Earlier this week at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany, Toshiba showed off a new convertible tablet that is based off AMD's upcoming Temash APU architecture. The Toshiba W30Dt features a AMD A4-1200 APU, which unfortunately, is the slowest APU in AMDs Temash lineup.
The convertible tablet features 4GB RAM, 500GB of storage, and a 13.3-inch IPS 'Pin-Sharp HD' display. The W30Dt comes with a keyboard dock which includes a full size USB 3.0 port and a secondary battery. The tablet features a microUSB port, SD card port, and HDMI connectivity. No information was given on availability or pricing, but we will update this post when it becomes available.
IFA 2013 - TweakTown's Johannes Knapp took a few minutes and went hands on with ASUS' new Zenbook UX301, a new notebook that he says is an "amazing Ultrabook, that just feels great!" The Intel-based Ultrabook features a 13.3-inch 2560x1440 panel, but also arrives in a 1920x100 Full HD model, too. It also boasts a dual-core Intel Core i7-4558U processor.
The new Zenbook UX301 comes in white or black trim and features Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, a mini DisplayPort connector, SD card reader, and two USB 3.0 ports. The premium notebook is available with SSD storage in capacities up to 512GB. No pricing or availability information was announced, but we expect to see it hit store shelves this holiday season.
IFA 2013 - ASUS did tease us quite a lot with its high-end Zenbook, but now we know all about it and boy, is it looking nice. There are actually two Ultrabooks announced today, the Zenbook UX301 and Zenbook UX302. Both Zenbooks feature the same sleek, gorgeous design, with a lid that is protected by scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and Native Damage Resistance.
The UX301 features three CPU options, the Intel Core i5-4200U, i7-4500U or i7-4558U and two display choices, which are both 13.3 inches. You can choose between 1920x1080 or 2560x1440, both being based from IPS panels. The UX301 features an option of either 4GB or 8GB of DDR3L memory running at 1600MHz, an SSD at up to 512GB (RAID0) in size and Intel HD Graphics 5100. All of this arrives in an Ultrabook that measures in at just 325 x 226 x 15.5mm, and weighs 1.38kg.
Moving onto the Zenbook UX302, we have two CPU choices, between Intel's Core i5-4200U and i7-4500U. The UX302 has a single display choice: the 1920x1080-pixel IPS-based panel. 4GB of DDR3L 1600MHz RAM is the only choice on the UX302, but we have a big storage change on the little Zenbook brother. There's no huge SSD, just 16GB SSD cache with the option of up to 750GB of HDD storage. ASUS have delivered the Zenbook UX302 in at nearly the same measurements as the UX301, at 325 x 226 x 17.2mm, with a weight increase to 1.5kg.
PAX PRIME 2013 - We got a chance to walk through MSI's laptop lineup at the company's booth. MSI has a full-featured product lineup, ranging from the beastly GT70 Dragon Edition 2 that we recently reviewed, to the 14-inch model at the end of the video. The video has the full details on all of their models:
Out of the different models, which one do you like the best?
PAX PRIME 2013 - NVIDIA used its booth at PAX Prime 2013 to display the multitude of notebooks that are powered by NVIDIA GTX mobile GPUs. A couple of the systems on display were recently reviewed right here on TweakTown, so head over to our Laptop Review section and check out the MSI Dragon Edition 2 and the ASUS G750.
As you can see, many different manufacturers are making use of NVIDIA mobile GPUs in a wide range of systems. NVIDIA definitely seems to have the edge when it comes to mobile GPU chips as they are in the majority of systems that I've seen.
Samsung are preparing its ATIV Book 9 Plus notebook, which features a stunning 13.3-inch 3200x1800 SuperBright+ touch-capable display. There's 350 nits of brightness and 10-point touch input, with the 3200x1800 resolution providing 275 PPI.
Inside the ATIV Book 9 Plus, we have an Intel i5-4200U dual-core Haswell processor at 1.6GHz, 4GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM, a 128GB SSD, 3-in-1 card reader, webcam, integrated microphone and speakers, Ethernet, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiDi. We also have two USB 3.0 ports, a micro HDMI port, mini VGA and a 1.8mm headphone/microphone combo jack.
