Daniel R Deakin (Managing Editor News)
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.
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 V188.8.131.52.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 V184.108.40.206.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 V220.127.116.11.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 V18.104.22.168.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 purple and eventually silver.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 doubles up on the RTX 2080 and is up to 60% faster than the RTX 2080 Ti on CompuBench to give AMD and Big Navi a hard target to hit
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card has been spotted being put through its paces on CompuBench 2.0 Desktop. The Ampere device demolished the RTX 2080 and also put the RTX 2080 Ti to the sword. With a price starting at US$699 for the RTX 3080, Nvidia has thrown down the gauntlet to AMD and its Navi range to counter this challenge.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra with third-generation under-display camera could be launched sooner than expected
A Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra smartphone with an under-display camera has seemingly been leaked in a comparison video. Xiaomi has already revealed the technology in a recent promotional clip; however, it has now been speculated that the under-display camera variant of the Mi 10 Ultra could be launched sooner than what was previously anticipated.
The original source and a longer hands-on video have surfaced.
The Witcher 3 enhanced is coming to the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC and existing owners of the classic action RPG can get a free update
CD Projekt Red has announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition will be released in an enhanced form as a standalone purchase for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, or PC. On top of that, the new and improved next-gen edition of The Witcher 3 will be offered as a free update to those who already own a copy of the game.
Perturbing PlayStation 5 price rumor threatens to spoil the party and alleged PS5 console turns up in unlikely circumstances
A new PlayStation 5 price rumor has been making the rounds on social media lately, with the all-important figures being considerably higher than those that have been generally predicted for the next-gen console. A likely fake but quite convincing example of the PS5 hardware has also turned up in a TikTok video.
The iQOO 3 and Meizu 17 Pro replace the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro as AnTuTu's August price-performance hotshots
AnTuTu has been busy compiling its August price-performance charts for Android phones, and there are new leaders in two out of the five tables. The iQOO 3 and Meizu 17 Pro have scored highly enough to remove the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro from their respective positions, although Redmi still has an incredible 11 smartphones in the charts.
98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max goes on flash sale once again for 19,999 yuan (US$2,924) but still no sign of Xiaomi bringing it to international markets
Xiaomi has announced that the 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max will soon be available in yet another flash sale for the immensely popular big television. However, it seems yet again that it will be buyers in China that will be getting great deals on the Redmi Max 98 (19,999 yuan; about US$2,924), as Xiaomi hasn’t revealed any plans to release the device outside of its domestic market.
PlayStation 5 pre-order wait leaves fans so anxious that even a dressed-up PS3 and a lying cake provide brief PS5 news relief
Sony has yet to announce official PlayStation 5 pre-order plans, leaving fans gnashing their teeth in frustration, to the extent that even a PS3 in disguise and a dishonest cake have led to some brief PS5-related respite for anxious gamers desperate for next-gen console news. A PS5 event is rumored for September 9.
Massive Redmi 8, Note 8, and Note 8 Pro global sales send Xiaomi into the smartphone stratosphere but Apple reigns supreme with the iPhone 11
A market analyst report concerning the best-selling smartphones of the first half of 2020 has placed the Apple iPhone 11 in top position with remarkable sales of 37.7 million units. The six months have also been kind to Xiaomi, with four Redmi devices, including the Redmi 8A and Redmi Note 8 Pro, making it into the list of the top 10 most-shipped smartphones.
PlayStation 5 SSD and leaked Samsung 980 Pro outmuscled by Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus but Cerny advises future PS5 owners to "hold off" on M.2 drive purchases
Sabrent has announced its Rocket 4 Plus SSD, which the company is claiming is the world’s fastest NVMe SSD. The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus SSD’s read and write speeds place it beyond the recently leaked Samsung 980 Pro and the PS5’s drive. Console architect Mark Cerny has warned future PlayStation 5 owners to wait before making a third-party drive purchase.
Redmi, Honor, and Huawei control the latest AnTuTu midrange smartphone performance chart with the Redmi 10X and 10X Pro proving to be affordable 5G standard-bearers
The AnTuTu midrange smartphone performance chart for August is currently dominated by Redmi, Honor, and Huawei. The Redmi 10X 5G and 10X Pro 5G with their MediaTek Dimensity 820 processors have managed to keep challengers away from their positions at the top, while devices with Kirin chips bring up most of the rear.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra brushes aside the competition in the August AnTuTu flagship smartphone performance chart with the iQOO 5 and ROG Phone 3 also scoring well
AnTuTu has published its flagship smartphone performance chart for August and top position has been snatched up by the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra. The chart has thoroughly been shaken up lately thanks to some powerful new releases, including the iQOO 5 and the Asus ROG Phone 3 with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor.
Sony gears up for PlayStation 5 pre-order pandemonium with new headers, and devs hoot about the PS5 SSD and Tempest 3D AudioTech engine, but there's no optical audio out
It appears Sony might be preparing for PlayStation 5 pre-orders as new headers featuring titles like Gran Turismo 7 and Demon’s Souls have appeared on some official media channels. Devs have been singing the praises of the PS5’s SSD and Tempest 3D AudioTech engine, but it appears the next-gen console won’t have an optical audio out port.
Amazfit Band 5 fitness tracker from Huami now available for pre-order on Amazon: blood oxygen saturation monitor, 24/7 heart-rate tracker, and Amazon Alexa for US$49.99
The Huami Amazfit Band 5 fitness tracker is now officially available to pre-order from Amazon. The wearable has a price tag of US$49.99 and offers users Amazon Alexa built in, heart-rate tracking, SpO2 monitor, women’s health tracking, and up to 15 days of battery life. The Amazfit Band 5 will be released on September 30.
Redmi Note 9, Redmi Note 9 Pro, and Redmi 9A join alleged list of Xiaomi devices being internally tested for Android 11 update
A supposed list of Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones in connection with the Android 11 update has recently been altered. Now, the Redmi Note 9, Redmi Note 9 Pro (global), and Redmi 9A are reportedly at the internal testing phase. There are also status changes for the Redmi 9 Prime, Redmi 9 India, and Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (Mi CC9 Pro).
No PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility for PS1, PS2, and PS3 titles and very fake-looking hefty PS5 retail box gets overshadowed by Miles Morales concept design
An Ubisoft support page has seemingly confirmed that PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility will be restricted to PS4 titles, leaving games from the PS1, PS2, and PS3 generations out in the cold. An image of an alleged PS5 retail box has appeared online, but fake or not it pales into comparison next to an incredible fan-made Miles Morales concept design.
Alleged amazing PlayStation 5 event on September 9 to include full hardware and UI reveal, console launch date, prices, and new PS5 games information
There has been an alleged leak of the details for an upcoming PS5 event, which will apparently take place on Wednesday, September 9. According to the purported leak, the show will include a full look at the PlayStation 5 hardware and UI, price and launch date revelations, and a whole feast of information in regard to games for the next-gen console.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, and Galaxy S9+ likely to get trimmed-down version of One UI 2.5 soon
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, and Galaxy S9+ smartphones are likely to receive a cut-down version of the One UI 2.5 Android skin when it becomes available, due to hardware constraints. Samsung has been praised for offering the software update to older Galaxy models in its lineup though.
The promise of PlayStation 5 exclusives like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Horizon Forbidden West is helping the PS5 win the next-gen console popularity contest
An IGN poll titled “which next-gen console are you most excited about” left the PS5 with 75% of the vote. Xbox owners and PC gamers have been tempted by the Sony console partially because of PlayStation 5 exclusives like Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and many others.
PC vs PS5: The new Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 SSD brings next-gen console challenging speeds of up to 7,000 MB/s for desktop computers
Samsung has launched its 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD that offers a maximum read speed of 7,000 MB/s (1 TB SKU). This means that PC gamers can fit a speedy solid state drive into their machines that challenges the much-heralded superfast SSD that the PS5 will be bringing with it, at least in terms of uncompressed data handling.
Xiaomi Mijia Projector Youth Edition 2 launching soon with new smart abilities
Xiaomi has been teasing a new product in its extensive home projector lineup: the Xiaomi Mijia Projector Youth Edition 2. Few details have been revealed about the Mijia Projector so far, but it is scheduled for launch on September 2 and comes with a smart assistant onboard.
Redmi Note 8 survives eight-floor drop and watery landing but ends up with a "curved" display
A Redmi Note 8 owner has reported how their Xiaomi smartphone still works after being accidentally dropped from an eighth-floor balcony and making a splash-landing in some type of body of water. The Redmi Note 8 was able to be charged and was operational, although it was left with a “curved” display after the traumatic incident.
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition revealed in stirring announcement trailer
A new announcement trailer for Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition has been shared as part of the Gamescom event. The remastered game now boasts of 4K graphics and features two additional civilizations for RTS fans to get to grips with. Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition will be released on October 15 priced at US$19.99/£14.99/€19.99.
OnePlus Nord hype train is in motion again thanks to OnePlus Nord 2, OnePlus Nord Lite, and OnePlus Aurora smartphone rumors
Details about new OnePlus devices have started surfacing, especially in regard to what may become a OnePlus Nord successor and the so-called OnePlus Aurora smartphone that might make its way to US shores. Some alleged information about a potential OnePlus Nord 2, including price and processor, has also been shared.
PS5 direct pre-order registration lottery now open for those with a PlayStation Network ID and US-based address
PlayStation US has announced that direct pre-order registration for the PS5 console is now open. To register, fans will need a PlayStation Network ID. However, the process is a lottery as registering for direct pre-orders does not guarantee selection for the opportunity to actually reserve a PlayStation 5.
Xiaomi quarterly infographics portray a company taking the world by storm thanks to products such as the Mi 10 lineup and Mi TV Master Series
Xiaomi has published some infographics to amply portray just how successful the Chinese OEM has been over the last few months. The company is now in the top four places globally for smartphone shipments and in the top five for smart TV shipments. Products such as the Mi 10 Ultra and Mi TV LUX have contributed to Xiaomi’s outstanding performance.
Huami Amazfit Neo smartwatch with always-on display, heart-rate monitor, and chunky retro design now available from US$39.99
The new Huami Amazfit Neo smartwatch has appeared online for sale. The latest wearable from Huami comes with a 24/7 always-on display, heart-rate and sleep monitoring, water resistance to 5 ATM, and up to 28-day battery life. The rugged-looking Amazfit Neo can be purchased at a discount price of US$39.99 by using coupons.
PlayStation 5 should reward gamers with superfast connections and low latency as Wi-Fi 6 chip is spotted in likely PS5 certification
A Sony Wi-Fi 6 (IEEE 802.11ax) wireless communication module has been spotted in certification that likely pertains to the PlayStation 5. An image of the chip has also been revealed in one particular filing, which also includes the PlayStation logo. Having Wi-Fi 6 support would offer PS5 owners the chance to enjoy faster connection speeds and lower latency.
Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Pro show premium appeal in WPC listing
The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Pro from Xiaomi have appeared in a listing for the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). Although there are scant details about the earphones in the WPC record, there is an image included of the Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Pro that shows off the sleek and premium-looking personal audio device.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S7, and Galaxy Tab S7+ owners have started reporting the presence of the dreaded green tint display issue
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Snapdragon variant), Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, and Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ have been taking to online forums to report the well-known green tint display issues that many flagship devices have suffered from in the past. The same green tint problem recently affected Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphones too but was fixed with a software update.
PlayStation 5 pre-order and launch dates possibly revealed via Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War leak as PS5 commenter predictions start aligning
The pre-order date and launch date for the PlayStation 5 may have been revealed via a Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War leak. It appears data miners have managed to prise out information about the upcoming title’s reveal and release dates, which could coincide with those for the next-gen console. Known PS5 commenters have also seemingly pinpointed a particular PS5 pre-order date.
Nintendo Switch Pro could be released in early 2021 to disrupt the PS5 vs Xbox Series X match-up
New rumors have appeared about the Nintendo Switch, with a report suggesting that the Japanese company is busy putting together the next generation of the massively popular console. With a supposed improved screen and other upgrades, this possible Nintendo Switch Pro will be taking on the PS5 and Xbox Series X for next-generation console supremacy.
New Huawei Mate 40 Pro renders based on leaks and CAD files show it to be a beauty that can easily rival the iPhone 12 for looks
There are two major smartphone releases on the horizon with the upcoming Huawei Mate 40 series and the Apple iPhone 12 series. New renders of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro smartphone show it off in the best possible way with its elegant waterfall display and characteristic circular camera housing making it arguably more eye-catching than the iPhone 12.
Resurrection Remix 8.5.7 provides a custom Android 10-based experience for owners of Xiaomi smartphones such as the Mi A2, Redmi Note 8, and Pocophone F1
Resurrection Remix has announced a new stable version of its custom ROM that is based on Android 10. Resurrection Remix 8.5.7 is now available to download for Xiaomi and Redmi devices, such as the Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi 9T, Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 8, and Pocophone F1. The custom ROM can also be used with smartphones from other OEMs.
PlayStation 5 teardown details, God of War sequel information, Gotham Knights release date...the PS5 rumor flood continues unabated
The future PS5 game Gotham Knights has just been officially announced, and a social media user has already claimed to know its release date. The same Twitter resident has also made interesting comments about a possible PlayStation 5 teardown and a frequently rumored God of War sequel.
Apple Watch SE and new Apple Watch Gold Edition could offer fans budget and premium alternatives to the upcoming Apple Watch Series 6
It has been reported that Apple is working on both a budget smartwatch and ultra-premium smartwatch for fans of the brand to choose from. Details of a supposed Apple Watch SE, which would replace the current Series 3 models, have been leaked, and images of an alleged new AW Gold Edition have also surfaced.
PS5 commenter goes all out by sharing purported prices for PlayStation 5 accessories, supposed console pre-order date, and numerous alleged juicy factlets
Another known social media forumite has gone all out in regard to sharing supposed details about the PlayStation 5. Along with the usual console price and game-related rumors, this particular commenter has also offered up tidbits about the accessories, the next-generation PS VR system, the PS5 pre-order date, and even what buyers will find in the box.
Xiaomi Mi Mix solidifies its status as a bona fide work of art
The Xiaomi Mi Mix smartphone is a true work of art and this has been reconfirmed by a recent social media post by Xiaomi’s co-founder and CEO Lei Jun. The full-screen smartphone was released in 2016 and the noted French architect and designer Philippe Starck was heavily involved in the creation of the Mi Mix.
PlayStation 5 console will definitely launch in 2020 as PS5 hardware reveal trailer tops 30 million views but the 4K debate rages on
There has been yet another reassuring comment from a Sony executive stating that the PlayStation 5 will still be launched this year. The impressive PS5 hardware reveal trailer that was shared on YouTube in June has now topped 30 million views. The 4K capability of the next-gen console has been questioned yet again.
Xiaomi Mi 8 smartphone series and Pocophone F1 join the list of Xiaomi and Redmi devices that will not receive Android 11
Some more smartphones from the popular Chinese OEM Xiaomi have joined the list of devices that seemingly won’t receive an upgrade to Android 11. The new additions include five smartphones from the Xiaomi Mi 8 range, the Pocophone F1, and the Redmi Go. Xiaomi smartphones using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 will not be updated to Android 11.
Remastered Command & Conquer, remade The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth, and rejuvenated Age of Empires can breathe life into expiring RTS genre
The real-time strategy (RTS) genre has been eclipsed over recent years by the highly popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) offshoot. However, it seems RTS fans have not been completely forgotten as beloved titles in the genre, such as Command & Conquer, Battle for Middle-earth, and Age of Empires, are all making comebacks of sorts.
Xiaomi's OnePlus Nord killer could be launched soon as a POCO smartphone with a 120-Hz display
New rumors have stated that Xiaomi is almost ready to counter the OnePlus Nord threat with a possible POCO device being launched soon. As for specifications, little is known, although it is claimed the Xiaomi/POCO smartphone could sport a 120-Hz display to tempt smartphone buyers away from the OnePlus Nord with its 90-Hz screen.
Supposed PlayStation 5 user interface details leaked by disgruntled game developer and fan offers up smooth UI concept integrating official PS5 boot screen
Purported details of the PS5 UI have been leaked by a seemingly disgruntled game developer who claimed to have been working on the latest Call of Duty title. In the meantime, a fan has utilized the official PlayStation 5 boot screen to come up with a fresh-looking UI concept for the next-gen console.
Huawei MateBook X Pro laptop's floating screen technology will soon feature in a Huawei TV
A noted tipster has reported that Huawei will be using the “floating screen technology” that is expected to feature with the upcoming Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 laptop in a cutting-edge smart TV that will be unveiled by the end of 2020. The so-called floating full-screen design means to eliminate bezels and device frames as much as possible.
Next-gen console prices and release dates allegedly leaked with Microsoft's Xbox Series X and S taking very strong positions against the PlayStation 5 consoles
The apparent prices and release dates for the PlayStation 5 Blu-ray model, PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S have been shared online. The source of the information claims the details are “more than a rumor or speculation”. If accurate, the Xbox Series consoles will hold a strong position against the PS5 hardware, especially with brand-blind shoppers.
15-inch variant of the Ryzen 4000-powered Asus ZenBook UM425IA laptop could be in the works
There has been a hint that Asus could be working on a 15-inch variant of the ZenBook 14 UM425IA laptop that comes with a choice of either an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor or an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U APU. The Asus ZenBook 14 UM425IA has been praised for its great display, compact build, and system performance.
The Redmi Smart TV Max 98's specs and price help Xiaomi outsell the competition by over 16 to 1 in a single day
Xiaomi has revealed that it managed to sell 1,660 units of the 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max in a single day thanks to the attractive combination of decent specifications and reasonable price (19,999 yuan; about US$2,877). The giant 4K Redmi Max 98 seems to be completely unrivalled in the domestic market at the moment.
Huawei MateBook X 2020 will feature a novel fanless design, come with an Intel CPU/Nvidia GPU combo, and could be priced under 10,000 yuan (US$1,438)
More details about the upcoming Huawei MateBook X 2020 laptop have started being shared online. It’s believed the device sports a novel cooling solution that doesn’t rely on fans. It is also rumored that the MateBook X 2020 could sport Intel CPUs and an Nvidia GPU, come in four different colors, and cost less than 10,000 yuan (US$1,438).
