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Sony Xperia 10 III revealed in all its old-fashioned glory: Naming scheme and design are immediately pilloried - Notebookcheck.net
Renders of the Sony Xperia 10 III smartphone have been shared online. The upcoming midrange device features a typical Xperia design that has already been met with some criticism. On top of that, commenters have also been ridiculing the naming scheme Sony has …
Well-known tech tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks) has been treating his followers to a first look at renders of the Sony Xperia 10 III. An initial quick glance reveals a clean-looking smartly designed smartphone with typically straight edges and pronounced bezels. But unless youre particularly a fan of the Xperia line, then you could be forgiven for thinking this was not a device being prepped for release in 2021. The Xperia 10 III also looks distinctly like its predecessor, the Xperia 10 II. Hemmerstoffer also included some details about the Sony Xperia 10 III in a post on Voice. The device measures 154.4 x 68.4 x 8.3 mm (9.1 mm with camera housing) and has a 6-inch display that is free of camera-related blemishes, as the 8 MP selfie camera is located in the bezel. There are two front-facing speakers and, as mentioned above, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack. As for the main camera setup on the rear, Sony has apparently plumped for a triple-sensor arrangement consisting of 12 MP + 8 MP + 8 MP sensors. A fingerprint sensor is located in the power button on the side. Unsurprisingly, both the design and naming scheme have already been ridiculed. The Sony Xperia 10 III (Xperia 10 Mark 3) follows a similar design language that Sony has been implementing for years, so it may stand out from the crowd but does not feature the typically sleek look that many smartphone buyers want from their device. The name has also been pilloried for not having sufficient logic behind it, although III (Mark 3) does at least make sense as the sequel to the Xperia 10 II (Mark 2). The new midrange smartphone is expected to be launched within the next few weeks. Buy the Sony Xperia 1 on Amazon
WhatsApp has taken to social media channels to try to allay deep concerns that users have been voicing about data sharing and privacy. The company has decided to extend the deadline for its terms update acceptance from February 8 to May 15. However, millions …
Recently, WhatsApp revealed an upcoming terms and conditions update that subscribers had to agree to in order to keep using the worlds most widely used cross-platform instant messaging application. Originally, WhatsApp users had until February 8 to accept the new terms, which included different ways user data was going to be shared with the messenger services parent company, Facebook. Unsurprisingly, this news hasnt gone down too well with millions of WhatsApps two billion regular users, who have now sought alternative instant messaging clients with privacy policies that arent perceived to be either as invasive or as unprotected as those of WhatsApp. This means rival services like Signal and Telegram have been receiving millions of new subscribers, something which both have been happy to boast about. Signals servers couldnt cope with the huge influx of new users, with the company sharing how it had 10 million+ installations via Google Play on January 12 and 50 million+ later that same day. Signal also couldnt help taking a little dig at its currently beleaguered rival, stating: privacy is our top priority, but adding capacity is a close second right now. Telegram also revealed it had welcomed 25 million users in just 72 hours, with co-founder Pavel Durov pointedly expressing people no longer want to exchange their privacy for free services. WhatsApp has attempted to deal with users concerns by extending the user agreement deadline to May 15 and explaining that neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can see private messages or hear private calls. The company has posted a graphic (see below) to help explain how private messages are protected, but its likely the exodus of users will continue. Although WhatsApp users in the UK and Europe will also have to accept the new terms to keep using the service, the strict European privacy regulations mean that there will be no additional data-sharing going on. Buy an unlocked and renewed privacy-oriented iPhone 11 on Amazon
