Apple has updated both the 13-inch and 15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro laptops, which now pack Intel's latest eighth-generation Core processors.
The new MacBook Pros can be configured with some deliciously high-end specs including an Intel Core i9 processor, up to 32GB of RAM, and 4TB of SSD storage. The new 2018 models have the same starting price as their 2017 counterparts, with the "base" 15-inch MBP starting at $2399 while the "high-end" MBP starts at $2799 which packs a faster CPU, better GPU, and twice the SSD capacity.
Jumping from the $2799 price we have a $300 upgrade that will net you the Core i7 @ 2.6GHz to a Core i9 @ 2.9GHz, while $400 more gets you 1TB of SSD, and another $1200 gets you 2TB of SSD that tops the price at $4299. But the draining your bank account doesn't end there for Apple, as there's an additional $400 for 32GB of RAM, and a freaking insane $3200 additional cost if you want 4TB of SSD.
Computex 2018 - MSI is kicking off Computex early this year announcing their new GT75 Titan 8RG that has some impressive specs to say the least.
Inside, it rocks Intel's latest Core i9 processor with 6C/12T of power, and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080. MSI has used the Rapid Mechanical SteelSeries keyboard that rocks Per-Key RGB Backlight customization. But the big surprise here is that MSI uses an Aquantia 10GbE controller, so you can drive some insane networking speeds of up to 1GB/sec.
We will be finding this on the floor of Nangang this week at Computex 2018 to get some hands-on time with it.
AMD debuted the Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 some 11 months ago now in LA, but there was nothing concrete about Vega-powered gaming notebooks... until now.
Acer revealed its new Predator Helios 500 gaming laptops that can be configured with an enthusiast level Intel/NVIDIA combo in the Core i9-8950HK and GeForce GTX 1070, but what about AMD? Acer has also offered up the first enthusiast AMD only gaming notebook, powered by the Ryzen 7 2700 and the Radeon RX Vega 56.
The 1080p variant of the Predator Helios 500 gaming laptops all rock 144Hz refresh rates, with the Radeon-powered option switching out G-Sync for FreeSync.
Acer has just unveiled its new, and super-massive 17.3-inch gaming notebooks in the form of the new Predator Helios 500 range, which can pack the latest Core i9 processor from Intel.
The highest-end Predator Helius 500 can be configured with an Intel Core i9-8950HK, which is a 6C/12T chip from the Coffee Lake architecture, while NVIDIA backs the beefy CPU up with the GeForce GTX 1070. The CPU and GPU are cooled with Acer's own Dual AeroBlade 3D cooling system that packs all-metal fans that improve cooling, and opens up the floodgates for overclocking.
You can configure the gaming notebook with up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, with Acer including an Intel Optane SSD as well as providing ports for PCIe SSDs. The 17.3-inch display comes in either 1080p or 4K, with up to 144Hz refresh with G-Sync for the 1080p option. There's a 2.1-channel audio system with a built-in subwoofer on offer, with Acer TrueHarmony and Waves MAXXAudio.
With the introduction of Intel's latest 8th Generation mobile processors, Razer has re-designed one of the core notebooks in their lineup, the Razer Blade. It comes in at only 0.66" thick. The new Razer Blade will offer up an i7-8750H with a variety of GTX 10XX series mobile GPUs with Max-Q design. The notebook will also offer a near-bezel less 144Hz 1080P display and also comes in a model with a 4K panel 100% Adobe RGB support.
The notebook will pack an 80Wh battery, Thunderbolt 3, and Razer Chroma RGB keyboard. A special vacuum-sealed vapor cooling system allows the notebook to stay cool in such a small package. The base price of the notebook will be $1899.99 and comes in models that cost up to $2899.99. While all models will use the same i7-8750H processor, some models will offer GTX 1060 instead of the GTX 1070.
