Anil Ganti (Senior Tech Writer)
I've been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I got my first writing gig at the age of 19. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry and a few other publications like Wccftech before joining Notebookcheck in November 2019. I cover a variety of topics including smartphones, gaming, and computer hardware.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti desktops variants could hit shelves sometime in Q2, 2022
A new leak tells us that the desktop version of the GeForce RTX 3050 will run a GA106 GPU with 8GB of VRAM and perform on par with the GTX 1660. Nvidia is expected to launch it and the higher-specced GeForce RTX 3050 Ti sometime in Q2, 2022.
Industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states that Apple's 2022-bound AR headset could support standalone operation
Apple is expected to unveil its first AR headset sometime in 2022, according to Ming-Chi Kuo. He adds that it will perform on par with an M1 Mac and might not require an iPhone/iPad to operate. It could also feature two 4K OLED panels from Sony.
AnTuTu listing confirms key Realme GT 2 Pro spec
Realme's upcoming flagship smartphone, the Realme GT 2 Pro, has made its first AnTuTu appearance. A Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC powers the device, so it managed to net a score of 1,025,215 points. Realme is expected to unveil the GT 2 Pro sometime in early 2022.
We may have to wait until February to see the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 in action
Even though MediaTek unveiled the Dimensity 9000 earlier this month, we'll have to wait until February 2022 to see it in action. It is expected to power the Poco F4 GT and Redmi K50 Gaming Edition. Meanwhile, Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC is rumoured to hit shelves sometime in late December 2021.
The world's first-ever 200MP smartphone camera sensor could debut alongside a Motorola device
Samsung's new 200MP ISOCELL camera sensor could debut alongside a Motorola-branded smartphone sometime in H1, 2021. It is probably the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (Snapdragon 898) powered device we stumbled upon earlier. Xiaomi will follow suit in H2, 2022 and Samsung in 2023.
OnePlus RT and OnePlus Buds Z2 India launch date tipped by new leak
New leaks from Ishan Agarwal and Max Jambor suggest that the OnePlus RT and OnePlus Buds Z2 will be launched in India on December 16. The OnePlus RT is essentially a rebranded version of the OnePlus 9RT launched in China earlier this year.
Indian government to introduce new cryptocurrency-specific laws soon
The Indian government will finally address the burgeoning cryptocurrency issue in the Winter Session of parliament. It plans to regulate crypto-related transactions in the country. A state-backed digital currency is also said to be in the works.
Halo Infinite Multiplayer has a cheater problem less than two weeks after launch
Several Reddit and Twitter users have stumbled upon cheaters in Halo Infinite's multiplayer mode using an aimbot, wallhacks and other software that gives them a competitive advantage. It is frustrating console players as there's no way for them to opt out of playing with PC players.
Oppo could enter the Indian electric car market by 2024
Smartphone maker Oppo has plans to launch an electric car in India by 2024. It will be joined by other BBK-owned companies such as OnePlus and Realme.
Tentative Moto G200 Indian launch date outed by new leak
A new leak online speculates that the Moto G200 could be hitting Indian shores soon. It says that the smartphone is slated for a November 30 launch in India. However, that date is tentative and could be stretched to the second week of December 2021.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 could be launched as the Qualcomm 8 Gen1: Rumour
A new rumour suggests that Qualcomm could drastically change how it names its flagship chipsets. According to leakers Ice Universe and Digital Chat Station, the upcoming Snapdragon 898 is reportedly called the Snapdragon 8 Gen1. Qualcomm is expected to launch the SoC sometime at the end of November 2021.
Questionable MediaTek Dimensity 2000 AnTuTu listing showcases impeccable performance gains over the Dimensity 1200 and Snapdragon 888 Plus
An AnTuTu benchmark result showcasing what appears to be a MediaTek Dimensity 2000 SoC has surfaced online. It netted an overall score of 1,002,220, becoming the first-ever Android smartphone to do so. However, AnTuTu thinks the score could have been manipulated, so it's best to treat it with scepticism.
PS5 stocks to get worse in 2022 as Sony cuts production forecast
A new report from Bloomberg suggests that it will be harder to get your hands on a PS5 in 2022. Sony has reportedly lowered its sales targets due to component shortages. It hopes to sell about 15 million consoles by March 2022 instead of the originally planned 16 million.
Alleged real-world images of Oppo's upcoming tablet surfaces online along with its specifications
Multiple sources have posted an image of what appears to be Oppo's yet-to-be-released tablet. Some of its key specs have been outed, too, which include a Snapdragon 870 SoC, 6GB RAM, 256GB internal storage, and a screen that refreshes at 120Hz. Oppo is expected to unveil the tablet sometime in 2022.
Grand Theft Auto 4 remaster reportedly in the works; will be launched sometime in 2023
An industry insider (RalphsValve) has heard that Rockstar is planning to remaster Grand Theft Auto 4. The game will be launched for all major platforms sometime in 2023. It will be single-player only and include content from the 'Episodes from Liberty City' DLC pack.
Geekbench listing confirms key Intel Core i7-12700H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti mobile specs
An HP Omen 17 variant running the 12th-generation Intel Core i7-12700H Alder Lake processor and laptop version of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti has been spotted online. It scores 90,114 and 127,392 on the Geekbench Vulkan and OpenCL benchmarks, respectively, and confirms that the latter will ship with 16GB of VRAM and 58 SMs.
Alleged Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 Geekbench score showcases remarkable improvement over the Snapdragon 888
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 has shown up on Geekbench. It fares a lot better this time around, with single and multi-core scores of 1,300 and 3,900, respectively. While this is better than the Snapdragon 888's score, it still falls flat against Apple's A15 Bionic.
Activision officially confirms Call of Duty: Vanguard PC system requirements, pre-load date and game size
Activision has divulged a treasure trove of information about the PC version of Call of Duty: Vanguard. Unlike previous games in the franchise, Vanguard has fairly lax system requirements and will take up relatively less space on your hard drive. One can pre-load the game via Battle.net on November 02 at 10:00 PT.
JioPhone Next price revealed by Reliance; leaked retail packaging confirms key specifications
A Twitter user managed to get his hands on the JioPhone Next's retail box. It confirms many of the phone's key specs, such as a 5.7-inch HD+ screen, Qualcomm 215 SoC, 3GB RAM, 13MP rear camera and a 3,500mAh battery. One will have to pay Rs 1,999 (US$27) for the phone upfront and the remaining amount over eighteen or twenty-four months.
Industry insider suggests that Xbox Series X supply could get a lot better in the coming weeks
Industry insider Christopher Dring has heard that Microsoft plans on making more Xbox Series X consoles available to the public this holiday season. The restock comes right before Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite will be launched on the platform.
Microsoft envisions what the Xbox would be like in 2042
A new video on Xbox's official YouTube channel imagines the state of gaming consoles in 2042. Among other things, it would use Quantum-powered hardware capable of 1 quintillion floating-point operations per second (FLOPS), a holographic UI and a personal AI. Games would be playable at a resolution of 32K, 480 FPS.
Age of Empires IV's Min Spec Mode will let you run the game on old hardware
Age of Empires IV developers World's Edge and Relic Entertainment have unveiled a new 'Min Spec Mode'. It compromises the visual quality, resolution, and number of people you can play with at one time. The mode is tailor-made for users running older, less powerful PCs.
Qualcomm launches four new SoCs for a wide range of mobile devices
The Snapdragon 480+, Snapdragon 680 4G, Snapdragon 695 5G and Snapdragon 778G + 5G are Qualcomm's newest mobile SoCs. They offer incremental upgrades over their predecessors. We can expect to see them in action alongside Xiaomi, Motorola, Oppo, Vivo, and more devices.
Motorola slated to launch its first Snapdragon 888-powered smartphone soon
A new leak suggests that Motorola could launch the Moto G200 under the Motorola Edge 30 moniker in China soon. The phone's key specs include a 144Hz screen, 8GB RAM, a Snapdragon 888 SoC and a 108MP primary camera sensor.
PUBG: New State will be launched on Android and iOS on November 11 in over 200 countries
Krafton has officially revealed the launch date for PUBG: New state. The game succeeds the company's crown jewel, PUBG Mobile. PUBG: New State will hit Android and iOS devices on November 11, 2021 and bring forth several improvements, such as improved graphics and new gameplay mechanics.
Xbox Series S and Series X storage expansion card now available in 512GB and 2TB flavours
Microsoft has unveiled two new Seagate expansion cards for the Xbox Series S|X. The 512GB variant will cost US$140, and it is available for pre-order in the United States. On the other hand, the 2TB version costs US$399 and will be available for pre-order sometime in November 2021.
Razer's newest Kunai RGB fans, Hanbo AIO liquid coolers, and Katana power supplies are now official
Razer has launched four new products for PC building enthusiasts. They include the Razer Kunai RGB fans, Razer Hanbo AIO liquid cooler, Razer Katana power supply and a Razer-branded fan controller. The RGB fans and controller are available for purchase now, while the remaining parts will hit shelves later in the year.
God of War PC release date confirmed by Sony; will be available via Steam and the Epic Games Store
Sony has officially announced that God of War (2018) will be available on PC soon. It includes several improvements such as ultra-wide (21:9) support, Nvidia DLSS, and unlocked framerates. The game is up for pre-order now and will be playable on January 15, 2022.
Ubisoft could unveil a new Splinter Cell game sometime in 2022
Multiple sources have indicated that Ubisoft is working on a new Splinter Cell game. It is in the early stages of development and could be shown off sometime in 2022.
Apple adds a dash of colour to the HomePod Mini; new Apple Music plan also unveiled
The Apple HomePod Mini speakers are now available in a total of five colourways, namely space grey, white, yellow, orange, and blue. The company has also unveiled the new Apple Music Voice plan that is tailor-made for Siri. It will cost US$4.99 per month and will be available in select regions later this year.
Acer Aspire Vero officially launched in Europe with EUR 799 price tag
The Acer Aspire Vero laptop's price and availability in Europe have been revealed. It will be available for purchase in November 2021 for EUR 799. Its key specs include a 15.6-inch IPS LCD panel, 11th-generation Intel Tiger Lake processors, 16GB RAM and Wi-Fi 6.
Flipkart sends user iPhone SE instead of iPhone 12; another unfortunate customer gets bars of soap
A Flipkart customer took to Twitter to complain that he received an iPhone SE instead of the iPhone 12 that he purchased. Similarly, another person received two bars of soaps instead of the smartphone. While the former's matter is still under investigation, the latter has confirmed that he has received a full refund.
Twitch hit by massive hack that reveals its entire source code and more
A 125GB torrent containing the entirety of streaming site Twitch.tv has been posted online. It allegedly includes the website's source code, information about streamer revenue and mentions of Amazon's unreleased digital storefront. Twitch has not publicly acknowledged the breach yet.
MediaTek Dimensity 2000 to feature an ARM Cortex-X2 CPU core; will allegedly perform on par with the Snapdragon 898
A new rumour states that the MediaTek Dimensity is up to 25% more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 898. Both chipsets are slated to share an identical core configuration (1xCortex-X2 + 3xCortex-A710 + 4xCortex-A510), but the Dimensity 1200 will use an ARM Mali G79 GPU.
Microsoft and AMD are reportedly developing an Arm processor for laptops
A new rumour from South Korea suggests that Microsoft and AMD are developing an Arm processor for laptops. It will use Cortex-X1 CPU cores, an AMD mRDNA2 GPU with 8CUs, and an Exynos 5G modem. The mystery SoC will be fabbed on TSMC's 5nm node.
Nintendo shuts down rumours about a 4K Switch being launched later this year
A recent Bloomberg report stated that Nintendo was working on a 4K-capable Switch. Nintendo took to Twitter to deny the existence of any such console. It reiterated that only the Nintendo Switch OLED would be launching this year (2021) on October 7.
Forza Horizon 5 PC system requirements reveal support for a wide range of hardware, including the aged Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
The recommended PC system requirements for Forza Horizon 5 have been revealed ahead of the game's November 9 launch. The game can run on a variety of hardware and works with most popular steering wheels. It supports 21:9 monitors and haptic feedback on Xbox controllers across all platforms.
OnePlus Nord 2 charger explodes for no apparent reason; company pins the blame on voltage fluctuations
A Twitter user claims that his OnePlus Nord 2's charger spontaneously exploded when it was connected to the wall. The actual smartphone was unplugged and did not sustain any damage. OnePlus investigated the issue and determined its cause to be voltage fluctuations.
EA reveals Battlefield 2042 system requirements and open beta dates
The Battlefield 2042 open beta still kick off on October 6 for early adapters and October 8 for everyone else. EA has also listed the system requirements needed to play the beta. Those are likely tentative and could change with the game's final release.
Alibaba bans all cryptocurrency miner sales on its platform
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has just announced a ban on cryptocurrency miners and related paraphernalia on its website. Sales will be allowed till October 8, following which the listings will be deleted on October 15.
Honor MagicBook Pro 16 to be launched in China on September 26; high-refresh-rate display teased
Honor has confirmed that it will unveil the MagicBook Pro 16 in China on September 26. The laptop will ship with a 144Hz screen and a few other upgrades, such as 11th-generation Intel Tiger Lake and AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors.
The entire GeForce RTX 3000 Super series' specs have been leaked online
Veteran leaker @kopite7kimi has shared information about Nvidia's upcoming graphics cards, including the GeForce RTX 3090 Super, RTX 3080 Super, RTX 3070 Super and RTX 3060 Super. The SKUs are slated to offer incremental upgrades over their base variants, such as faster VRAM and more CUDA cores.
Alleged Google Pixel 6 Pro hands-on video showcases camera sensors, glossy design and curved screen
We have our first look at what could be the Google Pixel 6 Pro out in the wild, thanks to a video posted by YouTube content creator This Is Tech Today. It showcases the smartphone's key design elements, such as a curved screen, hole-punch selfie camera, rear glass and triple-camera array.
The iPhone 14 Pro could upgrade its primary camera to 48MP
Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo speculates that the iPhone 14 Pro could use a 48MP camera module. He also confirms an earlier leak stating that the smartphone will ditch the notch in favour of a hole-punch design.
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 price and specifications revealed by new report
A post from the South Korean tech forum Naver tells us about the upcoming Microsoft Surface Duo 2. Its specs could include two 5.8-inch high-refresh-rate OLED panels, a Snapdragon 888 SoC, triple rear cameras and a 4,400mAh battery. The foldable is said to cost around US$1,500 at launch.
PS4 System Software Update 9.00 reportedly causing performance issues in some consoles
Many users have complained about degraded performance on their consoles after installing the latest PS4 System Software Update 9.00. While many consoles are unaffected, a few have been rendered unusable. Sony is yet to issue a statement on the matter.
A15 Bionic's Geekbench performance spells doom for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and Exynos 2200
Apple's shiny new A15 Bionic SoC made its first-ever appearance on Geekbench. Its single and multi-core scores were 1,738 and 4,799, respectively. Similarly, it scored 14,216 on Geekbench's graphics-intensive Metal benchmark.
The Redmi 10 has been officially launched in Europe
Xiaomi has officially launched the Redmi 10 in Europe. Its specs are on par with its international variant, which includes a 90Hz LCD screen, a MediaTek Helio G88, 50MP quad rear cameras and a 5,000mAh battery. It will hit shelves on October 1 and retail for EUR 179.
Mi Smart Projector 2 launched in Europe with Android TV and an in-built Bluetooth speaker
Xiaomi has launched the Mi Smart Projector 2 in Europe. It has a peak brightness of 500 ANSI Lumens, a throw ratio of 1:2:1, covers 154% of the REC 709 colour gamut and runs Android TV 9.0 out of the box. Its price is set at €599 (US$708), putting it on the expensive end of the spectrum.
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini launched with slightly upgraded cameras and a new A15 Bionic chipset
Apple's entry-level iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are finally official. Both phones bring some QoL upgrades to the cameras and battery life. The former will cost US$699 and the latter US$799. Pre-orders are live now, and the devices will be available for purchase starting on September 24.
HTC A100: Low-cost tablet unveiled in Russia with a UNISOC SoC and 8GB RAM
HTC has launched a new affordable tablet called the HTC A100. Its key specs include a 10.1-inch IPS LCD screen, a UNISOC Tiger T618 SoC, a 7,000mAh battery and two rear cameras. It costs 19,990 Rubles (US$275) and is available for purchase only in Russia.
God Of War Ragnarok trailer teases new gameplay mechanics, combat, antagonists, and more
Santa Monica Studios finally showed off the upcoming God of War Ragnarok via its first-ever trailer. It sheds light on some new gameplay elements, the game's antagonists, i.e. Freya and Thor, and a few in-game locations. There's no telling when God of War Ragnarok will be launched, but we can expect it to happen sometime in 2022 or 2023.
Realme 8s and Realme 8i launched in India with large batteries, new MediaTek chipsets, and affordable price tags
The Realme 8s and Realme 8i have been officially launched in India. Both phones are pretty feature-rich and fall under the highly competitive sub-INR 20,000 (US$271) segment. They will be available for purchase via Flipkart and Realme's official website starting on September 13
Microsoft could launch an upgraded Xbox Series S in 2022; Xbox Series X to follow suit in 2023
YouTuber Moore's Law Is Dead has heard from his sources that Microsoft has a new Xbox Series S in store for us. It is slated to use an APU based on TSMC's 6N node, which will ship with additional CUs. The console will allegedly hit shelves in late 2022 for around US$350.
The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is the newest high-end Android tablet in town
Lenovo's newest Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is a high-end tablet that packs some impressive specifications, including a Snapdragon 870 SoC, a 12.6-inch AMOLED screen clocked at 120Hz, and a 10,200mAh battery that supports 45W fast charging. It will be available for purchase in October 2021.
Lenovo Tab P11 5G launched with a 2K LCD screen, Snapdragon 750G, 7,000mAh battery, and more
Lenovo has launched a new mid-range tablet called the Lenovo Tab P11 5G. Its specifications include an 11-inch LCD screen, up to 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, and a 7,000mAh battery that supports 20W fast charging. It will be available for purchase in October 2021 for EUR 499 (US$591).
Lenovo Smart Wireless Earbuds launched with ANC and a US$99.99 price tag
The Lenovo Smart Wireless Earbuds have been launched with 11mm drivers, six microphones, ANC and IPX4 water resistance. Lenovo promises up to seven hours of battery life with ANC disabled. The earbuds will be available for purchase in Q3 2021.
Far Cry 3 is free on the Ubisoft store, but for a limited time only
Ubisoft is giving away Far Cry 3 on the Ubisoft store. The giveaway ends on September 11 and is valid only for PC users. Far Cry 3 is undoubtedly one of the better games in the franchise, and the giveaway is likely to hype up players for Far Cry 6, which will be launched on October 7.
Realme 8i and Realme 8s specs leaked online; both smartphones will run MediaTek SoCs
A new leak from Twitter tells us everything we need to know about the upcoming Realme 8i and Realme 8s. Both phones will run new MediaTek chipsets, but only the latter will be 5G-enabled. Realme is expected to unveil both smartphones alongside the Realme Pad on September 9.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 shows up on Geekbench for the first time
Qualcomm's upcoming high-end SoC, the Snapdragon 888, made its Geekbench debut alongside a Vivo smartphone. Its single and multi-cores of 720 and 1,919 are lower than its predecessor, but this could be due to the SoC not operating at peak capacity.
Uncharted The Naughty Dog PC Collection slated for a September 6 reveal; will allegedly feature all five Uncharted games
A new leak from ResetEra tells us that Sony plans to bring all five Uncharted games to PC soon. The bundle will be announced on September 6 and will be available on Steam and the Epic Games Store.
Retailer shows off massive consignment of AMD graphics cards earmarked for cryptocurrency mining rigs
A Bahrain-based retailer just showed off a massive shipment of AMD RDNA2 graphics cards, including the Radeon RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT and RX 6700 XT. The firm exclusively deals with cryptocurrency miners, so most of those cards will likely end up in mining rigs.
Indian Government working on a bill that could ban all VPN services in the country
The Indian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs wants the Government to ban VPN services in India. It cites a rise in cybercrime and the fact that one can assess the 'dark web' using a VPN as the reasons.
China further restricts minors' gaming time to one hour a day for three days a week
The Chinese Government has introduced a new rule that will allow minors to play online games for an hour on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays between 8 PM and 9 PM. It is also working with game developers, teachers and parents to educate children about the ill effects of gaming addiction.
The MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC will make its debut alongside a Realme smartphone soon
Realme India has confirmed that one of its upcoming smartphones will run the new MediaTek Dimensity 810 chipset. The only device that fits the bill is the Realme 8s. Realme is expected to launch it sometime in September 2021.
Halo Infinite release date briefly outed by Microsoft Store listing
It seems that Microsoft's own store accidentally let slip the Halo Infinite launch date. The listing says that the game is slated to be launched on December 8. Sources familiar with the matter have confirmed that the aforementioned date is correct.
Realme 8i specs revealed: MediaTek Helio G96, 120Hz screen, 50MP triple rear cameras, and more
Realme is all set to launch the world's first MediaTek Helio G96-powered smartphone, the Realme 8i. The mid-ranger is rumoured to ship with a 120Hz screen, 50MP primary camera sensor, and a 5,000mAh battery.
Asus silently resurrects the Kepler-based GeForce GT 730
Asus has revived the nearly seven-year-old Nvidia GeForce GT 730. Its key specs include 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM, 384 CUDA cores and four HDMI 1.4 ports. Information about its price and availability is unknown for now.
Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics cards will continue to be scarce till the end of 2022
In a recent earnings call, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang stated that the company would have trouble keeping up with demand for its GeForce RTX graphics cards. The shortage will likely continue till the end of 2022, the statement adds.
Bangladesh could soon ban PUBG Mobile, Garena Free Fire, TikTok, and other apps for three months
The Bangladesh High Court has asked the government to ban popular mobile apps such as PUBG Mobile, Garena Free Fire, TikTok, Likee and Bigo Live for three months. The court claims that the apps affect the country's youth, giving the authorities ten days to comply.
CD Projekt Red highlights key Cyberpunk 2077 patch 1.3 features
Cyberpunk 2077 is all set to receive a new update soon. Patch 1.3 will let players reset their perks in real-time and add a few minor QoL upgrades to the game's UI. The developers will tell us more about the update on August 17 on Twitch.
TSMC will manufacture some of Intel's 3nm hardware starting in July 2022
Sources familiar with the matter have told a Chinese news outlet that Intel is one of the first customers for TSMC's 3nm node. The Taiwanese chipmaker has earmarked an entirely new factory for the task, which will churn out Intel server processors and graphics cards. Mass production is expected to start sometime in H2, 2022.
Snapdragon 898 engineering sample promises 20% faster performance, but thermals continue to remain a problem
Weibo leaker Digital Chat Station stumbled upon an early Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 engineering sample. It was 20% faster than its predecessor, but the chip ran quite hot. Qualcomm is expected to unveil the Snapdragon 898 sometime in December 2021.
The AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX could debut alongside an Asus laptop soon
A Newegg listing of the AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX-powered Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo SE was spotted online. Its specs include a GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB NVMe SSD. The Cezanne-based processor was also spotted on the Userbenchmark database.
Asus is reportedly working on a Snapdragon 888+ powered ROG Phone 5s
A new leak from Twitter says that Asus has a new gaming smartphone in store for us. It is called the ROG Phone 5s and it will allegedly run Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 888+ SoC. Asus is expected to launch the device on August 16.
Tencent will let minors play Honor of Kings only for an hour on weekdays
Chinese behemoth Tencent has enacted new measures to curb gaming addiction among minors. People under 18 will now be allowed to play Honor of Kings only for an hour on weekdays and two hours on weekends/public holidays. There are additional limitations on how much money minors can spend on in-app purchases, too.
Diablo Immortal launch date pushed back to H1 2022; controller support to be added along with other QoL improvements to PvP and PvE
Blizzard has announced that Diablo Immortal will be launched sometime in H1 2022. The company states that it is improving the single and multiplayer aspects of the game, character progression, and a few other things, such as controller support.
Hackers dump FIFA 21 source code online after failing to find any buyers
A group of hackers that hoped to make a quick buck by selling FIFA 21's source code have now dumped the whole thing online weeks after nobody expressed interest in buying it. The code in question didn't have any personal information, which is why it didn't drum up much interest.
PS5 SSD storage expansion is finally here, but only on the beta firmware version
Sony has announced that the next PS5 beta firmware will let users expand their storage via an NVMe SSD. The SSDs need to be PCIe Gen 4 compatible and offer a sequential read speed of at least 5,500MB/s. Drive capacities can range between 250GB and 4TB.
Sony manages to sell over 10 million PS5 units despite global semiconductor shortage
Sony has announced that the PS5 has sold over 10 million units globally eight months after the console was launched in November 2020. The sky-high demand for the console, combined with new features like the DualSense controller and fast SSD, seems to have driven sales.
Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 gaming monitor launched with a 1440p 144Hz mini LED panel, 2,000 nits peak brightness, and more
Samsung's newest Odyssey Neo G9 gaming monitor is finally here. Some of its key specifications include a 49-inch QHD curved mini LED panel with a refresh rate of 240Hz and 2,000 nits peak brightness. It supports Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) technology, Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium. The monitor costs US$ 2,499 and will be available for pre-order on July 29.
Malaysian police steamroll over 1,000 Bitcoin mining ASICs seized from an illegal mining farm
Police in the Malaysian city of Miri busted a Bitcoin mining operation that used over 1,000 ASICs. The authorities then proceeded to run a steamroller over the equipment and captured it on video. Bitcoin mining isn't illegal in Malaysia, but the perpetrators were charged with stealing RM8.4 million (US$1.9 million) worth of power from the city grid.
Alleged Ukrainian cryptocurrency mining operation with 3,800 PS4 Slims was actually designed for grinding FIFA Ultimate Team coins
It seems that the Ukrainian crypto mining setup that used PS4 Slims for the task was something less sinister. An investigation by a local news agency revealed that it was little more than a network to grind FIFA Ultimate Team coins, which would subsequently end up being sold on third-party websites.
Razer Sneki Snek Slippers launched as a part of its forest conservation program
Razer has launched some new gaming footwear called the Sneki Snek Slippers. It is meant to keep your feet comfortable during long gaming sessions, and Razer will plant ten trees for every unit sold. They are available for sale on Razer's official website for US$49.
Capcom promises fix for Resident Evil Village performance issues on PC
A Capcom spokesperson has stated that the company is aware of Resident Evil Village's performance issues on PC due to Denuvo. Although they didn't mention the exact timeline, a fix should be coming soon.
Bethesda accidentally Tweets about Mass Effect merchandise twice in an hour
The Twitter handle that deals with Bethesda merchandise inadvertently Tweeted about some new Mass Effect goodies two times within an hour. Bioware and Bethesda use the same company (Dpipromo) for merch-related things, meaning an employee likely forgot to switch handles.
Razer Blade 15 Base Model finally gets a Tiger Lake-H refresh
Razer has upgraded the Blade 15 Base with current-generation hardware such as the Intel Core i7-11800H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070. Key Razer Blade 15 Base Model specs include a 15.4-inch QHD screen clocked at 165Hz, 16GB of 3,200MT/s RAM, a 512GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, and a 65Wh battery. Pre-orders are open on Razer's website, with prices starting at US$1,799/€1,899.
AMD's Zen 4-based desktop processors will reportedly ship with a maximum of 16 cores and up to 170W TDP
Multiple sources have confirmed that AMD's next-generation Zen 4 processors will limit the core count to 16 on the top model (Ryzen 9 6950X), which has a maximum TDP of 170W. The remaining SKUs are said to be rated at 120W, 105W, 95W and 65W.
Cyberpunk 2077 was the best selling PS4 game in June 2021 despite Sony's warnings about its performance
Cyberpunk 2077 made a quiet return to the PlayStation Store on June 21. It is now the best selling game on the PS4 for June 2021, which is quite an impressive feat for a title that has been on the platform for nine days. Furthermore, Sony also recommended PS4 players to steer clear of the title, given its inability to run properly on the base console.
Realme Book: New leak reveals the laptop's design, specifications and tentative price
Some new Realme Book renders confirm the notebook's MacBook-like aesthetic and shed light on key design elements such as the chassis, number of ports, and overall dimensions. Realme is expected to unveil the laptop in India sometime in August 2021. Its price will allegedly start at INR 40,000 (US$536/€452).
Ukrainian authorities crack down on alleged cryptocurrency mining operation that used over 3,000 PlayStation 4 consoles
The Security Service of Ukraine shut down an illegal cryptocurrency mining operation in the city of Vinnytsia. Authorities seized over 3,800 PlayStation 4 consoles, 500 graphics cards, processors, notebooks and other peripherals from the site. The perpetrators also tried to conceal that unusually high electricity usage using fraudulent methods.
OnePlus India accidentally sings praises of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's S Pen
The official OnePlus India Twitter handle erroneously posted a Tweet about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. It was promptly deleted, but eagle-eyed users managed to screenshot it. OnePlus seems to have taken the whole incident in good spirit and implored Samsung to return the favour.
Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders: Asus and Qualcomm's high-end smartphone is official for an eye-watering price of US$1,499
Asus and Qualcomm have worked together to launch the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders. Its key specifications include a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen clocked at 144Hz, 64MP triple rear cameras, a Snapdragon 888 chipset, a 4,000mAh battery with 65W fast charging support, Wi-Fi 6E and Qualcomm Sound compatibility. The device will retail at US$1,499 and will be available for purchase in August 2021.
