Microsoft has been making steady progress with its Surface Pro line of tablets, and now the world is looking to the next-gen Surface Pro 5 as the product that could really begin hurting the MacBook line from Apple.
The next-gen Surface Pro 5 is expected to rock Intel's new Kaby Lake processor, which is based on the 14nm process. On top of the beefier CPU, the new Surface Pro 5 could rock a 4K-capable display and USB-C connectivity. Microsoft could tap either NVIDIA or AMD for the GPU side of the Surface Pro 5, with their new Pascal and Polaris architectures, respectively.
There are also new rumors that Microsoft could unveil a new 'Surface Pen' that would replace the AAAA battery-powered stylus, and more in line with Apple Pencil, and the improved S-Pen on the recently recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone from Samsung.
Razer has just announced its new Blade and Blade Stealth gaming notebooks, with the new laptops being outfitted with Intel's next-gen Kaby Lake CPU, as well as NVIDIA's new Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card.
The new 14-inch Blade notebook doesn't look any different to the current (or is that now last-gen) Blade, which rocks a Core i7-6700HQ and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Inside of the new Blade, Razer has opted for the GeForce GTX 1060, which is VR-ready.
Razer provides two display options for the Blade, with the original IGZO-based 3200x1800 display on offer, but we also have a IPS-based 1920x1080 offer, too. You can option some higher-end hardware for the Blade, with up to 256/512/1TB PCIe-based M.2 storage on offer.
Acer unveiled a new line of ultrathin notebooks at IFA 2016, with the Swift brand launching with Intel's next generation Kaby Lake architecture.
Acer's new Swift line has four models in tow; the Swift 1, Swift 3, Swift 5, and Swift 7 - the higher the number, the more premium the product. Acer's flagship Swift 7 model is just 9.98mm and only 1.1kg (2.48lbs), featuring a 13.3-inch 1920x1080 IPS-based display that is found in a beautiful all-aluminum unibody and thin bezel.
Inside of the Swift 7 you'll find an Intel Core i5-7300U processor, based on Intel's new Kaby Lake architecture on the 14nm process. It'll also sport a 256GB SSD, up to 8GB of RAM, 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C ports, and 2T2R 802.11ac with MU-MIMO for connectivity.
Acer will make the Swift 7 available next month, starting at $999.
AMD has its full desktop Radeon RX 470 graphics card powering Alienware's latest gaming laptops, the Alienware 15 and 17.
The new Alienware 15 gaming laptop features a 15.6-inch 1080p display, with a chassis that's 25% thinner than its predecessor, Alienware has managed to improve cooling with larger fans. The 17.3-inch model includes the same specs, but it also boasts Tobii eye tracking technology, alongside AlienFX lighting that you can customize to your own liking.
The big ticket here is that the new Alienware 15 and 17 feature the full desktop AMD Radeon RX 470, which is capable of 1080p 60FPS gaming. This means the Alienware 15 and 17 gaming laptops are perfect for DX12 gaming, and ready for the latest titles like Battlefield 1 and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
Alienware has also included support for its external GPU solution, Graphics Amplifier, that will let you install a compatible graphics card for those situations when the RX 470 isn't enough.
Lenovo has unveiled their new Yoga 910 laptop which features Intel's next-gen Kaby Lake CPU, packing all of that power into its beautiful body that is just 14.3mm thick.
The new Yoga 910 features Lenovo's signature watchband hinge that lets the 13.9-inch display rotate 360 degrees, turning the Ultrabook into a 13.9-inch tablet. You can configure the 13.9-inch display with a native 4K resolution, but if you want to keep the costs down, and the battery life high, you can opt for the 1080p display.
We have around 15.5 hours of battery life with the 1080p display, versus just 10.5 hours on the 4K model. You can configure Lenovo's new Yoga 910 with up to 16GB of RAM, 1TB of PCIe-based SSD storage, a fingerprint reader, 2 x USB Type-C ports (1 x USB 3.0, and 1 x USB 2.0 with charging support).
Lenovo will have its Yoga 910 available sometime in October, starting at $1299.
Eurocom is always pushing the boundaries of what is physically possible with laptops, and with the introduction of NVIDIA's incredible GeForce 10 series GPUs inside of notebooks, Eurocom is here with their new Sky E9E2 laptop.
