Items tagged with Optimus

Coinciding with the launch of Intel 10th generation Comet Lake-H processors is the arrival of the GeForce RTX Super mobile GPU refresh from NVIDIA. The company is launching the GeForce RTX 2070 Super and the RTX 2080 Super for laptops, both of which now support enhanced Max-Q Technologies. This time around, NVIDIA is bundling in some new features under the Max-Q Technology umbrella to enable even thinner and lighter laptops. When all of the new features are combined, NVIDIA is touting up to a 2X improvement in efficiency over previous Max-Q implementations in gaming laptops. Among these new additions are Dynamic Boost, which brings automatic and intelligent per-frame balancing... Read more...
It might still be summertime, but that isn't stopping LG Electronics from doing a bit of spring cleaning. Specifically, the South Korean handset maker said it's tossing out its "Optimus" nomenclature for high-end smartphones, and instead will forge ahead with a tidier "G" to represent its premium brand. The first of LG's new G series will be the G2. "Our vision is to make LG’s newest G devices synonymous with excellence, raising the bar even further for the ultimate in user experience," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "The new G2 will build upon the excellent reputation established by previous G Series products." In addition,... Read more...
It's said the squeaky wheel gets the grease, but if that doesn't work, you could always try being vulgar. The tactic worked for Linus Torvalds, who not that long ago ripped into NVIDIA for its lack of Linux support. He was answering a student developer's question about NVIDIA driver support for Linux on her notebook during a talk at Finland's Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship. Torvalds at the time said NVIDIA is "the single worst company we've ever dealt with," and then proceeded to flip NVIDIA the bird on camera while dropping an f-bomb. Here we are about three months later and suddenly NVIDIA is paying more attention to Linux by porting its Optimus technology to the open source platform. "So... Read more...
LG's smartphone lineup just keeps growing. The company's latest is the L9, which is following the L7 from earlier in the year as it becomes the latest and greatest in the L series. It's packing a 4.7" IPS display, and the company is really pushing the built-in QTranslator and QMemo software additions. The QTranslator function instantly translates not only words, but also entire sentences and phrases with a simple scan from nearly 44 foreign languages to 64 user languages. Using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, it recognizes letters upon scanning with the camera and utilizes electronic dictionary or online translation engine to translate words, sentences or phrases. The My Style... Read more...
When it comes to Android, it's all about skinning for partner OEMs. For Samsung, there's TouchWiz. For HTC, there's Sense. And for LG, there's an all new Optimus UI 3.0. The company is introducing its latest UI overhaul, which applies to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) devices. Among the new features is Quick Memo and "unique unlock features." The former enables users to jot notes on the screen using a finger, share their thoughts via social networks and keep tabs on life without having to turn to a PC or tablet. Other new features include: -- the ability to unlock the phone by dragging anywhere on the screen; -- a new Pattern Lock that allows users to preset the most frequently used function,... Read more...
Mobile World Congress is just around the bend, and that means a deluge of new smartphones comin' atcha. As if there hasn't already been a waterfall of them for the past few years. At any rate, LG is following up on the Optimus Vu announcement with a little tap-and-go announcement, as the Optimus LTE Tag is going to be the company's newest, latest and greatest LTE + NFC smartphone. NFC has taken off in a major way since the introduction of Google Wallet and the decision of many smartphone makers to start embedded these chips in smartphones, and LG's hoping to continue the push. The Optimus LTE Tag advances LG's vision of offering the most diverse collection of LTE devices for all types of customers.... Read more...
LG's giving its Optimus smartphone a second act. Simply enough, it's called the Optimus 2, the details of which are now available on LG's website, along with a photo gallery. What you'll find if you surf on over is a mostly entry-level smartphone device, at least by today's standards, with what could be an unmolested version of Google's Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) platform running the show. Tech specs include: 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen (320x480) 800MHz processor 3.2MP rear-facing camera Virtual QWERTY keyboard Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR 2GB microSD card included (supports up to 32GB) GPS The Optimus 2 also sports a 1,500 mAh battery LG claims is good for up to 5 hours of talk time and/or or up to... Read more...
Earlier this year, we took a long, hard look at one of Dell's most highly-anticipated multimedia notebooks to date. That was the XPS 15z, and we thought pretty highly of it in almost every measurable way, including its delightfully thin dimensions. Fast forward a few months, and in slides the XPS 14z. According to its branding, this unit is just a single number different than the XPS 15z, and if you didn't know any better, you'd just assume that someone took a shrink-ray to the 15z. Indeed, the 14z really is just a small 15z in some ways... The 14z is Dell's "thinnest, fully-featured 14" laptop with an internal optical drive." That's a lot of qualifications, but one thing is clear: it's thin,... Read more...
