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Apple unveils new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro with M1 chip

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Today, Apple finally unveiled its first ARM-based chip, marking a new foray for the company’s laptop segment. But what would a laptops chipset launch be without accompanying laptops? To complement the new chip, Apple is also launching a MacBook Air, a MacBook Pro, and a Mac mini.

Now, before you go any further down this article, you might want to read about the new M1 chip first. The new ARM-based processor underscores every new Mac on this list.

MacBook Air

First on their docket, Apple revealed the first MacBook Air with the new M1 chip. With the 5nm processor, the 13-inch notebook performs up to 3.5 times faster than the previous generation. It can also do graphics up to 5 times faster. This time around, the MacBook Air is taking a step towards graphic-intensive operations. The improvement is reportedly “the biggest leap ever for MacBook Air.”

It also features Apple’s new image signal processor. The ISP improves camera quality and reduces noise.

With a fanless design, the MacBook Air remains silent despite the massive upgrade in performance. Boasting efficiency, the notebook lasts up to 15 hours of web browsing and up to 18 hours of video playback.

13-inch MacBook Pro

After the thinner of the MacBook siblings, Apple is also launching a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 chip. This time, the powerful notebook can provide up to 2.8 times faster performance than the previous MacBook Pro. Further, it can reportedly perform up to 3 times faster than the “best-selling Windows laptop in its class.”

Machine learning on the MacBook Pro is up to 11 times faster, enabling an arsenal of AI-capable functions on the fly. Despite the improvement, the MacBook Pro can deliver up to 17 hours of web browsing and up to 20 hours of video playback.

Mac mini

Finally, Apple has revealed a new Mac mini with the M1 chip. With the new processor, the new Mac mini can perform up to 3 times faster than the previous generation. It can perform graphics-intensive tasks by up to 6 times faster. Machine learning is now absurdly fast on the Mac mini, amping it up to 15 times faster performance.

Compared to its PC counterparts, the Mac mini can reportedly edge out its competitors with 5 times faster performance.

Pricing and availability

Starting today, users can already preorder the new devices on apple.com. All three devices will start shipping next week.

The new MacBook Air will retail for US$ 999. Meanwhile, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at US$ 1,299. Finally, the new Mac mini will sell for US$ 699.

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Samsung, Intel are making a slidable PC

Prototype right now

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When Samsung heralded the coming of the foldable phone, all eyes were unfortunately fixed on the ghastly crease stretching from end to end. Years since that moment, the crease never really disappeared. Smartphone brands did their best to reduce their impact, but it still remains a problem. Samsung, perhaps doubling back to fix the long-standing problem, has introduced a new form factor for the future: the slidable PC.

During Intel’s Innovation event, Samsung Display and Intel unveiled a prototype device showcasing a unique (but not altogether new) concept. Instead of a foldable hinge, the 13-inch display “slides” into a 17-inch display. Both companies effectively created a tablet that can turn into a laptop.

Since the prototype already works as a display, it’s easy to see how an eventual device might work. Starting off as a large tablet, the device expands and connects to an external keyboard (or another accessory).

The prototype should look familiar, too. Although Intel uses “slidable” as a term, other brands — like LG — have created similar form factors but labeled as “rollable.” Unfortunately, LG exited the smartphone business before creating a workable product for everyone.

Without other brands, it looks like Samsung and Intel are both on the hunt to bring the device to reality. At the moment, it is still a prototype. There is no timeline for a product yet. However, Intel seems resolute that foldable isn’t the future of PCs.

SEE ALSO: Samsung teases that sliding, rolling displays are coming

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Lenovo ThinkPad P16s, ThinkStation P360 now in the Philippines

Two new Think products

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Lenovo continues to be in a league of its own. After making new IdeaPad and Yoga laptops available earlier this month, Lenovo has introduced two new products in their Think lineup: the ThinkPad P16s Gen 1 and ThinkStation P360 Ultra.

ThinkPad P16s Gen 1

Price — starts at PhP 95,999

The powerful and high-performance ThinkPad P16s Gen 1 is powered by up to the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA T550 or Intel Iris Xe graphics.

It can support up to 48GB DDR4 memory and up to 2TB PCIe SSD Gen 4 storage, making it ideal not only for work but also gaming.

The display is 16-inch, 400 nits (2560 x 1600) screen. It has Intel WiFi 6E and Intel Thunderbolt 4, with a suite of ports and slots for seamless and high-speed connectivity.

While reliable and durable, the laptop also comes in a lightweight and slim design, weighing just 1.7 kilograms and with a thickness of 20.5mm for portable use.

ThinkStation P360 Ultra

ThinkStation P360 Ultra

ThinkStation P360 Ultra

Price — starts at PhP 114,799

On the other hand, the small but powerful ThinkStation P360 Ultra is boosted by up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 12900 vPro processor for a maximum power of up to 5GHz, and advanced graphics options such as the NVIDIA RTX A5000.

Half the size of traditional small form factor desktop workstations, the machine supports a wide range of tasks for professionals and even creatives, making it one of its kind for its size.

It has up to 64GB of DDR5 memory and up to 1TB of SSD PCIe Gen4 storage. The ThinkStation P360 Ultra also has seven (7) USB ports, including 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Dual onboard ethernet and WiFi 6E options ensure access to superfast networking connectivity. Pair it with wireless keyboards, mice, and monitors, and you’ll be able to take productivity to a whole new level.

The release of these Think devices follows Lenovo’s release of three new Yoga laptops — the Yoga 9i, Slim 7i Pro X, and Slim 7i Carbon — and three new IdeaPads — Slim 3 and 3i, Slim 5i, and 5 Pro earlier this month.

 

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New HP Spectre, Envy laptops unveiled: Pricing, specs

A creative’s sidekick

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The newest lineup of HP Spectre and Envy laptops have finally been released in the Philippines, offering a great sidekick for professional creators.

They are the 13.5-inch Spectre x360 Laptop 14 and 13.3-inch Envy x360 Laptop 13, which come with up to the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and Intel Evo. The laptops are also equipped with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and up to 2TB of PCIe 4 storage.

When it comes to display, the devices have up to 4K OLED displays which have a 120Hz refresh rate, supported by Intel Iris Xe graphics.

Speaking of which, the 2-in-1 touch display laptops support multi-gestures, such as pinch-to-zoom, double tap, and press and hold, and have a variety of screen sizes, from the 3:2 to the 16:10 aspect ratio to fit the content nicely.

Your next meeting also gets a level up, as the the laptops come with these premium features:

  • 5MP camera
  • HP AutoFrame and Dynamic Voice Leveling
  • Backlight Adjustment and Appearance Filter
  • Bi-directional microphones with AI noise cancellation
  • Quad speakers

HP Spectre

Pricing

Check the list below for a quick glance of the corresponding prices of both the new HP Spectre and Envy laptops.

Spectre

  • ef0038TU (Core i5, 8GB+512GB): PhP 87,990
  • ef0039TU (Core i7, 16GB+512GB): PhP 96,990
  • ef0042TU (Core i7, 16GB+1TB): PhP 102,990
  • ef0043TU (Core i7, 16GB+2TB): PhP 115,990

Envy

  • bf0045TU (Core i5, 15GB+512GB): PhP 69,990
  • bf0046TU (Core i7, 16GB+512GB): PhP 77,990
  • bf0047TU (Core i7, 16GB+1TB): PhP 82,990
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