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Not everyone needs the extra level of “robustness” that comes with Think-branded laptops, tablets, and all-in-ones, so Lenovo luckily provides some cheaper alternatives for folks that don’t want to break the bank. Lenovo is taking the opportunity to roll out a revamped lineup of FLEX 3 convertibles, TAB 2 tablets, and all-in-one desktops that cover a wide variety of affordable price points. The first entry into the field is the new FLEX 3 lineup, which is available in 11-inch, 14-inch, and 15-inch models. While the entry-level 11-inch model makes do with a Pentium-class processor and a 1366x768 display, the 14-inch and 15-inch models up the ante with optional FHD displays and up to a fifth generation... Read more...
ASUS is making its presence known at CES this year, and in doing so is unleashing the new Transformer Book Chi Series. The 2-in-1 detachable laptops range in size from 8.9” to 12.5” and can be equipped with screens featuring a resolution of up to WQHD (2560x1440). The smallest member of the family is the T90 Chi, which comes with an 8.9-inch WXGA (1280x800) IPS display. Powering the device is a quad-core Intel Atom Z3775 processor, and the T90 Chi can be equipped with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. The tablet is just 7.5mm thick by itself, but grows to 16.5mm thick when the keyboard dock is attached. Likewise, the T90 Chi by itself weighs 0.88 pounds by itself and 1.65 pounds with the... Read more...
“Just a moment. Just a moment. I've just picked up a fault in the AE-35 unit. It's going to go 100% failure in 72 hours.” General Motors’ latest technology, which will find its way into future Chevrolet vehicles, has us thinking back to 2001: A Space Odyssey. While we doubt that the computers in future GM vehicles will go off on a murderous rampage, they will be able to detect faults in a limited number of components and alert the driver when they are near failure. GM is using what it calls “predictive technology” to constantly monitor the status of three important components: the battery, the fuel pump, and the starter motor. Additional critical components will be added to the program in... Read more...
Microsoft is pulling out all the stops when it comes to battling an insurgency from Google with Chrome OS. Microsoft has resorted to offering Windows 8.1 with Bing free to OEMs that provide low-cost laptops and desktops to consumers as a way of stopping Google dead in its tracks. The latest assault on Chrome OS (and Chromeboxes) is coming in the form of a tiny little machine from Hewlett-Packard called the Stream mini (which measures 5.73” x 5.70” x 2.06”). The Stream mini packs comes with an Intel Celeron 2957U processor, 2GB of RAM, Intel integrated graphics, and a 32GB SATA-based SSD. HP has even managed to fit in four USB 3.0 ports, a GbE port, HDMI, DisplayPort, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11n... Read more...
The Consumer Electronics Show is about to get underway, and Intel is leading the pack with a set of CPU announcements. It has been six months since the company took the lid off its first 14nm processor, the Core M, but that CPU is designed for the ultramobile, low-power market. Consumers who wanted to tap Intel's 14nm products in more mainstream notebook hardware had to wait a bit longer until the Q1 2015 time frame.This new SoC is a "tick" in Intel's tick-tock plan, which means it's mostly a die shrink of the existing Haswell architecture -- at least, on the CPU side. On the GPU side, there's a bevy of improvements and advances, and the video decoder block has been beefed up with dual bit... Read more...
With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas kicking off today, you can expect a bevy of product and service announcements, one of them being Roku's plans to support 4K Ultra HD streaming for future Roku TV models. The company said it's prepared a Roku TV reference design for 4K smart TVs and will license the blueprint to OEM partners. That's great for the hardware side of things, but what about software? On that front, Roku is working its connections to bring more 4K content into homes. That includes greasing the wheels at Netflix, which Roku says will provide 4K content for streaming on the Roku platform in 2015. "As one of the first streaming services to offer 4K Ultra HD content to our customers, it’s important for... Read more...
NVIDIA CEO Jen Hsun Huang hosted a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas this evening, to officially kick off the company’s Consumer Electronics Show activities.  Jen Hsun began the press conference with a bit of back story on the Tegra K1 and how it took NVIDIA approximately 2 years to get Kepler-class graphics into Tegra, but that it was able to cram a Maxwell-derived GPU into the just announced Tegra X1 in just a few months. We’ve got more details regarding the Tegra X1 in this post, complete with pictures of the chip and reference platform, game demos, benchmarks and video of the Tegra X1 in action with a variety of workloads, including 4K 60 FPS video playback. Over... Read more...
