quinta-feira, 18 de janeiro de 2018

[Cheap Bezel-Less Phone] Ulefone S8 Pro at $79.99 Only! [Coupon]

When the Ulefone S8 Pro was unleashed, many have been thinking this is a Xiaomi Mi MIX clone and began comparing them with each other. However, the only common feature you can find on both phones is the full-screen design. The rest is more identical to the Nubia line devices rather than a Xiaomi product.

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Synology Launches Major Package Updates and Demonstrates Recent NAS Models at CES 2018

CES provides us the opportunity to look at the latest and greatest products in each technology vertical. Our NAS coverage started with Asustor's AS4000 series last week. Today, we will take a look at the updates from Synology. While there was only one 'new' hardware product introduced during the course of CES (the Rangeley-based 1U 4-bay RS818+/RS818RP+, along with a 4-bay RX418 expansion unit), the software updates turned out to be much more interesting. Synology demonstrated three major packages.

Moments

Synology already has a great photo backup and viewing package in Photo Station. By combining it with the traditional PC backup process and the DS Photo mobile app, it became an effective tool to manage albums. Synology is adding Moments, a completely new application, that allows users to backup, organize, and sort their photographs. Synology claims that the deep learning and automatic organization tools that are part of Moments allow it to identify various aspects of the photos and sort them into albums automatically during the indexing process. Moments will also come with a separate mobile app to enable easy backup of daily photos.

I have found this aspect of Google Photos to be incredibly useful, and it is exciting to see something similar come without any associated privacy concerns. Synology's official page for the Moments feature indicates that some of the deep learning features are available only on models with powerful CPUs.

Drive

Synology is launching Drive as a revamped version of the existing Cloud Station suite. It would not be wrong to say that the multitude of 'Cloud' packages such as Cloud Station Server, Cloud Station ShareSync, Cloud Station Backup, and Cloud Sync only ended up confusing the average user. Synology is betting on the new Drive package to act as a single portal for all of the file management and syncing needs.

There is an emphasis on team collaboration, with the Office feature (discussed below) using the Drive as the hub. Desktop and mobile clients ensure that users / teams can have access to the files in an organized manner from any device. It also has basic synchronization functionality (in effect, a private Dropbox-like feature). The universal search feature helps users to quickly find relevant documents and files.

Office

Synology has been making an effort to extend the functionality of their NAS models by providing typical business productivity applications with a multi-user focus. Synology users had two packages - Documents and Spreadsheets - to replicate the functionality of online browser-based real-time collaborative office tools. A presentations package, Slides, is being added now.

The Drive package is used as the management front-end for all the Office tools.

Before looking at the hardware on show at CES, a quick mention of the Synology OS (DiskStation Manager) 6.2 beta release is in order. It includes updates to the Storage Manager (adds a data scrubbing feature) and the iSCSI Manager (new LUN with btrfs that enables almost instantaneous snapshotting regardless of LUN size), along with some new snapshot and replication features. Synology showed the following recently introduced hardware at the show:

DS218 (PDF): Based on the Realtek RTD1296 with a quad-core Cortex-A53, this 2-bay value-series member allows 4K transcoding on-the-fly. It also supports snapshots (a first for the ARM-based Synology value series).

DS3018xs (PDF): Based on the Intel Pentium D1508 Broadwell-DE SoC (dual-core), this 6-bay desktop NAS can be scaled up to 30 bays. It also has two internal M.2 slots, 4x GbE ports, and supports an optional 10GbE card.

FS1018 (PDF): Simlar to the DS3018xs, the FS1018 is also based on a Pentium D1508 SoC, has four GbE ports, and supports an optional 10GbE (or M.2) PCIe card. However, it is a 12-bay unit (scalable to 36 drives) and supports 2.5" drives only. It is meant to be used with SSDs - targeting applications that require very high performance. In addition to traditional RAID modes, the FS1018 also supports RAID F1 (PDF) - a scheme that distributes parity blocks unevenly so that all the SSDs in the NAS do not get worn out at the same time.

Synology at CES 2018 (Picture Courtesy: MissingRemote)

Overall, the software updates (both packages and core features in DSM 6.2) are very interesting and useful, with RAID F1 being an interesting approach to an all-flash NAS. On the hardware side, we are surprised to see Synology still introducing models with 4-year old SoCs from Intel. While we did see Intel's Apollo Lake in models such as the DS218+ and DS418play, the SMB / SME market is still being served by Rangeley (Atom C2538 in the RS818+) and dual-core Broadwell-DE SKUs (Pentium D1508 in the DS3018xs / FS1018). With the official release of Virtual Machine Manager, it would make more sense for Synology to release more powerful hardware for SMBs / SMEs in order to enable running of resource-intensive guest operating systems.

Finally, we asked Synology about their response to the Meltdown / Spectre security issues. They already have a security advisory page, and categorize the risk as moderate. Given the relatively closed nature of DSM, we believe that users should not be at risk as long as they are running trusted packages only, and steps have been taken to ensure no unauthorized access to the NAS.



