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Putting a smartphone under pressure is not easy nowadays
As is the case with our performance tests on top of the range smartphones, three different kinds of test will be taken into account in this article to assess their overall behavior. Xiaomi Mi 8 was first subjected to the following benchmarks:
Thanks to these values we can compare it on paper with the other smartphones we have tried, so you can get a general idea of the brute power of the terminal. The second test is gaming, where the smartphone will prove its worth with long gaming sessions with titles such as Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition, Hearthstone and PUBG.
As always, there will also be room for assessments of the behaviour of smartphones in everyday life, because as you well know, trusting benchmarks is good but not trusting is better!
Powerful but unexceptional internals
Xiaomi Mi 8, performance side, does not accept compromises. The smartphone features the latest top-of-the-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 AIE chip with eight-core CPU (4x 2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold and 4x 1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) and an Andreno 630 GPU. To accompany the whole thing we find 6GB of RAM LPDDR4X and 128GB of non-expandable internal memory type UFS 2.1.
The AIE acronym in combination with the SoC type is nothing new on the chip itself. The acronym stands for Artificial Intelligence Engine and refers to Qualcomm’s optimization of its chips for the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning on the device. By adding this acronym to the name of the SoC (yes, the acronym is visible on the packaging), the manufacturer simply claims to take advantage of the AI capabilities of the chip made available by Qualcomm. However, this does not exclude manufacturers not applying this acronym from using these functions, simply it is not specified.
Small digression aside, Mi 8 does not present anything different than the technical specifications of all the other top of the range of 2018. What makes the difference in these cases is software optimization and we know that Xiaomi usually does not disappoint in that sense.

Note: the software used for the benchmarks is the Chinese version of MIUI 9.5, you can improve your smartphone still further with the European software or the new MIUI 10

Xiaomi Mi 8 in benchmark tests

 
Pixel 2 XL(Snapdragon 835)
Huawei P20 Pro(Kirin 970)
Galaxy S9(Exynos 9810)
Sony Xperia XZ2(Snapdragon 845)
Xiaomi Mi 8

Geekbench CPUSingle core
1867
1920
3645
2412
2380

Geekbench CPUMulticore
6291
6780
8820
8420
8332

3D MarkSling Shot ES 3.1
3571
2972
3274
4679
4608

3D MarkSling Shot ES 3.0
4714
3346
3873
6140
6062

3D MarkIce Storm Unlimited ES 2.0
37844
30602
38488
63589
61644

PassMark Memory(RAM)
13836
14087
24721
12418
11935

PassMark Disk(Storage)
47759
64144
72538
73208
70966

Our benchmark table puts the Xiaomi Mi 8 in competition with some of the latest smartphones that use different platforms. We can see right away that last year’s top Qualcomm SoC used by the Pixel 2 XL and the Kirin 970 used by the P20 Pro on paper are not keeping pace. However, this does not mean that these SoCs have any problems whatsoever, it is obvious that a new platform released later has performance advantages over older competitors.

Android 8.1 allows Xiaomi to take advantage of the NNAPI (Neural Network API) on the Snapdragon 845 AIE. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

The real interesting comparison is with the SoC Exynos that Samsung uses in Europe for its top of the range. This chip is again at the top of the CPU performance, both in single core and in multi core, leaving Mi 8 and Xperia XZ2 one step behind. What Qualcomm’s mobile platform manages much better are the graphic performances, the Samsung chip cannot guarantee the same performances.
Xiaomi Mi 8 is very close to the scores of Xperia XZ2 which still has slightly higher scores than the top of the Chinese range. This shows how Sony’s clean, well optimized software also pays off in terms of pure performance and benchmarks.
Another success from Xiaomi
Therefore, Xiaomi Mi 8 has the best hardware available on Android smartphones at the moment. So what? What does this mean when you use your smartphone?
As you might expect from the results above, there’s no big problem to report, your smartphone runs smoothly and quickly, no uncertainty or slowdown. I am surprised by the speed at which applications open that has exceeded all my expectations. The smartphone slides under your fingers with pleasure, as I already noticed on Mi MIX 2S.
The only note I have to make is about the opening animation of the preview of open applications that was not as fluid as on his brother Mi MIX 2S, from time to time the opening of this screen was with some unacceptable delay for a top of the range of the genre. The problem, however, I attribute to the software, not perfectly optimized, plus MIUI 10 is in the home stretch so probably Xiaomi has focused its efforts on the new version of the Chinese Android skin.

The Xiaomi skin is highly personalized. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

In games, the smartphone behaved very well without showing hiccups or slowdowns even in the most demanding titles. It is also interesting to note that Mi 8 does not heat up slightly like other smartphones that use the same SoC even after hours of play or long video recordings in 4K.
Mi 8 doesn’t slow down even after the longest and most intensive sessions on Final Fantasy or PUBG, but this power comes at a price: the battery life is dramatically shortened. However, this is the subject of another in-depth study…

Opinion by Luca Zaninello

When I play games on my smartphone, I expect my battery life to be affected
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Are scooter startups really worth billions? – TechCrunch

