing to more displays
BOE has announced that it will make more displays that support Qualcomm's 3D Sonic fingerprint sensor technology in the future. These panels will also be of more types and for more use-cases than ever before. This includes flexible OLEDs and internet-of-things (IoT) components.
Surface Pro 7 users are reporting random shutdowns and that Microsoft has done nothing about it
The Surface Pro 7 is one of Microsoft's latest 2-in-1s. Some people who have bought it have subsequently gone back to the Redmond giant's product forum reporting a bug in which the tablet shuts off without warning. The issue may be addressed with some work-arounds, but the OEM is apparently yet to issue an official fix.
The Motorola Edge appears on Geekbench with the Snapdragon 765G SoC and 6GB of RAM
Motorola is currently linked to an upcoming smartphone series with the name of Edge. One of its variants may have surfaced on Geekbench 5. It is not the rumored Snapdragon 865-powered flagship, but does apparently run the powerful upper-mid-range SoC, the 765G.
Samsung Galaxy Buds+: new software update fixes major call issue; red versions launch in a new market
The latest variant of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are hailed as some of the best non-ANC TWS earbuds out there. However, they are also affected by the potential for severe wind-noise during voice calls. Their latest firmware update is touted to fix this problem.
OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z: still not TWS, but at least more colorful
OnePlus has unleashed new versions of its wireless earphones alongside its new 8-series of flagship phones. This new generation has an improved range of color options compared to its predecessors. It also features low-latency connections and a battery that can support up to 20 hours' worth of playback.
OnePlus launches a world-first Warp Wireless Charger
In accordance with some leaks and rumors, OnePlus has launched its first ever wireless charger today (April 14, 2020). This device is also compatible with devices besides the new 8 Pro phone, thanks to the Qi standard. It is rated to power its new companion flagship by about 50% in 30 minutes.
PC shipments dropped by 12% in the first quarter of 2020: Gartner
The latest market research from the Gartner group indicates that the market for PCs has experienced its "sharpest decline" since 2013. However, it seems this year-on-year drop in shipments, which applies to the first 3 months of this year (1Q2020), is related more to the Covid-19 pandemic rather than to demand for this category.
Lenovo re-introduces the concept of a removable battery in the new A7 phone
Lenovo has launched the A7 in China. It is a considerable departure from your average smartphone, in that the processor here is from Unisoc. Not only that, but it has a swappable 4000mAh battery. It does not have a sale price as yet, but is likely to exhibit an ultra-budget one on its announcement.
OPPO launches the quad-cam A91 in Germany
OPPO has announced that the mid-range A91 smartphone will become available in Europe. It brings the combination of a MediaTek Helio P70 SoC, high-res quad rear cameras with a monochrome sensor and a 20:9 aspect ratio to the German market. It may be aimed at younger consumers, with a price to match.
Lenovo Legion Phone: a new leak hints at unprecedented 90W charging in this gaming device
Lenovo is now linked to the release of a new smartphone that will be part of its iconic Legion gaming brand. A new, allegedly official, poster that indicates an unfeasible-looking charging rate for this device has found its way onto Weibo. However, it is at odds with the speed the OEM had mentioned earlier.
OPPO launches the fan-cooled AirVOOC wireless charger alongside the Ace2 5G
The OPPO Ace2 has been introduced via live-stream in China today (April 13, 2020), as promised. The new Snapdragon 865-powered phone launched alongside the AirVOOC charger, a new accessory that supports 40-watt (W) wireless power. Its OEM also debuted new TWS earbuds at this event.
New Apple Watch 6 and watchOS 7 leaks point to TouchID, new mental-health tracking feature and more
We have now reached a part of April 2020 increasingly regarded as "iPhone SE 2 Week"; however, this has not stopped the new Apple Watch rumors coming thick and fast. They now point to a new form of authentication for this device, as well as the ability to detect anxiety as well as blood-oxygen levels in the user. There may also be new case-variants in the offing.
The Vivo iQOO Neo3 is set to become the world's 2nd 144Hz phone on its April 2020 launch
Vivo's iQOO sub-brand makes the Neo series of smartphones: gaming-focused devices based on flagship-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. Now, the company has announced its 3rd generation. This phone will stand alongside the Red Magic 5G at the top of the current mobile display refresh-rate charts.
The Apple AirPower charging mat will come with an A11 Bionic chipset
Apple is now rumored to have had a second go at getting the AirPower product ready for launch, following an uncharacteristic failure to do so in 2019. A new leak asserts that this has been done by incorporating the iPhone X's SoC into the device. This apparently disproportional processing power may address what held the fabled power accessory back in the first place.
Xiaomi will launch the Mi Note 10 Lite sometime soon
The Mi Note 10 is a phone with a 108MP main camera sensor and a bigger battery than its flagship Mi 10 analog. However, Xiaomi has also been rumored to have a Lite variant of this device in the works. Now, official documentation from the FCC and NBTC confirms its existence, and outlines how it differs from the existing Note models.
The Honor 30 Pro+ may have shown up on Geekbench
Recently, a leak that suggests Honor will follow Huawei's lead in adding a Pro+ variant to its 2020 flagship sprung. Now, a new Geekbench listing that may be for this very phone has appeared. It shows that the "Plus" model may run on the Kirin 990 SoC.
The Google Dialer is found to be compatible with a greater range of devices
Phone is an app made by Google that may offer more features and settings compared to the average default Android dialer. It is normally only exclusive to Pixel and Android One devices. However, XDA contributors now claim that it can work when downloaded onto some other handsets.
iFixit's Huawei Mate Xs teardown does little for the foldable category's reputation for durability
YouTube teardown specialists iFixit has posted its disassembly video for the Huawei Mate Xs. This device has a flexible display found on the outer face of its phablet form-factor. It has also now been found to contain various serious obstacles to getting at its internal components.
Facebook introduces a Quiet Mode for its iOS and Android app
Facebook has recently introduced a new group of settings to help the user manage the time they spend on its mobile app. Now, it has been augmented further with Quiet Mode, a set of toggles that allows notifications to be silenced for all or a specific part of the day. They may be followed by even more granular controls in the future.
Indian market prices for new OnePlus phones and accessories may have leaked out
A recent leak purported to outline how OnePlus would price its upcoming flagship 8-series of smartphones in Europe. Now, a new tip claims to do the same for India. It also states that the first-ever Warp Charge wireless charger is also coming to this market, as are new wireless earphones from this OEM.
Apple and Google collaborate on a new API to help track Covid-19 transmission
Consumer tech has already been used for 'Covid-19 contact tracing' in Taiwan and South Korea already. Now, Google and Apple have jointly announced a new API to do the same using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). It will apparently used voluntarily-donated, anonymized data on those infected with the virus to alert other users who may have been in transmission-range of them.
Huawei may have a new, mid-range 10-inch tablet ready for launch in China
A leaked poster hints at a brand-new member of Huawei's MatePad slate series. This one seems to have an about 10-inch screen with a 2K resolution. It is described as powered by the Kirin 810 processor, and may be intended to appeal to students.
Nokia may launch the 7.3 (and 9.3) in the third quarter of 2020
Nokia is currently believed to launch a phone called the 7.3 alongside its 9.3 PureView 2020 flagship. This event has reportedly been pushed back due to the Covid-19 pandemic; now, a new leak states that it will take place in 3Q2020. The 7-series phone may have quad cameras and a 5G variant.
Samsung updates the Galaxy S10 Lite with the April 2020 security patch
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite has been issued with a new software update. It confers a fresh build of One UI 2.1 on the phone, which comes with a range of camera and AR Emoji enhancements. It also changes its security patch level to the most recent one.
The OPPO Ace2 will launch on April 13, 2020; high refresh rate and touch-sampling rate confirmed
OPPO has officially announced that it will launch a new phone called the Ace2 later in April 2020. This device is also slated to support a 90 hertz (Hz) refresh rate, along with a 180Hz touch-sampling rate. These gaming-focused specs will apparently be joined by others that may make it smoother during this type of use.
The Snapdragon 845-powered LG Style3 makes a stealthy entrance into the Japanese market
With little fanfare, LG has released a new phone, the Style3, in Japan. It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of fixed storage, but also rocks a 1440p display and Qualcomm's 2018 flagship SoC. This phone is only available through the carrier NTT Docomo in black or white.
