Lilbits: Linux phones and laptops, S-Pen for more phones, and an RK3566 single-board computer

Pine64, the company behind a line of geeky, inexpensive, and hackable smartphones, laptops, and single-board computers designed to run open source software tend to only publish one blog post each month. But it’s always a doozy, and the January update is no exception. Among other things, Pine64 unveiled that The next PinePhone Community Edition smartphone […]

Samsung’s under-glass camera may debut in laptops rather than smartphones

The first smartphone with under-glass cameras that snap photos and shoot video through the display arrived late last year and early reviews of the ZTE Axon 20 5G’s selfie camera are… mixed at best. But the technology holds a lot of promise since it could provide device makers a way to release products that don’t […]

Samsung’s Galaxy S21 smartphones have Exynos 2100, S-Pen (for S21) Ultra, but no SD card reader (or charger in the box)

Samsung’s 2021 flagship smartphone lineup includes three models powered by the company’s new Exynos 2100 processor. On paper, the chip looks very competitive with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 chip (which will also be used for Galaxy S21 series phones as sold in some regions). And the new Samsung Galaxy S21 5G also pack plenty of […]

Samsung Exynos 2100 is a 5nm chip with ARM Cortex-X1 and support for 5G and 200MP cameras

Qualcomm’s next-gen smartphone processor is a 5nm, octa-core chip with one ARM Cortex-X1 CPU core plus a mix of an integrated 5G modem and support for up to 26 TOPs of AI performance. In other words, the new Samsung Exynos 2100 sounds a lot like Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 processor, at least on paper. Hopefully that […]

Lilbits: Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G leaked, a new Manjaro build for phones, and used phone shipments are up

Samsung is holding an event on January 14 to officially launch its Galaxy S21 smartphone lineup. But images and details have been leaking for some time. Now Evan Blass has released a high-res picture showing the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G from multiple angles and without any watermarks. But are new phones a hot commodity anymore? […]

Lilbits: Samsung and LG leaks, Chrome OS Phone Hub, and Raspberry Pi HiFi

Google makes the Android operating system that powers most of the world’s smartphones. And Google makes the Chrome OS operating system that powers a growing number of laptops. So you’d think that the company would want to make sure the two play nicely with one another… and you’d be right. It’s just taking a bit […]

Lilbits: GMK’s 2.4 inch mini PC is now available, Android picks up new features, and Raspberry Pi OS gains performance enhancements

The GMK NucBox mini PC that I reviewed this summer is now available for purchase from GMK or Amazon, no crowdfunding campaign required. The unit I tested in August was a pre-release model and offered decent performance for a Windows PC in a 2.4″ x 2.4 ” x 1.7″ case. But I wasn’t able to […]