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Face ID on the iPhone X offers a disappointing user experience.

Face ID on the iPhone X is a backwards step in usability

First impression: Face ID is undoubtedly a sophisticated piece of technology. However, it is fails to offer a better user experience than Touch ID as a method of authentication — even if it is theoretically more secure.
Intel has completed field testing of its 5G modem. (Source: XDA Developers)

Intel's 5G modem completes end-to-end testing, could make its way into a future iPhone

Intel has announced that its first commercial 5G modem, the XMM 8060, has completed end-to-end field testing, beating rival Qualcomm in the 5G race. It is also being rumored that Apple is in talks with Intel to incorporate Intel's 5G offerings in future iPhones.
Google has at least one patch lined up for the Pixel 2. (Source: Google)

Google Pixel 2 software fix coming for crackling earpiece issue

Google has responded to complaints about a crackling or buzzing noise affecting some Pixel 2 owners. Apparently the fault is software-related and will be addressed in an upcoming patch.
Samsung Galaxy S9 unofficial render (Source: DBS DESIGNING TEAM)

Purported Galaxy S9 benchmark scores are no match for the iPhone X

Benchmarks of a purported Samsung Galaxy S9 model have surfaced on Geekbench. While the scores show it to be one of the fastest Android flagships, it still is miles behind the iPhone X.
Surface Book 2 suffering from performance throttling, charging issues, and heavy ghosting

Surface Book 2 suffers from performance throttling, charging abnormalities, and slower response times

Though a visual delight, the new Surface Book isn't doing anything to buck the trend of notorious hardware headaches that has become the norm across the Surface lineup.
Yet another Android exploit. (Source: Pixabay)

New Android security flaw allows screen recording without direct user permission

A security research firm has revealed an Android exploit which allows a rogue application to record all on-screen activity without the user's permission. This has been fixed in Android 8, but users on older versions are still vulnerable. Fortunately, the exploit works in a way which causes Android to create a notification in the status bar.
The Dell XPS 15 9560 is all set to get an enticing refresh in 2018. (Source: Dell)

Frank Azor drops a few hints about the XPS 15 9570 on Twitter

The upcoming iteration of the Dell XPS 15 will finally have full speed 4-lane Thunderbolt 3 along with possibly a 5K display option according to Dell's VP Gaming and XPS, Frank Azor, who also confirms that Dell is waiting for Intel to ship its 8th generation H-series processors.
First Impressions: Microsoft Surface Book 2 Convertible Review

First Impressions: Microsoft Surface Book 2 Convertible Review

Powerhouse performance? Microsoft says the new Surface Book 2 combines the best of two worlds and is also the most powerful Surface device yet. The specs look promising thanks to the new Kaby Lake-R processor and Nvidia's Pascal GPU. We already have a test model of the convertible and share our initial impressions.
Intel Core i7-8650U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 13.5" | 1.6 kg
OnePlus 5T. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus officially launches the 5T with an 18:9 screen and a new approach to the dual camera design

The OnePlus 5T is now official, with an 18:9 minimal-bezel screen, and a new approach to the dual camera setup that OnePlus claims improves the low-light performance.
The 7nm A11X Bionic could feature in the next gen iPad. (Source:

Rumor | iPads in 2018 could be based on the 7nm Apple A11X Bionic octa-core CPU

Apple will be reportedly using the A11X Bionic CPU in the next generation iPads, which is an octa-core CPU based off TSMCs 7nm fabrication process.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini would come with a 4-inch display, but still retain the other top features from the flagship versions. (Source: BusinessKorea)

An early 2018 Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini is highly likely, according to new rumors

U.S.-based investment information firm Valuewalk informs that a Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini version is most likely to be launched in early 2018, along with the S9 and S9+ flagship models. The Mini model would get a 4-inch display with curved edges and all the other powerful specs that come with the larger versions.
Delays in the production of the iPhone X hit Foxconn hard. (Source: Apple)

Foxconn profits tumble on the back of iPhone X woes

Apple's manufacturing partner took a lot of of pain due to delays with the mass production of its flagship iPhone X. This, coupled with sluggish sales of the iPhone 8, saw Foxconn's profit for the quarter tumble 39 percent.
Essential has made its first Android 8.0 Oreo beta available for its PH-1. (Source: Essential)

