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Asus ZenBook 13 vs. Dell XPS 13

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Although you can find many great budget laptops out there today, the sweet spot in laptop pricing and hardware, as far as we’re concerned, is just north of £1,000. There are some truly stellar entries in that ballpark, including our favorite for the past few years, the Dell XPS 13. But there are always pretenders gunning for that throne and Asus has a new potential competitor that has us intrigued.

In this head to head, we’ll pit the Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN vs. Dell XPS 13, to see which comes out on top in all of the most important categories. To see how the new Dell XPS 13 measures up against the larger Dell XPS 15 2-in-1, check out our comparison between the two.

Specifications

Asus Zenbook 13 UX331UN

Dell XPS 13

Dimensions 12.2 x 8.5 x 0.55 inches 11.9 x 7.8 x 0.46 inches (0.3 at thinnest) Weight 2.47 pounds 2.67 pounds Processor 8th Generation Intel Core i5, i7 8th Generation Intel Core i5, i7 RAM 8GB or 16GB 4GB, 8GB or 16GB Graphics Intel HD 620 or Nvidia MX150 with 2GB GDDR5 Intel HD 620 Display 13.3-inch wide-wide angle (touch optional) 13.3-inch InfinityEdge Resolution 1080P or 4K 1080P or 4K Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD (PCIe optional) 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD (PCIe optional) Networking 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 Ports SB© USB-C, 2 x SB© USB-A, HDMI, headset, microSD SB© USB-C, 2 x Thunderbolt 3, Headset, microSD Webcam VGA webcam 720P webcam Operating System Windows 10 Windows 10 Battery 50 watt-hours 52 watt-hours Price £1,000+ £1,000+ Availability Now Now Review Full review: 7/10 Hands-on

Design

Asus’ laptops have never been the most striking.

Even its recent entries haven’t done much to change that, though it does appear to have taken some measures to improve the aesthetics of its new ZenBook 13 to bring it more in line with its pricing. With some subtle tweaks to the angling, a reduction in bezel size and a new, matt finish to the dark blue paint job, it certainly looks better than previous entries in this range. The Dell XPS, on the other hand, is arguably one of the best looking laptops available today.

Its latest refresh is slightly flatter and looks far more modern than its predecessors. It’s soft-touch, carbon fiber interior is still lovely to look at and feels great. Its bezels are thinner than ever too, practically making it an edge-to-edge display, which is more than can be said for the new Zenbook, despite its new slimmer design.

Both laptops are trim elsewhere too, although the XPS 13 just pips the ZenBook 13 there too, coming in a few fractions of an inch shorter and thinner. The ZenBook does manage to undercut the competition on weight though, shedding 0.2 of a pound compared to the Dell design. That weight loss may come at the expense of frame stability, as we noticed some flex in the display during our hands-on.

Elsewhere in the designs, the ZenBook 13 has a little more port flexibility with the inclusion of two SB© USB-A ports, as well as an HDMI output that supports up to HDMI 1.4. There’s no Thunderbolt 3 support though and the webcam is only VGA, compared to the 720P version that the XPS 13 sports. Although both designs have their perks, the overall look and feel of the XPS 13 is hard to beat, even if the ZenBook’s legacy ports give it a little more connectivity flexibility.

Winner: XPS 13

Hardware

Although the configuration options for both the Asus ZenBook 13 and Dell XPS 13 are similar, there are some notable differences that are worth considering. Both systems offer eighth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs (8250U and 8550U respectively) and up to 16GB of RAM, though the base version of the XPS 13 comes with 4GB. The ZenBook starts with 8GB.

Storage options are a little more varied with the UX331UN, starting at 128GB of M.2 solid state storage (SSD), but both systems offer up to 1TB, with an optional PCIe drive. The biggest difference between the two is in the graphics department. Where the Dell XPS 13 offers no additional graphics support beyond the on board Intel HD 620 chip included with the processor, Asus offers an Nvidia MX150 with 2GB of GDDR5.

