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Dec 10
The Samsung Galaxy A8s in its three rumored colors. (Source: GizChina)

Samsung Galaxy A8s leaks out in full, release date included

The Samsung Galaxy A8s, which is set to be the world's first Infinity-O display phone, may have had all of its details released prior to its launch. GizChina claims to have real-world photos of the phone, and has also announced it...
The putative Sony Xperia XZ4 Compact. (Source: CompareRaja)

Sony Xperia XZ4 Compact also in the works: new leak

A new leak suggests that a Compact variant may launch alongside the Sony Xperia XZ4. However, if this pans out, it could be a slightly disappointing release, especially next to the full-size version. The phone portrayed in the rum...
Mobvoi TicWatch C2 (Source: Mobvoi)

The Mobvoi TicWatch C2 smartwatch finally hits the US market

The IP68-rated Mobvoi TicWatch C2 is now available for purchase in the US for US$199.99. Powered by Google's Wear OS and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, this smart wearable features NFC connectivity and has a built-in...
Microsoft 365 freelance toolkit now available (Source: Microsoft Office 365 via YouTube)

Microsoft and Upwork team up to launch the Microsoft 365 freelance toolkit

Enterprises that choose to assign various tasks to a large number of freelancers often find it difficult to manage all the processes involved, especially when working under strict deadlines. The Microsoft 365 freelance toolkit has...
best laptops under 300 usd/euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 300 Euros

December 2018 Update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 300 USD/Euros as 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.
The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

December 2018 Update. Is the display the most important part of a notebook, tablet, or convertible for you and does it play a leading role in your purchasing decision? Our overview of the best displays in current notebooks as reviewed by Notebookcheck might be helpful for you.
Turing HubblePhone K3-XR crypto pre-order campaign starting December 13 (Source: The Dawn of HubblePhone newsletter)

The Crypto Pre-Order Campaign of the Turing HubblePhone K3-XR next-gen handset will start on December 13

Advertised as a multi-screen 5G smartphone with a professional camera and a mobile gaming console, the HubblePhone K3-XR Copernicus is supposed to arrive in about a year, but there are two more models — Cassini and Herschel — that...
Rare Ryzen gaming laptop shows how far behind AMD is against Nvidia (Image source: Acer)

Rare Ryzen and Polaris gaming laptop shows how far behind AMD is against Nvidia

Based on the very few Polaris-based gaming laptops we've tested, they're just not worth the errors, crashes, and glitches when gaming especially when an equivalent Intel/Nvidia gaming laptop is available for the same price.
Dec 9
Microsoft's move to Chromium is the first time the company has abandoned attempts to design a totally first party web browser. (Source: The Hacker News)

Mozilla CEO warns against Google's increasing control over internet browsers after Microsoft adopts Chromium engine

Ever since Google's Chrome browser launched, a large part of internet users have used the browser over competitors such as Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Explorer, and Edge. With the death of Edge and Microsoft's move to a Chromium based...
PC market anticipated to fall 3.8 percent by end of 2018 (Source: IDC)

Laptops to grow 3.7 percent in PC market share by 2022 according to IDC

Sales of laptops, traditional PCs, and mobile workstations are expected to remain relatively flat for the next few years. Even so, the fast decline of traditional slate tablets will allow laptops and PCs to regain lost market shar...
This is possibly the iPhone design template for yet another year. (Source: Ars Technica)

2019's iPhones will look pretty much exactly like 2018's: new analysis

Apple will make minimal changes to its smartphones for the new year, according to an analyst with the bank Nomura. Therefore, they are likely to end up looking much like the iPhone X of 2017...again. The Nomura research report ind...
The Hyundai Kona, an electric SUV. (Source: ETNews)

Hyundai-Kia reported a ~200% increase in electric vehicle exports this year

Hyundai-Kia Motors has already doubled the number of electric vehicles it has exported from South Korea in 2018 compared to 2017, according to a Korean news report. This article also claimed that sales of cars (conventionally-fuel...
Xiaomi has made Mi smart speakers in the past, but none with a screen. (Source: AliExpress)

