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Q4 2017 saw Gartner record the first decline in smartphone sales. (Source: TheDigitalWay/Pixabay)

Q4 2017 brought the first ever decline in smartphone sales according to Gartner

Gartner has recorded a 5.6 percent decline in smartphone sales from Q4 2016 to Q4 2017. Key reasons given include a lack of good budget smartphone options and owners of more expensive phones opting for a longer phone lifecycle bef...
The Explore will get two modular backplates upon release, with more modules scheduled after. (Source: Land Rover)

Land Rover announces Explore rugged smartphone with modular backplates

There will be two backplate modules upon reelase, but Land Rover will be expanding the module roster in the future. The Explore comes with off-road maps from ViewRanger and is powered by a 2.6 GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X27 SoC ...
Slim, small, light. The Spectre i7-8550U.

87% HP Spectre 13-af033 (i7-8550U, FHD) Laptop Review

Its design, its name, its feel. The Spectre attracts attention wherever it goes - that part already worked last year. The new model features an Intel Core upgrade to the i7-8550U and its design has received a final polish. Will the Spectre impress us as much as it did last year?
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.1 kg
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15 (i7, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15 (i7, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

Now in a 15-inch form factor - Live Review. After a few months' delay, the larger version of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 is finally available in Germany. We have got our review device precisely at the sales launch and now we put it to the test. We are especially excited to examine the energy management of the more powerful components, because we already saw bottlenecks in this area in the smaller model. Update: display readings, Witcher 3, temperatures, video playback battery life
Intel Core i7-8650U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15" | 1.9 kg
Asus VivoBook Flip 15 TP510UA (i5-8250U, SSD, FHD) Convertible Review

79% Asus VivoBook Flip 15 TP510UA (i5-8250U, SSD, FHD) Convertible Review

Dark Display. Asus's VivoBook Flip 15 is equipped with a powerful quad-core CPU, a fast solid-state drive, a backlit keyboard, and features a touchscreen with support for Asus's optional stylus pen. Yet despite its price tag of around $900, it is not free of faults.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Xiaomi has been backing up the Black Shark Tech Inc. mobile-making company since August 2017. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi's "Blackshark" gaming phone spotted in AnTuTu benchmarks

The 'Blackshark" comes equipped with a Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with 8 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. It also integrates a 2160 x 1080 screen and runs Android 8.0. The AnTuTu benchmark results place it above the Samsung G...
A sneak peak at split-screen for Android apps on Chrome OS. (Source: 9to5 Google)

Chrome OS gets split-screen mode on Canary channel

Google is priming Chrome OS to compete directly with Apple's iPad in the tablet space, if the latest update to the Chrome OS on its alpha build Canary channel is any indication. The latest update allows users to run Android apps i...
Amazon Echo Show smart speaker with touchscreen

Facebook Aloha and Fiona smart speakers could launch in July

Facebook's upcoming smart speakers are expected to arrive in July, reveal insiders familiar with the matter. Sporting 15-inch touchscreen displays, they are also supposed to provide video chat and social features.
The leak does not reveal any device renders or schematics. (Source: Pocket-lint)

HTC's entry-level Desire 12 specs revealed through leaked retail box

HTC is once again pushing the envelope for entry-level devices with the upcoming Desire 12.
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB (i7-8550U, SSD, WUXGA) Convertible Review

83% Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB (i7-8550U, SSD, WUXGA) Convertible Review

Great components. Lenovo's Surface Pro competitor can score with a strong quad-core processor, 16 GB of RAM, an NVMe SSD, a backlit keyboard, input pen and LTE modem. But despite its high price, the device is not free from issues.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 12.2" | 1.3 kg
HP previously partnered with Apple in 2004 to resell its iPod with HP branding. (Source: Wikipedia)

HP to officially resell Apple products

HP will be reselling Apple's iPhone, iPad and Macs to its enterprise customers. The new program is aimed at giving its customers a one-stop solution for the deployment and support of multiple devices and operating systems in the w...
Samsung filed for a patent for the flying display device in 2016. (Source: SlashGear)

Samsung granted US patent for flying display device

South Korean tech giant Samsung has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a flying display device. Illustrations of the device show it to look like a cross between a tablet and a quadcopter.
The successor to the LG G6 (pictured) is said to feature a 6.1-inch MLCD+ display. (Source: LG)

Next LG flagship rumored to sport a 6.1-inch 18:9 MLCD+ display

LG will be launching a successor to the G6, but it will come later this year with the Korean company targeting a June launch window. It won't have a pOLED display, but it will feature some interesting new LCD technology and pack a...
Maze Alpha X Smartphone Review

