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NVIDIA BFGD (Big Format Gaming Display) Preview

NVIDIA BFGD (Big Format Gaming Display) Preview

On January 8, 2018 at CES 2018, NVIDIA introduced what they call the NVIDIA BFGD – the NVIDIA Big Format Gaming Display.

Created in conjunction with NVIDIA hardware partners Acer, ASUS and HP, the NVIDIA BFGD integrates a high-end 65-inch, 4K HDR 120 Hz display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology together with NVIDIA SHIELD, to deliver a smooth gaming and streaming experience on a giant screen.

We had our first preview of the NVIDIA BFGD at the NVIDIA Computex 2018 GeForce briefing, and the main NVIDIA Computex 2018 press conference with Jensen Huang. Check out the details!

 

The NVIDIA BFGD Revealed!

G-SYNC HDR

NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR adds HDR (High Dynamic Range) capability to G-SYNC, which is a variable refresh rate technology that delivers smooth, tear-free gaming experience, when used with an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card.

The NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR monitors will boast high refresh rates, higher brightness levels, greater contrast ratios, and a wider colour gamut. The NVIDIA BFGD will be no different, driving a 4K display at 120 Hz, and 1000 nits of brightness with DCI-P3 colour gamut.

Ultra-Low Latency Gaming

Nothing is more important to gamers than responsive gameplay. The NVIDIA BFGD will have ultra-low input latency, just like gaming monitors, for the most fluid and responsive big screen gaming experience.

Big Screen Streaming

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The integration of the Android TV-based SHIELD into NVIDIA BFGD will allow gamers to easily switch between gaming and other forms of entertainment. The bundled SHIELD remote and game controller allow for easy navigation and access to all of the world’s biggest streaming apps, including Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, and Hulu.

With support for the Google Assistant, the entire experience can be controlled simply by using your voice. G-SYNC HDR technology also supports video playback at native framerates, including popular 23.976, 24 and 25 FPS formats. This matches the screen’s refresh rate to the video source’s actual frame rate, eliminating interpolation and presenting the video content as it was intended to be viewed by the director.

 

NVIDIA BFGD Up Close!

After the NVIDIA Computex 2018 GeForce briefing, we had the opportunity to take a close look at the NVIDIA BFGD monitor. This one appears to be an ASUS ROG model.

 

NVIDIA BFGD Availability

At the NVIDIA Computex 2018 press conference, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang revealed that the BFGD monitors will be available at “the end of summer“.

That means these massive monitors from Acer, ASUS and HP will be shipping sometime in Q4 2018around September 2018.

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Dell XPS 13 2018 (9370) Preview – Ultra-Light Powerhouse

Dell revealed their brand-new Dell XPS 13 2018 ultra-light laptop at CES 2018. We managed to get our hands on it… for a short time. Let us share with you our hands-on preview, as well as the key features, specifications and pictures of the Dell XPS 13 2018!

 

The Dell XPS 13 2018 (9370) @ CES 2018

Dell revealed their Dell XPS 13 2018 ultra-light laptop at CES 2018. It introduces a new alpine white glass fibre weave material. This new material took a dedicated Dell team more than 11,500 hours and 50 trials to get right.

 

The changes are not just skin-deep. The Dell XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada) is powered by the 8th Generation Intel Core processor, and boasts up to a 1 TB SSD. It is also the first laptop in the world to feature the GORE thermal insulation – the same silica aerogel used on the Mars Rover and Stardust Probe.

 

The Dell XPS 13 2018 (9370) Up Close

At an exclusive Dell experiential session, we were given some time to try out the Dell XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada). Here is our hands-on preview!

Let’s take a look at its key features in details :

Next-Generation InfinityEdge Display

The Dell XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada) introduces the next-generation InfinityEdge IPS display, with 400-nits brightness, a 23% thinner border and an 80.7% screen-to-body ratio. The optional 4K UHD display even boasts 100% sRGB colour gamut.

Smaller, Thinner, Lighter But More Powerful

The Dell XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada) is 24% smaller by volume, than the previous XPS 13. It is also 3.4 mm thinner and lighter at just 1.21 kg (2.67 pounds).

Yet, it offers even more performance with the latest 8th Generation Intel Core quad-core processor, with a faster UHD Graphics 620 graphics processor.

New Woven Glass Fiber

The Rose Gold version of the Dell XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada) introduces an alpine white woven glass fibre palm rest. The woven crystalline silica fibre is not just strong and light, it feels like silk and better dissipates heat.

Strong & Light

The XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada) is cut from a single block of aluminium, with a carbon fibre / woven glass fibre palm rest, for maximum strength with minimal weight. The display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, making it twice as resistant to damage.

Aerospace-Inspired Thermal Design

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The Dell XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada) boasts a new cooler with two heat pipes and two fans, increasing its cooling capacity while allowing for a thinner form factor. It is also the first to use GORE thermal insulation to channel heat from the CPU and GPU to the heat pipes, and away from the chassis.

Windows Hello

You can either use the built-in infra-red camera to recognise your face, or the optional fingerprint reader, to log in using Windows Hello.

Far-Field Cortana

Thanks to four built-in microphones, Microsoft Cortana and Waves-enabled speech technology, the XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada) responds to your voice from 14 feet (4 meters) away.

