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The Black Shark 2 has been released. (Source: GizmoChina)

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is now available: SD 855 and Pixelworks HDR for US$477

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 has been launched today (March 18, 2019) in China. As expected, it is powered by the Snapdragon 855 processor, has a 6GB RAM base model and has a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. This panel has some interest...
UMIDIGI S3 Pro with MediaTek Helio P70 and 48 MP main camera available globally March 18 2019 (Source: UMIDIGI)

UMIDIGI S3 Pro now globally available at US$279.99, still a pretty good deal

Not long after the successful completion of the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign with twice the initial goal of US$100,000, the UMIDIGI S3 Pro is now available globally. The price tag has gone up to US$279.99, but this Helio P70-po...
Renders of the ZTE Axon S. (Source: Notebook Italia)

First ZTE Axon S leak - Five cameras, side slider, 5x optical zoom, UD fingerprint reader

ZTE could be set to push the innovation envelope in the coming months. The company is said to be working on a flagship, the Axon S, which will feature 5G support, a side sliding mechanism, a 95% screen to body ratio, and five came...
Samsung - A Galaxy Event 2019 - invitation (Source: Samsung Global Newsroom)

Samsung confirms April 10 event, new Galaxy A handsets coming up

The teaser image that comes with the invite to Samsung's launch event that will take place on April 10 in Bangkok, Milan, and São Paulo suggests that at least three new Galaxy A handsets with different screen shapes will be the st...
The Galaxy S10+ features an 8MP RGB depth camera and a 10MP selfie camera. (Source: Samsung)

The lack of a 3D ToF sensor on the Galaxy S10+ gives the iPhone Xs a clear edge with selfies

Samsung’s latest Galaxy S10 models pack a serious punch and have been getting very positive reviews on the whole. This includes the Galaxy S10+, which picks up dual-front facing cameras to go with its triple-rear facing camera arr...
Samsung Galaxy A2 Core leaked press render (Source: SamMobile)

Samsung could launch another Android Go phone soon, namely the Galaxy A2 Core

A leaked press render revealed that the Galaxy A lineup will become the second family of Samsung handsets to include at least one Android Go-driven smartphone. This Exynos 7870-powered phone will probably launch on March 22 in Ind...
Xiaomi Poco F2 concept. (Source: Ben Geskin on Twitter)

Xiaomi Poco F2's Geekbench listing throws up an SoC conundrum, but it's likely fake

A listing for the purported Xiaomi Poco F2 has surfaced on Geekbench and while we are expecting a Snapdragon 855-powered flagship killer from Xiaomi this year, the scores do not seem to reflect such high aspirations. Going by the ...
According to Roland Quandt, this is what the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro look like. (Source: WinFuture)

New Roland Quandt leak purports to contain nearly every detail on the Huawei P30 series

Roland Quandt has posted a new article in which he claims to set out every detail on the upcoming Huawei P30 and P30 Pro prior to their launch. This includes nearly every major spec and detail of the phones, including their relati...
The Pixel 4 may have a Galaxy S10-esque punch-hole camera. (Source: PhoneDesigner)

Fresh Pixel 4 leak suggests punch-hole for this phone as well

A few days ago, a series of renders pointed to a Pixel 4 XL design with a dual selfie cam set into its screen. Now, a Twitter-based leaker alleges that the smaller device from the same upcoming line will also follow this trend. Ho...
The company hopes the day never comes. (Source: Gizbot)

Huawei confirms that it has built its own proprietary mobile OS...just in case

There have always been rumors that Huawei was working on its own OS. Those have now been confirmed by the company, with Huawei CEO Richard Yu affirming that the Chinese monolith has a working mobile OS all geared up and ready to g...
The Poco F1. (Source: BBC)

New Geekbench listing teases a purported Poco F1 Lite

A few days ago, a Geekbench listing showed what appeared to be a Poco F1 Lite running on Android Pie with 4 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 660. We are leery of the whole thing, though.
Renders of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. (Source: OnLeaks)

Remember the mid-range Pixel phones? They could be sold as the Pixel 3a and 3a XL

