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Mar 24
iPhones may act as charging pads in 2019. Source: MacOtakara

2019 iPhones may come with 18W charging as standard and reverse wireless charging

Apple has developed a habit of disappointing its fans by including power bricks that charge at only 5W with its iPhones. However, a new leak has predicted that the company will put an end to this in 2019. It also projects that the...
The Intel Core i9-9900KF could offer slightly better overclocking potential than the 9900K. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

Intel Core i9-9900KF could offer a slightly higher overclocking potential than the 9900K

Famed overclocker 'Splave' tried out a small experiment to find out whether the newly announced Intel Core i9-9900KF offered any potential advantages over the 9900K when it came to overclocking. The results showed that the 9900KF ...
The Sony Xperia XZ3. (Source: DxOmark)

DxOMark | The Sony Xperia XZ3 is more proof of Sony's woeful camera performance

The Sony Xperia XZ3, a few days ago, made the trip over to photography benchmark website DxOMark, where it failed woefully, continuing the trend of Sony flagships being unable to catch up to the competition.
The Honor 8X. (Source: Honor)

The Honor 8X is now receiving the stable Android Pie-based EMUI 9 update

The Honor 8X was released last year on Android Oreo but is now receiving the stable Pie update. The update weighs in at a humongous 3.14 GB and is one that takes the device's software to Huawei's EMUI 9.0 skin.
AMD's MCM approach to Ryzen 3 confers a lot of flexibility in chip design. (Source: Baalis)

AMD Ryzen 3000's MCM design enables optimal utilization of the 7 nm process

AMD's use of a multi-chip module (MCM) approach offers quite a few advantages for AMD in terms utilizing TSMC's lines efficiently and also in driving down costs. We are now getting to know that Ryzen 3000 sports a new Infinity Fab...
Esports Arena is bringing its gaming services inside Walmart stores. (Source: Variety)

Walmart could be the next major corporation to join the race for game-streaming supremacy

It has been reported that Walmart has been meeting with a number of game developers and publishers to discuss a potential video-game streaming service. With Google just revealing its Stadia service and Nvidia’s GeForce Now platfor...
Xiaomi is prepping an update to its 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air sequel teased for March 26

Xiaomi’s official Chinese Weibo account has issued a teaser indicating that it is prepping an update to its 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air. The teaser shows a scale with the current weight of the device at 1.07 kg hinting at either a r...
Is this the new 10.5-inch iPad Air or the old 10.5-inch iPad Pro? Your guess is as good as ours. (Source: Apple)

Opinion: Apple is becoming synonymous with boring

Apple used to be the tech company that led consumer technology design unchallenged. After a week of rehashed designs masquerading as, in at least one instance, “all new” product launches, the company feels like it is asleep at the...
Bitwise's report was submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. (Source: The Daily Reckoning)

Study declares 95% of reported bitcoin trading is fake

A comprehensive study carried out by Bitwise Asset Management has come to the conclusion that the majority of reported volume in bitcoin trading is faked. Some unethical bitcoin traders are deliberately manipulating the volume to ...
The Sony Xperia 1. (Source: Sony)

The Sony Xperia 1's display has a full-time 4K resolution

The Xperia 1 features a 4K OLED display and, unlike the XZ Premium and XZ2 Premium that only rendered in 4K while viewing content of that resolution, the Xperia 1 will be a full-time 4K display. Yes, even when in system apps like ...
Tim Cook might introduce a foldable iPhone in 2020. (Source: Antonio De Rosa)

Concept video for iPhone foldable shows rumored square triple camera setup and brilliant triangular packaging

A designer called Antonio De Rosa has come up with a concept video of what an iPhone foldable smartphone, which is called the iPhone X Fold in the clip, could actually look like. Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of familiar Samsun...
Users are complaining of PBO issues in the latest AGESA firmware on AMD 400-series motherboards. (Source: Amazon)

PSA | Latest AGESA firmware can brick Precision Boost Overdrive on AMD 400-series motherboards

Users of AMD X470 chipset-based motherboards who have updated to the latest AGESA 0.0.7.x offered by some OEMs over the past week are reporting that the update cripples the Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO) from working automaticall...
We review the Walmart Overpowered 17 with RTX 2070 and it's actually decent (Image source: Walmart)

We review the Walmart Overpowered 17 with RTX 2070 graphics and it's actually decent