For the last few years, NVIDIA has used the lead-up to the Consumer Electronics Show to announce new Tegra-related products and technologies. This year is no different. Earlier today, we got together with representatives from NVIDIA to talk about the company’s upcoming Tegra X1 system on a chip (SoC) and see the reference platform in action, running a variety of benchmarks and demos. NVIDIA Tegra X1 System On A Chip At last year’s CES, NVIDIA announced the Tegra K1 featuring a Kepler-derived GPU, which has since found its way into the excellent SHIELD Tablet, Google’s Project Tango device, and the Nexus 9. The Tegra K1 proved to be a strong performer, in both its quad-core 32-bit and dual-core... Read more...
After a long stretch without major innovation in the display sector, PC screens are getting interesting. Affordable 4K displays started showing up at CES last year, so you can expect to see even better pricing on the screens announced this week at CES. HP unveiled its lineup today, touting 5K resolutions, curved displays, and a virtual holographic screen that lets you explore 3D models with a stylus. HP Pavilion 27cCurved displays reduce the reflection of ambient light, making for better viewing. HP launched several curved screens, including the 27-inch EliteDisplay S270c and Pavilion 27c. (Both are available for $399.) Both monitors have 1920x1080 resolutions, but the office-oriented... Read more...
Lenovo makes a big splash at CES every year with a bevy of new products, and 2015 is no exception. The world’s largest PC company is rolling out refreshed laptops, a new 24-inch monitor, and new ThinkPad Stack accessories. The headliner product for CES this year is obviously the latest version of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. In order to commemorate over one hundred million cumulative ThinkPad laptops sold, the third generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon has received some meaningful updates including a PCIe interface for the laptop’s SSD that is said to boost storage performance by 80 percent. ThinkPad X1 Carbon The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has also been updated with Intel’s fifth generation Intel Core processors,... Read more...
Smartwatches seem to be all the rage these days as companies trip all over themselves to deliver high-functioning devices running Android Wear, Tizen, and soon, Watch OS. Sitting a rung below smartwatches lie fitness trackers, which often bring with them quirky looks that would appeal to the tech geek (we’re looking at you, Microsoft Band). But Withings is bringing a new fitness tracker to the market that features a classic design that should appeal to a broader audience. The Activité Pop is a cost-reduced version of the $450 Activité analog fitness tracker. While the original Activité is entirely Swiss Made, features a 316L stainless steel watch case, sapphire glass watch face, and leather straps,... Read more...
The flurry of product announcement for CES 2015 have just kicked off and Seagate is looking to turn more than a few heads with its new 'Seven' external USB 3.0 hard drive. The Seven name is significant, as the drive measures just 7mm thick, making is thinner than most of today’s flagship smartphones on the market.  But why would Seagate throw so much engineering effort behind a device that many people simply toss in their laptop bag as they jet off for their next business trip? The Seven is more of a celebration of Seagate’s storied 35-year history of producing hard drives.  “Seagate Seven is designed to speak to this history, while looking forward to the future of where storage technology... Read more...
As CES kicks off this year, we're seeing a number of new products from companies that focus on two critical markets: ultramobile computer hardware and high-end enthusiast equipment. Acer is one of the first companies to announce its CES lineup, and it's revealing new hardware in multiple segments.  New 15.6-inch, Core M Laptops Acer is leading with announcements regarding its new, 15-inch Chromebook hardware with an integrated 1920x1080 display. The company already offers several 13.3-inch options with a high-end 1080p panel, but all of these are powered by NVIDIA's Tegra K1 rather than an Intel processor. The upcoming Chromebook 15 will be available... Read more...
If you were a fan of the 80s TV show Knight Rider, Hyundai hopes to bring up some old memories with the newest update for its cloud-based Blue Link telecommunications package. Blue Link allows Hyundai owners to perform a variety of tasks from a smartphone app including remote start and locking/unlocking doors.  At CES 2015, Hyundai will launch a new Blue Link app that will be compatible with Android Wear-based smartwatches. The app communicates with the Blue Link mobile app on your smartphone using via Bluetooth and gives Hyundai owners the ability to access Blue Link functions from anywhere in the U.S. as long as they have an Internet connection.  All Blue Link functions can be accessed... Read more...
