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Chuwi HiPad tablet now shipping with deca-core Helio X27 processor (Source: Chuwi)

Chuwi HiPad tablet now shipping with a deca-core Helio X27 processor

For just under $200 USD, the 10.1-inch Android tablet promises 3 GB of RAM, 4G LTE, expandable storage, dual-SIM slots, a metal body, and a 10-core processor. It's certainly one of the more ambitious tablets from a Chinese manufac...
Sony has released a limited edition of aibo in the United States. (Source: hothardware)

Limited "First Litter" edition of Sony's robotic dog, aibo, released in US

aibo, Sony's robot in the shape of a puppy, is available from today (September 18, 2018) for purchase in the US. This event is being dubbed the "First Litter" release of the mechanical pets. Sony claims that aibo can learn to reco...
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
WhatsApp are now rumored to be bringing Dark Mode to its popular interface. (Source: WhatsApp)

WhatsApp may implement a dark mode soon

WhatsApp is working on a dark mode for its app, according to a Twitter-based leaker. The relevant posts project that this option will be OLED-screen friendly. Dark mode may also help save battery life while messaging on the app.
Top 10 2-in-1 Windows Tablets

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

September 2018 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.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

88% Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 (LTE) Tablet Review

Good value for money, again. The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 offers attractive fourth generation technology at an affordable price with only a few weaknesses. Find out what Xiaomi has and has not done well in this detailed review.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 | Qualcomm Adreno 512 | 8" | 342.5 g
Luigi's Mansion 3, not to be confused with the Luigi's Mansion 3DS port, was one of many new titles announced. (Source: Nintendo)

Latest Nintendo Direct reveals a plethora of games coming to the Switch

The Nintendo Switch has been one of Nintendo's most successful consoles in history. While Nintendo has historically struggled with third party appeal, the Switch seems to have overcome its predecessors' struggles to date has recei...
Top 10 Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

September 2018 Update. Here you will find the current best tablets reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
New predictions concerning the next iPad Pro indicate that it will dump the Lightning port. (Source:

Ming-Chi Kuo: Next iPad Pro will trade Lightning for USB-C

The respected technology analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, is on record with yet another prediction for upcoming Apple devices. This time it's the iPad Pro, which, Kuo projects, will lose the Lightning port this year. Instead, it will use US...
Samsung Galaxy Book convertible successor checks in at FCC

Next-gen Samsung Galaxy Book surfaces on FCC

A few months after being spotted on the website of the Russian certification authority EEC, the next-gen Samsung Galaxy Book finally arrives at the well-known FCC. Earlier this month, the device also received the approval of the S...
The Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 has been released. (Source: XDA)

Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon Wear 3100

The Snapdragon Wear 3100 is likely to feature in many next-generation wearables. Qualcomm held a launch event for it yesterday (September 10, 2018). The company claimed it will bring improvements in battery life and usability. The...
The test device, equipped with the Qualcomm X50 modem, used to make the 5G data call. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm and Ericsson announce first successful data call using new 5G standard

Qualcomm and partners such as Ericsson have been developing 5G for commercial use in (hopefully) 2019. The two companies have conducted data call tests for the latest release (15) of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) u...
The Online Service for Nintendo Switch is now purported to save all games in a cloud. (Source: GameZone)

Nintendo Switch Online rumored to support cloud saving for all games

The Nintendo Switch Online Service has been anticipated for some time. A rumor that precedes its launch suggests that users of the new feature will be able to back up all their games in a cloud. However, there may be an opt-out fo...
MediaTek believes that its new feature, Active Stereo, is a better form of face-unlocking than Apple's. (Source: Deccan Chronicle)

MediaTek claims that its new Active Stereo will beat Apple Face ID

Device unlocking using an owner's face has become quite popular. Unfortunately, offering truly secure, flexible and effective facial scanning in your product can get difficult and expensive. MediaTek claims that its new take on th...
10th anniversary version of Chrome comes with many new features. (Source: BGR)

Google celebrates Chrome's 10th anniversary with fresh new version

Google is celebrating its 10th anniversary of Chrome with the release of a considerable update (Chrome 69) for the browser. It features a substantial UI redesign, as well as a new password generator. This version will be available...
The new renders reveal thinner bezels and a slimmer profile. (Source: MySmartPrices)

