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OnePlus may have to settle for reduced R&D independence. (Source: OnePlus)

Rumor | OnePlus and OPPO are to share R&D teams in the future

A Chinese news outlet has recently broken the story that OPPO and OnePlus - two heretofore independent brands under the BBK Electronics umbrella - will "merge" their research and development efforts. This leak, which might mean th...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 21 Jan 2021 21:16:00 +0100
The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is into its final year of regular software updates. (Image source: Xiaomi)

The Mi A2 Lite receives another update with the latest Android security patch

The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite has begun the new decade with a new update, and one that brings it onto the January 2021 Android security patch. The Mi A2 Lite will not receive an OS upgrade beyond Android 10, but it will continue to receiv...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 21 Jan 2021 20:32:00 +0100
The Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e all feature AMOLED screens. (Image source: Samsung)

Samsung halts Android 11 One UI 3.0 update rollout for the Galaxy S10 due to possible bug issues

It has been reported that Samsung has had to pause the rollout for the Android 11 One UI 3.0 update for the Galaxy S10 series. The reasons for the halt have yet to be divulged but it’s likely bugs have been discovered. The Samsung...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 21 Jan 2021 19:30:00 +0100
A Find X3 Pro render. (Source: Voice)

The OPPO Find X3 Pro might launch with a 4,400mAh battery, 65W charging and ColorOS 11.2

The OPPO CPH2173 is an upcoming device that has been spotted in several leaks over the last few weeks. Based on its alleged specs, it is likely to be a Find X3-series flagship. It has now been certified by the FCC and 3C authoriti...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 20 Jan 2021 23:49:00 +0100
The new 870 EVO. (Source: Samsung)

The 870 EVO is Samsung's newest SATA SSD for personal storage

Samsung has announced the latest in its EVO series of SSDs. The OEM is pitching the 870 at users with network-attached servers (NASs) as well as consumer PCs. It is rated for top SATA read and write speeds and for 30% performance ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 20 Jan 2021 22:50:00 +0100
Can Pei hype his new brand with this competition? (Source: Twitter)

Carl Pei announces his new brand's launch date, holds an M1 MacBook Air giveaway to celebrate

Carl Pei is well known as the co-founder of the successful smartphone brand OnePlus. However, he has since left this company with plans to start another. It will launch on January 27, 2021; in the meantime, Pei has tweeted that he...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:17:00 +0100
The LG V60 ThinQ is yet to receive an OS update. (Image source: LG)

The LG V60 ThinQ is on the verge of receiving Android 11 for the first time

According to a T-Mobile representative, the LG V60 ThinQ should start to see Android 11 within a few days. The publication of the Android 11 kernel source code for the Verizon model points to a wider OS upgrade being on the cards,...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 20 Jan 2021 00:07:00 +0100
The Mi 11 takes the iQOO 7 on during an online test. (Source: YouTube)

A Xiaomi Mi 11 vs. iQOO 7 benchmarking video may be an early hint of overheating issues with the Snapdragon 888 SoC

The Snapdragon 888 is Qualcomm's latest flagship-grade mobile processor, and as such is only available in a tiny handful of phones to date. The first 2 of these, the iQOO 7 and Xiaomi Mi 11, have already exhibited thermal-manageme...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 19 Jan 2021 22:57:00 +0100
This service can still be had for free for a while longer. (Source: Apple)

Apple offers yet more free TV+ access to existing customers

Apple's TV+ is its answer to other streaming platforms such as Netflix. One year's worth of free access to the service was bundled with compatible hardware bought at its September 2019 launch. That offer was then extended so as to...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 19 Jan 2021 18:55:00 +0100
OnePlus Nord N10 gets OxygenOS 10.5.9

OnePlus Nord N10 gets OxygenOS 10.5.9

In addition to the security patch dated January 2021, the OxygenOS 10.5.9 software update for OnePlus Nord N10 handsets also comes with improved network stability and optimized power consumption. Sadly, there are no fixes for the ...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 19 Jan 2021 12:50:00 +0100
The OPPO Band, pictured with its Fashion variant. (Source: OPPO)