The successor to the HTC One (M8) will soon be upon us, and if these latest images are anything to go by, the new flagship smartphone is definitely a looker. Specifications for the Hima (or One M9, depending on what HTC decides naming the device) have been leaking since early October, but this is the first glimpse we’ve gotten of the smartphone.  The images don’t show a dramatic departure from what One (M7) or One (M8), but styling has never been a sore-point for HTC’s flagship smartphone so why mess up a good thing? When it comes to dimensions, the length and width of the device are slightly smaller by 1mm, while thickness has increased ever so slightly from 9.4mm to 9.56mm.  Unfortunately,... Read more...
ZOTAC has a number of new products it's anxious to show off at next week's CES, with its ZBOX series getting quite a big share of the love. Of course, it wouldn't be a ZOTAC showing without some graphics cards on hand, so those can be expected as well. The product that stands out most to me is the refreshed ZBOX E-series, as these little router-sized PCs boast some lofty features. Would you believe, for example, that NVIDIA's G-SYNC is fully supported? That's made possible with the inclusion of NVIDIA's GeForce 860M. And while G-SYNC might not matter to you too much, 4K might, and fortunately, this same PC supports that resolution no problem up to 60Hz. Also worthy of note is the ZBOX CI321 'nano'... Read more...
It's the beginning of a new year, one that's already being highlighted by a flood of recent Tizen-based smartphone launches. Oh wait, that didn't happen. Drats, we were cautiously optimistic that Tizen could make a splash in the smartphone sector, and while that's still possible, Samsung is switching focus for the time being to make Tizen a staple of its Smart TV lineup. Not just one or two models, either. Instead, Samsung announced that all its Smart TVs in 2015 will come with a new platform built around Tizen, which the company hopes will spur a bunch of app releases. "Building our Smart Platform around Tizen is a groundbreaking step towards a much more intelligent and integrated... Read more...
There's going to be a lot of nifty products shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, and you can bank on HotHardware being there to cover the better bits. If there's a major theme we're expecting to see, it would be displays -- between the 4K (and above!) movement and curved panels, companies will have plenty to show off. Some are so giddy that they aren't even waiting for the convention. Enter LG Electronics, which is already giving media the heads up that it plans to debut the world's first 21:9 UltraWide gaming monitor with AMD FreeSync technology in Vegas. The monitor in question is the LG 34UM67. As the model number implies, it's rocking a 34-inch UltraWide... Read more...
Samsung showed us its love for “curvy” with the introduction of the ATIV One 7 Curved all-in-one PC, but the company still has plenty of resources to devote to its more “traditional” offerings. Apple has long been rumored to introduce a 12-inch MacBook Air with a Retina Display, but Samsung isn’t wasting any time reliving its own revamped ultrabook with a 12-inch screen — and it looks to be a winner. The ATIV Book 9 is highlighted by its 12.2-inch display, which has a resolution of 2560x1600. If you’re keeping score, Apple’s 11-inch MacBook Air features a screen resolution of 1366x768, while the 13.3-inch model is only slightly better at 1440x900. The ATIV Book 9’s display is attached to an all-aluminum,... Read more...
Samsung has gone completely gaga for curved screens. Last year, the company introduced the Galaxy Round smartphone, and this year broke out the innovative Galaxy Note Edge, which features a curved display on the right-hand side of the device. And let’s not forget about the company’s growing lineup of curved PC displays and televisions. Now Samsung is branching out even further with the introduction of the ATIV One 7 Curved all-in-one PC. The focal point of the PC is of course the 27” curved display, which features what Samsung calls a “metallic deco frame” and metallic stand. Despite the slight curve of the display, Samsung says that viewing angles are a respectable 178 degrees. “The arched display... Read more...
LG is planning to showcase a new line of smart TVs with a newer version of webOS that's supposed to increase the user experience with a boot time that's been reduced by 60 percent and several other upgrades. According to LG, webOS 2.0 sports a "long list of improvements," such as up to 70 percent faster load times when switching from the smart TV home screen to applications like YouTube. "With the newest features introduced in webOS 2.0, the overall user experience has become even simpler, easier and more intuitive," said In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the TV and monitor division at the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. "The webOS platform is a great example of our commitment... Read more...
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