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The new 18 Pro smartphone. (Source: Meizu)

The Meizu 18 Pro is the world's latest Snapdragon 888-, 50MP- and UFS 3.1-enhanced phone

Meizu has got the jump on the premium Android smartphone launch season with its new 18 and 18 Pro flagships. The OEM has revealed that the series offers specs such as 120Hz curved displays, 50MP main cameras and internal storage w...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:12:00 +0100
Is this the S21 FE? (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: New renders show how the "next Fan Edition" might look at its launch

Samsung is currently believed to have a successor to the Galaxy S20 FE in the works. This idea is captured in new high-quality images published by LetsGoDigital. They depict a device that looks more like its putative forebear than...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 02 Mar 2021 17:33:00 +0100
The new WP12. (Source: Oukitel)

Oukitel launches the WP12 as the "world's first Android 11 rugged phone"

Oukitel has announced that its latest rugged phone is the first of its kind to ship with Android 11 out of the box. The device is also touted as "lightweight", which, given its MediaTek Helio A22 SoC and 4GB of RAM, might be meant...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 02 Mar 2021 14:14:00 +0100
The latest

A "Mi 11 Pro with Dimensity 1000+" Geekbench leak is debunked by an eagle-eyed tipster

The discovery of a Xiaomi phone with a model number rumored to be that of the Mi 11 Pro on Geekbench might normally be welcome news. However, the report proved more alarming in this case, as it alleged the device had the MediaTek ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 01 Mar 2021 17:18:00 +0100
The new

An intriguing leak points to a new Samsung budget phone called the Galaxy E02 coming in 2021

The tech blog MySmartPrice claims to have found a new page on Samsung India's support website for a device called the "SM-E025F/DS". A quick decoding of Samsung's model number convention does seem to suggest a new phone that, more...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 28 Feb 2021 17:49:00 +0100
The Vivo X60. (Source: Vivo)

Vivo X60: a new leak hints at an international launch for the Zeiss-enhanced phones with the Snapdragon 870 SoC

The Vivo X60 and X60 Pro are premium mid-range smartphones that are only available in China at present. However, a new leak may suggest the OEM is preparing to bring them to additional markets. Furthermore, they may be new variant...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 27 Feb 2021 17:40:00 +0100
The P40 makes an unexpected return. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei releases a new, 4G-only version of the P40 in China

The Huawei P40 flagship smartphone launched with the Kirin 990 5G chipset in 2020. This CPU also has a 4G/LTE-only variant, which features in new units of the P40 now on sale on JD.com. Otherwise, the device still has its 6.1-inch...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 26 Feb 2021 23:21:00 +0100
The Aorus RTX 3060 Elite. (Source: Gigabyte)

Gigabyte launches the Aorus RTX 3060 Elite desktop card as NVIDIA unlocks Resizable BAR for its GPU

NVIDIA has just announced updates for the RTX 3060 that bring Resizable BAR to the new GPU, as promised earlier. It is compatible with a range of relevant chipsets, processors, motherboards and cards - the new Aorus GeForce RTX 30...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 26 Feb 2021 22:40:00 +0100
The Neo5's new launch trailer. (Source: Weibo)

iQOO Neo5: March 2021 launch confirmed; new leak points to a Snapdragon 870 SoC for the phone

The smartphone brand iQOO has finally acknowledged the successor to its Neo3 flagship, following a slew of leaks hinting at its high-end specs. It will now launch on March 16, 2021 in China. There is now more evidence the allegedl...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 26 Feb 2021 21:18:00 +0100
The PS5's onboard SSD can be rapidly filled by popular PS5 titles like Call of Duty and Demon's Souls. (Image source: Sony - edited)

PS5 pay to play: Summer-scheduled firmware update should ramp up fan speeds and activate the SSD expansion slot for pricey additional drives

Sony is reportedly going to activate the PS5’s SSD expansion slot at some point this summer, allowing owners to store more games onto an additional drive. At the same time, the firmware update for the PlayStation 5 will also enabl...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 26 Feb 2021 16:09:00 +0100
Realme has 108MP phones in the works. (Source: Realme)

