domingo, 20 de maio de 2018

Bluboo S1 With Tri-Bezel-Less Display at $119.99 [Coupon]

Bluboo S1

Those who are following what’s happening in the smartphone market know there are a few trends. At this moment, all smartphone vendors are offering full-screen devices. But not all of them come in with the same look. Say, the iPhone X and many devices come with a bangs screen. Huawei uses a full-screen technology with

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ALLDOCUBE Free Young X5 Supporting 4G Offered at $99.99 [Coupon]


The 8-inch tablets are not popular nowadays because of the new mainstream in the smartphone market. If you guess we are talking about the full-screen design that brings way better visual experience to a body size we used to see previously. But the role and function of tablets differ from the use of smartphones. So,

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This Week on GizChina – OnePlus 6, Honor 10, Smartisan R1 & More

This Week on GizChina

Really active week for some of the biggest names in the Chinese smartphone industry. OnePlus and Honor did indeed unveil two extraordinary devices, coming with “top-notch” hardware and really appealing price tags. We also have some updates from Xiaomi regarding the upcoming Mi 8, of course. Keep reading to find out what you might have

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sábado, 19 de maio de 2018

Chuwi Hi13 With 3K Retina Display Discounted to $239.99

Many think a good product should cost a fortune. Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, and other tech giants have made a fortune on this idea. But a few years ago when the Chinese manufacturers began gaining momentum, this stereotype was broken. Now there are many China-based vendors offering various gadgets at the best pricing. Chuwi is among

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Xiaomi CIGA Automatic Mechanical Watch at $180.99 [Coupon]

Xiaomi CIGA Automatic Mechanical Watch

Xiaomi invests in everything. But this doesn’t mean all of those products carry the brand of Xiaomi. Most of them come our way from its sub-brands. But when digging deeper we can find Xiaomi standing at the roots. Recently, we saw many watches coming our way from this brand. And we are talking not about

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BESTEK 10-Cup Coffee Maker on Sale at Just $69.99 on Amazon

BESTEK 10-cup Coffee Maker

Today, we check out an out of the ordinary device for GizChina, but we gotta keep them servers running somehow! Plus, who doesn’t love coffee? Jokes aside, the BESTEK 10-cup coffee maker is a great product from a reliable brand that also comes at a quite affordable price. If you were looking for an easy

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Ultra Low-Budget CUBOT J3 coming with Face ID at just $59.99

The CUBOT J3 is the company’s latest entry-level phone that is expected to come in June with a price tag of $59.99. Today, the Chinese phone maker revealed an additional detail: the J3 will be packing Face ID out of the box; let’s learn more about that. So, according to the latest coming from Cubot,

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Huawei Honor Play 7 with entry-level specs goes official

Huawei’s online exclusive sub-brand Honor has today announced the expansion of its Honor line-up of smartphones with the official unveiling of the Honor Play 7 in China. The latest announcement follows the announcement of the flagship Honor 10 to the Global market earlier in the week. Priced at 599 yuan/ US$ 94 the Honor Play 7 gets

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[GizPoll of the Week] Stereo Front-Facing Speakers Or A 3.5mm Headphone Jack? Take Your Pick

From our last week poll, WhatsApp (38%) and Telegram (36%) seems to be the most popular messaging apps. Facebook Messenger racked up 10% votes while the good old SMS managed 5%.  In recent times, a lot of smartphone makers has ditched the conventional headphone jack. As of now, only a few OEM still stick with the 3.5mm

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Google’s Standalone AR Headset Is On Its Way

Microsoft’s HoloLens has been at the hub of AR headsets even though it was released two years ago. This device has not had any rival but it appears all that is about to change. With the HoloLens, users can make movement/view the real world and see 3D digital imagery simultaneously. This is the basic idea behind  “mixed reality,”

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sexta-feira, 18 de maio de 2018

Acer’s Predator X27 G-Sync HDR Display Listed in the USA, to Ship on June 1

After previously being listed in Europe last month, G-Sync HDR monitor listings are finally showing up in the US, answering by far the biggest outstanding question on the new monitors: pricing. As of today, Newegg has started to take pre-orders on Acer’s Predator X27 G-Sync HDR display, listing the monitor at $1,999.99. Meanwhile, Acer has introduced a couple of last-minute changes to the specs of the monitor.

