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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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Apple updates MacBook Pro line-up with tweaked keyboard and 8-core chip

The fastest Mac notebook ever

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Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch) | GadgetMatch

Apple‘s popular line of pro notebooks is getting more powerful with Intel’s new 8th and 9th-gen Core chips. Other laptop manufacturers already announced their latest models featuring the new processors and Apple doesn’t want to get left behind.

For the first time ever, consumers can get a MacBook Pro with an 8-core processor which is two times faster than an older quad-core MacBook Pro and has 40 percent better performance than the previous 6-core MacBook Pro.


The MacBook Pro refresh for mid-2019 greatly benefits the 15-model with Touch Bar. The base model now has a 6-core i7 processor and its high-end sibling has an 8-core i9 processor. If you wish, it can be configured to an even more powerful 8-core i9 chip which can turbo boost up to 5.0GHz. This is now what Apple calls “the fastest Mac notebook ever.”

Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch) | Image credit: Apple

The 13-inch Touch Bar models also get a processor refresh with the base model now equipped with a faster 8th-gen quad-core i5. It can also be upgraded to a quad-core i7 with a turbo boost of up to 4.7GHz.

Apart from the new processors, the rest of the MacBook Pro specs remain unchanged. However, the Cupertino company opted to use a new material for its keyboard which should reduce issues. It’s still the same third-generation butterfly keyboard design from previous models though.

The refreshed MacBook Pro 15-inch models start at US$ 2,399 in the US or SG$ 3,499 in Singapore, while the smaller 13-models start at US$1,799 or SG$ 2,599.

SEE ALSO: Apple might increase the iPhone’s price by 14 percent

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Huawei’s MateBook X Pro and MateBook 13 are now in Singapore

There’s also a new color for P30 Pro

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Huawei Matebook X Pro (2019)

The new MateBook 13 and MateBook X Pro have found their way to Singapore. Huawei‘s new laptops are part of the Chinese company’s product offering expansion to cater to a growing customer base in the country.

First unveiled at CES 2019, the MateBook 13 is one of the well-reviewed Windows notebook today. It’s a portable 13-inch laptop that combines the aesthetics of a MacBook and the power of Windows 10. The laptop’s 2K display with a 3:2 aspect ratio is probably its best asset. Also, what’s under the hood is also promising.


The MateBook 13 is powered by either eighth-gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 chips paired with high-speed PCIe SSD of up to 512GB. Additionally, Huawei’s notebook has NVIDIA GeForce MX150 to boost graphics performance. It also has the new Huawei Share OneHop that lets Huawei phone users transfer files with just a tap.

Huawei MateBook 13 | GadgetMatch

The MateBook 13 has a starting price of SG$ 1,348 for the Core i5 model with 256GB of storage. If you wish to get the more powerful Core i7 variant with 512GB of storage, it’ll cost SG$ 1,498. The laptop comes with a 2-year warranty.

Both variants will be available in stores by the end of May. Those who will buy at The PC Show from May 30 to June 2 will receive a free Huawei Watch GT Active and Huawei Backpack.

The flagship MateBook X Pro (2019) is also coming to Singapore. The more premium Huawei laptop has a 14-inch Ultra FullView display with a 3K resolution and 100 percent sRGB coverage. It’s complemented by four speakers tuned with Dolby Atmos.

Huawei MateBook X Pro (2019) | GadgetMatch

Inside, it has the latest Intel Core processors plus the updated NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics. The laptop is cooled by two Shark Fin Fans 2.0 for better performance. What’s more, it has Thunderbolt 3 ports for faster two-way data transmission of up to 40Gbps.

Another notable feature of the MateBook X Pro (2019) is its outstanding battery life of up to 12 hours, the company claims. It also has the Huawei Share OneHop feature for easy file transfer between the laptop and a phone.

Local pricing and availability of the MateBook X Pro (2019) will be announced at a later date. While we wait, check out our unboxing video below:

Along with the arrival of the laptops, Huawei is also bringing the Amber Sunrise model of the P30 Pro with 512GB of storage. It’ll be available from May 30 exclusively at Huawei Concept Stores and Lazada for SG$ 1,698.

SEE ALSO: Huawei MateBook 13 review: 5 reasons to make the switch

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ThinkBook is Lenovo’s new line of business-oriented laptops

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme gets a refresh, too!

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Lenovo ThinkBook 13s and ThinkPad 14s | Image credit: Lenovo

When we think about business laptops, the famous ThinkPad comes first into our minds. Lenovo, the current maker of ThinkPad notebooks, now has a new sub-brand to cater to the growing enterprise market — the ThinkBook.

Under the ThinkBook line, Lenovo has two new laptops. First is the ThinkBook 13s which is primarily built for mobile business. It features a slim and metal body with a mineral gray finish. As its name suggests, it has a 13.3-inch IPS display with a Full HD resolution and Dolby Vision support. It also has Harman-branded speakers with Dolby Audio.


Like with current ThinkPads, the 13-inch ThinkBook is equipped with a physical camera shutter for full control over camera and privacy. It has an anti-spill design for its keyboard and a lay-flat hinge as well. As for its battery life, it promises up to 14 hours with its 45Whr cell.

Lenovo ThinkBook 13s | Image credit: Lenovo

If you prefer a bigger notebook, there’s also the ThinkBook 14s. It practically has the same metal body and mineral gray finish of the 13s, but with a bigger 14-inch Full HD display. It has the same anti-spill keyboard and lay-flat hinge, too. With its larger screen though, it has a slightly shorter battery life of 10 hours.

Specs-wise, both share the same eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processor with up to 16GB DDR4 memory and 512GB SSD. There’s an option to have discrete graphics using AMD’s Radeon 540X.

Lenovo ThinkBook 14s | Image credit: Lenovo

Connectivity is one of the strengths of business notebooks. The new ThinkBook line is no different. It’s equipped with a USB-C (Gen2), two USB 3.1, an HDMI, and a 3.5mm combo jack. It also comes with a fingerprint reader built into the power button and TPM 2.0 security chip.

What will make the ThinkBook appealing for businesses is its price. The ThinkBook 13s starts at US$ 729. Meanwhile, the ThinkBook 14s starts at US$749. Both will ship in the US this month.

For those who need more power and have extra cash can look into the refreshed ThinkPad X1 Extreme. The second-generation X1 Extreme now has the option for a 4K OLED touchscreen and ninth-gen Core i9 processors.

Lenovo ThinkPad Extreme X1 | Image credit: Lenovo

The graphics department has also updated the old NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti to the newer GTX 1650 Max-Q. The upgrade should offer a small bump in performance and support for new features. Pricing starts at US$ 1,500 for the base variant which starts shipping in July. The OLED version won’t come until August.

SEE ALSO: We tried Lenovo’s foldable ThinkPad PC and it screams future

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