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Top Ultra-Mobile PCs from CES 2015

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CES 2015 turned out to be a surprisingly good show for ultra-mobile PC fans. Broadwell-U was officially launched, Intel announced that Cherry Trail was shipping and we saw two very interesting 9-inch 2-in-1 Windows PCs. There were more Core M-based PCs announced too.

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Lenovo Yoga 3 11. Refined, again.

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The 11-inch Yoga got a significant upgrade when Lenovo launched the Yoga 3 11 this week. It’s a fanless Core M based convertible that now has a Full HD screen, a redesigned casing and hinge, has a power connector that doubles-up as a third USB port and it weighs just 1.1KG (2.4 pounds.) The starting price is $799 which, as we all know, means is will probably sell for a street price of $750 or even $699 with promotions. There’s no backlit keyboard and the battery is relatively small but for a convertible ultralight the Yoga 3 11 has to be high on the list.

Lenovo Yoga 3 11 (Core M, 2015 model)

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Toshiba Satellite Click Mini. Details and Size Comparison.

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Things are hotting-up in the 8.9-inch Windows detachable sector with Toshiba announcing something that’s going to go head-to-head with the ASUS Transformer Book T90 Chi. The Toshiba Satellite Click Mini beats the T90 Chi on some specifications, but not on others.

Toshiba Satellite Click Mini

At 1KG (2.2 pounds) exactly the Toshiba Satellite Click 2 with its docking keyboard isn’t as light as the T90 Chi but there’s a reason for that. The keyboard isn’t just a Bluetooth keyboard but a true docking keyboard with USB port, charging port and battery. Video playback battery life is quoted at 8hrs for the tablet and 16 hours with the dock. This looks like the perfect seat-back companion for international flights. Expect a little less on web browsing but 12+ hours should be possible if the Click Mini falls in line with what we’ve seen on this platform from other products.

A Toshiba Click Mini video playlist is embedded below. Full specifications, images, videos and more in our database.

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Intel Compute Stick – Quad-core Atom PC for $89. Details, Video.

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Intel Compute Stick – Available Spring 2015

This Atom Z3745D-based HDMI dongle is ready to plug into your TV or monitor. It will be pre-installed with Windows 8.1 or Linux and has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, a standard USB port and a micro SD card slot for extra storage. A Micro-USB port is also on board for power supply. Basically it’s a Baytrail-T tablet without the screen, battery and speakers.

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Ultra Mobile Extras – CES 2015 #1

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CES is huge, scary, entertaining, unhealthy and informative all at the same time but I really wish I was there. The advantage of being in the office this year though is that even if it’s 3am I can wade through a ton of feeds to pick out relevant news items. Here are the news items I haven’t blogged in full today, Day 1 of CES 2015.

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Intel CES 2015 Keynote Summary (Images and Notes)

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Photo-story of the Intel CES 2015 keynote. (Including notes)

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Toshiba focuses on Wacom pen with Encore 2 Write Tablets

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Pen-driven tablets; They’ve been a staple of the pro-mobile market for many years for some very good reasons and Toshiba just might have the right idea with their new Encore 2 Write 8 and Write 10 tablets. The new tablets use Wacom technology to address a number of important digitizer features that recent tablets have lacked.

ENCORE2_WRITE10_PEN1 ENCORE2_WRITE8_PEN1

Wacom, pressure sensitivity, responsiveness and hover are critical when it comes to quality digitizer input. The ASUS Vivotab Note 8 had a good go at it but it wasn’t perfect. The Surface Pro tablets do a better job but they’re expensive. At $349 for an 8-inch tablet and $399 for a 10-inch tablet the new Encore 2 Write products are unique, if everything works as it should. Hands-on at CES seem to indicate that it does.

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Lavie Z ultralights with IGZO screens coming to USA via Lenovo

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The NEC LaVie series of Ultrabooks has always led in terms of weight. The latest model, the LaVie GZ was the lightest yet and when I say light I mean as light as an 8-inch tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard. This 13.3-inch Ultrabook weighs just 794 grams. The problem is that it’s only available in Japan. Lenovo and NEC are set to change that with a distribution deal that sees two new LaVie PCs under 1KG heading out of Japan to the USA.

Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550

The Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550 is a 13.3-inch laptop that weighs just  1.72-lbs (780 grams.) The Lenovo LaVie Z HZ750 is a 13-in convertible Yoga-style laptop at just 2.04-lbs (925 grams.)

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Excited about the ASUS T90 Chi? Here’s a thought.

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Is the ASUS Transformer Book T90 Chi more than the sum of it’s parts or is it just a bluetooth keyboard and standard Windows tablet?

ASUS Transformer Book T90 Chi Back

ASUS have created waves with their Transformer Book T90 Chi. Most hands-on reports I’ve read so far are very positive and it appears to be rapidly gaining fans in comment sections across the web. It might be because it’s loosely associated with Intel Core M (only the T300 has core M, the T90 Chi uses that ‘classic’ Baytrail-T platform) or that it looks svelte. It might be because of the price or it might be because it looks like a very cute mini laptop.