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New UMIDIGI Z2 Shows Up with an iPhone X Look

UMIDIGI Z2

While we are still talking about the latest UMIDIGI S2 Lite over here at GizChina, the Chinese phone maker seems to be already working on their next flagship – the UMIDIGI Z2. Let’s check out some of the images the company has just released. Well, it’s not that hard to see some similarities with Apple’s

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ADATA at CES 2018: Incoming XPG SX8200 SSDs, From 240 GB to 1.92 TB in M.2

LAS VEGAS, NV — At CES 2018, ADATA demonstrated its new high-end XPG SX8200 SSDs. The new drives use Silicon Motion’s SM2262 controller as well as 3D TLC NAND. The SSDs will be available in configurations featuring up to 2 TB of raw 3D TLC NAND memory and promise to offer up to 3.2 GB/s sequential read speed.

Silicon Motion quietly introduced its latest-generation controllers at Computex 2017, with multiple vendors showing off SSDs powered by the SM2262 and SM2263XT controllers. Back then some promised that a new breed of SMI-based drives was just around the corner and the products would ship in 2017. As it happens sometimes, final stages of development took a bit longer than expected and we are going to see a host of new SSDs in 2018. At least on paper, SM2262-based SSDs look very fast. In addition, improved performance of the controller (vs. predecessors) enables developers of drives to use sophisticated LDPC ECC algorithms, enhancing endurance of SSDs that use 3D TLC memory.

ADATA will likely be among the first companies to ship SM2262-based drives with the XPG SX8200 being their first offering featuring the controller. The XPG SX8200 will be available in 240 GB, 480 GB, 960 GB as well as 1.92 GB configurations and will thus be able to address users with vastly different capacity needs. ADATA’s current-generation consumer M.2 drives offer capacities up to 1 TB, leaving the highest end of the market to companies like Samsung. With the XPG SX8200, ADATA is announcing a 1.92 TB version that will inevitably compete against Samsung’s top-of-the-line 960 Pro SSD for end-users who need a lot of non-volatile storage space.

As for performance of the XPG SX8200, ADATA is sharing official figures from Silicon Motion: up to 3.2 GB/s sequential read speed and up to 1.7 GB/s sequential write speed. The manufacturer does not publish random performance numbers, but Silicon Motion expects SM2262-based drives to hit up to 370K/300K random read/write 4K IOPS. Both Silicon Motion and ADATA cite peak numbers and real-world performance of the drives will be different.

ADATA XPG SX8200 Brief Specifications
Capacity 240 GB 480 GB 960 GB 1.92 TB
Controller Silicon Motion SM2262
NAND Flash 3D TLC NAND
Form-Factor, Interface M.2-2280, PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.2
Sequential Read 3200 MB/s
Sequential Write 1700 MB/s
Random Read IOPS 370K IOPS (SMI data)
Random Write IOPS 300K IOPS (SMI data)
Pseudo-SLC Caching Supported
DRAM Buffer Yes, capacity unknown

ADATA plans to start selling the XPG SX8200 sometime in February, starting with the lower capacities. The company did not announce anything concerning its offerings based on a more powerful SM2262EN controller at CES. Meanwhile, the fact that it assigned the SM2262-based SSDs to the XPG SX8200-series indicates that the XPG 9200-series (offering even higher performance) is a spare number in the stack and will be used when the time is right.

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Moto Z3, Z3 Play renders Leaked; Full Screen Display in Tow

The renders of the Moto Z3 and the Z3 Play are freshly out if the rumor mill after renders of the G6 line of smartphones were leaked. The Z3 would succeed the Z2 in the flagship Z-line of smartphones by Motorola. The renders reveal a few design facets of the Z3 series. For starters, the

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Lightinthebox – Budget Smartphones on Sale (Including LeEco Le Max2)

Online retailer Lightinthebox are apparently working really hard to clear out their stock of surprisingly good devices. Today we indeed have five phones selling at really interesting prices. Keep reading to find out which! Let’s begin with one of the best phones you can get for under $200, the LeEco Coolpad Cool1. This beautiful smartphones comes

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Tecno Camon I officially launched in India

Tecno camon i

China-based Transsion Holdings sub-brand, Teno Mobile has today officially announced the Tecno Camon I in India. Set to take on the likes of the Micromax Canvas Infinity and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, the Camon I is the company’s first take on the new thinner bezels/taller display design language. The handset is basically the same as the Tecno Camon CM that was

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Samsung Patent Throws Light Upon Under-Screen Selfie Camera

The smartphone industry saw a lot of changes last year. Bezel-less displays led to a shift in the basic design of smartphones, dual cameras became a staple, not just on the back, but also on the front. A Samsung patent now throws light upon the future of the front camera/s; under-the-screen. The patent proposes a device

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Huawei’s Charging Tech Brings Your Phone Up To 48% of Charge in 5 Minutes!

