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ASUS ROG Phone II Benchmark Preview: The Fastest Android Phone Ever

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 11:54:00 -0400

ASUS recently sent us its brand-spanking-new ROG Phone II and we are in the process of evaluating the handset for a full review. We hope to have that posted within the next few weeks. In the meantime, we have some preliminary benchmarks and initial analysis to share, starting with the observation that this is the fastest Android phone we have

Google Will Enable Android Users To Work Within Apps While They Are Updated

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 13:42:00 -0500

Waiting for an app to update is not the end of the world, but it can certainly be very irritating. There soon may be a way to work around this annoyance; Google recently announced at the Android Dev Summit that users will be able to continue to use an app during less serious updates. Google’s latest "In-app Updates API" was released in

HTC Sales Tumbled 61 Percent In 2018 As Global Smartphone Competition Intensifies

Sat, 05 Jan 2019 11:45:00 -0500

HTC Corporation recently reported that its sales fell by more than 61% this past year. The company was plagued by acquisitions, layoffs, and resignations throughout 2018. Many analysts blame intensified global smartphone competition for HTC’s dismal numbers. This is the seventh consecutive year that HTC’s sales have decreased. The company’s

Dell XPS 15 2-In-1 Teardown Exposes Massive Battery, Upgradable SSD

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:31:00 -0400

Dell’s XPS 15 2-In-1 is a unique hybrid convertible, premium ultrabook in a couple of respects, partly because of its high quality Dell XPS series machined aluminum and hybrid carbon fiber construction, along with its beautiful 15-inch, 400 nits, near bezel-less Dell Infinity Edge display. However, the machine is also powered by a unique processor

Apple iPhone XR Prices Drop In Japan As Rumors Of Slow Sales Performance Linger

Mon, 26 Nov 2018 11:30:00 -0500

Japanese Apple fans will soon be able to get the iPhone XR at a discounted price; new NTT DOCOMO customers will be able to save roughly $100 over the life of their plan. The price reduction is part of Apple’s rumored plan to cut back on 2018 iPhone model production. Previously, the iPhone XR 64GB with a 24-month contract would have cost

Cryptocurrency Stealing Malware Has Been Discovered On Google Play

Sun, 10 Feb 2019 17:55:00 -0500

Hold onto your wallet. Researchers at ESET have discovered the first known instance of a relatively new strain of cryptocurrency-stealing malware, called a "clipper", on the Google Play Store. They reported their findings to the Play Store's security team on February 1st, who quickly took down the offending application. The attack uses

Galaxy Note 9 Vs OnePlus 6 Benchmark Bake-Off: Stamina And Throttling Compared

Sun, 12 Aug 2018 11:27:00 -0400

If there's one bit of messaging we keyed on, with respect to Samsung's recently announced Galaxy Note 9 flagship and its high-level feature set, it was the promise of a robust thermal solution that would maintain performance over time and under pressure. Samsung claims the new Galaxy Note 9 employs a "water-carbon cooling" system, with a heat

Dell 2019 XPS 13 Frost White Steals The Show With Major Updates, A Key Fix

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 13:00:00 -0500

When it comes to technology, most things get better with time as new iterations are introduced. Consider the first smartphone you ever owned, and how it compares to the one you have now, for example. The same is true in the land of laptops, and Dell in particular has been relentless in pushing forward its thin and light XPS 13. We had a

Qualcomm Unleashes Snapdragon 8cx A Dramatically More Powerful Platform To Take On Intel In ACPCs

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:29:00 -0500

The final day of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit is wrapping up, which means that the chip company is saving the best for last. Well, that is if you've been following the whole Windows on ARM initiative that Microsoft and Qualcomm have been pushing for the past two years. Qualcomm just unveiled the latest product in a series that

Pixel 4 XL Vs Galaxy Note 10 Pics: HDR, Portrait, Night Sight Shoot-Out

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 20:29:00 -0400

Google recently launched its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, which are its two newest flagship Android smartphones. The Pixel 4 family brings a number of new features to the table including 90Hz displays, Face Unlock, and radar-driven motion/gesture sensing tech, but one of the most talked about features of any Google Pixel phone to date is its namesake,

Researcher Demonstrates Facebook Worm Attack That Spams Your Wall With A Clickjack Bomb

Sat, 22 Dec 2018 12:30:00 -0500

We have all seen it on Facebook -- one of your friends “shares” a link to a new shake that will help you lose ten pounds in two days or a code to get suspiciously discounted Ray-Bans. Thankfully, most of these posts are obviously spam. Unfortunately, hackers are finding more ways to post annoying and potentially dangerous content. One researcher

AMD Unveils Ryzen 4000 Mobile Series With Bold Performance Claims, Insane 64-Core Threadripper Beast

Mon, 06 Jan 2020 17:45:00 -0500

AMD announced an array of new products at its CES 2020 press conference, including its first Zen 2-based Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors and a monstrous 64-core / 128-thread third-generatoin Ryzen Threadripper. In addition to the new processors, on the graphics front the oft-leaked Radeon RX 5600 XT that target’s 1080p gamers in the sweet

First Hybrid Intel-AMD Chip Benchmarks With Dell XPS 15 Show Vega M Obliterating Intel UHD And MX 150 Graphics

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:10:00 -0500

Earlier this year at CES 2018, Dell introduced its new XPS 15 2-In-1 convertible laptop, which it considers to be the world's most powerful hybrid machine. In this case, all of its computing muscle is coming from Intel's new 8th Generation Core i5 and Core i7 processors that feature an on-package AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL GPU with 4GB of HBM2.

