Alex Alderson (News Editor)
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.
Comparing the A14 Bionic to a 15-inch MacBook Pro's 6 core CPU is meaningless, and here's why
The move to 5 nm for the A14 Bionic could offer the next iPhones a huge step up in performance compared to their predecessors and their Android competitors. However, there is little comparability between it and a 15-inch MacBook Pro, as we shall discuss below.
New DualShock 5 speculation amid latest PlayStation 5 rumours
Three new rumours have appeared about the PlayStation 5, of which two are verifiable. Apparently, the DualShock 5 will not only have context-adaptive triggers but will also be backwards compatible with the PS4. The DualShock 4 will supposedly be forwards compatible with the PlayStation 5, which would probably make more sense.
LG surprises fans with its latest V50 ThinQ update
LG may still be rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the LG G6, but the company has already started moving the V50 ThinQ onto Android 10. Better yet, the South Korean company has done so ahead of schedule. Shocked? So are we.
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 may get Android 10 "by February"
The wait goes on for the Pocophone F1. The device is the last in Xiaomi's Snapdragon 845 arsenal to receive Android 10 builds of MIUI 11, and the company has been cagey about when the device will see Google's latest OS too. However, now a representative has tentatively set a date, and it might not be another month, at least.
AMD RDNA 2: New rumors allege 50% better performance than RDNA 1 with no added power consumption
If you thought that 2019 was good for graphics cards and gamers, then think again. 2020 is already shaping up to be even better than last year, with not only new consoles and RTX 3000 around the corner, but also RDNA 2. AMD's next GPU architecture will sport huge improvements over the likes of the RX 5700 series, while the work that has gone into may help the PlayStation 5 too.
Nope, this is another fake Xiaomi Mi 10 leak
The latest "leak" doing the rounds about the Xiaomi Mi 10 certainly paints the picture of an exquisite-looking device, but is it real? Despite calls to the contrary, one respected leaker of Xiaomi hardware says no. We are digging the Mi Mix Alpha vibes, though.
Do not discount the Pixel 4a XL yet: Probable new Pixel codenames appear in AOSP repository
A Pixel 4a XL may still be in the works, according to XDA Developers. The website claims to have spotted three new codenames in an AOSP repository, which may point to two new devices and potentially a development board.
NVIDIA responds to the RX 5600 XT; price cuts imcoming
Is NVIDIA worried about AMD's RX product stack? Well, its latest round of price cuts would suggest so. The company has unexpectedly dropped the RTX 2060 Founders Edition from US$349, conveniently just ahead of the release of the RX 5600 XT.
LG repudiates G9 ThinQ renders
Few OEMs get involved in the work of leakers, but then LG is not just any Android OEM. The company that seems perennially behind the curve has also denounced the work on OnLeaks, specifically, his recent LG G9 ThinQ renders. This is not the first time that Ken Hong, Head of Global Corporate Communications at the company, has done so, either.
A modder has crossed Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and a GameCube WaveBird controller with amazing results
Ever fancied a wireless and a detachable set of GameCube controllers for the Nintendo Switch? Well, one modder did and they have posted their results online. An incredible amount of attention to detail has been paid to creating the GameCube Joy-Cons, with the results being an exquisite blend of the original GameCube controller and Joy-Cons.
Apple iPhone 12: 2020 iPhones to feature overhauled Face ID, ToF cameras and 6 GB of RAM
Rumours are currently floating about that Apple plans to upgrade several areas of this year's iPhones. Apparently, the iPhone 12 series will feature revamped a TrueDepth system for improved Face ID, a ToF camera and 6 GB of RAM. All necessary upgrades? How about no Lightning connector come 2021?
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro in Twilight Orange appears online, as does a dismaying update
Xiaomi only announced last week that it would be releasing a new colour variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, but people have already started posting hands-on pictures of their new devices. Twilight Orange comes with 128 GB of storage and 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM, but its release has not coincided with anything new software-wise. Instead, the move to Android 10 appears to be on hold, as Xiaomi has issued an iterative update for the device.
Huawei P40 Pro comes into view with latest renders
The P40 Pro is set to arrive in March, and possibly in five colours. The device will sport a quad-curved display, six cameras and probably 5G connectivity too. A 52 MP main rear-facing camera has been touted among other camera hardware, too.
The Xiaomi Black Shark 3 looks set to receive a next-generation display too
So, the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 will not only have 5G capabilities and 16 GB of RAM, but also a 120 Hz and 2K display? Well, that is the latest rumor about the Chinese company's next gaming smartphone, at any rate. Would 120 Hz and 2K gaming be enough to tempt you to pick up the Black Shark 3, though?
Sony confirms the arrival of new smartphones ahead of next month's conference
2020 could be a pivotal year for Sony's smartphone business, with sales having tanked over the last few years. The company is due to unveil multiple handsets this year and MWC 2020 is when we will see some of its new roster according to press invites.
The internet has been having fun with the PlayStation 5 logo
CES 2020 marked the arrival of the PlayStation 5, in logo form at least. Unsurprisingly, it looks like the one that the company used for the PS4, and the internet has reacted in particularly humourus fashion.
The P40 series is likely to be another miss for Huawei
Remember Huawei? You know, the company that released the Mate 30 Pro, the best phone that MKBHD would never recommend? Well, it is not done yet despite the lack of Google services, and the P40 series is its next set of flagships. New renders of the P40 make it look more practical than the Mate 30 Pro, but will anyone actually buy it?
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite starts the new year with an underwhelming MIUI 11 update
The Mi 8 Lite was one of the first devices that Xiaomi updated to MIUI 11 last year, with it being in the first phase of its release schedule. While most devices in Phase 1 have since received Android 10, the Mi 8 Lite remained on the older base of Android 9.0 Pie. A recently released Android 10 beta build hinted at that changing, but a new stable build may leave people feeling underwhelmed.
High-end AMD Navi GPUs appear in new trademark filing
Excited by the prospect of a high-end Navi GPU or two? Well, AMD's partners are seemingly prepping themselves for some new product releases too, with one filing trademarks for four unreleased Navi SKUs at the EEC. We discuss whether this new finding means anything or not, as the case may be.
Xiaomi falls short of expectations with confirmation of Android 10 for the Mi A3
A crisis of its own making? Last year, Xiaomi had promised that the Mi A3 would be one of the first devices in the world to receive Android 10, but even its predecessor has been graced by Google's latest OS before it has. There has at least been confirmation of when the Mi A3 will receive Android 10 now, but the date has left a sour taste in some people's mouths.
Apple iPhone SE 2: New rumour throws upcoming US$399 "budget" smartphone into doubt
If you were underwhelmed by the renders of the iPhone SE 2, then a new rumour doing the rounds may whet your appetite. How about a device the size of an iPhone 8 but with a 5.4-inch screen and Face ID, instead? Such a design would certainly look more modern than what we have seen of the iPhone SE 2 until now, at any rate.
The Pocophone F1's next update will probably contain Android 10
It has been over two months since Xiaomi last updated the Pocophone F1, with the device rocking the October 2019 Android security patch. While some people are rightfully dismayed by the lack of updates for the handsets, the next update for the Pocophone F1 looks likely to bring it onto Android 10.
Samsung extends Galaxy Note 9 One UI 2.0 rollout
The One UI 2.0 rollout for the Note 9 is well underway, with the Android 10 update slowly making its way around the world. The update is likely the last that the Note 9 will receive besides security patch updates.
Galaxy S9 receives another One UI 2.0 beta update
Samsung only just rolled out a fifth One UI 2.0 beta update to the Galaxy S9, but the company has already pressed ahead onto a sixth. The new update contains a host of fixes in what may be a final push before releasing stable One UI 2.0 updates to its former flagships.
LG is yet to finish rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the LG G6
It has been almost two years since LG opened a Software Upgrade Center to speed up the release of software upgrades. However, the South Korean company has still yet to finish bringing the LG G6 onto Android 9.0 Pie, with some people rightfully questioning whether their handset will forever remain stuck on Android Oreo, instead.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE picks up a surprising MIUI 11 update
The Mi 8 SE is seemingly one lucky smartphone. The device received MIUI 11 last year after not initially making the cut, a new update suggests it is on the verge of receiving Android 10 too.
The Galaxy S20 and S20+ are "worth looking forward to", apparently
The Russian blue cat has gone into overdrive lately about Samsung's next flagships, originally thought to be called the Galaxy S11 series. Apparently renamed the Galaxy S20 series, the top leaker has extolled another reason why we should be looking forward to the S20 and S20+.
NVIDIA may have brought forward the release of consumer Ampere GPUs
Ampere GPUs may be back on track for a Q1 2020 release, according to current rumours. Previously slated to arrive in 2H 2020, the likes of the RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti could arrive as soon as March.
New leak gives rise to the possibility of a 256 MP Xiaomi smartphone being a reality
There has been a lot of talk lately about 108 MP cameras in smartphones, but could Xiaomi have something even bigger planned? Well, that is the subject of a new leak, with a Xiaomi device having been spotted sported a monster camera sensor.
Do not be fooled by the latest round of fake Xiaomi Mi 10 leaks
The Xiaomi Mi 10 will be one of the hottest flagships of 2020, but we are willing to bet good money that it will not look like the latest round of leaks. Another leak may offer an insight into the capabilities of its SoC and GPU, though.
Lenovo IdeaPad S145-15API: AMD's Athlon 300U APU offers more performance than Intel's low cost offerings
The Lenovo IdeaPad S145-15API scores with its fast SSD, quiet fan and low temperatures. Its display and battery life are weak points, in our opinion. Its AMD Athlon 300U APU outshines Intel's alternatives too.
Lenovo IdeaPad S145-15API Laptop Review: An affordable office laptop with an AMD Athlon APU
Lenovo's 15.6-incher scores with its fast SSD, quiet fan and low temperatures. Its display and battery life are weak points, in our opinion. The laptop will not burn much of a hole in your pocket at around 300 Euros (~$334), though.
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE owners awake to another ludicrous MIUI 11 update
While we have previously argued that Xiaomi's approach to MIUI 11 is disingenuous, its latest round of updates for the Mi 9 SE borders on the farcical. While the wait for Android 10 goes on for most Mi 9 SE owners, some have already started receiving the latest version of Android on their handsets. Only a few mind you, and some may have not even realised it.
Pokémon Sword and Shield news: Game Freak to introduce 200+ Pokémon and two new locations with paid DLC
The Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass will comprise of The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, which will bring over 200 Pokémon to the games. The catch? It will set you back US$29.99.
What would you like to see in MIUI 12?
Xiaomi is yet to finish rolling out MIUI 11, but it has already started hyping up the next version of its OS. MIUI 12 is expected to arrive in Q3 2020 if the release of MIUI 11 is anything to go by, but Xiaomi is coy on the details for the time being. What would you like to see Xiaomi integrate within MIUI 12?
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 nets a larger touchscreen and global NFC functionality
The Xiaomi Mi Band range is getting another a cost-effective fitness tracker, and one that features a larger touchscreen than its predecessor. The Mi Band 5 will apparently support NFC globally too, and will launch later this year for as little as US$26.
Game Freak announces Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
Showcased today at Pokémon Direct, Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a remake of the Game Boy Advance and DS Mystery Dungeon games released between 2005 and 2008. Rescue Team DX will arrive on March 6, while a free demo is available to play now.
"Unique elements" about the PlayStation 5 leak out
The PlayStation 5 is already slated to be more powerful and have considerably faster loading times than its predecessor, but a new leak points towards the console featuring other hardware that will distinguish it from its rivals. A November 20 release and US$399 price tag have been bandied around too.
Intel Xe DG1 unveiled: A 75 W GPU with 96 execution units?
Intel shied away from revealing too much about the Xe DG1 earlier this week, but a leaked set of renders and pictures have lifted the lid on the company's upcoming GPU. Sporting a smart metal design, the DG1 will likely turn heads.
Xiaomi moves the Mi 8 onto Android 10
Xiaomi is screaming ahead with bringing Android 10 to its devices, having upgraded many to Android 9.0 Pie builds of MIUI 11 last year. The Mi 8 has now received Android 10 too, with the latest update for the device addressing a host of issues too. Update: Xiaomi has now released an Android 10-based version of V184.108.40.206 to Mi 8 too.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro grabs Android 10 update and an eye-catching new colour variant
Xiaomi is not only rolling out Android 10 to the Redmi Note 8 Pro, but the device is also receiving a fresh look. The former is available to download now, while the latter will arrive tomorrow with 128 GB of storage and 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM.
Apple iPhone SE 2: Renders of Apple's upcoming US$399 "budget" smartphone confirm iPhone 8 design
Have you been waiting for Apple to release another compact iPhone? Well, the dreams and rumours of an iPhone SE 2 have taken a step closer to reality with the publication of OnLeaks renders, an occasion that is typically a sign of a device's impending arrival. While we have moved into a new decade, the iPhone SE 2 remains rooted in the design of 2015 and 2016.
OnePlus shamelessly teases the OnePlus 8 Lite
OnePlus has seemingly teased the OnePlus 8 Lite, its rumoured next budget handset. Spotted during a talk show hosted in China, the design of a dummy version of the device matches the renders that OnLeaks and 91Mobiles published last year. The OnePlus 8 Lite is rumoured to feature a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and a Snapdragon 765G SoC among other hardware.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 finds its way onto Android 10
Xiaomi left the Mi Mix 3 on Android 9.0 Pie last year, despite upgrading it to MIUI 11 in October. While Android 10 has found its way onto the device now, there are some quirks.
The Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact, XZ2 Premium and XZ3 join the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 on Android 10
Sony may have abandoned the XZ1 series, but it has delivered on its promise to bring Android 10 to more of its recent devices. The Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact, XZ2 Premium and XZ3 now all join the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 on Android 10, with the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus likely following suit before the end of this quarter.
Oxygen OS 10.3.0 breaks notch-hiding feature for the OnePlus 6 and 6T, but there is a workaround
Oxygen OS 10.3.0 addressed multiple issues for the OnePlus 6 and 6T, but it also broke the notch hiding feature that had been present in Android 9.0 Pie builds. While OnePlus is yet to fix the problem, there is a workaround that may do the trick.
Top leaker outs the Xperia 5 Plus, Sony's next flagship smartphone
CES 2020 remains underway, but that has not stopped OnLeaks from leaking Sony's next flagship smartphone. Potentially called the Xperia 5 Plus, referred to as the Xperia 5.1 in previous rumours, features a 6.6-inch OLED display that retains the 21:9 aspect ratio of last year's Xperia 5. The Xperia 5 Plus looks like a svelte flagship in our opinion, but what do you think?
The Xiaomi Redmi K20 & Mi 9T snag Android 10 update
Have you been waiting for Android 10 to reach your Redmi K20 or Mi 9T? Well, the wait is over, as a new MIUI 11 build based on Android 10 has started rolling out globally. The 2.2 GB build brings other fixes and changes to both handsets too.
iPad Pro 2020: Renders give a glimpse of two Q1 2020-bound tablets
It has been a while since Apple released a new iPad Pro series, with the Cupertino-based company unveiling its third-generation models in October 2018. It seems that Apple is sticking with its 15-month refresh cycle though, and @OnLeaks is on hand with some detailed renders of this year's editions.
First bezel-less Sony Xperia smartphone with a punch-hole display possibly arriving next month
There have already been rumours about Sony's next Xperia handsets, which are due to start arriving as early as next month at MWC 2020. We may have been given a glimpse at the design of some Sony next Xperia smartphones courtesy of LetsGoDigital and a recent patent published on the WIPO Global Design Database too.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019): A budget tablet that disappoints in many ways
Our recent review of the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) revealed some weak points about Samsung's latest budget tablet. In particular, the performance of its SoC is not up to scratch and holds back the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) in daily use.
Lenovo upgrades the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad X1 Yoga to Comet Lake processors
A new year and a new ThinkPad X1 lineup. Lenovo has given the X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga a Comet Lake U refresh, along with other treats for display and keyboard fans too. The X1 Carbon Gen 8 and X1 Yoga Gen 5 will be available worldwide from US$1,499 and US$1,599.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) Tablet Review: A budget Samsung tablet with great deficiencies
The Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) is a compact Android tablet in the entry-level price segment. However, its affordable pricing means that Samsung has had to make some compromises. You can find out which these are in our review of the Galaxy Tab A 8.0.
Xiaomi executive hints at "more from Poco" next year
Are you still hoping for a successor to the Pocophone F1? Well, one may be arriving sooner rather than later, according to one Xiaomi executive. 2020 may be the year of Poco, after all.
XONE 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Dock Hands-On Review
AirPower on the cheap. Ocean Digital is looking to do with the XONE what Apple failed to do with the AirPower. But how does the Chinese company's 3-in-1 wireless charger shape up? The XONE comes with modular accessories too, but there are some trade-offs. The 3-in-1 wireless charger is available to order on Kickstarter now from US$49.
EA brings the legendary Wake Island to Battlefield V
Stuck for what to do this Christmas? How about playing the classic Wake Island, but reimagined for Battlefield V? The map is twice the size of the one from the days of Battlefield 1942, and rounds of Chapter 5: War in the Pacific.
Android 10 nears for the Xiaomi Pocophone F1
The Pocophone F1 received MIUI 11 in October, but remains stuck on Android 9.0 Pie builds of Xiaomi's OS. While some people are seemingly getting more frustrated at the time it has taken for Xiaomi to bring Android 10 to its former flagship, it seems that the OS upgrade is nearing a stable release.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio - An expensive take on the RTX 2080 Ti
The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio is more than just a mouthful. The TU102-powered card comes factory overclocked, with three axial fans and takes up three PCIe slots. MSI may have a hard time selling it though, as its US$1,250 price tag may have people looking at cheaper RTX 2080 Ti alternatives.
High-End Smartphone Camera Comparison: DxOMark for smartphones is just not relevant for everyday life
We analyze the camera quality of the current smartphone elite. The Google Pixel 4, Huawei Mate 30 Pro, OnePlus 7T Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ are all fantastic smartphones, as is the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 with its 108 MP primary rear-facing camera. Read on to discover the differences in camera quality between these five smartphones in this extensive camera comparison.
The Redmi K20 and K20 Pro receive a surprising update
Unable to stream Amazon Prime in HD since their release earlier this year, the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro are no longer stuck in the mire of standard definition. While Xiaomi stated in October that it was working to address the issue, it seems that the fault may have lay at Amazon's door instead.
Disappointed by the Redmi K30? Well, the K30 Pro does not look much better
Were you disappointed by the Redmi K30? Well, if you were after a more powerful SoC and more RAM, then the K30 Pro will probably do nicely for you. However, if you were holding out for a better screen or improved cameras, then the awaited successor to the K20 Pro may leave you feeling underwhelmed.
Android 10 edges nearer for the Samsung Galaxy S9 as One UI 2.0 enters its third beta
The new build, which contains the January 1, 2020, security patch, brings Android 10 one step closer for Samsung's soon to be two-generations old flagship. The third One UI 2.0 beta should be rolling out to enrolled handsets globally within the next few days.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio Desktop GPU Review: The fastest GeForce graphics card around
The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti continues to sit atop of NVIDIA's RTX 20 product stack, despite the company already having given the rest of the series a facelift. We put the RTX 2080 Ti through its paces in this MSI form to see how the card performs and how it compares against other high-end GPUs.
The OnePlus 6 and 6T receive display notch hiding feature and other fixes in latest stable and beta builds
OnePlus took its time on finalising the Android 10 update for the OnePlus 6 and 6T, having pulled the initial Oxygen OS 10 build for both handsets because of various bugs. However, the company has now raced ahead with issuing a fresh stable build for the two devices just a day after announcing a new Open Beta. Both builds bring the OnePlus 6 and 6T up to the November security patch and add a notch hiding feature, among other changes. While OnePlus stresses that the rollout of the stable build, Oxygen OS 10.3.0, will be gradual, Open Beta 3 is available to download now.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: The forgotten and imperfect flagship
One of Huawei's primary aims with the Mate 30 Pro is to revolutionise videography among smartphones. While the largest camera sensor in any smartphone may help the Mate 30 Pro achieve this, Huawei's latest flagship may not be the best choice for most people. We are not even talking about the absence of Google Play Services, either.
Gigabyte confirms that the RX 5600 XT is still on the cards
The Radeon RX 5500 XT may have just arrived, but do not forget that AMD is unleashing another mid-range in a few months. Expected to rear its head at CES next month, little is currently known about the RX 5600 XT, but Gigabyte has already confirmed its existence.
Sony WH-1000XM4: Mediatek based and a June 2020 release for Sony's next wireless noise-cancelling headphones?
Have you been undecided about which pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones to buy this Christmas? While the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 and the Sony WH-1000XM3 are currently some of the most options on the market, it appears that Sony has another top-tier pair of WH-1000XM headphones in the works. The WH-1000XM4 are expected to arrive at CES 2020, although we would not rule out a June 2020 release date yet, either.
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite could be Samsung's new midrange colossus, as official photos appear online
Roland Quandt of WinFuture has all but confirmed the existence of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite, having published a slew of marketing pictures of the device. They confirm that Samsung has taken inspiration from the Galaxy S10e in designing the Note 10 Lite, with a pinch of the existing Note 10 series thrown in too. Elements of the Note 10 Lite may also point to how the Galaxy S11 series will look, which is due early next year.
Updates galore: Huawei updates 16 new devices to EMUI 10
Huawei is bringing Android 10 to a multitude of new devices in the latest phase of its EMUI 10 roll out. The list of eligible devices extends beyond recent flagships too.
Niantic overhauls buddy system in Pokémon Go, adds multiplayer AR too
Pokémon Go is heading into its fourth year with an overhaul of its buddy system. New updates for Android and iOS versions of the game introduce multiplayer AR too, among other changes and fixes.
Huawei confirms details about "unprecedented" P40 and P40 Pro
Huawei has gone on the charm offensive with members of the French press, having invited them to interview Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, in Shenzhen. Yu confirmed multiple details about the P40 series, in what seemed like a wide-ranging Q&A about Huawei's next flagships.
No Android 10 or Widevine DRM fix for the Redmi Note 8 Pro this year, Xiaomi confirms
The Redmi Note 8 Pro may have been spotted running Android 10 builds of MIUI 11 several times now, but a stable version may still be a way off. A fix for the European variant's Widevine DRM L1 certification will not arrive before next year either, according to Xiaomi Indonesia General Manager, Alvin Tse.
The Xiaomi Mi A3, Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite edge towards Android 10 update
What do the Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite and Mi A3 all have in common? Well, they are Xiaomi's only handsets to be receiving new Android One updates, meaning that they are free from the sham that is the rollout of MIUI 11. They are also in line for being upgraded to Android 10, with Xiaomi hinting at when the three devices shall receive it too.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro Smartphone Review: A strong smartphone even without Google
With the Mate 30 Pro, Huawei is focusing on videography for the first time and has not only given its high-end smartphone the latest Kirin SoC but also a second 40 MP sensor for ultra-wide-angle photos and video recordings. Additionally, the Chinese company has stuffed all the cutting-edge technology into this smartphone, or at least that which it can get hold of, anyway.
Update: Wi-Fi test with new reference router added
PewDiePie deletes Twitter account, responds to claims that he is QUITTING YouTube
PewDiePie's levels of popularity have reached insane levels. Even national broadcasters have reported on him "taking a break" from YouTube next year, likely profiteering on his popularity. In response, PewDiePie has deleted his Twitter account.
Razer opens its first brick and mortar store in Europe
Razer has opened its first shop in Europe, giving fans the chance to experience all its laptops, peripherals and clothing in one place. Located in London's West End, the store covers over 3,700 square feet split across two floors. The store not only showcases the company's products, but also gives gamers the chance to play games like Fortnite to their heart's content.
Leakers claim that Huawei is including everything but the kitchen sink in the P40 and P40 Pro
Seven cameras, a graphene 5,500 mAh battery, 50 W charging, along with a 98% screen-to-body ratio and 120 Hz capable 6.5-inch display? Those are just some of the Huawei P40 series supposed specs, according to two prominent leakers. Hyperbole, or the makings of a flagship to rule 2020?
Android 10 arrives on the Xiaomi Redmi K20 & Mi 9T
The Redmi K20 may have now been superseded by the Redmi K30, but the former remains at the pinnacle of Xiaomi's software plans. Released in June on MIUI 10, the handset has started receiving Android 10 builds of MIUI 11 in China. A global upgrade to Google's latest OS likely in tow too.
AVM Fritz! WLAN Repeater 600, 1200, 1750E, 2000 and 3000 Review
With the Fritz! WLAN Repeater family, AVM offers a range of small devices for quickly and easily extending the range of Wi-Fi networks. In this review, we shall consider the four new repeaters and one from the older series and clarify which are suitable for certain uses.
Reports claim that Samsung has dropped Exynos in all but one region for the Galaxy S11 and Galaxy S11+
The Exynos 9285 has been proven inferior to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, so is it any surprise that Samsung is switching to the Snapdragon 865 for the Galaxy S11 series? Europeans are still set to receive the lesser Exynos version though, according to multiple sources.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 picks up an encouraging MIUI 11 update
Have you received Android 9.0 builds of MIUI 11 on your Mi Max 3? Fear not, as Android 10 versions are incoming. You can already download an Android 10 build of MIUI 11 for the device too, although there are some caveats.
Lenovo resolves ThinkPad P1 and X1 Extreme's second screen low framerate bug, then pulls the update that fixes it
If you own a ThinkPad P1 or X1 Extreme and connect it to an external monitor on Windows 10, then the chances are that you have experienced sluggish performance with your device set to "Second screen only". Lenovo finally released an update to address the issue, but then pulled it without reason. Fortunately, we still have the download link to the package if you need it.
CutiePi: Raspberry Pi tablet nears completion; crowdfunding campaign incoming
The 8-inch Raspberry Pi and Raspbian tablet is almost ready for mass production, according to its creators. The CutiePi project has not only finalised the board design, giving it a massive overhaul from initial designs, but also has published design files for the tablet should you wish to build the tablet yourself.
Dripp Dropp TWS Earbuds Hands-On Review
A few features short of being great. The Dripp Dropps are a pair of Qualcomm QCC3020-powered true-wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds that its manufacturer, Dripp Audio, claims to be "the most affordable Qualcomm Earbuds" afford. The earbuds support Qualcomm aptX and Qualcomm cVc noise cancellation, while Dripp Audio boasts of up to 36 hours playtime and IPX5 certification. Read on in this hands-on review to find out the Dripp Dropps perform and whether they can live up to their manufacturer's claims.
Xiaomi RedmiBook 13: Intel Comet Lake and 89% screen-to-body ratio MacBook Pro rip-off launches, prices start at ~US$597
The Redmi K30 may be one the most talked-about devices to have launched today, but Xiaomi also showcased something else that may whet your appetite. Teased before the Redmi K30 event, the new RedmiBook 13 features Intel Comet Lake processors, an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU and slim display bezels. The device starts at 4,199 yuan (~US$597) and goes on sale this Thursday.
The Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro is still on the way, top leaker claims
Xiaomi announced the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro simultaneously earlier this year, but not this time around. Fear not, the Redmi K30 Pro is still on the way, according to one top leaker. Two factors may be at hand for its absence at today's event too.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom: A US$550 handset that matches the camera quality of the Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10, according to DxOMark
The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom offers, as its name suggests, a comparatively high magnification telephoto camera sensor. The device has a 16 mm ultra-wide camera and a 48 MP Sony IMX586 primary rear-facing sensor too, the combination of which has received a camera score of 116 from DxOMark. The score puts the Reno 10x Zoom in joint third place in DxOMark's camera leaderboard too.
Huawei Mate 40: Kirin 1020 to be almost 50% faster than its predecessor and manufactured on a 5 nm node?
It may be early, but a typically reliable leaker has outlined comparisons between Huawei's next flagship SoC and the Kirin 990. Likely arriving in next year's Mate 40 series, the leaker has hinted at the successor to the Kirin 810 too and in what devices it will feature.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite picks up a miraculous MIUI 11 update
The Mi 8 Lite is a beacon among a sea of Xiaomi handsets being upgraded to Android 9.0 Pie builds of MIUI 11. The Chinese company released the Snapdragon 660 powered handset in September 2018 running Android 8.1 Oreo and has since upgraded it to Android 9.0 Pie builds of MIUI 10.2. Xiaomi is not done with OS upgrades for the midrange device quite yet, though.
Apple iPhone SE 2: Could Apple's next US$399 "budget" handset be launched as the iPhone 9?
Apple is said to be planning a successor to the iPhone SE for next March, which has hitherto been referred to as the iPhone SE 2. The comparatively compact smartphone will apparently sport an iPhone 8 design, with an informed source now being cited that Apple will call it the iPhone 9.
Existence of the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT confirmed by GPU-Z days ahead of its release
This month's update to GPU-Z has an AMD flavour it. The popular GPU utility not only addresses some VRAM reporting and detection issues of AMD GPUs, but it also adds support for the Radeon Pro W5700. The Radeon RX 5500 XT has been added to the list of supported graphics cards too, days ahead of its official unveiling.
Xiaomi Redmi K30: Sony IMX686 and 2 cm macro sensors impress, first samples show
Xiaomi cannot wait to unveil the Redmi K30 series, which is due tomorrow. The Chinese company has already taken to Weibo with sample photos taken using its latest mid-range handset. The first smartphone sporting the Sony IMX686 image sensor appears to be capable of some mighty impressive shots, especially macro ones.
The Xbox Lockhart is to the Xbox Anaconda as the Xbox One S All Digital Edition is to the Xbox One X
The Xbox "Lockhart", the console with increasingly fewer features. Would you buy a console without a disc drive, along with a weaker GPU and less RAM than the main Project Scarlett console? What if you knew that it was capable of 1440p and 60 FPS gaming?
All PlayStation 5 launch titles to be Sony exclusives? Yeah right!
We unpack the rumour that the PlayStation 5's launch titles will be exclusive to Sony's next-generation console. We were sceptical, and you should be too.
Striking concept renders show what a Cybertruck inspired smartphone could look like
The Cybertruck took the internet by storm upon its unveiling last month, but how about a Cybertruck inspired smartphone? Dubbed the Cyberphone by its creator Jonas Daehnert, its concept renders are some of the most arresting ones we have seen in the last few years. The question is though, would you buy it, and do you just buy smartphones on their looks?
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019): A bargain tablet with record battery life
Amazon claims that the Fire HD 10 (2019) should last up to 12 hours between charges, but our tests demonstrated otherwise. Positively, our review unit outperformed Amazon's claims, while it impressed in other areas too. However, the Fire HD 10 (2019) is not all rosy though, as our tests demonstrated.
MIUI 11 lands on the Xiaomi Redmi 8, but remains on Android 9.0 Pie
MIUI 11 has landed on the Xiaomi Redmi 8, but perhaps not the version for which some people had hoped. The 681 MB update is rolling out globally now, but its file size should hint at what version of Android on which this version of MIUI 11 is based.
Decidedly retro: Sony patents a strange-looking multifunctional game controller ahead of PlayStation 5 release
Fancy an NES-style controller with your PlayStation 5 next year? Well, a recent patent publication suggests that such an accessory could be on the cards. What does Sony want with a heart-rate monitor and a fingerprint scanner though?
Samsung Galaxy S9: Second Android 10 beta available next week
While some newer Samsung flagships have already started receiving Android 10, Galaxy S9 series owners must wait a while longer to try One UI 2.0 on their devices. If you fancy a taste of Android 10 sooner than next year, then Samsung is planning to deliver a second beta build next week.
The Huawei nova 6 hands-on-pictures were on the money
Huawei launched the nova 6 yesterday, its latest Kirin 990 handset. While the Chinese company has released marketing pictures on the 5G handset, some hands-on shots that appeared online before the launch event give a better idea of what the device looks like.
Sony overtakes Nikon as the second-largest camera manufacturer in the world
Historically, Canon and Nikon have dominated the digital camera market. That duopoly changes now, as Sony has sold more cameras than Nikon this year, leapfrogging its competitor into second place.
Xiaomi's Apple Watch clone now works with iOS
Xiaomi obviously took plenty of inspiration from Apple when designing its Mi Watch. While the Apple Watch clone initially only supported Android, the Chinese company has now updated it to make it compatible with iOS. In short, iPhones owners now have a new cheaper alternative to the Apple Watch. Xiaomi will launch the Mi Watch in Europe in the new year.
MacBook Pro 13 2019: Apple confirms random shutdown issue, its response may leave people reeling
The smallest MacBook Pro released this year has an issue and one that could seemingly strike at any time. Apple has acknowledged that many MacBook Pro 13 machines released from July onwards this year are experiencing random shutdown issues, but is yet to address it with a proper solution.
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT: Has AMD already borked its midrange Navi offerings?
The Radeon RX 5500 XT is nothing more than an RX 5500 with a wider release, according to multiple sources? The XT will share all its specifications with its non-XT sibling, although AIBs will offer it with up to 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM, 4 GB more than the RX 5500 has. The RX 5500 XT is due to arrive on December 12 and is up for pre-order for 1,499 CNY (~US$213).
Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 pick up Android 10 updates
As Sony promised last month, the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 are now receiving stable Android 10 updates. The Japanese company is distributing the 725 MB updates globally via its over the air (OTA) servers. Sony may be releasing the update in batches, though.
OnePlus 6 and 6T start receiving stable Android 10 Oxygen OS 10.0.1 update
Oxygen OS 10.0.1 is live, and it is here to upgrade your OnePlus 6 or 6T to Android 10. Following the arrival of a stable Hydrogen OS Android 10 build last week, OnePlus has now started quietly rolling out Oxygen OS 10.0.1 globally. The update comes in two forms and is available OTA now.
Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch: A refined MacBook Pro 15 with some small but essential changes
Apple returns with a new MacBook Pro that addresses many of the concerns that we had about the fourth-generation models. While the MacBook Pro 16 may look an awful lot like its 15-inch predecessor, Apple has made several tweaks that make it a pleasure to use.
Xiaomi RedmiBook 13: New model to launch alongside the Redmi K30
Redmi boss Lu Weibing has announced that the Xiaomi RedmiBook 13 will launch on December 10 at the Redmi K30 series showcase. Chinese retailer JD.com is even offering pre-orders for the device before Xiaomi has officially unveiled it.
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT: 8 GB GDDR6 Navi 14 GPU rumoured to launch next week
Have you got your eyes on a new midrange desktop GPU? Are you considering something by NVIDIA, perhaps? Well, AMD has other ideas, and it comes in the form of another Navi 14 GPU. That's right, the Radeon RX 5500 XT is on the horizon and may launch as soon as early next week.
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 Laptop Review: A convincing Core i9-9880H and Radeon Pro 5500M powered multimedia laptop
A thicker case, proven keyboard design and better cooling: That is the latest MacBook Pro in a nutshell. It seems that Apple has finally listened to its users and the press by optimising its largest high-end laptop for professionals. We put the flagship model through its paces in this detailed review.
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019) Tablet Review: A 10-inch tablet at a bargain price
The Fire HD 10 (2019) is one of the cheapest 10-inch plus tablets on the market, with Amazon pricing it at US$149.99. While its pricing precludes the Fire HD 10 (2019) from being a high-end product, it has enough qualities to entertain most people. Read on to find out for whom the Fire HD 10 (2019) is best suited.
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT: 6 GB of GDDR6 VRAM and a Q1 2020 launch date?
AMD is not done with its Navi GPUs yet, with the company apparently prepping another desktop GPU to add to its portfolio. While its name and early specifications suggest that it will not be pushing NVIDIA's top-end GPUs, it could apply further pressure to the green team's mid-range offerings.
Next Apple iPhones to enter mass production in Q1 2020: 6 GB of RAM and AirPods in the box?
Two new rumours about next year's iPhones are doing the rounds, and they imply that Apple is considering making its smartphones better value for money. Heresy, right?
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1660 Super: A midrange GPU that punches above its weight
If you have set yourself a limit of around €250 (~US$275) for a new desktop GPU this Christmas, then you will run into the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER sooner or later. The GTX 1660 SUPER improves upon the regular GTX 1660 in several areas, with the KFA2 version going even further than a reference card could.
OnePlus 6 and 6T pick up Android 10 update
Still waiting for Android 10 on your OnePlus 6 or 6T? Well, OnePlus has started releasing the OS upgrade again, but only to handsets in China. You could install the build on any OnePlus 6 or 6T, though.
Xiaomi Redmi K30: Design revealed ahead of imminent launch
Xiaomi's next mid-range smartphone may arrive as soon as tomorrow, according to new information posted online. The Redmi K30 series will also be 5G capable, throwing up questions about the SoC that will underpin the smartphones. The K20 series successors will sport a radically different design too, along with a new high-resolution Sony camera sensor. Updated: New marketing photos confirm fingerprint scanner question and confirm launch date. Two Redmi-branded smart devices have been teased too.
Olympus: Sale of its camera division and job cuts are on the table
Olympus has plans to address "the issue of personnel" as part of a restructuring process, according to Bloomberg. Its CEO has hinted that the company may sell its camera division to help double its operating margin too.
Samsung snubs the Galaxy Fold, while dropping the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8
The Galaxy S10 series may have already started receiving Android 10 in some regions, but Galaxy Fold owners are not so fortunate. One UI 2.0 roadmaps state that the device still has another four months to wait before it sees an OS upgrade, despite being Samsung's most expensive smartphone. The Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 are unlikely ever to see Android 10, either.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Desktop GPU Review: The GTX 16 series also receives a SUPER upgrade
NVIDIA has now expanded its mid-generation SUPER upgrades to the GTX 16 series, having initially reserved them for its RTX 20 series. The green team is not producing reference versions of its GTX 16 SUPER series, so we have put a KFA2 unit through its paces instead. Read on to find out what is so SUPER about NVIDIA's latest mid-range desktop GPU.
Samsung Galaxy A30s: A playful but inferior smartphone
The Galaxy A30s impressed in many areas during our recent review of Samsung's latest entry-level handset. However, while the A30s is well-built and looks the part, it cannot match its competitors on performance and battery life.
OnePlus 6 and 6T receive a fresh Android 10 beta update ahead of imminent release
OnePlus' Android 10 rollout to the 6 and 6T has been beset by issues, but things could be on the up. Having pulled the update earlier this month, the company has now pushed out a new beta build to both handsets. OnePlus was hopeful that it would re-release Android 10 to the 6 and 6T this week, but that timeline has slipped once again.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro picks up Android 10, sort of
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has now started receiving Android 10-based builds of MIUI 11, having been spotted on Geekbench running Android 10 earlier this month. The 1.9 GB update contains the November 2019 set of security patches too, along with a few MIUI 11-related optimisations.
Samsung has something "Bright" planned for the zoom lens in the Galaxy S11, according to renowned leaker
With the leaks about the Galaxy S11 series hotting up, a recently discovered patent suggests that Samsung is prepping something called a "Bright Night Sensor" for mobile devices. The well-informed Russian Blue cat has been dropping some hints over the last few days about its potential uses too.
Android 10 reaches the Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Huawei is finalising EMUI 10 for the Mate 20 Lite, and has now made the OS update available to download via its HiCare app. The build has a few minor bugs, but that it is to be expected from a release preview.
We damaged our 16-inch MacBook Pro, so you don't have to
The 16-inch MacBook Pro may have pleased fans and reviewers alike with its scissor-switch keyboard, Apple's latest laptop remains just as difficult as ever to disassemble. Even a mundane task like cleaning the fans poses the risk of damaging the device if you remove its bottom case incorrectly. We accidentally damaged our review unit, but you don't have to.
Schenker XMG Neo 15: A compact and powerful gaming laptop with a mechanical keyboard?
The XMG Neo 15, based on a Tongfang GK5CQ7Z chassis, packs an Intel Core i7-9750H processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU among other components, despite its compact dimensions. There is even a mechanical keyboard onboard too, so gamers should be in for a treat.
AIDA64 adds support for 7 nm AMD Vermeer and Renoir processors
Popular diagnostic tool AIDA64 has been updated for the arrival of 2020 processors, namely AMD Ryzen 4000 "Vermeer" and "Renoir" processors. The desktop and mobile chips are due to arrive in Q3 and Q1 2020 respectively. Only the former will be making the jump to AMD's new Zen 3 architecture though, with Renoir being based on its existing Zen 2 architecture.
Huawei launches upgraded MateBook D 14 and MateBook D 15 range with AMD APUs, 10th Gen Intel processors and NVIDIA GPUs
The MateBook D is back, and it is shipping with Windows 10. Huawei has upgraded the MateBook D 14 and MateBook D 15 to 10th generation Intel Core and third-generation AMD Ryzen processors. Both models are configurable with up to 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD, while Intel versions also come with an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU.
Samsung Galaxy A30s Smartphone Review: A breath of fresh air with a playful design
The Samsung Galaxy A30s is comparatively affordable but features a design that should distinguish it from many of its contemporaries. While the Galaxy A30s looks the part, our tests will reveal whether it can keep up with the competition.
Samsung Galaxy M30s: An affordable handset with unrivalled battery life
The Samsung Galaxy M30s is a triumphant midrange smartphone. The phablet not only has a large, bright and colour accurate AMOLED panel but also class-leading battery, among other positives. If you need a smartphone to last over a day between charges, then the Galaxy M30s could be the device for you.
