At CeBIT 2014, MSI gives us a little look into the next NVIDIA laptop GPUs with a brand new gaming laptop the GS60 Ghost Pro. While the MSI guys at the booth wouldn’t divulge much about the NVIDA technology present in the device, the laptop is running on a staggering 2880 x 1620 on a 15.6inch screen . The laptop also features configurations up to a Core i7 Processor, dual SSD (in super raid if you want) and everything else a power user would want. The best thing is? The laptop stays true to a pretty svelte ultrabook-esque form factor. The laptop is said to retail from EUR1,600 to EUR2,000 depending on your configuration.
Samsung has announced its new Chromebook 2 laptops, featuring a powerful Exynos 5 Octa chipset as well as its signature fake leather design. The budget laptops running on Chrome OS will be available from April, and will retail from only $320 – though that’s about $70 higher than the original $249 Samsung Chromebook.
One is known for its family of blazingly fast hyper-cars while the other is known for its line-up of gaming peripherals and both apparently share the same love for perfection in design as well as engineering. Hence, it is not surprising that they have an affinity for each other and have since decided to embark on a long-term partnership. Who are these two companies, you asked?
Well, they are Koenigsegg and Razer. To signify this new partnership, they have decided to come out with a special edition Koenigsegg Razer Blade Gaming Laptop which will made its debut at Geneva Motor Show 2014 next month.
On top of all the other announcements, Alcatel also showed off a “smartbook” concept at the on-going MWC 2014 show. So, what’s a smartbook? No, it’s not an electronic book or ebook reader, rather, the smartbook from Alcatel is a notebook that is powered by your smartphone. The image above features a aluminum laptop from the company (yes, it looks like a MacBook Air), and is “brainless”.
It has been months since Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 were launched in US but as of now, there is still no official sign that both devices will be made available in our market although Microsoft Malaysia has actually responded (somehow) to customer’s request last year.
That might change soon as we have just spotted both tablets on SIRIM’s database. Both devices were listed as their model numbers which is 1572 for Surface 2 and 1601 for Surface Pro 2. Unlike the original Surface RT and Surface Pro, these model numbers are not etched directly on the devices themselves but we have verified them through the EU Declarations of Conformity documents as listed by Microsoft Ireland.
Well, looks like the Tech Armory – the brand name of Zeon PC Trading, a retailer in SS15 of Subang Jaya – has yet another surprise under its sleeves. If you can recall, Tech Armory was in our focus recently after the company announced that it has applied a license from Valve in order to mass produce its own Steam Machine which if successful, would potentially made Tech Armory as the first Steam Machine OEM in Malaysia.
While there is still no update on that matter for time being, the retailer has now announced its own gaming laptop yesterday. Dubbed as the Commandos, the first model in the series is called SP531 and features a 15.6-inch full HD display with 95% NTSC colour gamut. The laptop is powered by the Haswell-based 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ quad-core processor while its graphics department is handled by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M with 2GB worth of GDDR5.
The Commandos SP531 gaming laptops also comes standard with 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM, a 500GB hard drive that spins at 5400rpm, a pair of Onkyo built-in stereo speakers, a dual-layer multi-burner drive, and Intel Dual Band Wireless-N 7260 network card. No mention of LAN port but the spec sheet did list down one USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports, and one eSATA/USB 3.0 combo port.
Additionally, there are no mention of the laptop’s thickness and weight as well which made us quite curious. Estimated to arrive at the company’s SS15 outlet this coming Saturday, the new Tech Armory Commandos SP531 is priced at RM 3,399 and is protected with one year limited warranty. To learn more, get in touch directly with Tech Armory over at facebook.com/tarmory.
It’s finally Friday, 10 January 2014, the start of Apple’s one-day only shopping day, aka Red Friday. As announced earlier this week, Apple has started its special sales event, letting you get some of the latest Apple products at a discounted price.
This year round, Apple is offering discount for all its iPhones (iPhone 5S / 5C /4S), all variants of its iPads (iPad mini with Retina Display, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad 2), MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, iPod nano, iPod touch, Apple TV, and a wide collection of accessories.