Xiaomi may release an AI-powered smart speaker with a touchscreen soon

Xiaomi is now said to be developing a new smart speaker soon. The main difference between this one and the OEM's existing line-up of such products is that this one will have both AI and a touchscreen. This rumor is derived from a ...
The iPhone XR. (Source: Digital Trends)

Opinion | DxOMark: The iPhone XR proves that more cameras aren't a precursor for excellent performance

The iPhone XR made the trip over to DxOMark and shone, earning the highest score ever for a device with a single rear camera, and showing up other flagships with more complicated camera setups.
Renders of the Xperia XZ4 Compact. (Source: Onleaks)

Sony could be the first OEM to bring back the headphone jack after removing it

The headphone jack began its mass exodus away from flagships last year, with Sony ditching it on the Xperia XZ2 phones. For the first time, though, we could see a company bring back the much-wanted port.
Renders of the S10+. (Source: Onleaks)

This is the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite with a flat display and side-mounted fingerprint sensor

With how much attention the Galaxy S10 and S10 have received, you could be forgiven for forgetting that Samsung also plans on releasing an S10 Lite. Details of the S10 Lite have been scarce but renders have finally surfaced.
The company is one of the biggest in the feature phone market too. (Source: Yle)

HMD Global has sold 70 million phones in two years

Since the company's conception two years ago, HMD Global has sold 70 million phones. Of course, that figure also includes feature phones, and we expect the number of Android smartphones sold to be in the ballpark of 25 million, wh...
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1 (i7-8565U) Convertible Review

78% Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1 (i7-8565U) Convertible Review

Affordable convertible. The 14-inch Inspiron convertible starts pretty cheap at under $600 USD for both a 1080p touchscreen and a modern Whiskey Lake-U CPU. We go more in-depth on the system to find out what else it may be hiding when compared to the competition.
Intel Core i7-8565U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.8 kg
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A purported render of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition looks fairly mild. (Source:@IshanAgarwal24)

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition renders leak out

If you were hoping for a stunning dual-tone blue and papaya orange color scheme for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, prepare to be disappointed. Instead, what you will get is a rather bland looking carbon fiber rear case with perha...
Dec 8
Apple acquires artist oriented promo platform Platoon. (Source: Business Insider)

Apple acquires Platoon for Apple Music, updates Beddit sleep monitor to v3.5

Apple has acquired A & R startup Platoon to supplement its Apple Music services for artists. In other Apple news, it has also updated its Beddit Sleep Monitor system to version 3.5.
Darksiders III

Darksiders III Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

Out of nowhere. At the end of November without any hype in the press, the third installment in the Darksiders series came out. We examine whether it is a good or a bad sign with our performance analysis.
Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

Rampage. Just Cause 4 is a real adventure playground like its predecessors. Read on in our benchmark article to find out which graphics cards are best for creating chaos.
The Elephone PX. (Source: Indiegogo)

Elephone PX: the crowdfunded phone with a dual pop-up selfie camera

The pop-up camera module was one of 2018's most innovative alternatives to the smartphone notch. Elephone is developing a phone that elaborates on Vivo's original concept somewhat by adding a dual camera to the mechanism. This dev...

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Benchmarks, information, and specifications for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 drive
Asus VivoBook S15 S530UN (i7, FHD, MX150) Laptop Review

83% Asus VivoBook S15 S530UN (i7, FHD, MX150) Laptop Review

Greenhorn. The most important feature of the Asus VivoBook S15 S530UN is its green case color. However, this does not necessarily mean that it is a bad laptop. We tested this Asus laptop to uncover its strength and weaknesses.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 | 15.6" | 1.8 kg
The image showing a possible next-gen Kingpin. (Source: Instagram)

New EVGA Kingpin card teased on Instagram

The Kingpin series is a super-high-end, super-powered line of premium GPUs designed by EVGA. Given this reputation, IT correspondents speculate that the next generation of these cards will be based on the RTX 2080 Ti. The existenc...
The Samsung Galaxy A8s rear panel, courtesy of TENAA. (Source: TENAA)

