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CES 2018: ASUS X507 Laptop Offers Core i7 Action, GeForce MX110 in Under 1.7 Kilos

By James A.

Aside from convertibles and ZenBooks, ASUS brought a full fledged laptop to CES 2018. We’re talking about the ASUS X507, which is pictured below and while it’s reasonably powerful, it’s closer to the high midrange spectrum.

It does make use of an Intel Core i7 CPU, but it’s a 7th gen Core i7, not the latest 8th gen one. The device weighs just 1.68 kilograms and relies on NVIDIA GeForce MX110 graphics, plus dual storage. The screen is a NanoEdge Full HD one, with very narrow bezel for a more immersive experience. Windows 10 is preinstalled and Cortana is also part of the package.

ASUS X507 is a 15.7 inch device for work and leisure, or better said for daily computing endeavors. We don’t have a price, but we do have a time frame for the launch: the first half of the year. ASUS X507 may end up with a more budget price than you expect, particularly since there’s also a Core i5 version of it and it comes with up to 8 GB of RAM not 16 GB. There’s up to 1 TB of SATA storage, or 256 GB of SSD.

Connectivity includes two USB-A 2.0 ports, one USB-A 3.0 and one USB Type-C 3.0, as well as one full size HDMI. Wireless connectivity is ensured by 2X2 MU-MIMO WiFi ac and Bluetooth 4.2.

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CES 2018: ASUS Unveils Stylish Zenbook 13 Ultrabook, ZenBook Flip 14 Upgrade

By James A.

At CES 2018, ASUS was present with a bunch of fresh laptops, such as the stylish ZenBook 13 or the versatile ASUS Flip 14. The ZenBook lineup has thus been upgraded and the details about the newcomers are available below.

First of all, the new ASUS ZenBook 13 (UX331UAL) comes with a typical ZenBook design, which means it’s both light and slim. Inside we find the Intel Core i7 8th gen CPU, 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD storage. The battery life is supposed to be up to 15 hours. ZenBook 13 comes with support for Windows Hello authentication, plus a fingerprint scanner placed below the right side of the keyboard.

ZenBook 13 will be available in the first half of 2018 and prices will be revealed later on. The device weighs just 985 grams, has a metal case and also offers Harman Kardon acoustics. On the GPU front there’s an NVIDIA Geforce MX150 with 2 GB of memory. The product will come in royal blue and slate gray. It has a 13.3 inch with a crazy 80% screen to body ratio and Full HD or 4K res.

Those looking for a convertible will get the brand new ASUS ZenBook Flip 14, that reaches North America in March, priced at $899. This one has the 8th gen Intel Core i7 CPU as well, up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of SSD storage. The graphics include the MX150 CPU and ASUS predicts 13 hours of battery life.

The 360 degree hinge lets it rotate and offer the formats laptop, stand, tent and tablet modes.

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ASUS NovaGO Inaugurates Windows on ARM Platform: 2 in 1 Notebook With Snapdragon 835 CPU

By James A.

Windows on ARM was announced by Microsoft 24 hours ago and some devices with this platform at the core have already popped up. I’m thinking of the ASUS NovaGO and the HP Envy x2 of course. While the Envy x2 is more of a tablet-laptop hybrid, the ASUS NovaGO is a real 2 in 1 notebook with a larger format. It also gets a real price tag.

The core draws here are the Snapdragon 835 CPU and LTE connectivity, plus the amazing 20+ hours of battery life. ASUS NovaGO is a 2 in 1 laptop, that runs on Windows 10 S and it can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro in the future. It can only run apps from the Windows Store, but if you do the upgrade all the .EXEs you need will be yours. As far as hardware goes, this machine packs a 13.3 inch Full HD LED screen, with a 178 degree view angle and 100% support for sRGB colors.

The screen to body ratio is 78% and the bezels are 8.9 mm in thickness. The Snapdragon 835 CPU is clocked at 2.6 GHz and there’s also the Adreno 540 GPU to take care of gaming. The product is on offer with 4, 6 or 8 GB of RAM, while the storage is 64 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB. On the connectivity front there’s the audio jack, 2 USB 3.1 ports (Type-A), a nano SIM card slot, microSD and HDMI.

 

ASUS NovaGo packs a backlit keyboard with a 1.4 mm travel and a glass covered touchpad, so it’s doesn’t sacrifice the usual premium experience of ASUS laptops. It also doesn’t skimp on security, since it has a fingerprint scanner. Plus, there’s 2 ASUS SonicMaster Premium speakers on board, a HD webcam, LTE, WiFi ac and a 52 Wh battery. It all weighs 1.39 kilograms and it’s available in Sky Grey.

The price is $599 for the 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage version and $799 for the 8 GB RAM + 256 GB flash storage model. Expect a commercial debut in Q2 2018.

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Microsoft Debuts Windows 10 on ARM Platform, With HP and ASUS Launching Snapdragon 835 Laptops

By James A.

Today is the big day that we’ve been previewing for months now. It’s time for Intel to take a Xanax, since they’re basically doomed. Windows 10 on ARM is here, with Qualcomm as a big partner and HP and ASUS already launching Snapdragon laptops.

Traditionally Windows laptops and tablets have run on x86 processors from Intel or AMD, but now it’s time for a swap. ARM was part of Microsoft’s plans at some point, when back in 2012 they experimented with Surface RT and Windows RT. It was a costly experiment, a $1 billion failure if I remember correctly, but now Windows on ARM is done right. This time around we’re talking about laptops with a fantastic battery life.

Windows 10 on ARM is now official and the first devices it runs on are called “Always Connected Devices”. The use of Snapdragon chips means you’ll be getting features also found on smartphones, like LTE connectivity, almost instant power on and huge battery life. The future is even said to bring us a week of battery life. Both ASUS and HP claim that their new laptops offer 20 hours of active use battery life and30 days of standby.

 

ASUS has the NovaGo foldable LTE laptop with Snapdragon 835 and HP the ENVY x2, which is basically a Surface clone. Keep in mind that this is no emulated Windows 10, but rather a full version of the OS. The DLLs have been compiled natively and the emulation layer is on top of that. A dynamic binary translator is used to translate X86 code into ARM64 code on the go.

Microsoft and Qualcomm have worked closely on the project for the past year. Legacy apps are said to run at “near native “speeds” and Qualcomm’s integrated X16 LTE modem is also here to keep users online. Windows Hello and Windows Ink are also part of the package. Prices go around $599 for the ASUS NovaGo model for example. We’ll be back with more details.

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HP, Asus announce first Windows 10 ARM PCs: 20 hour battery life, gigabit LTE

By Peter Bright

Enlarge / The Snapdragon 835-powered HP Envy x2. (credit: HP)

Just shy of a year after announcing that Windows was once again going to be available on ARM systems, the first two systems were announced today: the Asus NovaGo 2-in-1 laptop, and the HP Envy x2 tablet.

Branded as Always Connected PCs, the new Windows on ARM systems are positioned as bringing together the best of PCs and smartphones. They have PC form factors, with the productivity enabled by a real keyboard, touchpad, and general purpose operating system capable of running regular Windows software, but they bring with them the seamless switching between LTE and Wi-Fi, instant on, multiple working day battery life, and slimline, lightweight packaging that we’re accustomed to on our phones.

The Asus laptop boasts 22 hours of battery life or 30 days of standby, along with LTE that can run at gigabit speeds. HP’s tablet offers a 12.3 inch, 1920×1280 screen, 20 hours battery life or 29 days of standby, and a removable keyboard-cover and stylus. Both systems use the Snapdragon 835 processor and X16 LTE modem, with HP offering up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage to go with it.

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