Notebookcheck
     restrict settings
Dec 15
The Ataribox. (Source: Atari)

Ataribox pre-orders have been delayed

Atari has sent an email out to those who expressed interest in the upcoming Ataribox to say that the pre-order date is no longer the 14th of December. The additional time will be spent developing the platform and ecosystem, and we can expect an announcement of the new pre-order date over the next few weeks.
...
The Samsung Galaxy S8. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

Samsung Galaxy S9 to be unveiled at MWC in February

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is expected to be announced on February 27, at the Mobile World Congress that will hold in Barcelona. This is plausible, of course, as previous Galaxy S devices have usually been launched within a three-week window of that specified date.
Talks are said to be ongoing between Xiaomi and Verizon. (Source: Technobuffalo)

Xiaomi and Huawei set to make entry into the US market

Huawei and Xiaomi are two of the top six smartphone manufacturers, a noteworthy feat considering their dire lack of presence in the US. Both companies look set to remedy that, however, with reports claiming that there are deals on the cards that will see both sell devices in the US under different carriers.
...
The Blackberry Priv.

Blackberry finally abandons the Priv

Blackberry released its first Android device two years ago in 2015. The company has finally announced that it will be withdrawing software support for the device—one that cost $700 at launch and only received one major update to Marshmallow.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi game will be launching on PC and mobile today. (Source: Engadget)

Brace yourself for a porg attack in Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Porg Invasion

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Disney and its subsidiary, Lucasfilm, announced a new game for PC and mobile that enabled players help BB-8 and Chewbacca defend the Millennium Falcon from porgs.
Official Dell website hinting at unannounced Latitude 7290, 7390, and 7490 notebooks

Official Dell website hinting at unannounced Latitude 7290, 7390, and 7490 notebooks

IT certification site DMTF and Dell itself may have both independently confirmed the existence of the unannounced Latitude 7490. Could a soft refresh be on the way for CES 2018?
Dec 14
Schenker Media 15 (i7-7700HQ, MX150) Laptop Review

80% Schenker Media 15 (i7-7700HQ, MX150) Laptop Review

Good with edges. The Schenker Media 15 is exactly what it claims to be: A multimedia notebook with enough performance for many entertainment applications. The buyers will have to make certain concessions, and, because the competition is on the same level at the very least, the question here is: Why should we pick the Media 15 over other devices?
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030) | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Apple iMac Pro (Source: Apple)

Apple releases the iMac Pro starting at US$4,999

Advertised as "the most powerful Mac ever," the iMac Pro provides an impressive set of hardware specs, packing Xeon processors with up to 18 cores, 22 Teraflops of graphics performance, as well as a 27-inch Retina 5K display.
The Asus VivoBook 14 X411. (Source: Asus)

CES 2018 | The Asus VivoBook 14 makes a quiet appearance ahead of CES 2018

Asus has revealed the VivoBook 14 laptop on its website ahead of CES 2018. The VivoBook 14 comes with options of up to an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU and an optional NVIDIA MX150 GPU along with several storage options and will be have an official presentation during CES 2018.
The allegedly leaked slide from the "Spring 2018 Cycle Playbook." Unable to confirm authenticity. (Source: Informatica Cero)

35-Watt and 65-Watt mobile Ryzen processors might be coming soon according to a product slide

An apparent product slide leak shows 35 W and 65 W mobile Ryzen processors coming in spring 2018 to compete against Intel's HQ and HK series. This leak is a rumor and details haven't been confirmed by AMD.
CAT S31 rugged smartphone now available in the US

CAT S31 rugged smartphone finally available in the US

The 4.7-inch CAT S31 is now available in the US via Amazon for around US$330 and, although its specs do not match this price range, the IP68-rated water resistance and its compliance with the MIL-SPEC 810G standard for ruggedness make it a worthy choice for those who face tough environments frequently.
...
Focused on rugged devices the company may be but it's still capable of great aesthetic value.