The OPPO Band is set for an international launch due to a new leak

The OPPO Band is a 2020 fitness tracker with a blood-oxygen sensor that launched in China for about US$31. Now, it has reportedly acquired an EEC certification, which suggests that it may go on sale in Russia soon. Therefore, this...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 18 Jan 2021 22:21:00 +0100
The Mi Note 10 Lite is now receiving Android 11. (Source: Xiaomi)

The Mi Note 10 Lite receives Android 11 while the Redmi Note 8 gets a fresh OTA

Xiaomi is now expanding its Android 11 rollout to include its mid-range devices, with the Mi Note 10 Lite being the latest to receive the update. The update doesn't bring MIUI 12.5 but it's slowly rolling out to the global variant...
Ricci Rox, Mon, 18 Jan 2021 19:25:00 +0100
Oukitel's new F150 rugged phone. (Source: Oukitel)

The unusually-styled Oukitel F150 B2021 8000mAh toughphone premieres for US$110

Not many rugged phones come in main colors other than black or have horizontally-oriented quad rear cameras. However, the Oukitel F150 B2021 offers both. Its OEM has set it at a regular price of US200; however, it is down to $110 ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 18 Jan 2021 19:10:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy Fold gets Android 11 update with One UI 3.0 on top

Android 11-based Samsung One UI 3.0 finally hits the Galaxy Fold

One week after releasing the update for the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Samsung is bringing the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 software update to its predecessor as well. The Samsung Galaxy Fold is receiving the new firmware already in France a...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 18 Jan 2021 18:04:00 +0100
Xiaomi MIUI 12.5 closed beta is slated to hit 28 Mi and Redmi devices. (Image Source: Gadgets 360)

Xiaomi enlists 27 Mi and Redmi devices eligible for MIUI 12.5 closed beta, Redmi Note 7 included but Redmi Note 8 Pro, Note 8T, and Note 9S fail to make the cut

Xiaomi has taken to its official Weibo account to enlist about 27 devices that are eligible to receive a closed beta rollout of the MIUI 12.5 update. The list of devices includes the upcoming Mi 11 flagship and goes as far back as...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 18 Jan 2021 09:16:00 +0100
Is this the Huawei P50? (Source: LetsGoDigital)

The Huawei P50's rear panel allegedly surfaces in a new leak

Huawei is slated to launch its flagship P50 smartphone series in early 2021. According to a new leak, its vanilla model will have 5 rather different rear cameras, arranged in a new slim housing. It has been worked up into high-end...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 18 Jan 2021 00:42:00 +0100
The Galaxy Watch Active 2's new SKU. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung updates the Galaxy Watch Active 2 with SmartThings Find and Group Walking challenge support

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a new firmware update that brings part of the OEM's virtual group-workout initiative to the wearable. It also now supports SmartThings Find, which might help an owner recover a missing unit, a...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 17 Jan 2021 23:56:00 +0100
Smartwatch health-sensors are getting more powerful. (Source: Apple)

Smartwatches may be able to help diagnose Covid-19, research finds

Can smartwatches help to diagnose cases of Covid-19? According to a couple of new studies, they can. The research applies to the Apple Watch and other wearables associated with heart-rate monitoring, as they might record the varia...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 17 Jan 2021 22:55:00 +0100
The Mate 20 X is no longer an update priority for Huawei. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

Huawei delists the Mate 20 X and Mate 20 Pro from its security update schedule

Embattled smartphone makers Huawei has now removed the Mate 20 series from its security update schedule, in a move that mirrors what happened with the Mate 10 series a year ago. The phones include the Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 17 Jan 2021 20:48:00 +0100
The Sony Xperia 1 (L) and Xperia 5 (R) both feature 21:9 OLED screens. (Image source: Sony - edited)

Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 start receiving Android 11 a month early as Sony sets an example other OEMs should follow

There are reports that Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 smartphones have started receiving an Android 11 update earlier than scheduled. The Android 11 rollout has apparently already begun in Russia and Southeast Asia, even though the Xp...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 17 Jan 2021 20:14:00 +0100
Android 11 on Xiaomi Mi A1 via POSP ROM (Source: Own)

