Isaac Brown (Tech Writer)
I joined Notebookcheck at the end of 2016 after being a dedicated reader of the website for the past six years, occasionally tuning out various lecturers to read reviews of the latest gaming and business laptops. As a writer and tech enthusiast, I focus mostly on smartphones, the latest trending gadgets like VR headsets, and the businesses that create it all. When I’m not admiring the latest graphics cards, I write short fiction and arrange for a cappella.
New malware could be more destructive than WannaCry ransomware
Think WannaCry was scary? There's more frightening malware along the way, and time is running out to stop it before many more machines fall victim to the next attack.
Microsoft reveals new design language known as Fluent Design System
Microsoft announced some significant UI changes for Windows 10 at its Build 2017 conference. The Fluent Design System, formerly known as NEON, will transform Windows 10's appearance and prepare it for the future.
Audio driver on several HP laptops contains 'keylogger'
HP has slipped what seems to be a 'keylogger' into their pre-installed drivers on their latest laptops, creating an added security vulnerability for their users.
Microsoft announces Fall Creators Update for Windows 10
Revealed Thursday at Microsoft's Build conference in Seattle, the next major version of Windows 10 fills fills the gaps in March’s Creators Update and helps users work seamlessly across multiple Windows devices.
Google and VMware announce an “extended partnership” to accelerate the adoption of Chrome OS devices
VMware and Google announced that they are expanding their partnership in order to accelerate the adoption of Chromebook laptops among enterprises.
McAfee antivirus will be pre-installed on Galaxy S8 devices
McAfee VirusScan software is now coming pre-installed on Galaxy S8 devices as part of a partnership between the two companies. Will it have a noticeable impact on users, or is this just more bloatware?
Unlocked Galaxy S8/S8+ now available in the US
Pre-orders for the unlocked versions of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are now available with an availability date set for May 31st.
HTC continues revenue slump after disappointing U Ultra and U Play sales
HTC is struggling against stiff competition from China and weak smartphone sales, but they're not through the woods yet. If their recent financial report is any indication, their HTC U 11 will need to pull its weight.
New iPhones on track to go on sale in October
A Economic Daily News report claims that production of iPhone 8 and iPhone 7s are on track for the new iPhones to be announced by Apple in September and go on sale in October.
OnePlus officially announces OnePlus 5 launch date
The OnePlus 3 and recently launched OnePlus 3T will get a worthy successor in the OnePlus 5 which is coming this summer. OnePlus is known for offering fans smartphones with high-end specs well below the cost of flagships from Apple, Samsung, and Google.
Intel announces new Xeon processors and naming scheme
Some of the names of the upcoming Intel Xeon processors, based on the Skylake microarchitecture, were accidentally ‘leaked’ through official sources.
Drop tests reveal weak points in the Galaxy S8's display
The impressive Infinity Display on the Galaxy S8 performed poorly in numerous drop tests, suggesting that the thin bezel makes the glass more prone to shattering.
Qualcomm to unveil Snapdragon 660 next week in China
Qualcomm has sent out press invites for an event in Beijing on May 9, where they are preparing to launch the mid-range Snapdragon 660 chipset.
Apple's Q2 iPhone sales weaker than expected
Apple needs its next-generation iPhone to be a smash hit in order to reassure investors. The company reported Tuesday that it sold fewer iPhones than analysts had expected in the company's second quarter.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will launch later this year
The Galaxy Note series has had its brand tarnished by abrupt battery combustion last year, but the Note 8 is indeed coming this year in what could be an August release.
Is the LG G6 overpriced for its specs?
Gone is the modular design of the G5, but the LG G6 suffers from one major disadvantage compared to other 2017 smartphones: it's stuck with year-old tech, but still costs about the same as a more premium product.
Acer introduces its flagship gaming display, the Predator X27 monitor
Acer's Predator X27 display combines G-Sync HDR, a 4K resolution, and a 144Hz rate to make what in theory will be one of the best gaming displays on the market, though it probably won't be cheap.
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.
Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update rolls out
Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 2 emphasizes 3D and mixed reality for its tiny segment of the mobile market. While their mobile share is insignificant, the changes in this update are not.
