Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Acer Aspire Switch 12

Set to be released at the end of this year, the Acer Aspire Switch 12 is a 2-in-1 hybrid, tablet with a detachable keyboard. This is a 12.5-inch IPS display panel with FHD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, powered by the upcoming Intel Core M-5Y10a Broadwell 2.90 GHz processor. It'll include 4 GB of RAM and a 64 or 128 GB SSD. Ports include microUSB, HDMI, audio jack and modules Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 and a webcam. Rumored price is around $899 - $999 USD.

Source: TabletsMagazine

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Clevo P65xSE/SG and P67xSE/SG

Clevo, if you didn't know, is a manufacturer that specialized in desktop replacement/gaming line of notebooks and are usually re-branded as Sager and Eurocom.

Clevo has four notebooks in the works: two 15.6" display models called P65xSE and P65xSG. Plus two 17.3" versions called P67xSE and P67xSG.

Since Clevo notebooks are generally ordered with customized specs, the displays will come in with choices between 1920x1080, 2880x1620 and 3840x2160 pixel resolutions.

Choices between Intel Core i7-4710HQ, i7-4702HQ, i7-4770HQ, i7-4870Q and i7-4980HQ processors will be offered and RAM choices with minimum of 4GB to max 32GB of RAM.

The SE models will have the nVidia GTX 970M and the SG models will have the nVidia GTX 980M graphics card. Benchmarks have been posted here. It's definitely powerful!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Intel's vision for notebooks

It doesnt seem like Intel has any issues sharing their vision and roadmap for not only their chips, but for how future notebooks will look like and what functionality they'll include. So lets take a look at their presentation guidelines intended for laptop manufacturers to follow: Intel's Core M processor - thin, light laptops, tablets, and 2-in-1 hybrids, fan-less devices that measure less than 0.35 inches (9mm) and weighing about 1.4 lbs (0.6 kg). Core M will be released this Christmas and brand names like HP, Dell, Asus, and Lenovo will each release their new designs.

 In addition, Intel wants notebooks to include 3D sensors/cameras so that users can capture motion and be able to create 3D models from images.

Intel's Developer Ultrabook leaked via FCC reveal a 360-degree hinged notebook powered by their upcoming Broadwell processor. This is a 13.3-inch 3K resolution screen (3200 x 1800 pixels) featuring multi-touch (includes N-Trig DuoSense Pen 2 active pen). Two cameras (one as a 3D camera/sensor), 8GB RAM, Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0, WiDi 5.0 wireless display, LTE radio support, fingerprint reader, 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, card reader slot, and a backlit keyboard:

And here's Intel's chip lineup for January 2015:

Followed by Intel's Skylake CPU chips to be released on July 2015:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Asus Zenbook UX305 Ultrabook

Asus will be releasing the Zenbook UX305, a thin sleek ultrabook powered by the next-gen Intel Broadwell processor (Intel Core M). This is a 13.3-inch notebook coming with a FHD display resolution and another version with a 3K resolution (3200 x 1800 pixels). The screen is an IPS panel outfitted with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for a layer of protection. It comes with the usual ports, USB 3.0, HDMI, audio, card reader.

Other Specs:
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB SSD
  • ultra-thin at 12.3 mm / 0.48 inches, weighing 1.2 kg / 2.64 lbs

What's missing? touchscreen and no backlit-keyboard! Really Asus?! Going for a $799 US price tag...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Asus G551, G771 and G751

Asus is rumored to release two new ROG models, a 15.6" (G551) and a 17.3" version (G771) featuring IPS display technology and powered by Intel's Haswell Core i7 quad-core processor.

Supposedly, the graphics card powering them will be either the nVidia GeForce GTX 850M or the nVidia GeForce GTX 860M. Which doesn't make sense, since these cards are now considered more of a mid-range multimedia line. I think hardcore gamers will be disappointed to learn that the more powerful GTX 880M isn't included.

That said, the Asus G751 model will supposedly feature the next-gen nVidia GeForce GTX 980M GPU based on "Maxwell" architecture that will double the performance of the GTX 880M. This will make it their high-end model:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

MSI GS30 Shadow with GamingDock

MSI's upcoming GS30 Shadow, a 13.3 inch notebook (with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution), packs the latest Intel 4th Gen Core i7 and Iris Pro graphics. Weighs 1.3kg with a 19.8mm height.

What's unique about this laptop is the "GamingDock" that will be offered with it as an accessory. The dock can house any desktop class graphics card with a full bandwidth PCI-e x16 GPU slot. This would give the extra performance power that many might feel is lacking in mobile gaming GPU's.

No pricing or other specs have leaked yet, but the launch date is set January 2015.