News RSS Feed The last 50 news articles on laptops and related technology from EN News RSS Feed Notebookcheck Tue, 20 Apr 2021 22:06:05 +0200 <![CDATA[The Apple Card gets new Family services for credit- and payments-sharing]]> Apple Card Family is the latest form of financial service created by the Cupertino-based OEM. It allows 2 users to share the same credit-card as issued by the company, or for parents to share such a card with children above a certain age. Therefore, they can build credit or Daily Cash rewards up together on the same account over time. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 21:44:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O'Donnell <![CDATA[Apple AirTag will let you find your lost keys for US$29 a pop]]> Apple's new NFC, Bluetooth and UWB-powered object tracker called is finally here. Users can attach an AirTag to a bevvy of household objects and track it via the Find My app. A single AirTag costs US$29, while a pack of four retails at US$99. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 21:43:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Anil Ganti <![CDATA[Apple launches 24-inch M1 iMac in a rainbow of color choices with 7-core or 8-core GPU availability and two Thunderbolt ports onboard]]> Apple has launched a redesigned iMac featuring its M1 Silicon and a range of bright colors. The 24-inch iMac joins the MacBook Pro 13, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini to officially become an M1 Mac. Prices start at US$1,299 for the 2021 redesigned iMac, which features a much slimmer profile, improved sound system, Thunderbolt connectivity, and Magic Keyboard with Touch ID. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 21:29:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Daniel R Deakin <![CDATA[New iPad Pro unveiled with an M1 chip, mini LED screen, up to 2TB of storage, and more]]> Apple's new 12.9-inch and 11-inch models are finally here. They are the first Apple tablets to run an M1 chip and offer 5G functionality. The 12.9-inch model also packs a Liquid Retina XDR display. Prices start at US$799 for the 11-inch model and US$1,099 for the 12.9-inch version. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 20:56:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Anil Ganti <![CDATA[Apple's TV 4K gets an A12 Bionic-powered upgrade with a new intuitive remote]]> Apple has finally updated its 4K TV box as part of its April 20, 2021 hardware event. This new model is powered by the same A12 Bionic processor found in ex-flagship iPhones. It can also balance the colors of the screen to which it is attached using one of the same smartphones, and comes with a new Siri-enabled remote with improved controls. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 20:50:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O'Donnell <![CDATA[Latest Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 software update adds a host of QoL improvements]]> The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 is all set to receive a new software update on April 21. It updates the watch's security patch to March 2021, improves the Snapdragon Wear 4100's performance, and more. The rollout will be staged, so only a few users will receive the update initially. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 19:08:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Anil Ganti <![CDATA[Samsung files for Diamond OLED patent in the UK]]> It is unclear what this new Diamond OLED trademark refers to since there are so many devices mentioned in the patent. The two best guesses would be TV screens for the upcoming QD-OLED models launching in the second half of 2021 or an upgraded foldable OLED display with Diamond pixels for foldable smartphones like the Galaxy Z Flip 3. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 18:46:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Bogdan Solca <![CDATA[Xiaomi presents the Mi TV EA series in seven sizes ranging from 32-inches to 75-inches]]> Xiaomi has unveiled seven TVs for 2022, although it will begin selling them on April 25. The Mi TV EA series starts at CNY 999 (~US$153) for the 32-inch model and is also available in 40-inch, 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch screen sizes. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 18:45:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Alex Alderson <![CDATA[Sony Xperia 5 III with Snapdragon 888 produces +11% single-core gains over the Galaxy S21+ on Geekbench and condemns the Xperia 5 II to the also-rans pile]]> A recent Geekbench 5 record has been dug up for the Sony Xperia 5 III that shows the Snapdragon 888-powered compact-ish smartphone producing very healthy results, especially over its Xperia 5 II predecessor. The Xperia 5 III outgunned powerful rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S21+ and Asus ROG Phone 3 in the single-core and multi-core tests. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 18:41:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Daniel R Deakin <![CDATA[PINE64 introduces the Quartz64 Model B, a new alternative to the Raspberry Pi]]> PINE64 has revealed the Quartz64 Model B, a single-board computer that the company teased earlier this year. The Model B uses a Rockchip RK3566 SoC that features ARM Cortex-A55 cores and is configurable with up to 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The Quartz64 Model B will be available with up to 128 GB of eMMC flash storage, too. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 18:32:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Alex Alderson <![CDATA[MediaTek could unveil its first 4nm chipset by Q4 2021: Report]]> Digital Chat Station and multiple news agencies report that MediaTek could launch its first 4nm chipset by the end of the year or in Q4, 2021. OEMs such as Samsung, Vivo and Xiaomi have already expressed interest in the hardware. The chipsets will allegedly be manufactured on TSMC's 4nm node. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 16:28:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Anil Ganti <![CDATA[Android 12 includes auto-hibernate feature for unused apps]]> XDA Developers discovered a new app auto-hibernate feature that automatically deletes temporary files and cached storage for unused apps. The feature also retains the auto-revoke functions of Android 11, which automatically revoke privileges for unused apps. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 16:11:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Sam Medley <![CDATA[The Realme Q3 series is confirmed to launch on April 22, 2021]]> Realme has announced that the Q3 smartphone (or possibly smartphones) will debut on April 22, 2021. The line has also been confirmed to be the OEM's first to feature the new MediaTek Dimensity 1100 SoC. Their maker has also strongly hinted that the new Q-series devices will have 120Hz displays, even though it might start at the ~US$150 level. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 15:56:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O'Donnell <![CDATA[Atlast! Solutions presents silent mini PC powered by Intel's 10-core i9-10900T CPUs]]> Unlike the usual fanless mini PCs that are restricted to ULV processors, the Atlast! Sigao Model B includes a desktop-grade Intel Core i9-10900T CPU coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and NVMe storage solutions like Samsung's 970 EVO SSDs, which are notorious for high temperatures in full load. These components can get quite hot without proper ventilation, but the Atlast! passive cooling solution still manages to keep internal temperatures at around 46 degrees C, even without a venting system. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 15:55:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Bogdan Solca <![CDATA[Sony reverses course, will keep PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita open]]> Despite an announcement last month that commerce functions would cease on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and PS Vita this summer, Sony has reversed course and will keep the PS3 and PS Vita's respective PlayStation Stores open for the time being. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 15:35:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Sam Medley <![CDATA[The Galaxy Z Fold series will have an IP rating for the first time in 2021]]> Rumor | According to a new leak, the Galaxy Z Fold3 has obtained an actual certification for ingress-protection. The new tip fails to mention the exact IPxx number in question; nevertheless, it will still be the first time a foldable phone has had such a spec. Meanwhile, the Z Fold3 is also now rumored to be lighter than its predecessor. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 15:21:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O'Donnell <![CDATA[Sony Alpha camera engineers explain what sets apart the cameras on the Xperia 1 III in new video]]> Sony’s promotional efforts for the upcoming release of its Xperia 1 III flagship smartphone is now in full swing. The company has published a new video to YouTube depicting its Alpha camera engineers discussing how they developed its new camera system. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 13:47:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Sanjiv Sathiah <![CDATA[EPOS launches the H3 closed acoustic gaming headset]]> Described as "the best all-round quality gaming headset," the new EPOS H3 is a closed acoustic gaming headset that targets PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox gamers. Its highlights include a sound pressure level value of 124 dB, 10 to 30,000 Hz frequency response, as well as 20 Ohm impedance. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 09:22:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Codrut Nistor <![CDATA[Review verdict on the Redmi Note 10 Pro: The smartphone's overall package is hard to beat]]> With the Redmi Note 10 Pro, Xiaomi has managed to create an all-around successful mid-range phone with a focus on the display. The mid-range competition will have a hard time beating this package of features at an MSRP of less than 280 Euros (~$336). ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 07:35:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Marcus Herbrich <![CDATA[MSI is running a 10th gen Comet Lake sale that includes the GF75, GE66, Prestige 14, Modern 14, and GE75 all with GeForce RTX or GTX graphics]]> Deal | With Intel 11th gen right around the corner, these 10th gen models will need to go. MSI is cutting 12 percent to 27 percent off MSRP depending on the model all equipped with Comet Lake Core U-series or H-series CPUs. ]]> news Tue, 20 Apr 2021 04:01:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Allen Ngo <![CDATA[Turtle Beach announces a new, Arctic Camo version of its Recon 70 gaming headset]]> The multi-platform Recon 70 is the best headset option available for around US$40, according to its maker Turtle Beach at least. The company also offers a steadily-growing range of different colors and styles for the 70, the latest of which is a pale silver with camo earcups. This new Arctic Camo SKU is available from now. ]]> news Mon, 19 Apr 2021 22:28:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O'Donnell <![CDATA[Sony releases its 2021 BRAVIA XR TV line-up]]> Sony has announced pricing and availability for its 2021 TVs. They include the BRAVIA XR MASTER Series A90J, which, as the OEM asserts, integrates its best OLED panel to date. It also has new LED models with 4K and 8K options, including the 100-inch BRAVIA XR X92 now set at US$20,000. ]]> news Mon, 19 Apr 2021 21:44:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O'Donnell <![CDATA[ASUS TUF Dash F15 gaming laptop spotted online with a Tiger Lake-H processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card]]> The ASUS TUF Dash F15 has been listed on Amazon Italy with an Nvidia RTX 3050 mobile graphics card with 4GB of VRAM. It is coupled with an Intel Core i5-10300H processor, a 15.6-inch FHD 1080p 144Hz screen, 8GB RAM and 512GB storage. ]]> news Mon, 19 Apr 2021 19:24:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Anil Ganti <![CDATA[First Asus Xe DG1 benchmark puts it within striking distance of an AMD Polaris Radeon RX 550]]> A Basemark GPU Vulkan run of the Asus Xe DG1 GPU shows that it is within striking distance of an AMD Polaris Radeon RX 550. This is the first benchmark to be discovered after the card was officially announced earlier this year. The score is decent considering this is Intel's first attempt at a mainstream discrete GPU solution. ]]> news Mon, 19 Apr 2021 18:46:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Vaidyanathan Subramaniam <![CDATA[A new budget Sony Xperia smartphone or a return for Ultra handsets could be on the cards]]> Another Sony Xperia smartphone could be in the pipeline for a 2021 release, with a noted leaker hinting at a further device launch for later in the year. A single letter mentioned by the tipster has created speculation that either a budget Sony Xperia phone could be coming or there might even be a return to the Ultra variants, possibly under a different model name. ]]> news Mon, 19 Apr 2021 18:45:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Daniel R Deakin <![CDATA[Samsung tipped to avoid 3D ToF sensors for the Galaxy S22 series]]> Augmented reality applications may have been boosted Apple's adoption of LiDAR sensors in iPads and iPhones. However, rumour has it that Samsung will not include 3D ToF cameras in the Galaxy S22 series. Samsung started equipping DepthVision cameras in its flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series, starting with the Galaxy S10 series in 2019. ]]> news Mon, 19 Apr 2021 18:22:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Alex Alderson <![CDATA[Xiaomi reported to be testing MIUI 12.5 on over 40 devices]]> Xiaomi's official MIUI 12.5 device list is rather lacklustre; only eighteen devices are confirmed to receive the OS update so far. Reportedly, Xiaomi is testing MIUI 12.5 on over three dozen handsets, including the Mi 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro. ]]> news Mon, 19 Apr 2021 18:05:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Alex Alderson <![CDATA[The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable is more sensible than the X1 Tablet]]> On first glance, the ThinkPad X12 Detachable looks a lot like the ThinkPad X1 Tablet Gen 3. Despite the similarity, the X12 is no direct successor, as it is not an X1 ThinkPad anymore. This is not necessarily a bad thing: Since it is not a flagship model anymore, the ThinkPad X12 Detachable is much more affordable and thus more competitive. ]]> news Mon, 19 Apr 2021 17:55:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Benjamin Herzig <![CDATA[A new Samsung trademark hints at improved durability in its next-gen smartphones]]> Samsung has reportedly applied to trademark the phrase "Armor Frame" in the EU, US and South Korea. Its new American IP application specifically indicates that it applies to smartphones, inviting speculation