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An alleged MediaTek flagship roadmap. (Source: Weibo)

MediaTek's Dimensity 2000 is now slated to launch in 2022, based on Cortex X2 and A79 cores

MediaTek's next Dimensity 1200 premium SoC may launch on January 20, 2021). However, its successor might be even bigger news. A leaker claims that this chipset, thought to be the OEM's first 5 nanometer (nm) product, will integrat...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 18 Jan 2021 18:32:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy Fold gets Android 11 update with One UI 3.0 on top

Android 11-based Samsung One UI 3.0 finally hits the Galaxy Fold

One week after releasing the update for the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Samsung is bringing the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 software update to its predecessor as well. The Samsung Galaxy Fold is receiving the new firmware already in France a...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 18 Jan 2021 18:04:00 +0100
The leak that led to the "Galaxy Tab M62" rumor. (Source: 91Mobiles)

Samsung Galaxy M62: not a new tablet after all, according to the FCC

A recent leak may have generated confusion, if also some potential enthusiasm, at the prospect of the first in a new line of Samsung Galaxy M-series tablets. However, the device in question has now undergone testing at the Federal...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 16 Jan 2021 19:33:00 +0100
The Galaxy S21 Ultra has a new top-end image sensor. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung provides a deep dive for the Galaxy S21 Ultra's new 108MP camera sensor

The Galaxy S21 Ultra launched with a new 108MP main shooter, even though the OEM did not introduce it by name exactly during the show. However, it is apparent that it is called the ISOCELL HM3, the first of its kind to debut with ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 15 Jan 2021 23:38:00 +0100
Best Outdoor/Rugged Smartphones

Best Outdoor/Rugged Smartphones

Q1/2021 update. Current smartphones are not just getting bigger and faster, they are also getting more and more fragile with each generation. Besides the display, the case is often made of glass as well and therefore subject to shattering when dropped. However, special-made and certified rugged smartphones are made to withstand massive abuse even without any protective shells. Here are the best outdoor smartphones reviewed by us.
Florian Schmitt, Fri, 15 Jan 2021 22:17:00 +0100
TCL CSOT's scroll of OLED. (Source: TCL)

CES 2021 | TCL CSOT shows off its rollable OLED and AMOLED displays

TCL's display-development subsidiary CSOT has prepared 2 of its flexible prototypes that can function when paired to rollers for display at CES 2021. One is the extendable AMOLED panel that may have been seen as part of a concept ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 11 Jan 2021 19:37:00 +0100
Samsung might introduce new ISOCELL sensors soon. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung will make 200MP the new normal for smartphone cameras in 2021: new leak

108MP is the highest resolution available to mobile devices at the moment, featuring most recently in the freshly-launched Xiaomi Mi 11. However, the respected leaker Ice Universe asserts that Samsung has new 200MP ISOCELL-line se...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 11 Jan 2021 00:59:00 +0100
Is the Galaxy M series getting a tablet? (Source: Samsung)

A new leak alleges the imminent launch of Samsung's first Galaxy M-series tablet

The blog 91Mobiles claims to have been sent images of an upcoming device called the Samsung Galaxy Tab M62. Should this moniker be accurate, it would be the first slate-type device to launch from its line. It may have a central pu...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 05 Jan 2021 19:56:00 +0100
A new, "updated" Moto G Stylus 2021 render. (Source: Voice)

Moto G Stylus 2021: a new leak purports to debunk earlier design and camera-spec rumors

Motorola is now said to have a second-gen Moto G Stylus in the works. All of its previous leaks have pointed to a chassis for this phablet with quad rear cameras in a vertical orientation. A new tip from OnLeaks contradicts this, ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 03 Jan 2021 18:14:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 gets One UI 3.0 late December 2020

The Galaxy Note 10 gets the Android 11-based Samsung One UI 3.0 update

Shortly after it began to hit Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Flip 5G devices, the One UI 3.0 firmware is finally reaching the Galaxy Note 10. This treat has begun rolling out to Note 10 users in Switzerland and Spain yesterd...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 31 Dec 2020 22:37:00 +0100
Huaweri P50 rumors may have begun in earnest. (Source: Voice)

The first Huawei P50 Pro render purports to show its large front panel

An image claimed to be that of the upcoming Huawei P50 Pro has been posted for the first time. It may show that the flagship will rock yet another of the OEM's waterfall display. According to the new leak, the phone may also go ba...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 31 Dec 2020 17:21:00 +0100
A new Stylo 7 render. (Source: Voice)

