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Intel has a Haswell chip with 4.5W SDP, might be getting ready to challenge ARM’s tablet dominance

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Intel has been gunning after ARM in the mobile space for a while now and the chip giant may have an ace up its sleeve – a Y-series Haswell processor with SDP of only 4.5W. This should be low-enough to go into relatively small and light tablets as it’s close to the power draw of ARM chipsets.

The chip features a dual-core processor that comes in two versions – 6.5W SDP and 4.5W SDP, both having the same TDP, 11.5W. In case you’ve missed the new terminology, TDP is the maximum power draw (CPU and GPU at full throttle), while SDP is a target for “regular” usage. Read more »

New 13.3″ MacBook Air torn down, small changes and no room for upgrades found inside

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This Monday Apple announced the new MacBook Air and two short days later it has already been torn down by the iFixit team. What they found was that the new 13″ model is almost identical to the old one. even the model number was the same, which might make things confusing and the only external difference is the new microphone grill. Apple has added a second microphone on the new Air.

Things on the inside looked pretty similar, but with newer components obviously. The big bump in battery life comes from Mac OS X Mavericks enhancements, Intel’s new Haswell CPU and a slightly bigger battery – 7.6V and 7,150mAh (up from 7.3V, 6,700mAh). Read more »

The new MacBook Airs are here, shipping today

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Today, on the WWDC 2013 stage, Apple’s vice president Phil Shiller announced the revamped MacBook Air product family. The 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs have the same chassis, but use the recently released 4th generation mobile Intel Core CPU called Haswell.

These have faster built-in graphics and have highly touted power-sipping features allowing for much longer battery life for mobile products. The MacBook Airs make good use of the new internals and will now offer up to 9h battery life for the 11.6-incher and up to 12-hour for the 13.3-incher. But that’s not all. Read more »

Gigabyte outs Intel Haswell-powered gaming laptops

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Gigabyte outed a pair of gaming laptops today, each featuring the latest 4th generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor.

The P27K and P25W are aimed at performance enthusiasts looking to get the most out of their mobile systems, and the latter can support up to 24GB of RAM! Read more »

ASUS unveils Transformer Book Trio, VivoPC and VivoMouse

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ASUS has officially announced its Transformer Book Trio at the on-going Computex 2013. The ASUS Transformer Book Trio is a three-in-one mobile device, which dual-boots Windows 8 and Android and aims to give you a netbook, a tablet and a Windows 8 desktop PC in one device.

The Transformer Book Trio sports an 11.6-inch detachable display and the PC Station dock has an Intel Core i7 processor, keyboard and a 750 GB hard drive. The tablet display can be detached and the main part can be hooked to an external display to use as a desktop PC. Read more »

Razer announces 14-inch Razer Blade and 17-inch Razer Blade Pro gaming laptops

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Razer has updated their 17-inch gaming laptop – the Razer Blade – and it now comes with improved hardware and a new name. Called the Razer Blade Pro, the ultrathin gaming laptop gets some increased firepower under the hood courtesy of some next generation parts.

For starters, Razer has swapped the previous Intel Ivy Bridge processor in favor of a new 4th gen Intel Core ‘Haswell’ processor. The GPU has been updated from the NVIDIA GTX 660M on the previous model to a GTX 765M. Read more »

Chromebook Pixel mini review

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Quite frankly, when Google took the wraps off the $1,299 Chromebook Pixel, just about everyone got caught by surprise. After all, the newcomer costs over six times more than the cheapest Chromebook on offer, and thus goes completely against the notion that notebooks running Google’s OS embodies cheap computing.

Of course, the Pixel does have some chops to show for its price tag. Leading the way is a stunningly gorgeous body, machined from anodized aluminum. Once you crack the notebook open, a jaw-dropping 12.85” touchscreen with a resolution of 2560 x 1700 pixels greets you.