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Dell XPS 13 2018 (9370) Specifications

SpecificationsDell XPS 13 2018
ModelXPS 13 9370
Design OptionsCNC-machined aluminium in platinum silver with carbon fibre composite palm rest in black

CNC-machined aluminium in rose gold with alpine white woven glass fibre palm rest, with titanium oxide UV- and stain-resistant coating
Operating System OptionsMicrosoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
Ubuntu 16.04 (no support for fingerprint reader, Waves MaxxAudio and Cortana)
Processor OptionsIntel Core i7-8550U (8 MB cache, up to 4.0 GHz)
Intel Core i5-8250U (6 MB cache, up to 3.4 GHz)
Memory Options16 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (2133 MHz, dual channel)
8 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (1866 MHz, dual channel)
4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (1866 MHz, dual channel)
Graphics ProcessorIntel UHD Graphics 620
Display Options13.3" UltraSharp 4K InfinityEdge display
- 3840 x 2160 pixels, 100% sRGB
- 400 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio
- 178°wide viewing angle, anti-reflective coating

13.3" UltraSharp FHD InfinityEdge touch display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels, 72% sRGB
- 400 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio
- 178°wide viewing angle, anti-reflective coating
Display ProtectionEdge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Storage Options1 TB PCIe SSD
512 GB PCIe SSD
256 GB PCIe SSD
128 GB SATA SSD
Keyboard & TouchpadFull size, backlit chiclet keyboard; 1.3mm travel
Precision touchpad, seamless glass integrated button
Wireless Connectivity OptionsIntel 8265 802.11ac (2x2) + BT 4.1
Killer 1435 802.11ac (2x2) + BT 4.1
Ports & Slots2 x Thunderbolt 3 with PowerShare, DC-In and DisplayPort
1 x USB-C 3.1 with PowerShare, DC-In & DisplayPort
microSD card reader
3.5" earphone port
Noble lock slot
Fingerprint SensorOptional Windows Hello-compliant fingerprint reader in Power button
Optical Drive OptionsNo internal drive
Only external options
AudioStereo speakers (1 W x 2) with Waves MaxxAudio Pro
WebcamWidescreen 720p webcam with 4-array digital microphones
Windows Hello-compliant infra-red camera
Far-Field Cortana capable
Battery52 WHr battery (non-replaceable)
AC Adapter45 W AC adapter
Docking OptionsDell Dock (130 W)
Dell Thunderbolt Dock (180 W)
DimensionsHeight : 0.3-0.46 inches / 7.8 -11.6 mm
Width : 11.9 inches / 302 mm
Depth : 7.8 inches / 199 mm
WeightStarting weight : 2.67 lbs / 1.21 kg
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Dell XPS 13 2018 (9370) Price & Availability

The new Dell XPS 13 2018 (Amazon | Lazada) is available globally, with starting price of US$ 999.99, or at Dell.com.my with a starting price of RM 5,999.

Dell will also be offering a Ubuntu-based XPS 13 Developer Edition with Linux preloaded in selected countries. It will have a starting price of US$ 949.99 / ~RM 3,895.

Here are some purchase links for select Dell XPS 13 2018 configurations :

* This model is not officially available in Malaysia at Dell.com.my.

 

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The Dell XPS 13 2018 (9370) CES 2018 Announcement

by Frank Azor, VP and GM, XPS, Alienware and Dell Gaming

Technology has become an expression of style for those who use it – though fashion can be fickle. One thing we do know is elegance never goes out of style.

First unveiled at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, the XPS 13 immediately enhanced the legacy of XPS as the world’s most celebrated laptop and winner of more product awards than any other line in Dell’s history, most recently named a CES 2018 Innovation Award Honoree.

And how did it garner this latest honor? Vision and a lot of hard work.

In reimagining the XPS 13, Dell took inspiration from the realm of fashion, where rose gold remains a trending color and white accents have been growing in popularity, seen everywhere from watch bands to sneakers.

However when turning our XPS white, we strived to achieve elegance and invested more than a dozen people, 11,520 hours and 50 trials to create a new system that was as stunning inside and out. The Dell design team didn’t want to simply paint a system white – they wanted to use authentic materials and make sure the system looked as beautiful on day 1000 as it does on day 1.

With the desire to give its white palm rest a weaved appearance, the team considered different materials beyond the color limits of traditional carbon fiber. The solution? An innovative new crystalline silica material with the white color literally woven in, like a fabric, in nine composite layers. Dell is the first to use this woven glass fiber in a laptop.

Complementing the new rose gold aluminum shell of the XPS 13, the alpine white glass fiber weave is elegant to the eye and silky to the touch. Durable as it is beautiful, atop its soft-textured lattice is titanium oxide for a pearlescent sheen and UV and stain-resistant coating to prevent yellowing or staining over time.

In fact, if you get a pen mark or other stain on the white interior you can just wipe it off. And with a heat resistance superior to metal, woven glass fiber also stays cooler to facilitate longer performance.

Interesting fact: The glass fibers in one palm rest, if laid end to end, would extend for 117,500 miles, nearly enough to stretch halfway from Earth to the moon. Now that’s one giant leap.

We not only worked to create the most beautiful laptop on the market, but extended that design ethos to its matching white power cords and USB-A/USB-C adapter. And moving from style, to lifestyle, we invested in sustainable recycled ocean plastics and bamboo packaging so you can purchase with confidence knowing that Dell is doing its part to help the planet.

