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Microsoft Surface Book 2: Bigger 15-inch model is now available in more markets

Microsoft Surface Book 2: Bigger 15-inch model is now available in more markets

When Microsoft announced the Surface Book 2, the bigger 15-inch model was announced to be exclusively available in the USA. A few months later, Microsofts expands the availability to many more markets including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
No more new OLED laptops: LCD technology continued to dominate the market

CES 2018 | No more OLED laptops: LCD technology continues to dominate the market

There were many new laptops at CES. Not a part of any new announcement: Laptops with OLED displays. It seems that most manufacturers will instead continue to stick with IPS LCDs – a situation that can by explained with multiple reasons.
Could we see an Intel dGPU take AMD's place in upcoming MCMs? (Source: Intel)

Updated | 'Arctic Sound' and 'Jupiter Sound' Intel dGPUs could be in the works

Intel could be looking to develop its own discrete GPUs and package them into an MCM similar to the Intel-AMD MCM we've seen at CES. We could see this implementation starting from the upcoming 10th generation Core family.
Panasonic Toughbook CF-XZ6 Convertible Review

83% Panasonic Toughbook CF-XZ6 Convertible Review

A niche of its own. Panasonic is the manufacturer of the robust Toughbooks made for the military and use on building sites. The CF-XZ6 is supposed to attract regular business customers who would usually choose a Surface, Latitude, ThinkPad or EliteBook. Find out why the Toughbook has not quite managed to get out of its niche in our detailed review.
Intel Core i5-7300U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12" | 1.2 kg
The SurBook Pro is powered by Intel's Gemini Lake CPUs. (Source: Anandtech)

CES 2018 | Chuwi announces new mini PC, tablet and 2-in-1 devices

All the devices are prototypes, so specs could change meanwhile. The GBox Pro mini PC is an HTPC powered by Intel's gen 8 core i5 CPU with integrated AMD Vega GPU, while the Hi9 Air tablet comes with a Mediatek SoC, and the SurBook Pro features the latest Gemini Lake Pentium CPU.
Thermal map of the XPS 15 2-in-1 after video streaming for some time.

CES 2018 | The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is real — and it sure runs hot

[Update: The preliminary temperature measurements are of an early unit unrepresentative of the retail model.] Thinner, lighter, and more powerful than the XPS 15 9560, the XPS 15 2-in-1 features a 65 W Kaby Lake-G processor and new Mag-Lev keyboard. Something has to give, however, and we believe it will be in warmer temperatures.
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Image: Razer

CES 2018 | Razer's Project Linda can turn the Razer Phone into a full-fledged Android laptop

Razer entering the smartphone market makes a lot more sense with the reveal of the company's latest prototype, dubbed Project Linda. The device, which is more a proof of concept than anything else, has a dock that allows the Razer Phone to turn into a full Android laptop.
The Miix 630 features a detachable keyboard and a pen with 1,024 sensitivity levels. (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2018 | Lenovo Miix 630 combines the power of a laptop with always on smartphone connectivity

Lenovo partnered with Qualcomm and Microsoft in order to provide always on 4G LTE connectivity to an ultraportable 2-in-1 convertible powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC running Windows 10 S. It features a detachable keyboard and a stylus, comes with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB USF storage, and it is very light at only 2.93 lbs.
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HP launches Intel Core Y Envy x2 variant to appease x86 fans

CES 2018 | HP launches Intel Core Y Envy x2 variant to appease x86 fans

Not a fan of the recently revealed Qualcomm-powered Envy x2? HP has got you covered with a more "proper" Intel version albeit with some caveats and differences.
Kaby Lake-G will make its debut on HP's next 15-inch convertible

CES 2018 | The HP Spectre x360 15 2018 is here with both Kaby Lake-R and Kaby Lake-G SKUs

HP's third generation convertible is 1.5 mm thicker in order to make room for the quad-core 65 W Kaby Lake-G CPU. Expect SKUs to begin shipping on March 18 for a starting price of $1370 USD.
The Intel-AMD MCM is now official. (Source: Intel)

