Samsung has a new Windows-powered Galaxy Book model coming and apparently that device has been certified in South Korea. Codenamed SM-W737N0, the device has been found as approved by the a regulatory agency, the RRA. The Galaxy Book 2 also previously leaked in Russia.
A few months ago the product was seen on Russia’s EEC portal, showing the first signs of a new laptop with Windows. Sadly, the RRA listing only pinpoints a LTE version, but it doesn’t also mean much else. We’re dealing with a 2 in 1 detachable here, that’s expected to come with multiple processor and storage versions, similar to the predecessor.
Considering the previous models and the Windows 10 Inking support, we also expect an S Pen to be bundled, or maybe some other new pen. Samsung had a busy time lately, launching Galaxy Tab S and Tab A models, but no new laptop. A new Galaxy Book would be welcome, especially since we’ve seen Acer and Lenovo launching a ton of laptops lately and Huawei even has a few solid ones as well.
The first gen Galaxy Book had a 10.6 inch and 12 inch screen version and some say that the successor will only come as a 12 incher, leaving behind the smaller diagonal. Samsung has been keeping a low profile with Windows so far, so that’s why things are still up in the air. Expect a big price, maybe above $1000.
It’s IFA time folks! Toshiba has started things with a debuted today, the 2 in 1 tablet Portege X30T. It’s actually a whole lineup of devices, the X30 one that includes now a 2 in 1 tablet with a detachable keyboard.
Toshiba Portege X30T runs on Windows and relies on a 13.3 inch touchscreen display. It also has a Wacom digitizer with active pen support, a built in kickstand, plus there’s also a keyboard dock, that integrates the core connectivity features. We’ve got a full size HDMI port, VGA output, Ethernet and USB ports. A secondary battery also makes the cut. The product will be available from October priced at $1550 and up.
The tablet is based on an Intel U Series processor of the 8th gen kind, which may be a Whiskey Lake model. The new Portege measures around 0.9 inches in waistline and weighs 1.8 pounds in detached mode. In tablet mode there’s 8 hours of battery life to use, but in laptop mode you get to 14 hours of functioning time. In the mix we also find a fingerprint scanner, face unlock, a Trusted Platform Module and a Smart Card Reader.
Toshiba bundles a 3 year standard warranty with the product and the device should hold on in perfect manner thanks to its military certification. The product has a magnesium alloy case, which reminds me of the Surface Pro devices. The Wacom pen is also bundled with 4000+ levels of pressure. Not a big fan of the base keyboard design to be honest.
Lenovo continues to prepare its big arsenal of machines for the IFA 2018 show coming next week. Before that one arrives, we learn that one of their devices has leaked online, via Lenovo itself. Meet the Lenovo Yoga C930 laptop.
As expected, Lenovo is going to update its Yoga 900 line of premium notebooks soon enough. Someone from the company decided to post a spec sheet for the Lenovo Yoga C930 ahead of time, even before the company announced anything. The newcomer sounds a lot like the Yoga 920 from last year, when it comes to the specs. The design has been revamped though. We’re expecting a lower price and a beefier body, as well as a less impressive battery life.
On board we find a 13.9 inch Full HD or 4K display that plays nicely with a stylus. Lenovo Yoga C930 has a watchband style hinge and a rotating screen that goes all the way around. It’s also 0.57 inches thick in lieu of the 0.5 inches of the last year model. The battery life estimation has also dropped from 15.5 hours to 12 hours for models with Full HD screens and from 10.8 hours to 10 hours for models with a 3840 x 2160 pixel display.
CPU choices include an Intel Core i5-8250U and Core i7-8550U, plus there’s 8 GB, 12 GB or 16 GB of RAM (DDR4). Storage goes up to 2 TB and starts at 256 GB. On the connectivity front we’ve got two Thunderbolt 3/USB type-C ports, one USB 3.1 port and Bluetooth 4.1, as well as WiFi ac. A rotating soundbar with Dolby Atmos also sounds pretty badass. More will be revealed come IFA 2018.
After hyping the Microsoft Surface Go with ads and offering us a third version of the device, now Microsoft is also giving it a posh unboxing. The 10 incher is expected to be released in stores next week, but some lucky Windows Insider folks got to play with it early.
Dona and Brandon LeBlanc are the lucky folks who you can see getting their mitts on the device below. The first video shows the people going through the packaging and a member from the Microsoft PR team was also there to guide them through the process. The first impression? This is a very light device, perhaps even lighter than expected. Brandon claims he likes the curves of the device, although frankly speaking I find it to be rather angular.
The plastic than comes off and the folks ask permission to do inking and browse the web on the device. In the second video we learn more about the kickstand, the USB Type-C port and microSD card slot, plus the fact that there will be a LTE version later on. We also see how the pen can attach to the device at some point. Now it’s time for some honesty: we’ve all been there, welcomed into a HQ and asked to handle some unlaunched device.
It’s a lot of pressure so you have to be polite, I know. But let’s not pretend this thing is pretty. Its’ got a 2011 looking antenna at the back, it looks bulky and massive, the kickstand looks cheap and the bezels are huge… Emperor’s New Clothes anyone?
This video comes to us from Andrew over at AMDTech and is quite a thorough and honest review of this device.
This is a 2 in 1 tablet PC running Windows 10 on Arm and it does have some serious limitations. While the idea is great, it just isn’t quite perfected at this time. The price is also rather steep at $899. Their may be a niche market for these, but personally, the LTE connectivity, while handy doesn’t make up for the lack of WiFi.
There are some very nice features here, no doubt, but in the end this one is a little before Win 10 on Arm is anywhere near perfect.
So let us get right to that promised video where you can see all the specs and benchmarks and pros and cons from Andrew! Make sure to subscribe to his channel as he always does great honest reviews and pulls no punches.