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Huawei Mate 9 Phablet Review

89% Huawei Mate 9 Phablet Review

Think big! You should have a look at Huawei's latest product if you like big high-end phablets. Besides the new Kirin 960 SoC, you get a dual-camera, modern Android 7.0 with the new EMUI 5.0 as well as a big battery. The highlight is a 5.9-inch IPS display. A good device, no question, but our review shows where it struggles.
Update: Firmware B190 is available.
HiSilicon Kirin 960 | ARM Mali-G71 MP8 | 5.9" | 192 g
Aug 22
The 19 PCIE connectors are divided into three groups, each with its own ATX12V power connector (Source: Asus)

Asus outs specialized cryptomining motherboard supporting 19 graphics cards

The B250 Expert Mining motherboard is specifically designed for GPU cryptomining, supporting up to 19 graphics cards. Asus states that the MSRP is $US130, making it one of the best deals for Ethereum miners.
Has Intel leaked the Surface Book 2 in black? (Source: Intel)

Microsoft hints at a Black Surface Book 2 in PR video

A new promotional video from Intel appears to show an unreleased Black Microsoft Surface Book. Although designed to promote its latest 8th-generation Core processors, the clip has garnered much more interest thanks to the hardware on show.
The HP Spectre x360 is one of the first ultrabooks fitted with Nvidia's MX150 GPU (Source: HP)

15-inch HP Spectre x360 convertible surfaces with an 8th-gen Core i7 and MX150 GPU

The HP Spectre x360 will be one of the first ultrabooks to ship with both an 8th-generation Intel Kaby Lake-R CPU and an Nvidia Pascal-based MX150 GPU. US customers can pre-order the device now for a September 7 shipping date.
With the latest 8 GB RAM version of the Nubia Z17, ZTE is offering a serious competitor for the OnePlus 5 and the LG G6. (Source: ZTE)

ZTE is offering the Nubia Z17 8GB RAM version for pre-orders

The 8 GB RAM Nubia Z17 can now be pre-ordered for US$479 (64 GB storage model) or US$599 (128 GB storage model) between August 21 - 28. Pre-order perks include 10,000 mAH power banks, headphones and discount vouchers.
YotaPhone 3 from behind at TENAA, launch in China is imminent

YotaPhone 3 hits TENAA

The next-gen YotaPhone has a 5.5-inch main display and a 5.2-inch monochrome touchscreen on the back. It uses the Snapdragon 625 processor and is expected to hit the market starting around US$360.
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1070 Max-Q) Laptop Review

85% Asus Zephyrus GX501VS (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1070 Max-Q) Laptop Review

Now $500 cheaper. Asus is doubling down on Max-Q with its second Zephyrus notebook equipped with GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics. The asking price is a bit more manageable this time around, but the hardware shortcomings are hard to ignore despite the strong graphics performance.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Easy naming choice, for the most part.

Android 8 released, O is for Oreo

Android O has finally been released, with O standing for sweet, tasty Oreos. Updates have started rolling out for those in the Beta program, and users should be able to download factory images soon.
MSI launches GT75VR Titan gaming notebook in Europe for 2800 Euros

Gamescom 2017 | MSI launches GT75VR Titan gaming notebook in Europe for 2800 Euros

MSI's fattest and most powerful 17-inch gaming notebook yet is 58 mm thick and 4.6 kg heavy with up to an unlocked Core i7-7820HK and overclockable GTX 1080 GPU.
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Sony is set to continue its Xperia Compact line with the XZ1 Compact. (Source: @OnLeaks)

Sony XZ1 Compact renders make an appearance

Hot on the heels of the Sony Xperia XZ1 leak, its smaller stablemate, the Xperia XZ1 Compact, has also surfaced in unofficial renders. The device will help to keep Sony as virtually the only Android handset maker continuing to make a high-end compact smartphone.
Aug 21
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Android handset with Qualcomm Snapdragon surfaces online

Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Galaxy A5 (2018) surfaces online

The SM-A5300 handset that arrived at Geekbench is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and has 6 GB of memory, while the A5 (2017) has an Exynos 7880 chip under the hood and just 3 GB RAM.
It's about time Xiaomi came up with a new design, though.