New leaks add a Pro Plus variant and 40W charging to the upcoming Honor 30 series
Honor is already thought to bring a P40 Pro-esque 50MP main camera to its impending new flagships, the 30 and 30 Pro. Now, there are indications that the brand is making this series even more like the new Huawei flagships, with an extra added top-end SKU and 40-watt (W) fast charging.
The Covid-19 pandemic has increased gaming time by up to 53% among German players
A blog has presented a new infographic showing the effect of the "coronavirus crisis" on gaming habits. It shows that 36% of causal gamers reported spending more time on this pursuit due to this situation, compared to 53% of non-casuals. In addition, it appears that, amidst a general market decline, stocks in gaming companies are up.
The Samsung Galaxy A21s gains more credence with a new certification
Recent leaks have pointed to a successor for the Galaxy A20s, a phone that may stand out among its new siblings as the only one with a brand-new SoC on its launch. A device with its rumored model number has just appeared again, this time on the Wi-Fi Alliance's database of approved products.
The Nokia 4.2 updates to Android 10
Nokia has announced that its 2019 budget 4.2 handset can now be updated to Android 10, bringing improvements such as Digital Wellbeing and a dark mode to the phone. However, many users now face a long wait for this major software upgrade.
OnePlus' 2nd-gen Crackables puzzle game comes with a US$10,000 top prize
The official OnePlus Twitter channel has released a trailer for Crackables 2.0, a new version of a game premiered last year by the electronics OEM. This year, it is presented in partnership with Google, and consists of a series of puzzles, the fastest solvers of which will be invited to compete for the title of best player and US$10,000.
Google announces a 2-month free Stadia Pro trial
Bored at home during a lock-down? Google may have a new solution. The Mountain View giant now offers 2 months' worth of paid access to its Stadia cloud-gaming platform for free. It applies to new users and to existing subscribers. However, it is only available in a limited number of countries.
The latest Casio G-SHOCK watch is the first of its line to have a heart-rate monitor
Casio's upcoming addition to the G-SHOCK line has heart-rate tracking functions for the first time. The watch's new sensor is also joined by others to track fitness-related activities while in use. It is also a Bluetooth device, with its own app to display its measurements and manage notifications while training.
Flujo claims to combine a multi-port notebook dock with an M.2 SSD enclosure in the Signature Pro
The advent of USB type C-only ultrabooks have led to a slew of portable solutions that purport to offer all other I/O required, many of which debut via crowdfunding campaigns. The Signature Pro from Flujo Technologies is no different in this regard - except that it also incorporates a slot for an NVMe SSD.
The 2020 Samsung Galaxy A smartphone series is coming to the US
Samsung has announced that several new Galaxy A-line phones will become available in the USA soon. This "select" list includes the 5G versions of the A51 and A71. It also extends to the ultra-budget A01, which drops the entry-level pricing of this series well below US$150 in 2020.
Samsung discontinues official support for the Galaxy S7 series
Samsung has published an update to its security patch update roadmap. It outlines which devices get monthly, quarterly or less frequent upgrades of this nature, revealing in the process that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are on neither of these lists. This, then, definitively marks the end of the series' life.
The Covid-19 pandemic may drive sales of audio equipment: new study
A new study of US households with high-speed internet has found that 44% of them reported having bought speakers, whereas 33% own earphones and 37% own headphones. However, these respondents also reported that smart speakers or smart displays. They are also likely to be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic quarantine conditions in the near future.
New leaks insist the Kirin 985 SoC exists after all, falls behind Dimensity 1000 in AI Benchmark
Prior to the Honor V30's launch, the rumor mill yielded theories that Huawei would debut a Kirin 985 processor to go with it. However, they were debunked when the same phone launched with the 990 instead. Now, OnLeaks asserts that the former SoC is in fact a thing and will power an upcoming mid-range phone.
The 2020 iPad Pros may launch in India via Amazon soon
Amazon.in has reportedly made pages for the new iPads Pro live, suggesting that these tablets will be available on this platform soon. The site allegedly has listings for the 11- and 12.9-inch variants of this series, which both have Wi-Fi only and SIM-enabled options too. They may be sold with 128GB to 1TB of internal storage.
LG Chocolate 2020: an initial benchmark may confirm this new mid-range incarnation
The smartphone OEM LG is currently rumored to make 2020 the year in which it lays the flagging G ThinQ premium line to rest. Instead, it may now regenerate its Chocolate series, thought to be led back into the limelight by a Snapdragon 765G-powered phone. This theory may have been given more weight by a new listing on the Geekbench 5 website.
The OPPO "Reno Ace 2" allegedly shows up on AnTuTu, possibly confirming its flagship SoC
The PDHM00 is a phone OPPO has had approved for launch in China. It is thought that it is a second-gen Reno Ace, a sub-series that focuses on select high-end specs. A set of AnTuTu benchmarking results allegedly linked to it show that it has the Snapdragon 865 processor.
The TCL 10 series: new sub-US$500 smartphones, 5G variant included
TCL has launched its latest line of smartphones, which are all placed at recommended prices of US$449 or less. Its flagship is the quad-camera, Snapdragon 675-powered 10 Pro, although there is also a 10 5G, which has a Snapdragon 765G SoC. This series is rounded out by the lower-end 10L.
OnePlus promises an online pop-up for the 8 series
The smartphone OEM OnePlus has taken to arranging pop-up events so that its fans can see and handle its new flagships as soon as possible after launch. However, this would obviously be in extremely bad taste in the case of its early-2020 releases. Therefore, the company will convert these events into a virtual experience.
A possible Honor 30 Pro surfaces on Geekbench, Kirin 990 and all
A device styled as a heretofore-unknown Huawei phone has appeared on Geekbench 4. Based on its 8GB of RAM, Android 10 OS and probable Kirin 990 SoC, it is likely to be of the upcoming Honor 30 series - perhaps the anticipated Pro version itself. This new line is now thought to launch in mid-April 2020.
The Samsung Galaxy A51 5G gains more evidence of its existence
Recently, a benchmarking leak pointed to a 5G variant of a popular early-2020 phone, the Samsung Galaxy A51. Now, the phone in question has been certified as a Wi-Fi device. This appears to verify the initial rumor and to suggest that the A51 5G will launch soon.
Samsung Electronics reportedly plans to bring glass for its next-gen foldables in-house
Samsung's Display division sources the ultra-thin glass found in the Galaxy Z Flip from a company in which it has a major share. However, this has not stopped rumors that the same OEM now plans to manufacture the same material by itself. The apparently paradoxical move could reduce the cost of future foldables.
Subscription-based music-streaming increased by 32% in 2019
According to a new Counterpoint Research report, music-streaming service subscriptions have increased in 2019 compared to 2018. Spotify has retained the top spot in this market year-on-year (YoY), also other popular platforms such as Apple Music have taken decently-sized shares of it as well.
A new report details the time (and money) spent on apps in 2020 so far
A research group has released its report on app use and purchasing for the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). It has concluded that the average amount of time spent on them per week increased by 20% year-on-year (YoY). In addition, app revenues increased 5% on both the App Store and Play Store.
The Exynos 850 is a new Samsung SoC that will debut in the Galaxy A21s
A new set of results posted to Geekbench 5 point to a brand-new Samsung Galaxy A variant that will, furthermore, launch with a completely new processor to boot. Should this leak be believed, it is to be called the Exynos 850, and will power a device that may be the A20s' successor.
Xiaomi launches a new, 75-inch 4K TV
Xiaomi has launched a new addition to a premium line of its TVs. This Mi Full Screen Pro is a 75-inch model with an aluminium mid-frame and a custom 1.9GHz processor from Amlogic. The Patchwall UI device has a 4K resolution, and also supports Dolby Audio, a voice assistant and smart-home control features.
OnePlus may launch a Warp Charge 30 Wireless Charger to go with the 8 Pro
The 8 Pro is rumored to become OnePlus' first flagship phone with wireless charging. Now, a prominent leaker asserts that the OEM will sell a power accessory to support this feature. This brand is also now rumored to have Bullets Wireless Z earphones in the works.
Samsung has developed a new, kidney bean-shaped Galaxy Bud
Samsung is now rumored to have a completely new type of Galaxy Bud in the works. According to a new leak, they will have a much larger shape that looks somewhat like a pair of beans. Some renders generated based on this idea suggests that they may have an improved range of sensors compared to the Buds+.