Early Geekbench listings give us a look at the Exynos 9830, and it makes for grim reading
Amid the noise of Galaxy S11 series renders and disagreeing leakers, a few listings of the processor expected to power Samsung's next flagships have appeared on Geekbench. While some have reported that they look unusually low, the comparisons with other flagship SoCs do not bode well for Samsung.
LG G8X ThinQ: A foldable that won't break the bank
The LG G8X ThinQ could be a dream come true for some people. The handset comes with a second screen, following on from the V50 Dual Screen accessory that LG launched at the start of this year. The G8X ThinQ is more than just another gimmicky folding smartphone though, as we discovered during our tests.
One-Netbook confirms details of its GPD Win Max and Smach Z challenger ahead of Summer 2020 release
Earlier this year, One-Netbook teased the prospect of releasing a portable gaming PC. Now, in interviews with ITmedia and PCWatch, the Japanese company has detailed that the device will run on an Intel Tiger Lake-Y processor. It will feature detachable controllers too, among other specifications that One-Netbook also confirmed.
Schenker XMG Neo 15 (Tongfang GK5CQ7Z) Laptop Review: A gaming laptop with slim bezels
When it comes to configurable high-end laptops, barebone-maker Clevo has long been the industry's top dog. Tongfang has been challenging its dominance for a while now, so we have taken the GK5CQ7Z chassis for a spin once again to see how it fares. Read on to find out how the XMG Neo 15 with its 9th generation Intel processor and RTX 20 series GPU performs in our tests.
Samsung Galaxy M30s Smartphone Review: A huge battery at an affordable price
The Galaxy M series is typified by consisting of low-end midrange smartphones with modern designs and huge batteries. The Galaxy M30s is no different, with the device featuring a 6,000 mAh battery despite its relatively compact footprint. Read on to find out whether the latest entry in the Galaxy M series has more to offer than just a whopping battery.
LG G8X ThinQ Smartphone Review: A convertible among smartphones
The G8X ThinQ is a foldable smartphone with a difference. LG has opted for two distinct displays connected via a hinge, a simplistic solution to the more elaborate and expensive foldable smartphones we have seen of late. While the G8X ThinQ is an unusual concept, it still impressed us during our tests.
The Galaxy S11+ could be Samsung's "nuclear weapon", top leaker claims
While most Plus or Max versions of modern smartphones tend to be larger versions of their smaller siblings with occasionally an additional feature or two, Samsung is apparently plotting a different route for the upcoming Galaxy S11+. The flagship, due early next year, will be a big change from the design of the regular Galaxy S11 that has already slipped out, according to one notable leaker of Samsung information. Hopefully, the South Korean company will opt for a better-looking design for its largest 2020 flagship.
Red Dead Redemption 2 gets a 90s look with ultra-low graphics settings
Rockstar Games released Red Dead Redemption 2 a few weeks ago on PC with some hefty recommended system requirements. While you will always need around 150 GB of storage free to install Red Dead Redemption 2, a new video shows the unintended consequences of forcing the game to run at the lowest possible graphics settings. At least you can now run Red Dead Redemption on integrated graphics, though.
AMD claims that Zen 3 will offer beyond 15% IPC gains over Zen 2
AMD will debut its Zen 3 next year, and is expecting big things from its next microarchitecture. While rumours previously pegged Zen 3 at offering IPC gains of around 8% over Zen 2, the reality could be much higher.
Xiaomi Redmi K30: A Snapdragon 730 with 30 W charging to accompany its 120 Hz display?
The pieces of the Redmi K30 puzzle are falling into place, with Xiaomi having said to expect the series to arrive next month. Leaked images and China Compulsory Certificate documentation have seemingly confirmed several aspects of Xiaomi's next mid-range offering, including a display capable of 120 Hz refresh rates.
The design of the Galaxy S11 will have people scratching their heads
A set of 360° renders of the Galaxy S11 produced by the ever-reliable OnLeaks have been published, and boy do they make for ugly viewing. While the renders are exquisitely produced, Samsung looks like it has combined the worst elements of the Note 10 and iPhone 11 Pro into an even less pleasing package.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has officially arrived in Europe
The time has come for Huawei fans to act, as the Chinese company has officially brought the Mate 30 Pro to EU shores. The handset comes without Google Mobile Services, while its release is limited to Spain for the time being. However, this could well prove to be a trial run to see whether Europeans are prepared to pay flagship prices for a smartphone without Google Mobile Services.
The existence of the AMD Radeon RX 5700M could be good news for consumers
A new leak has verified the existence of the Radeon RX 5700M, a mobile GPU that may put AMD on a more level playing field with NVIDIA. The new information confirms that AMD has greater plans for its Navi architecture than merely the Radeon RX 5300M and RX 5500M, which should be music to the ears of content creators and gamers alike.
PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Project Scarlett: Gaming performance is apparently better on Sony's next-generation console
Does in-game performance matter to you? If so, then the PlayStation 5 may have the edge over the Xbox Project Scarlett. However, do not necessarily expect Sony to be able to maintain this gap, though. The reality will likely be more subtle.
No ultra-fast charging here: New Galaxy S11 leak points to Samsung making another sideways step
The Samsung Galaxy S11 has passed through certification in China ahead of its anticipated launch in Q1 2020. While fans of the Galaxy S series have been teased with the prospect of the Galaxy S11 including powerful cameras and a 120 Hz display among other innovations, the reality in some areas may be more mundane.
Sony's rumoured quartet of 2020 flagships explains why its smartphone business is going under
Sony is planning on introducing four flagship smartphones next year if multiple sources are to be believed. However, the company potentially plans to split the release of the quartet across three dates, which may be up to seven months apart from each other. All will feature the upcoming Snapdragon 865 SoC though and 5G capabilities. Tell us, what is going on with Sony right now?
The OnePlus 7T trade in program is a joke
Want to lose money quickly? Well, the OnePlus 7T trade-in scheme would be a good way to go about it. You can get up to US$370 in credit for trading-in a 256 GB OnePlus 7 Pro, a quite frankly ludicrous amount of money for a six-month-old US$799 handset.
PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC: A compact GPU for small form factor PCs with caveats
Are you looking for your next graphics card for your small form factor PC? Well, the PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC could be the card for you. Setting aside its long-winded name, the XLR8 Gaming OC offers 1080p triple-A gaming at a pinch. It is not all plain sailing though, as we shall discuss in this review snippet.
An NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SUPER may be on the cards after all
Rumours about NVIDIA releasing a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SUPER are doing the rounds again, this time from a reliable leaker of upcoming NVIDIA products. While this contradicts what NVIDIA stated earlier this year, the prospect of AMD being on the cusp of releasing Navi 23 'NVIDIA killer' GPUs may have stirred the green team into action. Will it be another RTX 2070 SUPER style upgrade or something more underwhelming like the RTX 2080 SUPER?
PlayStation 5: First showcase, unveiling, specific release date, price and prime launch title details leaked
We are still about a year out from the arrival of the PlayStation 5. However, the account behind The Last of Us 2 release date has revealed not only when Sony will first showcase its next console, but also when it will unveil the design and formally release the PlayStation 5. We have rounded-up the rumors published by the account and offered an overview of the key dates to watch for PlayStation 5 updates.
DxOMark: The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max falls short of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition & Huawei Mate 30 Pro
The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max costs between US$1,099 and US$1,449 depending on which version you buy, making it one of the most expensive smartphones currently on the market. However, although Apple extols the device's camera capabilities, DxOMark seems to think that a smartphone that costs up to 3x less offers a better camera experience than Apple's latest flagship does. While DxOMark is not the arbiter of camera reviews, but Xiaomi can probably chalk this one up as a win.
Android-x86: Android 9.0 Pie for Desktop is now available
The Android-x86 project has now released its first Android 9.0 Pie-based release candidate, bringing the OS to x86 systems for the first time. The new build should offer better compatibility, performance and stability than older versions of Android-x86 too. It is not ready for the prime time yet, though.
Honor Watch Magic 2: Live images leak
A trio of photos of the successor to last year's Honor Watch Magic have appeared online, ahead of its anticipated release on November 26. The Watch Magic 2 appears to feature some minor revisions over its predecessor, although we would not be surprised to see it launch in multiple colours too.
OnePlus issues its final update to the OnePlus 3 and 3T
Few Android OEMs update their devices for as long as OnePlus does. Released in 2016, the OnePlus 3 and 3T have received three major OS updates bringing them from Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow up to Android 9.0 Pie. However, both handsets have now started receiving their final software updates, as we wave goodbye to the devices that brought OnePlus into the mainstream.
DualShock 5 patent design may disappoint PlayStation fans
A new leak points towards the DualShock 5 only being a minor revision of the DualShock 4. Sony has already confirmed that it will incorporate new triggers in the controller that it will release alongside its next console. However, the patent offers an insight into the other features that the DualShock 5 will also include, along with the ones that it will likely remove.
Next year's baby MacBook Pro will be more of the same from Apple
Rumors of Apple releasing a 14-inch MacBook Pro have been around since at least the start of this year, although the 16-inch refresh of the 15-inch model points towards the smaller entry in the series receiving another incremental upgrade. Apparently launching in mid-2020, Apple may once again be taking inspiration from its past with the next baby MacBook Pro.
PNY GeForce GTX 1660 XLR8 Gaming OC Graphics Card Review: A small GPU for compact PCs
The GeForce GTX 1660 closes the gap between the GTX 1650 and the GTX 1660 Ti, although NVIDIA has now released SUPER flavours of the GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 too. The GTX 1660 comes with 6 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, while the PNY XLR8 Gaming OC has a relatively economical TDP of 120 W. Read on to find out how well this compact desktop GPU gets on in our tests and how it compares against other cards.
New Half-Life game details leaked ahead of The Game Awards
Rumour has it that Valve plans to announce a new Half-Life game, and soon. Apparently based around protagonist Alyx Vance, the game may see a release as early as Q1 2020. It looks set to be sad news for those holding out for Half-Life 3 or even just Half-Life 2: Episode 3, though.
Sony: Smartphone business collapses; services being shut down too
Sony sold only 600,000 smartphones in the previous quarter, an all-time low for the Japanese company's smartphone division. The collapse of its smartphone business also has consequences for the services that Sony offers.
PrinCube: The world's smallest mobile colour printer has raised over US$3.2 million in crowdfunding
TheGodThings claims that the PrinCube is the smallest mobile colour printer on the market. Better still, the device can print on all surfaces and fits in the palm of your hand. The PrinCube costs US$109 and ships next month.
LattePanda: The Intel-powered Raspberry Pi competitor is now available to purchase globally
The LattePanda is now available to purchase worldwide. The powerful single-board computer (SBC) incorporates an Intel Celeron N4100 processor, 4 GB of LPDRR4 RAM and 32 GB of eMMC 5.0 flash storage. The SBC supports USB Power Delivery via Type-C, has two M.2 PCIe slots and has an Arduino co-processor on board, along with two 50-pin headers and three USB 3.0 ports. The LattePanda Delta 432 is compatible with Windows, Linux and other OSes and retails for US$188.00.
Fujifilm trolls Xiaomi and the Mi Note 10 Pro's 108 MP camera
Size matters, at least according to the social media team at Fujifilm. While Xiaomi has gained plenty of attention recently for 108 MP camera in the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro, also known as the Mi CC9 Pro in some markets, Fujifilm has sought to poke fun at the Chinese company by welcoming them to the 100 million pixel club.
Canon EOS Ra: The camera for astrophotographers is now available to purchase
The Canon EOS Ra is now available to purchase, having leaked earlier this month. The night shot and astrophotography specialist launched quietly, and includes the same 30.3 MP full-frame CMOS sensor as the regular EOS R does. Canon has added a modified IR filter though, which promises to transmit up to four times the volume of Hydrogen Alpha rays than the IR filter in the regular Canon EOS R can. The EOS Ra will start shipping on December 3.
Sony Xperia 5: Impressive hardware combined with underwhelming cameras
Sony remains an active player in the camera sensor market, which makes the cameras that it has included in the Xperia 5 even more disappointing. Sony's latest flagship handset is not all bad by any means, but it is hard to see past its underwhelming camera hardware.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8: It does not always have to be an OLED panel
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 impressed us during our tests, not least because of its bright display. While the Redmi Note 8 does not have an OLED display, the IPS panel with which Xiaomi has equipped it is bright and contrast-rich. The device has five cameras including a 48 MP primary rear-facing sensor too. In short, Xiaomi has redefined what an entry-level smartphone can be.
Sony Xperia 5 Smartphone Review: A handy handset despite having a 6-inch display
The Xperia 5 is not the first smartphone that Sony has released with a 21:9 display. We have already seen the Xperia 1 and Xperia 10 trying to distinguish themselves from their peers with this aspect ratio, and now Sony wants to persuade people that 21:9 is the future with the Xperia 5. Having such a tall display has proven practical in our experience, but the Xperia 5 falls short of expectations in some crucial areas, as our review will reveal.
Leaks detail delayed NVIDIA Ampere GPU release dates and possible high-end pricing
Current rumours are that NVIDIA has delayed the release of its Ampere GPUs, the next-generation successors of the company's current RTX 20 series product stack. Initially expected in the first half of next year, the 7 nm chips may make an appearance as early as March, but will not hit shelves until several months later.
Huawei FreeBuds 3: Apple AirPods Pro competitors launching imminently at €179 (~US$197)
Huawei is expanding the launch of its FreeBuds 3 beyond China within the next few days. The wireless earbuds will undercut the Apple AirPods Pro on price while featuring active noise cancellation (ANC) and a Kirin A1 SoC. Some preorders will include a complimentary 15 W wireless charger too.
Acer TravelMate X514: A small office laptop that weighs less than a kilogram
Carrying around a hefty laptop can prove tiresome if you are often on the move. However, many lightweight laptops are underpowered and struggle in office tasks, which is where the Acer TravelMate X514 steps in. Acer has designed the laptop to be simultaneously lightweight and powerful while retaining features that many businesses may find attractive too. It is not all rosy, though.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Smartphone Review: A display dream for the price-conscious buyer
The Redmi Note 8 is another entry-level Xiaomi smartphone, but it's one that redefines the quality of displays we expect from sub-200-Euro (~$220) devices. The panel is bright, contrast-rich and even suitable for those who are PWM sensitive. The Redmi Note 8 is not all good news though, as our review unit will establish.
Honor 9X: The days of Honor's midrange smartphones being good value for money are over
Until now, value for money has been one of the main reasons to buy an Honor smartphone, even at launch. The latest generation changes that, and not for the better. While the Honor 9X is a good device, it pales in comparison with other smartphones that have been released this year.
Acer TravelMate X514 Laptop Review: A small 14-inch machine with professionals in mind
Acer markets the TravelMate X514-51 as being particularly small and lightweight, and it does not disappoint in that regard. Our tests will determine whether this Whiskey Lake business laptop is up to scratch, though.
Honor 9X Smartphone Review: A new Huawei smartphone with Google Play Services
Notebookcheck.com reviews the Honor 9X, a midrange handset with a pop-up front-facing camera, a notch and punch-hole free 6.59-inch display and a HiSilicon Kirin 710F SoC among other features. Read on to find out in what area this latest Honor smartphone excels, and if it can maintain the company's reputation of selling competitively priced midrange handsets.
HP Envy 17: Comet Lake performs no better than Whiskey Lake does
We often complain about smaller laptops failing to keep their processors cool enough to maintain peak clock speeds, so a 17-inch laptop should have a large enough footprint to do so, right? Well, the HP Envy 17-ce1002ng may be a 17-inch machine, but it cannot make use of the full potential of its Comet Lake processor, although it does a better job with its NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics card. What is the fuss about Comet Lake, then?
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R07: An affordable 3rd generation Ryzen laptop with throttling problems
The Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R057 is an affordable AMD Ryzen laptop, which should offer great value for money on paper. However, the performance of its AMD Ryzen 5 3500U leaves a lot to be desired.
52Pi brings extreme cooling and color to the NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit with the ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan
The NVIDIA Jetson Nano is one of the most powerful SBCs on the market, but it only passively cools its 128 CUDA core and 472 GFLOPS-capable GPU. Now 52Pi, the company behind the ICE Tower Raspberry Pi CPU cooling fan, has returned with a version for the Jetson Nano complete with two 5 mm copper cooling tubes. The cooling solution replaces the pre-installed heatsink on the Jetson Nano and ships globally for US$24.90.
Acer Predator Helios 300: A midrange gaming laptop with awful battery life and disappointing speakers
Acer considers the Acer Predator Helios 300 one of its entry-level gaming laptops, except that it starts at US$1,199.99. While its Intel Core i7-9750H processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU can handle triple-A 1080p gaming, the new Helios 300 falls short of the performance that its competitors offer. Worse still, its battery life leaves plenty to be desired.
The Rock Pi S is now available to purchase from US$9.90 with up to 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of NAND flash storage
The Rock Pi S has finally made it to market, after being announced this summer. The miniature SBC is underpinned by a Rockchip RK3308 quad-core SoC, either 256 or 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of NAND flash storage. The board has a microSD card slot too, Wi-Fi connectivity and a 26-pin GPIO header among other features. The Rock Pi S measures just 3.8 x 3.8 cm and starts at US$9.90. Orders will begin shipping globally from November 12.
HP Envy 17-ce1002ng Laptop Review: A slim 17-inch machine with mixed performance
The new HP Envy 17 is big, slim and features a powerful combination of dedicated graphics and a Comet Lake-U processor. While its footprint may make it slightly too large for use on the move, it should fit the bill as a multimedia desktop replacement. It is not all good news though, as our review will reveal.
Xiaomi Mi Watch: A ~US$170 Apple Watch clone with 4G, Wear OS and strong battery life
The Xiaomi Mi Watch is here, and it costs just 1,299 CNY (~US$170). The spitting image of the Apple Watch runs Wear OS, although the MIUI version of it and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 4G chipset. The watch has a 570 mAh battery too that should last up to two days between charges. The Xiaomi Mi Watch will go on sale next week.
"Space Zoom" & "Hubble": Samsung Galaxy S11 cameras become powerful
Evidence now points to the next Galaxy S series featuring "far-reaching" camera revolutions. The probably February or March 2020 bound devices look set to follow the likes of Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi in including powerful zoom capabilities, if the codenames "Hubble" and "Space Zoom" are anything to go by, anyway.
Apple Watch Series 5: The best smartwatch around? Only if you do not value battery life
Apple continues to dominate the smartwatch market, but is its latest iteration the best device of its kind? Part fashion accessory, part lifestyle smartwatch, but not a professional fitness tracker. We expected better battery life from a device that costs a minimum of US$399 too.
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R057 Laptop Review: A super price for an AMD laptop, but with a hefty shortcoming
Acer's latest budget laptop sounds excellent on paper. The Aspire 5 A515-43-R057 retails for around €500 (~$554) and comes with a Zen+ APU, a 1 TB SSD and 8 GB of RAM. However, not all is at it seems with our test device, as our review below will reveal.
Apple AirPods Pro: A US$250 charlatan?
Apple heralds its latest AirPods as a "Pro" product that offers amazing audio quality and immersive Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), but do they live up to the hype? Our time with them would suggest otherwise, although they will likely impress those who already own a set of AirPods. Audiophiles will probably be less enamoured by the US$250 wireless earbuds, though.
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41: Acer's latest 14-inch laptop deserves a better display
Acer's stylish 14-inch subnotebook has a slim metal chassis, a Ryzen 5 APU and dual-channel RAM, which should all combine to deliver a decent device. The Swift 3 SF314-41 has an NVMe SSD and great battery life too, but two areas hold Acer's latest subnotebook back from being a real contender.
Acer Predator Helios 300 Laptop Review: A modern gaming laptop with a Turing GPU
The Predator series is well known for its gaming devices, with Acer selling more than just laptops under its gaming sub-brand. While the company continues to sell Predator-branded accessories, it has overhauled the design and internals of its latest Predator Helios laptop. The Helios 300 should make for a compelling midrange gaming laptop, but our tests will reveal whether that is the case or not.
Apple Watch Series 5 Smartwatch Review: It can do more than any other smartwatch, but just not for that long
Apple has made few changes to its Watch Series over the years. The original model had plenty going for it though, so that does not necessarily mean that Apple has fallen behind its competitors. On the contrary, the Apple Watch remains the best-selling smartwatch on the market, and by some distance. The Watch Series 5 is an excellent smartwatch too, but you may be taking a trip to the charger sooner than you may like.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro will not be what we expect from Apple
While recent leaks suggest that Apple will soon introduce the 16-inch MacBook Pro, they also point towards the device not living up to the hype. Current evidence indicates that the new MacBook Pro will neither sport a major redesign nor a higher screen-to-body ratio than the current 15-inch MacBook Pro. Sadly, the reality is likely to be far more mundane.
The Xiaomi MIUI 11 rollout is a sham right now
So, the MIUI 11 rollout is well underway, with Xiaomi now onto the second phase of its release schedule. However, owners of recent Xiaomi flagships are likely to be left disappointed as they find their handsets left on Android 9.0 Pie, like budget devices such as the Redmi 7 have been.
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41 Laptop Review: A stylish and slim Ryzen subnotebook with plenty of power and battery life in the tank
Acer's new 14-inch subnotebook sports a sleek metal chassis, a Ryzen 5 APU and dual-channel RAM among other features. The rest of the device seems on point too, with Acer including an NVMe SSD, matte IPS screen, and a backlit keyboard. These are joined by good battery life too.
Apple AirPods Pro Review: Expensive earplugs or the real Hi-Fi deal?
Apple introduced the latest generation of its white earphones a few days ago, promising several improvements over existing AirPods. However, as iconic as its designs have been since the launch of the first iPod, the sound quality of Apple's earbuds have remained mediocre. Has the company finally mastered Hi-Fi audio quality or are the AirPods Pro just another step in the right direction?
Motorola Moto E6 Plus: A poor performer that stutters in everyday tasks
The Moto E6 Plus is a relatively compact and affordable smartphone that should have a lot going for it. However, its dismal MediaTek Helio P22 SoC makes general tasks like switching between apps and scrolling through webpages a chore. The Moto E6 Plus represents an upgrade over its predecessor in some areas, though.
Comeback: AMD reaches NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q levels of performance with the Radeon RX 5500M
We were able to run numerous gaming benchmarks on the AMD Radeon RX 5500M as part of our exclusive hands-on with the MSI Alpha 15, an outline of which we shall provide in this review snippet. In short, the new Navi 14 chip comes closer to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q than the GTX 1650, while even reaching GTX 1660 Ti levels on occasion.
Core architecture improvements are AMD's greatest leverage for Zen 3 and beyond, according to CEO Lisa Su
Zen 3 is likely to arrive next year, but CEO Lisa Su has already weighed in on what AMD will bring to is next-generation processors. While switching to 7 nm represented the largest change for Zen 2, AMD has other plans for Zen 3 onwards. 5 nm processes will arrive in good time too, though.
LG releases its update schedule for Q4 2019, but the V50 ThinQ, V40 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ have not made the cut
LG V50 ThinQ, V40 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ owners will need to wait until next year to see Android 10 running on their devices. LG will only be updating the G8 ThinQ to Google's latest OS before the year is out, while some other handsets should see Android 9.0 Pie this quarter too.
Motorola Moto E6 Plus Smartphone Review: The battery rocks, but the performance sucks
The Moto E6 Plus follows on from the midrange One Vision, One Action and One Zoom, hitting shelves just before Christmas. However, while Motorola aimed the One series at younger audiences, the E6 Plus may appeal to an older crowd thanks to its removable battery. The device must compete with the great battery life of the Moto E5 Plus, but its predecessor did have its shortcomings. Read on to find out whether Motorola has ironed out the kinks with this new handset and what else the Moto E6 Plus has to offer.
MSI Alpha 15 Hands-On Gaming Laptop Review: Ryzen and Navi instead of Intel and NVIDIA
AMD made its comeback into the CPU business with its Ryzen series not only on desktops but also on laptops. The company made a similar foray into the GPU market with its Navi desktop cards earlier this year, a move that it is trying to replicate on laptops with its Navi 14 GPUs. NVIDIA has dominated the upper midrange of laptop GPUs for a while, but AMD is looking to change that, offering consumers more choice in the process. Read on to find out what we think of one the first upcoming all-AMD laptops.
Razer Firefly V2: RGB gaming mousepad gets thinner and brighter
Even brighter and flatter than before, that is the motto with the Razer Firefly V2. The gaming mousepad is Razer's brightest to offer Chroma lighting, and supports Razer Synapse 3 too. The accessory more lighting zones than its predecessor too. The Razer Firefly V2 is available to purchase now for US$49.99.
Android 9.0 Pie finally breaks cover on the LG V20
Were you losing hope that LG would ever deliver Android 9.0 Pie to the V20? Well, while being a quarter late, the South Korean company has started rolling out the OS upgrade to handsets. The switch to Android 9.0 Pie may not be a smooth one for LG's former flagship, though.
ASUS backtracks on stance; ASUS ROG Phone to receive Android 9.0 Pie update after all
Contrary to speculation claiming that the device would be left on Android Oreo, ASUS has confirmed that the ROG Phone will still receive Android 9.0 Pie. The company has stated when it will bring the OS upgrade to the ZS600KL too, although the ZenFone 4 has not been given such a reprieve.
Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro pre-orders begin amid a probable wider rollout
Fancy a Huawei Mate 30 or Mate 30 Pro this holiday season? Well, Huawei has started offering pre-orders for both devices and may bring both devices to Europe too. Expect to see the Mate 30 series land in around two weeks.
The Realme X is an example of community development done right
Not a fan of ColorOS but like the Realme X? Well, Realme has been actively encouraging community developers to build custom kernels and ROMs for the device. The project has borne fruit after just a month, with there now being many Realme X custom ROMs and an AOSP-compatible kernel.
Lenovo ThinkPad L590: A budget business laptop that falls short of expectations
The Lenovo ThinkPad L590 is a solid business laptop at just under $1,000, but it is not without its problems. The 15.6-inch laptop appears to offer plenty on paper, with Lenovo including a quad-core Core i5 Whiskey Lake CPU, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of NVMe storage. However, its cooling system holds the device back, hampering its CPU performance.
AMD Radeon RX 590 prices nosedive following NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 SUPER series announcement
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER may seem enticing with its US$229 price tag, but the AMD Radeon RX 590 currently has the last word on value for money. The Polaris-based GPU can be had for practically US$100 right now and remains powerful enough for 1080p gaming.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER offers GTX 1660 Ti performance for those on a budget
NVIDIA and its partners have announced the GeForce GTX 16 SUPER series, the SUPER upgrades to the GTX 1650 and GTX 1660. While the former will arrive on November 22, the latter is available to purchase now and has already been shown to offer GTX 1660 Ti like performance for just US$229.
Razer Hammerhead True Wireless: The first earbuds with ultra-low latency Bluetooth
Latency remains an issue with wireless headphones, with most sets being unsuitable for gaming. The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless seeks to address that, with the US$99.99 (£99.99/€119.99) pair of earbuds offering an ultra-low latency Bluetooth mode that should eliminate any audio stutter or sync issues. The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless are available to purchase now and come with free shipping.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 receives an underwhelming MIUI 11 update
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is one of the first smartphones to receive MIUI 11, but owners may be slightly confused over the version that they have received. While flagship handsets like the Mi 8, Mi Mix 2s and Mi Mix 3 are receiving an Android 10 update in Phase 1 of the MIUI rollout, the Pocophone F1 is stuck on Android 9.0 Pie builds instead.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 & Mi Note 10 Pro could be the power user's smartphones of choice
While Xiaomi has announced that the Mi Note 10 is arriving and that it will feature a 108 MP primary rear-facing camera, the Chinese company has been quiet on other specs. However, leaked specifications from a renowned tipster suggest that the device could be a power user's dream in the making. Xiaomi is throwing everything but an active stylus in with this one, it seems.
Lenovo ThinkPad L590 Laptop Review: A business laptop with good input devices
Lenovo's L-series is well-known for being a budget range of the company's ThinkPad offering, while also being excellent value for money. The focus for this review is the L590, a new 15.6-inch business laptop that has stellar input devices just like its predecessor.
MKR WAN 1310: Arduino introduces a new developer board with LoRa connectivity
The Arduino MKR WAN 1310 developer board can bring LoRa connectivity to projects without requiring continuous mains power. The board is just 67.6 x 25.0 mm and integrates an ARM Cortex M0+ processor. The MKR WAN 1310 is available to order now for €33 (~US$37).
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER underlines its value for money in latest gaming benchmark
The GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER looks set to be a decent mid-range offering by NVIDIA, with the card offering almost GTX 1660 Ti performance at GTX 1660 pricing. The US$229 GPU is slated for an October 29 launch and has flexed its muscles in another gaming benchmark ahead of its official unveiling.
eReader: Tolino introduces Android-based Kobo clones
Tolino has released three new eReaders. Strictly speaking, they are not new, though. Instead, they are rebranded Kobo devices but pre-loaded with Android rather than Kobo's in-house software.
Razer Tartarus Pro: The first gaming keypad with analog optical switches
In our opinion, keypads should complement keyboards while gaming or be able to replace them completely. The Tartarus series of compact gaming keypads have a long tradition at Razer, and now the company has released one with analog optical switches. The Tartarus Pro is available to purchase now for US$129.99 and comes with free shipping.
The OnePlus 3 and 3T can now be upgraded to Android 10
The OnePlus 3 and 3T may have launched with Android Marshmallow in 2016 and received Android 9.0 Pie earlier this year, but both can now be upgraded to Android 10. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and 6 GB of RAM, or Snapdragon 821 in the case of the OnePlus 3T, should be well suited to run Google's latest version of Android too.
Did you own an iPhone between June 2011 and February 2012? You could be due up to £750 in compensation
iPhone owners could be due a hefty slice of compensation following a Court of Appeal judgment against Google. The complainant, Google You Owe Us, is seeking up to £3.2 billion (~US$4.1 billion) to compensate over 4 million iPhone owners for the misuse of their data. There are a few caveats to be eligible for making a claim, though.
Xiaomi Redmi 7 owners awake to a surprising MIUI 11 update
Xiaomi has released a stable build of MIUI 11 for the Redmi 7, but perhaps not the version for which people had hoped. While other devices in the first phase of the MIUI 11 rollout are receiving Android 10-based builds, the Redmi 7 is getting Android 9.0 Pie instead. The same goes for the Redmi 7a and Redmi K20 too.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER might actually be a good upgrade over the GTX 1650 after all
No sooner had news arrived that the GTX 1650 SUPER would be arriving next month, has a host of specifications been confirmed too. Surprisingly, it seems that NVIDIA has pulled the same trick for the GTX 1650 SUPER that it did with the RTX 2070 SUPER, essentially creating a GTX 1660 Lite rather than a SUPER version of the GTX 1650.
RED dangles a fig leaf for HYDROGEN One owners as it cancels its HYDROGEN smartphone project
Did you buy into the RED HYDROGEN project? Well, founder Jim Jannard has announced that the company is being wound up, effectively canning the HYDROGEN Two. However, there could be some positive news on the horizon for HYDROGEN One owners, with the release a much-anticipated camera accessory imminent, apparently.
Xiaomi releases a beta MIUI 11 update to Android 10 for the Mi Mix 3
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 now has an upgrade to MIUI 11, the Chinese company's version of Android 10. The update brings plenty of new features including improved screen casting, a system-wide dark mode and a new gesture mode. Mi Mix 3 owners can download the build now.
NVIDIA's budget GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER rumored to launch on November 22; a GTX 1650 Ti in disguise?
Remember the rumors about the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti? Well, apparently it has now morphed into the GTX 1650 SUPER, or potentially been scrapped in favour of the latter. Pricing remains unknown, but expect a sub-US$200 retail price for this GDDR6 and late-November bound GPU.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER powers past the GTX 1660 in Final Fantasy XV benchmark
NVIDIA is slated to launch the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER before the end of the month, and @TUM_APISAK is on hand to deliver an insight into how the GPU compares with its peers. The card nearly reaches GTX 1660 Ti levels while breezing past the GTX 1660. It even has the AMD Radeon RX 5700 and GeForce GTX 1070 in its sights too, apparently.
Huawei is selling the Mate 30 Pro by invitation only
Fancy a Huawei Mate 30 or Mate 30 Pro? Well, it looks like you will need to join the back of the queue, as the Chinese company is running an invite-only sale for both devices. You can register your interest now, although this does not guarantee entry into the "exclusive group" that will be offered to purchase a device.
Huami Amazfit GTS: A ~US$140 Apple Watch clone with software flaws
Does the Amazfit GTS look familiar to you? Well, while it may look like the spitting image of the Apple Watch, it is actually the latest smartwatch by Huami, Xiaomi's sister company. The device is a snip at around ~US$140 in most markets and packs plenty of features, but its software failed to impress us out of the box.
LG K50: A good budget smartphone blighted by two weaknesses
The LG K50 offers plenty of attractive features for just under €200 (~US$223), including an appealing design and a large display. Its cameras and system performance are on par with its competitors too, but two issues prevent it from being a smartphone that we could recommend.
Google to bring at least five Pixel 4 features to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a series
Night Sight 2.0 with a new astrophotography mode, Live Caption and offline Google Assistant are just three examples of features debuting on the Pixel 4 series. However, these will not remain Pixel 4 exclusives, with Google planning to bring them to older generations too. We have laid out Google's plans in a brief overview, underlining that you need not buy the latest tech to get the latest software.
The Honor Band 5i: A CNY 159 (~US$22) fitness tracker released ahead of imminent launch
The Honor Band incorporates a 0.96-inch colour touchscreen display that operates at a resolution of 160 x 80. The fitness tracker supports NFC, along with heart rate, sleep patterns and Sp02 monitoring. The band is up to 5 ATM water-resistant too and launches at CNY 159 (~US$22), with a pre-sale starting today. The company has also unveiled the xSport Pro, a new pair of wireless in-ear headphones.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, pricing, specs & launch date confirmed
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER is on its way and will arrive before the end of the month, according to confirmation that Videocardz has received from its sources. The new GPU will sit between the GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti in NVIDIA's product stack, with its pricing reflecting that. Oddly, the GTX 1660 SUPER will outdo the GTX 1660 Ti in some areas, while retaining elements of the GTX 1660 too.
LG K50 Smartphone Review: A cheap and large format handset
The LG K50 seems well priced at around 200 Euros (~$223) for what the South Korean company has included. The device has a large display, dual rear-facing cameras and a dedicated Google Assistant button, although some may find the latter somewhat of a gimmick. Read on to find out how the handset performs in our tests and how it fares against comparably priced devices.
How much would you spend on the PlayStation 5? Less than ~US$500, apparently
With the PlayStation 5 being just over a year away, several websites have been polling their readers about the upcoming console. The results reveal not only what people would pay for the console but also how much they would like it to cost.
Diablo 4 leaked: New artbook with photos from Diablo 1, 2, 3 and 4 released
Last week, Twitch streamer and tipster Metro claimed that Blizzard would release Diablo 4 alongside Diablo 2 Remastered at BlizzCon 2019. Now, this has seemingly been indirectly confirmed by Blizzard in an advert for a new Diablo artbook.
Intel Core i9-10980XE shown up by the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X in 3DMark
The Intel Cascade Lake-X series launched earlier this month to the tune of price cuts and offering great value for money. However, not all looks rosy for the blue team, as its premier High-End Desktop (HEDT) chip has been resoundingly beaten by the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X in leaked 3DMark results. Intel may have even more competition on its hands with Zen 2-based Threadripper HEDT processors launching next month too.
Razer Hammerhead wireless earbuds: Apple AirPods competitors that cost CNY 799 (~US$113)
Razer is getting into the wireless earbuds market, according to news from China. The earbuds and their accompanying charging case look like a hybrid between the Apple AirPods and the Samsung Galaxy Buds but adorned with the gaming company's logo. The earbuds, which seem to be sold under Razer's Hammerhead branding, are available to buy now for CNY 799 (~US$113). There is no word yet whether they will be sold outside of China, though.
Huawei Watch GT 2: An intelligent, stylish and flawed smartwatch
The Huawei Watch GT 2 has now been released, with our review following in tow too. While the successor to the Watch GT is certainly appealing, it suffers from some glaring issues too.
Mi Mix 4 leaks ahead of next week's anticipated launch
The Mi Mix 4 merry-go-round continues. First, Ice Universe claimed it was in the works, then Xiaomi's Brand Promotion Manager could not decide whether it was or not. Now, a photo of the rumored device has leaked online, along with a release date. It is sooner than we thought, too.
Huami Amazfit GTS Smartwatch Review: A high-quality copy
Smartwatches are becoming more popular, with OEMs now bringing cheaper models to market too. Apple remains a big player in the sector with its Watch, so it should come as no surprise to see other manufacturers basing their attempts on its design. The Huami Amazfit GTS bears an uncanny resemblance to the Apple Watch while costing a lot less. Its price alone should be reason enough to check out what this cheap smartwatch has to offer.
AMD vs Intel: Does the new AMD ThinkPad X395 challenge the Intel ThinkPad X390?
We have just released our review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X395, an AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U powered 13.3-inch subnotebook. The Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U integrates a Radeon RX Vega 6 GPU too, which is known to have better graphics performance than its Intel counterparts. But how does the ThinkPad X395 compare against the ThinkPad X390, its Intel equivalent, and which is the better overall device?
Huawei Watch GT 2 Smartwatch Review: Stupendously smart, but buggy
The Huawei Watch GT 2 is currently one of the most expensive smartwatches on the market. The device has a high-quality build and design that comes in two sizes. The GT 2 has interchangeable wristbands too and combines intelligent fitness functions with telephone features in a long-running package. However, it is also plagued by shortcomings and a mighty bug too.
Will the Samsung Galaxy S11 look weird?
GalaxyClub.nl has noticed some information about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S11, courtesy of a new benchmark listing. The information has got people speculating that the Galaxy S10 successor will look odd, and potentially even difficult to hold too.
Google warns that the Pixel 4 can be unlocked with your eyes closed; perhaps even by someone who just looks like you too
The Pixel 4 series only uses face unlock for biometric authentication; it is that secure. Or is it? Well, a video of one device unlocking to closed eyes suggests otherwise, as does the possibility of someone who merely looks "a lot like you" authenticating payments with your face data. Is the face unlock on the Pixel 4 series not so secure after all?
Microsoft finally fixes the NVIDIA dGPU and BD PROCHOT-related CPU throttling issues that have been affecting some Surface Book 2 devices for months
The Surface Book 2 and Surface Book 2 15 may be innovative devices, but they have suffered from two critical problems in recent months. Microsoft now claims to have fixed the NVIDIA dGPU disconnects and BD PROCHOT-related throttling issues that have affected some machines since at least the summer. The fixes should prompt the re-release of Windows 10 version 1903 for the Surface Book 2 series too.
The LG G6 and V20 Android 9.0 Pie roll-out is a mess
At the turn of this year, LG promised to deliver Android 9.0 Pie to the G6 and V20 by Q3 2019. Has it delivered? If you are a G6 owner then possibly, but many are still awaiting Pie on their handsets as we head ever deeper into Q4. By contrast, LG has offered only the faintest of glimmers for the V20, with all variants missing the self-imposed Q3 deadline.
Lenovo ThinkPad X395 Laptop Review: A fight for the hegemony of business laptops
AMD has been intensifying its competition with Intel recently, as increasingly more Ryzen-powered laptops have been appearing on the market lately. Lenovo has introduced AMD and Intel-powered versions of its 13.3-inch ThinkPad X39 series, the AMD version of which will be the focus of our review. The ThinkPad X390 impressed in our recent review, so how does the AMD-powered X395 do? Read on to find out whether it outdid the X390, along with the advantages and disadvantages of both models.
One UI 2.0: Android 10 arrives on the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10 5G
Now is the time to try One UI 2.0, if you own a Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10+ or Galaxy S10 5G that is. Samsung has opened its One UI beta program once again, with the company giving the world the first taste of its Android 10-based OS. One UI 2.0 makes some useful refinements over the last stable release, including an improved dark mode among others.
Pixel 4 retail box reveals some surprises ahead of tomorrow's launch
The Google Pixel 4 series launch is almost upon us, with the company expected to announce at least a Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. While the two devices will feature more cameras than their predecessors, a new leak highlights some absentees too. In short, it seems that Google is going the way of Apple, which undoubtedly will disappoint Pixel fans.
Amazfit GTS: Huami launches its Apple Watch imitator in India for ₹9,999 (~US$140)
The Amazfit GTS has made its way to India, having been unveiled in China earlier this year. The Apple Watch clone features a 1.65-inch and 348 x 442 AMOLED panel, which sits within a 43.25 x 36.25 x 9.4 mm chassis. The 5 ATM water-resistant smartwatch also weighs 27.2 g without a strap and is available on Amazon.in for ₹9,999 (~US$140).
