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Samsung introduces ATIV Q, a convertible Windows and Android notebook combination with a QHD+ (3200x1800) display

At today's London press event held by Samsung, the South Korean electronics giant unveiled a new ATIV Q convertible notebook that is convertible in more ways than one. Not only does it feature the traditional laptop to tablet conversion, it also allows users to switch between Windows and Android operating systems. It's the best of both worlds in one device.

 

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The ATIV Q features an incredible QHD+ display that measures just 13.3 inches diagonally. QHD+ features a resolution of 3200x1800, which is an incredible amount of pixels to pack into a 13.3-inch screen. The pixel density is 275ppi, which is less than smartphones, but 2.8 times higher than full HD displays of the same size.

 

Diving into the technical specifications, we find that the ATIV Q is powered by Intel's new Haswell-based Core i5 processor with on-board HD4400 graphics. It features 4GB of DDR3L and 128GB of storage thanks to an SSD. Even with those impressive technical specs, Samsung says the device is capable of up to 9 hours of battery life.

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Lenovo launches ThinkPad S531 Ultrabook, only with Ivy Bridge CPUs though

Lenovo has just announced its latest Windows 8 Ultrabook and is targeting it at the small business market. The ThinkPad S531 is a 15.6-inch screen notebook that features a unique single unified hinge that allows it to lie flat at 180 degrees.

 

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The display is not touchscreen, however users will have to interact with the OS using the five button glass pad below the keyboard. Unfortunately the S531 features Intel's third-generation Ivy Bridge processor and no models available with the current generation Haswell CPU line.

 

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It does have USB 3.0 connectivity and available docking system, as well as an optional fingerprint reader. The keyboard is backlit with Windows 8 specific shortcut keys, as well as being spill resistant. This means you will no longer have to panic when accidentally tipping over your morning coffee.


Google to expand Chromebook availability

Google is looking to get Chromebooks into the hands of more consumers. As part of this push, Google is expanding the availability of Chromebooks by partnering with more retail outlets. This means Chromebooks will be available in 3 times more retailers, bringing the total up to over 6,600 stores with Chromebooks.

 

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In the United States, Walmart and Staples will be joining the Chromebook retail chain. Walmart will begin selling the Acer Chromebook with a 16GB SSD for just $199 in around 2,800 stores nationwide. Staples will be selling Chromebooks from HP, Acer, and Samsung nationwide across all of its 1,500+ stores.

 

Around the globe, Google is continuing to increase availability with new partners and retail locations so you can try before you buy. It looks as though Chromebooks are here to stay for the foreseeable future.

MSI launches 14-inch GT40 "Dragon Eyes" laptop

MSI has just launched what could very well be the perfect combination of alterable portability combined with deadly gaming capability. The GE40 comes armed with state-of-the-art components including an Intel Haswell Core i7 processor and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M GPU.

 

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The GE40 is able to take full advantage of the GTX 760M by adding a Matrix display that allows users output to up to three displays simultaneously. The laptop also features Sound Blaster Cinema and Audio Boost technologies that pack one hell of an aural punch.

 

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Possibly the coolest feature is the all aluminum body that displays hidden backlit dragon eyes on the top cover. The GE40 is available in two storage configurations a 750GB hard drive or 125GB mSATA SSD paired with a 750GB hard drive for increased performance. Both models feature 8 GB of DDR three, a gigabit LAN adapter, two USB 3.0 ports, and one USB 2.0 port.

 

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To celebrate the launch of the GE40, MSI is holding the "Just Game!" Giveaway through their Facebook page. Participants will have the opportunity to win over $4000 in prizes, including a completely new MSI GE40 valued at $1,399.99.

TweakTown's Systems Editor goes hands-on with the new Alienware 18

E3 2013 - Alienware's new 18 gaming laptop to turn out to be one of the hottest mobile gaming platforms 2013. Featuring quad-core Haswell i7 processors and running dual NVIDIA 780M GPUs in SLI the Alienware 18 is a beast of a laptop. From the video it appears to be about 2.5-inches thick and I can only estimate that it weights a few pounds.

