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Feb 24
Archos has presented 'Hello', a portable smart display running Google Assistant in two different sizes. (Source: Archos)

Archos presents 'Hello' portable smart home display with Google Assistant

Archos has presented Archos Hello, the company's first smart home device. Hello is a smart display with a built-in battery for optional portable use. The device runs on Android Oreo with Google Assistant and will come in two diffe...
Sammsung has rereleased the Opera Max browser under its own name and exclusively for Galaxy smartphones. (Source: Google Play)

Samsung releases own version of Opera Max browser for Galaxy smartphones

Samsung has released an adjusted version of Opera Max, a mobile browser with a heavy focus on saving data by using compression techniques. Opera discontinued the browser last year, but it appears Samsung has given it a second life...
Feb 23
The AirPower mat could be compatible with non-Apple Qi-compliant devices. (Source: TechRadar)

Apple may release AirPower charging mat in March

The AirPower wireless charging mat was originally announced in September, 2017 at an Apple media event. According to reports, this handy device could be shipped by the American tech giants in March. The mat uses the Qi standard fo...
BLU Vivo X Android phablet with 2:1 display and quad camera setup (Source: BLU Products)

BLU Vivo X now official, 2:1 display and quad cameras in tow

The MediaTek Helio P25-powered BLU Vivo X phablet is finally official. Currently available for purchase on Amazon for US$249.99 (17 percent down from a list price of US$299.99), this 6-inch phablet comes with a quad-camera setup a...
Archos also produces tablets, media players and smartphones. (Source: Archos)

Archos to offer physical cryptocurrency wallet

French electronics company Archos has unveiled plans to release a hardware wallet that will provide cryptocurrency owners with a physical layer of security for their virtual currency transactions. The Archos Safe-T mini hardware d...
Android Go apps (Source: Google - The Keyword)

MWC 2018 | First Android Go devices coming at MWC 2018

Almost a decade since the release of the first Android device, Google is rapidly expanding this ecosystem by adding branches for specific categories of users and devices. After the Android One initiative that aims to provide a sto...
No signs of any struggle have been recorded in the Apple 911 calls. (Source: Sacramento Bee)

Broken Apple devices seeking emergency assistance

Apparently the 911 emergency services communication center in Elk Grove, California has been receiving hundreds of calls coming from an Apple repair and refurbishing site in the vicinity. Since October, 2017 the total of 911 calls...
The XZ1 Compact. (Source: AndroidPit)

Details of the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact revealed - Devices to feature single rear cameras, Snapdragon 845, and new 18:9 full-screen displays

The XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will be launched much earlier this year than they traditionally have been. Both devices will feature 18:9 "full-screen" FHD+ displays, a Snapdragon 845, and a single rear camera that supports 4K HDR recordi...
The Moto G5. (Source: Techradar)

Moto G6 makes surprise Geekbench appearance, Snapdragon 450 in tow

Motorola's upcoming budget device, the Moto G6, has made the trip over to Geekbench. The device, powered by the Snapdragon 450 and running on Android Oreo, recorded benchmark scores typical for that SoC.
The Moto G6 Plus. (Source: Android Headlines)

Details of the Moto G6 Plus revealed

The Moto G6 Plus will pick up from where its predecessor, the G5 Plus, left off. We're massive fans of the G5 Plus and the G6 Plus looks to build on the things it did well. The G6 Plus will sport an 18:9 display, dual rear cameras...
Purported renders of the Mi Max 3. (Source: CJ.Sina)

Mi Max 3 to support wireless charging, feature iris scanner

A teardown of the upcoming Mi Max 3's firmware has revealed details of the device's admittedly impressive features. The plus-sized device will feature an iris scanner and wireless charging, both features that have never been seen ...
Q4 2017 saw Gartner record the first decline in smartphone sales. (Source: TheDigitalWay/Pixabay)

Q4 2017 brought the first ever decline in smartphone sales according to Gartner

Gartner has recorded a 5.6 percent decline in smartphone sales from Q4 2016 to Q4 2017. Key reasons given include a lack of good budget smartphone options and owners of more expensive phones opting for a longer phone lifecycle bef...
CAT S61 rugged phone with FLIR camera (Source: CAT Phones)

