Alex Alderson (News Editor)
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.
The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X posts an astonishing CPU benchmark result in PassMark; 10% above all Intel processors and 47% faster than the Ryzen 5 3600X
The Ryzen 5 5600X has flexed its muscles on PassMark, leaving Zen 2 and Intel processors in its wake. AMD's budget Vermeer and Zen 3 chip outscores all before it by at least 10% in PassMark's single-threaded test and is 47% faster than its predecessor.
Raspberry Pi: Canonical finally brings Ubuntu Desktop to the popular single-board computer
Canonical has brought Ubuntu Desktop to the Raspberry Pi. The humble single-board computer can now be pre-loaded with Ubuntu 20.10, albeit only on the Raspberry Pi 4.
Microsoft is offering origami Xbox Series X Papercraft Kits with pre-orders
Fancy some origami while you wait for your Xbox Series X to arrive? Well, Microsoft is offering Papercraft Kits with some Xbox Series X pre-orders, albeit only Germany. You can print out your own Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S 'Papercraft Kit' worldwide, though.
Leaked NVIDIA RTX A6000 benchmark result points to uninspiring performance with only an 11% uplift over the RTX 6000
The first benchmark result for the RTX A6000 is in, and it does not look good for NVIDIA's enterprise card. Based on a full-fat GA102 GPU with 10,752 CUDA cores supported by 48 GB of VRAM, the RTX A6000 only managed 11% higher scores on average than the RTX 6000.
Intel is already delivering the Iris Xe Max DG1 ahead of its debut later this year; Xe DG2 desktop gaming GPU will not be ready until 2H 2021 at the earliest
Intel CEO Bob Swan has confirmed that the first dedicated Xe graphics chip is now shipping and should be delivered before the end of the year. Its gaming desktop counterpart, the DG2, will not follow for a few months, though.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 receives a new update bringing the October security patch and bug fixes
The Xiaomi Mi A2 has received its monthly update, this time called V184.108.40.206.QDIMIXM. The new update brings the October 2020 set of security patches to the Android One handset, along with a few bug fixes. V220.127.116.11.QDIMIXM is rolling out now as an OTA.
NVIDIA is on the warpath with another cutdown GA102 card, featuring 7,424 CUDA cores and GDDR6X VRAM, to add to its RTX 30 arsenal
NVIDIA may be planning another raid on the upper-midrange desktop graphics card market, according to a new leak. Apparently, the green team has a third GA102-based card in development, which would sit between the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 in its Ampere product stack with 7,424 CUDA cores, GDDR6X VRAM and possibly up to 232 Tensor cores.
MIUI 12 may be on a limited release for the Xiaomi Pocophone F1, but there may be a workaround
MIUI 12 may still be on a limited release for the global version of the Xiaomi Pocophone F1. If your device is yet to receive the OS upgrade, then flashing the OTA files manually may do the trick.
Kingdel NC610: A powerful mini-PC that packs an LGA 1151 socket and a desktop NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU
The Kingdel NC610 may be small, but it packs a punch. With an LGA 1151 socket and up to a pre-configured Core i7-9700F, the NC610 also features a replaceable GeForce GTX 1650 GPU and a host of connectivity. The Kingdel NC610 is also available with either a Core i3-9100F or a Core i5-9400F.
Transform the Arduino Pro Micro into an Arduino Keyboard Joystick Extender Box with a new project
A new project has transformed a humble Arduino Pro Micro into a joystick with various knobs. The project is intended to be used in conjunction with a keyboard for making adjustments when gaming or creating music.
Leaked AirPods Pro 2 purport new price and release of Apple's premium TWS earbuds
If you were hoping that Apple would release a successor to the AirPods Pro any time soon, then you are sorely mistaken. According to a new leak, the AirPods Pro 2 may not be arriving over a year. A rough price for the AirPods Pro 2 has been offered too, which is more encouraging.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection will run at 120 FPS on the Xbox Series X and S
The release of Halo Infinite may be a while off yet, but The Master Chief Collection is coming to the Xbox Series X and S on November 17. The re-release will run at up to 120 FPS on Microsoft's new consoles and will feature a host of improvement, such as a refined split-screen mode. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be free for those who already the collection and also for those who subscribe to Xbox Game Pass.
The Apple iPhone 12 series is not only more expensive in Europe with slower 5G, but it is also uglier
Apple may be expected to sell tens of millions of iPhone 12 units between now and next September or October, but the company has made a rather strange design decision for European models. Sadly, it has made the iPhone 12 a bit uglier in Europe than it is in the US, although it is unclear why Apple has done so.
Windows 10 21H1: Microsoft to add HDD/SSD drive health warnings and design upgrades as new preview build lands
Microsoft has released the Windows 10 21H1 Insider Preview Build 20241, integrating yet more features into next year's update. Behind the scenes, the company has been working on many features, including one that will warn people if their HDD or SSD is in a bad way.
Nokia blocks Lenovo from selling any laptops, PCs or tablets in Germany and is seeking similar injunctions in Brazil, India and the US
Lenovo has had to remove almost all its products from its German website, because of a patent dispute with Nokia. The Chinese company has supposedly been violating H.264 patents that Nokia holds, resulting in the Finnish company taking out an injunction to freeze Lenovo's online sales.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G: Too expensive for mass appeal?
The Samsung Galaxy ZFold 2 5G costs an awful lot money, but it is clearly better than its predecessor. Samsung has made a host of changes for this year's model, which our review reveals.
Leaked GeForce RTX 3070 benchmarks suggest that NVIDIA's US$499 Ampere card will be a strong performer
Initial benchmark data for the GeForce RTX 3070 is here, and the US$499 card can hold its own against the RTX 3080 and RTX 2080 Ti in 3DMark, Ashes of the Singularity and Geekbench. The RTX 3070 will arrive on October 29 after a two-week delay.
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is the new camera king, for now
Huawei may have just announced the Mate 40 Pro, but it has already stormed to the top of DxOMark's leaderboards. Crowned the new king of main and selfie cameras, it seems that the Mate 40 Pro is new smartphone to purchase if you are a camera junkie - until DxOMark reviews the Mate 40 Pro Plus or Mate 40 RS, that is.
Google Pixel 5 screen gap issue is under investigation by company officials
The Pixel 5 screen gap issue, where some displays have separated from the phone body, is being investigated by Google. The investigation may take a few days, according to Forbes.
Xiaomi Mi CC9e and Redmi Note 8 Pro receive new MIUI 12 upgrades as the Redmi 8 and Redmi Note 8 pick up perfunctory updates
The Mi CC9e and Redmi Note 8 Pro have received new MIUI 12 upgrades spanning several branches of MIUI, but the Redmi 8 and Redmi Note 8 are in no such luck. Instead, the Redmi 8 and Redmi Note 8 have just received security updates in multiple regions, keeping the devices on MIUI 11 for the time being.
Samsung will return to flat screens for the Galaxy S21 series; Galaxy S21 Ultra to retain pronounced curvature though
Samsung will be returning to flat screens for the Galaxy S21 series, according to Ice universe. The 2.5D glass of the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus will be replaced by 2D glass, but the S21 Ultra will have a curved display.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into an Amazon Alexa home hub
A simple project has shown that the Raspberry Pi can, in conjunction with a Bluetooth speaker, become an Alexa-enabled device. There is no restriction on what type of Bluetooth speaker can be used, allowing a great deal of customisation with the project.
Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro gains a new health feature courtesy of latest software update
Huawei has introduced a new health feature to the Watch GT 2 Pro, despite its recent introduction. The update expands the capabilities of the company's latest smartwatch, specifically in relation to its SpO2 sensor.
Raspberry Pi: Turn the Compute Module 4 into a cluster system with Turing Pi 2
Turing Pi has announced a new cluster board, this time for the recently-announced Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. The Turing Pi 2 promises high performance, despite its compact mini-ITX form factor.
PIPO W11: A cheap 2-in-1 alternative to the Surface Go 2 with a detachable keyboard and pen support
The PIPO W11 is a budget alternative to the Microsoft Surface lineup, specifically the Surface Go 2. The W11 is still relatively cheap though, thanks to its Gemini Lake processor and 8 GB of RAM.
AMD's 'Big Navi' Radeon RX 6900 XT will challenge the best of the NVIDIA RTX 30 series with 80 CUs, 16 GB of GDDR6 VRAM and over 2 GHz clock speeds
The RX 6900 XT will deliver clock speeds over 2,300 MHz with 80 CUs and 16 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, according to a new leak. Four other cards will make up AMD's 'Big Navi' lineup, as will AIB cards that will venture to an eye-watering 2,577 MHz.
5G may cost up to 20% battery life on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro
It may now be possible to connect to 5G networks on an iPhone, but it will cost you in battery life. Enabling 5G can cut battery life by up to 20% based on initial findings, meaning that you may need to recharge the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro before the end of the day.
Microsoft releases Windows 10 20H2 with multiple changes as the October 2020 update
Finally, the Windows 10 fall update is here, better known as the October 2020 update or Windows 10 20H2. The new update remains a free one for all existing Windows 10 licenses and features a host of changes, including a new start menu, settings improvements and better Microsoft Edge integration.
eGPU gaming: Ice Lake-U processors offer nearly 50% better performance in some games than Comet Lake-H processors do
It turns out that Ice Lake laptops are better for eGPU gaming than their more powerful Comet Lake-H counterparts, Jarrod's Tech has discovered. Thunderbolt 3 controller placement seems to be at the heart of the difference in performance, which can be nearly 50% in some modern triple-A games. Seemingly, Thunderbolt 3 latency matters more in eGPU gaming than high clock speeds or a superior TDP.
ODROID-HC4: A Raspberry Pi alternative that doubles as a dual NAS
With the ODROID-HC4, one can create a dual NAS setup without having to break the bank. Priced at US$65 with a plastic housing, the ODROID-HC4 supports two 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives and comes with other features, such as an IR receiver.
TicWatch Pro 3: An LTE version of the upmarket smartwatch is on the horizon
Mobvoi is planning to release yet another smartwatch, this time an LTE version of the TicWatch Pro 3. The smartwatch will utilise LTE connectivity thanks to the Snapdragon Wear 4100's modem.
Leaked Lenovo Tab P11 details confirm design and specifications of upcoming budget tablet
After the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro comes the Tab P11, a slimmed-down version of its Pro sibling. Leaked details have confirmed not only the design of the Tab P11, but also the specifications of Lenovo's upcoming tablet.
The Xiaomi Mi Watch Color Sports Edition has two weeks of battery life and a SpO2 sensor for ~US$105
Xiaomi has unveiled a new smartwatch, the Mi Watch Color Sports Edition. A lighter and sportier version of the Mi Watch, the Mi Watch Color Sports Edition is also cheaper and retails for CNY 699 (~US$105).
Xiaomi ribs Apple again for not including a charger in the box with Mi 10T Lite advert
Xiaomi is revamping the packaging of the Mi 10T Lite in Europe by using cardboard instead of plastic. The result should yield up to 60% less plastic used without needing to remove the charger or case from the box, an impressive feat. Xiaomi has, of course, took another opportunity to remind people of Apple's recent decision to do otherwise, though.
Some early Google Pixel 5 units are exhibiting quality control issues
Have you noticed a small gap between the display and the body of your Google Pixel 5? Well, some early units are suffering from such an issue, and it is affected both the Sorta Sage and Just Black versions.
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 and Mi Mix 3 5G receive new MIUI 12 updates
The Mi Max 3 and Mi Mix 3 5G have received new MIUI 12 updates, bringing the two devices on Xiaomi's latest OS. The Mi Mix 3 5G still remains on Android 9.0 Pie in Europe on the Vodafone network, but the global and Russian versions of the Mi Max 3 have been upgraded to Android 10 builds of MIUI 12.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G Smartphone Review - A great and expensive foldable phone
Samsung has made numerous improvements to the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G compared to its predecessor. There is a new hinge with more options, almost full screen displays and better battery life, for example. But the high price has remained from last year's model.
The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT rumoured to top at a game clock of 2.4 GHz, but AIB cards could go even higher
AMD is yet to announce its challengers to the likes of the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080, but rumoured clock speeds suggest that at least one Navi 21 SKU will be capable of reaching 2.4 GHz. The Navi 21 XT is thought to offer 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM too, along with a 255 TGP. The Navi 21 XL and XLE will supposedly be no slouches, either.
Raspberry Pi: Compute Module 4 launches for US$25 with powerful upgrades and a new form factor
The new Raspberry Pi Compute Module is here, heralding a new era for the series. The Compute Module 4 features a faster CPU than its predecessor, along with more RAM, storage and the option to add Wi-Fi connectivity. The Compute Module 4 also sports a new design for the Compute Module series and is available from US$25.
Google Coral Dev Board Mini: Raspberry Pi alternative finally comes up for pre-order for US$99.99
Google's latest developer board is available to pre-order, at long last. The Coral Dev Board Mini features a quad-core processor, 2 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and has a Google Edge TPU coprocessor.
Xiaomi announces the Mi 10T series in the UK; Mi 10T Lite to debut for £199 from October 26
Xiaomi has announced plans to bring the Mi 10T series to the UK. The Mi 10T, Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T Lite will all be available to purchase from multiple retailers, including Amazon and Mi.com. The Mi 10T Lite will start for just £199, too.
The Sony PlayStation 5 is tracking to sell nearly twice the volume of the PlayStation 2's 157 million lifetime sales
The PlayStation 2's record sales will be blown away by the market dominance of the PlayStation 5, according to a top Japanese analyst. Sony's next-generation console is expected to sell anywhere from 200 to 300 million units its lifetime, which is thought to last 5-6 years.
Initial XPS 13 9310 Tiger Lake performance comparisons underline why Dell should release an AMD Ryzen 4000-powered XPS 13
The Dell XPS 13 9310 is here, and its packs Intel's latest Tiger Lake-U series processors. Early performance comparisons show the Core i7-1165G7 to be a decent improvement from its Ice Lake predecessor while still falling short of AMD's Renoir mobile processors. If only Dell offered the XPS 13 with Ryzen 4000 series APUs.
Raspberry Pi: Bring 5G and GPS connectivity to the popular single-board computer with a Snapdragon X55-based HAT
A new HAT has brought 5G and GPS connectivity to the Raspberry Pi. Designed for any single-board computer with a 40-pin header, the Waveshare SIM8200EA-M2 5G HAT supports up to Sub-6 5G. The HAT should be compatible with Android, Linux and Windows.
Sony unveils new Mirror Lake Green colour option of the Xperia 1 II with 12 GB of RAM
Sony has unveiled a new colour option of the Xperia 1 II, Mirror Lake Green. The fresh look for the flagship smartphone has also been paired with 12 GB of RAM, like the Frost Black version that Sony launched in August.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro Plus image reveals the sheer scale of its camera housing as retail box leaks
A new teaser for the Mate 40 Pro Plus has been posted online, shedding some light on the device's monstrous camera bump. The volume button has returned for this year's model at least, but the circular camera housing from the Mate 30 Pro has been replaced by what can only be described as a shield. The retail box of the Mate 40 Pro Plus has leaked too, confirming several specifications.
Garmin vívofit jr.3: A new smartwatch for children with Marvel and Disney Princess designs launched
Garmin has unveiled the vívofit jr.3, its latest wearable for children. Available for US$79.99 in multiple colours, the vívofit jr.3 features timed activities, a colour display and an ICE widget, among other features. The vívofit jr.3 comes in Marvel and Disney Princess designs, too.
TOPTON Mini-PC: A compact yet powerful machine with 45 W Intel processors that starts at US$342
TOPTON's latest Mini-PC features a choice of 45 W processors up to the Core i9-10885H, despite its compact size. The machine supports dual-channel RAM and up to three storage drives too, along with a plethora of ports. It is available either as a barebones kit or with RAM and storage.
Leaker dampens expectations for the Samsung Galaxy S21 series as 25 W charging confirmed for entry-level model
Samsung is not planning any great leaps forward with the Galaxy S21 series, according to Ice Universe. Instead, Samsung's next Galaxy S smartphones will be a conservative upgrade from this year's models, with no 144 Hz displays or ultra-fast charging. 3C certification documents have seemingly confirmed a 25 W charging brick for the Galaxy S21, too.
Xperia 5 II teardown reveals Sony's innovative cooling decisions
The Xperia 5 II may not feature a vapour chamber cooling system, but Sony has attempted to keep its latest flagship cool in other ways. Multiple pieces of graphite film should help prevent overheating, while the Xperia 5 II looks simple to repair too.
The iPhone 12 performs up to 30% worse than the iPad Air with the same Apple A14 Bionic chipset, but that is acceptable
Apple decided to release the new iPad Air and the iPhone 12 practically simultaneously, a first for the company. The fourth-generation tablet features the same 5 nm chipset as likes of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, so it was inevitable that people would draw performance comparisons. As AnTuTu has demonstrated, it seems that the iPhone 12, at least, is holding back the A14 Bionic somewhat.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 receives One UI 2.5 update
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has started receiving One UI 2.5, its final OS update. One UI 2.5 brings wireless DeX and changes to the camera app, among other alterations. The update has gone live as an OTA in Germany and will be reaching other regions shortly.
First ARM Apple MacBook will debut in mid-November; AirPods Studio arriving in March 2021
Apple has pegged November 17 as the date to announce its first ARM-powered MacBook, according to Jon Prosser. The ARM Mac event will, by extension, be the earliest opportunity to see Apple's first ARM-based laptop chipset. Prosser claims to have revealed the launch date of the long-awaited AirPods Studio, too.
Leaked Huawei FreeBuds Studio details confirm the design of October 22-bound and €400 headphones
Huawei has a premium pair of ANC headphones in the works called the FreeBuds Studio. To be unveiled on October 22 in two colours, the FreeBuds Studio will retail for in the region of €400 and will look to challenge the likes of the Sony WH-1000XM4, Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 and the Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless.
ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQX: Retailer listing points to a US$6,400 asking price for 4K, 144 Hz and Mini-LED gaming monitor
ASUS has packed an awful lot of features into the slim chassis of the ROG Swift PG32UQX, its 32-inch gaming monitor. Not only has ASUS included a 4K panel, but it also has equipped the PG32UQX with a 1,152 zone Mini-LED backlight and a 144 Hz refresh rate. The PG32UQX supports NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate too, although there is no HDMI 2.1 on board.
MINISFORUM X35G: Mini-PC with a Thunderbolt 3 port and Ice Lake processor to start shipping in November
The MINISFORUM X35G is a Mini-PC with an Ice Lake processor, 16 GB of RAM and a Thunderbolt 3 port, among other ports. The compact PC is available to back on Indiegogo from US$350 and will begin shipping next month.
Watch Dogs Legion requires an RTX 3080 for ray tracing at 4K Ultra but just a GTX 1650 or R9 290X for 1080p gaming
The launch of Watch Dogs Legion is almost here, so Ubisoft has released the system requirements for run its upcoming triple-A title. The game is lean when it comes to 1080p even at high settings, but it becomes a touch power-hungry at 1440p and beyond, especially with ray tracing enabled.
Early iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro AnTuTu benchmarks are at odds with Apple's performance claims for the A14 Bionic
More benchmarks of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have appeared online, this time on AnTuTu. CPU scores of the A14 Bionic look good, but initial GPU scores are rather underwhelming, especially compared to the likes of the Snapdragon 865.
Apple iPhone 12 series sales pegged to 80 million units by the end of 2020
Apple is expected to sell at least 70 million iPhone 12 units by the end of 2020, DigiTimes claims. Apple may even top 80 million units before the new year, barring an escalation in the trade war between China and the United States. Apparently, hardware improvements and a fresh design will drive iPhone sales this year.
OnePlus teases rounded design for its first smartwatch
The OnePlus Watch is close to release, based on an official teaser. It would seem that OnePlus' first smartwatch will have a round display, unlike the recently released Oppo Watch.
OnePlus confirms December arrival of Android 11 and OxygenOS 11 for the OnePlus 7 and 7T series
The OnePlus 7 and 7T series will begin receiving Android 11 and OxygenOS 11 from December, according to a company spokesperson. It is unclear whether these will be beta or stable builds, but the likes of the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T Pro will at least get a taste of Android 11 before the year is out.
Xiaomi resumes closed beta MIUI 12 testing as it brings Android 11 to the Mi CC9 Pro, Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro
Xiaomi has brought the Mi CC9 Pro, Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro onto Android 11, courtesy of a new closed beta update. The update can be downloaded on an unlocked handset via TWRP and is an encouraging sign of development for Xiaomi's 108 MP smartphone.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into a music server with a VU meter
The humble Raspberry Pi can be used as a music server, a simple project has shown. The single-board computer combines with a VU meter and a DAC to stream music from local or network-attached storage.
The OnePlus Nord Gray Ash has a matte finish, but it is only available with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage
OnePlus has released a new version of the Nord, its budget alternative to the likes of the OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 8 Pro. The Gray Ash variant is only available with the premium storage option of the OnePlus Nord though, making it just £80 cheaper than the entry-level OnePlus 8T.
Apple AirTags reputedly launching next month with iOS 14.3, but production issues push AirPods Studio release until December 2020 at the earliest
The AirPods Studio may not be arriving until December at the earliest, according to a new report. March 2021 is another likely candidate for the release window of Apple's over-ear headphones, which are rumoured to cost up to US$599. The AirTags are now slated to arrive next month alongside iOS 14.3, though.
Apple may have equipped the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max with 6 GB of RAM, but initial Geekbench result is a mixed bag for the A14 Bionic
The differences between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro models were thought to be only camera-based, but it turns out that Apple has also equipped them with different volumes of RAM. The increase in RAM for the Pro models should give them an advantage over the regular iPhone 12 and their predecessors, but an initial Geekbench listing offers up some rather disappointing multi-core performance.
Nubia Watch: Curved smartwatch goes global for US$219
The Nubia Watch is now available to order globally for US$219. The futuristic-looking smartwatch features a curved AMOLED screen, a heart-rate monitor and an e-SIM, among other features.
ASUS is already rolling out Android 11 for ZenFone 7 Pro beta testers
ASUS has begun issuing Android 11 beta builds to the ZenFone 7 Pro, stealing a march on other Android OEMs. The first beta build for the recently released flagship introduces a host of changes, not just Android 11.
Samsung commences One UI 3.0 beta testing in Europe
Samsung has started beta testing One UI 3.0 in Europe. Testing began in South Korea and the US last month and remains limited to the Galaxy S20 series. The S20 FE is not eligible for One UI 3.0 beta yet though, and you must have an unlocked S20, S20 Plus or S20 Ultra to participate.
Mi AIoT Router AX3600: Affordable Xiaomi router goes global for under US$100
The Xiaomi AX3600 router is now available to order from multiple retailers, and for under US$100. The router offers Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, MU-MIMO and an AIoT smart antenna, among other features.
OnePlus Buds Z launched with true wireless capabilities for US$49.99
OnePlus has launched the Buds Z, its no-frills pair of TWS earbuds. The company promises that the earbuds will deliver top-quality audio, water-resistance and a stable Bluetooth 5.0 connection for US$49.99. Google Assistant integration is included for that price, too.
Android 11 may be slowing down some smartphones like the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4 XL
Android 11 may be slowing down smartphones like the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4 XL, HotHardware has discovered. The two Google smartphones perform demonstrably worse in benchmarks running Android 11 than they do on Android 10; the website is not the only one to be complaining of slowdowns on Android 11, either.
First MIUI 12 update arrives for the global Redmi Note 9 Pro as OS upgrade for the Redmi Note 7 Pro goes official
The first MIUI 12 update has arrived for the global version of the Redmi Note 9 Pro. Currently rolling out to Turkish handsets, the arrival of V18.104.22.168.QJZTRXM should predate equivalent updates for the global and European branches of MIUI by a few days. The inaugural MIUI 12 update has formally landed for the Redmi Note 7 Pro, too.
Regulatory body points to the next Poco smartphone being a rebranded Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
A new Poco smartphone is in development, and it is intended for the global market. However, a recent certification listing suggests that the device may be a rebrand of another upcoming Xiaomi smartphone, the Redmi Note 10 4G.
Nintendo Switch predicted to surpass the sales of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles in holiday 2020
Nintendo will sell more consoles than Microsoft and Sony this holiday season, despite the arrival of the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X, according to analysis from NPD. Call of Duty is expected to continue to dominate the market too, while the sale of gaming subscriptions and accessories will receive a boost.
ASUS clarifies its position on Zen 3; support for X470 and B450 chipsets still coming early next year
ASUS will support the X470 and B450 chipsets into Zen 3, the company has confirmed. It has reaffirmed support for the two chipsets after representatives apparently informed a customer that the X470 chipset would never receive the BIOS upgrade to run Ryzen 5000 processors.
ASRock NUC 1100 BOX: Intel Tiger Lake NUC Mini-PCs launched with 28 W CPUs and Iris Xe Graphics
ASRock has announced three new Intel NUCs based on the chipmaker's Tiger Lake-U architecture. The NUC 1100 BOX series will be available with up to the Core i7-1165G7, although all SKUs will offer the same connectivity and plethora of ports.
Smartphone manufacturers are reputedly working on up to 100 W wireless fast-charging
A well-known and reliable leaker has divulged that several smartphone manufacturers are working towards delivering next-generation wireless fast-charging. Apparently, the technologies will be capable of transferring up to 100 W wirelessly, which would be a generational leap for smartphones.
MIUI 12 for the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 rolls out to more handsets as Android 10 arrives for the Redmi 8A Dual
MIUI 12 is rolling out more widely for the global version of the Pocophone F1, according to multiple reports. V22.214.171.124.QEJMIXM is rolling out now as an OTA, while the Redmi 8A Dual has been upgraded to Android 10, sans MIUI 12.
ASUS drops support for Ryzen 5000 processor series on X470 motherboards
ASUS will not be enabling support for Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 processors on X470 motherboards. The move comes following AMD's confirmation that the X470 and B450 chipsets should start receiving beta BIOSes that enable support as of January 2021. Update: ASUS has stated that a customer service representation was misinformed in their comments.
The Dell UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor UP3221Q is the world's first 2,000-zone mini-LED and 4K monitor
The Dell UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor UP3221Q is the world's first 2,000-zone mini-LED monitor, and it will begin shipping as early as November 5. The monitor can reach 1,000 nits, but it will set you back US$5,000.
Apple registers eight Mac model numbers with the EEC ahead of possible ARM MacBook release in November
Apple has registered eight unreleased Mac model numbers with the EEC. Five are entirely new, so it would seem that Apple is readying itself to release some new Mac hardware. Rumour has it that the company's first ARM MacBooks will be unveiled in November.
AMD joins NVIDIA and Intel with enabling AV1 hardware acceleration on the Radeon RX 6000 series
The Radeon RX 6000 series will support the new AV1 hardware acceleration, Microsoft has confirmed. AMD joins NVIDIA and Intel in supporting the AV1 video codec, which promises to offer up to 50% better compression than H.264 and 20% better than VP9.
Rollme S08: A smartwatch with 4G LTE, dual cameras and a built-in GPS module
The Rollme S08 is a smartwatch with 4G LTE, dual cameras and a built-in GPS module, along with 32 GB of storage and 3 GB of RAM. The smartwatch has a steel body, a ceramic bezel and is IP68 certified.
AMD Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 support is rolling out for ASUS, ASRock, Biostar, Gigabyte and MSI 500 series motherboards; no B450 or X470 support until January 2021 at the earliest
AMD Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 support has been added to multiple 500 series motherboards, including the likes of the A520 and X570 chipsets. ASUS, ASRock, Biostar, Gigabyte and MSI are the first manufacturers to add support, but it will be at least January 2021 before 400 series chipsets like the B450 or X470 can run Zen 3 processors.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro irreparability revealed in teardown video
The Mi 10T Pro may well be Xiaomi's latest flagship smartphone, but it is not all that repairable. From soldered-on ports to a firmly-installed battery, the Mi 10T Pro will probably be an expensive smartphone to repair.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon announced; no US or European releases seemingly planned for lightweight Tiger Lake laptop
Lenovo has finally announced the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon, but it will not be making its way to North America. Similarly, the machine may not even be released in Europe. The sub-1 kg ultrabook features a 16:10 QHD display, Tiger Lake processors, a 50 Wh battery and a tonne of memory.
Xiaomi's Mi 55W Wireless Charging Stand offers ultra-fast charging for under US$40
Xiaomi's Mi 55W Wireless Charging Stand has hit third-party retailers, and it is significantly cheaper than alternatives like the Google Pixel Stand. Xiaomi's wireless charger supports Qi EPP for fast-charging many modern smartphones, despite being designed to recharge the Mi 10 Ultra.
Raspberry Pi: Vizy AI camera raises over US$90,000 on Kickstarter
The Vizy is an AI camera based on the Raspberry Pi 4. The camera can shoot in up to 300 FPS, supports interchangeable lenses and has already raised over US$90,000 on Kickstarter.
Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro slashed by 40% to £299 as Mi 10 also receives a similar discount in Prime Day sales
Xiaomi has cut the price of the Poco F2 Pro to £299 in its Prime Day deals, which start tomorrow. The company is throwing in a Mi Smart Band 5 and Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic too, as it is in a comparable deal for the Mi 10 - which will cost £599.
The ASUS ZenFone 7 Pro is the selfie video king, but not for photos
The flipping camera technology of the ZenFone series has delivered again, according to camera reviewers DxOMark. According to the French website, the ZenFone 7 Pro records better selfie videos than any other smartphone, although it cannot quite match the photo quality of the Huawei P40 Pro.
OnePlus will revitalise its sandstone finish on October 14 with the release of the OnePlus Nord Special Edition
A special edition of the OnePlus Nord will grace us this week, and it will see the return of the sandstone finish from early OnePlus smartphones. The new variant of the OnePlus Nord will be launched alongside the OnePlus 8T and the OnePlus Buds Z.
MIUI 12 is coming to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T this month as reports of a wider rollout for the Redmi Note 7 Pro mount
MIUI 12 will be arriving on the Redmi Note 8T later this month, according to an official Xiaomi timeline. The commencement of the update may coincide with the release of MIUI 12 to the likes of the Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 8 and the global version of the Redmi Note 9 Pro. There are reports of MIUI 12 finally reaching more Redmi Note 7 Pro handsets, too.
The OnePlus 7 series will not receive Android 11 or OxygenOS 11 until 2021
The OnePlus 7 series only launched last year, but the devices have reputedly been relegated to second-tier software support. While the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro have already received Android 11, the new version of OxygenOS will not be arriving on the OnePlus 7 series until 2021.
NVIDIA is no longer selling the RTX 3080 Founders Edition or RTX 3090 Founders Edition directly
NVIDIA has stopped selling the RTX 3080 FE and RTX 3090 FE on its online store. The Founders Edition cards will only be available from Best Buy in the US, but there is no word on European fulfilment options.
Banana Pi: A Raspberry Pi alternative with an AI accelerator that costs just US$16
The Banana Pi BPI-EAI80 is an affordable single-board computer that packs a dual-core AI accelerator. The board could also be used as an alternative to a Raspberry Pi thanks to its 40-pin GPIO header, albeit with some limitations.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max may have better cameras than the iPhone 12 Pro
The iPhone 12 Pro Max may have more premium ultra-wide and telephoto cameras than the 12 Pro, according to reports. The 12 Pro Max will reputedly feature an 'expansive' ultra-wide camera, along with superior telephoto optics. It seems that neither device will feature periscope cameras, but Apple's new 7P lenses will be on board.
Global MIUI 12 update reaches the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 sans Android 10 or Android 11
The global version of MIUI 12 has reached the Mi Mix 2, but there is a catch. Unlike many other devices, the Mi Mix 2 remains on Android 9.0 Pie, despite the existence of Android 10 and Android 11 versions of MIUI 12 being in circulation.
Apple will not be bringing the AirPods Studio, AirTags or 120 Hz iPhones to its October 13 hardware event
Rumour has it Apple will not announce AirTags next week, nor its rumoured AirPods Studio over-ear headphones. The AirTags may be delayed until March 2021 too, while the AirPods Studio could cost up to US$599. It is bad news for those hoping for 120 Hz displays on the iPhone 12 series, also.
Raspberry Pi: Bring M.2 SSDs, full-sized HDMI ports and active cooling to the popular single-board computer with the Argon ONE M.2
The Argon ONE M.2 brings native M.2 SSD support to the Raspberry Pi 4, along with full-sized HDMI ports and a software-controlled fan. The useful features from the Argon ONE remain too, including its stylish design. The Argon ONE M.2 is available for US$45.
MIUI 12 for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 8 expected to arrive this month as testing also reputedly completed for the Redmi Note 7S
MIUI 12 testing for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7S and Redmi Note 8 is almost done, according to reports. Xiaomi expects to release MIUI 12 for at least the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 8 this month, too.
Simply NUC Aspen: An AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir Mini-PC with up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM and a 2 TB PCIe SSD
The Simply NUC Aspen is a new series of Mini-PCs based on AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs. The Aspen can be configured with up to 64 GB of dual-channel RAM and a 2 TB PCIe NVMe SSD.
GMK NucBox: Compact Mini-PC to begin shipping before the end of the month
The GMK NucBox has arrived on third-party retailer Banggood, following its successful Indiegogo campaign. The NucBox will begin shipping from the retailer before October 21 and starts at US$219.99. GMK still sells the NucBox for less, albeit only on Indiegogo.
Amazfit Bip U: New Apple Watch lookalike with 9 days of battery life to begin shipping from October 16 for under ~US$50
The Amazfit Bip U will begin shipping on October 16, and it looks remarkably like the Apple Watch. The Bip U has a 1.43-inch display and a 255 mAh battery that Amazfit promises will last up to 9 days between charges.
Exynos 1080: Samsung executive claims upcoming mid-range chipset will outperform the Snapdragon 865 on a 5 nm node with ARM Cortex-A78 and Mali-G78 cores
Samsung has dropped the first hints about the Exynos 1080, its mid-range successor to the Exynos 980. The chipset is due to be built on a 5 nm node with ARM's new Cortex-A78 and Mali-G78 cores. Samsung claims that the Exynos 1080 will score over 650,000 points in AnTuTu, a score that would put it beyond flagship chipsets like the Snapdragon 865.
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 receives a new MIUI 12 update
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 has received a new MIUI 12 update for global users. The update, called V126.96.36.199.QEJMIXM, is rolling out now as an OTA.
OnePlus 8T shines in official press pictures with a flat screen and almost symmetrical bezels
The OnePlus 8T will have a flat screen and near-symmetrical bezels, distinguishing it from other OnePlus smartphones. The company's next smartphone will arrive on October 14 and looks to have thinner bezels than even the OnePlus 8 Pro. Update: New, and possibly cheaper, Lunar Silver colour option has been leaked too.
MIUI 12 for the global versions of the Xiaomi Redmi 9, Redmi Note 9S and Redmi Note 9 Pro is on the horizon
Xiaomi is gearing to upgrade the global versions of the Redmi 9, Redmi Note 9S and Redmi Note 9 Pro to MIUI 12, according to a report. The OS upgrade will reputedly arrive from October 20, bringing the three devices into line with countless other Xiaomi smartphones.
Leaked OnePlus Buds Z confirm details and the look of upcoming budget TWS earbuds
The OnePlus Buds Z have not announced by OnePlus, but photos of the upcoming earbuds have been included in an APK. Interestingly, the design of the forthcoming earbuds differs significantly from the current OnePlus Buds.
NVIDIA Jetson Nano: Raspberry Pi alternative gets cheaper US$54 variant with 2 GB of RAM
NVIDIA has released a cheaper version of the Jetson Nano Developer Kit, its developer board with a 128-core GPU. The new model has 2 GB of RAM and retails for just US$54. There are a few compromises from the US$99 Developer Kit, though.
Razer unveils a glowing prepaid card for 'Youths and Millennials'
Razer has revealed a set of prepaid cards, appropriately called Razer Cards. The Razer Card works with in-app payment service called Razer Pay, while the premium card glows green whenever it is used.
OnePlus 8T teasers confirm curved design, quad cameras and a 'breakthrough' diffuse reflection glass back that mitigates fingerprints
The OnePlus 8T will have a curved design, quad cameras and a stylish Aquamarine Green finish, OnePlus has confirmed. Dubbed a breakthrough by the company, the variant has a diffuse reflection back panel that supposedly reduces the build-up of fingerprints.
NVIDIA scraps the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti as RTX 3060 Ti remains on track for a mid-November release
Rumour has it that NVIDIA has scrapped the RTX 3070 Ti, which would have slotted in below the RTX 3080. The card was supposedly based on a full-bore GA104 GPU. The RTX 3060 Ti is still on for a mid-November release, though.
New versions of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3080 could be arriving in December
New versions of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3080 could be arriving as soon as December, according to a new report. Apparently, these new cards will be the 16 GB edition of the RTX 3070 and the 20 GB version of the RTX 3080.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into a fully-fledged PC with the DeskPi Pro
With the DeskPi Pro, Seeedstudio has created a case for the Raspberry Pi 4 that turns the single-board computer into a fully-fledged PC. The DeskPi Pro offers 2.5-inch HDD/SSD support and provides two full-sized HDMI ports, among other innovations.
Nokia announces Android 11 roadmap for 14 devices, but the Nokia 9 PureView must wait until Q2 2021 for Google's latest OS
Nokia Mobile has announced plans to upgrade 14 devices to Android 11, including the recently-released Nokia 8.3 5G. The Nokia 9 PureView must wait until Q2 2021 for Google's latest OS though, underlining its insignificance for Nokia Mobile and HMD Global.
Leaked Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon listing confirms 16:10 aspect ratio for Tiger Lake laptop with up to 16 GB of RAM and Thunderbolt 4 ports
The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon has leaked, confirming multiple details about the upcoming 13.3-inch ultrabook. The machine will have a 16:10 display, a choice of Tiger Lake chipsets, up to 16 GB of RAM and Thunderbolt 4 support, among other features.
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is still without MIUI 12 in most regions, and fans are not happy about it
Complaints about the continued absence of MIUI 12 on most Pocophone F1 handsets are mounting, almost three months since the global variant last received an update. Only the Russian version of the Pocophone F1 has been upgraded to MIUI 12, leaving all other variants stranded on MIUI 11.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 receives September update with bug fixes
Xiaomi has issued the September update to the Mi A2, bringing a new security patch to the Android One device. The new update, V188.8.131.52.QDIMIXM, also includes some bug fixes.
Rock Pi X: Raspberry Pi alternative with an Intel Atom processor is now orderable from US$59
The Rock Pi X Model B is now orderable for US$59. The Raspberry Pi alternative features an Intel Atom processor and is available with up to 4 GB, along with 128 GB of eMMC storage.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 official performance figures confirm 60% advantage over the RTX 2070 and a consistent uplift from the RTX 2080 Ti
NVIDIA has published initial performance figures for the GeForce RTX 3070, which will arrive on October 29. The Ampere card is apparently over 60% faster than the RTX 2070 in mixed applications and around 8% more powerful than the RTX 2080 Ti.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 receives a new update as Android 11 development begins
The Xiaomi Mi A3 has received a new update, this time for the European variant of the Android One handset. Android 11 development has apparently begun for the device too, although it will probably be the last OS update for the Mi A3.
Xiaomi's Mi 65W Fast Charger uses GaN technology and is only €29.99
Xiaomi's latest fast charger is a bit of a bargain, considering that it packs 65W of charging power and only retails for €29.99. The appropriately named Mi 65W Fast Charger uses Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology too, which allows it to be considerably smaller than other contemporary fast chargers.
AOC unveils three new monitors with affordable 31.5-inch QHD, 31.5-inch 4K and 34-inch ultrawide options
AOC has presented three new entries in its E2 series, called the Q3232N, Q3432A and U32E2N, respectively. All three monitors offer good value for money, yet are designed for different use cases.
NVIDIA postpones GeForce RTX 3070 release to provide more launch day stock
NVIDIA has announced that the launch of the GeForce RTX 3070 will be postponed by two weeks to October 29. Apparently, the delay will ensure better availability than the calamitous release of the GeForce RTX 3080.
The Xiaomi Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, POCO F2 Pro and Redmi K30 Pro receive Android 11 and MIUI 12 upgrades
The Xiaomi Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, POCO F2 Pro and Redmi K30 Pro have started receiving upgrades to Android 11. The journey to Android 11 has started on the China branch of MIUI for the four devices, but the Mi 10 Pro has also been upgraded to Android 11-based builds of MIUI 12 globally.
Sony sweetens Xperia 5 II pre-orders with WF-1000XM3 earbuds or WH-1000XM3 headphones in multiple markets
The Xperia 5 II is now available to order, and Sony is offering multiple TWS earbud pre-order bundles across Europe. These bundles include the WF-1000XM3 or the WH-1000XM3, which are still some of the best noise-cancelling wireless headphones on the market, among other audio products. The Xperia 5 II itself has a Snapdragon 865 chipset, a 6.1-inch display and four cameras, among other features.
Serious Sam 4 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Fans of the Serious Sam series are finally getting their money's worth again, almost ten years after the third chapter - Flaky shooting fun against gigantic hordes of crazy creatures. Unfortunately, developer Croteam, in all in the excitement, forgot to optimise the engine.
The New Surface Pro X starts at US$1,499.99 with a Microsoft SQ2 processor, a new Platinum finish and more colourful Signature Keyboard covers
The new Surface Pro X is here, and it is not called the Surface Pro X2. Instead, Microsoft continues to call its ARM Surface the Surface Pro X, primarily because it has only made iterative upgrades. The Surface Pro X is now available in Platinum with new Signature Keyboards and can be equipped with Microsoft's new SQ2 processor. No details have been offered about the SQ2, though.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti confirmed by Gigabyte EEC listing
Gigabyte has certified four RTX 3060 Ti models with the EEC, @KOMACHI_ENSAKA has discovered. The four cards will have 8 GB of VRAM and are expected to use NVIDIA's GA104-200 GPU. 4,864 CUDA cores are apparently due for the RTX 3060 Ti too, which may debut as soon as this month.
New Surface Laptop launched with a 12.4-inch PixelSense display, an Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor and steep memory upgrade prices
The Surface Laptop Go is here, Microsoft's small form factor laptop. The Go features a 12.4-inch display, a 15 W Ice Lake processor and starts at US$549.99. You may want to skip the entry-level model though, as it comes with just 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Prices rise to US$1,119.99 for 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, but this is only available to business customers.
The Vivo X50 Pro Plus has excellent cameras, but they are not at Huawei or Xiaomi's levels
The cameras in the Vivo X50 Pro Plus live up to the hype, according to DxOMark. Vivo's latest flagship packs four rear-facing cameras, including a 50 MP primary sensor, but it just misses out on dethroning the Mi 10 Ultra. Similarly, it falls short of the camera performance of the Huawei P40 Pro, too.
Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) pre-orders boosted with free Bose QC35 II headphones following the collapse of its smartphone business
The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) are here, and Google is offering a pair of Bose QC35 II headphones with pre-orders in multiple countries. The reason for bundling such expensive headphones with pre-orders may owe to the state of Google's smartphone business, which has plummeted over 60% in the last year.
Xiaomi Mi Watch launched from €99 with an SpO2 sensor, a heart rate monitor and a large 1.39-inch AMOLED screen
The Xiaomi Mi Watch has a 1.39-inch AMOLED screen, an SpO2 sensor and a heart rate monitor, among other sensors. The Mi Watch will be available in six colours and from €99 - however, pricing may stretch to €119 for some variants.
New Surface Laptop to be called the Surface Laptop Go; 12.45-inch PixelSense Display, up to 13 hours of battery life and Windows 10 in S mode for US$699.99 laptop
The next Surface Laptop will be called the Surface Laptop Go, according to a new report. The device will weigh in at around 1.1 kg and will pack a 12.45-inch PixelSense display, along with a 15 W Ice Lake processor. The Surface Laptop Go will be available with up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, but the US$699.99 entry-level edition must make do with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC storage.
The Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro will be available to order from tomorrow at bargain prices
The Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro will be available to order from tomorrow, Xiaomi has confirmed. The two smartphones have been priced aggressively, undercutting the likes of the Galaxy S20 FE and the Poco F2 Pro. The Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro will be orderable through multiple sales channels.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 confirmed to be using the GA104-300 GPU
The GeForce RTX 3070 has a GA104-300 GPU, Gainward has confirmed. The card, which will be arriving later this month, has 5,888 CUDA cores and 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM.
No Surface Pro 8 or Surface Laptop 4 release this year as Microsoft targets mid-October for second-generation Surface Pro X and new 12.5-inch Surface Laptop release
Microsoft has delayed the release of the Surface Laptop 8 and Surface Pro 8, according to a report. The two devices may not arrive until Q1 2021, with Microsoft opting to release an updated version of the Surface Pro X and a budget Surface Laptop, instead.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090: Initial reviews show that native 8K gaming is a step too far for the US$1,499 card in many triple-A games
The RTX 3090 may be an exceptional card, but it is not powerful enough for native 8K gaming across the board according to multiple reviews. The US$1,499 card can handle 8K gaming using DLSS 2.1, but that is not 8K gaming in the truest of senses.
Leaked Qualcomm Snapdragon 775G details point towards huge performance gains; up to 120 Hz displays, 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage supported
The first details about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 775G have leaked, courtesy of Roland Quandt. Apparently, the Snapdragon 775G will be a huge upgrade for the Snapdragon 7xx series and will support a host of flagship components, including 120 Hz displays and LPDDR5 RAM.
Huawei updates the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P20 and P20 Pro with system improvements
Huawei has issued a new round of updates for the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P20 and P20 Pro. The new build, called EMUI 10.0.0.180, seeks to deliver system improvements for the four devices as they near the end of software support.
Konami re-releases Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance on PC
Konami has brought Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance to the GOG store. The two classic games are available for US$9.50 each and will work on Windows 7 through 10. The original Metal Gear and Konami Collector's Series: Castlevania & Contra can be downloaded for US$6.33, too.
AMD to offer at least three Radeon RX 6000 series cards with Dimgrey Cavefish as an entry-level model
The Radeon RX 6000 series will be made up of at least three GPUs called Sienna Cichlid, Navy Flounder and Dimgrey Cavefish. Dimgrey Cavefish will be the baby of the series and will be based on AMD's GFX103X graphics architecture. The Radeon RX 6000 series will go live on October 28.
XPI-3128: A cheap single-board computer with Wi-Fi that is compatible with the Raspberry Pi ecosystem
The latest member of the Geniatech XPI family packs a Rockchip RK3128 chipset, along with up to 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. A Wi-Fi module can be added to go with the board's four USB Type-A ports, HDMI port and 40-pin GPIO header. The Geniatech XPI-3128 starts at US$25 and can currently be configured up to US$35.
Leaked Google Pixel 4a (5G) prototype shows how glass or aluminium models could have looked
A leaked Pixel 4a (5G) prototype has shown that Google may have been experimenting with glass and aluminium versions of the device. As it stands, Google is expected to release the Pixel 4a (5G) with a plastic back, as it has with the Pixel 4a.
New iPad Pros rumoured to start shipping in Q4 2020 with a mini LED screen and an A14X Bionic chipset
Rumour has it that Apple will soon start selling a new generation of iPad Pros with mini LED screens. The fifth-generation devices may arrive as early as Q4 2020 too, contrary to past rumours. These may be the first iPads to the feature Apple's A14X Bionic chipset, too.
EVGA's NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN hits 2.58 GHz in world-beating 3DMark Port Royal benchmark run
The EVGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN is currently the world's fastest graphics card, having achieved a score of 16,673 points in 3DMark Port Royal. The card managed the lofty score at 2.58 GHz, or over 50% higher than stock NVIDIA speeds.
New Surface Laptop will start at US$699.99 with an Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage
The pricing of the 12.5-inch Surface Laptop has leaked ahead of the device's expected announcement next month. Apparently Microsoft's budget answer to the regular Surface Laptop series, the 12.5-inch will start at US$699.99 with 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and a Core i5-1035G1 processor Prices will rise to US$1,199.99, but that Ice Lake CPU will be equipped across all SKUs.
Nokia 7.3 5G leaks confirm flat screen and quad ZEISS cameras for reasonably priced and Q4 2020-bound mid-range smartphone
Renders of the Nokia 7.3 5G have leaked, and they show a device that resembles the Nokia 8.3 5G. The device is rumoured to be launching in Q4 2020 with a Snapdragon 690 and up to 8 GB of RAM. The Nokia 7.3 5G will have five cameras too, along with a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a possible starting price of €399.
Leaked Google Pixel 5 marketing renders confirm green colour option
Leaked images of the Pixel 5 have confirmed that Google has a green edition in the works. The muted colour scheme wraps around the back and frame of the device, unlike the Pixel 4 series. The device will be available with a Snapdragon 765G, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, along with two rear-facing cameras.
Some NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 cards are crashing at factory overclock speeds
GeForce RTX 3080 cards are finally getting into the hands of consumers, but some units are proving unstable at factory overclock speeds. 2.0-2.1 GHz seems to be the threshold for causing issues, with many cards crashing to desktop when they reach these frequencies.
Leaked Google Pixel 4a (5G) marketing renders confirm relatively large chin and dual cameras for US$499 smartphone
John Lewis has, perhaps mistakenly, revealed the design of the Pixel 4a (5G) before its release next week. Google's mid-tier smartphone for this year will share many of its components with the Pixel 5, except for its rather larger bottom bezel and 3.5 mm headphone jack. The Pixel 4a (5G) is not expected to support wireless charging either, but it will have three cameras and a capacitive fingerprint scanner.
Mobvoi unveils the TicWatch Pro 3 GPS, its US$299 smartwatch with NFC and a heart rate monitor
Mobvoi's latest smartwatch is here, the TicWatch Pro 3 GPS. The new smartwatch features a 1.4-inch AMOLED screen, a heart rate monitor and a 577 mAh battery that can last up to 45 days. The TicWatch Pro 3 GPS retails for US$299 and is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform.
Leaked Galax slide confirms NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 20 GB, RTX 3070 Ti, RTX 3060 and RTX 3070 inferiority to the RTX 2080 Ti
Galax seems to think that the RTX 3070 is slower than the RTX 2080 Ti, despite NVIDIA's claims when launching the RTX 30 series earlier this month. A leaked company slide has effectively also confirmed that the RTX 3070 SUPER/RTX 3070 Ti is on its way, along with the RTX 3060 and a 20 GB version of the RTX 3080.
DeskMini X35G: New Mini PC comes with an Intel Ice Lake processor, 16 GB of RAM, Thunderbolt 3 and Dual Gigabit Ethernet
The DeskMini X35G is a Mini PC with an Intel Ice Lake processor, a stylish design and a host of connectivity. MINISFORUM has not scrimped on storage either, as it has included two drive bays and a microSD card slot. The 15 W Mini PC even has a Thunderbolt 3 port.
MaaXBoard Mini: Raspberry Pi alternative with extensive software support and DDR4 RAM is now available
The MaaXBoard Mini is an affordable single-board computer that is about the size of a Raspberry Pi. The board also includes a 40 pin header, a 14 nm quad-core ARM chipset, Gigabit Ethernet and five USB ports. The MaaXBoard Mini sells for US$72.50.
Leaked Google Pixel 4a (5G) details confirm that it will have a larger screen, less RAM and a smaller battery than the Pixel 5
Details about the Google Pixel 4a (5G) have leaked, confirming almost every aspect about the upcoming mid-range smartphone. A 6.2-inch and 60 Hz OLED screen is headed to the Pixel 4a (5G), as is 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and a 3,885 mAh battery.
Leaked NVIDIA Quadro RTX (A)6000 details confirm GA102 GPU, 48 GB GDDR6 VRAM and a new 8-pin power connector for professional Ampere card
NVIDIA's new range of RTX Quadro cards is almost here, and the RTX (A)6000 may well be at the top of the pack. The 300 W card is expected to launch on October 5 with a GA102 GPU, 48 GB of GDDR6 VRAM and a new 8-pin power connector.
HMD Global launches the Nokia 2.4, Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 8.3 globally
HMD Global has released three new smartphones, the Nokia 2.4, Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 8.3 5G. The Nokia 2.4 and Nokia 3.4 are the only genuinely new smartphones of the three, as HMD Global unveiled the Nokia 8.3 5G in March.
Early NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 8K gaming benchmarks show 60 FPS capabilities of upcoming US$1,499 card
Early 8K benchmarks for the GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition have been published, showing the capabilities of NVIDIA's US$1,499 card in games like Control, Death Stranding, Doom Eternal, and Forza Horizon 4. It is not 60 FPS across the board for the RTX 3090, but the card can reach this threshold in some triple-A titles.
ASUS PN62S: A Mini PC with Intel 10th Gen processors that will fit in your hand
ASUS has unveiled a new Mini PC, the PN62S. The PN62S builds on the PN62 and offers Intel 10th Gen processors, a host of connectivity and up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM.
Samsung launches the Galaxy S20 FE with Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865 chipsets starting at €633
The Galaxy S20 FE has arrived with a choice of Exynos 990 or Snapdragon 865 chipsets. The 6.5-inch device is also available in six colours with 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB storage. The Exynos 990 model starts at €633, while the Snapdragon 865 edition will retail for €730.
New Google Pixel 5 leak points to a plastic back as a headphone jack is confirmed for the Pixel 4a (5G)
The Google Pixel 5 will have a plastic back, according to YouTuber Dave Lee. The Pixel 4a (5G) will be the larger of the two models and will be the only one to feature a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Google will announce both the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) on September 30.Update: WinFuture contradicts Dave Lee's assertion with claims of an aluminium chassis.
Xiaomi suspends MIUI 12 beta development between September 30 to October 12
MIUI 12 beta and internal testing will be halted between September 30 and October 12, according to a new report. The break in development may also result in a pause to phase three of Xiaomi's MIUI 12 release schedule for devices like older Redmi Note handsets.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S and Redmi Note 9 Pro receive MIUI 12 update as OS upgrade goes global for the Mi Mix 3 5G
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S and Redmi Note 9 Pro have received their first MIUI 12 update in India. The OS upgrade should precede equivalents for the global, European, Russian and Turkish branches of MIUI, which are yet to receive Xiaomi's latest OS. The Mi Mix 3 5G has received MIUI 12 globally, too.Update: MIUI 12 is now being rolled out to more Redmi Note 9S and Redmi Note 9 Pro devices.
The Apple AirPods Studio may have a U1 chip for seamless wearing as supposed video leaks
Rumour has it that Apple will utilise the U1 chip in the AirPods Studio, its first set of AirPods-branded over-ear headphones. Reputedly set to launch for US$349, the AirPods will be highly customisable and have so far been spotted in two colours.
LG K71 unveiled with a 6.8-inch display and stylus support
LG has released a new smartphone, the K71. The new mid-range smartphone has a 6.8-inch display, 4 GB of RAM and stylus support. A 4,000 mAh battery is onboard too, as are four cameras.
Leaked Google Pixel 5 details confirm Snapdragon 765G, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and the design of upcoming €629 smartphone
New leaks have confirmed nearly every aspect of the Google Pixel 5, which is due to arrive on September 30. The €629 device will feature a 6.0-inch display, a Snapdragon 765G chipset, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Additionally, Google has moved up to a 4,080 mAh battery for its new smartphone, but many other features are the same as or worse than the Pixel 4 series.
The Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro may be cheaper than expected as September 30 launch announced
The Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro may be cheaper than expected, according to new reports. The Mi 10T will supposedly retail for just €499 in Europe, while the Mi 10T Pro will start at €599.90 with 128 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM. The 256 GB model will set you back €50 more, which would be significantly cheaper than previous claims.
Xiaomi Redmi K30T will arrive before the end of the year with a 144 Hz screen and 108 MP Samsung HM2 camera
Rumour has it that Xiaomi is working on another Redmi smartphone, the Redmi K30T. The device should be with us before the end of the year and may bear a striking resemblance to the Mi 10T Pro.
Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) release date of October 15 offered by UK retailer
Google's next smartphones will not be released until October 15 according to a UK retailer listing, despite their announcement on September 30. Google has stated the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) the two devices will be available to pre-order simultaneously, while the BT listing also confirms that the Pixel 4a (5G) will start at £499 with 128 GB of storage.
HP Pavilion 13: Compact Tiger Lake laptop launched in three colours for US$679.99
HP has overhauled the Pavilion 13, the most compact laptop in its Pavilion series. The new machine features Intel Tiger Lake processors, an 84% screen-to-body ratio and a choice of colours. The HP Pavilion 13 starts at US$679.99.
HP Pavilion 14 launched with Intel Tiger Lake processors, an NVIDIA GeForce MX450 GPU and a UHD display
The new HP Pavilion 14 is here with a refreshed design, new processors and in a choice of six colours. The Tiger Lake laptop can be equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce MX450 GPU too and starts from just US$579.99.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro receives a new MIUI 12 update
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro has received a new MIUI 12 update. The update brings the Indian variant in line with the Chinese one, which received Xiaomi's latest OS in July. V184.108.40.206.QFHINXM includes Android 10, too.
Xperia Play 2: Prototype shows what Sony could do with a PlayStation-inspired smartphone
A prototype of the Xperia Play 2 has appeared online, harking back to a time before Sony fully acquired the Sony Ericsson brand. The prototype offers a reminder of what could be if Sony released a PlayStation-inspired smartphone again.
Early Blender benchmarks suggest that two NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 cards would outperform a single GeForce RTX 3090 had NVIDIA included NVLink support
Initial benchmarks suggest that the GeForce RTX 3090 should outperform the RTX 3080 by up to 23.5% in professional applications, according to a new report. That is a far cry from the paltry 5% improvement in some gaming benchmarks, but two RTX 3080 cards would beat an RTX 3090 in professional applications if NVIDIA had enabled NVLink.
Xiaomi has finally enabled native call recording on the Poco F2 Pro
Xiaomi has finally gotten around to enabling native call recording on the Poco F2 Pro. The feature is available on the global variant of the device and will work from within the default phone app.
Early Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) retailer listings confirm two colours and sole 128 GB storage option
The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will only come with 128 GB of storage, according to several early retailer listings. Google will unveil the devices in two colours on September 30 too, giving fans more choice than it does with the Pixel 4a. The Pixel 5 may also cost as little as £599 in the UK.
The OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T can be upgraded to Android 11
Android 11 has arrived for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T, albeit in the form of custom ROMs. Neither device is ever likely to receive Android 11 officially, so custom ROMs will be the only way to access Android 11 from here on out.
The ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 3080 OC is the fastest RTX 3080 around and clocks 13% higher than the Founders Edition
ASUS has finally announced the clock speeds of the ROG STRIX RTX 3080 OC, over two weeks after the card's announcement. The ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 3080 OC tops out at 1,935 MHz, making it the fastest RTX 3080 that has been announced so far. Rumour has it that 20 GB editions of the RTX 3080 will have higher clock speeds, though.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 may have a 350 W TDP but it can consume nearly 60% more
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 already has an insanely high TDP of 350 W, eclipsing even the TITAN RTX by quite a margin. However, AIBs are releasing custom cards with TDPs over 400 W, while one modder has upped the consumption of their card to a whopping 550 W. The RTX 3090 is truly a beast in all senses of the word.
New Surface Laptop hits Geekbench with an Intel Core i5-1035G1 and up to 16 GB of RAM
Microsoft's next Surface Laptop has been spotted on Geekbench with an Intel Core i5-1035G1 and up to 16 GB of RAM. The new model will supposedly be a cheaper answer to the Surface Laptop 3 and may start for as little as US$500. The device will have a 12.5-inch display too, making it slightly smaller than the Surface Pro X.
Leaked benchmarks show the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 offering as little as 5% better performance than the RTX 3080 for over twice the price
More benchmark data about the GeForce RTX 3080 has leaked ahead of the card's official release next week. Based on initial findings, NVIDIA's US$1,499 card only just outperforms the US$699 RTX 3080 in many triple-A titles and by a margin as slim as 4.7%. The RTX 3090 fares better in synthetic benchmarks, but it can only achieve a lead of 10-20% for over twice the price of the RTX 3080.
