Items tagged with Mobile

Have you been holding off buying a new gaming laptop in anticipation of NVIDIA's Turing GPU architecture being ported over to mobile? Well, good news—it appears NVIDIA and its OEM partners are getting ready to introduce laptop models featuring mobile versions of the GPU maker's GeForce RTX series in the near future. There has already been (unofficial) chatter of NVIDIA prepping its mobile GeForce RTX series for a launch right before the Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) in Las Vegas next month. While that is not for certain of course, the latest round of leaks suggest it's at least plausible.... Read more...
Huawei, a major smartphone player in China that has had a tough time cracking the US market, posted a teaser image of an upcoming smartphone model that completely ditches the bezel, and that doesn't have a notch. Instead, Huawei appears to be taking a page from Samsung by implementing a punch-hole design for the front-facing camera. Click to Enlarge (Source: Weibo via Huawei) The image appears on Weibo, a popular microblogging site in China. It's basically just an outline of a smartphone that blends into the background, which itself is a picture of outer space. The translated text accompanying... Read more...
Intel has already refreshed its desktop processor family with a 9th generation Core CPU series culminating in its first-ever 8-core/16-thread chip (Core i9-9900K) for the mainstream market, and pretty soon, the 9th gen moniker will port over to mobile, too. Among them is a new flagship part, the Core i7-9550U. We don't know all of the fine grain details yet, and really only know the model names, from which we can extrapolate what 8th generation processors (Whiskey Lake-U) each of the upcoming 9th gen ones are meant to replace. Here's what we're looking at: Core i7-9550U (replaces Core i7-8565U)... Read more...
In an effort to expand its footprint in emerging markets, Netflix is rolling out a $3 monthly subscription plan that is for mobile devices only. This may or may not be a permanent thing—as of right now, the ultra-cheap mobile plan is part of a wider test as Netflix looks to gain ground in the streaming space with cheaper packages. The $3 per month plan shouldn't come as a surprise, not after Netflix CEO Reed Hastings recently indicated plans to test cheaper packages. Netflix is testing a mobile-only subscription for around $3 per month in a handful of countries worldwide, including Malaysia... Read more...
At this point, it sure seems like the folks at Cloudflare know how this whole "internet" thing works, as the company is trying very hard to keep the web fast and more secure. That includes websites that are cached using its services, helping to deliver faster page loads to the reader, or even routing your own internet connection through its servers for better privacy. Earlier this year, Cloudflare released its 1.1.1.1 service, which like Google's 8.8.8.8 DNS, routes all of your internet connections through the company's own servers, in effect obfuscating your true origin (except to Cloudflare).... Read more...
Samsung is a master at marketing, as is almost required these days to compete in the high-end smartphone space.  From snarky ads making fun of the competition to social media posts teasing new products, Samsung 'gets' it. In regards to the latter, Samsung on Sunday posted a teaser of its rumored folding Galaxy phone on Facebook under its 'Samsung Mobile' account. Just as it sounds, Samsung Mobile is the account Samsung uses to promote a variety of mobile products, like the Galaxy Note 9, Notebook Flash, and Odyssey mixed reality headset. Presumably soon, the growing list will include the Galaxy... Read more...
It used to be that nothing was certain but death and taxes, to quote Benjamin Franklin (who wasn't actually the first to point this out, but is probably best known for the phrase). Well, we can add to that short list. In today's landscape, certainties include death, taxes, and display notches on a growing number of smartphones. Some people don't mind them, others vehemently hate them. Either way, display notches aren't going anywhere, but they might look a little different in the next generation of smartphones. How did we get here? Is Apple truly to blame for the display notch craze because of... Read more...
The dust hasn't even had to time to settle on NVIDIA's desktop GeForce RTX series graphics cards, but as we're still exploring the full capabilities of these new parts, there is already chatter of mobile variants laying in the wings. It's not a matter of if, but when, and we could see mobile GeForce RTX GPUs unveiled within the next few months. Why does this matter if, for the most part, Pascal is still getting the job done? Better performance is welcome, even if it's not earth-shattering. More importantly, however, porting the GeForce RTX family over to mobile opens the door to real-time ray tracing... Read more...
If you were to gut just about any flagship Android phone, you would find Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip (SoC) sitting inside. It's still the top mobile part in Qualcomm's stable. That will change with the introduction of the Snapdragon 8150, which apparently has not been certified by SIG Labs for Bluetooth connectivity. There are a few things to unpack here, starting with the name. Qualcomm's past naming convention suggests its next flagship mobile will be called Snapdragon 855. That might be still be true, though more recently it was reported it will instead be called Snapdragon 8150... Read more...
It may seem hard to fathom, but Google's Android operating system turned 10 years old over the weekend, and what a remarkable decade it has been for what has become the world's most widely used mobile OS. Andy Rubin and the rest of Android's co-founders probably aren't surprised at Android's success, giving that they had high aspirations from the very beginning. Android's history dates back more than 10 years. Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White founded Android as company back in October 2003, and at the time they envisioned it playing an integral role in the rise of digital cameras.... Read more...
When you were growing up, would your mother often tell you, "Billy, you'd lose your head if it wasn't screwed on!," or something to that effect? Do you have a propensity to misplace things way too frequently? There are solutions out there to help keep track of everyday items, whether your name is Billy or something else, the newest one being Samsung's SmartThings Tracker. The SmartThings Tracker is a small and lightweight gadget with GPS tracking. It comes on a short lanyard so forgetful types can attach it to their backpacks, set of keys, or whatever else they have a tendency to lost on a regular... Read more...
NVIDIA has yet to announce its next-generation GeForce lineup, or even offer any hints, other than being booked to discuss its next-gen GPUs at the Hot Chips conference in August. The company's hardware partners have been a bit more forthcoming, though, especially Lenovo, which will reportedly launch a Legion Y530 laptop with a GeForce GTX 1160 inside. We will get to that in a moment, but first let's talk about the name. There has been plenty of speculation as to what the next round of GeForce products will be called, with the GeForce 11 series and GeForce 20 series the two leading candidates.... Read more...
At Computex a couple of weeks ago, Qualcomm unveiled its next gen Snapdragon platform targeting "always-on" laptops. That came to us in the form of the interestingly named Snapdragon 850 - a mere 5 digits higher than the 845, a chip which currently graces top-end Android smartphones, such as the OnePlus 6, and Samsung Galaxy S9. Features-wise, both the Snapdragon 845 and 850 are nearly identical, but the latter will be clocked a bit higher to deliver better performance for laptop convertibles. What's slated to offer even more performance apparently, however, is something called the Snapdragon 1000,... Read more...
The ThinkPad line of notebooks has a long, storied history, from its beginnings as an IBM product, to Lenovo's continued refinements and improvements, generation over generation. ThinkPads are well known, often sought after products, especially by business-class road warriors, due to their no-nonsense design language, excellent keyboards, and reputation for reliability.  In addition, ThinkPads have had one other thing remain consistent over the years -- a glorious little red nub, called a TrackPoint or pointing stick, that remains faithfully nestled between the G and H keys. For some it's... Read more...
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