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Apr 27
Xplore updates Xslate R12 rugged tablet with Kaby Lake options

Xplore updates Xslate R12 rugged tablet with Kaby Lake options

The robust 12.5-inch FHD tablet is expanding into more SKUs with i7-7500U, i7-7600U, and Celeron 3865U options. Prices are expected to start at about 2100 Euros.
Apr 26
Lithium-Ion Batteries: Charging Guide for Maximum Endurance

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Charging Guide for Maximum Endurance

When taken good care of devices such as smartphones, tablets, and notebooks will most likely easily outlive their respective batteries, which these days more often than not aren’t user replaceable anymore. With this in mind it is more important than ever to improve both endurance and capacity through the right charging techniques. We’re going to give you a few tips and point out the most common mistakes.
Ars Technica and GOG are giving away copies of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition. (Source: Ars Technica)

Ars Technica and GOG are giving away copies of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

To celebrate a new partnership, Ars Technica and GOG are giving away free codes for The Witcher: Enhanced Edition for PC or Mac for the next two days.
Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch with GPS now available for purchase

Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch now available

This long-awaited smart outdoor watch with Android Wear 2.0 can be finally purchased directly from Casio's website or via Amazon. It has a price tag of $500 USD and comes in black and orange.
The alleged multi-core score for the iPhone 8 was 8975, 41% faster than the new Galaxy S8. (Source: 9to5Mac)

New iPhone 8 benchmarks debunked

New iPhone 8 benchmarks show the phone beating the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 by a significant margin, but upon further investigation, the benchmarks have been proven false.
Acer Aspire Switch 3 Pro convertible with Intel Pentium N4200 and Windows 10 Pro

Acer Aspire Switch 3 Pro coming soon

Acer's upcoming convertible slate has the same design as last year's Switch Alpha 12. It apparently uses a fanless cooling system as well but employs the Intel Pentium N4200 processor. Although this was not confirmed yet, we might see it unveiled tomorrow in New York City.
Apple Dubai Mall retail store opens late April 2017

Apple Dubai Mall opens tomorrow

This new retail location features an 186-foot curved storefront and balcony that overlook Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain, being the third Apple store in the region. The company's first two similar locations in the UAE recorded more than 4 million visitors since their opening 18 months ago.
Asus B9440 thin-and-light notebook now available for 1200 Euros

Asus B9440 thin-and-light notebook now available for 1200 Euros

The B9440 is unlike existing Zenbook Ultrabooks as it caters to the business crowd with an even sleeker and lighter design philosophy while still integrating TPM and a fingerprint reader.
Zotac unveils ZBox CI327 mini PC with passively cooled Celeron N3450

Zotac unveils ZBox CI327 mini PC with passively cooled Celeron N3450

The CI327 is destined to be a silent low-power media center for streaming and browsing with its wide range of video outputs and USB ports.
Apr 25
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The Radeon Pro Duo features two professional-grade GPUs on a single card. (Source: AMD)

AMD announces Radeon Pro Duo dual GPU for professionals

The upcoming Radeon Pro Duo will feature two GPUs on a single card. The professional grade graphics card will have a whopping 32 GB of VRAM and is able to hit 11.45 TFLOPS.
Google Pixel XL Android smartphone to get Snapdragon 835-powered successor

Google Pixel 2 handsets might use the Snapdragon 835 SoC

The successors of the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are known as Walleye and Muskie for now, and there are also references to a Snapdragon 835 processor, but the launch date and other details are not public at this stage.
Xiaomi Mi5s Plus Android phablet, Xiaomi not ready to face the US market yet as of April 2017

Xiaomi is not ready for the US market yet

The Chinese company is currently busy conquering many developing markets and has no plans to take on the US market yet. Considering LeEco's recent failure, it seems they are playing it safe.
The Meizu PRO 5 was the last officially supported Ubuntu Touch phone. (Image Source: Ubuntu Insights)

Ubuntu Phone support will end in June, app store will close in December

The mobile OS will no longer be updated after June of this year, while the Ubuntu Touch app store will be closed by the end of the year. These moves will essentially kill off Ubuntu Touch.
Sony Xperia X Performance Android smartphone gets 7.1.1 Nougat update

Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance get Android 7.1.1

These two handsets get the usual Android 7.1 Nougat features, apparently without any Sony-exclusive changes. The new firmware also includes the official security patches for April.
The latest unconfirmed render of the iPhone 8. (Source: BGR)

Apple might launch only two iPhones instead of three this year

The rumors surrounding Apple's iPhone production drama seem to never end. The latest unconfirmed news suggest that there are only two iPhones currently being worked on, instead of three.
ZTE's Blade Max 3 is exclusive to US Cellular. (Source: ZTE USA)