An upcoming Vivo Y-series phone will have a punch-hole display
A new leak suggests that Vivo's Y series of phones will get a new model soon. It may be called the Y50, and have an in-display selfie camera. This new device is also thought to have quad cameras and to have 6 to 8GB of RAM.
The iPhone of the future may work underwater and have advanced auto-rotation
Apple has filed patents that would allow a device's screen to respond to the user while immersed in water and that allow for rotation that adapts to a human face's orientation. These documents' images suggest that they are intended for mobile devices. Therefore, next-gen iPhones could come with these features.
The Redmi Band: a fitness tracker pitched even cheaper than the Mi Band in China
Redmi has launched its first wearable: a smart band quite like that of Realme's initial foray into this market. It will be only 99 yuan (~$US14) when it goes on sale in China - or even cheaper during a crowd-funding event to be held beforehand. By contrast, the Mi Band 4 is about $8 more in this country.
The Huawei Atlas 900 is a 2020 Red Dot Design Award-winning AI cluster
Huawei's Atlas series is this OEM's take on the AI cluster, which delivers extremely high-volume processing for this area of computing. One of its latest variants, the 900, has just won a Red Dot Design Award for 2020. This group has conferred the prize on the cluster for its innovative form-factor and deployment mechanism.
The smartwatch market could break 100 million units shipped by 2024: new market research
The market for smartwatches is associated with an estimated 43.87 million unit shipments in 2018. However, this number is now thought to reach a possible total of 108.91 million by 2024. This growth may be driven by an increased demand for health- and fitness-management, as well as standalone connectivity, in these wearables.
Global VPN use spiked during March 2020, study finds
Virtual private networks (VPNs) are popular tools among those who want to safeguard their internet usage and the data involved. The sudden and widespread need to work from home has given them a new dimension of necessity, however. Now, their uptake in the US and Canada has reportedly increased 35% in March 2020.
The Honor Play 4T Pro is a new smartphone with the Kirin 810 SoC and a 4000mAh battery
A Weibo leaker claims that Honor will soon launch a new Play-series smartphone called the 4T Pro. It is thought to have the Kirin 810 processor and to have a display of about 6.3 inches in diagonal length. It may also have triple rear cameras and 22.5-watt (W) charging.
Sony releases new noise-cancelling wireless headphones
Sony has unveiled the WH-CH710N completely wireless headphones. They are equipped with Automatic Artificial Intelligence Noise Canceling (AINC), which excludes ambient sounds in a way that adapts to the wearer's environment. They are also NFC-enabled for rapid pairing with a mobile device.
Xiaomi updates the Mi Band 3 and 4 with a laptop-unlocking function
The Mi Bands 3 and 4 have a new firmware update that fixes several UI-related bugs. It also introduces a first-party notebook-unlocking facility to these fitness trackers. They also now support Apple ID logins for the first time.
Sony announces new TWS earphones with EXTRA BASS
Sony has released the WF-XB700 earphones: TWS devices designed to incorporate this OEM's EXTRA BASS technology. They also have an IP4 rating against sweat and water-splashes and ergonomics that may help them stay in the user's ear. These new accessories will become available during April 2020.
OPPO's Reno3 Pro 5G is cleared for launch in the US
OPPO has released 4G variants of its Reno3 series outside of its native China. Now, it seems it is letting the original, 5G versions of these phones out into the wider world too. It has been certified by the Federal Communications Commission for sale in the US, suggesting it will launch in this market soon.
Fitbit launches the Charge 4 and 4 Special Edition
Fitbit has unleashed its latest Charge 4 and 4 SE band-style wearables. These devices look much like their predecessors, but now pack advanced features such as on-board GPS. The OEM also claims that they are rated for up to 7 days' worth of battery life.
Huawei reports that it made US$123 billion in 2019
Huawei has released its financial performance report for 2019, which outlines its takings worldwide from all its business, consumer electronics included. They show that overall revenues have increased year-on-year (YoY). However, the growth of its profits did not match those of previous years.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: Amazon.de reportedly lists its specs and release date
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is thought to gain a Lite version soon. This appears to have been confirmed by reports that this device had appeared on Amazon Germany ahead of its launch on this platform. This possibly accidental listing may have just been removed, although alleged records of it show its specs and price.
Vivo launches the S6 5G, a new Exynos 980 phone
Vivo has launched its latest 5G smartphone today (March 31, 2020). It is called the S6, in line with some predictions made as a result of its prior leaks. This device has a 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen and is also the newest member of the round-camera brigade.
Samsung releases new AKG-tuned TWS earbuds with the ANC the Galaxy Buds+ lack
Samsung has launched the AKG N400, a new pair of true-wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds. These accessories, unlike the Galaxy Buds+, have active noise cancellation (ANC). They also hold an IP rating and different color options over the pre-existing earphones.
Niantic is planning quarantine-friendly adaptations for its mobile AR games
Fans of games like Pokemon GO or Ingress may find it harder to pursue this kind of augmented-reality (AR) gaming while self-isolating against the risk of Covid-19. However, their maker Niantic has announced that it will shortly introduce new updates that make them more compatible with playing while stuck at home.
Realme launches the 6 series in Europe, but where's the Pro?
Realme introduced its 6 series of smartphones to Europe via an online launch today (March 31, 2020). It consists of the 6 and 6i - with no mention of the Pro variant available in other regions. This event also debuted the MediaTek Helio G70-powered C3 in this market.
Honor launches a new addition to its Play series alongside the 30S
Honor formally unveiled the 30S 5G online in China today. It was less expectedly joined by the Play 9a, a decidedly budget alternative. Quite unlike the new Kirin 820 device, it is a dual-rear-camera phone with 4GB of RAM.
CTL launches its new VX11 Chromebook
CTL has unveiled the latest addition to its series of affordable Chrome OS devices. The VX11 is powered by the Intel Celeron N4020 chipset, thus boosting the Wi-Fi speeds and performance of this 11.6-inch convertible. It also has an anti-glare screen, a water-resistant keyboard and 2 USB type C ports.
Phone...calls?...what are those?: Most US millennials are found to be more comfortable with texting
A study conducted by a broadband internet research group has found that millennials are more likely to develop anxiety at the thought of a voice-call compared to boomers. 50% of the former group also reported getting their parents to make doctor's appointments over the phone for them. However, this aversion abates in those aged 35 or older.
Jabra launches the Evolve2 enterprise-grade headsets
Jabra has announced new editions to its collaboration- and co-working-focused Evolve series of headsets. They are compatible with the Unified Communications (UC) platforms typically used in offices, and may block a greater degree of distractions with new Digital Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) features.
OnePlus confirms an April 2020 launch for the 8 series
OnePlus has announced that its next product launch will be held online. It will indeed take place in April 2020, if not exactly when the rumor mill alleged that it would. The OEM promises "the dawn of a true 5G flagship line up" at this event.
Sony will consolidate 3 areas of its business into a new corporation
Sony has announced a plan to take its existing Electronics Products & Solutions (EP&S) divisions, which includes its Mobile Communications business, and combine them into 1 intermediate holding entity. This new corporation is intended to streamline and optimize these areas for the Japanese giant.
Huawei introduces servers with Intel Cascade Lake Refresh compatibility
Intel recently refreshed its Cascade Lake server-grade processors. Huawei has announced that its latest servers can support these Xeon chipsets. They are members of this OEM's FusionServer Pro series, and include the 2298 V5, 1288H V5, and 2288H V5 rack variants.
The upcoming Meizu 17 5G flagship series is designed to look like the Samsung Galaxy S10+
Meizu is expected to release flagships called the 17 5G and 17 Pro 5G in 2020. A new leak suggests that their rear cameras will buck recent trends in that they are arranged in a horizontal line. They are also thought to have AMOLED screens with integrated selfie cameras.
OnePlus 8 Pro: full camera specs & new features leak out, along with more color options
The Pro variant of the upcoming OnePlus 8 series may already have been revealed to be a quad-camera flagship in prior leaks. Now, some eminent tipsters have teamed up to unleash the nature of all 4 sensors. The main shooter here is thought to be the new Sony IMX heretofore only found in the OPPO Find X2 Pro.
The Redmi 9 will turn out looking much like the K30: new leak
The prospect of a Redmi 9 has not been heard of since late 2019, whereupon it was slated for a MediaTek processor rather than the Snapdragon one found in its predecessor. Now, a Twitter leaker purports to know which one. In addition, the 9 is now alleged to have quad cameras in a familiar circular housing.