81% Maze Alpha X Smartphone Review

Cheap, bezel-less, good? The Maze Alpha X succeeds the recently introduced Maze Alpha and sells for 50 Euros (~$62) more on the virtual shop counter. On the outside, the screen has grown by 240 pixels vertically and the pixel-free portion on the front was decreased accordingly. We will evaluate the device's strengths and weaknesses in this review.
Mediatek Helio P25 | ARM Mali-T880 MP2 | 6" | 210 g
More issues have hit the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. (Source: Google)

Pixel 2/XL running warm, draining batteries after February security patch

Google's flagship handsets, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, have been hit by more software bugs. This time, users are reporting overheating issues and poor battery life following the February security patch.
The Amazon-exclusive Essential PH-1 in Halo Gray with Alexa on board. (Source: Amazon)

Essential launches Amazon-exclusive version of Phone PH-1 with Alexa

Essential has launched a further fresh color variant of its Phone PH-1. The new Halo Gray color is exclusive to Amazon and also comes pre-installed with Amazon's Alexa personal voice-assistant.
The Mi Mix 2S could be the world's first SD 845-powered smartphone. (Source: Weibo / XDA Developers)

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is coming for real, iPhone X-like gestures and Snapdragon 845 in tow (video)

New evidence points to the existence of the highly anticipated Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S — the first smartphone touted to sport the Snapdragon 845 SoC. The Mi Mix 2S could also feature iPhone X-like gestures for navigation along with a sid...
Microsoft Surface Pro LTE, Surface Pro celebrates fifth anniversary

Microsoft Surface Pro celebrates fifth anniversary

Announced as Surface for Windows 8 Pro back in June 2012, Microsoft's well-known 2-in-1 convertible was later renamed to Surface Pro and made its debut in February 2013. The fifth generation was released last year, in June.
The Essential Phone PH-1 now comes in three new colors. (Source: Essential)

Essential launches its Phone PH-1 in three new limited edition colors

Essential doesn't look like it has any immediate plans to slip quietly into obscurity. The company has just launched three new color variants of its Phone PH-1 to help rekindle interest in the device.
The new devices will feature Samsung's "Metal12," a lightweight magnesium-aluminum alloy. (Source: Pocketnow)

New Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) gets US release date and price tag

Samsung fans in the USA will be able to choose from three new devices (with multiple configurations) from February 18. It will be possible to buy either the Notebook 9 (2018), Notebook 9 Pen or Notebook 7 Spin (2018) directly from...
A new Android exploit has users unwittingly mining for Monero. (Source: Malwarebytes)

First large scale mobile mining malware hits millions of Android users

"Millions" of Android users have been affected by a cryptocurrency malware exploit, according to researchers at Malwarebytes. Users are redirected to a website that hijacks their device and mines for the Monero cryptocurrency.
Will the Elitebook 1040 G4 (pictured here) be succeeded by a convertible?

Leak: HP plans new 14- & 15.6-inch Elitebook premium convertibles – with Coffee Lake Hexa Core CPUs?

All PC manufacturers are eagerly awaiting the release of the upcoming mobile Hexa-Core processors from Intel (codename: Coffee Lake). According to a leaked internal document, HP may be working on new Elitebook convertible laptops ...
Huawei new gesture control method for wearables patent (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Huawei patent for new gesture control for wearables surfaces online

Huawei's upcoming smartwatches could be able to detect writing movements performed in mid-air using fingers. This new gesture control method has been described in a patent dated July 2016, so it might become reality pretty soon.
Blackview BV9000 Pro Smartphone Review

80% Blackview BV9000 Pro Smartphone Review

Powerful brick. Back in August, we had the BV8000 Pro in review. Today, we are proud to present its successor, the BV9000, and you better watch out: That thing is a massive brick and most likely tougher than a human being. It also marks a point in time where Blackview is the only OEM with two current outdoor smartphones listed in our database. The newcomer shares several features with its own predecessor. In some aspects Blackview has managed to improve upon the phone, in others the company has made it worse. Let’s take a closer look and find out what exactly this means in our extensive review of the BV9000.
Mediatek Helio P25 | ARM Mali-T880 MP2 | 5.7" | 253 g
Asus is rumored to showcase the ROG gaming phone at MWC this year. (Source: NoypiGeeks)

Rumor | Asus is working on a gaming smartphone

The upcoming smartphone could be showcased at MWC 2018 together with the Zenfone 5 family. Being a gaming device, Asus could also opt to release it under the ROG brand.
Gigaset GS370 Plus Smartphone review

