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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

June 2018 update. Here you will find the best Ultrabooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the past few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4

87% Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4 Tablet Review

Small sound expert. Multimedia capabilities and good cameras are still important considerations when buying an expensive tablet. On paper, the Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4 brings all that is necessary. Find out here, whether it can convince us in the test.
HiSilicon Kirin 960s | ARM Mali-G71 MP8 | 8.4" | 316 g
Jun 17
Chuwi HiGame mini PC has proven successful on Indiegogo, on track for an August launch (Source: Chuwi)

Chuwi HiGame mini PC has proven successful on Indiegogo, on track for a $1299 USD launch

The Intel Hades Canyon NUC is finally getting a direct competitor in the form of the Chuwi HiGame. The manufacturer has gathered enough backers over the last few months to finally commit to an August launch window. Backers will be...
Unihertz Atom will be the world's smallest rugged 4G smartphone (Source: Unihertz)

Unihertz Atom will be the world's smallest rugged 4G smartphone

The 2.45-inch Android smartphone will carry all the mainstream features of a modern smartphone including NFC, Gorilla Glass, USB Type-C, FM radio, IP68 certification, 4G LTE, Android 8.1 Oreo, Bluetooth 4.2, and even a fingerprint...
Dell XPS 15 9570 business notebook with Intel Coffee Lake processors (Source: Dell)

Frank Azor confirms: The Dell XPS 15 9570 is coming to India next week

While the US market remains stuck at only four configurations directly available from for this popular Cofee Lake-powered business laptop, India is scheduled to receive the XPS 15 9570 next Tuesday. However, Frank Azor ha...
The Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2) still sports a premium design. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung downgrades Chromebook Plus display in V2 update

Samsung has updated its Chromebook Plus to Version 2.0. While it picks up some new features, its display gets a notable downgrade from a QHD resolution to FHD.
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF (i7-8550U, GeForce MX130) Laptop Review

81% Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF (i7-8550U, GeForce MX130) Laptop Review

Cheap price, cheap chassis. There is nothing about this VivoBook that makes it stand out from the crowded 15-inch multimedia segment. When considering the target market and inexpensive price, however, the dull impression shouldn't be a problem. We're hoping that future revisions will address the poor keyboard while adding in USB Type-C charging.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX130 | 15.6" | 1.6 kg
Jun 16
What appears to be a thumbnail of the video that was taken down. (Source: /u/WhyCry_)

Hands-on | Android One Mi A2 spotted online, Snapdragon 660 in tow

The Mi 5X was rebranded to become the Android One Mi A1 last year and, with the launch of the Mi 6X two months ago, most have come to expect the existence of a Mi A2, a direct successor to the Mi A1. Those dreams may become realit...
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Update | Security vulnerability discovered in the new OnePlus 6

A fatal vulnerability has been discovered on the new OnePlus 6, one that allows the flashing of unsigned boot images on the device even when the bootloader is locked.
The LG Q7. (Source: LG)

LG's new Q7 devices go on sale in Korea as the quintessential overpriced midrangers

LG has finally begun sales of its new mid-range devices, the Q7 and Q7+. While not particularly underwhelming smartphones, both devices come with less than enticing price tags.
The Last of Us. (Source: Gamerant)

The Last of Us has sold 17 million copies worldwide

Sony’s first-party studio, Naughty Dog, has announced that its game, The Last of US, has sold 17 million copies, making it one of the best-selling games of all time. The game was released back in July 2013 and a sequel is in the w...
Samsung Headquarters. (Source: Social Barrel)

Samsung still biggest smartphone company in the world as Xiaomi goes after Huawei's place

A comprehensive report has shown Samsung’s dominance over the global smartphone market in Q1 2018, Xiaomi’s almost palpable growth, and the extreme competition in the Asian smartphone market.
The OPPO R11 was released a while ago. (Source: OPPO)

Details of the OPPO Find X revealed

A document detailing OPPO’s next flagship, the OPPO Find X, has surfaced. The device will be powered by a Snapdragon 845, and will come with most of the features you’d expect to find on a current-gen mainstream flagship.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8. (Source: Pocket Lint)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to get huge battery upgrade

According to new information, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will see a massive bump in battery capacity this year. Of course, nothing is official at the moment, but it’d be surprising to not see something of the sort when the device i...
The Huawei Mate 10. (Source: AnandTech)

