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"More consumers are embracing OLED graphics in televisions and smartphones, with self-lighting pixels that can switch off completely to achieve perfect black for significantly higher contrast," Alienware told us. The Alienware 13 has been designed via a partnership with Samsung, and rocks a 100,000:1 contrast ratio and a lightning fast 1ms response time.
UPDATE: The Aorus X7 Pro actually features dual GeForce GTX 970M in SLI, not dual GTX 1080M, and the 17-inch display runs at 3K 120Hz, not 4K 120Hz. A GIGABYTE representative reached out to us to confirm the specs, and apologies for the mix up--we were going off of reports from another source.
Computex 2016 - The new Aorus X7 Pro laptop will be an insane performance powerhouse, packing in what could be dual GTX 1080M's in SLI to power a beefy 4K display at 120Hz.
The Aorus X7 Pro (not to be confused with the VR Ready Aorus X7 DT) will likely be one of the mindbendingly powerful laptops on the market, sporting dual NVIDIA video cards in SLI and a 17.3-inch 3840 x 2160 resolution display at 120Hz with a 5ms response time. Aorus hasn't officially unveiled video card specs for the X7 Pro because they can't yet name the "new-generation NVIDIA GPU" that will power the laptop. Since NVIDIA hasn't announced their new Pascal-based mobile GeForce GTX 1080M just yet, we're betting the X7 Pro uses dual GeForce GTX 1080M's. This isn't the first time we heard about Pascal mobile GPUs at Computex - MSI reps hinted to TweakTown that the new MSI G65 Vortex would leverage dual GTX 1080M's in SLI.
Although GPU specs aren't released, we know that the Aorus X7 Pro will pack in a quad-core Intel Core i7 Skylake CPU, up to 64GB of DDR4-2133MHz RAM, M.2 PCIe SSD's, USB Type-C support, and HDMI 2.0. Since the X7 Pro's 4K display has a 5ms response time, we don't think G-Sync will be supported. Like the rest of Aorus' new X family, the X7 Pro will feature the new full RGB Fusion keyboard backlighting, with enhanced color customization patterns and effects.
Computex 2016 - GIGABYTE has revealed its new Aero 14 laptop, a slim notebook that merges the utility and performance of an Ultrabook with the explosive, high-octane precision of a gaming rig. With the Aero 14, consumers no longer have to sacrifice performance for mobility.
Although GIGABYTE's new Aero 14 is just 19.9mm thick, it packs a serious hardware punch. The Aero 14 rocks a 14" QHD IPS display at 2560 x 1440 resolution, and is powered by a discrete GeForce GTX 970M under the hood for higher-end notebook gaming. An Intel quad-core i7 H-series CPU alongside up to 32GB of DDR4-2133MHz RAM (2x 16GB modules) ensures optimum Ultrabook-level performance. Two onboard M.2 SSDs provides blazing fast bootups and data transfer rates. The Aero 14 can also output video on up to two 4K displays at up to 60Hz via HDMI 2.0 and Mini-DisplayPort.
When outfitted with higher-end components like these, Ultrabooks tend to trade off performance for battery life. GIGABYTE promises users won't have to worry about battery life with the portable Aero 14--the laptop sports a massive 94.24Wh battery that will last up to an entire day when running "resource-demanding applications."
Apple has had a few years of releasing so-so upgrades on its MacBook Pro, but the next-gen MBPs could be quite exciting with a "thinner and lighter" design, and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Kuo adds that the updated MacBook Pro are the "brightest spot for Apple's 2016 rollouts" and will arrive in both 13-inch and 15-inch models, sometime in Q4 2016. The OLED display touch bar will replace the usual physical function keys at the top of the keyboard while Apple will use new metal injection molded hinges. We're expecting to see USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity as well. Intel's new 14nm processors should also find their way inside, and I'm hoping to see some Polaris love from AMD on the GPU side of things.
On top of the new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros, Apple is reportedly working on a new 13-inch MacBook that will be similar to the 12-inch Retina model that was upgraded with performance improvements. There'll also be a new MacBook Air available as the new entry-level model, while the MacBook will be the mid-range choice, leaving the high-end to the MacBook Pro. Apple will also unleash Touch ID onto the new MacBook Pros, something that iPhone users have enjoyed for a while now.
