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Samsung has just unveiled its new Ativ Book 9 ultrabook, a new device that features a beautiful 12.2-inch 2560x1600 display, providing a nice brightness level of 700 nits when you turn on its outdoor mode.
The new 2015 model has Samsung improving the keyboard with a scalloped design that is better on your fingers, and so much more. We have Intel's new Core M processor inside, and built-in Wolfson lossless audio player and native FLAC support, with Samsung putting in some serious focus into the audio this time around, which is a nice surprise.
Samsung is starting the price of the new Ativ Book 9 at $1,199.99 with 4GB of RAM and an 128GB SSD, while for an extra $200 at $1,399.99 you'll get yourself double the RAM and SSD, at 8GB and 256GB, respectively.
Now, we're hearing about a new 12-inch MacBook Air that is expected to shift into mass production in 2015, and should launch toward the middle of the year. According to DigiTimes' supply chain sources, the new 12-inch MBA will feature Intel's new Broadwell processor, with units of the new MacBook Air to be in extremely limited supply with yield issues being a problem.
Apple has been rumored to adopt a new form factor that would sport a buttonless trackpad, and passively cooled internals. Intel's new Core M processor will help that along, as they just launched last month. We should see Apple launch a new Silver, Gold and Space Gray MacBook Air in the New Year.
Panasonic has just announced that they're "expanding the scope of the U.S. recall Panasonic voluntarily previously put in place of battery packs included with the Toughbook H2 rugged tablet PC and those sold separately or as a result of servicing" according to a press release.
This recall is for all Toughbook H2 battery packs manufactured between June 2011 and September 2012, following the original recall announced in May 2014 which covered battery packs manufactured between June 2011 and May 2012. The reason these batteries are being asked for return is due to a possibility of them overheating and catching on fire due to manufacturer issues.
The last time I remember hearing "HP" and "MacBook Air" in a sentence, was back in 2008 when the then CTO of HP's Global Gaming Business and founder of VoodooPC, Rahul Sood, used a MacBook Air to cut his birthday cake. Sood in that time moved onto Microsoft, and recently left the Redmond-based giant to form his own business Unikrn. Well, HP is taking another swipe at Apple's MacBook Air, this time with a new business-focused notebook.
The EliteBook Folio 1020 is a Windows 8-based notebook that features a proprietary enterprise port and a fingerprint scanner for added security, with the company touting it can pass military-grade drop and shock tests. Inside of the EliteBook Folio 1020 we have 8GB of RAM, an SSD between 128GB and 512GB, and around 9 hours of battery life. Intel's new fanless Core M processor makes the cut, with HP offering up two models of its new notebook.
The first model is lighter than Apple's MacBook Air, with the Standard Edition being slightly heavier than the MBA, packing a 12.5-inch 1080p display, which is also upgradeable to a touchscreen. The lighter model, the Folio 1020 Special Edition, features a 12.5-inch QHD display, without a touchscreen option. There's a nice red accent on the hinge, which sweetens the deal. The Standard Edition will be made available next February, while the Special Edition will be made available in April 2015.
Do you remember the beginning of the Tablet craze? Even schools have adopted tablets and it seems that almost everyone owns or previous owned one of these devices - however we're now seeing them on the decline. Alongside this information, we've just seen reports that touchscreen PC's are also on their way out.
At Computex in Taiwan in 2013, Intel announced that it would use its Ultrabook fund to boost their production of large touchscreens, claiming a projected 3-5 times increase in consumer demand in the coming years. Alongside this, they stated that their Haswell platform laptops with touchscreens have tripled the sales of their previous generation, the Ivy Bridge.
Reading ZDNET's findings, it seems that touchscreen laptops are still in abundance in the North American brick-and-mortar retail market.
Self proclaimed as "Australia's Largest Retailer", Kogan is well known amongst tech savvy Aussie locals as providing a cheaper alternative for devices such as TV's, monitors and camera hardware. However, in latest news they've just released a Windows 8.1 operational laptop for just $329 AUD with decent specifications.