Besides its head-turning exterior, the all-new XPS 13 is better by every measure. Now even more portable as the smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet, its stunning InfinityEdge display fits this 13-inch laptop in an 11-inch frame. It’s a full 30% (3.4mm) thinner as well as lighter, starting at just 2.7 pounds, making the XPS 13 the ultimate in mobility and durability.

Running Windows 10 and powered by the latest Intel 8th Generation Quad Core processor, XPS 13 delivers superior mobile performance with fast booting SSDs up to 1TB. You can also expect the longest battery life of any 13-inch laptop, with almost 20 hours on FHD, up to 11 on UHD (Mobile Mark 14).

While we made the system smaller and lighter, we were able to increase the performance by 2x, over the original XPS 13 launched in 2015, and maintain the world’s most powerful 13-inch laptop in its class. So how did we do that? We have the most innovative performance and thermal engineering at Dell.

We developed Dell Power Manager to let you customize your balance of battery life, charging, thermals and acoustics and Dynamic Power Mode that intuitively delivers maximum power as needed, for such tasks as video rendering applications and advanced spreadsheets, while intelligently monitoring and managing system temperatures.

 

This means the XPS 13 has sustained high performance while competitors performance declines with continued use, making the XPS 13 the most powerful 13-inch in its class (Tested by Principled Technologies in December 2017 using the Cinebench CPU (multi-core test)).

As for thermal engineering, XPS 13 is the world’s first laptop built with GORE Thermal Insulation, the same silica aerogels that have been used in high tech science and extreme engineering environments to diffuse and dissipate heat, such as insulation on the Mars Rovers and Hyper Velocity Particle capture in the Stardust Probe. This material directs heat out of the device, keeping your system cool while it works hard.

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Now with a higher resolution display, incorporating 2.5 million more pixels with 4K Ultra HD compared to the previous QHD+, the 100% sRGB display on the XPS 13 gives you great, saturated and accurate color, whether for graphic professionals or watching your favorite Netflix show. In fact, Dell knows people today use their PCs to stream content, so the XPS 13 also delivers an unparalleled immersive cinematic experience with richer colors and details, crisper and stronger audio, and reduced buffering, so you really can watch Netflix and chill.

Activated by voice, touch or facial recognition, access to the new XPS 13 comes through a triad of biometric doorways. Log in with a look or a touch with the infrared camera and optional fingerprint reader in the power button for Windows Hello, or talk to your device from across the room, with four integrated digital microphones and Microsoft’s Cortana voice recognition capabilities.

The new XPS 13 is available globally beginning today on Dell.com, Microsoft.com and at your local Microsoft Store, starting at $999.99. Dell is also offering a Ubuntu-based developer edition with Linux preloaded starting at $949.99 beginning today on Dell.com in the US and Europe as well.

I can confidently say the new XPS 13 is the most stunning system we have ever created with the perfect blend of elegance and performance.

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Samsung Knox Comes To 2018 Samsung Smart TVs!

At CES 2018, Samsung announced that the 2018 Samsung Smart TVs will ship with the Samsung Knox technology. They also announced that their Smart TV security solution is the first in the industry to receive the Common Criteria (CC) certification for three consecutive years, and its Checkout payment service is also certified by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

 

Samsung Knox Comes To 2018 Samsung Smart TVs!

The Samsung Knox technology for TV implements a hardware root of trust security architecture which incorporates security features across the TV platform stack. Integrated into all Smart TV lineups in 2018, the Samsung Knox technology ensures strengthened security optimized for the Smart TV user environment.

The Samsung Knox-based security system detects and removes malicious applications which can steal important data from other applications. Based on this enhanced security, Samsung became the first in the industry to receive Common Criteria certification, an internationally recognized certification system for computer security that is conducted for government evaluations, for three consecutive years.

Samsung Checkout

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The Samsung Checkout payment service received PCI DSS certification by UL at CES 2018, another noteworthy feat for the TV industry. For T-Commerce, which allows consumers to purchase products and services directly from their TVs, Samsung has further strengthened the security of its Smart TV payment service.

Checkout is a simple T-Commerce payment service that encrypts credit card information. PCI DSS is an international data security standard which has been adopted by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard, and Visa Inc. for all organizations that process, store or transmit credit card information.

McAfee Security For TV

In addition to Samsung’s own security software, Samsung and McAfee also have developed a new security application tailored for TVs called McAfee Security for TV, which has been in place since April 2017 and ships on all Samsung Smart TVs.

This TV security application provides an additional twofold protection for Samsung Smart TVs. McAfee is one of the world’s leading independent cybersecurity companies, offering security services in 32 languages. Samsung Smart TVs were the first in the world to adopt this innovative security software, specifically for TVs.

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CES 2018 : The Samsung + HARMAN Tech Updates

It hasn’t been a year since HARMAN International became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, and the two companies have already leveraged their combined teams and resources to drive future mobility forward.

Unveiled today at CES 2018 are a host of unique connected car solutions that support HARMAN and Samsung’s joint mission to become the leader in connectivity and autonomous driving: connecting the lives of people, whether at home, on the go, or together in the car.

 

The Samsung + HARMAN Tech Updates

These key innovations showcase an integrated approach to a rich digital car experience, including:

  • A reinvented digital cockpit platform for all vehicle segments that has given the interior of the car a makeover;
  • A new telematics solution along with the industry first automotive-grade 5G-ready connectivity solution; and
  • An ecosystem of partners and solutions to further build out the Samsung open autonomous platform, along with a showcase of our first implementation of this together with TTTech.