The International 10 DOTA 2 Championships schedule and location announced; tournament to be held in Bucharest, Romania
Valve has officially announced that The International 10 DOTA 2 Championships will be held in Romania. Group stages will take place between October 7 and 10, followed by the main event, which will span across October 12 to 17, at Arena Nationala, Bucharest. Valve will tell us more about ticket availability and prices at a later date.
Assassin's Creed Infinity: Ubisoft confirms existence of online game service set in the Assassin's Creed universe
Ubisoft has officially acknowledged that it is working on Assassin's Creed Infinity. The online multiplayer game will incorporate elements from all Assassin's Creed games and keep things fresh by adding new content from time to time. Ubisoft's Montreal and Quebec studios will be working on the project together.
New concept renders envision Vivo's smartphone with an embedded drone
Vivo filed a patent for a smartphone that could house an entire mini-drone inside of it. Some new concept renders of the device have emerged online, giving us a rough idea about how it would operate. The drone will draw power from the phone's battery and serve as a suspended camera of sorts.
Ethereum network's overall processing power plummets by 17%; Chinese government's anti-cryptocurrency measure likely to blame
The Ethereum network's overall hash rate dropped from 610,832 GH/s to 505,770 GH/s within a month. It tells us that miners are no longer willing or able to mine the cryptocurrency. This could likely be due to the Chinese government's crackdown on cryptocurrency mining operations within its borders.
OnePlus Nord 2 AI Benchmark listing confirms that it will run a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset
The OnePlus Nord 2 has shown up online on the AI Benchmark database. Its listing suggests that the smartphone will run a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset and feature 8GB of RAM. This makes the OnePlus Nord 2 the first-ever OnePlus smartphone to run a MediaTek SoC.
Lenovo upgrades the Tab M8 with a MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, a USB Type-C port, and more
Lenovo has upgraded the Tab M8 with some new hardware and software. Its key specs include an 8-inch screen, a MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, 5,100mAh battery, a USB Type-C port, up to 64GB of internal storage and Android 11 support. The tablet will hit shelves in select markets later this year.
Lenovo's low-cost Tab M7 gets a third-generation refresh
Lenovo has launched the third iteration of its entry-level Tab M7. It packs a 7-inch IPS LCD panel, a quad-core MediaTek SoC, a 3,750mAh battery and runs Android 11 Go Edition out of the box. The tablet will retail for US$110 and will be available for purchase in July 2021.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 4's battery could support 80W wireless charging
A new report from a Chinese news outlet suggests that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 will ship with a colossal 5,000mAh battery. It supports 120W fast charging over a cable and 80W wirelessly. However, one will very likely require a proprietary wireless charger to hit those speeds.
MIUI code reveals screen and camera specs of several upcoming Xiaomi smartphones
Xiaomi is allegedly working on 13 new smartphones, according to some snippets found within the MIUI code. Some of the devices will ship with a high-refresh-rate screen, under-display selfie camera and high-end camera modules.
Nvidia and Bethesda's new bundle gets you a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti at MSRP and a few other goodies, but only 300 people can buy it
Three hundred lucky gamers will be able to play Doom Eternal in all of its ray-traced glory thanks to the Doom Eternal GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Demon Slayer Bundle. It costs US$1,450 and gets you a copy of the game, a graphics card and a host of other goodies. Unfortunately, only people based in North America, Europe and Australia can participate in the raffle.
Leaked Samsung Galaxy S22 camera specifications showcase a modest improvement over the Galaxy S21 series
Some alleged Samsung Galaxy S22 camera specs have emerged online. The leak tells us that the smartphones could use a 50MP primary sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 12MP telephoto lens that offers up to 3x optical zoom.
Id Software and Machine Games are reportedly working on a Quake remaster
Industry insider Shpeshal Nick says that there is a Quake remaster in the works. Both Id Software and Machine games are said to be working on the game, which is expected to feature single and multiplayer elements.
The Chinese government is cracking down on cryptocurrency mining operations in the Sichuan province
The Chinese government has started targeting cryptocurrency mining operations in the Sichuan province. Local electricity companies have been instructed to cut power to large-scale mining firms. As a result, some companies have relocated to the United States, while others could set up shop in neighbouring Kazakhstan.
The Lenovo ThinkVision P34w-20 monitor is now official with a 34-inch QHD panel, USB hub, and more
Lenovo has launched a new monitor called the ThinkVision P34w-20. Key specs include a 34-inch 1440p panel, HDR10 compatibility, 300 nits brightness, a DP out port, and a USB hub. It will cost US$899 and hit shelves sometime in Q4 2021.
Lenovo launches a new Thunderbolt Dock alongside its notebooks and monitor
The Lenovo ThinkPad Thunderbolt 4 Workstation Dock is now official. It comes with a wide selection of ports, including HDMI 2.1, DP 1.4, USB Type-C and more. Users can buy the dock for US$419 in Q4 2021.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE launch could be delayed due to global chip shortage
A new report says that Samsung may hold off on launching the Galaxy S21 FE in August. It seems that the company has trouble procuring the Snapdragon 888 chipsets that power the smartphone. Another rumour suggests that Samsung could postpone the entire Galaxy Unpacked event by a month or two.
The Epic Games Store is giving away Control for free
Remedy Entertainment's surreal third-person shooter Control is now free on the Epic Games Store. All you need to grab your copy is an Epic Games account. It will remain free till June 17 on the platform.
New leak sheds light on Realme's first-ever laptop, the Realme Book
Realme is all set to enter the highly competitive laptop market. Some renders of the Realme Book has shown up online, and it draws heavy inspiration from MacBooks. While its launch date is unknown, we can expect Realme to sell it for an affordable price.
The curious case of missing CUDA cores: Dell G15 listing suggests that its GeForce RTX 3060 isn't as powerful as it should be
Dell may be up to its CUDA core cannibalizing shenanigans again. A cursory glance at the Dell G15 listing tells us that its CUDA core count is set at 3,584 instead of 3,840. One could have dismissed it as an error had it not been for Dell's recent Alienware m15 R5 debacle. Update: The GeForce 3060 on the Dell G15 has the correct number of CUDA cores
Moto G Stylus 5G now official in the US with a Snapdragon 480, 5,000mAh battery, and more
Motorola has launched a new low-cost 5G smartphone in the US. The Moto G Stylus 5G comes with significant upgrades, such as a newer Snapdragon chipset and a new stylus design. It will hit shelves on June 14 and cost US$400.
Xiaomi reportedly planning to restart its mobile SoC division
A new report from China tells us that Xiaomi could resurrect its long-dead mobile chipset department. The company is allegedly in the process of hiring staff and securing patents for an in-house smartphone SoC.
Samsung Galaxy S22 series unlikely to get an under-display camera due to production and quality issues
A new report from a South Korean news outlet tells us that the Samsung Galaxy S22 series might not feature an under-display selfie camera. Poor yields, combined with less than ideal image quality, prompted Samsung to take the step. However, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is still on track to debut the technology.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 could be significantly cheaper than their predecessors
A new leak suggests that Samsung plans on making its upcoming foldable smartphones a bit more affordable. Both the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 could be 20% cheaper than their antecedents.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti's hash rate limiter also targets other mining algorithms
A cryptocurrency miner has confirmed that Nvidia's hash rate limiter works as intended on the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. Hash rates for Altcoins such as Ethereum Classic, Ergo, and RavenCoin appear to be significantly lower, too.
Key details about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888's successor emerge online
Noted leaker Evan Blass has shed light on what the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888's successor could have in store for us. The chipset, codenamed SM8450, will use TSMC's 4nm manufacturing node and ship with ARM's new CPU cores, an Adreno 730 GPU, and an integrated X65 5G modem.
Huawei MateView and MateView GT launched in Germany; prices start at EUR 549
The Huawei MateView and MateView GT are now official in Germany. The former is a creator-specific 4K monitor, while the latter is a curved, 165Hz WQHD SKU earmarked for gamers. Prices start at EUR 549 for the MateView GT and EUR 699 for the MateView.
The Huawei MatePad Pro is now official in Germany with a Kirin 9000, 16:10 OLED panel, and more
Huawei has launched a new high-end tablet in Germany called the Huawei MatePad Pro. It features a 12.6-inch OLED screen, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, a 10,000mAh battery and HarmonyOS 2.0. It will retail at EUR 799 and will hit shelves on June 13.
Huawei MatePad 11 launched in Germany with a 120Hz LCD screen and high-end Qualcomm SoC for EUR 399
The Huawei Mate Pad 11 is now official in Germany. It runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a 7,250mAh battery. It costs EUR 399 and will be available for purchase on July 13.
iPhone 13 series battery capacities revealed by a new leak
The iPhone 13 Pro Max is slated to ship with a much larger battery compared to its predecessor, according to a new leak. It will allegedly feature a 4,325mAh cell, which is significantly higher than the 3,687mAh unit on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro will both run 3,095mAh batteries.
The Asus ROG Strix G17 Advantage Edition is finally here with a 165Hz QHD screen, AMD Radeon RX 6800M, and more
Asus has modified its high-end ROG Strix G17 gaming laptop with an AMD graphics card. The Asus ROG Strix G17 Advantage Edition features a Ryzen 9 5900HX processor, a Radeon RX 6800M GPU, 32GB of DDR4-3,200 RAM and a high-refresh-rate screen.
New leak sheds light on OnePlus Nord CE 5G specs and launch date
OnePlus is all set to launch the OnePlus Nord CE 5G on June 10 in India and some European countries. Some of its key specs include a Snapdragon 750G chipset, 64MP triple rear cameras, and a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen that refreshes at 90Hz.
Intel launches four new Tiger Lake desktop processors for small form-factor machines
The Intel Core i9-11900KB, Core i7-11700B, Core i5-11500B, and Core i3-11100B are now official. All four desktop processors are based on the 10nm Tiger Lake architecture. They are custom-made for small form-factor machines and may not be available to the general public.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra prices and specifications revealed by a new leak
Samsung will reportedly launch three tablets as a part of its Galaxy Tab S8 series. The maxed-out Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra has some interesting specs, such as a 14.6-inch OLED screen clocked at 120Hz, a 12,000mAh battery, and two front-facing cameras. Its 5G variant could retail at KRW 1,669,000(US$1,498).
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ fails to impress in its first Geekbench showing
Qualcomm's H2 2021 flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 888+, has made an appearance on Geekbench. It single and multi-core scores of 1,110 and 3,587 are on par with the Snapdragon 888's average. However, its Cortex-X1 core is clocked at 3.0GHz, indicating that it is a Snapdragon 888+.
Acer Chromebook 317: World's first-ever 17-inch Chromebook is now official alongside the Chromebook 314
Acer has launched Chromebook 317 and 314 with some interesting specs. The Chromebook 317 comes with a 17-inch screen and Intel processors, while the Chromebook 314 has a 14-inch screen and a MediaTek processor. Prices start at US$379 for the 317 and US$269 for the 314.
The Acer Predator CG437K gaming monitor is now official with a 42-inch 4K panel, 120Hz refresh rate, addressable LED strips and more
Acer's new high-end gaming monitor is finally here. The Predator CG437K has a 42-inch 4K panel that refreshes at 120Hz, Nvidia G-Sync support, VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification and more. It will hit shelves in November 2021 for EUR 1,599 (US$1,947).
Acer Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop refreshed with a 4K mini-LED screen, 11th generation Intel Tiger Lake-H processors, and more
Acer's top-of-the-line Predator Helios 500 gaming notebook has received a significant upgrade. It now ships with an Intel Core i9-11980HK processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card with 16GB VRAM, and a 17.2-inch 4K 120Hz mini-LED screen. It will be available for purchase sometime in Q3 2021, starting at EUR 2,499 (US$3,042).
Acer Predator Orion 3000 gaming desktop now configurable with an Intel Core i7-11700 and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
Acer has refreshed its Predator Orion 300 (P03-630) gaming desktop with current-generation hardware, including an Intel Core i7-11700 processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card. Gamers can buy the entry-level SKU in June 2021 for EUR 1,099 (US$1,337).
The Acer Nitro 50 gaming desktop gets a Rocket Lake and Ampere refresh
Acer has updated the hardware on its Nitro 50 desktop. One can now pick between 11th-generation Intel Rocket Lake and the AMD Ryzen 5000 series of processors. GPU options max out at the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. Its entry-level model costs EUR 999 (US$1,216).
The Bitcoin exodus has begun; cryptocurrency mining firms relocating to North America following the Chinese Government's new restrictions.
One Chinese firm is reportedly relocating to North America after the Chinese Government's new restrictions on cryptocurrencies. It plans on setting up facilities in Texas (USA) and Alberta (Canada). A few other firms have already ceased operations in China following the announcement.
The Lenovo Yoga Pad Pro is now official in China with a micro-HDMI port, built-in kickstand, 16:10 display, and more
Lenovo has the Yoga Pad Pro tablet in China for CNY 3,300 (US$515). Some of its key specs include a 13-inch LCD panel, a Snapdragon 870 SoC, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, and a 10,000mAh battery. One can use the tablet as an external monitor, too, via the included micro-HDMI port.
New leak envisions what the AM5 socket could look like and highlights key AMD Ryzen 7000 Raphael specs
We now have a rough idea about what AMD's Zen 4 Raphael-based processors could look like. The AMD Ryzen 7000 series of CPUs are tipped to support DDR5 RAM, feature 28 PCIe 4.0 lanes and a TDP of 120W (170W for some models). Rumours suggest that AMD is slated to launch these processors sometime in late 2022
China tightens restrictions on Bitcoin; large-scale mining operations likely to be targetted
The Chinese Government has announced that it will further crack down on Bitcoin. The statement doesn't mention any specifics, but we're probably looking at additional restrictions on mining farms and cryptocurrency exchanges.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G now official with a 12.4-inch screen, Snapdragon 750G SoC, 10,900mAh battery, and more
Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G tablet in Germany. Some of its key specs include a 12.4-inch WXQGA (2,560 x 1,600) LCD panel, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and a 10,900mAh battery that supports 45W fast charging. Its price is set at EUR 649 (US$792).
OnePlus Watch Cyberpunk 2077 Edition launch date set for May 24 in China
OnePlus is all set to launch a Cyberpunk 2077-themed OnePlus Watch in China. Much like the limited-edition OnePlus 8T, the wearable will use UI elements from the game, such as a black and yellow colour scheme, font, and more. There is no word about its global launch just yet.
New Google Pixel 6 Pro renders shed light on camera bump, screen size, thickness, and more
We now have yet another look at the Google Pixel 6 Pro, thanks to some fresh renders that emerged online. They showcase the phone's obnoxiously large camera bump and tell us about some key specs, such as its screen size, thickness, and more.
HP Omen 17 and Omen 16 refreshed with Intel Tiger Lake-H processors, a 165Hz screen, Nvidia RTX 3000 series graphics cards, and more
HP has upgraded the hardware on its Omen 16 and Omen 17 gaming laptops. One can configure the latter with an Intel Core i9-11900H processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, while the former is restricted to an Intel Core 17-11800H/AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX and a GeForce RTX 3070.
New leak suggests that the Apple Watch 7 could ship in multiple colour variants
A new leak from Jon Prosser shows the Apple Watch 7 in an entirely new light. According to the leaker, the upcoming Apple wearables could follow the M1 iMacs and ship in multiple colour variants, including Black, White, Red, Blue and Green. It will also ship with a more square, rounded-off display.
Alleged Google Pixel 5a spec sheet suggests that it is a rebadged Pixel 4a 5G
A new leak tells us that Google's upcoming mid-ranger, the Pixel 5a, is little more than a Pixel 4a with a fresh coat of paint. Some of its key specs include a Snapdragon 765G chipset, a 6.2-inch FHD+ OLED screen, and two rear camera sensors. It is expected to retail at around US$500.
Samsung could build a 5nm fabrication plant in Texas by 2024
Industry insiders have told a South Korean news outlet that Samsung plans to set up a new manufacturing plant. It will be built in Austin, Texas, where Samsung already has another facility. Samsung has reportedly set aside US$18 billion for the endeavour.
Xiaomi's parallel charging technology could let you charge your smartphone battery at up to 200W
A new leak from Weibo states that Xiaomi is researching parallel charging technology. Future Xiaomi smartphones could use it to offer nearly double charging speeds, maybe even cross the 200W figure, which has been speculated for quite some time now.
Apple Music will soon let subscribers stream lossless audio at no extra cost
Apple Music subscribers are in for a treat, as the platform will soon support Dolby Atmos, Spatial Audio and lossless music. Existing subscribers will automatically gain access to the entire lossless music catalogue. Apple aims to offer its entire library of 75 million tracks in a lossless format.
Sony refreshes the DualSense controller with two new colour variants, Midnight Black and Cosmic Red
The DualSense controller for the PlayStation 5 is now available in two new colourways, Midnight Black and Cosmic Red. Both variants will be available for purchase starting next month.
MediaTek Dimensity 900: 6nm chipset with integrated 5G modem launched for mid-range smartphones
MediaTek's newest Dimensity 900 SoC is now official with an integrated 5G modem that supports sub-6GHz networks, two ARM Cortex-A78 cores, six Cortex-A55 cores, a Mali-G68 MC4 GPU, support for LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage.
Intel Alder Lake-S processor fails to impress in DOTA2 benchmark
An Intel Alder Lake processor showed up on CapFrameX's database running DOTA2. On average, the game ran at 189 FPS, which is somewhat low, given that it isn't particularly resource-heavy. It could have happened due to DOTA2's inability to recognize Alder Lake's core configuration properly.
Asus TUF Gaming F15 and F17 gaming laptops launched with an Intel Core i9-11900H processor, 240Hz screen, and more
The new Asus TUF Gaming F15 and F17 gaming laptops are finally here. One can configure them with up to an Intel Core i9-11900H processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, 32GB of RAM, and 1TB NVMe SSD. Asus will tell us more about their prices and availability later.
Lenovo updates the Legion 5i with a 165Hz QHD screen, Intel Core i7-11800H processor, and more
Lenovo has launched two new variants of its Legion 5i gaming laptops. One comes with a 17.3-inch 144Hz FHD screen, while the other packs a 15.6-inch 165Hz QHD panel. Other Lenovo Legion 5i specs include an Intel Core i7-11800H processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card, and more.
Lenovo launches the Legion Y25g-30 gaming monitor with a refresh rate of 360Hz, 1ms response time, and more
Lenovo has launched a new gaming monitor alongside its Tiger Lake-H laptops. Key Legion Y25g-30 specs include a 24.5-inch FHD IPS panel with a 360Hz refresh rate, Nvidia G-Sync support, and a hub with three USB Type-A and one USB Type-C port. Lenovo will disclose its price and availability at a later date.
MSI Creator 17 refreshed with Intel Tiger Lake-H processors, mini-LED screen, and more
MSI has refreshed its professional Creator 17 notebook with some exciting new hardware, such as a mini-LED screen with 1,000 nits peak brightness, an Intel Core i9-11900HK processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card, and more.
MSI Pulse GL66 gaming laptop is now official with new Intel Tiger Lake-H processors
MSI has launched a new gaming laptop powered by Intel's latest Tiger Lake-H chips. Key MSI Pulse GL66 specs include an Intel Core i7-11800H processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card, 15.6-inch screen with 144Hz refresh rate, and more. It will be available for purchase on May 16, starting at US$949.
Chia mining can allegedly wreck a 512 GB SSD in forty days
Mining Chia on consumer-grade, low-capacity SSDs could prove to be fatal for your drive, says a new report. A 512 GB SSD reportedly lasts only forty days before it exceeds its TBW (terabytes written) rating, while a 1 TB SSD lasts for 80 days.
AMD Ryzen Rembrandt APUs could use an RDNA2 GPU with 12CUs
Some new information has emerged about AMD's upcoming Rembrandt line of processors. It is tipped to ship with Zen3+ cores, an RDNA2 GPU with up to 12 compute units (CUs), support for LPDDR5 RAM, and more.
Upcoming MacBooks could come in multiple colour variants: Prosser
Jon Prosser has heard from his source that Apple is testing a Blue colourway for its new MacBooks. Therefore, we can reasonably assume that the soon-to-be-announced MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will come in multiple colour variants.
WhatsApp is one step closer to figuring out multi-device support
The latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android sheds light on one highly-anticipated feature. It shows chats being synced across multiple devices, indicating that the functionality is being tested.
PUBG Mobile to be relaunched in India as Battlegrounds Mobile India
Krafton has announced that it will relaunch PUBG Mobile in India. However, it will be called Battlegrounds Mobile India and remain exclusive to the region. The company has also promised to top it up with region-specific in-game content and events.
Intrepid YouTuber fits an entire 61-key mechanical keyboard into a 2008 MacBook Pro
A YouTube content creator successfully managed to install an entire Royal Kludge RK61 mechanical keyboard into a 2008 MacBook Pro. While the keyboard and MacBook Pro work without any issues, it is impossible to close the lid given the keyboard's size.
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti launch date delayed again; Nvidia likely to announce the graphics cards on May 31
The tentative Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti launch date has been pushed back once again. Nvidia is expected to unveil both SKUs on May 31. The RTX 3080 Ti is likely to remain under embargo until June 2, and the RTX 3070 Ti until June 9. There is no word about when either model will go on sale, though.
Oppo A54 5G launched in Europe with a Snapdragon 480 SoC, 90Hz screen, and more
Oppo fans in Europe will be delighted to know that the Oppo A54 5G is now official in the region for EUR 269 (US$324). The smartphone comes with exciting specs, such as a 6.5-inch LCD screen clocked at 90Hz, four rear cameras, and a Snapdragon 480 chipset and a 5,000mAh battery.
The Oppo A74 5G is the newest affordable 5G smartphone on the block
The Oppo A74 5G has officially been launched in Europe. Some of its key specifications include a 6.5-inch 90Hz LCD screen, Snapdragon 480 chipset, 6GB RAM, four rear camera modules, and a 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. It comes in two colour variants, Fluid Black and Space Silver, and costs EUR 299.
New rumour suggests that Alder Lake is slower than initially anticipated
A South Korean Tech forum post claims that Intel's 12th-generation Alder Lake processors are 40% slower than initially anticipated. It also says that Intel's Xe DG2 HPG graphics cards will come with at least 6GB of VRAM and cost less than Nvidia and AMD alternatives.
PS5 supply issues could persist throughout 2021, says Sony CFO
Gamers looking to get their hands on a PS5 anytime soon will be disappointed to know that the console will continue to remain scarce in 2021. Despite the supply issues, Sony is optimistic that it will move at least 14 million PS5 units this year.
The Last Of Us 3 already has a story outline, but Naughty Dog isn't working on it yet
Neil Druckmann said in an interview that he has already outlined The Last of Us 3's story. However, the game won't enter development anytime soon, as Naughty Dog has a few other projects in the pipeline.
Samsung's 200MP camera sensor could debut alongside a Xiaomi flagship smartphone
Xiaomi's 2022 flagship, presumably the Mi 12, could be the world's first smartphone to run a 200MP camera sensor. The unnamed sensor could be 1" in size. Samsung is likely to unveil it sometime in September this year.
Onda B365 D32-D4 Magic Edition motherboard with 32 SATA ports launched for prospective Chia miners
A Chinese OEM has launched a somewhat unconventional motherboard for Chia miners. The Onda B365 D32-D4 Magic Edition is a regular B365 board with 32 SATA ports for enterprise-grade hard drives and six dedicated 6-pin connectors to power them.
Alleged Honor 50 Pro+ specifications emerge online; 120Hz AMOLED screen, Snapdragon 888, and more
The entire Honor P50 Pro+ spec sheet has shown up online. It will reportedly pack a 6.7-inch 120Hz AMOLED screen, six cameras in total, a 4,400mAh battery that supports 67W charging, and a Snapdragon 888 chipset.
The Bitmain Antminer E9 is the world's most powerful Etherium mining ASIC
Bitmain has launched a new ASIC tailor-made for Ethereum. It can hit peak hash rates of 3GH/s, roughly equivalent to 32 GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards. It consumes 2,665W of power and will be available for purchase later for an unspecified price.
Mi MIX Fold lasts 180 hours in a continuous fold test for over 400,000 cycles
Xiaomi's Mi MIX Fold is quite resilient, as it lasted a little over a week in a torture test that had it fold and unfold itself over 400,000 times. It is quite an impressive feat, considering that Samsung's original Galaxy Fold lasted a little over 100,000 cycles before sustaining damage.
12.9-inch iPad Pro could have compatibility issues with previous-generation Magic Keyboards
The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro is 0.5mm thicker than its predecessor. That extra thickness could cause the iPad screen to press on the keyboard a bit too tight. However, an older Magic Keyboard could still work with the new iPad Pro.
Oppo reportedly working on its own version of Airtags
Following Samsung and Apple's footsteps, Oppo seems to be working on object trackers. Leaked images from Weibo show that it packs a USB Type-C port for some reason. An ultra-wideband chip is thrown in, too.
Apple AirTag will let you find your lost keys for US$29 a pop
Apple's new NFC, Bluetooth and UWB-powered object tracker called is finally here. Users can attach an AirTag to a bevy of household objects and track it via the Find My app. A single AirTag costs US$29, while a pack of four retails at US$99.
New iPad Pro unveiled with an M1 chip, mini LED screen, up to 2TB of storage, and more
Apple's new 12.9-inch and 11-inch models are finally here. They are the first Apple tablets to run an M1 chip and offer 5G functionality. The 12.9-inch model also packs a Liquid Retina XDR display. Prices start at US$799 for the 11-inch model and US$1,099 for the 12.9-inch version.
Latest Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 software update adds a host of QoL improvements
The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 is all set to receive a new software update on April 21. It updates the watch's security patch to March 2021, improves the Snapdragon Wear 4100's performance, and more. The rollout will be staged, so only a few users will receive the update initially.
MediaTek could unveil its first 4nm chipset by Q4 2021: Report
Digital Chat Station and multiple news agencies report that MediaTek could launch its first 4nm chipset by the end of the year or in Q4, 2021. OEMs such as Samsung, Vivo and Xiaomi have already expressed interest in the hardware. The chipsets will allegedly be manufactured on TSMC's 4nm node.
ASUS TUF Dash F15 gaming laptop spotted online with a Tiger Lake-H processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card
The ASUS TUF Dash F15 has been listed on Amazon Italy with an Nvidia RTX 3050 mobile graphics card with 4GB of VRAM. It is coupled with an Intel Core i5-10300H processor, a 15.6-inch FHD 1080p 144Hz screen, 8GB RAM and 512GB storage.
Alleged iPhone 13 screen protector showcases redesigned notch
The upcoming iPhone 13 could come with a smaller notch compared to its predecessors. A new leak on Twitter shows an iPhone 13 screen protector with an iPhone 12. Most of the sensors have been smooshed closer together, while the earpiece has been moved upwards.
Chia, a cryptocurrency that benefits from high-speed storage, could trigger SSD shortages in the near future
Chia is an eco-friendly cryptocurrency that operates on high-speed storage instead of power-hungry graphics cards. Early adaptors in China are already buying up high-capacity solid-state drives in bulk. If the coin is successful, it has the potential to cause mass SSD shortages.
Apple could unveil new iMac alongside the iPad Pro on April 20
Twitter leaker L0vetodream speculates that Apple will bedazzle the world with its new ARM-based iMacs at the Spring Loaded event on April 20. While the tipster has been fairly accurate about previous Apple-related predictions, the chances of this one being true are grim.
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti shipment spotted in the wild before alleged May 2021 launch
An eagle-eyed Facebook user has photographed what appears to be a mother lode of MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Ventus 3X OC graphics cards. An entire pallet of said hardware is en route to the U.S., where it is expected to hit shelves after its tentative launch sometime in mid-May.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 to use a 'Top Secret' chipset: Ice Universe
Weibo and Twitter stalwart Ice Universe has heard from multiple sources that the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 3 will use an unannounced chipset from Samsung. It could likely be the Exynos 2100 successor, tentatively called the Exynos 2200.
ASUS ZenFone 8 Mini Geekbench listing confirms that it will run a Snapdragon 888 SoC
Multiple ASUS ZenFone 8 Mini variants just showed up on Geekbench running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. The top-of-the-line model has 16GB of RAM, while the scaled-down versions make do with 12GB and 8GB.
Days Gone will be available on Steam and the Epic Games Store starting May 18, 2021
A new blog post from Sony has spilt the beans about what Days Gone has in store for us on PC. It will support ultrawide monitors, third-party controllers, unlocked framerates, and more. It retails for US$49.99 and is up for pre-order on Steam and the Epic Games Store.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 to be relaunched with a hash rate limiter built into the GPU
Nvidia is reportedly working on a new GeForce RTX 3060 variant with enhanced anti-crypto protections. It will use a new GA106-302 GPU which will require completely new drivers. The new RTX 3060 variant is expected to hit shelves in May 2021.
PS5 April update lets you pre-download updates, offload games to an external USB device, and more
The PS5 is all set to receive its newest software update, which contains a mix of major and minor QoL updates. One can now move PS5 games to an external hard drive, fine-tune their game library, pre-download game updates, and more. However, users still cannot expand the console's internal storage via the included NVMe SSD slot.
CD Projekt Red executive promises long-term support for Cyberpunk 2077
A CD Projekt Red executive has confirmed that the company plans on supporting Cyberpunk 2077 for quite some time, as it wants the game to 'sell for years'. We're probably looking at a mix of free and paid DLC expansions, timely QoL improvements and patches to top up the game with fresh content.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra concept renders showcase new 200MP camera sensor alongside Olympus branding
New concept renders of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra have emerged online. They envision the smartphone to employ an unusually large 200MP sensor, complete with Olympus branding. S-Pen support is touted, too, along with an under-display selfie camera.
