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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 V188.8.131.52.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 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.
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.
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. V184.108.40.206.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 V220.127.116.11.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 V18.104.22.168.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. V22.214.171.124 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, V126.96.36.199.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.
Woman's Galaxy S7 Edge explodes, Samsung denies any responsibility
An apparent "PR disaster has struck once again" for Samsung, after a report of a Galaxy S7 Edge handset exploding. While the owner claims that the device was unplugged from the mains at the time, Samsung denies any responsibility. A PR disaster because of one damaged three-year-old phone? Come on now.
A Ryzen 5 4600HS edition of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is on the horizon
ASUS ROG is bringing a Ryzen 5 4600HS version of the Zephyrus G14 to market, the company has confirmed. The hexacore Renoir chip will come with up to 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, an RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU and a 1 TB PCIe SSD. ASUS ROG will offer 120 Hz and 1080p or 60 Hz and 1440p panels with the device, too.
Nintendo may release a Switch Pro with a custom NVIDIA Volta GPU, but not before the end of the year
Rumour has it that Nintendo and NVIDIA are working to bring a Volta-powered Switch to market, and possibly as a Pro SKU of the console. It may not arrive before the end of the year though, and it may not live up to expectations anyway.
Apple iPhone SE 2: Mass production of Apple's US$399 "budget" smartphone to start next month ahead of March announcement
The release of the iPhone SE 2, or iPhone 9 as it may end up being called, looms. Industry sources are now claiming that Apple's next budget smartphone will enter mass production next month, according to Bloomberg, before a March unveiling.
Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro appears on Geekbench powered by a Snapdragon 865 and 8 GB of RAM
Xiaomi might be gearing up to release the Mi 10 series for the time being, but the company more than likely has the Redmi K30 Pro in the works too. The device has now posted results on Geekbench, which suggests that it will come with a Snapdragon 865 and at least 8 GB of RAM.
Huawei P40 Pro reportedly spotted on a South Korean subway
Is this the Huawei P40 Pro? Some people certainly think so, but there are conflicting reports. Huawei devices leaking on subways is not that unusual, at any rate.
Specifications of three new iPhones offered from sources within Apple's Chinese supply chain
Macotakara is back again with new rumours about upcoming iPhones, but not about the SE 2 this time. Instead, the website claims to have received information from sources about Apple's next flagships, and goes into a far amount of detail about them too.
AMD is apparently planning 80 CUs and beyond for its 2020-bound "Big Navi" GPUs
The RX 5600 XT has been well received so far, but a new rumour claims that AMD has 80 CU and beyond GPUs planned for this year. The lower-end model in what will supposedly be called the RX 6000 series will target the RTX 2080 Ti too, as AMD attempts to regain ground on NVIDIA's stranglehold of the high-end consumer GPU market.
Xiaomi Redmi 8 Smartphone Review: Xiaomi's budget phone sets new standards
Everyday usage reveals unexpectedly large differences between the Redmi 8 and its sibling, the Redmi 8A. We shall discuss below in which areas the cheap Redmi 8 improves upon the Redmi 8A and why its MSRP of 115 Euros (~$127) is worthwhile.
Android 10 shows signs of life on the Xiaomi Pocophone F1
Fancy trying out Android 10 on the Pocophone F1 early? Well now, you can courtesy of a new beta build of MIUI 11. The Pocophone F1 is the last of Xiaomi's Snapdragon 845-powered smartphones to receive Android 10, despite having been upgraded to MIUI 11 last year.
Samsung's next foldable leaks ahead of possible Galaxy UNPACKED launch
A new Galaxy foldable smartphone has been slated to arrive next month at Galaxy UNPACKED for a while now, but perhaps not one this ambitious. While previous leaks have shown a clamshell Galaxy foldable, the reality could be all the crazier than we had originally imagined.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite and Mi A3 receive disappointingly small January update
At the turn of the year, it seemed that Xiaomi would be bringing Android 10 to all its eligible Android One handsets. The Mi A3, A2 and A2 Lite were all due to receive Android 10 this month, but only one has so far. Worse still, the January update has started hitting the other two, and not as promised.
HP Pavilion 14 Laptop Review: A stylish all-rounder with a bright display
With the Pavilion 14-ce3040ng, HP is selling a 1,000-Euro (~$1,109) multimedia laptop based on Intel's brand-new Ice Lake architecture. As it turned out in our test, the 14-incher has several unnecessary quirks.
Good news about the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Samsung fans
With the next Galaxy UNPACKED event just a few weeks away, information about Samsung's Galaxy 10 successors is shaping up. One of the more divisive elements of the S20 series so far arguably has been its rear camera housing, not least because of its disorganised design. Thankfully, the reality may be slightly better thought out.
NVIDIA returns to Pascal with the GeForce MX330 and GeForce MX350
NVIDIA may be moving onto 7 nm GPUs this year, but there is still life in its old 14 nm architecture yet. The GeForce MX330 and MX350 were teased at CES 2020, and now a new driver release has unveiled their hardware IDs.
AMD sees off NVIDIA RTX 2060 price cuts with 10-15% RX 5600 XT performance boost
AMD and NVIDIA are locked in a battle for the midrange currently, with both manufacturers pulling moves to make their cards look more attractive. First we had NVIDIA, which cut the RTX 2060 by US$50, and now AMD has reportedly pushed out new firmware to AIBs to tweak their editions of the RX 5600 XT. The enhancements promise to bring up to 15% better performance and put the RX 5600 XT within spitting distance of the RX 5700.
Xiaomi Mi 10 wows in hands-on images
Following a spate of fake renders, supposedly real hands-on images of the Mi 10 have appeared online. Specifically the Mi 10 Pro 5G, the images the device with four rear-facing cameras including a 108 MP sensor, and a punch-hole front-facing camera. 65 W charging and a curved display look to be on board too, with Xiaomi set to unveil the device on February 14 at 10:00 CST (UTC +8).
Comparing the A14 Bionic to a 15-inch MacBook Pro's 6 core CPU is meaningless, and here's why
The move to 5 nm for the A14 Bionic could offer the next iPhones a huge step up in performance compared to their predecessors and their Android competitors. However, there is little comparability between it and a 15-inch MacBook Pro, as we shall discuss below.
New DualShock 5 speculation amid latest PlayStation 5 rumours
Three new rumours have appeared about the PlayStation 5, of which two are verifiable. Apparently, the DualShock 5 will not only have context-adaptive triggers but will also be backwards compatible with the PS4. The DualShock 4 will supposedly be forwards compatible with the PlayStation 5, which would probably make more sense.
LG surprises fans with its latest V50 ThinQ update
LG may still be rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the LG G6, but the company has already started moving the V50 ThinQ onto Android 10. Better yet, the South Korean company has done so ahead of schedule. Shocked? So are we.
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 may get Android 10 "by February"
The wait goes on for the Pocophone F1. The device is the last in Xiaomi's Snapdragon 845 arsenal to receive Android 10 builds of MIUI 11, and the company has been cagey about when the device will see Google's latest OS too. However, now a representative has tentatively set a date, and it might not be another month, at least.
AMD RDNA 2: New rumors allege 50% better performance than RDNA 1 with no added power consumption
If you thought that 2019 was good for graphics cards and gamers, then think again. 2020 is already shaping up to be even better than last year, with not only new consoles and RTX 3000 around the corner, but also RDNA 2. AMD's next GPU architecture will sport huge improvements over the likes of the RX 5700 series, while the work that has gone into may help the PlayStation 5 too.
Nope, this is another fake Xiaomi Mi 10 leak
The latest "leak" doing the rounds about the Xiaomi Mi 10 certainly paints the picture of an exquisite-looking device, but is it real? Despite calls to the contrary, one respected leaker of Xiaomi hardware says no. We are digging the Mi Mix Alpha vibes, though.
Do not discount the Pixel 4a XL yet: Probable new Pixel codenames appear in AOSP repository
A Pixel 4a XL may still be in the works, according to XDA Developers. The website claims to have spotted three new codenames in an AOSP repository, which may point to two new devices and potentially a development board.
NVIDIA responds to the RX 5600 XT; price cuts incoming
Is NVIDIA worried about AMD's RX product stack? Well, its latest round of price cuts would suggest so. The company has unexpectedly dropped the RTX 2060 Founders Edition from US$349, conveniently just ahead of the release of the RX 5600 XT.
LG repudiates G9 ThinQ renders
Few OEMs get involved in the work of leakers, but then LG is not just any Android OEM. The company that seems perennially behind the curve has also denounced the work on OnLeaks, specifically, his recent LG G9 ThinQ renders. This is not the first time that Ken Hong, Head of Global Corporate Communications at the company, has done so, either.
A modder has crossed Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and a GameCube WaveBird controller with amazing results
Ever fancied a wireless and a detachable set of GameCube controllers for the Nintendo Switch? Well, one modder did and they have posted their results online. An incredible amount of attention to detail has been paid to creating the GameCube Joy-Cons, with the results being an exquisite blend of the original GameCube controller and Joy-Cons.
Apple iPhone 12: 2020 iPhones to feature overhauled Face ID, ToF cameras and 6 GB of RAM
Rumours are currently floating about that Apple plans to upgrade several areas of this year's iPhones. Apparently, the iPhone 12 series will feature revamped a TrueDepth system for improved Face ID, a ToF camera and 6 GB of RAM. All necessary upgrades? How about no Lightning connector come 2021?
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro in Twilight Orange appears online, as does a dismaying update
Xiaomi only announced last week that it would be releasing a new colour variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, but people have already started posting hands-on pictures of their new devices. Twilight Orange comes with 128 GB of storage and 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM, but its release has not coincided with anything new software-wise. Instead, the move to Android 10 appears to be on hold, as Xiaomi has issued an iterative update for the device.
Huawei P40 Pro comes into view with latest renders
The P40 Pro is set to arrive in March, and possibly in five colours. The device will sport a quad-curved display, six cameras and probably 5G connectivity too. A 52 MP main rear-facing camera has been touted among other camera hardware, too.
The Xiaomi Black Shark 3 looks set to receive a next-generation display too
So, the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 will not only have 5G capabilities and 16 GB of RAM, but also a 120 Hz and 2K display? Well, that is the latest rumor about the Chinese company's next gaming smartphone, at any rate. Would 120 Hz and 2K gaming be enough to tempt you to pick up the Black Shark 3, though?
Sony confirms the arrival of new smartphones ahead of next month's conference
2020 could be a pivotal year for Sony's smartphone business, with sales having tanked over the last few years. The company is due to unveil multiple handsets this year and MWC 2020 is when we will see some of its new roster according to press invites.
The internet has been having fun with the PlayStation 5 logo
CES 2020 marked the arrival of the PlayStation 5, in logo form at least. Unsurprisingly, it looks like the one that the company used for the PS4, and the internet has reacted in particularly humourus fashion.
The P40 series is likely to be another miss for Huawei
Remember Huawei? You know, the company that released the Mate 30 Pro, the best phone that MKBHD would never recommend? Well, it is not done yet despite the lack of Google services, and the P40 series is its next set of flagships. New renders of the P40 make it look more practical than the Mate 30 Pro, but will anyone actually buy it?
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite starts the new year with an underwhelming MIUI 11 update
The Mi 8 Lite was one of the first devices that Xiaomi updated to MIUI 11 last year, with it being in the first phase of its release schedule. While most devices in Phase 1 have since received Android 10, the Mi 8 Lite remained on the older base of Android 9.0 Pie. A recently released Android 10 beta build hinted at that changing, but a new stable build may leave people feeling underwhelmed.
High-end AMD Navi GPUs appear in new trademark filing
Excited by the prospect of a high-end Navi GPU or two? Well, AMD's partners are seemingly prepping themselves for some new product releases too, with one filing trademarks for four unreleased Navi SKUs at the EEC. We discuss whether this new finding means anything or not, as the case may be.
Xiaomi falls short of expectations with confirmation of Android 10 for the Mi A3
A crisis of its own making? Last year, Xiaomi had promised that the Mi A3 would be one of the first devices in the world to receive Android 10, but even its predecessor has been graced by Google's latest OS before it has. There has at least been confirmation of when the Mi A3 will receive Android 10 now, but the date has left a sour taste in some people's mouths.
Apple iPhone SE 2: New rumour throws upcoming US$399 "budget" smartphone into doubt
If you were underwhelmed by the renders of the iPhone SE 2, then a new rumour doing the rounds may whet your appetite. How about a device the size of an iPhone 8 but with a 5.4-inch screen and Face ID, instead? Such a design would certainly look more modern than what we have seen of the iPhone SE 2 until now, at any rate.
The Pocophone F1's next update will probably contain Android 10
It has been over two months since Xiaomi last updated the Pocophone F1, with the device rocking the October 2019 Android security patch. While some people are rightfully dismayed by the lack of updates for the handsets, the next update for the Pocophone F1 looks likely to bring it onto Android 10.
Samsung extends Galaxy Note 9 One UI 2.0 rollout
The One UI 2.0 rollout for the Note 9 is well underway, with the Android 10 update slowly making its way around the world. The update is likely the last that the Note 9 will receive besides security patch updates.
Galaxy S9 receives another One UI 2.0 beta update
Samsung only just rolled out a fifth One UI 2.0 beta update to the Galaxy S9, but the company has already pressed ahead onto a sixth. The new update contains a host of fixes in what may be a final push before releasing stable One UI 2.0 updates to its former flagships.
LG is yet to finish rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the LG G6
It has been almost two years since LG opened a Software Upgrade Center to speed up the release of software upgrades. However, the South Korean company has still yet to finish bringing the LG G6 onto Android 9.0 Pie, with some people rightfully questioning whether their handset will forever remain stuck on Android Oreo, instead.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE picks up a surprising MIUI 11 update
The Mi 8 SE is seemingly one lucky smartphone. The device received MIUI 11 last year after not initially making the cut, a new update suggests it is on the verge of receiving Android 10 too.
The Galaxy S20 and S20+ are "worth looking forward to", apparently
The Russian blue cat has gone into overdrive lately about Samsung's next flagships, originally thought to be called the Galaxy S11 series. Apparently renamed the Galaxy S20 series, the top leaker has extolled another reason why we should be looking forward to the S20 and S20+.
NVIDIA may have brought forward the release of consumer Ampere GPUs
Ampere GPUs may be back on track for a Q1 2020 release, according to current rumours. Previously slated to arrive in 2H 2020, the likes of the RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti could arrive as soon as March.
New leak gives rise to the possibility of a 256 MP Xiaomi smartphone being a reality
There has been a lot of talk lately about 108 MP cameras in smartphones, but could Xiaomi have something even bigger planned? Well, that is the subject of a new leak, with a Xiaomi device having been spotted sported a monster camera sensor.
Do not be fooled by the latest round of fake Xiaomi Mi 10 leaks
The Xiaomi Mi 10 will be one of the hottest flagships of 2020, but we are willing to bet good money that it will not look like the latest round of leaks. Another leak may offer an insight into the capabilities of its SoC and GPU, though.
Lenovo IdeaPad S145-15API: AMD's Athlon 300U APU offers more performance than Intel's low cost offerings
The Lenovo IdeaPad S145-15API scores with its fast SSD, quiet fan and low temperatures. Its display and battery life are weak points, in our opinion. Its AMD Athlon 300U APU outshines Intel's alternatives too.
Lenovo IdeaPad S145-15API Laptop Review: An affordable office laptop with an AMD Athlon APU
Lenovo's 15.6-incher scores with its fast SSD, quiet fan and low temperatures. Its display and battery life are weak points, in our opinion. The laptop will not burn much of a hole in your pocket at around 300 Euros (~$334), though.
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE owners awake to another ludicrous MIUI 11 update
While we have previously argued that Xiaomi's approach to MIUI 11 is disingenuous, its latest round of updates for the Mi 9 SE borders on the farcical. While the wait for Android 10 goes on for most Mi 9 SE owners, some have already started receiving the latest version of Android on their handsets. Only a few mind you, and some may have not even realised it.
Pokémon Sword and Shield news: Game Freak to introduce 200+ Pokémon and two new locations with paid DLC
The Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass will comprise of The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, which will bring over 200 Pokémon to the games. The catch? It will set you back US$29.99.
What would you like to see in MIUI 12?
Xiaomi is yet to finish rolling out MIUI 11, but it has already started hyping up the next version of its OS. MIUI 12 is expected to arrive in Q3 2020 if the release of MIUI 11 is anything to go by, but Xiaomi is coy on the details for the time being. What would you like to see Xiaomi integrate within MIUI 12?
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 nets a larger touchscreen and global NFC functionality
The Xiaomi Mi Band range is getting another a cost-effective fitness tracker, and one that features a larger touchscreen than its predecessor. The Mi Band 5 will apparently support NFC globally too, and will launch later this year for as little as US$26.
Game Freak announces Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
Showcased today at Pokémon Direct, Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a remake of the Game Boy Advance and DS Mystery Dungeon games released between 2005 and 2008. Rescue Team DX will arrive on March 6, while a free demo is available to play now.
"Unique elements" about the PlayStation 5 leak out
The PlayStation 5 is already slated to be more powerful and have considerably faster loading times than its predecessor, but a new leak points towards the console featuring other hardware that will distinguish it from its rivals. A November 20 release and US$399 price tag have been bandied around too.
Intel Xe DG1 unveiled: A 75 W GPU with 96 execution units?
Intel shied away from revealing too much about the Xe DG1 earlier this week, but a leaked set of renders and pictures have lifted the lid on the company's upcoming GPU. Sporting a smart metal design, the DG1 will likely turn heads.
Xiaomi moves the Mi 8 onto Android 10
Xiaomi is screaming ahead with bringing Android 10 to its devices, having upgraded many to Android 9.0 Pie builds of MIUI 11 last year. The Mi 8 has now received Android 10 too, with the latest update for the device addressing a host of issues too. Update: Xiaomi has now released an Android 10-based version of V188.8.131.52 to Mi 8 too.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro grabs Android 10 update and an eye-catching new colour variant
Xiaomi is not only rolling out Android 10 to the Redmi Note 8 Pro, but the device is also receiving a fresh look. The former is available to download now, while the latter will arrive tomorrow with 128 GB of storage and 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM.
Apple iPhone SE 2: Renders of Apple's upcoming US$399 "budget" smartphone confirm iPhone 8 design
Have you been waiting for Apple to release another compact iPhone? Well, the dreams and rumours of an iPhone SE 2 have taken a step closer to reality with the publication of OnLeaks renders, an occasion that is typically a sign of a device's impending arrival. While we have moved into a new decade, the iPhone SE 2 remains rooted in the design of 2015 and 2016.
OnePlus shamelessly teases the OnePlus 8 Lite
OnePlus has seemingly teased the OnePlus 8 Lite, its rumoured next budget handset. Spotted during a talk show hosted in China, the design of a dummy version of the device matches the renders that OnLeaks and 91Mobiles published last year. The OnePlus 8 Lite is rumoured to feature a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and a Snapdragon 765G SoC among other hardware.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 finds its way onto Android 10
Xiaomi left the Mi Mix 3 on Android 9.0 Pie last year, despite upgrading it to MIUI 11 in October. While Android 10 has found its way onto the device now, there are some quirks.
The Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact, XZ2 Premium and XZ3 join the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 on Android 10
Sony may have abandoned the XZ1 series, but it has delivered on its promise to bring Android 10 to more of its recent devices. The Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact, XZ2 Premium and XZ3 now all join the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 on Android 10, with the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus likely following suit before the end of this quarter.
Oxygen OS 10.3.0 breaks notch-hiding feature for the OnePlus 6 and 6T, but there is a workaround
Oxygen OS 10.3.0 addressed multiple issues for the OnePlus 6 and 6T, but it also broke the notch hiding feature that had been present in Android 9.0 Pie builds. While OnePlus is yet to fix the problem, there is a workaround that may do the trick.
Top leaker outs the Xperia 5 Plus, Sony's next flagship smartphone
CES 2020 remains underway, but that has not stopped OnLeaks from leaking Sony's next flagship smartphone. Potentially called the Xperia 5 Plus, referred to as the Xperia 5.1 in previous rumours, features a 6.6-inch OLED display that retains the 21:9 aspect ratio of last year's Xperia 5. The Xperia 5 Plus looks like a svelte flagship in our opinion, but what do you think?
The Xiaomi Redmi K20 & Mi 9T snag Android 10 update
Have you been waiting for Android 10 to reach your Redmi K20 or Mi 9T? Well, the wait is over, as a new MIUI 11 build based on Android 10 has started rolling out globally. The 2.2 GB build brings other fixes and changes to both handsets too.
iPad Pro 2020: Renders give a glimpse of two Q1 2020-bound tablets
It has been a while since Apple released a new iPad Pro series, with the Cupertino-based company unveiling its third-generation models in October 2018. It seems that Apple is sticking with its 15-month refresh cycle though, and @OnLeaks is on hand with some detailed renders of this year's editions.
First bezel-less Sony Xperia smartphone with a punch-hole display possibly arriving next month
There have already been rumours about Sony's next Xperia handsets, which are due to start arriving as early as next month at MWC 2020. We may have been given a glimpse at the design of some Sony next Xperia smartphones courtesy of LetsGoDigital and a recent patent published on the WIPO Global Design Database too.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019): A budget tablet that disappoints in many ways
Our recent review of the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) revealed some weak points about Samsung's latest budget tablet. In particular, the performance of its SoC is not up to scratch and holds back the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) in daily use.
Lenovo upgrades the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad X1 Yoga to Comet Lake processors
A new year and a new ThinkPad X1 lineup. Lenovo has given the X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga a Comet Lake U refresh, along with other treats for display and keyboard fans too. The X1 Carbon Gen 8 and X1 Yoga Gen 5 will be available worldwide from US$1,499 and US$1,599.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) Tablet Review: A budget Samsung tablet with great deficiencies
The Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) is a compact Android tablet in the entry-level price segment. However, its affordable pricing means that Samsung has had to make some compromises. You can find out which these are in our review of the Galaxy Tab A 8.0.
Xiaomi executive hints at "more from Poco" next year
Are you still hoping for a successor to the Pocophone F1? Well, one may be arriving sooner rather than later, according to one Xiaomi executive. 2020 may be the year of Poco, after all.
XONE 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Dock Hands-On Review
AirPower on the cheap. Ocean Digital is looking to do with the XONE what Apple failed to do with the AirPower. But how does the Chinese company's 3-in-1 wireless charger shape up? The XONE comes with modular accessories too, but there are some trade-offs. The 3-in-1 wireless charger is available to order on Kickstarter now from US$49.
EA brings the legendary Wake Island to Battlefield V
Stuck for what to do this Christmas? How about playing the classic Wake Island, but reimagined for Battlefield V? The map is twice the size of the one from the days of Battlefield 1942, and rounds of Chapter 5: War in the Pacific.
Android 10 nears for the Xiaomi Pocophone F1
The Pocophone F1 received MIUI 11 in October, but remains stuck on Android 9.0 Pie builds of Xiaomi's OS. While some people are seemingly getting more frustrated at the time it has taken for Xiaomi to bring Android 10 to its former flagship, it seems that the OS upgrade is nearing a stable release.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio - An expensive take on the RTX 2080 Ti
The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio is more than just a mouthful. The TU102-powered card comes factory overclocked, with three axial fans and takes up three PCIe slots. MSI may have a hard time selling it though, as its US$1,250 price tag may have people looking at cheaper RTX 2080 Ti alternatives.
High-End Smartphone Camera Comparison: DxOMark for smartphones is just not relevant for everyday life
We analyze the camera quality of the current smartphone elite. The Google Pixel 4, Huawei Mate 30 Pro, OnePlus 7T Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ are all fantastic smartphones, as is the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 with its 108 MP primary rear-facing camera. Read on to discover the differences in camera quality between these five smartphones in this extensive camera comparison.
The Redmi K20 and K20 Pro receive a surprising update
Unable to stream Amazon Prime in HD since their release earlier this year, the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro are no longer stuck in the mire of standard definition. While Xiaomi stated in October that it was working to address the issue, it seems that the fault may have lay at Amazon's door instead.
Disappointed by the Redmi K30? Well, the K30 Pro does not look much better
Were you disappointed by the Redmi K30? Well, if you were after a more powerful SoC and more RAM, then the K30 Pro will probably do nicely for you. However, if you were holding out for a better screen or improved cameras, then the awaited successor to the K20 Pro may leave you feeling underwhelmed.
Android 10 edges nearer for the Samsung Galaxy S9 as One UI 2.0 enters its third beta
The new build, which contains the January 1, 2020, security patch, brings Android 10 one step closer for Samsung's soon to be two-generations old flagship. The third One UI 2.0 beta should be rolling out to enrolled handsets globally within the next few days.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio Desktop GPU Review: The fastest GeForce graphics card around
The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti continues to sit atop of NVIDIA's RTX 20 product stack, despite the company already having given the rest of the series a facelift. We put the RTX 2080 Ti through its paces in this MSI form to see how the card performs and how it compares against other high-end GPUs.