AMD brings the Radeon RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, Vega Frontier Edition and Radeon VII in from the cold
It seems that AMD has listened to its customers, having added support for its Radeon Image Sharpening algorithm to Radeon Vega GPUs. Last month the company claimed it had no immediate plans to do so, but it would bring RIS to the Vega series if there was enough interest. Good news then, Radeon RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, Vega Frontier Edition and Radeon VII owners?
iPhone SE 2: A US$399 and A13 Bionic-powered iPhone SE successor, but the size of an iPhone 8?
Are you in the market for a new iPhone, but do not like the size of the iPhone 11 series? Well, rumor has it that Apple is planning to bring an iPhone SE 2 to market in Q1 next year, and an A13 Bionic at that. However, the iPhone SE successor may not be as small as some people have perhaps hoped.
The Honor Band 5 is better value than the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 despite its faux pas
The Honor Band 5 convinced us during our tests and is a good fitness tracker package at an affordable cost. The device offers more than the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 does in our opinion too, despite its shortcomings. One may have people looking elsewhere, though.
The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro have landed in Europe
Launched first in Malaysia, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro have now arrived in Europe, albeit with limited coverage. The retailer promises to deliver 128 GB and 256 GB SKUs of both devices within a week, although it remains unclear whether these are official EU models or import models.
Honor Band 5 Fitness Tracker Review: A Xiaomi Mi Band 4 alternative with hardly any weaknesses
The Honor Band 5 hardly differs from its predecessor, at least visually. Nevertheless, Honor wants to have achieved some improvements with the fifth edition of its fitness tracker. Read on to find out what these are and what our major criticism of the Honor Band 5 is.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G: Foldable and not as expensive as an iPhone
The Samsung Galaxy Fold costs around €2,100 (~US$2305) in Europe, for which you will receive the first foldable smartphone to reach the continent. While the device is absurdly expensive, it is no more expensive than some iPhones despite offering more functionality and innovations to boot.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G Smartphone Review: A foldable handset with an air of confidence
The Galaxy Fold is the first commercially available foldable smartphone, a device that Samsung has revised after its failed launch earlier this year. Read on to find out whether the changes have been worthwhile and what the Galaxy Fold offers in this detailed review.
ASUS ROG G703GXR: A 17.3-inch gaming monster with few compromises
The ASUS ROG G703GXR bucks the slim bezel trend and delivers a no-compromises gaming platform with plenty of ports and decent performance. We have put the 17.3-inch gaming laptop through its paces, which you can find in our accompanying review.
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U disappoints in early benchmark results; averages 13% less than the Intel Core i5-1035G7 in multi-core workloads
AMD and Microsoft have since confirmed that the Ryzen Surface Edition processors are custom versions of the Ryzen 5 3500U and Ryzen 7 3700U, and now examples of the former have appeared on UserBenchmark. While the Ryzen 5 3580U fares well compared with the Core i5-8265U, it appears to fall short of the Core i5-1035G7 in multi-core workloads.
Intel Comet Lake powered One Mix 3 Pro goes up for pre-order for ~US$979
The One Mix 3 Pro is One-netbook's latest ultra-mobile PC (UMPC), and the first that we have seen with an Intel Comet Lake-Y series processor. The 8.4-inch device also has 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD and weighs just 0.66 kg. The One Mix 3 Pro is available to pre-order now from Chinese retailer JD.com for 6,999 CNY (~US$979). One-netbook may bring the UMPC to other markets too.
Dell XPS 15 explodes, but is not part of the company’s recall program
With Dell recently releasing a BIOS revision to improve the thermal stability of the XPS 15 9570, pictures of a decimated XPS 15 doing the rounds online may be concern those who are either considering the series for their next laptop or already own an XPS 15. The cause of the damage can affect any laptop though, and does not appear to be XPS 15 specific.
ASUS ROG G703GXR Laptop Review: A high-end old-school gamer
The ASUS ROG G703GXR is a classic desktop replacement gaming laptop that focuses on performance and features. Read on to find out how this 17.3-inch wins out against its more compact competitors.
Apple iPad 7 2019 Tablet Review: Small changes with a big impact?
The iPad 7 2019 is a soft upgrade on the iPad that Apple released last year. The new iPad sports a new screen format, iPadOS and support for accessories such as the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, but there are few major changes this year. Read on in this live review to find out whether the series of small changes can combine to make a big difference. Update: Review completed.
Dell Latitude 3400: An affordable 14-inch business laptop with a significant shortcoming
The Dell Latitude 3400 offers excellent battery life, input devices and a wide selection of ports. Our review unit impressed us during our tests, not least because of its value for money. However, there is one area that could have people looking elsewhere.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER midrange challenger GPU rumored to launch on October 29
NVIDIA looks set to have a busy end of the month, at least if latest rumors are to be believed. Chinese insiders claim that the company will release the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER in the final week of October, a week after it is expected to unleash the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti. The GTX 1660 SUPER will sit between the GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti, with NVIDIA likely pitching it against AMD's upcoming Navi 12 and Navi 14 GPUs.
Surface Neo: Microsoft redefines the world of computers again with the Surface Neo, its foldable Windows 10X tablet
Not content with just releasing newer versions of existing Surface products, Microsoft has upped its game and announced two foldable Surface devices. The larger is called the Surface Neo and features two 9-inch displays, a fold-out keyboard, a 360° hinge and is compatible with the Surface Slim Pen that docks on the rear of the device. The Surface Neo is powered by Intel's upcoming Lakefield processors and will be available from late 2020.
Surface Pro X: A US$999 7 W ARM 2-in-1 with 2x USB Type-C and LTE that is orderable from today
The next-generation Surface Pro is here, and it starts at US$999. The Surface Pro X, previously leaked as the Surface Campus and Surface 7, has a 13-inch Pixel Sense display with a 2,880 x 1,920 resolution and is just 5.3 mm thick. The Surface Pro 7 features a custom 7 W ARM processor that delivers up to 3x more power per watt than the Surface Pro 6 too and is available to pre-order today.
Surface Laptop 3: 3x more powerful than the MacBook Air and with a custom Ryzen Surface Edition processor
The Surface Laptop 3 is here, and it is arriving in two variants. As per previous leaks, Microsoft has announced 13.5-inch and 15-inch variants of its next laptop. The 13.5-inch version comes with an Intel Ice Lake quad-core processor, while Microsoft has partnered with AMD to create a custom Ryzen chip for the 15-inch version. Both models come with USB Type-C, fast charging and better serviceability than the Surface Laptop 2 too. The Surface Laptop 3 will start at US$999 and will be available to order from October 22.
Dell Latitude 3400 Laptop Review: An affordable business laptop with long battery life
The Dell Latitude 3400 scores well for its long battery life, good keyboard and extensive ports. However, its dim and low-contrast display will not set the world alight, despite it being a matte IPS panel. Read on to find out how this 14-inch business laptop gets on in our tests.
Intel Cascade Lake-X Core i9 processors to start at US$590; 18 core Core i9-10980XE will cost just US$979
Intel has not only confirmed the product stack of its Cascade Lake-X series but has also priced it unbelievably competitively. The series starts at just US$590 for the 10 core Core i9-10900X, before rising to US$979 for the 18 core Core i9-10980XE. Your move, AMD.
Say hello to the Surface Campus, an ARM-powered Surface running Core OS (Windows 10X)
Microsoft has more up its sleeve than just the Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7, according to veteran leaker Evan Blass. Leaked marketing images give a first glimpse at the device, while Blass has hinted about the OS that it will be running too. Bring on tomorrow, for there may be a dual-screen Surface device in the wings too.
Surface Laptop 3 13-inch and 15-inch marketing images surface
Prolific leaker Evan Blass has given us a look at the upcoming 13-inch and 15-inch versions of the Surface Laptop 3 a day early, with Microsoft expected to announce the series tomorrow at its next Surface hardware event. The photos, which look like marketing images, show the Surface Laptop 3 in four colours including Blue and Rose Gold, but fans of the current Red variant may be left disappointed. Update: Roland Quandt confirms the full port selection of the 13-inch Surface Laptop 3.
Surface Pro 7: Official marketing images leak ahead of tomorrow's launch
The wait for the next Surface hardware event is almost over. However, Evan Blass has come through early and delivered the first look at the Surface Pro 7, courtesy of what are likely leaked marketing images. The device looks like a minor revision of last year's Surface Pro, but with one notable change.
GoPro Max: A 360° action camera that costs US$499.99
One of two cameras that GoPro has announced today, the GoPro Max replaces the GoPro Fusion 360 as the company's premier 360° action camera. The GoPro Max features 16.6 MP 360° and 5.5 MP sensors and costs US$499.99. GoPro is offering a complimentary 64 GB SanDisk Extreme microSD card with pre-orders, which will ship on October 15.
GoPro unveils the Hero 8 Black, its latest US$399.99 action camera
On cue, GoPro has taken the wraps off the successor to the Hero 7 Black, aptly named the Hero 8 Black. The new action camera features a 12 MP sensor that can shoot in up to 4K at 60 FPS or 1080p at 240 FPS. The Hero 8 Black supports HyperSmooth 2.0, TimeWarp 2.0, 1080p live streaming and four lens modes ranging from 16 mm to 39 mm. The Hero 8 Black is available to order now for US$399.99, and GoPro is including a 32 GB SanDisk Extreme microSD card with pre-orders. Pre-orders will ship on October 15.
Lenovo Legion Y740 Laptop Review: Only a small CPU upgrade
The Lenovo Legion Y740 returns to our offices, but this time with a small performance upgrade over the version that we originally tested. The 15-inch gaming laptop fared well last time during our tests, so we are intrigued to see the effect that the upgrade from an 8th to a 9th generation Intel Core processor has. Read on to find out what effect this has, or whether it is a superficial upgrade.
Dell has not broken USB Type-C charging on the XPS 15 9570 with BIOS 1.13.0; may have minimised fans running on standby though
Dell recently released a new BIOS revision for the XPS 15 9570, so we thought we would test it. Despite reports to the contrary, the update does not break USB Type-C charging, nor does it have any negative effects on performance either. Read on to find out our experiences with BIOS 1.13.0 for the XPS 15 9570.
GoPro Hero 8 Black: Pricing, packaging and advertising materials leaked ahead of tomorrow's launch
There is only one day to go until GoPro unveils its next action cameras, but advertising materials, packaging and pricing of the Hero 8 Black have appeared online. The leak even details some of the accessories that GoPro will sell with the successor to the Hero 7 Black too.
FIFA 20 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
While EA has added a new game mode called Volta to FIFA 20, the latest game in the FIFA franchise remains based on the same engine that underpinned its predecessor. EA has made one change though, which forces FIFA 20 to run in DirectX 12. Read on to find out what implications this has for system requirements and how FIFA 20 performs on several desktop PCs, laptops and GPUs.
14 core Intel Core i9-10940X fails to impress on Geekbench; just 5% ahead of the Core i9-10920X and AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in multicore workloads
We have already seen 10 core, 12 core and 18 core representatives from Intel's upcoming Cascade Lake-X (CL-X) series hit Geekbench, and now a 14 core SKU has appeared online. While previous results have shown a demonstrable difference between the CL-X series, this new 14 core chip only edges its 12 core sibling despite having 2 additional cores. The successor to the Core i9-9940X only outscores the 12 core Ryzen 9 3900X by 5% in multicore workloads too.
Google and Huawei appear to have colluded over the Mate 30 series; Google Pay works despite no official certification
It has only been a week since the launch of the Mate 30 series in Munich, but it has already become clear that Google and Huawei have been working more closely together than perhaps the current US administration would like. Despite having no official access to Google products, the Mate 30 series can access services like Google Pay without issue. Read on to find out why this is the case and what Google and Huawei have done to work around the restrictions currently imposed on the Chinese company.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro scores sensational 121 points in DxOMark
The camera benchmark website DxOMark has a new number one smartphone camera, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. The Mate 30 Pro scored an incredible 121 points, usurping the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. The former's selfie camera apparently falls short of recent Samsung flagships and even the Sony IMX586 in the ASUS ZenFone 6, though.
Windows Core OS spotted running on an Intel Lakefield penta-core processor; A new Surface device afoot?
There have been rumors about Microsoft debuting Windows Core OS next week at its Surface hardware event on October 2, potentially on foldable devices codenamed Centaurus and Pegasus. Now, a Geekbench listing has appeared that shows Core OS running a mysterious Intel Lakefield processor. Have we just seen the first sight of Microsoft's return to mobile devices?
Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro 2: The AirPods alternative that cost ~US$55
Xiaomi has followed up on the success of last year's Mi AirDots Pro with a suitably named successor, the Mi AirDots Pro 2. The headphones will be available in China from September 27 for CNY 399 (~US$55) and look uncannily like the AirPods, which Apple currently sells for between US$159 and US$199.
12 core Intel Core i9-10920X edges the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in Geekbench; scores 22% more than the Threadripper 2920X in multicore workloads too but at likely 3x the price
Yet more of the Cascade Lake-X product stack has appeared on Geekbench, with someone now testing the successor to the Core i9-9920X. The processor in question looks to be an engineering sample based on the clock speeds that Geekbench reports, but the 12 core and 24 thread CPU can already match the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X and outscore the Threadripper 2920X by up to 22% in multicore workloads. Albeit, the Core i9-10920X will probably cost up to 3x the price of comparable AMD chips.
Dell may have fixed Modern Standby for the XPS 15 9570, of sorts
As promised, we have tested the Modern Standby Performance Improvement Package application for the XPS 15 9750 to determine what it has changed on Dell's prosumer 15.6-inch laptop. The package rolls together several existing updates as we previously reported but makes one important change too. Dell seems to have fixed Modern Standby for the XPS 15 9750, albeit by removing one feature that some people may find useful.
Surface Pro 7: Will the next Surface Pen support wireless charging?
Microsoft is expected to unveil at least the Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 at its hardware event on October 2. A recent FCC filing suggests that the company may also have a new Surface Pen in the works, though. The certified accessory has an interesting detail that existing Surface Pens lack too.
The Xiaomi Mi Smart TV 4S 55-inch arrives in Europe; 4K Amazon Prime and Netflix streaming with Android 9.0 Pie for €399.99 (~US$439.98)
Xiaomi has quietly brought its Mi LED TV range to Europe, having listed the Mi Smart TV 4S 55-inch on Amazon.de on Monday. The affordable big-screen TV runs Android 9.0 Pie, has 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage on which to install apps. The 4K TV supports HDR, DTS, Dolby Audio and comes with Google Assistant built-in. The Mi Smart TV 4S 55-inch is currently on sale at €399.99 (~US$439.98), with Amazon claiming that it will typically sell the device for €699.95 (~US$769.93). The TV is available in Russia too.
HP ProBook 455R G6 Laptop Review: Better battery life thanks to Zen+
The improved Zen+ cores of Raven Ridge APUs promise lower power consumption while also delivering slightly higher clock speeds than their predecessors. At first glance, the HP ProBook 455R G6 should also benefit from these innovations, which is reason enough for us to check how the business laptop compares against its predecessor. Read on to find out how this Ryzen 5 3500U 15.6-inch laptop performs in our tests.
AMD Radeon RX 5500 rears its head and scores suspiciously well on GFXBench
A new entry for what claims to be the Radeon RX 5500 has appeared on GFXBench. The new listing seemingly confirms that AMD will bring two RX 5xxx series to market, with the RX 5300 series confirmed to be making an appearance too. The RX 5500 series, expected to be based on AMD's Navi 12 GPU, will likely challenge the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 series for midrange market dominance.
Surface Laptop 3: Pricing & configuration details for the 15-inch model leak
A new rumor claims that AMD and Microsoft have had a much closer partnership over the 15-inch version of the Surface Laptop 3 than previously thought. Initially reported by Roland Quandt at WinFuture, the rumor, an excerpt from a US price list, claims that Microsoft will release at least six distinct configurations. The series will apparently cost between US$999 and US$2,399, although two SKUs are apparently powered by unannounced Ryzen processors, which suggests that AMD and Microsoft are cooperating more deeply than we originally thought.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 (Mi Mix Alpha): Xiaomi teases 100% screen-to-body ratio and demonstrates 108 MP camera capabilities
Not content on just outdoing the iPhone 11 Pro Max and Mate 30 Pro on cameras, Xiaomi has hinted that it will release a successor to the Mi Mix 3 with a 100% screen-to-body ratio on September 24 at an event in Beijing. The device, currently called the Mi Mix Alpha by the Chinese company, will feature a host of other flagship hardware as previously confirmed by leaker Xiaomishka.
GoPro annual hardware event confirmed ahead of Hero 8 & GoPro Max unveiling
Set your watches to 06:00 PDT (UTC -7) on October 1, for that is when GoPro will be hosting its next annual hardware refresh. The company is expected to unveil the GoPro Hero 8 and GoPro Max, which will succeed the GoPro Hero 7 and GoPro Fusion 360 respectively, with many high-resolution marketing pictures of both having already appeared online.
AMD Radeon RX 5300 XT and B550 chipset inbound: Navi 14 launching on October 8?
Navi 14 may be arriving earlier than we expected and in the form of pre-built desktops, at least according to new HP machines. The upcoming graphics chip looks set to be marketed as the Radeon RX 5300 series, which would suggest that Navi 12 will be the RX 5500 series. You will be able to get your hands on the RX 5300 XT from October 8, although perhaps initially only in pre-built form.
AMD's Radeon RX 5500 and RX 5600 series rumored to launch before the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti prior to October 15
Are you in the market for a midrange desktop GPU but are holding out until AMD releases its Navi 12 and Navi 14 GPUs? Well the graphics chips, currently expected to be called the Radeon RX 5500 and RX 5600 series, may beat the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti to market, which is rumored to launch on October 22. Navi 12 and Navi 14 should replace AMD's Polaris range.
Sony rumored to release the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Pro simultaneously
Typically OEMs release several models during a console's lifespan, with Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all doing so for their current consoles. However, the latest rumor is that Sony will launch the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Pro on day one, apparently to address interest for a high-end model. The rumor stems from Japanese journalist Zenji Nishikawa who has form for being correct about the Nintendo Switch Lite, so perhaps this one has legs too.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Smartphone Review: Triple rear-facing cameras and more power than you could shake a stick at
The smaller of the two iPhone Pros is also probably the most compact flagship smartphone on the market. Apple equips the 5.8-inch device with triple rear-facing cameras, a larger battery and W-iFi 6 among other changes from last year's model. The iPhone 11 Pro does not include a 5G modem, nor is there a 5G SKU either. Read on in our live review to find out whether this latest iPhone will be crowned the best smartphone of 2019.
Update: Live Review finished.
The Intel Core i9-10980XE gives AMD a run for its money in Geekbench listing; scores 42% more than the Threadripper 2950X in the process
We have already seen the 10 core Core i9-10900X achieving a Geekbench multi-core score close to 40,000 points, and now the Core i9-10980XE is flexing its muscles. The 18 core Cascade Lake-X processor breezes past all before it, except for upcoming Zen 2 Ryzen Threadripper 3000 chips and? Well, its predecessor too.
Intel Core i5-9400F trades blows with the AMD Ryzen 5 3500X in early listing
Chinese retailer JD.com has jumped the gun and listed the Ryzen 5 3500X on its website before AMD has even formally announced it. The listing confirms the tip that prolific leaker @TUM_APISAK posted last month, with AMD marketing material pitting its upcoming Zen 2 processor against the Intel Core i5-9400F. The listing reports that the Ryzen 5 3500X will clock between 3.6 and 4.1 GHz, but that its 6 cores will not support Simultaneous multithreading (SMT).
Apple iPhone 11 Smartphone Review: More than just an affordable Apple smartphone
New colours, dual rear-facing cameras, Wi-Fi 6 and a bigger battery; those are the improvements that the iPhone 11 has over the iPhone XR in a nutshell. Read in our detailed live review to see whether the cheapest of this year's iPhones can live up to expectations.
Update: Live Review completed.
ASUS ZenBook Flip 14 UM462DA Convertible Review: A solid all-rounder, but not for outdoors
The ZenBook Flip 14 attracts attention, not least because of its numeric keypad, which ASUS integrates within its trackpad. The pretty-looking convertible has a 360° hinge and packs an AMD processor, with a stylish design that puts it on par with its competitors. Laptops with AMD processors are on the rise, but currently remain rare. Read on to find out how the ZenBook Flip 14 fares in our tests.
Apple iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Max: A summary of initial reviews
The first reviews of the new iPhone 11 series have gone live, so before we have finished with ours, we thought it would be apt to summarise the prevailing views of Apple's new babies. Camera innovations like the new ultra-wide sensor and night mode feature heavily, as do Apple's new comically named "Slofies".
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Smartphone Review: A leap forwards or more of the same?
Apple returns with three new iPhones, just as it did last year. The biggest and heaviest among them is the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which aims to convince those who like big screens and even photographers with its high-quality triple rear-facing cameras. We put Apple's latest most expensive iPhone under the microscope in this live review.
Update: Live Review finished.
Intel falls hopelessly short of the latest 32 core AMD Threadripper 3000 processor to hit Geekbench
Intel is lining up its next-generation High-End Desktop (HEDT) processors, which it will still base on its 14 nm FinFET process. A new Threadripper 3000 Geekbench listing demonstrates how far Intel is behind AMD in the HEDT space though, with a 32 core SKU exceeding 65,000 points again in multicore work. The Zen 2-based series looks set to be compatible with Socket TR4 and the X570 chipset too.
Dramatic developments at Huawei: The Mate 30 series will not be sold in Central Europe
It seems that the US ban on Huawei may have landed its biggest scalp yet. According to multiple industry insiders, Huawei will not be launching the Mate 30, Mate 30 Lite, Mate 30 RS Porsche Design or Mate 30 Pro in Central Europe, despite unveiling the series in Munich tomorrow. Read on to find out everything we know so far about the matter.
The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max looks set to be a battery life champ
The rumours were true, Apple has finally equipped an iPhone with a large battery. Early teardowns show that the company's latest flagship of flagships includes a sizable upgrade over the iPhone XS Max, which should help give it stellar battery life.
10 core Intel Core i9-10900X disappoints in Geekbench; scores 10% less than the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in multicore tasks and falls up to 2.3x behind the Threadripper Zen 2 series
Another 10 core Cascade Lake-X processor has appeared on Geekbench, with the numbering scheme of Intel's next High-End Desktop (HEDT) series now seemingly having been confirmed. The upcoming processor even gets within 10% of the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in multicore workloads and scores 10% more than the Threadripper 2950X too. However, Cascade Lake-X does not seem to offer much competition with the Zen 2-based Threadripper CPUs that are on the horizon too.
LG restarts V30 Android 9.0 Pie rollout
Good news V30 owners, LG has not forgotten about following through on its promise to bring Android 9.0 Pie to its former flagship. The South Korean company nixed a recent build last month, forcing people to remain on Android 8.0 Oreo. Now, the Android 9.0 Pie rollout has been restarted, with builds hitting several countries. Only over a quarter late, right LG?
Alcatel 3 (2019) Smartphone Review: A cheap handset that runs smoothly
The Alcatel 3 (2019) immediately impressed us with its smooth performance. Read on to find out what hardware allows the 180-Euro (~US$199) device to perform so surprisingly well.
Intel Comet Lake looks to be more of the same according to leaked bootlogs
Anyone for a repeat of the Coffee Lake Refresh architecture? Well, Intel GFX CI bootlogs suggest that is what the Comet Lake H and S series will be. Does another 14 nm refinement and 2 MB per core of L3 cache on Hyper-Threaded chips sound familiar to you?
Want to know all about the Mate 30 Pro ahead of its unveiling tomorrow?
In anticipation of tomorrow's launch event, Huawei has released a slew of information alluding to the hardware that it will include in the Mate 30 series. A leaked Mate 30 series demo stand spells out the finer points of these features too, along with the differences between the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. Read on to discover what Huawei will announce tomorrow in Munich.
Tiger Lake-U spotted in Intel GFX CI bootlog; more than just a 10 nm refinement?
The Intel Tiger Lake-U series may be over a year from the big time, but plenty of information about the 10 nm Ice Lake-U successor has appeared online. Last month we saw a UserBenchmark listing and now an Intel GFX CI bootlog spotted by @InstLatX64. It seems that Intel has a lot planned for Tiger Lake-U, but will it be enough to keep AMD at bay?
The vivo NEX 3 shows where Android OEMs are headed, and it is one that few will want
vivo has been ahead of the curve with many innovations in recent years, but has it taken it too far with the NEX 3? A 90° curved waterfall display may look eye-catching, but it comes with compromises. While the tech world clamours over the next innovation, is a screen so curved that there is no space for physical buttons one for which any asked?
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 Laptop Review: An extremely bright convertible with a matte touchscreen and privacy features
HP is one of the few OEMs that sells business laptops with bright optional displays. The EliteBook x360 1030 G3 is one such device, which has an optional 700 cd/m² display. Read on to find out whether the display can live up to its billing and how it affects battery life. We shall be looking at the Sure View privacy filter that HP incorporates too.
Nikon Z 6 Essential Movie Kit: A complete mirrorless camera solution for video production
Nikon has introduced the Nikon Z 6 Essential Film Kit, its first mirrorless camera bundle that the company has designed for video professionals and filmmakers. The kit offers a quick introduction to the production of high-quality films and videos. The Essential Film Kit costs £2,639 (~US$3,291).
AMD leaves the RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64 and Radeon VII out in the cold; claims it is listening
AMD has already brought its Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) algorithm to its Polaris GPUs, but Vega architecture GPUs may miss the cut. Enough demand for RIS from owners of an RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64 or Radeon VII may sway the company, as may response from Navi and Polaris users. AMD is making no promises for the time being, but it is actively seeking feedback from the gaming community.
PINE64 announces the PineTime, a US$25 smartwatch
The PineTime is the latest side project of PINE64, the company behind the PineBook Pro and PinePhone. The smartwatch will integrate a Nordic nF52832 SoC and will support Bluetooth 5, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, ANT and NFC. The device will include a heart rate monitor too, along with multi-day battery life and a zinc alloy and plastic chassis. The PineTime will cost US$25, with PINE64 encouraging ARM Mbed and FreeRTOS developers to join the project too.
Neo G41V-4: Minix introduces an Intel Gemini Lake fanless mini PC for US$270
Minix presented its new small NEO G41V-4 at IFA 2019 in Berlin, a fanless mini PC that fits in one hand. The G41V-4 incorporates an Intel Celeron N4100 processor, UHD Graphics 600 and 4 GB of DDR4 RAM among other components. The G41V-4 succeeds the Neo N42C-4 and will sell for US$270.
AMD readies impressionist and surrealist APUs for 2020 release
AMD is on track to deliver its next APUs next year, according to fresh Linux driver revisions. The two series, codenamed Dali and Renoir, are not based on the Navi architecture, but they should still offer improvements over existing Picasso APUs.
Huawei Watch GT 2: New smartwatch teased ahead of Mate 30 Pro launch
Huawei has more up its sleeve for its next launch event than just the Mate 30 series. In anticipation of this Thursday's event in Munich, the Chinese company has teased the successor to the Watch GT, aptly named the Watch GT 2. Read on to see what the video reveals and what we know so far about Huawei's next smartwatch.
Verizon LG V30 owners awake to a surprising OTA update
Seemingly without warning, Verizon has started rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the LG V30. The update, which should be available over the air (OTA) right now, weighs in at 2.25 GB and is downloadable from LG Bridge too. The rollout is the first we have seen for the V30 since LG pulled the worldwide Android 9.0 Pie release for its former flagship last month.
Surface Laptop 3: A 15-inch variant and AMD Ryzen 3000 SKUs?
A 15-inch variant and AMD Ryzen 3000 SKUs? Those are the latest rumours about the Surface Laptop 3, with it seemingly being more than an iterative update as the Surface Laptop 2 was when Microsoft released it last year. Read on to find out everything we know about Microsoft's first AMD Surface collaboration.
Rock Pi X: An affordable Raspberry Pi alternative with an Intel Cherry Trail processor that costs less than US$40
The Rock Pi X is like a cross between an Atomic Pi and a Raspberry Pi, but even more affordable. Radxa equips the 85 x 52 mm developer board with an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor, up to 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, along with a host of ports and connections including an HDMI 1.4 that can output in up to 4K. The Rock Pi X has a 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible header too and supports several OSs including Android, Windows 10, Ubuntu 18.04 and other Linux distributions. The Rock Pi X will start at US$39 and rise to US$75 for the most expensive model.
Razer design patent appears online: A Razer Phone accessory or an Edge Pro successor?
Razer has patented the perfect Nintendo Switch, or is it a Razer Phone accessory? What about a resurrected Wii U GamePad or a Razer Edge Pro? Your guess is as good as ours.
Navi 14: Consumer and workstation bound?
Much has been spoken about AMD pitching Navi 14 against the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 series. However, a recent patch to the AMDGPU Linux kernel DRM driver suggests that the company has other plans for the upcoming graphics chip too.
The Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL are on sale again with US$300 off all models
There is nothing like a sale to get rid of old stock ahead of a new product release. While all the talk has recently been about the huge volume of Pixel 4 and 4 XL leaks, Google is running a sale on all Pixel 3 and 3 XL models. You can take US$300 off across the board, but only while stocks last.
GoPro Hero 8 & GoPro Max high-resolution marketing pictures leak before imminent release
Two new GoPro action cameras on the horizon, with the company announcing the successors to the GoPro Hero 7 and GoPro Fusion 360 this month. High-resolution marketing images of the GoPro Hero 8 Black and GoPro Max have appeared online, complete with modular accessories.
Control Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Developed by Remedy Entertainment, Control is a story-driven action-adventure that sends the main character through a constantly changing building. Read on to find out how this visual extravaganza plays on various desktop and laptop GPUs.
AMD and Microsoft are bringing hardware ray-tracing to the masses with the Xbox Scarlett
News about the Xbox Scarlett has been quiet lately. However, a recent Gamespot interview with Studio Technical Art Director at The Coalition, the studio behind the Gears of War series, has sparked debate about what GPU on which the Xbox One successor will be based. Whichever way you cut it, the AMD and Microsoft co-engineered custom graphics chip will bring features currently exclusive to high-end gaming GPUs to market.
Intel Lakefield processor appears on GFXBench; Iris Plus Graphics G7 on a 7 W chip?
Lakefield processors will be the first example of Intel's Foveros 3D stacking technology. GFXBench confirms that the upcoming 10 nm chips will feature Gen11 GPUs with up to 64 execution units (EU), putting them technically on par with the Iris Plus Graphics G7. Iris Plus Graphics performance in thin 2-in-1s or dual-display devices? Not quite, according to GFXBench.
FriendlyElec NanoPi M4V2: Powerful Raspberry Pi alternative now available for US$70.00
The NanoPi M4V2, as its name suggests, is a new revision of the NanoPi M4, which FriendlyElec launched last year. The Rockchip RK3399 powered single-board computer (SBC) includes 4 GB of dual-channel LPDDR4 RAM, four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one USB 2.0 Type-C ports and a 40-pin GPIO header. The board also supports Gigabit Ethernet and up to 802.11 ac Wi-Fi. The M4V2 includes power and recovery buttons too. The NanoPi M4V2 is available to order now for US$70.00 from FriendlyARM, which ships worldwide.
Square, Triangle, Circle, and? Sony settles PlayStation debate
Think you know the names of all the buttons on a PlayStation controller? Think again, according to Sony. Are you an X or Cross person?
ProtonMail is not becoming Huawei's new email client
Contrary to a recent report by Bloomberg, ProtonMail will not be preloaded on future Huawei smartphones. Instead, the Swiss company is considering bringing its email client to Android app stores other than the Google Play Store, including the Samsung Galaxy Store, Amazon App store and the Huawei AppGallery.
Huawei announces plans to upgrade over 30 devices to EMUI 10
Huawei has announced its EMUI 10 roadmap at IFA 2019, and the company is aiming to deliver its custom version of Android 10 to over 30 Huawei and Honor devices. At least 10 devices including the Mate 30 series will be running EMUI 10 before the end of the year, with the rollout continuing to Q2 2020 and beyond. EMUI 10 will feature Google Services for existing handsets too.
There is light at the end of the tunnel for the LG G6 and V20
Still holding out on seeing your LG G6 or V20 running Android 9.0 Pie? Well, while LG remains tight-lipped when this month it plans to release the OS upgrade to both devices, but changes to the Android Enterprise Solutions Directory point towards it being soon. Do you reckon that LG will keep to its Q3 2019 schedule for rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the G6 and V20?
EMUI 10 beta goes live for over 25 devices
EMUI 10 beta builds are here, but Huawei has not opened the program to all models and variants. Read on to find out which devices are eligible for an early look at Huawei's custom version of Android 10 and how to install it on your handset.
Black, white, orange, green or blue? Leaked Pixel 4 promotional video points to more than three colours for Google's next flagship
Apple is hosting its "Special Event" tomorrow, but the internet is talking about the Pixel 4. Why? Well, an apparent Pixel 4 promotional video has leaked online, the timing of which is suspect, to say the least. Google may have a trick or two up its sleeve too.
NVIDIA puts the GTX 1650 Ti back on the table; SUPER related price cuts for the GTX 1660 series too
Thought that AMD and NVIDIA had ended their tit for tat game for the time being? Think again, as the green team has a response to Navi 14, which will probably be called the RX 5600 series. NVIDIA may even take a leaf out of AMD's puerile 'jebaiting' strategies, not only flooding the market with more midrange GPUs, but also undercutting existing prices too.
What is with all the Google Pixel 4 leaks this week?
If the recent volume of leaks is anything to go by, then the Pixel 4 series is edging ever nearer to being unveiled. While the bezels and square rear-facing camera housing may put off many people, Google may have a few technological innovations up its sleeve.
Schenker announces the XMG Fusion 15, Europe's answer to the Eluktronics MAG-15
The Schenker XMG Fusion 15 features a Core i7-9750H processor, either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU and up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM. The XMG Fusion 15 comes with a 94 Wh battery, Thunderbolt 3 and a 144 Hz 1080p 15.6-inch IPS panel too. Schenker will officially launch the Fusion 15 on September 17.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro may be the ugliest and most inconvenient flagship smartphone of 2019
Have the rumours about the Mate 30 Pro got you clamouring for its launch event on September 19? Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but recent renders published by OnLeaks and Pricebaba paint the Mate 30 Pro as one of the uglier flagships of 2019. Some of its rumoured features look more gimmicky than innovative too.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series 32 core CPU blows existing HEDT processors out of the water in UserBenchmark
The Zen 2-based AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 series keeps setting benchmark records, with an engineering sample showing the world what it is capable of on UserBenchmark. The 32 core processor outscores the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX by 37% in Extreme workloads, with it besting the Core i9-9980XE by 98% too.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4: Launch date and triple-camera specs leak
Xiaomi is apparently set to disrupt the iPhone 11 Pro and Mate 30 Pro with the Mi Mix 4, with latest rumours suggesting that the 108 MP monster will be released on September 24 alongside MIUI 11. Xiaomi seemingly has no plans to return to a slider mechanism for the Mi Mix 3 successor either.
Intel UHD Graphics Gen12 performs woefully in GFXBench
The successor to the GPUs powering Intel's new Ice Lake-U series has appeared on GFXBench, and boy is it currently a stinker. The GPU, identified as the UHD Graphics Gen12, performed miserably in benchmarks. However, as it is not slated to arrive for another eighteen months, we are certainly looking at an early engineering sample.
MSI Prestige 14 Hands-On Laptop Review: Faster than ever and still great for content creators
MSI has packed the Prestige 14 with a powerful 10th generation Intel Core processor and a mid-range NVIDIA GPU, despite the device being just 16 mm thick. Can such a slim and light laptop keep these components cool? Our initial tests suggest so. Read on to find out more in this hands-on review.
Report: Notebookcheck ratings v7 update launched
The development of laptops, smartphones, and tablets continues at a steady, albeit now slightly slower, pace. We last updated our review metrics in fall 2016, so enough time has now passed to revise these once again. From now on, we will be switching to an adjusted set of weightings, which is the seventh revision since we started Notebookcheck well over a decade ago. Read on to find out what changes v7 brings.
In review: The Lenovo ThinkPad L490 - a poor man's L480?
Lenovo has upgraded its ThinkPad L series to new Intel Whiskey Lake processors, but it is not all rosy. Our ThinkPad L490 review unit is somehow slower than its predecessor despite having a nominally more powerful CPU. Has Lenovo sweetened the deal with any other reasons to upgrade, or should you give the ThinkPad L490 a miss?
Corsair One i160 Gaming PC Review: A 12 litre machine with a Core i9-9900K and RTX 2080 Ti
The Corsair One i160 is a compact gaming PC that packs extremely powerful hardware into an impressively small case. Corsair has included a proprietary and patented liquid cooling system to keep the Core i9-9900K and RTX 2080 Ti cool even during long gaming sessions, which it complements with 32 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and plenty of storage. Read on to find out how well the Corsair One i160 performs in our tests and whether its liquid cooling system is up to scratch.
GoPro Hero 8 & GoPro Max leaked ahead of release this month
As always, GoPro will be releasing a new generation of action cameras this month. This year the company will introduce an update to the GoPro Fusion 360 called the GoPro Max, along with the GoPro Hero 8. Photos of both devices have leaked online too having made their way through the FCC.
Huawei develops Bluetooth smart cases: Mate 30 with modular add-ons?
Motorola's MotoMods were the last reasonably successful attempt to make modular smartphones with hot-swappable features, and now it appears that Huawei plans to introduce something similar. However, while MotoMods communicate via pogo pin connectors, Huawei and Honor's accessories will use Bluetooth, as recent Bluetooth SIG certifications suggest.
Dell continues to bait and switch XPS 15 9570 owners over Modern Standby sleep issues
Dell has quietly posted an update on its support website for the XPS 15 9570 titled "Modern Standby Performance Improvement Package Application". The 66.94 MB update promises to fix Connected Modern Standby being enabled by default, a change that Dell previously claimed required re-installing Windows 10. The company labels the update as urgent, with it apparently updating machines to BIOS 1.12.0 too. The update is available to download now.
Are you planning to buy the Mate 30 or Mate 30 Pro next month?
Announced on Twitter this morning, Huawei will host its Mate 30 series event on September 19 in Munich. The post seemingly confirms that the Chinese manufacturer is bringing a circular camera housing to the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, with a nod to it making some big changes to the Mate series too.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper Zen 2 hits 4.17 GHz in Geekbench, obliterating the Threadripper 2950X, Ryzen 9 3900X and Intel Core i9-9900K in the process
A new 32 core AMD Ryzen Threadripper Zen 2 processor has appeared on Geekbench, following the one spotted by @momomo_us earlier this month. The chip seems like a downclocked version of the one that almost hit 100,000 in Geekbench, but it can still reach nearly 4.2 GHz and leave existing CPUs in its wake in multi-core work.
Fēnix 6: Garmin announces Fēnix 6, Fēnix 6S, Fēnix 6X and Solar smartwatches
Garmin has refreshed its premium Fēnix smartwatch series, with the aptly named Fēnix 6. The series is available in three sizes and two material variants. There is a solar-powered version of the Fēnix 6X too.
Mediocre at best: DxOMark takes issue with the rear and selfie cameras in the Sony Xperia 1
The camera benchmark website DxOMark has just released its in-depth analysis and extensive review of the rear-facing and selfie cameras in the Xperia 1, and it is not good news for Sony fans. As we discovered in our recent review, the Xperia 1 has sub-par cameras for a modern flagship.
Apple: Independent repair shops to be allowed access to official iPhone spare parts
In a surprising move, Apple announced yesterday that it will supply independent repair shops with iPhone spare parts. Undoubtedly, the decision will benefit consumers, who are currently tied into paying exorbitant prices for in-store Apple repairs.
Surface Pro 7: All variants to come with LTE as standard?
LTE as standard across all Surface Pro 7 SKUs? That is the latest rumour, with Intel and Qualcomm variants apparently being "always connected". The Surface Pro 7 looks set to disappoint those who were hoping that Thunderbolt 3 would being making its way to Microsoft's new 2-in-1. Read on to find out everything we know about the next Surface Pro.
Massive upgrade: Regular OnePlus 7T to feature a larger and 90 Hz display?
While it may currently seem unusual for OnePlus to introduce such a big change for an incremental hardware upgrade, the news comes from the reliable Ishan Agarwal. The OnePlus 7T will apparently feature a larger display with a small notch than its predecessor that will also operate at up to 90 Hz. The next OnePlus flagship seems a curious upgrade from the OnePlus 7 for other reasons too according to leaked specs.
Amazfit GTS: Huami launches Apple Watch clone for ~US$126
Xiaomi's sister company Huami has released a new smartwatch that packs plenty of features while remaining affordable at under US$150. Oh, and it is a blatant rip-off of the Apple Watch too.
Still interested in the Google Pixel 4?
Are you looking forward to the Pixel 4? Well, a new leak allegedly showing the Pixel 4 in the flesh will give you a better idea of what Google's next flagship will look like. Jump in to see what else the leaked pictures reveal.