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.
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.
What's wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S8's fingerprint scanner?
Not everyone seems to be happy with the fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S8. According to some reviews, the scanner's strange placement and inconsistent results make it slower to verify users' identities.
Google Chrome might get a built-in ad blocker this year
Web advertising giant Google is planning to create an ad blocker for Google Chrome, the world's most popular internet browser. With ad-blocking software becoming more popular, Google wants to shut out some of the competition from third-party software.
Microsoft's new Authenticator app means those with Microsoft accounts may no longer need to type passwords
Microsoft has made it so you can better access your Microsoft account through your smartphones, doing away with passwords in favor. Although less secure than complete two-factor authentication, Microsoft believes this method to be more secure than ordinary passwords and more user-friendly.
Sharp announces Aquos R, a high-end smartphone
Foxconn's management looks to expand its hardware sales with a new top-tier smartphone, the Sharp Aquos R. The device will likely release in Japan this summer.
Samsung will no longer let users remap Bixby button on Galaxy S8
Samsung released a new update that reportedly prevents users from remapping the Bixby button, which is dedicated to Samsung's propriety smart assistant. Understandably, many users were not pleased with Samsung's decision.
Xiaomi Mi 6 scores on Geekbench higher than those of the Samsung Galaxy S8
According to benchmarks on Geekbench, the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 6 runs faster than the latest Samsung flagship smartphones. The question of which one is the better phone won't be answered until the Mi 6 is launched on April 19.
Why Nintendo may have stopped making the NES Classic Edition
The NES Classic was a great deal for consumers, but Nintendo may have realized that it would be best to focus on the Switch for the moment and then produce an improved retro console experience down the line that could provide better long-term benefits.
Microsoft says they've patched NSA's hacking tools targeting devices running Windows
Microsoft engineers have examined the exploits released by the Shadow Brokers and have released patches to address the issue. The good news is that most of these vulnerabilities were patched in March.
iPhone 8 may be the thickest Apple smartphone since the iPhone 4
Leaked renders of what is believed to be this year's upcoming iPhones have appeared on Weibo. These sources have yet to be confirmed, but what they do suggest is that the new iPhone 8's upgrades have made it into a beefier device.
HTC One X10 leaked images reveal design details and 4000 mAh battery capacity
New leaks have surfaced about HTC's new midrange handset, the HTC One 10X. It packs a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Helio P10 chipset, and 32GB storage/3GB of RAM, but HTC really wants everyone to take note of the 4000mAh battery.
Samsung releases enterprise versions of Galaxy S8
Samsung is continuing to offer special editions of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus to various partners as it looks to market its smartphone to not just consumers, but also large enterprises. For the moment, they only seem to be collaborating with businesses in South Korea.
Researchers: Microsoft Office security hole exploited by hackers and government agencies
Microsoft recently released a security patch to resolve a vulnerability in Microsoft Office. Attackers, including malware distributors and cyber-espionage groups, are exploiting the flaw to seize control of users' systems.
AMD's Ryzen 5 desktop processors release around the world today
AMD launched all four models of its new high-performance AMD Ryzen 5 desktop processor today. They say it can deliver up to 87% more performance when comparing the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X to the Intel Core i5 7600K.
Huawei's upcoming MateBook X leaked online
Newly leaked pictures and benchmark listings suggest that Huawei is following up on last year's MateBook with three new devices: the MateBook E, X, and D.
Microsoft ends support for Windows Vista
Microsoft is officially ending Windows Vista extended support as of April 11, 2017. Only 10 years ago, Microsoft first released Windows Vista to widespread disapproval, resulting in the operating system's unpopularity with users.
Google wants the next Pixel to use flexible OLED panels
South Korean sources say that Google is prepared to invest $880 million to LG Display for the express purpose of ramp up production of flexible OLED panels for the US company to put in its next Pixel phone.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ break pre-order records
The Samsung Galaxy S8 became available for pre-order in South Korea over the weekend and was warmly welcomed by Korean consumers with a record-shattering number of pre-orders.