Intel knocks AMD for six in latest Steam survey but there seems to be some issue with the data readings - Notebookcheck.net
The Steam hardware and software survey for December 2020 has thrown up a surprising result in regard to processor usage. According to the currently published data table, Intel has snatched over 2% of the Windows share back from AMD. However, that’s nothing co…
At a first glance, Steams latest survey shows Intel has finally reversed the trend in losing processor usage share against AMD. In fact, it doesnt just show a trend reversalit shows AMD being hit out of the park. A change of one or two percentage points is expected over each month, but the comparison on the survey home page shows Intel at 81% and AMD at 19%. If accurate, this would be a gain of 7.91% for Team Blue in just one month. Going further into the details, the actual usage breakdown table seems to balance things out a little fairer. Previously, Novembers figures were missing, but they have now been included and match the results that we reported about last month. But the numbers dont entirely add up. Intel has apparently gained 2.18% share with Windows users but lost 0.37% to AMD with Linux users. Even that appears surprising considering AMD is flying high with Ryzen 5000 chips at the moment (if youre lucky enough to find one), but it's not unbelievable. So why has Steam decided that Intel has gone from 73.1% overall share, which has been sliding downwards consistently for months, to 81% with a huge almost 8% gain over December? Random data misreading? No surveys sent out to AMD processor owners? Cyberpunk 2077 glitches infiltrating Steams data set? Back in 2018, a similar situation occurred when gamers in cyber cafes in China deeply skewed the results. This story will be updated when and if any further changes are made to the December 2020 survey. Buy the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 on Amazon
Xiaomi launches the Mi 11 flagship: Snapdragon 888-powered phone with a QHD+ display for just over US$600 - Notebookcheck.net
The Xiaomi Mi 11 is here, and it comes equipped with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 888, a QHD+ 120 Hz AMOLED made by Samsung, and all-around impressive hardware. Better still, it's a hell of a bargain at a starting price point of just over US$600.
After weeks of teasers, Xiaomi has finally lifted the veil over its next generation of flagships, the Mi 11 series. The company, today at an event in China, launched the Mi 11 as a direct successor to the Mi 10 that was launched back in February. The Mi 11 sports a quad-curved 6.81-inch QHD+ SAMOLED display, with a variable refresh rate peaking at 120 Hz and going as low as 30 Hz. Interestingly, that's the first time Xiaomi has equipped a smartphone with a QHD+ display. Along with that is a 480 Hz touch sampling rate for class-leading responsiveness. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus which provides 50% better drop resistance and 100% improved scratch resistance. Under the hood is Qualcomm's new flagship mobile chipset, the Snapdragon 888. That makes the Mi 11 series the first phone offered with this SoC, in line with Qualcomm's close business partnership with Xiaomi. The Mi 11 is offered with 8 GB of RAM as base equipment, with Xiaomi opting for improved RAM modules that deliver peak speeds of 6.4 Gb/s versus the 5.5 Gb/s RAM on the Mi 10 Pro. The device can be had with a minimum of 128 GB of UFS 3.1 storage and tops out at 256 GB. Camera-wise, the Mi 11 sports a redesigned rear camera module, with a massive 108 MP camera being the star of the show. There is, of course, optical image stabilization. That camera is aided by a 13 MP ultra-wide-angle camera and a 5 MP telephoto/macro shooter. At the front of the device is a 20 MP selfie shooter housed within a notch. The Mi 11 offers a stereo speaker setup tuned by Harman Kardon, 55W wired charging, 50 W wireless charging, and a big 4600 mAh battery. There is, of course, no headphone jack present. That has been the case for years on Mi flagships. While much has been said about Xiaomi not including a charger in the box, Xiaomi is offering the 55 W charging brick at no extra cost on request. Pricing:
Samsung tipped to manufacture NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 SUPER GPUs next year - Notebookcheck.net
NVIDIA looked to Samsung rather than TSMC for the production of its RTX 30 series GPUs. The decision to go with Samsung has caused issues though, not least poor yields on its 8 nm process. Nonetheless, NVIDIA will continue to use Samsung for its RTX 30 SUPER …
