OXI ROM: Use Android phones like desktops (with an external display)

Jide’s Remix Singularity isn’t the only project to turn Android phones into desktop computers. French company Auxens recently released an preview version of a new Android-based operating system called OXI. Here’s the idea: OXI lets you use your smartphone or tablet like a normal mobile device, with all apps running in full-screen windows. Or you can […]

Report: Google is done making Pixel laptops (for now)

Google made a major push into the consumer hardware space in 2016 with the launch of its first Pixel-branded smartphones, the Daydream View VR headset, and Google Home smart speaker product as well as a 4K-capable version of the company’s relatively popular Chromecast media streamer. One thing Google didn’t launch last year? A new laptop. […]

Don’t expect Snapdragon 835 Windows laptops to be Chromebook-cheap

Microsoft and Qualcomm announced late last year that they’re working together to bring Windows 10 to devices with ARM-based processors like the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip. But what can we expect from those devices? According to PC World, upcoming “cellular PCs” with Snapdragon chips will include laptops with long battery life, always-connected 4G LTE […]

Xiaomi launches $218 Mi 5c smartphone with Surge S1 processor

Now that Xiaomi is making its own chips, the company is also making phones that use those processors. First up? The Xiaomi Mi 5c. This 5.2 inch smartphone sports a Surge S1 octa-core processor, a 550-nit full HD display, a 2,860 mAh battery and USB Type-C charging. The Xiaomi Mi 5c goes on sale in […]

Porsche Design BOOK ONE convertible notebook coming in April (for $2500)

Porsche may be a name best known for expensive cars. But recently the company ventured into expensive smartphone territory by partnering with Huawei on a €1,395 ($1,477) Porsche Design edition of the Mate 9 smartphone. Now Porsche Design is launching a convertible notebook called the BOOK ONE. As you’ve probably guessed, it’s a premium device […]

Sony Xperia Touch projector makes any surface a multitouch computer (nifty, expensive niche product)

I can’t decide if the Sony Xperia Touch represents an exciting new product category in the personal computing space, of if it’s just an overpriced novelty. It could be both. The Xperia Touch is basically an ultrashort throw laser projector that beams content onto a flat surface… and then uses cameras to watch you interact […]

MediaTek Helio X30 deca-core chip coming to mid-range phones in Q2, 2017

MediaTek’s Helio X30 processor is a 10nm chip with 10 CPU cores and PowerVR Series 7XT graphics. The Taiwanese chip maker says the processor will show up phones with 2X optical zoom cameras, 4K HDR video support, and virtual reality features including support for Google’s Daydream platform. But the MediaTek Helio X30 isn’t necessarily reserved for […]