LG announces US pricing and availability for the latest 27-inch UltraGear gaming monitor
The LG 27GN750 is a CES Award-winning monitor of the UltraGear series. Its almost-bezelless IPS panel has a 1 millisecond (ms) response time, has HDR10 and is compatible with NVIDIA G-SYNC. The OEM has released it for sale at US$399.
OPPO is preparing what may be a 2nd-gen Reno Ace for the Chinese market
The Reno Ace is an OPPO phone in which this OEM's ultra-fast 65-watt (W) charging tech was debuted. Now, some leaks assert that a new device from the same company is its successor. With what looks like the Snapdragon 865 SoC and 8GB of RAM in a base model, it does looks like a convincing candidate.
A new leak may reveal color options and confirm specs for the Samsung Galaxy M11
The M11 may be one of the next 2020 mid-range Samsung Galaxy-series phone to see a launch date. A new tip posted to SlashLeaks purports to show which colors this phone will come in. It also includes a full spec list for this device.
The Motorola One starts updating to Android 10
Motorola introduced its latest entry- to mid-range One series of phones in late 2018 with an eponymous variant. Therefore, it may have disappointed many of its fans that it has taken it this long to get a build of Android 10. This update has been reported in the Brazilian market thus far.
OnePlus hints at an Always On Display and new case types for its upcoming flagships
An always-on display is often a sought-after software feature in Android phones. The increasingly popular OEM OnePlus has classically resisted this trend, offering a less consistent Ambient mode instead. However, it has announced that they are finally working on one for the future of its devices.
NVIDIA's GeForce NOW to get new games every week
GeForce NOW is NVIDIA's cloud-gaming service. Its streaming library may be bolstered by a new announcement that it will have new titles added by the week going forward. The first batch debuted as a result of this initiative includes Epic Games' Control.
OPPO's VP denies some new leaks that point to new Find X2 variants
PriceBaba has produced some new renders for phones called the Find X2 Neo and X2 Lite. They appear to be rebranded versions of some existing mid-rangers from this OEM. However, the company's vice president, Shen Yiren, has reportedly said that the Neo, for one, does not exist.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 will get ECG support, but it will be delayed
Samsung's latest smartwatch has an electrocardiography (ECG) sensor, but it is deactivated at present. The OEM had projected that it would be working via a firmware update in the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). However, it now seems it's going to miss this deadline.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold reportedly receives its first taste of Android 10
A Samsung firmware-monitoring website now claims to have detected an update to OneUI 2.0 for the Galaxy Fold. Unfortunately, it appears to be for the 4G/LTE variants of this device only thus far. In addition, its OTA appears to be aimed at the French market, although users elsewhere could install it manually.
Xiaomi's Black Shark releases the FunCooler Pro for gaming phones
The Xiaomi sub-brand Black Shark has a new accessory: the FunCooler Pro. This, as it may sound, is a smartphone attachment with a fan intended to manage device temperatures while gaming. It has adjustable clamps, and may thus fit onto the backs of phones besides those of its own series.
Qualcomm launches its latest TWS-friendly Bluetooth chipsets
Qualcomm has introduced the QCC514X and QCC304X, 2 new audio SoCs that are "optimized for" true wireless (TWS) earbuds and other similar accessories. They are equipped with support for its Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and generally improved sound over low-energy Bluetooth.
Vivo may release an Exynos 980 version of the Z6 5G: new leak
According to a new Geekbench leak, Vivo has a phone with a 5G-as-standard SoC, 8GB of RAM and Android 10 on the way. However, the OEM already has released a phone of this description: the Z6. The only apparent differences between the 2 are their model numbers and processors.
Samsung introduces its "industry-first" EUV-made DDR4 DRAM
Samsung has announced that the first million units of its revolutionary DRAM made using extreme UV (EUV) techniques have been shipped. This new kind of DDR4 memory's production method is touted to result in higher performance, as well as the ability to make more chips in a shorter space of time. It will also be applied to next-gen DDR5 and LPDDR5 products soon.
OnePlus launches its own payments service in its home country
OnePlus Pay is the latest smartphone OEM-provisioned digital wallet platform on the market. To date, it only works in China, although it could expand to other markets later. As with other similar services, it allows a user to store card details and pay for things like public transport.
76% of US households polled would find it "very difficult" to live without their high-speed internet
A survey of US households with broadband internet resulted in findings that 76% of this group reported that they would find life harder without these services. Given that this research was conducted in the last quarter of 2019 (4Q2019), this number may be even higher now. This study also suggested that more ISPs should bundle streaming subscriptions with their services.
A US company donates its IR-powered remote thermometers to authorities affected by COVID-19
Infrared Cameras Inc. is a Texas-based company that makes products that allow the assessment of a target's core temperature without touching them. For example, its HotSpot thermometer uses infrared (IR) technology to help assess symptoms such as fever. This useful device is now in the hands of more officials worldwide.
Google makes a slew of new devices compatible with Play Services AR
Google Play Services for AR is the new name for ARCore, the SDK necessary to develop augmented-reality (AR) features within Android apps. The Mountain View giant has announced that a long list of new phones (and some tablets) are now compatible with it. This will enable many to use AR apps and games for the first time.
LG wins a Red Dot Design Best of the Best Award for a 2020 OLED TV
One of LG's latest OLED TVs has won Best of the Best in its Red Dot Design Award category. This model, the 65GX, is a 65-inch SKU of the "Gallery" series. The OEM has also won gongs from this association for a new Wallpaper-series TV, as well as for one of its state-of-the-art 8K series.
Xiaomi weighs up answering the iPhone SE 2 with a Mi 6 refresh
Apple is currently believed to bring back the iPhone SE in 2020. According to some leaks, this phone is thought to take on the iPhone 8's form factor, so as to offer a smaller screen than has become usual. Now, Xiaomi is reportedly thinking of doing something very similar with the popular Mi 6.
Every sector of the tech market will feel the effects of COVID-19, according to a new report
GlobalData is an analysis firm that produces the ‘Tech, Media & Telecom Trends' report. It has just released a re-evaluated form of the same for 2020 that takes the economic impact of COVID-19 into account. It indicates that all aspects of the titular sectors will suffer as a result of the pandemic.
The new Reolink Lumus Wi-Fi security camera also has a motion-activated spotlight
Most IP and Wi-Fi-connected home security cameras are designed to simply detect suspicious movement on a property. However, the Lumus may improve on such products from Reolink in that it also has a built-in spotlight. This augmentation is intended to deter potential intruders from the home.
A new leak points to second-generation TWS Google Pixel Buds on the way
Taiwan's NCC regulator has reportedly cleared a new set of TWS devices from Google. This suggests that the Pixel Buds debuted last year will see successors in 2020. However, it is difficult to guess from their new putative leak how the 2 generations might differ.
Samsung, OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi suspend work on their devices at their Indian facilities
Samsung, Xiaomi and OPPO are among a growing number of businesses announcing a shut-down of their plants in India in order to comply with this country's COVID-19-related lockdown measures. Meanwhile, Vivo has reportedly asked their R&D personnel in the same country to work at home thus far.
The cloud gaming market is now projected to be worth as much as US$56.57 billion by 2027
Cloud gaming is an emerging alternative to user-owned PC set-ups, in that the massive amounts of GPU power required to sustain it are accessed remotely. Its market had an estimated value of US$12.53 billion in 2018. However, a new report estimates it could acquire an additional ~$44 billion over the next 7 years.
Amazfit's ZenBuds win an iF Design Award in time for World Sleep Day 2020
Amazfit has announced that its iF Design Award for the innovative ZenBuds came in during the week of World Sleep Day this year (March 13, 2020). These TWS earbuds, appropriately enough, have been created in order to support improved nightly rest. They do so through an ultra-light and compact build, ANC and stress-busting features.
Xiaomi launches the Redmi Note 9S: a 9 Pro for more of the world
The Redmi Note 9S has been unveiled in an online event streamed via YouTube and Facebook. This phone is the Malaysian version of the 9 Pro, with nearly the exact same specs, as projected earlier. However, it is also to be released internationally in April 2020.
The latest wireless charger from Aukey has a fan to keep it cool
The well-known power accessories brand Aukey has launched the Graphite Pro 15W, a wireless charger that has won a 2020 iF Design Award for its futuristic form-factor. It integrates vents, a fan and "aviation-grade aluminum" to keep it cool during use. This device has been released alongside a slimline new power bank.
