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Face Off: The Better Multimedia Notebook with GTX 1050 Graphics

Face Off: The Better Multimedia Notebook with GTX 1050 Graphics

Identical performance at almost twice the price. Notebooks with the GTX 1050 Pascal can be had for as low as $1000 USD while the similarly equipped XPS 15 can retail for $1700 USD. Should users spend hundreds less on the HP Pavilion 15t or MSI GL62M when performance is nearly identical between the three?
Samsung Galaxy S8 Smartphone Review

Samsung Galaxy S8 Smartphone Review

First impressions and measurements Samsung has officially introduced the successor of its successful Galaxy S7 (Edge) in New York City. One thing about the new Galaxy S8 models immediately strikes the eye: a narrower edge with more screen. We have already performed a first hands-on with the S8 and S8 Plus. Here are our impressions of this year's Samsung flagship smartphones.
Update: This article has been edited slightly and we have added our first measurements.
Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa | ARM Mali-G71 MP20 | 5.8" | 155 g
Dell Precision 5520 (E3-1505M, UHD) Workstation Review

85% Dell Precision 5520 (E3-1505M, UHD) Workstation Review

Professional luxury. Dell’s well-regarded XPS 15 has a professional-grade counterpart in the Precision 5520. But can this ultrathin looker defy physics and keep up with the heavy demands of a mobile workstation?
Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6 | NVIDIA Quadro M1200 | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
The Meizu PRO 5 was the last officially supported Ubuntu Touch phone. (Image Source: Ubuntu Insights)

Ubuntu Phone support will end in June, app store will close in December

The mobile OS will no longer be updated after June of this year, while the Ubuntu Touch app store will be closed by the end of the year. These moves will essentially kill off Ubuntu Touch.
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (Core i3-7100U, Full HD) Laptop Review

85% Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (Core i3-7100U, Full HD) Laptop Review

Entry-level update. Intel's Kaby Lake platform has been appearing on more and more notebooks, and now Lenovo has updated the ThinkPad 13 with the 7th Generation processors. Does the new platform bring enough of a performance increase to warrant an upgrade?
Intel Core i3-7100U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Nokia 3310 launching April 28 with no 3G for 59 Euros

Nokia 3310 launching April 28 with no 3G for 59 Euros

The popular Nokia 3310 is getting a 2017 refresh complete with 16 MB of internal storage space and a 2.4-inch screen. HMB Global is sticking to its promise of an April-May launch window for users in Europe, though prices will differ between regions.
LG K8 (2017) Smartphone Review

79% LG K8 (2017) Smartphone Review

Little brother. The 2017 LG K8 is a little more affordable, a little smaller, and less powerful than the LG K10. But is it perhaps the better deal for all those who are just looking for an affordable smartphone? We find out in our test.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 | Qualcomm Adreno 308 | 5" | 142 g
ZTE Blade V8

82% ZTE Blade V8 Smartphone Review

Big mid-range. The Chinese manufacturer enters the next round in the fight for the low-price crown with the ZTE Blade V8. At a current RRP of 269 Euros (~$291), the new device sounds like a bargain and the technical specifications let the heart beat faster. Read whether this sense of delight can be maintained throughout the test.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5.2" | 142 g
Dell Latitude 3189 (N4200, HD) Convertible Review

82% Dell Latitude 3189 (N4200, HD) Convertible Review

Made to be robust! Dell has combined an 11.6-inch laptop with an energy-efficient CPU. According to the manufacturer, this combination should enable the notebook to survive an entire day at school. We have decided to take a closer look at these claims. Find out whether the Latitude 3189 can keep what it promises in our detailed review.
Intel Pentium N4200 | Intel HD Graphics 505 | 11.6" | 1.4 kg
The HP ZBook Studio G4 combines killer specs with design. (Source: HP)

HP introduces updated ZBook mobile workstations

HP has revealed updates to its ZBook line of workstations, including the long-awaited ZBook Studio G4.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Plus, SM-G955F) Smartphone Review

92% Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Plus, SM-G955F) Smartphone Review

Galactic overachiever. Samsung does not make any compromises for its flagship smartphone Galaxy S8+ (Plus) and equips it with a lot of high-end features. You also get a great display with a new aspect ratio and the design is convenient as well. There is not much criticism for the compact phablet from Korea.
Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa | ARM Mali-G71 MP20 | 6.2" | 172 g
Samsung Galaxy S8+ Android flagship facing display problems

Samsung Galaxy S8 flagships facing display issues

Many South Korean customers who just received their Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ pre-order units claim their new handsets have display problems - excessive red tints on the screen, to be more specific.
LG K10 (2017) Smartphone Review

