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Google's new Activity Bubbles tool. (Source: Google)

Spend too much time on your phone? Google has new apps to fix that

Phone addiction or dependency is becoming an increasingly prevalent problem in the developed world. Google has set up its Creative Lab for users who want to address this. Its latest experiments consist of 3 apps which may act as d...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 22:29:00 +0100
Huawei Mate X is not as reliable as expected according to users

Post-release failure: The Huawei Mate X turns out to be just as bad as the Galaxy Fold

After selling more than 100,000 Mate X units, Huawei is already headed towards the release of its second iteration. Sadly, the display of this innovative piece of technology seems to be just as frail as that of its main competitor...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:22:00 +0100
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Klaus Hinum, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:41:56 +0100
WhatsApp will not display ads any time soon. (Source: WhatsApp)

Facebook abandons its "Ads for WhatsApp" plan

Facebook has encountered serious opposition to its intentions to use WhatsApp for ad revenue-building purposes. Now, a new report has indicated that the social media giant has ultimately dropped its efforts to achieve this aim, wh...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 23:09:00 +0100
The EU may ultimately prove the death of the Lightning connector. (Source: Wikipedia)

The EU might force Apple to drop the Lightning port within its jurisdiction

The European Parliament has announced that it will hold a vote on a motion to write its 2014 Radio Equipment Directive into law. This would probably result in an obligation for mobile device OEMs to fit all products to be sold in ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:51:00 +0100
The Huawei Mate 30 5G variants. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei insists it did better in the 5G phone market than Samsung in 2019

Huawei has released its performance for 2019 to the Chinese media. It claims it shipped approximately 240 million units in total that year, 6.9 million of which had 5G. For context, Samsung has announced that it shipped about 6.7 ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:28:00 +0100
PC shipments are up, but only by a small percentage. (Image Source: BusinessKorea)

2019 PC shipments were surprisingly up for the first time in 7 years

PC shipments increased by a small percentage in 2019 and this is mostly due to Microsoft discontinuing support for the venerable Windows 7 OS. 261 to 267 million PC system shipping throughout 2019 are nothing to scoff at, but thes...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:09:00 +0100
Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab

79% Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab Tablet Review: Google Assistant for hanging

Ergonomic in hand. Lenovo's Yoga Smart Tab sure is different from its brethren. Its somewhat odd design manages to incorporate plenty of advantages, such as two speakers and an integrated stand. Equipped with Android Pie, the tablet focuses primarily on Google Assistant and its ambient mode but offers much more than that.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 10.1" | 580 g
Mike Wobker, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 23:20:00 +0100
Automatic ambient mode: Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab

Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab: good looking tablet as smart home hub

Lenovo's Yoga Smart Tab includes a built-in stand, and promises superb voice recognition capabilities thanks to its multi-array microphones. And since this does not require too much performance its major weakness can be found some...
Mike Wobker, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 22:35:00 +0100
Chrome OS users will have a new way to get around their UI soon. (Source: Google)

Chrome OS 80 gets more like Android 10 with gesture navigation

Chrome OS' next update will add the option of gesture-based navigation. If this feature sounds familiar, it is because it is also found on many phones running Android 10. Chromebooks will also have a greater panel of quick setting...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:20:00 +0100
Apple owners may be the most likely to replace their own batteries. (Source: Pixabay)

Apple products stand out in a study of 2019 mobile device repair

A study of device repair in Germany for the year 2019 found that 30.7% of those conducted by users were carried out on Apple phones. Samsung was second in these terms at 29.7%, followed by Huawei at 21.6%. Owners were most likely ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 11 Jan 2020 20:23:00 +0100
Useful software from the manufacturer: A kid's mode and tablet manager for the Lenovo Tab M8 HD

