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The weekly roundup - top news from September 2 through September 8

The weekly roundup - top news from September 2 through September 8
The weekly roundup - top news from September 2 through September 8
Samsung is promising a foldable smartphone soon, GeForce RTX 2080 for laptops could debut as a Max-Q variant, and the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are seemingly inevitable at this point. News has slowed back down to normal following an intense week of IFA announcements.

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.

Samsung Galaxy S6+ and Note 5 will no longer receive security patches

Apparently, a three-year lifespan is the cutoff point for Samsung to stop support on its older smartphones. Launched in August and September of 2015, both the Galaxy S6 Plus and Note 5 received acclaim for their performances and designs. Android 7.0 Nougat will be the final official update for both devices and so owners will be left in the cold when it comes to new Android features and security patches.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 for laptops could be coming soon

The arrival of GeForce RTX graphics for laptops is a matter of when and not if. We wouldn't be surprised if major OEMs like Razer, MSI, Asus, and Dell are already developing the next generation of gaming laptops with RTX GPUs. A recent find unveils that a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q could be in the works with lower-level mid-range RTX options to come months later.

The inevitable foldable smartphone is coming

Samsung CEO DJ Koh confirmed in an interview with CNBC that the company is actively pursuing a foldable Galaxy smartphone for a reveal later this year. A public unveiling during the Samsung Developer Conference this coming November could be a real possibility.

Google readying Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones

Much like Apple, Google will typically refresh its smartphones annually with a Q3 or Q4 launch window just in time for the lucrative Holiday shopping season. A couple of unidentified Google devices have recently made it through both the U.S. FCC and Taiwanese NCC to suggest that the company will soon unveil proper successors to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

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Allen Ngo, 2018-09-10 (Update: 2018-09-10)
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.