Each new solution was made possible through the HARMAN-Samsung alliance that leverages Samsung’s global scale, R&D capabilities, dominance in mobile/TV/semiconductors and distribution channels and HARMAN’s leading connected car heritage, relationships, market knowledge and growing community of innovation partners. Both companies are also making global investments in start-ups to help OEMs meet growing consumer demand for in-vehicle technology through scalable solutions that enhance the user experience for every vehicle segment.

 

New HARMAN Digital Cockpit Platform

The new Digital Cockpit platform includes a suite of flexible and scalable premium experiences that support today’s connected lifestyles without compromising safety or performance. It’s available in standard and advanced system configurations and can seamlessly integrate the instrument cluster with center console via voice, haptic feedback, and physical knobs and steering wheel controls in a single, center screen for all vital vehicle information and features. This also supports a multi-modal approach for interactions with different human-machine interfaces to allow customization in terms of HVAC, media and user settings.

The Digital Cockpit platform brings an entirely new generation of communication and ergonomics inside vehicles, allowing drivers to focus on the road ahead while intuitively and safely interacting with their in-car technology. This is made possible through a projection mode for services and apps via a user’s smartphone, allowing for increased personalization. A greater IoT ecosystem via cloud technology in the entry-level segment, as well as mid/high-level configurations, not only improves connectivity, but helps lower costs and overall vehicle weight.

In a premium configuration, the Digital Cockpit weaves together a driver’s entire connected lifestyle across the Internet of Things. Through a multi-display layout that leverages HARMAN’s Ignite Platform, the in-car user experience can be personalized for the driver and passenger via services such as virtual personal assistants, portable profiles, augmented reality and more. This also allows for the Android OS to be integrated on four displays – a first for the industry.

Focused on a future generation of shared mobility, the premium Digital Cockpit personalizes occupant experiences, so drivers and passengers feel like the car is theirs even if they don’t own it. By leveraging the phone as a key service, the system can automatically access subscription services associated with user profiles while Bixby offers intelligent personal assistance to help occupants complete tasks by voice, touch, gesture and context-based triggers.

The Digital Cockpit is scalable and made available for every automotive segment, offering future proof and safety focused features within a developer-friendly open ecosystem.

 

First 5G Automotive Telematics Solution and Customer

HARMAN and Samsung are jointly developing modular approaches for advanced telematics, capable of 1 Gb/s bandwidth.

HARMAN and Samsung will deliver the industry’s first 5G-ready automotive solution and multi-band conformal antenna to enable secure, fast and reliable data communications. The solution consists of a telematics control unit with a modular design accommodating a network access device (NAD) supporting LTE CAT 16 connectivity today and 5G in the future leveraging the same hardware design.

5G represents a paradigm shift in the future of mobility. In the automotive sector, 5G delivers safety-enhancing C-V2X capability that is an essential enabler for autonomous transportation. 5G boosts speeds up to 100X faster than current 4G LTE standards to provide incredibly fast high-resolution streaming, immersive virtual and augmented reality features and seamless cloud-based applications in fast-moving cars.

Ultra-reliable and with low-latency response times of just 1ms, 5G enables C-V2X and cloud-based compute and storage for the next generation autonomous vehicles. HARMAN today announced that a leading European automaker will be the first customer for this solution. At CES 2018, HARMAN and Samsung will demonstrate high speed connectivity in a future mobility concept vehicle powered by the Samsung Networks 5G infrastructure.

 

Samsung + HARMAN DRVLINE Platform

Developed in close collaboration with HARMAN, Samsung announced its new DRVLINE platform, an open and modular platform for autonomous driving designed to scale from Level 3 automation up to Levels 4 and 5.

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The two companies will continue to focus on engineering, high-performance computing, sensor technologies, algorithms, artificial intelligence, and cloud and connectivity solutions that are scalable and capable of lower-level autonomy through to Level 5.

The first HARMAN/Samsung-developed ADAS product will be a forward-facing camera featuring lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, collision warning and pedestrian warning algorithms. The new system combines Samsung’s heritage in camera technology with HARMAN’s ADAS 360 solution that blends machine learning and data science with augmented reality to create a self-learning virtual co-passenger to ensure the connected driving experience is personalized and safe.

The new system will begin shipping in 2018.

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CES 2018 : The Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018) Revealed!

Samsung Electronics today announced the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018), a versatile notebook that provides consumers with the accessibility needed to remain productive in today’s digital world. Check it out!

The Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018) Revealed!

Designed for working professionals, students and those looking for entertainment, the Notebook 7 Spin (2018) offers modern features including a 360-degree touchscreen for added convenience; an Active Pen (sold separately) for quick and easy note-taking; as well as the power and performance for more efficient multi-tasking.

“Our customers wanted a functional, intuitive device that includes a wide range of their favorite features, and that’s what we’ve delivered with the Notebook 7 Spin (2018),” said YoungGyoo Choi, Senior Vice President of the PC Business Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “This device meets the needs of today’s digital lifestyle, combining work and play with a smart, seamless and personalized experience that connects users with their other devices.”

