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Mein Interesse an der Technologie begann, nachdem ich Mitte der 1980er Jahre einen Atari 800XL Heimcomputer geschenkt bekam. Ich schreibe besonders gern über technologische Fortschritte und spannende Gerüchte. Ich habe einen Abschluss in "International Relations and Strategic Studies" und zähle meine Familie, Lesen, Schreiben und Reisen zu meinen Leidenschaften. Ich bin seit 2012 für Notebookcheck aktiv.
Gleaming hands-on Samsung Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra images leaked
More live images of the Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra have been leaked, with a single day left before the official launch of the 2023 flagships. There are plenty of hands-on S23 Ultra shots in particular, with what appears to be a retail test model confirming the 200 MP main camera and 6.8-inch QHD display.
Huge Sony Xperia 1 IV price cut gives credence to rumor that Xperia 1 V may match Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra price tag
A sketchy Sony Xperia 1 V price rumor has actually been given some weight thanks to some official recent price changes that have been made. It has been reported that the Xperia 1 V might be priced to take on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. Sony US has now chopped a whopping 25% off the asking price for the Xperia 1 IV.
Galaxy S23 vs iPhone 14: Leaker selects seven contestable areas where Samsung's phone offers more for US$799 than Apple's device
A popular leaker has highlighted seven contestable areas where the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 could be seen as a superior flagship phone to the Apple iPhone 14. While some of the chosen Galaxy S23 specs seem clearly better for the average smartphone user, die-hard iPhone fans will still be able to pick plenty of holes in the selection.
Apple M2 Max and M2 Pro become PassMark's laptop CPU single-thread top dogs but Raptor Lake-HX is yet to strike
The new Apple M2 Max and M2 Pro chips have become the latest chart champions in PassMark’s laptop CPU single-thread benchmark. The previous leader, the Apple M2, is pushed down to third, and it is just ahead of a trio of Alder Lake-HX parts. The M2 Max and M2 Pro produced decent results but still have to face-off against Intel’s Raptor Lake-HX mobile processors.
Update: Another M2 chip has appeared near the top of the chart.
Unsavory Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra prices in Turkey make hikes in other countries much more palatable
A new Samsung Galaxy S23 price leak may bring some relief to those concerned about what price increases may be coming their way – unless they are planning on buying one of the Galaxy S23 models in Turkey. Alleged Turkish prices for the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra are the equivalent to thousands of US dollars.
New iPhone 15 leak claims not all USB-C iPhones will be equal when it comes to data transfer speeds
It has been stated that different models in the Apple iPhone 15 series will support differing data transfer speeds, despite the expectation that the 2023 lineup will finally be made up of four USB-C iPhones. It looks like the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus may still be lumbered with traditional Lightning port speeds while the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max/Ultra get a massive boost.
Apple iOS 17 leak reveals codename, numerous app changes, and a focus on stability
New information about Apple iOS 17 has been leaked by a noted source, with Cupertino’s focus going forward apparently resting on “stability and efficiency” for the iPhone operating system. Visual alterations to iOS will be downplayed for the 17th iteration, with multiple changes headed by improvements to the Music app and Home app.
Update: Another well-known Apple observer has disputed the alleged leak.
YouTuber exposes scam 30 TB SSD that cost US$38.99 on Walmart leading to swift product removal
A 30 TB SSD purchased from Walmart for US$38.99 has been exposed as a 128 GB SD card wrapped in a Samsung rip-off shell. The SSD, which is neither Walmart-branded nor an official Walmart product, has now seemingly been removed from the retailer’s site. In tests carried out by Computer Clan, the SD card ran faster when taken out of the fake 30 TB SSD case.
Next-level Galaxy S23 Ultra selfie camera shot makes Pixel 7 Pro effort pale in comparison
A comparison has been made between the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and the Google Pixel 7 Pro in regard to the capabilities of their selfie cameras. The Pixel 7 Pro’s front-facing camera has been widely praised for capturing natural-looking images, but the example produced by the Galaxy S23 Ultra in this instance looks to be next level in terms of quality.
Samsung Galaxy A24 specs leak with renders revealing flashy S23 design influence on the rear
A Samsung Galaxy A24 specs leak has supposedly revealed the key components for the upcoming affordable smartphone. Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy A24 will not sport the same cutting-edge components as its premium relatives, but there is some Galaxy S23 design influence to be found on the rear.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra's Adreno 740 GPU thrashes S22 Ultra's Adreno 730 in Vulkan by over 56%
The iGPU for the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, the TSMC-manufactured Qualcomm Adreno 740, has once again been showing its teeth on Geekbench. The S23 Ultra’s graphics processing unit was tested on Vulkan and produced another promising result that puts it over +56% ahead of the average provided by the Samsung-fabricated Adreno 730 that Global S22 Ultra phones relied upon.
Promising Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra price revision rumor from South Korea backs up recent US$799 Galaxy S23 price leak
Another Samsung Galaxy S23 price leak has emerged out of South Korea, and it may be a sign of good news for potential buyers. It appears price hikes for the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra may have been revised down to encourage sales. If true, this could tie in neatly with a recent US price leak that showed a starting amount of US$799 for the Galaxy S23.
AMD EPYC 9654 shows what 96 Zen 4 cores can do by outbenching a Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX by almost 30% on PassMark
AMD’s EPYC 9654 “Genoa” server processor has turned up on PassMark and has soared straight to the top of the High End CPU Mark chart. This was previously headed by the Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX chip, but its 64 cores had no chance against the 96 cores of the EPYC 9654. The Zen 4 Genoa CPU has an asking price of US$11,805.
From US$799.99: Samsung Galaxy S23 price leak arrives as part of alleged Verizon S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra internal spec sheet
A supposed Samsung Galaxy S23 spec sheet from Verizon has been shared on social media, with details such as prices, pre-order date, launch date, and “key selling points” revealed. If genuine, the Galaxy S23 will have a starting price of US$799.99, while the prices for the Galaxy S23+ and Galaxy S23 Ultra also match those of the Galaxy S22 series.
Inflated Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra price tags seem inevitable as figures for Australia and France are leaked
A supposed Samsung Galaxy S23 series price leak for France has come hot on the heels of a similar rumor posted in regard to the potential Australian prices for the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra. Both sets of figures indicate considerable price hikes over the Galaxy S22 series for those markets, despite the current economic climate.
Maxed-out Mac Pro loses 98% of its value with Apple Trade In after costing US$52,199 three years earlier
Apple’s ruthless Trade In service has come under the spotlight after a tech journalist discovered that a Mac Pro that cost US$52,199 three years earlier was given a current trade-in value of just US$970. Disconcertingly, the same Mac Pro was apparently still available via the Apple store at the identical original price of US$52,199.
Full Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 laptop specifications leaked as Samsung also lines up Galaxy Book3, Book3 360, Book3 Pro, and Book3 Ultra for huge Unpacked event
The Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 specifications have been leaked, as have the screen sizes for the numerous laptops that will be joining the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 at the ironically packed Unpacked event. The Galaxy Book3, Galaxy Book3 Pro, Galaxy Book3 360, and Galaxy Book3 Ultra are all expected to make an appearance.
Condensed Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra 200 MP camera image sizes mean even a 256 GB model can store thousands of photos
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra’s 200 MP camera will apparently be capable of producing images that will not fill up the device’s storage within a few hundred shots. Considering the least-expensive Galaxy S23 Ultra will obviously have the smallest amount of storage, this will be good news for those who want to take advantage of the premium camera equipment at the lowest cost.
Seamless Galaxy Z Fold5 display on the cards as Samsung creates its own muscular take on the waterdrop hinge
A new report about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 has offered substance to the belief that the upcoming premium foldable smartphone will have a wrinkle-free display. It appears Samsung has opted to use a waterdrop hinge for the Galaxy Z Fold5 that offers a seamless screen but with the company’s own take on the mechanism.
Wrinkle-free Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 to come with 108 MP main camera and to reach greater heights than the Galaxy Z Fold4
New details about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 have been shared by the same source that revealed the foldable will be heavier than its predecessor and come with an S Pen tray. This time around, apparently the Galaxy Z Fold5 will sport camera equipment headed by a 108 MP sensor, and it will have different dimensions to the Galaxy Z Fold4.
Sort of PS5 Slim: No hardware upgrades and no disc drive compatibility with PlayStation 5 Digital Edition for the modular PS5 "Gen 2" console
New details about the supposed modular PS5, which could end up being some sort of PlayStation 5 Slim console, have been shared by Tom Henderson. Unfortunately, the latest information about the potential 2023 PlayStation 5 revision with a detachable disc drive (PS5 Gen 2) is likely not going to please fans.
Intel Core i9-13900KS immediately tops PassMark and UserBenchmark CPU charts upon release thanks to multitest mastery
The Intel Core i9-13900KS desktop processor has only just been made official and has already topped two benchmark charts. The new Raptor Lake chip has appeared on both PassMark and UserBenchmark, pushing past every other part in its way. The 24-core i9-13900KS utilizes a high base power of 150 W for processing duties.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra vs Galaxy S22 Ultra: Leaker lists four major improvements between generations
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has received at least four notable improvements over its predecessor according to the well-known leaker Ice universe. The source has discussed four important aspects of the upcoming Galaxy S23 Ultra that may not have been as frequently reported about as much as the expected 200 MP main camera and slightly flatter display.
Galaxy S24 series reportedly reduced to two members as disappointing Apple iPhone 14 Plus sales unsettle Samsung
It has been reported that Samsung will likely cut the Plus-sized model from the Galaxy S24 series. The smartphone range would feature just two devices: The Samsung Galaxy S24 and Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. Part of the reason for the purported reduction is the disappointing estimated shipment figure for the Apple iPhone 14 Plus.
Update: A noted leaker has contested the report's accuracy.
Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, Galaxy S23 Ultra, and Galaxy Book3 pre-orders open with Samsung Credit as reservation gift for US site customers
Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, Galaxy S23 Ultra, and Galaxy Book3 reservations have officially opened. Samsung US is offering different amounts of credit for those who make a pre-order for an “upcoming Galaxy phone and/or Galaxy Book” as a reservation gift. Invitations for the Galaxy Unpacked event on February 1 have also been issued.
RTX 4090 laptops to cost gamers an arm and a leg as XMG reveals pricey GPU upgrade options for the incredible new NEO 16
Prices for the XMG NEO 16 (E23) GPU upgrade options have been revealed, and those wanting an RTX 4080 or RTX 4090 laptop need to be prepared to pay a small fortune. The NEO 16, which is so powerful it comes with a liquid metal cooling system, starts at a price of €2,199 (US$2,362) for a system with an RTX 4060 GPU and Intel Core i9-13900HX CPU.
Official Samsung Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra design-confirming leather cases turn up in eBay classifieds
Official Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra leather cases have appeared in eBay classified ads. The cases are shown off in three different colors, with the seller revealing the front and rear of the Galaxy S23 case packaging. The cases clearly show the frame shape and camera arrangement of the flagship smartphones.
New Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra storage size leak leads to 128 GB resurrection and three different leakers in disagreement
A new Samsung Galaxy S23 leak has claimed that the regular model of the series will actually sport as little as 128 GB of storage space. This would put the entry-level Galaxy S23 on the same footing as the entry-level Galaxy S22, although the Galaxy S23 Ultra would start with a higher amount. However, three known leakers have offered differing opinions on this subject.
Update: One leaker has slightly redacted a previous claim, thus offering a clearer picture.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra gets four new colors as retailer leaks tempting pre-order gift for early Galaxy S23 buyers
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will apparently be treated to four new colorways on top of the colors that have previously been leaked for the upcoming premium flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S23 Ultra is already expected to arrive in black, cream, green, and lavender. In addition, an Estonian retailer has revealed a decent registration gift for future Galaxy S23 device buyers.
Nintendo Switch 2 by 2024 as perspicacious analyst forecasts potential next-generation Nintendo console launch
It has been forecast that a potential Nintendo Switch 2, or next-generation Nintendo console, could be on the shelves by 2024. A global entertainment business analyst with a decent track record for game and console-related predictions believes that the current Nintendo Switch will soon be “entering the later stages of its life cycle”.
Rumored Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra price leak out of South Korea suggests the cheapest Galaxy S23 model could be US$899
A rumored Samsung Galaxy S23 series price leak has appeared, with the tipster involved claiming it comes from SKTelecom. If the prices listed for the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra are genuine, then it would indicate an expected price hike is incoming for the 2023 flagship smartphones.
OLED-sporting LG gram Ultraslim and LG gram Style devices headline new 13th Gen Intel Core-powered LG laptop lineup for 2023
LG has announced its laptop lineup for 2023, with the new LG gram Ultraslim and LG gram Style devices coming with OLED panels. Joining the gram Ultraslim laptop and the pair of gram Style notebooks is LG’s refreshed lineup of gram 17, 16, 15, and 14 devices and new 2-in-1 machines. All of LG’s new releases come with 13th Gen Intel Core processors.
Scrappy Samsung Galaxy A14 5G delivers knockout bargain punch with 13 MP selfie camera and 90 Hz display refresh rate for US$199
Samsung has revealed the Galaxy A14 5G smartphone as part of its CES 2023 event activities. The budget phone packs a lot of punch for its price, which has been revealed as US$199 for the US market and €229 for some European markets, such as Spain. The Samsung Galaxy A14 sports a Dimensity 700 or Exynos 1330 SoC, depending on the region.
Surprisingly tame Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra model with 12 GB RAM confirmed in torpid Geekbench multi-core run
A 12 GB variant of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has been spotted on Geekbench where it produced mixed results. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered 12 GB Galaxy S23 Ultra managed a decent-enough single-core score but the multi-core result was somewhat insipid in comparison to other similarly specced smartphones, including the 8 GB S23 Ultra.
Shocking Apple iPhone Battery Service price hike of up to 40% incoming for March 2023
Official battery replacement for an iPhone is about to get more expensive as Apple is planning on increasing the service costs in March 2023. Apple will replace a problematic iPhone battery for a service fee, which depends on the product and model. In some cases, the incoming price hike is equivalent to a hefty 40% increase.
Smooth Sony Xperia 1 V may pack LG's unobtrusive camera module and enjoy earlier than expected launch as questionable benchmark leak appears
A few new Sony Xperia 1 V-related rumors and leaks have turned up, although one of them is decidedly suspect. One leaker has suggested that the Xperia 1 V may sport LG Innotek’s new telephoto zoom module while another tipster has indicated that an earlier launch than usual could be on the cards for the 2023 Xperia Mark 1 device.
Different Samsung Galaxy S23 display specs offered by leakers as flat-screen confusion resolved with purported real S23 Ultra shot
Conflicting Samsung Galaxy S23 display specifications have been offered up by two well-known tech tipsters. While the differences between the alleged specs are small, they could be crucial in regard to the battery life performance of the S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra. It appears the confusion about a flat-screened Galaxy S23 Ultra may have been resolved.
Global Lenovo Legion Y700 launch more likely as multiple country product pages for the 8-inch Android tablet spring up
Signs of the Lenovo Legion Y700 8-inch Android gaming tablet receiving a global launch soon have grown stronger. Recent clues indicated that the Legion Y700 might escape its domestic borders of China and now there are more hints that a worldwide release for the potential Apple iPad Mini 6 rival is on the cards.
Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra to come with 256 GB minimum storage option
All three of the phones in the Samsung Galaxy S23 series will come with a minimum of 256 GB storage, according to a new leak. The lineup, which features the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra, is expected to be launched in February. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will apparently feature a 1 TB variant.
Flat-screen Galaxy S23 Ultra threatens leaker reputation as new fan-made concept renders show upcoming Samsung flagship in rumored colors
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has appeared in some new and well-crafted fan-made concept renders in each of its currently four rumored colors. In a surprising turn of events, the leaker who shared the new renders has made a claim about the Galaxy S23 Ultra design that has caused another popular leaker to offer a controversial correction.
No iPhone 15 mini launch on the horizon despite Plus-size sales woes with the Apple iPhone 14 range
A leaker has claimed that there are no plans to launch an iPhone 15 mini model, despite many Apple fans seemingly wanting a new mini iPhone. It appears the Cupertino company would rather focus on solving pricing problems that will come with the iPhone 15 series and strengthening Plus model sales rather than producing a successor to the iPhone 13 mini.
Apple's 2024 OLED iPad Pro tablets to get slight but significant display size bump
Apple is rumored to be preparing iPad Pro tablets with OLED panels for a 2024 release, and it seems that the introduction of OLED technology won’t be the only significant update for the popular devices. It has reportedly been confirmed that the 2024 Apple iPad Pro models are also in for a surprising display size bump.
Redmi 8 and POCO X2 additions bring Xiaomi's dreaded end-of-support product list to a total of 90 smartphones
Xiaomi has added the Redmi 8 and POCO X2 (Redmi K30) to its ever-growing end-of-support (EOS) product list. In addition to those two popular smartphones, the most recent members of the dreaded list also include the Redmi 8A and the Redmi K30 5G. There are now 90 Mi and Redmi-branded smartphones that will no longer receive official software support.
Nintendo Switch 2 launch in 2023 unlikely while Switch Pro plans were seemingly canned to make way for OLED Model
The Nintendo Switch 2 – or Super Switch – is unlikely to make an appearance in 2023, despite the apparent sales momentum dip experienced by the current Switch console. Discussion about the expected next-generation Switch also alluded to the possibility that plans for a Switch Pro were canned and replaced by the Switch OLED Model.
Leaker foresees Galaxy S23 Ultra doom and tips Samsung Galaxy 24 Ultra zoom camera changes
The Samsung Galaxy S23 series has not even been released yet and one well-known leaker has already predicted hard times ahead for both the S22 Ultra and S23 Ultra. With the Vivo X90 Pro+ seemingly being a major threat to the success of the Galaxy S23 Ultra, the same tipster has offered up early expectations for the Galaxy S24 Ultra.
Alienware 500 Hz gaming monitor materializes in key specs and image leak
An Alienware gaming monitor purportedly capable of up to a 500 Hz refresh rate has surfaced on social media. According to the leak, the Alienware AW2524H will make an official appearance at CES 2023. A couple of rumored key specifications for the Alienware 500 Hz gaming monitor are included in the Twitter post along with a single image.
New 43-inch Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 monitor launched in Korea for 1.25 million won (US$982) and headed to North America soon
Samsung has launched another gaming monitor in Korea, this time in the form of the 43-inch Odyssey Neo G7 with model number G70NC. The device features a Quantum Mini-LED display that can offer 4K resolution output and a gaming-friendly refresh rate of 144 Hz. The new 43-inch Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 has a price tag of 1.25 million won (~US$982).
Sought-after Lenovo Legion Y700 8-inch Android tablet poised for possible international launch
Lenovo may finally be targeting an international release for its much sought-after Legion Y700 Android gaming tablet. The 8.8-inch slate was launched in China in the first quarter of 2022, and while Lenovo has also released an Ultimate Edition of the Legion Y700 for the same market since then, a global launch for the original device has yet to be announced.
Rockley Photonics targets clinic-on-the-wrist wearable with hydration sensor by end 2023 and with glucose indicator by start 2025
Rockley Photonics is forging ahead with its work on clinic-on-the-wrist wearable tech. It is anticipated that a device, possibly the company’s Bioptx band, with hydration measurement could launch in the second half of 2023. A glucose indicator is penciled in for a Q1 2025 launch, with a potential Bioptx Pro or future Apple Watch eventually sporting the vital sensor.
Promising Sony Xperia 1 V price rumor may not be as appealing as it seems to be at first glance but new specs hearsay offers refutation relief
More Sony Xperia 1 V (and Xperia 5 V) rumors have emerged, this time in regard to potential pricing strategies along with the usual mix of specification expectations. It appears there is some belief that the Xperia 1 V price may buck the trend of ever-increasing Xperia 1 prices, but this may not be the good news that fans could be hoping for.
Free PlayStation Plus games for January 2023 leaked with Star Wars title as headline act
The free PlayStation Plus games coming to Sony’s subscription service in January 2023 have been leaked. The trio of titles is headed by a hugely popular Star Wars game, while PlayStation Plus subscribers with a PS4 or PS5 can also enjoy free access to a controversial title from Bethesda and a Metroidvania-type game.
Augmented Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra procures more-robust results in latest Geekbench run
A new Geekbench run for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has shown how well the device can perform with help from its overclocked Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. The Galaxy S23 Ultra variant in this latest benchmark features 8 GB of RAM, with a 12 GB model also expected to be part of the lineup.
Brutish Intel Core i9-13900HX pips a desktop i9-12900K and powers past a 24-core Ryzen Threadripper as part of a benchmarked Clevo laptop
The Intel Core i9-13900HX mobile processor has been spotted taking another turn on Geekbench and has yet again produced huge results. The upcoming Raptor Lake-HX chip is a 24-core behemoth that can hit boost speeds of 5.4 GHz. The i9-13900HX defeated a desktop i9-12900K in single-core testing and overtook an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X in multi-core testing.
Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro to support staggered HDR as Pixel Tablet Pro's existence is confirmed
The Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones are likely to sport new main cameras according to information that was recently revealed in app code. It appears the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will utilize staggered HDR to create images with enhanced dynamic range. In addition, the same source has apparently confirmed the existence of a Google Pixel Tablet Pro.
Snappy Sony Xperia Ace IV supposedly takes Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 for a spin on Geekbench
The hoped-for Sony Xperia Ace IV may have been recently spotted on the Geekbench testing site. A supposed record for a mysterious Sony smartphone revealed the presence of the SM4375 mobile platform, which is better known as the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1. It has been rumored that Sony will globally release a compact smartphone that might be a successor to the Japan-only Xperia Ace III.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra colors seemingly confirmed in Galaxy S23 accessories leak
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra colors may have been confirmed in a new accessories leak. The leak details the colors and types of numerous Galaxy S23 accessories, including leather cases, smart view wallet cases, and the S Pen input device. The entries for the S Pen also reveal their colors, which should match those of the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
PS5 Pro vs PS5 Slim 2023 release likelihood: Sony executive's comments spark speculation for former while tipster's PlayStation 5 hardware roadmap suggests latter
New PlayStation 5 Pro rumors have been set off thanks to recent comments made by Sony executive Hideaki Nishino. However, while many outlets have opined that 2023 could be the year that a PS5 Pro model is unleashed, others believe a more likely outcome is that a PS5 Slim console will be introduced in the second half of the year.
Head-scratching Samsung Galaxy S23 series pricing dilemma could cause release date delay as leaker offers optimistic suggestion
It has been alleged that the Samsung Galaxy S23 series release date could be delayed because of a pricing puzzle. Samsung has to find a middle ground between pleasing its investors and its customers, by pricing the Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra at competitive levels without destroying its profit margins.
Full Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra specs posted as huge Galaxy S23 series dummy unit image dump leaves nothing to the imagination
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra specifications have seemingly been posted online by the Chinese TENAA authority. In addition, well over a dozen images have been shared that purport to show dummy units of the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra. The designs appear to be as expected, with the S23 Ultra bearing a premium aesthetic.
Fresh Xperia 1 V leaks support and contradict tipster's specifications prediction for Sony's 2023 flagship smartphone
A couple of new Sony Xperia 1 V leaks have surfaced, with one somewhat sketchy leak matching a prediction made by a well-known Xperia commenter. While a supposed Geekbench record offers exciting news for the Xperia 1 V, a couple of other sources have bemoaned how boring the 2023 Xperia flagship will be in other areas.
Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years of jail time in the US while currently detained in tough Bahamian prison
Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and former CEO of FTX, has been arrested and detained in the Bahamas. The entrepreneur, who has now lost his billionaire status, could end up being sentenced to as much as 115 years in prison after being indicted of eight charges that include wire fraud of various types and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra avoids cooling system cost-cutting measures but standard model may suffer
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is expected to come with a state-of-the-art cooling system; however, it is rumored that the same special treatment will not be applied to the Galaxy S23 or Galaxy S23+ smartphones. With news that the S23 series will utilize a tweaked chipset, it will be vital that the cooling systems don’t suffer too much from Samsung’s cost-cutting measures.
Eye-popping Apple iPhone 15 Ultra price estimate suggests 1-TB model could cost as much as US$1,799
An early estimate of the Apple iPhone 15 Ultra price has been published by a known tech tipster, with a considerable hike likely on the cards. Apparently, the iPhone 15 Ultra price tag could be bumped up by US$100-US$200 over the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which has a starting price of US$1,099. In addition, it appears the top-end titanium 2023 iPhone may only come in one color.
Multiple Samsung Galaxy S23 shortcomings listed by popular leaker as series gets 8K video-recording boost
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 series has been heavily criticized by a well-known leaker over numerous perceived shortcomings. Included on a list of eight points are comments about the expected RAM amounts, charging speeds, and overall design of the Galaxy S23 phones. The same source claims that there will be a boost in the S23’s video-recording department.
Stagnant Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ RAM amounts confirmed by leaker
One of the key specifications of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ phones has apparently been confirmed, and it might be seen as something of a baffling choice for some fans. While the Galaxy S23 series will supposedly be treated to upgrades like a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor and up to a 200 MP camera sensor, the RAM amount will remain unchanged.
Sony Xperia 1 V rumors: first potential snapshot, mystery hardware button, recycled design, and dreamy zoom capabilities
Some interesting supposed Sony Xperia 1 V leaks have surfaced recently, in regard to the likely 2023 flagship smartphone’s image-taking ability, hardware configuration, and the dream camera zoom setup. A radical design overhaul for the Xperia 1 V also seems unlikely as fans can expect more of the same but slightly better.
Giant Sony Xperia 1 V or new Xperia Ultra model hit rumor mill for 2023 but translated source wildly hints at foldable Xperia phone
A new OLED-based rumor has led to talk about what Sony might produce in 2023 in regard to its highly regarded Xperia line of smartphones. A giant Xperia 1 V or even a new Xperia Ultra or Xperia 1 Ultra have both been mentioned; however, machine translation of the original supposed leak suggests an Xperia Flip might be in the works.
Stark Xiaomi 13 price hike over Xiaomi 12 causes leaker to justify rationale
Reports out of China have suggested that Xiaomi will implement a considerable price hike for the upcoming Xiaomi 13 series over the previous-generation Xiaomi 12 devices. However, a noted leaker has offered some justification for the hefty Xiaomi 13 price tags, with both upgraded components and volatile exchange rates playing their parts.
Power-saving Sony Xperia 1 V may adopt new display technology claims leaker
An interesting rumor about the Sony Xperia 1 V has surfaced recently in regard to the 2023 flagship smartphone’s display. Apparently, Sony will introduce LTPO technology for the Xperia 1 V’s OLED panel, but the source of this information has stated that the end result of this introduction might not serve as some may expect.
YouTuber burns Nvidia by building AMD-based gaming rig with Ryzen 5 5600X and Radeon RX 6800 XT for less than an RTX 4080 at MSRP
The popular YouTuber Kyle Hansen (Bitwit) has posted a new video showing how he managed to build a respectable gaming PC on a lower budget than the MSRP for Nvidia’s unloved GeForce RTX 4080. The rig features an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X as CPU and Radeon RX 6800 XT as GPU, and there was even enough in the budget for 32 GB of RAM.
Ryzen 9 7950X price dips well below US$600 as generous cuts make AMD's Zen 4 chips more affordable
Ryzen 7000 processors have seemingly had their prices cut to make the Zen 4-based chips a more attractive purchase ahead of the financially crucial holiday season. The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X has led the price-cut charge, with it currently being offered for under US$600 in the United States, at around €650 in some European retailers, and for close to £600 for UK buyers.
Minimal Sony Xperia 10 V upgrades appear in supposed specifications leak
Alleged Sony Xperia 10 V specifications have been shared online, with the 2023 mid-range Android smartphone seemingly offering few upgrades over its predecessor. However, at least the Xperia 10 V should get a satisfactory processor bump from the Mark 4’s Snapdragon 695 to the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 mobile platform.
Leaked Galaxy S23 Ultra protective glass hints at disappointing fingerprint sensor cost-cutting measures by Samsung
An image of the protective glass for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra flagship smartphone has purportedly been leaked, and it reveals a potential disappointment for fans. There were some expectations that the Galaxy S23 Ultra would sport Qualcomm’s large 3D Sonic Max in-display fingerprint sensor – but cost-cutting measures may have put paid to that.
Brand-new Pixel 7 Pro discounted by US$150 as Pixel 6a hits low of US$299 in Google's impressive Black Friday sale
The Pixel 7 Pro has been temporarily reduced in price from US$899 to US$749 as part of Google’s grand Black Friday sale. US$150 has also been lopped off the price of the Pixel 6a, while there are discounts for the Pixel 7 smartphone, a whole host of Nest devices, and even the Pixel Watch and Fitbit Sense 2.
Obnoxious GeForce RTX 4080 scalper prices close in on double Nvidia's MSRP of US$1,199 on launch day
Numerous variants of the GeForce RTX 4080 graphics card have found their way into the hands of unscrupulous scalpers, with prices on eBay already skipping past the US$2,300 mark. Nvidia launched the GeForce RTX 4080 with a starting price of US$1,199, which has already been perceived as a high price to pay for the relative performance.
Flat Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra design confirmed in leaked CAD render
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra smartphone has turned up in a leaked CAD render, seemingly confirming the shape it’s going to take. It has been rumored that the Galaxy S23 Ultra won’t be much different in design to the Galaxy S22 Ultra; however, it seems there will at least be a flatter display to be enjoyed.
Cool Xperia 1 V rumor indicates Sony's recognition of Xperia 1 IV overheating issues
A new rumor about the Sony Xperia 1 V has surfaced in regard to dealing with the device’s temperature emissions. There have been many reports about Xperia 1 IV overheating issues, and it seems Sony does not want a repeat of this unflattering situation when it comes time to launch the Mark 5 model of the Xperia 1.
Fruitful Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra camera sample test leaves S22 Ultra and Pixel 7 Pro comparison shots lacking some zest
An image comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, Galaxy S22 Ultra, and the Google Pixel 7 Pro has emerged with what seems an obvious winner in terms of overall quality. A pumpkin fruit was used as the subject for the comparison, with the Galaxy S23 Ultra able to hold its own against the highly rated Pixel 7 Pro.
Galaxy S23 Ultra camera providers joined by China's Sunny Optical as Samsung cuts Sony out of the S23 series picture
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will sport a couple of cameras provided by Chinese company Sunny Optical, according to a new report. With the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ lens providers already in the bag, Samsung has left no space for anything by Sony. The Galaxy S23 Ultra will be blessed with a quad-camera setup on its rear side.
MIUI 14 sheds annoying ads and bothersome bloatware as rumored release date draws near
As the MIUI 14 release date grows closer, new features for the Xiaomi Android overlay have supposedly been leaked. The reported changes should help MIUI 14 reduce the amount of space it takes up on supported devices. The removal of ads in MIUI software has seemingly been a long time coming, as even MIUI 13 has ad-enabled features.
AMD Ryzen 5 7600 benchmark appearance shows early promise of an affordable Zen 4 processor
The AMD Ryzen 5 7600 processor has made an appearance on the SiSoftware Sandra benchmark. The upcoming Zen 4 chip revealed its basic specifications and produced a couple of initial results that aren’t too distant from the Ryzen 5 7600X. There is some hope that the Ryzen 5 7600 could be priced at an affordable level.
5 Sony Xperia smartphones rumored for 2023 including a compact model and at least one with in-display fingerprint scanner
Sony is going to be busy with its Xperia line in 2023 according to a new rumor. Apparently, five smartphones spread across six model numbers could be in the pipeline for next year. Among those, it is possible one could be an Xperia 1 V model with an in-display fingerprint scanner while another could be the Xperia Ace IV compact smartphone.
Sony Xperia 1 V and 5 V face massive redesigns due to outsized camera equipment and record-breaking sound system
More rumors about next-generation Sony Xperia smartphones have emerged, with claims being made about the camera equipment and sound system for future Xperia devices. Both the Xperia 1 V and Xperia 5 V are allegedly being redesigned to fit their large cameras, while likely the Mark 5 variant of the Xperia 1 could end up with record-breaking speakers.
God of War team goes to war with God of War Ragnarök spoiler sharers as retailer sells game ahead of official launch
Santa Monica Studio has posted a polite message asking God of War Ragnarök spoiler sharers to restrict their online behavior in the aftermath of a US retailer purportedly selling the game well before its official launch date of November 9. However, key players in the creation of God of War Ragnarök, especially Cory Barlog, have been vocal in their frustration with the matter.
Clear-cut Galaxy S23 Ultra 200 MP camera test photo wholly outclasses S22 Ultra 108 MP comparison effort
A supposed test photo taken by a Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra prototype has been shared by a well-known leaker alongside a comparison image taken with the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The expected bump from a 108 MP main camera to a 200 MP sensor is dramatically demonstrated upon inspection of the two shots. The Galaxy S23 Ultra’s effort is plainly superior.
First Ryzen 7000 laptop leaks but the refreshed Asus Zenbook 14 lacks Zen 4 and RDNA 3 punch
One of the first Ryzen 7000 laptops has been accidentally leaked by Asus. Its Turkish-language website revealed the specifications for a refreshed Zenbook 14 that included one of AMD’s new Ryzen 7000 mobile chips. However, those hoping for a Zen 4/RDNA 3 combination powerhouse will have to keep waiting.
Strong Ryzen 7 5800X3D sales leave Raptor Lake and Zen 4 trailing in its wake
The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D has topped scraped weekly CPU sales data from Mindfactory by an incredible margin. While the numbers are taken from a single retailer, they do offer a snapshot of the market as a whole. Raptor Lake parts have been selling better than Zen 4 chips, with the AM5 motherboard requirement likely affecting the latter’s sales.
Painless BioXensor non-invasive continuous blood glucose monitor from GlucoRx undergoes further preparation for pending FDA and CE approval
The GlucoRx BioXensor non-invasive continuous glucose monitor (CGM) will soon be doing the rounds at major exhibitions in Germany, the UK, and the US. The blood sugar monitor has been under development for around a decade and has delivered promising results in clinical studies. The BioXensor CGM could be an affordable management solution for millions of diabetics.
AMD spares RDNA 3 graphics cards from melting GeForce RTX 4090 12VHPWR power connectors
There has been good news for those waiting for AMD’s upcoming series of RDNA 3-based graphics cards, widely known as the Radeon RX 7000 range. It has been confirmed by one of Team Red’s executives that RDNA 3 (and Radeon RX 6000) GPUs will not require the use of the 12VHPWR power connector involved in multiple reports of damaged GeForce RTX 4090-based PCs.
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X dumped behind Intel Core i7-12700K as misleading UserBenchmark placing taints genuine i9-13900K prowess
The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X has been unceremoniously dumped outside the top 10 best-performing processors in UserBenchmark’s average bench chart. While the much-praised Intel Core i9-13900K sits at the top, the Zen 4 part has to settle for a lowly position behind the i7-12700K, despite seemingly scoring much higher test marks than the Alder Lake chip.
Sony Xperia compact smartphone specs leak paints potential Xperia Ace IV as an entry-level pocket rocket
Some of the supposed specifications of a next-generation Sony Xperia compact smartphone have been shared on Chinese social media. The mysterious device, which may eventually emerge as the Sony Xperia Ace IV, is seemingly a major upgrade from the Ace III while maintaining a pocket-friendly 5.5-inch diagonal.
Stellar Galaxy S23 Ultra HP2 sensor optimizations could elevate Samsung nightography to new levels
It seems the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will offer better moon shots than ever according to some new details that have been shared about the expected camera equipment. It is believed the Galaxy S23 Ultra will sport an ISOCELL HP2 sensor that has been specially optimized to produce stellar night photography that could eclipse the S22 Ultra’s nightography capability.
Core i9-13900KF vs Ryzen 9 7950X: Intel's top dog takes PassMark's single-thread crown but AMD's best offers multiple advantages
Intel has taken the single-thread spoils in an interesting high-end processor clash on PassMark. The site now has entries for many Raptor Lake and Zen 4 parts, and on the surface it appears that the Intel Core i9-13900KF is the chip to beat. But while the i9-13900KF easily snagged the single-thread crown, the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X still packs multiple benefits.
Looming Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra makes the S22 Ultra "worthless" as weight and charging support are seemingly confirmed
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will supposedly make potential purchases of the Galaxy S22 Ultra “worthless” according to a noted leaker for one particular reason. Along with that statement, the same source has apparently confirmed the charging support and weight of the Galaxy S23 Ultra, which could be released in February 2023.
Straight vs round: Galaxy S23 Ultra corner confusion continues with new Samsung Galaxy S23 case leak
A new supposed Samsung Galaxy S23 protective case leak has left fans with divided opinions, especially over the corner design of the Galaxy S23 Ultra. There are cases for each model in the series, including one incorrectly labelled “Galaxy S23 Pro”, which is for the Galaxy S23+. The series should be released in early 2023.
LN2-cooled 8-core Ryzen 7 5800X3D ES hits 10- to 16-core heights in Cinebench R20 multi run thanks to 5.2 GHz clock
It seems the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D has been up to more impressive overclocking feats, with a recent HWBOT entry for an apparent engineering sample revealing an astonishing score in a Cinebench R20 multi run. While there is some discussion about the veracity of this overclocked Ryzen 7 5800X3D score, it does bode well for upcoming Ryzen 7000 X3D processors.
Barcelo-R Ryzen 5 7530U brings Zen 3 into the mix for the messy AMD Ryzen 7000 mobile APU lineup
Another Ryzen 7000 processor has recently been discovered, with the AMD Ryzen 5 7530U with Radeon Graphics making an appearance on the SiSoftware Sandra database. The Ryzen 5 7530U brings Zen 3 architecture to the Ryzen 7000 mobile processor lineup, which already features Zen 2 and Zen 4-based SKUs.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D gets caught speeding at Zen 4 clock rates on CPU-Z
The Zen 3-based AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor has been spotted hitting astronomical clock rates that are almost 1 GHz above its published maximum boost clock. In fact, this particular Ryzen 7 5800X3D sample manages a speed that puts it alongside the processing-rate abilities of the just-released Zen 4 chips.
Bizarre Xperia 1 V rumor claims irregular camera setup for Sony's 2023 flagship as lower price point is also predicted
A couple of interesting rumors about the potential Sony Xperia 1 V have surfaced, one being in regard to the camera equipment and one concerning the price. There are already some high expectations for the Xperia 1 V, with Sony’s 2023 flagship smartphone having to face some stiff competition.
Titanic Intel Core i9-13900K vs AMD Ryzen 9 7950X clash incoming as Raptor Lake takes command of PassMark's single-thread performance chart
A powerful run by the Intel Core i9-13900K on PassMark’s desktop CPU single-thread performance chart has signposted an upcoming colossal battle between the Raptor Lake chip and Zen 4’s best: the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X. The i9-13900K took a commanding lead in the chart and was measured reaching up to 5.8 GHz.
Static Galaxy S23 Ultra charging speed highlights Samsung's continued smartphone battery-related caution
An appearance by a likely Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra test unit on the 3C certification website has revealed a charging capability that has been met with a mixed response from fans. It seems Samsung wants to continue playing it safe with the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra, by not following lightning-fast-charging trends in the Android smartphone space.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra battery capacity boost to be minimal as S23+ cell size supposedly confirmed
New Samsung Galaxy S23 series rumors have suggested that the battery capacities for the upcoming three premium smartphones may not be what fans had hoped for. Apparently, the figure has been confirmed for the Galaxy S23+ model, while the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Ultra battery capacities will only be slightly larger than their S22 counterparts.
Attractive Redmi Pad price and cool third color choice shown in real-life photo leaked in official Xiaomi social media post
The upcoming Redmi Pad has been revealed in a real-life photo via an official Xiaomi social media channel. In addition to accidentally leaking the tablet’s third color choice, the same post also mentioned the Redmi Pad price tag for Kuwait, with the amount indicating that the device is aimed at those looking for something affordable.
Galaxy S23 Ultra may not be radical enough for Samsung fans as informal poll shows Apple iPhone 14 Pro and Dynamic Island are turning heads
An informal poll has revealed that potentially thousands of Samsung fans are considering a switch to Apple. Some of the main reasons for switching include the overall positive impression of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, the novelty of the Dynamic Island notch, and concerns that the Galaxy S23 Ultra and S23 series in general will not be much of an upgrade.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 5 gets unannounced handy upgrade as the new Kindle 2022 grabs all the fanfare
Amazon has quietly upgraded its Kindle Paperwhite 5 e-reader while at the same time launching its new Kindle 2022 model. While a lot of the headlines have targeted the all-new Kindle and its better display and lighter build, the storage upgrade handed to the Kindle Paperwhite 5 has come with a reasonable additional asking price that will tempt many avid readers.
Zen 4 vs Zen 3: AMD Ryzen 9 7950X manages crucial performance efficiency gains over Ryzen 9 5950X despite huge TDP rise
The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X has been spotted on the SiSoftware Sandra database where it has produced very encouraging benchmark results. Some comparisons with the Zen 3-based Ryzen 9 5950X have shown the Zen 4 chip to be up to +118% quicker; however, in terms of performance efficiency the Ryzen 9 7950X still offers an edge, albeit a slight one.
Rampant Ryzen 9 7900X further exposes UserBenchmark bias as AMD's 12-core Zen 4 chip rips up Raptor Lake rivals
The AMD Ryzen 9 7900X has made its first appearance on UserBenchmark and in the process has not only destroyed every contender in the average bench chart but has also exposed the site’s labyrinthine scoring system. The Zen 4 Ryzen 9 7900X managed to outpace an unnamed Raptor Lake rival that may have been an Intel Core i7-13700K engineering sample.
Update: An even faster Ryzen 9 7900X UserBenchmark run has now been posted.
iPhone 14 Plus fails to fill big iPhone 13 mini shoes as analyst offers up stinging report on Apple's product strategy
An early Apple iPhone 14 analysis report has offered up a rather negative opinion of Cupertino’s decision to replace the iPhone 13 mini in the lineup with the iPhone 14 Plus. While things may not be looking too bright for the iPhone 14 Plus at the moment, at least the iPhone 14 Pro Max seems to be pleasing die-hard Apple fans.
Souped-up Sony Xperia 1 IV Gaming Edition smartphone gets surprise release alongside Xperia Stream Gaming Gear
Sony has launched an enhanced Xperia 1 IV Gaming Edition smartphone at the same as revealing its new Xperia Stream Gaming Gear peripheral. The Xperia Stream, which has been designed for use just with the Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone, provides a cooling boost and expanded connectivity options.
New Sony Xperia compact smartphone based on the Xperia Ace IV could be heading for a global launch
A new Sony Xperia compact smartphone could be made available worldwide according to the latest rumors about the expected Sony Xperia Ace IV. Sony recently released the Xperia 5 IV, which it classed as a compact smartphone, despite the presence of a 6.1-inch display. A global model based on the Xperia Ace lineup would likely have a much smaller form.
Apple may call its USB-C iPhone the iPhone 15 Ultra
The first USB-C iPhone could end up being known as the Apple iPhone 15 Ultra, as early speculation about the next-generation iPhones continues. Two of the most well-known Apple analysts have offered matching opinions that Apple will move away from its current iPhone Pro naming scheme, which is where the iPhone 15 Ultra potentially comes in.
Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23+ join the S23 Ultra in uninspiring dimensions and display specifications leak
The Samsung Galaxy S23 series will be very much like the Galaxy S22 series in terms of dimensions and display specifications according to a well-known leaker. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra’s alleged measurements have already been shared, and it appears the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ will also be similarly uninspiring in this area, at least.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max will hit breakneck speeds on AnTuTu and match lofty iPad Pro 5 levels claims leaker
The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max will hit performance heights beyond 95% of other smartphones according to a leaker. The source has offered an AnTuTu score prediction, which if realized, will place the iPhone 14 Pro Max at similar levels to the 5th-generation iPad Pro tablets. While the A16 should outpace an M1 chip anyway, it will have to do so with less thermal headroom.
Sony teases Xperia gaming gear cooling system cutting short hopes for a new Xperia Play or PlayStation portable
Sony has released a new teaser video for an upcoming gaming and smartphone-related product for its Xperia line. Unsurprisingly, fan excitement rapidly built to giddy levels with hopes for something akin to a PlayStation portable or Xperia Play successor. Unfortunately, for some, the product being teased appears to be a gaming gear cooling system for the Xperia 1 IV.
PlayStation VR2 confirmed game list grows to 15 titles as Firewall Ultra joins in the virtual fun
The confirmed list of games coming to the PlayStation VR2 has grown to 15 titles as a new reveal trailer for Firewall Ultra has just been posted. Firewall: Zero Hour was praised on its release for the PlayStation VR and news of a sequel has been warmly welcomed. The Sony PlayStation VR2 promises 4K HDR visuals with four on-board external cameras for tracking.
Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro headed to Europe as user shares images of an early global model
The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro seems to be headed to Europe and possibly a wider global market thanks to two recent appearances for the wearable. The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro (known as the Mi Band 7 Pro or just Band 7 Pro in China) offers attractive upgrades over its non-Pro counterpart, including GPS, NFC, and a more traditional watch-style design.
Xiaomi 12T and Xiaomi 12T Pro colors and model variants leaked along with vague release date timeframe
Some key details about the upcoming Xiaomi 12T and Xiaomi 12T Pro have been leaked, including their supposed colors, RAM and storage options, and a somewhat vague release date timeframe. The Xiaomi 12T Pro in particular could be a terrific device, although it is likely to have an almost-premium flagship-smartphone price tag.
Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro rumor roundup as the expected iPhone 14 release date grows closer
The Apple iPhone 14 release date is nearing and rumored details about the four upcoming devices, the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max, have been pouring in. Recent Apple iPhone 14 leaks have focused significantly on the main specifications, key details, launch and release date schedule, and, of course, pricing.
Apple iPhone 14 pre-sale scalper prices in China hit equivalent of almost US$1,000 for the standard model
Offline pre-sale scalper prices for the upcoming Apple iPhone 14 series in China have reached shocking highs. One shared price for the standard iPhone 14 was for 6,699 yuan, which is equivalent to US$966. The scalper prices for the iPhone 14 Pro models are even more outlandish, despite buyers in China typically having to pay more for an iPhone device.
Mad Apple iPhone 14 Pro notch-toggling video looks fake but highlights pill and punch-hole solution popularity
A 5-second video clip of a supposed real Apple iPhone 14 Pro has been making the rounds on social media. Where this latest video stands out from many other likely fake clips is the notch-toggling function shown on the so-called iPhone 14 Pro’s display. Most seem to agree that the video is fake but many have opined that they would like to have this choice.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro always-on display visualized in allegedly accurate mockups
The always-on display supposedly coming to the Apple iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max has been shown off in a series of image mockups. The iPhone 14 Pro always-on display would work with the overhauled iOS 16 lock screen to allow features such as rolling notifications and fading widgets. Engineers are reportedly working on an imminent iOS 16 update.
Renewed Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) with 512 GB selling for just US$589 on Amazon as stock rapidly diminishes
Multiple renewed variants of the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) are currently selling on Amazon at incredible prices. Prices start from as low as US$509.95 with the pick of the bunch, an iPad Pro with Wi-Fi connectivity and 512 GB storage, costing from US$589. The larger third-generation iPad Pro model features a fast A12X Bionic chip and a fully laminated display.
Noteworthy Galaxy S23 Ultra concept video and renderings show Samsung's flat-screened flagship in opulent beige
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has starred in a new unofficial fan-made concept video and in some concept renderings dressed in a Galaxy Z Fold4 beige. The S23 Ultra in this clip has been created with the latest leaks and rumors in mind, which means it has a flatter display than the S22 Ultra with a more angular – and attractive – look to it.
Tiny Galaxy S23 Ultra vs S22 Ultra design change highlighted just as Samsung mocks Apple for slow innovation
The expected Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra’s design has been compared with that of the S22 Ultra, with a leaker utilizing power banks to give a visual representation of how the S23 Ultra will look. Ironically, this rather small design difference has been pointed out just as Samsung has been busy mocking Apple’s slow innovation process in a new Galaxy S22 Ultra and Z Flip4 promo video.
Sony Xperia 1 V or next-gen PRO may turn it up to 48 MP for astonishing camera system
The Sony Xperia 1 V or a next-generation Xperia PRO model may have some unbelievable camera equipment according to a new leak. There have been a few rumors claiming Sony would dial it up a notch to 48 MP for Xperia cameras at some point; however, it seems the Xperia 1 V or next-gen Xperia PRO will get much more than just a megapixel-count boost.
Feature-packed Sony Xperia 5 IV compact smartphone arrives filled to the brim with fan favorites for US$999/£949
Sony has officially launched the Xperia 5 IV, with the compact smartphone brimming with fan-favorite features. The device has space for a 3.5 mm audio jack, microSD slot, and it also comes with an LED notification light. The 6.1-inch Sony Xperia 5 IV is priced at US$999/£949/€1049, with availability depending on region.
Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro pricing forecast likely to be the most accurate price prediction yet for the 2022 iPhone series
An Apple iPhone 14 series pricing forecast has been put together by a research analyst company offering up what could be the most-accurate price prediction yet. There could even be good news on the horizon in regard to the standard iPhone 14 price, while the iPhone 14 Pro models come with a higher price than their predecessors but with an initial storage bump to sweeten the deal.
Leaked Sony Xperia 5 IV press images reveal a simply elegant compact smartphone
The Sony Xperia 5 IV has turned up in some supposed first press shots courtesy of leaker Evan Blass. While the compact smartphone hasn’t had a radical design overhaul compared to its predecessor, it’s clear to see that Sony has put some love into the looks of the Xperia 5 IV, which stands out with an elegant aesthetic. Color choices and a couple of key specifications are also revealed.
Surprising iPhone SE 2023 rumor pegs the 4th-generation model as an Apple iPhone XR clone
The Apple iPhone SE (4th generation) will apparently be based on the Apple iPhone XR. The claim was made by YouTuber Jon Prosser in a recent podcast during a segment about future iPhones. If this is the case, then the iPhone SE 2023 (or iPhone SE 4) will not feature a home button and should offer much better battery life than the iPhone SE 3.
Fanciful Apple iPhone 14 price drop hinted at in latest information dump
Another Apple iPhone 14 information dump has surfaced online with many of the details contained in it either repeated from other sources or refinements of existing rumors. However, the list of 10 supposed leaks does feature one that will excite many fans as it is in regard to the iPhone 14 price tag.
Ian Zelbo has now created a new set of iPhone 14/Pro renderings in the leaked colors.
Lighter Sony PlayStation 5 console hits the shelves as PlayStation Studios Mobile Division snaps up Savage Game Studios
A new PlayStation 5 console has been spotted on the shelves in Australia, with this 2022 variant apparently being lighter than both the revised PS5 from 2021 and the original launch model. Sony has also been busy in the mobile space as its new PlayStation Studios Mobile Division has acquired Savage Game Studios.
Apple iPhone 14 satellite connectivity hardware tests reach completion
Apple has completed hardware tests on satellite connectivity for its iPhone devices according to a new report from a respected analyst. While satellite communication may not be the most trumpeted feature of the upcoming iPhone 14 range, its implementation could have far-reaching consequences in regard to interaction via smartphone.
Sony Xperia 5 IV spec secrets revealed in shadowy Geekbench record as new promo teaser goes live
The Sony Xperia 5 IV may have taken its first trip to Geekbench according to a new report. A device with the codename “Sony XQ-CQ62” was recently discovered on the benchmark site, and it revealed the likely processor and RAM amount for the mystery phone. It is widely expected that the Xperia 5 IV will be launched on September 1.
Galaxy S23 Ultra loses some curve as leaker offers design perfection reminders about the Samsung Galaxy S23 family
The Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra’s expected designs have been on a leaker’s mind recently, with Ice universe wanting to remind his thousands of followers what Samsung is planning. While the Galaxy S23 and S23+ are more of the same with an upgraded SoC, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is due to lose some curve.
Imposing RTX 4090 stands out in comprehensive GeForce RTX 40-series rumor specsheet and power-efficiency chart but the RTX 4070 is the real dark horse
An updated GeForce RTX 40-series rumor specsheet along with a handy power-efficiency chart have been produced by a well-known tech tipster. The data, which comes from numerous leaks by noted sources, reveals that the RTX 4090 could be a must-buy for well-off gamers while the RTX 4070 is looking like a mid-range champion.
Apple iPhone 14 notch-shrinkage mystery solved while satellite connectivity via Globalstar seems likely
New details about the Apple iPhone 14 are still springing up, with the latest reports suggesting that the upcoming smartphone will offer limited satellite connectivity and may sport a light-folded projector. The latter feature could be the reason why Apple has seemingly been able to shrink the notch for its iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models.
Real Xperia 5 IV or Xperia Compact guest stars in Sony's latest promo teasers
A new Xperia smartphone has made some brief appearances in two of Sony’s latest video clips promoting its upcoming launch event, which takes place on September 1. Much of the focus of the teasers is on British songwriter Cat Burns, but there are several glimpses of what could be either the Sony Xperia 5 IV or a new Xperia Compact.
Sony Xperia 5 IV should be 2022's best compact smartphone according to leaker as surprise upgrade could be on the cards
A noted leaker has described the potentially upcoming Sony Xperia 5 IV as the best compact flagship smartphone of the year, as long as it gets a specific processor upgrade. Leaks in regard to the Xperia 5 IV have been surprisingly thin on the ground, with many fans hoping for a triumphant release for the beloved range.
More-core Intel Core i7-13700 makes underwhelming first appearance on PassMark with +10% performance gains over the i7-12700
The Raptor Lake Intel Core i7-13700 has made a surprising first appearance on PassMark, with the hybrid chip performing solidly if somewhat underwhelmingly in single-thread testing and in the CPU Mark test suite. The measured performance gains over the i7-12700 are only satisfactory, with more cores available to tempt buyers.
Better moon shots than ever: Improved iPhone 14 camera system joins list of potential hints found in Apple Far Out event invitation
Moon photos on iPhones could soon take an exponential leap in quality if potential clues left in the Apple Far Out event invitation point to reality. The Apple events website has been updated to promote the upcoming September 7 launch event, where it is expected the iPhone 14 range and Apple Watch Series 8 will be officially unveiled.
Exciting Sony Xperia 5 IV price leak joins potential approaching release date hints
A supposed Sony Xperia 5 IV price tag has been unearthed that will delight those waiting to get their hands on the upcoming more-compact version of the Xperia 1 IV. In addition, there have been a couple of hints that the Xperia 5 IV could soon be launched, although one tipster claims there will be another Xperia model released beforehand.
Painless K'Watch Glucose blood-free CGM smartwatch produces positive first-in-human trial results as PKvitality targets 2024 for availability
PKvitality, the company behind the development of the K’Watch Glucose blood sugar monitor, has published the results of a recent clinical trial. The continuous glucose monitor (CGM) smartwatch produced a high accuracy level. In addition, the design of the K’Watch Glucose has been finalized and the firm has updated its launch timeframe schedule.
Apple October event: Improved iPads and modernized M2 Macs on the menu
New iPad tablets and M2-powered Mac computers are apparently on the menu for an Apple October special event according to a well-known analyst. The latest iPad and iPad Pro models are in for an overhaul in comparison to their predecessors, while fans could be treated to a brand-new MacBook Pro laptop before the year is out.
iPhone 14 mini makes surprise appearance in distributor list of upcoming Apple devices that includes the 2022 iPad Pro
There has been mention of an iPhone 14 mini in a leaked list of seven Apple devices that are expected to be released within the next few weeks. The source of the list is a reliable and well-known leaker, meaning an Apple iPhone 14 mini could actually be on the cards while another iPhone 14 model gets cut.
Update: The source has now stated that the presence of the iPhone 14 mini on this list should be "viewed skeptically".
Galaxy S23 Ultra: Samsung confirms 200 MP camera and brings in Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max as further rumors hint at paradigm-shifting smartphone
It has been reported that Samsung has confirmed with its manufacturing partners that the Galaxy S23 Ultra phone will sport a 200 MP main camera sensor. In addition, it is also believed the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will also utilize Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Max fingerprint sensor and feature faster storage.
Samsung 990 Pro: Hopes of a PCIe 5.0 SSD that can hit 13,000 MB/s wobble as Samsung teases an "Ultimate SSD"
Samsung has posted a promo teaser clip for an upcoming SSD that the company has labelled as “The Ultimate SSD”. It is believed this may be the Samsung 990 Pro NVMe M.2 SSD that has already made an appearance on the PCI-SIG website. Hopes that the 990 Pro could be a 13 GB/s-capable PCIe 5.0 SSD may have been dashed, though.
Apple iPhone 14 release date set to take place 9 days after launch event as recession concerns hasten schedule
It seems the launch date for the Apple iPhone 14 is closer to being set in stone thanks to the recent contribution of one of the industry’s most well-informed analysts. The actual iPhone 14 release date will likely be nine days later, with the whole launch, pre-orders, and release (sales) process arguably being hastened because of recession “risks”.
Intel Raptor Lake engineering samples produce mind-boggling results on UserBenchmark
Intel Raptor Lake engineering samples have been spotted producing incredible results on a synthetic benchmark. While there are some considerable caveats involved, desktop PC builders can still be excited by the results for the 13th-gen CPUs, with the upcoming Raptor Lake vs. Zen 4 showdown looking incredibly competitive.
Apple iPhone X to iPhone 14 Pro camera and design comparison highlights bumpy ride and missed opportunity
A talented 3D artist has put together an image comparing the rear sides of five of the most recent Apple iPhones to visually highlight exactly what is going on with the overall design and the camera bump. The contrast between the iPhone X and the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro is especially striking. The lineup also reveals a missed opportunity for Apple.
Apple A17 Bionic destined for iPhone 15 Pro models only claims prophetic leaker
It has been claimed that Apple’s rumored A17 Bionic processor will only be made available for the iPhone 15 Pro models. It is widely believed that the iPhone 14 series will utilize two different processors, which was supposedly indicated by this same source in 2021. The A17 Bionic chip is expected to be manufactured on a 3-nm process.
Apple iPad 10 specs leak reveals USB-C port presence, A14 Bionic chip, and M2 iPad Pro announcement date
Some key details about the 10th-generation Apple iPad tablet have been leaked on a Korean-language forum, with the information also including a potential announcement date timeframe for the expected M2 iPad Pro. According to the leak, Apple will utilize the A14 Bionic SoC for the iPad 10 and fit it with a USB Type-C port.
New iPhone 14 release date surfaces as fan-made iPhone 14 Pro concept renderings show Apple's iOS 16 in action
Yet another supposed Apple iPhone 14 release date has been making the rounds on social media, now leaving fans with at least three strong contenders for the big day. In addition, a graphic designer has produced terrific renderings of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max taking advantage of the iOS 16 operating system.
AMD Ryzen 7000 placeholder prices leave expectant fans anxious about possible Zen 3 to Zen 4 price hikes
AMD Ryzen 7000 placeholder prices have been spotted online, with the figures making some fans a little nervous about their potential accuracy. A previous leak gave the impression that CPUs in the Zen 4 Raphael series, such as the Ryzen 5 7600X and Ryzen 9 7950X, would be priced at a similar level to Zen 3 parts.
PlayStation 5-compatible WD_BLACK SN850 2-TB SSD with heatsink hits must-buy lowest price ever on Amazon US and Amazon UK
The Western Digital WD_BLACK SN850 has had its regular prices slashed on both Amazon US and Amazon UK. The superfast SSD, which is compatible for use in the PS5 console, can hit read speeds of up to 7,000 MB/s. The best deal currently on offer is for the 2 TB variant with heatsink, which is up to 53-60% off, depending on region.
Xiaomi 12T and Xiaomi 12T Pro prices for Europe and release date timeframe leaked
The supposed Europe price tags for the Xiaomi 12T and Xiaomi 12T Pro have been leaked along with some other key details, such as the alleged launch date timeframe. The Xiaomi 12T is expected to come with a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 processor while the Xiaomi 12T Pro could be dressed to impress with a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 SoC from Qualcomm.
Update: Another source has offered up even higher prices for the T-series phones.
GlucoClip non-invasive blood glucose monitor wins prestigious Johns Hopkins University Healthcare Design Competition
The GlucoClip non-invasive blood sugar monitor project has been one of the winners of the 2022 Johns Hopkins Healthcare Design Competition. A group of Egyptian students based at the American University in Cairo are behind the creation of the GlucoClip, and they hope to eventually take the glucose meter to the global market.
Purported iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max price hikes to raise Apple's average selling price to envy-inducing new heights
A noted analyst has offered up some interesting information about what Apple’s pricing strategy could be like for the upcoming iPhone 14 series and how it will affect the company’s overall average selling price (ASP). It appears it may only be the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max that will witness price hikes.