Lenovo Tab M8 HD: Slim tablet for browsing with useful software additions

The second edition of Lenovo's Tab M8 HD is characterized by good workmanship, a modern design and comparably slim bezels. On top of the standard Android system, the tablet also has a kid's mode and a useful tablet manager.
Mike Wobker, Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:19:00 +0100
The new Audio-Technica TWS noise-cancelling earbuds. (Source: Audio-Technica)

CES 2020 | Audio-Technica's 2020 line-up includes TWS earbuds and premium over-ear headphones

Audio-Technica has packed its Las Vegas showcase with high-tech new products. They include 3 pairs of TWS earbuds, the flagship of which are the QuietPoint ATH-ANC300TW with hybrid noise cancellation. There are also headphones dir...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:39:00 +0100
The new Wacom One tablet. (Source: Wacom)

CES 2020 | Wacom launches a new, entry-level 13-inch creators' display

The Wacom One is a new, 13-inch digital-art display. It has an FHD panel and in-built, foldable legs for various modes. It is aimed at those looking to get into electronically-enhanced or -generated art, and can also leverage Micr...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 09 Jan 2020 20:49:00 +0100
Lenovo Tab M8 HD

81% Lenovo Tab M8 HD Tablet Review: Browsing and streaming for little money

Android Pie in a slim case. Lenovo has updated its range of affordable tablets and created an Android Pie device with an 8-inch screen: the Tab M8 HD. The tablet is available from $140 and provided users don't expect a particularly high performance, they will not be disappointed by what they get for their money.
Mediatek Helio A22 MT6762M | PowerVR GE8320 | 8" | 305 g
Mike Wobker, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 12:07:00 +0100
The Zendure MIX GO. (Source: Zendure)

Zendure launches the MIX GO, a hybrid 45W wall charger/power bank, on Indiegogo

Zendure has put its latest product, the MIX GO, up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo. It is a 5000mAh power bank that can also plug into the wall to power devices compatible with 45 watt (W) charging. Not a brand new concept, admitted...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 18:20:00 +0100
Intel's response to the impressive 3rd gen AMD mobile Ryzen CPU series? A foldable laptop called "Horseshoe Bend"

CES 2020 | Intel's response to the impressive 3rd gen AMD mobile Ryzen CPU series? A foldable laptop called "Horseshoe Bend"

The Horseshoe Bend is clearly a product still in development and not yet ready for prime time, but Intel made it a big showpiece anyway. The 13-inch concept laptop unfolds into a 17-inch tablet and it's expected to run on Intel's ...
Allen Ngo, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 04:41:00 +0100
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook. All images via Lenovo.

CES 2020 | Lenovo debuts two new Chromebooks: IdeaPad Duet tablet and IdeaPad Flex 5

Lenovo announced two new Chromebooks. The IdeaPad Duet Chromebook is a compact Chrome OS tablet with a detachable keyboard. The IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook is a 360-hinged 2-in-1 that is Project Athena certified. Both Chromebooks wi...
Sam Medley, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:30:00 +0100
All images via Lenovo

CES 2020 | Lenovo revamps Smart Tab M10 Android tablet, swapping Amazon Alexa for Google Assistant

Lenovo announced the 2nd generation of its Smart Tab M10 Android tablet. The tablet comes with a speaker dock and the Google Assistant, allowing the tablet to operate as a smart speaker with a display when docked. The tablet runs ...
Sam Medley, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:30:00 +0100
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold with flexible 4:3 OLED screen will be available mid 2020

CES 2020 | Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold with flexible screen will be available mid 2020 & cost a lot of money

After teasing the device last year, Lenovo is officially announcing the first ThinkPad with a flexible screen. The unique 4:3 OLED screen used here enables users to fold the device in the middle, giving this first its kind foldabl...
Benjamin Herzig, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:30:00 +0100
The iPad Pro 2020 series may have already entered into mass-production. (Image source: @iGeeksBlog & @OnLeaks)

iPad Pro 2020: Renders give a glimpse of two Q1 2020-bound tablets

It has been a while since Apple released a new iPad Pro series, with the Cupertino-based company unveiling its third-generation models in October 2018. It seems that Apple is sticking with its 15-month refresh cycle though, and @O...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 17:26:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) is a compact Android tablet with deficits. (Image source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019): A budget tablet that disappoints in many ways