That’s not a particularly powerful graphics chip, typically comparable to a desktop GTX 1030, but it’s significantly more powerful than Intel HD graphics — even if it’s throttled a bit. All things considered, both systems should perform comparably in typical Windows tasks, but with the additional oomph of a dedicated graphics processor, even a slightly limited one, the ZenBook 13 should be the more powerful system with 3D applications and gaming. Winner: ZenBook 13

Display

The XPS 13 offers two resolution options for laptop displays: A standard 1080P, full-HD panel and a much more detailed, 4K choice, which gives both laptops native support for the latest consumer media source.

Whichever resolution you opt for though, both come in the 13.3-inch form factor and have fantastic color accuracy — it’s some of the best we’ve ever seen on a display outside of a MacBook Pro. The ZenBook 13, on the other hand, only offers a 1080p display — and it didn’t fare quite as well in our testing. It loses to the XPS 13 in pretty much every category, ranging from contrast ratio to color accuracy.

Winner: XPS 13

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Portability

Portable laptops need to be compact, lightweight and have plenty of battery life and both the XPS 13 and ZenBook 13 have all those in spades. The physical dimensions are a bit of a toss up, as though the ZenBook is the slightly lighter notebook, it’s not by enough of a margin that general usage will make it too noticeable. Likewise, the XPS 13, although smaller, is not so much so that it’s going to make an enormous difference to your day.

The kicker is likely to come in terms of battery life. Although there are only a few watt-hour difference between the batteries that both laptops employ, claimed battery life is a little different. Asus claims that the Zenbook 13 can offer up to 14-hours battery life.

While that’s stellar, it’s not as much as Dell’s claimed 19-hours. Whether neither top the Surface Book 2, the XPS 13 wins out over over the ZenBook 13, giving it the overall edge in portability. Winner: XPS 13

Price and availability

Arguably the most important category, nothing else matters if a product is too expensive or hard to find.

This is where the Asus laptop could really give Dell a run for its money, as both systems start out at £1,000. The ZenBook has a substantially more attractive configuration at that price point. For your money you get a Core i5-8250U CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and the distinctive MX150 graphics chip.

The XPS 13 in comparison, has the same CPU, but just 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and just onboard Intel HD 620 graphics. You only need to bump up your budget by £150 to get the same sort of hardware — sans the MX150 graphics chip — with the XPS 13, but it’s still the more expensive option. The 2017 Dell XPS 13 is an alternative, as it can be purchased for as little as £800, but that does come with older hardware.

With all that in mind, at the time of writing, the above configuration of the ZenBook 13 UX331UN is the only one available. Even still, you get a better deal with the ZenBook 13, especially if you want to be able to play games on the side. Winner: ZenBook 13

Close, but no cigar

It’s rare that a laptop can come close to toppling our long-running mid-range laptop champion and the ZenBook 13 UX331UN made a valiant effort.

With a discrete graphics chip nestled inside its newly trim design, decent battery life, and display options, it came closer than most to becoming our new favorite. The GPU is certainly a distinguishing factor, but without the However, the overall package just isn’t quite enough to sway us.

Although the XPS 13 appears to be the more expensive offering right now, its wider array of (buyable) hardware options, its better-designed chassis and weight distribution, its new look and feel, and stellar battery life, mean it’s not leaving its cozy spot in our hearts just yet.

Overall winner: Dell XPS 13

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The best dishwasher you can buy (and three great alternatives)

Let’s face it: Washing dishes by hand is the absolute worst. First off, the mildewed puck which passes as your kitchen sponge always seems a few days away from sprouting legs; it’s not exactly something you want to scrub any dinner plates with. If that’s not enough, the running water you use typically fluctuates between boiling lava hot and just lukewarm enough to foster the convenient spread of bacteria.

Perhaps even more annoying than these very manageable set of variables is the sheer act of having to expend elbow grease (and precious Netflix time) to clean plates manually. A dishwasher will help keep your kitchen sink spick-and-span. But like most things on the open market, sifting through the sea of available dishwasher options is frustrating and exhausting.

To help you get a better grasp on the latest and greatest dishwashing options, and narrow down your choices, we’ve taken to the task of finding the finest dishwashers worthy of any kitchen. So say goodbye to scalding water and that petri dish of a sponge; here are the four best dishwashers available.

Our pick

GE GDT655SMJES

Why you should buy this: With so many features and a great price, this dishwasher has it all.

GE – GDT655SMJESWith top-rack bottle jets, separate wash zones, and more, this GE washer gets the job done.