Redmi Note 5A launched

The Redmi Note 5A has been announced and while it makes no significant improvements on the previous devices in the series, you'll still have a hard time finding better devices at that price point.
Targeted at casual gamers, the Acer Nitro 5 Spin is set to arrive in October. (Source: Acer)

Acer reveals Convertible Nitro 5 Spin notebook for casual gamers

Acer has taken the covers off its new Nitro 5 Spin convertible notebook for casual gamers. Judging by its looks and specifications, it is set to go head-to-head with the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 and the Lenovo 720-151KB.
Nokia 8 Android flagship will not reach the US market via official channels

Nokia 8 to skip China and the US

While the Nokia 8 is an interesting flagship that would surely gain quite a few fans in China and the US, HMD Global has revealed that this handset will not arrive in these two markets.
The new Lenovo Legion Y920 gaming desktop. (Source: Lenovo)

Three new Lenovo Legion gaming desktops with corsair as sole memory supplier

Lenovo has announced the Legion Y520 Tower, Y720 Tower, and Y920 Tower gaming PC's which feature Kaby Lake processors and a choice of Pascal or Polaris graphics cards. The top end Y920 has options for Intel K-Series processors, and some markets will have a water cooled configuration. All systems will feature Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800 RAM.
Android 8.0 Oreo robot leaked image via Evan Blass

Android 8.0 to launch as Oreo, reveals Evan Blass

Although a few other names surfaced in the Android 8.0-related rumors we heard so far, it seems like the next major iteration of Google's mobile operating system will be named Oreo after all.
Intel Core i5-8250U, i5-8350U, i7-8550U, and i7-8650U Kaby Lake-R launches today (Source: Intel)

Intel Core i5-8250U, i5-8350U, i7-8550U, and i7-8650U Kaby Lake-R series launches today

The four 15 W TDP processors will run at slower base clock rates and with the same integrated 620 Graphics as the 7th generation Kaby Lake equivalents. Regardless, the move to four cores and eight threads promises a significant 40 percent performance boost without sacrificing battery life.
Motorola Moto 360 Sport Android Wear smartwatch gets 2.0 software update

Moto 360 Sport gets Android Wear 2.0

About a year after receiving Android Wear 1.5, Motorola's smartwatch is finally ready to get the features and improvements that other wearables such as the Asus ZenWatch 3 or Huawei Watch already got thanks to Android Wear 2.0.
Micromax Evok Dual Note Android smartphone hits India tomorrow

Micromax Evok Dual Note now official

This new 5.5-inch handset comes with 3 GB or 4 GB RAM, both variants offering a MediaTek MT6750 processor, 32 GB internal storage, and a dual-camera setup that uses the Sony IMX258 sensor. It runs Android Nougat and has a price tag of around US$156.
Coolpad Cool Play 6 Android flagship to hit India in early September

Coolpad Cool Play 6 flagship coming to India next month

This flagship comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor, 6 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, a 13 MP + 13 MP dual setup on the back, and runs Android Nougat out of the box. It will hit India exclusively via Amazon for about US$235.
Asus ZenFone 4 Max Android smartphone being launched in Taiwan

Asus ZenFone 4 Max being released in Taiwan

Only available for purchase in Russia so far, the 5.5-inch ZenFone 4 Max is now official in Taiwan. However, the details regarding its price and launch date are still shady at this time.
Intel has tweaked the performance/watt ratios in order to keep the power consumption of all unlocked CPU versions under 100 W. (Source: Intel)

Intel supplies business partners with new info on the 8th gen desktop CPUs

And Intel partner briefing held in China has revealed that the performance gains between the 7th gen and 8th gen CPUs are due to the increased number of cores and enlarged L3 memory caches. The i7 CPUs will feature 6 cores and 12 threads with 12 MB L3, the i5 CPUs will come with 6 cores and 6 threads with 9 MB L3, and the entry-level i3 processors will only ...
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) at TENAA, details now available, launch is imminent

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) hits TENAA

Not long after obtaining its FCC certification, this upcoming 8-inch Android slate surfaces at TENAA with a quad-core processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB and 64 GB storage versions, as well as a 5,000 mAh battery.
3D XPoint: Intel Optane Memory Review

3D XPoint: Intel Optane Memory Review

We have tried and tested the Intel Optane Memory's functions as a classic storage device. Even though some users might benefit from the new technology in specific cases, we cannot really recommend it.
Intel Core i7-7740X | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop) |
The Core i5-8250U and the i7-8550U Coffee Lake CPUs are the two top options for the new PowerBook G5 models. (Source: HP)

HP announces the ProBook 400 G5 business laptops powered by Intel's Coffee Lake CPUs

HP has refreshed their ProBook business laptop series with models powered by the latest Core i5-8250U and i7-8550U Coffee Lake CPUs from Intel. The ProBook G5 models come in 13.3”, 15.6” and 17.3” sizes.
HTC Vive is now US$200 cheaper. (Source: HTC)

HTC Vive now $200 cheaper in the U.S.

HTC matches the US$200 price cut Oculus gave its Rift VR headset, slashing the price of its Vive VR headset to US$599.
Action Launcher 27.1 Android launcher now available for download

Action Launcher 27.1 now available

A few weeks after receiving Google Now integration, Action Launcher gets a new update that delivers a weather widget for handsets that run Marshmallow or later, as well as new customization options.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

August 2017 update. Here you will find the current best subnotebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.