It’s been hard to miss the scooter startup wars opening fresh, techno-fueled rifts in Valley society in recent months. Another flavor of ride-sharing steed which sprouted seemingly overnight to clutter up sidewalks — drawing rapid-fire ire from city regulators apparently far more forgiving of traffic congestion if it’s delivered in the traditional, car-shaped capsule.
Even in their best, most-groomed PR shots, the dockless carelessness of these slimline electrified scooters hums with an air of insouciance and privilege. As if to say: Why yes, we turned a kids’ toy into a battery-powered kidult transporter — what u gonna do about it?
An earlier batch of electric scooter sharing startups — offering full-fat, on-road mopeds that most definitely do need a license to ride (and, unless you’re crazy, a helmet for your head) — just can’t compete with that. Last mile does not haul.
But a short-walk replacement tool that’s so seamlessly manhandled is also of course easily vandalized. Or misappropriated. Or both. And there have been a plethora of scooter dismemberment/kidnap horror stories coming out of California, judging by reports from the scooter wars front line. Hanging scooters in trees is presumably a protest thing.
Scooter brand Lime struck an especially tone-deaf tech note trying to fix this problem after an update added a security alarm  that bellowed robotic threats to call the cops on anyone who fumbled to unlock them. Safe to say, littering abusive scooters in public spaces isn’t a way to win friends and influence people.
Even when functioning ‘correctly’, i.e. as intended, scooter rides can ooze a kind of brash entitlement. The sweatless convenience looks like it might be mostly enabling another advance in tech-fueled douche behavior as a t-shirt wearing alpha nerd zips past barking into AirPods and inhaling a takeaway latte while cutting up the patience of pedestrians.
None of this fast-seeded societal friction has put the brakes on e-scooter startup momentum, though. Au contraire. They’ve been raising massive amounts of investment on rapidly inflating valuations ($2BN is the latest valuation for Bird).
But buying lots of e-scooters and leaving them at the mercy of human whim is an expensive business to try scaling. Hence big funding rounds are necessary if you’re going to replace all the canal-dunked duds and keep scooting fast enough for the competition.
At the same time, there isn’t a great deal to differentiate one e-scooter experience over another — beyond price and proximity. Branding might do it but then you have to scramble even harder and faster to create a slick experience and inflate a brand that sticks. (And it goes without saying that a scooter sticky with fecal-matter is absolutely not that.)
The still fledgling startups are certainly scrambling to scale, with some also already pushing into international markets. Lime just scattered ~200 e-scooters in Paris, for example. It’s also been testing the waters more quietly in Zurich. While Bird has its beady eye on European territory too.
The idea underpinning some very obese valuations for these fledgling startups is that scooters will be a key piece of a reworked, multi-modal transport mix for urban mobility, fueled by app-based convenience and city buy-in to greener transport options with emissions-free benefits. (Albeit scooters’ greenness depends on what they’re displacing; Great if it’s gas-guzzling cars, less compelling if it’s people walking or peddling.)
And while investors are buying in to the vision that lots of city dwellers are going to be scooting the last mile in future, and betting big on sizable value being captured by a few plucky scooter startups — more than half a billion dollars has been funneled into just two of these slimline scooter brands, Bird and Lime, since February — there are skeptical notes being sounded too.
Asking whether the scooter model really justifies such huge raises and heady valuations. Wondering if it isn’t a bit crazy for a fledgling Bird to be 2x a unicorn already.

Shared bike and scooter fleets are paving the way to a revolution in urban mobility but will only capture little value in the long term. Investors are highly overestimating the virtue of these businesses.
— Thibaud Elziere (@tiboel)

The bear case for these slimline e-scooters says they’re really only fixing a pretty limited urban mobility problem. Too spindly and unsafe to go the distance, too sedate of pace (and challenged for sidewalk space) to feel worthwhile if you don’t have far to go anyway. And of course you’re not going to be able to cart your kids and/or much baggage on a stand-up two wheeler. So they’re useless for families.
Meanwhile scooter invasions are illegal in some places and, where they are possible, are fast inviting public and regulatory frisson and friction — by contributing to congestion and peril on already crowded pavements.
After taking one of Lime’s just-landed e-scooters for a spin in Paris this week, Willy Braun, VC at early stage European fund Daphni, came away unimpressed. “I didn’t feel I was really saving time in a short distance, since there is always many people in our narrow sidewalks,” he tells us. “And it isn’t comfortable enough for me to imagine a longer distance. Also it’s quite expensive ($1 per use and $.15/min).
“Lastly: Before renting it I read two news media that told me I had to use it only on the sidewalks and they tell us that we should only use it on the road during the onboarding — and that wearing an helmet is mandatory without providing it). As a comparison, I’d rather use e-bikes (or emoto-bikes) for longer journey without hesitation.”
“Give us Jump instead of Lime!” he adds, namechecking the electric bike startup that’s been lodged under Uber’s umbrella since April, adding a greener string to its urban mobility bow — and which is also heading over to Europe as part of the ride-hailing giant’s ongoing efforts to revitalize its regionally battered brand.
“Uber stands ready to help address some of the biggest challenges facing German cities: tackling air pollution, reducing congestion and increasing access to cleaner transportation solutions,” said CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wheeling a bright red Jump bike on stage at the Noah conference in Berlin earlier this month. Uber’s Jump e-bikes will launch in Germany this summer.
E-bikes do seem to offer more urban mobility versatility than e-scooters. Though a scooter is arguably a more accessible type of wheeled steed vs a bike, given you can just stand on it and be moved.
But in Europe’s dense and dynamic urban environments — which, unlike the US, tend to be replete with public transit options (typically at a spectrum of price-points) — individual transport choices tend to be based firstly on economics. After which it’s essentially a matter of personal taste and/or the weather.
Urban transport horses for courses — depending on your risk, convenience and comfort thresholds, thanks to a publicly funded luxury of choice. So scooters have loads of already embedded competition.
TechCrunch’s resident Parisien, Romain Dillet — a regular user of on-demand bike services in the city (of which there are many), and prior to that the city’s own dock-based bike rental scheme — also went for a test spin on a Lime scooter this week. And also came away feeling underwhelmed.
“This is bad,” he said after his ride. “It’s slow and you need to brake constantly. BUT the worst part is that it feels waaaaaay more dangerous than a bike. Basically you can’t brake abruptly because you’re just standing there.”

