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Alcatel 3X

80% Alcatel 3X Smartphone Review

The umpteenth attempt. The Alcatel 3X is supposed to be a further step in reviving the formerly very popular brand name. The strong points of TCL’s latest mid-range smartphone are Face Key, wide-angle camera and App-Launch via the fingerprint sensor. Read our review to learn what you can expect from the Chinese device.
Mediatek MT6739 | PowerVR GE8100 | 5.7" | 144 g
HP Chromebook x2 convertible with Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y

The new HP Chromebook x2 goes head to head with the Microsoft Surface Go

Although the Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor was expected to remain a Microsoft Surface Go-exclusive, it looks like the HP Chromebook x2 convertible will soon get a version with it inside as well. Even more, a variant with an I...
Alcatel 5

80% Alcatel 5 Smartphone Review

Newly developed design. The Alcatel 5 is supposed to attract customers as the new design flagship of the Chinese company TCL. In order to do that, it throws out the established design arrangements and reorders them. The result is a smartphone that pursues other solutions but is weak in the detail. We clarify in our review what buyers of the Alcatel 5 can expect.
Mediatek MT6750 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.7" | 144 g
Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 looks just like the Galaxy Note 8. (Source: Android Headlines)

Purported official render of the Galaxy Note 9 is notable, but for the wrong reasons

If you thought Samsung's smartphones were starting to look boring and predictable, you'd be right. A purported offical render of the Galaxy Note 9 has surfaced and it looks just like the Galaxy Note 8.
The Sony XA2 Plus is arguably its most beautiful design in recent years. (Source: Sony)

Sony surprises with mid-range 6-inch XA2 Plus, joins 6-inch XA2 Ultra

Sony has surprised with the launch of the mid-range 6-inch XA2 Plus. The device is quite similar to the similarly powered XA2 Ultra, but is arguably the most beautiful Sony smartphone in recent times.
Dell XPS 15 9575 convertible to come with 32 GB RAM this September confirms Frank Azor (Source: Dell)

The Dell XPS 15 9575 with 32 GB RAM is scheduled to arrive in September, confirms Frank Azor

Those eagerly waiting for the XPS 15 9575 with 32 GB of memory have just received a new confirmation from Frank Azor, who mentioned on Twitter that Dell is currently aiming for a September launch. For now, this convertible is only...
The forthcoming Galaxy Tab S4 official press render has leaked out. (Source: Evan Blass)

Evan Blass leaks official Galaxy Tab S4 render

Evan Blass has tweeted out an official render of the Galaxy Tab S4 with matching keyboard cover. Although difficult to confirm from the image, the Samsung logo and Home button appear to be absent from the front of the device confi...
Alcatel 3V

78% Alcatel 3V Smartphone Review

Plastic with style. The Alcatel 3V is priced well and should be powerful enough for casual users. Alcatel has managed to make the device look stylish despite using a plastic case. Find out in this review whether the Alcatel 3V’s internal hardware is as good as it looks.
Mediatek MT8735 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 6" | 155 g
The Exynos 9820 is said to feature a 2+2+4 architecture. (Source: Ice Universe)

Galaxy S10 tipped to be powered by Exynos 9820 and Mali G76 GPU

Samsung's Galaxy S10 has been tipped to pick up the company's next-generation ARM-based silicon. Expected to be called the Exynos 9820, the successor to the Exynos 9810 will also be fabricated on Samsung's all-new 7nm FinFet node.
Sony's XZ2 Premium is shipping with free Ear Duo headphones for pre-orders. (Source: Sony)

US XZ2 Premium pre-orders come with a free pair of Xperia Ear Duo earphones

Sony's XZ2 Premium is up for pre-order in the US, but won't ship until July 30. To help ease the blow of its US$999 price tag, Sony is throwing in a set of its futuristic Xperia Ear Duos for customers who pre-order the device.
The Surface Go is Microsoft's is thin, light and relatively affordable. (Source: Microsoft)

The all-new Surface Go is proof that Windows 10 on ARM is skating on thin ice

Microsoft has launched the Surface Go, a US$399 Windows 10 tablet targeted at the students, schools and the entry-level tablet market dominated by the Apple iPad. As rumored, the device is powered by an Intel Pentium Gold chip ins...
You will need a strong hand to hold the Xperia XZ2 Premium. (Source: Sony)