Microsoft announces Xbox Scorpio specs
Project Scorpio, the name Microsoft uses to call their successor the Xbox One, was called “the most powerful console ever,” and today the company showed that this isn't just marketing language. According to Digital Foundry, the current Xbox and Playstation have been left in the dust by the new hardware.
Microsoft publishes details on Windows 10 data collection
LG G6 launches worldwide this week
LG has announced today that they were initiating global shipments for the G6. Retailers and operators to receive their stock soon, with the US market receiving the devices on April 7.
iPhone launch may be delayed until end of year
Apple may much back the release date of its revamped iPhone with a 5.8-inch OLED display until October or even November, according to a new Chinese report.
Samsung's Tizen OS vulnerable to hackers
Samsung's plan to grow Tizen's user base just got a little more difficult. Their Tizen-powered mobile devices reportedly have serious vulnerabilities that could allow malicious hackers to remotely take control of them.
DisplayMate gives Galaxy S8 screen its highest grade ever
Independent display analyst Dr. Raymond Soneria of DisplayMate Technologies published the results of extensive lab tests on the Samsung Galaxy S8's display, concluding that the screen scored top marks across the board.
Android is now the world's most popular OS for web browsing
Google's Android has overtaken Windows to become the world's most popular platform for accessing the internet, according to StatCounter. StatCounter called the March figures a "milestone in technology history and the end of an era."
Apple to cut ties with long-time GPU partner, may develop its own GPUs in-house
Apple, Imagination's largest customer, will no longer be sourcing their GPUs from the company in 15 months to two years. Instead, it seems highly likely that they'll create their own GPUs instead.
Apple, Amazon and Google among companies bidding for Toshiba's NAND unit
Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun Daily reported on Saturday that US tech firms Apple, Google and Amazon have joined the bidding war over Toshiba's NAND unit, which accounts for 20 percent of the NAND market.
Samsung says Galaxy S8 and S8+ will not have supply shortage
Samsung expects record-breaking sales of their new flagship duo, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but according to them, they aren't having any supply issues at all. Hopefully, the rumored chipsets falling behind production schedule were incorrect.
Google encourages developers to make their apps compatible with displays that have an 18:9 aspect ratio
Google wants Android developers to optimize their apps so that they won't have any unsightly black bars when running on new flagship devices including the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, and S8 Plus.
Apple says iOS 10.3 fixes flaw that caused phones to repeatedly call 911
The iOS 10.3 update included frontend improvements and security fixes, one of which addressed a major security hole that allowed other users to remotely take control of iOS devices and use them to call 911.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 5's release date is right around the corner, sources say
It's almost time for Microsoft to unveil its fifth iteration of the increasingly popular Surface Pro tablets. As well-received as they were, consumers are hoping that the company has addressed some of the device's drawbacks.
A closer look at the Samsung Galaxy S8's camera
Samsung wants everyone to know what changes they've made to their camera this time around in their upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
HTC and LG among phone makers competing to make the Pixel 3
Google's already in talks with manufacturers to create the third iteration of its Pixel smartphones, and according to a Chinese report, the phone makers competing for the contract include HTC, LG, Coolpad and TCL.
Wireless charging on iPhone 8 may ultimately be a letdown
Analyst Christopher Rolland spoke to suppliers and tech companies in Asia in order to research more about the latest info along Apple's supply chain. According to his sources, wireless charging on the new iPhones is not exactly fast.
Sluggish chipset production may limit supply of Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphones
Due to the slow rate of production, Samsung may not be able to get their hands on enough Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 chipsets to meet demand, insider sources say. A supply shortage could have a significant impact on Samsung's sales.
New iPad Pro could arrive this April
Could an updated iPad Pro become available as early as next month? There's a lot of uncertainty among analysts at the moment as it's anyone's guess as to when Apple will release the updated 10.5-inch tablet.
The Surface Book 2 may not be a part of Microsoft's spring hardware launch
Microsoft has long been rumored to be planning a spring 2017 Surface launch, but what exactly will the device be?
