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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Update July 2018. Here you will find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>90cm²)

Update July 2018. Here is a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen surface areas above 90 cm² - we have reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro flagship, Huawei sold 10 million handsets in 2018 until July

Huawei has already sold 100 million handsets this year

Although the Chinese brand might not hit its planned sales target of 200 million units for the entire year, reaching the 100 million units milestone is also quite impressive. Compared to 7 years ago, Huawei managed to increase its...
Even though the Amber Lake-Y CPUs have 5 W TDPs, they should perform on par with the 15 W counterparts in less demanding applications.  (Source: TechRadar)

New Intel Amber Lake-Y details emerge

Intel announced the Amber Lake-Y CPUs back at Computex in June, but core count or frequency details were not provided. This week, Dell and NextLab501 revealed names and specs for three Amber Lake-Y CPUs, and it looks like the new ...
A concept render of the LG V40 ThinQ. (Source: Techconfigurations)

LG V40 ThinQ expected in October, five cameras, bezel-less

Fresh off the back of the LG G7 ThinQ, the Korean company is hard at work on the full blown successor to the LG V30/35. Early rumors are promising, with LG set to bring a triple rear camera to the mix as well as going virtually b...
Apprantly, Samsung will stick with the 7-inch display that folds in the middle. (Source: Wall Street Journal)

Samsung's foldable Galaxy X coming in ealry 2019 according to Wall Street Journal

The first foldable phone from Samsung will most likely be named Galaxy X, and Wall Street Journal informs that it is supposed to be launched in early 2019 with a flexible 7-inch display that can be folded like a wallet. It can eit...
The first half of 2018 was not kind to TSMC due to the crypto market downfall, but the end of the year is expected to bring big profits from GPU and mobile chip demands. (Source: TechSpot)

TSMC to see record revenues over GTX 11 GPU / smartphone chip demand

The latest financial report coming from TSMC reveals that the Taiwanese company experienced some revenue problems in the first half of 2018 due to the crypto market depreciation, but the foundries are expecting substantial profits...
Samsung designed the latest LPDDR5 memory chips with 5G and AI applications in mind. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung's first LPDDR5 DRAM memory chips revealed

The new LPDDR5 memory modules will be featured in next year's handhelds like the Galaxy S10, which will also bring support for 5G connections and improved AI applications. Samsung claims that the new chips are 50% faster and need ...
Xiaomi Mi A2 Android One Twitter teaser (Source: Mi)

Xiaomi teases the upcoming Mi A2 on Twitter

The teaser of the upcoming rebranded Mi 6X does not reveal much, but the essentials are supposed to be the same as in the case of the very popular Mi A1 when compared to the Mi 5X. Basically, the Mi A2 will have the same specs as ...
In-display fingerprint readers coming to Galaxy A handsets in 2019

In-display fingerprint readers coming to the Galaxy A series next year

Although various Chinese underdogs are already selling handsets with in-display fingerprint readers, Samsung still has to release its first such handset. However, while the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 are both expected to use th...
Featuring a 6.9-inch screen, the Mi Max 3 easily passes as a phablet. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 specs get leaked

Integrating a 6.9-inch LCD screen and a 5,500 mAh battery, Xiaomi's Mi Mix 3 looks like a decent upgrade over the Max 2 version. The Chinese phablet will be powered by a Snapdragon 636 SoC coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of sto...
NRAM could replace the 3D XPoint and NVDIMM non-volatile memory technologies in the next few years.  (Source: Nantero)

Fujitsu will begin Nano-RAM production in 2019

NRAM is made of carbon nanotubes that are more efficient than the current technologies used in 3D XPoint and NAND Flash devices. Nantero - the company developing NRAM - claims that its technology can provide better write speeds fo...
The supposed Honor Note 10. (Source: Weibo)

Live images of the Honor Note 10 surface

Purported live images of the upcoming Honor Note 10 have surfaced, showing a device with a gigantic screen and, thankfully, no notch. The device could be launched sometime towards the end of the month.
Huawei Nova 3 coming July 18 (Source: MySmartPrice News)

