Showing posts with label laptops. Show all posts
Showing posts with label laptops. Show all posts

6.10.2022

Bloomberg: Apple will introduce a 15-inch MacBook Air and a new 12-inch MacBook next year

Bloomberg: Apple will introduce a 15-inch MacBook Air and a new 12-inch MacBook next year

Bloomberg: Apple will introduce a 15-inch MacBook Air and a new 12-inch MacBook next year

Apple may expand its laptop range next year with models with new processors of its own design.
According to Bloomberg, citing its own industry sources, the company is working on MacBook Air with a 15-inch display, the model will be introduced next spring.MacBook Air with Apple M2 // Image source: AppleThis will be the first model with a display of this size in the 14-year history of the series.
In addition, according to the same sources, the company is also developing a 12-inch compact laptop.
The new products will be part of Apple's strategy to use its own processors to gain market share, which is dominated by Lenovo and HP.
Apple ended its partnership with longtime partner Intel in 2020, followed by the Apple M1 processor series, and earlier this week introduced the latest M2 processor.The new 15-inch MacBook Air will actually be a larger version of the 13.6-inch MacBook Air announced by Apple this week.
The variant is thinner than earlier models, uses the M2 chipset and gets rid of the previous bezel design.
This is expected to be the biggest redesign of the MacBook Air concept since the series premiered in 2008.
That said, for now, sales delays due to supply chain disruptions have been seen even with the 13.6-inch variants.
They won't retail until July at the earliest.Additionally, we know that Apple has started developing a 12-inch laptop and is considering a release in late 2023 or early 2024.
It will be the smallest model since Apple discontinued the 12-inch MacBook in 2019.With the last 12-inch variant, Apple debuted in 2015, but the device was often criticized by users and experts for keyboard problems and poor performance.
It's unclear what class of performance the new version will belong to.
It is possible that it will join the MacBook Pro series.
Apple's new Mac processors are based on the same architecture as the chipsets for the iPhone and iPad and provide high performance while taking up little space.It is reported that Apple is also planning to release new MacBook Pro with powerful M2 Pro and M2 Max processors as early as the end of 2022 or early 2023.
These 14- and 16-inch laptops, codenamed J414 and J416, aside from faster processors, will differ little from the current models in the series.
Next month Apple will start selling the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the same M2 chipset as the MacBook Air.The M2 Max platform for the next-generation MacBook Pro will offer 12 processor cores and up to 38 GPU cores, the current models use variants with 10 and 32 cores respectively.
It is known that in the bowels of Apple are also testing new versions of the Mac mini and Mac Pro.
In addition, work on the M3 chipset for iMac and other products is already underway.Mac sales skyrocket with the introduction of their own chipsets // Image source: BloombergThe rejection of Intel solutions has brought Apple success - income from the sale of Mac versions has increased significantly.
During the fiscal second quarter, revenue from the respective segment totaled $10.4 billion, nearly double what it was in the second quarter of 2020, before Apple and Intel ended their partnership.Next year, a larger version of the iPad Pro is also planned for release.
The new model will take full advantage of the multitasking capabilities of iPadOS 16.
Later this year, the company intends to introduce new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

