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Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Now Official: Snapdragon 2 in 1 Laptop, Surface Killer

By Radu Iorga

Samsung could have launched the Galaxy Book 2 with the Tab S4 or Note9, but they chose to do it today on the down low. This device is clearly meant to compete with the Surface Pro 6 and the upcoming iPad Pros, as well as the Google Pixel Slate. Let’s check it out.

The tablet/laptop hybrid stays pretty much unchanged from the predecessor, at least design-wise and that’s my first impression. It’s slightly tweaked to be honest, getting a more rectangular shape, in spite of the bezel less trend. Galaxy Book 2 does look a bit like the Surface Pro 6, if you look at it closely. Specs include a 12 inch Super AMOLED screen with a 2160 x 1440 pixel resolution, plus two AKG tuned speakers.

There’s a Snapdragon 850 CPU inside, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD. There’s also USB Type-C connectivity, an audio jack and everything is crammed within a 1.75 pound package. Samsung has yet to confirm the battery capacity, but it did announce 20 hours of battery life with a single charge. A microSD card slot is also here, plus Dolby Atmos and a fingerprint scanner. 4X4 MIMO and LTE Category 18 are here, plus a kickstand. The S Pen seems similar to what we get with the Tab S4.

 

This Windows 2 in 1 machine starts at $999 in USA, for the bundle that includes the keyboard cover and S-Pen. The product is available from November 2nd via Microsoft’s Store, Samsung, AT&T and more. Carriers will offer it with LTE plans.

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ARM Powered Macs Coming in 2020-2021, With TSMC Behind Them

By Radu Iorga

Apple is ready to take its partnership with TSMC to a whole new level, as it gets ready to put Apple Axx CPUs on Macs. Reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a fresh note to investors that Apple is going to start offering Macs with Apple Axx CPUs (ARM ones) from 2020 or 2020.

By the way the same CPUs are going to reach the rumored Apple Car, but further on, in 2023 or 2025. It seems that TSMC already secured the role of sole supplier for Apple’s iPhone and iPad chips, for the A13 and A14 generations. Kuo also predicted that the Mac models will get the Apple A series processor in some way. iMac and MacBook models are expected to benefit from this.

Moving to ARM is a move we’ve been hearing about for a while now and it should happen gradually. We’ll first see it on a MacBook, coupled with a MacOS/iOS hybrid. It’ll also start on the lower end product, not higher end units. Seeing how Apple A11 performed on the level of a Core i5 last year, it’s logical that in one or two years we’ll easily beat Intel Core i5 or i7 models with Apple and TSMC’s solutions.

They use less power, generate less heat, are packed in smaller formats, so all the advantages are here. Let’s see if the Mac OS apps can play along with ARM… Developers will have a lot of work to do when this move comes.

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One Mix 2 Yoga is Basically a 7 inch Convertible Channeling Smaller Vaios

By James A.

Remember netbooks? Remember the smaller Sony Vaio PCs? Well, those are now channeled by the latest Lenovo release, the One Mix 2 Yoga. It’s a 7 incher, that manages to be a convertible and also provide some productivity features. Let’s check it out.

One Mix 2 Yoga feels like a rival for the GPD gaming PCs, that came with Windows 10 or Android, sometimes also gaming buttons. That was a crowfunded project, but One Mix 2 Yoga seems like a smaller outfit, but with great ambition. Their product looks like a GPD Pocket clone, but it has the appeal of a rotating Lenovo-style screen, that bends backwards.

It makes the laptop a tablet, a convertible basically. There’s also a pressure sensitive stylus to work with. One Mix Yoga was actually available for a while, but it didn’t have impressive specs. The One Mix 2 Yoga solves problems with hardcore feats, like 8 GB of RAM, an Intel Core m3-7Y30 processor, 256 GB of SSD storage (PCIe). There’s also a 7 inch Full HD touchscreen to work with.

 

GeekBuying is offering a preorder sale for the basic configuration, at $650. It runs on Windows 10, sounds pretty pocketable to me and also has a fingerprint scanner. A 6500 mAh battery is also in the mix, plus dual band WiFi and a full metal shell that has metal art CNC engraving.

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Lenovo and LG Display Working on 13 inch Foldable Tablet

By James A.

The freshest rumor about foldables comes today and has to do with a project jointly developed by Lenovo and LG Display. It involves a 13 inch foldable tablet, that goes way beyond the usual diagonal sizes we’ve heard of.

Usually we hear about a 7 inch or 8 inch device that folds into a smaller 4.5 inch x 2 screens format. Lenovo has been experiment a lot lately and I’ve seen them with a flexible bracelet that became a phone two years ago. They also became the market leader in the PC business in front of HP in Q3 2018, so they have money to burn. The latest reports show that they’re working with LG on a tablet that will have a 13 inch foldable screen.

It’s actually LG Display supplying the needed panel. It seems that the South Koreans signed an NDA with Lenovo, so you won’t find anything new for while. The project is already en route and if it goes well, we may see a CES showcasing. However, it’s more like CES 2020 than 2019, since the panels will be supplied in the second half of 2019. It’s going to be OLED in nature and fold in half.

Even though Lenovo hasn’t appeared as often in foldable phone news as Huawei, Samsung or Microsoft, they’ve been working hard on this project. Their formats are different and while Microsoft is working on an “open book” format, Samsung has a vertical clamshell of sorts prepared. And then there’s also ZTE Axon M…

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Chuwi Hi9 Plus to Debut at Global Sources Expo in Hong Kong

By Radu Iorga

A new Chuwi tablet is ready for debut and it’ll get its prime time at the Global Sources Expo in Hong Kong. The show starts today and Chuwi has a booth reserved there. They will be showcasing the convertible 2 in 1 machine Chuwi Hi9 Plus, which is detailed below.

Chuwi Hi9 Plus packs a 10.8 inch IPS LCD display with 2.5K resolution (2560 x 1600 pixels), offering up to a 280 ppi pixel density, higher than the 264 PPI of the iPad Pro and the 217 PPI of the Surface GO. There’s also the OGS full lamination technology for the best display effect available. The product packs a deca core MediaTek Helio X27 processor, with cores clocked up to 2.6 GHz, coupled with a Mali-T880 GPU clocked at 875 MHz.

There’s also 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, as well as microSD card slot with support for up to 128 GB extra. The slate has a metal body, that measures just 8.4 mm in thickness and offers a beefy 7000 mAh battery, which should provide over 10 hours of video playback time. Super capacity batteries with MiraVision tech are the secret here. The device also has a docking interface for an optional keyboard and plays nicely with the Chuwi H3 stylus and its 1024 levels of pressure.

On the connectivity front, Chuwi Hi9 offers dual SIM 4G LTE, dual band WiFi and everything is crammed within a 500 gram heavy chassis. The price should be just $199 and the product is coming to Amazon, Aliexpress and GearBest.

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