Sculptor presents its auto-rotating 4K external monitor on Indiegogo
Sculptor Monitor is a start-up that has launched its eponymous new external display on Indiegogo. The company claims that it addresses a number of drawbacks of the average standalone monitor with this new device. They include USB type C ports that only do data or charging, bulky designs and a lack of 4K.
The new Kirin 820 SoC is on par with the Snapdragon 855: new leak
Huawei's high-value brand Honor will launch the 30S soon. This phone is also touted to debut the Kirin 820, a mid-range SoC said to integrate 5G. A Weibo tech blogger has just allegedly compared its Geekbench 4 scores to those of some former flagship chipsets.
Fitbit announces a new free trial of its Premium features to help combat the coronavirus pandemic
Fitbit has thrown many of the normally pay-walled aspects of its ecosystem open to all users as they continue to cope with the ongoing pandemic. This offer comprises 90 days of its Premium package, which includes advanced sleep-tracking options and customized workouts for free. It is open to existing and new users of this platform.
HMD Global offers a new way to get mobile data wherever you are
HMD Global has launched a new product, which is for an Android phone rather than being one. Known as "Connect", it distributes data-only SIMs that operate based on a sort of pay-as-you-go model. The user buys data "packages" to use on such a card, which expire after a set number of days.
The latest iPhone 12 renders count the new iPad Pro's LiDAR scanner in
The blog SvetApple has just published revised iPhone 12 renders that incorporate every leak and rumor concerning these upcoming new devices. They include the idea that they may come with the ground-breaking LiDAR functionality debuted in the 2020 iPad Pro. This makes their camera humps into more cohesive-looking squares.
The ROG Zephyrus G14 with a Ryzen 5 4600H APU may now be pre-ordered in Sweden
The AMD Ryzen 5 variant of the new Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 seems all but confirmed in a new listing on a Swedish online PC retail site. This company claims to have SKUs of this notebook with the Ryzen 5 4600H processor in stock. It also now offers the TUF Gaming FA506 with a choice of 2 different NVIDIA GeForce cards.
Apple imposes new limits on its online orders due to coronavirus-induced supply issues
Apple has updated its sales pages with a new drop-down menu in its Bag (checkout) page that allows a user to buy a maximum of only 2 given devices at a time. This applies to the iPhones that can be bought through this site, as well as the new iPad Pro.
OnePlus debuts its Instant Translation feature in the 7 and 7T series' latest betas
OnePlus introduced a new facet of its OxygenOS called Instant Translation during its last product launch. It allows a phone to generate automatic captions during live video chats. This function has finally been added to new Open Betas for the 7, 7T, 7 Pro and 7T Pro.
ZTE's Axon 11 is a mid-range 5G device to launch in March 2020: new leaks
ZTE is already linked to a device called the Axon 10s Pro based on the Snapdragon 865 SoC and the 5G X55 modem. Now, it appears the Axon 11 is also on the way. This one is no flagship, however: it is more likely to offer the mid-range 765 (or possibly 765G) chipset, which still gives it next-gen connectivity.
Google extends the availability of its RCS service to users in Spain
Google has already rolled its own form of rich communication services- (RCS) based messaging to US users, as well as some other markets across the globe. Now, Spain is the latest to join this list. Interested Android owners can try it out via the company's own-brand Messages app.
Thailand's NBTC regulator approves the OPPO A12
The OPPO A11 is a budget phone with quad cameras from 2019. Now, it appears it has a successor destined for markets such as that of Thailand (and also possibly Indonesia). However, it seems this phone is, if anything, even more low-end than the existing model.
Apple's estimated 2020 iPhone revenue is now down 14% thanks to CoViD-19
The securities firm Wedbush has reportedly written to investors advising them that Apple will find its iPhone-derived takings reduced compared to earlier estimates. They may be down by as much as 14% in 2020, and by 10% in 2021. This is related to current events that may put some customers off buying new devices.
The Samsung Galaxy A41 launches in Japan
Following protracted speculation, Samsung has debuted the Galaxy A41. It has a 6.1-inch SuperAMOLED display with a U-shaped notch and a 3500mAh battery. It also has an IP68 ingress-protection rating and 4GB of RAM.
Xiaomi reportedly abandons all hope of an in-house CPU
The last few years have seen a scatter of articles about Surge, Xiaomi's supposed competitor to the Kirin or Exynos SoC series of the world in development. Now, however, there are indications that the Chinese OEM is finally giving up on this idea. However, it will continue with other, related projects that may produce chipsets for wireless communications.
A new leak points to a budget-looking new Samsung Galaxy Tab on the way
Geekbench 5's database has just turned up a new entry for a "Samsung SM-T307U". This model number may be for a tablet, in which case it would be a slate running on the Exynos 7885 processor and 3GB of RAM. As if to underpin this putative upcoming device's bargain nature, it is described as running Android 9.0 (Pie) rather than the newer 10 version.
The Realme 6i with a MediaTek Helio G80 SoC gets launched
Realme has confirmed leaks pointing to a Helio G80-powered phone with the launch of the 6i in Myanmar. Unlike the rest of its new series, this phone has an HD+ display, although it outdoes the rest with a 5000mAh battery. It also features a novel "pinstripe" rear panel in 2 new colors.
Google's Advanced Protection starts to prevent the side-loading of non-Play Store apps
Advanced Protection is a program offered by Google to those potentially in need of enhanced mobile-device security. The Mountain View giant has announced some new changes to its policies. They include a built-in blocker for side-loaded, non-Play Store apps.
The Redmi Note 9S is a re-branded Note 9 Pro for another market: new leak
Redmi has just announced a launch date for a phone called the Note 9S in Malaysia. Now, a new entry on the Geekbench 5 website for this device returns the same specs as the Note 9 Pro. This suggests the 2 products are one and the same.
Apple releases new Powerbeats: less expensive than the Pros, but not TWS
Apple has debuted a refreshed pair of Powerbeats for 2020. These new products look much the same as their predecessors, although they have comparably extended battery life and Audio Sharing. They are available from now for ~US$150.
The Honor 30 series will have quad rear cameras in a circular housing
Recently, the Honor 30S has allegedly appeared in promos sponsored by Sprite in China. Now, their flagship siblings have reportedly leaked in a new render that shows they will join the round-camera brigade on their launch. These phones are thought to be powered by the Kirin 990 SoC and to have 5G variants.
New renders appear to affirm Motorola's 2020 flagship design
Motorola is currently believed to have a Snapdragon 865-powered phone called the Edge+ in the works. Some renders worked up for this device may show how the OEM will combine its rumored triple cameras with a waterfall display. Now, Evan Blass has posted very similar images for the same that also shows a new color option for the possible flagship.
Samsung discontinues its PlayGalaxy Link service
PlayGalaxy Link is a feature of some Samsung Galaxy flagships by which PC gaming can be done on these devices via a streaming connection. Or was, rather: the OEM has announced that it will wrap this resource up by March 27, 2020.
OPPO launches a 4G/LTE version of the Reno3 globally
The Reno3 smartphone was released earlier with the MediaTek Dimensity 1000L SoC, which made it a 5G device. Now, its maker OPPO has announced a 2nd version of this phone with a Helio P90 processor instead. Otherwise, the phone comes with the same specs as the original.
The Ryzen 9 version of the ROG Zephyrus G14 breaks cover again in a new retail leak
There are indications that Asus may incorporate Zen 2-based APUs besides the Ryzen 7 4800HS in the new ROG Zephyrus G14 notebook. They include the 9 4900HS-based variant, which has been listed by a Danish e-tailer - as has the also-rumored 5 4600HS SKU. This site also now claims to have pre-sales pages for new TUF Gaming- and ROG Strix-series laptops.
Redmi Self Destruct: yet another Note 7 Pro unit reportedly blows up
In November 2019, a Chinese user alleged that his Redmi Note 7 Pro exhibited spontaneous combustion following normal function. Now, an Indian owner has claimed that his phone did much the same, in an abrupt and alarming fashion. Xiaomi asserts that this incident is attributed to pre-existing battery damage to the device.
LG launches the first Real 8K OLED TVs, but they'll really cost you
LG's 2020 OLED TV line-up includes 8K models for the first time. These panels feature the CTA's 8K Ultra HD certification and an 88-inch option. However, their series also starts at a whopping US$19,999.