Index Venture’s Martin Mignot was also in Paris this week and he took the chance to take a Lime scooter for a spin too — checking out the competition in his case, given the European VC firm is a Bird backer. So what did he think?
“The experience is pretty cool. It’s slightly faster than a bike, there’s no sweating. The weather was just amazing and very hot in Paris so it was pretty amazing in terms of speed and lack of effort,” he says, rolling out the positively spun, vested view on scooter sharing. “Especially going up hill to go to Gare du Nord.
“And the lack of friction — just to get on board and get started. So in general I think it’s a great experience and I think it feels a really interesting niche between walking and on-demand bikes… In Paris you’ve also got the mopeds. So that kind of ‘in between offering’. I think there’s a big market there. I think it’s going to work pretty well in Paris.”
Mignot is a tad disparaging about the quality of Lime’s scooters vs the model being deployed by Bird — a scooter model he also personally owns. But again, as you’d expect given his vested interests.
“Obviously I’m biased but I would say that the Xiaomi scooter/Ninebot scooter is higher quality than the one that Lime are using,” he tells us. “I thought that the Lime one, the handlebar is a little bit too high. The braking is a little bit too soft. Maybe it was the one I used, I don’t know.”
Talking generally about scooter startups, he says investors’ excitement boils down to trip frequency — thanks exactly to journeys being these itty-bitty last mile links.
But it’s also then about the potential for all that last mile hopping to be a shortcut for winning a prized slot on smartphone users’ homescreens — and thus the underlying game being played looks like a jockeying for prime position in the urban mobility race.
Lime, for example, started out with bike rentals before jumping into scooters and going multi-modal. So scooter sharing starts to look like a strategy for mobility startups to scoot to the top of the attention foodchain — where they’re then positioned to offer a full mix and capture more value.
So really scooters might mostly be a tool for catching people’s app attention. Think of that next time you see one lying on a sidewalk.
“What’s very interesting if you look at the trip distribution, most of the trips are short. So the vast majority of trips if you’re walking, obviously, are less than three miles. So that’s actually where the bulk of the mobility happens. And scooters play really well in that field. So in terms of sheer number of trips I think it’s going to dwarf any other type of transportation. And especially ride-hailing,” says Mignot.
“If you look at how often do people use Uber or Lyft or Taxify… it’s going to be much less frequent than the scooter users. And I think that’s what makes it such an interesting asset… The frequency will be much higher — and so the apps that power the scooters will tend to be on the homescreen. And kind of on top of the foodchain, so to speak. So I think that’s what makes it super interesting.”
Scooters also get a big investor tick on merit of the lack of friction standing in the way of riding vs other available urban options such as bikes (or, well, non-electric scooters, skateboards, roller blades, public transport, and so on and on) — in both onboarding (getting going) and propulsion (i.e. the lack of sweat required to ride) terms.
“That’s what’s so brilliant with these devices, you just snap the QR code and off you go,” he says. “The difference with bikes is that you don’t have to produce any effort. I think there are cases where obviously bikes are better. But I think there are a lot of cases where people will want something where you don’t sweat.
“Where you don’t wrinkle your clothes. Which goes a little bit faster. Without going all the way to the moped experience where you need to put the helmet, which is a bit more dangerous, which a lot of people, especially women, are not super familiar with. So I think what’s exciting with scooters as a form factor is it’s actually very mainstream.
“Anyone can ride them. It’s very simple to manoeuvre. It’s not super fast, it’s not too dangerous. It doesn’t require any muscular effort — so for older people or for people who just don’t want to sweat because they’re going to a meeting or something. It’s just a fantastic option.”
Index has also invested in an e-bike startup (Cowboy) and the firm is fully signed up to the notion that urban mobility will be multimodal. So if e-scooters valuations are a bit overcooked Index is not going to be too concerned. People in cities are clearly going to be riding something. And backing a mix is a smart way to hedge the risk of any one option ending up more passing fad than staple urban steed.
Mostly Index is betting that people will keep on riding robotic horses for urban courses. And whatever they ride it’s a fairly safe bet that an app is going to be involved in the process of finding (docklessness is therefore another attention play) or unlocking (scan that QR code!) the mobility device — opening up the possibility that a single app could house multiple mobility options and thus capture more overall value.
“It’s not a one-size fits all. They’re all complementing each other,” says Mignot of the urban mobility options in play. “I would say e-bikes are probably a little bit more great for little bit longer trips because you’re sitting down. But again it takes a little bit longer, because you have to adjust the saddle, you need to start peddling. There’s a bit more friction both on the onboading and on the riding. But they’re a bit better for slightly longer distances. I would say for shorter distances there’s nothing better than the scooter.”
He also points out that scooters are both cheaper and less bulky than e-bikes. And because they take up less street space they can — at least in theory — be more densely stacked, thereby generating the claimed convenience by having them sitting near enough to convince someone not to bother walking 10 minutes to the café or gym — and just scoot instead. So scooters’ slimline physique is also especially exciting to investors. (Even if, ironically, it’s being deployed to urge people to walk less.)
“I think we will end up with more density of scooters. Which is super important,” he continues. “People will, in the end, tend to take the vehicle that they can find where they are. And I think it’s more likely, eventually, that they will get a scooter than an e-bike. Just simply because they take less space and they are less expensive.”
But why wouldn’t people who do get won over to the sweatless perks of last mile scooting just buy and own their own ride — rather than shelling out on an ongoing basis to share?
Unlike bikes, scooters are mobile enough to be picked up and moved around fairly easily. Which means they can go with you into your home, office, even a restaurant — disruptively reducing theft risk. Whereas talk to any bike owner and they’ll almost invariably have at least one tale of theft woe, which is a key part of what makes bike sharing so attractive: It erases theft worry.
Add to that, you can find e-scooters on sale in European electronics shops for as little as €140. So if you’re going to be a regular scooterer, the purely economic argument to just own your own looks pretty compelling.
And people zipping around on e-scooters is a pretty common sight in another dense European city, Barcelona, which has very scooter-friendly weather but no scooter startups (yet). But unless it’s a tourist weaving along the seafront most of these riders are not shared: People just popped into their local electronics shop and walked out with a scooter in a box.
So the rides aren’t generating repeat revenue for anyone except the electricity companies.