Here are some of the notable ones:
- Save RM161 on iPhone 5S / 5C / 4S
- Save RM91 on iPad mini with Retina Display
- Save RM131 for iPad Air
- Save RM61 for iPad mini
- Save RM91 for iPad 2
- Save RM301 for MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac
- Save RM91 for iPod touch
- Save RM61 for Apple TV
- Save RM21 on Lightning to USB Cable (1m)
Visit Apple Store Malaysia now to find out more.
On top of introducing new mobile phones and cameras, Sony also unveiled a new addition to its VAIO Fit lineup of notebooks – the VAIO Fit 11A that has the same unique multi-flip hinge on an ultra-portable size of only 11”. Like the existing VAIO Fit A series, the Fit 11A can be converted into three different user modes simply by swiveling the display over the hinge to laptop mode, tablet mode or viewer mode.
It packs a 11.6” Full HD Touch display with 10 finger touch capability. Powered by the latest Intel Bay Trail-M processor, the VAIO Fit 11A is the perfect fit for students or professionals who travel about and require a compact and versatile device. Like the VAIO Fit multi-flip family, it is designed with hairline aluminum lid design with diamond-cut VAIO logo. Other specs include two USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI port, TRILUMINOS display, ClearAudio+ mode speakers, Exmor RS for PC imaging sensor and Sony VAIO Inspiration Suite collection of core apps.
The VAIO Fit 11A is an addition to its VAIO Fit A series – 15A/14A/13A, which are currently available in Malaysia. The Fit 11A will be available in Malaysia soon in silver, black or pink options.
Samsung may have announced the stunning 13.3-inch ATIV Book 9 Plus back in June last year, and it appears its bigger brother has finally arrived in the shape of the ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition. The 15.6-inch Ultrabook looks every bit as sexy as its smaller-screened variant, and Samsung even promises a 14-hour battery life on this laptop.
Of course, the extra-long battery life does come with some caveats – though many will consider it a minor one. The 13.3-inch ATIV Book 9 Plus came with a stunning 3200 x 1800 touch display, but the new ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition will “only” ship with a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 touch display – and that’s not really a bad thing. On the other hand, the ATIV Book 9 features an aluminium chassis instead of the more premium magnesium used in the ATIV Book 9 Plus.
The ATIV Book 9 will be available in two variants: one with an Intel Core i5 Haswell processor with a 128GB SSD, or one with an Intel Core i7 Haswell chip with a 256GB SSD fitted inside. Both variants will come with 8GB of RAM. Naturally, with a device this thin, some questions will be raised about the keyboard. For the ATIV Book 9, Samsung has added a rubberized coating to the keyboard which the company states will help reduce key tapping and better suit users’ fingers.
In addition, the ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition will also come with anti-reflective coating on its display to reduce glare and increase brightness by 20%. Also, the Ultrabook will be one of the first laptops to feature support for lossless audio for headphones or compatible speakers.
Unfortunately, Samsung has not revealed pricing nor details on availability for the ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition as well as for its new AiO, the ATIV One 7.
(Source: The Verge)
You might heard of Intel’s Perceptual Computing before which aims to build technology that would help users to have natural and more immersive interaction with computers through not only touch interface but also through hand gestures, voice and video. The effort has since resulted in a new line of hardware and software family that Intel dubbed as RealSense technology which was announced at its CES 2014 press conference earlier today.
The first product that will be released under the new Intel RealSense series is an embedded 3D camera which features a depth sensor that was claimed as the best in its class together with a full 1080p colour camera. The company stated that this new Intel RealSense 3D camera will be integrated into various types of Intel-based products in the market very soon such as 2-in-1 devices, tablets, Ultrabook, notebook and All-In-One PCs.
Furthermore, Intel also pointed out that users will be able to see such products in the second half of the year from manufacturers such as Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo and NEC. At the same time, the chip maker have also listed down several other partners that will also help them delivering the RealSense technology to the market such as Microsoft (through Skype and Lync), Scholastic, 3D Systems, Tencent, Nuance, Autodesk and many more.