Apple iPhone 14 release date could be earlier than expected as 95 million phones are prepped for sale
A new supposed Apple iPhone 14 release date has started floating around social media, suggesting that the 2022 iPhone could actually arrive sooner than expected. In addition, it has been reported that Apple is making sure there are enough iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro units to go around thanks to huge production line figures.
AMD Ryzen 5 7600X officially tops UserBenchmark CPU average bench chart leading to backhanded compliment from Team Blue bastion
The AMD Ryzen 5 7600X engineering sample that recently appeared on the beleaguered website UserBenchmark has now been placed in the top position in the site’s CPU average bench chart. To acknowledge this somewhat surprising turn of events, the Ryzen 5 7600X and AMD have earned the most backhanded of compliments.
Positive GeForce RTX 40 series and Radeon RX 7000 series price predictions appear in specs chart along with 800 W TDP madness and 384 MB cache craziness
A convenient roundup chart of the many leaks and rumors about the upcoming Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 series and AMD Radeon RX 7000 series has been put together along with some positive price speculation. A couple of specs highlights include a possible 800 W TDP for the RTX 4090 Ti and an astonishing 384 MB cache for a so-called RX 7970 XT3D graphics card.
AMD Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 full specs leak shatters predictions as Ryzen 9 7950X outspeeds Ryzen 9 5950X by up to +32%
The supposed full specifications for four SKUs of the upcoming AMD Ryzen 7000 series have been leaked. Astonishingly, it seems that the Ryzen 9 7950X will have a base clock that is a huge 1.1 GHz higher than that of the Ryzen 9 5950X. The Zen 4 “Raphael” chips can thank higher TDPs for the impressive clock-speed increases.
iPhone 14 Pro screen protector leaves nothing to the i-magination
An Apple iPhone 14 Pro screen protector has been shared by a prolific leaker, leaving no doubt about a couple of the major design features of the upcoming smartphone. The iPhone 14 Pro will feature a handy “i”-shaped cutout for its front-facing camera and associated sensors, with many commenters surprised about its overall size.
Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro color choices and charging speeds leaked in alleged information dump
All of the color choices for the Apple iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max have allegedly been revealed in a considerable information dump. Along with various details that have been previously reported elsewhere, the same source claims that the iPhone 14 devices will enjoy a slightly bumped-up charging speed.
Efficient AMD Ryzen 5 6600U matches Intel Core i7-1260P performance on PassMark thanks to Rembrandt's TDP and clock-rate buffs
The AMD Ryzen 5 6600U is the latest Zen 3+ “Rembrandt” mobile processor to make its way onto the PassMark test site, with a single sample displaying good enough results to keep up with the more-powerful Intel Core i7-1260P. Along with beefed-up TDP and clock rates, the Ryzen 5 6600U can also brag of having an RDNA2-powered iGPU.
Valid Intel Core i9-13900K Geekbench run leaves Raptor Lake possibly facing Zen 4 extinction event
The Intel Core i9-13900K Raptor Lake processor has been spotted on Geekbench again, this time around in a benchmark run that has been classed as valid. The recorded gains over its i9-12900K predecessor leave the i9-13900K looking surprisingly unspectacular considering Zen 4 from AMD is looming ominously over the horizon.
UserBenchmark goes to war with AMD as Ryzen 5 7600X takes down Intel Core i9-13900 in single-core speed comparison
The recent appearance of an AMD Ryzen 5 7600X engineering sample (ES) on UserBenchmark has sparked a series of events that has left the controversial synthetic benchmark taking cheap potshots at Team Red. The Ryzen 5 7600X even managed to outscore a Raptor Lake i9-13900 ES, leading UserBenchmark to label AMD as “Advanced Marketing Devices”.
AMD Ryzen 5 7600X leaves Core i9-12900K feeling blue in Intel stronghold benchmark with +22% faster single-core speed
An apparent AMD Ryzen 5 7600X engineering sample has turned up on the UserBenchmark synthetic benchmark. The Zen 4 “Raphael” CPU churned out an average bench score of 117%, placing it above Intel’s Core i9-12900K. The Ryzen 5 7600X also managed to considerably outscore the Alder Lake part in single-core speed.
Lenovo Legion Y700 Ultimate Edition 8-inch Android tablet with color-changing glass back launched in China for 3,299 yuan
Lenovo has released a new version of its Legion Y700 8-inch Android gaming tablet in China. The latest model, the “Ultimate Edition”, features a color-changing inductive glass back. Fans of compact Android tablets elsewhere are still pining over the fact that Lenovo doesn’t seem inclined to give the Legion Y700 a global release.
Xiaomi Mi Band 6 sparkles as China Gold collaboration turns inexpensive wearable into diamond-studded luxury item
Xiaomi has teamed up with China Gold and the China Academy of Arts to turn its cheap and cheerful Mi Band activity trackers into fabulous luxury items. Owners of the Mi Band 4, 5, 6, or 7 can, for the most part, bling out their wearable with gold and diamond accessories. A fully decked-out Mi Band 6 NFC costs 2,529 yuan (~US$375).
Multiple AMD Radeon RX 7000 and Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 cards joined by RTX 30 Super series in AFOX EEC filings
Numerous AMD Radeon RX 7000 boards and Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 series cards have turned up in two Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) filings. In addition to widely expected SKUs such as the RX 7900 XT and GeForce RTX 4090 Ti, there are some more curious submissions in the forms of the RTX 30 Super series and a non-XT variant of the RX 7900 XT.
AMD Ryzen 5 6600H vs Intel Core i5-12600H: New PassMark run leaves Alder Lake part with an edge but Rembrandt has RDNA2 appeal
The AMD Ryzen 5 6600H processor has finally made its way onto PassMark where it has produced synthetic benchmark results that put it into close-quarter confrontation with the Intel Core i5-12600H. However, while the Alder Lake part has to make do with Iris XE Graphics (80 EUs), the Rembrandt chip can boast of having an RDNA2-powered Radeon 660M iGPU.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE incoming as report claims an initial production target of 31 million units across four models
A Samsung Galaxy S23 FE model is apparently going to join the three other smartphones of the S23 range according to a report out of Korea. In addition, it seems Samsung has set an impressive initial production target of 31 million units across the series, with the Galaxy S23 Ultra tipped to replicate the success of the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Monstrous Titan graphics card with up to 800 W power limit hinted at in leaked Nvidia Lovelace GPU codename
A new Titan graphics card from Nvidia could be incoming, according to a GPU codename shared by a well-known leaker. The GeForce RTX 40 series, or “Lovelace” family, is already expected to feature a powerful RTX 4090 Ti SKU in its lineup, but now it seems Nvidia has something even more special planned for its AD102 chip.
Apple M2 removes Intel Core i9-12950HX as PassMark's laptop CPU single-thread champion but trails behind Alder Lake-P in multithread benchmarking
The Apple M2 SoC has scored another benchmark victory by topping PassMark’s current laptop CPU chart for single-thread performance. The M2 actually removed none other than the impressively powerful Intel Core i9-12950HX from the top; however, the Apple silicon couldn’t outscore chips like the i7-1260P and i7-1280P in multithread testing.
GeForce RTX 3090 Ti for US$1,499.99 and RTX 3080 for US$799.99: EVGA's RTX 30 Series sale with some "lowest prices ever" leaves gamers with mixed feelings
EVGA has announced a “Back in Stock” sale based on GeForce RTX 30 Series cards. The hardware company is offering RTX 3090 Ti units for US$1,499.99 and RTX 3070 boards from US$579.99. However, it seems gamers in Europe have been locked out of this sale while those who can buy are mostly cynical about some of EVGA’s “lowest prices ever”.
AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 6850H squeezes past Intel Core i7-12800H in PassMark CPU Mark score as Zen 3+ continues to impress
Another Zen 3+ part has hit the PassMark benchmark website in the form of the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6850H, which is basically the professional/business equivalent of the Ryzen 7 6800H. The Rembrandt-class Ryzen 7 PRO 6850H held up well against the Intel Core i7-12800H rival, with single-thread and multi-test scores resulting in shared spoils.
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U outmuscles the Intel Core i7-1260P and the Apple M2 by hefty margins in PassMark's CPU test suite
The AMD Ryzen 7 6800U has finally turned up on the PassMark CPU testing site, and it has made a very promising first showing. The Zen 3+ “Rembrandt” APU with the handy RDNA2-based Radeon 680M iGPU managed to outscore fellow low-power rivals such as the Intel Core i7-1260P and Apple M2 in the site’s average CPU Mark results.
Apple M2 smashes its way to i9-12900 levels in astonishing PassMark single-thread performance but barely matches an i3-12300 in average CPU Mark
The first samples of the Apple M2 have made their way onto the PassMark website, where the new Apple silicon has been lumped into the desktop CPU class. The M2 raced to an incredible score in the single-thread performance chart, smashing its way through a whole block of Alder Lake chips. But it was left a little wanting in the multiple test suite.
PlayStation 5 finally gets its first officially licensed M.2 SSD in the form of the Mark Cerny-approved WD_BLACK SN850
Sony has finally officially approved an NVMe M.2 SSD for its PlayStation 5 console. The chosen unit, unsurprisingly, is the WD_BLACK SN850 from Western Digital, which offers up to 7,000 MB/s read speed. Mark Cerny, the lead architect for the PS5, previously posted about his own particular preference for the WD_BLACK SN850 back in 2021.
Needle-free MySugarWatch continuous glucose monitor for type 2 diabetes offers equivalent of 168 fingerprick tests a day from £48 (US$58) a month
The MySugarWatch needle-free continuous glucose monitor (CGM) for type 2 diabetes is now available as part of three different monthly packages, with the cheapest option starting at £48 (~US$58) a month. The MySugarWatch is a non-invasive glucose monitor that can deliver blood glucose readings every five minutes – the equivalent of 168 fingerpricks over a 14-hour period.
2 TB Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max could breach US$2,000 mark if alarming iPhone 14 price hike prediction comes true
A new iPhone 14 price prediction has been shared by an experienced tech analyst based on Apple potentially passing on supply chain costs to its customers. A price hike would leave the standard Apple iPhone 14 costing much more than the widely expected US$799 price tag while a fully specced iPhone 14 Pro Max could cost over US$2,000.
New MacBook Air with M2 offers almost 20% multi-core performance gain over Apple M1-based predecessor on Geekbench
Numerous Geekbench records for the new MacBook Air with M2 chip have started appearing on the popular synthetic benchmark site. The 2022 MacBook Air seems to offer similar performance to the already fully released M2 MacBook Pro while offering decent performance gains over the M1 MacBook Air. The Apple M2 chip comes with a much-improved 8-core or 10-core GPU part.
Sublime iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max concept images surface as Apple tipped to ship up to 100 million units before 2023
Eye-catching Apple iPhone 14 fan-made concept renderings have surfaced, giving another idea of what future iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro owners could be shelling out record amounts for. In addition, a noted analyst has forecast that Apple could have up to 100 million iPhone 14 units manufactured and ready for sale before 2023 arrives.
Origin PC Big O V3: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch OLED, RTX 3090, and Ryzen 9 5950X all integrated into one ultimate gaming machine
Origin PC has seemingly built the ultimate gaming machine in the form of its one-off Big O V3 custom PC. The device features a customized PlayStation 5, an Xbox Series X, a GeForce RTX 3090, a separate PC system for streaming, a 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X, and it even has a removable Nintendo Switch OLED console in a dock at the front.
Apple M2 MacBook Air sales likely to usher in bleak winter for Wintel laptop shipments
The emergence of the 2022 Apple MacBook Air with M2 chip will contribute to a considerable downturn in Wintel (Windows/Intel) laptop sales according to a new report from DigiTimes. The acceptable, and even downright attractive, M2 MacBook Air price points will leave competing Wintel notebooks looking like a tough sell.
2022 MacBook Air release date seemingly confirmed with pre-orders starting a week before
The Apple MacBook Air with M2 chip release date has seemingly been confirmed in an unexpected manner, potentially leaked (or deliberately teased) by popular YouTuber Marques Brownlee. In addition, the rumored date for the 2022 MacBook Air pre-orders has also been backed up in the same video review.
Apple MacBook Pro 13 with M2 takes Dell XPS 13 Plus with i7-1260P to pieces in benchmark onslaught but at least the x86 laptop looks cooler while getting hotter
The 2022 Apple MacBook Pro 13 with M2 chip has completely outclassed a Dell XPS 13 Plus with Intel Core i7-1260P processor in a series of synthetic benchmarks. While the XPS 13 Plus was clearly superior in storage-based performance and overall design, the ARM-based M2 MacBook Pro soon left the x86 laptop feeling hot under the collar.
Amazfit Band 7 price, specs, and renderings show that the Xiaomi Smart Band 7 already has an upcoming affordable rival
The Amazfit Band 7 has appeared in some leaked renderings alongside a list of key specs and a purported, and somewhat reasonable, price tag. The Amazfit Band 7 will be entering a crowded fitness-tracker market and will have to face stiff competition from the likes of the Xiaomi Smart Band 7.
Latest Apple iPhone 14 price rumor leaves the 1 TB iPhone 14 Pro Max costing a record-breaking amount
Another Apple iPhone 14 price leak has recently surfaced, with the purported amounts starting at a reasonable US$799 for the standard iPhone 14. However, things start getting expensive with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, with a 1 TB variant of the latter potentially requiring a record-breaking amount for an official mainstream iPhone.
Custom iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max pre-orders open with prices from around US$10,000 up to US$25,000
Caviar has opened pre-orders for its customized Apple iPhone 14 Pro and Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max smartphones. For those who feel the expected iPhone 14 Pro colors such as midnight and starlight simply aren’t glamorous enough, there are diamond-encrusted, leather-bound, and even meteorite-embedded custom iPhone 14 options to choose from.
Robust Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra sales justify the decision to axe the cherished Galaxy Note series
Estimated sales figures for the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra seem to have justified the company’s controversial decision to axe the beloved Galaxy Note line. Fans were shocked to learn that the Galaxy Note 20 was the final hurrah for the series as Samsung integrated Note features like the S Pen into its Galaxy S line.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX price of US$6,499 leaves Zen 3 HEDT parts as costly options for DIYers
AMD recently revealed it would make its Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-series available for DIY builders at some point in the near future while also announcing that the PRO and non-PRO lines would simply merge into a single PRO line. However, the prohibitive prices of the Threadripper PRO 5995WX, 5975WX, and 5965WX will leave the Zen 3 parts out of many hands.
Apple M3 headed to 15-inch MacBook Air and three other devices according to respected analyst
The Apple M3 processor has been mentioned in connection with at least four devices in a recent report by Mark Gurman. With the M2 chip now out and about, Apple will already be preparing future laptops and all-in-ones to sport the M3 silicon. One of those future computers is believed to be a 15-inch MacBook Air.
Sony INZONE M3 and M9 monitors with exclusive PS5 features have their specs and price estimates leaked ahead of new product showcase event
The Sony INZONE M3 and INZONE M9 gaming monitors have had their specs leaked before an expected unveiling at an upcoming showcase event. Along with that, the same source has offered up “around” prices for the INZONE M3 and INZONE M9, which apparently come with PlayStation 5 exclusive features.
M2 MacBook Pro 13 with 256 GB storage has a 33-50% slower SSD than its M1 equivalent
The new 2022 Apple MacBook Pro 13 with M2 SoC has been found to feature a slower SSD than its much older M1 counterpart, depending on the amount of storage in the configuration. In the worst-case scenario, the M2 MacBook Pro’s SSD was found to offer barely half the read speed of the storage found in the equivalent 2020 MacBook Pro with M1 chip.
Leaked Apple iPhone 14 battery capacities raise some eyebrows but iPhone 14 Pro Max battery life should still be stellar
Alleged Apple iPhone 14 battery capacity figures have leaked with some surprising details included. It appears that Cupertino is considering giving the iPhone 14 Pro Max a lower battery capacity than the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Some have shared concerns about the ensuing iPhone 14 battery life but design and component updates will likely produce pleasing results.
Apple M2 iPad Pro series prices leaked along with details about more-responsive iPad mini and laminated iPad
The alleged price tags for upcoming Apple M2 iPad Pro tablets have been leaked along with some minor but interesting information about both a future iPad mini slate and the next-generation iPad (10th gen). There are also some conflicting details shared about the rumored 14.1-inch iPad Pro or “iPad Studio”.
Samsung Galaxy S23 series misses out on under-display camera leaving the Galaxy S24 to possibly trial the technology
Phones in the Samsung Galaxy S23 series will apparently not be fitted with under-display camera technology according to an alleged supply chain source. This news fits in neatly with recent reports that the front-facing cameras for the S23 devices will get upgraded. There is a chance that the future Galaxy S24 will sport an under-display camera.
Xiaomi Mi Band 7 directly available in the US but buyer beware while the Mi Smart Band 6 and Amazfit Band 5 make cheaper alternatives for now
Xiaomi has just released its global variant of the Smart Band 7, with buyers in the UK and Europe already snapping up the attractive fitness tracker at temporarily discounted prices. Fans in the US can also now purchase the wearable directly from Amazon, but this appears to be the Chinese Xiaomi Mi Band 7 variant. Fortunately, there are cheaper alternatives to be found.
Apple iPhone 14 release date and iPhone 14 Pro Max with iPad Pro-pummeling performance score shared by leaker
Another leaker has claimed that the Apple iPhone 14 series will be released on September 13, 2022. In addition, the same source has also stated that the iPhone 14 Pro Max will be something of a performance powerhouse and will manage higher scores on a synthetic benchmark than the 3rd-gen and 4th-gen iPad Pro tablets.
Two "perfect for PlayStation 5" Sony INZONE gaming monitors incoming with 4K at 144 Hz play on the cards
Sony is expected to release two new “perfect for PlayStation 5” gaming monitors soon. It is believed the displays will be part of Sony’s INZONE series of accessories. Scant details about the Sony INZONE gaming monitors are currently available although one should support 4K at 144 Hz gaming while the other offers Full HD at 240 Hz.
Sony INZONE H9, H7, and H3 gaming headsets leak promising enhanced PS5 play at an alleged cheaper price than the WH-1000XM5
Sony INZONE H9, H7, and H3 gaming headset press renderings and alleged unit prices have leaked. It appears Sony has prepared three dedicated INZONE gaming headsets for those with different budgets, with the top-end INZONE H9 offering wireless connection and active noise-cancelling feature. The Sony INZONE headsets are reminiscent in design of the more-expensive WH-1000XM5 headphones.
Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 vs Apple M2: ARM-based ThinkPad X13s Geekbench records show generational improvement but still years behind Apple silicon
The ARM-based Lenovo ThinkPad X13s is finally available for purchase, but the Windows laptop with a Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor has not managed to catch up with Apple in terms of Geekbench performance. The results for the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 are not only well behind those of the Apple M2, but they also lag behind the M1 SoC from 2020.
AMD Ryzen 7 7700X misses out: Four other Raphael SKUs expected to lead Zen 4 charge in September as AMD Ryzen 9 7950X gets alleged price tag
New AMD Ryzen 7000 leaks have detailed the potential launch line-up for the upcoming Zen 4 desktop parts, a possible release date, and even a supposed price tag for the top-end Ryzen 9 7950X. It seems there won’t be an AMD Ryzen 7 7700X at launch time, with the series arguably emulating the Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 staggered release schedule.
Apple M2 GPU outdoes its own hype with up to +45% faster performances than the M1 in GFXBench and up to +13.5% in Cinebench R23
The new Apple M2 SoC has made its first appearance on both GFXBench and Cinebench, and its GPU part seemingly performed way above expectations on the former benchmark. The Apple M2 managed a +45.47% performance leap over the M1 in GFXBench’s Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen test, soundly overtaking Apple’s own +35% GPU performance claim.
Curvy Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra concept glitters in gold in new fan-made renderings
Some more Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra fan-made concept renderings, including a video clip, have been produced by the same creator who recently featured the expected flagship smartphone dressed in white. This time around, the Galaxy S23 Ultra gets to glitter in gold with its curved display, but the reintroduction of a camera bump isn’t as golden as the overall look.
Incredible Apple iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max CPU and GPU performance increases and huge battery life boost highlighted in new leak
A leaker has alleged that the Apple iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have shown up to +35% GPU and up to +42% CPU performance improvements. In addition, the same source has made some considerable claims about the camera equipment, battery life, and AnTuTu benchmark score for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Upcoming Amazfit GTR 4 and GTS 4 smartwatches to be joined by GTS 4 Mini and maybe even a Pro model
The Amazfit GTS 4 Mini smartwatch has been spotted in FCC filings, indicating that the forthcoming Amazfit GT 4 series from Zepp Health will feature at the very least three smartwatches. However, it is possible that number will be added to by the presence of a Pro model. The Amazfit GT 3 series featured only three SKUs but the GT 2 range had five watches to choose from.
Huge MIUI 13.5 eligibility list includes over 120 devices but the Redmi 9A, Xiaomi Mi 9 range, and original Redmi Note 8 series are left out
A Xiaomi MIUI 13.5 eligible device list has been put together, and it features over 120 phones and tablets from the Xiaomi, Mi, Redmi, and POCO brands. While popular ranges like the Redmi 10 series and Redmi Note 9 phones are lined up for a MIUI 13.5 update, it appears time is up for the Xiaomi Mi 9 family, the original Redmi Note 8 lineup, and even the best-selling Redmi 9A.
Suspected GeForce RTX 40 series launch delay gives Nvidia time to sell as many RTX 30 Ampere cards as possible
It has been reported that the launch date for GeForce RTX 40 series cards has been pushed back. There were rumors that Nvidia would announce its eagerly awaited “Lovelace” series in July with the first boards, likely the GeForce RTX 4090, being available shortly afterwards. However, it seems there are still profits to be made with the RTX 30 “Ampere” series.
Alleged Sony Xperia 5 IV specs leak promises memory bump to 12 GB for the compact smartphone
Supposed specs for the upcoming Sony Xperia 5 IV have been shared on the Chinese social media site Weibo. The Xperia 5 IV will likely sport a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, offer a good memory capacity bump over its predecessor, and apparently it will also support Qi wireless charging.
AMU+ non-invasive glucometer's Indiegogo campaign begins but caveat emptor for curious diabetics as further scrutiny reveals potential risks
A new Indiegogo campaign for the AMU PLUS non-invasive blood glucose monitor has started. The company behind this particular push, Vanguide, claims the AMU+ only takes one minute and one touch to offer up four test results, including glucose levels. However, diabetic buyers should beware, especially if they are hoping for a finger-stick replacement.
Dell announces AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX-powered Precision 7865 Tower with up to 48 GB Nvidia RTX A6000 for creators and galactic overlords
Dell has unveiled its new Precision 7865 Tower that packs enough power to satisfy creators, engineers, and future imperial senate dissolvers anywhere. The Dell Precision 7865 Tower features AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5000WX processors and can provide up to 56 TB storage, more than enough for containing complex workloads and Death Star blueprints.
Apple Mac mini leak reveals delayed release date, additional I/O options, and obligatory price hike
New details in regard to the 2022/2023 Apple Mac mini have turned up. There were some expectations that the powerful mini computer would make an appearance at WWDC22, but it appears there has been a delay in production. Updated renderings of the Mac mini show it with additional ports, but these extras come at a cost.
Monstrous 96-GPU-core Apple M2 Ultra supporting 1,200 GB/s memory bandwidth joins muscular M2 Pro and M2 Max in extrapolation speculation
There has been some speculation on what the Apple M2 Pro, M2 Max, and M2 Ultra SoCs could deliver in terms of specifications. Figures have been extrapolated from currently known data, with the monstrous Apple M2 Ultra having the potential to sport up to 96 GPU cores, support up to 192 GB unified memory, and transfer data from the memory to the CPU at a scorching 1,200 GB/s.
Apple does an Intel by comparing the 2022 MacBook Air with M2 with the MacBook Air 2019 with Intel Core i5-8210Y
Apple has just announced the new MacBook Air 2022 laptop with M2 processor, and the official product page for the device features some incredible performance comparisons. However, it seems some convenient Intel-like cherry-picking has taken place, as the M2 MacBook Air shows itself to be up to 26x faster than an Apple MacBook Air 2019 with Intel Core i5-8210Y.
2022 Apple MacBook Air with M2 chip launches in four sumptuous finishes with prices starting at US$1,199
Apple has launched its redesigned 2022 MacBook Air with M2 chip. The thin and light laptop comes with a fresh look and four eye-catching colors that will help the new Apple MacBook Air stand out from the crowd. The 13.6-inch device is available in two core configurations with prices starting at US$1,199/£1,249/A$1,899.
Striking Dell XPS 9315t 2-in-1 channels Microsoft Surface Pro design language in new high-definition renderings
More marketing renderings of the apparently upcoming Dell XPS 9315t 2-in-1 hybrid laptop have been leaked. The latest images appear to show the Windows 11 operating system in action with the aid of large widgets. The new Dell XPS 2-in-1 (2022) looks very much like it could easily join the Microsoft Surface Pro lineup with its design.
2022 Apple MacBook Air colors drop in number but iMac blue is likely inclusion
A noted Apple analyst has claimed that the 2022 MacBook Air is likely to come in fewer colors as has been previously rumored. For a while now, commenters have suggested the potential M2 MacBook Air would come in a choice of up to seven colors, but this has now been reduced to a selection of four with an iMac blue being one of the chosen few.
FreeStyle Libre 3 gets FDA clearance opening up the US market for the world's smallest and most-accurate 14-day continuous glucose monitor
Abbott has announced that its FreeStyle Libre 3 continuous glucose monitor (CGM) system has now been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The company claims that the FreeStyle Libre 3 is the smallest and thinnest CGM in the world, with accurate blood glucose level measurements being made every minute.
Latest Xiaomi Pad 6 and Pad 6 Pro rumors detail all-Snapdragon chipsets with a possible Xiaomi Pad 6 Ultra in the mix for an August launch
New Xiaomi Pad 6 rumors have cropped up on social media that claim the next tablet series from the Chinese OEM will be an all-Snapdragon-powered affair. In addition, there is an early display-related leak, exciting news about the Xiaomi Pad 6 Pro, and even a whisper about a Xiaomi Pad 6 Ultra joining the lineup.
Apple iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max replicas appear in single hands-on video as new iPhone 15 Pro concept reveals subtle changes
Dummy units of the Apple iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max have all turned up in a single hands-on video. Replicas of various iPhone 14 models have already appeared in clips on several tech channels. New fan-made concept renderings of the Apple iPhone 15 Pro have revealed some expected physical changes.
Apple M2 MacBook Air appears in leakers' lists alongside macOS 13 Mammoth and iOS 16 for WWDC22 reveal expectations
Apple’s 2022 MacBook Air is the main piece of hardware that multiple leakers expect to be revealed at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC22). Apple has issued an AR trading-card set that has offered clues of what might be shown off alongside obvious highlights such as macOS 13 Mammoth, iOS 16, and iPadOS 16.
Xiaomi Mi Band 7 vs Mi Band 6: A larger display, bigger battery, and continuous blood oxygen monitoring for the 2022 model
The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 is up for sale in China, and it is likely a global variant of the fitness tracker will soon follow. Owners of the Mi Band 6 (aka Mi Smart Band 6) may wonder if an upgrade is worth the money, which will partially depend on how important a continuous blood oxygen measurement feature is to the wearer.
Xiaomi Band 7 Pro rumors hint at July launch with a larger battery and GPS as expected upgrades
The Xiaomi Band 7 Pro could be coming soon, according to a few tech leakers. The Pro variant of the Band 7 had been rumored for some time, but Xiaomi has only officially revealed a regular and NFC variant of the smart band so far. It’s rumored that the Xiaomi Band 7 Pro will be unveiled at the same time as the Xiaomi 12 Ultra phone.
Latest Xiaomi flip phone patent merges a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 with a Google Pixel 6
Xiaomi has been linked with flip-phone development for a long time and now a new patent has revealed the design direction the Chinese OEM seems to be taking. Unsurprisingly, there is plenty of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 in the Xiaomi clamshell device, but it also appears there’s something of the Google Pixel 6 in the Xiaomi Flip, too.
Xiaomi Pad 6 and Xiaomi Pad 6 Pro rumors: Dimensity and Snapdragon SoC mixture with up to 120 W fast-charging support
There are rumors that the upcoming Xiaomi Pad 6 and Xiaomi Pad 6 Pro will be treated to flagship MediaTek Dimensity chips and Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, depending on the SKU. In addition, it has also been mentioned that the top-end Xiaomi Pad 6 Pro tablet may support up to 120 W fast charging.
Occuity Indigo: Pain-free, optical, non-contact glucose meter in development that looks like an MiB neuralyzer and was designed by an Apple veteran
The Occuity Indigo portable, non-contact glucose monitor is currently in the research and development phase. The device will utilize blue-light illumination to read biomarkers in the human eye to give the user an accurate blood sugar measurement. The Occuity Indigo looks like the neuralyzer from Men in Black with a concept design delivered by a former Apple designer.
Beautiful nightmare: Ostentatious Xiaomi 12 Ultra concept renderings are not for trypophobes
New fan-made concept renderings of the Xiaomi 12 Ultra along with a brief design video have been shared online. The Xiaomi 12 Ultra concept unsurprisingly features the circular camera equipment front and center, with the Chinese OEM apparently willing to push the boat out a little in terms of design recklessness.
RDNA2-loaded Ryzen 9 6900HX finally appears on PassMark surpassing mobile Zen 3's finest and the Intel Core i7-12800H
The AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX APU with the RDNA2-based Radeon 680M iGPU has finally appeared on PassMark, despite being announced way back in January. The Zen 3+ chip managed higher single-thread and multi-test scores than the fastest Zen 3 counterpart, the Ryzen 9 5980HX. The Ryzen 9 6900HX also outmuscled the Intel Core i7-12800H in overall CPU Mark.
Sony Xperia 1 IV pre-sales allegedly one-third those of Xperia 1 III as prohibitive price tag leaves Chinese retailer reservations looking anemic
It has been reported that pre-sales for the Sony Xperia 1 IV are only a third of those for the Xperia 1 III. Considering the source of the information, this sorry state of affairs likely pertains to the China market, although the high price tag of the Xperia 1 IV is likely to affect pre-orders in markets such as the USA, Europe, and UK.
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X keeps pace with Alder Lake's best in leaker's optimistic clock predictions for key Raphael SKUs
A noted leaker has offered their take on the potential clock rates for key SKUs in the upcoming AMD Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” series. The commenter has been quite optimistic with some of the clock rate estimates, with the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X potentially offering a higher boost rate than Alder Lake’s i9-12900KS Turbo Max 3.0 speed of 5.3 GHz.
Google Pixel Watch gets Exynos 9110 co-processor and more RAM than the Galaxy Watch4 in attempt to squeeze the most out of Wear OS
New specifications for the upcoming Google Pixel Watch have been shared, including that it will apparently feature a co-processor to help out the Exynos 9110 with certain tasks. In addition, the Pixel Watch is expected to come with more RAM than the Galaxy Watch4 and support blood oxygen (SpO2) measurement.
Afon teases its non-invasive blood glucose monitor again while sharing recent crucial steps toward its finger-stick elimination goal
Afon is back teasing its promised portable and non-invasive blood glucose monitor. The Wales-based firm has already offered a glimpse at its device and has now shared details about further steps it has taken to make its blood sugar measurement sensor a reality. Afon claims that it is “on the verge of a major breakthrough in the management of diabetes”.
Juice-guzzling Intel Core i9-12950HX becomes the latest Alder Lake laptop CPU to head PassMark's single-thread performance chart
The Intel Core i9-12950HX has gone straight to the top of PassMark’s CPU single-thread performance chart for laptop processors. The power-hungry Alder Lake-HX chip managed to break the 4,000-point barrier, leaving the i9-12900H in second position. The i9-12950HX is capable of reaching a clock rate of 5.0 GHz.
24-core AMD Ryzen 9 7950X spearheads alleged Raphael SKU price leak with Zen 4 preparing for Raptor Lake face-off
A supposed AMD Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” price list has surfaced on Weibo, which also offers some scant details about the SKU designations and even core/thread count for the top-end part. Apparently, the Ryzen 9 7950X will have 24 cores, cost well over the equivalent of US$900, and it will be ready to bring Zen 4 power to Intel Raptor Lake’s doorstep.
Intel Core i9-12900HX benefits from convenient UserBenchmark chart promotion despite previously being behind AMD rivals
The Intel Core i9-12900HX has seemingly been promoted in UserBenchmark’s average bench chart thanks to the dismissal of the result of an underperforming sample. Previously, two i9-12900HX sample runs left the chip languishing behind several AMD rivals, but the removal of the poor result has left the Alder Lake mobile part in a loftier position.
Nintendo Switch 2 rumors revived by Nvidia job listing for next-gen console developer tools engineer
A job listing posted by Nvidia for the position of game console developer tools engineer has reignited speculation in regard to a next-gen Nintendo Switch device such as a Switch 2 or Switch Pro machine. The wording of the job description certainly hints at an ongoing Nvidia SoC/Nintendo Switch 2 collaboration that has long been rumored.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max pop in purple in incredibly life-like fan-made concept renderings
Life-like fan-made renderings of the Apple iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have emerged on social media with both devices stylishly clad in purple. Most of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max details and specs were recently leaked, although there is still some uncertainty over display sizes.
Sony Xperia 1 IV price marks +68% hike from Xperia 1 in stark contrast to fair Samsung and Apple flagship pricing
Sony’s Xperia 1 IV smartphone has a price tag of US$1,599.99, which is a loyalty-testing +68.5% increase over the original US launch price of the Mark 1 model. In stark contrast, both Samsung and Apple have been more cautious with price hiking for their flagship devices, with the standard Galaxy S models actually becoming cheaper over the same time period.
Intel's Core i7-12650HX mobile CPU is so powerful it surpasses the fastest Rocket Lake desktop chips on UserBenchmark
Some of Intel’s Alder Lake-HX mobile processors have appeared on UserBenchmark, delivering powerful performances that rival the previous generation’s fastest desktop parts. The Intel Core i7-12650HX is the pick of the bunch at the moment, achieving an average bench of 104%, which was higher than the benches of its i9 relatives.
Miniscule non-invasive glucose monitoring SoC from Movano completes tests and heads for wearable prototype system studies
Movano has shared some promising news in regard to development in both non-invasive glucose monitoring and cuffless blood pressure measurement. The company has finished functional testing of its tiny custom SoC (System-on-Chip) and is now preparing to study the processor’s performance as part of a presumably wearable glucose monitor system.
Bemusing Sony Xperia 1 IV release date for US market published alongside price, color options, and bundle details
The Sony Xperia 1 IV product page for the US market has provided full details about the new flagship smartphone, including its hefty US$1,599.99 price tag, its somewhat astonishing release date, the two available color options, and the attractive bundle deal that Sony usually offers with its latest Xperia 1 devices.
Xperia 1 IV vs Galaxy S22 Ultra: Sony's new flagship can't quite outclass Samsung's finest in toe-dip comparison
The Sony Xperia 1 IV has been pitted against the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in a surface-scratching comparison by popular YouTuber Mrwhosetheboss. Although much of the video content was subjective, it was clear to see how the S22 Ultra certainly had the edge over the Xperia 1 IV in interior low-light photography.
PlayStation 6 with custom AMD SoC by 2027: Separate job listings offer clues about the next-gen PlayStation console
Details arguably concerning a next-gen PlayStation console have been offered up in two separate job listings unearthed by a tech enthusiast. The potential PlayStation 6 is likely to sport a custom AMD processor chockful of RDNA goodness. In addition to possible SoC information, the listings may also hint at a PS6 release schedule.
Ryzen 7000 Phoenix APU iGPU performance allegedly equals discrete GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU levels
New supposed iGPU performance capabilities for AMD’s Ryzen 7000 Zen 4-based “Phoenix” APUs have pitted the upcoming chips at around the same level as a GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU. These “Phoenix” 5-nm processors are destined for use in thin and light laptops thanks to their low power requirements.
96-core Zen 4 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 part could be on the cards but likely only heading to Lenovo
New rumors about future AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors have been shared by a well-known TechTuber. The information concerns the potential core count, the Zen microarchitecture, and the possible availability for HEDT enthusiasts. Apparently, the Zen 4 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 series might feature an SKU with 96 cores.
Rumored Apple iPad Pro design changes for 2022 brought to life in sleek unofficial concept renderings
New fan-made concept renderings of the expected 2022 Apple iPad Pro have been shared on social media, showing the rumored design changes that could occur with the latest edition of the premium tablet series. Along with some design refinements, it’s believed the next iPad Pro will sport Apple’s M2 SoC.
AMD Ryzen 7 6800HS offers +23% benchmark gains over Ryzen 7 5800HS while slotting neatly between the i5-12500H and i7-12700H
The new AMD Ryzen 7 6800HS laptop processor has just appeared on PassMark where it produced a sterling result that left it over 23% ahead of its predecessor, the Ryzen 7 5800HS. In terms of the competition, the Ryzen 7 6800HS performed at a level that landed in-between the Intel Core i5-12500H and i7-12700H but with greater efficiency.
Real Xperia 1 IV appears in new teaser from Sony confirming presence of 3.5 mm jack as more alleged specs surface
Sony has posted more teaser videos for its upcoming 2022 Xperia 1 flagship, with one of the clips offering confirmation in regard to the presence of the much-loved 3.5 mm jack. The potential Sony Xperia 1 IV actually appears in the teaser while more specs leaks allege that the device will be IP68-rated dustproof and waterproof.
GlucoStation non-invasive blood glucose monitor ready for pre-order as GlucoActive develops two other painless measurement devices
The GlucoStation non-invasive glucometer for stationary use is now available for pre-order at an early-bird price of €699 (~US$736). The GlucoStation takes painless blood sugar measurements by using light waves. The company behind the device, GlucoActive, is also working on two wearable non-invasive measurement devices for diabetics.
Considerable Xperia 1 IV camera upgrades hinted at in latest teaser from Sony
Sony has posted another teaser video for its upcoming launch event, which is expected to feature the Xperia 1 IV. The clip calls the “next one” a smartphone for content creators, with popular YouTuber Pierre T. Lambert describing the impressive camera capabilities of the unnamed device. The Sony Xperia 1 IV could be launched in Japan on May 11.
Moar core blimey: 384-core AMD EPYC Venice server chip with Zen 6 architecture enters the rumor mill
A well-known leaker has made some extraordinary claims about the future of AMD’s server chips, EPYC. Apparently, there is a generation coming within a few years, codenamed “Venice”, that will offer well over 200 cores per part and may even include an astonishing 384-core SKU. The Zen 6-based chips will also apparently feature custom memory upgrades.
Apple Watch SE 2022 with always-on display and SoC upgrade on the cards as alleged price and specs leak
The supposed specs and price tag for the Apple Watch SE 2022 have been leaked. This year’s variant of the Apple Watch SE is shaping up to be a decent and more-affordable alternative to the upcoming Apple Watch Series 8. A price increase over its predecessor has been predicted but there are some hardware upgrades too.
Dell XPS 13 Plus with i7-1280P thrashes Apple MacBook Pro 13 with M1 in unfair comparison of premium 13-inch laptops
A video review of the new Dell XPS 13 Plus laptop has revealed how much more performance can be expected over the previous-generation XPS 13 and the Apple MacBook Pro 13 from 2020. Pitting the Intel Core i7-1280P against the M1 SoC is clearly an unfair fight, but it is interesting to see Dell take notes from Apple’s playbook.
Latest Xperia 1 IV leaks point to selfie camera upgrade and Sony leaping on no-charger-included bandwagon
A couple of new Sony Xperia 1 IV-related leaks have surfaced, offering details about the front-facing camera specification and the smartphone’s potential box contents. It appears Sony has joined OEMs like Apple, Xiaomi, and Samsung by deciding on not to include a charger with a purchase of the 2022 Xperia 1.
Real-world Sony Xperia 1 IV image confirms Google Assistant button removal and hints at silver color option
An alleged live image of the expected Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone has turned up on Chinese social media. The flagship phone, which could even be designated the Xperia 1 V or something completely different, is housed in a black protective case but the absence of the Google Assistant button is noticeable.
Hagar showcases favorable GWave non-invasive blood glucose monitor data at ATTD following FDA breakthrough device designation
Encouraging GWave non-invasive blood glucose monitor study results have been showcased at the ongoing Advanced Technologies and Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD) event that is taking place in Barcelona. The GWave glucometer utilizes radio frequency (RF) waves to take accurate measurements in a painless manner.
Ryzen 7 5800X3D becomes highest-ranked AMD chip on UserBenchmark but incurs astonishing criticism in the process
The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D has become the highest-ranked processor from Team Red on UserBenchmark in terms of average bench. However, this still leaves the Ryzen 7 5800X3D in the somewhat lowly position of 15th place, as the highly criticized benchmark rates Alder Lake and some Rocket Lake chips as better.
Apple iOS 16 features detailed in leak roundup as iPhone 6s and iPhone SE 1 face likely end of software support
Apple is expected to reveal full details of iOS 16 at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, which is scheduled from June 6 to 10. Ahead of that, a leaker has rounded up all the relevant feature rumors about iOS 16 and has also suggested device compatibility, leaving the Apple iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and first-generation iPhone SE facing end of support.
Apple M2 Mac mini now hotly tipped to be joining the M2 MacBook Air at WWDC 2022
An updated model of the popular Apple Mac mini has been tipped to be the mysterious Mac device that is most likely to join the MacBook Air in a reveal at Apple’s upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which takes place in June. Just like the refreshed MacBook Air, the new Mac mini is expected to sport Apple M2 silicon.
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U relegates Intel Core i7-1260P to also-ran status in early benchmark appearance as Ryzen 5 PRO 6650U also shows some teeth
AMD’s new Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U and Ryzen 5 PRO 6650U have turned up on PassMark and have produced impressive results that shine a very positive light on the latest Zen 3+ offerings. Both Ryzen 6000 chips, built for use in thin and light laptops, outpaced the Intel Core i7-1260P, with the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U looking particularly strong.
Ryzen 7 5800X3D stumbles on PassMark against the i9-12900K and Ryzen 7 5800X but this AMD chip is for gaming
The Ryzen 7 5800X3D, also known by AMD as the “world’s fastest desktop gaming processor”, has appeared in PassMark’s synthetic benchmark suite. The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D lagged behind the Ryzen 7 5800X and Intel Core i9-12900K, but its unique L3 cache configuration should not be overlooked when it comes to gaming.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max allegedly coming with upgraded Lightning connector capable of USB 3.0 speeds
It has been alleged that the Apple iPhone 14 Pro (and by extension the iPhone 14 Pro Max) will come with a Lightning connector that will be able to support USB 3.0 speeds. There had been older rumors that the iPhone 14 Pro models may have come with USB-C ports but one key factor has prevented that from happening.
Sony Xperia leaks galore: model canceling, flagship naming, fast charging, case leaking, Google Assistant button removing, and US$1,600 Xperia 1 IV pricing
A whole raft of Sony Xperia leaks has turned up, mostly involving the keenly anticipated Sony Xperia 1 IV. The increasing frequency of leaks in regard to the flagship Mark 4 Xperia 1 phone indicates that an upcoming launch can be expected. However, the rumored price tag for the Xperia 1 IV will likely frustrate many fans of the series.
iPhone 11 series termination and iPhone 12 price reduction on Apple's 2022 schedule according to leaker
The Apple iPhone 11’s number is up according to a leaker, with price reductions purportedly heading toward the iPhone 12 series. Cupertino is expected to launch the iPhone 14 range later this year and will need to trim the lineup to help maximize sales and reap in the benefits of all the hype that will be surrounding the latest iPhone iteration.
GlucoModicum needle-free MHD technology for non-invasive glucose monitoring achieves promising precision levels
The Finnish outfit GlucoModicum has shared encouraging news about its needle-free magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) technology. The company aims to integrate MHD with its Talisman sensor and Flint wristwatch to offer a non-invasive glucose monitor that is as accurate as more-intrusive methods.
Supposed eSIM-capable Sony Xperia 1 IV shows sleek single-core performance boost over Xperia 1 III in first Geekbench run
A May release could well be on the cards for the Sony Xperia 1 IV as it seems the upcoming flagship has already taken a trip to Geekbench. The potential Xperia 1 IV produced an impressive single-core score in its test. It is also believed the Mark 4 variant of the Xperia 1 may come with eSIM compatibility in some markets.
AMD Ryzen 7 5700X compares favorably to Intel Core i5-12600K on PassMark with much lower power requirements
The AMD Ryzen 7 5700X has been benchmarked in PassMark’s test suite for both single-thread performance and overall CPU Mark. The new Zen 3 Ryzen 7 5700X churned out respectable results that put it on a similar level to the Intel Core i5-12600K but at a much lower power cost than the hybrid rival.
MacBook delay seems inevitable as Apple suppliers in China go into lockdown
Lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in China could lead to future Apple MacBook delays. Some of Cupertino’s main suppliers, such as Pegatron and Quanta, have had to cease production for the time being. While future MacBook Air or MacBook Pro releases may be affected, supplies of the iPhone 14 may not be as deeply impacted.
Ryzen 5 5600 vs i5-12400: Budget-friendly AM4 chip joins AMD Ryzen 5 5500 on PassMark with predictably mixed results
The new budget Zen 3 processors from AMD, the Ryzen 5 5600 and Ryzen 5 5500, have made their first appearances on PassMark. Compared to the affordable rival Intel Core i5-12400, the Ryzen 5 5600 and Ryzen 5 5500 produced expected benchmark results. The new additions from Team Red utilize the AM4 microprocessor socket.
Dominant Core i9-12900KS confirms Intel hybrid architecture experiment success as it adds to Alder Lake's single-thread chart supremacy on PassMark
A couple of Intel Core i9-12900KS samples have made their way onto the PassMark benchmark site and have performed as expected. The latest Alder Lake powerhouse has shot straight to the top of the single-thread chart. With the addition of the i9-12900KS, Intel 12th Gen parts now occupy the first 12 positions.
Exciting non-invasive blood glucose monitor details promised by Afon for upcoming ATTD Conference
Afon Technology has once again taken to social media to announce exciting information about its work with a non-invasive blood glucose monitor wearable. Afon appears to be one of the leaders of the pack that is currently chasing the goal of producing a clinically approved and marketable non-invasive continuous glucose monitor (CGM).
Alleged Sony Xperia 1 IV price leak suggests slight increase from Xperia 1 III but expected camera upgrade hints at substantial rise
A new leak concerning the expected Sony Xperia 1 IV has seemingly revealed the prices for two configurations in China. While it appears there is only a slight increase from the Xperia 1 III price tags, some doubt has been cast over the leak veracity because of the costly camera upgrades that are believed to be heading to the Xperia 1 IV.
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT finally hits MSRP levels in some markets with prices also falling in the US
The high-end AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT GPU can finally be had in certain markets at MSRP levels. The recommended US price tag for the RX 6900 XT is US$999, but it has rarely been seen at that price point as scalpers and retailers have taken advantage of sky-high graphics card prices over the last couple of years.
New Sony Xperia 1 IV leaks lend weight to potential May launch date as display and dimension details materialize
More Sony Xperia 1 IV leaks have surfaced with one detailing the alleged display type the flagship smartphone will have while the other comes courtesy of an FCC record. Interestingly, information from the latter source does offer some credibility to the potential May 2022 launch window for the Xperia 1 IV.
Latest Xperia 1 IV rumor claims Sony's 2022 flagship will have a quad-cam setup with two telephoto lenses
A tipster has been offering details about the potential camera equipment for the Sony Xperia 1 IV. Apparently, the details have been taken from an “engineering machine configuration” (prototype), so they could still change. Interestingly, the Xperia 1 IV might get two telephoto lenses in a similar fashion to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Forceful Intel Core i9-12900KS smashes through its first benchmark chart even though it's UserBenchmark
The Intel Core i9-12900KS has shown its power by forcing its way to the top of a synthetic benchmark chart after just a couple of samples were tested. Although the benchmark site was the much-maligned UserBenchmark, it is still useful to compare the i9-12900KS’s result with those of other parts from Intel.
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE and Mi Play join 68 other Mi and Redmi phones on Xiaomi's end-of-support product list
The Xiaomi Security Center has posted a refreshed list of smartphones that have reached their end-of-support (EOS) status. Two new devices have appeared on the list in the forms of the popular Xiaomi Mi 9 SE and the Xiaomi Mi Play (Lotus). The two devices join dozens of other Mi and Redmi phones that are no longer supported.
PlayStation 3 emulation likely heading to the PS5 but might take some time
Backwards compatibility rumors concerning the PlayStation 5 are back, with full PS3 emulation supposedly on the cards. Sony’s new PlayStation Plus service will offer playing of PS3 titles on the PS5 via cloud streaming, but it will be at the mercy of the console owner’s internet connection speed.
Fake Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Geekbench entry leaves Mrwhosetheboss accidentally embroiled in Exynos 2200 benchmark score scandal
A storm seems to be brewing after a faked Geekbench score was used in a recent video from the highly popular Mrwhosetheboss tech channel on YouTube. The result for a supposed Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra device with an Exynos 2200 chip was shown with a much higher multi-core score than expected. The show’s host, Arun Maini, has made it clear that no foul play was intended.
20-core Apple M1 Ultra posts sturdy PassMark CPU Mark score but can't break Alder Lake's power-hungry iron grip on the single-thread top 10
A few samples of the new 20-core Apple M1 Ultra SoC have now appeared on PassMark and have delivered promising results for the Apple silicon. Although the M1 Ultra was unable to pierce the top 10 chart for single-thread performance, it did produce an overall CPU Mark score that should satisfy its intended audience.
Gigantic Redmi MAX 100" smart TV goes on presale in China requiring 1,000-yuan deposit and plenty of space
Xiaomi’s massive new smart TV from its Redmi brand, the Redmi MAX 100”, has now gone on pre-sale in China. For just 1,000-yuan (US$158) deposit, fans can secure one of the 100-inch sets for their living space. The Redmi MAX 100” is a 4K (3840x2160) smart TV that measures 2,235 mm (88 inches) in overall length and weighs 64.6 kg (142 lbs.).
Non-invasive Afon blood glucose monitor makes vital accuracy breakthrough
Afon has shared some intriguing news about its work on a non-invasive continuous glucose monitor (CGM). The company had previously hinted that progress had been made on the Afon blood sugar sensor, and it now appears that positive accuracy results produced by the CGM mean it could be the pain-free game-changer that is hoped for by millions of diabetics.
Purported Google Pixel 6a retail box leak confirms design and hints at upcoming launch
The alleged retail box for the Google Pixel 6a has been shared online. Although the supposed real-world image doesn’t offer a full view of the Pixel 6a or even of the retail box itself, it does seem to confirm the expected design for the upcoming smartphone. Its existence also indicates that the Pixel 6a release date could be imminent.
Thrilling Zen 4 vs Raptor Lake face-off on the cards as AMD Ryzen 7000 "Raphael" purportedly prepares for mass production
The AMD Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” series is allegedly soon to be in its mass production phase. This has led to speculation in regard to a potential Zen 4 release date, which could excitingly end up being close to the rumored launch window for Intel’s Raptor Lake processors. AMD would likely benefit more by beating Intel to market.
Xiaomi Mi 11 caught in similar Geekbench performance trickery to the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Tab S8
The Xiaomi Mi 11 has apparently been caught utilizing similar application identifiers to Samsung’s Galaxy S22 smartphone series and Galaxy Tab S8 lineup. The Game Optimizing Service (GOS) issue led to multiple Samsung devices being delisted from Geekbench’s performance charts and the same could happen to the Mi 11.
NFT hate leads to Storybook Brawl getting torpedoed on Steam in negative review campaign
The popular card strategy game Storybook Brawl has been subject to mass negative review bombing on Steam. The increase in negative reviews ties in with the news that the game’s developer, Good Luck Games, has been bought out by crypto company FTX. There are concerns FTX will proceed with monetized NFT and blockchain integration.
OnePlus Band 2 and OnePlus Watch 2 purportedly in production
OnePlus is rumored to have already started production of the OnePlus Band 2 and the OnePlus Watch 2. No specifications have been leaked for either wearable, but with production beginning, both the OnePlus Band 2 and OnePlus Watch 2 should soon make an appearance in markets in Asia and Europe.
Potential 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 7950X with 170 W TDP to lead Raphael charge in impending Zen 4 vs Raptor Lake showdown
The AMD Ryzen 7000 series of desktop chips will allegedly challenge Intel Raptor Lake might by utilizing more power as opposed to more cores. A leaker has claimed that the top-end Ryzen 9 processor in the Zen 4-based Raphael series will stick to the familiar 16-core/32-thread configuration but offer performance gains via 170 W TDP.
Apple plans to hoodwink iPhone 14 buyers with sneaky A15, A16, and A16 Pro naming scheme according to leaker
It has been claimed that Apple will use A16 and A16 Pro SoCs in its upcoming iPhone 14 series. While it was expected that the A16 would be present in the lineup for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, it was also believed that the A15 would be used in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max. But it is now alleged that Apple will be up to a deceptive renaming scheme for the chips.
Pixel 6a price expectation pits the upcoming Google smartphone against the Samsung Galaxy A53
A new price expectation for the Google Pixel 6a could leave the upcoming device as a strong rival for the Samsung Galaxy A53 in the mid-range sector of the smartphone market. It seems the Pixel 6a could be priced at a similar level as its predecessor while sporting a “better processor” than the Galaxy A53.
New Apple iPhone SE 2022 teardown reveals happy truth about the battery capacity
The new Apple iPhone SE has been disassembled in a video, revealing the truth about its battery capacity. The latest SE model, also known as the iPhone SE 3 or iPhone SE 2022, offers a reasonable 10.8% additional battery power over its predecessor. The third-generation iPhone SE also apparently has a custom Snapdragon X57 modem.
Apple Watch Series 3 looks finally set for retirement
The Apple Watch Series 3 is allegedly heading for its product cycle end-of-life according to a well-known analyst. The third-generation smartwatch has served Apple well since its release in 2017 but is expected to be discontinued when the Apple Watch Series 8 and watchOS 9 become fully available.
Exorbitant GeForce RTX 3090 Ti price tag to be expected as retailer listings reveal excessive figures ahead of rumored launch
The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti has appeared sporting some shocking price tags in a leaked retailer listing. Two board variants were spotted, with both of them coming from Asus. AIB modifications will add to the price tag, and it is not known whether Nvidia will actually publish an MSRP for the long-awaited RTX 3090 Ti.
ApeCoin market cap sliced by US$1.2 billion in one day despite Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT association
ApeCoin has dipped in price from a 24-hour high of US$14.54 to a low of US$11.25, finishing the trading day on US$11.33. The market cap loss from the high to the low price for ApeCoin amounted to an astonishing US$1.2 billion. However, some fans of the coin from the makers of the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFT project remain bullish about its prospects.
Hammering Elden Ring walls becomes a hollow pastime as hit game receives huge patch
Elden Ring has just received a huge update that has left fans with mixed feelings due to the typical jumble of nerfs and buffs. While gamers get to grips with the latest additional elements provided by Bandai Namco, others have taken to hammering the walls repeatedly in the hope of discovering new hidden rooms. Elden Ring has sold over 12 million copies already.
Apple M1 Ultra gets flattened by GeForce RTX 3090 in synthetic and gaming benchmark comparison
The Apple M1 Ultra has been absolutely flattened by the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 in a synthetic benchmark and gaming comparison. This particular M1 Ultra, in a brand-new Apple Mac Studio, was the 20-core CPU/64-core GPU model, which is as high-end as it gets. But the RTX 3090 was able to score over +158% higher than the Apple silicon in one synthetic benchmark.
Upcoming Dexcom G7 continuous glucose monitor secures European CE Mark with FDA clearance and Apple Watch compatibility also on the cards
Dexcom has now officially announced the securing of the CE Mark (Conformité Européenne) for its Dexcom G7 continuous glucose monitor (CGM). The mark is required for distribution and sale in Europe, with the Dexcom G7 launch likely to occur within the next few weeks. Along with its many new features is a projected direct Apple Watch compatibility.
Radeon RX 7000 takes the fight to GeForce RTX 40 as entry-level Navi 33 will supposedly and efficiently outperform flagship Navi 21
A new rumor about the Navi 33 GPU from AMD claims that the next-gen entry-level graphics processor will be able to match, and even outperform, the flagship Navi 21 chip from the Radeon RX 6000 series. In addition, the Radeon RX 7000 series will likely require much lower power draws than the GeForce RTX 40 lineup for high-performance usage.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX annihilates the competition on PassMark leaving the EPYC 7763 over 20,000 points behind
The 64-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX has made it onto PassMark’s CPU Mark chart for high-end CPUs, and in the process has produced a score that has demolished the competition. The Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX is so dominant that it manages a +23.19% leap over the 64-core AMD EPYC 7763 server chip.
Sizzling GeForce RTX 4090 TGP allegedly confirmed at 600 W with potential for over 800 W for the RTX 4090 Ti
The Total Graphics Power (TGP) figure for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 has supposedly been confirmed. Apparently, it stands at a toasty 600 W, considerably higher than its Ampere counterpart. In addition, an astonishing figure of 800 W or more for the potential GeForce RTX 4090 Ti has also been suggested.
Leaker's jam-packed Apple roadmap suggests M1 Ultra Mac Pro for 2022, redesigned 13.3-inch M3 MacBook Pro for 2023, and M3 iMac for 2024
An astonishing Apple M3 and Mac computer roadmap has been shared by a known leaker. The roadmap covers the rest of 2022 up to the start of 2024 and includes details about M3 chip prototypes, M2 MacBook Pro laptops, new format MacBook Air and MacBook Pro devices, and even a price tag for the 2022 MacBook Air.
Lenovo Legion 7i refresh for 2022 surfaces packing an i9-12900HX, RTX 3080 Ti, and hefty price tag
A refreshed Lenovo Legion 7i gaming notebook has turned up on a retailer site sporting big-budget specs for an unsurprisingly high price. The 2022 Legion 7i retains its predecessor's 16-inch form while updating the CPU and GPU components, bringing in Intel’s 12th Gen Core i9-12900HX processor and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop chip.
Dexcom G7 continuous glucose monitor system seemingly nears European launch as the next-gen CGM awaits FDA clearance
The Dexcom G7 continuous glucose monitor (CGM) could finally be close to a European launch. A Google search for the G7 device reveals Dexcom had already prepared a CE Mark-approved landing page for the successor to the G6. Approval in the US from the FDA seems likely after a recent Dexcom G7 clinical study yielded promising results.
Beastly Lenovo RTX 3080 Ti laptop with 16-core Intel Core i9-12900HX performs like a high-end desktop on Geekbench
A potent Intel Core i9-12900HX and GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Lenovo laptop has been spotted on Geekbench producing predictably impressive results. The i9-12900HX Alder Lake part has 16 cores and 24 threads and hit a peak rate of 4,888 MHz. It’s likely that the unnamed device was a 2022 Legion 7i gaming notebook being put through its paces.
Confirmed Xiaomi Watch S1 Active price leaked along with more official renderings and full product feature list
The upcoming Xiaomi Watch S1 Active has been leaked in full, including its product feature list, rendering set, and price tag for the European market. While much of this information has already been leaked online, the somewhat high price for the Xiaomi Watch S1 Active is apparently now confirmed.
Average AMD Radeon RX 6000 and Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 card prices hit 12-month low
Average prices for AMD Radeon RX 6000 series cards and boards from the Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 range have hit a 12-month low according to a new report. The data was taken from numerous German and Austrian retailers and could indicate that RX 6000 and RTX 30 series graphics cards may soon hit MSRP levels.
Zen 4 release date becomes shrouded in confusion sparking conflicting Ryzen 7000 arrival speculation
The Zen 4 release date has become bogged down in conjecture as a noted leaker has admitted to some confusion over when AMD’s Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” series of desktop processors might actually arrive. Previously, there was some expectation for a Zen 4 release in July or August; however, there is even speculation that 2023 might be a target now.
Geekbench delists all Samsung Galaxy S22, S21, S20, and S10 models due to GOS controversy
Geekbench has decided to delist the Samsung Galaxy S22 series along with the Galaxy S21 range, the Galaxy S20 lineup, and all models in the Samsung Galaxy S10 family from its Android benchmark chart. The popular synthetic benchmark site has taken this drastic action in regard to the ongoing Game Optimizing Service (GOS) controversy.
D-Pocket personal non-invasive blood glucose monitor from DiaMonTech attracts substantial investment from Samsung Ventures
The German company DiaMonTech has secured over US$20 million in funding to help it with device miniaturization and US expansion. The firm wants to offer its pocket-sized non-invasive blood glucose monitor, the D-Pocket, to people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes as an accurate alternative to invasive methods.