Along with the new notebook, Razer will launch their Core X external graphics enclosures. The new enclosures are compatible with Razer's notebooks (Blade Stealth, Blade, and Blade Pro GTX 1060 version) but also with Mac laptops with Thunderbolt 3.
ASUS has just unveiled their new ZenBook Pro 15 notebook that comes in a few different varieties, with them all rocking Intel's latest Coffee Lake CPUs.
The new ZenBook Pro 15 starts off with the Core i5-8300H which is a 4C/8T chip, the Core i7-8750H which is a 6C/12T processor, or the flagship Core i9-8950HK that has 12MB off cache and boosts up to 4.5GHz. All of the machines rock an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB of GDDR5.
The base models have 8GB of DDR4 RAM, while the higher-end models rock 16GB and as for storage, you'll have 512GB or 1TB SATA or PCIe SSDs. ASUS is using a 15.6-inch display with a native 1920 x 1080 resolution, but there is an optional 4K touchscreen that ASUS offers, something that uses 100% of the Adobe RGB color space.
Dell has just announced a refreshed XPS 15 laptop that still features the same gorgeous 15.6-inch 4K Ultra HD InfinityEdge display, and now the new model features refreshed internals.
The new XPS 15 features Intel processors with up to the Core i9 chip this time around, while the maximum internal GPU has been notched up to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.
Dell includes a bunch of different storage options with a mix of HDDs and SSDs, or pure speed with super-fast M.2 NVMe drives. All in all we have up to 21.5 hours of battery life, Thunderbolt 3 with USB-C charging support, USB-A, HDMI, and an SD card reader.
Dell announced their new XPS 15 laptop with a bunch of refreshed PC products, including their gaming brand Alienware with the new Alienware 15 and 17 laptops.
The high-end Alienware 17 rocks Intel's new 8th generation Core processors, right up to the super-high-end Core i9-8950HK which should be hitting up to 5GHz. Dell is using a cooling system they've dubbed Cryo-Tech v2.0, which rocks a vapor chamber to keep the chips inside the Alienware 15/17 cool.
NVIDIA is supplying their full GeForce GTX 1080 with Dell noting that the Alienware 17 features an "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 OC with 8GB GDDR5X", so we know this isn't the energy efficient Max-Q design and a full-fledged GTX 1080 that is overclockable, all inside a laptop next to a super-fast Core i9 processor.
The future of Windows 10 laptops will be powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon-powered laptops, ushering an always-on, always-connected PC future.
In the first video, Qualcomm shows off the truly incredible battery life of their Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs. The what looks to be a Dell XPS 15 on the left can only handle 13 hours, while Qualcomm throws the gauntlet down and rides right up to just under 22 hours of battery life.
Qualcomm first teased its revolutionary Snapdragon on Windows deal with Microsoft just before Computex 2017, I knew it would be a game changer that wouldn't happen overnight, but it would start with a bang and really ramp up as new products were released.
HP has had its Envy x2 on the market for weeks, and it's already sold out. HP's ultra-portable Envy x2 packs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor (8-core CPU at up to 2.6GHz), 4GB of RAM, 128GB of UFS storage, and a 12.3-inch 1080p touch display - all with 4G LTE for always-connected PC greatness.
But with it selling out so quickly, it seems that there are thousands of people who have been wanting the always-connected side of things backed up by a huge 22 hours of battery life. This isn't possible on traditional Intel/AMD-based notebooks, something that Qualcomm is changing the game with.
I firmly believe that Qualcomm will be the new champion of the PC in the coming years, and with the PC market not doing so well over the last few years, a revival is exactly what we need. Just wait until next-gen Snapdragon processors can pump 4K 60FPS in games, mixed in with some of that gloriously fast 5G technology into a laptop... oh boy.
This is great to see, and I think we'll see more and more of this as Qualcomm gets its Snapdragon technology into more and more Windows laptops. 18 hours of video playback blows most good tablets away, and completely blows the floor with x86-based designs. Now I just need to get my hands-on one!