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Lenovo is targeting its ThinkPad 8 at business users, which makes sense. Everyone values portability and power, but it’s the business user who’s most likely to say “I need my tablet to be capable of doing everything that my main PC can do.” With a full 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 and a 1920 x 1200 display, the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 very nearly can... Intel’s Bay Trail Atom CPU powers the Lenovo ThinkPad 8. The Intel Z3770 quad-core Atom chip in the ThinkPad 8 runs at up to 2.39GHz, thanks to Intel Turbo Boost. That’s a bit faster than the chip running Dell's Venue 8 Pro (a rival 8-inch, Windows 8.1 tablet) we recently reviewed, but it’s not the processor... Read more...
“You can never have too little screen real estate” is a tagline for no one, but big players like Dell, Toshiba, and now Lenovo are rushing to squeeze Windows 8.1 onto 8-inch tablets all the same. Lenovo is targeting its ThinkPad 8 at business users, which makes sense. Everyone values portability and power, but it’s the business user who’s most likely to say “I need my tablet to be capable of doing everything that my main PC can do.” With a full 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 and a 1920 x 1200 display, the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 very nearly can. Lenovo ThinkPad 8 tablet. Before we dig into the specs, it’s worth noting that you can choose between Windows 8.1... Read more...
Huawei announced its first 10-inch quad-core tablet at Mobile World Congress back in February. When the tablet was announced, we learned it would be a 10-inch model with a 1920 x 1200 IPS high definition display, Android 4.0, and a Huawei 1.5GHz quad-core processor. Although those specs were enough to spark our interest, we still wanted to know more. Now, thanks to a newly released promotional video, you can get a glimpse at what this tablet is going to offer. The video shows off the tablet's metallic design that's 8.8mm thin as well as the 8MP auto-focus camera, 1080p theater-like experience with Dolby surround audio, the ability to transform the tablet into a laptop with a dockable keyboard... Read more...
The iPhone 5 rumor mill is spinning up again after apparently taking a few weeks off due to heat exhaustion. The latest buzz coming out of Taiwan is that the device will feature a quad-core processor based on Samsung's Exynos platform. That would make the Exynos 4412 the most likely candidate for the device, and we've already seen an excellent phone built around that platform -- the Samsung Galaxy S III (although the US version we've looked at here is dual-core Qualcomm Krait). If the Galaxy SIII is a great phone (and it is), then why would we want to see a quad-core iPhone 5? Simple, we don't. The iPhone has always been about making real-world improvements rather than saturating the market with... Read more...
You might say Intel has been absolutely killing it as of late.  Whether you consider their recent earnings announcement beating Wall Street's expectations, the Ultrabook craze, their re-entrance into the handset arena with their Medfield platform, or the proliferation of their 2nd generation Core i7 Sandy Bridge processor in the market; it's perfectly clear the company is in an execution groove that will fuel both their own growth as well as industry growth for some time to come. As if that weren't enough, the company is obviously champing at the bit for the launch of their 3rd generation Core series processor known by the code name Ivy Bridge.  From full-on leaks of NDA classified... Read more...
You might say Intel has been absolutely killing it as of late.  Whether you consider their recent earnings announcement beating Wall Street's expectations, the Ultrabook craze, their re-entrance into the handset arena with their Medfield platform, or the proliferation of their 2nd generation Core Sandy Bridge-based processors in the market; it's perfectly clear the company is in an execution groove that will fuel both their own growth as well as industry growth for some time to come.  In short, Intel has been a design execution machine recently and when you put that into perspective with their world-class semiconductor manufacturing prowess, the company packs a seriously competitive... Read more...
MEIZU announced its new MEIZU MX Quad-core smartphone which claims to be the first smartphone in the world to use the brand new Exynos A9 quad-core processor. The MEIZU MX Quad-core will feature a 292 PPI high definition ASV display, 1700mAh battery, an 8 megapixel BSI camera with a lens aperture of f/2.2, and MEIZU's Flyme OS which is based on Android 4.0. The MX Quad-core smartphone is expected to be available in June in China and Hong Kong. Although there's a good chance we may never get our hands on this phone here in the States, it's cool to see what the "world's first" quad-core Exynos A9 smartphone has to offer. MEIZU officially announces the new MEIZU MX Quad-core MEIZU announces the... Read more...
