Anil Ganti (Editor)
I've been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I've been a stereotypical 'nerd' ever since. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry. When I'm not writing news on Notebookcheck, you can find me playing or watching an intense match of DOTA 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 launched with integrated X60 5G modem, better NPU, faster ISP, and more
Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC is finally here. It comes with a new integrated 5G modem that supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave networks and an ISP that is up to 35% faster than its predecessor. The chipset is likely to make its debut alongside the Xiaomi Mi 11 series soon.
Samsung may launch one Galaxy Note 21 variant before retiring the series in 2022
A company insider has told a South Korean news outlet that Samsung plans on releasing one last Galaxy Note smartphone before retiring the series entirely in 2022. The Galaxy Note 21 will come in only one variant, presumably top-of-the-line hardware like the Exynos 2100/Snapdragon 875, an AMOLED panel that can push 120Hz at 1440p, and more.
Samsung shows off futuristic foldable smartphone designs via a series of illustrations
Samsung Display has given us a glimpse into what it has in mind for future rollable smartphones. One design has a rollable OLED screen that wraps itself around a central cylinder. The other one builds upon the existing Galaxy Fold series' design by adding another hinge.
Nokia 9.3 PureView launch delayed again; HMD Global expected to release the smartphone in H1 2021
The Nokia 9.3 PureView's release date has been pushed back once again. HMD Global is now expected to launch the smartphone sometime in H1 2021. However, the company could still unveil the Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3 5G in Q4 2020.
Redmi Watch: Xiaomi's first-ever Redmi-branded smartwatch launched for US$45
The first-ever Redmi smartwatch is finally here. Dubbed as the Redmi Watch, it comes with a 1.4-inch display, a heart rate sensor, various pre-installed fitness modes, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. It costs CNY 299 (US$45) and is expected to be launched internationally as the Mi Watch Lite.
Samsung Galaxy S21 series might allow users to unlock their devices using Bixby Voice
A new report suggests that Samsung will let users unlock their Galaxy S21 smartphones via Bixby Voice. The feature is expected to remain exclusive to One UI 3.1 for some time. We should know more about how it works once Samsung unveils the smartphones in January 2021.
Company executive hints that the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 series is likely to be replaced by the Galaxy Z Fold 3
A report from a South Korean news outlet hammers the final nail in the Galaxy Note 21 series' coffin. The critically-acclaimed phablet is likely to be replaced by the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which reportedly ship with an S Pen out of the box. Even the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra is expected to support S Pen inputs.
Japanese analysts speculate that the PlayStation 5 may be the last of its kind
There will be no successor to the PlayStation 5, according to some analysts from Citi Securities Japan. The reason is cited to be the long wait between generations and rising costs associated with manufacturing consoles. The analysts speculate that cloud gaming will eventually replace hardware-based consoles.
Microsoft Store listing hints that Far Cry 6 will be released on 26 May 2021
Far Cry 6 has a tentative release date of 26 May 2021, according to the game's Microsoft Store listing. Ubisoft is yet to announce its launch date officially after delaying it indefinitely. However, the Xbox Store is likely correct, as it accurately predicted many game launches earlier.
Realme 7 5G launched in Europe with a MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC, 120Hz display, and more
The 5G version of the Realme 7 —the Realme 7 5G— has been launched in Europe. It features a MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, four rear cameras, a 6.5-inch IPS LCD panel clocked at 120Hz, and a 5,000mAh battery that can be charged at 30W. It will cost €229, but for a limited time only.
Poco M3 set to arrive on November 24; likely to feature a Snapdragon 662 chipset
Poco will launch the Poco M3 globally on November 24. Its Geekbench listing indicates that it will run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC and come with 4GB of RAM. It appears to be identical to the Redmi 10, which surfaced a few days ago.
Nokia 9.3 PureView, Nokia 7.3 5G, and Nokia 6.3 release date tipped; Q4 2020 launch imminent
A new report says that Nokia will reportedly launch the Nokia 9.3 PureView, Nokia 7.3 5G and Nokia 6.3 before 2020 ends. All three devices were due to be released earlier in the year, but the date got pushed back consistently.
Samsung likely to ditch the Galaxy Note 21 series in 2021
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series might be the last of its kind, as Samsung is yet to start working on its successor, according to a well-renowned industry insider. The Samsung Galaxy Note 21 series is also absent from Samsung's list of 2021 flagships, suggesting that the company may have other plans for us, presumably a foldable device.
Samsung Exynos 1080: 5nm mobile SoC comes with ARM's Cortex-A78 CPU cores, Mali-G78 GPU, and more
Samsung's newest mid-range mobile chipset, the Exynos 1080, is finally official. It features a 1+3+4 configuration with four Cortex-A78 and Cortex-A55 cores, an ARM Mali-G78 GPU, and an integrated 5G modem that supports mmWave and sub-6GHz networks. It is expected to be released alongside the Vivo X60 soon.
MediaTek MT8195 and MT8192 launched; 6nm chips billed to power Chromebooks, tablets, smart displays, and more starting Q2 2021
MediaTek's new MT8195 and MT8192 chipsets are the company's newest Chromebook-centric chipsets. The former is powered by ARM's latest Cortex-A78 cores, while the latter uses previous-generation Cortex-A76 cores. Both chipsets use the same ARM Mali-G77 GPU, though. They are expected to hit the market in Q2 2021.
OnePlus Nord SE reportedly slated for Q1 2021 launch; will come with a 4,500mAh battery, support for 65W fast charging, and more
OnePlus is expected to release the low-cost OnePlus Nord SE sometime in March 2021. The smartphone is set to feature a 4,500mAh battery that supports fast charging at 65W. It will likely be released in India first, followed by the EU. A U.S launch seems unlikely.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE touchscreen issues might not be fixable via software updates
Samsung has issued yet another fix to address the Galaxy S20 FE's touchscreen issues. Some users have reported that the update only partially addresses the problem, with some touchscreen functions not working as intended. The defect is likely due to faulty hardware, as multiple updates have failed to mend it.
Xiaomi Mi 11 shows up on Geekbench running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 875
The Xiaomi Mi 11 has just made its second Geekbench appearance. The Snapdragon 875-powered smartphone nets single and multi-core scores of 1,105 and 3,512, respectively. Although the multi-core score seems a bit lot, the results reconfirm what we already know about the chip. Xiaomi is expected to launch the Mi 11 in Q1 2020
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy M62 smartphone could offer up to 256GB of storage
A new report states that Samsung is working on a high-end Galaxy M series phone, allegedly coming with up to 256GB of internal storage. Dubbed as the Galaxy M62, it will succeed the Galaxy M51 released earlier this year. We can expect the Galaxy M62 to offer minor upgrades over its predecessor, including a better SoC, cameras, and a larger battery.
The PlayStation 5 will not allow users to add more solid-state storage at launch; functionality expected to arrive via a future update
A Sony spokesperson has confirmed that PlayStation 5 users will not be able to install their own NVMe SSDs on the console at launch. Users may have to wait for a few months for Sony to enable the feature via a software update. However, the console will support external USB hard disks, allowing users to play last-generation titles with ease.
The Xbox Series S allegedly comes with a paltry 364GB of usable storage
A lucky Reddit user who happened to receive their Xbox Series S console a week early states that it only comes with 364GB of usable storage. That, combined with a lack of a disc drive, will make it difficult for users to simultaneously store more than a few games on the console.
Leaked Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 specs indicate that its Cortex-X1 core is clocked at 2.8GHz
A seasoned Weibo leaker has shed some light on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875's specifications. Its 1+3+4 design consists of a Cortex-X1 super core clocked at 2.8GHz, three Cortex-A78 cores at 2.4GHz, and four Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8GHz. The chip will be released in December 2020 and likely debut alongside the Xiaomi Mi 11 the next month.
Alleged NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti specs resurface; will likely feature 20GB of GDDR6x VRAM, 10,496 CUDA cores, and more
A new set of purported NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti specifications suggest that it will come with 10,496 CUDA cores like the GeForce RTX 3090. However, its 20GB of GDDR6x VRAM has a memory speed of 19GB/s, putting it closer to the GeForce RTX 3080, along with its 320W TGP. Support for Nvlink appears to have been removed too.
Apple likely to unveil the ARM-based 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and 16-inch MacBook Pro on November 10
Apple is all set to lift the veil off its first-ever ARM-based MacBooks on November 10. A report suggests that there are three models in the works, a 13-inch MacBook Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro, and a 13-inch MacBook Air. A new iPad Pro could be launched alongside them as well.
New Snapdragon 875 Master Lu benchmark listing sheds light on the chip's GPU prowess, maximum clock speed, and more
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 managed to beat Huawei's Kirin 9000 and the previous-generation Snapdragon 865+ in the Master Lu benchmark. While the Snapdragon 875's Cortex-X1 Super core (2.8GHz) managed to keep it ahead in the CPU department, things are a lot closer to the GPU front. The Kirin 9000's ARM Mali-G78 GPU managed to surpass the Adreno 660, which is quite impressive.
The Redmi Note 10 series will allegedly feature three devices; mid-November launch date likely
An industry insider suggests that Xiaomi is all set to unveil the Redmi Note 10 series sometime in November 2020. It will consist of three devices, namely the Redmi Note 10, Redmi Note 10 Pro, and Redmi Note 10 Pro Max. At least one of the smartphones (most likely the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max) is expected to ship with a 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 camera sensor.
MediaTek reportedly working on two Cortex-A78 based chips
A new leak suggests that MediaTek is working on two new chipsets that use ARM's latest Cortex-A78 cores. It will likely succeed last year's Dimensity lineup and set a precedent for subsequent MediaTek releases in 2021. The hardware is expected to make its debut alongside a Chinese-origin smartphone in the coming weeks.
Alleged Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 AnTuTu listing paints a rosy picture of the upcoming silicon
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 has made what seems to be its first-ever appearance on AnTuTu. It nets an overall score of 874,868, making it over 30% faster than the Snapdragon 865+. The increased performance is likely due to its Cortex-X1 Super Core.
New Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra render showcases Penta-camera setup
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is all set to be the first Samsung device to come with five rear camera sensors. The 108MP wide-angle lens will likely be joined by two telephoto and one ultra-wide-angle lens, along with a ToF sensor. Samsung is likely to unveil the phone sometime in January 2021.
Galaxy S21 Ultra: Samsung's upcoming flagship will allegedly come with two telephoto lenses, support for S Pen inputs, and more
Although it is not official yet, Samsung is expected to release the Galaxy S21 Ultra sometime in January 2021. The flagship will reportedly come with a 6.8-inch AMOLED panel clocked at 120Hz, a quad-camera array with two telephoto lenses, and a 5,000mAh battery that supports 45W fast charging. It is expected to retail at US$1,300 for the base variant with 128GB of storage and 12GB of RAM.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti spotted on GPU-Z with 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM; mid-November launch imminent
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti's specs are all but confirmed, thanks to a new GPU-Z listing. It will feature a GA104-200 GPU, 4,864 CUDA cores, and 8GB of VRAM with a memory bandwidth of 448GB/s. NVIDIA is expected to launch the card sometime in November for around US$400.
OnePlus Nord N10 5G and N100 released in Europe; North American launch to follow soon
OnePlus' two new low-cost smartphones are now up for grabs in Europe. The OnePlus Nord N10 5G comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 SoC, a quad-camera array, a 4,300mAh battery, and will cost €329. At €179, the OnePlus Nord N100 gets you a Snapdragon 460n, three rear cameras, and a 5,000mAh battery.
Leak suggests that the Kirin 9000's ARM Mali-G78 GPU is a massive power hog
ARM's newest Mali-G78 GPU has been tested alongside the Kirin 9000 on a Huawei Mate 40, and the results look alarming. Although the GPU manages to hit 1 TFLOPS under peak load, the accompanying power consumption can go as high as 14W. Its average power usage seems to be around 9W.
Key OnePlus Nord N100 and Nord N10 5G specs leaked days ahead of October 26 launch
Renowned leaker OnLeaks has lifted the veil off OnePlus' upcoming low-cost smartphones- the OnePlus Nord N100 and Nord N10 5G. The OnePlus Nord N10 5G gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690, four rear cameras, and a 4,300mAh battery, while the Nord N100 gets a Snapdragon 460, three rear cameras, and a 5,000mAh battery. OnePlus is expected to launch both phones on October 26.
Fix for Galaxy S20 FE touchscreen issues now rolling out via a software update
Samsung has finally begun issuing fixes for the Galaxy S20 FE's touchscreen problems via a software update. It is roughly 174MB in size and is currently rolling out in Europe. A global release should follow suit in the coming days.
Huawei Mate 40 series launched with a new 5nm Kirin 9000 SoC, improved camera setup, and more
Huawei has unveiled its Mate 40 line of smartphones and its latest Kirin 9000 and Kirin 9000E chips. The Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro come with a triple camera array, while the Mate 40 Pro+ and Mate 40 RS comes with four lenses. All four devices are powered by 4,400mAh batteries that support wired charging at 66W. Prices start at €899 (US$1,062) for the Mate 40 and max out at €2,295 (US$2,713) for the Mate 40 RS (Porsche Design).
The Huawei Mate 40 series has been leaked in its entirety a day before launch
The entire Huawei Mate 40 lineup has been leaked just a day before its October 22 release. The Mate 40 Pro features a triple-camera array; the Mate 40 Pro+ gets an additional telephoto lens and the Mate 40 RS a temperature sensor on top of all that. Prices are expected to start at €1,129 (US$1,340) for the Huawei Mate 40 Pro.
Acer Spin 3 refreshed with 11th-generation Intel Tiger Lake CPUs, a 2K screen, and more
Acer has redesigned its convertible Acer Swift 3 with a new 16:10 WQXGA (2,560x1,600) touchscreen. It also features Intel's new Tiger Lake processors and comes with an upgraded battery. The notebook will be available for purchase in January 2021 for €999 (US$1,181)
The new Acer Spin 5 comes with a 3:2 screen protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass
Acer has released an updated version of its Spin 5 convertible notebook with 11th-generation Intel processors. It also comes with a 3:2 screen protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass. Prices start at €1,099 (US$1,300) for the base variant, which will be up for grabs in December 2020.
Company insider claims that the OnePlus 9 will be released in March 2021
A company insider says that OnePlus is all set to release the OnePlus 9 a full month early. OnePlus is the second company after Samsung that is mulling on an early flagship release in 2021. One can only hope that OnePlus also launches the affordable Nord N100 and Nord 105G alongside its 2021 flagship.
Micromax IN 1A appears on Geekbench with 4GB of RAM and a MediaTek Helio P35 SoC
A new Micromax phone called the Micromax IN 1A has just shown up on Geekbench. It is powered by what looks like a MediaTek Helio P35 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM, and running Android 10. The phone is likely a part of the company's upcoming IN line of low-cost smartphones, which will be released in India soon.
OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 edition will reportedly be released on November 5
OnePlus and CD Projekt Red are said to be working on a Cyberpunk 2077-themed OnePlus 8T. The limited-edition device is expected to come with custom animations, wallpapers, and packaging. It will likely be up for grabs on November 5.
