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Smach Z is a Handheld Gaming PC Ready for Mass Production in 2019

By James A.

I have seen quite a few gaming devices derived from tablets and phones over the past years, so much so, that the Smach Z is definitely no surprise. This handheld gaming PC is expected to start production in early 2019 and we have a hands on below.

Smach Z has been in the works ever since 2014, when it was known as SteamBoy. Now the folks behind it, Smach have released a series of promo videos, showing the device’s abilities in the gaming department. Smach Z has a 6 inch Full HD touchscreen display and it comes with physical game controllers on its left and right sides.

It feels a bit like Valve’s Steam Controller, with an analog stick on the left and action buttons on the right. The left and right touchpads are multifunctional. Smach Z has gone through multiple phases, showcased as non functional demo units for years now. Expect a Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaign soon.

Specs include an AMD Ryzen V160B embedded processor, Radeon Vega 8 graphics, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, microUSB and USB Type-A as well as an audio jack, DisplayPort and SD card reader. It can be picked up with either Windows 10 or Linux, in the form of a Smach OS, which runs Valve’s Steam client.

Preorder prices start at $629 for the Linux version with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of SSD storage and no camera.

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Kobo Clara HD e-reader Is Now Official, Priced at $130; Shipping in June

By Radu Iorga

If you’re in the market for an e-reader to enjoy your books in the hammock during the holidays, Kobo has something fresh for you. It’s the brand new Kobo Clara HD e-reader, priced at $130 and shipping from June. It’s going to ship in June in the US, UK and Canada, plus a few more nations.

The device comes with an e-ink screen, that has the advantage of lower power usage and being easier on the eyes in the long run. Comfy hours of reading are promised here and this product comes from under the wing of Japanese publishing giant Rakuten. The Kobo Clara HD has a 6 inch screen with 300 dpi and comes with the ComfortLight Pro, which is a feature that spreads light evenly across the display, reducing the eye discomfort of blue light exposure during night time reading.

The product stores up to 6,000 ebooks with its 8 GB of storage and offers weeks of battery life. It can also sync up with the free Kobo app, available for smartphones and tablets. The product is up for preorder right now. At $129.99, this is $10 more than the Aura Edition 2, the current 6 incher from Kobo, with a 212 ppi display.

Kobo’s newcomer has WiFi b/g/n and a microUSB port. It offers support for 14 types of formats, going from EPUB to PDF and from MOBI to CBR. 11 fonts and 50 font styles are support. No trace of a microSD card slot here, or waterproof case. It weighs just 5.9 ounces though.

 

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Kobo’s new entry-level Clara HD e-reader has a crisp, color-adjustable display

By Devin Coldewey

Why?

Whose idea was that? If you’re holding the device by the side and bottom edges, there’s always a risk you’ll grab the button by mistake and put the device to sleep. It’s dumb, but it’s not enough for me to change my mind and switch to Kindle. I’m also not a big fan of the texture on the back (it feels like it will collect dirt), but that too is far from a deal-breaker.

The Clara HD is

Kobo has announced a new e-reader, the Clara HD, which won’t set the world on fire but will be a perfectly good option for e-book readers who don’t want to spend a fortune. It basically revives the well-liked but discontinued Glo HD with a better frontlight and more memory.

The screen is 6 inches and 300 PPI, which is comparable to Amazon’s latest Kindles and high enough that you shouldn’t notice pixelation in the type. More importantly for some, it has the company’s improved frontlight, which can be dialed from the now-familiar cool LED tone to a much, much warmer one. There’s 8 GB of storage inside, more than enough for hundreds of books and comics — but no MicroSD card slot, which some do love to have.

I’ve been using the Clara HD as my daily reader for a week or so and I can vouch for the type quality and usual features — in terms of loading books onto the device, reading and navigating them, this reader is much the same as Kobo’s other ones.

The improvements are small basically because the Clara HD will likely replace the Aura Edition 2, which it outperforms by a huge amount, as the company’s entry-level device. At $130 it’s just $10 more than Amazon’s Paperwhite (the version with built-in ads, that is), but I’d go with the Kobo every time.