New rumour suggests that Samsung is working with Olympus to develop camera hardware for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung is reportedly working with legendary camera manufacturer Olympus to develop camera hardware for its upcoming devices. We could see it in action alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3 this year or on the Galaxy S22 Ultra in 2022.
The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 is just as fragile as the Asus ROG Phone 5
Renowned YouTuber and smartphone breaker JerryRigEverything put the newly-launched Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 through the paces. The smartphone was quick to break in his bend test, much like the Asus ROG Phone 5. The area around the antenna lines seems to be the weak point, and gamers would do well to avoid applying pressure to that area.
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 smartphone launched with top-of-the-line-hardware and a bevy of gaming features
Lenovo's second gaming smartphone, the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2, is finally official. Some of its key specs include a 6.9-inch 144Hz AMOLED screen, up to 18GB of RAM, a pop-up selfie camera and a massive 5,500mAh battery. Prices start at EUR 799 for the base variant, which will be up for grabs in May.
HMD Global launches two new budget smartphones; the Nokia G10 and Nokia G20
Nokia has added two new devices to its vast collection of low-cost smartphones. Both the Nokia G10 and G20 are entry-level smartphones and are priced accordingly. The former will retail at EUR 139, and the latter at EUR 189.
TSMC to manufacture some of Qualcomm's 5nm and 6nm parts
A new report tells us that Qualcomm has secured a deal with TSMC to manufacture some parts on the latter's 5nm and 6nm process node. Whether this is for bolstering existing Snapdragon 888 capacities or for an entirely different line of products remains to be seen.
Dell launches four new gaming monitors to go with its new Ryzen powered notebooks
Dell has launched four new gaming monitors to complement its Ryzen-powered line of gaming laptops. There four SKUs in total with screen sizes ranging between 24 and 34 inches. The monitors will be available for purchase towards the end of May 2021.
AMD Radeon RX 6800M graphics card shows up online alongside a Ryzen 9 5900HX processor in an Asus laptop
Some AMD Radeon RX 6800M specs have been revealed to us via a new leak. The Navi 22-based mobile graphics card with 12GB of VRAM has been spotted on an Asus laptop alongside a high-end Cezanne processor. It is expected to feature up to 40 CUs and draw 145W of power.
Modders successfully upgrade storage and RAM on M1 Mac Mini
Some intrepid Chinese modders have managed to upgrade the storage and memory capacity of an M1 Mac Mini by desoldering the existing hardware and replacing it with identical, higher-capacity variants.
WhatsApp will soon allow users to transfer chats between Android and iOS devices
A future version of WhatsApp will let users migrate their chats data across platforms. The feature is currently available in a beta version of the app and only allows iOS to Android transfers. There is no word as to when it will be available on the stable version of WhatsApp, though.
LG has officially exited the smartphone business for good
LG Electronics has officially shut down its smartphone division, with its closure date set for July 31. Existing LG smartphones and peripherals will be available for purchase via regular channels until stocks last. Software support for eligible devices will remain unhindered too.
The Pixel 6 series will be the first to debut Google's in-house silicon codenamed Whitechapel
Google will reportedly use its own custom SoCs codenamed Whitechapel in the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 XL. The smartphones, codenamed 'Raven' and 'Oriole', will be launched together sometime this fall.
Lenovo Legion 2 Pro handily outperforms the Asus ROG Phone 5 in leaked benchmarks
Lenovo's upcoming gaming smartphone, the Legion 2 Pro, just showed up on the Master Lu benchmark database. It managed to defeat the Asus ROG Phone 5 by a somewhat narrow margin, with a total score of 962,115, which is a tad higher than the latter's score of 947,284. Lenovo will launch the smartphone in China on April 8.
Multiple Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition variants show up online running AMD Ryzen 9 processor and Ampere graphics cards
Dell is all set to give the Alienware m15 series a Ryzen refresh if a new leak is to be believed. The Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 showed up online in multiple configurations, one with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, and the other with a Ryzen 7 5800H and GeForce RTX 3060 and a third with a 5800H and an RTX 3070.
AMD-powered Razer notebook shows up on Time Spy database
We learned earlier that there was a Razer laptop with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 in the works. It has made its first appearance on the 3D Mark Time Spy database as the Razer PI411. This particular variant appears to have 16GB of RAM and a 512GB NVMe SSD.
The Razer Reusable Straw is Razer's latest US$20 gimmick
Razer has launched a new retractable stainless steel staw, complete with a carrying case and a cleaner. It is packaged as the Razer Reusable Straw and costs US$20 on Razer's official website. The company says that straw is s part of its "go green with Razer" initiative.
PUBG Mobile becomes the third mobile game to cross 1 billion downloads on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store
The massively-popular PUBG Mobile has finally crossed the magical 1 billion downloads mark on Android and iOS. The game continues to remain relevant despite being banned in one of the most lucrative markets in the world, India. PUBG Mobile has a successor in the works, too, called PUBG: New State.
Xiaomi could announce an electric vehicle at its hardware launch event
Sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters that Xiaomi plans on launching an EV by 2023. It will allegedly Chinese carmaker Great Wall's infrastructure and engineering expertise to manufacture the vehicle. We could hear more about this at its March 29 event, where the company slated to unveil a host of products.
MSI graphics cards slated to get more expensive soon
MSI has confirmed that it plans to increase the price of its graphics cards at a recent investor meeting. The company hasn't specified which GPUs will be subject to the price hike, but we can reasonably assume that the entirety of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 and AMD Radeon RX 6000 series will be affected.
Razer laptop with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, and a 14-inch screen reportedly in the works
A new leak from Twitter suggests that Razer is working on a laptop powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060. It is touted to ship with a 14-inch screen, too. Unfortunately, there is no information about its remaining specifications and release date at this moment.
Rocket League Sideswipe to be launched on mobile devices soon
Psyonix has just announced that it plans to bring Rocket League to mobile. Rocket League Sideswipe will feature quick two-minute 1v1 or 2v2 games, a competitive mode, and more. The game is likely to be launched later in 2021.
The Nintendo Switch Pro could launch with a low-power Nvidia Orin SoC and Lovelace GPU
A new leak suggests that the upcoming Nintendo Switch Pro could be powered by a GPU based on Nvidia's newest Lovelace architecture. The SoC could be a heavily watered-down version of the Nvidia Orin automotive chipset launched in 2019.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti launch date pushed back once again; graphics card likely to be released by mid-May
A new report says that Nvidia has delayed the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti launch date to mid-May. No reason has been cited, but it is safe to assume that it has something to do with the global semiconductor shortage. This will inadvertently affect the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti's release, too.
Qualcomm rumoured to launch a handheld gaming console in Q1, 2022
A new report tells us that Qualcomm is working on a Nintendo Switch-like gaming console. It will be powered by the company's in-house Snapdragon SoC and run Android 12 out of the box. The console could cost around US$300 and will be announced sometime in Q1, 2022.
Black Shark 4 and Black Shark 4 Pro official with 144Hz screens, SSD-based storage, 120W fast charging, and more
The Black Shark 4 and Black shark 4 Pro gaming smartphones have been launched with interesting specifications. Key specs include a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 144Hz, a 4,500mAh battery that supports 120W fast charging, pop-up mechanical triggers and more. Black Shark says that the phones will be launched globally soon.
Samsung launches new S8, S7 and S6 monitors with up to 4K resolution, HDR10, USB hub, and more
Samsung has launched its new S8, S7 and S6 monitors for businesses. Depending on the model, you get a 4K/1440p HDR10 screen that covers 99% of the sRGB gamut, up to five USB Type-A ports, a USB Type C port that can charge devices at 90W, an RJ-45 Ethernet jack, and more. They are expected to go on sale sometime in April 2021.
id Software confirms that DOOM Eternal will continue to get updates in 2021
Game Director Hugo Martin and Executive Producer Marty Stratton have confirmed that DOOM Eternal will continue to receive updates throughout the year. They could include the addition of raytracing, new Master Levels, next-generation console improvements, and Invasion Mode.
Key Intel Core i9-11980HK, Core i7-11800H, and Core i5-11400H specifications surface online via leaked press deck
A new leak tells us about Intel Tiger Lake-H CPUs' base/boost clocks, cTDP, and GPU. Furthermore, it also confirms that the Intel Core i9-11980HK, Core i9-11900H, and Core i7-11800H will come with eight cores and sixteen threads, while the Core i5-11400H will cut that down to six cores and twelve threads.
Leaked Alder Lake slides highlight key single and multi-threaded performance gains, core configuration, and more
Several key Alder Lake features have been highlighted via a new leak. This particular SKU will come with eight Golden Core and eight Gracemont cores that will offer up to 20% and 2X better single and multi-threaded performance. DDR5 and PCI Gen5 support is confirmed too, along with some key Intel 600 series chipset specifications.
CD Projekt Red teases major Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.2 fixes
Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.2 is slated to correct some of the often-overlooked, but annoying aspects of the game such as the police appearing out of thin air and vehicular controls. It will also let you remap the dash ability on your keyboard. The patch is expected to arrive sometime at the end of March.
Intel NUC 11 Extreme listing spotted with 11th-generation Tiger Lake-H CPUs, 3,200MHz DDR4 RAM support, and more
A Chiphell forum member has stumbled upon Intel's upcoming NUC 11 Extreme online. Users can choose between Intel Core i5-11400H, Core i7-11800H and Core i9-11980HK CPUs. Other specs include support for 3,200MHz DDR4 RAM, two Thunderbolt 4.0 ports, six USB Type-A ports, and more.
New PS5 VR controller launched with adaptive triggers, haptic feedback and more
Sony has unveiled its new PS5 VR controllers that feature a completely new design and some exciting features such as finger detection, adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, and more. Its price and availability will be revealed later.
Leaked roadmap suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE could arrive earlier than anticipated
Renowned leaker Even Blass has posted Samsung's product release schedule for 2021. It says that new Chromebooks and Galaxybooks are slated to be launched in April, followed by the Galaxy Tab S7 Lite in June, the Galaxy A82 in July and finally, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE in August.
New leak suggests that the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro will come with a secondary screen next to its rear camera housing
It seems that the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro will follow the Mi 11 Ultra's footsteps and include a secondary screen next to its rear cameras. This could theoretically help users take selfies using the objectively more powerful rear camera modules, but the small screen is less than ideal as a viewfinder.
Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part 2 to be launched on March 18 across all major platforms
The second Doom Eternal DLC, The Ancient Gods Part 2, will be available for download starting March 18 on PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Google Stadia. Much like its predecessor, it will add new gameplay elements such as monsters and weapons. Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part 2 also concludes the Doom Slayer's storyline introduced in Doom 2016.
New leak says that the Nokia G10 is not a gaming smartphone, but an entry-level device
It turns out that Nokia's upcoming 'gaming smartphone' is little more than a budget device. The Nokia G10 will feature a 6.3-inch FHD+ screen, up to 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, four rear cameras and a 5,000mAh battery. It is expected to cost around EUR 139 (US$165) at launch.
Snapdragon 888 powered Honor smartphone reportedly in the works
Industry insiders suggest that Honor is working on a flagship smartphone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. It could be the Honor 40, and it is expected to arrive in July. However, the global Snapdragon 888 shortage could be hinder Honor's plans.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060's Etherium mining limit has been bypassed for real this time
Multiple sources have confirmed that they have managed to bypass the Nvidia GeForce RX 3060's Etherium mining rate limiter. Installing the GeForce 470.05 development driver seems to do the trick, but one party insists that a custom VBIOS is necessary, too.
Crazy mineral oil rig with eight Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards could be the future of cryptocurrency mining
A bunch of Vietnamese cryptocurrency miners quite literally have taken PC hardware to new depths by submerging eight Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards in mineral oil. While their operating parameters are not visible, empirical data tells us that mineral oil can cool PC components with the same efficiency as air or water. Some components also last longer due to the constant, uniform cooling offered by the medium.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is the global semiconductor shortage's newest victim
Several sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters that Qualcomm is unable to keep up with the demand for its flagship Snapdragon 888 chipset. Xiaomi CEO Lu Weibing also echoes the sentiment, as does Qualcomm chief Cristiano Amon.
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT gaming benchmarks surface online
The AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card has pitted against its main competitors, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070. The AMD mid-ranger manages to best the RTX 3070 in only a handful of titles while managing to consistently remain ahead of the RTX 3060 Ti. However, the 6700 XT's raytracing performance leaves a lot to be desired, though.
Microsoft brings 20 new Bethesda games to Xbox Game Pass
Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be pleased to know that they will soon be able to play Bethesda classics such as Fallout 4, Skyrim, and Doom on the platform starting on March 12. A total of 20 games have been added to the platform, some of which will be available on PC, console and cloud.
Oppo Find X3 Neo and Find X3 Lite launched as low-cost Find X3 Pro alternatives
Oppo's newly-launched Find X3 Neo and Find X3 Lite are low-cost alternatives to the costlier Pro model. They come with FHD+ OLED screens clocked at 90Hz, quad rear cameras, support for 65W fast charging, and more. Both phones will be up for pre-order starting March 18, with sales starting on April 1.
Oppo Find X3 Pro launched with QHD+ 120Hz AMOLED screen, 50MP quad-rear cameras, Snapdragon 888 SoC, and more
Oppo's first flagship smartphone of 2021 is finally here in the form of the Oppo Find X3 Pro. Some of its specifications include a 6.7-inch QHD+ AMOLED screen clocked at 120Hz, four rear cameras, a 4,500mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging, and more. It will be available for pre-order on March 18 for EUR 1,149 (US$1,275)
New leak portrays the Huawei P50 Pro's rear panel in an entirely new light
Some new Huawei P50 Pro renders have emerged online, thanks to @OnLeaks. It shows two ultra-large camera cutouts, one of which could likely be the 50MP Sony IMX 800 sensor. The leak also tells us that the smartphone will come with a 6.7-inch screen, two speakers, and an IR blaster.
Xbox Game Pass to get several Ubisoft games by the end of the year, according to an industry insider
Xbox insider Shpeshal Ed says that several Bethesda games will be available on Xbox Game Pass. We're probably looking at UPlay+ integration with Microsoft's subscription services, which is expected to cost US$5 extra. This is expected to happen by the end of 2021.
Hackers beware, Denuvo Anti-Cheat is now on the PlayStation 5
Denuvo announced that its popular Denuvo Anti-Cheat program is now on the PlayStation 5. Several PS5 launch titles already use it, added the company, although it didn't specify which ones. Denuvo also adds that Anti-Cheat will not affect the performance of any games that use it.
MSI blog post explores the GE76 Raider's crypto mining capabilities
An intrepid MSI employee tried to mine cryptocurrency on the MSI GE76 Raider gaming laptop. It can apparently mine at 52.8MH/s, a smidgen slower than the desktop Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070's 52.9MH/s hash rate. MSI says that it will continue its 'experiment' for a month before posting results.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 hash rate limiter allegedly hacked by Chinese crypto miners
Ambitious miners have successfully managed to best the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060's hash rate limiter less than a month after it was launched. The graphics card can now mine crypto at 45MH/s. With the restriction in place, its mining rate was restricted to 20MH/s.
Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 successor codenamed Qualcomm SC8280 could debut 'Gold+' cores for better single and multi-threaded performance
A new leak suggests that Qualcomm is planning to ditch the age-old efficiency plus performance core configuration on its upcoming Snapdragon 8cx successor codenamed the SC8280. It will instead use 'Gold' and 'Gold+' cores for better performance, at the expense of battery life.
Lenovo Legion 2 Pro gaming smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC makes Geekbench debut
Lenovo's upcoming gaming smartphone, the Lenovo Legion 2 Pro, just showed up on Geekbench. It managed to net a single-core score of 1,129 and a multi-core score of 3,763, indicating that it is running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. This particular variant also has 16GB of RAM.
Misleading leak purports that Xiaomi is working on a smartphone with 200W fast charging capabilities
A new Weibo leak from Digital Chat Station purports that Xiaomi is working on a smartphone that supports fast wired charging at 200W. However, a closer look at the post tells us that the 200W figure is the sum of its wired, wireless and reverse wireless charging wattages. Hence, we're probably looking at a 140W + 50W + 10W configuration.
Here's our first look at what DOOM Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part 2 could have in store for us
A now-deleted Bethesda Store listing for DOOM Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part 2 has given us a rough idea about the game's setting, weapons and aesthetics. It will feature a new weapon called the Sentinel Hammer, and at least five new enemy types. Additional DOOM Eternal DLC seems unlikely, as The Ancient Gods Part 2 is expected to end the game' storyline.
Renders showcase Huawei smartphone with a Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra-like dual-screen configuration
Huawei appears to have filed a patent for a dual-screen smartphone. A Twitter user has envisioned what it could look like, with the second screen located right next to the rear camera module. The device in question could be the Huawei P50 Pro+, but there's no way to know for sure.
Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4 to be released sometime in Q2, 2021: Ice Universe
Samsung has two new wearables in store for us, the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch Active 4. Both smartwatches are expected to be launched sometime in Q2, 2021, and will likely be the first Samsung devices to run WearOS instead of Tizen.
Diablo 2 save files will work with Diablo 2: Resurrected, according to one of the game's developers
Hardcore Diablo 2 enthusiasts will be pleased to know that they can carry forward their progress to Diablo 2: Resurrected. Vicarious Vision's Matthew Cederquis confirmed that older Diablo 2 save files would work with the newer version. This also tells that Diablo 2: Resurrected will come with no new gameplay mechanics.
Samsung Pay now works on the Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Watch, and others in Germany
Users in Germany can now use their Samsung Galaxy smartwatches to make purchases via Samsung Pay. A one-time setup is required via a linked Android smartphone. After that, one only requires to enter a PIN to authenticate every transaction. Only a handful of Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch models support it, for now.
Red Magic 6 and Red Magic 6 Pro gaming smartphones unveiled with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, 165Hz AMOLED screen, 120W fast charging support, and more
Nubia has unveiled its newest Red Magic 6 and Red Magic 6 gaming smartphones in China. Both phones come with several interesting features, such as a 6.8-inch AMOLED screen with a 165Hz refresh rate, 400Hz adaptive shoulder triggers, a 500ms touch sampling rate, and more. Nubia will launch both devices globally on March 15.
The Redmi K40 series racks up over 300,000 sales within five minutes of launch in China
The Redmi K40 series seems to have been a massive hit among the Chinese audience, as it managed to sell over 300,000 units within five minutes of going on sale in China. That number includes all three Redmi K40 variants, including the Redmi K40, Redmi K40 Pro and Redmi K40 Pro Plus. The next round of sales will take place on March 8.
Doom 3 gets a PS VR refresh; will arrive on March 29 as Doom 3 VR Edition
Bethesda and id Software have ported Doom 3 to the PS VR. The game will feature newer textures, VR friendly combat/movement, and include The Lost Mission and Resurrection of Evil campaigns. Doom 3 VR Edition will be available for purchase starting March 29.
Samsung Galaxy A82 spotted on Geekbench running a two-year-old Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung's upcoming upper-mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy A82, made its first-ever Geekbench appearance today. It is running a two-year-old Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is confirmed by its single and multi-core scores of 757 and 2,650, respectively. This particular variant has 6GB RAM and runs Android 11.
Dell G5 15 variant featuring an Intel Core i5-10200H spotted online; AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and GeForce RTX 3060 version in the works too
Two new Dell G5 15 gaming laptop variants have been found online. The first one is called the Dell G5 15 5510 and it features an Intel Core i5-10200H processor and a GeForce GTX 1650, which will allegedly retail for US$899. On the other hand, the Dell G5 15 5515 will come with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H CPU and a GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card.
TSMC reportedly planning on building six new manufacturing facilities in the U.S.
A new report from a Taiwanese news outlet tells us that TSMC plans on opening six new manufacturing plants in the U.S. The first plant will be based in Arizona. Construction is expected to begin later this year, and the facility will supposedly manufacture 12-inch (300mm) wafers.
Leak suggests that Samsung will launch three more Exynos SoCs in 2021
Samsung has three new Exynos chipsets in store for us, according to Ice Universe. One of them happens to be the Exynos 2200 that is expected to run an AMD GPU. The remaining two, Exynos 1200 and Exynos 851, will serve as successors to the Exynos 1080 and Exynos 850, respectively.
Stable Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 update now rolling out for the OnePlus Nord
OnePlus has finally released the stable OxygenOS 11 update for the OnePlus Nord. Some of its features include a new UI, gallery, Ambient Display features, and more. Only a few users will receive it initially starting today (March 1), as it is a staged rollout.
New leak sheds light on the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT's price and tentative sale date
A new leak suggests that the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT could hit shelves sometime in the third week of March 2021. It will allegedly retail at US$479 or US$499. Lastly, there are two variants of the graphics card in the works.
The Intel Core i7-11700K is up for sale on German retailer's website for an eye-watering price
German e-commerce website Mindfactory.de appears to have jumped the gun a little and listed the upcoming Intel Core i7-11700K processor for sale. Its price tag of €469 puts it on the more expensive end of the spectrum. Intel will officially unveil its 11th-generation Rocket Lake-S CPUs on March 16, 2021.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Lite spotted on Geekbench running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Tab S7 Lite has made an appearance on Geekbench. Its single and multi-core scores of 650 and 1,694 and Adreno 619 GPU suggest that it is running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G chipset. It could be launched sometime in the beginning of H2 2021, going by previous releases.
Some Redmi Note 10 handsets are already up for sale in India for Rs 17,000 (US$234)
A seller in India has the yet-to-be-released Redmi Note 10 up for sale. It appears to be the 128GB storage variant of the vanilla Redmi Note 10 and it costs Rs 17,000 (US$234). However, you get only the handset, with the retail box being conspicuously missing.
OnePlus 9R could be the third device that will be launched alongside the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro
A new leak speculates that the OnePlus 9E/OnePlus 9 Lite could actually be called the OnePlus 9R. Renowned leaker Evan Blass seems to have dug up the OnePlus 9R moniker from the device's firmware. It is expected to serve as a cheaper alternative for the vanilla OnePlus 9.
Samsung's AMD Radeon mobile GPU and Exynos 2200 SoC could debut alongside an ARM laptop sometime in 2021
A South Korean news outlet suggests that Samsung and AMD's Radeon mobile GPU could debut alongside a laptop, instead of a smartphone. Samsung also plans on launching its first-ever laptop-grade SoC, the Exynos 2200, alongside it. The laptop in question could very likely be a Galaxy Book S successor.
Diablo 2 Resurrected gameplay footage sheds light on some key gameplay improvements
A side-by-side video comparing the original Diablo 2 and Diablo 2 Resurrected has shown up online. It highlights UI changes, redesigned textures, character models and several other improvements that the remastered version could have in store for us.
TCL's tri-folding tablet shows up online via a new leak
A new foldable device by TCL has turned up online. It appears to be the tri-folding tablet that TCL talked about in 2020, which can fold along two separate axes. In this particular instance, one part of the screen is being used as a makeshift keyboard.
Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen 2, ThinkPad P14si Gen 2 and ThinkPad P15s Gen 2 launched with 11th-generation Intel Tiger Lake/AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs, workstation-grade GPUs, and more
Lenovo has launched three new mobile workstations called the Lenovo ThinkPad P14s Gen 2, ThinkPad P14si Gen 2 and ThinkPad P15s Gen 2. They come with several enterprise-centric features such as an Nvidia (Quadro) T500 GPU, LTE connectivity, and a Smart Card Reader. ThinkPad P14si Gen 2 and P15s will be retail for US$1,389 in March 2021, and the ThinkPad P14si in May 2021 for US$1,169
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 variant with 6GB VRAM reportedly in the works
A new leak suggests that Nvidia could launch a 6GB variant of the GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards soon. The Palit-branded graphics card showed up on the South Korean National Radio Research Agency website alongside other SKUs. However, Nvidia is yet to officially acknowledge the existence of such a GeForce RTX 3060 variant.
Samsung could demonstrate custom AMD GPU in June 2021; launch unlikely to happen this year
A new leak from Ice Universe speculates that Samsung could demonstrate the power of its AMD Radeon mobile GPU in 2021. However, it will be launched at a later point alongside a new Exynos chip. We're probably looking at a 2022 launch alongside the Samsung Galaxy S22 series.
Leaked Google Pixel 5a renders shed light on some of its design aspects, screen size, and more
Veteran leaker OnLeaks has obtained some Google Pixel 5a renders. It looks nearly identical to its predecessor, complete with the same screen size, selfie camera placement, camera layout and rear-mounted fingerprint scanner location.
Samsung promises to deliver up to four years of security updates to over 130 devices
Samsung has announced that (almost) every Galaxy-branded smartphone will receive at least four years worth of software support. The list includes several devices from the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy A, Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy Fold series of smartphones.
Custom Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 models could cost as much as US$514
A new report has shed some light on how much some custom Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 models could cost upon launch. At US$484.99 MSI's Ventus X2 is the most affordable of the lot. On the flip side, the MSI Gaming X Trio will cost an eye-watering US$514.9. We should know for sure on its February 25 launch date.
Intel Core i5-11400 Geekbench listings suggest that it is 30 percent faster than its predecessor in single-core tasks
A new set of Intel Core i5-11400 Geekbench listings have shown up online. The entry-level Rocket Lake-S CPU manages to net single-core scores of 1,490 and 1,500. Similarly, its multi-core scores are 6,576 and 6,640. We should know more about it and other Rocket Lake processors at their launch in March 2021.
Moto G100 makes its first Geekbench appearance running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset
The Motorola Edge S has shown up on Geekbench as the Moto G100, indicating that it could be launched globally soon. It managed to net a single-core score of 957 and a multi-core score of 2,815. This particular variant has 8GB of RAM and runs Android 11.
Intel Core i5-11600K falls flat against the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X on Geekbench
Intel's upcoming Core i5-11600K Rocket Lake-S CPU just showed up on Geekbench. Its single and multi-core scores of 1,565 and 6,220 might seem a tad disappointing compared to the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, but we can attribute it to the test bench running slow RAM clocked at 2,133MHz.
Key OnePlus 9 specifications highlighted via leaked AIDA64 screenshots
A new leak from Twitter has shed some light on several OnePlus 9 specs. The smartphone will feature a 6.5-inch FHD+ screen clocked at 120Hz, a 4,500mAh battery, 48MP and 12MP camera sensors and more. It is also expected to support 65W fast charging and 8K 30 FPS video recording.
Rage 2 is now free on the Epic Games Store till February 25
Fans of open-world FPS titles will be pleased to know that Avalanche Studios and id Software-developed Rage 2 is free on the Epic Games Store. It can be redeemed before February 25 and will be yours to keep forever.
OnePlus 9 Pro tipped to feature an LTPO display
A new leak from Max Jambor says that the OnePlus 9 Pro will come with an LTPO display. Therefore, its 1440p 120Hz AMOLED screen could likely support dynamic refresh-rate adjustment. There is no word about the OnePlus 9 series release date just yet.
Realme confirms that it will launch the Realme GT in China on March 4
Realme is all set to launch its new flagship smartphone, the Realme GT, in China on March 4, 2021. Some of its expected specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, support for 120W fast charging and a 160Hz AMOLED screen.
Leak suggests that Diablo 2 Resurrected is likely to be unveiled at BlizzConline
An industry insider has prophesized that Blizzard will announce Diablo 2 Resurrected at BlizzConline, which is set to take place between February 19 and February 20. We could even some new Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 gameplay at the online-only event.
Exynos 2100 powered Vivo flagship smartphone reportedly in the works
Vivo is allegedly working on a flagship smartphone that will run Samsung's Exynos 2100 chipset. The mystery device will also feature some 'very scary' Samsung hardware. This is very likely referencing a new Vivo Nex series smartphone aka Vivo Nex 5.
Moto G10 and Moto G30 launched with large batteries, quad rear cameras, and more
Motorola has unveiled two new mid-range smartphones, the Moto G10 and Moto G30. Both devices come with a 6.5-inch HD+ screen, 5,000mAh battery, four rear cameras, NFC and more. The Moto G10 will cost €149.99 (US$182) and the Moto G30 €179.99 (US$218).
Company executive confirms Realme GT moniker for the company's upcoming flagship smartphone
The mysterious Realme smartphone codenamed Realme Race will be launched as the Realme GT, according to a company executive. It will herald a new line of Realme-branded flagship smartphones, and feature some outlandish specifications such as an AMOLED panel with 160Hz refresh rate and support for 125W fast charging.
Samsung Galaxy F62 launched in India with an Exynos 9825 SoC, four rear cameras, 7,000mAh battery, and more
The mid-range Samsung Galaxy F62 has finally been launched in India. Some of its key specs include an Exynos 9825 SoC, 7,000mAh battery, four rear cameras and a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen. It will be available via online portals such as Flipkart, Reliance Digital and Samsung's official website starting at INR 23,999 (US$$330).
Huawei reportedly working on a gaming console and a gaming laptop
A Weibo leaker suggests that Huawei is working on a new gaming console called the MateStation. It could be launched alongside the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in China later this year. There is also a Huawei-branded gaming laptop in the works.
Motorola Moto G30 and Moto E7 Power spec sheet and renders leaked online in their entirety
A new leak gives us a treasure trove of information about the upcoming Motorola Moto G70 (aka Motorola Capri Plus). Both smartphones will sport waterdrop-style notches on the screen, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and 5,000mAh batteries. Unfortunately, there is no word about when Motorola will launch these phones.