Pre-orders on the highly-anticipated G-Sync HDR-supporting Acer Predator X27 were previously expected to start at the end of this month, but it look like Newegg and Acer have moved things forward a bit. Since the announcement of the monitor and its prototype nearly a year and a half ago at CES, we were given a $2000 ballpark figure for the monitor. However there has been some doubt about that given the nature of the technology, production yields, and what kind of profit margins NVIDIA plus its partners were after. All of which were amped up when the monitor was first listed in Europe last month at the equivalent of about $2500. So with retail US prices at merely $2000, it looks like pricing will be right where we expected it to be at; which is to say that it's very much an ultra-high-end monitor for a niche group of gamers with deep pockets, but also one that stands to greatly exceed anything else currently on the market.

At any rate, in case you were rich enough to try buying multiple monitors, it's worth noting that Newegg limits availability of the display to one unit per customer, which may indicate that the number of monitors that Acer allocated to the reseller is limited. Otherwise, for gamers who do throw down two grand on the monitor, they are expected to ship on June 1st, according to Newegg.

For those who wonder what kind of gaming display you can get for $2,000 let us remind you the basic specs of the product. The Acer Predator X27 is based on an AHVA panel with a 3840×2160 resolution, 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles, a 4 ms response time, an "up to" 144 Hz refresh rate (native refresh rate is 120 Hz), and 600 nits native luminance with 1000 nits peak. Critically, the monitor uses a a 384-zone FALD backlight to ensure the necessary localized contrast ratios, which is further enhanced with quantum dots to offer a wider-than-sRGB color gamut.

One interesting item however is that when Acer originally introduced its Predator X27 a year ago, it said that the unit could display 96% of the DCI-P3 color range. But right now the company's product page only indicates that the monitor can cover 99% of the AdobeRGB color gamut (which is similarly wide to DCI, but not covering the same gamut). This is likely a product page oversight – this being an industry that regularly lists NTSC gamut ranges for no good reason – but not a appreciable one all the same.

Meanwhile, according to product specifications, it appears that Acer has also removed the Tobii eye-tracking sensors that were present on early prototypes (keeping in mind that far not all games support the tech, it will hardly be missed by many). Meanwhile, not in the prototype but now appearing in the final version are an adjustable stand a light shielding hood (like professional monitors) to prevent glare caused by ambient lighting as well as to ensure accurate colors.

Obviously, playing games in a 4K resolution with HDR and dynamic refresh rates should be quite a good experience. In the meantime, there are a couple of things to keep in mind here. To take full advantage of the Predator X27 monitor, gamers are going to need an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series (or better) graphics card with a DisplayPort 1.4 output. NVIDIA & Acer are using every bit of bandwidth offered by DisplayPort 1.4 here, but that is not enough as the X27's bandwidth requirements actually exceed what DisplayPort can provide today. Consequently, to stay within the bandwidth confines of the interface, the monitor (like all monitors based on the NVIDIA’s G-Sync HDR prototype) will either be limited to a 98Hz refresh rate with full 4:4:4 chroma subsampling, or use 4:2:2 subsampling to get to 120Hz+. Meanwhile as you might expect, the display's lone HDMI 2.0 port is limited to 60 Hz operation.

Finally, like some other high-end gaming monitors, the Acer Predator X27 has a quad-port USB 3.0 hub for peripherals and two 4 W speakers that gamers typically use for operating system sounds.