CES 2018 | Intel finally lifts the curtains off its 8th gen Core CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics

After a droolworthy announcement last year, Intel has finally taken wraps off its much hyped Intel-AMD MCM. The MCM is available in 65W and 100W total package power and will soon start showing up in notebooks and NUCs this year.
Lenovo Yoga 720 12 (i5-7200U, 128 GB) Convertible Review

85% Lenovo Yoga 720 12 (i5-7200U, 128 GB) Convertible Review

Versatile with limited stamina. Lenovo's new compact device gets a nice aluminum case and versatile 360-degree hinges, but also works well as a conventional office subnotebook. Important advantages such as the screen and the input devices are countered by a small number of drawbacks, and most interested buyers should be fine with them – except one.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.5" | 1.2 kg
Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018) (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

CES 2018 | Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018) now official

The highlights of the updated Samsung Notebook 7 Spin include a 360-degree rotating touchscreen, Active Pen support, an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, and a 256 GB SSD drive. This Windows 10 notebook should hit the US market in the first quarter of the year.
ThinkPad L380 & L380 Yoga, ThinkPad L480 & ThinkPad L580: Affordable business class is updated with two 13-inch models

CES 2018 | ThinkPad L380 & L380 Yoga, ThinkPad L480 & ThinkPad L580: Affordable business class is updated with two 13-inch models

Beneath the more expensive ThinkPad T series, Lenovo places the L series as the "Value Choice" for companies. The new generation of the L series announced at CES is much thinner and lighter. Additionally, Lenovo adds two 13-inch models to the series.
ThinkPad X280 & ThinkPad X380 Yoga: A long overdue redesign and a change of name

CES 2018 | ThinkPad X280 & ThinkPad X380 Yoga: A long overdue redesign and a change of name

The development of the ThinkPad X series in the last years wasn´t very revolutionary, but the new ThinkPad X280 announced today represents a big jump forward. Additionally, the ThinkPad Yoga series is being integrated into the X series.
3DMark entries for new laptops with the Intel-AMD MCM. (Source: TUM_APISAK/Imgur)

HP Spectre x360 spotted with new Intel-AMD Core i7-8705G, Asus and Dell could join in as well

A new HP Spectre x360 model has surfaced on 3DMark that features the Intel-AMD MCM. Specifically, the notebook seems to use a Core i7-8705G with Vega M GL graphics.
Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB (i7-8550U, SSD, FHD) Convertible Review

87% Lenovo Yoga 720-13IKB (i7-8550U, SSD, FHD) Convertible Review

Chic. With the Yoga 720-13IKB, Lenovo delivers a chic 13.3-inch convertible that shines with a great keyboard, a fast NVMe SSD and good battery life. The touchscreen can be used both with the fingers and the included stylus. The quad-core processor can utilize its Turbo boost only for a very short while.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
The Samsung 'Nautilus' could have a similar form factor to its Galaxy Book. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung prepping Chrome OS tablet

Samsung is said to be prepping a Chrome OS tablet codenamed 'Nautilus.' The device would be the first of its kind for the company and sit alongside its Chrome OS stablemates the Chromebook Plus and the Chromebook Pro.
References to device '88208020' popup in the Microsoft Store. (Source: Windows Central)

Project Andromeda app listing spotted in the Microsoft Store

A listing on the Microsoft Store could give further impetus to the fact that Microsoft could be testing app development on an unknown platform, currently designated '8828080'. Interestingly, the number also refers to Microsoft's telephone in Redmond.
Google Pixelbook hybrid still available, Pixel C now out of the picture

Google buries the Pixel C tablet, the Pixelbook is now alone

The two-year-old Pixel C is still an impressive piece of hardware, but Google has finally decided to stop selling it. However, the Pixel C magnetic keyboard is still available, and it retails for just US$99 (US$149 MSRP).
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 included in supposedly leaked list of anticipated CES reveals (Image source: LaptopMag)

