UltrabookNews, Reviews and the Ultrabook Database http://ultrabooknews.com Ultrabook News, Reviews and Database Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:56:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro (Core M) performance tests reveal throttling, fan noise! http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/10/16/lenovo-yoga-3-pro-core-m-performance-tests-reveal-throttling-fan-noise/ http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/10/16/lenovo-yoga-3-pro-core-m-performance-tests-reveal-throttling-fan-noise/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:34:55 +0000 http://ultrabooknews.com/?p=11816 lenovo-laptop-convertible-yoga-3-pro-silver-laptop-mode-3

The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro launched last week and has been handled by enough people now for us to get an idea of the performance of the Core M platform and the quality of the product. It’s the worlds-thinnest 2-in-1 and weighs just 1.19 KG which, for a 13.3-inch convertible is quite impressive. Lenovo have squeezed in a reasonably sized battery and there are a few other highlight features too.

  • Worlds thinnest 2-in-1 at 1.19 KG.
  • 13.3-inch tablet at 1.19 KG.
  • 813 pieces in new hinge design.
  • QHD+ (3200 x 1800) 10-point multitouch screen.
  • AC Wi-Fi.
  • DC-in with USB function combined on one port. (2 other USB ports available too.)
  • JBL speakers and Waves Audio hardware. [Waves audio is implemented in hardware on the new audio subsystem.]
  • 44.8 Wh battery.
  • 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM on base model .
  • Core M 5Y70 supports VPro and higher Turbo/base clock speed.

Lenovo have used a Core M SoC inside the Yoga 3 which reduces mainboard size and thermal space requirements. It allows them to make this 2-in-1 incredibly thin for a touchscreen convertible. A new hinge mechanism, made from hundreds of watchband-like components, helps keep the dimensions down. It looks somewhat ‘blingy’ and one must also question the durability of 851 separate components working together as a single hinge.

I’ve been in touch with Mobilegeeks.de who are testing the Yoga 3 Pro now and have written up their first impressions (in German) I wanted to find out more about the fan. Yes, a fan is included with the Yoga 3 Pro. In some respects that will be a good thing as it increases the thermal ‘space’ for Turbo Boost to work. Over 50% of the CPU performance of Core M relies on their being enough scope for heating up as it overclocks. If the temperature is already too high or rises too quickly, Tube Boost can turn off and you’re left with a 1.1Ghz CPU which  has nothing like the power of the previous Yoga 2 Pro.

In this Core M SoC 60% of the CPU performance is dependent on Turbo Boost which, in turn, is dependent on thermal headroom. If the device is hot, Turbo Boost may not be able to offer the full 2Ghz performance. Expect a wide range of CPU performance figures for Core M tablets and 2-in-1’s. (Source)

Roland, the reviewer over at Mobilegeeks, points me to a forum thread on Notebookreview where there are benchmarks and evidence of throttling in tablet mode and in multi-threaded CPU tests. This confirms my worry about Core M. Intel can show nice high-speed tests in optimized casings but it’s up to the manufacturer to create the balance between size and performance. Having said that it’s disappointing that even with a fan and the high-end Core M 5Y70 the Yoga 3 Pro is not performing like and Ultrabook.  In the Mobilegeek Cinebench 11.5 multi-cpu test the Yoga 3 Pro scored just 2.08 which is less than the Lenovo Yoga 11S with the Core i7 Y-series from last year and less than the original Lenovo Yoga 13. This is not a good test result. Here’s the performance figure slotted into our Ultrabook performance table.  Note that the cheaper Surface Pro 3 wih Core i5 U-series is going to bring you nearly 50% more CPU power.

 

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Cinebench 11.5 multi-CPU test result. (Result by Mobilegeeks.de)

The Mobilegeeks first impressions review is here. (translated) and you’ll find positive comments about the keyboard and build, the screen and the weight. There are also positive comments about battery life which can go up to 9 hours in video playback mode but there are definitely issues to consider here.

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Issues summary

  • Time will tell if the hinge is strong enough.
  • Hi-DPI screen not supported by some desktop apps.
  • High entry-level price.
  • Performance less than Yoga 2 Pro
  • No function key row.
  • Not fanless.