The Huawei Nova 3 leaks online, official launch coming next week

Although it also has a notched display, the same Kirin 970 processor and the dual-camera setup present in the Honor 10, the upcoming Huawei Nova 3 sports a larger screen and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. According to the late...
Huawei Mate 20 trademark filing details (Source: Mobiel kopen)

Huawei trademarks the Mate 20 name

According to a recent trademark filing with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, the next-gen Huawei Mate device will be the Mate 20. This is still a bit far from an official confirmation, but it definitely minimizes t...
Xiaomi POCOPHONE layout and dimensions draft, handset surfaces at FCC (Source: Slashleaks)

The Xiaomi POCOPHONE handset hits FCC

The upcoming Xiaomi POCOPHONE landed at FCC with two variants, both featuring 6 GB of memory. However, one of them sports 64 GB of internal storage space, while the other offers 128 GB. The draft of the handset's back also reveals...
Samsung Galaxy S10 concept render with tri-camera setup on the back

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ flagship might feature five cameras

A dual camera for selfies and a tri-camera setup on the back — this is the mobile photography hardware rumored to be used by Samsung for the upcoming Galaxy S10+ flagship. Currently codenamed "Beyond 2," this handset is expected t...
Motorola Moto Z3 Play

85% Motorola Moto Z3 Play Smartphone Review

Return of the modular design. Motorola sticks to the modular principle with its Moto Z series and releases the newest generation of the mid-range model in the form of the Moto Z3 Play. Due to the new processor and a dual camera setup, expectations for this newest model are high. Find out in our review whether these expectations are met.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 | Qualcomm Adreno 509 | 6" | 156 g
Huawei Nova 3 with FullView display and two dual cameras (Source: TENAA)

The Huawei Nova 3 hits TENAA with FullView display and two dual cameras

The upcoming Huawei Nova 3 is a massive mid-range handset with a 6.3-inch FullView display, a design similar to the P20 flagship, and dual cameras for both selfies and daily mobile photography tasks. Expected to be unveiled on Jul...
Microsoft Andromeda/Surface Phone laptop mode (Source: David Breyer)

Unofficial Microsoft Andromeda renders show gaming and laptop usage modes

Although the Microsoft Andromeda project — expected to hit the market as the Surface Phone — has been in the rumor mill for quite a long time, everything should be clarified this fall. In the meantime, we bumped into a new set of ...
Samsung Galaxy J6 (2018) hits India as the Galaxy On6

Samsung Galaxy J6 hits India as the online-exclusive Galaxy On6

The Exynos 7870-powered Samsung Galaxy J6 has been around since May in black, gold, and blue. However, the Indian market will now get it as the Galaxy On6, but only in black and blue. The "new" Galaxy On6 also sports a slightly lo...
Top 10 Camera Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Camera Smartphones

July 2018 Update. Smile please! Here you will find the best smartphones for digital photography including a big picture comparison. Our list of the best camera smartphones is regularly updated, maintained, and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.

79% UMIDIGI S2 Lite Smartphone Review

Full metal smartphone. The UMIDIGI S2 Lite is an affordable phablet with a huge battery, a 6.0-inch display with a 2:1 aspect ratio and dual rear-facing cameras. Find out in this review whether the S2 Lite is good enough for daily use.
Mediatek MT6750 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 6" | 186 g
SDHC/XC/UC will be the first cards to support the new Express specifications. (Source: SD Association)

SD cards with 128 TB capacities and 985 MB/s speeds coming in 2019

The improved SD Express cards will feature transfer speeds up to 985 MB/s via the PCIe/NVMe interface and 128 TB storage capacities. These improvements target 4K/8K video processing, VR and augmented reality applications, AI-drive...
Mark the date. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 officially confirmed for August 9 launch

Samsung has officially confirmed the launch date of its upcoming Galaxy Note 9 phablet. The device will be launched on August 9 at a currently unspecified venue.
Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

June 2018 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 300 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

86% Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Smartphone Review

Red and affordable. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 not only convinces with its affordable price but also its dual-camera, its metal case and its capable SoC. Find out in this review whether the Redmi Note 5’s performance is as impressive as its price.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 | Qualcomm Adreno 509 | 5.99" | 180 g
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8. (Source: Pocket Lint)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 checks in for certification

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has made the journey to FCC for certification. While the listing doesn’t tell us much we don’t already know, it could be an indication of the device being set to launch earlier than normal.
Huawei P20 handsets get stock Android thanks to OpenKirin

OpenKirin brings stock Android to Huawei and Honor devices that are stuck with EMUI otherwise

Those who love certain Huawei and Honor devices but cannot stand the company's custom interface, EMUI, can run stock Android thanks to a new project called OpenKirin. The list of supported devices currently includes no less than 1...
Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

Update June 2018. Upper class. Up until a few years ago, high-end smartphones were usually in the price range of between 500 and 600 USD/Euros, but this segment is now occupied by upper class models and older high-end smartphones. The latter might not be new anymore, but are still good alternatives.
The LG Stylo 4. (Source: LG)

The new LG Stylo 4 is a cheaper alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note devices

LG has launched its new Stylo 4 phablet. The device comes with a Stylus Pen for productivity, and a US$179 price tag that makes it a hard pass for those seeking a Galaxy Note device in a much cheaper form.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets under 250 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets under 250 Euros

Q2 2018 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.
Upcoming Samsung handset with screens on both sides (Source: Mobiel kopien)

New Samsung patent shows a dual-screen handset similar to the YotaPhone

Although the space on the back of the Samsung device shown in the patent that surfaced online thanks to Mobiel kopen might not be a secondary display after all, it is nice to think that a device similar to the YotaPhone might hit ...
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Smartphone Review

91% Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Smartphone Review

Fine-tuning. The big model of Samsung's flagship series not only offers a larger display, it also offers a dual camera and more RAM. This review reveals whether the higher price is justified and how the Galaxy S9+ fares in comparison to its competitors.
Update: software update improves telephony features.
Samsung Exynos 9810 | ARM Mali-G72 MP18 | 6.2" | 189 g
Huawei Mate 10 Pro Smartphone Review

92% Huawei Mate 10 Pro Smartphone Review

Wow, but with minor pitfalls. With the Pro version of the Mate 10 series, we currently have the strongest Huawei smartphone in our test. The storage equipment and camera have been improved, and the Chinese phone now has an OLED screen in the 2:1 format. Together with the Kirin 970, a SoC that has an additional NPU is used. Sounds great, but Huawei has made cuts in some places.
Update: Firmware B127 with improved power consumption and Amazon Video app. Update: software update with face detection and improved connectivity released.
HiSilicon Kirin 970 | ARM Mali-G72 MP12 | 6" | 178 g
OnePlus 6

90% OnePlus 6 Smartphone Review

Superb for the sixth time. OnePlus sticks to its high release rate, releasing the successor of the OnePlus 5T after just 6 months: The OnePlus 6. The Smartphone now has a new SoC, a new glass back, a notch and the cameras are supposed to have been improved as well. In our review, we find out whether or not a quick switch is worth it.
Update: OxygenOS 5.1.8 improves call quality. New low-light photo added.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | Qualcomm Adreno 630 | 6.28" | 177 g
Huawei P20 Pro Smartphone Review

92% Huawei P20 Pro Smartphone Review

Marvelous! Huawei sets new standards in mobile photography with the Leica Triple Camera, and with the P20 Pro currently delivers the best overall package in a flagship smartphone. Read in our review why this is so and how the Huawei P20 Pro beats the competition.
Update: support for Google Smart Lock added.
HiSilicon Kirin 970 | ARM Mali-G72 MP12 | 6.1" | 174 g
Could the Huawei Mate 20 forego the notch? (Source: MyDrivers)

Leaked picture and sketch of the Huawei Mate 20 show a dual-camera setup but no signs of a notch

A leaked picture of what could be the Huawei Mate 20 is doing the rounds online and apparently, the device does not sport a notched display. A sketch of the Mate 20 has also leaked revealing a dual camera setup with an LED flash i...
The Huawei Mate 10. (Source: AnandTech)