Google is creating a social app based on editing, sharing and organizing photos
Google's newest social app is no longer about text messages; now, the software giant wants to compete with Snapchat and Instagram for a slice of the photo-sharing social media pie.
Apple's A11 chip for iPhone 8 to begin production in April
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will begin producing Apple's A11 chip in April, aiming to manufacture 100 million units by year's end in preparation for the expected demand for the upcoming iPhone 8 and upgraded iPhone 7s.
Android O rumored to have improved notifications, picture-in-picture mode and other features
Android O is rumored to feature a whole host of new features, including updated app icons and increased Google Assistant integration. More details will be revealed during Google's I/O Developer Conference in May.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ with the Exynos 8895 chipset leaks on Geekbench
Benchmarks for the Exynos 8895 chipset have unexpectedly appeared in benchmark database Geekbench, giving us some indication as to what performance we might expect from the upcoming Galaxy S8+.
Xiaomi Mi 6 will get a Snapdragon 835 variant
Xiaomi's Mi 6 is releasing with a Snapdragon 821, though sources say Xiaomi could swap this processor out for the high-end Snapdragon 835 when the latter processors are easier to come by in May.
Huawei P10 Lite gets an official UK launch date
The third and final variant of the Huawei P10 has arrived. This time it's the mid-range option, the P10 Lite, which is available for pre-order now and will be available on March 31st.
GPD Pocket prototype revealed after successful crowdfunding
After launching its Indiegogo in February, GPD's tiny laptop has raked in $2 million. With a June shipping date fast approaching, GPD released a short video of a prototype Pocket to show how the product is coming along.
Meizu Pro 7 may feature the Snapdragon 835 chipset
Meizu and Qualcomm have settled last year's patent wars and are now cooperating on what could likely be Meizu's next flagship, the Meizu Pro 7. Reports say the smartphone will feature the Snapdragon 835 chipset.
Android market share in China climbs 9.3 percent but declines in the US
The latest smartphone data from a few months ago shows that iOS and Android have cemented their positions at the top of the food chain. Now, the battle is between these two major players for fast-growing markets in China and India.
LG could withdraw from Chinese market in near future
LG hasn't had a great time selling its phones in China, especially after the international flop that was the G5. Speculators say LG might want to make a quick exit as the company's smartphone market share in the country hovers at about 0.1 percent.
Samsung's foldable smartphones to enter production in Q3 2017
The competition is heating up between Samsung and Chinese smartphone makers as they race to create the world's first foldable smartphone. Sources say Samsung may produce thousands of prototype smartphones in Q3 2017.
Wireless charging company Powermat pledges compatibility with upcoming iPhones
Powermat says it intends to support whatever wireless charging system Apple comes up with, reassuring businesses and consumers that it would not leave iPhone users high and dry if Apple was to go an unconventional route.
Upgraded Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 will launch tomorrow
Xiaomi is about to launch an 'exclusive version' of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 that will come with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. Compared to the current version available in China, this is a competitively-priced upgrade.
LG G6 US launch on April 7th looks increasingly likely
While the LG G6 was already release in South Korea days ago, its global release is not expected for almost another month. New information seems to confirm the April 7th release date as accurate.
Lenovo Legion Y520 now available
Lenovo’s Legion Y520 gaming laptop is now available for purchase in multiple configurations. For the reasonable price of around $900 to $1200, buyers get a GTX 1050 Ti, a solid-state drive plus 1 TB hard drive, and plenty of ports, making the Y520 great value for money.
Microsoft displays ads on Windows 10 File Explorer
In case you thought Windows 10 didn't have enough ads, Microsoft is continuing to expand its methods of offering its products to new places. The latest location is the File Explorer, prompting a new wave of grumbling from users.
Google updates Allo app to support Android Auto
Google's messaging app Allo is getting additional functionality with Android Auto as the company hopes to make the app more feature-rich. Upon release, Allo topped the Play Store's app rankings, but by November, user growth was falling fast.
Some Google Pixel and Pixel XL owners are reporting microphone problems
Google support joined the conversation in the Pixel Phone Help board to address issues regarding malfunctioning microphones after hundreds of comments flooded in from users reporting that their Pixel and Pixel XL devices were suffering similar problems.
