News RSS Feed The last 50 news articles on laptops and related technology from EN News RSS Feed Notebookcheck Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:33:37 +0100 <![CDATA[Honor 10 Lite gets leaked specs on TENAA]]> According to the specs revealed on TENAA, the Honor 10 Lite will retain the 6.21-inch 1080p display from the original Honor 10 model, but the 24 MP selfie cam notch will be smaller. The mid-range smartphone will be powered by the Kirin 710 SoC coupled with 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB storage. The rear dual-cam will only get 13 + 2 MP sensors. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:06:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Bogdan Solca <![CDATA[AMD Ryzen 7 3700U rears its head in first benchmarks, throws up the Zen+ or Zen 2 conundrum]]> References to a new AMD APU, the Ryzen 7 3700U, have been spotted online leading to speculation as to whether this could be a Zen+ or a Zen 2 part. The Ryzen 7 3700U sports the same clocks and core counts as the Ryzen 7 2700U and most of the evidence so far suggests that this could be the Zen+ APU as the previous 2000U series were based on Zen. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:42:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Vaidyanathan Subramaniam <![CDATA[Acer reveals Black Friday deals for its Predator, Helios, Swift, Spin, Aspire, and Nitro series]]> Acer's top-of-the-line Predator 700 laptop with GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q Graphics will be $700 off next week along with at least a dozen other models. The promotion will apply to major retailers including Newegg, Amazon, Costco, Best Buy, Fry's, and more. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 02:14:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Allen Ngo <![CDATA[Sony bails on E3 2019]]> Sony has confirmed that it will not be part of the E3 2019 trade show. The organizer of the event, the Entertainment Software Association, has issued a press release to highlight which companies will be in attendance, including Sony’s console rivals Nintendo and Microsoft. According to a press statement, the PlayStation maker is apparently searching for new ways of engaging with its community. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 02:10:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Daniel R Deakin <![CDATA[Honor View10 smartphone will be just $350 USD for four days only]]> The relatively steep 30 percent price cut comes 9 months after the initial launch of the smartphone. Honor says the deal will only apply to North American users for now with no plans to extend the promotion overseas. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 23:00:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Allen Ngo <![CDATA[Red Magic gaming phone successor reportedly appears on Antutu, crushes Xiaomi rival]]> Red Magic is an 'alternative' gaming phone developed by Nubia in order to compete with the likes of Xiaomi's Black Shark. Now, the second generation of this device, which may be called the Red Magic Mars, has started to show up in benchmarks. It has reportedly beaten the Black Shark Helo variant by about 20,000 points on Antutu so far. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 22:43:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O Donnell <![CDATA[Apple stock decline slows down; Zuckerberg not an iOS fan]]> Apple’s stock price seems to have stabilized and even briefly bounced back after days of steep decline. The NASDAQ community has offered a “bullish” rating for the stock, implying there is still plenty of optimism in the company’s recovery. However, it’s unlikely Mark Zuckerberg is going to be investing in the Cupertino-based firm any time soon. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 22:35:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Daniel R Deakin <![CDATA[NYU researchers developed an AI that can imitate fingerprints to bypass biometric readers]]> In a paper presented at a biometric securities conference, a research team from NYU showed off a new algorithm for cracking fingerprint readers. The system, named "DeepMasterPrints," operates in similar fashion to a dictionary attack for passwords. DeepMasterPrints uses a library of fingerprint images and permutes them until it finds a match. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:15:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Sam Medley <![CDATA[SK Hynix reveals 1Ynm 16 Gb DDR5 DRAM]]> SK Hynix has published a press release to announce the development of 16 Gb DDR5 DRAM, the first in the industry that meets JEDEC standards. The South Korean memory manufacturer has managed to lower the operating voltage for the DDR5 DRAM in comparison to DDR4. The new generation of DRAM is also considerably faster than its predecessor. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:06:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Daniel R Deakin <![CDATA[RTX on or off? Battlefield V's RTX implementation cuts performance in half for Nvidia's RTX series GPUs]]> When the Turing based RTX series launched in October, zero games supported RTX technology. However, that finally changed with this new RTX focused patch for Battlefield V, the world's first RTX compatible game. However, "RTX on" doesn't come very cheaply to Turing GPUs. