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Feb 19
Nvidia to prioritize DLSS improvements at low resolutions in upcoming driver update

Nvidia to prioritize DLSS improvements at low resolutions in upcoming driver update

3DMark's latest DLSS test show outstanding performance gains with the right implementation. Meanwhile, real world games like Battlefield V and METRO Exodus suffer from DLSS artifacts, especially in resolutions under 4K. Nvidia is ...
The Doogee S90 comes with 4 modules: the powerbank, the night vision camera, the walkie-talkie and the game controller. (Source: Doogee)

Doogee launches S90 modular rugged smartphone

The S90 is Doogee's first rugged smartphone that comes with a selection of modules similar to Motorola's mods. These include a high quality night vision camera, a 5,000 mAh powerbank, a walkie-talkie and a game controller. Additio...
ML Kit helps developers work with AI applications. (Source: Google Developers)

MediaTek announces collaboration with Google to enhance the Helio P90 SoC's AI features

The Helio P90 is an SoC that could bring augmented and mixed reality to some mid-range devices in the future. Today, MediaTek added AI to that list of possibilities. It has announced support for Google's ML Kit in conjunction with...
Image via Google Project Stream

GDC 2019 | Google to hold event at GDC next month, possibly related to its Project Stream game streaming service

Google announced today that it would be holding a special event at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) next month on March 19th. The announcement offers few details, but many are guessing that Google will announce something relate...
The new Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm has announced the new, 2nd-gen 5G Snapdragon X55 modem

Today, (February 19, 2019) Qualcomm has launched its second modem for use with 5G-New Radio (5G-NR): the Snapdragon X55. It is rated to support download speeds of up to 7 gigabits per second (Gb/s) and upload speeds of up to 3 Gb/...
The PlusUs Xpad. (Source: PlusUs)

The world's thinnest wireless charging pad is now up for crowdfunding

PlusUs has introduced its Xpad, a charging pad that measures only 2.2 millimeters in depth. This spec leads the start-up to assert that it is the thinnest product of its kind worldwide. It is available as a reward as part of an In...
Android Q may be the build that drops the traditional back button. (Source: YouTube)

Android Q could make the back button obsolete

A recent video made by XDA based on a leaked version of Android Q from January 2019 does not have a 'back' option in its UI navigation functions. The user must now swipe to the left using the 'pill' to return to a second-most rece...
The rumours and leaks were true; the Galaxy S10 and S10+ will feature punch-hole front-facing cameras. (Image source: YouTube)

Updated | Samsung Galaxy S10: Official launch advert spotted on Norwegian TV

The Galaxy S10 and S10+ are here one day early, sort of. Norwegian TV channel TV 2 has aired the launch advert for the Galaxy S10 and S10+ before tomorrow's Galaxy UNPACKED event in San Francisco. The advert confirms many of the S...
PullString (ToyTalk) joins Apple to improve Siri (Source: TechCrunch)

Apple acquires AI startup PullString

The latest corporate acquisition in the AI field for Apple is San Francisco-based PullString, a company that was founded in 2011 by former Pixar executives and has been working on "shaping the future of voice applications" ever si...
Dell XPS 13 9380 (i7-8565U, 4K UHD) Laptop Review

88% Dell XPS 13 9380 (i7-8565U, 4K UHD) Laptop Review

Now with a standard webcam. What benefits does the Core i7 SKU offer over the Core i5 SKU? We benchmark the most expensive XPS 13 9380 configuration and compare it to the less costly Core i5 SKU to show all the differences users can expect.
Intel Core i7-8565U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
ASUS ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW (Core i7-8750H, RTX 2070) Laptop Review

86% ASUS ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW (Core i7-8750H, RTX 2070) Laptop Review

A powerful and surprisingly compact package. ASUS is one of the first manufacturers to update their gaming laptops with NVIDIA RTX GPUs. The GL704 is one such model and is one of the most compact 17-inch gaming laptops on the market. Read on to see what, if any, performance boost the RTX 2070 brings and how it affects cooling.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
The Mi 9 Explorer Edition will cost just under US$900. (Source: Weibo/Xiaomi)

Pricing details of the Mi 9 revealed - Big jump when compared to the Mi 8

The Mi 9 will offer a mouth-watering specifications sheet including an AMOLED display, IR blaster, triple rear cameras, a Snapdragon 855, and up to 12 GB of RAM. All of that comes with a caveat, though: Prices also see a massive h...
Huawei P30 series launch teaser (Source: Huawei Mobile on Twitter)

