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Samsung has withdrawn from the European laptop market, pulling its Ativ notebooks and Google Chrome-powered Chromebooks. Overall, the PC market has struggled as smartphones, tablets, and phablets take over - and the laptop market has also suffered. Sony spun off its VAIO laptop business to completely separate itself from the declining sector. For Samsung, the company continues to have great success utilizing Google Android on its smartphones and tablets, which is where future focus will remain high.
"We quickly adapt to market needs and demands," Samsung said in a statement. "In Europe, we will be discontinuing sales of laptops including Chromebooks for now. This is specific to the region - and is not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets. We will continue to thoroughly evaluate market conditions and will make further adjustments to maintain our competitiveness in emerging PC categories."
Sony spun off its VAIO laptop business to completely separate itself from the declining sector.
According to a new report from Jack March, the upcoming 12-inch Retina MacBook Air will offer a slew of improvements. It seems like it's close to being reworked in every department, from its display, processor, speakers, charging technology, and more.
First off, the report states that the upcoming Retina MBA will offer a "noticeably thinner design", where it will be completely fanless. Fanless, you say? This is thanks to Apple adopting to Intel's new Core M processor, which offers performance improvements, as well as lowered thermals and power requirement. OEMs can bake these into their devices, offering up fanless tablets and laptops.
Next up, the source said that "the display bezels are noticeably thinner, quite similar to the current MacBook Pro Retina lineup" with next to no space between the keyboard and the edge of the upcoming 12-inch MBA. Additionally, the speaker has been moved above the keyboard, and is still "visible". The source continues with a juicy rumor, stating that Apple will get rid of the already impressive MagSafe connector, replacing it with a new charging technology that has never been used on any Mac to date. I'm hoping we see wireless charging, but I won't be holding my breath. Lastly, Apple will reportedly replace the standard USB ports on the new 2015 Retina MacBook Air with the new reversible USB Type C ports. The company should offer the new MBA in various color options, sometime in mid 2015.
Toshiba has announced its new Chromebook 2, which comes in two configurations. The first is an entry-level model with modest specifications, while the higher-end models amps it up a little, with both configurations featuring a 13.3-inch display.
The entry-level model features a 1366x768 resolution on its 13.3-inch panel, while the higher-end model features a Full HD IPS-based 1920x1080 resolution. The $249 model features 2GB of RAM and Intel's dual-core Celeron N2840 processor. The $329 model increases the specs to 4GB of RAM and a higher-clocked Celeron processor.
Both of the new Toshiba Chromebook 2 models will include Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.0, a full-sized HDMI output, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, and an SD card reader. Toshiba will make the Chromebook 2 available as of October 5, with three colors available: Charcoal, Aqua, and Rose.
For those with fond memories of the Eee PC range, ASUS is bringing it back with the new EeeBook X205. The company unveiled the cheap new system at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany today.
The ASUS EeeBook X205 features an 11.6-inch 1366x768 display, and runs Windows 8.1, but the best bit here is the price: just $199. Inside of the EeeBook X205 we have the quad-core Intel Atom T3735 Bay Trailer processor, 2GB of RAM, a VGA webcam, a microSDXC slot, and a micro HDMI port. All of this comes in a light package, weighing a total of 980g (or 2.16lbs).
On the storage side of things, ASUS is offering either 32GB or 64GB of flash memoy, with some cloud storage options: 15GB of Microsoft OneDrive for life, as well as 100GB of OneDrive, and 500GB of ASUS WebStorage for two years. ASUS hasn't provided a date for the new X205, but we should expect it to drop before the end of the year.
ASUS has just unveiled its latest Ultrabook at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany: the ZenBook UX305. The ZenBook UX305 is similar to the already gorgeous UX301, but it now features a 13.3-inch 3200x1800 display, providing a pixel density of 276PPI.
The new ZenBook UX305 is only 12.3mm thick, making it one of the world's thinnest Ultrabooks to pack a 3200x1800 display. It weighs just 1.2kg (or 2.64lbs) compared to the already light Apple MacBook Air which weighs 1.35kg (or 2.97lbs). ASUS has crafted the ZenBook UX305 with its diamond cut highlights and signature spun-metal finish which comes in two varieties: "Obsidian Stone" or "Ceramic Alloy".
