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The weekly roundup - top news from August 4 through August 11

The weekly roundup - top news from August 4 through August 11 (Source: Samsung)
The weekly roundup - top news from August 4 through August 11 (Source: Samsung)
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is finally coming, next generation GeForce 11xx/20xx details continue to leak, and AMD is slowly but surely making a comeback on desktop. Catch up on some key topics in the industry you may have missed over the past week here.

With so many topics and pages published everyday, it's easy to miss some of the more important details related to the industry. We gather some key announcements and rumors from the past week that we think shouldn't be overlooked for smartphone and laptop enthusiasts.

The Galaxy Note 9 is launching this month

After months of endless rumors and leaks, Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 this week complete with full specifications, features, and the steep starting price. Its announcement was accompanied by details on Fortnite Android and Epic's cold shoulder towards the Google Play Store.

Nvidia GeForce 11xx/20xx rumors coming by the truckload

Just because Nvidia has been quiet about its successor to Pascal doesn't mean the Internet should be. The next generation of GeForce GPUs has apparently already reached EEC with supposed snapshots of a Turing PCB and a triple-fan design. The series is looking more real by the day.

Intel Whiskey Lake-U could be coming soon

Major OEMs like HP, Lenovo, and Asus have all been caught almost simultaneously referencing Whiskey Lake-U CPUs even though Intel has yet to publicly comment on the processor series. With IFA right around the corner, the chipmaker appears to be gearing up for an official announcement soon.

AMD clawing its way back with Ryzen

The red chipmaker has been hitting home runs with its Zen architecture. While Ryzen processors are still rare in the laptop space, they have had a powerful showing for desktop PCs enough to force Intel to drop prices on many of its competing Core CPUs. Quarterly results are excellent for AMD and Threadripper looks to continue the upward trend.

Sony mobile arm continues to flounder

As successful as the Playstation brand may be, Sony's latest lineup of Xperia smartphones has not been attracting as many consumers. The Japanese manufacturer announced in 2016 a renewed focus on high-end Android smartphones without any cheap entry-level offerings that could water down the series, but this approach has yet to pay off.

Throw away your Oreo for some Pie

The latest in Google's long list of alphabetized desserts is Android 9.0 Pie to succeed Android 8.0 Oreo. The software is expected to launch by the end of this year at the earliest. The first smartphones to receive the update could be the Pixel 3 and Vivo X21. Downgrading from Android Pie, however, could be a challenge.

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Allen Ngo, 2018-08-13 (Update: 2018-08-13)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.