Sony XZ2 Premium is a heavyweight in more ways than one

Sony's new Xperia XZ2 Premium flagship is one of the heaviest smartphones hitting the market. At 232 grams, it even out beefs the hefty iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung's Galaxy Active.
Wiko View 2 Pro Smartphone Review

83% Wiko View 2 Pro Smartphone Review

Smartphone from the Mediterranean. From the sunny city of Marseille...the View 2 Pro, created by the French manufacturer Wiko, has found its way to our workbench. What makes the smartphone, priced at 300 Euros (~$350), stand out from other devices in its class? Read our review to find out.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 6" | 164 g
A mockup of the purported Samsung Galaxy Watch. (Source: Phone Arena)

Samsung Gear S4 could get 'Galaxy Watch' moniker, Wear OS

Samsung's next generation smartwatch is likely to skip its 'Gear' branding in favor of new 'Galaxy Watch' branding. The realigned brand is also expected to coincide with a switch in operating system from Samsung's Tizen OS to Goog...
Xiaomi Mi 6X (Mi A2) Smartphone Review

86% Xiaomi Mi 6X (Mi A2) Smartphone Review

Why spend a lot when you do not have to? The Mi 6X (Mi A2), the new mid-range smartphone from Xiaomi, offers everything a smartphone user might desire – and all that for less than 250 Euros ($293). You can learn in this extensive review how the Xiaomi Mi 6X (Mi A2) stacks up against the competition.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 | Qualcomm Adreno 512 | 5.99" | 168 g
The latest iteration of Huawei's TalkBand is inbound. (Source: Evan Blass)

Huawei TalkBand 5 surfaces in renders ahead of July launch

Huawei is set to release the latest version of its TalkBand. The TalkBand 5 can be worn as a watch, but also features a pop out ear piece for taking and making calls on the move.
2018 iPhones could come in a rainbow of colors. (Source: 9to5 Mac)

Ming-Chi Kuo: 2018 iPhones could also come in blue, red, gold and orange

Ming-Chi Kuo is back with Apple predictions and expects the 2018 iPhone range to pack several new color options including blue, red, gold and orange. The new colors will vary according to model, with the gold color reserved for th...
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus (2018) Smartphone Review

84% Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus (2018) Smartphone Review

Super AMOLED FHD+. Samsung's Galaxy A series is designed with a certain kind of customer in mind: those who want a smartphone with a simple look and high manufacturing quality. We thoroughly tested the 6-inch Galaxy A6+ and report in this review what buyers can expect. The smartphone is priced at around 370 Euros (~$425; international version ~$350).
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 6" | 191 g
AnTuTu releases monthly updated lists for Android and iOS devices. The June top 10 Android device list is dominated by the Chinese makers.  (Source: AnTuTu)

June Top 10 fastest Android smartphones listed on AnTuTu

AnTuTu's list of the best-performing handheld devices updated for June shows a clear Chinese dominance. Of the ten featured devices, only three are non-Chinese (Samsung Galaxy S9+/S9 and Sony Xperia XZ2). Topping the chart is Xiao...
The Surface Phone is apparently not yet ready for primetime. (Source: Phone Arena)

Microsoft's 'Andromeda' Surface Phone is going back to the drawing board

Prominent Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley has learnt that Microsoft is still working out the nitty-gritty of the long-rumored Surface Phone or 'Andromeda' device, whose leaks and renders have been doing the rounds on the Internet....
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
The Galaxy X phone is rumored to integrate a 7.3-inch display that measures 4.5-inch when folded. (Source:

Foldable Samsung Galaxy X smartphone to get 7.3-inch screens and flexible batteries

Latest rumors claim that Samsung's first foldable phone - the Galaxy X - will be getting flexible batteries with capacities between 3,000 and 6,000 mAh. The foldable 7.3-inch OLED displays that will be featured with the Galaxy X a...
Gigaset GS185 Smartphone Review