LG is still up to its old tricks with the G6
LG is pushing out a new update to the G6 H870S and H870DS, but it may frustrate people who have been wishing for an OS upgrade. While LG remains still hopeless at upgrading its older flagships to Android 9.0 Pie, it also seems content with releasing four-month old security patches too. Get your act together, LG.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Smartphone Review: Optimised SoC promises better runtimes
The S-Pen and stunning display once again distinguish the Galaxy Note from its Galaxy S sibling. This year’s Galaxy Note is the first to feature a newer SoC than the Galaxy S that preceded it, so it will be intriguing to see what improvements the Exynos 9825 brings over the Exynos 9820. In many ways, the Note 10+ is a re-bodied Galaxy S10+ with a few tweaks and omissions. Read on to find out how the Note 10+ performs in this live review. Update: Live Review completed.
Did you buy an octa-core an FX Bulldozer or Piledriver processor? You could be due compensation from AMD
AMD has finally agreed on a settlement for the false advertising of its Bulldozer and Piledriver processors, after eight years of litigation. Claimants will be eligible to draw from a pot of up to US$12.1 million, but there are certain caveats including from where you bought the processor and which SKU you bought.
AMD Navi 14 3 GB variant pops up on Compubench; positions itself between the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1650
AMD seems to be taking aim at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16xx series, with the company potentially bringing a fourth Navi 14 GPU to market. The information comes courtesy of another Compubench listing, with the 3 GB SKU possibly sitting somewhere between the GeForce GTX 1650 and the older GeForce GTX 1050.
Good news awaits for smartphone camera fans
You can skip the mediocre cameras of the Note 10 series, at least according to renowned leaker Ice Universe. Samsung apparently has something special planned for the Galaxy S11 series, which should be announced in under six months, with it potentially being something that has yet to grace the smartphone world.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Smartphone Review: Still the best business smartphone?
Is the Galaxy Note 10 merely a smaller version of the Note 10+, or is there more at hand? Well, the smaller battery, display, RAM, and storage all suggest so, but the Note 10 is more than just a scaled-down Note 10+. The inclusion of an S Pen should still help the Note 10 appeal to business users, as will it being cheaper than the Note 10+ too. Read on in this live review to find out our thoughts on this year’s baby Galaxy Note. Update: Live Review finished.
There is life in the old jack yet; Mate 30 cases reveal what the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ sorely lack
Have you been wondering what new flagship this year now that Samsung has nixed the headphone jack? Well, Huawei may have the answer for you, and it may be arriving as soon as next month. Enter the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, with leaked case designs showing off the increasingly shunned jack in all its glory.
Could a Pixel smartwatch be partnering the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL this Fall?
LetsGoDigital has unearthed a patent filed by Google for a smartwatch with a twist. Filed over two years ago but dated August 27 2019, the design looks like a run-of-the-mill watch with its circular face, but at its centre is something that could disrupt the smartwatch market.
Morphies Law – Size matters in this weird and wacky indie game
Morphies Law not only brings unusual gameplay but also a weird, yet fresh and refreshing comic-style design. Read on to find our thoughts about this first-person shooter multiplayer in this short review.
NVIDIA launches a new RTX GPU, but not as you'd expect
The RTX T10-8, which recently appeared in AIDA64 changelogs, is a new RTX GPU but not as we thought. A recent NVIDIA press-release hinted at what the intended purpose of the T10-8 would be, and it is not an RTX 2080 Ti SUPER. You can still take advantage of the new GPU though if you know where to look.
Xiaomi is attempting to become the standard-bearer of Android TV with Android Pie updates for several Mi TVs
Starting next month, Xiaomi is bringing Android 9.0 Pie to four Mi TV devices. The TVs, which launched running Android 8.1 Oreo, will be updated in batches with a wider roll-out planned a few months later. Xiaomi also told XDA Developers that these updates represent it trying to set a standard for how frequently and quickly Android TVs receive OS upgrades.
AMD Navi 14 8 GB SKU appears on Compubench; wipes the floor with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 but trails the GeForce GTX 1660
The Navi 14 leaks keep on coming, with a new set of benchmark listings revealing more information about the upcoming 8 GB SKU. Early indications are that the 8 GB Navi 14 GPU, codenamed the GFX1012, will have a 1.9 GHz boost clock and 24 CUs like its 4 GB sibling, but that it will have significantly better performance than previous benchmark listings suggested. The GPU may still nestle between the GeForce GTX 1650 and GeForce GTX 1660 though, with the latter having a significant edge over the Navi 14 in Compubench.
The Ryzen 5 3500 apparently scores up to 25% more than the Ryzen 5 1500X in 3DMark; 3% more than the Intel Core i5-9400 too
AMD is set to take on Intel's budget Core i5 desktop processors according to a new leak. The new CPU, called the Ryzen 5 3500, apparently outperforms the Core i5-9400 and Ryzen 5 1500X in 3DMark too.
ASUS VivoBook 14 X412FJ Laptop Review: A compact 14-inch machine with performance issues
The VivoBook 14 scores well for its quad-core i5 processor, dedicated GPU, 8 GB of dual-channel RAM, SSD and matte IPS screen. However, there are some significant shortcomings, which our tests and review will reveal.
Khadas VIM3L: An Amlogic S905D3 powered single-board computer for HTPC applications
The VIM3L is the latest single-board computer that Khadas is bringing to market, with the company targeting the HTPC market this time. The VIM3L is powered by an Amlogic S905D3 SoC along with 2 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 16 GB of eMMC flash storage and a neural processing unit capable of up to 1.2 TOPS of performance.
Nokia outlines its Android 10 upgrade roadmap
HMD Global is one of the more reliable and faster OEMs at delivering OS upgrades to its Nokia handsets and it is looking to maintain that reputation with Android 10 too. The company has announced plans to upgrade a slew of Nokia handsets before Q2 2020, with some devices reaching Android 10 before the end of the year. 17 devices should receive Android 10 before Q2 2020, although there are some notable absentees.
Android 9.0 Pie edges ever nearer for the LG V20
The wait for Android 9.0 Pie continues for LG V20 owners, but it now appears that LG is finishing its testing for the OS upgrade. A new build has been finalised, with the initial Pie update reportedly coming very soon.
Intel Core i9-9900T scores up to 11% more than the Ryzen 7 2700X in Geekbench with 3x lower TDP; comparable single-core performance to the Core i7-8700
The Core i9-9900T remains unavailable in most regions, but several Geekbench listings give an insight into the performance of the 35 W CPU. Essentially a hamstrung Core i9-9900, the Core i9-9900T bests processors with up to 3x the TDP in multicore workloads and is a big upgrade over the last 35 W CPU to enter our offices.
10 core Intel Core i9 10000 X Cascade Lake-X processor outscores the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X in Geekbench; 16% faster than the Intel Core i9-9900K in multi-core workloads
An 18 core Cascade Lake-X recently impressed on Geekbench, and now its 10 core sibling is doing the same. The processor, confirmed as part of the Intel Core 10000 X-series by prolific leaker @momomo_us, achieved a multi-core score that surpasses that of the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and the Core i9-9900K.
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 Laptop Review: A gaming laptop with decent battery life
Acer has proven several times with its Nitro 5 series that gaming laptops do not always have to be extremely expensive. The company is back again with a new 17.3-inch model that it equips with an Intel Core i7-9750H and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, which should combine to create a solid foundation for this gaming laptop. Read on to find out how the latest Nitro 5 fares in our tests in this detailed review.
Win an XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 with Dell
Dell is running a free competition to win its latest 13-inch convertible, the XPS 13 7390 2-in-1. The model in the sweepstakes retails for US$1,699, so it will not be the flagship model. However, not having to shell out over US$1,500 on a new convertible is always welcome.
LG temporarily pulls LG V30 Android 9.0 Pie update
Are you unable to download Android 9.0 Pie to your LG V30? Well, the South Korean has apparently pulled the update from its FOTA and LG Bridge servers. This may prove a temporary measure, but there is no word when LG will continue offering Pie to the V30.
Genki Covert Dock raises over US$1,000,000 on Kickstarter
The Genki Covert Dock has taken Kickstarter by storm, with it reaching its US$50,000 funding goal in just 40 minutes. The crowdfunding campaign has since received over US$1,000,000 from backers with 23 days to go. The Genki Covert Dock is designed as a portable dock for the Nintendo Switch but will charge other devices too thanks to its USB Type-C PD support. The Genki Covert Dock costs US$59, with the device shipping to backers in December.
Revised AMD Vega 12 achieves OpenCL score of almost 85,000 points in Geekbench
The AMD Vega 12, the GPU that formed the basis of last year's Radeon Pro Vega 16 and Vega 20, has reared its head in one of the stranger recent Geekbench listings. Spotted by @KOMACHI_ENSAKA, the GPU has been tested in what looks like a desktop system and at higher boost clocks than it was previously capable of doing.
PlayStation 5 design patent slips out: An initial look at the PlayStation 4 successor and Xbox Scarlett competitor?
Patented in Brazil earlier this month by Sony and designed by its Technical Director Yusuhiro Ootori, the designs have all the hallmarks of a games console. What do you think? The PlayStation 5, a Dev Kit or a design that will never see the light of the day?Update: A Senior Artist at Codemasters confirms what Sony has patented.
Smartphone Camera Comparison Review: The Xiaomi Mi 9T cannot hold a candle to the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
Do not let the megapixels fool you - The Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro may look alike, but Xiaomi has equipped the devices with different hardware including rear-facing camera sensors. The two devices may both have modern Sony IMX58x sensors, but the differences between the IMX582 and IMX586 are stark. Read on to find out which device, also marketed as the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro, comes out on top in our short camera comparison review.
HP refreshes the Pavilion x360 with Intel Comet Lake-U processors and dedicated graphics; starting at US$629.99
Not one to be left out, HP is bringing Comet Lake-U to its Pavilion x360 series. Spotted by renowned leaker @momomo_us, the 14-inch convertible comes with a choice of three Comet Lake-U processors, along with up to 16 GB of DDR4-2666 dual-channel RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU. The refreshed line-up starts at US$629.99 and is available to order now directly from HP. Orders will start shipping on September 5.
Intel Tiger Lake U processor annihilates the Core i7-8665U and Ryzen 7 3700U in UserBenchmark, scores up to 13% more than the Core i9-9980HK in the process
Tiger Lake U is not expected to arrive until Q2 2021 at the earliest, but two listings have already appeared on UserBenchmark, and they put the current crop of mobile processors to shame. Tiger Lake U is likely to be Intel's first 15 W chips to be built on a 10 nm FinFET process and will feature Gen12 Intel UHD Graphics too.
18 core Cascade Lake-X CPU scores 50% more than the Threadripper 2950X in Geekbench; almost 25% more than the Ryzen 9 3900X too
AMD may be storming away with multicore performance crowns, but Intel is not going down without a fight. Now, an 18 core Cascade Lake-X processor has appeared on Geekbench, and it has the AMD Threadripper series in its sights.
Blackview A60 Pro Smartphone Review: A compelling offer?
If you are looking for a smartphone for less than 100 Euros (~US$111) with good performance, a modern design, LTE and a fingerprint sensor, then the Blackview A60 Pro may be the device for you. Read on to find out if Blackview has done well and in what areas the A60 Pro struggles.
The Ryzen 5 3550U outscores the Ryzen 7 3700U and Ryzen 7 3750H in Geekbench, but lives in Intel's shadow
The Ryzen 5 3550U may be another mobile Ryzen 3000 series APU, but not all is as it seems. A recent Geekbench listing shows that the processor is capable of even outscoring the Ryzen 7 3750H in multicore tasks. However, it appears that AMD is still incapable of narrowing the gap to Intel's Whiskey Lake generation, putting somewhat of a dampener on the Ryzen 5 3550U.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL compensation goes live
Did you buy a first-generation Google Pixel or Pixel XL manufactured before January 4, 2017? If so, then you can now file a class action compensation claim against Google for up to US$400. Your Pixel or Pixel XL does not need to experienced microphone and speakers issues for you to be eligible for a claim either. There are some caveats, though.Update: Clarification added.
Samsung Galaxy A10 Smartphone Review: Power in plastic
Unsurprisingly, Samsung has made some compromises for the cheapest model in its Galaxy A series. However, the Galaxy A10 is no slouch and performs well for a sub-US$200 smartphone. Read on to find out in what areas Samsung has done well and where the Galaxy A10 falls short of its pricier Galaxy A-series siblings.
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9 performs on par with the RX 550X in Geekbench with an 8% lead over the NVIDIA GeForce MX230
It has been a few months since there were rumblings online about AMD integrating a new Radeon RX Vega GPU on an upcoming Ryzen 3000 series APU. Now, reliable leaker @TUM_APISAK has spotted a Geekbench listing confirming the existence of an RX Vega 8 with 9 compute units, ergo an RX Vega 9. The upcoming integrated GPU looks mighty powerful, with it even having an edge of some dedicated cards.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper Zen 2 scores over 2x the Ryzen 9 3900X in Geekbench; more than 2.5x times higher than the Threadripper 2950X and Core i9-9900K too
The Ryzen Zen 2 series may currently be the order of the day, but AMD has something even bigger around the corner. What may prove to be the upper-tier of the next-generation Threadripper series has reared its head on Geekbench in two listings to deliver multi-core scores that are nigh on unbelievable, obliterating
Huawei sets out the first ten devices to receive EMUI 10
It has been less than a week since Huawei announced EMUI 10, its customised version of Android Q. However, it has already laid out its early rollout plans with some Honor smartphones on the horizon too.
Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH Laptop Review: A good gaming laptop with a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU
The Legion Y540 may be touted as an RTX gaming laptop, but Lenovo also sells GTX variants that may be more suitable for the budget gamer. Switching to a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti drops the price by around 20% to 1,400 Euros (~US$1,565), which is a healthy saving. Read on to find out if Lenovo has made any other changes to keep the price down and how this GTX 1660 Ti-powered gaming laptop fares against its competitors.
Shuttle DS10U: A 1.3 litre fanless PC with up to 8th generation Intel Core i7 processors
Shuttle is back with a new mini PC series, the DS10U. The device supports up to a quadcore Whiskey Lake CPU and a maximum of 32 GB of DDR4 2400 SODIMM RAM, while staying true to the compact ethos of its predecessors. The DS10U is fanless too and only 39 mm thick.
Orange Pi Zero2: A miniature Raspberry Pi a quad-core SoC and HDMI 2.0a
Shenzhen Xunlong Software is bringing a new, compact SBC to market. The Orange Pi Zero2 is slightly larger than its predecessor and more powerful to boot. The board comes with an Allwinner H6 SoC that integrates four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, 512 MB of LPDDR3 RAM, 4 GB of eMMC flash storage and a host of interfaces, while still weighing just 34 g. Pricing and availability are still unconfirmed but expect it to cost around US$20.
The Note 11 or Galaxy S12 may be Samsung's first graphene powered smartphones
Are you tired of the limited battery capacities of modern smartphones? Well, Samsung has a plan to revolutionise smartphone battery technology as early as next year, according to Evan Blass. Do not hold out for a graphene powered Galaxy S11, but that does leave the throne open to its successors to be crowned the first smartphone with a graphene battery.
One-netbook opens a global alpha testing program for the One-netbook X, its Intel 10th gen Core powered UMPC
Intel 10th generation Core processors are coming to ultra-mobile PCs (UMPC), with One-netbook being the first to announce that it plans to bring one to market. The follow-up to the One Mix 3 series is currently called the One-netbook X and will come with Comet Lake Y, Ice Lake Y or perhaps even Tiger Lake Y series processors. You can register your interest to test the One-netbook X now.
Lenovo guns for the XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 with a Comet Lake U IdeaPad C340 refresh
Comet Lake U is here, so OEMs like Lenovo are taking advantage of the opportunity to refresh its compact laptops. The IdeaPad C340, which the Chinese company first announced in February at MWC19, will feature up to the Core i7-10710U and an NVIDIA GeForce MX230, along with a choice of three colours.
Huawei EMUI 10 teaser video, beta arriving on September 8 for P30 and Mate 20 series
After Huawei presented EMUI 10 at its Developer Conference last week, more details about features and innovations have appeared online. A teaser video for the upcoming Android Q-based OS and promotional pictures offer an insight into the redesign, with Huawei having announced the commencement of its beta program too and which smartphones are included.
Still no Android Pie for the LG G6, despite LG pushing out a new system update to its former flagship
LG has started rolling out a new update to the G6, and it is more than just a new security patch. The former flagship is due to receive Android 9.0 Pie this quarter, with LG promising earlier this year to deliver the OS upgrade between July and September. The Q3 deadline could slip though if the company faces similar problems to what it did with getting the V30 onto Android 9.0 Pie.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Desktop CPU Review: 12 cores meet Socket AM4
The Ryzen 3000 series has already impressed us, and now it is the turn of the 3900X to show us what it is capable of. We pit the Ryzen 9 against the Intel Core i9-9900K to see which can claim the gaming desktop CPU crown. Read on to find out which has the edge and which delivers the better overall package.
The Core i9-9900KS scores up to 12% lower in 3DMark than the Ryzen 9 3900X; 9% less than the Ryzen 7 3700X too
Launched at Computex 2019, the Core i9-9900KS is a 5 GHz all-core variant of the Core i9-9900K that also has a 4 GHz base clock. Sounds great for gamers, right? Well, a recent 3DMark Fire Strike posting suggests otherwise, with the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 7 3700X enjoying a healthy lead over the upcoming Coffee Lake chip. Clearly, clock speed isn't everything.
Chuwi LapBook Pro Laptop Review: An affordable 14-inch laptop with good battery life and wide colour gamut
Chuwi's 14-inch laptop scores well for its sleek metal design, its silent operation, good battery life, its IPS display with stable viewing angles and a wide colour gamut. Added to that are keyboard backlighting and the option to expand the device with an M.2 SSD, both of which are welcome.
Planning on buying the XPS 13 2-in-1 7390? Well, you still have a few weeks to wait if you live outside the US
Is the XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 not available to order in your country yet? Well, despite claiming that it was aiming for a simultaneous worldwide release, yesterday's launch only applied to the US. While Dell has publicly left other markets in the dark about a wider release, Dell Customer Support has been more specific. Unfortunately, it looks like everyone outside China and the US must wait a while longer before getting their hands on an XPS 13 2-in-1 7390.
Orange Pi Zero LTS: A new Raspberry Pi alternative that costs US$10 and should run cooler than its predecessor
The Allwinner H2+ powered SBC runs Armbian's Debian and Ubuntu images and measures just 52 x 46 mm. The tiny board features 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, up to 512 MB of RAM, USB 2.0 Type-A and a microSD card slot. There is a 26-pin unpopulated GPIO header too, along with a 13-pin header for headphone, USB 2.0, TV-out, microphone and IR signals. The Orange Pi Zero LTS currently costs between US$8.49 and US$10.49 depending on the version you buy and is available to order on AliExpress now.
Why AMD ceasing sales of the Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT does not matter
Cue hysteria: AMD is planning to EOL its Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT cards. However, it is not as bad as you may think. Unless you have been holding out on buying one, that is.
Possible Snapdragon 865 scores 19% more than the Snapdragon 855 on Geekbench; 16% more than the Snapdragon 855+ too
A listing for an unknown Qualcomm SoC has appeared on Geekbench, codenamed Kona. The possible successor to the Snapdragon 855 scored 19% more than the current flagship SoC in the single-core benchmark and 18% more in the multi-core equivalent. It even outperformed the Snapdragon 855+ by a sizeable margin too. If this proves to be the Snapdragon 865, then expect to see this performance coming to smartphones in early 2020 with a formal announcement towards the end of this year.
SLAMTEC Mapper M1M1: A US$199.00 ToF 360° laser scanner kit that can map over 100,000 m²
The SLAMTEC Mapper M1M1 is a ToF laser scanner with a 20-metre range that can map over 100,000 m². SLAMTEC promises that the device has a 5 cm resolution with a re-localisation accuracy of less than 0.02 m, while its inertial navigation system can compensate for up to 1 m/s of movement. The SLAMTEC Mapper M1M1 is available to order now from Seeedstudio for US$199 with free international shipping.
AMD 2nd generation EPYC processors are up to 50% more powerful and 50% cheaper than Xeon Platinum Cascade Lake
The 2nd gen EPYC series is finally here, with AMD claiming it blows comparable Intel Xeon processors out of the water not only on performance but also value for money. The series scales from 8 cores to 64 cores and offers up to 256 MB of L3 cache, along with 128 lanes of PCIe 4.0 and 23% more IPC than its predecessor.
Is the Mi 9T Pro already DOA in Europe?
The Mi 9T Pro is hitting Europe, but Xiaomi is doing it no favours to help it step out from the shadow of the Mi 9. Dutch retailer Belsimpel has put the rebranded Redmi K20 Pro up for pre-order, but it already looks uncompetitive next to the Mi 9, which has now come down in price since its release earlier this year.
Dell launches the XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 in China; Core i7-1068G7 SKU missing
While the rest of the world still waits, China has become the first country where the long-awaited XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 has gone on sale. Prices start at 12,999 CNY (~US$1,850) for the Core i5-1035G1 model and rise to 16,999 CNY (~US$2,419) for the Core i7-1065G7 version. No Core i7-1068G7 SKU or simultaneous worldwide release as Dell previously promised though.
ASUS issues fatal software update for some ZenFone 6 units; offers motherboard replacement as a resolution
The ASUS ZenFone 6 won plaudits for its almost stock Android experience, but a recent software update has been causing havoc with some handsets. According to an ASUS engineer, the update has caused some motherboards to malfunction, resulting in crashes, reboots, bootloops or dead devices.
Huawei Honor Smart Screen TV: Over 100,000 pre-orders before its August 10 unveiling
It is crazy what hype Huawei can conjure up for its upcoming Smart TV series. Over 100,000 people have already pre-ordered the Honor Smart Screen TV before its official launch in China, effectively doing so blindly.
Gemini Lake Refresh: Up to 3.2 GHz on a quad-core 10 W CPU?
The Gemini Lake Refresh series will feature at least six processors, all of which will be substantially higher clocked versions of the 14 nm Goldmont Plus chips that preceded them. The 6-10 W processors arrive in Q1 2020 at the earliest.
Lenovo Legion Y9000X: A 15.6-inch thin and light beast that you probably will not be able to buy
The Legion Y9000X looks to be one interesting laptop. The 15.6-inch device may end up being another China-only release, but its Core i9-9980HK processor, 32 GB of RAM, 4K 100% AdobeRGB coverage and a four-fan solution has us intrigued.
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Desktop CPU Review: A frugal 8 core and 16 thread processor
AMD has continuously improved and optimised its Zen architecture since its inaugural release in 2017, with the company having just released its third generation in as many years. AMD manufactures its Zen 2 processors on the modern 7 nm process, which offers higher IPC than Zen+, among other improvements. Read on to find what the Ryzen 7 3700X, our first Zen 2 processor, can do and whether the jump to 7 nm offers as many benefits as promised.
ASUS VX60GT: A sub-US$1,000 15.6-inch multimedia laptop with a Core i7-9750H, GTX 1650 and optional 120 Hz IPS panel
The VX60GT comes with a choice of Intel Core 9th generation processors, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, up to 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. While this may sound run of the mill for a 15.6-inch multimedia laptop, its optional 120 Hz 1080p IPS may turn heads. The VX60GT goes on sale in China from August 14 for 6,799 CNY (~US$964).
Under-screen Touch ID & Face ID iPhone to enter mass-production by 2021: New report
According to reports from China, Apple will start mass-producing displays with an in-screen Touch ID sensor that will complement Face ID in anticipation of their inclusion in the 2021 iPhone series. The upcoming displays will likely have a custom Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, which will have a larger recognition area than comparable sensors found in current flagships like the Mate 20 Pro, P30 Pro and Galaxy S10 series.
XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC2 pictures leak ahead of launch
XFX has gone all nostalgic for one of its RX 5700 XT custom GPUs, harking back to the days of the RX 280X Double Dissipation. The 8 GB card will support Freesync 2 HDR, with XFX gunning for meme-worthy status too. Expect the RX 5700 XT THICC2 to arrive before the end of this month.
Fossil launches Carlyle HR, and Julianna HR Gen 5 Wear OS smartwatches for US$295
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 powered smartwatches both feature 44 mm faces, 8 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM. The touchscreen Gen 5 smartwatches are rated for up to 36 hours usage or 1 week in clock mode and are available to order now for US$295.
You can now buy an official Nintendo Switch Dock for just US$39.99
Nintendo is now offering the Switch Dock as a separate purchase for the first time. The Dock is an Authentic Nintendo product, albeit refurbished, so there is no chance of it bricking your Switch as is the risk with many third-party alternatives.
Huawei EMUI 10 promotional pictures show a redesign and new features
Huawei will announce EMUI 10, its custom version of Android Q, on August 9 at its 2019 Developer Conference in Dongguan City, China. However, several promotional images have appeared on Weibo, the Chinese social media giant, which hint at a holistic GUI redesign and some new features.
HP Gaming Pavilion 15 Laptop Review: A powerful yet pleasingly quiet gaming laptop
The HP Gaming Pavilion 15 handles all modern games with ease on its matte 15.6-inch 1080p display thanks to its powerful hardware. The device can even make use of its 144 Hz refresh rate while remaining comparatively quiet too. 16 GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM keeps the system ticking over, as does the 256 GB NVMe SSD.
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 2019 device images appear online; three SKUs inbound
Xiaomi has been showing off the Mi Gaming Laptop 2019 at ChinaJoy 2019, with Xiaomi insider xiaomishka publishing some photos of the device ahead of its unveiling tomorrow. Early pricing has appeared online too, with the series expected to start at 7,499 CNY (~US$1,086).
Dell delays the XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 again; no re-revised date in sight
Dell has once again missed its release date for the new XPS 13 2-in-1, having already delayed it by almost a month. The company only came clean after people online were left wondering why the upcoming convertible had not launched on August 2. Now multiple sources are suggesting an additional delay of at least a few weeks, with the device potentially not shipping in some key markets before the end of the month.
HP looks to take on the thin and light gaming crowd with the OMEN 15 Air, an RTX 2080 Max-Q powered and 20 mm thick 15.6-inch gaming laptop
Several listings for an announced new variant of the HP OMEN 15 have appeared on Chinese retailer Jingdong (JD.com). As its name suggests, the OMEN 15 Air will be a lighter and more compact version of the current OMEN 15 with a lighter and more subdued look to boot. Prices range from 9,499 CNY (~US$1,369) for the GTX 1660 Ti model to 16,999 CNY (~US$2,450) for the RTX 2080 Max-Q variant. All SKUs are equipped with an Intel Core i7-9750H too.
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) Smartphone Review: Not another Mi 9 with a pop-up camera
The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, like its sister model Mi 9T, has a motorised pop-up front-facing camera to aid in the pursuit of the highest possible screen-to-body ratio. The device comes with a Snapdragon 855, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of UFS 2.1 flash storage too, but Xiaomi has made cuts in some areas that hold it back from challenging the Mi 9. Read on to find out how the Mi 9T Pro, or should we say Redmi K20 Pro, performs in our tests and how it shapes up against the Mi 9.
NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER Desktop GPU Review: A high-end Desktop GPU without a home
The RTX 2080 SUPER is the last RTX 20 SUPER Desktop GPU to enter our offices, and it is also the most powerful. Since AMD does not currently compete with NVIDIA in this performance class, it begs the question of why the team in green has even bothered to bring a facelifted RTX 2080 to the market. Read on to find out what benefits a full-bore TU104 brings, if any, and how the RTX 2080 SUPER fares against other high-end GPUs.
Intel Tiger Lake Y processor posts absurd UserBenchmark scores; Core i9-8950HK single-core performance on a 5 W chip?
A Tiger Lake Y series processor has appeared on UserBenchmark with some incredible benchmark results. The Ice Lake successor is 25% faster than the Ryzen 7 3750H in single and multi-core tasks while being 11% faster than the Core i7-8750H too. Core i9-8950HK level single-core performance from a 5 W chip? Colour us impressed, if not slightly sceptical.
Intel Core i3-10110U scores up to 86% more than the Core i5-8265U in GFXBench; takes aim at AMD and NVIDIA too
The baby of the upcoming Comet Lake U series and its new iGPU have appeared on GFXBench, leaving the Core i5-8265U and Ryzen 7 2700U in its wake. The Core i3-10110U even edges the NVIDIA GeForce MX250 in some benchmarks, which is mighty impressive from a 15 W integrated GPU.
Sony IMX586 Comparison Review: Five 48 MP smartphones face-off in a camera duel
The Sony IMX586 is currently the most widely used camera sensor in the midrange to affordable flagship price segments. Our experiences with its image quality have varied from device to device though, so we have decided to put all the IMX586 equipped smartphones that we have already tested through their paces to see who comes out on top. Read on to find out how our five sample devices get on in this comparison review.
RugGear RG655 Smartphone Review: A pleasant outdoor handset with a few useful extras, and shortcomings
Push-to-talk and Lone Worker Protection (LWS) are just a few of the functional benefits that RugGear has included on the RG655. The device looks relatively contemporary by outdoor smartphone standards, which makes a change. It is not all roses though, as we will discuss in the review below.
Intel Core i7-10710U posts almost 40% higher Geekbench multi-core score than the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H; over 15% higher than the Core i7-8565U too
A recent Geekbench listing has revealed that Intel has a fourth Comet Lake U processor up its sleeve, and it could be a corker. Named the Core i7-10710U, it will be the first hexacore CPU in Intel's U series and will come with 12 MB of L3 cache along with a 4.67 GHz turbo clock speed.
Google lifts the lid on the Pixel 4 and its Soli radar chip, hints at a November release date
Google is back with yet more teasers for the upcoming Pixel 4 series. Remember Project Soli? Well, Google is making it a stand-out feature of the Pixel 4, and it has just told the world how it plans to use it, months before its official unveiling. A few other nuggets of information await too.
Intel Core i7-1065G7: A 65 W Ice Lake CPU?
The upcoming Ice Lake processor recently posted an impressive set of Geekbench scores, and now a set of SiSoftware benchmark results point to the CPU reaching up to 65 W. The quad-core processor will have a 3.9 GHz boost clock along with 2 MB of L2 cache and 8 MB of L3 cache too.
LG V30 Android 9.0 Pie update goes live in 9 countries, and here is how to install it
Rejoice V30 owners, for LG has finally released Android 9.0 Pie for its former flagship. The OS update introduces gesture controls, upgraded system apps and more. Some early adopters have reported experiencing laggy UI and gesture control issues though, which were not present in Oreo. LG has started pushing the update over the air (OTA), but there is a workaround if it is not appearing on your device.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Smartphone Review: A turbocharged S10 with a cutting-edge addition
Samsung announced the Galaxy S10 5G at MWC 19, but it has taken a while to arrive in Europe. It is bigger, has more cameras and has a larger battery than its S10 siblings, but there are some trade-offs too. Samsung has not managed to eradicate the issues we had with the rest of the S10 series, either. Read on to find out more in this detailed review.
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s Laptop Review: A Business Laptop but no TrackPoint
The ThinkBook series is Lenovo’s latest attempt at introducing a new brand upon the laptop market. The ThinkBooks are designed to excel in productive applications while offering a more modern design than their ThinkPad counterparts. Read on to find out whether Lenovo has achieved this with the ThinkBook 13s in our detailed review.
The PineBook Pro, a 14-inch Linux laptop, is now available to order for US$199.99
The PineBook Pro has been a long time coming, with PINE64 first announcing the device in January. The 14-inch Linux laptop comes with a Rockchip RK3399 SoC, 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 64 GB of eMMC 5.0 flash storage and weighs just 1.26 kg thanks to its magnesium alloy design. The PineBook Pro is available to order directly from PINE64 now for US$199.99 and ships globally.
Smartphone Camera Comparison: Pixel dominance in the midrange
The Google Pixel 3a, Samsung Galaxy A70 and Xiaomi Mi 9T are all recent additions to an already crowded midrange, with them all boasting about their camera capabilities. Having recently reviewed all three, we thought it was about time to pit them against each other in a camera comparison test while comparing their results against some of the best flagships on the market.
Total War: Three Kingdoms Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Total War: Three Kingdoms pits you as one of twelve legendary warlords to unite a torn China under a new dynasty during an era of three empires. Do not underestimate the system requirements though, as the game’s graphically intensive battles push even the most powerful GPUs to their limits in UHD on the ultra preset.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Desktop GPU Review: In touching distance of the GeForce RTX 2080
NVIDIA is pitching its refreshed RTX line-up against AMD and its Navi series. In this review, we will take a closer look at the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Founders Edition to see not only how it stacks up against other NVIDIA RTX cards but also the Radeon RX 5700 XT.
Raspberry Pi: Creoqode brings handheld gaming to the Raspberry Pi CM3L with the LYRA
Think of the Creoqode LYRA as a more affordable version of a Smach Z, GPD Win or GPD Win 2. The 5-inch handheld packs a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Lite that integrates a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and 1 GB of LPDDR2 SDRAM, giving it the power to emulate practically any retro games console. The Creoqode LYRA costs £149 (~US$186) and has already reached its funding goal on Kickstarter, with Creoqode aiming to ship to backers in December.
Honor beats Apple to the punch and announces a 16-inch MacBook Pro copycat, the MagicBook Pro
During the Honor 9X and 9X Pro launch event Honor also unveiled the MagicBook Pro, a 16.1-inch touchscreen and GeForce MX250 powered laptop. The device comes with up to a Core i7-8565U processor, 16 GB of RAM, a 1 TB SSD and will be available to order in China on July 29 from 5,499 CNY (~US$800).
Save up to US$500 until August 3 on an unlocked Galaxy S10e, S10 or S10+ or get a second one for free
Best Buy has teamed up with AT&T, Sprint and Verizon to offer up to US$500 off an unlocked Galaxy S10e, S10 or S10+. The sale applies to all colours and storage variants, with the Galaxy S10e costing as little as US$349. Alternatively, AT&T and Verizon are offering a second device for free, but only when you buy the first at full price.
Feasible 16 core AMD Threadripper 3000 series CPU crushes the Ryzen 9 3900X and Threadripper 2950X in multi-core workloads
Well, well, well. We might have just got our first sight of an AMD Threadripper 3000 series processor, courtesy of a posting on UserBenchmark. The processor, which we expect to see before the end of the year, is compatible with the TR4 socket and existing X399-based motherboards. It leaves the Threadripper 2950X and Ryzen 9 3900X in its wake in multi-core tasks too.
Xiaomi Mi 9T Smartphone Review: A midranger with record battery life
After the Mi 9 and Mi 9 SE comes the Mi 9T, a device that takes the Mi 9 series in a different direction. The 9T has inherited many features from the Mi 9, but it distinguishes itself with its pop-up selfie camera, a 4,000 mAh battery and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Read on to find out how the 9T stacks up against its Mi 9 siblings.
Galaxy Note 10: Dummy units offer a more precise look at the differences between the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus
We are but a few weeks away from the next Galaxy UNPACKED event, where Samsung is due to unveil the Galaxy Note 10 series. Leaked press renders and alleged live photos have given us a good idea of what the successor to the Note 9 should entail, but two dummy units show off just how compact the standard Note 10 will be and the additional hardware that the Note 10 Plus will have.
Movado Connect 2.0: A smartwatch with Wear OS and 1 GB of RAM
The hitherto unknown Movado Connect 2.0 has been discovered in a recent FCC listing. The Wear OS smartwatch comes with 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and will be powered by either a Snapdragon Wear 2100 or a Wear 3100.
Mate 30 Lite: First photos show off the design of the Huawei Mate 30 series
A set of Mate 30 Lite live-photos is doing the rounds, showing a punch-hole display, a capacitive fingerprint scanner and quad rear-facing cameras. The Mate 30 Lite will be sold as the Nova 5i Pro in China.
ASUS ROG Phone II: A Snapdragon 855 Plus powered beast that includes everything but the kitchen sink
The ASUS ROG Phone II looks set to be a gamer's dream, with a 6.59-inch 120 Hz AMOLED display, 49 ms touch latency, a Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB of UFS 3.0 storage and a vapour chamber to minimise throttling. Oh, and a huge 6,000 mAh battery. ASUS has developed a brand-new set of gaming accessories too, with the Chinese version of the ROG Phone II going on sale on July 23. Expect a worldwide release in early September.
Android 9.0 Pie is on the horizon for the LG V20
Good news LG V20 owners, it looks like your handset will receive Android 9.0 Pie in the not too distant future after all. While the South Korean company pushed the roll-out of Pie to its successor from Q2 to Q3, there is promise of the V20 receiving its last OS update this quarter with LG reportedly testing a beta build internally.
Pixel 4: Bezels, bezels and more bezels; Pixel 4 to have a sub-80% screen-to-body ratio, triple rear-facing cameras and no notch
The release of the Pixel 4 series is edging ever nearer, so cue yet more leaked renders. This time, OnLeaks has given us a look at the Pixel 4, the design of which has been affirmed by screen protector leaks. You better like bezels.
Dell is equipping the XPS 15 7590 with different heatsinks depending on the configuration you buy
Contrary to Dell's service manual, not all XPS 15 7590 machines come with the same heatsink. Only the Core i9 models appear to have full VRM cooling, with Dell equipping the other SKUs with a slightly lesser cooler. As its predecessors demonstrated, all XPS 15 need active VRM cooling, so why the penny-pinching Dell?
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro: The ASUS ROG Phone 2 and Nubia Red Magic 3 challenger is arriving July 30; Geekbench listing has it trailing the Galaxy Note 10
Xiaomi is following suit with ASUS and Nubia by refreshing its gaming smartphone this summer. The company has confirmed that it will unveil the Black Shark 2 Pro on July 30, but it is currently keeping other details close to its chest. Expect only minor changes though, if the name is anything to go by.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER falls well short of the RTX 2080 Ti in gaming and synthetic benchmarks; only just beats the RTX 2080
NVIDIA has discontinued the GeForce RTX 2080, having replaced it with its SUPER successor. However, some synthetic and gaming benchmarks show that the RTX 2080 SUPER offers hardly any performance improvements over its predecessor, with it significantly trailing the RTX 2080 Ti too. Update: FFXV benchmark results and additional comments added.
LG continues to leave the V30 out in the cold, but there is a flashable Beta version of Android 9.0 Pie if you are feeling brave
Android 9.0 Pie is here for the LG V30, sort of. The OS update has reared its head online as a Beta, just like the one for the G6 recently did. The upgrade process is not for the faint-hearted though and comes with some prerequisites. Update: Beta software for the US unlocked version of the LG V30 has surfaced online too.
Microsoft acknowledges that some Surface Book 2 laptops are experiencing an NVIDIA dGPU disconnection issue
Microsoft has acknowledged that some Surface Book 2 laptops are experiencing NVIDIA dGPU disconnects following the Windows 10 May 2019 Feature Update. If you have already updated your Surface Book 2 to Windows 10 version 1903 then you are out of luck, as Microsoft currently has no workaround other than to prevent all devices from updating to the latest version of Windows.
The 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro is even less repairable than its predecessors
Popular teardown and repair website iFixit has taken the new 13-inch MacBook Pro apart, revealing a 7% larger battery, a soldered SSD, a smaller heatsink and modular ports. Unsurprisingly, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro 13 received a woeful 2 out of 10 for repairability.
Raspberry Pi 4: The Raspberry Pi Foundation brushes off that the RPi 4 has a temperature problem
The internet celebrated the arrival of the Raspberry Pi 4 last month, with its more powerful SoC, USB Type-C port, dual 4K HDMI and up to 4 GB of RAM. However, a few issues are rearing their head, with the Pi Foundation being quick to shut one of the more concerning down.
LG G8S ThinQ Smartphone Review: Innovative or outdated?
The LG G8S ThinQ has arrived late to the party, but it still brings a flagship SoC, a large OLED display, a ToF camera and a 3,550 mAh battery. The G8S ThinQ may have fancy camera tech, but it is otherwise a fairly run-of-the-mill flagship. However, read on to find out why we still think highly of LG’s latest attempt to disrupt the established order.
I2Som PanGu, an STM32MP1 powered Raspberry Pi Linux alternative that costs ~US$72.50
The PanGu is an STMicroelectronics STM32MP1 powered single-board computer (SBC), which should offer good value for money for some developers. The board runs Debian Jesse and Yocto Linux and is available to order from Taobao for 499 RMB (~US$72.50).
pi-top : A programmable computing module with an embedded Raspberry Pi 4, 4 GB RAM and 16 GB of storage
The pi-top  allows you to code and program on the move thanks to its 5-hour internal battery life. The device comes with 14 electronic components including LEDs, buttons and programmable sensors, while it even works with an optional 2-in-1 screen and keyboard or an Advanced Vehicle Kit (AVK). The pi-top  is available to order on Kickstarter now for US$199 and will shop in November having already reached its US$100,000 funding goal.
SIGMA fp: The world's smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless digital camera
Unexpectedly, SIGMA Corporation has introduced the world's smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera. The SIGMA fp is extremely modular, weatherproof and comes with some very interesting features.
GPD Win Max: New leaks reveal a PS Vita style d-pad, revised keyboard, dual fans and a trackpad
News about the GPD Win Max has been quiet since April, but a host of leaked photos give a better look at the 8-inch handheld. Dual-fans, a larger keyboard, a PlayStation Vita style d-pad and even a trackpad? One-Netbook and Smach better take notice.