The OnePlus 6 and 6T receive display notch hiding feature and other fixes in latest stable and beta builds
OnePlus took its time on finalising the Android 10 update for the OnePlus 6 and 6T, having pulled the initial Oxygen OS 10 build for both handsets because of various bugs. However, the company has now raced ahead with issuing a fresh stable build for the two devices just a day after announcing a new Open Beta. Both builds bring the OnePlus 6 and 6T up to the November security patch and add a notch hiding feature, among other changes. While OnePlus stresses that the rollout of the stable build, Oxygen OS 10.3.0, will be gradual, Open Beta 3 is available to download now.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: The forgotten and imperfect flagship
One of Huawei's primary aims with the Mate 30 Pro is to revolutionise videography among smartphones. While the largest camera sensor in any smartphone may help the Mate 30 Pro achieve this, Huawei's latest flagship may not be the best choice for most people. We are not even talking about the absence of Google Play Services, either.
Gigabyte confirms that the RX 5600 XT is still on the cards
The Radeon RX 5500 XT may have just arrived, but do not forget that AMD is unleashing another mid-range in a few months. Expected to rear its head at CES next month, little is currently known about the RX 5600 XT, but Gigabyte has already confirmed its existence.
Sony WH-1000XM4: Mediatek based and a June 2020 release for Sony's next wireless noise-cancelling headphones?
Have you been undecided about which pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones to buy this Christmas? While the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 and the Sony WH-1000XM3 are currently some of the most options on the market, it appears that Sony has another top-tier pair of WH-1000XM headphones in the works. The WH-1000XM4 are expected to arrive at CES 2020, although we would not rule out a June 2020 release date yet, either.
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite could be Samsung's new midrange colossus, as official photos appear online
Roland Quandt of WinFuture has all but confirmed the existence of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite, having published a slew of marketing pictures of the device. They confirm that Samsung has taken inspiration from the Galaxy S10e in designing the Note 10 Lite, with a pinch of the existing Note 10 series thrown in too. Elements of the Note 10 Lite may also point to how the Galaxy S11 series will look, which is due early next year.
Updates galore: Huawei updates 16 new devices to EMUI 10
Huawei is bringing Android 10 to a multitude of new devices in the latest phase of its EMUI 10 roll out. The list of eligible devices extends beyond recent flagships too.
Niantic overhauls buddy system in Pokémon Go, adds multiplayer AR too
Pokémon Go is heading into its fourth year with an overhaul of its buddy system. New updates for Android and iOS versions of the game introduce multiplayer AR too, among other changes and fixes.
Huawei confirms details about "unprecedented" P40 and P40 Pro
Huawei has gone on the charm offensive with members of the French press, having invited them to interview Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, in Shenzhen. Yu confirmed multiple details about the P40 series, in what seemed like a wide-ranging Q&A about Huawei's next flagships.
No Android 10 or Widevine DRM fix for the Redmi Note 8 Pro this year, Xiaomi confirms
The Redmi Note 8 Pro may have been spotted running Android 10 builds of MIUI 11 several times now, but a stable version may still be a way off. A fix for the European variant's Widevine DRM L1 certification will not arrive before next year either, according to Xiaomi Indonesia General Manager, Alvin Tse.
The Xiaomi Mi A3, Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite edge towards Android 10 update
What do the Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite and Mi A3 all have in common? Well, they are Xiaomi's only handsets to be receiving new Android One updates, meaning that they are free from the sham that is the rollout of MIUI 11. They are also in line for being upgraded to Android 10, with Xiaomi hinting at when the three devices shall receive it too.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro Smartphone Review: A strong smartphone even without Google
With the Mate 30 Pro, Huawei is focusing on videography for the first time and has not only given its high-end smartphone the latest Kirin SoC but also a second 40 MP sensor for ultra-wide-angle photos and video recordings. Additionally, the Chinese company has stuffed all the cutting-edge technology into this smartphone, or at least that which it can get hold of, anyway.
Update: Wi-Fi test with new reference router added
PewDiePie deletes Twitter account, responds to claims that he is QUITTING YouTube
PewDiePie's levels of popularity have reached insane levels. Even national broadcasters have reported on him "taking a break" from YouTube next year, likely profiteering on his popularity. In response, PewDiePie has deleted his Twitter account.
Razer opens its first brick and mortar store in Europe
Razer has opened its first shop in Europe, giving fans the chance to experience all its laptops, peripherals and clothing in one place. Located in London's West End, the store covers over 3,700 square feet split across two floors. The store not only showcases the company's products, but also gives gamers the chance to play games like Fortnite to their heart's content.
Leakers claim that Huawei is including everything but the kitchen sink in the P40 and P40 Pro
Seven cameras, a graphene 5,500 mAh battery, 50 W charging, along with a 98% screen-to-body ratio and 120 Hz capable 6.5-inch display? Those are just some of the Huawei P40 series supposed specs, according to two prominent leakers. Hyperbole, or the makings of a flagship to rule 2020?
Android 10 arrives on the Xiaomi Redmi K20 & Mi 9T
The Redmi K20 may have now been superseded by the Redmi K30, but the former remains at the pinnacle of Xiaomi's software plans. Released in June on MIUI 10, the handset has started receiving Android 10 builds of MIUI 11 in China. A global upgrade to Google's latest OS likely in tow too.
AVM Fritz! WLAN Repeater 600, 1200, 1750E, 2000 and 3000 Review
With the Fritz! WLAN Repeater family, AVM offers a range of small devices for quickly and easily extending the range of Wi-Fi networks. In this review, we shall consider the four new repeaters and one from the older series and clarify which are suitable for certain uses.
Reports claim that Samsung has dropped Exynos in all but one region for the Galaxy S11 and Galaxy S11+
The Exynos 9285 has been proven inferior to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, so is it any surprise that Samsung is switching to the Snapdragon 865 for the Galaxy S11 series? Europeans are still set to receive the lesser Exynos version though, according to multiple sources.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 picks up an encouraging MIUI 11 update
Have you received Android 9.0 builds of MIUI 11 on your Mi Max 3? Fear not, as Android 10 versions are incoming. You can already download an Android 10 build of MIUI 11 for the device too, although there are some caveats.
Lenovo resolves ThinkPad P1 and X1 Extreme's second screen low framerate bug, then pulls the update that fixes it
If you own a ThinkPad P1 or X1 Extreme and connect it to an external monitor on Windows 10, then the chances are that you have experienced sluggish performance with your device set to "Second screen only". Lenovo finally released an update to address the issue, but then pulled it without reason. Fortunately, we still have the download link to the package if you need it.
CutiePi: Raspberry Pi tablet nears completion; crowdfunding campaign incoming
The 8-inch Raspberry Pi and Raspbian tablet is almost ready for mass production, according to its creators. The CutiePi project has not only finalised the board design, giving it a massive overhaul from initial designs, but also has published design files for the tablet should you wish to build the tablet yourself.
Dripp Dropp TWS Earbuds Hands-On Review
A few features short of being great. The Dripp Dropps are a pair of Qualcomm QCC3020-powered true-wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds that its manufacturer, Dripp Audio, claims to be "the most affordable Qualcomm Earbuds" afford. The earbuds support Qualcomm aptX and Qualcomm cVc noise cancellation, while Dripp Audio boasts of up to 36 hours playtime and IPX5 certification. Read on in this hands-on review to find out the Dripp Dropps perform and whether they can live up to their manufacturer's claims.
Xiaomi RedmiBook 13: Intel Comet Lake and 89% screen-to-body ratio MacBook Pro rip-off launches, prices start at ~US$597
The Redmi K30 may be one the most talked-about devices to have launched today, but Xiaomi also showcased something else that may whet your appetite. Teased before the Redmi K30 event, the new RedmiBook 13 features Intel Comet Lake processors, an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU and slim display bezels. The device starts at 4,199 yuan (~US$597) and goes on sale this Thursday.
The Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro is still on the way, top leaker claims
Xiaomi announced the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro simultaneously earlier this year, but not this time around. Fear not, the Redmi K30 Pro is still on the way, according to one top leaker. Two factors may be at hand for its absence at today's event too.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom: A US$550 handset that matches the camera quality of the Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10, according to DxOMark
The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom offers, as its name suggests, a comparatively high magnification telephoto camera sensor. The device has a 16 mm ultra-wide camera and a 48 MP Sony IMX586 primary rear-facing sensor too, the combination of which has received a camera score of 116 from DxOMark. The score puts the Reno 10x Zoom in joint third place in DxOMark's camera leaderboard too.
Huawei Mate 40: Kirin 1020 to be almost 50% faster than its predecessor and manufactured on a 5 nm node?
It may be early, but a typically reliable leaker has outlined comparisons between Huawei's next flagship SoC and the Kirin 990. Likely arriving in next year's Mate 40 series, the leaker has hinted at the successor to the Kirin 810 too and in what devices it will feature.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite picks up a miraculous MIUI 11 update
The Mi 8 Lite is a beacon among a sea of Xiaomi handsets being upgraded to Android 9.0 Pie builds of MIUI 11. The Chinese company released the Snapdragon 660 powered handset in September 2018 running Android 8.1 Oreo and has since upgraded it to Android 9.0 Pie builds of MIUI 10.2. Xiaomi is not done with OS upgrades for the midrange device quite yet, though.
Apple iPhone SE 2: Could Apple's next US$399 "budget" handset be launched as the iPhone 9?
Apple is said to be planning a successor to the iPhone SE for next March, which has hitherto been referred to as the iPhone SE 2. The comparatively compact smartphone will apparently sport an iPhone 8 design, with an informed source now being cited that Apple will call it the iPhone 9.
Existence of the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT confirmed by GPU-Z days ahead of its release
This month's update to GPU-Z has an AMD flavour it. The popular GPU utility not only addresses some VRAM reporting and detection issues of AMD GPUs, but it also adds support for the Radeon Pro W5700. The Radeon RX 5500 XT has been added to the list of supported graphics cards too, days ahead of its official unveiling.
Xiaomi Redmi K30: Sony IMX686 and 2 cm macro sensors impress, first samples show
Xiaomi cannot wait to unveil the Redmi K30 series, which is due tomorrow. The Chinese company has already taken to Weibo with sample photos taken using its latest mid-range handset. The first smartphone sporting the Sony IMX686 image sensor appears to be capable of some mighty impressive shots, especially macro ones.
The Xbox Lockhart is to the Xbox Anaconda as the Xbox One S All Digital Edition is to the Xbox One X
The Xbox "Lockhart", the console with increasingly fewer features. Would you buy a console without a disc drive, along with a weaker GPU and less RAM than the main Project Scarlett console? What if you knew that it was capable of 1440p and 60 FPS gaming?
All PlayStation 5 launch titles to be Sony exclusives? Yeah right!
We unpack the rumour that the PlayStation 5's launch titles will be exclusive to Sony's next-generation console. We were sceptical, and you should be too.
Striking concept renders show what a Cybertruck inspired smartphone could look like
The Cybertruck took the internet by storm upon its unveiling last month, but how about a Cybertruck inspired smartphone? Dubbed the Cyberphone by its creator Jonas Daehnert, its concept renders are some of the most arresting ones we have seen in the last few years. The question is though, would you buy it, and do you just buy smartphones on their looks?
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019): A bargain tablet with record battery life
Amazon claims that the Fire HD 10 (2019) should last up to 12 hours between charges, but our tests demonstrated otherwise. Positively, our review unit outperformed Amazon's claims, while it impressed in other areas too. However, the Fire HD 10 (2019) is not all rosy though, as our tests demonstrated.
MIUI 11 lands on the Xiaomi Redmi 8, but remains on Android 9.0 Pie
MIUI 11 has landed on the Xiaomi Redmi 8, but perhaps not the version for which some people had hoped. The 681 MB update is rolling out globally now, but its file size should hint at what version of Android on which this version of MIUI 11 is based.
Decidedly retro: Sony patents a strange-looking multifunctional game controller ahead of PlayStation 5 release
Fancy an NES-style controller with your PlayStation 5 next year? Well, a recent patent publication suggests that such an accessory could be on the cards. What does Sony want with a heart-rate monitor and a fingerprint scanner though?
Samsung Galaxy S9: Second Android 10 beta available next week
While some newer Samsung flagships have already started receiving Android 10, Galaxy S9 series owners must wait a while longer to try One UI 2.0 on their devices. If you fancy a taste of Android 10 sooner than next year, then Samsung is planning to deliver a second beta build next week.
The Huawei nova 6 hands-on-pictures were on the money
Huawei launched the nova 6 yesterday, its latest Kirin 990 handset. While the Chinese company has released marketing pictures on the 5G handset, some hands-on shots that appeared online before the launch event give a better idea of what the device looks like.
Sony overtakes Nikon as the second-largest camera manufacturer in the world
Historically, Canon and Nikon have dominated the digital camera market. That duopoly changes now, as Sony has sold more cameras than Nikon this year, leapfrogging its competitor into second place.
Xiaomi's Apple Watch clone now works with iOS
Xiaomi obviously took plenty of inspiration from Apple when designing its Mi Watch. While the Apple Watch clone initially only supported Android, the Chinese company has now updated it to make it compatible with iOS. In short, iPhones owners now have a new cheaper alternative to the Apple Watch. Xiaomi will launch the Mi Watch in Europe in the new year.
MacBook Pro 13 2019: Apple confirms random shutdown issue, its response may leave people reeling
The smallest MacBook Pro released this year has an issue and one that could seemingly strike at any time. Apple has acknowledged that many MacBook Pro 13 machines released from July onwards this year are experiencing random shutdown issues, but is yet to address it with a proper solution.
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT: Has AMD already borked its midrange Navi offerings?
The Radeon RX 5500 XT is nothing more than an RX 5500 with a wider release, according to multiple sources? The XT will share all its specifications with its non-XT sibling, although AIBs will offer it with up to 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, 4 GB more than the RX 5500 has. The RX 5500 XT is due to arrive on December 12 and is up for pre-order for 1,499 CNY (~US$213).
Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 pick up Android 10 updates
As Sony promised last month, the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 are now receiving stable Android 10 updates. The Japanese company is distributing the 725 MB updates globally via its over the air (OTA) servers. Sony may be releasing the update in batches, though.
OnePlus 6 and 6T start receiving stable Android 10 Oxygen OS 10.0.1 update
Oxygen OS 10.0.1 is live, and it is here to upgrade your OnePlus 6 or 6T to Android 10. Following the arrival of a stable Hydrogen OS Android 10 build last week, OnePlus has now started quietly rolling out Oxygen OS 10.0.1 globally. The update comes in two forms and is available OTA now.
Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch: A refined MacBook Pro 15 with some small but essential changes
Apple returns with a new MacBook Pro that addresses many of the concerns that we had about the fourth-generation models. While the MacBook Pro 16 may look an awful lot like its 15-inch predecessor, Apple has made several tweaks that make it a pleasure to use.
Xiaomi RedmiBook 13: New model to launch alongside the Redmi K30
Redmi boss Lu Weibing has announced that the Xiaomi RedmiBook 13 will launch on December 10 at the Redmi K30 series showcase. Chinese retailer JD.com is even offering pre-orders for the device before Xiaomi has officially unveiled it.
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT: 8 GB GDDR6 Navi 14 GPU rumoured to launch next week
Have you got your eyes on a new midrange desktop GPU? Are you considering something by NVIDIA, perhaps? Well, AMD has other ideas, and it comes in the form of another Navi 14 GPU. That's right, the Radeon RX 5500 XT is on the horizon and may launch as soon as early next week.
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 Laptop Review: A convincing Core i9-9880H and Radeon Pro 5500M powered multimedia laptop
A thicker case, proven keyboard design and better cooling: That is the latest MacBook Pro in a nutshell. It seems that Apple has finally listened to its users and the press by optimising its largest high-end laptop for professionals. We put the flagship model through its paces in this detailed review.
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019) Tablet Review: A 10-inch tablet at a bargain price
The Fire HD 10 (2019) is one of the cheapest 10-inch plus tablets on the market, with Amazon pricing it at US$149.99. While its pricing precludes the Fire HD 10 (2019) from being a high-end product, it has enough qualities to entertain most people. Read on to find out for whom the Fire HD 10 (2019) is best suited.
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT: 6 GB of GDDR6 VRAM and a Q1 2020 launch date?
AMD is not done with its Navi GPUs yet, with the company apparently prepping another desktop GPU to add to its portfolio. While its name and early specifications suggest that it will not be pushing NVIDIA's top-end GPUs, it could apply further pressure to the green team's mid-range offerings.
Next Apple iPhones to enter mass production in Q1 2020: 6 GB of RAM and AirPods in the box?
Two new rumours about next year's iPhones are doing the rounds, and they imply that Apple is considering making its smartphones better value for money. Heresy, right?
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1660 Super: A midrange GPU that punches above its weight
If you have set yourself a limit of around €250 (~US$275) for a new desktop GPU this Christmas, then you will run into the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER sooner or later. The GTX 1660 SUPER improves upon the regular GTX 1660 in several areas, with the KFA2 version going even further than a reference card could.
OnePlus 6 and 6T pick up Android 10 update
Still waiting for Android 10 on your OnePlus 6 or 6T? Well, OnePlus has started releasing the OS upgrade again, but only to handsets in China. You could install the build on any OnePlus 6 or 6T, though.
Xiaomi Redmi K30: Design revealed ahead of imminent launch
Xiaomi's next mid-range smartphone may arrive as soon as tomorrow, according to new information posted online. The Redmi K30 series will also be 5G capable, throwing up questions about the SoC that will underpin the smartphones. The K20 series successors will sport a radically different design too, along with a new high-resolution Sony camera sensor. Updated: New marketing photos confirm fingerprint scanner question and confirm launch date. Two Redmi-branded smart devices have been teased too.
Olympus: Sale of its camera division and job cuts are on the table
Olympus has plans to address "the issue of personnel" as part of a restructuring process, according to Bloomberg. Its CEO has hinted that the company may sell its camera division to help double its operating margin too.
Samsung snubs the Galaxy Fold, while dropping the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8
The Galaxy S10 series may have already started receiving Android 10 in some regions, but Galaxy Fold owners are not so fortunate. One UI 2.0 roadmaps state that the device still has another four months to wait before it sees an OS upgrade, despite being Samsung's most expensive smartphone. The Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 are unlikely ever to see Android 10, either.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Desktop GPU Review: The GTX 16 series also receives a SUPER upgrade
NVIDIA has now expanded its mid-generation SUPER upgrades to the GTX 16 series, having initially reserved them for its RTX 20 series. The green team is not producing reference versions of its GTX 16 SUPER series, so we have put a KFA2 unit through its paces instead. Read on to find out what is so SUPER about NVIDIA's latest mid-range desktop GPU.
Samsung Galaxy A30s: A playful but inferior smartphone
The Galaxy A30s impressed in many areas during our recent review of Samsung's latest entry-level handset. However, while the A30s is well-built and looks the part, it cannot match its competitors on performance and battery life.
OnePlus 6 and 6T receive a fresh Android 10 beta update ahead of imminent release
OnePlus' Android 10 rollout to the 6 and 6T has been beset by issues, but things could be on the up. Having pulled the update earlier this month, the company has now pushed out a new beta build to both handsets. OnePlus was hopeful that it would re-release Android 10 to the 6 and 6T this week, but that timeline has slipped once again.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro picks up Android 10, sort of
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has now started receiving Android 10-based builds of MIUI 11, having been spotted on Geekbench running Android 10 earlier this month. The 1.9 GB update contains the November 2019 set of security patches too, along with a few MIUI 11-related optimisations.
Samsung has something "Bright" planned for the zoom lens in the Galaxy S11, according to renowned leaker
With the leaks about the Galaxy S11 series hotting up, a recently discovered patent suggests that Samsung is prepping something called a "Bright Night Sensor" for mobile devices. The well-informed Russian Blue cat has been dropping some hints over the last few days about its potential uses too.
Android 10 reaches the Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Huawei is finalising EMUI 10 for the Mate 20 Lite, and has now made the OS update available to download via its HiCare app. The build has a few minor bugs, but that it is to be expected from a release preview.
We damaged our 16-inch MacBook Pro, so you don't have to
The 16-inch MacBook Pro may have pleased fans and reviewers alike with its scissor-switch keyboard, Apple's latest laptop remains just as difficult as ever to disassemble. Even a mundane task like cleaning the fans poses the risk of damaging the device if you remove its bottom case incorrectly. We accidentally damaged our review unit, but you don't have to.
Schenker XMG Neo 15: A compact and powerful gaming laptop with a mechanical keyboard?
The XMG Neo 15, based on a Tongfang GK5CQ7Z chassis, packs an Intel Core i7-9750H processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU among other components, despite its compact dimensions. There is even a mechanical keyboard onboard too, so gamers should be in for a treat.
AIDA64 adds support for 7 nm AMD Vermeer and Renoir processors
Popular diagnostic tool AIDA64 has been updated for the arrival of 2020 processors, namely AMD Ryzen 4000 "Vermeer" and "Renoir" processors. The desktop and mobile chips are due to arrive in Q3 and Q1 2020 respectively. Only the former will be making the jump to AMD's new Zen 3 architecture though, with Renoir being based on its existing Zen 2 architecture.
Huawei launches upgraded MateBook D 14 and MateBook D 15 range with AMD APUs, 10th Gen Intel processors and NVIDIA GPUs
The MateBook D is back, and it is shipping with Windows 10. Huawei has upgraded the MateBook D 14 and MateBook D 15 to 10th generation Intel Core and third-generation AMD Ryzen processors. Both models are configurable with up to 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD, while Intel versions also come with an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU.
Samsung Galaxy A30s Smartphone Review: A breath of fresh air with a playful design
The Samsung Galaxy A30s is comparatively affordable but features a design that should distinguish it from many of its contemporaries. While the Galaxy A30s looks the part, our tests will reveal whether it can keep up with the competition.
Samsung Galaxy M30s: An affordable handset with unrivalled battery life
The Samsung Galaxy M30s is a triumphant midrange smartphone. The phablet not only has a large, bright and colour accurate AMOLED panel but also class-leading battery, among other positives. If you need a smartphone to last over a day between charges, then the Galaxy M30s could be the device for you.
Early Geekbench listings give us a look at the Exynos 9830, and it makes for grim reading
Amid the noise of Galaxy S11 series renders and disagreeing leakers, a few listings of the processor expected to power Samsung's next flagships have appeared on Geekbench. While some have reported that they look unusually low, the comparisons with other flagship SoCs do not bode well for Samsung.
LG G8X ThinQ: A foldable that won't break the bank
The LG G8X ThinQ could be a dream come true for some people. The handset comes with a second screen, following on from the V50 Dual Screen accessory that LG launched at the start of this year. The G8X ThinQ is more than just another gimmicky folding smartphone though, as we discovered during our tests.
One-Netbook confirms details of its GPD Win Max and Smach Z challenger ahead of Summer 2020 release
Earlier this year, One-Netbook teased the prospect of releasing a portable gaming PC. Now, in interviews with ITmedia and PCWatch, the Japanese company has detailed that the device will run on an Intel Tiger Lake-Y processor. It will feature detachable controllers too, among other specifications that One-Netbook also confirmed.
Schenker XMG Neo 15 (Tongfang GK5CQ7Z) Laptop Review: A gaming laptop with slim bezels
When it comes to configurable high-end laptops, barebone-maker Clevo has long been the industry's top dog. Tongfang has been challenging its dominance for a while now, so we have taken the GK5CQ7Z chassis for a spin once again to see how it fares. Read on to find out how the XMG Neo 15 with its 9th generation Intel processor and RTX 20 series GPU performs in our tests.
Samsung Galaxy M30s Smartphone Review: A huge battery at an affordable price
The Galaxy M series is typified by consisting of low-end midrange smartphones with modern designs and huge batteries. The Galaxy M30s is no different, with the device featuring a 6,000 mAh battery despite its relatively compact footprint. Read on to find out whether the latest entry in the Galaxy M series has more to offer than just a whopping battery.
LG G8X ThinQ Smartphone Review: A convertible among smartphones
The G8X ThinQ is a foldable smartphone with a difference. LG has opted for two distinct displays connected via a hinge, a simplistic solution to the more elaborate and expensive foldable smartphones we have seen of late. While the G8X ThinQ is an unusual concept, it still impressed us during our tests.
The Galaxy S11+ could be Samsung's "nuclear weapon", top leaker claims
While most Plus or Max versions of modern smartphones tend to be larger versions of their smaller siblings with occasionally an additional feature or two, Samsung is apparently plotting a different route for the upcoming Galaxy S11+. The flagship, due early next year, will be a big change from the design of the regular Galaxy S11 that has already slipped out, according to one notable leaker of Samsung information. Hopefully, the South Korean company will opt for a better-looking design for its largest 2020 flagship.
Red Dead Redemption 2 gets a 90s look with ultra-low graphics settings
Rockstar Games released Red Dead Redemption 2 a few weeks ago on PC with some hefty recommended system requirements. While you will always need around 150 GB of storage free to install Red Dead Redemption 2, a new video shows the unintended consequences of forcing the game to run at the lowest possible graphics settings. At least you can now run Red Dead Redemption on integrated graphics, though.