Software wise, we have Windows 8 x64 of course. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus crams all of this into a notebook that measures in at just 13.6mm thick, and weighs just 1.39kg or 3.06 pounds. The South Korean company claim that its ATIV Book 9 Plus can run for up to 11 hours from a single charge. Just how much will all of this set you back? $1399, which isn't too bad considering you receive the 3200x1800 display.
Imagine the convenience of having a laptop that boasted 10 hours of battery life, yet only requires two hours in the sun to fully recharge. Sounds pretty nice, doesn't it? Well that fantasy is now a reality thanks to a Canadian company called WeWi Telecommunications and their revolutionary Ubuntu-based laptop dubbed the SOL. The laptop was designed with developing countries in mind where one may need computational power, but reliable grid-based electricity is something of a scarcity.
The SOL will feature a dual-core Intel Atom D2500 clocked at 1.86GHz with built-in Intel GMA 3600 graphics. 2GB stock or 4GB of RAM is optionally available alongside a 320 GB Seagate HDD. A 1366 x 786 pixel, 13.3-inch WXGA display is featured with a 3-megapixel webcam. Audio is headed up by a Realtek ALC661 HD chip with two built-in speakers and a built-in microphone.
Connectivity is headed up by three USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. 10/100 LAN and 802.11 b,g,n Wi-Fi is present alongside 3G/4G World Multimode LTE and Bluetooth 4.0. A headphone jack and an SD card reader round out the features. The SOL features fold-out solar panels on the back of the screen which allow the device to charge up in just two hours after spending a full 10 hours powered on. Expected to retail for around $300, more info is expected in a few days pending a company announcement.
Today, MSI unveiled the world's thinnest and lightest 17-inch portable gaming laptop. The GS70 is designed to accommodate the power needs of the most demanding gamer, while still maintaining extreme portability that is needed to take the next battle on the road. MSI says that the GS70 features a "lethal arsenal of cutting-edge components" that high-level gamers require to give them that extra edge over the competition.
The GS70 features Intel's latest 4th generation Core i7 4700HQ Haswell processor, 16GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M 2GB graphics processor. Storage is available in two configurations that includes a dual 128GB mSATA SSD setup in RAID 0 with a 1TB HDD for mass data storage. The second configuration includes a single 128GB SSD with a 750GB HDD for file storage. Measuring in at just 0.85 inches thick, the GS70 only weighs 5.7lbs thanks to its all aluminum chassis.
Additionally, the laptop features a 17.3-inch full HD display, Killer E2200 Gaming NIC, a built-in headphone amplifier, four USB 3.0 ports, a 720p HD webcam, and a full color backlit gaming keyboard with anti-ghost keys from keyboard giant SteelSeries. MSI says that the dual-SSD version will retail for $1999.99, while the single-SSD version will cost consumers $1799.99
Origin PC have just unveiled their new EON 13-S notebook, which features a 13.3-inch LED backlit Full HD IPS display (with a matte finish). Inside of the new EON 13-S, we have a fourth-generation "Haswell" Core processor from Intel, and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 765M GPU.
You can choose between four different Intel Core i7 processors, starting with the i7 4700MQ clocked at 2.4GHz, i7 4800MQ @ 2.7GHz, i7 4900MQ running at 2.8GHz or the i7 Extreme 4930MX clocked at 3.0GHz. All four processors are quad-core parts with Intel's Turbo Boost technology. Origin PC have decided to offer up some great memory options, too.
For starters, we have memory options of 4GB, 8GB and 16GB which arrive in either generic 1,333MHz DIMMs, or you can opt for the much better Corsair Vengeance 1,600MHz sticks. There's room for three HDDs, including dual mSATA and RAID support. There's options for an external optical drive, Creative Sound Blaster audio, Killer Wireless card and even a Hauppauge WinTV Tuner through USB.
A new report from the China Times is suggesting that we may see Haswell-based Apple MacBook Pros arriving in stores and online in October. The report claims that supply chain sources said the production has been moving forward at a steady pace and everything is on schedule for the devices to arrive in the fall.
