CES 2017 - Lenovo has announced its new "Legion" duo lineup of performance gaming notebooks, complete with Intel seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series video cards.
Lenovo's revamped Legion offering includes two 15.6-inch models: the Y720, which is the premium high-end model, and the Y520, which is the runner-up model. Lenovo will allow users to tailor-make either model to meet their price point and needs.
The base $1,399 Y720 configuration features an Intel i5-7300NQ CPU (upgradable to a i7-7700HQ), an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, a 1080p display (upgradable to 4K), 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and 2TB of storage.
Dell's cat is out of the bag, with a massive tease of its new XPS 13 laptop that seems to have Dell shifting their glance towards the likes of Lenovo and HP with their Yoga series, and Spectre x360 respectively.
The new XPS 13 is a 2-in-1 that is exactly what it sounds like: a 2-in-1 laptop that will flip itself into a tablet or a display if you pitch it like a tent. Inside, we should expect Intel's new Kaby Lake-based Core processor, I'm going to take a stab in the dark and say a minimum of 8GB of RAM and configurable to 16GB, and a bunch of ports - unlike Apple, and its courageousness by removing every single port they could.
I'll try to get some hands-on time with the new XPS 13 at CES 2017 in a few days time.
It looks like Samsung is preparing two new Windows 10-based tablets for CES 2017 next week, with the Galaxy TabPro S successor - thanks to SamMobile reporting on a purported model number SM-W720 tablet.
Samsung's new Galaxy TabPro S successor is a high-end Windows 10 tablet rocking an Intel Core M processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of SSD storage. The company will include a 5200mAh battery with fast-charging port, USB Type-C, and more - all found inside of a 12-inch 2160x1440 Super AMOLED display and 5-megapixel cameras on the front and back.
The other tablet Samsung is expected to unveil is the purported SM-W620, which should be a smaller version - possibly an 8- or 10-inch variant, with possibly watered down specifications.
Razer has been owning the gaming notebook market for a while now, but with competitors like MSI, GIGABYTE, and ASUS - that lead isn't guaranteed.
ASUS continued to refine their gaming notebooks, with reports suggesting a new premium gaming laptop is in the works - with it measuring in at just 16.65mm thick. There are Ultrabooks on the market that are thicker than that, so the rumor that ASUS is cramming in a GeForce GTX 1080 inside has us excited.
Not only that, but we should see Intel's new Core i7-7700HQ processor, up to 24GB of DDR4 RAM, and super-fast PCIe x4-based NVMe SSD. We should expect ASUS to unveil the GTX 1080-powered gaming notebook next week at CES 2017.
In just a few days time, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will kick off with Intel launching its new Kaby Lake family of CPUs, and their partners unleashing new gaming laptops, desktops, laptops, and everything in between.
GIGABYTE will be unveiling its new Z270-based motherboards and new Aorus products, with GIGABYTE's new 200-series motherboards already shipping, and will be available on January 5 in certain markets. The company has been pushing its Aorus gaming note books into marks like Europe, North America, China, South Korea and Southeast Asia, with aggressive marketing to continue in those markets - but with next-gen Aorus products.
Lenovo are teasing the future of their laptops ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week, with an entire lineup of new and refreshed laptops rocking Kaby Lake processors, and more.
We have the totally new ThinkPad Yoga 370 2-in-1 convertible, refreshed T-Series (T470, T570, T470s, and T470p) and L-Series (L470 and L570) models, the new X270, and an updated version of the ThinkPad 13.
What to expect from Lenovo's new laptops:
- Microsoft Signature: All ThinkPads comes loaded out of the box with the Microsoft Signature Image (clean install, no bloatware).
- Precision TouchPad: Microsoft's PTP standard supported across all devices.
- USB-C 'Anti-Fry' Protection: Systems with USB-C have equipped with protection circuit to protect from improperly designed/malfunctioning USB-C power supplies.
- dTPM 2.0 security support: Universal implementation of discrete TPM 2.0.
- ThinkPad Intelligent diagnostic codes: Intelligent Diagnostics with musical tones from notebook interpreted by companion smartphone app.
