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A "Mate 40 screen protector". (Source: Weibo)

Huawei is rumored to stick with curved displays for the Mate 40 series

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is a premium phablet that came with the often-polarizing detail of a waterfall display, or a screen with a pronounced curve to both sides. Now, a blogger claims this spec will live on in the device's success...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 31 Jul 2020 23:22:00 +0200
The Note 20 Ultra may look like this. (Source: WinFuture)

Samsung is likely to sell Galaxy Note 20 Ultras with the Snapdragon 865+ in its own home market: new leak

Two devices with model numbers known to pertain to the upcoming flagship Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have appeared on the Geekbench 5 website. One of them has the suffix N, which suggests it is destined for the South Korean market. Oddly...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 31 Jul 2020 22:44:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 leaked render (Source: @UniverseIce)

New information about the camera features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 surfaces online

According to unconfirmed third-party reports, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20 — scheduled to be unveiled on August 5 — will get solid improvements in the camera department. Their list includes the ability to choose which micro...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 20 Jul 2020 09:54:00 +0200
The effects of a BadPower attack on a vulnerable device (Source: Tencent Security Xuanwu Lab)

BadPower can melt or set your phone on fire

Chinese security researchers discovered that the firmware of fast chargers can be corrupted to deliver higher charging parameters, thus damaging the devices connected to them. A charger affected by a BadPower attack can melt or ev...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 20 Jul 2020 09:04:00 +0200
Notes 20 Ultra may come with 4G/LTE. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: FCC confirms there will be a non-5G version of this device

The FCC has approved a product with a model number that marks it out as a probable Galaxy Note 10+ successor. Interestingly, it is a 4G/LTE-only mobile device. Its connectivity, while not very cutting-edge, may be a source of some...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 15 Jul 2020 23:02:00 +0200
Foldables with glass in their displays may be the more popular option. (Source: Twitter)

Apple foldables may launch with UTG from Corning: display-industry leaker

The well-known display supply-chain commenter Ross Young has released a projection in which foldable devices with ultra-thin glass (UTG) protection easily outdoes the first-gen Galaxy Fold (which has a polymer-coated display) in t...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 12 Jul 2020 18:25:00 +0200
Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

July 2020 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.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:27:00 +0200
Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

July 2020 update. 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.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:19:00 +0200
Top 10 Camera Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Camera Smartphones

July 2020 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.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:15:00 +0200
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>90cm²)

July 2020 Update. 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.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:12:00 +0200
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

July 2020 Update. 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.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:08:00 +0200
Note 20 screens may not be that big a step up from the Note 10+. (Source: Samsung)

No QHD+ at 120Hz for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series: new leak

A Twitter tipster has claimed that the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 series will not be capable of a 120 hertz (Hz) refresh rate when their displays are set to a QHD+ resolution, according to someone currently in possession of these dev...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 08 Jul 2020 20:26:00 +0200
Black Shark fans can now pre-order the 3 Pro. (Source: Black Shark)

Pre-orders for the Black Shark 3 Pro on the brand's global e-store begin

The 3 Pro is Black Shark's Snapdragon 865-powered 2020 flagship that boasts a 7.1-inch OLED 1440p display. The Xiaomi gaming brand has declared international pre-orders for this device open as of today (July 7, 2020). Its price is...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 07 Jul 2020 17:42:00 +0200
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is not going to be a cheap smartphone. (Image source: @jimmyispromo)

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra live images leaked showing subtle differences to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Several live images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone have been leaked online. The real-life shots show the camera housing on the rear, the S Pen lying on the device, and a glimpse at the front and right-hand side. A ...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 07 Jul 2020 08:55:00 +0200
Best Outdoor/Rugged Smartphones

Best Outdoor/Rugged Smartphones

June 2020 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, Mon, 06 Jul 2020 22:30:00 +0200
The latest Chrome Dev for Android 10 is 64-bit.

