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HP EliteBook Folio 1020 duo debuts as world’s thinnest and lightest business laptops

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Today HP put out a press release detailing its future EliteBook Folio lineup and primarily EliteBook Folio 1020, which looks pretty amazing. The laptop family is said to be the industry’s thinnest and lightest business-grade lineup ever.

Initially the California based giant is planning to offer two units in the new family – 1020 and 1020 Special Edition (SE). Both will feature a razor thin 15.7 mm body, made from magnesium-lithium alloy and reusable carbon fiber and will weigh just over 1kg (1.2 kg for the Folio 1020 and probably a little bit more for the Special edition). Read more »

IDC: Google Chromebooks preferred over Apple iPads in schools

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According to the latest IDC Q3 report regarding bulk tech purchases for education needs, Google Chromebooks are now preferred by the majority of schools than Apple iPads. While the lead of Chromebooks in the education sphere isn’t jaw dropping, it’s a sign that many schools prefer the cheaper, yet functional Chromebook alternative.

Chromebooks lead the way with 715,500 units, whereas the iPads have slipped to 702,000. The laptops running Chrome OS sell as low as $199 and are made by a range of manufacturers including Samsung, HP, Dell and Acer. Read more »

HP Envy x2 goes official as a Microsoft Surface 3 alternative

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HP took the wraps off the Envy x2 of family of convertible PCs. With a multi-angle kickstand, fabric keyboard cover, and available stylus, the device is a cheaper, slightly less capable clone to the heavily marketed Microsoft Surface 3.

HP Envy x2 is available in configurations with 13” or 15” IPS display. Read more »

Raspberry Pi Model A+ is the smallest yet, cheap too

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The latest Raspberry Pi mini computer has landed and it has the smallest footprint in the family. Compared to the Model A, the A+ is 21mm shorter (65mm vs 86mm).

Achieving the smaller size is due to the removal of an Ethernet port and the move from an SD card to a microSD one that now fits with a push-in and is ejectable compared to the friction fit of the SD of old. Read more »

MSI GT80 Titan is a gaming notebook with mechanical keyboard

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MSI took the wraps off the GT80 Titan gaming notebook. The 18” beast features a mechanical keyboard with Cherry Brown MX switches.

The number pad of the notebook is not mechanical. Read more »

ABI: Chromebook shipments expected to double this year

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The Chromebook may have gotten a slow start but is experiencing a continued period of growth. Shipments in Q3 increased by 67% compared to the previous quarter and are on track to double year-over-year, according to analyst firm ABI Research.

The analysts draw comparisons to the short-lived explosion of netbooks but say that a cost effective laptop that’s versatile and functional is something consumers want. Read more »

Intel-based Samsung Chromebook 2 goes official

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Samsung took the wraps off an Intel-based Chromebook 2 model. The $249.99 newcomer will sit below the already available Exynos 5 Octa variant in the Korean giant’s product range.

The latest Samsung Chromebook 2 features Intel Celeron Processor N2840, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage. Read more »

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro notebook is official with no fans, QHD+ and Intel Broadwell chip

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In addition to its tablet line-up, Lenovo has also announced the Yoga 3 Pro laptop with a 13.3″ 3200 x 1800 (QHD+) display with Gorilla Glass 3 on top. Under the hood, there’s the latest Intel Broadwell chip, the Core M-70, which doesn’t require any fans.

The Yoga 3 Pro has also lost some weight and is 17% thinner and 15% lighter than its predecessor at 1.19kg. Further specs include up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage, but there’s also a base model with 256GB. Read more »

IDC and Gartner say PC market is stabilizing

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Large smartphones and cheap tablets put the PC market in a tough spot with a number of companies jumping ship (Samsung left the European market, Sony sold off the business altogether). However, analysts at both Gartner and IDC report that the PC market is finally showing signs of stability.

Tablet penetration is reaching its peak and cheap computers (like Chromebooks) have helped breathe new life into the segment. Read more »

HP Stream 11 notebook and Stream 7 tablet with Windows 8.1 go official for $199 and $99

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The previously rumored sub-$200 Windows notebook by HP is now a fact. HP Stream 11 will hit the shelves in November in Orchid Magenta or Horizon Blue with a $199.99 price tag.

HP Stream 11 features Intel Celeron N2840 dual-core CPU with fanless design. Read more »

Samsung is exiting the notebook market in Europe

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Samsung will stop selling laptop computers in Europe. The word about the decision arrived via a statement from the Korean giant to PC Advisor.

The decision includes notebook running Google Chrome OS notebooks as well. Read more »

Toshiba will drastically reduce its consumer PC business

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The Japanese manufacturer Toshiba announced that it will drastically reduce its consumer PC business. The move will include withdrawal from certain markets altogether.

Increased focus on the business market is the main reason behind the tech giant’s move. Read more »

Toshiba releases ultra-thin 20MP CMOS image sensor for high-end smartphones

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Toshiba released a brand new 20MP CMOS image sensor, designed specifically with high-end mobile devices in mind. Sporting the rather uninspiring model number T4KA7, the 1.12 micron component will allow the development of sub-6mm camera modules.

Toshiba T4KA7 has an optical size of 1/2.4” and features high-speed circuit technology that allows it to deliver 22fps at full resolution image capture. Read more »

HP Stream gets official to battle Chromebooks, will cost more than expected though

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Remember HP’s Windows-powered ultra low-cost 14-inch laptop that was supposed to be a Chromebook’s worst nightmare? Well, the HP Stream has finally become official today.

There is one huge caveat, though. While it was previously said to cost just $199, in fact it will start at $100 more than that. $300 still isn’t a huge sum to pay for a laptop, but it’s also not crazy cheap. Read more »

HP announces new Envy x2, Pavilion x2, and updated Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14

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Not wanting to let other companies have all the device-launching fun these days, HP decided to introduce four new or updated products of its own. First up, we have the new Envy x2, coming to succeed the detachable tablet of the same name that was introduced back in 2012.

The new Envy x2 comes with Intel’s Core M processor, and will get both 13.3″ and 15.6″ screens. The keyboard dock has been redesigned, now coming with a fabric wrapping. Read more »