New Huawei P30 renders show off teardrop notch, triple-lens camera

We’re set for an exciting 2019 as far as phone launches go, and those launches are going to include the Huawei P30 handsets in the first few months of the year. Thanks to some new unofficial renders, we’ve now got a much better idea of what the P30 could look like.

The renders produced by OnLeaks and 91Mobiles aren’t taken directly from Huawei sources, but they do round up all the rumors and tips we’ve heard up to this point – we’ve got the teardrop notch on the front of the phone, and the triple-lens camera around the back, and some ultra-thin bezels around the side.

And… a 3.5mm headphone jack! That’s a welcome change from the Huawei P20 we saw last year, though it matches the Huawei Mate 20 that launched in October 2018. You’ll be able to keep using your old wired headphones after all.

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Huawei P30 render (credit: OnLeaks/91Mobile)

What else have we got here? The Huawei P30 is tipped to use a two-tone color backing similar to ones we’ve seen from Huawei before, and the rumor is that the phone will also use an in-screen fingerprint sensor like the most recent Huawei handsets

Overall we’re looking at a substantial upgrade from the Huawei P20, but for even more screen space and camera lenses you might want to consider the Huawei P30 Pro instead: it’s said to be coming with a quad-lens camera around the back, which might mean the snapper gets up to 10x optical zoom.

For now this is all speculation – albeit speculation rendered in a very appealing form – but we shouldn’t have too long to wait to see what Huawei has been working on. The P20 and P20 Pro launched in March 2018, and their successors should arrive around a year later.

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AMD Vega II release date, news and rumors

It was a fairly quiet year for AMD’s graphics department in 2018, but 2019 has the chance to dial things up a bit with the expected announcement and launch of new Vega II graphics processors built on a 7nm process.

The wait for a new AMD graphics card has been long and arduous, but Vega II may put AMD back on the map. Based on what we’ve heard AMD’s 7nm GPU architecture could outpace Nvidia Turing 12nm graphics cards from both a shrunken architectural-aspect and for performance-to-price.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? AMD’s first 7nm graphics cards
  • When is it out? Likely within the first half of 2019
  • What will it cost? TBD

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AMD Vega II release date

AMD Vega II’s release date remains to be a mystery, but there’s been plenty of speculation and leaks on the internet street. Currently, the most reliable release date we could pin down is the first half of the year – yes that’s really the tightest window we’ve seen reported thus far.

The original lineup of Vega graphics cards built on a 14nm process was announced at CES 2017 and didn’t hit the market for consumers until that August. Now, two years later, we’re likely on the cusp of Vega II’s announcement and there’s a possibility AMD may follow the same rollout pattern.

There have been plenty of signs pointing to an unveiling at CES 2019. For one thing, AMD will have a keynote at CES. That keynote paired with the recent spotting of a new trademark application for what looks like a Vega II logo strongly hint at Vega II featuring in the keynote. Given AMDs GPU roadmap, the Vega II should turn out to be built on a 7nm process.

PCGamesN has suggested that the new 7nm Vega II may release as early as the end of the first quarter of 2019. However, Wccftech believes it may take until the end of the first half of 2019 for the GPU to hit the market. Since the first line of consumer Vega cards took more than half a year from their announcement to their release, the Q1 release does seem optimistic. 

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AMD Vega II price

If you thought AMD Vega II’s release date was nebulous, pricing on AMD’s new graphics cards is an even bigger mystery as we practically haven’t seen any reports to suggest anything. For the time being the best way of telling what the company’s next GPUs will cost is looking back at how it priced its previous parts.

  •  AMD Radeon RX Vega 64: $499 or £549 (about AU$630)
  •  AMD Radeon RX Vega 56: $399 (about £305, AU$505)

Knowing AMD’s usual MO and its mission to serve underserved gamers, you can bet it will produce affordable graphics cards rather than the most powerful parts for extremely expensive prices.

In December 2018, we heard one report of an AMD Radeon RX 3080 that could match GeForce RTX 2070 for half the price. If these rumors are even half true, they strongly support our theory.

AMD Vega II

AMD Vega II specs

The switch from a 14nm process to a 7nm process should allow AMD to pack even more power into each GPU. Since AMD’s strategy of late has seemed to be to throw more and more cores at a problem, as we’ve seen clearly with the 32-core Threadripper.