Intel Core i7-12650HX's powerful UserBenchmark performance shows how far Alder Lake is from Tiger Lake
An Intel Core i7-12650HX processor has been spotted on UserBenchmark churning out an impressive average bench of 104%. The new addition to the Alder Lake family has 14 cores and 20 threads and can rely on a Processor Base Power (PBP) of 55 W. The i7-12650H was way beyond any Tiger Lake part and even scores higher than some top-end Rocket Lake desktop chips.
Apple iPad Air 5 concept renderings suggest taking more of a peek at the performance under the hood for the A15 Bionic-powered tablet
Unofficial concept renderings of an iPad Air tablet with an Apple A15 Bionic processor have surfaced just in time to be shown off before Cupertino’s upcoming “Peek Performance” event. Interestingly, the fan-made images show the iPad Air 5 looking practically identical to its predecessor, with the biggest changes likely to be on the inside.
MySugarWatch needle-free continuous glucose monitor for type 2 diabetes on the cards as award-winning Nemaura posts encouraging financials
Nemaura, the British company behind the BEAT technology platform for biomarker monitoring, has announced promising financial results. In addition, the firm has also recently won two innovation awards for its work with non-invasive biosensors. The results bode well for MySugarWatch, which aims to give type 2 diabetics an affordable needle-free continuous glucose monitor.
Lenovo Legion Y700 price starts at equivalent of US$428 for the Snapdragon 870-powered Apple iPad Mini 6 challenger
The Lenovo Legion Y700 compact Android tablet has been launched in China at a starting price of 2,699 yuan, which is equivalent to US$428/€381/£319. However, lucky early-bird customers can pick up the Snapdragon 870-based gaming slate for a special introductory price until March 10. The Legion Y700 has been called a rival to Apple’s iPad Mini 6.
All Apple iPhones to be notch-free by 2023 according to display expert
Apple will purportedly completely drop the use of a notch in its iPhones by 2023 according to display expert Ross Young. Young, who has a very good track record in regard to Apple-related leaks and news, states that the dual hole-punch design expected for the iPhone 14 Pro models will be used across the board for the Apple iPhone 15 series.
Jensen hacks back: Nvidia allegedly attacks ransomware group that stole 1 TB of Team Green's confidential data
Nvidia has reportedly been the victim of a ransomware attack, with the hackers successfully making off with over 1 TB of sensitive date from Team Green’s servers. In a surprising twist of events, the graphics card company, headed by Jensen Huang, has allegedly attempted to hack the attackers back to encrypt the stolen data.
Lenovo teases upcoming Legion Y700 tablet and Legion Y90 smartphone launches by posting full data sheets but without the prices
Lenovo has revealed the full specifications for the upcoming Legion Y700 tablet and the Legion Y90 smartphone. However, the Chinese OEM has managed to remain tight-lipped about the price tags. There is a lot of interest in the Legion Y700, as the 8.8-inch Android tablet is seen as a potential rival to the Apple iPad Mini 6.
Steam Deck handles Elden Ring with aplomb as Bandai Namco promises performance improvements
The Steam Deck has been officially released and just in time for the launch of Elden Ring. Gamers interested in buying both Valve’s handheld console and FromSoftware’s gorgeous RPG with the intent of mobile monster-slaying will be pleased to learn Elden Ring has been classified as “Deck verified”.
Elden Ring falls foul to frame-rate jitters on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC, but there are workarounds
Frame-rate issues have apparently befallen Elden Ring on the PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC. Initial testing by Digital Foundry discovered that stutters and jitters frequently occur during Elden Ring gameplay, with a couple of workarounds suggested depending on the platform. FromSoftware’s action RPG has been met by universal acclaim from reviewers.
Wrist-worn non-invasive continuous glucose monitor from Movano takes step closer to FDA clearance after type 1 diabetes pilot study completion
A non-invasive continuous glucose monitor wearable from Movano Inc. has taken an important step on its development path by finishing a second approved pilot study. Testing involved people with type 1 diabetes comparing results from finger-stick methods and existing CGMs with those produced by the Movano prototype wearable.
September-bound Lovelace GeForce RTX 40 series heats up with alleged 850 W TGP for flagship AD102 GPU and 1,500 W PSU requirement
Some astonishing Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 series-related power requirement rumors have surfaced. A well-known leaker has claimed that the flagship Lovelace AD102 GPU, which should appear in an RTX 4090 or 4090 Ti card, has a high-end TGP figure of 850 W. This would mean a 1,500 W and above PSU would be required to eke out full performance levels.
Realme Pad Mini specs and renderings leak revealing entry-level 8.7-inch Android tablet with 8-core Unisoc Tiger T616 chipset
The Realme Pad Mini has turned up in a couple of promotional renderings along with its full key specifications. It appears the 8.7-inch Android slate will be aimed at the entry-level point of the tablet market, as it sports a Unisoc Tiger T616 SoC and 4 GB RAM. The rear of the Realme Pad Mini features a large housing for the 8.0 MP camera.
Optimistic Lenovo Legion Y700 price tag suggested by leaker as upcoming iPad Mini 6 rival's full specs and first review images emerge
The Lenovo Legion Y700 8.8-inch Android tablet has appeared in a multitude of review and unboxing images as the review embargo for the device is lifted in China. One tech blogger has shared the impressive full specs of the Legion Y700, which will sport 12 GB of RAM, while a noted leaker has suggested an attractive price tag for the perceived iPad Mini 6 rival.
Nvidia Lovelace and AMD RDNA3 performance rumors leave the next-gen rivals evenly matched as leaker signals imminent GPU price drop
Generational performance improvement estimates for the upcoming Nvidia Lovelace family and AMD RDNA3 next-gen graphics cards have seemingly left the rivals looking evenly matched. Figures were compared to the performance of the GeForce RTX 3090. A noted tipster has also signaled that GPU prices will fall “dramatically” in March.
Mac-nificent Seven: Apple analyst reiterates incoming new Mac models for 2022 including M2 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro
Apple is gearing toward launching seven new Mac computers over the coming months, with potential releases occurring in March and either May or June. Highlights include the keenly awaited 2022 MacBook Air with M2 chip and the intriguing MacBook Pro 13 that may or may not carry over the design language of its 14-inch and 16-inch Pro stablemates.
Beware the iPhone: Apple workers plan secret union movement with help from Android smartphones
It has been reported that workers in some Apple stores in the US have been making secret plans to form a union. The main issue is pay, with complainants feeling they deserve more in return from the world’s most valuable company. Those involved in the unionization movement have been putting their iPhones to the side and communicating via Android smartphones.
Ryzen 7000 left with a mountain to climb as Intel Alder Lake occupies top 10 places in PassMark single-thread chart while AMD languishes outside top 25
Intel Alder Lake chips now occupy all top 10 positions in the current PassMark CPU Mark single-thread performance chart for high-end desktop processors. The highest-ranked AMD chip is the Ryzen 9 5950X in a lowly 26th place. Hopes are high for Ryzen 7000 “Raphael”, but there is a steep mountain to climb to topple the Intel Core i9-12900 family.
Encouraging GraphWear needle-free continuous glucose monitoring wearable project attracts big hitters from Dexcom and Fitbit
The GraphWear company has introduced two new key players into its project for creating a “no-needle, no-blood” platform that will be used for a non-invasive continuous glucose monitor (CGM). The latest personnel additions bring experience from both Dexcom and Fitbit, offering a boost to the GraphWear wearable project.
Apple Mac mini gets snazzy multi-colored makeover for 2022 in fan-made concept renderings
The diminutive and deceptively powerful Apple Mac mini has been given a lick of paint in a new artistic concept rendering. The device design in the image is based on leaks concerning the 2022 Mac mini, which is expected to sport a slimmer profile. A Mac mini Pro model may be released featuring Apple M1 Pro or M1 Max chips.
Steam Deck APU hits sturdy desktop Ryzen 3000 levels in Geekbench CPU test
The Steam Deck console has appeared on Geekbench with the CPU part of the custom AMD APU producing a similar result to desktop Ryzen 3000 APUs. The Steam Deck’s chipset has a CPU component based on Zen 2 architecture and the console also has an RDNA 2 GPU advantage.
Intel Core i9-12900H powers its way to single-thread supremacy over the Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max on PassMark as i7-1270P also makes strong showing
The first Alder Lake mobile processors have appeared on PassMark’s CPU Mark chart for single-thread performance in the form of both Alder Lake-H and Alder Lake-P SKUs. The Intel Core i9-12900H has taken the lead from the Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max while the less power-hungry i7-1270P sneaks into fourth position.
Lenovo Legion Y700 release date seemingly confirmed as company announces huge product launch event
The Lenovo Legion Y700 release date has seemingly been confirmed in new promotional material published by the Chinese OEM. An upcoming product launch event, which has been penciled in for February 28, is likely to feature not only the Legion Y700 tablet but also the Y90 smartphone and a range of gaming laptops.
Majestic Apple iPhone 14 Pro mesmerizes in silver, gold, and graphite in new unofficial concept renderings
New attempts at rendering the Apple iPhone 14 Pro have resulted in some tremendous images that could almost be taken as official marketing material out of Cupertino. The fan-made concept renderings show the iPhone 14 Pro in silver, gold, and graphite, and they incorporate an optimistic price tag.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra lags behind S21 Ultra and is demolished by Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max in battery life comparison
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has performed with merit in a battery life comparison test, but it could not keep up with the predecessor S21 Ultra or the rival Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max. Other flagship smartphones included in the Galaxy S22 Ultra battery life comparison were the Google Pixel 6 Pro and Xiaomi 12 Pro.
Risky Realme 9i, Realme 9 Pro, and Realme 9 Pro+ prices for UK, Italy, Europe, and Russia leak
The prices for the upcoming Realme 9 smartphone range have purportedly leaked for the UK, Italy, Europe, and Russia. The Realme 9i has already appeared in markets such as India, and it will be joined by the Realme 9 Pro and Realme 9 Pro+. Realme appears to be taking a calculated risk, with the Europe price for the top-end Realme 9 Pro+ standing at €439 (US$496).
Next-gen AMD RDNA 3 and Nvidia Lovelace GPUs broken down into potential chips and graphics card models
The next generation of GPUs coming from both AMD and Nvidia have been broken down into subsequent chips, models, and manufacturing process by a well-known leaker. The breakdown is a best guess scenario, with one of the tipster’s followers offering suggestions of relative VRAM amounts.
FDA approves Eversense E3 6-month continuous glucose monitor that requires fewer fingerstick blood glucose measurements
Senseonics Holdings, Inc. has announced the FDA approval of its Eversense E3 CGM System. The company currently offers a 90-day capable continuous glucose monitor (CGM) but the Eversense E3 system will double that amount to 180 days. In addition, fewer fingerstick blood glucose measurements will be required.
RTX 4090 and RX 7900 XT price predictions from YouTuber close in on US$2,000 with Navi 31 more than ready to take on Lovelace's finest
Price predictions for both the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 and the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT have been offered up by a YouTuber who focuses their channel mostly on graphics cards. Estimates for the RTX 4090 and RX 7900 XT come in at just under US$2,000, with the AMD Navi 31-based card expected to outperform the Lovelace AD102 GPU-powered rival.
No more cheap copycats: Xiaomi targets Apple in high-end battle of "life and death"
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has announced that the popular Chinese OEM will be targeting the high-end sector of the smartphone market in future to allow it to grow and develop. Ironically, Xiaomi has Apple and the iPhone’s market dominance in its sights after spending years being accused of being an Apple copycat.
Steam Deck teardowns reveal potential shortcoming for Valve's handheld gaming console
The Steam Deck handheld gaming console from Valve has appeared in two major teardown videos from popular tech content creators. While the overall build of the Steam Deck and its custom AMD SoC received positive attention there was one particularly noticeable shortcoming with the battery and its removability.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 bosses AnTuTu flagship performance chart with Realme GT2 Pro and iQOO 9 phones averaging over one million points
Phones with Qualcomm Snapdragon chips have occupied all top 10 places in AnTuTu’s Android flagship performance chart for January. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC leads the charge with strong support coming from the Snapdragon 888 Plus. The overall champion device was the iQOO 9 Pro, with an average of 1,020,974 points.
New Lenovo Legion Y700 power details surface but the compact gaming tablet's release date and price remain hidden
Lenovo has shared some new details about its upcoming compact gaming tablet, the Legion Y700. The Chinese OEM has revealed the battery capacity and fast-charging support specifications for the 8.8-inch slate, and there has also been some information leaked about the panel type. No price or release date has been given for the Lenovo Legion Y700 yet.
Cost-cutting Apple M2 MacBook Pro embraces lower-level specs to gain entry-level status
The expected M2 MacBook Pro will have to cut some corners compared to the recently released Apple MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 according to a noted observer. While the potential MacBook Pro 2022 will be treated to new Apple Silicon, it will have to lose out in features and specs to become an entry-level unit.
Big Macs and new chips: M2 Apple Silicon to star in entry-level MacBook Pro, updated 24-inch iMac, refreshed Mac mini, and 2022 MacBook Air
The successor to the M1 Apple Silicon, currently widely expected to be known as the M2 chip, could appear in no fewer than four different Macs before the end of the year. The lineup of potential new Apple M2-powered devices consists of a MacBook Pro laptop, an iMac refresh, a beefed-up Mac mini, and the hotly anticipated 2022 MacBook Air.
Asus and Palit GeForce RTX 3090 Ti AIB variant leaks indicate upcoming launch and price tags north of US$5,000
Fresh retailer prices for the missing-in-action GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics card have turned up online, and if accurate they indicate price tags in the range of the equivalent of US$5,000. This time, they were SKUs from Asus while unpriced boards from Palit’s GameRock range have also been spotted.
Speedy Apple iPad Air 4 gets nifty US$100 price cut across all configurations and colors on Best Buy
The excellent Apple iPad Air 4 is currently on offer at Best Buy with US$100 slashed off all configurations and colors of the superlative slate. The 4th generation tablet computer was released in late 2020 and came with Touch ID located in the power button. Best Buy shoppers can now pick up a 64 GB iPad Air 4 for US$499.99.
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro owners face new bug as Google Photo app crashes when using Magic Eraser
Another bug has reared its head on the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro smartphones. This time around, users have been reporting an issue with the Google Photos app that has been crashing after attempting to use the Magic Eraser utility. At the moment, there is no official fix for the latest bug to annoy Pixel 6 owners.
Steam Deck shows the big boys how to run Cyberpunk 2077 in new gameplay videos
The Steam Deck handheld console from Valve has turned up in some new gameplay videos, with a couple of the clips focused on how the upcoming portable gaming computer deals with the infamously difficult Cyberpunk 2077. The Steam Deck is scheduled for release on February 25 at a base price of US$399/€419/£349.
US$200 gift card for KnowU Bio-RFID non-invasive glucose monitoring device study participants as internal clinical trial enrolment opens
Know Labs has issued a press release to announce IRB approval for internal clinical trials for its KnowU Bio-RFID non-invasive blood sugar monitor. The company is now looking for eligible participants to test a prototype version of the glucose monitor so that its efficacy can be compared with continuous glucose monitors and painful fingerstick methods.
Nintendo Switch 2 may come in 2024 as sales momentum remains strong for current Switch console
Sales reports concerning the Nintendo Switch console have sparked speculation about a potential successor. This console, which is gaining traction dubbed as the Switch 2 but has also been labeled the Switch Pro and Super Nintendo Switch in the past, could hit shelves in 2024. Sales momentum for the current Switch console has remained impressively strong.
Scandalous GeForce RTX 3090 Ti price tag hinted at as the graphics card is allegedly delayed "indefinitely"
A couple of troubling rumors have been shared about Nvidia’s flagship GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics card. The Ampere board still hasn’t been properly launched yet and now it appears that its release has been delayed “indefinitely”. On top of that, an astronomical price tag for the RTX 3090 Ti from a Vietnamese retailer is supposedly right on the money.
94,643.29 stolen bitcoins worth billions of dollars spotted on the move
A huge number of stolen bitcoins have been spotted on the move. A total of 94,643.29 bitcoins that were taken from the 2016 Bitfinex hack have been transferred to an unknown wallet, with the current street value at the time of writing being over US$3.54 billion. The original heist involved the unauthorized transfer of 119,755 bitcoins.
Exynos 2200 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: Timely Cortex-X2 boost balances regional Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra chipsets
New Geekbench records for the Exynos 2200 variant of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra have shown what the chip can do when its firing on all cylinders. Previous records had the Cortex-X2 core not pulling its weight, leaving a sizeable distance between the Samsung SoC and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in single-core compute performance.
RTX 30-series laptops Dell XPS 17 and Alienware M15 R4 available with US$500 to over US$1,000 in savings
Dell is offering a couple of incredible deals on RTX 30-series laptops at the moment. There is a choice between a notebook from the well-respected Dell XPS line and the powerful Alienware gaming range, in the form of an XPS 17 and M15 R4, respectively. Shoppers can save over US$1,000 on the M15 R4 gaming laptop with RTX 3070 GPU.
Elden Ring targets 30-hour main route completion as game goes gold and is called GOAT in hands-on closed network test
Elden Ring hype shows no signs of abating as the game has reportedly gone gold already. In addition, a developer has given details about how long the title should take to complete while an exhaustive hands-on impression of a closed network test leads to Elden Ring being called the GOAT (“Greatest Of All Time).
All-performance 12-core M-series Apple Silicon derails Alder Lake train in tipster's puzzling Geekbench prediction
An intriguing benchmark prediction has been made for the rumored 12-core M-series Apple Silicon that was recently leaked in connection with the 2022 iMac Pro. The potential “M1 Ultra” or “M1 Extreme” SoC leaves Alder Lake in the dust with a somewhat perplexing result. However, the reality for the 12-core Apple Silicon should still be good enough to keep Intel on its toes.
Crypto miners reveal Nvidia's LHR solution to get GeForce RTX 30 series cards into gamers' hands was futile
An investigation into Nvidia’s Lite Hash Rate (LHR) solution to prevent GeForce RTX 30 series boards from being bought up en masse by crypto miners has revealed that many involved in the crypto craze were not discouraged by Team Green’s limiter. Third-party software is available to bypass the LHR mining lock and raise the rate.
New Xperia 1 IV rumors detail camera equipment, specs, and release date for Sony's 2022 flagship
Numerous details about the Sony Xperia 1 IV (Mark 4) flagship smartphone and a release date have turned up via a source on Chinese social media who has frequently posted leaks about Sony’s phones. According to the rumors, the Xperia 1 IV could sport a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, up to 16 GB RAM, and feature typical Xperia 1 camera equipment.
Noctura 400 non-invasive OLED diabetic eye disease treatment attracts US$10 million investment ahead of FDA clinical trial
The company behind the Noctura 400 sleep mask for treating diabetic eye disease (DED), PolyPhotonix, has secured a vital US$10 million investment as support during FDA clinical trials. The Noctura 400 uses OLEDs fitted inside a pod and is for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes to manage or prevent diabetic retinopathy.
Superlative Intel Core i9-12900HK outbenches AMD Ryzen 9 5950X on UserBenchmark as a last hurrah for Alder Lake before Zen 4 comes along
The new Alder Lake mobile chip, the Intel Core i9-12900HK, has made its first appearance on UserBenchmark, and it’s unsurprisingly impressive. The i9-12900HK was even able to just outbench the Zen 3 Ryzen 9 5950X, which is a desktop chip. But it shouldn’t be too long before AMD’s Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series shakes things up some more.
GeForce RTX 40 series board could smash 100 TFLOPS barrier as leaker doubles down on Lovelace AD102 GPU capability
There is the possibility that one of the SKUs in the upcoming “Lovelace” GeForce RTX 40 series of graphics cards from Nvidia could eventually break the 100 TFLOPS barrier in regard to graphical compute performance (FP32). A noted leaker claims 90 TFLOPS is on the horizon for a board featuring the AD102 GPU.
GeForce RTX 30 and Radeon RX 6000 average prices fall as Ethereum price weakens and GPU availability improves
The average retail prices for units in the Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series and the AMD Radeon RX 6000 range have dropped slightly in the last three weeks. The fall in prices for the Ampere and RDNA 2-based cards appears to coincide with the weakening Ethereum price and improved stock availability. However, average retail prices are still close to double list prices.
Apple goes bananas: iPhone 14, M2 iPad Pro, and entry-level MacBook Pro join list of over a dozen products rumored for a fall '22 release
The iPhone 14 series, a refreshed iPad Pro with M2 silicon, and a new entry-level MacBook Pro are some of the highlights of a full launch schedule Apple reportedly has planned for fall (autumn) 2022. On top of those headliners, it’s also believed that Cupertino will have the Apple Watch Series 8 and an updated Mac Pro to show off.
GeForce RTX 3050 hammers another nail in the Radeon RX 6500 XT's coffin in benchmark comparison
Synthetic benchmark results for the upcoming Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card have been shared, and it seems to be another nail in the coffin for the brand-new AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT board. While the RTX 3050 appears to be likely yet another successful addition to Team Green’s lineup, the much-lambasted RX 6500 XT is practically destined to fail.
Ambitious VitalSpex non-invasive blood sugar and blood pressure wrist-based sensing platform passes first human trials
Rockley Photonics Holdings has announced the successful completion of the first human studies trial for its biomarker sensing platform. Future VitalSpex modules should be able to non-invasively provide data about biomarkers such as blood alcohol content, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Rockley is also known for its association with Apple.
Xclipse 920 vs Adreno 730: Coasting AMD RDNA 2-powered GPU for the Exynos 2200 thrashes the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1's graphics processor in new benchmarks
New synthetic benchmarks for the Exynos 2200 and its graphics component, the Xclipse 920, have shown the AMD/Samsung collaboration in a new and bright light. OpenCL and Vulkan results for the international variant of the Galaxy S22 Ultra are far ahead of recent scores made by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the upcoming OnePlus 10 Pro.
Full Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G phone, display, and camera specifications reveal how Samsung combined the Galaxy S with the Galaxy Note
The alleged full specifications for the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra have been shared online. The details reveal how the South Korean OEM has taken the best parts of its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines and combined them. However, there is no mention of the rumored 1 TB variant of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which may launch at a later date.
EYVA: World's first non-invasive glucose monitor could cost the equivalent of just over US$200 - no blood required but it's not medical grade
The EYVA device is, according to the startup behind it, not only the world’s first non-invasive glucose monitor but also the world’s first healthtech gadget. The EYVA can check the user’s blood sugar levels and also measure things such as temperature and SpO2. The non-invasive gadget has been designed by an Indian startup called BlueSemi.
New Vivo Pad specs leak and potential price show it shaping up to be a solid contender in the resurgent Android tablet market
More specifications for the supposed Vivo Pad tablet have been leaked, including a price prediction that would make the slate a competitive contender in the seemingly revitalized Android tablet market. The Vivo Pad is expected to sport a Snapdragon 870 processor and come with narrow bezels to offer maximum screen real estate.
Power-hungry Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 or RTX 4090 Ti may require a 1,200 W PSU to offer double Ampere performance
Either the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 or RTX 4090 Ti is likely to come with a TDP rating of 600 W. If accurate, desktop PC builders would have to look into securing at least a 1,200 W-capable power supply unit (PSU) for maximum efficiency. The “Lovelace” RTX 40 series is expected to launch at the end of 2022.
Apple Silicon Mac Pro to rely on M1-extension chips rather than M2-generation SoCs
The Apple Silicon-based Mac Pro desktop computer will rely on M1 SoC extension chips rather than the upcoming M2 generation according to a noted tech tipster. In addition, Apple will complete its move away from Intel processors with the launch of the M1-powered Mac Pro, which could appear before the end of 2022.
M2 MacBook Pro 14 at competitive price and delayed M2 MacBook Air to boost Apple's laptop lineup in the second half of the year
A new MacBook Pro 14 and a refreshed MacBook Air should be launched in the second half of 2022 according to a leaker with a good track record. Both laptops will feature M2 Apple Silicon, with the M2 MacBook Pro 14 taking the place of the MacBook Pro 13 (late 2020) and coming in at an only “slightly higher price”.
Spec-bumped Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra on the cards according to latest rumors
New rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra have emerged in regard to the different RAM and storage configurations that will be made available. It seems a supersize variant is on the cards that will be powerful enough to put many laptops to shame. The S22 Ultra is expected to be launched in February.
Mortifying GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and RTX 3050 listed retailer prices suggest consoles or laptops might be a smarter purchase
Shocking prices have turned up for AIB partner variants of both the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and the GeForce RTX 3050. The top-end RTX 3090 Ti was spotted via a Swiss comparison site listed at prices equivalent to US$3,500 and upwards. The entry-level RTX 3050 turned up in an Amazon Japan listing for well over its United States MSRP of US$249.
Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro ready to fire on all cylinders as January OTA update brings dozens of vital fixes
The January OTA package for the Google Pixel 6 (“oriole”) and Google Pixel 6 Pro (“raven”) has started rolling out. The software update brings fixes from December and January that should help the Pixel 6 series smartphones fire on all cylinders after numerous bugs and issues seemingly hampered their operativity.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra lands Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in all regions as Exynos 2200 model gets axed
It has been rumored that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone will sport a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC for all regional models. This would mean that the Exynos 2200 variant, which could have headed to potential customers in Europe and Korea, may have been canceled. The Galaxy S22 series is expected to be launched on February 8 or 9.
Samsung Exynos 2200 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: Poll shows overwhelming majority wants a Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S22 in Europe
An unofficial poll by a noted leaker has offered up a damning result for the Exynos 2200 SoC from Samsung. While benchmark results for the chip have shown it holding up well against the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, it was not enough to sway thousands of voters who want to see a Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S22 in Europe.
Alertgy NICGM wristband targets painless non-invasive blood sugar monitoring for Type 2 diabetics by 2023
Alertgy is scheduled to be one of the many healthtech companies making a virtual appearance at the upcoming European Healthtech CEO Forum. The firm has been working on the Alertgy non-invasive continuous glucose monitor (NICGM) wristband that should offer painless blood sugar level data around the clock for people with Type 2 diabetes.
Lenovo Legion Y700 tablet with Snapdragon 870 holds up well in gaming comparison against Y90 phone with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Lenovo has been showing off gaming test results for both its upcoming Legion Y700 gaming tablet and Legion Y90 gaming smartphone. Although the 8.8-inch Android tablet has a Snapdragon 870 SoC compared to the phone’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the Legion Y700 still managed to produce very promising results.
Shocking Exynos 2200 postponement leads to claim that Europe will get Snapdragon-powered Samsung Galaxy S22 phones
The release of the Samsung Exynos 2200 has seemingly been postponed. The new SoC with AMD RDNA 2 GPU was supposed to have been officially launched on January 11. The shocking situation has led to a claim that consumers in Europe and certain other markets may get the opportunity to purchase a Snapdragon-powered Samsung Galaxy S22 instead.
Reworked Simpsons clip predicts RTX 3090 Ti price will end up hitting US$5,000
A cleverly reworked clip from The Simpsons has predicted that the price tag for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti could eventually hit US$5,000, especially if it gets in the hands of scalpers or unscrupulous retailers. The MSRP for the RTX 3090 Ti has not yet been revealed but is widely expected to be over US$2,000.
Alleged iPhone 14 price tags show hefty increases for Pro and Pro Max models
Alleged prices for the Apple iPhone 14 series have been shared, and it seems to be a mixture of good news and bad news. The base iPhone 14 model starts at US$799 but there are increases for the Pro and Pro Max variants. In addition, there’s also mention of an iPhone 14 Max but no room for an iPhone 14 Mini.
Rumored 2022 Apple events: Spring launch for the iPhone SE 5G and June landing for iOS 16 and macOS 13
Apple may have two launch events before the first half of the year is over according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. A spring event could feature a 5G-capable iPhone SE that may or may not be the iPhone SE 3 while the WWDC 2022 event should fall in June. The latter should herald in important new operating system updates such as macOS 13 Rome.
Non-invasive blood sugar monitoring in Apple Watch Series 8 unlikely and may remain elusive in Apple wearables for years to come
The Apple Watch Series 8 is likely to miss out on various health functions according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, including the much-rumored non-invasive blood glucose monitor. Disappointingly, Gurman opines that it could be quite a few years before such a useful tool for diabetics could turn up in an Apple Watch.
The "worst flagship processor": Samsung Exynos 2200 with AMD RDNA 2 GPU gets no love from noted leaker in deleted tweets
The Samsung Exynos 2200 with AMD RDNA 2-powered GPU has been labeled as “the worst flagship processor” by a popular tech tipster. The vaunted RDNA 2 GPU part apparently fell behind all of its main rivals in tests while the CPU component also failed miserably. The Exynos 2200 was seemingly tested in a Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra S-Pen stylus delivers 3x the speed of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra's variant
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra’s S Pen is apparently more than three times faster than the input device for the Galaxy Note20 Ultra. On top of that highlight, future S22 Ultra owners can expect 12-bit HDR support and there are further reminders of a 108 MP main camera and 45 W wired fast-charging support.
VAVA Chroma triple laser projector beats GPD WIN 3 to become Indiegogo's 2021 campaign champion with US$7.59 million funding
The VAVA Chroma triple laser projector has pipped the Lomi compost maker to become the highest-funded campaign on Indiegogo in 2021. The triple laser projector attracted over US$7.5 million in funding and even beat out the highly popular GPD WIN 3 handheld console in terms of amount backed.
New iPhone SE 3 details emerge: Projected for 2024 launch with 5G iPhone SE model incoming for 2022 instead
Fresh details about the potential Apple iPhone SE 3 have surfaced, and it is not good news for fans hoping to get their hands on the smartphone in 2022. It appears the third-generation iPhone SE won’t be ready until 2024. In the meantime, a 5G variant of the 2020 iPhone SE (iPhone SE 2) will fill the gap.
Legion Y90 shows off its gaming smartphone chops in official promo video from Lenovo
A teaser video of the upcoming Legion Y90 gaming phone has been released by Lenovo. The official promo of the device shows it from front and rear and makes it clear that the Lenovo Legion Y90 is aimed squarely at gamers. The phone has a selfie camera at the front that is hidden in the top bezel.
M2 MacBook Air price and launch date explored by leaker who claims the notch is definitely on board
Details about the Apple MacBook Air with M2 silicon have been explored by a leaker who claims that the thin and light laptop will definitely come with a notch. There is speculation in regard to both the price and launch date for the 2022 MacBook Air, while mass production of the notebook is rumored to start in January.
Latest Lenovo Legion Y700 real-world images tease special ZUI 13 display features for the 8.8-inch gaming tablet
The upcoming Lenovo Legion Y700 gaming tablet has been teased once again. This time around, Lenovo has demonstrated some of the game enhancements the Legion Y700 can offer thanks to the presence of ZUI 13 software. The 8.8-inch compact Android tablet is expected to feature either a Snapdragon 870 or Snapdragon 888 SoC.
Update: The Legion Y700 will come with an SD870 processor.
Quadruple MSRP wanted for GeForce RTX 3090 on eBay while US$16,000 secures an Ampere-based mining rig with six GPUs
An Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition board has been listed on eBay for more than four times its MSRP of US$1,499. In what could be perceived as another insult to gamers hunting for an Ampere card at close to MSRP, a used mining rig featuring six RTX 30-series cards has been listed for the princely sum of US$16,000.
Lenovo Legion Y700 vs Apple iPad Mini 6: New leaked images show real-world size comparison of the compact tablets
The Lenovo Legion Y700 gaming tablet has appeared in a bunch of live images being thoroughly compared with the Apple iPad Mini 6 for size and appearance. The larger Android slate holds up well against the svelte iPadOS-driven machine, and Lenovo has acknowledged that the Y700 is geared toward landscape-mode gaming.
Samsung Galaxy S22 series Euro price leak lists models from around €900 to well over €1,500
Alleged prices in Euros for the Samsung Galaxy S22, Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra have been leaked. The cheapest model, the S22 with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, is listed at €912.00 (US$1,031) while the most-expensive device, the S22 Ultra with 12 GB RAM and 512 GB storage, is purportedly €1,544.50 (US$,1746).
Live GeForce RTX 3090 Ti image shows card that could soon be selling for close to US$4,000
A real-world image of the upcoming Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti has turned up, confirming the top-end card’s existence. The RTX 3090 Ti is expected to offer 1,008 GB/s bandwidth and a peak clock rate of 1,860 MHz. While the MSRP of the RTX 3090 Ti has not yet been revealed, it could end up going for close to US$4,000 when third-party resellers get hold of it.
GeForce RTX 4090 game performance estimates leave RTX 3090 and RX 6900 XT in the dust as Doom Eternal prediction hits 400 FPS at 4K ultra
The so-called Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 has looked incredibly strong in a theoretical comparison video with the Lovelace GPU demolishing the RTX 3090 and AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT. The RTX 4090 hits an estimated 400 FPS average rate in Doom Eternal at 4K ultra settings and even manages to top 100 FPS in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Awesome Xiaomi MIX 5 specs rumors lead with battery of big numbers as new concept renders surface
Alleged specifications for the Xiaomi MIX 5 have appeared in Chinese media. The rumors concerning the flagship smartphone are jammed with suitably high numbers, including the claim that the MIX 5 could charge from 0% to 100% in barely 10 minutes and come fitted with a mechanical 100 MP telephoto camera.
Diabet non-invasive glucose monitor targets blood draw elimination with the META glucoWISE Home Hub system
META has been working on its glucoWISE Home Hub system, which comprises of two parts: the Diabet non-invasive glucose sensor and its accompanying wearable sensor. The system utilizes radio waves, machine learning, and metamaterial film to take blood sugar level readings without the need for a painful blood draw.
Elden Ring ESRB rating summary teases self-amputating boss, semi-naked monster, and strong language
Elden Ring has been given a Mature 17+ rating by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Some teasers for the game have been offered up in the rating summary, with mention of coarse words and a partially clothed monster being present in the eagerly awaited RPG. Elden Ring should be released on February 25, 2022.
Unaffordable GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3090 cards become the new norm as shopper gets brutally shut out by cashier
A potential graphics card customer has been confronted by a provocative comment from a cashier that has summed up the year perfectly for gamers who have tried desperately to get hold of a high-end Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series card at anything remotely close to launch price. The person was checking out RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3090 boards at the time.
Xiaomi confirms MIUI 13 update roadmap for first and second batch devices with China ROMs
Xiaomi has confirmed its MIUI 13 update schedule for devices using Chinese ROMs. The closed beta has already started rolling out for select devices and the OEM hopes to start rolling out a stable build of MIUI 13 by the end of January. Mi MIX Fold owners will have to wait until the end of April for a closed beta update.
100% pain-free glucoWISE non-invasive blood sugar monitor currently under development
The non-invasive glucoWISE blood glucose monitor is currently being developed by Meta Materials Inc. The portable device utilizes low-power radio waves to measure blood sugar levels and can be used as a continuous monitor as well. The glucoWISE device, which promises to be 100% pain free, has been tested in human trials.
Lenovo Legion Y700 gaming tablet stuns in real-world photos as speculation mounts over price, specs, and possible Y900 model
Lenovo has posted a few real-life images of its upcoming Legion Y700 gaming tablet, with the device looking striking in each picture. Speculation over the specs and price for the Lenovo Legion Y700 has already started and there is even suggestion there may be a higher-specced Y900 variant.
Intel Core i5-1250P in MSI Prestige 14 laptop performs as well as a previous-gen desktop chip on Geekbench
The Intel Core i5-1250P is the latest Alder Lake processor to show off its performance chops on Geekbench. The low-power mobile chip was working inside an MSI Prestige 14 A12SC laptop, where the i5-1250P was able to produce benchmark scores that put it on par with previous-generation desktop chips from Intel and AMD.
Flashy Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 and ThinkPad Z16 are dressed to impress in latest leaked renders
The new Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 and ThinkPad Z16 laptops have appeared in some leaked renders. The notebooks, which will likely be officially revealed at the upcoming CES 2022 event, come with Windows Hello cameras that jut out of the top edge like a tab. In addition, the design of the Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 is likely going to be loved or hated in equal measure.
New Lenovo ThinkBook Plus renders show innovative 17-inch dual-display laptop with embedded tablet
New renditions of the next-generation Lenovo ThinkBook Plus have been leaked, and they show what a big change this 17-inch ThinkBook Plus offers over the previous-generation model. However, there is a possibility about 12% of laptop users will be somewhat dissatisfied with the placement of the secondary color display.
MIUI 13 for Pad promises new productivity boosts for the Xiaomi Pad 5
Xiaomi has been teasing the upcoming software update for its Pad 5 tablet. Known as MIUI 13 Pad or MIUI 13 for Pad, the customized operating system promises to bring a couple of useful upgrades for owners of the Xiaomi Pad 5. MIUI 13 is expected to be officially launched in China on December 28.
Xiaomi 12 Pro product purchase page leaks with full specs and insane placeholder price
The full specs and shocking placeholder price tag for the Xiaomi 12 Pro have been leaked onto Chinese social media ahead of launch. While many of the Xiaomi 12 Pro specs had already been leaked, the images in this leak seem to have come from an official product purchase page published by the company itself.
Xiaomi Watch S1 joins Xiaomi 12 smartphones in upcoming major launch event
Xiaomi has started teasing its Watch S1 device via official social media in China. The Xiaomi smartwatch is something of a mystery, with few details leaked about the wearable so far. The Xiaomi Watch S1 will be launched alongside the Xiaomi 12 smartphones on December 28.
MIUI 13 official launch date and time confirmed along with claims of big app improvements over MIUI 12.5 Enhanced Edition
Xiaomi has confirmed the launch date and time for its latest mobile operating system overlay, MIUI 13. As previously expected, the skin will be launched on December 28 at a Xiaomi event taking place in China. Promo material for MIUI 13 has revealed some big claims in regard to app improvement over MIUI 12.5 Enhanced Edition.
Apple iPhone 15 Pro to ditch physical SIM card slot according to rumor
A report out of Brazil has claimed that the Apple iPhone 15 Pro may not come with a slot for a physical SIM card. The smartphone, which could be released in 2023, would only utilize eSIM technology for communication purposes. An iPhone 15 Pro configured in such a manner would be a step closer to a portless iPhone.
A noted Apple tipster agrees that the SIM card tray will be removed.
ARM vs Adreno vs Apple: Dimensity 9000 ARM Mali-G710 MP10 GPU tops astonishing efficiency chart
The ARM Mali-G710 MP10 has topped a comparison chart of top mobile SoC GPUs in terms of efficiency measured by FPS/Watt. The astonishing chart, created using the GFXBench 3.1 benchmark, also reveals surprising positions for the GPU parts of the Snapdragon 865, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and Snapdragon 888.
Persona 5 Strikers heads leaked PlayStation Plus free games list for January 2022
The alleged free games coming to PlayStation Plus (PS+) subscribers in January 2022 have been leaked. The shortlist of three titles is headed by Persona 5 Strikers, which was first released in Japan by publisher Sega in 2020. A racing game and a first-person shooter join Persona 5 Strikers as free games coming to PS4 and PS5 owners.
Steam Deck stars in unboxing and gameplay video as game creators show off their dev kits on social media
The Steam Deck handheld console has turned up in an unboxing, setup, and gameplay video posted on YouTube. In addition, more game-makers have been sharing clips and images of their Steam Deck dev kits, which includes a size comparison photo with a MacBook Air. Valve’s handheld gaming computer should be released in February 2022.
Tweaked Intel Core i7-12800H threatens Apple M1 Max power in new Razer Blade 15 (2022) Geekbench runs
The Alder Lake Intel Core i7-12800H has surfaced on Geekbench once again, this time inside a 2022 Razer Blade 15 laptop. The powerful hybrid chip, which can count on 14 cores and 20 threads, produced results that blow past its predecessors and AMD rivals, with the i7-12800H able to square off directly against the all-powerful Apple M1 Max.
Future Fitbit wearable could offer mental state monitoring and mood tracking at a potential privacy cost
A patent filed by Fitbit has led to the suggestion that the company could be working on a smartwatch device or similar wearable that is capable of tracking the user’s mental health or mood. The Fitbit wearable would use non-invasive methods to help diagnose mental state; however, some parts of the patent do set off privacy alarm bells.
Intel Core i9-12900 for under US$530 and i5-12400 for less than US$210 as Alder Lake price leak shows Team Blue means business
A retailer has seemingly leaked price tags for many upcoming entry-level and mainstream Alder Lake processors. The 16-core, 24-thread Intel Core i9-12900 is listed with a price of US$529.99, while the competitive i5-12400 and i5-12400F are apparently going to cost US$209.99 and US$179.99, respectively. Stock coolers are believed to be included in the price.
Lenovo Legion Y700: 8.8-inch gaming tablet display specs will delight users looking for an Android alternative to the iPad Mini
First official details of the upcoming Lenovo Legion Y700 gaming tablet have been shared on Chinese social media. The 8.8-inch tablet could be an ideal Android alternative to the iPad Mini in a form factor that makes it easy to wield during intense gaming sessions. The Legion Y700 tablet may sport a Snapdragon 8 series SoC.
Punchy Intel Core i5-12400F knocks out the Ryzen 5 5600X and i9-11900K in single-thread benchmark
The Intel Core i5-12400F has been spotted on another synthetic benchmark, and once again it appears to be punching higher than its weight. The Alder Lake chip managed a higher single-thread score than rivals such as the Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 9 5900X, and it also pipped the CPU-Z Validator chart single-thread score for the Intel Core i9-11900K.
Bitcoin to replace the US dollar but don't be fooled by Web 3.0 claims Twitter co-founder
Former CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, has once again been professing his strong belief in the future of Bitcoin. In response to a tweet from American rapper Cardi B, Dorsey reckoned that Bitcoin will replace the dollar. The tech sage has also been revealing a somewhat disparaging view of a blockchain-based Web 3.0.
Geko neuromuscular stimulator that can prevent blood clots gets FDA market approval
The geko device from Firstkind Ltd has received FDA clearance and can now go to market. The electrical neuromuscular stimulator can be easily attached to the wearer’s leg, just below the knee, and it will stimulate blood flow to help prevent dangerous issues such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) caused by chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
Huawei P50 Pro vs Google Pixel 6 Pro: Aging Kirin 9000 stands up admirably against Tensor SoC in speed test
A speed test between the Huawei P50 Pro and Google Pixel 6 Pro has left a very close final result, with the Tensor SoC in the Google smartphone just pipping the Kirin 9000 chip in the Chinese device. The Pixel 6 Pro’s Tensor chip has a slightly lower peak clock rate, and the Kirin 9000 proves it still has plenty of shelf life left.
One for the gamers: Crypto mining farm perishes in conflagration in Thailand
A crypto mining farm has seen an untimely end thanks to a fire in a town in northern Thailand. A report claims that “72 servers” were destroyed, although images issued by local emergency services make it difficult to work out whether the burned-out bitcoin farm was utilizing much-wanted GPUs or ASIC miners.
Eurocom Nightsky ARX315 superlaptop tempts with up to a Ryzen 9 5950X CPU, RTX 3070 GPU, up to 64 GB DDR4-3200 RAM, and a starting price of US$2,099
Eurocom has launched another superlaptop onto the market in the form of the Nightsky ARX315. For US$2,099, buyers can expect a laptop with a powerful AMD Ryzen 7 5800X CPU, RTX 3070 GPU, and 16 GB RAM. However, it’s possible to configure the Eurocom Nightsky ARX315 to become a +US$15,000 powerhouse.
Life-threatening MiniMed 600 Series Insulin Pump dosage issues lead to FDA warning letter over quality control
Medtronic has publicly announced that it received an official warning letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in regard to quality control issues at its diabetes management division in Northridge, California. The MiniMed 630G and MiniMed 670G insulin pumps had to be recalled because of potentially life-threatening dosage problems.
KnowU and UBand Bio-RFID non-invasive blood glucose monitors target painful finger-sticking eradication as comparison tests show promise
Comparison test results for the KnowU and UBand Bio-RFID non-invasive blood glucose monitors have shown a lot of promise for those eager to move away from the painful finger-sticking solution for checking blood sugar levels. The company behind the KnowU and UBand monitors is targeting a cost usage estimate of less than US$1,000 per year.
Eye-popping Xiaomi 12 Ultra camera arrangement stands out in leak of alleged Xiaomi 12 series phone cases
Images of alleged Xiaomi 12 phone cases have started cropping up on Chinese social media and Twitter. The cases are supposedly for the upcoming Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12 Pro, and Xiaomi 12 Ultra. The Xiaomi 12 Ultra case, which has turned up in two separate real-world images so far, reveals an unexpected main camera arrangement with a bump on top of another bump.
FDA-cleared POGO Automatic Monitor for blood glucose measurement now widely available in the US for just $68
The POGO Automatic One-Step Blood Glucose Monitor is now widely available for purchase in the US. The monitor, which was designed by Intuity Medical Inc., has been cleared by the FDA and can be bought from US$68. The POGO monitor measures blood sugar levels with the use of “10-test cartridge technology.”
3 fab tablets to fulfill those last-minute Christmas wish lists: Apple iPad mini 6, Xiaomi Pad 5, and Lenovo Tab M10
Christmas is looming around the corner and tablets make an ideal gift for the tech lovers among us. For fans of the Apple ecosystem there is the 6th generation iPad mini to consider, while those who prefer the Android operating system should take a closer look at either the new Xiaomi Pad 5 or even the old Lenovo Tab M10.
4 maddeningly fragile reasons why Apple MacBook owners sometimes irk Windows laptop lovers
For the layperson there may be little difference between owning a Windows-based laptop or choosing a MacBook notebook from Apple. But for those a bit more in the know, there is sometimes a bubbling cauldron of caustic vitriol just waiting to spill out of a hardcore laptop user when confronted by a stereotypically smug Apple fanboy or fangirl. Readers operating Linux on their laptop can look away now.
Spontaneously combusting 15-inch MacBook Pro gives user shocking wake-up call
A 15-inch MacBook Pro has shockingly caught on fire in a user’s house, resulting in catastrophic damage to the laptop. The spontaneously combusting Apple MacBook Pro was a model from the 2015 lineup, which was infamously banned from some airlines because of the battery being a potential fire hazard.
K'Watch Athlete wearable delivers continuous lactate monitoring without the need for blood samples
PKVitality has been showing off its upcoming K’Watch Athlete wearable. The device has been constructed to help athletes involved in either endurance or explosive sports to monitor their lactic acid levels without the need for analyzing blood samples. The K’Watch Athlete, which offers continuous lactate monitoring, can be worn as a smartwatch or armband.
Painless continuous blood sugar monitoring on the horizon for US$199 thanks to the K'Watch Glucose from PKVitality
The K’Watch Glucose smartwatch from PKVitality is currently undergoing clinical trials in the US. The device promises painless continuous glucose monitoring for diabetics and utilizes a replaceable K’apsul with SkinTaste technology to take blood sugar readings. The K’Watch Glucose should be priced at US$199/€199 upon release.
Huawei Qingyun L420 with 5 nm Kirin 9006C SoC turns up as the incoming successor to the ARM-based L410 laptop
The Huawei Qingyun L420 laptop with 5 nm Kirin 9006C chip has had its specifications leaked along with a couple of related images. The ARM-based device is clearly the incoming successor to the Qingyun L410 laptop that sported a Kirin 990 SoC. The L420 also comes with 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512 GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
English Premier League investigates clubs' crypto connections as potential NFT platform partnership gains traction
A new report has claimed that the English Premier League (EPL) is investigating connections between its member clubs and crypto businesses. In addition, it seems the Premier League is forging ahead with a potential partnership with an NFT platform that would provide extra income by producing digital player cards for fans to collect.
Apple MacBook Pro 14 with 8-core M1 Pro CPU and 14-core GPU gets a Cyber Monday discount for shoppers in the US and UK
There are deals to be had on the brand-new Apple MacBook Pro 14 with M1 Pro SoC. Shoppers in the US can scoot over to Adorama to find a special deal for the 14-inch MacBook Pro while potential buyers in the UK should check out Amazon for a discounted M1 Pro-powered Apple laptop. Both offers listed here are for the notebook with an 8-core CPU and 14-core GPU.
Pain-free non-invasive blood sugar monitor for use with any compatible smart device in the Afon pipeline
A pain-free blood glucose sensor is being trialed by a UK-based company called Afon Technology. While there are supposedly various non-invasive hardware solutions being worked on, the Afon blood sugar level monitor comes as a supplementary device that people with diabetes can connect with their existing smartphone or smartwatch.
Samsung Galaxy Note line's coffin receives another nail
Another report concerning the Samsung Galaxy Note series has seemingly confirmed the placement of another nail in the product line’s coffin. While there has been some toing and froing in regard to the production of a Galaxy Note 22, it now appears that Samsung has decided the Galaxy S series and Z foldables make up the company’s smartphone future.
Cracking Intel Core i7-1260P CPU Geekbench result hints at stellar Alder Lake performance levels for Samsung Galaxy Book 2 and unnamed Lenovo laptop
The Intel Core i7-1260P has appeared on Geekbench again delivering a much more promising performance than previously reported efforts. The i7-1260P was part of an unnamed Lenovo laptop system, and there is a belief that Alder Lake mobile parts, such as the i7-1270P, will end up in premium devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Book 2.
Joker malware discovered in multiple apps with thousands of installs on the Google Play Store
More than a dozen apps have been highlighted by a malware analyst because they have been infected by the notorious Joker software. Installing Joker can lead the user to being subscribed to services they do not require, incurring a loss of income. One of the infected apps, EmojiOneKeyboard, has already registered over 50,000 installs.
New M2 MacBook Air renders based on Apple CAD files do away with the notch
The latest renders of the potential Apple MacBook Air laptop with M2 SoC have been posted online. Apparently, the new M2 MacBook Air renders are based on actual leaked Apple CAD files. Haters of the notch will be pleased to see this Apple laptop hasn’t gone down the same design route as the new MacBook Pro 14 and 16 devices.
Intel Core i7-1260P with run-of-the-mill iGPU rocks up in likely Lenovo laptop and Samsung Galaxy Book device
An Alder Lake chip designated as the Intel Core i7-1260P has turned up on Geekbench in records for Lenovo and Samsung devices. It appears the 12-core, 16-thread i7-1260P comes with an unremarkable iGPU with 96 compute units. It’s likely that new Lenovo laptops featuring mobile processors from the Alder Lake series will appear in 2022.
Leaker asserts Apple iPhone 14 Pro will likely feature USB-C port
An Apple tipster has claimed that the iPhone 14 Pro will more than likely come with a USB-C port. Information supposedly delivered by people in the know has resulted in three potential reasons for the Apple iPhone 14 Pro to arrive sporting the much-desired USB-C connectivity option, with both legal and environmental impacts considered.
Scything B2 AMD Ryzen 9 5900X penetrates previously ironclad Intel-dominated UserBenchmark top 10 chart
Apparent revisions of some of AMD’s Zen 3 Vermeer chips have appeared on the controversial UserBenchmark site, with the potential for a serious upset in the works. The B2 stepping SKU of the Ryzen 9 5900X raced through the core tests to produce an average bench that would break into the Intel-dominated top 10 rankings if more samples had been benched.
Traces of a Redmi 10 2022 appear to further congest the crowded Xiaomi smartphone space
Evidence of a Redmi 10 2022 device has turned up, which has come as something as a surprise to smartphone market observers. Xiaomi only just released the “original” Redmi 10 smartphone a few months ago, with the entry-level device sporting a MediaTek Helio G88 SoC, 50 MP main camera, and 90 Hz display.
Competitive Intel Core i7-12700 targets AMD Ryzen 9 5900X performance levels at a likely much cheaper price tag
The Intel Core i7-12700 has become the latest Alder Lake processor to break from cover, and it has been spotted on Geekbench performing quite admirably considering it’s likely going to be priced at a mid-range level. The 12-core, 20-thread i7-12700’s single-core and multi-core results placed it in the same ballpark as the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X.
Promising Intel Core i7-12800H sample in AORUS 15 YE4 laptop storms past i7-11800H and AMD Ryzen 5900HX in Geekbench appearance
An Alder Lake-P processor in the form of the Intel Core i7-12800H has made a promising appearance on Geekbench inside a Gigabyte AORUS 15 YE4 laptop. While the multi-core score for the i7-12800H appears to be lower than what can be expected, the single-core score places it way beyond the predecessor i7-11800H and rival Ryzen 9 5900HX.
Intel Core i9-12900KF tops both PassMark and UserBenchmark as Alder Lake chips dominate the controversial benchmarks
The Intel Core i9-12900KF has proved itself to be the cream of the crop as Alder Lake processors have occupied the top five places in the current PassMark CPU Mark single-thread performance chart and the top six positions for average bench percentage over at UserBenchmark. Both benchmarks have been criticized in the past for showing perceived bias toward Intel SKUs though.
MIUI 12.5 Enhanced Edition update rollout heads for third batch of 25 devices including the Xiaomi Pad 5, Redmi Note 8 Pro, and Redmi K30
A report out of China sourcing a Xiaomi official has listed 25 devices that should soon start receiving the MIUI 12.5 Enhanced Edition software update. The third-batch list, which includes all variants of the Xiaomi Pad 5, the Redmi K30 models, some Mi 9 phones, and even the aging Redmi Note 8 Pro, is for devices with the China ROM. Users with different ROM versions will have a slightly longer wait.
Samsung Exynos 2200 GPU skyrockets past Exynos 2100 GPU in peak performance benchmark but offers reduced gains in sustained load
The Samsung Exynos 2200 GPU has allegedly been put through an official benchmark and offered up results that are either amazing or disappointing depending on if your glass is half empty or half full. While the Exynos 2200 GPU seems to offer very respectable gains over the Exynos 2100 GPU, it’s the Apple A15 Bionic and Snapdragon 898 that will be its true competitors.
M2 MacBook Air release date and iPhone 14 model details join numerous bite-sized rumors offered by Apple tipster
An Apple tipster has offered up information about multiple products due to come out of Cupertino in the ensuing months. This includes rumors about the expected M2 MacBook Air, future iMac computers, the iPhone 14 range, and even a new Apple monitor. The leaker believes the MacBook Air with M2 Apple Silicon will be sold alongside the M1 variant.
Discord Nitro users start canceling subscriptions en masse as CEO teases Ethereum and NFT integration
A tweet from Jason Citron, the founder and CEO of Discord, has resulted in a flurry of Nitro users canceling their subscriptions with the popular messaging service. The provocative post featured a screenshot of Discord settings that included new options for storing crypto and NFTs and showed an image of the Discord and Ethereum logos.
PlayStation 5 jailbreak seems inevitable as double hack reveals PS5 root keys and debug settings
The PlayStation 5 console has come under some close scrutiny lately with two hacking incidents offering interesting results. A Google security engineer claims to have accessed the debug settings while a known hacking group has apparently obtained all of the PS5 root keys. These kinds of hacks could lead to an eventual PS5 jailbreak.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Lite or Galaxy Tab S8 FE to offer cheaper entry option into the premium tablet range in 2022
It seems either a Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Lite or Galaxy Tab S8 FE is in the works. Evidence has been discovered that points to such a development, meaning the Galaxy Tab S8 series would feature four SKUs. A Tab S8 Lite or Tab S8 FE would be aimed at consumers who want to try out a member of the premium series without taking such a big hit to the bank balance.
Official Elden Ring game specs and compatibility details published: PC locked at up to 60 FPS and no 4K or ray tracing for the Xbox Series S
Bandai Namco Entertainment has published the official game specs and compatibility details for Elden Ring. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X owners and PC users with powerful rigs should get to enjoy the potential of up to 4K resolution or 60 FPS gaming. However, ray-tracing support has not made it to the Xbox Series S console.
Power-guzzling Intel Core i9-12900K and i5-12600K smash through Apple M1 barrier in PassMark's desktop CPU single-thread benchmark
The Intel Core i9-12900K and Intel Core i5-12600K have become the new leaders of the PassMark CPU Mark desktop single-thread performance chart. The Alder Lake processors managed to overcome the wall of Apple M1 chips that previously headed the table, and both the power-hungry i9-12900K and i5-12600K reached scores of over 4,000 points.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X drops below the US$300 mark at Micro Center
The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor has hit a sub-US$300 price tag at one retailer, hot on the heels of Alder Lake’s release. Micro Center has listed the 8-core Zen 3 chip for US$299.99, which is a huge reduction from the MSRP of US$449.99. Other popular Vermeer SKUs like the Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 9 5950X have also been discounted.
AMD hits 30.87% share against Intel in Steam's survey for October but Alder Lake could reverse the trend
AMD has increased its overall PC processor usage share in the October Steam hardware and software survey. Team Red has enjoyed constant gains against Intel throughout most of 2020. However, Alder Lake, and especially the Intel Core i5-12600K, could help Team Blue finally reverse that trend.
GeForce RTX 30 series peppers latest Steam hardware survey with 10 SKUs rising in the top 20 monthly movers
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series has been enjoying rising popularity with Steam users again according to the hardware and software survey for October. In fact, no less than 10 GeForce 30 series SKUs have featured in the top 20 cards in terms of percentage change for the month. The biggest riser overall was the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660.
Intel Core i9-12900K and i5-12600K lead ominous Alder Lake assault on UserBenchmark's charts as highest Ryzen chip languishes in 17th position
Alder Lake chips now occupy the top three positions in the UserBenchmark charts, with the Intel Core i9-12900K, i5-12600K, and i7-12700K being the current 12th Gen entries. Intel’s grip over this particular benchmark is so tight that the highest-ranked AMD chip, the Ryzen 9 5900X, is stuck in lowly 17th place.
M1 Pro 10-core SoC pips M1 Max to head PassMark's desktop and laptop CPU single-thread performance charts as Apple Silicon secures top four places
The Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max processors have made an initial appearance in the PassMark CPU Mark single-thread performance benchmarks for both laptop and desktop processors. Apple Silicon now occupies the top four positions in both charts, which should see a big change when Intel’s Alder Lake chips start showing up.
Overclocked Intel Core i9-12900K produces astonishing single-thread score on CPU-Z with its P-cores dialed up to 6.3 GHz
The Intel Core i9-12900K has been spotted on CPU-Z Validator once again. This time around, the Alder Lake hybrid processor amassed an amazing single-thread score that even surpassed recent efforts by the same SKU. The P-cores in the i9-12900K were measured reaching up to 6,300 MHz. The multithread score paid the price for such single-thread magnificence.
Alleged 27-inch Apple iMac Pro specs, M1 SoC options, release date, and likely price divulged in weighty leak
A noted leaker has been offering up a wealth of details about a potential 2022 Apple iMac Pro that would be fitted with a choice between the M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. The supposed iMac Pro with Apple Silicon would also sport an HDMI port and possibly be priced at a surprising level. However, it seems only a medium-sized 27-inch option is on the cards right now.
Intel Core i9-12900K swats Ryzen 9 rivals and i9-11900K away with blazing CPU-Z single-thread benchmarks
A couple of CPU-Z benchmarks have surfaced showing the Intel Core i9-12900K achieving astonishing single-thread results. The new Alder Lake hybrid processor smashed its way past anything by an AMD Ryzen 9 chip and also demolished the i9-11900K. However, it seems more than likely that such single-thread supremacy comes at a high power cost.
Apple MacBook Pro 16 with M1 Max high-power mode benchmark battery ostensibly ends not with a bang but a whimper
The 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro with M1 Max SoC has been tested on multiple benchmarks while in high-power mode. The 2021 laptop managed to churn out some slightly higher scores in a couple of tests, but on the surface the overall result appeared to be underwhelming. However, it’s possible there was a flaw in the MacBook Pro 16 testing.
Redmi Smart Band Pro launches with SpO2 monitoring, over 110 fitness modes, and a bright AMOLED touch display
Xiaomi has officially revealed the Redmi Smart Band Pro. The latest activity tracker from the popular Chinese OEM features a 1.47-inch AMOLED touch display, offers up to 450-nit brightness, and it can automatically detect up to three fitness modes. The Redmi Smart Band Pro is also capable of tracking blood oxygen saturation levels.
Multiple MacBook Pro 16 M1 Pro vs M1 Max benchmark results indicate much greater price-performance ratio for the M1 Pro Apple Silicon
Two MacBook Pro 16 laptops containing two different variants of new Apple Silicon have been put through a massive battery of benchmark tests with some surprising results. The M1 Pro with 16-core GPU was pitted against the M1 Max with 32-core GPU, with the laptops featuring a US$1,200 price difference. The M1 Pro proved itself to be more than capable.
Leaked Facebook smartwatch image reveals potential Apple Watch Series 8 competitor with a display notch for a camera
A Facebook (now Meta) smartwatch image has been leaked, revealing some interesting details about the expected upcoming wearable. The overall design is clearly more akin to the Apple Watch Series than activity trackers such as the Xiaomi Smart Band range. In addition, this Facebook smartwatch comes with a notch at the bottom for a camera.
