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May 12
Google Fuchsia OS is indeed a thing, but may not be the future after all. (Source: Dignited)

Fuchsia OS officially exists, but not as you may think

Google's head and director of its Android and Chrome division took part in a media outlet's podcast during the I/O event this year. In the course of the interview in question, the two executives confirmed openly for the first time...
UMIDIGI has a store on ebay.com.au now. (Source: eBay)

UMIDIGI enters the Australian smartphone market via Amazon and eBay

The Australian smartphone market could benefit from more choices as much as any other. Accordingly, the OEM UMIDIGI is now selling its devices in this country, via its eBay and Amazon sites. They will include the new A5 Pro, a bud...
Huawei is now inviting developers with the Mate 20 Pro to test Q Beta 3. (Source: Huawei)

The Mate 20 Pro gets Huawei's Android Q Beta treatment

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is one of 21 devices certified for the latest beta for Android Q. The OEM has now made places on a program to test it available to users of the 2018 flagship. It appears that this program is best suited to d...
The CCI has launched a probe into Google and its position in a relevant market. (Source: CCI)

Indian Competition Commission launches investigation into Google's effect on the mobile device market

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has reportedly launched a full-scale probe into Google's business practices. It is doing so based on allegations of anti-trust behaviors on the part of the Mountain View giant. Should the ...
Google's Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be eligible to enroll in the Android Q beta program from next month. (Source: Google)

Pixel 3a, 3a XL won't be enrolled in Android Q beta program till next month

When Google unveiled the list of devices that will support the beta version of its next-generation operating system Android Q, it was notable that the brand new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones weren’t on the list of eligible ...
Leaked image of the Asus Zenfone 6.

New Asus Zenfone 6 leak hints towards a nigh-perfect flagship

Asus is set to unveil its new flagship, the Zenfone 6, later this month, and a new leak gives us more information than ever on the device. Asus's flagships aren't the most popular but this one looks to be one of the strongest flag...
The HTC U11+. (Source: AndroidPit)

The HTC U11, U11+, and U12+ are finally set to receive Android Pie

The HTC U11+ was released over eighteen months ago and has yet to receive a single major OS update. In fact, the company's 2018 flagship, the U12+, hasn't received a major update either. The Taiwanese company has finally published...
Intel's Raja Koduri feels AMD's software has no meaning without Intel. (Source: Wccftech)

Raja Koduri feels AMD's software ecosystem is meaningless without Intel

Intel's Raja Koduri laid out the position of the company in key markets such as PC, CPU, GPU, FPGA, data center, interconnect, and memory compared to the competition. During the presentation, Raja felt that AMD has no meaningful s...
Hisense has launched its UHD 4K 2019 Android TV range. (Source: Hisense)

Hisense rolls out its 2019 UHD 4K Android TV line

Hisense its all-new Android TV line up for 2019 has started to reach stores in the US, and as usual, the range is attractively priced for the features on offer. There are two new model ranges, the H8F series and the H9F series, th...
Freefalling SSD prices mean there is no reason to not upgrade your aging HDD (Image source: Intel)

Now is the time to buy an SSD if you want the cheapest prices according to latest market research

TrendForce is claiming tight demand from major PC and smartphone OEMs for the resulting oversupply of NAND flash chips in the marketplace. The consequence is cheaper SSD prices that are expected to fall even further by year's end....
OnePlus will have open OnePlus 7 Pro launch events in 39 cities all around the world next week (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus will have open OnePlus 7 Pro launch events in 39 cities all around the world next week

If you live in any of these cities, then you may as well come down and check out the free event to try your hand on the brand new OnePlus 7 Pro. The events will take place on May 15 through May 18 depending on location with prizes...
HTC is planning a cheaper sequel to the Exodus blockchain smartphone dubbed the Exodus 1s. (Source: HTC)

HTC announces plans for the Exodus 1s, a cheaper blockchain smartphone

HTC has announced that it is currently working on the Exodus 1s, a cheaper blockchain smartphone. The device follows in the footsteps of the original Exodus flagship smartphone that is now sold out.
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 with Low Power FHD screen outdoors

In review: Lenovo ThinkPad T490 with IGZO Low Power FHD screen

Notebookcheck is reviewing the Lenovo ThinkPad T490 at the moment. Our review sample contains a FHD screen that Lenovo markets as "Low Power". As we found out, the screen used here is not a normal a-SI IPS LCD, but a higher qualit...
Did you get your hopes up about the possibilities for Samsung's new 64 MP ISOCELL sensor? (Image source: Droid Life)

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.
Just when we thought nosecams were becoming a thing of the past... (Image source: PC Watch)

Updated | 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.
May 11
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD with Core i7-8565U, GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, and 512 GB NVMe SSD is only $1180 right now (Source: B&H)

