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The new Chuwi Herobox. (Source: Chuwi)

Chuwi releases the HeroBox, a new mini-PC for US$199

Chuwi may be best-known for its Microsoft Surface clones; however, it has decided that it will also do HTPCs now. This Herobox has a Gemini Lake chipset with the Intel UHD Graphics 600 necessary for 4K video playback. It also has ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:56:00 +0100
The HyperDisk can fit on a credit card. (Source: ChargeLabs)

Meet the HyperDisk: the "smallest and fastest portable SSD" on Indiegogo

ChargeLabs has designed the HyperDisk to be a tiny external drive housing super-fast memory. This OEM claims that it has read-speeds of up to 960 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write-speeds of 920MB/s. It comes in 512GB, 1TB and ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 17:35:00 +0100
The Nexus 6P case claimants should receive their payments soon. (Source: Amazon)

The Nexus 6P settlement is on the brink of paying out

Recently, the Google/Huawei Nexus 6P was the subject of a class action lawsuit in which the claimants experienced a disproportional amount of battery drain, bootloops or both. This case was settled, and the beneficiaries have now ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 16:56:00 +0100
The Galaxy M20's successor may have appeared on Geekbench. (Source: Amazon)

Samsung Galaxy M21: new leak points to same SoC as Galaxy A51

The Samsung Galaxy M20 will probably get a successor called the M21 this year. A new addition to the Geekbench 5 database suggests that this phone does in fact exist. Should it be genuine, it will be powered by the Exynos 9611 chi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 25 Jan 2020 18:42:00 +0100
The Galaxy A01 may be the Galaxy A10e's successor in the US. (Source: MySmartPrice)

Samsung Galaxy A01 confirmed by FCC listing, may launch in US soon

The 2020 Samsung Galaxy A-series of smartphones was rumored to gain a novel variant called the A01 this year. However, it seems the leak in question has been proved true thanks to new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approv...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:06:00 +0100
The new SE might look somewhat like this. (Source: SvetApple)

New renders show what the so-called iPhone SE2 may look like

Numerous leaks point to what amounts to a second-generation iPhone SE - although it could be called the iPhone 9 on launch. A Slovakian blog has developed new images showing this phone's possible appearance. They combine elements ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:56:00 +0100
The new PNY NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 Passive. (Source: PNY)

PNY releases a passively-cooled version of its Quadro RTX 8000 card

PNY has launched a new version of its 48GB NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 graphics card. This one, however, lacks a fan of any kind. Nevertheless, the OEM asserts that it is still capable of a memory bandwidth of 624 gigabytes per second ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:23:00 +0100
The Inkplate 6 could become any kind of display missing from a creator's life. (Source: CrowdSupply)

The Inkplate 6: a new platform for fans of Arduino programming, e-paper and custom design

The Inkplate 6 is a new product directed at those who like to make custom electronics from (nearly) scratch. It is a display that offers all the advantages of e-paper, as well as support for the hardware and software to customize ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 23 Jan 2020 21:51:00 +0100
The Axon 10s Pro 5G may look a lot like this. (Source: ZTE)

The Snapdragon 865-powered Axon 10s Pro may be close to launch

ZTE's next flagship, the Axon 10s Pro, may be revealed in full soon. It has passed through testing by the Wi-Fi Alliance and TENAA, which confirms its premium 5G status. However, besides its updated chipset, it appears to have the...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 19:34:00 +0100
Even though these prototype leaks appear to be legitimate, Microsoft could still change a few things for the commercial version. (Image Source: Thurott)

Alleged Xbox Series X front/back pictures and PCIe 4.0 SSD details get leaked

The console prototype pictures appear to be legitimate, as the serial number on the back of the console was already claimed by a twitter user. Apart from the usual connectors, there also is a debug slot for gaming developers. As f...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 17:41:00 +0100
Biometrics were more of a thing back in the Exynos 8895's day. (Source: Samsung)

