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Xiaomi used pop-up cameras in the Poco F2 Pro and Mi 9T Pro/Redmi K20 Pro. (Image source: Xiaomi/GSMArena - edited)

Xiaomi foldable smartphone patent packs a pop-up selfie camera to allow for a full-screen tablet display

A new Xiaomi smartphone patent has been shared depicting a foldable device that utilizes a pop-up solution for the front-facing camera. This allows for a full-screen tablet mode that is left unblemished by the presence of a selfie...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:15:00 +0100
The MediaTek MT6893 could be one of two Cortex-A78-based chips from the company. (Image: MediaTek)

Unreleased MediaTek MT6893 zeroes in on the Snapdragon 865 in Geekbench 5 score

Rising Taiwanese semiconductor maker MediaTek looks like it wants a bigger slice of the high-end mobile devices segment. The company’s recent Dimensity 1000 series signalled its intentions and now the purported appearance of a new...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 23 Nov 2020 10:26:00 +0100
Eve might have an event in the works. (Source: Eve Devices)

Eve Devices teases a possible V 2020 announcement

The Eve V 2020 is an upcoming device touted as a potential Microsoft Surface Pro rival. Its manufacturer has issued a December 2020 "save the date", with strong overtones of an unveiling or statement related to the Tiger Lake 2-in...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 20 Nov 2020 22:24:00 +0100
Elisa's 5G network was used to achieve new peak speeds. (Source: Elisa)

Qualcomm and its Finnish partners claim to break the world's 5G speed record

Qualcomm, Nokia and the carrier Elisa claim to have achieved the world's fastest data-transfer speed over millimeter-wave (mmWave) 5G. This was done using dedicated hardware and resources from these 3 partners, and was reportedly ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:54:00 +0100
The S Pen may be the best-known stylus. (Source: Samsung)

The smartphone or tablet stylus of the future could charge via NFC

The Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) and NFC Forum have announced that they will collaborate on a project to develop a new kind of charging for those mobile devices that come equipped with their own digital pens. Doing so via NFC...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 19 Nov 2020 23:45:00 +0100
iPad Air 4 and iPhone 12 Pro are both based around the A14

Apple A14 Bionic Performance Differences

News from our test lab: The various Apple A14 Bionic-based devices seem to differ in terms of performance. Some of these differences may actually be on purpose. Find out more below.
Daniel Schmidt, Wed, 18 Nov 2020 22:33:00 +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, Wed, 18 Nov 2020 18:46:55 +0100
Apple iPad Air 4 (2020) Review - The Air Tablet moves closer to the Pro model

91% Apple iPad Air 4 (2020) Review - The Air Tablet moves closer to the Pro model

Powerful upgrade. With the 4th generation of the iPad Air, the design has been revised. This brings it visually closer to the iPad Pro, with which it now shares accessories. In addition, Apple's latest A14 processor is at work in the tablet. This review will tell you what other innovations are available and whether it is worthwhile to change over.
Apple A14 Bionic | Apple A14 Bionic GPU | 10.90" | 458 g
Daniel Schmidt, Wed, 18 Nov 2020 06:15:00 +0100
The Oppo X 2021 is a working concept smartphone featuring a rollable, extendable display. (Image: Oppo)

Oppo makes a splash with the Oppo X 2021 rollable OLED smartphone-tablet hybrid

Oppo has unveiled its Oppo X 2021 rollable OLED display smartphone. The concept device takes a different approach to the smartphone-tablet hybrid foldable OLED designs we have seen from Huawei and Samsung. The end result, however,...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 17 Nov 2020 11:08:00 +0100
A new Eve V 2020 render. (Source: Eve Devices)

Eve V 2020: fans can now vote on the upcoming 2-in-1's CPU, memory and wireless specs

Eve Devices has already invited feedback on the keyboard and chassis of its second-generation "crowd-designed" convertible, the V 2020. Now, it's the turn of its chipset, RAM, wireless connectivity and other specs. The company see...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 16 Nov 2020 21:40:00 +0100
The LSPX-S2 speaker. (Source: Sony)