Galaxy A8s hits TENAA, confirming LCD display and more

The Galaxy A8s, which is widely regarded as the first Samsung phone to offer the Infinity-O display technology, has shown up on the TENAA certification authority website. It shows that the A8s will have a TFT panel rather than Sup...
Microsoft may release its new Chromium-based and cross-platform version of Edge in 2019, according to Joe Belfiore and the Microsoft Edge Team. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Edge is becoming a cross-platform and Chromium-based browser

Microsoft Edge is changing. 2019 may mark its transformation into a cross-platform and Chromium-based browser, according to a blog post by Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President of the Essential Products Group at Microsoft and...
BlackBerry Key2 LE

84% BlackBerry KEY2 LE Smartphone Review

Light Times. Anyone who appreciates a smartphone with a physical keyboard, but does not want to fork out for an expensive device should consider the BlackBerry KEY2 LE. The cheaper version of the KEY2 has decent hardware for its price, but is it a business bargain?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 | Qualcomm Adreno 509 | 4.5" | 156 g
The latest leak continues to point to "hole punch" front-facing cameras and mimimal bezels.  (Source: @OnLeaks)

Samsung Galaxy S10 leak reveals case maker's expectations

If there is one thing that seems almost certain for the Samsung Galaxy S10 is that it will feature “punch hole” cut outs for its front-facing cameras. The only question appears to be whether they will be positioned to the left, ce...
One year later, the Intel-AMD Kaby Lake-G platform looks dead in the water (Image source: Intel)

One year later, the Intel-AMD Kaby Lake-G platform looks dead in the water

The future of Kaby Lake-G seems grim. Just as many have feared, the platform is looking more and more like a one-off design with no direct successor or long-lasting commitment from either Intel or AMD if the current product landsc...
The company confirmed what we've always suspected, that it makes the most money from mid-range phones. (Source: Yle)

Interview with HMD Global reveals new information on the company's goals and state of affairs

HMD Global spoke with Roland Quandt of yesterday, and the latter has now revealed a few takeaways from the interview, including the company’s commitment to the mid-range and plans for the Nokia 9.
The OnePlus 6T. (Source: BGR)

There's a 5G OnePlus phone coming, and it could cost US$300 more than normal

The Snapdragon 855 was unveiled a few days ago, and one of the biggest talking points was its 5G modem. Most companies will release 5G phones in 2019 and OnePlus is billed to be among the first, although the device could very well...
The Mi A1. (Source: MIUI)

The Mi A1 receives the Android Pie beta

The Xiaomi Mi A2 received the Android Pie beta last month and got the stable update just about a week later. The last-gen Mi A1 has now received its Pie beta, and there's a chance it gets the final, stable update before the year r...
Eye health in the electronic age

Eye health in the electronic age

In the modern world, our eyes are constantly bombarded with information from displays. Whether it be from a laptop, smartphone, or some other device, many of us spend a significant portion of our day staring at some kind of display. As such, it is paramount that we should understand the strain placed on our vision and some steps we can take to improve and protect the health of our eyes.
It's possible the photos in question could actually be CAD renders. (Source: 嗨-Mr强(Weibo)/SlashGear)

Real-world photos of physical Samsung Galaxy S10+ smartphone may have just leaked online

A couple of images of what could be an actual physical Samsung Galaxy S10 series device have been leaked online. One of the images appeared on the Weibo social network site while another was sent directly to SlashGear. It has been...
The Dragon Age 4 clip teases the phrase "The Dread Wolf Rises," a reference to Dragon Age: Inquisition. (Source: Kotaku)

Game Awards announcements: Far Cry: New Dawn, Dragon Age 4, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

The Game Awards 2018 has hosted a plethora of announcements, which included details about titles such as Dragon Age 4, Far Cry: New Dawn, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Mortal Kombat 11, Psychonauts 2, Rage 2, The Ou...
Dr. Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, won the most prestigious award of the evening. (Source: AMD)

Nvidia, AMD, and Samsung all winners at the 2018 GSA Awards

The 2018 Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) Awards have been handed out, and companies like Nvidia, AMD, and Samsung have not gone home empty-handed. Dr. Lisa Su, who is the current CEO and president of AMD, was given the prestig...
Apple has already been suffering from a series of stock price plunges. (Source: Distance Educator)