Huawei has no plans of selling its smartphone business: Ren Zhengfei
In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei says that Huawei has no intention of selling its smartphone business. He hopes to renegotiate Huawei's position on the U.S. entity list with the Biden administration but thinks that the chances of that happening are low.
Key Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro differences highlighted via a new leak; their TENAA listings showcase an interesting camera placement
Several Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro specifications have been highlighted via a new leak. Both phones are expected to feature 6.8-inch QHD+ AMOLED screens, a 108MP camera sensor and 30MP selfie cameras. The rear-camera assembly will consist of two lenses sandwiched between two large lenses.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China is now free for a limited time on UPlay
As a part of its Chinese New Year celebrations, Ubisoft is giving away Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China for free on UPlay. One can redeem the game between now and February 15. Ubisoft is also offering attractive discounts on several other Assassin's Creed and Tom Clancy titles.
Apple's upcoming foldable iPhone likely to be modelled after the Galaxy Z Flip's clamshell design
A new report from prolific Apple leaker Jon Prosser suggests that Apple could go the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip route with its upcoming foldable iPhone. The clamshell-shaped iPhone could come in several colourways and marketed as an 'entry-level' iPhone of sorts.
Samsung Galaxy F62 slated for a February 15 launch
Samsung will launch the Samsung Galaxy F62 on February 15. It will feature a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen, four rear cameras, up to 256GB of storage, and a 7,000mAh battery. The smartphone will be launched in India first. International availability is likely but under a different name,
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 likely to be launched on February 25
A new report from Wccftech speculates that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 will be launched in February 26. Some of its key features include a GA-106-200 GPU, 12GB of GDDR6 VRAM, and 3,584 CUDA cores. Prices are expected to start at US$329.
Intel Core i9-11900K blazes past the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X in Geekbench single-core test
The upcoming Intel Core i9-11900K managed to best the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X on Geekbench's single-core benchmark. The 14nm Rocket Lake processor managed to net single-core scores of 1,905, 1,902 and 1,895. Its clock speed hovered around 5.3GHz at all times.
New leak says that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will feature 12GB of GDDR6X VRAM and 10,240 CUDA cores
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is now speculated to come with 12GB of GDDR6X VRAM and 10,240 CUDA cores. Its 320-bit memory interface will allow for 730Gb/s of memory bandwidth, identical to that of the GeForce RTX 3080.
The Motorola Ibiza will be launched in India sometime in February 2021
A new leak suggests that Motorola will launch the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480-powered Motorola Ibiza (Moto G40) in India first. It is slated for a February 2021 release, and will likely be unveiled alongside the similarly-specced Moto G10 and Moto G30.
Samsung Galaxy M12 launched in Vietnam with Exynos 850 SoC, 6,000mAh battery, and more
Samsung has quietly unveiled its newest low-cost Galaxy M12 smartphone. It comes with a 6.5-inch HD+ screen, four rear cameras, an Exynos 850 SoC and a 6,000mAh battery. The device is only available for purchase in Vietnam at the moment for an unspecified price.
Key Motorola Capri and Capri Plus specifications revealed via a new leak
A new leak has told us everything we need to know about Motorola's upcoming budget smartphones, the Motorola Capri and the Motorola Capri Plus. The former will be launched as the Moto G10, while the latter will go by Moto G30. Both devices are expected to come with three rear cameras, an HD+ screen, and a dedicated Google Assistant button.
Motorola Ibiza shows up on Geekbench running what appears to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 SoC
Motorola's upcoming budget 5G smartphone called the Motorola Ibiza has just shown up on Geekbench. It very likely running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 chipset and manages to score 2,466 and 6,299 in Geekbench 4's single and multi-core test. The smartphone also has 6GB of RAM and is running Android 11.
Samsung Galaxy A51 gets stable One UI 3.0 update in Russia; global rollout to follow suit soon.
The Android 11-based One UI update is finally making its way to some Samsung Galaxy A51 in Russia. It brings forth new features such as a new user interface, scopes storage, improved privacy and permission settings and chat bubbles.
The Nokia 1.4 is HMD Global's latest Android Go powered smartphone
HMD Global has unveiled the Nokia 1.3's successor, the Nokia 1.4. It comes with a 6.5-inch HD+ screen, two rear cameras, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 SoC, up to 3GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a 4,000mAh battery. It will retail at €99 (US$119) and will be available for purchase globally soon.
TSMC has the largest market share in the global semiconductor manufacturing industry: Counterpoints Research
A Counterpoints Research study has determined that TSMC has 28% of the market share in matured nodes (40nm and below), making it the world leader in the global semiconductor manufacturing market. UMC, SMIC and Samsung take second, third and fourth place with market shares of 13%, 11% and 10%, respectively.
AMD could outsource some of its APU and GPU production to Samsung in the near future
According to an unverified rumour from a South Korean tech forum, AMD could shift some of its GPU/APU production to Samsung. AMD wants to ramp up production, but TSMC is unable to keep up due to prior commitments.
Leaked Sony Xperia 1 III images showcase triple-camera setup, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, 3.5mm audio jack, and more
Thanks to prolific leaker @OnLeaks, we have our first look at Sony's upcoming Xperia 1 III flagship smartphone. It features three rear cameras; one of which is a periscope lens. A side-mounted fingerprint sensor, an all-glass body and a programmable button are also included.
Intel has reportedly outsourced some of its CPU production to TSMC
A new report suggests that Intel has outsourced a good chunk of its future manufacturing to TSMC. Production is expected to kick off when TSMC's 3nm node is fully operational, which is expected to happen sometime in H2 2022. Intel is reportedly assisting TSMC in its 2nm R&D too.
New leak sheds light on key Intel Core i9-11900K, Core i7-11700K and Core i5-11600K specifications
An internal MSI document has spilled the beans about three Intel Rocket Lake-S processors, the Core i9-11900K, Core i7-11700K and Core i5-11600K. It reconfirms reports from earlier, stating that the Core i9-11900K and Core i7-11700K would come with eight cores and sixteen threads, while the Core i5-11600K will serve as six-core, twelve thread CPU. It also sheds some light on the processor's base clock, boost clock, L3 cache, etc.
Android 11 update for Sony Xperia 10 II now rolling out in some regions
The Sony Xperia 10 II is finally receiving the Android 11 update. Its version number is 59.1.A.0.485, and it is approximately 1GB in size. Apart from the usual Android 11 features, the update also adds a new Battery Care feature.
The ZTE Blade X1 5G is US$384 smartphone that comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, four rear cameras, and more
ZTE has launched a new low-cost 5G-ready smartphone. The ZTE Blade X1 5G features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC, four rear cameras, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, NFC, and a 4,000mAh battery. It is exclusive to Visible and costs US$384
Motorola Edge S launched with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870, six cameras, 90Hz screen, 5,000mAh battery, and more
Motorola's newest affordable flagship is finally here. The Motorola Edge S comes with an impressive spec sheet that includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset, a 6.7-inch LCD screen clocked at 90Hz, four rear cameras, two selfie cameras, and a 5,000mAh battery that supports fast charging at 20W. It has been launched in China for RMB 1,999 (US$310).
Xiaomi Mi 10 variant featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC could be launched soon
Well-known Weibo leaker Digital Chat Station says that Xiaomi will reportedly relaunch the Mi 10 soon. It will ship with Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 870 SoC. The remaining Mi 10 specifications will remain identical. Xiaomi could launch the device alongside the Mi 11 Pro in February 2021.
Huawei could exit the high-end smartphone market as it mulls on selling its Mate and P series of smartphones
Sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters that Huawei is planning to sell the Huawei P and Huawei Mate line of smartphones to a consortium of investors affiliated with the Shanghai Government. Huawei has denied said report and states that it has no plans of selling any more of its assets.
Leak suggests that AMD and Samsung's Radeon mobile GPU could be launched sometime in Q2 or Q3 2021
A new leak suggests that Samsung's upcoming Exynos 1000 and Exynos 2000 series SoC could come with an AMD Radeon GPU. They are likely to be launched in Q2 or Q3 2021, presumably alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 or Galaxy Z Fold 3. Another forum post says that the Radeon-branded GPU manages to outperform the A14 Bionic.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690-powered Nokia smartphone codenamed "Quicksilver" shows up on Geekbench
Nokia's highly-awaited 5G smartphone could be launched soon. It just showed up on Geekbench codenamed 'Quicksilver'. The device in question is likely the Nokia 7.3, slated to come with four rear cameras, a 90Hz screen and a 4,000mAh battery.
Redmi gaming smartphone featuring a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset to be launched later in 2021
According to CEO Lu Weibing, Redmi will launch its first-ever gaming smartphone sometime in 2021. He has also confirmed that a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset will power it. The smartphone will be designed for mobile e-sports.
Leak suggests that Huawei could launch new MateBooks powered by AMD's Ryzen 5000 series of processors soon
A well-known Weibo leaker says that Huawei will reportedly refresh its MateBook lineup with AMD Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors soon. They could arrive as early as March 2021, as Huawei is no longer allowed to purchase Intel chips.
Samsung Galaxy M62 shows up on Geekbench running an Exynos 9825
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy M62 smartphone just showed up on Geekbench. It appears to be running an Exynos 9825, the same chipset that powered the Galaxy Note 10 series. The smartphone managed to net a single-core score of 786 and a multi-core score of 1,995.
Gabe Newell talks about bringing The International to New Zealand, upcoming single-player games, and more
Company founder and CEO Gabe Newell says that Valve is working on some single-player titles that will be announced later. He also talks about hosting The International DOTA2 championship in New Zealand, Valve Index shortages and the Cyberpunk 2077 fiasco.
The MediaTek Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100 are MediaTek's newest 6nm, 5G-ready chipsets featuring Cortex-A78 cores
MediaTek has launched two new Dimensity-branded chipsets, the Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100. The former is MediaTek's latest ARM Cortex-A78-powered flagship offering which performs on par with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, while the latter is a slightly more scaled-down version. The MediaTek Dimensity 1200 is expected to debut alongside a Realme smartphone soon.
Report suggests that Honor smartphones with Google Mobile Services are coming this spring
A company insider has told a Russian news outlet that Honor is bringing GMS (Google Mobile Services) to its upcoming smartphones. However, it'll be a while before we see them in action, as they are slated to be launched this spring. It should help Honor regain some of the ground it lost over the past two years due to the lack of GMS on its devices.
MediaTek Dimensity 1100 to be launched alongside the Dimensity 1200 on January 20
A new leak suggests that MediaTek has a watered-down version of the Dimensity 1200 in the works. The MediaTek Dimensity 1100 will reportedly feature four Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.6GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores at 2.0GHz. MediaTek is expected to unveil it on January 20.
Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ launched with new camera hardware, 120Hz FHD+ screen, and more
The highly-awaited Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ are finally here. Both phones come with fairly identical specifications, including a 120Hz FHD+ screen, three rear cameras, 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, no micro SD expansion and an Exynos 2100/Snapdragon 888 SoC. Prices start at US$799 for the Galaxy S21 and US$999 for the Galaxy S21+, and both phones will hit stores on January 29.
The Asus VivoBook S14 (S435) is Asus' newest Intel Tiger Lake-powered thin and light laptop
The Asus VivoBook S14 (S435) is a Tiger Lake refresh of the existing VivoBook S14 (S433). The 14-inch laptop is Intel Evo certified and supports up to a Core-i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage. It will be available for purchase sometime in February 2021 for an unspecified price.
Asus launches the Asus TUF Gaming Dash F15 gaming laptop with Intel Tiger Lake CPUs and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
The Asus TUF Gaming Dash F15 is the newest addition to Asus' TUF line of gaming laptops. It comes with 11th-generation Intel Tiger Lake processors, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card, a 15.6-inch 240Hz screen, up to 32GB of user-upgradable RAM and 2TB of solid-state storage. It will hit stores in Q1 2021, with the price to be revealed at a later point.
MSI launches the MSI GP76 Leopard and GP66 Leopard gaming laptops with Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics cards
The MSI GP76 Leopard and GP66 Leopard gaming laptops have been unveiled at CES 2021. Both notebooks come with a 144Hh screen, 10th-generation Intel CPUs, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics cards, up to 64GB of RAM and 2TB of solid-state storage. Their prices and availability will be revealed at a later time.
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 announced with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, 165Hz QHD screen, and more
Asus' top-of-the-line ROG Strix Scar 15 gaming laptop has been unveiled at CES 2021. Some of its specifications include an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX/Ryzen 7 5800H CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080/3070/3060 graphics card, 165Hz QHD/300Hz FHD, up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of solid-state storage. It will be available for purchase sometime in mid-Q1 2021 for €1,499 (US$1,825).
ASUS ROG Strix G15 and G17 launched with AMD Zen 3 CPUs, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, 300Hz screen, and more
Asus has launched two new AMD-powered gaming laptops in the Asus ROG Strix G15 and Strix G17. Both notebooks can be configured with up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU, up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of solid-state storage. The ROG Strix G15 will be available in Q1 2021 from €999 (US$1,215) and the G17 from €1,599 (US$1,945).
The Gigabyte Aorus 17G gets a Tiger Lake refresh along with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
Gigabyte has updated its flagship Gigabyte Aorus 17G gaming laptop with next-generation hardware such as 11th-generation Intel Tiger Lake CPUs and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card. Everything else is mostly the same, including the fully-mechanical keyboard with Omron switches. The company will tell us more about its price and availability on January 26.
Acer Predator Triton 300 SE launched with a 11th-generation Intel Tiger Lake CPU, RTX 3060 Max-Q, 144Hz screen, and more
Acer's newest Predator Triton 300 SE gaming laptop comes with a 14-inch FHD screen clocked at 144Hz, 11th Generation Intel Tiger Lake CPUs, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q graphics card, a dedicated 'Turbo' button, and 10 hours of battery life. The notebook will be available for sale in March 2021 starting at €1,399 (US$1,700).
Lenovo Legion H200 and Legion H600 gaming headsets launched for US$49.99 and US$99.99, respectively
The Lenovo Legion H200 and Legion H600 are Lenovo's newest entry-level gaming headsets. The former is wired, while the latter can connect with devices in wired and wireless modes. Both headphones will hit the shelves in April 2021. The Legion H200 will cost US$49.99, and the Legion H600 US$99.99.
Lenovo Legion Gaming Dock S600 announced; will be available for purchase in April 2021 for US$89.99
The Lenovo Legion Gaming Dock S600 has been launched at CES 2021. It comes with two USB ports and a wireless charging pad that can charge Qi-enabled devices at up to 20W. The gaming dock will be available for purchase in April 2020 and cost US$89.99.
Samsung Exynos 2100 SoC launched with integrated 5G modem, ARM Mali-G78 GPU, faster NPU and more
Samsung's high-end Exynos 2100 SoC is finally here. Some of its features include an ARM Cortex-X1 CPU core clocked at 2.9GHz, an ARM Mali-G78 GPU, integrated 5G modem that supports sub-6GHz and mmWave networks, and more. It will debut alongside the Samsung Galaxy S21 series on January 14.
TCL 20 SE launched with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 chipset, four rear cameras, 5,000mAh battery, and more
The TCL 20 SE is a low-cost smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, four rear cameras, and a 6.8-inch screen and a 5,000mAh battery. It will be available for purchase worldwide in late January 2021 for €149 (US$181).
Lenovo launches new USB C and Thunderbolt docking stations
Lenovo has launched two new docking stations at CES 2021. One connects to a notebook via a USB Type-C cable, while the other requires a Thunderbolt 4.0 port. Both docks can power 4K displays and charge peripherals at up to 100W. Their pricing and availability will be revealed at a later date.
The TCL 20 5G is an affordable 5G-ready smartphone that costs US$363
TCL has launched a new low-cost 5G smartphone called the TCL 20 5G. It comes with a 6.6-inch FHD IPS LCD panel, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 chipset, 6GB of RAM, three rear cameras and a 4,500mAh battery that can be charged at 18W. The smartphone is up for sale in Italy for €299 (US$363) and will be available in other regions soon.
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G8 and HP EliteBook x360 1040 G8 launched with Intel Tiger Lake CPUs, 5G connectivity, and more
HP has announced two new Intel Tiger Lake-powered convertibles; the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G8 and HP EliteBook x360 1040 G8. Both notebooks can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM, 2TB of solid-state storage, 4K screens, and a 78Wh battery. HP will tell us more about their prices as its January 2021 approaches.
The HP Elite Folio is HP's newest 2-in-1 notebook powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx chipset
HP has launched a new 2-in-1 notebook called the HP Elite Folio. Some of its key specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx chipset, 13.5-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1280) IPS LCD panel, up to 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage and 5G. It will be up for sale starting February 2021.
HP 635 Multi-Device Wireless mouse launched for US$59.99
HP's newly-released 635 Multi-Device Wireless Mouse can connect with up to three devices via the included dongle and two devices via Bluetooth. It is powered by two AAA batteries that can last up to a year with moderate usage. The mouse will be available for purchase in February 2021 for US$ 59.99.
Moto G 5G launched in the United States as the Motorola One 5G Ace for US$399
The Motorola One 5G Ace, aka the Moto G 5G, has been launched in the United States. It features a 6.7-inch LTPS IPS LCD panel, three rear cameras, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G chipset, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 5,000mAh battery. The device will be available for purchase starting January 14 and retail for US$399.
Motorola launches two new affordable smartphones; the Moto G Power (2021) and Moto G Play (2021)
The Moto G Power (2021) and Moto G Play (2021) are Motorola's newest low-cost offerings. Both phones come with entry-level specs and are priced accordingly. The former costs US$199 for the base variant with 3GM of RAM and 32GB of storage, while the latter will set you back by US$169.
Moto G Stylus (2021) launched with four rear cameras, Snapdragon 678 chipset, 4,000mAh battery, and more
A successor to the original Moto G Stylus is finally here. Dubbed as the Moto G Stylus (2021), the smartphone comes with a 6.8-inch FHD IPS LCD screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, four rear cameras and a 4,000mAh battery. It costs US$299 and will be available for sale starting January 13.
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau promises camera improvements across the board starting with the OnePlus 9 series
In an interview with news outlet MyDrivers, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has stated that the company has shifted its research and development efforts towards camera improvements. Lau aims to bring OnePlus' cameras on par with the likes of Huawei. Hence, the company is working closely with Leica.
Lenovo L27e and L24i WLED monitors launched with 75Hz refresh rate, AMD Freesync support, and more
Lenovo has launched the Lenovo L24i and L27e monitors at CES 2021. The former comes with a 23.8-inch FHD panel clocked at 75Hz, while the latter is 27-inches in size. The Lenovo L24i will cost €149 (US$183) and the L27e at €169 (US$207). Both monitors will be available for purchase in March 2021.
Samsung to unveil its flagship Exynos 2100 chipset on January 12
Samsung's answer to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, the Exynos 2100, will officially be unveiled on January 12. Preliminary tests have revealed that both chips perform on par with each other. The Exynos 2100 will make its debut alongside the Samsung Galaxy S21 series on January 15.
PUBG sequel reportedly in the works; likely to be unveiled by June 2021
A South Korean news outlet has heard from an industry insider that Krafton is reportedly working on a PUBG and PUBG Mobile successor. Strictly speaking, the former can't be considered an actual successor, as it will only set in the PUBG universe. One of the two games is set to be unveiled by June 2021.
One UI 3.0 update now available for the Samsung Galaxy S10 series
Some Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and Galaxy S10e users in Switzerland have confirmed that they have received the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 update on their devices. However, it may take a few days for the update to make its way to other regions.
OnePlus Nord N10 5G and Nord N100 launched in the United States for US$299 and US$179, respectively
OnePlus has made its newest batch of affordable smartphones available in the United States and Canada. The OnePlus Nord N10 5G will retail for US$299 and the OnePlus Nord N100 for US$179. Both phones can be purchased via T-Mobile and its subsidiary Metro in the coming days.
Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra camera configurations leaked ahead of January 14 launch
A new leak from Evan Blass tells us everything there is to know about the Samsung Galaxy S21 series' camera prowess. The Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus will come with an identical camera setup with three sensors. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will come with five lenses in total, including a laser autofocus module.
The OxygenOS 11 update is coming to the OnePlus Nord soon; OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T users may have to wait a bit longer
OnePlus has just posted an update about the status of its Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 update. Registrations for the OxygenOS 11 open beta will open up next week for the OnePlus Nord. The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro will follow suit once OnePlus solves some problems with the OxygenOS 11 build for both devices.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 480 chipset aims to bring 5G connectivity to low-cost smartphones
Qualcomm has launched its newest 5G-ready Snapdragon 480 chipset. It features an eight-core Kryo 460 CPU clocked at 2.0GHz, an Adreno 619 GPU, and comes with Qualcomm's X51 5G modem. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 480 is expected to make its debut in 'early 2021.'
Xiaomi Mi 10i to be launched in India on January 5
The Redmi Note 9 Pro is all set to hit Indian shores as the Xiaomi Mi 10i on January 5. It boasts an impressive feature set consisting of a 120Hz screen, a 108MP camera sensor, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G. The smartphone is expected to cost around INR 18,000 (US$246) in India.
New Geekbench listings indicate that the Exynos 2100 performs on par with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
The Samsung Exynos 2100 has left quite an impression on the Geekbench. Alongside the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the chipset consistently managed to post single-core scores of ~1,100 and multi-core scores of ~3,600, putting it on par with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.
Alleged Xiaomi Mi 11 real-life images showcase 108MP camera module; prices expected to start at RMB 4,500 (US$687)
The Xiaomi Mi 11 has made yet another appearance online. At least one variant is confirmed to feature a 108MP camera sensor, with three sensors in total. It shouldn't be long before we figure out these images' authenticity, as Xiaomi will launch the Mi 11 series on December 28.
MediaTek's upcoming flagship SoC reportedly pushes its Cortex-A78 core to 3.2GHz
MediaTek is expected to launch a new flagship 5G-ready SoC by February 2021. A new leak suggests that the chipset's Cortex-A78 core is clocked at 3.2GHz, which is significantly higher than that of the similarly-specced Exynos 1080.
The Exynos 1080 makes its Geekbench debut alongside the Vivo X60
Samsung's highly-awaited Exynos 1080 SoC has made its first appearance on Geekbench. It manages to outperform the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with a single and multi-core score of 888 and 3,244, respectively. The chipset is expected to make its debut alongside the Vivo X60 series on December 28.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 21 launch has not been cancelled, says a company official
Samsung has officially confirmed that the Galaxy Note 21 launch is not in question, dismissing earlier rumours about the series' discontinuation in 2021. However, industry insiders are of the impression that there will be only one variant of the phablet this time around.
Exynos 2100 powered Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra shows up on Geekbench
The Samsung Galaxy S21 has made two separate appearances on Geekbench running an Exynos 2100 chipset. In the first instance, it manages to score 828 and 2,897 in the single and multi-core test, respectively. The second time around, those numbers increase to 1,006 and 3,059.
Industry insider suggests that the Vivo X60 series will likely be unveiled on December 28
A new leak suggests that Vivo will launch the Vivo X60, Vivo X60 Pro and Vivo X60 Pro+ on December 28. One of the three devices is confirmed to feature a 120Hz AMOLED panel and support for 33W fast charging. The Samsung Exynos 1080 SoC is also expected to make its debut alongside the smartphones.
Alleged Redmi K40 Pro render showcases vertical rear camera layout, hole-punch selfie camera, and more
A Redmi K40 Pro render has surfaced online. It tells us that the affordable flagship will come with three rear cameras arranged vertically and a hole-punch selfie camera. The smartphone is expected to feature an AMOLED screen and a 5,000mAh battery that supports fast charging at 55W.
Leaked Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra promotional material showcases camera placement, design, colour variants, and more
We now have yet another look at the Samsung Galaxy S21 series thanks to some leaked promotional material The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ will look identical for the most part, with the Galaxy S21 Ultra to come with a more modern design. Samsung is expected to unveil the three smartphones on January 15, and sales are expected to begin on January 29.
AirPods Max over-the-ear headphones with active noise cancellation launched for US$549
Apple has launched a new pair of over-the-ear headphones called the AirPods Max. It features active noise cancellation (ANC), 40nm Neodymium drivers, Apple's in-house H1 chip, and provides up to 20 hours of battery life. It is available for pre-order now and will start shipping on December 14 for US$549.
Alleged ASUS ROG Phone 4 Geekbench listing surfaces online
ASUS' upcoming ROG Phone 4 has reportedly shown up on Geekbench. Its single and multi-core scores are 1,081 and 3,584, respectively. However, the listing could also belong to the ASUS ZenFone 8, which is also expected to run the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.
HP EliteBook 830 G8 and EliteBook 840 G8 launched with Intel Tiger Lake CPUs, 5G-enabled nano-SIM card slot, and more
HP has launched the EliteBook 830 G8 and EliteBook 840 G8 tailor-made for work from home professionals. They ship with 11th-generation Intel Tiger Lake CPUs, up to 64GB of RAM, 2TB of solid-state storage and a nano-SIM card slot that can be used with both 4G and 5G-enabled SIM cards. Both notebooks will be available for purchase in December, and HP will tell us their prices at a later point.
Intel Core i9-11900K shows up on Ashes of The Singularity benchmark
Intel's upcoming Rocket Lake flagship processor, the Core i9-11900K, has just made an appearance on the Ashes of The Singularity benchmark. It manages to net a score of 64 fps on 1080p and 62 fps on 1440p. In comparison, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950x manages to score 72 fps.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 shows up on Geekbench running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
An alleged Samsung Galaxy S21 Geekbench listing has surfaced online. It appears to be running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. The chipset gets a single-core score of 1,075 and a multi-core score of 2,916. While the former seems ok, the latter appears to be a tad low.
Alleged Xiaomi Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro specifications surface on Weibo
Some Xiaomi Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro specifications have shown up online. Both phones are tipped to come with a 1440p screen that refreshes at 120Hz. The Mi 11 Pro will allegedly support fast charging at 120W. Xiaomi is expected to unveil the Mi 11 series by the end of December 2020.
Stable One UI 3.0 update rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy 20 series on Verizon
Some Galaxy S20 users have reportedly received the One UI 3.0 update on their Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones. The software gives several Stock apps a new look and comes with the October 2020 security patch. Other Galaxy S20 variants will likely receive the update in the coming weeks.
Motorola to release a Snapdragon 888-powered Moto G smartphone in 2021
Motorola is all set to launch a smartphone running Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 888 SoC. Unlike the company's previous high-end offerings, this device will be released as a part of the Moto G series. The affordable flagship smartphone is likely to be unveiled in late 2021.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 launched with integrated X60 5G modem, better NPU, faster ISP, and more
Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC is finally here. It comes with a new integrated 5G modem that supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave networks and an ISP that is up to 35% faster than its predecessor. The chipset is likely to make its debut alongside the Xiaomi Mi 11 series soon.
Samsung may launch one Galaxy Note 21 variant before retiring the series in 2022
A company insider has told a South Korean news outlet that Samsung plans on releasing one last Galaxy Note smartphone before retiring the series entirely in 2022. The Galaxy Note 21 will come in only one variant, presumably top-of-the-line hardware like the Exynos 2100/Snapdragon 875, an AMOLED panel that can push 120Hz at 1440p, and more.
Samsung shows off futuristic foldable smartphone designs via a series of illustrations
Samsung Display has given us a glimpse into what it has in mind for future rollable smartphones. One design has a rollable OLED screen that wraps itself around a central cylinder. The other one builds upon the existing Galaxy Fold series' design by adding another hinge.
Nokia 9.3 PureView launch delayed again; HMD Global expected to release the smartphone in H1 2021
The Nokia 9.3 PureView's release date has been pushed back once again. HMD Global is now expected to launch the smartphone sometime in H1 2021. However, the company could still unveil the Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3 5G in Q4 2020.
Redmi Watch: Xiaomi's first-ever Redmi-branded smartwatch launched for US$45
The first-ever Redmi smartwatch is finally here. Dubbed as the Redmi Watch, it comes with a 1.4-inch display, a heart rate sensor, various pre-installed fitness modes, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. It costs CNY 299 (US$45) and is expected to be launched internationally as the Mi Watch Lite.
Samsung Galaxy S21 series might allow users to unlock their devices using Bixby Voice
A new report suggests that Samsung will let users unlock their Galaxy S21 smartphones via Bixby Voice. The feature is expected to remain exclusive to One UI 3.1 for some time. We should know more about how it works once Samsung unveils the smartphones in January 2021.
Company executive hints that the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 series is likely to be replaced by the Galaxy Z Fold 3
A report from a South Korean news outlet hammers the final nail in the Galaxy Note 21 series' coffin. The critically-acclaimed phablet is likely to be replaced by the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which reportedly ship with an S Pen out of the box. Even the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra is expected to support S Pen inputs.
Japanese analysts speculate that the PlayStation 5 may be the last of its kind
There will be no successor to the PlayStation 5, according to some analysts from Citi Securities Japan. The reason is cited to be the long wait between generations and rising costs associated with manufacturing consoles. The analysts speculate that cloud gaming will eventually replace hardware-based consoles.
Microsoft Store listing hints that Far Cry 6 will be released on 26 May 2021
Far Cry 6 has a tentative release date of 26 May 2021, according to the game's Microsoft Store listing. Ubisoft is yet to announce its launch date officially after delaying it indefinitely. However, the Xbox Store is likely correct, as it accurately predicted many game launches earlier.