Late as we are, we got our chance to try out a review unit and we didn’t waste any time but whipped up our own mini review. For starters, read on to see the full list of talents which this Chromebook OS royalty has to offer. Read more »

HP unveils two tablet/laptop hybrids – Windows 8 powered Split x2 and Android powered SlateBook x2

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HP is following up on its x2 line of tablet/laptop hybrids with two new models – the 13.3″ Split x2, running Windows 8, and the 10.1″ SlateBook x2, running… Android. Both are laptops with detachable screens, which turn into tablets on their own.

The 13.3″ screen of the HP Split x2 is an IPS LCD with 1,366 x 768 resolution. The device is powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core i3 or i5 (Y-series with 7W SDP / 10W TDP) with 2GB RAM (upgradeable), and has a 128GB SSD with an optional 500GB HDD. Read more »

Samsung announces ATIV Book 6 Windows 8 notebook, arriving shortly in the US

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After the ATIV series of Windows-based tablets and smartphone, Samsung is now launching a series of notebooks under the same brand name. The first of the lot is the ATIV Book 6 note book, which will be releasing in the US shortly.

The ATIV Book 6 runs Windows 8 and has a 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution touchscreen. Inside it has a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, AMD Radeon HD8770M GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Read more »

ASUS S56C laptop mini review

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During the last several years, ASUS has steadily developed into a quality ultrabook manufacturer, and with the new S6 series it’s raising the bar even further.

The “Extra-Thin” S6 series offers a redesigned aluminum build that’s 35% thinner and 10% lighter than the S5 series. Join us as we take a look at the new S56 series from ASUS. Read more »

Lenovo releases redesigned ThinkPad ultrabook for under $1000

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The latest ThinkPad from Lenovo, the T431s, reflects a slightly more modern design strategy which still meets the company’s standards for ruggedness and durability.

The 14-inch ultrabook sports a thinner profile, with a 1600 x 900 pixel resolution display, as well as the usual array of connectivity features. Read more »

Dell makes 18-inch Windows 8 tablet, throws logic out of an equally large window

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We are no strangers to ridiculously large tablets. We saw a few at CES, including a particularly enormous 20-inch Panasonic tablet. Although one would assume this is just some quirky thing that would go away if you don’t pay attention to it, it seems OEMs aren’t quite willing to let go of it.

Dell is the latest to join the ranks of these comically large tablets (at this point they are more tables than tablets). Unlike others, however, Dell has made slightly more effort to justify the size of this device, by making it turn into an All-in-One at a pinch. Read more »

Google announces Chromebook Pixel, starts at $1,299

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Google has announced the new Chromebook Pixel, confirming the rumors that were circulating in the past month or so. Unlike all the previous Chromebooks, the Chromebook Pixel is made by Google themselves and is a high-end laptop with high-end specs and has a high-end price tag of $1,299 to go with them.

For starters, the Chromebook Pixel has a 12.85-inch, ultra high resolution 2,560 x 1,700 display. Google says it is the highest resolution display ever to be put in a laptop. What they mean, however, is that it has the highest pixel density of 239 ppi. The 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display in comparison have a pixel density of 227 and 220 respectively, although the latter has a higher, 2,880 x 1,800 resolution display. Read more »

HP joins the Chromebook bandwagon with a full-size 14-inch Pavilion Chromebook laptop, costs $329

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HP is joining Lenovo, Acer and Samsung in the Chromebook notebook space with a rather unique offering in the face of the 14″ Pavilion Chromebook.

This is the first full-size 14″ Chromebook and that’s exactly what HP is hoping will help it stand out in the crowd. The specs of the HP Pavilion Chromebook are pretty standard. Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pro’s 64GB version will come with 23GB of available memory out of the box

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For those of you who are getting ready to shell out $899 for a Microsoft Surface Pro on February 9, there’s a rather unpleasant surprise waiting for you. It turns out that the 64GB version of Microsoft’s über tablet will come with only 23GB of available memory out of the box.

The 128GB version of the slate will come with 83GB of available storage. All in all, it looks like the Windows 8 OS, together with the built-in apps and recovery partition take up a cool 40+ gigs of the tablet’s built-in memory. Read more »