Timely Google Pixel 7 leak reveals first details about second-generation Tensor chip
Initial details about the successor to both the Google Pixel 6 and Google Tensor chip have been uncovered. A model number for the second-generation Tensor SoC has apparently been revealed and there is also some codename information in regard to a board that could be used in conjunction with the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
PlayStation Plus free game list for November leaks and includes a terrifying PlayStation VR title and a fantastical PS3 remaster
The free games coming to PlayStation Plus service subscribers in November have been leaked. Among them, there is a well-received PlayStation VR game, a remaster of a PlayStation 3 action RPG, a social deduction party title, and a Rocket Arena-type game from Electronic Arts. It’s expected the games will become available for free from November 2.
High-priced Microsoft Surface Duo 2 with Snapdragon 888 removes Asus ROG Phone 3 as Geekbench's Android chart champion
The Microsoft Surface Duo 2 with Snapdragon 888 SoC has become the new Geekbench Android chart champion for both single-core and multi-core performance. The Surface Duo 2 pushed its way past the Asus ROG Phone 3 and Samsung Galaxy S21+ to top the tables. However, such performance power comes at quite a price.
Google Tensor outpaced by iPhone 11's A13 Bionic chip on Geekbench but this is comparing Apples with Pixels
A Geekbench comparison between a Google Pixel 6 Pro and an Apple iPhone XS Max has been grabbing attention due to the apparent failure of the Tensor chip against the three-year-old Apple A12 Bionic. In fairer terms, the Pixel 6 Pro does fall behind the A13-powered iPhone 11’s average results but Google has focused on machine learning and AI more than raw performance.
M1 Max vs RTX 3080 Laptop GPU: Apple SoC excels in synthetic benchmarks but flounders alongside the M1 Pro in gaming tests
The Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max SoCs have been thoroughly tested by AnandTech with some dramatic but also unsurprisingly familiar results. While the M1 Max rubbed shoulders with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU and AMD’s Radeon 6800M in synthetic benchmark testing, both it and the M1 Pro were left floundering in game tests.
Snarky iPhone 13 notch-related tweet from September comes back to haunt Samsung following recent Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra leak
A troll tweet made by Samsung Mobile US back in September has returned to haunt the company following the recent leak of Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet renders. The Korean OEM was taking a dig at the design of the iPhone 13 series and especially the ever-present notch. However, it appears Samsung is planning on notching the upcoming Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.
March Apple event claim sparks product launch speculation involving iPhone SE 2022, M1 Pro Mac mini, and refreshed iMac computers
An Apple tipster has indirectly claimed that there could be an event held by the tech giant in March of next year. Unsurprisingly, this has led to numerous predictions of what products might emerge from Apple Park at that time, with devices such as the iPhone SE 3, Mac mini with M1 Pro (or M1 Max), and a 27-inch iMac or iMac Pro leading the charge.
Unboxed Apple MacBook Pro 16 in leaked hands-on video makes the 15-inch MacBook Pro look petite in comparison
The 2021 Apple MacBook Pro 16 has appeared in a leaked hands-on review of the laptop by a Vietnamese YouTuber. The new 16-inch model is compared with a 15-inch MacBook Pro, and it clearly looks considerably bigger than its predecessor. The video shows how well the MacBook Pro 16’s display notch can be hidden during operation.
MacBook Pro 14 gets turned on in sultry unboxing video and features in side-by-side live shot with the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro
The new Apple MacBook Pro 14 has appeared in both a brief unboxing video and in a side-by-side comparison shot with the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Those on the fence about the notch in the display might be pleasantly surprised by how natural it looks on the 2021 MacBook Pro laptop. Early pre-ordered devices are supposedly shipping soon.
Early Apple M1 Pro benchmarks: 10-core CPU part heavily outscores Core i9-10910 while 16-core GPU part keeps pace with GeForce GTX 1650
The new Apple M1 Pro SoC has surfaced in several Geekbench records running in Apple’s 2021 MacBook Pro laptops. There are listings for both CPU and GPU performance, with a 10-core M1 Pro easily outscoring an Intel Core i9-10910. The 16-core GPU part of an M1 Pro chip managed to keep up with the GeForce GTX 1650 in graphics benchmarks.
Post-launch Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Geekbench results prove the new Google phones are the true successors to the Pixel 4 series
Post-launch Geekbench listings for the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro have started appearing with the smartphones utilizing their Tensor SoCs to achieve decent if not remarkable scores. The results for the Tensor chip position the Pixel 6 phones as the proper successors to the Pixel 4 devices, with the Pixel 5 being lumbered with a mid-range SoC.
Mac Pro with 40 CPU cores and 128 GPU cores worth of Apple Silicon will erase all memories of the desktop with Intel Core and AMD Radeon parts
The Mac Pro has been described as being in line for up to 40 cores of CPU power and a staggering 128 cores of GPU power for the next iteration of the expensive Apple desktop. Apple Silicon will be used instead of Intel and AMD parts, possibly in the form of multiple connected units of the just-announced M1 Max processor.
Latest Google Pixel 6 Pro Tensor SoC Geekbench test scores indicate a potential price-performance champion is incoming
The Google Pixel 6 Pro with its custom Tensor SoC has made additional appearances on Geekbench over the last few days. The average scores for both the single-core test and multi-core benchmark indicate that the Pixel 6 Pro could end up being a premium price-performance champion that is ready to rival the Samsung Galaxy S21 phones.
M1X to shake SoC foundations to the core: Apple M1 still tops PassMark's CPU charts as successor likely brings mammoth GPU boost
Apple is expected to soon launch the M1X MacBook Pro 14 and 16, with the 10-core SoC being one of the highlights of the 2021 laptop refresh. The older 8-core M1 Apple Silicon still sits at the top of both the desktop and laptop single-thread performance charts at PassMark, with Intel and AMD so far unable to remove the ARM competitor.
In the hand Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro lifestyle shots and leaked promo videos reveal what Google's upcoming phones will look like in use
Lifestyle and in-hand images of both the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro have been leaked ahead of launch. Numerous lifestyle shots show users with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in different environments, such as in the rain. Two leaked promo videos have also highlighted some of the main features, like the Tensor chip and Magic Eraser tool.
Google Pixel 6 rocks Kinda Coral and Pixel 6 Pro gleams in Sorta Sunny in new renders as Pixel Superfans are invited to a special tech talk event
The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have appeared in even more renders in addition to the recently leaked images of the phones in black and white. The Pixel 6 looks bold in its Kinda Coral colorway while the Pixel 6 Pro brightens its surroundings in Sorta Sunny. Lucky Pixel Superfans will be invited to a special event on October 19.
Google Tensor seemingly makes Snapdragon get salty with red flag tweet
The official Twitter account for Snapdragon, the famous SoC series produced by Qualcomm, has posted a surprisingly salty tweet clearly aimed at Google and the Pixel 6’s custom Tensor chip. The Pixel 5 relied on a Snapdragon 765G chip, but Google has forged ahead with its own chipset for the upcoming Pixel 6 series.
Redmi Note 11 Pro boasts killer specs at crazy prices according to extensive Redmi Note 11 series leak
The alleged prices and specs for the upcoming Redmi Note 11 and Redmi Note 11 Pro have been leaked on Chinese social media. It appears the smartphones, which will be powered by Dimensity chips from MediaTek, have been priced very competitively considering the key specifications. The Redmi Note 11 and Note 11 Pro are expected to be launched before November 11.
Unofficial Redmi K50 renders show radical design overhaul for the potential future POCO F4
The Redmi K50 has turned up in some fan-made renders and a short video clip. The likely future POCO F4 looks very different to its predecessor Redmi K40 in the new images, with the camera housing style borrowing more from OnePlus than Xiaomi. The Redmi K50 is expected to be joined by a Redmi K50 Pro and Redmi K50 Pro+.
Tensor SoC in Google Pixel 6 approaches Snapdragon 888 and Exynos 2100 performance level in Geekbench 5 run
An apparent Geekbench 5 run for the Google Pixel 6 smartphone has been discovered, revealing the performance of the custom Tensor chip. Multi-core performance was distant from rivals but the Tensor’s single-core performance has it rubbing shoulders with smartphone chip luminaries such as the Snapdragon 888 and Exynos 2100.
Apple M1X MacBook Pro 14 and 16 with notched display, 120 Hz refresh rate, 100 W cooling fans, and similar pricing - rumors run amok following Unleashed event announcement
Rumors have started running amok following the announcement of the upcoming Apple event. Most expect Cupertino to reveal the M1X MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 at the event, and many leakers have been doubling down on older tips or even revealing new ones, such as the perturbing possibility that the 2021 MacBook Pro may even have a notched display.
Bumpy Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro shine in Stormy Black and Cloudy White in new renders
New renders of the upcoming Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro have been posted by a noted leaker. The images have offered up both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in two colors each. However, the renders have also shown just how “bumpy” the camera bump on the rear is, with one commenter comparing it with a Crewmate from Among Us.
Bold Xperia 1 IV rumor claims quad 48 MP camera system is coming for Sony's future flagship
A new rumor about the Sony Xperia 1 IV flagship smartphone has offered up some unbelievable and tantalizing information about the device’s camera equipment. It has already been claimed in the past that the Mark 4 model in the Sony Xperia 1 line would sport a 50 MP main lens but few would expect this kind of quad-cam system.
M1X MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 launch date predictions appear as Intel-powered 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro laptops disappear
A shift in the availability of Intel-based 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro devices has led to the speculation that the expected launch of the M1X MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 could take place within the next two weeks. However, the apparent disappearance of the Intel MacBook Pro 16 might be down to a much more prosaic reason.
Apple has officially announced its upcoming "Unleashed" event.
2nd-gen Google Pixel Stand specs and price leak with up to 23 W charging, active cooling fan, and choice of two colors confirmed
The Google Pixel Stand (2nd gen) has been leaked in full, including specs, price, and product page shots. The handy dual-coil charger can apparently operate at up to 23 W and has a “dedicated coil for wearables”. The 2nd-gen Pixel Stand will no doubt be launched in time for the Google Pixel 6 and at a surprising price point of US$79.
Pixel Pass monthly subscription service with regular device upgrades and YouTube Premium arrives in time for the Google Pixel 6
A Pixel Pass monthly subscription service has been unearthed that seems likely to be launched around the same time as the upcoming Google Pixel 6 smartphones. The Pixel Pass service promises regular upgrades for Pixel devices and access to “key first-party services” that includes YouTube Premium and Google Fi phone plans.
Official Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro color names and regional model variants materialize
The official color names for the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have been revealed, and they are as typically whimsical as one could expect from the search engine giant. Both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will at least “sorta” come in black and white. In addition, it appears only some key markets will get the 512 GB variant of the Pro model.
Higher than expected Google Pixel 6 US price tag accidentally leaked as Pixel 6 Pro price prediction follows
The supposed US price tag for a Google Pixel 6 has turned up seemingly by accident in the terms and conditions of a sweepstakes event. The price for the Pixel 6 is revealed as an “approximate retail value” and is considerably higher than a previously leaked price tag for the upcoming Google smartphone.
Wrist (1) fan-made concept renders showcase the sort of offbeat product that Carl Pei's Nothing clearly should embrace
Some quirky concept renders of a wrist (1) smartwatch have been produced by a talented designer that could pique the interest of Nothing’s Carl Pei. The device is inspired by the design language of the Nothing ear (1) and includes features such as a waterproof display, Wear OS software, and a transparent case.
Complete Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro product pages confirm Tensor SoC details, camera equipment, battery information, and much more about the upcoming phones
The full product pages for the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro smartphones have been published by Carphone Warehouse. While the pages don’t include a full set of specifications, there are plenty of details revealed about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, including information about the Tensor chip and confirmation of five years of updates.
Windows 11 gives Intel Core i9-12900K exclusive boost in benchmark comparison but the Alder Lake chip still lags behind the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
The Intel Core i9-12900K has been discovered being tested on Windows 11 where it produced up to double-digit performance gains over the same tests on Windows 10. However, despite the exclusive boost from Microsoft, the 16-core Alder Lake chip still lagged behind an older rival in the form of the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X.
MSI launches three new console-ready Optix monitors with up to 175 Hz refresh rate and 34-inch panel size
MSI has launched three new Optix monitors with enough differences between them to cover the needs of even the most demanding gamer. The MSI Optix MPG341QR, Optix MPG321UR-QD, and Optix MPG321QRF-QD offer high refresh rates, low screen response times, and 100 mm x 100 mm VESA mounting.
Astonishing Intel Core i9-12900K UserBenchmark runs leave the i9-11900K and AMD Ryzen 9 5950X for dead
The Intel Core i9-12900K has made a few initial runs on the polarizing synthetic benchmark UserBenchmark, where it has produced astonishing results. Even discounting the seemingly unfair weighting against the Ryzen 9 5950X still leaves the Alder Lake chip way beyond its nearest Intel relative, the i9-11900K.
iPhone 13 Pro Max user captures out of this world night sky images with just the Apple phone and a multi-purpose mount
An Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max owner has demonstrated the low-light camera performance of the new flagship out of Cupertino by posting a few samples of Milky Way photography. The striking images, which were captured with the help of a Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer multi-purpose mount, were edited on the iPhone 13 Pro Max using Lightroom.
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro on sale from US$449 via third-party retailer as the regular Pad 5 officially returns to Europe at full price
The Xiaomi Pad 5 has appeared back in stock via the Chinese company’s official online stores in Europe but at full price. However, prospective buyers interested in the tablet or the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro and Pad 5 Pro 5G models can now find them available from a third-party retailer, with prices starting at US$449 for the Pro variant.
Gleaming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold Note fan-made concept renders breathe life into the moribund Note series
Fan-made concept renders of a device dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold Note have been posted online. The images are based on a patent that Samsung has been working on that would seemingly combine the flexibility of a foldable phone with the style (and S Pen) of a Galaxy Note.
Samsung confirms Exynos ray-tracing with screenshot comparison that conjures up mixed response and performance concerns
Samsung has confirmed the presence of ray-tracing technology on a future Exynos GPU. Ray tracing should produce images in games that create a higher immersion factor due to lighting and shadow refinements. However, the screenshot comparison provided by Samsung for Exynos ray tracing has been met with a mixed response.
AMD smashes through 30% CPU usage barrier in Steam hardware survey leaving Intel's ambitions resting on Alder Lake
AMD has finally breached the 30% processor usage wall it had been facing on Steam’s Hardware & Software Survey. It is the strongest position AMD has held in the survey for over 16 months and seemingly reverses the trend for Intel's growth. Intel’s ambitions in this particular arena will now mostly lie on the success of Alder Lake.
POCO opens public MIUI bug report for insidious ghost screen issue affecting Global devices - user offers fix for PUBG Mobile
POCO has opened a public bug report in regard to the widely reported ghost screen issue that has affected many owners of the company’s smartphones. Although the report specifically mentions the POCO X3 Pro, many other Global devices have suffered from ghost touch problems. A user has offered up a fix for PUBG Mobile that might work for some.
Striking Intel Arc Alchemist desktop graphics card shimmers in silver in unofficial renders as release dates are leaked
A tech blogger has posted unofficial renders of the Intel Arc Alchemist desktop graphics card reference design. It’s claimed the images of the dGPU were not based on guesswork and accurately represent the test cards. The same source also gave some idea of when both the laptop and desktop variants of Intel Arc Alchemist could be released.
New Pixel 6 teaser from Google Japan offers a look at the UI and fuels the hype train for the "coming soon" smartphone
Google Japan has posted a new teaser video for the upcoming Pixel 6 smartphone. The clip offers a good look at the user interface (UI) of the latest Pixel device but only delivers a “coming soon” launch timeframe for the eagerly awaited phone. The custom Tensor SoC of the Google Pixel 6 also gets in on the teaser action.
Nintendo Switch successor may offer Xbox Series X-like quick resume feature
A patent filed by Nintendo has offered up a potential clue as to what a possible Switch successor could offer in terms of features. The patent describes an “information processing method” that would allow owners of a Switch 2 or Switch Pro to appropriately switch from one game to another like Xbox Series X users can with the Quick Resume feature.
Redmi Note 8 and Redmi K20 join end-of-life product list of nine Xiaomi phones that go EOL in November
The Redmi Note 8, Redmi K20, and their Pro variants will join a list of nine Xiaomi smartphones that will become end-of-life (EOL) products in late November. While bug fixes and stable release updates may still be available for these phones, there will be no more beta development pursued for these popular but aging devices.
POCO C31 full specs and expected price of the cheap Helio G35-powered phone leak ahead of launch
The alleged full specs of the POCO C31 along with an expected price for India have been leaked right ahead of the phone’s launch, which is scheduled for September 30. The budget handset will sport a MediaTek Helio G35 processor and 4 GB RAM, and it will also offer a fingerprint sensor and face unlock.
Intel Core i9-12900 somehow breaks UserBenchmark records on Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme board despite a 4.25 GHz boost and massive CPU throttling
An Intel Core i9-12900 Alder Lake chip has been spotted being tested on an Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme motherboard. The upcoming 16-core, 24-thread processor somehow managed to obliterate performance records on UserBenchmark, easily surpassing the average bench and 1-core scores of the Intel Core i9-11900K.
Lenovo prepares to launch five new Windows 11 laptops in China with Ryzen and Core options for Yoga and Xiaoxin SKUs
Lenovo has revealed its plans to launch five new laptops for the Chinese market on September 28. The notebooks will operate on Windows 11 and there will be a choice between AMD Ryzen and Intel Core processors for buyers. Four of the laptops are from the Xiaoxin line and there is also one SKU from the Yoga range.
Fetching Google Pixel tablet fan-made renders wow with Pixel 6-inspired design and barely there bezels
Renders of a Google Pixel tablet have been produced by the talented designer Snoreyn based on a recently revealed design patent. The Pixel tablet in the fan-made renders operates on Android 12 and borrows some of its looks, especially the color scheme, from the upcoming Google Pixel 6 smartphone.
Seesawing Intel Core i9-12900K sample with disabled AVX-512 teeters against the i9-11900K in preview benchmarks and fails to overwhelm the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
A benchmark preview of the Intel Core i9-12900K has been accidentally posted online, and it shows the 12th Gen Alder Lake hybrid chip offering a seesaw-like performance against the Rocket Lake i9-11900K. While the engineering sample does show promise even without the AVX-512 instruction set, it could not shine against the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X Zen 3 part.
Staggering M1X performance predictions place the upcoming 10-core Apple Silicon ahead of a 2019 16-core Mac Pro
New performance predictions for the Apple M1X SoC have been offered up, and they show the 10-core Apple Silicon surpassing the 16-core Intel Xeon W-3245 in the Mac Pro from Late 2019. It has also been reckoned that the M1X cores will be based on both M1 and A15 cores, presumably for increased efficiency.
Xiaomi Civi price leaked ahead of launch but don't expect to see the eye-catching Snapdragon 778G midranger outside of China
The new Xiaomi Civi smartphone is being launched on September 27, but it seems fans who might have been hoping to get their hands on one of the Snapdragon 778G-powered devices will be out of luck if they are outside of China. Alleged price tags for three configurations of the Xiaomi Civi have recently surfaced.
Future iPad Pro tablet to adopt landscape mode as design default according to Apple analyst
An Apple analyst has proclaimed that future iPad Pro tablets will adopt a landscape-oriented design, moving away from the current preference for portrait design. Apparently, this change from portrait mode to landscape will affect both the hardware and software design of a future Apple iPad Pro.
Black PlayStation 5 console could be next in line as Sony announces Midnight Black Pulse 3D wireless headset
Sony has announced the addition of the Midnight Black Pulse 3D wireless headset to its lineup of official PS5 accessories. The black Pulse 3D headset follows on the heels of the recently released Midnight Black and Cosmic Red DualSense controllers. This latest accessory overhaul could point to a black PlayStation 5 console being on the cards.
New Intel Alder Lake US price leak might force a Zen 3 pricing rethink as the Core i9-12900K comes in at US$605
A new price leak for Intel’s Alder Lake chips has emerged, with the data coming from a US retailer. The overall prices appear to be less expensive than those that featured in a previous leak, with the Intel Core i9-12900K priced at around US$605. The prices listed would make the 12th Gen Alder Lake chips more competitive against AMD’s Zen 3 offerings.
Third-party iPhone 13 renders unreservedly expose the upcoming Apple smartphone's design
Right ahead of the expected Apple iPhone 13 launch, a noted leaker has posted numerous case renders for the upcoming smartphone that also wholly show the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro in all their glory. While the renders come from a third-party case manufacturer, it’s likely the depictions of the iPhones are accurate.
Xiaomi eases up with remote phone locking in prohibited countries such as Cuba, Syria, and Iran
Xiaomi has reportedly stated that users affected by the recent bout of remote phone locking can now start using their devices again. Apparently, the locking of Xiaomi, Redmi, and POCO phones out of the blue in prohibited countries such as Cuba and Iran was carried out as part of an investigation into grey market practices.
Apple iPad mini 6: Surprises and prices as leaker goes for broke with specs and images of the miniature iPad Air 4
A leaker has published alleged specs, prices, and even renders of the upcoming Apple iPad mini 6, including a carefully constructed image that resembles a live shot. There are a couple of surprises in store, both good and bad, with the iPad mini 6 turning out to be basically a miniature iPad Air 4.
Strange Google Pixel 6 Pro Tensor SoC configuration differences on Geekbench result in sizeable performance disparity
Two alleged Google Pixel 6 Pro records on Geekbench have revealed different configurations for the Tensor SoC that subsequently results in a substantial performance difference. While the newer record shows the supposed Pixel 6 Pro benching with two X1 cores, the one-day older appearance depicts a single X1 core with faster support cores.
RTX 4090 gets restrictive US$2,999 MSRP in unofficial Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 series price predictions list
Expectations are high for the Lovelace GeForce RTX 40 series of graphics cards from Nvidia, and it seems price predictions are similarly high. There have been a few suggestions that the top-end GeForce RTX 4090 card could end up being stuck with an MSRP of US$2,999, leaving it likely out of reach for the majority of gamers.
Xiaomi locks Mi and Redmi phones in prohibited countries as US expansion seems on the cards
Reports of Xiaomi locking Mi and Redmi-branded phones at an increasing rate have been shared online. It seems the Chinese OEM is targeting devices that have been bought or used in prohibited countries and territories. Xiaomi smartphones are popular in these sanctioned states but increased compliance with US policies indicates a likely expansion plan.
Stunning Realme Pad price puts the Helio G80 tablet in market pole position right from launch
Realme has launched its first tablet: the Realme Pad. The slate will eventually be available in three different configurations and is powered by the MediaTek Helio 80 processor. Realme has priced the Realme Pad at a stunning starting point of just ₹13,999 (US$190) for the entry-level model. Sales of the tablet in India begin on September 16.
Xiaomi Pad 5 global release date confirmed as supposed Euro price tag trickles out
Xiaomi has been teasing its upcoming online product launch event again and has seemingly confirmed the global release date for the Xiaomi Pad 5. In addition, the global variant of the Pad 5 tablet also appeared on Geekbench, featured on a Spanish-language retailer site, and it may support the MIUI memory extension feature at some point.
Samsung targets 2025 for human-eye-beating 576 MP camera sensor
A confidential slide shown during a recent Samsung presentation has revealed that the company is targeting a 2025 timeframe for producing a 576 MP camera sensor. Samsung has already announced its plans to eventually release a sensor that can beat out the human eye resolution perception of 500 MP.
Xiaomi pips Apple to become the world's largest wearable band company
Millions of Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 sales around the globe have helped the Chinese OEM pip Apple for the top position in the table of world’s largest wearable band vendors in the second quarter of 2021. However, Apple is in a very strong position thanks to high sales of its Watch Series while there is a gloomy forecast for basic smart bands.
Svelte Realme Pad cuts a fine figure in hands-on images ahead of official launch
The Realme Pad has appeared in live images from various sources, including in a teaser posted by the CMO of Realme India and Europe. One of the hands-on shots of the Realme Pad shows the crisp display while other photos focus on just how slim the 10.4-inch tablet is. The Realme Pad will be officially released on September 9.
AMD Rembrandt allegedly in production: Ryzen 6000 with Zen 3+ cores and RDNA 2 iGPU could do a "Tiger Lake" on Cezanne
Details about AMD’s upcoming Rembrandt series of processors, also known as Ryzen 6000, have been leaked on Twitter. New information concerns the mass production status of the Ryzen 6000 APUs, while another source has indicated that the Zen 3+ RDNA chips will offer better iGPU performance improvements over Cezanne than Tiger Lake managed over Ice Lake.
Xiaomi 11T Pro not Mix 4 likely to be the hottest fast-charging product at upcoming Xiaomi global launch event
Xiaomi is planning a huge product launch event for September 15, and it is believed the Xiaomi 11T, 11T Pro, 11T Lite, and the Xiaomi Pad 5 are going to be the stars of the show. A promo video doing the rounds on social media showing 120 W fast charging in action has led to false hopes of a Mix 4 global release.
Retailer leaks Xiaomi Pad 5 global model price and shares snappy unboxing video for Snapdragon 860 variant
The Xiaomi Pad 5 global model appears to have been leaked in both a product page and brief unboxing video. Even the name of the tablet range, which has commonly been known as either the Mi Pad 5 or Xiaomi Tab 5, seems to have been confirmed for non-domestic markets. This news concerns the Xiaomi Pad 5 variant with a Snapdragon 860 SoC.
Realme Pad: Likely success story begins with promo teaser as display differences hint at multiple tablets
The Realme Pad has appeared in motion in a promo video, although only the rear side of the upcoming Android tablet was on show. Apparent conflicting information about the display has given strength to speculation that multiple variants, such as a Realme Pad Pro, could be part of the lineup. The Realme Pad could hit a sweet spot for many tablet shoppers.
Merciless Apple M1 Mac mini takes AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX Mini PC to pieces in benchmark obstacle course
The M1 Mac mini has been pitted against the Ryzen 9 5900HX-powered EliteMini HX90 in a clash of processor titans. While the Apple M1 couldn’t completely overpower the AMD Zen 3 part in every single benchmark, it was clearly dominant overall. The M1’s 8-core iGPU also stood up well against the AMD Radeon Graphics 8 iGPU.
Scalpers hike PlayStation 5 prices following TechTuber's controversial PS5 heat sink discovery
Scalpers have started raising the prices of PlayStation 5 consoles following a controversial PS5 teardown video. Two models of the Sony machine, the original 1015B and revised 1100B, have been differentiated by their heat sinks, with scalpers reckoning desperate shoppers will be willing to pay more for the launch PS5.
Xiaomi Explorers global registration opens for would-be product testers
Xiaomi has opened registration for the Xiaomi Explorers scheme for 2021. Those interested simply need to answer a few straightforward questions and could eventually find themselves first in line in regard to testing future Xiaomi products. A Mi Account is required to apply to be a Xiaomi Explorer.
AMD slips to weakest point in months as Intel regains CPU usage share in Steam's latest hardware survey
AMD has slipped against Intel in the Steam Hardware and Software Survey for August. In terms of processor usage share, Team Blue managed to regain a significant amount back from Team Red. With Alder Lake looming on the horizon, it could be a turbulent time ahead for AMD in the hotly contested CPU market.
Realme confirms release date for the ultra slim and "disruptive" Realme Pad tablet
Realme has been teasing the upcoming Realme Pad tablet and the launch time and date have also been revealed. The company is likely targeting users who want a good-looking and slim device and are willing to compromise on the specs in return for affordability. Realme boss Madhav Sheth has described the Realme Pad as “disruptive”.
Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles may show up on Nintendo Switch Online soon
A new rumor has started circulating that Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles will soon be appearing on the Nintendo Switch Online service. Two separate sources have claimed that one of four emulators found in datamined NES source code will be utilized to bring Game Boy and Game Boy Color games to NSO subscribers.
Redmi Max 86 and Redmi Max 98 smart TVs get super-sized price cuts
The massive Redmi Max 98 smart TV is back on sale in Xiaomi’s homeland of China with an even cheaper price tag. In addition, the 86-inch model has also been reduced and is now back to its launch price. The 98-inch Redmi Max supports a 60 Hz refresh rate on its 4K display while the smaller Redmi Max 86 can offer a 120 Hz refresh rate on its 4K screen.
Apple Watch Series 7 hits rumored delay but colorful new concept renders should ease the wait for fans
It has been reported that the Apple Watch Series 7 has suffered a setback during production. It had been rumored the Series 7 Watch would be released in September but Apple is yet to announce an official release date. New colorful fan-made concept renders of the Apple Watch offer an idea of what fans can expect.
Alleged iPhone 13 prices in China range from 5,499 yuan (US$851) to 14,099 yuan (US$2,182) with no room for 256 GB storage Pro models
Purported prices for all of the upcoming Apple iPhone 13 smartphones have been floating around social media and news sites in China for the last few days. According to an iPhone 13 price list, a 64 GB iPhone 13 mini will cost 5,499 yuan (US$851) while a 1 TB iPhone 13 Pro Max will be 14,099 yuan (US$2,182). Pro models with 256 GB seem to be off the table.
Nutty Xiaomi 12 concept offers unique main camera design but with a fatal flaw
An apparent fan-made concept design of the Xiaomi 12 has started appearing on social media, with some sites reporting it as a first look at a live image of the upcoming flagship. However, this particular “Xiaomi 12” has a fatal flaw in the design for the main camera arrangement.
Apple iPhone 13 and Apple Car may have access to low Earth orbit satellites for tower-free communication
The upcoming iPhone 13 and the future Apple Car may be just two of the products out of Cupertino that will eventually be able to have access to low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications. This would allow Apple iPhone 13 users to be able to make calls or send messages when outside of regular radio mast coverage.
PlayStation 5 console comparison teardown reveals shocking truth behind the lighter first-revision PS5
A revealing PlayStation 5 teardown video has compared the launch PS5 against the new revised PS5. It appears Sony has cut a crucial corner to help turn the popular console from a loss-making product into profit-providing hardware. The thorough teardown uncovered exactly how the new PS5 manages to be 300 g/0.66 lb lighter.
Apple M1X SoC broken down into four potential variants for the MacBook Pro 14, MacBook Pro 16, and Mac mini
The expected Apple M1X SoC has been broken down into four potential variants for the upcoming MacBook Pro 14, MacBook Pro 16, and Mac mini. The system on a chip’s configurations are decided by the amount of unified memory and the GPU core count. It has been rumored that the M1X will have a 10-core CPU part.
Microsoft Surface Book 4 and Surface Book Studio fan-made concept renders visualize how appeal may hinge on a single design choice
The next-generation Microsoft Surface Book laptop has been appearing in some expertly crafted fan-made concept renders. The name of the future Surface is still unknown, with one designer calling his creation the Surface Book 4 while another artist went with Surface Book Studio. The images are based on drawings from a patent filing.
Upcoming iPhone 13 may hit unprecedented price heights as Apple bears brunt of TSMC quote rises
The forthcoming Apple iPhone 13 may be costlier than expected thanks to price hikes being implemented by semiconductor manufacturer TSMC. While there was speculation that the iPhone 13 could be priced from US$799 for the base model, this now seems unlikely as higher price tags might be needed to cover rising chip costs.
Redmi Note 10 gets a second price hike in less than a month in India
The Redmi Note 10 has been given another price hike in India. The popular smartphone from Xiaomi was officially launched in March of this year at the highly attractive price of ₹11,999 (US$162) for the 4/64 GB model. The Redmi Note 10 received a hefty price hike in early August and now the base model price tag has been upped again.
Realme 8 and 8 Pro join the dynamic RAM expansion device list along with 31 other Realme smartphones
The Realme 8 and Realme 8 Pro smartphones have been included on an unofficial list of devices that support the company’s dynamic RAM expansion (DRE) technology. The amount of virtual RAM that can be added depends on the phone, with the upper limit hitting an extra 7 GB. The update for the Realme 8 has already started rolling out.
Apple iPad mini 6 price speculation and easy on the eye fan-made concept renders keep the hype levels high
New fan-made concept renders of the upcoming Apple iPad mini 6 tablet offer a mouth-watering glimpse at what the future could be like. The iPad mini 6 is dressed in five fetching colors and is described as having an 8.4-inch Liquid Retina display in the renders. It’s possible the sleek slate will have an introductory price of US$399.
Redmi Note 10 Lite reveals itself to be both a rebranded Redmi Note 9 Pro (India) and rebadged Redmi Note 9S
The existence of a Redmi Note 10 Lite smartphone, which is apparently headed for the India market, has been confirmed in app code and the IMEI database. It seems this upcoming Redmi Note 10 Lite is simply a 2021 version of the Redmi Note 9 Pro (India), which is also known in other parts of the world as the Redmi Note 9S.
Tipster asserts M1X MacBook Pro 14 will offer M1X MacBook Pro 16 performance but not at a MacBook Pro 13 price
It has been claimed that although the upcoming Apple MacBook Pro 14 will obviously be smaller than the MacBook Pro 16 it will still offer the same level of performance as the larger laptop thanks to the Apple M1X SoC. However, this performance comes at a price, with the M1X MacBook Pro 14 likely costing much more than a MacBook Pro 13.
Now you see Mi, now you don't: Xiaomi drops unnecessary name in quest to enhance global brand awareness
It has been reported that Xiaomi will no longer use the “Mi” trade name as part of its branding. Apparently, this process already started with the Mix 4 smartphone and should continue with the upcoming Xiaomi 11T range. It seems “Mi” has become superfluous as Xiaomi targets worldwide brand recognition and consumer electronics dominance.
Leaked Fitbit Charge 5 promo video reveals price and release date for the upcoming advanced fitness tracker with built-in GPS, ECG app, and EDA sensor
A marketing video for the Fitbit Charge 5 tracker has been leaked onto social media. The promo clip reveals a lot of pertinent details about the Fitbit Charge 5, including its price, release date, and key features. These include a built-in GPS, ECG app, EDA sensor, and a host of tools for keen fitness users.
Ryzen 5 5600X takes over from Ryzen 5 3600 as fan favorite while AMD vanquishes Intel in units sold and revenue in recent Mindfactory CPU sales data
The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X has taken over as a firm fan favorite with DIY PC builders judging by the latest CPU sales data taken from Mindfactory, a huge German retailer that specializes in consumer electronics. Strong sales of both Zen 2 and Zen 3 desktop chips have left AMD far ahead of Intel in this interesting snapshot of the semiconductor market.
Sony Xperia 5 III appears on Best Buy for US$999.99 but the US$1,299.99 Xperia 1 III seems the smarter purchase
The Sony Xperia 5 III smartphone has appeared in its own Best Buy product page. Although the new 6.1-inch Xperia 5 III has a high price of US$999.99, savvy shoppers might still be tempted by the even pricier Xperia 1 III due to the greater amount of RAM and storage present and its 4K display.
Intel Core i9-12900K on Asus ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WIFI board targets i9-11900K and AMD Ryzen 9 5950X in unsupported benchmark run
An apparent Intel Core i9-12900K qualification sample has been spotted in a few benchmark runs carried out via PugetBench. The i9-12900K was on an Asus ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WIFI motherboard, and it produced scores that put both the i9-11900K and AMD Ryzen 5950X in its sights.
Apple iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone prototype: Leaked images show mystery rose-gold device with huge camera bump
An alleged Apple iPhone 13 Pro or possible iPhone prototype has appeared in a couple of images now doing the rounds on social media. The supposed iPhone 13 Pro in the pictures is purportedly “rose gold” although it has more of a purple or "dark bronze" hue to it in the images. The massive camera bump has seemingly ruled out the device being an iPhone 12 Pro.
Xiaomi Mi 11T rear case design revealed in FCC listing
The design of the rear case of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 11T has been revealed in an FCC listing. The certification database also mentions that the Mi 11T will operate on MIUI 12.5 out of the box and that it has an “overall diagonal dimension” of 174 mm. The Mi 11T is expected to sport a MediaTek Dimensity chip.
Xiaomi vs Realme: Shots fired as Redmi executive accuses Realme of being copycats
A Redmi executive has accused Realme of being copycats after the latter company supposedly and blatantly copied some of Xiaomi’s recent initiatives. Ironically, Xiaomi has frequently been accused of copying Apple, especially in terms of actual product design. Realme and Xiaomi/Redmi are fierce competitors in many markets.
Mi 11T and Mi 10T Lite join the list of Xiaomi phones with MIUI memory extension support
The MIUI memory extension feature appears to be rolling out to more phones in Xiaomi’s extensive lineup. Not only is the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 11T likely included but there’s also room for the Mi 10T Lite and Mi 10 Lite Zoom on this particular memory expansion list of supported devices.
Apple M1X Mac Mini allegedly delayed until 2022
The expected Apple M1X Mac Mini has apparently been delayed. There were rumors that the revitalized compact desktop PC would be launched alongside the M1X MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 at an event in October. However, a leaker has now asserted that there will likely be a much longer wait for the M1X Mac Mini.
Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders returns strong but not all-conquering camera results on DxOMark
The Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders has had its camera equipment reviewed by the experts at DxOMark, and it has produced a pretty strong result. However, weaknesses in areas such as wide zoom and low-light photo and video reproduction prevented the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders from hitting the top spot.
M1X MacBook Pro release date and tasty iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, AirPods 3, and iPad tidbits offered up by noted pundit
A release date for the M1X MacBook Pro laptops and tidbits about the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, AirPods 3, iPad mini 6, and ninth-generation iPad have been offered up in Mark Gurman’s latest newsletter. He predicts that Apple will hold multiple virtual events to cover all the upcoming product launches.
Mi Pad 5 and Mi Mix 4 accomplish new insane sales feats for Xiaomi
Xiaomi has shared some sales figures for both its new Mi Pad 5 tablet series and the Mi Mix 4 smartphone. Unsurprisingly, both were massive hits in China, where hundreds of thousands of devices were sold within minutes. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 4, Xiaomi Mi Pad 5, and Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Pro are currently out of stock.
LG UltraFine OLED Pro monitors: Pricey 31.5-inch model now in stock while 27-inch variant is up for special order
The new LG UltraFine OLED monitors have appeared on the pages of the popular US retailer B&H Photo. Those wanting the 31.5-inch LG UltraFine 32EP950-B model better be prepared to shell out a lot of money for the computer display while the also pricey 27-inch 27EP950-B tilt monitor is expected to be available in November.
Black Shark 5 with Snapdragon 888+ processor may already be in the works
There has been an early sighting of a Black Shark 5 smartphone, with some outlets already reporting that the gaming smartphone could be released later this year. According to one leaker, the Black Shark 5 can expect to enlist the help of the Snapdragon 888+ processor for some serious synthetic benchmark results.
Fitbit Charge 5 release date and color display upgrade teased in leaked marketing renders
Renders of the Fitbit Charge 5 tracker have been leaked, showing off the fitness and health-related accessory in a choice of three colors. The most noticeable upgrade over the Fitbit Charge 4 is the color display, and it seems the Fitbit Charge 5 release date has also been teased in the new marketing renders.
Cheap Snapdragon phone for the masses: JioPhone Next specs, release date, and price prediction surface
The specifications and release date for the JioPhone Next have emerged, with the affordable phone surprisingly being fitted with an entry-level Snapdragon processor. Two RAM variants of the JioPhone Next are expected to be made available, and buyers will even be treated to a 13 MP rear camera with 1080p video-recording support.
Mi Mix 4 becomes Xiaomi's latest sales triumph with the potential equivalent of US$300 million in reservations
Early reports in regard to potential sales figures for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 have indicated that once again the Chinese company has a massive smash hit on its hands. The Mi Mix 4 comes in four configuration variants and has a starting price of 4,999 yuan (US$771). Two retail platforms alone have registered over 350,000 reservations.
Gutted Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 reveals its secrets in teardown video
Teardown videos of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 are already springing up online, giving a fascinating insight into just how the Chinese OEM’s latest and greatest flagship smartphone has been put together. Viewers can get a good look at the Mi Mix 4’s innards, including its camera equipment and dual-cell battery.
Age of Empires IV beta gameplay video leaked
A long video showing extensive gameplay from Age of Empires IV has been leaked. The upcoming real-time strategy (RTS) title is the latest addition to the storied Age of Empires franchise and is being developed by Relic Entertainment. The closed beta testing phase for Age of Empires IV began on August 5.
Unexpected Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 price is the biggest surprise of the night at the innovative phone's launch event
Xiaomi has officially launched the Mi Mix 4 smartphone in China. Typically for devices in the Mi Mix series, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 is packed to the gills with innovations, including its camera under panel (CUP) technology, UWB connectivity, graphene heat spreader, and 108 MP HMX main camera sensor. Arguably the biggest surprise about the phone is the price tags for its four configurations.
New Xiaomi memory extension details add Redmi Note 8 and POCO X3 GT to the eligible device list and reveal how much extra RAM can be utilized
More information about Xiaomi’s memory extension feature has been shared, including additional eligible devices and how much extra RAM can be accessed by specific phones. It appears the Redmi Note 8, POCO X3 GT, and Redmi 9T have joined the eligible device list, which will likely also feature the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 very soon.
Massive Mi Mix 4 specs and renders leak reveals almost every tiny detail about Xiaomi's incoming Snapdragon 888+ smartphone
The upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 has been thoroughly leaked right before its August 10 launch. Many of the key details about the Mi Mix 4, such as the Snapdragon 888+ chip, 108 MP main camera, and 120 W wired charging support were already known. Renders of the Mi Mix 4 have also been leaked along with the high-end specs configuration.
Mi Band 6 gets flashy new feature thanks to firmware update from Xiaomi
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6, also known as the Mi Band 6, has recently received a useful feature thanks to the latest firmware update for the activity tracker. Users of the Mi Band 6 wearable will be able to use the smart band as a basic flashlight as long as version 5.3.0 of the Mi Fit app is also installed.
Shocking Bluetooth earphones explosion leads to user's death
A young Indian man has died from a suspected cardiac arrest following a device explosion while using his Bluetooth earphones. Conflicting reports about the incident have started appearing; however, it seems the fatal earphones blast could have been down to a devastating combination of shoddy manufacturing and a possible power surge.
Smallest 4G smartphone: Mony Mint with MediaTek MT6739 SoC pops up on Indiegogo from under US$100
The tiny Mony Mint 4G smartphone has appeared on Indiegogo, managing to meet its fund goal of HKD $4,000 (US$514) within 15 minutes. The “smallest 4G smartphone” sports a 3-inch display and is powered by a quad-core MT6739 chip. Super early bird backers can snap up the Mony Mint for just US$99.
WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD prices slashed by up to US$100
Western Digital has been slashing the prices of its WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSDs. The SN850 was recently recommended by PlayStation 5 lead architect Mark Cerny as an “awesome option” for PS5 owners looking for a superfast internal SSD. WD has cut prices by as much as US$100 for its highest-capacity drive.
Western Digital reaps Chia cryptocurrency rewards with millions of dollars of additional HDD sales
A Western Digital earnings call has revealed the positive effect the Chia cryptocurrency farming trend has had on the company. Chia crypto farming requires proof of space, which is provided by large-capacity hard drives. Naturally, additional sales of WD HDDs that fulfill this requirement have added considerably to the corporation’s coffers.
Gorgeous BlackBerry Passport 2 fan-made concept renders are more a blast from the past than a pending BlackBerry renaissance
Striking fan-made concept renders of a BlackBerry Passport 2 smartphone have been shared online, and they include the always familiar physical QWERTY keyboard but also offer a couple of surprises. However, the design of the BlackBerry Passport 2 seems to be trapped in 2014 nostalgia rather than emulating 2021’s Android champions.
Steve Jobs' physical job application sells for 12x the NFT version or for about six fully specced Apple Mac Pro computers
A physical job application filled out by Steve Jobs has been sold for a huge amount at a recent auction. The physical form was sold alongside an NFT (digital) version of Jobs’ job application, although the former sold for a much higher sum – in fact enough to buy six fully specced Apple Mac Pro computers and have change left over for half-a-dozen wheel kits.
Leaked Mi Mix 4 video unveils incredible under-display camera on flexible panel as Xiaomi announces official release date
An incredible video clip of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 has been leaked just as the company finally announced a release date for the smartphone. The Mi Mix 4’s flexible screen panel is being tested in the video, which also reveals just how well hidden the front-facing under-display camera (UDC) is.
Apple Watch Series 7 release date nears as six new model references appear in EEC filings
The Apple Watch Series 7 release date appears to be nearing as no less than six new model references have appeared in filings for the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). While it’s expected the Apple Watch Series 7 will get a new design and an updated processor, the inclusion of a blood-sugar sensor in an Apple Watch is still likely years away.
Xiaomi Mi 11T to get display upgrade over the Mi 10T
A new leak concerning the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 11T should please users who were tempted by the previous Mi 10T generation but may have been put off by the presence of an LCD screen. According to a noted tipster, the phones in the Mi 11T range will be fitted with up to 120 Hz-capable OLED panels.
Rumored Xiaomi Mi 11T reveals itself to actually be the incoming Mi 11T Pro in new listings exposure
The Xiaomi Mi 11T Pro seems to be heading rapidly towards release as the device has been specifically named in a couple of newly unearthed listings. The model number was previously associated with the Mi 11T and a Snapdragon 888 processor. It’s likely Xiaomi will also release a Mi 11T Lite model.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls randomly turns up for free on the Xbox Live Gold service
The Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion pack, which is now part of the Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition collection, has apparently been spotted on the Xbox Marketplace for free play. It has been speculated that the Diablo III game might have been made free as part of the Games with Gold promotion for August.
PlayStation 5 lead architect Mark Cerny shares his 7,000 MB/s SSD of choice for his personal PS5 console
Mark Cerny, the lead architect behind the development of the PlayStation 5, has shared the internal SSD drive he has plumped for in regard to expanding the storage on his own PS5 console. Cerny had to select a drive that could match or outpace the PS5’s own 5.5 GB/s-capable SSD, so it seems he selected a 7,000 MB/s-capable drive from Western Digital.
MIUI 13 reportedly delayed for further optimizing as more devices are added to Xiaomi's internal Android 12 beta testing
It has been reported that MIUI 13’s release has been delayed. Apparently, Xiaomi’s Android overlay requires additional polishing, meaning the Mi Mix 4 and Mi Pad 5 will likely launch with MIUI 12.5 as OS. Meanwhile, more POCO and Redmi devices have purportedly joined the internal Android 12 beta testing phase.
Xiaomi Mi 12 tipped to come with yet another cutting-edge component this time in the form of LPDDR5X RAM
The latest specs rumor about the Xiaomi Mi 12 has concentrated on its memory type. Unsurprisingly, it’s expected that the Mi 12 will sport the brand-new LPDDR5X RAM that has just been announced by JEDEC. This latest improvement offers up to over 33% faster data transfer rates than the LPDDR5 RAM found in phones like the Xiaomi Mi 11.
Fitbit Charge 5 tracker with color display possibly revealed in leaked image of Fitbit "Morgan" device
A potential Fitbit Charge 5 tracker has turned up in a single image that reveals the device has a color display. The overall design of the possible Fitbit Charge 5 is distinctly different to that of its predecessor. The tracker in this leaked image has the codename “Morgan” and is expected to at least feature NFC payment support.
POCO M3 Pro 5G added to POCO device eligibility list in recruitment drive for MIUI Global stable ROM testers
The POCO M3 Pro 5G smartphone has been added to the list of eligible devices that owners can use if they want to sign up to POCO’s recruitment drive for MIUI Global stable ROM testing. The M3 Pro 5G joins smartphones such as the POCO X3 and POCO F3 that can be used for testing. Applicants have to be 18 years of age or older.
Latest Redmi K50 and K50 Pro rumors spill the beans about fast charging, main cameras, and an enigmatic Snapdragon processor
Even more Redmi K50 and Redmi K50 Pro rumors have sprung up, containing information about the supposed charging capabilities, main cameras, and a previously unknown Snapdragon SoC. The Redmi K50 and Redmi K50 Pro could end up being renamed under the POCO and Xiaomi brands for the global market.
Purported Snapdragon 898 SoC is the real successor to the Snapdragon 888 and comes with a faster ARM Cortex-X2 prime core
Some interesting information about the non-plus successor to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC has been offered up by a noted tech leaker. It appears the chip will be called the Snapdragon 898, and it will sport a prime core based on the ARM Cortex-X2 architecture that will be able to hit clock rates of above 3.0 GHz.
Mi Band X leak suggests Xiaomi is working on a sleek smart band à la Nubia Alpha
Some details of a Xiaomi Mi Band X have leaked online, and it seems the Chinese company is looking to add something extraordinary to its hugely successful smart band lineup. The Mi Band X will apparently have a wraparound display and do without watch straps, utilizing a magnetic bracelet clasp for wearing and taking off.
Update: Xiaomi PR states the Mi Band X is a "virtual product" used in marketing training.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 apparently turns up in first real-life image looking like a sleek iPad Pro clone with a Mi 11 camera
An alleged real-life image of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 tablet has been posted online. The shot reveals the rear side of the Xiaomi tablet, which is expected to be officially announced in August. Unsurprisingly, the Mi Pad 5 looks very similar to the Apple iPad Pro but has also borrowed from the design of the Xiaomi Mi 11.
Alleged Xiaomi Mi 12 real-life image focuses on the main camera equipment of the potential Snapdragon 895 phone
A possible real-life image of the Xiaomi Mi 12 and specifically its rear-facing main camera system has appeared on Chinese social media. The alleged live shot offers up some clues about the potential camera equipment of the Mi 12, which is widely expected to end up sporting the Snapdragon 895 processor.
Xiaomi globally launches the Mi Electric Scooter 3, Mi Router AX9000, Redmi Buds 3 Pro, Mi 2K Gaming Monitor 27, and the Mi Smart Air Fryer 3.5L
Xiaomi has globally launched five AIoT products as part of its Smart Living for Everyone event. The announced items were the Mi Router AX9000, Mi 2K Gaming Monitor 27, Mi Smart Air Fryer 3.5L, Redmi Buds 3 Pro, and the Mi Electric Scooter 3. The new Xiaomi smart products will be made available to buy from country-specific Mi.com pages.
New Redmi K50 and K50 Pro details emerge including presence of Snapdragon 895 and Huawei P50-inspired design
More information about the expected Redmi K50 and Redmi K50 Pro smartphones from Xiaomi has emerged. It has been alleged that the devices will be fitted with Snapdragon 895 processors and ape the looks of the upcoming Huawei P50, likely in regard to the camera housing. The Redmi K50 and K50 Pro could be released in early 2022.
A new rumor has suggested the Redmi K50 could end up also being the POCO F4.
Hackers succeed in running MIUI 11 on an iPhone SE
Hackers have managed to get Xiaomi’s MIUI 11 Android skin running on an Apple iPhone SE by utilizing the known checkm8 exploit. A couple of video clips have been shared showing that MIUI 11 had been successfully installed onto the iPhone SE, although it’s unclear how well the Apple phone runs on the Xiaomi software.
Xiaomi Mi 11T with under-display camera and Snapdragon 888 could soon join the Mi 11 range’s ranks
It appears a Xiaomi Mi 11T smartphone could be in the works as a mysterious device from the Chinese OEM has been spotted in FCC listings. If Xiaomi is planning on releasing a Mi 11T, which could sport an under-display camera and SD 888 processor, then it’s likely there will be a Mi 11T Pro and Mi 11T Lite released at some point too.
Apple iPhone 12S, not the unlucky iPhone 13, to come with a 25% smaller notch than the iPhone 12
The Apple iPhone 12S is already widely expected to come with a smaller notch than its iPhone 12 relative, and a leaker has offered up some specific measurements revealing a 25% notch width reduction. In addition, the potential iPhone 13 name may have been surrendered for the sake of superstition.
MacBook Pro 16 to come with exclusive top-end GPU and RAM options as leaker doubles down on revamped cooling solution claim
The MacBook Pro 16 will allegedly come with exclusive GPU and RAM spec options for those Apple laptop users who want more power and more cores from their MacBook Pro of choice. The source of this information has also doubled down on a claim that the 2021 MacBook Pro devices will feature a redesigned cooling solution.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra fails to break into DxOMark's top 10 global ranking for display performance with a score that ties with the much cheaper Mi 11
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra smartphone has not managed to enter the top 10 global ranking for display in a recent DxOMark test. The expensive phone performed well overall but was shy of the performances produced by rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G and OnePlus 9 Pro. The Mi 11 Ultra achieved the same score as the cheaper Xiaomi Mi 11.
PlayStation 5 price hike could be on the cards as Sony keeps a watchful eye over the Nintendo Switch OLED
A report from Bloomberg has stated that Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is keeping a watchful eye over the Nintendo Switch OLED, possibly with a PlayStation 5 price hike in mind. The new handheld console is US$50 more expensive than the regular Switch but comes with few revisions. If it sells wells, Sony could up the price tag of the PS5.
MIUI 13 main updates leaked along with the supposed Control Center design for Xiaomi's upcoming Android overlay
The alleged main updates for MIUI 13 have been leaked just as a supposed image of the redesigned Control Center has started doing the rounds. One of the purported MIUI 13 changes is the introduction of floating windows for games. It is widely believed Xiaomi will officially reveal its latest Android overlay in mid-August.
Dogecoin co-creator puts the boot into the cryptocurrency industry and calls it an "inherently right-wing, hyper-capitalistic technology"
One of the co-creators of Dogecoin, Jackson Palmer, has been sharing some very strong opinions about the cryptocurrency industry and its involvement with “a network of shady business connections, bought influencers and pay-for-play media outlets”. Dogecoin was launched as a joke in 2013 but now has a market cap of over US$21 billion.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 allegedly priced for success in China as leaked technical drawing confirms design
The supposed price for the base variant of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 has been leaked, which if accurate will be an attractive proposal for tablet buyers in China. On top of this alleged Mi Pad 5 price leak, the appearance of a technical drawing for device K82 has seemingly confirmed the slate’s design.
Sony Xperia 1 III demolishes Asus ROG Phone 5 in dazzling speed test
The Sony Xperia 1 III has been put through its paces against a fierce competitor in the form of the Asus ROG Phone 5. Both Snapdragon 888 phones have a reputation for being fast, but it still comes as a surprise just how far ahead the Xperia 1 III manages to get against the ROG Phone 5 in this latest comparison.
Steam Deck vs Nintendo Switch OLED: The Zen 2-powered gaming PC from Valve is a performance beast but there is still plenty of room for a future Switch Pro
Valve’s Steam Deck has been revealed and unsurprisingly the ultra-portable gaming PC and console hybrid has already been frequently compared with the Nintendo Switch (OLED model). However, while the Steam Deck is preposterously more powerful than the new Switch, it won’t stop Nintendo having a huge hit on its hands when the Switch Pro/Switch 2 finally emerges.
Realme Band 2 impresses in new renders with larger display and classier looks than the first-gen Realme Band fitness tracker
New Realme Band 2 renders have turned up showing how different the fitness tracker looks in comparison to the original Realme Band wearable. The good-looking Realme Band 2 is expected to feature blood-pressure monitoring and possibly SpO2 measurement as well.
New Realme Pad renders show underwhelming design choices for the upcoming 10.4-in tablet
The Realme Pad has turned up in a selection of renders and a brief 360° video clip. The tablet appears to be a 10.4-inch device and has somewhat polarizing choices in terms of looks and camera equipment. Buyers of the Realme Pad will at least be pleased to find the presence of a stylus slot.
Xiaomi continues phenomenal rise to the top as +83% growth takes it past Apple as the world's second-largest smartphone brand
An incredible annual growth rate has given Xiaomi the ability to leapfrog over Apple and take up second place in the table of the world’s largest smartphone vendors for the second quarter of 2021. Samsung still remains at the top but could soon relinquish its position if Xiaomi continues its market assault with affordable smartphones.
Latest Xiaomi Android 12 update list relegates the POCO M2, promotes the Redmi 9T, and moves the Mi 10 to internal beta testing
A refreshed list of Xiaomi, Redmi, POCO, and Black Shark devices that will or will not be updated to Android 12 has recently been published. The unofficial list features numerous changes from the last one, including the news that the POCO M3 has been relegated to the “won’t get Android 12” column.
ARM-based 12-inch MacBook with Apple Silicon could be in the works
It’s possible a new ARM-based 12-inch MacBook laptop sporting Apple Silicon could be in the pipeline according to a tipster. The so-called Retina MacBook was discontinued in 2019 with some criticism aimed at its usage of middling Intel processors. A 12-inch MacBook successor could utilize an M1 or even M2 SoC.
Redmi 10 specs leak: 50 MP main camera sensor for likely Mediatek-powered smartphone running on MIUI 12.5 out of the box
Xiaomi fans should start preparing for an influx of Redmi 10 smartphones. New specs leaks have started painting a picture of the likely affordable devices, with a rumor stating the presence of a 50 MP main camera sensor in one of the SKUs in the upcoming Redmi 10 series. The new phones will run on MIUI 12.5.
New Mi Pad 5 concept renders split opinion as Xiaomi dismisses them for logo inaccuracy
New Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 fan-made concept renders have appeared online that have already been splitting opinions among fans. The realistic nature of the Mi Pad 5 design has led to Xiaomi PR explicitly stating that they are unofficial. At least three different models of the tablet are expected, featuring a mixture of Snapdragon processors.
Xiaomi Mi 12 shaping up to be a 2021 flagship flagship-killer thanks to purported premium specs and new display rumors
New information about a potential Xiaomi Mi 12 has surfaced. It appears that the Mi 11 successor has already been spotted via the IMEI database. It is expected that the Mi 12 will feature flagship specifications across the board, including a possible Snapdragon 895 processor and even a 200 MP main camera sensor.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra left for dead by better-optimized Sony Xperia 1 III in grueling battery of speed tests
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has been soundly thrashed by the Sony Xperia 1 III in a series of speed tests. While both phones sport the Snapdragon 888 SoC and have 12 GB RAM each, it seems the new Xperia 1 III enjoys enhanced Android and RAM management optimizations over the Mi 11 Ultra with its heavy MIUI 12.5 overlay.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G impresses in DxOMark tests and ties with the Google Pixel 4a at the top of its price segment
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G has successfully impressed the reviewers at the noted benchmark site DxOMark. While the Mi 11 Lite 5G didn’t disturb the premium smartphones at the top of the overall rankings, it managed to tie for first place with the Google Pixel 4a in its price segment.
OnePlus gets roasted by followers with ill-timed OnePlus 9 smartphone caption challenge
OnePlus has been facing plenty of flak lately because of the whole app-throttling performance and benchmark manipulation issue that the OEM was caught implementing with the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro smartphones. The company has posted a caption challenge to its followers on Twitter, which has somewhat backfired so far.
Xperia 1 IV rumor tips a Pixel 6-like 50 MP main camera for the future Sony flagship along with a misleading release date
A rumor has been shared that a potential Sony Xperia 1 IV flagship will come sporting a 50 MP main camera sensor. If true, it would be a considerable step-up from the camera equipment of the Xperia 1 III. The same source also offered vague but still surprising release date information for the Xperia 1 IV.
MIUI 12.5 starts making its way to Redmi Note 7 owners with the China ROM model
Xiaomi has started rolling out the MIUI 12.5 update for the Redmi Note 7 with the China ROM. Apparently, the firmware is in a stable beta form, so there will be a testing phase before a wider rollout commences. The Redmi Note 7 was released in February 2019 and has been a massive sales hit for Xiaomi.
Multiple Intel Core i7-10700 and i9-10900K units among thousands of processors seized by Hong Kong Customs from CPU smugglers
The Comet Lake processors Intel Core i7-10700 and i9-10900K have been found among thousands of CPUs recently seized by Hong Kong Customs. Chip smugglers have been caught using methods such as taping the computer parts to their bodies to try to sneak the Intel processors past border control points.
Redmi Note 8 Pro: MIUI 12.5 and Android 11 rollout for the Global ROM model commences for Mi Pilots
Xiaomi has announced that the MIUI 12.5 update for the Global ROM variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphone has started. The software update, which is based on Android 11, will initially be officially available to Redmi Note 8 Pro users who are part of the Mi Pilots beta-testing scheme.
Ryzen 5000 makes Intel's Rocket Lake look like a paper launch in latest Mindfactory data but overall AMD CPU sales also hit new low
AMD has punished Intel in the latest set of Mindfactory sales data, with Vermeer Ryzen 5000 chips like the Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 5 5600X helping make Rocket Lake look like a paper launch. However, overall CPU sales figures for Team Red have plummeted since the Zen 3 desktop chips were released.