Realme India CEO hints that the Realme X7 and Realme X7 Pro will be released in the country soon
According to a teaser posted by Realme India's CEO, the company has plans to release the Realme X7 and Realme X7 Pro in the country. Both phones will be the first MediaTek Dimensity-powered devices to be sold outside of China. We can expect to hear more about the smartphones' launch in the coming weeks.
Samsung Galaxy S21 series likely to be released in January 2021
A South Korean media outlet says that Samsung is planning to release the Galaxy S21 series early. Its launch could be pushed to as early as late December 2020, but January 2021 seems more likely. The report also states that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will ship with an S Pen.
Huawei's Kirin 9000 SoC trades blows with the Samsung Exynos 1080 on AnTuTu
An AnTuTu listing reportedly belonging to the HiSilicon Kirin 9000 has been posted online. It nets an overall score of 693,603, putting it ahead of the Samsung Exynos 1080. The chip appears to use four ARM Cortex-A77 cores clocked at 3.1 GHz and an ARM Mali G78 GPU. Huawei is expected to unveil it alongside the Mate 40 series on October 22.
Fortnite can now run at 90 FPS on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+
Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ will soon be able to run Fortnite at 90 FPS. The functionality will arrive via a Galaxy Store update and will be available to all players soon. We can expect Samsung and Epic to bring the feature to other compatible devices soon.
Alleged Exynos 1080 AnTuTu listing surfaces online; Samsung's newest SoC handily outperforms everything Qualcomm has to offer
An alleged AnTuTu score of Samsung's newly-released Exynos 1080 has been posted online. It nets an overall score of 693,600, effectively demolishing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ across the board. The chip is expected to make its debut alongside a Vivo device in late 2020.
New alleged Geekbench score puts the Exynos 2100 ahead of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 875
A fresh set of alleged Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 and Samsung Exynos 2100 Geekbench scores have surfaced online. A single and multi-core score of 1,323 and 4,215 indicates that Samsung's silicon seems to best Qualcomm's offering, which managed to score 1,204 and 4,121. The increased single-core performance is likely a result of both chips using ARM's Cortex-X1 Super core.
Leak confirms that the Samsung Exynos 2100 will run ARM's Cortex-X1 core
A leaker has found that Samsung's upcoming flagship Exynos 2100 runs ARM's newest Cortex-X1 super core. It confirms an earlier leak, which stated that the chip would feature one ultra-high-performance, three performance, and four efficiency cores. The 5nm chip is expected to make its debut alongside the Galaxy S21 series in 2021.
Leak suggests that ARM MacBooks will come in eight, twelve, and sixteen-core configurations
An industry insider says that Apple has two new chips earmarked for its ARM-based MacBooks. The eight-core chip will likely power the upcoming 13-inch MacBook Air, and the twelve-core chip will be featured alongside the 13-inch MacBook Pro. A sixteen-core version is also due for release in 2021.
Low-cost OnePlus Nord N10 5G and OnePlus Nord N100 to be launched later this month
An industry insider just confirmed that OnePlus is expected to release two new budget smartphones in October 2020. Both phones are billed to be a part of OnePlus' Nord series and are called the OnePlus Nord N10 5G and Nord N100. The devices are expected to hit international markets like the United States and cost between US$200 to US$300.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 will allegedly be launched on December 1
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 875 finally has a tentative release date of December 1, according to Roland Quandt. The chip is expected to feature the same 1+3+4 configuration employed by its predecessors, but with a Cortex-X1 Super core, three Cortex-A78, and four Cortex-A55 cores. It is expected to make its debut alongside the Xiaomi Mi 11 in 2021.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra fails to surpass the Galaxy S20 Ultra on DxOMark
Samsung's shiny new Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has finally made an appearance on DxOMark. It manages to get an overall score of 121 (130/101 for photos/video), putting it one point short of its predecessor, the Galaxy S20 Ultra. DxOMark concludes by saying that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's cameras can capture high-quality content, but with some caveats.
Apple A14 Bionic Geekbench listing shows that Apple's silicon is still miles ahead of Qualcomm and Samsung
Apple's newest A14 Bionic mobile SoC has made its first appearance on Geekbench alongside an iPad Air 4. It nets a single-core score of 1,538 and a multi-core score of 4,198. Like always, Apple's flagship silicon convincingly outperforms everything Qualcomm/Samsung has to offer.
The Galaxy S21 series will support S Pen inputs as Samsung plans on merging its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series of smartphones by 2022
A South Korean news outlet says that Samsung will reportedly make the Galaxy S21 series compatible with an S Pen. The report suggests that an S Pen-ready Galaxy S phone will help Galaxy Note users transition to Samsung's mainstream flagships. That is essential as the Galaxy Note 21 is billed to be the last of its kind.
Alleged iPhone 12 series pricing information leaked online
Some information about the iPhone 12 series' price has appeared online. US$649 will get you a 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini with 64GB of storage. Similarly, an iPhone 12 with the same capacity will retail at US$749. Both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max come with at least 128GB of memory and will cost you US$999 and US$1,099, respectively.
Poco C3 to be released in India on October 6
Poco has announced that it will unveil the Poco C3 on October 6 in India via an online event. Earlier reports have told us that it will be a budget device, possibly a rebranded Redmi C3. If that is the case, we can expect it to cost around INR 8,000 (US$110).
Realme Q2 shows up on AnTuTu running what appears to be a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC
An alleged AnTuTu listing of Realme's upcoming Realme Q2 Pro has shown up online. It nets a total score of 519,992, which indicates that it is likely running a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC. Realme will reportedly unveil the device on October 13 at an event in China.
OnePlus CEO confirms that the OnePlus 8T Pro will not be released this year
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has effectively confirmed that the OnePlus 8T Pro would not be released this year. The OnePlus 8T will instead be joined by a low-cost alternative, along with other OnePlus-branded smart devices. Industry insiders suggest that OnePlus has up to five products in store for us, unveiled on October 14.
The ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 is Lenovo's newest Intel Evo certified laptop with a 2K screen
Lenovo refreshed the ThinkBook 13s with Intel Tiger Lake processors. The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 comes with a 13.3-inch WQXGA IPS panel, up to 8GB of RAM and 1TB of solid-state storage, and a 61Wh battery that can be charged at 65W. It will be available for sale in October 2020, starting at US$829 and US$729 for the Intel and AMD versions.
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 launched with 11th-generation Intel processors, Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt 4.0, and more
The newly-unveiled ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 can be configured with Intel Tiger Lake and AMD processors. Other features include an FHD IPS/TN display, an Intel Xe/Nvidia MX 450 GPU, Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, and more. The notebooks will be available for purchase in October 2020. Prices start US$569 for the Intel model and US$549 for the AMD variant.
Realme's new Realme Q series of smartphones to be unveiled on October 15
Realme is reportedly working on another entirely new line of smartphones. The first Realme Q smartphone is billed to support 5G, an AMOLED screen, and 65W fast charging. It is expected to make its debut in China on October 15, and remain exclusive to the market for the foreseeable future.
Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2 get ECG functionality in the United States
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Galaxy Watch 3 users in the United States can soon use their smartwatches to take ECG readings. The functionality will be available via an update to the Samsung Health Monitor app. The app can also be configured to send an ECG report to a physician automatically.
Alleged Galaxy S21+ Geekbench listing paints a grim picture of the Exynos 1000
The Exynos 1000-powered Samsung Galaxy S21+ has made an appearance on Geekbench. It nets a single-core score of 1,038 and a multi-core score of 3,060, putting it behind the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875. However, the abysmal performance could also be the result of unoptimized software.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G launched with new Adreno 619 GPU, Kryo 570 cores, and more
Qualcomm has launched a new mid-range 5G-ready SoC called the Snapdragon 750G. It comes with Qualcomm's latest Kryo 540 CPU cores and supports both mmwave and sub-6GHz 5G networks, 120Hz FHD+ displays, and more. The chip is expected to make its debut alongside a Xiaomi smartphone in the coming weeks.
The OnePlus 8T will reportedly cost €599 (US$703) in Europe
A new leak suggests that the OnePlus 8T will retail at €599 (US$703) in Europe. It is contradicted by another report, which states that the starting price could be as high as €799 (US$937). OnePlus will officially unveil the device on October 15, so it shouldn't be long before we know for sure.
HP t540 small form factor desktop launched with an embedded AMD Ryzen R1305G CPU, Vega 3 graphics, and more
HP has launched a new compact desktop for enterprise use. The HP t540 Thin Client comes with an AMD Ryzen R1305G CPU, Vega 3 iGPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 512GB of solid-state storage, two USB Type-C ports, and a Wi-Fi 6 antenna. Its price and availability will be announced in December 2020.
HP ThinPro 7.2 OS will be available on select devices this December
HP has unveiled the latest version of its ThinPro OS for enterprise devices. ThinPro 7.2 has a locked file system and SecureBoot signing for added security. It also supports a host of virtual desktop environments like Citrix and VMWare. HP will announce ThinPro 7.2's price once it is released this December.
HP Pavilion 15 refreshed with AMD Ryzen 4000 series Renoir CPUs
HP has launched AMD Renoir-powered variants of the HP Pavilion 15. It can be configured with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U or a Ryzen 7 4700U CPU. It uses the onboard Vega iGPU and comes with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of solid-state storage. Prices start at US$599 for the base variant on HP's official website and other retail channels.
Apple will reportedly use a scaled-down version of the A14 Bionic on the iPhone 12 Mini
The soon-to-be-released iPhone 12 Mini will allegedly run a scaled-down version of the A14 Bionic. Dubbed as the Apple B14, the chip will also appear alongside subsequent variants of the iPhone SE. The B14 is, in all likelihood, an underclocked A14 Bionic fine-tuned for efficiency instead of performance.
Microsoft acquires Bethesda's parent company ZeniMax for US$7.5 billion
Microsoft now owns all franchises like Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein, and Fallout thanks to its acquisition of Bethesda's parent company ZeniMax. Several Bethesda, id Software, and Arkane Studios games will be added to the Xbox Game Pass soon.
Apple's upcoming 5.4-inch smartphone will allegedly be called the iPhone 12 Mini
Apple is all set to release the world's first-ever 'mini' iPhone. A new leak suggests that Apple's 2020 smartphone lineup will consist of the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. All four phones are expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
The OnePlus 8T will allegedly be unveiled on October 14
Insider reports suggest that the OnePlus 8T will be released on October 14. It is likely to be accompanied by the sub-US$200 OnePlus Clover and the OnePlus Watch. OnePlus is yet to officially confirm the date, but we should know for sure in the coming days.
Alleged Exynos 1000 Geekbench score surfaces online; Samsung's upcoming SoC trades blows with Apple's A13 Bionic
We now have our first look at the Snapdragon 875 and Exynos 1000's Geekbench scores. The latter convincingly outperforms the former, with a single-core score of 1327 and a multi-core score of 4250. It is also worth noting that those numbers are within spitting distance of the Apple A13 Bionic.
Samsung's upcoming Exynos 1000 SoC will use the same core configuration as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875
A leak suggests that the Exynos 1000 will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875's 1+3+4 core configuration. Both chips will likely use modified versions of ARM's Cortex-X1 super core and Cortex-A78 cores. The move could help Samsung bridge the ever-widening gap between its in-house silicon and Qualcomm's offerings.
Leaked A14 Bionic AnTuTu score surfaces online; Apple's newest silicon fails to surpass the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Apple's latest A14 Bionic chip has just made an appearance on AnTuTu. It nets a total score of 572,333, which is significantly lesser than that of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 865+. The low number could likely be due to unstable software, so we should take the results with a grain of salt.
Splinter Cell finally makes a comeback; but with a catch
The critically-acclaimed stealth-action shooter Splinter Cell is all set to make a comeback. However, it will be released exclusively on Oculus VR. We can expect Ubisoft to tell us more about the game in the coming weeks.
Galaxy S20 Fan Edition leaks in its entirety a week before launch
Thanks to a new leak, we now know pretty much everything about the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. The affordable flagship is billed to come with a 6.5-inch AMOLED panel clocked at 120Hz, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 8/128GB of RAM/storage, a triple-camera array, and a 4,500mAh battery. It will be unveiled officially on September 23 and is expected to cost about US$700.
HP E24t G4: HP's newest touch monitor will be available this December for US$349
HP has announced a new enterprise-focused touch monitor. The HP E24t G4 comes with a 23.8-inch IPS LCD panel, multiple input options, and HP's Eye Ease technology support. It will be up for grabs this December for US$349.
HP E24d and E27d G4 conferencing monitors launched with pop-up webcams, dedicated speakers, and more
HP has released two monitors custom-designed for video conferencing environments. The E24d and E27d G4 come with an integrated webcam, speaker/microphone combo, Windows Hello support, and a host of input and output options. They will be available for sale in October for US$369 and US$499, respectively.
Here's what the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 update has in store for us
We finally have our first look at what Samsung has in store for us with One UI 3.0. For the most part, it is an incremental upgrade that improves upon existing One UI and One UI 2.0 features. The One UI 3.0 beta is only available in the United States and South Korea and will expand to other regions soon.
The HP Omen 30L gaming desktop now comes with Nvidia's RTX 3000 series graphics cards
HP's Omen 30L gaming desktop is now available with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3080, and RTX 3070. Everything else, including the CPU options, memory/storage configurations, and features, remain the same. The desktop will be available for purchase starting Holiday 2020.
Samsung launches four new ISOCELL camera sensors
Samsung has launched four new camera sensors. Dubbed as the ISOCELL GW3, ISOCELL HM2, ISOCELL JD1, and ISOCELL GM5, they come with a 0.7μm pixel size and technology such as staggered HDR, smart-ISO, and ISOCELL Plus. Except for the ISOCELL GM5, all three sensors are in mass production, so we can expect to see them in action soon.
Sony will announce the PlayStation 5's price on September 16
Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 Showcase event will take place on September 16. It will likely focus on some current and yet-to-be-announced exclusive titles that will launch alongside the console. Most importantly, we'll finally get to know how much the PlayStation 5 will cost.
OnePlus Watch reportedly in the works; will allegedly come with a round screen
A Twitter leak suggests that OnePlus is working on a smartwatch. Earlier reports suggested that it would sport the Oppo Watch's square aesthetic, but the OnePlus Watch will allegedly have a round screen. OnePlus will likely unveil it alongside the OnePlus 8T.
iPhone 12: Leaked promotional material hints at an October release date
A leaked carrier email suggests that customers have until October 20 to pre-order the iPhone 12 and Apple Watch Series 6. It indicates that the iPhone 12 will be released sometime in October. However, the email neglects to mention which variants of the iPhone 12 it pertains to.
PUBG Mobile likely to be unbanned in India as developer distances itself from Tencent
Massively popular Battle Royale title PUBG Mobile might make its highly-awaited comeback to the Indian market soon. The game's developer has terminated its agreement with Tencent, indicating that it is looking for another publisher.
Leak suggests that OnePlus will not release the OnePlus 8T Pro this year
A renowned Twitter leaker suggests that OnePlus has no plans to release a Pro version of the OnePlus 8T. The information falls in line with an earlier leak that tells us about some of the phone's specifications. OnePlus will likely replace it with an affordable smartphone.
Mi TV 4A Horizon Edition: Xiaomi's newest affordable smart TV is available in 43-inch and 32-inch variants
Xiaomi has released two new 32-inch and 43-inch smart TVs as a part of its Mi TV 4A Horizon Edition series in India. Both TVs run Xiaomi's Patchwall UI out of the box and come with several pre-loaded applications. Prices start at INR 13,499 (US$191) and (US$213) for the 32-inch and 43-inch version, respectively.
