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Apple's new Retina MacBook doesn't reach consumers until April 10, but we are now looking at some early 64-bit Geekbench benchmarks of the Core M-powered laptop.
The Intel Core M-5Y31 processor is clocked at 1.1GHz, with someone running the benchmark twice, providing two single-core scores of 1924 and 2044. The multi-core benchmarks provided a score of 4038 and 4475. Comparing this to the entry-level 2015 MacBook Air with its 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, we've seen single-core results of 2881 and multi-core results of 5757.
Performance wise, we're looking at the new Core M-powered Retina MacBook being about as fast as the higher-end MacBook Air from 2011, with its 1.8GHz Core i7 processor. Graphics performance will most likely be better on the 2011 MBA, but we won't know that until benchmarks are performed on the new Core M-powered MacBook.
There are two processor upgrades consumers can choose for the new Retina MacBook, with the 1.1GHz processor being optioned out for a 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz part. The new Retina MacBook is Apple's thinnest and lightest notebook to date, with pricing starting at $1299 for the 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB model, and $1599 for the 1.2GHz/8GB/512GB model.
Featuring a 2560x1700 resolution screen powered by Intel HD graphics, 12 hours of battery life, a claimed 15 minute charging window for 2 hours of battery time, the latest Intel 5th generation processor and 8GB of RAM, say hello to Google's new Pixel Chromebook.
Being one of the first devices to see USB Type-C integration, this technology will not only be used to power the device, but also for data transfer and extended monitor support.
This 3.3lbs device comes with a 12.85" screen and the base model will feature an Intel i5 2.2GHz with 8GB of memory compared to the higher-positioned Intel i7 edition at 2.4GHz with a massive 16GB of RAM. As for storage you can expect either 32GB or 64GB, two USB Type-C ports and two USB 3.0 ports.
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Apple has finished its 'Spring Forward' media event, where we've been introduced to a handful of exciting new products. One of which is the new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air, which has a resolution of 2304x1440.
The new 12-inch MBA features a thinner bezel around its display, with the keyboard reaching both edges of the base. Apple has used a new Taptic engine for the trackpad, something that provides touch feedback on the Apple Watch, is doing the same thing on the new MacBook Air - it simulates the sensation of clicking. You can push harder than a traditional tap, and it will act as a separate gesture, just like the new Watch.
Apple has removed most of the ports on the new MacBook Air, where we only have a 3.5mm headphone jack and a reversible USB-C connector. This port can charge the laptop, send video to an external display and of course, throw data around at USB 3.0 speeds. This port has allowed Apple to make its thinnest laptop yet, at just 13.1mm thick - 24% thinner than the already-thin 11-inch MacBook Air. It also weighs just 2 pounds.
Inside, the new MacBook Air is powered by Intel's Core M processor, and the promise of "all-day battery" with around 9 hours of web surfing, or up to 10 hours of HD video playback. The new MacBook will launch on April 10 starting at $1299, with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
According to the latest news from The Wall Street Journal, Apple is preparing to launch its new MacBook Air that will feature a Retina class display. We might even see the first sneak peek at it when Apple hosts its media event next week.
WSJ is reporting that manufacturers have received orders from Apple to begin spinning up the mass production of the new MBA, which should begin shipping in the next three months. The current MacBook Air is offered with an 11.6-inch or 13.3-inch display, but 1366x768 or 1440x900 resolutions, respectively. The new Retina MacBook Air could pump this up to 1920x1080 or even 2560x1440 on its 12-inch display.
Something Apple has to be careful of is the battery drain on the new Retina-powered MBA, as the higher resolution is sure to suck more juice. But, we should see Apple adopting Intel's new Broadwell-based processors, which should counter that higher battery consumption with less power consumption on the CPU and GPU side of things.
HP has started off 2015 with a bang, announcing its new 13.3-inch Spectre x360 convertible laptop, with the aforementioned 13.3-inch display rocking a QHD resolution of 2560x1440, which also happens to feature Panel Self-Refresh technology, which lets the laptop power down when the display is not changing.