Astounding GeForce RTX 40 series performance hinted at as potential release timeframe for Nvidia's Lovelace-based cards is offered up
Some vague but interesting details about the Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 series have appeared online, seemingly confirmed by a well-known tipster. The RTX 40 series of cards are expected to be based on the Lovelace AD102 GPU that will be fabricated on a 5 nm process. Users can look forward to huge performance gains even over the RTX 3090.
Next-generation M2 Apple Silicon with A15-like performance expected to turn up for colorful 2022 MacBook Air release
A tipster has asserted that the next-generation M2 Apple Silicon will make an appearance alongside the 2022 MacBook Air. The same source offered up some details about both the Apple M2 chip and the refreshed MacBook Air laptop. Apparently, the M2 will be based on the same foundation as the A15 that is headed for 2021’s iPhone.
First MIUI 13 build incoming but looks like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 will be running on MIUI 12.5 out of the box
The first MIUI 13 build is expected to be rolled out in a beta form very soon for users of some Xiaomi smartphones with the China ROM. While it was widely expected that the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 would be one of the first devices to operate MIUI 13 out of the box, it now seems the Mi Mix 4 will come with MIUI 12.5.
Early Sony Xperia 1 III reviews reveal battery life to be a potential Achilles' heel for the US$1,299.99 phone
Reviews for the Sony Xperia 1 III have started popping up and there seems to be a general agreement over two points in particular: The Snapdragon 888 smartphone has middling battery life and is priced way too high. Users will expect nothing but the best from the Xperia 1 III if they are to pay US$1,299.99 for it.
Xiaomi Android 12 update list includes over 70 Mi, Redmi, POCO, and Black Shark smartphones but there's bad news for Mi 9T and Redmi K20 Pro owners
An unofficial Android 12 list featuring phones from Xiaomi, Redmi, POCO, and Black Shark has included over 70 devices that are expected to either receive the update or are even already in internal testing. There are some surprising omissions, with the Xiaomi Mi 9T, Redmi K20 Pro, and Redmi Note 8 series not getting a look in.
AMD takes a hit in Steam's latest processor usage survey partly thanks to cut-price Intel Comet Lake CPUs
Intel has finally managed to reverse the trend in regard to Steam’s monthly report on processor usage. AMD has taken lumps out of Team Blue’s share for month after month, but the latest hardware survey from the gaming platform indicates that it’s Team Red’s turn to suffer from a slump. Price cuts on Comet Lake processors are likely to have helped turn the tide.
MIUI 12.5 expected to arrive this month on 14 Xiaomi, Redmi, and POCO smartphones with Global or Europe ROMs
MIUI 12.5 is apparently rolling out to more smartphones that sport either the Global or EU (Europe) ROM. A list of 14 devices has been provided, which includes popular smartphones like the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite, Redmi Note 9, POCO X3 NFC, and POCO F2 Pro. Even the venerable Redmi Note 8 Pro has a spot saved for it.
Xiaomi blends a Samsung Z Flip with a Redmi Note 9T to come up with a potential Mi Mix Flip clamshell smartphone
A possible Xiaomi Mi Mix Flip or similar could be in the works according to a recently granted Chinese patent for the company. Technical drawings included in the patent application show the Xiaomi clamshell smartphone has seemingly been inspired by both the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip range and the Redmi Note 9T.
Sony Xperia 1 III bundle offer comes with in-ear or over-ear XM3 headphones depending on market while frosted purple is teased for US buyers
Sony has revealed an Xperia 1 III pre-order bundle that offers the premium smartphone along with a set of in-ear or over-ear XM3 headphones depending on the market. Along with that, it appears prospective buyers in the US might be able to get to choose a frosted purple Sony Xperia 1 III after all.
First Mi Pad 6 rumors suggest Xiaomi has unsurprisingly been inspired by Apple's 2021 iPad Pro
First details of what could eventually become the Xiaomi Mi Pad 6 tablet have been shared by a prolific leaker. Once again it appears the popular Chinese OEM has looked to Apple for some inspiration with future products. Meanwhile, the Mi Pad 5 slate is expected to be revealed at a special Xiaomi event in August.
PlayStation Studios adds Housemarque to its growing acquisitions list as Bluepoint Games also appears to have signed up
Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has welcomed its latest acquisition, Housemarque, to its PlayStation Studios family. The Finnish company was behind the recent PS5 hit Returnal. An accidental leak by PlayStation Japan has apparently revealed that Bluepoint Games has also become a part of the SIE clan.
Switch Pro chip's supposed 8 nm fabrication process promises marvelous efficiency gains over the revised Nintendo Switch console
A reliable leaker has provided what is purportedly the codename for the Nintendo Switch Pro’s chip: “Dane”. Along with this surprisingly informative name, the same source has stated that the Switch Pro’s processor is based on an 8 nm process, suggesting big energy efficiency gains over the Nintendo Switch revision.
Early Xiaomi Mi 12 Ultra specifications speculation focuses on huge 200 MP main camera and potential Snapdragon 895
Early specifications speculation for the Xiaomi Mi 12 Ultra has been sparked thanks to new information offered up by a noted tech leaker. It appears the Mi 12 Ultra could feature up to a 200 MP sensor as its main camera and be powered by the upcoming SM8450 platform from Qualcomm.
Windows 11 compatibility: Realme Book joins long list of Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, and Asus laptops that will support Microsoft's upcoming OS
Realme has announced that its upcoming Realme Book laptop will be ready for Windows 11, when Microsoft starts rolling out its newest operating system later this year. Laptop OEMs such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, and Asus have also been providing support for customers and users in regard to Windows 11 compatibility.
Global Nintendo Switch Pro release details supposedly revealed by peripheral maker
Alleged “global market release” details for the Nintendo Switch Pro console have been shared. The new information goes against many recent claims in regard to the Switch Pro release but actually ties in neatly with recent comments made by Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa in regard to the global chip shortage.
Xiaomi Mi 6 2021 edition small phone that should be cheaper than the iPhone 12 mini possibly in the works
A rejuvenated Xiaomi Mi 6 smartphone may be on the cards after several signs have pointed in the direction of the Chinese OEM producing another 2021 edition of one of its popular phones. A 2021 Mi 6 might not suffer the same small-phone pitfalls as the Apple iPhone 12 mini as long as the price is right.
Switch vs Switch Pro: Simulated comparison shows how games could look on Nintendo's next-gen console but gamers just really want 1080p at 60 FPS
A Switch vs. Switch Pro comparison video has been created that details how games could look when running on Nintendo’s next-gen console. The creator has used software and hardware tools to offer a simulated approximation of the potential graphics differences. It’s clear that many gamers want the Nintendo Switch Pro to offer 1080p at 60 FPS gaming.
MIUI 13 possibly coming in August right on time for a rumored Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 release
A Xiaomi executive may have just revealed when MIUI 13 will be released. It’s possible the Android skin could make an appearance in August, right on time to be found running on the long-awaited Xiaomi Mi Mix 4. Supposed battery and charging specifications for the Mi Mix 4 have also found their way online.
New Nintendo Switch Pro SoC information diverts the super console rumors even further away from the Nintendo Aula origin story
Apparent new information about the Nintendo Switch Pro’s SoC has come to light, with the codename “Black Knight” being offered up for it. Ensuing speculation has suggested once more that a new Nvidia mobile chip will star in the Switch Pro, leaving the console’s origin story as Aula even further in the distance.
Lively MIUI 13 design hinted at in leaked images of Xiaomi's revamped file manager app
The likely design for MIUI 13 has been partly shown off thanks to leaked images and a short animated clip of Xiaomi’s updated file manager app. Work on MIUI 13 is believed to be ongoing, with the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 tipped to be the first smartphone to sport it out of the box. There is a more “playful” look to the new redesign.
New Designed for Xbox monitors from Asus and Acer offer 4K at 120 Hz and HDMI 2.1 for Xbox Series X|S owners but at a hefty price
Microsoft has announced some new “Designed for Xbox” monitors that have been created with the Xbox Series X|S consoles in mind. The Asus Strix Xbox Edition Gaming Monitor XG43UQ and Acer Xbox Edition Gaming Monitor XV282K KV come with plenty of bells and whistles, but they are also quite pricey.
PS5 sales could go beyond the original PlayStation's record of 22.6 million units sold in a year with help from female gamers and opportunity markets
Sony is targeting the original PlayStation console’s sales record of 22.6 million units sold in a single fiscal year with the PlayStation 5. The PS5 has already got off to a record start and with production reportedly ramping up over summer a record-beating financial year of 2022 could be on the cards, with help from female buyers and growing opportunity markets.
Mozilla roasts the Amazon Echo Dot, Ring Video Doorbell, and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 for being "super creepy"
Mozilla, the organization behind the popular Firefox browser, has taken some pot-shots at popular tech gadgets for being “super creepy”. The Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker, Ring doorbells and cameras, and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 were singled out for specific criticism due to concerns with data privacy and data collection.
Silent Hill conspiracy theories seemingly brought to naught by video featuring visibly upset Blue Box Game Studios chief
Silent Hill fans have been speculating over the possibility that Hideo Kojima was preparing a new game in the series, potentially Silent Hills, for release on the PlayStation 5. A teaser tweet from indie game studio Blue Box sparked much of the speculation, leading the firm’s head to post a somewhat emotional video to play down any connection.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra shoots for the moon and succeeds thanks to its 50 MP Samsung ISOCELL GN2 sensor
A Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has produced an incredible shot of the moon in part thanks to the presence of its powerful 50 MP Samsung ISOCELL GN2 image sensor. The SuperMoon mode found in Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 skin also assisted in taking the impressive photograph of the Earth’s only natural satellite.
M1X Mac mini to join the M1X MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 in fourth-quarter release but iMac Pro with Apple Silicon might take longer
The M1X Mac mini will apparently be joining the M1X MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 for release later this year according to a recent post by an “Apple analyst”. While the 2021 MacBook Pro laptops and M1X Mac mini will offer more CPU cores and more GPU cores for users, it will be a longer wait for those who want Apple Silicon in an iMac Pro.
PS5 devkit provokes divisive nostalgia trip as it turns up alongside Xbox Project Scorpio machine in video clip
A PS5 devkit in action has appeared in a TikTok video clip, and it has even been joined by what looks like an Xbox One X/Project Scorpio devkit. There have been many real-life images of the PS5 devkit leaked at various points, but this is arguably a first video look at a working machine. Commenters have been praising and lamenting the design in equal measure.
Official Sony Xperia 1 III price in the US leaves potential buyers wondering about pre-order bundles to soften the blow
Sony has finally revealed the asking price for the Xperia 1 III in the US. The 5G-capable smartphone with triple lens camera, water-resistance certification, 4K 120 Hz OLED, and even a 3.5 mm audio jack, will set buyers back by US$1,299.99. Plenty considering a purchase have been speculating on what freebies could come with the Sony Xperia 1 III.
Sony Xperia 1 III annihilates Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in speed test but offers more mixed results in camera comparison
The Sony Xperia 1 III has started appearing in numerous review and test videos on YouTube. Two recent videos have tested both the Xperia 1 III’s speed and camera equipment against the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. While the Sony smartphone’s photos seemed like a mixed bag, its performance and speed were exemplary.
Thorough Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti testing in Unreal Engine shows it to be more of a hot and loud brass RTX 3090 than a cool and quiet titanium RTX 3080
The new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti desktop graphics card has been put through its paces in Unreal Engine 4.26. Puget Systems tested the RTX 3080 Ti in numerous benchmarks and found it to be almost on par with the more-expensive RTX 3090 in instances where VRAM didn’t count. However, emission levels suffered from such performance.
M1X MacBook Pro scheduled for release in August according to commenter as long as Apple Silicon supply meets demand
A tech tipster has claimed that at least one M1X MacBook Pro laptop is scheduled for release in early August but this could change. The somewhat base-covering post has led to another commenter having a stab at predicting the specific release date for the 2021 MacBook Pro with Apple Silicon.
New Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phone cases shown off next to Pixel 4 XL case highlights innovative camera housing design
New phone cases for the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones have appeared in a number of live shots that were originally shared on a Chinese social media site. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro cases were also placed next to a case for the Google Pixel 4 XL to give an idea of their size and design evolution.
Xperia 1 III Pro: Rumor claims Sony is prepping a new smartphone with Snapdragon 888 successor and RAM bump
A Sony Xperia 1 III Pro, rather than an Xperia PRO II, is apparently being prepped for release according to a new rumor. The beefed-up variant of the Xperia 1 III will purportedly be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 successor (model number SM8450) and bring a decent RAM amount bump with it.
GeForce RTX 2060 supplies to be slashed by half as Nvidia ramps up GeForce RTX 30 series production
A report out of China has stated that Nvidia will drastically cut the supply of GeForce RTX 2060 cards to bolster production efforts in regard to the Ampere-based GeForce RTX 30 series of boards. Gamers around the world have struggled to get their hands on Nvidia’s latest and greatest, so this purported plan will be welcomed by many.
Sony teases potential Xperia 1 IV with under-display camera in WF-1000XM4 ads
Sony may have teased the design and innovation of a future Xperia 1 IV smartphone in recent adverts for its WF-1000XM4 headphones. In at least three promo clips, users of the new noise-cancelling headphones can be seen accessing a smartphone that looks like a Sony Xperia 1 III from the rear but something else from the front.
Leaked Age of Empires IV images whet the appetite for RTS fans but serious drive space allocation may be required
Information about Age of Empires IV has been shared after details and screenshots of the upcoming RTS game were seemingly accidentally posted on Steam. The file size for Age of Empires IV, which will apparently be released on October 28, has also purportedly been leaked.
Alleged Nintendo Switch Pro customized SoC model number points to a chip that will destroy the Switch's Tegra X1+ in raw processing power
The model number for the Nintendo Switch Pro’s SoC has been shared by a noted leaker. The tipster states that the Big N will use a customized processor for its future Switch console, utilizing Ampere architecture from Nvidia and Hercules microarchitecture from ARM. The apparent Switch Pro SoC model number associates it with the Tegra Orin chip.
Microsoft takes Xbox Game Studios on a shopping spree and snaps up three more developers
Rumors are flying that Microsoft has acquired no less than three more studios to join its growing list of game developers that make up the Xbox Game Studios. While no names have yet been confirmed, it’s widely believed that the makers of Crysis, Crytek, will be one of the companies focusing their future output on the Xbox Series X|S and Windows.
Update: New rumors suggest Microsoft has acquired five studios.
Sony Xperia 1 III pre-order date for North America revealed on retail site but frosted purple is off the menu
The Sony Xperia 1 III will soon be available for pre-order in North America via one of Sony's authorized dealers. B&H Photo has added a pre-order date to its listing for the Xperia 1 III, although there is still no official price mentioned. Buyers will be limited to frosted black when it comes to colors though.
Intel Core i7-1195G7 whips up a 5 GHz storm on Geekbench by surpassing Rocket Lake and AMD Ryzen 5000 desktop processors in single-core performance
The Intel Core i7-1195G7 has been spotted on Geekbench recording incredible results for a laptop chip. The Tiger Lake-U part nipped at 5 GHz during testing and pulled out a single-core performance score that would leave it in the realm of Rocket Lake and Ryzen 5000 desktop processors in the chart if it was an average result.
Fanciful Nintendo Switch Pro rumors encompass AMD rejection, Nvidia DLSS locking, Xbox Game Pass inclusion, and unavailable 120 fps at 720p capability
New rumors about a potential Nintendo Switch Pro console have come to light, and they include mention of AMD involvement, 5 nm manufacturing process, a faster GPU, possible DLSS limitations, Xbox Game Pass, and even 120 fps at 720p theoretical capability. Apparently, Switch Pro devkits have already been sent out to Nintendo’s third-party game makers.
Surprising Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III prices appear on US retailer site
Prices for both the Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III have appeared on a US retailer site. While it’s possible these might just be placeholders, the amounts chosen seem reasonable and arguably even cheap compared to what many expected would be the price tags for the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III.
Oppo A53 user suffers injuries after phone explodes in pocket
An Oppo A53 user in India has seemingly suffered considerable injuries after the budget smartphone apparently exploded while in his pocket. The rear of the Oppo A53 is completely devastated and there are noticeable burn marks on the case. It seems the 5,000-mAh battery is the likely culprit behind the smartphone blast.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE price and render leaks uncloak an affordable and desirable flagship smartphone
The supposed price tag for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 FE smartphone has been leaked, shortly after renders of the device appeared online. The Galaxy S21 FE, which is expected to sport a Snapdragon 888 processor, is gearing up to be a surprisingly affordable and good-looking Fan Edition phone.
Apple M1X with 32-core GPU could match GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop graphics performance at 43% of the power cost according to astonishing estimates
Popular YouTube tech commenter Dave2D has offered up some astounding estimates for the potential of the Apple M1X processor that could turn up inside the upcoming MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16. It is suggested that an M1X Apple Silicon with a 32-core GPU could keep up with a GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU while consuming less than half the power.
Apple Watch Series 6 bill of materials estimate is barely even a third of the smartwatch's official price
Counterpoint has produced a bill of materials (BoM) analysis for the Apple Watch Series 6 and has estimated that the cost is just over a third of the official price of the popular smartwatch. The most expensive parts of the 2020 Apple Watch are the processor and memory, with Cupertino cutting costs by removing Force Touch.
Beguiling Nintendo Switch Pro fan-made concept renders materialize as fans wait for the Big N to reveal the real next-gen console
New concept renders of a Nintendo Switch Pro console have been shared online that have convinced some fans they could be looking at the real deal. However, while gamers wait for the Big N to officially announce the Switch Pro or Super Nintendo Switch, the truth behind the alleged “first leaked images” has surfaced.
Daring Nintendo Switch Pro price tag leaked by retailer with new Switch hardware listings and pre-orders apparently incoming
A price tag and potential pre-order information have been leaked in regard to the new Nintendo Switch hardware. The console, which is still tentatively known as the Nintendo Switch Pro, has a true next-gen console price tag to go along with its rumored high-end specs. According to one leak, fans may need to start emptying bank accounts within days.
Buggy MIUI 12 forces Xiaomi to open survey for Global ROM smartphone users
Xiaomi has opened a survey for fans to complete in regard to MIUI (Global ROM). The feedback form is short and sweet with focus on MIUI features and bugs. Xiaomi’s own MIUI 12 Global ROM bug tracker is filled with dozens of entries covering a wide range of Mi, Redmi, and POCO devices.
New PlayStation 5 model number more likely for a hardware revision rather than an upcoming PS5 Pro or PS5 Slim variant
A new model number for the Sony PlayStation 5 console has been spotted in documents filed with a Peruvian government communications agency. However, it seems more likely the number will be used for a hardware revision rather than a completely new console such as a PS5 Pro or PS5 Slim model.
Strong Xperia 1 III sales in China leave Sony already rubbing shoulders with Apple and Huawei in JD.com top 10 chart
Sony appears to have a smash-hit on its hands with the Xperia 1 III flagship smartphone, going by sales results taken from a major retailer in China. The new Sony Xperia 1 III is clearly attracting buyers despite its high asking price thanks to its appealing specifications and novelties, such as its 4K 120 Hz-capable display.
Sony Xperia 1 III goes on sale in China while Japan's NTT Docomo confirms a high price tag is incoming for the rest of the world
The Sony Xperia 1 III has officially gone on sale in China with two storage variants and two different colors available for potential buyers. At about the same time, Japan’s NTT Docomo mobile phone operator has revealed a hefty price tag for the Xperia 1 III that aligns with the prices in China and points to high prices for Sony’s 2021 flagship in other markets.
Xperia 1 III photo files drop the DCS prefix and the battery life cost of 120 Hz usage is revealed
A couple more Sony Xperia 1 III secrets have been revealed thanks to the work of a well-known leaker. Fans will be pleased about the news in regard to the change in photo file storage naming while temperature and more crucially battery life data for the Xperia 1 III in 120 Hz usage have been offered up.
Single-fan vs dual-fan iMac 24: M1 Apple Silicon's performance potential in 7-core base model spoiled by thermal throttling in benchmark battery
A battery of benchmarks has revealed the potential performance differences between the 2021 Apple iMac 24 with a single fan and the higher-end model with two fans. The dual-fan iMac 24 gained around a 10% performance advantage over the single-fan model, which struggled to keep its M1 Apple Silicon at an optimal temperature.
Bugatti Ceramique Edition One: The world's most luxurious smartwatch offers a mixture of stunning looks and useful features for an eye-watering price
Smartwatch company VIITA has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the first Bugatti smartwatch. Three bezels are on offer for the Bugatti Ceramique Edition One, which are inspired by vehicles from the world-famous car manufacturer. The beautiful Bugatti watch is jam-packed full of features but unsurprisingly comes at a high price.
Upgraded Nintendo Switch could be released soon but fans should expect a higher introductory price for the next-gen "Pro" console
A new report concerning the successor to the Nintendo Switch has offered up some details in regard to potential release schedule and pricing. The upgraded console, which has been called the Switch Pro and Super Switch in the press, might be coming sooner than expected but unlikely at the same US$299 introductory price of the current model.
Not all M1 iMacs are built the same: Potential buyers of the 2021 Apple iMac 24 should be aware of the cooling system differences that could affect performance
The recently released 2021 24-inch Apple iMac all-in-one desktop computer with M1 SoC comes in three variants, with the differences mostly listed on Apple’s website. However, cooling system differences between the base iMac 24 and mid-tier iMac 24 have seemingly been omitted, even though they could affect the performance of the M1 Apple Silicon.
Ryzen Edition RedmiBook Pro 14 and Pro 15 laptops launch with the Zen 3 AMD Ryzen 7 5800H as one of the four APU options
Four new Ryzen 5000 laptops have just been released courtesy of Xiaomi’s subsidiary Redmi. The RedmiBook Pro 14 Ryzen Edition laptop offers buyers the choice between two Zen 2 Lucienne parts while purchasers of the RedmiBook Pro 15 Ryzen Edition laptop can look forward to getting to grips with one of two Zen 3 Cezanne APUs.
Early Sony Xperia 1 IV rumor focuses on the potential camera equipment provider
The Sony Xperia 1 III has only recently been officially launched and there is already a rumor about the next model in the flagship Xperia 1 line. The details about the potential Sony Xperia 1 IV (mark 4) smartphone concern the camera hardware and are at least based on reason if not necessarily fact.
OnePlus patents TV with pop-up camera that watches you watching television even if you move
The Chinese manufacturer OnePlus has patented an idea for a smart TV that incorporates a rotating pop-up camera in its body. While other companies have already released televisions with static pop-up cameras, this OnePlus smart TV would be able to track a user who was moving around a room or viewing space.
God of War: Ragnarok likely delayed and not coming to the PS4 and Final Fantasy PS5 exclusive incoming according to noted leaker
The God of War sequel, also known as God of War: Ragnarok, has likely been delayed. On top of that, there is growing belief it will only be a PS5 exclusive, meaning no new appearance for Kratos on the PS4. A well-known leaker has also stated that there will be a PlayStation 5 exclusive Final Fantasy title revealed soon.
Xperia 1 III release date possibly delayed and camera configuration reveals Samsung to Sony sensor switch
There is a rumor that the release date for the Sony Xperia 1 III flagship smartphone has been delayed. Sony has been quite vague about shipping schedules for the Xperia 1 III so far. In addition, it seems the Japanese company decided to change the camera configuration in the upcoming phone in comparison to its predecessor’s chosen sensor equipment.
Intel Core i5-11400H vs AMD Ryzen 5 5600H: Tiger Lake roars but Cezanne paints a much better picture for now in CPU-Z benchmark comparison
The new Intel Core i5-11400H laptop processor has turned up on CPU-Z Validator, and while the Tiger Lake chip certainly performed well, it seems like more can be expected from it in future. At the moment, the i5-11400H didn’t really disturb the AMD Ryzen 5 5600H in either the single-thread test or the multithread run.
32-core M1X or M2 Apple Silicon option allegedly on the cards for a refreshed M-series iMac Pro
It has been claimed that the Apple iMac Pro for 2021 will feature a choice of processors that go up to a mighty 32-core option from the Apple Silicon ranks. It’s not yet known if this M-series chip will be named the M1X or something else at the moment. The same source also offered up a few other additional supposed M-series iMac Pro details.
Flashy fan-made Apple iMac Pro 2021 renders accompany new claims about the potential future M-based workstation
Concept renders and a short animated clip of an iMac Pro 2021 have appeared online along with some fresh claims about the potential M-based Apple workstation. The design shown in the fan-made images should please those interested in snapping up the next Apple iMac Pro, which will apparently come in a 31.5-inch size.
14-core Alder Lake-P processor splutters through Geekbench test with the usual curious results but retains promise of great things for Intel's 10 nm hybrid generation
An Alder Lake-P engineering sample has been spotted on Geekbench offering up a mixed bag of results that might not overawe anyone at the moment but does hint at greater things to come. The Intel Alder Lake hybrid chip utilized 14 cores and 20 threads for the benchmark run, and it even threw out a clearly misread maximum frequency of 27.1 GHz.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE Geekbench listing reveals Snapdragon 888 processor and series RAM downgrade
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (Fan Edition) smartphone has seemingly turned up on Geekbench and in the process has revealed some component secrets. The CPU information for the likely Galaxy S21 FE points to the presence of a Snapdragon 888. However, the memory information for the listing will be somewhat disappointing for potential buyers.
Redmi Note 8 vs Redmi Note 8 2021: Likely specs differences as Xiaomi celebrates 25 million units sold of the former and officially confirms the latter
Xiaomi has officially confirmed the existence of the Redmi Note 8 2021 as part of an announcement revealing over 25 million unit sales for the original Redmi Note 8 smartphone, which was launched in 2019. Rumors about the Note 8 2021’s specs show some key differences with those of the 2019 model, especially in regard to the SoC.
Xbox Game Pass rumors focus on potential unions with Nintendo Switch and Electronic Arts
Xbox Game Pass has been in the news a lot lately thanks to details revealed in the ongoing Epic Games v. Apple legal showdown. While this has stirred up rumors about a potential Nintendo union, Game Pass has also been connected with Electronic Arts by a somewhat hit-and-miss games informer.
Xiaomi prepares to launch Mi Notebook Pro 15 Ryzen Edition laptop featuring currently unnamed AMD Ryzen 5000 processor
Xiaomi has announced its plans to launch a new Mi Notebook Pro 15 Ryzen Edition laptop in the near future. The Chinese OEM has confirmed a processor from AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series will be at the heart of the device. The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 15 Ryzen Edition will go on presale in China on May 24 and be launched shortly afterwards.
Intel Core i7-11800H trades blows with AMD Ryzen 7 5800H in CPU-Z benchmark comparison and wins by a nose
Benchmarks for the Intel Core i7-11800H have been shared, and it seems the Tiger Lake H45 laptop processor is quite a contender. The i7-11800H’s nemesis is likely going to be the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, which has similar key specs to the Intel rival but a lower max boost clock rate. In a CPU-Z comparison, the chip from Team Blue has the slightest of edges.
Xiaomi teases upcoming Mi Notebook Pro X with potent mix of Intel Tiger Lake CPU and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
Xiaomi has already announced the upcoming Mi Notebook Pro X laptop and now the device’s design has also been teased. The Chinese company revealed that the Mi Book Pro X would come with a GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU for gaming power, and an apparent specs leak has unveiled the presence of an Intel Tiger Lake H35 processor.
AMD Ryzen 9 5950XT to take Vermeer to 5 GHz heights as incoming beefed-up Zen 3 desktop CPU refresh seems likely
Rumors of the potential existence of AMD Ryzen 9 5950XT and Ryzen 5 5600XT desktop processors have started gaining pace thanks to an alleged clock rate leak. The B2 stepping information alludes to a 6-core part and a 16-core chip, meaning Zen 3 Vermeer XT CPUs could be incoming, just in time to take on Intel’s Alder Lake hybrid processors.
Xiaomi considers hardware cost-cutting as patent reveals modular smartphone concept that would make a great entry into the progressive Mi Mix line
A patent registered by Xiaomi has revealed a modular smartphone concept that consists of three separate modules. It seems Xiaomi is considering hardware costs with this particular design, which would fit nicely into the modern Mi Mix range. Under-display camera technology could also be integrated into this Xiaomi modular phone.
High-powered LG Velvet 2 Pro, aka LG Rainbow, goes for an absolute steal to those LG employees prepared to accept some tough T&Cs
LG is apparently offering the LG Velvet 2 Pro, which has also been called the LG Rainbow, at an incredible bargain price to the company’s employees in Korea. It seems those who take up the offer, which does have some downsides to it, can expect to pay less than a fifth of the full price for the Velvet 2 Pro.
Update: Alleged key specs have been posted.
Sony SmartWatch 4 and Xperia Watch speculation arises from tech tipster's ambiguous comments about Wena
A noted tech leaker has made a social media post about Sony and Wena that has led to some speculation about a potential Sony Xperia smartwatch being in the works. Others believe there might be a Smartwatch 4 coming, over six years after the launch of the Sony SmartWatch 3. Unfortunately, machine translation has caused some ambiguity here.
Xiaomi revisits Mi Mix 3 slider technology in new patent and comes up with a smart dual side-slider smartphone with slide-out camera and slide-out secondary display
Another Xiaomi patent has turned up, this time revealing that the Chinese OEM is still looking into slider technology and its utilization in future smartphones. The innovative Mi Mix 3 came with a slide-out top-side camera but Xiaomi has gone much further in this particular patent, producing an intriguing dual side-slider smartphone with a secondary display.
Redmi Note 8 (2021) smartphone likely coming soon in Global, EU, and Russia variants with MediaTek Helio G85 CPU and MIUI 12.5 onboard
Specifications and details have leaked in regard to a Redmi Note 8 (2021) smartphone that is allegedly heading for the Global, EU, and Russia markets. The 2021 Redmi Note 8 has appeared on the FCC, revealing its MIUI 12.5 software. The latest addition to the Redmi Note 8 series is expected to feature a MediaTek Helio G85 SoC.
New 24-inch M1 Apple iMac destroys every iMac that ever came before it in Geekbench single-core tests with +37% gains over the nearest Intel Core i7 and i9 models
The new and colorful 24-inch Apple iMacs with M1 chips have started popping up on Geekbench and have revealed strong performances, especially in single-core testing. The M1 iMac was able to surpass any average single-core score by all previous iMac and iMac Pro models regardless of size or Intel processor variant.
Latest Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch Active 4 leaks deliver good and bad news for expectant fans
New Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch Active 4 details have been shared online that will likely be greeted with mixed responses. The good news is that it seems the smartwatches, sometimes stylized as the Galaxy Watch4 and Watch Active4, could be released soon. However, there is bad news for those hoping for the presence of Tizen or a non-invasive blood sugar monitor.
2021 Apple iPad Pro benchmark blitz: +50% gains on the A12Z Bionic model, beats all M1 Macs in Geekbench single-core testing, and outpaces Intel Core i9 MacBook Pro 16
The 2021 Apple iPad Pro with M1 chip has started appearing on Geekbench, and it is throwing up results that will have fans excited about making a purchase. Not only does the M1 iPad Pro manage to produce scores that are +50% more than those of the 4th Gen iPad Pro with A12Z Bionic chip, but it also nudges past all the M1 Macs in average single-core results.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X lags behind 12 Intel Rocket Lake and Comet Lake chips while a Coffee Lake CPU and a mobile processor outbench the Ryzen 9 5950X - UserBenchmark really doesn't like Zen 3
UserBenchmark’s current bench charts make for interesting reading, even considering the site’s checkered and much-criticized past. Rocket Lake parts dominate the top of the table, while AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900X languishes in 13th position. The multi-core Zen 3 monster Ryzen 9 5950X suffers the ignominy of being outbenched by both the Intel Core i9-9900KS and the i9-11950H.
Upcoming 5 nm Samsung Exynos SoC with AMD iGPU will compete against Apple's M1 by being "good for both laptops and smartphones"
It has been reported that Samsung is preparing to enter the laptop processor market with a new Exynos SoC in the second half of the year. The Samsung Exynos chip will compete against the Apple M1 by also being produced on a 5 nm manufacturing node. Samsung has enlisted AMD’s expertise for the integrated graphics component.
Xiaomi blows the cringeometer by sending awkward tweet from an iPhone comparing charging a Mi 11 smartphone with Bill and Melinda Gates' divorce
Xiaomi has been facing some backlash over a somewhat ill-judged post on its UK Twitter account. Not only was the text and accompanying image criticized, but it also seems that the post, which was promoting the Xiaomi Mi 11, was actually sent from an iPhone. The Chinese OEM was comparing the Mi 11’s charging ability with the Gates’ recent split.
AMD closes in on 30% overall PC processor usage share in new Steam hardware survey as Intel preps Alder Lake for fresh assault on Ryzen adulation
AMD is a whisker away from claiming 30% of the PC processor usage share in Steam’s hardware and software survey. The latest information from the popular game platform has AMD with 29.54% share and Intel on 70.46%. However, Alder Lake could be on course to take some of the shine off Ryzen’s critical acclaim.
Xiaomi takes under-display camera technology a step further in unearthed patent by placing a lens on a flip module for front and rear-facing photography
A patent for a Xiaomi innovation in regard to under-display camera technology has been shared online. While it is widely expected that Xiaomi will soon offer smartphones with at least a concealable under-screen selfie camera, this patent shows that the Chinese OEM is looking further ahead at what else can be achieved from this burgeoning camera trend.
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G APU in HP Pavilion Desktop naturally outperforms the Ryzen 7 4700G in CPU performance benchmarks and offers distinct improvements in iGPU comparison
AMD’s top-end Zen 3 Cezanne desktop APU, the Ryzen 7 5700G, has been discovered being put through its paces in a couple of synthetic benchmarks. The AMD Ryzen 7 5700G delivered the expected improvements over the Ryzen 7 4700G in terms of CPU performance and even the uninspiring integrated Radeon Vega 8 5000 iGPU offered a very positive outcome.
New MIUI 13 release date rumor settles on specific day with as many as 80 smartphone models potentially eligible for the Xiaomi Android overlay
A new rumor about the Xiaomi MIUI 13 release date has started making the rounds, presumably with the specific day pointing to a domestic China release first before the Android overlay is rolled out around the world. Joining this MIUI 13 launch rumor is a speculative list of 80 Xiaomi, Redmi, Poco, and Black Shark smartphones that could be eligible for this update.
Apple Watch Series 7 takes a step closer to offering a non-invasive glucose monitor and even an alcohol level sensor
A filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has led to some speculation that a future Apple wearable, possibly even the expected Apple Watch Series 7, could be fitted with a non-invasive glucose indicator. On top of that, an Apple Watch 7 may even sport an alcohol monitor, thanks to Rockley Photonics’ expertise.
Samsung heralds the Galaxy Z Fold 3 as the first foldable phone with under display camera as leaked images reveal reserved design
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 has seemingly appeared in numerous screenshots possibly taken from an official promo video. The leaked images reveal that the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which will apparently go into production in July, has an under display camera and restrained look to it. Buyers will get to select from four colors for the foldable phone.
Update: Designer Ben Geskin has created a clear render based on the current leaked images.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 spills some colorful secrets in supposed leak of official promo renders
Images of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 have appeared online seemingly taken from an official promo video for the upcoming foldable phone. The screenshots show the Galaxy Z Flip 3 sporting at least four different colors; however, a noted industry source has stated that the Samsung flip phone will come in eight colors. Production of the device will apparently begin in July.
Apple shrinks and Huawei inches closer to ruin in global smartphone market share for the first quarter of 2021
Research firm Counterpoint has published a report about global smartphone market share by quarter, including the first quarter of 2021. Apple has shrunk a little but still remains strong and Samsung looks solid as ever. However, Huawei’s situation seems perilous as the Chinese OEM has slipped from 20% share to just 4% in under a year.
Apple's 24-inch M1 iMac now available to order: Pay US$1,299 for the base variant with 7-core GPU or go for broke and shell out over US$3,100 for the fully loaded model
Apple has now officially made its new 2021 24-inch iMac computers with M1 Apple Silicon available to order. There are plenty of configurations for shoppers to choose from, with prices ranging from US$1,299 for the entry-level iMac to US$3,127.98 for the model with all the hardware and software it can handle.
PlayStation 5 leads the consoles for attracting game developer interest but nothing comes close to overall PC popularity
The Game Developers Conference (GDC) has published its State of the Game Industry 2021 report, which once again features some fascinating poll results. While the PlayStation 5 is the console developers are most interested in, nothing comes close to the interest shown in the PC. The Xbox Series X|S struggled to attract interest compared to the PS5 and Nintendo Switch.
Apple M1 hits new heights by surmounting PassMark's desktop and laptop CPU single-thread performance charts ahead of the Intel Core i9-11900F and AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS
The M1 Apple Silicon has now claimed the top spot in PassMark’s CPU Mark single-thread performance charts for both desktop and laptop CPUs, thanks to the hybrid processor turning up in devices such as the MacBook Pro 13 laptop and Mac Mini desktop. The Apple M1 managed to outscore powerful rivals such as the Intel Core i9-11900K, i9-11900F, AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS, and Ryzen 9 5900HS.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 Global Edition now available: Cheap fitness tracker with SpO2 sensor and AMOLED display for under US$60
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 Global Edition fitness tracker is now officially available. The latest wearable in the popular Mi Band range comes with a new SpO2 sensor, 30 fitness modes, a full-screen AMOLED display, and it can offer up to 14 days of battery life. The affordable Mi Smart Band 6 can be ordered for under US$60.
AMD 4700S desktop APU: Not good enough for Xbox Series X|S but suitable for a Mini-ITX gaming PC with 16 GB GDDR6 RAM
The AMD 4700S desktop processor has made another appearance online, this time as part of a Mini-ITX based gaming system. It is believed that the chips that were not up to scratch for the Xbox Series X and S consoles were repurposed as AMD 4700S APUs. This means Zen 2 architecture, GDDR6 memory support, and even higher clock rates…but no iGPU.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra could finally be in line for a long overdue large-screen smartphone successor
A brief post by a noted leaker has led to speculation that Sony could be actually working on a very belated successor to the Xperia Z Ultra. The large-screen Sony Xperia Z Ultra was released in 2013 and was considerably wider than current slender devices like the Xperia 1 III. The device was praised for its outstanding display.
M1 iPad Pro vs Snapdragon 888 Tab S8: Apple's new tablet can potentially destroy the future Samsung slate in synthetic benchmark testing
Potential synthetic benchmark scores for the 2021 iPad Pro with M1 Apple Silicon have been produced based on Cupertino’s claims of 50% faster CPU and 40% faster graphics. Such is the likely performance strength of the M1 iPad Pro that it could blast the future Snapdragon 888-powered Samsung Tab S8 out of the water.
Chances of Apple M1X-powered MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 laptops receiving Mini LED screens increased by M1 iPad Pro reveal
The revelation of the 2021 Apple iPad Pro with Mini LED screen has apparently increased the chances of a MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 being fitted with similar panel technology. The 2021 MacBook Pro laptops could star with XDR displays, potential Apple M1X Silicon, and feature the popular MagSafe charging cable.
Apple launches 24-inch M1 iMac in a rainbow of color choices with 7-core or 8-core GPU availability and two Thunderbolt ports onboard
Apple has launched a redesigned iMac featuring its M1 Silicon and a range of bright colors. The 24-inch iMac joins the MacBook Pro 13, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini to officially become an M1 Mac. Prices start at US$1,299 for the 2021 redesigned iMac, which features a much slimmer profile, improved sound system, Thunderbolt connectivity, and Magic Keyboard with Touch ID.
Sony Xperia 5 III with Snapdragon 888 produces +11% single-core gains over the Galaxy S21+ on Geekbench and condemns the Xperia 5 II to the also-rans pile
A recent Geekbench 5 record has been dug up for the Sony Xperia 5 III that shows the Snapdragon 888-powered compact-ish smartphone producing very healthy results, especially over its Xperia 5 II predecessor. The Xperia 5 III outgunned powerful rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S21+ and Asus ROG Phone 3 in the single-core and multi-core tests.
A new budget Sony Xperia smartphone or a return for Ultra handsets could be on the cards
Another Sony Xperia smartphone could be in the pipeline for a 2021 release, with a noted leaker hinting at a further device launch for later in the year. A single letter mentioned by the tipster has created speculation that either a budget Sony Xperia phone could be coming or there might even be a return to the Ultra variants, possibly under a different model name.
Simply sublime Apple M1 iMac fan-made design joins M1X MacBook Pro 14 concept in talented young artist's growing portfolio
A young artist has produced a stunning concept render of a potential 2021 iMac powered by the Apple M1 Silicon. The striking design will have fans hoping something similar is unveiled by the Cupertino company in the upcoming Spring Loaded event. The same designer also recently created an M1X MacBook Pro 14 concept based on numerous rumors.
Nintendo Switch 2 fan-made concept design looks the part and even offers some Pro-like modifications to tempt first-gen owners into making the switch
Popular YouTube tech channel ZONEofTECH has produced great-looking renders of how the Nintendo Switch 2 (Pro) could end up looking. Utilizing the numerous rumors that have already appeared in regard to the widely expected Switch sequel, the content creators came up with a device that is instantly recognizable as a Switch but with Pro modifications.
Unbeatable Ryzen Threadripper 3990X and formidable Ryzen 9 5900HX head AMD-dominated desktop and laptop processor performance charts but Intel retains market stranglehold
New computer processor performance ranking charts for the first quarter of 2021 have been published by the Chinese benchmark Master Lu. The tables reveal a familiar tale: AMD dominates in performance thanks to chips like the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, Ryzen 9 5950X, and Ryzen 9 5900HX, but Intel is still far ahead in market share.
Master Lu banishes Xiaomi's MIUI from its mobile UI ranking list as Oppo's ColorOS and Realme UI are chosen as the best of the first quarter
The noted Chinese benchmark Master Lu has published a chart of what it considers to be the best mobile phone user interfaces for the first quarter of 2021. ColorOS from Oppo heads the table followed by Realme UI and Huawei’s EMUI. There is no space for MIUI from Xiaomi in the top 10 positions.
Dubious Ubisoft roadmap lists Far Cry 6 and Skull & Bones as coming soon with Avatar scheduled for 2022 but still no sign of Splinter Cell sequel
A rumored Ubisoft roadmap has appeared on social media apparently revealing some game release dates, schedules, and IP details. It seems both Far Cry 6 and Skull & Bones could be arriving sooner than expected, while Avatar joins a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2022. The most believable aspect is that Splinter Cell is still being swept under the carpet.
Official prices for the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III turn up on Sony's Russia site: Expensive but with cool pre-order gifts
Pre-order prices for both the Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III have been published on the company’s country-specific site for Russia. While the prices for the new phones are expectedly high, it seems there is a decent headphones-related gift to be had for Russian Xperia fans who make a timely pre-order booking.
Sony Xperia 1 III outpaces Samsung Galaxy S21 phones and posts impressive gains over the Xperia 1 II in alleged Geekbench test results
An alleged Geekbench record for the just-launched Sony Xperia 1 III has been shared on Reddit, showing the flagship smartphone surpassing the Samsung Galaxy S21 devices in both single-core and multi-core disciplines. The Xperia 1 III with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC completely overwhelms the Xperia 1 II with SD865.
AMD launches Ryzen 5000G and Ryzen 5000GE series: Ryzen 7 5700G with "world's fastest graphics in a desktop processor" easily outguns the Intel Core i7-10700
AMD has released its Ryzen 5000G and Ryzen 5000GE-series of desktop processors with integrated graphics. There are currently three SKUs in each series, with the Ryzen 7 5700G being the top-end model. AMD claims the new OEM-only Cezanne Zen 3 desktop APUs have “the world’s fastest graphics in a desktop processor” with the presence of up to a Radeon Vega 8 iGPU.
PlayStation exclusive Persona 5 Royal winging its way to Xbox, PC, and Xbox Game Pass soon according to tipster
The highly regarded RPG Persona 5 Royal is allegedly coming to Xbox, Xbox Game Pass, and PC soon. The game, which was released in 2019 as an enhanced version of 2016’s Persona 5, is currently a PlayStation exclusive. The purportedly leaked Persona 5 Royal information has been met by a reasonable amount of skepticism.
Xperia 1 III live image and specs leak show Sony's next flagship is ready to compete with a 4K 120 Hz display and bigger battery than the Xperia 1 II
A live image of the upcoming Sony Xperia 1 III has been leaked showing the flagship smartphone clad in black and purple. An accompanying specs leak has revealed 12 GB RAM, a 6.5-inch 4K display, and a 120 Hz refresh rate. The Xperia 1 III will also apparently have a larger battery than the Sony Xperia 1 II predecessor.
Leaked AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5750G, Ryzen 5 PRO 5650G, and Ryzen 3 PRO 5350G key specs promise Cezanne Zen 3 goodness for the business sector
Key specifications for the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5750G, Ryzen 5 PRO 5650G, and Ryzen 3 PRO 5350G desktop APUs have been shared online. Unsurprisingly, the Ryzen PRO 5000G chips should offer the same specs and performance as the regular Cezanne Zen 3 desktop APU counterparts, but with the added benefit of AMD’s PRO technologies for business.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 stars in conflicting specs leaks as Lite, Plus, and Pro models of the Snapdragon-powered tablet could be released as soon as May
New rumors about the expected Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 tablet have clashed in regard to the processor choices. Various models are likely to be released, with a potential Mi Pad 5 Lite, Mi Pad 5 Plus, and Mi Pad 5 Pro being part of the lineup. The likely Snapdragon-based tablet series from Xiaomi could be launched in mid-May.
Pictured AMD Ryzen 7 5700G shows great CPU performance gains over Ryzen 7 4700G but has its style cramped by lower-clocked Vega 8 iGPU
An AMD Ryzen 7 5700G desktop APU, which has appeared in a live image, has been put through both CPU and GPU benchmark tests. While the CPU part delivered a single-thread test score that places the Ryzen 5000 Cezanne chip way beyond its Renoir counterpart Ryzen 7 4700G, the Vega 8 GPU part is something of a letdown.
Sky-high AMD Ryzen 9 5950X prices provide an unsettlingly discouraging snapshot for PC builders of the effects of the 2021 global chip shortage
A timely reminder has been shared of how the current global chip famine has affected processor prices, in this case specifically for the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X. While retailers who have tried to stay close to MSRP are invariably out of stock, those with Ryzen 9 5950X CPUs to sell are mostly setting astronomical price tags for the Zen 3 powerhouse.
Sony Xperia 10 III turns up in blurry live image as specs leak reveals decent battery capacity bump over the Xperia 10 II
An alleged live image of the upcoming Sony Xperia 10 III has turned up online, showing off the smartphone in black and white livery. On top of that, an additional supposed specs leak has revealed that the Xperia 10 III will be powered by a Snapdragon 6-series chip and offer an attractive battery capacity bump over the Xperia 10 II.
Fresh Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 retailer leaks reveal prices and specs for more variants of the 16-inch 16:10 laptop
Various models of the upcoming Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 laptop have been popping up on a number of retailer sites around the world. The Zephyrus M16, which is a 16-inch laptop with a 16:10 display, will be fitted with Intel’s Tiger Lake 11th Gen CPUs and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30 series dGPUs. Prices currently reach as high as €2,699 (US$3,209).
New Intel Rocket Lake PassMark single-thread results present mixed fortunes against AMD Ryzen 5000 leaving a heavy burden for Alder Lake
PassMark’s CPU Mark single-thread performance chart for desktop processors now features a few more new Intel Rocket Lake chips, which have offered up a mixed bag of results. While the Intel Core i9-11900K still reigns and the i9-11900KF has performed well, both AMD’s Ryzen 5000 and Apple’s M1 have remained steadfast.
Apple M1 approaches the unbelievable as Intel Core i9-11900K falters in PassMark's single-thread performance chart
A new CPU Mark single-thread performance chart for desktop processors has been published by PassMark, and once again it features some startling results. It appears the Apple M1 silicon, which is a hybrid chip, is rapidly closing in on the powerful Intel Core i9-11900K desktop processor in this particular benchmark.
Black Shark 4 Pro and other high-end gaming phones own the March AnTuTu flagship smartphone chart as the Snapdragon 888 removes all competitors
The Black Shark 4 Pro has topped the AnTuTu Android flagship smartphone performance chart for March, with fellow high-end gaming phones the RedMagic 6 Pro and the Asus ROG Phone 5 also prominently placed. The table solely consists of smartphones powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.
Rocket Lake to stop the rot: AMD takes another nibble out of Intel's processor usage share in latest Steam survey
Steam has published its hardware and software survey for March and yet again AMD has pinched some more processor usage share away from Intel. However, there has been a small increase for Team Blue with Linux-based systems, and there must be some hope that Rocket Lake has the cash registers ringing soon.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 tablet with Dimensity 1200 and Snapdragon 870-powered Mi Pad 5 Pro allegedly almost ready for release
A noted leaker has dropped a hint that Xiaomi is preparing to launch its new Mi Pad tablets, which may be called the Mi Pad 5 and Mi Pad 5 Pro. It appears the main difference between the two Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 slates will be the processor used, with the regular tablet getting a Dimensity 1200 while the Pro is fitted with a Snapdragon 870.
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5750G desktop APU returns to CPU-Z confirming single-thread superiority over Ryzen 7 4700G and Intel Core i9-10900K
An AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5750G desktop APU engineering sample has had its CPU-Z benchmark results shared, once again showing decent single-thread performance that went beyond the Ryzen 7 4700G and Intel Core i9-10900K. The Ryzen 7 PRO 5750G will be an enterprise-oriented variant of the Cezanne Zen 3 Ryzen 7 5700G APU.
Upcoming 16-inch Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 laptop specs leak unveiling Intel Core i9-11900H and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti among other delights
An image of an upcoming Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 laptop has been shared confirming that the device is seemingly almost ready for launch. On top of that, at least two models of the novel 16-inch Asus ROG Zephyrus appear to be in the pipeline, with a specs leak revealing an Intel Core i9-11900H CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU as headliners.
AMD ramps up Ryzen 5000 supply to counter Rocket Lake availability advantage
AMD will reportedly improve the supply of its much-desired Ryzen 5000 chips during the second quarter of 2021. Huge demand has overwhelmed the chip designer, leading to price premiums being placed on SKUs like the Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 9 5950X. The supply bump comes just in time to counter Intel’s Rocket Lake series availability.
PS3, PS Vita, and PSP owners will lose purchase access to a combined 2,200 digital-only games due to upcoming PlayStation Store closures
According to a new report, the upcoming PlayStation Store closures for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Portable will result in the removal from purchase of over 2,200 digital-only games. Ironically, some of these titles will become Xbox exclusives due to this contentious decision by Sony. Even worse, apparently some games will be permanently lost.
Mi Smart Band 6 China version goes on sale on AliExpress from US$44.97 as Xiaomi's new fitness tracker gets a sleep-breathing monitor update
Eager Xiaomi fans outside of China can now order the new Mi Smart Band 6 from AliExpress, with prices starting from US$44.97. The NFC model is also available for purchase although the payment feature likely won’t function outside of China. A Mi Fit app update has introduced a useful sleep breathing quality monitor to the fitness tracker.
Mi 11 Ultra and Mi 11 Pro sales rake in the equivalent of over US$182 million in 60 seconds for Xiaomi as the "SuperPhone" has its India price tag leaked
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and Mi 11 Pro are already proving themselves to be big sellers for the Chinese manufacturer, by collectively raking in more than 1.2 billion yuan in sales in just one minute. The price tag for the Mi 11 Ultra in India, where it is being promoted as the SuperPhone, has apparently been leaked a few weeks before launch.
M1-based Apple Silicon, possibly 12-core M1X, set to power upcoming colorful 24-inch and 31.5-inch iMac devices
A leaker has offered up some clues in regard to upcoming redesigned Apple iMacs. According to the details, the iMac computers will feature considerable changes on the outside and on the inside. This includes being powered by M1-based Apple Silicon, which could end up being the oft-rumored 12-core M1X chip.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 vs Mi Smart Band 5 full specs comparison: Blood oxygen level monitor and larger display for the 2021 fitness accessory
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 has been officially launched, bringing with it a full-screen 1.56-inch AMOLED touch display and an SpO2 sensor for tracking blood oxygen levels. Mi Smart Band 5 owners considering an upgrade to the Mi Band 6 can check out this handy specs comparison to see if it’s worth the expense.
Crazy Xperia 1 III camera specs and enormous price tag allegedly leaked as Sony announces upcoming 2021 Xperia Worldwide Launch event
Sony has announced a 2021 Xperia Worldwide Launch event that will take place on April 14. It’s possible the Xperia 1 III, Xperia 10 III, and the new Xperia Compact (Ace 2) will make an appearance. New Sony Xperia 1 III rumors have offered up a potential camera configuration, battery details, and an eye-watering price tag.
AMD Ryzen 3 5300G, Ryzen 5 5600G, and Ryzen 7 5700G specs leak reveals Cezanne desktop APUs with up to eight Zen 3 cores and maximum 4.6 GHz boost
Three SKUs from the AMD Ryzen 5000G desktop APU series have had their core specifications leaked. The three chips in question are the Ryzen 3 5300G, Ryzen 5 5600G, and Ryzen 7 5700G. The top-end Cezanne unit will offer eight Zen 3 cores and clock rates from 3.8 GHz up to a maximum boost of 4.6 GHz.
Unreality bites: Intel Core i9-11900K looks practically obsolete in Unreal Engine comparison with Ryzen 7 5800X and i9-10900K
The Intel Core i9-11900K has been tested alongside an Intel Core i9-10900K and an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X in a barrage of Unreal Engine benchmarks. The Comet Lake part and Zen 3 chip performed well in the game engine tests, but the Rocket Lake i9-11900K simply appeared to be on the verge of obsolescence here.
Acer and Asus laptop price hikes incoming
A report from a Taiwanese media site has revealed that both Acer and Asus appear to be planning on implementing price hikes on their popular laptop ranges. The continuing high demand for notebooks and mobile workstations has led to a situation where Acer and Asus are likely to increase product prices in the second quarter of 2021.
Unparalleled Apple Silicon performance: TechTuber calculates 20-core M1Z outscores a 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X while M1P with 128-core iGPU beats a GeForce RTX 3080
A TechTuber has offered up some staggering guesses for the potential performance of future M1 Apple Silicon SoCs. With an M1Z chip defeating a Ryzen Threadripper 3990X in Geekbench multi-core and an M1P part surpassing a GeForce RTX 3080 in OpenCL, it seems AMD and Nvidia will also be joining Intel in facing the Apple SoC threat.
Alleged Xiaomi Mi Band 6 live images show stunning full-screen display but supposed price for China starts at a surprising 250 yuan (US$38)
Alleged live images of the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 and some supposed domestic price tags for the upcoming smart bracelet have appeared on Chinese social media. The Mi Band 6 fitness tracker will soon be launched as part of Xiaomi’s Mega Launch event. It has been rumored that the latest Mi Smart Band will have built-in GPS and SpO2 sensor.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra prices leaked: Expect to pay north of US$1,000 for the top-end Ultra configuration
The full specs and price tags for both the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra have been leaked just a few hours before they are officially launched. The Mi 11 Pro apparently starts at 4,999 yuan (US$763) while the Mi 11 Ultra has a base model for 5,599 yuan (US$854). International fans will be looking at paying over US$1,000 for the Ultra phones.
AMD Threadripper Pro 3995WX vs 3990X vs Ryzen 9 5950X vs i9-10900K: Fascinating Unreal Engine comparison leaves TR Pro with +6% CPU score for +37% cost over non-Pro TR
An intriguing Unreal Engine comparison featuring a whole range of high-powered processors has been carried out by Puget Systems, with the very expensive AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3995WX coming out on top. The test also featured the Zen 3 Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, and even a Comet Lake Intel Core i9-10900K.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Mi Mix 3, Mi 8 Pro, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition owners can now try out Android 11 via Paranoid Android Ruby ROM
Owners of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Mi Mix 3, Mi 8 Pro, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition smartphones can test out a version of Android 11 thanks to the team at Paranoid Android. The devs have frequently supported older Xiaomi devices with their custom ROMs, and now Paranoid Android Ruby is available as an initial dev release.
Mi Band 6 launch date confirmed and rumor roundup as Xiaomi teases display upgrade once expected for the Mi Band 5
Xiaomi has now confirmed that the Mi Band 6, which will be known as the Mi Smart Band 6 for the international market, will be launched on March 29. The Xiaomi Mi Band 6 fitness tracker has been teased in an official promo image that reveals the display type that was once expected for the popular Mi Band 5 predecessor.
Xperia Compact and Xperia Ace 2 rumor mill cranks up a notch thanks to salt-pinching appearance of Sony A smartphone with Snapdragon 480 SoC
A benchmark screenshot of a Sony A device featuring an SM4350 processor has led to speculation that this could be a Sony Xperia Compact, possibly the Xperia Ace 2, being tested. The SoC part number correlates to the Snapdragon 480 5G platform, meaning a potential Xperia Compact or Xperia Ace 2 is firmly headed for mid-range smartphone territory.
Apple Car patents for nighttime sensing and LiDAR system point to Cupertino's concerns over self-driving vehicle safety
Newly granted patents have been spotted concerning the Apple Car project. One focuses on improving night vision by utilizing a long-wave infrared sensor while the other describes a laser-based depth-sensing system, or LiDAR. A self-driving autonomous Apple Car could be launched in 2024 or even as late as 2028.
M1 PassMark promotion over Intel Core i7-11700K clarifies the damage Apple Silicon has done to Rocket Lake
The Apple M1 8-core chip has finally managed to leapfrog the Intel Core i7-11700K in PassMark’s CPU Mark chart for single-thread performance in desktop processors. This leaves only the top-end Rocket Lake i9-11900K ahead of the Apple Silicon. While the i9-11900K has an MSRP of US$539, an M1 Mac mini with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage costs from US$699.
Whopping Sony Xperia 1 III specs upgrade leak could see the upcoming smartphone swimming alongside big fish like the Asus ROG Phone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
There has been a supposed leak about the Sony Xperia 1 III and its specs that will surprise and please fans of the brand. Apparently, the Xperia 1 III will boast the kind of RAM firepower that phones such as the Asus ROG Phone 5, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, and Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra have previously wielded.
New iPad Pro tablets look set to be powered by A14X SoC that can deliver Apple M1-like performance
It has been reported that the upcoming Apple iPad Pro refresh might feature A14X chips that can offer performance on a similar level as the M1 silicon. The information in regard to the A14X SoC has derived from code for iOS 14.5, and there are also four codenames so far associated with the upcoming 11-inch and 12.9-inch 2021 iPad Pro models.
Latest iMac discontinuations could point to impending announcement of Apple Silicon M-series iMac models but chip shortages may cause more hardware delays
It appears Apple has been further reducing its current iMac offerings by removing two storage configurations from the purchase options. While this could indicate an upcoming unveiling of an iMac range featuring M-series Apple Silicon, the continuing worldwide chip shortage could force further hardware delays.
Intel Core i9-11900K delivers an outstanding performance - in an unboxing video
An Intel Core i9-11900K processor has appeared in an unboxing video a week before its official sale date of March 30. Fortunately for the top-end Rocket Lake-S part, the hottest thing in the clip is the packaging. The angular shape of the i9-11900K’s box is surprisingly appealing.
Mi Pad 5 size rumor and potential launch date: Apple iPad Pro in Xiaomi clothing
A new size rumor about the potential Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 has once again demonstrated the Chinese OEM’s fondness for Apple products. It also seems that the iPad Pro mimic might be available sooner than expected, but it’s unlikely the Mi Pad 5 will get the sort of price tag that Xiaomi originally became noted for.
Mi Band 6 joins Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra as main contenders for starring in Xiaomi's upcoming global Mega Launch event on March 29
Xiaomi has started promoting an upcoming “Mega Launch” event that will take place at 19:30 GMT +8 on Monday March 29. The Chinese OEM has left it to fans to guess what will be unveiled, with the Xiaomi Mi Band 6, Mi 11 Pro, and Mi 11 Ultra already leading the speculation. It appears this will be a global product launch.
Black Shark 4 Pro kicks Xiaomi Mi 10S off the top spot in DXOMARK smartphone audio chart
The upcoming Black Shark 4 Pro has been crowned the new smartphone audio champion in DXOMARK’s rankings, pushing the Xiaomi Mi 10S into second place. The Black Shark 4 Pro impressed with its clear playback and excellent trio of microphones. The gaming smartphone with Snapdragon 888 and 144 Hz AMOLED will be launched on March 23.