OnePlus 8T camera and display specifications leaked ahead of launch
A company spokesperson has revealed some critical OnePlus 8T specs. It will be the first non-Pro variant to come with a 6.5-inch AMOLED panel clocked at 120Hz. The phone will also ship with a 48MP quad-camera setup. We can expect OnePlus to release the phone sometime in October.
One UI 2.5 update now rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ in some regions
The One UI 2.5 update is making its way to Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 phones in Germany. It adds new functions to Pro Video Mode, Single Take Mode, and Samsung Keyboard. Users can also wirelessly cast their phones to select smart TVs via Wireless DeX. Its global rollout is expected to commence soon.
MSI Stealth 15M launched with 11th-generation Intel Tiger Lake CPUs, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, and more
The MSI Stealth 15M thin and light gaming laptop comes with Intel's 11th-generation Tiger Lake hardware. GPU options include the Intel Xe, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q. The notebook can be configured with up to 64GB of RAM and 2TB of solid-state storage. Its base variant will retail at $1549 and will be available online starting October 2020.
Realme 7 and Realme 7 Pro launched with a 64MP quad-camera array, 5,000mAh batteries, and more
The Realme 7 and Realme 7 Pro are now official. While both phones offer some incremental upgrades, they are quite similar to their predecessors. The Realme 7 series is only available in India for now, but we can expect a global launch soon.
The Asus VivoBook S13, S14, S15, VivoBook 14, 15, and VivoBook Flip 14 are now available with Intel Tiger Lake chips
Asus has refreshed its VivoBook line of notebooks with Intel Tiger Lake CPUs and Xe graphics cards. The VivoBook 14 and 15 get Wi-FI 6 compatibility and the ZenBooks' Numpad functionality. Asus says that it will reveal the notebooks' price and availability at a later date.
PUBG Mobile banned in India along with 118 other Chinese-origin apps
After mulling on the decision for over a month, the Indian Government has finally banned PUBG Mobile. Over 110 other Chinese-origin apps join it, most of which appear to be mobile games from lesser-known developers like NetEase. We can expect the ban to be implemented in the coming weeks.
Poco M2: Scaled-down version of Poco M2 Pro will be released in India on September 8
The Poco M2 is billed to be the company's newest offering. Not much is known about its hardware, and its name seems to indicate that it will be less powerful than the Poco M2 Pro. It will be released in India on September 8 via an online event.
Dell refreshes its Alienware Aurora gaming desktops with Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 graphics cards
Dell's Alienware Aurora line of gaming PCs can now be configured with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 and RTX 3080. Everything else remains the same, including its aesthetic, choice of CPUs, and memory configurations. Dell will reveal its price and availability at a later date.
Dell's Alienware m17 R3 gaming laptop now comes with a 360Hz screen
Dell has unveiled a refreshed version of its Alienware m17 R3 gaming laptop. It bumps up the refresh rate of its 17-inch FHD panel from 300Hz to 360Hz. There are also some improvements to the notebook's cooling system. However, Dell will reveal the laptop's price and availability later this month.
Asus refreshes the ZenBook Flip 13 with 10th-generation Intel Ice Lake CPUs
The ZenBook Flip 13 is now configurable with the Intel Core i5-1035G1 and Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake CPUs. It can be paired with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of solid-state storage. Prices start at US$899 for the base version. Both notebooks will be available for purchase in the United States on September 16.
Qualcomm confirms that the Snapdragon 732G will make its debut alongside a Poco phone
Qualcomm has lifted the veil off its newest mid-ranger. The Snapdragon 732G comes with two high-performance Kyro 470 Gold cores, six Kyro 470 Silver cores, and an overclocked Adreno 618 GPU. It is billed to debut alongside a Poco phone, which is very likely the Poco X3.
Leak suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE will retail at US$699
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will allegedly retail at US$699, says a leaker. However, it is unclear if that price is for the 4G or 5G variant of the phone. It will likely be released alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 2 in September 2020.
Poco X3 billed to come with a Snapdragon 732G, quad-camera array, and a 5,000mAh battery; tentative release date set for September 8
A leak suggests that the upcoming Poco X3 will be the world's first smartphone to run Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 732G SoC. Some of its other specs include a 64MP quad-camera array, a 5,160mAh battery chargeable at 33W, and a 6.6-inch LCD panel clocked at 120Hz. The phone will likely be released on September 8.
Realme X7 Pro Player Edition will allegedly be the world's first smartphone to ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 5G
It appears that there are multiple Realme X7 Pro variants in the works. One of them —the Realme X7 Pro Player Edition— is expected to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 5G SoC. The Realme X7 series will be released in China on September 1.
Leak suggests that the Realme 7 will come with a MediaTek Helio G95 SoC, 90Hz LCD panel, 5,000mAh battery, and more
The Realme 7 has begun leaking weeks before its September launch. It will allegedly come with a MediaTek Helio G95 SoC, a quad-camera setup with a 64MP Sony sensor at the helm, and a 16MP selfie camera. Its 5,000mAh battery can be charged at 30W.
Apple likely to begin online sales in India starting October 2020
According to a source familiar with the matter, Apple will reportedly start direct-to-consumer sales in India this October. The move will help Apple market its products better and reduce its reliance on third-party retailers. The company is also expected to open an Apple Store in 2021, but that remains unconfirmed.
Industry insider speculates that GTA VI will not be released until 2023
According to an industry insider, Grand Theft Auto fans might have to wait until 2023 before they can get their hands on GTA VI. The information gives credence to an earlier leak, which predicted a similar release date.
Galaxy Note 20 likely to be the last of its kind as Samsung plans on shipping the Galaxy S21 Ultra with an S Pen
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is billed to be the first Galaxy S device to come with an S Pen, according to a report from a South Korean news outlet. Samsung is reportedly planning on merging the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note line of phones in 2021. An equally-priced foldable device will likely replace the Galaxy Note 21.
One UI 2.5 update rolling out for the Galaxy S20 series in Europe
Several Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra users based in Europe have confirmed that they are receiving the One UI 2.5 update. It brings forth a host of Galaxy Note 20 features like wireless DeX and support for Android 10's navigation gestures.
Hitman 3 will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store for a year
IO Interactive has just confirmed that the PC version of Hitman 3 will be available only on the Epic Games Store for a year after launch. Players will be able to carry over progress from previous versions of the game to Hitman 3. The game is expected to debut in January 2021 on PC, consoles, and game streaming services.
Huawei likely to release a smartphone running HarmonyOS later this year
An industry insider speculates that Huawei will release a HarmonyOS-powered smartphone in late 2020. It will reportedly be a low-cost 5G-ready smartphone exclusive to the Chinese market. Huawei is expected to tell us more about its plans with HarmonyOS at its developer conference this September.
Asus ZenFone 7 Pro: Snapdragon 865 Plus-powered affordable flagship will allegedly retail at €499
Prolific leaker Roland Quandt has revealed the upcoming Asus ZenFone 7 Pro's retail price. The base variant of the phone with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will allegedly cost €499. It shouldn't be long before we know for sure, as the phone will be released on August 26.
The Steam version of Microsoft Flight Simulator is plagued with download issues, non-availability of content, and a host of other problems
The highly-awaited Microsoft Flight Simulator's launch on Steam has been less than ideal. Several players are unable to access the premium content they paid for, while others cannot download or play the game altogether. The developers are aware of some of the issues, and will likely issue a fix soon.
The Dimensity 800U is MediaTek's newest 5G-ready SoC intended for mid-range smartphones
The Dimensity 800U is MediaTek's newest 5G-ready SoC. It comes with two Cortex-A76 cores (2.4GHz), six Cortex-A55 cores (2.0Ghz,) and an ARM Mali-G57 GPU. Other features include support for 120Hz HDR 10+ displays, sub-6GHz SA and NSA 5G networks, LPDDR4X RAM, and UFS 2.2 storage.
Ghost of Tsushima: Legends coming this fall; will feature new online co-op missions, game modes, and more
Sucker Punch Productions just announced a new online, co-op mode for Ghost of Tsushima. It is called Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, and will come with four unique character classes, a host of missions, and a survival mode. The game mode is multiplayer-only and will be available for everyone who owns the base game.
Here's our first look at the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition 5G
We now have an idea about the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition 5G's looks, thanks to some renders of the device that showed up online. The renders confirm that the phone will come with three rear camera sensors and a hole-punch selfie camera. Samsung is expected to unveil the ~US$750 phone later this year.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G reportedly in the works; will allegedly make its debut in September 2020
Qualcomm is allegedly working on yet another mid-range Snapdragon 732G SoC. It is billed to come with two Kyro 430 Gold and six Kyro 470 Silver cores clocked at 2.3GHz and 1.8 GHz, respectively. The chip will reportedly make its debut alongside a ~US$300 smartphone this September.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition might come with an Exynos 990 SoC in some markets
The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will allegedly come in two variants. The information comes from a Geekbench listing that shows the phone running an Exynos 990 SoC. Much like the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 series, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition's global variants will likely come with an Exynos chip.
Leak suggests that Bloodborne is coming to PC and PlayStation 5 later this year
Sources familiar with the matter have told a YouTuber that the PC port of Bloodborne is nearly done. The PlayStation 5 is billed to get a Bloodborne to remaster as well. We can expect to find out more about it at one of Sony's events later this year.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra and Redmi K30 Ultra will not be released globally
A report suggests that the Redmi K30 Ultra and Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra will be exclusive to China. A Xiaomi representative has confirmed that the company doesn't plan on selling either handset internationally, even as a Poco device.
A Xiaomi executive has hinted that there could be a future wider release.
Samsung has reportedly teamed up with ARM to develop custom CPUs
A report from a South Korean news outlet suggests that Samsung has teamed up with ARM. Both companies are reportedly developing custom CPU cores based on ARM's Cortex-X1 super core. It will likely debut on the upcoming Exynos 1000 chip alongside an AMD Radeon GPU.
Samsung's new AltZLife feature lets users create a 'Private Mode' for supported applications
Samsung has launched a new feature called AltZLife that lets users run specific applications in 'Regular Mode' and 'Private Mode'. Switching from the former to the latter requires you to input a password every time. The feature is available on Galaxy A51 and Galaxy S71 handsets in India.
Google Pixel 5 makes an appearance on AI Benchmark running a Snapdragon 765G and 8GB of RAM
The yet-to-be-announced Google Pixel 5 has allegedly shown up on AI Benchmark. Test results indicate that the phone is running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC along with 8GB of RAM. Google is expected to unveil the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G later this year.
Huawei plans on running HarmonyOS on all of its devices soon
Huawei is planning to run its in-house HarmonyOS all of its future devices. A company executive confirmed that a smartwatch running the software is due to be released later this year. HarmonyOS will eventually make its way to Huawei's upcoming tablets, laptops, and even smartphones.
The AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS-powered Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop is now available for purchase in India
Asus has released its new Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop in India. It can be customized with a host of AMD Ryzen CPUs, Nvidia GeForce GTX and RTX GPUs, and comes with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of solid-state storage. Prices start at INR 80,990 (US$1,081) for the base variant.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ launched with, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC, 120Hz displays, wireless DeX functionality, and more
After months of speculations and leaks, we finally have our first look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+. Both tablets offer a host of exciting features and are powered by Qualcomm's newest silicon. The former will retail at US$650, while the latter will set you back by US$850. They will be available for purchase starting August 20.
Acer Swift 3 featuring a 10th-generation Intel Ice Lake CPU, 2K screen, and more launched in India for INR 64,999 (US$865)
Acer has released a new variant of the Acer Swift 3 in India. The notebook comes with an Intel Core i5-1035G4 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB NVMe SSD, a 13.4-inch 2K screen, and more. It will retail at INR 64,999 (US$865) and available across all online and offline channels.
Sony's Bravia X7400H 4K smart TV coming to Flipkart on August 6; will retail at INR 63,990 (US$851)
The Sony Bravia X7400H smart TV will be released in India on August 6 via Flipkart for INR 63,990 (US$851). It comes with a 55-inch 4K LCD panel that uses Sony's proprietary Triluminos technology. Other features include support for Android TV, in-build Chromecast functionality, 20W speakers, and more.
Redmi 9 Prime featuring a MediaTek Helio G80 SoC, quad-camera array, and more launched in India
Xiaomi has launched yet another affordable smartphone in India. The Redmi 9 Prime comes with a 6.5-inch FHD LCD panel, a MediaTek Helio G80 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64/128GB of storage, four rear cameras, and a 5,000mAh battery that supports fast charging at 18W. The phone will be available on August 3 and will retail at INR 9,999 (US$133) for the base variant.
The Galaxy Note 20 series will reportedly come with an ultra-wideband chip
Samsung will reportedly ship the Galaxy Note 20 series with an ultra-wideband chip. It will facilitate higher peer-to-peer data transfer speeds, and even allow users to track objects in their immediate vicinity. If the Galaxy Note 20 series comes with the hardware, we can expect to see it on a host of future Samsung smartphones.
Here's a list of devices that will get the Android 11-based MIUI 12 update; rollout expected to start in September
The Android 11 update will start making its way to Xiaomi devices in September. It will be based on MIUI 12 and available to a host of Xiaomi, Redmi, and Poco smartphones. The company is already testing the software on many smartphones, such as the Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, and Redmi K30 Pro.
The Avita Liber V featuring a 10th-generation Intel processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB NVMe SSD is now available in India
The Avita Liber V is now available for purchase in India for INR 41,490 (US$554). It comes with an Intel Core i5-10210U CPU, UHD Graphics 620 iGPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB or 512GB of solid-state storage. The notebook is available for purchase on all major e-commerce websites like Flipkart and Amazon.
Honor Magicbook 15 with pop-up webcam launched in India for INR 42,999 (US$574)
The Honor Magicbook 15 laptop is now available for purchase in India. The notebook features an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of solid-state storage, and a Radeon Vega 8 GPU. It will be available on Flipkart starting August 3 for INR 42,999 (US$574).
Realme V5 spotted in the wild; quad-camera setup and color variants showcased
Hands-on images on the upcoming Realme V5 have surfaced online. They showcase the phone's quad-camera array and color variants. The phone is expected to run MediaTek's Dimensity 720 CPU, and will likely be unveiled on August 3.
Asus ZenBook 13, ZenBook 14, VivoBook S14 and VivoBook Ultra K14 launched in India; prices start at INR 39,990 (US$534)
Asus has released refreshed versions of the ZenBook 13, ZenBook 14, VivoBook S14, and VivoBook Ultra K14 in India. Both ZenBooks come with Ice Lake CPUs, while the VivoBooks feature Comet Lake processors. The ZenBooks will retail at 79,990 (US$1,068), while the VivoBook Ultra K14 and VivoBook S14 cost INR 39,990 (US$534) and INR 67,990 (US$907), respectively.
Mi TV Stick likely to be launched in India on August 5
Xiaomi's official Twitter handle has put out a teaser, which hints that the Mi TV Stick will be released in India on August 5. It comes with a dedicated remote and will likely come with the Mi TV's Patchwall software. It is expected to cost between INR 2,000 (US$27) and INR 2,500 (US$34).