Who’s it for: Anyone looking for a good clean with a few special features How much will it cost: £800 MSRP

Why we picked the GE GDT655SMJES: One of the best features on the GE GDT655SMJES dishwasher is the bottle jets in the top rack. Instead of the usual tines, there are two jets made for bottles and other tall items; water sloshes around to help get out whatever’s inside.

But there are other great features on this dishwasher that put it at the top of our list: It has separate wash zones, so can clean just the top or bottom rack when you don’t have a full load. There’s also a 32-minute express cycle, a steam prewash option, and an NSF-certified, germ-killing sanitization setting. Its stainless steel interior holds 16 place settings, and the dishwasher runs at an impressive 46 decibels.

It’s not the quietest dishwasher on the list, but you still might be glad that there’s an indicator light, so you’ll know it’s running. The dishwasher is Energy Star certified and should cost around £32 a year to operate, depending on your utility rates. With a range of unique features, including several ways to boost its cleaning and drying power, this is both a powerful and affordable dishwasher, especially when you can find it on sale for around £600.

The best environmentally friendly dishwasher

Bosch 500 Series SHP65T55UC

Why you should buy this: Though it uses less water than many others, it delivers clean dishes.

The best environmentally friendly dishwasherBosch – SHP65T55UC 500 DishwasherThough it operates in a European way, this Bosch is an Energy Star in every way.

Who’s it for: Anyone looking for energy and water savings

How much will it cost: £900 MSRP Why we picked the Bosch 500 Series SHP65T55UC: There’s a lot to love about the Bosch 500 Series and some things that take a bit of getting used to.

It’s a European-style dishwasher, so it has a filter instead of a hard food disposer, like many American dishwashers. It also dries far better when you use a rinse aid to help the water evaporate. Energy Star-certified dishwashers use 4 gallons of water or less per cycle, and this Bosch has it down to 2.9 gallons.

Its yearly energy use will cost you about £27, and it’s one of the quietest dishwasher on the list at 44 decibels. Like the GE dishwasher, it has an NSF-certified sanitization cycle and can hold 16 place settings in its stainless steel tub. It also boasts a few high-end touches, like an info light that beams onto the floor and a third rack for more flexibility when it comes to utensils.

Bosch scores very well in dependability in both Consumer Reports‘ and Yale Appliance‘s lists.

The best performing dishwasher

LG QuadWash LDP6797ST

Why you should buy this: This dishwasher gets the dirtiest dishes spotless.

The best performing dishwasherLG LDP6797STWith four washing arms instead of two, the Quadwash will get the dirtiest dishes spotless.

Who’s it for: Anyone seeking a quiet dishwasher with superior cleaning skills. How much will it cost: £849, although we’ve seen it for cheaper. Why we picked the LG QuadWash LDP6797ST:

With four cleaning “arms” instead of two, this dishwasher is an impressive performer that is quiet and features adjustable racks. When we read in the LG guide that we should put dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher without rinsing, we said, “Oh, it’s on!” We smeared plates with condiments and let them dry, then put them all in the Quadwash. To our surprise, the dishes came out sparkling clean — even when we ran them into the turbo cycle.

The dishwasher is quiet, so quiet, in fact, that we barely could tell when it was running. Tiny indicator lights just below the handle gave us an inkling, although we sometimes accidentally opened it a couple of times. This dishwasher features three racks – one small one for cooking utensils and knives on the top, a middle rack for bowls and glasses, and a bottom rack for larger items.

All three racks are adjustable in case your glasses are taller, or you want to wash a large pot on the bottom rack and need more room. Our LG QuadWash LDP679ST review

The best cheap dishwasher

Whirlpool WDT780SAEM

Why you should buy this: Quiet and efficient, this dishwasher can go toe-to-toe with some more expensive options.

The best budget dishwasherWhirlpool – WDT780SAEM DishwasherIt isn’t a ton cheaper than our top pick, but this Whirlpool has a lot going for it.

Who’s it for: Anyone who doesn’t want to sacrifice clean but is looking for a bargain How much will it cost: £750 MSRP

Why we picked the Whirlpool WDT780SAEM: Energy Star-certified, with a 48-decibel sound rating, and equipped with a sanitization cycle, this Whirlpool dishwasher has a lot going for it. It has a stainless steel tub and holds 14 place settings.