A new service from Broadband.com could help you save some cash on your cell phone bill. The new mobile service known as Republic Wireless promises unlimited talk, text, and data for just $19 per month. Republic Wireless is able to offer this service because it operates primarily over Wi-Fi networks. Recognizing that a Wi-Fi network may not always be available, the company has an agreement with Sprint so you'll still be able to use your phone. Although there is no limit to how much you can use your phone over a Wi-Fi network, you will be limited to somewhere around 550 minutes, 150 texts, and 300 megabytes when connected to Sprint’s network. Should you cross that threshold, Republic Wireless... Read more...
Updates, updates. Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. The world's full of 'em, and Maingear is giving one of their flagship gaming notebooks yet another burst of power if you're willing to spring for it. The company's new Clutch-15 series notebook can now be ordered with NVIDIA's graphics-switching Optimus technology, boasting a 15.6" display, Core i5 CPU, and a variety of GPU options. There's a GeForce GT 525M with 1GB of GDDR3 memory, as well as a Core i3/i5, 8GB of DDR3 memory and up to a 512GB SSD (or a 500GB Hybrid SSD). So, more power and better battery life. How could you go wrong? It's available now starting at $1029 (without a docking station). MAINGEAR UPDATES ROAD WARRIOR... Read more...
MSI claims it was inspired by top-of-the-line luxury sedans when redesigning the newest additions to its C-Series of notebooks, the silver CX640-071US and black CR640-035US. Both are 15.6-inch notebooks built around Intel's Core i3 2310M processor, with the former boasting Nvidia's GeForce GT 520M graphics with Optimus technology and the latter sporting Intel HD 3000 graphics. Other than the graphics chip, both setups come with similar components, including 4GB of DDR3 memory, 500GB SATA hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 7-in-1 media card reader, 1.3MP webcam, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, another pair of USB 3.0 ports, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and a 6-cell battery. "We listen very... Read more...
LG plans to reveal "the world's first 3D smartphone" at Mobile World Congress on February 14. The new LG Optimus 3D will feature a glasses-free 3D display. It will also have a dual-lens camera that can record 3D video. This smartphone is expected to come with many of the features you'd expect from a high-end smartphone, including a dual-core processor and multichannel RAM. LG says the phone will support HDMI and DLNA connectivity. It is also expected to have a front-facing camera. LG TO UNVEIL WORLD’S FIRST FULL 3D SMARTPHONE AT MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2011 3D Recording-Viewing-Sharing of Life’s Precious Moments Anytime, Anywhere SEOUL, Feb. 1, 2011 – At this year’s Mobile... Read more...
When you get a good thing going, you keep it going if you know what's good for you. Samsung has seen a massive hit with their Galaxy line of products, and LG's Optimus line hasn't been too poorly either. The company has recently released a brand new phone in the Optimus line, the Optimus Black. The main highlight feature here is the NOVA display, which is LG's attempt to rival the Super AMOLED and ClearBlack alternatives from rival phone makers. Ever since Apple introduced the Retina Display on the iPhone 4, other phone companies have really been concerned about the quality and labeling of their screens. And LG's no different. The Optimus Black is an Android 2.2-powered smartphone, with a slim... Read more...
Lenovo recently celebrated the milestone of selling 60 million ThinkPad notebooks. That's a ThinkPad for every person in the United Kingdom, to put it in perspective. Moreover, the PC maker claims these things sell like electronic hotcakes, to the tune of 14 per minute. Lenovo doesn't reach these types of numbers by selling outdated hardware spruced up with brushed aluminum, and clever marketing. The company targets tech-savvy business consumers and home users who want light, durable notebooks that offer cutting edge technology. The notebook we're reviewing today is an improvement over the original T410 we took a look at earlier this year. This latest iteration offers consumers a feature that... Read more...
Lenovo recently celebrated the milestone of selling 60 million ThinkPad notebooks. That's a ThinkPad for every person in the United Kingdom, to put it in perspective. Moreover, the PC maker claims these things sell like electronic hotcakes, to the tune of 14 per minute.  Those are iPad sort of rates.  But Lenovo doesn't reach these types of numbers by selling outdated hardware spruced up with brushed aluminum, and clever marketing. The company targets tech-savvy business consumers and home users who want light, durable notebooks that offer extended battery life built with the latest technology. The notebook we're reviewing today is an improvement over the original T410 we reviewed earlier... Read more...