LG Stylo 7: a new leak points to 4G/LTE and 5G variants

An alleged successor to LG's Stylo 6 phablet had previously shown up in renders hinting at a highly original, pen-centric rear panel design. Its latest leak does not bear this out: however, it does purport to reveal a "Samsung Gal...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 30 Dec 2020 18:02:00 +0100
Shooting the moon without artifacts is apparently impossible with the Mi 10T Pro (Source: Own)

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro camera faces serious problems and looks like a hardware issue

Although in many scenarios the main camera of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro delivers at least good results, disaster often strikes when facing various light sources such as the sun and the moon, but not limited to them. In these cases, th...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 29 Dec 2020 11:02:00 +0100
LG gave us a sneak peak of its rollable during the unveiling of the LG Wing earlier this year. (Image: LG)

More details emerge about LG's forthcoming rollable smartphone and next flagship

More details have started to surface about LG’s upcoming high-end smartphones for 2021. The rollable will take a leaf out of Oppo’s playbook while the flagship handset is going to go toe-to-toe with Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S21 i...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 14 Dec 2020 12:08:00 +0100
The S21 Ultra might have these functions in 2021. (Source: Samsung)

Rumor | Samsung will sell 'Galaxy Note conversion kits' for the S21 Ultra

Several leaks have indicated that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will support the S Pen so as to subsume the Galaxy Note line in 2021. That may have led to some confusion over how the accessory will be deployed. A tipster claims to have sol...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 12 Dec 2020 23:12:00 +0100
The Best Smartphones for Less Than 500 Euros

The Best Smartphones for Less Than 500 Euros

December 2020 update. Not too long ago the price bracket between 500 to 600 Euros was occupied primarily by flagship devices. Nowadays, these have moved on and can usually be found in price ranges north of 1,000 Euros, leaving the bracket around 500 Euros for occasional affordable high-end devices as well as older top-of-the-line premium smartphones. The latter may not be up-to-date any longer but can still be a great alternative.
Daniel Schmidt, Thu, 10 Dec 2020 22:35:00 +0100
The Best Camera Smartphones

The Best Camera Smartphones

December 2020 update. Photography has become the defining feature of modern smartphones. Thanks to incredible leaps in camera technology smartphones are now at a point where they can easily replace traditional digital point-and-shoot cameras. Complex software algorithms ensure that even a spontaneous snapshot will look great. Below, you will find the best camera smartphones reviewed by us.
Daniel Schmidt, Thu, 10 Dec 2020 22:31:00 +0100
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

The Best Smartphones

December 2020 Update. Smartphones have become a staple of modern life and have become a truly universal tool to get us through the day. From connecting us with our friends to preserving precious memories, from providing entertainment during those dull moments of boredom to making the modern shopping experience so much more enjoyable to providing us with the latest news… we could go on and on. Thus, it is very important to make the right decision when shopping for a smartphone. Listed below you will find the best smartphones that we got our hands on in our lab, and that we put through their paces as part of our extensive review process.
Daniel Schmidt, Thu, 10 Dec 2020 22:24:00 +0100
The Best Smartphones for Less Than 300 Euros

The Best Smartphones for Less Than 300 Euros

December 2020 update. The price range of less than 300 Euros, or around $350, is one of the best-selling smartphone segments. Phones in this price bracket tend to offer attractive price-performance ratios. If you are looking for a solid high-quality smartphone on a budget the following list of all smartphones for less than 300 Euros reviewed by us may help.
Daniel Schmidt, Thu, 10 Dec 2020 21:59:00 +0100
The best Phablets

The Best Smartphones with Large Display

December 2020 Update. The current trend in smartphone displays is a complete reversal of the last trend in cell phone displays before the smartphone entered: displays are getting increasingly larger. One reason are our changed habits and the ways in which we use modern smartphones. Telephony became texting and posting, social media and media consumption applications are now more important than ever and benefit immensely from large content display allotments. The following table contains the best smartphones with large displays reviewed by us.
Daniel Schmidt, Thu, 10 Dec 2020 21:58:00 +0100
Could the Z Flip get a Lite variant in 2021? (Source: Samsung)

OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi and Google are now touted to join Samsung in 2021's foldable arena

Several prominent mobile device OEMs have been rumored to enter the foldables market fairly soon. Now, a new tip from a display-focused leaker indicates that pretty much all of them will do so by the second half of 2021 (2H2021). ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 10 Dec 2020 20:21:00 +0100
Samsung One UI 3.0 now available official launch December 3 2020 (Source: Samsung Global Newsroom)

Android 11-based Samsung One UI 3.0 is finally available

With "an exciting new design, enhanced everyday features and deep customization" in tow, the official launch of One UI 3 comes to Galaxy S20 series devices starting in Korea, the US, and most European markets. More regions and dev...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 04 Dec 2020 13:42:00 +0100
Philips is pursuing legal action in India. (Source: Philips)

