Ultra Mobile Reporting Kit #13 – Unlucky for some.

Posted on 17 September 2014

It had to happen on #13 right? On my recent 14-day tour of IFA and IDF (Berlin, San Francisco) I prepared myself with four devices. One Windows laptop. One Chromebook. One smartphone and one featurephone. What I didn’t plan for was a total failure of the main Windows laptop. Chromebooks don’t work as a fallback laptop. Everything had gone very smoothly with my Haswell-based Ultrabook. The platform has great battery […]

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Dell Venue 8 7000 3D photography video

Posted on 10 September 2014

Mobilegeeks got the best video of the Dell Venue 8 7000 at the Intel Developer Conference today. (This Android tablet launched earlier today, here’s my coverage.)   A reminder of the specs. 2K resolution screen (Ultra HD( Edge to Edge screen. 8.4 inch screen 6mm thin. 2GB RAM MicroSD 16GB SSD Realsense ‘snapshot’ capability Early November availability I’ll write no more. Please just watch the video.  

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Dell Venue 8 7000 Tablet with Realsense launches at IDF14

Posted on 09 September 2014

From the Intel press release. Michael Dell and Krzanich previewed an upcoming Dell tablet with first-of-its-kind photo capabilities. The new Dell Venue 8 7000 Series with Intel® RealSense™ snapshot is the world’s thinnest tablet and will be available in time for the holiday season. Intel RealSense snapshot is an enhanced photography solution that creates a high-definition depth map to enable measurement, refocus and selective filters with a touch of a […]

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IDF 2014 Keynote Notes (Mobile computing)

Posted on 09 September 2014

The Intel IDF 2014 keynote is about to start. Core M, Realsense, Perceptual Computing, 2-in-1 are keywords I’m expecting to hear a lot over the next hour and I’ll be noting significant announcements here on this ‘live notepad’ as I go along. Refresh to update on mobile technology announcements. Above: Core M laptops and 2-in-1’s, probably the same as we saw at IFA.


Toshiba’s new 11.6-inch Windows Laptop + Hybrid. Videos, photo-set.

Posted on 06 September 2014

Toshiba have just launched two low-cost 11.6-inch Windows laptops that hit the same price brackets as their new Chromebook 2 which tells us one thing – no-one really knows how the $200-$300 Windows vs Chromebook market is going to play-out. Do they have overlapping audiences or are they well separated? The Toshiba Satellite CL 10-B is obviously targeted at this market with a specification list that only differs from  Chromebooks […]

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8 Intel Core-M laptops just got announced. (Intel IFA 2014 keynote update)

Posted on 05 September 2014

Intel just announced, or rather, just launched Core M. 8 products were highlighted.   On the slide: Acer Aspire Switch 12, ASUS Transformer Book T300FA, HP Envy x2, ASUS Transformer T300 Chi, Lenovo Thinkpad Helix 2, ASUS Zenbook UX305, Wistron N-Midas. Update: I had seconds to get pics of the 8 Core M laptops before they were pulled off the stage. Can you match the devices to the product names?! […]

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Alpentab – The Windows tablet made from wood

Posted on 05 September 2014

Hand-made using walnut and oak the Alpentab is quite the unique product. Alpenelectronics, an Austrian company, is taking local wood and crafting cases for an OED Windows 10-inch tablet. The result is expensive, but special. I got some hands-on at an IFA event yesterday, spoke to the creators and found out that they’ll be making a Core i5 edition alongside the Atom Z3000-series that I saw. In addition, Alpentab will be […]

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ASUS EeeBook X205. Sub 1KG Windows laptop for €199. Hands-on.

Posted on 03 September 2014

ASUS has just launched the EeeBook X205, a n 11.6-inch Windows laptop featuring ‘long’ battery life and a full-size keyboard for just €199. It weighs just 980 grams. Running the Baytrail platform (Z3000-series as seen in the cheap tablets) it’s undercutting even ASUS’ own cheap Chromebook, the C200. In the model I got hands-on with there was only 1GB of RAM. ASUS specifications show 2GB RAM. I hope it’s the […]

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Chromebooks took a hike. Find them at Chromebookworld

Posted on 25 August 2014

After increasing my coverage on the interesting Chromebook sector recently I didn’t feel happy with it in the UMPCPortal timeline. You’ll now find my Chromebook coverage at Chromebookworld.com.


Microsoft’s 8 Reasons to choose Windows Laptops instead of Chromebooks

Posted on 21 August 2014

Microsoft and Google are now head to head in the $250 laptop market and it’s going to be one big fight. Chromebooks and the Google ecosystem vs low-cost Windows laptops and the Microsoft ecosystem.  I have my opinion on which option is better (tip: there’s no best laptop, just a best laptop for you) and many of you have solid opinions too but what do Microsoft say? On their Windows […]

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Acer Aspire ES1 Windows laptop will compete against cheap Chromebooks

Posted on 20 August 2014

I briefly mentioned the Acer Aspire ES1 in an article about the Acer Chromebook 13 last week but I think it’s worth taking a closer look at it now because this could be the next $199 Windows laptop. Given the specifications it also hints at a widening of the free Windows OS offer from Microsoft.

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Lenovo N20p is 2-in-1, touch-capable and a step towards an exciting consumer Chromebook

Posted on 18 August 2014

Rounding-off a series of Chromebook updates here on UMPCPortal are my thoughts on the Lenovo N20p Chromebook which is built around a design I tested recently in the Lenovo Flex 10. In my opinion it adds a lot of value to a laptop and is actually more suited to a laptops design than a ‘yoga’ style tablet-capable design. Like the Flex 10 the N20P has a 270-degree fold-back ‘stand mode’ […]

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