Razer today unveiled its new high-end Razer Blade Pro ultrabook that's aimed at replacing your enthusiast desktop rig.
With the Razer Blade Pro, Razer packs in ultra-performance desktop-grade components in a sleek, ultra-slim form factor. The Razer Blade Pro rocks a 17.3-inch IGZO UHD 3840 x 2160 G-Sync display with multi-touch and 100% RGB Adobe color with up to 170 degree viewing angles, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 video card, an Intel Core i7-6700HQ quad-core CPU at up to 3.5GHz, 32GB of DDR4 RAM at 2133MHz, and up to two 1TB PCIe M.2 hard drives.
The ultrabook also rocks a full mechanical keyboard with Razer's Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical switches and Razer Chroma color lighting. In order to efficiently manage heat, Razer's new ultrabook is outfitted with a custom cooling solution, made up of "dynamic heat exchange" and "vapor chamber" technology to effectively dissipate heat.
Google hasn't unveiled their new Chromebook Pro laptops yet, an expected high-end Chromebook unveiling that is meant to arrive later this month. Before that, Samsung has accidentally teased the Chromebook Pro on their own website, but it was quickly edited and removed - after Chrome Unboxed managed to get some system specs.
Codename Kevin is Google's purported Chromebook Pro, which features a 12.3-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 2400x1600 (234 PPI, 400 nets, 3:2 ratio) that is a Lenovo Yoga-like device with the screen capable of being rotated 360 degrees, turning it into a 12.3-inch tablet. Inside, there'll be an ARM-based 8-core processor at 2GHz, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of local flash storage on top.
Samsung's upcoming Chromebook Pro will reportedly rock an all-aluminum chassis with curved edges, weighing just 2.38 pounds and 13.9mm at its thickest point. Battery life wise we're being told to expect around 10 hours, while it should hit shelves on October 24 at only $499 - tablet pricing, with the power of a laptop.
Apple has unleashed its iPhone 7, so now its onwards towards the next-gen MacBook Pro laptops which are looking to be announced sometime next month.
The new MacBook Pro is expected "some time in the second half of October", with Apple working on macOS 10.12.1 so that it fully supports the purported Touch ID sensor, and OLED touchbar. Apple is expected to fully revamp their 13-inch and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which should rock Intel's new Kaby Lake CPUs - making for thinner, lighter MacBook Pros.
Apple is expected to unveil their Touch ID fingerprint sensor onto the next-gen MacBook Pros, borrowing the security side of things from the iPhone and iPad. The fingerprint sensor would allow MacBook Pro owners to log-in to their laptops using their fingerprint, or they would allow for Apple Pay purchases with your fingerprint, which is now supported by macOS Sierra, and iOS 10.
The most exciting thing aside from the Kaby Lake processor and Touch ID sensor, is that the new MacBook Pros are rumored to feature an OLED touchbar above the function keys. The OLED display touchbar would allow people to tap the bar to access applications on their MacBook Pro, but I'm sure there'll be some magic and hopefully some courage built-in to the new MacBook Pro, too.
One of the more exciting things we've heard about Google in the last few months is that they're reportedly working on a next-gen OS that would see the combination of Android and Chrome OS, known as Andromeda. Well, now there are rumors that Google will unveil an Andromeda-powered 'Pixel 3' laptop, which will hit the market in Q3 2017.
The purported Pixel 3 would arrive with a 12.3-inch display, with Google wanting its ultra-thin laptop to be used in 'tablet' mode, too. We could see a Lenovo Yoga-type of flexibility with the Pixel 3, especially as it is supposedly powered by an Intel Core m3 or i5 processor, 32/128GB of storage and 8/16GB of RAM. We should see two models of Pixel 3, one with the Intel m3/32GB storage/8GB RAM and the higher-end model with Core i3/128GB storage/16GB RAM.
Android Police reports that there should be a fingerprint scanner and more on the Pixel 3:
- Intel Core m3/Core i5 processor
- 8/16GB RAM
- 32/128GB storage
- Fingerprint scanner
- 2 x USB Type-C
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Stylus support
- Stereo speakers
- 10-hour (or so) battery
- Backlit keyboard
- Glass trackpad w/haptic feedback
- Andromeda OS
Google is looking to directly fight against Microsoft and Apple, with the Surface and iPad/MacBook line of products with its next-gen Andromeda OS and Pixel 3 laptop. We have some respectable specs which I'm sure will change between now and Q3 2017, and an extensive nearly neverending list of Google services and products that will power the Pixel 3 (and any Andromeda-based device).
Dell has impressed with its XPS laptops in 2015, with the company refreshing the smaller XPS 13 model with Intel's new Kaby Lake processors on the new 14nm process.