Sony releases the LSPX-S2 Glass Sound Speaker to the US market

With its "organic glass" body and in-built candle-effect lighting, the LSPX-S2 speaker has been designed to be enjoyed for its looks at as much as its sound. Then again, Sony claims its audio is also effective thanks to its "Advan...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 16 Nov 2020 18:18:00 +0100
Chromebooks and tablets among the biggest winners in market growth for Q3 2020. (Source: Canalys)

Chromebooks and tablets are the growth winners in Q3 2020 according to Canalys report

Canalys is reporting a second quarter of growth in the international personal computing category during the third quarter of 2020. This growth was likely driven by an increase in people working or schooling from home with overall ...
Craig Ward, Mon, 16 Nov 2020 09:14:00 +0100
The Surface Pro 3: still good for the time being. (Source: Microsoft)

The Surface Pro 3 has 1 more year of official support

Microsoft has issued a document outlining the dates on which its own-brand convertibles or laptops run out of software updates. It shows that the Surface Pro 3, despite launching in 2014, will get them until November 2021. Oddly, ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 16 Nov 2020 00:40:00 +0100
Is this Samsung's first rollable in the hands of the company's Vice Chairman? (Image: PhoneArena)

Samsung exec spotted with what could be its first rollable smartphone

Samsung’s Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong has been spotted with a previously unseen Samsung smartphone. It is speculated that the device is a prototype of the Korean giant’s forthcoming rollable smartphone. Its appearance suggests an o...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 15 Nov 2020 11:27:00 +0100
The 12.3 Pro+ keyboard. (Source: Brydge)

Brydge releases its Surface Pro-matching keyboard dock to the US market

Brydge has announced that its 12.3 Pro+ keyboard is now exclusively available at Best Buy. This accessory is rated to turn a Surface Pro tablet into a laptop-like device. It is compatible with the 4 to 7 generations of this Micros...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 14 Nov 2020 19:00:00 +0100
Mozilla's new device-rating page. (Source: Mozilla)

Mozilla releases a new system for rating gadgets by their "creepiness"

Given that consumers may be gearing up for their 2020 holiday shopping, Mozilla has expanded its Privacy Not Included initiative by ranking various popular devices and/or gift ideas by how "creepy" they are. It is based on the org...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 13 Nov 2020 23:41:00 +0100
The Best Tablets for Less Than 250 Euros

The Best Tablets for Less Than 250 Euros

Q4/2020 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, Fri, 13 Nov 2020 21:48:00 +0100
HarmonyOS is expected to reach up to 48 devices. (Image source: Android AppsAPK)

Huawei is expected to bring HarmonyOS to up 48 devices

HarmonyOS will be available for up to 48 devices, Huawei Central believes. The 48-strong list includes current and recent flagship series, including those from Honor. Only 90% of devices will be eligible to try HarmonyOS, though.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 13 Nov 2020 21:41:00 +0100
The Best Tablets

The Best Tablets

Q4/2020 update. When it comes to couch usage, gaming while out and about, taking notes, or even conducting research for school or work tablets have become increasingly popular and attractive devices. Even if Apple managed to establish itself as a dominant force in the tablet market they are not the only ones, and various exciting alternatives by numerous OEMs are available alternatively. Below, you will find the highest-ranking tablets we have had in review.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 13 Nov 2020 21:19:00 +0100
Teclast P20HD 10.1-inch Android 10 tablet with UNISOC SC9863A processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage (Source: Own)

Teclast P20HD hands-on: Not perfect, but certainly a great Android 10 tablet for its price

Near-stock Android 10, 4 GB of memory, a great look and feel thanks to a premium metallic build, a surprisingly good IPS display, but combined with below-average sound, a slow processor and storage. "How good is the Teclast P20HD considering all the above?" — This is the question we will try to answer today.
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 12 Nov 2020 19:09:00 +0100
The iPad mini 6 will reputedly feature a new design from the iPad mini 5, pictured. (Image source: Apple)

Leaked iPad mini 6 specifications point to Apple's tablet being a smaller version of the iPad Air 4 with an 8.5-inch display

