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Mar 19
The Mi A1. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi has released Oreo kernel sources for the Mi A1

Xiaomi has released Android 8.0 kernel sources for the Mi A1. The device's Nougat sources were released a few weeks ago, so this is rather unexpected from Xiaomi. A surprise, but a welcome one to be sure.
Nier: Automata is famous for having 26 endings, with most routes offering a new perspective to the story. (Source: Steam)

A year after its release, Nier: Automata has sold 2.5m copies across all platforms

Platinum Games' Nier: Automata celebrated its one-year birthday on PC yesterday. Over that period, the game has sold 2.5 million copies across all platforms, which we think is impressive for a niche JRPG.
ZTE Headquarters. (Source: Digital Trends)

After a lackluster 2016, ZTE recorded a whopping US$736 million profit in 2017

ZTE was hit with a massive US$892 million fine by the US government back in 2016, a fine that led to the company posting a massive US$377 million net loss for that year. All looks to be well with the Chinese electronics giant now,...
Mar 18
The LG G6 has been hailed for its excellent LCD display. (Source: Digital Trends)

Costs of OLED production are why the LG G7 will sport an LCD display

LG, a while ago, was said to be set to use an OLED display on the G7. That device is currently being redeveloped, apparently, and it would seem the company has decided to make a return to its tried and trusted LCD panels, after th...
AMD Ryzen 2 shows significant performance gains over last year's Ryzen. (Source: Expert Reviews)

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 get detailed in leaked review, available from April 19

AMD's 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs, the Ryzen 7 2700X and the Ryzen 5 2600, got a full evaluation by SiSoftware and the numbers show overall performance improvements over the previous generation Ryzens. The benchmarks page and the results have been taken down but we now have concrete information about the TDP, clock speeds, and how much of a performance gain can be expected. Additionally, we also have information on the launch date and pricing of the new Ryzen 2 SKUs.
The Sony MP-CD1 pico projector is coming soon for US$399. (Source: Sony)

Sony’s MP-CD1 pico projector is small enough to fit in a pocket

Sony has outed its latest pico projector and it is small enough to fit in a pants pocket. The MP-CD1 can boot in just 5 seconds and is listed as coming soon on the company’s US website.
Samsung USA is offering big discounts on S9 accessory bundles. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung USA offering steep discounts on S9 bundles

Samsung is pulling out all the stops to encourage people to upgrade to its new Galaxy S9 models. US customers can currently enjoy steep discounts on genuine accessories when purchasing the new models outright.
Mar 17
The Samsung Galaxy S9. (Source: The Inquirer)

Samsung releases kernel sources for the S9 and S9+

Samsung has released kernel sources for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, just weeks after the devices were announced. The combination of kernel sources and Project Treble support should ensure that the devices get excellent communit...
The Honor 7X. (Source: Huawei)

Honor 7X receives Oreo beta, Treble support in tow

The Honor 7X is currently receiving its first Oreo beta. The update brings a number of UI changes and the much-expected Project Treble support that will allow the device enjoy the community development it has lacked so far.
Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga (i7-8550U, FHD) Convertible Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga (i7-8550U, FHD) Convertible Review

The same case but with a different name. The ThinkPad X380 shines with a fast NVMe SSD, a thin case and great battery life. The built-in quad-core Core i7 CPU cannot maintain its full performance. The Windows operating system is not included. Linux users, however, will be quite happy with the Linux compatibility of the convertible.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
The Redmi Note 4 was powered by a Snapdragon 625. (Source: Xiaomi)

Rumors of a mysterious Xiaomi device with the phantom Snapdragon 632 allude to vaporware

Word of a device powered by a "Snapdragon 632" has surfaced again, and just like the first time out, we're leery. There doesn't look to be any such SoC in the works, and the source information is as wonky as it gets.
Spotify. (Source: Hypebeast)

Spotify finally available in Israel, Romania, South Africa and Vietnam

Spotify has announced the launch of its services in Israel, Romania, South Africa and Vietnam. This makes South Africa the first African country to receive official Spotify support, with users in other African countries having to ...
The Xperia XZ2 is the first Sony smartphone without a headphone jack. (Source: Sony)

Sony says it is following market trends with headphone jack omission on XZ2/Compact

Sony has explained its reasons for dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack on its new Xperia XZ2 series. According to the company, it is because of design reasons and the market trend towards wireless headphones.
Durabook launches fully-rugged U11 tablet for professional use (Source: Durabook)