This is a bad start for Core M and if we see this confirmed on other devices we’ll be moving coverage of the Core M products from Ultrabooknews.com to our ultra-mobile focused sister site UMPCPortal.com

Thanks to Roland for answering our questions. Here’s his unboxing video…

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Core-M based ASUS Zenbook UX305 to cost $799 http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/09/30/core-m-based-asus-zenbook-ux305-to-cost-799/ http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/09/30/core-m-based-asus-zenbook-ux305-to-cost-799/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:48:57 +0000 http://ultrabooknews.com/?p=11801 The beautiful ASUS Zenbook Z305, powered with the new Intel Core M CPU, will launch at €799 according to NotebookItalia. This 1.2KG Ultrabook with a 2K display, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD should be available in December.

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We always though that ASUS would break into a new price point with this superlight but 799 euro (which is likely to translate to $799 pre-tax in the USA) is better than we expected.

The Core M 5Y10a CoC inside has an 800Mhz base clockrate but can automatically overclock (Turbo Boost) to 2.0Ghz given the right conditions. We’ve seen it in test though and based on those tests we can’t say that the UX305 is going to out-perform any existing Haswell Ultrabook based on the U-Series processor. It will, however, provide a huge boost over what we’ve seen on Haswell Y-series Ultrabooks and 2-in-1’s like the Lenovo Yoga 11S. It’s fanless and has space inside for a 45Wh battery which should get you 10-hours of video watching. 6 hours of web-working should be possible too.

I’ve written about Core M and up-coming products here.

For 799-Euro you can get a more powerful Windows laptop but will it be 1.2KG in weight, have a 2K screen and be fanless? No.

The ASUS Zenbook UX305 will also be available with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD.

Have a look at the ASUS Zenbook UX305 in the hands-on video made at IFA earlier this month.


Source: Notebookitalia

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Intel Core M Overview, benchmarks and product Previews. http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/09/14/intel-core-m-overview-benchmarks-and-product-previews/ http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/09/14/intel-core-m-overview-benchmarks-and-product-previews/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:30:50 +0000 http://ultrabooknews.com/?p=11772 Core M die

The Intel Core M processor, officially launched last week, offers Ultrabook performance in a processing unit that’s about half the size of the current CPUs found in Ultrabooks with a 6W TDP profile. What does that mean? I’ve seen it benchmarked to Ultrabook performance levels on an 680gram fanless tablet. It works!

Rather than offering something that will compete with Ultrabook-style processors though it opens up a new area of fast processing and graphics performance for new types of computing devices. Fanless set top boxes, tablets, thin 2-in-1’s and extremely mobile laptops. At IFA and IDF over the last two weeks I got a good idea of where it sits, what it can do and got a sneak peek at some benchmarks and some of the products.

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If you remember Lenovo 11S foldable 2-in-1 you’ll have an idea of where Core M fits. The original 11S ran on a ‘Y-series’ Ivy Bridge CPU that introduced the idea of ‘scenario design power.’ SDP was very much smoke, mirrors and a useless metric for consumers but it was the first step towards Core M. The Haswell variant brought some great battery life and a few early fanless 2-in-1s. Core M takes that idea and wraps it in fresh marketing. The improvements over the last generation ‘Haswell’ variant are potentially quite large with around 50% performance improvements in CPU and GPU and a new audio codec that takes load off the CPU and improves battery life for video playback. I say ‘potentially’ because getting the best performance out of Core M relies on good system design. Casings need to be high-grade machined die-cast aluminum to have a chance of pulling the best out of Core M. Pressed aluminum cases may only support lower-power configurations of the new 5Y10 Core M CPU.

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Intel’s Core M 5Y series (5th generation Core, Y-series) is currently available in three versions at 4.5W TDP.  The high-end 5Y70 version comes in with the highest, 2.6Ghz Turbo clockrate which will offer short-term CPU performance similar to that of Haswell Ultrabooks. This VPro-enabled Core M is not likely to appear in consumer products though so you’ll have to consider the 5Y10 which has a base clockrate of 800Mhz and a Turbo Boost clockrate of 2.0Ghz.  In this Core M SoC 60% of the CPU performance is dependent on Turbo Boost which, in turn, is dependent on thermal headroom. If the device is hot, Turbo Boost may not be able to offer the full 2Ghz performance. Expect a wide range of CPU performance figures for Core M tablets and 2-in-1’s.

The GPU design has changed slightly in Core M. There are now 24 execution units which, were told by Intel, can offer up to HD4400 levels of graphics power. Again, there’s potential for Ultrabook levels of performance, if the thermal characteristics allow it. The naming of the graphics unit is a little confusing. The HD5300 is not an Intel Iris GPU (HD5100 and HD5200 are!)

