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Dell's once internal skunkworks project dubbed "Project Sputnik" eventually launched as the XPS 13 Developer Edition, but now the Ultrabook-based is now shipping with a Precise Pangolin Ubuntu build that comes pre-installed.
It also sports feature-complete drivers that make sure that the maximum peripheral compatibility is great out of the box. The XPS 13 also comes bundled with Project Sputnik's open source tools, such as Profile Tool and Cloud Launcher, that are included to help developers install and deploy their projects in a quick and timely manner.
Hardware wise, the new XPS 13 is quite powerful - sporting a choice of an Ivy Bridge-based Intel Core i5 or i7, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SATA III SSD. The Developer Edition of the XPS 13 costs $1549, which is $50 more than the Windows-based XPS 13.
At the moment, Google's Chromebooks are built by two manufacturers - Acer and Samsung. This is rumored to change, with Google looking to offer up their own-brand of Chromebook in early 2013. A report coming from the China Times has said that Google have talked to Taiwanese manufacturers Compal Electronics and Wintek to look after the hardware.
Better yet - the Google-branded device would be a 12.85-inch kit with touch-based input - yes, touch-based input! I don't think many expected the next Chromebook to have touch-based capabilities, but if Google push this right and price it competitively, they could really take the market on with a new Chromebook.
If Google could price it super competitively, like they have with their Nexus 4, 7 and 10 devices, the new touch-based Chromebook could finally become a winner for Google.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has received an update. The new version of the Ultrabook that was originally launched in August of this year now comes with Windows 8. In order to make the most of the new operating system, Lenovo have fitted the slick Carbon Ultrabook with a multi-touch touch screen.
The system also received a screen-resolution that was marked as "HD+" which we believe will be 1600x900. No other details regarding system specifications were revealed, but it's unlikely that the specifications will be massively different from it's older sibling.
This means you can expect at least a Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, GeForce graphics, and SSD/HDD storage options. The new X1 Carbon Ultrabook is set to launch in this coming December, just in time for last-minute holiday shopping. Too bad I won't be able to pick it up for a good deal on Black Friday.
Google and Samsung's $249 Chromebook did well. It sold out of the Play Store quite quickly, so what better way to follow it up than by releasing a cheaper version? Well, that's just what Google has done with the Acer C7 Chromebook that was announced today. Google has said it will go on sale Tuesday for a mere $199.
For that $199, you'll get the option to buy it on either Google Play or Best Buy's website, an 11.6-inch screen capable of 1366 x 768, 100GB of free Google Drive storage, a 320GB internal drive, and 3.5 hours of battery life. The specifications certainly aren't amazing, but the price doesn't allow for them to be.
Now the question remains: will this even cheaper Chromebook see as good as or better success than the Samsung Chromebook that Google released last month? I guess we'll have to wait until later this week to find out.
It looks like Linus Torvalds and I have something in common, we both want to see higher resolution notebook displays. Torvalds has used his Google+ account to post about the subject, asking "can we please just make that [the 2560x1600-pixel] the new standard laptop resolution? Even at 11"? Please."
The problem is, as he says, is that we're seeing so many 1366x768 displays in this Full HD world of displays, and it really is just crap. He does state that "soon even the cellphones will start laughing at the ridiculously bad laptop displays".
I fully, 100% agree with Torvalds, and I think every sector needs a reality check. TVs should have jumped from 1080p ages ago, and so should PC screens. I had 1920x1200 displays when the first Dell FP2405W came out and that cost me $1500+, I upgraded to the HP LP3065 monitor as soon as it came out because I wanted the 2560x1600 res it offered. Now we're going backward with 90% or more of displays only offering 1920x1080.
ASUS Australia invited Aussie journalists to see and *touch* the new range of Windows 8 notebooks & tablets.
Vivian Hung, Regional head of ASUS Australia described the notion of "design thinking" for the new family of devices. Hung introduced the new VivoTab family, which was the "first ASUS Windows 8 tablet" before introducing Anson Zhang, the product manager for tablets in Australia.