that it refers to a new engineering or design tweak for its upcoming flagships, particularly those of a foldable nature. ]]> news Mon, 19 Apr 2021 17:14:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O'Donnell <![CDATA[Alleged iPhone 13 screen protector showcases redesigned notch]]> The upcoming iPhone 13 could come with a smaller notch compared to its predecessors. A new leak on Twitter shows an iPhone 13 screen protector with an iPhone 12. Most of the sensors have been smooshed closer together, while the earpiece has been moved upwards. ]]> news Mon, 19 Apr 2021 16:59:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Anil Ganti <![CDATA[Facebook forces third-party versions of its Android app off the Play Store]]> Many Android phone owners use apps that mirror or "wrap" the mobile Facebook interface rather than use this company's app. However, the social media giant has started to deprive them of this option. It has already had the apps Simple Social and Swipe taken down from Google's Play Store. ]]> news Mon, 19 Apr 2021 16:37:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O'Donnell <![CDATA[The Xiaomi Mi A3 receives DPI and charging status indicator fixes with its latest update]]> Xiaomi has updated the Mi A3 to the April 2021 security patch, a patch that addresses 18 critical or high CVEs for the Android One handset. However, V12.0.8.0.RFQMIXM also reportedly fixes a few bugs on the Mi A3, including DPI and charging status indicator issues. ]]> news Mon, 19 Apr 2021 14:20:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Alex Alderson <![CDATA[NPD: PS5 is the fastest selling console platform launch ever in the US]]> The Sony PS5 may still be hard to find, but apparently enough people managed to buy one over the first five months it has been on sale. According to market research firm NPD, Sony now holds the record as the fasting selling console platform ever in the US. ]]> news Mon, 19 Apr 2021 13:37:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Sanjiv Sathiah <![CDATA[Leaker tips under-display smartphone cameras will make a breakthrough in second half of the year]]> Tipster Ice Universe has targeted the second half of 2021 for a breakthrough of smartphones with under-display cameras (UDCs). Devices expected to feature the technology include the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold range, Xiaomi MIX 4, an Oppo foldable, VIVO and ZTE. ]]> news Mon, 19 Apr 2021 12:43:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Sanjiv Sathiah <![CDATA[Acer launches semi-rugged Enduro Urban T1 tablet and Urban N3 laptop that actually look pretty sleek]]> The Urban T1 will sport Android 10 and a MediaTek SoC while the Urban N3 will be a full-fledged Windows 10 laptop with 11th Tiger Lake CPU options. Both models are expected to ship this June. ]]> news Mon, 19 Apr 2021 06:49:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Allen Ngo <![CDATA[Simply sublime Apple M1 iMac fan-made design joins M1X MacBook Pro 14 concept in talented young artist's growing portfolio]]> A young artist has produced a stunning concept render of a potential 2021 iMac powered by the Apple M1 Silicon. The striking design will have fans hoping something similar is unveiled by the Cupertino company in the upcoming Spring Loaded event. The same designer also recently created an M1X MacBook Pro 14 concept based on numerous rumors. ]]> news Sun, 18 Apr 2021 23:40:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Daniel R Deakin <![CDATA[Samsung announces an Indian launch for the Galaxy M42 through Amazon]]> Samsung will release the Galaxy M42 soon exclusively through Amazon India. This device is most likely the Indian-market rebrand of the pre-existing A42. The OEM has confirmed that this version still runs on the Snapdragon 750G processor, and is thus a 5G smartphone. ]]> news Sun, 18 Apr 2021 22:11:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O'Donnell <![CDATA[Android 12 might be able to auto-translate a user's apps to their chosen language]]> The Android OS should upgrade to its latest 12 version in just a few months. There are some preview builds around, the latest of which is now reported to have a new and powerful feature. It is a service that translates app contents to a phone's system language. Some pre-existing third-party apps are capable of this, although it seems Google may want to bake it into their new UI. ]]> news Sun, 18 Apr 2021 21:30:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O'Donnell <![CDATA[Chia, a cryptocurrency that benefits from high-speed storage, could trigger SSD shortages in the near future]]> Chia is an eco-friendly cryptocurrency that operates on high-speed storage instead of power-hungry graphics cards. Early adaptors in China are already buying up high-capacity solid-state drives in bulk. If the coin is successful, it has the potential to cause mass SSD shortages. ]]> news Sun, 18 Apr 2021 18:48:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Anil Ganti <![CDATA[ViewSonic's portfolio of new remote work-ready monitors