6.09.2022

IDC analysts believe that the PC market will shrink by at least 8.2% this year

IDC analysts believe that the PC market will shrink by at least 8.2% this year

IDC analysts believe that the PC market will shrink by at least 8.2% this year

The moderate optimism of major off-the-shelf PC manufacturers, who cited the potential to upgrade their commercial PC fleets this year, was not transmitted to IDC specialists, who claim that the growth period at year-end will be replaced by an 8.2% drop in shipments.
Moreover, even this figure may be too optimistic, and therefore closer to the end of the year may be subject to adjustment.Image source: Pixabay, StoksparThe IDC forecasts that this year the industry will not be able to deliver more than 321.2 million personal computers and not more than 158 million tablets.
This is 8.2 percent and 6.2 percent less than the previous year's results.
The high-base effect, which was shaped by strong demand for PCs at the height of the pandemic, is only partly to blame for this year's negative market dynamics.
Continued component supply disruptions, the effects of lockdowns in China, inflation, and the impact of the geopolitical crisis on Europe's eastern frontiers will all contribute to lower demand for PCs and tablets this year.
The Chinese market is not only important in itself because of its size, this country produces 95% of computer equipment, so the events in the region have a strong impact on the entire industry.In the short term, even high demand for PCs in the corporate segment will not help to offset the drop in demand in the consumer and educational sector.
However, the volume of PC shipments by the end of the year will still be higher than before the pandemic.
The sharp decline in shipments this year will result in a negative supply growth rate from 2021 to 2026 in compound percentages: the annual decline will be measured at 0.6% for the PC market and 2.0% for the tablet market.
In the latter case, the situation will be exacerbated by competition from smartphones and PCs, which will cause a decline in the popularity of tablets as such.In the medium term, according to IDC, demand for PCs will be driven by Microsoft's decision to stop supporting Windows 10 in 2024.
Usually such actions of the software giant provoke an increase in demand for new computers in the corporate sector.
Hybrid forms of work will also provide the PC market with stable demand, but inflation and other unfavorable macroeconomic factors will lead to an increase in the life cycle of computers, and upgrading the fleet will be less frequent.

Intel Arc A730M was defeated by mobile GeForce RTX 3060 in first gaming tests

Intel Arc A730M was defeated by mobile GeForce RTX 3060 in first gaming tests

Intel Arc A730M was defeated by mobile GeForce RTX 3060 in first gaming tests

First reviews of Intel Arc A730M mobile graphics gas pedal started to appear in Chinese media.
The card was tested as part of the Machenike Discovery Edition 2022 notebook, which was reported earlier.
At the moment this is the only laptop on the market, offering this gas pedal.Image source: IntelSince Intel previously released a fresh version of the graphics driver Arc Graphics Driver 30.0.101.1735, which has been added to the official support for graphics cards Arc A730M, it is possible to compare the results of the card with the new and old versions of the driver.
Machenike Discovery Edition 2022.
Source images here and below: IT-Home Chinese insider Golden Pig Upgrade has published a short video showing the performance of the Arc A730M and GeForce RTX 3060 mobile gas pedals.
A full review of the Arc A730M laptop was published by IT-Home.
True, the latter conducted tests of the gas pedal on an old driver version 30.0.101.1726, so the performance in games from two sources may be different.
However, the synthetic tests generally showed the same results in both cases.
The Intel card retained the lead.
VideoCardz has compiled Arc A730M test data from two sources into one table.
Source image: VideoCardzThe Arc A730M was faster than the GeForce RTX 3060 in 3DMark synthetic tests.
However, in terms of gaming performance Intel's solution yielded in almost all cases, and significantly.
The card was tested in eight games.
And only in one of them, Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition, it was 6.2 % faster than GeForce model.3DMark tests A730M-FireStrike_videocardz.jpg See all images (4) A730M-FireStrike-Extreme_videocardz.
jpg A730M-TimeSpy_videocardz.jpg A730M-TimeSpy-Extreme_videocardz.jpg See all images (4) The most significant difference in graphics card performance was observed in Boundary and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
In the first game the Arc A730M showed an average of 20 frames per second, and in the second game the average frame rate was 135.
In turn, mobile GeForce RTX 3060 shows 70 fps in the first game, and 404 in the second one.Gaming tests of Intel Arc A730M ARC-A730M-BOUNDARY_videocardz.jpg See all pictures (6) ARC-A730M-CIV6_videocardz.jpg ARC-A730M-GEARS-OF-WAR5_videocardz.
jpg ARC-A730M-HITMAN2_videocardz.jpg ARC-A730M-METRO-EXODUS_videocardz.jpg ARC-A730M-TOTAL-WAR_videocardz.jpg See all images (6) A summary chart of the relative performance of the Arc A730M and GeForce RTX 3060 was provided by Twitter user Redfire.
You can check it out below.
The difference in performance of the graphics cards.
Image source: Twitter / @Redfire75369 Image source: Twitter / @Redfire75369The GeForce RTX 3060 card was tested with an Intel Core i7-12700H-based laptop.
The same processor is installed in the Machenike Discovery Edition 2022 laptop.