The first details about the iPad mini 6 are here, and it is shaping up to be a smaller iPad Air 4. Apparently, Apple is prototyping the iPad mini 6 with an 8.5-inch display, an A14 Bionic chipset and 4 GB of RAM. A USB Type-C port...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 11 Nov 2020 13:57:00 +0100
The first devices are now receiving EMUI 11. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei commences EMUI 11 rollout for 10 devices as HarmonyOS beta for smartphones set to debut in December

Huawei has started rolling out EMUI 11 to 10 devices, including to the Mate 30 Pro, P40 Pro and MatePad Pro. The Mate 30 Pro 5G is seemingly the first device to receive EMUI 11 outside of China, but Huawei also plans to have Harmo...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 11 Nov 2020 13:54:00 +0100
OPPO might expand into new markets soon. (Source: OPPO)

OPPO is now slated to break into the laptop and tablet markets in 2021

A well-known Weibo leaker now claims that OPPO - an OEM mostly known for its smartphones and wearables - is planning to also move into the tablet space. Similarly, it is also now said to start making its own laptops, much as Xiaom...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 10 Nov 2020 18:05:00 +0100
MediaTek has released two new chipsets for Chromebooks

MediaTek MT8195 and MT8192 launched; 6nm chips billed to power Chromebooks, tablets, smart displays, and more starting Q2 2021

MediaTek's new MT8195 and MT8192 chipsets are the company's newest Chromebook-centric chipsets. The former is powered by ARM's latest Cortex-A78 cores, while the latter uses previous-generation Cortex-A76 cores. Both chipsets use ...
Anil Satyanarayana, Tue, 10 Nov 2020 17:00:00 +0100
The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 will likely feature an unchanged external design (Image source: Reddit)

New Surface Pro 8 leak confirms unchanged design, Tiger Lake chip, and Xe graphics

Following a previous leak a month earlier, a new Surface Pro 8 prototype leak seemingly confirms that Microsoft's latest tablet will feature an unchanged design but will likely leverage the power of Tiger Lake and Xe graphics.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 10 Nov 2020 10:12:00 +0100
A render of the what the Huawei Mate X2 is expected to look like. (Image: TechConfigurations)

Huawei Mate X2 edges closer to release with certification of its 66 W fast-charging system

Huawei might be doing it tough with a shortage of components due to US sanctions, but it is still pushing ahead with the last of its major 2020 releases. Fresh certification for the Mate X2 66 W charging system in China suggests t...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 10 Nov 2020 09:49:00 +0100
Up to 90 devices may receive Android 11 and One UI 3.0. (Image source: TuttoAndroid)

Samsung may be planning to upgrade up to 90 devices to One UI 3.0 and Android 11

A list of devices that will receive One UI 3.0 has appeared online, suggesting that Samsung may bring Android 11 to up to 90 smartphones and tablets over the next few months. The list includes representatives from Samsung Galaxy A...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 09 Nov 2020 14:49:00 +0100
The Galaxy Tab S2. (Source: Samsung)

A Samsung tablet from 2015 gets the latest Android security patch

The 9.7-inch display variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 hails from all of five years ago. Nevertheless, its units served by the carrier Verizon have been issued with October 2020 security patches. Therefore, even though it remai...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 06 Nov 2020 23:49:00 +0100
The new RP-PC144 charger. (Source: Notebookcheck)

RAVPower PD Pioneer 30W Wall Charger with Lightning to USB-C Cable hands-on review

The launch of Apple's iPhone 12 series has also meant the launch of this OEM's most powerful (albeit 20 watt (W)) charging standard over Lightning to USB type C cables. However, RAVPOWER asserts that it can subsume this new spec with other, more demanding use-cases such as fast-charging for Android flagships. Can the new, dual-port 30W PD Pioneer USB C Wall Charger live up to it?
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 05 Nov 2020 23:25:00 +0100
The mini-LED screens for the next iPad Pros will reputedly enter mass-production next month. (Image source: Henry Ascroft)

Apple contracts LG Display to supply mini-LED LCDs for next iPad Pros; mass production to commence next month with fifth-generation release in Q1 2021

LG Display has been contracted to supply mini-LED LCDs to Apple for its fifth-generation iPad Pros, according to ETNews. Mass-production of these next-generation displays will commence before the end of the year, allowing Apple to...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 05 Nov 2020 16:52:00 +0100
ARM intros the Cortex-A78C core. (Source: ARM)

