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13 Inch MacBook Could Come as MacBook Air Replacement This Year

By Radu Iorga

It seems that Apple is ready to do away with its MacBook Air and replace it with a full fledged 13 inch MacBook. A recent report from Digitimes confirm that and it seems that the new model is already in the making.

It should come this year, with the contribution of General Interface Solution, who is said to have landed multiple orders for the entry level version of the 13 inch MacBook. Apple debuted a 12 inch MacBook back in 2015 and stuck to that size, as middle ground between the 11 inch and 13 inch MacBook Air. Time has passed and the device feels old now, particularly since the MacBook Air doesn’t even have a Retina Display.

Rumors are saying that the 13 inch MacBook could be the only new computer that Apple announces this year. Reports claim that there’s no new MacBook Pro upgrades planned for 2018. We could still see a Mac Pro, but nothing is for sure. We could find the new MacBook priced at around $999, the previous starting point of the Macbook Air. Last year Apple bumped its CPU from 1.6 GHz to 1.8 GHz in June, but other than that no upgrades since 2015.

The MacBook Air 11 incher has been fully discontinued, so don’t expect big stuff there. Some say we may even see an OLED screen on the new laptop and Apple is even looking into ARM chipsets for future MacBoooks, after the Spectre and Meltdown troubles with Intel.

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Acer Launches Two Chromebook Laptops for Schools: Spin 11 and 11 C732 Series

By Radu Iorga

After yesterday’s debut of fresh Lenovo educational laptops and convertibles, Acer has a few newcomers of its own, in the form of fresh Chromebook lines. Those are meant both for schools and the everyday laptop user. The newcomers are Chromebook Spin 11 and Chromebook 11 C732 Series.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 (CP311-1H/CP311-1HN) starts at $349 and the Chromebook 11 C732 Series at $300. They’re obviously lower powered devices, with HD screens. The brand new Acer Chromebook Spin 11 comes with a 360 degree convertible design, with rotating hinge in the mix. There’s also stylus input support, while the C732 can be configured with a touch display.

It’ll resist drops, spills and other sorts of accidents. The Chromebook Spin 11 is a bit better looking, thanks to a cross hairline pattern of the top cover. Inside we find a modest choice of Intel Pentium or Celeron chipset, 4 and 8 GB RAM options and 32 or 64 GB of storage (eMMC). There’s also the promise of “all day battery life”, two USB type-C 3.1 ports, two USB 3.0 ports too and a microSD card slot.

Chromebook Spin 11 arrives in North America this March, then it reaches EMEA in April.

 

Acer Chromebook 11 C732 Series is meant for both educational and commercial users. It’ll arrive in March, with a 12 hour battery life, the same ports as the other model and up to 8 GB of RAM. There’s also a choice between 16, 32 and 64 GB of storage and powering it up is an Intel Celeron CPU. 4G LTE in optional fashion is also available here.

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Lenovo Unveils Education Laptops, Priced Starting at $189

By Radu Iorga

Lenovo wasn’t content with unveiling a ton of new laptops and tablets at CES 2018, so they continue the launches. This time they’re bringing forth a series of laptops and convertibles aimed at the education market, schools and colleges. Prices start at $189 and of the core models of the series is the Lenovo 100e, pictured above.

The entry level unit Lenovo 100e packs an Intel Celeron N3350 Apollo Lake CPU, plus an 11.6 inch display and a battery that offers 10 hours of functioning. The device runs on Windows and it’s supposed to be some sort of rival for Chromebooks, especially judging by the specs. The other new Lenovo models are actually Chromebooks, so this is one of the few units with Windows 10.

Lenovo 300e brings forth an 11.6 inch convertible format and offers a 720p resolution. It has two configs: one with Chrome OS and one with Windows. The Windows model relies on an Intel Apollo Lake processor and also comes with a stylus and has 8 hours of battery life. The Chrome OS model has a MediaTek MT8173C processor and a battery good enough for 10 hours of functioning.

 

There’s no stylus here, in case you were wondering and the prices start at $279. An extra newcomer is an 11.6 inch convertible Chromebook, that comes with a pen, up to 8 GB of RAM and up to 64 GB of storage. It also has a battery that offers up to 10 hours of functioning and an Intel Celeron N3450 Apollo Lake chipset. This one is called Lenovo 500e. Lenovo also performed updates to the ThinkPad 11e and ThinkPad 11e Yoga models, with a new $429 laptop and a $499 convertible, that ship with Windows 10 and pen support.

All the new Chromebooks have been tested for ruggedness and come with spill resistant keyboards.

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Acer Iconia One 8 (2018) Tablet Schematics Leaked Via FCC

By Radu Iorga

Acer is a big presence at IFA and MWC every year and since we’re approaching the latter, they’re prepping some goodies. Among them we find the Acer Iconia One 8 (2018) tablet, which is an entry level model, with schematics just leaked online.

The Acer Iconia One 8 (2018) doesn’t seem to be very different from other Iconia One models. The leak happened via FCC, where the device got listed in official manner. The product should sport a metal back cover with rounded corners and a centrally positioned camera. There should also be a small speaker grille at the bottom right corner, while the audio jack and power plus volume buttons are placed at the top and right hand side.

FCC also revealed a part of the device’s specs, which are entry level as mentioned before. We’re dealing with a 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT8167A processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. There’s an 8 inch screen in the mix, with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, a 5 MP main camera and a 2 MP front shooter. The OS is Android of course, but no version is mentioned. It’s probably just Nougat and finally we also get a 4500 mAh battery.

Expect a price below $200.

 

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Tonight’s Worth Sharing: UMIDIGI S2 Pro Smartphone Unboxing And Review

By Tim

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Tonight’s video comes to us from Andrew over at AMDTech and covers the UmiDigi S2 Pro smartphone which seems to be a decent device but has some of the usual Chinese brand drawbacks.

Lately the Chinese have been trying to sell folks “dual” camera phones that really only have a single camera on the back. That appears to be the case here and although a terrible idea to lie to your customers, this is an otherwise good product.

I myself also do not believe that the battery is actually over 5000 mAh as the mfg claims due to the less than stellar battery performance that is more akin to about a 3500  mAh , or less, battery.

While it is an okay product, I believe that the Le Eco Pro 3 might be a much better value considering the price and the fact that the manufacturer has lied a wee bit about the camera and perhaps also the battery.

All that being said, here is the video. Make sure to subscribe to Andrew’s channel if you like this tech stuff!

That is all for this evening,

Tim

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