Rumors of AMD 7nm processors have thus far included 16-core Ryzen 3rd Generation processors and Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Generation CPUs are expected to up the ante once again as well.

The 7nm process has already been used in GPUs by AMD with the Radeon Instinct MI60 and MI50 cards. An interesting aspect of these cards is that they’re based on the Vega architecture, and they also use HBM2 memory modules. This suggests that Vega II could also continue to use the HBM2 seen on the original Vega graphics cards.

It’s worth noting that, though the Vega II is expected to be powerful, it’s not necessarily going to be targeted at gamers. It could instead be geared toward professionals and creatives.

That’s not to say the cards won’t be gaming ready.

A YouTuber named AdoredTV leaked of 7nm AMD GPUs including a Radeon RX 3080, RX 3070 and RX 3060 that could go head to head with all but Nvidia’s highest-tier RTX cards. However, these GPUs seemed to fall under a separate Navi architecture and not Vega II. So, just what we will really get from Vega II is a question CES 2019 will hopefully answer, but all signs point to a lot of power.

Aside from standalone cards, it seems all but guaranteed that the Vega II series will find its way into mobile and lower-power devices as integrated graphics processors. With a new generation of Ryzen processors expected, a new generation of Vega graphics to integrate into APUs is only fitting.

In fact, laptop benchmarks have already shown “Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx” integrated graphics showing up with Ryzen 3000 APUs, so it’s likely just a matter of time. Even the anticipated Xbox Scarlet Cloud could see Vega II built into its APU. 

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AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation release date, news and rumors

AMD changed the world with its first Ryzen processors and impressed us even more with its sophomore release of CPUs, but we expect Ryzen 3rd Generation will truly blow Intel out of the water. With Ryzen 3rd Generation, we expect AMD will introduce its first 7nm mainstream processors. 

If Team Red manages to pull this off, it will have created the first 7nm architectures to come to PCs. Considering Intel’s well-documented struggles to introduce 10nm Cannon Lake chips, AMD could swoop in and upstage its rival completely even before it gets a chance to launch Sunny Cove, while also introducing some of the most impressive CPUs ever created.

Cut to the chase

  •  What is it? AMD’s next line of mainstream processors
  •  When is it out? Likely March to August 2019
  •  What will it cost? TBD

AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation release date

Although there’s haven’t been any rumors or hard evidence to help us predict when Ryzen 3rd Generation processors will release we can make an educated guess based on previous launches. The first generation of Ryzen processors hit the market in March 2017 and Ryzen 2nd Generation arrived a month later in 2018.

With that in mind, it seems almost certain that Ryzen 3rd Generation processors will release in sometime in Spring (or within the months of March-August for those on the other side of the hemisphere).

More immediately, we fully expect AMD will introduce its Ryzen 3rd Generation family at CES 2019, where the company has promised to talk about 7nm processors and graphics cards.

AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation price

Once again we don’t have any empirical proof to list the price of AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 3rd Generation processors. However, thanks to a curiously detailed report from a YouTuber named AdoredTV, we have model names and prices for nearly every possible Ryzen 3rd Generation processor.

Here’s how much Ryzen 3rd Generation processors may cost:

  • Ryzen 9 3850X: $499 (about £400, AU$700)
  • Ryzen 9 3800X: $449 (about £350, AU$600)
  • Ryzen 7 3700X: $329 (about £260, AU$450)
  • Ryzen 7 3700: $299 (about £230, AU$400)
  • Ryzen 5 3600X: $229 (about £180, AU$320)
  • Ryzen 5 3600G: $199 (about £160, AU$270)
  • Ryzen 5 3600: $178 (about £140, AU$240)
  • Ryzen 3 3300X: $129 (about £100, AU$180)
  • Ryzen 3 3300G: $129 (about £100, AU$180)
  • Ryzen 3 3300: $99 (about £80, AU$140)

Although, this list of prices seems compelling and on track with the prices of AMD’s current lineup of Ryzen 2nd Generation processors, we would buy into them until Team Red officially announces prices.