The new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with a customised Intel CPU, Iris Plus Graphics and crushes its predecessor in multi-core tasks
The 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro is almost here, but numerous Geekbench listings have already gone live demonstrating the entry-level's single and multi-core performance. Unsurprisingly, the quad-core laptop hammers its dual-core predecessor.
Apple iPod Touch 2019 Review: A music player for gamers
The iPod was an important milestone on Apple's road to success with iTunes, but now all but the iPod Touch have been removed from sale. The anachronism is now in its 7th generation, but it can play more than just music.
Some Samsung Galaxy A80 handsets have a huge flipping problem
The Galaxy A80 has just gone on sale, but there are already reports of its rotating camera getting stuck or the mechanism sound unusually noisy. A few errant devices or form over function?
Amazfit GTR: Huami to launch its new smartwatch on July 16
Huami, not to be confused with Huawei, produces wearables not only for Xiaomi but also has its own line of smartwatches and fitness trackers. The company recently released the Amazfit Verge 2 smartwatch with EKG functionality and is set to present the Amazfit GTR, a Grand Tour Racing model, on July 16.
The Galaxy Note 10 is not a true Note smartphone
The leaks and information about the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 series are coming thick and fast, with most outlets jumping on its eye-catching design. Most seem willing to overlook the loss of features and copycat looks, but should you? It is time to realise that the Note 10 is not a true Note smartphone as we have previously known them.
XPS 13 2-in-1: The new convertible with more cooling than you could shake a stick at
Dell has been promoting its upcoming XPS 13 2-in-1 refresh on YouTube, lifting the lid on its new cooling system. While the company had previously announced that the convertible would feature vaper chamber and GORE cooling, the new video explains the use of the several slits adorning its bottom case. An innovative solution or an eyesore?
The GPD Win 2 receives a Core m3-8100Y refresh; redesigned motherboard, improved speakers and costs US$775
GPD is refreshing the Win 2, its 6-inch handheld that can run AAA games. The company has not only bumped the device up from a Core m3-7Y30 to a Core m3-8100Y, but it has also redesigned the motherboard to aid better heat dissipation, upgraded the storage to 256 GB and improved the speakers. The new GPD Win 2 is available to order now for US$775 and will ship from July 26.
Lenovo IdeaPad S540 Laptop Review: AMD or Intel? Lenovo gives consumers the choice and we compare both
The Lenovo IdeaPad S540 promises to be a compact 14-inch multimedia laptop. The device should have good battery life too, although there are some noticeable differences between the AMD and Intel models. We have both in for review to see which variant should be more worthy of your consideration. Read on to find out how the two models fare against each other and other comparable laptops in this detailed review.
Android Q nerfs gesture navigation if you use a third-party launcher
Android Q is nearly upon us, bringing with it a slew of changes and refinements. Beta 5 has started rolling out too, but it seemingly confirms that gesture navigation controls will not work with third-party launchers. The slow-march to a closed-source Android seems upon us.
Meet the Sony SEL35F18F, an FE 35 mm f/1.8 lens that costs US$750 (£630)
After much speculation, Sony has announced a 35 mm f/1.8 lens under its FE series. The lens incorporates 11 elements, one being aspherical to suppress aberrations and maintain image resolution into the corners of a shot. The SEL35F18F weighs just 280 g (9.9 oz) too. The FE 35 mm f/1.8 (SEL35F18F) will be available to order in August for US$750 (£630).
Raspberry Pi: Bring the chill to your Raspberry Pi 4 for just US$20 with an ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan
Seeedstudio claims that the ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan can reduce Raspberry Pi 4 core temperatures from 80 °C to 40 °C under load, which should eliminate thermal throttling. The ICE Tower is compatible with all previous RPi boards too and just requires 5 V power via a 40-pin GPIO. The ICE Tower is available to order now from Seeedstudio for US$19.90, which ships worldwide from July 19.
AMD announces μProf 3.0, a free tool to optimise apps for AMD processors
μProf 3.0 supports Assembly, C, C++ and Fortran along with Java and .Net. It can also work with programs compiled using GNU, Intel or Microsoft compilers in addition to LLVM and AOCC. The tool includes not only energy, performance and system analyses but also system-wide power profiling. μProf 3.0 is available to download now.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER offers little more than the RTX 2060 SUPER and its predecessor in Final Fantasy XV
The RTX 20 Series is being hyped to high-heaven right now, but the RTX 2070 SUPER yields hardly any performance improvements over its predecessor in even heavily NVIDIA-optimised titles like FFXV. What gives, NVIDIA?
The HTC U11+ finally receives its first major OS update almost 21 months after being launched
Android Q may be just around the corner, but HTC has finally started rolling out Android Pie to the HTC U11+. Previously slated for a Q2 2019 release, the Taiwanese company has now begun pushing out Android Pie via an OTA to handsets in its home country. Better late than never, right?
XPS 15 7590: No DPC latency issues, but 75 °C throttling and no S3 sleep.
The XPS 15 7590 is less than two weeks old, but consumers are already realising that the device retains some of the issues that plagued its predecessors. 75 °C throttling and no S3 sleep sound familiar to anyone? At least Dell appears to have resolved DPC latency issues with the new XPS 15 though.
Pixel 4: Here is a first look at the front of the Pixel 4 XL; thicc bezels, five cameras and no headphone jack
The Pixel 4 XL will have a 6.25-inch display, dual front-facing cameras and perhaps even a Project Soli radar-based biometric face authentication system. By golly, bezels are here to stay though, while the headphone jack is resting on the cutting-room floor.
Sales report: Intel prioritising high-end CPUs, haemorrhages market share to AMD in Japan
Intel has dismissed reports of the company losing its CPU sales market share to AMD in Japan. The latter is now the largest CPU seller in the country, with AMD gaining a 21.6% market share since October. The news comes before the arrival of AMD's hotly anticipated Zen 2 architecture too. Worrying times indeed for the team in blue.
Deepfake: Are these the first official Mate 30 Pro adverts?
First, we had a back glass leak, next a few fan-made renders, and now apparently a set of official adverts? A deepfake or something more legit?
AMD confirms Radeon RX 5700, RX 5700 XT & RX 5700 XT Anniversary pricing; undercuts NVIDIA
The Radeon RX 5700 is inching ever closer to release, but AMD has already reduced prices to stay competitive with NVIDIA and its RTX 20 SUPER series. Good news all round for gaming fans, then.
Huawei is playing with how best to contextualise UI around a punch-hole camera
Some intriguing patents have been published by the German patent office. They show that Huawei is toying with the idea of how to contextualise UI and UX around a punch-hole camera. So, it appears that the Chinese manufacturer is hedging its bets that punch-hole cameras are here to stay, at least for the time being in some capacity.
Sony Xperia 1 Smartphone Review: It takes more than just a fancy display to challenge established flagships
Sony presents the Xperia 1 as being the first smartphone with a 4K and HDR OLED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio. Cinema ready? Well, there is more to the Xperia 1 than that. The Xperia 1 is a great smartphone, but it may only be ideal for a few people. Read on to find out why.
Raspberry Pi: Combine a Raspberry Pi with up to 4 Raspberry Pi Zeros for less than US$50 with the Cluster HAT
The Cluster HAT v2.3 does what it says on the tin. It allows you to combine a Raspberry Pi A+/B+/2/3 with up to 4 Raspberry Pi Zeros. The latter connect via a Controller Pi GPIO and are configured to use USB Gadget mode, making it easy to simulate or test small-scale cluster computing. The Cluster HAT v2.3 is designed by Pimoroni and is available to order from SB-Components for US$49.22.
Save up to US$150 on an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
The arrival of Ryzen Zen 2 this month and beyond inevitably means price cuts for existing AMD CPUs. The Ryzen 7 2700X with a Wraith Prism Cooler originally launched at US$329 and is now being sold by most retailers at US$269.99. However, Microcenter has seemingly jumped the gun on price cuts, having reduced the CPU to just US$199.99. You can even save an additional US$30 if you buy an eligible AM4 motherboard too.
Chuwi LapBook Plus: A 15.6-inch 4K MacBook Pro copycat that costs US$459.99
The Chuwi LapBook Plus comes with a 15.6-inch 4K display, an Intel Atom X7-E3950 processor, 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD. Yes, you read that correctly, an Atom CPU powering a 4K display. The device comes with a 36.5 Wh battery too, which will surely result in woeful battery life. The LapBook Plus weighs 1.53 kg, has two USB Type-A ports along with a microSD card reader and a micro HDMI port. The device is available to order on Gearbest for US$459.99 and will ship on July 11.
LG G8S ThinQ: Snapdragon 855, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB of storage and Android 9.0 Pie
Anyone fancy a new LG flagship? Well, the South Korean company thinks so, although it is a device that it seemingly forgot to release. Curiously, LG introduced the G8S ThinQ at MWC19 in February but has only now gotten around to bringing the bookend to the G8 ThinQ to market.
Report: Swollen battery replacement for the Dell XPS 13 with Dell NBD Premium Support
A swollen laptop battery will be frustrating regardless of when it happens, but especially outside of warranty. Thankfully, extended warranty services can mitigate having to pay for an expensive repair, which is what we experienced with our Dell XPS 13 9350. Read on to find out how the company’s premium on-site support service resolved a swollen battery and its knock-on effects.
ZTE Axon 10 Pro Smartphone Review: The flagship killer from China
ZTE pitches the Axon 10 Pro against modern flagships like the P30 Pro, especially in regard to design. The Chinese manufacturer has included an in-screen fingerprint scanner and 48 MP dual rear-facing cameras, but it has scrimped on many of the other flashy features adorning high-end handsets. Read on in this detailed review to find out how this 600-Euro (~US$678) supposed flagship killer performs in our tests.
ASUS confirms that the ROG Phone 2 will have a 120 Hz display
ASUS ROG has been posting more teasers on its Weibo account about the next ROG Phone. Reports from China claim that the ROG Phone 2 will be announced this month and showcased at the Chinajoy conference in early August. Are you ready for 120 Hz mobile gaming?
The Raspberry Pi 4 now runs cooler thanks to a firmware update
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released a USB firmware update for the Raspberry Pi 4 that reduces its SoC operating temperatures by up to 4 °C. The update is available to download now and should reduce throttling in multi-core tasks. Beware though, it will possibly reduce USB transfer speeds.
GTA VI: Project Americas codename, next-gen exclusive and a return to Vice City with a Narcos twist?
A thread posted by someone purporting to have information on GTA VI from insider sources has gained a lot of attention on Reddit. The post goes into great detail about the locations, development and story arc of the sequel to GTA VI, with the game being set across three cities and decades. Fake? Likely. It makes for great reading though.
RTX 2060 SUPER and RTX 2070 SUPER edged out by AMD Radeon RX 5700 in OpenCL
The GeForce RTX 20 SUPER series are on the horizon, but a set of OpenCL benchmark postings will make for bleak reading for NVIDIA fans. The RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER and AMD Radeon RX 5700 have all been tested in the same ASUS ROG RAMPAGE VI APEX motherboard, with the latter coming out on top.
Samsung Galaxy S10 catches fire while charging
The story of a Samsung Galaxy S10 self-destructing has been circulating on Chinese social media platform Weibo. The device apparently caught fire while charging just over a day after it was purchased. An accompanying video shows the bulging battery still smoking, having destroyed the device, in something reminiscent of the Note 7 debacle.
PiJuice Zero: An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for the Raspberry Pi Zero that costs US$45
Based on the PiJuice HAT released in 2016, the PiJuice Zero allows the Raspberry Pi Zero to be used on the go away from a power outlet. Pi Supply has developed a software suite to help get you started and has included a low-profile to keep the overall build size small. The PiJuice Zero is available to order on Crowd Supply now for US$45 with orders shipping worldwide on October 31.
Enviro+: A new Raspberry Pi HAT designed for environmental monitoring
Running on a Python library, the Enviro+ can monitor indoor and outdoor atmospheric changes from air quality to temperature, humidity and noise. The board can contribute to big air quality projects like Luftdaten too. Pimoroni has developed the Enviro+ with The University of Sheffield and has included several sensors, along with a 40-pin header and a 0.96-inch colour LCD. The Enviro+ is available to pre-order now for US$47.63 and will ship worldwide from July 5.
No squares allowed: Here is the clearest indication yet of what the back of Mate 30 Pro will look like
A photo of what is supposedly the back of the Mate 30 Pro has leaked out of China, showing a distinct change in the design language of its predecessor. Call us cynical, but the timing of this "leak" coincides awfully well with the partial lifting of US sanctions against Huawei. Hype generation for its next flagship or just a camera happy employee?
Give your Raspberry Pi some motion for just US$12.90 with a 3D Gesture & Tracking Shield
Based on a Microchip MGC3130, the 3D Gesture & Tracking Shield brings gesture and motion tracking to the Raspberry Pi at a reasonable price. The Shield supports touch gestures and emits a short-range magnetic field to allow it to recognise gestures performed nearby it too. The 3D Gesture & Tracking Shield communicates with a Raspberry Pi via I2C and is available to purchase worldwide from Seeedstudio for US$12.90.
FriendlyElec NanoPi M4: Price drop brings the RK3399 powered Raspberry Pi 4 competitor down to US$50
FriendlyElec has responded to the aggressive pricing of the Raspberry Pi 4 by cutting the MSRP of its NanoPi M4. The Rockchip RK3399 powered SBC originally started at US$65 for the 2 GB of RAM variant and has now received a 23% price cut to US$50. Similarly, the 4 GB model has come down by 21% to US$75 from US$95. The NanoPi M4 features a more powerful SoC than the Raspberry Pi 4, along with a host of ports, connectors and sensors. FriendlyElec ships worldwide.
No price cuts for the RTX 20 series as NVIDIA kills off all but the RTX 2060; Super prices and release dates confirmed
The release of the RTX 20 Super series will not coincide with price drops for current RTX 20 Desktop GPUs. Instead, NVIDIA will only keep on the RTX 2060 and RTX 2080 Ti, with the other two SKUs being replaced by their Super successors. RTX 20 Super series cards will start at US$399 and be available from July 9.
The Ryzen 9 3900X eats Intel and Threadripper processors for breakfast, lunch and dinner in multi-core benchmarks
The upcoming 12 core and 24 thread Ryzen 9 3900X has posted seriously impressive Geekbench 4.3 and SiSoftware multi-core scores, leaving the Core i9-9900K and even the Threadripper 2950X in its wake. The benchmark results confirm that the CPU will have a 3.8 GHz base clock that it can boost to between 4.51 and 4.54 GHz.
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG Laptop Review: A slim and powerful gaming laptop with good battery life
The sleek MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG handles all modern triple-A games with ease thanks to its Core i7-9750H processor and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU. The 17.3-inch device has good battery life too, lasting longer between charges than even some office laptops.
XPS 15 7590: Early indications suggest that Dell has addressed the cooling issues that plagued previous generations of the XPS 15
Dell has published the service manual for the XPS 15 7590 following its release yesterday, which would not usually turn heads. Stay with us though, as it confirms a tweak that will potentially fix one of the biggest gripes of the XPS 15 9570.
Radeon RX 5700 XT 3DMark listing appears with the 7 nm GPU riding on the coat tails of the GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2060 Super
AMD looks to have sent the Radeon RX 5700 XT to reviewers, with 3DMark benchmark results popping up online. The upcoming 7 nm GPU scored well in Time Spy but fell short of the RTX 2070, probably giving the RTX 2060 Super an edge over AMD's next flagship card too.
Leaked real-life photos of the Galaxy Note 10+ appear online
Let's go! A set of photos of supposedly the upcoming Galaxy Note 10+ are circulating online, showcasing what looks to be a stunning device. With a near 100% screen-to-body ratio, practically zero bezels and a curved display, the Note 10+ will certainly turn heads.
TUL PYNQ-Z2: An Arduino and Raspberry Pi compatible Xilinx Zynq C7Z020-based PYNQ development board
The TUL PYNQ-Z2 is a single-board computer (SBC) designed for development with the open-source Python Productivity for Zynq (PYNQ) framework. The board has Arduino and Raspberry Pi headers along with a host of other ports and connectors. The TUL PYNQ-Z2 ships worldwide from Seeedstudio for US$119 or for US$114 from Newegg if you live in the US. The former is currently offering a US$5 discount on orders too.
LG rolls back on V30 Android Pie commitment
LG does not do itself any favours, does it? The South Korean company has now rowed back on its commitment to bring Android 9.0 Pie to the V30 by the end of Q2. The roll-out has been pushed to Q3 for "essential improvements", with no fixed date for devices outside South Korea. C'mon LG, sort it out.
Cold as ice: Intel sets its sights on AMD and NVIDIA with new Xe GPU details, official renders and a 2020 launch
Intel has lifted the lid on its Xe GPUs, revealing what could be one of its consumer desktop cards, along with specifications and proposed release dates. Hardware raytracing on 7 nm chipsets by 2021, anyone?
Dell XPS 15 7590: Prices starting at £1,349 (~US$1,711), available to order now
Today is the day. You can now order the XPS 15 7590, the much-anticipated upgrade to the XPS 15 9570. The 15.6-inch laptop includes up to an Intel Core i9-9980HK processor, 64 GB of RAM, a 2 TB SSD and a 400 nit 4K OLED panel. The device features an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU too. Prices start at £1,349 (~US$1,711) and rise to a dizzying £2,899 (~US$3,677). Update: US pricing, specifications details and shipping date added.
Khadas VIM3, the Raspberry Pi rival, launches for US$99.99 with an SoC capable of achieving 5.0 TOPS
Khadas has changed the VIM3 slightly from when we previously reported on it earlier this month. The single-board computer (SBC) now features a more powerful Amlogic SoC, the hexa-core A331D, which can output up to 5.0 TOPS. The VIM3 now starts at US$99.99 and will ship worldwide from August 10.
Nokia 3.2 Smartphone Review: An Android One smartphone without Android One
The Nokia 3.2 brings a large IPS display, a modern design and Google Assistant integration to the party to outdo other budget smartphones. Android One makes the device an attractive option, but will its lack of a fingerprint sensor prove to be a deal breaker? Read on in this detailed review to find out.
Azor plays down job speculation, takes a cryptic swipe at AMD and Dell in the process
Don't count your chickens yet, AMD fans. Frank Azor, the outgoing VP and General Manager of Alienware and XPS at Dell, has cast doubts on his seemingly impending move to AMD. He appears to have made a subtle dig at the company too.
HP Omen 15 Laptop Review: GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q and 144 Hz gaming
The Omen 15 may look like its predecessor, but HP has overhauled its internals. A hexa-core CPU and cutting-edge GPU should make better use of the 144 Hz panel than the hardware in the last Omen 15 we reviewed did, although single-channel RAM may hinder performance slightly. Read on to find out what the Core i7-8750H and RTX 2070 Max-Q bring to the table.
Huawei announces EMUI 9.1 roadmap for the end of Q2 and Q3; Honor devices are nowhere to be seen
Good news Huawei fans: The company has announced its EMUI 9.1 roadmap for the end of Q2 and most of Q3. An array of Huawei devices will receive EMUI 9.1 in the next two months. There are a couple of notable absentees though, while Honor owners may feel hung out to dry.
PiRelay, a Raspberry Pi relay shield with a mobile app that costs just US$17.06
Raspberry Pi Relay HATs are two a penny, but few come with a dedicated mobile app. Meet the PiRelay, a HAT that can manage up to 240 VAC/7 A or 125 VDC/10 A loads across four relays. The PiRelay costs US$17.06 via SB-Components, which ships worldwide.
LG K40 Smartphone Review: A cheery and affordable handset
The LG K40 is an affordable smartphone that includes a few tricks, such as DTS-X sound support. However, has the South Korean manufacturer focussed too much on flashy features and forgotten to get the basics right? Our rigorous tests will reveal all in this detailed review.
Ubuntu 19.10 looks DOA for gamers, with Valve dropping support for the OS
Canonical has seemingly crippled Ubuntu 19.10 for gamers, having removed all 32-bit support from the upcoming OS. Anything requiring 32-bit libraries or packages will not install, causing Valve to abandon Steam support for all Ubuntu releases going forwards.
Raspberry Pi 4: 3x the performance of the Raspberry Pi 3B+ with Gigabit Ethernet, dual 4K HDMI and USB Type-C for just US$35
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has delivered its next single-board computer a year early. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B comes with a quad-core CPU, up to 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, Gigabit Ethernet dual 4K HDMI and USB Type-C. It should deliver 3x the performance of its predecessor while remaining backwards-compatible with older boards. Better still, the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B costs just US$35 and is available to order worldwide now.
Dell Vostro 15-5581 Laptop Review: An office laptop with an MX130 for some light gaming
The Vostro name has been the moniker of Dell's series of budget laptops for years. The company has given the old workhorse a hardware upgrade and ironed out some of the kinks, but some questionable decisions remain.
Intel responds to the Ryzen 3000 series; price cuts incoming
AMD tends to undercut Intel on price, but the blue corner is looking to turn the tide with a series of price cuts for its 9th generation processors.
Dell to release the 4K OLED version of the XPS 15 7590 on June 27
The new XPS 15 is almost upon us, but there will be no long wait for a 4K OLED option. Dell will bring the 4K OLED model to market on June 27, with the XPS 15 7590 being the first in the series to feature such display technology.
Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15ARR Laptop Review: A powerful Ryzen 5 2500U laptop paired with disappointing battery life
The IdeaPad 330s-15ARR scores well with its Ryzen 5-2500U APU, fast NVMe SSD, and dual-channel RAM. Its dim and poor battery life inhibit what is a good laptop though.
Rock Pi S: A US$9.9 Rockchip RK3308 powered SBC that is tinier than a Raspberry Pi
The company behind the Rock Pi 4 is back, this time with a tiny SBC powered by a Rockchip RK3308 quad-core SoC. The board comes with either 256 MB or 512 MB RAM, a built-in voice activity detector (VAD) along with a host of ports and connectors. The Rock Pi S measures just 3.8 x 3.8 cm and will sell for US$9.90.
Chuwi MiniBook crowdfunding campaign surpasses US$260,000 in two days
The crowdfunding campaign for the Chuwi MiniBook has exceeded all expectations, having achieved over 1,000% of its funding goal. This would be an impressive feat in a full campaign period, let alone 2 days. The Chuwi MiniBook is an 8.0-inch ultra-mobile convertible laptop that starts at US$430 for the Celeron N4100 model and US$530 for the Core m3-8100Y model on Indiegogo. The MiniBook will ship worldwide in September.
Gigaset Heating Pack Review: Efficient smart home heating
Gigaset originally developed its smart home system for apartments, but it has now been expanded to thermostats. These can often prove useful in changeable summer weather conditions, allowing you to change the room temperature quickly and save money too. Read on to find out our thoughts on the Gigaset Heating Pack.
Nubia Red Magic 3 Smartphone Review: 8K videos and active cooling
Nubia wants the Red Magic 3 to be an extraordinary gaming phone and it has done its best to achieve that lofty aim. The company has included an active cooling solution, and the ability to shoot 8K videos, both of which are firsts for the smartphones that have visited our test lab. Read on to find out whether this affordable gaming smartphone can live up to its lofty expectations in this detailed review.
Oukitel C15 Pro Smartphone Review: A weak budget handset with a bright display
The sub-€100 (~$112) Oukitel C15 Pro surprised with its bright IPS display. Read on to find out whether this budget smartphone has more to offer than its nice-looking screen.
Xiaomi Mi TV: Over 100,000 TVs sold in 9 minutes
Xiaomi, the Chinese industry giant, sells practically every product imaginable in its home market from smartphones and fitness bands to e-scooters and home appliances. It also has a successful TV business, which surpassed all expectations recently during the JD.com's 618 sales campaign on June 18 with over 100,000 units flying off the shelves in just a few minutes.
PlayStation 5: Rumoured list of launch titles includes Gran Turismo 7, Black Ops 5 and a PUBG remaster, but no GTA VI.
A new rumour about the launch titles for the PlayStation 5 has been circulating online. The list looks similar to one posted on Pastebin a few months ago but with one triple-A addition and one notable absentee. Still, Gran Turismo 7 in 8K would be epic, right?
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop Review: A business laptop with long battery life and an iGPU
We are already well acquainted with the ThinkPad T490, having reviewed the model with an NVIDIA GPU only last month. Now it is time for the model with only an Intel GPU to be subjected to our tests, but how will it perform in the absence of a dedicated GPU? Read on in our detailed review to find out.
Huawei brings DC dimming to the P30 Pro
PWM sensitive people rejoice! You now have one more OLED smartphone to choose from thanks to Huawei bringing DC dimming to the P30 Pro. The feature comes bundled in EMUI 220.127.116.11, which includes a host of other refinements too.
Perf-V: An FPGA based RISC-V developer board, which costs US$79
The PerfXLab Perf-V is an FPGA based RISC-V developer board that comes with 256 MB of DDR3 RAM along with 8 MB of FPGA and 8 MB of RISC-V flash storage. The board features a host of connectors and interfaces, while it can be programmed with Vivado and supports an IDE for Windows RISC-V development. The Perf-V will ship worldwide on June 21 from Seeedstudio and costs US$79.
Intel Core i7-10510U and Core i5-10210U disappoint on Geekbench with lower scores than the Ryzen 7 3700U and Ryzen 5 3500U
Listings for the Core i7-10510U and Core i5-10210U have appeared on Geekbench, although their scores should be no cause of worry for AMD. The chips are outgunned by not only the Ryzen 7 3700U and Ryzen 5 3500U but also the current crop of Intel Core i U series processors. Oddly, these 10th generation CPUs do not appear to be based on Intel's Ice Lake architecture either.
LG finally rolls out Android Pie to the unlocked V40 ThinQ
Cue terrible baked pastry related puns as LG has released Android 9.0 Pie to the unlocked version of the V40 ThinQ. The company has kept to its promise of delivering the system update within Q2 2019, just. The update is available to download over the air (OTA) or via the LG Bridge now.
Dell doubles down on justifying XPS 15 9570 problems
The company is still burying its heads in the sand over why some XPS 15 9570 laptops are getting hot and experiencing high battery drain when asleep. The company has added having an outdated BIOS and drivers along with wake on Wi-Fi enabled to the reasons that could cause the behaviour but without recognising that forcing people to use Modern Standby could be the cause. Well done, Dell.
Latest Pixel 4 renders are dividing opinion
A new day, a new set of Pixel 4 CAD renders. This time, concept designer Ben Geskin has given his followers a look at what could become the front of the device. While no-one doubts the quality of his work, the design of Google's upcoming flagship has been called into question by many people online.
Gigabyte Aorus 15-SA (Core i7-9750H, GTX 1660 Ti, 144 Hz FHD) Laptop Review
The Gigabyte Aorus 15-SA handles all modern triple-A games with ease thanks to its Core i7-9750H processor, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU and 16 GB RAM. Gigabyte complements this with a 512 GB NVMe SSD and a 15.6-inch 144 Hz IPS panel. However, the latter has low maximum brightness, while the 15-SA suffers from poor battery life and lacks ports like Thunderbolt 3.
Dell to launch XPS 15 7590 on June 24
All signs are pointing towards Dell releasing the XPS 15 7590 in the final week of June, specifically from June 24. Its Premium Customer support has reportedly been saying so as has XPS Vice President & General Manager Frank Azor. People in some countries are looking at a prolonged wait, though.
Dell may introduce a touchscreen OLED display for the XPS 15 7590
The XPS 15 7590 is nearly upon us and Dell has confirmed even more details ahead of its arrival. The upcoming laptop will be the first XPS 15 to feature an OLED display, which Dell has confirmed it shares with the Alienware m15. A touchscreen variant may be on the way too.
Real-life photos of the Pixel 4 "leak" online
Pixel 4 leak season is truly upon us. It has been less than 48 hours since Google took to Twitter to reveal the Pixel 4, and now pictures of something that looks like a real-life version of its next flagship have appeared online. Coincidence? We think not.
EMUI 10 will ship with Google Play Services, beta now available for P30 Pro
Huawei is still developing EMUI 10, despite rumours about it developing an AOSP-based fork for its future smartphones. Better still, early beta versions are being compiled with Google Play Services, indicating that it may not be all doom and gloom for the Chinese company yet. An early beta is now available to download for the P30 Pro too.
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett will be based on differing generations of AMD GPUs
Sony and Microsoft are both working with AMD to provide 7 nm graphics for their next-gen consoles, but the results of which may not be equal. According to multiple reports and perhaps even AMD itself, the next PlayStation and Xbox will be a generation of graphics performance apart.
Strawberry4Pi 2: A Raspberry Pi home automation HAT that has its own mobile app and costs less than US$30
The Strawberry4Pi 2 is an IoT HAT designed for the Raspberry Pi with a difference. The HAT costs just US$29 but comes pre-installed with its own OS and a mobile app that can control your internet connected devices. No coding required. The Strawberry4Pi 2 is available to order on Kickstarter and will ship in August.
Grab a One Mix 3s Platinum Edition for US$1,199.99
Hot on the heels of the One Mix 3 and 3s comes the 3s Platinum Edition, an 8.4-inch UMPC equipped with a Core i7-8550Y processor, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. The One Mix 3s Platinum Edition is available to order for US$1,199.99 on Geekbuying and will ship on July 9.
Fresh Google Pixel 4 concept renders are proving popular online
Exquisite new concept renders from product designer Jonas Daehnert are receiving widespread approval from his followers, including fellow concept designers. No ugly Pixel 3 XL notch this around, but the thinking is still that the Pixel 4 will have comparatively large display bezels.
Banana Pi BPI-M4, a Raspberry Pi clone that packs a more powerful SoC and costs just US$35
The Banana Pi BPI-M4 is a mouthful, but it packs a punch thanks to its quad-core Realtek RTD1395 SoC with ARM Mali-470 MP4 graphics, 1 GB of DDR4 RAM and 8 GB of eMMC flash storage. The developer board is a dead ringer for the Raspberry Pi 3B+ and is compatible with most HATs too. The Banana Pi BPI-M4 currently ships worldwide from AliExpress for US$35.
HTC is bringing its Wildfire series back from the dead
Remember the HTC Wildfire? Well, the Taiwanese company is seemingly giving the series a new lease of life, having registered ten new device names in Russia. Just when we thought HTC was about to give up the ghost itself.
Dazzling concept renders give a first glimpse at the Mate 30 Pro
These eye-catching concept renders of the Mate 30 Pro may act as a salve for Huawei fans with the company still embroiled in a trade war with Donald Trump and his US administration. Watch out for that huge camera bump though, it bites.
Mysterious AMD X599 64 core and 128 thread behemoth to land in Q4 2019
AMD is looking to shake up the processor market once again with a new 64 core and 128 thread chip, which it is planning to bring to market in Q4 2019. The HEDT processor will be based on the upcoming X599 platform and looks set to succeed the Threadripper W2290X.
Chuwi MiniBook to start at US$499 in limited quantities
The Chuwi MiniBook will feature an Intel Core m3-8100Y or a Celeron N4100 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD in a compact UMPC form factor. The convertible will be available to order from next Wednesday for US$499 for the Core m3-8100Y model.
NVIDIA RTX 20 Super series to launch in mid-July
With NVIDIA apparently announcing its GeForce RTX 20 Super series next week, multiple insider sources are pointing towards a mid-July launch. Specifications for the three Desktop GPUs have now been confirmed too.
The One Mix 3s can now be ordered worldwide for US$899.99
The One Mix 3s comes with an 8.4-inch 2K display, an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD all in a 650 g chassis. The One Mix 3s is available to order worldwide for US$899.99 from Geekbuying and will ship on June 22.
GPD Win Max and One-Netbook OneGx competitor Smach Z debuted, but it already looks DOA
Smach has been showing off its much anticipated and delayed handheld games console at E3 2019, with promises that it will ship at the end of the year. 17 FPS in titles like Monster Hunter World for a starting price of US$699 though? No thanks.
Dell Latitude 3390 (Core i5-8250U, Full HD, 256 GB SSD) Convertible Review
The Dell Latitude 3390 is a compact 13.3-inch convertible laptop that offers decent performance but poor battery life. Read on to find out how the Latitude 3390 shapes up elsewhere in this detailed review.
Here is a first look at the actual Pixel 4
Well, well, well. It looks like OnLeaks was right after all. After much speculation online and countless concept renders, Google has taken the lid off the Pixel 4. Did anyone expect it this early?
This is NOT the Pixel 4
Someone did not do their homework on this one. You may have seen some "exclusive" Pixel 4 live images today, but do not believe the hype. We reveal unequivocally why these are merely faked leaks.
Win an XPS 15 7590 with Dell
Fancy an XPS 15 7590 but do not want to fork out over US$1,000? Well, Dell is currently running a free competition to win the 15.6-inch laptop, which will retail for US$1,899.
Andy Rubin fans speculation about a new Essential Phone, again
Essential Products Inc, the company behind the Essential Phone, are preparing to make an announcement, according to founder Andy Rubin. An Essential Phone PH-2? Well, he is certainly hinting so anyway.
Save a crazy US$1,450 on an Alienware 17 R5 with a Core i9-8950HK, a GeForce GTX 1080 and 32 GB of RAM
No special coupon needed for this one, but there is limited stock. B&H has discounted the top of the range version of the Alienware 17 R5 heavily. Grab the 17.3-inch gaming laptop while you can at US$1,450 off its retail price.
Snapdragon 865 to enter mass production by Q4 2019 or Q1 2020: New report
People may have only just got their hands on the Snapdragon 855, but Qualcomm is already making plans to mass produce its successor, the Snapdragon 865. Qualcomm is looking beyond TSMC to produce its next flagship Snapdragon chipset.
The Galaxy Note 10 may have more models than it does rear-facing cameras
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro will seemingly have the same battery capacity, at least if the latest set of leaks are to be believed. Previous rumours may have got the number of Note 10 models being released wrong too.
Here is the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary edition Desktop GPU in all its golden glory
The design of the RX 5700 has received a mixed response online with its squashed housing. AMD seems proud of its design though and has announced a 50th Anniversary edition of the Desktop GPU to celebrate being half a century old. It is more than just a paint job though.
Save US$350 with a limited deal on a 128 GB Google Pixel 3 XL
B&H is currently running a sale until tomorrow on one Google Pixel 3 XL SKU. The 6.3-inch phablet is only available at this special price for the Not Pink variant. You will not be tied to a carrier though. The SKU originally cost US$999 and is still US$799 on Google, but B&H has reduced it to just US$649.
Dell woes continue as XPS 15 self-destructs
With Dell starting to blame customers if their XPS 15 9570 overheats when asleep, one getting so hot that it explodes would be rather inconvenient PR. That is the state that one person arrived home to see their XPS 15 in, and Dell customer support has not been forthcoming on helping them resolve the matter.
The Pixel 4 is seemingly uglier than anyone could have thought
The Pixel 4 plot thickens. New renders based on early schematics of Google's upcoming flagship have emerged, which look nothing like previous leaks. Google is apparently roadtesting more than one design though to avoid another Pixel 3 XL esque design flop.
UP Xtreme: A Whiskey Lake-U powered developer board that starts at €249 (~US$282)
The UP Xtreme is no ordinary single board computer (SBC). The board comes with up to an Intel Core i7-8665U Whiskey Lake processor and a 16 GB RAM, along with a host of ports, connectors and sensors. The UP Xtreme is available to order on Kickstarter from €249 (~US$282) and will ship worldwide in September or October depending on the configuration you purchase.
XPS 15 9570: More DPC latency improvements inbound
It seems that Dell has not forgotten about the XPS 15 9570 in the wake of releasing its successor. The company has committed to further reducing the DPC latency issues still affecting some machines beyond the BIOS release that it released in April.
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Desktop GPU specs leak early
Specifications for Radeon RX 5700XT, AMD's upcoming 7 nm Navi GPU, have leaked. 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM, over 9 TFLOPs of performance and a base clock higher than the boost clock of the Radeon RX 590. What more could a gamer ask for?
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, the 16 core gaming CPU with a 4.7 GHz boost clock
The mysterious Ryzen 9 CPU that beat the Intel Core i9-9980XE could well be the Ryzen 9 3950X, and its performance may be better than expected. 16 cores and a 4.7 GHz boost clock should whet most gamer's appetites.
Nexus 6P compensation goes live
Did you buy a Nexus 6P in the US between September 25, 2015, and May 3, 2019? If so, then you can now file a class action compensation claim against Google and Huawei for up to US$400. Your Nexus 6P does not need to be stuck in a bootloop or have experienced high battery drain for you to be eligible for a claim either.
XPS 15 7590: Do not expect a June release if you live outside the US
Dell is seemingly planning a staggered roll-out of the XPS 15 7590. Having previously stated that the upcoming 15.6-inch laptop would be available to order by June 23, it now seems that only applies to those living in the US.
XPS 15 9570 get hot or drain its battery when asleep? Dell says that you are using it wrong
Does your XPS 15 9570 get hot or suffer from heavy battery drain when asleep? If so, then Dell thinks you have caused it to do so. Re-installing the OS may, or may not, fix the issue too.
NVIDIA's mysterious GPUs are looking increasingly less "Super"
The NVIDIA "Something super is coming..." video has been watched over 325,000 times in just over two weeks. Unfortunately, multiple sources have pointed towards the Super series being little more than a minor RTX 20 series refresh.
Rock Pi 4: A Rockchip RK3399 powered Raspberry Pi lookalike that starts at US$39
The Rock Pi 4 comes in two variants, the base model of which has 1 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. All versions have a similar layout to the Raspberry Pi and feature a hexa-core Rockchip RK3399 processor along with a 40-pin GPIO among other connectors. The Rock Pi 4 ships worldwide.
NETGEAR Nighthawk M1 Router Review
The Nighthawk M1 is a little more expensive and larger than other mobile hotspots, but it offers a lot for the money. The device is simple to set-up, has fast LTE connectivity, numerous ports and can connect to up to 20 devices. Read on to find out how the Nighthawk M1 performs in our tests.
HP Chromebook 14 G5 (Celeron N3350, 32 GB eMMC, 4 GB RAM, FHD) Laptop Review
The HP Chromebook 14 G5 runs silently and has excellent battery life. The device has Google Play Store integration too, but how does it shape up against other Chromebooks? Read on to find out in this short review.
Glorious Samsung Galaxy Note 10 concept renders reveal every aspect of the upcoming baby phablet
A new set of concept renders made in collaboration with 91Mobiles and OnLeaks give a detailed look at what could become the smaller version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. Say goodbye to the headphone jack and hello to the baby of the Note 10 family.
Striking Pixel 4 stormtrooper concept renders give the clearest look yet at Google's next flagship smartphone
A new set of gorgeous Pixel 4 stormtrooper concept renders have people hoping that its designer is working Google. We hear Emperor Palpatine is a fan too.
Save nearly US$600 on an LG V50 ThinQ
Best Buy is currently offering a stonking deal on the LG V50 ThinQ. The 5G smartphone, which the retailer sells normally for US$1,052, has been discounted by US$596, bringing it down to a mere US$456. Grab it while you can.
BeiTaAd adware found in over 200 Android apps on the Google Play Store
A major app developer has been found sneaking adware into over 200 Android apps listed on the Google Play Store. The adware, named BeiTaAd, would only present adverts after at least 24 hours from an affected app being first opened, tricking people into believing other apps were at fault.
Dell backtracks on XPS 15 9570 S3 sleep fix
Sound familiar, anyone? Just over a month ago Dell reported that addressing the removal of S3 sleep was next on its agenda for the XPS 15 9570. Disappointingly, but perhaps unsurprisingly, the company has seemingly u-turned on this promise.
HTC is pulling the HTC U11 Android Pie update
HTC started rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the HTC U11 just over a week ago, but the system update has had some dire unintended consequences. The company has been forced to pull the update amid multiple reports of it soft-bricking HTC U11 handsets and is now offering a repair service.
The Khadas VIM3, the Amlogic S922X powered Raspberry Pi competitor, is launching on June 24 for US$69.99
The single board computer comes with up to 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32 GB of eMMC 5.1 storage. The Khadas VIM3 will launch on June 24 and runs Android 9.0 Pie, LibreELEC or Ubuntu.
Dell confirms that the next XPS 15 will not have the DPC latency issues of the XPS 15 9570
Dell has not yet eliminated the DPC latency issues that have been affecting the XPS 15 9570, but it has promised that they will not be present on its successor, the XPS 15 7590.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Ti is seemingly "confirmed"
Rumours about the possibility of NVIDIA releasing an RTX 2070 Ti have appeared again online. This time, alleged CUDA core specifications, VRAM speed and more have been "confirmed".
Salt required: Smach claims it will showcase the Smach Z at E3 2019 next week
It has been a long time coming, but a final version of the Smach Z will apparently be at E3 2019. The conference, hosted at the LA Convention Center between June 11 and 13, will be the first opportunity to see the much delayed handheld console in the flesh. The Smach Z is still available to pre-order with prices currently starting at US$629.10.
