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Huawei and Xiaomi are two of the top six smartphone manufacturers, a noteworthy feat considering their dire lack of presence in the US. Both companies look set to remedy that, however, with reports claiming that there are deals on the cards that will see both sell devices in the US under different carriers.
Official Dell website hinting at unannounced Latitude 7290, 7390, and 7490 notebooks
IT certification site DMTF and Dell itself may have both independently confirmed the existence of the unannounced Latitude 7490. Could a soft refresh be on the way for CES 2018?
Apple releases the iMac Pro starting at US$4,999
Advertised as "the most powerful Mac ever," the iMac Pro provides an impressive set of hardware specs, packing Xeon processors with up to 18 cores, 22 Teraflops of graphics performance, as well as a 27-inch Retina 5K display.
CES 2018 | The Asus VivoBook 14 makes a quiet appearance ahead of CES 2018
Asus has revealed the VivoBook 14 laptop on its website ahead of CES 2018. The VivoBook 14 comes with options of up to an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU and an optional NVIDIA MX150 GPU along with several storage options and will be have an official presentation during CES 2018.
CAT S31 rugged smartphone finally available in the US
The 4.7-inch CAT S31 is now available in the US via Amazon for around US$330 and, although its specs do not match this price range, the IP68-rated water resistance and its compliance with the MIL-SPEC 810G standard for ruggedness make it a worthy choice for those who face tough environments frequently.
CES 2018 | LG Gram ultrabooks with 8th generation Intel Core processors coming to the US next month
LG has just announced that the updated Gram lineup of ultrabooks is scheduled to arrive in the US starting in January. Next to the 8th generation Intel Core processors, these portables come with a sturdier build and increased autonomy.
CES 2018 | Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) now official
The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen with the built-in S Pen and the two Notebook 9 (2018) models without a bundled stylus come with 8th generation Intel Core processors and should hit South Korea later this month. These new ultrabooks will be shown at CES 2018 and are scheduled to go on sale in the US in the first quarter of 2018.
Microsoft partners with Reddit for some crowdsourced wisdom
A partnership between Microsoft and Reddit will see the latter leveraging Microsoft's AI tools and Bing to integrate Reddit content in search results, especially from AMA sessions and Reddit Answers, enabling a more natural and crowdsourced approach to search.
Get ready for higher PC prices should Intel recede on its "Intel Inside" marketing program
OEMs are at risk of losing valuable Intel sponsorship benefits such as marketing exposure, price subsidies, and channel compensations should the Intel Inside program be defunded.
Lenovo: The ThinkPad T470p likely won't get a successor in form of a T480p
The ThinkPad T-Series is apparently getting an update soon as the CES 2018 draws near – but one model of the 2017-lineup seems to be getting the axe. The T480p as the successor of the T470p could be made obsolete by the new 15 W Quad-Core CPUs.
Essential has only sold 50,000 phones (but that may not be as bad as it sounds)
According to the number of downloads of its camera app, Essential has sold no more than 50,000 units. While the accuracy of this number is arguable, hitting such a low volume of sales may not be as bad for the start-up as it sounds.
The new HP EliteBook 1020 G2 and 1040 G4 are the brightest business laptops available
The 700 nit panels of the 12.5-inch EliteBook 1020 G2 and 14-inch 1040 G4 are brighter than even the MacBook Pro 13 and over twice the brightness of the XPS 13.
India reportedly chooses indigenization over Apple's demand for tax-free imports
The Indian Government is not in favor of offering import tax sops to Apple's mobile phone parts considering the impact it will have on the domestic manufacturing sector. Apple is demanding that the Government concede to its demand of duty-free imports in order to expand iPhone manufacturing in the country.
Rumor | References to a new Huawei tablet surface online, purportedly the MediaPad M4
Some references to what could be the successor to the MediaPad M3 have surfaced online via an UAprof.xml file. The references point to a similar display resolution as the M3 and the OS version to be Android 8 Oreo.
Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Echo hit 28 new markets
The Amazon Music Unlimited streaming service and the Echo smart speaker can finally be acquired in many new markets across Europe and the Americas. All these areas receive three plan options: Echo, Individual, and Family.