The Xiaomi Redmi K20, Mi CC9 Pro and Redmi K30 may be next in line for Android 11-based MIUI 12 upgrades
Xiaomi may already be testing Android 11 builds of MIUI 12 for multiple devices internally, according to a new report. It seems that the Redmi K20, Redmi K30 and Mi CC9 Pro are next up for Android 11, as should the Mi Note 10, Mi Note 10 Pro, Mi 9T and Poco X2 by extension.
MIUI 12 update arrives for the Pocophone F1
The Pocophone F1 has started receiving MIUI 12, Xiaomi's latest OS. Based on Android 10, MIUI 12 for the Pocophone F1 is only being rolled out to Russian handsets for the time being, but it can be downloaded manually.
Gigabyte releases a blower and dual-slot NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 with a 350 W TDP
Gigabyte has released a blow and dual-slot version of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090. The GeForce RTX 3090 TURBO 24G also has a 350 W TDP, to add to the fun of owning a blower RTX 3090.
Football Manager 2020 and Watch Dogs 2 are now free to download and keep indefinitely
For a short time, Football Manager 2020 and Watch Dogs 2 can now be download completely free of charge. Better yet, the two games can be kept forever. Both games can be downloaded on Windows, while Football Manager is also available on Mac.
Royole FlexPai 2 hits AnTuTu and the TENAA with a Snapdragon 865, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage ahead of September 21 announcement
The Royole FlexPai 2 has reached the TENAA and AnTuTu, shortly before its release on September 21. The foldable smartphone will have a 7.8-inch AMOLED screen, a Snapdragon 865 chipset and up to 12 GB of RAM with 256 GB of storage.
Leaked Polar Vantage V2 retail listing points to an October release
A Finnish retailer has listed the Polar Vantage V2, prompting speculation that Polar is on the verge of releasing a new smartwatch. Polar released the Vantage V in 2018, so an update is in order.
New leaked Samsung Galaxy S20 FE images confirm flat screen and plastic back as unusually high prices appear for 5G model
Leaked Galaxy S20 FE hands-on images have confirmed that Samsung has equipped its next smartphone with a flat-screen, and a plastic back. It looks like the 5G model will be roughly 10% more expensive than the 4G model, effectively making Samsung fans pay a premium for having a Snapdragon 865 instead of the lesser Exynos 990.
Xperia 1 II to receive Android 11 when the Xperia 5 II launches in Q4 2020
The Xperia 1 II will not receive Android 11 until the Xperia 5 II launches, according to a new report. The Xperia 5 II has multiple launch dates, so it may not be until December before the Xperia 1 II sees Android 11.
Kinda Blue: The Google Pixel 4a has never been seen like this
A second colour of the Google Pixel 4a has been uncovered. The location of the finding confirms that Google was close to releasing the Pixel 4a in two colours rather than Just Black, as is currently the case.
A 120 Hz refresh rate and 240 Hz touch sampling may be headed to the Sony Xperia 1 II
Sony may enable two of the display features of the Xperia 5 II on the Xperia 1 II, according to a new report. Apparently, the Xperia 1 II has had a 120 Hz display from the beginning, despite being limited to 60 Hz.
Leaked 85-inch Surface Hub 2S product images confirm specifications of 2020-bound interactive whiteboard
Product images of the 85-inch Surface Hub 2S have leaked online, confirming several specifications about the interactive whiteboard. Microsoft announced the device almost 18 months ago but the Surface Hub project has stalled since then.
Huawei completes EMUI 10.1 upgrade plan in two more regions
Huawei has completed its EMUI 10.1 upgrade plan in two more regions. All Huawei devices in Africa and the Middle East should have now received EMUI 10.1, shortly before the company starts rolling out EMUI 11, its new in-house version of Android.
Xperia 5 II: Sony's new flagship is over 18% more expensive than its predecessor
The Xperia 5 II will be available to pre-order in some countries from September 29, Sony has confirmed. The Xperia 5 II is significantly cheaper than the Xperia 1 II, but it is several hundred dollars more expensive than the Xperia 5.
AMD Radeon RX 6000 series: Up to 80 CUs with a 256-bit memory interface, 128 MB of Infinity Cache, a 300 W TDP and PlayStation 5 GPU clock speeds
Details about the Radeon RX 6000 series have started flowing out, six weeks before AMD launches its next graphics cards. According to a new report, the RDNA 2 cards will offer up to 80 CUs, a 256-bit memory interface and 128 MB of Infinity Cache. 300 W will likely be a target TDP for high-end RX 6000 series cards, as will clock speeds that will rival the 2.2 GHz GPU clock of the PlayStation 5.
Leaked AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT photos confirm thick design and I/O
Photos of Radeon RX 6000 and RDNA 2 cards are starting to flooding out, this time from RedGamingTech. The triple-fan card features plenty of I/O and a thick design. Thought to be the Radeon RX 6900 XT, the card will be joined next month by lower-end SKUs, too.
Rocket League players must use an Epic Games account to access the game; Psyonix removes Quick Play in UI overhaul
An Epic Games account is now a requirement to play Rocket League, as of the latest update for the game. There is now no way to play Rocket League without having an Epic Games account, and Epic Games will happily break data protection regulations to get you to create one. Psyonix has overhauled the UI too, while removing the quick play button in the process.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will have the same battery as the S20 Ultra; only the Plus model is in line for a larger battery
The battery capacity of the Galaxy S21 Ultra has been revealed, and it seems that Samsung is happy with the 5,000 mAh battery from the S20 Ultra. In fact, only the Plus model is in the frame to receive a larger battery of the S21 series.
Leaked AirPods Studio photo and renders confirm the design of Apple's upcoming US$349 over-ear headphones
A photo of the AirPods Studio has leaked online, sparking debate about Apple's rumoured US$349 over-ear headphones. The headphones feature an industrial design, but apparently multiple versions are in development. No 3.5 mm headphone jack will be present on the AirPods Studio, which should come as no surprise considering Apple's dislike of the port.
Surface Pro X 2020 billed to launch in October with custom Microsoft SQ2 processor and 64-bit app support
The Surface Pro X may be one of Microsoft's most stylish products to date, but it did not quite hit the heights as the regular Surface Pro series has. Nonetheless, Microsoft is planning to release a second-generation model, and it will allegedly arrive next month.
The Mobvoi TicWatch GTX is orderable for as little as US$53.99
Mobvoi only announced the TicWatch GTX last month, but the company is already running a promotion on the budget smartphone. If you act fast, then you grab the TicWatch GTX for US$53.99, £49.49 in the UK or AUD$80.99 in Australia.
GoPro Hero 9 Black launches for US$449.99 with new GoPro Mods and a host of changes
The GoPro Hero 9 Black is here, and it supports several GoPro Mods. The Hero 9 Black features better battery life and a larger camera sensor than its predecessors, along with a new front colour display. The Hero 9 Black costs US$449.99 but can be had for over US$100 cheaper with a GoPro subscription.
Leaked AMD Radeon RX 6700 or RX 6800 confirm dual-fan design; possible Radeon RX 6900 pictured
Images of the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series have leaked online, including a dual-fan variant. Possibly called the RX 6700 or RX 6800, the card features prominent Radeon branding. Another render and a hands-on photo of the triple-fan model has leaked too, confirming a few aspects of the series.
Honor Hunter V700 gaming laptop launches with a sub-20 mm thick case, an innovative cooling design and powerful components
Honor and Huawei's first gaming laptop is here, after many leaks and teasers. The Hunter V700 offers a 144 Hz and 16.1-inch display, along with a choice of Intel Comet Lake-H processors and NVIDIA GeForce GPUs. Honor has housed these powerful components in a comparatively thin chassis, but prices are high.
5G connectivity woes plague the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G on MIUI 12
There are reports that the first MIUI 12 build for the Mi Mix 3 5G has removed 5G connectivity for the device. The EU variant is the only one to have received Xiaomi's latest too, albeit one still based on Android 9.0 Pie. All others remain on MIUI 10, over 18 months after being released.
Motorola Moto G9 Plus and Moto E7 Plus launched in the UK and Europe with 5,000 mAh batteries, large displays and expandable storage
Motorola has brought the Moto E7 Plus and Moto G9 Plus to more regions. The two devices will be available in the UK and the rest of Europe in the coming weeks. Both feature 5,000 mAh batteries, 4 GB of RAM and expandable storage, but the Moto G9 Plus is the more premium of the two handsets.
GoPro More Everything live stream: What to expect from today's action camera event
GoPro will be live streaming its annual product later today, which will be hosted on YouTube. This year's event will not be as feature-packed as the one in 2019 though, as it looks like GoPro only has plans to replace one of its action cameras.
Apple unveils the A14 Bionic, the world's first 5 nm chipset with 11.8 billion transistors and sizeable performance gains over the A13 Bionic
The A14 Bionic is here, and it is the world's first 5 nm chipset. The new SoC, which debuts in the fourth-generation iPad Air, boasts 11.8 billion transistors, a 16-core Neural Engine, along with new CPU and GPU cores. The A14 Bionic should offer upwards of 40% better CPU and 30% better GPU performance than the A13 Bionic, too.
Apple showcases an overhaul of the iPad Air with a new design, A14 Bionic chipset and 20 W USB Type-C charging
The iPad Air has been given a much-needed refresh. The fourth-generation model now comes with an A14 Bionic chipset, a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, USB Type-C charging and Touch ID. The redesigned iPad Air starts at US$599 and rises to US$879 for the 256 GB model with LTE.
Leaked GoPro Hero 9 Black unboxing video showcases upcoming €479 action camera
The GoPro Hero 9 Black has leaked once again, this time in a hands-on unboxing video. The upcoming action camera should launch within the next few weeks for a reputed €479 in Europe.
Apple brings the A12 Bionic and the USB Type-C port to the iPad for US$329
Apple has unveiled its new entry-level iPad with an A12 Bionic chipset. The 8th generation tablet will be available to pre-order today from US$329 and will ship from Friday.
The Microsoft Surface Duo is a pain to repair
The Surface Duo may have spent a long time in development, but that did not make the dual-display smartphone any more repairable than other Surface products. The displays and glass panels can be removed without taking apart any other components, but that is about as good as it gets for the Surface Duo.
Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro visit the FCC ahead of possible North American release
The Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro have visited the FCC, stoking the notion that the devices will be released in North America. The two devices will arrive in Europe too with their high-resolution cameras, near bezel-less displays and other flagship components.
The Razer Phone 2 has not received an OS upgrade in almost 19 months
The Razer Phone 2 has only received one OS upgrade since its release in October 2018. The former flagship smartphone may still receive security patch updates, but it remains stuck on Android 9.0 Pie with no upgrade to Android 10 in sight.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro receives a new update
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has received a new update. The update, which is rolling out globally now, brings the device onto the August 2020 set of Android security patches.
Sony Xperia 5 II visits the TENAA ahead of its September 17 announcement
The Xperia 5 II has been certified by the TENAA, confirming several leaks about the upcoming flagship smartphone. The device will measure 157.65 x 68.4 x 8 mm, within which Sony has integrated a 6.1-inch and 120 Hz display, a large 4,000 mAh battery and four cameras.
Surface Solo concept renders show what Microsoft could do if it started making smartphones again
Like the design of the Surface Duo but put off by its buggy software and excruciating price? Well, how about the Surface Solo, a concept by industrial designer Jonas Daehnert? The Surface Solo takes the design of the Surface Duo and reworks into a simple, yet stylish, conventional smartphone.
Apple may be planning a powerful upgrade for the entry-level iPad
A powerful upgrade is on the cards for the entry-level iPad, according to Evan Blass. The current 10.2-inch tablet has the A10 Fusion chipset from 2016's iPhone 7 series, but the 2020 edition could see a jump to the A12X Bionic. Excess stock may be the reason for bringing the former-iPad Pro chipset to the 8th generation iPad, which should be compatible with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard too.
Leaked OnePlus 8T renders bear a striking resemblance to the Galaxy S20
OnePlus may like to remind its fans to 'Never Settle', but it seems that the company has settled on the design of the Galaxy S20 for the OnePlus 8T. Revealed in renders published by OnLeaks and Pricebaba, the OnePlus 8T has a flat screen, minimal bezels and samey-looking rear-facing camera housing. Flagship specifications like a high-end chipset and copious amounts of RAM and storage should suit OnePlus fans, though.
iPad Air 2020: Sub-US$600 tablet could be the first outing for the Apple A14 Bionic
The 2020 edition of the iPad Air will feature the new Apple A14 Bionic SoC, according to Evan Blass. The 5 nm chipset will apparently be joined by an 11-inch Liquid retina display and a USB Type-C port, but it may cost upwards of US$569-US$599.
Xiaomi's 82-inch and 8K Smart TV will be one of the first with a built-in 5G modem for uninterrupted streaming
Xiaomi is working on bringing a new 82-inch and 8K TV to market, according to a new report. The TV will even have a 5G modem onboard, allowing for streaming without an Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection.
New leaked Google Pixel 5 images confirm 128 GB storage option and symmetrical bezel
New leaked images of the Pixel 5 have confirmed that at least 128 GB of storage is headed the way of Google's next flagship smartphone. The photos have highlighted the device's symmetrical bezels too, which will make a pleasant change from the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 series.
Acer unveils its first HDMI 2.1, 4K and 144 Hz external monitor
The XV282K KV is Acer's first HDMI 2.1 and 4K/144 Hz monitor. The monitor also offers VESA DisplayHDR 600 support, AMD FreeSync, up to 550 cd/m² of typical maximum brightness and a host of connections.
Leaked GoPro Hero 9 Black protective replacement lens cover suggests that GoPro has listened to its fans
The GoPro Hero 9 is almost here, and it will mark the return of the replaceable lens cover. GoPro axed protective replacement lens cover last year with the Hero 8 Black, but there will be no such issue for this year's model. The GoPro Hero 9 will also have a 23.6 MP camera sensor, a large front colour display and 5K/30 FPS video capabilities, although at the cost of an 11% uplift from the price of the Hero 8 Black.
LG Wing launched with two displays, a gimbal camera and a Snapdragon 765G chipset
The LG Wing is here, after several leaks and teasers. The premium smartphone contains a few surprises, including a fold-out display, a gimbal camera and a pop-up selfie shooter. The LG Wing also has 8 GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 765G chipset and a 4,000 mAh battery. The only thing that the LG Wing is missing is a headphone jack.
Iconikal Rockchip RK3328: A US$10 single-board computer with more power than a Raspberry Pi 3
A single-board computer by Iconikal promises to offer more performance than the Raspberry Pi 3 but a fraction of the cost. Iconikal also includes a few accessories, while the board should be compatible with software for the Pine ROCK64.
Early Samsung Galaxy S20 FE retailer listing confirms European pricing for September-bound smartphone
Orange Slovakia has jumped the gun once again, this time with the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. Also called the S20 Fan Edition, Orange Slovakia's listing follows a similar one by Samsung Philippines last week. The S20 FE will launch in two variants later this month and will be one of the only Samsung smartphones to offer the Snapdragon 865 in Europe.
Apple Watch and Watch Pro set to debut alongside iPad Air 4 and iPad 8 at tomorrow's Apple Event
Jon Prosser expects Apple to unveil at least four new products at tomorrow's Apple Event at Apple Park. An eighth-generation iPad is believed to be in attendance, as is a fourth-generation iPad Air and two Apple smartwatches either called the Apple Watch SE and Watch Series 6 or the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Pro.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 hits the heights in early 3DMark and gaming benchmarks
Benchmark results for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 have started rolling in, and they show a notable improvement from Turing cards, but not at 1080p. The RTX 3080 even handily outperforms the RTX 2080 Ti, paving the way for the RTX 3090.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series marks the end of the VirtualLink connector
The VirtualLink connector has been killed off only two years after its announcement. NVIDIA introduced the VR connector with the GeForce RTX 20 series, but it is absent from the company's new RTX 30 Ampere cards. AMD, meanwhile, never released a card with a VirtualLink connector, despite being part of the VirtualLink Consortium.
Apple Mac and iPad Pro A14X chips to enter mass production in Q4 2020
Apple's A14X chips will enter mass production in Q4 2020, according to a new report. Apparently, these chips are destined for the next iPad Pro and the first ARM-based MacBooks.
Bose shakes up the TWS earbud market with the QuietComfort and Sport Earbuds
Bose has unleashed two sets of TWS earbuds called the QuietComfort and Sport Earbuds. With one billed as offering the most effective noise cancellation ever and the other as having amazing sound with 'unmovable design', Bose is gunning for competitors like Sony and Sennheiser.
Motorola launches the Moto E7 Plus in two colours with a Snapdragon 460, 4 GB of RAM and micro USB charging
Motorola has released its second device of the day, the Moto E7 Plus. Leaked multiple times like the more expensive Moto G9 Plus, the Moto E7 Plus is available in two colours with entry-level hardware.
Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro: Early retailer listings confirm Snapdragon 865 flagship performance, high-resolution cameras and a 144 Hz AMOLED screen at reasonable prices
The Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro have appeared on Amazon Spain, and they are surprisingly cheap considering their specifications. Both smartphones feature the Snapdragon 865, five cameras and a near bezel-less display. However, the Mi 10T Pro is the star of the show with its 144 Hz AMOLED screen, 108 MP camera, 5,000 mAh battery, 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of storage.
The Google Pixel 4a is now orderable in eight more countries with 3 months of Google One, Google Play Pass and YouTube Premium included
The first new Pixel smartphone of 2020 is now available to pre-order in 8 more countries. Google has bundled the Pixel 4a with 3-month trials of Google One, Google Play Pass and YouTube Premium to sweeten the deal.
Motorola Moto G9 Plus launched with a 6.8-inch display, 5,000 mAh battery and a Snapdragon 730G chipset
Motorola has finally launched the Moto G9 Plus after copious leaks. The device features a Snapdragon 730G SoC, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of expandable storage. Also in the mix is a 6.8-inch FHD+ display, five cameras, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a 5,000 mAh battery.
Leaked Motorola Moto E7 Plus materials confirm more details about upcoming €149 entry-level smartphone
The Moto E7 Plus has been leaked for the second time, suggesting that a release is imminent. The entry-level smartphone will apparently be priced at €149, for which Motorola will include a 6.5-inch display, a Snapdragon 460 chipset, 4 GB of RAM and micro USB charging. The Moto E7 Plus has three cameras too, along with a capacitive fingerprint scanner, 64 GB of expandable storage, and dual-SIM connectivity.
Hands-on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition picture showcases the card's gargantuan size and ungainly power connector
The first picture of an RTX 3090 Founders Edition in a case has been published online, and it is huge. NVIDIA's new 12-pin power connector sticks out like a sore thumb, too.
Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Hands-On: Setting the standard for affordable wireless earbuds
The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 may have an unusual name, but they offer incredible value for money. Priced at under £100, the Melomania 1 offers unrivalled audio quality and battery life while remaining impressively compact.
Sony WH-1000XM4: First Impressions with an underwhelming upgrade
Sony finally got around to releasing the WH-1000XM4 last month, its premium set of over-ear headphones. Since we were such fans of previous generations, we thought we would take the fourth-generation units for a spin to see what Sony has changed in the last two years.
Nintendo reminds Fortnite fans about the Switch with a Fortnite Special Edition of the handheld console
Nintendo has unveiled a Fortnite Special Edition of the Nintendo Switch. The limited-edition console comes with exclusive Joy-Cons, unique Fortnite designs for the console and dock, along with 2,000 V-Bucks and the Wildcat bundle. The Fortnite Special Edition will be released in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro Plus: Modest changes from the TicPods 2 Pro for US$139.99
Mobvoi has replaced the TicPods 2 Pro, which it announced in January. The new earbuds, called the TicPods 2 Pro Plus, feature some minor improvements and are priced at US$139.99.
Huawei MateBook X and MateBook 14 come to Europe with 3:2 displays and compact designs
Huawei is bringing the MateBook X and Renoir-powered MateBook 14 to Europe. The two machines will arrive in October for €1,499 and €849, respectively. However, the MateBook 14 will be the more powerful of the two with up to a Ryzen 7 4800H processor.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: The Galaxy S20 "for the fans" revealed ahead of official release
The Galaxy S20 FE has been revealed ahead of its official release, by Samsung. Dubbed the Galaxy S20 for the fans, the S20 FE has 128 GB of storage, dual-SIM connectivity, a flat display and a Snapdragon 865 for the 5G model.
EMUI 11 launched as Huawei opens its beta program to 10 devices
Huawei has launched EMUI 11, its latest in-house OS. EMUI 11 is currently based on Android 10, but features numerous changes from EMUI 10 and EMUI 10.1. Huawei has opened its beta program to ten devices too, albeit only those in China for the time being.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition may not be the graphics card for perfectionists
NVIDIA may be getting the plaudits for the GeForce RTX 3080, but a quirk in the Founders Edition card may deter perfectionists from dropping US$699 on the card.
ASROCK 4X4 BOX-4000: A Mini-PC with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U and 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM
ASRock has launched a trio of Ryzen 4000 Mini-PCs. Called the 4X4 BOX-4000, the series utilises Renoir APUs up to the Ryzen 7 4800U within a chassis that weighs 1 kg. The 4X4 BOX-4000 has a host of ports and connectivity, too.
EVGA offers impressive NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN 8K benchmark results; 360 mm radiator and three 8-pin power connectors confirmed for Ampere behemoth
More details about the EVGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN have emerged, confirming several aspects about the upcoming top-tier Ampere card. EVGA has published some RTX 3090 8K benchmark results too, and they point to the card being a performance monster.
Xiaomi announces the end of MIUI 12 Round 2 as the start of Round 3 seems likely
The second round of the MIUI 12 release schedule has been completed, Xiaomi has confirmed on Weibo. The second batch of OS upgrades has been completed ahead of schedule, but Xiaomi has not finished the rollout of MIUI 12 yet. Older Redmi handsets, like the Redmi Note 5, are still yet to receive the company's latest OS.
LG Velvet durability test confirms the origin of the screen in its Dual Screen accessory
The LG Velvet represents good value, especially if you get the Dual Screen case that transforms the mid-range handset into a Surface Duo or foldable smartphone alternative. The handset is just 7.9 mm thick, but it stood up to the rigours of JerryRigEverything's durability tests. The popular YouTuber has uncovered the origin of the screen in the LG Velvet Dual Screen accessory, too.
Early NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Geekbench OpenCL benchmarks show that it is a powerhouse, but perhaps not a very efficient one
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 may offer considerably more performance than the RTX 2080, but it comes at the cost of efficiency, according to recent Geekbench OpenCL benchmarks. Still, the popular benchmarking website has shown once again that a mid-tier Ampere card can outperform Turing's flagship GeForce card.
Motorola Moto G9 Plus: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 confirmed for upcoming €235 smartphone
The Motorola Moto G9 Plus has appeared on the Google Play Console, following its sighting on Orange Slovakia. The latest outing for the device confirms yet more aspects about its hardware ahead of its inevitable unveiling, like the chipset that has been chosen by Motorola.
The Huawei Mate 8 receives a new update, almost five years after being released
The Huawei Mate 8 is still receiving software updates, nearly five years after its release in November 2015. The latest update brings the July 2020 set of security patches and a battery abnormality detection feature. The update is rolling out now to Chinese handsets but should make its way to global handsets, too.
Nintendo tells developers to ready their games for 4K as it ups Switch production by 20%
4K gaming could be on the way to the Nintendo Switch, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Apparently, Nintendo has asked developers to make their games 4K-ready, implying that the company could be bringing a 4K console to market for the first time. Production of existing consoles has been increased by 20%, too.
GoPro Hero 9 Black pricing in Europe and further specifications leak; over 11% more expensive than the Hero 8 Black
The GoPro Hero 9 Black may have a larger battery, camera sensor and improved video recording capabilities compared to its predecessor, but it will also be about 10% more expensive. The actual size of the new action camera's camera sensor and two screens has been outlined, too.
Leaked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 SUPER/Ti details point to a GA104 GPU, 4,864 CUDA cores and 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM for budget RTX 30 series card
Rumour has it that NVIDIA is planning to release two variants of the RTX 3060 in November, including a Ti or SUPER edition. Details about the latter have now been leaked online, including its GPU, CUDA core volume and VRAM.
Alpha A7c: A "new concept is coming" on September 15 for Sony's Alpha camera series
Sony has teased the release of a new Alpha camera, which will be launching on September 15. Likely the Alpha A7c, Sony has pitched the launch as the debut of a new concept for its full-frame camera series.
Nokia 2.4 and Nokia 3.4 renders and specifications leak
Evan Blass has offered a first look at the Nokia 2.4 and Nokia 3.4, HMD Global's next entry-level smartphones. The two devices share many specifications, but they also differ in crucial areas.
"Budget" Microsoft Surface Laptop billed for an October release with uninspiring specifications
Rumour has it that Microsoft is working on a 12.5-inch version of the Surface Laptop. Apparently to be billed as a budget model in the same vein as the Surface Go, the device will start at US$500-US$600 with a 10th generation Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.
M7C: A budget smartwatch with a touchscreen display, GPS and a heart rate monitor
The M7C smartwatch by SMAWATCH includes a GPS module, a touchscreen display, a heart rate monitor and a host of workout modes for US$30. The SMAWATCH M7C is available from AliExpress.
Sony Xperia 5 II hits the FCC with an 18 W fast charger for its 4,000 mAh battery
The Xperia 5 II has stopped by the FCC, confirming that it will come bundled with an 18 W fast charger. The September 17-bound flagship will also have a 4,000 mAh battery, a 120 Hz display and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 SoC.
Apple announces September 15 event as Apple Watch Series 6 and new iPad Air launch proves a no-show; iPhone 12 series due in October
The next Apple Event will begin at 10:00 PDT on September 15, the company has confirmed. Unsurprisingly, new hardware is expected to be announced at next week's event, but today's rumoured Apple Watch Series 6 and new iPad Air launch came to nothing.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into a hackable mobile device with the YARH.IO
A new project utilises the Raspberry Pi as a portable mobile computer with a built-in screen, keyboard and trackpad. Housed in a 3D-printed case, the YARH.IO has been designed for hackers.
The GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition has a 12-pin power connector, but it may be an NVIDIA-exclusive
The GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition has a 12-pin power connector, despite the confusion sown by NVIDIA. However, AIBs are sticking with the trusty 8-pin connector, begging the question of the existence of the slimmer 12-pin one.
First EMUI 11 teasers point towards greater connectivity and usability for Huawei's next OS
Huawei has started teasing EMUI 11, with the company focusing on greater connectivity and usability for its next in-house OS. EMUI 11 will be unveiled on September 10 at HDC 2020 alongside HarmonyOS 2.0 and potentially some new hardware, too.
GoPro Hero 9 Black leaked marketing assets confirm 20 MP camera and a larger battery for Hero 8 Black successor
The successor to the popular GoPro Hero 8 Black is almost here, and a new leak has confirmed that it will have some notable changes from last year's model. Not only will the Hero 9 Black have a new 20 MP camera, but it will also have a 41% larger battery. New versions of GoPro HyperSmooth and TimeWarp technologies will debut in the Hero 9 Black too, as will the option of shooting in 5K at 30 FPS.
Leaked Xperia 5 II promotional video confirms Snapdragon 865, 120 Hz display and 4,000 mAh battery for Sony's next flagship
Evan Blass has leaked a promotional video for the Xperia 5 II, confirming yet more aspects about the device, including its 120 Hz display. Sony will launch its next flagship on September 17 with a Snapdragon 865 chipset, three 12 MP rear-facing cameras, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a 4,000 mAh battery.
Galaxy S20 FE: Samsung has finally listened to its fans by bringing a Snapdragon 865 model to Europe
Samsung fans rejoice, for a Snapdragon 865 version of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will be launching in Europe. There will also be a 4G Exynos 990 model, but there may well be a huge difference in performance between the two editions. The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, shortened to the Galaxy S20 FE, will be available in six colours and will have a 120 Hz display too.
Early real-world NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 benchmarks point to 80% performance gains over the GeForce RTX 2080 in multiple triple-A games
Initial 4K benchmarks of the GeForce RTX 3080 have been posted, and things are looking good for NVIDIA's new Ampere architecture. NVIDIA's latest US$699 card can outperform the GeForce RTX 2080 by around 80% in games like Borderlands 3, Control and Doom Eternal, which is a huge leap in one generation.
Chuwi HiPad X: A detachable and 2-in-1 tablet with a 16:10 aspect ratio display that supports Android 10 and LTE
With the HiPad X, Chuwi has created a new tablet aimed at Android fans. The 10.1-inch device runs Android 10, supports pen input, has a detachable keyboard and includes an LTE modem. Chuwi will launch the HiPad X on September 15, but it is already available to order on AliExpress.
Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro: Stylish and classy smartwatch leaks ahead of mid-September anticipated launch
Marketing renders of the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro have been leaked ahead of its likely launch later this month. The Watch GT 2 Pro is somewhat of an iterative update over last year's Watch GT 2 with a more refined design and the adoption of wireless charging.
Honor Watch GS Pro launched: A rugged smartwatch with a heart rate monitor, GPS and a SpO2 sensor
Honor has released its first rugged smartwatch, the Watch GS Pro. With an AMOLED screen, over 100 workout modes and GPS, the €249.99/£249.99 smartwatch should be suited for most eventualities. The Honor Watch GS Pro will be available in three colours and also includes a heart rate monitor, along with a SpO2 sensor.
Honor Watch ES launches for £99.99/€99.99 with a large touchscreen and an abundance of sensors
Honor's answer to the Huawei Watch Fit has arrived. Called the Honor Watch ES, the device features an elongated AMOLED screen, an optical heart rate sensor, a SpO2 sensor and a 6-axis IMU sensor. The Honor Watch ES retails for £99.99/€99.99 and comes in three colours.
Razer launches a Bluetooth and wireless version of the Naga Trinity for US$149.99
Razer has released a wireless version of the Naga Trinity, its modular gaming mouse. Called the Naga Pro, the mouse supports Razer HyperSpeed and up to 150 hours of battery life. The Razer Naga Pro comes with three interchangeable side plates and retails for US$149.99.
Poco X3 Premium Version listed as hands-on images of the first real Poco since the Pocophone F1 leak
The Poco X3 will be unveiled on September 7, but the device has already been leaked online courtesy of a hands-on video. A Poco X3 Premium Version also appears to be on the cards.
MSI Prestige 15 refreshed with up to an Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe Graphics, an 82 Wh battery and an NVIDIA GPU
The revised MSI Prestige 15 comes with up to an Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe Graphics and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU. The 15-inch machine has two Thunderbolt 4 ports too, along with an 82 Wh battery, dual SO-DIMM slots and two M.2 drive bays.
MSI Prestige 14 gains Tiger Lake processors, Iris Xe Graphics and an Intel EVO edition
The new MSI Prestige 14 has been announced in a choice of Intel Tiger Lake processors. The refreshed 14-inch laptop retains the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU of its predecessor and its 52 Wh battery. MSI has unveiled a Prestige 14 EVO too, which has a 1 W display but no dedicated graphics.
Nintendo announces Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy remasters and a host of other games at Super Mario Bros 35th Anniversary Direct
Nintendo has pushed nostalgia into overdrive with the announcement of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy remasters for the Nintendo Switch. The three games are joined by upgraded versions of Super Mario All-Stars, Super Mario 3D World and a mixed-reality game called Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. Nintendo has unveiled a limited edition battle royale version of Super Mario Bros too, along with a Super Mario Bros edition of the Game & Watch.
MIUI 12 rollout for the Pocophone F1 may be delayed because of overheating issues
MIUI 12 is still yet to arrive for the Pocophone F1, months after Xiaomi started rolling out the OS upgrade to numerous devices. Apparently, the reason for the delay centres on overheating issues, which occur even during simple tasks like recording a 4K video or running the screen at full brightness.
LG V40 ThinQ Android 10 update lands in at least seven new countries
The LG V40 ThinQ has been upgraded to Android 10 in at least seven new countries. At least devices in Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK have started receiving LG UX 9.0 following equivalent rollouts for US carrier-locked devices earlier this year. Reports of the V40 ThinQ receiving Android 10 in India are false, though.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE and Mi 10 Lite receive MIUI 12 updates
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE and Mi 10 Lite have received the call to MIUI 12. Both updates are rolling out as OTAs. The one for the Mi 10 Lite brings the global version of the device into line with the European variant, which Xiaomi upgraded to MIUI 12 in July.
The Sony Xperia 1 II and Xperia 5 II will receive three OS upgrades; no Android 11 for the Xperia XZ3 or earlier models though
The Xperia 1 II and Xperia 5 II will be the first Sony smartphones to receive three OS upgrades, according to a new report. This would mean that the devices will be upgraded through to Android 13. By contrast, software support for older devices like the Xperia 1, Xperia 5, Xperia 10 II will cease as of Android 11. The Xperia XZ3 and other older handsets will remain stuck on Android 10, too.
LG shares teaser video for new form factor smartphone ahead of September 14 launch
LG has shared a teaser video for its upcoming smartphone, the so-called LG Wing. The device will debut on September 14 with a completely new form factor that twists out to reveal a secondary display. The T-design smartphone may retail for upwards of US$1,000, though.
FCC certifies new Google smartphones as Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 details offered
The FCC has certified several new Google smartphones ahead of the release of the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5. A new leak has detailed the prices and colours of both devices in Europe too.
Apple iPhone 12 prototype hands-on video surfaces, but do not be fooled
An alleged video of an iPhone 12 prototype has been published online. The 15 second hands-on offers a good look at the device, but its camera arrangement suggests that someone is trying to pull the wool over people's eyes.
Honor Hunter GameBook to launch on September 16 with Comet Lake-H processors, multi-zone RGB lighting and a numeric keypad
The first gaming laptop from Huawei and Honor is almost here, and it will be called the Honor Hunter GameBook. The device is scheduled for release on September 16, and Honor has published a teaser video in advance of the laptop's grand unveiling.
ZTE Axon 20 5G launches in four colours with an under-screen selfie camera, a 90 Hz OLED screen and a Snapdragon 765G processor
The Axon 20 5G is finally here in three SKUs and four colours. The world's first smartphone with an under-screen selfie camera has a 6.92-inch and 90 Hz OLED screen, a Snapdragon 765G SoC and five cameras. The Axon 20 5G will be available with up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10, Mi Note 10 Pro and Mi Note 10 Lite receive global MIUI 12 updates
Xiaomi has begun issuing MIUI 12 to the global editions of the Mi Note 10, Mi Note 10 Pro and Mi Note 10 Lite. The updates are available as OTAs and should be rolling out now to handsets.
Xbox Game Pass reference suggests that a Microsoft Xbox Series S announcement is due
Microsoft has not formally unveiled the Xbox Series S, but a reference to the console in Xbox Game Pass promotional material suggests that an announcement is close.
Asus releases the Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro in 11 more countries; no UK or US availability planned
Asus has made the Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro available to purchase in eleven more countries, just not the UK or the US. The Zenfone 7 costs €699 for 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, while the Zenfone 7 Pro retails for €799 with the same volume of RAM and double the storage.
The Amazfit Zepp E is now shipping in the UK and US
The Zepp E is now shipping in the UK and US. The Zepp E is available in two styles, which both feature AMOLED screens, up to 15 days of battery life and a host of sensors. The Zepp E supports Bluetooth 5.0 BLE connectivity, too. Update: Zepp has clarified its relationship with Amazfit.
GoPro Hero 9 Black leak points toward 5K/30 FPS, HyperSmooth 3.0 and TimeWarp 3.0 capabilities for upcoming action camera
More details about the GoPro Hero 9 Black have leaked online. The latest leak appears to confirm the retail packaging of the device, along with several features including TimeWarp 3.0 and 8x slo-mo. The GoPro Hero 9 Black will seemingly be capable of shooting in 5K and RAW, too.
The NVIDIA Ultimate Countdown ends today; Ampere-based GeForce RTX 30 series announcement to be live-streamed on Twitch
The NVIDIA "ultimate" countdown started 21 days ago, so that means the time is nigh for the company's next GeForce Special Event. Thought to be used to unveil the likes of the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, today's event will commence at 16:00 UTC and can be watched on Twitch.
Huawei updates EMUI 10.1 upgrade plans in eight regions as rollout begins winding down
Huawei has updated its EMUI 10.1 upgrade plans in eight regions. The company now claims to have finished rolling out its latest OS in Canada and Western Europe following its completion in Japan. Other regions like Africa, Central Asia, North-Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Russia are not far behind either. The rollout in Latin America is a similar story, also.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020): Official renders of cheap 10.4-inch tablet leaked
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) is almost here, and will be available in at least two colours. The budget tablet is thought to be based on the Snapdragon 662, which will power a 10.4-inch display. The mid-range SoC will be complemented by 3 GB of RAM and up to 64 GB of storage.
Leak details enormous performance gains of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 compared to the RTX 2080 Ti
The next-generation of NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards are almost here, and some leaked benchmarks point to huge performance gains for the Ampere architecture. Depending on the game, the RTX 3090 may be over 2x faster than the RTX 2080 Ti at ultra settings with RTX on.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 joins the Mi A2 Lite with a new update
The Xiaomi Mi A2 has received a new update. The new update, called V220.127.116.11.QDIMIXM, upgrades the device to the August 2020 set of security patches. There are complaints of Android 10 still be a buggy experience for the Mi A2, though.
Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro leaked with a new design, Qi wireless charging, GPS and a SpO2 sensor
The design of the Watch GT 2 Pro has leaked, and Huawei has made a few changes from last year's Watch GT 2. Huawei's next premium smartwatch will make the switch to Qi wireless charging too and boasts up to two weeks of battery life.
Leaked Sony Xperia 5 II renders confirm more details of September-bound flagship as Geekbench listings with a Snapdragon 865 and 8 GB of RAM surface
A huge volume of Xperia 5 II renders have dropped, confirming yet more features of Sony's upcoming flagship smartphone. The three 12 MP rear-facing cameras from the Xperia 1 II will be making a return, as will 8 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 865, according to two Geekbench listings.
Huawei Watch Fit: Affordable smartwatch launches in multiple colours with a SpO2 sensor, a heart rate monitor and GPS
Huawei's latest smartwatch here and it is rather affordable. Priced at AED 399 (~US$109) and thought to retail for €119 in Europe eventually, the Huawei Watch Fit looks like a stretched Apple Watch without a Digital Crown. The Huawei Watch Fit has a SpO2 sensor, an optical heart rate sensor, 5 ATM water resistance, GPS and up to 10 days of battery life.
Leaked GoPro Hero 9 Black renders confirm new colour front display ahead of Q4 2020 release; 5K support incoming too
Marketing renders of the GoPro Hero 9 Black have leaked online, confirming several aspects about the upcoming action camera. The device, likely arriving in Q4 2020, will apparently be capable of recording 5K videos too.
Dell XPS 13 2021 leaks: Tiger Lake processors and Iris Xe Graphics with the design of the XPS 13 9300
The first details about the next Dell XPS 13 have leaked, but you may struggle to tell the device apart from the XPS 13 9300. Spotted in an Intel Tiger Lake promo video, the next XPS 13 will retain the design of Dell's current ultrabook while dialing up CPU and GPU performance.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro nets a fresh MIUI 12 update
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has received a fresh MIUI 12 update, following the recent rollout to the European variant of the device. Xiaomi is issuing the update as an OTA, but it can also be downloaded and installed manually.
Asus releases its long-overdue 360 Hz external monitor aimed at eSports players
Asus' latest external monitor is aimed at eSports players, with its 360 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms grey-to-grey response times and NVIDIA G-Sync support. The 24.5-inch IPS panel supports HDR10 too and has the not-so-catchy name of the ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN.
The ThinkPad X1 Fold is launching this fall; Lenovo offers a look at the inside of its first folding laptop
The release of the ThinkPad X1 Fold, Lenovo's first foldable laptop, draws closer. Now, the company claims that the X1 Fold will arrive this fall, although this could mean anywhere from September to December.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 and Mi 8 Pro (UD) receive new MIUI 12 updates
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 and Mi 8 Pro (UD) have received new MIUI 12 updates. The updates are rolling out now as OTAs and bring yet more handsets onto Xiaomi's latest OS.
The Sony Xperia 5 II gets an official release date
With the Xperia 5 II, Sony is offering a high-end smartphone that has a notch-free and 21:9 OLED screen, three Carl Zeiss-branded rear-facing cameras, a reasonably compact chassis and a dedicated camera shutter button. Sony has now confirmed the official release date of the Xperia 5 successor too.
Nintendo Switch revision detailed by the FCC; new SoC, memory and CPU board incoming
A new Nintendo Switch is on the horizon, albeit another revised version of the console that Nintendo released in 2017. Like last year's revision, the new Switch will feature a newer memory and SoC. These changes have required Nintendo to change the Switch's CPU board too, but the new revision will look visually identical to existing models.
Apple certifies seven iPad model numbers with the EEC ahead of possible iPad or iPad Air refresh as alleged manual leaks
It seems that a new iPad is almost upon us, as Apple has certified seven new model numbers with the EEC. While the time is ripe for an eighth-generation iPad, an alleged manual suggests that a fourth-generation iPad Air could be arriving soon too.
Probable Apple Watch Series 6 models grace the EEC ahead of September launch
Apple has certified eight new smartwatches with the EEC, prompting speculation that they make up the company's Watch Series 6 offering. The smartwatches, likely to be released alongside the iPhone 12 series, will come in multiple styles and sizes.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Mi Mix 3 receive new stable MIUI 12 updates
The Mi Mix 2S and Mi Mix 3 have received new MIUI 12 updates. Xiaomi has now started bringing the global versions of the handsets onto its latest OS, following equivalent rollouts on other branches of MIUI.
Mi 10 Ultra: Xiaomi reveals details behind its camera darling
Xiaomi pulled out all the stops with the cameras in the Mi 10 Ultra. Accordingly, the device is currently the smartphone to beat when it comes to cameras and even manages to beat heavyweights like the Huawei P40 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, and Oppo Find X2 Pro. Now, the engineers behind Xiaomi's latest smartphone have revealed some of the magic that went into building it.
The DJI OM 4 is now orderable for US$149/£139
DJI has unveiled the Osmo Mobile 4, which it is now marketing as the DJI OM 4. The motorised gimbal connects to smartphones by magnets, a change from the grip that its predecessor used. The DJI OM 4 retails for US$149 or £139 in the UK and is orderable today.
LG Wing hands-on video showcases the capabilities of a twist-out smartphone
It has been a few months since a render of the LG Wing appeared online. However, a working version of the device has now been shown, offering a look at how it could be utilised for multitasking. The release of the LG Wing may not be that far away either, Android Authority reports.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090: 24 GB of GDDR6X VRAM, irregular PCB shape and 12-pin connector confirmed, no RTX 3080 Ti for the foreseeable future
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Founders Edition will have irregular-shaped PCBs, NVIDIA has teased. 12-pin and backwards-compatible connectors are inbound for Ampere cards too, as is the leaked cooler design. The RTX 3090 will have 24 GB of GDDR6X VRAM, while the RTX 3080 must make do with 10 GB of VRAM. There will be no RTX 3080 Ti for the time being, though.
Xperia 5 II leaks: Sony is bringing the headphone jack back to its smaller handset
A marketing render of the Xperia 5 II has leaked, confirming that Sony is bringing back the headphone jack. The Xperia 5 II follows the design of the Xperia 1 II, but adds a third hardware button at the expense of a ToF camera. The Xperia 5 II may well feature a 6.1-inch OLED screen and a Snapdragon 865 chipset, too.
Possible NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 die leaks as supplier confirms that Ampere water blocks will be "ready at or close to launch"
The Ampere RTX series is almost here and water blocks will be "ready at or close to launch", according to one water block supplier. Additionally, a picture of the die for the GeForce RTX 3090 has leaked, detailing that NVIDIA is readying the GA102-300-A1 for release.
Asus Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro launched: All round improvements from the Zenfone 6 but no headphone jack or US release
The Zenfone 7 is here, and it has a sibling, the Zenfone 7 Pro. The two devices have 6.67-inch and 90 Hz AMOLED screens, three rotating cameras and 5,000 mAh batteries. However, the Zenfone 7 Pro also has OIS on two of its three cameras and a Snapdragon 865 Plus instead of the Snapdragon 865 with which Asus has equipped the Zenfone 7. Both smartphones will arrive in Europe on September 1, but there is no talk of a US release.
120 Hz refresh rate, adaptive refresh and LiDAR camera options showcased in Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max leaks
The iPhone 12 Pro Max will have a 120 Hz screen and a LiDAR camera, according to new leaks by Jon Prosser and Everything ApplePro. There is even a video showcasing the two features, cementing the validity of the leak somewhat. The iPhone 12 Pro Max will be the first iPhone to support either technology.
Where is My Body? Game Boy cartridge exceeds 600% of its funding goal on Kickstarter
It has been more than 30 years since Nintendo launched the Game Boy, but new games are still being released for the platform. Where is My Body?, an 8-bit adventure game, has been successfully funded on Kickstarter, smashing through over 600% of its funding goal. The game can still be pre-ordered if you missed the crowdfunding campaign and will be playable as a physical Game Boy cartridge.
COLMI V23: A cheap smartwatch with multiple sensors and IP67 certification
The COLMI V23 is an affordable smartwatch that supports multiple sports modes, a heart rate monitor and IP67 water and dust resistance. The 1.28-inch smartwatch supports Android and iOS too.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro and Mi Mix 2S receive new MIUI 12 updates
The Redmi Note 8 Pro and Mi Mix 2S have received new MIUI 12 updates. Now, the European edition of the Redmi Note 8 Pro can be upgraded to Xiaomi's latest OS, following equivalent updates for other variants. In the same vein, MIUI 12 has reached all but the global version of the Mi Mix 2S.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into a server with the NODE Mini Server V3
A new project utilises the current Raspberry Pi 4 into a powerful mini-server. The project can run off an M.2 SSD and should be fairly simple to build.
Sennheiser presents Momentum True Wireless 2 Anniversary Edition for its 75th anniversary
Sennheiser has marked its 75th anniversary by releasing another version of the Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds. The price remains identical to the regular model, as does the hardware contained within the pricey earbuds. However, Sennheiser has incorporated an exclusive all-black design with its original company logo for fans of a more retro look.
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition listed for close to €1,000 with a 2 TB by German retailer
The German mail order company Otto has already listed the PlayStation 5 on its webshop at short notice. The next-generation Sony console has been priced at almost €1,000 for 2 TB of storage, which would be unexpected enough but for the fact that it is the Digital Edition that lacks a disc drive.
MSI certifies 29 new graphics cards ahead of the NVIDIA GeForce Special Event on September 1
MSI has certified a bunch of possible NVIDIA Ampere cards with the EEC. The registration of twenty-nine cards has been published just a week before NVIDIA hosts its GeForce Special Event on September 1, where it is expected to unveil the likes of the RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3090.
AirPower: Teardown of a prototype shows how complex the cancelled Apple charging pad was as canned official advert does the rounds again
The release of the AirPower still remains on the table, despite having been cancelled last year. Now, a supposed prototype has been torn down to reveal just how complex Apple's charging pad was. An official canned advert is doing the rounds again too, underlining just how close Apple was to releasing the AirPower.
Stable MIUI 12 update lands on the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro in Europe as update whereabouts offered for more Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7S handsets
The first stable MIUI 12 update has landed on the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro in Europe. The update, which is rolling out now as an OTA, upgrades the two devices from V18.104.22.168.QFDEUXM. The whereabouts of MIUI 12 for more editions of the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7S has been offered too.
Surface Pro 8 concept shows how Microsoft could improve its premium 2-in-1 convertible tablet
The anniversary of the release of the Surface Pro 7 is approaching, which should signal the arrival of a successor. Probably called the Surface Pro 8, the device remains an unknown quantity for the time being. Nonetheless, Concept Creator and LetsGoDigital have teamed up to offer a glimpse at what the Surface Pro 8 could hold for us when it launches later this year.
LG Q92 released: A 6.67-inch midrange smartphone with five cameras, a Snapdragon 765G, a 4,000 mAh battery and a minimal design
LG has unveiled its latest mid-range smartphone, the Q92. The handset features a 6.67-inch and 20:9 FHD display, a Snapdragon 765G, 5G connectivity, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. LG has included four rear-facing cameras too, along with a 4,000 mAh battery.
The Amazfit X is now available to order from Xiaomi
The Huami Amazfit X has reached the Xiaomi's Youpin eCommerce platform. The smartwatch has already received almost US$2 million in crowdfunding on Indiegogo and comes with a 2.07-inch AMOLED screen, along with up to 7 days of battery life, 5 ATM water resistance and an SpO2 sensor.
The Smach Z project goes quiet as Smach continues to issue refunds to backers
Smach is still yet to begin shipping the Smach Z, and it seems increasingly likely that it never will. After the company looked so close to releasing its long-awaited console in 2019, updates have dried up and its social media channels are a wasteland.
Xiaomi patent shows us the future of smartphones with movable cameras
The Mi 10 Ultra may be the smartphone to beat when it comes to cameras, but Xiaomi has thought up another weird and wonderful way to improve smartphone camera tech as we know it. This time, the company has developed movable camera lenses, which supposedly would improve the quality of ultra-wide-angle shots and digital zoom when recording videos.
The Asus Zenfone 7 may have a high refresh rate display
The release of the Asus Zenfone 7 is almost here, and it looks as though it will have a high refresh rate screen to go with its other flagship specs. The Zenfone 7 also has 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, a Snapdragon 865 SoC and three rotating cameras.
Motorola Moto G9/G9 Play launched: A mid-range handset with a 6.65-inch display, 4 GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 662 and a 5,000 mAh battery
Motorola only launched the Moto G8 a few months ago, but it has already moved onto the Moto G9 series. The first device in the new series is the Moto G9 Play, also called the Moto G9 in some markets. Motorola has integrated a Snapdragon 662 chipset, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and a 6.5-inch display with a waterdrop notch. Motorola has also included a 5,000 mAh battery, three rear-facing cameras and a capacitive fingerprint scanner.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 receives another new update
The Xiaomi Mi A3 has received a new update. The update apparently upgrades the device to the August 2020 security patches, among other changes like stability improvements and performance optimisations. The update is rolling out now as an OTA.
AMD Ryzen 2020-2022 roadmap leaks; Cezanne, Dragon Crest, Raphael, Rembrandt and Van Gogh all detailed
Another part of AMD's 2020-2022 roadmap has leaked, detailing several codenames and specifications. Navi2-based APUs will arrive in 2021, but it won't be until 2022 when we see laptop APUs with Navi graphics. Zen 3 will debut with Cezanne and Warhol too.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro receives a new MIUI 12 update
A new MIUI 12 update has reached the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. The update should be an encouraging sign for the handsets that remain on MIUI 11, like those on the European and Russian branches of MIUI.
The Huawei x Gentle Monster Eyewear II utilises speakers and microphones instead of AR displays
Huawei has developed a new pair of smart glasses in collaboration with Gentle Monster. The new glasses feature a range of smart features, including an integrated voice assistant and built-in microphones. The Huawei x Gentle Monster Eyewear II support touch controls, too.
ZOTAC ZBOX QCM7T3000: A powerful Mini-PC that includes an Intel Core i7-10750H, an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 and supports up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM
Zotac has unveiled its latest mini desktop, the ZBOX QCM7T3000. The machine incorporates an Intel Core i7-10750H processor, an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 and can be equipped with up to 64 GB of dual-channel DDR4-2933 RAM. The machine has multiple ports too, including four display outputs and Gigabit Ethernet.
Leaked Pixel 5 renders paint a sad vision of Google's next flagship smartphone
Google is thought be announcing the Pixel 5 next month, but the latest set of leaked renders do not paint the smartphone in a good light. The advanced biometric features from the Pixel 4 series have apparently gone, and the Pixel 5 will almost be indistinguishable from the Pixel 4a. Understandably, we have our doubts. Another rumour has pegged the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) with 128 GB of storage, too.
The Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro pick up new updates as rollouts expand for the P20 and P20 Pro
The Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are receiving new updates. This month's download brings the two former flagships onto the August set of security patches and addresses multiple CVEs. Similarly, Huawei has extended the rollout of the July 2020 security patches to the European editions of the P20 and P20 Pro.
The PlayStation 5 will have the "best line-up in the history of PlayStation", according to a Sony executive as global promo lands
A Sony executive has declared that the PlayStation 5 has "the best line-up...in the history of PlayStation, setting expectations for the next-generation console exceedingly high. Sony has published the first global promo for the console too, although it only features dramatised footage to showcase the many innovations of the PlayStation 5.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra is being mistaken for the Mi CC10 Pro on Geekbench
Rumour has it that a Xiaomi Mi CC10 or Mi CC10 Pro has been spotted on Geekbench, complete with a Snapdragon 865 chipset and 8 GB of RAM. The reality could not be further from the truth though, so do not get your hopes up for a Mi CC9 Pro or Mi Note 10 Pro successor anytime soon.
EMUI 11 expected features published ahead of September unveiling for Huawei's Android 11-based OS
An expected set of features for the upcoming EMUI 11 has been posted online. The features include an improved GPU Turbo, a refreshed dark mode, better file sharing and overhauled gestures among other changes and innovations.
Possible NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 certified in South Korea ahead of September 1 launch
The first sign of the Ampere architecture is here. NVIDIA has certified a new graphics card, model number PG133A, at the RRA in South Korea. The graphics card is expected to be the RTX 3090 Founders Edition, and it may launch as early as September 1.
Axon A20 5G: ZTE pokes fun at display punch holes, notches and pop-up cameras with in-screen selfie camera teaser
The first smartphone with an in-screen selfie camera is almost here, and manufacturer ZTE has published an amusing teaser video ahead of the device's launch on September 1. The Axon A20 5G will only have a 1080p AMOLED screen though, and its Snapdragon 765G chipset will not turn any heads.
Leaks confirm Motorola Moto E7 and Moto G9 series; E7 Plus and G9 Plus detailed
Motorola is on the verge of announcing refreshes to its Moto E and Moto G series, according to multiple leaks. The Moto E7 Plus and Moto G9 Plus have been revealed so far, but other models like the Moto E7, Moto G9 and Moto G9 Power should also be on the cards.
The Sony Xperia 1 II picks up an enticing new matte colour option and 12 GB RAM
Sony has unveiled a new version of the Xperia 1 II with 12 GB of RAM and a matte back panel. The edition, called Frost Black, will not pick up fingerprints as easily as the other three glossy finishes in which Sony has already released the Xperia 1 II.
Samsung Galaxy M51 is tipped to feature a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a 7,000 mAh battery and a 64 MP camera
The Galaxy M51 will have a bigger display than was previously suggested, according to a new leak. Samsung's upcoming mid-range handset is now thought to feature a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen, along with a 7,000 mAh battery and 8 GB of RAM.
Lenovo announces the Yoga 7i and Yoga Slim 7i as part of its Intel Tiger Lake refresh
The Yoga 7i and Yoga Slim 7i join the Yoga Slim 7i Pro as part of Lenovo's Intel Tiger Lake refresh. The machines will be available from November at various price points and configurations.
Lenovo unveils the Yoga Slim 7i Pro, a Tiger Lake alternative to the Yoga Slim 7 Pro with better battery life and an optional NVIDIA GPU
The Yoga 6 and Yoga Slim 7 Pro may be attractive to fans of AMD's Ryzen 4000 Renoir series, but Lenovo has also announced a powerful Tiger Lake-based alternative. Called the Yoga Slim 7i Pro, the machine can be equipped with an optional NVIDIA GPU and apparently offers better battery life than the Yoga Slim 7 Pro.
Revered leaker offers new launch dates and colour options for the Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G)
The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 may be arriving slightly earlier than expected. Originally thought to be coming in October, a new leak from Jon Prosser states that Google has its eyes on a late September release. The Pixel 4a (5G) will eventually be available in two colours too, while Prosser claims that Google will launch the Pixel 5 in black and green.
Honor Watch GS Pro smartwatch teasers hint at a rugged design and a September 4 launch date
Honor is on the verge of launching the Watch GS Pro, according to a first round of teasers by the company. The Watch GS Pro was recently certified by the EEC and looks to be more of a rugged smartwatch than its predecessor, the MagicWatch 2.
Huawei commits to Android updates for older handsets with Google Play Services
Huawei smartphones with Google apps will continue to receive software updates, the company has confirmed. The assurance comes after the expiration of the company's licence with Google and the tightening of US sanctions.
Huawei unveils three MateBook B business laptops
Huawei has unleashed the MateBook B series, which it is positioning for business consumers. The MateBook B5-420, MateBook B3-510 and MateBook B3-410 come with Intel Comet Lake-U processors and up to 512 GB of storage.
The Huawei MateBook 13 2020 and MateBook 14 2020 combine a Ryzen 5 4600H or Ryzen 7 4800H with 2K and 3:2 aspect ratio displays
The MateBook X and MateBook X Pro may be the two most eye-catching laptops that Huawei has released this year, but the MateBook 13 2020 and MateBook 14 2020 are the only ones to feature 45 W Renoir APUs. The two laptops also include 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD and 2K screens that have 3:2 aspect ratios.
Huawei MateBook X launched: A lightweight and premium laptop hampered by Comet Lake-U processors and DDR3 RAM
Huawei has unveiled its new premium and lightweight laptop, the MateBook X. The 13-inch device weighs less than 1 kg and houses a 3:2 3K display, along with a large keyboard and a new pressure-sensitive trackpad. The fanless machine starts at CNY 7,999 (~US$1,155) and is only available with Comet Lake-U series processors.
Lenovo teases the Yoga Pro 13s Carbon, a sub-1 kg ultrabook with a 16:10 aspect ratio and Tiger Lake processors
Lenovo has teased the Yoga Pro 13s Carbon, a circa 990g ultrabook that is expected to feature Intel's latest Tiger Lake processors. The device also has a 13.3-inch display with a native resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels and a 16:10 aspect ratio. Underpinning the package is a 50 Wh battery.
The Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P20 and P20 Pro are receiving new updates
Huawei is issuing new updates to the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P20 and P20 Pro. The round of updates brings the older flagships onto the July set of security patches and fixes multiple CVEs.
Global and European stable MIUI 12 updates rolled out for the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro
New stable MIUI 12 updates have been made available for the Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro. The updates are rolling out to global and European handsets now as OTA packages.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro will support 10 W wireless charging for its 455 mAh battery
Rumour has it that Huawei will unveil the Watch GT 2 Pro alongside the Mate 40 series. The smartwatch has recently been certified by multiple regulatory bodies, confirming the presence of a 455 mAh battery that will charge wirelessly at up to 10 W.
Lenovo brings its ANC game with the Shadow Black Yoga Headphones
Lenovo has revealed a new pair of its Yoga ANC Headphones. The over-ear headphones come in what Lenovo calls Shadow Black and offer up to 14 hours of battery life. The Yoga ANC Headphones will retail for US$149.99, making them a much cheaper alternative to the likes of the Bose 700, Surface Headphones 2 and Sony WH-1000XM4.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite receives a new update
The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite has received a new update. The update brings the August security patch to the device and is arriving as an OTA. Xiaomi is rolling out the update to global handsets, albeit on a partial release for the time being.
Note 20 Ultra: The display in Samsung's latest flagship is not a fan of flames
The first smartphone with Corning Gorilla Glass 7, better known as Gorilla Glass Victus, has passed through the hands of JerryRigEverything with less than flying colours. While the Note 20 Ultra may be structurally sound, its AMOLED screen did not fare well during the YouTubers infamous burn test.
Redmi K30 Ultra teardown reveals the scale of the copper vapour chamber cooling system in Xiaomi's latest smartphone
The Redmi K30 Ultra has been torn down, revealing the complex interior of Xiaomi's Dimensity 1000+ powered smartphone. The teardown confirms the device's large vapour chamber cooling system, which measures almost 3,500 mm².
The Microsoft Xbox Series X is already on display at a brick and mortar store
The Xbox Series X is already being exhibited at a store in Germany. Available to view at the Xperion E-Arena in Cologne, the console will supposedly be joined by the Xbox Series S when it launches later this year.
Samsung has a colourful surprise in store for fans of affordable flagship smartphones
If paying US$1,000 for the plastic Galaxy Note 20 does not do it for you, then Samsung has a colour surprise for those who are willing to wait a few months before upgrading to their next smartphone. The device in question will arrive in October and will be available in at least six colours.