Back in 2015, Huawei‘s Watt Lab had developed a Quick Charging technology. Jump to 2017; it seems like Huawei is all ready to showcase their solution at the Mobile World Congress 2018, Barcelona. The technology claims to charge a phone’s battery from 0 to 48 percent in a mere 5 minutes. Amazing, right? This would

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Real-Life Moto G6 Plus prototype spotted in the wild

Didn’t we just see leaked renders of Moto’s every major 2018 range 2 days back. Well, yes, but nothing compares to seeing the real thing. In this case, we’re talking specifically about the Moto G6 Plus. Some pretty shoddy images of the real Moto G6 Plus prototype have surfaced just now. Yesterday, leaked renders showed

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The SilverStone SX800-LTI SFX-L 800W PSU Review: Big PSU, Small Niche

Small form factor and living room gaming systems are becoming more and more popular, with ever-increasing capabilities – and power requirements. SilverStone’s latest SFX-L PSU, the SX800-LTI, brings 80Plus Titanium efficiency levels and a maximum power output of 800 Watts for those seeking to build a compact but extra powerful gaming behemoth.



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HMD CPO confirms their MWC 2017 attendance, promises an awesome event

It is no secret that the long-rumored Nokia 9 from HMD will see the light of the day at the MWC 2018, at least according to the prevailing rumors. Though the company is yet to officially send out media Invite to its press briefing, an official of the company through his Twitter handle has basically

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AllCall Mix2 Full Screen Smartphone Renderings Released

AllCall Mix2

Apparently, AllCall is very close to unveil their next flagship phone – the AllCall MIX 2, and if the renderings they’ve released today are anything to go by, the phone could actually be one of the best looking full screen devices coming into the market in 2018, albeit it does resemble a lot the Xiaomi

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Samsung Starts Mass Production of 16Gb GDDR6 Memory ICs with 18 Gbps I/O Speed

This week, Samsung has announced that it has started mass production of its GDDR6 memory chips for next-generation graphics cards and other applications. The new chips will be available in 16 Gb densities and will feature an interface speed that is significantly higher when compared to that of the fastest GDDR5 and GDDR5X ICs can offer.

GDDR6 is a next-generation specialized DRAM standard that will be supported by all three leading makers of memory. Over time, the industry will introduce a great variety of GDDR6 ICs for different applications, performance and price requirements. What Samsung is announcing this week is its first 16 Gb GDDR6 IC that features an 18 Gbps per pin data transfer rate and offers up to 72 GB/s of bandwidth per chip. A 256-bit memory subsystem comprised of such DRAMs will have a combined memory bandwidth of 576 GB/s, whereas a 384-bit memory subsystem will hit 864 GB/s, outperforming existing HBM2-based 1.7 Gbps/3092-bit memory subsystems that offer up to 652 GB/s. The added expense with GDDR6 will be in the power budget, much like current GDDR5/5X technology.

GPU Memory Math: GDDR6 vs. HBM2 vs. GDDR5X
  Theoretical GDDR6 256-bit memory sub-system Theoretical GDDR6 384-bit memory sub-system NVIDIA Titan V
(HBM2)
NVIDIA Titan Xp
 
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
Total Capacity 16 GB 24 GB 12 GB 12 GB 11 GB 8 GB
B/W Per Pin 18 Gb/s 1.7 Gb/s 11.4 Gbps 11 Gbps
Chip capacity 2 GB (16 Gb) 4 GB (32 Gb) 1 GB (8 Gb)
No. Chips/KGSDs 8 12 3 12 11 8
B/W Per Chip/Stack 72 GB/s 217.6 GB/s 45.6 GB/s 44 GB/s
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit 3092-bit 384-bit 352-bit 256-bit
Total B/W 576 GB/s 864 GB/s 652.8 GB/s 547.7 GB/s 484 GB/s 352 GB/s
DRAM Voltage 1.35 V 1.2 V (?) 1.35 V

The new GDDR6 architecture enables Samsung to support new and higher data transfer rates with non-esoteric memory form factors. To increase the interface speed, GDDR6 memory was redesigned both internally and externally. While details about the new standard will be covered in a separate article, two key things about the new memory tech is that GDDR6 features a x8/x16 per-channel I/O configuration, and each chip now has two channels. By contrast, GDDR5/GDDR5X ICs feature a x16/x32 I/O config as well as one channel per chip. While physically GDDR6 chips continue to feature a 16-/32-bit wide bus, it now works differently when compared to prior generations (as it consists of two channels).

In addition to higher performance, Samsung’s GDDR6 16 Gb chips also operate at 1.35 V voltage, down 13% from 1.55 V required by high-performance GDDR5 ICs (e.g., 9 Gbps, 10 Gbps, etc.). According to Samsung, the lowered voltage enables it to lower energy consumption of GDDR6 components by 35% when compared to ultra-fast GDDR5 chips. Samsung attributes lowered voltage to its new low-power circuit design. Meanwhile, based on information we know from Micron and SK Hynix, their GDDR6 DRAMs will also operate at 1.35 V.