At CES 2018, Samsung will showcase the new Notebook 7 Spin (2018) and a variety of features that allow consumers to work wherever, whenever and however they want while staying secure. These features include:

  • 360-Degree Rotating Touchscreen – Provides the flexibility to view content as preferred, whether it be as a tablet or as a traditional PC in landscape mode
  • Active Pen-enabled – Perfect for attending meetings, conference calls or lectures, the Active Pen lets users create a sketch or jot down notes on the fly
  • Secure Fingerprint Log-in – Through simple fingerprint scanning, users can quickly log-in with Windows Hello and keep files secure in their own Privacy Folder
  • Power and Performance – Runs on Windows 10 operating system and equipped with an Intel i5 processor and 256GB SSD drive that allows for quicker startups and advanced multi-tasking capabilities[adrotate group=”2″]
  • Voice Note – Advanced smart recording featuring an integrated far field microphone to capture every detail of important meetings or lectures, which can be stored and shared easily via Samsung Cloud
  • Battery and Backlit Keyboard – Extended battery power to keep users connected throughout the day
  • Studio Plus – For users who wish to express their creative side, Studio Plus allows them to produce personalized movies featuring their favorite photos and videos

The Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018) will be available in select countries starting in the first quarter of 2018 in the U.S.

The Samsung Notebook 7 Spin 2018 Specifications

SpecificationsSamsung Notebook 7 Spin 2018
Display13.3" Full HD PLS display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels
Chassis BuildA/C metal
Processor8th Generation Intel Core i5 processor
Memory8 GB DDR4 SDRAM
Storage256 GB SSD
Ports1 x USB-C
1 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
1 x earphones + mic
WebcamVGA webcam
SecurityFingerprint Sensor (Windows Hello-compliant)
Privacy Folder
StylusYes, Active Pen
KeyboardBacklit keyboard
- 1.5 mm keystroke with curved keycap
Battery43 Whr lithium ion battery
Dimensions315.8 mm wide
215.4 mm deep
18.5 mm thick
Weight1.53 kg

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AMD CES 2018 Updates – Ryzen APU, Ryzen PRO, Vega Mobile & More!

Las Vegas – 2018 CES – January 7, 2018 AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today detailed its forthcoming roll-out plan for its new and next generation of high-performance computing and graphics products during the AMD CES 2018 technology update event in Las Vegas.

Alongside announcing the first desktop Ryzen processors with built-in Radeon Vega Graphics, AMD also detailed the full line-up of Ryzen Mobile APUs including the new Ryzen PRO and Ryzen 3 models, and provided a first look at the performance of its upcoming 12nm Ryzen 2 desktop CPU expected to launch in April 2018.

In graphics, AMD announced the expansion of the AMD Vega family with Radeon Vega Mobile and that its first 7nm product is planned to be a Radeon Vega GPU specifically built for machine learning applications.

 

AMD CES 2018 Technology Updates

AMD CTO and SVP Mark Papermaster shared updates on AMD’s process technology roadmaps for both x86 processors and graphics architectures.

  • x86 Processors
    • The “Zen” core, currently shipping in Ryzen desktop and mobile processors, is in production at both 14nm and 12nm, with 12nm samples now shipping.
    • The “Zen 2” design is complete and will improve on the award-winning “Zen” design in multiple dimensions.
  • Graphics Processors
    • Expanding the “Vega” product family in 2018 with the Radeon Vega Mobile GPU for ultrathin notebooks.
    • The first 7nm AMD product, a “Vega” based GPU built specifically for machine learning applications.
    • A production-level machine learning software environment with AMD’s MIOpen libraries supporting common machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow and Caffe on the ROCm Open eCosystem platform. The industry’s first fully open heterogeneous software environment, which is making it easier to program using AMD GPUs for high performance compute and deep learning environments.

 

AMD CES 2018 Client Compute Updates

AMD SVP and General Manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, Jim Anderson detailed upcoming AMD client compute processors including:

  • The Ryzen desktop processor with Radeon graphics
    • Desktop Ryzen APUs combine the latest “Zen” core and AMD Radeon graphics engine based on the advanced “Vega” architecture, bringing:
      • The highest performance graphics engine in a desktop processor[i]
      • Advanced quad core performance with up to 8 processing threads
      • 1080p HD+ gaming performance without a discrete graphics card
      • Beautiful display features with Radeon FreeSync technology[ii]
      • Full benefit of Radeon software driver features including Radeon Chill, Enhanced Sync and Radeon ReLive
    • Planned to be available starting February 12, 2018.

Ryzen Desktop Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics

Model CPU Cores Threads Max Boost Clock (GHz) Graphics Compute Units[iii] Max GPU Clock (MHz) L2/L3 Cache (MB) cTDP (Watts)
Ryzen 5 2400G with Radeon RX Vega Graphics 4 8 3.9 11 1250 6 45-65W
Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon Vega Graphics 4 4 3.7 8 1100 6 45-65W
  • 2nd generation Ryzen desktop CPU
    • AMD’s first 12nm based processor with Precision Boost 2 technology.
    • Scheduled for introduction April 2018.
  • Ryzen PRO Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics
    • Targeted for commercial, enterprise, and public sector implementation, Ryzen PRO mobile processors are designed to power sleek and powerful enterprise notebooks featuring the world’s fastest processor for commercial ultrathin notebooks[iv], state-of-the-art silicon-level security, and reliable solutions with enterprise-class support and product stack top-to-bottom DASH manageability.
      • Up to 22% more competitive productivity performance[v]
      • Up to 125% more competitive graphics performance than Intel i7-8550U and 150% more competitive graphics performance than Intel i7-7500U[vi]
      • Targeting Up to 13.5 hours of battery life[vii]
      • SenseMI[viii] features including Precision Boost 2 technology and Mobile Extended Frequency Range (mXFR)[ix]
    • Ryzen PRO mobile solutions are expected to launch in Q2 2018.