Now what’s interesting here is AMD has a track record of lowering the prices of its processors going from Ryzen to Ryzen 2nd Generation. The AMD Ryzen 7 1700X originally launched with a $399 (£389, AU$569) price and it was succeeded by the more affordable $329 (£349, AU$515) AMD Ryzen 7 2700X. 

With that in mind, we couldn’t imagine/would be disappointed if the Ryzen 7 3700X were to cost more. For now, it seems AMD will hold onto the same pricing scheme from its current slew of chips going into the next generation.

AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation specs

Here’s where things get exciting. Whereas Ryzen 2nd Generation processors were built on a 12nm Zen+ architecture that introduced a slight die shrink from the original 14nm Zen architecture, Ryzen 3rd Generation is said to be built upon a much smaller 7nm Zen 2 platform.

As with most die shrinks, this refinement in process should lead to increases in speed and power efficiency. However, what is interesting is there are many rumors pointing to Ryzen 3rd Generation CPUs that will feature dramatic increases in core counts.

Thanks to a multitude of leaks we pretty much can fully outline what Ryzen 3rd Generation processors there will be and they are as follows:

  • Ryzen 9 3850X: 16-cores, 32-threads, clocked at 4.3GHz to 5.1GHz
  • Ryzen 9 3800X: 16-cores, 32-threads, clocked at 3.9GHz to 4.7GHz
  • Ryzen 7 3700X: 12-cores, 24-threads, clocked at 4.2GHz to 5.0GHz
  • Ryzen 7 3700: 12-cores, 24-threads, clocked at 3.8GHz to 4.6GHz
  • Ryzen 5 3600X: 8-cores, 16-threads, clocked at 4.0GHz to 4.8GHz
  • Ryzen 5 3600G: 8-cores, 16-threads, 12 GPU cores, clocked at 3.2GHz to 4.0GHz
  • Ryzen 5 3600: 8-cores, 16-threads, clocked at 3.6GHz to 4.4GHz
  • Ryzen 3 3300X: 6-cores,12 -threads, clocked at 3.5GHz to 4.3GHz
  • Ryzen 3 3300G: 8-core, 12-thread, 12 GPU cores, clocked at 3.2GHz to 4.0GHz
  • Ryzen 3 3300: 6-cores, 12-threads, clocked at 3.2GHz to 4.0GHz

We heard the first murmurs of what Zen 2 processors could do as early as October 2018. In the report suggested that AMD Radeon Technologies Group received its first engineering sample for the unreleased architecture in the form of an 8-core chip capable of reaching frequencies up to 4.5GHz.

In December 2018, the rumors began to really head up as we received an almost complete breakdown of this new series of CPUs. This nearly complete set of listings came from a YouTuber named AdoredTV and while they seemed unlikely to be true, a Russian retailer would later back up the Influencer’s report with nearly identical specs on all its product pages for the whole series of chips.

We’re not sure if the Russian retailer was just cribbing AdoredTV’s video like a cheat sheet, but so far no other rumors or reports have contradicted what we know so far. This is also all we know so far, but we’re certain that AMD will officially announce Ryzen 3rd Generation processors and a whole lot more at CES 2019.

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We’re at CES 2019, bringing you the latest tech news, launches and insights

The sun is out (still pretty cloudy though…), the arrivals hall at McCarren International Airport is filled with a buzz of excitement and there’s a lanyard hanging round our neck. It can mean only one thing… it’s time for CES 2019!

CES 2019 is the world’s biggest tech show, and we’re reporting live from Las Vegas for the next week to bring you all the latest news, launches, insight, analysis and exciting developments in the world of technology.

We’ll be getting hands on with all the hottest gear, speaking to the people who matter from the biggest companies around, and unearthing the weirdest, wackiest and potentially game-changing under-the-radar tech the show’s vast halls have to offer.

What to expect

CES 2019 officially runs from January 8 – January 12, but most of the major press conferences will take place on January 6 and 7, which means we’ve got a full week of exciting tech announcements.

We’re expecting to see 8K TVs, the next generation of computing, flexible phones, exciting new car tech and lots more including wearables, drones and smart speakers.

You can keep up to date with all the latest news and hands on reviews with our CES 2019 hub, which will be rounding up all the hottest tech at the show.

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