Specifications of Acer Predator X27 G-Sync HDR Gaming Monitor
  Predator X27 bmiiphzx
Panel 27" IPS (AHVA)
Resolution 3840 × 2160
Refresh Rate Native: 120 Hz
4:4:4 HDR: 98Hz
4:2:2 HDR: 120Hz
Overclocked 4:2:2 HDR: 144 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate NVIDIA G-Sync HDR
Response Time 4 ms
Brightness Native: 600 cd/m²
Peak: 1000 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Backlighting FALD, 384 zones
Quantum Dot Yes
HDR HDR10 Support
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
PPI 163 pixels per inch
Colors 1.07 billion
Color Saturation sRGB: 100%
Adobe RGB: 99%
 DCI-P3: ?
Rec. 2020: ?
Inputs 2 × DisplayPort 1.4
1 × HDMI 2.0
Audio 2 × 4 W speakers
USB Hub 4-port USB 3.0
Stand Adjustments Tilt: -5 to 25 degree
Swivel: +/- 20 degree
Height Adjustment: 130 mm
Vesa Mount 100 × 100
Power Consumption Idle: 0.45 W
Peak: 68 W

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Intel Discloses Plans to Spend $5 Billion on Fab 28 Expansion in Isreal

Intel and two Israeli ministries this week announced that the chip giant plans to invest $5 billion in its Kiryat Gat fab complex – Fab 28 – through 2020. Under the plan, Intel is expected to buy various products from local suppliers and hire additional personnel. In return, Israel will provide the processor maker a tax rebate and a government grant. Furthermore, Intel will receive another grant if it upgrades its manufacturing in Israel further.

Under the terms of the investment plan, Intel will invest $5 billion (NIS 18 billion) in its Kiryat Gat ventures until 2020. The chip giant is expected to buy $838 million (NIS 3 billion) worth of local goods and add 250 people to its workforce, reports The Times of Israel citing the Finance Ministry. If the plan is approved by the Israeli authorities, Intel will get a 5% tax rebate till 2027, as well as a $195.5 million (NIS 700 million) government grant. Additionally, if Intel decides to “significantly upgrade” its fab “technologically”, the company will get another $195.5 million grant.

Haaretz newspaper reports that the new $5 billion investment plan focuses on production expansion, but not on manufacturing technology upgrades. This is not be the first announced expansion of Fab 28 in the recent years. Intel took over Micron’s 200-mm fab in Kiryat Gat in 2013 (after transferring its Fab 18 to Numonyx in 2008 and then selling its stake in the company to Micron in 2010), then disclosed plans to convert it to 300 mm wafers and make it a part of the Fab 28 complex. It is unknown whether all the conversions/upgrades have been completed.

Back in 2014, Intel and Israel's ministries of economy and finance agreed to a plan under which Intel would invest $6 billion in Fab 28 in a bid to prepare it to produce CPUs using its 10 nm process technology. Since the latter has been delayed to the 2018 – 2019 timeframe, it is likely that the new production lines that went online in late 2016 are using Intel's 14nm process, though Intel has not officially confirmed this. Meanwhile, it is unclear where Intel's progress stands on installing the latest DUV equipment needed to produce 10 nm CPUs at the fab, which is a prerequisite to upgrading to future process nodes.

On a final note, after reaching out to Intel to get more details on their current and future investment plans for Fab 28, we did eventually receive the following statement from Intel:

“Intel has submitted a business plan to the Israeli Government for a project to expand its manufacturing facilities at Kiryat Gat. The project is being undertaken to meet future manufacturing needs. [...] It is a usual part of the investment and upgrade cycle. [...] I can also confirm that in 2014 Intel started a project to upgrade the fab.”

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Nokia TA-1057 and Nokia TA-1063 get FCC approval

We’re expecting to see one, two or more Nokia phones get unveiled in Russia on May 29. And while the regulatory authority had already certified three unannounced Nokia phone phones in that country, we’re however not sure what device would be unveiled on the said date, as there are a couple of unannounced Nokia phones making

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Alldocube X1 With Deca-Core Processor Offered at $239.99

Alldocube X1

The tablet market doesn’t perform well. But this statement is not true for the Chinese market. There are many manufacturers always coming with astonishing models at mind-blowing price tags. Recently, we saw a few amazing models such as the Teclast T8/T10 and Chuwi Hi9/Hi9 Air. So Alldocube has had to come in with a new