The 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max sells like hotcakes as 1,000 units go in a minute and Xiaomi moves into gold for its anniversary celebrations
Xiaomi has been celebrating its 10th anniversary in business this week and has decided to issue its own pure gold commemorative coins as an expensive keepsake for fans. The company can afford to dabble in gold when it can boast of selling 1,000 units of the 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max in just one minute at 19,999 yuan (US$2,877) apiece.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 pre-order numbers down on Galaxy Note 10 figures but still reach 1.17 million at the halfway point thanks to the Mystic Bronze Ultra
A report out of South Korea has stated that over 1.17 million devices from the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series have now been pre-ordered, with a few days of the pre-order period still remaining. Although the Mystic Bronze Galaxy Note 20 has already sold out, the total is still just short of the Galaxy Note 10’s record pre-order figures.
Dell G7 15 7590 gaming laptop with 6-core i7-9750H and powerful GeForce RTX 2080 reduced by over US$1,200 with applied coupons
Dell is currently offering a very tempting deal with its G7 15 7590 gaming laptop with Intel Core i7-9750H CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU. By applying a couple of coupons, shoppers can snap up the impressive Dell G7 15 gamer for over US$1,200 less than its estimated value price. Free shipping is also included.
Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro specs and screen protectors leaked; prices for the Mate 40 Pro allegedly starting from 5,999 yuan (US$863)
A lot of supposed information about the upcoming Huawei Mate 40 series has been leaked, with more details appearing in regard to the specs of the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro. A few images of screen protectors for the phones have also been shared, and the alleged prices for three variants of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro have turned up.
Potential PS5 cooling solution patent utilizes liquid metal as a thermal conductor
A newly published patent for a cooling system component has sparked speculation that it might relate to the upcoming PS5 console. The patent offers up the idea of utilizing “metal having fluidity” as a “heat conductive material”. The PlayStation 5’s powerful CPU and GPU require the next-gen console to have the best possible cooling solution.
PS5's Spider-Man: Miles Morales image vs PS4's Spider-Man screenshots comparison shows how far the PlayStation has come
An image from Spider-Man: Miles Morales published by Entertainment Weekly has been exciting PS5 fans because of its incredible details and appropriate visual generational difference from the graphics capabilities displayed in screenshots from the PS4’s Spider-Man, which in itself had praiseworthy visuals.
PlayStation 5 lumbered with displaying some games in "fake 4K" and possibly struggling with SmartShift setbacks according to PS5 observers
The PlayStation 5 could end up showing some 4K titles in “fake 4K” according to one commentator while another has opined that the next-gen console might be giving developers some headaches because of its AMD SmartShift technology and variable processing frequencies. The PS5 has already been under the microscope lately because of similar concerns.
The "fake 4K" source has admitted to bias.
Dimensity 1000+ vs Snapdragon 865 vs Kirin 990 5G: MediaTek's SoC demonstrates itself as a price-performance powerhouse in the Redmi K30 Ultra
The MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ in the new Redmi K30 Ultra has been put through a battery of tests alongside the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and the HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G chips. The Dimensity 1000+ proved to be an affordable processing champion by surpassing the Kirin 990 nearly every time and nipping at the heels of the SD 865 in most cases.
Apple and Samsung reign supreme in Q2 2020 US smartphone shipments but 70% of the 31.9 million shipped devices were made in China
Apple and Samsung have secured first and second positions in terms of smartphones shipped in the US for the second quarter of 2020, with Apple doing especially well by shipping a domestic record of 15 million iPhones. However, around 70% of the total smartphones shipped in the US in that quarter were made in China.
Redmi G gaming laptop coming soon with Intel processor, edgy looks...and a nosecam
Redmi has officially revealed the latest laptop in its lineup: the Redmi G. The gaming laptop has featured in a few promo images, although no confirmed specifications have been offered up yet apart from that the Redmi G will be powered by Intel processors. Unfortunately, the Chinese OEM has fitted the laptop’s webcam in a suboptimal position.
Some display specs have started leaking out.
Global MIUI 12 stable ROM for the Redmi Note 8 Pro in wider rollout and available for public download
Xiaomi has made the MIUI 12 Global stable ROM for the Redmi Note 8 Pro available as part of a wider rollout. The software update for the Global variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro had already been partially rolled out but now everyone with this particular model should soon find an update notification awaiting them.
Xbox Series X launches in November with Halo Infinite delayed until 2021 but at least there's still Tetris
Microsoft has announced that the Xbox Series X will be launched in November, with the actual date possibly accidentally leaked via a controller warranty. Halo Infinite has been delayed until 2021, which will leave Xbox Series X owners with exclusive titles such as The Medium, Scorn, and Tetris Effect: Connected to choose from.
New MIUI 12 beta stable update pushed out for Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro and Redmi K20 Pro testers in Europe
Xiaomi has officially announced that a new MIUI 12 beta stable update has started being pushed out for the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro and Redmi K20 Pro testers in Europe. The software version is V22.214.171.124.QFKEUXM and will only be available to users who have been assigned with testing duties.
Xiaomi's Ninebot GoKart Pro Lamborghini Edition can zip along at 40 km/h (25 mph) and costs 9,999 yuan (US$1,440)
Xiaomi has just revealed the new Ninebot GoKart Pro Lamborghini Edition with yellow coloring, rear spoiler, and custom tires. The Lamborghini Edition of the Ninebot GoKart Pro can manage a top speed of 40 km/h (~25 mph), comes with a 432 Wh battery pack, and it will apparently go on sale with a price tag of 9,999 yuan (US$1,440).
MIUI 12 could start arriving on third-batch Xiaomi smartphones like the Redmi Note 8 and Mi Mix 2 in October
The MIUI 12 stable rollout for Xiaomi devices in China included in the third batch or phase of the company’s update roadmap could begin by October depending on how the second-batch rollout progresses. Smartphones that are part of the third batch include the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Mi 8 SE, Redmi 7, and Redmi Note 8.
Phenomenal PS5 event rumored to include hardware teardown, backwards compatibility details, exclusive titles, release date, and the PlayStation 5 price
There is a rumor that Sony is preparing a potentially phenomenal show for the PS5 that will feature a host of revelations to delight even the most cynical PlayStation fan. According to the somewhat spurious sources, the upcoming event will reveal details about backwards compatibility, exclusives, and even the PlayStation 5 price.
Latest alleged Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra smartphone price leak could indicate a price of around 1,200 Euros (US$1,410) if released outside of China
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra flagship smartphone will soon be officially unveiled and yet another price leak concerning the high-end device has turned up online. A third-party retailer apparently has the Mi 10 Ultra prepared for sale at a price of 6,999 yuan (US$1,005), which points to a very high price tag if the smartphone is released outside of China.
Potential Xiaomi Mi 10i smartphone will delight fans of the Chinese OEM in India yearning for a Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
A Xiaomi Mi 10i device has been spotted in MIUI 12 code that could indicate a new release is on the cards for the Indian market. It’s possible that the mystery Mi 10i smartphone will actually end up being a rebranded Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite, which was released in April of this year for other markets.
Redmi Note 8 Pro Special Edition smartphone to be released with a fresh coat of paint for the global market
Xiaomi has officially announced that a Redmi Note 8 Pro Special Edition smartphone is coming, no doubt to coincide with the Chinese company’s impending anniversary celebrations. Fans of the company have been asked to guess what color the special edition variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro will come in.
The new color for the Redmi Note 8 Pro is Coral Orange.
Redmi rumored to be working on RedmiBook gaming laptop with high power Comet Lake mobile processor
There is a rumor that Redmi is developing a new laptop that could be offered as a RedmiBook gaming laptop due to the standard of the Comet Lake processor apparently chosen for it. It has been stated that an as-of-yet unreleased Intel Core i5-10200H mobile chip would be used for the gaming-centric RedmiBook.
MIUI 12 stable update rollout begins for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Mi Mix 3
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Mi Mix 3 users in China have been reporting receiving a stable update for MIUI 12 on their smartphones. This indicates that the global, European, and Indian releases of the MIUI 12 stable update ROM for these two Mi Mix smartphones should take place over the coming weeks.
Leaked Huami Amazfit Neo smartwatch image shows similar design language to Amazfit Ares
An apparent image of the upcoming Huami Amazfit Neo smartwatch has been leaked, revealing a design language that is not entirely dissimilar to that of the rugged Amazfit Ares smartwatch. No specifications for the Amazfit Neo have been unearthed yet, but it should appeal to those after a sportier-looking smart wearable.
Snapdragon 865 vs Dimensity 1000+: Qualcomm's chip heads AnTuTu's Android SoC performance chart but MediaTek shows it can compete with the best
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 has secured the top place in AnTuTu’s Android smartphone SoC chart for the first half of 2020; however, MediaTek has made a strong showing with three entrants, including the Dimensity 1000+ in second. The Taiwanese company has also pipped its American rival in mobile chip shipment market share in China for Q2 2020.
Huami apparently has second-generation Amazfit smartwatches and a mysterious new product in the works
Code relating to second-generation Amazfit smartwatches from Huami has been discovered along with a small detail about a potentially new product. Codenames for the devices were found in code for the Zepp 4.8.9 app and appear to relate to successors of the well-received Huami Amazfit GTS and Huami Amazfit GTR.
Redmi is the clear cost-effective champion as 11 Redmi smartphones appear in the latest price-performance charts from AnTuTu
Redmi has shown itself to be the clear champion of AnTuTu’s latest price-performance charts. Not only does the Xiaomi subsidiary top three of the charts, but it also has a total of 11 devices appearing in the five tables. Only the iQOO Z1 manages to disturb Xiaomi and Redmi’s dominance in leading each chart.
MIUI 12 stable update rollout for second-batch Xiaomi smartphones like the Mi 9 SE and Redmi Note 8 Pro should be completed by the end of September
Xiaomi has announced that the rollout of the China ROM of the MIUI 12 stable update should be completed by the end of September for second-batch smartphones, including the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, Mi 8, Redmi Note 8 Pro, and Redmi Note 7. The global and India MIUI 12 rollouts should follow shortly afterwards.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 may have just been revealed in Wingtech patent of trailblazing smartphone with wraparound display
A patent filed by Wingtech has revealed a smartphone that could possibly end up being the long-rumored Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 or Mi Mix 2020. The images in the filing show a device with a wraparound display while the main camera issue has been solved via a pop-up unit. The Mi Mix 4 is expected to feature an innovative design.
Latest wacky Xiaomi patent details a smartphone with a detachable display
Yet another Xiaomi smartphone patent has seen the light of day and this latest effort features a surprising modular approach. The Xiaomi device detailed in this particular patent comes with a detachable display, although the purpose behind being able to remove the screen seems somewhat unclear.
Redmi Note 8 Pro and Redmi Note 8 appear on alleged shortlist of Xiaomi smartphones that won't get Android 11
A supposed list of Xiaomi and Redmi devices that will not get an update to Android 11 has been shared online and it makes for disappointing reading for owners of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 8T, and Redmi Note 8. Unsurprisingly, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G has also found its way onto this particular shortlist.
PS5 news: State of Play date set; DualShock 4 will sort of work; dodgy leaks and crazy PlayStation 5 accessory price placeholders
PlayStation has finally announced the State of Play event for August but it might not be exactly what PS5 fans were hoping for. The DualShock 4 will work on the PlayStation 5 but only under certain conditions. More price placeholders have appeared and a tenuous source claims hardware revisions and SOCOM revival.
Xiaomi Mi 9 added to the Paranoid Android Quartz 4 custom ROM list with support for the Mi A3 and Mi Mix 3 in the works
The Xiaomi Mi 9 smartphone has joined many other Xiaomi and Redmi devices on the Android 10-based Paranoid Android Quartz 4 custom ROM support list. The devs behind the firmware are also preparing the Xiaomi Mi A3 and Mi Mix 3 for future releases of the Paranoid Android ROM.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ and maybe even the Mi Mix 2020 could be launched soon as Xiaomi has a big celebration coming
Xiaomi has announced a special event coming up soon, and a tip from a noted leaker has suggested that the popular Chinese OEM will use the moment as an opportunity to reveal some new smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi Pro+ (Super Cup) is a likely candidate, and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2020 has also been put forward for a potential reveal.
Hisense Hardcore Gaming Monitor unveiled with curved display and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-friendly 240 Hz refresh rate
Hisense has revealed its new Hardcore Gaming Monitor series at a trade show in China. The external monitor comes with a gaming-friendly 240 Hz refresh rate and features a curved display for increased immersion during intense gaming sessions. The Hisense Hardcore Gaming Monitor’s price hasn’t been announced yet.
Leaked Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones promo video reveals wearing detection feature and handy Speak-to-Chat mode
A promo video for the upcoming Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless noise-cancelling headphones has been leaked online, and it reveals quite a few details about the successor to the well-received WH-1000XM3 headphones. Users will be treated to features such as wear detection, Speak-to-Chat mode, DSEE Extreme, and location-based favorite presets.
Ghost of Tsushima's first 10 days: 156.4 million standoffs, 57.5 million duels, and 8.8 million foxes getting some attention
Statistics from the first 10 days of Ghost of Tsushima’s release have been revealed by PlayStation and there’s no doubt the PS4 title has become a massive hit with gamers. In terms of action, there were 156.4 million standoffs and 57.5 million duels, while players also engaged in a lot of fox petting, haiku writing, flute playing, and shrine visiting.
PS5 Pro console or upgrades implied in patent while the Xbox Series X seems to get a marketing downgrade
A newly published patent has hinted at the possibility of a PS5 Pro console, or similar, eventually being revealed by Sony. A “high end” system mentioned in the patent summary could feature multiple SoCs. Coincidentally, it appears the Xbox Series X has been demoted from being “the most powerful console ever”.
Xiaomi Mi 9T, Redmi K20, Redmi 5, and Redmi 7 join the long list of Xiaomi devices now supported by Android 10-based Paranoid Android Quartz 4
The Xiaomi Mi 9T, Redmi K20, Redmi 5, and Redmi 7/Y3 have now joined the list of Xiaomi smartphones that are supported by the Android 10-based Paranoid Android Quartz 4 custom ROM. The Mi 8 Pro, Mi A2, and Redmi Note 7 were also recently added, and there are plans to support the somewhat forlorn Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 in the future.
Huami Amazfit 6 leaked: Global "York" variant of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 with blood oxygen monitor, Amazon Alexa, and 24-hour heart-rate tracking
The Huami Amazfit Band 6 has been confirmed thanks to a combination of some code digging and the fitness tracker appearing in all its glory on a retailer site. The Amazfit Band 6 comes with Amazon Alexa, blood oxygen monitoring, heart-rate tracker, menstrual cycle tracker, and stress detection. The “York” codename was previously thought to belong to a global version of the Xiaomi Mi Band 5.
Latest PS5 State of Play date hint and thank Kratos that Intel isn't providing the chips as Lisa Su confirms AMD is ramping up for the PlayStation 5 launch
A noted PS5 commentator has dropped an interesting hint at when Sony’s August State of Play event could happen. Also, a recent AMD earnings call should allay any fears gamers may have that the PlayStation 5 might miss its scheduled launch window of holiday 2020.
Redmi K30 Ultra images and specs leak and a Redmi smartwatch rumor contribute to an upcoming Red(mi) letter day in August
Images and specs for the Redmi K30 Ultra have been shared online, with the upcoming device featuring a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chip and up to 12 GB RAM. Apparently, Redmi will also be launching its first smartwatch soon, possibly in August, with some speculating that it will simply be a scaled-down version of the Xiaomi Mi Watch.
Huawei TalkBand B6 launched: Three models of the fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset with blood oxygen monitor and Bluetooth 5.2 from 999 yuan (US$143)
Huawei has officially launched its new TalkBand B6 fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset combination wearable. Three editions of the Huawei TalkBand B6 have been released, with prices starting at 999 yuan (US$143). The versatile gadget comes with a blood oxygen monitor, Kirin A1 chip, Bluetooth 5.2, and heart-rate monitor.
Xiaomi Mi 10 fades to (elegant) grey
Xiaomi is introducing another color for its highly popular Mi 10 smartphone. The new finish can be translated as “elegant grey”, although it could also be classed as titanium. The elegant grey Xiaomi Mi 10 will be made available to buyers in China from July 31 and will be priced from 3,799 yuan (US$542).
Huawei enjoys its moment in the sun as it leapfrogs Samsung to become the world's largest smartphone company by units shipped
Huawei will be celebrating the news that it managed to overtake Samsung in the second quarter of 2020 to become the world’s largest smartphone company in terms of number of units shipped. China’s impressive recovery from the effects of COVID-19 and Huawei’s huge popularity in its domestic market have helped the P40 Pro maker hit the top spot.
Unproven PS5 State of Play leaks offer huge surprises including Silent Hill reveal and a closer look at the PlayStation 5 console
A couple of alleged PS5 State of Play leaks have appeared on a notorious imageboard. While both posts agree that the upcoming PlayStation event will feature Silent Hill and some more information about Spider-Man: Miles Morales, they differ on the date. One also claims that PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility details will also be shared.
LG's upcoming 163-inch 4K microLED TV is ideal for those unadorned walls in your new mansion
LG will soon be releasing a gigantic 163-inch 4K microLED TV. The huge device is already listed in the South Korean company’s business solutions under the model number LSAB009 (P0.9). Apparently, the 163-inch LG 4K microLED TV will be ideal for business premises and even those who consider themselves living in an ultra-premium abode.
PlayStation 5 Activities feature allows a gamer to jump straight from the PS5 UI into instant gameplay
The ability to jump straight from the PlayStation 5’s UI into instant gameplay has apparently been given a name: Activities. The function, which was previously mentioned by Mark Cerny in an interview with Wired last year, was described in further detail in a presentation for the future PS5 game WRC 9.
