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Nov 22
The Radeon RX 5500 was announced in October. (Image source: Heise)

AMD Radeon RX 5500 benchmarks reveal power-efficient Full HD performance that should appeal to gamers on a budget

AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 desktop graphics card has been put through a few gaming benchmarks to see how it performed. Unsurprisingly, the RX 5500 couldn’t keep up with the chosen competition: Gigabyte’s GeForce GTX 1660 OC and Sapphire...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 22 Nov 2019 07:35:00 +0100
The foldable Lenovo ThinkPad X1 was on show in China. (Image source: Lenovo/ITHome)

Hands-on promo clip of the foldable ThinkPad X1 will have many fans telling Lenovo to take their money

Lenovo has posted a promo clip of the foldable ThinkPad X1 on YouTube that was filmed at the company’s recent Tech World event. A rendered marketing video for the folding laptop was already released earlier this year, but this lat...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 22 Nov 2019 05:06:00 +0100
The Redmi Note 7S was released in 2019. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S goes up in flames but manufacturer attributes it to "customer induced damage"

A Redmi Note 7S owner has reported a fault with his device that he believes caused it to explode. The user claimed that the smartphone was treated in a normal manner and wasn’t even charging when it caught on fire. However, after ...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 22 Nov 2019 03:53:00 +0100
Not a PS5-related cartridge after all. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)

PlayStation 5 game cartridge or external SSD? The truth can now be revealed

A Sony patent for a cartridge has been creating considerable speculation recently, with some believing the PlayStation 5 could come with a game cartridge slot while others opined the patent heralded the introduction of external SS...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 22 Nov 2019 02:32:00 +0100
Nov 21
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order laptop and desktop benchmarks

Tomb Raider meets Dark Souls. Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order surprised us not only with its story-heavy nature but also its open levels and challenging difficulty. Find out whether or not its hardware requirements are similarly challenging in this benchmark test.
Florian Glaser, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 23:44:00 +0100
RTX support comes to Chaos V-Ray and Blender Cycles animation rendering engines, offering big performance gains

RTX support comes to Chaos V-Ray and Blender Cycles animation rendering engines, offering big performance gains

Nvidia's latest set of Studio Drivers bring RTX support to Chaos Group's V-Ray software and Blender's Cycles rendering engine. Through RTX, both engines should see a significant bump in performance in GPU-based rendering. A slew o...
Sam Medley, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 23:35:00 +0100
If Sony were smart, they would introduce an official Playstation 4 trade-in program to push Playstation 5 adoption rate

Opinion | If Sony were smart, they would introduce an official Playstation 4 trade-in program to push Playstation 5 adoption rate

How great would it be to be able to trade-in your OG Playstation 4 for an instant $75 off the Playstation 5? A Sony-run trade-up program for existing PS4 owners could make the inevitably high launch price of the PS5 easier to swal...
Allen Ngo, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 21:18:00 +0100
The "new" Vivo S1 Pro. (Source: MySmartPrice)

Vivo is to release a new kind of S1 Pro in India soon

Vivo recently launched a new phone as the S1 Pro in the Philippines. Unlike the device sold under this name in China, it has the Snapdragon 665 processor and quad rear cameras. The newer version is also now rumored to be released ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 20:00:00 +0100
The OPPO M1 trademark application. (Source: EUIPO)

OPPO trademarks its own in-house mobile chipset in Europe

OPPO may have an equivalent to Samsung's Exynos SoC line in the works. This is in line with a new report that the OEM has registered the name M1 in relation to this product category with the European Union Intellectual Property Of...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 19:36:00 +0100
Microsoft and Sony will battle it out again next year with the release of their next-generation consoles. (Image source: Wccftech)

PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Project Scarlett: Gaming performance is apparently better on Sony's next-generation console

Does in-game performance matter to you? If so, then the PlayStation 5 may have the edge over the Xbox Project Scarlett. However, do not necessarily expect Sony to be able to maintain this gap, though. The reality will likely be mo...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:50:00 +0100
The Realme XT is on now. (Source: eBay)

The Realme XT and 5 are coming to Europe

The Realme XT is this brand's first 64MP quad-camera phone. It has finally come to European shores, although it is exclusive to eBay Germany for now, and starts at €259 (US$289) for a 6GB/64GB SKU. In addition, Realme has announce...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:45:00 +0100
The Galaxy S11: Staying true to form? (Image source: Pinoy Techno Guide)

No ultra-fast charging here: New Galaxy S11 leak points to Samsung making another sideways step

The Samsung Galaxy S11 has passed through certification in China ahead of its anticipated launch in Q1 2020. While fans of the Galaxy S series have been teased with the prospect of the Galaxy S11 including powerful cameras and a 1...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:43:00 +0100
Walmart Motile M142 Laptop Review: Pretty Good for $500