Ryzen PRO mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics

Model CPU Cores Threads Max Clock (GHz) Graphics Compute Units[iii] Max GPU Clock (MHz) L2/L3 Cache (MB) cTDP (Watts)
Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U with Radeon Vega Graphics 4 8 3.8 10 1300 6 15W Nominal
Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U with Radeon Vega Graphics 4 8 3.6 8 1100 6 15W Nominal
Ryzen 3 PRO 2300U with Radeon Vega Graphics 4 4 3.4 6 1100 6 15W Nominal
  • Ryzen Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics
    • AMD expanded the Ryzen Mobile Processor family, featuring the world’s fastest processor for ultrathin notebooks line up, with the introduction of the Ryzen 3 mobile processor.

Ryzen Mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics

Model CPU Cores Threads Max Clock (GHz) Graphics Compute Units[iii] Max GPU Clock (MHz) L2/L3 Cache (MB) cTDP (Watts)
Ryzen 7 2700U with Radeon Vega Graphics 4 8 3.8 10 1300 6 15W Nominal
Ryzen 5 2500U with Radeon Vega Graphics 4 8 3.6 8 1100 6 15W Nominal
Ryzen 3 2300U with Radeon Vega Graphics 4 4 3.4 6 1100 6 15W Nominal
Ryzen 3 2200U with Radeon Vega Graphics 2 4 3.4 3 1000 5 15W Nominal

 

AMD CES 2018 Graphics & Gaming Updates

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AMD discussed its first mobile discrete graphics solution based on the “Vega” architecture. This razor-thin Radeon Vega Mobile GPU is designed to enable new, powerful gaming notebooks in 2018 with extraordinary performance and incredible efficiency.

AMD also announced that Radeon Software will add support for HDMI 2.1 Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) technology on Radeon RX products in an upcoming driver release. This support will come as an addition to the Radeon FreeSync technology umbrella, as displays with HDMI 2.1 VRR support reach market.

Ubisoft announced that Far Cry 5 will support Radeon RX Vega-specific features like Rapid Packed Math as well as Radeon FreeSync 2 technology. Radeon RX Vega owners will be able to enjoy Far Cry 5 at exceptional fidelity, with stunning frame rates and beautiful image quality.

 

AMD CES 2018 Footnotes

[i] Testing by AMD Performance labs as of 12/08/2017 for the Ryzen 5 2400G, and 09/04/2015 for the Core i7-5775c on the following systems. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on driver versions used.

System Configs: All systems equipped with Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD, Windows 10 RS2 operating system. Socket AM4 System: Ryzen 52400G processor, 16B (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2667 RAM, Graphics Driver 1710181048-17.40-171018a-319170E 23.20.768.0 :: 12/08/2017. Socket LGA1150 System: Core i7-5775c processor, 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1867 MHz RAM, graphics driver 10.18.15.4256:: 09/04/2015. 3DMark 11 Performance benchmark used to represent graphics power. The following processors achieved the following scores in 3DMark 11 ‘performance’ benchmark v1.0.132.0: The Ryzen 5 2400G: 5042. Also in v1.0.132.0, .The Core i7-5775c, the Intel desktop processor with the highest Intel desktop graphics performance, achieved 3094. RZG-01

[ii] FreeSync 2 does not require HDR capable monitors; driver can set monitor in native mode when FreeSync 2 supported HDR content is detected. Low-latency HDR only attainable when using a FreeSync 2 API enabled game or video player and content that uses at least 2x the perceivable brightness and color range of sRGB, and using a FreeSync 2 qualified monitor. Based on AMD internal testing as of November 2016. GD-105.

[iii] AMD Radeon and FirePro GPUs based on the Graphics Core Next architecture consist of multiple discrete execution engines known as a Compute Unit (“CU”). Each CU contains 64 shaders (“Stream Processors”) working together. GD-78

[iv] “Processor for ultrathin notebooks” defined as 15W nominal processor TDP. Based on testing of the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U, AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U, and Core i7-8550U mobile processors as of 10/6/2017 Performance based on Cinebench R15 nT and 3DMark® TimeSpy in order of AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U and Intel 8550U. Cinebench R15 nT results: 660.5, 498.2; 3DMark TimeSpy results: 978, 350. 50:50 CPU:GPU weighted relative performance with i7 baseline: Intel i7-8650U = (498.2/498.2*.5) + (350/350*.5) = 100%; AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U = (660.5/498.2*.5) + (978/350*.5) = 206%.AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U Processor: HP 83C6, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U Processor with Radeon Vega 10 Graphics, 8GB Dual Channel (2x4GB) DDR4-2400 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SATA SSD, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 22.19.655.0, 12-Sep-2017. i7-8550U: KBL Woody_KL, i7-8550U with Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB Dual Channel (2x4GB) DDR4-2400 RAM, MTFDDAV256TBN – M.2 Sata, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 22.20.16.4771, 12-Aug-2017. Different configurations and drivers may yield different results. RPM-6