- Intel Optane Performance: Non-volatile storage medium in the PCIe M.2 format for significant improvements in endurance, performance, and power consumption.
It looks like Dell is about to unleash a new range of XPS gaming laptops at CES 2017 in a couple of weeks time, with Dell teasing 'the most powerful XPS laptop we've ever built', but quickly removing it from its website.
Dell's new XPS 9650 sports a 15-inch 4K display, Intel's new Kaby Lake-based processor (Core i3-7100HQ, Core i5-7300HQ, or Core i7-7700HQ), an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with up to 4GB of RAM, and I'm sure plenty of storage options, USB 3.0 connectivity, and more.
It couldn't come at a better time, as I've been waiting patiently on pulling the trigger on one of Dell's deliciously beautiful XPS laptops - but a new Kaby Lake/GeForce GTX 1050-powered laptop will be great.
Apple's new MacBook Pros hit the headlines with their cool new Touch Bar, but then there were claims that there was visual corruption over the AMD Radeon graphics cards - something that was debunked as 'fake news' if I can use that in a news story I will - it turned out to be third-party software, and not AMD hardware causing the visual artifacts.
Now there are MBP owners taking to Reddit to talk about the poor battery life on their new, expensive laptops. One of the posts reads: "The battery on mine (MBP 15″, 2.9, 1 TB, 460) seemed poor when I first got it, but after a week or so it seemed to get better. I assume it's because I was syncing Dropbox and installing all of my software. Now, I'm easily getting 8+ hours out of it when doing the "loungey" stuff like Messages, Safari, Mail, Calendar, and working on the odd spreadsheet in Excel".
Another post said: "I've had the 13′ w/ TB model for a little over a week and a half now. And I'm not liking the battery life at all so far. So initially using chrome w/ the rest of my apps I was getting about 4-5 hrs. So I switched to safari and noticed a slight bump, 5-6hrs. Which is not what was advertised. I used Safari, Mail, NetBeans/xcode and spotify. While in sleep mode, with all apps off, I lose about 6% every 8hrs which is also very bad...".
And finally, there's this one: "Damn. I opened laptop when I just got home and had 75%. Has been less then 2 hours and got down to 5%. Chrome was open, and was editing photos in lightroom. Not a fan of the battery life".
As I said in an article a few weeks ago: Apple can't launch a high-end MacBook Pro anymore, and that's quite sad.
It looks like the GPU-related issues on Apple's freshly-released MacBook Pro laptops was not because of the AMD Radeon graphics inside - something I said a few weeks ago, as all signs are pointing towards crappy third-party software ruining consumers' expensive new purchase.
AppleInsider reports from sources familiar with the matter that "overaggressive or otherwise sloppy code distributed in third-party software is to blame. That said, a small number of users report seeing similar problems with Apple's own Photos app". I don't see the words "AMD" or "Radeon" anywhere there, but I do see the words "third-party" and "Apple's own Photos app", though.
In my article titled 'Apple can't launch high-end MacBook Pros without issues', I said: "There were issues with the new 15-inch MBP that sports AMD's new Radeon Pro 400 series graphics, with people taking to the MacRumor forums to complain about their problems. But there are a lot of people with 13-inch MacBook Pros that are experiencing issues, and there is no AMD hardware inside of those models - that's all an all-Intel MacBook Pro, with the same issues the model with the Radeon Pro 400 series graphics has".
Clevo could be working on the most powerful gaming laptop ever created, with their new P870X featuring the unreleased desktop-class Intel Core i7-7700K as well as NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards... in SLI.
How much does this beautiful mess of hardware cost? Oh... just $16,000 - well, if I need to be precise - then we're looking at $15,853. Inside, we have Intel's new Kaby Lake-based Core i7-7700K processor which clocks in at up to 4.5GHz, there's also 64GB of DDR4 RAM from Corsair, 6TB of M.2 storage (what in the HOLY HELL, Clevo - you guys are AWESOME), and 4TB of normal SSD storage. But it would be the 2 x GeForce GTX 1080s in SLI that will have most gamers drooling.
Clevo is using a 17.3-inch 4K display with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, and a bunch of inputs, Wi-Fi, and more.