Named the Kogan Atlas X1510 Laptop, this $329 bargain will be released to the public on December the 15th - said to be just in time for Christmas. Based around an Intel N3540 quad-core processor running at 2.16GHz, it comes coupled with 4GB or DDR3L RAM and a 500GB HDD. The display comes in the form of a 15.6-inch screen displaying at 1366 x 768 pixels and sees the device measure at a total of 274mm long, 259mm deep and 2.1kg in weight. Although well-priced, it's not a particularly small object, but it does offer the user a reported 9.5 hours of battery life.
Connectivity is fairly standard on this device, offering up a HDMI port, VGA capabilities, one Gigabit Ethernet port, one USB 3.0 port, three USB 2.0 ports, a headphone and separate microphone port, full-sized SD card reader and provides you with the ability to connect through 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Reportedly being released with a $15 discount for Office 365, this laptop looks good so far - we're interested to see what the build quality, feel and actual operation are like however.
ASUS has just taken the wrapping off of its new EeeBook X205, an Intel Atom-powered notebook that features an 11.6-inch display, full-sized keyboard, large touchpad and much more.
The ASUS EeeBook X205 is powered by the Intel Atom Z3735 processor, which is the company's Bay Trail-T processor, backed up by 2GB of RAM, an 11.6-inch 1366x768 LED backlit HD display, running Microsoft's Windows 8.1 OS. We also have the usual 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi-, Bluetooth 4.0, a microSD card slot, micro HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack. There's also a VGA front-facing camera, and a 38Wh hour battery that should be good for up to 12 hours of web browsing according to ASUS.
The new EeeBook X205 has a price of $329 AUD, which is around $286 or so USD. It's available right now, too.
Acer has just taken off the covers from its new entry in its V series of laptops, the new V Nitro Black Edition. Acer's V Nitro Black Edition comes in two flavors: the V15, and V17, with the new configuration on the V15 model featuring some upgraded innards, including an Ultra HD display.
The new V15 series VN7-591G-70JY features a 15.6-inch IPS-based 4K display, so we have 3840x2160 as its resolution. We have Intel's Core i7-4710HQ CPU, providing four cores at up to 3.5GHz each, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 860M with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 RAM, a 256GB SSD backed up by a 1TB mechanical drive, no optical drive, three USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a starting price of $1500.
Given that there is a 3840x2160 display on the new V Nitro laptop, the relatively weak GeForce GTX 860M isn't going to do well at 4K. Acer really should've optioned the new Maxwell-based GTX 900M series, which would've suited the new laptop much more.
Chromebook devices are seeing strong growth, with sales increasing 67 percent quarter over quarter, but still have a long way to go, according to ABI Research. Acer leads the current Chromebook market, ahead of Samsung, Hewlett-Packard and Dell - but each company hopes to see the low-cost laptops continue to see increased interest from consumers and vertical industries in 2015.
"Consumers are hungry for a product that is cost effective but also provides the versatility and functionality of a laptop," said Stephanie Van Vactor, ABI Research Analyst, in a statement. "The growth of the Chromebook market demonstrates a niche that is gaining traction among consumers."
The price of mobile hardware is dropping in price, and Chromebooks are often significantly cheaper than other laptops, so it will take time for the market to develop. Total Chromebook-powered device shipments are expected to tally 4.1 million in 2014, a drop in the bucket compared to the estimated 300 million shipments of traditional PCs.
Samsung today announced the Chromebook 2 powered by an Intel Celeron processor, as the company continues to support Google-powered operating systems. The Chromebook 2 is a light device designed to power on fast and utilize cloud-based storage - it likely won't be a desktop replacement for business users, but could be a fun, inexpensive product for consumers to play with.
The device runs Google Chrome and is powered by an Intel Celeron N2840 (2.58 GhZ) processor, 2GB DR3L RAM, 16GB storage, Intel HD graphics, and supports 1366 x 768 resolution. The Chromebook has an 11.6" screen and weighs just 2.65 lbs., with battery life up to nine hours.
The Samsung Chromebook 2 with Intel Celeron processor is now available for pre-order with a $249.99 MSRP, and will be released next week.