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 20:32:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Matthew Connatser <![CDATA[Google's Digital Wellbeing is now out of Beta]]> Google Pixel users — and the lucky ones who are using other handsets — on Android Pie can finally enjoy the Digital Wellbeing app, which has just rolled out of Beta. As more handsets get updated to Android Pie, the list of Digital Wellbeing-supported devices should also receive new entries. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:47:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Codrut Nistor <![CDATA[New Korean beta ROM for Samsung Galaxy S9 series contains One UI]]> The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus have been reported not to be in line for official upgrades to Pie until January. In the meantime, some users do have access to a version of the OS, in exchange for some beta-testing. In Korea, the latest of these betas replaces Samsung Experience with One UI. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:11:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O Donnell <![CDATA[5G is not all it's cracked up to be (yet): AT&T]]> The United States and South Korea are the countries most strongly linked with the earliest widespread roll-outs of the new mobile data-transfer standard, 5G. AT&T is one of the US networks engaged in the upcoming national 5G distribution program. However, reps from the carrier have warned against getting too excited about it right now. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:35:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O Donnell <![CDATA[New Motorola devices appear in FCC filings]]> Recent FCC filings for an XT1952 and an XT1965 have sparked rumours that Lenovo Motorola is preparing to release new Moto devices. These documents come in the wake of the Moto G6 series, which Lenovo Motorola released earlier this year, prompting speculation that the company is preparing a G7 series. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:15:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Alex Alderson <![CDATA[Intel plans new development center in India to boost graphics development efforts]]> Intel has announced that it is opening a new development center in Hyderabad in the state of Telangana, India with a capacity to host about 1,500 staff. Raja Koduri, who is now leading Intel's graphics division, said that the upcoming India Development Center will help in augmenting its existing Indian sites in graphics hardware and software development efforts. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:34:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Vaidyanathan Subramaniam <![CDATA[Microsoft continues its AI offensive by acquiring XOXCO]]> After this year's earlier AI-related acquisitions that involved Semantic Machines (May), Bonsai (July), and Lobe (September), Microsoft is up for another round. Its latest purchase is XOXCO, a software product design and development studio that has been developing conversational AI and bots so far. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:55:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Codrut Nistor <![CDATA[If you dislike notched phones, you'll detest Sharp's new Aquos R2 Compact that sports two notches]]> While we're still coming to terms with the distressing fact that notches may be a long-term feature in smartphones, Japanese OEM Sharp has gone the extra mile by including two notches on its new flagship. And no, that is not a joke. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:31:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Ricci Rox <![CDATA[The Snapdragon 8150 makes its way to AnTuTu, outperforms Apple's A12 Bionic]]> The Snapdragon 8150, Kirin 980, A12 Bionic, and a few other SoCs were intensively tested on AnTuTu, with the results showing the Snapdragon 8150's overall dominance. The A12 Bionic managed to hold the high ground in a few departments, though. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:29:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Ricci Rox <![CDATA[Perlmutter supercomputer to combine AMD's EPYC Milan CPUs with Nvidia's "Volta-Next" GPUs]]> The EPYC Rome server-grade CPUs have just been revealed to have 64 cores and 2.35 GHz clocks, but it looks like AMD is already working on the successor that will be based on the Zen 3 architecture. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the upcoming CPUs will be known as the EPYC Milan, will have more than 64 cores, and will be featured in octa-CPU nodes along with Nvidia's 'Volta-Next" GPUs in the Perlmutter supercomputer. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:23:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Bogdan Solca <![CDATA[MSI's GeForce RTX 2070 Aero ITX is the world's first small form-factor Turing card]]> The RTX 2000-series has been around for a few months now, and it was just a matter of time until the small form-factor models would start popping up. MSI is among the first to release an ITX Turing card with the RTX 2070 Aero ITX, but more models are expected from Gigabyte and Zotac. MSI's ITX card is missing a few connectors and gets stock clocks. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 10:32:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Bogdan Solca <![CDATA[Fallout 76 hits Xbox One]]> The award-winning creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4 are back with Fallout 76, an online prequel to the epic series of post-apocalyptic RPGs that was introduced by Interplay Entertainment back in 1997. Fallout 76 is now available via the Microsoft Store as an Xbox One X Enhanced title and also comes as a Tricentennial Edition with various in-game bonuses. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:55:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Codrut Nistor <![CDATA[LG likely preparing a 17-inch Gram laptop for 2019]]> The LG 17Z990, 17ZD990, 17ZB990, 17ZG990, and 17Z99 are all probably pointing to a new series of 17-inch devices as part of its existing family of Gram laptops. With CES less than two months away, there's a good chance that LG will have something up its sleeve to announce. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:12:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Allen Ngo <![CDATA[EA confirms Command & Conquer 4K remaster in the works]]> Good luck, commanders! EA announced today that Command & Conquer, the grandaddy of RTS games, will be getting a 4K remaster in the future. EA will work with Petroglyph Games, a studio founded by some of the original developers of C&C when Westwood Studios closed down. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 05:57:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Sam Medley <![CDATA[Leaked slides reveal AMD Radeon RX 590 specs and pricing information]]> Specs and pricing information for the upcoming AMD Radeon RX 590 based on the Polaris 30 architecture are now available. The Radeon RX 590 is said to have an MSRP of US$279. According to presentation slides accessed by Videocardz, the RX 590 will offer 12% better performance than the current RX 580. It is expected to be offered with a 'blockbuster launch bundle' with three free titles. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:49:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Vaidyanathan Subramaniam <![CDATA[Corsair's gaming keyboards and mice are now compatible with the Xbox One]]> Corsair has announced that its wide range of gaming keyboards and mice will support the Xbox One. Microsoft recently announced keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One and developers can choose to support their game for such input if desired. Corsair also said that the Elgato Stream Deck can now be integrated with Mixer for improved live streaming. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 03:44:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Vaidyanathan Subramaniam <![CDATA[Microsoft releases new Windows 10 19H1 build to Insider Preview]]> The October update for Windows 10 is currently being rolled out to the general public. For those in the Fast ring of the Insider Preview program, however, the build of the future is available to try out. This update, known as 19H1, includes an improved Light Theme and some other things Microsoft had promised. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:09:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O Donnell <![CDATA[Epyc based supercomputer to use new Rome server chip clocked at 2.35 GHz]]> While both Zen 2 and the Zen 2 based Rome processor were officially announced by AMD at its Next Horizon event, little information was given on things like clock speed, IPC improvements, and other performance figures and specifications. At this year's Supercomputing conference, however, we got some details on Rome's clock speeds. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:51:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Matthew Connatser <![CDATA[The '5G Samsung Galaxy S10' may not have Snapdragon variants]]> Samsung is rumored to be preparing multiple varieties of its upcoming S10 series, one of which will be 5G-enabled. The well-regarded leakster Roland Quandt believes that, if this SKU is to exist, it will come with the new Exynos 9820 chipset only, to go with its Samsung 5G-NR modem. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:20:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O Donnell <![CDATA[Vega comes to the MacBook Pro: new models with Vega Pro 16 and Vega Pro 20 GPUs now available]]> Apple has released new models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with AMD Radeon Pro Vega GPUs. The new MacBook Pros can be configured with either a Radeon Pro Vega 16 or Radeon Pro Vega 20. The new GPU option is only available for the most expensive 15-inch Macbook Pro and will start at US $3,049. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:15:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Sam Medley <![CDATA[Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 gets the most important update so far]]> The latest update to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a massive one and comes with a rather long list of changes, which includes Nuketown, Daily Tier Skip, Blackout with Nuketown Island zombies and the Bowie Knife, stability tweaks, and much more. The update is already rolling out to PlayStation 4 consoles, and the other platforms should get it next week. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 21:08:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Codrut Nistor <![CDATA[Harry Potter: Wizards Unite finally has a trailer]]> The mobile game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has finally received a teaser trailer, just over a year after its development was announced. There are plenty of games based in the Harry Potter world, but this one is particularly newsworthy because of the developer involved: Niantic. The American software company is probably best known for its work with Pokémon Go. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 21:03:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Daniel R Deakin <![CDATA[AirPods 2 could be coming soon; possible images leaked]]> It has been claimed that Apple will be releasing the successor to its AirPods product before the end of the year. There has been speculation that AirPods 2 could feature a case that can be charged wirelessly, but nothing has been confirmed from Cupertino yet. Leaked images of stacked AirPods cases have added fuel to the fire. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:04:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Daniel R Deakin <![CDATA[Google Glass is coming back, but will stay in a business-oriented sandbox this time]]> Google Glass was the search giant's first attempt at smart glasses, and could clip onto transparent spectacles to deliver info and shots from its camera via an eyeball-level LED. It was not a popular release, not least because of its ultra-high price tag. Nevertheless, Google is developing second-gen Glass, which is to target corporations rather than consumers. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:33:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O Donnell <![CDATA[The modular Fairphone 2 gets updated... to Android 7.1 Nougat]]> The Fairphone 2 has finally received an update to Android 7.1 Nougat, a two-year-old version of the mobile OS. Considering the Fairphone 2's age and the slow rollout of supported software, the handset may be entering its end-of-life. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:54:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Sam Medley <![CDATA[AT&T adding the Razer Phone 2 to its portfolio later this week]]> The successor of the original Razer Phone will go on sale this Friday directly online from AT&T's website, but those in a hurry will also be able to grab it from the San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and Seattle flagship stores. Even more, these locations will host special gaming events dedicated to the Razer Phone 2. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:35:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Codrut Nistor <![CDATA[NVIDIA releases new GeForce and RTX Game Ready driver for Battlefield V, Fallout 76 and Hitman 2]]> NVIDIA has released a new Game Ready driver that is available to download for RTX and GeForce GPUs. The new driver brings optimisations for Battlefield V, Fallout 76 and Hitman 2. The Game Ready driver also adds support for real-time ray tracing in Battlefield V for GeForce RTX GPUs. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:00:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Alex Alderson <![CDATA[Google Chrome Labs unveils Squoosh, an open-source image compression tool that runs in your browser]]> Google Chrome Labs has just revealed Squoosh, an in-browser image compression tool that can use non-browser image codecs to compress images without much loss in quality. The app can also be run offline after it is loaded in a browser at least once. Squoosh is aimed at web designers that hope to reduce web page load times by using compressed images. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:58:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Sam Medley <![CDATA[Ming-Chi Kuo cuts iPhone XR sales expectations by 30-35 percent]]> Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has told investors to temper sales expectations for the iPhone XR. Citing trade disputes, consumer fatigue, and steep competition, Kuo has slashed sales expectations for the iPhone XR by 35% for 2018Q4 and 30% for 2019Q1 and 2019Q2. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:48:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Sam Medley <![CDATA[Samsung unveils its new Exynos 9820 with 8nm LPP process and Cortex-A75 cores]]> Samsung has unveiled its new premium SoC, the Exynos 9820. The chipset will be used on devices like the much-awaited Galaxy S10 and Note 10. It is built on Samsung's 8nm node and features the new Mali-G76 GPU found on the Kirin 980. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:48:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Ricci Rox <![CDATA[Nokia confirms that the Nokia 3, 5, 6, and 8 will receive Pie]]> HMD has sent the Pie update out to the Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 7 Plus. The company has now reaffirmed its commitment to providing steady software updates by confirming that the last-gen Nokia 3, 5, 6, and 8 will also all receive the Android Pie update. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:47:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Ricci Rox <![CDATA[Xiaomi officially launches the Pocophone F1 in South Korea]]> Xiaomi's launched its enthusiast-oriented Pocophone F1 a few months ago in Europe and India. The company is set to bring the device to South Korea on November 19, and it will be sold locally by SK Telecom, LG Uplus, and KT. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:45:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Ricci Rox <![CDATA[Ice Blue Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ coming to China next week]]> Although there is little doubt about the fact that Samsung will make this color option available for the entire world in the coming months, the Ice Blue Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will only launch in China. Fortunately, those who just want a blue contemporary Galaxy S flagship can already find the Coral Blue flavor in most markets. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:32:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Codrut Nistor <![CDATA[Nvidia's new GTX 1060 with GDDR5X memory is confirmed to use the same die as the 1070, 1070Ti, and 1080]]> Previous speculations of this curious variant of the 1060 have been confirmed: this particular 1060 is actually based on the same silicon the 1070, 1070Ti, and 1080 are based on. Nvidia is likely getting rid of old Pascal and GDDR5X memory stock. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:11:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Matthew Connatser <![CDATA[Nintendo wins $12 million from ROM site LoveRoms]]> Nintendo has won $12 million in a settlement with and, two ROM distribution sites it sued this past summer. The couple that operated the two sites admitted that they participated in copyright infringement and agreed to the $12 million judgement against them. While it's unlikely the couple will have to pay the full judgement, this ruling will surely send a message to other ROM sites that distribute ROMs of Nintendo games. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 06:17:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Sam Medley <![CDATA[We compare the Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9. Which is the better buy?]]> The Core i9-8950HK is faster than the Core i7-8750H configuration, but how much faster is it when compared to the Core i5-8300H? Our direct benchmark comparisons show the Core i7 configuration performing closer than we initially anticipated to the pricier Core i9 option. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 01:40:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Allen Ngo <![CDATA[God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 secure most Game Award nominations]]> The nominations for The Game Awards have been announced and both God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 managed eight nominations apiece. Other big names securing multiple nominations include Marvel’s Spider-Man with seven, Fortnite with four, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey with four, and Celeste with four. The awards will be handed out on December 6 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:48:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Daniel R Deakin <![CDATA[New reports suggest promised Pie-based upgrade coming to OnePlus 5 and 5T soon]]> Earlier, OnePlus had made a commitment to bring Pie to its older flagship series. However, the company later admitted that this upgrade would be delayed. Now, it seems that the prospect of Pie for last year's phones, the 5 and 5T, is back on the table with a new Hydrogen OS beta based on the latest version of Android. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:12:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O Donnell <![CDATA[Would you migrate from G Suite to Office 365? Microsoft thinks so and is developing a tool for it]]> Although Google's G Suite is more than enough for the office-related needs of many companies, Microsoft is working on a tool that would ease their migration to Office 365. If everything goes as planned, this "G Suite migration experience" should become available in the second quarter of 2019. ]]> news Tue, 13 Nov 2018 22:30:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Codrut Nistor <![CDATA[Gigabyte reveals four Aorus Waterforce GeForce RTX 20 series Xtreme graphics cards]]> Gigabyte has published a press release with details of four new graphics card the company is adding to its line-up. All of the new GPUs are part of the Aorus Waterforce GeForce RTX 20 Xtreme series. The Taiwanese company is offering four years of warranty to buyers who register via the official website within 30 days of purchase. ]]> news Tue, 13 Nov 2018 22:24:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Daniel R Deakin <![CDATA[Huawei MateBook X Pro, MediaPad M5, Mate SE, and Watch 2 will all get price cuts for Cyber Monday]]> The highest configuration of the MateBook X Pro with Core i7 and GeForce MX150 graphics will be 10 percent off while the mainstream MediaPad M5 tablets and Mate SE smartphone will be about 15 to 20 percent off each. Those hoping for a Mate 20 Pro deal will be out of luck this year. ]]> news Tue, 13 Nov 2018 22:09:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Allen Ngo