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  • LG Q Stylus is the company’s latest handwriting input smartphone

    Unlike many smartphone manufacturers, this year's LG lineup is pretty simple. The company launched its G7 ThinQ last month, followed by its budget Q7 equivalent. Today, the Korean firm debuted the LG Q Stylus, itself a refresh of the LG Stylus 2. "The LG Q Stylus is a handwriting input smartphone without the premium price," LG suggests in a press release, hinting at a feature given away by the phone's name. "The no-nonsense stylus adds more convenience and functionality beyond the typical keyboard experience while the intelligent palm rejection system ensures that accuracy is never an issue even when resting one’s...

  • Lenovo Z5 is not the all-screen pocket monster we hoped for

    Hype can be the creator and killer of devices, but it seems the Lenovo Z5 is the victim of the latter this time around. After the company's marketing material suggested that the phone would feature a full-face screen -- sans notch or notable bezels -- the company on Tuesday debuted a phone with a notch, and a chin. Hmph. Nevertheless, the Chinese manufacturer has included a 6.2-inch display from corner-to-corner, with a 18.7:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2246x1080. Internally, the Z5 runs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636 chipset -- decidedly upper mid-range, and not flagship -- mated to 6GB of RAM. Users will...

  • Intel and AMD revive the multi-core wars at Computex 2018

    Apart from manufacturers doing all sorts of strange things with screens, this year's edition of Computex has seen the revival of the core wars. Silicon giant Intel played its hand first on Tuesday, announcing an upcoming single-socket 28-core CPU. But it's not for servers really. The company was sure to mention that it can run at 5GHz, dwarfing the likes of AMD's current Threadripper CPU. Celebrating 40 years of 8086 computing with the 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8086k Limited Edition. #Computex2018 #IntelGaming https://t.co/BBAYRZVBuR pic.twitter.com/RoeY144ObR — Intel (@intel) June 5, 2018 The company also gave scant details regarding the chip's architecture of whether it...

  • Asus Zenbook Pro has a ‘smartphone’ screen for a touchpad

    How can you possibly make laptops relevant to end users again? Simple. Replace the touch pad with a smartphone. Profit. That's exactly what Asus has done with its new Zenbook Pro. Although it's a laptop through and through, boasting a 15.6-inch 4K screen, up to 16GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti, it also features a 5.5-inch screen where the touch pad should be. Asus calls it the ScreenPad. It's a 1080p touch-responsive screen that allows users to open apps like the Calendar, play YouTube videos, and even run a mini version of the Zenbook's desktop. Users can also open apps...

  • Apple’s iOS 12: Grouped Notifications, Siri Suggestions and ‘Screen Time’

    Kicking off its developer conference by poking fun at developers, Apple's 2018 edition of WWDC brought with it a few notable announcements for lowly users. But none of the announcements did not have buttons. "Today is all about software," Tim Cook confirmed. So if you're here for hardware, you'll have to wait until September. For those who like organised lines of code, notably mobile code, this one's for you. Taking to the stage with that glorious mane, Apple's SVP of software development Craig Federighi took a moment to slate Android's adoption rate, and confirm that iOS 12 will be focussed on performance. CPU clocks Federighi...

  • Nokia debuts 2.1, 3.1 and 5.1 budget smartphones

    Nokia on Tuesday unveiled three new phones to compete in the mid-range segment. They're all names you've heard before, but are differentiated from their older counterparts by a "x.1" moniker. The cheapest of the lot, the Nokia 2.1 debuts with the Go version of Android 8.1 Oreo, a 5.5-inch 1280x720 screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset and 1GB of RAM. There's also only 8GB of internal storage, but there's an SD card expansion slot. In terms of cameras, the rear gets a single 8MP snapper with autofocus, while up front selfies are handled by a 5MP camera. Battery life could be this device's...

  • Pokemon Let’s Go coming to Nintendo Switch later this year

    If you thought 2017's madness of Pokemon Go was over, think again. Nintendo has announced a new Pokemon game coming to the Switch in November. Well, it's actually two games, in the same vein as Pokemon Sun and Moon. But Pokemon Let's Go Eevee and Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu will be the first pocket monster titles for the company's new handheld console. Return to the Kanto region and experience a classic Pokémon journey in a whole new way with Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! on the Nintendo Switch! Coming November 16, 2018: https://t.co/kXLdxUMjjA #PokemonLetsGo pic.twitter.com/EKzQsTbDuE — Pokémon (@Pokemon) May...

  • Xbox One S FIFA World Cup bundle now R3999

    You can now purchase a new Xbox One S bundle for R3999, thanks to Prima Interactive and the FIFA World Cup, set to take place in Russia in two weeks. The console's chief importer has dropped the price of the Xbox One S by R1500, and added a few little extras. The bundle includes the 1TB version of the console, a copy of FIFA 18 (because, World Cup), and an extra wireless controller. The deal will be valid until 8 June 2018. Notably, purchasers will also be eligible to download FIFA 18's 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia expansion from 29 May. "This expansion...

  • Wow, YouTube really hates Battlefield V’s official reveal trailer

    It's hard to believe that Battlefield 1 -- a game that looks and plays so brilliantly -- is already two years old. But little remains the same in game development. With that said, EA on Wednesday published the reveal trailer for Battlefield V, or 5, the next title in the franchise. Yeah, not sticking to numerical succession in naming conventions is the latest trend in gaming and smartphones. Bar the name, the game will not be imagining the upcoming World War Five in a futuristic society. Instead, the game is heading back to World War Two. Whether this game's story as authentic...

  • The next iPhone could use beefy 7nm chips now in production

    Apple's not wasting any time shrinking its iPhone processing chips. According to a new report by Bloomberg, the company's next generation of iPhones could sport processors utilising the 7nm process. The chip will likely bear the Apple A12 name tag, but it's not clear what the suffix will be. The A11 received the Bionic moniker, and used the 10nm process. Shrinking processors has a number of benefits for manufacturers and users. For one, Apple could shove more transistors onto the chip itself, bolstering processing power. Additionally, a smaller chip means less heat and lower power consumption. Samsung -- Apple's rival, but also its...