Chrome for Android upgrades to 64-bit in its latest few versions

Android has been a 64-bit OS for some time now. However, this transition has not resulted in a wholesale switch to the same in all apps. Nevertheless, Chrome has finally shown signs of migrating to this platform, starting with its...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 04 Jul 2020 21:12:00 +0200
The Galaxy M series are popular e-store phones in some markets. (Source: Samsung)

Update | TUV Rheinland certifies a new battery that may be for the Samsung Galaxy M31s

Some recent leaks have raised the possibility of a successor for the Samsung Galaxy M30s. Now, the OEM has certified a battery that could conceivably have been made for this phone. However, those hoping for even more screen-on tim...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 03 Jul 2020 16:59:00 +0200
Honor unleashes the X10 Max. (Source: Honor)

Return of the big screen: Honor launches the 7.09-inch X10 Max

Honor has launched a pair of new Dimensity 800-powered phones today (July 2, 2020). Despite this, the 2 phones are quite different, particularly in terms of their displays. The 30 Youth Edition has a 6.5-inch 90 hertz (Hz) panel, ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:08:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Fold to get a Lite variant in 2021, not the second half of 2020 as previously rumored

Galaxy Fold Lite could arrive next year with a US$900 price tag

With the S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite already in the wild and a watered-down Galaxy S20 expected to launch soon, it would be natural for Samsung to do the same with the high-end Galaxy Fold. However, the previous rumors are apparentl...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 29 Jun 2020 11:17:00 +0200
The Galaxy Z Flip is getting a 5G refresh soon. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G: NFC and Bluetooth certifications put the upcoming 2020 clamshell close to launch

Samsung is currently believed to have a 5G version of its Galaxy Z Flip in the works. Several new listings on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) website confirm this, overtly naming multiple versions of the same device in ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 24 Jun 2020 15:43:00 +0200
A "Galaxy Note 20+" render. (Source: OnLeaks x Pigtou)

A new "Galaxy Note 20 Plus" case leak may improve the odds of its being another Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus' successor is currently thought to actually be called the Note 20 Ultra. This may be due to renders that have given it an extra-large camera hump like that of the pre-existing S20 variant of this na...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 21 Jun 2020 15:02:00 +0200
The alleged iPhone 12 molds show the different-sized variants. (Image source: @Jin_Store)

Supposed Apple iPhone 12 molds and renders show different-sized smartphones with stylish iPad Pro design language but big notches

Images of alleged molds and renders of the Apple iPhone 12 series have been leaked online. There are several different-sized molds on show in the pictures, which seem to fit rumors of the iPhone 12 sporting a similar design langua...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 15 Jun 2020 05:04:00 +0200
The Pixel 3a's successor is thrown into further doubt. (Source: Google)

Pixel 4a delay rumors spark up again, this time with allegations of a release late into 2020

The leaker Jon Prosser has laid some claim to some new Pixel 4a availability information. Its launch is now thought to take place in July 2020, although it may not actually be released until October. However, another tipster now a...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 13 Jun 2020 22:10:00 +0200
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro smartphone review

85% Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro Smartphone Review - Powerful Gaming Smartphone with a Drawback

5G gaming machine. Since the Xiaomi phone offers a wide range of features for about 670 Euros (~$760), the Black Shark 3 Pro is not just interesting for gamers: It comes with a OLED panel with 90 Hz and 1440p, a 270 Hz touch-sampling rate, 65 W fast charging, Wi-Fi 6, stereo speakers, a 64 MP camera, 5G and a Snapdragon 865. What more can you ask for? Read on to find out how the Shark 3 Pro fares in our review.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 | Qualcomm Adreno 650 | 7.1" | 253 g
Marcus Herbrich, Mon, 08 Jun 2020 10:24:00 +0200
OnePlus announces changes to its Beta Programs. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus halves the frequency of its Open and Closed Beta programs for OxygenOS

OxygenOS is OnePlus' well-received skin for Android. The OEM runs a beta program for this software, by which users can access new features in advance and offer feedback on the same. Now, however, the company has announced that it ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 07 Jun 2020 19:54:00 +0200
Vivo had a reportedly excellent 1Q2020. (Source: Vivo)

Vivo shipped 24.8 million phones in the first quarter of 2020: new research

Based on a new report released by the International Data Corporation (IDC), Vivo now claims it is the #5 smartphone OEM in terms of market share and shipment volumes. It attributes this success to recent launches such as the S1 Pr...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 14:10:00 +0200
The alleged ZTE tri-fold patent. (Source: PriceBaba)

ZTE reportedly patents a tri-folding tablet

The smartphone OEM ZTE has reportedly filed a patent with the Chinese National Intellectual Property Office (CNIPA) for a tablet-like device with a screen that can bend at 2 points to collapse into more of a phone form factor. It ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 30 May 2020 19:57:00 +0200
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets under 250 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets under 250 Euros

Q2/2020 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, 29 May 2020 18:44:00 +0200
ARM Mali-G78 mobile GPU now official (Source: ARM)