The new Eurocom Sky E9E2 is a 17.3-inch gaming laptop that can be configured with a single GeForce GTX 1070 or GTX 1080, and if you've got the money to spend, you can get it configured with a second GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 for some SLI gaming laptop goodness. Not only that, but the 17.3-inch display comes in two variants: 1920x1080 with a 120Hz refresh rate (yes, please) or the higher-end 4K panel. NVIDIA G-Sync can be included, but it'll cost extra.
It can be configured with up to 64GB of RAM, and it's not like you'll need that with games like Halo 5: Forge requiring 16GB of RAM for 4K 60FPS gameplay, but for video editors on the go (like my good YouTuber friends, such as Dimitry from HWC), 64GB of RAM in a laptop is a big freakin' deal.
Acer debuts a powerhouse gaming laptop with a 21:9 curved ultra-wide display, dual NVIDIA GTX 1080s, and Intel's new 7th generation Kaby Lake processors.
Acer revealed its new flagship Predator 21 X gaming laptop at IDF 2016 in Berlin, and boy does this notebook pack a serious punch. The Predator 21 X features the world's first curved display on a laptop, with the panel clocking in at a 21-inch ultra-wide IPS display (2560 x 1080) with NVIDIA G-Sync support and Tobii eye tracking for good measure.
Under the hood the Acer Predator 21 X is outfitted with dual NVIDIA GTX 1080's in SLI for some serious gaming power. Remember that the mobile GTX 1080 GPUs feature 2560 CUDA cores and a 1733MHz boost clock with 8GB of GDDR5X at 10GHz. The enthusiasts laptop will also tap Intel's new 7th generation Kaby Lake processors for maximum CPU performance.
Microsoft is on the offensive with its new TV spot for the Surface Pro 4, comparing it against the MacBook Air from Apple, saying that the MacBook Air is as useful as "a hat for your cat". Meow.
The video uses some of the points Microsoft made in earlier Surface videos, reiterating that the Surface Pro 4 rocks a detachable keyboard, pen, and a much better touchscreen display. Microsoft says in the video that the MacBook Air is "slower, heavier, and a bit square" and that it's "less useful, like a hat for your cat".
It's hard to argue with that, as the MacBook Air is kinda useless when pitted up against the Surface Pro 4 and all of its improvements and added features.
Lenovo has launched its new Thinkpad X1 Yoga laptop, which features a beautiful OLED touchscreen, with the OLED screen "truly a thing of wonder", Engadget writes.
The new Thinkpad X1 Yoga features a 14-inch OLED touchscreen with a native resolution of 2560x1440, with Lenovo using premium materials on the new OLED-based laptop. It weighs just 2.8 pounds and is 0.67 inches thin, keeping it line with other Ultrabooks in its class. Lenovo still includes 3 x USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, and miniDisplayPort connectivity, back up by a microSD card slot and even a fingerprint scanner.
The OLED display can be rotated a full 360 degrees into tablet mode, with the physical keyboard recessed behind the display. This is what has made previous Yoga devices from Lenovo so popular, as they are very individual - and can be used virtually anywhere.
Engadget has had some hands-on time with Lenovo's new Thinkpad X1 Yoga and have said that "X1 Yoga's OLED display doesn't waste any time impressing you. The red border around Lenovo's logo has an almost electric feel upon boot-up, and that carries over to everything in Windows. OLED displays are known for their bold colors and deep black levels, and this one doesn't disappoint. Watching videos and perusing photos is a revelatory experience. OLED adds an enormous amount of depth to images that makes them seem almost three-dimensional".
The one thing that has me beyond impressed with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series powered gaming laptops, is that we're finally hitting 120Hz at 1920x1080 and even 2560x1440 - all in a gaming laptop. Aorus is doing it in a big way, offering a 17.3-inch gaming laptop with a GTX 1070 and 1440p 120Hz display, awesome - huh?
The new Aorus X7 v6 features a 17.3-inch display with a native resolution of 2560x1440 and 120Hz refresh rate, and inside you'll have an overclocked Intel Core i7-6820HK processor, an M.2 PCIe-based SSD with read speeds of over 2GB/sec, USB 3.1 Type-C and HDMI 2.0 connectivity. All of this arrives in a body that is just 25.4mm thick and only 7 lbs (3.2kg).
For now, there's no word on pricing, with availability of the new Aorus gaming laptops to start soon.