Microsoft expands 'AI for Earth' program with an additional US$50 million
Microsoft is increasing the investment in their AI for Earth program, which aims to provide software, access, funding, and grants to organisations who are adapting AI technology for environmentally-friendly purposes.
Bitcoin futures go online, price spikes close to US$17,000
The cryptocurrency king went almost US$1,000 up in value immediately after the release of CBOE's future contracts. While the involvement of investors and traders could reduce the price volatility, the decentralized nature of the coin might become just a myth.
Intel 'Gemini Lake' Pentium Silver and Celeron CPUs now official, come with support for Gigabit WiFi
Intel has officially announced the launch of 'Gemini Lake' CPUs in Pentium Silver and Celeron variants. 'Gemini Lake' succeeds 'Apollo Lake' and comes with support for Gigabit WiFi, Adaptive Contrast Enhancement, and improved graphics capabilities.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones
December 2017 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 (>5.5-inch)
December 2017 update. Here is a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen sizes of 5.5 inches and greater - 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)
December 2017 update. Here's a list of the best compact smartphones - with screen sizes of 5-inches or less - we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets
December 2017 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros
December 2017 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 120 Euros (~$135) reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Microsoft to reach US$1 trillion market cap by 2020
Microsoft's share price is expected to reach US$109 by 2020, leading to a market cap of over US$1 trillion. Surprisingly enough, Windows and Xbox will not be the main revenue generators, Microsoft relying instead on the 365 cloud computing platform and the Azure Stack solution.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets
December 2017 update. Here is the current list of Notebookcheck's top-ranked Windows tablets. This list is reviewed on a regular basis, checked by our editors and updated if needed. It is designed to help our readers with their purchase decisions.
Dell Latitude 13 7380 (i7-7600U, FHD) Laptop Review
The sweet spot? Dell’s revision of their 13.3-inch Latitude 7000 series introduces active cooling and brings the machine up to speed with its 12.5 and 14-inch counterparts. With a Core i7 CPU, 16 GB RAM, and a Samsung NVMe SSD, is this the business-grade XPS 13 we’ve been waiting for?
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
Honor announces plans to take over Indian smartphone market by 2020
Honor President George Zhao has declared the company's intentions to rule the Indian smartphone market by 2020, a goal it hopes to achieve by releasing bang-for-buck devices under the Rs 10,000 price point.
Andy Rubin returns to Essential after absence over misconduct case
Andy Rubin, founder of Essential and creator of the Android OS, went on a leave of absence at the tail end of November over a case of perceived misconduct during his time as an executive at Google.
Sony PlayStation 4 continues to dominate this generation's consoles sales with over 70 million units sold
Sony announced yesterday that the PlayStation 4 has now passed 70 million lifetime sales, along with almost 618 million games sold.
Windows PCs gaining market share worldwide thanks to the education sector
According to Microsoft, "more and more schools are choosing Windows over competitive offerings" in the US while Futuresource's latest quarterly report also revealed a 15 percent growth year-over-year for the global education market.
Samsung has no place in the Chinese smartphone market, data shows
A report by Kanta World Panel has shown the state of the Chinese smartphone market, with figures indicating Huawei's lead, Apple's growth, and Samsung's almost palpable irrelevance.
You can no longer use Bitcoin to buy games on Steam (and with good reason)
Due to the high volatility and growing transaction fees associated with Bitcoin, Valve is no longer accepting the cryptocurrency as a payment method for purchases made on Steam. This decision sheds some light on the economic ramifications of the rapid growth of a currency.
Microsoft OneDrive for Android updated with new looks
Microsoft OneDrive 5.1 for Android comes without the hamburger menu and features tabs at the bottom. A "Free space" option now shows up when the storage is full, advising you to remove those files you no longer need.
UPDATE (specifications) | The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 has arrived
Qualcomm's second annual Snapdragon Technology Summit is underway, with the presentations of the first day including the announcement of the Snapdragon 845 and confirmation of Samsung Foundry as the manufacturing partner.
