Lilbits: Chromebook explosion, Huawei’s respite, and PinePhone KDE Community Edition

The global pandemic has been hard on everyone… except maybe for PC makers. With more people working and schooling from home, a lot of people have been looking for laptops, tablets, and other devices capable of handling your daily Zoom quota. That’s been enough to reverse a trend in recent years that’s seen PC shipments […]

Huawei launches some of the best phones you can’t or shouldn’t buy (Huawei Mate 40 Pro, Pro+, and RS)

Huawei’s smartphone hardware has gotten really good over the last few years. The company offers some of the best smartphone camera systems on the market and its Kirin processors are some of the best-performing chips available for Android phones. Unfortunately the company is under tight trade restrictions imposed by the United States which means that […]

Huawei to ship smartphones with Harmony OS in 2021 (goodbye Android)

Huawei is one of the world’s top smartphone makers, but trade restrictions imposed by the US government over the past year are putting serious pressure on the company’s business model. Soon the company will no longer be able to buy chips from most major semiconductor companies, or even build its own chips using technology developed […]

Lilbits: Use a Sony camera as a webcam, buy a monster Linux laptop, and more

Linux PC maker System76 has released its most powerful laptop to date: the new System76 Bonobo WS is a mobile workstation with support for desktop-class chips including a 125-watt Intel Core i9-10900K processor and NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER graphics. At 8.4 pounds, it’s not the sort of laptop we’d normally cover on Liliputing, but hey, […]

Lilbits: Apple is worth $2 trillion, hard drive failure rates, and the US vs. Huawei

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Apple is basically a money-making machine these days thanks to a combination of sales of popular hardware and control of an ecosystem that allows the company to take a cut of sales of apps, games, music, videos, eBooks, and other content. But Apple became a […]

Huawei’s 2020 laptop lineup includes new MateBook X with pressure-sensitive touchpad

Huawei is refreshing its laptop lineup with several new models featuring Intel and AMD processors set to go on sale in China this month. The company’s latest Huawei MateBook X is a 13 inch notebook with a 3000 x 2000 pixel touchscreen display, an Intel Comet Lake processor, and a new pressure-sensitive touchpad. The company […]

Google can’t release updates for older Huawei phones due to US trade restrictions

The US government imposed trade restrictions in May, 2019 that blocked US-based companies from doing business with Chinese electronics giant Huawei. Among other things, that means any Huawei smartphones that have launched since then have shipped without access to the Google Play Store and other Google services. But until recently, Google has still been able […]