Some Galaxy Note 8 users are unable to connect to mobile networks after installing the July 2020 Android security patch
Some Samsung Galaxy Note 8 users cannot connect to mobile networks after installing the July 2020 Android security patch. The phone refuses to detect a SIM card outright. An OTA update is required to fix the issue as standard troubleshooting steps don't seem to work. Samsung is yet to acknowledge the problem officially.
Micromax reportedly working on three MediaTek-powered smartphones for the Indian market
A report states that Micromax is working on three new smartphones for the Indian market. The devices will be unveiled sometime in September and will come with MediaTek chips. Prices will range between INR 7,000 (US$93) and INR 15,000 (US$200).
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will reportedly cost a whopping INR 105,999 (US$1418) in India
A leak has shed some light on the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's price in India. The former will cost INR 77,990 (US$1,043), while the latter will retail at INR 105,999 (US$1,418). Both phones will very likely come with an Exynos 990 SoC and no 5G connectivity.
Samsung's entry-level Galaxy M01 Core smartphone launched in India; prices start at INR 5,499 (US$73)
Samsung has released what appears to be its most affordable offering of 2020. The Galaxy M01 Core comes with a 5.3-inch TFT panel, a MediaTek MT6739 SoC, up to 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and a 3,000mAh battery. Prices start at INR 5,499 (US$73) for the entry-level version with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
Leak suggests that the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will come with a 12MP IMX555 sensor
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will reportedly use the Galaxy S20's 12MP Sony IMX555 image sensor. It was suggested earlier that the device would come with Samsung's in-house 50MP ISOCELL GN1 sensor. The last-minute change could likely have been implemented as a cost-cutting measure.
PUBG Mobile likely to get banned in India along with over 200 Chinese-origin apps
The Indian Government is looking at banning even more Chinese-origin apps. Over 200 apps are on the list, with the most prominent one being PUBG Mobile. Games like Call of Duty: Mobile, Clash of Clans, and Clash Royale are likely on the list as well, due to their deep-rooted affiliation with Tencent.
Realme X50 5G launched in Thailand; international launch likely to follow soon
The Realme X50 5G is finally available for purchase outside of China, but only in Thailand. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC, 6.5-inch 120Hz screen, 4,200mAh battery, and a slightly different camera configuration compared to the Chinese version. The phone costs 12,990 THB (US$410) for the base variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Realme 6i launched with MediaTek Helio G90T SoC, 90Hz FHD+ screen, and more; prices start at INR 12,999 (US$173)
Realme has released yet another mid-range smartphone for the Indian market. The Realme 6i comes with a 6.5-inch FHD screen clocked at 90Hz, a MediaTek Helio G90T SoC, a quad-camera array at the back, and a 4,300mAh that supports fast charging for 30W. All of this can be had for as little as INR 12,999 (US$173) starting July 31 on Flipkart and Realme's website.
Alienware M15 R3, Dell G5 15 Special Edition, Dell G5 15, and Dell G3 15 gaming laptops featuring 10th-generation Intel and AMD Ryzen 4000 chips launched in India
Dell has launched the Alienware M15 R3, G5 15 Special Edition, G5 15, and G3 15 gaming laptops in India. The laptops can be configured with a variety of Intel and AMD hardware. The Alienware M15 R3's price starts at a whopping INR 1,99,990 (US$2,673), while the Dell G5 15 Special Edition retails at INR 74,990 (US$1000). Similarly, Dell G5 15 costs INR 82,590 (US$1,103), and the Dell G3 15 will set you back by INR 73,990 (US$ 998)
The MediaTek Dimensity 720 will bring 5G connectivity to even more low-cost smartphones
MediaTek has released a new 5G-ready SoC called the Dimensity 720. It consists of two Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.0GHz, six Cortex-A55 cores and an ARM Mali-G57 GPU. The chip supports two carrier aggregation and sub-6GHz 5G networks. We can expect to see it debut alongside some mid-rangers later this year.
HP Pavilion Gaming 16 and Omen 15 launched in India; prices start at INR 59,999 (US$804)
HP has released the Omen 15 and HP Pavilion Gaming 16 gaming laptops in India. Both notebooks can be configured with 10th-generation Intel chips and a wide array of Nvidia GeForce graphics cards. The HP Pavilion Gaming 16's price starts at INR 59,999 (US$ 804) and the Omen 15's at INR 75,999 (US$1,019).
Realme to launch a new line of smartphones later this year
A teaser on Realme's official Weibo handle indicates that the company is working on a new phone series. The devices will likely come with pill-shaped camera cutouts and will be 5G-ready. Realme might unveil the devices at IFA Berlin.
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be able to run at 4K 60 fps on the PlayStation 5, but there's a catch
Insomniac says that Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales will have a 4K 60 fps mode. However, it will not run in this mode by default, and the additional performance could come at the price of visual fidelity. The game will likely run at 4K 30 fps out of the box.
The Realme 6i is Realme's Redmi Note 9 competitor; will be released in India on July 24
The Realme 6i finally has an Indian release date. It will be unveiled on July 24 via an online event. The phone is expected to feature a 90Hz screen, a MediaTek Helio G90T SoC, and a quad-camera setup. Prices are expected to start at INR 11,999 (US$160).
OnePlus Buds' sub-$100 price teased by OnePlus' official Instagram handle
OnePlus' official Instagram handle has put out a teaser that hints the OnePlus Buds' price. The TWS earbuds will be released alongside the OnePlus Nord on July 21, and promise to deliver up to seven hours of battery life and support charging at 30W.
Redmi Note 9 launched in India with MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, 5,000mAh battery, and more
The Redmi Note 9 is now available for purchase in India. It comes with a 6.4-inch FHD+ LCD panel, a MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, up to 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage, a 5,000mAh battery that can be charged at 22W, and a quad-camera array at the back. Prices start at INR 14,999 (US$200) for the base variant.
OnePlus confirms that the OnePlus Nord will come with a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor and a 90Hz screen
Two separate posts by OnePlus employees have confirmed that the OnePlus Nord will come with six cameras in total, and a 90Hz AMOLED screen. The rear camera will consist of a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5MP depth sensor, and a macro lens. The phone will be unveiled on July 21 via an online-only event.
Samsung 870 QVO and Portable SSD T7 launched in India; prices start at INR 9,999
Samsung's 970 QVO internal SATA-based SSD and Samsung Portable SSD T7 are now available for purchase in India. The former is compatible with the SATA 6 Gbps interface, while the latter is optimized for USB Gen 3.2 ports. Prices start at INR 9,999 (US$133) for the 1TB variant of the 970 QVO. A 500GB version of the Portable SSD T7 also retails for the same amount.
Amazon India will require sellers to display 'country of origin' on every product listing by August 10
Following a directive issued by the Indian Trade Ministry, Amazon has made it mandatory for all sellers to mention its 'country of origin' on every product listing. Sellers have until August 10 to comply. Other platforms, such as Flipkart, are expected to follow suit in the coming days.
Samsung Galaxy M01s launched in India for INR 9,999
Samsung has launched a new low-cost smartphone in India. The Samsung Galaxy M01s comes with a 6.2-inch TFT screen, two rear cameras, a MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, and a 4,000mAh battery. There is only one variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which retails at INR 9,999 (US$133).
Mi Curved Gaming Monitor launched in Europe for €399
Xiaomi's 34-inch Curved Gaming Monitor is now available for purchase in Europe. It is clocked at 144Hz, comes with a resolution of 3440 x 1440, a curvature of 1500R, and covers 121% of the sRGB spectrum. The monitor is priced at €399 (US$455).
Redmi 9, Redmi 9A, and Redmi 9C launched globally; prices start at €99
Xiaomi has made its affordable range of Redmi 9 smartphones available across markets worldwide. The Redmi 9 can be had for as little as €149 (US$170), while the Redmi 9C will set you back by €119 (US$135). With its €99 (US$113) price tag, the Redmi 9A is the most affordable smartphone of the lot.
Report suggests that the Galaxy Tab S7 will not come with an in-display fingerprint scanner
An industry insider states that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 will come with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, indicating that Samsung has reserved the in-display option for the higher-end Galaxy Tab S7+. The tablet is expected to sport an 11-inch screen and a 7,000mAh battery. Samsung is expected to unveil both tablets alongside the Galaxy Note 20 on August 5.
Realme C11 and Realme 30W Dart Charge Power Bank launched in India for INR 7,499 and INR 1,999, respectively
Realme has launched the Realme C11 and Realme 30W 10,000mAh Dart Charge Power Bank in India. The phone features a MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 5,000mAh battery. Prices start at INR INR 7,499 (US$100) for the Realme C11 and INR 1,999 (US$28) for the Realme 30W Dart Charge Power Bank.
Leak confirms that the Galaxy Note 20 will come without a laser focus sensor
Prolific leaker Ice Universe just posted a side-by-side comparison of the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's camera modules. Based on the shape of the cutouts, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will get an additional laser autofocus sensor.
iQOO demos 120W FlashCharge fast charging tech two days before Oppo's SuperVOOC 3.0 reveal
Vivo-owned iQOO just unveiled its FlashCharge technology that allows smartphone batteries to be charged at 120W. It takes only five minutes to charge a 4,000mAh battery from zero to fifty percent and fifteen minutes to top it up entirely. It is unclear how long we have to wait before the tech makes its way to an iQOO smartphone.
Alleged OnePlus Nord spec sheet leaked ahead of launch
Prolific leaker Evan Blass has leaked the OnePlus Nord's spec sheet in its entirety. It confirms that the device will come with a 6.4-AMOLED panel clocked at 90Hz, a quad-camera setup at the rear, two selfie cameras, a 4,000mAh battery that can be charged at 30W and up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The phone will be unveiled on July 21st via an interactive online event.
Galaxy Tab S7+ spec sheet leaked; will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC, 12.4-inch screen, and more
Samsung is all set to release two new tablets alongside the Galaxy Note 20 series on August 5. The Galaxy Tab S7+ will feature a 12.4-inch AMOLED screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC, up to 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage, a 10,000mAh battery that supports charging at 15W, new S-Pen features. It is also billed to run One UI 2.5 out of the box and come with a dual-camera setup.
MediaTek's upcoming Dimensity 600 SoC will be released soon
A report states that MediaTek is on track to release its newest Dimensity 600 chip in the coming weeks. It is intended for low-cost 5G smartphones and is expected to make its debut in Q3 2020.
Samsung might ship some of its future smartphones without a charger
According to a report by a South Korean media outlet, some upcoming Samsung phones might come without a charger in the box. Samsung says that most smartphone users already have a charger and don't need a new one every time they buy a phone. The move will also help Samsung save a few extra bucks and pass the savings on to the customer.
Redmi 8A likely to get stable MIUI 12 update in August
Redmi 8A users will be pleased to know that they don't have to wait long for the MIUI 12 update. A Mi Community Forum moderator has stated that the device will get the software in August. It shouldn't be long before Xiaomi makes a beta version of the software available to the general public.
Alleged list of devices eligible for the EMUI 11 update surfaces online
Huawei will reportedly start making the EMUI 11 update available to eligible devices in Q3 2020. Owners of the Huawei Mate 30, P30, P40, and Nova 5 series will receive it first. Alternatively, it is also expected to make its way to a host of Honor phones in the form of Magic UI 4.0.
Poco M2 Pro launched with a quad-camera setup, support for 33W fast charging, and more
Poco has launched the Poco M2 Pro in India. It comes with a 6.7-inch FHD+ screen, a quad-camera setup, a 5,000mAh battery that can be charged at 33W, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. Prices start at INR 13,999 (US$187) for the base variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The device will be available for purchase on Flipkart starting July 14.
Ubisoft enters the Battle Royale arena with Hyper Scape
Ubisoft's highly-anticipated Battle Royale title Hyper Scape is finally available for Twitch streamers. The game pits 100 players against each other in a futuristic urban map. Players can obtain a key for the game by watching it live on Twitch.
OnePlus launches a new line of affordable smart TVs
OnePlus has unveiled its new range of smart TVs for the Indian market. The OnePlus TV Y costs INR 49,999 (US$670) and comes with a 55-inch 4K-ready HDR 10 screen, MEMC, and OnePlus' in-house Gamma Colour Magic chip. The OnePlus TV U retail at INR 22,999 (US$307) and INR 12,999 (US$173) for the 43-inch 1080p and the 32-inch 720p versions, respectively.
The OnePlus Nord will come with a 5G-ready Snapdragon 765G SoC
Two separate sources have confirmed that a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC will power the upcoming OnePlus Nord. The first one is OnePlus' co-founder Carl Pei, and the other is Qualcomm. The phone will be released in India on July 10th.
Realme C11 launched with Redmi 9C-like hardware
The Realme C1 is the company's latest affordable smartphone that costs RM 429 ($100). It comes with a MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, a 5,000mAh battery, two rear cameras, and a micro USB port. The phone is up for sale in Malaysia and is expected to make its way to other markets in the coming weeks.
Xiaomi unveils the Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C in Malaysia
Xiaomi Malaysia has just listed the Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C on its official Facebook page. Both phones come with a MediaTek Helio SoC, 5,000mAh battery that can be charged at 10W, a 6.5-inch HD+ screen, and a paltry 2GB of RAM. The Redmi 9A is priced at RM 359 ($83), while the latter costs RM 429 ($100)
The MediaTek Helio G35 and Helio G25 aim to offer a superior gaming experience on affordable smartphones
MediaTek has unveiled two new gaming-centric chips for entry-level smartphones. The Helio G35 and Helio G25 come with eight Cortex-A53 cores, a PowerVR GE8320 GPU, and support for MediaTek's HyperEngine technology. The former will allegedly make its debut alongside the Realme C11, while the latter will be featured in the Redmi 9A.
Indian government bans 59 prominent Chinese apps; TikTok, Mi Community, UC Browser, and more affected
The Indian government has banned 59 Chinese-origin apps in the country. Some of the banned apps include TikTok, Share It, UC Browser, WeChat, Mobile Legends, UC Browser, and Club Factory. The directive also instructs Google and Apple 24 hours to take the apps off their respective platforms.
New Harry Potter RPG is reportedly in the works; release date set for late 2021
Back in 2018, screenshots of what appeared to be a Harry Potter-themed RPG emerged online. Some more information has emerged about the yet-to-be-released title. According to Jason Schreier, it is billed to be announced in August 2020 and will hit the shelves in 'late' 2021.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus BTS edition will be available for pre-order in India starting July 1
Samsung India announced that the BTS-themed version of the Galaxy S20 Plus would be available for pre-order starting July 1. While Samsung hasn't mentioned the exact price yet, we can expect it to retail at around the INR 90,000 ($1,191) mark. The phone is exclusive to Samsung's website for the moment, and will not be available on other online and offline platforms.
The OnePlus Nord will come with two selfie cameras
The OnePlus Z will reportedly ship with two selfie cameras featuring a 32MP sensor assisted by an 8MP wide-angle lens. An earlier leak suggested that the phone would come with a quad-camera setup at the rear. The device is slated for a July 10th release and will allegedly retail at $300.
Leak suggests that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus will be released in July
Qualcomm will reportedly unveil the Snapdragon 865 Plus sometime in July, according to a Weibo post by Ice Universe. The chip is expected to make its debut alongside the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Fold 2, and the ASUS ROG Phone 3. It is billed to power most flagships released in the latter half of 2020 as well.
