Rowkin Surge Charge hands-on

Rowkin’s first new true wireless offering for the year is the Surge Charge, which is essentially the Rowkin Charge before it, but with an included battery charging case. In looking at the two models, they’re one and the same considering they feature the same design.

Thankfully, this time around we’re presented with an actual battery charging case, which definitely comes in handy when it comes to storing them when they’re not being used, as well as actively charging them. With last year’s Rowkin Charge, we were a bit annoyed that it didn’t come with anything at all – including a …


IDC: Pixel shipments surge, Essential phone lags in 2017

A couple of tweets from IDC”s research director Francisco Jeronimo, revealed that Google doubled the number of Pixel handsets it shipped last year to 3.9 million handsets. That is a strong performance on an annual basis, but the Pixel made up just a small percentage of the global market. In fact, it is less than 1%. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL didn’t launch until the fourth quarter of 2017 which means that much of the strong showing was due to sales of the original generation models.

The Pixel handsets have a way to go to compete with the likes of the iPhone and the Galaxy S line. Of course, …

Rowkin Surge hands-on


Already boasting an extensive lineup of wireless Bluetooth headphones, the Surge is one of the latest true wireless headphones being offered by headphones maker Rowkin. Aimed specifically for the fitness conscious user, the Rowkin Surge features an assortment of features that make them ideal for exercising, sweaty workouts, and other physical activities.

Design-wise, they don’t necessarily follow the same discrete, more compact designs we’ve been seeing in the segment. But rather, they very much remind us of your standard Bluetooth headset piece, as they come accompanied with bendable …

Sprint continues to surge; carrier finishes second to Verizon in J.D. Power survey

The nation’s fourth largest carrier, Sprint, appears to be in the middle of a turnaround which carried over with the results of the latest J.D. Power Network Quality Performance survey. Out of the six different U.S. regions that the survey measured, Sprint was second or tied for second in five of them. That is a huge turnaround from three-years ago when Sprint finished dead last by a wide margin in the same survey.

The survey also found that customers opting to sign up for unlimited data plans are more likely to be satisfied with their network. Sprint says that this is good news for them …

Some upcoming Nokia phones to be powered by Xiaomi's Surge S1 chipset

Earlier this year, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi announced a chipset it made on its own, the Surge S1. It houses an octa-core processor, made up of four 2.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores for heavier calculations and four 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 cores for lighter tasks. It’s paired with the Mali-T680 MP4 graphics unit. All in all, a good solution for upper mid-range smartphones, such as the Xiaomi Mi 5c, which is powered by the Surge S1.

It looks like the Chinese brand has won over a customer for its chip, and it happens to be Nokia. That is, HMD Global, which is the Finnish company …

Latest figures show a surge in Nougat's share on Android devices

The latest Android distribution numbers are here, as they are in the first week of every new month. And once again, some will call them a huge disappointment for Android. Based on the devices that visited the Google Play Store for seven days ended March 6th, Android 7.0 and Android 7.1 combined to appear on only 2.8% of all Android powered models. Those are the latest two builds of Android that are available. But looking at the month-to-month numbers, that is a huge 133% increase from the 1.2% rockin’ Nougat in February.

Android 5.0 and Android 5.1 are the versions of the open source OS …

Xiaomi unveils its own in-house octa-core Surge S1 chipset, which powers the new Xiaomi Mi 5c


Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi became the fourth such company to produce its own line of chipsets when it unveiled the Surge S1 today. Built with the big.LITTLE architecture, the Surge S1 is made up of four 2.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores to handle tough tasks. Four 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 cores work on the light housekeeping. The result is an octa-core CPU and the Mali T-860 MP4 GPU. The latter uses 40% less energy than the previous generation Mali GPU. A 32-bit DSP supports VoLTE and high quality calls, even in a noisy environment.

One of the best things about producing your own chipset …