PS5 rumors: Miles Morales might come with Spider-Man remaster; Digital Edition for US$299; 120 million PlayStation 5 consoles shipped by 2025
The PS5 game Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales might come with a remaster of the PS4 Spider-Man smash hit. Optimistic commentator offers up a price tag of US$299 for the Digital Edition console as Sony potentially takes big losses. At least 120 million PlayStation 5 units are expected to be shipped in a five-year life cycle.
New Xiaomi Mi Charger 33 W can charge a Redmi K30 Pro to 100% in 63 minutes and costs just 69 yuan (US$10)
Xiaomi has a new “hot launch” in its product pages with the Mi Charger 33 W accessory. The charger can be used with smartphones like the Xiaomi Mi 10, Redmi K30 Pro, and Redmi 10X Pro, and it can be used with iPads and MacBooks. The Xiaomi Mi Charger 33 W is currently priced at 69 yuan (US$10).
Huawei TalkBand B6 fitness tracker with SpO2 sensor most likely suspect in official teaser that reveals product launch date
The Huawei TalkBand B6 wearable has become the chief suspect for a teased product launch by the popular Chinese OEM. Although the promo image doesn’t specify what device is being marketed, the curved display certainly points to the TalkBand B6 fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset. A launch date of July 30 is also mentioned.
Leaked PS5 shell images suggest that the device's plates are removable and the PlayStation 5 is a colossal console
Three PS5 shell images have apparently been leaked onto a Chinese gaming forum. The pictures show the white plates, or wings, of the next-gen console in a workshop environment. The design of the PlayStation 5 plates implies that they are removable, and it appears the device may be even larger than was already expected.
New MIUI 12 update for Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro now available for Mi Pilot testers in India
A new MIUI 12 software update has started rolling out for participants in the Mi Pilot program who are testing the overlay on Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro devices in India. This update indicates that a wider rollout for Redmi Note 8 Pro users may take longer than initially scheduled.
Xiaomi smartphone with built-in wireless earbuds is the latest curious patent innovation from the Mi Mix maker
Xiaomi could be contemplating producing a smartphone, possibly as part of the innovative Mi Mix line, which actually integrates wireless earbuds into the top edge. It’s an intriguing concept along the lines of how Samsung Galaxy Note devices house the S Pen stylus. However, whether Xiaomi will take the wireless headset-holding smartphone into production remains to be seen.
Redmi 9 launch teased for India: Budget Xiaomi smartphone with MIUI 11, MediaTek Helio G80 processor, and quad-camera setup
Redmi has been teasing a new upcoming smartphone launch for the Indian market, which seems more than likely to be the Redmi 9 device. The budget smartphone from Xiaomi is packed with decent features considering its affordable price point, including an octa-core processor and the Android 10-based MIUI 11 overlay.
Xiaomi prepares the 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max for another flash sale as the company celebrates TV market dominance in China
Xiaomi is preparing another flash sale for the giant 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max while also celebrating the news that the company shipped more TVs in China in the first half of 2020 than any other company. The Xiaomi Mi TV range is immensely popular, and with a price tag of 19,999 yuan (US$2,856), the Redmi Max 98 has also been selling well.
Xiaomi Bcase ring light with adjustable stand should help you take perfect portrait shots and costs just 159 yuan (US$23)
A new Xiaomi product has appeared on the OEM’s crowdfunding site Youpin in the form of the Bcase ring light, which is an all-in-one photography accessory with an adjustable stand. The portable Xiaomi ring light comes with LED lighting that offers three shade levels and 10 levels of brightness. The Bcase ring light is priced at 159 yuan (US$23).
Xiaomi Mi EBook Reader turns up in Bluetooth certification indicating potential cheap Kindle alternative for the global market
A Xiaomi product labeled as the Mi EBook Reader has been spotted on Bluetooth certification leading to speculation that the Chinese OEM could be preparing its current MiReader device for a wider market. If the Xiaomi Mi EBook Reader and the MiReader are the same, then global users can expect an e-reader with 16 GB storage and a 24-level reading light.
More Huawei TalkBand B6 images leaked: Fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset comes with a blood oxygen sensor
Some new images of the Huawei TalkBand B6 have been leaked, with the upcoming wearable shown off in four different color variants. The fitness tracker/Bluetooth headset looks particularly elegant in stainless steel. The TalkBand B6 is expected to feature a Kirin A1 chipset for smart operations and a blood oxygen monitor.
PS5 price target predictions go as low as US$399 for the Blu-ray model but don't expect PS3 backwards compatibility or a PlayStation 5 Pro anytime soon
Some new PS5 price target predictions have been posted online, with the source positing that the Blu-ray version of the console could cost as little as US$399, although this could still be much more than the Xbox Series S. However, gamers shouldn’t expect backwards compatibility with the PS3 too soon nor an appearance of a PlayStation 5 Pro in the near future.
Xiaomi launches MIUI for TV 3.0 with a smarter design, new controls, and improved UI
Xiaomi has launched MIUI for TV 3.0 software for its Mi TV range. The new overlay brings an enhanced user interface with it along with detailed animations for the menu and new operating modes, including a gamepad mode. MIUI for TV 3.0 is based on the Android TV operating system.
PlayStation 5 specs could be bumped up according to bombshell rumors with the PS5 geometry engine allegedly sharing features with RDNA 3
There has been speculation that the PS5 console could receive a specifications bump before its release in holiday 2020. The source of the rumor reveals several “bombshells” that include another mention of RDNA 3, the potential for a change in memory speed, and even a compute unite (CU) recount for the PlayStation 5.
PS5 exclusives: God of War sequel rumored for 2021 and Sony is planning a surprise franchise revival for the PlayStation 5
It has been rumored that there will be a God of War sequel available for the PS5 by the second half of 2021. Considering the success of 2018’s PS4 exclusive God of War this is hardly a surprise, although fans can expect a graphical treat. Video game designer Mark Cerny is allegedly working on a franchise revival for the PlayStation 5.
MIUI 12 beta global stable update for the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro starts rolling out for lucky users
Xiaomi has announced that the MIUI 12 beta global stable update has started being pushed out for owners of the flagship Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro smartphone. The software, which is version V126.96.36.199.QJAMIXM, will allow randomly chosen Mi 10 Pro users to access the full delights of MIUI 12, including Super Wallpapers.
Huawei TalkBand B6 wearable fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset leaked in live images and video clips
The Huawei TalkBand B6 wearable fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset combination has leaked in some live images and short video clips. The dual-function accessory looks to be a step up from the previous generation, with the TalkBand B6 bearing a larger display and utilizing a Kirin A1 processor.
Redmi 10X, 10X Pro, and OPPO Reno3 5G with Dimensity SoCs rule the AnTuTu midrange smartphone performance chart for the first half of 2020
It’s a combination of the Redmi 10X, 10X Pro, and OPPO Reno3 5G with MediaTek Dimensity chips that rule the roost in AnTuTu’s midrange smartphone performance chart for the first half of this year. The Kirin 985 processor has made a decent showing in the table too, but it seems the midrange market in terms of performance is currently MediaTek’s domain.
Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 reduced to ₹3,999 (US$53) to counter the upcoming OnePlus Buds threat
Xiaomi has slashed the price of its Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 in India to counter the upcoming threat from the recently launched OnePlus Buds. The Xiaomi earphones are now priced at ₹3,999 (US$53), which should help the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 take on the OnePlus Buds that have an advertised price of ₹4,990 (US$67).
OPPO Find X2 Pro and Find X2 top the AnTuTu half-year chart for flagship smartphone performance
AnTuTu has published its flagship smartphone performance chart covering the first half of 2020, and it is the OPPO Find X2 Pro and Find X2 devices that claim the top two spots. Every phone in the top 10 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC and the only non-Chinese device is the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G in 10th place.
Realme outmaneuvers Redmi and Xiaomi by wooing 40 million users worldwide in two years and selling 150,000 Realme C11 smartphones in just two minutes
Realme has been sharing some impressive statistics with its followers on social media. Not only has the Chinese company managed to hit a figure of 40 million smartphone users worldwide in just over two years of existence but the brand has also been celebrating sales of 150,000 Realme C11 smartphones in 120 seconds.
Possible Xiaomi Redmi K30 Ultra smartphone images appear on TENAA revealing expected Redmi K30 series design language
The mysterious Xiaomi Redmi K30 Ultra smartphone has turned up again, this time in a series of images from the TENAA agency. The phone, which is possibly codenamed “cezanne” and also once rumored to be a Redmi K40 device, still hasn’t been officially named by Xiaomi. The Redmi K30 Ultra may feature a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset.
Xiaomi has the 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max back at a pre-sale price of 19,999 yuan (US$2,855)
Xiaomi has revealed that the giant 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max is now in a pre-sale phase again as clearly stocks had dwindled after the amazing sales successes the Chinese OEM had with the huge device. The Redmi Max 98 is currently priced at 19,999 yuan (US$2,855), which is very reasonable for a 98-inch 4K smart TV with MEMC technology.
Poco C3 existence as a likely rebadged Redmi 9C is yet another step away from the halcyon days of the Xiaomi Pocophone F1
A potential Poco C3 smartphone has been spotted in Bluetooth certification. The model number offered in the documents gives the impression the Poco C3 will be, unsurprisingly, a rebranded Redmi device, which in this case is likely the Redmi 9C. With this, the sunny days of the semi-original Xiaomi Pocophone F1 seem to be rapidly fading further into the past.
PS5 pre-order jitters triggered by image of PS4 demo kiosk and forumite goes for broke with PlayStation 5 event in August claim
An image of a PS4 demo kiosk being prepared for dismantling has been doing the rounds on social media with many convinced it was a PS5 demo booth being set up, indicating imminent pre-order news. Elsewhere, an unreliable PlayStation 5 commentator is seeking redemption by announcing an incoming event date in August.
Xiaomi could make the Mi Mix 4 or even a proposed Mi Mix Alpha Pro into a truly bonkers smartphone
A recent Xiaomi patent for a smartphone with a 108 MP super camera and wraparound display has been brought to life in a series of renders and a beautiful concept video. It has been speculated the patent could be for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4, while an appropriate model name of "Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha Pro" has also been put forward for the bonkers device.
MIUI 12 stable update from Xiaomi coming to second batch smartphones like the Mi Mix 3, Mi 8, and Redmi Note 7 Pro by the end of July
Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 stable update should be rolled out to the second batch of smartphones mentioned in the company’s roadmap before the end of July. This news pertains to owners of devices such as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, and Redmi Note 7 Pro in China for the moment, although a global rollout can be expected in the near future.
Xiaomi Mi Band 4C now available on Amazon in Europe as the Chinese OEM plans for adding to its Mi TV range in India
The Xiaomi Mi Band 4C has been spotted appearing on Amazon Spain, where the budget fitness tracker can be bought for a very reasonable €19.99 (US$23/£18). While the Chinese OEM is busy releasing wearables in Europe, it looks like Xiaomi might be also planning on adding some new Mi TVs to its range in India.
Xiaomi announces the Mijia Projector 2 Pro with ToF technology and up to 200-inch screen projection for 4,599 yuan (US$658)
Xiaomi has announced the new Mijia Projector 2 Pro device, which is priced at 4,599 yuan (US$658). The projector is able to cast a screen of up to a maximum of 200 inches, and it features a brightness level of up to 1,300 ANSI Lumens. HDR10+ support is onboard and the Xiaomi Mijia Projector 2 Pro also implements ToF technology.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ (Super Cup) smartphone features and specs potentially teased by Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun
Features and some specs of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ (Super Cup) smartphone may have been teased by Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun. The executive asked his followers what features are important for a flagship nowadays, with some taking his post as a subtle leak of some of the features for the rumored Mi 10 Pro+ device.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition: Rumored price and launch date given for the affordable flagship with a triple-camera setup
More rumored details about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE) smartphone have started appearing online. Along with a supposed price and launch date, information about the affordable flagship’s specs has also been shared, with the Galaxy S20 FE expected to have a somewhat conservative triple-camera system.
MIUI 11 global beta stable based on Android 10 pushed out to random Redmi Note 7 users
Xiaomi has announced that random Redmi Note 7 users have been selected to receive the Android 10-based version of MIUI 11. The global beta stable update will go through a short testing period before other owners of the global variant of the Redmi Note 7 can start enjoying the operating system upgrade.
Redmi AirDots 2 announced: Budget TWS earphones with Bluetooth 5.0 and 7.2 mm sound drivers for 79 yuan (US$11)
Xiaomi has announced the new Redmi AirDots 2 earphones, which will be officially launched on July 22. The TWS earphones are currently priced at 79 yuan (US$11) during the crowdfunding stage. The budget earphones offer Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, virtual assistant functionality, and they weigh in at just 4.1 g per earbud.
PlayStation 5 console pre-orders limited to one per person according to PS Direct website source code
Some digging in the source code on the PlayStation Direct website seems to have revealed a few interesting tidbits, especially in regard to PlayStation 5 console pre-orders. The shared information has created speculation that PS5 pre-order details are coming soon and that Sony intends to tackle scalpers head on.
Redmi Note 9 will be even more of an undisputed champion in India thanks to rumored RAM boost
The Redmi Note 9 smartphone is scheduled to launch in India on July 20, and if a new rumor about the device is to be believed, it looks like Xiaomi fans in India will be able to get their hands on at least a RAM heavyweight champion variant of the Redmi Note 9.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 fitness tracker now available from US$49.98 at Amazon with free shipping
The new Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 fitness tracker is now available on Amazon US and at a reasonable price, too. US shoppers can pick up the Mi Smart Band 5 from US$49.98, which is similar to the price of the wearable in Europe. However, buyers should be aware that this is the non-NFC variant of the smart band.
PS5 console and accessories begin taking over Amazon Most Wished For as PlayStation 5 price predictions start settling at around US$499/£449/€499
The PS5 hype train has shown no signs of slowing down as the console and its accessories have taken up seven spots out of the top 15 for the Amazon Most Wished For chart (UK site). Incredibly for Sony, four more places are occupied by PS4 games. PlayStation 5 price predictions appear to be settling at US$499/£449/€499 for the Blu-ray edition.
MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India now in beta testing phase
The Android 10-based MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphone is now in its beta testing phase for the India ROM. Devs have asked owners to be patient during the testing period, but it seems the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be brandishing a stable version of MIUI 12 in the not too distant future.
PS5 news: Sony says "we'll let you know" on pre-orders; DualSense back buttons adapter seems inevitable; concept PlayStation 5 UI goes dark
A PlayStation executive has explicitly stated that “we’ll let you know” in regard to PS5 pre-order information. The recent DualSense hands-on video has led to speculation that an optional back buttons adapter will appear down the line. A new fan-made PlayStation 5 UI concept offers AI suggestions and a dark mode theme.
Acer Nitro XZ2 Series: Affordable FreeSync-capable curved gaming monitors with fast response times starting at US$199.99
Acer has announced some new affordable curved gaming monitors to its lineup in the form of the Nitro XZ2 Series models. Gamers can choose from three different panel sizes and enjoy FreeSync technology, quick response times, decent refresh rates, and best of all, price tags that won’t break the bank.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2020 concept renders deliver goofball solution to the front-facing selfie camera problem
Alleged images of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2020 smartphone have appeared online, and they offer an interesting solution to getting rid of the punch-hole cut-out for the selfie camera. The likely fan-made renders show the Mi Mix 2020 clad in marble white and sporting a quad-camera system on the rear.
New Philips OLED and LCD TVs to come with Bowers & Wilkins audio technology during extended partnership
A press release has revealed that Philips (TP Vision) and Bowers & Wilkins have decided to extend their partnership and continue to offer their respective expertise in future Philips OLED and LCD TVs. The duo previously collaborated on the well-received 65OLED+984 and OLED+934 models, and new televisions are expected to be released soon.
TikTok owner ByteDance stars in BrandZ top 50 Chinese global brand builders report for 2020 as Huawei and Xiaomi also shine
The brand equity researcher BrandZ has issued a report in regard to the top 50 Chinese global brand builders for 2020. While Huawei tops the list and Xiaomi manages a powerful fifth position, it’s the owner of TikTok, ByteDance, which has done especially well to power ahead of the well-established Mi brand.
PlayStation 5 DualSense controller gets first live official hands-on video that should finally answer the back buttons question
The PlayStation 5 DualSense controller is going to be the star of the show in a live hands-on demonstration hosted by noted game journalist Geoff Keighley. It should be an opportunity to show if the PS5 accessory has back buttons or not, and there might even be a glimpse at the console or PS5 UI as well.
Huami Amazfit Band 6 or Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 Pro: Former visits the FCC suggesting it could be the latter rebranded for the US market
An Amazfit Band 6 device has been spotted getting its FCC certification, which is something of a surprise considering the Amazfit Band 5 from Huami only recently went by the same agency too. It could be possible that "Amazfit Band 6" might be the US market name for the widely rumored Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 Pro wearable.
Dell XPS 15 9500 with Intel Core i9-10885H finally starts appearing on some country-specific sites
The Dell XPS 15 9500 laptop has started appearing on certain country-specific sites with a new processor option in the configurator for the Intel Core i9-10885H processor. The high-end Comet Lake chip offers 8-core processing and can be joined by up to 64 GB RAM, a 2 TB NVMe SSD, Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX500-DBS, and the option for a UHD+ display.
The new i9 configuration has now appeared on Dell US.
Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 9, and Mi A2 join the Mi A3, Poco F1, and Redmi Note 8 Pro on the growing Android 10-based PixelExperience custom ROM support list
Xiaomi smartphone owners with older devices can still get a taste of the Android 10 operating system thanks to custom ROM providers. In this case, the PixelExperience team has added 10 new Xiaomi devices to its list of supported smartphones, including the Xiaomi Mi 5, Mi 8, Mi 9, Mi Mix, and the Xiaomi Mi A2.
PlayStation 5 Portable and PlayStation 6 console predictions by Goldman Sachs given credence by PS5 launch date
Predictions for the release timeframe for a PlayStation 5 Portable and PlayStation 6 console have been given some credibility thanks to the scheduling for the PlayStation 5. An old report from the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs stated that the PS5 would be launched in 2020. The success of the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite could see Sony consider a potential PS5P device.