Philips takes legal action to prevent the sale of Xiaomi mobile devices in India

The electronics company Philips has petitioned the High Court of Delhi to block the sale, production or import of certain smartphones in India. Their OEM, Xiaomi, has been accused of infringing on Phliips' patents in making the de...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 02 Dec 2020 17:59:00 +0100
The Galaxy Z Fold2 is among the most costly of flagships. (Source: Samsung)

The Galaxy Z Fold3 will cost roughly as much as the Z Fold2: new leak

The Galaxy Z Fold2 is Samsung's second-gen foldable flagship mobile device that launched for close to US$2,000. Now, a well-regarded leaker asserts that this will not change much with its next generation in 2021. This is particula...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:51:00 +0100
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro. (Source: YouTube)

Huawei is now touted to have liquid-lens technology ready for its next-gen smartphone cameras

Huawei often markets its flagship mobile devices as having cutting-edge camera technology. A new report suggests it has yet another supposedly ground-breaking spec in the works for their successors. This is a liquid lens, an adapt...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 28 Nov 2020 17:05:00 +0100
UGREEN HiTune T1 TWS now official (Source: UGREEN)

UGREEN HiTune T1: Four mics, Superbass mode, sub-US$40 price

The new UGREEN HiTune product, namely the T1 TWS, comes with a total of four mics (two dedicated for noise canceling), low-latency McSync technology, Superbass mode for improved performance in the lower range of the audio spectrum...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 24 Nov 2020 19:51:00 +0100
iPhone 12 Pro Max teardown reveals generous image sensor but rather small battery (Source: iFixit)

iFixit tears down the iPhone 12 Pro Max to reveal a 47% larger image sensor than the one used for the iPhone 12

Although the 6.7-inch display provides enough space for a generous battery, the L-shaped power pack inside the iPhone 12 Pro Max is slightly smaller than the one that Apple used in last year's iPhone 11 Pro Max. However, this year...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 23 Nov 2020 15:08:00 +0100
A new LG Stylo 7 CAD render. (Source: 91Mobiles)

Leaked renders show the LG Stylo 7's rear panel is designed to accentuate its pen silo

The Stylo 7 is currently rumored to become the latest in a line of LG phones with an in-built digital pen. Its latest leak shows that it has a rear panel that makes this abundantly clear. It is designed to look as though it has be...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 23 Nov 2020 00:36:00 +0100
Sony Xperia 1 II gets November 2020 Android security patch

Sony Xperia 1 II gets the November 2020 Android security patch

Without an official changelog to go with it, the Sony Xperia 1 II has just received a new software update. The 108.6 MB patch is available via OTA and contains the November 2020 Android security patch from Google, most likely comb...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 19 Nov 2020 13:12:00 +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
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 devices get the November 2020 patch on Verizon

November 2020 security patch hits the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, and the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G on Verizon

A few days after the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 lineup in the wild has started to receive this month's security patch, the Verizon units have begun to receive the new firmware as well. The November 2020 patch fixes five critical vulne...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 13 Nov 2020 10:56:00 +0100
A Moto G Stylus 2021 render. (Source: Voice)

New Motorola Moto G Stylus leaks point to a bigger screen and newer SoC in 2021

Motorola launched a Moto G-series phone with an in-built pen for the first time earlier in 2020. Now, it seems its successor will have more real estate for its special feature. It may also have a Snapdragon 675 processor, a quad r...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 12 Nov 2020 20:22:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy A21s Android smartphone was Samsung's best-seller in Q3 2020

Samsung's best-seller in the third quarter was the Galaxy A21s

After beating Apple in the US in terms of smartphone sales after many years, Samsung also managed to grab the leading place in India. Now, we find out in a new report that five devices out of the top ten best-selling smartphones w...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 12 Nov 2020 12:54:00 +0100
OPPO A9X to get ColorOS 11 with Battery Guard feature in 2021

OPPO ColorOS 11 gets a handy feature, namely Battery Guard

One of the most useful features added by OPPO to the ColorOS 11 firmware protects the handset's battery by pausing the night charging process at 80 percent and restarting in time for the user to wake up with a fully charged smartp...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 12 Nov 2020 11:28:00 +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
Samsung W21 5G Android handset hits China (Source: Android Community)

Foldable Samsung W21 5G to launch later this month — exclusively — in China

After a few luxury handsets available exclusively for the Chinese market, such as the W2018, W2019, and the W20, Samsung is back with the W21 5G. With a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen inside and an external 6.23-inch display, the ...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 05 Nov 2020 10:37:00 +0100
Motorola Moto G10 Play render (Source: Steve Hemerstoffer)

