News RSS Feed The last 50 news articles on laptops and related technology from EN News RSS Feed Notebookcheck Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:41:59 +0200 <![CDATA[Microsoft and Walmart team up to take on Amazon's cloud and retail business]]> Walmart has chosen Microsoft as its cloud services provider of choice to improve the former's forecasting, purchasing, and data sharing abilities. While both the companies clearly share a rivalry with Amazon, this 5 year deal helps Walmart increase its market share in the US and also streamline its delivery system. ]]> news Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:39:00 +0200 page_316622 <![CDATA[Tempest 4000 brings old-school arcade fun to Windows PCs and consoles]]> ATARI's classic arcade game Tempest that was released in October 1981 is making a return as Eat Electric Death! Tempest 4000 with new features and 4K graphics. This title is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs for US$20 or US$30 — depending on the market and platform, of course.]]> news Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:20:00 +0200 page_316700 <![CDATA[DxOMark: The Oneplus 6's cameras push the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 to the limits]]> The OnePlus 6 made its way over to DxOMark yesterday and achieved scores placing it on par with traditional juggernauts like the iPhone X, Google Pixel 2, and Huawei Mate Pro. Of course, it's a lot more impressive when you consider the fact that the OnePlus 6 is a current-gen device and costs significantly less than its peers.]]> news Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:29:00 +0200 page_316672 <![CDATA[The Snapdragon 632 makes its Geekbench appearance, outperforms the Snapdragon 636 and 630]]> The Snapdragon 632 was released a few weeks ago and has made its way to Geekbench, with it recording scores that would make it the company's most impressive mid-range SoC, even ahead of the Snapdragon 636.]]> news Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:27:00 +0200 page_316496 <![CDATA[The Huawei Mate 20 to feature BOE-made AMOLED panels, Kirin 980, and five cameras]]> More details of Huawei’s upcoming flagship, the Mate 20, have surfaced. According to the reports, the device will feature OLED panels made by Chinese company BOE, and not Samsung as previously touted. It could also ship with five cameras.]]> news Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:26:00 +0200 page_316066 <![CDATA[Mi 8 Explorer likely not vaporware after all, could be coming on July 24]]> Some Xiaomi fans have always had a feeling that the Mi 8 Explorer was nothing but a concept showpiece by Xiaomi. They may be proven wrong soon, though, with reports claiming that the device could go on sale on July 24.]]> news Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:23:00 +0200 page_316498 <![CDATA[Android 8.1 Oreo finally available for the Xiaomi Mi A1 in Europe]]> Although the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Xiaomi Mi A1 started to roll out last month, it was quickly stopped after the discovery of an SMS bug. Back then, most markets did not even receive it, so now it is the first time for most users of this successful Android One handset when the update reaches them.]]> news Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:05:00 +0200 page_316614 <![CDATA[First pictures of the front glass panels for the 2018 iPhones show thicker bezels for the 6.1-inch model]]> Leakster Ben Geskin tweeted a photo showing the front glass panels for the three iPhone models Apple is expected to announce this September. All the panels sport the now infamous notch and while all of them are edge-to-edge displays, the 6.1-inch panel has slightly thicker bezels compared to the other two.]]> news Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:33:00 +0200 page_316692 <![CDATA[These are the five brightest laptops we've tested thus far]]> Glare getting in the way of work? These consumer notebooks may not necessarily be the best, but they are some of the brightest available for outdoor visibility with some models reaching close to 700 nits.]]> news Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:38:00 +0200 page_316670 <![CDATA[The 6th gen Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon on Linux is facing sleep mode issues, unofficial patch available for a while]]> A problem that has been spotted in early March has resurfaced on Twitter this week, and Lenovo pointed the troubled customer to the official forum. Sadly, the 18-page discussion about the X1 Carbon's inability to use deep sleep on Linux also reveals that Lenovo's machines are unable to use LTE and the fingerprint reader when running this operating system.]]