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The Huawei P30 Pro is the first Huawei phone to get the stable Android 10 update. (Source: AnandTech)

The Huawei P30 Pro is now receiving the stable Android 10-based EMUI 10 update

Huawei launched the EMUI 10 beta a while ago, and has now started sending out the full, stable Android 10-based EMUI 10 update to its current-gen flagship device, the P30 Pro. The OTA comes in as a heavy 4.99 GB download, though.
Ricci Rox, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:35:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy S11 could sport a central punch hole for the selfie camera. (Source: Ben Geskin)

Fresh Samsung Galaxy S11 rumors: New SAMOLED display, 108 MP camera, and several color options on the anvil

Leaks about the Samsung Galaxy S11 continue to grace the rumor mills and this time, we get to learn some additional information about S11's display, camera, and expected color options. The Galaxy S11 could sport a new AMOLED displ...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 08:57:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy A51's new renders. (Source: OnLeaks/PriceBaba)

New Samsung Galaxy A51 renders hint at a punch-hole, quad cameras and a 3.5mm jack

The Galaxy A51 will probably be one of Samsung's new phones for 2020. It has attracted its first 360-degree set of renders (from OnLeaks), which incorporate rumors and theories about the phone such as that it will have quad rear c...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:56:00 +0100
Even though the upcoming Snapdragon 865 might not dethrone the A13 Bionic form Apple, it will come with advantages such as integrated 5G and LPDDR5 support. (Source: GSMArena)

Leaked Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 performance specs don't seem to endanger Apple's A13 supremacy

The upcoming Snapdragon 865 is supposed to integrate a high-performance Kryo Gold Cortex-A77 running at 2.85 GHz plus 3 more A77 cores clocked at 2.42 GHz, along with 4 more Kryo Silver Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. This ne...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:46:00 +0100
Honor announces the V30 launch at its colorful conference. (Source: ITHome)

The Honor V30 series' launch date is confirmed, as is its 5G aspect

The Honor V30 and V30 Pro are now scheduled for launch on November 26, 2019 in Beijing. This new series has also officially been confirmed to support 5G. It is also now linked to 90-hertz displays and a new alogrithm called Camera...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:08:00 +0100
Top 10 Camera Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Camera Smartphones

November 2019 Update. Smile please! Here you will find the best smartphones for digital photography including a big picture comparison. Our list of the best camera smartphones is regularly updated, maintained, and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:48:00 +0100
The Exynos 990 will power the Galaxy S11 phones. (Source: Samsung)

The Exynos 990 is actually the Exynos 9830, and it will debut on the Galaxy S11

It's been fiercely debated which SoC would be on Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S11 flagships. Most claimed the newly launched Exynos 990 would have the honor, while others expected Samsung to launch another SoC, the Exynos 9830. Appar...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 08:34:00 +0100
The Mi Note 10 features a curved FHD+ AMOLED display. (Source: Mi)

Who made the display on the Mi Note 10?

The Mi CC9 Pro and Mi Note 10 are, perhaps, Xiaomi's most ambitious devices of the year. They sport a beautiful curved AMOLED display, but it's been unknown which company actually provided the panel. Until now.
Ricci Rox, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 08:33:00 +0100
5G connectivity promises a better future, but it might hide some health hazards as well (Source: H2S Media)

Health check: Is 5G really bad for you? Debunking some 5G-related myths and fake news

As 5G networks go live in more and more markets with each month, some questions regarding the health hazards that might come with this new technology remain unanswered. However, most 5G dangers that some websites have been warning...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 07:00:00 +0100
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Compact Smartphones

November 2019 Update. Here's a list of the best compact smartphones we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:43:00 +0100
Lift to Talk is one of many upcoming "smart" features for the Google Assistant. (Source: XDA)

Google's Assistant may soon add the 'Lift to Talk' feature

XDA contributors have found that Google has included code that supports its long-touted "Lift to Talk" setting for Assistant in its app. This feature allows the voice-activated AI in question to be prepared to answer queries whene...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:07:00 +0100
Honor 9X

76% Honor 9X Smartphone Review: A new Huawei smartphone with Google Play Services

Déjà vu. Notebookcheck.com reviews the Honor 9X, a midrange handset with a pop-up front-facing camera, a notch and punch-hole free 6.59-inch display and a HiSilicon Kirin 710F SoC among other features. Read on to find out in what area this latest Honor smartphone excels, and if it can maintain the company's reputation of selling competitively priced midrange handsets.
HiSilicon Kirin 710 | ARM Mali-G51 MP4 | 6.59" | 197 g
Marcus Herbrich, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:50:00 +0100
The Galaxy A70s. (Source: NDTV)