Until now, we'd been led to believe that Google's upcoming mid-range devices would be called the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite. Apparently not, as Google code points towards the devices being named the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL....
Renders of the Xiaomi foldable phone. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Xiaomi's upcoming foldable phone will cost half the price of a Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Huawei's Mate X foldable phones may rightfully dominate the headlines but they come with the caveat of outrageous prices. Xiaomi is set to join the foldable race in the coming months and will, in typical ...
Renders of the Huawei P30 Pro. (Source: Techenguru)

The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will feature OLED displays made by Samsung

The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will be launched on March 26, and while the devices' selling points remain photography, both will still feature top of the line displays—in the form of Samsung-made OLED panels.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Smartphone Review

Samsung Galaxy S10 Smartphone Review

Live Review - Samsung has priced the smaller version of the top-tier S10 models more attractively than the S10+. In addition to its smaller display comes a lower capacity battery, a single front-facing camera along with less internal storage. Likewise, there is no option for a ceramic back as there is with the S10+. Read on to find out how the Galaxy S10 compares against its Plus namesake and how it stands up against other modern flagships.
Samsung Exynos 9820 | ARM Mali-G76 MP12 | 6.1" | 157 g
The Redmi Note 7 is the first Xiaomi phone to come with an 18-month warranty as standard. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi plans to make 18-month warranties a standard for its smartphones

Xiaomi usually offers a 12-month warranty for its phones to customers in its home country of China. However, this was turned on its head somewhat with the release of the Redmi Note 7. The company gave an extra 6 months' worth for ...
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
This selfie camera's oneday successor may not even be visible within the display. (Source: AndroidPIT)

Samsung's next-generation displays are set to engulf and hide cameras completely

The Galaxy S10s are Samsung's first flagships in which the front-facing cameras peek right through their high-end OLED displays. However, their future replacements may not even require the cut-out in order to fit around a camera. ...
The Black Shark 2 is available for reservation now. (Source:

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 emerges in pre-release reservations-page form

Xiaomi's new gaming phone, so far known as the 'Black Shark 2', has been listed by the online retailer Although this page does not reveal its price, it allows potential buyers to reserve a unit ahead of its launch date (Ma...
Alldocube M8 T801 Tablet Review

79% Alldocube M8 T801 Tablet Review

Very low price. $150 USD can get you a pretty decent Android tablet these days. The Alldocube M8 gets the job done while offering optional 4G LTE for compatible markets.
MediaTek Helio X27 MT6797X | ARM Mali-T880 MP4 | 8" | 345 g
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Smartphone Review

85% Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Smartphone Review

Quo Vadis. The Chinese smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 is now - due to new marketing strategies of Xiaomi - just called Redmi Note 7. It is hard to categorize, given that it has the highest camera resolution currently available on a smartphone and a relatively weak Snapdragon 660. We tested the fist official smartphone of the sub-brand Redmi in order to uncover its true potential.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 | Qualcomm Adreno 512 | 6.3" | 186 g
Renders of the Pixel 4 XL. (Source: PhoneArena)

First Pixel 4 XL leak alludes to dual rear cameras and a punch-hole akin to that of the Galaxy S10+

The first leak on the Google Pixel 4 devices have surfaced, in the form of a sketch of what is said to be the Pixel 4 XL. Going by the leak, we could be set to get a pill-shaped punch-hole, dual rear cameras, and an in-display fin...
The Sony Xperia 1. (Source: Sony)

The Sony Xperia 1 is now listed on Amazon US with a hefty US$999 price tag

The Sony Xperia 1 has now been listed on Amazon. The device is listed with a US warranty, so it's almost definitely the unlocked model for the US market. Sadly, it also comes with a US$999 price tag, and apparently doesn't ship un...
Repent or face the wrath of the WhatsApp overlords. (Source: WhatsApp)

WhatsApp is now banning users of third-party apps - GBWhatsApp, WhatsApp Plus

Over the past week or so, WhatsApp has taken to enforcing its strict anti-third-party policies. The company considers third-party versions of the messenger a security risk and is now banning users of such apps. GB WhatsApp and Wha...
The Nova 4e will be sold as the Huawei P30 Lite in other parts of the world. (Source: GSMArena)