New mobile GPU architecture could power the 2018 iPhone
Apple supplier Imagination Technologies announces new PowerVR mobile GPU architecture that they say will boast 35 percent GFLOPS density improvement, 80 percent fillrate density improvement for user interface and casual gaming, and 70 to 90 percent gaming density improvement. It could hit the market by the end of 2018.
Nvidia announces Jetson TX2 developer kit for drones, robots and smart devices
Nvidia just announced the high-performance, low-power NVIDIA Jetson TX2, an AI platform designed to make devices from drones and robots to enterprise collaboration devices and intelligent cameras have improved functionality.
10 nm process pushes back smartphone production, launch dates
Low yields from 10nm FinFET process means that Apple A11, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 and other chips are in short supply as the industry moves into what's shaping up to be a year of transformation for high-end smartphones.
Google Assistant can now read your text messages
It may have taken some time, but Google can now read and interact with your text messages in a substantial way, allowing users to sort through their messages and send responses even when they're too busy to pick up their smartphones.
Switch console breaks Nintendo's sales records on release
Nintendo's new console and copies of the new Zelda title are selling like hotcakes in the days shortly after the Switch's debut. While the tablet is well-equipped, there's still some uncertainty regarding Nintendo's notoriously lacking online service.
Acer will ship Mixed Reality developer kit for Windows 10 this month
Microsoft and Acer are ready to begin preparations to let partners build apps for the Windows Mixed Reality headset. First order of business is distributing software development kits to various developers.
Apple's iPhone refresh details get further confirmation
In light of new information, Nikkei Asian Review now states that Apple's iPhone 8 will feature three configurations, one of which is the 5.8-inch OLED version. In addition, we're also getting two smaller versions of the iPhone 8 sometime this year.
Google pledges second-generation Pixel smartphone
Google’s 2016 flagship smartphone, the Pixel, was a critical and commercial success upon release. Today at MWC, Google announced a follow-up phone will be released before the end of 2017.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium named best new smartphone at MWC
With a slick design, killer specs and a dash of innovation, Sony's Xperia XZ Premium trounced the competition at MWC 2017 and was declared by the GSM Association to be the best new smartphone of the event.
Nokia 3310 reboot likely to have a delayed US release
The Nokia 3310 may release later in the US as HMD Global has ran into an issue related to their smartphone's compatibility with the frequency bands used by US carriers.
Meizu announces Super mCharge, an ultra-fast charging solution
Chinese smartphone maker Meizu says their charging solution can charge a smartphone up to 30 percent in just five minutes, claiming that this charging speed is 11 times faster than the iPhone 7 Plus and 3.6 times faster than the fast charging solution used by the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
Google will not produce more Pixel laptops
Google is shifting the Pixel brand entirely into mobile devices such as smartphone and tablets, thus concluding the company's efforts to secure a niche within the premium notebook category. Google is still devoted to working on Chrome OS, however.
Sony's upcoming Xperia XZs and Xperia XZ Premium flagships will be able to capture slow motion video
Sony is giving its flagships a powerful new camera upgrade that's capable of capturing slow motion footage at 960 frames per second. The specs on these phones will be impressive, but will gaudy features be enough to win market share back?
Oppo showcases dual-camera with 5x optical zoom
The company claims their new "proprietary image fusion technology for digital zoom" allows for a lossless 5x zoom. This 5.7mm-tall module uses a periscope-like system that reflects incoming light into a prism to increase the focal length of the camera.
Nokia 3310 reboot will be a mashup between the old 3310 and the new 150
Is there still demand for monoblock phones that hearken back to Nokia's heyday in the early 2000s? Nokia seems to think so. The latest leaks offer some insight into what the updated Nokia 3310's new look.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 release dates confirmed
March and April will bring a clash of flagships as LG and Samsung square off. It's LG's G6 against Samsung's Galaxy S8, two of this year's anticipated high-end smartphones.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 may feature the Snapdragon 660, 6GB RAM and 5000mAh battery
Just a year after the first Mi Max, new leaks revealed that Xiaomi has a successor coming up that they are expected to unveil in May 2017. In addition, they provided a few clues about the hardware in the phablet.