Samsung uses one of its 10nm-class process technology to produce its GDDR6 components. The company claims that its 16 Gb ICs bring about a 30% manufacturing productivity gain compared to its 8 Gb GDDR5 chips made using its 20 nm process technology. Typically, Samsung’s productivity gain means increase in the number of chips per wafer, so the company has managed to make its 16 Gb ICs smaller than its previous-gen 8 Gb ICs. The company does not elaborate on its achievement, but it looks like the new chips are not only made using a thinner process technology, but have other advantages over predecessors, such as a new DRAM cell structure, or an optimized architecture.

Samsung’s 16 Gb GDDR6 chips come in FBGA180 packages, just like all industry-standard GDDR6 memory components from other manufacturers.

Samsung did not disclose when it plans to ship its GDDR6 DRAMs commercially, but since it had already started mass production, it is highly likely that the company’s clients are ready to build products featuring the new memory.

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Xiaomi Mi7 to Sport a Glass Back?

A shady render of the alleged Xiaomi Mi7 has just come out of the rumor mill. According to the render, Xiaomi’s 2018 flagship will sport a glass back. The render does not reveal a lot except the back of the phone. The render shows a dual camera setup on the back flanked by the dual

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Chuwi GBOX – Help Them Pick the Design & Hardware

Chuwi GBOX

This year’s CES wrapped up just a couple days back with one of the most proactive companies being Chuwi, which actually announced three new products. We’re talking about the new SurBook Pro 2-in-1 laptop powered by an Intel Gemini Lake processor, the Chuwi Hi9 Air tablet equipped with a Mediatek 8176 processor running Android 8.0

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Rumor: Xiaomi Redmi 5 To Go Global In February

In December last year, Xiaomi released three budget-friendly smartphones in the Red+mi series – Xiaomi Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus and Redmi 5A. While the Xiaomi Redmi 5A is currently available for global use, Mi fans are still waiting for the Redmi 5 to go global. Xiaomi Redmi 5 going global in the second half

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HyperX at CES 2018: Fury SSD with RGB, for Bling

LAS VEGAS, NV - At CES, HyperX had on display its new HyperX Fury RGB SSD which adds RGB LEDs to the Fury based line of drives. These drives are set to hit in Q3.

HyperX showcased the new drive with its added RGB LEDs on the shell of the 7mm, 2.5-inch SATA based SSD. The RGB LEDs are located on the top part of the SSD with a large area above and below the large “X” lit up as well as the HyperX symbol in the middle. The RGB LEDs are powered by a micro USB port as well as using that data path to synchronize the LEDs with the system it is attached to.

 

The HyperX Fury RGB will use Toshiba’s 3rd Generation 3D NAND/BiCS type of flash which has a far higher die area density when compared to 2D NAND as well as using less power. The drive is SATA based with speeds rated for 550 MB/s reads and 520 MB/s writes. HyperX did not share which controller it will be using. We do know the HyperX Savage line of SSDs used a Phison controller (PS3110-S10), so perhaps an updated version will make its way to the Fury RGB. There are three capacities for the drives; 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. Pricing was not listed, but these will be available in Q3 2018.

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Get a Free Order on Microwear’s & Enter the Giveaway

Yesterday, Chinese wearables manufacturer – Microwear – kicked off a really interesting promotion over on their official AliExpress store. You can indeed get free gadgets if you’re one of the lucky winners; let’s see how this works! The special promo is quite straight forward, all you have to do is head over to their official

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MIUI Global Beta ROM Comes With Game Speed Booster

Since the inception of MIUI, the operating system has consistently developed and most of the setbacks that were experienced in the early years are now a thing of the past. The current MIUI system is highly optimized and gives users a seamless operation. It is now equipped with CPU acceleration and Dynamic resource allocation which further

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Google & Huawei partnership will spread RCS messaging across Huawei smartphones

The long story built by partnerships between the two giants, Google and Huawei, is about to win a new chapter. This time, both companies will work together to accelerate the adoption of RCS messaging. Google has announced that its RCS Android Messages App will be integrated into all Huawei smartphones, through future EMUI updates. “With

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Maple Leaf To Go On Sale on January 26

Samsung Galaxy S8 Maple Leaf

Back in November 2017, Samsun announced the next color option for its premium flagship. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Maple Leaf is the seventh color option after the black, gray, blue, silver, pink, and gold variants. This is the last promotion of this amazing handset, as its successor sporting better features and looking more stylish will

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Sandstone OnePlus 5T sold out outside China, delisted in the US

Sandstone White made a comeback on the OnePlus 5T after a few years and it hit the fancy of many buyers. OnePlus just announced the white colour 8 GB variant for the US, Canada and China. However, it seems that joy for potential buyers will have ended because it’s no longer available. For one, the

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Gionee F205 With A Full-Screen Gone on Sale

Gionee F205

Back on November 28, 2017, Gionee held a conference and announced up to 8 models. As you guess, there are models from all categories. This manufacturer has many series corresponding to any of them. And at the event, we saw some heavyweight models from M and S family as well as a few devices from