Bethesda moves QuakeCon 2020 online; event to start on August 7
Bethesda has announced that this year's QuakeCon will be streamed live. We can expect the company to tell us more about the upcoming Doom: Eternal DLC, Starfield, and more. We should know more about the event's specifics in the coming days.
Realme Buds Q TWS earbuds launched in India for INR 1,999
Realme has launched a new pair of affordable TWS earbuds in India. The Realme Buds Q has a 10mm driver, offers up to 20 hours of playback with the charging case, is rated IPX4 for dust and water resistance, and comes with a 119ms low-latency gaming mode. It will be available for sale on July 1st on Amazon and Realme's official website for INR 1,999 ($27).
Realme X3 and Realme X3 SuperZoom launched in India; prices start at INR 24,999
Realme has officially launched the Realme X3 and Realme X3 SuperZoom in India. Both phones come with a 6.6-inch 120Hz LCD panel, a 4,200mAh battery that can be charged at 30W, quad-rear cameras, dual-selfie cameras, and more. Prices start at 24,999 ($330) for the Realme X3 and 27,999 ($370) for the Realme X3 SuperZoom.
Redmi K40 tipped for a July launch; will feature a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC, 144Hz screen, and more
Prolific leaker Digital Chat Station states that Xiaomi is expected to release a phone powered by MediaTek's Dimensity 1000+ SoC in July. It is very likely the Redmi K40, as earlier leaks speculated that it would come with a MediaTek chip, 144Hz screen, and support for 33W fast charging.
Samsung Odyssey G9 gaming monitor released with a 49-inch curved screen, 240Hz HDR10+ QLED panel, and more; will retail at $1,699
Samsung unveiled its colossal 49-inch Odyssey G9 gaming monitor at CES 2020 this year. It has a resolution of 5120×1440 and comes with a QLED panel clocked at 240Hz. The monitor is now available for purchase globally at $1,699.
OnePlus Z gets a dedicated Instagram account; July 10th release date teased
OnePlus is all set to release the affordable OnePlus Z smartphone on July 10th. The information comes via a couple of teasers posted on the phone's newly-created Instagram page. The phone will reportedly be 5G-ready, come with a quad-camera setup, and retail at around $299.
Acer refreshes the Predator Orion 3000 gaming desktop with 10th-generation Intel CPUs; prices start at $999
Acer has released a new version of its Predator Orion 3000 gaming desktop powered by 10th-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 chips. One can choose from a wide range of NVIDIA GeForce GTX and RTX GPUs, starting with GTX 1650 and maxing out at the RTX 2070 Super. Prices start at $999 for the base variant, and the desktop will be available for purchase this August.
Acer's Nitro 50 gaming desktop is now available with 10th-generation Intel Comet Lake CPUs, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super GPU, and more
Acer has unveiled a new version of its Nitro 50 gaming desktop featuring 10th-generation Intel Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPUs. It can be configured with up to 64GB of RAM and a variety of storage options. The desktop will be available for purchase in Europe this August and in North America in September.
Acer Predator Orion 9000 launched with a liquid-cooled Intel Core i9-10980XE, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, tempered glass side panel, and more
The refreshed Acer Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktop comes with 10th-generation Intel Core i9 chips that can be paired with up to two NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 Super, or RTX 2070 Super GPUs. One can add up to 128GB of RAM and up to four hard disks and three NVMe SSDs. It will be available in select regions in October and will retail at €2,799 ($3,155).
ASUS ROG Phone 3 slated for a July release in China; global launch to follow soon
According to ASUS's official Weibo handle, the ASUS ROG Phone 3 will be unveiled in China this July. ASUS has partnered with Tencent, allowing the latter to optimize its in-house titles for the smartphone. The phone is also billed to come with a 144Hz OLED screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC.
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will reportedly feature a 120Hz QHD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC, and more
Hands-on images of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have been posted online. The phone is billed to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC, a QHD+ LTPO panel that runs at 120Hz, new camera features, and more.
Nokia will release a Snapdragon 690-powered 5G smartphone later this year
HMD Global's Chief Product Officer said that Nokia is reportedly working on a low-cost 5G smartphone powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 690 SoC. The phone will very likely be the Nokia 6.3 or Nokia 7.3. It will probably be unveiled alongside Nokia 9.3 PureView later this year.
TCL launches a new range of 4K and 8K QLED TVs in India; prices start at INR 45,990
TCL has unveiled its new range of QLED TVs for the Indian market. The C715, C815 series of smart TVs have 4K panels of varying sizes, while the X916 has only one 75-inch variant that is 8K-ready. Prices start at INR 45,990 ($602) for the 50-inch C715, and the X916 will set you back by INR 2,99,990 ($3930).
Poco M2 Pro spotted on BIS website; Indian launch imminent
The yet-to-be-announced Poco M2 Pro has just made an appearance on the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) website, indicating that it is ready for launch in the country. Not much is known about the phone other than the fact that it will reportedly feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC.
Snapdragon 865 Plus-powered iQOO 3 Pro gaming smartphone reportedly in the works
Vivo's sub-brand iQOO is reportedly working on a gaming smartphone that will feature Qualcomm's yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC. The phone will come with a 6.5-inch 90Hz AMOLED panel, a 4,500mAh battery that can be charged in 30 minutes, and more. Prices are expected to start at CNY 3998 ($565) for the entry-level version.
One UI 2.1 update rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung's newest One UI 2.1 update is now making its way to Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus users. The update includes all the One UI 2.1 features, including Pro Video Mode, Quick Share, and more. It is rolling out in Germany and will be available globally in the coming days.
Acer Veriton N small form factor desktop PC released in India; prices start at INR 9,999
Acer Veriton N is the company's newest compact PC for the Indian market. It can be configured with 8th and 9th generation Intel processors, up to 64GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage. Prices start at INR 9,999 for the entry-level variant.
EMUI 10.1 update rolling out for some Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro users in Europe
Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro users in Europe will be pleased to know that they'll soon be at the receiving end of Huawei's highly-anticipated EMUI 10.1 update. The software is making its way to some users in France and will be available widely in the coming weeks.
MediaTek's 8K-ready S900 chip is ready to hit smart TVs worldwide
The S900 is MediaTek's newest SoC that is custom-designed for smart TVs. It is powered by ARM's Cortex A-73 cores, and is compatible with the HDMI 2.1A standard, allowing it to deliver 8K videos at 60 fps and 4K content at 120 fps. The chip also uses machine learning to improve picture quality in real-time.
Motorola One Fusion+ likely to be released in India soon
It shouldn't be long before Motorola unveils the Motorola One Fusion+ in India. The company has been teasing the device's release on its Twitter handle, and we can expect an official announcement soon. If the phone's European pricing is anything to go by, we can expect it to retail in India for around INR 20,000 ($263).
Samsung reportedly working on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 powered Galaxy S20 Lite
An industry insider states that Samsung is working on a Lite version of the Galaxy S20 series. There are three variants of the Galaxy S20 Lite in the works, all of which will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. They are billed to launch with One UI 2.5 out of the box and 128GB of internal storage.
Acer launches new range of Nitro 5 gaming laptops in India
New versions of the Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptops are now available for purchase in India. They are all powered by 10th-generation Intel Comet Lake processors. Choices of CPUs include the Core i5-10300H and Core i7-10750H. On the GPU side of things, one can pick an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, GTX 1650TI or RTX 2060. Prices start at INR 72,990($962), and the laptops are available for purchase on Acer's official website.
Mi Notebook 14 and Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition featuring 10th-generation Intel Comet Lake processors launched in India; prices start at INR 41,999
Xiaomi has launched a wide range of affordable laptops for the Indian market. The Mi Notebook 14 is restricted to the 10th-generation Intel Core i5-10210U CPU, while the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition allows users to upgrade that to an Intel Core i7-10510U. Prices start at INR 41,999 ($555) for the base variant and max out at INR 57,999 ($765). Both notebooks will be available for purchase on June 17th on Xiaomi's website.
Leak suggests that Xiaomi has five new affordable flagships in the works
Prolific leaker Digital Chat Station states that Xiaomi will release five Qualcomm Snapdragon 865-powered smartphones in the coming months. The phones are codenamed J20, J21, J1, J1S, and J1T, two of which could be Redmi devices. The leaker further adds that the phone codenamed J1S is already in the production line.
Redmi 9 listed on Xiaomi Spain's website; MediaTek Helio G80, quad-camera setup and 5,000mAh battery confirmed
Xiaomi Spain has officially listed the Redmi 9 on its website ahead of the phone's June 25 release. The phone will feature a MediaTek Helio G80 SoC coupled with 3/4GB of RAM, 32/46GB of internal storage, a quad-camera setup, a 6.5-inch FHD+ screen, and a 5,000mAh battery that supports charging at up to 18W. It will retail for €149($169) in Spain.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 finally gets the One UI 2.1 update
The highly-anticipated One UI 2.1 update is finally making its way to Galaxy Note 9 users in Germany. It brings forth all the key features such as Single Take Mode, Pro Video Mode, Quick Share, and Music Share. The software will be available globally in the coming days.
Samsung will allegedly show ads on some low-cost phones with One UI 2.5
Leaked screenshots from Samsung's One UI 2.5 software showcase egregious lock screen ads that effectively prevent users from unlocking their phones for fifteen seconds. However, Samsung will only run these on some low-cost Galaxy A and Galaxy M devices. We should have more clarity on the matter once One UI 2.5 is released later this year.
OnePlus will unveil new, low-cost smart TVs in India on July 2
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took to Twitter to announce that the company would be releasing a new line of affordable smart TVs in India. Sources familiar with the matter state that prices could start at $200, making it an attractive buy for those on a budget.
OnePlus Z slated for a July 10th launch in India; will allegedly retail at $330
A user survey conducted in India has shed light on the upcoming OnePlus Z's price and specifications. The phone will allegedly come with a triple-camera setup, a 6.5-inch 90Hz AMOLED panel, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC, and a 4,300mAh battery that supports charging at 30W. It will be launched in India on July 10th via an online event and will retail for INR 24,990($330).
Leaked Redmi 9 image showcases the phone's quad-camera setup; will likely be released on June 25th
More details have emerged about Redmi's upcoming budget Redmi 9 smartphone. The device will feature a quad-camera setup at the rear, a 5,000mAh battery which can be charged at 18W, a MediaTek Helio G80 SoC, and up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It will reportedly make its debut on June 25th and cost around the $150 mark.
Huawei updates the list of devices eligible for the EMUI 10.1 update
According to Huawei's updated roadmap, a total of 36 devices are eligible to receive the EMUI 10.1 update. It includes both Huawei and Honor smartphones, of which the latter will get the update in the form of Magic UI 3.1. The software is already rolling out in Europe and will be available to eligible devices in the coming weeks.
Galaxy Note 20+ will come with the Galaxy S20 Ultra's 108MP module; will replace the ToF sensor with a laser focus sensor
Prolific leaker Ice Universe just revealed what could be the camera configuration of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+. The upcoming flagship will reportedly come with a 108MP sensor coupled with a 13MP periscope lens and a 12MP ultra-wide angle lens. Samsung will also replace the ToF sensor with a laser focus sensor.
EMUI 10.1 roadmap for Europe revealed; rollout to start in June
The EMUI 10.1 and Magic UI 3.1 update is expected to arrive in Europe starting June. The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will receive it first in June, followed by Mate 20, Mate 20 X, Huawei Nova 5T and Mate 20 Pro, which will get the software in July. The Honor View 20, Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro are also billed to receive Magic UI 3.1 mid-July.
Epic Games Store coming to Android and iOS soon
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeny said in an interview that the company plans on bringing the Epic Games Store to Android and iOS soon. The Fortnite launcher on Android has been rebranded as the Epic launcher, implying that its release could be sooner than we think.
Samsung releases new Exynos 850 SoC for low-cost smartphones
Merely a week after it released a 5G-ready Exynos 880, Samsung has released a new Exynos 850 SoC. The 8nm chip consists of eight ARM Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.0GHz, comes with a Mali G-52GPU, and supports a single 21MP or dual 16+5MP camera configurations. Samsung hasn't specified as to when the chip will make its debut, but we can expect it to feature in an upcoming Galaxy A or M series phone.
Vivo TWS Neo earphones launched with 14.2mm drivers, aptX Adaptive support, Bluetooth 5.2, and more
Vivo has unveiled its latest wireless audio product for the Chinese market. The Vivo TWS Neo supports Qualcomm's aptX Adaptive codec, Bluetooth 5.2, and even has a low-latency mode for gaming. The earphones retail at CNY 499($70) and are available for purchase on Vivo's official website. There is no word about its international release.
A MediaTek Dimensity 800 powered Nokia mid-ranger is reportedly in the works
Nokia is reportedly working on a 5G-ready smartphone that is powered by MediaTek's Dimensity 800 series of chips. However, the mystery device will only be unveiled by Q1 2021. In the meanwhile, Nokia has other 5G phones in the pipeline as well.
Acer Swift 3 launched in India; features an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, Wi-Fi 6, and more
Another AMD Ryzen 4000 series powered laptop has arrived in the Indian market in the form of the Acer Swift 3. An AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor powers the notebook, which can be coupled with up to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM. The base variant of the laptop costs Rs 59,999($796) and is available for purchase on Acer's official website.
Redmibook 13 slated for a June 11th launch in India
Xiaomi will reportedly unveil its first-ever laptop for the Indian market on June 11th. It is rumored to be a rebranded Redmibook 13 model featuring 10th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. The entry-level model will likely retail at Rs 45,000 ($597).
McLaren confirms that it is no longer working with OnePlus
McLaren has just acknowledged that its partnership with OnePlus has ended. The company doesn't explicitly state why the nearly two-year-old endeavor came to an end and hopes that it can work with OnePlus in the future. OnePlus still might release a limited-edition version of its upcoming flagship later in the year, though.
Refurbished iPhone XR units are now available for sale in the US on Apple's website
Refurbished Apple iPhone XR models are now available for purchase on Apple's website. The 64GB version costs $499, while the 128GB and 256GB variants retail at $539 and $629, respectively. Apple says that all phones come with a new battery, along with a one-year warranty.
OxygenOS 10.3.3 brings 960fps video recording, lens stain detection, and more to the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro
OnePlus has released the OxygenOS 10.3.3 update for OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro. The update lets users record slow-motion videos at 960fps, adds a 'lens smudge detection' feature to the camera app, and more. It is rolling out in India and will be available globally in the coming weeks.
Xiaomi India teases laptop release; Mi Notebook and Redmibook likely to go on sale soon
Xiaomi will soon unveil some new laptops in India, according to a teaser posted by the company's Twitter handle. We can expect to see a range of Mi Notebooks and Redmibooks on the marketplace soon.
Steam opens up registrations for Steam Cloud Play, but only for developers
Steam has finally entered the cloud gaming arena with Steam Cloud Play. Unlike its competitor's offerings, Steam Cloud Play will only serve as a link between an existing platform and Steam. Developers can register for the service now, but it'll be a while before it is available to the general public.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 will feature ARM's newest Cortex-A78 and Cortex-X1 super core
The upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 SoC will come with ARM's latest Cortex-X1 and Cortex-A78 cores. The chip's configuration will likely consist of a single Cortex-X1 core coupled with three Cortex-A78 cores and four Cortex A-55 cores. The Snapdragon 875 will be unveiled sometime in Q4 2020, and will reportedly make its debut on a Xiaomi phone.