Redmi X50 goes on sale: 50-inch smart TV with 4K screen, MEMC, and a metal frame for just 1,899 yuan (US$272)
The Redmi X50 smart TV has finally gone on sale and has been priced at just 1,899 yuan (US$272). The TV, which is framed in metal and features a 4K display, offers users the chance to enjoy MEMC picture-smoothing technology on a device with a 97% screen-to-body ratio. The Redmi X50 is the smallest member of the new Redmi Smart TV X Series.
The Redmi X50 has been reduced to 1,799 yuan (US$257).
PlayStation 5 production raised to 10 million units as Sony tackles home entertainment demands caused by coronavirus
Reports from both Nikkei Asian Review and Bloomberg have stated that Sony is practically doubling the initial production run of the PlayStation 5. The effects of the coronavirus pandemic, including more people staying at home, have seen a rise in demand for home entertainment solutions. Sony reportedly wants 10 million PS5 consoles ready by the end of 2020.
Alleged Xiaomi Mi 11 images doing the rounds are clearly fan-made renders but the suggested astonishing specs give some idea of what is expected of the Mi 10 successor
Some alleged Xiaomi Mi 11 renders have started popping up online but fans of the Chinese OEM shouldn’t get too excited about them just yet. Rumored specs for the successor to the Mi 10 include the presence of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 875, a 192 MP main camera sensor, and an unblemished display thanks to an under-screen camera.
Presumed Redmi K30 Ultra image shared by Lu Weibing offers a teasing glimpse at the supposed MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ powered smartphone
A potentially game-changing smartphone in the form of the Redmi K30 Ultra is allegedly in the works, and a possible image of the mystery device has been shared by Redmi boss and notorious teaser Lu Weibing. The rumored Redmi K30 Ultra is expected to boast of a powerful MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset.
Xiaomi announces its Vertical Wireless Charging Socket with three USB ports from just 109 yuan (US$16)
The Xiaomi Vertical Wireless Charging Socket will soon be appearing on the Chinese OEM’s crowdfunding site at an introductory price of just 109 yuan (US$16). The charging accessory can offer 10 W wireless charging and comes with three USB ports. The Vertical Wireless Charging Socket is only available in white though.
PS5 pre-order preparation: List of retailers from dozens of countries that should offer PlayStation 5 console pre-orders when Sony gives the green light
Although the official price and pre-order information for the PS5 Blu-ray console and PS5 Digital Edition console has yet to be revealed, PlayStation fans can still be prepared for the inevitable pre-order frenzy when Sony finally gives the green light. We have compiled a list of retailers from many countries around the world to aid in the quest for landing a successful PS5 pre-order.
US owners of certain iPhone 6 series or iPhone 7 series devices affected by "Batterygate" can now claim from Apple's US$500 million settlement payout pool
US owners of a number of iPhone 6 series smartphones and iPhone 7 series devices who were affected by the “Batterygate” controversy can now submit a claim via online form or by mail to get their share of Apple’s US$310 million to US$500 million settlement payout pool. Apple still contends that the payout is not an admission of wrongdoing.
Weighty PS5 console and accessories reveal subtle design details and fans can get the PlayStation 5 in any color they want, so long as it is a skin
PS5 watchers have been comparing the device’s weight with other consoles, with Sony’s next-gen hardware being the heavyweight contender. Close-up photos of some of the accessories have been revealing subtle design touches and gamers can get the PlayStation 5 in almost any color they want thanks to skins and wraps.
Honor MagicBook Pro key specs leaked: AMD Ryzen 7 4800H or Ryzen 5 4600H APU choice but likely soldered DDR4 2666 MHz RAM
Key specs for the upcoming AMD-powered Honor MagicBook Pro laptop have been leaked, and it seems buyers will be able to choose between a Ryzen 7 4800H APU and a Ryzen 5 4600H chip. However, some have been lamenting the presence of DDR4 2666 MHz RAM that is most likely going to be soldered in the Renoir variant of the MagicBook Pro 2020.
Realme leak reveals company's aim to solve common 5G smartphone issues with mysterious curved-screen device
A mysterious Realme 5G smartphone has been leaked online by a noted tipster. The device appears in an image that only reveals a couple of secrets, including the apparent need to solve current issues with 5G smartphones, which could be battery life or heat development. The Realme smartphone appears to have a slightly curved screen.
PS5 news: Terrific fan-made console promo warrants viewing; another fake console render highlights clamor for black edition; tenuous PlayStation 5 pre-order made
A fan-made PS5 promo clip has been racking up the compliments thanks to a starry cast of characters appearing to have a good time on the next-gen console. Another debunked fake render has highlighted just how much fans want a black variant. An ex-Xbox One owner manages to place a "pre-order" for a PS5 Digital Edition console.
Lumos Ultra smart helmet: Apple Watch-compatible turn-signaling bike helmet attracts over US$2.2 million in crowdfunding
The Lumos Ultra smart helmet has been in the news thanks to its highly successful Kickstarter project, which still has a week left to run on it. The smart bike helmet has attracted over US$2.2 million from backers. The Lumos Ultra has integrated LEDs for turn signaling and can be operated via an Apple Watch or the included wireless handlebar remote.
Xiaomi is selling the Redmi Note 8 Pro from 1,099 yuan (US$157) and will even throw in a free pair of headphones until July 15
Xiaomi is currently offering a free pair of piston in-ear headphones to buyers of the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The smartphone has sold in spectacular amounts for the Chinese OEM and currently has an official price of 1,099 yuan (US$157) for the 6 GB + 64 GB model. The retailer JD.com offers overseas shipping for the Redmi Note 8 Pro.
PS5 price and pre-order details: Tipster doubles down on date and offers more precise timeframe for Sony to reveal key PlayStation 5 information
A new tip about when Sony might reveal the PS5 price, pre-order, and release date information has been posted. This time, the same source that recently announced a potential date of Monday July 13 for the announcement of these key PlayStation 5 details has now also offered up specific times for gamers to make a note of.
The source has now corrected his mistake with the times.
Xiaomi patent features transparent 5G smartphone with single 108 MP AI super camera and incredible wraparound display
A new Xiaomi patent has been discovered that details an innovative new design for a 5G smartphone. There is just a single camera on this Xiaomi device, but it is a 108 MP monster “super camera”. The patent also shows the transparent Xiaomi smartphone with a wraparound display.
Realme 6i details leaked on Flipkart - launching just in time to take on the Redmi Note 9 for under ₹15,000 (US$200)
Details of the upcoming Realme 6i for the Indian market have been accidentally leaked on Flipkart. Fortunately, a tipster managed to screenshot the information before it was taken down. It seems the Realme 6i will sport a MediaTek Helio G90T processor and an affordable price tag to help it take on the soon to be released Redmi Note 9.
Huawei MatePad T10 and MatePad T10s renders and specs leaked: Likely budget tablets with octa-core Kirin 710A and 2-3 GB RAM
Renders and specs of the Huawei MatePad T10 and Huawei MatePad T10s have been leaked. The two new tablets from the Chinese OEM feature the 14nm Kirin 710A chipset and from 2 GB to 3 GB RAM depending on the model. No prices have been leaked, but the specs suggest the MatePad T10 and T10s will be budget tablets.
Xiaomi Mi Band success story continues as the Mi Smart Band 4 becomes the world's best-selling wearable band
Xiaomi has been celebrating again, this time in regard to its wearables division. The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4 (Mi Band 4) has been crowned the best-selling wearable band in the world. The Mi Band 5 has been selling out constantly as well, although stories of success for the Mi Band range are nothing new.
Redmi Note 7 and 7S devices in India start receiving Android 10-based MIUI 11 beta stable update
Xiaomi has announced that random Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7S devices in India will start receiving the Android 10-based version of MIUI 11. The beta stable update has the version code V188.8.131.52 QFGINXM and if all goes well then a wider public rollout of the software for the Redmi Note 7 will follow shortly afterwards.
PS5 games box art revealed with Spider-Man: Miles Morales starring front and center while alleged real-life DualSense controller looks gigantic
Sony has revealed the PS5 games box art with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales being the first title to be shown off. Box art designs for both Horizon Forbidden West and GTA 5 have also been shared. A supposed real-life image of the DualSense controller has appeared online…and it looks huge!
Redmi Note 9: Coming to India and likely made in India - almost 99% of Xiaomi smartphones and 85% of Mi TVs sold in India are made there
The impending arrival of the Redmi Note 9 in India has been teased by Xiaomi India’s managing director. Some may decry the appearance of another smartphone from the Chinese OEM on the Indian market, but Xiaomi has reported that almost 99% of its smartphones and 85% of its Mi TVs are actually made locally.
PS5 backwards compatibility: Likely PS Now patent invigorates debate on whether Cerny's PlayStation 5 BC graphic was deliberately incomplete
A PlayStation-related patent has been doing the rounds on social media with many suspecting it could point to full PS5 backwards compatibility (BC) with the PS1, PS2, PS3, and PS4. Although the mystery around the patent has likely been solved, there are still some who question why Mark Cerny’s PlayStation 5 BC graphic looks incomplete.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 global activity tracker packaging omits NFC, Alexa, and SpO2 - possibly held back for a Pro model
A couple of leaked images of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 global activity tracker have offered up some clues of what a Pro model of the wearable could deliver. According to the poster of the images, the global Mi Smart Band 5 does not feature NFC functionality, Alexa assistant, or the SpO2 pulse oximeter sensor for blood oxygen monitoring.
Xiaomi and Redmi top four of AnTuTu's latest price-performance charts thanks to bestsellers like the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
AnTuTu has published its latest Android smartphone price-performance charts, and they make for good reading for Xiaomi in particular. The Chinese OEM and its subsidiary Redmi top four out of five charts. The Redmi Note 8 Pro leads the cheapest range while the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro heads the pack in the 4,500 yuan (US$641) and above table.
Snapdragon 865 Plus-wielding Lenovo Legion with 16 GB RAM rockets past the Snapdragon 865-powered occupants of AnTuTu's flagship performance chart
A report on Weibo has revealed the Lenovo Legion smartphone racking up a huge score on AnTuTu in part thanks to its still apparently non-existent Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor. The score of 648,871 points puts the Lenovo Legion way beyond any of the average scores of devices in the Snapdragon 865-dominated AnTuTu flagship performance chart.
OnePlus TV Series is a huge hit for the Chinese OEM as it sells all its available units in just one minute of flash sales
OnePlus has been celebrating incredible sales for its recently launched smart TV series. According to the Chinese OEM, all of its new units were sold as part of a flash sale in just one minute. The recently launched OnePlus TV Series starts from ₹12,999 (US$174) for the slimline 32-inch device.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 leaked promo video and live images signal that the smartwatch is almost ready to wear
A promo video for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has been leaked at the same time as some live images of the upcoming smartwatch were revealed via NCC certification. The video clip for the Galaxy Watch 3 focuses more on the software functions of the wearable rather than its overall physical appearance.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra live images leaked showing subtle differences to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Several live images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone have been leaked online. The real-life shots show the camera housing on the rear, the S Pen lying on the device, and a glimpse at the front and right-hand side. A noted leaker has been comparing the differences between the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4C global version with heart-rate monitor launched in Malaysia for just 99 MYR (US$23)
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4C has been launched in Malaysia. The global version of the budget activity tracker has gone on sale there for 99 MYR (US$23). The Mi Smart Band 4C is basically a rebranded Redmi Band and offers users a heart-rate monitor, 5 ATM water resistance, and a 1.08-inch touchscreen.
PS5 games price rip-off: Dutch retailer posts pre-order price of €74.99 (US$85) for titles like Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Horizon Forbidden West
A Dutch retailer has posted astounding pre-order prices for PS5 games that will shock those planning on a next-gen console purchase. Titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Godfall, and Horizon Forbidden West have all been priced at €74.99 (US$85). The price of the PlayStation 5 hardware is expected to be around US$499/£449/€499 for the Blu-ray model.
MIUI 12 India ROM for the Redmi Note 8 Pro will be "released shortly" according to Xiaomi
MIUI 12 firmware for owners of the Redmi Note 8 Pro in India has been restricted to official testers who were part of the Mi Pilot program so far. However, it appears that Xiaomi is expecting the testing period to be completed soon, as the MIUI 12 India ROM should start rolling out “shortly”.
Redmi 8 price in India hiked for a fourth time in less than a year as Xiaomi milks its popularity
The Redmi 8 has received yet another price increase in India, bringing the total to four price hikes in that market since it was released in October 2019. While one of the hikes was due to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the other three increases for the Redmi 8 suggest that Xiaomi is milking the smartphone’s incredible popularity.
Presumed Huawei Band 5 and Huawei Mate Watch placeholder images leaked indicating likely 2020 release schedule
Placeholder images for what could end up being the Huawei Band 5 activity tracker and the Huawei Mate Watch have been shared on the Chinese social site Weibo. No specifications have been revealed, but the supposed codenames for the upcoming Huawei smartband and smartwatch along with some potential design details are displayed.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 might have a small phone variant as Lu Weibing sparks speculation with Redmi Note 8/Apple iPhone 4 comparison
A post on Weibo by Redmi boss Lu Weibing has sparked speculation that either Xiaomi or Redmi is planning on releasing a small phone. A small-screen flagship variant of the rumored Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 was suggested by many of his post’s commentators. Weibing shared an image showing a size comparison of the Apple iPhone 4 and Redmi Note 8.
Huawei Display monitors expected to come in three model ranges to take on Redmi Display and Xiaomi Mi Display external monitors
It has been rumored that Huawei will be releasing its own Display ranges of monitors set at three different price points, and a 32-inch model is expected to be part of the lineup. It’s likely Huawei Display monitors will target the space that will be occupied by Redmi Display and Xiaomi Mi Display external monitors.
PS5 random pricing in Nielsen survey could indicate that Sony has plans to price the PlayStation 5 consoles at an irresistible point
A Reddit user has offered up an interesting insight into what Sony’s plans could be in regard to the PS5 price. It’s arguably one of the most crucial factors for the manufacturer to decide on, as Microsoft has more leverage in this key area. A Nielsen survey suggested random pricing that could give an idea of how the PlayStation 5 might be priced.
MIUI 12 beta stable update made available to random Xiaomi Mi 9T/Redmi K20 devices in India ahead of planned public rollout
Xiaomi has officially announced that the MIUI 12 beta stable update (V184.108.40.206.QFJINXM) has started to roll out to some Xiaomi Mi 9T/Redmi K20 devices in India. The firmware has now been pushed OTA and users chosen by random should start receiving notifications to install the MIUI 12 update. The public ROM should be available soon.
Potential 2020 Apple iMac refresh with unknown 10-core Intel Core i9-10910 CPU and AMD Radeon Pro 5300 desktop GPU spotted on Geekbench
A possible 2020 Apple iMac refresh device has been discovered on Geekbench with some surprising components: An unknown Intel Core i9-10910 processor and an unannounced AMD Radeon Pro 5300 desktop GPU. There has been speculation before of an upcoming refreshed 27-inch iMac being configured with a fast Comet Lake Core i9 CPU.
Meizu 17 Pro beats out the OnePlus 8 Pro as it muscles in on the Snapdragon 865-dominated June AnTuTu flagship smartphone chart
The Meizu 17 Pro has managed to squeeze its way into an increasingly tight AnTuTu flagship smartphone performance chart. The table for June shows the Meizu 17 Pro beating out the OnePlus 8 Pro, while a total of just 23,453 points separates the first place device with the last place device in the Snapdragon 865-dominated chart.
10-core Intel Core i9-10850K speeds past 5 GHz in Geekbench and posts rousing scores that reveal it to be a possible budget i9-10900K
An Intel Core i9-10850K processor has been spotted on Geekbench, where it was recorded reaching a maximum frequency of 5.17 GHz. The Comet Lake part also amassed strong benchmark results that stand up well against an i9-10900KF and an i9-10900K. It’s possible Intel could launch the i9-10850K as a cheaper alternative to the i9-10900K.
MIUI 12 update for Redmi Note 9 users in Europe apparently on hold as new MIUI 11 stable update rolls out
It seems likely that the MIUI 12 update for Redmi Note 9 smartphone users in Europe has been temporarily halted. A new MIUI 11 stable update has started rolling out for the Redmi Note 9 instead, which will bring the device up to date in terms of security patches. Owners of the phone in China have already started receiving MIUI 12.
Dimensity 820 vs Dimensity 1000L: Redmi 10X Pro 5G leapfrogs the OPPO Reno3 5G in AnTuTu midrange phone chart for June
A potent combination of Redmi and MediaTek has made some waves at the top of the latest AnTuTu midrange smartphone performance chart. Both the Redmi 10X Pro 5G and Redmi 10X 5G devices have snatched up first and third places, respectively, with the help of their MediaTek Dimensity 820 processors.
PS5 size comparison: PlayStation 5 towers over the Xbox Series X and even looks down on the king-sized PS3
New attempts at estimating the PS5’s measurements have surfaced recently, with a general picture starting to form in regard to the size of Sony’s next-gen console. Using the disc drive and USB ports as reference points, it’s clear to see that the PlayStation 5 towers over the competition, including the Xbox Series X and the not unsubstantial PS3.
PS5 and Xbox Series X games expected to hit starting price point of US$69.99 as NBA 2K21 gets that price tag for the next-gen consoles
It seems likely that future PS5 and Xbox Series X owners can expect to pay a starting price of US$69.99/£64.99 for upcoming triple-A releases for the next-gen consoles. 2K Sports has set a price tag of US$69.99 for the PS5/Xbox Series X edition of NBA 2K21, which is US$10 more than what previous-generation console owners will pay.
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick Google certification, Google Play Console presence, and Geekbench appearances indicate upcoming launch
The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick appears to be getting closer to an official launch, as details about the gadget have been appearing via Geekbench, Google Play Console, and on official Google certification. It is the 1080p (FHD) Mi TV Stick model that has been spotted recently, although there is evidence of a 4K (UHD) device too.
