Earlier this week in New York City, the Lenovo Transform event took place with the company unveiling a pretyt awesome concept notebook that features a flexible display and a unique hingeless design.
Lenovo Senior Vice President of Commercial Business, Christian Teismann, talked about previous-gen Lenovo notebooks... and went right into the concept model. You can roll it up for tablet-like portability, speak into it, write on it, and everything in between. Lenovo's iconic red pointing stick is there, but the ability to roll or bend your notebook screen has a million and one applications. It's great to see a company like Lenovo at least experimenting, in an otherwise stale market.
HP is really throwing a party with its Omen gaming line of products, with the new Omen 15 and Omen 17 gaming laptops rocking refreshed CPUs and GPUs, and much more. There's even a big plus with HP using NVIDIA's new Max-Q technology, which has massive thermal and power tweaks to the GTX 10 series card and a design guide for partners, making super-powerful gaming laptops really thin, and quiet.
The new flagship Omen 17 gaming laptop comes in 4 variants, all rocking Intel's new Core i7-7700HQ processor. Here's the differences:
- $1099: 8GB DDR4, GTX 1050 2GB, 1080p 60Hz LCD, 1TB HDD
- $1279: 12GB DDR4, GTX 1060 6GB, 1080p 120Hz G-Sync, 1TB HDD
- $1599: 16GB DDR4, RX 580 8GB, 1080p 60Hz FreeSync, 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD
- $1799: 32GB DDR4, GTX 1070 8GB, 4K 60Hz G-Sync, 256GB PCIe SSD + 2TB HDD
AMD is doing all sorts of great business with the likes of Ryzen, ThreadRipper, and their next-gen Vega GPU architecture making it into Apple's new iMac Pro. But the winning didn't stop for AMD with the iMac Pro, as AMD's new Radeon Pro 500 series graphics cards have made it into Apple's newly announced MacBook Pro refresh.
The new Radeon Pro 555 with 2GB of VRAM powers the highest-end MacBook Pro, which has been upgraded with Intel's new Kaby Lake CPU architecture, over the Skylake architecture used in the 2016 MBP. The new 2017 MBP rocks the Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB of LPDDR3-2133 RAM, a 256GB PCIe-based SSD, and a whopping 4 x Thunderbolt 3 ports. We also have a bigger battery, with 76 Wh on offer, over the older 2016 MBP 15-inch model with its 54.5 Wh battery.
There will be the option of the Radeon Pro 555 and Radeon Pro 560, both based on the Polaris 11 GPU.
At Computex 2017, Samsung announced their latest notebook, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro.
This notebook is a 2-in-1 convertible that has a 360-degree hinge that allows for it to close completely and to open all the way into a tablet. It also comes with a Samsung S Pen built-in, which is great for using while the laptop is in tablet mode.
The S Pen has 4,000 levels of pressure sensitivity and the ability to detect tilt like Microsoft's Surface Pen. Samsung also uses their Air Command software for quick launching drawing, notes, and editing documents. The S Pen is also compatible with the latest Windows 10 Creator's update feature, Windows Ink.
Computex 2017 - Qualcomm did tease a few weeks ago that they were working with Microsoft on something big, and here we are: Snapdragon 835 powered Windows 10 devices, which will really change everything.
Qualcomm announced that it's working with some of the biggest names in the industry with ASUS, HP, and Lenovo to make Snapdragon 835-powered PCs, with Qualcomm's super-fast X16 LTE modem. This will usher in a new era of mobile computing that will allow for even smaller and thinner devices that blur the line between smartphones, tablets, and traditional laptops.
Snapdragon 835 is made on the 10nm process and powers a slew of flagship smartphones, but the upcoming mobile PC platform is going to do an Apple, and really change everything. Until now the Windows ecosystem has been dominated by Intel designs, but Intel's SoC attempts have been futile, while Qualcomm continues to innovate and push the boundaries of what we thought was possible.
Microsoft announced a range of new Surface Pro products recently, with Intel's latest Kaby Lake CPUs in the form of Core m3 and Core i5 fanless models, and the higher-end Core i7 model.