ARM unveils the Mali-G78 and Mali-G68 mobile GPUs

The new Mali-G78 mobile GPU is more efficient and provides performance improvements of up to 25 percent compared to its predecessor — Mali-G77, which launched last year as the first Valhall-based mobile GPU. Its companion, the Mal...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 27 May 2020 11:03:00 +0200
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ has a disconcertingly large camera bump. (Image source: @OnLeaks via Pigtou)

New Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ renders and video: Curved screen and massive camera bump

New renders and a video clip of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ have been posted online. Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy Note 20+ is larger than the regular Galaxy Note 20, and it comes with a curved display. However, it’s hard to ignore j...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 26 May 2020 16:39:00 +0200
Seems the Watch GT series is getting some very direct competition. (Source: Huawei)

Rumor | Huawei will start a new smartwatch line that matches the Mate series

A leaks site has posted what is claimed to be a new trademarking application filed by Huawei for a "Mate Watch". Therefore, it seems the OEM is making a new wearable specifically intended to go with the phablets of the same name. ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 23 May 2020 19:47:00 +0200
This Samsung Galaxy Note 20 render has an S Pen surprise on the bottom edge. (Image source: Pigtou)

Latest Samsung Galaxy Note 20 renders and video: More of the same but the S Pen slot has moved from the right side to the left

Some alleged renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 supposedly based on genuine CAD drawings have been shared online. The flagship smartphone looks similar to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, and the S Pen slot has apparently been mov...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 23 May 2020 14:35:00 +0200
The latest SD Express 8.0 specs allow for transfer speeds of up to 4 GB/s. (Image Source:

SD Express 8.0 specs released, 4 GB/s transfer speeds now possible for SD cards

The updated specs allow transfer speeds of up to 4 GB/s, which is essentially half of what computer PCIe NVMe SSDs can achieve, since the SD cards are only limited to X2 lanes instead of X4. Nevertheless, with the new version, upc...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 20 May 2020 15:19:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi 10 series could be getting yet another addition to it later this year. (Image source: Lowyat/edited)

Rumor | Xiaomi Mi Mix 2020 or Mi 10S Pro to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and 144 MP camera

Some more rumored information about a potential Xiaomi Mi Mix 2020 smartphone has been shared online. It seems the device could be fitted with Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 865 SoC and boast of a 144 MP main camera. However, it h...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 14 May 2020 12:29:00 +0200
Some figures from the new study. (Source: CAIST via MyDrivers)

The market for phones in China regained some sense of normalcy in April 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has been linked to the depression of the mobile-device market worldwide over the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). However, new official figures from China show that this sector of the same had recovered to a d...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 13 May 2020 18:22:00 +0200
The last entry to the Xiaomi Mi Mix line was the Mi Mix Alpha concept smartphone. (Image source: Xiaomi)

New hope for a Mi Mix 4 as details start emerging of two upcoming Xiaomi flagship smartphones

It seems possible that Xiaomi could be working on flagship smartphones for a potential Mi Mix 4 series, or at least devices with the Mi Mix moniker. Scant details have been offered by a well-known leaker on Weibo, however, there i...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 11 May 2020 13:23:00 +0200
Prices for the Apple iPhone 11 start at US$699. (Image source: Apple)

Galaxy A, Redmi Note 8, and iPhone 11 lineups help Samsung, Xiaomi, and Apple fill all of the global top 10 smartphone share spots for Q1 2020

Canalys has tweeted a graph showing the global top 10 smartphones in Q1 2020 and all of the positions are taken up by devices from just three OEMs: Apple, Xiaomi, and Samsung. The big winner for the quarter was the iPhone 11 with ...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 08 May 2020 14:22:00 +0200
The Redmi Note 8 series consists of three devices. (Image source: Redmi via Weibo)

Lu Weibing explains why over 30 million units of the Redmi Note 8 series have been sold worldwide then cuts the price of the Redmi Note 8 Pro for good measure

Xiaomi has been celebrating the sales of over 30 million smartphones from the Redmi Note 8 series, which was launched in August 2019. Redmi general manager Lu Weibing has been talking about the success of the Redmi Note 8 and also...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 06 May 2020 11:42:00 +0200
Omnivision has launched a new 64MP sensor. (Source: Omnivision)

Omnivision launches a new, ultra-thin and ultra-large 64MP sensor for mobile devices

Omnivision is a company that makes CMOS image sensors for devices such as smartphones. Its latest such product is the OV64B, which offers a resolution of 64MP with a slightly different footprint compared to its more common Samsung...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 29 Apr 2020 19:11:00 +0200
Huawei Mate Xs Smartphone Review - Foldable with Drawbacks