Chromebooks will soon be compatible with biometric authentication
A fingerprint feature on Chrome OS has been in the works for the past few months and is now available for testing on an unstable version of Chrome Canary. This brings Chrome OS more in line with the biometric authentication options available on Windows 10 and macOS.
Samsung Galaxy S8 live images leak, onscreen buttons revealed
New leaks from China offer insight into the phone's much-debated exterior appearance, display (with the on-screen navigation keys) and ports. Is a fingerprint scanner next to the Samsung Galaxy S8's rear camera going to be an issue?
Samsung's upcoming Exynos 9 Series SoC to compete with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
The updated Exynos chipset is likely to use the new 10nm FinFET manufacturing process, the same one used by its Qualcomm equivalent, the Snapdragon 835. This suggests that we may see a number of Samsung Galaxy S8 variants with different processors.
Nokia 3310 reboot will land next week at MWC
HMD Global annouced that the classic Nokia 3310 is getting released again after 17 years, cashing in on loyal Nokia fans who have fond memories of using the phone. It is, after all, one of the phones that launched a thousands Nokia memes about how Nokia cellphones are said to be indestructible.
Xiaomi says a Mi Mix successor is in the works
Xiaomi's CEO revealed that the company is working on a successor to the almost bezel-less Xiaomi Mi Mix. Even though that phone was only released in China, its worldwide acclaim indicates that consumers welcome the design trend.
Asus will launch a standalone VR headset later this year
With the upcoming Asus AIO VR, users will no longer need to insert their phones to get the full AR or VR experience or worry about draining their battery. Its current specifications are unknown, but its design bears some similarity to Google's Daydream View.
Asus Zenfone 3 Go specs leak online
The contents of the leak have yet to be confirmed, but assuming the information is accurate, speculators say Asus is likely to officially announce the budget phone at MWC this year. Asus's new device may lack powerful hardware, but that will matter little to the target audience: social media users.
Oppo expected to ramp up production capacity in 2017
While Xiaomi and Apple face an increasingly challenging smartphone market, Oppo is leaping ahead of the competition to become the handset maker to beat in China's domestic market. Additional production plants will help it meet growing demand.
Toshiba may sell off most of its flash-memory chip business
The Japanese company is in a desperate financial situation after years of costly acquisitions in an effort to become the leader of the business industry. As a result, they may have to sell off their entire NAND memory business to remain afloat.
Lenovo Yoga 510 is getting a Kaby Lake refresh
Known as the Lenovo Flex 4 in the US, the 2-in-1 device is receiving a CPU upgrade, smaller bezels, and a larger SSD capacity limit. Lenovo will likely reveal price and availability at MWC later this month.
Nvidia's quarterly revenue surges for a second straight quarter
Bolstered by strong growth in the gaming sector, Nvidia closed out 2016 with its second consecutive quarter of over 50 percent growth. The company is also seeing significant growth in other businesses such as its self-driving vehicle systems and data centers.
Samsung's foldable smartphone to launch in Q4 2017
The age of the clamshell phone is long gone, but Samsung has some new foldable smartphones and displays in the works, some of which will debut at MWC in a closed-door event. This information will be used to gauge interest in the technology from both consumers and other handset makers.
iPhone 8 to feature iris scanner, insider sources say
This latest news confirms a number of features that Apple insiders and users have said will almost certainly be in the next iPhone. Most interestingly, the sources mentioned an iris scanner, a feature that appeared in the Galaxy Note 7 and will appear in the upcoming Samsung flagship devices.
Upcoming anniversary iPhone could set buyers back upward of $1000
The new OLED screen that stretches across the entire front of the phone is the primary reason for the price hike, sources say, as it may be costing Apple twice as much as the LCD used in current iPhones.
Alibaba is negotiating with telecoms to bring free internet to India
Another internet giant wants to bring free internet to one of the world's most populous countries. Where Facebook failed, Alibaba might succeed, if they play their cards right.