PlayStation 5 Black Edition dramatic concept design video by Snoreyn shows Sony what many PS5 fans want for Christmas
A PlayStation 5 Black Edition concept design video has been posted on YouTube by Snoreyn (Giuseppe Spinelli), and it shows exactly what many fans would like Sony to deliver in time for Christmas this year. It’s already been mentioned that there will be custom PS5 consoles, but Sony could do little wrong by also mass-producing a black edition.
Xiaomi launches the 65-inch Mi TV Master Series: Gaming-friendly 120 Hz OLED with MIUI for TV priced at 12,999 yuan (US$1,840)
Xiaomi has officially launched its first OLED TV in the form of the 65-inch Mi TV Master Series set, which will be sold at a price of 12,999 yuan (US$1,840) in the company’s domestic market. The smart TV is bursting with gaming-friendly features and offers a 120 Hz panel with a 1 ms response time. MIUI for TV and a MediaTek processor are also onboard.
MIUI 12 global stable beta update warning issued by Xiaomi for Redmi Note 8 Pro users: Don't install the firmware if you're not part of the Mi Pilot program
Xiaomi has issued an important warning about the Redmi Note 8 Pro in regard to the current MIUI 12 global stable beta update rollout. The Chinese OEM is concerned that Redmi Note 8 Pro owners who are not part of the Mi Pilot program may damage their smartphones by installing the MIUI 12 update via another unofficial route.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Pro named in activity tracker settings screenshot
There has been another reference to a Xiaomi Mi Band 5 Pro activity tracker discovered recently. A Pro variant of the wearable was already rumored due to it being mentioned in app code, and now it has been spotted again as “Kongming Pro” in a settings screenshot. The Mi Band 5 was released in June.
PS5 price, release date, and pre-order information to be revealed all on the same July day
There could be a very big day coming soon for PS5 fans according to a source on Twitter. It is alleged that Sony will reveal the price, release date, and pre-order information for the next-gen console all on the same day in July. The PlayStation 5 is currently scheduled to launch in holiday 2020.
Vizio OLED 4K TVs announced: Competitively priced 55-inch and 65-inch models with a ProGaming Engine featuring VRR support and HDMI 2.1
Vizio has unveiled its 2021 TV Collection that includes two OLED 4K TVs that should appeal to future owners of next-gen consoles. The 55-inch and 65-inch Vizio OLED 4K TVs feature the company’s ProGaming Engine and HDMI 2.1 support, which is ideal for the PS5 and Xbox Series X. The pricing should help Vizio stay competitive in the crowded marketplace.
Xiaomi XiaoAI Portable Speaker: Built-in AI and 2 W of power in a compact square form for 49 yuan (US$7) or US$19.99 from Banggood
Xiaomi has released a new XiaoAI Portable Speaker via Youpin that can also be ordered from Banggood for international customers. The mini Bluetooth speaker has a power rating of 2 W and is being offered to domestic shoppers for 49 yuan (US$7). The Xiaomi XiaoAI Portable Speaker with virtual assistant is priced at US$19.99 at Banggood.
PS5 magnetic controller dock and support stand among alleged upcoming third-party accessories; latest PlayStation 5 placeholder price estimate is €599
It has been rumored that third-party accessories for the PS5 could start being released as early as November 3. The supposed PS5 accessories include a magnetic controller dock, magnetic play and charge cable, and a system stand. A new placeholder price estimate by a Finnish retailer has been published at €599 (US$673).
Xiaomi TV Master Series specs leak: 65-inch OLED TV with HDMI 2.1, variable refresh rate, MEMC, and quad-core A73 custom chip
The Xiaomi TV Master Series has only just been announced, with a 65-inch 120 Hz OLED making up the range so far. Now some specs for the upcoming smart TV have been leaked by a Xiaomi manager on Weibo. The Xiaomi TV Master will apparently offer users HDMI 2.1, MEMC image-smoothing technology, variable refresh rate (VRR), and much more.
PS5 backwards compatibility focus is all on PS4 games as Sony has no answer about PS1, PS2, and PS3 games
A Sony spokesperson has made a somewhat cryptic comment about PS5 backwards compatibility that already has fans interpreting it from positive and negative viewpoints. Sony is focused on PS4 games, while there is no answer in regard to PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility for PS1, PS2, and PS3 games.
New Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 images show the upcoming smartwatch looking chic in black titanium and bronze (rose gold really)
New leaked Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 images show the upcoming wearable in both black titanium and what has been classified as bronze, although it certainly looks more like rose gold. It appears Samsung has opted to go for an elegant design for its Galaxy Watch 3, although that does not mean style has been entirely chosen over substance.
Xiaomi Ninebot Number 9 Gokart Pro: Enjoy your favorite racing tracks while drifting at up to 23 mph for 8,998 yuan (US$1,270)
Xiaomi is now selling a flashy go-kart in the form of the Ninebot Number 9 Gokart Pro. The vehicle can reach speeds of up to 23 mph (37 km/h) and features 4x 8 W speakers and dynamic-cornering capability. The designer of the 8,998-yuan (US$1,270) Gokart Pro, Ninebot, is a Xiaomi-backed firm that owns Segway Inc.
Samsung QT67 QLED TV series launches: Six first-class energy-efficient models starting from 990,000 won (US$824)
Samsung has announced the launch of the QT67 QLED TV series, with six models making up the new lineup. Along with the incredible high-definition pictures, the new QT67 QLED televisions from the South Korean manufacturer have been rated with first-class energy efficiency. The cheapest model is the 43-inch set, which costs KRW 990,000 (US$824).
Comet Lake Core i7-10700K offers a ray of light for Intel in new Mindfactory sales data report
The latest Mindfactory CPU retail sales report has been shared online, and although it’s business as usual for AMD in terms of share dominance, there has been some positive movement for the Intel Core i7-10700K. The 8-core Comet Lake processor is a good choice for gamers and offers a potential maximum boost clock of 5.10 GHz.
Redmi MIUI 12 stable update commences: K30 Pro Zoom Edition and K30 Pro lead the pack as the software is pushed to the K30 and K20 lineups
Xiaomi has officially commenced the public rollout of the MIUI 12 stable update for a number of Redmi-branded smartphones. The first devices to receive the MIUI 12 update were the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition and the Redmi K30 Pro. Smartphones in both the Redmi K30 and K20 lineups have been included in the public rollout.
Redmi Note 8 and Note 8T owners can try out a custom version of Android 10 thanks to Pixys OS
Pixys has made a custom ROM based on Android 10 available for the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T. Owners of these smartphones have endured a rollercoaster ride in regard to the eagerly awaited operating system update, with the official software from Google now being delayed by Xiaomi because of major bugs.
OnePlus TV Series prices teased for three models: 32-inch smart TV could be ₹19,999 (US$264) or even ₹14,999 (US$198)
OnePlus has been teasing the prices in India for three models of its upcoming affordable smart TV series. The Chinese OEM has published three figures but has omitted a single crucial digit, leaving fans to guess at the prices. The 32-inch OnePlus TV could cost ₹19,999 (US$264) or even ₹14,999 (US$198) to challenge the popular Xiaomi Mi TV lineup.
Rumored Redmi Note 9 5G smartphone specs include a Snapdragon 765G processor and 120 Hz display
Specifications for a possible 5G variant of the Redmi Note 9 smartphone have been shared on Chinese social media. It’s rumored the device will sport an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G and boast of a 120 Hz display. However, it’s believed the Redmi Note 9 5G might end up being a China-only release.
Update: It seems one leaker was referring to the iQOO Z1x.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 price for Europe leaked: €39.99 (US$45) for the activity tracker without NFC
The alleged price for the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 in Europe has allegedly leaked, and it is set at the competitive price of €39.99 (US$45). However, it appears that fans of the Xiaomi activity tracker in Europe will have to make do without NFC. The popular wearable is known as the Mi Band 5 in China and costs from 189 yuan (US$27) there.
Huami Zepp E smartwatch images and details revealed in FCC filing - upcoming wearable for the sporty type
A Huami Zepp E smartwatch has been discovered in FCC filings. Some details about the sporty wearable and a couple of images were also unearthed. Zepp is a company that makes sports-related smart accessories and was acquired by Huami, which is a Xiaomi subsidiary, in 2018. The Zepp E could be aimed at sporty types such as golfers or tennis players.
Prodigious PS5 price rumor: Alleged prices for both consoles and every PlayStation 5 accessory; initial launch in Japan supposedly November 14
Pseudo price rumors concerning both variants of the PS5 console and all of the related accessories, including the Pulse 3D wireless headset and HD camera, have been posted on Twitter. The same highly spurious source claims the PlayStation 5 will be first launched in Japan on November 14 and will cost ¥49,980 (US$466) for the Blu-ray model.
Realme Gamepad design patent leaked and it looks just like the OPPO C1 Gamepad
A design patent for a Realme Gamepad has been leaked. The patent reveals four images of the gamepad in different colors. Although Realme has the gaming-centric X50 Pro Player Edition smartphone in its lineup, it’s expected the OEM will soon release a pure gaming smartphone. The Realme Gamepad looks just like the OPPO C1 Gamepad.
Xiaomi announces 49-yuan (US$7) battery replacement service covering 21 smartphones including the Xiaomi Mi 9 and Redmi Note 7
Xiaomi is running a temporary battery replacement service for 21 Xiaomi and Redmi-branded smartphones. The program will operate from July 1 to July 7 and users will only have to pay 49 yuan (US$7) to take advantage of the scheme. The Xiaomi Mi 9, which has been criticized for its poor battery life, is included as is the popular Redmi Note 7.
Sales of the 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max from Xiaomi continue to astound as 1,500 units are snapped up in under 11 hours
The 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max from Xiaomi is still pulling in massive sales for the Chinese OEM. It has now been announced that over 1,500 units of the Redmi Max 98 have been snapped up in 10 hours and 32 minutes. Redmi manager Lu Weibing offered up an interesting statistic to help put that incredible sales total into perspective.
Apple iPhone 12 4G variant will be priced at US$549 according to unknown leaker
A leaker has claimed that Apple is considering releasing two 4G variants of its upcoming iPhone 12 lineup, and the smartphones will be priced at surprisingly low points for Apple devices. The unknown source has stated a price of US$549 for the regular 4G model and US$649 for the iPhone 12 Max without 5G capability.
AMD continues to win over Steam users as processor usage share for Team Red reaches a new high in latest survey
AMD has shown strong monthly growth in the Steam hardware and software survey for May. Team Red managed to snag another 0.74% of the processor usage share from Intel, and this is likely to repeat over the next months thanks to the upcoming Matisse Refresh. But Tiger Lake might still make an impression for Team Blue.
Ryzen 9 3900XT sample gets highest average bench result for an AMD processor tested on UserBenchmark...but it's still behind over 25 Intel chips including the Intel Core i3-10320!
An AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT desktop processor sample has been put through its paces on UserBenchmark, where it managed some decent scores and a respectable average bench result. However, the score of 91.8% would put the 12-core Matisse Refresh Ryzen 9 3900XT in 28th place in the UserBenchmark table, which is even behind the quad-core Intel Core i3-10320!
The 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max is a smash hit for Xiaomi as 1,000 units are sold in just under three-and-a-half minutes
Xiaomi has been celebrating the fact that 1,000 units of the massive 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max were sold in just 3 minutes and 28 seconds. It’s an incredible sales feat, especially when you consider the 19,999 yuan (US$2,825) price tag. Buyers of the Redmi Max 98 can enjoy 4K resolution picture quality and the advantages of MEMC technology.
Huawei Mate Watch running on Harmony OS rumored to be launching alongside the Huawei Mate 40 series in October
It has been rumored that Huawei is planning on releasing a Mate Watch at the same time as the expected Huawei Mate 40 smartphone series. According to a leaker, the Huawei Mate Watch will operate with Harmony OS (known as HongMeng OS in China) and could be launched on October 1.
Xiaomi Mi 10 smartphones get a temporary price cut of up to 300 yuan (US$42) during the Dragon Boat Festival
Xiaomi has been slashing the price of its Mi 10 flagship smartphone again as a special Dragon Boat Festival offer. Three RAM + storage variants have been reduced during the holiday period, by 200-300 yuan depending on the model (US$28-US$42). The offer is expected to start on June 25, but unfortunately it is only for the Chinese market.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 BIS certification signals upcoming India launch - optimistic price speculation of ₹2,499 (US$33) offered
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 activity tracker has been spotted in Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification, leading to speculation that the popular wearable will soon be launched in India. Although no concrete prices have been given for the Mi Band 5 in India yet, a figure of ₹2,499 (US$33) has been suggested.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT manages credible results on Geekbench placing it in the company of the Ryzen 9 3900X and Intel Core i9-10900K but its predecessor offers better value
A Matisse Refresh AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT desktop processor has been spotted on Geekbench 5.1 along with a Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master motherboard. The 12-core chip recorded results that put it in the same ballpark as the Ryzen 9 3900X and Intel Core i9-10900K, but it is likely better scores can be squeezed out of it yet.
Update: Much better results for the 3900XT have been unearthed.
Games industry rocked by multiple reports of sexual harassment accusations and allegations of inappropriate behavior
The games industry is under the spotlight again due to a fresh wave of sexual harassment accusations and reports of inappropriate behavior. Companies that have been named in these reports include Ubisoft, Insomniac Games, Bungie, Paradox Interactive, Twitch, and the IGN media network. In some instances, there have been alleged threats of violence and even incidents of rape.
Brand-new Realme XT smartphone goes up in flames but Realme attributes it to "external force"
A brand-new Realme XT smartphone has gone up in flames during charging, leaving the owner with a charred husk of a device. However, Realme believes the phone exploded “due to external force” whereas the user is insistent that the Realme XT had its meltdown while charging overnight.
MIUI 12 beta updates suspended again for Xiaomi Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, and Redmi K30 Pro as they start receiving Android 11
Xiaomi has suspended MIUI 12 beta updates for the Xiaomi Mi 10, Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, and Redmi K30 Pro smartphones because they will be busy adapting to the upcoming Android 11 OS. It’s also possible to get the Android 11 beta firmware for the Poco F2 Pro, as it is just a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro, but it won’t have Google Services at the present.
Wumping Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time trailer drops and instantly erases nearly 22 years of waiting for a sequel to Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
The announcement trailer for Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time has been posted on YouTube and Twitter. The game is officially a sequel to Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, which was released at the end of 1998. Crash Bandicoot 4 is available for pre-order and will be released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 2, 2020.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Mouse, also known as the Xiaomi XiaoAI Mouse, offers voice command control and dual-mode connectivity for just 149 yuan (US$21)
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Mouse, which has also been called the Xiaomi XiaoAI Mouse, has been posted on the company’s crowdfunding platform. The computer peripheral can be controlled via voice commands and can also be connected to two devices at a time. The Mi Smart Mouse is priced at 149 yuan (US$21) but is currently on offer for 129 yuan (US$18).
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 real-life images with the display turned on are leaked
New real-life images of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 have been leaked, and this time they show the display turned on. It appears that the Tizen OS has been redesigned for the upcoming smartwatch, which is expected to be launched in August. The Galaxy Watch 3 will come in 41 mm and 45 mm size variants.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 vs Huawei Mate 40 Pro: Chinese OEMs stocking up on ultra-thin glass could indicate potential dynamite flagship smartphone or foldable rivalry
It has been reported that Xiaomi and Huawei have been replenishing their stocks of ultra-thin glass (UTG), creating speculation of what the Chinese OEMs have in mind for the material. The upcoming Huawei Mate 40 Pro will feature an ultra-thin display, and it is possible Xiaomi will use UTG for a Mi Mix 4 smartphone or a Xiaomi Mi foldable device.
Realme Watch firmware update 81.0 brings better notification management
The Realme Watch has a new software update available for it. The firmware update 81 brings a few new features to the popular wearable, with the most likely welcome change being the improved notification management function. Now, Realme Watch users will have access to their last 10 notifications rather than just the most recent one.
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales PS5 game trailer removed from official PlayStation YouTube channel due to Gameloft copyright claim
The announcement trailer for the upcoming PS5 game Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales has been removed from the official PlayStation YouTube channel because of a copyright claim made by the French game publisher Gameloft SE. Gameloft was involved in the development of Spider-Man related games such as the endless runner Spider-Man Unlimited.
Update: The trailer has now reinstated on the PlayStation channel.
Intel Core i7-1165G7 ties with the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U in Time Spy CPU Score despite having half the cores while its Xe iGPU batters the Vega 7 and Vega 8 competition
The Tiger Lake Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor has been spotted going through extensive testing on 3DMark’s Time Spy benchmark and the results have been positive for Team Blue. The Xe iGPU part of the chipset managed to outscore AMD Vega 7 and Vega 8 iGPUs, and the 4-core i7-1165G7 even tied with the 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 4700U in the CPU Score.
Xiaomi to suspend MIUI 12 beta updates during Dragon Boat Festival
Xiaomi has reported that all MIUI 12 beta updates will be suspended during the Dragon Boat Festival. The Chinese public holiday is on June 25 this year, and Xiaomi’s MIUI 12-related work will be halted from June 26 until July 2. The Chinese OEM normally releases beta updates for its smartphones on a weekly basis.
Redmi Note 8 Android 10 update suspended because of major bugs
Xiaomi has posted some bad news for Redmi Note 8 owners who were excited about receiving an Android 10 update for their smartphone. It seems the Chinese OEM has had to suspend the update process because of “some major bugs”. The Redmi Note 8 and Note 8T were released in August 2019.
Real PS5 console or not: Leaked image of alleged real-life PlayStation 5 console in a factory has fans divided over its authenticity
An image of an alleged real-life PS5 console being held in a factory has started appearing on several forums and sparking considerable debate. Fans seem to be divided over the veracity of the picture, which shows a man holding a substantially sized PlayStation 5 console while flanked by two other men.