Huawei MateBook X, MateBook X Pro, MateBook 13 2020 and MateBook 14 2020 specifications detailed in new leak
A new leak suggests that the new MateBook X will be joined by three other laptops, namely the MateBook X Pro, MateBook 13 2020 and MateBook 14 2020. All models will come with 3:2 aspect ratio displays, but the MateBook 13 2020 and MateBook 14 2020 may be the models to go for if you are a fan of the AMD Ryzen 4000H series. The mythical Ryzen 7 4800H is apparently headed to both devices, too.
Early insight suggests that the A14X Bionic will be a powerhouse, but comparing it to the Intel Core i9-9880H is wide of the mark
Early insights into the expected performance of the A14X Bionic suggest that it will be a true upgrade over the A12X Bionic, unlike the A12Z Bionic that graces the latest iPad Pro range. Comparing an ARM chip that is unlikely to make it into a laptop with a 45 W x86 processor is just as meaningless as ever, though.
MIUI 12 upgrade rolled back for the Xiaomi Redmi 9 as a new MIUI 11 update arrives in its place
Xiaomi has rolled back the MIUI 12 upgrade for the Redmi 9, which the company began issuing late last month. In its place comes a fresh version of MIUI 11. The new update is rolling out to handsets now.
Mi 8 Explorer Edition and Mi 9 Lite gain MIUI 12 update as Xiaomi expands upgrade eligibility for the Mi 9 SE
The Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Mi 9 Lite and Mi 9 SE have all grabbed the MIUI 12 update. The update is rolling out to the Global, European and Russian versions of the Mi 9 SE.
The Nokia 2.4, Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 8.3 5G are right around the corner as the Nokia 6.3, Nokia 7.3 5G and Nokia 9.3 PureView remain on track for Q4 2020 release
The unveiling of the Nokia 2.4, Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 8.3 5G are imminent, according to a new rumour. The trio of devices will be joined next quarter by the Nokia 6.3, Nokia 7.3 5G and Nokia 9.3 PureView too.
Huawei refreshes EMUI 10.1 upgrade plans in four regions
Huawei has updated its EMUI 10.1 upgrade plans for Africa, the Middle East, Western Europe and North-East Europe. The OS upgrade has now commenced for almost all handsets, albeit only those that Huawei has deemed capable of running EMUI 10.1 anyway.
Mi 10 Ultra teardown reveals the impressive hardware of Xiaomi's latest flagship smartphone
Xiaomi has published a teardown video of the Mi 10 Ultra, and boy is there a lot of copper. The battery in the Mi 10 Ultra should be simple to replace thanks to the inclusion of battery pull tabs, while the size of the device's periscope and 48 MP cameras are a sight to behold.
Huawei MateBook X official marketing renders leaked ahead of August 19 release
Marketing renders of the upcoming Huawei MateBook X have been revealed ahead of its release on August 19. The renders confirm that Huawei has developed four colours for its premium laptop, which will have minimal bezels and a large trackpad. Huawei has started releasing promotional videos for the MateBook X, too.
Underwhelming specifications for the Google Pixel 5 leak: A miniature battery with a high-resolution and high-refresh-rate QHD+ display?
Additional specifications about the Pixel 5 have leaked online. Apparently, Google will equip the Pixel 5 with a QHD+ display, which reportedly supports a 120 Hz refresh rate. The Snapdragon 765G-powered device will be underpinned by a lowly 3,080 mAh battery, too.
The Honor Hunter may be lumbered with Intel's 14 nm Comet Lake-H processors
Honor has hinted of a renewed partnership with Intel for its first gaming laptop, the Hunter. The company has released several AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir machines this year, but it has seemingly looked to Intel to supply 14 nm processors for its foray into the gaming laptop market.
Leaker outlines possible ARM transition roadmap for Apple; ARM MacBook Pro 16 to arrive in 2021
A leaker has outlined a possible roadmap for Apple's transition away from Intel processors. According to the post, an ARM-powered MacBook Pro 16 will arrive in 2021, while the company will not bring ARM versions of the iMac Pro or Mac Pro to market until 2022.
Huawei MateBook X: August 19-bound premium ultrabook to feature an Apple-inspired FreeTouch trackpad
Leaker Digital Chat Station has offered new details about the MateBook X. According to their information, the MateBook X will have a 13-inch display and a FreeTouch trackpad, which will replicate the feel of Apple's Force Touch trackpads. The MateBook X is said to weigh around 1 kg too and will arrive on August 19.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro, Mi 8 Lite and Mi Max 3 join the MIUI 12 brigade
Xiaomi has started upgrading three more devices to MIUI 12. The Mi 8 Pro, Mi 8 Lite and Mi Max 3 join the dozens of smartphones that have already received Xiaomi's latest OS.
Leaker reveals the Huawei and Honor devices that will arrive in Europe soon, and the Mate 40 Pro is conspicuously absent
The Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro will be Huawei's latest Kirin-based smartphones, but neither are apparently launching in Europe anytime soon. Instead, Huawei plans to bring mid-range and entry-level smartphones to market like the Mate 40 Lite, along with laptops like the Honor Hunter and Honor MagicBook Pro.
Xiaomi RedmiBook Air 13 launched: A laptop with a 2.5K display, a minimal design and up to 16 GB of RAM for ~US$750
Xiaomi has unveiled its latest ultrabook, the RedmiBook Air 13. The laptop features a 2.5K display with an 89% screen-to-body ratio, 512 GB of storage and up to 16 GB of RAM. The RedmiBook Air 13 also has a 41 Wh battery and starts at CNY 4,899 (~US$705) with 8 GB of RAM. The cheapest 16 GB SKU costs CNY 5,199 (~US$750), though.
ZTE A20 5G: The first smartphone with an under-screen camera appears at the TENAA
The TENAA has certified the ZTE A20 5G, better known as the first smartphone with an under-screen camera. The rest of its hardware is not to be sniffed at either, like its 6.92-inch OLED panel, its 64 MP primary rear-facing camera and its octa-core SoC. The ZTE A20 5G will be available with up to 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of expandable storage too.
Xiaomi unveils the Redmi G, a gaming laptop with a 16.1-inch and 144 Hz display
The Redmi G is Xiaomi's latest gaming laptop, and one that is available in three configurations. The device starts at CNY 4,999 (~US$720), which nets you an Intel Core i5-10200H processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. Xiaomi offers up to a Core i7-10750H and a GTX 1650 Ti for its gaming laptop though, along with a 144 Hz and 16.1-inch IPS display. All models come with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD.
Some Dell XPS 15 9500 machines may have a display hinge issue
Wobbly trackpads may have affected multiple early XPS 15 9500 units, but it has emerged that others will not stay closed when they are picked up. Picking up some XPS 15 9500 machines causes their display lid to pop open, almost as if no magnets are holding them in place. Dell is yet to acknowledge the issue publicly, but there are multiple examples of it spread across Dell Community and Reddit forums.
Google Pixel 4a (5G) leak suggests 5.81-inch display and Snapdragon 765G SoC for US$499 handset
Rumour has it that the Pixel 4a (5G) will have the same screen as the Pixel 4a. Google is apparently swapping out the Snapdragon 730 for a Snapdragon 765G though, which will include a 5G modem. The Pixel 4a (5G) will start at US$499 and is expected to launch in October.
Leaked photos reveal the significantly larger battery capacity of Sony's next-generation controller
Several DualSense controllers seem to already be in circulation, as hands-on images of another example have been published online. The latest round of photos also show the battery capacity of the next-generation controller, and it is almost double the one in the original DualShock 4.
LG Q92 leaked again: Midrange smartphone may launch as early as August 21 and in three colours with a global launch planned for September
More details about the LG Q92 have leaked following the midrange device's sighting at the Google Play Console last month. According to the new leak, the LG Q92 could arrive on August 21 with 128 GB of storage, a Snapdragon 765G, 6 GB of RAM and a 4,000 mAh battery.
The Google Pixel 5 may actually be the US$699 successor to the Pixel 4 XL, not the Pixel 4
Rumour has it that the Pixel 5 will not be the successor to the compact Pixel 4. Instead, the device will be closer to the size of the Pixel 4 XL, which points towards it having a 6.67-inch and 120 Hz display. A US$699 starting price has been suggested too, but Google will only be offering a Snapdragon 765G and a capacitive fingerprint scanner for your money.
Razr 2020 5G: Motorola confirms that it will "flip the smartphone experience once again" on September 9
The rumours were true; Motorola will be unveiling a new Razr smartphone this year. The follow-up to the Razr 2019 will arrive on September 9 and is rumoured to feature a Snapdragon 765G SoC, meaning that it will also support 5G connectivity. A higher-resolution main camera is apparently due too, but the Razr 2020 5G will probably stick to the design of its predecessor.
Android 10 reaches the Xiaomi Redmi 8 in Europe and the Redmi Note 7 in Russia as Xiaomi re-releases MIUI 12 for the Redmi Note 9 globally
Android 10 has reached the Xiaomi Redmi 8 in Europe after similar rollouts for the global edition of the device. The Redmi Note 7 has received the same upgrade in Russia too, while MIUI 12 has been re-released for the Redmi Note 9 globally.
Honor confirms gaming laptop leaks with "Hunter is coming" teaser
Honor has confirmed last month's leak concerning its first gaming laptop. To be marketed under its Hunter brand, the laptop is supposedly inspired by the design of modern supercars. Presumably, Honor will deck out the laptop with AMD Renoir APUs, too.
Philips 279C9: A borderless 4K UHD monitor with a USB Dock and Power Delivery
The award-winning Philips 279C9 not only has a 4K UHD display with DisplayHDR 400 certification, but also a USB Type-C port that supplies up to 65 W via USB Power Delivery. The monitor has four USB 3.2 Type-A ports too, along with two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort. The 400 cd/m² and AMD FreeSync monitor will be available from the end of August for £439 in the UK and €489 in the Eurozone.
Mele PCG02: Fanless PC stick with Ethernet and a 10 W CPU is now orderable
The Mele PCG02 is a compact PC stick that has plenty of connectivity despite its size. The device connects to external monitors and TVs via an HDMI 2.0 port, and is based on the Intel Celeron J4105 Gemini Lake processor. The Mele PCG02 also has 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, a 64 GB eMMC drive, Gigabit Ethernet and Windows 10 Pro.
Huawei updates its EMUI 10.1 upgrade plans in seven regions
Huawei has updated its EMUI 10.1 upgrade plans in seven regions. The Android 10-based OS should now have now reached almost-all eligible devices in Central Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Japan and Russia.
Xiaomi unveils MIUI 12 for India and outlines initial upgrade plans
Xiaomi has unveiled MIUI 12 for India. Announced in a livestream, the company has confirmed that it will start by upgrading 7 devices to its latest OS in the country. It seems to have forgotten that it began rolling out MIUI 12 to handsets in India months ago, though.
Huawei readies a 24-core desktop PC for release; ARM-based processor can reportedly outperform the Intel Core i9-9900K in multi-core tasks
A new report claims that Huawei's in-house processor can compete with the Intel Core i9-9900K. Called the Kunpeng 920 3211K, the processor will be available in China in a pre-built desktop PC.
Leak suggests that the fourth-generation iPad Air will not be ready until Q1 2021, but the A14 Bionic is apparently due for Apple's US$649 tablet
Contrary to previous rumours, leakers are now claiming that Apple will not be releasing the fourth-generation iPad Air until 2021. The 11-inch device will adopt the design of the iPad Pro though, along with an A14 Bionic SoC and up to 512 GB of storage. The iPad Air will be compatible with the Apple Pencil 2 also and will start at US$649, up from US$499 for the current model.
Xiaomi expands the MIUI 12 rollout for the POCO F2 Pro and the Redmi Note 9
Xiaomi has expanded the release of its latest OS for the Poco F2 Pro and Redmi Note 9. MIUI 12 has now reached the Redmi Note 9 in India and is available for more POCO F2 Pro handsets in Indonesia. The two devices have already received MIUI 12 in other regions, too.
Huawei teases new MateBook X with a thinner design and a 3K display ahead of its August 19 unveiling
Huawei is on the verge of releasing a new MateBook X, just six months on from unveiling the current model in Barcelona. The new edition will arrive on August 19 with a 3K display and impossibly-thin display bezels. The device will weigh considerably less than its predecessor too.
Apple may release the second-generation Magic Keyboard in March 2021 with compatibility for the fourth-generation iPad Air
Rumour has it that Apple has a second-generation Magic Keyboard in development. The keyboard accessory will apparently be compatible with the iPad Pro and the rumoured fourth-generation iPad Air. The new keyboard is scheduled to arrive in March 2021, a year after Apple released the fourth generation of the iPad Pro.
Cyberboard: A Cybertruck and Cyberpunk-inspired mechanical keyboard that costs an astonishing US$410
The Cyberboard takes its inspiration from the Tesla Cybertruck and Cyberpunk. The mechanical keyboard features a striking design with configurable LEDs and has already raised over US$100,000 in crowdfunding. However, the Cyberboard costs an eye-watering US$410 and does not come with keycaps or switches.
The Dell XPS 15 9500 is finally available to order in Frost White; prices start at US$1,549.99
The Dell XPS 15 9500 is available to order in Frost White, at long last. Officially called "Frost White with White Palmrest", the option is only configurable in some markets like the US and Canada.
Mudra Band: Gesture control wristband for the Apple Watch raises over US$170,000 in crowdfunding
The Mudra Band is not an ordinary third-party strap for the Apple Watch. Wearable Devices Ltd claims to have brought gesture controls to the popular smartwatch by way of interpreting nerve signals. The Mudra Band communicates via Bluetooth and is currently available to order for US$159. The project has raised over US$170,000 in crowdfunding so far, too.
Leaker claims that Huawei has adopted the design of its rival for its next foldable smartphone
The Mate X and Mate Xs may stand out from the crowd, but rumour has it that Huawei has scrapped their outwards folding design for this year's model. Instead, the Mate X2 will feature an inwards folding display like Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G. The Mate X2 will have a second screen too, along with a huge battery, four cameras, 65 W charging and multiple storage configurations.
NVIDIA is hosting a GeForce Special Event on September 1 and AIB cards will supposedly be available at launch
NVIDIA has confirmed that it will be hosting a GeForce Special Event, but not on August 31. Instead, the event will occur on September 1 and will "highlight the company's latest innovations in gaming and graphics". According to a new rumour, AIB cards like the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will be available from launch, too.
Leaker claims that Apple may not have a Special Event planned for its first ARM MacBooks
The release of the first ARM-powered MacBooks will apparently follow the trend of recent Apple hardware announcements. Instead of a physical event ala recent iPhone launches, the ARM-powered 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro 13 will land without notice at the end of October.
Xiaomi rolls out Android 10 to the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India as Mi Note 10 and Redmi Note 8 Pro receive new MIUI 12 upgrades
Xiaomi has started issuing the Android 10 update to some Redmi Note 7 Pro handsets in India. The update is based on MIUI 11 rather than MIUI 12 and contains the July security patch. The rollout of MIUI 12 has been expanded for the Mi Note 10 and Redmi Note 8 Pro, though.
Samsung Galaxy M51: Mid-range handset slated for a 6.5-inch display and a 7,000 mAh battery appears on Samsung Russia support page
The Galaxy M51 has appeared on a Samsung Russia support page ahead of its release. The device, which first leaked nearly five months ago, is rumoured to feature four cameras, a 6.5-inch display and upwards of a 7,000 mAh battery.
Leaked details reveal the prices, battery sizes and storage capacities of the Apple iPhone 12 series
Rumour has it that Apple has dropped the 64 GB storage option for the iPhone 12 series. The change will see a US$50 increase in the price of the cheapest iPhone this year, as the series will now start at US$749. Prices will rise to US$1,449 for the 512 GB edition of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which is also the only model to have a battery of over 3,000 mAh.
The Pocophone F1 gets its first taste of MIUI 12 on the Mi Pilot program
The Pocophone F1 has started receiving MIUI 12, albeit on the Mi Pilot program. The update is available to the global version of the device and is rolling out in batches. According to Xiaomi, the global stable MIUI 12 update for the Pocophone F1 could arrive within a matter of days, contrary to previous information that the company provided.
Odyssey Blue: A powerful x86 and Arduino machine that supports Windows 10 and Linux
The Odyssey Blue is a mini-PC that Seeedstudio has based on the ODYSSEY-X86J4105800. The device is equipped with an Intel Celeron processor and an Arduino-compatible coprocessor for added flexibility.
Apple's 5 nm A14 Bionic chipset will apparently set new performance standards
The Apple A14 Bionic is probably about a month away, and a new leak has detailed some of the performance improvements that the upcoming chipset will offer. In short, we should be excited for the arrival of the iPhone 12 series and giddy with anticipation about the prospect of the A14X Bionic in the rumoured ARM-powered 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro 13.
Leak reveals Apple's September online event schedule with new iPad, Watch Series 6, iPhone 12 series, AirTags and AirPower all in tow
A new leak has unveiled the apparent running order of Apple's September hardware event. Apple is slated to unveil a new iPad, the Watch Series 6, iPhone 12 series, AirTags and the long-awaited AirPower.
Surface Duo: Leaked marketing renders confirm the outdated looks of Microsoft's upcoming foldable
Leaked marketing renders have offered a closer look at the Surface Duo, Microsoft's long-awaited foldable device. While Microsoft exited the smartphone market four years ago, the bezels on the Surface Duo feel like the company never left. If that was not enough of a throwback, then the Surface Duo may be exclusive to AT&T in the US too.
Huawei Watch Fit leaked: An elongated AMOLED panel, GPS, a heart rate sensor and 10 days of battery life for €119
A leak has revealed Huawei's plans to release a smartwatch called the Watch Fit. Branded as the HUAWEI Watch FIT, the device will feature a 1.64-inch AMOLED panel, a host of sensors and 5 ATM water resistance. The Watch Fit will retail for €119 and will be available from September in four colours.
The Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro may be the swansong for HiSilicon Kirin, but Huawei is eying up Qualcomm processors as replacements
The Huawei Mate 40 series will be the last devices to feature HiSilicon Kirin chipsets. Production will cease on September 15, effectively leaving Huawei without any chipsets going forwards. Qualcomm is lobbying the US government for a licence to supply chipsets to the Chinese company though, so all may not be lost for Huawei and its smartphone, tablet and wearable divisions just yet.
NVIDIA shares the start of the "Ultimate Countdown", which ends on August 31
NVIDIA has shared a teaser for an upcoming release on its social media platforms. The teaser shows a cosmic explosion and is the beginning of the #ULTIMATECOUNTDOWN, which ends on August 31. The timing on the countdown coincides with the 21st anniversary of the GeForce brand, which began in 1999 with the GeForce 256.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the single-board computer into a powerful cluster system with the ClusterCTRL Stack
With the ClusterCTRL Stack, one can harness the power of up to 5 Raspberry Pi boards simultaneously. The ClusterCTRL Stack can control up to two fans to keep the clustered Raspberry Pi SBCs cool too.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra hits Geekbench with a Snapdragon 865 Plus and 8 GB of RAM as official case designs leak and a questionable hands-on image surfaces
The Mi 10 Ultra has appeared on Geekbench before its release tomorrow. The device has been benchmarked with a Snapdragon 865 Plus and 8 GB of RAM, but Xiaomi is thought to equip the device with 12 GB and 16 GB of RAM too. Images of official-looking cases have leaked online too, as has a hands-on image that should raise eyebrows.
Stable MIUI 12 arriving this week for the Mi 8 Pro as Xiaomi pulls bug-ridden update for the Poco X2 and hints at a September release for the Pocophone F1
The Mi 8 Pro is set to receive its inaugural MIUI 12 update this week, according to Xiaomi. The company has pulled back MIUI 12 for the Poco X2 because of bugs though and has suggested that the Pocophone F1 may not receive its latest OS until September at the earliest.
A rumoured launch date puts the arrival of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and other Ampere architecture cards at less than a month away
Rumour has it that NVIDIA is less than a month away from announcing the RTX 3000 series. The next-generation GPUs, which are based on the company's Ampere architecture, are now supposedly slated for release on September 9. The announcement would seemingly be ahead of AMD unveiling its "Big Navi" cards.
Zero Terminal 3: A modular mini-PC based on a Raspberry Pi with a touchscreen and a battery
The Zero Terminal 3 is a compact mini-PC based on a Raspberry Pi. The device has a 1080p touchscreen, a built-in battery and a keyboard.
UP Xtreme: A powerful single-board computer with Intel Whiskey Lake processors
The UP Xtreme from AAEON and UP Board is a particularly powerful single-board computer. Available in Lite or regular models, the UP Xtreme comes with Intel Whiskey Lake processors, plenty of ports, a 40-pin header and a DDR4 SODIMM slot among other features.
Stable Android 10 update begins hitting the LG G7 ThinQ in Canada and Europe
Android 10 has reached the LG G7 ThinQ in Canada and Europe. The update is rolling out to devices now and is available to download either as an OTA or via the LG Bridge.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra: Leaks confirm the design and heady specifications of August 11-bound flagship as questionable prices imply a 2.5x price gap to the Redmi K30 Ultra
The Mi 10 Ultra is shaping up to be quite the flagship smartphone. According to leaked specifications, Xiaomi will equip the device with a Snapdragon 865+ chipset, along with up to 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. The Mi 10 Ultra also appears to have four rear-facing cameras, 120x zoom capabilities and could be the first device with a selfie camera underneath its display. Xiaomi is thought to be launching the Mi 10 Ultra in two colours. Prices for it and the Redmi K30 Ultra have been offered too, but these seem unlikely.
Google Pixel 4a is a best-seller despite its mediocre hardware and delayed release
The Pixel 4a may have unsurprising specifications, but it is proving popular on websites like Amazon and Best Buy. The device is so popular, in fact, that is currently one of the best-selling smartphones on the two eCommerce platforms in the US. The Pixel 4a retails for US$349.
Stable MIUI 12 updates: List of devices that have received Xiaomi's latest OS grows to 48
The number of devices that have started receiving MIUI 12 has grown to 48. A detailed list outlines which devices have been upgraded to Xiaomi's latest OS, and on which branches of MIUI too.
Creative SXFI Air Hands-On Review: An intriguing but ultimately disappointing pair of over-ear headphones
The Creative SXFI AIR is a US$140 pair of over-ear headphones that packs plenty of features. With a Super X-Fi DSP, Bluetooth, line-in, USB Type-C and a microSD card reader, you are spoilt for choice with the SXFI AIR. Average battery life and underwhelming drivers hold the SXFI AIR back, though.
Stable MIUI 12 update arrives for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro as rollout for the Pocophone F1 is delayed again
The stable MIUI 12 update has started being issued to the Redmi Note 7 Pro outside of India. It is bad news for the Pocophone F1 though, as Xiaomi has delayed its planned OS upgrade once again.
Xiaomi confirms August 11 launch date for the Redmi K30 Ultra; MediaTek Dimensity 1000+, up to 12 GB of RAM and a 120 Hz display all tipped for upcoming flagship
The Redmi K30 Ultra will be arriving a few days earlier than expected. Instead of its rumoured August 14 launch date, the Redmi K30 Ultra will be unveiled alongside the Mi 10 Ultra on August 11. The device, also called the Redmi K30 Extreme Commemorative Edition, will feature the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC and up to 12 GB of RAM.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro gets MIUI 12; Mi 10 joins the upgrade brigade in Russia
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro has picked up the MIUI 12 upgrade. The device remains on Android 9.0 Pie for some reason, though. Additionally, Xiaomi has started upgrading the Mi 10 to its latest OS in Russia.
XCY X51: A mini-PC that is shipping for under US$179
The XCY X51 is a mini-PC and an incredibly small one at that. Based on the Intel Celeron N4100, the X51 features 8 GB of RAM, a 128 GB M.2 2242 SSD and a host of ports. The 62 x 62 x 42 mm device weighs 121 g and can be purchased for US$179.
Sony finally releases the WH-1000XM4, almost two years on from the WH-1000XM3
Sony has finally released the WH-1000XM4, almost two years after it released its last edition in the WH-1000XM series. Little has changed from the WH-1000XM3 and WH-1000XM4 save for a few new features. Battery life remains at 30 hours with NC on and the new model has the same 40 mm neodymium drivers. Bluetooth 5.0 is now supported, but aptX and aptX HD have been dropped.
Ovisen S201: A stylish smartwatch that packs a pair of wireless earbuds
The Ovisen S201 is reminiscent of many cheap smartwatches, but it has a trick up its sleeve. Unusually, Ovisen has integrated a pair of wireless earbuds that charge from within the body of the smartwatch.
The Rock Pi 4 Model C is now orderable from another retailer
The Rock Pi 4 Model C is available to order from another retailer for the princely sum of US$59.00. Previously, AllNetChina had been the only retailer to offer the single-board computer at that price, but Seeedstudio has now got in on the act.
Razer Arctech Pro: A case to keep your Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra cool
The Razer Arctech Pro is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. The company claims that the Arctech Pro not only protects the two new flagships against drops, but also that it offers enough passive cooling to improve performance.
Sony WH-1000XM4: Amazon France & MediaMarkt listings drop early for new premium ANC headphones as review appears online ahead of release
The release of the WH-1000XM4 is almost upon us, at least according to the publication of more retailer listings and even a video review. Sony appears to have made some minor changes from the headphones that it released two years ago, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Call quality apparently remains unchanged, though.
The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will only be available in nine markets; October 8 release date and US$499 starting price revealed
The release date of the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 may have been revealed by Google France. According to an amended blog post, the two 5G smartphones will be available to pre-order from October 8. The Pixel 4a (5G) will start at US$499, but it and the Pixel 5 will only be available to purchase in nine markets.
CAT S62 Pro: A rugged smartphone with mid-range specs and a professional-grade thermal imaging camera
The CAT S62 Pro is a compact and rugged smartphone with a professional-grade thermal imaging camera. The CAT S62 Pro also has 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, a 4,000 mAh battery and a Snapdragon 660 SoC. Caterpillar Inc will begin shipping its latest rugged smartphone from August 17.
Hands-on images of the PS5 DualSense controller reveal two colour options as Sony confirms software update plans
Hands-on images of the PS5 DualSense controller have been published online, purportedly from the FCC. The images show the DualSense from all angles in its two-tone colour scheme and also offer a look at an unannounced black version. Sony has confirmed that the PS5 DualSense controllers will receive dedicated software updates too, a change from how the company currently delivers updates for the DualShock 4.
HP Spectre x360 13 with Sure View - What a way to ruin a great laptop
HP has done a great job with the Spectre x360 13, but give the 1080p Sure View display a wide berth. With poor viewing angles and image quality even with Sure View switched off, we cannot fathom why HP does not offer a regular 1080p display in the UK.
Google is likely to pair the Pixel 4a 5G or Pixel 5 with a 6.67-inch and 120 Hz display
Google has teased that it plans to launch the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 soon, and rumour has it that one of them will be featuring some impressive display technology. According to one respected informer, either the Pixel 4a 5G or Pixel 5 will have a 6.67-inch display that is capable of reaching 120 Hz. The devices will apparently launch within the next 2 months, too.
Chuwi UBook X: A detachable and 2-in-1 tablet that comes with a pen and keyboard for US$399
The Chuwi UBook X is a 2-in-1 Windows tablet for those who are operating on a budget. At US$399, Chuwi has included a 12-inch 1440p IPS display, an active stylus, 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and a 256 GB SSD. The tablet has a 38 Wh battery, a quad-core processor and comes bundled with a keyboard cover for orders placed by August 8.
Apple refreshes the 27-inch iMac; 21.5-inch iMac and iMac Pro upgraded too
The new 27-inch iMac is here, although you would be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Apple has left the design of its 5K iMac unchanged, but it has overhauled the internals with 10th Gen Intel Core processors and AMD Navi GPUs. The 21.5-inch iMac and iMac Pro have also been upgraded, albeit on a much smaller scale.
Stable MIUI 12 lands on the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro in Europe as Android 10 upgrade for the Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A begins globally
The stable MIUI 12 update has arrived for the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro in Europe, a few days after an equivalent one for the Mi 10 arrived. Xiaomi has also begun upgrading the Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A to Android 10 globally.
Leaked Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro renders confirm a more practical design for the Huawei Mate series
The designs of the Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro have been revealed, and they may not be to everyone's tastes. The volume button has returned to the Pro model and the notch from the Mate 30 series has gone, but there is no escaping that comically-large rear-facing camera housing.
Galaxy S20 FE: Samsung's next affordable flagship smartphone will feature 5G connectivity and a flat display
The design of the Galaxy S20 FE has leaked, also known as the S20 Fan Edition. The device will have a flat display, a single front-facing camera and a noticeable chin. The S20 FE will sport 5G connectivity, too.
Sony WH-1000XM4: Early retailer listings confirm last-generation noise cancelling processor for high-end ANC headphones ahead of August 6 release
The Sony WH-1000XM4 is thought to be arriving on August 6, following a protracted development cycle. The headphones will arrive almost two years on from the release of the WH-1000XM3, but early retail listings have confirmed that the WH-1000XM4 will use the same QN1 Noise Cancelling Processor as its predecessor.
Rock Pi 4 Model C: A US$59 single-board computer that supports NVMe drives and PoE
Radxa's new version of the Rock Pi 4, the Model C, is finally orderable. The Rock Pi 4 Model C has an M.2 connector for NVMe storage and is available for as little as US$59. The SBC is available with a hexa-core processor and 4 GB of RAM.
Global stable Android 10 upgrade extended for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
The Android 10 upgrade for the global version of the Redmi Note 7 is hitting more devices. The update, which is called V22.214.171.124.QFGMIXM, also carries the July 2020 security patch among other changes.
Analogue Pocket: The luxury Game Boy will be orderable from next week for US$199.99
The Analogue Pocket will be available to pre-order from next week for US$199.99. The luxury Game Boy supports original cartridges from consoles like the Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance. The device has a 615 PPI display too and can be outputted to TVs or external monitors.
The new Huawei MateBook D comes with AMD Ryzen Renoir processors for under US$600
The MateBook D has received a Renoir refresh. Available in 14-inch and 15-inch variants, the MateBook D has a sleek design and narrow display edges. The new MateBook D series starts at CNY 4,099 (~US$584).
Stable MIUI 12 update arrives for the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7S in India as OS upgrade lands on Mi 8 and is extended for the Mi 9T and Redmi K20
The stable MIUI 12 update has arrived for the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7S in India. Additionally, Xiaomi has upgraded the Mi 8 and has expanded the rollout of its latest OS for the Mi 9T and Redmi K20 in Europe.
EUIPO confirms renewed Huawei and Porsche Design partnership with Watch RS and Watch GTRS smartwatch trademarks; release possibly timed for Mate 40 series unveiling in October
Huawei and Porsche Design appear to be working together again, but this time on smartwatches. Huawei is already working on a Mate Watch, a Watch GT 2 Pro and an Honor GS Pro, but two Porsche Design smartwatches are on the horizon too. Called the Watch RS and Watch GTRS, the two Porsche Design-branded devices may arrive as early as October.
Apple MacBook: First ARM MacBook may have up to 20 hours battery life, an A14X Bionic chipset and 16 GB of RAM, but also a 720p webcam and a butterfly keyboard
Apple is planning to equip its first ARM-powered MacBook with an A14X Bionic, according to a new rumour. The in-house chipset will be paired with up to 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD, along with a 720p webcam and a 4th generation butterfly keyboard. Between 15 and 20 hours of battery life beckons for the new 12-inch MacBook, too.
Zephyr Gaming Mouse: First Impressions of the gaming mouse with a built-in fan
The Zephyr Gaming Mouse resembles many other gaming mice with its RGB lighting and over the top design. However, it also includes a built-in fan that Zephyr Gaming claims can cool your hand. We have been using a prototype for over a week now, but is it worth its US$89 early bird price?
Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3 release date rumoured as Nokia 2.4 specifications leak
Rumour has it that HMD Global is planning to launch three new smartphones in September. Specifically, the company is alleged to be unveiling the Nokia 2.4, Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3 at IFA 2020, which will be hosted in Berlin between September 3 and 5.
The PS5 comes out on top in a new survey of gamers as the most popular next-generation console
A new survey has revealed that 4/5 of people plan to purchase the PS5 over the Xbox Series X, with almost 2/5 hoping to purchase a next-generation console "at launch". Cyberpunk 2077 is the most-anticipated next-generation game too, despite its release on current-gen consoles.
Huawei Enjoy Tablet 2 and MatePad 10.8 launched: Two 16:10 aspect ratio tablets at reasonable prices
Huawei has launched two new tablets in its home market of China. Called the Enjoy Tablet 2 and MatePad 10.8, the tablets feature the Kirin 710A and Kirin 990 chipsets respectively. Both devices will run EMUI 10.1 out of the box, but the MatePad 10.8 is the more premium of the two tablets.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 could almost hit 10,000 points in 3DMark Time Spy Extreme with performance improvements in excess of 50% over the RTX 2080 Ti
NVIDIA is expected to bring some healthy performance increases to the table later this year with its Ampere architecture. Rumour has it that the RTX 3090 could offer up to a 50% performance increase over the RTX 2080 Ti and may get close to 10,000 points in 3DMark Time Spy Extreme.
OnePlus Nord: OnePlus dismisses reports of green, purple and yellow display tinting issues about its new mid-range smartphone
It has only been a few months since reports emerged of early OnePlus 8 Pro units suffering from green display tinting at low brightness. Now, a similar problem has been described for some OnePlus Nord units. OnePlus states that it has addressed the issue for the OnePlus 8 Pro, but it has dismissed claims about green, purple and yellow display tinting issues affecting the OnePlus Nord.
Sony WH-1000XM4: Sony announces that "something exciting is coming your way" on August 6
Sony is finally getting around to releasing the WH-1000XM4, some eight months after the headphones leaked. Reportedly, the WH-1000XM4 will retail for €379.90 in the Eurozone and US$349.00 in the US. It could be upwards of a month before the up-market headphones start shipping, though.
EEC confirms new Huawei GT 2 Pro and Honor Watch GS Pro smartwatches ahead of possible September announcement
The EEC has confirmed that Huawei is working on two new smartwatches. One is called the Watch GT 2 Pro, making it a good candidate as the successor to the Watch GT 2. The other is headed to Honor, and its name suggests that there is a new series planned for Huawei's sister company.
Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite are unlikely to get native screen recorders
The Xiaomi Mi A3 may be set to receive native screen recorder functionality with Android 11. However, it looks like the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite will miss out.
Sony announces that its XH90, XH92 and ZH8 TVs are "ready for PlayStation 5"
Sony has announced that a number of its premium TVs are "Ready for PlayStation 5", ahead of the console's release later this year. The list includes the XH90, XH92 and ZH8, which will all support 4K and 120 FPS gaming.
Possible OnePlus 8T spotted on Geekbench with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus and 8 GB of RAM as OnePlus hints at US-exclusive Nord smartphone
The OnePlus Nord has coveted plenty of press in the last few weeks, but the company has already hinted that it plans to release another device in the US. Geekbench may have just offered a first whiff of the OnePlus 8T too. Unsurprisingly, the device is rocking Qualcomm's latest flagship chipset and plenty of RAM.
MIUI 12 updates commence for the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Lite as Android 10 reaches the Redmi 8A
Xiaomi is not messing about with the rollout of MIUI 12 as it has brought two more devices onto its new OS. This time it is the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Lite in Europe, which follow the likes of the Mi 9 and Redmi K20 series. The Redmi 8A has finally received an OS upgrade too, nearly a year after its release.
Audacious price tags rumoured for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 series as premium tablets arrive on the Google Play Console
A new leak has confirmed that the Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus will be mighty expensive tablets, although still slightly cheaper than the iPad Pro series. Samsung's latest premium tablets have appeared on the Google Play Console ahead of their release too following the publication of more renders by Evan Blass.
Leaks confirm the design of the Honor Hunter, Huawei's first gaming laptop
Honor, Huawei's subsidiary, is planning to release a brand of gaming laptops. Called Honor Hunter, the series will be built around AMD processors and dedicated GPUs.
Huawei announces EMUI 10.1 upgrade plan expansion for nine regions
Huawei has expanded the rollout of EMUI 10.1 in multiple regions. The expansion builds on the company's previous upgrade plans for Western Europe, North Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, Central Asia, Canada, Japan and Latin America.
The Sony Xperia 1 II finally supports the RAW image format
The Xperia 1 II has some impressive camera capabilities, upon which Sony has improved with a new update for the device. Currently rolling out in multiple regions, albeit only for single-SIM versions, the update adds RAW image format support among a few other changes.
The OnePlus One will receive the official Lineage OS 17.1 Android 10 update
The OnePlus One remains a fan favourite all these years on, and it is set to receive official Lineage OS 17.1 updates. The community developed OS is based on Android 10, which is the sixth major OS update for the OnePlus One since its launch in 2014.
New leak reveals huge price tags for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series; Indian release date offered too
A new leak has revealed the price tags for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series, and they are on the high side. A release date for India has been leaked too, as has pricing for the Galaxy Buds Live.
Apple's ARM-based MacBooks may be significantly cheaper than the current Intel-powered machines
Rumour has it that Apple's first ARM-backed MacBooks will be hundreds of dollars cheaper than the company's current Intel-powered devices. The main source of savings will be Apple's in-house chipsets, which the company will seemingly pass onto consumers.
New leak reveals the price tag of the Sony WH-1000XM4 in Europe as a new release date is mooted
The price tag has been set for the Sony WH-1000XM4 in Europe, a new leak has revealed. Additionally, a new release date has been suggested as Sony bears down on the possible launch of the Apple AirPods Studio.
New leak details Apple iPhone 12 series screen sizes; hands-on images of 5.4-inch iPhone 12 model offered too
New leaks have presented a look at the various screen sizes of the iPhone 12 sizes. The iPhone 12 will be the easiest to use with one hand thanks to its 5.4-inch screen and may be a similar size to the iPhone SE. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will look noticeably larger than their predecessors, though.
MIUI 12 rollout extended for the Mi 9T Pro and Redmi K20 Pro as Redmi 9 gets upgraded to Xiaomi's latest OS; more Redmi 7A handsets are now eligible for Android 10 too
The rollout of MIUI 12 for the Mi 9T Pro and Redmi K20 Pro has been extended, meaning that all versions should now be eligible for the OS upgrade. The Redmi 9 has also been brought onto MIUI 12 ahead of its release in India, while Xiaomi has expanded the Android 10 upgrade for the Redmi 7A too.
Just in time for the PlayStation 5: The Sony Bravia A9 Master series 48-inch OLED TV is now orderable
The entry-level model in the Sony Bravia A9 Master series is now orderable. Called the Bravia KD-48A9, the 48-inch TV has a 4K OLED panel and supports HDR content. The Bravia KD-48A9 runs Android TV and supports X-Motion Clarity for OLED for optimum image quality when gaming or watching sports.
Possible Xbox Series S controller surfaces on Xbox forum
A white version of the Xbox Series X controller has been posted online, and it does not appear to have been faked. Supposedly paired to a "squarish" console, could this be the first reference to the rumoured Xbox Series S?
Rock Pi E: A compact Raspberry Pi alternative with dual Ethernet ports
The Rock Pi E is the latest single-board computer by Radxa. Based on the Rockchip RK3328, the Rock Pi E is available with up to 2 GB of RAM and features dual Ethernet ports. The Rock Pi E starts at US$24.00.
Leaker is "100%" confident of imminent Google Pixel 4a release date
There have been multiple proposed release dates for the Pixel 4a, Google's mid-range successor to the popular Pixel 3a. While May 12 was likely the original release date for the Pixel 4a, Jon Prosser is now "100%" on a new date.
Leak confirms specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus ahead of August 5 launch
Samsung will be unveiling the Galaxy Tab S7 series in just over a week, but the full spec sheet for both the Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus has been unveiled. The latest leak about Samsung's premium tablets confirms that the smaller model will have an LTPS TFT display, while the Plus model will sport an AMOLED panel. Both tablets will have a Snapdragon 865 chipset and 6 GB of RAM and will be available with optional 5G.
Sony WH-1000XM4: Sony Brazil teases upcoming premium ANC headphones
Sony may finally be ready to unleash the WH-1000XM4, its successor to the almost two-year-old WH-1000XM3. While hopes of a June release fell flat, Sony Brazil has seemingly teased the WH-1000XM4 on its Instagram channel.
AirPods Studio, ARM MacBook and MacBook Pro 13, new iPad Pro, iPhone 12 series and HomePod refresh are all arriving between August and October
Apple is planning the mother of all hardware releases between August and October. The AirPods Studio, the iPhone 12 series and a HomePod refresh are all due, as are Apple's first ARM-powered laptops. The ARM MacBook and MacBook Pro 13 will be joined by a new iPad Pro too.
Galaxy Note 20 series: Samsung may be playing its fake zoom games again and is re-using multiple cameras from the Galaxy S20 series
Samsung came in for plenty of criticism for the zoom capabilities of the Galaxy 20 series. However, leaked camera specifications for the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra suggest that the South Korean company is up to the same tricks again. It most certainly is re-using the cameras from the Galaxy S20 series too.Correction: We have corrected the erroneous statement about the Galaxy S20 Ultra and its zoom capabilities.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro remains on Android 9.0 Pie and MIUI 11 in India with new update as Xiaomi finishes MIUI 12 upgrades for the Mi 9
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro has received another update in India, but the device remains on Android 9.0 Pie and MIUI 11. In comparison, some Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7S handsets have already been upgraded to Android 10 and MIUI 12. The degree of software support for the Redmi Note 7 Pro is in contrast to the Mi 9, which has now finished its upgrade to MIUI 12 across all regions.
Google Pixel Buds: Audio issues live on despite the release of a firmware update
The hissing or static issue with the latest Pixel Buds remains, despite the release of a firmware update that supposedly addressed the problem. In fact, the hissing issue is noticeable even on units released after Google claimed to have fixed it.
LG V60 ThinQ: Do not purchase LG's US$800 smartphone for its cameras
The LG V60 ThinQ has impressive hardware on paper, including a 6.8-inch OLED panel and a Snapdragon 865 SoC. However, its 64 MP primary camera sensor has been found wanting, with noisy images and a general lack of detail a theme of LG's US$800 smartphone.
GW16: A Huawei Watch GT 2 lookalike with an IPS display and a thermometer for under US$25
The GW16 is another budget smartwatch, and one that looks surprisingly like the Huawei Watch GT 2. The device can be purchased for under US$25 and features a large touch IPS display, a thermometer, a heart rate monitor and is IP67 certified.
Razer Cynosa V2: A backlit entry-level keyboard for gamers with media controls
Razer has refreshed its Cynosa series RGB gaming keyboard. Built for those on a budget, the Cynosa V2 has individually backlit keys, supports macros and has media controls.
MIUI 12 arrives on the Mi 9 SE; Pocophone F1 could be next for Xiaomi's OS update
MIUI 12 has made its debut on the Mi 9 SE, Xiaomi's diminutive mid-range smartphone. The update is rolling out to handsets now amid claims that the Pocophone F1 could be the next device to receive Xiaomi's new OS upgrade following the recent rollout to the Redmi Note 8 Pro.
EMUI 10.1: Complaints of OS update removing call recording and camera resolution options mount up
EMUI 10.1 may have introduced multiple features to Huawei's roster of devices, but there are reports of the OS update removing some functionality too. According to frustrated users, EMUI 10.1 has removed call recording and camera resolution options, although not all devices are affected.
A company claims to be producing 24K Gold and Platinum versions of the PS5
UK based company Truly Exquisite has jumped on the PS5 bandwagon with claims that it plans to release 24K Gold, Platinum and 18K Rose Gold of Sony's next generation-console. Up to 100 versions of the console will be available, although the company is yet to reveal how much it will charge for the experience of owning a 24K or 18K PS5.
Bluetooth SIG and FCC listings point to an imminent release for the Microsoft Surface Duo and a Snapdragon 855 chipset
The Microsoft Surface Duo has passed through the Bluetooth SIG and FCC, signalling its imminent release. The dual-screen device would be Microsoft's first smartphone since the Lumia 650, which the company released over four years ago. However, the Surface Duo appears to be running on last-gen hardware.
LG Q92 leaked: A midrange 5G smartphone with a Snapdragon 765G processor and 6 GB of RAM
Details about a new mid-range LG smartphone have leaked. The device, called the LG Q92, has 6 GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 765G processor and 5G connectivity. The LG Q92 is thought to clock in at around 6-inches, with LG opting for a punch-hole display instead of the notch that it used in the Velvet.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will have an exclusive and striking colour option
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is launching next month, with the 60 Hz device to set to be launched alongside the Note 20 Ultra on August 5. While the Note 20 Ultra is the more feature-packed of the two devices, the Galaxy Note 20 will have an exclusive colour. It may not be to everyone's tastes, though.
A company hopes to pioneer a non-invasive continuous glucose monitor for wearable devices
Movano wants to revolutionise the way people measure their glucose levels. Instead of the invasive or expensive methods that diabetics currently use, Movano is developing a solution that could be embedded within a conventional smartwatch.
Apple could be making the next iPad Air cheaper than its predecessor
The next iPad Air may not only have a larger display and a more powerful chipset than the current model, but it may be cheaper too. The iPad Air 2020 is believed to feature a 10.8-inch or 11-inch display and an A13 Bionic SoC, which would both be improvements over the 10.5-inch display an A12 Bionic in the current model.
Huawei Mate Watch passes Chinese certification ahead of probable Q4 2020 release
Huawei's next smartwatch has appeared at the CCC, prompting speculation about its release. The so-called Mate Watch will succeed the popular Watch GT 2.
Seagate reveals new details about the SSD module for the Xbox Series X
The Xbox Series X will come with 1 TB of SSD storage as standard, and will be compatible with an Expansion Module designed by Seagate. The latter has now been unveiled and will run on two lanes of PCIe 4.0.
The NVIDIA RTX 30 Ampere series may arrive sooner than expected
NVIDIA is planning to release its Ampere architecture GPUs in a matter of weeks, according to a new rumour. Previously thought to be arriving in September, Founders Edition cards may land sooner, with AIB custom versions arriving a month later.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 receives a new update amid continued complaints of unaddressed bugs
Xiaomi has released a new update to the Mi A3, its third OS update in under two weeks. While the new build supposedly improves system stability and reduces lag, some people are unhappy with how Xiaomi's apparent inability to address outstanding bugs.
AMD's Renoir desktop APUs hit UserBenchmark; Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G considered "outstanding"
AMD's new Ryzen 4000 PRO APUs have appeared on UserBenchmark, the divisive benchmarking website. While the website has been accused of being pro-Intel, it considers the new Renoir APUs to be "above expectations" and even goes as far as to characterise the Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G as "outstanding".
Surface Headphones 2: First impressions with Microsoft's Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose 700 competitors
The Surface Headphones 2 offers more features than its predecessor at a lower price. Since Microsoft's latest over-ear headphones support high-resolution Bluetooth connectivity, we decided to purchase a pair to see how they fare.
Samsung Galaxy M31s: Specifications and design confirmed ahead of release
Samsung is readying the Galaxy M31s, the successor to the Galaxy M31. The mid-range smartphone is launching before the end of the month and will feature Samsung's Infinity-O display.
Zephyr Gaming Mouse: A lightweight gaming mouse with a built-in fan
The Zephyr Gaming Mouse is a wired gaming mouse with a difference. While it features Pixart PMW3389 optical sensor, RGB lighting and OMRON switches, it also features a fan to minimise sweat when gaming. The Zephyr Gaming Mouse is available to order from today on Kickstarter for US$79.00. Zephyr Gaming is selling the mouse in three colours and expects to ship to backers in October 2020.
The OnePlus Nord is cheaper if you order it from Amazon
The OnePlus Nord may be a cheap smartphone even by the standards of OnePlus, but there is a way to get the company's new mid-range smartphone for even less than its £379 and €399 starting price. Until August 4, you can take up to 7.5% off the OnePlus Nord, bringing its price down to £349 or €369 depending on where you live.
Pinebook Pro: Cheap laptop with Linux support is orderable again for US$199.99
The Pinebook Pro is orderable again for US$199.99. The 14-inch laptop is designed to run Linux and comes with a 10,000 mAh battery among other components. The next round of Pinebook Pro units are expected to start shipping in late August 2020.
The OnePlus Nord sets new standards for mid-range smartphones in 2020, but not for US consumers
The OnePlus Nord is finally here, and it is the mid-range smartphone to beat in 2020. A device with a 90 Hz AMOLED panel, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, six cameras, 30 W fast charging and a large battery for £379 or €399 represents excellent value for money, but US consumers will miss out for the time being.
Stable MIUI 12 update arrives for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7S
The stable MIUI 12 update has arrived for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7S. Available to download now, the update is arriving as an over-the-air (OTA) upgrade and follows the Android 10 update for Indian handsets. Equivalent MIUI 12 updates have recently reached other devices like the Mi 10, Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro too.
AOC U32U1: Red Dot Design Award winning Porsche Design monitor launches
AOC has launched its latest monitor, the U32U1. A Red Dot Design Award winner, the 31.5-inch and 4K monitor has been designed in collaboration with Porsche Design.
Xiaomi effectively opens up Round 2 of its MIUI 12 release schedule with Mi 10 and Mi 10 Lite stable updates
Xiaomi has started upgrading the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Lite to MIUI 12 on the European and Global branches of MIUI. The move effectively commences Round 2 of the company's MIUI 12 release schedule. Available for the global and EU editions of the devices respectively, the updates are rolling out to handsets now.
Kano PC: New DIY 2-in-1 convertible is now purchasable for US$299.99
The second-generation Kano PC is now purchasable for US$299.99. The device, which is based around a Gemini Lake processor, comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The device has a distinctive design and is geared towards design, coding, science and music creation.
Design of GoPro Hero 8 successor leaks ahead of likely Q4 2020 release
The front of what may well be the GoPro Hero 9 has leaked, and it could point towards the company's first action camera with a built-in secondary display. The next GoPro will likely launch in early Q4 2020 at between US$399.99 and US$499.99.
Xiaomi has no update plans for the Mi Mix 3 5G
There are no update plans for the Mi Mix 3 5G, it has emerged. Contradicting Xiaomi Customer Support, the 5G edition of the Mi Mix 3 is still yet to receive any form of OS upgrade from Android 9.0 Pie or MIUI 10.
Xiaomi unveils two new curved gaming monitors starting at CNY 1,099 (~US$157)
Xiaomi has announced two new curved gaming monitors. Available in 29-inch and 34-inch screen sizes, both have a curvature of 1500R and support picture in picture. The larger of the two is a 1440p and 100 Hz panel. Xiaomi has announced a new electric standing desk for gamers, too.
Honor Router 3: Fast Wi-Fi 6 Plus router announced
Honor has announced its first Wi-Fi 6 Plus router, the Honor Router 3. The Router 3 features one WAN port, three Gigabit LAN ports and measures 245 x 159.2 x 39.7 mm. The Honor Router 3 is available for €79.90 in the Eurozone and £79.99 in the UK.
Stable MIUI 12 updates to land on 23 devices from next month, Xiaomi confirms
MIUI 12 will start reaching 23 devices from next month, Xiaomi has confirmed. The list features 17 Redmi smartphones, including the Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 8 series. The POCO F2 Pro and Pocophone F1 have made the cut too.
Some 2020 Dell XPS 17 9700 machines appear to be unaffected by charger issue
It turns out that Dell XPS 17 9700 machines can draw up to 130 W from the wall, after all. Not all units can do so as our tests have confirmed, but these unaffected units apparently cannot always charge at their full capacity.
Tuxedo Pulse 15: An Ubuntu laptop with 45 W AMD Renoir APUs and a 91 Wh battery
The Tuxedo Pulse 15 comes pre-loaded with Ubuntu, TUXEDO_OS and other distributions. Windows is an option too, as is an encrypted Linux system. The Tuxedo Pulse 15 comes with either an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H or a Ryzen 7 4800H APU, along with a 91 Wh battery and multiple keyboard layouts.
MIUI 12.1 - Features of Xiaomi's next OS update outlined
Xiaomi is pushing ahead with MIUI 12.1, the successor to MIUI 12. MIUI 12.1 has already been issued to beta testers, some of whom have outlined what to expect from the next version of MIUI.
Xiaomi expands MIUI 12 rollout for the Redmi K20 and Mi 9T; Indian editions of the Mi 9T Pro and Redmi K20 Pro gain new update too
Xiaomi has issued a raft of new MIUI 12 updates to the Mi 9T, Mi 9T Pro, Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro. Xiaomi latest OS has now arrived on Russian versions of the Mi 9T and Redmi K20, while MIUI 12 has also been rolled out to more global models. The rollout of MIUI 12 has been expanded for Indian versions of the Mi 9T Pro and Redmi K20 Pro too.
Some unscrupulous OEMs have been including fake heart sensors in their cheap fitness trackers
Heart rate monitoring may seem to be a feature of many smartwatches and fitness trackers, but some OEMs have been including fakes in their budget fitness trackers. Instead of including photoelectric heart rate sensors that are found in many devices, these fitness trackers have two green LEDs.
Huawei expands EMUI 10.1 rollout for the P30, Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro and Honor View 20
EMUI 10.1 has reached the Huawei P30, Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro in more countries. Similarly, Magic UI 3.1 has landed in Europe for the Honor View 20. All updates are rolling out as over-the-air (OTA) upgrades.
ODROID-N2 Plus: Hardkernel claims 2x the performance of the Raspberry Pi 4 from its US$69.00 single-board computer
Hardkernel has released its latest single-board computer (SBC), the ODROID-N2 Plus. Equipped with a new Amlogic S922X processor and up to 4 GB of RAM, Hardkernel claims that the ODROID-N2 Plus can offer twice the performance of a Raspberry Pi 4. The SBC is overclockable, too.
Xiaomi lifts restrictions on Mi Notebook purchases in India
Xiaomi has lifted the restrictions that it placed on its latest Mi Notebook laptops in India. Unveiled last month, the Mi Notebook 14 and Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition can now be purchased freely directly from Xiaomi or Amazon India.
New MIUI 12 updates land for the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro, Mi 9, Mi 9 Pro 5G and Mi 10 Youth Edition
Xiaomi has released a new raft of updates to the Mi 9, Mi 9 Pro 5G, Mi 10 Youth Edition and the Redmi K20 Pro. The updates should all be arriving now to eligible handsets as Xiaomi continues with its MIUI 12 rollout.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 revealed in 360-degree marketing render
Samsung may have teased the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but Evan Blass has now revealed a full render of the Galaxy Note 20. Unsurprisingly, the Note 20 looks like its predecessor. Seemingly arriving on August 5, the Note 20 may be powered by the unpopular Exynos 990 chipset.
The Galaxy A72 may be one of Samsung's first mid-range smartphones with a flagship camera feature
Rumour has it that Samsung will be introducing a successor to the Galaxy A71 that supports OIS. The so-called Galaxy A72 will not arrive until 2021 at the earliest, but the inclusion of OIS should yield a leap in camera performance for Samsung's mid-range Galaxy A series.
Razer goes after a growing trend of gamers who want compact gaming keyboard with the Huntsman Mini
For its latest keyboard, Razer has dispensed with 40% of the keys found in the regular Huntsman. In turn, the new Huntsman Mini is more compact and should give desks a cleaner look. The Huntsman Mini is available in two colours and two switch types.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 gets a July update
The Xiaomi Mi A1 has received a July update. The update is being pushed to devices now and contains a few changes from last month's update.
NanoPi NEO3: Smaller than the Raspberry Pi Zero W with Raspberry Pi 3 levels of performance for US$20.00
FriendlyARM has now made the NanoPi NEO3 available to purchase. Starting at US$20.00, the NanoPi NEO3 comes with up to 2 GB of DDR4 RAM and is based on the Rockchip's RK3328 quad-core ARM chipset. The tiny SBC is smaller than the Raspberry Pi Zero W but offers Raspberry Pi Model 3 levels of performance.
The AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G shows its value in Geekbench benchmarks
Geekbench has offered an early glimpse of the Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G, and it appears as though AMD has packed plenty of performance into its upcoming 65 W APU. Based on the company's Renoir architecture, the Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G can compete against more powerful processors like the Ryzen 7 3800X and Core i7-10700K.
ASUS ROG Phone 3: Design of flagship gaming smartphone confirmed ahead of its imminent release
The ROG Phone 3 is arriving on July 22, but that has not stopped two prominent internet personalities from posting images of the device. The device, which succeeds the ROG Phone 2, will feature three rear-facing cameras and the new Snapdragon 865+ SoC among multiple other features befitting a gaming smartphone.
Bakeey GTX: A sub-US$30 smartwatch that supports sleep tracking and can monitor heart rates, blood pressure and blood oxygen levels
The Bakeey GTX is a new smartwatch that is not only affordable but also packs multiple features. According to the manufacturer, the GTX supports heart rate, blood pressure and blood oxygen levels monitoring. The Bakeey GTX retails for as little as US$27.99 and is compatible with Android 4.4 and iOS 9.0 or newer.
MINISFORUM S40: A Mini-PC that harks back to the Intel Compute Stick with 64 GB of storage, active cooling and a dual-core processor
The MINISFORUM S40 keeps the dream of the Intel Compute Stick alive. Featuring a Gemini Lake processor, active cooling and 64 GB of storage, the S40 is available for under US$150. Its manufacturer claims that it can output to two 4K monitors simultaneously at 60 Hz too.
MagicBook Pro: Honor releases 45 W Renoir versions of its MacBook Pro 16 lookalike with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and 16 GB of RAM
Honor has announced 45 W Renoir versions of the MagicBook Pro, its MacBook Pro 16 lookalike. Unveiled alongside refreshed editions of the MagicBook 14 and MagicBook 15, the MagicBook Pro will be available with up to a Ryzen 7 4800H APU, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD.
Honor announces the MagicBook 14 and MagicBook 15 with up to an AMD Ryzen 4700U, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage; 16:9 aspect ratio display remains
Huawei's sister brand Honor has presented AMD Renoir versions of the MagicBook 14 and MagicBook 15. Both laptops will be available with either Ryzen 5 4500U or Ryzen 7 4700U, along with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. The two laptops should be making their arrival in other markets like the EU and the UK, too.
Henry Cavill shows off his AMD Ryzen PC; video expectedly goes viral
A video of Superman and The Witcher actor Henry Cavill is proving popular online. Having already been watched over 1 million times in under three hours, the video is accompanied by a Barry White soundtrack and highlights the many pitfalls of building a PC from scratch.
YouTube ends the 480p bandwidth cap for Indian users
YouTube appears to have re-enabled HD streaming on its video platform its Indian userbase. The reversal comes several months after YouTube restricted videos to 480p in India, much to the annoyance of fans.
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 series leaked with Intel Tiger Lake processors; 90 Hz display with a 16:10 aspect ratio, NVIDIA GeForce MX450 and GTX 1650 GPUs headed to Yoga Slim 7 Pro
Multiple leaks have shown a light on Lenovo's upcoming new Yoga Slim 7 series, which will feature the Yoga Slim 7, Yoga Slim 7 Carbon and Yoga Slim 7 Pro. All devices will feature Intel Tiger Lake processors, including the Core i7-1165G7. However, the Yoga Slim 7 Pro will also feature a 90 Hz 16:10 display and a choice between the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 and the GeForce MX450.
Leak confirms new Lenovo Yoga 9 and Yoga Slim 9 with lightweight chassis, 4K displays and Intel Tiger Lake processors
A new leak has confirmed that Lenovo is working on the Yoga 9 and Yoga Slim 9, which will both feature Intel Tiger Lake processors. The devices also support between 16-18 hours of battery life and up to 4K and 500 nit displays.
This will be the 11th Gen Intel Core sticker on Tiger Lake ultrabooks and laptops
Leaks have offered a look at the sticker on the next-generation of Intel-powered ultrabooks and laptops. Spied in leaked Lenovo product materials, the new logo may make for an eye-catching addition to 11th Gen Tiger Lake machines later this year.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into an NFC-powered music player
A project has shown how to utilise the Raspberry Pi as an NFC-powered music player. Bringing a degree of tactility to digital music, the project combines an NFC reader with NFC tags to play specific albums, playlists or radio stations on Spotify.