The Blackview P6000 will ship with a 6180 mAh battery

There's a new Blackview device on cards. The smartphone, marketed as a heavyweight business device, will feature a large 6180 mAh battery.
LG Gram (2018) ultrabook with Coffee Lake processor (Source: LG Newsroom)

CES 2018 | LG Gram ultrabooks with 8th generation Intel Core processors coming to the US next month

LG has just announced that the updated Gram lineup of ultrabooks is scheduled to arrive in the US starting in January. Next to the 8th generation Intel Core processors, these portables come with a sturdier build and increased autonomy.
Mark the date? (Source: PlayfulDroid)

Details of the Honor 9 Lite revealed

Honor has sent out invites for the launch event of a yet unnamed device. The event will take place on December 21, with the device expected to be the Honor 9 Lite.
Top of the table. (Source: Shapeways)

Android OS version metrics for November released, Oreo sees pitiable climb to 0.5% market distribution

Google has released data on the current market distribution of the various versions of Android. The ranking stays the same as it was last month, with Marshmallow in first, Lollipop in second, and Nougat in third. Oreo remains irrelevant, as it only just matched Ice Cream Sandwich’s 0.5% distribution, a disturbingly unprogressive rise from its 0.3% figure las...
...
The Galaxy S8. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ set to receive Oreo in January 2018

A member of Samsung's UK Oreo beta team has confirmed that the S8 and S8+ will receive final, stable Oreo updates in January, with the Note 8 to follow immediately after.
The Enjoy 7 Plus was launched back in April. (Source: Android Authority)

Huawei Enjoy 7S set for December 18 launch, details revealed

Huawei is set to announce the launch of the new Enjoy 7S at an event in Xi An, on December 13. The mid-ranger shares a lot of similarities with the Honor 9 Lite. So much, in fact, that we're tempted to claim that they're the same device in slightly different packages.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

December 2017 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.
Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) ultrabook (Source: Samsung)

CES 2018 | Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) now official

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen with the built-in S Pen and the two Notebook 9 (2018) models without a bundled stylus come with 8th generation Intel Core processors and should hit South Korea later this month. These new ultrabooks will be shown at CES 2018 and are scheduled to go on sale in the US in the first quarter of 2018.
...
Essential continues to develop its Essential Phone PH-1. (Source: Essential)

Essential Phone getting Treble, double tap to wake, EIS

Despite apparently weak sales, Essential appears to be committed to developing its Essential Phone PH-1. In its latest Reddit AMA, the company revealed it is bringing Treble, tap to wake and EIS to the device in the forthcoming Android 8.0 Oreo update.
Bing search showing subreddit search results. (Source: Reddit)

Microsoft partners with Reddit for some crowdsourced wisdom

A partnership between Microsoft and Reddit will see the latter leveraging Microsoft's AI tools and Bing to integrate Reddit content in search results, especially from AMA sessions and Reddit Answers, enabling a more natural and crowdsourced approach to search.
Google Assistant will soon be available on most Android devices. (Source: Google)

Google Assistant coming to Android tablets, older phones

Google is continuing its rollout of Assistant to older Android devices, including tablets for the first time. First introduced on the Pixel last year as an exclusive feature, it has been some time coming.
Higher PC prices may arise should Intel cut back on its "Intel Inside" marketing program (Image source: Intel)

Get ready for higher PC prices should Intel recede on its "Intel Inside" marketing program