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Elephone P8: 6 Reasons Why You Should Consider Getting One

Elephone P8

The Elephone P8 is a device that was launched a couple months back but because of its lack of fancy “new features”, it kind of slipped under the radar. If we consider the smartphone’s specs to price ratio though, the P8 could still be a great option; let’s check out the six reasons why we

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HP Unveils EliteBook x360 1030 G3 Convertible: Quad-Core CPU, 700-Nits LCD, 18 Hrs

HP has announced its new high-end 13.3-inch convertible aimed at demanding consumers, enterprises, and government agencies. The third-generation EliteBook x360 1030 hybrid notebook got more compact yet more powerful and longer lasting than predecessors (at least on paper). Premium models will feature displays with up to 4K Ultra HD resolution as well as up to 700 nits brightness. Furthermore, the convertible has a number of exclusive features, such as a proximity sensor for optional stylus that sends visual and audio alerts if the pen gets too far from the PC.

HP’s EliteBook x360 1030 G3 is the company’s new flagship 13.3-inch convertible that packs virtually all premium technologies that HP has to offer and brings together performance and compactness. From a hardware point of view, the third-gen EliteBook x360 1030 is based on Intel’s 8th Gen Core i5/i7 processors with four cores accompanied by 16 GB of LPDDR3 memory, and a PCIe/NVMe SSD of up to 2 TB capacity (select configs for government agencies use encrypted drives). As for portability, the EliteBook x360 1030 G3 comes in CNC-machined aluminum unibody, it is 15.8 mm thick and weighs 1.25 kilograms, which is thinner and lighter than most popular 13.3-inch convertibles (the only viable competitor for the EB x360 1030 G3 is Lenovo’s ThinkPad Yoga 3rd Gen and it is still not as portable). In addition to keeping the third-gen EliteBook x360 1030 thin and light, HP also shrunk its LCD bezels, effectively shrinking its footprint size by 10% when compared to the second-gen EliteBook x360 1030. In fact, HP goes so far as to say that the EliteBook x360 1030 G3 integrates a 13.3-inch display into a 12-inch chassis.

Speaking of displays, HP offers rather unique touch-supporting LCD panels covered with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 with its EliteBook x360 1030 G3. The flagship models are equipped with a glossy 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) screen featuring a 500 nits brightness and covering 100% of the sRGB color gamut. Other high-end models are outfitted with glossy or anti-glare Full HD (1920×1080) displays featuring HP’s Sure View privacy screen, and a 700 nits luminance that can be used even under direct sunlight. HP claims that the EliteBook x360 1030 G3 is the first notebook to use a display panel with brightness that is comparable to that of high-end smartphones. The rather extreme luminance will be appreciated by people working from cafes in southern countries and usually find it uncomfortable. Meanwhile, such a bright screen will inevitably affect battery life of the machine (more on that later). Meanwhile, entry-level SKUs of the EB x360 1030 G3 come with glossy or anti-glare Full HD LCDs featuring a 400 nits brightness. All versions of HP’s new convertibles are outfitted with an ambient light sensor to automatically regulate brightness depending on lighting conditions.

Apart from performance, portability and display options, another strong selling point of the EliteBook x360 1030 G3 is connectivity. The new convertibles are equipped with Intel’s dual band Wireless-AC 8265 module supporting 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2, a 4G/LTE modem with or without GPS, as well as NXP’s NPC300 I2C NCI NFC controller. As for physical ports, the system has two Thunderbolt 3 connectors, one USB 3.0 Type-A header (for data and charging), an HDMI 1.4 output, and a TRRS audio jack.

Despite its small footprint, the system integrates four Bang & Olufsen-badged speakers with amplifiers and a microphone array with noise cancellation software capability. In addition, the convertible has a Full HD webcam with IR sensors for Windows Hello facial recognition. Since the EliteBook x360 1030 G3 can work in both laptop and tablet modes, it naturally also features an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a magnetometer, and a Hall effect sensor.