Recent EMUI 10 and EMUI 10.1 updates may be causing battery problems for some Huawei devices
Recent EMUI 10 and EMUI 10.1 updates have been causing battery problems on some devices. According to several reports, devices have been unable to charge beyond 60% and have suffered from excessive battery drain.
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick launched: 1080p Android TV dongle arrives globally for €39.99
Xiaomi has unveiled its first TV dongle, the Mi TV Stick. The device retails for €39.99 and comes bundled with a smart remote. The Mi TV Stick is one of several devices that Xiaomi has launched today.
Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic: Apple AirPods clones that sell for €39.99 with up to 20 hours of battery life
The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic is Xiaomi's latest pair of budget TWS earbuds. Featuring 14.2 mm drivers, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and up to 20 hours of battery life, the Earphones 2 Basic retails for €39.99 in the EU and £39.99 in the UK. The earbuds also include touch controls, dual microphones and IR sensors for in-ear detection.
Xiaomi unveils two new electric scooters starting at €399 and a Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team special edition model
Xiaomi has announced two new electric scooters, along with a Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 special edition of its flagship model. Called the Mi Electric Scooter 1S and Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2, the scooters will go on sale for €399 and €499, respectively.
Xiaomi fixes Mi A3 dual-SIM problem, but many fans remain unhappy
Xiaomi has fixed the dual-SIM issue that had been affecting some Mi A3 handsets almost as quickly as it caused it. The fix, which arrives courtesy of a new build of MIUI 11, is rolling out now. Understandably, fans and owners of the Mi A3 are unhappy at Xiaomi's repeated missteps with issuing software updates to the device.
FunKey S: Miniature handheld console storms Kickstarter with over US$100,000 in funding
The FunKey S is a tiny retro handheld console based on the design of the Game Boy Advance SP. The device has garnered over US$100,000 in crowdfunding on Kickstarter and supports multiple emulators including ones for the Game Boy, Game Boy Color and the PlayStation 1.
Raspberry Pi: Cooler Master promises unbeatable cooling performance from its new passively-cooled case for the popular single-board computer
Cooler Master has torn through the funding target of its new Raspberry Pi case, the Pi Case 40. Apparently offering better cooling performance than "any other passively cooled Pi case on the market", the Pi Case 40 retails for just €23 (~US$27).
Xiaomi launches the Mi Smart Band 5 globally; pre-sale commences July 20
Xiaomi has launched the global edition of the Mi Band 5, called the Mi Smart Band 5. Featuring a 1.1-inch AMOLED panel, 11 sports modes and 5 ATM water resistance, the Mi Smart Band 5 retails for €39.99 or £39.99 in the UK. The fitness tracker also has a PPG heart rate sensor and supports up to 14 days of battery life, but NFC, a SpO2 sensor and Alexa integration are absent.
Huawei confirms that EMUI 10.1 has reached 39 devices
EMUI 10.1 has reached 39 devices, Huawei has confirmed. The number, which includes Honor devices, features recent flagships like the Mate 30 and P30 series. EMUI 10.1 is a modest upgrade over EMUI 10 and is somewhat of a stopgap before the Android 11-based EMUI 11 arrives later this year.
AMD claims to put Intel to the sword with its Ryzen Threadripper PRO series
AMD is not pulling any punches with its new Ryzen Threadripper PRO series. Featuring 12-64 core processors, the Ryzen Threadripper PRO series apparently dwarfs competing Intel Xeon processors. AMD even claims that one Threadripper PRO 3995WX can outperform two Xeon Platinum 8280 processors in countless tasks.
Stable MIUI 12 lands on the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro and Poco F2 Pro in the EU as confusion reigns for global versions of the Mi 9T and Redmi K20
MIUI 12 has arrived for the EU versions of the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro and Poco F2 Pro. While the inaugural MIUI 12 update is rolling out to handsets now, there have been multiple reports of the Redmi K20 and Mi 9T handsets failing to upgrade to MIUI 12.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7: Redesigned Book Cover and S Pen accessories revealed ahead of official release
Another render of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 has leaked ahead of its expected release within the next few weeks. The new image details the premium tablet's Book Cover and S Pen accessories. The latter will likely come bundled with the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, but past performance suggests that the Book Cover will be sold separately for upwards of US$180.
OnePlus Nord: Full design and striking colour options for mid-range smartphone revealed ahead of tomorrow's pre-order event
The full design of the OnePlus Nord has been revealed ahead of tomorrow's 24-hour pre-order event for the device. Unveiled in two colours, OnePlus has confirmed that the Nord will have an ultra-wide-angle front-facing camera.
EMUI 11 may be based on HarmonyOS and could reach upwards of 50 devices
Rumour has it that EMUI 11 and its Honor equivalent, Magic UI 4.0, will be based on HarmonyOS. Also known as Hongmeng OS, HarmonyOS is Huawei's proprietary operating system that it has already brought to several devices. Huawei reportedly plans to bring EMUI 11 and Magic UI 4.0 to upwards of 50 devices, too.
Intel re-enables undervolting for some reference design laptops
Undervolting has returned to a select number of laptops. Specifically, the functionality has been re-enabled on Intel QC71 laptops, which includes the XMG Fusion 15, Maingear Element and the Eluktronics MAG 15.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 confirmed to have no Amazon Alexa integration, NFC or a SpO2 sensor ahead of tomorrow's launch; TWS earbuds, Mi TV Stick and a new Mi Scooter teased too
The first review of sorts for the Mi Smart Band 5 is up and it confirms a heap of information about Xiaomi's upcoming fitness tracker. As feared, the device will not support Amazon Alexa integration, NFC or a SpO2 sensor. Xiaomi has teased that it will be launching a pair of TWS earbuds, the Mi TV Stick and a new Mi Scooter at tomorrow' Ecosystem Product Launch event on July 15 too.
The AMD Ryzen 7 4700G holds its own against the Intel Core i9-10900K in initial benchmarks
Initial benchmarks for the Ryzen 7 4700G are here, AMD's upcoming 65 W Renoir desktop APU. The Ryzen 7 4700G has been shown to offer upwards of 25% more performance than the Ryzen 7 4800H while being competitive against the likes of the Intel Core i9-10900K.
HP Envy 15 2020: First impressions with HP's new multimedia laptop
The new HP Envy 15 2020 is here with Comet Lake-H processors, NVIDIA GPUs and an optional AMOLED panel. Being the Envy series' first 15-inch multimedia laptop with a 45 W CPU, we decided to purchase one and try it out.
The Redmi Note 9 is coming to India on July 20 with "best in class specs"
Redmi India has confirmed the release date of the Redmi Note 9, the company's next "Made in India" smartphone. Apparently "Packed with best in class specs" and built to the highest quality to "make heads turn", the Redmi Note 9 will launch on July 20 at 12:00 IST.
Google Canada outs the Pixel 4a ahead of rumoured July 21 launch
The Pixel 4a may still be unreleased, but Google uploaded a marketing render of it to its Canadian eCommerce platform anyway. The render not only confirms the design of the upcoming mid-range smartphone but also possibly its original release date. There is a rumour about a proposed new release date for the Pixel 4a, too.
Stable MIUI 12 update lands on the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro in Europe
Xiaomi has started issuing MIUI 12 to the EU versions of the Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro. The devices, which have already received the OS upgrade in other regions, have been included in Round 1 of Xiaomi's MIUI 12 release schedule. Other devices that have been upgraded to MIUI 12 in multiple regions include the Mi 9, Mi 9T and the Redmi K20.
MIUI 12 Global Stable Beta program is now accepting pilot testers for the Xiaomi Mi 10 in India
Xiaomi is looking for more pilot testers to receive MIUI 12 Global Stable Beta updates. The company has already selected the candidates to test MIUI 12 on the Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 8 Pro and Poco F1, and now it is recruiting people to test the OS update on the Mi 10. Xiaomi will accept applications until July 16.
Automatic workout detection and menstrual cycle tracking added to the Huawei Watch GT 2 and Honor MagicWatch 2 with latest updates
The Huawei Watch GT 2 and Honor MagicWatch 2 have received new updates. A 20 MB download, the new update adds automatic workout detection and menstrual cycle tracking, along with general system stability improvements. The update is available to download now.
Huawei fleshes out EMUI 10.1 upgrade plans for eight more markets
Huawei has confirmed its EMUI 10.1 upgrade plans for Africa, Asia, Canada, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia. The company's latest OS includes new features like MeeTime and Celia, along with improved multitasking.
Leaked specifications confirm AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX and Threadripper PRO 3975WX ahead of imminent release; 3955WX and 3945WX leaked too
A leaked has confirmed the full product stack of the Ryzen Threadripper 3000 PRO series. AMD's latest Threadripper processors are expected to land on July 14 with between 12 and 64 cores.
Stable MIUI 12 update hits the Xiaomi Redmi K20 and Mi 9T in India
Xiaomi has extended the rollout of MIUI 12 to the Indian versions of the Redmi K20 and Mi 9T. The update is arriving as an OTA and is available to download now.
First pictures of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ revealed in leaked marketing render and certification documents
The designs of Samsung's next flagship tablets have been revealed. Featuring thin bezels and AKG-branding, the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ will be Samsung's answer to Apple's iPad Pro range. The Tab S7 series may launch as soon as July 22.
MacBook Pro 13 and MacBook Air with ARM processors to enter mass production in Q4 2020; ARM-powered MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 joining in mid-2021
Rumour has it that Apple is planning to replace its entire MacBook product stack with ARM models within a year. Apparently, a MacBook Pro 13 with ARM silicon is arriving before the end of this year, which will be swiftly followed by an ARM MacBook Air. 14-inch and 16-inch ARM MacBook Pro models will then arrive by Q3 2021 at the latest.
New Samsung fitness tracker hits the FCC as Galaxy Fit is discontinued
A new Samsung fitness tracker has been certified by the FCC. Possibly a replacement to the discontinued Galaxy Fit, the budget device may launch at Samsung's next Galaxy Unpacked event on August 5.
MIIT listing confirms 5G connectivity for August-bound Xiaomi flagship smartphone
An MIIT listing has confirmed that Xiaomi has another 5G smartphone in development. Assigned the model number M2007J1SC, the device is purported to be a flagship by a reputable tipster.
New Android 11 builds hit the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro
New Android 11 builds have arrived for the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. The builds are available to download now, although they are both in beta.
Xiaomi has a "mysterious surprise" planned for its July 15 Ecosystem Product Launch event
Xiaomi has confirmed that it will be hosting an Ecosystem Product Launch event for global audiences next week. Likely the event where Xiaomi will showcase the Mi Smart Band 5 and Mi TV Stick, it appears as though multiple new products will be in attendance including a "mysterious surprise".
Leak confirms the design of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live as earbuds also appear at the FCC
The design of Samsung's next Galaxy Buds has leaked again, this time courtesy of Evan Blass. The FCC has also certified the earbuds, which are rumoured to be called the Galaxy Buds Live or Galaxy Buds X. The earbuds, which are associated with the model number SM-R180, may well launch on August 5 at Samsung's next Galaxy Unpacked event.
Honor confirms MagicBook launch event for July 16; AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir versions of the MagicBook 14, MagicBook 15 and MagicBook Pro rumoured
Honor has announced that it will be hosting a MagicBook release event this month. Scheduled for July 16, it would seem that AMD Ryzen 4000 versions of the MagicBook 14, MagicBook 15 and the MagicBook Pro are on the agenda.
Huawei confirms EMUI 10.1 upgrade plan eligibility for 13 devices
Huawei has confirmed that it will be upgrading 13 devices to EMUI 10.1 in Western Europe. The company's latest in-house OS is an incremental update on EMUI 10, which will be replaced by EMUI 11 later this year.
NVIDIA is giving away Epic Games Store and Steam-bound Death Stranding with all RTX 20 series GPU purchases for this month
Death Stranding lands on PC on July 14, with the game headed to the Epic Games Store and Steam. To mark the arrival of the game, NVIDIA is giving away copies with RTX 20 series GPU purchases. The promotion runs until July 29 and is eligible for desktops, graphics cards and laptop RTX 20 series purchases.
Stable MIUI 12 for the Poco X2 stalls as Xiaomi extends MIUI 12 rollout for the Mi 9; full-screen gestures arriving for Redmi K20 Pro in a subsequent update
Xiaomi has pushed a new update to the Poco X2, but quite possibly not the one for which people had been hoping. The MIUI 12 upgrade has been extended for the Mi 9, though. However, full-screen gestures may not be arriving on the Redmi K20 Pro until a new update arrives.
LG is bringing its Velvet UI to older devices, including the V35 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ
LG has announced that it will be porting the UI from its recent Velvet smartphone to older handsets, including the V50 ThinQ and G8 ThinQ. Other eligible devices include the V50S ThinQ, V40 ThinQ, V35 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ. These will most likely be Android 10 updates, though.
Pictures of new Google Nest Smart speaker appear on Japanese regulatory body
Pictures of Google's upcoming Nest Smart speaker have surfaced online. Published by a Japanese regulatory body, the speaker has an ungainly-looking design that is considerably larger than the Google Home.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into a smart speaker with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa integration
Fancy making use of a Raspberry Pi as a smart speaker? Well, two projects have demonstrated the steps for getting the popular single-board computer working with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The realised projects support wake words and may be a cheaper option than purchasing an Echo Dot or a Nest Home Mini if you have a Raspberry Pi lying about.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S7 Plus and Galaxy Watch Active 3 may launch on the same day
Leaked marketing renders of the Galaxy Watch Active 3 seemingly put the upcoming smartwatch on a collision course with a July 22 launch date, two weeks ahead of Samsung's next Galaxy Unpacked event on August 5. Now, a rumour has emerged that the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus will also be arriving on July 22 alongside the Galaxy Watch Active 3.
Creative launches the SXFI Gamer USB-C headset with Super X-Fi technology and replaceable ear cups
Creative Technology has announced its latest headset, the Creative SXFI Gamer. Featuring replaceable ear cups, RGB lighting and USB Type-C connectivity, the SXFI Gamer retails for US$129.99 and £114.99 in the UK. The headset also includes the company's new CommanderMic and is compatible with Gen2 of its Super X-Fi technology.
Android 10 (Go edition) arrives on the Nokia 1
Android 10 (Go edition) has been made available for the Nokia 1, a handset that HMD Global released well over two years ago. The update will roll out in waves and is the second OS upgrade for the Nokia 1.
The Dell XPS 15 9500 grabs a new dazzling colour variant
Dell has given the XPS 15 9500 a fresh lick of paint. Only released in May, the XPS 15 9500 is now available in two colours in multiple regions. Called Frost with an Arctic White palm rest, the new colour option will be a US$50 surcharge for Core i7 models with 16 GB of RAM and above.
OnePlus Nord to feature an AMOLED screen and a 4,115 mAh battery as leak reveals full design of sub-US$500 handset
The full design of the OnePlus Nord has been revealed. Sporting four rear-facing cameras and two front-facing ones, the OnePlus Nord will have more cameras than the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. OnePlus has confirmed that an AMOLED panel will be onboard, which will be joined by a 4,115 mAh battery.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 and a 1080p resolution remains the most popular combination for gamers
NVIDIA may be on the verge of releasing its new Ampere architecture. However, the latest Steam hardware survey reveals that many gamers have yet to move to the company's Turing architecture. Instead, Pascal generation cards remain dominant, as does a preference for gaming at 1080p.
Save up to 24% with a limited offer on a refurbished XPS 13 9300, XPS 13 7390, XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 and Inspiron 5000 series laptops
Dell is offering up to 24% off several XPS, and Inspiron refurbished laptops. The offer includes the XPS 13 9300, XPS 13 7390, XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 and four Inspiron 5000 series machines.
Global Android 11 release date confirmed; headed to Pixel smartphones on September 8
Google has revealed the planned launch date for Android 11, its next-generation OS. Currently undergoing public beta tests, Android 11 will arrive "everywhere" on September 8. This is probably only true for Pixel smartphones though, as have proven the case with past releases of Android.
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick and Mi Smart Band 5 launching on July 15 at €39.99 apiece as Camera Shutter Control enabled for budget fitness tracker
Xiaomi has confirmed that the Mi Smart Band 5 and Mi TV Stick will both retail for €39.99 (~US$45). The company has also teased that the two devices will be launched on July 15. Xiaomi has enabled Camera Shutter Control for the Mi Smart Band 5 too.
AMD confirms that Ryzen 4000 "Vermeer" Zen 3 and 7 nm processors will launch later this year
Ryzen 4000 desktop processors will be launching this year, AMD CEO Lisa Su has confirmed. Codenamed "Vermeer", the processors are based on the company's Zen 3 architecture and an improved 7 nm process.
Stable MIUI 12 updates lands on the Xiaomi Redmi K30i 5G
MIUI 12 has arrived on the Xiaomi Redmi K30i 5G. The device, which most people would struggle to tell apart from the regular Redmi K30 5G, is the latest smartphone to receive Xiaomi's new OS. The company has already pushed MIUI 12 to other K30 series devices, along with other handsets like the Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9.
New Xiaomi RedmiBook 14 II and RedmiBook 16 versions launched: Up to an Intel Core i7-1065G7, an NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPU and 16 GB of RAM from ~US$670
Xiaomi has launched new versions of the RedmiBook 14 II and RedmiBook 16. Available with either Core i5-1035G1 or Core i7-1065G7 processors, the Intel editions of the two laptops have also been paired with an NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPU. The two laptops will be available to pre-order from today for CNY 4,699 (~US$670) and upwards.
Raspberry Pi: Fanless aluminium case brings style to the popular single-board computer for US$30
Akasa has released the Gem Pro, having announced the case in May. Available for £24.75 or US$30.95, the Gem Pro features apertures for the GPIO and microSD card slot of the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, along with full access to its other ports.
LG adds the ability to hide the navigation bar among other changes in a sizeable new V50 ThinQ update
LG has brought a host of changes to the V50 ThinQ. The new update follows the introduction of a desktop mode to the dual-screen device earlier this year.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, Mi A3 and Poco F2 Pro are all set to gain native call recording
Native call recording is coming to the Poco F2 Pro. The feature has arrived for the Mi A2 Lite and Mi A3 too, although it may not be ready for prime time quite yet. The feature is embedded within the stock Phone app.
ASUS, Gigabyte and other OEMs release new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 variants with Turing video encoders
NVIDIA and its partners are continuing to release TU106 and TU116 versions of the GeForce GTX 1650. At least three new partners have now released new GTX GeForce 1650 models. All include the Turing NVENC encoder, which promises to encode videos up to 15% more efficiently while minimising artefacts.
FCC confirms that the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is headed to the US and the EU
The FCC has confirmed that the Mi TV Stick is on its way to the US. The device will be available in the EU too and will support a host of current connectivity standards. Xiaomi is expected to release the Mi TV Stick in two editions and to include a multi-function remote in the box.
The OnePlus Nord may have five cameras including a 48 MP sensor; probable placeholder retailer listing has people talking
Rumour has it that the OnePlus Nord will be leading with a 48 MP primary camera, not a 64 MP sensor. The device will be rocking five other camera sensors too, including an ultra-wide-angle lens. A retailer has published a listing for the OnePlus Nord too, but it is likely just a placeholder.
Kingdel NC980: A Mini-PC with a Core i7 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU for US$460
The Kingdel NC980 is compact yet still manages to include a 45 W Core i7 processor and a dedicated GPU. The Mini-PC is available in multiple configurations and features nine USB ports among other ports.
Astro City Mini: Sega presents a retro mini arcade preloaded with 36 games
Sega has unveiled another retro console. Called the Astro City Mini, the mini arcade machine comes with 36 games pre-installed, including Altered Beast and Virtua Fighter among others.
AMD Ryzen 7 4700G manages over a 300 MHz overclock on 4.4 GHz boost clock at 1.425 V
Details about the overclocking potential of the AMD Ryzen 7 4700G have been revealed online. The Zen 2 APU, which is reported to have a 4.4 GHz boost clock and a 65 W TDP, has been shown to reach over 4.7 GHz at 1.425 V. The APU is also thought to include an 8 CU GPU and will support SMT.
8BitDo: Popular retro controller company releases Xbox-themed SN30 Pro controller and gaming clip for Microsoft Project xCloud
8BitDo has presented a new controller for Microsoft's upcoming Project xCloud gaming platform. The controller is based on the popular SN30 Pro and features fully customisable buttons. 8BitDo has announced a Mobile Gaming Clip for Xbox controllers too, which will come bundled with the controller and will be available to purchase separately.
Questionable Google Pixel 5 CAD renders surface
Some CAD renders purporting to be the Google Pixel 5 have appeared online. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to the supposedly cancelled Pixel 4a XL, the design would see Google abandoning its Project Soli radar system after just one generation. We are not the only ones to have our doubts about the veracity of these renders, though.
Eve V 2020: Eve-Tech offers design and keyboard visions of its second-generation Microsoft Surface alternative
With the Eve Spectrum monitor apparently set for release next quarter, Eve Distribution is continuing to prototype its next Surface alternative with fans. Now the company, formerly known as Eve-Tech, has offered glimpses of several design proposals for its next 2-in-1.
OnePlus Nord: OIS confirmed for flagship-level camera as OnePlus teases retail packaging, July 21 release date and the "world's first AR smartphone launch"
OnePlus continues to tease the OnePlus Nord ahead of its next pre-order event on July 8. The device, which will retail for under US$500, will feature OIS and some sleek-looking retail packaging. It seems that a July 21 release date has been confirmed too, as has the "world's first AR smartphone launch".
Leak points towards Xiaomi launching a new family of devices; Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro may feature upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs instead
A leak has confirmed that Xiaomi has a new family of devices in development, codenamed Gauguin. Apparently sporting 64 MP and 108 MP rear-facing cameras, the Gauguin and Gauguin Pro also have Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs. The specifications of the Gauguin family seemingly line-up with the Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro, which are due to arrive in Q4 2020 and Q1 2021 respectively.
EMUI 11: Open-source Android 11-based OS arriving in August, beta testing to start with Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro
Huawei has confirmed that its next OS, EMUI 11, will be arriving in August. Based on open-source Android 11 without any Google apps or services, EMUI 11 will land on the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro this quarter before making its full debut on the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro later this year.
MIUI 12 may gain a Google Pixel exclusive camera feature
Recent China Beta versions of MIUI 12 suggest that Xiaomi is developing its answer to Top Shot, Google's machine-learning photography tool. Called AI shutter, the feature appears to have similar functionality to Top Shot and may eventually make its way to stable MIUI 12 builds.
Rumoured pricing sees 25%-30% increases for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra as fake Geekbench listing fools people; Galaxy Z Fold 2 likely to cost over US$2,000
Rumour has it that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra at some hefty price tags next month. Apparently, the two flagships will retail for 25%-30% higher than the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+. The rumoured pricing would also see the Galaxy Z Fold 2 cost over US$2,000. A fake Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Geekbench listing has convinced some people, too.
Stable MIUI 12 update may not arrive on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 until September
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 may not receive MIUI 12 until September. The device, which Xiaomi released in October 2018, is on Round 2 of the company's MIUI 12 Release Schedule. However, it is not eligible for its fledging Mi Pilot progam.
Honor Choice TWS earbuds launch for US$34.99 with touch controls, up to 24 hours of battery life and IP54 certification
Honor has launched a new set of earbuds, the Honor Choice True Wireless Earbuds. Priced at just US$34.99, the Honor Choice supports Bluetooth 5.0, up to 24 hours of battery life and USB Type-C charging. Touch controls are supported too and the earbuds are IP54 certified.
ASUS ROG Phone 3: New gaming smartphone launching in Chinese, European and North American markets on July 22
ASUS has confirmed that it will be launching the ROG Phone 3 this month, the successor to last year's ROG Phone 2. The device, which is thought to include a 6,000 mAh battery, has already been seen in a leaked hands-on video and at the TENAA. The ROG Phone 3 should have a high-refresh-rate AMOLED panel and perhaps even a Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset.
Leak confirms Xiaomi Redmi K30 Ultra with a MediaTek SoC, a 64 MP primary camera and a pop-up camera as 120 W Xiaomi charger appears at the 3C
A leak has confirmed that the Redmi K30 and Redmi K30 Pro will soon be joined by a device called the Redmi K30 Ultra. Possibly the real name for the rumoured Redmi K40, the device has been spotted with a 64 MP primary camera and a pop-up selfie camera. Xiaomi has just certified a 120 W with the 3C too.
Amazfit Band 5: FCC confirms 5 ATM water resistance, a heart rate monitor, an AMOLED panel and the battery capacity of upcoming fitness tracker
The FCC has confirmed multiple aspects of the Amazfit Band 5, Huami's new fitness tracker. Set to feature 5 ATM water resistance, a heart rate monitor, an AMOLED panel and a 125 mAh battery, there is talk of the Amazfit Band 5 resembling the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5.
Samsung Germany confirms 5G version of the Galaxy Tab S7+; 15 W charger expected for 10,000 mAh tablet
Samsung Germany has confirmed that it will be releasing a 5G version of the upcoming Galaxy Tab S7+. Rumoured to be launching on August 5, the 12.4-inch tablet is thought to have a 120 Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 865 SoC and a 10,000 mAh battery. A 15 W charger is expected to be included in the box now, too.
OnePlus teases the design of the OnePlus Nord with a flat screen, multiple rear-facing cameras and a punch-hole selfie camera
OnePlus has teased the design of the OnePlus Nord. Spotted on an Instagram video, the company has revealed that the device will feature a flat screen, multiple rear-facing cameras and at least one, if not two, front-facing cameras.
Schenker VIA 15 Pro: A 15.6-inch Renoir laptop with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, 64 GB of RAM, a 2 TB SSD and a 91 Wh battery
Schenker has announced the VIA 15 Pro, a 15.6-inch Renoir laptop with a 91 Wh battery. The device features either the AMD Ryzen 5 4600H or Ryzen 7 4800H and is freely configurable up to 64 GB of RAM and 2 TB of storage. The 1.4 kg laptop is estimated to start shipping from the end of August.
W26: A blatant Apple Watch clone with IP68 certification, a heart rate monitor ECG functionality for under US$25
A new and unabashed Apple Watch clone has hit the market, complete with IP68 certification and ECG functionality. Called the W26, the smartwatch is available from multiple brands for under US$25 and comes with a heart rate monitor along with a 1.75-inch display.
The OnePlus Nord may be arriving on July 21 with up to 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage, a 90 Hz display and in three colours
Rumour has it that the OnePlus Nord will be launching in India on July 21. Additionally, the OnePlus Nord is purported to feature a 90 Hz display, up to 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. A total of six cameras will be in tow too, along with OIS and EIS.
Apple brings the AMD Radeon Pro W5500X to the Mac Pro
Apple has quietly released a new graphics card option for the Mac Pro, effectively bringing down the cost of equipping the workstation with GDDR6 VRAM. Called the Radeon Pro W5500X, the half-height MPX module is based on AMD's RDNA architecture and has a memory bandwidth of 224 GB/s.
The Lenovo Flex 5 with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U and 16 GB of RAM is purchasable again for US$599.99
The Lenovo Flex 5 is back for under US$600. Available on Amazon, the device comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U APU, a Radeon RX Vega 6 GPU, 16 GB of dual-channel DDR4-3200 RAM and a 256 GB SSD. An Active Pen is included in the box, too.
The Google Pixel 4a will have a larger battery capacity than the Pixel 3a, Pixel 3 and Pixel 4; 18 W fast charging remains
The Google Pixel 4a has popped up at the NCC in Taiwan, confirming the device's battery capacity. According to the listing, the Pixel 4a will have a larger battery than not only the Pixel 3a, but also the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4. Google is sticking with 18 W fast charging for its next mid-range smartphone, though.
Raspberry Pi: Utilise the single-board computer as a microscope with LEGO and an Arduino
A project has transformed the Raspberry Pi, some LEGO, an Arduino and a few other components into a working microscope. Presented by IBM Research, the project can deliver results that are accurate enough for reports, papers and presentations.
Polar Unite: A budget fitness tracker and smartwatch with a simple and classic look
Polar has announced its latest smartwatch and fitness tracker, the Unite. Compatible with the company's Polar Flow service, the Unite features a colour touchscreen display, up to 4 days battery life and a heart rate tracker. The Polar Unite is waterproof and supports Connected GPS.
Nokia 8.3 5G: Snapdragon 765G and 5G smartphone lands in the UK for under £500
The Nokia 8.3 5G has landed in the UK for under £500. The device features a 6.81-inch display, a Snapdragon 765G SoC, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and 5G connectivity. The Nokia 8.3 5G will begin shipping in September.
Leak confirms Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 series SKUs and unusually high pricing
Evan Blass has revealed the full product stack for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, which includes a black titanium edition and two watch case sizes. Blass also claims that the series will cost anywhere from US$400 to US$600, which would make the Galaxy Watch 3 considerably more expensive than the Watch Active2.
Leaks confirm the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G in at least two colours, including Mystic Bronze
Evan Blass has published a 360° GIF of the Galaxy Z Flip 5G in Mystic Bronze. The device, which Samsung is rumoured to be launching on August 5 at a Galaxy UNPACKED event, will sport the same design as the current Galaxy Z Flip.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7: Geekbench confirms Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and 8 GB of RAM for Q3 2020-bound tablet
Geekbench has seemingly confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC and 8 GB of RAM. The Galaxy Tab S7 is thought to be launching next month with a 7,760 mAh battery and alongside the Galaxy Note20 series.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into a synthesizer
A project has transformed the Raspberry Pi into a portable synthesizer. Called the nanoPi, the project utilizes a Raspberry Pi Zero W, a KORG nanoKEY and FluidSynth.
Lynwo BT01: A sub-US$20 smartwatch with IP68 certification, a heart rate monitor and onboard GPS
The Lynwo BT01 is a cheap smartwatch that still packs plenty of features. The device, which retails for under US$20, is IP68 certified and supports GPS route tracking. There is even a heart rate monitor to complement the smartwatch's 1.3-inch IPS touchscreen display.
Respectable rumour posits that the Xbox Series S will be closer to the design of the Xbox One than the Xbox Series X; Microsoft's premier next-generation console originally had an August 2020 release date too
Rumour has it that the Xbox Series S will not be sporting the Gamecube-esque design when Microsoft releases it later this year. Instead, it may be closer to the shape of the Xbox One. Both the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X are now slated for a Christmas 2020 release, although the Series X was originally planned for August 2020, instead.
Stable MIUI 12 update hits the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro in India; MIUI 12 lands on the Redmi Note 9 and Redmi 10X 4G too
The stable MIUI 12 update has arrived for the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro in India. The update, which is arriving as an OTA download, is live now. A corresponding OS upgrade has reached the Redmi Note 9 and Redmi 10X 4G too.
The Google Pixel 5, Huawei Mate X 2, Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 and possibly the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ are all set for 120 Hz displays; no ProMotion displays for the Apple iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max, though
Rumour has it that multiple upcoming flagships will feature at least 120 Hz displays, including the Google Pixel 5, Galaxy Fold 2, Huawei Mate X 2 and possibly the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+. Contrary to previous leaks, Apple will apparently not be bringing its ProMotion display technology to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, though.
FriendlyELEC NanoPi NEO3: A tiny Raspberry Pi competitor that packs plenty of features
The NanoPi NEO3 is another small single-board computer (SBC) produced by FriendlyELEC. The NEO3 includes a quad-core ARM processor, up to 2 GB of RAM, Gigabit Ethernet and a microSD card reader.
Samsung "leaks" the Galaxy Note20 Ultra in Mystic Bronze; periscope camera, a curved display and a redesigned S Pen are all headed to the August-bound flagship
The first official images of the Galaxy Note20 series have appeared online, supposedly accidentally uploaded by Samsung. Pictured in Mystic Bronze, the Note20 Ultra appears to feature a periscope camera, along with two other lenses and a ToF sensor. The Note20 Ultra also looks to have a curved display, and the S Pen has received a redesign too.
OnePlus Nord pre-orders sell out almost immediately amid complaints from fans; Snapdragon 765G, 5G and a flagship-level camera confirmed for under US$500
Initial pre-orders for the OnePlus Nord went live today, the first of three pre-order events hosted by OnePlus. Fans of the company do not seem too happy about how quickly units were snapped up though, with stock levels apparently having been exhausted in under a minute. The Snapdragon 765G, 5G connectivity and a flagship-level camera for under US$500 has been confirmed too.
MIUI 12 full release for the Mi 9, Mi 9T, Mi 9T Pro, Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro is "now starting to kick in", Xiaomi confirms
The release of MIUI 12 for the Mi 9T Pro, Mi 9T, Mi 9, Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro is "now starting to kick in", according to Xiaomi. The statement, tweeted to its hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter, appears to signal that the company may be ready to start issuing MIUI 12 to other devices like the Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 8 Pro and Pocophone F1 too.
Google Smart Home Summit: Android TV "Sabrina" streaming stick and Nest-branded "Prince" speaker expected to launch at July 8 event
Google has put a new event in its calendar. Called the Works With "Hey Google" Smart Home Summit, the event will commence on July 8. The company is expected to announce hardware at the summit, with its rumoured Android TV "Sabrina" streaming stick and Nest-branded "Prince" speaker seemingly likely candidates.
Geekbench lists possible upgraded Microsoft Surface Pro X with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Plus and 16 GB of RAM
Geekbench has presented a possible upgraded Microsoft Surface Pro X. Paired with 16 GB of RAM, the device appears to be based on Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 8cx Plus chipset. The mystery device is running Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit too.
Geekbench sees the ARM-based Apple Developer Transition Kit putting on a good showing against the Surface Pro X
It turns out that the Apple Developer Transition Kit and the A12Z Bionic stand up well against the Microsoft SQ1 in the Surface Pro X too. With both powered by eight-core custom ARM chips, the Transition Kit has the edge in single-core performance, while the Surface Pro X wins out in multi-core work.
Just how good is the "gimbal" camera system in the Vivo X50 Pro?
Just how good is the "gimbal" camera system in the Vivo X50 Pro? Well, a hands-on review of the device has shown it to be competitive with flagships like the Apple iPhone 11 Pro, Huawei P40 Pro Plus and Google Pixel 4, which is quite the coup for Vivo. However, the "gimbal" camera system is not as revolutionary as Vivo has claimed it to be.
Philips confirms that its new Ambiglow Momentum monitors can "take console gaming to the next level"
Philips has brought two new Ambiglow monitors to market. Called the Momentum 278M1R and Momentum 556M1RY, Philips claims that the two monitors can "take console gaming to the next level". Both support low input lag, while the 556M1RY can operate at up to 120 Hz and 4K.
Stable MIUI 12 update arrives for the global edition of the Xiaomi Mi 9
The stable MIUI 12 update has landed for the global version of the Xiaomi Mi 9. The update follows equivalent OS upgrades for the Chinese and EU editions of the device.
FCC confirms the imminent arrival of the Oppo Watch running Wear OS with LTE, GPS and a heart rate monitor
The FCC has confirmed that the Oppo Watch is almost ready to hit global audiences. The smartwatch, which has already been released in China, has a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2500 processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. The smartwatch will be available in two sizes and has built-in LTE, along with support for GPS and NFC.
MIUI 12 Global Stable beta pilot testers published; Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 8 Pro and Poco F1 eligible for Round 2 updates with Redmi Note 7 Pro and Redmi Note 7S dropped
Xiaomi has published the pilot testers that have been selected to receive MIUI 12 Global Stable beta updates for Round 2 of the company's release schedule. The Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 8 Pro and Poco F1 are eligible for the stable beta updates.
Leak confirms AMD Ryzen 4000 "Vermeer" Zen 3 and 7 nm processors are in the final stages of development; AMD sticking with Vega GPUs for Renoir successor, moving onto Navi GPUs as of Van Gogh
AMD Ryzen 4000 "Vermeer" processors are in the final stages of development, igor'sLAB has confirmed. The Zen 3 processors will be joined next year by "Cezanne", the successor to the current Renoir architecture. AMD is sticking with Vega GPUs for Ryzen 5000 mobile processors; expect a Navi switch up as of Van Gogh processors.
Stable Android 10 update lands on the Indian version of the Xiaomi Redmi 7A; MIUI 12 not ready for primetime on the entry-level device though
Xiaomi has delivered another update for the Redmi 7A, this time upgrading Indian handsets to Android 10. However, while the entry-level handset should soon be upgraded to MIUI 12, this latest update does not deliver on that.
The Sony Xperia 1 II is unusually repairable for a flagship smartphone; offers a taste of what to expect from the Xperia Pro too
The Xperia 1 II has some hidden secrets. The flagship smartphone is rather repairable by today's standards too. There are no flimsy cables to slice through when removing the back panel, for instance. Also, many parts are replaceable, with Sony continuing to use modular charging ports and battery pull tabs.
OnePlus settles on Nord name for the OnePlus Z; At least US$200 cheaper than the OnePlus 8 and headed to pre-order a day earlier than new OnePlus Smart TVs
OnePlus has confirmed the name, tentative pricing and pre-order dates for its next smartphone. Called the OnePlus Nord instead of the OnePlus Lite or OnePlus Z, the device will be available to pre-order in limited quantities from tomorrow. Pitched at under US$500, the OnePlus Nord should cost at least US$200 less than OnePlus 8.
Stable MIUI 12 is not headed to all Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro handsets just yet as EU and Indian models receive underwhelming new updates
Stable MIUI 12 updates for the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro have already arrived for Chinese versions of Xiaomi's latest flagships. The same cannot be said in other countries though, as some people would have discovered today.
DM20: A well-equipped smartwatch with 4G connectivity, onboard GPS, a heart rate monitor and a large battery
The SENBONO DM20 is a well-equipped smartwatch that includes not only built-in GPS, but also a 4G modem, a large battery and IP67 certification. The device, which has a 1.88-inch touchscreen, comes in two colours and a choice between 1 GB of RAM with 16 GB of storage or 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.
Leak confirms launch date of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and multiple new features; 41 mm and 45 mm LTE smartwatches to arrive before the Galaxy Note 20 series
A leak has seemingly confirmed the launch date of the Galaxy Watch 3, Samsung's next flagship smartwatch series. Thought to be arriving in 41 mm and 45 mm sizes, the Galaxy Watch 3 will also come in LTE and Wi-Fi only variants. According to this leak, the Galaxy Watch 3 will arrive a few days earlier than the expected launch of the Galaxy Note 20 series and several new foldable Samsung smartphones too.
OnePlus sets release date for the OnePlus Z; OnePlus 8 alternative set to arrive before three new OnePlus Smart TVs
OnePlus has announced the launch date of its next smartphone, and it is early than expected. Originally thought to be launching on July 10, OnePlus has confirmed that the device, possibly called the OnePlus Z, will be showcased before the month is out. The company is offering fans a choice between two names for its next smartphone, too.
Stable MIUI 12 updates are on the brink of arriving on a wave of Redmi smartphones, Xiaomi confirms
Xiaomi has announced that MIUI 12 will be hitting a wave of Redmi smartphones from tomorrow. Possibly marking the start of Round 2 of its MIUI 12 release schedule, some of the devices eligible for the OS upgrade include the Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro and Redmi Note 8 Pro.
Mi Store Philippines leaks Xiaomi Mi Band 4C, Mi Smart Coffee Machine, Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic, and Mi TV Stick specifications and renders
The Mi Store Philippines has leaked multiple Xiaomi products before their official unveiling. The regional store has included specifications and renders of the Mi Band 4C, Mi Smart Coffee Machine, Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic and the Mi TV Stick.
Xiaomi Haylou LS01: A sub ~US$20 smartwatch with IP68 certification, 9 sports modes, 24 hours heart rate monitoring and up to 14 days battery life
The Xiaomi Haylou LS01 is a smartwatch with 9 sports modes, 24 hours heart rate monitoring and up to 14 days of battery life. The 1.3-inch smartwatch is also IP68 certified and is down to just CNY 119 (~US$16.81). The Xiaomi Haylou LS01 is available from third-party retailers like AliExpress and Gearbest too.
AMD Ryzen 4000: Zen 3 and 7 nm "Vermeer" processors remain on track for a Q3 2020; no Intel Comet Lake-S related delay, AMD spokesperson confirms
AMD Ryzen 4000 Zen 3 processors remain on track for a Q3 2020 release, a company spokesperson has confirmed. The confirmation quashes a rumour to the contrary, which stated that AMD might have delayed the release of its Vermeer processors until Intel announces its Comet Lake-S architecture.
Stable MIUI 12 updates: List of devices that received Xiaomi's latest OS reaches 15
The list of devices that have received MIUI 12 has reached 15. A comprehensive list outlines which models have so far been upgraded to Xiaomi's latest OS, which continues to be based on Android 10, and on which branches of MIUI.
Leak confirms Lenovo Yoga Carbon with Intel Core i7 Tiger Lake processor, a QHD 16:10 display and up to 16 hours of battery life
A promotional video for the Lenovo Yoga Carbon (13") has leaked, confirming that the company has a Tiger Lake ultrabook in the works. The device will feature a QHD 13.3-inch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio and up to 16 hours of battery life in a sub-1 kg chassis.
Microsoft is closing all its retail brick-and-mortar stores; four reimagined as Experience Centers
Microsoft has announced that is closing all but 4 of its 116 brick-and-mortar stores. The stores that will remain open will be reimagined as "Microsoft Experience Centers".
FCC confirms no 5G connectivity, Wi-Fi 6, or Soli radar functionality for the Google Pixel 4a; could Google be plotting the Pixel 5a instead?
The FCC has published numerous documents for what is likely the Pixel 4a, confirming several aspects about the upcoming mid-range smartphone. No 5G connectivity, Wi-Fi 6, or Soli radar functionality is inbound for the Pixel 4a, but it should arrive before the end of September at least. Rumour has it that Google may release the Pixel 4a as the Pixel 5a instead, too.
Some early Dell XPS 15 9500 machines have wobbly trackpads, but remediation is on offer for affected units
Dell has acknowledged that some early XPS 15 9500 machines shipped with wobbly trackpads. Apparently not meeting the company's "stringent quality and experience standards", Dell is offering to correct affected units. New XPS 15 9500 shipments should not suffer from wobbly trackpads, either.
Some Xiaomi Redmi K20 and Mi 9T owners awake to an underwhelming update; Xiaomi delays EU stable MIUI 12 update for Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro too
Some Xiaomi Redmi K20 and Mi 9T owners have awoken to a new update, but not quite the one for which many had hoped. Xiaomi has delayed the release of MIUI 12 for EU versions of the Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro too, despite having recently upgraded other editions.
Google Android 11 Developer Preview confirms upcoming Android TV dongle
Google has published the first Android 11 Developer Preview on TV, which is available to download now. The preview not only offers an insight into what Android 11 will look like on Android TV, but it has also confirmed the existence of Google's first proper TV streaming device. Codenamed Sabrina, the dongle will support Dolby Vision and HDR10 natively.
Leak confirms new Lenovo Yoga dual-screen device running Windows 10X
A new leak has confirmed that Lenovo has developed a Yoga dual-screen device running Windows 10X. The device, which resembles the Dell Concept Duet and Microsoft Surface Neo supports pen input and has a detachable keyboard.
LG TONE Free: New TWS earbuds that feature a self-cleaning charging case and up to 18 hours of battery life but no Qualcomm aptX or aptX HD support
LG has announced two pairs of TWS earbuds. Called the HBS-FN4 and HBS-FN6, the latter includes a self-cleaning charging case that LG claims can kill up to 99.9% of E. coli and S. aureus. The earbuds can last up to 18 hours between charges too, but LG forgot to include support for Qualcomm's high-resolution aptX and aptX HD Bluetooth codecs.
Mi Smart Band 5: Xiaomi's global fitness tracker will support blood oxygen monitoring but NFC functionality may be missing
Xiaomi released the Mi Band 5 with NFC last month, but it has emerged that the global edition will not support the functionality. Called the Mi Smart Band 5, the fitness tracker will support blood oxygen monitoring thanks to the inclusion of a SpO2 sensor.
Stable MIUI 12 and Android 10 updates for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 may arrive simultaneously after the Dragon Boat Festival
The stable MIUI 12 update for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 may arrive after the Dragon Boat Festival, according to Piunikaweb. The initial MIUI 12 build may upgrade the Redmi Note 8 to Android 10, too.
Prototypes confirm that the Google Pixel 4 could have looked dramatically different
It turns out that Google was not always set on the design of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. The Google Industrial Design Team has offered a look at the making of its most recent flagship, complete with a host of prototypes and alternative colours.
Huawei releases a surprisingly large update for the P10 and P10 Plus
The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus may not be eligible for EMUI 10 or EMUI 10.1, but they have just received a sizeable update. Based on Android 9.0 Pie, the new update includes several new features and is available to download now.
The OnePlus Z may be called the OnePlus NORD 20s
OnePlus has teased that its next smartphone, which may have more cameras than the OnePlus 8, will be marketed under its recently-established NORD brand. However, there is evidence to suggest that the device will actually be called the OnePlus NORD 20s.
Raspberry Pi: Improve internet performance on the Nintendo Switch using the popular single-board computer
A simple project has demonstrated how to utilise a Raspberry Pi as an Ethernet bridge for the Nintendo Switch. The project can yield dramatic improvements in internet performance and may reduce online multiplayer lag too.
MIUI 12 stable update arrives for the global and Indian versions of the Xiaomi Redmi K20 and Mi 9T
The first stable MIUI 12 update has been released for the global and Indian versions of the Xiaomi Redmi K20 and Mi 9T. The updates, which are arriving as OTA downloads, introduce a host of changes for the devices and follow the introduction of MIUI 12 on the global version of the Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro. The European version of the Mi 9 has been recently upgraded to MIUI 12 too.
Honor 9A launched: Budget smartphone launching in the UK and Europe on July 1
The Honor 9A is making its way to the UK and the Eurozone on July 1. The device, which features a 5,000 mAh battery and a 6.53-inch display, will retail for £149.99 and €149.90.
Powkiddy V90: A compact retro handheld games console with up to four hours battery life
The Powkiddy V90 is another handheld retro games console. Styled on the Game Boy Advance SP, the Powkiddy V90 is available in red or yellow for US$39.99. The device comes with a 1,040 mAh battery, a USB Type-C port and a 3.0-inch IPS display.
Intel and OEMs have killed undervolting and there is little that you can do about it
Undervolting is dead. Worse still, OEMs are killing the functionality on older machines too. Undervolting is no longer possible on recent Dell XPS laptops, for example, nor on the Surface Laptop 3 or Surface Pro 7.
Experiencing disconnects and freezes with USB devices on your new MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro? There is a workaround
Are you experiencing disconnects and freezes with USB 2.0 devices on your new MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro? Well, you are not alone. Apple is yet to recognise the issue officially, but there is a workaround for the time being.
Xiaomi releases a new update Mi A2 Lite targetting at reducing system lag and increasing system stability
Xiaomi has issued a new update for the Mi A2 Lite. Called V126.96.36.199.QDLMIXM, the new Android 10 promises to reduce system lag and increase system stability for the Android One handset. The update is rolling out now as an OTA and can be download manually.
Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into a pocket-sized vintage radio
Thanks to a straightforward project, the Raspberry Pi can be used as the basis for a pocket-sized vintage radio. Featuring playlists for every decade from the 1920s to the present day, the so-called Radio Time Machine utilises a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, an Arduino Nano, some RGB LEDs and the shell from a vintage Bluetooth radio.
Global stable MIUI 12 update lands for the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro; MIUI 12 update for the Mi 9 arrives in Europe too
Xiaomi has extended the rollout of MIUI 12 for the Redmi K20 Pro, Mi 9T Pro and Mi 9 following the release of the OS update in China. MIUI 12 is now available for the global versions of the Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro, along with the European variant of the Mi 9.
Lemfo A36W 4G: An affordable smartwatch with 4G, IP certification, GPS and a large battery
The Lemfo A36W 4G is a cheap smartwatch that includes not only a large battery and IP certification, but also a 4G modem and GPS. The Lemfo A36W 4G is available in three colours and has dedicated SOS functionality.
Dell G7 15: A new design with more powerful components and optional 300 Hz or OLED displays, but no numeric keypad
Dell has overhauled the G7 15 with a refined design and more powerful components. The G7 15 7500 will be available with up to an Intel Core i9-10980HK, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD. 144 Hz and 300 Hz IPS or 4K OLED displays are available too. The new Dell G7 15 has lost its numeric keypad, though.
Dell G7 17: Powerful 17-inch gaming laptop receives an eye-catching redesign; up to a Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q and optional 300 Hz IPS or 4K OLED displays available
Dell has unveiled the new G7 17. The device features a new design that includes full-sized arrow keys and eye-catching RGB LED strip. The new G7 17 comes with a choice between multiple powerful components too, including the Core i9-10980HK and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q. Update: Dell has since confirmed that it has also released an RTX 2070 SUPER SKU. This version will be available with 32 GB of RAM, too. There is no OLED option, though.
Xiaomi teases Redmi 9 with 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and a new eye-catching Pink colourway ahead of June 24 launch
Xiaomi has confirmed that it will be launching the Redmi 9 in China tomorrow. The device, which is already available to purchase in other markets like Spain, will be available to order from 10:00 CST (UTC+08:00). The Chinese edition gets a special 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage SKU too, along with two additional colour options from which to choose.
Acer refreshes the Predator Helios 300 with Intel Comet Lake-H processors, an overclockable NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q and a 240 Hz IPS display
Acer has announced a refresh of the Predator Helios 300. Now featuring Intel Comet Lake-H processors and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q. The latter is overclockable and can be paired with a 240 Hz, FHD and IPS 15.6-inch display. The new Predator Helios 300 will go on sale in China this month before reaching Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the US in July.
Acer Predator Helios 700: The innovative gaming laptop returns with up to an Intel Core i9-10980HK, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPUs and faster RAM
Acer has refreshed the Predator Helios 700, the gaming laptop with a slide-out keyboard and touchpad. The 17.3-inch gaming laptop has been upgraded to Comet Lake-H processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 SUPER series GPUs. The Helios 700 has gained faster RAM among other changes too.
Acer Predator Triton 300: 15.6-inch gaming laptop gets an Intel Comet Lake-H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q refresh, along with a 240 Hz refresh-rate display
Acer has announced a new Predator Triton 300, the PT315-52. Upgraded to Intel Comet Lake-H processors, the new Triton 300 is available with a choice of two NVIDIA GeForce RTX or two GeForce GTX 16 series GPUs. The Acer Predator Triton 300 PT315-52 will start at US$1,299.99 or €1,399 in Europe.
Acer Swift 5 SF514-55: A compact and lightweight 14-inch laptop that packs Intel Tiger Lake processors, a dedicated GPU and a bountiful battery for US$999.99
Acer has refreshed the Swift 5, its compact and lightweight 14-inch laptop series. The SF514-55, which weighs in at under 1 kg, includes a 90% screen-to-body ratio, Intel Tiger Lake processors, an NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPU and up to 16 GB of RAM. The Acer Swift 5 SF514-55 will arrive in China, EMEA and North America in Q4 2020 from US$999.99.
Retailers leak Google Pixel 4a colours and unusually high prices
French retailers have leaked new details about the Google Pixel 4a. Expected to be announced on July 13, the mid-range smartphone will apparently be arriving in two colours after all. The retailers disagree on the price of the device, but both seem on the high side.
FCC confirms Sony WH-1000XM4 design and lack of Qualcomm aptX or aptX HD support ahead of imminent release
The FCC has confirmed multiple aspects of the Sony WH-1000XM4 ahead of its expected release this week. Sony, which is replacing its popular WH-1000XM3 headphones after almost two years, has dropped support for the Qualcomm aptX and aptX HD codecs. The WH-1000XM4 is expected to retail for US$349.99.
Possible NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti sample hits 3DMark Time Spy
An early example of the RTX 3080 Ti may have been spotted on 3DMark Time Spy. The Ampere GPU, thought to be based on a GA102, posted over a 30% higher graphics score than the RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition and even managed to outperform the NVIDIA TITAN RTX.
New Xiaomi Mi TV Stick leak confirms FHD and 4K models
A new leak has confirmed that Xiaomi will be releasing two versions of the Mi TV Stick. Confirmed to be FHD and 4K models, the Mi TV Stick will start at US$49.99 and will start shipping at the end of next month. Both versions will run Android TV 9.0 and will support voice controls via Google Assistant out of the box.
New Xiaomi Mi TV Stick will ship next month for under US$50; 4K HDR and Android TV dongle gains EEC certification too
A retailer has confirmed that it will start shipping the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick next month for under US$50. The dongle, which Xiaomi recently certified with the EEC, will support 4K HDR and Android TV.
Raspberry Pi: Bring Google Stadia to the popular single-board computer
Fancy upping the gaming capabilities of your Raspberry Pi? Well, a simple project can bring Google Stadia to the single-board computer. Even titles like Destiny 2 are reported to play well on the Raspberry Pi using Stadia.
Possible Sony Xperia 5 II hits Geekbench with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC and 8 GB of RAM
A new Sony Xperia smartphone has appeared on Geekbench with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC and 8 GB of RAM. Codenamed 7Y6DU1I, the device could well be the Xperia 5 II.
Leak claims to show Apple AirPower working with Apple Watch and AirPods
A new leak claims to show the Apple AirPower working with an Apple Watch and AirPods. Published by Jon Prosser and other people on Discord, the 3-in-1 charging pad apparently includes a chip to prevent it from overheating and combusting.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro release slips to late Q4 2020 at the earliest; 120 Hz display touted for upcoming flagship
Rumour has it that Huawei will be bringing 120 Hz displays to its Mate series flagships this year, a first for the company. Ongoing supply chain issues owing to US trade sanctions may have postponed the release of the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro until late Q4 2020 at the earliest.
EA Sports teases FIFA 21 & Madden NFL 21 on the PS5 and Xbox Series X
EA Sports has teased FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21 for next-generation consoles. Presumably launch titles for the PS5 and Xbox Series X, EA Sports has announced the release dates for both games on current-generation consoles and PC via Origin and Steam too. The Nintendo Switch continues to be overlooked by EA Sports, though.
OnePlus teases new mid-range Smart TVs with MEMC motion compensation, 93% DCI-P3 colour space coverage and Dolby Vision certification
OnePlus has teased details about its new mid-range Smart TVs ahead of their July 2 release. The two, devices thought to be 32-inch and 43-inch TVs, will offer MEMC motion compensation, 93% DCI-P3 colour space coverage and Dolby Vision certification, among other features.
Poco F2 Pro: Xiaomi starts selling its re-branded Redmi K30 Pro in the UK
Xiaomi has started selling the Poco F2 Pro in the UK. The device, which is a re-branded Redmi K30 Pro, costs the "flagship killer price" of £549. Only the 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage model is being offered currently.
Samsung finally enables blood pressure monitoring on the Galaxy Watch Active 2; functionality teased for the Galaxy Watch 3 too
Samsung has finally enabled blood pressure monitoring on the Galaxy Watch Active 2 via a firmware update. The functionality, which requires initial calibration via a blood pressure cuff, is available to download or sideload now. It turns out that Samsung may well have teased that the Galaxy Watch 3 will support blood pressure monitoring, too.
Initial benchmarks confirm performance improvements of over 50% for the 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro with an AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU
Initial benchmarks have revealed just how powerful of an upgrade the AMD Radeon Pro 5600M is for the Apple MacBook Pro 16. According to multiple sources, the new GPU option offers substantial performance gains over the Radeon Pro 5500M and even sees the MacBook Pro 16 eclipsing the RX Vega 56-powered iMac Pro in some tasks.
UserBenchmark confirms Dell Inspiron 15 7506 2-in-1 Tiger Lake refresh with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 and a 4K display
UserBenchmark has confirmed that Dell is planning a Tiger Lake refresh of its 15-inch Inspiron 2-in-1 series. The company will at least offer the Inspiron 15 7506 2-in-1 with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 and a 4K display. The 16:9 aspect ratio from previous generations remains, though.
Mi Watch app confirms the Mi Watch Revolve as the global version of the Mi Watch Color; Mi Smart Band 4C release expected imminently too
The Mi Watch app has seemingly confirmed Xiaomi's plans to release the Mi Watch Color and Redmi Smart Band 4C for global audiences. Rebranded as the Mi Watch Revolve and Mi Smart Band 4C, the two devices would join Xiaomi's burgeoning wearables line.
Geekbench confirms a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and 8 GB of RAM for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
Geekbench has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G will be arriving in August with a Snapdragon 865 SoC and 8 GB of RAM. The device, which is thought to be debuting in three colours alongside the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Fold 2, may well feature a mix of parts that Samsung has used in its flagships over the last three years.
Leaked video confirms familiar design for the Asus ROG Phone 3
A leaked video has confirmed that the Asus ROG Phone 3 will ostensibly look like its predecessor, save for a few tweaks. The device, which is expected to feature an overclocked Snapdragon 865 SoC, 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512 GB of UFS 3.0 flash storage, will also have a 64 MP Quad Bayer primary camera.
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G hits 4.5 GHz with a 2.4 GHz GPU in 3DMark amid claims of a silent Ryzen 4000G Renoir processor launch
The AMD Ryzen PRO 4750G has been spotted hitting 4.5 GHz in 3DMark. The eight-core APU also appears to have a GPU capable of reaching 2.4 GHz. Rumour has it that AMD may be planning to silently launch its Ryzen 4000G processors next month, too.
Xiaomi enables REM sleep tracking for the Mi Band 5
Xiaomi has introduced REM sleep tracking on its Mi Fit app, enabling the feature for the newly released Mi Band 5. The global model, called the Mi Smart Band 5, is expected to launch next month with NFC and non-NFC variants.
Xiaomi Redmi 7: A mid-range smartphone stuck on Android 9.0 Pie and outdated security patches
The Xiaomi Redmi 7 is yet to receive Android 10, eight months on from being upgraded to MIUI 11. The device has, in fact, never received an Android OS upgrade, and many handsets are stuck on outdated security patches. The latest update is little more than perfunctory support for the Redmi 7, too.
Stable MIUI 12 update arrives for the Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G, Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro
The MIUI 12 update has landed on the Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G, Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro. The OS upgrade includes numerous changes from MIUI 11 and follows the release of MIUI 12 to the Mi 9, Mi 9T and the Redmi K20.
Honor 9A and Router 3 set for global launch on June 23
Honor is hosting a VIP Day Launch Event on June 23 where it will unveil the Honor 9A and Router 3 among other products. Both are budget devices, with the Honor 9A resembling the recently-announced Huawei Y6p. Update 06/19/2020: Honor has informed us that it will no longer launch the Honor Router 3 at its VIP Day Launch Event.
Pokémon reveals three new Pokémon games for the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices; Isle of Armor expansion pack released too
The Pokémon Company has revealed three Pokémon games for the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. The new games, which include a New Pokémon Snap for the Nintendo Switch, coincide with the release of the first expansion pack for Pokémon Sword and Shield.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3: Hands-on images and specifications revealed for 41 mm and 45 mm models
Hands-on images and key specifications of the Galaxy Watch 3 have been revealed ahead of the series expected Galaxy UNPACKED launch event on August 5. The 41 mm and 45 mm models sport subtly different designs, with the smaller of the two resembling the original Galaxy Watch.
Raspberry Pi: Turn the popular single-board computer into a laptop with a removable wireless keyboard and trackpad
The CrowPi2 transforms the Raspberry Pi into a compact laptop with a removable wireless keyboard and trackpad. The device, which has an 11.6-inch and 1080p IPS display, is compatible with multiple operating systems and the STEAM Education platform.
The Apple App Store generated over half a trillion dollars in sales in 2019
The Apple App Store generated over half a trillion dollars of sales in 2019 alone, a study has found. Conducted by the Analysis Group, the figure includes US$45 billion worth of in-app advertising and US$61 billion of digital goods and services.
AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs can run Crysis without any cooling
AMD's Ryzen 4000 APUs are some mighty powerful 15 W chips, but can they run Crysis? It turns out that they can and even without any cooling.