OEMs are at risk of losing valuable Intel sponsorship benefits such as marketing exposure, price subsidies, and channel compensations should the Intel Inside program be defunded.
news icon
50 new external reviews +
Esperienza Mobile: Recensione Moto X4, Leonardo.it Tech: Razer Phone: 5,7 pollici Quad HD 120Hz, 8GB RAM, dual speaker THX e prezzo inferiore alle attese, Phonandroid: Test Honor 7X : notre prise en main du premier smartphone borderless de la marque, Ferra.ru: Первый недорогой безрамочный смартфон ASUS. Обзор ZenFone Max Plus M1, CNet France: Acer Swift 1, Ixbt: Обзор игрового ноутбука Asus ROG GX800VHK с жидкостной системой охлаждения, возможностью разгона и непревзойденной производительностью, Yamobi: Тест-обзор бюджетного смартфона Alcatel U5 HD, Tablets Magazine: Review: Asus Zenbook Flip S – prima, maar niet de beste convertible, Tek.no: Test Ulefone Mix, Tek.no: Test Huawei Mate 10 Lite, Mega Obzor: Обзор и тесты Motorola Moto Z2 Play. Смартфон швейцарский нож, Phonandroid: Test LG V30 : oubliez l’iPhone X !, Phandroid: Test Xiaomi Mi A1 : Android One, des sensations pures !, Phonandroid: Test du Huawei Mate 10 Pro : le smartphone de demain est déjà là, Phonandroid: Test du Motorola Moto Z2 Force : le retour de l’indestructible, Phonandroid: Test du OnePlus 5T : voici l’anti-iPhone X !, Pplware: Análise: Xiaomi Mi A1, o android one do momento, Pplware: Análise: Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Android Geek: Analise LG Q6: um intermediário moderno, Pplware: Oneplus 5T – Pequenas melhorias que fazem a diferença, Android Geek: Análise Huawei Y7: a proposta de baixo custo da Huawei, Ferra.ru: Обзор LG V30+: корейский флагман «на все деньги», Ferra.ru: 40 фактов об iPhone X, и что мы об этом думаем — больше, чем обзор, Svet Androida: LG Q6 recenze: Dobře vypadá a snese i pár ran. Zbytkem ale nenadchne, CNet France: LG V30, CNet France: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Computer Totaal: iPhone X - Prachtig scherm met zonnebril, CNet France: Test : OnePlus 5T, allez-y les yeux fermés, Computer Totaal: Huawei Mate 10 Pro - Geniet met mate, CNet France: Apple iPhone X, Computer Totaal: OnePlus 5T - Wel het grote scherm, niet op grote voet, Mere Mobil.dk: Huawei Mate 10 Pro test – endnu engang viser Huawei tænder, Mere Mobil.dk: iPhone X test – den mest innovative iPhone til dato, Mere Mobil.dk: OnePlus 5T test – stort set en OnePlus 5, CZC: Recenze: Xiaomi RedMi Note 5A – nízká cena, velký displej, Svet Androida: Huawei Mate 10 Pro recenze: vstupenka mezi elitu, Playtech.ro: REVIEW: iPhone X – Ce visează Android să fie când se face mare, Techzilla.it: Recensione Huawei Mate 10 Pro – Seguitemi, lì c’è il futuro., All About Phones: OnePlus 5T review: topper ondanks gebreken, Fredzone: Test Du Lg V30, Hitek: Test Oneplus 5T : Le Dernier Appareil Du Constructeur Évolue Au Format 18:9 : Fiche Technique, Prix Et Date De Sortie, All About Phones: Motorola Moto G5S Plus review: allround-topper krijgt nieuwe looks, Chip Online TR: Moto Z2 Play İncelemesi, Clubic: Test OnePlus 5T : un smartphone amélioré, pour le même prix !, Fredzone: Test Du Sony Xperia Xz1, GadgetGear.nl: Review: Sony Xperia XA1 Plus (Android Smartphone), Panorama: OnePlus 5T: perché comprarlo a occhi chiusi, Geektopia: Análisis: Wiko VIEW Prime, pantalla 18:9 y cámara dual frontal, Nieuwe Mobiel.nl: Wiko WIM Lite review, Leonardo.it Tech: OnePlus 5T recensione: top di gamma a (quasi) metà prezzo
Samsung Galaxy J5

The Best Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Alternatives

One affordable mid-range smartphone to rule them all? Samsung's Galaxy J5 is still a very popular smartphone in 2017 - an overall more than a decent package at a low price. There are, however, other worthy and affordable smartphones as well. In this comparison, we take a look at possible alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017).
Dec 13
The specifications for the Gemini Lake Pentium and Celeron processors are now on Intel ARK. (Source: Intel)

Specifications for the Pentium Silver and Celeron 'Gemini lake' are now listed on Intel ARK

Intel ARK now shows the full specifications for the newly launched Gemini Lake processors, showing us how they compare to each other on paper.
Lenovo: ThinkPad T470p likely won't get a successor in form of a T480p

Lenovo: The ThinkPad T470p likely won't get a successor in form of a T480p

The ThinkPad T-Series is apparently getting an update soon as the CES 2018 draws near – but one model of the 2017-lineup seems to be getting the axe. The T480p as the successor of the T470p could be made obsolete by the new 15 W Quad-Core CPUs.
The Huami AmazFit Smart Sports Watch 2 features a 1.34-inch color display protected by a 2.5D sapphire front piece. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi presents the new Huami AmazFit 2 smartwatch

The Huami AmazFit Smart Sports Watch 2 is only available in China for the moment, but Xiaomi plans to launch it for the Western markets under the AmazFit Pace 2 name later on. The successor of the popular Amazfit Pace comes with a more sturdy body and upgraded processing power, along with a new Watch 2.0 version. There is a premium US$200 version that adds a...
...
Sea of Thieves for Xbox and Windows launches March 20 2018 (Source: Xbox Wire)

Sea of Thieves now up for pre-order, coming March 20

Microsoft's open-world adventure game Sea of Thieves is up for pre-order already, but it will only launch globally on March 20, 2018. This title will be available for both the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PCs.
Asus NovaGo Windows Laptop with Snapdragon 835

Asus NovaGo Windows Laptop with Snapdragon 835 Review: Repetition of the Netbook Dilemma?