The upgraded XPS 13 arrives with the new Kaby Lake-based Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors offering more performance and improved battery life. Dell is touting around 22 hours of productivity in various apps, 13 hours for web browsing or Netflix streaming - not bad for a 13-inch laptop.
Dell's new XPS 13 starts at $799 with the 13-inch display optioned with a 1080p panel, Core i3 processor, 128GB SSD, and only 4GB of RAM. You can option for the higher resolution display and faster Kaby Labe processors, with a 3200x1800 touchscreen option, up to 16GB of RAM, and 1TB SSD. All of the XPS 13 models include high-speed Killer NIC-based Wi-Fi, and insanely fast Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.
Microsoft has been making steady progress with its Surface Pro line of tablets, and now the world is looking to the next-gen Surface Pro 5 as the product that could really begin hurting the MacBook line from Apple.
The next-gen Surface Pro 5 is expected to rock Intel's new Kaby Lake processor, which is based on the 14nm process. On top of the beefier CPU, the new Surface Pro 5 could rock a 4K-capable display and USB-C connectivity. Microsoft could tap either NVIDIA or AMD for the GPU side of the Surface Pro 5, with their new Pascal and Polaris architectures, respectively.
There are also new rumors that Microsoft could unveil a new 'Surface Pen' that would replace the AAAA battery-powered stylus, and more in line with Apple Pencil, and the improved S-Pen on the recently recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone from Samsung.
Razer has just announced its new Blade and Blade Stealth gaming notebooks, with the new laptops being outfitted with Intel's next-gen Kaby Lake CPU, as well as NVIDIA's new Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card.
The new 14-inch Blade notebook doesn't look any different to the current (or is that now last-gen) Blade, which rocks a Core i7-6700HQ and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Inside of the new Blade, Razer has opted for the GeForce GTX 1060, which is VR-ready.
Razer provides two display options for the Blade, with the original IGZO-based 3200x1800 display on offer, but we also have a IPS-based 1920x1080 offer, too. You can option some higher-end hardware for the Blade, with up to 256/512/1TB PCIe-based M.2 storage on offer.
Acer unveiled a new line of ultrathin notebooks at IFA 2016, with the Swift brand launching with Intel's next generation Kaby Lake architecture.
Acer's new Swift line has four models in tow; the Swift 1, Swift 3, Swift 5, and Swift 7 - the higher the number, the more premium the product. Acer's flagship Swift 7 model is just 9.98mm and only 1.1kg (2.48lbs), featuring a 13.3-inch 1920x1080 IPS-based display that is found in a beautiful all-aluminum unibody and thin bezel.
Inside of the Swift 7 you'll find an Intel Core i5-7300U processor, based on Intel's new Kaby Lake architecture on the 14nm process. It'll also sport a 256GB SSD, up to 8GB of RAM, 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C ports, and 2T2R 802.11ac with MU-MIMO for connectivity.
Acer will make the Swift 7 available next month, starting at $999.
AMD has its full desktop Radeon RX 470 graphics card powering Alienware's latest gaming laptops, the Alienware 15 and 17.
The new Alienware 15 gaming laptop features a 15.6-inch 1080p display, with a chassis that's 25% thinner than its predecessor, Alienware has managed to improve cooling with larger fans. The 17.3-inch model includes the same specs, but it also boasts Tobii eye tracking technology, alongside AlienFX lighting that you can customize to your own liking.
The big ticket here is that the new Alienware 15 and 17 feature the full desktop AMD Radeon RX 470, which is capable of 1080p 60FPS gaming. This means the Alienware 15 and 17 gaming laptops are perfect for DX12 gaming, and ready for the latest titles like Battlefield 1 and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
Alienware has also included support for its external GPU solution, Graphics Amplifier, that will let you install a compatible graphics card for those situations when the RX 470 isn't enough.
Lenovo has unveiled their new Yoga 910 laptop which features Intel's next-gen Kaby Lake CPU, packing all of that power into its beautiful body that is just 14.3mm thick.
The new Yoga 910 features Lenovo's signature watchband hinge that lets the 13.9-inch display rotate 360 degrees, turning the Ultrabook into a 13.9-inch tablet. You can configure the 13.9-inch display with a native 4K resolution, but if you want to keep the costs down, and the battery life high, you can opt for the 1080p display.
We have around 15.5 hours of battery life with the 1080p display, versus just 10.5 hours on the 4K model. You can configure Lenovo's new Yoga 910 with up to 16GB of RAM, 1TB of PCIe-based SSD storage, a fingerprint reader, 2 x USB Type-C ports (1 x USB 3.0, and 1 x USB 2.0 with charging support).
Lenovo will have its Yoga 910 available sometime in October, starting at $1299.