Samsung Gear VR represents over 70% of all VR headsets shipped in 2016
Being the first VR headset out the gate, along with wide availability and low cost, allowed Samsung's headset to ahead of the other headset vendors before their competing devices hit the shelves.
HTC tests 2017 flagship with Snapdragon 835 on Verizon
Since other smartphones can only release their Snapdragon 835 phones after Samsung does, the inclusion of the chipset means that HTC's flagship may hit the market later in the year than the HTC 10 did in 2016.
NVIDIA Quadro GP100 is now coming to workstations
NVIDIA's newest GPU targets the high-end CAD/CAE market, allowing users to get the most accuracy and reliability for programs where such features are an absolute necessity, such as complex engineering simulations.
Micron is accelerating the release of GDDR6 graphics memory to meet demand
GDDR6, which is said to be 30% faster than the currently popular GDDR5 memory, will now roll out at the end of this year, but it's not clear when we'll be able to find them in our GPUs.
Sony revises forecasts downwards after Xperia sales disappoint
Sony's smartphone business has contracted sharply over the past two years as the company restructures to focus on profits. While the company might appear to be struggling, at least they are no longer bleeding cash.
EU is on the verge of removing roaming charges for good
After June 15, travelers will be able to go anywhere within EU borders without having to pay any extra fees. Everyone will pay the same price, and there will be no exceptions to this rule. Everybody wins.
Smartwatch year-on-year sales barely increased in 2016
While growth was ultimately positive, the increase was insignificant. The total number of smartwatches shipped in 2016 numbered 21.1 million, an increase of 1.4% over the previous year. The Apple Watch is dominating the market by a significant margin.
Mobile gaming revenue now makes more than the global box office
Gaming leaders such as Nintendo and Activision-Blizzard have already recognized the vast potential of this market and are trying to grab a piece of the pie. Mobile gaming now accounts for half of the global digital games market.
LG G6 prototype images may have leaked online
These latest images may offer a glimpse at LG's upcoming flagship. Even though it's still encased in a development shell, the phone's screen size combined with the tiny bezel look very appealing.
Lenovo Tab3 8 Plus full spec details are out
Though news of this device dates back to last September, we're finally getting more information about Lenovo's next Android tablet. Almost everything you wanted to know about the Tab3 8 Plus is now available online.
Meizu Pro 7 leaks additional renders and specs
1800-nit brightness? 10,000:1 contrast? It all sounds a little out there, but the Meizu Pro 7 might surprise us in the end. The way it implements its 4K screen will be particularly exciting to observe.
Oppo R9 replaces iPhone as top selling phone in China
After five years, a mighty titan has been dethroned. Apple's iPhone has finally been supplanted by a fast-growing mid-range smartphone maker Oppo Electronics. Apple will have to impress with the iPhone 7 in order to win Chinese consumers back.
Alcatel may announce a modular smartphone at MWC
One of the phones expected to release at MWC is the Idol 5, which sources say will be modular. The bold design move is certain to stand out from the competition, though modular smartphones have yet to prove widely popular.
Microsoft's Lumia smartphone sales numbers disappoint
Windows Phone may be on its last legs, but Microsoft isn't giving up on smartphones just yet. The upcoming Surface Phone represents all of the company's hopes and dreams when it comes to the mobile market.
Acer has an array of niche laptops planned for 2017
From the monstrous Predator 21 X gaming notebook to the Chromebook 11 N7, Acer has a wide range of laptops coming this year looking to capitalize on a few specific markets that have become the primary drivers of the PC market as consumer demand slows.
Xiaomi won't be at MWC this year
Not long after VP Hugo Barra jumped ship for Facebook, a Xiaomi spokesperson revealed that the Chinese company would not be attending the event. It seems that rumors that Xiaomi would launch the Mi 6 flagship smartphone at around this time were inaccurate.
Samsung Galaxy S8 may be available for purchase around April 21st
Say goodbye to your bezels. Users are finally getting a potential date on which they may purchase a Galaxy S8, which will have a number of interesting features including the curved “infinity” display from the S7 Edge, a new assistant, and USB Type-C port.