A hugely dubious leak alleges the Pixel 4a will rock an old Exynos SoC

A new leak posted to the Geekbench 5 database purports to spill some of the upcoming Google Pixel 4a's specs. However, this "leak" is particularly unreliable, not the least as it makes the bold claim that the OEM will switch from ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:03:00 +0100
ASRock's new ITX board. (Source: Twitter)

ASRock has a new Gemini Lake Refresh-compatible ITX board

ASRock has a new mini-PC board ready to go. As it appears to be designed for the Intel Pentium Silver J5040 chipset, it may be pitched at the lower end of this market. It can drive up to 3 displays and has an HDMI port that suppor...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 22:27:00 +0100
The Galaxy Z Flip might look like this. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

No 108MP camera for the Galaxy Z Flip: new leak

Samsung's next upcoming foldable phone may be called the Galaxy Z Flip. The prolific leaker Ishan Agarwal claims to have uncovered some more of its specs. It will apparently have a main screen measuring 6.7 inches. Furthermore, it...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 21:36:00 +0100
Phantom Canyon may be the NUC 11 Extreme on launch. (Source: FanlessTech)

Panther Canyon is the Intel NUC 10 Performance series' successor: new leak

According to a new leak, Intel has a replacement for the NUC 10 Performance mini-PCs in the works. It apparently goes under the heretofore-unknown code-name Panther Canyon, and will be powered by Tiger Lake-U processors with Xe gr...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:38:00 +0100
The possible Nex 3 5G refresh. (Source: TENAA)

Vivo Nex 3: new leaks point to a new 5G version

A new listing on the TENAA regulatory website indicates that the OEM Vivo intends to reboot its Nex 3 flagship with a new version. It has an SoC with a different max clock to that of the phone's original Snapdragon 855+ processor....
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 19 Jan 2020 22:56:00 +0100
Blu-ray is in decline as a medium. (Source: Wikipedia)

Blu-ray disc shipments are now projected to fall by over 150 million units over the next 5 years

Once, long ago, Blu-ray was touted as the gold standard in media playback. Now, however, it has sunk into obscurity among a world's worth of streaming services compatible with high-res displays. The format's market value is now th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 20:32:00 +0100
The OPPO F15. (Source: OPPO)

The MediaTek Helio P70-powered OPPO F15 is launched in India

OPPO has released the F15 to the Indian market. It is technically a new device, although it ships with an older chipset: the MediaTek Helio P70. It costs the equivalent of US$280 and will ship from January 28, 2020.
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 19:47:00 +0100
Certain Xeon Platinum SKUs will change in price soon. (Source: Intel)

Scalable Intel Xeon Platinum-M series to be depreciated; L-series to take its price-point

Intel has announced a shake-up in its line of Xeon scalable processors. The OEM will cease sales of the M variants of these server-grade SoCs (the Xeon Platinum 8280M, for example) will. However, their L (the Platinum 8280L, and s...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 07:00:00 +0100
The Redmi K30: up for a rebrand? (Source: Kimovil)

Is this the next Pocophone?...or just a re-named Redmi K30?

Recently, a phone called the "Xiaomi POCO X2" has appeared on the Geekbench 5 database. It is listed as having 8GB of RAM, a 1.8GHz processor and as running on Android 10. However, suspiciously enough, there is another device with...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 18:51:00 +0100
The Nubia Z20. (Source: Nubia)

Deal | The dual-display Nubia Z20 gets a US$50 price-cut

With a rear panel that boasted its own display, the Nubia Z20 remains one of 2019's most innovative premium smartphones. It originally launched at a price of US$549 (or the equivalent in other currencies). Now, however, its OEM ha...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 18:00:00 +0100
Phison's E18 controller will be featured in quite a few PCIe 4.0 SSDs this year. (Image Source: PCGamesN)

Upcoming Xbox Series X consoles could benefit from PCIe 4.0 SSDs thanks to Phison

Industry sources claim that Microsoft has chosen Phison as the SSD controller supplier for the upcoming Xbox Series X, so there is a fair chance we could see PCIe 4.0 read speeds of up to 7,000 MB/s and 1 million IOPS, essentially...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:35:00 +0100
MediaTek now offers a new line of mobile gaming SoCs. (Source: MediaTek)