Essential Oreo beta release makes it even more tantalizing

Essential has just released the first Android 8.0 Oreo beta for its Essential Phone PH-1. The device is one of just a handful of current flagship Android devices to have received any indication that the latest software from Google is about to hit it.
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017 Smartphone Review

81% Huawei Y6 Pro 2017 Smartphone Review

Small. Fancy. Cheap. Huawei's Y6 Pro (2017) is the manufacturer's latest Y-series model. We liked the entry-level smartphone's fancy metal case, its very decent hardware, and its compact size. Unfortunately, we also found one particular issue with lots and lots of room for improvement.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 | Qualcomm Adreno 405 | 5" | 145 g
HP Care lists the SD835 powered laptop. (Source: HP)

The HP 2US29AV could be one of the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops

Details of HP's first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptop could have just leaked, courtesy of HP Care. The site lists availability of Care Pack services for an yet to be announced HP laptop powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC.
Rumors point to three iPhone X-like models from Apple in 2018. (Source: KGI Securities)

Rumors point to three iPhone X-like models in 2018

Apple looks set to notch up no less than three iPhone X-like models in 2018, according to KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo. Two will be high-end AMOLED models while the third will be a mid-range model slotting into the space currently occupied by the iPhone 8.
The Envy 17t comes with a 17.3-inch 1080p multitouch IPS display. (Source: HP)

Deal | HP drops the price on the Envy 17t Touch notebook to US$1,299.99

The new Envy 17t touch notebook comes equipped with all the latest mobile tech: the powerful i7-8550U CPU coupled with 16 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, 1 TB 7200 rpm HDD + 128 GB SSD combo, a gorgeous 17-inch 1080p multitouch IPS display, and even a DVD-writer.
Doogee BL5000 Smartphone Review

78% Doogee BL5000 Smartphone Review

High-grade budget smartphone. On paper, the Doogee BL5000 has everything that an entry-level smartphone could ever dream of: a big battery, a high-resolution camera, lots of storage and a reasonably fast processor all at the entry-level price-point of 130 Euros (~$151). But can it also live up to high expectations?
Mediatek MT6750 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.5" | 210 g
Dell Inspiron 17 7773 (i7-8550U, 16 GB, 17" Touch) Convertible Review

84% Dell Inspiron 17 7773 (i7-8550U, 16 GB, 17" Touch) Convertible Review

The convertible in the 17-inch format. Yes, you read right. A convertible in the 17-inch format is an unusual combination. However, anyone who does not want to go without the advantages of a convertible even when working stationary will really like the device. You can find out in this test whether the new update with a faster CPU and GPU can convince us. Unfortunately our complaints are all too familiar.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030) | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
The Billion Capture+ features dual 13MP RGB and monochrome cameras. (Source: Gadgets360)

Flipkart's Billion Capture+ smartphone is tailored for the Indian market

Indian e-retailer, Flipkart, has announced its foray into the smartphone business with the launch of the Billion Capture+ smartphone. The new smartphone is tailor-made for the Indian market and features mid-range specs, dual 13MP rear cameras, and unlimited cloud storage for a starting price of ₹10,999 (US$169).
Google Pixelbook Chromebook Review

86% Google Pixelbook Chromebook Review

The Chromebook poster child. The most expensive Chromebook available is unsurprisingly fast and very versatile. Just be prepared to bring all your USB Type-C adapters along for the trip.
Intel Core i5-7Y57 | Intel HD Graphics 615 | 12.3" | 1.3 kg
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Android smartphone to get a successor with an 18.5:9 display

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) spotted online with an 18.5:9 display

Although all Galaxy A handsets released so far use a touchscreen display with a conventional aspect ratio of 16:9, the screen of the upcoming Galaxy A5 (2018) will use the same 18.5:9 ratio as the Galaxy S8 flagship.
Asus ZenFone AR (ZS571KL) Smartphone Review

87% Asus ZenFone AR (ZS571KL) Smartphone Review

Enhanced Reality. Asus's ZenFone AR combines Augmented Reality with Virtual Reality: it is, after all, the first smartphone ever certified for Google Tango as well as Daydream. The most interesting question is whether or not its AR- and VR-features justify its high price of approximately $770.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 5.7" | 170 g
Oppo foldable phone patent (Source: Phandroid)

Oppo apparently working on a foldable handset as well

The new foldable handset patent by Oppo reveals a device that seems to use a hinge to allow its user to bend the entire top part at an angle. Obviously, this might never turn into a market-ready product.
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix Smartphone Review