Durabook launches fully-rugged U11 tablet for professional users

The fan-less 11.6-inch Windows tablet is guaranteed to survive through shock, vibration, rain, dust, sand, temperatures as high as 140 F (60 C), and a drop of up to 6 feet without a sweat. The rugged and fully closed system compet...
Mar 16
HP Spectre x360 in Pale Rose Gold

88% HP Spectre x360 13t (i7-8550U, FHD, SSD) Laptop Review

Function follows form. No doubt about it: the Spectre is a premium convertible with a robust high-quality case, and it's up-to-date thanks to Intel's latest 8th generation Core i7-8550U processor. Let's take a closer look at what hides behind all these flashy specs, shall we?
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
The HTC U12+ will come with a dual 8 MP camera on the front and 16 MP + 12 MP cameras on the back.  (Source: Evan Blass)

HTC U12+ specs get leaked

HTC may completely skip the U12 launch and release the U12+ flagship smartphone in mid Q2 this year. As a competitor for Samsung's Galaxy S9+, the U12+ comes with a WQHD+ LCD screen, top of the line Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 GB RAM, 6...
The NMP660 Chromebox is ViewSonic's first endeavor to expand into the mini PC market. (Source: ViewSonic)

ViewSonic launches its first mini PC - the NMP660 Chromebox

ViewSonic is expanding into the mini PC market with its first ever Chromebox device that acts as an all-in-one education, signage and enterprise cloud management solution. The NMP660 is 4K-ready and integrates Intel's Celeron 3865...
Agony will provide a grotesque survival horror experience. (Source: Steam)

Agony's PC requirements revealed

Madmind Studios, the developer behind Agony, has listed out the minimum and recommended PC requirements of the first person survival horror game. The listed requirements are not too high by today's standards but help in ensuring s...
The Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone VR headset. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo Snapdragon 835-powered Mirage Solo Daydream VR headset coming May 11

First introduced at CES 2018 with a planned mid-year launch, Lenovo’s Mirage Solo Daydream VR headset will land on May 11. The device features what is effectively a built-in smartphone to provide a completely untethered VR experie...
Mar 15
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Intel Coffee Lake: The first benchmarks of the mobile Hexa Core CPUs have been leaked (picture-source:

Intel Coffee Lake: The first benchmark-scores of the mobile Hexa Core CPUs have been leaked

There is a great anticipation for the upcoming mobile CPUs from Intel with the codename "Coffee Lake" – the first mobile processors to feature six CPU-cores. Now, the first benchmark-numbers for the Hexa-Core Coffee Lake CPUs have...
Dell Latitude 5490 (i5-8350U, FHD) Laptop Review

86% Dell Latitude 5490 (i5-8350U, FHD) Laptop Review

Heavy on options. The Latitude 5490 by Dell is marketed as the notebook equivalent of a safe. The relatively high price tag of this 14-inch productivity device justifies itself with a large number of security options, making this laptop suited for security-conscious companies. We shall not only put its security features through its paces, but also compare it to other productivity-focused devices.
Intel Core i5-8350U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.7 kg
Mobile gaming dominates the market by a large margin

Mobile gaming increased its lead in 2017

Although mobile gaming managed to leave both consoles and PCs/Macs behind for the first time in 2014, its position strengthened ever since and the figures for 2017 show that there is no turning back now. According to the latest re...
Acer Aspire 3 (i3-6006U, HD520) Laptop Review

77% Acer Aspire 3 (i3-6006U, HD520) Laptop Review

Third round. The current model has an Intel Core i3-6006U processor and differs only marginally in terms of the price, when compared to the previously-reviewed sibling models. We examine in this review whether or not this particular laptop is worth buying.
Intel Core i3-6006U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
The Vivo V9 seems to be one of the better IPhone X copycats out there. (Source: Vivo)

Vivo unveils full specs for the V9 ahead of official announcement

All the recent leaks have determined Vivo itself to leak the V9 specs on its Indian site ahead of of the official march 23 announcement. The V9 seems to be one of the better looking iPhone X clones, and it comes with a Snapdragon ...
The Ryzen 2 iterations are most than just incremental. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X benchmarks leak on Geekbench, show up to 18% higher performance than the previous generation

AMD's new Zen+ CPUs, the Ryzen 5 2600X and the Ryzen 7 2700X, have made their way to Geekbench and seem to have posted some impressive scores in comparison with their previous generation counterparts. The increased single-core an...
SwiftKey virtual keyboard with Photo Themes gets updated with new languages and more