Is it too late to consider a new notebook for Christmas? Not if you're asking Digital Storm's opinion! The custom PC maker has just revealed their newest machine, the XM15 laptop. It's a new "hybrid" breed of gaming machine, which also sips power when you aren't taxing the GPU. NVIDIA's Optimus graphics solution is at the helm here, offering better battery life whenever you could use an IGP. There's an NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M (1GB) video card, but the separate integrated Intel graphics chipset can be called on when you aren't in need of serious graphical horsepower. The switching is automatic, and it senses whether or not you need the extra power based on what application(s) you use. Three basic... Read more...
Maingear's usually first out of the blocks with new gaming desktops once new technology is revealed, but this week they're introducing two new ones on the mobile side. The company has announced the Alt-15 and Alt-17 gaming notebooks, which resemble each other in always every way aside from the panel size. The Alt-15 in a 15.6" machine, whereas the Alt-17 has a 17.3" LCD. Both units have NVIDIA's Optimus technology inside, which allows the discrete GPU to be flipped off when it's not need for gaming or other pro app usage. They both also share NVIDIA's GeForce GT 425M GPU (with 1GB of GDDR3 memory), a choice of Intel's Core i5 or i7 Mobile CPUs, up to 8GB of RAM and up to a 512GB SSD. There's... Read more...
It's another week, which means that it's time for another MSI notebook. The company's latest is a standard sized, classically styled machine, with the FX600MX offering a 15.6" form factor and plenty of power for handling most multi-media demands. There's a Core i3 or i5 processor, NVIDIA's GeForce 310M discrete graphics (512MB) and automatic graphics switching in MSI's GPU Boost control panel. Obviously, NVIDIA's Optimus is onboard. It also features MSI's anti-scratch, anti-smudge raised totem seal coating, a chiclet keyboard and raised multipoint touchpad. It ships with up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, HDMI/VGA outputs, a 320/500GB hard drive, DVD SuperMulti drive, two USB 2.0 ports, a 4-in-1 card... Read more...
Break out your party hats and spike the punch, we're throwing a 'Welcome Back' party. The guest of honor is Dell's XPS brand, whose return is marked by a new family of laptops built around Intel's Calpella platform and featuring Nvidia's Optimus technology. At this point you're probably scratching your head and wondering if we've been drinking too much punch ourselves, because the XPS brand never went anywhere, right? That's both true and false. The XPS moniker never died off completely, but it was relegated to Dell's Studio line and XPS One all-in-one (AIO) desktops for a time. Dell tells us they've listened to their customers and decided to simplify their brand structure. After deciding that... Read more...
Break out your party hats and spike the punch, we're throwing a 'Welcome Back' party. The guest of honor is Dell's XPS brand, whose return is marked by a new family of laptops built around Intel's Calpella platform and featuring Nvidia's Optimus technology. At this point you're probably scratching your head and wondering if we've been drinking too much punch ourselves, because the XPS brand never went anywhere, right? That's both true and false. The XPS moniker never died off completely, but it was relegated to Dell's Studio line and XPS One all-in-one (AIO) desktops for a time. Dell tells us they've listened to their customers and decided to simplify their brand structure. After deciding that... Read more...
There's little debate, if you took a poll of the notebook-toting business community, with respect to what the most popular workhorse machine has been over the past decade or more, the response would likely be the Lenovo (formerly IBM) ThinkPad.  Whether it's due to IBM and Lenovo's innovations over the years, like the venerable TrackPoint, having the first built-in wireless NIC, first built-in fingerprint reader for security, or the ThinkPad's undeniable reputation for durability and performance, it's obvious the ThinkPad line has earned its stripes with road warriors and casual portable computing users alike.  It almost sounds a little over-the-top actually but Lenovo is celebrating... Read more...
For years, Intel's integrated GPUs were the laughing stock of gaming and a thorn in the side of everyone who purchased what they thought was a high-end laptop or desktop only to find its video solution suffered from a deep delusion of competence. Faced with lacerating low-end graphics competition from the likes of both AMD and NVIDIA, Intel responded with the surprisingly adequate 45nm GPU fused into its Arrandale and Clarkdale processors. Having proven its ability to wheeze once around the track, Intel has set its eyes on a loftier goal. According to industry sources, the GPU partnered with the upcoming Sandy Bridge processor will be capable of smoothly playing Blu-ray 3D. Sandy Bridge will... Read more...
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