Our recent review of the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) revealed some weak points about Samsung's latest budget tablet. In particular, the performance of its SoC is not up to scratch and holds back the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) in daily us...
Alex Alderson, Sat, 04 Jan 2020 02:22:00 +0100
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 and X1 Yoga Gen 5 will start at US$1,499 and US$1,599 respectively. (Image source: Lenovo)

CES 2020 | Lenovo upgrades the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad X1 Yoga to Comet Lake processors

A new year and a new ThinkPad X1 lineup. Lenovo has given the X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga a Comet Lake U refresh, along with other treats for display and keyboard fans too. The X1 Carbon Gen 8 and X1 Yoga Gen 5 will be available worldwi...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 03 Jan 2020 18:25:00 +0100
The Galaxy Tab S6 is officially getting a 5G variant in Q1 2020. (Source: Samsung)

The first 5G tablet to hit market is coming from Samsung in Q1 2020

We knew Samsung was working on a 5G variant of its current flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6 but we didn’t know when it was coming. Samsung has now cleared things up at least a little by announcing it will hit the market in Q1 20...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 03 Jan 2020 12:40:00 +0100
Brydge will be releasing a new keyboard for the Surface Go in 2020. (Source: Brydge)

Brydge announces new keyboards, accessories for Surface Pro X, Go and iPad

Brydge has announced a new line up of its popular tablet keyboards coming in 2020. New keyboards are in bound for the Surface Go and the Surface Pro X along with new wireless keyboards for Windows, a new iPad OS Trackpad and other...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 03 Jan 2020 12:14:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019)

80% Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) Tablet Review: A budget Samsung tablet with great deficiencies

An enjoyable tablet with restrictions. The Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) is a compact Android tablet in the entry-level price segment. However, its affordable pricing means that Samsung has had to make some compromises. You can find out which these are in our review of the Galaxy Tab A 8.0.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 | Qualcomm Adreno 504 | 8" | 345 g
Marcus Herbrich, Thu, 02 Jan 2020 02:22:00 +0100
In-display fingerprint sensors really took off in 2019. (Source: Medium)

More mid-range phones could upgrade to under-display fingerprint scanners in 2020

In- or under-display fingerprint sensors are becoming more and more common among mobile devices. However, they are also mostly confined to AMOLED panels, which means getting this spec is likely to entail spending more on a new pho...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 01 Jan 2020 19:13:00 +0100
Visionox has allegedly agreed to supply Huawei with flexible displays. (Source: Visionox)

Huawei and Honor devices with foldable or wrap-around displays are now potentially on the cards

A new report published by a Chinese media outlet asserts that the flexible-display maker Visionox has agreed to supply its displays to the OEM Huawei. This agreement will apparently take effect from early 2020. Therefore, this bra...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 01 Jan 2020 18:17:00 +0100
Lenovo Tab M7 Tablet

75% Lenovo Tab M7 Tablet Review: The Kindle killer with Android Go

Extremely cheap. With the second generation of the Tab M7, Lenovo brings a very low-priced tablet to the market, which, despite its weak hardware, cuts a very fine figure. Thanks to Android Go, there is no unnecessary bloatware, and for only 79 Euros (~$88), the tablet delivers almost everything you can expect from such a device.
Mediatek MT8321 | ARM Mali-400 MP2 | 7" | 236 g
Mike Wobker, Tue, 31 Dec 2019 23:34:00 +0100
Good build quality with poor performance: the Lenovo Tab M7