It’s “quick” cycle takes an hour, which isn’t the fastest but does save some time. The in-door silverware holder offers some flexibility for adding more dishes to the bottom rack, and there’s also a sprayer dedicated to the silverware for getting spoons, forks, and knives cleaner. A sensor cycle adjusts itself based on the amount of dishes and level of gunk it detects.

While this isn’t the cheapest dishwasher in the world, we have seen it listed for closer to £600, and it comes with tons of features that you find in appliances that cost a couple hundred more.

Some things to keep in mind

Of all major appliances, dishwashers are among the easiest to tell when they’re not doing their job. Sopping or food-encrusted dishes mean something’s not right, but it might just be your loading technique. Some dishwashers need rinse aid or they’ll leave everything wet, thanks to their condenser drying mechanisms.

Modern detergent actually reacts to the enzymes in food, so if you pre-rinse your dishes, it won’t properly activate. Your owner’s manual has diagrams of how you should position your dishes so that the spray arm can reach everything and keep your dishes and your dishwasher clean.

How we test

When we test dishwashers, we use both benchmarks and less objective metrics like design. Of all the appliances we test, dishwashers get the most feedback from the Digital Trends office staff.

They get used several times a day by everyone in the office, and they let us know when things aren’t getting clean, when the near-silent operation and small status light have led to them pulling the door open mid-cycle, and so on.

We also use more rigorous tests, based on AHAM’s standards, to ensure our results are repeatable and comparable.

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Rabbit TV promises a lot of TV for a little cash, but is it the real deal?

If you’re a bit confused about the basics of Rabbit TV, don’t feel bad. The “as seen on TV” service is a lot like magicJack — most of us have heard about it at one time or another, but we have no idea what it actually is or what it does. Rabbit TV started out as a bright red SB© USB dongle that promised “free access to 5,000 internet TV stations,” putting the word “internet” in very small type.

Eventually, the company cut the SB© USB stick and rebranded as Rabbit TV Plus, offering service to anyone with a web browser (assuming that web browser can run Flash). The word “free,” was slightly misleading, however, since the service initially charged £10 a year. More recently, the price has gone up to £24 per year, which is still cheap compared to services like Sling TV or DirecTV Now.

But what exactly are you getting for your money? To start, Rabbit TV Plus — also referred to on the company’s website as Rabbit TV, RabbitTV, or RabbitTV Plus, confusingly enough — doesn’t offer any content of its own, but is essentially little more than a content aggregator. And, in fact, in our final section we outline some similar alternatives that may well outdo Rabbit TV Plus at its own game.

But first, we’ll dive into the nitty gritty of this mystery service to see what it offers, and just as importantly, what it doesn’t.

What does Rabbit TV Plus offer?

As mentioned, Rabbit TV Plus subscription doesn’t give you access to anything you can’t already get for free online. Instead, the service prowls the web for online video and serves it up in a TV Guide-style buffet that lets people pick and choose what they want to watch. In addition to aggregating content from various free streaming sources online, Rabbit TV Plus folds in movies and TV shows from Netflix and Hulu, assuming you have subscriptions to those services.

It will even fold in movies and TV shows from Netflix and Hulu, assuming you have a subscription to those services. In recent years, the service has moved away from its claims of “thousands” of free TV channels, swapped for a similarly bold tagline: “all the world’s entertainment in one place.” Available live broadcasts include networks like The CW, PBS, Ion, Univision, Telemundo, This, and MeTV (all of which can be found over the air with an HD antenna), as well as news and shopping channels like Bloomberg, MSNBC, QVC, and HSN. The service has also added several international channels such as Eurosport, RT, and ZDF, among others.

It’s tough to put together a solid number on exactly how much content Rabbit TV Plus offers. The service’s website claims 2,000+ live channels, as well as 100,000+ movies, 400,000+ TV episodes, and 20,000+ streaming radio stations. But just a little bit lower on the page it says 500+ streaming channels are available to watch on an iPhone, iPad, or smartphone.

What makes this even tougher to gauge is that recently, Rabbit TV Plus has been moving increasingly toward on-demand content, and more specifically, on-demand content that you need to pay for on top of your subscription.