Realme will unveil its first 108MP camera at its upcoming Innovation Event in March 2021

Realme has confirmed that it will make a leap to phones with 108MP sensors in 2021. The phone most likely to be the first with this top-end spec is currently rumored to be one of the upcoming 8 series. Therefore, it might be unvei...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:20:00 +0100
Realme introduces the Narzo 30 Pro. (Source: Twitter)

Realme launches the Narzo 30A, 30 Pro and Buds Air 2 to the Indian market

The next generation of Realme's affordable Narzo line is now official, along with its newest TWS earbuds. The 30 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC and has a 5,000mAh battery, whereas the 30A gets one of 6,000mAh, e...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 25 Feb 2021 20:09:00 +0100
The Galaxy M62's new teaser. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung confirms Malaysian launch for the Galaxy M62

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy M62 exists, and that it will be released for the first time on March 3, 2021. It will do so through Lazada in the Malaysian market. The OEM has revealed that it will have the same 7,000mAh bat...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:40:00 +0100
HyperX is now an HP company. (Source: HyperX)

HP announces the acquisition of HyperX

HP has just confirmed it has secured "a definitive agreement" to buy HyperX, heretofore best known as Kingston's gaming-accessories division. That company's co-founder and CEO, John Tu, calls the move "a brighter future for HyperX...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 24 Feb 2021 16:31:00 +0100
An OPPO X with remote charging tech. (Source: Twitter)

OPPO is the latest OEM with an over-the-air charging technology demo

Remote (or over-the-air) charging is a futuristic technology that a handful of mobile device OEMs claim to have cracked in 2021 thus far. The latest of these is OPPO, a company that has released a video of its new breakthrough in ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 23 Feb 2021 22:50:00 +0100
The new design for the Black Shark 4 series. (Source: TENAA)

The Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro will upgrade to 120W charging in 2021

Black Shark is Xiaomi's line of high-end gaming phones that is thought to have vanilla and Pro variants coming in 2021. They have both been approved by the Chinese authority 3C, which reveals that both of them will have the OEM's ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 23 Feb 2021 16:54:00 +0100
Renders for the full W41 series. (Source: MySmartPrice)

The LG W41 smartphone series is tipped to launch in India soon; full specs for all 3 devices leak

LG is rumored to launch successors to the affordable 2020 W31 and W31 Plus phones soon. The leaker Ishan Agarwal now claims to have spilled more detail on these phones, their new Pro variant included. It is predicted to have the m...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 22 Feb 2021 21:59:00 +0100
The Mate X2 has 4 color options. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei launches the Mate X2 with a new "Pinnacle Design", a secondary display and an astronomical price-tag

Huawei has announced the Mate X2 in China. This new foldable has been updated with an inward-folding design, much like its closest Samsung rival. However, the OEM has also set it apart with a new, space-saving design - on which a ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 22 Feb 2021 16:16:00 +0100
The Moto E7 Power is now official. (Source: Motorola)

Motorola launches the Moto E7 Power in India

The Moto E7 Power is the latest Motorola phone unleashed on the Indian market. However, it is slightly hard to see where it gets its new product name, as it has the same 5,000mAh battery as the E7 Plus. It also has the same MediaT...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 21 Feb 2021 22:07:00 +0100
The iQOO Neo5's retail packaging leak. (Source: Weibo)

iQOO Neo5: more details on the Snapdragon 870 phone reportedly emerge prior to its launch

The iQOO Neo5 has been touted as something of a flagship killer, as it has been rumored to launch with 88W charging and a punch-hole display in addition to its Snapdragon 870 SoC. Then again, its newest leaks hint that those specs...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 21 Feb 2021 16:55:00 +0100
The Realme GT might launch like this. (Source: Weibo)

The Realme GT leaks again with a racing-stripe finish and the AnTuTu score to match

Realme has recently confirmed that its next flagship smartphone will be called the GT and will launch on March 3, 2021. Now, one of its executives has posted what is claimed as an AnTuTu benchmarking score for the device. It appar...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 20 Feb 2021 19:32:00 +0100
The new Rollme Hero. (Source: Rollme)

