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Chuwi Hi9 is Probably the Best 8 inch Gaming Tablet You Can Buy for Less Than $200

By Radu Iorga

Remember when the 7 inch or 8 inch tablets ruled? They were excellent gaming devices, but the whole tablet segment seems to have shifted towards convertibles and huge devices. Luckily gaming still happens on a smaller scale, that’s why an 8 inch tablet still feels tempting. A device of the sort is the Chuwi Hi9, which is being sold by Banggood for an excellent price, below $200.

Chuwi Hi9 is a gaming tablet with an 8.4 inch display and it runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. It comes with a quad core MediaTek MT8173 processor and the resolution is pretty generous, at 2560 x 1600 pixels. There’s 4 GB of RAM inside, 64 GB of storage and a PowerVR GX6250 GPU takes care of the gaming aspect. The whole thing measures 7.9 mm, which by the way was the waistline of the Galaxy S7.

It’s got 2.4 and 5G dual band WiFi and the screen is sourced by JDI, with OGS and good looking 2.5D panel. Improved grip is important for long gaming sessions and that’s also offered here. A microSD card slot also makes the cut, plus a front 2 MP camera and a main 5 MP shooter, with HDR capabilities. Bluetooth 4.0 is on the list as well, plus a microUSB port, audio jack and a 4500 mAh battery.

 

Another piece of good news is that the device’s bundle includes a glass screen protector. The device has been with 1 meter drop tests and 100.000 times key tests, plus 23 general performance tests. If you want to get the good deal for it on Banggood, you can find it here.

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Google Fuchsia OS Gets Detailed Demo; This May Replace Android in the Future (Video)

By Radu Iorga

I don’t want to get into “memberries”, but remember when Google was prepping fresh new OSes for the future? They were coming up with Andromeda and Fuchsia, with plenty of leaks over the past 2 years. Now Fuchsia OS registered a big time leak, as it’s been demoed in the video below.

Last we heard about it was in May last year, when a series of screenshots from its UI were leaked online. Back then it ran on tablets and mobile and now it’s seen on a Pixelbook, courtesy of Ars Technica. The call it the “experimental, top secret OS” from Google. In May last year it was pretty barebones and many features were lacking, but now it seems to have evolved.

The Fuchsia system UI was written with a cross platform SDK dubbed “Flutter” and over the past year had shut down the compatible iOS and Android builds. Fuchsia comes with a Vulkan-based graphics stack and no emulator can support the new graphics API. It was only supported on the Intel NUC PCs from 2015 and the Acer Switch Alpha 12 laptop. But then recently the Google Pixelbook was added as a supported device.

Ars Technica ran the OS on that exact device, as sort of an app on top of Android. The only things that work are a guest mode used to log in, a bunch of apps and the simulation of the UI. The Internet browser can’t load full pages and the music app doesn’t work. At least you can explore its functioning modes, like smartphone, tablet and laptop.

There’s also a Quick Settings shade, multitasking UI with a variety of split screen modes for apps, probably the best thing about this release. The home screen is the “Armadillo” user shell that was loaded on Android by tinkerers months ago. This time a lot of things work instead of being placeholders. At the center of the screen there’s a status readout showing the date and time, Fuchsia button and connectivity, plus battery.

There’s a lot of work to be done, but the project is coming along fine, especially in the multitasking. Be sure to watch the Ars Technica demo video below. Expect to see a breakthrough at I/O 2018.

You can see the video at this link.

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LG Patents New Type of Folding Phone, That Becomes a Tablet

By Radu Iorga

After so many leaks of foldable Samsung or Microsoft phones that may or may not become tablets, today we find something similar from LG. This new type of folding phone is detailed in the patents below and we actually have two versions of it.

One of the LG patents was filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization and it shows a folding hybrid, that’s both tablet and phone. It describes the unit as a “Mobile phone with a flexible display, which can be folded in half”. It was filed back in July 2017 and published on January 12th 2018. The first version of the machine is a foldable phone, that features the camera on the back panel.

Once it’s folded, the device can display info like the time, date and weather on the front screen. The second version is pretty similar, except for the fact that when the device is folded, the rear cover is pushed to one side and reveals a transparent section on the front right hand side.

 

The sidebar bit can be used to show the time and notifications. The rear of the device also integrates a camera module. The solid lines in the illustration are supposed to show “claimed features” and the broken ones show what the rest of the device is supposed to look like.

The dotted lines in the design patent aren’t covered by said patent. It seems like a pretty elegant design this one, but still I find it bulky… The transparent piece is an innovation compared to the Microsoft and Samsung foldables.

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Razer Phone 2 Already In the Works, Bundled With Project Linda and Coming at IFA 2018

By Radu Iorga

Back at CES 2018 Razer came out with the Project Linda initiative, a laptop dock especially designed for the Razer Phone. It expands its battery life and screen estate, plus adds a bigger keyboard and bigger screen obviously. Today the first details about Razer Phone 2 have surfaced and once again they have to do with the Project Linda.

Sources are saying that the finalized Project Linda could be coming at IFA 2018, with the Razer Phone 2 generation. The name Razer Phone 2 is still pending and the sources claim that the debut will take place in September. The source doesn’t have specs, but they do have some interesting details. Project Linda and Razer Phone 2 may debut as a bundle.

For those of you not sure what Project Linda is, we’re talking about an Android laptop, a dock for the phone with some extras. It seems that this project is actually not 100% ready for prime time and the Razer execs will decide about over the next few days. CEO Min-Liang Tan replied to Marques Brownlee on Twitter recently suggesting that the device will happen.

Since Razer Phone is a gaming phone, we expect the second model to sport an even better CPU, probably the Snapdragon 845 and move on to even higher RAM and storage quantities. The Project Linda itself could be upgraded, with improved battery life, higher resolution, ergonomic and backlit keyboard, plus powerful speakers (even though the Razer Phone itself has powerful ones).

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…

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Tonight’s Video Worth Sharing: The Dell XPS 13 (2018) Notebook Full Review

By Tim

Tonight’s video comes to us from Andrew over at AMDTech and covers, in detail, the new Dell XPS 13 that was just released.

The new model is thinner and lighter than last year’s version and in the case of this review comes with a 4K display.

Of course that thinner, lighter stuff means less  space to cram stuff under the hood. So the battery is a bit smaller and gone is a full size SD card slot and also gone are the full size USB ports.

On the other hand we get 3 USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports and we at least get a USB-C to full size USB adapter dongle in the box.

We have an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and 8 GB of RAM along with a relatively quick 256 GB SSD.

So all the above being said, check out the video, subscribe to Andrew’s channel if you like this tech stuff and want honest reviews.

That is all for now,

Tim

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