SwiftKey 7.0 for Android launches with new languages, make-your-own-sticker, and a new toolbar

The new Swiftkey 7.0 virtual keyboard app for Android devices is rolling out right now, bringing quite a few new languages to the list of well over 200 which are already supported, the ability to create your own stickers by adding...
The default version of the U938 weighs 1.76 lbs. (Source: Fujitsu)

Fujitsu soon to launch the ultralight LifeBook U938 in NA

The LifeBook U938 comes with many options, including i5/i7 Intel Kaby Lake-R CPUs, up to 20 GB DDR4 RAM, 512 GB SATA III or NVMe SSDs, a 13.3-inch FHD touchscreen or brighter non-touch display, and enterprise-oriented features lik...
Motorola Moto E4 Moto E4 low-end Android smartphone

T-Mobile finally gets the Motorola Moto E4

Although the Moto E4 has been around since last July and Verizon Wireless has been selling it ever since for just US$69.99, T-Mobile decided to add this 5-inch Android Nougat smartphone to its portfolio now instead of waiting for ...
Huawei Y7 (2018) mid-range phone rumored to feature a 2:1 5.5-inch display, single main camera, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (Source: Android Headlines)

Huawei Y7 (2018) renders surface online

Shortly after seeing the Huawei Y9 (2018) launch in Thailand, an unofficial render of the next-gen Huawei Y7 surfaced online. This mid-range Android handset is rumored to feature a 5.5-inch display with 2,160 x 1,080 pixels, a sin...
The whole Broadcom-Qualcomm drama has now come to an end. (Source: MacRumors)

Broadcom gives up on acquiring Qualcomm

Broadcom has officially withdrawn from plans of acquiring Qualcomm. The now Singapore-based semiconductor giant tried its might to cajole Qualcomm with enticing offers but the latter did not budge. Despite losing the dangling carr...
The upcoming Dell XPS 15 9570 could feature an NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU. (Source: Dell)

Frank Azor: The Dell XPS 15 9570 will feature a Max-Q GPU

The highly anticipated Dell XPS 15 (9570) could feature a discrete Max-Q GPU. This was confirmed by Dell's Frank Azor in reply to a question asked on Twitter. Azor, however, did not reveal what the exact GPU is but expect to see a...
Refurbished smartphones are making a dent in manufacturers' pockets (Source: CounterPoint Research)

Refurbished smartphones are now selling almost five times faster than the year before

Users are now purchasing refurbished smartphones more than ever due in part to slowing innovation and marginal design changes on the latest models. The hardest hit are mid-range smartphones as used high-end models from Apple or Sa...
Mar 14
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (Source: Raspberry)

Raspberry announces the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ with same US$35 price as its predecessor

Raspberry have announced the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, an update to the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B that originally released two years ago. The most significant improvements are in networking (wired and wireless) and an increase in ...
Performance Comparison of ThinkPad Notebooks

A performance comparison of all new ThinkPad notebooks

How much performance will you really get? The current 2018 ThinkPads from Lenovo are all equipped with new quad-core ULV processors from Intel, but the actual improvement in performance varies depending on the model. We have compared the new ThinkPads' performance in various scenarios. Update: T580, L580 & X380 Yoga
ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ZD552KL

86% ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ZD552KL Smartphone Review

Fire red selfie machine. The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s salient feature is its high resolution dual-front facing cameras. This is coupled with good battery life and all housed in a metal case. Can the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro do enough to compete with the strong selection of mid-range smartphones?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 5.5" | 147 g
Intel's gen 8 Celeron and Pentium CPUs will feature sub-US$100 prices. (Source: Intel)

Details of four low-end Coffee Lake CPUs leaked on Amazon

The four leaked models include two Celeron and two Pentium Gold processors that only feature two cores and have a 54 W TDP. April is most likely the month when these will be officially launched with prices below US$100.
The R15 proudly features the controversial iPhone X notch. (Source: Weibo)

Oppo R15/R15 Plus specs leaked on Weibo

Oppo's upcoming R15 and R15 Plus smartphone models will be powered by MediaTek's Helio P60 SoC and Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, respectively. Both come with 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB storage, pre-installed Android 8.1, a 20 MP selfie cam, a...
Essential is rolling out the Android 8.1 update customers. (Source: Essential)

Essential Phone PH-1 Android 8.1 Oreo update now live for all users

Andy Rubin has green lit the rollout of the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Essential Phone PH-1. The update is available immediately to all users over-the-air and brings a raft of new features to the device.
It has been standard practice to give companies 60-90 days to react to newly found exploits.