The update to Haswell will not offer much in terms of a performance gain, but users will see a massive increase in battery life over the previous generations of MacBook Pro. These rumors seem to confirm an earlier report from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI securities who said that:
Retina MacBook Pro to be slimmer slightly, along with a camera upgrade. We expect the 13" Retina MacBook Pro will have a slightly slimmer form factor for increasing its portability. Also, we think the camera spec will be upgraded from HD to full HD. This will improve Facetime and video conference quality in the high resolution Retina display.
This morning, Apple has laid to rest the number of issues that have been plaguing the new MacBook Air since release. A new software update has just been released that is said to fix certain Wi-Fi issues that were causing network connections to be dropped. This issue arose shortly after launch and caused a small uproar on the Internet when users were unable to connect to their networks after spending a small fortune on the next-gen device.
At the same time, other MacBook Air owners said they were experiencing a severe flickering of the screen when using Photoshop. Going into detail, they said that the issue seem to be more prevalent when using large brush tools or other high resolution add-ons for the popular image editing program. Additionally, a fluctuating volume issue arose early last week which affected video playback on some of the new machines.
Even though the Cupertino-based company never officially acknowledged any of these issues, this morning Apple released an update that is said to repair all of these problems. After scanning a few forums and doing a couple searches, it appears that this new update has indeed washed these bugs away forever. If you have a new MacBook Air and have not downloaded this update yet, head over to Source #2 below for the full download.
A report from Dutch website Tweakers.net just arrived that says Dell may be working on a laptop that will compete with Apple's top-of-the-line MacBook Pro with Retina display. The report says that a 15.4-inch Dell Precision mobile workstation is in the works and features a whopping 3200 x 1800 display. This is a pixel density much higher than the 2880x1800 Retina display featured on the MacBook Pro's.
Reportedly named the "Precision M3800," the device will feature a matte black surface with aluminum edges. The device will be powered by an Intel Haswell Core i7 4702MQ, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB HHD or 512MB SSD. Graphics crunching duties will be handled by an NVIDIA Quadro GPU, and the entire device will weigh in at just 4.5 pounds.
Engadget was able to confirm the existence of the Precision M3800 from Dell, but the company declined to reveal any other details saying that everyone can "stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks." The report from Tweakers.net suggests that the new device will cost between $1699 and $1999 which puts it in at $200-$800 cheaper than the equivalent Apple device.
Today, Samsung announced the US launch date of its highly anticipated ATIV Book 9 Lite. The ATIV Book 9 Lite is built around the same strikingly beautiful design features as the ATIV Book 9 but is designed for customers on a budget. The ATIV Book 9 Lite comes in a stylish white marble finish or black ash trim for a sleek and modern look.
"With the ATIV Book 9 Lite, we created a device that fits the needs of a larger consumer base, while preserving the remarkable design and overall experience delivered by the Book 9 lineage," said Mike Abary, senior vice president of consumer IT product marketing at Samsung Electronics America. "To further streamline the computing experience and offer convenience to users, we built an integrated solution, SideSync, to bring together the mobile and PC ecosystems."
The ATIV Book 9 Lite features a touchscreen LCD that is able to receive input from up to 10 points at once as well as a quad-core processor and a 128 GB SSD. The device weighs in at just 3.5 pounds and measures in at under an inch thick. The ATIV Book 9 Lite is available for pre-order now through major online retailers at a pricing point of $799.99. In-store purchasing will begin on July 28.
If you've been waiting for another Haswell-based Ultrabook option, Dell might just tickle your fancy with their refreshed XPS 12 Ultrabook. The XPS 12 launched last year and was one of the first Windows 8-based notebooks that could double as a tablet.
Dell refreshed the XPS 12 with Intel's fourth-generation Core processors, with the company claiming that this boosts the XPS 12's speed by around 1.6 times and the battery life by 2.5 hours. Dell have also pumped NFC into the refreshed XPS 12 and have a starting price of $1,199. This is up from the original XPS 12 which started at $1,099.
For $1,199 you'll receive the XPS 12 with an Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. For an extra $200, you can bump it up to the Core i7-4500U processor and 8GB of RAM, totaling in at $1,399. This is something I'd recommend for sure. For $1,999 you can opt for the crazy 512GB model, but I think that is a bit crazy. $1,399 for the refreshed XPS 12 doesn't sound too bad at all to me.
