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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
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
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
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
The first gaming tablets with 240 Hz displays should be available in early 2020. (Source: Weibo)

TCL showcases 10.8-inch 240 Hz display for gaming tablets

Even though the gaming tablet market is not that big right now, TCL is gearing up to release 10.8-inch 240 Hz tablet displays for 2020. Gamers may find the included punch-hole selfie cam a bit annoying, but tablet OEMs will surely...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 19 Nov 2019 19:07:00 +0100
A Huawei MatePad Pro render. (Source: Nashville Chatter)

A new Huawei MatePad Pro leak appears to confirm Kirin 990 SoC

The MatePad Pro is rumored to be the name of an upcoming tablet from Huawei. It is thought to have premium specs, including the Kirin 990 processor and 5G variants. A new Geekbench listing appears to agree with the first of these,...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 19 Nov 2019 19:00:00 +0100
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Core i5 Review: More Like a Surface Pro 6.5

88% Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Core i5 Review: More Like a Surface Pro 6.5

Iterative. The Surface Pro 7 doesn't bring enough to the table to warrant a whole digit upgrade over the Surface Pro 6. Unless if you really value the integrated USB Type-C port or Iris Plus graphics update, last year's model will suffice.
Intel Core i5-1035G4 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU) | 12.3" | 775 g
Allen Ngo, Tue, 19 Nov 2019 18:25:00 +0100
An example of a notification prompt in Chrome. (Source: Gadgets To Use)

Chrome reigns its pervasive website notification prompts in on Android

Websites are capable of asking to send notifications in a number of browsers, Chrome included. In this case, they may be particularly capable of disrupting the app's experience as they are markedly large and obtrusive, especially ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 18 Nov 2019 19:06:00 +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, 18 Nov 2019 15:14:22 +0100
Our first Core i5-1035G4 benchmarks are in and results are almost as good as the Ryzen 7 3700U (Image source: Intel)

Surface Pro 7 Core i5-1035G4 performance can throttle by as much as 27 percent to be slower than the Core i7-8565U

CPU performance can be all over the place on the Surface Pro 7 Core i5. When at its best, multi-thread performance will be most similar to the Ryzen 5 3580U on the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3. But if at its worst, performance can be ...
Allen Ngo, Mon, 18 Nov 2019 05:59:00 +0100
Ice Lake issues: Microsoft is aware that the Surface Pro 7 is currently stuck on broken graphics drivers

Ice Lake issues: Microsoft is aware that the Surface Pro 7 is currently stuck on months-old broken graphics drivers

All those Iris Plus-related bug fixes Intel have been releasing over the past three months have yet to arrive on the Surface Pro 7 despite the fact that this is supposed to be Microsoft's latest flagship Windows tablet. Though we ...
Allen Ngo, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 04:07:00 +0100
The new Motorola Razr. (Source: Maxim)

Who made the display on the Motorola Razr 2019? BOE, apparently

BOE has made an announcement on Weibo claiming that it supplied Motorola with flexible displays for the new Razr. Furthermore, it now asserts that it has done the same for the Huawei Mate X - and for the foldable Lenovo ThinkPad X...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 16 Nov 2019 14:30:00 +0100
New name, same hardware: Microsoft has been using the exact same LG Philips panel for its Surface Pro series for the past three years (Image source: Microsoft)

New name, same hardware: Microsoft has been using the exact same LG Philips panel for its Surface Pro series for the past three years

The two-year old Surface Pro 5 offers essentially the same display experience as the latest Surface Pro 7 down to colors, contrast, brightness, response times, and more.
Allen Ngo, Sat, 16 Nov 2019 04:46:00 +0100
A promotional image hinting strongly at an imminent MatePad reveal. (Source: Weibo)

Huawei announces a November 25, 2019 launch event, most likely for the MatePad Pro

Huawei's Consumer Business head Yu Chengdong has posted the date of a new launch event on Weibo. This message also contains references to the Mate line of devices, indicating that it is to get new additions at this show. They may ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 15 Nov 2019 21:19:00 +0100
The "Xiaomi clamshell foldable" patent. (Source: TigerMobiles)

Xiaomi may be working on its own Razr-esque foldable

The blog TigerMobiles claims to have dug up a couple of patents that may show the directions in which Xiaomi intends to take the foldable trend. One shows a clamshell design like that of the new Motorola Razr, whereas the other is...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:48:00 +0100
Chuwi UBook Pro Tablet Review: The Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