 
Asked why people who do want to scoot won’t just buy, rather than rent Mignot talks up the hassle of ownership — undermined slightly by the fact he is also a scooter owner (despite the claimed faff from problems such as frequent flat tires and the chore of the nightly charge).
“The thing you notice very rapidly: There are two things, one is the maintenance,” he says. “The models that exist today are not super robust. Maybe in a very flat, very smooth roads, maybe Santa Monica, maybe it’s a little bit less true but I would say in Europe the maintenance that is required is fairly high… I have to do something on mine every week.
“The other thing is it takes a little bit of space. If you have to bring it to a restaurant or whatever type of crowded place, a movie theatre or wherever you’re going, to an office, to a meeting room, it’s a little bit on the heavy side, and it’s a little bit inconvenient. So certainly some people will buy them… But I also think that there are a lot of cases where you’d rather have it just on-demand.”
Unlike Mignot and Index, Tom Bradley, of UK focused VC firm Oxford Capital, is not so convinced by the on-demand scooter craze.
The firm has not made any e-scooter investments itself, though mobility is a “core theme”, with the portfolio including an on-demand coach travel startup (Sn-ap), and technology plays such as Morpheus Labs (machine learning for driverless cars) and UltraSoc (complex circuits for automotive parts, which sells to the likes of Tesla).
But it’s just not been sold on scooter startups. Bradley describes it as an “open question” whether scooters end up being “an important part of how people move around the cities of the future”. He also points to theft problems with dockless bike share schemes that have not played out well in the UK.
“We’re not convinced that this is a fundamental part of the picture,” he says of scooter sharing. “It may be a part of the picture but I personally am not yet convinced that it’s as big a part of the picture that people seem to be prepared to pay for.”
“I keep thinking of the Segway example,” he adds. “It’s an absolutely delightful product. It’s brilliant. It’s absolutely brilliant. In a way that these electric scooters are not. But obviously it was much more expensive. And it made people feel a bit weird. But it was supposed to be the answer — and it’s not the answer. Before its time, perhaps.”
Of course he also accepts that capital is “being used as a weapon”, as he puts it, to scoot full-pelt towards a future where shared electric scooters are the norm on city streets by waging a “marketing war” to get there.
“Venture capital valuations are what someone is prepared to pay. And in this case people are valuing potential rather than valuing the business… so the valuations [of Bird and Lime] are being driven more than anything by the amount of money being raised,” he says. “So you decide a rule of thumb about what is acceptable dilution, and if you’re going to raise $400M or whatever then the valuation’s got to be somewhere between $1.6BN and $2BN to make that sort of raise make sense — and leave enough equity for the previous investors and founders. So there’s an element of this where the valuations are being driven by the amount of capital being raised.”
Oxford Capital’s bearish view on scooter sharing is also bounded by the fund only investing in UK-based startups. And while Bradley says it sees lots of local mobility strengths — especially in the automotive market — he admits it’s more of a mental leap to imagine a world leading scooter startup sprouting from the country’s green and pleasant lands. Not least because it’s not legal to use them on UK public roads or pavements.
“If you look at places like Amsterdam, Berlin, they’re sort of built for bikes. London’s getting towards being built for bikes… Cycling’s been one of the big success stories in London. Is [scooter sharing] going to replace cycling? I don’t know. Not so convinced… It’s obviously easy for anyone to get on and off these things, young and old. So that’s good, it’s inclusive. But it feels a little bit like a solution looking for a problem, the sorts of journeys people talk about for these things — on campus, short urban journeys. A lot of these are walkable or cycle journeys in a lot of cities. So is there a mass need?
“Is this Segway 2 or is this bike hire 2… it’s hard to tell. And we’re coming down on the former. We’re not convinced this is going to be a fundamental part of the transport space. It will be a feature but not a huge part.”
But for Mignot the early days of the urban mobility attention wars mean there’s much to play for — and much that can be favorably reshaped to fit scooters into the mix.
“The whole thing, even on-demand bikes, it’s a two year old phenomenon really,” he says. “So I think everyone is just trying to learn and figure out and adapt to this new reality, whether it’s users or companies or cities. I think it’s very similar to when cars were first introduced. There were no parking spaces at the time and there were no rules on the road. And fast forward 100 years and it looks very different.
“If you look at the amount of infrastructure and effort and spend that has been put into making — and I would argue way more than should have — into making a city car-friendly, if you only do a 100th of the same amount of effort and spend into making some space for bicycles and light two-wheel vehicles I think we’ll be fine.
“That’s the beauty of this model. If you compare the space of the tech and if you look at the efficiency of moving people around vs the space, the scooters are simply the most efficient because their footprint on the ground is just so small.”
He even makes the case for scooters working well in London — arguing the sprawl of the city amps up the utility because there are so many tedious last mile trips that people have to make.
Even more so than in denser European cities like Paris, where he admits that hopping on a scooter might just be more of a “nice to have”, given shorter distances and all the other available options. So, really, where urban mobility is concerned, it can actually be courses for horses.
Yet, the reality is London is off-limits to the likes of Bird and Lime for now — thanks to UK laws barring this type of unlicensed personal electric vehicle from public roads and spaces.
You can buy e-scooters for use on private land in the UK but any scooter startups that tried their usual playbook in London would be scooting straight for legal hot water.
It’s not just the British weather that’s inclement.
“I’m really hoping that TfL [Transport for London] and the Department for Transport are going to make it possible,” says Mignot on that. “I think any city should welcome this with open arms. Some cities are, by the way. And I think over time once they see the success stories in other parts of the world I think they all will. But I wish London was one of those cutting edge cities that would welcome new innovation with open arms. I think right now, unfortunately, it’s not there.
“There’s a lot of talk about air quality, and so on, but actually, when push comes to shove… you have a lot of resistance and a lot of pushback… So it’s a little bit disappointing. But, you know, we’ll get there eventually.”

