Qualcomm introduced its Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor in December, promising an enormous 85% performance boost over the company’s previous-gen chip for Windows laptops and tablets.

So far no devices with the processor have officially launched. But leaked benchmarks for an unannounced Lenovo device suggested that the chip really might deliver on that promise, at least in synthetic tests. Now benchmarks for an unannounced Microsoft Surface device paint a similar picture. Unfortunately there’s no word on when you’ll actually be able to buy one, or if it will be competitively priced when compared to devices with latest Intel or AMD processors.

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

Microsoft Surface device with Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 leaked by GeekBench [WinFuture]

Microsoft appears to be testing a Surface device with a Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor, with performance that could rival a Core i7-1165G7… at least in benchmarks. Real-world performance remains to be seen. This comes a few months after a Lenovo device with the same processor showed up in a GeekBench listing with similar performance scores. 

Introducing the Trust-Proven Program [Indiegogo]

Some crowdfunding campaigns succeed. Others fail. And a lot fall in between, failing to fully deliver on their promises. Indiegogo has a new Trust-Proven Program to put a badge on campaigns from those with proven history of delivering.

Precursor open mobile handheld production status update [Crowd Supply]

The Precursor is a crowdfunded open hardware mobile device with a physical keyboard and an FPGA that was expected to ship in December, but delayed due to supply chain issues. Production began in December though, and it’s almost ready to go.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-22 Call for Testing [UBPorts]

Ubuntu Touch OTA-22 is coming Feb 18 and UBports is looking for testers. Expected major Pixel 3a improvements, WebGL support on some devices, and other improvements.

Steam Deck teardowns reveal potential shortcoming for Valve’s handheld gaming console [NotebookCheck]

Steam Deck teardown videos show that it’ll be fairly easy to add or replace the SSD or repair parts like the thumb sticks, one critical piece of hardware is glued down: the battery clearly isn’t designed to be replaced.

Changes to NOOK Audiobooks [B&N]

B&N is killing its standalone NOOK Audiobooks app and merging it with the B&N NOOK app and website, putting the company’s eBook, periodical, and audiobooks under a single brand.

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  1. But we still continue with this joke of running Windows emulated on ARM? are they going to stop anytime soon? it is really bad taste to keep this way…

    1. I must be missing the joke, Windows 10/11 under Parallels on my Mac mini M1 is as fast and capable as it is on my Ryzen 5 3600 based system, and so far it runs everything I’ve thrown at it apart from a couple of games that exceed the M1’s GPU capability. I’m no Windows fanboy (my main workstation runs OpenBSD), but credit where credit is due.

  2. “Indiegogo has a new Trust-Proven Program to put a badge on campaigns from those with proven history of delivering.”

    Seems like this is a step towards being a pre-order platform without protections or companies exploiting crowdfunding by continuing to use it after establishing themselves as a company like GPD.

    Speaking of GPD, anyone read their official stance on the Steam Deck, SteamOS and piracy?
    https://www.reddit.com/r/gpdwin/comments/sorhes/gpd_steam_deck_is_worse_than_win_3_it_is_a_closed/

    1. Wow. GPD went crazy there and Kendy’s (GPD employee) response was to attack the original poster making GPD look worse.

      This seems inherent with GPD as a company. I recall yyang (another GPD employee) in the GPD Discord spreading misinformation about their rivals too. Too bad Phawx and the other mods just keep letting him do it.