Android 11 on the Xiaomi Mi A1 via POSP: Not perfect, but good enough

Although it seems like a long shot, Android 11 works fine on the Xiaomi Mi A1. The POSP ROM might not be perfect but looks very good and seems stable enough for daily use. The version that I installed on my handset comes with the ...
Codrut Nistor, Sun, 17 Jan 2021 17:43:00 +0100
AV1 might become much more of a standard in the near future. (Source: AOMedia)

Google is pushing Android TV hardware-makers to adopt the AV1 codec in 2021

AV1 is a video codec rated to enhance file compression compared to its current alternatives. Google has become its a major proponent, to the extent that it is now reportedly insisting that manufacturers need to have it enabled in ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 16 Jan 2021 23:54:00 +0100
WhatsApp has been losing users to Signal and Telegram because of privacy concerns. (Image source: CatalystIndependent/Stick - edited)

WhatsApp scrambles to stem the flow of users moving to rivals Signal and Telegram as millions protest against controversial privacy policy

WhatsApp has taken to social media channels to try to allay deep concerns that users have been voicing about data sharing and privacy. The company has decided to extend the deadline for its terms update acceptance from February 8 ...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 16 Jan 2021 20:32:00 +0100
A Realme Buds Wireless 2 Neo schematic. (Source: FCC)

Realme gets a start on debuting its 2021 budget phones and accessories

Realme is a brand that has built its appeal on affordable mobile and personal audio devices. Initial leaks suggest it is going to keep this going in 2021 with the launch of the C21 smartphone and the Buds Wireless 2 Neo. They are ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 16 Jan 2021 20:30:00 +0100
OPPO launches the A93 5G. (Source: OPPO)

OPPO hints at a March 2021 launch for the Find X3 flagship series; intros Snapdragon 480-based A93 5G

OPPO may have set a rough date for the launch of its 2021 premium smartphone series, likely to be called the Find X3 and X3 Pro. At the opposite end of its mobile-device spectrum, the A93 5G has debuted with Qualcomm's latest 5G-f...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 16 Jan 2021 18:35:00 +0100
The Galaxy S21 Ultra has a new top-end image sensor. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung provides a deep dive for the Galaxy S21 Ultra's new 108MP camera sensor

The Galaxy S21 Ultra launched with a new 108MP main shooter, even though the OEM did not introduce it by name exactly during the show. However, it is apparent that it is called the ISOCELL HM3, the first of its kind to debut with ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 15 Jan 2021 23:38:00 +0100
The iQOO 7: now available to order in China. (Source: Weibo)

The iQOO 7 racks up ~US$30.9 million for its first day on the market

The iQOO 7 is the world's second Snapdragon 888-based phone in the world, although it is only available to order in China at present. These sales kicked off today (January 15, 2021), an event its OEM now claims made it 200 million...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 15 Jan 2021 19:15:00 +0100
A shot of the Windows 10X UI. (Source: YouTube)

The Windows 10X desktop leaks in a new video "demo"

A recent video from WindowsCentral's YouTube channel purports to demo the Windows 10X interface. The latest word on this version of the OS is that it will first arrive on devices that are single-screen, touchscreen-oriented or bot...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 15 Jan 2021 18:16:00 +0100
Keep track of things with a Galaxy SmartTag. (Source: Samsung)

Galaxy Unpacked 2021 | Samsung offers the future of recovering missing treasures with new Galaxy SmartTags

The Galaxy SmartTag is a new consumer-grade electronic tracker from Samsung. It has a versatile array of use-cases, from potentially protecting bags from theft to finding lost pets. It is rated for up to 6 months of use per charge...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 14 Jan 2021 19:24:00 +0100
The new Galaxy Buds Pro. (Source: Samsung)

Galaxy Unpacked 2021 | Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro launch with an updated build, intelligent ANC and auto-device switching

Samsung has added Pro variants to its Galaxy Buds series of TWS earbuds. They are rated for upgraded active noise cancellation (ANC), voice-call quality and 360° Audio. They can also switch automatically between different mobile d...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 14 Jan 2021 18:38:00 +0100
The Galaxy S21 Ultra. (Source: Samsung)