NVIDIA will not be tapping up TSMC's 7 nm nodes anytime soon, according to a new report by The Korea Economic Daily. Instead, Samsung and NVIDIA have reputedly signed a second deal for the manufacture of GPUs. The new deal comes after NVIDIA admitted that supply constraints were at the root of why it has produced so far RTX 30 series graphics cards. The Korea Economic Daily has not divulged the details of the new deal between Samsung and NVIDIA, but it is expected to run to hundreds of billions of KRW. Citing industry officials, The Korea Economic Daily adds that NVIDIA favoured Samsung over TSMC in part because of the need for quick delivery of GPUs. NVIDIA is not waiting around for chip availability to improve before its releases more graphics cards, though. On the contrary, it has already announced a new GeForce RTX hardware event for January 12 where it is expected to present new graphics cards. Based on recent rumours, NVIDIA may launch multiple cards next month, including the RTX 3050 and RTX 3060. The additional deal is speculated to extend to the supply of GPUs for a SUPER refresh of the RTX 30 series too, though. If that is the case, then we would expect NVIDIA to begin selling these towards the end of 2021.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 comes out swinging on Geekbench - Notebookcheck.net
Qualcomm only unveiled the Snapdragon 888 yesterday, but a new entry on Geekbench with the chipset has already appeared. The device is codenamed the Vivo V2056A, but it is not the only device on the benchmarking website to feature the new flagship SoC.
A new Geekbench 5 entry shows that Vivo is working on a smartphone with the model number 'V2056A'. According to the listing, the V2056A has a next-generation Qualcomm chipset. Based on previous leaks, it seems that the V2056A has a Snapdragon 888, which Qualcomm announced yesterday. There are now several listings on Geekbench with 'lahaina' motherboards, of which the V2056A is one. Additionally, the chipset can be identified as the 'ARM implementer 65 architecture 8 variant 1 part 3396 revision 0'. Geekbench also tells us that the V2056A has 12 GB of RAM and is running Android 11, which one should expect from a new flagship smartphone. The listing offers an insight into the performance of the Snapdragon 888 too, albeit only a limited one at this stage. The new chipset appears to have a 25% faster single-core performance than the Snapdragon 865, for example, along with an 11% advantage in multi-core tasks. According to Geekbench, at least Vivo, OnePlus and Samsung have Snapdragon 888-powered smartphones in development. Realme and Xiaomi have confirmed that they do too, as has Motorola. Qualcomm has confirmed that 13 OEMs have already pledged to release smartphones containing the Snapdragon 888 though, as we have also reported.
Xiaomi announces the Mi 11 ahead of tipped January launch; to feature the new Snapdragon 888 - Notebookcheck.net
Xiaomi has now officially announced its next-gen flagship phone, Mi 11. While details of the device remain unknown, the company confirmed that it will be powered by the all-new Snapdragon 888—Qualcomm's most powerful chipset yet. Launch is rumored for January…
Xiaomi will release the Mi 11 series as the direct successors to the critically acclaimed Mi 10 series. That has been known for a while now but the company officially announced the next-generation flagship phone earlier today. Following the unveiling of the Snapdragon 888, Qualcomm's latest flagship mobile chipset, Xiaomi confirmed that it will release the Mi 11 in the near future and that the phone would be among the first to be powered by the new Snapdragon 888. That's about par, of course, as Xiaomi has strong ties with Qualcomm and usually leads the race for the adoption of new Qualcomm silicon. It's unknown when the Mi 11 will be released but word on the grapevine currently leans towards a January launch. It appears most OEMs may launch their new devices around the same window, rather than in February as has been traditional for a while now. While there's no concrete information about the details of the Mi 11 series, reports indicate that the more powerfuland, of course, more expensiveMi 11 Pro will offer a quad-curved QHD+ AMOLED display. That would be a first for Xiaomi and would be strong evidence of the company's plans to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S21 series.