Intel's new anti-Mac adverts are hilarious - but for all the wrong reasons
The five new “Justin Gets Real” videos from Intel will likely make you laugh, but it seems unlikely that’s what Team Blue was gunning for when the company managed to snatch up "Get a Mac" veteran Justin Long to head its new anti-Mac “Go PC” ad campaign.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and Pro 360 renders reveal stylish AMOLED-sporting laptops with Thunderbolt 4, optional LTE, 11th Gen Intel CPU, and up to GeForce MX450 dGPU
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and Pro 360 laptops have been revealed in all of their glory via a series of leaked press renders. The Galaxy Book Pro and Pro 360 devices boast of having AMOLED screens, 11th Gen Intel processors, and even an Nvidia dGPU choice for the 15-inch variants. Thunderbolt 4 is onboard while LTE connectivity is optional.
Xiaomi channels Apple for upcoming laptop and tablet releases: Mi Notebook Pro gets a MacBook Air profile and Mi Pad 5 will likely have its own Apple Pencil
Xiaomi has once again teased its upcoming Mi Notebook Pro with the Chinese firm promoting its slender profile. A published patent has also shown that Xiaomi might be planning on giving the potential Mi Pad 5 its very own stylus. Unsurprisingly, there seem to be not-so-subtle nods given to the MacBook Air and Apple Pencil for inspiration.
First Xiaomi Mi Band 6 live image reveals a Mi Band 5 lookalike accompanied by magnetic charging cable
A first real image of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Band 6 has been spotted in EU Declaration of Conformity documents filed by Huami. Although the product is simply listed as a “Smart Band”, the file name, model name, and live image reveal the wearable as the Mi Band 6. Unfortunately, the photograph included in the filing only shows the band from the side.
AMD overtakes Apple as TSMC's main 7nm customer
AMD has reportedly become TSMC’s number one customer in regard to purchasing 7nm wafers. Apple was previously the main customer for this node but has now moved its focus mainly on to 5nm. By securing more of TSMC’s 7nm output, AMD might be able to tackle the shortage of Ryzen 5000 chips and ensure delivery for EPYC Milan orders.
Redesigned iMac with M1X chip will offer the "true pro levels of performance" that can be expected from the next-generation Apple Silicon
According to industry observers, it will be the redesigned iMac and not the MacBook Pro 16 that will truly be able to unlock the full potential of an expected M1X Apple Silicon. Even with an updated cooling solution, thermal restrictions will prevent the MacBook Pro 16 from hitting the performance heights of a larger M1X iMac device.
Apple M1X MacBook Pro 16 launch and price rumors will leave fans bowled over as alleged unveiling plans also include mini-LED MacBook Pro 14 and ARM-based MacBook Air
Rumors concerning the possible unveiling and pricing strategy for numerous Apple Mac devices have surfaced. It has been alleged that a MacBook Pro 16 with 12-core M1X Apple Silicon will be joined by a redesigned mini-LED MacBook Pro 14 and mysterious ARM-based MacBook Air in being unveiled at some point in the fourth quarter of this year.
Microsoft handheld Xbox console rumors spring up again as AMD Van Gogh APU appears in Linux kernel code with a potential graphics boost
Linux kernel code has revealed some details about AMD’s Van Gogh Ryzen 5000 ULV mobile APU series. Apparently, the processors will offer support for 256-bit DDR5 memory, which is a step up from Renoir APUs. Unsurprisingly, the appearance of an AMD APU with greater potential graphics processing has led to renewed Microsoft handheld/Xbox portable console rumors.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro returns for 2021 with teaser image only revealing form over function
Xiaomi has been teasing the surprise appearance of a new Mi Notebook Pro laptop. The first Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro models were released in 2017 and haven’t been refreshed since, so it’s possible the 2021 variants might feature Intel Tiger Lake or AMD Ryzen 5000 processors.
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU stars with i7-11800H in likely upcoming Samsung Notebook 7 series refresh: Geekbench OpenCL run reveals GTX 1660 Ti-level performance
Another Samsung laptop has appeared on Geekbench with a potent combination of Ampere-based GPU and Tiger Lake CPU. The possible Samsung Notebook 7 Force device featured an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti part and Intel Core i7-11800H chip, with the system producing an OpenCL result that sits very close to the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.
Intel Core i7-11800H in possible Samsung Notebook 7 Force refresh produces passable Geekbench 5 scores that offer small gains over the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
A Tiger Lake-H45 processor in the form of the Intel Core i7-11800H has been spotted on Geekbench, seemingly as a key component in a new Samsung Notebook 7 Force laptop. The i7-11800H hit 4.59 GHz and offered mixed results against the Intel Core i7-10875H and slight gains against the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H.
Disruptive Apple M1 8-core silicon leads PassMark single-thread performance chart for laptop chips ahead of AMD powerhouses Ryzen 9 5900HX and Ryzen 9 5980HS
The Apple M1 processor has been placed at the top of PassMark’s latest single-thread performance chart for laptop chips, despite its average CPU Mark and single-thread rating having fallen slightly. This puts the hybrid M1 Apple Silicon, which is found in laptops and desktops, ahead of strong rivals such as the Ryzen 9 5900HX and Ryzen 9 5980HS.
Bullish M1X Mac Mini speculation suggests compact desktop with 12-core Apple Silicon could outpace a US$14,999 Mac Pro (2019) in multi-core testing for a fraction of the price
Performance and release date speculation concerning a potential M1X Mac Mini from Apple has been put forward by the YouTube channel Max Tech. It seems a Mac Mini with 12-core Apple Silicon could outscore a US$14,999 Mac Pro (2019) with a 12-core Intel Xeon chip in multi-core testing and also offer incredible graphics-processing performance.
Microsoft eyeing up Konami and Sega acquisitions to possibly invigorate waning Xbox console sales in Japan
Microsoft snapping up Sega is the rumor that will never go away, but it now seems that Konami could also be in the sights of the parent company of the Xbox Game Studios. Microsoft could do with a boost in Japan as recent sales figures reported 10 Xbox One consoles sold compared to 78,134 Nintendo Switch units.
Astounding M1X multi-core performance estimates have the Apple Silicon playing in the same ballpark as the Intel Core i9-10900K and Ryzen 7 5800X
Estimated multi-core performance results for the expected M1X processor have the upcoming Apple Silicon taking on power-hungry desktop rivals such as the Intel Core i9-10900K and AMD Ryzen 7 5800X. Speculated Geekbench 5 and Cinebench R23 scores for the Apple M1X chip are based on it offering 1.77x the performance of the current M1 silicon.
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT takes apart the RX 5700 XT by up to +35% on gaming benchmark and even posts 4K score that's higher than the Navi 10-based card's 1080p score
The AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card has been baring some serious fangs on the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark. In a case of Navi 22 XT vs. Navi 10 XT, the upcoming board scored up to +35% higher than the RX 5700 XT. The RX 6700 XT even managed to beat the Navi 10-based unit in a 4K vs. 1080p face-off.
Intel to crush AMD with a 56-core Sapphire Rapids Xeon "Mega" APU with Xe graphics and HBM2E support - as long as Zen 4 doesn't smush Team Blue first
It’s been rumored that an Intel Sapphire Rapids team is seemingly working on producing a “mega” APU that could give AMD something to worry about if it is released. The Xeon APU could feature a four-chiplet configuration that would allow the inclusion of a dGPU-level Intel Xe graphics processor and HBM2E support.
AMD Radeon RX 6600M GPU joins surprising choice of Ryzen 5000 CPU as gaming benchmark leak hints at upcoming Zen 3/RDNA 2 laptop
An AMD Radeon RX 6600M has been spotted as part of the hardware configuration for a device apparently being tested on a well-known gaming benchmark. Not only does this seemingly confirm the RX 6600M should be coming soon, but the GPU also appears alongside a surprising Ryzen 5000 CPU that hints at a Zen 3/RDNA 2 laptop in the works for 2021.
Dell XPS 13 9310 with Intel Core i5-1135G7 is an absolute steal for buyers in the UK right now at £999
The new Dell XPS 13 9310 with Tiger Lake i5-1135G7 is currently priced at £999 (US$1,388) on the company’s UK site at the moment. This is an incredible price for the high-end laptop, and it also happens to be the same price tag as the even newer Dell XPS 13 9305 with the same Intel chip but worse display and smaller-capacity SSD.
PlayStation 5 devkit images show what could have been and mailshot reaffirms GTA V Enhanced is coming to the PS5 soon
PlayStation 5 devkit images seemingly sourced from the National Communications Commission (NCC) of Taiwan have offered up an interesting reminder of what could have been. A PlayStation Store mailshot has reaffirmed that the expanded and enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto V for the PS5 appears to be still on schedule.
Dell XPS 13 9305 goes global: Cheaper and lighter than the XPS 13 9310 but at a considerable screen-to-body ratio cost
The Dell XPS 13 9305 laptop is now available to purchase from country sites such as the US and UK after previously being listed for sale in China. The XPS 13 9305 is a cheaper variant of the XPS 13 9310 that is also slightly lighter and comes with a 16:9 aspect ratio and lower screen-to-body ratio. The budget Dell XPS 13 utilizes Intel Tiger Lake processors.
Xiaomi Mi 10S outscores the Asus ROG Phone 5 to become DXOMARK's number one smartphone in audio ahead of its March 10 launch
DXOMARK has published an early verdict of the audio capabilities of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 10S. The Mi 10S managed to outscore the well-received Asus ROG Phone 5 to claim the top spot in the audio rankings. The latest phone from Xiaomi is to be launched on March 10 and features Harman Kardon speakers.
Xbox portable console could be in the works to take on the might of the Nintendo Switch Lite
A tech leaker has claimed that Microsoft is currently developing a “portable machine” that will soon be announced to the world. An Xbox portable console or Xbox Series handheld device could take the market by storm and provide direct competition to the Nintendo Switch Lite. Just don’t expect it to be called the Xboy though.
Bloodborne PS5 potential reignited by glitch as further rumors claim the action RPG will join God of War and other PlayStation classics on PC
A version of Bloodborne specifically remastered for the PlayStation 5 has long been rumored and requested, with an apparent glitch intensifying chatter that the action RPG title will soon be upgraded for the PS5. It’s also rumored Bloodborne will join PlayStation classics like God of War and Ghost of Tsushima for PC porting.
Mac Pro desktop with up to 64-core Apple Silicon expected to destroy bank accounts in 2022
New Mac Pro models are rumored to be coming for 2022 that will seemingly remove the need for Intel Xeon W processors. The pricey desktops will apparently be fitted with chips that offer a mixture of performance cores and efficiency cores, leading to speculation that the future Mac Pro desktop PCs will utilize up to 64-core Apple Silicon.
12-core M1X in 2021 and 16-core M2 in 2022: Dazzling predictions include upcoming Apple Silicon that is four times faster than the M1 chip
Rumors concerning the future of Apple Silicon have stated that the Cupertino company will have a 16-core processor ready for active duty by late 2022. If this chip ends up being the Apple M2 then recent rumblings about a 12-core Apple M1X SoC appearing this year could carry more weight to them than previously believed.
Apple M1 silicon upsets the establishment by skipping past the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and coming close to Intel Core i7-11700K single-thread performance on PassMark
The Apple M1 SoC, also frequently known as Apple Silicon, has made a ground-breaking entry into PassMark’s CPU Mark chart for single-thread performance. The Apple M1’s rating placed it above the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and nipping at the heels of the Intel Core i7-11700K, thus unsettling the AMD/Intel establishment with its presence.
AMD EPYC 7713 multi-core Milan monster takes the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X by +73% and the Intel Xeon W-3175X by +100% on Geekbench
The 64-core, 128-thread AMD EPYC 7713 Milan server processor has appeared on Geekbench and produced a multi-core result that has put the competition to the sword. The 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X and, understandably, the 28-core Intel Xeon W-3175X are completely outscored by the monstrous EPYC 7713.
Intel Core i5-11400H, i7-11800H, and i9-11900H specs leaked via datasheet for LT375 Rugged Mobile Workstation from DT Research
Details about three Intel Tiger Lake-H45 processors have seemingly been revealed in the specsheet for a DT Research LT375 Rugged Mobile Workstation. The highly configurable device can apparently be fitted with an Intel Core i5-11400H, i7-11800H, or i9-11900H, up to a 4 TB SSD, 4K screen, and up to an RTX 5000 graphics card.
Amazfit T-Rex Pro stars in unboxing video: Military-grade smartwatch with SpO2 sensor and real-time operating system for €169.90 (US$203)
The Amazfit T-Rex Pro has featured in an unboxing video that shows off all of the features of the upcoming military-grade smartwatch. The T-Rex Pro utilizes software based on real-time operating system (RTOS) and features a BioTracker 2 PPG optical sensor and SpO2 blood-oxygen level measurement all for €169.90 (US$203).
64-core AMD EPYC 7763 Milan server CPU makes cautious first appearance on Geekbench 5 in 128-core dual-processor configuration
The AMD EPYC 7763 server chip has made its first public appearance on Geekbench as part of a dual-processor configuration in a Gigabyte server. The results for the EPYC 7763 were much lower than what could be expected, especially in the multi-core benchmark. The base frequency for the Zen 3 Milan part was measured at 2.45 GHz.
Record-breaking Intel Core i7-11700K blows away the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 9 5950X in single-core and multi-core testing - but this is on UserBenchmark
The Intel Core i7-11700K has made an incredible impact at a highly contentious synthetic benchmark site. The Rocket Lake-S part has outscored the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X in multi-core tests and has achieved a record average benchmark percentage of 113%, leaving the competition far behind. However, the i7-11700K managed these feats on UserBenchmark.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, RTX 2060, and RTX 3080 enjoy greatest percentage changes for their respective generations in Steam survey chart for February
Nvidia has unsurprisingly completely dominated the Steam Hardware & Software Survey for February in terms of PC video card usage. Once again, 18 out of the top 20 places are taken up by Nvidia GPUs, with the GeForce GTX 1650, RTX 2060, and RTX 3080 showing the greatest positive movement for their respective series.
AMD processor usage share maintains an upward trajectory in Steam's February survey but Intel could soon fight back with Rocket Lake
Steam has published its Hardware & Software Survey for February and AMD has managed to gain further processor usage share from Intel. However, while things look rosy for AMD at the moment, the supply situation could give the upcoming Intel Rocket Lake series an upper hand over the Ryzen 5000 range.
New Redmi monitor offers slender 27-inch IPS Full HD display and 75 Hz refresh rate for pre-sale price of 899 yuan (US$139)
Xiaomi has launched a new Redmi monitor to join the already existing Redmi Display 1A. The latest addition has a larger screen size at 27 inches and offers a 1920x1080 resolution, fast gray-to gray response time, and up to a 75 Hz refresh rate. The 27-inch Redmi monitor has a pre-sale price of 899 yuan (US$139) in China.
Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro joined by Vivo X60 Pro+ in full assault on AnTuTu's latest flagship smartphone chart but the iQOO 7 remains in charge
AnTuTu has published its Android flagship smartphone performance chart for February and the iQOO 7 has managed to stay in the number one position. Smartphones with the Snapdragon 888 SoC, such as the Redmi K40 Pro and Vivo X60 Pro+, occupy five out of the top six places. The Redmi K40 has taken up seventh position.
Amazfit T-Rex Pro full specs and images leak revealing rugged smartwatch with 10 ATM water resistance and BioTracker 2 PPG sensor
Images and specs for the Amazfit T-Rex Pro rugged smartwatch have been leaked, indicating that the new Amazfit wearable is likely to be launched soon. The Amazfit T-Rex Pro looks very similar to the non-Pro model but offers at least one new color choice, greater water resistance, and access to the BioTracker 2 PPG health utility.
Zen 4 AMD EPYC Genoa to support AVX3-512 and BFLOAT16 in early blow against Intel Xeon Sapphire Rapids
More details about AMD’s EPYC Genoa series, which is apparently scheduled for a 2022 launch, have been leaked. It is believed the Zen 4 server chips will support AVX3-512, BFLOAT16, and have a squarer overall package shape. If the rumors are true, then Intel Xeon Sapphire Rapids may struggle to compete against EPYC Genoa.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 with Tiger Lake Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor spotted on Geekbench
A Surface Laptop 4 operating with a Tiger Lake-U processor has been spotted on Geekbench 5. The upcoming device featured an Intel Core i5-1135G7 in this case, although multiple SKU choices are likely, including some from AMD’s Ryzen 4000/5000 series. The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 with its i5-1135G7 delivered a decent single-core result.
AMD EPYC Genoa leak details astonishing leap over Milan for the Zen 4 5nm server CPU series: Up to 96 cores, 192 threads, and 12-channel DDR5 memory support
Details about AMD’s Zen 4 5nm EPYC server CPU series, codenamed “Genoa”, have been apparently leaked. It appears core count will go right up to 96, allowing the potential of 192-thread processing. Along with that, the incredibly powerful EPYC Genoa chips will support 12-channel DDR5 and up to 128 PCIe 5.0 lanes.
Redmi AirDots 3: Xiaomi launches affordable TWS earphones with Bluetooth 5.2 and colorful new pink option for 199 yuan (US$31)
Xiaomi has recently launched the new Redmi AirDots 3 true wireless headset with Bluetooth 5.2 support. The third-generation Redmi earbuds utilize a Qualcomm QCC3040 chip solution to provide the best audio performance, with aptX audio technology being part of the package. The price in China for the Redmi AirDots 3 is 199 yuan (US$31).
Xiaomi Mi 11 vs Redmi K40 Pro: Video comparison of the Snapdragon 888-powered smartphones facing off in AnTuTu reveals surprising result
The Xiaomi Mi 11 and Redmi K40 Pro have appeared in a benchmark comparison video together. AnTuTu was the synthetic benchmark of choice, with both the Mi 11 and K40 Pro producing very strong results with the help of their Snapdragon 888 processors. However, there was an outright winner between the two despite the similar components.
PS5 pay to play: Summer-scheduled firmware update should ramp up fan speeds and activate the SSD expansion slot for pricey additional drives
Sony is reportedly going to activate the PS5’s SSD expansion slot at some point this summer, allowing owners to store more games onto an additional drive. At the same time, the firmware update for the PlayStation 5 will also enable higher speeds for the cooling fan to help deal with the extra heat brought by potentially pricey third-party SSDs.
New Redmi Max 86" smart TV offers 4K 120 Hz display, HDMI 2.1 port, and a delivery-friendly 99.9% elevator pass rate for 7,999 yuan (US$1,237)
Xiaomi has officially launched the Redmi Max 86” smart TV. The new television joins the massive 98-inch Redmi Max as part of the affordable range of giant TVs from the Xiaomi subsidiary. For 7,999 yuan (US$1,237) buyers get a 4K TV that is both gaming-friendly and elevator compatible. The Redmi Max 86 also has an HDMI 2.1 port and operates on MIUI for TV 3.0.
Mi Pad 5 vs Galaxy Tab S7: Huge leak revealing concept design, alleged specs, and purported prices pits Xiaomi's tablet against Samsung's premium market leader
A massive Xiaomi Mi Pad 5-related leak has revealed the alleged specs and prices for the upcoming tablet. In addition, concept renders of the slate show it following the Mi 11 design language. With a Snapdragon 870 SoC and starting price of 3,999 yuan (US$619), the supposed Mi Pad 5 would be a rival for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7.
Xiaomi launches the RedmiBook Pro 14 and RedmiBook Pro 15: Intel-based MacBook Pro imitators with up to 3.2K display and dGPU option for 4,699-6,299 yuan (US$728-US$976)
Xiaomi has launched the 2021 variants of the RedmiBook Pro 14 and RedmiBook Pro 15. Shoppers in China can choose from among six SKUs, with Intel Core i5 and i7 Tiger Lake processors and the Nvidia GeForce MX450 dGPU as central component options. The RedmiBook Pro 14 is fitted with a 2.5K display while the RedmiBook Pro 15 gets a 3.2K screen.
Apple iPhone 11 shipment value in 2020 passes US$48 billion as Samsung and Xiaomi struggle to keep up
Apple has dominated a list of the most-shipped smartphones in 2020, with the iPhone 11 alone shipping 64.8 million units with an estimated value of around US$48.9 billion. Five iPhone models are in the top 10 list, joined by four Samsung Galaxy smartphones and a sole representative from Xiaomi in the form of the Redmi Note 9 Pro.
Intel teases i9-11900K's +11% lead over AMD Ryzen 9 5950X in PCMark 10 benchmark and a new CPU-Z run confirms the Rocket Lake chip's position as a single-core sovereign
Intel has shared a PCMark 10 storage performance benchmark result for the i9-11900K that shows the upcoming Rocket Lake-S chip ahead of the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X by +11%. Additionally, a new CPU-Z result for the Intel Core i9-11900K has helped bolster its reputation as a soon-to-be single-core performance champion.
PlayStation 5 enters top 30 list of best-selling game consoles but PS5 stock will remain scarce until the second half of 2021
The PlayStation 5 has already entered the top 30 list of the world’s best-selling consoles in barely three months since launch, as well as amassing over one million members on a popular subreddit. Sales figures should climb even higher by the second half of the year as PS5 production has started “ramping up steadily”.
Mi Band 6 with built-in GPS could allow wearers to fully utilize services like WhatsApp and Telegram according to Xiaomi Mi Fit code
More news about the Xiaomi Mi Band 6, which will likely be known as the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 for the global market, has been discovered via the Mi Fit app. It seems the Mi Band 6, which is expected to come with a built-in GPS, will allow wearers to reply to SMS messages and may even offer increased functionality for popular messenger services.
Second Redmi Smart TV Max incoming as size speculation ranges from 86 inches to 120 inches for the next monster set from Xiaomi
The 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max is soon going to be joined by another monster television set from Xiaomi. The Chinese company has been teasing the fact on Weibo and asking followers what size the new Redmi Max TV could be. While some have their fingers crossed for 120 inches, it seems a smaller 86-inch set is more likely.
Phenomenal Intel Core i9-11900K turns the tables on the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X on Geekbench 4 while also hitting a new single-core high on Geekbench 5
The Intel Core i9-11900K has been proving its processing chops on both Geekbench 4 and Geekbench 5. On the former, the i9-11900K actually managed to reverse a typical result overview with the Ryzen 7 5800X, while on the latter the Rocket Lake-S chip succeeded in hitting another new height in regard to incredible single-core performance.
Super Nintendo Switch arises from the ashes of the Switch Pro with 4K support, DLSS upscaling, PS4 power, and even an alleged 2021 launch according to new rumors
More leaks in regard to the oft-rumored Nintendo Switch Pro, which is more likely going to end up being called the Nintendo Super Switch, have started appearing in online forums. It seems the Super Switch will have similar capabilities to the PS4 and will utilize Nvidia’s DLSS technology. One supposed insider claims the Nintendo Super Switch might be announced in 2021.
Single-core vs multi-core: Latest Intel Core i9-11900KF Geekbench run shows improvement but it's the same old story as the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X offers multi-core magnificence
The Intel Core i9-11900KF has taken another trip to Geekbench where it has managed a stronger performance in the multi-core test. However, the result when compared to the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X will leave desktop PC builders trying to solve the old single-core vs. multi-core quandary. The Rocket Lake i9-11900KF was pushed to almost 5.3 GHz.
Redmi K40 racks up over a quarter-million reservations as Xiaomi secures another bona fide smartphone success
The Redmi K40 is due to be officially launched on February 25 and the smartphone is already being warmly embraced by potential buyers in China. Over a quarter-million bookings for the Redmi K40 have been made via a single retailer site. The latest phone from Xiaomi’s subsidiary sports high-end components for a likely attractive price.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards appear on Belarusian online marketplace before official launch for the equivalent of over US$1,000 each
Three Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 cards have appeared for sale on a Belarusian online marketplace days before the boards are officially launched. The asking price for the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Eagle OC cards is 2,800 Belarusian rubles, which is roughly about US$1,080/€891/£770. The Nvidia MSRP for the GeForce RTX 3060 is US$329.
Xiaomi shares first full RedmiBook Pro picture: Apple MacBook Pro mimic that also has Thunderbolt 4
Xiaomi has been showing more of the upcoming RedmiBook Pro laptop series off in a couple of new teaser images. Unsurprisingly, the Xiaomi RedmiBook Pro has the look of an Apple MacBook Pro to it and also comes with a Thunderbolt 4/USB4 port. The updated notebooks will be launched on February 25.
Ryzen 7000 rumors start flying as "Phoenix" is revealed as AMD's likely Zen 4 successor to Rembrandt
It has been reported that “Phoenix” is the codename for the AMD series of chips that will eventually manifest into the Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 mobile APUs. Unsurprisingly, rumors about AMD Phoenix have already started flying, with mention of support for both DDR5 memory and PCIe 5 among them.
Images of Rocket Lake Intel Core i9 packaging leaked: The i9-11900K is so fast its box can't keep up
Pictures of the packaging for the upcoming Intel Core i9 members of the Rocket Lake-S series have leaked online. While some of the top-end parts get typically blue boxes in Intel’s updated livery, the speedy i9-11900K gets unusual packaging that has led some to comment that AMD and Ryzen 5000 has already crushed it.
Intel Core i9-11900KF plunges past 5 GHz on Geekbench but multi-core cramp leaves it out of its depth against AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 9 5900X
An Intel Core i9-11900KF processor from the Rocket Lake series has been spotted on Geekbench, where it managed a maximum frequency over 5 GHz. However, despite its fast clock rate, the single-core performance result left the i9-11900KF in the same vicinity as the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 9 5900X. The Zen 3 Vermeer CPUs are lengths ahead in multi-core benchmarking, though.
Lenovo Yoga 5G convertible laptop refreshed for 2021 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 compute platform
Lenovo has announced the 2021 Yoga 5G laptop that will operate on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 compute platform. A few initial specs have been offered up in regard to this upcoming second-generation Snapdragon-powered Lenovo Yoga 5G convertible laptop, including that it will feature a 60 Wh battery.
Redmi Note 10 to shine as brightly as an iPhone 12 Pro but OLED screen presence still unconfirmed
New Redmi Note 10 teasers have claimed that the upcoming potential midrange smartphone champion will have a display that is as bright as the screen of the iPhone 12 Pro and certainly way beyond that of the Redmi Note 9. The teasers have sparked renewed speculation that the Redmi Note 10 will feature an OLED screen instead of an LCD like its predecessor.
ZTE Axon 20 5G's woeful under-display camera hits almost rock bottom in DXOMARK's selfie rankings
The ZTE Axon 20 5G smartphone’s under-display front camera has been found deeply wanting in DXOMARK’s rigorous photo and video tests. The Axon 20’s final selfie camera ranking leaves it 78 points behind the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and second from the bottom overall. The under-display camera had issues with high noise and color fidelity.
Gamers vs miners: Nvidia announces GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards will come with gamer-friendly hash-rate limiting drivers and reveals new CMP HX processors for crypto mining
Nvidia has announced in an official blog post that the upcoming GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards will feature drivers that limit the GPU’s performance if the board is used for crypto mining. At the same time, Team Green has also revealed the CMP HX processors that are specifically designed for digging up digital coins.
Samsung rolls outs One UI 3.1 update for Galaxy S20 series, Galaxy Note20 range, and Galaxy Z lineup but not all the features found on the Galaxy S21 phones will be present
Samsung has started the roll-out of the One UI 3.1 update for the Galaxy S20 phones, Galaxy Note20 devices, and the Galaxy Z range. While these Samsung Galaxy smartphones will receive many of the features Samsung One UI 3.1 has to offer, there will be no support for Google Discover, which is available on the Galaxy S21 series.
Apple M1-native malware targets users of the new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini with unwanted Pirrit adware
Apple M1-native malware has been discovered by an independent macOS security researcher. The GoSearch22 Safari browser extension, which is linked to the infamous Pirrit adware family, can run on any M1 silicon-based device, such as the late 2020 models of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini.
Intel Alder Lake-S sample crashes and burns on UserBenchmark with a 0.8 GHz clock and puny bench but AMD fans shouldn't celebrate just yet
An Intel Alder Lake-S processor has been spotted being tested on UserBenchmark, where it recorded an average boost rate of 0.8 GHz and was awarded with a 24.9% average bench. But before AMD fans start celebrating the untimely demise of Alder Lake, it seems likely that the 12th Gen chip’s hybrid architecture is fudging the numbers.
AMD EPYC 7643 Milan server chip uses its 48 cores to generate an amazing Geekbench 5 multi-core result that easily keeps pace with the 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X
The 48-core AMD EPYC 7643 Zen 3 server processor has made another appearance on Geekbench, turning up on version 5 of the synthetic benchmark. The Milan chip pulled out a gigantic multi-core score of 33,348 points that puts it +33% ahead of the average result managed by the 64-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X.
ZOTAC antagonizes an army of gamers as it promotes a parade of Gaming GeForce RTX 30 Series White Edition cards as ready for crypto mining duties
The Hong Kong-based video card maker ZOTAC has uploaded an image on Twitter that has already been met by considerable ire from gamers. The picture shows a lineup of White Edition GeForce RTX 30 Series cards that look like they are hooked up as part of a huge mining rig. Tags in the tweet are aimed at gamers but the caption is definitely for crypto miners.
Update: ZOTAC has now removed the polarizing tweet.
Report claims Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 laptops will come with Intel Core i5 and i7 chips and OLED screens
Some first alleged specs of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 laptops have been revealed. It seems buyers can expect to find an OLED screen in their new Galaxy Book Pro while there will be a choice of Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The Galaxy Book Pro and Pro 360 will be Windows-based devices.
Stylish Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra concept renders downplay ghastly camera bump as leaker claims more phones with rear secondary screens are coming this year
Concept renders of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra have been shared online by a popular designer. The smartphone looks stylish and innovative in the renders, but there is no side view of the Mi 11 Ultra’s off-putting camera bump. A noted leaker expects more smartphones with rear secondary screens will appear before the end of the year.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 prices hiked as high as €699.90 (US$849) before February 25 launch as gamers blame crypto miners for retailer gouging tactics
There have been reports of computer part retailers in Europe hiking prices of GeForce RTX 3060 AIB boards before the graphics card is even launched. Nvidia’s MSRPs for the GeForce RTX 3060 are US$329/€329/£299 but retailer prices have gone beyond double in some cases. Gamers have been blaming the hikes on cryptocurrency miners.
Xperia 10 III goes all Redmi Note 9 Pro but with that classic Sony smartphone design as alleged Geekbench visit reveals similar performance and likely specs
A supposed Geekbench listing for what could be the Sony Xperia 10 III has revealed some details about the upcoming midrange phone’s possible specs and processor performance. If the record is the genuine article, then the Xperia 10 III could offer Redmi Note 9 Pro-like performance but clad in that instantly recognizable Sony smartphone design.
Galaxy Tab S8 Enterprise Edition appears on Samsung support page as more Tab S8 rumors turn up
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Enterprise Edition tablet has appeared on an official support page for the South Korean manufacturer. This adds more weight to the rumor that Samsung will release a Galaxy Tab S8 and likely a Tab S8+ for the consumer market this year. The apparently Snapdragon 888-powered slates should come in several communication variants.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra vs Mi 10 Ultra: Specs bump and camera bump could attract and repel in equal measure for the potentially best smartphone of 2021
A video of alleged Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra prototype smartphones has revealed a lot of the specifications for the 2021 flagship of flagships. One of the best smartphones of 2020 was the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, and Xiaomi will want the same kind of acclaim in 2021 for the Mi 11 Ultra. The specs bump is appealing but the camera bump is divisive.
Rocket Lake i7-11700 helps Intel secure the single-core performance crown for now as it crushes the i7-10700K and overtakes the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X at 4.88 GHz on Geekbench
An Intel Core i7-11700 has passed through Geekbench testing with flying colors, hitting 4.8 GHz and recording an incredible single-core performance score that easily surpasses the i7-10700K and just squeezes past the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X. A separate benchmark revealed the capabilities of the i7-11700’s UHD Graphics 750 iGPU.
8-core i9-11980HK leads the pack of leaked Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake-H45 processors bringing 5 GHz on multiple cores for laptops
Four SKUs that are likely going to be part of the upcoming Tiger Lake-H45 series of laptop processors from Intel have had their names and core counts revealed. Heading the group is the Intel Core i9-11980HK that may be one of the parts that can offer multiple-core 5.0 GHz processing on a mobile platform.
Intel Core i9-11900T pops up on Geekbench with UHD Graphics 750: Power-optimized Rocket Lake chip hits 4.89 GHz and floors the i9-10900T in single-core performance
A low-power Intel Core i9-11900T chip from the Rocket Lake family has appeared on Geekbench. The i9-11900T, which has an iGPU in the form of the UHD Graphics 750, recorded a clock rate of 4.89 GHz and produced an outstanding single-core score that was +26% over the Comet Lake i9-10900T.
PS5 scalpers "just try and help others" and "do a lot for charity" as UK politician calls for a scalping ban
PlayStation 5 scalpers have made a misjudged effort in regard to changing the gaming public’s overwhelmingly negative opinion of their activities. Those involved with PS5 scalping have claimed that the bad press surrounding them is unjustified. A British politician has put forward a Private Members’ Bill to ban retail bot use and console scalping.
Apple M1-based MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13, and Mac mini join curious "B2002" item in Bluetooth SIG listing
An updated Bluetooth SIG listing has sparked speculation in regard to a mysterious “B2002” entry, with guesses ranging from Apple TV to an M1 iMac. The B2002 item joins new registrations for the M1-based MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13, and Mac mini. The model number for the baffling potential product is simply “TBD”.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 wows in concept design renders thanks to under-display camera and fresh flat screen
Concept renders of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 have started springing up on Chinese media sites. While it’s likely the Mi Mix 4 images are unofficial, they do give an idea of what the 2021 smartphone could look like. Unsurprisingly, an under-display camera is present at the front and the phone is not as curvy as recent Xiaomi models.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 laptops from Hasee snapped up by the hundreds for a single crypto mining farm in China as business booms
New images and a video of Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 gaming laptops being used for cryptocurrency mining have been shared on Chinese social media. Hundreds of units from the laptop company Hasee can be seen lined up on shelves in a mining farm for digging up digital coins. The GeForce RTX 3060 notebooks are put straight to work right out of the box.
16-core Intel Alder Lake-S chip shows what it has to take on AMD's Zen 3 and Zen 4 with i9-10900K level Geekbench performance and curveball clock rates
An Alder Lake-S engineering sample has been spotted on Geekbench revealing its 16-core, 24-thread configuration and DDR5 RAM support. The benchmark results place the Intel Alder Lake part in the same ballpark as the Comet Lake i9-10900K, but the upcoming 10nm series will eventually be pitched against AMD’s Zen 3 refresh and Zen 4 processors.
Xiaomi makes "lite" work of MIUI 12.5 Global ROM as firmware has fewer features and less-effective system optimizations than MIUI 12.5 China
The Xiaomi MIUI 12.5 update for eligible smartphones utilizing the Global ROM has been found to offer fewer features and lower system optimization figures than the MIUI 12.5 China ROM. One particular memory-related optimization has a shortfall of -13% for the Global ROM, leading some to call MIUI 12.5 Global a “lite” version of the Android overlay.
Asus ROG Phone 5 model with 16 GB RAM smashes its way past the Android Geekbench chart champion Asus ROG Phone 3
An Asus ROG Phone 5 has been spotted again on Geekbench but this time around it was the 16 GB variant being put through its paces. In conjunction with the Snapdragon 888, the ROG Phone 5 was able to overtake the Android chart champion ROG Phone 3 in both single-core and multi-core benchmarks.
Zen 4 rumor bulldozer smashes Zen 3 with alleged +25% IPC uplift, +40% total gains, and potential delivery of 5 GHz on all cores while AMD's Zen 5 will be even more spectacular
Incredible rumors concerning AMD’s Zen 4 and Zen 5 microarchitectures have been shared that suggest impressive generational gains. Zen 4 will apparently offer +25% IPC gains, +40% overall performance, and it may also bring all-core processing at 5 GHz. If that’s not enough to erase memories of the Bulldozer family, then Zen 5 is allegedly set to amaze.
Intel officially announces that B460 and H410 chipsets won't support Rocket Lake chips but Gigabyte's H410M motherboards offer a cheeky workaround
Intel has officially confirmed that the upcoming 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S desktop processors will not be supported by either the H410 or B460 chipsets. These chipsets utilize the LGA 1200 socket and are based on the 22nm manufacturing process. Gigabyte has provided a way for buyers of its H410M boards to select a revised variant that does support Rocket Lake chips.
Samsung Galaxy S20 and iQOO 7 join Vivo's X series as the latest threats to Xiaomi and Redmi dominance in rejigged AnTuTu price-performance charts
AnTuTu has published its slightly rejigged price-performance charts for January, and although there are still a dozen spots taken up by Xiaomi and Redmi, there are plenty of strong rivals nipping at their heels. The popular iQOO 7 and Vivo X series phones are making some waves, and there is even space for the Samsung Galaxy S20 series and Galaxy Note20 Ultra.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 and Mi Mix 4 likely to be joined by Mi Fold in 2021 as Xiaomi's R&D department awaits a huge personnel and cash injection
Xiaomi has revealed great plans for two seemingly almost-forgotten product lines this year, with news that the Mi Mix 4 and a new Xiaomi tablet range (Mi Pad 5) should surface in 2021. A Mi Fold or similarly named Xiaomi foldable phone should also make an appearance, which is why the company’s R&D department is receiving a huge boost.
Apple M1 vs Intel i7: Cherry-picked benchmarks and shifting Tiger Lake SKUs leave Intel looking revolutionary rather than evolutionary
Slides from Intel have been published revealing numerous benchmark and usage comparisons between the ARM-based Apple M1 chip and Core i7 representatives of the Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake series. The choice of benchmarks and some subtle SKU changes suggest Intel is focusing on trash-talking the Apple M1 rather than improving its own production.
Gargantuan iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 sales help Apple almost erase Motorola and Alcatel from the US market as the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 just keep Google alive
A Counterpoint report has stated that Apple managed to sell over 9.5 million iPhones in the US market alone in December 2020. This gave the iPhone 12 maker a huge 64% of the market share, leaving Samsung in second on 20%. Google managed to claw back some share thanks to the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5, but Motorola and Alcatel are firmly in ZTE territory.
Xiaomi teaser suggests imminent Mi Mix 4 announcement with 2021 release date increasingly likely
A post made by the Xiaomi Company on Weibo has increased the likelihood of the Mi Mix 4 being released this year. Although no specs or images of the successor to the innovative Mi Mix line are presented, it does seem likely that the company CEO himself is almost ready to announce the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series laptop shortages likely as Ethereum hunters in China turn to mobile mining
A financial blogger on Chinese social media has posted various images of Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series laptops being used for cryptocurrency mining. The rigs on show involve dozens of gaming notebooks stacked up just for hunting down some increasingly valuable Ethereum. Some of the laptops visible are RTX 3060 machines that cost around US$1,000.
Apple M1X, M2, A14X, A15, and A15 Bionic lead the speculation for the true identities of four alleged upcoming Apple SoCs
A tech tipster has claimed that Apple is preparing four new SoCs and has shared the alleged internal identifiers for the processors. Unsurprisingly, this has led to considerable speculation about their eventual product names, with Apple M1X, M2, A14X, A15, and A15 Bionic heading the suggestions. 2021’s 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models could feature a new SoC.
Xiaomi unveils beautiful quad-curved waterfall display concept smartphone with portless unibody and under-screen camera but don't expect it to be the Mi Mix 4
Xiaomi has posted an incredible video clip of its new concept smartphone that has a quad-curved waterfall display and no ports thanks to a unibody design. While many fans seem to enjoy the aesthetic appeal of the Xiaomi concept phone, it seems more likely it would be a Mi Mix Alpha 2 than a Mi Mix 4.
Xiaomi Mi 10 2021 New Year Edition phone, box, and price appear in marketing material: Rumored 120 Hz AMOLED and Snapdragon 870 for 3,399 yuan (US$525)
The Xiaomi Mi 10 2021 New Year Edition phone has turned up in some marketing images posted by the official Xiaomi account on Chinese social media. There is a good look at both the likely Snapdragon 870-powered Mi 10 from the rear and the phone’s box, and a price tag is also revealed: 3,399 yuan (US$525/€439).
PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X: Kraken gets cracking with Control and gives the PS5 an almost 40% smaller file size to store
There have been some posts on Reddit claiming to show the PlayStation 5’s Oodle Kraken tool working at its best in regard to compressing game data from Control Ultimate Edition. While Xbox Series X owners have to give up around 42.5 GB of SSD space for the game files, PS5 owners only relinquish about 25.79 GB of room.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 or Mi Mix Fold could cost over US$1,500 of your folding money but is likely to feature under-display camera technology
A potential Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 or Mi Mix Fold with under-display camera technology could end up with a price tag of 10,000 yuan (US$1,548/€1,289). Xiaomi’s CEO, Lei Jun, has asked his followers on Weibo if they would be willing to buy a phone at that price and what it should feature. A Xiaomi foldable phone and a Mi Mix successor are expected to appear at some point this year.
Apple is the world's most admired company according to Fortune while Microsoft, Nvidia, and Samsung are all ranked as leaders in their industries
Fortune magazine has published its “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and it is headed by Apple. Tech companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Nvidia, Cisco, and Samsung all find places as the #1 ranked firm in their industry. Well-known names from China such as Tencent Holdings and Alibaba are also included.
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090 all make strong appearances in latest Steam hardware survey as Nvidia GPUs claim 18 out of the top 20 places
Nvidia looks impressively strong in the PC video card usage chart in Steam’s latest monthly Hardware & Software survey. There are new entries for both the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3090, while the RTX 3080 enjoys a third month of popularity. In terms of overall percentage share, Nvidia has no real rival in the GPU space yet.
Fast Ryzen 5000 CPUs and cheap Ryzen 3000 chips right some wrongs as Steam's January survey reveals a new high for AMD against Intel in processor usage share
Steam has published its hardware and software survey for January 2021 and there are certainly some differences in comparison to the previous month in terms of processor usage and share. AMD has achieved its highest share against Intel, likely aided by the uptake of fast Ryzen 5000 processors among the gaming community.
Xiaomi uses MIUI 12.5 update to start blocking Google Mobile Services installation on China ROM smartphones
Reports out of China have stated that Xiaomi has started blocking the installation of Google Mobile Services (GMS) from some of its smartphones that operate with the China ROM firmware. Previously, users in China had been able to install the Google apps, but some with devices running on MIUI 12.5 have found this is no longer possible.
Xiaomi has clarified the GMS situation with an official statement.
God of War patch brings 60 FPS 4K gameplay enhancement option to PlayStation 5 owners
Santa Monica Studio will release a free God of War patch that will bring new visual enhancements to those playing the 2018 hit title on the PlayStation 5. Gamers will be able to choose to play God of War in “enhanced performance mode” on the PS5 at 4K (checkerboard) and 60 FPS.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU in Gigabyte G5 KC delivers promising OpenCL score +8% higher than the RTX 2070 desktop graphics card
A Gigabyte G5 KC gaming laptop with an Intel Core i7-10870H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU has been spotted on Geekbench turning out a terrific OpenCL score that would place it roughly between the RTX 2070 and RTX 2070 Super desktop cards in the benchmark chart. Unfortunately, the TGP of the RTX 3060 is not mentioned.
Sparks fly as NZXT H1 PCIe riser cable screw fire hazard and insufficient workaround solution are exposed
The NZXT H1 case has come under very close scrutiny from the team at Gamers Nexus in two recent videos. It appears a fault with the PCIe riser involving conductive metal screws, an unplated PCB through hole, and an exposed 12 V plane has caused some units to catch on fire. NZXT has issued a workaround with nylon screws, but this still leaves faulty boards in place.
Update: NZXT has taken greater and more positive steps to address the issue.
Latest Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 specs leak reveals a choice of two memory and storage configurations and universal improvements over the Z Flip 5G but at a cost
Supposed further specs for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 have revealed some final key details about the foldable phone. Apparently there will be at least two RAM + storage configurations, possible IP certification, camera housing design based on that of the Galaxy S21, and 15 W wireless charging. But all these improvements over the Z Flip 5G will come at a high price.
PS5 restock ruckus results in disappointment and Nintendo Switch weekly sales figures in Japan hit over 1,000 times more than those of the Xbox Series X|S
A PlayStation 5 restock and sale in a Tokyo retailer has ended in disappointment for many as crowd disturbance forced police to shut down the event. Sales figures for the PS5 in Japan have been reported at being over 44 times greater than those for the Xbox Series X|S, although both pale into comparison with the Nintendo Switch.
GPD Win 3 brings PS3 portable to life with God of War III gameplay at 720p/30 fps
Another GPD Win 3 gameplay video has been posted online that’s a little different to the usual examples GPD shares. This time around, the Win 3 handheld console/mini laptop was turned into a PS3 portable thanks to the use of an appropriate emulator, and it was put through its paces via an action-packed turn on God of War III.
Intel Core i9-11900K and i7-11700K keep Ryzen 5000 at bay as PassMark posts latest single-thread performance chart update
PassMark has recently updated its CPU Mark single-thread performance chart and two Rocket Lake chips in the forms of the Intel Core i9-11900K and i7-11700K occupy the top two positions. There was some resistance from Vermeer, especially from the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, but the i9-11900K looks to be immovable for the time being.
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U in HP EliteBook 845 G8 laptop turns up on UserBenchmark as HP also accidentally reveals Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U model
An AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U and Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U have made their first appearances thanks to a benchmark and a manufacturer. The Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U was spotted in an EliteBook 845 G8 laptop on UserBenchmark while it seems HP managed to unveil the AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U via a prematurely published support page.
Xbox Series S console increasingly seen as a next-gen hurdle for game developers as Control Ultimate Edition's boosts for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S are posted
The Xbox Series S console has been criticized by game developers due to its restrictive configuration. Memory and resolution limitations in comparison to the Xbox Series X have been highlighted, just as the next-gen enhancements for Control Ultimate Edition for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox consoles are posted online.
48-core AMD EPYC 7643 server processor flexes its Zen 3 Milan muscles on Geekbench 4 and benches a mighty multi-core result
The 48-core, 96-thread AMD EPYC 7643 server chip has been tested on Geekbench 4 and has come up with a gigantic multi-core score of 121,080 points. The Zen 3 Milan part also wields 256 MB L3 cache and has clock rates of 2.30 GHz to 3.60 GHz. Astonishingly, AMD has even more-powerful CPUs than the EPYC 7643 waiting in the wings.
Two 32-core AMD EPYC 7513 Milan chips working in tandem gain +8% over Ryzen Threadripper 3990X on Geekbench without even breaking into a sweat
An HP Enterprise dual processor server with a couple of 32-core AMD EPYC 7513 Milan chips inside it has been spotted on Geekbench. The upcoming Zen 3 parts teamed up to produce a huge result that was +8% over the average recorded by the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. The EPYC 7513 processors paced themselves at a base rate of 2.60 GHz.
Ryzen 4500U-powered AYA NEO Founder edition suffers a similar fate to that of the Smach Z as release date postponement is announced
The AYA NEO Founder edition handheld console has had its release date postponed until March 10. The development process has been hit by some issues, leaving the AYA NEO portable in a situation that eerily echoes the apparent demise of the Smach Z console. The AYA NEO handheld is fitted with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U.
Mi Mix heir apparent could end up with voice-activated slider and semi-wraparound display if based on latest eccentric patent from Xiaomi
A new Xiaomi patent for an “electronic device” has given an idea of what the heir apparent to the stalled Mi Mix line could look like or what it could feature. The potential Xiaomi Mi Mix smartphone in this patent has a slider mechanism that can be voice activated, and it has a display that wraps over the bottom edge and onto the rear side.
Intel Core i7-11700 wallops the i7-10700K by +21% in single-core test and even outpoints the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X - but it was via UserBenchmark
The Intel Core i7-11700 has been spotted producing an enormous single-core score on a synthetic benchmark site. The Rocket Lake-S chip outpaced the i7-10700K by quite a margin and even scored higher than the maximum result for the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X. However, this strong i7-11700 mark was recorded on the contentious UserBenchmark site.
Suspect Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro live image greeted by mixed response for the upcoming Snapdragon 888 smartphone
An alleged live photo of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro has been shared on Chinese social media and has been met with something of a lukewarm response so far. The Snapdragon 888 phone has been called “ugly”, with the Mi 11 Pro having a large main camera system housing that stretches over a significant portion of the rear side.
Xiaomi Mi Band 6 release date and price: Past Mi Band launches and crowded wearables market offer up clues
A first leak of Xiaomi Mi Band 6-related specifications has offered up a goldmine of information about the upcoming budget fitness tracker – apart from its release date and probable price. However, Xiaomi’s habits with previous Mi Band launches and the state of the wearables market offer up some useful clues for predictions.
Apple Watch Series 7, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, and Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 3 could all feature a non-invasive glucose monitor
A report out of South Korea has claimed that both Apple and Samsung are preparing to include a blood glucose monitor in their upcoming 2021 smartwatch releases. This means that an Apple Watch 7, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, or Galaxy Watch Active 3 could end up being fitted with a vital, and non-invasive, sensor for checking glucose levels.
Redmi K40 hype train gains speed as Lu Weibing reveals thick and thin boxes for the upcoming flagship killer
Redmi general manager Lu Weibing has been hyping up the Redmi K40 smartphone on his Weibo channel. This time around, the executive has posted an image showing two Redmi K40 boxes – a thick one and a thin one. It seems Xiaomi is continuing with its no-charger option in a similar fashion to the launch of the Mi 11.
Dozens of GeForce RTX 30 series laptops from Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte listed by UK retailer: Prices from £998.99 (US$1,367) with Ryzen 5000 and Tiger Lake options available
Fifty gaming laptops featuring Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs from major vendors such as Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte have been listed on the Scan website. Many feature Ryzen 5000 APUs and there are a couple of Tiger Lake H-35 options too. Prices go from £998.99 (US$1,367) for an Asus TUF Dash RTX 3060 laptop up to £4,298.99 (US$5,882) for an MSI GS66 Stealth RTX 3080 laptop.
Intel Core i7-11375H in Asus TUF Dash F15 shows no fear of Ryzen 5000 H-series as 5.0 GHz boost helps it to single-core mastery +24% higher than the i7-10750H
An Intel Core i7-11375H (Tiger Lake-H35) has appeared on Geekbench in an Asus TUF Dash F15 gaming laptop. The i7-11375H was measured reaching a clock rate of 5.0 GHz and produced a single-core score that beats out the i7-10750H by +24% and can even hold up against the incoming barrage from AMD’s Ryzen 5000 H-series Cezanne chips.
Intel Core i5-11500 demands attention as it outscores the i7-11700K and offers almost +30% gains over the i5-10400F in Geekbench single-core benchmark
Another Rocket Lake-S processor has shown up on Geekbench in the form of the 6-core, 12-thread Intel Core i5-11500. The sample produced a surprisingly good result that nipped past a recent i7-11700K single-core test score. The i5-11500 reached a maximum frequency of 4.57 GHz and offered excellent gains over the i5-10400F.
Xiaomi Mi Band 6 details leaked: SpO2 sensor, possible GPS, Alexa support, and a larger display than the Mi Band 5
The first details of the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 have been posted online, and it seems likely there will be a global variant called the Mi Smart Band 6. The upcoming activity tracker has all the features that the Mi Band 5 offers but with additional utilities, such as SpO2 tracking (blood oxygen level measurement) and Alexa support. The Mi Band 6 may have a larger display too.
Apple iPhone 12s Pro, Huawei Mate 50 Pro, and Xiaomi Mi 12 appear on shortlist of smartphones expected to feature LTPO displays this year
A shortlist of smartphones either already with or expected to feature LTPO screens in 2021 has revealed some interesting entrants and a notable absence. There is mention of an Apple iPhone 12s Pro, Huawei Mate 50 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, and even the Xiaomi Mi 12, but there seems to be no room for a Galaxy Note 21 here.
Alleged Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 specs and price predictions arrive just as more tech tipsters sound the death knell for the Galaxy Note series
Specs and price predictions for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 foldable smartphone have started appearing on social media just as well-known tech commenters have been ringing the death knell for the Samsung Galaxy Note series. One analyst has stated there may be a Galaxy Note 20 FE while a tipster believes rollables will take over from the Note in 2022.
Ryzen 3 5400U APU inside HP ProBook x360 435 G8 endures a false start against the AMD Ryzen 3 4300U on Geekbench but base clock performance gives a sign of things to come
The Zen 3-based AMD Ryzen 3 5400U has popped up on Geekbench as part of an HP ProBook x360 435 G8 laptop. The Cezanne Ryzen 5000 part is seemingly restricted to a maximum clock of 2.60 GHz, which leaves a mixed impression against the older Ryzen 3 4300U. However, the results at base clock rate are a sign of good things to come.
Intel Core i9-11900K produces an ominous Geekbench single-core result that takes the i9-10900K by +32% and leaves the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 9 5950X out of sight
A sample of the Intel Core i9-11900K has finally been unearthed on Geekbench and the Rocket Lake-S chip has produced a gigantic single-core score. Utilizing a Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Master board enabled the i9-11900K to score over +32% higher than the i9-10900K and leave the Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 7 5800X playing catch up.
AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS hits 4.8 GHz inside an Asus ROG Flow X13 laptop as Geekbench single-core scores shine against the Ryzen 9 4900H and Intel Core i7-1165G7
The Asus ROG Flow X13 GV301 laptop in combination with an AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS APU has been spotted in a couple of test runs on Geekbench. The Ryzen 9 5980HS produced strong single-core and multi-core results that hold up well against the Ryzen 9 4900H and Intel Core i7-1165G7. At one point, the Zen 3 chip was measured reaching 4.789 GHz.
8-core Tiger Lake-H processors in HP ZBook Studio G8 and ZBook Create G8 laptops wreck the UserBenchmark 1-core charts
Unnamed 8-core Tiger Lake-H processors from Intel have been producing incredible 1-core scores on UserBenchmark in HP ZBook Studio G8 and HP ZBook Create G8 laptops, although the multi-core scores were quite poor. The mysterious Intel Tiger Lake-H chips recorded a base clock of 3.1 GHz in the benchmark entries.
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 Galaxy S10 Android 11 One UI 3.0 update was only first made available a couple of weeks ago.
Xiaomi's latest kooky patent employs less smoke and more mirrors to give a potential Mi Mix 4 the camera-free display and unblemished rear it deserves
A newly unearthed patent filed by Xiaomi has depicted a curious method for solving the issue of having camera sensors on the front and the rear of a smartphone. In this instance, Xiaomi has chosen a pop-up mechanism that features a “reflecting member”. Such a kooky contraption could end up being implemented with the long-awaited Mi Mix 4.
Sony Xperia 10 III revealed in all its old-fashioned glory: Naming scheme and design are immediately pilloried
Renders of the Sony Xperia 10 III smartphone have been shared online. The upcoming midrange device features a typical Xperia design that has already been met with some criticism. On top of that, commenters have also been ridiculing the naming scheme Sony has chosen for the Xperia 10 III. On the bright side, it comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack.
16-core Intel Alder Lake-S desktop processor's SiSoftware entry reveals specs, Xe Gen 12.2 iGPU details, 30 MB L3 cache, and DDR5 memory support
A 16-core Alder Lake-S processor from Intel has been spotted revealing some of its secrets on the SiSoftware database. Along with once again confirming support for DDR5 memory, the listing gave some details about the Xe Gen 12.2 iGPU and revealed a 30 MB L3 cache. Clock rates were measured at 1.8 GHz to 4.0 GHz.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ with Intel Core i7-1165G7 shows potential casual gaming chops as Iris Xe iGPU easily outguns Nvidia GeForce MX350 dGPU and AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 in OpenCL
The new Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ has made a couple of appearances on Geekbench that point to the convertible laptop being ideal for some light gaming sessions. The Iris Xe iGPU in the Surface Pro 7+ device’s Intel Core i7-1165G7 managed to outscore both the Nvidia GeForce MX350 dGPU and AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000 class).
Gigabyte revises its GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC PRO 8G graphics card - now 11 mm shorter
Gigabyte has added a sort-of-new product to its graphics card range in the form of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC PRO 8G (rev 2.0). Desktop PC builders will likely be intrigued by the revisions that have been made to this RTX 3060 Ti variant, but it appears the biggest difference to the original model is a height reduction.
Amazing Apple M1X Geekbench multi-core result more likely produced by an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X rather than a rumored 20-core Cupertino beast
An image taken from an alleged Geekbench run for a MacBook Pro18,1 system has supposedly revealed the multi-core power of the rumored Apple M1X chip. The score of 18,520 is over 140% higher than our results with an 8-core Apple M1. But it seems more likely shenanigans are to blame rather than an appearance by a 12-core Apple part or 20-core monster.
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 Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 were expected to receive the software update in February.
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 to May 15. However, millions have already decided to move to rival messenger services such as Signal and Telegram.
Nintendo Switch reigns supreme in overall console sales for 2020 in the USA, Japan, UK, and Australia
The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling game console in the USA, Japan, UK, and Australia in 2020. With the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S only arriving at the end of the year and then suffering from severe supply issues, sales of the Nintendo Switch ended on a high in December. Switch devices grabbed 87% of console sales in Japan in 2020.
Possible Snapdragon 870 in Vivo V2045 smartphone shows up to +18% performance gains over Snapdragon 865 in Geekbench and holds up well against Snapdragon 888
A possible Snapdragon 870 processor has been spotted on Geekbench as part of a Vivo V2045 device. The recorded single-core and multi-core scores reveal decent gains of up to +18% over the Snapdragon 865. The “Snapdragon 870”, which might be basically an overclocked SD865, wasn’t too far behind the Snapdragon 888 on this benchmark.
Spy shots of Xiaomi foldable smartphone running MIUI 12 reveal a problematic issue that still needs ironing out
Live images of a Xiaomi foldable smartphone have been shared online, indicating that the Chinese company seems to be almost ready to launch its first commercial foldable phone. The Xiaomi foldable device, which is clearly operating on MIUI 12, has a very noticeable crease running down the middle that will hopefully be less egregious in the final retail model.
32-core AMD EPYC 7543 Milan server processor rubs shoulders with 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X after smashing out gigantic Geekbench multi-core score
An AMD EPYC 7543 server processor from the Zen 3-based Milan family has been unearthed on Geekbench where it amassed a huge multi-core score of 25,909 points with the help of its 32 cores. This result places the EPYC 7543 at a similar level as the average result for the 64-core monster that is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS in Asus ROG Flow X13 makes restrained appearance on Geekbench and underperforms against the Ryzen 9 4900HS and Intel Core i7-1165G7
The Zen 3 Cezanne part AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS has been spotted on Geekbench as part of the fascinating Asus ROG Flow X13 2-in-1 laptop. However, the results don’t seem as high as could be expected, when the Ryzen 9 5900HS should be flying past the Ryzen 9 4900HS and Tiger Lake Intel Core i7-1165G7.
Asus and MSI reveal their price lists for Rocket Lake Z590 motherboards ranging from €185 (US$224) all the way up to €1,516 (US$1,838)
Asus and MSI have released details about their new Z590 motherboards with the LGA 1200 socket that offer support for Comet Lake and Rocket Lake chips from Intel. MSI’s range features 12 boards that are headlined by a revamped MEG Z590 GODLIKE while the 13 boards from Asus are led by the pricey ROG Maximus XIII Extreme Glacial.
Nintendo Aula, Switch Pro, Switch 4K, Switch 2 - rumors fly as Nintendo launches the Switch Mario Red & Blue Edition console for US$299.99
Rumors about upcoming new hardware from Nintendo have been flying around more furiously than ever, with mention of the codename “Aula” that could represent a Switch Pro, Switch 4K, or even a next-gen Switch 2 console. Nintendo has launched the Switch Mario Red & Blue Edition console amidst the speculation circus.
Amazfit teases the GTR 2 LTE and offers some help with choosing a smartwatch from the growing Amazfit GTR 2 and GTS 2 family
Amazfit has teased another member of the growing GTR 2 and GTS 2 family in the form of the upcoming Amazfit GTR 2 LTE. This latest addition will bring the total of smartwatches in this range to six SKUs. Fortunately, Amazfit has published a handy graphic to help shoppers choose from the diverse range of “fitness for all” smartwatches.
OEM-only AMD Ryzen 7 5800 and Ryzen 9 5900 desktop processors bring extra gaming performance with a lower power requirement to the Zen 3 family
AMD has launched two new members of the Ryzen 5000 desktop processor family in the forms of the Ryzen 7 5800 and Ryzen 9 5900. Both CPUs have lower TDPs than their similarly named Zen 3 counterparts, and the Ryzen 9 5900 offers an average of 24% faster gaming performance at 1080p than the previous-generation Ryzen 9 3900.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX, 3975WX, and 3995WX to go on store shelves soon; EPYC Milan processors vanquish Xeon Gold chips in forecasting comparison
AMD has announced that the Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX, 3975WX, and 3995WX workstation processors will soon be available to private customers from major retailers. The Threadripper PRO chips offer from 16 cores to 64 cores and 32 threads to 128 threads of processing power along with support for 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes. The EPYC “Milan” series has also been teased.