Amazing Xiaomi Mi TV, Redmi K30 Pro, and Mi 10 sales help Xiaomi gross over 10 billion yuan (US$1.4 billion) during the 618 shopping festival
Xiaomi has grossed over 10 billion yuan (US$1.4 billion) in sales during the 618 shopping festival in China, which ran from June 1 to June 18. Thousands of Redmi K30 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 10 smartphones were sold, while apparently over 10,000 sets from the Xiaomi Mi TV range were sold in only 37 seconds.
Potential Realme X3 Pro sighting: Mystery Realme 5G smartphone with dual-cell battery and 6.55-inch OLED screen spotted on TENAA
A mystery Realme 5G smartphone has been revealing some of its secrets thanks to a TENAA listing. The phone, which has the model number RMX2121, is believed to feature a 6.55-inch screen, OLED-type panel, and a 4,500-mAh dual-cell battery. It's possible the unnamed device could be the upcoming Realme X3 Pro.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 temporarily sold out on its first official day of sale; available for US$31.99 on AliExpress for the non-NFC variant
Xiaomi officially released the Mi Band 5 for sale today, and the popular activity tracker has already apparently sold out. While the official Xiaomi store is reporting refreshed stocks will be available by June 30, those who cannot wait that long can find the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 on AliExpress for around US$32 to US$34.
Snapdragon 865 Plus in Asus ZF device spotted on Geekbench showing single-core boost over Snapdragon 865 phones like the Xiaomi Mi 10
The mysterious Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus has been spotted on yet another benchmark. This time, the still unconfirmed SoC was discovered being tested on Geekbench in an Asus ZF device, which was possibly the Asus ROG Phone 3. The single-core result showed considerable improvement over those managed by Snapdragon 865 phones such as the Xiaomi Mi 10.
Astonishing Xbox Series X and Series S prices would put the hurt on PS5 sales: US$400 for the Series X console and US$200 for all-digital Lockhart
Microsoft could be planning on releasing the Xbox Series X at a surprisingly low price of US$400 according to a tipster. Even more astonishing is the suggestion that an all-digital Xbox Series S console (“Lockhart”) could be priced as low as US$200. Microsoft can afford to take a loss with its next-gen Xbox consoles and would likely hamper PS5 sales with these rumored prices.
Xiaomi planning ahead with the Mi Mix 10 and MIUI 15
It seems Xiaomi is planning far in advance in regard to two of its most important products: the Mi Mix line and MIUI software. Both the Xiaomi Mi Mix 10 and MIUI 15 have been “teased” in images showing people taking part in a Xiaomi security and privacy awareness event. The mention of the Mi Mix 10 and MIUI 15 at least answer one burning question.
Potential Xiaomi Redmi K40 smartphone spotted in 3C certification - coming with 33 W fast charge and possibly a Dimensity 1000+ SoC and 144 Hz display
A Xiaomi Redmi K40 smartphone could be in the works that may feature 33 W fast charging, possibly a 144 Hz refresh rate, and even a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset. A Redmi device with the model name M2006J10C was spotted on 3C certification that has led to speculation that a Redmi K40 smartphone is currently in development.
PS5 exclusives like Gran Turismo 7 will banish long loading times and use "every single technological enhancement" of the PlayStation 5 to ensure its success
PS5 exclusives such as Gran Turismo 7 and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales are going to be part of one of the key factors for the next-gen console’s success. A PlayStation executive has been discussing the performance abilities of the PlayStation 5, stating that “the loading times will be next to nothing” for games like GT7.
Huawei smartphones that now have Android 10: Current list includes those that have received either EMUI 10.0 or EMUI 10.1
A handy list consisting of 30 Huawei smartphones has been published that feature all of the devices from the Chinese OEM that currently have Android 10 released for them. This could be as either EMUI 10 or the latest stable release EMUI 10.1. The latter release includes MeeTime, Sound Booster, and improved system response times (over EMUI 10).
Asus ROG Phone 3 with overclocked Snapdragon 865 (865 Plus?) zips way past the OPPO Find X2 devices in AnTuTu benchmark
It seems an Asus ROG Phone 3 smartphone has been ripping up the record books over at AnTuTu. An Asus device, presumed to be the ROG Phone 3, managed a score of over 640,000 points with the help of an apparently overclocked Snapdragon 865. This could be the same SoC that has been previously reported as the Snapdragon 865 Plus.
Cheap Redmi laptops with Intel Core processors could be coming to India with prices as low as around ₹20,000 (US$262)
It has been reported that Xiaomi could be planning on unleashing cheap Redmi laptops on the Indian market. The Intel-powered devices would sit in a price range from ₹20,000 (US$262) to ₹33,000 (US$432) and possibly be manufactured in India. The Xiaomi Redmi laptops would be aimed at students and those looking for a cheap notebook.
PS5 news: Console is customizable and will have special editions; smart 3D model shows how being big keeps it cool; PlayStation 5 price speculation targets US$499
A PlayStation executive has offered up the exciting news that the PlayStation 5 is both customizable and will have special editions. The same executive opined that the large size of the console is required for the thermals, as partially demonstrated by a fantastic 3D model. Latest PS5 price speculation has focused on the US$500 mark, with the Digital Edition coming in cheaper.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 wearable activity tracker could eventually come in Pro and Lite variants
Code found in the Mi Wear application has seeming revealed future potential Xiaomi Mi Band 5 variants. The words “Kongming L”, “Kongming Pro”, and “Kongming Lite” were discovered, prompting speculation that more Mi Band 5 models could be in development. The latest activity tracker from the Chinese OEM has only just been revealed and will soon officially go on sale.
Fobase Air and Air Pro Smartwatches: Blatant Apple Watch clones with 1.54-inch color screens and continuous heart-rate monitoring from US$29.99
The Chinese company Fobase has currently discounted its Fobase Air Smartwatch and Fobase Air Pro Smartwatch to US$29.99 and US$39.99, respectively. The obvious Apple Watch clones are packed with features such as heart-rate monitoring, pedometer, sleep tracker, camera remote control, sport modes, and Apple iPhone compatibility.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ smartphone allegedly coming with 65 W fast-charge support, 120 Hz refresh rate, and a Snapdragon 865 chipset
Some alleged marketing material for a Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ smartphone has been leaked onto a popular Chinese social network. The text reveals a few key specifications about the supposed Mi 10 Pro+ device, including the presence of a Snapdragon 865 SoC, 120 Hz display, and 65 W fast-charge technology.
Supposed Apple iPhone 12 molds and renders show different-sized smartphones with stylish iPad Pro design language but big notches
Images of alleged molds and renders of the Apple iPhone 12 series have been leaked online. There are several different-sized molds on show in the pictures, which seem to fit rumors of the iPhone 12 sporting a similar design language to that of the iPad Pro (2020). However, there are also some pretty big notches on display.
PS5 news: Over 4,000 games being tested for backwards compatibility; console weight revealed; PlayStation 5 is not the only next-gen console that looks like a router
Jim Ryan, CEO of SIE, has reaffirmed that testers are going through a library of over 4,000 games in regard to PS5 backwards compatibility. An Amazon France listing for the console has apparently revealed how much it weighs. Xbox Series X fans comparing the PlayStation 5 with a router should best avoid buying a Linksys Velop Intelligent Mesh Wi-Fi System.
Xiaomi DOCO ultrasonic handheld misting fan offers up to 5100 rpm of cooling power for just 69 yuan (US$10)
The Xiaomi DOCO ultrasonic handheld misting fan is now on Xiaomi’s Youpin crowdfunding website with a price tag of 69 yuan (US$10). The portable fan has three power levels that can reach a maximum of 5100 rpm for those really hot days. The Xiaomi DOCO misting fan can apparently reduce the temperature around the user by 3 °C (5.4 °F) more than a traditional fan.
PS5 price goes from sublime to ridiculous with latest retailer placeholders but research analyst reckons US$450 to US$499 will be the sweet spot for Sony
New PS5 price rumors have been springing up, thanks to retailer placeholders and comments made by a market research analyst. While a large Hong Kong-based online retailer posted a price of US$699.99 for the PlayStation 5, it seems a price tag of between US$450 and US$499 is more likely going to be the sweet spot for Sony.
Honor ViewPad 6 tablet comes with Wi-Fi 6 and octa-core Kirin 985 5G SoC but without Google services; prices start at 2,199 yuan (US$310)
The Honor ViewPad 6 is the world’s first tablet to offer Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and it also features a powerful octa-core Kirin 985 5G chipset, a 10.4-inch 2K screen, and apparently it offers faster download speeds than an iPad Pro (2020). Starting at 2,199 yuan (US$310), the ViewPad 6 tablet will not come with Google Services.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Sony has already won a crucial battle in the next-gen console war with the jaw-droppingly sexy PlayStation 5 design - but it also needs to come in black
Sony has revealed the PS5 design in all its glory and by doing so has won an important battle in the upcoming next-gen console war against the Xbox Series X. The unique and futuristic look of the PlayStation 5 has sparked a huge debate, yet again offering Sony a massive amount of free publicity. The PS5 simply looks sexy – especially if it eventually also comes in black.
Dell XPS Chromebook could be in the works; 10nm Tiger Lake-based Dell Chromebooks also a possibility
It has been reported that Dell is developing some Chromebooks to add to its extensive lineup, and there has been speculation that a Dell XPS Chromebook could be in the works, too. The same source states that at least three machines are being developed, with Intel’s 10nm Tiger Lake microarchitecture featuring in the Dell Chromebook mix.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 vs Mi Band 4 comparison: Xiaomi's latest fitness tracker brings more features, more themes, more exercise modes, and more value
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 has finally arrived and has brought a wealth of new features and upgrades over its predecessor, the Mi Band 4. There will be plenty of shoppers considering the Mi Band 5 vs Mi Band 4 conundrum, but fortunately, Xiaomi executive Lu Weibing has shared a handy graphic to help users make a purchase decision.
Dell G5 15 SE with AMD Ryzen 7 4800H records above 100 °C average CPU temperatures leaving the Asus TUF Gaming A15 as the better Ryzen 4000 gaming laptop option
The new all-AMD Dell G5 15 SE (5505) gaming laptop has been put through its paces in a new video from Jarrod’sTech, mainly to discover how hot the device runs. Worryingly, the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H APU inside reached average temperatures of over 100 °C during stress testing. It seems the Asus TUF Gaming A15 with the same Renoir APU offers a better cooling solution.
Sensational Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 poster leaks reveal beautiful Mi Mix Alpha-like design and killer specs that will destroy the competition: Snapdragon 875, 150 MP main camera sensor, 2K resolution, and much more
Alleged promotional posters of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 have found their way online and if accurate it appears the Mi Mix 4 could end up being the champion smartphone of 2020. The Huawei P40 killer will apparently feature a Snapdragon 875 SoC, 150 MP main camera, 2K screen resolution, and a gorgeous design that is reminiscent of the Mi Mix Alpha concept.
Global Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 will be released in July; unboxing and hands-on videos of the Mi Band 5 start appearing
Xiaomi has revealed the official name for the global variant of the just-launched Mi Band 5: Mi Smart Band 5. According to the Chinese OEM, the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 will start arriving in foreign markets next month. Unboxing and hands-on videos of the Chinese Mi Band 5 variant have started appearing on YouTube.
Supposed Snapdragon 865 Plus smashes AnTuTu record to pieces
An alleged Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC has been spotted on AnTuTu apparently destroying all the high scores set by its Snapdragon 865 stablemate. While the latter processor has managed scores around 600,000 points with devices like the OPPO Find X2 smartphones, the purported Plus variant cruised to well over 660,000 points.
OPPO joining OnePlus by entering the crowded affordable smart TV market to take on Realme, Redmi, and Xiaomi
The affordable smart TV sector is about to get much more competitive now it seems OPPO will be joining OnePlus by offering its own entry-level televisions. The two OEMs will be taking on strong rivals with products such as the Realme Smart TV, Redmi Smart TV X55, and the Xiaomi Mi TV lineup, in markets like China and India.
Likely PS5 dummy test listing on Amazon reveals placeholder price of £599.99 (US$764) for both a 1 TB model and a 2 TB variant of the PlayStation 5 console
Listings for the PS5 console have appeared on the pages of Amazon UK. The next-gen hardware was apparently priced at £599.99 (US$764). More surprisingly, this was the same listed price for both a 1 TB and 2 TB variant of the upcoming PlayStation 5 device. A whole host of PS5 games were also listed on the same website.
Xiaomi announces Redmi AX5 Wi-Fi 6 router for 229 yuan (US$32); international pre-order available for US$55.99
Xiaomi has announced a new affordable Wi-Fi 6 router in the form of the Redmi AX5. The device has been given a price tag of 229 yuan (US$32) and can be pre-ordered internationally for US$55.99. The Xiaomi Redmi AX5 Wi-Fi 6 router features a Qualcomm chipset and can deliver speeds of up to 1,775 Mb/s.
Alleged Xiaomi Mi Band 5 official domestic price leaked: Incredible value at just 189 yuan (US$27)
An alleged Xiaomi Mi Band 5 price for the domestic market has found its way online. According to a post on Weibo, which includes a screenshot of the source, the much-anticipated wearable will cost just 189 yuan (US$27) for customers in China. The Mi Band 5 will be officially revealed on June 11 and will go on sale on June 18.
Super low-priced Xiaomi Redmi Smart TV X sets go on sale: 2,999 yuan (US$424) for the X65 and just 1,699 yuan (US$240) for the Redmi Smart TV X55
The new Xiaomi Redmi Smart TV X sets have gone on sale, with customers currently able to choose between the Redmi Smart TV X55 and the Redmi Smart TV X65. The 4K smart televisions, which have a screen ratio of up to 97% and utilize MEMC technology, are priced at 1,699 yuan (US$240) and 2,999 yuan (US$424), respectively.
MediaMarkt trolls PS5 price and console design leak attempt and two-tone fan-made PlayStation 5 concept renders elicit memories of the PS3
The large German retailer MediaMarkt has been trolling an attempt at utilizing its pages for a PS5 price and console design-related “leak”. New fan-made concept renders and video of the PlayStation 5 take inspiration from the PS3’s design but offer a two-tone look that goes well with the DualSense controller.
Upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 marketing campaign gets a boost as former Meizu executive comes on board to take on the Huawei P40 series
It has been reported that the launch of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 will be headed by former Meizu executive Yang Zhe. The Mi Mix 4 has been rumored for a long time and is expected to feature cutting-edge specifications to enable it to take on fierce rivals such as the Huawei P40 series.
Dell G5 15 Special Edition (5505): Early reviews of the all-AMD gaming laptop are promising but there seem to be hints of underlying heating issues
Early reviews of the Ryzen 4000-based Dell G5 15 Special Edition (5505) gaming laptop have started appearing, with most praising the AMD Renoir APU and others impressed by the 144 Hz display. However, there are hints that the cooling solution of the Dell G5 15 SE could be flawed, especially when dealing with a Ryzen 9 4900H chip.
Xiaomi reveals the Mijia Laser Projector 1S 4K: Short-focus projection for up to 150-inch large screens priced at 14,999 yuan (US$2,121)
The Xiaomi Mijia Laser Projector 1S 4K has been unveiled, bringing 4K resolution and high brightness to up to 150-inch screens. The Mijia Laser Projector 1S 4K has a normal listed price of 14,999 yuan (US$2,121) but is on offer during the 618 shopping festival at a price of 12,999 yuan (US$1,838).
Alleged Xiaomi 120 W charger turns up in hands-on video - possible hint of upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix smartphone
A hands-on video of a supposed 120 W charger made by Xiaomi has been posted on Chinese social media. The authenticity of the clip has been called into question; however, there is a strong rumor that an upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix smartphone could utilize 100 W charging and maybe even 120 W if this video is genuine.
PS5 news: Production of the next-gen console begins; Gran Turismo gets a new trademark; confirmed PlayStation 5 event coming on June 11
A report out of Korea has stated that the production of PS5 console parts will begin this week. Information about Gran Turismo, including a logo, has been spotted with the trademark office for Argentina dated June 3. Sony has now confirmed that a PlayStation 5 event will take place on June 11.
Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro price slashed: Up to 700 yuan (US$99) discounted in sale starting June 9
Xiaomi has slashed the prices of three variants of the Redmi K30 Pro as part of the 618 shopping festival in China. Starting from June 9, savvy shoppers will be able to save up to 700 yuan (US$99) on select models of the Redmi K30 Pro. The Xiaomi smartphone features a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 specifications start leaking out: 10th Gen Intel Core CPUs and Nvidia GPUs in the mix for prices starting from ₹50,000 (US$662)
Details of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14 have started leaking out. Apparently, four models will be made available, with customers being able to select from 10th Gen Intel Core processors and a dGPU from Nvidia. Prices are expected to start at ₹50,000 (US$662) for the base Mi Notebook 14, which will be launched in India on June 11.
Fan-made Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 renders give a better idea of what the Ampere-based end product might look like
A series of fan-made renders of the upcoming Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 have been published online shortly after the revelation of a photo of the alleged reference design hit the news headlines. The Ampere-based RTX 3080 looks very different from the designs utilized for the GeForce 20 series.
Comet Lake flakes in latest Mindfactory sales data as over 34 times more AMD Ryzen 5 3600 chips are sold than Intel Core i7-10700K parts
New sales data from German retailer Mindfactory has revealed that 34 times more Matisse AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processors were sold than the Intel Core i7-10700K, which was the best-selling Comet Lake chip for this particular period. AMD took 87.25% of the sales share compared to Intel’s paltry 12.75% portion.
Realme becomes the new Xiaomi by selling over 15,000 smart TVs in under 10 minutes and 15,000 Realme Watches in just two minutes
Realme has been celebrating some impressive sales figures over the last few days. First the Chinese OEM announced it had sold 15,000 smart televisions in barely 10 minutes and then shortly after 15,000 units of the Realme Watch were sold in just two minutes. Realme could be picking up where Xiaomi has seemingly left off.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3: Upcoming Samsung Galaxy smartwatch reveals its name in latest leak
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 name has been revealed in a new round of technical certification. It was previously unknown if the smartwatch would be called the Galaxy Watch 2 or Galaxy Watch Active 3, so it looks like Samsung has plumped for an understandable compromise with the moniker Galaxy Watch 3.