Deal | Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD with Core i7-8565U, GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, and 512 GB NVMe SSD is only $1180 right now

Asus' latest 15.6-inch laptop is barely six months old and it's already hundreds of dollars cheaper. The flagship ZenBook 15 UX533FD is an excellent alternative for users who are turned off by all the recent software and hardware ...
The earphones and headphones market will remain healthy into the next decade. (Source: headphonezone.in)

The US earphone/headphone market will be worth US$9 billion in 5 years

Earphones and headphone sales drive a healthy market in the United States. The market analysis firm ReportBuyer estimates that it will grow at a compound rate of over 12% until it is worth approximately US$9 billion in 2024. The p...
This potential new iPhone now has a CPU. (Source: HotHardware)

Apple's next smartphone SoC is now in production

Bloomberg reports that the processor for this year's generation of iPhones has now entered production. This SoC, likely to be known as the A13 chipset, has apparently already entered production by TSMC at a testing stage. However,...
The Google Nest Hub Max's large rear-facing speaker. (Source: Google)

Google Nest Hub Max now official: a smart-home speaker with a subwoofer for US$229

Google has unveiled its latest Nest product at I/O 2019. It is called the Nest Hub Max: a possibly more extensive, useful and powerful version of the Google Home Hub released earlier. It will retail for US$229, or its regional equ...
A render showing the 'Y3' in its Peach Powder color. (Source: IndiaShopps)

The Vivo Y3, an entry-level phone with a triple camera, leaks out

Recently, a Vivo phone with the model number V1901A (or V1901T) has surfaced on Geekbench. With its 4GB of RAM, Android 9 ROM and 2.3GHz SoC, its specs hint at a new solid budget option waiting in the wings. Its TENAA listing supp...
HDMI sends a DMCA takedown notice for posting confidential protocol specs. (Source: Computer Cable Store)

GitHubber gets a DMCA takedown notice for archiving 'confidential' HDMI docs

The HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc. has sent a DMCA takedown notice to GitHubber 'Glenwing' for posting detailed specifications of all versions of the HDMI standard, which are apparently copyrighted and confidential, on his per...
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All XPS 13 9370 SKUs that we have tested scored at least 87% overall. (Image source: Dell)

Deal | 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 ...
The DJI Osmo action cam has been leaked ahead of its May 15 official reveal. (Source: Photo Rumors)

Go Pro challenger from DJI gets leaked

DJI is working on an action cam to take on the market-leading Go Pro. Renders and specifications have leaked ahead of its launch suggesting it will be targeted at the mid-range of the market.
The Huawei Matebook X Pro comes in a new Pink Gold color. (Huawei)

Huawei's Matebook X Pro now comes in a rose gold variant

Huawei’s Matebook X Pro is finally available in a new rose gold color. The latest iteration of the highly-regarded ultrabook is retailing in China from US1,320.
Both the ThinkPad X1 Extreme SKUs that we have tested have scored over 90% in our reviews. (Image source: Lenovo)

Deal | 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-glar...
Apple continues to dominate the North American market with a 40 percent share of the market. (Source: Apple)

North American smartphone market dipped by 19 percent last quarter

The latest data from Canalys shows that the North American smartphone market declined 19 percent for the last quarter compared to the same period in 2018. Apple went backwards in terms of both sales and market share but continues ...
May 10
Business in the front: Janus Android tablet has E Ink on one side, color LCD on the other

Business in the front: Janus Android tablet has E Ink on one side, color LCD on the other

The Eewrite Janus is a dual-screen Android tablet. Taking after the Roman deity with which is shares a name, the Janus sports a high-resolution LCD panel on one side and a Carta E Ink display on the other. According to the pre-ord...
The shades to which Honor's Dynamic Holographic Design may apply. (Source: Digital Trends)

The Honor 20 and 20 Pro will be made with "Dynamic Holographic" design

Honor has released further detail on its upcoming 20 and 20 Pro flagships. They will feature "Dynamic Holographic design", an effect that will be apparent on their glass rear panels. The OEM has also revealed that this esthetic ch...
Does your XPS 15 9570 get hot in your bag? You might not be the only one. (Image source: Dell)

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-i...
It looks like the Japanese do not find notches too distracting, but those who are not fans of odd designs will surely stir away from the new R3 models. (Source: Sharp)

Sharp presents double-notched Aquos R3 flagship

If you are not a fan of smartphone notches, you most likely will not like the Aquos R3, but the model certainly has some redeeming specs like the 6.2-inch IGZO IPS display with 120 Hz refresh rate and HDR10 certification or the de...
Spot the typo: The One Mix 3 will be available to pre-order from May 16. (Image source: One-Netbook)