Rocket Lake-S vs Zen 3: Geekbench single-core charts headed by four Ryzen 5000 parts but the Intel Core i9-11900K and i7-11700K should rain on that parade
The Geekbench 5 processor benchmark chart for single-core performance is currently headed by four Zen 3 parts, with the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X leading the pack on an average score of 1,680. However, Rocket Lake-S CPUs like the Intel Core i9-11900K and i7-11700K should soon roar back and likely reclaim the table for Team Blue.
Amazfit GTR 2e and Amazfit GTS 2e smartwatches officially launched in the US: Blood-oxygen saturation measurement and up to 45 days of battery life for US$139.99
The Amazfit GTR 2e and Amazfit GTS 2e smartwatches from Huami have now officially become available to customers in North America. Both watches are priced at US$139.99, with the main differences between them being design and battery life. The Amazfit GTR 2e and Amazfit GTS 2e come with a data sensor for blood-oxygen saturation measurement.
Huge AMD Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 5 5600X sales combine with Matisse in Mindfactory report to leave Intel's Rocket Lake with a Sisyphean task
Latest sales data from Mindfactory has been compiled into a handful of charts and graphs that make for great reading for AMD, with both Matisse and Vermeer parts selling by the truckload. The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 5 5600X join the Ryzen 7 3700X in being particularly popular, leaving Intel’s Rocket Lake with a Sisyphean task in regard to attracting buyers.
Ryzen 7 5700G boosting to 4.6 GHz offers unspectacular results on Geekbench compared to Ryzen 7 4700G but it's early days for the AMD desktop APU
An AMD Ryzen 7 5700G desktop APU has been spotted being tested on a Linux (Ubuntu) system on Geekbench 5. The Ryzen 7 5700G utilized an MSI MAG B550M Mortar motherboard and reached a boost clock of 4.66 GHz. However, the engineering sample’s results weren’t particularly greater than those of the Renoir Ryzen 7 4700G.
Ragnarok could be coming to the PS4 and PS5: God of War sequel likely to be cross-gen title according to former game director but release date is a concern
Game designer David Jaffe, who was the director of the original God of War title for the PS2, has been voicing his opinions about the upcoming God of War sequel that is often called God of War: Ragnarok. He believes it will end up being a cross-gen title for the PS4 and PS5 and that fans should be worried about the release date.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite turns up on the FCC and BIS while new specs leak suggests an AMOLED panel for the likely mid-range champ
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite appears to be getting closer to an official announcement as a smartphone believed to be this device has turned up on both the FCC and BIS. In addition, a new specs leak relating to the presumed Mi 11 Lite suggests it will sport an AMOLED screen and will be powered by an SM7150 platform chipset from Qualcomm.
PS5 sales numbers close in on five million units as restock is expected in January and Thailand finally joins the PlayStation 5 pre-order club
The latest estimated PS5 sales numbers have the console rapidly approaching five million units sold. Rumors have been circulating that there will be a considerable restock within the next few days, and fans in Thailand now have a pre-order date, launch date, and price for the PlayStation 5 console.
Leaked AMD Ryzen 9 5900 and Ryzen 7 5800 specs reveal high boost clocks with lower TDPs but good luck getting one as they might be OEM only
More Ryzen 5000 Vermeer Zen 3-based desktop processors from AMD have been leaked in the forms of the Ryzen 9 5900 and Ryzen 7 5800. Both chips seem to offer high boost clock rates at comparatively low TDPs; however, it has been suggested that the Ryzen 9 5900 and Ryzen 7 5800 will end up being OEM-only SKUs.
Mi 11 leads charge of Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones in AnTuTu's price-performance charts but the Realme X50 Pro 5G heads the resistance
AnTuTu’s price-performance charts for December make for good reading for Xiaomi. The new Mi 11 tops the most-expensive smartphone table while sub-brand Redmi has the top spot in the three cheapest charts. However, the Realme X50 Pro 5G prevents Xiaomi from commanding all five charts by heading up the 3,000-4,499 yuan list.
Overclocked Intel Rocket Lake-S processor flies past 6.9 GHz using a likely Gigabyte Z590 Aorus motherboard while the RAM hits a beyond diabolical 6,666 MHz
A mysterious Intel Rocket Lake-S processor has been overclocked to an incredible rate of 6.923 GHz with the help of plenty of liquid nitrogen and probably a Gigabyte Z590 Aorus motherboard. A couple of video clips of the feat have been posted online, which also reveal the RAM speeding along at a more than devilish 6,666 MHz.
Fantastical Nintendo Direct hardware and software leak: Switch Pro with 4K support and Nvidia DLSS 2.0 for US$399; Mario Kart 9 and The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of the Past release dates
An incredibly exciting but almost certainly fake itinerary for an upcoming Nintendo Direct event has been supposedly leaked. Featuring on the fantasy wishlist are details of a Nintendo Switch Pro console at US$399 and a huge list of games, including Mario Kart 9, Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition, and The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of the Past.
Ryzen 7 5800U thin and light laptops should offer stellar single-core performance as AMD's Zen 3 APU scores higher than an Intel Core i9-10900K in CPU-Z
An AMD Ryzen 7 5800U has been delivering some curious results thanks to recently leaked CPU-Z and Cinebench benchmarks. Single-core and single-thread scores were incredible, to the point that the laptop Ryzen 7 5800U could even outscore a desktop Intel Core i9-10900K. However, there seemed to be an issue with the Cezanne APU’s multi-core performances.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 allegedly does a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and explodes while charging
An owner of a Xiaomi Mi Band 5 fitness tracker has taken to Reddit to report about the gadget exploding while it was being charged. Apparently, it was the global version of the Mi Band 5 wearable and was not a copy or mishandled in any way. Issues likes this have been frequently reported in regard to smartphones, such as the notorious Samsung Galaxy Note 7 episode.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900H in leaked Mechrevo laptop with GeForce RTX 30 GPU shows very promising synthetic benchmark improvements over Ryzen 9 4900HS and Intel Core i7-10875H
An AMD Ryzen 9 5900H APU has been tested on various synthetic benchmarks as part of a Mechrevo gaming laptop that also comes with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 GPU. The results for the Zen 3 Ryzen 9 5900H chip in Cinebench showed welcome generational performance improvements over fellow 8-core chips Ryzen 9 4900HS and Intel Core i7-10875H.
Asus ROG Strix laptops consisting of AMD Ryzen 7 5800H with Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 and Ryzen 9 5900HX with GeForce RTX 3080 impress in Geekbench OpenCL
A couple of Asus ROG Strix laptops have been spotted being tested on Geekbench and both featured potent Ryzen 5000/GeForce RTX 30 series combinations. A Ryzen 7 5800H was paired off with a GeForce RTX 3070 while an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX teamed up with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 mobile GPU. The OpenCL scores in both tests were outstanding.
Redmi K40 with Snapdragon 7-series SoC should shake up stagnating AnTuTu midrange smartphone performance chart currently dominated by Dimensity and Kirin chips
AnTuTu has published its midrange smartphone performance chart for December, and it is looking somewhat stale with the typical Dimensity (Redmi 10X) and Kirin (Huawei Nova 7) phones jostling for position. However, a potential Redmi K40 sporting a Snapdragon 7-series SoC could soon be in competition to be the fastest midrange smartphone.
Radeon RX 6700 and RX 6700 XT with 12 GB GDDR6 may launch in March as AMD braces itself for Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series onslaught
It has been reported that AMD will launch the Radeon RX 6700 and RX 6700 XT graphics cards by the end of March. Apparently, both parts will feature 12 GB of GDDR6 memory and utilize Navi 22 GPUs. However, rival Nvidia appears to have a busy few months planned with rumors of numerous new GeForce RTX 30 series cards springing up.
Intel Core i9-11900K sample goes through benchmark battery including Cinebench R20 and CPU-Z but PCIe issues force it behind an i9-10900KF in gaming tests
The Rocket Lake-S flagship processor Intel Core i9-11900K has been put through a whole battery of benchmarks by YouTuber ChaoWanKe. The i9-11900K once again produced incredible single-thread results in CPU-Z, but it could not excel during gaming tests because of an issue with subpar PCIe connection.
Asus hikes prices for its graphics cards and motherboards: Already costly ROG Strix Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 White OC Edition Gaming goes from US$1,849.99 to US$2,109.99
Asus has revealed that a wide range of its premium graphics cards and motherboards have had their prices increased. For example, the Asus ROG Strix Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 White OC Edition Gaming card now costs over US$2,100, and the ROG Strix LC AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT that was US$899.99 at launch is now priced at US$1,079.99.
Snapdragon 888 vs Kirin 9000: Xiaomi Mi 11 tops the final AnTuTu flagship smartphone performance chart of 2020 ahead of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
AnTuTu has published its December 2020 Android flagship smartphone performance chart and the Xiaomi Mi 11 with the Snapdragon 888 has managed to take the top spot away from the Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ with the Kirin 9000. The Snapdragon 888 vs Kirin 9000 results were very close, but the Mi 11’s 2K 120 Hz display tipped the difference.
Intel Core i7-11700K pips the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X for the PassMark single-thread performance chart crown and scores nearly 15% more than the i7-10700K
The upcoming Rocket Lake-S Intel Core i7-11700K has been proving its undeniable value on PassMark, with a first sample managing to snatch the lead in the CPU Mark single-thread performance chart. The i7-11700K zipped past its fellow 8-core rival AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and produced a score that was almost 15% more than the Comet Lake i7-10700K.
OnePlus Band price, specs, design, and launch date leaked as the company starts officially teasing the upcoming fitness tracker
OnePlus has started officially teasing its upcoming fitness tracker that will feature useful tools such as SpO2 blood saturation monitoring and real-time heart-rate tracker. The alleged OnePlus Band price in India and its launch date have also been leaked along with some key specifications. The OnePlus Band is expected to cost around ₹2,499 (US$34).
Alleged Google Pixel 5a live images leaked but there is something distinctly fishy about them
Supposed Google Pixel 5a live images have been leaked online. Four photos of the smartphone reveal a few interesting tidbits about the rumored device; however, there is something fishy about the real-life pictures. It has been suggested that the Pixel 5a could be launched in May although a release in the second half of 2021 is more likely.
Xiaomi Mi 11 should be going global soon but hardcore fans can already preorder it from China from €579 (US$709)
The Xiaomi Mi 11 has already been selling by the truckload in China, where it is currently on sale from 3,999 yuan (€505/US$618/£452) for the 8 GB + 128 GB model. While the Chinese OEM has declared the Mi 11 will be going global soon, those eager to get their hands on one before then can preorder the smartphone from €579 (US$709/£519).
Intel knocks AMD for six in latest Steam survey but there seems to be some issue with the data readings
The Steam hardware and software survey for December 2020 has thrown up a surprising result in regard to processor usage. According to the currently published data table, Intel has snatched over 2% of the Windows share back from AMD. However, that’s nothing compared to the huge change in the color chart that shows AMD losing over 7% share in one month.
GeForce RTX 3070 Super and RTX 3080 Super graphics cards could be in the works as Nvidia looks to further expand the Ampere-based series
It has been rumored that Nvidia is working on even more Ampere-based graphics cards to join the growing GeForce RTX 30 series. Although the names for the two new parts are not currently known, it has been suggested that they could be the GeForce RTX 3070 Super and GeForce RTX 3080 Super cards.
Kirin 9010 and Snapdragon 888+ rumored for late 2021: 3 nm process for HiSilicon's chip, possibly to appear in a Huawei Mate 50 smartphone
It has been rumored that a HiSilicon Kirin 9010 chipset based on a 3 nm manufacturing process could be released in the second half of 2021, possibly to feature in a Huawei Mate 50 smartphone. On top of that, it’s also believed Qualcomm will produce a Snapdragon 888+ SoC at around the same time.
Overclocked Intel Core i9-11900K @5.2 GHz on all cores can beat the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X in single-thread and multithread benchmarks but at a massive power cost
The Rocket Lake Intel Core i9-11900K processor has turned up another astonishing CPU-Z benchmark score, with an overclocked sample with all cores at 5.2 GHz managing higher single-thread and multithread test results than the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X. But the power cost for a slight improvement might be too high for many.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 mobile GPU in upcoming HP Omen 15 gaming laptop offers 36.9-49.3% performance improvement over RTX 2070 Max-Q
An Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 mobile GPU has been put through its paces on Geekbench as part of an HP Omen 15 gaming laptop. The RTX 3070 delivered high OpenCL scores that place it up to 49% faster than a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q and even at a similar processing level as the desktop variant of the RTX 2080.
Rocket Lake Intel Core i9-11900K slips past AMD Ryzen 9 5950X in single-thread benchmark by 2.7-5.7% - just don't mention multithread performance, power, or delays
The Rocket Lake-S flagship processor Intel Core i9-11900K has recorded a CPU-Z single-thread benchmark score that takes it past AMD’s 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X by 2.7-5.7% depending on the test run. While this will likely make the upcoming chip attractive to some desktop gamers, there’s still bones of contention to be had with multithread performance, power, and postponements.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 laptop with AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 16 GB, and 144 Hz 1080p display leaks online for 14,862 yuan (US$2,276)
An Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503QS laptop has been spotted online revealing a potent combination of components. It seems the ROG Zephyrus G15 will be a Ryzen 5000 gaming laptop thanks to the AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS inside it, and it may also feature the 16 GB variant of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 mobile GPU.
Redmi K40, Redmi K40 Pro, Redmi K11: One of these could be a very cheap Snapdragon 888 smartphone from Redmi
A noted tech leaker has suggested that Redmi is working on a cheap Snapdragon 888 smartphone that currently has the codename “Haydn model K11”. It’s not known if this is a completely new smartphone line for Redmi or whether it could actually be the long-expected Redmi K40 or Redmi K40 Pro.
OnePlus Band incoming to challenge the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 in the budget fitness tracker market
The OnePlus Band is seemingly in the works and should soon be ready to challenge the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 in the budget wearable sector. Rumors state that the OnePlus Band will be unleashed with a sub-US$40 price tag and may be launched in the Indian market first, where the Xiaomi Mi Band series has dominated affordable fitness tracker sales.
Snapdragon 888-powered IQOO 7 blasts past Kirin 9000-sporting Huawei Mate 40 Pro devices with incredible AnTuTu benchmark score
An upcoming IQOO 7 smartphone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 has made a devastating appearance on the AnTuTu benchmark by clocking over three-quarters of a million points. This puts the IQOO 7, which is to be launched on January 11, beyond the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+ with their Kirin 9000 chipsets.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX APU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, and a 2K screen with up to 165 Hz support seem likely options for upcoming Asus ROG Strix laptops
Asus is apparently refreshing its ROG Strix laptops for 2021 and the potential configurations will have gamers salivating. It’s believed up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX will be available as CPU/APU while an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, RTX 3070, or RTX 3080 can also be selected. There’s even going to be decent screens to be had with the Asus ROG Strix laptops.
Custom gaming laptop company offers Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, RTX 3070, and RTX 3080 mobile GPU configuration options from €1,699 (US$2,087)
A Dutch company called SKIKK has started offering gaming laptops with mobile variants of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, RTX 3070, and RTX 3080. The entry-level device costs €1,699 (US$2,087) and features an RTX 3060 GPU with an Intel Core i7-10875H CPU. Delivery for the SKIKK GeForce 30 Series laptops is expected to start in Q1 2021.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900H delivers +23% single-core performance gain over Ryzen 9 4900H on Geekbench while cocking a snook at the Intel Core i7-10700K
Another Cezanne Zen 3 chip has been spotted on Geekbench in the form of the AMD Ryzen 9 5900H. The sample managed to hit speeds of 4.64 GHz and recorded strong single-core and multi-core scores that place it up to over 23% ahead of the Ryzen 9 4900H. The Ryzen 9 5900H is a mobile APU with eight cores.
16-core Alder Lake-S processor from Intel "hits" 17.6 GHz on Geekbench but it's an engineering sample so no liquid nitrogen cooling system required
An interesting 16-core Alder Lake processor from Intel has been spotted on Geekbench revealing some of its secrets, including the fact that it can utilize 24 threads and has a surprisingly low base clock. However, the Alder Lake-S part is clearly an engineering sample, as its maximum clock was recorded at a desktop-melting 17.6 GHz.
Base variant of the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 to come with Intel Core i3 processor and welcome RAM bump
Microsoft could be planning on offering a much-needed minor but vital spec bump with the base variant of the upcoming Surface Pro 8. The entry level device in the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 series comes with i3 processor and 4 GB RAM. However, it’s believed the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 will come with an 8 GB RAM option for the basic model.
Sony Xperia 1 III alleged specs and price leaked: 5G smartphone with Snapdragon 888 and 6.5-inch 4K OLED for US$1,199
Supposed specifications and the price for the Sony Xperia 1 III have leaked online. Unsurprisingly, a Snapdragon 888 processor is onboard and the 6.5-inch 5G smartphone allegedly boasts a 4K OLED panel and 120 Hz refresh rate. The reported price tag is US$1,199, which is the same as the Sony Xperia 1 II’s launch price.
Intel Core i7-11700K records blistering single-core performance on Geekbench, 28% over the i9-10900K, but don't toss your AMD Ryzen 9 5950X away just yet
An Intel Core i7-11700K has been blasting its way through Geekbench and recording mighty single-core scores that go beyond the i9-10900K, AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, and even the Ryzen 9 5950X. The 8-core, 16-thread i7-11700K was supported by 32 GB RAM in a Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Master motherboard. Its clock speed reached 5.0 GHz.
MIUI 12.5 beta registration opens up for 21 Xiaomi and Redmi devices: Room for the Redmi Note 7, Mi 9, and Mi 10 but the Redmi Note 8 has to wait
Xiaomi has opened up registration for MIUI 12.5 beta testing in China and the list of qualifying smartphones has been shared online. While it seems owners of the China ROM variants of the Redmi Note 7, Xiaomi Mi 9, Xiaomi Mi 10, and Redmi K30 can sign up, it seems there will be a wait ahead for Redmi Note 8 and Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite users.
Huawei ARM-based laptop key specs leaked: Qingyun L410 with 8-core HiSilicon Kirin 990 SoC suggests potential 5G support
Details and key specifications for Huawei’s upcoming ARM-based laptop have been leaked on social media. It appears the notebook, which currently has the name Qingyun L410, is powered by the 8-core 5G-capable HiSilicon Kirin 990 chipset. It’s not known if the Huawei laptop will be launched outside of China.
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 5G laptop becomes Galaxy Book Flex2 5G and stars in official unboxing video
The smart-looking Samsung Galaxy Book Flex2 5G has appeared in a couple of official videos from the South Korean OEM, including an unboxing video. The Galaxy Book Flex2 5G is the new name for the Galaxy Book Flex 5G, which was actually launched in September. The convertible features an Intel Core i5-1130G7, i5-1135G7, or i7-1165G7 chip.
Redmi Note 8 Pro owners report serious boot loop issues caused by latest MIUI 12 update
Owners of the popular Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphone from Xiaomi have started reporting serious problems with the latest MIUI 12 update, which has caused a boot loop issue for some. The glitch is currently associated with Europe models of the Redmi Note 8 Pro and software update V184.108.40.206.QGGEUXM.
Xiaomi Mi 11 success practically guaranteed after over 226,000 people sign up for preorders
The Xiaomi Mi 11 smartphone hasn’t even been officially launched yet and it already seems like it will be a great sales success for the company. Over 226,000 people have already signed up for Mi 11 preorders via a single platform. There is some speculation that sales for the Xiaomi Mi 11 series will start in China on January 1, 2021.
Update: The bookings figure has now reached over 400,000.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite vs Mi 10 Lite: Larger battery, 120 Hz screen, 64 MP main camera sensor, and lower price may not make up for the AWOL AMOLED
Both the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite and Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite bring a lot of phone to the table for very reasonable prices, but it can be a tricky process choosing between the two. While the Mi 10T Lite delivers a 120 Hz refresh rate and 64 MP main camera sensor, the Mi 10 Lite has a beautiful AMOLED panel that helps justify its higher price tag.
Huawei starts EMUI 11 and Magic UI 4.0 open public testing phase for 14 Kirin 980-based devices including the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Honor 20 Pro
The EMUI 11 and Magic UI 4.0 open public testing phase for 14 smartphones and tablets based on the HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC has started for users in China. Owners of different-region models of devices such as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei Mate X, Honor 20 Pro, and Huawei MediaPad M6 can expect the software update by early 2021.
Speculation mounts that Xiaomi has "done an Apple" and not included a charger in the Mi 11 box
A leaked image of an alleged Xiaomi Mi 11 box being compared to the iPhone 12 packaging has led to mounting speculation that Xiaomi has “done an Apple” and decided to not include a charger in the box for the Mi 11. Additionally, it is believed the Chinese OEM might offer a “with charger” option – at an extra cost, of course.
Update: Xiaomi has confirmed there will be no in-box charger.
Xiaomi Mi 11 revealed in all its glory in leaked live images and promo renders
The Xiaomi Mi 11 has been portrayed in a series of marketing renders that reveal the upcoming flagship smartphone in four colors. Leaked live images of the Mi 11 confirm the 108 MP camera and a few other specs. Xiaomi has started teasing additional details ahead of launch, including the use of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.
Redmi Note 9 and Redmi 10X 4G receive new MIUI 12 Global beta stable ROM
Xiaomi has announced a MIUI 12 Global beta stable ROM update for the Redmi Note 9 and Redmi 10X 4G smartphones. The software update V220.127.116.11.QJOMIXM for Global variants of the Redmi Note 9 and Redmi 10X 4G will be initially rolled out for limited testing before a wider public rollout commences.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 thin and light laptop with Zen 2 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 4700U APU and 256 GB SSD now available at new low price of US$599
The 14-inch Lenovo IdeaPad 5 with AMD Ryzen 7 4700U is currently available at a price of US$599 at Walmart. Not only does the Lenovo IdeaPad 15 thin and light laptop sport a terrific 8-core Renoir Ryzen 4000 chip, but it also comes with a 256 GB SSD. Lenovo is offering the IdeaPad Flex 14 AMD 2-in-1 variant at a similar price.
Snapdragon 888 and 108 MP main camera sensor make up part of the predicted specsheet for a typical flagship smartphone in 2021
A noted tech leaker has offered up a specsheet for a typical flagship smartphone in 2021. Unsurprisingly, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC is on the list as is a 108 MP main camera sensor. The tipster also believes that premium phones in 2021 should offer a 120 Hz display and 50 W and above wired charging rates.
MediaTek leapfrogs Qualcomm as the world's largest smartphone chipset vendor thanks to huge growth in India and Latin America
MediaTek has overtaken Qualcomm to become the world’s largest smartphone chipset vendor in terms of market share for the third quarter of 2020 (Q3 2020). MediaTek has been busy this year with its Dimensity series appearing in numerous budget and midrange smartphones. Qualcomm has remained strong in the 5G and high-end segments though.
Next-gen Apple MacBook Pro could incorporate a base-covering touch input device, a wireless charger, and even fewer ports
Apple could eventually release a MacBook Pro laptop with a touch input surface replacing the regular keyboard deck and including a wireless charger for use with iPhones and iPads that support the charging technology. The futuristic next-gen MacBook Pro that was unearthed in a recently published patent also featured touch sensors for the palms.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and NBA 2K21 join huge list of games that can be played at 60 FPS or above on the PS5
A useful list has been posted on Reddit featuring games that can be played on the PlayStation 5 at 60 FPS and above. While titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and NBA 2K21 are expected to be on such a PS5-related list, it also features games such as The Witcher 3, Ghost of Tsushima, and The Last of Us Remastered.
Cyberpunk 2077 gets trolled in fan-made PS1 demake but 13 million sales should ease the pain
Cyberpunk 2077 has appeared in a fan-made video as “cancelled footage” from the PS1 version, bringing some light relief to those who have worked their way through the buggy PS4 and Xbox One versions. It’s not all gray clouds for CD Projekt as a silver lining has come in the form of 13 million sales, which factors in returns.
Xiaomi demonstrates that not all LPDDR5 RAM is the same as the Mi 11 gets a handy +16% memory speed boost
The Xiaomi Mi 11 is already expected to come stuffed to the gills with high-end components, especially the high-end Snapdragon 888, but it seems the Mi 11 flagship is also getting treated to some special RAM. The “full blood” LPDDR5 memory in the upcoming Xiaomi series will offer a +16% speed boost over regular LPDDR5.
Amazfit Bip U Pro now available in the US sporting blood-oxygen level measurement and built-in Amazon Alexa for US$69.99
The Amazfit Bip U Pro fitness smartwatch is now available to customers in the US at a price of US$69.99 with free shipping. Buyers of the wearable from Huami will get to enjoy built-in GPS, Amazon Alexa assistance, and over 60 sports modes. The Amazfit Bip U Pro also offers blood-oxygen level measurement and heart-rate monitoring.
Tim Cook apparently refused to meet with Elon Musk in regard to potential Apple takeover of Tesla during Model 3 production
Elon Musk has been sharing an interesting moment he claimed took place during the difficult production of the Tesla Model 3 electric car. According to the tech executive, he “reached out” to Apple’s Tim Cook with an eye on Tesla being acquired by the iPhone maker but couldn’t even land a meeting. Rumors of the Apple Car (iCar) launch have been flying around lately.
Xiaomi Mi 11 posts very strong new Geekbench results as alleged teaser trailer for the flagship turns up on Chinese social media
Either a Xiaomi Mi 11 or Mi 11 Pro has been spotted on Geekbench churning out very high results for an Android device thanks to the presence of a cutting-edge Snapdragon 888 SoC. In addition, an alleged teaser trailer for the upcoming Mi 11 range has started doing the rounds on Chinese social media.
Update: The Mi 11 is expected to be revealed on Dec 28.
AMD processor usage reaches new levels of popularity in Steam hardware survey as gaming laptops with Ryzen 5000 APUs are just around the corner
The November 2020 Steam Hardware & Software Survey shows AMD reaching a new level of popularity in regard to processor usage. Team Red’s latest share was recorded as 26.91%, and with numerous Ryzen 5000 gaming laptops already coming out of the woodwork, it seems the upward trend will continue for the foreseeable future.
Gigabyte A7 laptop with AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, and 144 Hz display joining upcoming Comet Lake-H G5 and G7 laptops
Gigabyte is planning on releasing a Ryzen 5000 laptop in the form of the upcoming Gigabyte A7 that features an AMD Ryzen 5800H and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060. On top of that, the Taiwanese manufacturer will also be offering Comet Lake-H G5 and G7 laptops with the 15.6-inch model sporting a 240 Hz-capable display.
Update: Gigabyte has released an official statement.
Mexican telecoms provider Telcel accused of physically blocking Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro dual-SIM tray with glue and plastic insert
A Mexican telecommunications company called Telcel has been accused of unethical practices in regard to blocking the dual-SIM capability of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. A user has claimed that the provider used glue and a plastic insert to physically prevent dual-SIM usage with the Mi 10T Pro and has also blocked the function via software too.
Alleged Xiaomi Mi 11 demo unit and leaked screen protector offer fuller picture of the upcoming Mi 11 flagship smartphone
The launch of the Xiaomi Mi 11 flagship smartphone range is incoming and new leaked images seem to corroborate numerous rumors about the device. A supposed live photo of a demo unit has provided key specification details while an image of the Mi 11 screen protector has once again confirmed a punch-hole camera and curved display.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X|S vs Switch launch sales estimates depict the PlayStation 5 as the fastest-selling and best-selling console of them all
The PS5 vs. Xbox Series X|S vs. Switch launch sales contest has been definitively won by Sony’s console according to recently published estimates. Global sales for the PlayStation 5 have topped 3.3 million units within its first four weeks of launch. Microsoft’s consoles have also sold well in the US and Europe but flatlined in Japan.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 tablet and Cetus foldable smartphone with high refresh rate display scheduled for 2021 production
Xiaomi is rumored to be working on both a new foldable smartphone and tablet, which could make appearances in 2021. A potential Mi Pad 5 tablet would be a welcome addition to the stagnating Xiaomi Mi Pad range, whereas the “Cetus” or “Mi Fold” smartphone will apparently feature a screen with a high refresh rate.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX mobile APU in Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE exceeds 4.7 GHz and outperforms Intel Core i7-10700K desktop chip in Geekbench
An AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX mobile APU has been spotted inside an Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE laptop churning out some impressive Geekbench results. In fact, the Ryzen 9 5900HX can even outsprint a powerful desktop rival in the form of the Intel Core i7-10700K. The Cezanne Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 processor reached a clock rate of 4.74 GHz.
Amazfit GTS 2 Mini fitness smartwatch with 24-hour heart-rate monitoring and SpO2 measurement now available for US customers at US$99.99
The Amazfit GTS 2 Mini fitness smartwatch from Huami is now officially available to shoppers in the US. The wearable, which comes with a heart-rate monitor, PAI health assessment system, and SpO2 level measurement, is priced at US$99.99 with free shipping. The Amazfit GTS 2 Mini weighs just 19.5 g (0.69 oz).
Colorful takes the GeForce RTX 3090 price tag over US$2,100 with the iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Neptune OC graphics card
The Chinese AIB designer Colorful has announced the new iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Neptune OC graphics card. The powerful board comes with a dual-fan radiator, 26-phase power design, and a one-click overclocked boost rate of 1,755 MHz. Gamers in China will need to be prepared to pay 13,999 yuan (US$2,141) or more to get hold of one though.
POCOBook incoming: Battery certification suggests POCO laptops could be in the works
Laptop batteries associated with the POCO branding have been spotted on Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) documents that could indicate the former Xiaomi subsidiary is planning on releasing a POCO laptop, possibly even a POCOBook. The POCO M3 smartphone was the most recent device launched by the now independent company.
Realme Watch S Pro key details and launch date revealed: Blood oxygen monitor and 14-day battery life in Realme's first premium smartwatch
Realme has started revealing some of the details about its upcoming Watch S Pro device, including the launch date for the high-end wearable. The Realme Watch S Pro comes with a blood oxygen and heart-rate monitor, built-in dual-satellite GPS, and it can offer up to 14 days of battery life. Realme’s first premium smartwatch will be launched on December 23.
Epic Games Store Holiday Sale is on with 15 days of free games and up to 90% discount - get Cities: Skylines free or GTA V: Premium Edition at half price
The Epic Games Store Holiday Sale has started and there will be 15 days of free games incorporated into the offers available. Cities: Skylines is the first free game that is now available for download until Dec 18. Big titles such as Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Immortals: Fenyx Rising, and the Premium Edition of GTA V are available to buy with attractive discounts.
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U in RedmiBook Pro 14S with enhanced iGPU and SMT advantage scores 28.16% higher in Geekbench multi-core test than Ryzen 7 4700U
A RedmiBook Pro 14S powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U has been put through its paces on Geekbench, and it managed a 28.16% higher result in the Geekbench 5 multi-core benchmark than the Ryzen 7 4700U. The Lucienne Zen 2-based Ryzen 5000 APU can boast of enhancements such as an improved iGPU and SMT support.
Apple Watch Series 7 with under-display camera and Touch ID button could become a reality if related patents come to fruition
A couple of Apple Watch-related patents could give an indication of the direction Apple is taking in regard to a potential Apple Watch Series 7 device. One of the patents details a Touch ID button for the smartwatch while the other reveals an under-display camera solution that would make an Apple Watch 7 ideal for quick FaceTime video calls.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U to star in upcoming Acer Swift laptop with gaming-capable iGPU boost of 1.80 GHz
An Acer Swift SF314-43 laptop has been discovered on Geekbench being tested for its graphics prowess with the help of an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, which is from the upcoming Zen 2-based Lucienne family. It seems the Radeon iGPU component is capable of hitting a maximum clock of 1.80 GHz, which will be handy for some casual gaming on the Ryzen 5000 laptop.
Redmi Smart TV Max stats from Xiaomi reveal the 98-inch set has monthly sales 30 times higher than its rivals and has found a home in 290 Chinese cities
The 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max from Xiaomi has apparently taken China by storm. Xiaomi has revealed some statistics about the giant television, including that its monthly sales are 30 times higher than its rivals in the same-size segment. The Redmi Max 98 has been incredibly popular since launching at a bargain price of 19,999 yuan (US$3,061).
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 receives new firmware update to fix sleep-tracking issues
Xiaomi has released a new firmware update for the Mi Band 5 activity tracker. The software has been pushed out to deal with problems with the accuracy of the sleep-tracking function, with a few other minor additions such as extra language support included. It’s likely the update will eventually make it to the international Mi Smart Band 5 variant.
Xiaomi Mi EBook Reader Pro launches: Spec upgrade from the original Mi EBook Reader that holds up well against the Kindle Oasis
Xiaomi has launched the Mi EBook Reader Pro as expected and has revealed the e-reader’s specifications. Naturally, the Mi EBook Reader Pro is a step up from the non-Pro variant, but at a regular price of 1,299 yuan (US$198) the new Xiaomi device also holds up quite well against the more-expensive Kindle Oasis from Amazon.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series scalping generates over US$22 million in sales via eBay as AMD's Big Navi GPUs and Zen 3 CPUs also fall victim to profiteering
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 series, and the AMD Ryzen 5000 range have all fallen victim to scalping activities, with an analysis report detailing just how much profit scalpers are making from these new GPUs and CPUs. Sales of just the GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 have raked in over US$8 million profit for scalpers and eBay.
PlayStation 5 scalpers made more than US$19 million profit on the console via eBay with the PS5 Digital Edition reaching over 350% MSRP
PlayStation 5 scalpers have made over US$34 million in sales via eBay resulting in profits of over US$19 million according to research carried out by a data engineer. The Digital Edition of the PS5 has been particularly exploited in regard to scalping, with the console being sold at over 350% of its MSRP at various points during the research period.
Gigabyte Radeon RX 6800 series prices are a big oof for gamers compared to AMD's MSRPs: US$250 more for an RX 6800 XT-based AORUS Master variant
Gigabyte has just held a launch event for its AORUS brand of products where the prices for its AMD Radeon RX 6800 Series-based boards were revealed. Unfortunately for gamers, there seems to be a high premium between Gigabyte’s prices and the MSRPs offered up by AMD, with the AORUS Radeon RX 6800 XT Master board costing a hefty US$899.
Xiaomi Mi EBook Reader Pro appears in promo image ahead of imminent launch with 1,099 yuan (US$168) initial price tag
Xiaomi has revealed its upcoming Mi EBook Reader Pro, which will be officially launched on Tuesday, December 15. A promo image of the device has been released that shows the electric paper book decked out in black with a touch button on the front. According to the marketing material, the Xiaomi Mi EBook Reader Pro will normally cost 1,299 yuan (US$198).
Redmi K40 live images show a smartphone that has considerably evolved from the Redmi K30
Live images of the Redmi K40 have been leaked online, and if they are genuine they reveal a smartphone that has considerably evolved from the predecessor Redmi K30. The camera equipment for the Redmi K40 has changed a lot, enhancing the flagship-killer that is already expected to come with a Snapdragon 888 and AMOLED screen.
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U and Ryzen 5 5500U turn up as the Zen 2 Lucienne processors in upcoming Asus laptops
The AMD Ryzen 7 5700U and Ryzen 5 5500U APUs have been spotted in three new laptops coming from Asus. These two Ryzen 5000 processors are from the Lucienne family, meaning they are based on Zen 2 architecture rather than Zen 3. One of the upcoming Asus laptops appears to be a refreshed VivoBook Flip 14 convertible.
Asus TUF Gaming laptop with tasty combo of AMD Ryzen 7 5800H APU and Nvidia RTX 3060 Mobile GPU appears on German retailer site
An Asus TUF Gaming laptop has been spotted on a German retail website sporting the enviable team of an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H APU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile GPU. The 17.3-inch device also comes with 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, and a Full HD resolution for the display. The Ryzen 7 5800H is an 8-core, 16-thread part that can boost to 4.3 GHz.
POCO X3 NFC receives new MIUI 12 update while Android 11 waits in the wings
The POCO X3 NFC smartphone is to receive a new MIUI 12 build before it gets Android 11. Xiaomi has announced a beta stable Global ROM for the POCO X3 NFC that is currently being pushed out to select users. It seems owners can expect to get an upgrade to Android 11 soon as well, thanks to an appearance on Geekbench.
Realme Watch S Pro: Realme's first premium smartwatch with large AMOLED and built-in GPS coming soon
Realme is gearing up to release a new smartwatch into its wearable lineup in the form of the Realme Watch S Pro. The device has already been leaked via the FCC and now Realme India and Europe CEO Madhav Sheth has been continuously teasing the Watch S Pro ahead of its imminent launch. Built-in GPS and a large AMOLED should feature.
OnePlus 9 5G live images and specs leaked: Snapdragon 888, 120 HZ refresh rate, and UltraShot branding on the camera bump
Live images and specs for a OnePlus 9 5G smartphone have been leaked. Apparently, the smartphone in question is a prototype model, so there could still be changes waiting ahead. This particular OnePlus 9 device comes with a Snapdragon 888 chipset and a clunky-looking main camera housing that sports the UltraShot branding.
The Last of Us Part II cleans up at The Game Awards 2020 despite ongoing hostility in regard to playing as Abby
The Last of Us Part II won seven categories at The Game Awards 2020, including the Game of the Year and Best Narrative titles. Although the title has been beset with criticism from some gamers angry at playing as Abby, the actress who voiced the character, Laura Bailey, won a Best Performance Game Award for her role.
Redmi Note 8 gets a new stable MIUI 12 ROM in China with the global variant following soon
Xiaomi has officially announced the latest stable MIUI 12 ROM for owners of the China variant of the Redmi Note 8. The software update is available either over-the-air (OTA) or as a download. Users of the Global version of the Redmi Note 8 can expect the Android 10-based update to land on their devices soon.
Asus launches the ROG Strix LC Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card with 600 mm tubing, all-encompassing RGB lighting, and cables galore
Asus has revealed its ROG Strix LC Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card with the appropriate tagline “a liquid-cooled leviathan”. The impressive-looking part takes the RX 6900 XT from AMD and throws in abundant customizable RGB lighting, a 240 mm external radiator, and enough cables for a PC builder to shake a stick at.
Where to buy a PS5 was a more popular search term for Google users in 2020 than where to buy toilet paper
Consoles and COVID-19 have dominated the “where to buy…” Google search terms for 2020 in the United States. The PlayStation 5 was the most-hunted for product, beating out toilet paper. The Xbox Series X and the Nintendo Switch also made it into the top 10. Unfortunately, the PS5 is very much out of stock.
Cyberpunk 2077 rakes in over US$500 million just with preorders with insane Collector's Edition containing V statue, art book, and Night City map priced at US$249.99
Eight years of hard work developing Cyberpunk 2077 seems to have paid off for the Polish video-game company CD Projekt. Apparently the action RPG clocked up more than eight million preorders, amounting to over US$500 million in revenue. The incredible Cyberpunk 2077: Collector’s Edition features a statue of V in action and a map of Night City.
PlayStation 5 stock issues leave Nintendo enjoying massive Switch sales in Japan while the Xbox Series X/S starts floundering
Estimated console hardware sales in Japan for the week Nov 30-Dec 6 have revealed how stock shortages for both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S have greatly impacted sales in that country. Nintendo has been reaping the rewards, with over 200,000 Switch units sold. While the PS5 has generally sold well when available, the Microsoft consoles have floundered.
Xiaomi Mi 11 turns up in alleged live image with the triple-camera setup conveniently in focus
The Xiaomi Mi 11 has supposedly shown up in a spyshot that conveniently reveals the main camera system on the rear. The Mi 11 was already rumored to be coming with a square-shaped camera housing that featured at least one huge lens as part of its setup, which is apparently confirmed in the new live image.
AYA NEO Founder handheld gaming console with AMD Ryzen 5 4500U manages to reach 39 FPS in Cyberpunk 2077
The company behind the AYA NEO Founder handheld gaming console has uploaded a video showing the mobile device reaching a peak of 39 FPS while running Cyberpunk 2077 and maintaining a playable rate throughout the test. The AYA NEO Founder handheld sports an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U that features a Radeon RX Vega 6 iGPU part.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS5 hits a home run with 60 fps ray-tracing performance mode update and joint sales dominance with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War have proved themselves to be the must-have titles for the PlayStation 5 by topping PlayStation Store download charts. Additionally, Insomniac Games has pushed out an update for Miles Morales that brings a 60 fps ray-tracing performance mode to the PS5 game.
Redmi Note 9 4G, Redmi Note 9 5G, and Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G clock up over one million sales in less than a fortnight thanks to aggressive pricing and attractive specs
Xiaomi has been celebrating the phenomenal sales of the new Redmi Note 9 series in China. Apparently, the Redmi Note 9 4G, Redmi Note 9 5G, and Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G have racked up over one million units sold across the range in fewer than 14 days. The Redmi Note 9 sales success is down to low prices and decent specifications.
Xiaomi Mi Alpha R dual display rollable phone with slick pull-out screen appears in patent
A patent filed by Xiaomi has revealed a new rollable phone that is fitted with a retractable display. The user can operate the pull-out screen in the so-called Xiaomi Mi Alpha R to turn the smartphone into a tablet-like device. The patented smartphone borrows heavily from the design of the Mi Mix Alpha but with the addition of a rollable display.
AMD Ryzen 5000 Series chips up for grabs as part of Western Digital's 12 Days of WD_BLACK promotion starting December 10
Western Digital is holding a huge promotion that will give its Twitch channel viewers the opportunity to win numerous prizes, including a CPU from the brand-new AMD Ryzen 5000 Series. The 12 Days of WD_BLACK event commences on Thursday December 10 to coincide with The Game Awards 2020. Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 chips have been notoriously difficult to obtain so far.
AMD RX 6900 XT displays superior average power consumption over Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 FE and RTX 3090 FE by up to over 50 W from 1080p to 4K
The new AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card has been popping up in various reviews, and in one particularly grueling test the Navi 21 part showed off its exemplary average power consumption in gaming. The RX 6900 XT consumed more than 50 W less than the rival Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 FE and 25-30 W less than the RTX 3080 FE.
Xiaomi Mi 11 fan-made concept render portrays an exquisite-looking smartphone that apparently has a 5,000-mAh dual-battery capacity
A new concept render by Ben Geskin of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 11 shows a smartphone with an elegant design that appears to have embraced simplicity over unnecessary complexities. In further Mi 11-related news, it seems possible that the Snapdragon 888-sporting flagship might have a dual-battery setup for a 5,000-mAh total capacity.
Realme Q2 and Q2 Pro with Dimensity 800U chips disrupt Redmi hegemony in AnTuTu price-performance charts as the Note 8 Pro finally tumbles out of the top three
The new Realme Q2 5G and Realme Q2 Pro 5G have made quite a splash in AnTuTu’s various price-performance charts, with the former even managing to push the Redmi Note 8 Pro out of the top three in the most-affordable smartphone table. The Realme Q2 and Q2 Pro both feature the MediaTek Dimensity 800U processor.
PlayStation 5 tackles heavy text-rendering test with extraordinary computational performance that is way beyond Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and previous-gen consoles
An interesting Slug text-rendering test comparison has demonstrated how well the PlayStation 5 can deal with heavy processing workloads. The PS5 managed to produce a complex Royal font pixel fillrate of 4.5 gigapixels/s (GeForce RTX 2080: 3.1 gigapixels/s) and took just 0.33 ms to render all the pixels on a 4K screen with a “typical font”.
PlayStation 5 fan lottery leaves some gamers with a noisier console than others while Sony may have used an even quieter fan for PS5 review units
Multiple PlayStation 5 teardowns by Les Numériques have revealed that Sony may have fitted up to three different fans into its new console, with differing results in regard to noise. Some gamers will end up stuck with the “noisier” fan, and it is even possible that PS5 review units were equipped with the quietest fan out of the three.
Redmi AirDots 3 or Redmi True Buds 2 Pro wireless earphones appear to be incoming for early 2021
Xiaomi is preparing to release new Bluetooth wireless earphones in the near future, which may either be called the Redmi True Buds 2 Pro or the more familiar and concise Redmi AirDots 3. The audio device has been spotted receiving its Bluetooth certification. The Redmi AirDots 2 were launched in July 2020 at just 79 yuan (US$12) in China.
Ryzen 5 5600X joins the long list of AMD CPUs outselling every Intel part in record Mindfactory sales for Black Friday
The new Vermeer CPU from AMD, the Ryzen 5 5600X, has made a strong showing in the latest Mindfactory CPU sales data that covers Black Friday. The Zen 3 chip joins 12 other AMD processors in outselling every single Intel part on the list. Additionally, 2,290 units of the top-selling Ryzen 5 3600XT were purchased in comparison to just 290 Intel Core i5-10400F processors.
Dire AMD Radeon RX 6800XT and RX 6800 supply situation epitomized by leaked retailer delivery details: 22 cards incoming for 4,695 orders
AMD is struggling to fulfill orders for the new Radeon RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 desktop graphics cards. A leaked delivery situation form that allegedly comes from the Danish retailer Proshop details the dire straits Team Red appears to be in terms of delivering the RX 6800 XT and RX 6000. Just 0.47% of customers can expect to receive a Navi 21 card.
Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G survives being dropped, bent, cooked, and frozen in fascinating durability test video
Redmi has released an official durability test video featuring its brand-new Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G smartphone. Samples are run through a brutal battery of tests that go beyond simple drop testing, including freezing, heating, and wince-inducing bending. The Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G appears to handle everything thrown at it though.
Apple gift card giveaway Black Friday through Cyber Monday: US$150/£120/€150 with a MacBook Pro 16 purchase or US$50/£40/€50 with an iPhone 11
Apple is running a gift card giveaway Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Qualifying purchases will see the buyer rewarded with a card worth from US$25/£20/€25 up to US$150/£120/€150. The deal includes many major Apple products such as the iPhone 11 and iPhone SE, the iPad Pro, Beats headphones, and even the premium MacBook Pro 16.
PlayStation 5 sales vs Xbox Series X and S: Estimated figures give PS5 the win but Microsoft's consoles and the Nintendo Switch are in great demand
Estimated figures for the launch day sales for both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles have revealed that although Sony’s device has greatly outsold its rival, there has still been plenty of demand for the Microsoft machines. In terms of weekly console sales, the Nintendo Switch has been happily snapping at the heels of the PS5 and XSX/S.
MIUI 13 release date rumor joins predicted eligibility list of current Xiaomi smartphones that are likely to land an update
A good idea of the MIUI 13 release date has been offered up by a super moderator on the Mi Community forum. Along with that, a refreshed list of Xiaomi, Redmi, POCO, and Black Shark devices that are likely to land a MIUI 13 update has now included the POCO C3, Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha, and the new Mi 10T range.
OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro get Android 11-based Paranoid Android Ruby Alpha 1 custom ROM treatment
OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro owners now have a new Android 11-based custom ROM to utilize if they are not fully content with the well-received OxygenOS skin or simply want more freedom to tinker with their phone. While Paranoid Android Ruby Alpha 1 can be utilized on the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, it is not compatible with the OnePlus 8T.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro quad-curve screen and huge main camera lens feature in supposed leaked render and live photo
Parts of the front and rear of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro have supposedly been revealed in a leaked render and separate live photo. The purported render of the Mi 11 Pro shows a huge main camera lens for the flagship device while the alleged live image features the smartphone’s quad-curve screen.
PlayStation 5 supply issue hits new low as reseller group boasts of securing nearly 3,500 PS5 consoles for sale
A reseller group has been detailing how its members managed to get hold of almost 3,500 PlayStation 5 consoles purely for the purpose of selling them at a much higher price than RRP. As the PS5 is now reportedly sold out worldwide, country-specific sites for eBay have become littered with thousands of listings for Sony’s new console.
The Last of Us Part II wins big at the Golden Joystick Awards 2020 while the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 takes the Best Gaming Hardware prize
The Last of Us Part II cleared up at the Golden Joystick Awards 2020 with five awards, six if you include developer Naughty Dog’s win for Studio of the Year. There were no prizes for big names like Ghost of Tsushima and Final Fantasy VII Remake though. Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 scooped the Best Gaming Hardware title.
Alleged Apple M1X SoC in upcoming MacBook Pro 16 ready to outcore and outscore its M1 ARM-based relative
The Apple M1 SoC has just been launched and there are already rumors about another ARM-based chip coming out of the Cupertino company soon. The part has been tentatively called the M1X although the name is yet to be confirmed. The Apple M1X will apparently bring more CPU cores to the 2021 MacBook Pro 16 than the M1 chip could.
ARM-based M1 in MacBook Air destroys AnTuTu benchmark and all the Apple silicon can go home now
The ARM-based Apple M1 chip has made a star turn appearance on the AnTuTu benchmark as the key component in a MacBook Air. The M1 managed to rack up way over one million points, leaving the Apple silicon, including the A12Z Bionic in the iPad Pro 4 and the performance-friendly A14 in the iPad Air (2020), trailing far behind.
Xiaomi Mi 11 could join the Snapdragon 875 as the stars of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit 2020
It’s possible the Xiaomi Mi 11 might get officially announced at the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit 2020, as it has been reported that the Chinese company’s CEO, Lei Jun, will be in attendance. As the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro are expected to sport the upcoming Snapdragon 875, the Tech Summit could be an ideal place for a surprise reveal.
PlayStation 5 GDDR6 memory reaches potentially critical temperatures due to seemingly inadequate PS5 cooling solution design
A thorough PlayStation 5 teardown has revealed a particular concern with one of the GDDR6 memory modules. Temperatures during testing reached an uncomfortable 93.3 °C (199.94 °F) on the bottom memory module of the PS5 console. This has the potential to cause system crashes, especially in countries with hot summers and high temperatures.
Xiaomi foldable smartphone patent packs a pop-up selfie camera to allow for a full-screen tablet display
A new Xiaomi smartphone patent has been shared depicting a foldable device that utilizes a pop-up solution for the front-facing camera. This allows for a full-screen tablet mode that is left unblemished by the presence of a selfie camera. It has often been rumored that Xiaomi could introduce a foldable smartphone into the innovative Mi Mix range.
PlayStation 5 has definitely sold out
The PlayStation 5 has officially sold out. Demand for Sony’s new console has been sky high since its launch and supply with major retailers has been completely depleted by eager gamers. While SIE’s boss has claimed in an interview that he is trying to fulfill expectations, some are now turning to scalpers to satisfy their desire to own a PS5 console.
Striking Cyberpunk 2077 game footage leaked but rumor persists of further delay
Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay footage has been leaked online and it looks spectacular, especially as the footage was taken from PlayStation 4 gameplay. Although many gamers are expecting CD Projekt to release the game as scheduled on December 10, there is a persistent rumor that Cyberpunk 2077 will be delayed yet again.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition looks just like an RTX 3070 in new leaked images
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition has made a photographic debut in a handful of images that show the Ampere graphics card from the front and rear, and even the Nvidia-branded packaging makes an appearance. The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition, which is expected to launch on December 2, looks identical to the RTX 3070 Founders Edition.
Redmi Note 8 Pro obtains new MIUI 12 beta global stable update
A new MIUI 12 update has started being pushed out to random users of the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The firmware build, which is in a beta stable status, is for the Global variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro. If the testing phase is successful, MIUI V18.104.22.168.QGGMIXM will proceed to a wider public rollout.
Lenovo K6 Note or Lenovo Lemon revival coming soon to cross swords with the Redmi Note 9
Lenovo has been trolling Xiaomi on social media by taking a subtle stab at the current marketing of the upcoming Redmi Note 9 smartphones for the Chinese market. It appears Lenovo has something planned to take the shine off the Redmi Note 9 competitor, with speculation suggesting a Lenovo K6 Note or even a Lenovo Lemon resurrection.
PlayStation 5 falls foul to error messages, coil whine, shipping snafus, and scalpers galore but at least Sony offers fix for PS5 "queued for download" bug
Problems involving the PlayStation 5 are starting to appear en masse online, with system errors, hardware-related coil whine, scalping activities, and delivery issues among the most common complaints. However, at least an apparent fix for the PS5’s “queued for download” bug has now been issued.
The Last of Us Part II dominates The Game Awards 2020 nominations while indie title Hades leads the chasing pack
The PlayStation 4 smash-hit adventure game The Last of Us Part II has amassed 10 nominations for The Game Awards 2020, including in the Game of the Year category. Indie hit Hades managed to grab eight nominations, while the critically acclaimed Ghost of Tsushima received seven nominations. Winners will be announced on December 10.
PlayStation 5 outselling Xbox Series by over 5 to 1 in key market but sales figures are down as the PS5 arrives in 65 countries around the world
Estimated sales figures for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles in Japan have revealed that Sony’s device is outstripping sales of Microsoft’s hardware by over 5 to 1, but overall sales are down on the previous generation. November 19 was PS5 launch day for the rest of the world, as the now current-gen console lands in 65 countries around the globe.
Redmi Note sales top 140 million thanks to the enduring popularity of the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 8
Redmi has been celebrating the news that the total amount of Redmi Note smartphones sold around the world has now topped 140 million units. The lasting popularity of devices such as the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 8 has assisted the Xiaomi sub-brand with achieving this phenomenal sales record.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro teams up with MIUI 12 for advanced screen-viewing technology as tipster also leaks impressive camera details
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro flagship smartphone will apparently utilize MIUI 12 firmware to deliver users with a top-notch screen-viewing experience according to a noted leaker. On top of that, it appears the Pro model of the upcoming Mi 11 series will sport some serious camera sensors, with a main lens that could even approach 200 MP.
Zepp Z from Huami launches: Beautiful smartwatch with blood oxygen monitoring, always on AMOLED, GPS and GLONASS, and built-in Alexa assistant
The Zepp Z smartwatch from Huami has now officially launched, and it is a striking vision packed to the brim with useful functions. The Zepp Z comes with a complete lineup of health-related utilities, including 24-hour heart-rate tracking and SpO2 blood oxygen level measurement. The price tag for the beautiful new wearable with an always-on AMOLED is US$349/€349.90.
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X assists both the GeForce RTX 3090 and Radeon RX 6800 XT with incredible results in Geekbench Vulkan benchmark
The 16-core, 32-thread AMD Ryzen 9 5950X has appeared in a couple of startling benchmark results involving the Vulkan graphics API. The Zen 3 Vermeer processor was teamed up with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 and an AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT in two separate Geekbench tests, with both benchmarks producing impressive compute scores.
PlayStation 5 expectations rocket as UK boxed chart reveals strong PS5 game sales before console launch
The PlayStation 5 hype continues as the UK boxed game chart shows gamers preparing for the console’s second launch date. Almost 19% of sales for the week were for titles on the PS5, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Sony’s console will be launched to the rest of the world on Thursday, November 19.
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 throw up crazy Ashes of the Singularity benchmark results that leave the GeForce RTX 3090 firmly out of the mainstream market
Some Ashes of the Singularity benchmark comparison results for the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 have been posted online. While both the RX 6800 XT and RTX 3080 performed capably, the results for the pricey RTX 3090 once again demonstrate that this card is not aimed at the mainstream market for gaming.
Redmi Note 8 Pro receives new MIUI 12 beta stable update
Xiaomi has announced that Redmi Note 8 Pro devices operating on the China MIUI 12 ROM will start receiving a new beta stable update of the Android overlay via OTA. For the moment, only random users of the Redmi Note 8 Pro will get the new MIUI 12 update, which brings the October 2020 security patch with it.
Redmi Note 8 issues with MIUI 12 Global stable ROM continue to mount up according to Xiaomi poll feedback
A Xiaomi poll has revealed the disconcerting state of affairs in regard to Redmi Note 8 users waiting for the MIUI 12 Global stable ROM V22.214.171.124.QCOMIXM. While issues with receiving the update OTA have already been detailed, it appears over 84% of Redmi Note 8 owners who responded to the poll have been unsuccessful in installing the firmware.
PlayStation 5 hunters can tackle scalpers and bots with the help of the updated OctoShop PS5 stock tracker Chrome extension
The PlayStation 5 is one of the world’s hottest products at the moment, which means many gamers will have been struggling to make a purchase due to the undesirable actions of scalpers and bots. However, a simple Chrome extension called OctoShop has recently been updated to help in the quest for securing a brand-new PS5 console.
Zepp Z smartwatch promo teasers reveal a classic-looking wearable that should offer cutting-edge health and fitness innovations from Huami
Huami has been teasing more of its upcoming Zepp Z smartwatch, which is scheduled to launch on Tuesday 17 November. Three new promo videos have been shared on the Zepp Twitter account that hint at the Zepp Z featuring a typical circular design but containing cutting-edge health management systems for the wearer to utilize.
Redmi 10 or Redmi Note 10: Snapdragon 662-sporting Xiaomi smartphone revealed on TENAA packs a jumbo 5,900-mAh battery
A new Redmi smartphone has been showing off its design in some TENAA-listed images. The device, which is possibly going to be a Redmi 10 but could also be a Redmi Note 10, apparently comes with a Snapdragon 662 SoC, LED screen, quad-camera setup, and a jumbo 5,900-mAh battery that is a novelty for a smartphone from Xiaomi.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X in iMac Pro produces spectacular single-core scores on Geekbench that seem too good to be true
The top single-core score chart for Geekbench 5 is currently headed by a couple of entries that were purportedly produced by a potent combination of an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X and Apple iMac Pro. While the results are breathtaking, the information raises a red flag in regard to how accurate these particular Geekbench listings are.
PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X vs Sabrent Rocket PCIe 4.0 SSD vs HDD load times: Say farewell to the last generation
The PlayStation 5 has now joined the Xbox Series X in being officially launched, and the two current-gen consoles have united with a superfast Sabrent Rocket NVMe M.2 PCIe 4.0 1 TB SSD in a game load time comparison against a lowly PC hard drive. The real celebration here involves saying farewell to last-generation load times.
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U in HP Pavilion Laptop 15-eh1xxx is an SMT upgrade over the Ryzen 7 4700U with an up to 23% Geekbench multi-core score improvement
Another example of the AMD Ryzen 7 5700U mobile APU has been spotted, this time being tested in an HP Pavilion laptop on Geekbench. The Lucienne Zen 2-based part showed good improvements over the Renoir Ryzen 7 4700U and includes SMT. However, the difference fades considerably when the Ryzen 7 5700U is compared with the Ryzen 7 4800U.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro remains atop DxOMark audio chart despite strong showing from new Apple iPhone 12
The new Apple iPhone 12 has been tested for its audio quality by DxOMark and has scored relatively well to give it a high position in the site’s audio chart. However, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro’s place at the top of the table has not been threatened, regardless of Apple’s improvements over the iPhone 11’s audio playback and recording.
Amazfit GTR 2e and GTS 2e details appear as Huami expands the Amazfit line further
Huami appears to be busy with rapidly expanding its Amazfit GTR and GTS lineups. Details for an Amazfit GTS 2e smartwatch were recently shared online and this was rapidly followed by leaked information about a potential Amazfit GTR 2e wearable. It’s not yet known if Huami will utilize the term “lite” in the names of these upcoming devices.
Xbox Series X/S FUD or fail: Videos of Microsoft's next-gen consoles smoking, not turning on, and not loading games inevitably appear
Numerous videos of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in various states of malfunction have started appearing online, with clips of the next-gen console blowing out plumes of smoke being the most widely reported. While many of the videos are likely fake, some of them do appear to be genuine, especially when showing signal issues and disc-reading problems.
PlayStation 5 launch dates for countries in South America and Southeast Asia revealed and there's a long wait for gamers in Indonesia
PlayStation 5 launch dates for nations in South America and Southeast Asia have started appearing on the official country-specific websites. Key markets such as Brazil and Singapore can still expect a PS5 launch on November 19, and there are a few countries that will have to wait until December, but there is a 2021 launch for Indonesia.
Final nail in the coffin: Bar-raising AMD Ryzen 9 5950X somehow lags behind four Intel parts including the Core i9-10900K in average bench on UserBenchmark despite higher 1-core and 4-core scores
The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X has been impressing many with its various appearances on synthetic benchmarks. However, it is the Intel Core i9-10900K that tops the average bench charts over at UserBenchmark, while the powerful Zen 3 Vermeer CPU has to languish behind in fifth position, regardless of higher core scores across the board. Is this the final nail in the coffin for the controversial benchmark?
Redmi Note 9 ships in its millions for Q3 2020 but can't hold a candle to the global popularity of the iPhone 11
Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi have taken up all 10 places in the Q3 2020 table for most shipped smartphones of the quarter. While Samsung has five different Galaxy A-branded devices in the charts and Xiaomi has great results with the Redmi Note 9 and Redmi 9, it’s the Apple iPhone 11 that rules the roost once again.