OnePlus confirms that it is addressing the OnePlus 7 Pro ghost touch display issue
OnePlus is moving quickly to fix the ghost touch issue that has been affecting some 7 Pro smartphones, less than a week after acknowledging its existence. Thankfully for owners, it does not appear to be a hardware issue. Update: OnePlus claims that OxygenOS 9.5.7 fixes ghost touch issues.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 is arriving on June 11
A new teaser confirms that Xiaomi will officially launch the Mi Band 4, its upcoming fitness band, on June 11. The successor to the popular Mi Band 3 will have a larger battery than its predecessor along with a larger, and OLED, display. The Mi Band 4 is expected to be considerably more expensive than the Mi Band 3 too.
ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G531GW (Core i9-9880H, RTX 2070) Laptop Review
ASUS is focusing on more than just RGB lighting with the third incarnation of its ROG Strix Scar. The company has also included a nice security feature called Keystone along with a host of powerful hardware. The G531GW offers plenty on paper, but can it meet expectations?
Some Google Pixel smartphones may have a Bluetooth-related DND notification bug
It appears that Google has messed up how its Pixel smartphones how they handle notifications when set to Do Not Disturb (DND). Originally reported on Reddit, some Pixel devices are receiving two notification sounds too. Google cannot seemingly fix the issue either.
Avengers Assemble: AMD and Samsung unite to bring Radeon graphics to Exynos chipsets
AMD has agreed to license its Radeon graphics technology with Samsung in a multi-year partnership. The deal brings the American company back into the mobile GPU market for the first time in over ten years. It also spells the end to the Mali GPU partnership between ARM and Samsung that started in 2014.
Nionics ATTO: The world's smallest Arduino board is available to pre-order for under US$12
The ATTO measures just 10.3 x 11.5 mm² and weighs 0.68 g. Nionics has equipped the board with an Atmel ATmega32U4 microcontroller, a micro USB port and a reset button. The company has pre-flashed the board with the Arduino Leonardo bootloader too. The ATTO is available to pre-order now for US$11.90 and will ship worldwide in October.
Deal | Save nearly US$600 on a 4G Apple iPad Pro 12.9 with 512 GB of storage until tomorrow
B&H is currently running a sale until tomorrow on one 2nd generation Apple iPad Pro 12.9 SKU. The 4G tablet comes with 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM, a 512 GB of storage and comes in a choice of Gold, Silver or Space Gray. The SKU originally cost US$1,279, but the sale brings it down to US$719, a saving of US$560.
Cryptic clues: Samsung looks set to bring 45 W charging to the Galaxy Note 10
Ice universe is back with yet more Galaxy Note 10 information. It appears as though Samsung does not have plans to bring 100 W charging to its upcoming phablet, but it is still looking to outdo Huawei and OnePlus.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) Tablet Review
It has been over two years since Samsung last upgraded its 10-inch entry-level Galaxy Tab A tablet. An update was necessary, especially regarding software. Read on to find out how the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 performs in our tests and whether it is a worthwhile upgrade over the Galaxy Tab A 10.5.
Renowned tipster contradicts latest Galaxy Note 10 buttons rumour
Ice universe is back with more Galaxy Note 10 news. Previous speculation about the upcoming phablet having no physical buttons may have been a touch hasty, it seems.
One Mix 3s and One Mix 3s Platinum Edition listings go live, latter to feature a Core i7-8500Y processor
A new online listing has revealed that One-Netbook is bringing a third version of the One Mix 3 to market this summer. The pricier model will feature a more powerful processor and a higher clocked GPU. It appears that the One Mix 3s will not come with the CPU that we previously thought it would though.
MacBook Pro: Battery dramatically explodes, damaging owner's house
A Twitter user has shared a video and information about his MacBook Pro, which exploded during normal use. The video shows the laptop emitting copious amounts of smoke, with the battery having caught fire. The device has been brought to Apple, which needs five days to diagnose the problem.
Microsoft announces London flagship store opening date
Microsoft's first European flagship store has been a long time coming. Announced almost 2 years ago, the Redmond-based company has finally published an opening date for its London store. Oh, and a lovely illustration of the storefront too.
This is the Pixel 4, and fans of previous leaks may not like it
The leaks keep rolling in for the Pixel 4, which is still months from its official announcement. The device does not appear to be the innovator that previous leaks implied it would be though.
OnePlus acknowledges ghost touch issue affecting some 7 Pro smartphones
Have you noticed ghost or phantom touch issues on your OnePlus 7 Pro? Well, the company has recognised it as an issue, and has issued a functionality limiting workaround for the time being.
A cheaper Samsung Galaxy Note 10 may be in the works after all
If Galaxy Note 9 and S10 prices are anything to go by, then the Note 10 will likely come in at around US$1,000. Samsung may have a remedy for this though if you do not fancy digging that deep into your pockets.
HKCam: A Raspberry Pi-powered and open-source HomeKit security camera that costs under US$20
Home security camera systems can be expensive. But where there is a Raspberry Pi, there is a way. All you need is a Raspberry Pi Zero W, a Raspberry Pi camera module, some free software and an enclosure that you can buy for as little as €5 (~US$5.57).
Something tasty is seemingly coming to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Samsung and Ice universe have sent people into a tailspin with fresh speculation about the upcoming Galaxy Note 10. Fear not, it is not about more camera tech, this time.
True wireless in-ear headphones Review: Huawei FreeBuds Lite vs. Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro
The Apple AirPods brought wireless earbuds into the mainstream, and many other OEMs have been looking to profit off the back of that success. We take a look at the Huawei FreeBuds Lite and Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro to see how they shape up.
Samsung is planning something big for the Galaxy S11
Samsung has been steadily refining the 12 MP camera sensor that it first introduced with the release of the Galaxy S7 in 2016. Now, renowned tipster Ice Universe has claimed that is set to change with a larger sensor being on the horizon. Do not get your hopes up about any 48 MP or 64 MP wonders though.
Chuwi MiniBook: 8.0-inch UMPC pricing undercuts the GPD P2 Max and One-Netbook One Mix 3
Chuwi has announced the pricing of its upcoming MiniBook on Twitter, and it is lower than expected. Two versions of the 8.0-inch convertible mini laptop will arrive at launch, which will be available to order on Indiegogo from June 19.
Google Pixel 3a XL Smartphone Review
Google has, until now, released flagship smartphones under its Pixel series. The 3a and 3a XL change this with their midrange pricing. The premise of these devices is flagship cameras on a budget, but how well has Google executed this idea? Read on to find out in this detailed review.
The Chatterbox, a Raspberry Pi smart speaker that you can build and teach yourself
The Chatterbox is a DIY smart speaker that even children can build. The device has a chipboard case and is built around a Raspberry Pi 3B. The speaker can be taught new commands using the Chatterbox app too. The Chatterbox is currently available for US$119 on Kickstarter and ships worldwide in December.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (Wi-Fi) Tablet Review
The Galaxy Tab S5e looks a lot like the Galaxy Tab S4. However, while the latter is currently Samsung’s flagship tablet, the Tab S5e is significantly cheaper at nearly 400 Euros (~$448). The midrange tablet is about 20% lighter too. Samsung has not skimped on hardware to save on costs though, which could make the Tab S5e a better choice for some people than its more expensive sibling.
Turn your Raspberry Pi into an e-reader with the Waveshare e-paper HAT, an expansion board that starts at US$15.99
Who needs an Amazon Kindle when you can build one yourself? The Waveshare e-paper HAT comes in numerous display sizes ranging from 1.54-inches to 9.7-inches. The HAT communicates with a Raspberry Pi via SPI, UART or USB depending on the model and comes in a choice of two, three or four supported colours. The Waveshare e-paper HAT costs between US$15.99 and US$169.99 and ships worldwide.
NODE Mini Server V2: The DIY home server based on a Raspberry Pi
Ever fancied having a small home server? Well now you can with the NODE Mini Server V2. Caution: soldering skills required.
Maixduino: A sub-US$25 Arduino Uno-sized single board computer that supports AI workloads
Sipeed has designed the Maixduino for use in AI and IoT applications. The single board computer (SBC) has the form factor of an Arduino Uno and comes with a 2.4-inch TFT display along with an OV2640 2 MP camera module. The Maixduino has various ports and connectors including USB Type-C and can be pre-ordered for US$23.90 or US$20.90 without the camera and display. The SBC will ship worldwide on May 27.
Dell reveals its plans for a foldable laptop, and it is not good news
All paths point to foldable. Samsung, Lenovo and now Dell? Frank Azor has had his say on the company's progress towards releasing a foldable laptop and the current pitfalls that trying to fit all that tech in a small form factor presents.
TP-Link Neffos C9 Smartphone Review
TP-Link has expanded its budget C series with the Neffos C9, a device with a 5.99-inch display and a MediaTek SoC. Do not expect miracle performance or camera capabilities for the C9 though, as it is geared towards those who want a large and no-frills smartphone. Read on to find out how the Neffos C9 performs in our tests and whether it can stand up to its contemporaries.
Dell XPS 15: New generation looks set to be a minor refresh of the XPS 15 9570
Are you eagerly awaiting the next XPS 15? Well, Dell has confirmed yet more details about the upcoming laptop, including what CPUs it will feature along with its maximum RAM and SSD capacities.
GPD P2 Max: Pricing for the 8.9-inch UMPC announced
GPD has announced the pricing for its upcoming P2 Max via Twitter. The company will launch two versions of the 8.9-inch mini laptop, both of which will run Windows 10 and will feature a trackpad, a fingerprint sensor and a webcam. GPD confirms specification change
Rage 2 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Rage 2 comes eight years after its predecessor and is id Software's latest post-apocalyptic shooter. As the cover art implies, the game should be even more colourful and action-packed than Rage. Read on to find out which graphics cards can tame this savage title.
Dell has not eliminated the DPC latency issues that have been affecting the XPS 15 9570
Dell promised the earth, so it should come as no surprise that it has failed to meet expectations. The company had promised that it had fixed the latency issues that have been affecting the XPS 15 9570. Alas, it seems that the company still has some way to go before it eliminates these issues. Updated: Results from running DPC Latency Checker and LatencyMon on battery added.
Take over 40% off a refurbished XPS 15 9560 SKU until midnight tomorrow
Dell Outlet is selling one XPS 13 9560 SKU at a huge discount. The machine comes with an Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake processor and a 4K touchscreen display. The device also has a 97 Wh battery and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. The SKU is marked down to just US$998.46 from US$1,706.
The NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit, a powerful SBC smaller than a Raspberry Pi, is now shipping worldwide for US$99
The Jetson Nano Developer Kit is one mighty single-board computer (SBC). The device can churn out up to 472 GFLOPS of performance, despite its compact form factor, thanks to its quad-core CPU and 128 CUDA core GPU performance. The Developer Kit definitely gives other SBCs like the Raspberry Pi a run for their money.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW (Core i7-9750H, RTX 2070) Laptop Review
Ultrathin gaming laptops are currently on trend with the likes of Gigabyte, MSI and Razer leading the way. ASUS has now updated its GX502 series accordingly, but can its thin chassis handle a Core i7-9750H and a GeForce RTX 2070? Read on to find out.
The ToyBrick RK3399 Pro, a Raspberry Pi-sized SBC that outperforms the NVIDIA Jetson Nano
The ToyBrick RK3399 Pro is a developer board that is powered by an RK399Pro SoC, which integrates an ARM Mali-T860MP4 GPU and an RK1808 NPU that can achieve up to 3.0 TOPS. The board can dual-boot Android and Linux out of the box and comes with up to 6 GB RAM and 32 GB of eMMC flash storage.
Save 25% on a Chuwi MiniBook pre-order, the 8.0-inch GPD and One Mix competitor
The Chuwi MiniBook will come in two versions, the most powerful of which will feature an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor, 8 GB LPDRR4 RAM and a 128 GB SSD. Chuwi will reportedly bring the ultra-mobile PC to crowdfunding platform Indiegogo on June 19.
One Mix 3: The 8.4-inch convertible Chuwi and GPD challenger is available to order worldwide for US$759.99
Right on cue, the One Mix 3 has gone on sale, just as One-netbook said it would. The ultra-compact laptop has an 8.4-inch 2K touchscreen display with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor, 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB PCIe SSD.
The Khadas VIM3 is a new hexa-core Raspberry Pi competitor that supports PCIe NVMe drives
Khadas has announced its new single board computer, the VIM3. The company has based the board on the powerful Amlogic S922X SoC and will equip it with up to 4 GB of RAM along with 32 GB of eMMC storage. The VIM3 supports Wi-Fi 5 and PCIe NVMe SSDs too.
The Atomic Pi, a US$35 alternative to the Raspberry Pi, is available to order worldwide again
Have you been unable to source an Atomic Pi? Well, it is now available to order worldwide once again. The Raspberry Pi alternative comes with an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of eMMC flash storage. Orders for the developer board will ship on May 20.
OnePlus 7 Pro Smartphone Review
The OnePlus 7 Pro is the company’s new flagship. The device has a huge notch-free display, triple rear-facing cameras and much more. Read on to find out whether this so-called flagship beater can live up to expectations. Update: Test completed.
RugGear RG850 Smartphone Review
While most outdoor smartphones resemble a brick, RugGear has given the RG850 a more understated design that makes it look more like a traditional smartphone. The manufacturer has not sacrificed features to achieve this either, which is impressive. Read on to find out whether the RG850 can stand out from its competitors and how it performs in our tests.
RPi Relay Board: A Raspberry Pi smart home expansion board that costs just US$18.99
The RPI Relay Board allows the Raspberry Pi to control high current and voltage devices like home appliances. The expansion board supports up to 5A/250V AC or 5A/30V DC and comes with extensive development resources such as sample programs written in BCM2835, python, shell, WebIOPi and WiringPi. The RPI Relay Board is available worldwide for US$18.99.
Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 AMP Extreme Desktop GPU Review
The GeForce RTX 2070 undoubtedly offers a lot of power. Zotac was not content with the performance that the Founders Edition delivers though, and has decided to overclock it. The result is the RTX 2070 AMP Extreme, which looks and operates differently to how NVIDIA originally intended. Read on to find out how Zotac’s latest Desktop GPU performs in benchmarks and how it stacks up against other modern cards, including the MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z 8G.
Acer Nitro 5 (Core i5-9300H, GeForce GTX 1650) Laptop Review
While OEMs currently reserve Nvidia RTX 20-series GPUs for their more expensive gaming laptops, Acer has chosen to equip its attractively priced Nitro series with GeForce GTX 1600-series chips. Read on to find out how the entry-level model performs in our detailed review. Update: Affordable Core i7-9750H variant is around 21% faster
We have some bad news about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Ice universe has retaken to Twitter with another teaser about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10. This time, he has got people speculating and talking about something that the flagship phablet series may, or may not, have.
Save nearly US$800 with a very limited offer on a refurbished XPS 13 9370 with an i7-8550U CPU, a 4K touchscreen display, 16 GB RAM and a 1 TB SSD
Dell Outlet is currently running a limited sale on one refurbished XPS 13 9370 SKU. The machine comes with an Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake R processor and 16 GB RAM. The device also has a 4K touchscreen display and a 1 TB SSD. The SKU usually costs US$2,032, but the sale brings it down to US$1,238.01.
Save US$400 with a very limited offer on a ThinkPad X1 Extreme with an i7-8750H CPU, a 4K touchscreen display, 16 GB RAM, and a 1 TB SSD
Costco is currently running a limited sale on one ThinkPad X1 Extreme SKU. The machine comes with an Intel Core i7 Coffee Lake processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti discrete GPU and 16 GB RAM. The device also has a 4K anti-glare touchscreen display and a 1 TB SSD. The SKU usually costs US$2,399.99, but the sale brings it down to US$1,999.99.
Does your XPS 15 9570 get hot and drain its battery while asleep? Dell has a workaround, but you may not like it.
Dell may well be working on a fix for S3 sleep with the XPS 15 9570, but the device still has numerous outstanding issues too. One such problem is high battery drain and overheating when asleep, and Dell now has a rather counter-intuitive workaround.
The One-Netbook One Mix 3 is arriving sooner than expected - white SKU seemingly planned too
Set your alarms to next Thursday. One-Netbook has already revealed most of the specifications for its next device, the One Mix 3, and now it has confirmed when it will be making the mini laptop available to pre-order too. It is still keeping pricing secret though.
Bosstouch PM156: The 15.6-inch IPS 1080p portable touchscreen that supports Raspberry Pi
The Bosstouch PM156 is more than your average portable display. The 15.6-inch 1080p touchscreen includes three video outputs and operates at 85 Hz. The PM156 is available to pre-order on Seeed Studio for US$169 and will ship on May 27.
GPD Pocket 2 Max: The Chuwi and One Mix UMPC competitor with a Dell-style nosecam
The Pocket 2 Max is an 8.9-inch mini laptop that includes a Core m3-8100Y processor, up to 16 GB RAM and a removable PCIe NVMe SSD. Oh, and a dreaded nosecam too. Update: New device photos and hands-on video added.
Snapdragon 712 SoC Review: Initial benchmarks from Qualcomm's latest processor
A competitor to the Snapdragon 855? We recently reviewed the Mi 9 SE, the first device we have tested with a Snapdragon 712 SoC. Now, we are analysing Qualcomm's new octa-core chip in several benchmarks and comparing the results against the Snapdragon 710, and the flagship-level Snapdragon 855. Read on to find out how the Snapdragon 712 compares and performs.
Some Dell XPS 15 9560 laptops are experiencing a severe BIOS related HDMI problem
Oh dear. While much has been made of Dell fixing the issues affecting the XPS 15 9570, it appears that the company has broken an important feature for its predecessor, the XPS 15 9560. There have been multiple reports of BIOS 1.14.2 breaking HDMI out for some machines, rendering their HDMI ports unusable.
Save US$500 with a limited offer on a Dell XPS 15 9570 with an i7-8750H CPU, 4K touchscreen display, 32 GB RAM, and a 1 TB SSD
Costco is currently running a limited sale on one XPS 15 9570 SKU. The machine comes with an Intel Core i7 Coffee Lake processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti discrete GPU and 32 GB RAM. Better still, the device has a 4K touchscreen display and a 1 TB SSD too. The SKU usually costs US$2,299.99, but the sale brings it down to US$1,799.99.
Dell Precision 7730 (Core i7-8850H, Quadro P3200, FHD) Workstation Review
Dell has redesigned its largest Precision workstations, of which the Precision 7730 is one. The new 17.3-inch workstation has a more compact design than its predecessor, although you may be hard-pressed to tell the two apart. The Precision 7730 certainly has plenty of power, but can its 92 Wh go the distance?
Dell confirms that fixing S3 sleep is next on the agenda for the XPS 15 9570
Further to its backtrack last month, Dell has now confirmed that it is focussing its efforts on addressing S3 sleep mode for the XPS 15 9570. The company removed the mode over a year ago with the release of BIOS 1.3.0.
Grove AI HAT: A powerful and compact Raspberry Pi HAT for edge computing workloads that costs less than US$25
The Grove AI HAT is designed to assist the Raspberry PI with running edge computing workloads. The board has a Sipeed MAix M1 module that integrates a Kendryte K210 dual-core processor along with numerous connectors, ports and sensors. The Grove AI HAT is available to pre-order on Seeed Studio for US$24.50 and will ship in mid-June.
Sly tactics: Canon has limited the EOS Rebel SL3 (EOS 250D/EOS Kiss X) and EOS 2000D (Rebel T7) to proprietary flash accessories
Canon has omitted the center pin from the EOS Rebel SL3 and EOS 2000D, a decision which renders both DLSRs incompatible with almost all third-party flash accessories. Naturally, the company has not pointed this out for either device.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Laptop GPU Performance Review
While the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti sits between other midrange and high-end GPUs, we expect the GeForce GTX 1650 to establish itself as a high-performance multimedia laptop GPU. Read on in this review to find out whether the GTX 1650 is a worthy upgrade over the GTX 1050 and if it has enough power for demanding 3D applications.
A star is born: Insiders confirm that a new Xiaomi Mi Mix flagship is on the way
Codenamed Hercules, the upcoming flagship will feature a Snapdragon 855 SoC, triple rear-facing cameras, an in-display fingerprint scanner and wireless charging according to source code information. A renowned leaker has stated that Xiaomi will market the device as the Mi Mix 3s or Mi Mix 4.
FriendlyElec NanoPi NEO 4: A compact and hexa-core powered Raspberry Pi alternative that costs just US$50
The NanoPi NEO 4 is an affordable and compact Raspberry Pi alternative that FriendlyElec equips with a six-core processor and 1 GB RAM. The board has numerous ports and sensors including HDMI 2.0 and USB Type-C too. The NanoPi NEO 4 ships worldwide for US$50.
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Smartphone Review
The Mi 9 SE succeeds the Mi 8 SE and is the Mi 9’s midrange sibling. The SE is leaner and more compact than its flagship namesake, but it still managed to positively surprise us. Read on to find out what impressed us and if the Mi 9 SE has any shortcomings.
Dell laptops confirmed to be affected by serious SupportAssist security flaw
Dell reportedly sat silently on a critical SupportAssist vulnerability for nearly 6 months, according to the security researcher that reported it to the company. If you have the software installed, then chances are that your laptop will be affected, and it will be open to attackers unless you have recently updated SupportAssist.
The SmarchWatch: An open-source smartwatch that you can build yourself
Are you a fan of open source? Do you like making things? If so, then the SmarchWatch, a homebrew smartwatch, could be the ideal project for you. You will need a 3D printer and plenty of patience though.
Save over US$2,000 with a limited time offer on an EliteBook x360 1040 G5 or US$600 on a Chromebook x360 14 G1
HP is currently running a sale on the numerous business and consumer laptops until May 5. One of the highlights is the EliteBook x360 1040 G5, which the company has reduced by up to US$2,009. The Chromebook x360 14 G1 is another good deal too with US$600 off its retail price.
The leaky faucet that is Motorola's marketing department: More Moto Z4 press renders appear online
New Moto Z4 renders have seemingly confirmed more features about the upcoming flagship smartphone. The Z4 will have dual-microphones, USB Type-C charging and even the hallowed headphone jack.
The downfall of the Superbook, the US$99 laptop shell that may never reach all its backers
The company behind the crowdfunded laptop shell still has its order page live, despite admitting privately to backers that it has run out of money with potentially thousands of orders still unfulfilled.
Almost a year on from its release and the Dell XPS 15 9570 is still suffering from countless issues
Dell may have just fixed the device's DPC-related latency issues, but the popular 15.6-inch laptop is still plagued by other problems that the company has failed, or refuses, to fix.
VAIO A12 (Core i7-8500Y, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, FHD) Convertible Review
VAIO, the former PC division of Sony, is back to disrupt the market, or at least attempt to do so. One of its comeback devices is the VAIO A12, a 12.5-inch convertible that may have a tough time justifying its lofty price. Read on to find out how the A12 performs in our tests and whether it can trouble other 12.5-inch 2-in-1s such as the Surface Pro. Update: Weight error fixed.
Easier selfies, but not for all: Samsung brings camera improvements to some Galaxy Note 9 devices
The latest update for the Galaxy Note 9 makes it easier to switch between taking regular and wide-angle selfies. The firmware updates the device to the April Android security patch too and introduces an option to automatically schedule Night Mode. Frustratingly, not all devices will receive these features this month though.
5G on the cheap: Xiaomi to launch the Mi Mix 3 5G on May 2
The smartphone will be available first in Switzerland on the Sunrise network and will retail for CHF 847 (~ US$830). The Mi Mix 3 5G will cost closer to €599 (~ US$671) globally though and will feature the Snapdragon 855, which incorporates the 5G capable X50 modem.
Speed, glorious speed: All upcoming Huawei and Honor flagships will be 5G capable
HiSilicon will include 5G modems in all Kirin 985 SoCs, company representatives in Taiwan have confirmed. Manufacturing will begin in Q3 ready for Huawei's probable announcement of the Mate 30 series in October.
JZ Design Game Case: The portable PlayStation and Xbox case that has been bought by the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Lionel Messi
The Game Case has proven a hit with professional footballers, F1 drivers and MotoGP riders who like to game when staying away in hotels. The JZ Design Game Case ships worldwide and is available for €699 (~ US$783).
Dell releases new XPS 15 9570 BIOS to address DPC latency issues
The Pigs have flown, Hell hath frozen over. Dell has finally released a new BIOS for the XPS 15 9570 specifically to address the device's DPC latency issues. It would not be an XPS 15 fix without some unintended problems though, right?
One Mix 3: One-netbook announces their latest Chuwi and GPD alternative convertible laptop
The ultra-compact laptop will feature an 8.4-inch 2K touchscreen display that supports up to 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, along with a Core m3-8100Y processor and 8 GB RAM. One-netbook reportedly plans to release the One Mix 3 in June.
Chuwi Hi10 Air (Atom x5-Z8350, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC) Convertible Review
Chinese devices tend to be cheaper than their more established competitors and are generally catching up on quality too. The Chuwi Hi10 Air is certainly cheap but is basically the same device as the Hi10 Pro, which is almost three years old. Nevertheless, a €200 (~US$223) convertible could still be a bargain and is worth a look regardless, even if some of its components are now a few years old. Read on to find out how the Hi10 Air performs in our tests and how it fares against its competitors.
GPD Pocket 2 Max: An 8.9-inch Chuwi MiniBook alternative with an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor
An eagle-eyed Redditor spotted GPD's latest upcoming mini-laptop at the ICEE in Moscow, called the Pocket 2 Max. The 8.9-inch laptop will arrive in Q2-Q3 and will come with a Core m3-8100Y processor along with up to 16 GB RAM and a 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD. It even has a trackpad and a fingerprint scanner too.
Dell XPS 15: No GeForce GTX 1660 Ti model, but a GTX 1650 version is coming
The company has revealed that it has no plans to introduce a GTX 1660 Ti with its XPS 15 refresh, nor will it release a white version either as it has with recent XPS 13 models. The new XPS 15 will come with a GTX 1650 though, Frank Azor confirms.
Atomic Pi: A Raspberry-Pi alternative with an Intel processor that costs less than US$35
The Atomic Pi is an affordable Raspberry Pi alternative equipped with an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of eMMC flash storage. The developer board has numerous expansion connectors, ports and sensors too. The Atomic Pi costs just US$35. Update: Shipping information clarified.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Laptop GPU Review
After the GeForce RTX 20 series, NVIDIA will be presenting its next Turing-based laptop GPU, but this time without raytracing cores. The GPUs will have a more attractive price point though. Read on to find out how the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti laptop GPU performs in our tests.
Save US$200 or £150 on the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL
Google is currently running a sale on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL until May 6. The deal applies to all colours and storage options. At launch, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL cost up to US$899 (£839) and US$999 (£969) respectively, but they are now down to a minimum of US$599. Only while stocks last, mind.
Next iPad Pros to enter mass production in Q4 2019 or Q1 2020: New report
According to reports from China, Apple will start mass-producing its next iPad Pros between the end of this year and the start of 2020. The upcoming tablets will be manufactured in Taiwan before a spring or summer 2020 release.
iPhone XI Max joins the party: Renders and 360° video leaked
iPhone leaks are like buses. You wait for one and two turn up at once. The iPhone XI Max is the supersized version of its little brother; both have the same gargantuan notch and square rear-facing camera bump. Undoubtedly, both will be ludicrously expensive too.
P Smart Z renders leaked: Huawei's first smartphone with a pop-up selfie camera
Huawei will sell the P Smart Z in Emerald Green, Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue. The device will be marketed as the P Smart Pro in some countries and is equipped with a Kirin 710 SoC, 4 GB RAM along with 64 GB of storage. The P Smart Z will have a 4,000 mAh battery too and will retail for €210 (~ US$234).
Apple and Qualcomm are reportedly bringing 5G to the iPad Pro in 2021
A reliable Apple analyst has reported that the Cupertino-based company plans to bring 5G iPad Pros to market in 2021. The prediction comes just a week after Apple and Qualcomm made headlines for signing a deal to supply 5G modems for the 2020 generation of iPhones.
How Orwellian: Samsung pressures iFixit to withdraw its Galaxy Fold teardown
Samsung PR is in overdrive. After delaying the public release of the Galaxy Fold following reports of numerous display issues, the company is now doing its best to shut down any negative press about the foldable smartphone.
Bumps galore: New Apple iPhone XI renders and 360° video reaffirm a sizeable camera bump and notch
Triple rear-facing cameras? Check. Huge camera bump? Check. Gargantuan notch? Check. No USB Type-C? Check. This is the iPhone XI. Updated: YouTube video fixed & additional photos added
Dangerous fruit: Apple recalls specific wall plugs over electric shock risk
Did you buy a Mac, iOS device or the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit between 2003 and 2010? If you did, chances are that you received a wall plug too. Turns out that the three-prong adapters sold in certain countries during that period can break and cause an electric shock if touched.
Goodbye South Korea, hello Vietnam: LG suspends smartphone production in South Korea
The South Korean manufacturer is reportedly switching production of its flagship smartphones from its home country to an existing plant in Vietnam. The move is an effort to reduce manufacturing costs amid seven consecutive quarters of losses. LG currently manufacturers up to a fifth of its smartphones in South Korea.
There's life in the old dog yet: Xiaomi is testing Android Pie on the Mi 6
Xiaomi launched the Mi 6 back in April 2017 originally with MIUI 8. Two years on, the Chinese manufacturer has released an Android 9 Pie beta build for its China and Global branches. Proceed with caution.
Schenker Work 15 (Core i7-8750H, 16 GB RAM, FHD) Laptop Review
The name Schenker is not only synonymous with high-performance gaming laptops, but also office laptops as with the Work 15, which the German manufacturer equips with a powerful hexacore CPU. Read on to find out whether the device can deliver on the potential of its CPU and if it has any weaknesses that hold it back.
Updates for all: Huawei has announced the release roadmap for EMUI 9.1
Huawei has been slowly rolling out the latest version of its OS to the Mate 20 series, and now it has announced plans for it to release EMUI 9.1 to a slew of other Huawei and Honor smartphones too. The list is extensive and stretches as far back as former flagships like the Mate 9.
HP Pavilion 15 (Core i5-8265U, GeForce MX250, 16 GB RAM) Laptop Review
The design remains unchanged, but inside there is a lot going on. HP has upgraded the Pavilion 15 series to Intel Whiskey Lake chips and Nvidia’s new generation of GeForce MX GPUs. Read on to find out whether this new model improves on its Kaby Lake and AMD siblings and how it fares in our tests.
Huawei is rolling out EMUI 9.1 to Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 X
The Chinese manufacturer has already started pushing a stable build of EMUI 9.1 to two of its flagship smartphones just a week after releasing it to beta testers. The update comes in at a whopping 4.56 GB.
Cryptic clues: Xiaomi to launch a double-sided TV on April 23?
Xiaomi looks set to add a new product to its ever expanding line-up on April 23. It is not a new smartphone this time though and is seemingly a TV instead. According to Xiaomi's General Manager of its Mi TV division, this new Smart TV will have a completely new design too.
ASUS TUF Gaming FX705DY (Ryzen 5 3550H, Radeon RX 560X, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
The ASUS TUF Gaming FX705DY is an all red affair with its AMD APU and GPU. The device handles all modern games smoothly on its matte 17.3-inch screen display, which load quickly thanks to its NVMe SSD. The FX705DY even has good battery life. Read on to find out if the device has any shortcomings and how it performs in our rigorous tests.
C-FORCE CF015C: A 4K 15.6-inch USB Type-C portable display that works with your laptop and Nintendo Switch
The C-Force CF015C weighs just 700 g and is 6 mm thick, yet packs a 4K, 15.6-inch display that boasts 100% sRGB coverage. The CF015C is currently available for US$199 on Kickstarter and ships in June.
Dell pledges a new date for fixing the XPS 15 9570's DPC latency issues
Dell, you tease. After going quiet having missed its last deadline to fix the XPS 15 9570's DPC latency issues, the company has now given a new date by when it plans to release a solution. Hopefully, it is not just breadcrumbing owners with this revised schedule.
NexDock 2: Crowdfunded laptop shell closes in on its US$500,000 stretch goal
With just over 24 hours to go, the NexDock 2 has already received 956% of its campaign goal. Nex Computer has one more surprise up its sleeve if the campaign can get to US$500,000 though.
Samsung Galaxy A50 Smartphone Review
Triple rear-facing cameras and a bright AMOLED screen on a midrange smartphone? That may sound like an intoxicating mix, but can the Samsung Galaxy A50 match expectations? Read on in this detailed review to find out.
There have already been multiple reports of screens failing with Samsung Galaxy Fold review units
Oh dear, the Samsung Galaxy Fold has got off to a rough start. There have already been multiple reports from prominent tech personalities of their Samsung Galaxy Fold review units breaking after a day's use. Bleak times indeed for Samsung's first foldable smartphone.
Dell seemingly cannot fix the XPS 15 9570's DPC latency issues
Despite giving assurances to the contrary, Dell is still yet to fix the latency issues that have plagued the XPS 15 9570 since its launch. Get your act together, Dell.
Remarkable OnePlus 7 Pro details leaked: 90 Hz QHD+ Super AMOLED display, 4,000 mAh battery, pop-up selfie camera
Alleged details of the OnePlus 7 Pro smartphone have been posted online. The incredible specifications claim that the OnePlus 7 Pro will have a QHD+ Super AMOLED display, 4,000 mAh battery, a pop-up selfie camera, dual speakers and more. The leak also mentions that the display will operate at a variable 90 Hz refresh rate for a smoother viewing experience than conventional 60 Hz panels offer.
Xiaomi has ditched PWM on the Mi 9
Flickering be gone! Xiaomi has replaced PWM with DC brightness for the Mi 9 with latest MIUI Beta update. DC brightness does not cause OLED panels to flicker like PWM does, which can cause eye strain and headaches for those who are PWM sensitive.
Sony Xperia 10 Smartphone Review
Sony is trying to break new ground in the smartphone market with new Xperia devices. The Xperia 10 is the company’s latest attempt to crack the midrange sector, and it has equipped the smartphone with a Snapdragon 630 SoC and a 6-inch display with a 21:9 aspect ratio. The latter allows the device to keep its footprint to a minimum and still have a large display. Read on in this detailed review to see how the Xperia 10 performs in our tests and how it shapes up against its midrange competitors.
HP 250 G7 (Core i5-8265U, 8 GB RAM, FHD, 512 GB SSD) Laptop Review
An affordable office laptop that packs the latest Intel Whiskey Lake CPU, 8 GB of RAM along with a large NVMe SSD? That would sound like a bargain if it were not for a big caveat that might be a deal breaker for many potential buyers.
Massive Xbox One S 'All Digital' details leaked: Official pictures, pricing, launch date and bundled games revealed
Codenamed 'Maverick', the Xbox One S All Digital will be Microsoft's first disc-less console. The Redmond-based company will officially unveil the console on April 16, but its launch date has been leaked too along with what games will be included.
Multiple leaks fuel speculation about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order release date
Several sources have seemingly confirmed the release date of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hours before its official unveiling at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. Respawn Entertainment will give an hour-long showcase of the game later today.
More PlayStation 5 details published: A supercharged wireless VR headset with integrated eye-tracking awaits
A newly released patent filing has revealed details about the VR headset that will accompany the PlayStation 5. If Sony can translate the patent into reality, then it could be a game changer for AR and VR gaming.
Dell is reportedly working to bring back S3 sleep to the XPS 15 9570
A glimmer of hope, perhaps? It now seems that Dell is backtracking on its refusal to reintroduce S3 sleep mode, which it removed from the XPS 15 9570 with a BIOS update nearly a year ago. Its removal caused an outcry from some owners who complained of excessively high battery drain caused by the mode's removal. Update: Dell has elaborated on its initial comments.
NexDock 2: Huawei, Samsung and Raspberry Pi laptop shell reaches almost US$400,000 on Kickstarter
The NexDock 2 takes the power of your smartphone or Raspberry Pi and creates a laptop experience with a Full HD display, a plethora of ports including a headphone jack, four USB ports and a HDMI port. The NexDock 2 is currently available for US$199 on Kickstarter and ships in September.
The US charges Julian Assange after Ecuador ends his 7-year asylum in its London embassy
Julian Assange has finally been arrested after spending seven years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The founder of WikiLeaks has been arrested for breaching bail conditions relating to allegations of rape and sexual assault in Sweden and for his part in WikiLeaks publishing material supplied by Chelsea Manning in 2010. Assange could face up to five years imprisonment in the US.
Details about upcoming Huawei smartphone surface on the Google Play Developer Console
The Huawei Y5 2019 will feature a 720p display with a teardrop-shaped notch along with a MediaTek MT6761 SoC and 2 GB RAM. The device comes from the same source that previously confirmed the likes of the Razer Phone 2.
Cubot J3 Pro Smartphone Review
The Cubot J3 Pro is another entry-level smartphone by the Chinese manufacturer. Can the “Pro” model succeed where its smaller sibling fell short? Read on to find out what the added Pro moniker brings and whether the J3 Pro can better challenge its budget competitors than the J3 could.
Huawei Y7 2019 Smartphone Review
The Y7 2019 retails for only 199 Euros (~US$224), but Huawei has still managed to cram in a 6.26-inch display, dual rear-facing cameras and a 4,000-mAh battery among its other impressive features. Read on to find out whether the device’s impressive specs on paper can combine to create a strong entry-level smartphone and how it fares against its competitors.
Cubot J3 Smartphone Review
The Cubot J3 is a tiny smartphone by modern standards and can easily be used with one hand. However, this is where things start to fall down, as we shall explain in this review. Read on to find out how this small budget smartphone fares against its competitors and whether it has more to offer than just its diminutive stature.
LG releases its update schedule for Q2 2019, but the V20 is nowhere to be seen
It looks like V20 owners will have to wait a few more months before they see Android Pie on their device. LG will not be updating the device before the summer according to its recently published Q2 2019 update schedule. The V30, V30S ThinQ, V35 ThinQ and V40 ThinQ are in luck though.
ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433FN (Core i7-8565U, MX150, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
ASUS has packed powerful hardware into a sleek and compact case, which is impressive on the face of it. Unfortunately, this feat cannot be done without compromising somewhere, which we tackle in this review. The UX433FN shares many of its features with its siblings that we have already reviewed like its IPS screen, NVMe SSD, dual-channel RAM and backlit keyboard. Sadly, ASUS equips this model with a reflective display too.
Frank Azor claims that Dell has fixed many DPC latency related issues
The saga of the XPS 15 9570's latency issues rumbles on. Frank Azor, the Vice President & General Manager of Alienware, Gaming and XPS at Dell, has tweeted that recently updated Realtek audio drivers should fix DPC-related issues for many XPS 15 9570 machines, while an upcoming BIOS revision should resolve its underlying causes.
Amazon is reportedly planning to release Alexa powered wireless earbuds later this year
Amazon will bring its first Alexa wearable to market in the second half of this year, according to a report by Bloomberg. The earbuds will rival Apple's AirPods, which achieved approximately 7.5 million sales in Q4 2018 alone and are being developed by Amazon's Lab126 hardware division.
Raspberry Pi: Official keyboard and mouse are now available
The extremely popular single-board computer, the Raspberry Pi, now has a set of official peripherals. Specifically, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has released a wired keyboard and mouse, which come in two colours. The peripherals can be bought as a combo for £22 (~ US$29) or £16 (~ US$21) and £7 (~ US$9) respectively from third-party resellers.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 series and Note 8 have started receiving Android 9.0 Pie in the US
There have been multiple reports that AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have started rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8. The OS update, which Samsung calls One UI, is being released along with the March 2019 security update.
HP Chromebook x360 14 G1 (Core i5-8350U, eMMC, FHD) Convertible Review
HP has equipped its new 14-inch Chromebook convertible with a powerful Intel Core i5-8350U processor, an IPS touchscreen display and a sizable battery that delivers great battery life. However, HP demands a hefty price for the device at nearly €1,000 (~$1,120) despite it having jarring shortcomings. Read on to find out how the Chromebook x360 14 G1 performs in our tests and how it fares against its competitors.
Huawei P30 Pro Smartphone Review
Last year, the Huawei P20 Pro set new standards in mobile photography, and now the Chinese company is back with its successor in the hope of building on those successes. The P30 Pro also includes all the technology that we have come to expect from a flagship with a premium price tag. Read on to find out whether Huawei has developed a new camera wonder and how it fares against other current flagships.
Update: Review completed.
Xiaomi Mi 9 Smartphone Review
Xiaomi has made the impossible possible with the Mi 9, at least according to the standards set by other manufacturers anyway. The Mi 9 only costs 450 Euros (~$505), which is midrange pricing, but it is one of the best flagship smartphones that you could currently buy. Its 48 MP triple camera, UFS 2.1 flash storage, premium design and AMOLED display are just a few of the reasons that the device excels, as is its brand-new Snapdragon 855 SoC. We put the Mi 9 to the test in our detailed review and see how it stacks up against other flagship smartphones.