AMD claims that Zen 3 will offer beyond 15% IPC gains over Zen 2
AMD will debut its Zen 3 next year, and is expecting big things from its next microarchitecture. While rumours previously pegged Zen 3 at offering IPC gains of around 8% over Zen 2, the reality could be much higher.
Xiaomi Redmi K30: A Snapdragon 730 with 30 W charging to accompany its 120 Hz display?
The pieces of the Redmi K30 puzzle are falling into place, with Xiaomi having said to expect the series to arrive next month. Leaked images and China Compulsory Certificate documentation have seemingly confirmed several aspects of Xiaomi's next mid-range offering, including a display capable of 120 Hz refresh rates.
The design of the Galaxy S11 will have people scratching their heads
A set of 360° renders of the Galaxy S11 produced by the ever-reliable OnLeaks have been published, and boy do they make for ugly viewing. While the renders are exquisitely produced, Samsung looks like it has combined the worst elements of the Note 10 and iPhone 11 Pro into an even less pleasing package.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has officially arrived in Europe
The time has come for Huawei fans to act, as the Chinese company has officially brought the Mate 30 Pro to EU shores. The handset comes without Google Mobile Services, while its release is limited to Spain for the time being. However, this could well prove to be a trial run to see whether Europeans are prepared to pay flagship prices for a smartphone without Google Mobile Services.
The existence of the AMD Radeon RX 5700M could be good news for consumers
A new leak has verified the existence of the Radeon RX 5700M, a mobile GPU that may put AMD on a more level playing field with NVIDIA. The new information confirms that AMD has greater plans for its Navi architecture than merely the Radeon RX 5300M and RX 5500M, which should be music to the ears of content creators and gamers alike.
PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Project Scarlett: Gaming performance is apparently better on Sony's next-generation console
Does in-game performance matter to you? If so, then the PlayStation 5 may have the edge over the Xbox Project Scarlett. However, do not necessarily expect Sony to be able to maintain this gap, though. The reality will likely be more subtle.
No ultra-fast charging here: New Galaxy S11 leak points to Samsung making another sideways step
The Samsung Galaxy S11 has passed through certification in China ahead of its anticipated launch in Q1 2020. While fans of the Galaxy S series have been teased with the prospect of the Galaxy S11 including powerful cameras and a 120 Hz display among other innovations, the reality in some areas may be more mundane.
Sony's rumoured quartet of 2020 flagships explains why its smartphone business is going under
Sony is planning on introducing four flagship smartphones next year if multiple sources are to be believed. However, the company potentially plans to split the release of the quartet across three dates, which may be up to seven months apart from each other. All will feature the upcoming Snapdragon 865 SoC though and 5G capabilities. Tell us, what is going on with Sony right now?
The OnePlus 7T trade in program is a joke
Want to lose money quickly? Well, the OnePlus 7T trade-in scheme would be a good way to go about it. You can get up to US$370 in credit for trading-in a 256 GB OnePlus 7 Pro, a quite frankly ludicrous amount of money for a six-month-old US$799 handset.
PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC: A compact GPU for small form factor PCs with caveats
Are you looking for your next graphics card for your small form factor PC? Well, the PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC could be the card for you. Setting aside its long-winded name, the XLR8 Gaming OC offers 1080p triple-A gaming at a pinch. It is not all plain sailing though, as we shall discuss in this review snippet.
An NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SUPER may be on the cards after all
Rumours about NVIDIA releasing a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SUPER are doing the rounds again, this time from a reliable leaker of upcoming NVIDIA products. While this contradicts what NVIDIA stated earlier this year, the prospect of AMD being on the cusp of releasing Navi 23 'NVIDIA killer' GPUs may have stirred the green team into action. Will it be another RTX 2070 SUPER style upgrade or something more underwhelming like the RTX 2080 SUPER?
PlayStation 5: First showcase, unveiling, specific release date, price and prime launch title details leaked
We are still about a year out from the arrival of the PlayStation 5. However, the account behind The Last of Us 2 release date has revealed not only when Sony will first showcase its next console, but also when it will unveil the design and formally release the PlayStation 5. We have rounded-up the rumors published by the account and offered an overview of the key dates to watch for PlayStation 5 updates.
DxOMark: The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max falls short of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition & Huawei Mate 30 Pro
The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max costs between US$1,099 and US$1,449 depending on which version you buy, making it one of the most expensive smartphones currently on the market. However, although Apple extols the device's camera capabilities, DxOMark seems to think that a smartphone that costs up to 3x less offers a better camera experience than Apple's latest flagship does. While DxOMark is not the arbiter of camera reviews, but Xiaomi can probably chalk this one up as a win.
Android-x86: Android 9.0 Pie for Desktop is now available
The Android-x86 project has now released its first Android 9.0 Pie-based release candidate, bringing the OS to x86 systems for the first time. The new build should offer better compatibility, performance and stability than older versions of Android-x86 too. It is not ready for the prime time yet, though.
Honor Watch Magic 2: Live images leak
A trio of photos of the successor to last year's Honor Watch Magic have appeared online, ahead of its anticipated release on November 26. The Watch Magic 2 appears to feature some minor revisions over its predecessor, although we would not be surprised to see it launch in multiple colours too.
OnePlus issues its final update to the OnePlus 3 and 3T
Few Android OEMs update their devices for as long as OnePlus does. Released in 2016, the OnePlus 3 and 3T have received three major OS updates bringing them from Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow up to Android 9.0 Pie. However, both handsets have now started receiving their final software updates, as we wave goodbye to the devices that brought OnePlus into the mainstream.
DualShock 5 patent design may disappoint PlayStation fans
A new leak points towards the DualShock 5 only being a minor revision of the DualShock 4. Sony has already confirmed that it will incorporate new triggers in the controller that it will release alongside its next console. However, the patent offers an insight into the other features that the DualShock 5 will also include, along with the ones that it will likely remove.
Next year's baby MacBook Pro will be more of the same from Apple
Rumors of Apple releasing a 14-inch MacBook Pro have been around since at least the start of this year, although the 16-inch refresh of the 15-inch model points towards the smaller entry in the series receiving another incremental upgrade. Apparently launching in mid-2020, Apple may once again be taking inspiration from its past with the next baby MacBook Pro.
PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC Graphics Card Review: A small GPU for compact PCs
The GeForce GTX 1660 closes the gap between the GTX 1650 and the GTX 1660 Ti, although NVIDIA has now released SUPER flavours of the GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 too. The GTX 1660 comes with 6 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, while the PNY XLR8 Gaming OC has a relatively economical TDP of 120 W. Read on to find out how well this compact desktop GPU gets on in our tests and how it compares against other cards.
New Half-Life game details leaked ahead of The Game Awards
Rumour has it that Valve plans to announce a new Half-Life game, and soon. Apparently based around protagonist Alyx Vance, the game may see a release as early as Q1 2020. It looks set to be sad news for those holding out for Half-Life 3 or even just Half-Life 2: Episode 3, though.
Sony: Smartphone business collapses; services being shut down too
Sony sold only 600,000 smartphones in the previous quarter, an all-time low for the Japanese company's smartphone division. The collapse of its smartphone business also has consequences for the services that Sony offers.
PrinCube: The world's smallest mobile colour printer has raised over US$3.2 million in crowdfunding
TheGodThings claims that the PrinCube is the smallest mobile colour printer on the market. Better still, the device can print on all surfaces and fits in the palm of your hand. The PrinCube costs US$109 and ships next month.
LattePanda: The Intel-powered Raspberry Pi competitor is now available to purchase globally
The LattePanda is now available to purchase worldwide. The powerful single-board computer (SBC) incorporates an Intel Celeron N4100 processor, 4 GB of LPDRR4 RAM and 32 GB of eMMC 5.0 flash storage. The SBC supports USB Power Delivery via Type-C, has two M.2 PCIe slots and has an Arduino co-processor on board, along with two 50-pin headers and three USB 3.0 ports. The LattePanda Delta 432 is compatible with Windows, Linux and other OSes and retails for US$188.00.
Fujifilm trolls Xiaomi and the Mi Note 10 Pro's 108 MP camera
Size matters, at least according to the social media team at Fujifilm. While Xiaomi has gained plenty of attention recently for 108 MP camera in the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro, also known as the Mi CC9 Pro in some markets, Fujifilm has sought to poke fun at the Chinese company by welcoming them to the 100 million pixel club.
Canon EOS Ra: The camera for astrophotographers is now available to purchase
The Canon EOS Ra is now available to purchase, having leaked earlier this month. The night shot and astrophotography specialist launched quietly, and includes the same 30.3 MP full-frame CMOS sensor as the regular EOS R does. Canon has added a modified IR filter though, which promises to transmit up to four times the volume of Hydrogen Alpha rays than the IR filter in the regular Canon EOS R can. The EOS Ra will start shipping on December 3.
Sony Xperia 5: Impressive hardware combined with underwhelming cameras
Sony remains an active player in the camera sensor market, which makes the cameras that it has included in the Xperia 5 even more disappointing. Sony's latest flagship handset is not all bad by any means, but it is hard to see past its underwhelming camera hardware.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8: It does not always have to be an OLED panel
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 impressed us during our tests, not least because of its bright display. While the Redmi Note 8 does not have an OLED display, the IPS panel with which Xiaomi has equipped it is bright and contrast-rich. The device has five cameras including a 48 MP primary rear-facing sensor too. In short, Xiaomi has redefined what an entry-level smartphone can be.
Sony Xperia 5 Smartphone Review: A handy handset despite having a 6-inch display
The Xperia 5 is not the first smartphone that Sony has released with a 21:9 display. We have already seen the Xperia 1 and Xperia 10 trying to distinguish themselves from their peers with this aspect ratio, and now Sony wants to persuade people that 21:9 is the future with the Xperia 5. Having such a tall display has proven practical in our experience, but the Xperia 5 falls short of expectations in some crucial areas, as our review will reveal.
Leaks detail delayed NVIDIA Ampere GPU release dates and possible high-end pricing
Current rumours are that NVIDIA has delayed the release of its Ampere GPUs, the next-generation successors of the company's current RTX 20 series product stack. Initially expected in the first half of next year, the 7 nm chips may make an appearance as early as March, but will not hit shelves until several months later.
Huawei FreeBuds 3: Apple AirPods Pro competitors launching imminently at €179 (~US$197)
Huawei is expanding the launch of its FreeBuds 3 beyond China within the next few days. The wireless earbuds will undercut the Apple AirPods Pro on price while featuring active noise cancellation (ANC) and a Kirin A1 SoC. Some preorders will include a complimentary 15 W wireless charger too.
Acer TravelMate X514: A small office laptop that weighs less than a kilogram
Carrying around a hefty laptop can prove tiresome if you are often on the move. However, many lightweight laptops are underpowered and struggle in office tasks, which is where the Acer TravelMate X514 steps in. Acer has designed the laptop to be simultaneously lightweight and powerful while retaining features that many businesses may find attractive too. It is not all rosy, though.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Smartphone Review: A display dream for the price-conscious buyer
The Redmi Note 8 is another entry-level Xiaomi smartphone, but it's one that redefines the quality of displays we expect from sub-200-Euro (~$220) devices. The panel is bright, contrast-rich and even suitable for those who are PWM sensitive. The Redmi Note 8 is not all good news though, as our review unit will establish.
Honor 9X: The days of Honor's midrange smartphones being good value for money are over
Until now, value for money has been one of the main reasons to buy an Honor smartphone, even at launch. The latest generation changes that, and not for the better. While the Honor 9X is a good device, it pales in comparison with other smartphones that have been released this year.
Acer TravelMate X514 Laptop Review: A small 14-inch machine with professionals in mind
Acer markets the TravelMate X514-51 as being particularly small and lightweight, and it does not disappoint in that regard. Our tests will determine whether this Whiskey Lake business laptop is up to scratch, though.
Honor 9X Smartphone Review: A new Huawei smartphone with Google Play Services
Notebookcheck.com reviews the Honor 9X, a midrange handset with a pop-up front-facing camera, a notch and punch-hole free 6.59-inch display and a HiSilicon Kirin 710F SoC among other features. Read on to find out in what area this latest Honor smartphone excels, and if it can maintain the company's reputation of selling competitively priced midrange handsets.
HP Envy 17: Comet Lake performs no better than Whiskey Lake does
We often complain about smaller laptops failing to keep their processors cool enough to maintain peak clock speeds, so a 17-inch laptop should have a large enough footprint to do so, right? Well, the HP Envy 17-ce1002ng may be a 17-inch machine, but it cannot make use of the full potential of its Comet Lake processor, although it does a better job with its NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics card. What is the fuss about Comet Lake, then?
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R07: An affordable 3rd generation Ryzen laptop with throttling problems
The Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R057 is an affordable AMD Ryzen laptop, which should offer great value for money on paper. However, the performance of its AMD Ryzen 5 3500U leaves a lot to be desired.
52Pi brings extreme cooling and color to the NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit with the ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan
The NVIDIA Jetson Nano is one of the most powerful SBCs on the market, but it only passively cools its 128 CUDA core and 472 GFLOPS-capable GPU. Now 52Pi, the company behind the ICE Tower Raspberry Pi CPU cooling fan, has returned with a version for the Jetson Nano complete with two 5 mm copper cooling tubes. The cooling solution replaces the pre-installed heatsink on the Jetson Nano and ships globally for US$24.90.
Acer Predator Helios 300: A midrange gaming laptop with awful battery life and disappointing speakers
Acer considers the Acer Predator Helios 300 one of its entry-level gaming laptops, except that it starts at US$1,199.99. While its Intel Core i7-9750H processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU can handle triple-A 1080p gaming, the new Helios 300 falls short of the performance that its competitors offer. Worse still, its battery life leaves plenty to be desired.
The Rock Pi S is now available to purchase from US$9.90 with up to 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of NAND flash storage
The Rock Pi S has finally made it to market, after being announced this summer. The miniature SBC is underpinned by a Rockchip RK3308 quad-core SoC, either 256 or 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of NAND flash storage. The board has a microSD card slot too, Wi-Fi connectivity and a 26-pin GPIO header among other features. The Rock Pi S measures just 3.8 x 3.8 cm and starts at US$9.90. Orders will begin shipping globally from November 12.
HP Envy 17-ce1002ng Laptop Review: A slim 17-inch machine with mixed performance
The new HP Envy 17 is big, slim and features a powerful combination of dedicated graphics and a Comet Lake-U processor. While its footprint may make it slightly too large for use on the move, it should fit the bill as a multimedia desktop replacement. It is not all good news though, as our review will reveal.
Xiaomi Mi Watch: A ~US$170 Apple Watch clone with 4G, Wear OS and strong battery life
The Xiaomi Mi Watch is here, and it costs just 1,299 CNY (~US$170). The spitting image of the Apple Watch runs Wear OS, although the MIUI version of it and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 4G chipset. The watch has a 570 mAh battery too that should last up to two days between charges. The Xiaomi Mi Watch will go on sale next week.
"Space Zoom" & "Hubble": Samsung Galaxy S11 cameras become powerful
Evidence now points to the next Galaxy S series featuring "far-reaching" camera revolutions. The probably February or March 2020 bound devices look set to follow the likes of Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi in including powerful zoom capabilities, if the codenames "Hubble" and "Space Zoom" are anything to go by, anyway.
Apple Watch Series 5: The best smartwatch around? Only if you do not value battery life
Apple continues to dominate the smartwatch market, but is its latest iteration the best device of its kind? Part fashion accessory, part lifestyle smartwatch, but not a professional fitness tracker. We expected better battery life from a device that costs a minimum of US$399 too.
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R057 Laptop Review: A super price for an AMD laptop, but with a hefty shortcoming
Acer's latest budget laptop sounds excellent on paper. The Aspire 5 A515-43-R057 retails for around €500 (~$554) and comes with a Zen+ APU, a 1 TB SSD and 8 GB of RAM. However, not all is at it seems with our test device, as our review below will reveal.
Apple AirPods Pro: A US$250 charlatan?
Apple heralds its latest AirPods as a "Pro" product that offers amazing audio quality and immersive Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), but do they live up to the hype? Our time with them would suggest otherwise, although they will likely impress those who already own a set of AirPods. Audiophiles will probably be less enamoured by the US$250 wireless earbuds, though.
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41: Acer's latest 14-inch laptop deserves a better display
Acer's stylish 14-inch subnotebook has a slim metal chassis, a Ryzen 5 APU and dual-channel RAM, which should all combine to deliver a decent device. The Swift 3 SF314-41 has an NVMe SSD and great battery life too, but two areas hold Acer's latest subnotebook back from being a real contender.
Acer Predator Helios 300 Laptop Review: A modern gaming laptop with a Turing GPU
The Predator series is well known for its gaming devices, with Acer selling more than just laptops under its gaming sub-brand. While the company continues to sell Predator-branded accessories, it has overhauled the design and internals of its latest Predator Helios laptop. The Helios 300 should make for a compelling midrange gaming laptop, but our tests will reveal whether that is the case or not.
Apple Watch Series 5 Smartwatch Review: It can do more than any other smartwatch, but just not for that long
Apple has made few changes to its Watch Series over the years. The original model had plenty going for it though, so that does not necessarily mean that Apple has fallen behind its competitors. On the contrary, the Apple Watch remains the best-selling smartwatch on the market, and by some distance. The Watch Series 5 is an excellent smartwatch too, but you may be taking a trip to the charger sooner than you may like.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro will not be what we expect from Apple
While recent leaks suggest that Apple will soon introduce the 16-inch MacBook Pro, they also point towards the device not living up to the hype. Current evidence indicates that the new MacBook Pro will neither sport a major redesign nor a higher screen-to-body ratio than the current 15-inch MacBook Pro. Sadly, the reality is likely to be far more mundane.
The Xiaomi MIUI 11 rollout is a sham right now
So, the MIUI 11 rollout is well underway, with Xiaomi now onto the second phase of its release schedule. However, owners of recent Xiaomi flagships are likely to be left disappointed as they find their handsets left on Android 9.0 Pie, like budget devices such as the Redmi 7 have been.
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41 Laptop Review: A stylish and slim Ryzen subnotebook with plenty of power and battery life in the tank
Acer's new 14-inch subnotebook sports a sleek metal chassis, a Ryzen 5 APU and dual-channel RAM among other features. The rest of the device seems on point too, with Acer including an NVMe SSD, matte IPS screen, and a backlit keyboard. These are joined by good battery life too.
Apple AirPods Pro Review: Expensive earplugs or the real Hi-Fi deal?
Apple introduced the latest generation of its white earphones a few days ago, promising several improvements over existing AirPods. However, as iconic as its designs have been since the launch of the first iPod, the sound quality of Apple's earbuds have remained mediocre. Has the company finally mastered Hi-Fi audio quality or are the AirPods Pro just another step in the right direction?
Motorola Moto E6 Plus: A poor performer that stutters in everyday tasks
The Moto E6 Plus is a relatively compact and affordable smartphone that should have a lot going for it. However, its dismal MediaTek Helio P22 SoC makes general tasks like switching between apps and scrolling through webpages a chore. The Moto E6 Plus represents an upgrade over its predecessor in some areas, though.
Comeback: AMD reaches NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q levels of performance with the Radeon RX 5500M
We were able to run numerous gaming benchmarks on the AMD Radeon RX 5500M as part of our exclusive hands-on with the MSI Alpha 15, an outline of which we shall provide in this review snippet. In short, the new Navi 14 chip comes closer to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q than the GTX 1650, while even reaching GTX 1660 Ti levels on occasion.
Core architecture improvements are AMD's greatest leverage for Zen 3 and beyond, according to CEO Lisa Su
Zen 3 is likely to arrive next year, but CEO Lisa Su has already weighed in on what AMD will bring to is next-generation processors. While switching to 7 nm represented the largest change for Zen 2, AMD has other plans for Zen 3 onwards. 5 nm processes will arrive in good time too, though.
LG releases its update schedule for Q4 2019, but the V50 ThinQ, V40 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ have not made the cut
LG V50 ThinQ, V40 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ owners will need to wait until next year to see Android 10 running on their devices. LG will only be updating the G8 ThinQ to Google's latest OS before the year is out, while some other handsets should see Android 9.0 Pie this quarter too.
Motorola Moto E6 Plus Smartphone Review: The battery rocks, but the performance sucks
The Moto E6 Plus follows on from the midrange One Vision, One Action and One Zoom, hitting shelves just before Christmas. However, while Motorola aimed the One series at younger audiences, the E6 Plus may appeal to an older crowd thanks to its removable battery. The device must compete with the great battery life of the Moto E5 Plus, but its predecessor did have its shortcomings. Read on to find out whether Motorola has ironed out the kinks with this new handset and what else the Moto E6 Plus has to offer.
MSI Alpha 15 Hands-On Gaming Laptop Review: Ryzen and Navi instead of Intel and NVIDIA
AMD made its comeback into the CPU business with its Ryzen series not only on desktops but also on laptops. The company made a similar foray into the GPU market with its Navi desktop cards earlier this year, a move that it is trying to replicate on laptops with its Navi 14 GPUs. NVIDIA has dominated the upper midrange of laptop GPUs for a while, but AMD is looking to change that, offering consumers more choice in the process. Read on to find out what we think of one the first upcoming all-AMD laptops.
Razer Firefly V2: RGB gaming mousepad gets thinner and brighter
Even brighter and flatter than before, that is the motto with the Razer Firefly V2. The gaming mousepad is Razer's brightest to offer Chroma lighting, and supports Razer Synapse 3 too. The accessory more lighting zones than its predecessor too. The Razer Firefly V2 is available to purchase now for US$49.99.
Android 9.0 Pie finally breaks cover on the LG V20
Were you losing hope that LG would ever deliver Android 9.0 Pie to the V20? Well, while being a quarter late, the South Korean company has started rolling out the OS upgrade to handsets. The switch to Android 9.0 Pie may not be a smooth one for LG's former flagship, though.
ASUS backtracks on stance; ASUS ROG Phone to receive Android 9.0 Pie update after all
Contrary to speculation claiming that the device would be left on Android Oreo, ASUS has confirmed that the ROG Phone will still receive Android 9.0 Pie. The company has stated when it will bring the OS upgrade to the ZS600KL too, although the ZenFone 4 has not been given such a reprieve.
Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro pre-orders begin amid a probable wider rollout
Fancy a Huawei Mate 30 or Mate 30 Pro this holiday season? Well, Huawei has started offering pre-orders for both devices and may bring both devices to Europe too. Expect to see the Mate 30 series land in around two weeks.
The Realme X is an example of community development done right
Not a fan of ColorOS but like the Realme X? Well, Realme has been actively encouraging community developers to build custom kernels and ROMs for the device. The project has borne fruit after just a month, with there now being many Realme X custom ROMs and an AOSP-compatible kernel.
Lenovo ThinkPad L590: A budget business laptop that falls short of expectations
The Lenovo ThinkPad L590 is a solid business laptop at just under $1,000, but it is not without its problems. The 15.6-inch laptop appears to offer plenty on paper, with Lenovo including a quad-core Core i5 Whiskey Lake CPU, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of NVMe storage. However, its cooling system holds the device back, hampering its CPU performance.
AMD Radeon RX 590 prices nosedive following NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 SUPER series announcement
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER may seem enticing with its US$229 price tag, but the AMD Radeon RX 590 currently has the last word on value for money. The Polaris-based GPU can be had for practically US$100 right now and remains powerful enough for 1080p gaming.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER offers GTX 1660 Ti performance for those on a budget
NVIDIA and its partners have announced the GeForce GTX 16 SUPER series, the SUPER upgrades to the GTX 1650 and GTX 1660. While the former will arrive on November 22, the latter is available to purchase now and has already been shown to offer GTX 1660 Ti like performance for just US$229.
Razer Hammerhead True Wireless: The first earbuds with ultra-low latency Bluetooth
Latency remains an issue with wireless headphones, with most sets being unsuitable for gaming. The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless seeks to address that, with the US$99.99 (£99.99/€119.99) pair of earbuds offering an ultra-low latency Bluetooth mode that should eliminate any audio stutter or sync issues. The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless are available to purchase now and come with free shipping.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 receives an underwhelming MIUI 11 update
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is one of the first smartphones to receive MIUI 11, but owners may be slightly confused over the version that they have received. While flagship handsets like the Mi 8, Mi Mix 2s and Mi Mix 3 are receiving an Android 10 update in Phase 1 of the MIUI rollout, the Pocophone F1 is stuck on Android 9.0 Pie builds instead.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 & Mi Note 10 Pro could be the power user's smartphones of choice
While Xiaomi has announced that the Mi Note 10 is arriving and that it will feature a 108 MP primary rear-facing camera, the Chinese company has been quiet on other specs. However, leaked specifications from a renowned tipster suggest that the device could be a power user's dream in the making. Xiaomi is throwing everything but an active stylus in with this one, it seems.
