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HTC U11 Smartphone Review

89% HTC U11 Smartphone Review

Full steam ahead. HTC attempts to mix it up at the top with the new flagship smartphone U11. The company incorporates lots of high tech into an unusual and visually different case, which also features a unique and pressure-sensitive frame design.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998) | Qualcomm Adreno 540 | 5.5" | 169 g
The Power-Mode slider allows users to select from four preset power modes for battery life or performance. (Source: Own)

UPDATE: Surface Pro 4 firmware update brings a Power-Mode slider

The latest firmware update for the Surface Pro 4 has enabled the Power-Mode slider, which was previously only available on the new Surface Pro 2017 and the Surface Book. The slider provides users with a quick and effortless way to adjust power settings on the fly.
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)

90% Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) (i7, 512GB, 16GB) Convertible Review

Close, but not quite. We were happy to learn that the Iris graphics card is awake and alert despite SoC throttling. The Microsoft Suface Pro (2017) cannot be considered a "gamer" however, nor is it a full a laptop replacement: Just like in the i5 version, there is significant throttling.
Intel Core i7-7660U | Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 | 12.3" | 1.1 kg
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Duos Smartphone Review

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Duos Smartphone Review

Live testing. The Samsung Galaxy J7 is the larger version of the Galaxy J5. It has similar features, but a larger, 5.5-inch display. After the redesign of the entire series, the J7, too, now has a non-removable battery. To find out about other changes, take a look at our detailed review.
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa | ARM Mali-T830 MP1 | 5.5" | 181 g
Facebook's modular device could incorporate phone, GPS, touchscreen and several other components. (

Facebook could be working on a modular smartphone

It looks like Facebook could be resurrecting Googlle's Project Ara, which was cancelled in 2016. It's still unclear how a modular device would fit into Facebook's business model, but the company certainly acquired key team members that worked for Google's Project Ara and also Amazon's Alexa speaker.
Soon OnePlus 5 owners will be able to dial these three numbers without worrying if their phone will reboot. (Source: Own)

OnePlus 5 OTA update for the emergency call bug expected soon

OnePlus has been in contact with the original user who reported the 911 reboot bug, and they have successfully tested a bug fix that has stopped the phone from rebooting when dialing emergency services. It is expected that they will release an OTA update in the near future.
After a one month early access program, Bixby Voice is now receiving a full launch in the US. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung launches full Bixby Voice capabilities in the US

After a one month early access program, Bixby Voice is now receiving a full launch for the US market. Samsung is hoping that the deep integration with their applications will allow users to seamlessly switch between voice and touch input when using their phone.
A comparison between the Surface Pro 4 and a faulty Surface Pro 2017 showing the excessive backlight bleed on the latter. (Source: Surface Guy)

Complaints growing regarding excessive backlight bleed on Surface Pro 2017

Microsoft uses their line of Surface devices to help set an example for OEMs; however, their quality control appears to have slipped a bit as over 200 users have claimed on the Microsoft forums that their devices are showing excessive backlight bleed.
Blackview A9 Pro Smartphone Review

78% Blackview A9 Pro Smartphone Review

Petite. Classy. Slow. Timeless and clean design is one of Chinese manufacturer Blackview's trademarks. Next to Blackview's outdoor smartphones, the petite A9 Pro seems almost out of place. The smartphone's hardware cannot keep up with Blackview's other offerings. Still, the A9 had a few tricks up its sleeves.
Mediatek MT6737 | ARM Mali-T720 | 5" | 170 g
Huawei P10 Smartphone Review

89% 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.
Update: Updates regarding flash storage and WLAN performance.
HiSilicon Kirin 960 | ARM Mali-G71 MP8 | 5.1" | 144 g
Amazon Fire 7 (2017) Tablet Review

77% Amazon Fire 7 (2017) Tablet Review

Made for penny-pinchers. Amazon's latest Fire 7 Tablet generation is thinner, lighter, equipped with a better display, and supposed to offer an improved battery life. The price, however, remained largely unchanged, and the 2017 generation remains very affordable. Find out in our extensive review whether the entry-level tablet is worth it.
Mediatek MT8127 | ARM Mali-450 MP4 | 7" | 295 g
Sony Xperia XZ Premium

88% Sony Xperia XZ Premium Smartphone Review

Provider of new technologies. Sony's high-end smartphone, the Xperia XZ Premium, offers many innovative technologies in terms of sound and display (HDR), but its case seems a little out-of-date. Find out whether you really should not judge a book by its cover in our detailed review.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998) | Qualcomm Adreno 540 | 5.5" | 191 g
Cube Thinker Laptop (Core m3-7Y30, 8 GB, 256 GB) Review