Leaked schematics confirm that 2019 iPhones will have a square camera hump
Squares Ahoy! A set of schematics have leaked online, which reinforce that the next iPhones will have a huge square rear-facing camera housing akin to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
Samsung is reportedly already planning to tweak the Galaxy S10
According to prominent leaker Ice universe, the President of Samsung Greater China announced at an event that the company is planning to bring 25 W charging and a new low-light camera mode to the Galaxy S10. The device is supposedly already capable of charging at 25 W, but Samsung has limited it to 15 W in its firmware.
Garmin Approach S40 Smartwatch: A GPS golf watch that costs less than US$300
The new golf watch from Garmin features a 1.2-inch touchscreen, a GPS tracker along with golfing features like AutoShot and Green View with which you can manually position your pin and check distances or obstacles.
Vnopn K1: A fanless Mini PC that comes with an AMD processor and starts at US$128
The new, ultra-compact Vnopn K1 does without a fan and has no moving parts, which helps keep its form factor down. Vnopn has equipped the K1 with an AMD processor too unlike many other PCs of its size.
Samsung Galaxy S10e Smartphone Review
The smallest new flagship from Samsung should appeal to people for whom spending almost €1,000 (~$1,125) on a smartphone is abhorrent. The S10e has many of the features that its more expensive siblings do, but Samsung has made some compromises to keep the costs down. Read on to find out how the S10e performs in our tests and whether it offers better value for money than the Galaxy S10 or S10+.
Vivo NEX Dual Smartphone Review
The highlight of the Vivo NEX Dual is its two displays. In addition to the traditional screen on the front, the NEX Dual has another AMOLED panel on the back. The latter means that you can take selfies with what would typically be rear-facing cameras without the need for dedicated front-facing sensors or an intrusive notch. Read on to find out how well this concept works and how the NEX Dual compares against other flagship smartphones.
LG G7 Fit Smartphone Review
For years, LG has been releasing its flagship smartphones under its G-series branding. The South Korean company is now filling out the series with midrange devices like the G7 Fit, which is the focus of our review. The device is not aimed at fitness fanatics either but rather at buyers who want a stylish smartphone with some of the features from flagship devices without having to spend so much money. Read on to find out how well this approach works and how the G7 Fit fares against its competitors.
Endel: The mood music app becomes the first algorithm to be signed by a major record label
Warner Music Group has signed Endel, the stress-reducing sound app, in what is the first algorithm to sign with a major label. Endel promises to release a total of 20 albums by the end of the year and has launched an Amazon Alexa skill that is the first to use predictive mechanics.
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Core i7-8750H, GeForce RTX 2070) Tongfang GK7CP7S Laptop Review
If you are looking for a simple and relatively compact gaming notebook, then the Schenker XMG Neo 17 may be the laptop for you. The 17.3-inch laptop scores highly for its powerful hardware, its 144 Hz panel and its optomechanical keyboard. However, can the Neo 17 compete with other large gaming laptops on more than just specifications?
Cuphead is coming to the Nintendo Switch, and it is bringing Xbox Live with it.
Switch owners rejoice. Cuphead, the popular side-scrolling run and gun game, is coming to the console next month. You can pre-order the game now on the Nintendo eShop before its worldwide release on April 18. StudioMDHR is also bringing new and free content to all platforms, which will be available on the Switch version on day one.
Google fined €1.49 billion by the EU for yet another antitrust breach
Today, the European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for abusing its market dominance of online search adverts. The company has now been fined over €8.25 billion by the Commission in less than two years for illegal practices.
Xiaomi Redmi AirDots: The AirPods alternative that cost less than US$15
Xiaomi only released its first set of completely wireless headphones a few months ago, but it has now followed them up with the even more affordable Redmi AirDots. The headphones will be available in China from April 9 for CNY 99 (~ US$14.75) and look remarkably like the AirDots Youth Edition, which Xiaomi currently sells for CNY 199 (~ US$29.65).
HP ProBook 450 G6 (Core i7-8565U, GeForce MX130) Laptop Review
We have covered several HP ProBook 400 series laptops recently, including the 440 G6 and 430 G6. Now it is the turn of the ProBook 450 G6, the 15-inch version of HP's entry-level business-laptop range. The company has equipped our test device with an Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce MX130 GPU that promises to be a good all-round package, at least on paper. Read on to find out whether the ProBook 450 G6 improves upon its predecessor and if it can challenge other established 15.6-inch business laptops.
Myspace has corrupted and lost 12 years of music uploaded to its website
In an embarrassing admission, Myspace has confirmed that it has lost every piece of music that users uploaded between 2003 and 2015, which equates to over 50 million files. The company reports that there is no way to recover the lost data.
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IKB (Core i5-7200U, Radeon 530, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
Lenovo has introduced the IdeaPad 330-15IKB, a 15.6-inch office laptop that it equips with a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, a nimble SSD and 8 GB of DDR4 RAM running in dual-channel mode. The device is not free from weaknesses though, particularly its disappointing TN display, its comparatively small battery along with its outdated CPU and GPU. Read on to find out how the IdeaPad 330-15IKB compares against other 15.6-inch business laptops.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Smartphone Review
Samsung has priced the smaller version of the top-tier S10 models more attractively than the S10+. In addition to its smaller display comes a lower capacity battery, a single front-facing camera along with less internal storage. Likewise, there is no option for a ceramic back as there is with the S10+. Read on to find out how the Galaxy S10 compares against its Plus namesake and how it stands up against other modern flagships.
Update: Additional battery life tests added.
Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 (Core i7-6567U, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) Tablet Review
The MobileStudio Pro is part drawing tablet and part Windows PC. Wacom may have equipped the device with an outdated Skylake dual-core processor, but read on to find out how this tablet fares in 2019.
HP ProBook 430 G6 (Core i5-8265U, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
HP has updated its ProBook series for 2019 with a new design that looks much more like its EliteBook series than past ProBooks. Can the HP ProBook 430 G6, the smallest model in this series, compete against major competitors like the Lenovo ThinkPad L390? Read on to find out in this detailed review.
HTC could release Android 9 Pie for the U11, U11+ and U12+ almost a year after initially confirming that it was going to do so
It may have taken over 7 months, but HTC has finally confirmed in which quarter it plans to release Android 9 Pie for the U11, U11+ and the U12+. The three devices should receive the update in Q2 this year, which could by the end of June at the latest. Do not hold your breath though, because HTC has thrown in some caveats too.
Apple confirms event for March 25 and hints at unveiling something TV-related
The Cupertino-based company has now confirmed its latest launch event, which it will host in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on March 25. The event will run from 10:00 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) or 17:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Apple is expected to announce its streaming service to rival Amazon Prime Video and Netflix along with possibly a new iPad, AirPods and the long-delayed AirPower.
HP Spectre x360 15 (Core i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 2 TB SSD, 4K) Convertible Review
The new HP Spectre x360 is an all-rounder that gets most things right. The convertible scores highly for its powerful hardware, backlit keyboard, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, good battery life and its 2 TB SSD. The touchscreen supports the HP Tilt Pen too, which adds more functionality than many 15-inch convertibles have.
uChip: An ultra-compact Arduino Zero compatible board that costs just €20 (~US$22.45/£17.15)
Developer boards now allow end users to realise complex circuits in the smallest of spaces, but Itaca Innovations is taking space-saving to the next level with the uChip, which is just 28.5 x 10.6 mm. The Arduino Zero compatible board is no bigger than a large coin and is currently being funded on crowdfunding website Kickstarter. ITACA estimates to ship the uChip from June this year for early-bird backers.
Intel confirms the existence of the Core i7 processor in last year's mysterious MacBook Air-like device
A device codenamed AAPJ140K1,1 appeared on Geekbench last year running macOS Mojave and the hitherto unknown Intel Core i7-8510Y. Now, a recent product change notification document has seemingly confirmed the processor's existence along with the Core i5-8310Y.
Anthem Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
While Anthem has been criticised for its content and story, the first-person shooter has triumphant graphics. Read on to find out the system requirements for BioWare’s latest shooter along with how it performs on various laptop and desktop GPUs.
Dirt Rally 2.0 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Sand in the gears. Nearly four years after Dirt Rally and two years after Dirt 4, Codemasters has released Dirt Rally 2.0 to the delight of racing fans, or at least those who are uninterested by Formula 1. Read on to find out how well Codemasters’ latest rally game runs on various laptop and desktop GPUs.
POWKIDDY X18: A GPD XD and Nintendo DS lookalike that costs less than US$130
The POWKIDDY X18 is a cheap Android handheld games console that features a 5.5-inch touchscreen along with numerous physical controls including two joysticks, a d-pad and Y, B, A and X buttons. The X18 has a 5,000 mAh battery, while its design may remind you of some Japanese handheld games consoles...
Dell promises to release a solution to address DPC latency issues imminently
The end may be in sight for those who have been experiencing DPC latency-related audio issues with their XPS 15 9570 laptops. Dell has been providing steady updates on Twitter about its progress in resolving the issues, and now an update is on the cards.
Dell Inspiron 13 7380 (Core i7-8565U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
Dell's latest 13-inch laptop looks sleek with its slim case, while the upgrade to Whiskey-Lake processors should deliver improved performance and low power consumption compared to its Kaby Lake R powered predecessor. The 7380 has an NVMe SSD too, along with dual-channel RAM, an IPS 1080p screen. However, Dell continues to equip its Inspiron 13 7000 series with small batteries. Read on to find out how the Inspiron 13 7380 performs in our tests and how it stands up to its competitors.
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 (Core i9-9900K, RTX 2080) Clevo P775TM1-G Laptop Review
That was probably the motto at Schenker when the company equipped the over 4,000 Euros (~$4,485) XMG Ultra 17 with an Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU, an Intel Core i9-9900K processor and 64 GB of RAM. Read on to find out whether this 4K beast can live up to expectations and how the Clevo case handles such a powerful GPU.
NZXT and Blizzard have collaborated on an Overwatch edition of the H500 mid-tower case
The H500 Overwatch Edition retails for US$149.99 and features the game's black, white and orange colouring. There is a backlit Overwatch logo too and a tempered glass panel to show off your build.
Eve V: The Surface Pro alternative is currently having another secret "flash sale"
Eve Technology has slashed prices for its Eve V once again, having last held a flash sale just under three weeks ago. The 48-hour sale will end at 15:45 GMT on Friday with Eve Technology having reduced prices from US$300/€300 to US$600/€600 depending on the configuration.
Metro Exodus Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Demanding even without Raytracing. Metro Exodus is the next game to support Raytracing after Battlefield V. Read on to find out why this first-person shooter needs a powerful GPU even at moderate settings.
Pressure-sensitive, Digital Pens Review
How well does the current set of pressure-sensitive digital pens from Apple, Wacom and Microsoft shape up compared to the real thing? Thomas Gasperlmair, a renowned illustrator, tests each pen for us to determine whether they can fit in with his current workflow and if cheap Chinese alternatives suffice too.
Pine H64 Model B: The updated Raspberry Pi alternative that starts at US$25
The Pine H64 Model B succeeds the Model A and adds onboard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The Raspberry Pi competitor starts at US$25 and is now based on a Rock64 footprint.
Meizu X8 Smartphone Review
The Chinese company Meizu has sent the X8 to the races packed with powerful hardware at an affordable price. Its Snapdragon 710 SoC and Adreno 616 GPU perform well in synthetic benchmarks, while its 4 GB RAM should ensure smooth system performance. Read on to find out what else the Meizu X8 has to offer and whether it can challenge its more established Chinese counterparts.
TrekStor Surftab Theatre L15 Tablet Review
The TrekStor Surftab Theatre L15 is a giant Android tablet. The device has a 15.6-inch display, stereo speakers and numerous connections, so nothing should stand in its way of being a capable multimedia tablet. Read on to find out how well the Theatre L15 performs in our tests and how it fares against its competitors.
Motorola Moto G7 Power Smartphone Review
On paper, the Motorola Moto G7 Power is all about battery life. Motorola promises up to 60 hours of battery life from a single charge, but the device shares many traits with its G7 siblings like its glass back and Snapdragon 632 SoC. Read on to find out how the latest Moto G7 model to enter our offices fares in our tests and whether it lives up to expectations.
Motorola Moto G7 Play Smartphone Review
Motorola has released its G7 series and now it is time for us to test the Moto G7 Play, a budget smartphone that incorporates a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and a 5.7-inch IPS display. The G7 Plus scored highly in our recent review, but how it does its considerably cheaper sibling compare? Read on to find out how the Moto G7 Play performs in our tests and how it fares against other entry-level smartphones.
The Dell XPS 15 9570's DPC latency issues are more complicated than the company first thought
Almost four months on since Dell announced that it would soon fix the DPC latency issues that have caused audio problems for some XPS 15 9570 laptops, Frank Azor has conceded that there is no end in sight for beleaguered owners. While he claims that Dell is making progress, he still cannot give a timeline for when the company hopes to release a fix.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ Smartphone Review
10 years of Samsung Galaxy S. The S10+ is just one of the five smartphones that the South Korean manufacturer announced at its Galaxy UNPACKED event, but it is currently the largest Galaxy S10 model available to pre-order. The S10+ has a large, almost borderless Dynamic AMOLED display that has a surface that is interrupted only by the punch-hole that houses the front-facing cameras. The new flagship is powered by a faster SoC, has more and better cameras, and it comes with up to 1 TB of internal storage. Read on to find out whether Samsung has done enough to create a smartphone worth of celebrating the anniversary of the Galaxy S series.
Addendum: Samsung has released an update that improves camera stability. Additional display tests added too.
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9 (Core i7-8750H, RTX 2070 Max-Q) Laptop Review
The slim and compact Aero 15-X9 succeeds the popular Aero 15X v8 that we reviewed last year. The new 15.6-inch gaming laptop handles modern triple-A games smoothly on its 144 Hz, 1080p display thanks to its Core i7-8750H processor, RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU and 16 GB DDR4-2666 RAM. Its NVMe SSD should ensure solid system performance too, while its Thunderbolt 3 port gives you the option of connecting an external GPU should you wish to run a desktop GPU. Read on to find out how it performs in our tests and whether it can set new standards for thin and light gaming laptops.
Motorola Moto G7 Plus Smartphone Review
You do not always need to spend $800 to get a smartphone that can take good photos. That is what Motorola claims with the Moto G7 Plus at least, which costs around €300 (~$339). The G7 Plus boasts an optically stabilised 16 MP camera and intelligent software features too.
LG V40 ThinQ Smartphone Review
The LG V40 ThinQ has finally arrived in Germany after being announced over three months ago. The V40 is an evolution of its predecessor, with LG promising to have particularly improved the display and the cameras. Read on to find out what distinguishes the LG V40 ThinQ from other flagships and how it performs in our tests.
Eve V: Secret 24-hour flash sale now on
A flash sale is now on for the Eve V, but only until 13:00 GMT tomorrow. The Eve V has been plagued with delays, but Eve Technology ensures that the Surface alternative is in stock and will ship in 2-4 working days.
Reportedly official Nokia 9 PureView renders surface - Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 1 Plus expected at MWC 2019 too
A set of leaked Nokia 9 PureView renders have appeared on Twitter ahead of the device's expected unveiling on February 24. HMD Global may release the Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2, Nokia 1 Plus at MWC next week too.
Lioncast LM60: An RGB gaming mouse and a high-resolution optical sensor for US$80
Lioncast is a comparatively new manufacturer, but that has not stopped it from expanding its range of mice. The company has now released the LM60, a wired mouse with RGB lighting and a high-resolution optical sensor. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Lioncast has designed the LM60 with gamers in mind.
Raspberry Pi 3: It is now possible to install Windows 10 on the single-board computer
Until now, the popular single-board computer has been specifically optimised for the Internet of Things version of Windows 10. However, there is now a tool that allows the installation of the full version of the OS on the Raspberry Pi 3. It is not all smooth sailing though.
FriendlyElec NanoPi M4: The Raspberry Pi alternative can now be used as a NAS for just US$25 thanks to a new HAT expansion board
Compact single-board computers can deliver excellent performance and fast file transfers. A new expansion board for the NanoPi M4 should allow it to be realised as network-attached storage (NAS).
Hands-On: Microsoft Surface Headphones
The Surface Headphones look good, but can they command their premium price tag, and how do they stack up against their wireless on-ear competitors? We put the US$349.99/£329.99 Surface Headphones to the test in this hands-on review.
Samsung Galaxy S10: Official launch advert spotted on Norwegian TV
The Galaxy S10 and S10+ are here one day early, sort of. Norwegian TV channel TV 2 has aired the launch advert for the Galaxy S10 and S10+ before tomorrow's Galaxy UNPACKED event in San Francisco. The advert confirms many of the S10 and S10+'s features including its Infinity-O display, its in-screen fingerprint sensor and the now rare headphone jack.
OUKITEL U25 Pro Smartphone Review
The OUKITEL U25 Pro is an affordable entry-level smartphone, which should appeal to those who are looking for a stylish device on a budget. The U25 Pro has more up its sleeve than its looks though, especially with its 1080p display. Read on to find out how the device performs in our tests and how it fares against its competitors.
LG Watch W7 Smartwatch Review
With the Watch W7, LG has tried to strike a balance between the functionality of a traditional watch and the technology found in most smartwatches. While this is an interesting concept, its implementation is lacking.
Razer Raiju Mobile Controller Review
The Razer Raiju controller makes Android smartphones more competitive in cross-platform games. The controller is well-built but expensive. Read on for our thoughts on Razer’s new smartphone accessory.
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga (Core i5-8265U, 256 GB, FHD) Convertible Review
Yes, you read correctly. The new 13-inch convertible is available for well below €1,000 (~ US$1,130). Lenovo has not compromised on traditional ThinkPad features to achieve this affordable price point though. Read on to find out how the L390 Yoga and its Whiskey Lake processor perform in our tests and its competitors.
Alienware m15: Dell announces a new configuration with a Core i9-8950HK, an RTX 2080 Max-Q and a 144 Hz display
Dell has responded to a suggestion on Twitter and has announced a new top-tier version of the Alienware m15. The Core i9-8950HK, RTX 2080 Max-Q and 144 Hz model costs US$3,279, but you must do some digging to find it on the Dell US website.
The Hardkernel ODROID-N2: A Raspberry Pi alternative with a hexa-core SoC, 4 GB RAM and a high-quality DAC
Hardkernel has announced its latest single-board computer, the ODROID-N2. The device is equipped with a hexa-core SoC and up to 4 GB DDR4 RAM, which should deliver considerably more performance than the Raspberry Pi while remaining affordable. There is 384 KHz/32-bit stereo DAC onboard too.
Raspberry Pi 4: The new single-board computer will cost US$35 and could be based on a 28 nm FinFET process
The next version of the popular single-board computers will be manufactured on a more advanced FinFET process, but it won't be any smaller, according to the CEO of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Pi 4 will still cost US$35 though.
The Shuttle DH370: A 1.3 litre PC that supports up to 8th generation Intel Core i7 processors
Shuttle has expanded its range of compact Mini PCs. The DH370 is a barebones PC based on the H370 chipset that can be equipped with up to a hexa-core processor.
The SilentiumPC Armis AR7X TG RGB: A colourful and feature-packed, yet affordable Midi Tower case
SilentiumPC has announced its latest Midi Tower, the Armis AR7X TG RGB. The case costs around £125 (~ US$161) and includes tempered glass panels along with four Sigma HP Corona RGB 120 mm fans and enough space for up to 420 mm long GPUs.
Samsung teases the Galaxy F in a new promotional video
Should we take Samsung so literally? The company has ramped up its "The Future Unfolds" marketing ahead of its Galaxy UNPACKED event next week with a new teaser video and more billboards that point towards the unveiling of the Galaxy F, its rumoured and much speculated about foldable smartphone.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Smartphone Review
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s spec sheet is littered with flagship-level hardware, including the new Kirin 980 SoC, the currently fastest LTE modem in a consumer smartphone, reverse wireless charging and a fingerprint sensor underneath its display. This review will be putting all this new hardware and more through its paces to determine whether the Mate 20 Pro’s technical prowess translates into real-world performance. Update: Wi-Fi tests with final firmware and information about the Huawei wireless charger added.
MSI GS75 Stealth: Ultra-flat and extreme performance with an NVIDIA RTX GPU
MSI has upgraded its gaming laptops and is taking the graphics experience to a new level with NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs. Firstly, we have the GS75 Stealth, which is a unique combination of streamlined design and cutting edge, powerful hardware (advertisement).
Honor View 20 Smartphone Review
The Honor View 20 is more than just a cheaper Huawei clone. The View 20 is the first smartphone to feature a 48 MP rear-facing camera and is one of the first with a punch-hole display. Read on to find out how the View 20 fares against its Kirin 980-powered counterparts and whether it can keep pace with other modern flagships too.
Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB 4K Desktop Monitor Review
TV or monitor? This is the first question we had when we saw the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB display. The device lacks a TV tuner though, which makes it clear what the monitor is intended for. The Momentum also has 4K and HDR support, which is an interesting combination. Read on to find out whether the Momentum is suitable for desktop use and how it fares in our tests.
Tuxedo Book BU1307 (Core i7-8550U, UHD 620) Laptop Review
The Tuxedo Book BU1307 is a mobile laptop with customisable features and good maintenance options. The system is also specially adapted to Linux, while the manufacturer provides extensive support too. Read on to find out what to expect from this powerful 13.3-inch Linux laptop.
Fujitsu Celsius H980 (Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA Quadro P3200) Workstation Review
Fujitsu has updated its Celsius workstation to Intel Coffee Lake processors. The Celsius H980 also includes an NVIDIA Quadro P3200 GPU. Read on to find out whether the Japanese manufacturer has fixed the cooling problems that plagued the Celsius H970 and how its successor performs in our tests.
ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433FA (Core i5-8265U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
The ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433F has a thin and compact design, while its Whiskey Lake Core i5 processor should provide solid performance. The device has good battery life too, although its display is underwhelming. Read on to find out how the ZenBook 14 UX433FA-A6061T performs in our tests and how it shapes up against its competitors.
Nokia 8.1 Smartphone Review
HMD Global is positioning the Nokia 8.1 as an upper midrange device. However, the company has priced the 8.1 at €400 (~$456), which puts it in the sights of last year's flagships. Read on to see what the Nokia 8.1 offers in the face of strong opposition.
Vivo NEX Dual Display: A closer look at how the dual-display smartphone works
Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything has done it again and disassembled another smartphone, this time the Vivo NEX Dual Display. The teardown is not without its issues though.
The Zotac Zbox Magnus: A new Mini-PC equipped with a Core i5 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU
Zotac has introduced the Zbox Magnus EC52070D, which is a new, and compact desktop PC. The company has made a few compromises to pack such a powerful GPU within a small form-factor case, but it remains a powerful pre-built system that has plenty going for it.
The alternative to the Huawei P Smart 2019?
Our recent reviews demonstrated that the Huawei P Smart Plus is a worthy alternative to the P Smart 2019. The price difference between the two devices varies, but it is often minimal, so the question is, which is the better buy?
MXCHIP EMW3060: An Arduino alternative developer board with Wi-Fi for less than US$2
The MXCHIP EMW3060 is a small Wi-Fi board that integrates an ARM processor, which can help developers deliver small IoT projects affordably. The EMW3060 may have less flexibility than its Arduino alternatives though.
Xiaomi has filed patents with some unique takes on the punch-hole camera
Xiaomi's new patent filings may cause a stir if they come to fruition. The company has filed several designs at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) that point towards it producing a smartphone with dual punch-hole front-facing cameras.
MSI PS63 Modern 8RC (Core i7-8565U, GTX 1050 Max-Q) Laptop Review
Slim yet powerful is no longer witchcraft. MSI has developed the PS63 for productive power users who edit images and videos. Its dedicated GPU should meet the high demands of video and photo-editing, design work, 3D animation or music production. We will put the PS63 Modern 8RC through its paces in this detailed review and see how it stands up against its competitors.
Huawei P Smart Plus (2018) Smartphone Review
Even though the Huawei P Smart (2019) is already in stores, the Chinese manufacturer has just released the Plus version of its predecessor at what could prove to be a bargain price. The Plus model has improved internals and a larger screen, while it bears a greater resemblance to its successor than its stablemate. Read on to find out how the P Smart Plus performs in our tests and how it compares against its siblings.
Ulefone Armor 6 Smartphone Review
The Ulefone Armor 6 is a rugged, midrange smartphone that tries to stand out from the crowd with its comprehensive features. Read on to find out whether this kitchen sink approach works and how the Armor 6 fares in our tests.
Acer Swift 3 SF313 (Core i5-8250U, 8 GB, 256 SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
With an Intel Core i5-8250U processor and a fast SSD, the Acer Swift 3 SF313 is well-equipped for most tasks that could be thrown at it. Thanks to its LTE modem, the 13.3-inch subnotebook is also suitable as a small business companion for work on the go. Acer has not included a dedicated GPU, but this decision benefits battery life.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070 & RTX 2080 Laptop GPUs Performance Review
Nvidia has now announced its laptop RTX line almost four months after introducing its desktop GPUs. We have the RTX 2060, RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 in for a performance test and to compare them against Pascal-generation laptop GPUs ahead of their official release.
Lenovo Tab M10 Tablet Review
The Lenovo Tab M10 is a budget tablet that is fun for the whole family. The tablet includes child-friendly features and offers a well-rounded spec sheet for its price. However, the cheaper alternative to the Tab P10 has its work cut out to stake a claim in a saturated and competitive tablet market.
Dell resolves the XPS 15 9570 NVIDIA GPU issue with BIOS 1.7
XPS 15 9570 owners rejoice. We can confirm that Dell has finally fixed the NVIDIA GPU issue that has been plaguing some 9570 laptops for months with BIOS 1.7. Unfortunately, the update has introduced some fan peculiarities though.
Update: Dell has commented on the fan behaviour in BIOS 1.7.
Intel Core i5-9600K Desktop CPU Review
The Intel Core i5-9600K is the latest Coffee Lake desktop processor that we have in for review. The hexa-core CPU offers almost the same specifications as its predecessor but with a ramped-up clock speed. Read on to find out how the Core i5-9600K fares against its competitors and how it performs in our various benchmarks and tests.
NVIDIA TITAN RTX Desktop GPU Review
NVIDIA announced the TITAN RTX in December last year, and now we have it in for review. Read on to find out how this monster of a Desktop GPU performs in our tests and whether it can set itself apart from NVIDIA’s other GPUs.
Dell Inspiron 13 7386 2-in-1 Black Edition (i7-8565U, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) Convertible Review
Dell's new convertible is a bitter disappointment, at least in the configuration we have tested. It is even more frustrating that the device has the potential to be a great laptop, but it has been let down by several vital failings. We urge you read on nonetheless as cheaper models could improve upon the areas in which this laptop disappoints.
Poptel P60 Smartphone Review
The Poptel P60 is a midrange smartphone that has been designed for using outdoors. The device has a rugged case and supports plenty of LTE bands for use in countless countries. Read on to find out what else the Poptel smartphone has to offer and how it fares against its competitors.
Samsung 970 Evo Plus SSD (NVMe, M.2) Review
About a year has passed since the release of the 970 Evo, and Samsung has now added to its SSD range with the 970 Evo Plus. The South Korean manufacturer promises that the drive will be up to 53% faster thanks to its improved V5 NAND and controller optimisations. Read on to find out whether the company’s claims check out how the Evo 970 Plus performs in our benchmarks.
Lenovo Tab P10 Tablet Review
The Lenovo Tab P10 is more aesthetically pleasing than most Android tablets. Its glass back looks great, and it doubles as a smart screen when connected to the new Lenovo Smart Dock thanks to its integration with Amazon Alexa. However, the device is powered by a lowly Snapdragon 450 SoC, and the dock is only available to purchase as part of a bundle with the tablet, so it is not all smooth sailing. Read on to find out how this midrange tablet fares against its competitors.
RIOTORO CR400: An affordable Mid-Tower case with a side window
The CR400 is a cheap Mid-Tower case with a large side window and a ventilated mesh front panel. The case has mounts for two 240 mm radiators to keep components cool and is big enough to handle full-size GPUs and PSUs.
Spotify is reportedly working on an in-car music player
Spotify, the popular music and podcast streaming service, is planning on releasing its own hardware. The Financial Times reports that the device will be an in-car music player and could cost US$100.
Samsung seemingly confirms that the Galaxy S10 will have an in-screen fingerprint sensor
An update for the Samsung Pay app contains code that explicitly refers to the "Beyond", which is the codename for the Galaxy S10 series, as having an in-screen fingerprint sensor. The new technology will reportedly not feature on the Galaxy S10 Lite, also known as the S10E, as this will have a side-mounted fingerprint sensor instead.
Orange Pi 3 H6: An updated version of the Raspberry Pi competitor that starts at US$29.90
The Orange Pi, an alternative to the Raspberry Pi, has received a RAM upgrade this week. There are four new versions of the single-board computer, which start at US$29.90 plus shipping.
Wiko View 2 Go Smartphone Review
Who needs a fingerprint scanner? The Wiko View 2 Go relies on facial recognition and traditional security methods instead. Read on to find out what other compromises Wiko has made to cut costs and how the View 2 Go stands up to other budget smartphones.
Is this the real Galaxy S10+? Is this just fantasy?
An intentional leak or an unsuspecting guy caught on public transport? Call it what will, but someone may have been spotted on a bus in South Korea using what could be the Samsung Galaxy S10+. One Redditor user who elaborated on the likely origins of the photo too and some specifications for the upcoming device has since deleted their account too, adding to the speculation that this may actually be a look at the Galaxy S10+.
Android Q leak: What awaits us this year
Android Q has reared its head long before its release. The first Developer Preview is still a few months away, but that has not stopped XDA Developers from trying out an early test version of Android Q and giving us their first insights into the new features that the successor to Android Pie will bring.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: First slider phone survives durability tests
Moving parts typically reduce a smartphone's structural integrity and its durability, which is something that Zack Nelson on his JerryRigEverything YouTube channel regularly puts to the test. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, with its magnetic sliding mechanism, has now been subjected to Zack's scratch, burn and bend tests.
Wiko View 2 Plus Smartphone Review
The Wiko View 2 Plus picks up on many of last year’s smartphone trends and combines them in an affordable package. The View 2 Plus integrates a dual rear-facing camera system and a large battery among other things, but its imposing notch may put off some potential buyers.
OUKITEL U23 Smartphone Review
OUKITEL has brought wireless charging to the sub-US$200 smartphone market with the U23. Read on to find out what other features the Chinese manufacturer has packed into this budget midrange device.
HyperX Cloud MIX: A Hi-Res Audio gaming headset and Bluetooth headphones in one
HyperX has announced its Cloud MIX headphones, a wired gaming headset that also doubles as a set of lightweight and portable Bluetooth headphones. The Cloud MIX has an understated design, 20 hours of battery life over Bluetooth and supports Hi-Res Audio.
Xiaomi releases a 4K laser projector that costs CNY 14,999 (~ US$2,200)
Xiaomi has surprisingly announced a new 4K MIJIA laser projector. The device can create up to a 150-inch display and will last for over 25,000 hours. The projector will cost 14,999 Yuan, but Xiaomi is currently running a 5,000 Yuan introductory discount.
The 5G version of the Galaxy S10 will launch as a Verizon exclusive
The 5G version of the upcoming Galaxy S10, also known as the BeyondX, will reportedly launch as a Verizon exclusive in the US. The new leak comes after the carrier announced that it would partner with Samsung to release a 5G enabled smartphone in the US during the first half of 2019.
Samsung pushes back its Note 9 Android Pie release to February
Sit tight Note 9 owners, because Samsung has seemingly backtracked on releasing its Android Pie update for the device on January 15. The company's official Turkish website now reports that One UI will be rolled out to the Note 9 on February 1 instead, which will come as a disappointment for those who were anticipating updating their device to Android Pie tomorrow.
Samsung hints at the announcement of the Galaxy F in a press release
Hot on the heels of briefly giving us a glimpse of the Galaxy S10, Samsung has included more teasers in another press release about what devices it will soon be unveiling. This time the company has heavily hinted at the prospect of announcing its foldable smartphone, the Galaxy F, at its Galaxy UNPACKED event next month. The company is expected to reveal its Galaxy S10 series at the event in San Francisco too.
OPPO to introduce two smartphones with 10X optical zoom cameras on January 16 in Beijing
OPPO announced the first smartphone with a 5X optical zoom camera only last year, but the company is now taking one step further according to new leaks. The company has reportedly sent out press invitations to introduce its new smartphone with a dual rear-facing camera, which will include a 10X optical zoom lens.
Ulefone Armor 3T Smartphone Review
Ulefone typically designs outdoor smartphones that have large batteries. The Chinese company has remained true to this concept with the Armor 3T but has added a walkie-talkie function, which is somewhat novel. Read on to find out how well this hybrid smartphone works in daily use and how it fares against its competitors.
Samsung may have briefly shown the Galaxy S10 in a One UI press release
A mistake or a marketing ploy? Call it what you like, but Samsung may have briefly let slip an official render of the Galaxy S10 in a One UI press release. The company has since replaced the image with one of a generic phone too, which only adds to the speculation about whether we have caught our first glimpse at the front of the S10.
Dell shelves its new XPS 15 9570 BIOS
In a dissapointing but perhaps unsurprising move, Dell has postponed the release of its BIOS update for the XPS 15 9570. The news comes after the company previously said that it would release BIOS 1.7 by the end of 2018, which Dell claims will fix the NVIDIA dGPU issue that has plagued some XPS 15 9570 laptops. Update: Dell has now released the BIOS 1.7 update. We will give you a full breakdown of our findings in the coming days.
HP Pavilion 15 (Core i5-8250U, NVIDIA MX130) Laptop Review
After reviewing the AMD variant of the HP Pavilion 15, we now have the Intel Core i5 version with an NVIDIA GeForce MX130 GPU in for testing. The design remains the same and is finished to a high quality. Read on to find out what to expect from the Intel variant of the Pavilion 15 and how it compares against its AMD sibling.
The Matrix PowerWatch 2: A new GPS smartwatch that uses your body heat to power itself
The currently crowdfunded Matrix PowerWatch 2 is expected to have almost unlimited battery life and comes with both an LCD display and a GPS module. The device is currently comparatively affordable too.
Nokia 5.1 Plus (Nokia 5X) Smartphone Review
The Nokia 5.1 Plus not only performs better than the Nokia 5.1 but also better than the Nokia 6.1, despite what Nokia’s number system may have led you to believe. In-house competition or just confusing numbers?
Huawei Mate 20 X Smartphone Review
After much confusion, Huawei announced that it would be releasing the Mate 20 X in Austria and Germany. The giant 7.2-inch phone has now arrived at our offices and is ready to put through its paces. Read on to find out whether this €900 (~$1037) beast is worth the money.
Sony LSPX-S2: A wireless glass speaker that is also an LED candle
Sony has announced the LSPX-S2, a successor to its glass bulb speaker the LSPX-S1. The LSPX-S2 has been slightly revised compared to its predecessor and is considerably cheaper too.
Dell UK is selling a £7 million laptop
What is the most that you would pay for a laptop? Well, Dell UK must think that some people have cash to burn as it has listed a version of the Precision 7720 for over £7 million on its website. That is ex. VAT and delivery too, although you would be apparently saving over £3 million. A true bargain then.
CES 2019: NVIDIA is bringing G-Sync to FreeSync monitors and rebrands G-Sync HDR
NVIDIA is expanding its G-Sync technology to more monitors, the company has announced at CES in Las Vegas. NVIDIA has already certified 12 AMD FreeSync monitors as being "G-Sync Compatible" and will roll out the functionality for GeForce GTX 10 series and RTX 20 series GPUs in its 2019 Game Ready driver on January 15. The company has also rebranded G-Sync HDR, which it only announced at last year's CES, as G-Sync Ultimate.
Windows Phone: The last Windows 10 Mobile handset has received another price cut
The last Windows Phone keeps getting cheaper. Wileyfox has reduced its Wileyfox Pro to a bargain price of £59.99, which is a massive drop from its initial pricing of £199.99 when it first launched.
Medion Erazer X6805 (Core i7-8750H, GTX 1060, FHD) Laptop Review
While gaming notebooks are becoming more expensive and many manufacturers are outperforming each other with new maximum prices, Medion continues to deliver well-priced laptops. Read on to find out how the Erazer X6805 performs against other budget gaming laptops.
The Best Laptops, Smartphones and Tablets - Editors’ Choice Awards 2018
2018 is at its end, which makes it the appropriate time for us to take stock of the devices that have graced our offices in the last 12 months. The year has been full of great releases, which we have combined into several handy categories for your reading pleasure. Read on to find out which laptops, smartphones and tablets our editors have been charmed by the most in the last year.
The Best Low-Light Camera Smartphones of 2018 – Comparison Review
All smartphone manufacturers want you to believe that their smartphone has the best camera. This year, we have chosen to compare the camera capabilities of seven flagship smartphones released in 2018. We will also consider more left-field candidates that have good camera specifications on paper. Read on to find out which 2018 flagship has the best camera for low-light photography.
Lenovo V130-14IGM (Pentium Silver N5000, SSD, HD) Laptop Review
Lenovo has equipped its V130-14IGM with an Intel Pentium Silver N5000 quad-core processor, which is on par with a Broadwell Core i3. Add to that a fast SSD and good battery life, and the sub-250 Euro (~$285) 14-inch laptop looks like an enticing package. The device has its drawbacks though, particularly as it has an unconvincing display and does not come with an OS installed.
Acer Aspire ES 17 ES1-732 (N4200, 1 TB HDD, HD+) Laptop Review
Acer's new budget 17.3-inch laptop features an Apollo Lake processor, plenty of storage and a decent keyboard. In short, the Aspire ES 17 ES1-732 is a simple office laptop that is suited for home use.
Samsung has begun rolling out One UI to the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+
Christmas has come early for some Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners. In a surprise move, Samsung has today released its Android 9 Pie-based One UI update for both devices in certain countries. One UI is available now as an OTA update in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the UAE, according to SamMobile.
Microsoft's London flagship store is slowly taking shape
Microsoft has been fitting out its London flagship store for several months now, and it does not look like the store is close to opening. The store will remain under construction until at least the end of April 2019, according to planning notices recently placed around the storefront.
Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus (2018) Smartphone Review
If you are looking for a budget smartphone with a large display, dual SIM and LTE functionality, then you should look no further than the Galaxy J4 Plus (2018). The device is well-designed, offers solid performance, and it is identical, except for a few details, to the more expensive Galaxy J6 Plus.
Huawei store listing confirms the Honor View 20 ahead of its full unveiling
The Honor View 20, or V20 as it is known in China, has appeared on the Huawei Vmall online shop. The device will be available to pre-order in China from 10:08 Chinese Standard Time (CST) on December 20.
Microsoft releases Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18305 (19H1) to the Fast ring
A simplified Start menu, Windows Sandbox, Kaomoji and more are rolling out to the Insider Preview Fast ring in the latest 19H1 build. Build 18305 is available to download now from Windows Update.
Samsung will release a 5G variant of its Galaxy S10, but it won't be coming to Europe
Samsung is planning to release a 5G version of the Galaxy S10 that is currently codenamed "Beyond X", according to details that have emerged online. The device will be the flagship Galaxy S10 model, which the company could announce at its Galaxy UNPACKED event next February.
Updated | Dell confirms that it is fixing the XPS 15 9570 GPU issue that it previously denied existed
Dell has backtracked on its decision that the XPS 15 9570 does not have an NVIDIA GPU issue. The company has informed us that it is working on a fix that it aims to roll out via an updated BIOS by the end of this month. Update: Dell changes its tune once again.
CAT B35 4G Smartphone Review
The CAT B35 is a robust feature phone that has been designed for use in extreme environments. The device includes a 4G modem, but its apps selection is underwhelming. Read on to find out whether the CAT B35 is good enough for everyday use.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 has been spotted in the wild
The Galaxy S10 rumour mill is in full swing, and now the device has supposedly been seen on a South Korean subway. The device in question sports the Samsung Infinity-O display that the company recently announced with the Galaxy A8, but the camera cut-out is in a different position to other recent Galaxy S10 leaks.
Intel Core i7-9700K Desktop CPU Review
The Intel Core i7-9700K now must prove itself in our tests, with the Core i9-9900K having shown its worth last month. The Core i7-9700K lacks Hyper-Threading support, which makes it directly comparable to its predecessor, the Core i7-8700K. Read on to find whether the Core i7-9700K has the edge over its older sibling and how the CPU fares against the AMD competition.
Nintendo has stopped producing its NES and SNES Classic Edition consoles
Get your NES and SNES Classic Edition consoles while you can. Reggie Fils-Aimé, Nintendo of America President and COO, has announced that the company has stopped manufacturing both Classic Edition consoles. Fils-Aimé confirmed that the consoles will be available this holiday season in the Americas, but that Nintendo will not be producing anymore once they go out of stock.
Chuwi Hi9 Plus Tablet Review
The Chuwi Hi9 Plus is a well-equipped all-rounder that would serve as a good notebook replacement for some people. The Hi9 Plus is competitively priced at around US$230 on its own and approximately US$340 with its accessories.