The chassis has plenty of enthusiast features including per-key RGB lighting and a 1080p144 IPS display, but it comes at the cost of chassis rigidity in some spots and a poor trackpad. While not a bad alternative to more popular g...
Mar 23
Apple is reportedly losing traction in China. (Source: Apple)

Apple is losing its majority in the Chinese smartphone market

Apple's market share in China has reportedly fallen by 26.6% in 2018. Unsurprisingly, the culprits are more 'local' OEMs such as Huawei and Xiaomi, who offer more innovative features in premium handsets that go for less than those...
Huawei may release its 1st smart TV soon. (Source: TechnoBlitz)

The first-generation Huawei TV may launch next month

Last year, we reported on rumors that Huawei was working on its first smart TV. Now, a Chinese news outlet claims that its sources have told it these products are nearly ready for release. These products are apparently to be relea...
Tencent games may run better on Razer Phones/controllers in the future. (Source: Razer)

Razer and Tencent announce mobile-gaming collaboration

Tencent, which publishes games such as PUBG, has set up a collaboration with Razer in order to improve said apps' function on the gaming hardware giant's Android phones. This involves optimizing Tencent titles for the Razer Phones...
The Powerbeats are Beats' take on the wireless earphone. (Source: Amazon)

Next-generation Powerbeats could come in true-wireless form and with the new Apple AirPods' features

Beats by Dr. Dre has been an Apple subsidiary for some time now. The brand's next product may be a pair of truly-wireless earbuds. According to a CNET report, they may run on the new Apple H1 chip, which is also found in the newly...
Xbox One S All-Digital Edition box art. (Source: Windows Central)

Disc-less Xbox One S All-Digital Edition to have a global launch on May 7 2019

Microsoft's plans of introducing a disc-less version of the Xbox One S is well known and we're getting to know that the console is all set for a global launch on May 7. Expected to be known as the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, t...
A small footnote on this Galaxy A-series leak refers to a notchless A90. (Source: Galaxy Club)

Samsung inadvertantly confirms the Galaxy A90 will feature a notchless Infinity display

Samsung’s Galaxy A90 mid-range flagship is set to be the company’s first all-screen smartphone with a notchless display as previously rumored. The confirmation came through a Samsung Indonesia website slip up showing what is eithe...
Schenker XMG Neo 17

87% Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Core i7-8750H, GeForce RTX 2070) Tongfang GK7CP7S Laptop Review

Recommended. If you are looking for a simple and relatively compact gaming notebook, then the Schenker XMG Neo 17 may be the laptop for you. The 17.3-inch laptop scores highly for its powerful hardware, its 144 Hz panel and its optomechanical keyboard. However, can the Neo 17 compete with other large gaming laptops on more than just specifications?
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.5 kg
Intel has confirmed it has abandoned the Compute Card platform. (Source: Intel)

Intel kills off the Compute Card initiative

Intel has confirmed that it is killing off further development of its Compute Card platform. Similar in size to a credit card, Compute Card was teased at CES 2017 and first unveiled at Computex 2017 and promised modular upgrades f...
Asus's ROG Crosshair VII Hero motherboard is based on the AMD X470 platform. (Source: Asus)

List of Asus X570 motherboards for AMD Ryzen 3000 series leaked

The new AMD X570 chipset is expected to be launched soon and a list of motherboards produced by Asus for this particular generation has been leaked. The products being prepared cover a number of well-known Asus lines, including RO...
"Great device. Would be a shame if we siphoned your data from it without your permission." (Source: MySmartPrice)

Nokia's official response on the case of user data violations

HMD Global has come up with an official response on the issue of its devices sending sensitive user data to Chinese servers. While the company's reasoning appears sound, it's still a tad appalling that something of this sort is as...
The Mi A2 was mostly a rebranded Mi 6X. (Source: MIUI)

Xiaomi is working on two Android One phones that will feature in-display fingerprint readers

References to three new Xiaomi devices have been discovered, with two of them being bonafide Android One phones. We could be looking at the Mi A3, A3 Lite, and Mi 7X, perhaps? Interestingly, all three phones will have in-display f...
Huawei CFO was in possession of an iPhone, iPad and MacBook when arrested in Canada recently. (Source: The Strait Times)

