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Oct 27
The Xbox Series X is unsurprisingly much quieter than the PS4 Pro. (Image source: Microsoft/Sony - edited)

Xbox Series X and S consoles are quieter than a whisper and owners can laugh at PS4 Pro users without being heard

An infographic depicting the alleged noise development of various consoles has been posted online showing the Xbox Series X to be apparently quieter than a whisper during operation. While the PlayStation 5 is not present, the divisive graph has the PS4 Pro at the wrong end of the scale closing in on the noise level of a hair dryer.
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:56:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 gets One UI 3.0 beta update in the US alongside the Note 20 Ultra

One UI 3.0 beta update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra rolling out in the US

In addition to the Sprint and T-Mobile customers that receive the One UI 3.0 beta update on the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra — alongside those who use the unlocked versions of these handsets — in the US. The good news is that this update is also rolling out in other markets, such as India and Germany.
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:19:00 +0100
The Redmi K30S. (Ssource: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches the Redmi K30S in China as a rebranded, cheaper Mi 10T

Xiaomi has now launched its newest device, the Redmi K30S, in its home country of China. The Redmi K30S is, for all intents and purposes, a rebranded Mi 10T for certain markets, and it carries an appropriate price tag, starting at €325 versus the Mi 10T's €499.
Ricci Rox, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 09:59:00 +0100
Etisalat's 4G network offers the world's fastest mobile internet connectivity (Image source: Etisalat)

What's the world's fastest mobile network? UAE's Etisalat tops the list at 99 Mbps, followed by South Korea

5G networks are set to transform the mobile data experience. However, very robust 4G infrastructure means that people in some countries already have access to ultra-fast connectivity. Etisalat in the UAE tops the list, offering speeds of nearly 100 Mbps on average, 3 times higher than the US average of 33 Mbps.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 09:43:00 +0100
The PlayStation 5 DualSense controller seems to work with PC and Android devices as well. (Image Source: PlayStation)

PS5 DualSense Controller can play Forza Horizon 4 via Microsoft xCloud on a Pixel 5, teardown reveals a 1,560 mAh battery

The official unboxing embargo of the PlayStation 5 lifts today, but YouTuber Austin Evans got an early feel for the console's DualSense controller. While the actual PS5 demo is still some time away, Evans could pair the DualSense controller to a Surface Laptop Go and a Pixel 5. He could also game on the Pixel 5 using this controller via Microsoft xCloud. Teardown of the DualSense controller revealed a 1,560 mAh battery among other cool hardware.
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 08:06:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will probably be released 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.
Anil Satyanarayana, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:13:00 +0100
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Zen 3 CPU-Z benchmark (Source: CPU-Z)

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Zen 3 benchmarks leak, 11% faster than the Intel Core i9-10900K

The CPU-Z benchmark results for the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Zen 3 are out and everything looks impressive: 11% faster than the Intel Core i9-10900K and 25% faster than the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X in single-core, as well as 10% slower than the Core i9-10900K and 17% faster than the Ryzen 7 3800XT when all cores are being used.
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:07:00 +0100
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is due to be released soon

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.
Anil Satyanarayana, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 02:48:00 +0100
Oct 26
A schematic of the new OLED panel's make-up. (Source: SAIT)

Samsung’s next-gen OLED panels could upgrade to five-figure pixel densities

A new development in OLED technology could result in ultra-high-resolution displays, thanks to the latest developments in increasingly thin, effective solar panels. It involves cutting-edge physics that could be relevant to both fields, which feature in a new paper co-written by R&D scientists at Samsung.
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 23:44:00 +0100
iPhone 13 is expected to feature the Snapdragon X60 5G modem and may finally sport a 120 Hz display. (Image Source: Apple)

iPhone 13: rumored portless shift to MagSafe, 120 Hz display, possibility of an in-display fingerprint sensor, and a confirmed Snapdragon X60 5G modem

Even as the iPhone 12 is still pretty new, rumors about the iPhone 13 have already started making the rounds. The iPhone 13 (or whatever it will be called) may go completely portless in favor of the new MagSafe technology and is also likely to sport a 120 Hz displays. An in-display fingerprint sensor is a possibility a Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G modem is more or less confirmed.
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 20:54:00 +0100
A whole bunch of Asus ZenBook and VivoBook laptops are now shipping with 11th gen Intel Tiger Lake CPUs (Image source: Newegg)

A whole bunch of Asus ZenBook and VivoBook laptops are now shipping with 11th gen Intel Tiger Lake CPUs