Huawei will launch the P30 lineup in Paris on March 26

Huawei has just put an end to all the rumors about the launch date and location of its next-gen flagships by posting a video teaser on Twitter. The video apparently focuses on the zoom capabilities of the upcoming flagship. The Hu...
MSI GS75 Stealth

MSI GS75 Stealth: Ultra-flat and extreme performance with an NVIDIA RTX GPU

MSI has upgraded its gaming laptops and is taking the graphics experience to a new level with NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs. Firstly, we have the GS75 Stealth, which is a unique combination of streamlined design and cutting edge, powerful hardware (advertisement).
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 512 GB version will also be available in Ceramic Black. (Source: TechRadar)

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 512 GB to get Ceramic Black finish, expected to be cheaper than the iPhone XS Max

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is said to be available in 128 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB storage variants, and one of the color options for the 1 TB variant is Ceramic Black. Roland Quandt has tweeted that even the S10 Plus 512 GB version ...
There will be at least two transparent variants of the Mi 9. (Source: Weibo)

Mi 9 Explorer Edition to come with 12 GB RAM

In the same Weibo post where he discussed the design features of the upcoming Mi 9 Explorer Edition, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun also delivered a rather startling morsel of information: The smartphone will feature 12 GB memory. This would ...
Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL (i5-8265U, FHD) Laptop Review

89% Lenovo IdeaPad 730S-13IWL (i5-8265U, FHD) Laptop Review

Featherweight Companion. Lenovo’s IdeaPad 730S design shrinks the popular ultraportable even further, but thanks to a quad-core Core i5-8265U, 8 GB RAM, and NVMe SSD, it promises blazing general performance nonetheless. At $870, how does it fare in what has become a deeply competitive market?
Intel Core i5-8265U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.1 kg
In landscape mode, the CinemaWide displays of the Sony Xperia 10 and 10 Plus should appeal to cinephiles. (Source: WinFuture)

MWC19 | Sony releases MWC teaser; Xperia XA3 and XA3 Plus to be renamed Xperia 10 and 10 Plus

Sony has released a brief teaser for its upcoming appearance at MWC19. The clip has the caption “embrace a new perspective” that seems to point at the expected 21:9 aspect ratios of the Japanese company’s new smartphones. Apparent...
The transparent cover gives a glimpse at an artistic sheet of aluminum for the Mi 9 Explorer Edition. (Source Weibo/Xiaomi)

Update | Xiaomi offers increased transparency with transparent Mi 9 Explorer Edition variant

Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun has posted some very interesting images of the Mi 9 Explorer Edition on Weibo. Along with the pictures, there is some text describing the process of creating the flagship smartphone’s unique transparent look, ...
Feb 18
The Mi 9 will feature a triple camera setup at the back. (Source: Xiaomi)

The Mi 9 could feature an unmatched 20 W wireless charging and 27 W wired fast charge

Xiaomi is set to unveil its newest flagship, the Mi 9, in a few days. The Mi 9 is said to feature wireless charging—the first time a Mi flagship will have that honor—and will further take things up a notch with 20 W wireless charg...
The Samsung Galaxy S series from the original to the S9 models. (Source: DroidMag)

Impressive infographic details how the Samsung Galaxy S series has evolved, from S to S10+

Gadgetsdeck has produced a handy infographic that shows how the Samsung Galaxy S series of smartphones has evolved over the last decade. The chart covers the model variants too, including the Edge devices, the Plus versions, and a...
The Redmi Note 7 Pro is coming. (Source: Ithome)

The Redmi Note 7 Pro with a 48 MP Sony IMX586 is expected to launch after the Mi 9

The Redmi Note 7 Pro is expected to feature a Snapdragon 675 and Sony's 48 MP IMX586 sensor, the same module used on the Honor View 20. Initial reports claimed the Note 7 Pro would be launched in February but that's looking increa...
Image via Reddit

Polish retailer X-Kom briefly sold PS4 thumbstick covers and Fallout 76 bundle for US $5

Polish e-retailer X-Kom ran a promotion this past weekend that offered a free copy of Fallout 76 with four sets of PlayStation 4 thumbstick covers, all for POL 19 zl (~US $5). This discount is not out of the norm for retailers sel...
OPPO will start making these next-gen smartphone cameras in the next few months. (Source: OPPO)

OPPO's 10x zoom modules will go into production in the first half of 2019

The Android phone-maker OPPO had previously teased its new camera-tech breakthrough: 10x lossless zoom, facilitated by a prism and an extra series of lenses that can fit into a typical phone chassis. The OEM's vice president has a...
The Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti ArcticStorm GPU offers 4K gaming potential. (Source: Zotac)