The upcoming Mate 20 could sport a gigantic 6.9-inch AMOLED display

According to new reports, Huawei has sourced AMOLED panels from Samsung for the Mate 20. Of more surprise is the fact that these panels are apparently 6.9-inch ones, which likely means a size hike for the next Huawei flagship, bri...
AMD Ryzen 5 2500X benchmark results and technical details (Source: Geekbench)

AMD Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X hit Geekbench with up to 4 GHz boost and impressive performance

Expected to cost around US$160, the AMD Ryzen 5 2500X is almost as fast as the Intel Core i7-7700, while the cheaper (around US$130) Ryzen 3 2300X delivers about the same performance as the Intel Core i5-7600K. Both chips are manu...
The XPS 15 9570 with i7-8750H CPU is almost twice as fast as its predecessor

The XPS 15 9570 with i7-8750H CPU is almost twice as fast as its predecessor

While Coffee Lake-H has been benchmarked and compared with Kaby Lake on this site before, the real-world performance of CPUs more than ever depends on the engineering and implementation of each system. In such a thin-and-light chassis as the XPS 15, thermal constants have traditionally left their mark in performance. The XPS 15 9570 with i7-8750H CPU, however, has performed surprisingly well in our initial tests.

86% MSI GE73 8RF Raider RGB (i7-8750H, GTX 1070, Full-HD) Laptop Review

Light organ. MSI equips the GE73 8RF with a hexa-core Coffee Lake-series processor, which provides a significant increase in performance over its predecessor. The notebook smoothly runs all current computer games on its responsive 120-Hz TN panel (Full-HD).
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
Jun 15
ThinkPad Thunderbolt Workstation Dock: The new docking solution for the Lenovo ThinkPad P52

ThinkPad Thunderbolt Workstation Dock: The new docking solution for the Lenovo ThinkPad P52

With the announcement of the ThinkPad P52 a few days ago, Lenovo also announced a crucial accessory, a new dock. But the company didn't release too many details about this dock, besides is name. Thanks to the ThinkPad P52 manuals,...
SwiftKey for Windows 10 (Source: Windows Experience Blog)

Virtual keyboard SwiftKey coming to Windows 10

Available for Android and iOS until now, SwiftKey is ready for Windows 10. Windows Insiders in the Fast ring and those who opted in to Skip Ahead can use this popular virtual keyboard app in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17692....
The new LPDDR5 chips should bring a 10% performance boost over the current standard. (Source: Flickr)

Samsung will begin LPDDR5 and UFS 3.0 production in 2H 2018

Judging by the latest leaks, Samsung is most likely preparing major overhauls for next year's Galaxy S10 / Note 10 high-end devices. Apparently, Samsung is planning to begin production on the LPDDR5 and UFS 3.0 chips later this su...
Looks like Nvidia wants to make the upcoming GPUs more VR-friendly. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia GTX 1180 to get high speed output, new price details unveiled

New leaks reveal that Nvidia's GTX 1180 will support higher refresh rates through one VR-friendly connection, making it possible to render [email protected] Hz content for each eye, and this would also apply to the TV-sized G-Sync 4K monitor...
Quake Champions freely available until June 18

Quake Champions is free until Monday, get it now and keep it forever

The first new entry in the Quake family of first-person shooters since Quake 4 — which arrived back in 2005 — Quake Champions can be downloaded via Steam as a free-to-play trial and those who sign up until June 18 can keep playing...
Sony Playstation 5 getting thrown under the bus for poorly-received Radeon RX Vega series (Image source: WCCFTech)

Sony Playstation 5 getting thrown under the bus for poorly-received Radeon RX Vega series

AMD's semi-custom chipset technologies for Microsoft, Sony, and even Intel may be becoming too lucrative to ignore. If rumors are true, then the AMD Navi series will not be competing in the flagship space against the impending Nvi...
Image source: OnePlus

The OnePlus 6 sold more than one million phones in its first 22 days on the market

The OnePlus 6 is now the most commercially successful device released by OnePlus. The phone hit one million uints sold within the first 22 days of its release, in spite of its higher price tag and OnePlus's continued "underground"...
LG G7 ThinQ Smartphone Review

