Posts From Rich Woods

Rich Woods
Rich Woods

Managing Editor for XDA Computing. I've been covering tech from smartphones to PCs since 2013. If you see me at a trade show, come say hi and let me ask you weird questions about why you use the tech you use.

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 laptop processor offers up to 85% faster performance

It's been three years since Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 8cx. At the time, the company was pulling ahead at a rapid pace, quickly iterating between the Snapdragon 835, the Snapdragon 850, and then its new 'extreme' chip that was designed from the ground up for PCs. And then, it just kind of stalled. We've seen different...

Xiaomi reveals the first Snapdragon 8 powered smartphone

Today on the Big Island in Hawaii, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, its next-generation flagship mobile chipset. As usual, the company is also unveiling partners that will be using the new product, but it went a step further this time. Xiaomi actually announced a new device, the Xiaomi 12 Series, and it's going...

Hands-on with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference Device

It's Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit, and just as it does every year, the company announced its latest flagship mobile processor. It changed up its branding this year after maxing out with the Snapdragon 888 last year. Since 8 means premium, we're getting the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. It follows in line with the branding we've...

Huawei MateBook 14s review: The 90Hz display puts it over the top

Huawei has a history of making some really great laptops. It was the first to put Dolby Atmos audio in a 13-inch laptop with the MateBook X, and it's always pushed for high screen-to-body ratios, quality keyboards, and more. The Huawei MateBook 14 is one of the first to ship with Windows 11, and it...

Lenovo is offering nearly $2,000 off its best laptop for Cyber Monday

It's Black Friday weekend, which means that we're headed into Cyber Monday. We've seen tons of PC deals, but this one from Lenovo might be the best one yet. The company is offering nearly $2,000 on a specced out ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6. This year's model adds Intel's 11th-generation processors, and as you'd expect from...

Grab DJI’s Mavic Mini drone for an incredible $200 off for Black Friday

Today is Black Friday, and frankly, it's almost over. That means that you're running out of time to get those sweet, sweet deals. One of those is on DJI's Mavic Mini drone, which is an incredible 40% off on Amazon. The deal isn't going to last through the weekend though. It's just for today and...

Get up to $2,400 off HP laptops for Black Friday

HP is one of the top PC manufacturers in the world, and as you'd expect, the company has a whole range of PC deals for Black Friday. The good news is that there's something here for everyone. Whether it's a premium ultrabook like a Spectre x360 that you're looking to grab on the cheap, a...

FlexiSpot has big Black Friday deals on standing desks, desk bikes, and more

FlexiSpot is a company that makes standing desks and other office furniture, and we even got to review one of them a couple of months ago. Along with that, the company makes some exercise equipment, such as a bike that you can sit on while you work, so you still get some exercise in. The standing...

Microsoft’s Surface Headphones 2 drop to their lowest price ever for Black Friday

It's Black Friday week, which means that if you're out looking for deals, now is the time that you'll probably find them. If you're looking for some computing accessories, or just some great headphones, Microsoft's Surface Headphones 2 is currently discounted to its lowest price ever. Right now on Amazon, Surface Headphones 2 are $162.49, $87.50...

Microsoft releases Windows 11 build 22000.348 with new emojis

Today, Microsoft is releasing a new optional cumulative update for Windows 11. Unlike most cumulative updates, however, this one actually comes with a new feature. It has the new emojis that were announced back in July. Well, kind of. When the new emoji characters were announced, the design team showed off these beautiful, 3D characters that...

Qualcomm has an exclusivity deal with Microsoft for Windows on ARM

Last week, we reported that MediaTek is planning to build a chipset for Windows on ARM. As it turns out, the Windows on ARM chipset space could be even hotter than that, because there's a reason that we've only seen Qualcomm SoCs in ARM PCs so far. Qualcomm actually has an exclusivity deal with Microsoft...

MediaTek teases Kompanio 1200 for Chromebooks, but it’s still not ready

On the second day of its MediaTek Executive Summit today, the company held a brief session on its PC and Chromebook efforts. It was one of the few sessions that didn't have any actual product launches, but there was some insight into what the firm is up to. One thing it did was tease the...