The upcoming Mate 20 could sport a gigantic 6.9-inch AMOLED display

According to new reports, Huawei has sourced AMOLED panels from Samsung for the Mate 20. Of more surprise is the fact that these panels are apparently 6.9-inch ones, which likely means a size hike for the next Huawei flagship, bri...
The new LPDDR5 chips should bring a 10% performance boost over the current standard. (Source: Flickr)

Samsung will begin LPDDR5 and UFS 3.0 production in 2H 2018

Judging by the latest leaks, Samsung is most likely preparing major overhauls for next year's Galaxy S10 / Note 10 high-end devices. Apparently, Samsung is planning to begin production on the LPDDR5 and UFS 3.0 chips later this su...
Nokia handset with notched display concept render Nokia X 2018

Kill the notch: The Samsung Galaxy S10 and the LG G8 rumored to be notch-free

All those Samsung and LG fans who can't live with an ugly notched display might have a reason to celebrate once the next generation flagships come out. The reason is that these two brands are supposedly ready to use "sound-emittin...
Honor 7C

81% Honor 7C Smartphone Review

The letters make all the difference. The Honor 7C is a lower mid-range smartphone in large format with a modern full-view display. Unfortunately, the dual camera's second sensor has a very low resolution. Can we take that hit in exchange for this low price?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 5.99" | 164 g
Motorola Moto G5s Plus Smartphone Review

84% Motorola Moto G5s Plus Smartphone Review

Good but is it better? The Moto G5 Plus impressed us in our recent review. Lenovo has now released a successor six months later with a dual rear-camera system. Can the Moto G5s Plus overcome one of the weaker points of its predecessor?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 5.5" | 170 g
The new leak reveals the back of the Note 9, which gets a repositioned fingerprint sensor. (Source: 91Mobiles)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 looks 90% the same as Note 8 in leaked CAD-based renders

The guys over at Mobile91 got their hands on 36-degree renders for the Note 9, and it looks like the rumors were spot on about virtually unchanged designs when compared to the Note 8. The front was already leaked by Ice Universe i...
Google Pixel 2 XL Android flagship faces new problems after the first June 2018 update

The Google Pixel 2 XL got lazy after the latest update

According to multiple user reports, the patch for the Google Pixel 2 XL that was issued two days ago made this flagship device slower when waking up from the sleep mode via both the power button and the fingerprint reader. Fortuna...
LG Q Stylus Android phablet (Source: LG Newsroom)

The mid-range LG Q Stylus phablet now official, coming later this month

The new LG Q Stylus will be available for purchase later this month in North America and Asia, followed by other regions in the third quarter. This 6.2-inch phablet will hit the market in three variants: regular, Plus, and Alpha. ...
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite at TENAA (Source: TechRadar)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-powered Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite spotted online with a notched display

The upcoming Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is expected to debut as a larger Mi A1 because it sports the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and up to 4 GB RAM/64 GB internal storage. However, its generous 5.99-inch display has a notch and ...
Last year's Note 8 rear camera setup and fingerprint sensor will probably look similar on the 2018 model. (Source:

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to launch on August 9 with improved camera setup

Bloomberg informs that sources familiar with Samsung's plans claim that the Note 9 is going to be officially unveiled on August 9. The phablet might not be so different from last year's model after all, but at least it is getting ...
The Asus ROG Phone. (Source: Asus)

Computex 2018 | Asus's new gaming-focused ROG Phone features an overclocked Snapdragon 845 and ultrasonic buttons

The Asus ROG Phone is the most customised gaming phone to-date. With an advanced 3D vapor chamber design, overclocked Snapdragon 845, 90 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time, user-customisable ultrasonic frame buttons, and a re-ori...
The new Cortex-A76 is supposed to bring laptop-like performance to handheld devices. (Source: Anandtech)

ARM unveils "laptop-class" Cortex-A76 7 nm CPU

Using the 7 nm manufacturing process, the new ARM Cortex-A76 CPU will bring "laptop-class" performance to handheld devices. The new CPU features a totally new architecture that delivers 35% increased performance, 40% improved powe...

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