Frankly speaking, this particular announcement is not exactly new to us since Intel have been talking about integrating Perceptual Computing into devices for quite some time. Just that the technology now finally has a brand name for itself and will be heading into the market later this year.
ASUS promised that they will reveal plenty of products at CES 2014 and they certainly did. Leading its CES 204 show is the brand new ASUS Transformer Book Duet TD300 which is essentially a 2-in-1 hybrid notebook with a detachable top part that can be used as a tablet as well.
Such functionality has long been the signature trait of ASUS Transformer series but the Transformer Book Duet TD300 stepped up slightly further by having a dual-OS feature. Supporting both Android and Windows, ASUS claims that users can seamlessly switch between both OS in 4 seconds.
According to the spec sheet, the 13.3-inch Transformer Book Duet TD300 will be made available with up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor and 1920×1080 display. Comes standard with 4GB of DDR3L 1600 RAM, the tablet portion of the device will also come with up to 128GB solid state drive while the dock will feature a hard drive with up to 1TB of storage space.
Exact price and release information for our market are not available at the time being though but it is expected to be made available in Europe and APAC region by late Q1 of 2014 while North American market will see it sometime in late Q2.
Lenovo’s latest Y50 gaming laptop sure is one handsome device, but it also may have inadvertently announce NVIDIA’s GeForce 800 series of mobile GPUs before the GPU makers officially announced it.
In its teaser product page on its US website, Lenovo states that the new Y50 – which will be available in the US in May – will pack an NVIDIA GeForce GTX860M GPU. While NVIDIA has not officially announced the GeForce 800 series for 2014 (yet), other laptop makers such as Clevo have mentioned similar GPUs in their 2014 laptop roadmap. The Y50 isn’t the only Lenovo laptop to feature an unannounced NVIDIA GPU, too: the mid-range Z40 and Z50 laptops can be configured to pack a GeForce GT840M GPU.
The new GeForce 800 series will see the introduction of a new GPU architecture, codenamed Maxwell. It is the successor to the Kepler GPU architecture, and the first products bearing the new GPUs are expected to arrive in April 2014.
In addition to the ultra-premium ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook and the mid-range Yoga 2, Lenovo also revealed several other mainstream laptops, such as the Flex 14D and 15D, Z40 and Z50, as well as the Y40 and Y50 multimedia/gaming laptops.
The Flex 14D and Flex 15D are updates to the Flex 14 and Flex 15 that the company announced last year at IFA 2013. They were recently made available in Malaysia, but it looks like a refresh is already due. The main selling point of the Flex 14D and Flex 15D are in the unique hinges, allowing them to retract further than conventional laptop hinges – but not a full 360 degrees like the company’s Yoga range. These mid-range laptops pack the new budget-friendly AMD A6 quad-core processors with a Radeon 8570 GPU with 1GB memory. They’ll also sport either a 1TB hard disk of 500GB hybrid hard disk with 16GB NAND flash drive. One major upside to the Flex 14D and 15D is in its retail price: they start from $499 (about RM1670), and are available in the US immediately. The company also updated the mainstream Z series laptops with the Z40 and Z50. Featuring up to Intel Core i7 processors, Full HD displays (1366 x 768 are default for both models), up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, Lenovo even offers an optional NVIDIA GeForce 840M GPU. The Z40 and Z50 will be available in the US from March, with prices starting from $599 (about RM2000).
Finally, there’s the new additions to Lenovo’s much-loved Y-series laptops. The new Y40 and Y50 replaces the Y410p and Y510p respectively, but retain the impressive hardware and understated design of the last generation. Both laptops pack non-touch Full HD displays as standard, with the option of a Quad HD (3840 x 2160) touch display for the Y50. Both laptops can be configured to pack up to Intel Core i7 processors, 16GB of RAM and either a 512GB SSD or 1TB hard disk. GPU-wise, the Y40 will pack up to an AMD Radeon R9 270M GPU, while the Y50 will sport an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M - an as-yet unannounced card, but given that the Y40 and Y50 will only be available from May 2014 from $999 (about RM3350), the inclusion is a logical one.