Rollme's latest smartwatch boasts 4G/LTE, a bezel-free display and a relatively massive 1,600mAh battery

Rollme has just launched the Hero, its latest smartwatch with a completely bezel-free display. This is joined by a nano-SIM card slot for 4G/LTE connectivity in this wearable, not to mention up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal s...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 20 Feb 2021 17:19:00 +0100
Western Digital and Kioxia announce 162-layer Gen 6 3D NAND flash memory chips

Western Digital and Kioxia announce 162-layer Gen 6 3D NAND flash memory chips

Improvements over Gen 5 include 40% smaller dies, reduced production costs, 70% more bits per wafer, improved write speeds by 2.4X and lower read latency by 10%, plus increased I/O speeds by 66%. The first SSDs to use these new ch...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 19 Feb 2021 21:35:00 +0100
The ROG Phone 5 will launch soon. (Source: Asus)

ROG Phone 5: Asus posts a new RGB-themed countdown page for the 2021 gaming phone's launch

Having just confirmed that its flagship Android gaming phone would skip the 4 moniker and proceed directly to 5 in 2021, Asus has now made its debut official. It is to be unveiled on March 10, 2021, as is made very obvious with th...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 19 Feb 2021 19:00:00 +0100
The Find X3 might look like this. (Source: Voice)

The OPPO Find X3 makes its way onto Geekbench with the Snapdragon 870 SoC and 8GB of RAM

OPPO is slated to launch its 2021 flagship Find X3 smartphone series, in accordance with a slew of leaks that have proceeded in the mystifying absence of a vanilla variant. However, it may have just emerged in a recent tip that su...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 18 Feb 2021 21:17:00 +0100
A recent ROG Phone 5 leak. (Source: YouTube)

It's official: the next Asus ROG Phone will be the 5

The Asus ROG Phone has arguably been the benchmark for Android gaming-focused powerhouses since the debut of its series in 2018. Therefore, it will see its fourth generation in 2021. Despite this, the OEM has confirmed rumors that...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 18 Feb 2021 20:32:00 +0100
A Galaxy A72 (5G) render. (Source: Voice)

Rumor | Samsung will launch the Galaxy A52 and A72 in India by mid-March 2021

The Galaxy A52 and A72 are upcoming Samsung mid-range phones that might launch with 4G and 5G variants, 90Hz AMOLED displays and decently large batteries. They are also now tipped to have an Indian launch in March 2021. The latest...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 17 Feb 2021 22:54:00 +0100
The upgradeable PN50 mini PC. (Source: Asus)

An apparent successor to the Asus PN50 mini PC turns up on a Scandinavian website pre-launch with the Ryzen 7 5700U

Asus launched the PN50 mini PC with Ryzen 4000 processors in 2020. Now, a device described as the bare-bones version of its successor, the PN51, has appeared on the website ProShop. According to this listing, its chassis has not c...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 17 Feb 2021 22:13:00 +0100
The Galaxy M21 is cheaper online from now. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung India discounts the Galaxy M21 by INR 1,000 across the board

Samsung launched the Galaxy M21 as one of its battery- and camera-centric phones for the Indian market. The OEM has just dropped its 4 and 6GB RAM SKUs by INR 1,000 (~US$14) each in price. This may hint at a stock-clear to make wa...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 16 Feb 2021 23:20:00 +0100
The Find X3 might look like this. (Source: Voice)

The OPPO Find X3 will launch as a Snapdragon 870-powered phone: new leak

Earlier leaks have seemed to confirm the existence of OPPO's upcoming Find X3 Pro, but not that of its vanilla variant. Now, a new SlashLeaks post alleges that, not only does the X3 exist after all, but that it will have the new S...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 16 Feb 2021 18:21:00 +0100
Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8 TB external hard drive with USB Hub (Source: Own)

Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8 TB hands-on: An USB 3.0 Hub and a 5400 RPM Barracuda combined with decent results