[v] Testing by AMD Performance labs. PCMark 10 Extended is used to simulate productivity performance; the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U scored 3102, while the Intel i7-8550U scored 2533 for a benchmark score comparison of 3102/2533 = 1.22X or 22% faster. AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U: HP 83C6, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U with Radeon Vega 10 Processor Graphics, 8GB DDR4-2400 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SATA SSD, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 22.19.655.2, 06-Sep-2017. Core i7-8550U: Acer Spin 5, Core i7-8550U with Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB DDR4-2400 RAM, MTFDDAV256TBN – M.2 Sata SSD, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 22.20.16.4771, 12-Aug-2017. Different configurations and drivers may yield different results. RPM-2

[vi] Testing by AMD Performance labs. 3DMark 11 Performance is used to simulate system performance; the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U scored 4357, while the Intel i7-8550U scored 1937 for a benchmark score comparison of 4357/1937 = 2.25X or 125% faster and the Intel i7-7500U scored 1743 for benchmark score comparison of 4357/1743 = 2.50X or 150% faster. AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U: HP Envy x360 @25W, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U Processor with Radeon Vega 10 Graphics, 8GB DDR4-2400 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SATA SSD, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 22.19.655.2, 06-Sep-2017. Intel Core i7-8550U: Acer Swift 3, Intel Core i7-8550U with Intel UHD Graphics 620 @15W, 16GB DDR4-2400 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SATA SSD, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 22.20.16.4771, 12-Aug-2017. Intel Core i7-7500U: HP Envy x360, Intel Core i7-7500U with Intel HD Graphics 620 @15W, 8GB DDR4-2400 RAM, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SATA SSD, Windows 10 Pro RS2, Graphics driver 22.20.16.4691 , 01-Jun-2017. Different configurations and drivers may yield different results. RPM-1

[vii] Based on AMD testing as of 10/11/2017. Battery life targets for the AMD Ryzen PRO Processor with Radeon Graphics assume a fully power-optimized software/hardware solution stack, and the following system configuration: AMD Reference Platform, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U, 2x4GB DDR4-2400, graphics driver 17.30.1025, Windows 10 x64 (1703). Assuming a 50 Wh battery capacity, MobileMark 14 battery life for the Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U playback is estimated at 13.5 hours. Different configurations and drivers may yield different results. RPM-5

[viii] AMD SenseMI technology is built into all Ryzen processors, but specific features and their enablement may vary by product and platform. mXFR enablement must meet AMD requirements. Not enabled on all notebook designs. Check with manufacturer to confirm “amplified mXFR performance” support.

[ix] mXFR enablement must meet AMD requirements. Not enabled on all notebook designs. Check with manufacturer to confirm “amplified mXFR performance” support.

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CES 2018 : The Acer Nitro 5 2018 Gaming Laptop Revealed!

LAS VEGAS (January 6, 2018) – Acer today announced its new Acer Nitro 5 2018 gaming laptop, designed for casual gamers seeking great performance in an attractive laser-textured design. Powered by Windows 10, the new 15-inch laptop is targeted towards mainstream users who enjoy the thrill of gaming with friends, and building their own network of like-minded players.

 

The Acer Nitro 5 2018 Gaming Laptop Revealed!

The Acer Nitro 5 2018 packs in the latest-generation AMD Radeon RX 560 graphics for faster rendering, improved lighting and texture details so users can immerse themselves in on-screen excitement. Gamers will also benefit from the latest AMD Ryzen Mobile processors for amazing performance, whether it be for gaming, content creation or multi-tasking applications.

The Nitro 5’s internal solid-state drive is available up to 512 GB, plenty of storage for the latest gaming titles, music and movies. The lightning-fast speeds of DDR4 RAM of up to 32 GB combined with the SSD means fast booting, loading and restarting in mere seconds so players can get to the action immediately.

Once in the throes of battle, Acer’s NitroSense utility allows the monitoring of the CPU/GPU, and adjustment of cooling fan speeds via Acer CoolBoost to keep them in optimal operation.

Designed for Visual Seduction

The Nitro 5’s chassis features a top cover with elegant laser texturing that brings bold refinement to the gaming laptop. A matte, crimson red hinge is a gorgeous yet understated accent that beautifully matches the futuristic design of the backlit keyboard.

The 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display produces brilliant imagery with crisp details, letting users track with precision the bloodshed that reigns down on their enemies. For better online collaboration, a front-facing HD web camera lets users strategize face-to-face, and then celebrate together as they bask in their post-match glory

Users can also easily broadcast games live with Mixer, directly from the Game bar on Windows 10 simply by pressing the Windows key plus G.

Immersive Excitement and Connections

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To round out the gaming experience, Acer’s Nitro 5 2018 features finely-tuned, high-quality speakers with Dolby Audio Premium and Acer TrueHarmony technology. This equips gamers with the necessary gear to hone in on the faintest sound of tip-toeing attackers, and then relish in the reverberating boom of a carefully-placed landmine.

The Nitro 5 2018 features all of the supporting technologies and connections the casual gamer needs: fast and reliable dual-stream 802.11ac wireless technology, a plethora of ports, including hyper-fast USB Type-C, HDMI 2.0, and Gigabit Ethernet to enable users to enter any arena prepared to execute every mission at the highest level.

 

The Acer Nitro 2018 Pricing and Availability

The Acer Nitro 5 2018 will be available in North America in April with prices starting at US$799; and in EMEA in April with prices starting at €1,099.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability may vary by region

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CES 2018 : New Acer Swift 7 + Spin 3 Laptops Revealed!