China trade risk hits American tech giants; Apple stock falls again

Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft have all suffered on the stock market today amid growing concerns over US-China trade relations. While some investors have been selling stock to reduce the chance of risk, others have been nerv...
Dec 7
Meng Wanzhou could face a lengthy prison sentence in the US. (Source: Telecoms)

Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou faces extradition and fraud charges

Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, has appeared in court in Canada today. The high-level executive was at the Supreme Court of British Columbia for her bail hearing where she listened to the reasons behind her recent ...
Epic will be offering a free game every two weeks throughout 2019. (Source: Epic/edit)

Epic Games Store launches with just six titles, but Fortnite is one of them

Epic has officially launched its Games Store with just half a dozen “hand-curated” titles. In fact, just three third-party games are currently available: Hades, Ashen, and Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek. Unreal Tournament and Shado...
Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War bagged most of the major awards. (Source: The Game Awards/edit)

Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War are the big winners at the 2018 Game Awards

Red Dead Redemption 2 managed to scoop up four prizes at The Game Awards 2018 while God of War took home the coveted Game of the Year title among its three wins. Fortnite and Celeste also had a successful evening, winning two awar...
The ROG phone has multiple USB ports to support accessories like this one. (Source: Android Authority)

Reddit post shows what happens when the ASUS ROG Phone is connected to itself

The ASUS ROG Phone has multiple USB type C ports, so that it can support accessories that need two of these ports. A Redditor has demonstrated that this feature can be hi-jacked in order to make it appear that the phone can charge...
Does ZOTAC have another variant of its Amp card line-up? (Source: ZOTAC)

'Accidental' ZOTAC leak hints at upcoming GTX 1070 variant with GDDR5X memory

Videocardz has claimed that ZOTAC had accidentally posted a link for a new version of its GTX 1070-based Amp Extreme card - one with GDDR5X rather than the more usual GDDR5. However, this card has 8GB of this memory, as before, wi...
A render for the Vivo Nex 2. (Source: India Today)

Possible Vivo Nex 2 model with 10GB RAM seen on Geekbench

A phone from the OEM Vivo with the model number V1821A has appeared on Geekbench. This device is likely to be the upcoming Vivo Nex 2, as it packs the Snapdragon 845 which lines up with other leaks about the phone. The phone poste...
The new iPhone 'battery case', in comparison to a previous model. (Source: 9to5Mac)

New leak suggests battery case for iPhone XS line in the works

A new official battery case for the iPhone XS or possibly the XS Max may be available soon. This possibility has arisen from clues found in the code of an Apple software beta, which has resulted in accurate predictions about upcom...
best subnotebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

December 2018 Update. Here you will find the current best subnotebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Performance comparison: Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (2018), HP Elite x2 1013 G3, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet G3

Performance comparison: Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (2018), HP Elite x2 1013 G3, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet G3

Faster with a Core i7? Which is the fastest top-range tablet? Does it come from Microsoft, HP, Dell or Lenovo? We have analyzed core clock rates, temperatures and benchmarks to find out - and it seems that a Core i7 alone does not guarantee great perfor...
Early samples of the Snapdragon 855 appear to be marginally faster than the Exynos 9820. (Source: CNet)

Snapdragon 855 beats Samsung's Exynos 9820 in latest AnTuTu benchmarks

The Exynos-powered models from previous Galaxy S models appeared to be slightly faster than the Snapdragon versions, but it looks like the situation is now reversed for the upcoming Galaxy S10 handhelds. Early samples of the Exyno...
The more affordable Frost Canyon X NUCs are scheduled for a Q3 2019 release, while the premium Ghost Canyon X models will not be available before the start of 2020.  (Source: Intel)

Intel hints at Ghost Canyon X NUCs with 8-core i9 H-series CPUs

Intel is planning to release refreshed NUC kits in 2019. A couple of leaked slides reveal that there will be a premium lineup (Ghost Canyon X) with 45 W CPUs that can get up to 8 cores and 16 threads, plus three more affordable fa...

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