Realme 7 5G launched in Europe with a MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC, 120Hz display, and more
The 5G version of the Realme 7 —the Realme 7 5G— has been launched in Europe. It features a MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, four rear cameras, a 6.5-inch IPS LCD panel clocked at 120Hz, and a 5,000mAh battery that can be charged at 30W. It will cost €229, but for a limited time only.
Poco M3 set to arrive on November 24; likely to feature a Snapdragon 662 chipset
Poco will launch the Poco M3 globally on November 24. Its Geekbench listing indicates that it will run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC and come with 4GB of RAM. It appears to be identical to the Redmi 10, which surfaced a few days ago.
Nokia 9.3 PureView, Nokia 7.3 5G, and Nokia 6.3 release date tipped; Q4 2020 launch imminent
A new report says that Nokia will reportedly launch the Nokia 9.3 PureView, Nokia 7.3 5G and Nokia 6.3 before 2020 ends. All three devices were due to be released earlier in the year, but the date got pushed back consistently.
Samsung likely to ditch the Galaxy Note 21 series in 2021
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series might be the last of its kind, as Samsung is yet to start working on its successor, according to a well-renowned industry insider. The Samsung Galaxy Note 21 series is also absent from Samsung's list of 2021 flagships, suggesting that the company may have other plans for us, presumably a foldable device.
Samsung Exynos 1080: 5nm mobile SoC comes with ARM's Cortex-A78 CPU cores, Mali-G78 GPU, and more
Samsung's newest mid-range mobile chipset, the Exynos 1080, is finally official. It features a 1+3+4 configuration with four Cortex-A78 and Cortex-A55 cores, an ARM Mali-G78 GPU, and an integrated 5G modem that supports mmWave and sub-6GHz networks. It is expected to be released alongside the Vivo X60 soon.
MediaTek MT8195 and MT8192 launched; 6nm chips billed to power Chromebooks, tablets, smart displays, and more starting Q2 2021
MediaTek's new MT8195 and MT8192 chipsets are the company's newest Chromebook-centric chipsets. The former is powered by ARM's latest Cortex-A78 cores, while the latter uses previous-generation Cortex-A76 cores. Both chipsets use the same ARM Mali-G77 GPU, though. They are expected to hit the market in Q2 2021.
OnePlus Nord SE reportedly slated for Q1 2021 launch; will come with a 4,500mAh battery, support for 65W fast charging, and more
OnePlus is expected to release the low-cost OnePlus Nord SE sometime in March 2021. The smartphone is set to feature a 4,500mAh battery that supports fast charging at 65W. It will likely be released in India first, followed by the EU. A U.S launch seems unlikely.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE touchscreen issues might not be fixable via software updates
Samsung has issued yet another fix to address the Galaxy S20 FE's touchscreen issues. Some users have reported that the update only partially addresses the problem, with some touchscreen functions not working as intended. The defect is likely due to faulty hardware, as multiple updates have failed to mend it.
Xiaomi Mi 11 shows up on Geekbench running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 875
The Xiaomi Mi 11 has just made its second Geekbench appearance. The Snapdragon 875-powered smartphone nets single and multi-core scores of 1,105 and 3,512, respectively. Although the multi-core score seems a bit lot, the results reconfirm what we already know about the chip. Xiaomi is expected to launch the Mi 11 in Q1 2020
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy M62 smartphone could offer up to 256GB of storage
A new report states that Samsung is working on a high-end Galaxy M series phone, allegedly coming with up to 256GB of internal storage. Dubbed as the Galaxy M62, it will succeed the Galaxy M51 released earlier this year. We can expect the Galaxy M62 to offer minor upgrades over its predecessor, including a better SoC, cameras, and a larger battery.
The PlayStation 5 will not allow users to add more solid-state storage at launch; functionality expected to arrive via a future update
A Sony spokesperson has confirmed that PlayStation 5 users will not be able to install their own NVMe SSDs on the console at launch. Users may have to wait for a few months for Sony to enable the feature via a software update. However, the console will support external USB hard disks, allowing users to play last-generation titles with ease.
The Xbox Series S allegedly comes with a paltry 364GB of usable storage
A lucky Reddit user who happened to receive their Xbox Series S console a week early states that it only comes with 364GB of usable storage. That, combined with a lack of a disc drive, will make it difficult for users to simultaneously store more than a few games on the console.
Leaked Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 specs indicate that its Cortex-X1 core is clocked at 2.8GHz
A seasoned Weibo leaker has shed some light on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875's specifications. Its 1+3+4 design consists of a Cortex-X1 super core clocked at 2.8GHz, three Cortex-A78 cores at 2.4GHz, and four Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8GHz. The chip will be released in December 2020 and likely debut alongside the Xiaomi Mi 11 the next month.
Alleged NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti specs resurface; will likely feature 20GB of GDDR6x VRAM, 10,496 CUDA cores, and more
A new set of purported NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti specifications suggest that it will come with 10,496 CUDA cores like the GeForce RTX 3090. However, its 20GB of GDDR6x VRAM has a memory speed of 19GB/s, putting it closer to the GeForce RTX 3080, along with its 320W TGP. Support for Nvlink appears to have been removed too.
Apple likely to unveil the ARM-based 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and 16-inch MacBook Pro on November 10
Apple is all set to lift the veil off its first-ever ARM-based MacBooks on November 10. A report suggests that there are three models in the works, a 13-inch MacBook Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro, and a 13-inch MacBook Air. A new iPad Pro could be launched alongside them as well.
New Snapdragon 875 Master Lu benchmark listing sheds light on the chip's GPU prowess, maximum clock speed, and more
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 managed to beat Huawei's Kirin 9000 and the previous-generation Snapdragon 865+ in the Master Lu benchmark. While the Snapdragon 875's Cortex-X1 Super core (2.8GHz) managed to keep it ahead in the CPU department, things are a lot closer to the GPU front. The Kirin 9000's ARM Mali-G78 GPU managed to surpass the Adreno 660, which is quite impressive.
The Redmi Note 10 series will allegedly feature three devices; mid-November launch date likely
An industry insider suggests that Xiaomi is all set to unveil the Redmi Note 10 series sometime in November 2020. It will consist of three devices, namely the Redmi Note 10, Redmi Note 10 Pro, and Redmi Note 10 Pro Max. At least one of the smartphones (most likely the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max) is expected to ship with a 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 camera sensor.
MediaTek reportedly working on two Cortex-A78 based chips
A new leak suggests that MediaTek is working on two new chipsets that use ARM's latest Cortex-A78 cores. It will likely succeed last year's Dimensity lineup and set a precedent for subsequent MediaTek releases in 2021. The hardware is expected to make its debut alongside a Chinese-origin smartphone in the coming weeks.
Alleged Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 AnTuTu listing paints a rosy picture of the upcoming silicon
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 has made what seems to be its first-ever appearance on AnTuTu. It nets an overall score of 874,868, making it over 30% faster than the Snapdragon 865+. The increased performance is likely due to its Cortex-X1 Super Core.
New Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra render showcases Penta-camera setup
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is all set to be the first Samsung device to come with five rear camera sensors. The 108MP wide-angle lens will likely be joined by two telephoto and one ultra-wide-angle lens, along with a ToF sensor. Samsung is likely to unveil the phone sometime in January 2021.
Galaxy S21 Ultra: Samsung's upcoming flagship will allegedly come with two telephoto lenses, support for S Pen inputs, and more
Although it is not official yet, Samsung is expected to release the Galaxy S21 Ultra sometime in January 2021. The flagship will reportedly come with a 6.8-inch AMOLED panel clocked at 120Hz, a quad-camera array with two telephoto lenses, and a 5,000mAh battery that supports 45W fast charging. It is expected to retail at US$1,300 for the base variant with 128GB of storage and 12GB of RAM.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti spotted on GPU-Z with 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM; mid-November launch imminent
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti's specs are all but confirmed, thanks to a new GPU-Z listing. It will feature a GA104-200 GPU, 4,864 CUDA cores, and 8GB of VRAM with a memory bandwidth of 448GB/s. NVIDIA is expected to launch the card sometime in November for around US$400.
OnePlus Nord N10 5G and N100 released in Europe; North American launch to follow soon
OnePlus' two new low-cost smartphones are now up for grabs in Europe. The OnePlus Nord N10 5G comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 SoC, a quad-camera array, a 4,300mAh battery, and will cost €329. At €179, the OnePlus Nord N100 gets you a Snapdragon 460n, three rear cameras, and a 5,000mAh battery.
Leak suggests that the Kirin 9000's ARM Mali-G78 GPU is a massive power hog
ARM's newest Mali-G78 GPU has been tested alongside the Kirin 9000 on a Huawei Mate 40, and the results look alarming. Although the GPU manages to hit 1 TFLOPS under peak load, the accompanying power consumption can go as high as 14W. Its average power usage seems to be around 9W.
Key OnePlus Nord N100 and Nord N10 5G specs leaked days ahead of October 26 launch
Renowned leaker OnLeaks has lifted the veil off OnePlus' upcoming low-cost smartphones- the OnePlus Nord N100 and Nord N10 5G. The OnePlus Nord N10 5G gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690, four rear cameras, and a 4,300mAh battery, while the Nord N100 gets a Snapdragon 460, three rear cameras, and a 5,000mAh battery. OnePlus is expected to launch both phones on October 26.
Fix for Galaxy S20 FE touchscreen issues now rolling out via a software update
Samsung has finally begun issuing fixes for the Galaxy S20 FE's touchscreen problems via a software update. It is roughly 174MB in size and is currently rolling out in Europe. A global release should follow suit in the coming days.
Huawei Mate 40 series launched with a new 5nm Kirin 9000 SoC, improved camera setup, and more
Huawei has unveiled its Mate 40 line of smartphones and its latest Kirin 9000 and Kirin 9000E chips. The Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro come with a triple camera array, while the Mate 40 Pro+ and Mate 40 RS comes with four lenses. All four devices are powered by 4,400mAh batteries that support wired charging at 66W. Prices start at €899 (US$1,062) for the Mate 40 and max out at €2,295 (US$2,713) for the Mate 40 RS (Porsche Design).
The Huawei Mate 40 series has been leaked in its entirety a day before launch
The entire Huawei Mate 40 lineup has been leaked just a day before its October 22 release. The Mate 40 Pro features a triple-camera array; the Mate 40 Pro+ gets an additional telephoto lens and the Mate 40 RS a temperature sensor on top of all that. Prices are expected to start at €1,129 (US$1,340) for the Huawei Mate 40 Pro.
Acer Spin 3 refreshed with 11th-generation Intel Tiger Lake CPUs, a 2K screen, and more
Acer has redesigned its convertible Acer Swift 3 with a new 16:10 WQXGA (2,560x1,600) touchscreen. It also features Intel's new Tiger Lake processors and comes with an upgraded battery. The notebook will be available for purchase in January 2021 for €999 (US$1,181)
The new Acer Spin 5 comes with a 3:2 screen protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass
Acer has released an updated version of its Spin 5 convertible notebook with 11th-generation Intel processors. It also comes with a 3:2 screen protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass. Prices start at €1,099 (US$1,300) for the base variant, which will be up for grabs in December 2020.
Company insider claims that the OnePlus 9 will be released in March 2021
A company insider says that OnePlus is all set to release the OnePlus 9 a full month early. OnePlus is the second company after Samsung that is mulling on an early flagship release in 2021. One can only hope that OnePlus also launches the affordable Nord N100 and Nord 105G alongside its 2021 flagship.
Micromax IN 1A appears on Geekbench with 4GB of RAM and a MediaTek Helio P35 SoC
A new Micromax phone called the Micromax IN 1A has just shown up on Geekbench. It is powered by what looks like a MediaTek Helio P35 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM, and running Android 10. The phone is likely a part of the company's upcoming IN line of low-cost smartphones, which will be released in India soon.
OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 edition will reportedly be released on November 5
OnePlus and CD Projekt Red are said to be working on a Cyberpunk 2077-themed OnePlus 8T. The limited-edition device is expected to come with custom animations, wallpapers, and packaging. It will likely be up for grabs on November 5.
Realme India CEO hints that the Realme X7 and Realme X7 Pro will be released in the country soon
According to a teaser posted by Realme India's CEO, the company has plans to release the Realme X7 and Realme X7 Pro in the country. Both phones will be the first MediaTek Dimensity-powered devices to be sold outside of China. We can expect to hear more about the smartphones' launch in the coming weeks.
Samsung Galaxy S21 series likely to be released in January 2021
A South Korean media outlet says that Samsung is planning to release the Galaxy S21 series early. Its launch could be pushed to as early as late December 2020, but January 2021 seems more likely. The report also states that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will ship with an S Pen.
Huawei's Kirin 9000 SoC trades blows with the Samsung Exynos 1080 on AnTuTu
An AnTuTu listing reportedly belonging to the HiSilicon Kirin 9000 has been posted online. It nets an overall score of 693,603, putting it ahead of the Samsung Exynos 1080. The chip appears to use four ARM Cortex-A77 cores clocked at 3.1 GHz and an ARM Mali G78 GPU. Huawei is expected to unveil it alongside the Mate 40 series on October 22.
Fortnite can now run at 90 FPS on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+
Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ will soon be able to run Fortnite at 90 FPS. The functionality will arrive via a Galaxy Store update and will be available to all players soon. We can expect Samsung and Epic to bring the feature to other compatible devices soon.
Alleged Exynos 1080 AnTuTu listing surfaces online; Samsung's newest SoC handily outperforms everything Qualcomm has to offer
An alleged AnTuTu score of Samsung's newly-released Exynos 1080 has been posted online. It nets an overall score of 693,600, effectively demolishing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ across the board. The chip is expected to make its debut alongside a Vivo device in late 2020.
New alleged Geekbench score puts the Exynos 2100 ahead of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 875
A fresh set of alleged Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 and Samsung Exynos 2100 Geekbench scores have surfaced online. A single and multi-core score of 1,323 and 4,215 indicates that Samsung's silicon seems to best Qualcomm's offering, which managed to score 1,204 and 4,121. The increased single-core performance is likely a result of both chips using ARM's Cortex-X1 Super core.
Leak confirms that the Samsung Exynos 2100 will run ARM's Cortex-X1 core
A leaker has found that Samsung's upcoming flagship Exynos 2100 runs ARM's newest Cortex-X1 super core. It confirms an earlier leak, which stated that the chip would feature one ultra-high-performance, three performance, and four efficiency cores. The 5nm chip is expected to make its debut alongside the Galaxy S21 series in 2021.
Leak suggests that ARM MacBooks will come in eight, twelve, and sixteen-core configurations
An industry insider says that Apple has two new chips earmarked for its ARM-based MacBooks. The eight-core chip will likely power the upcoming 13-inch MacBook Air, and the twelve-core chip will be featured alongside the 13-inch MacBook Pro. A sixteen-core version is also due for release in 2021.
Low-cost OnePlus Nord N10 5G and OnePlus Nord N100 to be launched later this month
An industry insider just confirmed that OnePlus is expected to release two new budget smartphones in October 2020. Both phones are billed to be a part of OnePlus' Nord series and are called the OnePlus Nord N10 5G and Nord N100. The devices are expected to hit international markets like the United States and cost between US$200 to US$300.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 will allegedly be launched on December 1
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 875 finally has a tentative release date of December 1, according to Roland Quandt. The chip is expected to feature the same 1+3+4 configuration employed by its predecessors, but with a Cortex-X1 Super core, three Cortex-A78, and four Cortex-A55 cores. It is expected to make its debut alongside the Xiaomi Mi 11 in 2021.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra fails to surpass the Galaxy S20 Ultra on DxOMark
Samsung's shiny new Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has finally made an appearance on DxOMark. It manages to get an overall score of 121 (130/101 for photos/video), putting it one point short of its predecessor, the Galaxy S20 Ultra. DxOMark concludes by saying that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's cameras can capture high-quality content, but with some caveats.
Apple A14 Bionic Geekbench listing shows that Apple's silicon is still miles ahead of Qualcomm and Samsung
Apple's newest A14 Bionic mobile SoC has made its first appearance on Geekbench alongside an iPad Air 4. It nets a single-core score of 1,538 and a multi-core score of 4,198. Like always, Apple's flagship silicon convincingly outperforms everything Qualcomm/Samsung has to offer.
The Galaxy S21 series will support S Pen inputs as Samsung plans on merging its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series of smartphones by 2022
A South Korean news outlet says that Samsung will reportedly make the Galaxy S21 series compatible with an S Pen. The report suggests that an S Pen-ready Galaxy S phone will help Galaxy Note users transition to Samsung's mainstream flagships. That is essential as the Galaxy Note 21 is billed to be the last of its kind.
Alleged iPhone 12 series pricing information leaked online
Some information about the iPhone 12 series' price has appeared online. US$649 will get you a 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini with 64GB of storage. Similarly, an iPhone 12 with the same capacity will retail at US$749. Both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max come with at least 128GB of memory and will cost you US$999 and US$1,099, respectively.
Poco C3 to be released in India on October 6
Poco has announced that it will unveil the Poco C3 on October 6 in India via an online event. Earlier reports have told us that it will be a budget device, possibly a rebranded Redmi C3. If that is the case, we can expect it to cost around INR 8,000 (US$110).
Realme Q2 shows up on AnTuTu running what appears to be a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC
An alleged AnTuTu listing of Realme's upcoming Realme Q2 Pro has shown up online. It nets a total score of 519,992, which indicates that it is likely running a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC. Realme will reportedly unveil the device on October 13 at an event in China.
OnePlus CEO confirms that the OnePlus 8T Pro will not be released this year
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has effectively confirmed that the OnePlus 8T Pro would not be released this year. The OnePlus 8T will instead be joined by a low-cost alternative, along with other OnePlus-branded smart devices. Industry insiders suggest that OnePlus has up to five products in store for us, unveiled on October 14.
The ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 is Lenovo's newest Intel Evo certified laptop with a 2K screen
Lenovo refreshed the ThinkBook 13s with Intel Tiger Lake processors. The Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 comes with a 13.3-inch WQXGA IPS panel, up to 8GB of RAM and 1TB of solid-state storage, and a 61Wh battery that can be charged at 65W. It will be available for sale in October 2020, starting at US$829 and US$729 for the Intel and AMD versions.
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 launched with 11th-generation Intel processors, Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt 4.0, and more
The newly-unveiled ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 can be configured with Intel Tiger Lake and AMD processors. Other features include an FHD IPS/TN display, an Intel Xe/Nvidia MX 450 GPU, Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, and more. The notebooks will be available for purchase in October 2020. Prices start US$569 for the Intel model and US$549 for the AMD variant.
Realme's new Realme Q series of smartphones to be unveiled on October 15
Realme is reportedly working on another entirely new line of smartphones. The first Realme Q smartphone is billed to support 5G, an AMOLED screen, and 65W fast charging. It is expected to make its debut in China on October 15, and remain exclusive to the market for the foreseeable future.
Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2 get ECG functionality in the United States
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Galaxy Watch 3 users in the United States can soon use their smartwatches to take ECG readings. The functionality will be available via an update to the Samsung Health Monitor app. The app can also be configured to send an ECG report to a physician automatically.
Alleged Galaxy S21+ Geekbench listing paints a grim picture of the Exynos 1000
The Exynos 1000-powered Samsung Galaxy S21+ has made an appearance on Geekbench. It nets a single-core score of 1,038 and a multi-core score of 3,060, putting it behind the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875. However, the abysmal performance could also be the result of unoptimized software.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G launched with new Adreno 619 GPU, Kryo 570 cores, and more
Qualcomm has launched a new mid-range 5G-ready SoC called the Snapdragon 750G. It comes with Qualcomm's latest Kryo 540 CPU cores and supports both mmwave and sub-6GHz 5G networks, 120Hz FHD+ displays, and more. The chip is expected to make its debut alongside a Xiaomi smartphone in the coming weeks.
The OnePlus 8T will reportedly cost €599 (US$703) in Europe
A new leak suggests that the OnePlus 8T will retail at €599 (US$703) in Europe. It is contradicted by another report, which states that the starting price could be as high as €799 (US$937). OnePlus will officially unveil the device on October 15, so it shouldn't be long before we know for sure.
HP t540 small form factor desktop launched with an embedded AMD Ryzen R1305G CPU, Vega 3 graphics, and more
HP has launched a new compact desktop for enterprise use. The HP t540 Thin Client comes with an AMD Ryzen R1305G CPU, Vega 3 iGPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 512GB of solid-state storage, two USB Type-C ports, and a Wi-Fi 6 antenna. Its price and availability will be announced in December 2020.
HP ThinPro 7.2 OS will be available on select devices this December
HP has unveiled the latest version of its ThinPro OS for enterprise devices. ThinPro 7.2 has a locked file system and SecureBoot signing for added security. It also supports a host of virtual desktop environments like Citrix and VMWare. HP will announce ThinPro 7.2's price once it is released this December.
HP Pavilion 15 refreshed with AMD Ryzen 4000 series Renoir CPUs
HP has launched AMD Renoir-powered variants of the HP Pavilion 15. It can be configured with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U or a Ryzen 7 4700U CPU. It uses the onboard Vega iGPU and comes with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of solid-state storage. Prices start at US$599 for the base variant on HP's official website and other retail channels.
Apple will reportedly use a scaled-down version of the A14 Bionic on the iPhone 12 Mini
The soon-to-be-released iPhone 12 Mini will allegedly run a scaled-down version of the A14 Bionic. Dubbed as the Apple B14, the chip will also appear alongside subsequent variants of the iPhone SE. The B14 is, in all likelihood, an underclocked A14 Bionic fine-tuned for efficiency instead of performance.
Microsoft acquires Bethesda's parent company ZeniMax for US$7.5 billion
Microsoft now owns all franchises like Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein, and Fallout thanks to its acquisition of Bethesda's parent company ZeniMax. Several Bethesda, id Software, and Arkane Studios games will be added to the Xbox Game Pass soon.
Apple's upcoming 5.4-inch smartphone will allegedly be called the iPhone 12 Mini
Apple is all set to release the world's first-ever 'mini' iPhone. A new leak suggests that Apple's 2020 smartphone lineup will consist of the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. All four phones are expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
The OnePlus 8T will allegedly be unveiled on October 14
Insider reports suggest that the OnePlus 8T will be released on October 14. It is likely to be accompanied by the sub-US$200 OnePlus Clover and the OnePlus Watch. OnePlus is yet to officially confirm the date, but we should know for sure in the coming days.
Alleged Exynos 1000 Geekbench score surfaces online; Samsung's upcoming SoC trades blows with Apple's A13 Bionic
We now have our first look at the Snapdragon 875 and Exynos 1000's Geekbench scores. The latter convincingly outperforms the former, with a single-core score of 1327 and a multi-core score of 4250. It is also worth noting that those numbers are within spitting distance of the Apple A13 Bionic.
Samsung's upcoming Exynos 1000 SoC will use the same core configuration as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875
A leak suggests that the Exynos 1000 will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875's 1+3+4 core configuration. Both chips will likely use modified versions of ARM's Cortex-X1 super core and Cortex-A78 cores. The move could help Samsung bridge the ever-widening gap between its in-house silicon and Qualcomm's offerings.
Leaked A14 Bionic AnTuTu score surfaces online; Apple's newest silicon fails to surpass the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Apple's latest A14 Bionic chip has just made an appearance on AnTuTu. It nets a total score of 572,333, which is significantly lesser than that of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 865+. The low number could likely be due to unstable software, so we should take the results with a grain of salt.
Splinter Cell finally makes a comeback; but with a catch
The critically-acclaimed stealth-action shooter Splinter Cell is all set to make a comeback. However, it will be released exclusively on Oculus VR. We can expect Ubisoft to tell us more about the game in the coming weeks.
Galaxy S20 Fan Edition leaks in its entirety a week before launch
Thanks to a new leak, we now know pretty much everything about the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. The affordable flagship is billed to come with a 6.5-inch AMOLED panel clocked at 120Hz, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 8/128GB of RAM/storage, a triple-camera array, and a 4,500mAh battery. It will be unveiled officially on September 23 and is expected to cost about US$700.
HP E24t G4: HP's newest touch monitor will be available this December for US$349
HP has announced a new enterprise-focused touch monitor. The HP E24t G4 comes with a 23.8-inch IPS LCD panel, multiple input options, and HP's Eye Ease technology support. It will be up for grabs this December for US$349.
HP E24d and E27d G4 conferencing monitors launched with pop-up webcams, dedicated speakers, and more
HP has released two monitors custom-designed for video conferencing environments. The E24d and E27d G4 come with an integrated webcam, speaker/microphone combo, Windows Hello support, and a host of input and output options. They will be available for sale in October for US$369 and US$499, respectively.
Here's what the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 update has in store for us
We finally have our first look at what Samsung has in store for us with One UI 3.0. For the most part, it is an incremental upgrade that improves upon existing One UI and One UI 2.0 features. The One UI 3.0 beta is only available in the United States and South Korea and will expand to other regions soon.
The HP Omen 30L gaming desktop now comes with Nvidia's RTX 3000 series graphics cards
HP's Omen 30L gaming desktop is now available with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3080, and RTX 3070. Everything else, including the CPU options, memory/storage configurations, and features, remain the same. The desktop will be available for purchase starting Holiday 2020.
Samsung launches four new ISOCELL camera sensors
Samsung has launched four new camera sensors. Dubbed as the ISOCELL GW3, ISOCELL HM2, ISOCELL JD1, and ISOCELL GM5, they come with a 0.7μm pixel size and technology such as staggered HDR, smart-ISO, and ISOCELL Plus. Except for the ISOCELL GM5, all three sensors are in mass production, so we can expect to see them in action soon.
Sony will announce the PlayStation 5's price on September 16
Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 Showcase event will take place on September 16. It will likely focus on some current and yet-to-be-announced exclusive titles that will launch alongside the console. Most importantly, we'll finally get to know how much the PlayStation 5 will cost.
OnePlus Watch reportedly in the works; will allegedly come with a round screen
A Twitter leak suggests that OnePlus is working on a smartwatch. Earlier reports suggested that it would sport the Oppo Watch's square aesthetic, but the OnePlus Watch will allegedly have a round screen. OnePlus will likely unveil it alongside the OnePlus 8T.
iPhone 12: Leaked promotional material hints at an October release date
A leaked carrier email suggests that customers have until October 20 to pre-order the iPhone 12 and Apple Watch Series 6. It indicates that the iPhone 12 will be released sometime in October. However, the email neglects to mention which variants of the iPhone 12 it pertains to.
PUBG Mobile likely to be unbanned in India as developer distances itself from Tencent
Massively popular Battle Royale title PUBG Mobile might make its highly-awaited comeback to the Indian market soon. The game's developer has terminated its agreement with Tencent, indicating that it is looking for another publisher.
Leak suggests that OnePlus will not release the OnePlus 8T Pro this year
A renowned Twitter leaker suggests that OnePlus has no plans to release a Pro version of the OnePlus 8T. The information falls in line with an earlier leak that tells us about some of the phone's specifications. OnePlus will likely replace it with an affordable smartphone.
Mi TV 4A Horizon Edition: Xiaomi's newest affordable smart TV is available in 43-inch and 32-inch variants
Xiaomi has released two new 32-inch and 43-inch smart TVs as a part of its Mi TV 4A Horizon Edition series in India. Both TVs run Xiaomi's Patchwall UI out of the box and come with several pre-loaded applications. Prices start at INR 13,499 (US$191) and (US$213) for the 32-inch and 43-inch version, respectively.
OnePlus 8T camera and display specifications leaked ahead of launch
A company spokesperson has revealed some critical OnePlus 8T specs. It will be the first non-Pro variant to come with a 6.5-inch AMOLED panel clocked at 120Hz. The phone will also ship with a 48MP quad-camera setup. We can expect OnePlus to release the phone sometime in October.
One UI 2.5 update now rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ in some regions
The One UI 2.5 update is making its way to Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 phones in Germany. It adds new functions to Pro Video Mode, Single Take Mode, and Samsung Keyboard. Users can also wirelessly cast their phones to select smart TVs via Wireless DeX. Its global rollout is expected to commence soon.
MSI Stealth 15M launched with 11th-generation Intel Tiger Lake CPUs, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, and more
The MSI Stealth 15M thin and light gaming laptop comes with Intel's 11th-generation Tiger Lake hardware. GPU options include the Intel Xe, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q. The notebook can be configured with up to 64GB of RAM and 2TB of solid-state storage. Its base variant will retail at $1549 and will be available online starting October 2020.
Realme 7 and Realme 7 Pro launched with a 64MP quad-camera array, 5,000mAh batteries, and more
The Realme 7 and Realme 7 Pro are now official. While both phones offer some incremental upgrades, they are quite similar to their predecessors. The Realme 7 series is only available in India for now, but we can expect a global launch soon.
The Asus VivoBook S13, S14, S15, VivoBook 14, 15, and VivoBook Flip 14 are now available with Intel Tiger Lake chips
Asus has refreshed its VivoBook line of notebooks with Intel Tiger Lake CPUs and Xe graphics cards. The VivoBook 14 and 15 get Wi-FI 6 compatibility and the ZenBooks' Numpad functionality. Asus says that it will reveal the notebooks' price and availability at a later date.
PUBG Mobile banned in India along with 118 other Chinese-origin apps
After mulling on the decision for over a month, the Indian Government has finally banned PUBG Mobile. Over 110 other Chinese-origin apps join it, most of which appear to be mobile games from lesser-known developers like NetEase. We can expect the ban to be implemented in the coming weeks.
Poco M2: Scaled-down version of Poco M2 Pro will be released in India on September 8
The Poco M2 is billed to be the company's newest offering. Not much is known about its hardware, and its name seems to indicate that it will be less powerful than the Poco M2 Pro. It will be released in India on September 8 via an online event.