Asus doesn't want to miss out on that lucrative holiday shopping season by launching not one, but eleven different Intel Tiger Lake laptop models and even more SKUs for users to choose from.
Allen Ngo, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 20:20:00 +0100
LG Display reports a good 3Q2020. (Source: LG)

LG Display reports a return to profitability for the first quarter of the last seven

LG's display division has just released its financial performance figures for the third quarter of 2020 (3Q2020). It has posted a net profit of about US$9.7 million, whereas it reported losses in 2Q2020 and in 3Q2019. There are also year-on-year (YoY) and quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) gains in revenue and operating profits in this new report.
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 18:41:00 +0100
Destruction AllStars PlayStation 5-exclusive title delayed to early 2021 (Source: PlayStation.Blog)

PlayStation 5-exclusive Destruction AllStars launch postponed for early 2021

Initially announced as one of the Sony-published launch titles for the upcoming PlayStation 5 console, the vehicular combat game Destruction AllStars has had its launch date pushed to early 2021. The good part is that the game will come (almost) for free with a PlayStation Plus membership.
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 18:29:00 +0100
Is this a sign the Vivo X60 may launch soon? (Source: Weibo via MySmartPrice)

Rumor | Vivo will unveil a new Android skin with the launch of the X60 series

Vivo is rumored to launch its camera-centric successors to the X50 line of phones soon, perhaps before 2020 is out. These devices are also now thought to introduce a new Android skin developed by this company. This "Origin OS" is now slated to have the quality necessary to challenge rivals from OnePlus or Samsung.
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 17:27:00 +0100
The TONE FREEs are back, with ANC this time. (Source: LG)

The latest version of LG's signature TWS earbuds have ANC

LG now has a few generations of its TONE FREE AirPod-clones under its belt. Now, it has announced a new one. These buds look much like the old, except that they support active noise-cancelling (ANC) this time. Their series' UVnano self-disinfecting technology is also still here.
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 16:39:00 +0100
The new Redmi K30S may look a lot like this. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi is slated to launch the Redmi K30S Extreme Commemorative Edition in China

Redmi is set to add a new member to the K30 series tomorrow, albeit in China only. However, the rest of the world has apparently already seen this phone, as it is a rebranded Mi 10T. Nevertheless, it is projected to sell for prices in keeping with its budget-friendly flagship-killer kin.
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:56:00 +0100
OnePlus has launched the OnePlus Nord N100 and Nord N10 5G in Europe

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.
Anil Satyanarayana, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:26:00 +0100
The Redmi 9 is a cheap and cheerful smartphone that seems to have very limited official OEM support. (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)

Xiaomi's unofficial update policy gives short shrift to the Redmi, Redmi Note, and POCO C series

A reported update policy operated by Xiaomi in regard to MIUI and Android upgrades has shown the smartphone series favored by the Chinese OEM and which are more likely to be neglected. The unofficial list reveals that owners of Redmi (not Redmi K), Redmi Note, POCO M, and POCO C smartphones will receive the least upgrades.
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 12:22:00 +0100
The Redmi Note 9 Pro family is now receiving MIUI 12. (Source: Xiaomi)

MIUI 12 finally lands on the Redmi Note 9S in Europe as Xiaomi also expands rollout for the Redmi Note 9 Pro

Xiaomi is slowly continuing with the MIUI 12 rollout for the Snapdragon 720G-powered arm of the Redmi Note 9 family. The latest devices to receive MIUI 12 are the European variant of the Redmi Note 9S and the Indonesian model of the Redmi Note 9 Pro, keeping with reports from a week ago.
Ricci Rox, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 11:22:00 +0100
The PlayStation 5 stands out in design and size. (Image source: Sony via Reddit - u/batgamerman)

PlayStation 5 devkit and final next-gen console designs are revolutionary in comparison to previous efforts leaving high expectations for the PS6

Looking through images that compare PlayStation devkits with the final products reveals a couple of things: Both the PlayStation 5 devkit and final design PS5 console are revolutionary in comparison to their predecessors, and a lot can be expected from the PS6 devkit now Sony has raised this particular bar.
Column by Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:44:00 +0100
The Surface Duo can already be had at discounts of US$200 just six weeks after launching. (Image: Microsoft)

Just six weeks after launch, Surface Duo price cuts of US$200 are riling early adopters

Microsoft’s Surface Duo is already starting to see some relatively steep price cuts of up to US$200. Naturally, early adopters aren’t happy and Microsoft isn’t doing a lot to appease customers other than pointing then to the 60-day return policy.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:43:00 +0100
The Galaxy Z Fold2 didn't end up supporting the S-Pen despite rumors. (Image: Samsung)