The AMD Ryzen 4000-based Dell G5 15 Special Edition will be the only SmartShift laptop in 2020
It has been confirmed that the AMD Ryzen 4000-based Dell G5 15 Special Edition device will be the only laptop that can utilize AMD’s SmartShift technology to be released in 2020. Although the upcoming PS5 will also feature SmartShift capability, there will be no more SmartShift laptops released until 2021 according to Frank Azor.
OPPO Band, OPPO Band Fashion, and OPPO Band EVA: Xiaomi Mi Band 4 and Redmi Band rivals with color-accurate AMOLED screens and affordable prices
OPPO is taking on the smartband market thanks to the introduction of the OPPO Band, OPPO Band Fashion, and OPPO Band EVA. The cheapest of the three, the OPPO Band, is priced at 199 yuan (US$28) and was launched today. The OPPO Band series will be taking on competitors like the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 and the Redmi Band.
Latest concept PS5 design looks like a thick door wedge but is more realistic than the photoshopped PlayStation 5 shoe box doing the rounds again
A new PS5 design has started appearing on social media that appears to be based on the latest rumors, which include a thick build and a strong resemblance to the PS5 devkit. However, eagerness to know what the console looks like has seemingly led to the photoshopped PlayStation 5 “shoe box” doing the rounds with some outlets again.
New Redmi 9 alleged prices are ridiculously cheap for a smartphone with a quad-camera setup and 8-core MediaTek Helio G80 SoC
New supposed prices for the upcoming Redmi 9 smartphone have been published, and they are very affordable. It is claimed that the cheapest Redmi 9, with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage, will cost just US$139.99. That’s for a 6.53-inch device with a quad-camera setup and an 8-core MediaTek Helio G80 processor.
PS5 devkit cooling system patent puts to bed the final concerns that Sony hasn't taken care of potential PlayStation 5 heating issues
A utility patent file revealing the PS5 devkit’s cooling system has been published by WIPO. The patent shows the devkit has “a plurality of cooling fans” to help it deal with the heat from the AMD Zen 2 CPU and RDNA 2 GPU. The multiple drawings and explanations prove that Sony was taking care of potential PlayStation 5 heating issues from an early stage.
Intel Core i7-1165G7 and AMD Ryzen 7 4800U clash on 3DMark 11 with mixed results for the upcoming Tiger Lake-U processor
The Tiger Lake-U Intel Core i7-1165G7 and the Renoir AMD Ryzen 7 4800U have been spotted in an interesting 3DMark 11 comparison. While the Ryzen 4000 processor unsurprisingly dominated in the CPU-based Physics Score, the Tiger Lake-U rival nosed ahead in some of the graphics-based tests thanks to its Gen12 Xe iGPU.
Xiaomi Mi 10 smartphone receives official price cut of 300 yuan (US$42)
Xiaomi has posted a cryptic message on Weibo in regard to the Xiaomi Mi 10 smartphone. The message was in the form of a complex-looking equation, which when solved revealed that the flagship device had been reduced by 300 yuan (US$42). The Xiaomi Mi 10 cost from 3,999 yuan (US$562) when first launched in China.
Eurocom Nightsky ARX15: "The world's most powerful 16C/32T AMD Ryzen 9 based 15.6-inch superlaptop" coming soon with prices from US$1,999 to over US$15,000
Eurocom has announced the Nightsky ARX15 superlaptop that can be fitted with up to a 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processor. The laptop starts at a price of US$1,999 but a multitude of diverse configuration options can take the price for the Eurocom Nightsky ARX15 beyond US$15,000.
PS5 news: Enough AMD chips for a holiday 2020 launch; official website change makes fans jittery; superfast SSD elicits Unreal Engine rewrites
Fears of a delay in the launch of the PS5 have been allayed by a report stating that there is a sufficient supply of the key AMD chips to ensure a holiday 2020 release. A recent change on the official PS5 website had made fans jittery about a potential delay. An Epic executive has revealed that Unreal Engine rewrites were made to keep up with the superfast PlayStation 5 SSD.
Mysterious Xiaomi CAS smartphone rumored to be packing a 108 MP main camera, 12x optical zoom, 120x digital zoom, and alleged Snapdragon 775G chipset
Details of a mysterious Xiaomi CAS smartphone have started emerging, and it seems the device will be fitted with a 108 MP main camera and offer users the chance to enjoy 12x optical zoom and a whopping 120x digital zoom. It’s been speculated that the Xiaomi CAS may end up being a member of the Xiaomi Mi CC10 series.
Timex Metropolitan smartwatch: Timex teams up with Huami to create an elegant Amazfit-inspired wearable for US$179
Timex and Xiaomi subsidiary Huami have seemingly teamed up to create the Timex Metropolitan R and Timex Metropolitan S smartwatches. The Timex Metropolitan smartwatches, which are clearly inspired by Huami Amazfit devices, are priced at US$179 each and are expected to be released around mid-June.
Xiaomi Mi Band 4 NFC version starts appearing in markets outside of China priced at 3,990 Russian rubles (US$58)
Xiaomi has started offering the Mi Band 4 NFC version outside of its domestic market. The wearable is currently listed on the Mi store for Russia and is priced at 3,990 Russian rubles (US$58). The Chinese company is expected to roll-out the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 NFC in other parts of Europe soon.
Kirin 820 and Kirin 985 smartphones storm the latest AnTuTu midrange device chart but it's still the Dimensity 1000L in the OPPO Reno3 5G that commands
The Kirin 820 and Kirin 985 chips from Huawei have stormed into the AnTuTu best-performing midrange smartphone chart for May, with five out of the 10 smartphones listed featuring one of these Kirin SoCs. However, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000L chipset in the OPPO Reno3 5G handset is still the one to beat.
OPPO Find X2 Pro leads BBK Electronics-dominated AnTuTu flagship smartphone chart as the OnePlus 8 Pro makes its first appearance
AnTuTu has revealed its fastest flagship smartphone chart for May and there are three OPPO devices in the top four positions, headed by the OPPO Find X2 Pro. The new OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone has found a place in the BBK Electronics-dominated leaderboard as Snapdragon 865-powered handsets occupy all of the top 10 slots.
Opinion: Sony has made the right decision postponing the PS5 event
Sony has made the right decision by postponing the upcoming PS5 event that was originally scheduled for June 4, because “more important voices” do need to be heard at the moment. PlayStation 5 fans should support the company’s move rather than complain about having to wait longer for the eagerly anticipated reveal event.
AMD Ryzen 9 4900H no longer lags behind Ryzen 7 4800HS as it bashes out a better Time Spy result in Asus TUF Gaming A15 than in Dell G5 15 Special Edition
The AMD Ryzen 9 4900H in combination with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 has paid a visit to 3DMark’s Time Spy benchmark as part of an Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506IV laptop. The result recorded was considerably better than the CPU Score produced by the Ryzen 9 4900H in a Dell G5 15 Special Edition that was tested last month.
PS5 event on June 4 postponed due to ongoing George Floyd protests - official tweet receives thousands of mixed responses within minutes
The planned PS5 event for June 4 has now been postponed. The official PlayStation Twitter account recently posted a message to inform fans that now is not the time to celebrate the PlayStation 5, due to the global protests that have been occurring since the controversial death of George Floyd. Fans have reacted with highly mixed responses.
AMD Ryzen 9 4900H in Asus TUF Gaming A15 laptop surpasses both the Intel Core i9-9980HK and i9-10980HK in leaked Fire Strike Physics Score
An AMD Ryzen 9 4900H APU in an Asus TUF Gaming A15 laptop (FA506IV) has been spotted on 3DMark’s Fire Strike benchmark where it managed a respectable Physics Score of 22,383 points. This put the Ryzen 4000 laptop ahead of most of the devices we have tested with either the Intel Core i9-9980HK or i9-10980HK.
Xiaomi's new Type-C 65 W PD fast charger will fully charge a MacBook Pro 13 in under two hours and costs just 99 yuan (US$14)
Xiaomi has released a new USB Type-C 65 W PD fast charger that can be used with a diverse range of products from the Dell XPS 15 through the Nintendo Switch to the Redmi K20 Pro. Xiaomi claims the 99 yuan (US$14) product can fully charge an Apple MacBook Pro 13 in 1 h 50 m and a MacBook Pro 15 in 2 h 25 m.
Next-gen console rumors: PS5 will be twice as thick as the PS4 Pro; huge Sega scoop could point to a new console or even a Microsoft team-up for a Sega Series X
The PS5 will supposedly be almost twice the thickness of a PlayStation 4 Pro and has a design that is completely different to everything that has been predicted so far according to a Sony “insider”. Sega may be planning a new console release or might team up with Microsoft in Japan for a “Sega Series X”.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5: Official launch date and release date revealed and new renders posted
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is definitely coming soon thanks to details revealed by Xiaomi on the Chinese social media site Weibo. The company will be officially announcing the Mi Band 5 on June 11, and it will later be released for sale on June 18. New renders of the wearable show the device without any sign of a punch hole.
PS5 backwards compatibility will cover all PS2, PS3, and PS4 games according to Turkish retailer
The PS5 will offer backwards compatibility for PS2, PS3, and PS4 games according to a PlayStation 5 page recently published by a large Turkish retailer. PlayStation 5 owners will apparently be able to utilize the next-gen console’s Blu-ray drive to play the older titles.
Stunning Samsung Odyssey 49-inch G9 1000R Curved Gaming Monitor now available for pre-order at £1,279.99 (US$1,581)
The 49-inch Samsung Odyssey G9 1000R Curved Gaming Monitor is now available for pre-order and those interested will have to pay up £1,279.99 (US$1,581) for the pleasure of owning the magnificent display. The monitor has a 240 Hz refresh rate and 5120x1440 resolution to go with the ideal 1000R screen curvature.
GTA 5 runs as slick as a whistle on the GPD Win Max as Indiegogo total for the new handheld game console tops US$2 million
The GPD Win Max handheld game console has already managed to attract over US$2 million in funding on Indiegogo and there is still 32 days of its crowdfunding campaign left. But when you see how well games like GTA 5 run on the mini laptop, it’s easy to understand why the Win Max has received so much attention.
Lenovo Smart Clock: Pick up the smart home device with Google Assistant for less than half price
The Lenovo Smart Clock is currently on offer at Best Buy. The useful smart home device is usually priced at US$79.99, but it has been reduced by US$40 at the moment, bringing the price down to a very tempting US$39.99. The Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant is an ideal entry product or addition to a smart home.
New PS5 game rumors appear as devs are told to make sure that upcoming PS4 titles are compatible with the PlayStation 5
New rumors about potential PS5 games such as Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Silent Hill, Gran Turismo 7, and Horizon Zero Dawn 2 have appeared online. In further game-related news, Sony has instructed developers to ensure PlayStation 5 compatibility with upcoming PS4 titles that are submitted to the company from July 13 onwards.
New Samsung Galaxy Watch: Four variants of the possible Galaxy Watch Active 3 start revealing their secrets through FCC filings
A new Samsung Galaxy Watch has been discovered in recent FCC files, with a total of four different model numbers being spotted. It is believed that there will be two variants with LTE connectivity, while two other Samsung Galaxy Watch models will be Wi-Fi only versions. This potential Galaxy Watch Active 3 could be announced very soon.
Shocking PS5 rumors claim unstable CPU and GPU clocks, unattractive box design, quiet and efficient cooling solution, 40% worse ray tracing than the Xbox Series X, and a US$499 price tag for the PlayStation 5
A highly dubious PS5 leak has appeared on an imageboard website with a series of claims made about the next-gen console. Apparently, the CPU and GPU clocks are unstable and the PS5 design is “ugly”. However, these cons are countered by pros such as silent and efficient cooling, an incredible dashboard, and a price of US$499 for the PlayStation 5.
Asus TUF Gaming A15 with AMD Ryzen 9 4900H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 unveiled - pre-order from £1,399.99 (US$1,721)
Asus has been promoting its TUF Gaming A15 laptop on Twitter, revealing the high-end Renoir APU AMD Ryzen 9 4900H and the capable Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. The laptop has already been advertised for pre-order on a UK site for £1,399.99 (US$1,721) and should be available in mid July. There has been some criticism about the laptop’s display, though.
Leak reveals Warhol as codename for Zen 3-based 7nm AMD Ryzen 5000 processors; Navi iGPUs might be implemented in Zen 4-based 5nm Ryzen 6000 Raphael series
“Warhol” has apparently been leaked as the codename for AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series of mainstream desktop CPUs. According to the leak, Warhol will feature Zen 3-based parts utilizing a 7nm manufacturing process and offering PCIe4 support. The series would seemingly slot between Vermeer and Raphael in AMD’s roadmap.
PS5 design should be revealed soon as mass production begins; Xbox Series X is the "most compatible console ever" as first shots in the next-gen console battle are fired
It has been reported that mass production of the PlayStation 5 console is starting, leading to the strong possibility that a PS5 design reveal could be imminent. In the meantime, Microsoft has been firing some of the first shots of the upcoming next-gen console battle by reminding people that the Xbox Series X is the “most compatible console ever”.
Xiaomi Redmi Smart TV X55 has its price slashed before launch to match the 55-inch Honor Vision X1 Smart TV
The Redmi Smart TV X55 from Xiaomi has had its price considerably slashed ahead of going on sale. The new price tag for the television is 1,699 yuan (US$237). This puts the Redmi Smart TV X55, which features a 4K screen and 32 GB storage, at the same price as the just launched 55-inch rival Honor Vision X1 Smart TV.
PS5 game reveal event in sight and a PlayStation 5 landing page update help fuel the hype train
It has been reported that Sony is planning on holding a PS5 game reveal event on June 3. It’s not known if the company will actually reveal any concrete details about the PlayStation 5 hardware, but fans are currently starving for any news concerning the next-gen console. The official PS5 page has also been updated.
Redmi Display 1A pre-sale begins: 23.8-inch IPS monitor from Xiaomi with narrow bezels for just 599 yuan (US$84)
The Redmi Display 1A monitor from Xiaomi is now official and has been put up for pre-sale. Customers in China can reserve one of the external monitors for 100 yuan (US$14) deposit while the full price for the Redmi Display 1A is 599 yuan (US$84). The thinnest part of the display measures a tiny 7.3 mm.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ expected to sport a battery with an enormous capacity of over 10,000 mAh
The expected battery capacity for a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 device has been discovered, and it seems that a potential Galaxy Tab S7+ model will end up with a battery capacity of over 10,000 mAh. This is a huge step-up from the 7,040-mAh capacity of the predecessor Galaxy Tab S6.
New Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ renders and video: Curved screen and massive camera bump
New renders and a video clip of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ have been posted online. Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy Note 20+ is larger than the regular Galaxy Note 20, and it comes with a curved display. However, it’s hard to ignore just how huge the camera bump on the rear is, which could be a deal-breaker for many.
New Xiaomi Mi Band 5 features discovered: Smartphone camera controller, more fitness categories, and analog watch face support
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 fitness tracker will reportedly feature a smartphone camera controller among its array of functions. On top of that, five new fitness categories have been added to the included list of workout activities, and the Mi Band 5 will also be able to display an analog watch face if the user so desires.
Rumored cheap Redmi 5G smartphone with 8-core Qualcomm SM6350 SoC could be priced at just 1,000 yuan (US$140)
Redmi is apparently working on a cheap 5G smartphone that will be powered by a Qualcomm SM6350 SoC. The decent 8-core processor features two performance cores that can reach clock rates of 2.25 GHz. It’s rumored that the SM6350-based Redmi 5G smartphone could be priced at a very competitive 1,000 yuan (US$140).
Apple's butterfly keyboards might make a controversial return in the future
It has been rumored that Apple is busy working on improving the highly controversial butterfly keyboard that the OEM utilized in laptops such as the MacBook Pro, MacBook, and MacBook Air over the last few years. Although more recent models have been fitted with scissor switch keyboards, it could be that the butterfly keyboard will reappear in the future.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 wearable fitness tracker revealed in new alleged live photo leak
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 wearable fitness tracker has supposedly been leaked once again in some live photos. The alleged Mi Band 5 is shown being plugged into its charging station in the latest images. Few additional details are offered with the leaked photos, although a price of 200 yuan (US$28) has been speculated.
OPPO Smart Band and OPPO Enco W51 wireless earbuds teased ahead of expected June launch
OPPO has been busy teasing some new upcoming products on social media, including the OPPO Smart Band wearable and OPPO Enco W51 wireless earbuds. Specific details about the two products are currently scarce, but it is believed OPPO will launch the Smart Band and Enco W51 earbuds in June.
OPPO Reno4 and Reno4 Pro leak: Snapdragon 765G heads key specifications and hands-on photo reveals Reno Glow brand and unsightly camera bump
Key specifications for the upcoming OPPO Reno4 and Reno4 Pro smartphones have been leaked along with a hands-on photo and some promo images. Both devices are going to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor and feature 65 W fast charging but the OPPO Reno4 Pro will have a larger 6.55-inch 3D curved screen.
New renders and promo video posted.
RedmiBook 13 R laptop with AMD Ryzen 7 4700U delivers muted results on Geekbench 5 that leave it just keeping pace with the Intel Core i7-1065G7
A RedmiBook 13 R laptop has been spotted on Geekbench offering up somewhat muted results, especially in the multi-core test where more could be expected from the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U APU inside it. The scores recorded leave the 8-core Ryzen 4000 chip at a similar level as the 4-core Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor.
AMD Ryzen 4000-based Dell G5 15 Special Edition gaming laptops available to buy - Ryzen 9 4900H model still MIA but a 120 Hz display option is coming in August
The new AMD Ryzen 4000-powered Dell G5 15 Special Edition gaming laptop can now be purchased from the OEM’s online store. However, the 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 9 4900H APU is still missing from the lineup. AMD executive Frank Azor has detailed how a 120 Hz display option will be coming in August for the Dell G5 15 SE.
