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Huawei confirms the Honor 9 launch date

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 2:25 pm

Honor 9 was expected to be unveiled on June 20th, but last week's leak claimed that the company would unveil the device a week earlier, on June 12th.


Now, Huawei has confirmed the launch date, and it is indeed the June 12th. The promotional poster, revealed by the company, shows a huge number nine next to Honor's logo for dual camera setup.




The sign on the poster says "Beautiful and colorful," and we have already seen that the Honor 9 might come in some bold color options such as yellow. Huawei is clearly focused on colors this year; a trend they started in February with a Pantone green Huawei P10.

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ZTE's Nubia Z17 sold out in just 51 seconds

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 1:21 pm

ZTE launched its long anticipated flagship, the Nubia Z17, last week, and it seems that the reception has been fantastic.




The Nubia Z17 went on flash sale in China through online retailer where 10,000 units were offered. The company has announced that they sold out the devices in just 51 seconds.


The next flash sale will be on June 12th, and it will be interesting to compare the numbers.

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Apple refreshes 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 7:33 am

Apple has unleashed a bunch of new products today including the Radeon Pro Vega-powered iMac Pro with its 5K display and can be configured with an 18-core Intel Xeon CPU, the new MacBook and MacBook Pro units, and now the new iPad Pro refreshes.




Apple refreshed its 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but also ditched the older 9.7-inch iPad Pro size and stretched it out to a slightly bigger 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which replaces the 9.7-inch version. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro rocks a native resolution of 2224x1668 (264 PPI) with 20% more screen real estate over the 9.7-inch model, and 40% smaller bezels. This leads to a 10.5-inch iPad Pro that is only a little bigger and roughly the same physical size as the smaller 9.7-inch predecessor.


The new iPad Pro has some high refresh rate goodness tucked up its sleeve with Apple's new ProMotion technology ramping up the refresh rate on the 10.5- and 12.9-inch panels to 120Hz.

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AMD announces the new Radeon Pro 500 series

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 6:40 am

Apple has just unveiled their impressive new iMac Pro all-in-one desktop that can be configured with up to an 18-core Intel Xeon CPU, and even the new AMD Radeon Pro Vega graphics card with 16GB of HBM2, but AMD also slid in the announcement of their new Radeon Pro 500 series graphics cards, too.




The new Radeon Pro 500 series cards are available in Apple's newly updated 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac systems, with up to 5.5 TFLOPs of compute performance - perfect for Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, and more. In AMD's press release, they explain: "It is incredibly satisfying to see the capabilities of Radeon Pro 500 series in elegant form factors and enabling amazing content creation, gaming and VR experiences".


Senior VP and Chief Architect of Radeon Technologies Group, Raja Koduri, said: "Radeon Pro 500 Series graphics are enabling new generations of makers with compute-accelerated creative tools and new APIs, bringing their imaginations to life in ways like never before".

Intel's next-gen Coffee Lake CPUs delayed into 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 5:30 am

AMD is stomping all over Intel right now with Ryzen and their new HEDT platform with Ryzen ThreadRipper, and now the pain continues with Intel reportedly delaying the release of their upcoming Coffee Lake CPUs until February 2018.




The company reportedly presented its partners with a new deck at Computex detailing that their new 14/16/18-core CPUs won't be released until February 2018. These parts will arrive with a new LGA 1151 V2 socket making the new Coffee Lake CPUs not compatible with current LGA 1151 motherboards, which will not have current LGA 1151 owners happy at all. We should expect a Kaby Lake refresh in the coming months, with Coffee Lake pushed into 2018.

AMD's new Radeon Pro 500 series powers new MacBook Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 4:14 am

AMD is doing all sorts of great business with the likes of Ryzen, ThreadRipper, and their next-gen Vega GPU architecture making it into Apple's new iMac Pro. But the winning didn't stop for AMD with the iMac Pro, as AMD's new Radeon Pro 500 series graphics cards have made it into Apple's newly announced MacBook Pro refresh.