Galaxy Z Fold3 could finally bring S-Pen support to the foldable

Samsung could be finally bringing S-Pen support to its Galaxy Z Fold line with next year’s model. According to a new report, the Galaxy Z Fold3 will add the long awaited feature thanks to the introduction of thicker foldable glass and some other tweaks.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:08:00 +0100
The new Gigaset GS4 supports wireless charging with up to 15 Watts. (Source: Gigaset)

Gigaset GS4: New smartphone "Made in Germany" comes with wireless charging and removable battery for €229

German smartphone manufacturer Gigaset has announced the Gigaset GS4, a new smartphone that occupies an interesting niche in its price class. For €229, you get an otherwise average device with wireless charging and a removable battery.
Cornelius Wolff, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 08:11:00 +0100
We just wasted $900 on the Surface Laptop Go so you wouldn't have to

We just wasted $900 on the Surface Laptop Go so you wouldn't have to

Microsoft's latest laptop is both a great netbook and a terrible Ultrabook. If you're thinking about spending $900 on the Surface Laptop Go, then you may as well just consider the more capable 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 instead.
Intel Core i5-1035G1 | Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU) | 12.4" | 1.1 kg
Allen Ngo, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 06:42:00 +0100
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War - The Final Countdown achievement (Source: Black Ops Cold War Tracker)

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War achievements list leaks online and gamers are not quite excited

The now — unofficially, of course — declassified achievement list for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War contains no less than 44 items that cover various milestones that players need to reach in the campaign, multiplayer, and zombie modes. The platinum trophy gets awarded to those who hit 1,000 points.
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 06:18:00 +0100
The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14 with the Nvidia GPU is better for gaming

The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14 with the Nvidia GPU is better for gaming

With the Yoga Slim 7 14, Lenovo offers users the choice between AMD and Intel processors. We have tested both versions.
Intel Core i7-1065G7 | NVIDIA GeForce MX350 | 14" | 1.4 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 06:12:00 +0100
Oct 25
The interest in smart home devices among different household types. (Source: Parks Associates)

Having a home security system may make it more likely for you to buy a smart home device

A new research report has concluded that 63% of households with residential security equipment in the US are now considering buying a smart home device in the next 12 months compared to 40% of broadband internet-using households. Therefore, it seems that the trend toward integration with assistants such as Amazon Alexa among home-grade security OEMs is paying off in that respect.
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 25 Oct 2020 23:17:00 +0100
Lenovo IdeaPad S340 15 with 10th gen Core i5, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB SSD, and 1080p display on sale for $470 USD (Image source: Lenovo)

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 15 with 10th gen Core i5, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB SSD, and 1080p display on sale for $470 USD

Finding a decent laptop for under $500 USD is like walking into a field of landmines as OEMs will often cut deep corners or hide important drawbacks from potential buyers. This IdeaPad S340 15 deal isn't perfect, but it's one of the better laptops you can find for under $500.
Allen Ngo, Sun, 25 Oct 2020 21:26:00 +0100
The ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX 6800 XT could offer a major upgrade over the current AMD flagship, the RX 5700 XT (Image source: ASUS)

Big Navi ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX 6800XT allegedly boosts to a remarkable 2.5 GHz in 3DMark 11

Tipster @patrickschur_ reports that an AIB Radeon RX 6800 XT part boosts to 2.5 GHz and beyond when running 3DMark 11. The sample was listed as an engineering sample, indicating that retail clocks could go even higher.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sun, 25 Oct 2020 21:19:00 +0100
Upcoming Ampere-powered laptops could replace the current crop of Turing Max-Q devices (Image source: NVIDIA)

Multiple NVIDIA GeForce Ampere Max-Q and Max-P laptop parts allegedly in the works, including the GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q and GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q

According to a recent leak, NVIDIA is prepping multiple mobility-focused Ampere graphics cards. These include, among others, the GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q, GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q, and GeForce 3060 Max-Q. Questions remain, though, about performance and power consumption.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sun, 25 Oct 2020 21:01:00 +0100
The new iPhone 12 series doesn't really stand out in terms of battery life. (Image Source: Apple)

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro's battery runtimes fail to impress when compared to the iPhone 11 Pro