Top or flop? What has been in the making for a while seems to have become a reality now. Smartphone and laptop technology merge and become one. By now, the first benchmarks for the Snapdragon 835 installed in an Asus NovaGo Windows laptop are available. Here is a first detailed benchmark analysis.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998) | Qualcomm Adreno 540 |
Japan Display plans to release an improved 1,000 ppi screen next year. (Source: JDI)

Japan Display announces 803ppi and 1,000 ppi LCD screens for VR headsets

The dreaded "screen door" effect that plagues the current VR headsets will soon be a thing of the past with Japan Display's 803 ppi and 1,000 ppi LCD screens.
Under-display fingerprint tech coming from Synaptics in January (Source: Digtal Trends)

Under-screen fingerprint tech due January on flagship phone

A unnamed high-end smartphone will arrive with Synaptics new Clear ID under-display fingerprint authentication tech in January. According to Synaptics, the new technology is twice as fast as 3D facial recognition technology as featured on the iPhone X.
Nintendo has now sold over 10 million Switch gaming consoles. (Source: Nintendo)

Nintendo shifts 10 million Switch consoles

Nintendo seems to have a bonafide hit on its hands with the Nintendo Switch. Less than three months after announcing it had crested 7 million sales, it has revealed it has just crossed the 10 million sold threshold.
Essential has only sold 50,000 phones (but that may not be as bad as it sounds)

Essential has only sold 50,000 phones (but that may not be as bad as it sounds)

According to the number of downloads of its camera app, Essential has sold no more than 50,000 units. While the accuracy of this number is arguable, hitting such a low volume of sales may not be as bad for the start-up as it sounds.
The new HP EliteBook 1020 G2 and 1040 G4 are the brightest business laptops available (Source: HP)

The new HP EliteBook 1020 G2 and 1040 G4 are the brightest business laptops available

The 700 nit panels of the 12.5-inch EliteBook 1020 G2 and 14-inch 1040 G4 are brighter than even the MacBook Pro 13 and over twice the brightness of the XPS 13.
The iMac Pro is the most powerful Mac ever. (Source: Apple)

iMac Pro launches this week in 8- and 10-core configurations

Apple has announced that the successor to the ill-fated 2013 Mac Pro is scheduled to arrive this week. Based on the iMac AIO design, the new iMac Pro can sport up to 18-cores of custom Intel Xeon performance.
Dec 12
AMD's Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition is now available. (Source: AMD)

Time for some heart-pounding action with AMD's new Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition

The 2017 annual major release of AMD's Radeon Software has arrived, called the Adrenaline Edition. In addition to a refined UI, the main features it brings are an in-game overlay that allows performance monitoring and on-the-fly setting changes, as well as a mobile app that can be used to monitor performance or handle recording and streaming settings.
...
Razer Blade (2017) UHD Laptop Review

86% Razer Blade (2017) UHD Laptop Review

Christmas tree in UHD. A fully configurable RGB keyboard backlight is one of Razer's most distinctive features. In time for the holiday season, Razer has released a UHD variant of the Kaby Lake and GTX 1060-powered Razer Blade notebook, best to be showcased with opened lid underneath the Christmas tree.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 14" | 1.9 kg
GOG kicks off their Winter Sale with a free copy of Grim Fandango: Remastered

Deal | GOG kicks off their Winter Sale with a free copy of Grim Fandango: Remastered

Everybody's favorite Department of Death Travel Agent, Manny Calavera, can now lead your PC to the Ninth Underworld for free, courtesy of GOG.com.
icon

Intel UHD Graphics 600 GPU

12 Intel Gen. 9 (Gemini Lake) cores @ 300MHz, 64/128 Bit DDR4 / LPDDR4
icon

Intel UHD Graphics 605 GPU

18 Intel Gen. 9 (Apollo Lake) cores @ 300MHz, 64/128 Bit DDR4 / LPDDR4
icon

Intel Celeron N4000 SoC

Gemini Lake x86 2 cores @ 1100 - 2600 MHz 14nm
icon

Intel Celeron N4100 SoC

Gemini Lake x86 4 cores @ 1100 - 2400 MHz 14nm
The ultimate FAQ on Always Connected notebooks with Windows 10 and Snapdragon 835

The ultimate FAQ: Answers on Always Connected PCs with Snapdragon chip and Windows 10 on ARM