Chromebooks are about to become an even better deal: Google is bringing the Play store to its popular netbook brand, allowing you to use Android apps, play games like Hearthstone, and do lots more with the hardware.
The store will be built on top of Chrome OS, so you'll need to pick up an ASUS Chromebook Flip, Acer Chromebook R 11, or the newest Chromebook Pixel to take advantage at first (pending the imminent M53 update on the developer channel), but eventually users of other models will be able to get in on it too.
Google says it's also currently working with partners on devices specifically designed to exploit Play, so we'll keep an eye out as more comes in over the next few months.
There was a sort of revolution that was started by Apple with the introduction of their iPhone, or shortly after it at least. OS X took a different turn and started to merge many different features that were found on their mobile OS, and began to transform, blending together the two and making them work very well together. Microsoft, Google and even Canonical, the developers of Ubuntu, took note and also began experimenting with integrating the mobile experience into the daily life. Mobile has become increasingly important, and very much a large part of the lives of many. So it's only natural, after all.
But even though they started merging their two OSs together, Apple still has four separate operating systems that, while very similar and that can all developed for using the same language (Swift and Objective C), they're still quite different and not at all the integration that we thought was going to happen.
Microsoft is actually committing to that vision that was seemingly started by Apple, and are very vocal about bringing together their disparate platforms. Windows 10, the Xbox One and now their phone all share the same underlying platform. That was the direction that we all thought Apple was going to continue into, until that progress didn't quite continue on like we thought. Even Ubuntu is the same across the many different platforms, with a sort of continuity mode that turns their phones into full-fledged computing system.
New team Andromium Inc. is beginning early access for its $99 Superbook. Effectively a laptop powered by your Android smartphone, all you have to do is connect your phone -- 5.0 or later -- to the laptop and you're on your way.
The Superbook features an 11.6" LCD display with 1366x768 resolution and an 8+ hour battery, plus support for Android and Andromium OS apps.
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Back in 2011, HP hired marketing company Moving Brands to redesign its logo and "brand identity." The result -- a minimalist logo featuring just four 'slashes' -- was scrapped...until now. HP will be using the once-dead logo for its premium laptops only going forward, starting with the just-launched Spectre 13.
HP split into two companies in 2014: it would appear the PC and printer side (HP Inc.) is willing to take risks like this as a result, as opposed to the safer management side (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise) which last year decided on possibly one of the most boring logos of all-time.
GTC 2016 - With NVIDIA unveiling its new Quadro M5500 video card, MSI is the world's first with an NVIDIA VR ready professional mobile workstation, with its new WT72.
The new MSI WT72 packs the Quadro M5500 with 8GB of GDDR5, as well as Intel's new sixth-generation Core processors (available in both the Core and Xeon CPUs) with up to 64GB of DDR4. Andy Tung, President of MSI Pan America explains: "The WT72 with NVIDIA's M5500 Quadro GPU is the world's first VR Ready mobile workstation and can blaze through the most demanding tasks. NVIDIA powers our workstations, from the ultra-powerful WT72 to the super lightweight WS72 and WS62, and we are delighted to partner with them to drive the VR revolution into a new dimension".
MSI's new WT72 is Autodesk VRED certified and is compatible with both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. It comes with audiophile-grade Dynaudio speakers with Nahimic Audio enhancer, True Color Technology screens with Adobe RGB certification for wide viewing angles and the most accurate visuals.
HP has released some impressive products in the few years, but it looks like their next one could be their biggest yet. During a chat with The Wall Street Journal, HP's PC boss Ron Coughlin said that "for years, Apple has been seen as the innovator and the driver of innovation", but that now "HP is really taking over that mantle".
The company is poised to unveil its new premium laptop tomorrow, where earlier this year during the Consumer Electronics Show, the company unveiled its business-focused Elitebook Folio. The Elitebook Folio is less than half an inch thick, but HP is expected to lose even more thickness with its forthcoming laptop - and beat Apple at its own game against the super-thin MacBook.
HP will launch the new ultra-thin laptop during the International Luxury Conference in Versailles tomorrow, but it won't be a mass-market product. NPD analyst Stephen Baker told WSJ: "the challenge for doing really, really thin and light products is it's a very, very thin and light segment to go after". All eyes are on you, HP.