81% Gigaset GS370 Plus Smartphone review

Wasted potential. With the GS370 Plus, the German communications company Gigaset offers an attractively priced mid-range smartphone with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Weaknesses with the screen, among other things, damage our overall impression of the 5.7-inch device though.
Mediatek MT6750 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.7" | 145 g
The Zenbook 13 UX331UN is only 0.5-inch thick and weighs 2.5 lbs. (Source: Asus)

Asus launches sub-US$1,000 Zenbook 13 with Intel i5-8250U and GeForce MX150

The affordable ultrabook from Asus is powered by Intel's Kaby Lake-R i5-8250U CPU coupled with 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and the GeForce MX150 GPU. It also comes with 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM, a 256 GB SATA3 SSD and 13.3-inch FHD IPS touchscreen.
Google is all set to overhaul the UX in Android P. (Source: XDA Developers)

Android P to get more 'Notch' friendly

Google has started work on the next iteration of the Android OS, Android P. The update is expected to overhaul the Android UI and also bring OS level support for devices that sport an iPhone X-like notch.
Sales of Andy Rubin's Essential Phone PH-1 have been underwhelming. (Source: Essential)

Essential Phone sells just 88,000 units in its first 6 months on the market

Andy Rubin's Essential is getting a tough dose of the reality of selling high-end smartphones in a market dominated by Samsung and Apple. New figures from IDC show that the startup has sold fewer than 90,000 handsets since it laun...
The bezel-free Xiaomi Mix 2s has surfaced in a leak. (Source: Weibo)

Xiaomi Mix 2s leak shows bezels reduced to almost zero

Xiaomi, the smartphone maker that started the recent trend towards bezel-less devices, looks to be the first to get rid of bezels all-together if a new leak is accurate. The new Mix 2s has only the smallest of notches to incorpora...
The Galaxy S9 shown with headphone jack on DeX Pad. (Source: Evan Blass)

Galaxy S9 to keep headphone jack in DeX Pad leak

Samsung's Galaxy S9 has leaked once more courtesy of serial leakster Evan Blass. In addition to getting a good look at the new DeX Pad, the leaked images show the bottom edge of the S9 confirming that it has retained a headphone j...
EMUI 8 rollout schedule for various Honor devices. (Source: Neowin / @Honor_FR)

EMUI 8 rollout schedule for various Honor devices detailed

Honor France has released a timeline for the OTA rollout of EMUI 8 for various Honor devices. The rollout starts from 7th February and continues into Q2 2018 depending on the Honor variant.
The tablet and the detachable keyboard each have a battery of their own, and the combined energy may provide up to 17 hours of continuous operation. (Source: Panasonic)

Panasonic updates detachable 2-in-1 Toughbook CF-20 with Intel gen 7 vPro CPUs

The CF-20 comes with a detachable backlit keyboard and military grade casing for outdoors use. The tablet part features a 10.1-inch touchscreen and an upgraded i5-7Y57 CPU coupled with up to 16 GB of DDR3L-1866 RAM.
The new ZBook 14u and 15u are thinner and lighter. (Source: HP)

HP refreshes ZBook series with 14u and 15u models

The updated Zbook 14u and 15u are thinner and lighter than previous models, but also pack more powerful specs like quad-core gen 8 Intel CPUs up to i7-8650U, AMD Radeon Pro WX3100 GPUs, up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM and up to 2 TB ...
Acer Chromebook 15

Chromebooks might soon get 4K displays

According to a Google Chrome commit, a higher-resolution Chrome logo is needed "to look crisp and pretty on our secret upcoming 4K Chromebooks." While this breaks any veil of secrecy covering the arrival of these Chrome OS devices...
Nubia Z17 Mini

83% Nubia Z17 Mini Smartphone Review

Touches into the edges. The Nubia Z17 Mini is a 5.2-inch mid-range smartphone that tries to impress with a special mode of controlling the device from the edges of the screen. A dual-camera on the rear and ample storage options are other good reasons. Therefore, can you overlook this outdated Android?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 MSM8976 | Qualcomm Adreno 510 | 5.2" | 155 g
The Miraj Diamond thin-layer is more resistant to scratches than Corning's Gorilla Glass, but it can shatter easier. (Source: CNET)

Smartphone displays could get a diamond treatment by 2019

Akhan intends to implement the Miraj Diamond thin-film glass in high-end smartphones by 2019. The diamond-based protective glass stays considerably cooler and brings improved resistance to scratches.
The LF Gram 15Z980 weighs only 2.41 lbs thanks to its Nano Carbon and magnesium chassis. (Source: LG)