80% Cube Thinker Laptop (Core m3-7Y30, 8 GB, 256 GB) Review

Surface Laptop on a tight budget. Laptops from the Far East are becoming better and better, at least in regard to their looks and features. One representative of the Chinese premium class is the Cube Thinker, which comes with an elegant-looking aluminum case and a Surface-Book screen. However, can the performance keep up with the shop-window presentation?
Intel Core m3-7Y30 | Intel HD Graphics 615 | 13.5" | 1.7 kg
(Source: Microsoft)

Opinion: It's time we talked about throttling in reviews

Due to the prevalence of thermal throttling and new passive-cooling technologies, it is no longer enough to run a few short benchmarks and declare a machine's performance is satisfactory.
The Grand X View 2 tablet from ZTE is an 8-inch tablet powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210 quad-core CPU clocked at 1.3 GHz. (Source: Bell)

ZTE just launched the Grand X View 2 tablet in Canada

Canadians are first to get their hands on the Grand X View 2 tablet and Bell is selling it for CAD $179.99 (USD $141).
Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the smallest Galaxy of them all? (Source: CNet)

New Samsung Galaxy variant spotted on Geekbench, could feature the Snapdragon 840

A new Samsung Galaxy variant, purportedly the Galaxy S8 'lite', has hit the Geekbench benchmarks list and interestingly, the device seems to feature an unannounced Snapdragon 840 chipset.
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) Tablet Review

81% Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) Tablet Review

A real steal. Amazon has updated its 8-inch tablet Fire HD 8. Depending on the configuration, it will cost you between $80 and $125 - it does not really get much cheaper than that. Our review is going to clarify whether or not the tablet is really worth the money. During this year's prime day, it was even available for as little as $49!
MediaTek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz | ARM Mali-T720 | 8" | 369 g
Spurred by AMD's Ryzen, Intel released a plethora of new CPUs at Computex 2017. (Source: Intel)

Are six cores better than four for gaming?

Techspot pits the i7-7700K against the slightly more expensive hexa-core i7-7800X, and the results are conclusive: the 7800X might give you more cores, but it's less (game) performance for more money.
Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 now available for $1199 USD

Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 now available for $1199 USD

The "world's thinnest and lightest Windows-based 2-in-1" will have optional WiTricity wireless charging mat and detachable keyboard accessories.
Look mom, no bezels. (Source: GSMArena)

Case-maker renders reveal Galaxy Note 8 design, dual cameras in tow

Leaked case renders for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phablet lend credence to earlier reports of a bezel-less Infinity display and presence of dual cameras in what could be Samsung's most impressive comeback in the phablet space after the Note 7 debacle.
AMOLED displays like those found in the Samsung Galaxy S8 are becoming cheaper and more popular. (Image source:

AMOLED displays fast approaching price parity with LCD panels

The price of manufacturing a 5.5-inch FHD AMOLED display is now a mere 10 cents more than a 5.5-inch LCD panel. Market researchers are expecting the market for AMOLED to grow by 63% this year, and that by 2020, 50% of smartphones will have an AMOLED screen.
Huawei slashing Mate 9 and Honor 8 prices for Amazon Prime Day (Source: Huawei)

Huawei slashing Mate 9 and Honor 8 prices for Amazon Prime Day

Huawei's current flagship can be had for $150 USD off the original price for a limited time. A total of six other Huawei devices will also be discounted for Amazon Prime users only.
BlackBerry KEYone

83% BlackBerry KEYone Smartphone Review

Press me! TLC has presented a new BlackBerry smartphone with a physical keyboard: the KEYone. The new smartphone combines a 4.5-inch touchscreen with a touch-sensitive keyboard that can also be used as a Trackpad.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 4.5" | 180 g
Acer Spin 1 (N3450, FHD) Convertible Review

79% Acer Spin 1 (N3450, FHD) Convertible Review

Untiring.Acer's 11.6-inch convertible pleases with a very long battery life and an IPS display with stable viewing angles.
Intel Celeron N3450 | Intel HD Graphics 500 | 11.6" | 1.5 kg
Microsoft's rumored upcoming phone might feature HoloLens like capabilities along with the ability to run full Windows. (Source: Digital Trends)