Dell refreshes its Alienware Aurora gaming desktops with Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 graphics cards
Dell's Alienware Aurora line of gaming PCs can now be configured with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 and RTX 3080. Everything else remains the same, including its aesthetic, choice of CPUs, and memory configurations. Dell will reveal its price and availability at a later date.
Dell's Alienware m17 R3 gaming laptop now comes with a 360Hz screen
Dell has unveiled a refreshed version of its Alienware m17 R3 gaming laptop. It bumps up the refresh rate of its 17-inch FHD panel from 300Hz to 360Hz. There are also some improvements to the notebook's cooling system. However, Dell will reveal the laptop's price and availability later this month.
Asus refreshes the ZenBook Flip 13 with 10th-generation Intel Ice Lake CPUs
The ZenBook Flip 13 is now configurable with the Intel Core i5-1035G1 and Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake CPUs. It can be paired with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of solid-state storage. Prices start at US$899 for the base version. Both notebooks will be available for purchase in the United States on September 16.
Qualcomm confirms that the Snapdragon 732G will make its debut alongside a Poco phone
Qualcomm has lifted the veil off its newest mid-ranger. The Snapdragon 732G comes with two high-performance Kyro 470 Gold cores, six Kyro 470 Silver cores, and an overclocked Adreno 618 GPU. It is billed to debut alongside a Poco phone, which is very likely the Poco X3.
Leak suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE will retail at US$699
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will allegedly retail at US$699, says a leaker. However, it is unclear if that price is for the 4G or 5G variant of the phone. It will likely be released alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 2 in September 2020.
Poco X3 billed to come with a Snapdragon 732G, quad-camera array, and a 5,000mAh battery; tentative release date set for September 8
A leak suggests that the upcoming Poco X3 will be the world's first smartphone to run Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 732G SoC. Some of its other specs include a 64MP quad-camera array, a 5,160mAh battery chargeable at 33W, and a 6.6-inch LCD panel clocked at 120Hz. The phone will likely be released on September 8.
Realme X7 Pro Player Edition will allegedly be the world's first smartphone to ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 5G
It appears that there are multiple Realme X7 Pro variants in the works. One of them —the Realme X7 Pro Player Edition— is expected to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 5G SoC. The Realme X7 series will be released in China on September 1.
Leak suggests that the Realme 7 will come with a MediaTek Helio G95 SoC, 90Hz LCD panel, 5,000mAh battery, and more
The Realme 7 has begun leaking weeks before its September launch. It will allegedly come with a MediaTek Helio G95 SoC, a quad-camera setup with a 64MP Sony sensor at the helm, and a 16MP selfie camera. Its 5,000mAh battery can be charged at 30W.
Apple likely to begin online sales in India starting October 2020
According to a source familiar with the matter, Apple will reportedly start direct-to-consumer sales in India this October. The move will help Apple market its products better and reduce its reliance on third-party retailers. The company is also expected to open an Apple Store in 2021, but that remains unconfirmed.
Industry insider speculates that GTA VI will not be released until 2023
According to an industry insider, Grand Theft Auto fans might have to wait until 2023 before they can get their hands on GTA VI. The information gives credence to an earlier leak, which predicted a similar release date.
Galaxy Note 20 likely to be the last of its kind as Samsung plans on shipping the Galaxy S21 Ultra with an S Pen
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is billed to be the first Galaxy S device to come with an S Pen, according to a report from a South Korean news outlet. Samsung is reportedly planning on merging the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note line of phones in 2021. An equally-priced foldable device will likely replace the Galaxy Note 21.
One UI 2.5 update rolling out for the Galaxy S20 series in Europe
Several Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra users based in Europe have confirmed that they are receiving the One UI 2.5 update. It brings forth a host of Galaxy Note 20 features like wireless DeX and support for Android 10's navigation gestures.
Hitman 3 will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store for a year
IO Interactive has just confirmed that the PC version of Hitman 3 will be available only on the Epic Games Store for a year after launch. Players will be able to carry over progress from previous versions of the game to Hitman 3. The game is expected to debut in January 2021 on PC, consoles, and game streaming services.
Huawei likely to release a smartphone running HarmonyOS later this year
An industry insider speculates that Huawei will release a HarmonyOS-powered smartphone in late 2020. It will reportedly be a low-cost 5G-ready smartphone exclusive to the Chinese market. Huawei is expected to tell us more about its plans with HarmonyOS at its developer conference this September.
Asus ZenFone 7 Pro: Snapdragon 865 Plus-powered affordable flagship will allegedly retail at €499
Prolific leaker Roland Quandt has revealed the upcoming Asus ZenFone 7 Pro's retail price. The base variant of the phone with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will allegedly cost €499. It shouldn't be long before we know for sure, as the phone will be released on August 26.
The Steam version of Microsoft Flight Simulator is plagued with download issues, non-availability of content, and a host of other problems
The highly-awaited Microsoft Flight Simulator's launch on Steam has been less than ideal. Several players are unable to access the premium content they paid for, while others cannot download or play the game altogether. The developers are aware of some of the issues, and will likely issue a fix soon.
The Dimensity 800U is MediaTek's newest 5G-ready SoC intended for mid-range smartphones
The Dimensity 800U is MediaTek's newest 5G-ready SoC. It comes with two Cortex-A76 cores (2.4GHz), six Cortex-A55 cores (2.0Ghz,) and an ARM Mali-G57 GPU. Other features include support for 120Hz HDR 10+ displays, sub-6GHz SA and NSA 5G networks, LPDDR4X RAM, and UFS 2.2 storage.
Ghost of Tsushima: Legends coming this fall; will feature new online co-op missions, game modes, and more
Sucker Punch Productions just announced a new online, co-op mode for Ghost of Tsushima. It is called Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, and will come with four unique character classes, a host of missions, and a survival mode. The game mode is multiplayer-only and will be available for everyone who owns the base game.
Here's our first look at the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition 5G
We now have an idea about the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition 5G's looks, thanks to some renders of the device that showed up online. The renders confirm that the phone will come with three rear camera sensors and a hole-punch selfie camera. Samsung is expected to unveil the ~US$750 phone later this year.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G reportedly in the works; will allegedly make its debut in September 2020
Qualcomm is allegedly working on yet another mid-range Snapdragon 732G SoC. It is billed to come with two Kyro 430 Gold and six Kyro 470 Silver cores clocked at 2.3GHz and 1.8 GHz, respectively. The chip will reportedly make its debut alongside a ~US$300 smartphone this September.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition might come with an Exynos 990 SoC in some markets
The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will allegedly come in two variants. The information comes from a Geekbench listing that shows the phone running an Exynos 990 SoC. Much like the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 series, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition's global variants will likely come with an Exynos chip.
Leak suggests that Bloodborne is coming to PC and PlayStation 5 later this year
Sources familiar with the matter have told a YouTuber that the PC port of Bloodborne is nearly done. The PlayStation 5 is billed to get a Bloodborne to remaster as well. We can expect to find out more about it at one of Sony's events later this year.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra and Redmi K30 Ultra will not be released globally
A report suggests that the Redmi K30 Ultra and Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra will be exclusive to China. A Xiaomi representative has confirmed that the company doesn't plan on selling either handset internationally, even as a Poco device.
A Xiaomi executive has hinted that there could be a future wider release.
Samsung has reportedly teamed up with ARM to develop custom CPUs
A report from a South Korean news outlet suggests that Samsung has teamed up with ARM. Both companies are reportedly developing custom CPU cores based on ARM's Cortex-X1 super core. It will likely debut on the upcoming Exynos 1000 chip alongside an AMD Radeon GPU.
Samsung's new AltZLife feature lets users create a 'Private Mode' for supported applications
Samsung has launched a new feature called AltZLife that lets users run specific applications in 'Regular Mode' and 'Private Mode'. Switching from the former to the latter requires you to input a password every time. The feature is available on Galaxy A51 and Galaxy S71 handsets in India.
Google Pixel 5 makes an appearance on AI Benchmark running a Snapdragon 765G and 8GB of RAM
The yet-to-be-announced Google Pixel 5 has allegedly shown up on AI Benchmark. Test results indicate that the phone is running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC along with 8GB of RAM. Google is expected to unveil the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G later this year.
Huawei plans on running HarmonyOS on all of its devices soon
Huawei is planning to run its in-house HarmonyOS all of its future devices. A company executive confirmed that a smartwatch running the software is due to be released later this year. HarmonyOS will eventually make its way to Huawei's upcoming tablets, laptops, and even smartphones.
The AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS-powered Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop is now available for purchase in India
Asus has released its new Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop in India. It can be customized with a host of AMD Ryzen CPUs, Nvidia GeForce GTX and RTX GPUs, and comes with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of solid-state storage. Prices start at INR 80,990 (US$1,081) for the base variant.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ launched with, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC, 120Hz displays, wireless DeX functionality, and more
After months of speculations and leaks, we finally have our first look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+. Both tablets offer a host of exciting features and are powered by Qualcomm's newest silicon. The former will retail at US$650, while the latter will set you back by US$850. They will be available for purchase starting August 20.
Acer Swift 3 featuring a 10th-generation Intel Ice Lake CPU, 2K screen, and more launched in India for INR 64,999 (US$865)
Acer has released a new variant of the Acer Swift 3 in India. The notebook comes with an Intel Core i5-1035G4 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB NVMe SSD, a 13.4-inch 2K screen, and more. It will retail at INR 64,999 (US$865) and available across all online and offline channels.
Sony's Bravia X7400H 4K smart TV coming to Flipkart on August 6; will retail at INR 63,990 (US$851)
The Sony Bravia X7400H smart TV will be released in India on August 6 via Flipkart for INR 63,990 (US$851). It comes with a 55-inch 4K LCD panel that uses Sony's proprietary Triluminos technology. Other features include support for Android TV, in-build Chromecast functionality, 20W speakers, and more.
Redmi 9 Prime featuring a MediaTek Helio G80 SoC, quad-camera array, and more launched in India
Xiaomi has launched yet another affordable smartphone in India. The Redmi 9 Prime comes with a 6.5-inch FHD LCD panel, a MediaTek Helio G80 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64/128GB of storage, four rear cameras, and a 5,000mAh battery that supports fast charging at 18W. The phone will be available on August 3 and will retail at INR 9,999 (US$133) for the base variant.
The Galaxy Note 20 series will reportedly come with an ultra-wideband chip
Samsung will reportedly ship the Galaxy Note 20 series with an ultra-wideband chip. It will facilitate higher peer-to-peer data transfer speeds, and even allow users to track objects in their immediate vicinity. If the Galaxy Note 20 series comes with the hardware, we can expect to see it on a host of future Samsung smartphones.
Here's a list of devices that will get the Android 11-based MIUI 12 update; rollout expected to start in September
The Android 11 update will start making its way to Xiaomi devices in September. It will be based on MIUI 12 and available to a host of Xiaomi, Redmi, and Poco smartphones. The company is already testing the software on many smartphones, such as the Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, and Redmi K30 Pro.
The Avita Liber V featuring a 10th-generation Intel processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB NVMe SSD is now available in India
The Avita Liber V is now available for purchase in India for INR 41,490 (US$554). It comes with an Intel Core i5-10210U CPU, UHD Graphics 620 iGPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB or 512GB of solid-state storage. The notebook is available for purchase on all major e-commerce websites like Flipkart and Amazon.
Honor Magicbook 15 with pop-up webcam launched in India for INR 42,999 (US$574)
The Honor Magicbook 15 laptop is now available for purchase in India. The notebook features an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of solid-state storage, and a Radeon Vega 8 GPU. It will be available on Flipkart starting August 3 for INR 42,999 (US$574).
Realme V5 spotted in the wild; quad-camera setup and color variants showcased
Hands-on images on the upcoming Realme V5 have surfaced online. They showcase the phone's quad-camera array and color variants. The phone is expected to run MediaTek's Dimensity 720 CPU, and will likely be unveiled on August 3.
Asus ZenBook 13, ZenBook 14, VivoBook S14 and VivoBook Ultra K14 launched in India; prices start at INR 39,990 (US$534)
Asus has released refreshed versions of the ZenBook 13, ZenBook 14, VivoBook S14, and VivoBook Ultra K14 in India. Both ZenBooks come with Ice Lake CPUs, while the VivoBooks feature Comet Lake processors. The ZenBooks will retail at 79,990 (US$1,068), while the VivoBook Ultra K14 and VivoBook S14 cost INR 39,990 (US$534) and INR 67,990 (US$907), respectively.
Mi TV Stick likely to be launched in India on August 5
Xiaomi's official Twitter handle has put out a teaser, which hints that the Mi TV Stick will be released in India on August 5. It comes with a dedicated remote and will likely come with the Mi TV's Patchwall software. It is expected to cost between INR 2,000 (US$27) and INR 2,500 (US$34).
Some Galaxy Note 8 users are unable to connect to mobile networks after installing the July 2020 Android security patch
Some Samsung Galaxy Note 8 users cannot connect to mobile networks after installing the July 2020 Android security patch. The phone refuses to detect a SIM card outright. An OTA update is required to fix the issue as standard troubleshooting steps don't seem to work. Samsung is yet to acknowledge the problem officially.
Micromax reportedly working on three MediaTek-powered smartphones for the Indian market
A report states that Micromax is working on three new smartphones for the Indian market. The devices will be unveiled sometime in September and will come with MediaTek chips. Prices will range between INR 7,000 (US$93) and INR 15,000 (US$200).
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will reportedly cost a whopping INR 105,999 (US$1418) in India
A leak has shed some light on the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's price in India. The former will cost INR 77,990 (US$1,043), while the latter will retail at INR 105,999 (US$1,418). Both phones will very likely come with an Exynos 990 SoC and no 5G connectivity.
Samsung's entry-level Galaxy M01 Core smartphone launched in India; prices start at INR 5,499 (US$73)
Samsung has released what appears to be its most affordable offering of 2020. The Galaxy M01 Core comes with a 5.3-inch TFT panel, a MediaTek MT6739 SoC, up to 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and a 3,000mAh battery. Prices start at INR 5,499 (US$73) for the entry-level version with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
Leak suggests that the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will come with a 12MP IMX555 sensor
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will reportedly use the Galaxy S20's 12MP Sony IMX555 image sensor. It was suggested earlier that the device would come with Samsung's in-house 50MP ISOCELL GN1 sensor. The last-minute change could likely have been implemented as a cost-cutting measure.
PUBG Mobile likely to get banned in India along with over 200 Chinese-origin apps
The Indian Government is looking at banning even more Chinese-origin apps. Over 200 apps are on the list, with the most prominent one being PUBG Mobile. Games like Call of Duty: Mobile, Clash of Clans, and Clash Royale are likely on the list as well, due to their deep-rooted affiliation with Tencent.
Realme X50 5G launched in Thailand; international launch likely to follow soon
The Realme X50 5G is finally available for purchase outside of China, but only in Thailand. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC, 6.5-inch 120Hz screen, 4,200mAh battery, and a slightly different camera configuration compared to the Chinese version. The phone costs 12,990 THB (US$410) for the base variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Realme 6i launched with MediaTek Helio G90T SoC, 90Hz FHD+ screen, and more; prices start at INR 12,999 (US$173)
Realme has released yet another mid-range smartphone for the Indian market. The Realme 6i comes with a 6.5-inch FHD screen clocked at 90Hz, a MediaTek Helio G90T SoC, a quad-camera array at the back, and a 4,300mAh that supports fast charging for 30W. All of this can be had for as little as INR 12,999 (US$173) starting July 31 on Flipkart and Realme's website.
Alienware M15 R3, Dell G5 15 Special Edition, Dell G5 15, and Dell G3 15 gaming laptops featuring 10th-generation Intel and AMD Ryzen 4000 chips launched in India
Dell has launched the Alienware M15 R3, G5 15 Special Edition, G5 15, and G3 15 gaming laptops in India. The laptops can be configured with a variety of Intel and AMD hardware. The Alienware M15 R3's price starts at a whopping INR 1,99,990 (US$2,673), while the Dell G5 15 Special Edition retails at INR 74,990 (US$1000). Similarly, Dell G5 15 costs INR 82,590 (US$1,103), and the Dell G3 15 will set you back by INR 73,990 (US$ 998)
The MediaTek Dimensity 720 will bring 5G connectivity to even more low-cost smartphones
MediaTek has released a new 5G-ready SoC called the Dimensity 720. It consists of two Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.0GHz, six Cortex-A55 cores and an ARM Mali-G57 GPU. The chip supports two carrier aggregation and sub-6GHz 5G networks. We can expect to see it debut alongside some mid-rangers later this year.
HP Pavilion Gaming 16 and Omen 15 launched in India; prices start at INR 59,999 (US$804)
HP has released the Omen 15 and HP Pavilion Gaming 16 gaming laptops in India. Both notebooks can be configured with 10th-generation Intel chips and a wide array of Nvidia GeForce graphics cards. The HP Pavilion Gaming 16's price starts at INR 59,999 (US$ 804) and the Omen 15's at INR 75,999 (US$1,019).
Realme to launch a new line of smartphones later this year
A teaser on Realme's official Weibo handle indicates that the company is working on a new phone series. The devices will likely come with pill-shaped camera cutouts and will be 5G-ready. Realme might unveil the devices at IFA Berlin.
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be able to run at 4K 60 fps on the PlayStation 5, but there's a catch
Insomniac says that Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales will have a 4K 60 fps mode. However, it will not run in this mode by default, and the additional performance could come at the price of visual fidelity. The game will likely run at 4K 30 fps out of the box.
The Realme 6i is Realme's Redmi Note 9 competitor; will be released in India on July 24
The Realme 6i finally has an Indian release date. It will be unveiled on July 24 via an online event. The phone is expected to feature a 90Hz screen, a MediaTek Helio G90T SoC, and a quad-camera setup. Prices are expected to start at INR 11,999 (US$160).
OnePlus Buds' sub-$100 price teased by OnePlus' official Instagram handle
OnePlus' official Instagram handle has put out a teaser that hints the OnePlus Buds' price. The TWS earbuds will be released alongside the OnePlus Nord on July 21, and promise to deliver up to seven hours of battery life and support charging at 30W.
Redmi Note 9 launched in India with MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, 5,000mAh battery, and more
The Redmi Note 9 is now available for purchase in India. It comes with a 6.4-inch FHD+ LCD panel, a MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, up to 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage, a 5,000mAh battery that can be charged at 22W, and a quad-camera array at the back. Prices start at INR 14,999 (US$200) for the base variant.
OnePlus confirms that the OnePlus Nord will come with a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor and a 90Hz screen
Two separate posts by OnePlus employees have confirmed that the OnePlus Nord will come with six cameras in total, and a 90Hz AMOLED screen. The rear camera will consist of a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5MP depth sensor, and a macro lens. The phone will be unveiled on July 21 via an online-only event.
Samsung 870 QVO and Portable SSD T7 launched in India; prices start at INR 9,999
Samsung's 970 QVO internal SATA-based SSD and Samsung Portable SSD T7 are now available for purchase in India. The former is compatible with the SATA 6 Gbps interface, while the latter is optimized for USB Gen 3.2 ports. Prices start at INR 9,999 (US$133) for the 1TB variant of the 970 QVO. A 500GB version of the Portable SSD T7 also retails for the same amount.
Amazon India will require sellers to display 'country of origin' on every product listing by August 10
Following a directive issued by the Indian Trade Ministry, Amazon has made it mandatory for all sellers to mention its 'country of origin' on every product listing. Sellers have until August 10 to comply. Other platforms, such as Flipkart, are expected to follow suit in the coming days.
Samsung Galaxy M01s launched in India for INR 9,999
Samsung has launched a new low-cost smartphone in India. The Samsung Galaxy M01s comes with a 6.2-inch TFT screen, two rear cameras, a MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, and a 4,000mAh battery. There is only one variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which retails at INR 9,999 (US$133).
Mi Curved Gaming Monitor launched in Europe for €399
Xiaomi's 34-inch Curved Gaming Monitor is now available for purchase in Europe. It is clocked at 144Hz, comes with a resolution of 3440 x 1440, a curvature of 1500R, and covers 121% of the sRGB spectrum. The monitor is priced at €399 (US$455).
Redmi 9, Redmi 9A, and Redmi 9C launched globally; prices start at €99
Xiaomi has made its affordable range of Redmi 9 smartphones available across markets worldwide. The Redmi 9 can be had for as little as €149 (US$170), while the Redmi 9C will set you back by €119 (US$135). With its €99 (US$113) price tag, the Redmi 9A is the most affordable smartphone of the lot.
Report suggests that the Galaxy Tab S7 will not come with an in-display fingerprint scanner
An industry insider states that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 will come with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, indicating that Samsung has reserved the in-display option for the higher-end Galaxy Tab S7+. The tablet is expected to sport an 11-inch screen and a 7,000mAh battery. Samsung is expected to unveil both tablets alongside the Galaxy Note 20 on August 5.
Realme C11 and Realme 30W Dart Charge Power Bank launched in India for INR 7,499 and INR 1,999, respectively
Realme has launched the Realme C11 and Realme 30W 10,000mAh Dart Charge Power Bank in India. The phone features a MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 5,000mAh battery. Prices start at INR INR 7,499 (US$100) for the Realme C11 and INR 1,999 (US$28) for the Realme 30W Dart Charge Power Bank.
Leak confirms that the Galaxy Note 20 will come without a laser focus sensor
Prolific leaker Ice Universe just posted a side-by-side comparison of the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's camera modules. Based on the shape of the cutouts, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will get an additional laser autofocus sensor.
iQOO demos 120W FlashCharge fast charging tech two days before Oppo's SuperVOOC 3.0 reveal
Vivo-owned iQOO just unveiled its FlashCharge technology that allows smartphone batteries to be charged at 120W. It takes only five minutes to charge a 4,000mAh battery from zero to fifty percent and fifteen minutes to top it up entirely. It is unclear how long we have to wait before the tech makes its way to an iQOO smartphone.
Alleged OnePlus Nord spec sheet leaked ahead of launch
Prolific leaker Evan Blass has leaked the OnePlus Nord's spec sheet in its entirety. It confirms that the device will come with a 6.4-AMOLED panel clocked at 90Hz, a quad-camera setup at the rear, two selfie cameras, a 4,000mAh battery that can be charged at 30W and up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The phone will be unveiled on July 21st via an interactive online event.
Galaxy Tab S7+ spec sheet leaked; will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC, 12.4-inch screen, and more
Samsung is all set to release two new tablets alongside the Galaxy Note 20 series on August 5. The Galaxy Tab S7+ will feature a 12.4-inch AMOLED screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC, up to 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage, a 10,000mAh battery that supports charging at 15W, new S-Pen features. It is also billed to run One UI 2.5 out of the box and come with a dual-camera setup.
MediaTek's upcoming Dimensity 600 SoC will be released soon
A report states that MediaTek is on track to release its newest Dimensity 600 chip in the coming weeks. It is intended for low-cost 5G smartphones and is expected to make its debut in Q3 2020.
Samsung might ship some of its future smartphones without a charger
According to a report by a South Korean media outlet, some upcoming Samsung phones might come without a charger in the box. Samsung says that most smartphone users already have a charger and don't need a new one every time they buy a phone. The move will also help Samsung save a few extra bucks and pass the savings on to the customer.
Redmi 8A likely to get stable MIUI 12 update in August
Redmi 8A users will be pleased to know that they don't have to wait long for the MIUI 12 update. A Mi Community Forum moderator has stated that the device will get the software in August. It shouldn't be long before Xiaomi makes a beta version of the software available to the general public.
Alleged list of devices eligible for the EMUI 11 update surfaces online
Huawei will reportedly start making the EMUI 11 update available to eligible devices in Q3 2020. Owners of the Huawei Mate 30, P30, P40, and Nova 5 series will receive it first. Alternatively, it is also expected to make its way to a host of Honor phones in the form of Magic UI 4.0.
Poco M2 Pro launched with a quad-camera setup, support for 33W fast charging, and more
Poco has launched the Poco M2 Pro in India. It comes with a 6.7-inch FHD+ screen, a quad-camera setup, a 5,000mAh battery that can be charged at 33W, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. Prices start at INR 13,999 (US$187) for the base variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The device will be available for purchase on Flipkart starting July 14.
Ubisoft enters the Battle Royale arena with Hyper Scape
Ubisoft's highly-anticipated Battle Royale title Hyper Scape is finally available for Twitch streamers. The game pits 100 players against each other in a futuristic urban map. Players can obtain a key for the game by watching it live on Twitch.
OnePlus launches a new line of affordable smart TVs
OnePlus has unveiled its new range of smart TVs for the Indian market. The OnePlus TV Y costs INR 49,999 (US$670) and comes with a 55-inch 4K-ready HDR 10 screen, MEMC, and OnePlus' in-house Gamma Colour Magic chip. The OnePlus TV U retail at INR 22,999 (US$307) and INR 12,999 (US$173) for the 43-inch 1080p and the 32-inch 720p versions, respectively.
The OnePlus Nord will come with a 5G-ready Snapdragon 765G SoC
Two separate sources have confirmed that a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC will power the upcoming OnePlus Nord. The first one is OnePlus' co-founder Carl Pei, and the other is Qualcomm. The phone will be released in India on July 10th.
Realme C11 launched with Redmi 9C-like hardware
The Realme C1 is the company's latest affordable smartphone that costs RM 429 ($100). It comes with a MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, a 5,000mAh battery, two rear cameras, and a micro USB port. The phone is up for sale in Malaysia and is expected to make its way to other markets in the coming weeks.
Xiaomi unveils the Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C in Malaysia
Xiaomi Malaysia has just listed the Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C on its official Facebook page. Both phones come with a MediaTek Helio SoC, 5,000mAh battery that can be charged at 10W, a 6.5-inch HD+ screen, and a paltry 2GB of RAM. The Redmi 9A is priced at RM 359 ($83), while the latter costs RM 429 ($100)
The MediaTek Helio G35 and Helio G25 aim to offer a superior gaming experience on affordable smartphones
MediaTek has unveiled two new gaming-centric chips for entry-level smartphones. The Helio G35 and Helio G25 come with eight Cortex-A53 cores, a PowerVR GE8320 GPU, and support for MediaTek's HyperEngine technology. The former will allegedly make its debut alongside the Realme C11, while the latter will be featured in the Redmi 9A.
Indian government bans 59 prominent Chinese apps; TikTok, Mi Community, UC Browser, and more affected
The Indian government has banned 59 Chinese-origin apps in the country. Some of the banned apps include TikTok, Share It, UC Browser, WeChat, Mobile Legends, UC Browser, and Club Factory. The directive also instructs Google and Apple 24 hours to take the apps off their respective platforms.
New Harry Potter RPG is reportedly in the works; release date set for late 2021
Back in 2018, screenshots of what appeared to be a Harry Potter-themed RPG emerged online. Some more information has emerged about the yet-to-be-released title. According to Jason Schreier, it is billed to be announced in August 2020 and will hit the shelves in 'late' 2021.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus BTS edition will be available for pre-order in India starting July 1
Samsung India announced that the BTS-themed version of the Galaxy S20 Plus would be available for pre-order starting July 1. While Samsung hasn't mentioned the exact price yet, we can expect it to retail at around the INR 90,000 ($1,191) mark. The phone is exclusive to Samsung's website for the moment, and will not be available on other online and offline platforms.
The OnePlus Nord will come with two selfie cameras
The OnePlus Z will reportedly ship with two selfie cameras featuring a 32MP sensor assisted by an 8MP wide-angle lens. An earlier leak suggested that the phone would come with a quad-camera setup at the rear. The device is slated for a July 10th release and will allegedly retail at $300.
Leak suggests that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus will be released in July
Qualcomm will reportedly unveil the Snapdragon 865 Plus sometime in July, according to a Weibo post by Ice Universe. The chip is expected to make its debut alongside the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Fold 2, and the ASUS ROG Phone 3. It is billed to power most flagships released in the latter half of 2020 as well.
Bethesda moves QuakeCon 2020 online; event to start on August 7
Bethesda has announced that this year's QuakeCon will be streamed live. We can expect the company to tell us more about the upcoming Doom: Eternal DLC, Starfield, and more. We should know more about the event's specifics in the coming days.
Realme Buds Q TWS earbuds launched in India for INR 1,999
Realme has launched a new pair of affordable TWS earbuds in India. The Realme Buds Q has a 10mm driver, offers up to 20 hours of playback with the charging case, is rated IPX4 for dust and water resistance, and comes with a 119ms low-latency gaming mode. It will be available for sale on July 1st on Amazon and Realme's official website for INR 1,999 ($27).
Realme X3 and Realme X3 SuperZoom launched in India; prices start at INR 24,999
Realme has officially launched the Realme X3 and Realme X3 SuperZoom in India. Both phones come with a 6.6-inch 120Hz LCD panel, a 4,200mAh battery that can be charged at 30W, quad-rear cameras, dual-selfie cameras, and more. Prices start at 24,999 ($330) for the Realme X3 and 27,999 ($370) for the Realme X3 SuperZoom.
Redmi K40 tipped for a July launch; will feature a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC, 144Hz screen, and more
Prolific leaker Digital Chat Station states that Xiaomi is expected to release a phone powered by MediaTek's Dimensity 1000+ SoC in July. It is very likely the Redmi K40, as earlier leaks speculated that it would come with a MediaTek chip, 144Hz screen, and support for 33W fast charging.