Zotac announces Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti ArcticStorm graphics card with fitted waterblock

Zotac has unveiled a new modified graphics card to its line-up: The Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti ArcticStorm. The Nvidia GeForce 2080 Ti-based GPU comes with a preinstalled ArcticStorm waterblock as part of a liquid cooling so...
Image via MySmartPrice

Real-life image of Samsung Galaxy A50 confirms triple-camera setup, 3D glossy plastic chassis

A real-life image of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A50 confirms that the mid-range phone will feature a fairly robust triple-camera setup. Considering the phone will be powered by Samsung's Exynos 7 9610, which is designed with a fo...
We benchmark the cheapest GeForce RTX laptop on Newegg and performance is better than a GTX 1070 Max-Q

We benchmark the cheapest RTX laptop on Newegg and performance is better than a GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q

The MSI GL73 with RTX 2060 graphics begins to shine when gaming at higher resolutions beyond 1080p and with DirectX 12 active. Otherwise, users can get the same performance or better out of an older GTX 1070 laptop for lower price...
A screenshot from the MobileFun video. (Source: IceUniverse)

New leak re-visits Samsung Galaxy S10+'s potential screen-protection issue

A while ago, a series of Tweets from a smartphone case-maker presented the possibility that the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+'s fingerprint reader placement would make using screen protectors on these phones much more difficult than...
Xiaomi may release a smartwatch that has nothing to do with Amazfit or Huami. (Source: Amazfit)

Xiaomi's first own-brand sports watch may be launched via crowdfunding

MyDrivers has reported that Xiaomi intends to announce a crowdfunding project for a new product: a smart sports watch. This device will apparently support real-time GPS tracking, so that a user can generate and maintain maps of th...
The Realme 2 Pro is on sale on Flipkart. (Source: Realme)

Realme 2 Pro now available at a discount in India

The Realme 2 Pro is a phone directed at the younger market in a number of countries, including India. Here, the 2 Pro is available at Rs. 1000 (about US$14) less than usual. However, its better-spec'd SKUs are currently out of sto...

79% OUKITEL U25 Pro Smartphone Review

Smart and stylish for less than €100 (~$113)? The OUKITEL U25 Pro is an affordable entry-level smartphone, which should appeal to those who are looking for a stylish device on a budget. The U25 Pro has more up its sleeve than its looks though, especially with its 1080p display. Read on to find out how the device performs in our tests and how it fares against its competitors.
Mediatek MT6750T | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.5" | 180 g
Honor View 20 launch event, Honor View 20 camera allegedly better than that of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Mobile photography: The Honor View 20 beats the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, but not in a DxOMark test

According to a review by Android Authority, the Honor View 20's main camera setup can provide excellent low-light performance, realistic colors, great image stabilization, as well as "amazing detail" but also lacks in the HDR area...
 LG Watch W7 Smartwatch

LG Watch W7 Smartwatch Review

Novel idea, poor execution. With the Watch W7, LG has tried to strike a balance between the functionality of a traditional watch and the technology found in most smartwatches. While this is an interesting concept, its implementation is lacking.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 APQ8009 | Qualcomm Adreno 304 | 1.2" | 79.5 g
Samsung Galaxy M30 official launch flyer (Source: Samsung Mobile India on Twitter)

Samsung will launch the Galaxy M30 on February 27

The Samsung Galaxy M30 is expected to arrive with a triple rear camera setup similar to that used for the Galaxy A8s, but it will have a notched Infinity-U display instead of the holed Infinity-O touchscreen used by its sibling. T...
Intel 9th gen H-series CPUs are expected to launch in Q2 2019. (Source: Gameaxis)

Details of the Intel 9th gen H-series CPUs emerge, Core i9-9980HK to be the flagship SKU

An Intel export compliance metrics document has listed the new 9th gen H-series processors for laptops. These CPUs include the Core i5-9300H all the way to the Core i9-9980HK. The 9th gen H-series CPUs are not official yet and Int...
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Blue Coral Android phablet gets February 2019 security patch

Samsung releases February security patch for the Galaxy S7 flagship

The February 2019-dated Android security patch comes with the software version G930FXXS4ESAE and seems to be only available for Samsung Galaxy S7 users in the United Kingdom and Austria for now. The Galaxy S7 lineup receives this ...
A new, larger, MacBook Pro with a display at least 16-inches across is in the cards for 2019. (Source: Apple)