It’s possible (and recommended in most cases) to browse only free content by selecting “Free Only” in the top-left corner of the site. Otherwise, you’ll see a “Watch Free” button for some shows and movies, while others will show an “Order Now” button. Sometimes you’ll see both buttons, which means some episodes of a show are available for free, but others are pay-per-view, either individually or by the whole season.

To make things even more complex, an extra tier of channels requires an active cable subscription to watch, making the service’s claim on its website that it is a “great alternative to cable” seem a little more dubious. Channels that require a cable subscription include ESPN, TBS, TNT, TruTV, Cartoon Network, Fox, AMC, and Disney, similar to the TV Everywhere apps you would find on a smart phone or streaming device. It’s tough to put together a solid number on exactly how much content Rabbit TV Plus offers.

Millennials might not be impressed by Rabbit TV Plus, but the service isn’t really going after the tech savvy among us. The primary audience is made up of the 30-65+ age group, specifically those who don’t know where to look or don’t care to try looking for the most accessible online content. It was initially targeted at anyone on a PC or Mac — including those who barely know how to use them — to easily access streaming TV through simple selections.

And since there is nothing to actually install, the simple register-and-log-in process makes it pretty simple. And more recently, Rabbit TV Plus has added even more ways to watch.

Which streaming devices are supported?

Though Rabbit TV Plus originally started out by limiting compatibility to Windows PCs and Macs, its move to a browser-based platform means it can work on a Chromebook or Linux machine. It can also work on select phones and tablets, though access is limited on devices that don’t support Adobe Flash, the number of which is increasing.

Until relatively recently, Rabbit TV Plus was available on both iPhone and Android devices, though it required a third-party browser in order to function. Now the app has disappeared from the App Store, leaving only the Android version. Even with Android phones, there is a catch: The Rabbit TV Plus app isn’t available in the Google Play Store, so you’ll have to go to the company’s website in order to download and install the APK file, something that the ideal Rabbit TV Plus user probably isn’t equipped to do on their own.

Is it a scam?

The short answer is no, Rabbit TV Plus is not a scam, but as you’ll see in the section below, that doesn’t mean it’s the best of its kind.

Rabbit TV’s detractors were initially quick to judge it as illegitimate mainly because it doesn’t offer much — if anything — that isn’t already freely available on the web, but the company’s changes in its marketing definitely make it seem more legitimate. That said, the platform does seem to use the word “free” a lot for a service that costs £24 a year, affordable as that is. There are, of course, some notable caveats to consider.

Since Rabbit TV Plus can only show movie content which is already free, the selection is less-than-enticing. To get a feel for what you can expect, go visit Crackle and have a look at what it offers. Also, local TV station access from across the nation isn’t delivered as promised.

The last time we checked, there was precious little available from New York, and Oregon (where Digital Trends is headquartered) wasn’t represented at all. Local TV station access from across the nation isn’t delivered as promised. The online TV segment has also changed a lot since Rabbit TV launched, and even since it rebranded as Rabbit TV Plus.

More and more viewers, regardless of age, are watching their favorite shows and movies using streaming services, and many are actively looking to escape traditional TV’s old-school channel surfing method. Not to mention, competition from the likes of Sling TV, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and Hulu with Live TV offers much of what users may find appealing about Rabbit TV Plus, but with more content that actually want to watch. The cost is considerably higher than Rabbit TV Plus, but all of those services have options much cheaper than most cable packages.

What are the best Rabbit TV Plus alternatives?

To keep things fair, we’ll leave the services mentioned above out of this since they do cost a good deal more than you pay for Rabbit TV Plus.

Besides, we’ve already got a comparison of those services if you’re interested in seeing how they stack up. That said, there are two options that offer something very similar to this service, and one of them even comes from Rabbit TV Plus’s parent company, FreeCast.

SelectTV

For all intents and purposes, SelectTV seems like FreeCast decided to take the lessons it had learned from Rabbit TV and start over from scratch with a product that isn’t exactly the same, but is very similar. How close are they?

Look at the Rabbit TV Plus website, then the SelectTV website. Notice any similarities? Like Rabbit TV Plus, SelectTV costs £24 per year, but it also offers a monthly subscription for £3 per month.