71% Leagoo Kiicaa Mix Smartphone Review

Cheap and compact. The Kiicaa Mix retails for less than $150 USD but fails to carry the necessary 4G LTE bands for most users in the United States.
Mediatek MT6750 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.5" | 153 g
Nintendo's new 2DS XL. (Source: Nintendo)

Nintendo 2DS/3DS sales continue strongly, will hit 70 million combined sales soon

Nintendo has revealed sales figures for their 2DS/3DS line of portable games consoles showing strong sales figures of both hardware and software. Sales improved with the release of the new 2DS XL, and despite the success of the Switch, it had minimal impact on the 2DS/3DS shipment rates.
Apple has released a video highlighting key UI changes for iPhone X. (Source: Apple)

Apple iPhone X video walks through key UI changes

Apple has released a video outlining all the major UI changes that apply to the iPhone X. Although the new gestures are described by Apple as being "intuitive," the video is actually surprisingly essential viewing.
Pixel 2 XL, ask more of your phone. (Source: Google)

Google replacing Pixel 2 XLs sent to customers without Android installed

Continuing the trend of the Pixel 2 XL, a small number of users have complained on Reddit and the Ars Technica forums about receiving devices which are completely missing the operating system. Google reports that they have fixed this going forwards, and they are sending replacement devices for those affected.
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB (i7-8550U, FHD) Convertible Review

87% Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB (i7-8550U, FHD) Convertible Review

Watchband-hinged 2-in-1. Lenovo's flagship consumer convertible with 13.9-inch screen now comes with Kaby Lake R hardware and a few other noteworthy updates. Our review takes a look how the Yoga 920 compares to other 2-in-1s as far as performance, battery life, and fan noise are concerned.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.9" | 1.4 kg
Upcoming CoreBook detachable is Chuwi's answer to the Surface Pro series (Source: Chuwi)

Upcoming CoreBook 2-in-1 is Chuwi's answer to the Surface Pro series

Details regarding connectivity options, battery life, price, and availability are still under wraps as the device has not yet entered production.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro Smartphone Review

91% 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: Testing completed.
HiSilicon Kirin 970 | ARM Mali-G72 MP12 | 6" | 178 g
The Neffos flagship features the ever trending 18:9 screen with thin bezels and curved edges. (Source: Tehnot)

TP-Link Neffos smartphone with 18:9 screen and Snapdragon 835 SoC gets leaked

The surprising leak reveals high-end specs for the unnamed Neffos flagship: Snapdragon 835, 6 GB RAM, 20 MP + 16 MP rear cameras, 16 MP front camera and a trendy 18:9 display with thin bezels and curved edges.
Fraternal twins fool Face ID on iPhone X. (Source: Mashable)

Farce ID: Fraternal twins defeat iPhone X Face ID

Apple's Face ID tech has been easily defeated by two sets of fraternal twins in a Mashable experiment captured on video. The video does little to put to rest concerns that Apple may have dumbed down the technology in order to help boost iPhone X shipments ahead of its launch.
The S41 features a rugged case that comes with a military grade 810G certificate. (Source: CAT)

CAT launches the rugged S41 smartphone

What sets the S41 apart is the military grade 810G casing that provides protection against harsh conditions, making it ideal for construction site personnel. The smartphone also packs mid-high end specs: a MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core SoC coupled with 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage, along with a 5-inch 1080p IPS display.
The Surface Pro LTE Advanced. (Source: Microsoft)

Surface Pro LTE coming December, but only for enterprise

Microsoft has used a business-focused event in London to reveal the new LTE addition to its Surface Pro lineup. Targeted at enterprise, only business customers will be able to buy the device when it hits the market on December 1.
The Nintendo Switch console now has over 300 developers working on new games.  (Source: Nintendo)

Nintendo Switch now has over 300 developers working on games

The Nintendo is having trouble keeping up with demand for the Nintendo Switch with over 7 million consoles now sold since it launched in March. Developers are jumping on board in big numbers too, with over 300 now developing titles for the console.
Face Off: 15-inch Budget Pascal Gaming

Face Off: 15-inch Budget Pascal Gaming

Sabre vs. Inspiron vs. Legion. We compare three more popular mainstream gaming notebooks with GTX 1050 GPUs to see which comes out on top. As usual, there are redeeming qualities on each model not found on the others.
Samsung Galaxy X sketches (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Samsung Galaxy X sketches surface online