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Honor 9 Youth Edition to get face unlock soon, Honor View 10 also gets it

Honor 9 Lite

2017 was the year of thin border screens and dual cameras. And it seems 2018 will be the year of facial recognition tech. We saw Face ID on the iPhone X causing a huge stir in the smartphone industry. And now there’s a renewed enthusiasm for the new tech that will be implemented in upcoming

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Coolpad Gets $300 Million Investment Boost

Sometime last year, Coolpad group separated from LeEco during its financial crises, and since then, the company has been working towards expanding its artificial intelligence capabilities. Now, Coolpad group has received a $300 million investment boost from Power Sun Ventures. With this boost, Coolpad can now further develop its interest in AI capabilities and boost its finances after the

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dodocool DC52 Dual USB Type-C Multiport Thunderbolt Adapter on Sale

dodocool DC52

Are you tired of carrying a bunch of dongles around with your 13-inch or 15-inch MacBook Pro? Then dodocool has a really neat solution for your man-made problem – an adapter that cleverly slots into the USB Type-C ports of your device. Let’s check it out! The dodocool DC52 is dual USB Type-C multi-port adapter with

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S seemingly set to launch next month at MWC

Xiaomi Mi mix 2S

The Xiaomi Mi 7, in the past few days, has become a major subject in the rumor mill. The smartphone, though not officially confirmed is set to feature the under-display fingerprint scanner and will be unveiled at the upcoming MWC 2018. Now, fresh information from China suggests there is a second Xiaomi Phone in the

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quarta-feira, 17 de janeiro de 2018

Mid-range Samsung Exynos 7872 SoC unveiled

Samsung has announced a new mid-range mobile processor dubbed the Exynos 7872 SoC. The Exynos 7872 SoC is a mild upgrade to the Exynos 7870 SoC, and it is expected to debut first with newly announced Meizu M6s. Overall, Samsung claims the new SoC can deliver a double fold performance on the single core resulting

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Huawei Pushes G.hn Powerline Networking with the WiFi Q2 Whole-Home Wi-Fi Solution

Mesh networking / whole-home Wi-Fi systems have seen rapid growth over the last couple of years. Almost all vendors in the consumer networking space have one or more offerings in that hot segment. At CES 2018, Huawei threw its hat into the ring with the WiFi Q2 Whole-Home Wi-Fi Solution. Huawei is no stranger to consumer networking equipment, but, their presence in the North American market is minimal.

In 2016, Huawei had introduced the Q1 single-band router with a bundled powerline-based Wi-Fi extender. It utilized HomePlug AV (200 Mbps) as the backhaul. With the WiFi Q2, Huawei is going in for a major overhaul in both the internals as well as the industrial design. The new device looks more like the Netgear Orbi kits, but, the similarities end there. Unlike other vendors who use very similar hardware for both the base / main router and the satellites, Huawei uses completely different platforms for the two. Like most of the mesh kits targeting the low-end and mid-range market, there is no dedicated wireless backhaul channel. Instead, the kit uses powerline and Wi-Fi for the base-satellite communication.

The main router is a 2x2 802.11ac + 1 Gbps G.hn PLC kit, using the Realtek RTL8197FS for the 2.4 GHz radio, and the Realtek RTL8812B for the 5 GHz radio. The G.hn chipset is Hisilicon Hi5630. This marks a departure from HomePlug AV to G.hn for the powerline communication (PLC) aspect in terms of the upgrade from Q1 to Q2.

The satellite, on the other hand, is a pure HiSilicon solution, with a HiSilicon Hi1151 to handle both 2x2 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio duties. The G.hn chipset from the main router is retained.

The WiFi Q2 comes in two flavors - a base and a number of satellites, or, multiple base stations (main routers). In a configuration with a base and a satellite, the backhaul is a dedicated PLC, but, a configuration with two main routers could use both PLC and the 5 GHz (867 Mbps) channel. The 5 GHz channel could be shared with clients. The system does support load balancing and can change automatically according to the connection quality of the PLC and mesh Wi-Fi. The 3-base package supports Ethernet backhaul.

Huawei WiFi Q2 Triple Base Pack

From the perspective of networking industry observers, the key update here is the shift from HomePlug to G.hn for the PLC segment. The HomePlug Powerline Alliance has stopped working on updates to the standard - there are going to be no new chipsets to improve performance and cater to the upcoming consumer / service provider requirements. On the other hand, G.hn, still has legs to go (theoretically) beyond what the best HomePlug chipsets can offer. Even though we didn't hear of any new G.hn silicon at CES 2018, there has been talk of chipsets with 2 Gbps theoretical throughputs being trialed by service providers. HiSilicon's Hi5630 is still a 1 Gbps G.hn chipset similar to the Marvell 88LX3142 / 88LX2718 used in the Arris RipCurrent products. The status of various suppliers in the G.hn market is pretty interesting - DS2 was purchased by Marvell, which has now sold the division off to MaxLinear. Copper-Gate's fate is unknown, after having been purchased by Sigma Designs, which is currently in the middle of divesting its non-Z-Wave assets after being purchased by Silicon Labs. In this context, Huawei's decision to source the PLC chipset from its subsidiary, HiSilicon, is a strategic one.