CES 2018 | Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 included in supposedly leaked list of anticipated CES reveals

Expect to hear more than a dozen new laptops and convertibles from the biggest PC manufacturers in the world in less than two weeks if these rumors prove to be true.
Top 10 bezel-less laptops for Late 2017

Top 10 bezel-less laptops for Late 2017

More content, less bezel. 2017 has been the year of not just hardware advancements, but aesthetics as well. Laptops that could offer more immersive experiences due to narrow bezels were suddenly being preferred over conventional designs. In this article, we will take a look at some of the laptops that have managed to lure buyers by virtue of their nearly bezel-less displays.
The 'Surface Phone' is rumored to be foldable device like the Microsoft Courier. (Source: All About Windows Phone)

Microsoft India chief keeps the possibility of a 'Surface Phone' open

In an interview to Digit, Microsoft India President, Anant Maheswari, did not deny the existence of a Surface Phone but also did not reply in the affirmative. He also touched upon some points about the broader availability of Microsoft products and services in the Indian market.
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2 (i7-7600U, FHD Sure View) Convertible Review

89% HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2 (i7-7600U, FHD Sure View) Convertible Review

Spectre Elite. The EliteBook 1020 G2 is a great example of the merging between sleek consumer designs and feature-heavy business configurations. It's inarguably faster and thinner than the 1020 G1, but not without some cutbacks that longtime EliteBook owners may lament.
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.5" | 1.1 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 (i5-7200U, QHD) Convertible Review

80% Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 (i5-7200U, QHD) Convertible Review

Robust. Panasonic's Toughbook is well-protected against dust, liquids, and falls. In addition to a robust case, the 12-inch detachable offers powerful hardware and many connections. The battery life is good.
Intel Core i5-7300U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12" | 2.8 kg
Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) ultrabook (Source: Samsung)

CES 2018 | Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) now official

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen with the built-in S Pen and the two Notebook 9 (2018) models without a bundled stylus come with 8th generation Intel Core processors and should hit South Korea later this month. These new ultrabooks will be shown at CES 2018 and are scheduled to go on sale in the US in the first quarter of 2018.
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Asus NovaGo Windows Laptop with Snapdragon 835

Asus NovaGo Windows Laptop with Snapdragon 835 Review: Repetition of the Netbook Dilemma?

Top or flop? What has been in the making for a while seems to have become a reality now. Smartphone and laptop technology merge and become one. By now, the first benchmarks for the Snapdragon 835 installed in an Asus NovaGo Windows laptop are available. Here is a first detailed benchmark analysis.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998) | Qualcomm Adreno 540 |
The ultimate FAQ on Always Connected notebooks with Windows 10 and Snapdragon 835

The ultimate FAQ: Answers on Always Connected PCs with Snapdragon chip and Windows 10 on ARM

Since last week it has become clear: The rigid Microsoft-Intel partnership is crumbling, and with its ARM processors, Qualcomm will become part of the laptop market in the future. The first notebooks with Snapdragon 835 will come out at the beginning of 2018, promising a long battery life and Always Connected LTE connections to the net. However, many detailed questions still remained unanswered. Here we are providing the ultimate FAQ on frequent questions around Always Connected PCs and the modern ARM variant of Windows 10.
Intel 'Gemini Lake' Pentium Silver and Celeron are now official. (Source: Intel)

Intel 'Gemini Lake' Pentium Silver and Celeron CPUs now official, come with support for Gigabit WiFi

Intel has officially announced the launch of 'Gemini Lake' CPUs in Pentium Silver and Celeron variants. 'Gemini Lake' succeeds 'Apollo Lake' and comes with support for Gigabit WiFi, Adaptive Contrast Enhancement, and improved graphics capabilities.
Pre-installed keylogger found in 460 HP laptop models in December 2017 (Source: Dash Force News)