MWC 2018 | CAT S61 rugged phone unveiled, coming to MWC 2018

The CAT S61 will be introduced at MWC 2018 as the direct successor of the CAT S60, which featured a VGA resolution FLIR camera with a -4 to 248 Fahrenheit range. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 630-powered CAT S61 brings this camera's top...
Intel's 5G modems will be included in select HP, Lenovo, Dell and Microsoft laptops. (Source: Intel)

5G laptops to arrive by 2019 thanks to Intel/HP/Lenovo/Dell partnership

Previously scheduled for 2020 adoption, 5G networks could come as soon as 2019, at least for the US and Chinese regions, thanks to a partnership made by Intel with the most important laptop OEMs.
The Explore will get two modular backplates upon release, with more modules scheduled after. (Source: Land Rover)

Land Rover announces Explore rugged smartphone with modular backplates

There will be two backplate modules upon reelase, but Land Rover will be expanding the module roster in the future. The Explore comes with off-road maps from ViewRanger and is powered by a 2.6 GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X27 SoC ...
LG K8 and LG K10+ Android smartphones coming at MWC 2018 (Source: LG Newsroom)

MWC 2018 | Updated LG K8 and K10 handsets confirmed to arrive at MWC 2018

LG K8 and LG K10 have been around for a while, but these two affordable Android handsets will soon get updated. LG has just made an official announcement that includes the list of detailed technical specs and features for each of ...
Feb 22
The Mi 6. (Source: AndroidPit)

Firmware files of the Mi 7 throw some more light on what we should expect from the Xiaomi flagship

The Mi 7 will be Xiaomi's next device in its premium Mi product line. A teardown of what appears to be the device's firmware has revealed some more information about it. Files on the firmware point towards the presence of features...
Huawei Honor 9 Lite Android handset gets Face Unlock in late February 2018

Honor 9 Lite gets Face Unlock in India

The quad-camera Honor 9 Lite receives the software update that enables Face Unlock after a few other Honor devices, such as the Honor 7X and the Honor View 10. According to the website that broke the news, the update arrives in st...
The price tag leaks came from "mobile reporter" Evan Blass. (Source: Forbes)

Price tags leaked for Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

As Samsung has been shipping over 70 million smartphone units each year for the last two years, it certainly seems likely the South Korean company is not short of loyal fans. But will these loyal fans be willing to shell out on th...
AirPods are manufactured at Foxconn in China. (Source: Apple)

Apple possibly working on AirPods upgrade

A report from Bloomberg has stated that Apple is working on some upgrades for its popular AirPods product. The original wireless Bluetooth earbuds were released in 2016 and have contributed significantly to Apple’s successful “Oth...
Final Fantasy XV features a real-time battle system. (Source: Square Enix)

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition free playable demo out February 26

Japanese video-game developer Square Enix will be releasing a free playable demo of Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition on February 26. The action RPG was released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2016 and received generally fav...
Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB (i5-7200U, 920MX, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

83% Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB (i5-7200U, 920MX, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Well-made. Lenovo’s 14-incher comes equipped with a Core i5 processor, a fast SSD, a matte IPS-based screen and a dedicated GeForce 920MX graphics card in the rare configuration with GDDR5 video memory.
Intel Core i5-7200U | NVIDIA GeForce 920MX | 14" | 1.7 kg
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Samsung Exynos 7885 SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Cortex-A73/-A53 ARM 8 cores @ 2200 MHz 14nm
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018 (WQHD HDR, i7,) Laptop Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018 (WQHD HDR, i7,) Laptop Review

Great display, but high temperatures - Live review. Lenovo has upgraded its flagship ThinkPad X1 Carbon for 2018. The new model sports both a quad-core ultra-low voltage (ULV) processor and a very bright WQHD HDR display. We have just got the device into our editorial department to give you our first impressions. Update: Comparison with 2018 ThinkPads, connectivity, docking, outdoor, fan, temperatures, battery runtime
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.1 kg
The Meizu M6 Note. (Source: Pocket Lint)

The Meizu X2 is coming, and it will be powered by the Snapdragon 845

Meizu Vice President Li Nan has confirmed that a new device is in the works. The device, the Meizu X2, will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 and will likely ship with a price tag in the $450 range when it is launched much later in...
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Intel Core i7-8700 SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Coffee Lake x86 6 cores @ 3200 - 4600 MHz 14nm
The ZTE Blade V8 Mini.