Lightweight LG Gram 15Z980 15-inch notebook powered by Intel i7-8550U now available

The Gram 15Z980 is among the lightest 15-inchers on the market right now, and, despite its weight, it still integrates powerful features like the Intel gen 8 i7-8550U CPU coupled with 16 GB of DDR4-2400 and two 512 GB M.2 SATA SSD...
The Pixel 2 Visual Core custom designed by Google and Intel. (Source: Google)

Pixel 2 Visual Core finally gets enabled with latest update

An update for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL rolling out now finally enables the Pixel 2 Visual Core that has remained dormant since launch. The activation should reduce the load on the CPU, while also helping to boost processing performa...
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro launches in the US on February 18. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei dangles US$150 carrot for US Mate 10 Pro launch

Huawei may not have carrier support for the US launch of its Mate 10 Pro flagship Android smartphone, but that doesn't appear to have deterred the company. Customers who preorder the device will pick up a bonus US$150 voucher to h...
The Nokia 7 Plus appears in a screenshot. (Source: Nokia Power User)

Nokia 7 Plus leak confirms presumed specifications

HMD's next smartphone, the Nokia 7 Plus has appeared in the flesh for the first time ahead of its launch. The leak suggests rumors about its specs thus far have been spot on.
Kazuo Hirai at Mobile World Congress 2013. (Source: Cellanr via flickr)

Kazuo Hirai steps down from Sony CEO role, replaced by man responsible for selling off VAIO

During the presentation of Sony's Q3 2017 financial ressults, they announced the resignation of their current President and CEO, Kazuo Hirai, to be replaced by Kenichiro Yoshida. Hirai's time at the top was defined by a return to ...
Apple's underperforming iPhone X. (Source: Apple)

iPhone holiday sales point to weak iPhone X demand

The first negative holiday quarter of iPhone sales growth suggests that rumors of weaker than expected iPhone X demand were on the money. Despite a record holiday quarter, Apple missed analyst expectations for iPhone sales.
The new Gold Edition Razer Phone. (Source: Razer)

Razer Phone gets limited Gold Edition variant

If you are disappointed you missed the green logo edition of the Razer Phone that was made available to early adopters, Razer has launched a new Gold Edition variant with a gold logo. The limited edition model comes with special p...
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 display flickering (Source: George Visvikis)

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 flickering screen? Ice it down

While the Surface Book had screen flickering issues that were solved with a software update, this time the Surface Pro 4 seems to be facing a classic case of overheating-induced flickering. Although it might not be a good solution...
Dell XPS 13 9370 (i5-8250U, 4K UHD) Laptop Review

88% Dell XPS 13 9370 (i5-8250U, 4K UHD) Laptop Review

To InfinityEdge and beyond. Dell dauntlessly doubles down on its InfinityEdge design and the race for an even thinner Ultrabook. The end result is a noticeably smaller and more visually attractive offering that doesn’t do much else significantly better or worse than the last generation XPS 13.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
Microsoft Surface laptop in Cobalt Blue (Source: Microsoft Store)

Microsoft Surface laptop with Intel Core m3-7Y30 onboard available for US$799

The new base model of the Microsoft Surface laptop features an Intel Core m3 processor, 4 GB RAM, and 128 GB internal storage. Sadly, this US$799 model can only be acquired in Platinum finish.
Honor View 10

89% Honor View 10 Smartphone Review

A promising smartphone. A phablet in the trendy 2:1 format that has similarities to the parent company Huawei's Mate 10 Pro, but costs a lot less. Does this mean that Huawei has put its own top-range model at risk or are the differences too big for the View 10 to be a real competitor after all? We shall find out.
HiSilicon Kirin 970 | ARM Mali-G72 MP12 | 5.99" | 172 g
Apple confirms the US Government's probe into the iPhone throttling controversy. (Source: Hypebeast)

Apple responds to reports regarding the US Government's enquiry into throttling iPhones

Apple confirmed that the US Government has asked questions regarding intentional throttling of old iPhones and reaffirmed that it would not degrade the customer experience to force upgrades.
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 features ATEX Zone 2 (Europe) certificates that make the device explosion-proof. (Source: Panasonic)

Panasonic announces explosion-proof Windows 10 tablet

Despite its tough looks and proofing, the FZ-G1 features some surprisingly outdated hardware for a 2018 device. The price also seems "extremely" suitable for this device ready to take on harsh conditions.

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