Ming-Chi Kuo spills the beans on Apple's 2019 product plans

Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the most accurate analyst going around when it comes to Apple’s product plans, has spilled the beans on its entire 2019 product pipeline. Kuo’s latest investor note for TF International Securities includes det...
New AMD 7 nm CPUs and GPUs are expected to have a detailed announcement at Computex 2019. (Source: Guru3D)

AMD Ryzen 7 nm round-up — Ryzen 3000, X570, and Navi reportedly targeted for July 7, 12-core and 16-core CPUs expected

July 7 will see the launch of AMD's 7 nm parts including the Ryzen 3000 CPUs and Navi GPUs alongside the new X570 chipset. A detailed announcement is expected during Computex 2019 in June followed by wide availability in July. AMD...
Science Channel shows how a Gigabyte Aero 15 laptop is made (Source: Science Channel)

Science Channel shows how a Gigabyte Aero 15 laptop is made

Watch a quick 5-minute video following the production, assembly, and diagnostics of the Gigabyte laptop from start to finish.
Image via Razer (w/ edits)

Razer to shut down Razer Game Store February 28th, 10 months after it opened

Razer is shutting down the Razer Game Store, its own online retail space for PC games. The store will close in the early morning of February 28th. Any games purchased through the Razer Game Store will continue to work, though keys...
Feb 17
New hire by Apple suggests renewed focus on smart home market

New hire by Apple suggests renewed focus on smart home market

Apple does not quite match up to some other major software companies in terms of smart-home products. It has only one product dedicated to this market: the HomePod. The company may by trying to change this by hiring Sam Jadallah, ...
The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC Edition. (Source: Videocardz)

NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti falls just short of the GTX Titan X in FFXV benchmark, to be priced at US$279 MSRP

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti featuring the non-RT 'Turing' TU116 core has made an appearance on the Final Fantasy XV benchmark scoring just short of a 'Maxwell' Titan X and not too far above the GTX 1070, which it is expected to...
Xiaomi could also jump on the pop-up selfie-cam bandwagon. (Source: MSPoweruser)

Xiaomi's product director hints that the brand may make a pop-up selfie camera phone soon

Xiaomi is now known as one of the very few Android OEMs who have released the most modern take on the slider phone. However, it also appears as though it wants to get into the pop-up camera game as well. A company executive has hi...
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8. (Source: BGR)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now receiving the stable One UI Android Pie update

Samsung rolled out the Android Pie-based One UI update to the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and Note 9 a while ago. The latest device to receive the update is the Galaxy Note 8, the company's last-gen flagship.
The Nubia Red Magic Mars. (Source: Nubia)

The Nubia Red Magic Mars is a Pocophone F1 alternative for the US

The Pocophone F1 has been lauded for the high price to performance ratio it brings to the table. Sadly, Xiaomi's high-value magnum opus isn't sold officially in the US. ZTE's Nubia is now offering something almost as good, and it'...
Renders of the Huawei P30 Pro. (Source: Techenguru)

The Huawei P30 Pro and P30 will settle for 1080p displays

According to new reports, Huawei's upcoming flagships, the P30 and P30 Pro will feature 1080p displays. Both devices are expected to have some impressive specifications sheets, and the listed display resolutions are somewhat disap...
The Raspberry Pi Foundation was formed in 2009. (Source: YouTube/Raspberry Pi)

Raspberry Pi joins the brick-and-mortar brigade

The Raspberry Pi Foundation opened its first shop earlier this month, at the Grand Arcade shopping center in Cambridge, England. The move to a brick-and-mortar presence for the previously online-only Raspberry Pi gives enthusiasts...
A fresh Apple patent shows it is still working hard on making a foldable smartphone. (Source: CNET/USPTO)

Fresh Apple foldable smartphone patents show it is working hard on the idea too

A fresh patent granted to Apple shows that the Cupertino giant is hard at work on its own foldable smartphone. Interestingly, there are several different types of options that Apple is looking at in terms of the way the screen fol...
The 5G Moto Mod will give last year's 4G Moto Z3 ultra-fast 5G cellular capabilities. (Source: Motorola)

Motorola's 5G Mod makes it to the FCC, launching soon

Motorola has been persisting with its Moto Mods line for a few years now, but one of its most interesting Mods has just passed through the FCC. The new Moto Mod 5G promises to make the Motorola Z3 the first smartphone with 5G capa...
The Xiaomi Mi 9 will be initially available in three colors. (Source: Xiaomi)

Colors for the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 9 unveiled, including one that will appeal to unicorn lovers

Xiaomi has published pictures of the Mi 9 flagship smartphone on its community pages in three different colors. There’s the regulatory black, a shimmering blue, and a color that has already received several different descriptions ...

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