The Samsung Galaxy A70s' latest update makes it compatible with Link to Windows

Samsung is now rolling a new software update out to the Galaxy A70s. The OTA package adds the ability to use Link to Windows, as well as USB type C headphones. It also contains general stability upgrades and the October 2019 secur...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:11:00 +0100
The Amazfit Stratos3. (Source: Amazfit)

The Amazfit Stratos3 is a new sports smartwatch coming to Europe soon

The Amazfit Sports Watch 3 was released in China recently. However, its series is also marketed internationally as the Stratos line of sports-focused wearables. Its 3rd generation is now set for launch across multiple European cou...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 19:39:00 +0100
The Vivo S5 has a different angle on the square-cam trend. (Source: Weibo)

Update | Vivo teases the interestingly quad-cam, Snapdragon 712-powered S5 ahead of its launch

The Vivo S5 is a probable successor to the S1 series that is rumored to rock the Snapdragon 712 processor. This phone has also been revealed to have a unique take on rear quad-cam design. It also has a punch-hole selfie camera: th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 18:39:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy S10 is more like the Note 10 than ever thanks to latest software update

Samsung Galaxy S10 is more like the Note 10 than ever thanks to latest software update

Samsung is bringing a few Galaxy Note 10-exclusive features to the Galaxy S10 line. The update improves system-wide and picture-specific search and an Auto Hotspot feature that can automate connecting a device with a Samsung accou...
Sam Medley, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 18:25:00 +0100
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>90cm²)

November 2019 Update. Here is a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen surface areas above 90 cm² - we have reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 15:28:00 +0100
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

November 2019 Update. Here you will find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
Daniel Schmidt, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 14:41:00 +0100
Gigaset GX290 Review: Mobile phone warhorse with long battery life

76% Gigaset GX290 Review: Mobile phone warhorse with long battery life

The pith of Münsterland. With a comparatively compact rugged smartphone, Gigaset wants to attract a further clientele and is focusing on a mixture of good equipment, large energy storage and sustainability under the "Made in Germany" flag. You can read in the test whether the recipe is convincing.
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V | ARM Mali-G71 MP2 | 6.1" | 279 g
Daniel Schmidt, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 13:53:00 +0100
Qualcomm has a new permanent CFO. (Source: ZDNet)

Qualcomm names its next permanent chief financial officer

Akash Palkhiwala is Qualcomm's new CFO (or chief financial officer). His appointment comes following a stint as the company's interim CFO, as well as the senior vice president and finance head of its CDMA tech division. Palkhiwala...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 10 Nov 2019 20:36:00 +0100
Some CES Innovation Awards have been given out already. (Source: CES)

The CTA announces several CES 2020 award winners and honorees early

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has conferred a number of CES 2020 Awards on some OEMs ahead of this event. They include OnePlus, LG and Acer, who have won recognition for their latest flagship devices, (or, in some case...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 10 Nov 2019 18:05:00 +0100
There may be no Galaxy S10e successor. (Source: Mashable)

New information points towards the lack of a compact Galaxy S11e model

The Samsung Galaxy S10e was a fan favorite of sorts, as it was one of the select few premium compact devices in the market. New information has now surfaced pointing towards a complete non-existence of what would have been the S10...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 10 Nov 2019 17:07:00 +0100
Early renders of the Samsung Galaxy S11. (Source: PhoneArena)

The Samsung Galaxy S11 phones are gearing up to be quite attractive

The Galaxy S11 phones are expected to be launched in February next year, and a set of leaks have surfaced, painting an image of what will undoubtedly be one of the most attractive flagship phones of 2020.
Ricci Rox, Sun, 10 Nov 2019 17:06:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. (Source: Twitter)

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G adds 3D face-unlocking to its security options

Samsung has sneaked a 3D form of Face Unlock into the 5G version of the Galaxy S10 with its latest update. It works on this variant only as it has a time-of-flight (TOF) sensor in its front-facing punch-hole. Therefore, this phone...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 10 Nov 2019 17:03:00 +0100
Asus has instituted a new beta program. (Source: Asus)

Asus opens a beta program for Android 10 on the 12GB ROG Phone II

Asus is currently inviting those who own the ROG Phone II to join its Android 10 beta program for this device. However, this only appears to apply to the ZS660KL model, the 12GB/512GB international variant. Those who wish to get t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 10 Nov 2019 16:13:00 +0100
Weekend Discussion: Have your opinions about the headphone jack and display notch changed?