81% LG K10 (2017) Smartphone Review

Power to the people. The LG K10 (2017) brings considerably more power than its predecessor and provides an even better quality casing. A polished performance for slightly over 200 Euros (~$217), but of course we will take a more careful look at the smartphone in the test.
Mediatek MT6750 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.3" | 138 g
Instead of repairing your iPad 4, service techs may replace it with an iPad Air 2. (Image source: iFixit)

Apple may replace your broken iPad 4 with an iPad Air 2

Customers that bring in an iPad 4 for repairs to authorized Apple service centers or Apple stores may have their device replaced with an iPad Air 2.
Face Off: Lenovo Ideapad Y900 17ISK vs. MSI GE72 7RE vs. Asus ROG GL753VD

Face Off: Lenovo Ideapad Y900 17ISK vs. MSI GE72 7RE vs. Asus ROG GL753VD

Flagship Maxwell vs. mainstream Pascal. How well does an enthusiast-level GTX 980M machine of yesteryear stack up against the GTX 1050 found on most newer multimedia notebooks? We pit the high-end Ideapad Y900 against the entry-level GE72 and GL753VD gaming machines to find out.
The Onyx Boox Typewriter is the first E Ink laptop in the world. (Source: Charbax)

Onyx shows off producitivity-focused E-Ink convertible laptop "typewriter" and tablets in Hong Kong

Onyx has introduced two prototypes of E-Ink devices: A "Typewriter" laptop, and a high-resolution Android tablet aimed not just at reading but for productivity.
Huawei P10 Lite Smartphone Review

85% Huawei P10 Lite Smartphone Review

Clever alternative. The Huawei P10 Lite mid-range smartphone costs only about half as much as the Huawei P10 with a Leica camera, but has otherwise much in common with the high-end meteorite. Our test shows what ultimately is the difference and who should choose which of the P10 models.
HiSilicon Kirin 658 | ARM Mali-T830 MP2 | 5.2" | 146 g
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2 (Core i5, Full HD) Convertible Review

88% HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2 (Core i5, Full HD) Convertible Review

A true favorite! HP’s EliteBook series stands for high-end business laptops. In this review, you will find out if HP can follow up on their promises with this EliteBook x360 1030 G2.
Intel Core i5-7300U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
The Galaxy S8 is able to smoothly emulate the Nintendo Gamecube. (Source: GuruAidTechSupport, Youtube)

Gamecube on the go: Dolphin emulator runs smoothly on the Galaxy S8

A video from GuruAidTechSupport shows off the Gamecube emulator Dolphin running at an incredibly smooth framerate on a display model of the Samsung Galaxy S8. While the emulator has been around for a while, this is one of the first times we've seen gameplay this smooth.
The Google Pixel has had trouble staying in stock due to display shortages. (Image source: Google)

Google invests $880 million in LG's OLED technology

The investment is meant to shore up supply of LG's flexible OLED displays that Google plans to use in their next flagship smartphone.
Sony's new tablet reads and writes just like real paper. (Source: Sony Japan)

Sony announces a new, business-focused digital paper tablet

Sony's new tablet features improved specs compared to its predecessor and aims for business costumers. The electronic ink device only works with PDF files and is not meant as general-purpose tablet.
Asus ZenFone Go Smartphone Review

79% Asus ZenFone Go Smartphone Review

Go, ZenFone, go! Even lower mid-range devices have to have special features today. This is why Asus' ZenFone Go comes with an ergonomic design, HD screen, and removable battery. In this report, we will clarify if the affordable ZenFone Go is convincing.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 | Qualcomm Adreno 306 | 5" | 135 g
HTC U Play Smartphone Review

83% HTC U Play Smartphone Review

Play nice. HTC's U Play is a mid-range smartphone with a very nice casing and some highlights: for example, HTC installs a personal assistant called Sense Companion. But is the U Play's everyday suitability also convincing?
Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.2" | 145 g
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370 (7200U, FHD) Convertible Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370 (7200U, FHD) Convertible Review

Getting the hang of it. The ThinkPad Yoga 370 is Lenovo’s first 13.3-inch laptop in its ThinkPad Yoga series and is an attempt to simplify the line-up. Our extensive review shows how Lenovo succeeded and why we liked the ThinkPad Yoga 370.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
ODYS Vario Pro 12 (Z8350, HD) Convertible Review

