restrict settings
The original Pixel will receive an upgrade to Android O. (Source: Google)

Android O tipped to arrive August 21

Google's Android O remains on schedule for an August 21 release despite recent rumors suggesting that it might be delayed, according to Evan Blass.
The solution with the best result used sodium sulfate (Na2SO4), a compound found in detergents. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Researchers create flexible salt-based batteries

A team of researchers have been experimenting with various sodium-based solutions to replace lithium-ion batteries with significant success. Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) would be advantageous as they would not require as many safeguards due to the more benign nature of sodium versus lithium.
The Surface Pro has faces issues with power management, throttling, backlight bleed, and even noise.

Microsoft defends Surface family after Consumer Reports labels Surface products "unreliable"

Microsoft executive Panos Panay has attempted to defend the reliability of Microsoft's Surface family of products following Consumer Reports's failure to recommend the Surface products based on surveyed high rates of failure.
25 percent of Surface Pro owners will experience reliability issues, claims Consumer Reports

25 percent of Surface Pro owners will experience reliability issues, claims Consumer Reports

Meanwhile, Apple is sitting happily at first place for having the most reliable laptops and tablets.
Disney Princess: Charmed Adventures is one of 42 titles the suit alleges to collect personal information of children without parental consent. (Source: Disney)

Disney sued for allegedly illegally collecting data on children with smartphone apps

Disney is being sued along with three software companies for creating software targeted at young children that collect personal information and send it to advertisers without the consent of parents. Disney has signaled it aims to face the suit in court.
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) (Core m3, 128GB, 4GB) Convertible Review

89% Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) (Core m3, 128GB, 4GB) Convertible Review

Affordable Surface! Although it is already the second half of 2017, Microsoft presents the latest Surface based on a frugal Core m3 processor with connectivity that is still in need of reworking. Find out in this review whether the long battery life and the established brand name are enough to win buyers.
Intel Core m3-7Y30 | Intel HD Graphics 615 | 12.3" | 1.1 kg
LG GPad X2 8.0 Plus Android tablet spotted online, launch is imminent

LG GPad X2 8.0 Plus leaks online

Although this 8-inch tablet is not official yet, a T-Mobile support page for it is already live. This page reveals the following specs and features: a 1.4 GHz octa-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, Android 7.0, as well as a docking accessory.
Google Nexus 6P flagship and others receive August 2017 Android security patches

Google's August Android security patch now available for Nexus and Pixel devices

This month's update is based on Android 7.1.2 and Android 7.1.1, depending on the device targeted. In addition to the Pixel and Nexus handsets, the Nexus Player digital media player and the Nexus 9 tablet also got updated.
Asus Zenpad Z8s Android tablet with Snapdragon 652 now available on Verizon

Asus Zenpad Z8s hits Verizon

This new slate is a direct successor to last year's ZenPad Z8, keeping the 7.9-inch IPS display and US$249.99 price tag, but featuring a faster processor, more memory, and Android Nougat instead of Marshmallow.
Apple now controls nearly one-third of the tablet market (Source: Apple)

Apple now controls nearly one-third of the tablet market

The traditional tablet market may be past its prime. Unless if you're Apple, Huawei, or Amazon, then YoY shipment numbers are likely doomed towards a downward spiral.
Dell Canvas 27 tablet for business with Windows 10

Massive Dell Canvas tablet now up for sale

The Intel Atom-driven, 27-inch Canvas tablet with pen, touch, and dial input support can be purchased starting at US$1,799, but depending on the hardware, software, and services chosen, it can get much more expensive.
The recent driver update has stopped Windows Hello from activating facial recognition. (Source: Own)

UPDATE | Newest driver update makes the Surface Pro 4 blind

The latest driver update from Microsoft has stopped Windows Hello from activating the IR camera needed for facial recognition on some Surface Pro 4's. However, the problem with the screen vibration bug might also have been fixed.
For the first time in years, the iPad saw a resurgence — likely due to the new price options and unique 120Hz displays. (Source: ArsTechnica/Andrew Cunningham)

Apple's third quarter results beat expectations, reveal challenges

Apple's third quarter financial reports show strong performance of the iPad and online Services. Meanwhile, revenue in the Greater China region dipped by 10%, highlighting one of the company's future challenges.
Acer Switch 3 SW312 (Pentium N4200) Convertible Review