New Windows Mobile device being prototyped by Microsoft, likely AR/VR focussed

A new mobile device prototype, which could likely be focused on AR/VR, is doing the rounds in Microsoft HQ that could possibly signal the company's efforts for a comeback in mobile.
Chrome OS might be getting a new touch-friendly launcher soon. (Source: Pocketnow)

Touch-friendly interface coming soon to a Chromebook near you

Canary builds of Chrome OS feature a touch launcher suggesting that Chrome OS could soon power touch-enabled displays in the near future
The Surface Pro features improved performance, battery life, and design over the Surface Pro 4. (Source: Microsoft)

Surface Pro users complain of random shut-offs

Microsoft has confirmed that some Surface Pro units are being affected by sudden and random hibernation — though other users assert the laptop is simply turning off abruptly, causing them to lose work.
The Nubia N2 features mediocre specs with one standout feature - a 5000 mAh battery. (Source: Android Hits)

The 5000 mAh ZTE Nubia N2 launches in India on Amazon

A midrange spec sheet coupled with a humongous 5000 mAh battery and a 16MP selfie camera make the ZTE Nubia N2 standout from the rest of the pack.
Inital renders of 'Mercury' revealed that the device could be a large Lumia variant. (Source: MSPoweruser)

Nokia's cancelled 'Mercury' tablet is reminiscent of a large Lumia phone

Leaked images reveal that the Nokia 'Mercury' tablet could have been a decent Windows 8 device with enough power for day-to-day tasks.
The Moto Z2 Force is expected to have a more durable case, an improved camera and a bigger battery compared to the Moto Z2 Play. (Source: Evan Blass via Twitter)

Motorola's 2017 flagship, the Moto Z2 Force, gets leaked picture

An image of Motorola's 2017 flagship, the Moto Z2 Force, was leaked by Evan Blass via Twitter.
A concept DSLR Moto Mod. (Image source: TechDroider)

Motorola announces slew of new Moto Mods

Lenovo-owned Motorola announces several new Moto Mods at a press event in Ghana, Africa earlier this week. Among them are a 360-degree camera, a speaker from Marshall, and a DSLR Mod with switchable lenses.
The OnePlus 5's inverted stereo recording complements the inverted display. (Source: Pocketnow)

Forget the display — even the OnePlus 5's audio is inverted

Users of the new OnePlus 5 smartphone are reporting that the handset inverts the left and right channels while recording video in a particular orientation.
Sony bezel-less handset to use the JDI 6-inch, 18:9 ratio touchscreen display, launch expected for September 2017

IFA 2017 | Sony might unveil a bezel-less handset in September

A rumor that surfaced on Weibo claims that Sony plans to unveil a 6-inch handset with a bezel-less design that uses a JDI ultra-narrow touchscreen with an aspect ratio of 18:9.
The Honor 9 was introduced today in Berlin.

Honor 9: Hands-on

Honor's flagship smartphone enters a new round and remains true to its principles: high-end features for a mid-range price. The Honor 9 offers many improvements in the detail, such as a faster SoC, more storage, an improved dual camera with hybrid zoom, and a stronger battery. We were able to get a first impression of the smartphone during its launch in Berlin.
Sony Xperia XA1 Smartphone

84% Sony Xperia XA1 Smartphone Review

Unique mid-range. Xperia XA1 is the name of Sony's mid-range smartphone this year. With high-resolution cameras and an extravagant design, it definitely has what it takes to be a crowd-pleaser. But can the SoC deliver enough power? And what about battery life? We will answer these and other questions in the test.
Mediatek Helio P20 (LP4) MT6757 | ARM Mali-T880 MP2 | 5" | 143 g
With no tangible benefits over its bigger cousin, the Surface Mini was shelved in the last minute. (Source: Windows Central)

Pictures of the cancelled Surface Mini reveal why it didn't hold promise

With nothing noteworthy to offer apart from a smaller display and an underpowered processor, the Surface Mini was cancelled by Microsoft at the last minute.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 (i5-7300U, 256 GB) Convertible Review

90% Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 (i5-7300U, 256 GB) Convertible Review

Olden but golden. Without a USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3, the 2017 model of Microsoft's Surface Pro seems kind of dowdy. The fanless operation we have already seen in Acer's Alpha 12, and unfortunately the device throttles noticeably. Is the only benefit left really its decent battery life?
Intel Core i5-7300U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.3" | 1.1 kg
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos Smartphone Review

83% Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos Smartphone Review

All good things... With the update of its attractive Galaxy J series, we have the third generation of the J5 in our test. Samsung has radically changed the design and otherwise performs meaningful fine tuning. Fans of removable batteries will be disappointed, since the battery is now also built into the J5.
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa | ARM Mali-T830 MP1 | 5.2" | 158 g
Blackview P2 Smartphone Review

79% Blackview P2 Smartphone Review

Blackviewberry without keyboard. Not just the name of the Chinese manufacturer Blackview seems to be inspired by the Canadian manufacturer that used to be called RIM. But the smartphone with the simple name of "P2" is not trying to impress with a keyboard, but rather with good connectivity and a large battery. The specifications look promising, but is that enough?
Mediatek MT6750 | ARM Mali-T860 MP2 | 5.5" | 230 g
Toshiba Portégé X30 (i7-7600U, 256 GB) Laptop Review

88% Toshiba Portégé X30 (i7-7600U, 256 GB) Laptop Review

Featherweight champion? Toshiba's Portégé X30 packs tons of features in one of the lightest bodies currently available. Can the X30 compete with other thin-and-light heavyweights, or will it get knocked out?
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1 kg
Huawei MediaPad T3 10

81% Huawei MediaPad T3 10 Tablet Review

Fast - or not really? The Huawei MediaPad T3 10 impresses with a quite high processor performance for lower mid-range tablets, but still cannot convince in terms of overall performance. How it manages to do this, you can find out in our test.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 | Qualcomm Adreno 308 | 9.6" | 460 g
Huawei MateBook series officially coming to North America (Source: Huawei)

Huawei MateBook series officially coming to North America

The existing MateBook X, MateBook D, and MateBook E should be shipping within the next few months with online pre-orders beginning tomorrow.
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) Tablet Review

92% Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) Tablet Review

Big Player. The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 has been updated not only with a faster SoC but also with an improved camera and display. We haven't found much to criticize, but the giant amongst its brethren is not a full replacement for a laptop just yet.
Apple A10X Fusion | Apple A10X Fusion GPU / PowerVR | 12.9" | 677 g
Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook Laptop Review

80% Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook Laptop Review

Barebones utilitarianism… One truly bright spot for Chromebooks has been the education sector, wherein their adoption has been disproportionately high. In recognition of this opportunity, Lenovo seizes the moment with what is arguably their most utilitarian—yet still affordable—notebook to date, specifically intended for students.
Mediatek MT8173C | PowerVR GX6250 | 11.6" | 1.4 kg
Panasonic: Toughbook CF-XZ6 announced

Panasonic: Toughbook CF-XZ6 announced

Toughbook goes Business. With the new CF-XZ6, Panasonic has announced a particularly slim convertible for the first time, which is aimed at business users. The detachable with a total weight of about 1.2 kg (~2.6 lb) lacks prominent bumpers and features many interfaces. On top of that, it delivers a battery life of up to 14 hours.
The Galaxy S8 isn't the only flagship Android phone with slim bezels; the G6 wears the look just as well. (Source: CNET)

Deal: LG G6 now available for just US$420

If you want a flagship phone without the flagship tax, a top eBay seller is now selling this year's impressive LG G6 for only US$420.
Xiaomi Mi6 Smartphone Review

89% Xiaomi Mi6 Smartphone Review

Insider tip. Anyone looking for a powerful high-end smartphone now, should take a closer look at the Xiaomi Mi6. For about 400 Euros (~$450), Xiaomi's flagship smartphone offers quite a lot, except for LTE-band-20 support. As our test shows, the sixth generation of the Mi series also cannot keep up with the high-end competition in one respect.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998) | Qualcomm Adreno 540 | 5.15" | 168 g
LG shows a potential application for its 77-inch flexible OLED as a smart desk. (Source: LG Display)

LG bends the limits of display technology

LG has announced a massive 77-inch OLED display that is both flexible and transparent. While this giant panel probably won't find its way into home theaters any time soon, its technical and professional applications are intriguing.
The ThinkPad 701c is one of the most sought-after models for collectors. (Source: Tech Radar)

ThinkPads have accomplished a lot in 25 years

Lenovo is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ThinkPad lineup with an event in New York City. Let's take a look at a few of the product line's accomplishments over the years.
Lenovo Yoga 720-15IKB (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

82% Lenovo Yoga 720-15IKB (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

Convertible Powerhouse. The Lenovo Yoga line has long been the leader in the 2-in-1 notebook market. With the redesigned Yoga 720, the Chinese manufacturer looks to expand that dominance. Can the 15-inch model be flexible enough for consumers, or will it snap under pressure?
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2 kg

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