M1 MacBook Air's SSD is twice as fast as that of the latest Intel-based model - Notebookcheck.net
A recent storage benchmark result that was published on the MacRumors Forums website by a new owner of the M1 MacBook Air reveals impressive results: almost 2,200 MB/s write and over 2,600 MB/s read speed. These results come alongside a set of excellent Geekb…
The 2020 MacBook Air was one of Apple's shortest-lived notebooks and for a good reason. This reason does not concern any fatal flaws of the model, but how fast is the M1 MacBook Air. However, one of the weakest areas of the Intel-based MacBook Air mentioned above, namely the rather slow storage speeds, is no longer a problem for M1 MacBook Air owners, as shown by a benchmark result that was posted online earlier today. MacRumors Forums member abbotsford1980 has revealed the results obtained with his new M1 MacBook Air with a 256 GB SSD in Blackmagicdesign's Disk Speed Test and also what he got with the 2019 MacBook Air, which he claims to have similar performance with the 2020 Intel-powered model. These are his numbers:
- M1 MacBook Air: 2,190.1 MB/s write, 2,676.4 MB/s read
- 2019 MacBook Air: 1,007.1 MB/s write, 1,319.7 MB/s read
Samsung may be planning to upgrade up to 90 devices to One UI 3.0 and Android 11 - Notebookcheck.net
A list of devices that will receive One UI 3.0 has appeared online, suggesting that Samsung may bring Android 11 to up to 90 smartphones and tablets over the next few months. The list includes representatives from Samsung Galaxy A, M, Note, S and Tab series, …
Samsung plans to upgrade up to 90 devices to One UI 3.0, according to a list that has been published online. According to @TheGalox_, the list has been confirmed, which includes the likes of the Galaxy S10 and Note 10, along with countless Galaxy A handsets. Unsurprisingly, newer devices like the S20 FE and Z Fold2 have made the cut. We should point out that the list below does not contain 90 unique devices. There are multiple '5G' and '5G UW' variants, for example, which inflates the volume of devices somewhat. Additionally, it does not seem that Samsung has published this list itself - at least, we cannot find any official reference to it. Samsung announced in August that scores of devices would be eligible for three Android OS updates, though. So, at the very worst, the list presented by @TheGalox_ may have been built from an earlier official one. According to Samsung Korea, we should start seeing stable One UI 3.0 builds from December. The new OS will reach flagships like the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 series first, probably in Samsung's home market of South Korea. We would expect One UI 3.0 builds to start arriving in Europe and the US before the end of the year though, if the release of past One UI upgrades is anything to go by.
PlayStation 5 temperature and noise tests validate its next-generation console status in comparison to PS4 Pro results - Notebookcheck.net
New temperature and noise tests for the PlayStation 5 have surfaced, and as expected, the console warrants its next-generation title when compared to the previous-generation PS4 Pro. Initial results for the PS5 point to good thermal development and more than …
The PlayStation 5 has hit the ground running as dozens of reviews start finding their way online. Initial judgments appear to be positive, and no doubt gamers will be looking forward to testing out the next-generation console within just a few more days. New temperature and sound tests have also been posted that paint the PS5 in a very good light, especially against the PS4 Pro. A video clip has been shared on Reddit that shows a microphone recording the noise emissions from both the PS4 Pro and PS5 while engaged in the process of rendering Marvels Spider-Man. The clip, which is a small segment taken from a longer review video published by German outfit Game Two, clearly demonstrates just how quiet the PS5 is compared to its predecessor. The PS4 Pro sounds pretty much like a hair dryer blasting away in this comparison, while there is barely a noticeable hum coming from the next-gen hardware. Along with apparent confirmation that the PS5 runs silent, some temperature measurements during gaming have also been shared via social media. Sourced from Italian site GameTimers, the highest temperature recorded for the PS5 was a reasonable 59 °C during Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition (@120 fps). Miles Morales pushed the console to 55 °C, and temperatures measured during previous-gen title gameplay were even cooler: 47 °C for Ghost of Tsushima and 45 °C for God of War. In comparison, the PS4 Pro pushed 57 °C and 58 °C, respectively, for these two popular titles. The average recorded temperature over the six titles in the measurement chart (see below) is just under 50 °C, which is more than acceptable for the hard-working components inside the PS5. There is also another mention of the noise development in the GameTimers review, with a paltry 20 dB recorded, which is even lower than the reported measurements for the whisper-quiet Xbox Series X/S. Its a promising start for Sonys next-gen console, which will be available online-only (no units available for in-store purchase) on the November 12 launch day.