Get ready for a year of budget gaming phones with the new MediaTek Helio G70 SoC series

MediaTek has announced the Helio G70 and G70T, a pair of processors that, like the G90s before them, are aimed at gaming-phone OEMs. However, the new chipsets are also intended for a lower tier of that market compared to their pre...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:14:00 +0100
The Doogee S95 Pro and its 2 new modules. (Source: Doogee)

Doogee launches the S95 Pro, a "modular" phone aimed at fans of rugged devices

The Doogee S95 Pro is a new phone with 8GB of RAM, a triple rear camera, an IP68 certification and a 5150mAh battery. This capacity can be extended with a 3500mAh power-pack for the device that fits onto its back via a magnetic in...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 12 Jan 2020 18:09:00 +0100
Xiaomi's new flagship may look like this. (Source: Twitter)

The Xiaomi Mi 10 could beat the Samsung Galaxy S20 series to launch

Some new tips concerning Xiaomi's next flagship phone suggest that it could launch before the 2020 Galaxy Unpacked event. That would make it the first Snapdragon 865 device to be announced this year. In addition, there may be a Mi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 09 Jan 2020 21:40:00 +0100
Samsung will introduce 250 GB capacities to the Pro NVMe SSD family for the first time. (Source: Anandtech)

CES 2020 | Samsung finally adopts PCIe 4.0 standard for its latest 980 Pro NVMe SSDs

Surprisingly enough, Samsung was not among the first companies to introduce the PCIe 4.0 standard for its popular 900-series NVMe SSDs last year. However, this year, with the announcement of the 980 Pro models, the South Korean gi...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 09 Jan 2020 13:56:00 +0100
Adata mentioned that there will also be a fancy heatspreader. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

CES 2020 | Adata reveals PCIe 4.0 XPG Sage NVMe SSD with 1 million IOPs and 7,000 MB/s speeds

If current top-of-the-line PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSDs reach peak sequential read/write speeds of around 3,500 MB/s do not cut it for you, maybe save up for the upcoming XPG Sage from Adata that promises to deliver double the performance,...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 16:06:00 +0100
The Zendure MIX GO. (Source: Zendure)

Zendure launches the MIX GO, a hybrid 45W wall charger/power bank, on Indiegogo

Zendure has put its latest product, the MIX GO, up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo. It is a 5000mAh power bank that can also plug into the wall to power devices compatible with 45 watt (W) charging. Not a brand new concept, admitted...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 18:20:00 +0100
WD's 8 TB external SSD prototype is ultracompact and light. (Source: WD)

CES 2020 | Western Digital showcases ultraportable 8 TB external SSD, 1 TB USB stick and new WD_BLACK external drive series

The impressive ultraportable 8 TB external SSD is in prototype phase and will become available in 1-2 years. In contrast, the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB-C 1 TB stick and the new WD_BLACK external drives for gamers are expec...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:09:00 +0100
The Realme X50 5G is the first phone to run Realme UI. (Source: Realme)

The Realme X50 launch also reveals a new customized skin for Android

Realme has unveiled its first 5G phone today (January 7, 2020), as expected. However, the OEM did have more of a surprise to drop on the audience at the X50's launch: it is also the first phone to ship with Realme UI. This is a ne...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 14:40:00 +0100
SK Hynix launches Gold P31 and Platinum P31 PCIe NVMe SSDs with 4D NAND flash (Source: SK Hynix)

CES 2020 | SK Hynix Gold P31 and Platinum P31 PCIe NVMe SSDs coming with 128-layer 4D NAND flash

The Platinum P31 will be one of the first consumer SSDs with 128-layer 4D NAND flash to offer sequential read and write rates of 3500 MB/s and 3200 MB/s, respectively.
Allen Ngo, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 09:00:00 +0100
The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus. (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2020 | Lenovo's new ThinkBook Plus comes with an e-ink display on its lid