OnePlus reportedly working on a barrage of affordable products including mid-range smartphones
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau stated that the company wants to get back to its roots as an affordable gadget provider. We can expect to see a host of reasonably-priced OnePlus gadgets and smartphones on the market soon. It is all part of a plan to create a wider ecosystem centered on the OnePlus brand.
Google Chrome has been a broken, buggy mess on several OnePlus phones since late last year
Google Chrome and Android's default web browser —Android Webview— have been witnessing crashes and instability on OnePlus phones for over six months now. The problem doesn't seem to be affecting everyone but is persistent across a wide range of OnePlus phones, all running Android 10. Google and OnePlus are yet to acknowledge the issue officially
Moto G8 Fast leaked ahead of time; US release to follow soon
Motorola accidentally revealed the details of its upcoming Moto G Fast smartphone. While the contents of the spec sheet remain unclear, we know that the phone will come with a triple-camera setup, a Qualcomm 6xx series chip, 3GB of RAM, and a 4-5,000mAh battery. It is likely to retail at the ~$180 -$200 mark.
Redmi 10X and Redmi 10X Pro are the most affordable 5G phones yet powered by MediaTek's new Dimensity 820 SoC
Redmi has unveiled two new affordable 5G-ready smartphones for the Chinese market. Dubbed as the Redmi 10X and 10X Pro, both phones come with a MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC, a 6.57-inch AMOLED panel, a 4,250mAh battery, and more. The former starts at 599 yuan (~$224) for the entry-level version, while the latter will set you back by 2,299 yuan (~$322.) Both phones will be up for grabs in China next week and should make their way to global markets soon.
Redmi Earbuds S TWS earphones launched with low-latency gaming mode, IPX4 rating, and more
Redmi has launched a new pair of TWS earphones in India called the Redmi Earbuds S. It boasts of up to four hours of continuous playback on a single charge, splash resistance, and a 122ms low-latency mode for gaming. It is available on Xiaomi's website for Rs 1,799 (~$24.)
HTC billed to release a 5G smartphone later this year; a mid-ranger is in the works too
HTC is all set to make its highly-awaited comeback in July this year with its first-ever 5G smartphone. The company is also working on a mid-range HTC Desire 20 Pro that will come with a Snapdragon 6xx chip, 6GB of RAM, and a triple-camera setup.
Leak suggests that the Redmi Monitor 1A is a cheaper version of the Mi Display 1A
Redmi's upcoming monitor will be called the Redmi Monitor 1A, according to well-known leaker Ishan Agarwal. Much like the Mi Display 1A, it will also come with a 60Hz 23.8-inch IPS LCD panel. The monitor will reportedly cost around $85 and will be unveiled alongside a host of other products on May 26th.
Galaxy Watch Active 2 inches closer to the Apple Watch Series 5 with ECG functionality
ECG support has finally arrived for the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 in South Korea. The feature was supposed to be released alongside the wearable but got delayed. International availability will vary on a country-by-country basis, and it will entirely depend on how long it takes for it to pass through the government machinery of a nation.
Galaxy Note 20 to come with a periscope camera minus the 100x zoom functionality
Insider reports state that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ will come with a periscope camera. Samsung is likely to use a modified version of the Galaxy S20's 108MP lens, and ditch the ToF sensor altogether.
Mi Band 5 billed to come with an SPO2 sensor, Alexa, and more
Xiaomi's upcoming Mi Band 5 fitness tracker will bring forth a host of new features, according to a source familiar with the matter. Some of them include an SPO2 filter to monitor blood oxygen levels, support for Alexa out of the box, a menstrual tracker, new activities, and more. The band was initially supposed to drop in June, but that date got pushed back to August or September due to the ongoing pandemic.
Sharp Aquos Zero 2 gaming smartphone is now available for purchase outside of Japan
Sharp's Aquos Zero 2 gaming phone is now available for purchase outside of Japan. It comes with a 6.4-inch OLED panel that refreshes at a whopping 240Hz, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. It is currently up for sale in Taiwan for $730. We should know if the phone will be released internationally in the coming days.
Xiaomi likely to release a new electric screwdriver in India
Xiaomi India has teased the release of a new electric screwdriver in the market. It could likely be the successor to Xiaomi's Mijia Wiha screwdriver set, which was released over two years ago. Unfortunately, there is no release date mentioned anywhere, but we should know more about it in the coming days.
Amazon is all to set to challenge the food delivery duopoly in India
Amazon Foods is the company's food delivery app for the Indian market. It is available only in some areas of Bangalore for the moment. A nationwide deployment will follow suit in the coming months.
Latest update for Galaxy S20 series brings forth better Night Mode performance and other camera improvements
The Galaxy S20 series is billed to receive additional camera improvements via a software update. Although Samsung hasn't specified what they are, user reports suggest that it has improved the camera's low-light performance. The software is only available in Korea for now and will be rolled out globally in the coming weeks.
Galaxy S21 likely to come with BOE a panel instead of Samsung's in-house offering
Samsung is reportedly in talks with Chinese display maker BOE to source some panels for its upcoming Galaxy S21 series. The news confirms an earlier report which suggested that at least one device in the series would come with a BOE panel. We can also expect to see the hardware in some of Samsung's upcoming mid-rangers.
Latest firmware update unlocks 120Hz refresh rate for Meizu 17 and Meizu 17 Pro
The Meizu 17 and 17 Pro users can now operate their screens at 120Hz, thanks to a firmware update. It also adds more DC dimming options and adds HDR support. The software is rolling out in batches, and will be available to eligible devices in the coming weeks.
The Last of Us 2 themed PlayStation 4 Pro up for pre-order; will be released alongside the game on June 19th
The Last of Us 2 zealots will be pleased to know that they can now play the game on an exclusively-themed PlayStation 4 Pro console ($399). It also comes with a similarly-designed controller ($64.99), headset ($99), and external hard drive ($89), though the last two have to be purchased separately. The console is now available for pre-order on Sony's website and will ship out on June 19th.
Vivo X50 Pro will be the world's first smartphone to feature Samsung's 50MP ISOCELL GN1 sensor
Samsung's latest 50MP camera sensor will reportedly make its debut alongside the upcoming Vivo X50 Pro. The phone is rumored to come with ''gimbal-like stabilization", according to some promo material.
MIUI 12 global rollout to commence in June; Redmi K20 and Mi 9 to get the update first
Xiaomi has just unveiled the global roadmap for MIUI 12. The rollout will begin in June, and the software will make its way to the Redmi K20 and Mi 9 series first. Other devices will get the update later. Additionally, beta builds of MIUI 12 will be available to sideload starting next week.
Walmart's newest Onn tablets offer Android 10 and USB-C starting at $99
The successors to Walmart's Onn range of affordable tablets have arrived as the Onn 8 Tablet Pro and Onn 10.1 Tablet Pro. Both devices run a 2.0 GHz SoC coupled with 2/3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, Android 10, 5MP front and rear cameras, and a USB Type-C port. The base variant starts at $99, while the larger one will set you back by $129.
Epic Games Store issues partial refunds on games that were purchased before they went on sale
Epic Games is now refunding the difference between a game's retail and sale price to those who bought it at the former. It applies only when a game is bought 'shortly' before a sale starts, though it is unclear to what qualifies as shortly.
GTA V giveaway has taken Epic Games Store's servers hostage
The Epic Games Store has been bought to its knees by a deluge of gamers looking to redeem their free copy of GTA V. Users have been greeted with a plethora of errors while trying to do so. If you are unable to get your hands on a copy, you should try later as the game will be available for free on the platform until May 24th.
Magic Keyboard reportedly causes massive battery drain on some iPads
Several iPad users are complaining about accelerated battery drain when the tablet is paired with the keyboard. One user lost nearly 25% battery with just two hours of continuous keyboard use. The problem appears to be software agnostic as it persists on the beta and stable version of iPadOS.
LG V40 ThinQ gets Android 10 update on AT&T
AT&T variants of the LG V40 ThinQ are receiving the Android 10 update ahead of schedule. It appears to be a staged rollout as the software has landed on only a handful of devices.
GTA V will be free to download on the Epic Games Store starting today
The massively popular GTA V will be free on the Epic Games Store later today. Once redeemed, the game is yours to keep forever and will be tied to your Epic account. The promotion is expected to end on May 24th.
Nokia 3.1 Plus gets Android 10 update
The Android 10 update has arrived for the Nokia 3.1 Plus. The rollout has begun now and should conclude by May 18th, according to the official Nokia Community Forums.
OnePlus 8 Pro's Color Filter lens can see through some plastic objects
Some diligent users on Twitter and Reddit discovered that the OnePlus 8 Pro's camera could see through some thin plastic objects. One simply needs to navigate to the camera app and switch the 'Photochrom' mode on for the magic to happen. The trick, however, works only on a handful of materials that do not have IR shielding.
MediaTek's latest Dimensity 1000+ chip nets a score of 530,000 on AnTuTu
iQOO's upcoming iQOO Z1 managed to get a score of 530,000 on AnTuTu. The phone is powered by MediaTek's newest Dimensity 1000+ SoC, and is expected to launch on May 17th.
Motorola Edge+ guaranteed to receive at least two major software updates
Motorola has confirmed that the Motorola Edge+ will receive two major software upgrades. The phone was initially promised only one update, much to the annoyance of everyone. Since the device launched with Android 10, it is guaranteed to receive Android 12.
Poco F2 Pro launched with Snapdragon 865, motorized selfie camera, headphone jack, and a €499 price tag
Poco finally lifted the veil off the Poco F2 Pro. It is a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro that comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, a quad-camera array at the back, a pop-up selfie camera, 4,700mAh battery, and more. Prices start at €499 for the base variant with 6/128GB of RAM/Storage, and €599 for the one with 8/256GB.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla will not be able to run at 4K 60FPS on Xbox Series X
Fans excited to try out Assassin's Creed: Valhalla on the upcoming Xbox Series X will be disappointed to know that the console will not be able to run the game at 4K 60FPS. A Ubisoft spokesperson, however, confirmed that the game would be able to run at 4K 30FPS at the very least.
Leaked Poco F2 Pro render further confirms that it is a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro
A Poco F2 Pro render has appeared in the wild, just a day before its release. It looks a lot like the Redmi K30 Pro, as foretold by earlier rumors centered around the device. The phone is expected to come in both 5G and 4G-only variants, depending on the market.
iPhone 12 lineup to start at $649; base variants will come with 128GB storage
Prolific leaker Jon Prosser confirms that there will be four variants in the iPhone 12 series this year. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will come with a 60Hz OLED display, 4GB of RAM, and a dual-camera setup. Prices start at $649 and $749, respectively. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will come with a 120Hz display, triple-camera+LiDAR setup, 6GB of RAM, and will retail at $999 and $1099, respectively.
Diablo 2 remaster reportedly in the works; slated for a Q4 2020 release
Blizzard and Vicarious Visions are reportedly working on a Diablo 2 remake. The game will be unveiled later in the year at Blizzcon and will be available for purchase on Q4 2020.
Vivo reportedly working on an in-house chipset
A trademark application filed in September 2019 reveals that Vivo is reportedly working on an in-house chipset. It reveals very little about the specifics of the chipset, or even if it is intended for smartphones. It does, however, give credence to an earlier rumor that said Oppo was working on an in-house chip.
Square Enix's Stay At Home and Play bundle nets you over 50 classic games for just $39
Over 50 classic Square Enix titles are now on sale at 95% off on Steam. The 'Stay at home and play' bundle consists of a plethora of classics such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Thief, and more. Square Enix says that all the proceeds from the sales will go to charities across Europe and North America.
Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 768G chip will make its debut alongside the Redmi K30 5G Speed Edition on May 11th
Redmi is all set to unveil yet another member of the K30 family in the form of the Redmi K30 Speed Edition. It will also be the world's first phone to run Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 768G chip. The smartphone will be unveiled on May 11th at an event in China.
Doom Eternal's single-player DLC screenshots showcase some interesting new environments
The official Doom Twitter handle just Tweeted what it claims to be screenshots from the upcoming single-player DLC for Doom Eternal. Each screenshot showcases a different environment, indicating that the DLC will span across multiple regions. Bethesda is tight-lipped about the release date of said DLC, unfortunately.
Android 10 has arrived for the Sony Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus
Sony has started updating the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus with Android 10 in some regions. The software is bundled with the March 2020 security patch along with all the standard Android 10 features. It will make its way to eligible devices OTA in the coming weeks.
MIUI 12 will be available globally starting May 19th
The highly-anticipated MIUI 12 update will make its way to Xiaomi and Redmi devices starting May 19th. A total of 32 devices will be eligible for the MIUI 12 open beta before the final release hits the airwaves. Users on the beta version of MIUI 11 will get the software via an OTA while those on a stable version will have to sideload it.
One UI 2.1 update for Samsung Galaxy A51 now rolling out
The One UI 2.1 update is now available for Samsung Galaxy A51 owners. It comes with the April 2020 security patch but is missing a lot of features such as Single Take Mode, Pro Video Mode, Selfie Tone, and more. The firmware is available for download globally OTA and via Samsung Smart Switch.
Galaxy S21 Ultra will reportedly feature a penta-camera array with a 150MP primary sensor
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra will come with a penta-lens setup, according to a Korean tech forum. The primary 150MP sensor will be assisted by a 64MP telephoto lens, a 16MP wide-angle lens, a 12MP macro lens, and a ToF sensor. It will also come with Laser Autofocus, and OIS on two of the lenses.
NFC-based wireless charging will make its way to future smartphones
It will soon be possible to charge appliances using your smartphone's NFC chip. The Global NFC Forum just approved a standard that allows for wireless charging at 1W via the medium. It is meant for devices such as smartwatches, wireless earbuds, and fitness trackers that require low power.
Xiaomi opens up MIUI 12 pilot testing program in India
Xiaomi India is now accepting registrations for its MIUI 12 pilot testing program. At the moment, it is only available for Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro users. Xiaomi says that it will expand the program to more devices and regions in the coming weeks.
Snapdragon 720G-powered Poco M2 Pro is reportedly in the works
Xiaomi India's RF exposure page has confirmed the existence of a new Poco device called the Poco M2 Pro. It will reportedly feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. We can expect Poco to tell us more about it in the coming weeks as the company has been putting out several teasers on its official Twitter handle.
Samsung India offering Rs 4,000 in-store credit with every Galaxy S20 pre-order
In an attempt to bolster Galaxy S20 sales in the subcontinent, Samsung India is now throwing in a voucher worth Rs 4,000($53) for everyone who pre-ordered a Galaxy S20 series phone. The offer is eligible for pre-ordered devices that are activated between May 4th and May 20th, and is only valid for purchases made via the Samsung India website.
Flipkart and Amazon to resume operations in some districts
E-commerce platforms such as Amazon and Flipkart will now be allowed to resume operations in orange and green zones in the Indian subcontinent. People residing in red zones will have to wait till their region is upgraded to green/yellow or until the nationwide lockdown measures are lifted on May 17th.