One of the not-so-strong sides of thin and light 13.3-inch laptops is their battery. In a bid to make the EliteBook x360 1030 G3 system as portable as possible, HP had to use a 56.2 Wh Li-ion battery (in line with other notebooks of the same dimensions). HP rates the battery for 18 hours of life on one charge (according to MobileMark 2014), up from 16.5 hours in case of the EB x360 1030 G2. Obviously, for its battery tests, HP used a model featuring a Full HD/400-nits display with lowered brightness that only used Wi-Fi for comms. A high-end EliteBook x360 1030 G3 with an Ultra HD/500-nits or a Full HD/700-nits screen with upped brightness to see things clearly when working on a sunny day in a café over 4G/LTE will clearly not live for 18 hours on one charge. But while the battery life is a potentially weak side of premium versions of HP’s EliteBook x360 1030 G3, competing ultra-thin 13.3-inch notebooks from Apple and Lenovo with high-res/high-luminance displays have the same issue because there is always a tradeoff between portability and battery capacity.

Last but not least, like all model HP Elite-branded systems, the third-generation EliteBook x360 1030 comes with robust security and reliability features. For example, it can support three-factor authentication (face, fingerprint, password), features TPM 2.0, and supports HP’s proprietary technologies like Sure Start, Sure Recover and others.

HP’s EliteBook x360 1030 G3 laptop will hit the market in June at prices starting from $1,449.

Specifications of the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3
  EliteBook x360 1030 G3
LCD Diagonal 13"
Resolution | Brightness | Features 3840×2160 | 500 cd/m² | Glossy
1920×1280 | 700 cd/m² | SureView | Glossy/Anti-Glare
1920×1280 | 400 cd/m² | SureView | Glossy/Anti-Glare
Color Gamut 100% sRGB
Touch Support Yes
Protective Glass Corning Gorilla Glass 4
CPU Core i7-8650U (4C/8T, 8MB, 1.9/4.2 GHz)
Core i7-8550U (4C/8T, 8 MB, 1.8/4 GHz)
Core i5-8350U (4C/8T, 6 MB, 1.7/3.6 GHz)
Core i5-8250U (4C/8T, 6 MB, 1.6/3.4 GHz)
Graphics UHD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
RAM 16 GB LPDDR3-2133
Storage 512 GB - 2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SED SSD
512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Wireless: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE, NFC, and GPS options Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 Combo, non-vPro

Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 Combo, vPro

Intel XMM 7360 LTE-Advanced (optional)

HP lt4132 LTE/HSPA+ with GPS Mobile Broadband Module (optional)

NXP NFC Controller NPC300 I2C NCI (optional)
USB 3.1 2 × TB 3
3.0 1 × Type-A (with charging)
Thunderbolt 1 × TB 3 (for data, DP displays)
Card Reader -
Cameras Front Full HD webcam + IR camera for face authentication
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Other I/O Microphone, 4 stereo speakers, audio jack
Other Sensors Accelerometer, gyroscope, agnetometer, Hall effect sensor
Battery 56.2 Wh
Dimensions Width 30.58 cm | 12.04 inches
  Depth 20.5 cm | 8.07 inches
  Thickness 1.58 cm | 0.62 inches
Weight 1.25 kilograms | 2.76 pounds
Launch Price Starting at $1449

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Upgraded Cubot J3 Pro Coming Soon with Android Go

Cubot J3 Pro

A couple weeks back we introduced the Cubot J3, the company’s entry-level device that runs Android Go out of the box. Well, apparently that wasn’t enough anymore for today’s standards and so we have the new Cubot J3 Pro. The Cubot J3 Pro will come with Android Go just like the previous variant, but this

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Galaxy J6, Galaxy A6+ Indian price leaked ahead of launch

We know from last week that two new Galaxy J series of devices are in the pipeline from Samsung. The Korean giant is now geared up to launch the duo, the Galaxy J6 & Galaxy J4, on May 21 in India. That leaves us three days apart from the launch date and pricing has leaked

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LEAGOO S9 65-Megapixels Ultra-HD Shooting Experience (Video)