US Cellular customers can now purchase the ZTE Blade Max 3

ZTE has launched a second budget smartphone today, meant for price-conscious customers who want a little more oomph from their device. The Blade Max 3 features mid-range specs for only $200, but is exclusive to US Cellular.
The budget-friendly ZTE Max XL is exclusive to Boost Mobile. (Source: Sprint)

ZTE Max XL is a new budget phone exclusive to Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile has a new option for customers who want a large phone at a small price: the ZTE Max XL. The handset features a 6-inch display, fingerprint sensor, and the latest Android OS, all for as low as $102.
ARM Mali-C71 ISP for automotive applications

The Mali-C71 is ARM's first ISP for the automotive market

This new chip was built from scratch for the automotive market, its list of features including high dynamic range, noise reduction, advanced error detection, low-latency processing, and more.
Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-orders in the US establish a new record

Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-orders in the US break previous record

The recently released Galaxy S8 flagships seem to break the previous records everywhere since Samsung Electronics America also reported a 30 percent year-over-year growth in pre-orders.
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370 Review - 87% score for this business convertibleplay icon

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370 Review - 87% score for this business convertible

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370 Review. We gave this business convertible and subnotebook an 87% score in our full review. This is the first ever 13.3 inch Thinkpad Yoga and apart from a a few minor points (listed at the end of the video) there's not much negative we can say. The keyboard, screen, battery...
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AMD Radeon RX 540 GPU - Benchmarks and Specs

512 Polaris cores, 128 Bit GDDR5 @ 6000MHz
Sony Xperia XA1 Android smartphone now up for pre-order in the US

Sony Xperia XA1 pre-orders begin next Monday

This mid-range Android smartphone that arrived at the end of February during the MWC 2017 trade show will soon be up for purchase in the US. Those interested can get it unlocked for $299.99 USD.
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AMD Radeon 530 GPU - Benchmarks and Specs

384 GCN cores @ 1024MHz, 64 Bit DDR3/GDDR5 @ 2250MHz
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AMD Radeon 520 GPU - Benchmarks and Specs

320 GCN cores @ 1030MHz, 64 Bit DDR3/GDDR5 @ 2250MHz
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (Core i3-7100U, Full HD) Review

88% Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (Core i3-7100U, Full HD) Review

Entry-level update. Intel's Kaby Lake platform has been appearing on more and more notebooks, and now Lenovo has updated the ThinkPad 13 with the 7th Generation processors. Does the new platform bring enough of a performance increase to warrant an upgrade?
Intel Core i3-7100U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Dell Latitude 14 7414 Rugged Extreme (6200U, HD) Laptop Review

87% Dell Latitude 14 7414 Rugged Extreme (6200U, HD) Laptop Review

Solid as a rock. Dell´s robust 14-inch withstands dust, liquids, drops and heat. Not only does this laptop offer tough looks, but also potent hardware, lots of ports and a laudable stamina.
Intel Core i5-6300U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14" | 3.7 kg
Buy a Gigabyte laptop and get a tree

Buy a Gigabyte laptop and get a tree

The manufacturer will plant one tree for every laptop registered since the beginning of 2017 as part of its new Make Earth Green Again campaign.
EMEA PC market sees slight growth in Q1 2017

EMEA PC market sees slight growth in Q1 2017

The PC market appears to be recovering somewhat with overall sales up 1.6 percent. Sales are particular high in Western Europe for both the desktop and portable PC segments.
Apr 24
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

77% Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

Not an epic tale. The new Samsung Odyssey could have knocked it out of the park. Instead, it is your average entry-level system with no standout features to separate it from the growing gaming crowd except for its horrendously loud fan noise.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
QNAP TS-x53B series NAS available with 2, 4, and 6 bays, all with Intel Celeron J455 processo

QNAP TS-x53B series NAS now available

This new NAS family comes with 2, 4, or 6 bays, all powered by the Intel Celeron J3455 processor and available with 4 GB or 8 GB of memory. All models come with 10GbE 10GBASE-T LAN connectivity and hardware-accelerated encryption.
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Apple reduces commissions to App Store affiliates by 64%

Apple's App Store affiliates will now earn 2.5% for apps downloaded via their affiliate ID, down from 7%.
Samsung named Africa's most admired brand April 2017 by Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands annual survey

Samsung named the most admired brand in Africa

The South Korean giant was recognized as the most admired brand in Africa by the Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands annual survey, also growing its brand value by 13 percent.
The new job posting that is fueling the hardware rumors. (Source: Zats Not Funny!)