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Best UK tablet deals this June 2018: Save big on tablets from Microsoft and Amazon

Whether you’re searching for a tablet to pop into your hand luggage for your summer holiday or just want one to keep the family entertained at home, there’s no need to pay full price for your new gadget. And with retailers dropping fantastic savings around the clock, there’s never been a better time to make the plunge.
Every month, we pick out all the top deals on tablets so you can save on your next purchase. We include everything from budget tablets, perfect for children or occasional users, to the top-end Windows-powered models such as Microsoft’s Surface Pro. So, whatever you’re looking for, you should find something to fit your budget.
Take a look at our round-up of the best tablet deals this June and remember to check back in next month for some great savings.
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The best tablet deals for June 2018
1. Microsoft Surface Pro and Type Cover (Was £950, now £619)

Our top tablet deal this month? That’ll be the Surface Pro and Type Cover bundle for just £619 over at Amazon. In our review, we said that the Surface Pro is the best hybrid yet with an unbeatable performance and a beautiful touchscreen display.
Suprisingly, the tablet and Type Cover bundle works out £49 cheaper than buying the Surface Pro by itself. So considering the Type Cover costs £129, you’re making a fantastic saving. 
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2. Save 10% on the Mircrosoft Surface Book 2

With a stunning colour-accurate display, super fast processing and a 2-in-1 hybrid design, the Microsoft Surface Book 2 ticks all the right boxes if you’re in market for a powerful and versatile tablet. But starting at £1,499, buying the Surface Book 2 at full price would leave a hefty dent in your wallet.
Luckily, Currys has swooped in with a bargain 10% saving on all the 13.5″ models. That means you can pick up the model with an i5 Intel Core processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB of SSD storage for £1,349. That’s a decent £150 saving. Just remember to apply the promo code MIC10 at checkout.
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3. Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet bundle (was £200, now £160)

Ideal for keeping your little ones entertained, Currys are offering two Amazon Fire 7 kids tablets for £160. Retailing for £99 when sold separately, you’ll pocket a decent £40 saving on two fantastic child-friendly devices. 
They come kitted out with a pink and blue kid-proof case and parental controls that allow you to set daily time limits and bedtimes. 
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Battlefield V Weapon, Vehicle List Leaks? – Game Rant

While Battlefield V had a powerful presence during Microsoft’s E3 press conference, giving fans a glimpse at the story mode with a new cinematic trailer, there is still plenty about the game that is unknown. However, if this leak is accurate, then the weapons, gadgets, and vehicles appearing in the game at launch will not be one of the unknown factors.

First appearing in a blog and then being reposted in the Battlefield V subreddit, user Silviahunter leaks a list that claims to be a confirmed compilation of the aforementioned weapons and vehicles coming to the game “up until today.” The wording would suggest that DICE could potentially add more prior to launch or afterward as post-launch content. Nevertheless, check out the full list below:

Weapons:

MP40 SMG
MG42
Ribeyrolles 1918
Sten SMG
Lee-Enfield sniper
M1 Carbine
SIG KE7 Light Machine Gun
Walther P38
Bren light machine gun
Sturmgewehr 44
Thompson SMG
Lewis gun
M1911
Kar98k
Erma Maschinenpistole
Gewehr 43
M1 Garand
Mkb 44
Combat Knife
Katana
Axe/Hatchet
Cricket Bat
Fairbairn Sykes
Luger P08
Flak 38 cannon
PAK 40 anti-tank gun
V-1 flying bomb
JB-2 rocket

Gadgets:

Panzerschreck
PIAT launcher
Panzerfaust
Spawn Beacon
Grenade Gun Smoke
Med Crate
Anti-Tank Mine
Flare Gun
Throwing Knives
Garrotte
Sticky Dynamite
Ammo Pouch
Syringe
Spotting Scope
Ammo Crate
Med Pouch

Aircraft:

Messerschmitt Bf 109
Spitfire
de Havilland Mosquito
Junkers Ju 87
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Bristol Blenheim
Fokker D.XXI

Ground Vehicles:

Tiger 1 tank
Churchill gun carrier
Churchill tanks
Hummel
AVRE 290mm Spigot mortar
T17 Staghound
Kettenkraftrad
Tiger tank
Volkswagen Kübelwagen
Sd.Kfz. 251 Sonderkraftfahrzeug 251
Willys MB
Opel Blitz truck
Panzer IV tank
Sturmtiger

Those concerned about the ‘historical accuracy’ controversy spilling over into the weapons of the game should feel relieved, as the list contains classic World War II-era weapons such as the M1 Garand, but there are also some concerned about the short list of weapons. The original poster believes that DICE will confirm more soon, and others have noted this list can’t be complete because it doesn’t contain the Valentine and Cromwell tanks seen in previous trailers.