79% ODYS Vario Pro 12 (Z8350, HD) Convertible Review

Pen input. The convertible from Odys brings an active pen with it which allows simple use of the Windows Ink functionality. This is accompanied by a quiet operation, good battery runtimes, and an IPS screen. With a price tag of around 260 Euros (~$276) the device is also affordable.
Intel Atom x5-Z8350 | Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) | 11.6" | 1.2 kg
HP Spectre x360 13 (7500U, 4K UHD) Convertible Review

86% HP Spectre x360 13 (7500U, 4K UHD) Convertible Review

Spectre spectacle. HP introduced the redesigned Spectre x360 FHD last November with the promise of a 4K UHD version in early 2017. The manufacturer has finally delivered with the Spectre x360 13-ac033dx, though the 4K SKU will cost a hefty $1600 USD.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
Honor 6C launching April 24th

Honor 6C launching April 24th for 240 Euros

In addition to the Honor 8 Pro, Huawei will launch the budget Honor 6C as a 5-inch cutdown version of the Honor 6X. Core features include a Snapdragon 435 SoC with 3 GB RAM and a potential 720p AMOLED panel according to sources.
A new polymer can heal itself in under 24 hours. (Source: Wang Polymer Research Group)

Self-healing touchscreens may be here by 2020

A new polymer developed by researchers at the University of California Riverside can stitch itself back together from a tear or scratch in under 24 hours. The research lead thinks the material could debut on smartphones by 2020.
Apple iPad (2017) Tablet Review

91% Apple iPad (2017) Tablet Review

Just recycling? Apple did not even hold a keynote for its latest tablet model. All we got was a press release. We think: That is enough for the Apple iPad (2017), because it is a very good tablet – and finally for a fair price.
Apple A9 | Apple A9 / PowerVR GT7600 | 9.7" | 478 g
The Alcatel Flash (2017) has two rear-facing cameras and two front-facing cameras. (Source: Alcatel)

Alcatel unveils smartphone with four cameras

The new Alcatel Flash features a dual rear-facing camera setup and two front-facing cameras.
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) Smartphone Review

85% Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) Smartphone Review

Striking Update. Samsung's latest reincarnation of its hip mid-range Galaxy A3 smartphone not only features an updated glass and metal unibody design but also significant improvements under the hood, for example increased processing power and improved camera performance. Will this be enough to show its competitors who's the boss?
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa | ARM Mali-T830 MP2 | 4.7" | 138 g
The Galaxy S8 has a new aspect ratio, a larger display, flexible OLED with a Gorilla Glass 5 panel and multiple screen modes. (Source: ZDNet)

DisplayMate gives Galaxy S8 screen its highest grade ever

Independent display analyst Dr. Raymond Soneria of DisplayMate Technologies published the results of extensive lab tests on the Samsung Galaxy S8's display, concluding that the screen scored top marks across the board.
The Nintendo Switch may be susceptible to warping. (Source: Technobuffalo)

Nintendo Switch users claim their consoles are warping

Nintendo's new Switch may be prone to warping. While the cause is unknown, current speculation suggests that leaving the console in its dock may cause heat buildup which could warp the chassis.
This image from Yota's website could be the Yotaphone 3. (Source: Yota)

Seeing double: Yotaphone 3 preorders may start this summer

A new teaser image on Yota's website hints that a new device will be available for preorder this summer.
The Sony Xperia XZs is now available for preorder. (Source: Sony)

Sony Xperia XZs will go on sale April 5th

The Xperia XZs is now available for preorder on Amazon and will go on sale April 5th. Priced at $699, the Xperia XZs pairs an impressive camera with outdated internals.
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720 (7500U, QHD) Convertible Laptop Review

85% Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720 (7500U, QHD) Convertible Laptop Review

3:2 Surface. With its QHD+ display and Kaby Lake 15-watt SOC, Lenovo’s IdeaPad Miix 720 represents formidable competition for the Microsoft Surface. But the unbalanced fans and low-quality microphone spoil the 12-inch model for us.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12" | 1.2 kg
Google really wants developers to resize their apps to support the 18:9 and 18.5:9 aspect ratios. (Source: 9to5Google)

Google encourages developers to make their apps compatible with displays that have an 18:9 aspect ratio

Google wants Android developers to optimize their apps so that they won't have any unsightly black bars when running on new flagship devices including the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, and S8 Plus.
Lenovo B Smartphone Review

73% Lenovo B Smartphone Review

A Lenovo for first-time smartphone users. The Lenovo B smartphone is already available for less than 100 Euros (~$108). Its fixed-focus camera or TN display may cause disappointment, but at least there is LTE and a replaceable battery. Whether this is enough to top other low-cost smartphones, we'll clarify in the following test.
Mediatek MT6735M | ARM Mali-T720 | 4.5" | 144 g
Lenovo Yoga 510-14AST (A9-9410, HD) Convertible Review