The Call of Duty series has made the list of best-selling Xbox/PS4 titles, with over 60 million units sold
Since its launch in 2004, Call of Duty has amassed numerous new variants and widespread success worldwide. Now, new research shows that this line of games is ranked second in terms of console units sold as of January 2020. Black Ops 3 is mostly responsible for this achievement.
US pricing for the QLED Samsung Galaxy Book Ion is leaked; release seems imminent
The Samsung Galaxy Book Ion raised some interest at SDC19 and CES 2020 as it purported to offer a QLED display in a more mid-range laptop. However, nothing had been heard about it in the US since then. Now, a listing with a USD price for this notebook has appeared on a retail website.
LG's 4K UHD CineBeam projectors can now use Amazon Alexa
The CineBeam projectors support 4K UHD content and LG's ThinQ AI. Now, they also support Amazon Alexa thanks to a new software update. This applies to the HU70LA and HU85LA variants of this series.
Xiaomi will launch a new Redmi Note 9 variant in Malaysia
Xiaomi Malaysia has released teasers for the new Redmi Note 9S soon. It appears to have the same square quad-camera module as the rest of its series. However, the OEM has not released any details on its specs.
Apple 'invents' a new kind of WWDC for 2020
Apple has announced that its WWDC event will not be live as usual this year. Instead, it will have an online format. This will include a "full program" of sessions and a keynote that will appeal to developers, consumers and other interested parties.
The Redmi K30 Pro will launch as a Snapdragon 865 flagship killer
The Redmi K30 Pro is a hotly-anticipated device, yet remains conspicuous by its absence. An eminent leaker has just claimed that it will be one of the cheapest flagship-grade phones of 2020 - if not the cheapest. However, this possibility come with less than 100% positive implications for fans of its series.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite passes FCC testing
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has confirmed the existence of an impending Lite variant of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Tab. Now, the FCC has added a tablet with its model number to its database of verified devices. This suggests that the new product has a US launch coming up.
Huami reports that it made nearly US$835 million in 2019
Huami is a wearables OEM that has recently made a name for its own brand, Amazfit. Besides this, it also has a role as an ODM to other brands such as Xiaomi to make their smart accessories. The company has reported a year-on-year (YoY) growth of no less than 72.4% in terms of shipments for 2019.
RCS support on Windows 10 PCs is coming to those with Samsung phones
Microsoft has announced that those with Samsung Galaxy S20-series devices can also now use their Windows 10 PCs for rich communication services- (RCS) enabled messaging. This feature is apparently available in the latest Insider's Preview Build and to the public in general. The same Preview includes further new Your Phone features.
The 2020 Motorola 'flagship' phone's waterfall display is possibly confirmed in a new leak
Motorola is currently thought to have a smartphone called the Edge planned for release this year. It has been rumored to rock a waterfall-type display. XDA contributors claim to have live images that show this is in fact the case.
The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are now tipped to launch in mid-April 2020
A new leak alleges that OnePlus will reveal its early-2020 flagship phones in about a month from today (March 14, 2020). An avid follower of this OEM's rumors might have noticed that 1 putative variant has been left out of this headline. Another tipster now believes it will get its own launch date for later on in the year.
The Samsung Galaxy A11 is here, following a low-key debut
Samsung has launched the Galaxy A11 to little fanfare. This triple-camera device matches well with its recent leaks, having a 6.4-inch HD+ LCD display with a punch-hole for its 8MP selfie camera. It will succeed a phone that started at under US$200 in 2019.
OnePlus announces the 7T and 7T Pro's first OxygenOS Open Beta
OnePlus often releases Open Beta versions of its Android skin, OxygenOS. They are often updated compared to the "normal" (stable) builds in terms of features, security patches and other new tweaks. The OEM has started just such a program for its latest flagships, the 7T and 7T Pro.
The Samsung Galaxy M11 is revealed to have a punch-hole display and a 3.5mm jack
A device called the Samsung SM-M11F/DSN has reportedly been approved by Thailand's national regulator, the NCC. This phone is most likely to be called the Galaxy M11 on its launch. According to its new leak, it will have a display with an in-display selfie camera, a USB type C port and a headphone jack.
Americans now check their phones up to 96 times per day: new study
Asurion has published the results of research that show US residents may have checked their phones as often as every 10 minutes in 2019. Furthermore, over 40% of the study's respondents admitted to taking their mobile devices out in public places, bathrooms included. Findings such as these may remind us all to disinfect our electronics more often.
Mozilla and KaiOS' new partnership may result in a better future for feature phones
Phones that run neither Android nor iOS have been falling behind in terms of their browser and web-based support. Mozilla and KaiOS (the mobile platform most likely to run on such devices) have addressed this through a new partnership by which the former will keep devices running the latter much more up to date in their ability to use the internet.
The Samsung Galaxy A21 may be on the way, according to a new leak
Both Samsung and the rumor mill seem to be working hard these days on populating the 2019 Galaxy A series with new generations. The latest of these is reportedly the A21. According to new Geekbench listings, it will be powered by a MediaTek SoC and 3GB of RAM.
The Honor 30S allegedly shows up on a soda bottle
The 20S is a mid-range variant of the Honor 20 smartphone series from 2019. Now, a promo for its successor has reportedly appeared on the labels of Sprite bottles sold in China. Some text found near its image hints at 5G for this new phone, too.
Nubia launches the Red Magic 5G in China
The 144Hz phone is here! Nubia's new addition to its mobile gaming line-up is its first 5G model, and has flagship specs as usual. It is equipped with the Snapdragon 865 SoC, a 16GB RAM variant and a spinning fan as expected. The new Red Magic can be pre-ordered from today, but only in China.
Realme may launch the world's first MediaTek Helio G80-powered phone soon
Realme has announced a European launch for its new 6 and 6 Pro. That's not all on this series of phones for today, however: a well-known leaker has posted a teaser for the upcoming 6i. This device will be the world's first to run on the MediaTek Helio G80 processor.
The latest Firefox preview for Android introduces extension support
Mozilla's GitHub now offers a version of Firefox for Android that is updated compared to the app available on the Google Play Store. Its most interesting attribute is an ability to add extensions to this mobile browser for the first time. There is only 1 add-on available at present, but the developer is confident there will be more soon.
Apple Watch 6: a new leak may reveal some upcoming features
Some code allegedly derived from an as-yet unreleased version of iOS also reportedly offers insight into watchOS 7, software that may debut with the next Apple Watch. It hints at additions such as sleep tracking and a new mode for its Infograph watch-face. On that note, new custom faces may be possible in this version.
The OnePlus 7T Pro is declared the best smartphone by the GSMA
The GSMA has announced that OnePlus has been awarded one of the 25th annual Global Mobile Awards in the Best Smartphone category. It has been conferred on the OEM's most recent flagship, the 7T Pro. It combines a 90Hz QHD+ display with a pop-up selfie camera and the Snapdragon 855+ processor.
Samsung gets the Galaxy A31 through FCC testing
The Galaxy A31 may be one of Samsung's next budget smartphones. A device with its probable model number has been certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This leak does not confirm any specs, but does at least indicate it may be launched in the US soon.
The Black Shark 3 Pro's first release event gets delayed
Xiaomi's Black Shark 3 series is the latest lines of gaming phones to be launched in 2020. Its base model is already on sale in China. It also has a Pro variant that was to be released to the market on March 17, 2020; however, the OEM has announced that this event has been postponed.
Vecnos teases an upcoming novel, ultra-compact 360-degree camera
Vecnos, a spin-off from Ricoh, has announced that it will release its first product soon. It will be a 360-degree camera that may compete with similar devices from GoPro or Insta360. However, this one may come in a much more portable form-factor.
The Pixel 4a will have a 60Hz refresh rate, according to its new near-full specs leak
A Spanish-language vlogger claims to have access to video showing a working unit of the upcoming Pixel 4a. This leak alleges that the phone has a 5.81-inch FHD+ display with a distinctly standard refresh rate. Its SoC, internal memory and main camera specs are also supposedly detailed here.
The Samsung Galaxy M40 updates to Android 10
Samsung launched the Galaxy M40 in June 2019. Now, it is reportedly receiving a major software upgrade in its first market (India), bringing Android 10 and all of its main features to the mid-ranger. This OTA also contains an up-to-date security patch level.