LAS VEGAS (January 6, 2018) – Acer today launched the world’s thinnest laptop[i], the new Swift 7 (SF714-51T). At just 8.98 mm thin, the new Swift 7 is an always-connected PC running Windows 10 that’s designed for mobility, with an ultraportable design packing a powerful Intel Core i7 processor, all-day battery life and a personal, trusted 4G LTE connection.

 

The Acer Swift 7 2018 (SF714-51T) Revealed!

Always-Connected

The Acer Swift 7’s slim design is only the beginning of the new features on offer. Blazing-fast, built-in Intel XMM 4G LTE connectivity keeps users productive and always-connected, especially useful for professionals who wish to eliminate tedious wireless connection problems on the road so they can stay focused on the task at hand.

In addition to a Nano SIM card slot, the Swift 7 features eSIM technology, allowing download and activation of eSIM profiles. The Swift 7 ships with a Transatel profile provisioned with up to 1 GB[ii] of free data valid for one month in 48 countries[iii] to help users get started immediately, while additional data plans can be easily purchased as needed through the Mobile Plans application while travelling around the world. 802.11ac wireless with 2×2 MIMO provides reliable and fast connections to the office or home network.

Both Brawn and Beauty

Powered by a 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, the Swift 7 provides incredible performance, a seamless Windows 10 experience and up to 10 hours[iv] of battery life. 256 GB of PCIe SSD storage offers plenty of room to keep important files at the user’s fingertips, while 8 GB of LPDDR3 memory keeps multitasking smooth and responsive. A fingerprint reader allows password-free and more secure sign-in through Windows Hello.

The Swift 7’s unibody aluminum chassis is pleasing to the eye and gentle to touch, perfect for modern professionals seeking a sophisticated look. Its new high-resolution display has been upgraded to 14-inches, and sports a Full HD IPS[v] display, Acer Color Intelligence for lifelike clarity at every angle, as well as a Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT touchscreen and touchpad. Typing has never been easier thanks to the Swift 7’s backlit keyboard, which is handy in low-light conditions such as long-haul international flights or train journeys.

 

The Acer Spin 3 2018 (SP314-51) Revealed!

Acer has also announced its refreshed Spin 3 (SP314-51) laptop, designed for users seeking out a versatile device for all-day productivity and entertainment. Its durable 360° dual-torque hinge enables it to function as a laptop, tablet, display and even provides a space-saving tent mode, all in a single device.

Now equipped with a powerful 8th Gen Intel Core processor and impressive storage options, the Spin 3 merges exceptional performance with portability. It provides up to 12 hours of battery life for digital work and play on the move, with two front-facing speakers with Acer TrueHarmony technology. The Spin 3’s 14-inch display supports vivid imagery in Full HD with IPS technology, allowing on-screen content to shine through in exceptional detail.

 

[i] Based on Acer’s internal survey as of January 5, 2018 of competing clamshell laptop designs available on the market, running Windows OS or OSX

[ii] For devices sold in Germany, the trial plan will not be able for use domestically, but the validity period will be extended to six months for use abroad. For devices sold in Canada, as the trial plan does not include domestic coverage, the validity period will also be extended to six months for use abroad.

[iii] Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madeira, Malaysia, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam

[iv] Listed battery life is based on MobileMark 2014® productivity mode testing with wireless on. Details of MobileMark 2014 testing are available at www.bapco.com. Battery life rating is for comparison purposes only. Actual battery life varies by model, configuration, application, power management settings, operating conditions, and features used. A battery’s maximum capacity decreases with time and use.

[v] All brands and product names mentioned herein include trademarks of their respective companies and are used solely to describe or identify the products

 

Pricing and Availability

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The Acer Swift 7 2018 will be available in North America in March with prices starting at US$1,699; and in EMEA in April with prices starting at €1,699.

The Acer Spin 3 2018 will be available in North America in February with prices starting at US$599; and in EMEA in January with prices starting at €649.

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No Surprise : Threadripper 1950X Wins CES 2018 Award

No surprise here. AMD just announced that their Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor (Price Check) won the CES 2018 Best of Innovation Award in the Computer Hardware and Components category. AMD is justifiably proud of this, but if you have no idea what’s going on, continue on below, and make sure you read our article – All You Need To Know About The AMD Ryzen Threadripper.

 

The Threadripper 1950X Wins CES 2018 Award

As a do-it-all powerhouse built to serve the needs of the most demanding developers, prosumers, creators and enthusiasts, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (Price Check) processor supports 16 cores and 32 threads, delivering world-class performance built around AMD’s powerful “Zen” core architecture.

This high-end processor delivers overwhelming processing power, unrestrained potential, and superior performance over your most daunting tasks and workloads.

“The overwhelmingly positive response from enthusiasts and expert reviewers that greeted the release of AMD Ryzen Threadripper already served as a huge reward for the AMD whole engineering team who built this ground-breaking product,” said AMD Chief Marketing Officer John Taylor. “Now, with its selection as a CES 2018 Best of Innovation Award winner, Ryzen Threadripper achieves a special standing and place of leadership in the incredible history of processor innovation.”

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The prestigious CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), owner and producer of CES 2018, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a panel of independent industrial designers, engineers, and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics across 28 categories.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (Price Check) processor will be displayed at CES 2018, which runs January 9-12, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Best of Innovation Honorees are also displayed at CES Unveiled New York on November 9 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.

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