Lenovo ThinkPad L590 Laptop Review: A business laptop with good input devices
Lenovo's L-series is well-known for being a budget range of the company's ThinkPad offering, while also being excellent value for money. The focus for this review is the L590, a new 15.6-inch business laptop that has stellar input devices just like its predecessor.
MKR WAN 1310: Arduino introduces a new developer board with LoRa connectivity
The Arduino MKR WAN 1310 developer board can bring LoRa connectivity to projects without requiring continuous mains power. The board is just 67.6 x 25.0 mm and integrates an ARM Cortex M0+ processor. The MKR WAN 1310 is available to order now for €33 (~US$37).
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER underlines its value for money in latest gaming benchmark
The GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER looks set to be a decent mid-range offering by NVIDIA, with the card offering almost GTX 1660 Ti performance at GTX 1660 pricing. The US$229 GPU is slated for an October 29 launch and has flexed its muscles in another gaming benchmark ahead of its official unveiling.
eReader: Tolino introduces Android-based Kobo clones
Tolino has released three new eReaders. Strictly speaking, they are not new, though. Instead, they are rebranded Kobo devices but pre-loaded with Android rather than Kobo's in-house software.
Razer Tartarus Pro: The first gaming keypad with analog optical switches
In our opinion, keypads should complement keyboards while gaming or be able to replace them completely. The Tartarus series of compact gaming keypads have a long tradition at Razer, and now the company has released one with analog optical switches. The Tartarus Pro is available to purchase now for US$129.99 and comes with free shipping.
The OnePlus 3 and 3T can now be upgraded to Android 10
The OnePlus 3 and 3T may have launched with Android Marshmallow in 2016 and received Android 9.0 Pie earlier this year, but both can now be upgraded to Android 10. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and 6 GB of RAM, or Snapdragon 821 in the case of the OnePlus 3T, should be well suited to run Google's latest version of Android too.
Did you own an iPhone between June 2011 and February 2012? You could be due up to £750 in compensation
iPhone owners could be due a hefty slice of compensation following a Court of Appeal judgment against Google. The complainant, Google You Owe Us, is seeking up to £3.2 billion (~US$4.1 billion) to compensate over 4 million iPhone owners for the misuse of their data. There are a few caveats to be eligible for making a claim, though.
Xiaomi Redmi 7 owners awake to a surprising MIUI 11 update
Xiaomi has released a stable build of MIUI 11 for the Redmi 7, but perhaps not the version for which people had hoped. While other devices in the first phase of the MIUI 11 rollout are receiving Android 10-based builds, the Redmi 7 is getting Android 9.0 Pie instead. The same goes for the Redmi 7a and Redmi K20 too.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER might actually be a good upgrade over the GTX 1650 after all
No sooner had news arrived that the GTX 1650 SUPER would be arriving next month, has a host of specifications been confirmed too. Surprisingly, it seems that NVIDIA has pulled the same trick for the GTX 1650 SUPER that it did with the RTX 2070 SUPER, essentially creating a GTX 1660 Lite rather than a SUPER version of the GTX 1650.
RED dangles a fig leaf for HYDROGEN One owners as it cancels its HYDROGEN smartphone project
Did you buy into the RED HYDROGEN project? Well, founder Jim Jannard has announced that the company is being wound up, effectively canning the HYDROGEN Two. However, there could be some positive news on the horizon for HYDROGEN One owners, with the release a much-anticipated camera accessory imminent, apparently.
Xiaomi releases a beta MIUI 11 update to Android 10 for the Mi Mix 3
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 now has an upgrade to MIUI 11, the Chinese company's version of Android 10. The update brings plenty of new features including improved screen casting, a system-wide dark mode and a new gesture mode. Mi Mix 3 owners can download the build now.
NVIDIA's budget GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER rumored to launch on November 22; a GTX 1650 Ti in disguise?
Remember the rumors about the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti? Well, apparently it has now morphed into the GTX 1650 SUPER, or potentially been scrapped in favour of the latter. Pricing remains unknown, but expect a sub-US$200 retail price for this GDDR6 and late-November bound GPU.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER powers past the GTX 1660 in Final Fantasy XV benchmark
NVIDIA is slated to launch the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER before the end of the month, and @TUM_APISAK is on hand to deliver an insight into how the GPU compares with its peers. The card nearly reaches GTX 1660 Ti levels while breezing past the GTX 1660. It even has the AMD Radeon RX 5700 and GeForce GTX 1070 in its sights too, apparently.
Huawei is selling the Mate 30 Pro by invitation only
Fancy a Huawei Mate 30 or Mate 30 Pro? Well, it looks like you will need to join the back of the queue, as the Chinese company is running an invite-only sale for both devices. You can register your interest now, although this does not guarantee entry into the "exclusive group" that will be offered to purchase a device.
Huami Amazfit GTS: A ~US$140 Apple Watch clone with software flaws
Does the Amazfit GTS look familiar to you? Well, while it may look like the spitting image of the Apple Watch, it is actually the latest smartwatch by Huami, Xiaomi's sister company. The device is a snip at around ~US$140 in most markets and packs plenty of features, but its software failed to impress us out of the box.
LG K50: A good budget smartphone blighted by two weaknesses
The LG K50 offers plenty of attractive features for just under €200 (~US$223), including an appealing design and a large display. Its cameras and system performance are on par with its competitors too, but two issues prevent it from being a smartphone that we could recommend.
Google to bring at least five Pixel 4 features to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a series
Night Sight 2.0 with a new astrophotography mode, Live Caption and offline Google Assistant are just three examples of features debuting on the Pixel 4 series. However, these will not remain Pixel 4 exclusives, with Google planning to bring them to older generations too. We have laid out Google's plans in a brief overview, underlining that you need not buy the latest tech to get the latest software.
The Honor Band 5i: A CNY 159 (~US$22) fitness tracker released ahead of imminent launch
The Honor Band incorporates a 0.96-inch colour touchscreen display that operates at a resolution of 160 x 80. The fitness tracker supports NFC, along with heart rate, sleep patterns and Sp02 monitoring. The band is up to 5 ATM water-resistant too and launches at CNY 159 (~US$22), with a pre-sale starting today. The company has also unveiled the xSport Pro, a new pair of wireless in-ear headphones.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, pricing, specs & launch date confirmed
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER is on its way and will arrive before the end of the month, according to confirmation that Videocardz has received from its sources. The new GPU will sit between the GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti in NVIDIA's product stack, with its pricing reflecting that. Oddly, the GTX 1660 SUPER will outdo the GTX 1660 Ti in some areas, while retaining elements of the GTX 1660 too.
LG K50 Smartphone Review: A cheap and large format handset
The LG K50 seems well priced at around 200 Euros (~$223) for what the South Korean company has included. The device has a large display, dual rear-facing cameras and a dedicated Google Assistant button, although some may find the latter somewhat of a gimmick. Read on to find out how the handset performs in our tests and how it fares against comparably priced devices.
How much would you spend on the PlayStation 5? Less than ~US$500, apparently
With the PlayStation 5 being just over a year away, several websites have been polling their readers about the upcoming console. The results reveal not only what people would pay for the console but also how much they would like it to cost.
Diablo 4 leaked: New artbook with photos from Diablo 1, 2, 3 and 4 released
Last week, Twitch streamer and tipster Metro claimed that Blizzard would release Diablo 4 alongside Diablo 2 Remastered at BlizzCon 2019. Now, this has seemingly been indirectly confirmed by Blizzard in an advert for a new Diablo artbook.
Intel Core i9-10980XE shown up by the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X in 3DMark
The Intel Cascade Lake-X series launched earlier this month to the tune of price cuts and offering great value for money. However, not all looks rosy for the blue team, as its premier High-End Desktop (HEDT) chip has been resoundingly beaten by the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X in leaked 3DMark results. Intel may have even more competition on its hands with Zen 2-based Threadripper HEDT processors launching next month too.
Razer Hammerhead wireless earbuds: Apple AirPods competitors that cost CNY 799 (~US$113)
Razer is getting into the wireless earbuds market, according to news from China. The earbuds and their accompanying charging case look like a hybrid between the Apple AirPods and the Samsung Galaxy Buds but adorned with the gaming company's logo. The earbuds, which seem to be sold under Razer's Hammerhead branding, are available to buy now for CNY 799 (~US$113). There is no word yet whether they will be sold outside of China, though.
Huawei Watch GT 2: An intelligent, stylish and flawed smartwatch
The Huawei Watch GT 2 has now been released, with our review following in tow too. While the successor to the Watch GT is certainly appealing, it suffers from some glaring issues too.
Mi Mix 4 leaks ahead of next week's anticipated launch
The Mi Mix 4 merry-go-round continues. First, Ice Universe claimed it was in the works, then Xiaomi's Brand Promotion Manager could not decide whether it was or not. Now, a photo of the rumored device has leaked online, along with a release date. It is sooner than we thought, too.
Huami Amazfit GTS Smartwatch Review: A high-quality copy
Smartwatches are becoming more popular, with OEMs now bringing cheaper models to market too. Apple remains a big player in the sector with its Watch, so it should come as no surprise to see other manufacturers basing their attempts on its design. The Huami Amazfit GTS bears an uncanny resemblance to the Apple Watch while costing a lot less. Its price alone should be reason enough to check out what this cheap smartwatch has to offer.
AMD vs Intel: Does the new AMD ThinkPad X395 challenge the Intel ThinkPad X390?
We have just released our review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X395, an AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U powered 13.3-inch subnotebook. The Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U integrates a Radeon RX Vega 6 GPU too, which is known to have better graphics performance than its Intel counterparts. But how does the ThinkPad X395 compare against the ThinkPad X390, its Intel equivalent, and which is the better overall device?
Huawei Watch GT 2 Smartwatch Review: Stupendously smart, but buggy
The Huawei Watch GT 2 is currently one of the most expensive smartwatches on the market. The device has a high-quality build and design that comes in two sizes. The GT 2 has interchangeable wristbands too and combines intelligent fitness functions with telephone features in a long-running package. However, it is also plagued by shortcomings and a mighty bug too.
Will the Samsung Galaxy S11 look weird?
GalaxyClub.nl has noticed some information about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S11, courtesy of a new benchmark listing. The information has got people speculating that the Galaxy S10 successor will look odd, and potentially even difficult to hold too.
Google warns that the Pixel 4 can be unlocked with your eyes closed; perhaps even by someone who just looks like you too
The Pixel 4 series only uses face unlock for biometric authentication; it is that secure. Or is it? Well, a video of one device unlocking to closed eyes suggests otherwise, as does the possibility of someone who merely looks "a lot like you" authenticating payments with your face data. Is the face unlock on the Pixel 4 series not so secure after all?
Microsoft finally fixes the NVIDIA dGPU and BD PROCHOT-related CPU throttling issues that have been affecting some Surface Book 2 devices for months
The Surface Book 2 and Surface Book 2 15 may be innovative devices, but they have suffered from two critical problems in recent months. Microsoft now claims to have fixed the NVIDIA dGPU disconnects and BD PROCHOT-related throttling issues that have affected some machines since at least the summer. The fixes should prompt the re-release of Windows 10 version 1903 for the Surface Book 2 series too.
The LG G6 and V20 Android 9.0 Pie roll-out is a mess
At the turn of this year, LG promised to deliver Android 9.0 Pie to the G6 and V20 by Q3 2019. Has it delivered? If you are a G6 owner then possibly, but many are still awaiting Pie on their handsets as we head ever deeper into Q4. By contrast, LG has offered only the faintest of glimmers for the V20, with all variants missing the self-imposed Q3 deadline.
Lenovo ThinkPad X395 Laptop Review: A fight for the hegemony of business laptops
AMD has been intensifying its competition with Intel recently, as increasingly more Ryzen-powered laptops have been appearing on the market lately. Lenovo has introduced AMD and Intel-powered versions of its 13.3-inch ThinkPad X39 series, the AMD version of which will be the focus of our review. The ThinkPad X390 impressed in our recent review, so how does the AMD-powered X395 do? Read on to find out whether it outdid the X390, along with the advantages and disadvantages of both models.
One UI 2.0: Android 10 arrives on the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10 5G
Now is the time to try One UI 2.0, if you own a Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10+ or Galaxy S10 5G that is. Samsung has opened its One UI beta program once again, with the company giving the world the first taste of its Android 10-based OS. One UI 2.0 makes some useful refinements over the last stable release, including an improved dark mode among others.
Pixel 4 retail box reveals some surprises ahead of tomorrow's launch
The Google Pixel 4 series launch is almost upon us, with the company expected to announce at least a Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. While the two devices will feature more cameras than their predecessors, a new leak highlights some absentees too. In short, it seems that Google is going the way of Apple, which undoubtedly will disappoint Pixel fans.
Amazfit GTS: Huami launches its Apple Watch imitator in India for ₹9,999 (~US$140)
The Amazfit GTS has made its way to India, having been unveiled in China earlier this year. The Apple Watch clone features a 1.65-inch and 348 x 442 AMOLED panel, which sits within a 43.25 x 36.25 x 9.4 mm chassis. The 5 ATM water-resistant smartwatch also weighs 27.2 g without a strap and is available on Amazon.in for ₹9,999 (~US$140).
AMD brings the Radeon RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, Vega Frontier Edition and Radeon VII in from the cold
It seems that AMD has listened to its customers, having added support for its Radeon Image Sharpening algorithm to Radeon Vega GPUs. Last month the company claimed it had no immediate plans to do so, but it would bring RIS to the Vega series if there was enough interest. Good news then, Radeon RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, Vega Frontier Edition and Radeon VII owners?
iPhone SE 2: A US$399 and A13 Bionic-powered iPhone SE successor, but the size of an iPhone 8?
Are you in the market for a new iPhone, but do not like the size of the iPhone 11 series? Well, rumor has it that Apple is planning to bring an iPhone SE 2 to market in Q1 next year, and an A13 Bionic at that. However, the iPhone SE successor may not be as small as some people have perhaps hoped.
The Honor Band 5 is better value than the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 despite its faux pas
The Honor Band 5 convinced us during our tests and is a good fitness tracker package at an affordable cost. The device offers more than the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 does in our opinion too, despite its shortcomings. One may have people looking elsewhere, though.
The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro have landed in Europe
Launched first in Malaysia, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro have now arrived in Europe, albeit with limited coverage. The retailer promises to deliver 128 GB and 256 GB SKUs of both devices within a week, although it remains unclear whether these are official EU models or import models.
Honor Band 5 Fitness Tracker Review: A Xiaomi Mi Band 4 alternative with hardly any weaknesses
The Honor Band 5 hardly differs from its predecessor, at least visually. Nevertheless, Honor wants to have achieved some improvements with the fifth edition of its fitness tracker. Read on to find out what these are and what our major criticism of the Honor Band 5 is.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G: Foldable and not as expensive as an iPhone
The Samsung Galaxy Fold costs around €2,100 (~US$2305) in Europe, for which you will receive the first foldable smartphone to reach the continent. While the device is absurdly expensive, it is no more expensive than some iPhones despite offering more functionality and innovations to boot.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G Smartphone Review: A foldable handset with an air of confidence
The Galaxy Fold is the first commercially available foldable smartphone, a device that Samsung has revised after its failed launch earlier this year. Read on to find out whether the changes have been worthwhile and what the Galaxy Fold offers in this detailed review.
ASUS ROG G703GXR: A 17.3-inch gaming monster with few compromises
The ASUS ROG G703GXR bucks the slim bezel trend and delivers a no-compromises gaming platform with plenty of ports and decent performance. We have put the 17.3-inch gaming laptop through its paces, which you can find in our accompanying review.
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U disappoints in early benchmark results; averages 13% less than the Intel Core i5-1035G7 in multi-core workloads
AMD and Microsoft have since confirmed that the Ryzen Surface Edition processors are custom versions of the Ryzen 5 3500U and Ryzen 7 3700U, and now examples of the former have appeared on UserBenchmark. While the Ryzen 5 3580U fares well compared with the Core i5-8265U, it appears to fall short of the Core i5-1035G7 in multi-core workloads.
Intel Comet Lake powered One Mix 3 Pro goes up for pre-order for ~US$979
The One Mix 3 Pro is One-netbook's latest ultra-mobile PC (UMPC), and the first that we have seen with an Intel Comet Lake-Y series processor. The 8.4-inch device also has 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD and weighs just 0.66 kg. The One Mix 3 Pro is available to pre-order now from Chinese retailer JD.com for 6,999 CNY (~US$979). One-netbook may bring the UMPC to other markets too.
Dell XPS 15 explodes, but is not part of the company’s recall program
With Dell recently releasing a BIOS revision to improve the thermal stability of the XPS 15 9570, pictures of a decimated XPS 15 doing the rounds online may be concern those who are either considering the series for their next laptop or already own an XPS 15. The cause of the damage can affect any laptop though, and does not appear to be XPS 15 specific.
ASUS ROG G703GXR Laptop Review: A high-end old-school gamer
The ASUS ROG G703GXR is a classic desktop replacement gaming laptop that focuses on performance and features. Read on to find out how this 17.3-inch wins out against its more compact competitors.
Apple iPad 7 2019 Tablet Review: Small changes with a big impact?
The iPad 7 2019 is a soft upgrade on the iPad that Apple released last year. The new iPad sports a new screen format, iPadOS and support for accessories such as the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, but there are few major changes this year. Read on in this live review to find out whether the series of small changes can combine to make a big difference. Update: Review completed.
Dell Latitude 3400: An affordable 14-inch business laptop with a significant shortcoming
The Dell Latitude 3400 offers excellent battery life, input devices and a wide selection of ports. Our review unit impressed us during our tests, not least because of its value for money. However, there is one area that could have people looking elsewhere.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER midrange challenger GPU rumored to launch on October 29
NVIDIA looks set to have a busy end of the month, at least if latest rumors are to be believed. Chinese insiders claim that the company will release the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER in the final week of October, a week after it is expected to unleash the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti. The GTX 1660 SUPER will sit between the GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti, with NVIDIA likely pitching it against AMD's upcoming Navi 12 and Navi 14 GPUs.
Surface Neo: Microsoft redefines the world of computers again with the Surface Neo, its foldable Windows 10X tablet
Not content with just releasing newer versions of existing Surface products, Microsoft has upped its game and announced two foldable Surface devices. The larger is called the Surface Neo and features two 9-inch displays, a fold-out keyboard, a 360° hinge and is compatible with the Surface Slim Pen that docks on the rear of the device. The Surface Neo is powered by Intel's upcoming Lakefield processors and will be available from late 2020.
Surface Pro X: A US$999 7 W ARM 2-in-1 with 2x USB Type-C and LTE that is orderable from today
The next-generation Surface Pro is here, and it starts at US$999. The Surface Pro X, previously leaked as the Surface Campus and Surface 7, has a 13-inch Pixel Sense display with a 2,880 x 1,920 resolution and is just 5.3 mm thick. The Surface Pro 7 features a custom 7 W ARM processor that delivers up to 3x more power per watt than the Surface Pro 6 too and is available to pre-order today.
Surface Laptop 3: 3x more powerful than the MacBook Air and with a custom Ryzen Surface Edition processor
The Surface Laptop 3 is here, and it is arriving in two variants. As per previous leaks, Microsoft has announced 13.5-inch and 15-inch variants of its next laptop. The 13.5-inch version comes with an Intel Ice Lake quad-core processor, while Microsoft has partnered with AMD to create a custom Ryzen chip for the 15-inch version. Both models come with USB Type-C, fast charging and better serviceability than the Surface Laptop 2 too. The Surface Laptop 3 will start at US$999 and will be available to order from October 22.
Dell Latitude 3400 Laptop Review: An affordable business laptop with long battery life
The Dell Latitude 3400 scores well for its long battery life, good keyboard and extensive ports. However, its dim and low-contrast display will not set the world alight, despite it being a matte IPS panel. Read on to find out how this 14-inch business laptop gets on in our tests.
Intel Cascade Lake-X Core i9 processors to start at US$590; 18 core Core i9-10980XE will cost just US$979
Intel has not only confirmed the product stack of its Cascade Lake-X series but has also priced it unbelievably competitively. The series starts at just US$590 for the 10 core Core i9-10900X, before rising to US$979 for the 18 core Core i9-10980XE. Your move, AMD.
Say hello to the Surface Campus, an ARM-powered Surface running Core OS (Windows 10X)
Microsoft has more up its sleeve than just the Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7, according to veteran leaker Evan Blass. Leaked marketing images give a first glimpse at the device, while Blass has hinted about the OS that it will be running too. Bring on tomorrow, for there may be a dual-screen Surface device in the wings too.
Surface Laptop 3 13-inch and 15-inch marketing images surface
Prolific leaker Evan Blass has given us a look at the upcoming 13-inch and 15-inch versions of the Surface Laptop 3 a day early, with Microsoft expected to announce the series tomorrow at its next Surface hardware event. The photos, which look like marketing images, show the Surface Laptop 3 in four colours including Blue and Rose Gold, but fans of the current Red variant may be left disappointed. Update: Roland Quandt confirms the full port selection of the 13-inch Surface Laptop 3.
Surface Pro 7: Official marketing images leak ahead of tomorrow's launch
The wait for the next Surface hardware event is almost over. However, Evan Blass has come through early and delivered the first look at the Surface Pro 7, courtesy of what are likely leaked marketing images. The device looks like a minor revision of last year's Surface Pro, but with one notable change.
GoPro Max: A 360° action camera that costs US$499.99
One of two cameras that GoPro has announced today, the GoPro Max replaces the GoPro Fusion 360 as the company's premier 360° action camera. The GoPro Max features 16.6 MP 360° and 5.5 MP sensors and costs US$499.99. GoPro is offering a complimentary 64 GB SanDisk Extreme microSD card with pre-orders, which will ship on October 15.
GoPro unveils the Hero 8 Black, its latest US$399.99 action camera
On cue, GoPro has taken the wraps off the successor to the Hero 7 Black, aptly named the Hero 8 Black. The new action camera features a 12 MP sensor that can shoot in up to 4K at 60 FPS or 1080p at 240 FPS. The Hero 8 Black supports HyperSmooth 2.0, TimeWarp 2.0, 1080p live streaming and four lens modes ranging from 16 mm to 39 mm. The Hero 8 Black is available to order now for US$399.99, and GoPro is including a 32 GB SanDisk Extreme microSD card with pre-orders. Pre-orders will ship on October 15.
Lenovo Legion Y740 Laptop Review: Only a small CPU upgrade
The Lenovo Legion Y740 returns to our offices, but this time with a small performance upgrade over the version that we originally tested. The 15-inch gaming laptop fared well last time during our tests, so we are intrigued to see the effect that the upgrade from an 8th to a 9th generation Intel Core processor has. Read on to find out what effect this has, or whether it is a superficial upgrade.
Dell has not broken USB Type-C charging on the XPS 15 9570 with BIOS 1.13.0; may have minimised fans running on standby though
Dell recently released a new BIOS revision for the XPS 15 9570, so we thought we would test it. Despite reports to the contrary, the update does not break USB Type-C charging, nor does it have any negative effects on performance either. Read on to find out our experiences with BIOS 1.13.0 for the XPS 15 9570.
GoPro Hero 8 Black: Pricing, packaging and advertising materials leaked ahead of tomorrow's launch
There is only one day to go until GoPro unveils its next action cameras, but advertising materials, packaging and pricing of the Hero 8 Black have appeared online. The leak even details some of the accessories that GoPro will sell with the successor to the Hero 7 Black too.
FIFA 20 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
While EA has added a new game mode called Volta to FIFA 20, the latest game in the FIFA franchise remains based on the same engine that underpinned its predecessor. EA has made one change though, which forces FIFA 20 to run in DirectX 12. Read on to find out what implications this has for system requirements and how FIFA 20 performs on several desktop PCs, laptops and GPUs.
14 core Intel Core i9-10940X fails to impress on Geekbench; just 5% ahead of the Core i9-10920X and AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in multicore workloads
We have already seen 10 core, 12 core and 18 core representatives from Intel's upcoming Cascade Lake-X (CL-X) series hit Geekbench, and now a 14 core SKU has appeared online. While previous results have shown a demonstrable difference between the CL-X series, this new 14 core chip only edges its 12 core sibling despite having 2 additional cores. The successor to the Core i9-9940X only outscores the 12 core Ryzen 9 3900X by 5% in multicore workloads too.
Google and Huawei appear to have colluded over the Mate 30 series; Google Pay works despite no official certification
It has only been a week since the launch of the Mate 30 series in Munich, but it has already become clear that Google and Huawei have been working more closely together than perhaps the current US administration would like. Despite having no official access to Google products, the Mate 30 series can access services like Google Pay without issue. Read on to find out why this is the case and what Google and Huawei have done to work around the restrictions currently imposed on the Chinese company.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro scores sensational 121 points in DxOMark
The camera benchmark website DxOMark has a new number one smartphone camera, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. The Mate 30 Pro scored an incredible 121 points, usurping the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. The former's selfie camera apparently falls short of recent Samsung flagships and even the Sony IMX586 in the ASUS ZenFone 6, though.