Huawei now sells more smartphones globally than Samsung, Apple and Xiaomi even without Google
Huawei may continue to be plagued by US trade sanctions, but that has not held the company back from extending its global smartphone market share. Huawei managed to outsell all its competitors in April too, despite its new devices lacking Google Services.
The OnePlus Z may have more cameras than the OnePlus 8
A seemingly credible rumour suggests that OnePlus' upcoming mid-range smartphone, formerly thought to be called the OnePlus Z, may feature four rear-facing cameras. The device, which may be marketed under the Nord by OnePlus brand, is thought to be arriving on July 10 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC and up to 12 GB of RAM, too.
EMUI 10 update for the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro expanded; Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro eligible for Android 10 update too
Huawei has extended the release of EMUI 10 and Android 10 for the P20 and P20 Pro. Likely the two device's last OS upgrades, the expansion of the update to Western European handsets coincides with EMUI 10 updates hitting the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and PORSCHE Design Mate RS. There is no such luck for PORSCHE DESIGN Huawei Mate 10, though.
Possible PlayStation 5 pricing sparks debate; €399.99 for the Digital Edition and €499.99 for the regular model?
Supposed Amazon France listings have got people talking about the prices of the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. The prices are no longer viewable though, which has lead others to believe that the image has been faked. Update 06/19/2020: Amazon France has informed TechRadar that the image below is a fake and was not taken from its website.
Schematic image of next-generation Apple iMac leaked ahead of expected WWDC 2020 release
Rumour has it that Apple will announce a new iMac at WWDC 2020 next week, with the all-in-one computer said to be sporting an iPad Pro-esque design. Now, a schematic image found in a leaked build of iOS 14 suggests that Apple has overhauled the design of its next iMac.
AMD announces A520 chipset and Ryzen 3000XT processors; no Wraith Prism RGB LED cooler included and negligible clock speed improvements
AMD has announced the A520 chipset and Ryzen 3000XT processors, which will be available from August and July respectively. The Ryzen 3000XT series comes in the form of the Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 9 3900XT. Little appears to have changed from the Ryzen 3000X series, but AMD has stopped including a Wraith Prism RGB LED cooler in the box, too.
Zeblaze VIBE 3: A cheap smartwatch with GPS, GLONASS, IP67 certification and a heart-rate monitor
The Zeblaze VIBE 3 GPS is, as its name suggests, a smartwatch that supports GPS. The cheap smartwatch also supports GLONASS and has a heart-rate monitor along with IP67 certification. The Zeblaze VIBE 3 GPS is affordably-priced too.
AMD Ryzen 3 4200GE leaked: A 35 W Renoir APU with four cores, eight threads and a 4.1 GHz peak clock speed?
The AMD Ryzen 3 4200GE has leaked on 3DMark, confirming a host of specifications for the 35 W Renoir APU. The Ryzen 3 4200GE may even be capable of reaching 4.1 GHz, which would be quite the feat for the quad-core and Socket AM4 processor.
Honor teases AMD Ryzen version of the MagicBook Pro 2020 and its first gaming laptop; possible Ryzen 7 4800H model in the works
Honor has confirmed that it will be releasing a Ryzen 4000 Renoir version of the MagicBook Pro 2020. Rumoured to be the Ryzen 7 4800H, the Renoir edition of the MagicBook Pro 2020 will be joined by Honor's first gaming laptop.
NVIDIA takes the GeForce GTX 1650 for another spin, again
If you thought that NVIDIA had finished with the GeForce GTX 1650, then you thought wrong. A new version of AIDA64 has confirmed that NVIDIA has at least TU116 and TU106 SKUs planned. Yes, the GPU from the RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 is coming to the GeForce GTX 1650.
The Nokia 9 PureView will be a one-off
The Nokia 9 PureView was supposed to redefine smartphone photography, but its Light-backed camera system continues to fall well short of expectations. Well, Light has now confirmed that it no longer operates in the smartphone industry, seemingly making the Nokia 9 PureView a one of a kind smartphone.
Samsung announces BTS Editions of the Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy Buds+
Samsung has announced BTS Editions of the Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy Buds+. The former will be available in 5G and LTE variants, while all devices will come with BTS photocards. The Galaxy Buds+ are available to pre-order now, with the Galaxy S20+ BTS Editions joining the earbuds on June 19.
Sony WH-1000XM4: Leaks confirm IR sensor and MediaTek Bluetooth chip for upcoming US$349.99 ANC headphones
The Sony WH-1000XM4 will have an IR sensor for pausing and resuming playback, The Walkman Blog has confirmed. Due to be released on June 23, Sony's new premium over-ear headphones will feature a MediaTek Bluetooth chip too, eliminating the possibility that the WH-1000XM series would continue to support Qualcomm's aptX and aptX HD codecs.
Windows 10 Feature Experience Pack: What is Microsoft doing?
Microsoft has brought Feature Experience Packs to Windows 10. If you have already downloaded and installed Windows 10 2004, then you may have noticed the change tucked deep within Windows Settings. Microsoft is keeping quiet about what the Feature Experience Pack is though and why it sought to include this in Windows 10 2004.
Galaxy Tab S7: Renders confirm the design of Samsung's Q3-bound premium tablets; 5G and 12.4-inch Plus model certified by Bluetooth SIG too
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 has been given the OnLeaks treatment, with the device looking uncannily like its predecessor. The Galaxy Tab S7 resembles the iPad Pro 11 too, right down to its 11-inch display. Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ in August alongside a host of other hardware including the Galaxy Note 20 series.
Samsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition: A surprisingly affordable bundle for K-pop fans
The price of the Samsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition has been revealed, and it is surprisingly good value for money. For €1,049, Samsung will include a Galaxy S20+ 5G, a Wireless Charger Pad and a pair of Galaxy Buds+. You would need to spend at least 20% more to get the regular versions.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 may receive Android 10 before the arrival of MIUI 12
The Redmi Note 7 continues to languish on Android 9.0 Pie, despite Xiaomi having recently upgraded the Redmi Note 7 Pro to Android 10. However, rumour has it that some "good news" is on its way, with there being a possibility that the Redmi Note 7 may receive Android 10 before Xiaomi upgrades it to MIUI 12.
ROScube Pico: Intel or ARM single-board computer with Raspberry Pi compatibility presented
Adlink has announced the ROScube Pico, its latest single-board computer. The machine comes with an Intel Atom or a Rockhip processor, up to 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and is compatible with the Raspberry Pi 40-pin GPIO.
OnePlus, Poco, Realme and Xiaomi all announce Android 11 beta programs
OEMs are getting in on the act of bringing Android 11 Beta 1 to some of their devices. To date, only OnePlus has released the initial beta besides Google. However, Poco, Realme and Xiaomi have promised to deliver Android 11 Beta 1, too. There is no sign of other OEMs like LG, Huawei, Nokia and Samsung announcing Android 11 beta programs any time soon, though.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Camera PTZ SE: A 1080p and 360° security camera that costs just CNY 149 (~US$21)
Xiaomi has launched its fourth security camera, the Mi Smart Camera PTZ SE. The smart camera has a 110° field of view and can record in 1080p. The camera supports up to 32 GB microSD cards, H.265 encoding and can rotate 360° horizontally. The Xiaomi Mi Smart Camera PTZ SE retails for CNY 149 (~US$21).
Nokia 6.3, Nokia 7.3 and Nokia 9.3 PureView announcement may have been postponed until Q4 2020
HMD Global will not be announcing the Nokia 6.3, Nokia 7.3 or Nokia 9.3 PureView until Q4 2020, Nokiapoweruser has learned. The three devices were originally slated for a Q3 2020 release, with the COVID19 pandemic being cited for the delay.
Leak suggests that Microsoft is working on another AMD Surface product
Rumour has it that Microsoft could well be planning to use AMD Ryzen APUs for a new Surface product. Codenamed Pollock, the APUs will be low-powered chips. Commits have suggested that Pollock APUs bear resemblances to AMD's Dali architecture.
Leak confirms the design of the HTC Desire 20 Pro
A new leaked has confirmed the design of the HTC Desire 20 Pro. Published by Evan Blass, the leak is seemingly of a hands-on with the device. The HTC Desire 20 Pro appears to have a carbon-fibre finish, along with four rear-facing cameras, a punch-hole display and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner.
PineTab: Detachable and 2-in-1 tablet will start shipping next month from US$99.99
The PineTab will begin shipping next month, PINE64 has confirmed. Priced at US$99.99 for the tablet or US$119.99 for the keyboard bundle, the detachable 2-in-1 tablet is available to pre-order now.
Nintendo Switch: Transform the popular video games console into a drawing tool with Colors! Live and the Colors SonarPen
Colors! Live is arriving on the Nintendo Switch, and with a pressure-sensitive pen. The Kickstarter campaign has already garnered over US$200,000 in funding, while its creator hopes to ship orders to backers in August.
TTGO T-Internet: A compact single-board computer that supports PoE, Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi
The TTGO T-Internet is a new and versatile developer board that Lilygo has based on an ESP32-WROVER-B module. The single-board computer supports PoE, Bluetooth 5.1, Ethernet and Wi-Fi.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 launched: Larger display, contactless payments and long battery life
Xiaomi has launched the Mi Band 5. The new fitness tracker not only features a larger display than its predecessor, but also supports other new features like magnetic charging and contactless payments. The Mi Band 5 starts at CNY 189 (~US$26.77) and comes with a choice of eight bands.
Sony Authorized Dealer leaks US$349.99 price tag and two colour options for Sony WH-1000XM4
A Sony Authorized Dealer has confirmed that the WH-1000XM4 will retail for US$349.99, whenever Sony gets around to announcing its next-generation headphones. The WH-1000XM4 will be sold in black and silver too, just like the WH-1000XM3.
Asus adds BIOS support for Renoir desktop processors; AMD Ryzen 5 4400G hits 3DMark
Asus has added BIOS Support for Renoir desktop processors. AMD is thought to have developed up to twelve APUs that have either 35 W or 65 W TDPs. The Ryzen 5 4400G has been spotted on 3DMark too, confirming several specifications about the 65 W APU.
The BTS Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S20+ is coming to Europe
The BTS Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S20+ is headed to Europe. Leaked earlier this week by Evan Blass, the special edition model comes with 128 GB of storage and in a fetching purple hue. There are plenty of cues that you are part of BTS' ARMY, too.
Samsung Galaxy Book S: Intel Lakefield models to start shipping from July 3
Samsung will start shipping the Intel Lakefield version of the Galaxy Book S from next month. Powered by a Core i5-L16G7 processor, the x86-based machine will be available in two colours and up to 512 GB of storage.
No chance for Intel: AMD Ryzen 7 4700U takes apart the Core i7-1065G7 in our Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 review
Acer's latest 14-inch laptop features the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U processor, and boy does it do a job over the Intel competition. The same can be said for GPU performance, with the Radeon RX Vega 7 reaching almost NVIDIA GeForce MX250 levels. The Renoir architecture does not sacrifice battery life for performance, either. There is one downside to the Acer Swift 3 SF314-42, although this is outweighed by the device's many positive aspects.
Lemfo NY12: An affordable smartwatch with IP certification, a heart rate monitor and a blood pressure sensor
The Lemfo NY12 is a budget smartwatch that features not only IP certification, but also heart rate and blood pressure monitoring. The Lemfo NY12 is available in two colours and with a choice of four watch straps.
Kimχ Micro: A powerful alternative to the Raspberry Pi that supports PCIe cards
A new alternative to the Raspberry Pi has been presented. Called the Kimχ Micro, the Raspberry Pi Zero-sized micro SBC has a quad-core processor and a mPCIe slot for adding PCIe cards.
WWDC 2020: ARM MacBook and iPad Pro-inspired iMac set to join AirPods Studio and Air Tags from June 22
Apple promised that WWDC 2020 would be big, and the latest set of rumours suggest that this year's conference will not disappoint in that regard. An ARM-powered MacBook and an iPad Pro-inspired iMac may be joined by Air Tags and the AirPods Studio, too.
Huawei MatePad T8 launched: An 8-inch tablet for under £100/€100
Huawei has launched the MatePad T8, its latest budget tablet. Sold as the MatePad C3 in other countries, the MatePad T8 is an 8-inch tablet with 2 GB of RAM, up to 32 GB of storage and a 5,100 mAh battery. The device is available for £99.99.
Leaked Sony WH-1000XM4 listing confirms June 23 release date, no aptX support and last-generation QN1 noise-cancelling processor
Dell Canada has launched the WH-1000XM4, confirming a June 23 release date. The retailer has confirmed that Sony's next-generation headphones will not support the aptX or aptX HD Bluetooth codecs. Additionally, Sony has made no battery life improvements from the WH-1000XM3 and continues to use its last-generation QN1 noise-cancelling processor.
LG Velvet: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and 4G model joins three new striking colour options
LG has released a 4G model of its Velvet smartphone. Featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, the device appears to be receiving an international release and will apparently retail for 20% less than its 5G sibling. Three new colour variants have joined the LG Velvet roster too, with Aurora Blue, Aurora Pink and Aurora Red now available to order now too.
Raspberry Pi: Cheap expansion board promises to make it easier to use the popular single-board computer for STEM learning
A new expansion board promises to make it easier to utilise the Raspberry Pi for STEM learning. Called the Micro:bit STEM for Lab kit, the expansion board provides a simple way to connect multiple sensors and an OLED display to the Raspberry Pi.
The Apple Watch Series 6 may arrive with an OLED display; no microLED display in sight
Apple's recent investment of US$330 million in a Taiwanese microLED factory in Taiwan prompted rumours that an Apple Watch using this advanced display technology would be arriving later this year. This will not be the case, according to one leaker.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5: Gearbest confirms NFC support and US$42.99 price for global version
Gearbest has confirmed that the global edition of the Mi Band 5 will cost US$42.99, with the Chinese model costing a few dollars less at US$39.99. Both models will support multiple upgrades from the Mi Band 4, including NFC support. Xiaomi will unveil the Mi Band 5 on June 11.
Honor Magic Earbuds: Affordable noise-cancelling TWS earbuds let down by mediocre battery life and limited controls
The Honor Magic Earbuds are a good set of TWS earbuds, but ones that are let down by short battery life and limited controls. If you can look past these faults, then the Magic Earbuds offer good value for money at under €100/£100.
Leak confirms the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3; Galaxy Buds X may be called the Galaxy Buds Live
A leak has confirmed that Samsung is planning to release its next smartwatch as the Galaxy Watch 3. The smartwatch will come in two sizes and will be joined by the Galaxy Buds X, which may be called the Galaxy Buds Live.
Dell XPS 17 9700: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q models start at US$2,849.99; Precision 17 5750 starts at US$2,399 with RTX Quadro 3000
Dell has released the XPS 17 9700 and Precision 17 5750. The devices start at US$1,399.99 and US$2,399 respectively. However, you must spend US$1,899.99 if you want a dedicated GPU with the XPS 17 9700 and at least US$2,849.99 for an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q model.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5: Seven major upgrades teased ahead of June 11 release
Xiaomi continues to tease the Mi Band 5 ahead of the release of the fitness tracker on June 11. The company has promised that the Mi Band 5 will feature at least seven major upgrades over the Mi Band 4, including magnetic charging and the ability to use the device to take pictures remotely.
AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT: Upcoming 8 core desktop processor spotted with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 in Ashes of the Singularity benchmark
The AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT has been spotted in an Ashes of the Singularity benchmark. The CPU achieved an average framerate of 113.2 FPS on the Crazy preset when paired with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080. The Ryzen 7 3800XT is expected to launch alongside the Ryzen 5 3600XT and Ryzen 9 3900XT.
Xiaomi Mi CC10: Retailer listing points towards a punch-hole and waterfall display for upcoming mid-range smartphone
A retailer has published a picture of what it claims to be the Xiaomi Mi CC10. The device is shown to have a punch-hole and waterfall display, abandoning the design of the Mi CC9 and Mi Note 10 series. The Mi CC10 is expected to land next month with 108 MP and 12x optical zoom cameras.
Leaks confirm purple BTS Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung is bringing a purple BTS Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S20+ to market. Confirmed by long-time leaker Evan Blass, the special edition handset dovetails the release of BTS-branded Galaxy Buds+.
AMD Ryzen 7 4700G: Renoir APU shows its capabilities in 3DMark Time Spy
The AMD Ryzen 7 4700G has appeared on 3DMark Time Spy. The 8 core and 16 thread Renoir APU may be part of a huge Ryzen 4000G release later this year, with AMD potentially having up to 12 APUs in the pipeline.
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 Laptop Review: Fast, slim and with good battery life - The Ryzen subnotebook is almost completely convincing
Acer's new 14-inch laptop has AMD's brand-new Ryzen 7 4700U APU on board, which lacks neither CPU nor GPU performance. Good battery life has not been compromised on despite the machine's large computing power, though. The new Swift 3 is well-equipped in other areas too, with Acer including an NVMe SSD, a matte IPS screen, a backlit keyboard and dual-channel RAM.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5: Teasers confirm the design and up to seven colours for upcoming fitness tracker
Xiaomi has confirmed the design of the Mi Band 5 ahead of the release of its next fitness tracker on June 11. Available in up to seven colours, the Mi Band 5 will feature a larger display than its predecessor, along with a Spo2 sensor. Even the global model will support NFC for making contactless payments, too.
Timex announces two US$179 Metropolitan smartwatches in collaboration with Amazfit
Timex has announced two new smartwatches, the Metropolitan R and Metropolitan S. Created in partnership with Amazfit, one model looks strikingly similar to the Apple Watch. Both the Metropolitan R and Metropolitan S will retail for US$179 and will be available to order from June 10.
Xiaomi Redmi 9: Retailer confirms configurations, prices and details of upcoming global models
A retailer has confirmed the configurations, prices and details of the global versions of the Xiaomi Redmi 9. Available in two versions and three colours, the Redmi 9 will start from equivalent to US$147 while combining a giant battery with quad rear-facing cameras. Even a headphone jack will make an appearance.
Honor Magic Earbuds Review: TWS earbuds with ANC and good sound quality
The Magic Earbuds are true wireless earbuds (TWS) that cost less than €100 (~$113; £100). The earbuds surprised us with their good sound reproduction and their active noise cancellation (ANC). Both properties are usually reserved for more expensive earbuds, so Honor has done well in that regard. The Honor Magic Earbuds are not without criticisms, though.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 leaked; GA102, 320-bit bus, 10 GB VRAM and 4,325 CUDA cores?
A picture purporting to be the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 has leaked, possibly showing what RTX 3000 reference designs will look like. Specifications for the RTX 3080 have been offered, too.
Raspberry Pi: Turn the popular single-board computer into a cheap Hi-Fi system with multiroom, network streaming, Spotify and Tidal support
With the NanoSound One, you can transform the Raspberry Pi into a versatile audio system with an integrated Hi-Fi DAC. The NanoSound One supports multiroom, Spotify and Tidal among other music streaming services.
Nokia unveils new Smart TV with Android, JBL sound and built-in Chromecast support
Nokia has announced a new Smart TV, complementing the 55-inch model that it released some time ago. The new 43-inch model features Android TV, integrated JBL speakers and supports 4K HDR10 content.
Lilygo T-Watch K210: A cheap base for a smartwatch with a display, camera and Wi-Fi
The TTGo T-watch K210 could be the basis for a smartwatch project, with Lilygo incorporating a display, a camera and Wi-Fi. The K210 supports Bluetooth 4.2 and has a USB Type-C port, too.
Mobvoi TicPods ANC: Cheap AirPods competitors get active noise cancellation
The Mobvoi TicPods have offered a compelling alternative to Apple's AirPods for a while now. However, Mobvoi has now added active noise cancellation (ANC), a feature that is rarely available on TWS earbuds at under US$100.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5: Leak confirms Global NFC, a larger display and custom DnD functionality for June 11-bound fitness tracker
A new leak has confirmed that Xiaomi will be bringing NFC to all versions of the Mi Band 5. The fitness tracker, which is expected to be launched on June 11, will also feature a larger display than its predecessor among other changes.
Build an Arduino-based VR headset with this cheap project
A new project has demonstrated that it is possible to build a VR headset on the cheap. Utilising an Arduino Micro and a Google Cardboard-compatible headset, the project can bring VR to a PC for under US$80.
AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT clocks in at 4.8 GHz in 3DMark Time Spy but offers minimal improvements over even the Ryzen 7 3700X
The AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT has graced 3DMark again, this on Time Spy. The processor has shown that it is capable of reaching 4.8 GHz, 300 MHz above the Ryzen 7 3800X. Improvements over even the Ryzen 7 3700X are negligible, though.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 (11): US$229.99 Chromebook is now shipping
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 (11") is now shipping for US$229.99. The device, also known as the Chromebook 3 (11"), features a dual-core Gemini Lake Refresh processor, 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64 GB of storage.
NexDock Touch launched: A Huawei, Samsung and Raspberry Pi laptop dock for US$249
NexDock has announced its next laptop dock, the NexDock Touch. As its name implies, the NexDock Touch has a touchscreen, which is contained within a 1080p and 14-inch IPS display. The NexDock Touch features a 60 Wh battery, a host of ports and four speakers. The laptop dock is available to order for US$249 will ship at the end of August.
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i: Affordable and convertible Chromebook is now purchasable for US$329.99
The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 3i, also called the Chromebook Flex 3i, is now purchasable for US$329.99. The affordable and convertible Chromebook features an 11.6-inch IPS touchscreen, 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and up to 64 GB of storage.
Poco teases new smartphone; is it the Snapdragon 720G powered M2 Pro?
Poco has teased that it plans to release another smartphone. Potentially called the M2 Pro, the device may be another mid-range smartphone from the Indian company. The M2 Pro may have a weaker SoC than the Poco X2, too.
5G Apple iPad Pros with A14X Bionic and mini-LED displays to arrive 1H21
Rumour has it that Apple will announce an iPad Pro refresh in 1H21. Sporting A14X Bionic SoCs, Snapdragon X55 5G modems and mini-LED displays, the next iPad Pro series is still expected to come in 11-inch and 12.9-inch variants.
Sony WH-1000XM4: Walmart confirms specifications, pricing and improved call quality; same battery life as WH-1000XM3 though
Walmart has confirmed several specifications and the pricing of the Sony WH-1000XM4. Priced at US$348 on Walmart, the over-ear headphones are likely to cost US$349 at other retailers. LDAC returns, but there is no mention of aptX or aptX HD support. Walmart has confirmed that Sony will be bringing DSEE Extreme, Precise Voice Pickup and Multipoint connection technologies to the WH-1000XM4 too.
Geekbench confirms LG 15U40N with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U processor and 16 GB of dual-channel RAM
An AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir-powered laptop made by LG is coming to market. Featuring up to a Ryzen 7 4700U processor and 16 GB of dual-channel DDR4-3200 RAM, the laptop carries the model number 15U40N.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 will have a rotating bezel, among other new features
Reportedly launching as four variants in August, Samsung is also said to be bringing back the physical rotating bezel back for the Galaxy Watch 2. Rumoured to be available in two sizes too, the Galaxy Watch 2 may also come in LTE and Wi-Fi only variants.
Seeed Studio brings Bluetooth, Ethernet and Wi-Fi to the BeagleBone Green Gateway
The Seeed Studio BeagleBone platform has received an upgrade. Released as the Green Gateway, the small single-board computer now supports Bluetooth, Ethernet and Wi-Fi. The improved connectivity comes at the cost of two USB ports, though. The BeagleBone Green Gateway is available to order now for US$59.90.
Poco F2 Pro: Xiaomi may have been misleading customers with its "flagship killer pricing"
Xiaomi fans may have had a rude awakening when purchasing the Poco F2 Pro on Mi.com. Proudly announced for the "flagship killer price" of €499, it turns out that Xiaomi never intended to sell the Poco F2 Pro for that price at all.
FCC confirms Google Android TV dongle and multi-function remote
The FCC has confirmed that Google will be shortly releasing an Android TV dongle. Apparently codenamed Sabrina, the device will be available in three colours and will support Dolby Vision. The Google Android TV dongle will retail for under US$80, too.
Xperia 10 II: Sony's new mid-range smartphone is surprisingly repairable
The Sony Xperia 10 II is here after months of waiting. The device, which features a 6.0-inch display and a Snapdragon 665 SoC, has been shown to have more modular and repairable parts than many of its peers.
OnePlus Z hits Geekbench with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G and 12 GB of RAM
A possible OnePlus Z has appeared on Geekbench, complete with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset and 12 GB of RAM. OnePlus is expected to launch the OnePlus Z next month for around US$500.
Raspberry Pi: Turn the popular single-board computer into a cheap and simple surveillance camera system
A new project transforms the humble Raspberry Pi into a simple and affordable surveillance camera system. Using just a Raspberry Pi, Python, a motion detector and a Raspberry Pi camera, the project can email you photos if you are away from your home whenever it detects motion.
A concept video shows how stylish the Apple iPhone 12 Pro could look in Navy Blue
Plenty is already seemingly known about the so-called iPhone 12 series. One element that remains unknown, at the least, for the time being, is in what colours Apple will offer its next flagships. A concept designer has sought to answer that by imagining how the iPhone 12 Pro could look if Apple adopted navy blue as a colour option.
Apple MacBook Pro: RAM upgrade now costs twice as much for the 13-inch model
It now costs twice as much to upgrade the entry-level MacBook Pro 13 from 8 GB to 16 GB of RAM. RAM prices remain unchanged on other Apple products though, and the increase makes the Ice Lake MacBook Pro 13 just US$100 more expensive than a comparably-equipped Coffee Lake model.
MSI Creator 15: Up to an Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER and a 99.9 Wh battery
MSI has launched the Creator 15, a laptop "designed for professionals". Featuring a 99.9 Wh battery and an Intel Core i7-10875H processor, the MSI Creator 15 can be configured with up to a 15.6-inch 4K display and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q GPU.
Vivo X50 Pro+ launched: a new camera flagship in the making?
Surprise, surprise. Vivo has announced a Pro+ edition of the X50, just as Huawei did with its P40 series. Featuring a Snapdragon 865, a new 50 MP camera sensor, and Google services, will the Vivo X50 Pro+ be the P30 Pro successor that the P40 Pro+ should have been?
Retailer confirms 300 MHz higher boost clocks for Matisse refresh processors; Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 9 3900XT receive improved base clocks too
A retailer has confirmed that the Ryzen 5 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 9 3900XT will be receiving improved base and boost clocks compared to their predecessors. The Matisse refresh, also known as Matisse 2, is expected to arrive imminently.
Huawei confirms that up to 13 devices are now eligible for EMUI 10.1
Huawei has confirmed that a host of its devices are now eligible to be upgraded to EMUI 10.1. The same applies to several Honor devices, too. Huawei's latest OS introduces several changes and is called Magic UI 3.1 for Honor smartphones.
Huawei begins the global rollout of EMUI 10.1 for the P30 and P30 Pro
Owners of Huawei's last Google-certified flagships have started receiving EMUI 10.1, putting the P30 and P30 Pro on software parity with the P40 series. The OS update brings plenty of small improvements and also upgrades the two devices to the May 2020 security patches.
Energy Star and Geekbench confirm up to AMD Ryzen 7 4800U and 16 GB of RAM for imminent Lenovo ThinkBook 14s refresh
Energy Star and Geekbench have confirmed that a ThinkBook 14s refresh is on its away. Possibly launching imminently, the ThinkBook 14s will come with 8 core AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs and up to 16 GB of RAM.
Jim Ryan: PS5 on track for a global launch, but don't expect compatibility with the PS4
The PS5 remains on track for a global launch this holiday season, according to Sony's Jim Ryan. Do not expect PS5 games to work on the PS4 though, nor for the PS5 to be the cheapest console either.
MSI Modern 14 to feature AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir processors for as little as US$649
The MSI Modern 14 B4M starts at US$649 and can be equipped with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U. The device also has a 52 Wh battery, is 16.9 mm thick and weighs 1.3 kg.
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16: Retailers start selling AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir series laptop from US$715.99; RedmiBook 13 and RedmiBook 14 available too
Gearbest and Geekbuying have started selling the Xiaomi RedmiBook 16. Shipping from June 2, the RedmiBook 16 starts at US$715.99 and comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U or Ryzen 7 4700U processor. The RedmiBook 13 and RedmiBook 14 are available, too.
Sony confirms the "future of gaming" PS5 launch event and black DualSense controller
Sony has confirmed plans for a PS5 launch game event. Dubbed the "future of gaming", the event will commence on June 4 at 13:00 PDT (21:00 BST/22:00 CEST). Sony has teased a toned down version of the DualSense, too.
Galaxy Note 20: 5 nm Exynos 992 or Snapdragon 865 and a 4,300 mAh battery for Samsung's next flagship?
Rumour has it that the Exynos 992 is headed to the Galaxy Note 20 series and that it will be manufactured on a 5 nm process. Apparently featuring new ARM Cortex-A78 and Mali-G78 cores, the Note 20 has been spotted with a 4,300 mAh battery too.
MSI confirms AMD Zen 3 support for its B450 and X470 motherboards
MSI has confirmed that its 400-series motherboards will be compatible with AMD's upcoming Zen-3 desktop processors. Codenamed Vermeer, the processors will work with MAX and non-MAX boards.
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus: Affordable tablet with Smart Charging Station is now purchasable for US$169.99
The Lenovo Tab M10 Plus is now purchasable. Starting at US$169.99, the M10 Plus can be equipped with up to 128 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM. All SKUs come with a Smart Charging Station and support Google's Ambient Mode.
Honor View30 and Honor View30 Pro 5G grab Magic UI 3.1 updates as Mate 20 Pro receives new EMUI 10.1 build
The Honor View30 and View30 Pro 5G have grabbed new updates, as has the Mate 20 Pro. Running Magic UI 3.1 and EMUI 10.1 respectively, the updates will arrive as OTAs.
5GBioShield: A USB key that promises to protect against 5G for almost US$450
Using "proprietary holographic nano-layer" and "quantum biological shielding" technologies, 5GBioShield claims that its USB key will protect you against harmful 5G radiation. Its "life force frequencies" are available for almost US$450. No, we are not joking.
PlayStation 5: Dirt 5, Godfall and Rainbow Six Siege among 11 launch titles for Sony's next-gen console?
PlayStation Official Magazine UK seems to believe that Dirt 5, Godfall and Rainbow Six Siege are among 11 launch titles for Sony's next-gen console. Assassin's Creed Valhalla will apparently be a launch title for the PS5 too, but there is no mention of Gran Turismo 7 arriving anytime soon.
Is the new Dell XPS 15 9500 more repairable than its predecessor?
Is the new Dell XPS 15 9500 more repairable than its predecessor? It is not a straightforward answer. In some senses, the XPS 15 9500 is more repairable than the XPS 15 7590. However, the latter has the advantage of a removable Wi-Fi card.
Raspberry Pi: Give the popular single-board computer improved cooling with these new cases
The well-known manufacturer Akasa has released several new cases for the Raspberry Pi. These should offer particularly good cooling and ensure stable performance without resorting to using active cooling solutions.
The Dell XPS 15 naming scheme is a mess
The XPS 15 naming scheme continues to cause confusion among fans of the series. With the XPS 15 9500 replacing the XPS 15 7590, which in turn replaced the XPS 15 9570, where does Dell go from 2021 onwards?
Escobar Inc announces another scam
Escobar Inc has announced another scam. Having ditched its attempts to sell skinned foldable smartphones, the company is now claiming to be selling a "24KT Gold Luxury Edition" of the iPhone 11 Pro. Priced at US$499, Escobar Inc claims that it is "the real APPLE KILLER phone."
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT and Ryzen 7 3800XT hit 3DMark Fire Strike; talk of higher base and boost clock speeds appears unfounded
The AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT and Ryzen 9 3900XT have hit 3DMark Fire Strike. Offering incremental improvements over their predecessors, it would appear that they are just better-binned versions of the Ryzen 7 3800X and Ryzen 9 3900X. Talk of 300 MHz higher base clocks and 200 MHz higher boost clocks seems unfounded, too.
Lenovo Duet: Yoga and IdeaPad detachable 2-in-1 tablets announced
Lenovo has announced new Yoga and IdeaPad detachable 2-in-1 tablets. Called the IdeaPad Duet 3i and Yoga Duet 7i, both run Windows 10 and support pen input. Optional LTE is available for both devices, too.
Online event confirms Xiaomi Mi TV Stick; Android TV, 4K HDR and DTS-HD audio expected
Xiaomi has confirmed the Mi TV Stick during an online event. Expected to run Android TV and support 4K HDR along with DTS-HD audio, the Mi TV Stick may cost upwards of US$100.
Xiaomi Redmi Smart X TV series launched: X50, X55 and X65 4K TVs with MEMC motion compensation for under ~US$280
Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Smart X TV series. Available in three sizes, the X50, X55 and X65 are all 4K TVs with MEMC motion compensation. Xiaomi has equipped all models with 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage. The Redmi Smart X series incorporates four 12.5 W speakers too and includes subwoofer sound effects.
MIUI 12 has landed on the Xiaomi Redmi K20 and Mi 9T
MIUI 12 has landed on the Xiaomi Redmi K20 and Mi 9T. Arriving as an OTA, the update has already gone live for many handsets. Based on Android 10, the Redmi K20 and Mi 9T are some of the first devices to receive Xiaomi's latest OS.
Xiaomi RedmiBook 13, RedmiBook 14 and RedmiBook 16 launched; 6 to 8 core AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir processors for as little as ~US$490
Xiaomi has launched the RedmiBook 13, RedmiBook 14 and RedmiBook 16. Available with a Ryzen 5 4500U or Ryzen 7 4700U, the new series can be equipped with up to 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD. The RedmiBook series costs as little as CNY 3,499 (~US$490.28), too.
Galaxy Tab S7: Certification confirms Wi-Fi 6 and 5G connectivity for Samsung's Q3-bound premium tablets
The Wi-Fi Alliance has confirmed that the Galaxy Tab S7 series will support Wi-Fi 6 and 5G. Expected to arrive as 11-inch and 12.4-inch tablets, Samsung is said to be planning Wi-Fi and 4G models too. Samsung is thought to be launching the Tab S7 series in Q3 2020.
Xiaomi confirms RedmiBook 16 design ahead of imminent release; up to 12 hours battery life from Ryzen 4000 Renoir processors
Xiaomi has confirmed the design of the RedmiBook 16 ahead of its official release. Launching tomorrow, the RedmiBook 16 will also support up to 12 hours of battery life from its Ryzen 4000 Renoir processors. A plethora of ports are on board too, as is a fingerprint scanner.
Powkiddy X2: Affordable handheld console comes in at a low price while aping the Nintendo Switch
Powkiddy has launched a new, handheld games console. The Powkiddy X2 costs US$80 and looks unmistakably like the Nintendo Switch.
Minecraft has been sold over 200 million times; Mojang rebrands and announces new projects
Microsoft has confirmed that Minecraft has been sold over 200 million times, almost six years after purchasing the rights to the game. The studio behind the game, Mojang AB, has been given a rebrand too and has announced work on new projects.
Udoo X86 II: A powerful Raspberry Pi alternative that supports Windows 10 and is Arduino compatible
The Udoo X86 II is a new alternative to the popular Raspberry Pi. The single-board computer (SBC) has been designed using an Arduino Leonardo-compatible platform and has a quad-core X86 processor.
Over 1.5 million developers have already flocked to the Huawei AppGallery, Huawei's alternative to the Google Play Store
Over 1.5 million developers have already signed up to the Huawei AppGallery, Huawei's in-house app store. Perceived to be an alternative to the Google Play Store during ongoing US trade sanctions, all new Huawei and Honor products will ship without Google Play Services.
LG Velvet: Snapdragon 765G smartphone scheduled for North American release; LG Q61 could be on the way too
The LG Velvet is coming to North America, according to South Korean media. Possibly costing upwards of US$735, the device features a 6.8-inch OLED display, a Sony IMX586 primary camera and a Snapdragon 765G processor. The newly announced LG Q61 appears to be getting an international release, too.
AirPods Studio: Apple's US$349 over-ear headphones enter mass production ahead of WWDC 2020 unveiling
Rumour has it that the AirPods Studio may have already entered mass production. Slated to be announced at WWDC 2020 next month, the US$349 over-ear headphones will compete with the likes of the Bose 700, the upcoming Sony WH-1000XM4 and the Surface Headphones 2.
Xiaomi Redmi 10X 5G posts over 405,000 in AnTuTu v8 days ahead of release; IP53 certification confirmed for mid-range handset too
The Redmi 10X 5G has posted another seemingly impressive AnTuTu score ahead of its expected release on May 26. Confirmed to feature OIS and to support up to 30x digital zoom, Xiaomi has also teased that the Redmi 10X series will include Gorilla Glass 5 and will be IP53 certified.
AMD Ryzen 4000G series APUs dissected: Biostar confirms up to 60% of desktop Renoir processors
Biostar has confirmed up to 60% of the Ryzen 4000G series, AMD's range of desktop Renoir APUs. Soon to be available with 35 W and 65 W TDPs, there may be up to four editions of the Ryzen 3 4200, Ryzen 5 4400 and Ryzen 7 4700. All APUs are compatible with Socket AM4 socket.
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16: Ryzen 4000 Renoir processors to deliver up to 60% better performance for compact 16.1-inch laptop
Arriving on May 26, the RedmiBook 16 will feature a 16.1-inch display with a 90% screen-to-body ratio and minute bezels. Xiaomi is promising up to 60% improved performance for the RedmiBook 16 too, which is expected to come with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U processor.
Rufus Cuff: The large smartwatch is finally getting a release date
The computer for your wrist is finally being delivered, years after it was first announced. The Rufus Cuff is significantly larger than your typical smartwatch and has numerous sensors.
SHIFT13mi: A sustainable and detachable 2-in-1 tablet with a fast Core i5 processor
The SHIFT13mi is a new detachable 2-in-1 tablet that focuses on sustainability. The device combines high performance with a modular design that should make it more repairable than many of its peers.
Xiaomi Mijia Mosquito Repellent Kit: Keep insects at bay with a compact and affordable solution
Available as three units or one, the Mijia Mosquito Repellent is a compact and affordable way to kill unwanted insects like mosquitoes. The units run off two AA batteries and support Bluetooth 4.2 LE for communication with the Mi Home app.
The Amazfit Bip S will launch on June 3
The Amazfit Bip S is set to launch on June 3, XDA Developers reports. Featuring up to 40 days battery life, the Bip S has a 1.28-inch display and comes in an array of colours.
Xiaomi extends Android 10 rollout for the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro
Xiaomi has extended the rollout of Android 10 for the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro. The update will arrive as an OTA, but the full build can be downloaded now.
LG Q61 launched: A Q60 replacement with a MediaTek chipset and 4 GB of RAM for about US$300
LG has unveiled its latest device, the Q61. A follow-on from the LG Velvet, the Q61 appears to be a direct replacement for the Q60.
Sony WH-1000XM4: Updated Headphones Connect app confirms DSEE Extreme, Multi Point and Smart Talking Mode for US$349 and June-bound headphones
With the launch of the WH-1000XM4 seemingly imminent, Sony has updated its Headphones Connect app to add support for its upcoming over-ear headphones. The update reveals several features that will grace the WH-1000XM4, which will also support Bluetooth 5.0 and up to 40 hours of battery life. Confirmed to be launching for US$349, the WH-1000XM4 will arrive by early June at the latest.
Xiaomi showcases OIS, 30x zoom and low-light capabilities in Redmi 10X Pro camera samples; Redmi 10X 5G to retail for around US$210
Xiaomi has showcased the capabilities of the quad-cameras in the Redmi 10X Pro, a smartphone that will support OIS and up to 30x digital zoom. The device, which will launch alongside the Redmi 10X 4G and Redmi 10X 5G on May 26, will also feature a 4,500 mAh battery and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The Redmi 10X 5G will launch for CNY 1,499 (~US$210), too.
New Samsung Galaxy Note 20 render shows off Note 10 and Galaxy S20 influences
A new render of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 has been published, based on current leaks and rumours. Detailing a new camera setup, a taller aspect ratio and slimmer bezels, the Galaxy Note 20 looks like a cross between the Note 10 and the Galaxy S20.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 & Redmi Note 7 Pro net another update; no Android 10 in sight
Xiaomi has issued fresh updates for the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro, possibly the last version of MIUI 11 that either device will receive. The wait for Android 10 goes on, though.
Report: AMD and NVIDIA to launch next-generation GPUs in September amid possible Big Navi and Ampere announcements this summer and price cuts for current cards
AMD and NVIDIA are to launch their next-generation GPUs in September, according to a new report. Big Navi and Ampere announcements could be planned for this summer too, while price cuts are apparently incoming for current-generation cards.
Teasers confirm Xiaomi Redmi 10X launch with an AMOLED display, MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC and dual 5G on May 26
Xiaomi has confirmed multiple aspects of the Redmi 10X ahead of its launch on May 26. Confirmed to be the first smartphone powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 820 chipset, the Redmi 10X will also have an AMOLED display and dual 5G connectivity.
Apple Watch Series 6: Concept video shows an impressive borderless design for Q3-2020 bound smartwatch
While almost every aspect of the iPhone 12 may have already been revealed, there remains little reliable information about what Apple has planned for the next generation of the Apple Watch. A concept video shows what the Watch Series 6 could look like with a borderless display though, giving the smartwatch a more modern than the Watch Series 5 while while retaining its design language.
Razer launches Opus THX-certified over-ear headphones with ANC, aptX support and up to 25 hours battery life
Razer has announced its latest pair of the over-ear headphones, the Opus. Sporting 40 mm drivers, the Opus is THX-certified, supports aptX, ANC and is rated for up to 25 hours of battery life.
Eluktronics, Mechrevo and XMG announce 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 white label gaming laptops with up to 144 Hz displays
Multiple manufacturers are bringing white label AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 gaming laptops to the party. Featuring up to 144 Hz displays, the 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch gaming laptops are relatively compact too.
Raspberry Pi: Turn the popular single-board computer into a NAS and a media center with free cloud storage
A new project can transform the humble Raspberry Pi into a media center in a rather simple manner. The Pi can access both locally stored data and data stored in the cloud.
PineTab: Affordable and detachable 2-in-1 tablet orderable for US$119.99 by the end of next week
The PineTab is an affordable and detachable 2-in-1 tablet. Priced at US$119.99 or US$99.99 for just the tablet, the PineTab will be available to order by the end of the next week.
3DMark confirms up to AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD for the Xiaomi RedmiBook 13, RedmiBook 14S, and RedmiBook 16
3DMark has confirmed that Xiaomi will be offering the RedmiBook 13, RedmiBook 14S, and RedmiBook 16 with an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U processor. Also available with the Ryzen 5 4500U, all models will come with at least 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD.
AMD Ryzen 4000 Zen 3 samples cannot reach 5.0 GHz; 16 core successor to the Ryzen 9 3950X in development
AMD Ryzen 4000 Zen 3 samples have leaked, showing that at least 8 core and 16 core Vermeer processors are in development. They are both tracking the clock speeds of their Zen 2 precessors though, suggesting that the Ryzen 4000 Zen 3 series may fail to reach 5.0 GHz.
Lilygo: A customisable smartwatch with touch, Wi-Fi and Arduino support that will set you back less than US$25
Lilygo has presented its latest smartwatch, the TTGO T-Watch-2020. Highly customisable, the device has a 1.54-inch touch display, Wi-Fi and supports Arduino. The Lilygo TTGO T-Watch-2020 costs less than US$25, too.
Budget AMD Ryzen 7 4800H laptops are coming with up to 91 Wh batteries, 100% sRGB displays and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU
Mechrevo has confirmed that multiple budget Ryzen 7 4800H gaming laptops should be hitting the market later this year. Featuring up to 91 Wh batteries, 100% sRGB displays and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, the devices may arrive as Walmart and Schenker-branded laptops.
Xiaomi Mi Scooters: Leaked details and pictures confirm imminent arrival of Mi Scooter 1S and Mi Scooter Pro 2
Called the Mi Scooter 1S and Mi Scooter Pro 2, the scooters will have ranges of 30 km and 45 km, respectively. The Mi Scooter 1S will be the cheaper of the two models at €499.
MagicBook Pro 2020: Honor announces refreshed MacBook Pro 16 clone with up to an Intel Core i7-10510U processor, 16 GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPU; No AMD Ryzen 4000H series options at launch
Honor has announced a refresh of the MagicBook Pro, its MacBook Pro 16-inspired 16.1-inch laptop. Featuring up to an Intel Core i7-10510U processor, 16 GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPU, Honor has not announced any AMD Ryzen 4000H series options at launch.
ViewPad 6: Honor guns for Apple and the iPad Pro 11 with its latest premium tablet
Featuring a 10.4-inch 2K display, the ViewPad 6 runs on a Kirin 985 chipset and 6 GB of RAM. Available in three colours, the ViewPad 6 has a 7,250 mAh battery and supports pen input.
Honor announces a plethora of smart devices, including Vision X1 series TVs and TWS Earbuds X1
Honor has announced a host of smart devices, including Vision X1 series TVs and TWS Earbuds X1. Complementing the MagicBook Pro 2020 and ViewPad 6, smart devices range from a vacuum to a kettle and an ultra-sonic toothbrush.
Honor celebrates UK online store announcement with a host of discounts
Announced today, HiHonor UK will begin trading on May 21. To celebrate the arrival of its eCommerce platform to the UK, Honor is offering discounts on multiple devices, including the Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20 Lite, Honor 9X Pro and MagicBook 14.
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U trounces Intel Core i7-1065G7 in well over 100 CPU and GPU benchmarks; gives Core i7-9750H a run for its money too
Multiple benchmarks have already shown that the Ryzen 7 4800U is a more than capable 15 W APU, but what about its lesser sibling, the Ryzen 7 4700U? Well, Phoronix has put the eight-core chip against a Core i7-1065G7 in an exhaustive set of benchmarks, and it makes for bleak reading if you are team Intel.
Sony confirms that its XH90 4K TVs are "ready for next-generation consoles"
Available in four sizes, the Sony XH90 series runs on the in-house 4K HDR Processor X1. Supposedly "ready for next-generation consoles", the XH90 will be capable of 4K and 120 FPS gaming.
LG begins upgrading the G7 ThinQ and V50S ThinQ to Android 10
The LG G7 ThinQ and V50S ThinQ have started receiving their first taste of Android 10. Rolled out to carrier unlocked handsets, the OS upgrades will arrive as OTA downloads.
Raspberry Pi: Turn the popular single-board computer into a smart home centre with IKEA TRÅDFRI and Home Assistant support
A new project turns the Raspberry Pi into a control centre for smart home gadgets. The project supports both IKEA smart lighting and Home Assistant.
Powerful and well-equipped: New single-board computer with Ryzen processor and M.2 ports released
The CAPA13R is a new and compact single-board computer based on an AMD Ryzen processor. Developed by Axiomtek, the CAPA13R has numerous ports and two M.2 slots.
Xiaomi Mi AirDots 2 SE: New Apple AirPods alternatives that cost under US$25
Headed for general sale on May 19, the Mi AirDots 2 SE is Xiaomi's latest set of TWS earbuds. Sporting 14.2 mm drivers, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and up to 20 hours battery life among other features, the AirDots 2 SE costs just CNY 169 (~US$23.80).
iPad "SE": Apple's next "budget" iPad to feature a larger display and an A12 chipset
The next entry-level iPad may quite the upgrade over its predecessor, MacRumors reports. Following the iPhone SE's product strategy, the iPad will remain affordable by Apple's standards. However, it is set to receive a new chipset and a larger display.
Honor MagicBook Pro 2020: Retailer confirms up to 10th generation Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPU for MacBook Pro 16 lookalike; no Ryzen 4000 Renoir series options at launch
A retailer has seemingly confirmed the specifications of the Honor MagicBook Pro 2020. Sporting up to a 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPU, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD, Honor will seemingly announce the 16.1-inch device tomorrow. There is a conspicuous lack of AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir options, though.
Nokia 6.3: 24 MP primary, 12 MP ultra-wide and 2 MP depth cameras for Snapdragon 730 and Q3 2020 mid-range smartphone
Rumour has it that a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 will underpin the Nokia 6.3, not a Snapdragon 670 or Snapdragon 675 as was previously claimed. Camera details about the upcoming mid-range smartphone have been revealed too ahead of a possible Q3 2020 release.
AMD Ryzen 7 4700G "final version" spotted; 4.4 GHz boost clock, 8 cores, SMT and an 8 CU GPU set to do battle with the Intel Core i7-10700
Details about the AMD Ryzen 7 4700G have appeared online, aligning with previous leaks about AMD's upcoming desktop APUs. The Zen 2 chip will reportedly have a 4.4 GHz boost clock, a 65 W TDP and an 8 CU GPU capable of reaching 2.1 GHz. The 8 core APU will also support SMT and may be a challenger for the Core i7-10700.
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 and ThinkBook 15 with up to an Intel Core i7-1065G7 are now shipping for US$1,000; AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir versions of the ThinkBook 14s imminent
The Lenovo ThinkBook 14 and ThinkBook 15 are now shipping with an Intel Core i7-1065G7 for US$1,000. Configurable with the Core i5-1035G1 too, both laptops come with up to 16 GB of RAM. Renoir versions of the ThinkBook 14s are due too, with up to a Ryzen 7 4800U available.
Jetson Xavier NX: NVIDIA launches its powerful alternative to the Raspberry Pi with AI acceleration
The NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX is a particularly powerful single-board computer; well beyond the capabilities of Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. The board boasts special AI acceleration and is available to order for US$399.
Lenovo ThinkBook Plus dual-screen laptop with Intel Core i5-10210U and 8 GB of RAM is now shipping for US$1,299
The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus is now shipping for US$1,299. Equipped with a 45 Wh battery, the ThinkBook Plus has an Intel Core i5-10210U Comet Lake processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. The star of the show is the device's 10.8-inch secondary display though, which is both e-ink and a touchscreen.
Honor MagicBook 14 Hands-On: A solid and stylish budget laptop
The Honor MagicBook 14 comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. Building on the MateBook D 14, the MagicBook 14 adds a touch of colour and style for just £549.99 in the UK.
Apple MacBook Pro 13 and Intel Core i5-1038NG7 shown to offer comparable performance with 15 W Ice Lake processors despite 28 W TDP; significant improvements expected for Tiger Lake-U too
The Core i5-1038NG7 and Core i7-1068NG7 have started appearing on multiple benchmarking websites following the launch of the MacBook Pro 13, and they seem to be incapable of outperforming processors like the Core i7-1065G7 despite their 28 W TDPs. The cooling system of the MacBook Pro 13 could be at play, with the 28 W Core i5-1038NG7 also falling well short of early examples of Tiger Lake-U processors.
Gearbest confirms Xiaomi Mi TV Stick with 4K HDR and Android TV ahead of imminent release
Gearbest has confirmed that Xiaomi will be shortly releasing a Mi TV Stick. Building on the Mi Box S, the Mi TV Stick will support 4K HDR, DTS-HD audio, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick will come preloaded with the Android 9.0 version of Android TV, but it may cost upwards of US$100, making it considerably more expensive than the Mi Box S.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 confirmed to be arriving in 2H20
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 has been confirmed to be arriving in 2H20, Gizchina reports. Confirmed by Hung Wang, CEO of Huami, the Mi Band 5 is thought to have a larger display than its predecessor.
Apple's Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro impresses in X-ray images
Apple's first keyboard case with trackpad for the iPad Pro is just as expensive as it is heavy. A new X-ray image has shown why it is the latter, and partly explains the former too. Featuring a design more complicated than that of some laptops, the Magic Keyboard case is certainly intricate.
The NoiseFit Endure, a smartwatch with 20 days battery life, IP68 certification and a heart rate sensor, is now shipping for INR 3,999 (~US$53)
With the NoiseFit Endure, you get an inexpensive smartwatch with not only 20 days of battery life, but also with IP68 certification and a heart rate sensor. The NoiseFit Endure also has a 1.28-inch circular LCD panel, over 100 watch faces from which to choose and nine sports modes for fitness tracking.
Nokia 9.3 PureView: Five cameras, a 108 MP sensor, 8K video capture and "exclusive ZEISS effects" for the Q3 2020-bound flagship
Not only is the Nokia 9.3 PureView slated to launch with a 120 Hz screen and a Snapdragon 865 SoC, but also 8K video capture capabilities and "exclusive Zeiss effects". Expected to feature five rear-facing cameras including a 108 MP sensor, the Nokia 9.3 PureView is due in Q3 2020 according to past rumours.
Asus ZenBook UX425 to feature AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir and Intel Core i7-1065G7 processors in a 13.9 mm thin chassis paired with an impressive display
A footnote in a press release published last month, the ZenBook UX425 will feature up to AMD Ryzen 7 4700U and Intel Core i7-1065G7 processors in a 13.9 mm thin chassis. Paired with a 1 W FHD display capable of reaching 450 nits and a 90% screen-to-body ratio, the Renoir ZenBook UX425 sounds like an excellent ultrabook for 2020.
OnePlus 8 Pro DRM Widevine L3 issue confirmed by OnePlus
Some OnePlus 8 Pro handsets have been downgraded to DRM Widevine L3 by a recent OxygenOS update. There is no fix in sight despite being confirmed by OnePlus and fans have been voicing their dissatisfaction about it.
Snapdragon 865 powered Samsung Galaxy Fold Lite or Galaxy Z Flip Lite to launch in 2H20 for US$1,099
Rumour has it that a "Lite" Samsung Galaxy foldable smartphone will be arriving later this year. A blend of parts from the last three years, the Galaxy Fold Lite or Galaxy Z Flip Lite will apparently retail for US$1,099.
Dell Alienware Area-51m R2 lands with up to Core i9 Comet Lake-S processors, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, 64 GB of RAM, 4 TB of storage, a 300 Hz IPS display and a surprise addition from AMD
The Alienware Area-51m R2 is here, and it is not an all Intel and NVIDIA affair. Sporting up to a Core i9-10900K processor, Dell has equipped the Area-51m R2 with an array of NVIDIA GPUs and even an AMD Radeon RX 5700M. Complemented with up to 64 GB of RAM, 4 TB of SSD storage and a 300 Hz IPS display, the Area-51m R2 will be available from June 9 starting at US$3,049.99.
Dell launches the XPS 17 9700 with up to a Core i9-10885H processor, 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, a 4 TB SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU; vapor chamber cooling and 97 Wh battery exclusive to the XPS 17 too
The Dell XPS 17 9700 is a return to the 17-inch market for the XPS series, and it packs a punch. Featuring up to a Core i9-10885H processor, 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, a 4 TB SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, the XPS 17 9700 is a big upgrade over the XPS 15 7590. Starting at US$1,499.99, the XPS 17 9700 features Dell's latest advanced cooling features too and retain the 97 Wh battery of previous XPS 15 models.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series will have "killer displays"; 60 Hz for the Note 20 and no Note 20 Ultra though
Samsung will continue to step up its display game with the Note 20 series, according to a new report. However, the entry-level Note 20 will be limited to 60 Hz, and there will be no Note 20 Ultra. Instead, Samsung will position the Galaxy Fold 2 as its new "Ultra" smartphone.
AMD leaks a Ryzen-powered Lenovo Chromebook
It seems that AMD has confirmed that Ryzen processors are coming to Chromebooks. Lenovo may be one of the first OEMs to release a Ryzen-powered Chromebook too.
NVIDIA teases the "world's largest graphics card" ahead of GTC 2020 keynote
NVIDIA is hyping up its GTC 2020 keynote by getting its CEO to literally pull a graphics card from an oven. Dubbed the "world's largest graphics card", the system is the first to be based on NVIDIA's upcoming Ampere architecture.
Tinker Edge R: Asus presents a new and powerful Raspberry Pi alternative with AI support
Asus has launched a new alternative to the Raspberry Pi. Called the Tinker Edge R, the single-board computer is well suited for AI applications thanks to its powerful components.
Huawei wearables will no longer work unless you download HMS via the AppGallery instead of the Google Play Store, and people aren't happy about it
Huawei wearables will no longer work unless you download HMS via the AppGallery instead of the Google Play Store. Unintentional or not, people are unhappy about it.
Early Dell XPS 15 9500 product page confirms design changes, configurations and an eye-catching Arctic White version
Dell China has jumped the gun and has listed the XPS 15 9500 early. Starting at CNY 10,999 (~US$1,549), the XPS 15 9500 will come with minuscule bezels, modern internal components and even an Arctic White version.
AirPods Studio: Advanced detection features and custom EQ headed to Apple's WWDC 2020-bound over-ear headphones
Rumoured to be launching for US$349, Apple's first over-ear headphones are also said to be jam-packed with advanced features. Sporting Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Transparency Mode like other AirPods, the AirPods Studio will apparently support custom EQ settings in macOS and iOS too.
Intel confirms Apple MacBook Pro exclusivity for its 28 W Ice Lake processors; kills off the Core i7-1068G7 in the process
The faint glimmer of Core i7-1068G7 laptops arriving this quarter is seemingly no more. Removed from Intel's ARK database, the Core i7-1068G7 has been replaced by the Core i7-1068NG7, the 28 W processor found in the new MacBook Pro 13. The Core i5-1038NG7 has been added too, Intel's other 28 W Ice Lake processor.
Dell XPS 15 9500 and XPS 17 9700 are launching this week; possible Alienware, Latitude and Precision refreshes on track too
Rumour has it that Dell will be releasing the XPS 15 9500 and XPS 17 9700 later this week. Leaked in their entirety last month, the new XPS 15 and the first XPS 17 in years will feature Comet Lake-H processors and new NVIDIA GeForce GPUs. Huge volumes of RAM and storage have also been suggested, although there are multiple differences between the two new XPS machines. Alienware, Latitude and Precision refreshes seem imminent, too.
3DMark confirms 4.3 GHz boost clock and SMT for AMD Ryzen 9 4900U
The Ryzen 9 4900U has appeared on 3DMark again, this time sporting a 4.3 GHz boost clock. Running on an "AMD Majolica-RN" motherboard, the Ryzen 9 4900U supports SMT across its 8 cores. Previously seen on UserBenchmark and advertised with the Yoga Slim 7, AMD is yet to confirm the existence of the Ryzen 9 Renoir APU.
Xiaomi presents the Redmi K30 Extreme Edition with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G and an eye-catching new colour variant; no MIUI 12 on launch
A new version of the Xiaomi Redmi K30 is here, complete with a new chipset and a fresh colour option. Priced at CNY 1,999 (~US$283), the Redmi K30 Extreme Edition features all the good aspects of the Redmi K30 5G but with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G SoC. Essentially an overclocked Redmi K30 5G, the Redmi K30 Extreme Edition will launch on May 14 and will be available in an exclusive "Mint Ice Blue" finish. The device will not launch on MIUI 12, though.
WWDC 2020 to host the grand unveiling of the AirPods Studio, Apple's competitively priced over-ear headphones
Rumour has it that Apple has lent the AirPods brand to its upcoming over-ear headphones. Called the AirPods Studio, the highly-customisable headphones will debut at WWDC 2020 for a competitive US$349, putting them at parity with the Bose 700 and the Sony WH-1000XM4.
GoPro Hero 8 or GoPro Max successor with dual-screens leaked ahead of probable Q3 2020 release
The first information about the next GoPro action camera has leaked. A successor to the GoPro Hero 8 or GoPro Max and, the unit will feature an updated UI, Bluetooth 4.2 and 802.11 ac Wi-Fi. The camera may even have dual-screens too Likely priced between US$399.99 and US$499.99, expect the next GoPro to land in late Q3 2020.
Extreme overclocking: AMD Ryzen 3 3100 pushed to nearly 6.0 GHz at 1.45 V
The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 is capable of going much higher than its official 3.9 GHz boost clock, overclockers have confirmed. Specifically, the 65 W and Zen 2 processor has been shown to top out at almost 6.0 GHz, an overclock of over 50%.
3DMark confirms up to Intel Core i9-10900K, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, 64 GB of DDR4 RAM and 2 TB RAID 0 SSDs for new Dell Alienware Area-51m
A new Dell Alienware Area-51m is on its way. Likely launching alongside the XPS 15 9500 and XPS 17 9700, 3DMark has confirmed that the Area-51m R2 will feature up to an Intel Core i9-10900K, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, 64 GB of DDR4-2933 RAM and 2 TB of SSD storage running in RAID 0.