Lenovo Tab M7: Fire 7 alternative with modern design

With the Tab M7, Lenovo shows that “low-priced” does not always mean “cheap”. The build quality of the Tab M7 is very good and the modern design makes all other low-priced tablets look obsolete. Unfortunately, the system performan...
Mike Wobker, Tue, 31 Dec 2019 22:43:00 +0100
Chuwi UBook CWI509 Tablet Review: The Surface Go Wannabe

70% Chuwi UBook CWI509 Tablet Review: The Surface Go Wannabe

Good colors, cheap hardware. Chuwi is at it again with yet another Microsoft Surface clone. This time, the Chinese manufacturer is targeting the Surface Go crowd with an 11.6-inch detachable. The end result has some respectable qualities, but it's a big miss overall.
Intel Celeron N4100 | Intel UHD Graphics 600 | 11.6" | 810 g
Allen Ngo, Tue, 31 Dec 2019 00:38:00 +0100
The biggest 4K MP4 files that can fit on a Pixel 4. (Source: XDA)

Android may be able to increase the maximum size of its video files in the future

Currently, there is a limit to the size of an MP4 file that can be saved on non-Apple phones, and it is typically 4GB. However, further development on this issue may have resulted in the ability to multiply this by up to 4X. It ma...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 27 Dec 2019 19:57:00 +0100
The Galaxy Fold. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung is to release the Galaxy Fold in Taiwan soon

Samsung reportedly plans to release its first-gen foldable phone to the Taiwanese market soon. It is slated to do so in January 2020, and is said to cost well over US$2000 in this new region. The device already features on the OEM...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 19:33:00 +0100
The Galaxy Fold is finally starting to receive Samsung DeX functionality. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Samsung finally adds DeX support to Galaxy Fold with November security patch

Samsung has given Galaxy Fold users a small Christmas present with its second significant update for the device since it went on sale a couple of months ago. It raised the security patch level to November while also adding Samsung...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 25 Dec 2019 10:37:00 +0100
The Lenovo Legion Y50-70 has numerous reports of failed hinge failure across the Lenovo product forums. (Source: Maglip on Lenovo Product Forums)

Fragile hardware can turn a great deal into a future expense

Find a great deal on an expensive piece of tech can make a purchase especially tempting. However, such deals can come at an added cost. If you hold onto your tech for more than a year, internal repairability is something you should consider.
Loki Rautio, Mon, 23 Dec 2019 22:36:00 +0100
The cast icon in the YouTube app may lead to new options soon. (Source: Google)

YouTube on smart TVs to gain voice-control support

YouTube has developed a panel of controls that come into effect when it is being used on a smart TV or Chromecast-enabled device. Now, it may have also added voice commands and new remote-style buttons in this menu. They have been...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 22 Dec 2019 20:06:00 +0100
It's time for Microsoft to drop the Surface Connect port

Opinion | It's time for Microsoft to drop the Surface Connect port

There is no need for a Surface Connect port now that Thunderbolt 3 is becoming ubiquitous amongst mid-range to high-end laptops and tablets. There is nothing that Microsoft can't do with the more universal Thunderbolt 3 port that ...
Allen Ngo, Fri, 20 Dec 2019 08:09:00 +0100
Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition (2019) Review - One tablet for all cases

77% Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition (2019) Review - One tablet for all cases

Well packed. The Kids Edition of the Fire HD 10 tablet is not different from the standard Fire tablet in terms of hardware. Instead, Amazon puts a thick bumper in the box, gives a year of FreeTime Unlimited and rounds it off with an extended warranty.
Mediatek MT8183 | ARM Mali-G72 MP3 | 10.1" | 778 g
Daniel Schmidt, Thu, 19 Dec 2019 15:05:00 +0100
Chuwi UBook detachable shipping this month with an Intel N4100 CPU, 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and 256 GB storage for $350 (Source: Chuwi)

Chuwi UBook detachable shipping this month with an Intel N4100 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB storage for $350