Alleged AMD Radeon RX 6800 demonstrates 23% lead over RTX 3070 Founders Edition in leaked Time Spy score - Notebookcheck.net
A 3DMark Time Spy result of an alleged AMD Radeon RX 6800 has surfaced. Though not confirmed to be an RX 6800, the leaked Time Spy graphics score shows a healthy 23% lead over the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition.
There have been quite a few performance numbers of the Radeon RX 6000 series available in the past few days, a few via leaks and few from AMD itself. @PJ_Lab_UH, an editor at Uniko's Hardware (UH), has posted what appears to be a Time Spy score of the Radeon RX 6800. UH does not confirm if the GPU is indeed an RX 6800 as there is no such indication in the benchmark result itself. That being said, it is possible that the card being tested in an early engineering sample whose name is not correctly recognized by the driver. Assuming that it is indeed the RX 6800, we see that the card manages to post 12,704 points in Time Spy combined and 16,775 points in the Graphics test. The CPU being indicated is a Ryzen 5 3500X. Taking the Time Spy Graphics scores of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition from Guru3D and HotHardware reviews (13,622 and 12,864, respectively), we find that the alleged Radeon RX 6800 is up to 23% faster than the RTX 3070 Founders Edition putting it a very comfortable lead. In another leak by the same person, we have also seen the RX 6800 performing just 5% slower than the RTX 3070 in Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 1440p with ray tracing enabled managing about 80 fps. Overall, it looks like AMD may have a fine competitor to the RTX 3070. Though the RX 6800 is US$80 costlier than the RTX 3070, it does bring benefits of faster clocks (up to 2,250 MHz), more VRAM (16 GB GDDR6), and higher memory bandwidth (16 Gbps) albeit at a higher TDP of 300 W. What remains to be seen is how AMD would implement ray tracing and super-sampling features. Hopefully, it won't be too long before we find out.
Big Navi ray-tracing could be better than expected: leaked benchmarks show the Radeon RX 6800 compete with the GeForce RTX 3070 with DLSS enabled - Notebookcheck.net
Leaked DXR benchmarks indicate that AMD's hardware ray-tracing solution could be better than expected. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the Radeon RX 6800 at native-res trails the GeForce RTX 3070 by only a slight margin, even with the latter using DLSS upscalin…
Leaked benchmarks outed by @PJ_Lab_UH indicate that AMD's Big Navi RX 6800 does remarkably well in ray-tracing workloads, even without DLSS-like upscaling technology. According to the tipster, the midrange Radeon RX 6800 managed 80 FPS in Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 1440p, with ray-tracing effects enabled. Remarkably, this is just 5 percent lower than what the GeForce RTX 3070 manages with DLSS technology enabled. Either the Radeon RX 6800's raw rasterization power is making up for relatively weaker RT cores, or AMD's "Ray Accelerators" are faster than expected. These results are interesting since AMD's yet to share hard performance data itself on ray-tracing performance. The results have major implications for products higher up on the product stack such as the Radeon RX 6800 XT and Radeon RX 6900 XT. If AMD's hardware ray-tracing solution is nearly as efficient as Ampere, Radeon gamers could enable high-end ray-tracing effects at 4K on cards like the RX 6900 XT without too severe of a performance hit. AMD itself is working on a DirectML-based DLSS alternative, though it has yet to share details. In the here and now, RX 6800 ray-tracing results mean that native 4K/60 gaming could now be viable with ray-tracing on.