The simplicity of managing your books and articles on the Kobo is one selling point — I love being able to just drag and drop files like epubs and CBRs onto it like it’s a USB drive, and my Pocket articles jump onto it automatically.

And the color-changing light might help attract people who aren’t sure about the illumination they’ve seen in other readers. That cold blue tone can really put people off, and the ability to warm it up is great. If you’re like me you’ll find both tone extremes too much, then pick something in the middle and keep it there.

The design is nothing to shout about, but it’s quite light and thin and gets the job done — except for one nuisance that just baffles me. The power button is dead center on the bottom edge of the device.

Why?

Whose idea was that? If you’re holding the device by the side and bottom edges, there’s always a risk you’ll grab the button by mistake and put the device to sleep. It’s dumb, but it’s not enough for me to change my mind and switch to Kindle. I’m also not a big fan of the texture on the back (it feels like it will collect dirt), but that too is far from a deal-breaker.

The Clara HD is available for pre-order now, and if you’re in the market for an all-purpose e-reader, this is a great option and I would say a solid value. It ships in June in the U.S. and some other regions, with more coming later. From the press release:

The device will also be available France on June 1, and as of June 5 in Canada, the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Turkey; Hong Kong in July; with Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico to follow later this year.

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Smach Z is a Handheld Gaming PC, That Relies on an AMD Ryzen V1605B CPU

By James A.

We’ve seen our share of handheld gaming PCs, but the Smach Z is certainly a different beast, since it relies on the AMD Ryzen V1605B processor. The device is shown above and also below, even in a dissected version.

The idea of a handheld PC for gaming sounds a lot like the Nintendo Switch or a Razer machine, but the format is unusual. The product has been in development for years, apparently and it’s finally expected to ship this year. Smach and AMD have announced officially that the system will be powered by the Ryzen V1605B CPU. Smach’s product appeared in renders even back in 2014, under the nickname “SteamBoy”.

Smach CEO Daniel Fernandez claimed recently that he wants to bring the device to the market as soon as 2018. This week the CPU was said to be the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 one, but the CEO has shared new intel, that includes 8 GB of RAM and the new V1605B chip. It was originally meant to run Valve’s Linux-based SteamOS and it comes with a 6 inch Full HD display, physical gaming buttons and dual touchpads, on the left and right sides.

 

We’ve got no physical keyboard here and the touchpads are similar to those on the Steam Controller. Graphics performance are promised to be on par with the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U laptop class CPU. 12W – 25W TDP is promised here. Smach Z went up on preorder via a Kickstarter campaign in 2016 and it’s supposed to come in two configs. The basic one has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, while the higher end unit has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD.

Specs include a 6 inch Full HD screen, WiFi, USB ports, DisplayPort, SD card slot and the OS is listed as Windows 10 or Linux. Up to 5 hours of battery life are also promised.

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This Morning’s Video Worth Sharing: The Huawei Mate 10 Pro Smartphone/The Huawei Mate 10

By Tim

Today we are looking at the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, 6 inch “flagship” smartphone. This video comes to us from Andrew over at AMDTech and as usual covers all the bases and is honest and nit-picky which is good. I have also added in a bonus video from Linus over at TechLineHD on the Huawei Mate 10 that has some advantages over the Pro version.

In the case of this particular device Andrew was somewhat at a loss to find any major flaws since this is a great device. However you must purchase this device as an unlocked non-contract device since AT&T and T-Mobile, the 2 GSM carriers out there do not carry it on contract due to pressure from the feds here in the USA. Apparently the fact that Huawei is actually owned by the Chinese government and they did get caught a few years back putting in some back-doors on their devices for spying purposes has sort of made them persona non-grata here in America.

Of course you can still get one of these, just not as part of your provider’s contract program, which would make the $799 price tag a bit easier to deal with. It is however an excellent device and considering what Apple and Google and Samsung are charging for their phones it is a bit of a bargain.

So as usual make sure to check out Andrew’s channel on YouTube and subscribe if this kind of info is what you like to keep up on.

Now let us get right to that video.

Below you will find a review on the Huawei Mate 10, the slightly less expensive, but pretty darned great phone. This is from Linus over at TechLineHD so make sure to check out his channel!

That is all for now,

Tim

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