Huawei launches the Nova 4e, a Huawei P30 Lite for the Chinese market

Huawei has launched its latest device, the Nova 4e, in China. The mid-ranger features a Kirin 710, 3340 mAh battery, triple rear cameras, 32 MP selfie camera, up to 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage. It will be sold as the Huawei...
The Redmi Note 5 will receive Pie soon. (Source: XDA-Developers)

A bunch of Xiaomi phones are set to receive Android Pie

Going by information released on Xiaomi's official forum, the company plans on sending out the Pie update to a host of devices over the next couple of months. The Redmi Note 5, for one, is expected to get the update before this mo...
Cyrus CS24

77% Cyrus CS24 Smartphone Review

Old, but reliable? The Cyrus CS24 is something peculiar: the smartphone has been on the market since 2016, the company provides security updates, and offers cheap support even after the warranty has expired. Should sustainability-fans rejoice? Find out in the review.
Mediatek MT6737T | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5" | 220 g
Samsung's new 12GB LPDDR4X module. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung is about to mass-produce its 12GB LPDDR4X mobile DRAM module

Samsung has announced that it is ready to start producing its highest-capacity RAM module for mobile devices. It has a 10-nanometer architecture and should deliver data speeds of up to 34.1 gigabytes (GB) per second. This 12GB low...
The Xiaomi Mi 9 also has a 'transparent' option. (Source: XDA)

Xiaomi cancels Mi 9 Transparent Edition sales at the last minute

Xiaomi had planned a sales event for the Mi 9 Transparent Edition, as well as the Mi 9 SE, for today (March 14, 2019) in China. However, reports that it has been abruptly cancelled have come in from that country. The OEM cited uni...
The OPPO Reno's purported four color SKUs. (Source: Mr. Phone)

A set of impressive photos, supposedly taken with OPPO's 10x zoom, appears on Weibo

A Weibo account has posted a series of images, mostly of famous places or buildings that were allegedly taken with an OPPO device equipped with the OEM's new 10X zoom module. The user claims that the phone in question is a Reno, t...
Android Q Beta 1 is now available for a handful of phones. (Source: Google)

First Android Q beta rolls out to Pixel phones

It's finally here - Q has been released for download and use - albeit only on Pixel-line phones. On the other hand, this Beta 1 form of the OS is mainly meant for development and testing, not daily use. However, it does come with ...
The Mate 30 Pro could look like this, maybe. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro could ditch the selfie camera in favor of a rear secondary display

A new patent filed by Huawei may have given us our first look at the Mate 30 Pro. Going by the details of the patent, the device could eschew a selfie camera in favor of a rear secondary display. A triple camera setup may be locat...
Renders of the Huawei P30 Pro. (Source: Techenguru)

Rumor roundup: Huawei P30 Pro visits benchmarks, 10x zoom showcased in camera samples

Huawei will launch the P30 phones on March 26 at an event in Paris and more details of the devices have been revealed, as they make their way across multiple benchmarks. Camera samples of the P30 Pro have also surfaced, giving us...
Oppo A1 cheaper sibling to arrive soon as the A1K with MediaTek Helio P22 processor

MediaTek Helio P22-driven Oppo A1K coming soon

The MediaTek Helio P23-powered Oppo A1 will soon get a cheaper sibling with lower specs known as the A1K. Insiders familiar with the matter revealed that the upcoming handset will feature a waterdrop display, a single-sensor main ...
Android Q may be imminent, but HTC is just getting around to upgrading its flagship smartphones to Pie. (Image source: HTC)

HTC could release Android 9 Pie for the U11, U11+ and U12+ almost a year after initially confirming that it was going to do so

It may have taken over 7 months, but HTC has finally confirmed in which quarter it plans to release Android 9 Pie for the U11, U11+ and the U12+. The three devices should receive the update in Q2 this year, which could by the end ...
Can you get your phone back after it goes missing? (Source: Asurion)

An insurance company publishes its report on successful stolen or lost device recovery research