Latest HP Envy x360 laptops with Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs already discounted: US$649.99 for Ryzen 3 4300U model and US$50 also off the Ryzen 7 4700U variants
HP is currently offering a tantalizing AMD Ryzen 4000 deal as part of its Memorial Day sale. Various HP Envy x360 15 laptops with the new Renoir APUs have been discounted by US$50, meaning smart shoppers can pick up a powerful AMD Ryzen 7 4700U-based HP Envy x360 from US$829.99.
Latest Samsung Galaxy Note 20 renders and video: More of the same but the S Pen slot has moved from the right side to the left
Some alleged renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 supposedly based on genuine CAD drawings have been shared online. The flagship smartphone looks similar to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, and the S Pen slot has apparently been moved from the right side to now sit on the left side of the Galaxy Note 20.
Redmi Smart TV X series launches on May 26: X50, X55, and X65 sets with MEMC motion compensation for enhanced viewing
Redmi will soon be introducing its new Smart TV X series. Three sets are scheduled to be launched on May 26: the Redmi X50, Redmi X55, and Redmi X65. The smart televisions will feature MEMC technology, which utilizes motion interpolation to offer up a smoother viewing experience.
RedmiBook laptops teased by Lu Weibing: Three CPU modes revealed in promo image and AMD Ryzen 4000 officially confirmed
Redmi boss Lu Weibing has been promoting the upcoming RedmiBook laptops on Weibo. The Xiaomi executive revealed that the laptops will have three CPU modes for optimum performance in different scenarios. He also confirmed the new RedmiBooks will feature the latest generation of AMD Ryzen 4000 processors.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 laptop with AMD Ryzen 7 4700U now available from US$899.99 - other markets will have to wait a bit longer for the Ryzen 4000 Yoga Slim 7
The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 laptop with AMD Ryzen 7 4700U processor is finally available at the OEM’s US site, with prices starting from US$899.99. However, expectant users in other markets, where the device is called the Yoga Slim 7, may have to wait until mid to late June before getting their hands on the Ryzen 4000 laptop.
PS5 games: Silent Hill and Gran Turismo 7 join the comprehensive list of titles confirmed, expected, or rumored for the PlayStation 5
It seems both Silent Hill and Gran Turismo 7 have now joined the PS5 games list thanks to the latest rumors about titles for the next-generation console. Silent Hill for the PlayStation 5 is expected to be a “soft reboot”. The PS5 games list of confirmed, expected, or rumored titles now contains dozens of entries.
RedmiBook Pro in disguise? Xiaomi executives caught preparing Redmi 10X promo material on Apple MacBook Pro
Xiaomi executives Lu Weibing and Wang Teng Thomas have revealed that they have been using an Apple MacBook Pro to go over marketing material for the upcoming Redmi 10X smartphone. It seems the Xiaomi RedmiBook Pro laptop just doesn’t cut the mustard when it comes to this kind of work.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 laptop series receives Intel Comet Lake refresh but still no room for AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs
Dell has been updating some of its country-specific online stores with refreshed Inspiron 15 7000 series laptops. The Dell Inspiron 15 7501 has attractive configuration options that include Intel Comet Lake SoCs and Nvidia GeForce GTX 16-series dGPUs. However, those hoping to find an AMD Ryzen 4000 APU in this particular laptop will be disappointed.
Sony wants the PS5 reveal event to showcase games actually running on the next-gen console and don't expect to know the PlayStation 5's price before August
It seems that Sony would prefer more third-party game developers to showcase their upcoming titles for the PS5 on the next-gen console itself rather than relying on PC footage that will later be “optimized”. Those wanting to know how much the PlayStation 5 will cost are going to have to wait longer to find out, possibly even up to August.
Latest AMD Ryzen 4000 laptops now available from Dell: New Inspiron 14 7000 2-in-1 - lower prices but still less power than the Intel alternatives
The latest device from Dell to feature new AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs is the Inspiron 14 7000 2-in-1 laptop. The convertible can be configured with either a Ryzen 5 4500U or Ryzen 7 4700U processor. Although the prices for the Ryzen 4000 laptops are lower, the more-expensive 13-inch Intel variants offer more RAM and more powerful batteries.
Redmi Note 8 Pro devices could start receiving MIUI 12 in July while Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T users will likely have to wait until at least August
It has been reported that Redmi Note 8 smartphones will be receiving the MIUI 12 software update within the next few months. According to a well-known tipster, the Redmi Note 8 Pro could receive MIUI 12 by July with the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T getting the update shortly afterwards, most likely in August.
Xiaomi Amazfit Ares rugged smartwatch unboxed in real-life photos - 70 sport modes and 14-day battery life for 499 yuan (US$70)
Xiaomi and Huami have announced the Amazfit Ares smartwatch, and it has already been fully revealed in a serious of real-life unboxed photos. The rugged-looking wearable has a 1.28-inch color touchscreen and weighs just 48 g. The price tag for the Amazfit Ares on the Chinese market is 499 yuan (US$70), with sales scheduled to start on June 1.
Redmi AirDots S TWS earbuds or Redmi Soundbar 2.0 most likely candidates as Xiaomi hints at new audio product for Indian market
Redmi India has been teasing a wireless personal audio product that will soon be launching on the Indian market. Fans of the brand have been guessing what the device could be, with Redmi AirDots S TWS earbuds and the Redmi Soundbar 2.0 leading the charge as popular choices. Xiaomi recently released the Redmi AirDots S TWS in China for 99 yuan (US$14).
PS5 news: Metal Gear title could be in the works; upcoming game lineup will be "compelling"; musical chairs for possible PlayStation 5 reveal
Metal Gear could be coming to the PlayStation 5 according to some detective work posted on Reddit recently. The Sony Corporate Strategy Meeting revealed little but promised a “compelling” PS5 game lineup, and the console reveal date continues its game of musical chairs as the popular June 4 prediction becomes less likely.
AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir laptop APUs take Intel to the cleaners on PassMark by occupying seven out of the top 10 places in CPU Mark chart
PassMark has updated its CPU Mark performance chart for new laptop processors and AMD has claimed seven out of the top 10 places with APUs from the highly regarded Ryzen 4000 Renoir family. The top four positions are also owned by Team Red, with the Ryzen 9 4900HS and Ryzen 7 4800H mobile APUs leading the board.
Epic has given away over US$2,000 worth of free games since 2018 but fortunately has now made more than US$1 billion with Fortnite mobile
A report has estimated that the Epic Games Store has given out more than US$2,000 worth of free games to subscribers since December 2018. Over 100 titles have been offered gratis, with GTA V being the latest. Fortunately for Epic, the company can subsidize this loss with the US$1 billion made by the mobile version of Fortnite alone.
MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC in Redmi 10X smartphone benches like a champion on AnTuTu and leaves the Snapdragon 765G in the dust
The upcoming Redmi 10X with a brand-new MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC has been delivering some astonishing benchmark scores on AnTuTu. The midrange chip managed a class-leading performance with the aid of its four Cortex-A76 @2.6 GHz cores and four Cortex-A55 @2.0 GHz cores. The Dimensity 820 has also shone in various benchmarks against the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G.
GPD Win Max crowdfunding goes insanely gangbusters by raking in over 3,000% of its flexible goal within hours of starting
Crowdfunding for the GPD Win Max handheld game console has started on Indiegogo and the campaign has already managed over 3,000% of its flexible goal in less than a day. The powerful mini laptop is capable of playing AAA games and features a built-in Xbox 360 controller, an Ice Lake i5-1035G7 processor, and it has a Thunderbolt 3 port.
Hot Microsoft Surface deals: Up to US$400 off the Surface Pro 6 and save up to US$360.99 on a Surface Laptop 3 bundle or US$330 on a Surface Pro 7 bundle
There are some great Microsoft Surface device deals to be had at the moment, especially if you are in the hunt for either a Surface Pro or Surface Laptop. There is up to US$400 off the Surface Pro 6, and you can save well over US$300 on some bundle deals, such as the Surface Laptop 3 Essentials Bundle with Microsoft 365 and 2-year extended warranty.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 gets certified while price and release date rumors surface; cheaper Mi Band 4C to be launched soon
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 has now been certified by the Taiwan National Communications Commission, and there are new rumors arising in regard to the upcoming wearable’s potential price and release date. The Xiaomi Mi Band 4C is also apparently almost ready for market; the rebranded Redmi Band is expected to be cheaper than the Mi Band 4.
Apple is the highest-ranked tech company in latest Forbes Global 2000 list while Xiaomi celebrates a rise through the ranks
Forbes has just released its Global 2000 annual ranking list for the top public companies in the world. Apple is the highest-ranked tech company, residing in a very respectable ninth position. Meanwhile, Xiaomi has celebrated moving upwards through the ranks by 42 places from last year to reach 384th position in 2020.
Benchmarked MediaTek Dimensity 820 in upcoming Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro doesn't stop for the Snapdragon 765G and snaps at the heels of the Kirin 980
A likely MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC has been spotted on Geekbench in what are believed to be the upcoming Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro smartphones. The midrange processor scored highly enough to easily surpass the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G we have tested and even managed to close in on the aging high-end HiSilicon Kirin 980.
Civilization VI and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection rumored to be the next in line free games on the Epic Games Store
A supposed leak has revealed that Civilization VI and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection will be the next free games offered on the Epic Games Store. Ark: Survival Evolved is also mentioned as an upcoming freebie from the popular site. Epic has recently offered up Grand Theft Auto V to gamers completely free of charge.
Update: Civilization VI has been revealed as the latest free game.
Alleged PS5 DualSense controller prices leaked but gamers might prefer this fan-made concept controller that could transform gameplay on the PlayStation 5
The supposed US, Canadian, European, and British price tags for the PS5 DualSense controller have been leaked. Apparently, the crucial PlayStation 5 accessory will be made available for purchase from November 20 onwards. However, some fans may be more interested in a transforming concept version of the well-received controller.
Xiaomi smartphones that have Android 10: Current list - closed beta version available for the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro
A useful list of all Xiaomi smartphones that currently have Android 10 has been made available. The list includes devices from the new Xiaomi Mi 10 series and from the popular Redmi K30 lineup and Redmi Note family. Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro owners can get in on the act if they are content with a closed beta version.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 specs and images revealed - Lu Weibing's "super performance, unexpected" cheap 5G smartphone with MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC
Specifications and images of the upcoming Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 smartphone have been released. It appears the hopefully affordable 5G smartphone will be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC and will feature a 6.57-inch OLED display. The Redmi 10 has even seemingly managed to leave the normally loquacious Xiaomi executive Lu Weibing almost at a loss for words.
The Amazfit Ares sporty smartwatch from Huami will be launched on May 19
Huami has been teasing a new product on the Chinese social network Weibo in the form of a sporty smartwatch. The somewhat rugged-looking Amazfit Ares is scheduled to be launched on May 19 and offers a host of features for smartwatch users, such as dozens of sport modes and a specialist fitness tracker.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2020 or Mi 10S Pro to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and 144 MP camera
Some more rumored information about a potential Xiaomi Mi Mix 2020 smartphone has been shared online. It seems the device could be fitted with Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 865 SoC and boast of a 144 MP main camera. However, it has also been speculated that this high-end flagship from Xiaomi could end up being the Mi 10S Pro.
PS5 vs Xbox noise grows as Tim Sweeney coos over the "best in any platform" SSD and Lisa Su spills some sauce over RDNA2 in action on the PlayStation 5 tech demo
Both Tim Sweeney and Lisa Su have been praising the PlayStation 5 lately, with the former expressing his positive opinion of the next-gen console’s SSD while the latter, understandably, wanted to mention the presence of AMD’s RDNA2 GPU architecture. Sweeney commented that the PS5’s SSD is “not only the best in class in consoles but the best in any platform.”
PS5 news: Something important is coming to PlayStation; no COVID-19 delay for the console or games; Sony CFO cautious about PlayStation 5 sales
A tweet from GameStop Italia has PlayStation fans wondering if a next-gen console reveal is on the cards. Apparently, the COVID-19 pandemic has not adversely affected production plans in regard to both the PlayStation 5 and games. A Sony executive has been offering up cautious words about potential PS5 success and sales.
PS5 scheduled for release in October according to job listing but Sony says it's an error
An advert on a Japanese website has stated that the PlayStation 5 is scheduled for release in October 2020. The job listing is for a role within SIE’s materials department and would see the successful applicant undoubtedly working with the PS5. However, Sony has stated that the published launch date is a mistake.
Upcoming Redmi Display should be even cheaper than the Xiaomi Mi Display 1A external monitor; both companies have new monitor ranges planned
It has been reported that both Xiaomi and Redmi are working on new monitors. A planned 23.8-inch Redmi Display is expected to be even cheaper than the new Xiaomi Mi Display 1A external monitor. Xiaomi’s upcoming range will include gaming and 4K displays, which apparently includes a potential 29.5-inch 4K monitor.
AMD Ryzen 7 Extreme Edition Renoir APU turns up on 3DMark - could be for a future Microsoft Surface device
An AMD Ryzen 7 Extreme Edition APU has been spotted on 3DMark revealing some of its secrets. The chip appears to have a base clock of 1.8 GHz and is an 8-core part that can utilize 16 threads. It has been speculated that the Ryzen 7 Extreme Edition could eventually find its way into a future Microsoft Surface device.
Supposed PS5 premium and basic starter pack SSD storage sizes and prices revealed in new PlayStation 5 hearsay
A currently unproven rumor on social media has claimed that there will be two starter pack variants of the PlayStation 5, with a premium pack offering a larger capacity SSD than the basic console pack. The same post also includes prices for the two PS5 options, at €499 (US$540) for the basic choice and €599 (US$648) for the premium package.
New hope for a Mi Mix 4 as details start emerging of two upcoming Xiaomi flagship smartphones
It seems possible that Xiaomi could be working on flagship smartphones for a potential Mi Mix 4 series, or at least devices with the Mi Mix moniker. Scant details have been offered by a well-known leaker on Weibo, however, there is mention of a 120 Hz refresh rate for the display which has often been rumored for a Xiaomi Mi Mix 4.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Analyst's price prediction for Microsoft's next-gen console could spell doom for the PlayStation 5
A price prediction from a noted gaming analyst for the Microsoft Xbox Series X next-gen console could seriously upset the cart for Sony and its PlayStation 5 if it ends up being accurate. While many have guessed at a price of US$500-US$600 for the Xbox Series X, this could be drastically lower if Microsoft decides to undercut the PS5.
Xiaomi Midian Zero-blu-ray Bedside Sleep Aid Lamp is a sight for sore eyes as it banishes blue-light badness
Xiaomi is renowned for being innovative and now the Chinese OEM is claiming a world’s first with the Midian Zero-blu-ray Bedside Sleep Aid Lamp. The device, which is currently going through a crowdfunding campaign, is apparently the world’s first zero blue light bedside lamp. The retail price for the eye-saving light is 329 yuan (US$47).
Upcoming Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 with AMD Ryzen 7 4800U returns to Fire Strike and cranks out an even better Physics Score that finishes off the Intel Core i7-10750H
The AMD Ryzen 7 4800U mobile APU has appeared on 3DMark’s Fire Strike benchmark once again, seemingly as the key component of the upcoming Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 laptop. The Ryzen 4000 chip amassed a huge 19,204 points in the Physics Score, putting it way beyond the Comet Lake Intel Core i7-10750H rival.
Real 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 4700G Renoir desktop APU pops up alongside a Radeon RX 5700 XT on Ashes of the Singularity benchmark
The appearance of the AMD Ryzen 7 4700G with Radeon Graphics on the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark has confirmed at least one of the expected upcoming Renoir desktop APUs from Team Red. The Ryzen 4000 desktop part revealed that it has 8 cores and 16 threads and was benchmarked alongside a Radeon RX 5700 XT.
Notorious PlayStation 5 commentator runs riot with unsourced date and game-related rumors for the PS5 console
Official news about the PlayStation 5 has been reasonably quiet recently, although the eagerly awaited Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has been confirmed for the next-gen console. However, a notorious PS5 commentator has been hitting the headlines with unsourced claims about the console’s design reveal date, launch date, and boost mode-capable games.
Xiaomi will soon be launching new Ryzen 4000 laptops with the RedmiBook 13, RedmiBook 14S, and RedmiBook 16
A tipster has reported that Xiaomi will be launching three new RedmiBook laptops featuring Ryzen 4000 APUs at some point later this month. The RedmiBook 13, RedmiBook 14S, and RedmiBook 16 will come with Ryzen 5 processors, with speculation settling on the probable selection of the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U as the APU of choice.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H in a Huawei laptop: Ryzen 4000 Honor MagicBook Pro could be in the works
It seems Huawei could be planning on refreshing its laptops with Ryzen 4000 mobile APUs. The impressive AMD Ryzen 7 4800H has been specifically mentioned in connection with the Chinese OEM, which is known for offering decent AMD-powered devices with its Honor MagicBook line. An Honor MagicBook Pro powered by the Ryzen 7 4800H would be an attractive prospect.
Galaxy A, Redmi Note 8, and iPhone 11 lineups help Samsung, Xiaomi, and Apple fill all of the global top 10 smartphone share spots for Q1 2020
Canalys has tweeted a graph showing the global top 10 smartphones in Q1 2020 and all of the positions are taken up by devices from just three OEMs: Apple, Xiaomi, and Samsung. The big winner for the quarter was the iPhone 11 with over 18 million units shipped. There were strong figures for the Redmi Note 8 & 8T and the Galaxy A51 too.
Exorbitant Xiaomi Mi 10 price tags for the Indian market lead smartphone users into taking a closer look at the OnePlus 8 Pro
The prices for Xiaomi Mi 10 smartphones for the Indian market have been revealed and have shocked fans expecting something more affordable. For example, the Xiaomi Mi 10 with 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage will cost ₹49,999 (US$662). This has led to many comments that smartphone users will be considering a OnePlus 8 Pro purchase instead.