Exhaustive PlayStation 5 FAQ answers all those burning questions about the PS5 console - and yes it has an RDNA 2-based GPU and hardware-based ray tracing
The official PlayStation blog has recently published its “Ultimate FAQ” aimed at future owners of the PlayStation 5. Some interesting tidbits include the absolute confirmation of an RDNA 2-based GPU, the inclusion of a base in the PS5 box, hardware-based ray-tracing capability, and the requirement for a day one system software update download.
PlayStation 5 critical reception is overwhelmingly positive but new DualSense adaptive triggers video demonstrates why the PS5 controller is the true next-gen superstar
PlayStation 5 critical reviews have been rolling in and have been full of praise for Sony’s console, although one particular complaint has surfaced numerous times. But a video clip of the DualSense controller’s adaptive triggers and haptic feedback in action has highlighted why the PS5 controller is the true star of the next-gen show.
Redmi K40 display details start seeping out revealing interesting upgrade over the Redmi K30 series
Alleged details about the Redmi K40’s display have been leaked, and they seem to point to an intriguing improvement over the confusing situation of the screens used in the Redmi K30 smartphones. The Redmi K40 is predicted to appear in the first quarter of 2021 sporting a new Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
PlayStation 5 gameplay comparison videos for Spider-Man: Miles Morales present the ray tracing at 30 fps or performance mode at 60 fps quandary
The upcoming action game Spider-Man: Miles Morales offers future PlayStation 5 owners the choice to play at either 30 fps and enjoy the ray-tracing effects throughout the title or at 60 fps with reduced graphics output. Various PS5 gameplay comparison videos have been helping gamers resolve this fps-related quandary.
Amazon Echo Studio and Harman Kardon Citation 200 top DxOMark's new speaker evaluation charts
The noted smartphone camera ranking specialist DxOMark has moved into rating wireless speakers and has now published a couple of charts showing the devices that have impressed the most. Topping the Essential chart is the Amazon Echo Studio speaker while the Advanced chart for more-expensive speakers is headed by the Harman Kardon Citation 200.
New Xiaomi Android 11 update list shifts remaining confirmed devices such as the Mi 9 series, Xiaomi Black Shark smartphones, and the Mi A3 to internal testing status
Another Xiaomi Android 11 update list has been uploaded by the Telegram group Xiaomi & MIUI News that shows a considerable change from the last list published in September. Apparently, the Xiaomi Mi A3, the popular Mi 9 series, and the devices created in cooperation with Black Shark have all moved to the internal testing phase.
Amazfit GTS 2 Mini FCC certification reveals design and global and Europe release plans for the Huami smartwatch
The Amazfit GTS 2 Mini from Huami has appeared in an FCC application that reveals the design of the smartwatch and an apparent global and Europe release for the wearable. The GTS 2 Mini is expected to feature most of the main tools that are offered by the full-sized Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatch, including a 24-hour heart-rate monitor.
Xiaomi Mi 11 expected to come with 48 MP lens - for the ultra wide-angle camera
More rumors have appeared in connection with the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 11, and this time they concern the camera equipment. It appears the Mi 11 could end up sporting a 48 MP ultra wide-angle lens in its main camera system, compared to the 20 MP sensors found in the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra devices.
PlayStation 5 temperature and noise tests validate its next-generation console status in comparison to PS4 Pro results
New temperature and noise tests for the PlayStation 5 have surfaced, and as expected, the console warrants its next-generation title when compared to the previous-generation PS4 Pro. Initial results for the PS5 point to good thermal development and more than acceptable noise emissions.
Leaked image of OnePlus Watch Cyberpunk 2077 Limited Edition straps gives hope that the smartwatch might be launched soon
An image showing the customized straps for a OnePlus Watch Cyberpunk 2077 Limited Edition wearable has leaked online, leading to speculation that the smartwatch could see the light of day soon. The OnePlus Watch was expected to appear at a launch event in October but was later reported to be indefinitely delayed.
OnePlus 9 model numbers and key specs leaked: Snapdragon 875-powered OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, and OnePlus 9 "Ultra" in the lineup
Model numbers and key specifications for the OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, and a potential OnePlus 9 “Ultra” have appeared online. Unsurprisingly the OnePlus 9 series of smartphones is expected to sport the cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 SoC, and a 144 Hz refresh rate will be made available to at least one of the SKUs.
Redmi Note 8 MIUI 12 update rollout partly stalls because of OTA issue
The MIUI 12 rollout for the Global variant of the Redmi Note 8 has been stalled. Apparently, there has been an issue reported with the OTA (over the air) process that is preventing the Android 10-based MIUI 12 update from reaching owners of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8. It’s unknown how long a fix for this issue might take.
PlayStation 5 fries in demo kiosk
An alleged image of a PlayStation 5 overheating warning message has appeared on social media, leading to speculation of whether the console runs too hot or not or whether this particular PS5’s enclosed environment was the main cause for the thermal-driven shutdown on show.
Redmi Note 9 Pro flash sale offers huge 34-40% discount on Xiaomi smartphone with speedy system performance and first-class battery life
The midrange smartphone Redmi Note 9 Pro already offers plenty of punch for its price, but with Banggood offering a further 34-40% discount off the Xiaomi smartphone in key markets like India, UK, Brazil, Australia, and more, now could be the time to snag an absolute bargain. The Redmi Note 9 Pro shines with great battery life and NFC functionality.
Xiaomi reveals prototype smartphone with single mechanical telescopic camera and plans to take over Europe with the help of 5,000 new engineers
The Xiaomi Mi Developer Conference (MIDC) is underway and an incredible prototype smartphone with a mechanical zoom lens has already been revealed. Xiaomi is also apparently planning on becoming the number one smartphone brand in Europe and will recruit a whole new army of engineers to help with that task.
Xiaomi Mi 11 fan-made concept video imagines the flagship smartphone with a notchless and portless design with a Mi Mix Alpha-inspired rear
A new fan-made concept video of the Xiaomi Mi 11 has been posted online, and it offers an intriguing vision of the upcoming flagship smartphone. The Mi 11 rendered here has an extremely curved design and borrows its rear view from the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha.
Mi Mix 4 on hold as Xiaomi focuses on 200 W plus charging, under-display camera, and 2K screen for a potential Mi 11 Pro
Xiaomi is reportedly working hard on 200 W and above fast charging, foldability, 2K screens, and the under-display selfie camera. There has been speculation that some of these features may end up being incorporated into a Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro smartphone, while work on a Mi Mix 4/Mi Mix 2021 is apparently on hold for the foreseeable future.
PlayStation 5 news: Console prices cut in Brazil; rumors of early launch in Europe; PS5 comes with an HDMI 2.1 cable
Sony has officially cut the prices of the PlayStation 5 consoles for Brazil, although the figures are still hefty in comparison to US prices. Rumors of the PS5 being launched early in the UK and Germany quickly spread like wildfire, and it is now confirmed that there is an HDMI 2.1 cable in the next-gen console’s box.
Redmi K30 series devices rock the new AnTuTu smartphone price-performance charts by claiming three out of five top spots
Three out of the five AnTuTu Android smartphone price-performance charts have been topped by devices from the Redmi K30 series. The Redmi 10X, Redmi 9, and evergreen Redmi Note 8 Pro add to the Xiaomi sub-brand’s dominance. Only the iQOO 5 Pro and Meizu 17 Pro hold back Xiaomi from achieving a clean sweep.
Redmi 10X Pro 5G leapfrogs the regular Redmi 10X as AnTuTu's latest midrange smartphone performance chart stays mostly static
The Redmi 10X duo of 5G smartphones with the MediaTek Dimensity 820 processor have managed to retain the top two positions in AnTuTu’s latest midrange Android smartphone performance chart. However, the Redmi 10X Pro variant has now grabbed the top spot as the midrange sector remains reasonably static.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro with 5nm Kirin 9000 SoC spoils the Snapdragon party to top AnTuTu's October flagship smartphone performance chart
AnTuTu’s Android flagship smartphone table for October has produced a surprising new leader with the Huawei Mate 40 Pro 5G breezing past the Snapdragon 865 competition and snatching the top spot away from the iQOO 5 Pro. The performance-oriented Mate 40 Pro with a Kirin 9000 SoC could manage an even higher average score in the future.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra charging test disputes 120 W claim but it can still go from 0 to 100% charge in a hot 21 minutes
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra has been put through a series of charging tests and has come up short with the promise of 120 W fast charging. The Mi 10 Ultra did manage to refill its battery from 0 to 100% in just 21 minutes, but this came at the cost of some soaring temperatures.
PlayStation 5 Spider-Man: Miles Morales appears on Walmart with a price tag of just US$21.88
The PlayStation 5 launch title Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales has been spotted at the Walmart website for a surprisingly low price of just US$21.88. Although it is likely to be a listing error, future owners of the PS5 might want to see if they can snag a bargain while the Miles Morales page is still up.
PlayStation 5 DualSense controller soaks up the accolades as reviewers call it a mind-blowing next-generation game changer
Early official previews of the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller have been overwhelmingly positive, with the accessory being frequently described as a “game changer” and a truly next-generation piece of hardware. The only thing about the PS5 controller that has been criticized is the battery life.
MIUI 13 could be officially revealed at upcoming Xiaomi Mi Developer Conference and predicted eligibility list includes Redmi Note 8 Pro, Mi 9 Pro, and POCO X2
There is a possibility that Xiaomi will reveal details about MIUI 13 in the company’s upcoming Mi Developer Conference (MIDC). There is no official eligibility list for MIUI 13 yet, but it has been predicted it will include the Redmi Note 8 and Note 9 series smartphones, all the Mi 10 range, and the POCO X2 and X3 devices.
Leaked PlayStation 5 video reveals ultrarapid two-second transition time from the PS5 UI to Spider-Man: Miles Morales game save
A leaked video clip of the PlayStation 5 in action has been amazing fans with its superfast load times. One of the highlights on display is the time it takes to get from the PS5 user interface to the Spider-Man: Miles Morales game save: two seconds. Only a few more seconds of waiting are required for the game to fully load.
PlateStation 5 gets busted by PlayStation 5
PlateStation 5 has had to change its name due to legal issues in regard to the upcoming PlayStation 5 next-gen console. The third-party accessory/customizing company had released a handful of renders featuring the PS5 with different color plates. The firm is now known as Customize My Plates.
Xiaomi announces MIUI 12 Global beta stable update rollout for the Redmi Note 7
Xiaomi has started pushing out the MIUI 12 beta stable ROM for users of the Global variant of the Redmi Note 7. At the present, the Android-based software should start arriving on some selected Redmi Note 7 smartphones as an over-the-air (OTA) update. Devices with the Indonesia or Russia ROM should follow soon.
New Demon's Souls gameplay trailer has future PS5 owners hyped but comparison video shows just how impressive the PS3 original also was
A new gameplay trailer for the PlayStation 5 exclusive title Demon’s Souls has been published and the next-gen console launch game looks incredible. However, a convenient side-by-side comparison video shows how the PS5 Demon’s Souls remake was inspired by the praiseworthy graphics of the original PS3 game.
Mi 10 Ultra, Redmi K30 Ultra, and the Redmi 9 family help Xiaomi replace Apple as the world's third-largest smartphone company
Three major market research firms have declared Xiaomi is now the world’s third-largest smartphone company in terms of units shipped for the third quarter of 2020. The good news for Xiaomi comes at the expense of Apple, which slips into fourth. Strong sales for the Redmi 9 series, Redmi K30 Ultra, and Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra have helped the Chinese OEM achieve impressive growth.
Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro seemingly take a step closer to reality after mystery Xiaomi device turns up in official certification
It has been speculated that one of the potential smartphone series of the year, the Redmi K40, has taken another step closer to being officially announced. The Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro are expected to feature brand-new high-end chips from Qualcomm and may see the light of day before the year is up.
Xiaomi's MIUI 12 Global ROM bug tracker moves into volume 2 with numerous entries from the POCO F1 joined by Mi 10 Pro and POCO F2 Pro bugs
Xiaomi has started publishing volume two of its MIUI 12 Global ROM bug tracker report over at the Mi Community forum. The table contains a list of issues reported by Mi Pilot testers, with the POCO F1 featuring heavily. There are also entries for the Redmi Note 9 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, POCO F2 Pro, and Redmi 9A.
Honor Band 6 and Huawei Band 5 rumored for November release
The Honor Band 6 and Huawei Band 5 have been tipped to launch soon, with a potential release occurring in the first week or so of November. While few details have been offered about the Honor Band 6 and Huawei Band 5, which may even end up being the same wearable, the Honor Band 6 will have at least one attractive unique selling point.
A launch date and teaser promo image for the Honor Band 6 have been revealed.
PlayStation 5 pre-orders in the US took just 12 hours to match 12 weeks' worth of PlayStation 4 pre-orders
The PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has been discussing the phenomenal reception of the upcoming PlayStation 5 in an interview. Pre-orders for the next-gen console in the US have gone way beyond what the PlayStation 4 could manage, and a noted analyst has suggested that over one million PS5 pre-orders may have already been made worldwide.
Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite box with device image and key details revealed via FCC appearance
The Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite has appeared in an image on packaging that was featured as part of an FCC listing. Some key details about the upcoming smartwatch were also revealed, such as its 1.4-inch HD screen, 24-hour heart-rate monitor, and built-in GPS. It’s possible the Mi Watch Lite may be rebranded as the Redmi Watch in some markets.
PlayStation 5 will be beaten by the Xbox Series S in both frame rate and ray tracing according to unconvincing claim
An astonishing claim has been made by a self-proclaimed “Xbox insider” in regard to the performance abilities of the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S, with the latter apparently beating the PS5 in terms of frame rate and ray tracing. Elsewhere, Ubisoft and Capcom have been updating gamers with news about expected next-gen console titles.
Update: A change by Ubisoft has cast further doubt on the frame rate claim.
Xbox Series X and S consoles are quieter than a whisper and owners can laugh at PS4 Pro users without being heard
An infographic depicting the alleged noise development of various consoles has been posted online showing the Xbox Series X to be apparently quieter than a whisper during operation. While the PlayStation 5 is not present, the divisive graph has the PS4 Pro at the wrong end of the scale closing in on the noise level of a hair dryer.
Xiaomi's unofficial update policy gives short shrift to the Redmi, Redmi Note, and POCO C series
A reported update policy operated by Xiaomi in regard to MIUI and Android upgrades has shown the smartphone series favored by the Chinese OEM and which are more likely to be neglected. The unofficial list reveals that owners of Redmi (not Redmi K), Redmi Note, POCO M, and POCO C smartphones will receive the least upgrades.
PlayStation 5 devkit and final next-gen console designs are revolutionary in comparison to previous efforts leaving high expectations for the PS6
Looking through images that compare PlayStation devkits with the final products reveals a couple of things: Both the PlayStation 5 devkit and final design PS5 console are revolutionary in comparison to their predecessors, and a lot can be expected from the PS6 devkit now Sony has raised this particular bar.
AMD Ryzen CPUs hold top 13 places in Mindfactory retail sales chart as Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 series looms over the horizon
New sales data from Mindfactory has revealed the continued success story that is AMD Ryzen. The top 13 places are occupied by Ryzen CPUs, with the evergreen Ryzen 5 3600 still selling by the truckload. With the Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 series launching soon, and rumors of a Ryzen 5 5600 for next year, Team Red will likely go from strength to strength.
MIUI 12 update battery drain hitch continues to affect phones like the POCO F1, Redmi Note 8 Pro, and Xiaomi Mi 9 with no official fix in sight
More users of Xiaomi smartphones have been reporting issues with battery drain after installing the MIUI 12 update. The problem had already been mentioned on social media in connection to devices like the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 9, with POCO F1 owners also recently complaining about the hitch. Xiaomi may address the issue with future firmware builds.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 and Amazfit Band 5 feature on list of fitness trackers that could soon be able to take your temperature
Xiaomi and Amazfit appear to be preparing an update for a number of their wearables that will allow the devices to take their user’s temperature. The fitness trackers that could end up receiving such a firmware update include the Mi Band 5 and other SKUs from the Mi Band line and the Amazfit Band 5, which comes with blood oxygen level measurement.
Mi Mix 4 could end up being a foldable slider smartphone as Xiaomi continues to test devices with an external secondary display
A newly unearthed Xiaomi patent depicts an intriguing device with a design that would fit well with a future Mi Mix 4 (or Mi Mix 2021) thanks to a combination of foldable technology and a slider mechanism. It appears Xiaomi is pushing ahead with work on producing a foldable smartphone that will likely feature an external secondary display.
Redmi Note 7 gets an Android 10-based MIUI 12 beta stable update
Owners of the Redmi Note 7 that operates with the Europe (EEA) MIUI ROM will be pleased to know that there is an Android 10-based MIUI 12 beta stable update now available for that particular smartphone. MIUI 12 for Redmi Note 7 users with the Global, Indonesia, or Russia variant should be coming soon.
Xiaomi Fast LCD 24.5-inch Monitor launches with 144 Hz refresh rate, 2 ms GTG, and Adaptive-Sync technology for 1,499 yuan (US$224)
The Xiaomi Fast LCD 24.5-inch Monitor has been launched in China with a regular price tag of 1,499 yuan (US$224), although it is on sale to early-bird purchasers. The gaming-friendly external Fast LCD Monitor promises 144 Hz refresh rate, Full HD resolution, 2 ms GTG response time, HDR400 display, and Adaptive-Sync for reduced tearing and stuttering.
Mysterious PlayStation 5 SSD price tag pops up online and suspiciously seems like a steal
A PS5 SSD price tag that purportedly comes from Walmart has appeared online, and if it is accurate then the practically must-have PlayStation 5 accessory seems like a steal. Little further information can be gleaned from the tag, although US$115 for a 500 GB SSD that operates at the PS5’s next-gen standards is a bargain.
Update: The drive has been revealed to be a simple Seagate Game Drive external SSD.
Huami Amazfit Pop smartwatch launched: Flagship features such as blood oxygen level measurement and atrial fibrillation monitoring for just 349 yuan (US$52)
Huami has launched the Amazfit Pop smartwatch in China for a surprisingly low price: 349 yuan (US$52). The bright and breezy wearable features non-medical grade monitors for blood oxygen saturation, atrial fibrillation, sleep quality, and 24-hour heart-rate monitoring. The Amazfit Pop comes in a choice of three colors and is water resistant.
Huami Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatch prices for global market allegedly leaked
The alleged international prices for the Huami Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatches have been leaked. Although both watches are packed with attractive features such as blood oxygen level measurement and heart-rate monitoring, the prices listed for the Amazfit GTR 2 and GTS 2 still seem quite steep.
Update: The smartwatches will launch in Europe on October 27.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Mi Mix 3 owners can sample Android 11 via ArrowOS 11.0 custom ROM
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Mi Mix 3 users can enjoy the delights of the Android 11 operating system thanks to the release of the ArrowOS 11.0 custom ROMs for those devices. This will be especially handy for those with a Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S smartphone, which was originally released with the Android 8 Oreo software.
Xiaomi Mi 11 SE or Redmi K40 Mini could be on the cards thanks to iPhone 12 Mini admiration
A social media post by Lu Weibing has led to some speculation that Xiaomi or Redmi could be planning a diminutive variant of a future flagship along the lines of the iPhone 12 Mini. A Xiaomi Mi 11 SE or Redmi K40 Mini would certainly go down well with users looking for a more compact smartphone.
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X get trolled in regard to God of War: Ragnarok release date and Gears 5 RTX 3090 comparison
Both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X fans have been trolled online lately in regard to a couple of major games. An alleged release date for God of War: Ragnarok on the PS5 soon got debunked, but it took a bit longer for the supposed RTX 3090 vs. Xbox Series X Gears 5 screenshot comparison to be shown as a trickster’s hoax.
OnePlus 8T attracts 100 million yuan (US$14.9 million) in sales in a single minute thanks to a Snapdragon 865, 65 W fast charging, and fine looks
The OnePlus 8T smartphone has hit the ground running on its first day of sales in China. The fine-looking device accrued sales worth 100 million yuan (US$14.9 million) in just a single minute, and it didn’t take too much longer to double that amount. The OnePlus 8T packs an SD 865, 65 W fast charging, 120 Hz display, and it comes at a reasonable price.
Redmi Note 8T users find themselves in familiar territory as Xiaomi warns of a potential MIUI 12 delay
It appears Redmi Note 8T owners are going to find themselves in the same boat as those with the very similar Redmi Note 8 smartphone in regard to a MIUI 12 update. While it seemed the Android 10-based overlay was winging its way to the Redmi Note 8T (Global, Europe, Russia) this month, Xiaomi has now warned that a delay is possible.
Amazfit Bip U Pro from Huami will offer the same Bip U smartwatch goodies but with added built-in GPS and geomagnetic sensor
The Amazfit Bip U has just launched in India and the product page for the new smartwatch has seemingly revealed an upcoming Huami Amazfit Bip U Pro device. Features like the blood-oxygen level measurement and good battery life will still be onboard, but the Bip U Pro will also sport a microphone, built-in GPS, and geomagnetic sensor.
PlayStation 5 launch possibly delayed in many Southeast Asia countries as Singapore is treated to a second PS5 pre-order run
PlayStation fans in Southeast Asia will be dismayed by the rumor that the PlayStation 5 launch may have been delayed in a number of countries in that region, including Indonesia and Thailand. However, while gamers in some places may have to wait until 2021 to buy the console, Singapore has already received a second PS5 pre-order wave.
Update: Sony has issued a short statement about the SEA launch.
Xiaomi mentioned as one of the potential buyers for Honor as Huawei allegedly eyes up 25 billion yuan (US$3.73 billion) deal
Xiaomi is believed to be one of the potential buyers for Huawei’s sub-brand Honor if such a deal is being planned. Other companies connected with the alleged sell-off include Digital China and TCL. Huawei has denied the rumor in the past but such a sale could be good for both Honor and its founder in terms of sustainability and growth.
Xiaomi Mi 11 or Mi Mix 4: Snapdragon 875 and 2K resolution display among superlative spec list teased for future Xiaomi smartphone
Hints are starting to appear about a future Xiaomi smartphone that is shaping up to be a dream flagship device. Whether the phone will be the Xiaomi Mi 11, the long-awaited Mi Mix 4, or even another mysterious device is still unclear, but it appears it will sport a brand-new Snapdragon 875 SoC and a 2K display at the very least.
Amazfit Pop details revealed by Huami: Colorful, lightweight, and fun smartwatch that takes health and fitness seriously
Huami has been teasing its upcoming Amazfit Pop smartwatch on social media. The new wearable has a cheerful and fun-looking design that belies the inherent capabilities of its many features. The Huami Amazfit Pop offers NFC payment ability, 50 m water resistance, blood oxygen measurement, and it delivers over 60 fitness modes.
Redmi Note 8 owners should prepare for a long-haul update journey as October no longer looks viable for MIUI 12 arrival
Redmi Note 8 users around the globe are going to be disappointed by the latest MIUI 12-related messages issuing from Xiaomi HQ. While there seemed to be a few signs pointing to an October update for users of the Global or Indian Redmi Note 8, it now appears to be more likely that nothing will arrive before November.
Xiaomi trolls Apple's decision to ship the iPhone 12 without a charger
Xiaomi has taken to social media to poke some light fun at Apple’s decision to remove the charger (and EarPods) from the iPhone 12 packaging. There is some irony about the Chinese OEM trolling the same company it has frequently been accused of closely imitating, though.
Mysterious Redmi K30S smartphone with Snapdragon 865 SoC, 5,000-mAh battery, and 144 Hz display is likely a rebadged Xiaomi Mi 10T
Details of a Redmi K30S smartphone have started springing up online, but it appears the brief mystery surrounding the device has been solved with a prosaic answer. It’s likely the upcoming Snapdragon 865-powered Redmi K30S is simply a rebadged Xiaomi Mi 10T for the Chinese market.
Update: An appearance on TENAA confirms the Redmi K30S is a rebranded Mi 10T.
Redmi Note 8 Pro is the immovable object in the new AnTuTu Android smartphone price-performance charts as the iQOO 5 Pro becomes the unstoppable force
The Redmi Note 8 Pro seems unmovable in AnTuTu’s price-performance charts as the latest Android tables from the noted smartphone benchmark has shown the Note 8 Pro is still the number one pick for the budget end. At the other end of the scale, the iQOO 5 Pro is far ahead of rivals like the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra and Mi 10 Pro.
Amazfit GTS 2 Mini, Amazfit Pop, and Amazfit London smartwatch details start appearing as Huami tools up to add to its extensive lineup
Details of three devices from Huami’s Amazfit range have been leaked. The wearables are supposedly the Amazfit Pop, Amazfit London, and Amazfit GTS 2 Mini. While few concrete specifications have been revealed, it seems the GTS 2 Mini will still offer users the opportunity to constantly track their heart rate.
Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 7 owners need to be wary of fake MIUI 12 builds
Fake MIUI 12 builds for the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 7/7S have been discovered. The software versions apply to both the Global and India variants of the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 7/7S. Owners of these smartphones are advised to disregard false information about these particular MIUI 12 forgeries.
PlayStation 5 UI reveal could be on the menu thanks to Burger King teaser
A Burger King promo posted on Twitter has excited gamers thanks to its obvious connections with the PlayStation 5. While some have posited that a PS5 UI reveal is going to take place in a couple of days, it’s more likely the fast food restaurant chain is planning a contest to win one of the next-gen consoles.
Update: As expected, Burger King is holding a PS5 sweepstakes.
Dimensity 820 keeps the Redmi 10X Pro and 10X on top of the latest AnTuTu mid-range smartphone performance chart but the Snapdragon 775G will unsettle that situation
The Redmi 10X Pro 5G and the Redmi 10X 5G are still the leaders of the pack in AnTuTu’s mid-range smartphone performance chart for September. Both devices are powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 820 processor. The rumored upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 775G will be a force to be reckoned with though.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra has to settle for third place in AnTuTu's latest flagship smartphone performance chart as the iQOO 5 and iQOO 5 Pro take control
The powerful Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra has been pushed out of its top spot in the AnTuTu flagship smartphone performance chart for September. The new ruler of the roost is the iQOO 5 Pro followed by the iQOO 5, with both smartphones managing average scores of over 660,000 points. All of the top 10 devices have Snapdragon 865 or 865 Plus processors.
Redmi Note 10 and Note 10 Pro shaping up to be market shakers as processors are revealed and low starting price of 1,000 yuan (US$149) is rumored
The Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro are shaping up to be incredible devices in regard to potential price/performance and features. A well-known tipster has revealed their Dimensity and Snapdragon SoCs, while there are rumors of a cheap base price of 1,000 yuan (US$149) and a potential third device in the Redmi Note 10 series.
Latest Xiaomi Mi 11 renders take more design cues from the Mi 3 than the Mi 10
Some new renders of the Xiaomi Mi 11 smartphone have appeared on Chinese social media. The images clearly look like fan-made concept designs rather than official renders from the OEM itself. It’s believed the upcoming Mi 11 will sport a Snapdragon 875 processor and attract buyers with an under-display selfie camera.
PlayStation 5 runs hotter than the Xbox Series X with the PS5 peaking at 65 °C/149 °F according to unconfirmed report
Estimated and peak temperatures for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S that have been posted on Twitter allege that Sony’s next-gen console will be the hottest device out of the three. According to the source, the PS5 could even reach a peak temperature of 65 °C/149 °F.
POCO X3 reigns supreme in Kimovil's bestsellers of the week list as Xiaomi, Redmi, and POCO smartphones saturate the chart
The POCO X3 smartphone heads Kimovil’s best sellers of the week chart and is followed by a huge list of Xiaomi, Redmi, and POCO smartphones. Although the site trawls mainly through many Chinese and European retailers, it is still Xiaomi and its offshoots that command the table. The POCO X3 offers a 120 Hz display and even a 3.5 mm audio jack for a bargain price.
Redmi Note 10 and Note 10 Pro rumored to be coming with 108 MP main camera
More rumored details about the expected Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro have surfaced online. According to a well-known tech tipster, the upcoming Redmi Note 10 series smartphones will boast of having a 108 MP main sensor in the camera setup. It’s possible at least one of the devices will be a rebranded and upgraded version of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite for the Chinese market.
PlayStation 5 disc edition, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War appears to be the dream package according to next-gen console pre-order survey
A survey carried out by market research company VGM has revealed that the disc edition of the PlayStation 5 along with a copy of the PS5 exclusive title Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and the multi-platform Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War could be the ideal gaming package for those lucky enough to make a next-gen console pre-order.
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G specs show it is ready to face off against the OnePlus Nord and Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite as the affordable 5G smartphone segment heats up
The specifications for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A42 5G smartphone have been revealed by the South Korean OEM. Judging by its specs and believed pricing, the Galaxy A42 will be challenging the space occupied by rivals such as the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite and OnePlus Nord. The Samsung device is expected to come with a Snapdragon 750G SoC.
PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X: Xbox One owners want a PS5; major retailer reports massive pre-order gap; trending PS5 teardown video
The official PS5 teardown video has just been released, and judging by the amount of views it has already accrued, there just seems to be no slowing down of the PS5 hype train. A report from a major UK retailer has simply added to the PlayStation 5’s dominance in the perceived next-generation console competition.
Xiaomi Mi 5 and Mi 5s Plus stay relevant thanks to Android 11-based LineageOS 18.0 custom ROMs
The Xiaomi Mi 5 and Mi 5s Plus smartphones have recently gained support from LineageOS 18.0, which is firmware based on Android 11. Both the Mi 5 and Mi 5s Plus were released in 2016, and being able to utilize an Android 11-based custom ROM will help keep them relevant for users who don’t want to upgrade their device.
PlayStation 5 Spider-Man: Miles Morales concept custom console by Snoreyn is appropriately amazing
An amazing PS5 Spider-Man Miles Morales Edition concept video has been published by the skilled designer Giuseppe Spinelli, who is also known as Snoreyn. It is believed Sony will release limited editions of the PlayStation 5 and that the next-gen console is customizable, but it will take something truly striking to outdo Snoreyn’s latest production.
Supposed MIUI 12 update dates for Redmi Note 7, Redmi 9 Prime, Poco M2 and the Redmi 6, 7, and 8 series signal a busy October for Xiaomi
It appears Xiaomi will be rolling out MIUI 12 to numerous devices over the next few weeks, and based on the model names, it will be users in India that should be getting ready for a smartphone update. An unofficial list claims to reveal the MIUI 12 update dates for the Redmi Note 7, Redmi 9 Prime, Poco M2, and the Redmi 6, 7, and 8 series.
Redmi Note 8 MIUI 12 saga continues as MIUI 11 update is rolled out but Android 10 could be coming very soon
Rumors have started spreading that the Android 10-based MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T could be just days away. However, Xiaomi seems to be teasing Redmi Note 8 owners at the moment by releasing an Android 9-based MIUI 11 global update for the popular smartphone.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite takes on the OnePlus Nord in the AnTuTu benchmark and wins by a hair
The Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite has made an appearance on the well-known AnTuTu benchmark where it managed to score 329,032 points according to an image shared on Chinese social media. This would place the new Mi 10T Lite just ahead of the OnePlus Nord mid-range champion in this particular speed test.
PlayStation 5 games lineup makes purchasing a next-gen console supremely tempting but the PS5's price tag in some countries will leave fans with hard choices to make
A fan-made image of some of the major titles lined up for the PlayStation 5 has appeared online and excited many waiting for their PS5 pre-order to be fulfilled. However, while the next-gen console is a reasonable purchase in some countries, in others buying one is a difficult decision for even the most loyal fan to make.
Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro differences are blurry, but thanks to the Pro's OIS, photos are not
At a first glance, the new Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro smartphones seem to be practically identical. However, there are a number of differences that help justify the currently €50 difference between the 8 GB + 128 GB variant of the Mi 10T and the Mi 10T Pro with the same RAM/storage configuration.
Astro's Playroom comparison appears to show Sony is still squeezing out every last drop of performance in the PlayStation 5 ahead of retail launch
It appears Sony has been working on ensuring Astro’s Playroom is fully optimized to run as quick as possible on the PlayStation 5’s SSD, judging by two comparison clips taken from hands-on demonstrations. However, there are some naysayers who believe the PS5 performance improvement is all down to crafty editing.
Rumored Apple iPhone 13 and iPhone SE 3 details appear: mmWave 5G for the Pro and Pro Max; 2022 launch for the third-generation iPhone SE
Rumored details about the Apple iPhone 13 range and the third-generation Apple iPhone SE have been shared by display industry analyst Ross Young. It seems there will be four SKUs in the iPhone 13 series, with two of them capable of mmWave 5G connectivity. The iPhone SE 3 will apparently not be part of Apple’s 2021 lineup though.
Xiaomi Redmi 9 should get MIUI 12 global ROM update in November at the latest
The Redmi 9 smartphone from Xiaomi has already started receiving MIUI 12 for users in China, but it seems that owners of the global variant will soon be enjoying the same software update. The GM of Xiaomi Indonesia has stated that MIUI 12 for the Redmi 9 should arrive in November if not before.
Alleged PlayStation 5 devkit UI leak has fans in a tizzy as boot time is longer than that of the Xbox Series X
A short video clip of the alleged PlayStation 5 boot screen and user interface (UI) has surfaced that appears to involve a devkit rather than a retail model of the PS5. The video shows a black DualSense controller being used to presumably start up the console, and then the boot screen and UI eventually appear on a monitor.
PlayStation 5 appears uncovered for the first time as white side plate image reveals "naked" console in the background
A “naked” PlayStation 5 console has seemingly been revealed in an image recently shared on social media. While the majority of the photo is taken up by one of the white side panels of the next-gen console, it’s believed that there is an uncovered PS5 hiding in the background, with its exposed fan creating considerable debate.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite vs POCO X3: Discernible price difference for similar specs but the Mi 10T Lite edges out the X3 with 5G and a little 128 GB storage surprise
The newly launched Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite and POCO X3 smartphones have a lot in common and have certainly shaken up the affordable end of the smartphone market with their feature sets and price tags. While many will be trying to decide between the two, it seems the pricier Mi 10T Lite might be worth the extra expense thanks to 5G and a storage secret.
Samsung wants to take charge of the Mini-LED TV market in 2021 by shipping over two million units
Samsung appears to be targeting the Mini-LED TV market according to a new report from market analyst TrendForce. Apparently, the South Korean OEM is aiming to ship over two million Mini-LED TVs worldwide in 2021, with potential customers having a wide selection of sizes to choose from.
Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9T Pro, and Pocophone F1 among the list of smartphones that can enjoy the Paranoid Android Quartz 5 Android 10 custom ROM as devs plan for Android 11
Paranoid Android Quartz 5 has now been released, and it will be the final stable version of the Android 10-based custom ROM as the devs want to focus on Android 11. Devices such as the Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9T Pro, Redmi Note 5, and Pocophone F1 can take advantage of the latest release and there is new Quartz support for the Xiaomi Mi A3 and Mi 6X too.
PlayStation 5 ray tracing and 60 fps grandstanding on Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered convey what all the next-gen console fuss is about
A new post on the PlayStation blog has revealed the work that has been carried out to bring Marvel’s Spider-Man up to PlayStation 5 standards. A comparison with the PS4 version clearly shows how ray tracing and 60 fps gaming can take Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered to a whole new level, regardless of Peter Parker looking vastly different.
Xiaomi Mi 10T: Snapdragon 865, 144 Hz AdaptiveSync display, 64 MP main camera, and 5,000-mAh battery for the new all-round contender
Xiaomi has launched the new Mi 10T onto the market, with the smartphone featuring a decent array of specifications so it can appeal to a wide audience. Chief among its features are the 144 Hz AdaptiveSync display with MEMC technology and a beefy 5,000-mAh battery that can take advantage of 33 W wired fast charging.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro launches with 108 MP AI camera with OIS, up to 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage, and a shimmering Aurora Blue color option
The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is the top-end choice in the new Mi 10T series, and it shows it by having a 108 MP sensor in its main camera system. The Mi 10T Pro also offers configuration options that allow it to have up to 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage, and the 5G smartphone can please gamers with its 144 Hz display and Snapdragon 865 SoC.
Hogwarts Legacy trailer surges past 10 million views on the official PlayStation channel even though it's not a PS5 exclusive
Hogwarts Legacy has already become one of the most-watched videos on the official PlayStation YouTube channel even though it is not being released as a PlayStation 5 exclusive. The Wizarding World title from Portkey Games is scheduled for release in 2021 and will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
PlayStation 5 DualSense wireless controller gets an unofficial early teardown
The PlayStation 5’s wireless controller, the DualSense, has appeared in a torn-down state in a series of images released by a custom controller manufacturer. The pictures show the DualSense controller in various stages of the teardown and also highlight the intricate design that incorporates the famous PlayStation symbols.
Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro full specs and new renders leak, Mi 10T Lite still expected, and rumored prices for the whole Mi 10T series
Xiaomi is officially launching its new Mi 10T series on Wednesday 30 September, and it now seems that the complete specifications for the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro have been leaked along with some new renders. A Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite is also expected to make an appearance, and price predictions have started coming in thick and fast.
Xiaomi launches two 82-inch Mi Master Series TVs: 4K model for 9,999 yuan (US$1,466) or 8K mini-LED variant for 49,999 yuan (US$7,326)
Xiaomi has launched two new 82-inch Mi Master Series smart TVs in China. The 4K model is priced at 9,999 yuan (US$1,466) and comes with a 120 Hz refresh rate and MEMC. The 8K “Extreme Anniversary Edition” utilizes a mini-LED panel and delivers double the brightness of the cheaper TV, and it costs a hefty 49,999 yuan (US$7,326).
PlayStation 5 I/O unit gets seriously souped up to a potential 17.38 GB/s bandwidth thanks to potent combination of Oodle Kraken and Oodle Texture
A new video from PlayStation UK has offered up an explanation of some of the PS5 tech, including a mention of the console’s famous SSD and its 5.5 GB/s typical raw read bandwidth. However, thanks to assistance from Oodle Kraken and Oodle Texture, I/O bandwidth could actually reach 17.38 GB/s and even Mark Cerny’s 22 GB/s claim.
Latest supposed Xiaomi Android 11 update list upgrades the Mi 10 Ultra and Redmi 9 to internal testing and clarifies that no MIUI 9 launch devices will be updated
Another unofficial Xiaomi Android 11 update list has appeared on Telegram with a few changes worth noting. Both the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra and Redmi 9 have been promoted to apparent internal testing, while it appears no smartphones that were operating on MIUI 9 at launch time will receive Android 11 from Xiaomi.
Amazfit Band 5 with blood oxygen measurement and Alexa virtual assistant is now available to buy from Amazon and Amazfit US for US$49.99
The new Amazfit Band 5 from Huami is now available to purchase either from Amazon or Amazfit’s US online store. The smart band, which costs US$49.99, provides blood oxygen measurement, Amazon Alexa, the PAI health assessment system, and up to 15 days of battery life with typical usage or 25 days in power-saving mode.
Alleged MIUI 13 power menu leaked in video and baffling unofficial MIUI 13 eligible device list includes the Redmi Note 4 and Redmi Note 8 but omits the Redmi Note 9 and Xiaomi Mi 9
A video clip of the purported MIUI 13 power menu animation has recently been leaked. Along with that, a completely unofficial and somewhat bewildering MIUI 13 eligible device list has been drawn up that includes the practically ancient Redmi Note 4 but forgets about the Xiaomi Mi 9 series and the brand-new Redmi Note 9 range.
Xiaomi Mi TV Master Ultra Edition promo teasers confirm imminent launch for the 82-inch 8K mini-LED TV with 5G connectivity
Xiaomi has a special launch coming up in a few days, with the unveiling of the 82-inch Mi TV Master Ultra Edition 8K mini-LED TV with 5G connectivity. It’s claimed this will be the world’s first mass-produced 5G/8K mini-LED TV, and it is very likely the price will reflect the innovative technology utilized.
Xiaomi's MIUI for TV 3.0 starts rolling out bringing a clearer UI layout and nifty dynamic animations with it
Xiaomi announced MIUI for TV 3.0 back in July and now it seems some users in China have started receiving the update. MIUI for TV 3.0 offers a new refined layout for the user interface, a selection of viewing modes, and dynamic animation effects that may be limited only to Xiaomi Master Series devices.
Upcoming PlayStation 5 hands-on event in Japan could reveal more about the PS5 UI and other "really cool stuff"
The PlayStation 5 console will be offered up to some fortunate Japanese vloggers as part of the YouTube Gaming Week that is coming up soon, with the PS5 hands-on giving the potential for a full UI reveal among other things. SIE boss Jim Ryan has stated that there is some “really cool stuff” to be shown off in regard to the user experience.
Redmi Note 8 and Note 8T owners get the bum's rush from Xiaomi in regard to Android 10-based MIUI 12
Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T owners are not going to be too happy with the latest news about Android 10-based MIUI 12 for their devices. Delays are already expected anyway and now the general manager of Xiaomi Indonesia has claimed that the company is “still testing” the firmware for the Redmi Note 8/8T.
Xiaomi Mi Band global sales top 13 million units for Q2 2020 as Pro and Lite variant rumors still linger for the Mi Band 5
Details about the sales records for the Xiaomi Mi Band series, both domestic and international, have been shared by Huami’s CEO Huang Wang. The health-focused smart bracelets from the Chinese OEM are the world’s number 1 most-shipped wearable. Rumors about Pro and Lite variants of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 are still appearing.
Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatch from Huami launched: Light, thin, and colorful with blood oxygen measurement and smart voice assistant for 999 yuan (US$147)
The Amazfit GTS 2 from Huami is now official, with the fun but functional smartwatch already on sale in China. The GTS 2 has had a design overhaul from the first generation, with a borderless display and lighter weight included. There’s also a blood oxygen detector, loads of sports modes, and a smart assistant to be found on the new wearable.
Huami launches the Amazfit GTR 2 smartwatch: Two editions with NFC, up to 38-day battery life, and blood oxygen detection from 999 yuan (US$147)
The Huami Amazfit GTR 2 smartwatch has been launched in China at a very competitive price starting from 999 yuan (US$147). The GTR 2 mixes form with function so that buyers can expect an elegant-looking wearable that also provides a BioTracker, blood oxygen monitoring, PAI health assessment, and an incredible battery life.
Xiaomi Mi 8 gets a Google Pixel 3 Android 11 port and the Mi 9T (Redmi K20) is stable thanks to the AOSP 11.0 custom ROM
Both the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 9T (also known as the Redmi K20) have received new custom ROM support that gives owners the chance to try out the Android 11 experience. The Mi 8 might have to camouflage itself as a Google Pixel 4a for this particular venture though.
MIUI 12 rollout for third-batch Xiaomi devices such as the Mi Mix 2, Mi Max 3, and Redmi S2 reportedly in progress
The MIUI 12 rollout for smartphones listed in Xiaomi’s third batch of devices to receive the software update has seemingly commenced. Certain smartphones on the list, such as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and Mi Note 3, have already started receiving a stable update of the MIUI 12 ROM in China.
The XPG Gammix S70 PCIe Gen4x4 M.2 SSD from ADATA will woo gamers and future PlayStation 5 owners alike with its 7,400 MB/s sequential read speeds
ADATA has revealed its new XPG Gammix S70 PCIe Gen4x4 M.2 2280 solid state drive that has the potential to reach incredible sequential read speeds of 7,400 MB/s. Video editors and gamers will no doubt be delighted by its potential performance, and it may appeal to future PS5 owners too if the SSD is compatible with the console.
Alleged Xiaomi Mi 11 Geekbench scores show above 20% performance gains over the Mi 10 thanks to the 5nm Snapdragon 875
Supposed Geekbench results for the Xiaomi Mi 11 smartphone have appeared online. According to the scores, which might be fake, the future flagship that is possibly slated for an early 2021 launch managed to amply surpass the Xiaomi Mi 10 in both single-core and multi-core tests with the help of its rumored 5nm Snapdragon 875 chip.
Huami's upcoming Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatches have diamond-like screen coatings that are as hard as sapphire
Huami has been sharing some late details about the upcoming Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatches. Along with a new promo image of the fashionable wearables, Huami has also revealed that the screens of the GTR 2 and GTS 2 have sapphire-level hardness thanks to a special coating.
Latest Xiaomi patent figures two folds are better than one for a potential Xiaomi Mi Z Fold flexible smartphone/tablet hybrid
Another Xiaomi patent has surfaced and this latest one is for a multiple fold flexible smartphone/tablet hybrid. The Chinese OEM has chosen to grace this concept device with two folds, leading it to be dubbed the Xiaomi Mi Z Fold by some sites. The foldable smartphone has some issues though, including its obvious thickness when folded.
Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 8T, Redmi Note 9S, and even the Redmi Note 5 Pro get special Android 11-based custom ROM treatment
Various new Android 11-based custom ROMs have been appearing for a number of Redmi devices, with the especially popular Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T getting the unofficial Android 11 treatment. The custom ROM for the Redmi Note 9S is in an alpha stage so may not appeal to all users and the aging Redmi Note 5 Pro is covered by LineageOS.
Intel Core i7-1185G7 reference design laptop benchmarks confirm iGPU gains over the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U in a Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 but the CPU part still suffers from core count envy
Intel’s new Tiger Lake Core i7-1185G7 chip has been doing the rounds inside of a reference design laptop, and while the iGPU component of the SoC has had reviewers generally cooing over its ability to play games at acceptable frame rates, it seems the shortage of CPU cores behind rivals such as the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U is still problematic.
Poco F1 and Xiaomi Mi A2 owners can get a taste of Android 11 thanks to updated custom ROMs
Updated custom ROMs based on Android 11 have become available for both the Poco F1 and Xiaomi Mi A2 smartphones. It has already been revealed that neither of these devices was on the list for official OEM support to Android 11, but custom ROM devs have not forgotten Poco F1 and Mi A2 owners.
Xiaomi takes on Asus with rumored 240 Hz and 360 Hz external gaming monitors with prices from just 999 yuan (US$148)
An extraordinary new rumor about Xiaomi claims the Chinese OEM is preparing to launch new external gaming monitors offering 240 Hz and mighty 360 Hz refresh rates. According to one source, prices will start at 999 yuan (US$148), and it is likely Xiaomi’s 360 Hz monitor will be more affordable than the Asus ROG Swift 360 panel.
Vertical PlayStation 5 console positioning might be the way to go as new live images show just how stocky the PS5 is on its side
New live images of the PlayStation 5 have found their way online, and although Sony has already revealed the exact dimensions of the next-gen console, it is quite startling just how big the device looks when horizontal. Vertical positioning might be optimal, especially for those who plump for a plump PS5 with disc drive.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 topples fellow Ampere card RTX 3080 from its short-lived reign as UserBenchmark's GPU champion and records effectively 19% faster result
The powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 desktop graphics card has become the new champion of UserBenchmark’s GPU comparison chart. Not only has the RTX 3090 removed fellow Ampere card RTX 3080 from the top of the table, it is also the only part that has an average benchmark rating that surpasses 200%.
PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility question creates unlikely conflict: SIE CEO Jim Ryan vs gaming personality HipHopGamer
Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) CEO Jim Ryan has expressly stated that there will be no backwards compatibility (BC) to the PS1, PS2, and PS3 for the upcoming PlayStation 5. However, just as the PS5 BC question appeared to be put to bed, social media commenter HipHopGamer claimed that disc-based full BC was still a thing.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite possible candidate for upcoming sub-€300 (US$355) smartphone with 5G and a 108 MP main camera sensor
More details of Xiaomi’s Gauguin and Gauguin Pro smartphones have appeared online, leading to speculation that one of them could be launched as a Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite device on the European market and possibly further abroad. This potential Mi 10T Lite would be a sub-€300 (US$355) 5G smartphone with either a 64 MP or 108 MP main camera.
The name "Mi 10T Lite" has been confirmed via the FCC.
Full PlayStation 5 and DualSense specifications published by Sony finally revealing what's on the console's rear and the PS5's dimensions
Sony has published all of the official specifications for both the PlayStation 5 and DualSense controller. While no rumored spec bump materialized, at least gamers finally found out what was on the rear of the console. The dimensions section confirms the PS5 is even slightly taller than what was previously estimated.
Redmi Smart TV A55 launched at an attractive price of 1,777 yuan (US$262) as the first of a series of five new smart TVs
Redmi has announced its new A Series of smart TVs for the Chinese market. The series will initially consist of five different-sized devices, with the Redmi Smart TV A55 being the first one to launch. Xiaomi is offering this 55-inch 4K TV, which runs on MIUI for TV, at a special discounted rate of 1,777 yuan (US$262).
PlayStation 5 pre-order bedlam pushes console prices past US$2,000 on eBay as Sony upsets fans to beat Microsoft to the punch
PlayStation 5 pre-ordering has become chaotic as fans desperately try to reserve one of Sony’s next-gen consoles. While prices for the PS5 console have tipped past US$2,000 on eBay, some have been left wondering if Sony’s pre-order plan was to simply beat Microsoft to the punch rather than give gamers ample warning time.
PlayStation 5 launch games and accessories price lists revealed and official PS5 boxes keep the design clean and simple
Sony has announced the official prices for the PS5 accessories and the launch games that will accompany the next-gen console on November 12/17. The retail boxes for the PlayStation 5 and Digital Edition have also appeared online, with the design remaining both understated and relatively minimalistic.
Amazon PlayStation 5 pages taken down for likely updates as PS5 price and pre-order reveal expectations take off and updated list of potential retailers
The PlayStation 5 Showcase takes place later today and millions of fans are expecting Sony to announce the prices and pre-order information for the next-gen console. It has now been reported that Amazon landing pages for the PS5 have started being taken down, with many believing this is a definitive sign that the price/pre-order wait is over. An updated list of potential retailers is included here.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 pips the Titan RTX for the highest average benchmark on UserBenchmark and shows 11% gain on the RTX 2080 Ti for effective speed
The new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card has made its way to the top of UserBenchmark’s GPU charts. The Ampere-based part stole the top spot from Nvidia’s Titan RTX, and it recorded an 11% faster effective speed than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. The Founders Edition of the GeForce RTX 3080 costs from US$699.
Samsung Galaxy Watch3 Titanium gets a September 18 global launch date but Samsung fans in the US will have to wait a bit longer
The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 Titanium variant of the recently released smartwatch will be officially launched on the European and South Korean markets on September 18. However, potential customers in the US will have to wait a little longer. The Galaxy Watch3 Titanium comes with SpO2 measurement, military-grade durability, and a substantial price tag.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra global release more likely as Mi fans in Spain compete to get up close and personal with the flagship smartphone
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra flagship device is currently only available to buy in the company’s domestic market of China. However, a competition organized for Mi Fans in Spain and a subtle comment in a Mi Community blog post appear to point in the direction of a wider global release for the impressive Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra smartphone.
Latest PlayStation 5 advert will keep fans on The Edge of their seats and Aloy's ears show how the PS5 has left the PS4 behind
Sony has created a new global brand spot for the PlayStation 5, which is entitled “The Edge”. The stunning clip is aimed at the promise of “undiscovered adventure” for gamers who take the leap and purchase the next-gen console. A comparison image of Aloy’s ears from the Horizon games highlights the power of the PS5 over the PS4.
Huami Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatches to launch soon: Contemporary looks and possible blood oxygen sensor for the second generation
Huami has been teasing the second-generation Amazfit GTR and GTS smartwatches, with a new promo poster simply announcing the new products will be “Beyond GT”. There is some expectation that the Amazfit GTR 2 and GTS 2 wearables will feature enhanced health functions that include a blood oxygen sensor.
PlayStation 5 production hits a chip-related obstacle but Sony secures US supply method for the likely affordable PS5 console
A new report has stated that there have been issues with the yield for the SoC that will be the key component of the upcoming PlayStation 5 console, with Sony having to reduce the total hardware production. However, it seems the company has sufficient means of supply for the US and an analyst believes the PS5 prices are going to be affordable.
Sony has stated that there has been no change in production numbers.
Save 17% on an Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 Gaming Desktop from Dell with up to an AMD Ryzen 9 3950X and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti for gaming nirvana
Dell has now started selling its Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 Gaming Desktops with a 17% discount coupon available. Shoppers can choose a mainstream Ryzen 5 3500 chip or go for a benchmark-breaking 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X CPU alongside 32 or 64 GB RAM and a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card from Nvidia.
PlayStation 5 Showcase times and predictions: Show time for your zone and PS5 UI, God of War 2, Final Fantasy XVI, price, and pre-orders could be revealed
The PlayStation 5 Showcase will be taking place on Wednesday September 16. The much-anticipated event starts at 1:00 pm PDT, and we have provided a list of times for fans living in other zones here. Predictions of what could be revealed in the 40-minute Showcase have included the PS5 UI, news about God of War 2, and the all-important console prices.
More PlayStation 5 model numbers hint at DualSense controller variants and even a black console but don't expect a PS5 Pro or 1.65 TB SSD premium pack just yet
More model numbers relating to the PlayStation 5 have appeared online. While many of the model codes are already connected to the console SKUs or PS5 accessories, a few unknown entries certainly hint at different types of DualSense controller. A black PS5 console also seems more likely than a PS5 Pro or 1.65 TB SSD premium pack.
Convincing PlayStation 5 price leak and latest IGN poll all but confirm victory for Sony and the PS5 in the first battle of the next-gen console war
A new and convincing PlayStation 5 price leak has appeared online, and if the figures are genuine then gamers planning on pre-ordering either a Blu-ray console or Digital Edition model are likely to be satisfied. Another IGN next-gen console poll shows huge popular support for Sony’s devices, regardless of the recent appearance of the Xbox Series S.
Another alleged price list has been leaked from the same retailer.
Base included: PlayStation 5 console box contents and model numbers for both the Blu-ray model and Digital Edition PS5 appear online
The model numbers and box contents for the upcoming PlayStation 5 consoles have been shared online by a games industry analyst. The details originate from a source in Hong Kong, so there may be regional differences encountered by future PS5 owners living in different areas. The good news is that there is a base included.
POCO X3 NFC smartphone is a certifiable hit as more than 100,000 units are sold in just three days of its first sale
POCO and Xiaomi have announced some impressive figures for the first sale of the new POCO X3 NFC smartphone. The device, which has prices starting from £199/€229 (US$255/$271), has been snapped up at speed by fans, with 1,000 POCO X3 NFC units selling in just 30 seconds and over 100,000 phones sold in three days.
PlayStation 5 wait seems nearly over as stores start gearing up, some PS4 games get new PS5 labels, and Sony's PAX pantomime fuels rumors
There have been sightings of various PS5-related promotional materials going up in retail stores around the world as the wait for the full disclosure of Sony’s next-gen console continues. Some PS4 games have new labels on their boxes for PlayStation 5 preparation, and Sony appears to be performing quite a pantomime over at PAX Online.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G has a Bill of Materials cost of US$548.90 or 42% of the US$1,299.99 price tag
The Bill of Materials (BoM) for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (128 GB variant) has been estimated at a total of US$548.90. As the flagship device currently has an official retail price of US$1,299.99, then this BoM cost is equivalent to 42.22% of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G’s price tag. The display and the communication components are the priciest parts.
Xiaomi Mi 11 smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 and under-display camera could be released in early 2021
A potential Xiaomi Mi 11 could be released in the first few months of 2021 according to a noted tipster. The premium Xiaomi smartphone, which could end up being the expected Mi 11 and feature an under-display camera, will join an unknown Vivo phone and become one of the first devices to sport the rumored Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 SoC.
PlayStation 5 prices supposedly cut to compete with Xbox consoles, Japan release date potentially leaked, and a timely reminder of what's in store for PS5 owners
A new report has claimed that Sony has had to revise planned prices for the PlayStation 5 consoles due to Microsoft’s attractive next-gen Xbox hardware price tags. A PS5 launch date in Japan may have been accidentally revealed, and a timely reminder of what future PS5 owners can look forward to has been circulating on social media.
God of War 2 and a "whole mountain of exclusives" coming to the PS5 and latest PlayStation 5 pre-order date prediction could be a misfire
Those God of War 2 rumors in regard to the PS5 just keep turning up, and apparently there will be a “whole mountain of exclusives” coming for Sony’s next-gen console. A new PlayStation 5 pre-order date prediction could be an immense misfire if accurate as it would seemingly give Microsoft the edge for attracting brand-indifferent consumers.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX scores 130% more than its nearest Intel rival on PassMark and can be picked up inside a Lenovo ThinkStation P620 - if you have the money
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX super processor has been flexing its muscles on PassMark’s CPU Mark benchmark, and unsurprisingly the 64-core, 128-thread part has soared straight to the top of the high-end CPU chart. However, you better have plenty of money to spend if you want to pick one up inside a Lenovo ThinkStation P620.
Gold-plated PlayStation 5 pre-orders go live on September 10: Reserve a 24K gold Digital Edition console for £7,999 (US$10,356) or pick up a glittering PS5 accessory from £399 (US$517)
Truly Exquisite has announced that pre-orders for its gold or platinum custom PS5 consoles and accessories will begin on Thursday September 10. Wealthy gamers after some bling can place an order for an 18K rose gold PlayStation 5 for £8,199 (US$10,617) or make a reservation for a gold-plated DualSense controller at £649 (US$840).
Xiaomi smartphone with dual front-facing and rear-facing pop-up camera system could be in the pipeline
Another innovative Xiaomi smartphone patent has seen the light of day, with the device in the patent drawings featuring an interesting solution for both the front and rear cameras. Xiaomi has integrated a dual pop-up camera system in this concept that leaves the case of the smartphone completely camera free.
Next-gen console news: Barlog and Kratos spark God of War sequel speculation, Xbox Edinburgh turns up, pricey Xbox Series X SSD expansion leaked, and more random PS5 event dates
An image header on Cory Barlog’s social media has some fans believing a God of War sequel announcement is incoming. A mysterious Xbox “Edinburgh” device has been spotted and a leaked expansion SSD for the Xbox Series X has a hefty price tag. More tenuous PS5 announcement and event date rumors have surfaced.
Stylish Samsung Galaxy transparent smartphone renders by Snoreyn would make even Tony Stark consider an upgrade
Samsung could be working on a futuristic Galaxy smartphone with a transparent display according to a recently unearthed patent. The talented designer Snoreyn (Giuseppe Spinelli) has made some beautiful concept renders for the transparent Samsung Galaxy based on the patent documents. Tony Stark/Iron Man – eat your heart out.
Xiaomi Mi Display monitor with 27-inch transparent OLED from Samsung supposedly in the works
A report out of China has claimed that Xiaomi is planning on adding more transparent products to its range, with a 27-inch Mi Display monitor that utilizes an OLED panel from Samsung possibly being the next device in line. The Chinese OEM just recently launched the transparent 55-inch Mi TV Lux.
Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 5 sales help sink Samsung in the growing North America wearables market
Apple has maintained a strong regional share for the North America wearables market and even enjoyed growth in terms of amount of units shipped. Discounted Apple Watch Series 3 devices and the popularity of the Series 5 smartwatches have contributed to a steep decline for Samsung in this particular sector.
The exasperating PlayStation 5 wait might be the greatest trick Sony ever pulled - but don't worry, the PS5 does exist
Doritos, 4chan, Soony, and a parody song: PlayStation 5 waiting fatigue has really started kicking in hard, just as a likely controlled leak from Microsoft has given up the potential prices of the Xbox Series X and S. But to paraphrase a famous movie line, this exhausting wait for the full PS5 details and prices may end up being the greatest trick Sony ever pulled.
Withings ScanWatch: Incredible clinically validated hybrid smartwatch with medical-grade SpO2 sensor, ECG recording, and 24/7 heart scanning now available from £249.95 (US$330)
The Withings ScanWatch hybrid smartwatch is now available to buy in Europe, and it can be purchased from £249.95/€279 (about US$330). This incredible health-focused wearable comes with its own on-demand electrocardiogram, respiratory scanner, atrial fibrillation detector, medical-grade SpO2 oximeter, and the ScanWatch is water resistant to 165 ft (50 m).
PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility for PS1, PS2, and PS3 games could be provided by a revamped PS Now service with upscaling capabilities
Another rumor has emerged connecting a revamped PS Now service with the PlayStation 5, and specifically the question of full backwards compatibility with the PS1, PS2, and PS3 along with the expected PS4. On top of that, the same spurious source claims that some older games will benefit from upscaling when accessed via the PS5.
Vivo solves the problem of which color to choose for your next smartphone thanks to smart glass
Vivo has been showing off an interesting new prototype smartphone that can offer users different-colored back panels thanks to the utilization of electrochromic technology. The rear of the Vivo smartphone, which looks like a modified S7 5G, is clad in smart glass, enabling it to switch colors from blue to p