The Huawei P40 series' launch is set for later in March 2020
Huawei has announced that the P40 and P40 Pro will be unveiled online on March 26, 2020. According to some recent leaks, they may be joined by at least 1 more premium variant. Meanwhile, a new tip suggests the Pro's main camera will be a 52MP Sony sensor.
Xiaomi closes its only UK physical store
Xiaomi showed quite some ambition when it opened its own Apple Store-esque outlet in Shepherd's Bush, London. However, reports that this brick-and-mortar establishment has shut down have recently emerged. UK customers can still buy products from this OEM online, though.
The Motorola Edge+ will have a 108MP camera
Motorola is slated to launch a true flagship phone, the Edge+, this year. It is thought to have a waterfall display with a punch-hole selfie camera thus far. Now, a new leak alleges that it will have a triple rear camera that incorporates a 108MP sensor.
Optoma launches a 240Hz 4K home theater projector
The Optoma UHD50X is a new projector rated for images of a 4K UHD resolution and a refresh rate of up to 240 hertz (Hz). It also has a brightness of 3400 ANSI lumens and is HDR10- and HLG-compatible. This new projector also has a "gaming" mode with an input lag of as little as 16 milliseconds (ms).
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Explorer Edition leaks out; is alleged to be genuinely transparent this time
A Chinese blog has reported that a successor to the Mi 9 Explorer Edition is in the works at Xiaomi. This variant of the flagship phone was styled so as to look as though it had a clear-glass back - however, it was achieved with a decal of sorts. Apparently, its 2020 counterpart is the real deal.
HTC's February 2020 earnings report is a potentially somber read
HTC has released an outline of its latest earnings. This performance pertains to February 2020, and shows that the company's revenues are down nearly 33% year-on-year (YoY). Similarly, the OEM's total revenues have decreased by ~45% compared to the first 2 months of 2019.
Nokia's "Captain America" is now the 5.3: new leak
Last year, Nokia used a series of Marvel Studios-themed code-names for some of its new phones. Now, in 2020, it is rumored to continue this trend with a whole new character. A new report claims to spill all its specs, its product name and quad cameras included.
The Realme X50 Pro 5G's internal storage may go up to 512GB on its Chinese-market debut
Realme has announced that it will launch its 5G-enabled flagship phone, the X50 Pro, in China on March 12, 2020. The OEM has also had the device approved for sale in this market by TENAA. The resulting leak reveals the possibility of a storage SKU that is not currently available in other markets.
The Samsung Galaxy M21 has an Indian launch date
The Samsung Galaxy M20's 2020 successor may have popped up in an earlier leak. Now, an Indian media outlet claims to have uncovered its launch date. It also asserts that the M21 will represent a step upward in terms of certain specs.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 series will go global in March 2020
The Xiaomi Mi 10 and 10 Pro are already available on the Chinese smartphone market. Now, the OEM has announced an international launch event for these flagships. In addition, a new rumor hints at an upcoming addition to their series with a bigger screen.
The OnePlus 8 may launch through both T-Mobile and Verizon
A prior leak suggested that OnePlus would sell an upcoming phone, the 8, through the US carrier Verizon. Now, an analysis of code in this OEM's launcher for Android appears to back this up. It also points to a T-Mobile SKU of the same phone.
Casio's latest EDIFICE watches have a full-time smartphone link
Casio has released analog watches that can use Bluetooth before. However, it claims that the most recent models with this feature are updated in that they stay connected to a phone on a more consistent basis. These new EDIFICE variants do so in order to maintain their accuracy regardless of where they are.
Huawei may offer greater cuts of app revenue to developers, if for a limited time only
Huawei is currently compelled to generate its own in-house alternative to the Google Play Store - and to this platform's developer-side ecosystem in turn. Accordingly, it has publicly released details on the percentages app makers may expect to make through contributing to its new AppGallery.
The Samsung Galaxy A31 is now officially a Bluetooth device
There is now evidence that Samsung is readying multiple new Galaxy A-series smartphones for launch at this point. The latest of these is the A31, or SM-A315F/DS. This device has been approved by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG) to use this technology.
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 Vivo Nex 3S 5G's existence is confirmed in a new official leak
Earlier leaks had suggested that Vivo would refresh its Nex 3 flagship phone with a Snapdragon 865- and 5G-equipped variant. Now, the OEM has validated them in a new Weibo post. This new version of the device will launch on March 10, 2020.
OPPO unveils its 5G CPE, the "Omni"
OPPO finally introduced its long-awaited Find X2 series today (March 6, 2020). However, it also had a "one more thing" moment: a new mobile-broadband device that could bring 5G speeds to the home or office. It is based on the Snapdragon X55 modem, and can deliver both mmWave and sub-6GHz reception.
TCL's rollable phone now exists as a concept device, as does its tri-folding tablet
Some prior leaks and rumors have pointed to the development of a phone with a display that extends on a roller at TCL. Now, the OEM has confirmed these hints with a new concept based on such a design. It is touted to solve some of the emerging issues with current flexible-display devices, creasing included.
The first MediaTek Dimensity 800-powered phone will be made by Redmi
The MediaTek Dimensity 800 is a new processor that may make 5G even more mid-range in 2020. Now, a reliable Weibo tipster asserts that Redmi is to be the first OEM to bring it to the mobile-device market in 2020. It is an outside possibility that the phone in question could be of the Note 9 series.
TCL introduces its new "Quantum Dot Pro" TVs
TCL has launched new TVs for 2020, which are divided into 3 series: V8, C8 and P9, which also have their own additional marketing monikers and specific enhancements or use-cases. They are quantum-dot panels, some of which also have "Hi-Fi" audio or hands-free controls.
New TWS earbuds from Xiaomi may be on the way
A new listing for "Mi True Wireless Earphones 2S" has appeared on the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) website. Based on this name, it seems that Xiaomi has a new TWS product on the way. However, the image that goes with their new apparent certification looks like one that is already on the market.
Chuwi teases the AeroBook Pro ahead of its Indiegogo launch
Chuwi has posted several specs for its upcoming AeroBook Pro PC. It is to be a 15.6-inch notebook with a 4K display rated to cover 100% of the sRGB color-space, and an ultra-thin "full-metal" case. It will become available as part of a new Indiegogo campaign in late March 2020.
A new leak appears to confirm the OPPO Find X2's looks and camera count
The OPPO Find X2 is yet to be launched. However, the prolific leaker Roland Quandt claims to have some real-life renders of the phone. They match earlier tips that show a phone with a single punch-hole selfie camera and 3 rear-facing ones. This fresh leak also purports to show this phone's new colorways.
The Dongii purports to combine 65W GaN charging with a Nintendo Switch dock
The Dongii is a new kind of charger with USB type A and C ports - as well as an HDMI port to connect a Nintendo Switch to the nearest TV. It is described as equipped with up-to-date GaN technology and capable of up to 65 watt (W) charging. It has been launched on Kickstarter, where it is available as a reward.
A new leak points to an upgrade to aptX HD for the Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds
The Sony WF-1000XM3s are widely regarded as some of the best TWS earbuds out there. However, they do have some discrepancies, one of which is the absence of Qualcomm's aptX HD Bluetooth codec. A new leak suggests that this is to be addressed soon.
The AnTuTu score record is broken in 2020 again, this time by the Nubia Red Magic 5G
The Red Magic 5G is Nubia's upcoming 2020 gaming phone. It is slated to get a 144Hz display, the Snapdragon 865 SoC and up to 16GB of RAM. The OEM has also showed off its AnTuTu benchmarking score, which knocks that of the Black Shark 3 Pro off the top spot.
Meet OnePlus' "special project", the 5G Snowbot
OnePlus has revealed the non-phone-related new device it has been working on: the OnePlus Snowbot. There are apparently several of these robots, which will be used to play games in which they fire 120 miles per hour (mph) snowballs at each other. They will take place at a special event later in March 2020.
Xiaomi teases its new 40W wireless charging standard
Xiaomi's current highest rate of commercial-grade wireless charging is found in the Mi 10 series. It can power a phone at 30 watts (W). However, the OEM has also just demonstrated its next generation, a 40W system, that can charge a phone in as little as 40 minutes.
A new leak suggests the Black Shark 3 Pro will have a QHD+ display, whereas the 3 will not
The Black Shark 3 series is thought to be the next upcoming generation of Xiaomi's gaming phones. New tips spilled onto Weibo indicate how the rumored Pro variant may differ from the base model. Apparently, these variations will mainly concern screen size and resolution.