Huawei compared the performance of HiSilicon's Hi5630 with the HomePlug AV products that they were shipping. They saw some obvious advantages (similar to what we saw in our coverage of HomePlug AV vs. G.hn). Given that HomePlug AV2 is essentially a dead-end because of the absence of any roadmap from HomePlug silicon vendors, it was a no-brainer for Huawei to go with G.hn. Huawei's tests showed that G.hn's wider frequency brand, higher speed, stronger anti-interference, and lower delay made the decision much easier.

Huawei's G.hn vs. HomePlug Testing Results

At this juncture, it is clear that G.hn will be the technology of choice for PLC backhaul purposes in whole-home networking systems. However, the absence of support from high-profile vendors such as Qualcomm and Broadcom is an issue that might make other consumer networking equipment vendors avoid PLC backhaul altogether.

Coming back to the WiFi Q2, it is clear that the system is targeting the low-end to mid-range market segment, currently served by the likes of Google WiFi. That said, the product stands out from the crowd, thanks to its PLC backhaul. Pricing and other launch information for the Huawei WiFi Q2 is not available yet.



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[Bestselling Smartphone] Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X (Aquamarine) at $144.99 [Coupon]

XIaomi-redmi-note-4X

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X is the first phone of the company launched in 2017. And though it doesn’t boast of any high-end features, it’s the only representative of Xiaomi in the list of Bestselling Smartphones of 2017 in China. This handset grabs 1.8% of the Chinese smartphones market. Just imagine for a moment what

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Elephone U & Elephone U Pro – Different CPUs Confirmed and More

Elephone U Pro

Elephone finally made really clear what differentiates the Elephone U and Elephone U Pro. Which to our surprise seem to be only two elements, eager to know which? Keep reading! So, in their latest press release Elephone revealed that the two smartphones will pack different CPUs – something we already knew. What’s been confirmed is

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UMIDIGI S2 Lite’s Face Unlock Works Incredibly Well (Video)

umidigi s2 lite

The UMIDIGI S2 Lite was officially announced only a few days back but it already appears to be on its way to become UMIDIGI’s best-selling phone of 2018. The S2 Lite does not indeed only pack all the functionalities of the previous version, but also features a few new nifty tricks and the trusting slogan

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Deals on Smartphones and iPhone Gameboy Cases at Lightinthebox

iPhone Gameboy Case

Looking for a really good deal on your potentially next smartphone? Then Lightinthebox has got you covered with some sweet deals on two popular phones. Plus the store also provided a coupon on a really neat iPhone case; keep reading! The first smartphone we’ll be checking out is the latest Huawei Honor 7X. The handset

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Vernee Active: The Powerful & Long-Lasting Rugged Phone

Vernee Active

The latest Vernee Active rugged phone is actually selling very well and it’s currently priced $279.99. The phone does not only sport a fashionable design, but comes with flagship level configuration as well. What’s more surprising though, is the great endurance it provides under use, which we can somewhat see in the video below: The

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Xiaomi To Attend MWC 2018

Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, is well known in most parts of the world. Its devices are significantly present in some countries that the company does not officially exist. Xiaomi has been making steady efforts to penetrate the western market. For now, we can only dream of the presence of Xiaomi in countries like the US.

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ZOTAC at CES 2018: Gemini Lake 'Credit Card' Pico PCs

LAS VEGAS, NV — Last year Intel introduced its Compute Card initiative, aimed mostly at manufacturers of specialized PCs and smart devices that benefit from high integration, easy installation, and a standardized dimension or interface. This has, apparently, given makers of consumer computers an opportunity in ultra-small desktop PCs. This year at CES, ZOTAC has demonstrated its new-generation ultra-small ZBOX Pico PCs that looks like a pile of credit cards, but still offers a rather decent feature-set and connectivity. The first is the PI226, which is very small, and in addition there is a larger ZBOX Pico PI336 with enhanced connectivity.

ZBOX Pico PI226: A Credit Card-Sized Desktop

ZOTAC’s ZBOX Pico PI226 is based on Intel’s Celeron N4000 SoC, which has two cores and the UHD 600 graphics engine, but is also the most 'affordable' mobile Gemini Lake chip that Intel lists for $107. Because of the new SoC, the ZBOX Pico PI226 offers a bit higher general-purpose performance as well as improved media processing capabilities when compared to its predecessor the ZBOX Pico PI225 launched last year. Just like its predecessor, the ZBOX Pico PI226 comes in black metallic chassis and does not require any active cooling. The listed TDP of the Celeron N4000 SoC is just 6.5 W, but nevertheless how ZOTAC has postitioned the TDP means that this amount of heat can be dissipated by convection alone in this chassis.