A battery life test by Arun Maini of the YouTube channel Mrwhosetheboss found that the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max had significant leads in battery runtimes compared to the newer iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro have a 2,815 mAh battery, which is not only lower in terms of actual capacity than the previous generation but also powers larger and higher resolution displays leading to lower runtimes.
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sun, 25 Oct 2020 19:47:00 +0100
The new iQOO U1x. (Source: iQOO)

iQOO launches its affordable U1x alongside a new 12GB RAM option for the Z1

iQOO has launched the uncharacteristically budget U1x smartphone in China. With its Snapdragon 662 SoC, relatively small HD display and 5000mAh battery, it should get a lot of screen-on time, at least. It has debuted alongside a new RAM/storage option for the more premium Dimensity 1000+-powered Z1.
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 25 Oct 2020 18:19:00 +0100
The Ryzen 5000 series is based on a 7nm manufacturing process. (Image source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen CPUs hold top 13 places in Mindfactory retail sales chart as Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 series looms over the horizon

New sales data from Mindfactory has revealed the continued success story that is AMD Ryzen. The top 13 places are occupied by Ryzen CPUs, with the evergreen Ryzen 5 3600 still selling by the truckload. With the Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 series launching soon, and rumors of a Ryzen 5 5600 for next year, Team Red will likely go from strength to strength.
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 25 Oct 2020 11:35:00 +0100
The POCO F1, Redmi Note 8 Pro, and Xiaomi Mi 9 have all had issues with MIUI 12-related battery drain. (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)

MIUI 12 update battery drain hitch continues to affect phones like the POCO F1, Redmi Note 8 Pro, and Xiaomi Mi 9 with no official fix in sight

More users of Xiaomi smartphones have been reporting issues with battery drain after installing the MIUI 12 update. The problem had already been mentioned on social media in connection to devices like the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 9, with POCO F1 owners also recently complaining about the hitch. Xiaomi may address the issue with future firmware builds.
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 25 Oct 2020 09:23:00 +0100
The Amazfit Band 5 and Xiaomi Mi Band 5 could soon sport a handy new feature. (Image source: Amazfit/Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 and Amazfit Band 5 feature on list of fitness trackers that could soon be able to take your temperature

Xiaomi and Amazfit appear to be preparing an update for a number of their wearables that will allow the devices to take their user’s temperature. The fitness trackers that could end up receiving such a firmware update include the Mi Band 5 and other SKUs from the Mi Band line and the Amazfit Band 5, which comes with blood oxygen level measurement.
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 25 Oct 2020 08:04:00 +0100
Oct 24
MagSafe may leave a mark on a leather case. (Source: MacRumors)

The new MagSafe charger may mark up expensive first-party cases, and apparently that's just fine by Apple

The iPhone 12 series comes with dedicated components to support the new MagSafe system, which consists of a range of magnetic accessories, a compact wireless charger included. Now, it has emerged that this product may permanently disfigure the leather cases the OEM has designed for the same mobile devices.
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 24 Oct 2020 20:28:00 +0200
Samsung's 2021 budget phones may be out there in leak form. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy A02s pops up on Geekbench 4

Some evidence of Samsung's next-gen super-budget smartphones has appeared in a new tip. It concerns a phone thought to be called the Galaxy A02s, which appears to be a 3GB RAM version of the also-rumored Galaxy A02. Oddly, however, the new benchmarking leaks for both possible phones lack SoC data.
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 24 Oct 2020 19:31:00 +0200
Is a 120-Hz display worth it? It depends. (Image source: OnePlus)

Do smartphones really need 120-Hz screens?

New smartphones are constantly outbidding each other with ever faster displays. The newest example is the OnePlus 8T. But do 120-Hz panels really make sense in a smartphone?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 | Qualcomm Adreno 650 | 6.55" | 188 g
Column by Florian Schmitt, Sat, 24 Oct 2020 17:40:00 +0200
The HiSilicon Kirin 9000 uses ARM's Mali-G78 GPU

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.
Anil Satyanarayana, Sat, 24 Oct 2020 16:34:00 +0200
The Mi Mix 3 contained the front-facing camera module on a sliding mechanism. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Mi Mix 4 could end up being a foldable slider smartphone as Xiaomi continues to test devices with an external secondary display

A newly unearthed Xiaomi patent depicts an intriguing device with a design that would fit well with a future Mi Mix 4 (or Mi Mix 2021) thanks to a combination of foldable technology and a slider mechanism. It appears Xiaomi is pushing ahead with work on producing a foldable smartphone that will likely feature an external secondary display.
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 24 Oct 2020 09:13:00 +0200
Some Spectrum manufacturing samples. (Source: Eve Devices)

Eve Devices announces a shipping delay for the Spectrum monitor

Eve Devices is adamant that it should not ship its upcoming Spectrum monitor "until it is ready". To this end, it has revealed that the shipping date for its QHD/240Hz and 4K/144Hz SKUs has been pushed back to February 2021. This, apparently, will give it time to iron issues with its production out.
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 24 Oct 2020 00:57:00 +0200
The Ryzen 5 5600X has some serious chops. (Image source: AMD)