84% Acer Switch 3 SW312 (Pentium N4200) Convertible Review

An elegant convertible! Acer has presented a new convertible in 12-inch format - the Switch 3. Thanks to its versatility, the convertible is supposed to be a great choice both for business and private use. Find out whether Acer reached its goals in our short but detailed review.
Intel Pentium N4200 | Intel HD Graphics 505 | 12.2" | 877 g
Apple throwing 2.67 billion Dollars at LG to make more OLED panels (Source: 9to5mac)

Apple throwing 2.67 billion Dollars at LG to make more OLED panels

The Cupertino company wants to secure and diversify its iPhone supply chain by injecting money into more overseas factories.
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320 Pro (x5-Z8350, LTE, 128 GB) Convertible Review

80% Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320 Pro (x5-Z8350, LTE, 128 GB) Convertible Review

Compact convertible! The IdeaPad Miix 320 combines versatile use in the tightest space. An LTE module is also installed and the quad-core CPU is to ensure a decent work speed. Find out in this review how the 10-inch convertible scores in the test.
Intel Atom x5-Z8350 | Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell) | 10.1" | 1 kg
The Cat.18 6CA LTE modem will see mass production towards the end of 2017. (Source: Investopedia)

Samsung readies industry-first 1.2 Gbps downlink LTE mobile modem

With speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps, the new LTE modem allows users to download full-length HD movies in 10 seconds.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 to get Android Nougat update soon

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 spotted with Android Nougat on board

This slate that made its debut loaded with Lollipop has just received its WiFi certification running Android 7.0, which is certainly the last major OS upgrade it will get via the official channels.
The Micro-B connector is sheltered within the Type-A one, while the Type-C connector is protected by a special rubber cap on the opposite side. (Source: Silicon Power)

Silicon Power outs all-in-one Type-A / Micro-B / Type-C Mobile C50 USB drives

The Mobile C50 drives come in 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB configurations featuring a unique 3-in-1 design.
New security measures put in place by the TSA could slow down security lines if passengers aren't prepared for the change. (Source: CNBC/Getty Images)

United States airport security could get even slower

Over the next few months, the TSA will introduce a new requirement for passengers to remove all electronic items larger than a smartphone from their bag as they go through airport security. This measure is intended to make it easier for TSA agents to examine items that could conceal dangerous substances.
Qualcomm and Apple have been locked in a legal battle since January. Now Intel has joined by throwing their support behind Apple. (Source:

Qualcomm hits back at Intel's claims of anti-competitive behavior

Qualcomm has responded to Intel's claims that they are an "anti-competitive bully," by asserting that they aren't specifically targeting Intel's products, just those that infringe on their patents.
The Power-Mode slider allows users to select from four preset power modes for battery life or performance. (Source: Own)

UPDATE: Surface Pro 4 firmware update brings a Power-Mode slider

The latest firmware update for the Surface Pro 4 has enabled the Power-Mode slider, which was previously only available on the new Surface Pro 2017 and the Surface Book. The slider provides users with a quick and effortless way to adjust power settings on the fly.
The MXene nanomaterial combines with the hydrogel to produce a "Swiss cheese" macroporous structure. (Source: Drexler University)

Improved nanomaterials could bring batteries that fully charge in a few seconds

Researchers from Drexler University claim that their MXene nanomaterial combined with a special hydrogel can improve the ionic flow and reduce battery charge times to mere seconds.
Virus infections are relatively rare on Android, but the risk increases when the user allows side loading of apk files. (Source: gfkDSGN/Pixabay)

Android antivirus software relatively easy to beat

Researchers at Georgia Tech were able to bypass the protection of 97% of the popular Android antivirus applications tested. The detection rules used by most of the programs appear to be relatively basic, and by presenting their results at the Black Hat USA 2017 conference, the researchers are hoping that developers can improve the performance of their scanne...
Vintage Intel Atom processors are officially off Microsoft's update radar. (Source: Hexus)

No Creators Update and beyond for Intel 'Clover Trail' Atom CPUs going forward, says Microsoft.