Smartphone vendors are focusing on artificial intelligence in 2017
Industry leaders across the board seem to be in agreement that the war for dominance of the smartphone market this year will be in large part decided by the smartphone with the best AI assistant. Who will win the clash between Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant and the upcoming Bixby?
Samsung is not pulling the plug on the Galaxy Note lineup
Samsung is banking on the hope that consumers will forgive them for the unfortunate battery design flaw in the Note 7 that cost the company dearly. The Galaxy Note 8 has a tough job ahead as it aims to win consumers back after a troubling misstep.
Samsung plans "record-breaking marketing campaign" for rumored Galaxy S8 announcement on March 29
Reuters says safety concerns following the review of the Samsung Note 7 may have pushed back the Galaxy S8 launch date from its intended release at Mobile World Congress. Samsung is ramping up marketing efforts to new heights, possibly in a move to compensate for negative perception of the company after the Note 7 recall.
Motorola flagship spotted on Geekbench
The Moto Z (2016) may be getting its successor soon, though details about the hardware inside the phone remain scarce. What is clear thus far is that the phone will feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset.
Apple sues Qualcomm for nearly $1 billion
Qualcomm is embroiled once again in allegations of excessive licensing fees that allegedly discourage innovation and make consumers pay higher prices for their phones and tablets.
iPhone 8 will support wireless charging, reports say
"Industry sources" have provided further confirmation that Apple's next flagship will allow for wireless charging, though it remains to be seen how the company will implement the feature.
Xiaomi is launching a notebook with magnesium-lithium chassis
Not content with the weight of the Mi Notebook Air, Xiaomi intends to outdo its previous effort with an even lighter material, but magnesium-lithium doesn't come cheap.
Apple has three new tablets coming in latter half of 2017
The new tablets are still in the planning phase and aren't expected to release until the latter half of 2017. Still no word on the fate of the iPad Mini, however.
More images of Sony Xperia XA successor discovered
More hints at Sony's successor to the Xperia XA are gradually emerging, but questions remain regarding the actual hardware inside the device.
What Microsoft's foldable device patent could mean for the Surface Phone
A recently-approved patent suggests that the company may be looking into foldable screens for their next device, which many expect to be the Surface Phone. If so, the Surface Phone may not be a smartphone in the usual sense.
LG has designs for foldable phone-tablet hybrid
LG, Samsung, Nokia and Microsoft are exploring various foldable phone concepts that could hit the market as early as Q3 2017. The race is on.
Samsung J7 prototype benchmarks leaked
Leaked benchmarks of the Samsung Galaxy J7 have appeared on Geekbench. Most of the specs are in line with information from previous leaks, but there are a couple of discrepancies, too.
Samsung may not be able to include Harman audio in 2018 devices
A class lawsuit could delay Samsung's acquisition of the US-based auto parts maker which was originally planned to be finalized by the end of 2017. Samsung intends to make every effort to finalize the deal, but it may be a drawn-out process.
HTC to introduce half as many smartphones in 2017
HTC is releasing six to seven phones instead of last year's eleven to twelve, aiming instead to focus on a few key features that can put it ahead of the competition. These devices will need to impress in order to reverse the fortunes of the struggling smartphone maker.
Consumer Reports reverses opinion on Macbook Pros after retests
Following Apple's fixes, the consumer watchdog conducted retests on Macbook Pro laptops and concluded that the battery life consistency was much improved. They now recommend the notebook.
Meizu sets January 27 date for major announcement likely showcasing M5s
A leak in December revealed Meizu's 2017 smartphone launch roadmap, indicating that the company would release the M5s in February. Many expect the M5s to be the focus of the January 27th event.
Xiaomi may launch new Redmi Note in the US
Leaked details of a mysterious Redmi Note-like phone in an alleged FCC filing suggest that Xiaomi is finally ready to make a wider range of devices available for US consumers.
Asus Zenfone Pegasus 3S will be available this month
Among the more expensive of the budget phones, the Zenfone Pegasus 3S's main selling point is its impressively large 5000 mAh battery, which is a substantial improvement over last year's model.