Unconventional B150 motherboard packs an LGA 1151 socket and an embedded NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Unearthed by Linus Tech Tips, this B150 motherboard has not only an LGA 1151 socket but also an embedded NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. The sort of micro ATX board also has I/O on all four sides and more SATA connections than you could shake a stick at.
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet: Affordable and detachable 2-in-1 tablet is now purchasable for US$299
Priced comparably cheaply, the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet is a 2-in-1 tablet that also comes with a detachable keyboard. The Chrome OS device is now purchasable for US$299.
MacBook Pro 14 and new MacBook Pro 16 now due in 2021 following mini-LED production issues
Mini-LED production issues may have put paid to Apple releasing a MacBook Pro 14 before 2021. The Q4 2020-bound MacBook Pro 16 refresh is apparently affected too.
New Mini-PC comes with a fast AMD Ryzen processor and four DisplayPorts
A new and ultra-compact mini PC combines two Ethernet connections, four DisplayPorts, eight USB ports and a quad-core AMD Ryzen Embedded V16505B processor. The mini-PC can be configured with up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512 GB M.2 SSD.
The MagicWatch 2 supports blood oxygen saturation monitoring too; it's just that Honor left its Sp02 sensor disabled for six months
Is it a coincidence that multiple OEMs are now activating the Sp02 sensors in their smartwatches via an update? After Huawei did so with the Watch GT 2, Honor has now rolled out an equivalent firmware update for the MagicWatch 2 that enables blood oxygen saturation monitoring.
Really Gray: The Google Pixel 4 XL has never been seen like this
Google has released three colour variants of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL so far, but a fourth has appeared on a Chinese auction site. Adorned in a matte grey finish, the device can be had for CNY 2,699, equivalent to around US$380.
Sony launches the WF-SP800N, sports TWS earbuds with ANC, IP55 and up to 9 hours of battery life
Sony has introduced new completely wireless in-ears, which have strong features and one of the largest batteries of all TWS. The waterproof, durable earphones are perfect for athletes, but the feature set also makes them interesting for everyone else.
Nokia 6.3: Zeiss-branded quad cameras, a Snapdragon 675 chipset and a PureDisplay are coming to the Q3-bound mid-range smartphone
The successor to the Nokia 6.2 remains on track, according to latest rumours. Called the Nokia 6.3, the mid-range smartphone will feature a PureDisplay with a teardrop notch, along with four Zeiss-branded rear-facing cameras and a Snapdragon 675 chipset.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U in Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 surpasses Intel Core i7-10750H in Geekbench; puts Core i7-10710U and Core i7-1065G7 to the sword too
The AMD Ryzen 7 4800U and Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 have been flexing their muscles again, this time outscoring 45 W Intel processors in Geekbench. The Ryzen 7 4800U blows away recent Intel U series processors too, including the Core i7-10710U and Core i7-1065G7.
Intel Core i9-10900K surpasses 3,000 in Cinebench R15 running at 5.4 GHz; within touching distance of the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X and well ahead of the Core i9-9900K
AMD may have upped its game with recent Ryzen and Threadripper processors, but the Core i9-10900K shows that Intel still has something left to offer. Seemingly able to push 5.4 GHz and 1.35 V while scoring over 3,000 in Cinebench R15 multi-core, the Core i9-10900K is a massive improvement over the Core i9-9900K. The Core i9-10900K has the measure of the Ryzen 9 3900X too, but do not mention the Ryzen 9 3950X, though.
Geekbench confirms new MacBook Pro model identifiers and Core i5-1038NG7 processor
Geekbench has confirmed the new MacBook Pro is running "N" Ice Lake-U processors, just like the MacBook Air. At least one identifier for the new generation has been detailed, too.
The Surface Dock 2 is Microsoft's apology for the lack of Thunderbolt 3
Microsoft still refuses to equip its Surface devices with Thunderbolt 3 ports, precluding many compatible third-party docks from being compatible with the likes of the Surface Book 3 or Surface Go 2. The Surface Dock 2, on the other hand, uses the proprietary Surface Connect port, allowing Microsoft to outperform the competition. Microsoft has released a new USB-C Travel Hub too, which is compatible with non-Surface devices.
OKdo E1: An ultra-low-cost developer board
With the E1, OKdo has introduced a new developer board that is as small as it is affordable. Based on the NXP LPC55S69JBD100 microcontroller, the board has a host of other features, making it ideal for industrial IoT or automation projects.
Odroid Go Advance: New version of the mini handheld adds USB C charging, L2/R2 buttons and can replace the Raspberry Pi thanks to its Wi-Fi connectivity
Hardkernel has released an updated version of the Odroid Go Advance, its portable games console. Called the Black Edition, the unit adds USB C charging, L2/R2 charging and Wi-Fi connectivity while retaining a 10-pin GPIO header.
MSI Optix G27C5: The most pointless update of 2020?
The relatively inexpensive MSI Optix G27C4 has been replaced by a new model, albeit one that is arguably a downgrade. The Optix G27C5 is still a curved, 27-inch, 165 Hz and 1,080p monitor that has decent colour reproduction for a reasonable price.
Xiaomi presents a foldable pedestal fan that is also a humidifier and an air purifier
Released via its Youpin platform, the Xiaomi EDON is an extendable floor fan that also serves as a humidifier and air purifier. The fan is wireless too and can be used set on the floor.
3DMark confirms class-leading Ryzen 7 4800U and RX Vega 8 performance
Almost reaching NVIDIA GeForce MX350 levels in 3DMark Time Spy, the RX Vega 8 and Ryzen 7 4800U make for an impressive combination. Benchmarked in a Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 again, the results show that Renoir can easily take on Ice Lake-U laptops with dedicated graphics solutions.
Microsoft announces a trio of devices with the Surface Headphones 2, Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3
Launched alongside the Surface Earbuds, the Surface Headphones 2, Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3 will all start shipping later this month. The Surface Book 3 makes the jump to Ice Lake-U processors and up to a Quadro RTX 3000 GPU too, but there is no AMD Ryzen version as there is with the Surface Laptop 3.
Xiaomi Mi A3 Android 10 update hits Europe amid multiple bug complaints
Xiaomi has extended the rollout of Android 10 for the Mi A3 to Europe. Sadly, the initial build has plagued some handsets with several bugs, just as early international builds did.
Leaks confirm updated and new Sonos speakers to launch on June 10
Details and marketing images of new Sonos speakers have leaked. Featuring a new soundbar, the trio of speakers will start at £499 and will launch on June 10.
GTX 1650 and GTX 1650 Ti confirmed for the Surface Book 3 following SIRIM and MIIT certifications; launching today
Due to be unveiled later today, the Surface Book 3 has been confirmed to be arriving with a choice of at least three GPUs. The Surface Book 3 will be an all Intel and NVIDIA affair though, with no AMD APUs or GPUs making their way into Microsoft's premier Surface hardware.
Leaked Surface Go 2 images confirm design changes, optional 256 GB SSD and compatibility with existing accessories; no ARM model though
Leaked images of the Surface Go 2 confirm that Microsoft has given its new baby 2-in-1 a more modern look. The Surface Go 2 uses the same chassis as its predecessor though, providing backwards-compatibility with existing accessories. However, there is no ARM model and a Core m3-8100Y model will retail for a disappointingly high €629.
Xiaomi registers new Mi Mix Weibo account; launch of the "most perfect flagship" expected soon
The Mi Mix brand has been left to founder, with the last proper device, the Mi Mix 3, having been released over eighteen months ago. However, Xiaomi has registered a new Mi MIX Weibo account, hinting that it may not have long to wait until the announcement of a new Mi Mix. Could the Mi Mix 4 be almost upon us?
Beanque 3-in-1 Coffee Maker Hands-On Review
The Beanque is a bean-to-cup coffee maker advertised as being ultra-portable and delivering "superior coffee". With USB Type-C charging, a conical ceramic burr grinder, a double-wallled filter, a measuring jug and a travel mug, then Beanque should represent good value for money at US$49. Its ergonomics let it down, in our opinion.
Xiaomi to continue Android 10 rollout for the Redmi Note 8 Pro this month; no joy for the Redmi Note 8 until July at the earliest
Xiaomi may have already unveiled MIUI 12, but the Redmi Note 8 remains one of the devices still awaiting Android 10. While Xiaomi has confirmed that it will be continuing the rollout of the OS upgrade to the Redmi Note 8 Pro this month, the Redmi Note 8 must wait until July before it starts receiving Android 10.
Apple brings two new 28 W processors to MacBook Pro with up to 32 GB of RAM and a 4 TB SSD; no 14.1-inch display upgrade though, while two Thunderbolt 3 models remain on Coffee Lake architecture
The new MacBook Pro is here, but it may not quite be what you had expected. Starting at US$1,299, Apple has included its new Magic Keyboard, up to 32 GB of RAM and 4 TB of SSD storage and a choice of four processors. There is no 14.1-inch display though or any Ryzen 4000 Renoir processor options. Surprisingly, there are two quad-core 8th-generation Coffee Lake processors and two new 28 W Ice Lake processors from which to choose. An Ice Lake MacBook Pro 13 will set you back at least US$1,799, though.
Energy Star confirms Core i7-1065G7 and 32 GB of RAM for the Surface Book 3 but no Ryzen 4000 Renoir options; third Surface Go 2 SKU confirmed too
Featuring a Core i7-1065G7 and 32 GB of RAM, the Surface Book 3 SKUs that have flown through Energy Star are sizeable upgrades over their predecessors. It looks increasingly unlikely that there will be any Ryzen 4000 Renoir options, though. Energy Star has confirmed the existence of a third Surface Go 2 SKU, too.
3DMark confirms 28 W processor for next MacBook Pro; up to 32 GB of RAM and a 4 TB SSD too, but no Ryzen 4000 Renoir options
Expected to drop before WWDC 2020, the next smaller MacBook Pro has been said to be making the switch to 14-inch displays. Apple's new Magic Keyboard also seems a likely upgrade, and now 3DMark has confirmed that Apple will offer up to 32 GB of RAM and a 4 TB SSD. The MacBook Pro 2020 will have a powerful CPU option too, but not one of those Ryzen 4000 Renoir processors.
Leaked Dell Precision 7550 and Precision 7750 advert confirms design changes and potential DGFF incompatibility
Successors to the Precision 7540 and Precision 7740 are on their way, and a leaked advert has confirmed that Dell has given them a complete redesign. Predictably called the Precision 7550 and Precision 7750, the two laptops are expected to arrive later this month, but there may be some surprises in store, including no PointStick and possible DGFF incompatibilities with older models.
With PoE: New Raspberry Pi alternative also supports TPM 2.0, RS-232 DB9 and RS-485
A new alternative to the Raspberry Pi is now available. The Banana Pi BPI-F2P also allows the connection of external devices, but it has a different focus than the popular Raspberry Pi.
Xperia 1 II camera samples show low-light improvements and Photography Pro app
Teased ahead of an expected launch later this month, camera samples show the Xperia 1 II offering better low-light performance than its predecessor. The device, which will retail for over €1,000 at launch, will come pre-installed with a new Photography Pro app, too.
Microsoft readies new Surface Headphones with 20 hours of battery life, improved head tracking, Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX support
While Sony is putting the finishing touches to the WH-1000XM4, Microsoft has been spotted certifying new Surface Headphones. Possibly called the Surface Headphones 2, the noise-cancelling headphones will offer up to 20 hours of battery life, improved head tracking, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and aptX support. There will be no design changes for the new Surface Headphones, though.
Retro gaming has finally arrived on the Raspberry Pi 4
The wait is over. Thanks to RetroPie, the latest Raspberry Pi can now be easily utilised as a retro console. The new version not only provides compatibility with the Raspberry Pi 4, but also offers numerous improvements for other models.
High resolution: Pi Foundation releases a new camera module with interchangeable lenses for the Raspberry Pi
Based on the Sony IMX477, the Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera Module is a big upgrade over the existing Raspberry Pi Camera Module. Featuring interchangeable lenses, a back-focus adjustment ring and a tripod mount, the 12.3 MP camera retails for US$50.00.
Huawei FreeBuds 3i: AirPods Pro on a budget
Priced at US$112 and £89.99 in the UK, the Huawei FreeBuds 3i is the AirPods Pro on a budget. Featuring Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), three microphones and silicone ear tips, the FreeBuds 3i doesn't half look like original AirPods too.
3DMark confirms possible Lenovo ThinkPad P54 or ThinkPad P74 with Intel Core i9-10885H and Quadro RTX 3000
It looks like Lenovo is planning to refresh its ThinkPad workstations with Comet Lake-H processors. Paired with a Quadro RTX 3000 GPU, the Core i9-10885H powered device is likely either a successor to the ThinkPad P53 or ThinkPad P73.
Surface Go 2: Microsoft to release distinct LTE and Wi-Fi SKUs of its 10.5-inch tablet
In another repeat of the Surface Go, Microsoft will be releasing distinct LTE and Wi-Fi versions of the Surface Go 2. Expected to arrive before the end of May, the Surface Go 2 will be a mostly incremental upgrade over the device that Microsoft released 20 months ago.
Sony WH-1000XM4: Leaked product listing confirms design changes, Bluetooth 5.0, and 40 mm drivers; no support for aptX or aptX HD expected though
Costing US$349.99 at launch, the WH-1000XM4 include several design changes from the WH-1000XM3, along with Bluetooth 5.0 and 40 mm drivers. Battery life should be improved too, but do not get your hopes up for aptX or aptX HD support.
NVIDIA Ampere GPUs to feature up to 8,192 CUDA cores, 256 RT cores, 1,024 tensor cores and 16 Gbps VRAM; RTX 3080 Ti to arrive before RTX 3060
Apparently launching in Q4 2020, the proposed specifications for the RTX 3080 Ti would make it significantly more powerful than any current consumer desktop GPU. The RTX 3080, RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 do not seem half bad either, though.
JBL Live 300TWS: New AirPods competitors with TalkThru technology launched
JBL has introduced another set of TWS earbuds as it continues to assert itself in an already extremely competitive market. Promising excellent sound quality, long battery life and many exciting features, the JBL Live 300TWS miss out on one crucial function.
Raspberry Pi: Turn the popular single-board computer into a tabletop weather forecast with an ePaper display
Combining a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and off-the-shelf parts, the project requires no 3D printing or soldering. Suitable even for beginners, the resulting unit can deliver weather forecasts on its easy to read ePaper display.
HP ProBook 445 G7 and 455 G7 with up to Ryzen 7 4700U and 16 GB of RAM are now available to order for under US$850.00
Fancy some Renoir in your next business laptop? Well, the ProBook 445 G7 and ProBook 455 G7 are now available to order, and for under US$850.00. Both can be configured freely with up to a Ryzen 7 4700U, a 512 GB SSD, 16 GB of RAM and a 1,000 nit display.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 with AMD Ryzen 4000 processors goes on sale for €369.00 (~US$400); up to Ryzen 7 4700U and 8 GB of RAM offered
Lenovo recently launched the affordable IdeaPad 5 with Ryzen 4000 processors, and now it has done the same with the IdeaPad 3. Available in 14-inch and 15.6-inch variants with up to a Ryzen 7 4700U, the new IdeaPad 3 series starts at €369.00 (~US$400).
Interview with Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei: HarmonyOS will catch up with iOS & Android in "300 years"
In a surprisingly open interview Ren Zhengfei, the CEO of Huawei, has conceded that HarmonyOS will not be overtaking its US competitors for the foreseeable future. Zhengfei does not want to give up working with the US partners, either.
castAway expands vision to give every smartphone a second display, a gamepad, physical keyboard, boombox speaker and portable wireless charger
Having received almost US$450,000 in crowdfunding, castAway has expanded from a case with a second screen to a platform of accessories. Featuring a gamepad, a wallet a wireless charger and more, the castAway accessories can give almost any smartphone an upgrade.
Leaked HP OMEN 15 listing confirms AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU and a complete redesign
45 W Renoir processors are heading to this year's HP OMEN 15, as are multiple NVIDIA GPUs and a complete redesign. Sporting up to a Ryzen 7 4800H and RTX 2060, the HP OMEN 15-en0xxx may give the Zephyrus G14 a run for its money.
AMD "Big Navi" GPUs to have up to 40% larger dies than the Xbox Series X
Rumour has it that AMD will be bringing up to 505 mm² dies to its next-generation "Big Navi" GPUs. Based on the company's RDNA 2 architecture, Navi 21, Navi 22 and Navi 23 all supposedly have larger dies than the RX 5700 XT. The Navi 21 has a larger die than the custom RDNA 2 GPU in the Xbox Series X, too.
OnePlus Z release slips to Q3 2020
Initially slated for late Q2 2020, rumour has it that the OnePlus Z has slipped into Q3 2020, instead. Likely arriving a few months before the OnePlus 8T series, the OnePlus Z is expected to be based on the Dimensity 1000, MediaTek's flagship chipset.
Chuwi LarkBox: Celeron N4100 and US$199 mini-PC to go up for crowdfunding next month
The LarkBox measures just 2.4 x 2.4 x 1.7-inches and will cost US$199 when it goes live on Indiegogo in May. The mini-PC will feature 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and an Intel Celeron N4100 processor.
Xiaomi quietly announces the Mi Note 10 Lite
In what must be one of the most lowkey announcements of 2020, Xiaomi has confirmed that the Mi Note 10 Lite is on the way. Arriving on April 30 alongside the Redmi Note 9 series, the Mi Note 10 Lite appears to be the Mi Note 10 without its 108 MP camera.
The Android 10 rollout for the Nokia 6.2 has begun; rollout for Nokia 7.2 expanded too
The Android 10 rollout for the Nokia 6.2 has begun. Originally slated for Q1 2020, Android 10 is the first OS upgrade for the Nokia 6.2. The rollout is being staggered in waves, so it may be a few weeks before you receive an OTA on your device. You can download the update manually now, though. Android 10 has made its way to Nokia 7.2 handsets in the US, too.
Qualcomm accidentally confirms the Mi 10 Lite Zoom, seemingly the global version of the Mi 10 Youth Edition
Hot on the heels of yesterday's launch Xiaomi event comes the Mi 10 Lite Zoom, another Snapdragon 765G-powered smartphone. Accidentally confirmed by Qualcomm in a press release about Quick Charge 3+, the Mi 10 Lite Zoom is seemingly the global edition of the Mi 10 Youth Edition.
FCC confirms Wi-Fi 6 connectivity Microsoft's US$1,699 Surface Book 3
The FCC has confirmed that the Surface Book 3 will feature Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. Spotted by Windows Latest, the listing includes references to the device having an Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 modem, which supports up to 2.4 Gbps transfer speeds and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. The Surface Book 3 may cost as much as US$1,699 at launch, according to past leaks.
LG confirms a heap of leaked Velvet specs with Stylus Pen and Dual Screen accessories to be sold separately; Quad DAC may not be included
Rocking the design of its contemporaries, the LG Velvet has been confirmed to support styluses and LG's Dual Screen accessory. Sadly, the LG Dual Screen and Stylus Pen accessories will be sold separately. The South Korean company's famed Quad DAC is apparently not making an appearance on the LG Velvet either.
TSMC "kicks off" 2 nm R&D; research underway for post 2 nm nodes too
DigiTimes has offered up another vague report, this time about TSMC's development of 2 nm nodes. Reported last year by TechWeb, DigiTimes now claims that "progressing in research and exploratory studies" for after 2 nm, too. Either way, we are not going to be seeing 2 nm chipsets for a while yet.
Leaked XPS 15 9500 listing confirms it to be a step up from the XPS 15 7590 and a step down from the XPS 17 9700
Leaked by Dell France alongside the XPS 17 9700 today, the XPS 15 9500 will be a significant upgrade over the XPS 15 7590, for the most part. The reduction in maximum battery capacity to an 86 Wh battery does not feel like an upgrade though, nor does the absence of all the innovations that Dell has seemingly reserved for the XPS 17 9700.
LattePanda: Make your own portable retro games console running Windows 10
The GreatScottLab has turned a single-board computer into a particularly affordable Windows 10 tablet. The portable device features a large touchscreen and should be well suited for enjoying retro video games.
Honor X10: Kirin 820 mid-ranger leaks with a notch-less display, quad cameras and a large battery
Confirmed by Honor to be called the Honor X10, the mid-range handset has been spotted at the TENAA. Featuring a Kirin 820, a 4,200 mAh battery, quad cameras and a notch-less display, the Honor X10 may well prove a compelling option when it is released later this year.
DJI Mavic Air 2: Official images of the new drone and accessories leak ahead of imminent release
Drone specialist DJI is on the verge of presenting version 2 of the Mavic Air. Ahead of its expected release, marketing renders and a complete specification sheet have leaked, leaving little to the imagination.
Leaked Dell XPS 17 9700 listing confirms up to Core i9-10885H processor, 64 GB of RAM, 4 TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, vapor chamber cooling and more; Dell Latitude, Precision and XPS 15 refreshes leaked too
Leaked in its entirety by Dell France, the XPS 17 9700 will be a monster of an upgrade from Dell's current XPS offering. With two M.2-2280 slots, an RTX 2060 GPU, four speakers, vapor chamber cooling, a 97 Wh battery to name but a few features, Dell is really gunning for the Apple MacBook Pro 16 this year. An 86 Wh battery and a GTX 1650 Ti is all the XPS 15 9500 is getting, though.
DOOGEE X95: A sub-US$60 smartphone with outdated internals encased in a modern design
Sporting a MediaTek MT6737, 2 GB of RAM and up to 32 GB of storage, the DOOGEE X95 is unlikely to win any performance awards.
The POCO F2 Pro underlines why Xiaomi's branding is a mess
An updated list of Google Play-certified devices suggests that the Redmi K30 Pro is coming to India as the Redmi K30 Pro after all. Meanwhile, the Redmi K30 Pro will be released globally as the POCO F2 Pro. With the Redmi K30 the POCO X2 in India, what on earth is Xiaomi doing with its branding currently?
Xiaomi announces MIUI 12 update roadmap, and it contains over forty devices
Xiaomi has announced its release schedule for MIUI 12, and it includes forty devices. Arriving on handsets as old as the Mi 6, MIUI 12 will start rolling out at the end of June. Beta enrolments start today, though.
OnePlus 8 Pro: Is the high price justified?
The OnePlus 8 Pro is scratching the US$1,000 mark, a far cry from OnePlus' origins. Undoubtedly, you get a high-quality smartphone for the money, but is OnePlus' latest smartphone still a bargain? Arguably not, but that does not preclude the OnePlus 8 Pro from being good value for money.
Huawei plans to launch a new high-end Mate series smartphone next month
Huawei has two flagship series, the P and the Mate series. Typically refreshed yearly in Q1 and Q3 or Q4 respectively, the Mate series is not due until September at the earliest. However, rumour has it that Huawei is reviving the Mate S, a device that it last released in 2015. The new flagship Mate is due to arrive as early as next month, too.
Lenovo and Fedora Project confirm partnership for Fedora versions of the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2, ThinkPad P53 and ThinkPad X1 Gen 8
Lenovo and the Fedora Project have teamed up to deliver a run of Fedora ThinkPads. Pre-installed with Fedora 32 Workstation, the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2, ThinkPad P53 and ThinkPad X1 Gen 8 will be available to purchase globally.
ODROID-C4: An inexpensive and powerful Raspberry Pi alternative that even supports PSP emulation
Hardkernel has introduced a new single-board computer and a compelling alternative to the Raspberry Pi. The ODROID-C4 should convince with its affordable price and high computing power.
Raspberry Pi: Turn the popular single-board computer into a compact weather station
Based around a Raspberry Pi Zero W, a community project has transformed the popular single-board computer into a compact weather station. Comparatively easy and inexpensive to create, the system can be wall-mounted and features a 2.8-inch touchscreen display.
Raspberry Pi: New operating system brings a Windows XP feel to the popular single-board computer and supports old video games
A new operating system for the Raspberry Pi is available. This should trigger nostalgic feelings among numerous users and is visually reminiscent of Windows XP and also supports old software with various emulators.
Xiaomi rolls out another Android 9.0 Pie update to the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro just days before it makes MIUI 12 available
With MIUI 12 rumoured to be available from MIUI 12, Xiaomi has decided to push another Android 9.0 Pie-based update to the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro. While Xiaomi has pledged to update the CC9 Pro to Android 10 by the end of this month, the arrival of the latest update for EU handsets all but ends hopes that they were in line for the same treatment.
Get Amped for GTC 2020, with Ampere GPUs set to launch at upcoming rescheduled NVIDIA conference
Get Amped for GTC 2020, according to NVIDIA. Rescheduled for May 14, CEO Jensen Huang previously stated that the event would not disappoint. The company is expected to announce its first Ampere GPUs, the next-generation successors to the RTX 20 series and the Turing architecture.
Huawei FreeBuds 3i: Apple AirPods Pro clones that come with 24 dB(A) ANC and Quick Pairing
Huawei has ditched the design of the FreeBuds 3, according to leaked renders of new TWS earbuds published by WinFuture. Featuring a white design, silicone tips, ANC and a compact charging case, the FreeBuds 3i will likely be pitched as AirPods Pro competitors.
Do not be fooled into believing this latest fake Mi Mix 4 leak
Rumour has it that the Mi Mix 4 has been sighted on Geekbench, complete with 10 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 865+ processor. While the Mi Mix 3 is long overdue an upgrade, there is no truth to this latest Mi Mix 4 rumour.
LG Velvet: Leaked information confirms specifications and over ~US$700 launch price for May 7-bound "mid-range" smartphone
Launching on May 7, the LG Velvet will arrive in four colours and with a 4,300 mAh battery, along with a Snapdragon 765, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Sporting a 48 MP ISOCELL Bright GM2 camera, the LG Velvet is rumoured to cost over ~US$700.
Surface Buds set to launch next month with a price cut
Said to be launching on May 6 in Germany, the Surface Earbuds are rather late the party. Announced last October for US$249, it seems that their delay has coincided with a price cut. The Surface Earbuds will not come cheap, though.
A14 Bionic-based, 5 nm and 12-core MacBook arriving in 2021 as Apple starts to bring Mac processors in-house
It has been fifteen years since Apple switched from PowerPC to Intel processors. Now, the next paradigm shift is almost upon us, with Apple set to change to ARM processors from as early as 2021. Set to be based on an improved A14 chip, the first ARM-powered MacBook will supposedly exceed all performance expectations.
AirTags, iMac redesign, MacBook Pro 14, new MacBook Pro 16 and more Apple hardware refreshes due by Q4 2020
From the MacBook Pro 14 to the iPhone 12 and everything in between, Apple is planning a bumper hardware refresh by the end of the year. Expect new iMacs, AirTags, Watch Series 6 and MacBook Pro 16 releases.
Claiming that Apple has underclocked the A13 Bionic in the iPhone SE is ridiculous, and here's why
Apple is underclocking the A13 Bionic in the iPhone SE, so the story goes. Citing AnTuTu scores, the new iPhone SE cannot match the performance set by the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max, its A13 Bionic-powered siblings. However, there is little use in deducing this from these scores, as we shall discuss below.
Clamshell Xiaomi foldable smartphone to enter mass production in 2H 2020; Sub-US$150 5G handset targetted for release before the end of 2020 too
According to South Korean media, Xiaomi has sought clamshell foldable panels from Samsung in the hope of mass-producing a Galaxy Z Flip-type smartphone in 2H 2020. Xiaomi is aiming to release a CNY 999 (~US$141) 5G handset before the end of the year too.
OnePlus 8 Pro Smartphone Review: Now also charges wirelessly
Wireless charging and IP certification in a OnePlus smartphone have finally become a reality. A 120 Hz display and a colour filter camera are other features, too. We will clarify in this review whether the OnePlus 8 Pro is worthwhile at its high price of at least US$799.
Inexpensive and fast: New, silent Mini-PC with Core i7 processors priced at under US$325 launches
Aimed at those who need an ultra-compact mini-PC with some computing power, Eglobal is offering its units with up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, a 2 TB SSD and a Core i7-10710U processor. Others configurations with different Core i7 processors are available, too.
The new Magic Keyboard for the Apple iPad Pro is a real heavyweight
The Magic Keyboard with an integrated trackpad looks elegant and lightweight. However, it turns out that there is a good reason why Apple has kept the weight of the case a secret so far; it is damn heavy. So heavy is the Magic Keyboard that it makes the 12.9-inch iPad Pro outweigh the new MacBook Air.
Intel will continue to dominate the premium gaming laptop market, Frank Azor confirms; no Ryzen 4000 and RTX 2070 or RTX 2080 laptops anytime soon
While NVIDIA has brought its RTX 20 SUPER mobile GPUs to new Intel Comet Lake-H laptops, Frank Azor has confirmed that there will be no Ryzen 4000 series laptops with the RTX 2070 or better any time. As expected, Intel-powered machines will remain the gaming laptops of choice for 2020.
Leaked Dell XPS 15 9500 photos confirm design overhaul; eight new Latitude laptops revealed too
Images of the XPS 15 9500 have appeared on a South Korean certification website. The photos, posted along with eight Latitude laptops, confirm that the new XPS 15 series will feature a 16:10 display, slimmer bezels, a much larger trackpad and front-firing speakers among other changes. Dell's laptop refresh is expected to land at the end of next month.
Raspberry Pi: Turn the popular single-board computer into an inexpensive thermal camera
A new project has transformed the Raspberry Pi into a thermal imaging camera. Using the housing of a discarded microwave detector, the Apollo Pi Thermal Camera is based around a Raspberry Pi Zero W, a 1.3-inch display and a Thermal Camera Breakout.
Xiaomi zooms in: Mi 10 Youth Edition with 50x periscope camera and MIUI 12 landing on April 27
Xiaomi is taking on the zoom credentials of Huawei but on a budget. Aping the 5x optical zoom camera in the Nova 7 series, Xiaomi is bringing a periscope lens to the Mi 10 Youth Edition. Capable of 5x optical zoom and up to 50x digital zoom, the Mi 10 Youth Edition will be the first smartphone to ship with MIUI 12. Do not mistake it for the Mi 10 Lite, though.
Galaxy Tab S7: Optional 5G, S-Pen in the box and a Q3 2020 release for Samsung's premium tablets?
Coming in 11-inch and 12.4-inch variants, Samsung will pitch the Galaxy Tab S7 series as a direct competitor to Apple's fourth-generation iPad Pros. With an S-Pen included in the box and optional 5G, could the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus offer better value for money than the new iPad Pro range?
Huawei MatePad 10.4 and MatePad T8 teased ahead of imminent release
Expected to be launched on April 23 alongside the Nova 7 series, the MediaPad 10.4 and MatePad T8 are intended for different audiences. While hands-on and marketing pictures of the former have shown its mid-range credentials, the MediaPad T8 is definitely an entry-level tablet.
Does the MacBook Air 2020 have an overheating problem?
The MacBook Air 2020 runs hot, hotter than its predecessor. Its can run loud too, both because of Apple's questionable cooling system. As has been asked by some sections of the media, does that mean the MacBook Air 2020 has an overheating problem?
Asus is refreshing the VivoBook 14 with Ryzen 5 4500U, Ryzen 7 4700U and Core i7-1165G7 models; NVIDIA GeForce MX350 inbound for Tiger Lake unit too
Not only is Asus planning on bringing the NVIDIA GeForce MX350 to Renoir processors like the Ryzen 7 4700U, but it is also keen on doing the same with Intel's upcoming Tiger Lake-U series architecture. Coming in the form of a refreshed VivoBook 14, the Core i7-1165G7 and MX350 will be offered alongside Ryzen 5 4500U and Ryzen 7 4700U models.
Microsoft Surface Book 3 prices and configurations revealed; Up to 32 GB of RAM, a 2 TB SSD and NVIDIA GTX or Quadro GPUs to be offered
Revealed to be starting at US$1,699.99, the Surface Book 3 will come with up to 32 GB of RAM, a 2 TB SSD and an NVIDIA Quadro GPU. 13.5-inch and 15-inch variants are on the way, as are NVIDIA GTX GPUs, apparently. Possibly the GTX 1650 Max-Q and GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, the jury is still out on whether the Surface Book 3 will feature Comet Lake-U or Ice Lake-U processors. There is a chance that Microsoft will offer both architectures, though.
The AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, Ryzen 7 4800H and Ryzen 7 4800HS dominate Intel in PassMark; even the Ryzen 7 4700U gets in on the action
Even the Ryzen 7 4700U can outperform modern Core i9 H-series processors, according to PassMark. Similarly, the 35 W Ryzen 4000HS series processors hand out a whupping to Comet Lake-H processors like the Core i9-10980HK. We are yet to see what the Ryzen 9 4900H has to offer, either.
Raspberry Pi: Turn the popular single-board computer in a Fallout 4 desk terminal
Based on the desk terminal from Fallout 4, the project features a 3.5-inch display and a 3D printed case. The result looks great, in our opinion.
Surface Go 2 confirmed to have a 10.5-inch display and thinner bezels; eMMC storage on the way too though
Expected to be launched this spring, the Surface Go 2 is thought to be a minor upgrade over the existing model. While the Surface Go 2 will feature the same chassis as its predecessor, it will also have a larger display. Accordingly, the Surface Go 2 will get a resolution bump. eMMC flash storage will be making a return for the entry-level model though, apparently.
iPhone SE Plus: Apple's 5.5-inch smartphone to launch in 2021 with an A13 Bionic SoC
Apple may not release an iPhone SE Plus until 2021, it has now emerged. While the device could launch over eight months after the new iPhone SE, it is said to still be featuring the A13 Bionic, a chipset that Apple announced last year.
Galaxy Note 20 render shows off radiant colourway and boxy design amid claims of improved battery life for Samsung's next phablet
Rumour has it that Samsung will be equipping its entry-level Galaxy Note with a 4,000 mAh battery this year. Not only will the Galaxy Note 20 have a significantly larger battery than its predecessor, but it may in fact be the cell from the Galaxy S20.
Xiaomi releases its new budget conscious external monitor, the Mi Display 1A
Featuring a 23.8-inch IPS panel, the Mi Display 1A has three-micro-edge bezels and a viewing angle of up to 178°. Retailing for just CNY 699 (~US$99), the Mi Display 1A is likely to attract interest from those who are looking for a stylish and affordable external monitor.
OnePlus 8 Pro vs. Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro - Which of the "flagship killers" should you purchase?
The OnePlus 8 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro are both excellent smartphones, but which of the two "flagship" killers should you purchase? While the two may look similar, there are quite a few differences that are worth considering before you make a decision.
Raspberry Pi: Combine the power of up to seven Compute Modules with the Turing Pi Cluster Board
The Turing Pi Cluster Board turns up to seven Raspberry Pi Compute Modules into a powerful cluster device. The board can not only be used for network storage, but also as a platform for video games.
MSI presents an ultra-wide & 200 Hz 30-inch gaming monitor
With the Optix MAG301CR, MSI has created a 21:9 monitor that not only has a 30-inch curved VA panel, but also one that supports up to 200 Hz refresh rates and AMD FreeSync. The Optix MAG301CR operates natively at 2,560 x 1,080 and has 1 ms response times, too.
Intel Core i9-10980HK and NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER sweep aside the competition in 3DMark
AMD may be impressing with its Renoir architecture, but Intel still has a stranglehold over the high-end laptop market. With NVIDIA seemingly reserving its RTX 20 SUPER GPUs for Intel-powered machines, they still may be the best bet if you are in the market for a high-end gaming laptop this year.
3DMark confirms Ryzen 7 4700U and GeForce MX350 combination in upcoming ZenBook 14
Renoir is walking over Intel at the moment, making AMD laptops with NVIDIA GPUs a viable possibility again. Pairing the Ryzen 7 4700U with a GeForce MX350 is not what we had in mind though, Asus.
OnePlus 8 Pro: A camera comparison with the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro and Huawei P40 Pro
OnePlus has not only upped its game with the hardware that it has included in the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, but it has also increased the prices of its new smartphones. While many, we included, are interested to see what the OnePlus 8 Pro has to offer, DxOMark compares its specs with those of the Mi 10 Pro and P40 Pro.
ASRock releases the RX 5500 XT Challenger, an 8 GB GDDR6 ITX GPU
On the look out for a new GPU that fits your small form factor PC? Well, the RX 5500 XT from ASRock could be your best bet. Packing 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM running at 14 Gbps and a Navi 14 GPU that clocks up to 1,845 MHz, then RX 5500 XT Challenger ITX 8G should outperform those GDDR6 GTX 1650 refreshes.
Xiaomi keeps the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro on Android 9.0 Pie for another month, and fans aren't happy about it
The Mi Note 10 series, and by extension the Mi CC9 Pro, are the forgotten children of Xiaomi. Announced after the launch of Android 10, Xiaomi released the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro on Android 9.0 Pie. Five months on, the latest update for both devices has left people reeling.
Apple should take a look at this iPad Pro Max concept
Imagined as a 16-inch iPad Pro, the iPad Pro Max concept is a joy to behold. Featuring more ports and a reimagined Magic Keyboard, the concept takes the idea of an iPad Pro being a laptop replacement and runs with it.
Surface Go 2 to feature the same display and Type Covers as its predecessor; design changes highly unlikely
Compounding previous fears of the Surface Go 2 being more of the same from Microsoft and its Surface sub-division, rumour has it that the upcoming device will retain the design of its predecessor. While Microsoft may sell the 2-in-1 in more colours than just silver this time around, thick bezels, pitiful ports and outdated processors do not make the Surface Go 2 sound like an inspired refresh.
Raspberry Pi: Turn the popular single-board computer into a Pipboy
A community project posted has turned a humble Raspberry Pi into a working Pipboy. Loosely based on the Pipboy 2000 MK VI, the project features a 3.5-inch display, a powerbank and a rotary encoder.
Apple delays 5G, A14X Bionic and mini-LED iPad Pro refresh until early 2021
Rumour has it that Apple has hit a snag with the development of its mini-LED iPad Pro refresh. Apparently now launching in early 2021, the fifth-generation iPad Pro series was originally slated for a Q3 2020 release instead. Confusingly, an A14X Bionic and 5G iPad Pro may still arrive before the end of this year, though.
AMD's Ryzen 4000 and Q3 2020-bound desktop processors confirmed to support the AM4 socket and B450 chipset
AMD is keeping to its promise about its support for the AM4 socket. Confirmed by XMG, the ageing socket will support Ryzen 4000 desktop processors. The B450 chipset will get to taste Vermeer too, as will probably the X470 and X570 chipsets too. The Ryzen 4000 desktop series is expected to land in Q3 2020.
Raspberry Pi: Popular single-board computer harnessed for open-source ventilator
Posted to GitHub, the Mascobot utilises a Raspberry Pi as part of an open-source ventilator. The project uses an Arduino and off the shelf parts, too. Testing is already underway, with human trials planned for the beginning of May.
Disappointment for Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X fans: Cyberpunk 2077 will not be a next-generation launch title
CD Projekt Red has once again commented on the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077. The company is likely to disappoint potential buyers of a next-generation console, though.
OnePlus 8 teaser sparks questions about OnePlus Z/8 Lite display reveal
OnePlus has got people talking about a third device in the OnePlus 8 series again, rumoured to be called the OnePlus Z or OnePlus 8 Lite. Possibly powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000, this would not be the first time that the company has shown off the device.
BreadBee: A tiny alternative to the Raspberry Pi Zero that supports Linux and costs just US$10
The BreadBee is a very compact single-board computer that runs Linux. Developed by Daniel Palmer, the BreadBee features 64 MB of RAM, an MStar MSC313E Cortex-A7 SoC, two multi-pin headers and an RJ45 Ethernet port.
Beanque: A 3-in-1 coffee maker with a ceramic burr grinder and USB Type-C charging
Billed as an electric grinder, an adjustable ceramic coffee mill, a measuring cup and a travel mug, the Beanque has already raised over US$15,000 on Kickstarter. The 3-in-1 coffee maker is available from US$49 and will ship in July 2020.
So, what 12 MP camera does the iPhone SE have? It's complicated, apparently
The dust has settled, the new iPhone SE is finally here. But with Apple being typically vague about what hardware it has included in its US$399 iPhone, there is some confusion about the device's 12 MP camera. What does the best single-camera system in an iPhone mean, exactly?
Leaker refutes Intel Comet Lake-U and NVIDIA Quadro Surface Book 3 listings
Rumour has it that the Surface Book 3 will be released with Comet Lake-U processors. One prominent leaker refutes this though, and all other signs point towards Ice Lake-U upgrades instead. Is Microsoft really going to give 14 nm another go on its premier mobile hardware?
Welcome back, 2013! Asus presents a "new" NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
NVIDIA originally launched the GeForce GT 700 series in 2013, but the Kepler architecture has returned seven years on. Released by Asus, the "new" GeForce GT 710 has 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, 192 CUDA cores, a 954 MHz base clock and four HDMI ports.
Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, a 10.4-inch tablet with a TFT display
Samsung has finally announced the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, and it is an absolute stinker. While the device may look modern with its thin bezels and slim form factor, the inclusion of a TFT panel means that you should give the Tab S6 Lite a miss. Seriously, why release a £339.00 (~US$425) tablet with a TFT panel in 2020?
iPhone SE: Apple finally releases its US$399 "budget" smartphone with an A13 Bionic chipset
So, Jon Prosser was right all along. Apple has finally announced the iPhone SE. No, we have not stepped back into 2016. Instead, Apple has revitalised the SE branding for 2020. Featuring an A13 Bionic SoC, 3 GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch screen with Touch ID and up to 256 GB of storage, the iPhone SE replaces the iPhone 8. Starting at US$349 for the 64 GB model, the iPhone SE will be available to order from 17:00 PDT and 13:00 BST on April 17. There is no word on Indian availability yet, though.
Sony makes Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey free to download from April 15 through May 5
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey are now free to download, no PS Plus required. Part of the Play at Home Initiative, the two games will be free from April 15 20:00 PDT through May 5 20:00 PDT. Sony has earmarked US$10 million to support indie developers, too.
3DMark and Geekbench confirm switch to Ryzen 5 4600H and Ryzen 7 4800H processors for this year's HP OMEN 15
HP is bringing 45 W Renoir processors to its OMEN 15 laptops. Spotted on benchmarking websites and support documentation, the 15-en0xxx will offer at least either the Ryzen 5 4600H or Ryzen 7 4800H. Multiple NVIDIA GPUs are likely in the pipeline too, with the GTX 1660 Ti having already been confirmed.
Honor 30 Pro+ launches with Kirin 990 and 50 MP IMX700; debuts in second on DxOMark
Based around a Kirin 990 and a 6.57-inch OLED panel, the Honor 30 Pro+ looks like the P40 Pro. It shares the latter's IMX700 50 MP camera too and has been awarded a laudable 125 points by DxOMark.
Whitechapel: Google's custom 5 nm Exynos SoC may be coming to Pixels and Chromebooks, but not the Pixel 5
Rumour has it that Google has already received working versions of its custom Exynos SoC, developed in partnership with Samsung. Codenamed Whitechapel, the 8-core ARM chip is said to be based on a 5 nm process. While there has been talk of the 5 nm chip making its way into the Pixel 5, Google may have even bigger plans for Whitechapel.
Xperia 1 II: Sony hints at upcoming release date for its most expensive flagship
The Xperia 1 II, Sony's most expensive flagship, is edging ever closer to being released. Due this quarter, Sony has hinted that we could be just days away from a proper unveiling. The device's €1,119 (~US$1,227.40) launch price may be a sticking point for most people, though.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: Full specifications, colours, and Book cover accessory revealed ahead of official release
Apparently being released in 64 GB, 128 GB, LTE and Wi-Fi variants, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite will also be available in two colours. Full specifications for the Exynos 9611-powered tablet have been revealed too, as has a so-called Book cover accessory that Samsung will sell separately.
Nintendo may have two new Switch models in development, a dedicated console and one with a secondary display
Rumour has it that Nintendo is developing two new Switch models, with one having been spotted in new firmware. Previously rumoured to be using a custom NVIDIA Volta GPU, the model is said to be based on the Tegra X1+ instead. The device has a secondary display of sorts too, and may feature alongside a docked-only console codenamed Calcio.
Surface Go 2 with Wi-Fi 6 connectivity hits the FCC amid rumours of an April online launch alongside the Surface Book 3
The Surface Go 2 is almost here, and it will be arriving with Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. An LTE variant is on its way too, with both rumoured to debut by the end of the month in an online event. Intel Core m3-8100Y and Pentium Gold 4425Y processors will make the Surface Go 2 nothing more than an incremental upgrade, though.
Asus TUF Gaming A15 with AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and 16 GB of RAM is now shipping for US$999.99
The ASUS TUF Gaming A15 is now shipping and for as little as US$999.99. The Ryzen 7 4800H-powered machine has a 15.6-inch 144 Hz panel, but there is also the 17.3-inch A17 if you would like something larger.
OnePlus 8 Pro: 256 GB model is over 25% more expensive than its predecessor, UK retailer confirms
OnePlus is upping its prices by £50 to £200. Thanks to UK retailer listings that went live early, we know that the OnePlus 8 will start at £599, £50 more than the OnePlus 7T. Want 256 GB with your OnePlus 8 Pro? Well, that'll cost you £899, £200 more than it did for the OnePlus 7T Pro.
Fans pile on Samsung about Galaxy S20 Ultra issues
The Exynos 990 is having a rough ride of it currently. Not only did Samsung snub the chipset for its home market, but there has also been a slew of reports about a flurry of issues affecting the Galaxy S20 Ultra. With complaints about the Exynos 990 version of the device piling up online, it now seems that the US$1,400 flagship can no longer run Pokémon Go, either.
Leaked OnePlus 8 limited edition cases show how far OnePlus has diverged from its roots
Launching tomorrow alongside the OnePlus 8 series, the limited edition cases have been created in collaboration with André Saraiva. Part of the OnePlus x Andre series, the cases will inevitably come in OnePlus and OnePlus 8 Pro versions.
Huawei rumoured to be developing server GPUs as it rebukes "groundless criticism" over its ties with the CCP
Rumour has it that Huawei is planning on entering the server GPU market. The news comes as Huawei has attacked critics about its involvement in the UK's 5G infrastructure.
The Watch GT 2 does support blood oxygen saturation monitoring after all, but Huawei left its Sp02 sensor disabled for six months
The Watch GT 2 has been well received, but the lack of blood oxygen saturation monitoring was an oversight. Now, the smartwatch can finally use its Sp02 sensor courtesy of a software update, six months after launching.
Huawei to release the MediaPad M7 alongside a new 8-inch budget tablet, the MatePad T
Huawei is one of the few Android OEMs still releasing tablets. Taking the fight to Apple alongside Samsung, multiple sources are claiming that Huawei has another two tablets in development. Apparently, the MediaPad M7 and MatePad T are in line for releases, with the former seemingly featuring the punch-hole display of the MatePad Pro.
Surface Dock 2 to launch soon with USB Type-C alongside a new and more powerful Surface Connect charger
Not only is Microsoft said to be releasing a Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2 this Spring, but it also has new accessories planned. While likely backwards compatible, they point towards Microsoft embracing greater connectivity options. It would appear that the Surface Book 3 will offer considerably more performance than its predecessor, too.
The Ryzen 7 4800U and Ryzen 5 4600U are taking Intel to the cleaners, and Lenovo is happy to brag about it
Expect Ryzen 7 4800U and Ryzen 5 4600U-powered Lenovo laptops, and expect them to crush whatever Intel is offering. Posted on the company's Weibo account, Lenovo has already shown what the two Ryzen 4000 series APUs are capable of.
iPhone SE 2: Analyst confirms mid-April release for Apple's US$349 handset; iPhone 12 series to follow in October
With rumours abound that the iPhone SE 2 is launching next week, word has got out to analysts too. The A13 Bionic-powered and US$349 smartphone is said to feature a 4.7-inch LCD and the body of an iPhone. The iPhone 12 series is now said to arriving this October, too.
Creative Outlier Gold Hands-On Review: Excellent TWS earbuds for under US$100
The Outlier Gold offers impeccable value for money. While many of their competitors stretch into hundreds of dollars, Creative has kept the Outlier Gold below US$100. The company has not compromised on audio quality though, as we shall discuss in our hands-on review.
Xiaomi pulls Android 10 update for Mi A3 again following repeated complaints
The Mi A3 is not out of the woods yet, as Xiaomi keeps pushing buggy Android 10 updates to the device. Now, it has emerged that the company has pulled the latest Android 10 update following a litany of complaints from owners.
Possible NVIDIA GeForce MX450 spotted with TU117 GPU, 540 MHz base clock and 2 GB of GDDR6 VRAM on 3DMark
NVIDIA is bringing its Turing architecture to its GeForce MX series, an example of which has now appeared on 3DMark. Sporting a 540 MHz base clock and 2 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, the possible GeForce MX450 is based on the TU117 GPU, the same found in the GTX 1650 and GTX 1650 Max-Q.
Coronavirus kills hopes of a 2020 release for the Surface Neo and any Windows 10X devices
Rumour has it that we will not be seeing the Surface Neo or Windows 10X this holiday season after all. Thought to be because of the pandemic, the delay means that there will be no Windows 10X devices this year, either. Are we surprised? Not really.
Is the Google Pixel 4a XL on its way after all?
A listing imaginatively titled "Google Pixel 4a XL Replacement New Battery Back Cover Door" has appeared on eBay France, sparking rumours about Google releasing a second mid-range Pixel this year. While Google has apparently cancelled the Pixel 4a XL, there has been no official confirmation from Google as such.
Estone Technology EMB-2237-AI, a Raspberry Pi-sized SBC for Edge AI applications
Based on the NXP i.MX8M processor, the EMB-2237-AI features an Audio DSP, up to 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 8 GB of storage, along with support for PoE or Google Coral M.2 AI modules. Slightly larger than a Raspberry Pi, the EMB-2237-AI should be well-suited for Edge AI applications.
iPhone SE 2: Apple pushes iPhone 8 delivery dates ahead of anticipated US$349 iPhone launch
Said to be launching on April 14 or April 15 at US$349, the iPhone SE 2 will feature the body of an iPhone 8 but with newer hardware. Now, Apple has pushed iPhone 8 delivery dates until the end of next week, possibly after the company launches the device that will replace it.
Intel Xe-HP "High Performance" DG2 GPU spotted in open source documentation
We still have much to learn about Intel's Gen12 GPUs, but it turns out that Intel published information about the Xe-HP architecture in January. Spotted by @KOMACHI_ENSAKA in open-source documentation, the Xe-HP architecture will be the basis of workstation and high-end GPUs.
LG NanoCell 2020 TVs: Up to 8K, 86-inches and priced from US$599
The 2020-editions of LG NanoCell TVs range from 49-inches to 86-inches and come in 4K or 8K flavours. With some editions available to purchase now, LG will start offering 8K models from next month. Varying between US$599 and US$4,999, all models support Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, AirPlay 2 and Apple HomeKit.
Will the Pixel 4a be a lukewarm upgrade over its under-specced predecessor?
With leaked retail boxes and final hardware specifications appearing online almost simultaneously, it is easy to get swept up in news about the Pixel 4a. Is it just a modest upgrade from the Pixel 3a, though? Current information would suggest so, in our opinion.
Lenovo caught silently downgrading the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 to a GTX 1650 Max-Q
Lenovo has finally admitted that the X1 Extreme Gen 2 has a GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU, not the full GTX 1650 that it has been advertising the laptop as having in some regions. Albeit tacitly and over six months late, it is encouraging to see Lenovo finally correct its mistake.
Huawei launches the Vision X65, a 65-inch OLED Smart TV with gesture controls and a bezel-less design
Teased earlier this week, Huawei has now unveiled the Vision X65. Featuring a 65-inch OLED panel, fourteen hidden speakers and gesture controls, the Vision X65 certainly looks futuristic.
Apple adds support for 15 W Ice Lake processors in latest macOS Catalina beta ahead of expected MacBook Pro 13 refresh
Apple has added support for 15 W Ice Lake processors in macOS Catalina, fuelling speculation about an upcoming MacBook Pro refresh. Supposedly arriving next month, Apple is said to be upgrading the baby MacBook Pro to a 14-inch display and its Magic Keyboard.
NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti Cyperpunk 2077 Edition GPUs are fetching crazy amounts of money online
Having given 77 of 200 units away to fans, NVIDIA does not plan to sell the RTX 2080 Ti Cyberpunk 2077. However, several have appeared online and are fetching prices upwards of US$6,152. Act now if you want an over-priced piece of gaming history.
Raspberry Pi: Turn the popular single-board computer into an ad blocker
The simple project should take all over ten minutes to set-up and turns a Raspberry Pi into your very own ad blocker. There is more to it than just blocking ads though, as it also gives you an oversight of your whole network among other features.
Razer puts face masks into development to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic
Razer is now making face masks. Likely a temporary move during the COVID-19 pandemic, the move follows on from it redesigning its logo to promote social distancing.
Intel Core i5-L16G7 fails to impress in 3DMark Fire Strike
Spotted running in a Lenovo device, the Core i5-L16G7 is one of Intel's upcoming Lakefield processors. Sporting five cores but no Hyper-Threading, some people believe that the Core i5-L16G7 is underpowered.
Full OnePlus 8 & OnePlus 8 Pro pricing and specifications confirm OnePlus' flagship ambitions
With OnePlus set to unveil the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro on April 14, WinFuture has gone and confirmed pretty much every detail about both devices. While some decisions may leave you scratching your head, OnePlus' pricing structure alone should you tell you enough about the company's ambitions for 2020.
People have been having fun with the DualSense, Sony's PlayStation 5 controller
Sony unexpectedly announced the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller yesterday, but its design has had some unintended consequences. Not only did it cause its rival to trend on social media, but it has resulted in people making all kinds of unflattering comparisons.
Renders combine the Galaxy S20 Ultra with a quad-curved display to show what a Galaxy S smartphone of the future could look like
Following the publication of a patent filed by Samsung for a quad-curved display, Concept Creator and LetsGoDigital have teamed up to imagine what such a smartphone could look like. Featuring the rear-facing cameras from the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the design resembles a P40 Pro, but one that truly curves over the front of the device.
Asus Chromebook Flip C436: Chrome OS and Comet Lake-U processors starting at US$799.99
Like the Chromebook 715, the Chromebook Flip C436 is another expensive Chromebook from Asus. Announced at CES 2020 in January, the Flip C436 is now available to purchase in the US. Starting at US$799.99, Asus is currently offering the Flip C436 with Core i3 or Core i5 Comet Lake-U processors.
Huawei teases the Smart TV X65, a 65-inch OLED TV with under-display speakers, a pop-up camera and a secret feature
Supposedly launching tomorrow, the Smart TV X65 will be Huawei's first OLED TV. Running on Hongmeng OS and featuring fourteen under-display speakers along with a 24 MP pop-up camera, the X65 will certainly be unique. Huawei has teased a mysterious way of controlling the TV too, but not with your voice or a remote.
Xiaomi Mi Air 2S: Apple AirPods clones that offer 24 hours battery life, wireless charging and LHDC support
Fancy a cheap pair of Apple AirPods rip-offs? Well, Xiaomi has you covered with the Mi Air 2S. The TWS earbuds offer up to 24 hours battery life, support for the LHDC codec and wireless charging. Likely sold as the Mi AirDots Pro 2s in other regions, the Mi Air 2S indistinguishable from the Mi AirDots Pro 2.
Apple targeting WWDC 2020 for over-ear headphones with AirPods X coming in September; plans to phase out the Beats brand afoot too
Details about Apple's first set of over-ear headphones have been released, along with information about the "AirPods Pro Lite". Apparently called the AirPods X, they are part of a wider plan to gradually wind up the Beats. 9to5Mac disagrees, though.
POCO puts TWS earbuds into development
Following in the footsteps of Xiaomi and countless other Android OEMs, POCO has confirmed that it is developing a set of TWS earbuds. Understandably, the news has got POCO fans excited.
Google is playing the pettiest of all games against Huawei on Xiaomi Mi 10 series boxes; other Android OEMs likely to follow suit
Xiaomi has included a special message for its major competitor Huawei on the boxes of European versions of the Mi 10 series. In case you needed reminding, the Mi 10 series provides "easy access to the Google apps that you use most often." Xiaomi claims that its hands are tied though, pointing the figure elsewhere.
MacBook Pro J223 to be announced next month with new MacBook Pro 16 arriving at WWDC 2020
Rumoured to be featuring an all-new 14-inch display, the MacBook Pro J223 is said to be making the switch to faster processors and Apple's Magic Keyboard too. Previously thought to be arriving at WWDC 2020 in June, word is that Apple will launch the MacBook Pro J223 next month, instead. A new MacBook Pro is still slated for WWDC 2020 though, with a refreshed MacBook Pro 16 a likely candidate, apparently.
Atari VCS: The console's designer is suing Atari for US$260,000 following the console's indefinite delay
While Atari is still struggling to manufacture its latest game console and ship it to Indiegogo backers, the system architect is suing the company for US$260,000, the salary that he claims the company still owes him.
Android 10 hits the Xiaomi Mi A3 again, but fans continue to complain about unaddressed bugs and no update for EU handsets
Xiaomi just cannot get Android 10 right on the Mi A3. The device is now on its third Android 10 build, but Xiaomi has neglected to fix the bugs that have been affecting some handsets since February. V188.8.131.52.QFQMIXM is live now as an OTA, but we would recommend giving it a miss.
Grab an ultra-compact, passively cooled and Core i7-powered mini-computer for under US$350
With the B13 and B16, Partaker has created two particularly compact PCs based on Intel Core processors. Specifically, the devices are available with Core i5 and Core i7 processors, which should offer good performance at a competitive price.
Forget the XPS 15 9500, the XPS 17 9700 is the XPS to get excited about this year
While the XPS 15 has been in need of an overhaul for a while now, it has already been usurped by a revitalised XPS 17 in our eyes. If Dell has fixed the cooling issues with this year's XPS 15, imagine what thermals its bigger sibling will offer?
Xiaomi Haylou Solar: Not solar-powered, but a smartwatch that costs just ~US$20
The Xiaomi subsidiary Haylou, pronounced "Hello", has released a new smartwatch, the Solar. While the Haylou Solar is not a solar-powered smartwatch as its name suggests, it still packs some impressive tech for ~US$20.
iPhone SE 2: Multiple retailers gear up for the iPhone 9, Apple's US$349 smartphone, ahead of imminent release
As the guessing game behind the name and release date of Apple's next budget smartphone continues, more retailers continue to list the device on the websites. The device, which has been rumoured to be called the iPhone SE 2, iPhone 9 or iPhone SE (2020) will supposedly feature a 4.7-inch display, 3 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage and the A13 Bionic SoC from the iPhone 11 series.
Raspberry Pi: Turn the popular single-board computer into a handheld computer with a slide-out keyboard and display
A new project turns the Raspberry Pi into a completely portable PC with a display and a slide-out keyboard. Reminiscent of the HTC Dream, Sony VAIO UX or T-Mobile Sidekick, the MutantC_V2 also incorporates a built-in battery.
Geekbench confirms 12 GB RAM OnePlus Pro model for India as upcoming flagship falls short of the Oppo Find X2 Pro
The OnePlus 8 Pro has been visiting Geekbench on a regular basis over the last few days. The listings offer a clear idea of what performance to expect from OnePlus' next flagship, and the Oppo Find X2 Pro has the edge as things stand. It looks like India is getting a 12 GB SKU, too.
Samsung's Exynos 990 snub in South Korea could be the final nail in the coffin for its beleaguered chipset subdivision
The Exynos 990 has come in for a lot of criticism internationally. As we have discussed in our reviews of the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra, the Exynos 990 is a bit of a stinker. Samsung even dropped its in-house chipset from the Galaxy S20 series in South Korea, apparently leading to feelings of humiliation for the company's Exynos team.
INNO3D and MSI join Gigabyte in the oddest graphics card release of 2020, GDDR5 shortage or not
Bemused why AIBs are now releasing GDDR6 versions of the GTX 1650? Well, NVIDIA has the answer, and its reasoning suggests that it has forgotten that it released the GTX 1650 SUPER.
