Google introduced Android on just about any platform you can think of so naturally the company is bringing Android to Chrome OS and the Chromebooks. It’s just the early days, but Android apps will run on Chromebooks with minimal changes from the app developers.
Integration with your phone goes beyond just running apps too, similar to the new Mac OS X Yosemite you’ll receive call and message notifications on your Chromebook. Read more »
Asus unveiled a large number of devices at the start of Computex, including four laptops – the Asus Transformer Book V, Transformer Book T300 Chi, Transformer Book Flip and Zenbook NX500. To call the Transformer Book V a “laptop” would be like calling a centaur a horse, however. Asus calls it “the world’s first five-mode, three-in-one converged laptop”.
It’s the device Asus was teasing with the blender video. Read more »
HP announced the budget-friendly SlateBook PC. The 14” notebook runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box and will ship in sleek-looking black color scheme with yellow accents.
The HP SlateBook PC is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC with 1.8GHz quad-core CPU. Read more »
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was unveiled today and as tradition goes the announcement is accompanied by a couple of videos, showing the key points of the company’s latest hybrid.
The first promotional effort runs for about three minutes and shows the convenience of carrying the tablet around. It also focuses on the multi-tasking ability of the slate and brings the all new Surface Pro 3′s pen into the limelight. Read more »
After Lenovo announced two budget Chromebooks, It’s ASUS’ turn. The company announced two new models of its own, the C200 and the C300, that start at just $250.
C200 has a 11.6-inch display with 1366×768 resolution whereas the C300 maintains that resolution but goes to 13.3-inch. Both models run on Intel Bay Trail-M processor clocked at 2.42GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4 and an SD card slot.
Both models will start shipping in North America by the end of June, starting at $250 for the base model.
Lenovo has announced two new Chromebook models, the Lenovo N20 and N20p. Both machines are nearly identical in terms of specifications, but while the N20 has a standard design, the N20p display flips backward and has a touchscreen.
Both machines come with a 11.6-inch, 1366×768 resolution display, Haswell-based Intel Celeron processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage space. Read more »
Apple Stores in the US have started getting stock of a newer version of the MacBook Air that should go on sale soon. Unfortunately, this isn’t the major update we have been waiting for but just a tiny spec bump, perhaps the last update for this generation before the major update by the end of the year.
The latest update features a very slightly faster version of Intel’s CPU, with the standard clock speed getting boosted from the current 1.3GHz to 1.4GHz. The Turbo Boost speed has gone up from 2.6GHz to 2.7GHz. Read more »
A leaked video demo reveals the HP Slatebook 14 – an Android-powered laptop with a 14″ 1080p touchscreen. It’s not a hybrid (detachable tablet + keyboard dock) like the Slatebook X2, nor is it a dual-boot device, it’s pure Android.
The specs are a bit unclear, but the video is promising a slim and lightweight design. Without the need for a second battery behind the screen like on the Slatebook X2, this new device should be thinner than 20mm. Read more »
Samsung announced its Chromebook 2 a while ago and it was officially available for pre-ordering earlier this month. However a couple of reports now suggest that the launch of the Chromebook 2 has been delayed.
The sequel of the popular Chromebook is now expected to start shipping at the end of May. Samsung’s latest netbook brings new screen size, chipset and design with the stitched faux leather look. Read more »
Toshiba launched the world’s first notebook with 4K UHD touchscreen. The Satellite P55t will be available on April 22 with a suggested retail price of $1,499.99.
As expected, the biggest highlight in the notebook is its display. Read more »
Samsung’s Chromebook 2, the sequel to its first Chome OS-running netbook was announced early last month, has become officially available to pre-orders starting today.
The new model sports either an 11.6-inch or 13.3-inch display, available for either $319.99 and $399.99, respectively. Read more »
Over the span of last year around 2.1 million Chromebooks have been shipped. The majority of those numbers come from North America – exactly 89% – giving the continent the highest demand in the world.
The numbers were calculated by ABI Research and the firm forecasts an increase to 11 million in 2019, but who can really say what can happen in five years (less than five years ago Symbian was top OS). Read more »
Razer has announced a new version of the 14-inch Razer Blade that was introduced last year. A lot of the components have been retained in the new model, including the quad-core 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-4702HQ processor and 8GB of RAM. But now you get a stonking 3200×1800 resolution display instead.
The new display replaces the 1600×900 resolution display on the previous mode. It uses an IGZO panel and has multitouch support so you can experience Windows 8.1 the way it was intended to be. Powering the new display is a new GPU: an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M with 3GB DDR5 VRAM, along with the standard integrated Intel HD 4600 graphics. Read more »
Google will be giving away buyers of select models of the Chromebook free 60 days subscription to their Google Play music All Access service. Normally, users would get to try the service for 30 days but with this promotion you can get twice of that if you choose to go with a Chromebook. The offer is available on all Chromebooks, except the Cr-48, Acer AC700, and Samsung Chromebook Series 5.
All Access is Google’s music subscription service where you can pay $9.99 per month and get access to over 20 million tracks and radio stations from Google Play. Once subscribed, you can access the music from any platform the service is available on, including the web, Android and iOS. Read more »
Samsung has launched an updated ATIV Book 9 Style 15.6″ laptop with a full HD display and has given it the faux-leather back design. The company seems very fond of the look, which was introduced with the Galaxy Note 3 and then the second-generation Chromebook followed suit.
At 1.95kg, the Ativ Book 9 Style is quite light for its size and sports a thin 17.5 mm thin chassis. Under the hood, there’s an Inten Haswell 2.6GHz Core i5 CPU, Intel HD Graphics 4400, 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM and a 128GB SSD. Read more »