82% Huawei Mate Xs Smartphone Review - Foldable with Drawbacks

Upgraded. After a lot of noise, the predecessor failed to make the jump to the international market. Now, with the Mate Xs, Huawei claims to have fixed all the issues and even updated the foldable smartphone's hardware. In our test, we will determine if it is $2,700 well spent.
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G | ARM Mali-G76 MP16 | 8" | 300 g
Daniel Schmidt, Sun, 26 Apr 2020 11:27:00 +0200
Unofficial renders based on leaked specs (Image Source: Ben Geskin)

Latest Galaxy Fold 2 leaks: outer and inner display detailed specs, S-Pen support in the books after all

Contrary to some Korean sources that were previously claiming the S-Pen support would not be added to the Fold 2, the latest leaks point out that Samsung's S-Pens will indeed work with the upcoming foldable. Additionally, the inne...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 21 Apr 2020 15:00:00 +0200
The Mi Note 10 will get a Lite variant. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi will launch the Mi Note 10 Lite sometime soon

The Mi Note 10 is a phone with a 108MP main camera sensor and a bigger battery than its flagship Mi 10 analog. However, Xiaomi has also been rumored to have a Lite variant of this device in the works. Now, official documentation f...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 12 Apr 2020 22:30:00 +0200
Some Google Phone features. (Source: Google)

The Google Dialer is found to be compatible with a greater range of devices

Phone is an app made by Google that may offer more features and settings compared to the average default Android dialer. It is normally only exclusive to Pixel and Android One devices. However, XDA contributors now claim that it c...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 11 Apr 2020 23:59:00 +0200
iFixit had the Mate Xs X-rayed as part of its teardown. (Source: YouTube)

iFixit's Huawei Mate Xs teardown does little for the foldable category's reputation for durability

YouTube teardown specialists iFixit has posted its disassembly video for the Huawei Mate Xs. This device has a flexible display found on the outer face of its phablet form-factor. It has also now been found to contain various seri...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 11 Apr 2020 20:31:00 +0200
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung discontinues official support for the Galaxy S7 series

Samsung has published an update to its security patch update roadmap. It outlines which devices get monthly, quarterly or less frequent upgrades of this nature, revealing in the process that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are on neithe...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 07 Apr 2020 23:25:00 +0200
Ultra-thin glass is made by firms such as Schott. (Source: YouTube)

Samsung Electronics reportedly plans to bring glass for its next-gen foldables in-house

Samsung's Display division sources the ultra-thin glass found in the Galaxy Z Flip from a company in which it has a major share. However, this has not stopped rumors that the same OEM now plans to manufacture the same material by ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 05 Apr 2020 22:27:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra - High-End Smartphone Reeks of Poor Implementation

89% Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra - High-End Smartphone Reeks of Poor Implementation

Smartphone Monster. Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra is kinda like the Plus model, but on steroids. Not only does it offer an even larger display, it also comes with a massively upgraded camera setup as well as a larger battery. Find out in our review whether or not the Exynos SoC is really that much slower, and if the price premium is really worth it.
Samsung Exynos 990 | ARM Mali-G77 MP11 | 6.9" | 219 g
Daniel Schmidt, Tue, 31 Mar 2020 23:58:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 unofficial render, two models coming instead of three late March 2020 rumor

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will allegedly come in two models, not three as previously rumored

Although multiple rumors claimed that Samsung is planning to release three Galaxy Note 20 models, a new tip reveals that the next-gen phablet family will only launch with two members — the Galaxy Note 20 and the slightly larger Ga...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 31 Mar 2020 20:01:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) gets Android 10 with One UI 2.0 as of late March 2020

Quad-rear camera Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) gets Android 10

Samsung's first phone to sport four rear cameras has just received its second major update. The Android 10/One UI 2.0 update arrives one year after the Galaxy A9 (2018) got the Android 9.0 Pie update. The changelog is not official...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 30 Mar 2020 13:09:00 +0200
The Samsung Galaxy A71 can now use Google Play AR apps. (Source: Samsung)

Google makes a slew of new devices compatible with Play Services AR

Google Play Services for AR is the new name for ARCore, the SDK necessary to develop augmented-reality (AR) features within Android apps. The Mountain View giant has announced that a long list of new phones (and some tablets) are ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 25 Mar 2020 14:52:00 +0100


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