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I'm just a little bit giddy about this latest announcement from HP. The company as of late is producing more and more products with features that actually matter to consumers in attempts to return to their previous glory. HP has announced a new Envy TouchSmart 14 laptop with a 3,200x1,800 pixel display.
That resolution is packed into a 14-inch screen. The Retina MacBook Pro, for comparison, features a resolution of 2,880x1,800 in a 15-inch display. This means the new HP should pack more pixels into a smaller screen, providing an even higher pixel density. Wow. The Envy TouchSmart 14 notebook will be available sometime in June after Intel launches Haswell.
We aren't sure just how much the machine will set you back, but the version with a 1366x768 display cost just $699. I would venture to guess that the display will be a $150-200 upgrade. We'll have more when this notebook launches, hopefully with a review shortly after.
According to a new report from DisplayBank, who is a division of market research firm IHS, around 10% of all Windows 8-based notebooks sold in Q1 2013 have a touchscreen. Their report claims that 46 million notebooks shipped in the three-month period, with 4.57 million of those being touchscreen-capable notebooks.
This means that compared to the previous quarter, touchscreen-based notebook sales have surged 51.8%. While sales of notebooks are strong, how many of those 4.57 million consumers actually put their hand forward and touch their screen for day-to-day use?
Samsung to release new 'ultra resolution' display for laptops, could set new standard for screen quality
This week Samsung is set to launch a new "super-high resolution" display that just may set a new standard in laptop and notebook screen resolutions.
The new 13.3-inch display is said to pack an amazing 276 pixels per inch, setting the resolution to 3200x1800. With nearly six megapixels of resolution, this new display tops Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display as well as Google's Chromebook Pixel.
Samsung says that the new display will provide a power savings of 30 percent over existing displays, but has yet to announce what models and what manufacturers will be featuring the new display. I guess we'll just have to wait until the official announcement to find out more.
A leaked road map for Dell shows that the computer manufacturer will be releasing two new Latitude Ultrabooks based upon Intel's upcoming Haswell CPU. Both Ultrabooks will reportedly feature 12.5-inch displays and come as part of Dell's E700 Latitude series.
First up, Dell's E7240. This Ultrabook will be available with either a 1366x768 or 1920x1080 touchscreen display. Weighing in at 2.9 pounds, it's a bit heavier than some alternatives. It measures 12.2"x8.3"x0.79" and will feature a 3-cell battery. It will feature either an i3, i5, or i5 Intel Haswell processor, which are reportedly excellent for battery life.
The second is the Latitude E7440. It will also be available with either a 1366x768 or 1920x1080 display, with touch being optional. It comes in with a larger 14-inch display. The system measures 13.3"x9.1"x0.83" and weighs in at around 3.5 pounds. It will come with either a Core i3, i5, or i7 Haswell processor.
We expect to see both systems sometime this summer.
It seems like almost every day a new rumor regarding Apple surfaces. The latest rumor says that Apple will debut a refreshed MacBook Air at this year's WWDC taking place next month. A refreshed MacBook Air is expected to make use of Intel's new, low-power Haswell CPU's and possibly feature a Retina display.
One of the main reasons this rumor has popped up is that availability of the current 13-inch Air with a 1.8GHz processor and 256GB SSD is out of stock at many large retailers across the web. Amazon, B&H, MacConnection, and MacMall are all out of stock, while J&R is only offering the system in-store.
Supply constraints are often an early indicator that Apple is planning on releasing a refreshed model. In anticipation for the new model, production of the old model ramps down to clear existing inventory. WWDC takes place shortly after Intel debuts its new Haswell processors and would be an excellent time for the unveiling of a refreshed Air.
This is the year of the convertible notebooks. Originally seen at CES 2013 earlier this year, the Yoga 11S is an 11-inch convertible Ultrabook. The system can be used in four different positions, hence the name Yoga. You've probably seen the ad for its big brother at least once; I've seen it probably hundreds of times.
Lenovo is offering quite a bit of freedom in terms of customization, with Core i3, i5, and i7 processors to choose from, either a 128GB or 256GB SSD, and 1366x768 or 1600x900 resolution screens. At its most basic configuration, the Yoga 11S will set you back around $800.
The device will start shipping in "more than four weeks" time making me believe it will likely utilize Intel's upcoming Haswell CPU's. You will, however, be able to check one out in person at Best Buy come June 23. It's available for pre-order at Best Buy and Lenovo.
This morning Sony unveiled a new line of VAIO Fit laptops that have a unique aluminum case design. The VAIO Fit will come in two variants; a 14-inch model will cover the low-end, while a 15-inch version will serve up the high-end.
The new Fit notebooks feature Sony's Extreme R imaging sensors that allow the built-in webcam to capture exceptional images even in very low light situations. The devices also support near field communication, which allows the laptops to wirelessly sync with other NFC compatible devices, such as smartphones.
The 15-inch Fit features a full HD 1920x1080 display, while the 14-inch model boasts a 1600x900 resolution. Both models have full sized backlit keyboards and both include Sony's ArtRage Studio, which is a touch oriented painting program. The Fit 14 and Fit 15 are available in black, silver and pink, and will retail for $649 and $699, respectively.
Johannes Knapp is back with his second video today from the Acer press conference in New York, this time we some hands-on time with the new Aspire P3.
The P3 is another unique device, as was the Aspire R7. The P3 is unique in that Acer call it an "Ultrabook", but it's really a tablet that comes with an interesting keyboard dock frame / holder. You just clip the P3 out of the dock, and then it comes a tablet.
Speaking of the specifications, it's a Windows 8 based system with an 11.6-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1366 x 768. It runs either an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor and includes microHDMI and USB 3.0 support.
This morning Acer officially unveiled four new product lines for the US market. A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a "revolutionary" new notebook that Acer teased in a Star Trek Into Darkness trailer mashup. This morning we got a full look at the device, and boy did it deliver.
The new Acer Aspire R7 is a very USS Enterprise-esque 15.6-inch notebook that features a full 1920x1080 touchscreen display. The unique repositionable design of the R7 revolutionizes the notebook computing experience by seamlessly merging the touch and typing experience into something that just feels natural. Customers who pre-order the Aspire R7 will receive a copy of the new Star Trek The Video Game for free.
"With the Aspire R7, Acer has redesigned the laptop with an approach that's based on how people interact with their notebooks and other devices," said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president, product marketing, Acer America. "Its progressive design redefines the computing experience, so whether consumers are touching or typing, the R7 adapts to allow consumers to create, browse and share content in ways they never have before."
Johannes Knapp is over in New York for us at the moment covering an Acer press event, which introduced several new mobile products today.
He has first delivered us with a hands-on video of the Aspire R7 laptop. What's interesting about this laptop, and the first thing you'll no doubt notice, is that the keyboard and touchpad have been switched of their usual locations. That of course means the touch pad is on top and the keyboard is below. Acer has done this since the unit features a special hinge that allows you to position the screen at different angles and also flip it over to show your lunch date what's on your screen. You can set the screen down to act like a tablet, it's rather nifty indeed.
There are several different configurations of the R7 including one with an Intel Core i7-3537U CPU or Intel Core i5-3337U CPU. Storage options are aplenty including 500GB, 750GB or 1TB HDD or if you like speed, a 120GB or 256GB SSD. There is support for up to 12GB of DDR3 RAM and you can opt to add in an NVIDIA GeForce GT750M 2GB GPU over the standard embedded Intel HD 4000 graphics.