Intel Core i7-8650U SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Kaby Lake Refresh x86 4 cores @ 1900 MHz 14nm

Intel Core i7-8550U SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Kaby Lake Refresh x86 4 cores @ 1800 - 4000 MHz 14nm

Intel Core i5-8350U SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Kaby Lake Refresh x86 4 cores @ 1700 - 3600 MHz 14nm

Intel Core i5-8250U SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Kaby Lake Refresh x86 4 cores @ 1600 - 3400 MHz 14nm
Comparison: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 vs NVIDIA GeForce 940MX

Comparison: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 vs NVIDIA GeForce 940MX

NVIDIA has distilled their Pascal architecture to the entry level GT 1030 aka the MX 150 claiming a sizable performance increase over the previous generation. We do a short comparison by pitting the MX150 against the previous generation Maxwell-based 940MX to see how the new chip benefits entry-level gamers.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 14" | 1.9 kg
Chromebooks are finally shipping with stable Play Store compatibility (Source: Android Police)

Chromebooks are finally shipping with stable Play Store compatibility

Major Chromebooks from Dell, Lenovo, and Asus now have the ability to run Android Play Store apps straight from the stable Chrome OS channel.
The Sharp S1 was released in February this year. (Source: The Gadget Freak)

Google to collaborate with Xiaomi on new Android One phone

Chinese behemoths Xiaomi are allegedly working with Google on the creation of a new Android One phone. Considering Xiaomi's MIUI skin isn't loved by many, it'll be interesting to see Google software on a Xiaomi device.
The Xbox One X 'Project Scorpio' Limited Edition is now available for pre-order. (Source: Microsoft)

Pre-order open for Xbox One X 'Project Scorpio' and Xbox One S 'Minecraft' limited edition consoles plus related news

During the Xbox @ GamesCom Livestream tonight the Xbox team announced the Xbox One X 'Project Scorpio' Limited Edition, and the Xbox One S 'Minecraft' Limited Edition themed consoles. Both are available for pre-order now. Among other topics NotebookCheck readers will likely welcome the news of extended support for Xbox and Windows 10 cross-play for select ga...
Aug 20
Image: Tekken Mobile

Fighting game classic Tekken is coming to Android and iOS

An adaptation of one of the most successful fighting game franchises is coming to mobile. BANDAI NAMCO recently announced Tekken Mobile, which should be arriving on iOS and Android devices soon.
Display Check: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 (i5, WQHD) Laptop

Display Check: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 (i5, WQHD) Laptop

Now with more pixels. So far, the latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 was limited to 1080p displays, but Lenovo now offers its premium Ultrabook with a high-resolution screen as well. The waiting has been worthwhile.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.1 kg
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

August 2017 update. Here you will find the best convertibles reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Laptops

August 2017 update. Here you will find the current 10 best office/business notebooks for under 800 Euros (~$896) reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
It's hard to figure out what Xiaomi is thinking with this one, really.

Redmi Note 5A billed for August 21 launch

The Redmi Note 5A will be launched on August 21, with the company sending out formal invites for the event already. It will be the first entry in Xiaomi's new generation of Redmi budget devices.
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

List of all currently available mobile graphics cards and their performance in games.
The M2017 was released in December last year. (Source: Kimovil)

$2000 Gionee M2018 spotted on TENAA

The M2017 was Gionee's luxury offering for 2016, as it sold for prices rising up to $2000. While the Snapdragon 653 it had on board was underwhelming, every other aspect of the device was top-notch.
Bing's search engine is also used by some other services such as Yahoo. (Source: Microsoft)

Bing market share at 33 percent in the United States

Infographics from the Microsoft Bing team show market share is higher than you may have expected with many countries in double digits. International market share is at a much lower 9 percent.
Aug 19
Razer Blade with 4K UHD now shipping in North America (Source: Razer)

Razer Blade with 4K UHD display now shipping in North America

The 13.3-inch Blade Stealth and 14-inch Blade are shipping with 7th gen CPUs on the eve of Intel's 8th gen reveal for $1400 and $2400 USD, respectively.
Ben Heck's custom made N64 Portable. (Image source: YouTube)

Electronics wizard Ben Heck creates portable Nintendo 64

While we wait for the release of the SNES Classic Edition, why not take a look at an incredible mod of Nintendo's 3rd generation console? Ben Heck has finished his Nintendo 64 Portable, a modded Nintendo 64 built into a portable case.
Android 8 'O' is coming. (Source: Google)

Android 8 'O' releases on Monday 21 August

Google has confirmed on the Android website that Android 8 'O' is releasing on Monday 21st August via a live stream during the eclipse.
Mobile Processors - Benchmark List

Mobile Processors - Benchmark List

This is a benchmark list of mobile processors like Intel Core M, A10, A8, Atom, ... series - sorted by performance.

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