5.20.2022

HP upgraded HP Spectre x360 laptops with Alder Lake processors and Intel Arc Alchemist graphics

HP upgraded HP Spectre x360 laptops with Alder Lake processors and Intel Arc Alchemist graphics

HP upgraded HP Spectre x360 laptops with Alder Lake processors and Intel Arc Alchemist graphics

HP has upgraded the 13.5- and 16-inch HP Spectre x360 laptop models with Alder Lake-P and Alder Lake-H processors.
The devices offer up to 32GB of RAM and solid-state drives up to 2TB.Image source: HPThe updated Spectre models have an attractive design, as well as offering nice bonuses like four speakers and an OLED display as an option, as befits a premium notebook series.
However, against the background of the predecessor 13.5-inch updated model stands out the new screen aspect ratio 3:2.The company offers for this model to choose from two display options.
This can be an IPS matrix with a resolution of 1920 × 1280 pixels, or a touch OLED display with a resolution of 3000 × 2000 pixels.
In both cases, the screen takes up 90.1 percent of the device's usable front panel area.HP has equipped the 13.5-inch Spectre x360 with an infrared 5-megapixel camera that improves image quality in low light, allowing the caller to see the user better during a video call.
In addition, the camera supports auto-framing (keeps the user in the frame when they move), automatic backlight adjustment, image noise reduction with AI algorithms, and a dynamic audio enhancement function.
The camera is covered by a curtain for safety.Prices for the updated 13.5-inch HP Spectre x360 start at $1250 for the version powered by a 10-core Intel Core i5-1235U up to 4.4GHz, equipped with 8GB of LPDDR4X-4266 RAM and a 512GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe solid-state drive.
There's also a choice of a 10-core Core i7-1255U up to 4.7GHz, up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage.
No discrete graphics card is provided.
RAM laptop soldered directly on the motherboard.
So if you choose the configuration with 8 GB of RAM you should think about it carefully or you may add money for choosing the version with 16 or 32 GB RAM.
External interfaces are presented by two Thunderbolt 4.0 ports (USB Type-C), one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 3.5mm audio combo jack and microSD card reader.
The Spectre laptops come with the HP Tilt Pen, an electronic pen that supports multiple degrees of pressure via Microsoft Pen Protocol 2.0.
Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 wireless support, a fingerprint scanner and a 65W USB Type-C charger are also claimed.
The laptop's 66-watt-hour battery charges from zero to 50 percent in 45 minutes.The updated 13.5-inch HP Spectre x360 is assembled in a metal case made of recycled aluminum.
The keyboard keycaps on the device are made of recycled plastic.
The notebook measures 297.94 × 220.47 × 17.02 mm and weighs 1.37 kg.The larger 16-inch updated HP Spectre x360 offers a choice of Alder Lake-H processors, up to the 14-core Intel Core i7-12700H with up to 4.7 GHz.
An Intel Arc A370M discrete graphics gas pedal is optional here.
The graphics card has eight Xe cores and eight ray tracing blocks, and has received 4GB of GDDR6 memory with a 64-bit bus.A choice of IPS panel with a resolution of 3072 × 1920 pixels and an OLED display with a resolution of 3840 × 2400 dots is available.
The aspect ratio of the screens is 16:10.
The older version of the HP Spectre x360 is equipped with an 83-watt-hour battery.The dimensions of the 16-inch version of the laptop are 357.89 × 245.36 × 19.81 mm.
The weight is 2.02 kg.
The novelty is already available for sale at a price of $ 1,650 in the U.S.