There are plenty of top notch smartphones on the market nowadays but none of them can shoot photos at the same resolution the LEAGOO S9 does. The recently launched smartphone is indeed able to snap 65 megapixels Ultra-HD photos with a special software algorithm. To show it off, LEAGOO just published a video over on Youtube;

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UMIDIGI Q1 Fastest Wireless Charger Announced – Full Specs

umidigi q1

During the launch of UMIDIGI Z2 flagship series, UMIDIGI also mentioned their home-baked wireless charger – the UMIDIGI Q1, which is – of course – compatible with the UMIDIGI Z2 Pro and other phones like iPhone X, iPhone 8, the Galaxy S series, Xiaomi Mix 2S and so on. It is also one of the

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Huawei P20 Pro Coming To Japan Through NTT DoCoMo

Huawei P20 Pro

The world’s first tri-camera smartphone coming our way from a top brand was announced at the end of March. The Huawei P20 Pro along with the Huawei P20 were uncovered at a special conference held in Paris. Later, in April, they launched in China as well. There are other markets where it has been appeared

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EVGA Forgoes Driver DVDs with future Motherboards: It’s All About The USB Flash Drive

Driver disks of some sort have been part of a PC enthusiast's life as far back as I can remember. Before Windows included drivers, they all came from media included with the motherboard. I first recall them on floppies then once optical media took hold, moved to CDs. As the number of drivers and included software increased in both quantity and size, it outgrew the capacity of CDs and board partners moved to DVDs offering more capacity and faster read speeds. For example, a board partner's driver disk from a Z370 based board weighs in at 6.57GB on the disk, far eclipsing the capacity of a CD (~700MB) and that of a single-sided DVD (4.7 GB).

To that end, yesterday on Twitter, EVGA’s Global Product Management Director Jacob Freeman announced that in the future, EVGA motherboards will not come with driver disks, but USB Flash which contains all the needed drivers and software. This includes H370 based boards now and others moving forward. Instead of a DVD we are used to seeing, EVGA will include a small 8GB USB flash drive with the EVGA logo printed on it instead. While this isn’t a first (a high-end Asus board in the past included one), it certainly is welcome, if only for the quick installation from USB versus CD/DVD installs. The drive is also re-writeable so it can be used for other purposes as well. 


Overall, it is good to see EVGA embrace what we feel is the modern, and faster, medium for base driver and software installations, and hope other board partners follow suit. I do wonder a bit about the cost, but even if it adds $1 more, it is worth it (to me). No more whirring from the optical drive to install drivers with H370 and future EVGA motherboards. It’s about time!

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ZMI Wireless Charger For iPhone X and Others Hit The Shelves For 64 Yuan ($11)

Today, it was officially announced that the ZMI wireless charger will be officially launched on May 19 at Xiaomi Youpin, with a 64 Yuan ($11) price tag. The ZMI wireless charger has a black lens  in the front which is protected by a 2.5D glass panel which protects it from scratches and hard falls. It uses a crystal surface design and the shell

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PowerColor Confirms Plans for Mini-ITX Radeon RX Vega: Due Next Month


Over the past few months, we have seen two makers of video cards laying the groundwork for Mini-ITX graphics adapters based on the Radeon RX Vega GPU. This week PowerColor confirmed that its small form-factor Radeon RX Vega is incoming and will be showcased next month at Computex.

PowerColor’s RX Vega 56 Nano Edition will be based on a PCB that resembles the one used for the Red Dragon RX 56 card introduced in late March. The new graphics adapter will feature four display outputs: three DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0b. As for power connectors, it will have one 8-pin and one 6-pin header.

The board will be outfitted with a dual-slot cooler featuring one large fan and heat pipes. Keeping in mind that AMD’s original Radeon RX Vega 56 with 8 GB of HBM2 memory dissipates up to 210 W and it is doubtful that the aforementioned cooling system can dissipate this amount of thermal energy, it is highly likely that the RX Vega 56 Nano Edition will feature a GPU with a reduced power consumption. Therefore, the main intrigue about the card is how exactly PowerColor and AMD reduced the TDP of the GPU.