The Chinese Surface Go clone will be live before the end of 2019 with extra hardware features not found on the Microsoft version. The UBook follows on the footsteps of the larger UBook Pro which was designed to be a Surface Pro cl...
Allen Ngo, Mon, 16 Dec 2019 08:41:00 +0100
The Galaxy Fold. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Looks like Samsung didn't sell a million Galaxy Fold units like reports claimed

Samsung Electronics' President Young Sohn, a few days ago, announced that the company had sold a million units of its US$2000 Galaxy Fold. Apparently, the Samsung executive was wrong. The company did not, in fact, sell a million u...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 19:02:00 +0100
Visible light communication can enable local networks using everyday fittings. (Source: Medium)

The visible light communication market may exceed US$100 billion in value by 2024

Visible light communication is a form of wireless technology that uses radiation in the visible to infra-red light spectrum to transmit data. It is seen as an increasingly robust and reliable way of doing so, and needs not much mo...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 20:10:00 +0100
The Galaxy Fold is a hit with 1 million devices sold. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Galaxy Fold a success with 1 million devices sold at US$2,000 a piece

Samsung has revealed that it has sold 1 million units of the Galaxy Fold. The result should help to silence critics of the device who have questioned its resilience, usefulness and value for money.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 11:05:00 +0100
The Element T6 Max Bluetooth speaker. (Source: Tronsmart)

The Tronsmart Element T6 Max is a 60 watt Bluetooth speaker

Tronsmart has announced the Element T6 Max, a new speaker that, despite being wireless and intended as a portable accessory, has a striking 60 watts (W) of total sound output power. The OEM claims this is due at least in part to i...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:31:00 +0100
Pricing for the CutiePi tablet is yet to be confirmed. (Image source: CutiePi.io)

CutiePi: Raspberry Pi tablet nears completion; crowdfunding campaign incoming

The 8-inch Raspberry Pi and Raspbian tablet is almost ready for mass production, according to its creators. The CutiePi project has not only finalised the board design, giving it a massive overhaul from initial designs, but also h...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:36:00 +0100
Top 10 2-in-1 Windows Tablets

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

December 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, 11 Dec 2019 23:52:00 +0100
DRG's PC forecast by category. (Source: DRG)

New research finds PC and tablet shipments in the US will gradually fall until 2023

The tech market analyst firm Daniel Research Group has reported that its latest study shows US PC shipments will exhibit an indifferent trend. On the other hand, newer form factors are thought to do better in this new forecast. Th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 11 Dec 2019 22:43:00 +0100
The Surface Pro 7 (Source: Own)

Feature | Should tablets have fans? - Analyzing tablet PC performance

Should your next "laptop" be a tablet? These small, very portable machines have been only getting better in recent times. Are they fast enough to replace laptops, or are they still behind the curve?
Loki Rautio, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 21:41:00 +0100
The new option in Facebook Messenger. (Source: Twitter)

Facebook's Messenger adds screen-sharing to its beta on Android

Facebook appears to be preparing a screen-sharing feature for its Messenger app. The latest beta version of this app on Android is reportedly flashing up a new option to "Share your Screen Together" in its video-calling section. T...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 07 Dec 2019 21:03:00 +0100
The MAGFAST Extreme. (Source: MAGFAST)

The 500 amp MAGFAST power bank has 3 separate wireless charging coils

MAGFAST is a company set up to offer power accessories with an innovative magnetic interface. Its largest product is the Extreme, a charging station with 3 Qi-wireless charging coils on its top. It can also support USB type C, typ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 07 Dec 2019 20:33:00 +0100
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019): A budget tablet with record battery life. (Image source: Amazon)

Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019): A bargain tablet with record battery life

Amazon claims that the Fire HD 10 (2019) should last up to 12 hours between charges, but our tests demonstrated otherwise. Positively, our review unit outperformed Amazon's claims, while it impressed in other areas too. However, t...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 18:59:00 +0100

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