OnePlus Z likely to feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765 chip instead of the MediaTek Dimensity 1000
The upcoming OnePlus Z will allegedly ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 SoC. Previous leaks hinted that the phone would feature MediaTek's Dimensity 1000 chip. OnePlus may have planned on using a MediaTek chip initially but switched to Qualcomm at the last moment.
One UI 2.0 update postponed for several devices in India
Samsung users running Android 9.0 Pie will have to wait a bit longer for the One UI 2.0 update. According to a notification on the Samsung Members app, the rollout will be 'slightly delayed.' This only applies to users based in India, and it is unclear if other regions will also be affected.
Xiaomi's default web browser allegedly records users' browsing habits
Security researchers have discovered that Xiaomi's default web browser records and transmits user data to remote servers. It includes potentially sensitive information such as search engine queries and browsing history, and the behavior persists even in the supposedly anonymous incognito mode. A Xiaomi spokesperson has denied allegations of wrongdoing and states that this is standard practice.
Microsoft will show us actual Xbox Series X gameplay footage on 7th May
Xbox fans will be pleased to know that Microsoft will show off actual Xbox Series X footage on May 7th. We can expect to see some third-party titles such as Assassins Creed: Valhalla at the event.
AMD and Samsung's upcoming mobile GPU reportedly 'destroys' the Adreno 650 in GFXBench
AMD's upcoming mobile graphics chip reportedly outperforms the Qualcomm Adreno 650 by a significant margin on GFXBench. According to a post on a Korean tech forum, the yet-to-be-named chip trounced the Qualcomm GPU by a factor of three in some tests. We can expect to see Samsung unveil this new GPU by 2021.
Alleged OnePlus Z hands-on image showcases hole-punch display, optical fingerprint scanner, and more
Here's our first look at what could be OnePlus' yet-to-be-announced OnePlus Z. The hole-punch camera looks a lot like the one on the Galaxy S20, and the device appears to have a non-curved screen. OnePlus will reportedly unveil the phone sometime in Q3 2020.
HMD Global to release newer versions of the Nokia 150 and Nokia 125 soon
HMD Global will reportedly unveil newer versions of the Nokia 150 and 125 later this year. Both phones will likely be 4G-ready versions of the nearly three-year-old devices. There is no word about their prices, which should be around the ~$30 mark.
Google Pixel 4a slated for a late May release, according to leaked documents
With Google I/O 2020 canceled entirely, there was some uncertainty around the Google Pixel 4a series' release date. Internal documents sourced from Vodafone Germany indicate that Google's upcoming Pixel 4a will hit the shelves on May 22nd. General availability could vary a little, depending on your location.
T-Series will release up to ten movies directly on Netflix
T-Series is reportedly negotiating with Netflix India to release eight to ten movies on the platform. With movie theaters remaining shut due to the nationwide lockdown measures, a lot of studios are moving their cinema releases to video streaming platforms.
HERE WeGo maps now available for download on Huawei AppGallery
Popular navigation app HERE WeGo is now available for download on Huawei's Play Store alternative AppGallery. The application has been around for a long time offers several useful features such as turn-by-turn navigation, a voice assistant, and offline maps.
One UI 2.1 update for Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 reportedly under development
A Samsung Community forum moderator has stated that the company is reportedly working on delivering the One UI update to Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 users. Unfortunately, there is no word about when the firmware will be available for download, but it is reassuring to know that it will make its way to the devices eventually.
A string of text with Sindhi characters is crashing iOS devices worldwide
A particular string of characters in the Sindhi language seems to be wreaking havoc on iOS devices worldwide. Upon receiving the text in question, iOS crashes completely. A force restart is required to get the iPhone/iPad operational again. The only workaround is to disable notifications for all instant messaging applications until Apple rolls out a fix.
Samsung likely to remove the ToF sensor from the Galaxy Note 20 series
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 20 series might not come with a ToF sensor. The company cites a lack of user interest as one of the primary reasons. Additionally, some of the ToF sensor's work can now be done via software.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be available on Xbox Game Pass starting May 7th
Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption 2 will be available for Xbox Game Pass subscribers on May 7th. It comes with a trade-off, however, as Grand Theft Auto V will no longer be available for subscribers from that day onward.
iQOO Neo3 5G gets you a 144Hz screen, Snapdragon 865, and more for just $380
iQOO just unveiled its latest gaming smartphone in the form of the iQOO Neo3. It comes with a 6.5-inch 1080p 144Hz HDR 10-ready IPS LCD panel, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC coupled with up to 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage, a 4,500mAh battery that supports 44W wired charging, and more. The device will be available for purchase in China next week. Prices start at CNY 2698($380) for the base variant.
Xiaomi working on all-screen fingerprint unlocking technology
A future Xiaomi device could be host to the company's first-ever all-screen fingerprint sensor. A few images posted on Twitter showcase the tech in action, indicating that it is development. There is no word about when it will make its debut, though.
iQOO Neo3's battery specs showcased by company's official Weibo handle
Vivo-owned iQOO is all set to unveil its newest flagship in the form of the iQOO Neo 3. The device will come with a 4,500W battery that supports wired charging at 44W. It takes about an hour to charge the battery completely.
Death Stranding's PC release date pushed back to July 14th
Death Stranding's PC release date has been delayed due to a Kojima Productions employee testing positive for COVID-19. The developers' office has been shut down as a precautionary measure, and employees are now working from home. The game will be available for everyone to play on July 14th.
Galaxy Watch Active 2 will soon be able to monitor your blood pressure
Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 just got certified by South Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) to measure blood pressure. It works by reading input data from the wearable's heart rate sensor and comparing it with pre-calibrated values measured via a traditional cuff-based blood pressure monitoring system. The feature will be available to everyone by Q3 2020.
OnePlus 7T Pro and OnePlus 7T prices in India slashed by Rs. 6,000, and Rs. 3,000 respectively
OnePlus has slashed the prices of its 2019 flagships in India. The OnePlus 7T Pro will set you back by Rs. 47,999($626) instead of Rs. 53,999($704). Similarly, the OnePlus 7T's cost has dropped from Rs. 37,999($495) to Rs. 34,999($456). The offer is only valid on OnePlus India's official website.
PlayStation 4 firmware update 7.50 reportedly forces some consoles into a boot loop
Some PlayStation 4 consoles have reportedly been rendered inoperable by the latest software update. The 7.50 firmware allegedly forces some consoles into a boot loop. Other users state that their disk drives stopped working after installing the update.
Galaxy Note 10 Lite gets stable One UI 2.1 update
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite is now receiving the One UI 2.1 update. Apart from all the standard One UI 2.1 features such as Quick Share and Single Take Mode, the update also comes with the April 2020 Android security patch. The software is now available in Spain and the United Arab Emirates, and will be available in other regions soon.
WhatsApp will soon allow more users in group audio and video calls
A future version of WhatsApp will allow more than four users to participate in group audio and video calls. There is no word about what the revised upper limit will be just yet. Since the feature is still in development, it will be a while before it is available to everyone.
Galaxy Tab S6 Lite now available for pre-order in the Netherlands
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is now available for pre-order in the Netherlands. The Wi-Fi version of the tablet costs €379.00, while the LTE variant retails at €439.00. Pre-order bonuses include a cover worth €69.99, and four months of YouTube Premium and Spotify Premium.
Galaxy Note 9 users might get the One UI 2.1 update after all
There is still hope for Galaxy Note 9 owners who are eagerly anticipating the arrival of One UI 2.1 on their devices. A Samsung Community moderator said the process is under review, but it'll be a while before the update is rolled out.
Nokia 8 Sirocco gets stable Android 10 update
Nokia 8 Sirocco is finally receiving its highly-anticipated Android 10 update. It is rolling out now and will be available to users in batches. Nokia says that everyone should get the software by April 20th.
Nokia 9.3 PureView to take on Samsung and OnePlus with a 120Hz screen, Snapdragon 865, and more
Some details have emerged online that shed light on Nokia's upcoming flagship. Nokia 9.3 PureView will reportedly come with a 120Hz screen, a 108MP camera sensor, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. The phone doesn't have an official launch date just yet and is expected to drop later this year.
Motorola Edge+ slated for an April 22nd launch
Motorola will finally unveil its flagship offering on April 22nd. It will very likely be the Motorola Edge+. The phone is expected to come with a waterfall display that has a refresh rate of 90Hz. Other features include a 108MP camera, Snapdragon 865 SoC, 5G connectivity, and more.
Galaxy S21's in-display selfie camera will likely come with OIS
Samsung is reportedly working on two selfie camera modules, one of which supports OIS. It is expected to make its debut alongside the Galaxy S21 next year. This will be the first time an OEM incorporates OIS in a phone's front-facing camera after Sony did it four years ago with the Xperia XA Ultra.
Android 10 update for the Galaxy A70 reportedly bricks some variants of the phone
The Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy A70 reportedly causes some variants of the phone to stop working. You can get around the problem by sideloading Android 9 Pie on to your phone. If that isn't an option, the only way out is to get a hardware replacement from a Samsung retailer.
Android 10 update for the Samsung Galaxy A50 is now available in more regions
Samsung's massively popular Galaxy A50 is now receiving its Android 10 update. It comes in the form of One UI 2.0 and brings forth exciting features such as support for Google's new navigation gestures, a dedicated screen recorder app, and more. The update is rolling out worldwide and should be available to eligible devices in the next few days.
Samsung throwing in a free Galaxy A50 with every Galaxy S20+ purchased in the US
You can now get a Samsung Galaxy A50 for free with every Galaxy S20+ in the US. The offer is only valid Verizon, AT&T and Sprint variants of Samsung's 2020 flagship. The promotion also holds for those who want an unlocked version of the phone, but it'll cost an extra $50.
MediaTek allegedly cheated on a host of popular mobile benchmarking tests
MediaTek has been accused of artificially inflating benchmark scores on some of their devices. The shortcoming came to light when a reviewer found that a Helio P95 chip outperformed a Dimensity 1000L in PCMark. Some digging revealed that MediaTek has 'whitelists' for popular benchmarking apps. Whitelisted apps are allowed to push the device's SoC far beyond its limit, resulting in higher benchmark scores.
Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Fold 2 release date to remain unaffected despite global slowdown
Samsung is expected to release its upcoming flagships —Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Fold 2— as per schedule. Both devices will be unveiled sometime in late July or mid-August at an online event. It could be a while before both devices are available for purchase via retail channels, though.
How to stay disciplined while working from home
While working from home may have its advantages, it can take a toll on your physical and mental well-being over the course of a few weeks. Here are some tips and tricks on how to make your work from home experience better.
Android 10 update for Nokia 3.2 now available for download
Nokia 3.2 is the latest Nokia device to receive the Android 10 update. It brings forth all standard Android 10 features such as a system-wide Dark Mode, improved privacy settings, and more. Much like Nokia's previous software releases, this one is also staged, meaning that it may take a while for you to receive it.
WhatsApp limits forwards to one chat at a time in a bid to combat fake news
WhatsApp just announced that it will let users forward messages to only one chat at a time. The move comes shortly after the company found out that users have been misusing the feature to spread fake news about the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. WhatsApp also says that it is working closely with several governments and NGOs to help users get access to accurate information about the coronavirus.
OnePlus 8 series officially confirmed to support wireless charging
OnePlus fans will be pleased to know that the OnePlus 8 series will finally come with wireless charging capabilities. The phones can reportedly be charged at speeds as high as 30W via a dedicated charger. Other Qi-capable devices can also use OnePlus' wireless charger, but the speed will be restricted to 5W.
Several Xiaomi Mi TV models in India get Patchwall 3.0 update with Disney+ Hotstar integration, new UI and more
Mi TV owners in India will be pleased to know that Xiaomi has released the Patchwall 3.0 update for their TVs. The update brings forth a host of changes such as Hotstar Disney+ integration, the ability to scroll horizontally, and new content from Docubay and Lattu Kids. Patchwall 3.0 is rolling out now and will make its way to eligible devices in the coming days.
Latest iPhone 12 leak showcases screen sizes, LiDAR sensor, camera setup, and more
Apple's much-awaited iPhone 12 series is reportedly in its final prototyping stages. The base iPhone 12 will come with a 5.4 or 6.1-inch screen and two cameras, while the larger iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will come with three cameras and 6.1 and 6.7-inch screens respectively. Both phones will also feature a LiDAR sensor next to the camera array. All three iPhone 12 variants will come with Apple's latest A14 SoC and will be 5G-ready out of the box.
Amazon reportedly working on a game streaming service called Project Tempo to take on likes of Stadia, GeForce Now and Project xCloud
Project Tempo is Amazon's upcoming game streaming service. It was expected to make its debut later this year, but got delayed due to the ongoing crisis. We can expect to know more about Project Tempo and the games that will be available on it in the coming months.
Moto G8 Power Lite announced with MediaTek Helio P35, 5,000mAh battery, and more
Motorola just unveiled the Moto G8 Power Lite earlier today. It features a 6.5-inch HD+ panel, a MediaTek Helio P35 SoC, a triple-camera setup at the back, and a 5,000mAh battery. The phone will retail at €169 ($185), and will be available first in Mexico and Germany.
Galaxy Tab S6 gets stable Android 10 update in Germany
Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update is now making its way to Galaxy Tab S6 owners. It brings forth all the standard One UI 2.0 and Android 10 features, and is bundled with the March 2020 Android security patch. Currently, it is only available in Germany for the LTE variant of Samsung's flagship tablet. A wider rollout should commence in the coming weeks.
Galaxy Note 20+ 5G flexes its muscles for the first time on Geekbench
The Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G has been spotted on Geekbench for the first time ever. Based on its single and multi-core test results, it appears to be a Snapdragon 865-powered variant of the phone. The device specifications showcased in the listing are bound to change, as the device in question is very likely a pre-production model of Samsung's upcoming flagship.
Samsung is now promising a guaranteed 50% cashback on every Galaxy S20 phone purchased
Samsung has just announced a buyback program for its Galaxy S20 line of phones. Users can now get at 50% of the phone's value back anytime in the next two years as store credit. The offer is only available for devices purchased in the U.S from Samsung's official website or app.
Future version of WhatsApp could let you run the application on multiple devices
Users will soon be able to use a single WhatsApp account across multiple devices. The feature was first spotted in the beta version of WhatsApp, and is expected to make its way to a stable release in the near future. The chances of cross-platform support, however, look grim.
Android 10 update for Nokia 7.2 now rolling out globally
HMD Global just announced that the Nokia 7.2 will receive the Android 10 update starting today. You may have to wait a few days to get it, though, as it is a staged rollout. Head over to your devices' Settings app to try and trigger the update manually.
Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro will be available for purchase in Europe starting tomorrow
Realme will unveil the European pricing and availability of its latest mid-rangers —Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro— on March 31st. Prices are expected to start at £189 for Realme 6 and £249 for the Realme 6 Pro. Both phones come with a 90Hz screen, support for wired charging at 30W, and more.
Android 10 update for Realme X2 is now available for download
Realme X2 owners will be pleased to know that they'll receive the much-awaited Android 10 update soon. It comes to the Realme X2 in the form of Realme UI and brings forth a host of new features such as a three-finger screenshot gesture, a 'smart sidebar', and more. The update is rolling out now and will be available to eligible devices in the coming days.