> news Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:15:00 +0200 page_316584 <![CDATA[AMD and Nvidia GPUs see additional price cuts of up to 18%]]> DIY gamers should be thrilled for the latest GPU price drops, however, this also means that the overstocks may further delay the launch of the next gen models. Since the crypto market saw the sharp depreciation earlier this spring, analysts pointed out that profits for both AMD and Nvidia could significantly shrink, but a crypto market rebound may restore most of the lost profits later this year.]]> news Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:50:00 +0200 page_316592 <![CDATA[MIT's new AI system can tune individual musical instruments straight out of a concert video]]> A new deep learning AI algorithm developed by MIT CSAIL called PixelPlayer can isolate soundwaves of individual instruments in a video by recognizing the pixels from where the sound is coming thus enabling tuning of individual frequencies. MIT says the system is 'self-supervised' and doesn't require any human annotations.]]> news Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:21:00 +0200 page_316620 <![CDATA[Samsung's first LPDDR5 DRAM memory chips revealed]]> The new LPDDR5 memory modules will be featured in next year's handhelds like the Galaxy S10, which will also bring support for 5G connections and improved AI applications. Samsung claims that the new chips are 50% faster and need 30% less power compared to current LPDDR4 chips. Mass production for LPDDR5 chips should begin at some point in Q3 this year.]]> news Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:59:00 +0200 page_316590 <![CDATA[Alldocube X tablet will challenge the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4]]> [Updated with launch price]. The tablet is on track to launch next month for only $270 USD. If its upcoming Indiegogo campaign proves successful, then the Alldocube X could be an affordable alternative to the pricier solutions from Apple and Samsung.]]> news Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:03:00 +0200 page_315800 <![CDATA[Xiaomi teases the upcoming Mi A2 on Twitter]]> The teaser of the upcoming rebranded Mi 6X does not reveal much, but the essentials are supposed to be the same as in the case of the very popular Mi A1 when compared to the Mi 5X. Basically, the Mi A2 will have the same specs as the Mi 6X but will run stock Android instead of using Xiaomi's MIUI interface.]]> news Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:55:00 +0200 page_316504 <![CDATA[Developer brings Windows Timeline support to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox]]> Dominic Maas has developed an extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that enables users of these browsers to sync their activity across devices via Windows Timeline. Among browsers, Microsoft Edge is the only one with Timeline support as it requires developers to enable explicit support for Microsoft Graph in their apps. ]]> news Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:31:00 +0200 page_316618 <![CDATA[GPU Turbo update to grace a slew of Huawei and Honor phones this year]]> Huawei will be rolling out its GPU Turbo software update to select devices starting this August. GPU Turbo aims to improve graphics processing by 60% and reduce power consumption by 30% but Huawei is yet to prove its claims in the real world. The update initially supports PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang with support for more titles in the pipeline.]]> news Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:09:00 +0200 page_316522 <![CDATA[In-display fingerprint readers coming to the Galaxy A series next year]]> Although various Chinese underdogs are already selling handsets with in-display fingerprint readers, Samsung still has to release its first such handset. However, while the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 are both expected to use this technology, recent rumors claim that next year's Galaxy A series will feature it as well.]]> news Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:36:00 +0200 page_316502 <![CDATA[Sick of video drivers crashing? Independent auditor finds AMD's drivers are more stable than Nvidia's]]> Testing by an independent third party on a selection of AMD and Nvidia gaming class and workstation class graphics cards has found that AMD's drivers suffer fewer crashes while running the test suite, leading them to claim that AMD's drivers are more stable than Nvidia's.]]