Moreover, this list should be taken with a healthy grain of salt, as DICE has yet to officially confirm or comment on the list. It could simply be an invented list of wish fulfillment since the leaker doesn’t really have much backing. Another concern with this list is the lack of specificity, as the list could be for the whole game, the battle royale mode, the campaign mode, or the multiplayer mode.
Battlefield V releases on October 19 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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World Cup 2018: Schedule, scores, highlights from Day 11

Get ready for goals.
Lace ‘em up. We’ve got another day of World Cup action in progress.
Up first, England steamrolled Panama to book a spot in the round of 16. In the middle game, Japan and Senegal put on a show. Wrapping it up, the darlings of the 2014 World Cup look for their first win in Russia.
World Cup schedule Day 11
England 6-1 Panama

Japan 2-2 Senegal

Colombia vs. Poland

Time: 2:00 p.m. ET: TV: FOX and Telemundo; Livestream: Foxsports.com, fubo.tv, telemundoenvivo.

Lets watch all the World Cup goals of Day 11
Japan 2-2 Senegal
Keisuke Honda pulls Japan level again!

¡El empate llegó para desde la banca! recibe en el área y empuja el balón para igualar en el marcador ante
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

Mousa Wague puts Senegal back in front

¡Llegó el segundo de ! Por conducto de Moussa Wagué, quien aprovecha un balón para definir de primera el segundo ante
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

Takashi Inui answers for Japan

¡Despertó ! Takashi Inui llega al área y con un disparo cruzado define el empate ante
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

Senegal grabs the early lead

Así lo narró : Goooool de Sadio Mané aprovechó un error del arquero de para definir el primero
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

England 6-1 Panama
John Stone puts England into the lead with a header

Así lo narró : Goooool de así lo definió John Stones con un cabezazo dentro del área
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

Harry Kane doubles the lead from the penalty spot

¡No perdonó ! Y desde los once pasos, así lo definió para ampliar el marcador de sobre
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

A beauty from Jess Lingard

¡Qué golazo de ! Así fue la definición del tercer gol para imposible para el arquero de detenerlo
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

Another for Stone

¡Cuarto gol de ! Qué gran definición de John Stones dentro del área para definir su doblete sobre
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

Kane from the spot again

¡No hay quinto malo! define desde los once pasos su doblete para aumentar la ventaja de sobre
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

Kane finishes off his hat trick

¡Paren esta masacre! de forma magistral define el sexto gol de con un disparo fuera del área sobre
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

Panama finds a historic goal late

¡HISTÓRICO! Llegó el primer gol de en su historia en la Copa del Mundo por conducto de
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

World Cup news and views

Join SB Nation’s Tyler Tynes in reveling in the joys of Jorge Perez-Navarro’s voice.
Wonder how those swerving, dipping, bending free kicks do what they do? Allow an MIT professor of applied mathematics explain the physics of golazos to you.
Hear out Andi Thomas, he’s got a case to make about Roberto Martinez.

The New York Times lays out Telemundo’s goal: Win the World Cup

Let’s watch the late goal that gave Germany a dramatic win

¡En el último suspiro con un golazo mantiene con vida a !
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

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World Cup 2018: Poland v Colombia – live! | Football

The team sheets have been handed in, and these will be our protagonists this evening:
Poland: Szczesny, Piszczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Bereszynski, Krychowiak, Goralski, Rybus, Zielinski, Lewandowski, Kownacki. Subs: Bialkowski, Jedrzejczyk, Cionek, Milik, Linetty, Grosicki, Teodorczyk, Glik, Blaszczykowski, Peszko, Kurzawa, Fabianski. Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Davinson Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Aguilar, Barrios, Cuadrado, Quintero, Rodriguez, Falcao. Subs: Vargas, Zapata, Murillo, Bacca, Muriel, Uribe, Lerma, Diaz, Borja, Izquierdo, Cuadrado. Referee: Cesar Arturo Ramos Palazuelos (Mexico).

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Honor 10 Sample Images | Photography Blog

Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the new Honor 10 smartphone.
The Honor 10 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We’ve provided some OnePlus RAW (DNG) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).
This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 3840×2160 at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 17 second movie is 84.1Mb in size.
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How can Colombia qualify for the knockout round?

Colombia aren’t done yet, but they need help to get out of the World Cup group stage.
Following the 2-2 draw between Japan and Senegal earlier in the day, Colombia controls its own World Cup destiny. If Los Cafeteros win both of their remaining games, they’re in the World Cup knockout stage. It’s that simple. Conversely, if Colombia loses to Poland on Sunday, they’re eliminated. If Colombia-Poland ends in a tie, it gets a bit more complicated.
First, here’s the Group H table as it stands before Colombia’s match. Senegal and Japan both have two games played here, while Colombia and Poland just have one.
Japan — 4 points, +1 GDSenegal — 4 points, +1 GDPoland — 0 points, -1 GDColombia — 0 points, -1 GD
Colombia plays Senegal on the final day, while Poland plays Japan. Here are all the scenarios.
If Colombia beats Poland, Colombia can advance with…
– A win over Senegal, OR– A draw IF Japan beats Poland or Colombia betters Senegal on a tiebreaker. The second scenario requires a multiple-goal or 4-3 or higher scoring Colombia win on Sunday.
If Colombia draws Poland, Colombia can advance with…
– A win over Senegal PLUS a tiebreaker advantage. The scenarios are too complicated to go into before we know the result, but Colombia is going to be better off if they score a lot of goals on Sunday, regardless of whether the match ends in a win or draw for them.
If Colombia loses to Poland…
– Colombia is eliminated.
Is your head spinning? We apologize. There are so many variables at play in Group H right now.
In the event that the group ends with teams even on both points and goal differential — which is looking pretty likely! — it goes to all the other tiebreakers, which you can read about in our handy tiebreaker guide.
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Apple TV 4K vs Amazon Fire TV Cube: The WAR For Your Eyeballs!