Microsoft revealed a new LTE-capable Surface Pro, but didn't state which CPU would be inside. I think Microsoft has been working with Qualcomm and getting their Snapdragon 835 processor inside of a new portable Surface Pro with LTE capabilities. It would be the big change Qualcomm and Microsoft are teasing for Computex 2017, that's for sure.
We broke the story of Qualcomm and Microsoft taking over the world at Computex, where they tease that they will celebrate the growing ecosystem that will "bring an out-of-this-world mobile PC experience to the masses".
AMD hasn't powered a high-end gaming laptop in what feels like forever, as Intel's more power efficient CPUs have been perfect - at least until now, in gaming laptops.
ASUS is now teasing with its new trailer for 'Something Has Awakened' on its ROG channel on YouTube, with what should be a new Ryzen-powered gaming laptop in its growing ROG line up of gaming products. The company teases #Computex2017 - so we are only a week away from seeing it in action.
Now, will ASUS use a new, unannounced APU powered by Ryzen, or will it be a high-end Ryzen 7 1700X/1800X with a dedicated GPU. If it's rocking a dGPU, will it be an AMD Radeon RX 580, unreleased Radeon RX Vega (that will be showcased on May 31 during AMD's Computex 2017 keynote) or one of NVIDIA's many GeForce graphics cards.
Microsoft today revealed its new lightweight Surface Laptop, a premium-priced notebook aimed at ousting Apple's Macbook.
Microsoft's new Surface Laptop features a stark disproportion of price versus specs that mirror Apple's hardware playback: the cheapest Surface Laptop costs $999, and comes with a measily 4GB of RAM (DDR3 or DDR4 or frequency not specified), a seventh-gen Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake CPU with Intel HD Graphics 620 eGPU, and a 128GB SSD. This indicates that the Surface Laptop is a "laptop" in name only: it's really a thinner, more optimized Surface tablet formed into a notebook's form factor, complete with a lightweight OS to match.
The Surface Laptop can be configured to higher specs including a Kaby Lake Core i7 and 8GB/16GB of RAM as well as 256GB or 512GB SSDs, but no pricing info was given on the upgraded models. The notebook features a 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 (201ppi) PixelSense display with 10-point capacitive touch. Microsoft boasts the Surface Laptop's battery lasts up to 14.5 hours with the i5 8GB model, but only when watching video. Oh, and the Surface Laptop doesn't come with a pen: that's sold separately.
Acer teased its upcoming Triton 700 gaming laptop at its press conference a few days ago, with the new laptop featuring a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series graphics chip, but Acer didn't say exactly which one it was.
The upcoming Triton 700 gaming laptop starts at $3000, so it would have to be GTX 1070 or better - but then NotebookCheck reported that Acer's new Triton 700 rocks a "GTX 1080 Max-Q" chip that NVIDIA will reveal at Computex, next month. Acer said that the Triton 700 was hitting 17,000 points in 3DMark 11, which its Core i7-7700HQ and unreleased Pascal GPU pumped away at - a score that is better than a GTX 1070, but not as good as the GTX 1080.
The Tech Report notes that the Triton 700 is just 0.75 inches (19mm) thick, which is damn thin for something that has better-than-GTX 1070 performance - with TR adding: "Getting this level of performance usually requires a laptop at least 0.9" (23 mm) thick or more".
EVGA has revealed its powerful new 17-inch gaming laptop in the SC17 1070, which is powered by Intel's previous generation Core i7-6820HK processor, but NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card.
Inside, we are also joined with 32GB of RAM, a 256GB M.2-based NVMe SSD, and a 2.5-inch larger 1TB HDD. EVGA has also included Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, 2 x USB 2.0 ports joined by a USB 3.1 Type-C port.
EVGA also says it has tweaked the hell out of the features on its SC17 1070, with the company giving the laptop a "full BIOS" implementation of overclocking abilities. If you push your EVGA SC17 1070 too far, there's even a hardware clear CMOS button that'll return you to factory defaults. EVGA also claims the SC17 1070 is bloatware-free, which is a great thing to see.