Weekend Discussion: Have your opinions about the headphone jack and display notch changed?

It’s been two years since Apple introduced the iPhone X and three years since the iPhone 7. Consumers and media were having a cow about the end of headphone jacks as we know it and the eyesore of an asymmetric display. Now that ev...
Allen Ngo, Sat, 09 Nov 2019 07:33:00 +0100
Apple releases iOS 13.2.2 to fix various bugs

Apple releases iOS 13.2.2 to fix various bugs

Apple release iOS 13.2.2 this week, bringing a fix to the RAM management bug introduced in iOS 13.2. There are a few other bug fixes and patches. Considering Apple's terrible track record with iOS 13, it may be prudent to wait a f...
Sam Medley, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 23:39:00 +0100
An example of a home theater in a box. (Source: Lifewire)

The home theater market could be worth US$13.4 billion by 2025

Home theaters brought in a total of US$7.7 billion last year. However, this market value is thought to be capable of growing by up to $5.7 billion more over the next 6 years. The sound bar sector may grow at the greatest rate over...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 22:44:00 +0100
Image via Max J.

OnePlus 8 Pro may have a 120Hz display

A new rumor claims that the OnePlus 8 Pro will feature a 120Hz display. While this rumor comes seemingly out of left field, it's not out of the question for OnePlus to continue to push high-refresh rate displays in its handsets. C...
Sam Medley, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 21:55:00 +0100
Image via Apple

Six more titles come to Apple Arcade

Six more games are now available for mobile devices through the Apple Arcade service. The monthly subscription service is fast approaching its goal of offering over 100 high-quality games for $5/month.
Sam Medley, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 21:28:00 +0100
These icons are few and far between for some Pokémon GO players. (Source: Bulbapedia)

Niantic is addressing its current Pokéstop deficiency in Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO remains one of the world's most popular augmented-reality (AR) mobile games. However, it has a persistent discrepancy as a title in this ecosystem, which is a lack of Pokéstops, particularly in more isolated regions. Th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 19:35:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 gets the November 2019 security patch

The Galaxy Tab S6 is Samsung's latest premium slate. The OEM has just demonstrated it is committed to keeping it that way with a new software update containing the latest Android security patch level. This upgrade has also reached...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 19:00:00 +0100
The Vivo Z5i. (Source: MySmartPrice)

The Vivo Z5i leaks via its own carrier

Vivo is now slated to release a new phone called the Z5i. This has not been officially announced by the OEM; however, this device has shown up on China Telecom's website despite not having even launched yet. It is powered by the S...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 18:37:00 +0100
The Galaxy S11: A camera monster? (Image source: LetsGoDigital)

"Space Zoom" & "Hubble": Samsung Galaxy S11 cameras become powerful

Evidence now points to the next Galaxy S series featuring "far-reaching" camera revolutions. The probably February or March 2020 bound devices look set to follow the likes of Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi in including powerful zoom capa...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 00:32:00 +0100
The new ZTE Blade 10 Prime. (Source: GSMArena)

ZTE releases 3 new phones: the Blade 10, Blade 10 Prime and A7 Prime

3 new Blade-series phones are now live on the ZTE website. 2 of these - the Blade 10 Prime and A7 Prime - are available through the carrier Visible. The Blade 10, on the other hand, is an unlocked device sold by the OEM itself.
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 21:36:00 +0100
OnePlus has new software updates for some of its phones. (Source: Business Insider)

OnePlus announces new stable and beta updates for the 7T and 7/7 Pro respectively

OnePlus is now rolling OxygenOS 10.0.5 out for 7T users on this OEM's 'stable' update channel. There is also an Open Beta analog for the same. Those who own the 7 or 7 Pro and participate in this program also have a new build to t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 21:02:00 +0100
Vivo makes the Exynos 980 for the X30 official. (Source: MySmartPrice)

Vivo discloses more detail on the 5G X30, except not really

The OEM Vivo held a press conference today (November 7, 2019) to introduce its X30, a phone that will ship with the dual-mode 5G chipset, Samsung's Exynos 980. Oddly, the phone itself was not displayed, nor was its spec-sheet. How...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 20:35:00 +0100
Qualcomm has posted its fourth-quarter results for 2019. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm reveals its 2019 fiscal-year performance

