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Microsoft intros Surface Laptop 4 with new AMD and Intel processors

Yet the design remains unchanged

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Surface Laptop 4 is now official, but there’s not much to expect aside from new AMD and Intel processors inside. It carries the same design as its predecessor, and still available to purchase in a 13.5-inch or a 15-inch variant.

AMD processors now available for the 13.5-inch variant

Arguably the biggest update to the Surface Laptop 4 yet is the addition of AMD processors for the 13.5-inch variant. Previously, AMD processors are available only for the 15-inch variant. Microsoft is using AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile processors, which may raise eyebrows for some since Ryzen 5000 has long been launched. Do note though that these aren’t just the standard Ryzen mobile processors since Microsoft collaborated with AMD to tweak the performance for its laptops.

For the 13.5-inch variant, consumers can only get a Ryzen 5 4680U processor should they go with AMD. Meanwhile, the 15-inch variant only has a Ryzen 7 4980U as the sole AMD option.

Those who root for Intel can still get their Surface Laptop 4 with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 or i7-1185G7.  The Intel Core i5-1135G7, however, is not available for the 15-inch variant. Both processors should give improved performance, especially on the graphics front considering the inclusion of Iris Xe graphics by default.

The availability of an AMD processor to the 13.5-inch variant also marks a much-streamlined configuration option. In the past, only business consumers can get an Intel processor for the 15-inch variant. This is gone now for the Surface Laptop 4, yet configurations for business consumers still remain. For business consumers, the Intel Core i5-1145G7 replaces the low-end Intel processor option, and the Windows 10 Pro comes preinstalled.

The Surface Laptop 4 | Image by Microsoft

Specs beyond the new processor

Beyond the new processors, Microsoft is also adding nifty improvements to the Surface Laptop 4.  Microsoft now puts the battery life at up to 19 hours, but that estimate is for the 13.5-inch AMD variant. The company’s conservative estimate is at 16.5 hours for the bigger 15-inch Intel variant. Either way, it is a big improvement over the previous 11.5 hours.

The laptop is also getting Dolby Atmos support, along with updated HD cameras and dual far-field microphones. Microsoft is also touting optimizations to the laptop’s keyboard, which is pretty useful for many work-from-home employees who use their laptops for work.

That’s pretty much the improvements and addition to the Surface Laptop 4. Microsoft kept the design untouched, so the bezels here are to stay. A choice of Alcantara fabric or metal still remains, though there is a new Ice Blue color option. The touch-supported PixelSense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio is also here to stay, promising better productivity than the established 16:9 displays.

The laptop also carries over the selection of ports from its predecessor, for better or worse. To recap, that includes a lone USB Type-C port (no, it is not Thunderbolt), a USB Type-A, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the proprietary Surface Connect Port.

Price and availability

The Surface Laptop 4 is available to buy now at US$ 999. Business-focused configuration starts at US$ 1,099. Consumers can configure the laptop at up to 32GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. Those who purchase it in the US can also get the Surface Earbuds for free until April 15.

h/t: Windows Central

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Infinix launches a new premium notebook lineup

Say hello to the ZERO BOOK series

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Earlier today, Infinix launched a duo of smartphones that each tout a first for the smartphone business. Well, the brand can offer more than just phones. Going along with its new flagships, Infinix has also launched a new premium lineup of notebooks called the ZERO BOOK series.

Infinix ZERO BOOK

The lineup’s first device is impressive in itself. With a workable 323.3 x 211.1 x 16.95mm chassis, the ZERO BOOK comes with a 15.6 IPS display, putting out images in 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 16:9 ratio.

Underneath the keyboard, the notebook sports up to an Intel Core i7-12700H chipset and Iris Xe graphics. It comes with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD of internal storage.

For more power, the series also comes with an OVERBOOST Switch which boosts the laptop’s performance to 54W. Despite the additional infusion of power, it also comes with ICE STORM 2.0, an advanced cooling system consisting of two 65mm fans and a shark fin design to prevent overheating.

Further, the series also has an AI BeautyCam Enhancement for its webcam. Using software, the device automatically improves image quality for video calls. It also has a Dual-mix Array and AI Noise Cancellation which can block out background noise and maximize volume for a user’s voice.

Finally, it comes with a 70Wh battery for juice throughout the day.

Infinix ZERO BOOK ULTRA

Though the ZERO BOOK ULTRA ships in the same size as the regular ZERO BOOK, it is anything but the same.

The ZERO BOOK ULTRA carries an even more packed set of hardware. For example, the device can go up to an Intel i9-12900H chipset with Iris Xe graphics. It goes up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD of internal storage.

Price and availability

Both models of the new ZERO BOOK series are available now. The ZERO BOOK will start at US$ 799. Meanwhile, the ZERO BOOK ULTRA will start at US$ 999.

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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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ThinkPad P16s

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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