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Lenovo Yoga Book. Opinion, video review.

Posted on 09 November 2016

Just days after announcing that UMPCPortal would be closing down I’m sitting here with a 690 gram 10 inch convertible with LTE. It’s 9mm thick and will go down as one of those brave products that pushed the UMPC boundaries. Bill Gates will happy to see this. Or will he? As Microsoft push pen capability, Lenovo are levering this to give the mobile productivity market another go with the Lenovo Yoga Book […]

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Chromebook Android Apps. Problems reported in Alpha feature tests.

Posted on 01 August 2016

There are three Chromebooks on the market that are currently able to run Android apps. More are coming soon as this barrier-breaking feature hasn’t yet rolled out as a full version to all Chromebooks but if you’ve got a Chromebook Pixel, Asus Chromebook Flip or Acer Chromebook R11 / C738T you can switch to the ‘developer channel’ and get an early test.

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The Xbox Dongle and Casting. Last chance for Consumer Windows?

Posted on 01 June 2016

The Xbox Dongle, a Chromecast / FireTV-like streaming and gaming device could help Windows 10 in the consumer space and might be a critical last-chance for Microsoft to keep Windows relevant for consumers.  Windows Mobile was the potential low-cost, high volume strategy that could have created a stable development economy but now it’s gone there isn’t much else left – apart from the dongle.

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Lenovo Yoga 710 11. Mobile, convertible. And it’s great! Any more questions?

Posted on 01 June 2016

I often get the chance to handle PCs before they are released but it’s rare that I take such a liking to a product after so long testing it. After three months with a production sample the Lenovo Yoga 710 has become my buddy in-home and on-the-go and it has proven to me how much I like single-unit convertibles over separable tablet 2-in-1’s like the Surface Pro 3. The fanless (silent) light (2.3 […]

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Discounted Lumia 950 XL is not enough. Analysis and LumiaBook proposal.

Posted on 30 May 2016

The Lumia 950 XL is 400 Euro in Europe now and offers a lot of hardware and features for the money but is it worth buying or should you completely ignore it? My analysis says ‘move on’ as I struggle to find any type of target customer – and that includes cameraphone fans. What next for Lumia and Windows Mobile? The LumiaBook?

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New Lenovo Yoga 710 available in 3 weeks for $549 with a Pentium 4405Y

Posted on 30 May 2016

The Lenovo Yoga 710 that I’m writing on now will be available in 3 weeks for and entry-level price of $549. Pricing appears on the Lenovo USA website. A Lenovo Yoga 710 for $549 will include a Pentium 4405Y CPU which is effectively a cut-down Core M CPU at 1.5 Ghz and a low-end GPU (HD 515) and it allows Lenovo to keep the price down. You’ll still get 128 GB of SSD […]

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Windows Home, UWP at risk as Microsoft steps out of consumer phone market.

Posted on 25 May 2016

Does the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and, ultimately, Windows Home have a future now that Microsoft are stopping development work on consumer phones? I think there’s a domino effect about to happen over the next 24 months that will see the consumer laptop market turn away from Windows Home and I don’t see a way that anyone can stop it. UWP is then left spreading awkwardly across gaming (Xbox) and business (PCs.)  UWP is at risk. Continuum […]

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What can you do with Continuum on the Lumix 950 XL? (Detailed test.)

Posted on 25 May 2016

Continuum on the Lumia 950 LX is a bit awkward. You think you’re actually using Windows 10 desktop and then the bits of the UI you were expecting aren’t there. Neither are floating apps, Gigabit Ethernet USB dongle support and, the one that keeps catching me out, my taskbar with the Google Chrome icon. It’s not that fast either but here I am. on a Lumia 950 XL connected to […]

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Issues to watch out for – Google Play on Chromebooks

Posted on 24 May 2016

Google Play is coming to ChromeOS later this year and when it does Chromebooks will become truly offline capable, will leapfrog Windows laptops in some app categories and will have an app engine that could drive development of new types of ChromeOS products. I hope that by now you’ve heard the very exciting news that the Google Play Store, originally for Android smartphones and tablets, is coming to Chrome OS. The new, […]

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Intel KILLS OUR CHIPS.

Posted on 30 April 2016

The Intel-based ultra mobile PC era is coming to an end.  The next generation of Intel SoCs for Windows and Android phones and tablets has been cancelled, signalling a departure from the 5-10 inch mobile PC space.  Core M could fill-in but it looks very much like Intel are stepping away from this market. We’ve covered this for over 10 years at UMPCPortal so it’s a hard-hitting story for this website and […]

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Mobile Streaming Equipment walkthrough

Posted on 28 April 2016

While some might not consider this mobile video streaming kit ‘ultra’ mobile it’s a set of equipment that uses ultra mobile components and can run for up to 3 hours on battery alone. It’s flexible, Full HD capable, can stream to multiple platforms (and RTMP recievers) and includes lighting, a good camera, tripods and the all-important shotgun microphone. This is a set of kit I’ve put together for a new […]

iPad Pro 9.7 testing, UMPC style.

Posted on 18 April 2016

Like the time I tested my first UMPC in 2006 this iPad Pro 9.7 is giving me goosebumps. 682 grants of powerful tablet and keyboard with LTE and 256 GB of SSD. This setup costs about the same too. 1368 Euros after tax / $1178 in the USA. Holy cow it’s expensive, but because this is a loaner, I’m still smiling. I’m still testing too so I can’t give you […]

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