Judge Sets Trial Date For Apple vs Qualcomm Despite Claims Of Swift Patent Royalty Resolution

Sun, 02 Dec 2018 11:38:00 -0500

A long overdue federal trial is officially on the horizon: Qualcomm and Apple will meet in a San Diego federal court on April 15, 2019. The two companies have already been battling each other for more than a year over LTE modem licensing fees and patents. Qualcomm originally wanted the jury trial to take place in February, but the date

Inside Alienware's Area-51m Killer Gaming Laptop With Modular GeForce RTX Graphics

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 13:00:00 -0500

Dell didn't just set out to build an incredibly fast gaming laptop with its latest Alienware offering -- it wanted to build the world's fastest mobile gaming rig and it has likely succeeded magnificently. Witness the Area-51m, which is a beastly machine that is factory overclocked and designed to handle pretty much any game that you throw

Huawei Matebook X Pro: Hands-On A Powerful, Super-Thin Bezel Laptop With Pop-Up Webcam

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:45:00 -0500

Huawei has lifted the veil on a new thin and attractive ultraportable laptop called the Matebook X Pro today, and it has impressive hardware specs packed inside its svelte chassis. The machined aluminum-clad MateBook X Pro notebook measures just 304mm x 217mm x 14.6mm and weighs in at 1.33kg (a little under 3 pounds). Huawei will offer the

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Amps Performance, Cameras And AI For Flagship 5G Phones

Wed, 04 Dec 2019 14:00:00 -0500

Qualcomm yesterday announced its new Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765/765G Mobile Platforms, but the company was rather mum on specific details other than to say that both were 5G-enabled. Today, we're getting a full picture on what to expect when the first devices with these chips land next year, along with a clearer picture on the 5G modem

Galaxy S9 And S9+ Hands-On: Samsung Flagships Offer Impressive New Features And Performance

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0500

After months of leaks and weeks of teasers, Samsung has finally officially pulled the wraps off its next generation flagship smartphones: the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. If you're familiar with the current generation Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the designs of the refreshed models should be immediately familiar. However, there is plenty going on

Fortnite v6.31 Hits 60 FPS On A12 Bionic Powered iPhones, Perf Gains For Xbox And Switch

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 09:51:00 -0500

One of the reasons why Fortnite continues to be so popular is because developer Epic Games is putting in a lot of man- and woman-hours updating the title, constantly adding new features and stomping out bugs nearly as quickly as they appear (there's a lesson here, Bethesda). That's the case with the latest update, which also introduces some

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 850 Mobile Platform For Always Connected Windows 10 PCs

Tue, 05 Jun 2018 07:59:00 -0400

When Microsoft and Qualcomm announced "Always Connected" Windows 10 PCs back in late 2016, it was revealed that the first shipping systems would be powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor. The first generation of convertibles laptops have shipped from the likes of ASUS, HP and Lenovo with that processor platform on board, but a new generation

Dell XPS 15 2-In-1 Pairs Intel 8th Gen Core And RX Vega Brawn With InfinityEdge Beauty

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:05:00 -0500

Earlier this week, Intel unloaded its full arsenal of 8th generation Core i5 and Core i7 processors that are backed with AMD Radeon RX Vega M GPUs. The unlikely pair has delivered a mobile powerhouse chip package that combines excellent processing performance with GeForce GTX 1050-class graphics for thin-and-light systems. Dell is the latest

Samsung Unpacks Three New Galaxy Note 10 Flagships And We Go Hands-On

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 16:00:00 -0400

Samsung Unpacked 2019 is here and the company has just unveiled the Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. The devices are intended to aid productivity, inspire creativity, and deliver on performance. All three devices were created in conjunction with both everyday consumers and those who use their devices on the job. All

Galaxy S9+ Versus Pixel 2 XL Camera Shoot-Out, Crowning A New Image Quality King?

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:56:00 -0400

Mobile device makers have made a concerted effort to improve camera performance on each new generation of smartphone. While there is still a gap between a handset and a Digital SLR (DSLR), today's phones are capable of taking excellent photos. It's become a point of focus, and with the advances in imaging, like Bokeh effects, armchair photographers

Samsung Galaxy S20 Family Unpacked: Beautifully Executed Premium Android Phones With Space Zoom Cameras

Tue, 11 Feb 2020 14:01:00 -0500

After months of speculation, leaks, and teases, Samsung is finally ready to get official with its next-generation family of flagship "Galaxy S" smartphones - and indeed they look pretty sweet. As predicted, the entire Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup is 5G-enabled from top to bottom, and consists of three new devices: the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+

Oppo’s Folding Phone Patent Looks Impressively Clean With No Bezels, Pop-Up Camera

Sat, 23 Feb 2019 12:45:00 -0500

Is 2019 the year of the “foldable” smartphone? It will be if Oppo has anything to say about it. Oppo’s latest patent reveals a foldable phone with no bezels and a unique pop-up camera. Rumor has it that Oppo will officially announce the device by the end of 2019. Renderings of Oppo's Foldable Smartphone-- Image from Let's Go Digital Oppo

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