Qualcomm has announced the results for its fiscal year, which ended on September 29, 2019. Its revenues came in at US$24.3 billion, or 7% more year-on-year (YoY). The company also made a total of $4.8 billion in the last quarter o...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 19:59:00 +0100
Google sold over 15 million Cardboard viewers, but has called time on official support. (Source: Google)

Google Cardboard open-sourced as a lifeline for mobile VR

VR on smartphones is all but dead following the end of Samsung’s Galaxy VR ambitions and Google’s recent announcement that it has ceased development for its Daydream VR platform. However, in an inkling of hope for those who were s...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:42:00 +0100
A PinePhone prototype. (Source: Martjin Braam)

PinePhone with Linux OS up for pre-order next week

Pine64 started planning for a smartphone running on Linux last year and it looks like its vision is finally being realized. The PinePhone is nearly here and early adopters can put down some case on pre-orders from next week with t...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:17:00 +0100
The Apple iPhone 12 could be released in September 2020. (Image source: PhoneArena)

Fetching iPhone 12 concept renders highlight Apple's design strengths and weaknesses

Artistic concept renders for the Apple iPhone 12 have offered fans an idea of what the Cupertino company could be planning for the next generation of its popular smartphone range. The notch is still present but slightly more modes...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 05:19:00 +0100
The Motorola One Power. (Source: Engadget)

Motorola rolls an Android 10 build out to beta users of the One Power

The Motorola One Power is now reportedly capable of running Android 10. However, before becoming eligible for this update, a user needs to sign in to the OEM's Feedback Network (or MFN) for that device. This may give them access t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:14:00 +0100
May get hot: The OnePlus 7T Pro.

Emergency off: The OnePlus 7T Pro overheats during our test

While we were impressed with the OnePlus 7T Pro in our extensive review, the heat development under strong load and the resulting app crashes are an issue.
Florian Schmitt, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 19:13:00 +0100
A closer look at the rectangular camera that is supposed to integrate advanced zoom lenses. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Xiaomi patents rectangular zoom camera design for upcoming handhelds

The rectangular camera is supposed to be equipped with advanced lenses that allow for 5X / 50 X digital magnification and it may be paired with a 108 MP sensor that is capable of 8K @ 30 fps video recordings. It is expected to be ...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 17:37:00 +0100
The Snapdragon 730G-powered Mi Note 10 Pro costs €649.

Xiaomi launches the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro, but they won't come cheap

Xiaomi has just unveiled its newest devices in Europe, the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro. Sadly, both devices are unlikely to be as attractive as fans of the company expected. For one, both feature mid-range SoCs, while being rath...
Ricci Rox, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 13:02:00 +0100
Vivo X30 teaser (Source: Weibo)

Samsung Exynos 980-powered Vivo X30 might show up tomorrow

Although tomorrow's conference is expected to focus on the introduction of Samsung's dual-mode 5G AI chipset, Vivo is also supposed to unveil the Exynos 980-driven X30 phablet. Its specs will allegedly include a 90 Hz 6.5-inch AMO...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 12:38:00 +0100
The Nokia 9 PureView. (Source: Nokia)

An early Android 10 build for the Nokia 9 PureView gets leaked

Nokia is working on Android 10 for the 9 PureView. This is evidenced by the leaked build of the ROM for this phone posted to its XDA forum. This version of the OS is believed to be part of official development from the brand, and ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 05 Nov 2019 22:26:00 +0100
Oops, there goes the Pixel 4 XL. (Source: JerryRigEverything)

The Google Pixel 4 XL goes through JerryRigEverything's stress test and fails woefully

Google's new Pixel 4 phones have been faced with numerous challenges since they were launched a few weeks ago. Further compounding issues, the larger Pixel 4 XL just made its way to popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, wher...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 05 Nov 2019 21:00:00 +0100
PlayGalaxy Link betas are now available on Galaxy S10 phones. (Source: SamMobile)

Samsung ports its PlayGalaxy Link service to S10-line phones

Samsung launched PlayGalaxy Link with the Note 10 series. It is a service by which a PC connection makes the games thereon available for streaming via a corresponding app on these phones. Its latest beta extends compatibility to t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 05 Nov 2019 18:38:00 +0100
The Mi CC9 Pro. (Source: DxOMark)

DxOMark: The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition is the best camera phone in the world

The Mi CC9 Pro was launched today and the launch event saw a huge focus on the phone's penta-camera setup. The new device has now made its way to DxOMark and impressed, but DxOMark scores are never to be taken as gospel at the end...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 05 Nov 2019 17:30:00 +0100

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