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A new Intel Smart Sound audio subsystem provides hardware decoding of hardware and supports either DTS or Wavelabs sound enhancement and virtualization processing algorithms in hardware. Dolby processing could be coming soon. Wireless Display 5.0 adds a few small improvements over WiDi 4.0, there’s talk of WiGig wireless docking and AC-7625 WiFi support (which won’t be exclusive to Core M products of course) and of course that VPro option that was mentioned above.

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In an Intel-guided performance testing session at IDF we were given a peek at the maximum performance of the Core M CPU configured as a 6W TDP part. (Note that products are currently launching with a 4.5 TDP configured part.) Intel also explained the importance of casing design and showed us a pressed aluminum case that could handle the 4.5 TDP configuration, a machined aluminum back casing that could handle a 6W TDP part and an interesting copper casing that could handle up to 12W TDP.

The Intel Core M 5Yxx in the Llama Mountain reference design with machined aluminum rear casing was configured for 6W TDP (I am assuming that this changes the Turbo Boost algorithm for longer periods at higher clockrate as the maximum clockrate is the same 2.6Ghz as on the 4.5 W TDP VPro-enabled part) and we saw the following results…

 

 

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Llama Mountain with Core M: Cinebench 11.5 multi CPU: 2.65. (20% better than Core i7 Ivy Bridge Y-Series on Lenovo Yoga 11S)

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Llama mountain with Core M: Ice Storm Extreme score:  48230

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Llama Mountain with Core M: Sunspider (Single thread on IE11) 119ms

 

The Core M SoC provides the capability to vastly improve the CPU, GPU and A/V decoding and encoding performance over the 4th-generation Core Y-Series SoCs but the key take-away is that a lot of that performance relies on good thermal design. While raw Core M performance figures might be a good guideline it’s the per-product Core M performance figures that will be more important. The first of those products will be coming soon but in a quick test on the Lenovo Helix 2 under battery power I saw locked-down performance. Under mains power I saw much better performance.

 

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Core M designs coming soon.

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On the image above: Acer Aspire Switch 12, ASUS Transformer Book T300FA, HP Envy x2, ASUS Transformer T300 Chi, Lenovo Thinkpad Helix 2, ASUS Zenbook UX305, Wistron N-Midas.

We saw the ASUS Zenbook UX305 at IFA. It’s slick, fanless and designed like a next-gen Ultrabook. There’s a 45Wh battery inside and it weighs just 1.2KG which is great for a 13.3-inch laptop with that battery size.

The Lenovo Helix 2 is another Core M product we had hands-on with. The hands-on video is coming as soon.

The Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi is a showcase for Core M with its 680 gram tablet…

The HP Envy X2 is a different kind of 2-in-1…

I didn’t quite get hands-on with the Acer Swtich 12, but Nicole from Mobilegeeks did….

As for the rest we’ll probably have to wait until they launch for more details but we’re hoping to get the first Core M product in for testing soon. The only problem we have until then is whether to cover them here at Ultrabooknews or over at our sister site, UMPCPortal.

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Ultrabook, Ultra Mobile or Ultra Dynamic?

Core M, in this generation, defines a category of devices that span consumer tablet to Ultrabook with enough performance to satisfy customers who need the best of consumption along with a pro-sumer level of content creation capability. It’s the third generation of Y-series processors and if combined with well designed products can finally allow Core to provide a quality fanless experience. Core M is a highly dynamic CPU ranging from Connected Standby to desktop gaming although it’s important to note that much of Core M’s performance relies on it having breathing space. The future will bring improvements and now that Y-series has a marketing budget we expect to see that happen in a very public way. 5-8 devices are expected to launch in Q4 2014, CES is likely to bring more so stay tuned both here and at UMPCPortal.

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Toshiba Satellite Click 2 Pro Hands-On Video http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/09/03/toshiba-satellite-click-2-pro-hands-on-video/ http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/09/03/toshiba-satellite-click-2-pro-hands-on-video/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:50:57 +0000 http://ultrabooknews.com/?p=11746 satellite-click2pro-P35W-B3220-600-02

Here’s a really nice looking 2-in-1 Ultrbook that, unfortunately, weighs nearly 2KG when docked together. A 13.3-inch Full HD screen tablet running a Core CPU in under 1KG isn’t too bad though and there are options here for hard drives and additional batteries in the base unit. The design is good because it incorporates a rear extension that not only houses the ports but keeps the whole unit stable when the screen is tilted. The Full HD screen is really nice.