More than 460 HP laptop models come with a pre-installed keylogger

Although this is not the first time it happens this year, HP has been caught red-handed once again. This time, the keylogger has been found in the Synaptics touchpad driver that ships with more than 460 HP notebook models.
Lenovo Miix 520 (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review

82% Lenovo Miix 520 (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review

The Surface Pro alternative. Faster than the fastest Surface Pro and cheaper as well, the Lenovo tablet returns with Kaby Lake-R to boost the Miix family back on top.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 12.2" | 1.2 kg
The Asus NovaGo SD835-powered covertible. (Source: Ultrabookreview)

First benchmarks of the Asus NovaGo TP370QL — the Snapdragon-powered Windows notebook

The Asus NovaGo is one of the first notebooks to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Initial impressions of the notebook seem to be positive but performance numbers seem to be behind even low-end x86 CPUs.
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN (i7-8550U, GTX 1050, 8 GB) Convertible Review

82% Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN (i7-8550U, GTX 1050, 8 GB) Convertible Review

More than just a convertible! Above all else, the Acer Spin 5 is a 15-inch convertible. However excitement is aplenty, because Intel’s latest Core i7-8550U and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 are what we have under the hood here. Whether this convertible laptop can function as a gaming notebook you shall learn in this extensive review.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Lenovo Yoga 520-14IKB (i5-7200U, 256 GB SSD) Laptop Review

81% Lenovo Yoga 520-14IKB (i5-7200U, 256 GB SSD) Laptop Review

Weak chest. While the new Intel processors represent the biggest performance boost in years, the Lenovo Yoga 520-14IKB is still equipped with older Kaby Lake processors. You can find out in this extensive test, why the convertible did not receive our final recommendation.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.7 kg
The Asus NovaGo promises more than 20 hours battery life. (Source: Qualcomm)

Updated | Asus announces the NovaGo convertible — the first Windows-on-Snapdragon device with all day long battery life

Asus has announced the NovaGo convertible — the world's first Gigabit LTE laptop powered by the Snapdragon 835 running full Windows 10. The notebook promises always-on connectivity and purportedly offers more than 20 hours of battery life.
AMD will soon launch Ryzen SoCs with integrated LTE modems. (Source: Qualcomm)

Always-on LTE connectivity coming soon to a Ryzen-powered laptop near you

AMD announced its partnership with Qualcomm to integrate the latter's X16 LTE modem on Ryzen APUs, thereby, bringing always-on LTE connectivity to high-performance notebooks.
The HP Envy x2 promises fast LTE and 20 hours of battery life. (Source: Qualcomm)

The Envy x2 is HP's idea of a detachable notebook with always-on connectivity

HP has taken wraps of the Envy x2, a detachable notebook powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. The Envy x2 sports a premium finish and comes with the promise of Gigabit LTE and 20 hours of battery life.
Upcoming CoreBook detachable is Chuwi's answer to the Surface Pro series (Source: Chuwi)

Upcoming CoreBook 2-in-1 is Chuwi's answer to the Surface Pro series

Update: The crowd-funded CoreBook has almost reached its $100K stretch goal with almost a month left to go. Details regarding connectivity options, battery life, price, and availability are still under wraps as the device has not yet entered production.
Image: Eve

Eve V flash sale going on now

Eve, the maker of the less expensive Surface Pro alternative Eve V, is offering the device in a flash sale open to the public today. Stock is limited, so head over to Eve's site if you want to secure a V of your own.
Microsoft Surface Pro LTE Edition now shipping to corporate customers (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Surface Pro LTE Edition now shipping to corporate customers

Prices will purportedly start at $1150 USD for the i5/128 GB SKU or $1450 for the i5/256 GB SKU with the Gigabit Snapdragon X16 modem.
HP Envy x360 15 (Ryzen 5 2500U, Radeon Vega 8) Laptop Review