Yes, you’ll end up paying an extra £12 for a year if you choose this method, but it does allow you to try out the service for less money if you’re not sure you want to go all in. SelectTV is also available on a far greater range of platforms, with apps for Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, iOS, and Android devices, as well as your browser. Taking all that into consideration, it seems like if you’re considering Rabbit TV Plus, you’ll want to try SelectTV first.

At this point, it seems that Rabbit TV Plus remains a separate service for those who already subscribed, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it folded into SelectTV at some point in the future.

Pluto TV

Pluto TV launched in 2014, and seems a lot like what Rabbit TV originally intended to offer: Various channels of content, most (if not all) of which can be found elsewhere on the internet, presented in a live TV format (though on-demand movies are also available). The major difference here is that Pluto TV is completely free, earning all its revenue from advertising instead of subscriptions. Channels are organized into sections like Movies, News, Sports, Comedy, Entertainment, and Life + Style.

It seems that Pluto is aiming for younger viewers than Rabbit TV Plus, however, with additional sections like Chill Out and Geek + Gaming featured prominently, as well as several radio stations provided by Dash Radio. You’re not going to find the latest movies or TV series here, but you’re not likely to find them on Rabbit TV Plus or SelectTV either — at least not without paying extra. Like SelecTV, Pluto TV is available on a far greater range of devices than Rabbit TV Plus, including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, PlayStation 4, and a number of smart TVs.

In the end, it’s hard to say who exactly Rabbit TV Plus is for. Both of the above services provide the same or similar functionality, and are either available on more devices or offer more flexible pricing (or are free). Then you have options like an antenna and OTA DVR, or the ever-growing number of options for watching movies for free online.

If you or a relative are using Rabbit TV Plus and are happy with it, there’s probably no reason to switch for now, but it couldn’t hurt to look at what else is available.

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Everything you need to know about the Huawei MediaPad M5

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Huawei won’t bring the rumored Huawei P20 smartphone to MWC 2018, so what will the company reveal at the show? One possible new device is the MediaPad M5, a range of high-spec Android tablets that may supersede the MediaPad M3 released in 2016. We were big fans of the MediaPad M3, and although tablets really aren’t as popular as they once were, we have high hopes this will be a good one.

Here’s everything we think we know about the Huawei MediaPad M5.

Screen sizes

The MediaPad M5 may come in different sizes, much like Huawei has done with tables in the past. A leak mentions three different M5 models: An 8-inch model codename Schubert, a 10-inch model codename Cameron, and a 10-inch Pro model codename Cameron Pro.

Name, price, and release details

If the last major Huawei tablet release was the MediaPad M3, why isn’t the next going to be the MediaPad M4? It’s possible Huawei will skip the MediaPad M4 — the number four is often associated with bad luck in China — and go straight to the MediaPad M5. A Bluetooth filing certainly backs this up, linking the model numbers SHT-W09 and SHT-AL09 with the MediaPad M5, after the tablets passed through its qualification labs in December.

The MediaPad M3 was 350 euros upon release (about £437), but a price leak warns the price may go up for the MediaPad M5 range. An 8-inch model is listed at 330 euros/£410 or 380 euros/£473 with 4G LTE, a 10-inch version at 380 euros/£473 or 420 euros/£523 with 4G LTE, and finally a 10-inch Pro model with a stylus for 520 euros/£650. Huawei will hold a press conference at Mobile World Congress 2018, where it won’t show the P20 smartphone, making the MediaPad range a possible replacement.

Specification

To replace the MediaPad M3, at least one of the rumored MediaPad M5 tablets will need to have a strong specification.

The MediaPad M5 Pro is likely to be the top-of-the-range version, and is rumored to come with a stylus, 64GB of storage space, 4GB of RAM, and 4G LTE as standard. No processor is mentioned, but Bluetooth certification from 2017 indicated one of the tablets would use a Kirin 960 chip. When the tablet passed through the Bluetooth qualification process — where it was actually labeled as a smartphone — the screen size was listed as 8.4-inches, the same as the MediaPad M3, with a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution.