Raspberry Pi: Turn the popular single-board computer into a compact handheld with a battery, keyboard and display
A community project has turned the Raspberry Pi into a surprisingly practical mini PC. Called the Piputer, the project integrates a battery, keyboard and display.
PIM486 Enviro: HAT for Raspberry Pi turns the single-board computer into a smart home sensor with a display
The Pimoroni PIM486 Enviro is an expansion board for the Raspberry Pi, which has numerous sensors and its own LCD monitor. The HAT ships worldwide.
Microsoft releases optional patches for Internet connection problems on Windows 10
The big February update brought some internet connection problems for some users, especially when using a VPN. An unfavourable mistake in the age of the home office, in our opinion. Microsoft confirmed the bug and promised a quick update, which is now available to download.
Mi A2 Lite goes the way of the Mi A3 with latest update, and fans aren't happy about it
Still waiting for a fixed Android 10 build on your Mi A2 Lite? Well, the device has lucked out once again, as Xiaomi has pushed a new frustrating update to the Android One handset. Android 10 may be on the horizon, but this certainly is not it.
Possible Surface Book 3 powered by an Intel Core i5-1035G1 and 8 GB of RAM appears on 3DMark
Codenamed the OEMQN Product Name EV1, the Core i5-1035G1 is likely an entry-level version of the Surface Book 3. Sporting a 256 GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM this time, the long-awaited Surface Book 2 successor is expected to launch sometime this Spring.
Eve V 2020: Eve-Tech offers three visions of its next Microsoft Surface alternative
The Surface alternative Eve V is back with a 2020 successor. Now, the company has revealed three concepts ahead of developing its next 2-in-1 and it is looking for community input. Claims of the project being another scam continue to dog the company, though.
iPhone SE 2: Multiple listings throw the name of Apple's next "budget" $349 smartphone into doubt; colours, storage options and new release date offered too
Rumours about the iPhone SE 2 hit critical mass this morning, with multiple sightings of the upcoming US$349 smartphone contradicting previous claims that Apple plans to launch the device on April 14. In a separate leak, the colours, storage options and first-party cases have been revealed, too. The iPhone SE 2 may not be called the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9 after all, either.
3.0 GHz base clock at 28 W? Intel Core i7-1185G7 Tiger Lake processor appears on 3DMark
Intel is having a rough ride of it lately, with AMD giving the company another kicking with its Ryzen 4000 series APUs. Now, a 28 W Tiger Lake-U series processor has appeared on 3DMark Time Spy, the Core i7-1185G7. While the quad-core chip has a substantially higher base clock than its Ice Lake equivalent, its appearance raises more questions than it does provide answers.
Samsung Galaxy S20+: The fourth camera does not make a difference, nor does its fake zoom
One of the big differences between the Galaxy S20+ and the regular Galaxy S20 is Samsung's inclusion of a fourth rear-facing camera. Does this, the larger display or the bigger battery make much a difference overall, though? From our time with both, we would suggest that at least one of those offers little practical use in daily life.
Apple confirms that WWDC 2020 is going to be big amid rumours of a new MacBook Pro, Apple Air Tags and over-ear headphones coming to this year's conference
The alternative WWDC should be where Apple showcases some new hardware delicacies, according to one very active leaker. Apart from new over-ear headphones, Apple is set to unveil the long-rumoured Bluetooth tracker "Air Tags" and a new MacBook Pro, likely the overdue 14-inch variant.
Raspberry Pi: New project brings adjustable air quality detector to the popular single-board computer
Fancy turning your Raspberry Pi into an air quality detector with a GUI? Well, now you can with a new project. Utilising an MQ-135 air quality sensor, the project promises to deliver accurate readings, which can be interpreted with an onscreen GUI.
Snap up a Fossil smartwatch with Wear OS & Snapdragon Wear 3100 for US$99 instead of US$275; take over 50% off the Gen 4 too
Interested in a smartwatch but put off by the price? Well, Fossil is currently offering some stonking discounts on its Sport and Gen 4 smartwatches. Featuring a waterproof design, Wear OS, a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100, GPS, 4 GB of storage and iOS compatibility, the Fossil Sport can be bought for US$99, £89 or €99 depending on where you live. You can take over 50% off a Gen 4 smartwatch, too.
More evidence that Google is developing a new AMD-powered 2-in-1 Pixelbook hits Geekbench
Google threw a curveball with the Pixelbook Go last year, eschewing the 2-in-1 design of the Pixelbook and the Pixel Slate. However, new evidence suggests that it will return to a 2-in-1 design and that it has already put the device into development. Featuring a choice of AMD Ryzen processors, it would be the first Pixel Chromebook to with a 15 W TDP.
Xiaomi puts a 144 MP camera smartphone into development
Did you think 108 MP was enough for this year? Well think again, as rumour has it that Xiaomi will be using Samsung's upcoming 144 MP camera sensor in a smartphone this year. Possibly the Mi 10S Pro or Mi CC10 Pro, the device would probably top DxOMark, at any rate.
Raspberry Pi: Add an M.2 2280 NVMe drive to the Raspberry Pi 4 for under US$25
The Raspberry Pi 4 is a powerful SBC, but now you can add an NVMe drive to the Pi Foundation's latest device. Using the Realtek RTL9210 controller, an M.2 NVMe drive can be connected to a Raspberry Pi 4 via one of its USB 3.1 Type-A ports. Better yet, it costs less than US$25 to do.
Gigabyte releases the most pointless graphics cards of 2020; other AIBs likely to follow its lead
Had your fill of the GTX 16 series yet? Well, Gigabyte has gone and released a GDDR6 version of the GTX 1650. No, that is not a joke. The cards, as there are two of them, feature 4 GB of VRAM running at 12 Gbps. Presumably based on the TU117, the cards support 896 CUDA cores and a 128-bit memory bandwidth. Discovered by @momomo_us, the GDDR6 versions of the GTX 1650 are available to purchase now. Expect other AIBs to follow suit, too.
OnePlus concedes that the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro will abandon the company's affordable roots
Essentially confirming that the OnePlus 8 Pro will be the most expensive OnePlus device to date, CEO Pete Lau has sought to dispel rumours that the OnePlus 8 series will not exceed US$1,000. Such a statement is an admission that OnePlus has abandoned its roots, in our opinion.
Xiaomi has a new Pocophone in development
Buried in the depths of the EEC database is a new registration by Xiaomi using the POCO trademark. Xiaomi controls the POCO branding outside of India, prompting speculation that it has a new Pocophone in development and a true successor to the POCO F1.
Raspberry Pi: Turn the popular single-board computer into a smart doorbell and intercom
A new project transforms the Raspberry Pi a doorbell with video functionality. The doorbell can be used as an intercom too. You can then use your phone to communicate with whoever is at your door.
iPhone SE 2: iOS 13.4.5 beta code confirms new TouchID iPhone incoming ahead of possible April 14 or April 15 announcement
Looking forward to the launch of the OnePlus 8 series? Well, Apple may have other plans, as rumour has it that the company is planning to scuttle the release of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro by announcing the iPhone SE 2 on the same day. Expected to start at US$349 and feature the A13 Bionic SoC, the iPhone SE 2 has possibly been spotted in iOS 13.4.5 beta code, too.
The XPS 15 has grown stale, and UserBenchmark listings for the 2020 edition suggest that Dell is happy with it remaining that way
It seems that Dell has forgotten about the XPS 15. While we continue to award the device top marks year on year, Dell has essentially been releasing minor revisions of the same machine since 2015. Now, several UserBenchmark listings have given us an insight into what Dell has planned for this year's XPS 15, the 9500. Hardware-wise at least, it looks like we are in for another year of Dell flogging a dead horse. There is a flicker of a chassis redesign being on the cards, though.
Lenovo Tab M10 Plus: Lenovo leans heavily on Apple's iPad design language with its latest sub-€200 tablet
Lenovo has launched the Tab M10 Plus, its latest budget. The Tab M10 Plus comes in at under €200 but includes a large battery, fairly thin display bezels and up to 128 GB of storage. The Tab M10 Plus has an 87% screen to body ratio and is just 8.15 mm thick.
Xiaomi Mi TV 4S: 65-inch UHD TV comes to Europe for €549
Xiaomi is bringing the 65-inch version of the Mi TV 4S to Europe. Launching in June, the Mi TV 4S 65" will retail for €549 and features a native 4K resolution, HDR10+ certification. The Android TV also has stereo speakers onboard and offers support for DTS-HD and Dolby Audio.
Updates for all: EMUI 10.1 roadmap published with over 30 eligible devices
Launched alongside the P40 series, Huawei has announced plans to upgrade over 30 devices to EMUI 10.1. While still based on Android 10, EMUI 10.1 refines upon EMUI 10 in many areas, including smoother animations, along with multi-window, multi-device control panel and multi-screen collaboration improvements. EMUI 10.1 introduces MeeTime too, Huawei's answer to FaceTime. Even an AI assistant is onboard, with Celia likely replacing Google Assistant as the default digital assistant.
iPhone SE 2: Leaked iPhone 4.7" 2020 case sparks rumours of an April 5 launch
While the iPhone SE 2 may start at as low as US$349, Apple is still yet to confirm a launch date of its upcoming "budget" smartphone. Now, it has emerged that case inventory for the device, possibly to be sold as the iPhone 9, has started arriving at retailers like Best Buy ahead of an April 5 launch.
Samsung Galaxy S20+ Smartphone Review: A handset with 8K video capabilities
The Plus model of the Samsung Galaxy S20 series offers a bit more of everything than the Galaxy S20 does. There is a bit more screen here, more battery there, and an additional rear-facing camera too. With a launch price from 1,000 Euros (~$1,094) upwards, you should expect a lot from the Galaxy S20+ too. Accordingly, we shall examine the Galaxy S20+ in detail to see what it has to offer.
OnePlus 8 Lite: MediaTek Dimensity 1000-powered device launching as the OnePlus Z in late Q2 2020?
While OnePlus has confirmed that it will be launching the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro on April 14, the OnePlus 8 Lite has apparently not made the cut. In fact, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000-powered device is now rumoured to launch as the OnePlus Z later this year.
NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3000 GPUs remain on track for a late Q3 2020 release
Rumour has it that NVIDIA has delayed the release of its GeForce RTX 3000 GPUs until September. Citing the cancellation of GTC 2020 and the re-scheduling of Computex 2020 as reasons, NVIDIA apparently planned to release its Ampere architecture this month. This may be nothing new though, especially as NVIDIA would struggle to delay something it never formally announced.
Frame.IoT: An interesting developer board with Arduino support and Wi-Fi
The Frame.IoT is an Arduino-based developer board that comes with numerous LEDs, 16 in total. The board should be comparatively easy to program thanks to its integrated Wi-Fi connectivity.
Apple iPad Pro 2020: iFixit teardown demonstrates sparser LIDAR scanning compared to Apple's FaceID sensor
Apple has not made any improvements to the repairability of its latest iPad Pros compared to their predecessors. It has added a LIDAR sensor though, and iFixit has revealed how it works. Sadly, it is not as accurate as FaceID and the TrueDepth cameras found in modern iPhones.
The bezels of the Huawei P40 Pro underlines why you should not trust marketing renders
It turns out that Huawei got creative with the renders of the P40 Pro. That is a polite way of saying that Huawei duped people into believing that the P40 Pro has smaller bezels than it does in reality.
Xiaomi puts the Mi Note 10 Lite into development, but why?
If the Mi Note 10 was not a "Lite" version of the Mi 10 series already, Xiaomi is apparently planning to release a Mi Note 10 Lite too. Sharing many features of the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro, the Mi Note 10 Lite compromises on camera hardware.
iPhone SE 2: A mid-April release and a US$349 starting price for Apple's upcoming "budget" smartphone?
Ready to ship next month, Apple is still considering whether it will release the iPhone SE 2 as planned. Earmarked for a mid-April release, the 4.7-inch handset will be cheaper than previous rumours suggested.
Ice Lake Microsoft Surface device powered by an Intel Core i5-1035G1, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD spotted on UserBenchmark
A new Surface device has appeared on UserBenchmark, which could well be a new product altogether. The Ice Lake-powered device has a 3:2 display, 16 GB of dual-channel LPDDR4 RAM and the same SSD found in the Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro X. Its processor has us scratching our heads, though.
Is the Pixel 4 XL an unfairly overlooked flagship?
With Google offering sizable cashback on the Pixel 4 series right now, we thought we would give the Pixel 4 XL a try. After a few weeks of use and ahead of our full review, the Pixel 4 XL is the most-convenient flagship smartphone that you probably overlooked.
Xiaomi extends Android 10 rollout for the Redmi Note 8 Pro
Have you been waiting for Android 10 to reach your Redmi Note 8 Pro? Well, the wait should now be over as Xiaomi has issued new updates for three more variants. Released as OTAs, the updates are available to download manually too.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite: 5G connectivity but the cameras from the Redmi Note 9S?
The surprise announcement of yesterday's Xiaomi Mi 10 series event proved not a new flagship, but a new mid-ranger. Succeeding the Mi 9 Lite, the Mi 10 Lite not only packs a 6.57-inch display and a 4,160 mAh battery, but also 5G connectivity. Starting at €349 (~US$389), the Mi 10 Lite will come in a choice of three colours.
Raspberry Pi: Create a Raspberry Pi-powered quad NAS with the Radxa SATA HAT
Radxa has introduced new accessories for the Raspberry Pi and the Rock Pi. Designed for those looking to build a NAS on a budget, the Radxa SAT HAT allows you to connect up to four 3.5-inch drives to a Raspberry Pi simultaneously.
Apple should take a look at this proposed design for a new iMac
As chic as the Apple iMac is, its design has remained unchanged since 2013. While it is no getting long in the tooth, two designers have created an extremely detailed concept that shows what the next iMac could look like. They have made some compelling suggestions for what hardware should be included, too.
Oppo Watch and Find X2 Pro Lamborghini celebrate sales launch
Oppo launched its first smartwatch, predictably called the Oppo Watch, on March 6. Now, the Apple Watch clone with an EKG sensor is now celebrating its sales and market launch in China alongside the Find X2 Pro Lamborghini.
iPhone SE 2: Apple halts production in India, inevitably impacting the release of its US$399 budget smartphone
Following the lockdown of India owing to the coronavirus pandemic, Apple has ceased production in the country until at least April 14. With Foxconn and Wistron closing their production facilities, it seems unlikely that any upcoming hardware like the iPhone SE 2 will be released anytime soon.
Second-generation TWS Google Pixel Buds hit FCC ahead of anticipated Q2 2020 release
Following the Taiwanese regulator NCC certifying a new set of Google TWS earbuds, they have now been cleared by the FCC. The second-generation Google Pixel Buds will feature 12 mm dynamic drivers, USB C charging and up to 24 hours battery life.
Xiaomi announces exorbitant Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro pricing; massive camera upgrades already in the works
Stealing the limelight from the P40 series somewhat, Xiaomi has now confirmed European pricing for the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. While the Mi series can no longer reasonably be called affordable flagships, Xiaomi has already pledged to bring several substantial camera upgrades to both devices.
Bendgate 3.0: The iPad Pro is still as soft as butter
The new iPad Pro may not only feature essentially the same SoC as its predecessor, but it is just as fragile too. It seems that while Apple has been able to add improved camera hardware, it forgot to improve structural integrity. Bendgate 3.0 anyone?
"Fixed" Android 10 update arriving very soon for the Mi A2 Lite, but there is a caveat
The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite may be on the verge of receiving a new Android 10 update. Apparently also including the March security patch update, the update will redress the bugs that the first Android 10 update introduced to the device. Due "very soon", we would not recommend upgrading straightaway when it arrives, though.
Xiaomi Mi A3 owners awake to a bizarre new update
Hopeful that Xiaomi is planning to fix Android 10 for the Mi A3? Well, the company has other plans. Unsurprisingly, people are unhappy by this latest curveball as the wait for a fixed version of Android 10 for the Mi A3 continues.
Xperia 1 II: Is Sony equipping its next flagship with a better main camera than the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus?
Said to feature Sony Alpha technology, the Xperia 1 II is not due to be released until Q2 2020. However, now camera sensor details for the upcoming flagship have appeared online, and it seems that the Xperia 1 II may outdo some of Samsung's latest flagships on camera hardware.
Sony brags about the PlayStation 5's SSD making playing games as fast as opening Netflix
Excited for the PlayStation 5 later this year? Well, amid all the noise about the console's specifications, Sony is briefing developers that its SSD should make playing a game as easy as opening Netflix. Is the next-generation console's custom drive not a gimmick after all?
OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro specifications and renders confirm punch-hole design, quad rear-facing cameras and striking green variant ahead of mid-April 2020 release
Thought you know what OnePlus was planning to include in the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro? Well, think again, as full specifications for both devices have been published online. OnLeaks has returned with renders of the OnePlus 8 Pro too, giving us a look at the series' punch-hole display, cameras and a mint-green hue.
Motorola Moto G8 Power: A decent midrange smartphone that skimps on Wi-Fi connectivity
When looking for a cheap smartphone with a large battery, the Motorola Moto G8 Power should come to mind. Motorola has got plenty right with the device, including equipping the device with surprisingly good cameras. Why did it feel the need to include such weak Wi-Fi connectivity, though?
Not received Android 10 on your P20 Pro yet? You're not alone
Supposedly released to the device last month, it seems that hordes of people are yet EMUI 10 on their P20 Pro. If you are one of them, then you're not alone.
Honor challenges the Apple MacBook Air in the UK with the MagicBook 14
Fancy a ~1.3 kg ultrabook but do not fancy paying MacBook Air prices? Well, the MagicBook 14 may be worth a look if you live in the UK. Starting at £549.99, the MagicBook 14 still looks the part with its aluminium chassis. Fans of cutting-edge hardware may want to look elsewhere, though.
A rotary wheel on the camera: Huawei Mate 40 to feature a round touch display?
While the arrival of the P40 series is only a day away, Huawei may have something utterly bizarre up its sleeve for the Mate 40 Pro. Sporting the rear-facing camera array from the Mate 30 Pro, renders based on a recent patent filing for the 2020-bound flagship show it also featuring a circular secondary display.
Huawei announces EMUI 10.1 amid furious complaints about EMUI 10 rollout
Huawei is set to announce EMUI 10.1 alongside the P40 series tomorrow, with the new flagships likely candidates as the first smartphones to run the latest version of Huawei's OS. The announcement has been met with considerable criticism from people still awaiting EMUI 10 and Android 10 on their Huawei smartphones, though.
Huawei P40 series: 10x optical zoom may only be coming to the P40 Pro+, and only in China
Tomorrow, Huawei will launch the P40 series globally, with the devices set to be made available in Europe too. However, it is now becoming clear that Huawei will only release two models outside of China, with the P40 Pro+ 5G and its exclusive 10x optical zoom camera remaining a China-only release instead.
Xiaomi puts "Smart Mask" face mask into development
Exceptional times require special measures and solutions. Many companies and manufacturers are reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic by not only producing their regular products like cars, consumer electronics and smartphones but also face masks. Now, Xiaomi has commenced development for a Smart Mask that can record air quality among other features.
Another Horizon Zero Dawn? Rumours spread about God of War making the jump from PS4 exclusive to PC, but that is not the full picture
Perhaps fearing another Death Stranding or Horizon Zero Dawn fiasco, rumours are circulating that God of War may be headed to PC, too. While that may prey on the vulnerabilities of PlayStation fanboys, there is little evidence to suggest that this is the case.
DFC analysis: The PlayStation 5 will outsell the Xbox Series X
According to new analysis, Microsoft will catch Sony up somewhat with the pair's next-generation consoles. However, while Microsoft will achieve a larger market share with the Xbox Series X than it did with the Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X, Sony will hold out with the PlayStation 5. Ultimately, Sony will prevail as the king of the console wars once again.
Redmi GM explains why the Redmi K30 Pro only has a 60 Hz display
The Redmi K30 Pro certainly has plenty going for it, but a high refresh-rate display is not one of them. The regular Redmi K30 does though, to confuse matters more. The general manager has now explained this decision.
Seeedstudio launches the re_computer, an SBC-customisation service
Centred on Edge computing, Seeedstudio hopes that the re_computer will provide better access for people looking to get into single-board computers. The service allows people to assemble custom-built devices that should suit a wide range of use cases.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ampere GPU to sport 4,992 CUDA cores and 12 GB of 18 Gbps VRAM
Apparently based on the GA102, the GeForce RTX 3090 may feature 4,992 CUDA cores and 12 GB of GDDR6 VRAM. Running at 18 Gbps, the RTX 3090 would be one of NVIDIA's flagship Ampere consumer GPUs.
NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER and Intel Core i9-10880H-powered ASUS gaming laptop storms 3DMark
Spotted by the omniscient _rogame, the Comet Lake-H and Turing architecture have been spotted tearing up 3DMark once again. This time it is the turn of the Core i9-10880H and RTX 2080 SUPER, a powerful combination that will undoubtedly be capable of mastering any triple-A title later this year.
Raspberry Pi: New project puts the popular single-board computer to use for AI object recognition with TensorFlow
The Raspberry Pi 4 is the most powerful Raspberry Pi to date, with it packing enough reserves to be used for machine learning. Now, you can put the popular SBC to use for automatically detected objects using TensorFlow Lite.
Xiaomi ends MIUI 11 beta development as MIUI 12 roadmap appears online
MIUI 11 has not been around for long, but Xiaomi may have already ceased development for the OS. Set to be replaced by MIUI 12 later this year, a quickly deleted roadmap claims that Xiaomi will start issuing betas in late Q3 2020.
Android 10 for the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro is still in development, but there's no ETA for releasing the update
Waiting for Android 10 on your Redmi Note 7 or Redmi Note 7 Pro? Well unless you are willing to install builds, then Xiaomi will have you waiting for a while yet. That's right, the OS upgrade may be in development, but there is no ETA in sight for releasing it.
PSA: Do not upgrade your Mi A3 to Xiaomi's latest buggy Android 10 update
Xiaomi has extended the rollout of the latest Android 10 update for the Mi A3, despite there being seemingly endless reports of it being as buggy as the last update that the company was forced to pull. Ignore Xiaomi's recklessness and do not install V184.108.40.206.QFQMIXM on your beloved smartphone.
Comparing the Intel Lakefield Core i5-L15G7 to a Qualcomm 835 is pointless, and here's why
While the appearance of the Intel Lakefield-based Core i5-L15G7 may offer some insights into the upcoming processor and its architecture, performance is not one of them. Comparing benchmark results at this stage is a futile exercise, and muddies the waters of Lakefield's potential capabilities.
Motorola Moto G8 Power Smartphone Review: Plenty of battery life and good cameras
With the Moto G8 Power, Motorola has refined the concept of an inexpensive smartphone with long battery life. Its hardware is not only suitable for everyday use, but it also has surprisingly good cameras. Read on to find what else the Moto G8 Power offers besides battery life and decent cameras.
Redmi K30 Pro: Teardown video confirms stacked motherboard, dual-OIS, in-screen fingerprint scanner and huge vapour chamber cooling system ahead of March 24 launch
With one to go until its launch, Xiaomi has given us a look at the insides of the Redmi K30 Pro. A separate video has shown off what lurks beneath the glass back of Xiaomi's upcoming flagship, too.
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE finally receives EU, Global and Russian stable Android 10 updates
Xiaomi has been furnishing its smartphones with Android 10 updates of late. The Mi 9 SE is the latest of the bunch to receive Google's latest OS, with Xiaomi pushing out updates to EU, Global and Russian handsets simultaneously.
Canon EOS R6: Leak reveals specs of the company's next full-frame camera
After initial information about the Canon EOS R6 appeared in January, there is now another leak through which outlines most of the specifications of the cheaper brother to the EOS R5. Canon is now expected to launch the EOS R6 in May.
Microsoft Surface Go 2 appears on 3DMark again with Intel Core m3-8100Y and Pentium Gold 4425Y processors
The Surface Go 2 has been spotted again, confirming previous rumours about the upcoming tablet. Rumoured to be launching this season, Microsoft will equip the device with at least Intel Core m3-8100Y and Pentium Gold 4425Y processors. 3DMark has not confirmed this time whether LTE options are on their way, but it is doubtful that at least relatively new processors are, at any rate.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 suffers from another suspension of its Android 10 rollout because of a buggy update; no new release in sight either
Déjà vu, Mi A3 owners. Xiaomi has now pulled the latest update for the device, which would have brought Android 10 to many devices. Seemingly as bug-ridden as the first Android 10 update, Xiaomi needs to get its act together.
Axon 11 5G: ZTE's March 23-bound smartphone could well be a flagship in disguise as a mid-ranger
Teased on Weibo, ZTE is announcing a new smartphone before it releases the Axon 10s Pro. Called the Axon 11 5G, ZTE has scheduled a release for March 23. While all signs may point to it being a mid-range smartphone, ZTE insists on calling it a flagship. What gives?
Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro & K30 Pro Zoom impress in 64 MP and 3x optical zoom camera samples
Not only have Xiaomi and Redmi now confirmed the impending arrival of the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom, but they have also shown off some camera samples from both it and the regular K30 Pro. Featuring dual-OIS, a 64 MP main sensor and a telephoto sensor capable of 3x optical zoom, the K30 Pro and K30 Pro Zoom could well off a flagship camera experience for those on a budget.
New Huawei P40 series renders show off the series' minimal bezels and curves that are to die for
Fancy a quad-curved display this year? Well, the P40 Pro may be your best bet, with new promotional renders show the device's minimal bezels too. The P40 may suit those who are looking for a more practical design though, albeit one that still has a high screen-to-body ratio.
Possible Tiger Lake chipset challenges the Ryzen 7 4800U on GPU performance in 3DMark 11
Ice Lake may well still be finding its way into laptops, but more examples of the Tiger Lake architecture are appearing online. One such benchmark listing has a 10 nm Tiger Lake chip challenging the GPU performance of the Ryzen 7 4800U, one of AMD's premier Renoir APUs.
Wio Terminal: A Raspberry Pi-compatible SBC with an integrated display, Wi-Fi and IR
With the Wio Terminal, Seeedstudio has created a particularly inexpensive single-board computer that is Arduino, MicroPython and Raspberry Pi-compatible. The Wio Terminal comes with a dedicated display, Bluetooth 5.0 LE and 5G Wi-Fi among other components.
Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition hits Geekbench powered by a Snapdragon 865 and 8 GB of RAM
Xiaomi may be focusing on the release of the Redmi K30 Pro right now, but do not forget that a Zoom Edition of the Redmi K30 Pro is on its way too. The device has now made its way to Geekbench, suggesting that the Zoom Edition will come with a Snapdragon 865 and at least 8 GB of RAM, too.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro may have a DRM Widevine and HD Netflix issue
The Redmi Note 9 Pro has gotten off to a great start, with Amazon selling out of stock within minutes in India. However, there are conflicting reports about whether the device supports L1 or L3 DRM certification. The device may not be capable of streaming Netflix in HD even if it has the former, though.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 follows the Mi A3 with a new disappointing update
Hoping that Xiaomi would release an update for your Mi A2 that would the numerous bugs that Android 10 introduced? Think again, as Xiaomi has opted for a different tactic instead.
Redmi K30 Pro: Purple and Silver colour options, five-way breathing notification LED and huge vapour chamber cooling confirmed
Following on from previous teasers, Xiaomi has now announced a new raft of features of the Redmi K30 Pro ahead of its launch on March 24. With 180 Hz touch sampling, 1,200 nit peak brightness and a 3,435 mm² stainless steel vapour chamber cooling the system, Xiaomi is not holding back. The breathing notification LED from the Redmi K20 Pro is making a return, too.
Intel Core i9-10900K spotted on 3DMark reaching 5.3 GHz in ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XII APEX motherboard
Not only has the successor to the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI APEX been spotted on 3DMark, but so has the Core i9-10900K once again. This time, however, the 10 core Comet Lake S chip has reached 5.3 GHz.
NVIDIA RTX 20 SUPER mobile GPUs flex their muscles in 3DMark
Due to arrive later this year, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 SUPER mobile series has already been spotted in a leaked presentation slide. Four GPUs have been benchmarked on 3DMark too, including Max-Q versions, revealing clock speeds, expected performance and TDPs.
Huawei Watch GT 2e leaked: 14 days battery life for €200 (~US$215)
The Watch GT 2e has leaked online in all its 46 mm glory. Due to be unveiled alongside the Huawei P40 series, the GT 2e will feature a 1.39-inch AMOLED panel and a Kirin A1 SoC. The smartwatch comes with 16 MB of RAM, 4 GB of storage and a battery that Huawei promises will last up to 14 days between charges.
Mi 9 Lite & Mi CC9 receive stable Android 10 update globally
The Mi 9 Lite and Mi CC9 have now started receiving a stable Android 10 update globally. Already rolled out to Chinese handsets, Xiaomi has now extended the Android 10 upgrade to Global and Russian devices. Those enrolled on the European branch of MIUI may be in for a wait until Android 10 reaches them, though. Xiaomi has now rolled out the Android 10 upgrade to EU handsets.
NVIDIA delays Ampere GPUs until Q4 2020, but an announcement could be happening next month
While GTC 2020 may be dead and buried for the time being, that does not mean NVIDIA will be holding off on unveiling its Ampere architecture for long. While rumours are floating around that it will be Q4 2020 before we RTX 3000 series GPUs, NVIDIA may showcase Ampere GPUs as early as next month.
Redmi K30 Pro: Xiaomi confirms notchless and HDR10+ AMOLED display; 3x optical zoom, 30x zoom and dazzling white colourway are on the way too
If previous teasers about the Redmi K30 Pro have not whet your appetite, then the latest might. Xiaomi has now shown off a vibrant white version of the device, along with its notchless display. The AMOLED panel may also be HDR10+ capable, while Xiaomi has hinted at some impressive camera hardware too.
Apple blurs the lines between iPad and MacBook with the iPad Pro 2020, a tablet with trackpad support and one that is as powerful as a Windows laptop
Did Apple just release a Surface Pro? No, it is the new iPad Pro, the first that Apple has released in almost eighteen months. While largely resembling their predecessors, the new 11-inch and 12.9-inch tablets include new camera hardware and a tweaked SoC. Apple has launched the Magic Keyboard simultaneously too, which finally brings an integrated trackpad to the iPad Pro lineup.
Apple upgrades the MacBook Air to custom Ice Lake quad-core processors and the Magic Keyboard from the MacBook Pro 16
Now starting at US$999, the new MacBook Air is more than just a refresh as last year's model was. Upgraded to quad-core 10th generation Intel Core processors, Apple has also brought over the Magic Keyboard from the MacBook Pro 16. Available to order now, the MacBook Air 2020 can be configured with up to 16 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and a 2 TB SSD.
Xiaomi Mi A1 receives another update, but no Android 10 incoming
The chances of the Mi A1 receiving Android 10 look increasingly slim, with Xiaomi issuing a new underwhelming update for its first Android One smartphone. Expect to see Xiaomi and Google abandon the Mi A1 altogether by the end of the year.
Unnamed laptop appears on 3DMark with a 5 GHz Intel Core i9-10880H and a 115 W NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER
Boasting a boost clock of 5 GHz, 8 cores and a 45 W TDP, the Core i9-10880H is a powerful chip in its own right. Pairing it with the upcoming mobile version of the RTX 2070 SUPER, a GPU with a 1,140 MHz base clock and 8 GB of 14 Gbps GDDR6 VRAM, will make for a powerful combination and one that can challenge event the Alienware m17 R2.
Apple briefly lists its fourth-generation iPad Pro lineup; confirms previous rumours ahead of rumoured March announcement
News about next-generation iPad Pros has been picking up of late, with Apple expected to launch the fourth-generation devices any day now. The company even briefly listed the new premium tablets too, confirming previous rumours.
Some Xiaomi Mi Note 10 handsets are facing Bluetooth audio dropouts
While the Mi Note 10 series is an unashamed P30 Pro clone it has one thing that Huawei's flagship lacks, a glaring Bluetooth issue. Poor design or a software issue? It could be both.
It's official, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 has an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU, not a GTX 1650 as advertised
Lenovo may continue to advertise the ThinkPad X1 Gen 2 with a GeForce GTX 1650 GPU in many regions, but that is simply not the case. While the device's GPU has always performed like a GTX 1650 Max-Q, an NVIDIA driver update confirms that this is the case.
Xiaomi promises new Android 10 update for the Mi A2 Lite before the end of March; offers to fix units bricked by botched update too
Mi A2 Lite owners have had a bad time of things lately. With the device's Android 10 update causing bootloops on some units, Xiaomi has now urged people to bring their affected handsets in for repair. The company is hoping to release a new Android 10 OTA later this month, too.
Xiaomi sells out of the Redmi Note 9 Pro almost instantly
Say what you want about its design and its Snapdragon 720G chipset, but the Redmi Note 9 Pro is already proving a best-seller. Selling out in a just a few minutes, the Redmi Note 9 Pro will be available to purchase again from March 24.
iOS 14 code confirms the release of four fourth-generation iPad Pro models
Apple is rumoured to be on the verge of release new iPads, specifically the fourth-generation iPad Pro series. Now, iOS 14 code has confirmed that at least four models are on their way.
The Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro will be an absolute beast
Confirmed to be launching on March 24, the Redmi K30 Pro will not just be a Snapdragon 865 version of the Redmi K30. Instead, it is shaping up as a dream for smartphone enthusiasts.
iPhone SE 2: 5.5-inch Plus or Max model to join Apple's US$399 "budget" 4.7-inch smartphone
While Apple is said to have delayed the release of the iPhone SE 2, it has now emerged that the company is planning to release a Plus model alongside the regular 4.7-inch handset. Tipped to have a 5.5-inch, the iPhone SE 2 Plus or iPhone 9 Plus as it may be called, has been confirmed by leaked iOS 14 code. The iPhone SE 2 Max or iPhone 9 Max are likely candidates, too.
Lenovo Legion puts down Red Magic in the latest of its gaming phone teasers; confirms 55 W charging and detachable accessories
Lenovo Legion is back with more teasers for its first gaming phone and has taken a swipe at Red Magic in the process. Hailed as "No Red. It's Magic", the Legion gaming phone will feature a Snapdragon 865, 55 W charging, an in-screen fingerprint scanner and detachable accessories. The company has offered a first look at the device, too.
Raspberry Pi: Turn the popular single-board computer into a cheap VR headset
The extremely versatile Raspberry Pi can also serve as the basis for an inexpensive VR headset. The project actually put antiquated technology to good use, too.
Microsoft Xbox Series X: The best controller gets better
Renowned for being "the gold standard" of controllers, the Xbox controller has gotten even better. Now Microsoft has unveiled the Xbox Series X controller and has detailed what changes it has made to improve your gaming experience.
New iPad appears at the EEC ahead of rumoured March announcement
A new iPad has passed through the EEC, likely meaning that Apple is just weeks away from launching a new tablet. The device, codenamed A2229, may be one of the two rumoured iPad Pro models due later this month.
Android 10 is not hitting the Redmi Note 8 this month
While the Redmi Note 8 Pro has already received Android 10, it seems that Xiaomi is putting the OS upgrade on hold for the Redmi Note 8 until at least next month. Released to handsets today, the latest MIUI 11 update remains on Android 9.0 Pie and only brings a handful of changes.
Xiaomi returns to the pop-up selfie camera for the Redmi K30 Pro 5G, a smartphone touted to be the cheapest Snapdragon 865 handset on the market
The Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro may be stealing the headlines currently, but Xiaomi is launching the Redmi K30 Pro before the end of the month too. Said to possibly be the cheapest Snapdragon 865-powered smartphone released this year, a new leak shows Xiaomi returning to a pop-up selfie camera. An in-screen fingerprint scanner and an AMOLED panel may be in order, too.
Insane Xbox Series X specifications confirmed: 3.8 GHz Zen 2 CPU, 52 CUs and 12.15 TFLOPS RDNA 2 GPU on a 360.45 mm2 die, 16 GB RAM and 1 TB SSD
Microsoft and Phil Spencer have unveiled the specifications of the Xbox Series X, and they almost match the most ridiculous of next-generation console rumours. Set to challenge the PS5 later this year, the Xbox Series X will feature an 8-core and Zen 2 CPU capable of reaching 3.8 GHz and a 52 CU RDNA 2 GPU that can hit 12.15 TFLOPS on a 360.45 mm2 die among other hardware.
P40 Pro 5G appears on Geekbench with Kirin 990 5G and 8 GB of RAM amid new pricing and colours leaks
Spotted online over the weekend, the P40 Pro 5G has been caught on Geekbench with a Kirin 990 5G chipset and 8 GB of RAM. The variant, ELS-NX9, is expected to retail for between €999 and €1,099 and is likely to feature up to 512 GB of storage. A swathe of colour options for the P40 series has appeared online too, as have more reliable prices for the series.
The POCO F2 is back on
Teased over the weekend, the POCO F2 is the Pocophone that people have been waiting for. Likely to feature a Snapdragon 865 and 5G connectivity, POCO India has hinted that the device will include an in-screen fingerprint scanner, fast-charging and a large battery, too.
The MacBook Air 2020 will not be what we expect from Apple
While the iPhone SE 2 may have been put on hold, the MacBook Air 2020 could be arriving as early as next week. The device, which received a minor update last year, is said to be using scissor switching keyboards this year. The MacBook Air 2020 is likely to receive a processor upgrade too, although it may still remain within the Amber Lake-Y family.
The OPPO Watch is coming to Europe; Indian and global releases on the horizon too
Launching in China on March 21, the OPPO Watch Series is making its way to Europe. Priced at approximately US$220, the OPPO Watch comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2500 processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. Watch out for those bezels, though.
iPhone SE 2: Apple postpones its US$399 smartphone amid claims that production issues have delayed the iPhone 12 series
Slated for release this month, the iPhone SE 2 has apparently been postponed. June or Fall 2020 are now rumoured as likely release windows, but supply chain sources are reporting an indefinite delay for Apple's next budget smartphone. While the iPhone 12 series is supposedly delayed too because of production issues, Apple's recent performance in China may be the cause of the company postponing the release of the iPhone SE 2.
OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T to receive Android 10 in Q2 2020
Released in June 2017, the OnePlus 5 and 5T have already received two OS upgrades. However, the company committed to upgrading both devices to Android 10, which would be their third OS upgrade. Now, it seems that the final update for the OnePlus 5 and 5T will be arriving towards the end of Q2 2020.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite picks up an unexpected update
Also sold as the Mi 8 Youth or the Mi 8X, the Mi 8 Lite has only received one OS upgrade so far. While there are already custom ROMs that can bring Android 10 to the device, Xiaomi has now posted an official Android 10 update for the device.
Mi Note 10 Pro vs Mi 10 Pro: Which of Xiaomi's latest Pro smartphones should you buy?
On the face of it, the Mi 10 Pro is the Xiaomi smartphone of choice this year. Xiaomi has included almost everything that one could want in a modern flagship, but that would be forgetting the Mi Note 10 Pro. While not a flagship like the Mi 10 Pro is, it may be worth picking up instead of the Mi 10 Pro depending on what you value in a smartphone.
New leaks reveal massive price tags for the Huawei P40 series
The launch of the P40 series is under two weeks away and now rumours of some outrageous pricing are doing the rounds. Ranging between ~US$941 and a colossal ~US$13,858, yes that is not a typo, the P40 series is shaping up to be even pricier than the Galaxy S20 Ultra. If that was not enough, Huawei has teased that the P40 series may have up to three front-facing cameras.
Samsung prompts speculation that it could be bringing a third OS upgrade to the Galaxy S9 and Note 9
Samsung has come in for plenty of criticism about its software update policies. With the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 unlikely to ever receive Android 10, it has now emerged that the company may be bringing One UI 2.1 to devices as far back as the Galaxy S9 and Note 9. While not strictly a third OS upgrade, it would be a volte-face for Samsung.
ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2: NVIDIA confirms that Lenovo's multimedia laptop has a GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, not a regular GTX 1650
While Lenovo remains unsure about which GPU it has included in the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2, NVIDIA has confirmed that it is not the regular GeForce GTX 1650. As expected, Lenovo has included a GTX 1650 Max-Q instead. While NVIDIA is releasing a new driver to address the confusion, it may be months before it arrives on most X1 Extreme Gen 2 machines.
Raspberry Pi Camera: A high-speed camera at a bargain price
The Raspberry Pi Camera Module is a popular accessory not only for the Raspberry Pi, but also for other single-board computers (SBCs). While the IMX219 is only capable of up to 8 MP, one person has found a way to use it to shoot in up to 1,000 FPS.
Android TV, another example of how Google abuses its market dominance
Google is well-known for its questionable tactics of cementing its market dominance, with the EU Commission fining the company for antitrust violations. Similarly, the Indian Competition Commission is investigating Google about potential monopolistic practices. Now it has emerged that Google is tying TV manufacturers to its services, thereby preventing them from also releasing Amazon Fire TV models.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro is still without an OS upgrade over a year after being released
There will be no Android 10 for the Redmi Note 7 Pro this quarter, with Xiaomi issuing another Android 9.0 Pie-based update for the device. Likely remaining in beta for at least another month, Android 10 would be the first OS upgrade for the Redmi Note 7 Pro since its release over a year ago.
NVIDIA and ASUS to give the GeForce RTX 2060 another go with 8 GB versions?
Have you had enough of the RTX 2060 yet? Well, ASUS does not think so, and neither may NVIDIA. Accordingly, an 8 GB version of the original RTX 2060 is seemingly in development, possibly as another alternative to the RX 5600 XT. But why?
Xiaomi confirms the release of the Redmi K30 Pro, POCO F2 or POCO X2 Pro likely in the offing too
While Xiaomi has just released the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, the company has something even more potent up its sleeve. Confirmed to be arriving before the end of the month and after Huawei releases the P40 series, it would seem that a POCO F2 or POCO X2 Pro is on the cards, too.
Linutop: Manufacturer presents new Raspberry Pi and Intel Atom-based mini PCs
The French manufacturer Linutop has presented several new PC systems. Based on a Raspberry Pi 4 or an Intel Atom x5-Z8350, the Linutop XS3 and Linutop 6 should suit those looking for a new all-in-one mini PC. All run Linutop OS, a Xubuntu or Raspbian-based OS.
Mi A2 Lite: Xiaomi halts Android 10 rollout for another of its Android One handsets amid claims that rolling back to Android 9.0 Pie causes system instabilities
Xiaomi is having a torrid time with Android One updates lately. The company has now pulled the second Android One OS upgrade in as many weeks, with the Mi A2 Lite the latest handset to receive a bug-ridden Android 10 build. The news should come as no surprise to Mi A2 Lite owners, as the initial update has reportedly bricked multiple handsets. We would advise against rolling back to Android 9.0 Pie, too.
Huawei P40 Pro: Two optical zoom cameras and two large sensors to deliver visionary photography for Huawei's new flagship series?
Huawei will likely redefine smartphone camera standards with the P40 series on March 26 while continuing to push its mobile services (HMS) as a viable alternative to Google's. Current rumours point towards the Galaxy S20 Ultra challenger featuring two optical zoom cameras, along with two other new large sensors. We are on the verge of a "visionary photography" revolution too, apparently.
Galaxy Note 20 renders show Samsung giving the Note 10 a twist of the Note 8 and Galaxy S10 series
There is no escaping that the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a huge rear-facing camera housing. Stretching across a large portion of its rear glass, there has been talk of Samsung doing the same with the next Galaxy Note series. Others have imagined what the Galaxy Note 20 series could look like if Samsung returned to the cleaner camera design of the Note 8 or Galaxy S10 series.
Hands-on images and Twilight Orange version of the Redmi Note 9 Pro appear online
We have already seen the Redmi Note 9 Pro appear on Geekbench resplendent with a Snapdragon 720G and 6 GB of RAM, with leakers seeking to confirm the specifications of the Redmi Note 8 Pro successor. In the meantime, a popular Vietnamese YouTuber has published photos of what appears to be the real deal. A photo of a Twilight Orange version is circulating online too, but we have our doubts.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro impresses with 108 MP camera samples
The Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro may already be selling well in China, but the two devices are yet to receive a global release. Due to be launched on March 27, Xiaomi has now demonstrated the capabilities of the device's 108 MP camera, and the results are impressive.
Xiaomi Mi A3 to receive new stable Android 10 update by the end of the month
Xiaomi may have moved onto rolling out a buggy upgrade to the Mi A2 Lite, but it has not forgotten about the Mi A3 just yet. While V220.127.116.11.QGQMIXM is yet to receive a public rollout, Xiaomi has offered a comforting salve for Mi A3 owners. Apparently, a new Android 10 public build is only a few weeks out.
iPhone SE 2: iOS 14 code confirms impending arrival of Apple's next "budget" smartphone
The iPhone SE 2 may almost be upon us, if past rumours are to be believed. The device, which may be sold as the iPhone 9 or simply the iPhone, is said to combine the hardware of the current iPhone 11 series with the design of the iPhone 8. Now, the upcoming "budget" handset has been spotted in leaked iOS 14 code, all but confirming that the device exists.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 appears on Geekbench with a MediaTek Helio P65 and 6 GB of RAM
The Redmi Note 9 is set to join the Redmi Note 9 Pro in being unveiled later this week, and the two may differ greatly. Spotted on Geekbench with 6 GB of RAM like its Pro sibling, the Redmi Note 9 will seemingly note feature a Snapdragon SoC. Instead, a MediaTek chipset is on the cards, with the Helio P65 being a possibility.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro owners awake to another frustrating round of MIUI 11 updates
The Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro are oddities. Essentially rip-offs of the P30 Pro, the Mi Note 10 series are neither flagships nor mid-range handsets. Xiaomi's software support for the two devices reinforces that they are more the latter than the former though, and the latest round of updates do nothing to dissuade that impression.
Updates galore: Honor updates ten devices to Android 10 courtesy of EMUI 10 and Magic UI 3.0 update
The Honor V30 and V30 Pro are set to be joined on Magic UI 3.0 by ten other Honor smartphones, the company has confirmed. Honor's version of EMUI 10 and Android 10 will hit three devices this week too.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro: Five cameras, a 5,020 mAh battery and a 60 Hz LCD panel to join a Snapdragon 720G and up to 6 GB of RAM?
The arrival of the Redmi Note 9 series is just a few days away, but that has not stopped several high-profile leakers from announcing the full spec sheet for the Redmi Note 9 Pro. As expected, the Redmi Note 9 Pro will feature a Snapdragon 720G processor and up to 6 GB of RAM. While the promise of a 5,020 mAh battery and five cameras may appeal, a maximum of 128 GB of storage and a 1080p LCD panel will not.
Evidence of AMD Ryzen 9 4900H appears on 3DMark with a 4.4 GHz boost clock and an RX Vega 8 GPU
While AMD is yet to announce the Ryzen 9 4900H, more evidence of its existence has appeared online. Sporting a 45 W TDP, 8 cores and a 4.4 GHz boost clock, the Ryzen 9 4900H should have enough reserves to challenge whatever Intel and its Comet Lake-H series has to offer. Its Radeon RX Vega 8 integrated GPU may even challenge dedicated GPUs, too, thanks to its 8 compute units (CU) and its 1,750 MHz boost clock.
Buffalo presents a tiny and 15 g USB Type-C SSD
The latest SSD from Buffalo is tiny, with dimensions akin to a USB stick and a weight of just 15 g. The fast USB Type-C SSD is robust too and is the perfect choice for those who prefer to travel light.
NVIDIA Ampere GPUs to feature up to 8,192 CUDA cores, 48 GB of HBM2e VRAM and a 300 W TDP; GA102 40% up on the RTX 2080 Ti
As GTC 2020 nears, new rumours about upcoming Ampere GPUs appeared online. Stemming from different sources, the full GA100 will apparently support up to 8,192 CUDA cores, 48 GB of VRAM and a 300 W TDP. Meanwhile, the GA102 will supposedly offer 40% better performance than the RTX 2080 Ti from 5,376 CUDA cores and 12 GB of VRAM.
Sony WH-1000XM4: Bluetooth 5.0 and 40 hours of battery life with NC on, but no aptX or aptX HD support?
The WH-1000XM4 has been a long time coming, with it being almost eighteen months since Sony announced the WH-1000XM3. The WH-1000XM4 was expected to be unveiled at CES 2020 and now a listing for the ANC headphones has appeared on Anatel Certification, the Brazilian version of the FCC. The listing not only offers the first sighting of the WH-1000XM4, but also specifications for Sony's next-generation headphones. Sadly, it seems that there is no room for the aptX or aptX HD Bluetooth codecs.
Intel gives the NUC 9 Performance a new lease of life as the NUC 11 Performance and NUC 11 Extreme get delayed
Leaked by FanlessTech earlier this year, a new internal roadmap has confirmed that Phantom Canyon and Panther Canyon NUCs, also known as NUC 11 Performance and NUC 11 Extreme respectively, will arrive later this year. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 may have delayed their release. The NUC 9 Extreme appears to be sticking around until at least 2021, too.
Raspberry Pi: New first-party software makes it easier to image microSD cards and install OSes on macOS, Windows and Ubuntu
Billed as a simpler way to image your microSD card with Raspbian, the Raspberry Pi Imager is the Pi Foundation's new imaging utility. The Raspberry Pi Imager is available to download now for free on macOS, Windows and Ubuntu.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 starts receiving a fixed version of Android 10 amid warnings of rolling back to Android 9.0 Pie causing errors and defects
Reports are that Xiaomi has fixed the bugs that affected last weekend's Android 10 upgrade for the Mi A3. However, the company also warns that rolling back to Android 9.0 Pie from Android 10 can cause system instabilities, which is not all that reassuring.
CloverPI: Combine four Raspberry Pi boards into one powerful cluster device
The Raspberry Pi 4 is pretty powerful by single-board computer (SBC) standards, but what if you could combine up to four of them into one super SBC? Well, IPTerra seems to think that is a good idea and has created the CloverPI for that purpose. Theoretically, the CloverPI is compatible with any SBC that has a 40-pin GPIO.
The Mi Mix 3 finally receives Android 10 globally, its first OS upgrade
Android 10 on the Mi Mix 3 has been a long time coming, with Xiaomi first releasing a beta build for the device way back in October. While the company issued Android 10 for Chinese handsets in January, the rest of the world has had to wait patiently. Thankfully, that wait is over and the 2.0 GB update should now be arriving as an OTA.
New Apple AirPods Pro variant entering mass production this month ahead of mid-2020 launch
Rumoured to be called the AirPods Pro Lite by Taiwanese media outlet DigiTimes, the entry-level answer to the AirPods Pro could be entering mass production this month. Expected to be released in mid-2020, it remains unclear what these TWS earbuds will offer over the regular AirPods.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro spotted on Geekbench with Snapdragon 720G and 6 GB of RAM
The Redmi Note 9 Pro is almost upon us, and Geekbench may have given us an insight into what chipset Xiaomi has chosen to power its upcoming mid-range handset. Seemingly choosing to do battle with the Realme 6 Pro, the Redmi Note 9 Pro will feature the Snapdragon 720G and 6 GB of RAM. Geekbench hints that Xiaomi may have a performance edge over Realme, though.
Huawei fuels speculation that it has binned the P20 Lite after one software update, and thousands of people are not happy about it
It seems that the P20 Lite may forever remain on EMUI 9.1. Android 10 and EMUI 10 are not on the way despite the P20 Lite only having received one OS upgrade. Unsurprisingly, fans and owners of the device are unhappy about the news and have taken to petitioning Huawei to address the matter.
iPhone SE 2: Apple's next US$399 "budget" smartphone enters final verification phase
The iPhone SE 2, iPhone 9 or iPhone (2020), whatever it ends up being called, has apparently reached the final stage of its development. Mass production may have been underway since the middle of last month, and now it is claimed that the device has entered the final phase of verification. The spiritual successor to the iPhone SE is still expected to launch at the end of this month.
New 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs due this month; mini-LED iMac Pro bound for Q4 2020
2020 could be the year of the iMac, according to multiple reports. Not only is Apple apparently due to refresh the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac, but a new iMac Pro is on the cards too. While the former could arrive as soon as this month, the iMac Pro is not due until Q4 2020. The iMac Pro may be worth the wait though, with Apple reportedly bringing mini-LED technology the all-in-one workstation.
MacBook Pro 14: A 14.1-inch mini-LED, Ice Lake-powered and scissor keyboard wielding MacBook Pro 13 successor?
Rumour has it that Apple is set to replace the MacBook Pro 13 with a new 14.1-inch model, aptly named the MacBook Pro 14.1. The new model will apparently feature mini-LED technology, with Ice Lake processors being a likely possibility, too.
OnePlus to pitch the OnePlus 8 series at £400 (~US$535) with 30 W wireless charging on the cards too
Following on from yesterday's report that OnePlus will announce its next suite of devices next month, a new rumour claims that the OnePlus 8 series will start at just £400 (~US$510). Additionally, the OnePlus 8 Pro, the premier of the three handsets, will support not only dual-band 5G and 30 W wireless charging, but also 30 W wireless charging. The OnePlus 8 series may not hit most markets until July, though.
AMD and Microsoft to showcase Xbox Series X gameplay and three "Big Navi" GPUs at AMD Financial Analyst Day
AMD's Financial Analyst Day 2020 is coming up, and rumour has it that there will be plenty for us to digest. Apparently, AMD and Microsoft will showcase Xbox Series X gameplay at the event, along with three RDNA 2-based GPUs.
Android 10 hits the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
Android 10 is here for the Redmi Note 7 Pro. We would recommend holding off for the time being though, as the build will likely contain a few bugs. The first Android 10 build for the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes just a few days after Xiaomi pushed Android 10 to the Redmi Note 8 Pro, too.
Watchy: A free alternative to the Apple Watch and Co. that is also Arduino and Python compatible
SQFMI has launched a new smartwatch. Called the Watchy, the device is equipped with an E-ink display, four buttons and has a vibration motor. An accelerometer and a real-time clock are onboard too, along with Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi support.
Ironman R300: Timex presents a fitness smartwatch with GPS and 25 days of battery life
The constantly growing smartwatch market is getting another competitor, Timex. With the Ironman R300, the company has created a cheap smartwatch that supports GPS and multiple fitness tracking options. Timex promises that the Ironman R300 should last an impressive 25 days between charges, too.
Microsoft apparently wants to deliver the Surface Duo with a Snapdragon 855 this summer
Windows Central has delivered some good, and potentially bad, news for those who are waiting for Microsoft to release the Surface Duo, its de facto smartphone comeback. The dual-screen and Android 10-powered handset will apparently arrive much earlier than expected, but with last year's hardware.
Foldable Apple iPhone 12 Flip: Concept video inspires
If you would like to imagine how a Galaxy Z Flip paired with iOS could look, then you should have a look here. While a foldable iPhone is probably a long way off yet, an iPhone Flip, or an iPhone 12 Flip, is already a reality. Digitally at least, anyway.
Evidence of a 7,936 CUDA core NVIDIA Ampere GPU appears on Geekbench
NVIDIA Ampere may only be a few weeks away, and now someone has spotted a 7,936 CUDA core GPU on Geekbench. The card sports 32 GB of VRAM and a 1.1 GHz clock speed too, whetting fans appetites for what may be launched at GTC 2020 this month.
Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite and Mi CC9 receive conflicting MIUI 11 updates
The Mi 9 Lite may be treated as the lesser of the Mi 9 series, but even it has now received Android 10 builds of MIUI 11. Not all handsets have, that is. On the contrary, some are remaining on Android 9.0 Pie for the time being, albeit on a higher version of MIUI 11.
Nokia is coming to an end, with sales and mergers under consideration
Bloomberg reports that Nokia is coming to an end because of "fierce competition" from the likes of Ericsson and Huawei. The company is currently reviewing various, including asset sales and mergers. Nokia also states that it does not expect a major recovery in profits until next year at the earliest.
Huawei P40 Pro: Quad-curve design shows up in real image
This is how the display of the Huawei P40 Pro should look, with it curving into its frame on all four sides. The photo in question has been making the rounds for some time now, but a reliable Huawei leaker has now been able to confirm the quad-curve design. The P40 Pro has a rather thick, pill-shaped, punch hole for its dual selfie cameras, though.
Xiaomi to re-release Android 10 for the Mi A3 "as soon as possible"
It has not been a good few days for Xiaomi, at least concerning the Mi A3 anyway. Having botched the device's Android 10 update the company now claims that it is working to re-release the OS upgrade "as soon as possible". Convinced? Neither are we.
Intel Core i9-10980HK hits 5.27 GHz on Geekbench while surpassing the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX in multi-core performance
Is 5.0 GHz not enough for you on a laptop? Well, how about 5.27 GHz? That is apparently what the Core i9-10980HK can operate at, the Comet Lake-H successor to the Core i9-9980HK. The clock speed boost allows the Core i9-10980HK to achieve a multi-core score over 32,000 in Geekbench, eclipsing even something like the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX.
Sony has a new 5.45-inch Xperia smartphone in the works, but it's not all that compact
A new small Sony handset has been certified at the TENAA, complete with a 5.4-inch display and up to 6 GB of RAM, along with 128 GB of storage. The device, codenamed S20A, has a 4,000 mAh battery too. It is unlikely to be a new Xperia Compact, though.
Xiaomi Redmi K30 sales hit the equivalent of ~US$230 million in sales in under three months
The Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro have proven immensely popular for Xiaomi, but so has the Redmi K30 series. The Redmi K30 4G and Redmi K30 5G have only been available for a month and two months respectively, but the series has already exceeded 1 million sales. With the Redmi K30 starting at CNY 1,599, that equates to at least US$230 million in sales. These figures do not include the POCO X2, either.
Fingerprint scanner not working on your Xiaomi Mi A3 after upgrading to Android 10? There is a workaround
The Android 10 rollout for the Mi A3 has been catastrophic, with Xiaomi pulling the initial build just a few days after unexpectedly releasing it over the weekend. If you are one of the unlucky few to have upgraded your Mi A3 to Android 10, then you are probably encountering plenty of bugs. There is a workaround for getting a functional fingerprint scanner back though, if that is any help.
Pimoroni Picade Console: Kit turns a Raspberry Pi into an authentic arcade and retro console
The Pimoroni Picade Console turns the Raspberry Pi into a particularly convincing retro console. The assembly should be particularly easy and is pretty inexpensive, too.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 spotted running MIUI 12 and Android 11 on Geekbench
While the Redmi Note 7 is yet to receive Android 10 builds of MIUI 11, someone may have been trying out MIUI 12 on one unit. Spotted on Geekbench, the rogue Redmi Note 7 claims to be running Android 11, currently known as Android R. While it is not unheard of for devices running pre-release software to appear on popular benchmarking tools, we have our doubts about this.
Xiaomi to release Redmi K30 Pro and Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition amid possible hands-on sighting of deep blue colourway
The Redmi K30 has already proven hugely successful, but Xiaomi is not done with the series yet. While the Redmi K30 Pro may be one of the worst kept secrets in smartphone tech at the moment, XDA Developers has uncovered that a third model is on its way, too. While both are expected to be 5G handsets, only one is likely to feature a dedicated telephoto camera.
Xiaomi teases the Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 9 Pro ahead of mid-March release
The Redmi Note 8 Pro may have only just received Android 10, but Xiaomi is already teasing its successor. Set to launch on March 12, the Redmi Note 9 Pro will be joined by the Redmi Note 9. Seemingly paired with four rear-facing cameras, the Redmi Note 9 series is being teased as offering "Pro Cameras" and "Max Performance".
Xiaomi Mi A3 receives an unexpected update
While Xiaomi is still yet to announce when the Mi A3 will receive Android 10, a build containing the OS upgrade has gone live. The update, which can be downloaded now, brings other optimisations besides Android 10 to the Mi A3 too.
Redmi Note 8 Pro: Another update goes live for Xiaomi's mid-range smartphone, but it won't bring Android 10 to most handsets
While it has been almost two months since Xiaomi brought Android 10 to the Redmi Note 8 Pro, most handsets remain on Android 9.0 Pie. Now, the device that DxOMark described as having a limited dynamic range, has received another Android 10 update. The latest update is only available for select handsets again, though.