79% Gigaset GS185 Smartphone Review

Made in Germany. With the GS185, Gigaset launches the first smartphone designed and assembled in Germany. Considering the price is significantly below 200 Euros (~$233), expectations should not be pitched too high. However, the GS185 offers a trendy 2:1 display and a strong 4000 mAh battery. Find out where it is lacking in this review.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) | Qualcomm Adreno 308 | 5.5" | 149 g
The 5.8-inch iPhone X is the smallest compared to the iPhone 9 (middle) and iPhone X Plus (left). (Source: Shai Mizrachi)

iPhone 9 / iPhone X Plus new details get leaked

Latest leaks show that the iPhone 9 and the iPhone X Plus will feature bigger screens compared to last year's iPhone X. The Phone 9 gets a notched 6.1-inch display, but only one camera on the back, while the iPhone X Plus boasts a...
HTC Desire 12 Plus Review

76% HTC Desire 12 Plus Smartphone Review

Tablet or smartphone? If you cannot decide which category the HTC Desire 12 Plus falls into, consider it a phablet. The Desire 12 Plus has a 6.0-inch display, a fingerprint sensor, runs Android 8.0 and it is a dual-SIM device. Find out how the HTC Desire 12’s big brother fares in our review.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 6" | 158 g
The Dell XPS 13 9370's screen is highly reflective.

Exclusive | Dell will bring back the matte display option in the XPS 13 9380, HDR panel a possibility as well

Lack of a matte display option was one of the pain points of the Dell XPS 13 9370, making it a tad difficult to use under direct light or outdoors. We had a chance to speak to some panel manufacturers during Computex 2018 and luckily, they tell us that the upcoming XPS 13 9380 will feature a matte display option. Also, based on the information thus far, we get to speculate that HDR panels are a likely possibility in the upcoming XPS lineup.
The Galaxy Tab S4 is expected to bring dual-screen capabilities to Samsung DeX. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung DeX will reportedly receive dual-screen capabilities

Dual-screen support is reportedly coming to Samsung DeX with the release of the Galaxy Tab S4 later this year. DeX has previously allowed the phone's screen to be used as a touchpad for controlling the mouse, but displaying conten...
The Limited Edition OnePlus 6 Red is coming July 10. (Source: OnePlus)

Limited Edition OnePlus 6 Red coming July 10

OnePlus continues to capitalize on the popularity of its new OnePlus 6 flagship by launching limited edition models of the device. The latest is the Limited Edition OnePlus 6 Red, and it is coming July 10.
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) Smartphone Review

83% Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) Smartphone Review

Night and Day. With the Galaxy A6 (2018), Samsung brings a chic-looking, mid-range smartphone to the market, which scores major points with its 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display and two 16 MP cameras. In our review, the Android smartphone proves to be very capable, but it has a few weaknesses.
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa | ARM Mali-T830 MP2 | 5.6" | 162 g

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
The 2018 version of the Galaxy Book should look similar to last year's model, since Samsung intends to replace only the internals. (Source: Samsung)

New Samsung Galaxy Book Windows 10 tablet in the works

Samsung is among the latest Windows-on ARM supporters, intending to launch refreshed Galaxy Book models this year. Two upcoming models have already been certified for mass production by the Russian ECC authorities, and these shoul...
The secondary display is placed on the back, under the camera setup. (Source: Weibo)

Nubia Z18S leaked pics reveal dual-display, no notch

Even though it is not the foldable phone everyone is waiting for, Nubia's Z18S still comes with a dual-display setup. The front screen has no notch or selfie cam, so the bezels are as thin as they can get. The secondary screen is ...
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is the first from Sony with dual-rear cameras. (Source: Sony)

Sony exiting mobile markets as price and availability of XZ2 Premium announced

According to Evan Blass, Sony Mobile is pulling out of its operations in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. The news that it is scaling back its operations comes just as the company reveals the pricing and availability of its lat...
The fan-made design features a sliding part that could hide a selfie cam, allowing for a truly bezel-less screen. (Source: Concept Creator @youtube)

Asus ROG gaming phone 2.0 design teased in fan-made renders

Even though the ROG Phone is not yet available for purchase, Asus fans are already coming up with interesting design ideas for the 2.0 version of the device. Concept creator's design includes a slimmer metallic case, red accents o...
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
Panasonic's Toughbook FZ-T1 is a Snapdragon 210-powered rugged handheld priced at $1,500

Panasonic's Toughbook FZ-T1 is a Snapdragon 210-powered rugged handheld priced at $1,500

Panasonic's latest rugged Android Handheld, the Toughbook FZ-T1, is a low-specced Android handheld priced higher than most premium smartphones. However, the $1,500 device is aimed squarely at enterprises in need of a tough-as-nail...