78% Walmart Motile M142 Laptop Review: Pretty Good for $500

Checks all the right boxes. We never expect very much from laptops retailing for less than $500, but the Walmart Motile offers a surprisingly balanced experienced. Its AMD Zen+ Ryzen 5 CPU performs as fast as any Intel 9th gen Ultrabook in a chassis that doesn't feel hastily put together.
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 | 14" | 1.1 kg
Allen Ngo, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:36:00 +0100
Lenovo busted for secretly paying cybersecurity "influencers" to promote ThinkShield

Lenovo busted for secretly paying cybersecurity "influencers" to promote ThinkShield

TechCrunch Security Editor Zack Whittaker blew the whistle on Lenovo on his Twitter account recently over Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo's alleged attempts to pay Information Security "influencers" to say good things about ThinkSh...
Douglas Black, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:07:00 +0100
The "Galaxy S10 Lite" may look a lot like this. (Source: GSMArena)

The so-called Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite gets certified by the FCC

A new Samsung device with the model number SM-G770F has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This identifier has been linked to the "Galaxy S10 Lite" since the first rumor about this putative phone ever st...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:57:00 +0100
The apology letter is signed by Michelle Johnston Holthaus, Intel’s EVP and GM of Sales, Marketing and Communications. (Source: Intel Newsroom)

Intel issues public apology letter for customers and partners regarding the CPU shipment delays

This kind of full disclosure apology is unprecedented for companies the size of Intel. While the CPU maker is acknowledging the “production variability” that is causing customers and OEM partners more supply issues, there is no me...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:22:00 +0100
A shot of the MatePad Pro in its new video. (Source: Weibo)

Huawei teases the MatePad Pro in a new promo video

Huawei has officially acknowledged the MatePad Pro product name in full. Its latest Weibo video shows this tablet in action, showcasing some features such as split-screen apps and M-Pen support. The new promo also reveals that the...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:02:00 +0100
Is Google Stadia dead on arrival with all the reported hardware issues and missing features? (Source: CNN)

Google Stadia users are reporting overheating issues with the Chromecast Ultra

Things are not looking up for Google's Stadia game streaming platform. Users were already disappointed that some features would not be ready by launch, and now hardware issues are popping up, as well. Several Reddit posters are re...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 16:45:00 +0100
Four new flagships, but released in the most confusing manner. (Image source: Sony)

Opinion | Sony's rumoured quartet of 2020 flagships explains why its smartphone business is going under

Sony is planning on introducing four flagship smartphones next year if multiple sources are to be believed. However, the company potentially plans to split the release of the quartet across three dates, which may be up to seven mo...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:14:00 +0100
The OnePlus 7T scored well in our recent review. (Image source: OnePlus)

Opinion | The OnePlus 7T trade in program is a joke

Want to lose money quickly? Well, the OnePlus 7T trade-in scheme would be a good way to go about it. You can get up to US$370 in credit for trading-in a 256 GB OnePlus 7 Pro, a quite frankly ludicrous amount of money for a six-mon...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:05:00 +0100
The PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC: A compact GPU with 1080p capabilities. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC: A compact GPU for small form factor PCs with caveats

Are you looking for your next graphics card for your small form factor PC? Well, the PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC could be the card for you. Setting aside its long-winded name, the XLR8 Gaming OC offers 1080p triple-A gamin...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:58:00 +0100
The Redmi K30 will sport a pill-shaped hole punch. (Source: Xiaomi)

New leak touts the Redmi K30 to feature a 120 Hz display and 60 MP camera

The Redmi K30 phones are one of the most anticipated phones right now, as they're expected to build on the high-value performance the K20 duo offered. A new report has revealed more on the devices, with notable takeaways including...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:28:00 +0100
That's some super fast charging. (Source: Slimger)

Xiaomi's new 100 W fast-charging technology fully charges a 4000 mAh battery in just 17 minutes

OPPO's 65 W SuperVOOC 2.0 is the current most powerful fast-charging technology in the world, as it charges a 4000 mAh battery from 0-100% in half an hour. Xiaomi has other ideas, however, and is set to debut its own 100 W chargin...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:27:00 +0100
PUBG 5.2 now live on PC and consoles (Source: PUBG)

PUBG 5.2 now live with Labs, Vikendi tweaks, and more on PC and consoles

PUBG 5.2 is now up and running for both PC and console players, and the most important change is the introduction of PUBG Labs, defined as "a new destination for where you can try our latest game modes and help us refine them into...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:48:00 +0100
Intel's Tiger Lake processors are expected to be launched in 2020. (Image source: SegmentNext)