Production of AMD’s Radeon RX Vega GPU is in full swing, so expect PowerColor to start sales of the product shortly after its first demonstration at Computex. Pricing of the RX Vega 56 Nano Edition adapter is unknown and given the market situation, it is not a good business to make predictions here.

Specifications of PowerColor and Reference Radeon RX Vega Cards
  PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX Vega 64
PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX Vega 56 PowerColor
Red Dragon Radeon RX
Vega 56
Radeon RX
Vega 56
Nano Edition
Radeon RX Vega 64
Radeon RX Vega 56
Stream Processors 4096 3584 ? 4096 3584
Base Clock 1417 MHz 1308 MHz 1177 MHz ? 1406 MHz (LCS) 1156 MHz
1247 MHz (Air)
Boost Clock 1607 MHz 1526 MHz 1478 MHz ? 1677 MHz 
1471 MHz
1546 MHz (Air)
VRAM Transfer Rate 1.89 GT/s 1.6 GT/s ? 1.89 GT/s 1.6 GT/s
Capacity 8 GB
Bus Width 2048-bit
Type HBM2
Board Power unknown Lowered 345W (LCS)
295W (Air)
Dimensions 316 × 150 × 55 mm 316×150×40 mm 152×112×40 mm 272×112×40 mm
Power Connectors 2 × 8-pin 1 × 6-pin
1 × 8-pin
1 × 6-pin
1 × 8-pin
2 × 8-pin
Outputs 2 x HDMI 2.0
2 x DP 1.4
1 x HDMI 2.0
3 x DP 1.4
1 x HDMI 2.0
3 x DP 1.4
Launch Price unknown unknown $699 (LCS)
$499 (Air)


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Xiaomi Mi Box Selling at just $59 on Lightinthebox

Xiaomi Mi Box

If you were unlucky enough to buy a slim LCD TV just before they got “smart”, you should not despair. In fact, you can make your TV much smarter and feature-rich than those coming with built-in software that is usually slow or buggy. As far as TV boxes go, Xiaomi is one of the most

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Honor 10 Captures Amazing Image At Everest Peak?

On May 15, Chinese manufacturing giant, Huawei, released its Honor 10 smartphone in London and unofficial sale reports from France and Spain suggests that this smartphone is doing quite well. Today, Honor’s president, Zhao Ming, shared an image that was purportedly taken with the Honor 10 at the peak of Mount Everest which is about -30

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Blackview P10000 Pro: The Budget-Friendly Low Light Camera Phone

Blackview P10000 Pro

While most modern smartphones can take good pictures, not too many can do it in tough conditions. The more challenging the shooting environment, the better the camera needs to be. In fact, a lot of what you’re shooting probably happens at night or indoor, which isn’t always lit enough. Same could be said for landscapes

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Xiaomi Mi [8] Flagship With In-Screen Fingerprint Spotted in Video

The Xiaomi Mi 6 was announced as the best Mi phone. It took 7 years to design a smartphone with such a title. But on May 31, Xiaomi will hold a conference, where the next-gen Mi-line flagship should be uncovered. There is no certainty whether the 8th Anniversary phone will be called the Xiaomi Mi

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ASUS Unveils Ultra-Thin ZenBook Pro 15 with Six-Core Core i9, GTX 1050, Calibrated 4K LCD

ASUS has introduced a new version of its ultra-thin 15.6-inch ZenBook Po 15 laptop that offers higher performance than predecessors while retaining a very thin z-height as well as a rather low weight. The notebook features Intel’s latest 8th Generation Core processors with six cores as well as a standalone GPU, a rare combination found in an 18.9-mm thick laptop. To make the PC even more unique, ASUS offers it with a factory-calibrated monitor.