Microsoft has officially ended availability of Windows 10 feature updates post the Anniversary Update for tablets and laptop hybrids featuring Intel's 'Clover Trail' Atom chips owing to end of interactive support for these processors from Intel.
TSMC will soley use DUV lithography in their first generation 7nm chips, possibly to ensure high throughput to remain the sole producer of the Apple A-series processors. (Source: TSMC)

TSMC's first generation 7nm process will be based on older printing technology

TSMC will be basing their first generation of 7nm chips on the DUV lithography, instead of the more advanced EUV lithography. This is likely due to production constraints associated with EUV.
A comparison between the Surface Pro 4 and a faulty Surface Pro 2017 showing the excessive backlight bleed on the latter. (Source: Surface Guy)

Complaints growing regarding excessive backlight bleed on Surface Pro 2017

Microsoft uses their line of Surface devices to help set an example for OEMs; however, their quality control appears to have slipped a bit as over 200 users have claimed on the Microsoft forums that their devices are showing excessive backlight bleed.
The device we're all waiting for just got a little further away. (Source: The Ledger Gazette)

Microsoft crushes hopes of current Windows Phone users — no full Windows 10 coming to existing handsets

A Microsoft exec has clarified that Windows 10 on ARM will not be coming to any existing Windows phones, as the OS is designed for a "desktop experience" rather than a phone one.
Qualcomm threatens to ban all Apple products in the US. (Source:

Qualcomm CEO thinks Apple will settle in latest lawsuit

Apple is expected to adhere to the contract and pay up the patent royalties it owes to Qualcomm, else the court expanses would be too high, says Qualcomm CEO.
Amazon Fire 7 (2017) Tablet Review

77% Amazon Fire 7 (2017) Tablet Review

Made for penny-pinchers. Amazon's latest Fire 7 Tablet generation is thinner, lighter, equipped with a better display, and supposed to offer an improved battery life. The price, however, remained largely unchanged, and the 2017 generation remains very affordable. Find out in our extensive review whether the entry-level tablet is worth it.
Mediatek MT8127 | ARM Mali-450 MP4 | 7" | 295 g
Wacom Cintiq Pro tablets coming in 2018 with 24-inch and 32-inch screens

Wacom announces two large Cintiq Pro tablets

The new slates will join the existing Cintiq Pro tablets with 13-inch and 16-inch sizes by taking the size of this family up to 32 inches. They should hit the market in early 2018 for prices starting at $1,999 USD.
Lenovo TB-X704Y details leaked on GeekBench, launch expected for IFA 2017

Lenovo TB-X704Y hits FCC

Not long after surfacing on GeekBench, this upcoming Lenovo tablet with a 7,000 mAh battery as the only confirmed specification so far has also been spotted at FCC. The official announcement is expected to take place in early September at IFA.
Surface Pro 2017 plagued by hibernation bug, Microsoft working on it

Microsoft Surface Pro has a hibernation-related bug

The successor of the Surface Pro 4 is now facing a new bug, this time involving random entries in hibernation mode. Fortunately, it seems that Microsoft has already identified the issue and a fix should arrive soon.
The Grand X View 2 tablet from ZTE is an 8-inch tablet powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210 quad-core CPU clocked at 1.3 GHz. (Source: Bell)

ZTE just launched the Grand X View 2 tablet in Canada

Canadians are first to get their hands on the Grand X View 2 tablet and Bell is selling it for CAD $179.99 (USD $141).
Eve V convertible tablet delayed, but promises to come out with an improved display

Crowdfunded Eve V tablet gets delayed

Since the Eve V is a crowdfunded project, it is not surprising to see it facing multiple delays. However, this time the manufacturer allows its backers to choose an improved display without paying anything extra.
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) Tablet Review

81% Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) Tablet Review

A real steal. Amazon has updated its 8-inch tablet Fire HD 8. Depending on the configuration, it will cost you between $80 and $125 - it does not really get much cheaper than that. Our review is going to clarify whether or not the tablet is really worth the money. During this year's prime day, it was even available for as little as $49!
MediaTek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz | ARM Mali-T720 | 8" | 369 g
Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 now available for $1199 USD

Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 now available for $1199 USD

The "world's thinnest and lightest Windows-based 2-in-1" will have optional WiTricity wireless charging mat and detachable keyboard accessories.
The 36-core Jenga system that’s running four applications. Jenga gives each application a custom virtual cache hierarchy. (Source: MIT)

