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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx is first-ever 7nm chip in a PC

Continuing the always-on, always-connected legacy

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While the newly launched Snapdragon 855 is designed for high-end smartphones, another fresh Qualcomm release, the Snapdragon 8cx, will be found in Windows 10 devices beginning in the third quarter of 2019.

Like the Snapdragon 850 before it, the Snapdragon 8cx is powerful enough to run a full-fledged Windows PC while staying constantly connected through Wi-Fi or mobile data. What makes this system on a chip special, however, is its 7nm architecture.

Yes, it’s the first of its kind. Till now, PC manufacturers had to rely on an older fabrication process for the chipsets they installed. The 7nm platform means computers installed with the Snapdragon 8cx will be more efficient than anything else in the market.

“With performance and battery life as our design tenets, we’re bringing 7nm innovations to the PC space, allowing for smartphone-like capabilities to transform the computing experience,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager of mobile for Qualcomm Technologies.

In addition, it comes with the Adreno 680, Qualcomm’s most high-powered GPU to date. Coupled with the octa-core Kryo 495 CPU, any Snapdragon 8cx-powered device should be able to handle multitasking and demanding apps with ease.

Rounding up the features are Quick Charge 4+ for faster charging, support for up to two connected 4K HDR monitors, and best of all, the Snapdragon X24 modem to enable Gigabit LTE data speeds.

We’re bound to learn more about its capabilities and who’ll partner with Qualcomm to roll out this new breed of mobile PCs, so stay tuned.

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Lenovo launches Yoga 6, a convertible laptop with 18 hours of battery life

Powered by a Ryzen 4000 CPU

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Lenovo has launched the Yoga 6 in India, and its unique selling point is its 360-degree design that can also accommodate a stylus. Designed for folks who’re on the go, the notebook claims to offer exceptional battery life without compromising processing capabilities.

The Yoga 6 incorporates a new design consisting of a fabric-wrapped lid that’s treated with fire and stain-resistant finishing. At first glance, you’d actually think Lenovo has covered the laptop with a neat piece of jeans.

Coming to the specs, it sports a 13.3-inch Full HD LCD with touchscreen support and a maximum brightness of 300 nits. Moreover, as it’s a 2-in-1 device, the Yoga 6 features a 360-degree hinge, designed to provide stability while transitioning from laptop mode to tablet and vice-versa.

It packs the latest AMD Ryzen 4000-series processor along with built-in AMD Radeon graphics. To be precise, it sports the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U SoC which comes with a maximum clock speed of 2.0Ghz. The company claims the GPU can offer up to 59 percent faster graphics when compared to previous generation Vega graphics.

Backing the processor is 16GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB SSD for internal storage. The laptop weighs 1.32kg and supports Lenovo Digital Pen for sketching, doodling, and browsing. It ships with Windows 10 Home operating system out-of-the-box.

Most importantly, the Yoga 6 incorporates a 50WHr battery that’s claimed to offer up to 18 hours of usage. There’s a fingerprint sensor for authentication and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, two USB Type-A ports, two USB Type-C ports, and the headphone jack.

The laptop is available for pre-order on Lenovo.com and shall cost INR 86,990. It’ll go on sale starting March 10 via Lenovo.com, Amazon, and Flipkart, as well as other offline retail channels

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2021 LG Gram laptops now available in Singapore

Starting at SG$ 1,899

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First unveiled in CES 2021, the latest models of LG Gram laptops are now available to buy in Singapore. The complete lineup ranging from the Gram 14 up to the Gram 17 can now be had on all authorized retailers nationwide.

As a refresher, all LG Gram laptops feature a 16:10 display for 2021.  As such, users can expect more screen real estate, making the laptops better for web browsing and office work. The displays of the 2021 models also boast 99% DCPI-P3 coverage, delivering picture-perfect quality.

Accompanying the change in aspect ratio is the reduction in overall bezels. For this year, LG touts a much-reduced bezel on all four sides across all laptop models. Thankfully, LG didn’t sacrifice the keyboard and touchpad and made them bigger instead.

Like with most laptop refreshes, LG fitted the 2021 models with 11th-generation Intel Core processors and Iris Xe graphics for better performance all around. Expect 2 x USB 4 40GBps Type-C, 2 x USB 3.2 5GBps Type-A, HDMI, microSD card reader, and a headphone jack for the ports. However, LG Gram 14 2-in-1 excludes the HDMI port.

Lastly, the LG Gram laptops retain their thin and light profile while packing more features and upping their screen-to-body ratio by up to 90%. As for the only 2-in-1 model, LG Gram 14 2-in-1 packs an innovative 360-degree hinge and comes bundled with a stylus.

Local prices

All models come with 16GB of configuration and various choices of colors including green, black, dark silver, and white. Prices for the models and their respective configuration are as follow:

LG Gram 14

  • Intel Core i5-1135G7, 16GB/512GB — SG$ 1,899
  • Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB/512GB — SG$ 2,199

LG Gram 14 2-in-1

  • Intel Core i5-1135G7, 16GB/512GB — SG$ 2,199
  • Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB/512GB — SG$ 2,499

LG Gram 16

  • Intel Core i5-1135G7, 16GB/512GB — SG$ 2,099
  • Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB/512GB — SG$ 2,299

LG Gram 17

  • Intel Core i5-1135G7, 16GB/512GB — SG$ 2,199
  • Intel Core i5-1165G7, 16GB/512GB — SG$ 2,499
  • Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB/1TB — SG$ 2,699

LG Gram laptops can be had on all authorized retailers including Best Denki, COURTS, Harvey Norman, Gain City, Challenger as well as LG Lazada and LG Shopee.

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Future MacBook Pro models will have an HDMI port again

One less dongle to carry

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Just a few weeks ago, rumors started spreading that future MacBook Pro models will likely have an SD card reader. It seems like Apple is not  stopping there, as famed tipster Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that future models will feature an HDMI port once again.

The change will be a significant one for Apple. All MacBook Pro models today only feature the USB-C port, so a dongle is necessary for connecting to other devices and peripherals. The inclusion of an HDMI port will also eliminate the need for dongles and will appease power users who require the port for their workflow. HDMI ports are still present on many devices especially on displays, which in some cases only have one or two of these ports.

Aside from the inclusion of an HDMI port, Kuo also predicts that the new MacBook Pro models will be a major redesign, featuring flat edges like those found in the latest iPhone and iPad models. The divisive Touch Bar is also going away on the new models, as per Kuo’s predictions.

Other rumors point to Apple resurrecting the MagSafe connector which is present on older models. However, it is unclear how the company plans to reintroduce the connector. Others are speculating a novel mechanism for wireless charging on the new models should Apple reintroduce MagSafe.

These new MacBook Pro models will come with either a 14-inch or 16-inch display. Both models will also likely sport a much beefier processor than the M1. Apple is expected to launch the new MacBook Pro in the second half of 2021.

h/t: MacRumors

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