Commercial spyware is out of control
A fresh report published by The Citizen Lab revealed that Ethiopia, a country where less than 5 percent of the population has access to the internet, conducted a complex global cyber espionage campaign.
Bitcoin passes US$12,000 mark, could go beyond US$14,000 this week
If experts are right, Bitcoin has entered a parabolic feedback loop that appreciates its value in waves. This could mean that the price of BTC may reach US$14,000 by the end of this week and potentially go as high as US$20,000 by the time miner rewards get halved in February 2018.
Updated | Asus announces the NovaGo convertible — the first Windows-on-Snapdragon device with all day long battery life
Asus has announced the NovaGo convertible — the world's first Gigabit LTE laptop powered by the Snapdragon 835 running full Windows 10. The notebook promises always-on connectivity and purportedly offers more than 20 hours of battery life.
Always-on LTE connectivity coming soon to a Ryzen-powered laptop near you
AMD announced its partnership with Qualcomm to integrate the latter's X16 LTE modem on Ryzen APUs, thereby, bringing always-on LTE connectivity to high-performance notebooks.
The Envy x2 is HP's idea of a detachable notebook with always-on connectivity
HP has taken wraps of the Envy x2, a detachable notebook powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. The Envy x2 sports a premium finish and comes with the promise of Gigabit LTE and 20 hours of battery life.
Amazon hits Australia
At the end of a few months full of rumors concerning its expansion, Amazon is finally launching in Australia. While most locals would like to easily access global products, Amazon Australia plans to use on the "buy Australian" approach.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro gets a 4/10 from iFixIt
The teardown of the Huawei 10 Pro by iFixIt revealed that replacing the display involves the removal of almost every component, and fixing the front camera requires switching the whole display, including its frame.
Samsung begins mass production of first 512 GB eUFS storage solution for mobile devices
The new Samsung 512 GB eUFS embedded memory is about eight times faster than a typical microSD card, providing up to 860 MB/s sequential read speeds and up to 255 MB/s writes.
Leaked roadmap reveals Intel's 'Cascade Lake-X' HEDT along with new 35W 'Coffee Lake-S' offerings
We might soon see Intel's 35W 'Coffee Lake-S' hit production in Q1 2018 alongside quad-core and dual-core 'Gemini Lake' entry level CPUs. Interestingly, Q4 2018 will see the launch of HEDT 'Cascade Lake-X', the successor to 'Skylake-X'.
Target launches a new mobile payment system
The Target app has just received Wallet, a mobile payment system that only supports the Target REDcard for now, but it will soon gain the ability to add and pay with Target GiftCards as well.
Wileyfox's new Windows Phone isn't shipping today like planned
The 'Wileyfox Pro with Windows 10' Windows phone has been delayed by two weeks until the 18th of December.
Lenovo V730 business notebook leaks online
The Lenovo V730 is a 13-inch notebook that has an 8th generation Intel Core processor inside (up to i7, of course) and features a business design that places it between the ThinkPad lineup and the IdeaPad family.
Facebook Messenger Kids rolls out in the US
The new Facebook Messenger Kids opens up the social network to children aged under 13. This app allows parents to download the app on their child's device, create a profile, and then approve the contacts they are allowed to interact with.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gets a VPN service with the latest update
Apparently as a response to the recently discovered (and patched) KRACK exploit, Samsung added a VPN service to the Galaxy Note 8. Known as "Secure Wi-Fi," this service encrypts all outgoing traffic to provide safe browsing while connected to unsecured public networks.
Cherry outs the MC 4900 optical mouse with fingerprint reader
The MC 4900 mouse is designed to bring extra security to office and business environments through the integrated fingerprint reader. While the mouse has a modest 1375 DPI optical sensor, the fingerprint sensor is among the best capacitive sensing solutions on the market, with 508 DPI resolution, 12 FPS capture speed and AES128 USB encryption.
LeEco's final death may be at hand as the company puts up headquarter building for sale
LeEco's woes don't look like stopping anytime soon, as the company has finally put its headquarters building in China up for sale. The property, with a massive 20,000 square meters of space, comes with an asking price slightly over US$200M.
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