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X posts an astonishing CPU benchmark result in PassMark; 10% above all Intel processors and 47% faster than the Ryzen 5 3600X

The Ryzen 5 5600X has flexed its muscles on PassMark, leaving Zen 2 and Intel processors in its wake. AMD's budget Vermeer and Zen 3 chip outscores all before it by at least 10% in PassMark's single-threaded test and is 47% faster than its predecessor.
Alex Alderson, Sat, 24 Oct 2020 00:11:00 +0200
The Raspberry Pi 4 can now run Ubuntu Desktop. (Image source: Raspberry Pi Foundation & Canonical)

Raspberry Pi: Canonical finally brings Ubuntu Desktop to the popular single-board computer

Canonical has brought Ubuntu Desktop to the Raspberry Pi. The humble single-board computer can now be pre-loaded with Ubuntu 20.10, albeit only on the Raspberry Pi 4.
Alex Alderson, Sat, 24 Oct 2020 00:03:00 +0200
Oct 23
The PlayStation 5's Media Remote. (Source: Sony)

These are the entertainment apps to be available on the PlayStation 5 from launch

A Sony executive's latest blog post has revealed that 6 different major content-streaming platforms will be compatible with the PlayStation 5 from day 1. They include Spotify, YouTube, Disney Plus and Netflix, which will get their own dedicated buttons on the console's also newly-announced Media Remote. Other apps may become available thereafter.
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 23 Oct 2020 20:48:00 +0200
AirTags may go places you might not expect. (Source: USPTO via PatentlyApple)

A new leak may reveal the full potential of Apple's upcoming AirTags

Apple is now slated to finally unleash its long-awaited AirTags in 2021. These new products are currently widely accepted to be this OEM's answer to products such as Tile anti-loss wireless accessories. However, according to leaks of new patents obtained by the Cupertino company, their applications may go far beyond that.
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 23 Oct 2020 20:09:00 +0200
The Papercraft pre-order kit will only be available in Germany. (Image source: Microsoft)

Microsoft is offering origami Xbox Series X Papercraft Kits with pre-orders

Fancy some origami while you wait for your Xbox Series X to arrive? Well, Microsoft is offering Papercraft Kits with some Xbox Series X pre-orders, albeit only Germany. You can print out your own Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S 'Papercraft Kit' worldwide, though.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 23 Oct 2020 19:44:00 +0200
The RTX A6000 has been found wanting in SPECviewperf 2020. (Image source: NVIDIA)

Leaked NVIDIA RTX A6000 benchmark result points to uninspiring performance with only an 11% uplift over the RTX 6000

The first benchmark result for the RTX A6000 is in, and it does not look good for NVIDIA's enterprise card. Based on a full-fat GA102 GPU with 10,752 CUDA cores supported by 48 GB of VRAM, the RTX A6000 only managed 11% higher scores on average than the RTX 6000.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 23 Oct 2020 19:41:00 +0200
The first dedicated Intel Iris Xe GPU is already being delivered, according to Intel. (Image source: Intel)

Intel is already delivering the Iris Xe Max DG1 ahead of its debut later this year; Xe DG2 desktop gaming GPU will not be ready until 2H 2021 at the earliest

Intel CEO Bob Swan has confirmed that the first dedicated Xe graphics chip is now shipping and should be delivered before the end of the year. Its gaming desktop counterpart, the DG2, will not follow for a few months, though.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 23 Oct 2020 19:37:00 +0200
The Genesis Krypton 550 weighs in at just 70 grams (Image source: Genesis)

Genesis announces ultra-light 70-gram Krypton 550 gaming mouse for US$37

Gaming peripheral maker Genesis recently announced the Krypton 550 ultra-light gaming mouse. The Krypton 550 features RGB lighting, Huon switches, and an 8000 DPI sensor in a diminutive 70-gram package. The mouse is expected to hit the market by the end of October
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 23 Oct 2020 18:31:00 +0200
Big test results for Big Navi. (Image Source: AMD)

Big if true: pictured Radeon RX 6800 XT engineering sample is beating the RTX 3080 in almost all leaked 3DMark results

Four independent sources reveal that that the RX 6800 XT cards perform up to 19% better in the Firestrike tests, and up to 3% faster in the Time Spy tests, but still trail behind the RTX 3080 in the Port Royal tests that focus on ray tracing performance. One of the sources claims that the AMD cards can even beat the RTX 3090 in the Firestrike tests, but we are suspecting the source is actually confusing RX 6800 XT with the more potent RX 6900 XT in this case.
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:49:00 +0200

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