> news Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:12:00 +0200 page_316564 <![CDATA[Hands-on Tesoro Gram XS: Ultra Slim Mechanical Gaming-Keyboard]]> Tesoro already managed to impress us once before with its RGB gaming keyboard Gram SE Spectrum based on optical infrared switches. The company's latest attempt to woo gamers is the brand-new ultra-slim mechanical keyboard Gram XS. We took a closer look at the chiclet-style keyboard in our review.]]> news Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:35:04 +0200 page_316544 <![CDATA[Huawei has pulled a Dell — the MateBook X Pro uses a gimped Thunderbolt 3 port]]> The MateBook X Pro ships with a Thunderbolt 3 port not unlike many newer Ultrabooks and gaming laptops. What Huawei isn't telling you, however, is that the port appears to offer just half the PCIe lanes for half the theoretical transfer rate of an otherwise regular Thunderbolt 3 connection.]]> news Tue, 17 Jul 2018 02:35:00 +0200 page_316550 <![CDATA[Acer Predator, Triton, and Aspire laptops discounted for Amazon Prime Day]]> The Predator Helios 300 is now $899 USD with a Core i7-7700HQ CPU, GTX 1060 GPU, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. It's a fairly good deal considering that laptops with the same GPU often retail for over $1100 USD.]]> news Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:25:00 +0200 page_316546 <![CDATA[Battlefield V Open Beta coming in September]]> The Battlefield V Closed Alpha stage has just reached its final day and now this title is ready for the next step. According to DICE, the Open Beta for Battlefield V will go live in the first part of September. The full game is scheduled to launch mid-October for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.]]> news Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:20:00 +0200 page_316486 <![CDATA[Microsoft could introduce Touchless Input in future Surface devices]]> While Appe's latest handheld devices include pseudo-touchless capabilities via the TrueDepth 3D camera system, it still requires touch sensors for the display itself. Microsoft's newly approved patent does away with the display sensors and relies only on depth map imaging to calculate the cursor position and hand gestures.]]> news Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:40:00 +0200 page_316478 <![CDATA[Xiaomi Mi Max 3 specs get leaked]]> Integrating a 6.9-inch LCD screen and a 5,500 mAh battery, Xiaomi's Mi Mix 3 looks like a decent upgrade over the Max 2 version. The Chinese phablet will be powered by a Snapdragon 636 SoC coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, but there will also be versions with 3/6 GB RAM and 32/128 GB storage, respectively.]]> news Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:55:00 +0200 page_316480 <![CDATA[ThinkPad E485 & E585: Affordable AMD Ryzen ThinkPads are now available]]> AMD is trying to break Intels dominance in the mobile PC market. For that, it needs the PC manufacturers to put out good laptops with Ryzen. The affordable ThinkPad models E485 and E585 with Ryzen could potentially attract a large number of customers – and they are now available in the US and elsewhere.]]> news Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:50:00 +0200 page_316520 <![CDATA[Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with Exynos 9820 shows up on Geekbench]]> A somewhat intriguing listing of a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 powered by the Exynos 9820 has surfaced on Geekbench. The mention of the Exynos 9820 raises a question as to whether there will be two models of the Galaxy Note 9 as the upcoming phablet was originally thought to feature the Exynos 9810 SoC.]]> news Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:58:00 +0200 page_316516 <![CDATA[ZTE finally back in the game as company pays US$1.4 billion fine to the US government]]> ZTE has paid off the huge US$1.4 billion fine issued by the US government over a month ago. This means that the Chinese company is finally back in business and can now negotiate deals with US companies.]]> news Sat, 14 Jul 2018 15:48:00 +0200 page_316064 <![CDATA[Honor has sold three million Honor 10 units in just over two months]]> According to Honor, three million units of the Honor 10 have been shipped. The device was released in the last week of April, so this is an impressive figure—one that comes amidst a plethora of other successes recorded by the company.]]