Alleged Tiger Lake Y chip makes more of a purr than a roar in Geekbench test

A Tiger Lake Y processor has seemingly been spotted on Geekbench delivering some very unimpressive results. However, it’s likely that if the record is genuine then Intel may be simply testing an early engineering sample (ES) that’...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 05:19:00 +0100
The next-gen Xbox could be priced at just US$499. (Source: Microsoft)

Project Scarlett to cost just US$499 despite 4x performance boost over Xbox One X

It was only a couple of days ago that Microsoft’s Phil Spencer said that the company would not “be out of position on power or price” with its next-generation Xbox console. According to a plausible rumor, that could mean a startin...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 04:46:00 +0100
ColorOS 7

OPPO unveils ColorOS 7 based on Android 10

Oppo's Android 10 fork is here in the form of ColorOS 7. It brings forth a host of cosmetic and performance improvements and will be available to eligible devices starting November 25th.
Anil Satyanarayana, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 04:09:00 +0100
 Galaxy Note10+ Star Wars Edition

Samsung announces Galaxy Note 10 Plus Star Wars special edition with free Galaxy Buds and red S Pen

Samsung unveiled a new Star Wars-themed variant for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. It comes with a pair of Galaxy Buds out of the box and will be released on December 13.
Anil Satyanarayana, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 03:43:00 +0100
Numerous lenses: Motorola Moto G8 Plus.

Moto G8 Plus: Cheaper mid-ranger with rotated camera

We already liked the predecessor of the Motorola Moto G8 Plus due to its good camera performance. With the successor, the camera concept has been revised, but t...
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 | Qualcomm Adreno 610 | 6.3" | 188 g
Florian Schmitt, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 01:47:00 +0100
Nov 20
Will the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SUPER ever make it market? (Image source:

An NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SUPER may be on the cards after all

Rumours about NVIDIA releasing a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SUPER are doing the rounds again, this time from a reliable leaker of upcoming NVIDIA products. While this contradicts what NVIDIA stated earlier this year, the prospect of AMD ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:38:00 +0100
Sony PlayStation 5: A US$499 console with a 2 TB SSD? (Image source: Sony)

PlayStation 5: First showcase, unveiling, specific release date, price and prime launch title details leaked

We are still about a year out from the arrival of the PlayStation 5. However, the account behind The Last of Us 2 release date has revealed not only when Sony will first showcase its next console, but also when it will unveil the ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:27:00 +0100
Image via Apple

New battery cases for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro feature a dedicated camera button

Apple launched battery cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max today. The new cases feature a dedicated camera button that can snap a photo or start recording video without the need for launching the Camera a...
Sam Medley, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:25:00 +0100
Qualcomm's president, Cristiano Amon, at last year's Snapdragon Tech Summit. (Source: Qualcomm)

The 2019 Snapdragon Technology Summit keynotes will be livestreamed from their Hawaii venue

Qualcomm has announced that its next Snapdragon Tech Summit will take place from December 3 to 5, 2019 in Maui, Hawaii. This year, the company will showcase its growing 5G expertise, as well as other facets of its mobile device bu...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:22:00 +0100
Image via Google (w/ edits)

Google Stadia upscales games to 4K rather than rendering them natively at 4K as advertised

According to multiple outlets, some games on Google's Stadia streaming service are not rendered natively at 4K, like Google advertised them to be. Rather, some titles are rendered at lower resolutions and then upscaled to 4K once ...
Sam Medley, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:08:00 +0100
This new leak was found in the latest Galaxy Note 9 beta. (Source: Three)

It looks like Samsung has a 120Hz display in the works

A One UI 2.0 beta may have just spoiled Samsung's big next-gen display spec reveal. The leaker Ice Universe has reported that a user has found references to a 120 hertz (Hz) display setting in this version of the OS. This feature,...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 22:51:00 +0100
An Honor V30 render. (Source: 91Mobiles)

A new Honor phone appears on Geekbench, could be a 5G V30 variant

A phone called the Huawei OXF-AN10 has appeared on the Geekbench 4 website. Despite the first part of this model number, it has been linked to the upcoming Honor V30 series. It is listed as running Android 10, has 8GB of RAM and m...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 22:10:00 +0100
Razer teasing a potential new brick-and-mortar store in London (Source: Razer)

Update | Razer teasing something new coming to London. Could it be another brick-and-mortar store?