78% Lenovo Yoga 510-14AST (A9-9410, HD) Convertible Review

Disappointing screen. Lenovo's 14-inch convertible carries a price tag of around 500 Euros (~$533). The buyer gets a Stoney Ridge APU with a solid-state drive, and 4 GB of working memory. Lenovo ruins the overall good impression by installing a viewing angle dependent TN panel.
AMD A9-9410 | AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge) | 14" | 1.8 kg
The Galaxy Note 7, which was killed off last year, may be making a triumphant return (Source: Samsung)

Rising from the ashes: Samsung will sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices

Samsung confirmed today that they will attempt to refurbish and sell recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. Phones that are not qualified for refurbishment will be torn down and recycled.
Upcoming Samsung Gear watch with rotary dial display shown in a patent filing

Future Gear smartwatches might feature a rotary dial display

Although foldable and bendable displays are still far from being mass produced, a new patent by Samsung unveils a rotary dial display for a smartwatch that can provide basic information, taking it all to the next level.
HTC U Ultra Smartphone Review

87% HTC U Ultra Smartphone Review

The comeback? The U Ultra flagship smartphone is to pave the way for HTC's desperately needed comeback. This might even be successful with an intelligent assistant, high-quality audio technology, and a second screen. However, some test results rouse doubt after all. Find out what we ultimately think in the following report.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 5.7" | 170 g
Acer Switch V 10 SW5 (x5-Z8350) Convertible Review

79% Acer Switch V 10 SW5 (x5-Z8350) Convertible Review

Long-lasting. Acer's 10.1-inch convertible Windows laptop carries a price tag of about 360 Euros (~$390). The little device runs silently and offers a long battery life. It is also equipped with a Type C USB port (USB 3.1 Gen 1).
Intel Atom x5-Z8350 | Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) | 10.1" | 1.2 kg
Huawei P10 Smartphone Review

90% Huawei P10 Smartphone Review

Next please! Ten is more than nine - and Huawei develops its P10 according to this strategy. A faster SoC, more storage, bigger battery, and a better camera. The design is rounder and the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the front. Not revolutionary, but the Chinese manufacturer does not show weaknesses with the Huawei P10.
HiSilicon Kirin 960 | ARM Mali-G71 MP8 | 5.1" | 144 g
The Getac F110 G3 is an 11.6-inch Skylake-based ruggedized tablet. (Source: Getac)

US Army goes for Windows with an order of nearly 10,000 ruggedized tablets

The US Army has ordered 9,783 Getac F110 G3 ruggedized tablets. The 11.6-inch tablets run Windows 10, have bonded-touch displays, dual battery capability, 4G LTE, NFC, barcode scanners, and pack full security suites.
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 2017 (Core i7, Full-HD) Laptop Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad 13 2017 (Core i7, Full-HD) Laptop Review

A worthy successor? Following Lenovo’s delivery of a good outcome in the business sector with its ThinkPad 13 last year, the manufacturer now sends the successor based on Kaby Lake CPUs into the race. We examined whether Lenovo is successful and has listened to our complaints concerning the predecessor.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
The kickstarters say the device will work with both Android and iOS, utilizing a proprietary private signal that works up to 100 feet away. (Source: Superscreen)

Superscreen is a tablet that wirelessly streams content from your smartphone

Superscreen is a kickstarter project that aims to provide you with the big screen of a 10-inch tablet without the redundancy of owning two separate devices.
ZTE Blade A510 Smartphone Review

78% ZTE Blade A510 Smartphone Review

Photo expert in the low-cost sector? The Chinese manufacturer ZTE advertises its latest entry-level smartphone Blade A510 as the absolutely best choice for price-conscious buyers wanting first-rate photos and videos. Find out just how good the rear-facing, 13-MP camera in the low-cost handset really is in our in-depth review.
Mediatek MT6735P | ARM Mali-T720 | 5" | 130 g
Test Toshiba Portégé X20W

88% Toshiba Portégé X20W (7600U, 512 GB) Convertible Review

360 degrees on a diet. Toshiba saves in terms of weight. The X20W is lighter than every other 360-degree convertible and even lighter than most tablets with a keyboard dock. Do stability and cooling come up short?
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.5" | 1 kg
Ben heck tears into the Nintendo Switch. (Source: The Ben Heck Show)

Ben Heck tears the Nintendo Switch apart

Ben Heck, known for poking around in modern and retro electronics, tore into the Nintendo Switch to see what was inside. The console seems to be fairly accessible and serviceable.

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