Digital Storm unveils 13.3-inch VELOCE gaming notebook, features a balance between power and portibility
Earlier this morning, Digital Storm unveiled its new VELOCE gaming notebook, which is being touted as the ideal balance between power and portability. The 13.3-inch gaming notebook packs a serious punch while weighing in at only a mere 4.6 pounds. Digital Storm says that the 1.26-inch thick VELOCE is ready to go to battle anytime, anywhere.
"VELOCE is the gaming notebook the industry has been waiting for," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development. "The notebook strikes the optimal balance of power and portability without sacrificing gaming performance and is the first Haswell based slim gaming notebook to offer a stunning full 1080p HD display."
The VELOCE features an Intel Core i7 4800MQ Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GTX 765M GPU, and a 13.3-inch full HD 1920x1080 display. Other key features include room for two storage drives (mSATA & 2.5") with RAID capability, a dedicated internal network port, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.4, VGA video out ports and Bluetooth connectivity.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Chris in the US with an overheating Dell notebook.
Q: I have a Dell XPS laptop running an Intel Core i5 2410M and an NVIDIA GeForce GT550M. During gaming, the temps run at 90C and 75C on the GPU. Are these temps something to be worried about? If so, how do I cool them down?
Most laptop cooling mats don't seem to make more than a couple degree difference in internal temps. Some mild overclocking may be in my future.
A: You can view the answer to Chris' question right here.
The MacRumors and Adobe support forums are firing up with users reporting severe flickering when using some 2013 13-inch MacBook Air models in Photoshop, especially when larger brush tools are used.
Chris Cox, an Adobe representative, posted on the Adobe support forums, saying he believes it's a driver or GPU issue, going as far as stating that it could be a problem with the LCD driver circuits. He has said that Adobe haven't reproduced the issue, so it could just be a particular run of MBA models that are having these issues.
It would appear that Apple is attempting to independently verify and solve Wi-Fi issues that have been reported to be occurring on the latest MacBook Air released a few weeks ago. Apple has instructed Geniuses and AppleCare Advisors to capture affected MacBook Air models so Apple can research the issue further.
We're still hoping that it is a simple software issue rather than a hardware issue. However, by Apple getting affected units, Apple will hopefully reach the solution sooner rather than later. AppleCare has replaced captured units and even tossed in complementary USB-to-Ethernet adapters so that the Airs can connect without Wi-Fi.
While only a temporary solution, it at least shows that Apple is willing to take care of its customers when faced with another potential antennagate.
Lenovo have just unveiled a heap of new laptops, which are all running Windows 8 and are touch-capable. We have the Lenovo Miix, which is a 10.1-inch tablet that feature a "quick-flip" detachable folio case with an integrated AccuType keyboard that converts it into a full-fledged Windows 8 laptop.
But there are so many other new models, too, including the IdeaPad S400 Touch, S500 Touch, S210 Touch, U330 Touch and U430 Touch. The Lenovo Miix features a 10.1-inch 1366x768-pixel IPS display that works in both tablet and laptop mode. It features a Intel Atom-based dual-core processor, with 64GB of built-in eMMC storage which is expandable through a microSD card slot. The Miix weighs just 1.2 pounds and is just 0.4 inches thick. There's Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and/or optional 3G-GPS connectivity. The Miix should feature around 10 hours of battery life and will start at around $500 when it launches in the summer.
According to several posts on Apple's support forums and a report by Gizmodo, your new Haswell-powered MacBook Air could be suffering from wireless connectivity issues. Gizmodo reports that several thousand users have taken to Apple's forums to complain of the problem with their new MacBook Air.
The report also cites an anonymous source at London's Apple Store that say returns of the new MacBook Air have been "well above average." The issue, as reported, is that the new MacBook air will connect to a wireless access point without any trouble, but will drop the connection after a few minutes. The only recourse to get the connection back is a full reboot.
The issue is more pronounced when the system is on a desk, suggesting we might have another antennagate on our hands. The new Air makes use of a new 802.11ac wireless chip, so it could be a hardware issue. It could also just be a software issue, which is the preferable thing as Apple can fix it without having to replace hardware.
We'll update you when Apple responds to the issues.
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.
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.