RAM options go up to 8GB and SSD options up to 256GB so there’s potential for some heavy workloads and big files. Maybe this is one for mobile photographers.

This isn’t a new 2-in-1 so you’ll find some reviews out there if you’re interested.

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ASUS Zenbook UX305 Core-M Ultrabook Hands-On http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/09/03/acer-zenbook-ux305-core-m-ultrabook-hands-on/ http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/09/03/acer-zenbook-ux305-core-m-ultrabook-hands-on/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:11:23 +0000 http://ultrabooknews.com/?p=11742 P1200072

At a press event in Berlin today ASUS launched a laptop based on Core M. The ASUS Zenbook UX305 is just 12.3 mm thick and weighs 1.2KG. There’s no price available yet but it’s clearly a Q4 product.

The ASUS Zenbook UX305 that I had hands-on with has a 45Wh battery inside along with a 128GB SSD. It runs on a Core M 5Y10a CPU at 1Ghz. The non-touch screen is QHD (3200×1800) and there’s a nice keyboard.

Zenbook UX305 (3)

Surprisingly, for an Ultrabook, there’s no touchscreen but perhaps we’ll see that in the near future but at 1.2KG this is quite the ultra mobile laptop. Is it fanless? We think it might be but haven’t confirmed that yet.

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Video hands-on below. Lots more live images here.

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ASUS Zenbook NX500 uber-Ultrabook gets early review. http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/08/04/asus-zenbook-nx500-uber-ultrabook-gets-early-review/ http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/08/04/asus-zenbook-nx500-uber-ultrabook-gets-early-review/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:37:44 +0000 http://ultrabooknews.com/?p=11732 1124364

When ASUS launched the Zenbook NX500 at Computex earlier this year it had one of the most impressive specifications lists to date. An Intel Core  i7-4702HQ  with Turbo Boost Up to 3.2GHz and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850 are the processors that power the 15.6-inch 4K IPS screen. There’s a huge 96Wh battery AC WiFi and a lot more. The price is high and the weight is over 2KG. Ultrabookreview have just published a full review and I spoke to the author, Andrei, about the unit…

[Andrei] I got to play with an early version of the Asus Zenbook NX500 in the last several days.On paper, this thing is stellar: wide-gamut 4K display, powerful hardware (Intel Core i7-4712HQ CPU, 16 GB of RAM, Nvidia 850M GDDR5 graphics, 512 GB SSD), a big 96 Wh battery and a sleek, metal made, sub-5 pounds body.

In practice, the screen is sharp, bright and popping. The laptop is also fast and can easily handle everything you might throw at it, from the basics and up to more advanced tasks. However, it struggles with some games, despite packing a factory-overclocked Nvidia chip. From my tests, it looks like Asus had a hard-time cooling this device and as a result, chose to throttle the CPU’s frequency once the cores reach a certain temperature (around 85 Celsius). And that can be seen when gaming, as some fast-moving titles encounter occasional freezes.

Performance aside, there are things that you’ll probably like a lot about this one (the design and speakers), things that are OK (ports selection and battery life – just North of 5 hours of everyday use) and things that should have been done different (the keyboard and cooling solution).

Is the NX500 worth it?

[Andrei] If they fix the performance issues on the final retail version, I’d say yes. Just keep in mind that the NX500 is mostly a multimedia laptop and not a gaming ultraportable. For that you should probably wait for the GX500, which will be released several months after the NX500, from what I know right now.

 

At around $2000 this is an expensive bit of kit but one that content producers might want to take a closer look at. Photographers, designers, videographers and those in need of a highly powerful Ultrabook should put it in their list. I should get hands-on with this at IFA in early September.

Zenbook NX500 review

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Toshiba Satellite Click 2 Pro P30W is the latest Ultrabook-class 2-in-1 http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/07/09/toshiba-satellite-click-2-pro-p30w-is-the-latest-ultrabook-class-2-in-1/ http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/07/09/toshiba-satellite-click-2-pro-p30w-is-the-latest-ultrabook-class-2-in-1/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:16:02 +0000 http://ultrabooknews.com/?p=11728 Satellite_Click_2_Pro_P30W_B_Full_P_02a

There are three things I check when I quickly evaluate new 2-in-1 announcements. Price, performance (CPU, disk, screen) and weight. If the tablet is over 1KG a big buzzer goes off in my head. This 13-inch Satellite Click 2 Pro P30W however has got me inquisitive. 13.3-inches in 1.05KG (2.3 pounds) on an Ultrabook platform makes it quite interesting.