The new ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 UX550GD comes in ‘Deep Dive Blue’ aluminum unibody with rose gold edges to emphasizes its premium nature and positioning. The top-of-the-range model is based on Intel’s unlocked six-core Core i9-8950HK processor, though it is unclear whether ASUS lets owners of the notebook overclock this chip. Other SKUs are powered by the six-core Core i7-8750H or the quad-core Core i5-8300H processors. The CPU is accompanied by NVIDIA’s discrete GeForce GTX 1050 graphics processor with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory, 8 or 16 GB of DDR4-2400 DRAM, and an SSD with up 1 TB capacity (PCIe 3.0 x4/NVMe). To cool the CPU and the GPU down, ASUS uses a special cooling system featuring three heat pipes and two fans.

High-performance internals and a luxurious chassis are not the only first-class features offered by the ZenBook Pro 15 UX550GD. The manufacturer offers two premium 15.6-inch IPS multi-touch LCD options with the machine. One of the display panels has a 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) resolution, covers 100% of the AdobeRGB as well as 95% of the NTSC color spaces, and is factory-calibrated to DeltaE ≤ 2 accuracy. Another option features a Full HD (1920×1080) resolution, covers 100% of the sRGB color space, and is factory-calibrated to DeltaE ≤ 3 accuracy. Not a lot of Windows-based laptops are outfitted with AdobeRGB-capable displays and even fewer come with pre-calibrated LCDs, so ASUS clearly deserves praise here.

On the wireless side of things, we see Intel’s Wireless-AC 9560 CNVi solution featuring 802.11ac Wi-Fi (with up to 1.73 Gbps throughput) and Bluetooth 5.0. As for physical connectors, the notebook is equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 headers, an HDMI display output, a microSD card reader, a TRRS audio jack, and a proprietary jack for charging. When it comes to conferencing, the laptop has a VGA webcam, Harman Kardon-badged stereo speakers, and a microphone array.

Just like other ZenBook Pro 15 models, the UX550GD features an 18.9-mm z-height and weighs 1.86 kilograms, thus being thinner and lighter than most 15.6-inch laptops. To retain portability, ASUS equipped the notebook with a 71 Wh Li-Poly battery that enables it to work for up to 9.5-hours on one charge (according to MobileMark 2014), which is below what one might expect from a premium PC. Keeping in mind that there is always a tradeoff between weight, display quality, and battery life on new higher-end notebooks, the relatively limited battery life of the US550GD is not really surprising and will not scare people off who need to have a good display on a 15.6-inch laptop that is barely thicker than many 13.3-inch models.

The ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 UX550GD laptops will be available in the coming weeks. ASUS has not published prices of these notebooks, but it is logical to expect the manufacturer to charge a premium for a rather unique combination of features (an unlocked Core i9 CPU, factory-calibrated 4K display, thin-and-light form-factor, etc.). Meanwhile, a version with a Core i5 processor and a Full HD LCD will likely be offered at a more democratic price.

General Specifications of the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 UX550GD
LCD Diagonal 15.6"
Color Gamut
1920×1080 | 100% sRGB
3840×2160 | 100% AdobeRGB, 95% NTSC
Multi-Touch 10-point multi-touch
CPU Options Core i5-8300H (4C/8T)
Core i7-8750H (6C/12T)
Core i7-8850H (6C/12T)
Graphics Integrated HD Graphics 630 (24 EUs)
Discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
4 GB GDDR5 memory
RAM 8 or 16 GB DDR4-2400 (soldered)
Storage SSD 256 GB - 512 GB SATA
512 - 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4/NVMe
Wireless Wi-Fi Intel Wireless-AC 9560 CRF
802.11ac (2x2) Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
USB 3.1 Gen 2 2 × TB 3 (Type-C)
2 × USB Type-A
Thunderbolt 2 × TB 3 (data, DP displays)
Display Outputs 1 × HDMI
2 × TB3 with DisplayPort
Gigabit Ethernet Optional via a dongle
Card Reader Micro SD card reader
Webcam VGA webcam
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack
Battery 71 Wh
Dimensions Width 36.5 cm | 14.37 inch
Depth 25.1 cm | 9.88 inch
Thickness 1.89 cm | 0.74 inch
Weight 1.86 kilograms | 4.1 lbs
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