Netflix is down for a lot of users in the United States
It appears that Netflix is experiencing some kind of an outage in the United States. Reports coming in from various sources indicate that both the app and browser versions of the streaming service are affected. A Netflix spokesperson has acknowledged that the company is aware of the issue and is working on a fix.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Indian launch postponed amid nationwide lockdown
Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain just Tweeted that the Mi 10 series' Indian launch would be postponed. Both phones were supposed to be unveiled on March 31st via an online-only event. The delay is likely due to the nationwide lockdown put in place by the Indian government to combat the coronavirus epidemic.
One UI 2.1 update rolling out to Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 users
The One UI 2.1 update is finally here for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 series. It adds a host of new features including new camera modes, and Samsung's file-sharing service Quick Share. The update is currently rolling out in Germany and Switzerland. It will be available to users in other regions in the coming weeks.
Vivo indefinitely suspends V19 launch in India
Vivo just announced that it would suspend all launches in the Indian subcontinent. The move comes after the Indian government enacted measures that restricted the operations of 'non-essential' business. The company also announced that it would help Indian authorities fight the epidemic by providing them with medical equipment.
Realme teases new Narzo line of smartphones for the Indian market
Realme India Tweeted out a teaser for a new line of smartphones called Narzo. The company claims that the devices will be centered around 'uniqueness' and 'high-resolution cameras'. The phones are expected to compete with the likes of Redmi, Poco, Xiaomi, and the likes. We can expect Realme to tell us more about its Narzo-branded phones in the coming weeks.
Oppo Find X2 and Find X2 Pro launched with 120Hz QHD+ screen, 65W charging, and more
The highly-awaited successor to the Oppo Find X is here in the form of the Oppo Find X2 and Oppo Find X2 Pro. Both phones come with a 6.7-inch QHD+ 120Hz AMOLED panel, 12GB of RAM, a 4,200mAh battery that can be charged at 65W, and more. The Oppo Find X2 can be had for €999($1,129) and the Oppo Find X2 Pro €1,199($1,355) in Europe.
Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro launched in India with 30W charging support, 90Hz screen, and more
Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro are Realme's latest mid-range offerings for the India market. Both phones come with impressive specs such as a 90Hz screen, a 4,300mAh battery that can be charged at 30W, a quad-camera array at the back and more. Realme 6 is priced at Rs. 12,999($178) for the base variant, and the Realme 6 Pro at Rs. 16,999($233) for the entry-level option.
Realme X50 Pro 5G to go on sale in India at noon today
Realme X50 Pro will be available for purchase today at noon. It will be available on both Flipkart and the official Realme website. Users can also take advantage of a host of benefits such as cashback, no-cost EMI, and exchange offers. The base variant of the Realme X50 Pro with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will retail at Rs. 37,999($517).
Huawei likely to partner with Indus OS to develop Google Play Store alternative
Huawei has been hard at work developing its own Play Store alternative for quite some time now. The company is reportedly negotiating with Indian app developer Indus OS to create one for the country. Indus OS is an established player in the region and has over 400,000 apps on its platform.
OnePlus 8 release date slated for sometime in April
OnePlus will reportedly launch the OnePlus 8 series of smartphones in April, according to a source familiar with the matter. The company is expected to release three devices this year; the OnePlus 8 Lite, OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. OnePlus 8 Lite will be the world's first phone to run MediaTek's Dimensity 1000 SoC.
Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro prices leaked ahead of launch; will reportedly start at Rs. 9,999
Prices of the upcoming Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro smartphones have been leaked. The former will reportedly cost Rs. 9,999($138) while the latter will retail at Rs. 14,999($193). Realme will officially unveil both phones at a launch event on March 5th.
Realme 5 Pro and Realme X get Android 10 update
Realme has unveiled the Android 10 update for Realme 5 Pro and Realme X. It is based on Realme UI and brings forth some new features such as Smart Sidebar, three-finger screenshot, Focus Mode, and more. Users can expect to receive the update in the coming week, as it is a staged rollout.
India to get its first official Apple Store by 2021
India could finally get its first Apple Store in the near future. Tim Cook discussed this idea at a recent investor meeting. The store will likely be located in Mumbai, and is expected to be operational by 2021.
Huawei P40 Lite is now available in Spain for €299
Huawei's first P40 phone is here, in the form of the Huawei P40 Lite. It comes with a 7nm Kirin 810 SoC, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, a quad-camera setup, and a 4,200 mAh battery that can be charged at 40 W. You can pre-order it now from Huawei's website for €299($326).
iQOO 3 launched in India with a Snapdragon 865, quad-camera setup, and more
The veil has finally been lifted off the highly-awaited iQOO 3. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, up to 12 GB of RAM, a quad-camera setup and a 4,400 mAh battery that supports charging at 55 W. Prices start at 36,990($515) for the base variant, while the maxed-out 5G version can be had for 39,990($556).
Redmi K30 Pro 5G to be released sometime in March, according to a Twitter user
The highly-awaited Redmi K30 Pro 5G is will reportedly be launched sometime in March. This information comes via to a Twitter user who managed to get his hands on some promotional material. The device is expected to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, a 120Hz screen, and a 5,000mAh battery, among other things.
Black Shark 3 to be unveiled on March 3rd; will feature a 120Hz screen, Snapdragon 865 and more
Chinese gaming smartphone manufacturer Black Shark will release the highly-awaited Black Shark 3 on March 3rd. It is powered by a a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, making it the world's first 5G gaming smartphone. The device will also come with a 120Hz AMOLED panel, , up to 16 GB of RAM, and a battery that can be charged at 65W.
Reliance Jio's Rs. 2,121 plan has you covered for 336 days with 1.5 GB of data per day, and more
Reliance Jio has announced its Rs. 2,121 ($30) plan that gives subscribers 1.5 GB of mobile data per day along other benefits such as 12,000 minutes of talk time for other networks, and access to Jio apps. The announcement comes shortly after rivals Airtel and Vodafone announced their long-term plans.
Apple might let users set third-party apps as defaults in a future version of iOS
Apple may soon let you set third-party apps as the default on iPhones. Currently, users are forced to use Apple's offerings as the default app for opening links, emails, navigation, etc. The feature is expected to make its way alongside iOS 14.
iQOO 3 5G specs leaked ahead of launch; will pack a quad-camera setup, Snapdragon 865 and more
The upcoming Vivo iQOO 3's specs have been leaked just five days before its February 25th launch. It will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel that has a refresh rate of 90Hz and a 4,400 mAh battery that charges at 55W. Pricing starts at Rs 35,000 (~$490) for the LTE variant and Rs 40,000 ($560) for the 5G version.
Apple will use Qualcomm's 5G chips on iPhones till 2023, according to report
Apple will reportedly use Qualcomm's 5G chips on iPhones for the next four years. This revelation comes from a document published by the United States International Trade Commission. It also states that Apple is slated to release a 5G-ready iPhone in 2020, which will be powered by a Snapdragon X55 5G modem.
Indian social media users risk losing online anonymity amid controversial law
The Indian government is reportedly in the final stages of drafting a law that will force social media companies to divulge the personal information of anonymous social media users. The proposed law will apply to all social media and instant messaging platforms. Authorities can request for said information without a warrant and can hold on to it for up to 180 days.
Essential ceases operations; ends all software support for Essential Phone
Essential just announced that it will cease operations starting today. The Essential PH1 will no longer receive security updates. One has to look for third-party software alternatives such as LineageOS to keep their devices up to date. The company's email app Newton Mail will cease to operate on April 30th 2020.
Galaxy Z Flip is Samsung's latest $1,380 foldable phone
Samsung has finally unveiled its second foldable smartphone in the form of the Galaxy Z Flip. It comes with a 6.7-inch screen that folds in two, a Snapdragon 855+, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. It will be available in limited quantities in the U.S and Korea starting February 14, and will retail at $1,380
Samsung Galaxy S20 series announced with 120Hz screens, 8K video recording capacity, and more
The Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 Ultra are now live. All three devices come with a 120Hz screen, 8K video recording capabilities, Samsung's version of AirDrop aka Quick Share, and more. Unfortunately, there will be no headphone jack, but Samsung will include a pair of AKG tuned headphones out of the box. The maxed out variant of the Galaxy S20 Ultra will be the world's first smartphone to come with a whopping 16 GB of RAM.
Samsung Galaxy M20 gets Android 10 update in Europe
The Samsung Galaxy M20 is now receiving its much-awaited Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update in Europe. It is currently available in Germany, Luxembourg, and Greece. Users in other regions should receive the update in the coming days.
Here's why the Redmi K30 Pro will be a roaring success in the Indian market
Even though Xiaomi is yet to officially announce the Redmi K30 Pro, the device appears to have tremendous potential to disrupt the Indian market, despite the increased competition from the likes of Realme. The lack of a Poco F1 successor will go a long way towards bolstering the Redmi smartphone's sales numbers.
Leaked Galaxy Buds+ spec sheet highlights larger battery, an additional microphone and a $149 price tag
Galaxy Buds+ are expected to release alongside the Galaxy S20 series. The headphones will come with upgraded batteries, 2 way dynamic speakers, an extra microphone, and a dedicated iOS app. It will reportedly be priced at $149.
Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite available for purchase in Spain for €659 and €609 respectively
Samsung's newest mid-rangers —the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite— are now available for purchase in Spain for €659 and €609 respectively. Both phones come with a 6.67-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED panel, a 4,500 mAh battery and 128 GB of internal storage.
The Outer Worlds will make its way to the Nintendo Switch on March 6th
The Outer World's will be released on the Nintendo Switch on March 6th 2020. It will retail for $59.99 and will only be available in digital format. Physical copies of the game will just be a piece of plastic with a download code on it.
Motorola's stylus-wielding phone just made an appearance on Geekbench as the Moto G Stylus
Motorola's upcoming stylus-ready phone will be called the Moto G Stylus, according to a Tweet by Evan Blass. Additionally, a Geekbench for the device has also surfaced, corroborating Evan's Tweet. We can expect Motorola to tell us more about the device at MWC 2020.
Realme X2 Pro gets VoWiFi functionality, January security patch, and more via latest update
Indian Realme X2 Pro users will soon be able to use VoWiFi on Reliance Jio and Airtel. The functionality comes via its latest software update which also brings the January security patch. It is rolling out now and will be available to users over the coming week.
NBTC certification listing confirms existence of Oppo Find X2 Pro
The Oppo Find X2 and Find X2 Pro just made an appearance on Thailand's NBTC certification website . Both devices will reportedly come with a 120 Hz WQHD+ screen, and support Oppo's 'Super VOOC Charging' at 65W. The expected release date for both phones is sometime in Q1 2020.
India is now the world's second-largest smartphone market after China
India is now a larger smartphone market than the US according to a report by Counterpoint Research. Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Realme accounted for nearly 72% of the 158 million devices shipped in the country. Despite the increased popularity of Chinese devices, Samsung has still maintained its position as the second-largest smartphone brand in the country.
Xiaomi-owned Poco is now an independent brand in India
Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain just announced that the company's sub-brand Poco is now an independent entity. The Poco F1 made quite the impact on the market back in 2018, and that's why Xiaomi is confident that it can operate on its own. Although there is still no official word about the Poco F1's successor yet, we can expect to hear about it in the coming weeks.
Horizon: Zero Dawn reportedly coming to Steam and Epic Games Store sometime this year
PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn is reportedly coming to PC sometime in 2020, according to a report by Kotaku. The title will be available on Steam and the Epic Games Store.
Google Stadia to get over 120 new games in 2020, 10 of which will be exclusives
A Google Stadia spokesperson stated that the platform will be getting over 120 games in 2020, of which 10 will be exclusives. The company also promised some QoL upgrades such as 4K gaming on the web, better Google Assistant functionality, and more. These features will make their way to Stadia subscribers in the coming months.
PlayStation skipping E3 for the second consecutive year
A Sony spokesperson just confirmed that the company won't be attending E3 2020, because it thinks that the event is not an ideal platform to unveil the PlayStation 5. This makes it two years in a row, as Sony was absent from E3 2019 as well. The company is likely to reveal the PlayStation 5 at one of its in-house events.
Might & Magic: Chess Royale coming to Android and iOS on January 30th
Might & Magic: Chess Royale is Ubisoft's upcoming mobile game. It is an Auto Chess game based in the Might and Magic universe. The game will release on January 30th on Android and iOS, and is available for pre-registration now.
Realme 5i launched in India with four rear cameras, Snapdragon 665 and more
The Realme 5i is now available in India for Rs 8,999 (~$129). It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC coupled with 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM. The device will be available on Flipkart and Realme.com starting Jaunary 15th.
Samsung launches the Galaxy XCover Pro with IP68 certification and removable battery
Samsung's just launched it's latest rugged smartphone —the Galaxy XCover Pro. The device comes with a removable battery and two programmable buttons. It will be available in Europe starting February 1st for €500.
FBI asks Apple to help unlock two iPhones that belonged to a mass shooter
The FBI has asked Apple for help unlocking a pair of iPhones that belong to a mass shooter. Even though the agency has both devices in its possession, it is unable to get past the lock screen. Apple says that it will help the FBI in every way it can.
Galaxy S10 Lite appears on Flipkart; Indian launch imminent
Samsung's newly-released Galaxy S10 Lite just made an appearance on Indian e-commerce website Flipkart. The listing only highlights some key features of the Galaxy S10 Lite and says nothing about its price and release date. Rumors say that it should cost around $650.
Netflix tests quarterly, half-yearly and annual subscription plans in India
Netflix is reportedly testing some new plans in the Indian market. It will let users avail discounts on the company's Premium subscription by paying for three, six or twelve months of service in advance. Since they are a part of Netflix's pilot program, the plans are not available to everyone just yet.
Nokia partners with Flipkart to launch Smart TV in India
Nokia's first-ever smart TV will be released in India on December 10th. The TV features a 55-inch 4K panel and runs Android 9.0. It will be available on Flipkart for ₹41,999($590).
Star Citizen raises over $250 million in crowdfunding money
Star Citizen has now crossed the $250 million mark on its Kickstarter campaign. CitizenCon—the game's annual player convention—was host to a plethora of new in-game content such as a new planet, star system, game mode and more.
Google promises refunds for Stadia Pro subscribers who bought December's free games
Google will issue refunds to Stadia Pro users who bought Tomb Raider and Farming Simulator 2019. Both games will be free starting December 1st as a part of the Stadia Pro subscription.
Personal information of 1.2 billion people leaked in massive data breach
1.2 billion people have been affected by a data breach that was unveiled by the security research firm Dataviper. Sensitive information such as names, email addresses and phone numbers were reportedly stored on an unsecured server.
OPPO unveils ColorOS 7 based on Android 10
Oppo's Android 10 fork is here in the form of ColorOS 7. It brings forth a host of cosmetic and performance improvements and will be available to eligible devices starting November 25th.
Samsung announces Galaxy Note 10 Plus Star Wars special edition with free Galaxy Buds and red S Pen
Samsung unveiled a new Star Wars-themed variant for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. It comes with a pair of Galaxy Buds out of the box and will be released on December 13.
Some Galaxy A50 users are reporting that fingerprint registration was broken by latest update
Some users have been unable to register their fingerprints after installing the latest software update for the Galaxy A50. Ironically, the update promised enhanced fingerprint scanner functionality, among other things.