The dream of a Windows 10 smartphone running desktop apps is apparently alive and well. And perhaps next year, it might arrive at a store near you.
Microsoft today announced a partnership with top mobile chip maker Qualcomm at a hardware developer conference in Shenzhen, China that will basically allow next-generation ARM chips to deliver a full-fledged Windows 10 experience, support for peripherals and mainstream applications included. So, yeah, we’re talking a better execution of Windows RT, which tried but ultimately failed to make ARM devices play nicely with Windows.
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Microsoft says it is building an emulator into Windows 10 that will allow forthcoming Snapdragon-powered phones and tablets to run Adobe Photoshop, Google Chrome, Microsoft Office, or any of the million existing desktop apps right now. They should even be able to have a go at Crysis 2 without problems.
It is said the Snapdragon 835 will be the first Qualcomm chipset to offer hardware emulation, but it won’t be the last, and that the first ARM-based PCs aren’t due for release until the second half of next year.
Microsoft isn’t keen on explaining how the technology works, and, unfortunately, the emulator won’t run on today’s hardware, so we’ll have to wait until next year to find out. You can bet, though, that Snapdragon PCs should sell at lower price points and easily outlast their Intel and AMD counterparts, which is what Microsoft is pushing for here.
Think how much more compelling Windows 10 ultraportables would be if they were more affordable and offered all-day battery life without asterisks. It would have been the final nail in the coffin for Intel’s Atom family of processors, except the company had already thrown in the towel not too long ago.
Where does the Surface phone fit into all of this? Your guess is as good as ours; Microsoft is still mum on the fabled Windows 10 device. But it’s likely that — fingers crossed — when it does show up, it will have a Qualcomm chip under its bonnet.
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ASUS ROG launches new gaming laptop in tandem with SCAR Runner
Announced at For Those Who Dare: Boundless event
During their For Those Who Dare: Boundless event, ASUS ROG announced the launch of their latest gaming laptops, accessories, and SCAR Runner for the ROG Citadel Game on Steam.
The launch covers the following:
- ROG Strix SCAR 17 Special Edition
- ROG Flow X16
- SCAR Runner first-person parkour game
- Expanded ROG Slash Fashion Line
- Team ROG partnerships
Pricing and availability of the models announced during the event are yet to be known.
ROG Strix SCAR 17 Special Edition
With more powerful specs than its predecessor, the Strix SCAR 17 SE is poised to be a class-leading gaming laptop.
It is powered by the new Intel Core i9-12950HX processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GPU, on top of advanced features such as:
- Maximum GPU TGP of 175W with Dynamic Boost
- Maximum CPU TDP of 65W
- Boost frequency of 5.2GHz
- Up to 64GB DDR5 memory and PCIe Gen 4 storage
- ROG’s Conductonaut Extreme liquid metal
SCAR Runner: Vault to new heights
Available as an expansion of the ROG Citadel XV game, SCAR Runner is a first-person parkour game set in the world of ROG SAGA.
The protagonist, X, is in a race against time in Goemon City and needs to recover critical information while solving puzzles and challenges.
It’s no coincidence that the new Strix SCAR laptop and new game have same name, as they were released as a tandem.
Gamers can in fact find clues hidden on the laptop chassis itself, that will allow them to solve in-game puzzles.
SCAR Runner is launching with a giveaway campaign with over US$ 20,000 worth of prizes to be won from May 17 to June 30, 2022.
ROG Flow X16
In addition to the Strix SCAR 17 SE, the Flow X16 has been added to the ROG Flow series, the most powerful yet from the line.
It has a Ryzen 9 6900HS processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU. It likewise supports up to 64GB of memory and up to 2TB of SSD storage.
The Flow X16 features ROG’s Nebula HDR Display, a 165Hz Mini LED panel with 1100 nits peak brightness and 100 percent DCI-P3 gamut.
These are all complemented by Frost Force Technology and Pulsar Heatsink to ensure high performance but low temperatures.