Galaxy Unpacked 2021 | The Galaxy S21 Ultra is Samsung's latest truly premium device with a price to match

Samsung has made the Galaxy S21 Ultra official, alongside its smaller S21 and S21+ siblings. Its heretofore well-leaked specs is housed in a fresh case design with a metallic rear camera housing and an otherwise matte finish. The ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 14 Jan 2021 17:41:00 +0100
The new Desire 21 Pro 5G. (Source: HTC)

HTC launches the Desire 21 Pro 5G with a questionable price for its specs

With its Snapdragon 690 SoC and 90 hertz (Hz) FHD IPS display, the HTC Desire 21 Pro 5G has stepped into the ring with the OnePlus Nord N10. However, while that phone is destined for multiple markets, its new rival has only debute...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 14 Jan 2021 00:22:00 +0100
Star Wars is freed from EA's claws: New Star Wars open-world RPG from Ubisoft

Star Wars is freed from EA's claws: New Star Wars open world RPG from Ubisoft in development

For almost a decade, Electronic Arts has had exclusive access to the Star Wars IP. EA was the sole creator of AAA Star Wars games - an arrangement, which did not turn out to be very productive. And it is now coming to its end: Dis...
Benjamin Herzig, Wed, 13 Jan 2021 22:45:00 +0100
The new RT-AX7868U Wi-Fi 6 home router. (Source: Asus)

CES 2021 | The RT-AX68U is the first Asus Wi-Fi 6 router to feature the new Instant Guard security app

Asus has debuted its new Instant Guard facility in the new RT-AX68U Wi-Fi 6 home router. The device also sprouts 3x3 MIMO antennae for speeds of up to 2.7 gigabits per second (Gb/s). It also supports the OEM's AiMesh software, so ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 13 Jan 2021 19:00:00 +0100
An ExpertCenter PC with peripherals. (Source: Asus)

CES 2021 | Asus is confident its new ExpertCenter D7/D5 series is a dependable new option for business customers

Asus is clearly pitching its new ExpertCenter D700 and D500 machines at the IT professionals who would maintain them as well as the employers that would buy them. Their cases can go down to 9 liters (L) in size, and are made to US...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 13 Jan 2021 19:00:00 +0100
Qualcomm announces the absorption of NUVIA. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm announces the acquisition of chip start-up NUVIA

Qualcomm has revealed that it has bought the CPU-design team NUVIA for approximately US$1.4 billion. The OEM asserts that the move will make it more competitive in the future, and will enhance the development of Snapdragon mobile ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 13 Jan 2021 18:28:00 +0100
The Moto G 5G Plus and Nio seem to have a lot in common. (Source: Motorola)

The Motorola "Nio" phone will ship with a 5000mAh battery and a 20W power brick: new leak

Motorola is said to have a new premium phone in the works with the code-name "Nio". It also has a rumored model number (XT2125), which has shown up on the Federal Communications Commission, (FCC) website. This new leak may thus co...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 12 Jan 2021 20:20:00 +0100
The new TCL Wearable Display. (Source: TCL)

CES 2021 | TCL introduces new smart glasses, TWS earbuds and a Bluetooth pet-tracker

TCL's new product launches are mainly display-centric; however, it has also announced the expansion of its smart device ecosystem at CES 2021. They include the new Wearable Display, a name the OEM has seen fit to give its first pa...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 12 Jan 2021 19:37:00 +0100
The Helios 300 refresh: looks might be deceiving. (Source: Acer)

CES 2021 | Acer refreshes the Predator Helios 300 with RTX 3080 graphics and a 240Hz display

The latest iteration of the 15.6-inch Acer Predator Helios 300 could easily be mistaken for the last. However, the OEM asserts that it is rated for even smoother gameplay thanks to its new GPU and display option. Can these new spe...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 12 Jan 2021 18:45:00 +0100
TCL introduces its OD Zero technology. (Source: TCL)

CES 2021 | TCL announces its new form of OD Zero mini-LED alongside upcoming Google TVs at CES 2021