Arrested Huawei CFO was in possession of an iPhone, iPad and MacBook

Arrested Huawei CFO and daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei, Meng Wanzhou, has had further embarrassment heaped on her. As if getting arrested in Canada at the request of the US government on espionage charges isn’t enough, it has no...
It's possible to save nearly US$500 on the Dell XPS 15 with a Core i9-8950HK. (Source: Dell)

Deal | Save nearly US$300 on a Dell XPS 15 with i7-8750H and GTX 1050 Ti; almost US$500 off for i9 touch variant

Dell is having its semi-annual electronics sale at the moment, and there are massive savings on offer throughout the company’s extensive range of products. One of the most attractive deals is for a Dell XPS 15 laptop sporting an 8...
The HiSilicon Kirin 985 is expected to appear in the third quarter of 2019. (Source: Gizmochina)

Huawei Mate 30 tipped to be first smartphone to feature the 7nm+ EUV HiSilicon Kirin 985 SoC

A report out of Taiwan has stated that Huawei is planning on releasing the HiSilicon Kirin 985 SoC before the end of the year, and it could even find its way inside the expected Huawei Mate 30 smartphone. The chipset will apparent...
Players will be fighting each other in the snow on the Halvøy map. (Source: EA/Dice)

Firestorm launches March 25; Nvidia recommends competing with an RTX 2070

Battlefield V’s battle royale mode, Firestorm, will be launched on March 25. It will come as an update to owners of the Battlefield V game and will give players the chance to utilize a range of vehicles in their quest for victory....
Mar 22
Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Inclusive list of all graphics cards currently available for notebooks. Approximate 3DMark benchmarks results are provided in italic.
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Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

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Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

Benchmark list of all laptop graphics cards and their performance in real games. The list is divided in different settings and can be searched and restricted.
The GTX 1650 will be replacing the entry-level GTX 1050 cards. (Source: PC Builder's Club)

Leaked Nvidia GTX 1650 benchmarks show performance similar to GTX 1050 Ti

Set to become the entry-level model of the Turing generation, the upcoming GTX 1650 appears to be almost as fast as the GTX 1050 Ti from the previous gen in the latest Final Fantasy XV benchmarks. This model is scheduled to launch...
A new image of a live device has been linked to the Meizu 16s. (Source: PlayfulDroid)

The Meizu 16s may indeed have ultra-slim bezels: new leak

The 16s is Meizu's rumored 2019 flagship that is projected to dodge the notch trend with ultra-slim top and bottom bezels in its front panels. Some leaks attributed to the purported device have supported this theory. The latest on...
Samsung Galaxy Fold fails to impress, slower than Galaxy S10e and the Royale FlexPai foldable

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is slower than both the Galaxy S10e and Royale FlexPai

Although it will retail for more than twice its price, the Samsung Galaxy Fold seems to be slower than the Galaxy S10e. According to an alleged Geekbench entry — that has already been removed from the benchmark database — Samsung'...
The sequel will take place in modern-day Seattle. (Source: Paradox)

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 to be released in Q1 2020

15 years after the release of the original Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, Paradox is finally announcing a sequel to the "cult" RPG game. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is set in modern-day Seattle, and the gameplay ...
The new Huntkey 90W charging brick looks deceptively much like any other. (Source: Huntkey)

A power brick maker will release a 90W wall charger later this year

Huntkey, a company based in Shenzhen, has announced that it is currently producing a 90-watt wall-wart intended for mobile devices. This next-gen power-brick also has a USB type-C output, rather than type-A as normal. It supports ...
The Apple AirPower's release may be on the cards (again). (Source: Apple)

The Apple AirPower charging mat may launch soon: new leak

DigiTimes has cited sources at a components supplier in a new report that alleges the AirPower accessory is finally going to be released soon. This article also asserts that the long-awaited wireless charging pad will work with at...
Mortal Kombat 11 Closed Beta begins on March 28 (Source: Mortal Kombat on YouTube)

Mortal Kombat 11 Closed Beta kicks off on March 28

The Closed Beta of Mortal Kombat 11 will debut on March 28 with a roaster of five fighters, namely Baraka, Jade, Kabal, Scarlet, and Scorpion. At launch, the game is expected to come with a lineup of no less than 28 characters, in...
Gigabyte Aero 15-Y9 (i9-8950HK, RTX 2080 Max-Q) Laptop Review