The ZTE Blade V9 and Moto G6 Play pay a quick visit to Geekbench

The Blade V9 has made the trip over to Geekbench, Snapdragon 450 in tow. It's joined by the Moto G6 Play, Motorola's upcoming budget device which features the less impressive Snapdragon 430.
Smach Z handheld gaming PC to integrate AMD's Ryzen V1000 embedded CPU

Smach Z handheld gaming PC to integrate AMD's Ryzen V1000 embedded CPU

After 4 years of development, the Smach Z handheld PC could finally see the light of day in H2 2018. Smach partnered with AMD to include a custom embedded RX-421B CPU that integrates an 8CU R7 GPU, and the device will also include...
The first-gen Nokia 6 was powered by a Snapdragon 430. (Source: Pocket Lint)

Nokia 4 to be powered by the Snapdragon 450

The Nokia 4 will be one of HMD's budget releases for the year. The device is said to be powered by a Snapdragon 450—Qualcomm's new 14nm SoC that records performance figures similar to those of the Snapdragon 625.
Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357 (8250U, SSD, HDD, FHD) Laptop Review

80% Dell Inspiron 17-5770-0357 (8250U, SSD, HDD, FHD) Laptop Review

A multimedia device with flaws. The Inspiron 17 is based on Intel's most recent generation of processors. However, customers should pay attention to the configuration because the versatility of a multimedia device is very limited without a dedicated graphics card.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 17.3" | 2.7 kg
The new i5 CPUs could disrupt AMD's dominance in the mid-range sector. (Source: Intel)

Unannounced Intel Coffee Lake CPUs pop up on Provantage

There are 8 new models, of which 3 are part of the Core family, 3 are Pentium Gold chips and 2 are Celerons. The Core i5-8600 and i5-8500 will surely go head to head with AMD's Ryzen 1600/1600X processors in the US$200 price range...
Asus NovaGo Windows notebook with Snapdragon 835 SoC

First Windows 10 on ARM PCs to hit stores by the end of March

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered Android flagships have been around for a while, and soon we will also be able to purchase notebooks and 2-in-1 convertible tablets that use the same processor. Big brands like Lenovo, HP, and Asus a...
Slim, small, light. The Spectre i7-8550U.

87% HP Spectre 13-af033 (i7-8550U, FHD) Laptop Review

Its design, its name, its feel. The Spectre attracts attention wherever it goes - that part already worked last year. The new model features an Intel Core upgrade to the i7-8550U and its design has received a final polish. Will the Spectre impress us as much as it did last year?
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.1 kg
Apple CEO Tim Cook striking a visionary pose for Fast Company. (Source: Ioulex)

Apple's product pipeline is "into the 2020s" according to Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed that it is working on products now that won't ship until well into the 2020s. Although it is obvious Apple works on products in advance of their launch, the company has never been quite this specifi...
The Top 10 Bestselling Laptops from Computer Upgrade King

The Top 10 Bestselling Laptops from Computer Upgrade King

We examine the top 10 laptops users are actually buying to see how they may differ from what we believe are the best and most recommendable.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060 Max-Q, 4K UHD) Laptop Review

84% Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060 Max-Q, 4K UHD) Laptop Review

4K overkill. We check out the popular 15.6-inch mainstream gaming notebook from Dell for a third time in yet another configuration. As impressive as the GTX 1060 Max-Q may be, it just isn't the best GPU for 4K gaming.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.9 kg
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15 (i7, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15 (i7, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