5.18.2022

ASUS introduced the ROG Strix Scar 17 SE and ROG Flow X16 gaming laptops powered by Alder Lake-HX and Ryzen 6000

ASUS introduced the ROG Strix Scar 17 SE and ROG Flow X16 gaming laptops powered by Alder Lake-HX and Ryzen 6000

ASUS introduced the ROG Strix Scar 17 SE and ROG Flow X16 gaming laptops powered by Alder Lake-HX and Ryzen 6000

ASUS has introduced two new Republic of Gamers (ROG) branded gaming laptops - ROG Strix Scar 17 SE and ROG Flow X16.
The first offers as a basis Intel Core processors of 12th generation Alder Lake-HX series, the second is based on the latest AMD Ryzen 6000 chips with Zen 3+ architecture.
Both laptops are equipped with GeForce RTX 30-series graphics gas pedals.Image source: ASUS The ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 SE laptop is ready to offer up to the flagship 16-core Core i9-12900HX.
It features 8 high-performance and 8 power-efficient cores.
The maximum power consumption of the processor itself is 157 watts (the nominal TDP is 55 watts).
The laptop can also be equipped with 64GB of DDR5-4800 RAM and two 2TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs, working in RAID0 mode, which will provide sequential read speeds of up to 14,000 MB/s.
The ROG Strix Scar 17 SEThe discrete GeForce RTX 3080 Ti mobile GPU with a TDP of 175W is responsible for the graphics processing here.
The notebook cooling system uses an evaporation chamber.
And as a thermal interface here is used liquid metal Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut.
ASUS claims high CO efficiency and temperatures 15 degrees Celsius lower than those of more traditional solutions.The laptop has a 17-inch display, offered in two versions.
It could be a Full HD IPS panel with a refresh rate of 360 Hz, or a QHD IPS panel with a refresh rate of 240 Hz.
Both displays have a 3ms response time, a maximum brightness rating of 300 cd/m2, 100 percent DCI-P3 color space coverage, and also offer support for Dolby Vision HDR and Adaptive Sync.
ROG Strix Scar 17 SEThe laptop's external interface set consists of one USB 3.2 Gen 2, one Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type-C), two USB 3.2 Gen 1, one HDMI 2.1 and one 2.5 Gigabit network adapter.
Of course, there is also support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 6E wireless standards.
It can be charged via USB Type-C with 100W power and runs on a 90Wh battery when in standalone mode.
A 330-watt power supply is included.
The battery charges up to 50% in 30 minutes.
ROG Strix Flow X16The new ROG Strix Flow X16 has a less traditional form factor.
The new notebook's screen expands 360 degrees, allowing you to use the notebook as a very powerful tablet.
In the maximum configuration, the laptop is ready to offer as the basis of an 8-core and 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS with a TDP rating of 35W.
Like the ROG Scar 17 SE model, the novelty can be equipped with up to 64GB of DDR5-4800 standard RAM.
However, there is only one M.2 PCIe 4.0 slot available for NVMe SSDs up to 2TB.As a graphics subsystem, the ROG Strix Flow X16 can offer GeForce RTX 3070 Ti with up to 100W TDP.
However, the company does not specify whether we are talking about a graphics card built directly into the laptop itself or the gas pedal is offered as part of the external dock XG Mobile.
ROG Strix Flow X16The notebook has a 16-inch 16:10 aspect ratio touchscreen with electronic pen support.
The curious thing about it is that it uses Mini LED backlighting with 512 local dimming zones.
In addition, the panel is DisplayHDR 1000 certified, has a maximum brightness of 1100 cd/m2, offers 100 percent DCI-P3 color space coverage, QHD resolution support and 165 Hz refresh rate.
There's also USB 4, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, one HDMI 2.0b, a proprietary connector for the ROG XG Mobile docking station and a microSD card reader.
The laptop is equipped with a 90Wh battery with support for 100W fast charging via USB Type-C.
The process of charging the battery to 50% takes 30 minutes.The starting price of the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 SE laptop model is $3500.
ROG Strix Flow X16 model will be offered from $1950.
About the timing of availability of new products manufacturer did not say anything.