80% UMIDIGI A1 Pro Smartphone Review

An affordable starter. The UMIDIGI A1 Pro appears to be a real bargain. The device is smartly designed, has dual-cameras and it supports 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks, all of which we would not expect from a 120-Euro device (~$138). Find out in our review whether the UMIDIGI A1 Pro lives up to expectations and the extent to which the device is suitable for daily use.
Mediatek MT6739 | PowerVR GE8100 | 5.5" | 173 g
Cubot King Kong

76% Cubot King Kong Smartphone Review

As strong as a gorilla? Affordable and robust, that is how the Cubot King Kong presents itself. It is a 5-inch smartphone with an averagely fast SoC in a weighty, water and dust-protected case. Is this enough for the tough reality of everyday life?
Mediatek MT6580M | ARM Mali-400 MP2 | 5" | 246 g
The OnePlus 6 can be made to run Google ARCore apps. (Source: Dylan Raga / XDA Developers)

OnePlus 6 can unofficially run Google ARCore apps

The OnePlus 6 was conspicuous by its absence on the list of supported devices for Google ARCore but it turns out that the ARCore app can be sideloaded on the phone and it works just fine. It is not known when the OnePlus 6 will be...
An example of the display stripes/banding showing on some Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ2 phones. (Source: Tweakers)

Sony Xperia screen stripes explained with electrifying description

Concerned Xperia owners who were experiencing intermittent stripes appearing on the displays of their flagship XZ1 and XZ2 phones have been told by Sony that static electricity build up is the cause. The stripes aren't considered ...
The Oppo Find X is the first smartphone equipped with Super VOOC charging. (Source: Oppo)

Oppo Find X Lamborghini Edition features Super VOOC charging

Oppo has followed in the footsteps of Huawei by partnering with a prestige automobile house to co-brand one of its phones. The new Oppo Find X Lamborghini Edition features high-end materials and is the first smartphone to feature ...
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
HTC U12 Plus Smartphone Review

89% HTC U12 Plus Smartphone Review

Future+. If we had to narrow down HTC to a single quality it would be innovative, and the HTC U12+ definitely fits that bill as well and is full to the brim with the latest technology. Let us find out whether or not it is as futuristic as it seems at first glance.
Update: additional information regarding the 3.5-mm headphone adapter added.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | Qualcomm Adreno 630 | 6" | 188 g
Acer Swift 5 SF514 (i5-8250U, UHD 620) Laptop Review

84% Acer Swift 5 SF514 (i5-8250U, UHD 620) Laptop Review

Lightweight performance mimosa. At just 930 grams (2.05 lbs) the touchscreen-equipped laptop seems to be the perfect business companion. We take a closer look at much more than just Swift's processor and RAM. What are the notebook's inherent compromises, and what else did Acer have to sacrifice along the way?
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 930 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...
OnePlus is apparently offering separate cashback vouchers of varying amounts instead of a single voucher. (Source: PiunikaWeb)

OnePlus 6 trade-in program throws up an unpleasant surprise

Buyers who have opted for the OnePlus 6 trade-in program were seen getting multiple voucher breakups instead of a single voucher for the exchange amount. This is causing problems as the trade-in program allows using only one vouch...
Ulefone Armor X Smartphone Review

78% Ulefone Armor X Smartphone Review

This cookie does not crumble. The Ulefone Armor X is a robust outdoor smartphone that brings Android Oreo. You can order the entry-level device as a Chinese import for about 200 Euros (~$232; starting from $155 in the US). In addition to the current software, this device brings all that is necessary in extreme surroundings. Our review shows how the Armor X fares in the comparison with other rugged smartphones.
Mediatek MT6739 | PowerVR GE8100 | 5.5" | 256 g

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)