The Android One program is a shambles, and here's why
Originally sold by Google as providing "faster access to the latest Android OS updates", the Android One program is proving just as fragmented as the rest of the Android ecosystem. With multiple eligible devices still waiting for Android 10 and others having received Google's latest OS later than their custom-Android siblings, has the Android One program failed to live up to Google's ambitions?
Samsung to launch the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, another mid-range Android tablet
Hot on the heels of the Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020) comes the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, a mid-range version of last year's Galaxy Tab S6. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite comes with an Exynos 9611 chipset, along with possibly 4 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of storage.
Apple to launch the iPad Pro 2020 series next month alongside a Smart Keyboard with a built-in trackpad
The release new iPad Pros may only be a matter of weeks away, but there has been plenty of talk about a new Smart Keyboard, too. Previously, there had been speculation about a Smart Keyboard with scissor-switches and backlighting, but Apply may have something even better up its sleeve.
With rich contrast: New E-ink display for Raspberry Pi and PC released
EINK-DISP-103 is a new E-ink display that is not only suitable for single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi or NVIDIA Jetson Nano but also general computers too. The 10.3-inch display can be used in a variety of projects and is ideal for reading long texts with minimal eye fatigue.
Odyssey: A powerful Raspberry Pi alternative that supports Windows 10, 4K and is Arduino compatible
The Odyssey X86 is a new single-board computer (SBC) that supports Windows 10 and is compatible with Grove. The SBC even accepts M.2 drives.
For little money: Turn a Raspberry Pi into a 3D laser scanner on the cheap
Compatible with several version of the Raspberry Pi, a project can transform the versatile single-board computer (SBC) into a 3D laser scanner. Better still, the project is fairly cheap to build.
Galaxy S20 Ultra: Samsung's flagship has comparatively disappointing battery runtimes despite its 5,000 mAh battery
The combination of Snapdragon 865 and a 5G external modem was always going to hurt battery life, even with a 5,000 mAh battery. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra falls short of its peers like the Apple iPhone 11 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus and even the Galaxy S10 Plus. Now, Tom's Guide has demonstrated just how poorly the S20 Ultra fares, especially with its display running at 120 Hz.
Xiaomi fuels speculation that the Mi A2 Lite is on the verge of receiving Android 10
Xiaomi is at it again, and has dropped more hints that Android 10 is almost ready for the Mi A2 Lite. Now, the company has published the device's Android 10 kernel source code, a sure sign that the OS upgrade is on its way. The progress of Android 10 for the Mi A3 would suggest otherwise, though.
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE receives an encouraging update
While the Mi 9 SE may be one of the last in the Mi 9 series to receive Android 10 builds of MIUI 11, the wait for the OS upgrade is over. The update is available to download now, although it will only appear as an OTA for select handsets pending a wider rollout.
LG V60 ThinQ 5G: A smartphone fan's dream, but one held back by compromises and an uninspired design.
Excusing its ridiculous name, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G has a lot going for it. Design is not one of them. Resembling a mid-range smartphone crossed with the back of a Galaxy S10, the V60 ThinQ 5G has one foot firmly in the past. Its Snapdragon 865, expandable storage, 5,000 mAh battery, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC and Dual Screen-connectivity should help the V60 ThinQ 5G appeal to smartphone fans, though.
Xiaomi Mi A3 owners awake to another disappointing update
The wait for Android 10 on the Mi A3 drags on. Xiaomi continues with its vagaries, having originally claimed that the Mi A3 would be on the first smartphones to receive Android 10. Blaming the coronavirus for delays, the company has managed to push out a security patch update. Unsurprisingly, fans are not buying Xiaomi's excuses.
No Android 10 and EMUI 10 update for your P30 Pro? You're not alone
While LG may have earned its reputation for being one of the slowest Android OEMs to deliver software updates, an honourable mention should go to Huawei. While the company claims to have upgraded the P30 Pro to EMUI 10, for example, multiple handsets remain on EMUI 9.1 for no apparent reason.
A Ryzen 9 4900HS edition of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is on its way
On the back of a sighting of the Ryzen 5 4600HS comes an appearance of the Ryzen 9 4900HS. Again, the Renoir processor has appeared in an ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14, paired with a QHD display, a 1 TB SSD, 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU.
OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 case and "About Phone" leaks confirm camera and display design
The leaks about the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro keep arriving online. Now, a screenshot of the "About phone" of the OnePlus 8 Pro has been posted, along with TPU case designs for both handsets. You have every right to be sceptical though, as is one respected leaker.
Xiaomi Mi Watch: The Apple Watch clone is headed to Europe
Xiaomi fans can breathe a sigh of relief for the Mi Watch is officially coming to Europe, a representative has confirmed. The Wear OS smartwatch is powered by a Snapdragon Wear 3100 SoC, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of eMMC flash storage.
Pimoroni Pirate Audio: Turn a Raspberry Pi into an iPod replica with Spotify integration thanks to a high-quality amplifier, DAC and display
With the Pimoroni Pirate Audio, you can now transform a Raspberry Pi into a media player with Spotify integration. The Pirate Audio integrates a headphone amplifier, a DAC, a 3.5 mm jack, a 1.3-inch IPS colour display and four physical buttons.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: New update pushes performance to record-breaking levels
The Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro have only been out for a few days, but they have already started receiving their first software update. Xiaomi has addressed a host of issues, not least of which GPU performance. While its GPU performance was by no means bad before, the Mi 10 Pro can now exceed 610,000 points in AnTuTu v8. V18.104.22.168 will appear as an OTA for Mi 10 series handsets.
Raspberry Pi: New version fixes serious USB Type C problem
According to consistent reports, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has released a new version of the Raspberry Pi 4. The charity has tweaked the design of the board slightly, which should eliminate the problems that affected the original version.
The Mate Xs, hands on with Huawei's flawed foldable
While Huawei's latest foldable is one of the most expensive too, its dizzying €2,499 price tag does not guarantee quality or usability. From creaky hinges to scratched screens, today's launch highlighted why the Mate Xs should be avoided and why Huawei is still yet to perfect the foldable.
Huawei launches the Mate Xs, a €2,499 and Kirin 990-powered foldable smartphone
Succeeding the Mate X, the Mate Xs features an 8-inch OLED panel when unfolded. The Kirin 990 5G-powered device comes with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of RAM, along with an improved hinge design over its predecessor. The price? A whopping €2,499.
Honor launches the Honor 9X Pro, a Kirin 810-powered handset with a 48 MP camera and a 4,000 mAh battery
Available in China since August last year, Honor has finally given the 9X Pro a wider release. Announced at its All-Scenario Intelligence Conference today, the Honor 9X Pro features a 6.59-inch display, along with a Kirin 810 SoC, 256 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM. The device also includes three rear-facing cameras, the main of which is a 48 MP sensor. There is a 16 MP pop-up camera too.
Honor brings the MagicBook 14 to Europe
Honor has brought the MagicBook 14 to global audiences, having announced the 14-inch laptop in Russia earlier this year. The Ryzen 5 3500U-powered machine features 8 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of storage. The company claims that the MagicBook 14's 56 Wh battery will last a full day' use between charges, too.
Honor MagicBook 15: A 15.6-inch Ryzen 5 3500U-powered laptop with a 42 Wh battery
The MagicBook 15 is not a MagicBook Pro by another name. Instead, it is a slightly larger version of the MagicBook 14, but one that Honor has decided to equip with a smaller battery. The MagicBook 15 shares all other hardware with its smaller sibling though, including a Ryzen 5 3500U processor.
Honor View 30 Pro: 5G smartphone launches globally without Google services
The View 30 Pro is packed full of impressive hardware, not least its five cameras. The device also includes 5G capabilities, a 7 nm chipset, a 4,100 mAh battery and supports up to 40 W charging. The device, which Honor launched last year in China, will ship with Huawei Mobiles Services (HMS).
Big Navi GPUs to feature at least 24 GB of HBM2e VRAM, 5,120 shading units and a 2,048 GB/s memory bandwidth
Hot on the heels of leaked Ampere GPU specifications comes information about what could be the Radeon RX 5950 XT. Possibly part of the RX 6000 series instead, the leaked information states that the RDNA 2 GPU will feature 24 GB of HBM2e VRAM and 5,120 shading units. The D32310/15 will apparently include 80 CUs and will operate on a memory bandwidth of 2,048 GB/s, too. Updated: SK Hynix denounces the leak as fake news
Leaked iPad Pro 2020 case confirms iPhone 11 camera design
Apple may be on the verge of unleashing a new US$399 iPhone, but it is rumoured to be putting the final touches to an iPad Pro refresh too. Now, new cases for the possibly March-bound tablets have appeared online, which confirm that Apple will switch to a triple rear-facing camera array for this year's models.
New Huawei and Honor smartphones: Google warns against installing Google services and apps
Google is now officially warning against sideloading Google services, the Play Store and other well-known Google apps on newer Honor and Huawei smartphones. While the announcement only affects those handsets that Google has not certified because of ongoing US sanctions, like the Mate 30 Pro, Honor and Huawei are planning to announce new smartphones in the coming days and weeks. Hence, you should be aware that Google is probably not an option on these upcoming handsets.
With lighting: Turn your Raspberry Pi into a NAS for 3.5-inch drives
Fancy making your Raspberry Pi into a NAS? Well, how about giving it a unique design too? If both tickle your fancy, then a new project posted on Hackaday.io is worth checking out. The flying saucer design event features a "cow abduction beam".
HyperPixel: A High-resolution touch display for the Raspberry Pi
With the HyperPixel 4.0 Square, Pimoroni has developed a comparatively high-resolution display, especially for single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi. The model supports capacitive input too has a resolution of 720 x 720 pixels with a pixel density of 254 PPI.
NVIDIA Ampere GPUs to feature 2x performance than the RTX 20 series, PCIe 4.0, up to 826 mm² dies and 20 GB of VRAM
Rumour has it that NVIDIA will unveil Ampere GPUs, the RTX 3000 series, next month at GTC 2020. While we already know that the architecture will be manufactured on a 7 nm process, new leaks claim that the RTX 3000 series will sport up to 826 mm² dies, 20 GB of VRAM and support for PCIe 4.0. All this and other improvements will combine to allow Ampere GPUs to deliver up to double the performance that the existing RTX 20 series does.
OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro appear in hands-on images
OnePlus is slated to release its new trio of smartphones soon, rumoured to be the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 Lite. While leaks and renders of the devices have already been posted online, someone seems to have gotten their hands on a few units and has been sharing photos. The photos confirm that the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro will feature a ToF camera, while at least one will feature a new colourway. A punch-hole display is apparently in tow, too. Update: New photos bring other information about the series to light.
Samsung to launch mid-range Android tablet Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020)
Samsung will continue to launch new Android tablets in 2020, being one of the few Android OEMs to do so. The South Korean's next foray will seemingly be the Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020), a midrange tablet that comes with an Exynos 7904 chipset, 3 GB of RAM and possibly 64 GB of storage.
R.E.A.L. mod brings fully playable VR experience to GTA V
GTA V remains incredibly popular despite having a few years under its belt. If the main story and GTA Online are not enough, then how about GTA V in VR? Well, after year's of development, the R.E.A.L. mod for GTA V has done just that.
Apple Watch 6 with a round display? Bring it on!
The Apple Watch remains the world's most popular smartwatch series, although its design has largely remained the same over the years. How about one with a round display? Well, that is what one designer has dreamt up, and some people are digging the design.
iPhone SE 2: Apple misses mass production deadline for its next "budget" smartphone amid new name leak
Apparently, Apple's next budget smartphone, rumoured to start at US$399, will not be called the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9. Instead, a new leak has pointed to Apple marketing the spiritual successor to the iPhone SE by a completely different name. The company's iPad range may give a hint what the name will be, too. The mass-production date for the device may have been missed though because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro are back in stock, but only in batches
The Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro are in high demand at the moment, with the first two batches of handsets selling out almost instantly. After selling around US$28.5 million worth of units in under a minute, Xiaomi has now announced the next dates and dealers which will be selling the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro.
PiNAS: Make your Raspberry Pi into an affordable NAS
With the PiNAS, you can put a Raspberry Pi to use as an inexpensive network-attached storage (NAS). The PiNAS can accommodate at least two drives and should be easy to configure.
Evidence shows that multiple Ice Lake-based versions of the MacBook Pro 13 could be in development
It has only been a few days since an Ice Lake-powered Apple device appeared online, but now more have popped up. Possibly versions of the rumoured new MacBook Pro 13, a refresh that may borrow the scissor mechanism keyboard from the MacBook Pro 16, the Ice Lake processors all part of the mysterious Ice Lake-NG series.
Adafruit Color TFT Bonnet: A versatile expansion board that can turn a Raspberry Pi into a handheld games console
With the Color TFT Bonnet, Adafruit has created an expansion board that can make a Raspberry Pi into a miniature handheld games console. The Bonnet features a 1.3-inch colour IPS panel, a joystick and two pushbuttons.
Sony limps into 2020 with the Xperia L4
So, Sony has announced its first Xperia smartphone of 2020. Do not get your hopes up, though. The L4 retains the 21:9 display of recent Xperia smartphones, along with the underwhelming 2-year old chipset that powered its predecessor. The Xperia L4 comes with a 720p 6.2-inch notched-display, a 3,580 mAh battery and triple rear-facing cameras.
Xiaomi may have pulled the Android 10 update for the Mi A2 again
While the Mi A3 continues its wait for Android 10, its predecessor received its final OS upgrade last month. The upgrade path to Android 10 for the Mi A2 has not proven straightforward though, with it being possible that Xiaomi has pulled the OS upgrade for the second time because of bugs.
No, this is not the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro
The Redmi K30 Pro may have just passed through the CCC, but this is not what Xiaomi's next flagship will look like. Posted on Slashleaks as a render of the K30 Pro, it is nothing more than a fan render.
Smach Z gets delayed again after company fails to meet 2019 deadline; Q1 2020 looking unlikely too
Remember the Smach Z? The seemingly forever-delayed handheld console was due to finally be released by the end of last year. Unsurprisingly, Smach Z missed that date, and offered a tentative Q1 2020 instead. However, a new production issue looks to have pushed the release of the Smach Z into at least Q2 2020, too.
The GPD Win Max is an ambitious but oversized mess
The GPD Win Max has been in development for a while now, with leaked images of the device first appearing online almost a year ago. GPD has overhauled the Win Max since then, and while its Ice Lake processor and bevvy of ports are impressive, its unwieldy size is not. Best of luck using the device's built-in controllers, folks.
Xiaomi Redmi K30: Xiaomi brings 64 MP cameras, 5G connectivity and 120 Hz to the mid-range
The Xiaomi Redmi K30, also sold as the POCO X2 in India, offers more than most contemporary mid-range smartphones. Not only does the device have a 64 MP main rear-facing camera and a 120 Hz display, but Xiaomi also sells a 5G model that features a Snapdragon 765G processor. The Redmi K30 5G has many qualities, but it suffers from drawbacks, too.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 is not receiving Android 10 this month, after all
The release of Android 10 for the Mi A3 is bordering on farcical. Hyped by Xiaomi as one of the first devices that would receive Android 10, the Android One device is still languishing on Android 9.0 Pie. The end may now be in sight for the Mi A3 though, as Xiaomi has given another vague release date for it to receive Google's latest OS.
Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro 5G models appear on CCC
The Redmi K30 5G impressed us during our recent review, and now the Redmi K30 Pro 5G has reared its head again. This time on the Compulsory Certification of China (CCC), Xiaomi has certified two models, which are likely to be rocking the Snapdragon 865 and at least 8 GB of RAM.
Samsung Galaxy A71: An XXL smartphone with quad cameras and unrivalled battery life
The Galaxy A71 is a mid-range smartphone, but that does not mean that Samsung has done things by halves. On the contrary, the company has included a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Display and a 64 MP main rear-facing camera. That is not the only good news either, with the device's 4,500 mAh battery capable of delivering outstanding runtimes.
BenQ ScreenBar Lite Hands-On Review: An e-Reading lamp designed for laptops
BenQ has designed the ScreenBar Lite for people that do not like relying on their laptop backlights. The lamp is rather pricey at US$99.00 though, so is it worth it? Read on in this hands-on review to find out why we keep returning it, despite its cost.
Realme handicaps the charging speed of the Realme X2
30 W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 is one of Realme's main selling points for the Realme X2, with the company boasting that the device can reach 65% charge in just 30 minutes. However, that may longer not be the case following a new update.
Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Plus and Note 20 Ultra renders show a boxy design and a taste of the Samsung Galaxy S20 series
Samsung may have only just released the Galaxy S20 series, but people are already speculating about what the successors to the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus will look like. Imagined as the Note 20, Note 20 Plus and Note 20 Ultra, all retain the boxy design of past Galaxy Note handsets while including a touch of the Galaxy S20 series, too.
Not received Android 10 on your Pocophone F1 yet? You're not alone
While Xiaomi started pushing Android 10 builds of MIUI 11 to the Pocophone F1 last month, many handsets are yet to receive the OS upgrade. Now the General Manager of POCO India has weighed in on the matter, and his response has seemingly irked some people.
Evidence suggests that a GDDR6 version of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 could be in development
NVIDIA gave the GeForce GTX 1650 a taste of SUPER last November, upgrading its entry-level GTX 16 series card to a TU116 GPU and GDDR6 VRAM. However, evidence has come to light of NVIDIA, or at least board partners, developing a bridge between the GTX 1650 and the GTX 1650 SUPER.
iPhone SE 2: Apple's upcoming US$399 smartphone spotted in hands-on video
While some OEMs continue to push the boundaries of design, Apple seems content with recycling those that it first released over five years ago. A lot has been spoken about of the iPhone SE 2, potentially called the iPhone 9, and a video purporting to be a hands-on of the device has appeared online. Convinced? Neither are we.
iPhone SE 2: Release of Apple's next "budget" smartphone slips to Q2 2020, announcement at the end of next month
The iPhone SE 2 is hotly anticipated, with it rumoured to be Apple's first sub-US$400 smartphone in years. Previously, the A13 Bionic-powered handset was alleged to be released in Mid-March, but new reports claim that has slipped until April. An announcement about the device, which may be called the iPhone 9, is still due by the end of March, though.
Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G Smartphone Review: A 5G smartphone with a 120 Hz screen at a bargain price
The Redmi K30, sold as the POCO X2 in India, relies on high-end features like 5G connectivity, a 120 Hz panel and the new Sony IMX686 image sensor. It starts at around 250 Euros (~$270) though, undercutting even a significant portion of most current mid-range smartphones. There are downsides though, as our review will discuss.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2: A multimedia laptop that may not have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU after all
The ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 suffers from an identity crisis. Is it an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650-powered multimedia laptop, or one that is held back by the lesser GTX 1650 Max-Q variant? Well, it seems that Lenovo does not know, either. Most signs point to the laptop having a Max-Q GPU, but it is not that straightforward.
Sony PlayStation 5: Gran Turismo developers aiming for upwards of 240 FPS on PS5
Fancy some 120 FPS or 240 FPS gaming with your PlayStation 5? Well, that is what Polyphony Digital is apparently targeting for the first Gran Turismo game to hit Sony's upcoming next-generation console. However, expect Gran Turismo 7 to run in 4K at 120 FPS or 240 FPS, with the game likely capped at 60 FPS in 8K.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 Laptop Review: The second generation of Lenovo's premier multimedia laptop has gotten worse
New CPUs, a faster GPU and a greater choice of displays, that is the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 in a nutshell. Lenovo has only slightly modified the second-generation model, with the chassis remaining unchanged for this year's model. We have put the device through its paces, specifically the one with a matte 4K panel, which has a massive impact on battery life. Update: X1 Extreme is equipped with the GTX 1650 Max-Q after all
Samsung Galaxy A71 Smartphone Review: An XXL display and quad cameras
A 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display, an octa-core Snapdragon 730 SoC and quad rear-facing cameras with a 64 MP main shooter all make the Galaxy A71 sound good on paper. Samsung's new mid-range smartphone packs plenty of other features into its large case too, but our tests will show whether it is enough to trouble the established order.
NVIDIA launches GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Cyberpunk 2077 Edition - a limited run GPU
So, sooner than release an RTX 2080 Ti SUPER or Cyberpunk 2077, NVIDIA and CD Projekt have teamed up to create the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Cyberpunk 2077 Edition, a GPU that you cannot buy. 200 will be created, and NVIDIA plans to give away 77 of them.
Updates for all: EMUI 11 roadmap hits with over 30 eligible devices
Are you wondering whether your Huawei device will receive EMUI 11, the Chinese company's custom version of Android 11? Well, over 30 are apparently eligible, with the P20 series seemingly not making the cut.
GTC 2020 will not disappoint, with Ampere GPUs set to launch at upcoming NVIDIA conference
You won't be disappointed, those are apparently the words of NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang about the company's upcoming GTC Conference in San Jose. Huang will be in attending GTC 2020, where the company is expected to announce Ampere GPUs, the next-generation successors to the RTX 20 series and the company's Turing architecture.
Evidence points towards Apple releasing an Intel Core i7-1068NG7 powered MacBook Pro 13
Apple is expected to release a new MacBook Pro 13 soon, and one that may feature the company's scissor mechanism keyboard. However, there is evidence that it could feature a custom Ice Lake processor too, which may offer up to 20% improved performance over last year's model.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2: A multimedia laptop that succeeds in being worse than its predecessor
The second generation of the X1 Extreme introduces new CPUs, a new GPU and a wider choice of displays. However, the X1 Extreme Gen 2 performs worse than its predecessor in some areas, especially in terms of its processor. We would recommend giving the 4K panel a miss too as it decimates battery life.
Apple "reveals" unreleased notchless iPhone
Apple has been announcing products out of the blue lately, with the iPhone SE 2 rumoured to appear within the next few weeks. Some new iPad Pros may be on the horizon too, but we doubt a notchless iPhone is. Regardless, such a device is currently on Apple.com and available to purchase.
This is what the Google Pixel 5 XL apparently looks like
Fancy a look at the Pixel 5 XL nine months before Google releases it? Well, that is what Jon Prosser and Front Page Tech claim to be offering, at least. Unconvinced? Yeah, so are we.
No, this is not the Xperia 9, if one even exists
Rumours about the possibility of Sony releasing an Xperia 9 have appeared online, with an image posted to Reddit cited as proof. Does that not sound dodgy enough?
OnePlus 8 wielding a Snapdragon 865 and 8 GB of RAM appears on Geekbench
While this week has been all about Samsung, Xiaomi and the cancellation of MWC 2020, we may only be a few weeks away from the launch of the OnePlus 8 series. To that end, the OnePlus 8 has now appeared on Geekbench, complete with a Snapdragon 865 SoC and 8 GB of RAM.
Apple to release 5G and A14X Bionic-powered iPad Pros this year
Is Apple planning 5G and A14X Bionic iPad Pros this year? Well, that is the current speculation, at any rate. The rumour may well be wide of the mark, though.
Xiaomi expands Android 10 rollout for the Mi 8
Xiaomi is now broadening the rollout of Android 10 to the Mi 8, having begun rolling out the OS upgrade to its former flagship last month. The latest update, V22.214.171.124.QEAMIXM, weighs in at 1.9 GB and introduces a few other fixes, too.
Coronavirus may delay the mass-production of the iPhone 12 series
Rumour has it that while the coronavirus outbreak will not affect the expected September release of the iPhone 12 series, it may delay the mass-production of Apple's next flagship handsets. Slated for a June start date, the outbreak has apparently delayed Apple's development processes for the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, too.
Apple delays next iPad Pro 2020 series until Q3 2020
At the turn of the year, rumours and renders appeared online of Apple's iPad Pro 2020 series. Slated for a March release, Apple appeared to have made only minor changes from the iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 that it released in 2020. While the information originated from reputable sources, it has now come to light that the next iPad Pro series may have been delayed until Q3 2020, instead.
Xiaomi Mi 10 vs. Mi 10 Pro: Which version should you buy?
The cancellation of MWC 2020 and the coronavirus may have scuppered the release of the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, but that has not stopped Xiaomi from unveiling both in an online event. The Mi 10 Pro has stormed to the top of DxOMark too, but there are some key differences between it and the Mi 10. The Mi 10 has the edge over the Mi 10 Pro in some areas, too.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III: New lightweight camera promises to offer the world's best image stabilisation
Olympus has released the third generation of the OM-D E-M1, its popular lightweight professional camera. The company is making big promises too, with the OM-D E-M1 Mark III apparently offering world's best image stabilisation. The camera can stabilise up to 7.5 stops and includes a 20.4 MP 4/3" Live MOS sensor, along with fast autofocus and more.
Huawei Mate Xs could feature a crease-free display
While Samsung continues to dominate the foldable smartphone market, Huawei is set to release a successor to the Mate X. The Chinese company is said to be switching to using an ultra-thin glass for its next foldable too, a change that may do away with the crease that affects the likes of the Galaxy Z Flip and Moto Razr.
Nikon D6: Setting new standards for autofocus performance
Even after the introduction of the Z series, Nikon continues to improve its SLR cameras. The company's latest attempt is the D6, a camera that it promises sets new performance standards. The Nikon D6 comes with a range of features that should please professional photographers, too.
Lenovo Legion teases its first gaming phone, a smartphone powered by a Snapdragon 865
It has been over a year since Razer last released a gaming phone, with plenty of other OEMs stepping into the fold in the meantime. Now, Lenovo has dropped hints that it too will bring a gaming phone to market this year. Naturally, the device will be marketed under the company's Legion division, and with a Snapdragon 865 SoC in tow too.
Adafruit Clue: An affordable Arduino-alternative that comes with an IPS display and several sensors
Adafruit has announced the Adafruit Clue, a new developer board that has a built-in display, along with several sensors. The board supports Bluetooth LE too, along with 2 MB of internal flash storage.
Huawei FreeBuds 3: AirPods-competitors are now available in a striking new colour
Huawei is now offering the FreeBuds 3 in a new colour. The eye-catching variant continues to offer Active Noise Canceling (ANC) and is now available to purchase in various countries.
Windows 12 Lite: This Linux distribution doesn't care about copyright
No, Microsoft has not released a new or slimmed-down operating system. Instead, Windows 12 Lite is a Linux distribution that, according to its developers, is superior to Windows 10 "in every respect". Someone is even selling physical install discs of the dodgy Linux distribution, too.
YHE BP Doctor: A new AMOLED smartwatch that measures blood pressure, oxygen saturation and heart rate variability
The YHE BP Doctor is a new smartwatch that can measure blood pressure, along with oxygen saturation levels and heart rate variability. All this functionality should make the YHE BP Doctor capable of providing important information about your own health.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is in line for a big OTA update
The wait for Android 10 on the Redmi Note 8 Pro continues, as does a Widevine DRM L1 fix. While the former remains an unknown quantity, the latter is apparently now in sight. Owners of the Redmi Note 8 Pro must wait at least another month or so before the next OTA update, though.
OnePlus 8 Pro: Another leak confirms iterative design, ToF camera, 4,500 mAh battery and 50 W charging for OnePlus' next flagship
OnePlus' flagship smartphones are expected in late March or early April. Many supposed technical details and specs for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro cell phones have already made the rounds. A new leak is said to confirm the design and some specs of the OnePlus 8 Pro.
Fail: Sony stops Android 10 rollout for the Xperia XZ2 & XZ3 because of multiple bugs
Sony took a few months to prepare the release of Android 10 for its latest set of smartphones. Apparently, it did not take long enough as people have been complaining of experiencing a multitude of bugs. The situation is so dire that Sony has ceased the rollout of Google's latest OS to the likes of the Xperia XZ2 and XZ3.
Apple iPhone SE 2: Evidence shows that Apple's next "budget" US$399 smartphone will be called the iPhone 9
Apple's next budget handset may have already entered mass-production, but there is still no consensus about what it will be called. While there has been plenty of talk about whether the device will arrive as the iPhone 9 or the iPhone SE 2, leaked photos from a Korea Telecom store may have settled the debate.
Xiaomi gives fans hope about Android 10 for the Mi A3
The Mi A3 should be in line to receive Android 10, with a mid-February release date previously being touted. The company has informed some fans that the OS upgrade may arrive later this week, but we would not guarantee it. On the contrary, Android 10 may be delayed until the end of February, instead.
Xiaomi gives the Redmi 8A another go with the Redmi 8A Dual
Colour us disappointed. Redmi had been hyping up its next smartphone, only to release a tweaked Redmi 8A. Sadly, the device thought to be the Redmi 9A is actually the Redmi 8A Dual. All Xiaomi has added is a textured back panel, an improved primary rear-facing camera and, as its name suggests, a secondary sensor.
Tools available: Windows 10 runs on the Raspberry Pi 4, huge progress made with the Pi 3
While porting Windows 10 to the Raspberry Pi 3 has proven troublesome, the situation with its successor is much better. There is still little productive use for Microsoft's latest OS on the Raspberry Pi 4 yet, though.
Xiaomi showcases Mi 10 camera samples as it confirms MWC 2020 attendance
Xiaomi will still be attending MWC 2020 in Barcelona at the end of the month, where it will globally unveil the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. The company has promised to take precautions against the proliferation of the coronavirus, the reason for the likes of Sony bowing out of this year's conference. CEO Lei Jun has been showing off some official camera samples for the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro ahead of their Chinese launch this Thursday, too.
Eve announces Tiger Lake-powered Eve V successor amid continued claims of historic Eve-tech unfulfilled orders
Eve, or rather Eve Distribution as it has been called since late last year, has announced its next 2-in-1. Called Version 2.0 for the time being, the company is promising to deliver a Tiger Lake-powered 2-in-1 that will improve upon the original Eve V without abandoning its Surface Pro-esque design. Claims of unfulfilled orders and refund refusals continue to dog the company, though.
Xiaomi extends Android 10 release for the Mi 9T and Redmi K20 after pulling initial build
The upgrade to Android 10 did not go as planned for some Mi 9T and Redmi K20 handsets, with multiple people reporting high battery drain affecting their devices. While there was a workaround, Xiaomi pulled the build to address other bugs too. Now, the company has restarted the rollout of Android 10 builds of MIUI 11, although you may not notice the difference.
MSI Alpha 15: High power consumption and short battery life plague MSI's latest mid-range gaming laptop
The all-AMD affair of the Ryzen 7 3750H and Radeon RX 5500M certainly provides a powerful base on which to play the latest triple-A games, but the MSI Alpha 15 falls short of expectations in other areas. The device not only runs loudly but it also has incredibly short battery life. If you can survive 36 dB(A) fans when idling and around 4 hours battery life between charges, then the MSI Alpha 15 is a good option for those after a mid-range gaming laptop.
Are you having issues with Android 10 on your Mi Mix 2S? You may not be alone
Xiaomi finally brought the Mi Mix 2S onto Android 10 builds of MIUI 11 last month, with the update introducing several fixes too. However, the upgrade has caused issues for some people, and appears to have left a pressing concern untouched.
Detailed evidence of AMD's first post-Navi GPU appears online sporting 32 GB of HBM2 memory
AMD is set to take the fight to NVIDIA later this year with Big Navi, a set of GPUs that will propel it into 4K and UHD high-end gaming. Following the leak of the AMD MI100 yesterday, TechPowerUp has now gotten its hands on the BIOS of AMD's first post-Navi GPU. Do not get your hopes up for it being a consumer card, though.
iPhone SE 2: Mid-March launch date confirmed and fresh rumours about Apple's next budget smartphone featuring a larger display than the iPhone 8
Rumours about the iPhone SE 2 have been flying around for ages, with Apple now apparently set on releasing its next budget smartphone in mid-March. No fixed date has yet been offered but there is talk of the device, which may be sold as the iPhone 9, featuring a larger display than the iPhone 8. It may not reach 5.4-inch levels though, as has previously been claimed.
Android 10 edges nearer for the LG G7 ThinQ
Fancy trying Android 10 a few months early on the G7 ThinQ? Well, you soon can, although there are caveats. LG has even published the device's Android 10 kernel source code, a good sign that the OS upgrade is on its way to seeing a stable release.
Xiaomi takes cues from Samsung and Huawei with the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro in leaked promotional posters
Xiaomi is hoping to set the world alight this week with the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, its latest flagship smartphones. The two devices will sport not only the hyper-curved display of recent Huawei flagships, but will also pack the latest Snapdragon 865 SoC, a 108 MP camera, a 50x zoom lens, LPDDR5 RAM and a whopping 5,250 mAh battery. Expect Xiaomi to undercut its competitors on price, too.
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK Laptop Review: A mid-range and power-hungry gaming laptop
The all-AMD team in the Alpha 15 runs all current games smoothly onto the device's matte, FHD, IPS, 144 Hz and FreeSync compatible 15.6-inch screen. However, its comparatively high power requirements take their toll.
Lenovo ThinkBook 15: A budget Comet Lake office laptop that falls short of expectations
Lenovo prices the ThinkBook 15 at around US$870 for the new entry-level Intel Comet Lake variant. The Core i5-10210U-powered device also comes with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD, along with a 15.6-inch 1080p display. While that all sounds promising in theory, the device cannot get the most from its quad-core CPU.
Raspberry Pi: New accessories bring battery operation or more security to the developer board
Two new accessories for the Raspberry Pi are providing even possibilities for the already popular single-board computer. The Gumstix Raspberry Pi Battery Pack, as its name implies, allows a Raspberry Pi to be run off two AA batteries, for example, while the MKR Module makes the board's GPIO ports safer to use.
Samsung Gear S2: New update improves battery life and UI
After over four years since its release, Samsung is still supplying the Gear S2 smartwatch with software updates. The latest set not only offers significant battery life improvements but also deliver an improved and clean-looking UI.
Fallout 76: Wastelanders - Bethesda shares new trailer and confirms release date
Bethesda has finally announced when Fallout 76 players will receive Wastelanders, a free expansion for the game. The post-apocalyptic title will be extended on April 7 for all platforms, with the expansion featuring a host of new content. The release of Wastelanders coincides with the game finally reaching Steam too, but there are some caveats.
Evidence of AMD-powered Apple hardware appears in macOS 10.15.4 beta 1
With macOS 10.15.4 due to arrive in March, a month when Apple typically refreshes some of its portfolio, people have been scouring the beta 1 build to unearth any hardware-related clues. One leaker has spotted a ton of references to AMD APU and GPUs, in what may be the first hint of an AMD-powered MacBook Pro being in development.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro will feature at least 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM
Xiaomi has already offered a taste of the cameras in the Mi 10 Pro, and now the company has also confirmed other features about the Mi 10 series. The Chinese company will reserve premium features for only the Mi 10 Pro either, with the regular Mi 10 set to have bragging rights over the Galaxy S20 series in at least one area, too.
Xiaomi to launch the Redmi 9a next week featuring a 5,000 mAh battery and dual cameras
Thinking about buying the Redmi 8a? Well, Xiaomi company executives are dropping heavy hints that a successor is already in the works, and it could be arriving as soon as next week. Better still, the device, likely called the Redmi 9a, will retain the 5,000 mAh battery of its predecessor while adding a second camera. A Redmi-branded powerbank may be in the offing too.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro impresses with 108 MP, 10x zoom and video camera samples
While Xiaomi may unveil the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro during an online-only event, company VP Lu Weibing has been sharing the camera capabilities of the upcoming flagships. A 108 MP main sensor paired with a 10x zoom camera and a Snapdragon 865 all for less than US$500?
An AMD Ryzen 9 4900U? Is AMD planning another 8 core APU for laptops?
Thought you knew what AMD was planning for its Renoir processors? Better known as the Ryzen 4000 series, AMD has already confirmed Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 4000U SKUs. However, there is now evidence of there being a Ryzen 9 chip, specifically the Ryzen 9 4900U. A mere typo, perhaps? Well, that seems unlikely too.
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 Laptop Review: An affordable office device with a Comet Lake processor
The ThinkBook range is the link between the ThinkPad and IdeaPad series. The inexpensive entry-level laptop should not only convince home users, though. In this review, we will clarify whether the ThinkBook 15 can master everyday office life.
HardROCK64: A new and affordable Raspberry Pi alternative with a six-core processor and multiple ports
With the HardROCK64, Pine64 has brought a new single-board computer (SBC) to the table to take on the Raspberry Pi. The new SBC features a 6-core processor, numerous connections, up to 4 GB of RAM and all for the princely sum of US$35.
Sania Box: An add-on-board kit for experimenting with the Raspberry Pi 3 or Pi 4
The Sania Box is an embedded computer kit designed for the Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 4, specifically to develop STEM skills for children. The box comes with numerous components and is intended to make it easier for children to get into making projects with single-board computers.
Thousands sign petition in response to news that the Huawei Nova 3i will not receive EMUI 10
While many other Kirin 710-powered smartphones have now received EMUI 10 and Android 10, Huawei has frozen out the Nova 3i. The official confirmation that the device will not be getting a second OS upgrade has clearly irked some fans and owners of the handset, with thousands joining forces to demand that EMUI 10 reaches the Nova 3i.
iPhone SE 2: New renders offer a look at Apple's rumoured next budget smartphone in an array of colours
With mass-production of the iPhone SE 2 rumoured to start in the next week or two, a popular YouTube channel has produced a new set of renders show what the device could look like. Combining the design of the iPhone 8 with new colourways, the iPhone SE 2 could be a blend of past and present Apple hardware.
OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro appear on Amazon
OnePlus is preparing to launch its next-generation flagship smartphones, specifically the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. While there have been a few reports speculating about the design of OnePlus' upcoming devices, we now have official confirmation that the phones exist.
No Nintendo Direct this week, but two could occur before the end of the month
Rumour has it that Nintendo is not planning to host a new Nintendo Direct next week, despite claims that there would be two this month. While the first is supposedly about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the second may be about some unannounced Nintendo Switch games.
Huawei gives fans hope that the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro will receive EMUI 10 and Android 10
While there have been complaints about how quickly LG and Samsung drop support for their former smartphones, Huawei may be treating to its older handsets differently. The company has now given fans hope that the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro will receive Android 10 courtesy of EMUI 10, which would be their third OS upgrade since they were unveiled in November 2016. Better still, they will retain Google Mobile Services functionality, too.
Ntablet: A tablet that comes with an interchangeable processor and that should also appeal to Raspberry Pi hobbyists
Ntablet has announced its eponymous open-source tablet, a device that supports Android and Linux. The Ntablet can be connected to external sensors and actuators, while it even has a replaceable processor.
The Witcher Calculator: This is how long it takes to get through all the books and games in the series
After the success of The Witcher series on Netflix, you may want to dive deeper into the universe around Geralt von Riva. However, where should you start? Well, a fan of the series has now created an online calculator that not only calculates how many months to plan, but also the optimal order in which to plough through everything The Witcher.
Farming Simulator 19 is now free to download and keep forever
For a short time, the popular Farming Simulator 19 can be downloaded completely free of charge. Better still, it can be kept forever. With over 300 true-to-life vehicles, you can try out one of Germany's most popular PC games as a modern farmer.
Nokia may only bring mid-range smartphones to MWC 2020 on February 23
Rumour has it that Nokia, or rather HMD Global, will unveil new smartphones at MWC 2020 later this month. Inconveniently, the event will occur on February 23, one day before MWC 2020 begins in Barcelona. New mid-range handsets and an Android-powered feature phone may be on the agenda, with the rumoured 9.2 PureView not due to appear until later in the year.
Pablo Escobar's brother announces the Escobar Fold 2 amid claims that Escobar Inc is scamming buyers of the Fold 1
Following on from the Escobar Fold 1, Pablo Escobar's brother has unveiled the Fold 2, another inexpensive foldable smartphone by Escobar Inc. The Fold 2 starts at US$399 for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and up to 512 GB of storage, although Escobar Inc has admitted that the device is a Samsung Galaxy Fold replica. The announcement coincides with reports of Escobar Inc failing to deliver Escobar Fold 1 units and refusing to issue refunds among other red flags, though.
No Android 10 update for your Redmi Note 8 Pro? You're not alone
Xiaomi may have started rolling out Android 10 to the Redmi Note 8 Pro, but there are probably many of you out there that are still running Android 9.0 Pie builds of MIUI 11 on your device. Without official confirmation, it seems that many Redmi Note 8 Pro owners are being left in the dark about when their device will receive Android 10.
AMD confirms disappointing Radeon RX 5700M and RX 5600M specifications
AMD informed the world at CES 2020 that the Radeon RX 5700M and RX 5600M would be arriving in laptops in 1H 2020, but offered nothing in the way of other details about its flagship laptop GPUs. Now, the company has confirmed that both will feature 2,304 stream processors, 36 compute units and GDDR6 VRAM. There is a caveat with the latter though, and it could hand an advantage to NVIDIA. In short, AMD could have blown it with the Radeon RX 5700M and RX 5600M before they even come to market.
iPhone SE 2: Apple's next budget smartphone expected to sell over 30 million units as trial production run begins
The iPhone SE 2 will arrive as soon as next month, according to the latest round of rumours. Analysts predict that the budget smartphone, expected to retail for around US$399, will sell over 30 million units too. The SE 2, which Apple may market as the iPhone 9, has also entered a trial production run ahead of mass production later this month.
AMD to offer up to three games and 3 months of Xbox Game Pass for PC with Radeon RX 5000 series purchases
Fancy a new graphics card? Well, AMD is looking to tempt people in with up to three games and 3 months of Xbox Game Pass for PC with Radeon RX 5000 series purchases. The RX 5500 XT, RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT are included in the offer, as are older cards like the Radeon VII, along with the RX 500 and RX Vega series.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note 3 can now be upgraded to Android 10
While Samsung has adopted a two OS update policy for years, there are still ways of getting new versions of Android on older handsets. The Galaxy S8 and Note 8 are more recent examples of this, but so are the much older Galaxy S II, or Galaxy S2 as it is more commonly known, and the Galaxy Note 3.
The Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra do not exist, according to Samsung
It has almost become a given that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra next week at Galaxy UNPACKED. However, the South Korean company has had its say on the matter, and it contradicts the foundations of what we know about its next flagships.
NVIDIA will introduce at least six new GeForce GTX and RTX laptop GPUs next month
Contrary to recent reports, NVIDIA is planning to bring at least six new laptop GPUs to market next month. The refresh is not straightforward either, with there being two RTX 2070 SKUs and possibly a non-SUPER version of the RTX 2060.
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite appears on Geekbench running Android 10
Several instances of the Mi A2 Lite running Android 10 have appeared on Geekbench. Android 10 is likely the last OS upgrade that the Android One device will receive, having been released running Android 8.1 Oreo.
Comet Lake-H will be another 14 nm refresh, not a move to 10 nm, and here's why
Talk about Intel Comet Lake-H, and confirmation of certain SKUs arriving by the end of March, has prompted speculation about what dies Intel will use for the successors to the Coffee Lake-H Refresh architecture. While some have speculated that Comet Lake-H will mark a move to Intel's 10 nm process, all signs point to it being another 14 nm refresh.
Bad news about that Nintendo Switch Pro, folks
Nintendo has dealt a blow for those who were hoping to see the company release a new Nintendo Switch this year. While it does not preclude Nintendo from bringing a Pro SKU of the console to market in the near future, you can rule out it arriving before the end of the year.
Evidence of at least six Comet Lake-H processors appear online with Intel throwing its naming scheme out the window
Following on from the Core i5-10300H earlier this week, two other Comet Lake-H processors have now been confirmed as arriving in March. However, at least three other new H-series chips have arrived online, too. One confirmed arrival seems at odds with Intel naming scheme for the H-series, but that is not the strangest thing about it.
Canon EOS R5 and R6 leaks do the rounds
Rumours about Canon releasing new mirrorless full-frame cameras are bubbling under, with the Japanese company apparently set to release three EOS R devices. The EOS RS has taken the lead on rumours so far, but new leaks about the EOS R5 and EOS R6 are fuelling speculation that Canon is planning to overhaul its EOS R range.
LibreRouter: An open-source router that offers GPIO pins in a Raspberry Pi form factor
The LibreRouter is a new router based on OpenWrt and LibreMesh. The device should offer better configuration options than its peers, in part because it is an open-source project.
Honor MagicWatch 2: Amazon starts selling Honor's new smartwatch for ~US$210
The Honor MagicWatch 2 is now available to purchase on Amazon, with prices starting at ~US$210. The 46 mm smartwatch is available on Amazon DE and Amazon UK, with Honor promising up to fourteen days battery life for the device.
Caviar Cyberphone: An iPhone and Cybertruck mashup that costs over US$18,000
Caviar, a company known for offering elaborately-customised smartphones, has announced the Cyberphone, an US$18,000 version of the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max. As its name suggests, Caviar has taken the design of the Tesla Cybertruck and morphed it into a smartphone. Because why not, right?
Microsoft Surface Go 2 appears on 3DMark powered by an Intel Core m3-8100Y with an LTE option
Another Surface product that could be receiving a refresh this year is the Surface Go, according to another round of 3DMark listings. The Surface Go 2 with an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor would offer a decent performance boost over the current Pentium Gold-powered Surface Go, while 3DMark shows that an LTE SKU could be on the cards too.
Evidence of an Intel Core i7-10710U and Xe DG1 GPU-powered laptop appears on Geekbench
While CES 2020 showed us the in-game potential of a Tiger Lake and Xe DG1-powered laptop, another X1 DG1 product seemingly went under the radar. Now, that possible product has been spotted on Geekbench, hinting at a twin-track approach by Intel to take on AMD and NVIDIA in the laptop GPU market.
Indications of a Microsoft Surface Book 3 with a Tiger Lake or 28 W Core i7-1068G7 processor and an NVIDIA GPU appear on Geekbench
The Surface Book 3 may have appeared on 3DMark yesterday sporting an Intel Core i7-1065G7 and NVIDIA Max-Q GPUs, but the same leaker has uncovered what could be more powerful models. These SKUs retain the same Max-Q GPU, but eschew the 15 W Core i7-1065G7 for the 28 W Core i7-1068G7 and possibly even a Tiger Lake-U CPU.
Camera specifications of Sony's next flagship detailed ahead of MWC release
Sony has already confirmed that it will be unveiling new Xperia handsets at MWC 2020 in Barcelona next month, with a previous rumour claiming that one will be the world's first 5G and 4K OLED smartphone. Now, a new leak claims that the device, possibly the Xperia 1.1, will feature five rear-facing cameras with claims of f/1.5 apertures and 64 MP sensors being touted.
Official XPS 13 9300 specifications are at odds with Dell's claim of it being thinner and lighter than its predecessor
Is the XPS 13 9300 thinner and lighter than the XPS 13 7390? Well, Dell seems to think so at least, even though its product listings state otherwise. Confused? So are we. Update: Dell has clarified that it has changed how it measures the thickness of its laptops. Accordingly, the XPS 13 9300 is 1 mm thinner than its predecessor.
Android 10 goes global for the Mate 20 Lite as Huawei releases EMUI 10 worldwide
The Mate 20 Lite may share its name with two of Huawei's former flagships, but the mid-range handset has not been afforded the same software support as the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. While the latter two received EMUI 10 globally in November, the Mate 20 Lite has spent the last two months on EMUI 9.1. Owners of the Mate 20 Lite may have now started seeing notifications to upgrade to EMUI 10 and Android 10, though.
Chuwi HeroBook Pro: New version of the MacBook clone available for US$259
Chuwi has released a new version of the HeroBook Pro, its affordable imitation of the Apple MacBook. The new model is clearly more powerful than its predecessor with its improved processor and more RAM, but without any uplift in price.
Xiaomi confirms that the Mi A2 Lite will receive Android 10 after all
Xiaomi has seemingly been toing and froing about whether to bring Android 10 to the Mi A2 Lite, despite it being an Android One handset. Now, the company has cleared up confusion about the update, although a timescale for its release remains out of reach.
Chuwi Hi10 X: An affordable 2-in-1 trying to take on the Surface Pro for US$200
Chuwi has launched its latest 2-in1 tablet, the Hi10 X. The tablet is aiming to tempt people in with its affordable pricing and its metal unibody design, along with dual USB Type-C ports and a detachable keyboard dock.
Evidence of Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro specifications appear online with a Snapdragon 865, 16 GB of RAM and a 5,250 mAh battery
News about new Xiaomi smartphones has been a bit quiet recently, what with the arrival of the POCO X2 and all. The Mi 10 series may arrive as early as February 14, though. Ahead of that rumoured release date, several leakers have posted a screenshot purporting to show specifications of the Mi 10 Pro in what would make for an excellent successor to the Mi 9.
The Galaxy S8 and Note 8 can now be upgraded to Android 10
The Galaxy S8 and Note 8 may now be two generations old, but they are still mighty powerful smartphones. Although they have started life on Android Nougat too, both can now be upgraded to Android 10. The Exynos 8895 and Snapdragon 835 should be well-suited for running Google's latest OS, too.
Microsoft Surface Book 3 appears on 3DMark powered by an Intel Core i7-1065G7 and NVIDIA Max-Q GPUs
Microsoft might be releasing the Surface Duo and Surface Neo later this year, but a Surface Book 3 could be in development too. Two devices that would fit the description have now appeared on 3DMark, which suggest that the Surface Book 3 will come with Intel Ice Lake processors and a choice of NVIDIA Max-Q GPUs.
The Galaxy Z Flip may be what the Motorola Razr 2019 should have been, but it is still a waste of money
Is 2020 the year when foldables go mainstream? Probably not, but it is likely the dawn on mainstream OEMs releasing foldable smartphones en-masse, albeit at ludicrous prices. The Galaxy Z Flip may seem better value than the Motorola Razr 2019 on paper, but it is still a waste of money.
Xiaomi confounds fans with latest news about the Mi A3
The Mi A3 is not due to receive Android 10 until next month, right? Not so, according to Xiaomi. The company has informed fans that the OS upgrade is live and rolling out to handsets now. There appears to be no evidence of this being the case, though.
3DMark leaks fuel theories that an Xbox Series S/Lockhart console is in development
Microsoft has already confirmed that it will be releasing the Xbox Series X later this year, but there has been talk of the company having another lower-end next-gen console in development too. Now, _rogame has spotted some mysterious 3DMark listings of an AMD Ryzen APU that could be a glimpse at Microsoft's cheaper next-gen offering.
Redmi Note 8 Pro: Do not buy Xiaomi's mid-range handset for its cameras
The Redmi Note 8 Pro may come in a host of enticing colours, but its 64 MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 rear-facing camera leaves plenty to be desired. We found the Note 8 Pro wanting in low-light conditions, with shortcomings in other areas like dynamic range and colour balance. Camera experts agree, too.
Samsung confuses Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus owners with latest One UI update
In what may well be a u-turn, Samsung has started releasing One UI 2.0 to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. The Android 10 update may be the last OS that the two devices receive, but it is better than having to wait another month or two, right?
New Leak reveals the exorbitant pricing of the Galaxy Z Flip
A new leak has revealed just how expensive the Galaxy Z Flip will be. Those who were expecting Samsung to release a more reasonably-priced foldable smartphone will be left disappointed, with the Galaxy Z Flip set to be pricier than even the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
iPhone SE 2: New leak reaffirms the outdated design of Apple's next budget smartphone
Were you hoping that the iPhone SE 2 would be a more compact version of the iPhone 11? Well, Apple may be returning to the design of the iPhone 8 after all, according to Evan Blass. The outbreak of the coronavirus may affect mass-production of what might become the iPhone 9 too, according to Bloomberg.
Initial benchmarks reveal what the NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER will bring to laptops later this year
The RTX 20 SUPER refresh for laptops is right around the corner, and initial benchmarks show what the RTX 2070 SUPER could offer. The card, which will NVIDIA's third most-powerful laptop GPU of 2020, offers up to 10% better performance the current RTX 2070 and will launch on March 16 alongside the rest of the company's refreshed roster.
Android 10 builds of MIUI 11 may cause high battery drain on the Xiaomi Mi 9T and Redmi K20, but there is a workaround
Xiaomi's latest build of MIUI 11 for the Mi 9T and Redmi K20 may be re-issue Android 10 to both devices, but there have also been reports of the update causing heavy battery drain for some handsets. There is a workaround though, with some Xiaomi software potentially being at fault.
The Core i5-10300H shows that Intel keeps flogging the dead horse that is its 14 nm process
2020 marks the sixth year of Intel's 14 nm process, and the fifth for its 14 nm H-series chips. The Core i5-10300H will be one of Intel's Comet Lake-H chips, and a new independent benchmark result for the quad-core chip underlines why Intel desperately needs to move on from 14 nm.
POCO caught using Pocophone F1 imagery to advertise the POCO X2
POCO may have confirmed the arrival of the POCO X2, but it has been caught using images of the Pocophone F1 to advertise its next device. Expected to be a modified Redmi K30, the POCO X2 will launch on February 4.
Tinker Edge T: ASUS' new Raspberry Pi-alternative focusses on AI development
ASUS has officially unveiled its next single-board computer (SBC), the Tinker Edge T. The new model should convince SBC fans with its Google Edge TPU and could be used as an alternative to a Raspberry Pi.
LG quietly rolls out a desktop mode to the V50 ThinQ
LG did the unexpected a few weeks ago by releasing Android 10 for the V50 ThinQ early, but it seems that LG UX 9.0 offers more than we had initially thought. The update brings Samsung Dex and Huawei Desktop Mode-like functionality to the V50 ThinQ, which is a welcome bonus.
The Nokia 9.2 PureView rises from the ashes of the Nokia 9.1 PureView
The Nokia 9.1 is dead, long live the Nokia 9.2. That is the latest rumour about Nokia's next flagship, which may come as no surprise. More excitingly, Nokia has ditched the Light camera technology from the Nokia 9 PureView in favour of a conventional camera setup. The Nokia 9.2 PureView will apparently arrive in 1H 2020, too.
NVIDIA takes Turing for a spin again with laptop versions of the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER and GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
NVIDIA is fleshing out its mid-range laptop GPU offerings this quarter, with the GeForce GTX 1650 and GTX 1650 Ti set to take on the AMD Radeon RX 5500M and RX 5300M. The GTX 1650 refreshes will both sport 4 GB of GDDR6 VRAM running at 12 Gbps along with up to 50 W TGP. NVIDIA looks to be basing the two cards on different GPUs, though.
Sony to announce the world's first 5G and 4K OLED smartphone at MWC 2020
As Sony looks to revitalise its Xperia sub-division this year, rumour has it that it will attempt to do so by releasing the world's first 5G and 4K OLED smartphone. The company's next flagship, supposedly called the Xperia 2, will feature a host of other flagship hardware too.
Fans petition Xiaomi as it allays fears that the Mi A2 Lite will not receive Android 10
The news that Xiaomi may not bring Android 10 to the Mi A2 Lite has clearly annoyed some people. Hundreds of people have responded by petitioning the company to do so, with representatives seemingly on hand to calm fears. Xiaomi still does not know when the Mi A2 Lite will receive its final OS upgrade, though.
Samsung fuels theories that the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus have had their One UI 2.0 and Android 10 updates rescheduled
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been eligible for beta versions of One UI 2.0, Samsung's custom version of Android 10, for months now. The arrival of Android 10 on the Galaxy Note 9 brought hope to the idea of Samsung honouring its January release schedule for the S9 series too, but that no longer appears to be the case.
Dropping like flies: LG announces its LG UX 9.0 Android 10 roadmap
Two years ago, LG promised that it would start delivering updates faster and more frequently. While 2019 largely proved a bust in that regard, the company has already started pushing Android 10 to the V50 ThinQ. Now, the company has announced its Android 10 roadmap, and who knew that promising to deliver updates in a more timely manner also meant ditching most of your current portfolio.
Android 10 update doubles gaming performance for the Pocophone F1
Xiaomi may have taken its time in delivering Android 10 to the Pocophone F1, but the OS upgrade apparently brings more than just minor changes to the device. Some people are even claiming that the update brings drastically improved gaming performance, which would be a boon for the almost eighteen-month-old handset.
Xiaomi fuels speculation that it has binned the Mi A2 Lite after just one OS upgrade
Xiaomi launched the Mi A2 Lite in mid-2018 running Android One, making it eligible for at least one more OS upgrade. However, the company has now sparked talk online about whether the device will even receive Android 10, with it seemingly relegating it to just security patch updates, instead.
POCO confirms that there will be no POCO F2
POCO, now an independent brand in India, has confirmed that there will be no POCO F2. While that does not necessarily mean that there will never be a Pocophone F2, the next POCO will be something entirely different. The company has confirmed when to expect the launch of the new device, too.
Leaker fuels speculation that the OnePlus 8 Pro could support wireless charging
If Warp Charge 30T is not enough, then what? Wireless charging? Well, that is the latest speculation about the OnePlus 8 Pro, which would be the first smartphone to support the standard. Is it even necessary, though?
AMD has messed up the release of the RX 5600 XT, but it still emerges victorious over NVIDIA
Paraphrasing Radeon VP Scott Herkelman, has AMD jebaited NVIDIA again, or has it pulled one on itself this time? The Radeon RX 5600 XT may be an excellent mid-tier desktop GPU, but the manner in which AMD has released it is nothing short of laughable.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra looks worse than could have been imagined
A new day, and a new set of leaks about the Galaxy S20 series. These, as most tend to, purport to be the most accurate yet, and they do not show the S20 Ultra in a good light. Who knew that Samsung could go bigger than Google and Apple?
This is the Galaxy S20 series, and Samsung is betting big on cameras this year
Official renders of the Galaxy S20 series are here, complete with pricing and storage options. Predictably, the Galaxy S20 Ultra will be the best-equipped of the three devices in the series, with prices ranging from €899 to €1,549.
Jetson Nano: NVIDIA's developer board and powerful Raspberry Pi competitor gets a new version
NVIDIA has released a new version of the Jetson Nano, its powerful developer board. The new model variant comes with an additional connection, with NVIDIA making software improvements for the board too.
Patent publication gives rise to the idea of a Joy-Con stylus attachment for the Nintendo Switch
While talk of the Nintendo Switch lately has been about a Pro version of the console, Nintendo may have an accessory or two up its sleeve too. A new patent publication demonstrates how the company could bring stylus functionality to the Joy-Cons, but would you buy it?
NanoPi R2S: A Raspberry Pi alternative that integrates two Gigabit Ethernet ports
With the NanoPi R2S, FriendlyElec is building on the successes of its burgeoning NanoPi brand. The new single-board computer has two Ethernet ports and is based on a Rockchip SoC.
OnePlus rolls out stable OxygenOS 10.3.1 bug-crushing update for the OnePlus 6 and 6T
OnePlus has announced and started rolling out OxygenOS 10.3.1 for the OnePlus 6 and 6T. The latest stable update for the devices addresses a host of issues while also improving system and camera performance.
Xiaomi Redmi 8: Setting new standards for entry-level smartphones
The Redmi 8 is a triumph among entry-level smartphones. While it inevitably has its shortcomings, the device offers a compelling balance between price and performance on all accounts. In short, it is hard to find a sub-US$150 smartphone that offers more than the Redmi 8 does. If you have around that price to spend on your next smartphone, then the Redmi 8 would make a great purchase.
Bad news about the Pocophone F2, Poco fans
POCO has been driving speculation about a successor to the POCO F1 of late, which has stirred up hope of there being a Pocophone F2 in the offing. But, is it all that it seems? Dissecting the latest speculation suggests not, but the rebirth of POCO may be more complex than we were led to believe.
HP Pavilion 14: A powerful Ice Lake multimedia laptop with an annoying drawback
How can you ruin an Ice Lake and GeForce MX powered multimedia laptop? Well HP has managed it, and that is not the only fault we have with the Pavilion 14-ce3040ng either. All in all, its flaws mask what is an otherwise good 14-inch laptop.
Samsung prompts speculation that the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 will receive One UI 2.0 and Android 10 after all
Despite not being officially confirmed, the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 appeared to have missed the cut for upgrades to One UI 2.0, Samsung's custom version of Android 10. While some people had accepted the notion of their two-year-old handsets remaining on Android 9.0 Pie, Samsung has fuelled speculation that both could yet receive Android 10 at some point this year.