New renders and specs for the iPad Pro 2018 models emerge

Apple will officially reveal the new iPad Pro models on September 12, but some high-resolution CAD renders already got leaked, confirming the rumored thin bezels and lack of audio jack. These new models will not integrate the rumo...
"Yoga" will no longer imply a 2-in-1 laptop under new Lenovo naming convention (Image source: Wikia)

IFA 2018 | Lenovo is flipping its naming conventions upside-down, "Yoga" will no longer imply a 2-in-1 laptop

It's not easy categorizing a growing lineup of products for consumers to understand when new models are constantly being introduced. Lenovo will be changing its Yoga branding to something more self-explanatory for shoppers and the...
The Asus ZenBook Flip 13 and ZenBook Flip 15. (Source: Asus)

IFA 2018 | Asus ZenBook Flip 13 and the ZenBook Flip 15 get the Intel 'Whiskey Lake-U' treatment and a few extra goodies

Asus has unveiled updates to its ZenBook Flip lineup of convertibles. Both the ZenBook Flip 13 and Flip 15 sport even more slimmer bezels than their predecessors and come upgraded with the latest Intel 'Whiskey Lake-U' CPUs. The Z...
Alldocube X tablet launching soon on Indiegogo (Source: Alldocube)

Alldocube X tablet will challenge the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

[Updated with AnTuTu and Geekbench results]. The tablet is on track to launch next month for only $270 USD. If its upcoming Indiegogo campaign proves successful, then the Alldocube X could be an affordable alternative to the prici...
YouTubers can now add non-skippable ads to their content to generate revenue. (Source: TheNextWeb)

YouTube partners can now impose unskippable ads on their viewers

YouTube allows vloggers who use the platform to monetize their videos with AdSense. However, many of these ads can be skipped after a few seconds. Now, however, YouTube now contains options to include skip button-less ads for all ...
Lenovo Tab E8 Android tablet now available at Walmart for US$99.99 (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo intros five new Android tablets starting as low as US$69.99

The new Lenovo slates offer a little bit of everything to everyone, starting with the 7-inch, US$69.99 Lenovo Tab E7 with a MediaTek processor and Android Oreo Go onboard, moving on to the Tab E10 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 ch...
Android 9.0 Pie now natively supports XBox One controllers. (Image: Android, Microsoft / edits: self)

Android Pie now natively supports XBox One controllers

While users have been able to connect an XBox One controller to their Android device for a few years, the process has always been a bit buggy. A Google developer announced yesterday that the bug should be fixed in Android 9.0 Pie,...
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Android tablet with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor (Source: Xiaomi)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 660-powered Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 tablet is now available for purchase

The international version of the 8-inch Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 tablet with 4 GB of memory and 64 GB internal storage can be acquired for less than US$240 via GearBest by those in a hurry. Those who can live without LTE and with lower spe...
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro Tablet Review

88% Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro Tablet Review

Refined version. Even faster, LTE by default and with an included digital stylus: The Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro is the "tuned" sister model of the excellent MediaPad M5 10.8. In our review, we determine whether the tablet can achieve similarly convincing results.
HiSilicon Kirin 960 | ARM Mali-G71 MP8 | 10.8" | 498 g
Australia has blocked Huawei and ZTE from offering 5G products in the country. (Source:

Huawei and ZTE locked out of Australian 5G market

Huawei and ZTE provide hardware for mobile data networks, including modems, in addition to mobile devices. Therefore, it may be a blow to both companies to find they cannot tender for supplier contracts as Australia prepares for 5...
Affordable Lenovo Tab M10 and P10 Android tablets coming this Winter (Source: Lenovo)

Affordable Lenovo Tab M10 and P10 4G LTE Android tablets coming this Winter

These family-friendly tablets include a "Kid's Bumper" to protect the edges from drops and nicks. Both models share the same Snapdragon 450 SoC and design language but with notable differences in battery capacity, screen brightnes...
The latest reports on an upcoming Snapdragon processor suggest that it has many new attributes. (Source: GizChina)