Windows Core OS spotted running on an Intel Lakefield penta-core processor; A new Surface device afoot?
There have been rumors about Microsoft debuting Windows Core OS next week at its Surface hardware event on October 2, potentially on foldable devices codenamed Centaurus and Pegasus. Now, a Geekbench listing has appeared that shows Core OS running a mysterious Intel Lakefield processor. Have we just seen the first sight of Microsoft's return to mobile devices?
Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro 2: The AirPods alternative that cost ~US$55
Xiaomi has followed up on the success of last year's Mi AirDots Pro with a suitably named successor, the Mi AirDots Pro 2. The headphones will be available in China from September 27 for CNY 399 (~US$55) and look uncannily like the AirPods, which Apple currently sells for between US$159 and US$199.
12 core Intel Core i9-10920X edges the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in Geekbench; scores 22% more than the Threadripper 2920X in multicore workloads too but at likely 3x the price
Yet more of the Cascade Lake-X product stack has appeared on Geekbench, with someone now testing the successor to the Core i9-9920X. The processor in question looks to be an engineering sample based on the clock speeds that Geekbench reports, but the 12 core and 24 thread CPU can already match the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X and outscore the Threadripper 2920X by up to 22% in multicore workloads. Albeit, the Core i9-10920X will probably cost up to 3x the price of comparable AMD chips.
Dell may have fixed Modern Standby for the XPS 15 9570, of sorts
As promised, we have tested the Modern Standby Performance Improvement Package application for the XPS 15 9750 to determine what it has changed on Dell's prosumer 15.6-inch laptop. The package rolls together several existing updates as we previously reported but makes one important change too. Dell seems to have fixed Modern Standby for the XPS 15 9750, albeit by removing one feature that some people may find useful.
Surface Pro 7: Will the next Surface Pen support wireless charging?
Microsoft is expected to unveil at least the Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 at its hardware event on October 2. A recent FCC filing suggests that the company may also have a new Surface Pen in the works, though. The certified accessory has an interesting detail that existing Surface Pens lack too.
The Xiaomi Mi Smart TV 4S 55-inch arrives in Europe; 4K Amazon Prime and Netflix streaming with Android 9.0 Pie for €399.99 (~US$439.98)
Xiaomi has quietly brought its Mi LED TV range to Europe, having listed the Mi Smart TV 4S 55-inch on Amazon.de on Monday. The affordable big-screen TV runs Android 9.0 Pie, has 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage on which to install apps. The 4K TV supports HDR, DTS, Dolby Audio and comes with Google Assistant built-in. The Mi Smart TV 4S 55-inch is currently on sale at €399.99 (~US$439.98), with Amazon claiming that it will typically sell the device for €699.95 (~US$769.93). The TV is available in Russia too.
HP ProBook 455R G6 Laptop Review: Better battery life thanks to Zen+
The improved Zen+ cores of Raven Ridge APUs promise lower power consumption while also delivering slightly higher clock speeds than their predecessors. At first glance, the HP ProBook 455R G6 should also benefit from these innovations, which is reason enough for us to check how the business laptop compares against its predecessor. Read on to find out how this Ryzen 5 3500U 15.6-inch laptop performs in our tests.
AMD Radeon RX 5500 rears its head and scores suspiciously well on GFXBench
A new entry for what claims to be the Radeon RX 5500 has appeared on GFXBench. The new listing seemingly confirms that AMD will bring two RX 5xxx series to market, with the RX 5300 series confirmed to be making an appearance too. The RX 5500 series, expected to be based on AMD's Navi 12 GPU, will likely challenge the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 series for midrange market dominance.
Surface Laptop 3: Pricing & configuration details for the 15-inch model leak
A new rumor claims that AMD and Microsoft have had a much closer partnership over the 15-inch version of the Surface Laptop 3 than previously thought. Initially reported by Roland Quandt at WinFuture, the rumor, an excerpt from a US price list, claims that Microsoft will release at least six distinct configurations. The series will apparently cost between US$999 and US$2,399, although two SKUs are apparently powered by unannounced Ryzen processors, which suggests that AMD and Microsoft are cooperating more deeply than we originally thought.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 (Mi Mix Alpha): Xiaomi teases 100% screen-to-body ratio and demonstrates 108 MP camera capabilities
Not content on just outdoing the iPhone 11 Pro Max and Mate 30 Pro on cameras, Xiaomi has hinted that it will release a successor to the Mi Mix 3 with a 100% screen-to-body ratio on September 24 at an event in Beijing. The device, currently called the Mi Mix Alpha by the Chinese company, will feature a host of other flagship hardware as previously confirmed by leaker Xiaomishka.
GoPro annual hardware event confirmed ahead of Hero 8 & GoPro Max unveiling
Set your watches to 06:00 PDT (UTC -7) on October 1, for that is when GoPro will be hosting its next annual hardware refresh. The company is expected to unveil the GoPro Hero 8 and GoPro Max, which will succeed the GoPro Hero 7 and GoPro Fusion 360 respectively, with many high-resolution marketing pictures of both having already appeared online.
AMD Radeon RX 5300 XT and B550 chipset inbound: Navi 14 launching on October 8?
Navi 14 may be arriving earlier than we expected and in the form of pre-built desktops, at least according to new HP machines. The upcoming graphics chip looks set to be marketed as the Radeon RX 5300 series, which would suggest that Navi 12 will be the RX 5500 series. You will be able to get your hands on the RX 5300 XT from October 8, although perhaps initially only in pre-built form.
AMD's Radeon RX 5500 and RX 5600 series rumored to launch before the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti prior to October 15
Are you in the market for a midrange desktop GPU but are holding out until AMD releases its Navi 12 and Navi 14 GPUs? Well the graphics chips, currently expected to be called the Radeon RX 5500 and RX 5600 series, may beat the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti to market, which is rumored to launch on October 22. Navi 12 and Navi 14 should replace AMD's Polaris range.
Sony rumored to release the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Pro simultaneously
Typically OEMs release several models during a console's lifespan, with Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all doing so for their current consoles. However, the latest rumor is that Sony will launch the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Pro on day one, apparently to address interest for a high-end model. The rumor stems from Japanese journalist Zenji Nishikawa who has form for being correct about the Nintendo Switch Lite, so perhaps this one has legs too.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Smartphone Review: Triple rear-facing cameras and more power than you could shake a stick at
The smaller of the two iPhone Pros is also probably the most compact flagship smartphone on the market. Apple equips the 5.8-inch device with triple rear-facing cameras, a larger battery and W-iFi 6 among other changes from last year's model. The iPhone 11 Pro does not include a 5G modem, nor is there a 5G SKU either. Read on in our live review to find out whether this latest iPhone will be crowned the best smartphone of 2019.
Update: Live Review finished.
The Intel Core i9-10980XE gives AMD a run for its money in Geekbench listing; scores 42% more than the Threadripper 2950X in the process
We have already seen the 10 core Core i9-10900X achieving a Geekbench multi-core score close to 40,000 points, and now the Core i9-10980XE is flexing its muscles. The 18 core Cascade Lake-X processor breezes past all before it, except for upcoming Zen 2 Ryzen Threadripper 3000 chips and? Well, its predecessor too.
Intel Core i5-9400F trades blows with the AMD Ryzen 5 3500X in early listing
Chinese retailer JD.com has jumped the gun and listed the Ryzen 5 3500X on its website before AMD has even formally announced it. The listing confirms the tip that prolific leaker @TUM_APISAK posted last month, with AMD marketing material pitting its upcoming Zen 2 processor against the Intel Core i5-9400F. The listing reports that the Ryzen 5 3500X will clock between 3.6 and 4.1 GHz, but that its 6 cores will not support Simultaneous multithreading (SMT).
Apple iPhone 11 Smartphone Review: More than just an affordable Apple smartphone
New colours, dual rear-facing cameras, Wi-Fi 6 and a bigger battery; those are the improvements that the iPhone 11 has over the iPhone XR in a nutshell. Read in our detailed live review to see whether the cheapest of this year's iPhones can live up to expectations.
Update: Live Review completed.
ASUS ZenBook Flip 14 UM462DA Convertible Review: A solid all-rounder, but not for outdoors
The ZenBook Flip 14 attracts attention, not least because of its numeric keypad, which ASUS integrates within its trackpad. The pretty-looking convertible has a 360° hinge and packs an AMD processor, with a stylish design that puts it on par with its competitors. Laptops with AMD processors are on the rise, but currently remain rare. Read on to find out how the ZenBook Flip 14 fares in our tests.
Apple iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Max: A summary of initial reviews
The first reviews of the new iPhone 11 series have gone live, so before we have finished with ours, we thought it would be apt to summarise the prevailing views of Apple's new babies. Camera innovations like the new ultra-wide sensor and night mode feature heavily, as do Apple's new comically named "Slofies".
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Smartphone Review: A leap forwards or more of the same?
Apple returns with three new iPhones, just as it did last year. The biggest and heaviest among them is the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which aims to convince those who like big screens and even photographers with its high-quality triple rear-facing cameras. We put Apple's latest most expensive iPhone under the microscope in this live review.
Update: Live Review finished.
Intel falls hopelessly short of the latest 32 core AMD Threadripper 3000 processor to hit Geekbench
Intel is lining up its next-generation High-End Desktop (HEDT) processors, which it will still base on its 14 nm FinFET process. A new Threadripper 3000 Geekbench listing demonstrates how far Intel is behind AMD in the HEDT space though, with a 32 core SKU exceeding 65,000 points again in multicore work. The Zen 2-based series looks set to be compatible with Socket TR4 and the X570 chipset too.
Dramatic developments at Huawei: The Mate 30 series will not be sold in Central Europe
It seems that the US ban on Huawei may have landed its biggest scalp yet. According to multiple industry insiders, Huawei will not be launching the Mate 30, Mate 30 Lite, Mate 30 RS Porsche Design or Mate 30 Pro in Central Europe, despite unveiling the series in Munich tomorrow. Read on to find out everything we know so far about the matter.
The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max looks set to be a battery life champ
The rumours were true, Apple has finally equipped an iPhone with a large battery. Early teardowns show that the company's latest flagship of flagships includes a sizable upgrade over the iPhone XS Max, which should help give it stellar battery life.
10 core Intel Core i9-10900X disappoints in Geekbench; scores 10% less than the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in multicore tasks and falls up to 2.3x behind the Threadripper Zen 2 series
Another 10 core Cascade Lake-X processor has appeared on Geekbench, with the numbering scheme of Intel's next High-End Desktop (HEDT) series now seemingly having been confirmed. The upcoming processor even gets within 10% of the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in multicore workloads and scores 10% more than the Threadripper 2950X too. However, Cascade Lake-X does not seem to offer much competition with the Zen 2-based Threadripper CPUs that are on the horizon too.
LG restarts V30 Android 9.0 Pie rollout
Good news V30 owners, LG has not forgotten about following through on its promise to bring Android 9.0 Pie to its former flagship. The South Korean company nixed a recent build last month, forcing people to remain on Android 8.0 Oreo. Now, the Android 9.0 Pie rollout has been restarted, with builds hitting several countries. Only over a quarter late, right LG?
Alcatel 3 (2019) Smartphone Review: A cheap handset that runs smoothly
The Alcatel 3 (2019) immediately impressed us with its smooth performance. Read on to find out what hardware allows the 180-Euro (~US$199) device to perform so surprisingly well.
Intel Comet Lake looks to be more of the same according to leaked bootlogs
Anyone for a repeat of the Coffee Lake Refresh architecture? Well, Intel GFX CI bootlogs suggest that is what the Comet Lake H and S series will be. Does another 14 nm refinement and 2 MB per core of L3 cache on Hyper-Threaded chips sound familiar to you?
Want to know all about the Mate 30 Pro ahead of its unveiling tomorrow?
In anticipation of tomorrow's launch event, Huawei has released a slew of information alluding to the hardware that it will include in the Mate 30 series. A leaked Mate 30 series demo stand spells out the finer points of these features too, along with the differences between the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. Read on to discover what Huawei will announce tomorrow in Munich.
Tiger Lake-U spotted in Intel GFX CI bootlog; more than just a 10 nm refinement?
The Intel Tiger Lake-U series may be over a year from the big time, but plenty of information about the 10 nm Ice Lake-U successor has appeared online. Last month we saw a UserBenchmark listing and now an Intel GFX CI bootlog spotted by @InstLatX64. It seems that Intel has a lot planned for Tiger Lake-U, but will it be enough to keep AMD at bay?
The vivo NEX 3 shows where Android OEMs are headed, and it is one that few will want
vivo has been ahead of the curve with many innovations in recent years, but has it taken it too far with the NEX 3? A 90° curved waterfall display may look eye-catching, but it comes with compromises. While the tech world clamours over the next innovation, is a screen so curved that there is no space for physical buttons one for which any asked?
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 Laptop Review: An extremely bright convertible with a matte touchscreen and privacy features
HP is one of the few OEMs that sells business laptops with bright optional displays. The EliteBook x360 1030 G3 is one such device, which has an optional 700 cd/m² display. Read on to find out whether the display can live up to its billing and how it affects battery life. We shall be looking at the Sure View privacy filter that HP incorporates too.
Nikon Z 6 Essential Movie Kit: A complete mirrorless camera solution for video production
Nikon has introduced the Nikon Z 6 Essential Film Kit, its first mirrorless camera bundle that the company has designed for video professionals and filmmakers. The kit offers a quick introduction to the production of high-quality films and videos. The Essential Film Kit costs £2,639 (~US$3,291).
AMD leaves the RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64 and Radeon VII out in the cold; claims it is listening
AMD has already brought its Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) algorithm to its Polaris GPUs, but Vega architecture GPUs may miss the cut. Enough demand for RIS from owners of an RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64 or Radeon VII may sway the company, as may response from Navi and Polaris users. AMD is making no promises for the time being, but it is actively seeking feedback from the gaming community.
PINE64 announces the PineTime, a US$25 smartwatch
The PineTime is the latest side project of PINE64, the company behind the PineBook Pro and PinePhone. The smartwatch will integrate a Nordic nF52832 SoC and will support Bluetooth 5, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, ANT and NFC. The device will include a heart rate monitor too, along with multi-day battery life and a zinc alloy and plastic chassis. The PineTime will cost US$25, with PINE64 encouraging ARM Mbed and FreeRTOS developers to join the project too.
Neo G41V-4: Minix introduces an Intel Gemini Lake fanless mini PC for US$270
Minix presented its new small NEO G41V-4 at IFA 2019 in Berlin, a fanless mini PC that fits in one hand. The G41V-4 incorporates an Intel Celeron N4100 processor, UHD Graphics 600 and 4 GB of DDR4 RAM among other components. The G41V-4 succeeds the Neo N42C-4 and will sell for US$270.
AMD readies impressionist and surrealist APUs for 2020 release
AMD is on track to deliver its next APUs next year, according to fresh Linux driver revisions. The two series, codenamed Dali and Renoir, are not based on the Navi architecture, but they should still offer improvements over existing Picasso APUs.
Huawei Watch GT 2: New smartwatch teased ahead of Mate 30 Pro launch
Huawei has more up its sleeve for its next launch event than just the Mate 30 series. In anticipation of this Thursday's event in Munich, the Chinese company has teased the successor to the Watch GT, aptly named the Watch GT 2. Read on to see what the video reveals and what we know so far about Huawei's next smartwatch.
Verizon LG V30 owners awake to a surprising OTA update
Seemingly without warning, Verizon has started rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the LG V30. The update, which should be available over the air (OTA) right now, weighs in at 2.25 GB and is downloadable from LG Bridge too. The rollout is the first we have seen for the V30 since LG pulled the worldwide Android 9.0 Pie release for its former flagship last month.
Surface Laptop 3: A 15-inch variant and AMD Ryzen 3000 SKUs?
A 15-inch variant and AMD Ryzen 3000 SKUs? Those are the latest rumours about the Surface Laptop 3, with it seemingly being more than an iterative update as the Surface Laptop 2 was when Microsoft released it last year. Read on to find out everything we know about Microsoft's first AMD Surface collaboration.
Rock Pi X: An affordable Raspberry Pi alternative with an Intel Cherry Trail processor that costs less than US$40
The Rock Pi X is like a cross between an Atomic Pi and a Raspberry Pi, but even more affordable. Radxa equips the 85 x 52 mm developer board with an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor, up to 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, along with a host of ports and connections including an HDMI 1.4 that can output in up to 4K. The Rock Pi X has a 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible header too and supports several OSs including Android, Windows 10, Ubuntu 18.04 and other Linux distributions. The Rock Pi X will start at US$39 and rise to US$75 for the most expensive model.
Razer design patent appears online: A Razer Phone accessory or an Edge Pro successor?
Razer has patented the perfect Nintendo Switch, or is it a Razer Phone accessory? What about a resurrected Wii U GamePad or a Razer Edge Pro? Your guess is as good as ours.
Navi 14: Consumer and workstation bound?
Much has been spoken about AMD pitching Navi 14 against the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 series. However, a recent patch to the AMDGPU Linux kernel DRM driver suggests that the company has other plans for the upcoming graphics chip too.
The Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL are on sale again with US$300 off all models
There is nothing like a sale to get rid of old stock ahead of a new product release. While all the talk has recently been about the huge volume of Pixel 4 and 4 XL leaks, Google is running a sale on all Pixel 3 and 3 XL models. You can take US$300 off across the board, but only while stocks last.
GoPro Hero 8 & GoPro Max high-resolution marketing pictures leak before imminent release
Two new GoPro action cameras on the horizon, with the company announcing the successors to the GoPro Hero 7 and GoPro Fusion 360 this month. High-resolution marketing images of the GoPro Hero 8 Black and GoPro Max have appeared online, complete with modular accessories.
Control Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Developed by Remedy Entertainment, Control is a story-driven action-adventure that sends the main character through a constantly changing building. Read on to find out how this visual extravaganza plays on various desktop and laptop GPUs.
AMD and Microsoft are bringing hardware ray-tracing to the masses with the Xbox Scarlett
News about the Xbox Scarlett has been quiet lately. However, a recent Gamespot interview with Studio Technical Art Director at The Coalition, the studio behind the Gears of War series, has sparked debate about what GPU on which the Xbox One successor will be based. Whichever way you cut it, the AMD and Microsoft co-engineered custom graphics chip will bring features currently exclusive to high-end gaming GPUs to market.
Intel Lakefield processor appears on GFXBench; Iris Plus Graphics G7 on a 7 W chip?
Lakefield processors will be the first example of Intel's Foveros 3D stacking technology. GFXBench confirms that the upcoming 10 nm chips will feature Gen11 GPUs with up to 64 execution units (EU), putting them technically on par with the Iris Plus Graphics G7. Iris Plus Graphics performance in thin 2-in-1s or dual-display devices? Not quite, according to GFXBench.
FriendlyElec NanoPi M4V2: Powerful Raspberry Pi alternative now available for US$70.00
The NanoPi M4V2, as its name suggests, is a new revision of the NanoPi M4, which FriendlyElec launched last year. The Rockchip RK3399 powered single-board computer (SBC) includes 4 GB of dual-channel LPDDR4 RAM, four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one USB 2.0 Type-C ports and a 40-pin GPIO header. The board also supports Gigabit Ethernet and up to 802.11 ac Wi-Fi. The M4V2 includes power and recovery buttons too. The NanoPi M4V2 is available to order now for US$70.00 from FriendlyARM, which ships worldwide.
Square, Triangle, Circle, and? Sony settles PlayStation debate
Think you know the names of all the buttons on a PlayStation controller? Think again, according to Sony. Are you an X or Cross person?
ProtonMail is not becoming Huawei's new email client
Contrary to a recent report by Bloomberg, ProtonMail will not be preloaded on future Huawei smartphones. Instead, the Swiss company is considering bringing its email client to Android app stores other than the Google Play Store, including the Samsung Galaxy Store, Amazon App store and the Huawei AppGallery.
Huawei announces plans to upgrade over 30 devices to EMUI 10
Huawei has announced its EMUI 10 roadmap at IFA 2019, and the company is aiming to deliver its custom version of Android 10 to over 30 Huawei and Honor devices. At least 10 devices including the Mate 30 series will be running EMUI 10 before the end of the year, with the rollout continuing to Q2 2020 and beyond. EMUI 10 will feature Google Services for existing handsets too.
There is light at the end of the tunnel for the LG G6 and V20
Still holding out on seeing your LG G6 or V20 running Android 9.0 Pie? Well, while LG remains tight-lipped when this month it plans to release the OS upgrade to both devices, but changes to the Android Enterprise Solutions Directory point towards it being soon. Do you reckon that LG will keep to its Q3 2019 schedule for rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the G6 and V20?
EMUI 10 beta goes live for over 25 devices
EMUI 10 beta builds are here, but Huawei has not opened the program to all models and variants. Read on to find out which devices are eligible for an early look at Huawei's custom version of Android 10 and how to install it on your handset.
Black, white, orange, green or blue? Leaked Pixel 4 promotional video points to more than three colours for Google's next flagship
Apple is hosting its "Special Event" tomorrow, but the internet is talking about the Pixel 4. Why? Well, an apparent Pixel 4 promotional video has leaked online, the timing of which is suspect, to say the least. Google may have a trick or two up its sleeve too.
NVIDIA puts the GTX 1650 Ti back on the table; SUPER related price cuts for the GTX 1660 series too
Thought that AMD and NVIDIA had ended their tit for tat game for the time being? Think again, as the green team has a response to Navi 14, which will probably be called the RX 5600 series. NVIDIA may even take a leaf out of AMD's puerile 'jebaiting' strategies, not only flooding the market with more midrange GPUs, but also undercutting existing prices too.
What is with all the Google Pixel 4 leaks this week?
If the recent volume of leaks is anything to go by, then the Pixel 4 series is edging ever nearer to being unveiled. While the bezels and square rear-facing camera housing may put off many people, Google may have a few technological innovations up its sleeve.
Schenker announces the XMG Fusion 15, Europe's answer to the Eluktronics MAG-15
The Schenker XMG Fusion 15 features a Core i7-9750H processor, either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU and up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM. The XMG Fusion 15 comes with a 94 Wh battery, Thunderbolt 3 and a 144 Hz 1080p 15.6-inch IPS panel too. Schenker will officially launch the Fusion 15 on September 17.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro may be the ugliest and most inconvenient flagship smartphone of 2019
Have the rumours about the Mate 30 Pro got you clamouring for its launch event on September 19? Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but recent renders published by OnLeaks and Pricebaba paint the Mate 30 Pro as one of the uglier flagships of 2019. Some of its rumoured features look more gimmicky than innovative too.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series 32 core CPU blows existing HEDT processors out of the water in UserBenchmark
The Zen 2-based AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series keeps setting benchmark records, with an engineering sample showing the world what it is capable of on UserBenchmark. The 32 core processor outscores the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX by 37% in Extreme workloads, with it besting the Core i9-9980XE by 98% too.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4: Launch date and triple-camera specs leak
Xiaomi is apparently set to disrupt the iPhone 11 Pro and Mate 30 Pro with the Mi Mix 4, with latest rumours suggesting that the 108 MP monster will be released on September 24 alongside MIUI 11. Xiaomi seemingly has no plans to return to a slider mechanism for the Mi Mix 3 successor either.
Intel UHD Graphics Gen12 performs woefully in GFXBench
The successor to the GPUs powering Intel's new Ice Lake-U series has appeared on GFXBench, and boy is it currently a stinker. The GPU, identified as the UHD Graphics Gen12, performed miserably in benchmarks. However, as it is not slated to arrive for another eighteen months, we are certainly looking at an early engineering sample.
MSI Prestige 14 Hands-On Laptop Review: Faster than ever and still great for content creators
MSI has packed the Prestige 14 with a powerful 10th generation Intel Core processor and a mid-range NVIDIA GPU, despite the device being just 16 mm thick. Can such a slim and light laptop keep these components cool? Our initial tests suggest so. Read on to find out more in this hands-on review.
Report: Notebookcheck ratings v7 update launched
The development of laptops, smartphones, and tablets continues at a steady, albeit now slightly slower, pace. We last updated our review metrics in fall 2016, so enough time has now passed to revise these once again. From now on, we will be switching to an adjusted set of weightings, which is the seventh revision since we started Notebookcheck well over a decade ago. Read on to find out what changes v7 brings.
In review: The Lenovo ThinkPad L490 - a poor man's L480?
Lenovo has upgraded its ThinkPad L series to new Intel Whiskey Lake processors, but it is not all rosy. Our ThinkPad L490 review unit is somehow slower than its predecessor despite having a nominally more powerful CPU. Has Lenovo sweetened the deal with any other reasons to upgrade, or should you give the ThinkPad L490 a miss?