One month after the model SM-G888 received its Bluetooth certification, a document that Samsung submitted to the Korean Intellectual Property Office surfaced online showing a flexible handset that might be unveiled in early 2018.
Google has doubled the warrant of the Pixel 2 range. (Source: Google)

Pixelgate: Google offers extended warranties and software updates to Pixel 2 owners

Google has responded to claims that its Pixel 2 XL, in particular, is prone to having various issues with its display. To address user concerns, Google has doubled the warranty it is offering owners as well as promising software updates to address the issues.
Third-generation iPad. (Source: Apple)

Third-generation iPad will be classified as 'vintage and obsolete' on October 31st

An Apple Authorised Service Provider has revealed that the third-generation iPad will be put on the 'vintage and obsolete' list at the end of this month, ending official repairs and the ability to order spare parts from Apple.
Huawei App Store in China. (Source:

Huawei AppStore and video service to be expanded beyond China in early 2018

During the Huawei Eco Connect 2017 conference in Berlin, the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer, announced that they would be bringing their App Store to Europe, but there are questions around what benefit it will bring.
The Galaxy Tab A (2017) features an 8-inch IPS display with 1280 x 800 resolution. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung launches the Galaxy Tab A (2017) tablet

The latest model in the Galaxy Tab A family gets an 8-inch IPS display with 1280 x 800 resolution and features the Snapdragon 425 SoC with Adreno 308 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. Additional specs include 32 GB of internal storage, 5 MP front camera and 8 MP rear camera, plus a 5,000 mAh battery that allows the entire family to enjoy the tablet for more time.
The Oppo F5 is leading the mid-range bezel-less 18:9 charge. (Source: Oppo)

Oppo F5 official with mid-range CPU and bezel-less design

Oppo has made its new Oppo F5 smartphone official, launching it in the Philippines today. The device is one of the first among a wave of mid-range devices with an almost bezel-less 18:9 aspect ratio displays expected to hit the market in the coming months.
The Microsoft foldable Courier Booklet PC concept from 2008. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Andromeda is a foldable ARM-based Booklet PC rumored for 2018

Microsoft could launch a foldable Surface device in 2018, if rumors prove accurate. The device would be a spiritual successor to the cancelled Courier device first revealed in 2008.
HP Envy x360 15m will be one of the first convertible notebooks with Ryzen 5 2500U (Source: HP)

HP Envy x360 15m will be one of the first convertible notebooks with Ryzen 5 2500U

The mainstream 15.6-inch convertible will debut next month for just $700 USD with 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and an IR camera.
Apple's Face ID technology is proving controversial before the iPhone X launches. (CNET)

Farce ID: Apple rejects report of Face ID dumbing down

Apple's iPhone X isn't even on sale yet and the controversy surrounding one of its key technologies has reached fever pitch. Apple has now released a statement responding to claims that it has reduced the quality standard for Face ID so it can have more devices ready for shipment.
The Google and Intel co-designed custom Pixel Visual Core co-processor. (Source: Google)

Intel behind Pixel's Visual Core co-processor

Intel might not be making mobile chips anymore, but it has apparently been hard at work with Google developing the Pixel 2 Visual Core custom co-processor it has been revealed.
An example of three Android Instant Apps. (Source: Google)

Android Instant Apps gives the Play Store a 'Try Now' button to test and use apps without installing

The Android Instant Apps Platform has now had a full public release allowing users to try applications without needing to install them. The platform also allows continued use and access to application features.
The tent mode is made possible through the special 360-degree hinge system. (Source: Asus)

Asus launches the VivoBook Flip 14 TP401CA convertible notebook

Powered by the energy-efficient Core m3-7Y30 CPU that integrates the HD Graphics 615 iGPU, the VivoBook Flip 14 TP401CA is marketed as a budget convertible. It also comes with 4 GB LPDDR3 and 128 GB eMMC internal storage.
The Galaxy S9 could feature a display notch to incorporate a fingerprint sensor. (Source: Samsung)

Galaxy S9 could get a front-facing finger print sensor

Samsung's Galaxy S9 could feature a display cut out to allow it to integrate a front facing fingerprint sensor. The move could be potentially controversial, but it would correct the odd location of the fingerprint sensor on the rear of the current Galaxy S8 line.

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