This suggests it’s the 8-inch M5 code-named Schubert. Subsequently, data spotted on a website log a tablet with the model number SHT-AL09 — also attached to the Schubert version in a more recent leak — showed the presence of Android 8.0 Oreo. If Android 8.0 is installed, there is a good chance Huawei’s own EMUI 8.0 or EMUI 5.1 user interface will be in place over the top.

We’ve seen and enjoyed using the updated EMUI 8.0 on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphone.

We’ll keep you updated regarding the MediaPad M5 right here, as more news arrives.

Updated on February 15: Added price leaks, screen sizes, and updated possible announcement dates.

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Keep calm and stay zen with the best Asus Zenfone 4 cases

So you’ve got yourself an Asus Zenfone 4? Good choice! Asus made some fun additions with the Zenfone 4, and it’s a great little budget phone.

But it’s not well equipped to deal with the big bad world out there where bumps and drops will shatter your phone’s beautiful glass back, and hard surfaces can scratch your screen. For true peace of mind, you’re going to want a protective case to help provide a barrier against all the world’s hazards. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best Asus Zenfone 4 cases you can currently get your hands on.

Avidet Shock-Absorbing Gel Case (£8)

Who doesn’t love a simple gel case?

Not everyone is a fan of big, bulky cases that scream that they’re rugged and powerful, and for those people there’s always a clear gel case that’s happy to sit unnoticed, protecting your phone from harm. It’s not going to be the most protection you can get, but this clear case from Avidet will absorb minor impacts and shocks, thanks to the flexible TPU material, and it’ll also serve as a barrier against any dirt or grit. The soft surface provides extra grip for your fingers, and keeps fingerprints off your phone’s body.

A great choice for anyone who doesn’t like large cases. Buy one now from: Amazon

Dretal Carbon Fiber-Style Case (£8)

Looking for some protection that’s a bit more stylish?

This TPU cover from Dretal is stylized to look like the super-material carbon fiber, with a series of brushed metal-style lines on the back, changing to two carbon fiber-style panels at either end of the phone. It’s a good look, lending a futuristic, sci-fi style to your device. But it’s not all beauty and no brawn — the flexible but durable TPU adds impact resistance, absorbing the impact from blows and bumps, and a system of airbags at each corner help to distribute the energy away from your phone.

More direct threats are also handled well, thanks to the tough exterior of the case. It’s not as heavy-duty as some may need, but it’s a good case for most. Buy one now from:

Amazon

Moko Anti-Scratch Leather-Style TPU Cover (£8)

How about adding a touch of luxury? Moko‘s case uses TPU to great effect, adding shock resistance (including shock-resistant corners) and durability to your fragile Zenfone 4, but it also comes with a back panel of leather-like material that adds extra grip for your fingers. Not only that, it looks good too, with the addition of fine stitching through the middle. It feels great in the hand and imparts an executive chic style to your phone.

It also has edges that protrude around the display and the camera lenses, protecting them from hazardous surfaces when placed face down. A spiderweb pattern on the inside of the case aids with heat dissipation. Buy one now from:

Amazon

Casevasn Shockproof Flexible Case (£8)

Sometimes you just need a case that doubles down on protection, and you don’t care too much about sacrificing your phone’s slim profile to get the job done. That’s where this case comes in. It’s made from soft and flexible TPU, so we know it has some good shock-absorption qualities, and can guard effectively against damage.

But what makes this case really stand out is the reinforced corners. Corners are the part of your phone most likely to hit the ground first during a drop, so they’re the most important part to shield from damage. This case does that with chunky corner covers that distribute the shock away from your phone, and into the case itself.

And despite all that, it’s still pretty thin. Buy one now from: Amazon

CoverOn Shadow Armor (£9)

And the award for the coolest name goes to …

Seriously, you can’t beat “Shadow Armor” as a name. We think our level-60 Rogue had that armor set a few years back. This case is a dual-layer construction, combining the strengths of flexible TPU with hard polycarbonate (PC) to create a soft inner core and a hard outer shell.

The soft TPU absorbs shocks from drops and falls, while the outer PC shell protects against more direct threats to the phone. The TPU core pokes through in specific areas, adding soft grip to the case, and a horizontal kickstand on the rear allows you to kick back and use your phone as a handy Netflix-viewing platform no matter where you are — so check out our favorite Netflix shows of the moment to get the best use out of it! Buy one now from:

Amazon

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