Zhang provided some numbers from Telsyte Research about the forecast of tablets in Australia, "11 million Australians will have tablets by the year 2016" he informed the crowd shortly after asking how many people had tablets (about 90% of the attendees raised their hands). In other words, about one in every two people in Australia will have a tablet in 2-3 years; this isn't really surprising due to the influx of affordable tablet devices coming out.
Zhang introduced three new Windows 8 tablets from ASUS: VivoTab, VivoTab RT and VivoTab Smart.
The VivoTab (this is a unit & also the family name) is a 11.6" device preloaded with the full version of Windows 8 and is powered by an Intel Z2760 processor (Turbo boost up to 1.8Ghz). The 10" VivoTab RT as its name suggests, will have Windows RT preloaded (the only one from ASUS). Zhang spoke about its hardware specifications: 8.3mm thin, 525g light and will be utilizing the Tegra3 SoC from NVIDIA (ARM!).
Google's Chromebooks have reportedly sold out at all online retailers who sell the device, with Amazon and Best Buy now out of stock. Not only are the two big retailers out, but Google's own Play Store is out of stock, too.
There's no numbers on just how many were sold, which is unfortunate. The new Chromebook seems to have taken off considerably quicker than its predecessor, which is a great thing for Google. Previous Chromebooks were priced comparable to normal notebooks, even though they were less feature rich.
The new model sports a price tag of just $249, which could be the reason for them selling out, and that would make a hell of a lot of sense. The new Chromebook sports a dual-core A15-based Samsung Exynos Dual SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in flash storage, the usual Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth. The Chromebook features an 11.6-inch 1366x768-pixel display, is 0.8 inches thick, weighs less than 2.5 pounds and sports HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, an SD card slot, and a SIM card slot.
The flow of Windows 8 devices are about to begin. Gigabyte is out of the gate today with a bunch of new devices out that will be running Microsoft's latest operating system that launches today. Offerings range from convertible Ultrabooks to regular Ultrabooks, and gaming notebooks to slates. That's right, Gigabyte has launched a tablet.
Let's say hello to the Convertible U2142 (seen above).
Powered by the latest Intel® dual-core processor, the 10.1-inch S1082 is an exceptional mobile device to enhance and increase mobile productivity. With Windows 8, a large storage HDD (up to 500GB), and multiple connectivity ports, the S1082 is a powerful tool for work and play. With its excellent design and useful accessories, including a keyboard kit and the D1080 multimedia docking station, the S1082 has exceptional versatility and can be used as a slate, a notebook and even an entertainment center.
Phil Schiller introduces a new MacBook Pro to the world. It's a new 13-inch model, which weighs just 3.5 pounds and is just three quarters of an inch thick, making it a "full 1/5th thinner than the old model." The new device is devoid of an optical drive, but instead you get a Retina display.
It has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and is an IPS screen. 75 percent reduced glare, 29 percent higher contrast ration, and 300 nits brightness. "There's never been a small notebook that gives pro photographers this kind of technology."
Now Phil is stripping the back cover off to provide a look inside. It will come with an i5 or i7, 8GB of RAM and up to 768GB of SSD storage. Apple claims 7 hours of battery life. "This is a great new MacBook Pro. It starts at 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage for $1699."
It is available for purchase today.
Apple's refreshed 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is nearly here, but there are details that elude us at the moment. What ports will it have on offer? What will be the screen resolution on its "Retina" 13-inch display?
The image you see above is the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, with the image below the reported 13-inch MacBook Pro sans speakers next to its keyboard. It should have more in common with its 15-inch bigger brother, such as dual Thunderbolt ports, and a HDMI out, too.
We should expect the screen resolution to hit 2560x1600 which is normally reserved for 30-inch displays, and should look gorgeous on the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. We should hear more on the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro in a little over 24 hours on Apple's October 23rd event, where we should also see the unveiling of the mid-sized tablet competitor, iPad mini.