> news Sat, 14 Jul 2018 15:47:00 +0200 page_316062 <![CDATA[The new HP Chromebook x2 goes head to head with the Microsoft Surface Go]]> Although the Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor was expected to remain a Microsoft Surface Go-exclusive, it looks like the HP Chromebook x2 convertible will soon get a version with it inside as well. Even more, a variant with an Intel Core i5-7Y54 inside is also on its way. Both have been spotted in a leaked technical document.]]> news Sat, 14 Jul 2018 14:28:00 +0200 page_315990 <![CDATA[New Amazon RX 580 deal hints at the end of current GPU price bubble]]> GPU prices have been inflated for the best part of the last twelve months thanks to the cryptocurrency mining boom. With the profitability of the practice declining in recent months, so too have the prices of GPUs started to come down as well.]]> news Sat, 14 Jul 2018 10:21:00 +0200 page_316048 <![CDATA[AMD's upcoming 7 nm Vega 20 GPU could provide well above 20 TFLOPs for an insane TDP of over 400 Watt]]> According to a detailed analysis of AMD's upcoming GPUs, the new 7 nm Vega 20 might hit the 20 TFLOP barrier. Unfortunately, based on the known specifications of the hardware architecture used, achieving this level of performance would also lead to a high power consumption figure of 400 W.]]> news Sat, 14 Jul 2018 08:55:00 +0200 page_315958 <![CDATA[iFixit: Apple may have sneakily fixed the MacBook Pro keyboard after all]]> Apple may have killed two birds with the one stone with its new third-generation butterfly MacBook keyboard mechanism. A teardown by iFixit reveals a new silicon membrane underneath each key not previously seen that may serve a double function.]]> news Sat, 14 Jul 2018 08:11:00 +0200 page_316026 <![CDATA[Fujitsu will begin Nano-RAM production in 2019]]> NRAM is made of carbon nanotubes that are more efficient than the current technologies used in 3D XPoint and NAND Flash devices. Nantero - the company developing NRAM - claims that its technology can provide better write speeds for decreased power requirements and production costs, and the memory has high temperature tolerance (up to 800 degrees Centigrade).]]> news Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:49:00 +0200 page_315980 <![CDATA[Shuttle announces new compact XPC series supporting gen 8 desktop Intel CPUs]]> The XPC SH370R6 supports Coffee Lake CPUs up to i7-8700K with max 95 W TDP, plus there's enough room for up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, 4 SATA bays and even a PCIe 3.0 16x slot for discrete GPUs. While it is not the most compact barebone out there, the new XPC SH370R6 can easily replace the usual desktop PCs or even more cumbersome workstations.]]> news Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:17:00 +0200 page_315976 <![CDATA[The first Remnant: From the Ashes trailer goes online, but the launch is expected for 2019]]> The Darksiders 3 studio, namely Gunfire Games, is now working on a brand-new title, the third-person survival-action shooter Remnant: From the Ashes. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic future and involves interdimensional fights with a mysterious race called The Root. If everything works as planned, the game should launch next year.]]> news Fri, 13 Jul 2018 18:05:00 +0200 page_315956 <![CDATA[Samsung Galaxy S10 to adopt two different fingerprint sensor approaches]]> While it's still early days yet, more details of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 phones have surfaced, throwing more light on what we should expect from the trio of devices.]]> news Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:25:00 +0200 page_315424 <![CDATA[Android One Mi A2 and A2 Lite listed online ahead of touted July 24 launch]]> Xiaomi's upcoming Android One Mi A2 was listed on a Polish retail website yesterday alongside a smaller Lite variant. The listings give us a better idea of what to expect from the devices, with the A2 Lite looking to be a rebranded Redmi 6 Pro.]]> news Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:23:00 +0200 page_315962 <![CDATA[Live images of the Honor Note 10 surface]]> Purported live images of the upcoming Honor Note 10 have surfaced, showing a device with a gigantic screen and, thankfully, no notch. The device could be launched sometime towards the end of the month.]]> news Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:22:00 +0200 page_315964 <![CDATA[Ming-Chi Kuo: Refreshed Mac mini, iPads with Face ID and a new larger Apple Watch inbound]]> Now with TF International Securities, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has published a new research note spilling the beans on Apple's product plans for fall 2018. Among the new products, Kuo expects a new Mac mini, iPads with Face ID and new, larger Apple Watches.]]