70% Chuwi UBook Pro Tablet Review: The Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

The Clone Wars. The UBook Pro offers high-end looks with low-end performance for a mid-range price. If you can get past the slow Core m3 processor, then you'll find the super-bright 12.3-inch display and three USB ports quite useful when compared to the dimmer and pricier Surface Pro.
Intel Core m3-8100Y | Intel UHD Graphics 615 | 12.3" | 780 g
Allen Ngo, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:05:00 +0100
Amazon Kindle Kids Edition 2019 eReader Review: Not only for children

Amazon Kindle Kids Edition 2019 eReader Review: Not only for children

For bookworms. Amazon's Kindle of the 10th Generation receives a Kids Edition. Not only has the shopping giant finally added panel lighting to the current version of its smallest eReader, but the children's version also includes an extended warranty and a flat rate for plenty of reading material.
NXP i.MX 6SLL | NXP PXP | 6" | 174 g
Daniel Schmidt, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 02:22:00 +0100
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets under 250 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets under 250 Euros

Q4 2019 update Here you will find the best tablets under 250 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:48:00 +0100
Top 10 Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

November 2019 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.
Daniel Schmidt, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:19:00 +0100
Qualcomm has a new permanent CFO. (Source: ZDNet)

Qualcomm names its next permanent chief financial officer

Akash Palkhiwala is Qualcomm's new CFO (or chief financial officer). His appointment comes following a stint as the company's interim CFO, as well as the senior vice president and finance head of its CDMA tech division. Palkhiwala...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 10 Nov 2019 20:36:00 +0100
The Microsoft Surface Pro X is one of the most repairable tablets yet made. (Source: iFixit)

The Surface Pro X is surprisingly repairable

Microsoft’s Surface devices have justifiably won plaudits for their industrial designs, however their user repairability has been among the worst on the market. The new Surface 3 revealed a promising change of direction that has a...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 09 Nov 2019 06:37:00 +0100
An example of a home theater in a box. (Source: Lifewire)

The home theater market could be worth US$13.4 billion by 2025

Home theaters brought in a total of US$7.7 billion last year. However, this market value is thought to be capable of growing by up to $5.7 billion more over the next 6 years. The sound bar sector may grow at the greatest rate over...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 22:44:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 gets the November 2019 security patch

The Galaxy Tab S6 is Samsung's latest premium slate. The OEM has just demonstrated it is committed to keeping it that way with a new software update containing the latest Android security patch level. This upgrade has also reached...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 19:00:00 +0100
Qualcomm has posted its fourth-quarter results for 2019. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm reveals its 2019 fiscal-year performance

Qualcomm has announced the results for its fiscal year, which ended on September 29, 2019. Its revenues came in at US$24.3 billion, or 7% more year-on-year (YoY). The company also made a total of $4.8 billion in the last quarter o...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 19:59:00 +0100
Samsung is now making an effort to draw 3rd-party TVs into its ecosystem. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung makes Tizen available for third-party TVs

Samsung's Developer Conference (SDC) 2019 contained numerous interesting announcements, not the least that Tizen OS for TVs can be ported to third-party devices. In addition, there are now additional developer-friendly facilities ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 23:41:00 +0100
Microsoft Surface Pro X now shipping for $999 (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Surface Pro X now shipping for $999 with brand new SQ1 CPU and Adreno 685 graphics

Microsoft isn't giving up on ARM for Windows. Much like the semi-custom Ryzen processors for the Surface Laptop 3 series, the new 13-inch Surface Pro X tablet will use a custom SQ1 processor developed by Qualcomm.
Allen Ngo, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 02:02:00 +0100
The new LG G Pad 5 10.1. (Source: LG)

LG launches the G Pad 5 10.1 in South Korea

The latest LG G Pad has been revealed on the OEM's domestic website. It is a 4GB device with 32GB of internal storage, a 10.1-inch FHD display and an 8MP rear camera. These unprepossessing specs are topped off by the Snapdragon 82...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 03 Nov 2019 16:44:00 +0100
The new Edge logo is a stylisd 'e' that is also shaped like a cresting wave. (Source: Microsoft)

New MS Edge browser logo revelead as Chromium version nears release

Microsoft looks set finally break from its Internet Explorer past with a brand-new stylized e-shaped wave logo. The new look is undoubtedly fresh while just hinting enough at its past for those with a sense of nostalgia, but it is...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 03 Nov 2019 09:39:00 +0100
League of Legends: Wild Rift is the title's non-PC version. (Source: YouTube)