77% HP Envy x360 15 (Ryzen 5 2500U, Radeon Vega 8) Laptop Review

A very rough gem. The performance-per-Dollar is easily the highlight of HP's first notebook centered around AMD's Raven Ridge platform. It's too bad that the software is still a buggy mess.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620) Convertible Laptop Review

84% Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620) Convertible Laptop Review

Just a compromise, again and again. Asus' Transformer 4 Pro is a product of the company's regular practice of keeping their models up-to-date. The convertible laptop is now available with a choice from various Kaby Lake processors and up to 16 GB of RAM. Those who have a penchant for high-performance tablets will not find our test device lacking in attractive features. For anyone looking for an alternative to a simple laptop, it is worth a look. In everyday use, it was not so much the hardware and connections that vexed us – but rather the little defects we encountered during our testing process.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.6" | 1.1 kg
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13.5", i7, GTX 1050) Convertible Review

87% Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13.5", i7, GTX 1050) Convertible Review

Powerhouse performance? According to Microsoft the new Surface Book 2 combines the best of two worlds and is also the most powerful Surface device yet. The specifications look promising, thanks to the new Kaby Lake-R processor and Nvidia's Pascal GPU. Our in-depth review reveals some shortcomings – some can easily be bypassed, but others are just incomprehensible in this price range.
Intel Core i7-8650U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 13.5" | 1.6 kg
PC market expected to drop 2.7 percent by year's end (Source: IDC)

PC market expected to drop 2.7 percent by year's end

Laptops will rise to make up over 40 percent of the PC market in the next five years at the expense of desktops and traditional slate tablets.
Asus VivoBook Flip 15 TP501UQ (i5-7200U, 940MX, FHD) Convertible Review

80% Asus VivoBook Flip 15 TP501UQ (i5-7200U, 940MX, FHD) Convertible Review

Multi-functional. The VivoBook Flip 15 comes with a variety of features, but it also comes with some small flaws. The screen with a 360-degree hinge offers several modes of use.
Intel Core i5-7200U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Laptop Review

84% Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Laptop Review

A success. The Spin 5 has a lot to offer, including a fast SSD, a backlit keyboard and a powerful quad-core ULV processor. The laptop offers a good battery life to boot. The battery can be charged via the USB Type-C port. The touchscreen can be operated with fingers or with an Acer stylus (available separately).
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
The 10 Best Ultraportables for Late 2017

The 10 Best Ultraportables for Late 2017

Big power, small package. Looking for a new ultraportable notebook or laptop this holiday season? We've compiled a list of the best thin-and-light devices we've reviewed this year to help in your purchasing and gifting decisions.
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP410UA (i5-7200U, FHD) Convertible Review

82% Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP410UA (i5-7200U, FHD) Convertible Review

Not without flaws. The VivoBook Flip 14 comes with a bright, contrasty IPS display, a fast SSD and a backlit keyboard. The device also offers support for the separately available input devices from Asus. However, with a price tag of some 900 Euros (~$1073), the device does not represent a bargain buy.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.6 kg
Eve V Convertible Review

86% Eve V (m3, i5, i7) Convertible Review

From the crowd to the people. It has been about a year since the Eve V project made waves on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform. The financial goal was achieved within a record time and finally even exceeded by more than 1800%. Now the time has come for the devices to be ready for shipment to the supporters and to be available for interested buyers. We have already tested the device and are comparing all three CPU models available for the Eve V.
Intel Core i5-7Y54 | Intel HD Graphics 615 | 12.3" | 1.4 kg
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100 (i7-8550U, MX150) Convertible Review

88% HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100 (i7-8550U, MX150) Convertible Review

Quiet refresh. HP's large Spectre 2-in-1, the Spectre x360 15t, now comes with eighth-generation quad-core i7 processor, refreshed Nvidia graphics and a faster SSD. The striking aluminum chassis remains unchanged. How the updated hardware components affect the performance, temperature, fan noise and the battery life is the the subject of our review update.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030) | 15.6" | 2 kg

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