While speaking to CNET Asia, Stephen Sneeden, Product Marketing Manager for Sony Mobile, indicated his company may not release quad-core smartphones until early in 2013. While many mobile handset manufacturers have announced and shown off their latest quad-core handsets this week at Mobile World Congress, it appears Sony is holding off for better performance. Sneeden did qualify his remarks, saying they are only his assumption and that Sony will make official announcements when it is ready to do so. Sneeden also indicated that Sony is waiting to join the quad-core movement until the performance matches battery efficiency. In the meantime, Sneeden indicates "What we are going to be doing in the... Read more...
It can be a crowded field in the handset market, with the likes of Apple, Samsung, and others duking it out for the hearts, minds, and money of mobile users, but Huawei is looking to make a statement. The company announced the Ascend D Quad line of smartphones, which are quad-core phones designed to compete at the high end of the market. As is the case with most products being announced in Barcelona this week, detailed specs aren’t yet available, but PCWorld reports that the line will (for now) be comprised of the Ascend D Quad and Ascend D Quad XL. The phones will run on Huawei’s own processor, the K3V2 (at 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz), which will feature a power throttling design that ratchets... Read more...
Look, not everyone needs a sizable motherboard with eighteen PCI slots. And for those in that camp, there's VIA. The company has just launched he world's first quad core Mini-ITX boards featuring the latest VIA QuadCore E-Series processor. The VIA EPIA-M900 and VIA EPIA-M910 are the first two Mini-ITX boards to feature the 1.2GHz VIA QuadCore E-Series processor, offering enhanced multi-tasking and superb multimedia performance on the lowest quad core power budget for next generation embedded products. The VIA QuadCore E-Series processor features a highly optimized, energy efficient multi-core architecture, which is natively 64-bit compatible and comes with a host of additional performance features... Read more...
We're all familiar with the KISS principle, a favorite acronym among teachers who love to tell their students to "Keep It Simple, Silly" (or Stupid, depending on your professor). It's a lesson that wasn't lost on NVIDIA, which has decided to simply dub the unique architecture in its Tegra 3 processor as "4-Plus'1" instead of all the other names it had been using, including "variable symmetric multiprocessing" and calling the battery-saving fifth core a "companion core" or "ninja core." "Today, we’re officially calling it the 4-Plus-1 quad-core architecture and trademarking the name," NVIDIA announced in a blog post. "The reason is that, the more popular this technology became, the more... Read more...
At the Tech-Ed 2011 NZ event going on in New Zealand, Microsoft’s Jeff Johnson and Patrick Hevesi showed off what was reportedly a quad-core powered, Windows slate / tablet device. There seems to be no question that the device was in fact a quad-core tablet, but there are conflicting reports as to whether it was running Windows 7 or the upcoming, more tablet-friendly Windows 8. Current scuttlebutt seems to indicate that more details regarding this quad-core device will be revealed during the BUILD Windows Conference that will take place in Anaheim, CA September 13-16. According to the conference’s website, “BUILD is a new event that shows modern hardware... Read more...
A few months back, NVIDIA demoed its upcoming quad-core SoC for future tablets and related mobile devices, dubbed Kal-El. At the time, NVIDIA claimed that Kal-El would deliver 5x the performance of current Tegra 2 solutions and ship with a 12-core GeForce GPU as well. And now, NVIDIA is showing off Kal-El again, but this time with an impressive graphics and physics demonstration that really shows off what the chip can do. “Given that dual-core processors are already on market, you might be wondering how Project Kal-El’s quad-core technology will improve the mobile experience. Rather than try to explain it, we’ve put together a hands-on demo to give you a sneak peek at the new... Read more...
VIA introduced its dual-core Nano just four months ago, but the company is already demonstrating that processor's big brother. The newly minted VIA QuadCore is--you guessed it--a quad-core processor that connects two dual-core Nano cores in an MCM (multi-chip module). The new chip won't actually ship for some months, but it may become a higher-performance alternative to both Atom and Brazos when it does... VIA Launches New Low Power QuadCore Nano CPU... Read more...
VIA introduced its dual-core Nano just four months ago, but the company is already demonstrating that processor's big brother. The newly minted VIA QuadCore is--you guessed it--a quad-core processor that connects two dual-core Nano cores in an MCM (multi-chip module). The new chip won't actually ship for some months, but it may become a higher-performance alternative to both Atom and Brazos when it does. The dual-module chips are the quad-core, the single dies are the Nano X2. VIA's share of the x86 market is small in comparison to Intel and AMD, but Centaur, the company's CPU design team, has been building x86 CPUs for more than a decade. Centaur, led by the redoubtable Glenn Henry,... Read more...