Since last week it has become clear: The rigid Microsoft-Intel partnership is crumbling, and with its ARM processors, Qualcomm will become part of the laptop market in the future. The first notebooks with Snapdragon 835 will come out at the beginning of 2018, promising a long battery life and Always Connected LTE connections to the net. However, many detailed questions still remained unanswered. Here we are providing the ultimate FAQ on frequent questions around Always Connected PCs and the modern ARM variant of Windows 10.
The Mi 6. (Source: AndroidPit)

Xiaomi to launch Mi 7 and Mi 7 Plus together, both to feature full-screen displays

Xiaomi's flagships are usually among the first to be released in the year, and it looks like the next-gen offering, the Mi 7, could be launched within the next few months. The device is touted to launch alongside a plus-sized version, with both coming with tasty price tags and top of the line features.
...
The Honor 8 is a surprising inclusion. (Source: XDA Developers)

Honor President confirms that the Honor 7X, 8, 8 Pro, 9, and V9 will get Oreo

Honor's President, George Zhao, has confirmed in an interview that the brand's current devices like the 7X, Honor 8, Honor 9, Honor 8 Pro, and Honor V9 will all get updates to Android Oreo. The 7X, in particular, is of interest, as there's a significant chance that it gets Treble.
he Nokia 6. (Source: Pocket Lint)

The Nokia 6 (2018) hits TENAA

The Nokia 6 (2018) has made its way over to TENAA, with the listing on the Chinese agency's website showing images of what we should expect from the mid-ranger with the model number "TA-1054".
The Nokia 5. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

Nokia 5 receives Oreo beta, 6 to follow

The doors to the Nokia 5's beta program have finally been thrown open, with users of the devices able to sign up and receive the beta update.
The Titan V is around 4 times faster than the GTX 1060, but it is 10 times more expensive, as well. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia Titan V cryptomining performance does not disappoint, but price/perfomance factor is way off

Bottom line: the Titan V is indeed a mining powerhouse, but the prohibitive price does not scale well with the price/perfomance factor.
icon

Intel Pentium Silver N5000 SoC

Gemini Lake x86 4 cores @ 1100 - 2700 MHz 14nm
A 'Made in India' Apple iPhone SE being displayed in a local store. (Source: The Indian Express)

India reportedly chooses indigenization over Apple's demand for tax-free imports

The Indian Government is not in favor of offering import tax sops to Apple's mobile phone parts considering the impact it will have on the domestic manufacturing sector. Apple is demanding that the Government concede to its demand of duty-free imports in order to expand iPhone manufacturing in the country.
...

About us

Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone Reviews, Tech, and News

Our aim is to provide serious and competent information about notebooks, smartphones and tablets. For more than 12 years now, Notebookcheck provides detailed tests, reviews, news, technical information (like our CPU and GPU benchmarks) and links to reviews by other sites.
Follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle PlusYouTubeRSS ReviewsRSS News

Upcoming Reviews

  • Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A50
  • BlackBerry Motion
  • BQ Aquaris V
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Honor 6C Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • HTC U11 Life
  • Motorola Moto X4
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force
  • OnePlus 5T
  • Asus Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490UA 14"
  • Asus Zenbook UX530
  • Asus Zenbook Flip TP501UQ-FZ119T
  • Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP410UA-EC242T
  • Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU 7300HQ GTX1050
  • Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF i5-8250U
  • Dell Precision 7720 PremierColor
  • Dell XPS 13 8250U 3200x1800 Kaby-R
  • Dell Inspiron 17 5000 i7-8550U (5570)
  • Dell Vostro 15 3568 i5-7200U
  • Dell Inspiron 15 7000 i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050 (7577)
  • Dell Inspiron 13 7370-9665 i5-8250U 
  • Fujitsu Lifebook E746 i5-6200U
  • HP ZBook 17 G4 (DreamColor)
  • HP mt20 Celeron 3865U 128GB
  • HP mt43 PRO A8-9600B 128GB
  • HP EliteBook 1040 G4 i5-7200U 256GB 
  • HP 15-bs103ng i5-8250U, Radeon 520
  • HP 17-bs103ng i5-8250U, Radeon 520
  • Lenovo ThinkPad P71
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 320-14IKBN 940MX
  • Lenovo Yoga 520-14IKB
  • Medion Erazer X7857 i7-7820HK GTX 1070 32 GB

New Forum Posts

Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News
Notebookcheck (Update: 2017-12- 8)