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ASUS Transformer Book T90 Chi hands-on shows digitizer, more specs.

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Fresh from the ASUS press conference at CES 2015 is this hands-on video of the Transformer Book T90 Chi. This is the Atom-based (Z3775) 8.9-inch tablet and dock that weighs just 850 grams together and starts at $299.

it looks like a tidy combination and the pen (no stowage) is going to make this a really interesting all-round UMPC. We expect the pen to be an additional cost but even if this comes in at $350 it’s not a bad deal. A 64GB SSD might cost you another $50 so budget $400 if you want the full specs. Soeakign of which we’ve found out a few more. Here’s a full specification set.

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Lenovo Flex 3 11. 360-degrees of touch with Intel Pentium for $399

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The Lenovo Flex 3 11 is now official (it leaked earlier) so we’ve got more information for you. This 3.08 pounds / 1400 gram 360-degree (yes it folds back as a tablet.  Don’t ask me why on a 1.4KG device without a digitizer) convertible will retail with a Pentium CPU inside for $399.

Lenovo Flex 3 11

  • 3 pounds / 1.4 KG
  • 21.8mm thick
  • 11.6-inch 1366×768 screen
  • Up to Intel Pentium Quad Core (Baytrail-M 64-bit unconfirmed)
  • Up to 8GB RAM
  • Upto 64GB eMMC
  • Dolby audio

Availability is said to be May. At $399 it’s more expensive that the HP Stream 11 360 that i’m testing for Notebookcheck.net right now. That’s coming in at 299 Euro which would equate to about $350 in the USA. Expect the street price for the Lenovo Flex 3 11 to be a little less than RRP.

A hands-on video of the three new Flex 3 products is shown below.

ASUS Transformer Book Chi series. Specifications and pricing.

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ASUS Chi pricing  Screenshot asus

ASUS have just launched three devices under the Chi brand. The 12.5-inch T300, 10.1-inch T100 and the 8.9-inch T90.

We’ve seen the T300 Chi before through an accidental hands-on. It will launch with a Full HD display, Core M CPU and 128GB SSD for $699 in February. The ASUS T100 Chi is an Atom-based 2-in-1 much the same as the T100 that already exists. A Full HD screen, a year of Office 365, 2GB RAM and 64GB storage will cost you $399. Finally the T90 Chi is an 8.9-inch tablet and bluetooth keyboard with 1280×768 screen, Intel Atom CPU and a year of Office 365 will start at $299. A 64GB SSD option is available on the T90 Chi.

ASUS Press release here. (We’re updating information below as we get it…)

The Transformer Book T90 is the one that will interest many readers here.

ASUS Transformer Book T90 Chi Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 32-bit
  • 8.9in WXGA 1280 x 800 IPS display
  • Quad-core Intel® Atom™ Z3775 processor
  • 32/64GB eMMC
  • 2GB RAM
  • 241 x 137.5 x 7.5/16.5mm (tablet/docked)
  • 0.40kg (tablet) 0.75kg (docked)
  • 1 year Office 365

At an entry price of $299 there’s practically no reason that an ultra-mobile PC fan won’t want this. It looks great and weighs just 750 grams in total.

ASUS Transformer Book T90 Chi Back

ASUS Transformer Book T90 Chi

The ASUS T100 Chi looks just as sweet though. Total weight is 1.06 KG and the price is just $100 more. People are going to have a hard time deciding between the T90 and T100.

ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi Specifications.

  • Windows 8.1 32-bit
  • 10.1in WUXGA 1920 x 1200 IPS display
  • Quad-core Intel® Atom™ Z3775 processor
  • 32/64GB eMMC
  • 265 x 174.5 x 7.2/13.2mm (tablet/docked)
  • 0.57kg (tablet) 1.06kg (docked)

Pricing for the T300 looks good if you’re not interested in a WQHD screen as long as the SSD is a real one. It’s listed as an iSSD on the ASUS website which could mean ‘integrated’ (which would mean eMMC.) We’ll have to wait for details on that. Here are the official specs we have so far for the T300 Chi.

ASUS T300 Chi Specifications. (Also in our database.)

Processor Intel Core M 5Y71 processor @1.2Ghz / Intel® Core® M 5Y10 processor @0.8Ghz
Display 12.5″ LED backlit WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS panel / 12.5″ LED backlit Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS panel
Touch panel: capacitive multi-touch
Main memory LPDDR3 1600MHz 4/8GB
Storage iSSD 64/128GB Storage
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0, HS
Camera Front: 2MP HD camera (720p video recording)
Dimensions Pad: 317.8 x 191.6x 7.6mm
Dock: 317.8 x 191.6 x 8.9mm
Pad+Dock: 317.8 x 191.6 x 16.5mm
Weight Pad: 720g
Dock: 725g
Pad+Dock: 1445g