As the name suggests this isn’t the first Toshiba Click. The original Click, launched at IFA 2013, was an AMD-powered device that used the netbook-class A4-1200. It wasn’t that well received which is understandable because who wants a 2KG laptop that performs like an old netbook? The recently launched Click 2 range comprises two designs. One, the Click 2, is aimed at the lower-cost consumer market, the other, the Click 2 Pro P30W, is designed to offer an Ultrabook experience with good connectivity.

The Click 2 Pro is a stylish looking ‘laptop first’ 2-in-1 with a Core i5 (Haswell) CPU, HD4400 graphics and SSD inside. A full-HD IPS touchscreen, backlit keyboard, Harman/Kardon speakers, AC WiFi and an additional keyboard battery mean it’s playing up at the top of the market. Entry price is $1099. A version with Core i7, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD costs $1499 on Amazon right now.

The weight of the combined unit is 2.05KG which isn’t light. Toshiba’s first Ultrabook was also a 13-incher and weighed half of that but it didn’t have a touchscreen and a removable tablet. At 13.3-inches it’s difficult to find anything that weighs much less and has the same features, apart from the ASUS Transformer Book T300LA and although it weighs almost the same it’s slightly cheaper. The recently announced Transformer Book T300 Chi might also be interesting but we don’t expect that to reach the performance levels of the Click 2.

Battery capacity is 41Wh which isn’t stunning given the weight but there’s talk about a keyboard battery option. Whether that boosts the weight we don’t know but given the size and weight of the standard model we think there’s probably a weighted spacer in the keyboard. Toshiba is quoting 6 hours battery life for the standard model which is in line with a 41Wh battery capacity and the given system specifications.

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I mentioned that a 13.3-inch 1KG full-PC tablet is going to be interesting, but is it practical? I fear not for most users, especially as this product doesn’t not include a digitizer layer, but with an 8GB RAM, Core i7 and 256GB SSD option it remains a fairly unique, stylish and possibly high-quality option for those that want a 13-inch 2-in-1 with full laptop / desktop capability.

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Availability is June in USA, Q3 in Germany.

Source:Toshiba.

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NEC LaVie GZ with IGZO is the lightest Ultrabook yet. http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/07/05/nec-lavie-gz-with-igzo-is-the-lightest-ultrabook-yet/ http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/07/05/nec-lavie-gz-with-igzo-is-the-lightest-ultrabook-yet/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 15:55:23 +0000 http://ultrabooknews.com/?p=11713

As the Ultrabook design philosophy reaches more of the mainstream laptop market it is becoming more and more difficult to spot new advances in laptop design. NEC makes it easy for us though by launching the sub 800-gram (1.76 pound) LaVie GZ. Energy and space-saving IGZO screen and mainboard means less layers to the laptop cake. There’s a trade-off though.

The LaVie GZ is a 13.3-inch Ultrabook available with 2560 × 1440 resolution and the weight is just 794 grams which is very very impressive. The IGZO screen doesn’t provide a touch layer (an IPS 1920x1080p version offers that and a larger internal battery but at a slightly heavier 964 grams.) but it’s all-Ultrabook in other aspects of the device.

Specs include a Core i7-4510U or Core i5-4210U CPU with a fixed 4GB of RAM and SSD options. There’s an SD card reader, two USB 3.0 ports and HDMI for video output. It’s just 14.9mm thick.

As for the battery life, NEC are quoting a 5.4hrs battery life on the JEITA 1.0 test which isn’t actually that good considering that it’s almost a no-load test. We haven’t managed to find the actual battery capacity but given the other figures available we don’t expect more than a very small 25Wh pack. Under load and high screen brightness this LaVie won’t be an all-dayer but It’s a sign of how increasing component efficiency allows expensive and large battery requirements to be reduced.

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The NEC LaVie GZ won’t be available globally and probably won’t be available much outside Japan but you might be able to find an importer for this amazing Ultrabook. Full specifications are available from NEC here. (Japanese.)

Via: NotebookItalia.

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HP Pro X2 612 G1 offers Wacom on 12.5-inch FHD with Core http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/06/04/hp-pro-x2-612-g1-offers-wacom-on-12-5-inch-fhd-with-core/ http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/06/04/hp-pro-x2-612-g1-offers-wacom-on-12-5-inch-fhd-with-core/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:49:12 +0000 http://ultrabooknews.com/?p=11698 HP Pro X2 610 G1 (4)

As I continue my review of the HP Pro X2 410 G1 [first impressions] I’m acutely aware of what’s going on around it this week. The Surface Pro 3 and new products and announcements at Computex have us all thinking about larger-screen tablets and 2-in-1s. One competitor was from HP themselves as Microsoft held up the Pro X2 612 on stage at their keynote.  It offers a full HD screen, SSD and Wacom options that aren’t available with the X2 410. It also offers a range of CPUs that start with a Celeron (4th gen Core) and go up to Core i5.