TCL's latest generation of mini-LED panel is called OD Zero, ostensibly as the OEM claims to have reduced the distance between the backlight and diffuser layers in these panels to "zero millimeters". This could improve on luminanc...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 12 Jan 2021 18:34:00 +0100
LG introduces its QNED TVs. (Source: LG)

CES 2021 | LG introduces its 2021 OLED, NanoCell and QNED line-up of TVs

LG asserts that it has brought the "ultimate" slew of updates to its premium TV offerings to CES 2021. The OEM has even invented a new sub-category for this year: QNED, a combination of its mini-LED and Quantum NanoCell Color tech...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 11 Jan 2021 23:44:00 +0100
TCL CSOT's scroll of OLED. (Source: TCL)

CES 2021 | TCL CSOT shows off its rollable OLED and AMOLED displays

TCL's display-development subsidiary CSOT has prepared 2 of its flexible prototypes that can function when paired to rollers for display at CES 2021. One is the extendable AMOLED panel that may have been seen as part of a concept ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 11 Jan 2021 19:37:00 +0100
The first NXTPAPER tablet is here. (Source: TCL)

CES 2021 | TCL announces its latest tablets, one of which features the new NXTPAPER panel type

TCL has just launched its first ever NXTPAPER tablet at CES 2021. It is built around the OEM's recently-developed e-ink competitor, and is slated to deliver a "paper-like" viewing experience. It is joined at the virtual show by th...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 11 Jan 2021 18:53:00 +0100
The new HP Elite Wireless Earbuds. (Source: HP)

CES 2021 | The HP Elite Wireless Earbuds are a new option for work video calls

HP asserts that its new Elite-series earbuds are an enterprise-grade way of introducing wireless audio into your professional online conferencing set-up. They are rated for both passive and active noise cancellation (PNC and ANC),...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 11 Jan 2021 02:00:00 +0100
Samsung might introduce new ISOCELL sensors soon. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung will make 200MP the new normal for smartphone cameras in 2021: new leak

108MP is the highest resolution available to mobile devices at the moment, featuring most recently in the freshly-launched Xiaomi Mi 11. However, the respected leaker Ice Universe asserts that Samsung has new 200MP ISOCELL-line se...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 11 Jan 2021 00:59:00 +0100
The new RA3000 is designed to fit any room it finds itself in. (Source: Sony)

Sony launches new wireless speakers with 360 Reality Audio

Sony has announced new SRS-series wireless speakers. The RA5000 and RA3000 have been designed with "room-filling sound" in mind, which entails a novel design meant to distribute sound horizontally in all directions, at least. They...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 11 Jan 2021 00:11:00 +0100
The new ThinkReality A3 glasses. (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2021 | Lenovo introduces its new enterprise-grade ThinkReality A3 smart glasses

Lenovo has made an ambitious leap into the business end of AR glasses with the new ThinkReality A3s. Their lenses are 1080p displays for their potential mixed-reality (MR) or heads-up display content. They also have dual RGB camer...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 10 Jan 2021 15:00:00 +0100
The Galaxy A02s in all its known colors. (Source: Samsung)

The ultra-budget Samsung Galaxy A02s is headed for the US: new leak

Samsung has made the Galaxy A02s - a potential 2021 cost-effectiveness champ - official, but has yet to release it to any market. A new leak has led to speculation that the US will be first among them. The OEM has certified a numb...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 10 Jan 2021 00:42:00 +0100
Only one of these PS5s will be available in India soon. (Source: Sony)

Sony allegedly confirms that only the PlayStation 5 Classic Edition is coming to India at the console's launch

Sony India has confirmed that it has finally set a release date for the PlayStation 5 (PS5): February 2, 2021, although pre-orders start from January 12 in the country. However, those hoping to reserve a Digital Edition have had t...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 09 Jan 2021 20:45:00 +0100
This phone's successor may have leaked again. (Source: OPPO)

The "OPPO Find X3" appears on Geekbench ahead of its launch

SlashLeaks now claims that an OPPO device newly discovered on Geekbench 5 is the upcoming Find X3 flagship. This is most likely because of the Snapdragon 888 SoC that it, according to this new listing, runs on. Then again, its rep...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 08 Jan 2021 20:55:00 +0100

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