Corsair One i160 Gaming PC Review: A 12 litre machine with a Core i9-9900K and RTX 2080 Ti
The Corsair One i160 is a compact gaming PC that packs extremely powerful hardware into an impressively small case. Corsair has included a proprietary and patented liquid cooling system to keep the Core i9-9900K and RTX 2080 Ti cool even during long gaming sessions, which it complements with 32 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and plenty of storage. Read on to find out how well the Corsair One i160 performs in our tests and whether its liquid cooling system is up to scratch.
GoPro Hero 8 & GoPro Max leaked ahead of release this month
As always, GoPro will be releasing a new generation of action cameras this month. This year the company will introduce an update to the GoPro Fusion 360 called the GoPro Max, along with the GoPro Hero 8. Photos of both devices have leaked online too having made their way through the FCC.
Huawei develops Bluetooth smart cases: Mate 30 with modular add-ons?
Motorola's MotoMods were the last reasonably successful attempt to make modular smartphones with hot-swappable features, and now it appears that Huawei plans to introduce something similar. However, while MotoMods communicate via pogo pin connectors, Huawei and Honor's accessories will use Bluetooth, as recent Bluetooth SIG certifications suggest.
Dell continues to bait and switch XPS 15 9570 owners over Modern Standby sleep issues
Dell has quietly posted an update on its support website for the XPS 15 9570 titled "Modern Standby Performance Improvement Package Application". The 66.94 MB update promises to fix Connected Modern Standby being enabled by default, a change that Dell previously claimed required re-installing Windows 10. The company labels the update as urgent, with it apparently updating machines to BIOS 1.12.0 too. The update is available to download now.
Are you planning to buy the Mate 30 or Mate 30 Pro next month?
Announced on Twitter this morning, Huawei will host its Mate 30 series event on September 19 in Munich. The post seemingly confirms that the Chinese manufacturer is bringing a circular camera housing to the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, with a nod to it making some big changes to the Mate series too.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper Zen 2 hits 4.17 GHz in Geekbench, obliterating the Threadripper 2950X, Ryzen 9 3900X and Intel Core i9-9900K in the process
A new 32 core AMD Ryzen Threadripper Zen 2 processor has appeared on Geekbench, following the one spotted by @momomo_us earlier this month. The chip seems like a downclocked version of the one that almost hit 100,000 in Geekbench, but it can still reach nearly 4.2 GHz and leave existing CPUs in its wake in multi-core work.
Fēnix 6: Garmin announces Fēnix 6, Fēnix 6S, Fēnix 6X and Solar smartwatches
Garmin has refreshed its premium Fēnix smartwatch series, with the aptly named Fēnix 6. The series is available in three sizes and two material variants. There is a solar-powered version of the Fēnix 6X too.
Mediocre at best: DxOMark takes issue with the rear and selfie cameras in the Sony Xperia 1
The camera benchmark website DxOMark has just released its in-depth analysis and extensive review of the rear-facing and selfie cameras in the Xperia 1, and it is not good news for Sony fans. As we discovered in our recent review, the Xperia 1 has sub-par cameras for a modern flagship.
Apple: Independent repair shops to be allowed access to official iPhone spare parts
In a surprising move, Apple announced yesterday that it will supply independent repair shops with iPhone spare parts. Undoubtedly, the decision will benefit consumers, who are currently tied into paying exorbitant prices for in-store Apple repairs.
Surface Pro 7: All variants to come with LTE as standard?
LTE as standard across all Surface Pro 7 SKUs? That is the latest rumour, with Intel and Qualcomm variants apparently being "always connected". The Surface Pro 7 looks set to disappoint those who were hoping that Thunderbolt 3 would being making its way to Microsoft's new 2-in-1. Read on to find out everything we know about the next Surface Pro.
Massive upgrade: Regular OnePlus 7T to feature a larger and 90 Hz display?
While it may currently seem unusual for OnePlus to introduce such a big change for an incremental hardware upgrade, the news comes from the reliable Ishan Agarwal. The OnePlus 7T will apparently feature a larger display with a small notch than its predecessor that will also operate at up to 90 Hz. The next OnePlus flagship seems a curious upgrade from the OnePlus 7 for other reasons too according to leaked specs.
Amazfit GTS: Huami launches Apple Watch clone for ~US$126
Xiaomi's sister company Huami has released a new smartwatch that packs plenty of features while remaining affordable at under US$150. Oh, and it is a blatant rip-off of the Apple Watch too.
Still interested in the Google Pixel 4?
Are you looking forward to the Pixel 4? Well, a new leak allegedly showing the Pixel 4 in the flesh will give you a better idea of what Google's next flagship will look like. Jump in to see what else the leaked pictures reveal.
LG is still up to its old tricks with the G6
LG is pushing out a new update to the G6 H870S and H870DS, but it may frustrate people who have been wishing for an OS upgrade. While LG remains still hopeless at upgrading its older flagships to Android 9.0 Pie, it also seems content with releasing four-month old security patches too. Get your act together, LG.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Smartphone Review: Optimised SoC promises better runtimes
The S-Pen and stunning display once again distinguish the Galaxy Note from its Galaxy S sibling. This year’s Galaxy Note is the first to feature a newer SoC than the Galaxy S that preceded it, so it will be intriguing to see what improvements the Exynos 9825 brings over the Exynos 9820. In many ways, the Note 10+ is a re-bodied Galaxy S10+ with a few tweaks and omissions. Read on to find out how the Note 10+ performs in this live review. Update: Live Review completed.
Did you buy an octa-core an FX Bulldozer or Piledriver processor? You could be due compensation from AMD
AMD has finally agreed on a settlement for the false advertising of its Bulldozer and Piledriver processors, after eight years of litigation. Claimants will be eligible to draw from a pot of up to US$12.1 million, but there are certain caveats including from where you bought the processor and which SKU you bought.
AMD Navi 14 3 GB variant pops up on Compubench; positions itself between the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1650
AMD seems to be taking aim at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16xx series, with the company potentially bringing a fourth Navi 14 GPU to market. The information comes courtesy of another Compubench listing, with the 3 GB SKU possibly sitting somewhere between the GeForce GTX 1650 and the older GeForce GTX 1050.
Good news awaits for smartphone camera fans
You can skip the mediocre cameras of the Note 10 series, at least according to renowned leaker Ice Universe. Samsung apparently has something special planned for the Galaxy S11 series, which should be announced in under six months, with it potentially being something that has yet to grace the smartphone world.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Smartphone Review: Still the best business smartphone?
Is the Galaxy Note 10 merely a smaller version of the Note 10+, or is there more at hand? Well, the smaller battery, display, RAM, and storage all suggest so, but the Note 10 is more than just a scaled-down Note 10+. The inclusion of an S Pen should still help the Note 10 appeal to business users, as will it being cheaper than the Note 10+ too. Read on in this live review to find out our thoughts on this year’s baby Galaxy Note. Update: Live Review finished.
There is life in the old jack yet; Mate 30 cases reveal what the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ sorely lack
Have you been wondering what new flagship this year now that Samsung has nixed the headphone jack? Well, Huawei may have the answer for you, and it may be arriving as soon as next month. Enter the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, with leaked case designs showing off the increasingly shunned jack in all its glory.
Could a Pixel smartwatch be partnering the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL this Fall?
LetsGoDigital has unearthed a patent filed by Google for a smartwatch with a twist. Filed over two years ago but dated August 27 2019, the design looks like a run-of-the-mill watch with its circular face, but at its centre is something that could disrupt the smartwatch market.
Morphies Law – Size matters in this weird and wacky indie game
Morphies Law not only brings unusual gameplay but also a weird, yet fresh and refreshing comic-style design. Read on to find our thoughts about this first-person shooter multiplayer in this short review.
NVIDIA launches a new RTX GPU, but not as you'd expect
The RTX T10-8, which recently appeared in AIDA64 changelogs, is a new RTX GPU but not as we thought. A recent NVIDIA press-release hinted at what the intended purpose of the T10-8 would be, and it is not an RTX 2080 Ti SUPER. You can still take advantage of the new GPU though if you know where to look.
Xiaomi is attempting to become the standard-bearer of Android TV with Android Pie updates for several Mi TVs
Starting next month, Xiaomi is bringing Android 9.0 Pie to four Mi TV devices. The TVs, which launched running Android 8.1 Oreo, will be updated in batches with a wider roll-out planned a few months later. Xiaomi also told XDA Developers that these updates represent it trying to set a standard for how frequently and quickly Android TVs receive OS upgrades.
AMD Navi 14 8 GB SKU appears on Compubench; wipes the floor with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 but trails the GeForce GTX 1660
The Navi 14 leaks keep on coming, with a new set of benchmark listings revealing more information about the upcoming 8 GB SKU. Early indications are that the 8 GB Navi 14 GPU, codenamed the GFX1012, will have a 1.9 GHz boost clock and 24 CUs like its 4 GB sibling, but that it will have significantly better performance than previous benchmark listings suggested. The GPU may still nestle between the GeForce GTX 1650 and GeForce GTX 1660 though, with the latter having a significant edge over the Navi 14 in Compubench.
The Ryzen 5 3500 apparently scores up to 25% more than the Ryzen 5 1500X in 3DMark; 3% more than the Intel Core i5-9400 too
AMD is set to take on Intel's budget Core i5 desktop processors according to a new leak. The new CPU, called the Ryzen 5 3500, apparently outperforms the Core i5-9400 and Ryzen 5 1500X in 3DMark too.
ASUS VivoBook 14 X412FJ Laptop Review: A compact 14-inch machine with performance issues
The VivoBook 14 scores well for its quad-core i5 processor, dedicated GPU, 8 GB of dual-channel RAM, SSD and matte IPS screen. However, there are some significant shortcomings, which our tests and review will reveal.
Khadas VIM3L: An Amlogic S905D3 powered single-board computer for HTPC applications
The VIM3L is the latest single-board computer that Khadas is bringing to market, with the company targeting the HTPC market this time. The VIM3L is powered by an Amlogic S905D3 SoC along with 2 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 16 GB of eMMC flash storage and a neural processing unit capable of up to 1.2 TOPS of performance.
Nokia outlines its Android 10 upgrade roadmap
HMD Global is one of the more reliable and faster OEMs at delivering OS upgrades to its Nokia handsets and it is looking to maintain that reputation with Android 10 too. The company has announced plans to upgrade a slew of Nokia handsets before Q2 2020, with some devices reaching Android 10 before the end of the year. 17 devices should receive Android 10 before Q2 2020, although there are some notable absentees.
Android 9.0 Pie edges ever nearer for the LG V20
The wait for Android 9.0 Pie continues for LG V20 owners, but it now appears that LG is finishing its testing for the OS upgrade. A new build has been finalised, with the initial Pie update reportedly coming very soon.
Intel Core i9-9900T scores up to 11% more than the Ryzen 7 2700X in Geekbench with 3x lower TDP; comparable single-core performance to the Core i7-8700
The Core i9-9900T remains unavailable in most regions, but several Geekbench listings give an insight into the performance of the 35 W CPU. Essentially a hamstrung Core i9-9900, the Core i9-9900T bests processors with up to 3x the TDP in multicore workloads and is a big upgrade over the last 35 W CPU to enter our offices.
10 core Intel Core i9 10000 X Cascade Lake-X processor outscores the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X in Geekbench; 16% faster than the Intel Core i9-9900K in multi-core workloads
An 18 core Cascade Lake-X recently impressed on Geekbench, and now its 10 core sibling is doing the same. The processor, confirmed as part of the Intel Core 10000 X-series by prolific leaker @momomo_us, achieved a multi-core score that surpasses that of the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and the Core i9-9900K.
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 Laptop Review: A gaming laptop with decent battery life
Acer has proven several times with its Nitro 5 series that gaming laptops do not always have to be extremely expensive. The company is back again with a new 17.3-inch model that it equips with an Intel Core i7-9750H and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, which should combine to create a solid foundation for this gaming laptop. Read on to find out how the latest Nitro 5 fares in our tests in this detailed review.
Win an XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 with Dell
Dell is running a free competition to win its latest 13-inch convertible, the XPS 13 7390 2-in-1. The model in the sweepstakes retails for US$1,699, so it will not be the flagship model. However, not having to shell out over US$1,500 on a new convertible is always welcome.
LG temporarily pulls LG V30 Android 9.0 Pie update
Are you unable to download Android 9.0 Pie to your LG V30? Well, the South Korean has apparently pulled the update from its FOTA and LG Bridge servers. This may prove a temporary measure, but there is no word when LG will continue offering Pie to the V30.
Genki Covert Dock raises over US$1,000,000 on Kickstarter
The Genki Covert Dock has taken Kickstarter by storm, with it reaching its US$50,000 funding goal in just 40 minutes. The crowdfunding campaign has since received over US$1,000,000 from backers with 23 days to go. The Genki Covert Dock is designed as a portable dock for the Nintendo Switch but will charge other devices too thanks to its USB Type-C PD support. The Genki Covert Dock costs US$59, with the device shipping to backers in December.
Revised AMD Vega 12 achieves OpenCL score of almost 85,000 points in Geekbench
The AMD Vega 12, the GPU that formed the basis of last year's Radeon Pro Vega 16 and Vega 20, has reared its head in one of the stranger recent Geekbench listings. Spotted by @KOMACHI_ENSAKA, the GPU has been tested in what looks like a desktop system and at higher boost clocks than it was previously capable of doing.
PlayStation 5 design patent slips out: An initial look at the PlayStation 4 successor and Xbox Scarlett competitor?
Patented in Brazil earlier this month by Sony and designed by its Technical Director Yusuhiro Ootori, the designs have all the hallmarks of a games console. What do you think? The PlayStation 5, a Dev Kit or a design that will never see the light of the day?Update: A Senior Artist at Codemasters confirms what Sony has patented.
Smartphone Camera Comparison Review: The Xiaomi Mi 9T cannot hold a candle to the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
Do not let the megapixels fool you - The Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro may look alike, but Xiaomi has equipped the devices with different hardware including rear-facing camera sensors. The two devices may both have modern Sony IMX58x sensors, but the differences between the IMX582 and IMX586 are stark. Read on to find out which device, also marketed as the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro, comes out on top in our short camera comparison review.
HP refreshes the Pavilion x360 with Intel Comet Lake-U processors and dedicated graphics; starting at US$629.99
Not one to be left out, HP is bringing Comet Lake-U to its Pavilion x360 series. Spotted by renowned leaker @momomo_us, the 14-inch convertible comes with a choice of three Comet Lake-U processors, along with up to 16 GB of DDR4-2666 dual-channel RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU. The refreshed line-up starts at US$629.99 and is available to order now directly from HP. Orders will start shipping on September 5.
Intel Tiger Lake U processor annihilates the Core i7-8665U and Ryzen 7 3700U in UserBenchmark, scores up to 13% more than the Core i9-9980HK in the process
Tiger Lake U is not expected to arrive until Q2 2021 at the earliest, but two listings have already appeared on UserBenchmark, and they put the current crop of mobile processors to shame. Tiger Lake U is likely to be Intel's first 15 W chips to be built on a 10 nm FinFET process and will feature Gen12 Intel UHD Graphics too.
18 core Cascade Lake-X CPU scores 50% more than the Threadripper 2950X in Geekbench; almost 25% more than the Ryzen 9 3900X too
AMD may be storming away with multicore performance crowns, but Intel is not going down without a fight. Now, an 18 core Cascade Lake-X processor has appeared on Geekbench, and it has the AMD Threadripper series in its sights.
Blackview A60 Pro Smartphone Review: A compelling offer?
If you are looking for a smartphone for less than 100 Euros (~US$111) with good performance, a modern design, LTE and a fingerprint sensor, then the Blackview A60 Pro may be the device for you. Read on to find out if Blackview has done well and in what areas the A60 Pro struggles.
The Ryzen 5 3550U outscores the Ryzen 7 3700U and Ryzen 7 3750H in Geekbench, but lives in Intel's shadow
The Ryzen 5 3550U may be another mobile Ryzen 3000 series APU, but not all is as it seems. A recent Geekbench listing shows that the processor is capable of even outscoring the Ryzen 7 3750H in multicore tasks. However, it appears that AMD is still incapable of narrowing the gap to Intel's Whiskey Lake generation, putting somewhat of a dampener on the Ryzen 5 3550U.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL compensation goes live
Did you buy a first-generation Google Pixel or Pixel XL manufactured before January 4, 2017? If so, then you can now file a class action compensation claim against Google for up to US$400. Your Pixel or Pixel XL does not need to experienced microphone and speakers issues for you to be eligible for a claim either. There are some caveats, though.Update: Clarification added.
Samsung Galaxy A10 Smartphone Review: Power in plastic
Unsurprisingly, Samsung has made some compromises for the cheapest model in its Galaxy A series. However, the Galaxy A10 is no slouch and performs well for a sub-US$200 smartphone. Read on to find out in what areas Samsung has done well and where the Galaxy A10 falls short of its pricier Galaxy A-series siblings.
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9 performs on par with the RX 550X in Geekbench with an 8% lead over the NVIDIA GeForce MX230
It has been a few months since there were rumblings online about AMD integrating a new Radeon RX Vega GPU on an upcoming Ryzen 3000 series APU. Now, reliable leaker @TUM_APISAK has spotted a Geekbench listing confirming the existence of an RX Vega 8 with 9 compute units, ergo an RX Vega 9. The upcoming integrated GPU looks mighty powerful, with it even having an edge of some dedicated cards.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper Zen 2 scores over 2x the Ryzen 9 3900X in Geekbench; more than 2.5x times higher than the Threadripper 2950X and Core i9-9900K too
The Ryzen Zen 2 series may currently be the order of the day, but AMD has something even bigger around the corner. What may prove to be the upper-tier of the next-generation Threadripper series has reared its head on Geekbench in two listings to deliver multi-core scores that are nigh on unbelievable, obliterating
Huawei sets out the first ten devices to receive EMUI 10
It has been less than a week since Huawei announced EMUI 10, its customised version of Android Q. However, it has already laid out its early rollout plans with some Honor smartphones on the horizon too.
Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH Laptop Review: A good gaming laptop with a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU
The Legion Y540 may be touted as an RTX gaming laptop, but Lenovo also sells GTX variants that may be more suitable for the budget gamer. Switching to a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti drops the price by around 20% to 1,400 Euros (~US$1,565), which is a healthy saving. Read on to find out if Lenovo has made any other changes to keep the price down and how this GTX 1660 Ti-powered gaming laptop fares against its competitors.
Shuttle DS10U: A 1.3 litre fanless PC with up to 8th generation Intel Core i7 processors
Shuttle is back with a new mini PC series, the DS10U. The device supports up to a quadcore Whiskey Lake CPU and a maximum of 32 GB of DDR4 2400 SODIMM RAM, while staying true to the compact ethos of its predecessors. The DS10U is fanless too and only 39 mm thick.
Orange Pi Zero2: A miniature Raspberry Pi a quad-core SoC and HDMI 2.0a
Shenzhen Xunlong Software is bringing a new, compact SBC to market. The Orange Pi Zero2 is slightly larger than its predecessor and more powerful to boot. The board comes with an Allwinner H6 SoC that integrates four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, 512 MB of LPDDR3 RAM, 4 GB of eMMC flash storage and a host of interfaces, while still weighing just 34 g. Pricing and availability are still unconfirmed but expect it to cost around US$20.
The Note 11 or Galaxy S12 may be Samsung's first graphene powered smartphones
Are you tired of the limited battery capacities of modern smartphones? Well, Samsung has a plan to revolutionise smartphone battery technology as early as next year, according to Evan Blass. Do not hold out for a graphene powered Galaxy S11, but that does leave the throne open to its successors to be crowned the first smartphone with a graphene battery.
One-netbook opens a global alpha testing program for the One-netbook X, its Intel 10th gen Core powered UMPC
Intel 10th generation Core processors are coming to ultra-mobile PCs (UMPC), with One-netbook being the first to announce that it plans to bring one to market. The follow-up to the One Mix 3 series is currently called the One-netbook X and will come with Comet Lake Y, Ice Lake Y or perhaps even Tiger Lake Y series processors. You can register your interest to test the One-netbook X now.
Lenovo guns for the XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 with a Comet Lake U IdeaPad C340 refresh
Comet Lake U is here, so OEMs like Lenovo are taking advantage of the opportunity to refresh its compact laptops. The IdeaPad C340, which the Chinese company first announced in February at MWC19, will feature up to the Core i7-10710U and an NVIDIA GeForce MX230, along with a choice of three colours.
Huawei EMUI 10 teaser video, beta arriving on September 8 for P30 and Mate 20 series
After Huawei presented EMUI 10 at its Developer Conference last week, more details about features and innovations have appeared online. A teaser video for the upcoming Android Q-based OS and promotional pictures offer an insight into the redesign, with Huawei having announced the commencement of its beta program too and which smartphones are included.
Still no Android Pie for the LG G6, despite LG pushing out a new system update to its former flagship
LG has started rolling out a new update to the G6, and it is more than just a new security patch. The former flagship is due to receive Android 9.0 Pie this quarter, with LG promising earlier this year to deliver the OS upgrade between July and September. The Q3 deadline could slip though if the company faces similar problems to what it did with getting the V30 onto Android 9.0 Pie.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Desktop CPU Review: 12 cores meet Socket AM4
The Ryzen 3000 series has already impressed us, and now it is the turn of the 3900X to show us what it is capable of. We pit the Ryzen 9 against the Intel Core i9-9900K to see which can claim the gaming desktop CPU crown. Read on to find out which has the edge and which delivers the better overall package.
The Core i9-9900KS scores up to 12% lower in 3DMark than the Ryzen 9 3900X; 9% less than the Ryzen 7 3700X too
Launched at Computex 2019, the Core i9-9900KS is a 5 GHz all-core variant of the Core i9-9900K that also has a 4 GHz base clock. Sounds great for gamers, right? Well, a recent 3DMark Fire Strike posting suggests otherwise, with the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 7 3700X enjoying a healthy lead over the upcoming Coffee Lake chip. Clearly, clock speed isn't everything.
Chuwi LapBook Pro Laptop Review: An affordable 14-inch laptop with good battery life and wide colour gamut
Chuwi's 14-inch laptop scores well for its sleek metal design, its silent operation, good battery life, its IPS display with stable viewing angles and a wide colour gamut. Added to that are keyboard backlighting and the option to expand the device with an M.2 SSD, both of which are welcome.
Planning on buying the XPS 13 2-in-1 7390? Well, you still have a few weeks to wait if you live outside the US
Is the XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 not available to order in your country yet? Well, despite claiming that it was aiming for a simultaneous worldwide release, yesterday's launch only applied to the US. While Dell has publicly left other markets in the dark about a wider release, Dell Customer Support has been more specific. Unfortunately, it looks like everyone outside China and the US must wait a while longer before getting their hands on an XPS 13 2-in-1 7390.
Orange Pi Zero LTS: A new Raspberry Pi alternative that costs US$10 and should run cooler than its predecessor
The Allwinner H2+ powered SBC runs Armbian's Debian and Ubuntu images and measures just 52 x 46 mm. The tiny board features 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, up to 512 MB of RAM, USB 2.0 Type-A and a microSD card slot. There is a 26-pin unpopulated GPIO header too, along with a 13-pin header for headphone, USB 2.0, TV-out, microphone and IR signals. The Orange Pi Zero LTS currently costs between US$8.49 and US$10.49 depending on the version you buy and is available to order on AliExpress now.
Why AMD ceasing sales of the Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT does not matter
Cue hysteria: AMD is planning to EOL its Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT cards. However, it is not as bad as you may think. Unless you have been holding out on buying one, that is.
Possible Snapdragon 865 scores 19% more than the Snapdragon 855 on Geekbench; 16% more than the Snapdragon 855+ too
A listing for an unknown Qualcomm SoC has appeared on Geekbench, codenamed Kona. The possible successor to the Snapdragon 855 scored 19% more than the current flagship SoC in the single-core benchmark and 18% more in the multi-core equivalent. It even outperformed the Snapdragon 855+ by a sizeable margin too. If this proves to be the Snapdragon 865, then expect to see this performance coming to smartphones in early 2020 with a formal announcement towards the end of this year.
SLAMTEC Mapper M1M1: A US$199.00 ToF 360° laser scanner kit that can map over 100,000 m²
The SLAMTEC Mapper M1M1 is a ToF laser scanner with a 20-metre range that can map over 100,000 m². SLAMTEC promises that the device has a 5 cm resolution with a re-localisation accuracy of less than 0.02 m, while its inertial navigation system can compensate for up to 1 m/s of movement. The SLAMTEC Mapper M1M1 is available to order now from Seeedstudio for US$199 with free international shipping.
AMD 2nd generation EPYC processors are up to 50% more powerful and 50% cheaper than Xeon Platinum Cascade Lake
The 2nd gen EPYC series is finally here, with AMD claiming it blows comparable Intel Xeon processors out of the water not only on performance but also value for money. The series scales from 8 cores to 64 cores and offers up to 256 MB of L3 cache, along with 128 lanes of PCIe 4.0 and 23% more IPC than its predecessor.
Is the Mi 9T Pro already DOA in Europe?