Those who need a USB 3.0 hub with just two ports and a large hard drive can get away with the Seagate Backup Plus Hub, which is usually cheaper than the sum of its parts. In my case, the Backup Plus Hub comes with a Barracuda hard...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 15 Feb 2021 14:57:00 +0100
512 GB Lexar UHS-I Silver SD card is finally available for $139 USD after four months of waiting (Source: Lexar)

512 GB Lexar UHS-I Silver SDXC card is finally available for $139 USD after four months of waiting

Lexar says its 1066x UHS-I cards can quickly capture and transfer high-quality photos and 4K UHD videos "with ease". However, maximum transfer rates are only achievable with the Lexar Multi-Card 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 USB 3.1 reader mar...
Allen Ngo, Mon, 15 Feb 2021 06:49:00 +0100
The new

A wild new Comet Lake Core i3 refresh reportedly appears on the Malaysian market

According to a photo posted to Reddit, Intel has released a heretofore-unheard of new version of a Comet Lake processor in Malaysia. This "i3-10105F" would on the face of it be a refresh of the i3-10100F, which is in turn a renewe...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 13 Feb 2021 18:22:00 +0100
2021 LG Grams are now available in the US. (Source: LG)

The LG Gram 2021 laptops are released to the US market

LG introduced the latest, Tiger Lake-powered versions of its ultra-thin and light Gram laptops at CES 2021. Now, they have started to become available to order via the OEM's US website. The SKUs that can be purchased now are some ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 12 Feb 2021 22:45:00 +0100
The Moto E6i. (Source: Motorola)

The Moto E6i launches as the phone with probably the most underwhelming specs of 2021 so far

Motorola has released the Moto E6i to the Brazilian market. This phone has just 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, something that one would have thought would be left behind at this stage. It also has a Unisoc SoC, an HD+ di...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 11 Feb 2021 19:13:00 +0100
Western Digital D50 1 TB NVMe Game Dock is built like a tank, but its ports and Dashboard software could use some updating

Western Digital D50 1 TB NVMe Game Dock is built like a tank, but its ports and Dashboard software could use some updating

The visual design and unobtrusive LED lighting make the WD D50 one of the best-looking docking stations available. However, the ad-heavy software and lack of HDMI leave a lot to be desired from a practical point of view.
Allen Ngo, Wed, 10 Feb 2021 04:56:00 +0100
The POCO X-series might get a new member soon. (Source: POCO)

The POCO X3 Pro might launch in India soon following its BIS approval

Recently, the approval of a new POCO phone by the FCC led to speculation that it will be the Pro version of the X3 on its launch. Now, the same device has been certified by the Indian BIS authority, as well as SIRIM of Malaysia. T...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 09 Feb 2021 23:25:00 +0100
The Galaxy A12. (Source: Samsung)

The Galaxy A12 will launch in India soon, according to a new leak

The Galaxy A12 is a 2021 budget smartphone with quad rear cameras and a 5,000mAh battery. According to a tech blog, it will be available in India in what could be the next few days. Then again, its maker Samsung may be planning an...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 07 Feb 2021 21:49:00 +0100
OnePlus' 2019 flagships have a new Android 11-based beta. (Source: OnePlus)

The OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T Pro get Always-on Displays via their latest betas

OnePlus has announced the roll-out of OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2 for the OnePlus 7 and 7T series. This advance preview of the latest software for these flagships is the one that introduces Always-on ambient displays, albeit only for ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 06 Feb 2021 23:24:00 +0100
Samsung hypes the Galaxy F62. (Source: Flipkart via Twitter)

Samsung promises more details on the Galaxy F62 on February 8, 2021

The Galaxy F62 is the rumored re-brand of the Galaxy M62 smartphone said to be exclusive to India. Samsung has reportedly unveiled its marketing campaign for this device on Flipkart. It seeks to hold consumer attention until Febru...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 06 Feb 2021 18:19:00 +0100
The iQOO Neo3. (Source: Vivo)