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 st...
The rumored Lenovo Z6 Youth Edition with Ferrari branding. (Source: IndiaShopps)

Lenovo teases a new version of the Z6 with Ferrari branding on Weibo

Lenovo has just launched the Pro version of its Z6 flagship smartphone. Now, its Vice President, Chang Cheng, has reportedly posted a photo of another new variant for this device on Weibo. This is patently a different model, as it...
The alleged Samsung patent in its 'block' form. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Samsung patents a display that can fold...into a brick

A new entry into the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) may show where Samsung may think foldable displays and their use in the future are headed. It depicts an electronic product that can lay flat, but can also be ...
The Skullcandy Indy earbuds. (Source: Skullcandy)

Skullcandy releases Indy, its latest truly wireless earbuds

The popular audio company Skullcandy has unveiled Indy, a pair of truly wireless earbuds aimed at those wishing to get into this product category at a decent price. They offer IP55 ingress protection, Bluetooth 5.0 and a combined ...
The wireless charging pad now subject to a recall may look like this. (Source: USCPSC)

US consumer safety body orders recall of a wireless charging pad

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has ordered the recall of a wireless charging pad sold by the company Imagine Nation Books due to a burn hazard. This order affects about 64,000 of these products circulating in the countr...
The two CPU dyes on the right prove that the Ryzen 3000 CPUs can integrate up to 16 cores and 32 threads. (Source: WCCFTech)

16-core AMD Ryzen 3000 CPU specs leaked

The leaked specs come from reliable source Tum Apisak on Twitter, who managed to intercept a 16-core engineering sample that is usually offered by AMD to motherboard makers for design purposes. With 3.3 GHz default clocks and boos...
The Xperia 1 is shaping up to have the best camera on a smartphone from the Japanese giant. (Source: Sony)

Sony partnering with Zeiss and Samsung on the Xperia 1 cameras

Sony looks to have partnered with Zeiss optics for the Xperia 1 camera setup thanks to a parts leak. An eagle eyed spotter has noticed the word MILVUS printed on a couple of the camera components for the upcoming flagship smartpho...
NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver 430.64 now available (Source: Own)

NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready driver 430.64 comes with day-one support for Rage 2 and Total War: Three Kingdoms, 18 percent performance boost in World War Z

The latest driver update for NVIDIA GeForce cards, labeled 430.64, brings a performance boost of up to 18 percent in World War Z, as well as day-one support for Rage 2 and Total War: Three Kingdoms. However, the HD Audio Driver an...
best budget office laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Laptops

May 2019 Update. Here you will find the current 10 best office/business notebooks for under 800 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
best budget multimedia laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Multimedia Notebooks

May 2019 Update. Here you will find the best multimedia notebooks under 1000 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
best multimedia laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

May 2019 Update. Here you will find the best multimedia notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Top 10 2-in-1 Windows Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles (2-in-1 Tablets)

May 2019 Update. Here is the current list of Notebookcheck's top-ranked 2-in-1 Windows tablets with attachable or detachable keyboards. This list is reviewed on a regular basis, checked by our editors and updated if needed. It is designed to help our readers with their purchase decisions.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertible Laptops

May 2019 Update. Here you will find the best convertibles reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

May 2019 Update. Here you will find the best Ultrabooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the past few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

May 2019 Update. Here you will find the current best subnotebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
May 9
Mobile GeForce GTX 1650 is just 5 to 10 percent slower than the GTX 1060 in DX12 titles

A GeForce GTX 1650 laptop can perform nearly as well as the GTX 1060 in DX12 titles

The mobile GeForce GTX 1650 is just 5 to 10 percent slower than the average GTX 1060 according to 3DMark benchmarks while costing a few hundred dollars less. It's a worthy successor to both the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti as the mobi...
Having the latest Android Q preview may be cool, but perhaps less so when going about your daily life. (Source: Android Central)

Some Google Pay users find the latest Android Q beta is not daily driver-ready the hard way

Google announced that the newest preview for the next version of Android would be made available on a total of 21 devices, including the more recent Pixel phones. Therefore, a relatively large number of users may have gained acces...
Bitmain is notorious for using its own ASIC miners to mine Bitcoin. (Source: CCN)

Bitcoin miner maker Bitmain cuts own mining hash power by 88%

It is unclear what caused the drastic drop in hash power, but several hypothesis stipluate that Bitmain may have reallocated more hash power towards AI-driven activities, or the company may have rented out most of its hash power t...
tHE Hisense H8F Android TV. (Source: Hisense)

US consumers reportedly prefer Hisense TVs over those of this brand's competitors

A number of 'new brands' are emerging rapidly in the US smart TV market, despite being less than readily associated with this product category. Prominent examples include Hisense, TCL and Vizio. Recent research indicates that, of ...

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