Now in a 15-inch form factor - Live Review. After a few months' delay, the larger version of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 is finally available in Germany. We have got our review device precisely at the sales launch and now we put it to the test. We are especially excited to examine the energy management of the more powerful components, because we already saw bottlenecks in this area in the smaller model. Update: display readings, Witcher 3, temperatures, video playback battery life
Intel Core i7-8650U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15" | 1.9 kg
Feb 21
The Alienware 15 R3 can be equipped with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Max Q GPU. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Alienware partners up with Miami Heat and Misfits Gaming

Dell’s gaming-hardware subsidiary, Alienware, has teamed up with the Miami Heat and Misfits Gaming to help enhance the NBA team’s eSport development program. Video-game competition has become big business with total eSports revenu...
Asus VivoBook Flip 15 TP510UA (i5-8250U, SSD, FHD) Convertible Review

79% Asus VivoBook Flip 15 TP510UA (i5-8250U, SSD, FHD) Convertible Review

Dark Display. Asus's VivoBook Flip 15 is equipped with a powerful quad-core CPU, a fast solid-state drive, a backlit keyboard, and features a touchscreen with support for Asus's optional stylus pen. Yet despite its price tag of around $900, it is not free of faults.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Maduro has claimed the total 100-million issue of Petro has a value over US$6 billion (Source: Steemit)

Petro "makes" US$735 million, Seagal lags behind

The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has claimed that the country’s cryptocurrency has enjoyed booming business on the first day of its pre-sale. Apparently, investors have snatched up US$735 million worth of Petro digital ...
ASUS ZenBook 13 UX331UA (i7-8550, GeForce MX150, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

88% ASUS ZenBook 13 UX331UA (i7-8550, GeForce MX150, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Powerful long runner. The ZenBook 13 does not lack in power. ASUS have equipped the slim Ultrabook with a quad-core processor and a dedicated graphics card. Coupled with that is a quick SSD, long battery life and a good display. Nevertheless, the seemingly successful ZenBook draws some criticism.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 | 13.3" | 1.1 kg
It is possible Apple will bring Face ID to an iPad refresh. (Source: Wired)

Could two new Apple iPads be coming soon?

Apple has made an international regulatory filing with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) that suggests the company is preparing to release two new products in the iPad line-up. The filing lists two tablets with model numbers ...
ZTE Blade X2 Max Android phablet coming soon to Cricket Wireless

ZTE Blade X2 Max heading for Cricket Wireless

The successor of the ZTE Blade X Max is rumored to launch in mid to late spring. Apparently ready to hit the market as the ZTE Blade X2 Max, it looks a lot like its predecessor. The list of rumored specs includes a Qualcomm Snapdr...
Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Inclusive list of all graphics cards currently available for notebooks. Approximate 3DMark benchmarks results are provided in italic.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

Benchmark list of all laptop graphics cards and their performance in real games. The list is divided in different settings and can be searched and restricted.
Hijackers were not interested in customer data or car security, they just needed the processing power of the cloud servers. (Source: HybridCars)

Tesla cloud servers hijacked for illicit cryptomining

Instead of using malicious apps or website exploits, hackers just hijacked Tesla's cloud servers and made sure their illicit cryptomining endeavors would not seem suspicious.
Xiaomi has been backing up the Black Shark Tech Inc. mobile-making company since August 2017. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi's "Blackshark" gaming phone spotted in AnTuTu benchmarks

The 'Blackshark" comes equipped with a Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with 8 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. It also integrates a 2160 x 1080 screen and runs Android 8.0. The AnTuTu benchmark results place it above the Samsung G...
Huawei Honor 7X Android phablet, unlocked variant could retail as Mate SE in the US

Unlocked Huawei Honor 7X apparently being rebranded as Mate SE in the US

At the end of last week, the Huawei Mate SE was listed on both Amazon and B&H Photo Video. Even more, it also got an official page on Huawei's website. However, all these listings of the rebranded Huawei Honor 7X were removed sinc...
Kingdom Come: Deliverance Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Kingdom Come: Deliverance Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

My kingdom for a role-playing game. Kingdom Come: Deliverance was originally financed through Kickstarter and is an extremely ambitious Open World RPG. Will the medieval graphics look good, or suffer from performance problems? Find out in this benchmark article.

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