Michael Grothaus

21/06/2018 – 11:52am

Which has better VOICE control?

With rumors that Apple is prepping to launch its own streaming video service, you can bet the video streaming wars are heating up.
Netflix is the undisputed king, but Amazon isn’t far behind.
The WAR for your living room is one the biggest in the tech space right now.
Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Hulu are investing BILLIONS for the attention of your eyeballs, so expect things to get even more interesting between now and 2020.
Apple is the newest, incoming force to this space. Its long-mooted TV service, which the company has said it will spend BILLIONS on, is now gearing up for release.
Apple said it wants shows the size of Game of Thrones on its service, and it is more than ready to put its money where its mouth is.
Amazon and Netflix will counter with EVEN more original shows and movies.
Apple, however, will be taking on both these giants when it finally unwraps it streaming service sometime in 2019.
When it does, it will be able to boast in both making the content and the hardware that content is viewed on (in the form of the Apple TV 4K).
That puts Apple in league with Amazon, which currently makes original content and also the hardware it plays on (the company’s Fire TV lineup).
Speaking of that lineup, Amazon just recently unveiled its latest Fire TV device, the Fire TV Cube.
But just how does this compare to Apple’s latest Apple TV 4K? We take a look to find out.
New Apple TV vs New Amazon Fire TV: Design & Specs
Here are the specs for the Apple TV 4K:

Output: HDMI 2.0a
Processor: A10X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
RAM: 3GB 
Storage: 32GB or 64GB
Max. Output Video Resolution: 4K 2160p with Dolby Vision and HDR10
Dimensions: 98(L) x 98(W) x 33(H) mm
Weight: 425 g
Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0
Other ports: IR receiver

And here’s the specs for the new Amazon Fire TV Cube:

Output: HDMI 2.0a 
Processor: Quad-core up to 1.5 GHz | ARM 4xCA53
RAM: 2GB 
Storage: 16GB 
Max. Output Video Resolution: 4K 2160p with Dolby Atmos and HDR10
Dimensions: 86.1 mm x 86.1 mm x 76.9 mm
Weight: 465 g
Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth 4
Other ports: Micro USB, IR receiver

When it comes to strictly watching content, both of these devices are neck and neck. They both support 4K HDR video and have the processing power to stream it without a hiccup. In other words, the video is going to look just as good on one as on the other.
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Speaking of audio detection, both devices allow you to control them with your voice. But they achieve this in different ways. Let’s start with the Apple TV.
A major feature of the Apple TV 4K is its remote. Called the “Siri Remote”–you guessed it–remote lets you use Siri to control your Apple TV.
Pressing the Siri button on the remote you can say things like “Find movies with Tom Cruise” and the Apple TV will find them all based on your command.
But you can also use the Siri Remote to navigate within movies too. If you missed something a character has said you can say “What did he say” and Siri will have the Apple TV ert_main_wide_image/public/2018/06/61jqepv3ntl._sl1000_.jpg?itok=OJgrPQke” alt=”” />

All that being said, Amazon thinks it’s one-upped the Apple TV 4K’ Siri remote.
How about no remote at all? While the Fire TV Cube does come with a remote, it’s also designed to be able to be used just by the user speaking to it. That’s because the Fire TV Cube is essentially a mini Echo Dot.
Yes, it’s got the Amazon Alexa assistant built-in meaning you can use your voice to control it–and your TV, soundbar and set-top box.
It achieves this by embedding eight far-field microphones at the top of the Cube streamer, which helps the device pick up your voice no matter where in the room it comes from.
This also means you can ask your Fire TV Cube questions and get information from it just as you can any Alexa device.
Apple TV 4K vs Amazon Fire TV Cube: OS and UI
The Apple TV runs its own OS, called tvOS. It’s got a beautiful new interface that’s much more pleasing to the eye.
In addition to its own App Store, it also features some very cool motion, high definition video screensavers that display when your Apple TV is idle. It’s a small feature, but one that is very cool.
The Fire TV Cube runs Android with a custom HTML5-based skin. You’ve got various-sized tiles representing different content (movies, games, TV shows) and then on the left fifth of the screen, you have a list-type menu which allows you to navigate everything from search to movies to games to settings.
The Apple TV’s UI is a grid system of apps/channels that you select to access the content inside them. The icons are arguably easier to navigate and see, but there does seem to be many more taps on the remote needed to get to specific content than the Fire TV requires.
Apple TV 4K vs Amazon Fire TV Cube: Price & Verdict
As far as content goes, both digital media players offer app stores and double as casual gaming consoles.
Both also have fairly similar specs and voice control–but the Fire TV Cube allows you to do this without a remote.
So which is right for you? It depends on whose ecosystem you’ve tied in to already–Apple’s or Amazon’s? Because, when it comes down to doing the #1 thing these streamers should do–showing beautiful 4K video–both succeed equally well.
The new Amazon Fire TV Cube is only available in America right now. When it comes to the U.K. it should cost around £120. The Apple TV 4K 32 GB model costs £179 and the 64 GB model costs £199.