League of Legends is coming to mobile and console

Riot Games has announced that League of Legends is finally getting a version for phones and tablets. This new form of the title is to be called Wild Rift, and is billed as completely optimized and refreshed for its new platform. I...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 02 Nov 2019 18:42:00 +0100
The new Aukey Omni-Power range. (Source: Aukey)

Aukey gets up to date with the GaN- and graphene-enhanced Omni-Power fast-charger range

Aukey has unveiled its new Omni-Power series of accessories. The company claims that it integrates various state-of-the-art charging technologies, including a graphene skin, GaN and USB Power Delivery. This line includes new adapt...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 01 Nov 2019 23:46:00 +0100
WhatsApp has a new privacy feature. (Source: WhatsApp)

WhatsApp implements its fingerprint unlocking feature on Android

WhatsApp has been working on fingerprint-based authentication for its Android app. Now, an update has added this ability to its stable version. However, a user will still be able to answer calls through the service even if the new...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 01 Nov 2019 22:53:00 +0100
Orbita believes AI assistants can do a lot for healthcare. (Source: Orbita)

New research asserts many adults want smart assistants to help look after their health

Orbita, a company that makes a personal assistant-like AI platform focused on healthcare, has published the results of a study that shows this is what the US adults recruited to it want from their voice-controlled searches. It app...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 18:53:00 +0100
evleaks' "MatePad Pro". (Source: Twitter)

Huawei's next tablet may be a premium device with a punch-hole camera

Evan Blass has posted an image of a new tablet with a punch-hole display and a constant, minimal bezel. As this device is shown with what appears to be an M-Pen, it may pertain to a high-end successor to the Huawei MediaPad M6. Th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 18:21:00 +0100
The SiFive U8-Series cores are faster than ARM's 3-year-old Cortex-A72 cores, though still behind the current Cortex-A76 ones most likely.  (Source: SiFive)

SiFive readies U8-Series RISC-V core designs to compete with ARM's Cortex-A72 models

RISC-V processors have come a long way since their inception in 2010. Once thought to be significantly slower than the x86 and ARM counterparts, RISC-V processors like the new U84 from SiFive prove that this architecture is catchi...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 17:08:00 +0100
Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme promises to be the lightest and most powerful in its size class (Source: Dell)

Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme promises to be the lightest and most powerful in its size class

The new 1000-nit display will be about two times brighter than the display of the XPS 15. FirstNet integration comes standard with optional Wi-Fi 6 and LTE to aid first responders with critical information.
Allen Ngo, Tue, 29 Oct 2019 18:30:00 +0100
The new agreement could allow GloFo to complete the development of its 7 nm nodes. (Source: Extreme Tech)

TSMC and GlobalFoundries bury the hatchet with a 10-year cross-license agreement

The two leading foundries unexpectedly dropped any patent infringement claims and struck an agreement that allows both parties to license each other’s existing patents. Additionally, the agreement would also cover any other patent...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 29 Oct 2019 16:41:00 +0100
Image via Geekbench

LG G Pad 5 Android tablet appears on Geekbench, uses three-year-old Snapdragon 821

The LG G Pad 5 appeared on Geekbench yesterday, but the scores suggest old silicon. The Geekbench post lists a quad-core Qualcomm CPU clocked at 2.19 GHz, suggesting the Snapdragon 821 speculated by earlier rumors. The scores are ...
Sam Medley, Mon, 28 Oct 2019 14:53:00 +0100
The new Apollo Max power bank. (Source: ELECJET)

ELECJET claims that its new graphene-enhanced power bank can charge to full capacity in just 19 minutes

The Apollo Max is a new 10000mAh power bank that, according to its maker ELECJET, integrates the emerging graphene standard as a battery material. This, it is claimed, gives it an "unbeatable charging efficiency of 96%". This new ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 27 Oct 2019 20:46:00 +0100
Galaxy Tab S6: Samsung's new tablet flagship for the first time with a dual camera

Galaxy Tab S6: Samsung's new tablet flagship for the first time with a dual camera

As a current flagship tablet, the Samsung Galaxy S6 gets only the best hardware. This includes the Snapdragon 855 high-end SoC as well as at least 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space. As the first tablet from Samsung, the Gala...
Manuel Masiero, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 23:54:00 +0200
Intel unveils its new Tremont microarchitecture. (Source: Intel)