Update | Previously unheard-of company claims AMD chips are full of vulnerabilities, does not provide details

Researchers at a cyber-security consulting company in Israel have claimed that they have found 13 serious vulnerabilities in AMD processors. CTS-Labs has published details about the flaws after only giving AMD 24 hours to comply. ...
Rumored entry-level Apple MacBook Air 13 may carry a Retina display (Image source: Apple)

Rumored entry-level 13-inch MacBook may carry a Retina display

Apple may finally be ditching its aging low resolution 13.3-inch 1440 x 900 pixel panels for a more up-to-date 2560 x 1600 variant manufactured by LG. The next generation 2018 MacBook Air is expected to be the first to carry these...
Activision Blizzard had revenue of over US$7 billion in 2017. (Source: Wccftech)

Activision may contribute to the battle royale craze

There has been speculation that Activision Blizzard may enter the battle royale genre sooner rather than later. Apparently, the video-game giant is “keenly aware” of how well some competitors are performing with this particular ty...
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1080) Mini PC Review

Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1080) Mini PC Review

Bigger, faster, better value? The Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080 is one of the most powerful small form factor desktops on the market. While relatively small compared to traditional desktops, it is twice as large as other Zotac ZBOX devices. Zotac puts this extra space to good use by packing in a full desktop Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) | | 3.3 kg
Asus VivoBook S14 S410UQ (i7-8550U, 940MX, Full HD) Laptop Review

81% Asus VivoBook S14 S410UQ (i7-8550U, 940MX, Full HD) Laptop Review

The sum of its parts. Asus' good-looking VivoBook S14 comes with ample processing power thanks to the 8th-generation CPU and a dedicated - albeit low-end - graphics card, but the chassis quality is less praiseworthy.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 14" | 1.3 kg
Mar 13
Honor 7C Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (Source: Honor China)

Honor 7C now official in China with Snapdragon 450 and dual cameras in tow

Although the rest of the world has to wait for it, the 5.99-inch Honor 7C has just been introduced in China. The specs of this handset also include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, 3 GB or 4 GB RAM, a dual camera setup on the ...
Lenovo Ideapad 720S (Ryzen 2500U, Vega 8) Laptop Review

82% Lenovo Ideapad 720S (Ryzen 2500U, Vega 8) Laptop Review

AMD-Update. We have already had Lenovo's IdeaPad 720s in review, and found it to be a lightweight and thin notebook for everyday challenges. The 13-inch notebook is now also available with AMD's Ryzen 5 2500U processor and as a viable alternative to the Intel SKU.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 | 13.3" | 1.1 kg
New LG flagship devices may feature AI technologies for image and voice recognition. (Source: ETNews)

Rumor | LG G7 leak reveals higher price tag and possible release date

There has been a report made about the expected release date and higher price tag for the LG G7. The device is expected to be announced in April and to go on sale in May. No exact price point has been revealed yet, but the same so...
OPPO F7 teaser shows notched display (Source: OPPO)

OPPO F7 coming with a notch on March 26

OPPO F7, the successor of the OPPO F5 lineup, will be unveiled on March 26. Although most technical details are still to be revealed, we know of the 6.2-inch display with a rather strange resolution of 2,280 x 1,080 pixels and its...
The latest innovations in mobile communication were once again shown off in Barcelona.

The Best Smartphones of MWC 2018

The pick of the crop. The Mobile World Congress is the biggest world fair for mobile technology and communication. This is why many manufacturers choose this event to introduce their latest and greatest smartphones. We picked out the best of the MWC for you.
The new Elite Slice G2 includes a tablet that makes it easier to manage video-calls. (Source: HP)

HP announces gen 2 Elite Slice mini PC for meeting rooms

With the new Elite Slice G2 model, HP also included a "Center of Room" 12.3-inch tablet that makes it easy to setup meetings with little to no input from users. The tablet detects when people enter the meeting room, while the mini...
Sony Xperia R1 series get Oreo update (Source: Sony Mobile India)

Sony Xperia R1 and R1 Plus receive Android Oreo

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 430-powered Sony Xperia R1 and R1 Plus are two budget-friendly handsets that remain exclusively available in India for now, being launched back in November 2017. Back then, both arrived with Android 7.1 Nou...

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