Huawei reportedly circumvents US policy with its 100% in-house base station
Base stations are crucial pieces of hardware for mobile networks, particularly 5G ones. Huawei is now reportedly in a position to sell versions of these devices based on their own proprietary chipsets, rather than those made by US companies as before. Therefore, this country's administration's efforts to lock this OEM out of the 5G market appear to have been thwarted, at least in part.
Google announces the removal of about 600 apps from the Play Store
Google has released a blog post explaining why nearly 600 apps have just been removed from Android's Play Store. These apps were deemed guilty of "mobile ad fraud", which contravenes the Mountain View giant's policies. The apps in question include all those associated with the company Cheetah Mobile.
OnePlus teases an unusual device on Twitter
The TV and mobile-device OEM OnePlus has hinted at a "special project" with an intriguing trailer via its UK division's Twitter account. However, like the Concept One, it is not a product that will go on sale soon, although the company still wants public feedback for it. It is to be revealed on March 3, 2020 (or tomorrow, in other words).
Xiaomi is found to have led the Indian smart-band market in 2019
IDC India has released its report on the wearables market in this country for the last quarter of 2019 (4Q2019). It reveals that the 'audio' category of these electronics had the highest share for that period, overtaking band-type devices compared to 4Q2018. Xiaomi had the greatest share in the latter sector, whereas Apple's AirPods clearly dominated their own sub-segment.
A German company launches the "world's first" carbon-fiber phone
Carbon Mobiles makes what it might sound like on the tin: a phone made of carbon fiber rather than a typical metal frame and glass rear panel. This build makes this device (the 1 Mark II) exceptionally light and thin. It has a MediaTek Helio P90 SoC, but not the price you might expect for that spec.
A Korean research group claims to have improved camera calibration for self-driving vehicles
Cars that are capable of autonomous driving are often touted as the future. However, their actual ability to do so through perceiving the real world in 3D with sufficient accuracy is still in development. A new research paper published by a group from a South Korean university purports to detail the most sophisticated method to deliver these camera functions yet.
The Realme 6 and 6 Pro's SoCs may have been confirmed in new leaks
The Realme 6 and 6 Pro are upcoming phones with the potential to bring new quad cameras and 30W charging to the cost-effective end of the Indian market. They are currently rumored to be powered by the MediaTek Helio G90 and Snapdragon 720G processors respectively. New Geekbench listings appear to bear these specs out.
A new 5G phone, the Vivo Z6, is now up for pre-order
The Z6 is the OEM Vivo's new Snapdragon 765G-powered phone. As such, it comes with dual-mode 5G in addition to 6-8GB of RAM, 44W charging and a headphone jack. It has been released onto the Chinese market via its maker's own website.
New leaks suggest the Samsung Galaxy A11 will bring punch-holes to the budget end of the market
A popular leaker has divulged what he asserts are the specs for the Samsung Galaxy A11 in full. They include the previously-revealed detail of a 4000mAh battery. Otherwise, the upcoming device may be headed for a 6.4-inch LCD display. Another leak claims that the same screen will have an in-display selfie camera.
OPPO updates its Find X2 launch info
Had the CoViD-19 outbreak not occurred, OPPO would have revealed its 2020 flagship X2 series already. However, it was obliged to reschedule this event, as did many smartphone OEMs planning shows for MWC 2020. However, the company has now decided to go for an online-only event, which will take place soon.
Casio upgrades the PRO TREK connected watch series with titanium variants
Casio has announced the release of titanium-cased versions of its PRO TREK outdoor watch line-up. They are also Bluetooth devices that feature Smartphone Link, which allows them to connect to the wearer's mobile device. This allows the user to view information such as steps taken, route logs or altitude.
Realme's first wearable is a smart band that will launch in India soon
Realme has been connected with an inaugural wearable for a while. This product is, as it turns out, of the fitness-tracker variety. It is set to launch on March 5, 2020 in the Indian market. Accordingly, this smart device has 9 "sports modes", one of which is for cricket.
The Samsung Galaxy A41 is possibly captured in new renders
OnLeaks has just released a new set of renders for the (probably) upcoming Samsung Galaxy A41. They suggest that it may have a front panel much like that of its predecessor. However, with its triple cameras in a rectangular module, its other side is more up to date. This leak also hints at the retention of a 3.5mm jack in the A40's successor.
The wireless charging market is now estimated to be worth up to US$71 billion in 5 years
Wireless charging is mainly relevant to smartphones and other similar portable electronics at present. However, a new analysis indicates that its market will benefit more and more from its application to electric vehicles. This may drive its value up to as much as US$71.21 billion by 2025.
Samsung's latest, "5G-optimized" version of OLED for phones is refined in terms of blue light and power consumption
Samsung has launched its latest high-end smartphone display panel. So far, it has been tested by the eye-safety authority SGS and validation specialists UL, and found to have reduced blue-light emissions and energy-consumption values respectively compared to its predecessor. Therefore, the OEM asserts that this new product is ready to take the 5G era on.
AMD releases a new Radeon Adrenalin 2020 Edition update
AMD has announced the latest version of its Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition. This update (v20.2.2) is described as "optional", yet also purports to bring a long list of bug and issue fixes. They include problems such as hanging, crashes or black screens in apps and games that include Chrome, The Witcher 3 and GTA V.
The latest OPPO Watch leak hints at Wear OS and one of its case/band variants
OPPO has already let it be known that it will launch its first ever smartwatch soon, and that it has taken profound design cues from Apple. However, the OEM has yet to mention anything about the new wearable's software. A well-known Weibo tipster purports to spoil this by posting a new image of what looks like the device running Google's Wear OS.
SOL REPUBLIC's 3rd-gen TWS earbuds upgrade to ANC and USB type C charging
The Amps Air + are the latest TWS earbuds from SOL REPUBLIC. They are the brand's first such product with active noise cancellation (ANC). These new Amps also now feature a slimmer case with USB type C charging, which can deliver 2 hours of play-time in exchange for 15 minutes of being plugged in.
Kami releases its 100% wireless, weather-resistant outdoor IP security camera
Kami - YI Technology's new home-security brand - has released its new Wire-Free Outdoor Camera. As it lacks the need for connectivity hubs and has batteries that can be recharged in a USB-powered holder, it can be installed anywhere the user wants. It has a 165-degree wide-angle camera that supports FHD video at 20 frames per second (fps).
MediaTek asserts that its MT3620 MCU has driven Microsoft Azure Sphere uptake
The MediaTek MT3620 is the first microcontroller unit (MCU) to directly integrate the Azure Sphere security platform from Microsoft. This solution is used to connect a business' internet-of-things (IoT) system with Azure's cloud services. MediaTek has now detailed the MT3620's success, which include its uptake by global corporations and brands.
The Realme 6 smartphone series is to feature 64MP cameras, 90Hz screens and 30W charging
Realme will launch the 6 and 6 Pro smartphones in India on March 5, 2020. Its teasers for these phones indicate that this new series will have quad rear cameras, one of which will be 64MP in resolution. They are also now linked to 90Hz displays and unique light-catching colorways.
Qualcomm brings 5G to headset gaming with its new Snapdragon XR2 Reference Design
Qualcomm has launched the Snapdragon XR2 Reference Design headset, the first such XR (as in, virtual, mixed or augmented reality) device that supports 5G. It does so via its in-built X55 modem, which is part of its latest hardware platform for this category of media. Therefore, OEMs may now start building their own headsets based on this new "boundless" artificial-reality tech.
NVIDIA releases a SHIELD TV software update
NVIDIA has issued its TV devices with a new update. This version of SHIELD Experience (8.1.1) includes a host of new features and bug-fixes. The most prominent of these may be the limited-time opportunity to upgrade the free GeForce Now subscription to a Founder's membership instead. The upgrade also adds XBOX Elite 2 controller support, as well as improved multiple Bluetooth device connections.
A new teardown video highlights various differences between the Motorola Razr and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
The YouTuber JerryRigEverything (or Zach Nelson) has conducted his traditional post-durability test teardown of the Motorola Razr 2020. This video revealed how its maker intends to keep the internals free of dust, as well as other possible destructive forces. This means it has some unusual attributes that the equally foldable Galaxy Z Flip lacks.
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.
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 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 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.
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.