The new Radeon Pro 555 with 2GB of VRAM powers the highest-end MacBook Pro, which has been upgraded with Intel's new Kaby Lake CPU architecture, over the Skylake architecture used in the 2016 MBP. The new 2017 MBP rocks the Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB of LPDDR3-2133 RAM, a 256GB PCIe-based SSD, and a whopping 4 x Thunderbolt 3 ports. We also have a bigger battery, with 76 Wh on offer, over the older 2016 MBP 15-inch model with its 54.5 Wh battery.


There will be the option of the Radeon Pro 555 and Radeon Pro 560, both based on the Polaris 11 GPU.

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AMD Radeon Pro Vega: 8-16GB HBM2, up to 22 TFLOPs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 3:53 am

AMD has officially unveiled the Radeon Pro Vega, a new Vega-based graphics card that is destined for Apple's new iMac Pro all-in-one desktop PCs. The new Radeon Pro Vega is the third entry in the Vega family, following the professional Radeon Vega Frontier Edition and consumer Radeon RX Vega graphics cards.




The new Radeon Pro Vega comes in two flavors, with 8GB and 16GB variants using HBM2 providing 400GB/sec of memory bandwidth. AMD is using the Vega 10 GPU, with 256 TMUs, and 64 next-gen Vega NCUs, each with two compute engines. Each of the compute engines have two separate compute clusters each with 512 stream processors and 32 TMUs, so in total Radeon Pro Vega has 4096 stream processors and 256 TMUs.




There are 64 ROPs and 16 distinct render back ends that are slapped into the 2048-bit memory bus with HBM2, in both 8GB and 16GB versions.

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AMD's first FreeSync 2 display: 1440p, 144Hz, 1ms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 3:28 am

AMD unveiled their next-gen FreeSync 2 technology during their Tech Summit 2016 event in Sonoma, CA last year - and now we're finally seeing the fruits of that Journey to Pixel Perfection labor with the first FreeSync 2 display out in the wild.



The world's first FreeSync 2 display in the wild is the new Samsung CHG70, a 27-inch curved Quantum Dot-based panel with 125% sRGB coverage, 2560x1440 native resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time. It is an infusion of the best monitor tech you can get: FreeSync 2, 1440p @ 144Hz, accurate colors, and a low response time.


I need to get my hands-on one before Radeon RX Vega launches in August.

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IBM's new 5nm chip features 30 billion transistors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 2:26 am

We're living in a world where our new graphics cards are made on the impressive 14nm and 16nm nodes, and we have companies like Qualcomm and Samsung making the latest and greatest SoCs on the small 10nm node - but IBM has trumped them all.




IBM has recently began testing their new 5nm process, with a huge 30 billion transistors - 30,000,000,000 transistors on something as small as your finger nail, just let that sink in. A couple of years ago the team hit 7nm and had 20 billion transistors which was impressive back then, but now we're at 5nm and 30 billion transistors. Amazing stuff.




The team at IBM hopes to see the impressive new 5nm chip helping their own cognitive computing efforts, the Internet of Things (IoT), and other "data intensive" tasks. The new chip could also help smartphones, with "two to three times" more battery life than we have now. We shouldn't expect that, but maybe a blend of improved battery life and speed - all balanced perfectly on 5nm. We shouldn't expect 7nm any time before 2018 at the earliest, so 5nm is still quite a while away.

AMD releases close up shot of Vega GPU die

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 1:26 am

I've just sat down at my desk in the GPU lab here in Australia, after an exhausting but awesome Computex 2017, and one of the first things I see is that AMD has released the die shot for the Vega GPU. STAHP.




The new Vega GPU die shot teases that the new GPU is divided into 8 clusters, each packing 8 Next Generation Compute Units. Each of these new NCUs features 64 stream processors, providing a total of 4096 FP32 cores. The difference between the previous-gen compute units and the new Vega NCU ones is that Vega packs 16-bit processing with doubled throughput.


Isn't it beautiful? Radeon RX Vega launches at SIGGRAPH 2017 which takes place in California between July 30 and August 3.