ARM announces the Cortex-A78C, a new variant of a next-gen high-end core

ARM unveiled the Cortex-A78, a new core likely to form part of flagship mobile SoCs in 2021, recently. Now, the company has revealed that it is in fact part of a family of such products. One of them is the A78C, which has been mod...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 03 Nov 2020 23:18:00 +0100
Huawei could bridge its chip gap with help from MediaTek and Qualcomm. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei to regain access to MediaTek and Qualcomm chipsets but still has its eyes set on going it alone

Huawei's mobile division may be on the verge of receiving chipsets from the likes of MediaTek and Qualcomm, according to the Financial Times. The Chinese company is ploughing on with buildings its own chip fabrication plants. It w...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 03 Nov 2020 17:29:00 +0100
Lenovo Legion 5 with Ryzen 7 4800H and RTX 2060 will be available on Black Friday in Germany. (Image Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo Legion 5 powered by AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and NVIDIA RTX 2060 will be available on Black Friday in Germany after company manages to get sales ban lifted

The Lenovo Legion 5 powered by AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and NVIDIA RTX 2060 will be available in Germany on Black Friday, according to a Lenovo customer rep. This information comes in the wake of an ongoing patent dispute between Nokia a...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 03 Nov 2020 15:56:00 +0100
Microsoft Surface Pro 8 engineering sample shows up on eBay for US$1,300. (Image Source: eBay)

Microsoft Surface Pro 8 engineering sample powered by Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 is up for sale on eBay, chassis unchanged from Surface Pro 7

An engineering sample of the upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro 8 has been put up for sale on eBay with bids starting from US$1,300. According to the seller's description, the Surface Pro 8 is powered by an Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-11...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sun, 01 Nov 2020 19:50:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) Android tablet with book cover standing

Samsung overtakes Amazon to become world's second-largest tablet brand

Shortly after taking down Xiaomi to become India's biggest smartphone brand, Samsung has also managed to leave Amazon behind in the global tablet market. With an impressive year-over-year growth of almost 90 percent, Samsung manag...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 30 Oct 2020 12:12:00 +0100
Samsung SmartThings Find service now live (Source: Samsung)

Samsung SmartThings Find gets launched globally

Introduced as a new part of the SmartThings app, SmartThings Find is now available for all Samsung users worldwide. This is a new way to locate a range of select Galaxy smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and earbuds at once thank...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 30 Oct 2020 11:24:00 +0100
Is this TCL's rollable display? (Source: YouTube)

TCL's rollable phone demo allegedly leaks onto YouTube

The display-maker TCL held a 2020 Display Technology Conference earlier in October 2020. This Chinese event reportedly showcased this OEM's rollable phone prototype. Now, a video purporting to contain the footage has been posted t...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 29 Oct 2020 22:39:00 +0100
Samsung Display can sell to Huawei again. (Source: Samsung)

Huawei can now order Samsung displays again

Huawei's place on the US administration's Entity List had cut it off from supplies of high-end OLED smartphone panels from Samsung and LG. However, new reports indicated that the former has obtained a license to sell these compone...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 28 Oct 2020 18:12:00 +0100
Qualcomm's new products may make for better next-gen mesh Wi-Fi. (Source: Google)

Qualcomm's latest solution for mesh networking may deploy gigabit-level Wi-Fi to the entire home with smaller footprints

Mesh networking is based on a set of repeaters that can be placed strategically around a building (usually a home) to ensure a good Wi-Fi signal in every room. Qualcomm has just announced its latest series of chipsets for this use...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 18:03:00 +0100
1MORE omthing AirFree TWS hands-on review (Source: 1MORE)

1MORE omthing AirFree TWS hands-on - Excellent fit, quality build, good sound, great value

My quest for good wireless earbuds below the US$50 price point continues with the 1MORE omthing AirFree. Since we are talking about a piece of hardware that can be purchased for as low as US$25, we need to see if the shortcuts used to achieve this price decreased the product's overall value too much.
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:22:00 +0100
A schematic of the new OLED panel's make-up. (Source: SAIT)