Marvell this week announced a new quad-core ARM processor intended for servers as part of its ARMADA XP platform. It's the fastest ARM chip on the planet for enterprise class applications and could be just the thing ARM needs to steal some market share away from AMD in the server sector. The ARMADA XP processor comes clocked at 1.6GHz per core and includes a bunch of I/O peripherals baked into the platform, such as memory, networking, and storage interfaces. It's been optimized to consume low power and billed as an ideal candidate for cloud computing projects, including high performance networking to high volume home server products (think NAS boxes). It's a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) based on the... Read more...
AMD is launching a half dozen new processors today, targeted at virtually all market segments, ranging from an inexpensive, mainstream dual-core Athlon II offering to a new, relatively high-end six-core Phenom II. We decided to take a look at AMD's latest six-core and higher-end quad-cores in both the Phenom II and Athlon II flavors. The full specifications for each of the processors are listed below and performance for each of the new chips is detailed on the pages ahead... AMD Unleashes New Phenom II and Athlon II Speed Bumps... Read more...
AMD is launching a half dozen new processors today, targeted at virtually all market segments, ranging from an inexpensive, mainstream dual-core Athlon II offering to a new, relatively high-end six-core Phenom II. The complete list of processors launching today, along with their respective price points are as follows: 3.0GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) Phenom II X6 1075T - $245 3.5GHz Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition - $185 3.3GHz Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition - $105 3.1GHz Athlon II X4 645 - $122 3.2GHz Athlon II X3 450 - $87 3.3GHz - Athlon II X2 265 - $76 As its name suggests, the Phenom II X6 1075T drops in between AMD’s existing 1055T and 1090T six-core offerings, but the rest of the processors... Read more...
One other additional tidbit of information from Intel's recent conference call offers some tantalizing rumors about the upcoming Core i7 architecture, codenamed Sandy Bridge. Officially, Intel isn't expected to launch SB until the end of Q4, but the chip is ramping well enough that Santa Clara might opt to pull the launch forward slightly and ship for revenue earlier. For those of you who aren't up on Intel's latest codenames, Sandy Bridge is a "tock" in Intel's Tick-Tock model. Intel splits its processor releases along these lines; a 'tick' refers to the launch of a new process technology, a 'tock' is a new CPU design. In this case, Intel isn't focusing on clock speeds (early projections have... Read more...
We are officially declaring May 11, 2010 "Athlon II" day. Why you ask? Because AMD is launching a total of six new Athlon II processors today, including a new flagship model, targeted squarely at budget conscious consumers. We should point out, however, that all six of the processors launching today feature existing core microarchitectures. While they do differ from previous offerings in terms of frequency, and of course their model names, all of the new Athlon II processors arriving today are based on the same Propus (X4), Regor (X2), and Rana (X3) cores that were introduced a few months back. We got our hands on the new flagship Athlon II X4, the 3.0GHz Athlon II X4 640, and have its performance... Read more...
We are officially declaring May 11, 2010 "Athlon II" day. Why you ask? Because AMD is launching a total of six new Athlon II processors today, including a new flagship model, targeted squarely at budget conscious consumers. We should point out, however, that all six of the processors launching today feature existing core microarchitectures. While they do differ from previous offerings in terms of frequency, and of course their model names, all of the new Athlon II processors arriving today are based on the same Propus (X4), Regor (X2), and Rana (X3) cores that were introduced a few months back. The new line-up of Athlon II processors AMD is introducing today consists of the following... Read more...
Intel announced its new Xeon 5600 series today in a move the company claims is great for server admins, businesses concerned about security, world peace, and puppies. (We made those last two up). The new chips (codenamed Gulftown) are basically identical to the ultra-high-end Core i7-980X that Intel launched recently, with the exception that Xeons are MP capable. Intel claims that the new six-core processors are up to 50 percent faster than their quad-core, 45nm counterparts while remaining within the same 130W TDP envelope. Although, low-power 60W variants are also coming, as are 40W quad-cores."The Intel Xeon Processor 5600 series will be the backbone of mainstream computing environments,"... Read more...
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