LG G7 ThinQ Smartphone Review

Radiant. The LG G7 ThinQ is the successor to the G6, one of 2017’s first smartphones with a 2:1 display, frequently referred to as an 18:9 aspect ratio. Notably, LG has followed of 2018’s smartphone trends in designing the G7 ThinQ with a notch. The display is more than its notch though, with the G7 ThinQ being the first smartphone with an mLC display, which can get extremely bright. LG has improved the camera too and iteratively updated the hardware to Qualcomm’s latest flagship SoC. Find out in this review why the G7 ThinQ falls slightly short of the top-tier of current smartphones.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | Qualcomm Adreno 630 | 6.1" | 162 g
The Honor V10. (Source: Phone Radar)

Mysterious Honor V12 checks in for certification

A device with the Honor V12 moniker has appeared on the FCC and TENAA websites for certification. One would expect it to be a successor to last year’s Honor V10 flagship but the listed specifications and renders give us other idea...
The Redmi 6. (Source: FoneArena)

Xiaomi launches the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A in China

Xiaomi has announced the launch of its two new entry-level smartphones, the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A. The previous offerings in the series were best-sellers, so these new ones have rather large boots to fill. Of course, there’s the pe...
The Samsung Galaxy S7. (Source: CNET)

The Samsung Galaxy S7 finally receives Android Oreo

Earlier this week, Android Oreo for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge finally made its way to users on AT&T and Verizon. This will be the last major update the devices receive, with support set to end completely in Q1 2019.
10 nm Intel Cannon Lake processor die (Source: Wccftech)

First 10 nm Intel Cannon Lake processor die spotted in the wild

Although Intel is very quiet with the details, independent sources confirmed that the new 10 nm processor is based on a 71 mm Cannon Lake die. Its die includes a 45 x 24 mm CPU area and a 47 mm chipset. Unfortunately, due to the t...
HTC U12 Plus Smartphone Review

89% HTC U12 Plus Smartphone Review

Future+. If we had to narrow down HTC to a single quality it would be innovative, and the HTC U12+ definitely fits that bill as well and is full to the brim with the latest technology. Let us find out whether or not it is as futuristic as it seems at first glance.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | Qualcomm Adreno 630 | 6" | 188 g
Verizon unveils a third unlimited data plan that's more unlimited than its other two unlimited plans

Verizon unveils a third unlimited data plan that's more unlimited than its other two unlimited plans

Verizon is rolling out a third "unlimited" data plan that offers 75 GB of premium 4G LTE data for $95/month. After that 75 GB allotment is up, data can be subject to throttling during "high-traffic times" in order to relieve conge...
Jun 14
MSI PL62 (i5-7300HQ, MX150) Laptop Review

78% MSI PL62 (i5-7300HQ, MX150) Laptop Review

Saved on the display. While MSI is mainly known for its gaming notebooks, it also offers very affordable entry-level and multimedia notebooks. The MSI PL62 has to prove in our test that an affordable price does not automatically mean a low performance.
Intel Core i5-7300HQ | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
The new Pulse 15 is Maingear's slimmest and lightest gaming laptop yet. (Source: Maingear)

Maingear announces Pulse 15 customizable gaming laptop

The new Pulse 15 customizable gaming PC from Maingear gets updated with all the current trendy options: thin bezels, 15.6-inch screen squeezed in a 14-inch chassis, six-core CPU, mechanical RGB keyboard, plus a generous 2 TB NVMe ...
The new Galaxy Tab S4 will be getting a 10.5-inch 16:10 screen. (Source: Teltarif)

New Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 model to include iris scanner and thinner bezels

The upcoming Galaxy Tab S4 is supposed to compete with Apple's new iPad Pro model. According to the latest Chinese leaks, the Tab S4 will get a larger 10.5-inch screen with 16:10 ratio and thin bezels, plus an iris scanner and ext...
Google looks like it is chasing official Windows 10 certification for the Pixelbook. (Source: Google)

PixelBook could be in line for official Windows 10 certification

There is mounting evidence that Google is working on allowing its Pixelbooks to natively support Windows 10. What's more, it seems that Google could also be chasing official certification from Microsoft meaning that the Pixelbook ...
The Alcatel 5 has a dual front camera setup with one being a 120-degree wide angle lens. (Source: Alcatel)

The selfie stick alternative: Alcatel 5 now available in some markets

The Alcatel 5 has an advanced selfie setup with dual front facing cameras, automatic field of view switching based on the number of people detected in the shot, and quick launch options to get into social media applications. It re...
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First Fortnite World Cup planned for late 2019, will offer $100 million in prizes