Spotify has plans to launch its own hardware

Having conquered the software side of music streaming, Spotify now seems intent on trying its hand at hardware. A new job listing strongly suggests that the company is in the beginning stages of creating a new wearable.
LG X power2 Android smartphone launch allegedly delayed until June 2017

LG X power2 apparently coming in June

While this Android handset was unveiled a few days before MWC 2017 kicked off and was supposed to hit the market last month, it looks like LG delayed the X power2 until early June.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) Android smartphone surfaces again on GFXBench

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) hits GFXBench with updated specs

Although it surfaced on GFXBench a while ago, the refreshed Galaxy J3 returns with updated specs, namely more storage space and memory. Now, we only need to wait for this handset to get an official launch.
a few applications from Samsung can't be uninstalled or disabled like the Samsung Connect and Reminders application. (Source: Forbes)

Samsung has made disabling bloatware on the Galaxy S8 far easier

The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with dozens of of Samsung and carrier-specific pre-installed apps, not all of which are useful, but since the Galaxy S6 they've been making it easier to pick and choose which apps you want to keep.
We expect Samsung to continue focusing on extracting more performance as well as maximizing efficiency, leading to better battery life. (Source: 9to5Google)

Qualcomm and Samsung are gearing up to create chips for Galaxy S9

Recent reports say that Samsung and Qualcomm have begun developing next year’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, which will make its debut in the Galaxy S9.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android phablet gets Nougat update on T-Mobile late April 2017

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 5 gets Android 7.0

Samsung's phablet has begun to receive Android Nougat a while ago, long enough for Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and AT&T to release the new firmware. Now, T-Mobile subscribers using the Note 5 finally get the same treatment.
Razer Core external GPU and Razer Blade Laptop

Razer Core Benchmarks, Analysis, and Compatibility: Is it Worth it?


AMD Ryzen 7 1800X | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop) |
Is the Core the ultimate performance accessory, or is there a worm in it? The first product to offer a complete external GPU solution over Thunderbolt 3 (TB3), Razer's "Core" is still one of the most popular graphics docks available. It uses a TB3 interface attached to an older, more compatible TI82 controller, and so should be compatible with nearly any laptop with a TB3 port (not just Razer's). We benchmark the Core and Nvidia's latest Pascal line of GPUs with the Core and the Blade to see if the juice is worth the squeeze.
Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 2 Android smartphone launches on Cricket Wireless

Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 2 hits Cricket Wireless

Available on Sprint as Galaxy J3 Emerge, this handset has a 5-inch display, a quad-core processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and runs Android Nougat out of the box. It can be acquired for less than $150 USD with activation.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 Android tablet with S Pen coming soon to South Korea

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 LTE coming to South Korea this week

Unveiled next to the Galaxy Book back at MWC 2017, the new Galaxy Tab has been well received, and pre-orders have recently begun in various markets. Now, the LTE version of this tablet is ready to hit the South Korean market.
External USB-C SSD review – The best external SSD for the new MacBook Pro and Windows competitors

External USB-C SSD review – The best external SSD for the new MacBook Pro and Windows competitors

We review modern USB-C SSDs from Samsung (T3), WD (G|Drive), Angelbird (SSD2go PKT), SanDisk (Extreme 900) and a USB 3.1 USB-C case for M.2-SSDs from DeLock. Which drive is the fastest and how much power do they consume? We will answer these questions in the following article.
Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor

Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus now official with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage

Although it arrived about two weeks ago, the Enjoy 7 Plus now gets a specs bump, receiving 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. The Snapdragon 435 processor and the other specs remain the same.
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.
Alcatel A30 Android Nougat tablet with Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor

Alcatel A30 coming to T-Mobile in May

This tablet comes with almost the same specs as the A30 smartphone, the main difference being in the display department. This Qualcomm Snapdragon 210-powered slate runs Android Nougat out of the box and should hit the market next month for well below $150 USD.
Nokia 3310 launching April 28 with no 3G for 59 Euros

Nokia 3310 launching April 28 with no 3G for 59 Euros

The popular Nokia 3310 is getting a 2017 refresh complete with 16 MB of internal storage space and a 2.4-inch screen. HMB Global is sticking to its promise of an April-May launch window for users in Europe, though prices will differ between regions.
LG K8 (2017) Smartphone Review

79% LG K8 (2017) Smartphone Review

Little brother. The 2017 LG K8 is a little more affordable, a little smaller, and less powerful than the LG K10. But is it perhaps the better deal for all those who are just looking for an affordable smartphone? We find out in our test.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 | Qualcomm Adreno 308 | 5" | 142 g
Huawei reportedly shipping Mate 9 and P10 models with slower eMMC storage

Huawei reportedly shipping Mate 9 and P10 models with slower eMMC storage

Huawei originally advertised the Mate 9 with UHS 2.1 storage, but some units are purportedly shipping with the slower eMMC 5.1 standard without any official statements from the manufacturer. Furthermore, sources say some advertisements have been silently changed to reflect the switch to eMMC 5.1.
Apr 23
ZTE Blade V8

82% ZTE Blade V8 Smartphone Review

Big mid-range. The Chinese manufacturer enters the next round in the fight for the low-price crown with the ZTE Blade V8. At a current RRP of 269 Euros (~$291), the new device sounds like a bargain and the technical specifications let the heart beat faster. Read whether this sense of delight can be maintained throughout the test.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5.2" | 142 g
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.

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