855 no longer? Latest leaks suggest major upheavals for next SD chipset

The next Snapdragon flagship processor may be expected to be called the SD 855. However, the most recent leaks on this subject suggest that it will not follow the motifs typically associated with this series - in fact, not even th...
Lenovo Tablet 10 convertible with Intel Celeron N4100 (Source: Lenovo US)

Gemini Lake-powered Lenovo Tablet 10 convertible hits the market for US$449

This week, Lenovo silently added the 10.1-inch Tablet 10 convertible to its portfolio. This Windows-driven tablet is powered by a quad-core Intel Celeron N4100 processor and features a detachable keyboard and full pen input suppor...
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Android tablet to get a Plus sibling

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus coming with 4 GB RAM and up to 128 GB storage

Although it will use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor as the regular Mi Pad 4, the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus is expected to come with a larger display and a higher-capacity battery. Rumored to arrive in black or gold...
The Whiskey Lake-U family will include the usual scheme of three models: i3 / i5 / i7. (Source: Tecground)

HP reveals Whiskey Lake-U CPU specs

HP seems to have accidentally revealed all the specs for Intel's Whiskey Lake-U family of mobile CPUs, as the information was taken down soon after. Nevertheless, it is now known that there will be three models - the Core i3-8145U...
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 failure has an Android Oreo update follow-up

Samsung did it again: Android Oreo for mid-range and budget phones delayed to 2019

A week ago, we heard that Samsung is pushing the Oreo update for the Galaxy A, J, and C handsets to December. Sadly, it can get even worse: the new Oreo roadmap says that most of those devices are scheduled to get Oreo — not Andro...
Four-year old Microsoft Surface Pro 3 gets security update

Four-year old Microsoft Surface Pro 3 gets security update

Though the patch notes don't explicitly mention it, the update is likely addressing the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities on the old Microsoft 2-in-1 tablet. Owners should prepare for a small performance drop if so.
The new 'iPhone' icon found in the beta code. (Source: Twitter)

iOS 12 beta code yields another possible leak: a new phone this time

A developer has turned up yet another icon that may represent another new Apple device. This one may correspond to the putative iPhone XI Plus. It may also be l...
Apple A11 Bionic | Apple A11 Bionic GPU | 5.8" | 174 g
Microsoft Surface Go continues the series streak of poor serviceability (Source: iFixit)

Microsoft Surface Go continues the series streak of poor serviceability

Microsoft has been avoiding giving away the battery capacity of the new Surface Go and now we can see why. The small 26 Wh battery of the Surface Go has us wary about battery life as this is almost half the capacity of last year's...
MediaTek have been reported as making good, if flat, profits this year. (Source: MediaTek)

MediaTek's CEO increasingly cautious about smartphone market in coming year

The processor supplier MediaTek have posted an increase in second-quarter profits; however, its sales may have been unchanged compared to last quarter. Accordingly, the company's CEO has predicted a slight downturn in MediaTek's m...
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is one of the few high-end Android tablets out there. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 aims to take on the Apple iPad Pro

Samsung has introduced the Galaxy Tab S4, which is aims to satisfy those who swear by Android tablets for personal and professional use. The Galaxy Tab S4 comes with the S-Pen, Snapdragon 835 SoC, and DeX support. The asking price...
Image source: Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is a cheaper Galaxy Tab S4 marketed at families and kids

Samsung's new Galaxy Tab A 10.5 may play second fiddle to the Galaxy Tab S4 on paper, but the tablet is specifically marketed at families with children who may be more budget-conscious. The tablet's specs are fairly mid-range for ...
NEC unveils its first Gemini Lake tablet - the VersaPro VU

NEC unveils its first Gemini Lake tablet - the VersaPro VU

The VersaPro VU is a 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet that will only be available in Japan. The 1920 x 1200 touchscreen does not come with fancy thin bezels, but NEC does provide a tactile pen. It is powered by the Gemini Lake Celeron N41...
The 2018 Apple iPad Pro will have much slimmer bezels. (Source: Macotakara)