 

 

The unique "Alien Glow" accent lighting around the edge of the chassis is a nice touch as in the back-lit keyboard. One would think that such a monstrous system would rival a furnace in heat production, but Trace says that it appears to manage heat dissipation well as the base nor the surface were overly warm to the touch.

 

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We Hands-on with the new Razer Blade gaming laptop

E3 2013 - While walking around the Los Angeles convention center Trace Hagan was invited to take a hands-on look at the new Razer Blade gaming laptop. While handling the uber-thin yet powerful laptop Trace notice that the bottom got quite hot as did the space above the keyboard.

 

 

The actual keyboard itself appeared to stay cool and Trace noted how nice the large touchpad was. We're hoping to get a review sample so that we can sit down and spend some quality time putting the Razer Blade through its paces.

 

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AMD shows of the "world's fastest mobile GPU" in an MSI notebook

E3 2013 - AMD is showing off what they claim to be the fastest mobile GPU in the world in MSI's new GX70 notebook. The demo shows it running Bioshock Infinite at full 1080p resolution and at max settings. The mobile GPU in question is ATI's Radion 8970M which features a base clock speed of 850 MHz and 2 GB of GDDR five memory.

 

 

TweakTown is your leading coverage provider of the E3 Expo, and have already posted tons of content which you can find here. Additionally, we covered all of the major press conferences from Yesterday's "E3 Day 0" press event in live blog form. Stay tuned to TweakTown.com for the entire up to the minute coverage of the E3 expo.

 

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AMD's APU in an sleek ASUS notebook at E3 2013

E3 2013 - E3 2013 - Trace Hagan just got a hands-on demo of a sleek new aluminum bodied ASUS U38N notebook featuring AMD's Richland APU processors. The device has what was described as a "badass" display and a very high-quality keyboard. The representative noted that this new line of notebooks will be very reasonably priced and pack a ton of features.

 

 

TweakTown is your leading coverage provider of the E3 Expo, and have already posted tons of content which you can find here. Additionally, we covered all of the major press conferences from Yesterday's "E3 Day 0" press event in live blog form. Stay tuned to TweakTown.com for the entire up to the minute coverage of the E3 expo.

 

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Alienware revamps their gaming notebook lineup

Alienware did promise something big for E3 this year, and they delivered by unveiling a refreshed range of gaming notebooks. Each new Alienware notebook features a HD matte display with a new keyboard and LED illuminated trackpad.

 

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Alienware have crammed in Intel's latest fourth-generation Core processor, or "Haswell", as well as NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 700 series of GPU's and a minimum of 8GB of RAM across the board. They've also chosen a simpler naming structure, so welcome the new Alienware 14, Alienware 17 and Alienware 18. The numbers are of course, varying screen sizes.

 

The smallest of the bunch, Alienware 14, comes in at $1199 and includes the Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, GeForce GT 750M GPU, 8GB of RAM, 750GB HDD, a slot-loading DVDRW and WLED HD 1366x768 display. The Alienware 17 includes the bigger display, the same Haswell processor, RAM, DVDRW and HDD but the better GTX 765M GPU and a WLED HD+ 1600x900 display and comes in at a slightly higher $1499.

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Apple announces a refreshed MacBook Air line at WWDC, now featuring Intel Haswell processors and "all day battery life"

This morning Apple kicked off its annual WWDC developer's conference. As expected, during the keynote address, we saw a new refreshed line of MacBook Air's make an appearance. The refreshed notebooks now feature the energy efficient Haswell processors from Intel.

 

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The Air's now ship with Core i5 or Core i7 processor and are available with a 128GB or 256GB SSD. The 11.6-inch model is said to be good for 12 hours of use while the 13.3-inch can last up to 9 hours with continual use. The new models also feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as Intel 5000 series HD Graphics.

 

Both models are available today on Apple's website with the 11.6-inch model starting at $999 for the 128GB version. The 13.6-inch model will begin at $1099 at the 128GB level and increase to $1299 for a 265GB model. At the moment all models feature a 1.3GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and those seeking the higher performance models will have to place a custom order.

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