A mobile insurance and device company, Asurion, has announced its findings on a study about missing devices and cases in which their owners managed to get them back. The company reported that having a lockscreen showing a contact ...
One of the leaked 'Honor 10i' images. (Source: SlashLeaks)

A new device called the Honor 10i hits SlashLeaks

A recent post on SlashLeaks shows real-life images of a device with Honor branding. The poster alleges that it is of the brand's 10 line - however, it can't be the pre-existing 10 Lite, as it appears to have triple rear cameras. T...
The Your Phone app on the new Insider preview can mirror your Android's screen. (Source: Microsoft)

New Windows Insiders build allows for native Android screen-mirroring on PC; only works with certain phones so far

The latest build of Windows 10 available via the Insider program expands the functions of the Your Phone app on the OS. This service, which formerly gave Android users a more convenient way to move their files on their PCs, now su...
The Xiaomi Mi 6X came with decent mid-range specs and color options. (Source: NDTV)

Xiaomi reportedly starts work on Android Pie update for the Mi 6X

Xiaomi has already released official Android Pie-based builds for a number of its 2018 devices. Recent rumors that may emanate from the Chinese MIUI community indicate that the Mi 6X will soon join their ranks. This phone, which i...
Design-wise, the T3 looks very similar to Samsung's Galaxy S10. (Source: Anandtech)

Ulefone T3 with MediaTek Helio P90 SoC showcased

Even though the Ulefone T3 looks very similar to Samsung's S10, the Chinese model is aimed at the premium mid-range market, since it comes equipped with the Helio P90 SoC from MediaTek. It does come with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of ...
The Sony Xperia 1. (Source:

New Sony compact phone in the pipes - Xperia 4, Snapdragon 710, 21:9 display, 2800 mAh, no jack

Following the launch of the Xperia 1, Xperia 10, and Xperia 10 Plus a few weeks ago, Japanese OEM Sony is set to unveil yet another device. The device, said to be the Xperia 4, will be a compact sub-premium phone featuring a Snapd...
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9. (Source: BGR)

Unlocked and Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 9 models are now receiving the stable Pie-based One UI update

Samsung is now sending out the stable Pie update to its Verizon and Unlocked models in the US. Unlocked Samsung models are usually the last to receive updates, so this means that all Note 9 users in the US have now received the P...
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

March 2019 Update. Here you will find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>90cm²)

March 2019 Update. Here is a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen surface areas above 90 cm² - we have reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Google has used its AI expertise to bring offline speech recognition to Gboard on Pixel devices. (Source: Google)

Pixel users get offline voice recognition with Gboard

Google has quietly launched a breakthrough on real-time voice recognition technology via its AI blog. Using AI technology and tapping into the neural processing capabilities of its Pixel phones, Gboard users can now offline real-t...
The team that made the Pixel Slate has been cut back according to a report. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Google said cutting back on Pixelbook, Pixel Slate efforts

Google looks to be cutting back on its computing hardware efforts reports Business Insider. According to the report, dozens of engineers and program managers working on the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate have been told to seek other ro...
It's possible the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could arrive 5G ready. (Source: Phone Arena)

5G version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could be in the works; mysterious "luge" spotted

XDA Developers has discovered a clue in the kernel source code for the Exynos versions of the Samsung Galaxy S10 line-up that could point to the development of a 5G version of the Galaxy Note 10. The code also offered up a new dev...
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8. (Source: Pocket Lint)

The March security update is now rolling out to the Galaxy Note 8 and Note 9 in certain regions

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 received the Pie update in certain regions last month and Samsung is also now sending the March security to those models. Note 9 users in certain markets are also getting the security patch, interestingly...
The Redmi 7. (Source: GSMArena)

Redmi 7 billed for March 18 launch, retail box teased

Xiaomi's Redmi sub-brand is set to launch its fourth device this year, the Redmi 7, at an event in Beijing on March 18. The budget device will feature a Snapdragon 632, dual rear cameras, and up to 4 GB of RAM.
Top 10 Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

March 2019 update Here you will find the current best tablets reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.

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