Motorola Moto G10 Play renders and specs leak online

According to the latest renders, the Motorola Moto G10 Play will hit the market with a side-mounted fingerprint reader, an old-school 3.5 mm headphone jack located on the top, not to mention the 4,850 mAh battery capacity that was...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 03 Nov 2020 19:30:00 +0100
A render based on LG's alleged IP. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

LG's "Project B" rollable phone may have surfaced in a leaked patent document

LG is currently said to have a next-gen phone in the works called Project B. It is rumored to have a rolling display, which means its screen can extend beyond the confines of its frame. Now, a new patent application submitted to t...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 03 Nov 2020 18:58:00 +0100
Samsung Exynos chips could be used by Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo in 2021

Xiaomi and Oppo to join Vivo in using Exynos chipsets starting next year

Since Vivo is already receiving both Exynos 980 and Exynos 880 chipsets from Samsung, it would not be surprising to see Xiaomi and Oppo joining them in the coming months. However, it seems that these two companies will only get bu...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 03 Nov 2020 15:11:00 +0100
Drones take on a Mate 40-inspired shape over Beijing. (Source: MyDrivers)

JD.com holds a drone air-show to celebrate selling its stock of the Huawei Mate 40 series in just 11 seconds

The Huawei Mate 40 series was released for sale via e-tailers such as JD.com in China on October 30, 2020. A new report claims that it took this site only 11 seconds to sell out of the new phones completely on this first day. It r...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 02 Nov 2020 00:09:00 +0100
Realme has sold 50 million smartphones. (Source: Realme)

Realme breaks the world record for time taken to sell 50 million phones: new report

The smartphone brand Realme has had an excellent third quarter in 2020 (3Q2020), according to the latest data from Counterpoint Research. Not only did it post a growth of 132% compared to 2Q2020, it also crossed the 50 million uni...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 01 Nov 2020 18:10:00 +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
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
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 gets One UI 3.0 beta update in the US alongside the Note 20 Ultra

One UI 3.0 beta update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra rolling out in the US

In addition to the Sprint and T-Mobile customers that receive the One UI 3.0 beta update on the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra — alongside those who use the unlocked versions of these handsets — in the US. The good news is that ...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:19:00 +0100
Xiaomi Redmi K30 Ultra smartphone review

85% Xiaomi Redmi K30 Ultra smartphone review - 120 Hz AMOLED at a bargain price

Mid-range benchmark. The Redmi K30 Ultra combines a 120 Hz OLED panel with a very powerful MediaTek Dimensity 1000+. This is accompanied by Wi-Fi 6, a pop-up camera, and stereo speakers for a street price starting at approximately 330 Euros (~$391). You can find out whether the Xiaomi phone has a catch in our review of the K30 Ultra.
MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ | ARM Mali-G77 MP9 | 6.67" | 213 g
Marcus Herbrich, Sun, 25 Oct 2020 19:55:00 +0100
The Watch GT 2 Porsche Design. (Source: YouTube)

Huawei's latest accessories include a Watch GT 2 Porsche Design

Huawei's freshly-launched Mate 40 series has, as predicted through leaks, an extra-premium Porsche Design variant. It is accompanied by a similarly customized new smartwatch. This titanium-cased version of the Watch GT 2 has a new...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 22 Oct 2020 22:44:00 +0200
Xiaomi's latest folding patent. (Source: CNIPA via LetsGoDigital)

Xiaomi patents a Samsung Galaxy Fold clone

Xiaomi has just been granted a patent for a tablet-like device that folds down the middle to form a much thinner phone-like form with an additional display on its front. In other words, it looks and seems to function much like Sam...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:51:00 +0200
Can BOE make its own UTG? (Source: BOE)

BOE may be planning to make its own glass for foldables in the future

BOE is the largest supplier of display panels (AMOLED included) in China. A new report indicates that it now intends to compete even further with the likes of Samsung by making its own ultra-thin glass (UTG) as well. This material...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 19 Oct 2020 17:18:00 +0200
Review Motorola Moto G9 Plus Smartphone

80% Review of the Motorola Moto G9 Plus Smartphone - battery giant with brightness problems

Help at the push of a button. Motorola is launching the Moto G9 Plus, a new mid-range smartphone with a large 5,000 mAh battery and a dedicated Google Assistant button. The 6.8-inch Max Vision display of the affordable Moto phone reveals not only advantages in our review though - especially in terms of brightness.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G | Qualcomm Adreno 618 | 6.81" | 223 g
Marcus Herbrich, Sun, 18 Oct 2020 22:23:00 +0200

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