The Mi 9T Pro is hitting Europe, but Xiaomi is doing it no favours to help it step out from the shadow of the Mi 9. Dutch retailer Belsimpel has put the rebranded Redmi K20 Pro up for pre-order, but it already looks uncompetitive next to the Mi 9, which has now come down in price since its release earlier this year.
Dell launches the XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 in China; Core i7-1068G7 SKU missing
While the rest of the world still waits, China has become the first country where the long-awaited XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 has gone on sale. Prices start at 12,999 CNY (~US$1,850) for the Core i5-1035G1 model and rise to 16,999 CNY (~US$2,419) for the Core i7-1065G7 version. No Core i7-1068G7 SKU or simultaneous worldwide release as Dell previously promised though.
ASUS issues fatal software update for some ZenFone 6 units; offers motherboard replacement as a resolution
The ASUS ZenFone 6 won plaudits for its almost stock Android experience, but a recent software update has been causing havoc with some handsets. According to an ASUS engineer, the update has caused some motherboards to malfunction, resulting in crashes, reboots, bootloops or dead devices.
Huawei Honor Smart Screen TV: Over 100,000 pre-orders before its August 10 unveiling
It is crazy what hype Huawei can conjure up for its upcoming Smart TV series. Over 100,000 people have already pre-ordered the Honor Smart Screen TV before its official launch in China, effectively doing so blindly.
Gemini Lake Refresh: Up to 3.2 GHz on a quad-core 10 W CPU?
The Gemini Lake Refresh series will feature at least six processors, all of which will be substantially higher clocked versions of the 14 nm Goldmont Plus chips that preceded them. The 6-10 W processors arrive in Q1 2020 at the earliest.
Lenovo Legion Y9000X: A 15.6-inch thin and light beast that you probably will not be able to buy
The Legion Y9000X looks to be one interesting laptop. The 15.6-inch device may end up being another China-only release, but its Core i9-9980HK processor, 32 GB of RAM, 4K 100% AdobeRGB coverage and a four-fan solution has us intrigued.
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Desktop CPU Review: A frugal 8 core and 16 thread processor
AMD has continuously improved and optimised its Zen architecture since its inaugural release in 2017, with the company having just released its third generation in as many years. AMD manufactures its Zen 2 processors on the modern 7 nm process, which offers higher IPC than Zen+, among other improvements. Read on to find what the Ryzen 7 3700X, our first Zen 2 processor, can do and whether the jump to 7 nm offers as many benefits as promised.
ASUS VX60GT: A sub-US$1,000 15.6-inch multimedia laptop with a Core i7-9750H, GTX 1650 and optional 120 Hz IPS panel
The VX60GT comes with a choice of Intel Core 9th generation processors, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, up to 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. While this may sound run of the mill for a 15.6-inch multimedia laptop, its optional 120 Hz 1080p IPS may turn heads. The VX60GT goes on sale in China from August 14 for 6,799 CNY (~US$964).
Under-screen Touch ID & Face ID iPhone to enter mass-production by 2021: New report
According to reports from China, Apple will start mass-producing displays with an in-screen Touch ID sensor that will complement Face ID in anticipation of their inclusion in the 2021 iPhone series. The upcoming displays will likely have a custom Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, which will have a larger recognition area than comparable sensors found in current flagships like the Mate 20 Pro, P30 Pro and Galaxy S10 series.
XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC2 pictures leak ahead of launch
XFX has gone all nostalgic for one of its RX 5700 XT custom GPUs, harking back to the days of the RX 280X Double Dissipation. The 8 GB card will support Freesync 2 HDR, with XFX gunning for meme-worthy status too. Expect the RX 5700 XT THICC2 to arrive before the end of this month.
Fossil launches Carlyle HR, and Julianna HR Gen 5 Wear OS smartwatches for US$295
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 powered smartwatches both feature 44 mm faces, 8 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM. The touchscreen Gen 5 smartwatches are rated for up to 36 hours usage or 1 week in clock mode and are available to order now for US$295.
You can now buy an official Nintendo Switch Dock for just US$39.99
Nintendo is now offering the Switch Dock as a separate purchase for the first time. The Dock is an Authentic Nintendo product, albeit refurbished, so there is no chance of it bricking your Switch as is the risk with many third-party alternatives.
Huawei EMUI 10 promotional pictures show a redesign and new features
Huawei will announce EMUI 10, its custom version of Android Q, on August 9 at its 2019 Developer Conference in Dongguan City, China. However, several promotional images have appeared on Weibo, the Chinese social media giant, which hint at a holistic GUI redesign and some new features.
HP Gaming Pavilion 15 Laptop Review: A powerful yet pleasingly quiet gaming laptop
The HP Gaming Pavilion 15 handles all modern games with ease on its matte 15.6-inch 1080p display thanks to its powerful hardware. The device can even make use of its 144 Hz refresh rate while remaining comparatively quiet too. 16 GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM keeps the system ticking over, as does the 256 GB NVMe SSD.
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 2019 device images appear online; three SKUs inbound
Xiaomi has been showing off the Mi Gaming Laptop 2019 at ChinaJoy 2019, with Xiaomi insider xiaomishka publishing some photos of the device ahead of its unveiling tomorrow. Early pricing has appeared online too, with the series expected to start at 7,499 CNY (~US$1,086).
Dell delays the XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 again; no re-revised date in sight
Dell has once again missed its release date for the new XPS 13 2-in-1, having already delayed it by almost a month. The company only came clean after people online were left wondering why the upcoming convertible had not launched on August 2. Now multiple sources are suggesting an additional delay of at least a few weeks, with the device potentially not shipping in some key markets before the end of the month.
HP looks to take on the thin and light gaming crowd with the OMEN 15 Air, an RTX 2080 Max-Q powered and 20 mm thick 15.6-inch gaming laptop
Several listings for an announced new variant of the HP OMEN 15 have appeared on Chinese retailer Jingdong (JD.com). As its name suggests, the OMEN 15 Air will be a lighter and more compact version of the current OMEN 15 with a lighter and more subdued look to boot. Prices range from 9,499 CNY (~US$1,369) for the GTX 1660 Ti model to 16,999 CNY (~US$2,450) for the RTX 2080 Max-Q variant. All SKUs are equipped with an Intel Core i7-9750H too.
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) Smartphone Review: Not another Mi 9 with a pop-up camera
The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, like its sister model Mi 9T, has a motorised pop-up front-facing camera to aid in the pursuit of the highest possible screen-to-body ratio. The device comes with a Snapdragon 855, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of UFS 2.1 flash storage too, but Xiaomi has made cuts in some areas that hold it back from challenging the Mi 9. Read on to find out how the Mi 9T Pro, or should we say Redmi K20 Pro, performs in our tests and how it shapes up against the Mi 9.
NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER Desktop GPU Review: A high-end Desktop GPU without a home
The RTX 2080 SUPER is the last RTX 20 SUPER Desktop GPU to enter our offices, and it is also the most powerful. Since AMD does not currently compete with NVIDIA in this performance class, it begs the question of why the team in green has even bothered to bring a facelifted RTX 2080 to the market. Read on to find out what benefits a full-bore TU104 brings, if any, and how the RTX 2080 SUPER fares against other high-end GPUs.
Intel Tiger Lake Y processor posts absurd UserBenchmark scores; Core i9-8950HK single-core performance on a 5 W chip?
A Tiger Lake Y series processor has appeared on UserBenchmark with some incredible benchmark results. The Ice Lake successor is 25% faster than the Ryzen 7 3750H in single and multi-core tasks while being 11% faster than the Core i7-8750H too. Core i9-8950HK level single-core performance from a 5 W chip? Colour us impressed, if not slightly sceptical.
Intel Core i3-10110U scores up to 86% more than the Core i5-8265U in GFXBench; takes aim at AMD and NVIDIA too
The baby of the upcoming Comet Lake U series and its new iGPU have appeared on GFXBench, leaving the Core i5-8265U and Ryzen 7 2700U in its wake. The Core i3-10110U even edges the NVIDIA GeForce MX250 in some benchmarks, which is mighty impressive from a 15 W integrated GPU.
Sony IMX586 Comparison Review: Five 48 MP smartphones face-off in a camera duel
The Sony IMX586 is currently the most widely used camera sensor in the midrange to affordable flagship price segments. Our experiences with its image quality have varied from device to device though, so we have decided to put all the IMX586 equipped smartphones that we have already tested through their paces to see who comes out on top. Read on to find out how our five sample devices get on in this comparison review.
RugGear RG655 Smartphone Review: A pleasant outdoor handset with a few useful extras, and shortcomings
Push-to-talk and Lone Worker Protection (LWS) are just a few of the functional benefits that RugGear has included on the RG655. The device looks relatively contemporary by outdoor smartphone standards, which makes a change. It is not all roses though, as we will discuss in the review below.
Intel Core i7-10710U posts almost 40% higher Geekbench multi-core score than the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H; over 15% higher than the Core i7-8565U too
A recent Geekbench listing has revealed that Intel has a fourth Comet Lake U processor up its sleeve, and it could be a corker. Named the Core i7-10710U, it will be the first hexacore CPU in Intel's U series and will come with 12 MB of L3 cache along with a 4.67 GHz turbo clock speed.
Google lifts the lid on the Pixel 4 and its Soli radar chip, hints at a November release date
Google is back with yet more teasers for the upcoming Pixel 4 series. Remember Project Soli? Well, Google is making it a stand-out feature of the Pixel 4, and it has just told the world how it plans to use it, months before its official unveiling. A few other nuggets of information await too.
Intel Core i7-1065G7: A 65 W Ice Lake CPU?
The upcoming Ice Lake processor recently posted an impressive set of Geekbench scores, and now a set of SiSoftware benchmark results point to the CPU reaching up to 65 W. The quad-core processor will have a 3.9 GHz boost clock along with 2 MB of L2 cache and 8 MB of L3 cache too.
LG V30 Android 9.0 Pie update goes live in 9 countries, and here is how to install it
Rejoice V30 owners, for LG has finally released Android 9.0 Pie for its former flagship. The OS update introduces gesture controls, upgraded system apps and more. Some early adopters have reported experiencing laggy UI and gesture control issues though, which were not present in Oreo. LG has started pushing the update over the air (OTA), but there is a workaround if it is not appearing on your device.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Smartphone Review: A turbocharged S10 with a cutting-edge addition
Samsung announced the Galaxy S10 5G at MWC 19, but it has taken a while to arrive in Europe. It is bigger, has more cameras and has a larger battery than its S10 siblings, but there are some trade-offs too. Samsung has not managed to eradicate the issues we had with the rest of the S10 series, either. Read on to find out more in this detailed review.
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Laptop Review: A Business Laptop but no TrackPoint
The ThinkBook series is Lenovo’s latest attempt at introducing a new brand upon the laptop market. The ThinkBooks are designed to excel in productive applications while offering a more modern design than their ThinkPad counterparts. Read on to find out whether Lenovo has achieved this with the ThinkBook 13s in our detailed review.
The PineBook Pro, a 14-inch Linux laptop, is now available to order for US$199.99
The PineBook Pro has been a long time coming, with PINE64 first announcing the device in January. The 14-inch Linux laptop comes with a Rockchip RK3399 SoC, 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 64 GB of eMMC 5.0 flash storage and weighs just 1.26 kg thanks to its magnesium alloy design. The PineBook Pro is available to order directly from PINE64 now for US$199.99 and ships globally.
Smartphone Camera Comparison: Pixel dominance in the midrange
The Google Pixel 3a, Samsung Galaxy A70 and Xiaomi Mi 9T are all recent additions to an already crowded midrange, with them all boasting about their camera capabilities. Having recently reviewed all three, we thought it was about time to pit them against each other in a camera comparison test while comparing their results against some of the best flagships on the market.
Total War: Three Kingdoms Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Total War: Three Kingdoms pits you as one of twelve legendary warlords to unite a torn China under a new dynasty during an era of three empires. Do not underestimate the system requirements though, as the game’s graphically intensive battles push even the most powerful GPUs to their limits in UHD on the ultra preset.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Desktop GPU Review: In touching distance of the GeForce RTX 2080
NVIDIA is pitching its refreshed RTX line-up against AMD and its Navi series. In this review, we will take a closer look at the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Founders Edition to see not only how it stacks up against other NVIDIA RTX cards but also the Radeon RX 5700 XT.
Raspberry Pi: Creoqode brings handheld gaming to the Raspberry Pi CM3L with the LYRA
Think of the Creoqode LYRA as a more affordable version of a Smach Z, GPD Win or GPD Win 2. The 5-inch handheld packs a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Lite that integrates a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and 1 GB of LPDDR2 SDRAM, giving it the power to emulate practically any retro games console. The Creoqode LYRA costs £149 (~US$186) and has already reached its funding goal on Kickstarter, with Creoqode aiming to ship to backers in December.
Honor beats Apple to the punch and announces a 16-inch MacBook Pro copycat, the MagicBook Pro
During the Honor 9X and 9X Pro launch event Honor also unveiled the MagicBook Pro, a 16.1-inch touchscreen and GeForce MX250 powered laptop. The device comes with up to a Core i7-8565U processor, 16 GB of RAM, a 1 TB SSD and will be available to order in China on July 29 from 5,499 CNY (~US$800).
Save up to US$500 until August 3 on an unlocked Galaxy S10e, S10 or S10+ or get a second one for free
Best Buy has teamed up with AT&T, Sprint and Verizon to offer up to US$500 off an unlocked Galaxy S10e, S10 or S10+. The sale applies to all colours and storage variants, with the Galaxy S10e costing as little as US$349. Alternatively, AT&T and Verizon are offering a second device for free, but only when you buy the first at full price.
Feasible 16 core AMD Threadripper 3000 series CPU crushes the Ryzen 9 3900X and Threadripper 2950X in multi-core workloads
Well, well, well. We might have just got our first sight of an AMD Threadripper 3000 series processor, courtesy of a posting on UserBenchmark. The processor, which we expect to see before the end of the year, is compatible with the TR4 socket and existing X399-based motherboards. It leaves the Threadripper 2950X and Ryzen 9 3900X in its wake in multi-core tasks too.
Xiaomi Mi 9T Smartphone Review: A midranger with record battery life
After the Mi 9 and Mi 9 SE comes the Mi 9T, a device that takes the Mi 9 series in a different direction. The 9T has inherited many features from the Mi 9, but it distinguishes itself with its pop-up selfie camera, a 4,000 mAh battery and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Read on to find out how the 9T stacks up against its Mi 9 siblings.
Galaxy Note 10: Dummy units offer a more precise look at the differences between the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus
We are but a few weeks away from the next Galaxy UNPACKED event, where Samsung is due to unveil the Galaxy Note 10 series. Leaked press renders and alleged live photos have given us a good idea of what the successor to the Note 9 should entail, but two dummy units show off just how compact the standard Note 10 will be and the additional hardware that the Note 10 Plus will have.
Movado Connect 2.0: A smartwatch with Wear OS and 1 GB of RAM
The hitherto unknown Movado Connect 2.0 has been discovered in a recent FCC listing. The Wear OS smartwatch comes with 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and will be powered by either a Snapdragon Wear 2100 or a Wear 3100.
Mate 30 Lite: First photos show off the design of the Huawei Mate 30 series
A set of Mate 30 Lite live-photos is doing the rounds, showing a punch-hole display, a capacitive fingerprint scanner and quad rear-facing cameras. The Mate 30 Lite will be sold as the Nova 5i Pro in China.
ASUS ROG Phone II: A Snapdragon 855 Plus powered beast that includes everything but the kitchen sink
The ASUS ROG Phone II looks set to be a gamer's dream, with a 6.59-inch 120 Hz AMOLED display, 49 ms touch latency, a Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB of UFS 3.0 storage and a vapour chamber to minimise throttling. Oh, and a huge 6,000 mAh battery. ASUS has developed a brand-new set of gaming accessories too, with the Chinese version of the ROG Phone II going on sale on July 23. Expect a worldwide release in early September.
Android 9.0 Pie is on the horizon for the LG V20
Good news LG V20 owners, it looks like your handset will receive Android 9.0 Pie in the not too distant future after all. While the South Korean company pushed the roll-out of Pie to its successor from Q2 to Q3, there is promise of the V20 receiving its last OS update this quarter with LG reportedly testing a beta build internally.
Pixel 4: Bezels, bezels and more bezels; Pixel 4 to have a sub-80% screen-to-body ratio, triple rear-facing cameras and no notch
The release of the Pixel 4 series is edging ever nearer, so cue yet more leaked renders. This time, OnLeaks has given us a look at the Pixel 4, the design of which has been affirmed by screen protector leaks. You better like bezels.
Dell is equipping the XPS 15 7590 with different heatsinks depending on the configuration you buy
Contrary to Dell's service manual, not all XPS 15 7590 machines come with the same heatsink. Only the Core i9 models appear to have full VRM cooling, with Dell equipping the other SKUs with a slightly lesser cooler. As its predecessors demonstrated, all XPS 15 need active VRM cooling, so why the penny-pinching Dell?
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro: The ASUS ROG Phone 2 and Nubia Red Magic 3 challenger is arriving July 30; Geekbench listing has it trailing the Galaxy Note 10
Xiaomi is following suit with ASUS and Nubia by refreshing its gaming smartphone this summer. The company has confirmed that it will unveil the Black Shark 2 Pro on July 30, but it is currently keeping other details close to its chest. Expect only minor changes though, if the name is anything to go by.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER falls well short of the RTX 2080 Ti in gaming and synthetic benchmarks; only just beats the RTX 2080
NVIDIA has discontinued the GeForce RTX 2080, having replaced it with its SUPER successor. However, some synthetic and gaming benchmarks show that the RTX 2080 SUPER offers hardly any performance improvements over its predecessor, with it significantly trailing the RTX 2080 Ti too. Update: FFXV benchmark results and additional comments added.
LG continues to leave the V30 out in the cold, but there is a flashable Beta version of Android 9.0 Pie if you are feeling brave
Android 9.0 Pie is here for the LG V30, sort of. The OS update has reared its head online as a Beta, just like the one for the G6 recently did. The upgrade process is not for the faint-hearted though and comes with some prerequisites. Update: Beta software for the US unlocked version of the LG V30 has surfaced online too.
Microsoft acknowledges that some Surface Book 2 laptops are experiencing an NVIDIA dGPU disconnection issue
Microsoft has acknowledged that some Surface Book 2 laptops are experiencing NVIDIA dGPU disconnects following the Windows 10 May 2019 Feature Update. If you have already updated your Surface Book 2 to Windows 10 version 1903 then you are out of luck, as Microsoft currently has no workaround other than to prevent all devices from updating to the latest version of Windows.
The 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro is even less repairable than its predecessors
Popular teardown and repair website iFixit has taken the new 13-inch MacBook Pro apart, revealing a 7% larger battery, a soldered SSD, a smaller heatsink and modular ports. Unsurprisingly, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro 13 received a woeful 2 out of 10 for repairability.
Raspberry Pi 4: The Raspberry Pi Foundation brushes off that the RPi 4 has a temperature problem
The internet celebrated the arrival of the Raspberry Pi 4 last month, with its more powerful SoC, USB Type-C port, dual 4K HDMI and up to 4 GB of RAM. However, a few issues are rearing their head, with the Pi Foundation being quick to shut one of the more concerning down.
LG G8S ThinQ Smartphone Review: Innovative or outdated?
The LG G8S ThinQ has arrived late to the party, but it still brings a flagship SoC, a large OLED display, a ToF camera and a 3,550 mAh battery. The G8S ThinQ may have fancy camera tech, but it is otherwise a fairly run-of-the-mill flagship. However, read on to find out why we still think highly of LG’s latest attempt to disrupt the established order.
I2Som PanGu, an STM32MP1 powered Raspberry Pi Linux alternative that costs ~US$72.50
The PanGu is an STMicroelectronics STM32MP1 powered single-board computer (SBC), which should offer good value for money for some developers. The board runs Debian Jesse and Yocto Linux and is available to order from Taobao for 499 RMB (~US$72.50).
pi-top : A programmable computing module with an embedded Raspberry Pi 4, 4 GB RAM and 16 GB of storage
The pi-top  allows you to code and program on the move thanks to its 5-hour internal battery life. The device comes with 14 electronic components including LEDs, buttons and programmable sensors, while it even works with an optional 2-in-1 screen and keyboard or an Advanced Vehicle Kit (AVK). The pi-top  is available to order on Kickstarter now for US$199 and will shop in November having already reached its US$100,000 funding goal.
SIGMA fp: The world's smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless digital camera
Unexpectedly, SIGMA Corporation has introduced the world's smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera. The SIGMA fp is extremely modular, weatherproof and comes with some very interesting features.
GPD Win Max: New leaks reveal a PS Vita style d-pad, revised keyboard, dual fans and a trackpad
News about the GPD Win Max has been quiet since April, but a host of leaked photos give a better look at the 8-inch handheld. Dual-fans, a larger keyboard, a PlayStation Vita style d-pad and even a trackpad? One-Netbook and Smach better take notice.
The new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with a customised Intel CPU, Iris Plus Graphics and crushes its predecessor in multi-core tasks
The 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro is almost here, but numerous Geekbench listings have already gone live demonstrating the entry-level's single and multi-core performance. Unsurprisingly, the quad-core laptop hammers its dual-core predecessor.
Apple iPod Touch 2019 Review: A music player for gamers
The iPod was an important milestone on Apple's road to success with iTunes, but now all but the iPod Touch have been removed from sale. The anachronism is now in its 7th generation, but it can play more than just music.
Some Samsung Galaxy A80 handsets have a huge flipping problem
The Galaxy A80 has just gone on sale, but there are already reports of its rotating camera getting stuck or the mechanism sound unusually noisy. A few errant devices or form over function?
Amazfit GTR: Huami to launch its new smartwatch on July 16
Huami, not to be confused with Huawei, produces wearables not only for Xiaomi but also has its own line of smartwatches and fitness trackers. The company recently released the Amazfit Verge 2 smartwatch with EKG functionality and is set to present the Amazfit GTR, a Grand Tour Racing model, on July 16.
The Galaxy Note 10 is not a true Note smartphone
The leaks and information about the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 series are coming thick and fast, with most outlets jumping on its eye-catching design. Most seem willing to overlook the loss of features and copycat looks, but should you? It is time to realise that the Note 10 is not a true Note smartphone as we have previously known them.
XPS 13 2-in-1: The new convertible with more cooling than you could shake a stick at
Dell has been promoting its upcoming XPS 13 2-in-1 refresh on YouTube, lifting the lid on its new cooling system. While the company had previously announced that the convertible would feature vaper chamber and GORE cooling, the new video explains the use of the several slits adorning its bottom case. An innovative solution or an eyesore?
The GPD Win 2 receives a Core m3-8100Y refresh; redesigned motherboard, improved speakers and costs US$775
GPD is refreshing the Win 2, its 6-inch handheld that can run AAA games. The company has not only bumped the device up from a Core m3-7Y30 to a Core m3-8100Y, but it has also redesigned the motherboard to aid better heat dissipation, upgraded the storage to 256 GB and improved the speakers. The new GPD Win 2 is available to order now for US$775 and will ship from July 26.
Lenovo IdeaPad S540 Laptop Review: AMD or Intel? Lenovo gives consumers the choice and we compare both
The Lenovo IdeaPad S540 promises to be a compact 14-inch multimedia laptop. The device should have good battery life too, although there are some noticeable differences between the AMD and Intel models. We have both in for review to see which variant should be more worthy of your consideration. Read on to find out how the two models fare against each other and other comparable laptops in this detailed review.
Android Q nerfs gesture navigation if you use a third-party launcher
Android Q is nearly upon us, bringing with it a slew of changes and refinements. Beta 5 has started rolling out too, but it seemingly confirms that gesture navigation controls will not work with third-party launchers. The slow-march to a closed-source Android seems upon us.
Meet the Sony SEL35F18F, an FE 35 mm f/1.8 lens that costs US$750 (£630)
After much speculation, Sony has announced a 35 mm f/1.8 lens under its FE series. The lens incorporates 11 elements, one being aspherical to suppress aberrations and maintain image resolution into the corners of a shot. The SEL35F18F weighs just 280 g (9.9 oz) too. The FE 35 mm f/1.8 (SEL35F18F) will be available to order in August for US$750 (£630).
Raspberry Pi: Bring the chill to your Raspberry Pi 4 for just US$20 with an ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan
Seeedstudio claims that the ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan can reduce Raspberry Pi 4 core temperatures from 80 °C to 40 °C under load, which should eliminate thermal throttling. The ICE Tower is compatible with all previous RPi boards too and just requires 5 V power via a 40-pin GPIO. The ICE Tower is available to order now from Seeedstudio for US$19.90, which ships worldwide from July 19.