Upcoming Apple iPad Pros to sport slimmer bezels and ditch the headphone jack

If reports are to go by, the upcoming 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch Apple iPad Pros are all set to go almost bezel-less. These iPad Pros will also be getting the Face ID feature and in all likelihood, will be ditching the 3.5mm headphon...
The new Galaxy Tab S4 snapped in the wild. (Source: AndroidGalaxys)

Video of Galaxy Tab S4 in the wild shows off new 10.5-inch form factor

Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy Tab S4 has been leaked in a hands-on video. The short clip captures the device in the flesh and shows its new shape thanks to an upgraded 10.5-inch size, which replaces the old 9.7-inch size of the Gal...
Image source: Panasonic

Panasonic launches new Toughbooks Android tablets with "warm swappable" batteries

Panasonic has released two new Toughbook-branded rugged handhelds. On paper, the 5-inch phone and 7-inch tablet look underpowered. However, both devices are running Android 8.1, bear some high-rated durability certifications, and ...
Samsung's extremely tough OLED panel can take a beating. (Source: Samsung)

New Samsung 'Unbreakable' OLED panel can take a pummeling

Samsung has officially revealed its latest flexible OLED panel technology. The new ‘Unbreakable Panel’ as the company is referring to it, has passed multiple US military standards for drop testing and shatter resistance.
The latest Bluetooth vulnerability affects smartphones as well as laptops integrating Intel/Broadcom/Qualcomm Bluetooth-enabled hardware. (Source: Cubot Blog)

New critical Bluetooth exploit discovered

The latest Bluetooth vulnerability may affect many more devices than last year's BlueBorne, because it can affect smartphones as well as laptops that integrate Apple, Google, Intel, Broadcom or Qualcomm hardware. Due to insufficie...
Acer Chromebook Tab 10 tablet with Chrome OS and Rockchip RK3399 (Source: Chrome OS)

Acer Chromebook Tab 10 Chrome OS tablet is finally available and shipping

Although the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 — one of the few Chrome OS-driven tablets unveiled so far — arrived back in March, it took a while for it to finally become widely available. Now, those interested can acquire this 9.7-inch slat...
The Microsoft Surface Go is an ultraportable 10-inch 2-in-1, and CostCo is offering a previously unannounced configuration. (Source: Microsoft)

CostCo advertises a previously-unannounced Surface Go configuration that includes a type cover in the box

The Surface Go created a bit of a splash when Microsoft announced it two weeks ago. The ultracompact 10-inch 2-in-1 is the spiritual successor to the non-Pro Surface 3, but with the advantage of using a higher spec'd x86 processor...
Even though the Amber Lake-Y CPUs have 5 W TDPs, they should perform on par with the 15 W counterparts in less demanding applications.  (Source: TechRadar)

New Intel Amber Lake-Y details emerge

Intel announced the Amber Lake-Y CPUs back at Computex in June, but core count or frequency details were not provided. This week, Dell and NextLab501 revealed names and specs for three Amber Lake-Y CPUs, and it looks like the new ...
Apprantly, Samsung will stick with the 7-inch display that folds in the middle. (Source: Wall Street Journal)

Samsung's foldable Galaxy X coming in ealry 2019 according to Wall Street Journal

The first foldable phone from Samsung will most likely be named Galaxy X, and Wall Street Journal informs that it is supposed to be launched in early 2019 with a flexible 7-inch display that can be folded like a wallet. It can eit...
The first half of 2018 was not kind to TSMC due to the crypto market downfall, but the end of the year is expected to bring big profits from GPU and mobile chip demands. (Source: TechSpot)

TSMC to see record revenues over GTX 11 GPU / smartphone chip demand

The latest financial report coming from TSMC reveals that the Taiwanese company experienced some revenue problems in the first half of 2018 due to the crypto market depreciation, but the foundries are expecting substantial profits...
The Kensington SD7000 dock helps turn the Surface Pro into a mini Surface Studio. (Source: Kensington)

The Kensington SD7000 Surface Pro Docking Station adds even more versatility to the Surface Pro

Kensington has announced the availability of the SD7000 dock for the Surface Pro. The SD7000 dock connects to the Surface Pro using the Surface Connector and provides USB ports, Ethernet, USB-C, HDMI, and a DisplayPort converting ...
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News from our Smartphone Editors: Behind the scenes - Vol. I

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