The credit card-sized computer is equipped with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory, 32 GB eMMC storage and a microSD card reader to expand storage capabilities. Wireless connectivity of the tiny PC includes a 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 wireless module, whereas wired connectivity is comprised of two USB 3.0 Type-C ports and a micro-USB power header. ZOTAC plans to bundle a USB-C dongle with an HDMI and two USB Type-A ports with the Pico PI226, just like it does with its current-generation ZBOX Pico PI225.

ZBOX Pico PI336: A Palm-Sized Desktop

ZOTAC’s ZBOX Pico PI336 is considerably larger than the Pico PI226, but is still unbelievably small for a desktop computer. This one is based on the quad-core Celeron N4100 with the UHD 600 iGPU and thus offers higher performance in multi-threaded applications when compared to the PI226. It has the same RAM/storage configuration, with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory, 32 GB of eMMC NAND flash and a microSD card reader.

Where the ZBOX Pico PI336 clearly excels the Pico PI226 is connectivity. In addition to 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, a USB 3.0 Type-C port, this one is equipped with a GbE connector, two USB 3.0 Type-A headers, an HDMI 2.0 output, a DisplayPort 1.2 as well as a 3.5-mm TRRS audio jack.

Preliminary Specifications of ZOTAC's Gemini Lake Mini PCs
  ZBOX Pico PI226 ZBOX Pico PI336
CPU Intel Celeron N4000
2 Cores
1.1 GHz - 2.6 GHz
4 MB
6.5 W TDP
Intel Celeron N4100
4 Cores
1.1 - 2.4 GHz
4 MB
6.5 W TDP
iGPU UHD 600, 12 EUs at 650 MHz UHD 600, 12 EUs at 700 MHz
Memory 4 GB LPDDR4
Storage eMMC 32 GB
Other - microSD/SD
Wireless 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.2
Ethernet - 1 × Gigabit Ethernet with RJ45 connector
Display Outputs HDMI 1.4 via USB-C 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × HDMI 2.0
Audio via USB-C/HDMI/DP 1 × TRRS connector
USB 2 × USB 3.1 Type-C with DP 1.2
2 × USB 3.0 Type-A on dongle
1 × USB 3.1 Type-C
2 × USB 3.0 Type-A
PSU External
OS Microsoft Windows 10 or none

ZOTAC plans to start selling the new ZBOX Pico PI226 and PI336 sometimes in the second quarter. Pricing has not been announced, but since Intel did not change pricing of its SoCs since the Apollo Lake generation, it makes sense to expect pricing of the Pico PI226 to be in the same ballpark with that of the Pico PI225. The latter hit the market in November and is available for less than $200. ZOTAC’s ZBOX Pico PI3-series PCs also cost around $200, so expect the new Pico PI336 to retail for a similar amount of money.

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The Philosophy Behind the Design of the AllCall Mix2

AllCall Mix2

Quite unexpectedly, AllCall’s chairman just confirmed all the rumors we’ve been hearing about the AllCalll Mix2 thus far. Releasing a statement in which he explains the design philosophy that lead to the creation of the phone. The trends he’s talking about include the Full Screen design, which every phone manufacturer is after since the launch

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Sony sends out MWC 2018 invites

SONY

In about a month time, Barcelona will play host to a number of world’s leading mobile manufacturers in the 2018 edition of the annual Mobile World Congress. Although Sony at the CES 2018 has already announced a number of Xperia phones, the company is expected to reveal some more premium devices at the Mobile World Congress

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JoyBuy and Koolnee Partner Up to Launch the Tri-Bezel-Less K1 Trio

Koolnee K1 Trio

Let’s begin with some backstory about the brand Koolnee. The company was born in late 2017 formed by a group of highly specialised engineers and designers with a common goal to create something different, not just products with near high-end performance and specs at an affordable price, but also to offer more in services, upgrades,

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Kingston at CES 2018: Nucleum, a Portable 7-in-1 USB-C Dock for Notebooks

LAS VEGAS, NV — Notebook manufacturers, Apple in particular, were heavily criticized in 2016/2017 for introducing notebooks that feature only USB Type-C connectors. For end-users, such a transition meant making an additional investment into new peripherals, or docks. However, for hardware manufacturers, the transition to USB-C opens up new opportunities. At CES, Kingston demonstrated its first USB Type-C dock that supports seven ports as well as power pass-through.

The Kingston Nucleum is a rather compact sleek device made of aluminum and plastic to match design of Apple’s MacBook/MacBook Pro and other silver/metallic consumer laptops with USB Type-C ports. The dock has two USB 3.0 Type-A ports (one supports charging), one USB Type-C header, an HDMI 1.4 display output (max resolution is 3840×2160 at 30 Hz), an SD card reader, a microSD card reader as well as a USB Type-C power input.

The Nucleum supports power delivery pass through of up to 60 W, which is enough to power and charge a 13” laptop (such as a modern MacBook Pro). Larger and more power-hungry machines demand more power and their charging will take longer time using the dock from Kingston.