Samsung’s next-gen OLED panels could upgrade to five-figure pixel densities

A new development in OLED technology could result in ultra-high-resolution displays, thanks to the latest developments in increasingly thin, effective solar panels. It involves cutting-edge physics that could be relevant to both f...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 23:44:00 +0100
LG Display reports a good 3Q2020. (Source: LG)

LG Display reports a return to profitability for the first quarter of the last seven

LG's display division has just released its financial performance figures for the third quarter of 2020 (3Q2020). It has posted a net profit of about US$9.7 million, whereas it reported losses in 2Q2020 and in 3Q2019. There are al...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 18:41:00 +0100
The Surface Duo can already be had at discounts of US$200 just six weeks after launching. (Image: Microsoft)

Just six weeks after launch, Surface Duo price cuts of US$200 are riling early adopters

Microsoft’s Surface Duo is already starting to see some relatively steep price cuts of up to US$200. Naturally, early adopters aren’t happy and Microsoft isn’t doing a lot to appease customers other than pointing then to the 60-da...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:43:00 +0100
The Galaxy Z Fold2 didn't end up supporting the S-Pen despite rumors. (Image: Samsung)

Galaxy Z Fold3 could finally bring S-Pen support to the foldable

Samsung could be finally bringing S-Pen support to its Galaxy Z Fold line with next year’s model. According to a new report, the Galaxy Z Fold3 will add the long awaited feature thanks to the introduction of thicker foldable glass...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:08:00 +0100
An injunction is preventing Lenovo from selling most of its products on its German website. (Image source: Lenovo)

Nokia blocks Lenovo from selling any laptops, PCs or tablets in Germany and is seeking similar injunctions in Brazil, India and the US

Lenovo has had to remove almost all its products from its German website, because of a patent dispute with Nokia. The Chinese company has supposedly been violating H.264 patents that Nokia holds, resulting in the Finnish company t...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 22 Oct 2020 21:26:00 +0200
A 28nm chipset. (Source: Flickr)

Update | TSMC can do business with Huawei again, but with a reportedly epic twist

The current US administration put Huawei on its Entity List, which ultimately led to the OEM being cut off from vital suppliers such as TSMC. However, that company has now obtained a license to once again sell to the Chinese elect...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:44:00 +0200
The PIPO W11 is a cheap alternative to the Surface Go 2. (Image source: PIPO)

PIPO W11: A cheap 2-in-1 alternative to the Surface Go 2 with a detachable keyboard and pen support

The PIPO W11 is a budget alternative to the Microsoft Surface lineup, specifically the Surface Go 2. The W11 is still relatively cheap though, thanks to its Gemini Lake processor and 8 GB of RAM.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 21 Oct 2020 23:02:00 +0200
Windows 10 20H2 is finally here, and with a few changes to boot. (Image source: Microsoft)

Microsoft releases Windows 10 20H2 with multiple changes as the October 2020 update

Finally, the Windows 10 fall update is here, better known as the October 2020 update or Windows 10 20H2. The new update remains a free one for all existing Windows 10 licenses and features a host of changes, including a new start ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 21 Oct 2020 18:48:00 +0200
The new Travelmate P4 series is lighter and slimmer. (Image Source: Acer)

Acer launches Travelmate P4 & Spin P4 business notebooks with Intel Tiger Lake CPUs

The new Travelmate models come in slimmer yet sturdier chassis made of an aluminum-magnesium mix. Upgrades include the latest Tiger Lake CPUs with Xe iGPUs, up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, up to 1 TB NVMe SSD storage, a Thunderbolt 4 con...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:45:00 +0200
We installed Genshin Impact on the slowest Android 10 tablet we could find just to see what would happen. It wasn't pretty

We installed Genshin Impact on the slowest Android 10 tablet we could find just to see what would happen. It wasn't pretty

If you're looking for a mobile game to bring your fancy $1000 smartphone to its knees, then Genshin Impact would be it. The game is practically unplayable on bu...
UNISOC SC9863A | PowerVR GE8322 / IMG8322 | 10.10" | 444 g
Allen Ngo, Wed, 21 Oct 2020 08:54:00 +0200


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