ROG Slash accessories
Aside from the two new gaming laptops, ROG also introduced new apparels:
- Crossbody Bag
- Hip Bag
- Protective Laptop Bag
- Cobra Buckle Cap
- Bucket Hat
All these items are built with durable quality and have features like adjustable straps, multiple compartments, and water-repellent TPU materials.
Some of these items are also included in the SCAR Runner giveaway campaign.
The Team ROG initiative
Lastly, Team ROG is expanding its 2022 roster, pairing high-end ROG products with influencers, professional gamers, content creators, and athletes around the world.
A new partnership with ReKT Gaming has been announced while the current partnership with esports team Misfits Gaming has likewise been extended.
Lenovo Legion Gen 7 laptops lineup now official
Powered by 12th Gen Intel Core
Lenovo has released its latest generation gaming devices in the Philippines, which are custom-built for top-notch performance. The new Lenovo Legion Gen 7 lineup includes six new battle-ready computers:
- Legion 5i and 5i Pro
- Legion 7i
- IdeaPad Gaming 3i
- Legion Slim 7i
- Legion Tower 7i
Depending on the model, the new gaming devices all come with these latest features:
- 12th Gen Intel Core (up to i9) processors
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX laptop GPUs (up to 3080Ti)
- Memory up to 32GB DDR5 and storage up to 2TB SSD Gen 4
- Adaptive refresh rate up to 240Hz
- IPS display up to 2960 x 1600
And thanks to gamer research, the laptops also come with the next-level Legion Coldfront 4.0, Legion TrueStrike keyboard, and Lenovo Vantage for gaming.
Pricing, specs, availability
For the prices and basic specs of each laptop, check the table below.
||Starts at PhP 89,995|
|Legion 5i Pro
||Starts at PhP 119,995|
||Starts at PhP 179,995|
|Legion Slim 7i
||Starts at PhP 124,995|
|Legion Tower 7i||
||Starts at PhP 159,995|
|IdeaPad Gaming 3
||Starts at PhP 69,995|
- Free Microsoft Office Home & student 2021 Lifetime License
- Lenovo’s 3-Year accidental Damage Protection
- 3-Year Legion Ultimate Support
ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition: Price, availability in the Philippines
Ready for space travel!
Back in CES 2022, ASUS delivered its latest lineup of laptops. The Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition garnered attention, standing out among the rest. Consequently, the esteemed laptop is now finding its way to the Philippines.
Built and designed for space travel
The Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition is an exclusive, special edition laptop. It commemorates the 25th anniversary of the ASUS P6300 laptop’s 600-day space mission. The prestigious laptop features unique space-themed design details finished in an exceptional Zero-G Titanium color.
Furthermore, ASUS ensured its space grade is compliant with the US Space Systems Command Standard SMC-S-016A testing protocols.
The device is reportedly capable of withstanding extreme temperatures between -24 to 61° C and intense vibrations ranging from 20 to 2000 Hz. To put it simply, it’s ready for space travel.
Impressive in and out
The Space Edition comes with quirky features. Taking center stage is its ZenVision, a 3.5-inch OLED display mounted on its lid. The small display shows off customizable messages and animations. In addition, its main screen exhibits an expansive PANTONE-validated 16:10 2.8k OLED display.
Moreover, the Space Edition is equipped with powerhouse internals. For instance, it’s powered by up to 12th-generation Intel Core i9 H-Series processors, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 32GB RAM, a PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD, and Intel WiFi 6E.
The Space Edition isn’t your typical special edition package. Its accessories box doubles up as a laptop stand, lifting the laptop at 23-degrees — the ideal angle for comfortable typing.
The initiative aims to reduce packaging waste through an innovative sustainable design.
Price and availability
The ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition will come to ASUS’s official stores and authorized retailers. Its price varies depending on its specifications.
UX5401ZAS-KN072WS — PHP 84,995
- Intel Core i5-12500H
- 16GB LPDDR5 RAM
- 512GB PCIe 4.0 SSD
UX5401ZAS-KN016W — PHP 99,995
- Intel Core i7-12700H
- 16GB LPDDR5 RAM
- 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
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