Samsung Odyssey G9 gaming monitor released with a 49-inch curved screen, 240Hz HDR10+ QLED panel, and more; will retail at $1,699
Samsung unveiled its colossal 49-inch Odyssey G9 gaming monitor at CES 2020 this year. It has a resolution of 5120×1440 and comes with a QLED panel clocked at 240Hz. The monitor is now available for purchase globally at $1,699.
OnePlus Z gets a dedicated Instagram account; July 10th release date teased
OnePlus is all set to release the affordable OnePlus Z smartphone on July 10th. The information comes via a couple of teasers posted on the phone's newly-created Instagram page. The phone will reportedly be 5G-ready, come with a quad-camera setup, and retail at around $299.
Acer refreshes the Predator Orion 3000 gaming desktop with 10th-generation Intel CPUs; prices start at $999
Acer has released a new version of its Predator Orion 3000 gaming desktop powered by 10th-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 chips. One can choose from a wide range of NVIDIA GeForce GTX and RTX GPUs, starting with GTX 1650 and maxing out at the RTX 2070 Super. Prices start at $999 for the base variant, and the desktop will be available for purchase this August.
Acer's Nitro 50 gaming desktop is now available with 10th-generation Intel Comet Lake CPUs, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super GPU, and more
Acer has unveiled a new version of its Nitro 50 gaming desktop featuring 10th-generation Intel Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPUs. It can be configured with up to 64GB of RAM and a variety of storage options. The desktop will be available for purchase in Europe this August and in North America in September.
Acer Predator Orion 9000 launched with a liquid-cooled Intel Core i9-10980XE, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, tempered glass side panel, and more
The refreshed Acer Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktop comes with 10th-generation Intel Core i9 chips that can be paired with up to two NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 Super, or RTX 2070 Super GPUs. One can add up to 128GB of RAM and up to four hard disks and three NVMe SSDs. It will be available in select regions in October and will retail at €2,799 ($3,155).
ASUS ROG Phone 3 slated for a July release in China; global launch to follow soon
According to ASUS's official Weibo handle, the ASUS ROG Phone 3 will be unveiled in China this July. ASUS has partnered with Tencent, allowing the latter to optimize its in-house titles for the smartphone. The phone is also billed to come with a 144Hz OLED screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC.
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will reportedly feature a 120Hz QHD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC, and more
Hands-on images of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have been posted online. The phone is billed to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC, a QHD+ LTPO panel that runs at 120Hz, new camera features, and more.
Nokia will release a Snapdragon 690-powered 5G smartphone later this year
HMD Global's Chief Product Officer said that Nokia is reportedly working on a low-cost 5G smartphone powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 690 SoC. The phone will very likely be the Nokia 6.3 or Nokia 7.3. It will probably be unveiled alongside Nokia 9.3 PureView later this year.
TCL launches a new range of 4K and 8K QLED TVs in India; prices start at INR 45,990
TCL has unveiled its new range of QLED TVs for the Indian market. The C715, C815 series of smart TVs have 4K panels of varying sizes, while the X916 has only one 75-inch variant that is 8K-ready. Prices start at INR 45,990 ($602) for the 50-inch C715, and the X916 will set you back by INR 2,99,990 ($3930).
Poco M2 Pro spotted on BIS website; Indian launch imminent
The yet-to-be-announced Poco M2 Pro has just made an appearance on the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) website, indicating that it is ready for launch in the country. Not much is known about the phone other than the fact that it will reportedly feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC.
Snapdragon 865 Plus-powered iQOO 3 Pro gaming smartphone reportedly in the works
Vivo's sub-brand iQOO is reportedly working on a gaming smartphone that will feature Qualcomm's yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC. The phone will come with a 6.5-inch 90Hz AMOLED panel, a 4,500mAh battery that can be charged in 30 minutes, and more. Prices are expected to start at CNY 3998 ($565) for the entry-level version.
One UI 2.1 update rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung's newest One UI 2.1 update is now making its way to Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus users. The update includes all the One UI 2.1 features, including Pro Video Mode, Quick Share, and more. It is rolling out in Germany and will be available globally in the coming days.
Acer Veriton N small form factor desktop PC released in India; prices start at INR 9,999
Acer Veriton N is the company's newest compact PC for the Indian market. It can be configured with 8th and 9th generation Intel processors, up to 64GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage. Prices start at INR 9,999 for the entry-level variant.
EMUI 10.1 update rolling out for some Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro users in Europe
Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro users in Europe will be pleased to know that they'll soon be at the receiving end of Huawei's highly-anticipated EMUI 10.1 update. The software is making its way to some users in France and will be available widely in the coming weeks.
MediaTek's 8K-ready S900 chip is ready to hit smart TVs worldwide
The S900 is MediaTek's newest SoC that is custom-designed for smart TVs. It is powered by ARM's Cortex A-73 cores, and is compatible with the HDMI 2.1A standard, allowing it to deliver 8K videos at 60 fps and 4K content at 120 fps. The chip also uses machine learning to improve picture quality in real-time.
Motorola One Fusion+ likely to be released in India soon
It shouldn't be long before Motorola unveils the Motorola One Fusion+ in India. The company has been teasing the device's release on its Twitter handle, and we can expect an official announcement soon. If the phone's European pricing is anything to go by, we can expect it to retail in India for around INR 20,000 ($263).
Samsung reportedly working on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 powered Galaxy S20 Lite
An industry insider states that Samsung is working on a Lite version of the Galaxy S20 series. There are three variants of the Galaxy S20 Lite in the works, all of which will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. They are billed to launch with One UI 2.5 out of the box and 128GB of internal storage.
Acer launches new range of Nitro 5 gaming laptops in India
New versions of the Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptops are now available for purchase in India. They are all powered by 10th-generation Intel Comet Lake processors. Choices of CPUs include the Core i5-10300H and Core i7-10750H. On the GPU side of things, one can pick an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, GTX 1650TI or RTX 2060. Prices start at INR 72,990($962), and the laptops are available for purchase on Acer's official website.
Mi Notebook 14 and Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition featuring 10th-generation Intel Comet Lake processors launched in India; prices start at INR 41,999
Xiaomi has launched a wide range of affordable laptops for the Indian market. The Mi Notebook 14 is restricted to the 10th-generation Intel Core i5-10210U CPU, while the Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition allows users to upgrade that to an Intel Core i7-10510U. Prices start at INR 41,999 ($555) for the base variant and max out at INR 57,999 ($765). Both notebooks will be available for purchase on June 17th on Xiaomi's website.
Leak suggests that Xiaomi has five new affordable flagships in the works
Prolific leaker Digital Chat Station states that Xiaomi will release five Qualcomm Snapdragon 865-powered smartphones in the coming months. The phones are codenamed J20, J21, J1, J1S, and J1T, two of which could be Redmi devices. The leaker further adds that the phone codenamed J1S is already in the production line.
Redmi 9 listed on Xiaomi Spain's website; MediaTek Helio G80, quad-camera setup and 5,000mAh battery confirmed
Xiaomi Spain has officially listed the Redmi 9 on its website ahead of the phone's June 25 release. The phone will feature a MediaTek Helio G80 SoC coupled with 3/4GB of RAM, 32/46GB of internal storage, a quad-camera setup, a 6.5-inch FHD+ screen, and a 5,000mAh battery that supports charging at up to 18W. It will retail for €149($169) in Spain.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 finally gets the One UI 2.1 update
The highly-anticipated One UI 2.1 update is finally making its way to Galaxy Note 9 users in Germany. It brings forth all the key features such as Single Take Mode, Pro Video Mode, Quick Share, and Music Share. The software will be available globally in the coming days.
Samsung will allegedly show ads on some low-cost phones with One UI 2.5
Leaked screenshots from Samsung's One UI 2.5 software showcase egregious lock screen ads that effectively prevent users from unlocking their phones for fifteen seconds. However, Samsung will only run these on some low-cost Galaxy A and Galaxy M devices. We should have more clarity on the matter once One UI 2.5 is released later this year.
OnePlus will unveil new, low-cost smart TVs in India on July 2
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took to Twitter to announce that the company would be releasing a new line of affordable smart TVs in India. Sources familiar with the matter state that prices could start at $200, making it an attractive buy for those on a budget.
OnePlus Z slated for a July 10th launch in India; will allegedly retail at $330
A user survey conducted in India has shed light on the upcoming OnePlus Z's price and specifications. The phone will allegedly come with a triple-camera setup, a 6.5-inch 90Hz AMOLED panel, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC, and a 4,300mAh battery that supports charging at 30W. It will be launched in India on July 10th via an online event and will retail for INR 24,990($330).
Leaked Redmi 9 image showcases the phone's quad-camera setup; will likely be released on June 25th
More details have emerged about Redmi's upcoming budget Redmi 9 smartphone. The device will feature a quad-camera setup at the rear, a 5,000mAh battery which can be charged at 18W, a MediaTek Helio G80 SoC, and up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It will reportedly make its debut on June 25th and cost around the $150 mark.
Huawei updates the list of devices eligible for the EMUI 10.1 update
According to Huawei's updated roadmap, a total of 36 devices are eligible to receive the EMUI 10.1 update. It includes both Huawei and Honor smartphones, of which the latter will get the update in the form of Magic UI 3.1. The software is already rolling out in Europe and will be available to eligible devices in the coming weeks.
Galaxy Note 20+ will come with the Galaxy S20 Ultra's 108MP module; will replace the ToF sensor with a laser focus sensor
Prolific leaker Ice Universe just revealed what could be the camera configuration of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+. The upcoming flagship will reportedly come with a 108MP sensor coupled with a 13MP periscope lens and a 12MP ultra-wide angle lens. Samsung will also replace the ToF sensor with a laser focus sensor.
EMUI 10.1 roadmap for Europe revealed; rollout to start in June
The EMUI 10.1 and Magic UI 3.1 update is expected to arrive in Europe starting June. The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will receive it first in June, followed by Mate 20, Mate 20 X, Huawei Nova 5T and Mate 20 Pro, which will get the software in July. The Honor View 20, Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro are also billed to receive Magic UI 3.1 mid-July.
Epic Games Store coming to Android and iOS soon
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeny said in an interview that the company plans on bringing the Epic Games Store to Android and iOS soon. The Fortnite launcher on Android has been rebranded as the Epic launcher, implying that its release could be sooner than we think.
Samsung releases new Exynos 850 SoC for low-cost smartphones
Merely a week after it released a 5G-ready Exynos 880, Samsung has released a new Exynos 850 SoC. The 8nm chip consists of eight ARM Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.0GHz, comes with a Mali G-52GPU, and supports a single 21MP or dual 16+5MP camera configurations. Samsung hasn't specified as to when the chip will make its debut, but we can expect it to feature in an upcoming Galaxy A or M series phone.
Vivo TWS Neo earphones launched with 14.2mm drivers, aptX Adaptive support, Bluetooth 5.2, and more
Vivo has unveiled its latest wireless audio product for the Chinese market. The Vivo TWS Neo supports Qualcomm's aptX Adaptive codec, Bluetooth 5.2, and even has a low-latency mode for gaming. The earphones retail at CNY 499($70) and are available for purchase on Vivo's official website. There is no word about its international release.
A MediaTek Dimensity 800 powered Nokia mid-ranger is reportedly in the works
Nokia is reportedly working on a 5G-ready smartphone that is powered by MediaTek's Dimensity 800 series of chips. However, the mystery device will only be unveiled by Q1 2021. In the meanwhile, Nokia has other 5G phones in the pipeline as well.
Acer Swift 3 launched in India; features an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, Wi-Fi 6, and more
Another AMD Ryzen 4000 series powered laptop has arrived in the Indian market in the form of the Acer Swift 3. An AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor powers the notebook, which can be coupled with up to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM. The base variant of the laptop costs Rs 59,999($796) and is available for purchase on Acer's official website.
Redmibook 13 slated for a June 11th launch in India
Xiaomi will reportedly unveil its first-ever laptop for the Indian market on June 11th. It is rumored to be a rebranded Redmibook 13 model featuring 10th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. The entry-level model will likely retail at Rs 45,000 ($597).
McLaren confirms that it is no longer working with OnePlus
McLaren has just acknowledged that its partnership with OnePlus has ended. The company doesn't explicitly state why the nearly two-year-old endeavor came to an end and hopes that it can work with OnePlus in the future. OnePlus still might release a limited-edition version of its upcoming flagship later in the year, though.
Refurbished iPhone XR units are now available for sale in the US on Apple's website
Refurbished Apple iPhone XR models are now available for purchase on Apple's website. The 64GB version costs $499, while the 128GB and 256GB variants retail at $539 and $629, respectively. Apple says that all phones come with a new battery, along with a one-year warranty.
OxygenOS 10.3.3 brings 960fps video recording, lens stain detection, and more to the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro
OnePlus has released the OxygenOS 10.3.3 update for OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro. The update lets users record slow-motion videos at 960fps, adds a 'lens smudge detection' feature to the camera app, and more. It is rolling out in India and will be available globally in the coming weeks.
Xiaomi India teases laptop release; Mi Notebook and Redmibook likely to go on sale soon
Xiaomi will soon unveil some new laptops in India, according to a teaser posted by the company's Twitter handle. We can expect to see a range of Mi Notebooks and Redmibooks on the marketplace soon.
Steam opens up registrations for Steam Cloud Play, but only for developers
Steam has finally entered the cloud gaming arena with Steam Cloud Play. Unlike its competitor's offerings, Steam Cloud Play will only serve as a link between an existing platform and Steam. Developers can register for the service now, but it'll be a while before it is available to the general public.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 will feature ARM's newest Cortex-A78 and Cortex-X1 super core
The upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 SoC will come with ARM's latest Cortex-X1 and Cortex-A78 cores. The chip's configuration will likely consist of a single Cortex-X1 core coupled with three Cortex-A78 cores and four Cortex A-55 cores. The Snapdragon 875 will be unveiled sometime in Q4 2020, and will reportedly make its debut on a Xiaomi phone.
OnePlus reportedly working on a barrage of affordable products including mid-range smartphones
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau stated that the company wants to get back to its roots as an affordable gadget provider. We can expect to see a host of reasonably-priced OnePlus gadgets and smartphones on the market soon. It is all part of a plan to create a wider ecosystem centered on the OnePlus brand.
Google Chrome has been a broken, buggy mess on several OnePlus phones since late last year
Google Chrome and Android's default web browser —Android Webview— have been witnessing crashes and instability on OnePlus phones for over six months now. The problem doesn't seem to be affecting everyone but is persistent across a wide range of OnePlus phones, all running Android 10. Google and OnePlus are yet to acknowledge the issue officially
Moto G8 Fast leaked ahead of time; US release to follow soon
Motorola accidentally revealed the details of its upcoming Moto G Fast smartphone. While the contents of the spec sheet remain unclear, we know that the phone will come with a triple-camera setup, a Qualcomm 6xx series chip, 3GB of RAM, and a 4-5,000mAh battery. It is likely to retail at the ~$180 -$200 mark.
Redmi 10X and Redmi 10X Pro are the most affordable 5G phones yet powered by MediaTek's new Dimensity 820 SoC
Redmi has unveiled two new affordable 5G-ready smartphones for the Chinese market. Dubbed as the Redmi 10X and 10X Pro, both phones come with a MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC, a 6.57-inch AMOLED panel, a 4,250mAh battery, and more. The former starts at 599 yuan (~$224) for the entry-level version, while the latter will set you back by 2,299 yuan (~$322.) Both phones will be up for grabs in China next week and should make their way to global markets soon.
Redmi Earbuds S TWS earphones launched with low-latency gaming mode, IPX4 rating, and more
Redmi has launched a new pair of TWS earphones in India called the Redmi Earbuds S. It boasts of up to four hours of continuous playback on a single charge, splash resistance, and a 122ms low-latency mode for gaming. It is available on Xiaomi's website for Rs 1,799 (~$24.)
HTC billed to release a 5G smartphone later this year; a mid-ranger is in the works too
HTC is all set to make its highly-awaited comeback in July this year with its first-ever 5G smartphone. The company is also working on a mid-range HTC Desire 20 Pro that will come with a Snapdragon 6xx chip, 6GB of RAM, and a triple-camera setup.
Leak suggests that the Redmi Monitor 1A is a cheaper version of the Mi Display 1A
Redmi's upcoming monitor will be called the Redmi Monitor 1A, according to well-known leaker Ishan Agarwal. Much like the Mi Display 1A, it will also come with a 60Hz 23.8-inch IPS LCD panel. The monitor will reportedly cost around $85 and will be unveiled alongside a host of other products on May 26th.
Galaxy Watch Active 2 inches closer to the Apple Watch Series 5 with ECG functionality
ECG support has finally arrived for the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 in South Korea. The feature was supposed to be released alongside the wearable but got delayed. International availability will vary on a country-by-country basis, and it will entirely depend on how long it takes for it to pass through the government machinery of a nation.
Galaxy Note 20 to come with a periscope camera minus the 100x zoom functionality
Insider reports state that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ will come with a periscope camera. Samsung is likely to use a modified version of the Galaxy S20's 108MP lens, and ditch the ToF sensor altogether.
Mi Band 5 billed to come with an SPO2 sensor, Alexa, and more
Xiaomi's upcoming Mi Band 5 fitness tracker will bring forth a host of new features, according to a source familiar with the matter. Some of them include an SPO2 filter to monitor blood oxygen levels, support for Alexa out of the box, a menstrual tracker, new activities, and more. The band was initially supposed to drop in June, but that date got pushed back to August or September due to the ongoing pandemic.
Sharp Aquos Zero 2 gaming smartphone is now available for purchase outside of Japan
Sharp's Aquos Zero 2 gaming phone is now available for purchase outside of Japan. It comes with a 6.4-inch OLED panel that refreshes at a whopping 240Hz, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. It is currently up for sale in Taiwan for $730. We should know if the phone will be released internationally in the coming days.
Xiaomi likely to release a new electric screwdriver in India
Xiaomi India has teased the release of a new electric screwdriver in the market. It could likely be the successor to Xiaomi's Mijia Wiha screwdriver set, which was released over two years ago. Unfortunately, there is no release date mentioned anywhere, but we should know more about it in the coming days.
Amazon is all to set to challenge the food delivery duopoly in India
Amazon Foods is the company's food delivery app for the Indian market. It is available only in some areas of Bangalore for the moment. A nationwide deployment will follow suit in the coming months.
Latest update for Galaxy S20 series brings forth better Night Mode performance and other camera improvements
The Galaxy S20 series is billed to receive additional camera improvements via a software update. Although Samsung hasn't specified what they are, user reports suggest that it has improved the camera's low-light performance. The software is only available in Korea for now and will be rolled out globally in the coming weeks.
Galaxy S21 likely to come with BOE a panel instead of Samsung's in-house offering
Samsung is reportedly in talks with Chinese display maker BOE to source some panels for its upcoming Galaxy S21 series. The news confirms an earlier report which suggested that at least one device in the series would come with a BOE panel. We can also expect to see the hardware in some of Samsung's upcoming mid-rangers.
Latest firmware update unlocks 120Hz refresh rate for Meizu 17 and Meizu 17 Pro
The Meizu 17 and 17 Pro users can now operate their screens at 120Hz, thanks to a firmware update. It also adds more DC dimming options and adds HDR support. The software is rolling out in batches, and will be available to eligible devices in the coming weeks.
The Last of Us 2 themed PlayStation 4 Pro up for pre-order; will be released alongside the game on June 19th
The Last of Us 2 zealots will be pleased to know that they can now play the game on an exclusively-themed PlayStation 4 Pro console ($399). It also comes with a similarly-designed controller ($64.99), headset ($99), and external hard drive ($89), though the last two have to be purchased separately. The console is now available for pre-order on Sony's website and will ship out on June 19th.
Vivo X50 Pro will be the world's first smartphone to feature Samsung's 50MP ISOCELL GN1 sensor
Samsung's latest 50MP camera sensor will reportedly make its debut alongside the upcoming Vivo X50 Pro. The phone is rumored to come with ''gimbal-like stabilization", according to some promo material.
MIUI 12 global rollout to commence in June; Redmi K20 and Mi 9 to get the update first
Xiaomi has just unveiled the global roadmap for MIUI 12. The rollout will begin in June, and the software will make its way to the Redmi K20 and Mi 9 series first. Other devices will get the update later. Additionally, beta builds of MIUI 12 will be available to sideload starting next week.
Walmart's newest Onn tablets offer Android 10 and USB-C starting at $99
The successors to Walmart's Onn range of affordable tablets have arrived as the Onn 8 Tablet Pro and Onn 10.1 Tablet Pro. Both devices run a 2.0 GHz SoC coupled with 2/3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, Android 10, 5MP front and rear cameras, and a USB Type-C port. The base variant starts at $99, while the larger one will set you back by $129.
Epic Games Store issues partial refunds on games that were purchased before they went on sale
Epic Games is now refunding the difference between a game's retail and sale price to those who bought it at the former. It applies only when a game is bought 'shortly' before a sale starts, though it is unclear to what qualifies as shortly.
GTA V giveaway has taken Epic Games Store's servers hostage
The Epic Games Store has been bought to its knees by a deluge of gamers looking to redeem their free copy of GTA V. Users have been greeted with a plethora of errors while trying to do so. If you are unable to get your hands on a copy, you should try later as the game will be available for free on the platform until May 24th.
Magic Keyboard reportedly causes massive battery drain on some iPads
Several iPad users are complaining about accelerated battery drain when the tablet is paired with the keyboard. One user lost nearly 25% battery with just two hours of continuous keyboard use. The problem appears to be software agnostic as it persists on the beta and stable version of iPadOS.
LG V40 ThinQ gets Android 10 update on AT&T
AT&T variants of the LG V40 ThinQ are receiving the Android 10 update ahead of schedule. It appears to be a staged rollout as the software has landed on only a handful of devices.
GTA V will be free to download on the Epic Games Store starting today
The massively popular GTA V will be free on the Epic Games Store later today. Once redeemed, the game is yours to keep forever and will be tied to your Epic account. The promotion is expected to end on May 24th.
Nokia 3.1 Plus gets Android 10 update
The Android 10 update has arrived for the Nokia 3.1 Plus. The rollout has begun now and should conclude by May 18th, according to the official Nokia Community Forums.
OnePlus 8 Pro's Color Filter lens can see through some plastic objects
Some diligent users on Twitter and Reddit discovered that the OnePlus 8 Pro's camera could see through some thin plastic objects. One simply needs to navigate to the camera app and switch the 'Photochrom' mode on for the magic to happen. The trick, however, works only on a handful of materials that do not have IR shielding.
MediaTek's latest Dimensity 1000+ chip nets a score of 530,000 on AnTuTu
iQOO's upcoming iQOO Z1 managed to get a score of 530,000 on AnTuTu. The phone is powered by MediaTek's newest Dimensity 1000+ SoC, and is expected to launch on May 17th.
Motorola Edge+ guaranteed to receive at least two major software updates
Motorola has confirmed that the Motorola Edge+ will receive two major software upgrades. The phone was initially promised only one update, much to the annoyance of everyone. Since the device launched with Android 10, it is guaranteed to receive Android 12.
Poco F2 Pro launched with Snapdragon 865, motorized selfie camera, headphone jack, and a €499 price tag
Poco finally lifted the veil off the Poco F2 Pro. It is a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro that comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, a quad-camera array at the back, a pop-up selfie camera, 4,700mAh battery, and more. Prices start at €499 for the base variant with 6/128GB of RAM/Storage, and €599 for the one with 8/256GB.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla will not be able to run at 4K 60FPS on Xbox Series X
Fans excited to try out Assassin's Creed: Valhalla on the upcoming Xbox Series X will be disappointed to know that the console will not be able to run the game at 4K 60FPS. A Ubisoft spokesperson, however, confirmed that the game would be able to run at 4K 30FPS at the very least.
Leaked Poco F2 Pro render further confirms that it is a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro
A Poco F2 Pro render has appeared in the wild, just a day before its release. It looks a lot like the Redmi K30 Pro, as foretold by earlier rumors centered around the device. The phone is expected to come in both 5G and 4G-only variants, depending on the market.
iPhone 12 lineup to start at $649; base variants will come with 128GB storage
Prolific leaker Jon Prosser confirms that there will be four variants in the iPhone 12 series this year. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will come with a 60Hz OLED display, 4GB of RAM, and a dual-camera setup. Prices start at $649 and $749, respectively. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will come with a 120Hz display, triple-camera+LiDAR setup, 6GB of RAM, and will retail at $999 and $1099, respectively.
Diablo 2 remaster reportedly in the works; slated for a Q4 2020 release
Blizzard and Vicarious Visions are reportedly working on a Diablo 2 remake. The game will be unveiled later in the year at Blizzcon and will be available for purchase on Q4 2020.
Vivo reportedly working on an in-house chipset
A trademark application filed in September 2019 reveals that Vivo is reportedly working on an in-house chipset. It reveals very little about the specifics of the chipset, or even if it is intended for smartphones. It does, however, give credence to an earlier rumor that said Oppo was working on an in-house chip.
Square Enix's Stay At Home and Play bundle nets you over 50 classic games for just $39
Over 50 classic Square Enix titles are now on sale at 95% off on Steam. The 'Stay at home and play' bundle consists of a plethora of classics such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Thief, and more. Square Enix says that all the proceeds from the sales will go to charities across Europe and North America.
Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 768G chip will make its debut alongside the Redmi K30 5G Speed Edition on May 11th
Redmi is all set to unveil yet another member of the K30 family in the form of the Redmi K30 Speed Edition. It will also be the world's first phone to run Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 768G chip. The smartphone will be unveiled on May 11th at an event in China.
Doom Eternal's single-player DLC screenshots showcase some interesting new environments
The official Doom Twitter handle just Tweeted what it claims to be screenshots from the upcoming single-player DLC for Doom Eternal. Each screenshot showcases a different environment, indicating that the DLC will span across multiple regions. Bethesda is tight-lipped about the release date of said DLC, unfortunately.
Android 10 has arrived for the Sony Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus
Sony has started updating the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus with Android 10 in some regions. The software is bundled with the March 2020 security patch along with all the standard Android 10 features. It will make its way to eligible devices OTA in the coming weeks.
MIUI 12 will be available globally starting May 19th
The highly-anticipated MIUI 12 update will make its way to Xiaomi and Redmi devices starting May 19th. A total of 32 devices will be eligible for the MIUI 12 open beta before the final release hits the airwaves. Users on the beta version of MIUI 11 will get the software via an OTA while those on a stable version will have to sideload it.
One UI 2.1 update for Samsung Galaxy A51 now rolling out
The One UI 2.1 update is now available for Samsung Galaxy A51 owners. It comes with the April 2020 security patch but is missing a lot of features such as Single Take Mode, Pro Video Mode, Selfie Tone, and more. The firmware is available for download globally OTA and via Samsung Smart Switch.
Galaxy S21 Ultra will reportedly feature a penta-camera array with a 150MP primary sensor
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra will come with a penta-lens setup, according to a Korean tech forum. The primary 150MP sensor will be assisted by a 64MP telephoto lens, a 16MP wide-angle lens, a 12MP macro lens, and a ToF sensor. It will also come with Laser Autofocus, and OIS on two of the lenses.
NFC-based wireless charging will make its way to future smartphones
It will soon be possible to charge appliances using your smartphone's NFC chip. The Global NFC Forum just approved a standard that allows for wireless charging at 1W via the medium. It is meant for devices such as smartwatches, wireless earbuds, and fitness trackers that require low power.
Xiaomi opens up MIUI 12 pilot testing program in India
Xiaomi India is now accepting registrations for its MIUI 12 pilot testing program. At the moment, it is only available for Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro users. Xiaomi says that it will expand the program to more devices and regions in the coming weeks.
Snapdragon 720G-powered Poco M2 Pro is reportedly in the works
Xiaomi India's RF exposure page has confirmed the existence of a new Poco device called the Poco M2 Pro. It will reportedly feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. We can expect Poco to tell us more about it in the coming weeks as the company has been putting out several teasers on its official Twitter handle.
Samsung India offering Rs 4,000 in-store credit with every Galaxy S20 pre-order
In an attempt to bolster Galaxy S20 sales in the subcontinent, Samsung India is now throwing in a voucher worth Rs 4,000($53) for everyone who pre-ordered a Galaxy S20 series phone. The offer is eligible for pre-ordered devices that are activated between May 4th and May 20th, and is only valid for purchases made via the Samsung India website.
Flipkart and Amazon to resume operations in some districts
E-commerce platforms such as Amazon and Flipkart will now be allowed to resume operations in orange and green zones in the Indian subcontinent. People residing in red zones will have to wait till their region is upgraded to green/yellow or until the nationwide lockdown measures are lifted on May 17th.
OnePlus Z likely to feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765 chip instead of the MediaTek Dimensity 1000
The upcoming OnePlus Z will allegedly ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 SoC. Previous leaks hinted that the phone would feature MediaTek's Dimensity 1000 chip. OnePlus may have planned on using a MediaTek chip initially but switched to Qualcomm at the last moment.
One UI 2.0 update postponed for several devices in India
Samsung users running Android 9.0 Pie will have to wait a bit longer for the One UI 2.0 update. According to a notification on the Samsung Members app, the rollout will be 'slightly delayed.' This only applies to users based in India, and it is unclear if other regions will also be affected.
Xiaomi's default web browser allegedly records users' browsing habits
Security researchers have discovered that Xiaomi's default web browser records and transmits user data to remote servers. It includes potentially sensitive information such as search engine queries and browsing history, and the behavior persists even in the supposedly anonymous incognito mode. A Xiaomi spokesperson has denied allegations of wrongdoing and states that this is standard practice.