features a 34-inch 21:9 unit with an inbuilt USB type-C dock]]> ViewSonic asserts that its upcoming monitors address the needs of those who work at home. The OEM's new 24- and 27-inch models have inbuilt webcams and the ergonomic stands to keep them at comfortable eye levels. There is also a 34-inch ultra-wide flagship with a USB type-C docking station for charging and connectivity. ]]> news Sun, 18 Apr 2021 17:55:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O'Donnell <![CDATA[Poco X3 explodes while charging and Poco lays blame firmly on the customer]]> Yet another device has gone up in flames. Again, it's a Xiaomi phone, this time the Poco X3. Supposedly, the device spontaneously combusted while charging, but Poco has claimed it was down to the customer puncturing the battery beforehand. ]]> news Sun, 18 Apr 2021 17:11:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Ricci Rox <![CDATA[Sony announces new home theater-grade projectors with native 4K and a Dynamic HDR Enhancer]]> Sony has launched its latest 4K projectors aimed at the home cinema market. The two new SXRD units are rated for native 4K resolutions and have the same X1 processor found in many high-end BRAVIA TVs. The higher-end model has an ARC-F lens for image quality that goes right to the edge of the window it throws. ]]> news Sun, 18 Apr 2021 16:59:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O'Donnell <![CDATA[iQOO confirms that its newly expanded 7 flagship series will get an Indian launch]]> The iQOO 7 was the cheapest phone to launch with the top-end Snapdragon 888 SoC on its Chinese-market launch. Now, the OEM has announced that it will venture into its first international market soon. It will be joined by a "new" vanilla variant with a different processor in India later in April 2021. ]]> news Sun, 18 Apr 2021 16:23:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O'Donnell <![CDATA[Nintendo Switch 2 fan-made concept design looks the part and even offers some Pro-like modifications to tempt first-gen owners into making the switch]]> Popular YouTube tech channel ZONEofTECH has produced great-looking renders of how the Nintendo Switch 2 (Pro) could end up looking. Utilizing the numerous rumors that have already appeared in regard to the widely expected Switch sequel, the content creators came up with a device that is instantly recognizable as a Switch but with Pro modifications. ]]> news Sun, 18 Apr 2021 16:03:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Daniel R Deakin <![CDATA[The Lenovo Legion C7 15IMH05 stays quiet and cool]]> The Legion C7 can run all current titles smoothly at 1080p. It comes with the Core i7-10875H, RTX 2070 Max-Q, 32 GB of dual-channel RAM, 1 TB NVMe SSD, and a Thunderbolt 3 port. What is so special about it is that it never becomes too hot or too loud. ]]> news Sun, 18 Apr 2021 06:50:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Sascha Mölck <![CDATA[HP Omen 15z with AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, GeForce RTX 3060 graphics, and 144 Hz IPS display is on sale for $1064 USD]]> Deal | HP's latest gaming laptop is a significant improvement over the older Omen 15 model. For just over $1000 USD, this is a well-rounded deal save for the measly 8 GB of system RAM that's thankfully user upgradeable. ]]> news Sun, 18 Apr 2021 03:36:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Allen Ngo <![CDATA[The Enco Buds are to become OPPO's latest TWS accessories: new leak]]> OPPO will launch a new pair of audio devices called the Enco Buds soon, according to a new tip from the leaker Evan Blass. Their new alleged renders show a fairly standard TWS form-factor very similar to a product the OEM has already launched. However, the new versions apparently upgrade to Bluetooth 5.2. ]]> news Sat, 17 Apr 2021 22:36:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O'Donnell <![CDATA[The LG Rollable is coming and it has NFC, according to a new leak]]> LG has announced that it is out of the Android smartphone game; on the other hand, the cutting-edge Rollable mobile device is apparently being readied for launch. The latest step in this process is having it certified to use NFC, as the leaker Mukul Sharma has discovered. ]]> news Sat, 17 Apr 2021 22:07:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O'Donnell <![CDATA[Intel NUC11TNK with Core i5 now shipping for $579 USD with no RAM, OS, or storage]]> It's a hefty price to pay if you want an 11th gen Intel CPU. The integrated Iris Xe offers much faster graphics performance than most older NUCs. ]]> news Sat, 17 Apr 2021 19:50:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Allen Ngo <![CDATA[Apple could unveil new iMac alongside the iPad Pro on April 20]]> Twitter leaker L0vetodream speculates that Apple will bedazzle the world with its new ARM-based iMacs at the Spring Loaded event on April 20. While the tipster has been fairly accurate about previous Apple-related predictions, the chances of this one being true are grim. ]]> news Sat, 17 Apr 2021 19:30:00 +0200 Notebookcheck, Anil Ganti