Intel's new Tremont low-power architecture is now official

Intel has released its new low-power solution in full today (October 24, 2019). It is an x86 microarchitecture associated with "significant" IPC enhancements compared to its predecessor. Tremont can also support an L2 cache of up ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 23:48:00 +0200
Qualcomm is set to make a sizeable investment in 5G's future. (Source: RTE)

Qualcomm incentivizes 5G development with a new multi-million-dollar fund

Qualcomm's Venture division has announced the implementation of the 5G Ecosystem Fund, a source of investment worth up to US$200 million. As the name suggests, it will help support start-ups involved in new, innovative and potenti...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 22:49:00 +0200
ARM is targeting IP usage in smart devices such as televisions, phones, and consoles. (Image source: ARM)

ARM announces Ethos-N57 and Ethos-N37 NPUs, Mali-G57 GPU, and Mali-D37 DPU

ARM has revealed four new processors that should help enrich consumer tech products aimed at the mainstream market. The new additions to the company’s lineup are the Ethos-N57 and Ethos-N37 Neural Processing Units (NPU), the Mali-...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 04:52:00 +0200
Qualcomm claims that mmWave 5G can cover an entire football stadium. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm claims that a new study proves the benefits of 5G over 4G thus far in 2019

Qualcomm has commissioned a Signals Research Group (SRG) study of 5G performance, efficiency and general UX in those countries and cities to which the new radio bands have been rolled out. It reportedly found that 5G can achieve u...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 23 Oct 2019 23:55:00 +0200
Apple iPad 7 2019

85% Apple iPad 7 2019 Tablet Review: Small changes with a big impact?

Now with keys. The iPad 7 2019 is a soft upgrade on the iPad that Apple released last year. The new iPad sports a new screen format, iPadOS and support for accessories such as the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, but there are few major changes this year. Read on in this live review to find out whether the series of small changes can combine to make a big difference.
Update: Review completed.
Apple A10 Fusion | Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR | 10.2" | 483 g
Florian Schmitt, Wed, 23 Oct 2019 18:02:00 +0200
The Int App Lock icon alongside some code it reportedly runs. (Source: Pradeo Lab)

The "Joker" malware is found to exist within yet another Android app

"Joker" is a relatively new form of malware that reportedly acts to steal contacts and sign those with infected devices up for premium SMS services. Most recently, it has been detected in a heretofore-overlooked host on Android by...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:14:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Tablet Review: Top technology at a premium price

87% Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Tablet Review: Top technology at a premium price

The tablet S-class. For Samsung's new tablet flagship, the best is just good enough: As with the first Samsung tablet, the 10.5-inch Android device is equipped with a dual camera and is run by the Snapdragon 855 high-end SoC and at least 6 GB of RAM. The Samsung S Pen is also always included.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 | Qualcomm Adreno 640 | 10.5" | 420 g
Manuel Masiero, Tue, 22 Oct 2019 23:11:00 +0200
The new LG U+ app allows the user to shop in AR. (Source: LG)

A major South Korean carrier unveils a service to make the dream of virtual shopping a reality

LG's South Korean telecomms company has announced the debut of its new app, "U+ AR Shopping". It enables users to transform the content of 2 popular TV shopping channels into augmented reality (AR) experiences. Consumers can then ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:03:00 +0200
The Thinkpad X1 foldable laptop could be launched next summer. (Source: The Verge)

Lenovo's foldable Thinkpad X1 notebook expected to launch by Q2 2020

The 13.3-inch foldable notebook from Lenovo was recently spotted at an event in Barcelona, and it looks like Lenovo is just waiting for Microsoft to finalize the Windows 10X OS specifically designed for dual-screen devices. The ha...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:40:00 +0200
This launch may also affect Lakefield processors. (Source: PCWorld)

Intel is slated to launch its new ULP microarchitecture in October 2019

Tremont is a collective name for Intel's next-gen SoCs developed for mobile, low-end and IoT devices. Currently, they are thought to have a microarchitecture based on a 10 nanometer (nm) process. The Linley Group now asserts that ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:37:00 +0200
The QD-OLEDs should improve color gamut and light output over conventional OLEDs. (Source: Plessey)

Samsung invests US$11 billion in QD-OLED facilities, promises to drastically reduce OLED panel production costs

The QD-OLED technology promises to lower production costs by three times and improve color gamut along with light output over conventional OLEDs. Samsung has been against the adoption of OLEDs in large screen devices for over 5 ye...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:16:00 +0200

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