Archive | February, 2012

Ultrabooks feature in the Intel ‘Compute Continuum’ at MWC

Posted on 29 February 2012

I’m at the Mobile World Congress  in Spain this week and although I’ve been covering a lot of phone and tablet news (over at Carrypad.com) I’ve also been keeping an eye open for Ultrabook news. I didn’t have to look far because when Intel talks about one silicon product, it’s now inextricably linked with the others via the ‘Compute Continuum’ which isn’t just a keynote dream any more, it’s a […]

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Intel Atom Z2580 Launched – Dual Core for High-End Smartphones and Tablets

Posted on 27 February 2012

At a Intel press event, still going on as I write, Intel has just announced that Z2580 that we tipped earlier today. It’s a dual-core version of the current Intel smartphone platform which is capable of running Android x86 and other x86 software. …the  Atomâ„¢ Z2580 processor that doubles the performance of the Atom processor Z2460, and features an advanced multimode LTE/3G/2G solution. Intel will sample the Z2580 in the […]

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ASUS Padfone 2012. Hands-on with Phone, Dock and James Bond Pen!

Posted on 27 February 2012

  The Padfone has developed somewhat since we saw the magic at Computex 2011. We’re  now looking at the docking station (with 18Wh battery) and a cool little Bluetooth pen that acts as a headset.

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Mirasol Transflective Displays. Faster, Brighter, Touch-Enabled. (Product Update Video)

Posted on 27 February 2012

Qualcomm gave us an update on Mirasol this morning. If you remember, Mirasol is a daylight-readable (transflective) display technology with color. The screen refresh rate and colour depth isn’t that good for video and photo experiences but for reading, it’s getting better every time I see it. Power-saving, daylight readable and now with touch and sidelight. Here’s an video in which I give you an update about timescales for mass […]

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Glasses Free 1080p 3D on Qualcomm Tablet

Posted on 27 February 2012

If there’s one place glasses-free 3D might work while it requires relatively direct-on viewing angles, it’s tablets. This 1080p demo from Qualcomm and Master Image 3D is a great example of it working well. Of course you won’t see it in this video but the effect was good. There were a few angles where the 3D effect wasn’t working so well but even off-centre, the effect was good. In a […]

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Intel Smartphone Demo – Opera 12, Asphalt 6 (Video)

Posted on 27 February 2012

We had time to get some more hands-on with the Intel Smartphone reference design here at MWC this morning. It feels powerful! Apart from an Intel-optimised build of Opera, Gameloft have also been porting over to the Intel platform. It’s worth noting that applications that don’t use any NDK, will run on the Intel Android platform without any modification. There’s an ARM-NDK emulation layer in there too so even some […]

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Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 – Quad Core Krait Demo

Posted on 27 February 2012

6Ghz of Krait CPU in one platform! We just had a demo, the first, of Qualcomm’s next generation Snapdragon platform, the APQ 8064 which contains four Krait Cores running up to 1.5Ghz. There’s a new graphics module coming too and that’s based around an Adreno 320.

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Intel Dual-Core Clover Trail for Phones, Tablets (And Win 8) Due Today

Posted on 27 February 2012

Very quickly before we go to the next meeting I want to relay some reliable information I’ve had this morning about Intel’s next generation phone and tablet platform. Clover Trail (and CloverTrail +) is likely to be launched today. The platform is Dual Core (that’s likely to be 2×1.6Ghz for Win 8 and Android Tablets) and there will be a version for smartphones. Z2580 is the name of the platform. […]

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At MWC 2012 I’m Expecting ‘Crossover’

Posted on 25 February 2012

I’m heading to Barcelona today to attend Mobile World Congress where I expect to be bombarded with phone, smartphone, tablet, app, operating systems and telecom news but this year I’m going with a specific focus. I’ll be looking for more evidence of crossover from the traditional mobile world – platforms, operating systems and software – into the world of general computing. Intel have kindly invited me along to take a […]

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ASUS Optimistic about Zenbook Ultrabooks, New Models in May

Posted on 25 February 2012

Following our report that ASUS will be updating the UX Zenbook series and are tentatively planning a launch in May we now have an official statement that new ASUS Ultrabooks will indeed come in May. Prices will be attractive too. At an investor conference Executive Officer Jerry Shen said there would be ‘a number’ of new models to cover each price segment with price possible starting at US$699

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Announcing The Ultrathin Laptop Buying Advisor driven by Chippy and Larovo

Posted on 24 February 2012

Over the last 6 years of product blogging I’ve always believed that  professional product blogs should be niche, run by experts and focused on guiding people to solutions rather than just being an open information and advertising platform. It’s the reason I started building a product database just months after launching my first product blog in 2006. That product database has become a great reference, a focal point for external […]

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Lenovo U300e – Another Hybrid HDD Hits the Ultrabook Market

Posted on 23 February 2012

There are rumors and indicators that Ultrabooks are moving more towards hybrid HDDs and the Lenovo U300e is another indicator in that area. The nasty side effect is that the SSD model, the U300s now only seems to be available with a Core i7 and a $1499 price. The U300e is launching with a 500Gb hard drive, Core i5 and 4GB RAM – No change from the original U300s that […]

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