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Xiaomi to release their own processor - Pinecone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 11 mins ago

Xiaomi has confirmed on the Chinese social media website Weibo that they would launch their own 'Pinecone' processor on February 28th in Beijing.




The company earlier announced that they wouldn't be present at this year's MWC in Barcelona cause "they have nothing to show," but they chose a date for the official Pinecone launch exactly during MWC.


The company hasn't provided any additional info, but it was previously speculated that we could see this chip in Xiaomi's upcoming Mi 5c.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 images leak ahead of launch at MWC

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 20 mins ago

Since Samsung won't unveil the Galaxy S8 and S8+ at MWC in Barcelona, the company decided to introduce the Galaxy Tab S3, which they hinted in their official invite.




Rumors say that the tablet will be available shortly after launch, and now the images of the device have leaked from the Taiwanese NCC.


The images aren't the best quality, but they show that the Tab S3 will rock a so-called glass sandwich design, meaning that both the front and the back will be covered with glass with a metal frame between them. This is something that Korean company introduced with their Galaxy S6.

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Qualcomm leads 5G tech race, multi-Gbps speeds are close

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 1 hour, 46 mins ago

Qualcomm is slowly moving its chess pieces around the 5G board, with a tease of Gigabit LTE in Sydney, Australia a couple of weeks ago - and a full detailing on 5G technology and its race to 5G leadership at Qualcomm HQ in San Diego, California.




Qualcomm has announced their first successful 5G connection "based on the New Radio (NR) work in 3GPP", something the company expects to "become the global 5G standard". The successful 5G test used Qualcomm Technologies' sub-6GHz 5G NR prototype system, something that is capable of operating at mid-band spectrum from 3.3-5.0GHz.


This huge speed allows for multiple Gbps in bandwidth, and better yet - at "significantly lower latency" than today's 4G LTE networks. 5G NR will take advantage of the wide range of spectrum bands, as it can use spectrum bands below 6GHz, something Qualcomm says is "critical for achieving ubiquitous coverage and capacity to address the large number of envisioned 5G use cases".


Right now, this is in the prototyping stage, but Qualcomm will handle over-the-air 5G NR trials in the second half of this year, hoping to push the 3GPP specification as the global 5G standard from 2018, into the future.

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, up to 1.2Gbps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 hours, 16 mins ago

Qualcomm has already teased Gigabit LTE in Sydney, Australia with speeds of 930Mbps over a small router that fits into your pocket, but now they've announced their new Snapdragon X20 LTE chipset that will eventually find its way into next-gen mobile devices.




The new Snapdragon X20 LTE modem is capable of "fiber-like" speeds, with download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps - providing over 100MB/sec download speeds... on your smartphone. Qualcomm reaches this with the new LTE Category 18 technology, with support for up to 5 x 20MHz download Carrier Aggregation (CA) over unlicensed FDD and TDD radio frequencies, as well as 4x4 MIMO on up to three aggregated LTE carriers.




Qualcomm's super-fast Snapdragon X20 LTE chipset is capable of 12 simultaneous unique streams of data, and on each download stream the X20 LTE's modem and its support for 256-QAM, we're looking at peak throughput of around 100Mbps. Uplink bandwidth with 2x20MHz carrier aggregation plus 64-QAM sees upload speeds of 150Mbps.

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AMD Ryzen 7 1700X spotted in detail

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 2 hours, 42 mins ago

AMD is skating the edge of the release of its next-gen Ryzen CPUs, and now we're getting our first up close shots of the Ryzen 7 1700X processor.




Here's the front/top of the chip, with it clearly being branded as 'RYZEN' - with the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X full name at the top.




And from the bottom.

NVIDIA's next-gen Volta GPU turns up in latest drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 hours, 48 mins ago

NVIDIA is expected to unveil its Volta GPU architecture in detail during its GPU Technology Conference in May, but between now and then we're looking at some fresh rumors of the GV100 GPU.




GV100 is the 'full fat' Volta GPU that will most likely power the Volta-based Titan X graphics card, featuring HBM2 technology - this is 'Big Volta'. The new tease of GV100 was in AIDA64's latest update, where the developers found a PCI device ID belonging to 1D81 = Graphics Device [GV100]. Interesting way of finding out about it, huh?


Now bring on GTC 2017, where we should hopefully learn everything about Volta.

Horizon Zero Dawn is 'best' 4K game on PS4 Pro so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 13 mins ago

Horizon Zero Dawn has been receiving some amazing compliments so far, and after Digital Foundry's analysis on the PlayStation exclusive, it looks like it's the best-looking PS4/PS4 Pro game to date.



The game maintains its 1080p resolution on the PS4, but the beefier PS4 Pro can run Horizon Zero Dawn at 4K - while performance, stays roughly the same. We're looking at a "near-locked and well-paced" 30FPS, with "very few drops below" 30FPS - with both of these drops in performance happening at the "same spots regardless of the console", which means we should see updates for Horizon Zero Dawn that will improve those dips in the near future.


Guerrilla Games harnessed the additional horsepower inside of the PS4 Pro to not only crank up the resolution to the non-native "checkerboard 4K presentation" - but the graphical detail is increased. There's higher antistrophic filtering and texture resolution on the PS4 Pro version of Horizon Zero Dawn. There will also be an update pushed out on day one for Horizon Zero Drawn that will offer a high-performance option.




The PS4 Pro version of Horizon Zero Dawn clearly looks better, with Digital Foundry providing some side-by-side comparisons of the PS4 and PS4 Pro versions.

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Nintendo Switch has 25.9 GB available memory, OS is 4GB

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 29 mins ago

A gamer recently bought a Nintendo Switch early and showed off the system's startup screens, revealing that the console-handheld hybrid only has approximately 25.9 GB of the advertised 32GB of onboard memory will be available for games, downloads, and screenshots.




The Nintendo Switch is supposed to come with 32GB of flash storage. However, as any tecchie will tell you, the advertised memory isn't what you actually get (and here's why).


Given that a 32GB flash drive will only actually have about 29.8 GB of usable space, we can assess the Nintendo Switch's customized operating system takes up about 4GB of space by default, leaving about ~26GB left over for gamers to use (29.8GB - 25.9GB = 3.9GB). To give you an idea of how much space this actually is let's say you plan to install Zelda: Breath of the Wild digitally on the Switch, which clocks in at 13.4GB. After installing that one game you'd have 12.5GB left over for other games--but fear not, Nintendo Switch games are rather minute!

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GDC 2017 tease Ghost Recon Wildlands technology video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 1 min ago

GDC 2017 kicks off next week, with a big tease of Ghost Recon Wildlands and the terrain tools and technology video for the game.



The developer must be proud of its work into the terrain and landscapes of Wildlands, which do look absolutely amazing, and now we have a tease of what will come at GDC 2017. I'm going to be on the ground at the time, and have this session locked into my calendar.


Ghost Recon Wildlands will be released on March 7 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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GTX 1080 Ti teased in Halo Wars 2 official requirements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 55 mins ago

NVIDIA is expected to unveil their GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card during their event at GDC 2017 next week, but the GTX 1080 Ti has been teased... with Halo Wars 2.




Halo Wars 2 is coming soon, with Microsoft and developer THQ Nordic listing NVIDIA's unreleased and unannounced GeForce GTX 1080 Ti as the GPU of choice for Halo Wars 2's Ultra graphics requirements. We should expect NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti to be a slightly gimped Titan X, which is not a bad thing - 3328 CUDA cores, 12GB of GDDR5X, and 10.8TFLOPs of performance - enough for Ultra settings in Halo Wars 2.