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