There will be two models of the Spectre x360 released, with one bumping the 13.3-inch screen down to 1920x1080 touch-capable display, while the higher-end model features the QHD panel. There are also two choices when it comes to the processor, with HP offering up the Intel Broadwell-ULT-based Core i5-5200U and Core i7-5500U. The Core i5-5200U is a dual-core part with HT enabled at 2.2GHz or 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost, while the Core i7-5500U is also a dual-core part with HT at 2.4GHz, or 3GHz with Turbo. HP has provided just 4-8GB of DDR3 RAM on the Spectre x360, while storage options range from a 128GB SSD up to 512GB.
HP has priced the Spectre x360 competitively, with the starting price of just $900 for the Core i5 model with 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and 1080p touchscreen. HP will offer up the Core i7 model with 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and the same 1080p touchscreen for $1150, while the best model will feature the Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD and the QHD touchscreen for $1400.
If you didn't already know, Sony sold its VAIO brand off to Japan Industrial Partners last year, with the new owner of VAIO announcing new models in Sony's old PC brand. We have the new VAIO Z and VAIO Z Canvas laptops, which are some flashy new transforming Ultrabooks.
Starting with the VAIO Z which comes in two flavors, both with a 13.3-inch display, but you can choose between an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor. We also have a beautiful aluminuium carbon shell body, and an SSD that the company says can have the Ultrabook booting up in an impressive 0.3 seconds.
Better yet, a hinge on the rear of the Z's chassis allows the Ultrabook to turn the display on, so it can either be facing outwards to use it like a tablet, or flipped down to show others what you're doing. The VAIO Z is something Japan Industrial Partners calls a "monster PC" but it won't be going through its battery too quick. The company says that you should expect over 15.5 hours of use out of it, which is pretty damn impressive, and more than any other VAIO laptop released.
ASUS has launched the ZenBook UX305 ultrabook, a 13.3-inch device that is just 0.48-inches thick and weighs only 2.6lbs.
The ZenBook UX305 runs Microsoft Windows 8.1, using an Intel Core M 5Y10 CPU, Intel HD Graphics 5300, running 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD. The starting $699 price point will make it an interesting competitor in the ultra-thin and light mobile market which the Apple MacBook Air has found great success in cornering.
The ASUS ZenBook UX305 with Full HD display is available now, while the model with QHD+ display will launch later this year.
Gaming company Razer has updated its Blade gaming laptop, now including the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M and Intel Core i7-4720HQ CPU.
The QHD+ Model starts with the following specifications: Intel Core i7-4720HQ Quad Core CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 16GB RAM, Microsoft Windows 8.1, 128 to 512GB SSD options, and a 14" IGZO QHD+ (3200x1800) screen. Prices start at $2,199.
Meanwhile, the Full HD Model has the following specifications: Intel Core i7-4720HQ Quad Core CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, and 14" IPS Full HD (1920x1080) screen. Prices start at $1,999.
Complete with a 13-inch screen squeezed into a bezel that generally houses 11-inch offerings, Dell's new XPS 13 2015 is packed full of tech goodies including the new Broadwell U CPU, 4GB of RAM, a tiny 2.99lb weight rating and a 1366 x 768 resolution touch-screen.
Being initially released to the market at a tiny price of $800, some are claiming this model to be a MacBook Air killer. Touted by many at CES to be part of their 'best of' categories, with the vibrant screen, strong audio and configuration options helping describe why it's such a winner. Bear in mind that the touchscreen isn't part of the $800 base-model, however it's a great inclusion if you're that way inclined.
Comparing this to Apple's MacBook Air, you're looking at a starting price of $999 for 128GB of PCI-e based flash storage, an Intel i5 dual-core and 4GB of RAM. With the specifications sitting fairly close, you can't argue with a $199 saving on Dell's product.
The Panasonic Toughbook 31 device offers up to 18 hours of standard battery life, and can reach 27 hours with an optional second battery, along with increased connectivity and performance boosts.
The Toughbook 31 runs an Intel Core i5-5300U vPRO CPU, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Wi-Fi ac, and runs Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro. Customers can choose between 4GB to 16GB DDR3L-1600 RAM, 500GB 7200RPM HDD, or a 128GB to 512GB SSD option. The Toughbook 31 also uses a 13.1-inch display with 1024x768 resolution.
Designed for use by police, military and by employees working in rugged environments out in the field, the laptop has been designed to withstand increased shock, drop, vibration, extreme temperature and high altitude scenarios.