Microsoft will show us actual Xbox Series X gameplay footage on 7th May
Xbox fans will be pleased to know that Microsoft will show off actual Xbox Series X footage on May 7th. We can expect to see some third-party titles such as Assassins Creed: Valhalla at the event.
AMD and Samsung's upcoming mobile GPU reportedly 'destroys' the Adreno 650 in GFXBench
AMD's upcoming mobile graphics chip reportedly outperforms the Qualcomm Adreno 650 by a significant margin on GFXBench. According to a post on a Korean tech forum, the yet-to-be-named chip trounced the Qualcomm GPU by a factor of three in some tests. We can expect to see Samsung unveil this new GPU by 2021.
Alleged OnePlus Z hands-on image showcases hole-punch display, optical fingerprint scanner, and more
Here's our first look at what could be OnePlus' yet-to-be-announced OnePlus Z. The hole-punch camera looks a lot like the one on the Galaxy S20, and the device appears to have a non-curved screen. OnePlus will reportedly unveil the phone sometime in Q3 2020.
HMD Global to release newer versions of the Nokia 150 and Nokia 125 soon
HMD Global will reportedly unveil newer versions of the Nokia 150 and 125 later this year. Both phones will likely be 4G-ready versions of the nearly three-year-old devices. There is no word about their prices, which should be around the ~$30 mark.
Google Pixel 4a slated for a late May release, according to leaked documents
With Google I/O 2020 canceled entirely, there was some uncertainty around the Google Pixel 4a series' release date. Internal documents sourced from Vodafone Germany indicate that Google's upcoming Pixel 4a will hit the shelves on May 22nd. General availability could vary a little, depending on your location.
T-Series will release up to ten movies directly on Netflix
T-Series is reportedly negotiating with Netflix India to release eight to ten movies on the platform. With movie theaters remaining shut due to the nationwide lockdown measures, a lot of studios are moving their cinema releases to video streaming platforms.
HERE WeGo maps now available for download on Huawei AppGallery
Popular navigation app HERE WeGo is now available for download on Huawei's Play Store alternative AppGallery. The application has been around for a long time offers several useful features such as turn-by-turn navigation, a voice assistant, and offline maps.
One UI 2.1 update for Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 reportedly under development
A Samsung Community forum moderator has stated that the company is reportedly working on delivering the One UI update to Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 users. Unfortunately, there is no word about when the firmware will be available for download, but it is reassuring to know that it will make its way to the devices eventually.
A string of text with Sindhi characters is crashing iOS devices worldwide
A particular string of characters in the Sindhi language seems to be wreaking havoc on iOS devices worldwide. Upon receiving the text in question, iOS crashes completely. A force restart is required to get the iPhone/iPad operational again. The only workaround is to disable notifications for all instant messaging applications until Apple rolls out a fix.
Samsung likely to remove the ToF sensor from the Galaxy Note 20 series
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 20 series might not come with a ToF sensor. The company cites a lack of user interest as one of the primary reasons. Additionally, some of the ToF sensor's work can now be done via software.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be available on Xbox Game Pass starting May 7th
Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption 2 will be available for Xbox Game Pass subscribers on May 7th. It comes with a trade-off, however, as Grand Theft Auto V will no longer be available for subscribers from that day onward.
iQOO Neo3 5G gets you a 144Hz screen, Snapdragon 865, and more for just $380
iQOO just unveiled its latest gaming smartphone in the form of the iQOO Neo3. It comes with a 6.5-inch 1080p 144Hz HDR 10-ready IPS LCD panel, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC coupled with up to 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage, a 4,500mAh battery that supports 44W wired charging, and more. The device will be available for purchase in China next week. Prices start at CNY 2698($380) for the base variant.
Xiaomi working on all-screen fingerprint unlocking technology
A future Xiaomi device could be host to the company's first-ever all-screen fingerprint sensor. A few images posted on Twitter showcase the tech in action, indicating that it is development. There is no word about when it will make its debut, though.
iQOO Neo3's battery specs showcased by company's official Weibo handle
Vivo-owned iQOO is all set to unveil its newest flagship in the form of the iQOO Neo 3. The device will come with a 4,500W battery that supports wired charging at 44W. It takes about an hour to charge the battery completely.
Death Stranding's PC release date pushed back to July 14th
Death Stranding's PC release date has been delayed due to a Kojima Productions employee testing positive for COVID-19. The developers' office has been shut down as a precautionary measure, and employees are now working from home. The game will be available for everyone to play on July 14th.
Galaxy Watch Active 2 will soon be able to monitor your blood pressure
Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 just got certified by South Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) to measure blood pressure. It works by reading input data from the wearable's heart rate sensor and comparing it with pre-calibrated values measured via a traditional cuff-based blood pressure monitoring system. The feature will be available to everyone by Q3 2020.
OnePlus 7T Pro and OnePlus 7T prices in India slashed by Rs. 6,000, and Rs. 3,000 respectively
OnePlus has slashed the prices of its 2019 flagships in India. The OnePlus 7T Pro will set you back by Rs. 47,999($626) instead of Rs. 53,999($704). Similarly, the OnePlus 7T's cost has dropped from Rs. 37,999($495) to Rs. 34,999($456). The offer is only valid on OnePlus India's official website.
PlayStation 4 firmware update 7.50 reportedly forces some consoles into a boot loop
Some PlayStation 4 consoles have reportedly been rendered inoperable by the latest software update. The 7.50 firmware allegedly forces some consoles into a boot loop. Other users state that their disk drives stopped working after installing the update.
Galaxy Note 10 Lite gets stable One UI 2.1 update
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite is now receiving the One UI 2.1 update. Apart from all the standard One UI 2.1 features such as Quick Share and Single Take Mode, the update also comes with the April 2020 Android security patch. The software is now available in Spain and the United Arab Emirates, and will be available in other regions soon.
WhatsApp will soon allow more users in group audio and video calls
A future version of WhatsApp will allow more than four users to participate in group audio and video calls. There is no word about what the revised upper limit will be just yet. Since the feature is still in development, it will be a while before it is available to everyone.
Galaxy Tab S6 Lite now available for pre-order in the Netherlands
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is now available for pre-order in the Netherlands. The Wi-Fi version of the tablet costs €379.00, while the LTE variant retails at €439.00. Pre-order bonuses include a cover worth €69.99, and four months of YouTube Premium and Spotify Premium.
Galaxy Note 9 users might get the One UI 2.1 update after all
There is still hope for Galaxy Note 9 owners who are eagerly anticipating the arrival of One UI 2.1 on their devices. A Samsung Community moderator said the process is under review, but it'll be a while before the update is rolled out.
Nokia 8 Sirocco gets stable Android 10 update
Nokia 8 Sirocco is finally receiving its highly-anticipated Android 10 update. It is rolling out now and will be available to users in batches. Nokia says that everyone should get the software by April 20th.
Nokia 9.3 PureView to take on Samsung and OnePlus with a 120Hz screen, Snapdragon 865, and more
Some details have emerged online that shed light on Nokia's upcoming flagship. Nokia 9.3 PureView will reportedly come with a 120Hz screen, a 108MP camera sensor, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. The phone doesn't have an official launch date just yet and is expected to drop later this year.
Motorola Edge+ slated for an April 22nd launch
Motorola will finally unveil its flagship offering on April 22nd. It will very likely be the Motorola Edge+. The phone is expected to come with a waterfall display that has a refresh rate of 90Hz. Other features include a 108MP camera, Snapdragon 865 SoC, 5G connectivity, and more.
Galaxy S21's in-display selfie camera will likely come with OIS
Samsung is reportedly working on two selfie camera modules, one of which supports OIS. It is expected to make its debut alongside the Galaxy S21 next year. This will be the first time an OEM incorporates OIS in a phone's front-facing camera after Sony did it four years ago with the Xperia XA Ultra.
Android 10 update for the Galaxy A70 reportedly bricks some variants of the phone
The Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy A70 reportedly causes some variants of the phone to stop working. You can get around the problem by sideloading Android 9 Pie on to your phone. If that isn't an option, the only way out is to get a hardware replacement from a Samsung retailer.
Android 10 update for the Samsung Galaxy A50 is now available in more regions
Samsung's massively popular Galaxy A50 is now receiving its Android 10 update. It comes in the form of One UI 2.0 and brings forth exciting features such as support for Google's new navigation gestures, a dedicated screen recorder app, and more. The update is rolling out worldwide and should be available to eligible devices in the next few days.
Samsung throwing in a free Galaxy A50 with every Galaxy S20+ purchased in the US
You can now get a Samsung Galaxy A50 for free with every Galaxy S20+ in the US. The offer is only valid Verizon, AT&T and Sprint variants of Samsung's 2020 flagship. The promotion also holds for those who want an unlocked version of the phone, but it'll cost an extra $50.
MediaTek allegedly cheated on a host of popular mobile benchmarking tests
MediaTek has been accused of artificially inflating benchmark scores on some of their devices. The shortcoming came to light when a reviewer found that a Helio P95 chip outperformed a Dimensity 1000L in PCMark. Some digging revealed that MediaTek has 'whitelists' for popular benchmarking apps. Whitelisted apps are allowed to push the device's SoC far beyond its limit, resulting in higher benchmark scores.
Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Fold 2 release date to remain unaffected despite global slowdown
Samsung is expected to release its upcoming flagships —Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Fold 2— as per schedule. Both devices will be unveiled sometime in late July or mid-August at an online event. It could be a while before both devices are available for purchase via retail channels, though.
How to stay disciplined while working from home
While working from home may have its advantages, it can take a toll on your physical and mental well-being over the course of a few weeks. Here are some tips and tricks on how to make your work from home experience better.
Android 10 update for Nokia 3.2 now available for download
Nokia 3.2 is the latest Nokia device to receive the Android 10 update. It brings forth all standard Android 10 features such as a system-wide Dark Mode, improved privacy settings, and more. Much like Nokia's previous software releases, this one is also staged, meaning that it may take a while for you to receive it.
WhatsApp limits forwards to one chat at a time in a bid to combat fake news
WhatsApp just announced that it will let users forward messages to only one chat at a time. The move comes shortly after the company found out that users have been misusing the feature to spread fake news about the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. WhatsApp also says that it is working closely with several governments and NGOs to help users get access to accurate information about the coronavirus.
OnePlus 8 series officially confirmed to support wireless charging
OnePlus fans will be pleased to know that the OnePlus 8 series will finally come with wireless charging capabilities. The phones can reportedly be charged at speeds as high as 30W via a dedicated charger. Other Qi-capable devices can also use OnePlus' wireless charger, but the speed will be restricted to 5W.
Several Xiaomi Mi TV models in India get Patchwall 3.0 update with Disney+ Hotstar integration, new UI and more
Mi TV owners in India will be pleased to know that Xiaomi has released the Patchwall 3.0 update for their TVs. The update brings forth a host of changes such as Hotstar Disney+ integration, the ability to scroll horizontally, and new content from Docubay and Lattu Kids. Patchwall 3.0 is rolling out now and will make its way to eligible devices in the coming days.
Latest iPhone 12 leak showcases screen sizes, LiDAR sensor, camera setup, and more
Apple's much-awaited iPhone 12 series is reportedly in its final prototyping stages. The base iPhone 12 will come with a 5.4 or 6.1-inch screen and two cameras, while the larger iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will come with three cameras and 6.1 and 6.7-inch screens respectively. Both phones will also feature a LiDAR sensor next to the camera array. All three iPhone 12 variants will come with Apple's latest A14 SoC and will be 5G-ready out of the box.
Amazon reportedly working on a game streaming service called Project Tempo to take on likes of Stadia, GeForce Now and Project xCloud
Project Tempo is Amazon's upcoming game streaming service. It was expected to make its debut later this year, but got delayed due to the ongoing crisis. We can expect to know more about Project Tempo and the games that will be available on it in the coming months.
Moto G8 Power Lite announced with MediaTek Helio P35, 5,000mAh battery, and more
Motorola just unveiled the Moto G8 Power Lite earlier today. It features a 6.5-inch HD+ panel, a MediaTek Helio P35 SoC, a triple-camera setup at the back, and a 5,000mAh battery. The phone will retail at €169 ($185), and will be available first in Mexico and Germany.
Galaxy Tab S6 gets stable Android 10 update in Germany
Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update is now making its way to Galaxy Tab S6 owners. It brings forth all the standard One UI 2.0 and Android 10 features, and is bundled with the March 2020 Android security patch. Currently, it is only available in Germany for the LTE variant of Samsung's flagship tablet. A wider rollout should commence in the coming weeks.
Galaxy Note 20+ 5G flexes its muscles for the first time on Geekbench
The Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G has been spotted on Geekbench for the first time ever. Based on its single and multi-core test results, it appears to be a Snapdragon 865-powered variant of the phone. The device specifications showcased in the listing are bound to change, as the device in question is very likely a pre-production model of Samsung's upcoming flagship.
Samsung is now promising a guaranteed 50% cashback on every Galaxy S20 phone purchased
Samsung has just announced a buyback program for its Galaxy S20 line of phones. Users can now get at 50% of the phone's value back anytime in the next two years as store credit. The offer is only available for devices purchased in the U.S from Samsung's official website or app.
Future version of WhatsApp could let you run the application on multiple devices
Users will soon be able to use a single WhatsApp account across multiple devices. The feature was first spotted in the beta version of WhatsApp, and is expected to make its way to a stable release in the near future. The chances of cross-platform support, however, look grim.
Android 10 update for Nokia 7.2 now rolling out globally
HMD Global just announced that the Nokia 7.2 will receive the Android 10 update starting today. You may have to wait a few days to get it, though, as it is a staged rollout. Head over to your devices' Settings app to try and trigger the update manually.
Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro will be available for purchase in Europe starting tomorrow
Realme will unveil the European pricing and availability of its latest mid-rangers —Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro— on March 31st. Prices are expected to start at £189 for Realme 6 and £249 for the Realme 6 Pro. Both phones come with a 90Hz screen, support for wired charging at 30W, and more.
Android 10 update for Realme X2 is now available for download
Realme X2 owners will be pleased to know that they'll receive the much-awaited Android 10 update soon. It comes to the Realme X2 in the form of Realme UI and brings forth a host of new features such as a three-finger screenshot gesture, a 'smart sidebar', and more. The update is rolling out now and will be available to eligible devices in the coming days.
Netflix is down for a lot of users in the United States
It appears that Netflix is experiencing some kind of an outage in the United States. Reports coming in from various sources indicate that both the app and browser versions of the streaming service are affected. A Netflix spokesperson has acknowledged that the company is aware of the issue and is working on a fix.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Indian launch postponed amid nationwide lockdown
Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain just Tweeted that the Mi 10 series' Indian launch would be postponed. Both phones were supposed to be unveiled on March 31st via an online-only event. The delay is likely due to the nationwide lockdown put in place by the Indian government to combat the coronavirus epidemic.
One UI 2.1 update rolling out to Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 users
The One UI 2.1 update is finally here for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 series. It adds a host of new features including new camera modes, and Samsung's file-sharing service Quick Share. The update is currently rolling out in Germany and Switzerland. It will be available to users in other regions in the coming weeks.
Vivo indefinitely suspends V19 launch in India
Vivo just announced that it would suspend all launches in the Indian subcontinent. The move comes after the Indian government enacted measures that restricted the operations of 'non-essential' business. The company also announced that it would help Indian authorities fight the epidemic by providing them with medical equipment.
Realme teases new Narzo line of smartphones for the Indian market
Realme India Tweeted out a teaser for a new line of smartphones called Narzo. The company claims that the devices will be centered around 'uniqueness' and 'high-resolution cameras'. The phones are expected to compete with the likes of Redmi, Poco, Xiaomi, and the likes. We can expect Realme to tell us more about its Narzo-branded phones in the coming weeks.
Oppo Find X2 and Find X2 Pro launched with 120Hz QHD+ screen, 65W charging, and more
The highly-awaited successor to the Oppo Find X is here in the form of the Oppo Find X2 and Oppo Find X2 Pro. Both phones come with a 6.7-inch QHD+ 120Hz AMOLED panel, 12GB of RAM, a 4,200mAh battery that can be charged at 65W, and more. The Oppo Find X2 can be had for €999($1,129) and the Oppo Find X2 Pro €1,199($1,355) in Europe.
Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro launched in India with 30W charging support, 90Hz screen, and more
Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro are Realme's latest mid-range offerings for the India market. Both phones come with impressive specs such as a 90Hz screen, a 4,300mAh battery that can be charged at 30W, a quad-camera array at the back and more. Realme 6 is priced at Rs. 12,999($178) for the base variant, and the Realme 6 Pro at Rs. 16,999($233) for the entry-level option.
Realme X50 Pro 5G to go on sale in India at noon today
Realme X50 Pro will be available for purchase today at noon. It will be available on both Flipkart and the official Realme website. Users can also take advantage of a host of benefits such as cashback, no-cost EMI, and exchange offers. The base variant of the Realme X50 Pro with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will retail at Rs. 37,999($517).
Huawei likely to partner with Indus OS to develop Google Play Store alternative
Huawei has been hard at work developing its own Play Store alternative for quite some time now. The company is reportedly negotiating with Indian app developer Indus OS to create one for the country. Indus OS is an established player in the region and has over 400,000 apps on its platform.
OnePlus 8 release date slated for sometime in April
OnePlus will reportedly launch the OnePlus 8 series of smartphones in April, according to a source familiar with the matter. The company is expected to release three devices this year; the OnePlus 8 Lite, OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. OnePlus 8 Lite will be the world's first phone to run MediaTek's Dimensity 1000 SoC.
Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro prices leaked ahead of launch; will reportedly start at Rs. 9,999
Prices of the upcoming Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro smartphones have been leaked. The former will reportedly cost Rs. 9,999($138) while the latter will retail at Rs. 14,999($193). Realme will officially unveil both phones at a launch event on March 5th.
Realme 5 Pro and Realme X get Android 10 update
Realme has unveiled the Android 10 update for Realme 5 Pro and Realme X. It is based on Realme UI and brings forth some new features such as Smart Sidebar, three-finger screenshot, Focus Mode, and more. Users can expect to receive the update in the coming week, as it is a staged rollout.
India to get its first official Apple Store by 2021
India could finally get its first Apple Store in the near future. Tim Cook discussed this idea at a recent investor meeting. The store will likely be located in Mumbai, and is expected to be operational by 2021.
Huawei P40 Lite is now available in Spain for €299
Huawei's first P40 phone is here, in the form of the Huawei P40 Lite. It comes with a 7nm Kirin 810 SoC, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, a quad-camera setup, and a 4,200 mAh battery that can be charged at 40 W. You can pre-order it now from Huawei's website for €299($326).
iQOO 3 launched in India with a Snapdragon 865, quad-camera setup, and more
The veil has finally been lifted off the highly-awaited iQOO 3. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, up to 12 GB of RAM, a quad-camera setup and a 4,400 mAh battery that supports charging at 55 W. Prices start at 36,990($515) for the base variant, while the maxed-out 5G version can be had for 39,990($556).
Redmi K30 Pro 5G to be released sometime in March, according to a Twitter user
The highly-awaited Redmi K30 Pro 5G is will reportedly be launched sometime in March. This information comes via to a Twitter user who managed to get his hands on some promotional material. The device is expected to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, a 120Hz screen, and a 5,000mAh battery, among other things.
Black Shark 3 to be unveiled on March 3rd; will feature a 120Hz screen, Snapdragon 865 and more
Chinese gaming smartphone manufacturer Black Shark will release the highly-awaited Black Shark 3 on March 3rd. It is powered by a a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, making it the world's first 5G gaming smartphone. The device will also come with a 120Hz AMOLED panel, , up to 16 GB of RAM, and a battery that can be charged at 65W.
Reliance Jio's Rs. 2,121 plan has you covered for 336 days with 1.5 GB of data per day, and more
Reliance Jio has announced its Rs. 2,121 ($30) plan that gives subscribers 1.5 GB of mobile data per day along other benefits such as 12,000 minutes of talk time for other networks, and access to Jio apps. The announcement comes shortly after rivals Airtel and Vodafone announced their long-term plans.
Apple might let users set third-party apps as defaults in a future version of iOS
Apple may soon let you set third-party apps as the default on iPhones. Currently, users are forced to use Apple's offerings as the default app for opening links, emails, navigation, etc. The feature is expected to make its way alongside iOS 14.
iQOO 3 5G specs leaked ahead of launch; will pack a quad-camera setup, Snapdragon 865 and more
The upcoming Vivo iQOO 3's specs have been leaked just five days before its February 25th launch. It will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel that has a refresh rate of 90Hz and a 4,400 mAh battery that charges at 55W. Pricing starts at Rs 35,000 (~$490) for the LTE variant and Rs 40,000 ($560) for the 5G version.
Apple will use Qualcomm's 5G chips on iPhones till 2023, according to report
Apple will reportedly use Qualcomm's 5G chips on iPhones for the next four years. This revelation comes from a document published by the United States International Trade Commission. It also states that Apple is slated to release a 5G-ready iPhone in 2020, which will be powered by a Snapdragon X55 5G modem.
Indian social media users risk losing online anonymity amid controversial law
The Indian government is reportedly in the final stages of drafting a law that will force social media companies to divulge the personal information of anonymous social media users. The proposed law will apply to all social media and instant messaging platforms. Authorities can request for said information without a warrant and can hold on to it for up to 180 days.
Essential ceases operations; ends all software support for Essential Phone
Essential just announced that it will cease operations starting today. The Essential PH1 will no longer receive security updates. One has to look for third-party software alternatives such as LineageOS to keep their devices up to date. The company's email app Newton Mail will cease to operate on April 30th 2020.
Galaxy Z Flip is Samsung's latest $1,380 foldable phone
Samsung has finally unveiled its second foldable smartphone in the form of the Galaxy Z Flip. It comes with a 6.7-inch screen that folds in two, a Snapdragon 855+, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. It will be available in limited quantities in the U.S and Korea starting February 14, and will retail at $1,380
Samsung Galaxy S20 series announced with 120Hz screens, 8K video recording capacity, and more
The Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 Ultra are now live. All three devices come with a 120Hz screen, 8K video recording capabilities, Samsung's version of AirDrop aka Quick Share, and more. Unfortunately, there will be no headphone jack, but Samsung will include a pair of AKG tuned headphones out of the box. The maxed out variant of the Galaxy S20 Ultra will be the world's first smartphone to come with a whopping 16 GB of RAM.
Samsung Galaxy M20 gets Android 10 update in Europe
The Samsung Galaxy M20 is now receiving its much-awaited Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update in Europe. It is currently available in Germany, Luxembourg, and Greece. Users in other regions should receive the update in the coming days.
Here's why the Redmi K30 Pro will be a roaring success in the Indian market
Even though Xiaomi is yet to officially announce the Redmi K30 Pro, the device appears to have tremendous potential to disrupt the Indian market, despite the increased competition from the likes of Realme. The lack of a Poco F1 successor will go a long way towards bolstering the Redmi smartphone's sales numbers.
Leaked Galaxy Buds+ spec sheet highlights larger battery, an additional microphone and a $149 price tag
Galaxy Buds+ are expected to release alongside the Galaxy S20 series. The headphones will come with upgraded batteries, 2 way dynamic speakers, an extra microphone, and a dedicated iOS app. It will reportedly be priced at $149.
Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite available for purchase in Spain for €659 and €609 respectively
Samsung's newest mid-rangers —the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite— are now available for purchase in Spain for €659 and €609 respectively. Both phones come with a 6.67-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED panel, a 4,500 mAh battery and 128 GB of internal storage.
The Outer Worlds will make its way to the Nintendo Switch on March 6th
The Outer World's will be released on the Nintendo Switch on March 6th 2020. It will retail for $59.99 and will only be available in digital format. Physical copies of the game will just be a piece of plastic with a download code on it.
Motorola's stylus-wielding phone just made an appearance on Geekbench as the Moto G Stylus
Motorola's upcoming stylus-ready phone will be called the Moto G Stylus, according to a Tweet by Evan Blass. Additionally, a Geekbench for the device has also surfaced, corroborating Evan's Tweet. We can expect Motorola to tell us more about the device at MWC 2020.
Realme X2 Pro gets VoWiFi functionality, January security patch, and more via latest update
Indian Realme X2 Pro users will soon be able to use VoWiFi on Reliance Jio and Airtel. The functionality comes via its latest software update which also brings the January security patch. It is rolling out now and will be available to users over the coming week.
NBTC certification listing confirms existence of Oppo Find X2 Pro
The Oppo Find X2 and Find X2 Pro just made an appearance on Thailand's NBTC certification website . Both devices will reportedly come with a 120 Hz WQHD+ screen, and support Oppo's 'Super VOOC Charging' at 65W. The expected release date for both phones is sometime in Q1 2020.
India is now the world's second-largest smartphone market after China
India is now a larger smartphone market than the US according to a report by Counterpoint Research. Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Realme accounted for nearly 72% of the 158 million devices shipped in the country. Despite the increased popularity of Chinese devices, Samsung has still maintained its position as the second-largest smartphone brand in the country.
Xiaomi-owned Poco is now an independent brand in India
Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain just announced that the company's sub-brand Poco is now an independent entity. The Poco F1 made quite the impact on the market back in 2018, and that's why Xiaomi is confident that it can operate on its own. Although there is still no official word about the Poco F1's successor yet, we can expect to hear about it in the coming weeks.
Horizon: Zero Dawn reportedly coming to Steam and Epic Games Store sometime this year
PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn is reportedly coming to PC sometime in 2020, according to a report by Kotaku. The title will be available on Steam and the Epic Games Store.
Google Stadia to get over 120 new games in 2020, 10 of which will be exclusives
A Google Stadia spokesperson stated that the platform will be getting over 120 games in 2020, of which 10 will be exclusives. The company also promised some QoL upgrades such as 4K gaming on the web, better Google Assistant functionality, and more. These features will make their way to Stadia subscribers in the coming months.
PlayStation skipping E3 for the second consecutive year
A Sony spokesperson just confirmed that the company won't be attending E3 2020, because it thinks that the event is not an ideal platform to unveil the PlayStation 5. This makes it two years in a row, as Sony was absent from E3 2019 as well. The company is likely to reveal the PlayStation 5 at one of its in-house events.
Might & Magic: Chess Royale coming to Android and iOS on January 30th
Might & Magic: Chess Royale is Ubisoft's upcoming mobile game. It is an Auto Chess game based in the Might and Magic universe. The game will release on January 30th on Android and iOS, and is available for pre-registration now.
Realme 5i launched in India with four rear cameras, Snapdragon 665 and more
The Realme 5i is now available in India for Rs 8,999 (~$129). It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC coupled with 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM. The device will be available on Flipkart and Realme.com starting Jaunary 15th.
Samsung launches the Galaxy XCover Pro with IP68 certification and removable battery
Samsung's just launched it's latest rugged smartphone —the Galaxy XCover Pro. The device comes with a removable battery and two programmable buttons. It will be available in Europe starting February 1st for €500.
FBI asks Apple to help unlock two iPhones that belonged to a mass shooter
The FBI has asked Apple for help unlocking a pair of iPhones that belong to a mass shooter. Even though the agency has both devices in its possession, it is unable to get past the lock screen. Apple says that it will help the FBI in every way it can.
Galaxy S10 Lite appears on Flipkart; Indian launch imminent
Samsung's newly-released Galaxy S10 Lite just made an appearance on Indian e-commerce website Flipkart. The listing only highlights some key features of the Galaxy S10 Lite and says nothing about its price and release date. Rumors say that it should cost around $650.
Netflix tests quarterly, half-yearly and annual subscription plans in India
Netflix is reportedly testing some new plans in the Indian market. It will let users avail discounts on the company's Premium subscription by paying for three, six or twelve months of service in advance. Since they are a part of Netflix's pilot program, the plans are not available to everyone just yet.
Nokia partners with Flipkart to launch Smart TV in India
Nokia's first-ever smart TV will be released in India on December 10th. The TV features a 55-inch 4K panel and runs Android 9.0. It will be available on Flipkart for ₹41,999($590).
Star Citizen raises over $250 million in crowdfunding money
Star Citizen has now crossed the $250 million mark on its Kickstarter campaign. CitizenCon—the game's annual player convention—was host to a plethora of new in-game content such as a new planet, star system, game mode and more.
Google promises refunds for Stadia Pro subscribers who bought December's free games
Google will issue refunds to Stadia Pro users who bought Tomb Raider and Farming Simulator 2019. Both games will be free starting December 1st as a part of the Stadia Pro subscription.
Personal information of 1.2 billion people leaked in massive data breach
1.2 billion people have been affected by a data breach that was unveiled by the security research firm Dataviper. Sensitive information such as names, email addresses and phone numbers were reportedly stored on an unsecured server.
OPPO unveils ColorOS 7 based on Android 10
Oppo's Android 10 fork is here in the form of ColorOS 7. It brings forth a host of cosmetic and performance improvements and will be available to eligible devices starting November 25th.
Samsung announces Galaxy Note 10 Plus Star Wars special edition with free Galaxy Buds and red S Pen
Samsung unveiled a new Star Wars-themed variant for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. It comes with a pair of Galaxy Buds out of the box and will be released on December 13.
Some Galaxy A50 users are reporting that fingerprint registration was broken by latest update
Some users have been unable to register their fingerprints after installing the latest software update for the Galaxy A50. Ironically, the update promised enhanced fingerprint scanner functionality, among other things.