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OnePlus 6 vs Huawei P20 Pro: what would you sacrifice?

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Two of the best flagships in 2018
Choosing a new smartphone isn’t easy. Especially when we talk about the latest flagships, which are all characterized by very similar designs and important labels. Both in terms of design and price, some manufacturers try to differentiate themselves in order to emerge in the crowded Android jungle.
The OnePlus 6 and Huawei P20 Pro can’t be described as two very similar prices, especially if you take into account the software experience and the list price. Both feature a technical data sheet worthy of a 2018 flagship that is reflected in everyday use: the performance offered by the Kirin 970 on the P20 Pro and the Snapdragon 845 of the OnePlus 6 won’t disappoint gamers and demanding users who like multimedia content and multitasking. However, there are differences between the two smartphones that you should consider before purchasing so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.
Both are equipped with notches!  / © AndroidPIT

You should choose the Huawei P20 Pro if:
You don’t want to miss out on the best camera on the market
The Huawei P20 Pro stands out from the OnePlus 6 and all other devices currently on the market with three rear cameras: an 8MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.4, a 40MP RGB sensor with an aperture of f/1.8 and a 20MP monochrome sensor with an aperture of f/1.6.
Beyond the data on paper, the P20 Pro’s camera delivers great shots even at night and the bokeh effect offers beautiful portraits by precisely focusing on your subjects. The colors are vivid, in some cases due to the action of the NPU integrated in the Kirin 970 that allows the camera to recognize the framed subjects and manually set the mode best suited to the context. If you’re not satisfied with the results, you can turn off artificial intelligence from the camera settings. Another advantage of the P20 Pro’s camera is its speed and ease of use.
The P20 Pro integrates the best camera on a smartphone. / © AndroidPIT

Prefer a smartphone with an original look
The Huawei P20 Pro is a beautiful and well made smartphone. The similarities with the iPhone X can be seen (in front with the notch and in back with the vertical “traffic light” style of the camera), but this doesn’t mean that the P20 Pro isn’t spectacular with its flashy Twilight and Midnight Blue variants.
If you’re tired of putting a serious black smartphone in your pocket (the most colorful alternative to the OnePlus 6 is Silk White), the P20 Pro Twilight, with its shiny glass frame, can recreate pleasant effects with light reflections. One small note: keeping the frame clean will be difficult!
Tired of black? The P20 pro is also available in blue and twilight. / © AndroidPIT

You want a waterproof smartphone
Huawei has decided to make the P20 Pro officially water and dust resistant and IP67 certified. This is a novelty for the P series, which until the previous generation, didn’t offer this important feature for many users and that, in my opinion, all flagships should have. The OnePlus 6, on the other hand, still doesn’t offer this certification.
You should choose the OnePlus 6 if:
You have a tighter budget
One of the strong points of the OnePlus 6 is undoubtedly its price: you can currently buy it on Amazon for $624 for the model equipped with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory, or you can opt for the larger version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for $679.

OnePlus 6

The price difference between the OnePlus 6 and the P20 Pro is remarkable considering that Huawei launched a single model on the market with an Amazon price currently at $931. It comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory.

Huawei P20 Pro

The OnePlus 6 is also available in white. / © AndroidPIT

Prefer Android Stock over custom skins
The OnePlus 6 runs OxygenOS based on Android Oreo. The system is lightweight and very close to Android stock, an advantage for all those users who don’t like personalized skins offered by some brands, including Huawei’s EMUI.
It isn’t a 100% pure version since OnePlus has integrated some special functions such as the option to opt for a dark theme in the settings menu. There are also gestures that serve as shortcuts to apps and other features. From the settings menu you can also deactivate the notch (you can also do this on the P20 Pro) or activate the reading and game modes. In terms of the software, the OnePlus 6 will receive the update to Android P, but it isn’t set in stone when the update will happen.
If you don’t like interfaces that are too customized, then OnePlus 6 is for you! / © AndroidPIT

Don’t want to say goodbye to the mini headphone jack
Unlike the P20 Pro, the OnePlus 6 has continued to integrate the headphone jack on the underside of the device. This means that you can continue using your old headphones without having to rely on a Bluetooth headset.
OnePlus continues to offer the mini jack for your wired headphones. / © AndroidPIT

To stay on the audio theme, the OnePlus 6 integrates a mono speaker that can be easily covered with your hand when using your smartphone horizontally.

Benchmark results comparison

 

 
Huawei P20 Pro
OnePlus 6

3DMark Sling Shot ES 3.1
2972
4073

3DMark Sling Shot ES 3.0
3346
5583

3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
30602
62113

Geekbench 4 Single / Multi Core
1920 / 6780
2448 / 8970

Passmark Disk
64144
73927

Which one should you choose?
These are both high-end flagships and both were released in 2018. Although the P20 comes with a processor from 2017, it still performs well. Both devices are well-designed and offer excellent components.
OnePlus 6 in white on the left, and the P20 Pro in blue on the right. / © AndroidPIT

If you have a tighter budget, the choice is obvious: the OnePlus 6 will give you great performance and surprise you with its speed. If I could spend a bit more, and also keep an eye on carriers’ offers, I would go straight for the P20 Pro. It’s no coincidence that I’m using is as my personal device. It has everything I need: an excellent camera, good battery (though not surprising) and a good design. The P20 Pro hasn’t made any compromises, and when I buy a new flagship, that’s what I’m looking for.
Now it’s up to you to decide: which one was more impressive to you?

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