Users may not necessarily want to purchase Razer devices on a whim, but walk-in stores in heavy trafficked areas help to gain exposure and to create a sense of community for the brand.
Allen Ngo, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 20:04:00 +0100
Some more Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem specs. (Source: Qualcomm)

AT&T approves Qualcomm’s new 9205 LTE modem for its IoT bands

AT&T now maintains specific bands for internet of things (IoT) devices and other low-power 4G/LTE applications. To this end, the carrier has just validated the new 9205 modem for these kinds of networks and ecosystems. This Qualco...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 19:42:00 +0100
Intel needs to realize that gaming is not all that matters and content creation performance needs to be addressed with the gen 10 desktop models. (Source:

10-core Intel Comet Lake-S desktop CPUs spotted on Geekbench

The new Geekbench include 6-core / 12-thread and 10-core / 20-thread models from the upcoming Comet Lake-S with relatively low boost clocks. They also pack the UHD Graphics 630 iGPU, so no Xe architecture that could boost the grap...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 17:10:00 +0100
Huawei's 2020 Matebooks will include the series' first 15-inch model. (Source: Evan Blass)

Huawei's 15-inch Matebook gets leaked specs and renders

Seeing that Apple is already offering 16-inch MacBook Pro models and Microsoft is pushing for more 15-inch Surface laptops, Huawei is now willing to step up its game with 15-inch Matebook models of its own. According to the render...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 16:36:00 +0100
The iPhone 11 Pro Max: Not quite the camera masterclass for which Apple hoped? (Image source: Apple)

DxOMark: The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max falls short of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition & Huawei Mate 30 Pro

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max costs between US$1,099 and US$1,449 depending on which version you buy, making it one of the most expensive smartphones currently on the market. However, although Apple extols the device's camera capabi...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:50:00 +0100
Android-x86: Android 9.0 Pie now runs on Desktop (Image source: Symbolbild)

Android-x86: Android 9.0 Pie for Desktop is now available

The Android-x86 project has now released its first Android 9.0 Pie-based release candidate, bringing the OS to x86 systems for the first time. The new build should offer better compatibility, performance and stability than older v...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:42:00 +0100
Lilith - alleged endgame boss in Diablo IV (Source: Blizzard Entertainment)

Diablo IV confirmed to feature elective mode skill selection and Keyed Dungeons

A recent blog post by Diablo IV's lead systems designer, David Kim, confirms that the game will support elective mode-style skill selection and will also feature Keyed Dungeons. Kim also detailed itemization, endgame progression, ...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:53:00 +0100
The original Honor Watch Magic launched just over a year ago. (Image source: Honor via Techradar)

Honor Watch Magic 2: Live images leak

A trio of photos of the successor to last year's Honor Watch Magic have appeared online, ahead of its anticipated release on November 26. The Watch Magic 2 appears to feature some minor revisions over its predecessor, although we ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:43:00 +0100
The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will remain on the October 2019 Android security patch. (Image source: AppDisqus)

OnePlus issues its final update to the OnePlus 3 and 3T

Few Android OEMs update their devices for as long as OnePlus does. Released in 2016, the OnePlus 3 and 3T have received three major OS updates bringing them from Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow up to Android 9.0 Pie. However, both hands...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:35:00 +0100
Top 10 2-in-1 Windows Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles (2-in-1 Tablets)

November 2019 Update. Here is the current list of Notebookcheck's top-ranked 2-in-1 Windows tablets with attachable or detachable keyboards. This list is reviewed on a regular basis, checked by our editors and updated if needed. It is designed to help our readers with their purchase decisions.
Sebastian Bade, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 11:10:00 +0100
Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 W700 with Quadro RTX 3000 graphics now shipping for $2000 USD (Image source: Newegg)

Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 W700 with Quadro RTX 3000 graphics now shipping for $2000 USD

Leave it to a company who designs some of the most stylish gaming laptops to offer one of the best-looking mobile workstations yet. The ProArt StudioBook Pro 17 promises Xeon options, ECC RAM, and a 16:10 1200p display wrapped a Z...
Allen Ngo, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:16:00 +0100
Image via Catan: World Explorers

Settlers of Catan to get AR treatment, courtesy of Niantic

Settlers of Catan is coming to mobile with an AR adjustment. Dubbed Catan: World Explorers, the new augmented reality game will be built using Niantic's extensive suite of AR tools. The game is still in the early stages of develop...
Sam Medley, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 04:49:00 +0100
Top 10 convertible laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertible Laptops

November 2019 Update. Here you will find the best convertibles reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Sebastian Bade, Tue, 19 Nov 2019 23:17:00 +0100
Nov 19
Google Camera could have been used for some extremely shady hacking activities. (Source: XDA)

The cameras on "hundreds of millions" of Android phones could have been hijacked

The security research group Checkmarx has claimed to have identified a vulnerability that could have allowed hackers to bypass Android permission restrictions to remotely open and control device cameras without their owners' knowl...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 19 Nov 2019 22:44:00 +0100

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