> news Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:13:00 +0200 page_315984 <![CDATA[Acer bundles free Echo Dot with Alex-equipped notebooks]]> Acer is bundling a free Echo Dot for its notebooks pre-installed with Amazon's Alexa personal assistant. The deal is available to exclusively to Prime members and also includes a US$50 saving on the price of the notebooks.]]> news Fri, 13 Jul 2018 11:27:00 +0200 page_315966 <![CDATA[Third time's the charm? Don't hold your breath if you're hoping Apple has fixed its keyboard woes]]> "Issue? What issue?" This is apparently Apple's take on the keyboard issues that have been plaguing its MacBook Pro models. Despite releasing new MacBook Pro models with a "third-generation" butterfly mechanism, Apple says the revision is focused on reducing noise, not improving reliability. ]]> news Fri, 13 Jul 2018 08:37:00 +0200 page_315906 <![CDATA[Intel's Xeon E-2100 CPUs aim to offer a compelling choice for the entry-level workstation market]]> Intel has taken wraps off its new Xeon E-2100 entry-level workstation processor family. The 6C/12T Xeon E-2100 is a derivative of the 14nm++ 'Coffee Lake' architecture and is tailored for creative professionals looking at a low-cost workstation CPU that offers improved single-threaded performance along with faster DRAM and higher PCIe lane counts.]]> news Fri, 13 Jul 2018 07:42:00 +0200 page_315908 <![CDATA[Apple teams with Black Magic Design on eGPU for new MacBook Pros]]> Apple has teamed with Black Magic Design on a new eGPU enclosure to accompany its new MacBook Pro line. The enclosure is fitted with an AMD Radeon Pro 580 desktop GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 RAM and also acts as a Thunderbolt 3 dock.]]> news Fri, 13 Jul 2018 01:47:00 +0200 page_315928 <![CDATA[Frank Azor: There is no chance to get the Dell XPS 15 9570 with Intel Core i7 and integrated graphics]]> While some businesses would like to order the XPS 15 9570 with an Intel Core i7 or even an Intel Core i9 processor inside, but without dedicated graphics, Dell has no plans to offer such hardware configurations. The answer to this question comes from Frank Azor via Twitter, as usual.]]> news Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:55:00 +0200 page_315890 <![CDATA[The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2018) tablet lands at FCC]]> The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 is expected to launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 or a Snapdragon 430 processor, next to 2 or 3 GB of memory and 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage. The slate will most likely run Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.0 on top and it might arrive soon since it has just been spotted at FCC.]]> news Thu, 12 Jul 2018 23:15:00 +0200 page_315888 <![CDATA[The Huawei Nova 3 leaks online, official launch coming next week]]> Although it also has a notched display, the same Kirin 970 processor and the dual-camera setup present in the Honor 10, the upcoming Huawei Nova 3 sports a larger screen and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. According to the latest leaks, this 6.3-inch phablet will launch in China on July 18.]]> news Thu, 12 Jul 2018 21:15:00 +0200 page_315886 <![CDATA[Nvidia GTX 2080 Ti GPU test sample pops up in Ashes of the Singularity benchmark]]> The benchmark entry mentions that the GTX 2080 Ti card is part of a “special supply for GSS", suggesting that this could be an early test sample sent to GRUS Spars Solver testers that assess the machine learning capabilities. However, the denomination is not really in line with the GTX 11xx moniker that was confirmed by a Lenovo leak, so the information could be fake.]]> news Thu, 12 Jul 2018 20:48:00 +0200 page_315840 <![CDATA[Samsung's Exynos 9820 SoC early samples could have TDP issues]]> Ice Universe informs that the first Exynos 9820 test samples got an unexpected core configuration that includes just two Mongoose M4 cores along with two Cortex-A76 and four Cortex-A55 cores from ARM. This suggests that Samsung may be having some TDP issues with the first test samples. Also, instead of Samsung's rumored in-house GPUs, the Exynos 9820 would be coupled with ARM's Mali-G76 GPU, at least in the upcoming Galaxy S10. ]]> news Thu, 12 Jul 2018 19:17:00 +0200 page_315844 <![CDATA[Apple announces new MacBook Pro models with up to 32 GB RAM & Core i9 CPUs]]> Without a big keynote, Apple today announced the long expected update of its MacBook Pro line. The 2018 MacBook Pro models are a refresh of the existing designs with new CPUs , GPUs, more RAM and bigger batteries.]]> news Thu, 12 Jul 2018 16:50:00 +0200 page_315884