The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus joins a growing list of productivity-focused notebooks with dual or secondary screens. This version has a unique twist in that the added display is an e-ink panel found on the PC's cover. The OEM asserts ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:30:00 +0100
NVMe SSDs reached all-time low prices in 2019. (Source: Phoronix)

Report warns NAND memory prices could increase 40%, leading to more expensive M.2 SSDs in 2020

Reports have been warning about possible NAND memory price hikes ever since late 2018, but the actual increases could happen this year. DigiTimes reports that a minor power failure problem has set back NAND memory production by 3 ...
Bogdan Solca, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 16:04:00 +0100
The Lenovo Legion BoostStation eGPU. (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2020 | Lenovo introduces its first ever external GPU

Lenovo has brought its first-gen eGPU to CES 2020. The BoostStation is part of the Legion line-up, and accomodates cards such as those of the NVIDIA GeForce 20-series and Radeon RXs. It also supports Thunderbolt 3 and 100-watt (W)...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 05 Jan 2020 21:00:00 +0100
The Lenovo Legion Y740S. (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2020 | Lenovo calls the Legion Y740S its "thinnest and lightest" gaming notebook yet

At just 0.58 inches (14.9mm) in depth, the Lenovo Legion Y740S is a strikingly skinny 15.6-inch laptop. However, the OEM asserts it is rated for up to 8 hours of battery life. It can be configured with up to 10th-gen core i9 proce...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 05 Jan 2020 21:00:00 +0100
The X30 series may not be the only Vivo 5G phones around. (Source: Android Authority)

A new Snapdragon 765G phone from Vivo shows up on Geekbench

Vivo has already released 5G smartphones; now, it seems they are going for a third. A device called the "vivo V1963A" has appeared on Geekbench. Aspects of its processor match those found in a similar leak that may pertain to the ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 05 Jan 2020 12:10:00 +0100
The Realme X50 is also said to have a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. (Source: GSMArena)

The Realme X50 is now touted to be a 64MP camera phone

The Realme X50 already stands out due to its dual-band 5G status. However, a recent registration with the Chinese telecomms body TENAA may show that it will add quad rear cameras to this spec, the main sensor of which is 64MP. The...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 04 Jan 2020 17:42:00 +0100
Does the Realme 5 series has a new variant? (Source: GSMArena)

The Realme 5i is a possible 2020 phone with the Snapdragon 665 SoC and 4GB of RAM

Realme is now touted to launch a new phone called the 5i in Vietnam in 2020. A Geekbench listing that might correspond to this phone shows that it runs Android 9.0 on 4GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 665 processor. Therefore, this de...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 01 Jan 2020 17:47:00 +0100
The X50 5G. (Source: Realme)

Realme X50 5G: new leak points to 8GB RAM and Android 10

The Realme X50 is one of the first phones that will launch with the new, 5G-capable Snapdragon 765G processor. A new Geekbench leak may have spilled more of this phone's specs. It seems that it will have 8GB of RAM and probably fe...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 31 Dec 2019 16:48:00 +0100
The Galaxy S11+ may look something like this. (Source: PiunikaWeb)

Update | The Samsung Galaxy S11+ may be close to launch with new certifications

The Chinese telecomms regulator 3C has just cleared a phone called the Samsung SM-G9880. This phone is currently thought to be the Galaxy S11+, a potential 2020 ultra-flagship phone. If so, it will ship with a 25W charger and supp...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 28 Dec 2019 18:21:00 +0100
The biggest 4K MP4 files that can fit on a Pixel 4. (Source: XDA)

Android may be able to increase the maximum size of its video files in the future

Currently, there is a limit to the size of an MP4 file that can be saved on non-Apple phones, and it is typically 4GB. However, further development on this issue may have resulted in the ability to multiply this by up to 4X. It ma...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 27 Dec 2019 19:57:00 +0100
The Reno3's new 360-degree antenna system ensures high-speed connectivity. (Source: OPPO)

The OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G is the world's first Snapdragon 765G phone