NVIDIA releases new GeForce and RTX Game Ready driver for Final Fantasy XV with DLSS beta support
NVIDIA has released a new Game Ready driver that is available to download for RTX and GeForce GPUs. The new driver adds Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) beta to Final Fantasy XV and brings updates to GeForce Experience too.
The 1 TB Galaxy S10 could cost up to US$1,800
Samsung is likely a few months away from unveiling its Galaxy S10 line-up, but that has not stopped yet more leaks and speculation from appearing online. Now there are reports that a "major tech retailer" in the UK has approached Gizmodo with pricing for all three rumoured S10 models.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX (24 Core, 48 threads) Desktop CPU Review
After our closer look at the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X, we have also got our hands on its sibling, the Threadripper 2970WX. The 2970WX has 24 cores and can execute up to 48 threads, which is another eight cores and 16 threads more than the 2950X has. The latter has a 500 MHz higher base clock speed and a 200 MHz higher boost clock speed though, although the 2970WX has a 70 W higher TDP. Read on to find out how the 2970WX compares against other Threadripper APUs and whether it is worth its hefty US$1,299 price tag.
Toshiba Tecra A50-E-110 (Core i5-8250U, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM) Laptop Review
The Toshiba Tecra A50 is a sleekly designed and modern looking 15.6-inch laptop that Toshiba has equipped with modern hardware. Read on to find out for whom the A50 is suited and what performance buyers can expect from this quad-core laptop.
Notebookcheck Gaming PC
We regularly update our fleet of desktops and laptops to keep up with the latest gaming benchmarks and now is time for us to update the former. This article is dedicated to our latest main testing platform that will serve as the foundation on which we will conduct future benchmark articles of the most recent games.
Just Cause 4 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Just Cause 4 is a real adventure playground like its predecessors. Read on in our benchmark article to find out which graphics cards are best for creating chaos.
Microsoft Edge is becoming a cross-platform and Chromium-based browser
Microsoft Edge is changing. 2019 may mark its transformation into a cross-platform and Chromium-based browser, according to a blog post by Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President of the Essential Products Group at Microsoft and a post on GitHub by the Microsoft Edge Team. Expect to see the new Microsoft Edge on Windows 7, 8, 10 and even macOS soon.
BlackBerry KEY2 LE Smartphone Review
Anyone who appreciates a smartphone with a physical keyboard, but does not want to fork out for an expensive device should consider the BlackBerry KEY2 LE. The cheaper version of the KEY2 has decent hardware for its price, but is it a business bargain?
Samsung 5G prototype spotted at Qualcomm Tech Summit
The Qualcomm Tech Summit is in full swing in Hawaii. The star of the show so far has been the announcement of the Snapdragon 855 SoC and its support for 5G. However, Samsung has captured the attention of journalists with a strange looking prototype that the company has been using to demonstrate the capabilities of the new cellular network technology.
Microsoft takes a swipe at the iPad in its new Surface Go advert
Microsoft has launched a new Surface Go advert aimed at families buying the device for their children for the holiday season. Naturally, the company had a dig at Apple and the iPad too.
Vivo Nex 2 reportedly launching on December 11
New details about the Vivo NEX 2 have emerged online. Vivo has now updated its website with marketing material hinting at what features the device may have. The company will supposedly unveil its latest NEX smartphone on December 11.
Farming Simulator 19 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
As expected, the 2019 edition of the popular and successful Farming Simulator has stormed the sales charts this winter. Read on to find out how well Farming Simulator 19 runs on different systems and what hardware is required to run the game smoothly at different resolutions and graphics levels.
Nokia 2.1 Smartphone Review
The Nokia 2.1 succeeds the Nokia 2 and manages to be both cheaper and more powerful than its predecessor. The amount of RAM and flash storage are still meagre though, but the device runs Android One Oreo Edition, which should mean that it remains updated with the latest security patches. Find out in our review for whom the Nokia 2.1 is suited and what buyers can expect from the device.
Epic Games brings 60 FPS Fortnite to the latest trio of iPhones
Epic Games has silently enabled 60 FPS for the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max in its latest update for Fortnite on iOS, according to the Senior PR Manager at the company. The update (v. 6.31) is live now on the App Store.
ASUS ROG Phone pricing in India revealed
The ASUS ROG Phone is now available as a Flipkart exclusive in India. The company is currently selling the gaming phone for INR₹69,999.
MSI Aegis 3 8RD (Core i7-8700, GTX 1070, 16 GB) Desktop PC Review
The MSI Aegis 3 8RD is a compact gaming PC that is equipped with an Intel Core i7-8700 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. Hence, the Aegis 3 is powerful enough on paper to handle all modern games. The whole thing is packed in a stylish case with RGB lighting. Find out in our review whether MSI’s latest compact gaming PC impresses in our tests and whether it is a worthwhile purchase.
More details about new Microsoft flagship store emerge
Fresh details about Microsoft's first store in the UK have emerged online. Published on the City of Westminster's planning portal, Microsoft has confirmed the size of its London store's retail floor space and offered more details about its layout.
Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 18290 to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring
Fluent design updates for the start menu, clock synchronization added, microphone notification area refinements and more are rolling out to the Insider Preview Fast ring in the latest 19H1 build. Build 18290 is available to download now from Windows Update.
Huawei Mate 20 Smartphone Review
The Huawei Mate 20 is largely identical to its 200-Euro (~$225) more expensive sibling, the Mate 20 Pro. Read on to find out whether the Mate 20 is worth the money and its differences from the Mate 20 Pro.
Battlefield 5 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks
Although the engine underpinning Battlefield V has hardly improved from its predecessor, the latest game in the Battlefield series is one of the prettiest PC games around. Read on to find how well Battlefield V runs in our benchmark tests. You will also learn what the system requirements are.
Google Pixel 3 XL Smartphone Review
Now in its third generation of Pixel smartphones, Google wants to tempt potential buyers away from its competitors with exclusive software features. However, affordable prices are a thing of the past as the Pixel 3 XL costs up to $999. Find out in our detailed review whether the Pixel 3 XL is worth the money.
Dell denies that the XPS 15 9570 may have a BIOS related GPU issue
Dell has denied that there are any BIOS related GPU issues with XPS 15 9570 laptops, the company has informed us. Despite providing the company with data and numerous online posts demonstrating otherwise, it has not been able to determine what is causing some NVIDIA GPUs to throttle until reaching 48 °C/118 °F.
Google Pixel 3 Smartphone Review
The Google Pixel 3 is an expensive smartphone, which retails for US$799 (£739). However, it must compete against comparably equipped but considerably cheaper competitors. Find out in our detailed review whether Google has corrected the issues we had with the Pixel 2 and how the company’s new flagship fares against its competitors.
ASUS ROG Phone Smartphone Review
Stop Zen! After years of calm, ASUS has blown the mobile gaming world open with its first smartphone. The ROG Phone has more up its sleeve than a fast processor, plenty of RAM and energetic marketing material. ASUS has integrated trigger buttons into the Phone’s frame, a dock connector and included an active cooler in the box. Find out in our detailed review whether the ROG Phone does enough to score top marks.
Microsoft accuses Newegg of selling pirated Windows 10 keys
Newegg has been subjected to a grilling on Reddit in recent days. One such thread reports that a Microsoft rep has stated that two Windows 10 OEM keys sold by the online retailer were pirated. Newegg has since promised to send out physical replacements for those who have bought keys that will not activate.
Two men imprisoned for their involvement in the 2015 TalkTalk hack
Two men have been jailed in England for their parts in the hacking of TalkTalk in 2015, which cost the British telecoms company an estimated £77 million (~ US$98.5 million). TalkTalk has already been fined £400,000 (~ US$512,000) for having inadequate security procedures.
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018, LTE, 256 GB) Tablet Review
The release of the third generation of Apple’s huge tablet has coincided with a complete redesign that shares more design cues with the new iPhone XS series than classic iPhones. Apple has equipped its most-expensive tablet with its most-powerful ARM SoC, Face ID, high volume storage options, support for a new Apple Pencil and much more, including a massive mark-up in price.
Fallout 76 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks
Fallout 76 has been received poorly by critics and players. Bugs, missing NPCs, weak story; the list of shortcomings is seemingly endless. Unfortunately, the game engine will not win many plaudits either, as we will discuss in our benchmark article.
Intel Core i5-8500T (6 cores, 6 Threads, 2.1 GHz, 35 W) Desktop CPU Review
AMD has already refreshed its economical APUs that are designed for multimedia use. Intel has followed suit with new frugal processors based on its Coffee Lake architecture. Our focus for this review is the Core i5-8500T, a 35-W TDP chip that has six cores and an integrated GPU. We will be investigating how well the new CPU performs in this review and whether it can handle the latest triple-A games.
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F (Core i5-8250U, 8 GB, 256 GB) Laptop Review
The Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F sits between both segments. The stylish case and plentiful security features point towards the laptop being an expensive business laptop. However, Huawei preinstalls Windows 10 Home and has equipped the device with few ports, which aligns the W50F with cheaper office laptops. The real drawback is less to do with the laptop’s classification though.
EE and Virgin Media fined £13.3 million by Ofcom for overcharging hundreds of thousands of customers
The British regulator Ofcom has announced that it has fined EE and Virgin Media £6.3 million (~ US$8.035 million) and £7 million (~ US$8.928 million) respectively. The regulator has fined the two companies principally for overcharging early-exit fees to hundreds of thousands of customers and for not explaining contractual terms clearly enough.
New Motorola devices appear in FCC filings
Recent FCC filings for an XT1952 and an XT1965 have sparked rumours that Lenovo Motorola is preparing to release new Moto devices. These documents come in the wake of the Moto G6 series, which Lenovo Motorola released earlier this year, prompting speculation that the company is preparing a G7 series.
NVIDIA releases new GeForce and RTX Game Ready driver for Battlefield V, Fallout 76 and Hitman 2
NVIDIA has released a new Game Ready driver that is available to download for RTX and GeForce GPUs. The new driver brings optimisations for Battlefield V, Fallout 76 and Hitman 2. The Game Ready driver also adds support for real-time ray tracing in Battlefield V for GeForce RTX GPUs.
Sharp Aquos D10 Smartphone Review
The Sharp Aquos D10 is attempting to win the hearts of shoppers with its camera that has optical zoom and its almost bezel-free design. The D10 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC and dual 12 & 13 MP PDAF cameras. Read on to find out whether the D10 can perform as good as it looks.
The Windows 10 October 2018 update has started rolling out to consumer and commercial users again
Microsoft has announced that it has resumed rolling out the Windows 10 October 2018 update having fixed and tested last month's file deletion issue. The update is available now on Windows Update for certain devices that Microsoft has determined will have no issues with the feature update.
Some Dell XPS 15 9570 laptops may have a BIOS related GPU bug
It appears that Dell's most recent BIOS releases for the XPS 15 9570 have caused a GPU bug in some devices. Originally reported on Reddit, some XPS 15 9570 laptops power limit throttle their NVIDIA GPUs until they hit a temperature threshold, causing noticeably worse performance in games. Update:Further benchmarks on an XPS 15 9570 running BIOS 1.3 added.
The Surface Go with LTE Advanced is now available to pre-order
Microsoft has announced that it is taking pre-orders for LTE versions of the Surface Go in selected markets. The LTE Advanced models will ship from November 20 in the US and will start at US $679 (£619) for the 128 GB SSD/8 GB RAM version.
Sony Xperia XZ3 Smartphone Review
The Sony Xperia XZ3 is the company’s latest premium smartphone and one that has numerous features that are designed to enhance camera quality, sound, system performance and make the device easier to use. The XZ3 has a 6-inch OLED display, the likes of which we have seen in many other modern high-end smartphones, but its lack of a notch distinguishes it from its 2018 cohort. Read on to find out how else Sony has attempted to make the XZ3 stand out from the competition in our review. Update: Additional brightness values added with new test device.
Intel releases new graphics driver for Football Manager 2019 and Soulcalibur VI
Intel has released a new graphics driver for 6th Generation Core processors onwards that is available now to download for Windows 10 devices. The driver has been optimised for the release of Football Manager 2019, and brings performance improvements and fixes for several other games including Warhammer Vermintide 2 and Assassins Creed Odyssey among others.
Apple iPad Pro 11 (2018, WiFi, 64 GB) Tablet Review
The new iPad Pro is here with a fresh redesign, and it wants to prove that it can handle a full workday. This promise comes with caveats though. We will be covering the smaller 11-inch version in this review.
Trekstor Yourbook C11B (N3350, eMMC, FHD) Convertible Review
The Trekstor Yourbook C11B is an 11.6-inch convertible that has an IPS touchscreen display, a fanless design and good battery life. The device even comes with a year’s MS Office 365 Personal and a one-year premium Sofatutor.com license.
Intel Core i9-9900K (8 cores, 16 threads, 3.6 GHz) Desktop CPU Review
Intel shows what it is made of with its first octa-core mid-range CPU, hot on the heels of AMD’s new Ryzen APUs, which have shaken up the desktop processor market. Find out in our review whether the Core i9-9900K is worth buying and how well it performs in our tests.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Tablet Review
Samsung has upgraded its flagship tablet, which is probably one of the last Android tablets to have both high-end specifications and pen input. However, the Galaxy Tab S4 has some shortcomings. Find out in what areas the Tab S4 falls short and for whom it is a worthwhile purchase in this detailed review.
Elephone Soldier Smartphone Review
The Elephone Solder has a physical compass, an emergency light and is IP68 certified against dust and water; the only thing missing is a pocket knife. Find out in this review how well it functions as a smartphone too.
OnePlus 6T Smartphone Review
OnePlus has announced its latest flagship killer, which is subtly different from its predecessor that we reviewed back in August. Notably, the 6T has a larger display thanks to its smaller notch, but it has dropped the headphone jack. OnePlus has carried over the same cameras from the 6 and has kept pricing broadly the same, although the base model is now $20 more expensive. That additional outlay gets you double the storage though, so it is not just an arbitrary price rise. Find out in our detailed live review whether the OnePlus 6T is as much of a bargain as its predecessors were.
Update: Review completed.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (2018) (Core i7, 512GB, 16GB) Convertible Review
Microsoft has updated to the Surface Pro series with quad-core Kaby Lake Refresh processors, but how well will these chips cope within an 8.5-mm thick tablet? Will these more powerful processors affect the battery life, and has Microsoft finally added more ports? Find out all this and more in our detailed review.
Apple iPhone XR Smartphone Review
Apple positions the iPhone XR between the two XS models’ size-wise but equips the device with a lower resolution LCD display and only a single rear-facing camera. There are a few other minor drawbacks too, but does the XR do enough to be crowned the best overall iPhone? Read on to find out. Update: Review completed.
Lenovo IdeaPad D330-10IGM (Pentium Silver N5000, eMMC, LTE, WUXGA) Convertible Review
The Lenovo IdeaPad D330-10IGM is a 10.1-inch convertible that has no fan but has a bright IPS touchscreen, an LTE modem and decent battery life. The Pentium Silver N5000 processor provides enough power too.
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks
Ciao single player, hello Battle Royale. Activision and Treyarch have jumped on the Battle Royale bandwagon, developing Black Ops 4 as a multiplayer game and abandoning a story-based campaign that has been a feature of all previous Call of Duty games. Our benchmark should provide you with all the information you need about what graphics card you need to play the latest instalment in the CoD series.
Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS Smartphone Review
The name says it all: The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS wants to offer pure luxury, which is reflected in the device’s exorbitant price. Find out in this review whether one of the world’s most expensive smartphones is worth the hefty investment.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook 15.6 (8250U, MX110) Laptop Review
Xiaomi has now built up a proud selection of notebooks alongside its Mi smartphones. Our focus for this review is the Mi Notebook 15.6, which lacks the Pro, Air or Gaming signifiers of the Chinese manufacturer’s other notebooks. The Notebook 15.6 is the company’s cheapest and entry-level device, but it is generally unavailable in the Western world save for a few shops that carry the laptop. Read on to see how the Xiaomi Mi Notebook 15.6 with its Intel Core i5 processor fares in our detailed review.
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB (i5-8250U, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD) Convertible Review
Lenovo’s new 530 series is aimed at price-conscious users and companies that see the benefits of convertible devices. The Yoga 530-14IKB is priced competitively, but there are some compromises associated with this low cost, including the device being comparatively heavy for a convertible. Find out in our detailed review what strengths and weaknesses befall this otherwise successful debutant.
HP Pavilion 14 (i7-8550U, MX150) Laptop Review
HP understands how to please its customers, by creating devices with appealing designs and solid craftsmanship. The new Pavilion 14 is another premium HP laptop at an affordable price. We are also interested in how our test device performs under its sandblasted, anodized hood. Can HP’s latest Pavilion laptop cut it against the competition, or does it just look the part?
Huawei Mate 20 Lite Smartphone Review
The arrival of the Mate 20 Lite heralds the next generation of Huawei’s elite-performance smartphones. Huawei has equipped the device with the brand-new HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC, which integrates an ARM Mali-G51 MP4 among other components; we are expecting good things of both chips. Find out in this review whether the Huawei Mate 20 Lite can meet expectations and if the device has any shortcomings.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks
The CPU thirst of the ancient world. The new title in the Assassin’s Creed series takes players to Ancient Greece, after having been set in ancient Egypt in the series previous outing, Assassin’s Creed Origins. We will be testing the new game on numerous GPUs while assessing the extent to which hardware requirements and graphics options have changed.
Forza Horizon 4 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks
Great looks, meager platform. Forza Horizon 4 is one of the most beautiful racing games ever released. Find out in our benchmark test whether the modern graphics of Forza Horizon 4 can overcome the weaknesses of the Universal Windows Platform (UWP).
FIFA 19 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks
Champions League. Every year EA lures football fans with a new edition of its legendary FIFA series. Read on to see how the 19th version runs on different desktop and notebook GPUs. Is the game only playable on gaming machines or are multimedia systems powerful enough too?
Chuwi LapBook SE Laptop Review
The Chuwi LapBook SE is one of the most exciting budget laptops from China. The LapBook SE has an aluminum case, a Gemini Lake quad-core processor, eight hours battery life and an easily accessible M.2 drive bay for SSDs. In this review, we will determine where Chuwi has made savings to keep the LapBook SE’s price below €350 (~$402).
Gigaset GS100 Smartphone Review
The GS100 is Gigaset’s cheapest smartphone, costing 119 Euros (~$136). The device comes in a choice of bright colors and has a removable battery, but can the GS100 justify its price?
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Smartphone Review
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is a smartphone with flagship hardware, which has a good camera and long battery life but costs less than €350 (~$404). Find out in this review whether Xiaomi’s concept of an affordable flagship works and what cuts have been made to keep the cost down.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition Smartphone Review
The latest attack on the smartphone elite by Xiaomi is called the Mi 8 Explorer Edition. On paper, the affordable flagship is the total package at a reasonable price. In this review, we will assess the Mi 8 Explorer Edition’s numerous strengths and also the weaknesses that reflect its low price.
Blackview BV5800 Pro Smartphone Smartphone Review
The Chinese manufacturer Blackview sells smartphones at affordable prices that are typically attractive for fans of the outdoors. The quality and craftsmanship of the BV5800 Pro is outstanding, but our previous reviews of Blackview devices have all had a problem or two. Find out in this review whether the BV5800 Pro follows suit or whether Blackview has finally created an issue-free smartphone.
Apple iPhone XS Smartphone Review
Apple has stuck with its “S” nomenclature even after its anniversary iPhone and has consequently followed the iPhone X with the iPhone XS. As with previous “S” models, the iPhone XS is more a technical refinement of its predecessor than a fundamental departure. The iPhone XS should do everything better than its predecessor without reinventing itself. Read on for our iPhone XS review and to find out whether the device can match expectations. Update: Added PWM video.
Apple iPhone XS Max Smartphone Review
The iPhone XS Max is Apple’s largest and most expensive iPhone yet. However, Apple has not brought as many new features to the party as many would have liked. Find out in our review whether bigger and faster is enough for the iPhone XS Max to take our coveted throne at the top of the smartphone pile. Update: Test completed.
HP ProBook x360 440 G1 (i5-8250U, 256GB, FHD, Touch) Convertible Review
The HP ProBook x360 440 G1 is an affordable 14-inch convertible that HP has designed with professionals and smaller businesses in mind. The x360 440 G1 is a versatile device thanks to its convertible design and long battery life. Find out in this detailed review whether the ProBook x360 440 G1 has any drawbacks and how it fares against its competitors.
Huawei Mate 20 & Mate 20 Pro - An overview of all rumors, dates, configurations, and reviews
Huawei not only outranks Apple in quarterly smartphone sales nowadays, it also outranks the Cupertino company in regard to the volume of speculation surrounding its new flagship devices before their official launch. This article focuses on the upcoming Huawei Mate 20 Pro in which we will detail all the information that we have on the device, including its connectivity, camera and even some first-look pictures too. Update: Freepods, AI camera features and Mate 20 hands-on video.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium Smartphone Review
The Xperia XZ2 Premium is Sony’s second attempt at a flagship device under its Xperia XZ series. The XZ2 Premium has a true Ultra-HD display, great audio features, a bright dual rear-facing camera setup and plenty of other notable features too. Find out in this detailed review for whom this bulk smartphone is best suited.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 (LTE) Tablet Review
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 offers attractive fourth generation technology at an affordable price with only a few weaknesses. Find out what Xiaomi has and has not done well in this detailed review.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G6 2018 (i5-8350U, Full-HD Touch, 256GB) Laptop Review
The better and cheaper X1. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G6 has joined its WQHD HDR and Core i7 equipped sibling in our offices for review. The G6 is the entry-level model of current touchscreen-equipped Carbon X1 devices. The G6 is free from the thermal issues from which its sibling suffered thanks to its less powerful CPU, but this comes at a cost to the WQHD HDR display. Despite this drawback, the G6 provides a more rounded overall experience than its more expensive sibling.
Wiko Jerry3 Smartphone Review
The Jerry3 is Wiko’s latest budget smartphone, a €90 (~$105) device that compromises on system performance with its low-end hardware and no LTE radio. Find out in this review what to expect from the Wiko Jerry3 and how it compares against the competition.
HP 14 (i5-8250U, Intel Optane Memory, HD Display) Laptop Review
Déjà-vu. HP’s latest 14-inch notebook boasts a quad-core processor, 8 GB of dual-channel RAM and Intel Optane Memory. Unfortunately, the display is bitterly disappointing.
F1 2018 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks
Codemasters, like EA with its sports series, tends to make iterative changes to its racing simulations. Find out in this benchmark test the extent to which the hardware requirements have changed between F1 2017 and 2018.
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T (Core i7-7Y75, 256 GB, FHD, Touch) Laptop Review
The latest revision of the Acer Swift 7 is not only slimmer than its predecessor, but it also packs an Intel Core i7 Y-series processor, which should provide better performance and a multi-touch display. Find out in this detailed review the strengths and weaknesses of the latest Acer Swift 7 and how it fares against the competition.
MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RF (i7-8750H, GTX 1070, FHD) Laptop Review
Let there be light. MSI adorns its GE series laptops discreetly, with just some RGB lighting on the device’s display lid. The GE63 8RF Raider is equipped with Intel Coffee Lake processors, a generational improvement from its GE predecessors. Find out in this review how the GE63 8RF Raider performs, and about its fan noise, its power consumption and its battery life.
OUKITEL K7 Smartphone Review
Another mid-range smartphone with a huge battery from China. This time it is the OUKITEL K7, which should have excellent battery life thanks to its 10,000-mAh battery. Find out in this review how the rest of the system shapes up.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X (16 core, 32 threads) Review
AMD has released its new generation of Threadripper APUs following the successful launch of its second-generation Ryzen desktop APUs. The new Threadripper series not only makes incremental improvements over the last generation but also introduces Ryzen APUs with up to 32 cores and 64 threads. These new APUs are AMD’s shot at capturing the high-performance processor crown, something that will no doubt put pressure on Intel. We will be focusing on the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X in this review and establish whether this 16-core APU is worth the investment.
LG Gram 15Z980 (i7-8550U, Full-HD) Laptop Review
While many manufacturers compete as to who can create the smallest and thinnest laptop, the LG Gram series vows to be the lightest. The new LG Gram 15 weighs just over a kilogram (~2.2 pounds), which is one of the lightest 15-inch notebooks currently on the market. Find out in this review what else the LG Gram 15 offers besides its weight, and what limitations there are with a 15-inch device that is this light.
LG K11 Smartphone Review
The LG K11 is a budget smartphone that is designed to withstand the stresses and strains of daily life. The MIL-STD device has a 5.3-inch display and is equipped with mid-range hardware. Find out in this review how the K11 stacks up against its competitors.
CUBOT R11 Smartphone Review
The CUBOT R11 is a budget device that has a lot to offer. Stock Android, a removable battery, a fingerprint scanner and dual rear-facing cameras for under 100 Euros (~$116) sounds like a great offer. Find out in this review whether the CUBOT R11 lives up to expectations.
Lenovo IdeaPad 720s-13ARR (Ryzen 7 2700U, RX Vega 10) Laptop Review
With the handbrake left on. The Lenovo IdeaPad 720s-13ARR is a 13.3-inch notebook with a sleek, slim keyboard, a backlit keyboard and an NVMe SSD. Unfortunately, neither the processor nor the battery life lives up to expectations. Find out in this review how the 720s-13ARR fares in our tests.
Samsung Galaxy J6 (2018) Smartphone Review
The Samsung Galaxy J6 (2018) impresses with its combination of solid hardware. The J6 (2018) packs a 5.6-inch super AMOLED HD + resolution display, two SIM slots and an octa-core CPU for 269 Euros RRP (~$313). Find out in this review whether the J6 (2018) is worth the money. Update: update released to improve connectivity.
BlackBerry KEY2 Smartphone Review
The BlackBerry KEY2 combines the manufacturer’s traditional physical keyboard with a few special security features that also runs Android OS. Find out what the KEY2 is good for in this review.
News from our Smartphone Editors: Behind the scenes - Vol. I
Hello from the boys and unfortunately few girls in our smartphone editorial team. We would like to tell you about which smartphones and tablets we are currently reviewing and which devices we are eagerly awaiting to arrive in our offices. We welcome comments as always and suggestions as to what devices we haven’t yet reviewed. Let’s get started…
Alienware 15 R4 (i9-8950HK, GTX 1070, FHD) Laptop Review
At the cutting edge. The Alienware 15 R4 is a 2.5-cm (~1 in) thick 15.6-inch gaming laptop that can be configured with up to an Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU and a Full HD display. Find out in this review how the 15 R4 fares against other 15-inch gaming laptops and the degree to which the device balances heat and fan noise with its powerful hardware.
AORUS X7 DT v8 (i7-8850H, GTX 1080, Full HD) Laptop Review
Lift-off. The current AORUS X7 DT is one of the fastest gaming laptops on the market. The new model, the X7 DT v8, packs an Intel Coffee Lake hexa-core processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU and a 144 Hz display. Find out in this review whether AORUS has done enough to put the X7 DT v8 at the pinnacle of gaming laptops.
Alcatel 3V Smartphone Review
Plastic with style. The Alcatel 3V is priced well and should be powerful enough for casual users. Alcatel has managed to make the device look stylish despite using a plastic case. Find out in this review whether the Alcatel 3V’s internal hardware is as good as it looks.
Fujitsu LifeBook U728 (i5-8250U, FHD) Laptop Review
The most flexible subnotebook. Fujitsu sees itself as a competitor to PC giants like Dell, Lenovo and HP in the business laptop market. The Japanese company packs its devices with features that other manufacturers now ignore. Find out in this review what features Fujitsu has packed into the LifeBook U728 and how this ultra-lightweight and compact business notebook fares against the competition.
The Crew 2 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
City, Country, River. While the first game only took place on solid ground, The Crew 2 introduces players to racing in the air and on water. Find out in this review how well this open world racer runs on various notebook and desktop GPUs.
HTC Desire 12 Plus Smartphone Review
Tablet or smartphone? If you cannot decide which category the HTC Desire 12 Plus falls into, consider it a phablet. The Desire 12 Plus has a 6.0-inch display, a fingerprint sensor, runs Android 8.0 and it is a dual-SIM device. Find out how the HTC Desire 12’s big brother fares in our review.
UMIDIGI S2 Lite Smartphone Review
Full metal smartphone. The UMIDIGI S2 Lite is an affordable phablet with a huge battery, a 6.0-inch display with a 2:1 aspect ratio and dual rear-facing cameras. Find out in this review whether the S2 Lite is good enough for daily use.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Smartphone Review
Red and affordable. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 not only convinces with its affordable price but also its dual-camera, its metal case and its capable SoC. Find out in this review whether the Redmi Note 5’s performance is as impressive as its price.
UMIDIGI A1 Pro Smartphone Review
An affordable starter. The UMIDIGI A1 Pro appears to be a real bargain. The device is smartly designed, has dual-cameras and it supports 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks, all of which we would not expect from a 120-Euro device (~$138). Find out in our review whether the UMIDIGI A1 Pro lives up to expectations and the extent to which the device is suitable for daily use.
Lenovo IdeaPad 720 (i5-7200U, RX 560) Laptop Review
Misleading first impressions. Lenovo is equipping its 2018 multimedia notebooks with 2016 processors. Even more surprising is the consistently solid concept, which does not shy away from the competition. The AMD Radeon graphics is a small highlight and one which allows for some gaming.
UleFone Power 5 Smartphone Review
Does bigger equal better? After the Blackview P10000 Pro recently topped our battery life leaderboard, we now have the UleFone Power 5 in for a review, which is another battery monster. The Power 5 has a huge 13,000 mAh battery that will last for a week according to UleFone. Find out in this review how the UleFone Power 5 stands up to our tests.
LG G7 ThinQ Smartphone Review
Radiant. The LG G7 ThinQ is the successor to the G6, one of 2017’s first smartphones with a 2:1 display, frequently referred to as an 18:9 aspect ratio. Notably, LG has followed one of 2018’s smartphone trends in designing the G7 ThinQ with a notch. The display is more than its notch though, with the G7 ThinQ being the first smartphone with an mLC display, which can get extremely bright. LG has improved the camera too and iteratively updated the hardware to Qualcomm’s latest flagship SoC. Find out in this review why the G7 ThinQ falls slightly short of the top-tier of current smartphones.
Update: Cameras reviewed and final rating published.
Intel NUC Kit NUC7CJYH (Celeron J4005, UHD 600) Mini PC Review
Small and economical. Intel NUC Mini PC’s are known for their compact design. The new NUC generation maintains this concept, with Intel equipping them with a set of new processors too. In this review, we will be covering the NUC Kit NUC7CJYH, an entry-level NUC Mini PC that is equipped with an Intel Celeron J4005 processor. Find out in this review whether this Gemini Lake processor is up to scratch in an entry-level NUC Kit.
Motorola Moto G5s Plus Smartphone Review
Good but is it better? The Moto G5 Plus impressed us in our recent review. Lenovo has now released a successor six months later with a dual rear-camera system. Can the Moto G5s Plus overcome one of the weaker points of its predecessor?
HP ZBook 15u G5 (FHD, i7-8550U) Workstation Review
Too much Office, not enough Workstation. The ZBook 1xu series is at the lower end of HP workstation devices. These models are based on the EliteBook to save costs. Find out in this review of the ZBook 15u G5 why this concept still doesn’t work.
Huawei Y7 2018 Smartphone Review
Young and affordable. The Huawei Y7 2018 is a phablet with a 5.99-inch display. As the newest member of the Y series, the Y7 2018 has the job of upholding the ethos of being cheap with few compromises over features or camera hardware. Find out in this review whether the Huawei Y7 2018 succeeds in upholding the character of the predecessors.
Gigaset GS270 Plus Smartphone Review
Notebookcheck.com tests the Gigaset GS270 Plus, a smartphone powered by a MediaTek MT6750 and an ARM Mali-T860 MP2. The 5.2-inch device has 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The GS270 Plus is available off contract.
Dell Latitude 3490 (Core i5, FHD) Laptop Review
Affordable office worker. Expensive laptops are in vogue but spending a lot of money on a notebook is not suitable for everyone. Hence, manufacturers bring budget workhorse devices to the market, like the Dell Latitude 3490. Find out in this review whether Dell has succeeded with their new budget Latitude.
Nokia 1 Smartphone Review
Little number 1. The Nokia 1 is the entry-level model into the world of smartphones: under 100 Euros (~$115), a small format, and even a replaceable battery. Find out in this review whether the Nokia 1 is good enough for everyday use.
HP ZBook 14u G5 (i7-8550U, Pro WX 3100) Workstation Review
Based on the EliteBook. The HP ZBook series has been updated to Intel Kaby Lake Refresh processors. HP has also significantly changed the design and is one which we have already seen during our recent EliteBook 840 G5 review. The ZBook 14u G5 should be able to provide enough computing power thanks to its AMD Polaris GPU. Find out whether HP has achieved this in our HP ZBook 14u G5 review.
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBA (i5-7300HQ, RX 560) Laptop Review
Budget Gaming. Lenovo’s budget-priced gaming notebooks start at €700 (~$817). While these basic variants are not that powerful, they should still be enough for some gamers. In this review, we will be looking at the Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBA, a 15.6-inch notebook that is equipped with an Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor and an AMD Radeon RX 560 dedicated graphics card.
Huawei Y6 2018 Smartphone Review
Still affordable. The Huawei Y6 2018 is a device that has a lot of power for the money. The device looks modern and has a decent display, but can it be crowned the king of budget devices?
ASUS ZenBook UX3430UN (i5-8250U, MX150, 256 GB SSD) Subnotebook review
Office exemplar with gaming ambitions. The new ZenBook brings together the core of what office users desire and invites you to play a game or two thanks to its GeForce MX150 GPU. ASUS seems to have succeeded in this balancing act where other subnotebooks have failed. If there is anything to complain about, it is only at a high level.
ASUS VivoBook 15 X542UF (i5-8250U, MX130, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
All-rounder The VivoBook 15 scores highly for its powerful quad-core processor, its dedicated GeForce GPU and good battery life. Once again, the VivoBook is let down by an unconvincing display.
MSI GT75 8RG Titan (i9-8950HK, GTX 1080, Full-HD) Laptop Review
Gaming Colossus. The GT75 8RG Titan marks MSI’s relaunch of its most powerful and massive 17-inch notebook. The desktop replacement includes a hexa-core CPU, a 120 Hz display and NVIDIA’s fastest mobile GPU to fit its high-end billing. We will be putting this gaming newcomer up against the toughest of competitors.
Acer Aspire 3 A315-51 (i3-8130U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
Core i3 – now with Turbo. The Aspire 3 A315-51 scores well for its powerful processor, fast SSD, and reasonable price. There is no Windows OS installed though, and the display and battery life are unimpressive.
Fujitsu LifeBook U748 (i5-8250U, FHD, Touch) Laptop Review
Easily a performance upgrade! The Fujitsu LifeBook U748 succeeds the LifeBook U747, with a welcome performance boost thanks to its Intel Kaby Lake Refresh processor. Read on to see how the LifeBook U748 improves upon its predecessor and how it compares against other business notebooks.
Gigabyte Aero 14 v8 (i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, QHD) Laptop Review
More CPU power. Gigabyte has refreshed its slim 14-inch laptop with a new six-core processor. Read on for what effect this has on performance, fan noise, temperature and power consumption.
Huawei P20 Pro Smartphone Review
Marvelous! Huawei sets new standards in mobile photography with the Leica Triple Camera, and with the P20 Pro currently delivers the best overall package in a flagship smartphone. Read in our review why this is so and how the Huawei P20 Pro beats the competition.
Update: GPU Turbo and improved super slow-motion via update.
BQ Aquaris VS Smartphone Review
More or less? The BQ Aquaris VS is only available directly from the manufacturer. There is the more widely available BQ Aquaris V though, which while looking practically identical, is priced differently and with different specifications. Find out in this review whether the BQ Aquaris VS is worth its limited availability.
HP mt21 (Celeron 3865U, SSD, HD) Mobile Thin Client Review
Consistent: The HP mt21 scores well for its little fan noise, efficient heat management and good battery life. Its 14-inch display will win no prizes though.
Nokia 2 Smartphone Review
Affordable Nokia Smartphone in review. HMD Global has released the Nokia 2, a €119 (~$147) Android smartphone with a monster battery. Find out in our review how the Nokia 2 fares in practice.
Lenovo ThinkPad L380 Yoga (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review
Affordable ThinkPad Yoga Convertibles are on everyone's lips these days, a category which Lenovo helped to pioneer. The ThinkPad L380 Yoga is an affordable convertible that expands Lenovo’s business range. Find out in this detailed review whether this economy ThinkPad Yoga does enough to convince us.
Lenovo IdeaPad 100s-14IBR (N3060, HD 400) Laptop Review
Streaming machine. The IdeaPad 100s-14IBR benefits from silent operation, a fast memory card reader and a spare M.2-2280 slot. The device fails to stand out in other areas though.
Huawei MateBook E (i5-7Y54, HD615) Convertible Review
Convertible with a retro design. The Huawei MateBook E has enough style to suit any office. Find out in our review whether the Intel Core i5-7Y54 and HD Graphics 615-powered convertible stands out from the competition with its internal capabilities.
Dell Latitude 5590 (i5-8250U, IPS-FHD) Laptop Review
Ready for business The Dell Latitude 5590 combines performance and versatility into a 15-inch case. Find out in this review how this business companion fares against the competition.
HP 250 G6 (i3-6006U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
Cheap office computer. The HP 250 G6 costs around €500 (~$615), for which you get a 15.6-inch notebook with a Core i3 processor, 8 GB of RAM, a Full HD display, an SSD, and a good battery life. Update: HP 250 G6 4BD30ES Kaby Lake version with an Intel Core i3-7020U and SanDisk SSD tested.
ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ZD552KL Smartphone Review
Fire-red selfie machine. The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s salient feature is its high-resolution dual front-facing cameras. This is coupled with good battery life, and it is all housed in a metal case. Can the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro do enough to compete with the strong selection of mid-range smartphones?
HP 14 (N3710, HD405) Laptop Review
Getting started for the daily routine The HP 14-bp001ng is an affordable 14-inch laptop that is equipped with an Intel Pentium N3710, 4 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive. Find out what you can expect from HP's entry-level device and its hardware in our review.
Lenovo ThinkPad X280 (i5-8250U, FHD) Laptop Review
Mini Carbon. With a fresh design and a clearly thinner case, Lenovo is trying to make its traditional 12-inch ThinkPad X Series more attractive. In this review we will be explaining why this approach works well, and what features we miss despite the other improvements.
Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad and Stand Review
In this review will be testing Anker's two cheap wireless chargers, and whether they work with the iPhone X.
Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Smartphone Review
8 follows 5. The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) succeeds the Galaxy A5 (2017) as the latest device in the popular Galaxy A Series. The €499 (~$615) price tag could prove to be unpopular though. We will find out in our tests whether Samsung can justify this ambitious price.
Sony Xperia L2 Smartphone Review
CES novelty in review. Presented by Sony at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the Sony Xperia L2 is currently the Japanese manufacturer's cheapest smartphone. The €249 (~$307; RRP) device, which has a fingerprint scanner and runs Android 7.1.1, is now available in Germany. Find out how the Xperia L2 fares in our tests.
ASUS ZenBook 13 UX331UN (i7-8550, GeForce MX150, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
Powerful long runner. The ZenBook 13 does not lack in power. ASUS has equipped the slim Ultrabook with a quad-core processor and a dedicated graphics card. Coupled with that is a quick SSD, long battery life and a good display. Nevertheless, the seemingly successful ZenBook draws some criticism.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018 (WQHD HDR, i7) Laptop Review
Great display, but high temperatures. Lenovo has upgraded its flagship ThinkPad X1 Carbon for 2018. The new model sports both a quad-core ultra-low voltage (ULV) processor and a very bright WQHD HDR display. We have just got the device into our editorial department to give you our first impressions. Update: HDR, fan noise with BIOS 1.27, Thunderbolt dock with eGPU
Dell Inspiron 13 5379 (i5-8250U, UHD 620) Convertible Review
Old on the outside, new on the inside. Dell has updated the Inspiron 13 5379 with an Intel 8th generation Kaby Lake processor. This is the only noteworthy change though. Aesthetically, everything remains the same, including the I/O. In this review we will be clarifying what performance you should expect from the Dell Inspiron 13 5379.
Gigaset GS370 Plus Smartphone review
Wasted potential. With the GS370 Plus, the German communications company Gigaset offers an attractively priced mid-range smartphone with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Weaknesses with the screen, among other things, damage our overall impression of the 5.7-inch device though.
Final Fantasy XV Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks
Heavyweight. Final Fantasy XV is due for release on PC next month, after console owners have been enjoying the open-world roleplaying game since the end of 2016. In the meantime, Square Enix have released a benchmarking tool as a way to shorten the wait for fans of the series. Update: Benchmarks of the final version
Nubia Z17 Mini Smartphone Review
Touches into the edges. The Nubia Z17 Mini is a 5.2-inch mid-range smartphone that tries to impress with a special mode of controlling the device from the edges of the screen. A dual-camera on the rear and ample storage options are other good reasons. Therefore, can you overlook this outdated Android?