Kingston's Nucleum 7-in-1 USB-C Dock
  C-HUBC1-SR-EN
Main Connection USB 3.0 Type-C at 5 Gbps with power delivery
Display Outputs HDMI 1.4 (max resolution is 3840×2160 at 30 Hz)
USB 1 × USB 3.0 Type-A (5V 1500mA)
1 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.0 Type- C
Power Input up to 60 W
Dimensions 127 × 45 × 14.2 mm
5 × 1.77 × 0.56 inches
Weight 142 grams
5 ounces

Kingston’s Nucleum USB-C dock is already available at Amazon.com for $79.99. In the coming months Kingston will expand availability of the device to markets outside the U.S.

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OUKITEL K10 11000mAh Battery Phone Now on Presale – Top 10 Features

Aren’t all of us tired of packing an extra power bank with us because we fear our smartphone batteries might be drained from half a day’s usage? Well, Oukitel has always somewhat outsmarted the rest of the competition releasing “big battery phones” for a while now. The latest creation is the world’s first 11000mAh battery

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ZOTAC at CES 2018: Workstation Mini-PCs with NVIDIA Quadro

LAS VEGAS, NV — ZOTAC’s new lineup of workstations consists of three systems based on Intel’s quad-core Core i5-7500T processor and one of three GPUs: the NVIDIA Quadro P1000 with 4 GB of GDDR5, the NVIDIA Quadro P3000 with 6 GB of GDDR5, and the NVIDIA P5000 with 16 GB of GDDR5. These are professional-level graphics solutions, which ZOTAC has used in the MXM module form-factor. All three machines use a different chassis, depending on performance, expandability and power draw. The ZOTAC ZBOX P1000 workstation is the smallest one, whereas the ZBOX P5000 is the largest and the most powerful one.

All three workstations from ZOTAC share the same concept: they are fully-integrated SFF PCs that support all modern connectivity technologies, including gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 3.0 Type-C, SD/microSD, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0 and others. The goal is that these systems can be quickly deployed without significant customization. All the systems support up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 memory (two SO-DIMMs), feature one M.2-2280 PCIe/SATA slot for SSDs, and one 2.5” bay for another storage device.  

Preliminary Specifications of ZOTAC's Workstations
  ZBOX Mini PCs
with NVIDIA Quadro P-Series GPUs
CPU Intel Core i5-7500T
4C/8T
2.7 GHz - 3.3 GHz
6 MB
35 W
GPU Quadro P1000
640 CUDA Cores
4 GB GDDR5
Quadro P3000
1280 CUDA Cores
6 GB GDDR5
192-bit
75 W
Quadro P5000
2048 CUDA Cores
16 GB GDDR5
256-bit
100 W
Memory 2 × DDR4 SO-DIMM slots, up to 32 GB of memory
Storage M.2 M.2 2280 slot for PCIe/SATA SSD
DFF 1 × 2.5" SSD/HDD
Card Reader SD/microSD
Wireless 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.2
Ethernet 1 × Gigabit Ethernet with RJ45 connector
Display Outputs ? × DisplayPort 1.2
? × HDMI 2.0
2 × DisplayPort 1.2
2 × HDMI 2.0
Audio 3.5 mm audio-in
3.5 mm audio-out
USB USB 3.0 Type-A
USB 3.? Type-C
PSU External
OS Microsoft Windows 10 or none

The demonstration of ZBOX workstations with NVIDIA Quadro GPUs at CES shows that ZOTAC is interested in offering professional-grade systems. The PCs demonstrated at CES 2018 were based on Intel’s quad-core Core i5-7500T processor, which comes across as a rather unorthodox choice for a workstation, but is an understandable one given the fact that ZOTAC specializes on gaming and SFF PCs and simply has the said chips (and supporting PCH) in stock. If demand for ZOTAC-made workstations is high enough, the company might develop Xeon-based machines at some point in the future. It is noteworthy, however, that a 2018 workstation does not support Thunderbolt 3. Workstation workloads need storage space and ZOTAC’s workstations can hardly offer a lot of it (a M.2 SSD and a 2.5”/7-mm HDD will give 4 TB in total).

Another interesting takeaway from ZOTAC’s workstation announcement is NVIDIA’s Quadro P1000 graphics solution in MXM form-factor. Professional MXM solutions are manufactured and sold only by NVIDIA itself, so the module is not a custom-made card by ZOTAC. The Quadro P1000 product is not listed among other professional GPUs for laptops that NVIDIA offers. 

ZOTAC plans to start selling its workstations in Q2 2018. Pricing will depend on multiple factors, including purchase volumes.

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BLUBOO S3: A 8300mAh Battery-Equipped Samsung S9 Look-Alike

BLUBOO S3

BLUBOO is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer that has recently taken the path of producing trendy full-screen phones. The latest of which is called BLUBOO S3 and as you will see in the images above and below, it does look a lot like the rumored upcoming Samsung S9. BLUBOO say the smartphone is made for high-end

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