OPPO has launched its Reno3 series. It consists of 2 phones, both of which have 12GB RAM SKUs and 1 of which is a Pro version. This device is now officially the first to rock the Snapdragon 765G processor, a vital boast as this ch...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 18:54:00 +0100
A 2020 Galaxy M phone may have leaked out. (Source: Thegioididong.com)

The Samsung Galaxy M31 may have popped up on Geekbench

A phone called the Samsung SM-M315F has appeared on Geekbench. It may be a successor to the Galaxy M30, although it seems to have the same chipset as the M30s and A51. Should this be the case, there may be little to differentiate ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 25 Dec 2019 18:07:00 +0100
The Realme X50 will launch with next-gen Qualcomm silicon. (Source: GSMArena)

The Realme X50 5G will launch in January 2020, won't do so alone

The Realme X50 is slated to be this OEM's first 5G device, powered by the Snapdragon 765G processor. The company has just announced that it will be unveiled in full on January 7, 2020. It will apparently do so alongside a second v...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 24 Dec 2019 19:27:00 +0100
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite's possible color options. (Source: WinFuture)

The Galaxy Note 10 Lite may come with an even bigger battery than the Note 10+

The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is an upcoming device that might put the premium in premium mid-range for Samsung. Its latest leak asserts that it will come with a 4500mAh battery, which would exceed that of the flagship Note 10+ in terms...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 23 Dec 2019 18:40:00 +0100
Western Digital Blue SN550 NVMe 1 TB SSD Benchmarked

Western Digital Blue SN550 NVMe 1 TB SSD Benchmarked

Seeing blue. The budget PCIe x4 NVMe SSD offers sequential read rates of up to 2400 MB/s across all capacities. Write rates will vary depending on capacity while read/write performance during very small block sizes could be better.
Allen Ngo, Mon, 23 Dec 2019 00:21:00 +0100
A new Mac Pro with an OWC RAM upgrade kit. (Source: OWC)

OWC releases its max-outable Mac Pro 2019 RAM upgrade kits

OWC has unveiled its 64 or 128GB RAM stick kits for the new Mac Pro. They come in 768GB to 1.5TB SKUs, meaning a user can match Apple's factory maximum with this third-party memory. However, this option may also enable some saving...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 21 Dec 2019 16:54:00 +0100
The Galaxy S10 Lite in render form. (Source: OnLeaks)

Galaxy S10 Lite: new leaks points to TiltOIS, Snapdragon 855 and pricing info

A new and comprehensive Galaxy S10 Lite purports to spill many more details on this upcoming launch. It asserts that it will be a Snapdragon 855 device, and will support the TiltOIS camera feature debuted in the Galaxy A90. The S1...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 20 Dec 2019 15:54:00 +0100
The Vivo X30 series. (Source: GSMArena)

The Vivo X30 and X30 Pro are now up for pre-order

Vivo has launched the X30 series, its first pair of smartphones to come with dual-mode 5G as standard. Its unveiling has confirmed a slew of rumors and leaks, including that the Pro variant has quad rear cameras containing a 64MP ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Dec 2019 20:41:00 +0100
An up-to-date OnePlus 8 render. (Source: OnLeaks/CashKaro)

The OnePlus 8 Pro's latest leak points to a 120Hz display and 50W charging

OnePlus' next upcoming series of smartphones has been subject to rumors that suggest it will have specs such as the Snapdragon 865 SoC, 5G and LPDDR5 RAM. Now, it is linked to a next-gen charging standard apparently called "Super ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Dec 2019 20:02:00 +0100
The Nikon Z 7 can now film in RAW and use some CFexpress cards. (Source: Nikon)

Nikon updates the Z 7 and Z 6 with CFexpress card and RAW video output support

The latest firmware update for Nikon Z-series cameras allows them to use CFexpress, a new memory-card format associated with faster transfers compared to XQD. This new software also allows the Z 6 or Z 7 to record 4K UHD or full-H...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 18 Dec 2019 21:19:00 +0100

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