AMD announces μProf 3.0, a free tool to optimise apps for AMD processors
μProf 3.0 supports Assembly, C, C++ and Fortran along with Java and .Net. It can also work with programs compiled using GNU, Intel or Microsoft compilers in addition to LLVM and AOCC. The tool includes not only energy, performance and system analyses but also system-wide power profiling. μProf 3.0 is available to download now.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER offers little more than the RTX 2060 SUPER and its predecessor in Final Fantasy XV
The RTX 20 Series is being hyped to high-heaven right now, but the RTX 2070 SUPER yields hardly any performance improvements over its predecessor in even heavily NVIDIA-optimised titles like FFXV. What gives, NVIDIA?
The HTC U11+ finally receives its first major OS update almost 21 months after being launched
Android Q may be just around the corner, but HTC has finally started rolling out Android Pie to the HTC U11+. Previously slated for a Q2 2019 release, the Taiwanese company has now begun pushing out Android Pie via an OTA to handsets in its home country. Better late than never, right?
XPS 15 7590: No DPC latency issues, but 75 °C throttling and no S3 sleep.
The XPS 15 7590 is less than two weeks old, but consumers are already realising that the device retains some of the issues that plagued its predecessors. 75 °C throttling and no S3 sleep sound familiar to anyone? At least Dell appears to have resolved DPC latency issues with the new XPS 15 though.
Pixel 4: Here is a first look at the front of the Pixel 4 XL; thicc bezels, five cameras and no headphone jack
The Pixel 4 XL will have a 6.25-inch display, dual front-facing cameras and perhaps even a Project Soli radar-based biometric face authentication system. By golly, bezels are here to stay though, while the headphone jack is resting on the cutting-room floor.
Sales report: Intel prioritising high-end CPUs, haemorrhages market share to AMD in Japan
Intel has dismissed reports of the company losing its CPU sales market share to AMD in Japan. The latter is now the largest CPU seller in the country, with AMD gaining a 21.6% market share since October. The news comes before the arrival of AMD's hotly anticipated Zen 2 architecture too. Worrying times indeed for the team in blue.
Deepfake: Are these the first official Mate 30 Pro adverts?
First, we had a back glass leak, next a few fan-made renders, and now apparently a set of official adverts? A deepfake or something more legit?
AMD confirms Radeon RX 5700, RX 5700 XT & RX 5700 XT Anniversary pricing; undercuts NVIDIA
The Radeon RX 5700 is inching ever closer to release, but AMD has already reduced prices to stay competitive with NVIDIA and its RTX 20 SUPER series. Good news all round for gaming fans, then.
Huawei is playing with how best to contextualise UI around a punch-hole camera
Some intriguing patents have been published by the German patent office. They show that Huawei is toying with the idea of how to contextualise UI and UX around a punch-hole camera. So, it appears that the Chinese manufacturer is hedging its bets that punch-hole cameras are here to stay, at least for the time being in some capacity.
Sony Xperia 1 Smartphone Review: It takes more than just a fancy display to challenge established flagships
Sony presents the Xperia 1 as being the first smartphone with a 4K and HDR OLED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio. Cinema ready? Well, there is more to the Xperia 1 than that. The Xperia 1 is a great smartphone, but it may only be ideal for a few people. Read on to find out why.
Raspberry Pi: Combine a Raspberry Pi with up to 4 Raspberry Pi Zeros for less than US$50 with the Cluster HAT
The Cluster HAT v2.3 does what it says on the tin. It allows you to combine a Raspberry Pi A+/B+/2/3 with up to 4 Raspberry Pi Zeros. The latter connect via a Controller Pi GPIO and are configured to use USB Gadget mode, making it easy to simulate or test small-scale cluster computing. The Cluster HAT v2.3 is designed by Pimoroni and is available to order from SB-Components for US$49.22.
Save up to US$150 on an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
The arrival of Ryzen Zen 2 this month and beyond inevitably means price cuts for existing AMD CPUs. The Ryzen 7 2700X with a Wraith Prism Cooler originally launched at US$329 and is now being sold by most retailers at US$269.99. However, Microcenter has seemingly jumped the gun on price cuts, having reduced the CPU to just US$199.99. You can even save an additional US$30 if you buy an eligible AM4 motherboard too.
Chuwi LapBook Plus: A 15.6-inch 4K MacBook Pro copycat that costs US$459.99
The Chuwi LapBook Plus comes with a 15.6-inch 4K display, an Intel Atom X7-E3950 processor, 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD. Yes, you read that correctly, an Atom CPU powering a 4K display. The device comes with a 36.5 Wh battery too, which will surely result in woeful battery life. The LapBook Plus weighs 1.53 kg, has two USB Type-A ports along with a microSD card reader and a micro HDMI port. The device is available to order on Gearbest for US$459.99 and will ship on July 11.
LG G8S ThinQ: Snapdragon 855, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB of storage and Android 9.0 Pie
Anyone fancy a new LG flagship? Well, the South Korean company thinks so, although it is a device that it seemingly forgot to release. Curiously, LG introduced the G8S ThinQ at MWC19 in February but has only now gotten around to bringing the bookend to the G8 ThinQ to market.
Report: Swollen battery replacement for the Dell XPS 13 with Dell NBD Premium Support
A swollen laptop battery will be frustrating regardless of when it happens, but especially outside of warranty. Thankfully, extended warranty services can mitigate having to pay for an expensive repair, which is what we experienced with our Dell XPS 13 9350. Read on to find out how the company’s premium on-site support service resolved a swollen battery and its knock-on effects.
ZTE Axon 10 Pro Smartphone Review: The flagship killer from China
ZTE pitches the Axon 10 Pro against modern flagships like the P30 Pro, especially in regard to design. The Chinese manufacturer has included an in-screen fingerprint scanner and 48 MP dual rear-facing cameras, but it has scrimped on many of the other flashy features adorning high-end handsets. Read on in this detailed review to find out how this 600-Euro (~US$678) supposed flagship killer performs in our tests.
ASUS confirms that the ROG Phone 2 will have a 120 Hz display
ASUS ROG has been posting more teasers on its Weibo account about the next ROG Phone. Reports from China claim that the ROG Phone 2 will be announced this month and showcased at the Chinajoy conference in early August. Are you ready for 120 Hz mobile gaming?
The Raspberry Pi 4 now runs cooler thanks to a firmware update
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released a USB firmware update for the Raspberry Pi 4 that reduces its SoC operating temperatures by up to 4 °C. The update is available to download now and should reduce throttling in multi-core tasks. Beware though, it will possibly reduce USB transfer speeds.
GTA VI: Project Americas codename, next-gen exclusive and a return to Vice City with a Narcos twist?
A thread posted by someone purporting to have information on GTA VI from insider sources has gained a lot of attention on Reddit. The post goes into great detail about the locations, development and story arc of the sequel to GTA VI, with the game being set across three cities and decades. Fake? Likely. It makes for great reading though.
RTX 2060 SUPER and RTX 2070 SUPER edged out by AMD Radeon RX 5700 in OpenCL
The GeForce RTX 20 SUPER series are on the horizon, but a set of OpenCL benchmark postings will make for bleak reading for NVIDIA fans. The RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER and AMD Radeon RX 5700 have all been tested in the same ASUS ROG RAMPAGE VI APEX motherboard, with the latter coming out on top.
Samsung Galaxy S10 catches fire while charging
The story of a Samsung Galaxy S10 self-destructing has been circulating on Chinese social media platform Weibo. The device apparently caught fire while charging just over a day after it was purchased. An accompanying video shows the bulging battery still smoking, having destroyed the device, in something reminiscent of the Note 7 debacle.
PiJuice Zero: An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for the Raspberry Pi Zero that costs US$45
Based on the PiJuice HAT released in 2016, the PiJuice Zero allows the Raspberry Pi Zero to be used on the go away from a power outlet. Pi Supply has developed a software suite to help get you started and has included a low-profile to keep the overall build size small. The PiJuice Zero is available to order on Crowd Supply now for US$45 with orders shipping worldwide on October 31.
Enviro+: A new Raspberry Pi HAT designed for environmental monitoring
Running on a Python library, the Enviro+ can monitor indoor and outdoor atmospheric changes from air quality to temperature, humidity and noise. The board can contribute to big air quality projects like Luftdaten too. Pimoroni has developed the Enviro+ with The University of Sheffield and has included several sensors, along with a 40-pin header and a 0.96-inch colour LCD. The Enviro+ is available to pre-order now for US$47.63 and will ship worldwide from July 5.
No squares allowed: Here is the clearest indication yet of what the back of Mate 30 Pro will look like
A photo of what is supposedly the back of the Mate 30 Pro has leaked out of China, showing a distinct change in the design language of its predecessor. Call us cynical, but the timing of this "leak" coincides awfully well with the partial lifting of US sanctions against Huawei. Hype generation for its next flagship or just a camera happy employee?
Give your Raspberry Pi some motion for just US$12.90 with a 3D Gesture & Tracking Shield
Based on a Microchip MGC3130, the 3D Gesture & Tracking Shield brings gesture and motion tracking to the Raspberry Pi at a reasonable price. The Shield supports touch gestures and emits a short-range magnetic field to allow it to recognise gestures performed nearby it too. The 3D Gesture & Tracking Shield communicates with a Raspberry Pi via I2C and is available to purchase worldwide from Seeedstudio for US$12.90.
FriendlyElec NanoPi M4: Price drop brings the RK3399 powered Raspberry Pi 4 competitor down to US$50
FriendlyElec has responded to the aggressive pricing of the Raspberry Pi 4 by cutting the MSRP of its NanoPi M4. The Rockchip RK3399 powered SBC originally started at US$65 for the 2 GB of RAM variant and has now received a 23% price cut to US$50. Similarly, the 4 GB model has come down by 21% to US$75 from US$95. The NanoPi M4 features a more powerful SoC than the Raspberry Pi 4, along with a host of ports, connectors and sensors. FriendlyElec ships worldwide.
No price cuts for the RTX 20 series as NVIDIA kills off all but the RTX 2060; Super prices and release dates confirmed
The release of the RTX 20 Super series will not coincide with price drops for current RTX 20 Desktop GPUs. Instead, NVIDIA will only keep on the RTX 2060 and RTX 2080 Ti, with the other two SKUs being replaced by their Super successors. RTX 20 Super series cards will start at US$399 and be available from July 9.
The Ryzen 9 3900X eats Intel and Threadripper processors for breakfast, lunch and dinner in multi-core benchmarks
The upcoming 12 core and 24 thread Ryzen 9 3900X has posted seriously impressive Geekbench 4.3 and SiSoftware multi-core scores, leaving the Core i9-9900K and even the Threadripper 2950X in its wake. The benchmark results confirm that the CPU will have a 3.8 GHz base clock that it can boost to between 4.51 and 4.54 GHz.
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG Laptop Review: A slim and powerful gaming laptop with good battery life
The sleek MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG handles all modern triple-A games with ease thanks to its Core i7-9750H processor and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU. The 17.3-inch device has good battery life too, lasting longer between charges than even some office laptops.
XPS 15 7590: Early indications suggest that Dell has addressed the cooling issues that plagued previous generations of the XPS 15
Dell has published the service manual for the XPS 15 7590 following its release yesterday, which would not usually turn heads. Stay with us though, as it confirms a tweak that will potentially fix one of the biggest gripes of the XPS 15 9570.
Radeon RX 5700 XT 3DMark listing appears with the 7 nm GPU riding on the coat tails of the GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2060 Super
AMD looks to have sent the Radeon RX 5700 XT to reviewers, with 3DMark benchmark results popping up online. The upcoming 7 nm GPU scored well in Time Spy but fell short of the RTX 2070, probably giving the RTX 2060 Super an edge over AMD's next flagship card too.
Leaked real-life photos of the Galaxy Note 10+ appear online
Let's go! A set of photos of supposedly the upcoming Galaxy Note 10+ are circulating online, showcasing what looks to be a stunning device. With a near 100% screen-to-body ratio, practically zero bezels and a curved display, the Note 10+ will certainly turn heads.
TUL PYNQ-Z2: An Arduino and Raspberry Pi compatible Xilinx Zynq C7Z020-based PYNQ development board
The TUL PYNQ-Z2 is a single-board computer (SBC) designed for development with the open-source Python Productivity for Zynq (PYNQ) framework. The board has Arduino and Raspberry Pi headers along with a host of other ports and connectors. The TUL PYNQ-Z2 ships worldwide from Seeedstudio for US$119 or for US$114 from Newegg if you live in the US. The former is currently offering a US$5 discount on orders too.
LG rolls back on V30 Android Pie commitment
LG does not do itself any favours, does it? The South Korean company has now rowed back on its commitment to bring Android 9.0 Pie to the V30 by the end of Q2. The roll-out has been pushed to Q3 for "essential improvements", with no fixed date for devices outside South Korea. C'mon LG, sort it out.
Cold as ice: Intel sets its sights on AMD and NVIDIA with new Xe GPU details, official renders and a 2020 launch
Intel has lifted the lid on its Xe GPUs, revealing what could be one of its consumer desktop cards, along with specifications and proposed release dates. Hardware raytracing on 7 nm chipsets by 2021, anyone?
Dell XPS 15 7590: Prices starting at £1,349 (~US$1,711), available to order now
Today is the day. You can now order the XPS 15 7590, the much-anticipated upgrade to the XPS 15 9570. The 15.6-inch laptop includes up to an Intel Core i9-9980HK processor, 64 GB of RAM, a 2 TB SSD and a 400 nit 4K OLED panel. The device features an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU too. Prices start at £1,349 (~US$1,711) and rise to a dizzying £2,899 (~US$3,677). Update: US pricing, specifications details and shipping date added.
Khadas VIM3, the Raspberry Pi rival, launches for US$99.99 with an SoC capable of achieving 5.0 TOPS
Khadas has changed the VIM3 slightly from when we previously reported on it earlier this month. The single-board computer (SBC) now features a more powerful Amlogic SoC, the hexa-core A331D, which can output up to 5.0 TOPS. The VIM3 now starts at US$99.99 and will ship worldwide from August 10.
Nokia 3.2 Smartphone Review: An Android One smartphone without Android One
The Nokia 3.2 brings a large IPS display, a modern design and Google Assistant integration to the party to outdo other budget smartphones. Android One makes the device an attractive option, but will its lack of a fingerprint sensor prove to be a deal breaker? Read on in this detailed review to find out.
Azor plays down job speculation, takes a cryptic swipe at AMD and Dell in the process
Don't count your chickens yet, AMD fans. Frank Azor, the outgoing VP and General Manager of Alienware and XPS at Dell, has cast doubts on his seemingly impending move to AMD. He appears to have made a subtle dig at the company too.
HP Omen 15 Laptop Review: GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q and 144 Hz gaming
The Omen 15 may look like its predecessor, but HP has overhauled its internals. A hexa-core CPU and cutting-edge GPU should make better use of the 144 Hz panel than the hardware in the last Omen 15 we reviewed did, although single-channel RAM may hinder performance slightly. Read on to find out what the Core i7-8750H and RTX 2070 Max-Q bring to the table.
Huawei announces EMUI 9.1 roadmap for the end of Q2 and Q3; Honor devices are nowhere to be seen
Good news Huawei fans: The company has announced its EMUI 9.1 roadmap for the end of Q2 and most of Q3. An array of Huawei devices will receive EMUI 9.1 in the next two months. There are a couple of notable absentees though, while Honor owners may feel hung out to dry.
PiRelay, a Raspberry Pi relay shield with a mobile app that costs just US$17.06
Raspberry Pi Relay HATs are two a penny, but few come with a dedicated mobile app. Meet the PiRelay, a HAT that can manage up to 240 VAC/7 A or 125 VDC/10 A loads across four relays. The PiRelay costs US$17.06 via SB-Components, which ships worldwide.
LG K40 Smartphone Review: A cheery and affordable handset
The LG K40 is an affordable smartphone that includes a few tricks, such as DTS-X sound support. However, has the South Korean manufacturer focussed too much on flashy features and forgotten to get the basics right? Our rigorous tests will reveal all in this detailed review.
Ubuntu 19.10 looks DOA for gamers, with Valve dropping support for the OS
Canonical has seemingly crippled Ubuntu 19.10 for gamers, having removed all 32-bit support from the upcoming OS. Anything requiring 32-bit libraries or packages will not install, causing Valve to abandon Steam support for all Ubuntu releases going forwards.
Raspberry Pi 4: 3x the performance of the Raspberry Pi 3B+ with Gigabit Ethernet, dual 4K HDMI and USB Type-C for just US$35
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has delivered its next single-board computer a year early. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B comes with a quad-core CPU, up to 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, Gigabit Ethernet dual 4K HDMI and USB Type-C. It should deliver 3x the performance of its predecessor while remaining backwards-compatible with older boards. Better still, the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B costs just US$35 and is available to order worldwide now.
Dell Vostro 15-5581 Laptop Review: An office laptop with an MX130 for some light gaming
The Vostro name has been the moniker of Dell's series of budget laptops for years. The company has given the old workhorse a hardware upgrade and ironed out some of the kinks, but some questionable decisions remain.
Intel responds to the Ryzen 3000 series; price cuts incoming
AMD tends to undercut Intel on price, but the blue corner is looking to turn the tide with a series of price cuts for its 9th generation processors.
Dell to release the 4K OLED version of the XPS 15 7590 on June 27
The new XPS 15 is almost upon us, but there will be no long wait for a 4K OLED option. Dell will bring the 4K OLED model to market on June 27, with the XPS 15 7590 being the first in the series to feature such display technology.
Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15ARR Laptop Review: A powerful Ryzen 5 2500U laptop paired with disappointing battery life
The IdeaPad 330s-15ARR scores well with its Ryzen 5-2500U APU, fast NVMe SSD, and dual-channel RAM. Its dim and poor battery life inhibit what is a good laptop though.
Rock Pi S: A US$9.9 Rockchip RK3308 powered SBC that is tinier than a Raspberry Pi
The company behind the Rock Pi 4 is back, this time with a tiny SBC powered by a Rockchip RK3308 quad-core SoC. The board comes with either 256 MB or 512 MB RAM, a built-in voice activity detector (VAD) along with a host of ports and connectors. The Rock Pi S measures just 3.8 x 3.8 cm and will sell for US$9.90.
Chuwi MiniBook crowdfunding campaign surpasses US$260,000 in two days
The crowdfunding campaign for the Chuwi MiniBook has exceeded all expectations, having achieved over 1,000% of its funding goal. This would be an impressive feat in a full campaign period, let alone 2 days. The Chuwi MiniBook is an 8.0-inch ultra-mobile convertible laptop that starts at US$430 for the Celeron N4100 model and US$530 for the Core m3-8100Y model on Indiegogo. The MiniBook will ship worldwide in September.
Gigaset Heating Pack Review: Efficient smart home heating
Gigaset originally developed its smart home system for apartments, but it has now been expanded to thermostats. These can often prove useful in changeable summer weather conditions, allowing you to change the room temperature quickly and save money too. Read on to find out our thoughts on the Gigaset Heating Pack.
Nubia Red Magic 3 Smartphone Review: 8K videos and active cooling
Nubia wants the Red Magic 3 to be an extraordinary gaming phone and it has done its best to achieve that lofty aim. The company has included an active cooling solution, and the ability to shoot 8K videos, both of which are firsts for the smartphones that have visited our test lab. Read on to find out whether this affordable gaming smartphone can live up to its lofty expectations in this detailed review.
Oukitel C15 Pro Smartphone Review: A weak budget handset with a bright display
The sub-€100 (~$112) Oukitel C15 Pro surprised with its bright IPS display. Read on to find out whether this budget smartphone has more to offer than its nice-looking screen.
Xiaomi Mi TV: Over 100,000 TVs sold in 9 minutes
Xiaomi, the Chinese industry giant, sells practically every product imaginable in its home market from smartphones and fitness bands to e-scooters and home appliances. It also has a successful TV business, which surpassed all expectations recently during the JD.com's 618 sales campaign on June 18 with over 100,000 units flying off the shelves in just a few minutes.
PlayStation 5: Rumoured list of launch titles includes Gran Turismo 7, Black Ops 5 and a PUBG remaster, but no GTA VI.
A new rumour about the launch titles for the PlayStation 5 has been circulating online. The list looks similar to one posted on Pastebin a few months ago but with one triple-A addition and one notable absentee. Still, Gran Turismo 7 in 8K would be epic, right?
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop Review: A business laptop with long battery life and an iGPU
We are already well acquainted with the ThinkPad T490, having reviewed the model with an NVIDIA GPU only last month. Now it is time for the model with only an Intel GPU to be subjected to our tests, but how will it perform in the absence of a dedicated GPU? Read on in our detailed review to find out.
Huawei brings DC dimming to the P30 Pro
PWM sensitive people rejoice! You now have one more OLED smartphone to choose from thanks to Huawei bringing DC dimming to the P30 Pro. The feature comes bundled in EMUI 184.108.40.206, which includes a host of other refinements too.
Perf-V: An FPGA based RISC-V developer board, which costs US$79
The PerfXLab Perf-V is an FPGA based RISC-V developer board that comes with 256 MB of DDR3 RAM along with 8 MB of FPGA and 8 MB of RISC-V flash storage. The board features a host of connectors and interfaces, while it can be programmed with Vivado and supports an IDE for Windows RISC-V development. The Perf-V will ship worldwide on June 21 from Seeedstudio and costs US$79.
Intel Core i7-10510U and Core i5-10210U disappoint on Geekbench with lower scores than the Ryzen 7 3700U and Ryzen 5 3500U
Listings for the Core i7-10510U and Core i5-10210U have appeared on Geekbench, although their scores should be no cause of worry for AMD. The chips are outgunned by not only the Ryzen 7 3700U and Ryzen 5 3500U but also the current crop of Intel Core i U series processors. Oddly, these 10th generation CPUs do not appear to be based on Intel's Ice Lake architecture either.
LG finally rolls out Android Pie to the unlocked V40 ThinQ
Cue terrible baked pastry related puns as LG has released Android 9.0 Pie to the unlocked version of the V40 ThinQ. The company has kept to its promise of delivering the system update within Q2 2019, just. The update is available to download over the air (OTA) or via the LG Bridge now.
Dell doubles down on justifying XPS 15 9570 problems
The company is still burying its heads in the sand over why some XPS 15 9570 laptops are getting hot and experiencing high battery drain when asleep. The company has added having an outdated BIOS and drivers along with wake on Wi-Fi enabled to the reasons that could cause the behaviour but without recognising that forcing people to use Modern Standby could be the cause. Well done, Dell.
Latest Pixel 4 renders are dividing opinion
A new day, a new set of Pixel 4 CAD renders. This time, concept designer Ben Geskin has given his followers a look at what could become the front of the device. While no-one doubts the quality of his work, the design of Google's upcoming flagship has been called into question by many people online.
Gigabyte Aorus 15-SA (Core i7-9750H, GTX 1660 Ti, 144 Hz FHD) Laptop Review
The Gigabyte Aorus 15-SA handles all modern triple-A games with ease thanks to its Core i7-9750H processor, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU and 16 GB RAM. Gigabyte complements this with a 512 GB NVMe SSD and a 15.6-inch 144 Hz IPS panel. However, the latter has low maximum brightness, while the 15-SA suffers from poor battery life and lacks ports like Thunderbolt 3.
Dell to launch XPS 15 7590 on June 24
All signs are pointing towards Dell releasing the XPS 15 7590 in the final week of June, specifically from June 24. Its Premium Customer support has reportedly been saying so as has XPS Vice President & General Manager Frank Azor. People in some countries are looking at a prolonged wait, though.
Dell may introduce a touchscreen OLED display for the XPS 15 7590
The XPS 15 7590 is nearly upon us and Dell has confirmed even more details ahead of its arrival. The upcoming laptop will be the first XPS 15 to feature an OLED display, which Dell has confirmed it shares with the Alienware m15. A touchscreen variant may be on the way too.
Real-life photos of the Pixel 4 "leak" online
Pixel 4 leak season is truly upon us. It has been less than 48 hours since Google took to Twitter to reveal the Pixel 4, and now pictures of something that looks like a real-life version of its next flagship have appeared online. Coincidence? We think not.
EMUI 10 will ship with Google Play Services, beta now available for P30 Pro
Huawei is still developing EMUI 10, despite rumours about it developing an AOSP-based fork for its future smartphones. Better still, early beta versions are being compiled with Google Play Services, indicating that it may not be all doom and gloom for the Chinese company yet. An early beta is now available to download for the P30 Pro too.
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett will be based on differing generations of AMD GPUs
Sony and Microsoft are both working with AMD to provide 7 nm graphics for their next-gen consoles, but the results of which may not be equal. According to multiple reports and perhaps even AMD itself, the next PlayStation and Xbox will be a generation of graphics performance apart.
Strawberry4Pi 2: A Raspberry Pi home automation HAT that has its own mobile app and costs less than US$30
The Strawberry4Pi 2 is an IoT HAT designed for the Raspberry Pi with a difference. The HAT costs just US$29 but comes pre-installed with its own OS and a mobile app that can control your internet connected devices. No coding required. The Strawberry4Pi 2 is available to order on Kickstarter and will ship in August.