On the fly hierarchical caches could speed up CPUs

MIT is currently running simulations of their improved cache memory system called Jenga that can reallocate cache access on the fly in order to create “cache hierarchies” specifically tailored for any program. Jenga can lead to performance increases of up to 30% and up to 86% reduced power consumption.
Huawei slashing Mate 9 and Honor 8 prices for Amazon Prime Day (Source: Huawei)

Huawei slashing Mate 9 and Honor 8 prices for Amazon Prime Day

Huawei's current flagship can be had for $150 USD off the original price for a limited time. A total of six other Huawei devices will also be discounted for Amazon Prime users only.
Google Android 7.0 Nougat usage now at 11 percent

Android Nougat usage continues to rise

In around 10 months since its official debut, Android 7 managed to conquer 11.5 percent of the market. Its predecessor, on the other hand, remains the most popular version, with a share of almost 32 percent.
The Surface Pro features improved performance, battery life, and design over the Surface Pro 4. (Source: Microsoft)

Surface Pro users complain of random shut-offs

Microsoft has confirmed that some Surface Pro units are being affected by sudden and random hibernation — though other users assert the laptop is simply turning off abruptly, causing them to lose work.
A resolution passed by the European Parliament echoes the demands of consumers and companies like iFixit: give us devices that are easier to repair. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Europeans want devices that can be easily repaired

In 2014, a poll showed that a majority of consumers in the EU would prefer to repair their old devices instead of just buying new ones. Recently, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for device manufacturers to create products better suited to meet this demand.
Inital renders of 'Mercury' revealed that the device could be a large Lumia variant. (Source: MSPoweruser)

Nokia's cancelled 'Mercury' tablet is reminiscent of a large Lumia phone

Leaked images reveal that the Nokia 'Mercury' tablet could have been a decent Windows 8 device with enough power for day-to-day tasks.
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Android tablet gets Nougat update

Asus ZenPad 3S 10 gets Android Nougat

This 9.7-inch slate that arrived on the market last August gets Android 7.0 via OTA, the new firmware dropping some of the preinstalled apps in addition to the usual changes that come when moving from Marshmallow to Nougat.
The G Pad IV 8.0 FHD LTE tablet weighs as much as a Coke can. (Source: LG)

LG launches G Pad IV 8.0 FHD LTE mid-range tablet

The mid-range successor of last year's G Pad III tablet is now available in South Korea for approximately $305.
Guide: Lithium-Ion Battery Safety and Care

Guide: Lithium-Ion Battery Safety and Care

Galaxy Note 7, iPhone, and Hoverboard fires have brought the safety of lithium-ion batteries into the spotlight. Although news coverage often implies that any fire or explosion is the result of incompetence, it's important to recognize the volatile nature of the battery technology itself, even under the best circumstances.
With no tangible benefits over its bigger cousin, the Surface Mini was shelved in the last minute. (Source: Windows Central)

Pictures of the cancelled Surface Mini reveal why it didn't hold promise

With nothing noteworthy to offer apart from a smaller display and an underpowered processor, the Surface Mini was cancelled by Microsoft at the last minute.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 (i5-7300U, 256 GB) Convertible Review

90% Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 (i5-7300U, 256 GB) Convertible Review

Olden but golden. Without a USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3, the 2017 model of Microsoft's Surface Pro seems kind of dowdy. The fanless operation we have already seen in Acer's Alpha 12, and unfortunately the device throttles noticeably. Is the only benefit left really its decent battery life?
Intel Core i5-7300U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.3" | 1.1 kg
Thanks to its incorporation of various Wi-Fi and cellular networks, Project Fi boasts a wide coverage area. Its number of supported devices, however, is rather limited. (Source: Google)

A new budget-friendly phone expected to join the Project Fi lineup

One of the biggest complaints against Google's wireless service, Project Fi, is its lack of supported phones. In a recent statement, the company promised to add a new third-party device to the lineup "later this year".
Huawei MediaPad T3 7 Android tablet launches in Japan in early July 2017

Huawei MediaPad T3 7 coming to Japan next week

This new affordable tablet has an aluminum shell and uses a MediaTek MT8127 processor, running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. The specs are in line with the price of less than $110 USD.

Working For Notebookcheck

Are you a loyal reader of notebookcheck? Are you a techie who knows how to write? Then join our Team!

Especially wanted: 
German-English-Translator - Details here
Review Editor - 
Details here
News Editor - Details here









Galaxy S

Galaxy S


Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > Topics
Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)