The iQOO Neo5 is portrayed as a Snapdragon 870 device in new leaks

Vivo's premium sub-brand iQOO is now rumored to have a new headliner for its Neo smartphone series ready to launch in March 2021. With its alleged Snapdragon 870 processor and up to 88W charging speed, it is also now depicted as a...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 06 Feb 2021 16:53:00 +0100
The 2021 Legion 5 Pro. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo posts a specs-ref for the new Legion 5 Pro ahead of its release

Lenovo announced that the Legion 5 Pro will be updated in 2021 with Ryzen 5000 silicon, RTX 30-series graphics and a 16:10 display. A Google-cached product specs reference let slip by the company ahead of its March release seems t...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 04 Feb 2021 20:14:00 +0100
Control takes up less storage space on the PS5 than on the Xbox Series X. (Image source: Sony/Microsoft/Remedy -edited)

PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X: Kraken gets cracking with Control and gives the PS5 an almost 40% smaller file size to store

There have been some posts on Reddit claiming to show the PlayStation 5’s Oodle Kraken tool working at its best in regard to compressing game data from Control Ultimate Edition. While Xbox Series X owners have to give up around 42...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 04 Feb 2021 12:46:00 +0100
The 1100 may be out in its first phone soon. (Source: MediaTek)

Vivo's MediaTek Dimensity 1100-powered phone is slated to launch in March 2021

The Dimensity 1100 is an SoC MediaTek has introduced as a one-step-down option from its new flagship, the 1200. The OEM Vivo is rumored to be one of the first, if not the first, to produce a phone based on it. According to a new l...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 03 Feb 2021 00:44:00 +0100
The alleged GA106 next to the GA104. (Source: Videocardz)

New leaked images allegedly show the RTX 3060 Ti's GPU

The RTX 3060 is said to launch soon based on an Ampere chip variant called the GA106-300. A GPU leaks site claims to confirm its existence with a new live image showing this silicon, alongside the latest news on its supposed specs...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 02 Feb 2021 19:05:00 +0100
The Galaxy A52 in full alleged color. (Source: Voice)

The Samsung Galaxy A52 is captured in 3D and "Awesome" color ahead of its launch

The Galaxy A52 is a keenly-anticipated Samsung mid-ranger as it is projected to come with quad rear cameras and 4G/5G variants. Its launch has been set in stone as it has now been listed on the TENAA regulatory database. Meanwhile...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 02 Feb 2021 17:41:00 +0100
The Find X3 Pro might look like this. (Source: Weibo)

OPPO Find X3 Pro: a new SlashLeaks post purports to confirm many important specs of the upcoming flagship phone

The OPPO Find X3 Pro has allegedly been spotted tearing up benchmarks prior to its March 2021 launch. Its latest leak allegedly comes directly from a cloud-testing website belonging to its OEM. It seems to affirm the screen resolu...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 01 Feb 2021 23:32:00 +0100
The POCO M3 is finally coming to India. (Source: Twitter)

The POCO M3 is to launch in India "with 6GB RAM only" on February 2, 2021

The POCO M3 is the global version of the impressively successful Redmi Note 9 4G/LTE that launched in China in 2020. Now, it is finally coming to India, and in its 6GB RAM flavor no less, whereas it sells as a 4GB phone in some ot...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 31 Jan 2021 22:46:00 +0100
The LG Velvet: now on stable Android 11 (sort of). (Source: LG)

The stable Android 11 update finally hits the LG Velvet in South Korea

LG had nominated only 1 phone to upgrade to Android 11 in 2021: the 2020 sort-of-mid-ranger Velvet. This has at least allowed it to get the device's new UI out of beta and into a stable channel, according to a user on Reddit at le...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 31 Jan 2021 18:43:00 +0100
Maybe iPhones can finally evolve out of the notch? (Source: Twitter)

Rumor | Apple has a notchless next-gen iPhone prototype

The leaker @MauriQHD has posted claims that Apple has finally produced an edge-to-edge iPhone display. Unfortunately, it is also apparently a prototype, and may not be intended for the upcoming 13 (or possibly 12s) series. In othe...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 29 Jan 2021 19:50:00 +0100

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