Full specifications are available at HP’s Indian website and they show that it’s only the Y-series Haswell CPUs (lower clocked) that are included which could mean this is fanless like the Pro X2 410. 8GB RAM option, SSD up to 256GB, 1366×768 option and a huge array of ports which include DisplayPort and VGA on the power keyboard. The power keyboard is spill-resistant and backlit and, like the 410 G1 has a 25Wh battery inside taking the total tablet+keyboard capacity to 55Wh. That should be enough for about 8-10 hours of productivity.

The Pro X2 612 is very much laptop-first as the tablet weighs 1KG. We don’t see a stand and there’s no obvious stand mode or tent mode that could help digital artists. Maybe the screen can be mounted in the reverse direction? Total weight goes up to 1.85KG for a the tablet and power-keyboard combination which is 30% or more than some 13-inch Ultrabooks. 

A travel keyboard option will be available but note how the power keyboard sticks out behind the tablet by a good 20-30mm. As on the new HP Split X2 (consumer variant) design it’s going to help lap and screen angle stability.

Engadget have had some hands-on with the HP Pro X2 612 already and are happy with the keyboard. I would be wary of the 14hr runtime claim. Runtime, yes, worktime no in my experience with the platform. This is a business-first product so you’ll probably only see a few variants reach consumer channels. Additional options such as SmartCard reader, fingerprint reader and 4G data might only reach customers on a business project basis.

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AMD reveals Kaveri mobile APU for ultrathins and high-performance laptops (Updating) http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/06/04/amd-reveals-kaveri-mobile-apu-for-ultrathins-and-high-performance-laptops-updating/ http://ultrabooknews.com/2014/06/04/amd-reveals-kaveri-mobile-apu-for-ultrathins-and-high-performance-laptops-updating/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 03:32:12 +0000 http://ultrabooks.carrypad.com/?p=11697 14055931081_c59ecb5001_b

In a press conference at Computex AMD have announced the Kaveri Mobile APU which is targeted at thin and high-performance laptops. It looks like this is a processor that could appear in Ultrabook devices.

We’re pulling in information from sources at Computex right now…

According to a tweet from Notebook Italia AMD have announced that Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba will partner with AMD to use Kaveri. In another tweet @tenoq shows an image of the AMD FX-7500 (Update: 19W TDP) matching or beating the Intel i7-4500U in PCMark, 3DMark and Basemark CL. Graphics performance is said to be up to 58% better.

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Images via show performance comparison and Kaveri line-up.

Based on those figures, this looks like a similar picture to last year and the year before when AMD introduced processors that would beat competing Intel processors on graphics capabilities in the lead-up to new Intel arhitechtures that close that gap again. In CPU performance there doesn’t appear to be any advantage but there are features and pricing that need to be taken into consideration. And of course, competition is good.

There doesn’t appear to be an official announcement about this yet on AMD’s Computex mini-site but The Inquirer have a post about the press event that highlights more detail on Kaveri mobile. Update: AMD press release is now available.

Update: What look like the official slides from the event show the complete line-up of Kaveri APUs. At the high-end there are 35W TDP parts but there are also 6 parts in the 17W-19W TDP range. Three of those are ‘Pro’ APUs for commercial use.

Update: Many sites have now published full details. Anandtech, for example.

The new Kaveri APUs will come in FX, A10 and A8 quad-core parts with an A6 dual-core version also targeted at business.  FX version wil have Radeon R7 graphics. A10 versions will have Radeon R6 graphics and A8 versions will have Radeon R5 graphics. All support DirectX 11.2 and DDR3-1600 RAM.

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It looks like at least one of the new Kaveri APUs will fit into the ultrathin space with the rest targeting the higher-power notebook segment. With AMD Beema coming up from the lower-power end in to the 15W TDP space there’s a good range of AMD options for thin and mobile laptops during 2014.

Finally: Techreport has some benchmarks up that use the FX-7600P (35W TDP part) in a surprisingly thin laptop. GPU performance results are impressive so gamers should keep an eye out for ultra mobile laptops based on these.

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