Inside, we don't know much, but Engadget is reporting that it has an Intel Core M processor, 10 hours of battery life, and a choice of 128GB or 256GB SSDs. We should hear more about this new ZenBook in the coming months.
The gaming laptop market has slowly been expanding, but the screen size on most portable gaming machines have been shrinking down to the 13- and 14-inch range. Not anymore, thanks to Lenovo's new Y70 Touch gaming laptop, which features a 17-inch touchscreen LCD.
The Lenovo Y70 Touch is fully touch-capable, compared to most of the gaming laptops on the market which are not. The Y70 Touch can be configured with a Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of mechanical HDD or 256GB of SSD. Lenovo pegs the battery life at around five hours, but I'm sure that is not while it's gaming.
Lenovo will be making its 17-inch touchscreen gaming laptop available next month with a starting price of $1,299.
HP is set to launch a new Windows notebook to compete against the lower cost Chromebooks already on the market. The machine was leaked by a site called Mobilegeeks who claims the machine will be called the HP Stream 14. The Stream 14 is expected to land running Windows 8.1 with Bing.
That operating system is a version of windows with fewer features than the normal version of Windows. Other features of the Stream 14 notebook will include a 14-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768. Under the hood of the machine will be an AMD processor and 2GB of RAM.
Storage options will be either a 32GB or 64GB SSD with a slot for a SD card for expansion. Microsoft will also offer 100GB of OneDrive space for two years with the purchase. Rounding out the features list is a HD resolution webcam, Beats Audio, a USB 3.0 port, and Radeon R3 graphics. The launch date for this notebook is unknown and the price is rumored to be under $200.
Our roaming German tech reporter, Johannes Knapp, is on the ground for us in Cologne, Germany at Gamescom 2014. He managed to get some hands-on time with one of Acer's newest toys, the Chromebook 13, Google and Acer's take on an affordable laptop.
Many probably think of the Chromebook as a underpowered device for simple computing tasks such as email and Facebooking, but it looks like Acer and NVIDIA is upping the stakes a bit this time around. The new Chromebook 13 features NVIDIA's Tegra K1 mobile processor, which should deliver quite a bit of punch.
Along with that, the device also has a 13.3-inch screen with a Full HD display, the keyboard looks solid with its Chrome OS key shortcuts, and it features a non-glossy display and surface.
Acer has just announced the new Chromebook 13, which is the industry's first Chromebook that is powered by NVIDIA's very capable Tegra K1 mobile processor. It's also the first Chromebook the company has made with a 13.3-inch display.
The company makes its new Chromebook 13 available with two display options, with the default 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1366x768, but for those who crave more pixels, there's an option that crams a 1920x1080 resolution onto the 13.3-inch display. Acer's Chromebook 13 does have a star, with that star being the Tegra K1 processor, which features a 192-core GPU. This means that people will be able to have a super-fast device, with great battery life, with the ability to play some games, too.
Acer's new Chromebook 13 is both thin and light, at just 0.71 inches thick, and only 3.31 pounds. The Acer Chromebook 13 is completely fanless, so users will enjoy a near silent system. Acer has provided 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, with the 2x2 MIMO antennae providing plenty of bandwidth for users. There a re also two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port for some video output. We also have a 720p front-facing webcam, two built-in stereo speakers and a microphone.
Dell has just taken the wraps off its new Alienware 13 laptop, which seems to be quite the improvement over the Alienware 14 from last year. We start with a 13-inch HD display, that can be optioned with either a Full HD display, or Quad HD (touchscreen-capable) display if you choose.
Inside of the Alienware 13, we have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M handling the visual side of things, and a slew of Intel Core processors to do the CPU side of things. Gamers can choose between an SSD and normal HDD in the Alienware 13, too. The company is touting an 8-hour battery life for streaming video, but if you want to get some gaming done, this will reduce, dramatically.
All of this arrives in a laptop that is under 4.5 pounds, which is a huge 2 pounds lighter than the Alienware 14. Dell expects to begin shipping the new Alienware 13 sometime in November.