Epic Games has announced that Fortnite's first World Cup will be held late next year. The tournament, which will be open to any and all gamers that want to participate, will offer $100 million in prizes, spread across various even...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

Update June 2018. Here you will find the current best tablets reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Jun 13
Nokia handset with notched display concept render Nokia X 2018

Kill the notch: The Samsung Galaxy S10 and the LG G8 rumored to be notch-free

All those Samsung and LG fans who can't live with an ugly notched display might have a reason to celebrate once the next generation flagships come out. The reason is that these two brands are supposedly ready to use "sound-emittin...
Tesla is flushing cash down the drain, and its workers are paying the price. (Image: self)

Tesla cuts 9% of staff in an effort to bandage its cash hemorrhage

In a memo to his car manufacturing company, Elon Musk said that Tesla would be laying off 9% of its workforce, which equates to about 3,000 jobs. This is the latest move by the electric car manufacturer to stem its outward cash fl...
The new Zbox Q series is essentially getting an upgraded 6-core CPU and a dual 10 GbE NIC. (Source: Anandtech)

Zotac announces i7-8700T six-core workstation mini PC

Apparently, the Zbox Q workstation mini PCs were quite the hit and Zotac now intends to release an updated version by the end of 2018. Zotac will only add a newer i7-8700T six-core CPU (plus a new motherboard) and a faster 10 GbE ...
The 8-core Coffee Lake-X CPUs will provide competition for AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X. (Source: HotHardware)

Intel's 8-core Coffee Lake-S maisntream CPUs to launch in September on the Z390 platform

PCWatch reported that the first mainstream desktop 8-core Coffee Lake-S CPUs should be launched in September along with the Z390 platform. These chips should cost more than US$400 and will come in 80/95 W SKUs. Intel will also lau...
Acer Predator Helios 300

82% Acer Predator Helios 300 (i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti, Full-HD) Laptop Review

Budget laptop for gamers. Powerful notebooks often come with a hefty price tag. This is not the case with the Acer Predator Helios 300. The gaming-capable version of this laptop costs only 1100 Euros ($1296). You can learn in this review how the 17-incher stacks up against the competition.
Intel Core i5-8300H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook) | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
Lightning connector on iPhone 7 smartphone

Next year's iPhones might ditch the Lightning connector

According to multiple sources familiar with the matter, Apple is currently redesigning the chargers and the charging interface for its next-gen iPhones and iPads. The iPhones expected to arrive next year will probably drop the exi...
Asus ROG GU501GM (i7-8750H, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

85% Asus ROG GU501GM (i7-8750H, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

Whistle while you work. Wrapped in an attractive and slim package, the Asus ROG GU501GM is a competent gaming machine that effectively marries style and power. Unfortunately, CPU stability and fan noise present major problems in an otherwise excellent, if expensive, laptop.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
A shot of the action from the G.Skill booth. Toppc is the gentleman on the far left wearing glasses. (Source: G.Skill).

Computex 2018 | Overclocked G.Skill Trident Z RGB memory claims the first and second place for world's fastest RAM

G.Skill's overclocking event during Computex 2018 saw 13 overclocking records set, among them were the fastest RAM frequencies ever recorded.
Nokia 3.1 Android One handset up for pre-order in the US June 13(Source: HMD Global)

You can already pre-order the Nokia 3.1 in the US for US$159, launch scheduled for July 2

The new Nokia 3.1 is a 5.2-inch affordable handset with a MediaTek MT6750 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, as well as a polycarbonate back combined with an aluminum frame. Scheduled to launch in the US on July 2, this ...
Honor 7C

81% Honor 7C Smartphone Review

The letters make all the difference. The Honor 7C is a lower mid-range smartphone in large format with a modern full-view display. Unfortunately, the dual camera's second sensor has a very low resolution. Can we take that hit in exchange for this low price?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 5.99" | 164 g
Alienware AW988 Wireless Gaming Headset now up for sale mid-June 2018 (Source: Dell United States)

The Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset (AW988) hits the market

The first such accessory by Alienware in almost a decade, the AW988 is a wireless 7.1 surround gaming headset with LED lights, active noise canceling, and a frequency response range of 20 to 20,000 Hz. Covered by a two-year manufa...

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