88% Gigabyte Aero 15-Y9 (i9-8950HK, RTX 2080 Max-Q) Laptop Review

Well endowed. The well-equipped Aero 15-Y9 allows (almost) all games to be played smoothly on its matte 4K screen. However, Gigabyte has chosen to equip the laptop with only the Max-Q variant of the GeForce 2080. As a result, it isn't able to offer much more gaming performance above the Aero-15 models with RTX 2070 Max-Q GPUs.
Intel Core i9-8950HK | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Razer did well for itself last year. (Source: The Drum)

Razer made nearly US$80 million in gross profit last year: new report

Razer has released its financial report for 2018. It shows that the gaming company's revenues are now stands at US$274.2 million. The firm made $79.5 million in terms of gross profit last year, and also cut its losses by 4.3% comp...
Not what you'd expect from Nokia. (Source: Yle)

Some Nokia devices have been clandestinely sending user data to China

Some users of the Nokia 7 Plus have reported that their phones are sending data to Chinese servers without permission, a direct violation of GDPR laws. This data includes IMEI's, serial numbers, and location, all of which are cons...
The transparent Mi 9 alongside an 'opaque' sibling. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi releases cheaper 8GB version of the Mi 9 Transparent Edition

The transparent variant of the Xiaomi Mi 9 seems to be doing very well this year. Chinese blogs have reported that the OEM cannot keep it on shelves, despite its relatively high price tag. Perhaps this is why a new, cheaper varian...
Pie for the OnePlus 3 series is closer than ever. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus offers Closed Beta Android Pie program places to 3 and 3T users - for one day only

OnePlus has reached an important stage in the development of Oxygen OS 9, which is based on Android Pie (9.0), for its former 3/3T flagships. It now has a closed beta of this build, which can be downloaded following a successful a...
It may have taken almost 18 months, but Cuphead is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch (Image source: StudioMDHR)

Cuphead is coming to the Nintendo Switch, and it is bringing Xbox Live with it.

Switch owners rejoice. Cuphead, the popular side-scrolling run and gun game, is coming to the console next month. You can pre-order the game now on the Nintendo eShop before its worldwide release on April 18. StudioMDHR is also br...
PUBG Mobile is now one year old, celebrating with Season 6 and update 0.11.5

PUBG Mobile celebrates first anniversary with multiple in-game goodies and enhancements

The first anniversary of PUBG for mobile devices comes with the Season 6 Royale Pass, parties on Spawn Island with fireworks and loot crates with special rewards, randomly spawned birthday cakes, dynamic weather on Erangel and Mir...
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X utilizes Socket sTR4 for CPU placement. (Source: AMD)

Deal | Pick up an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor for US$299.99

The 1st-Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X CPU is currently priced at US$299.99 on Newegg. This Zen-based high-end desktop processor (HEDT) was originally released in August 2017 and cost US$549 at the time of launch. The chip has e...
Lenovo ThinkPad E590 (i7-8565U, UHD 620, FHD) Laptop Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad E590 (i7-8565U, UHD 620, FHD) Laptop Review

Same procedure as last year. Something that worked in 2018 does not have to be wrong in 2019 – this is something that Lenovo might have thought when planning the announcement of the ThinkPad E590. The new Lenovo ThinkPad is pretty much the same machine as the older E580 with a new CPU. Is the ThinkPad E590 still a sensible choice for an office laptop?
Intel Core i7-8565U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
AMD's EPYC 2 server chips are expected to be released in the second half of 2019. (Source: ServeTheHome)

Google could be planning on adopting AMD's Zen 2-based EPYC 2 "Rome" server chips

A market analyst for financial services company Cowen has predicted that Google will utilize AMD’s upcoming EPYC 2 server CPUs, codenamed “Rome”, for its own services. This would be a huge deal for AMD, which has already been sele...
Apex Legends character Octane was leaked thanks to a datamine. (Source: Cultured Vultures/Respawn)

Apex Legends dev warns against datamining rumors then data miners find PvE and map information

A Respawn Entertainment community manager has taken to Reddit to warn fans of Apex Legends about the perils of believing datamined rumors. Jay Frechette’s comments were pragmatic and logical: “real info will come from us”. However...
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 may only see a slight increase in price over the Note 9. (Source: Phone Arena)

Rumored camera and hardware specifications for upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 leaked; possible August launch

Some more rumored details of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 have appeared online. It seems the flagship phablet will sport a similar camera setup to the Galaxy S10 5G, with four cameras on the rear and two on the front. The device, wh...

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