Intel Core M Overview, benchmarks and product Previews.

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The Intel Core M processor, officially launched last week, offers Ultrabook performance in a processing unit that’s about half the size of the current CPUs found in Ultrabooks with a 6W TDP profile. What does that mean? I’ve seen it benchmarked to Ultrabook performance levels on an 680gram fanless tablet. It works!

Rather than offering something that will compete with Ultrabook-style processors though it opens up a new area of fast processing and graphics performance for new types of computing devices. Fanless set top boxes, tablets, thin 2-in-1’s and extremely mobile laptops. At IFA and IDF over the last two weeks I got a good idea of where it sits, what it can do and got a sneak peek at some benchmarks and some of the products.

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Toshiba Satellite Click 2 Pro Hands-On Video


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Here’s a really nice looking 2-in-1 Ultrbook that, unfortunately, weighs nearly 2KG when docked together. A 13.3-inch Full HD screen tablet running a Core CPU in under 1KG isn’t too bad though and there are options here for hard drives and additional batteries in the base unit. The design is good because it incorporates a rear extension that not only houses the ports but keeps the whole unit stable when the screen is tilted. The Full HD screen is really nice.

RAM options go up to 8GB and SSD options up to 256GB so there’s potential for some heavy workloads and big files. Maybe this is one for mobile photographers.

This isn’t a new 2-in-1 so you’ll find some reviews out there if you’re interested.

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Acer Zenbook UX305 Core-M Ultrabook Hands-On


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At a press event in Berlin today ASUS launched a laptop based on Core M. The ASUS Zenbook UX305 is just 12.3 mm thick and weighs 1.2KG. There’s no price available yet but it’s clearly a Q4 product.

The ASUS Zenbook UX305 that I had hands-on with has a 45Wh battery inside along with a 128GB SSD. It runs on a Core M 5Y10a CPU at 1Ghz. The non-touch screen is QHD (3200×1800) and there’s a nice keyboard.

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Surprisingly, for an Ultrabook, there’s no touchscreen but perhaps we’ll see that in the near future but at 1.2KG this is quite the ultra mobile laptop. Is it fanless? We think it might be but haven’t confirmed that yet.

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Video hands-on below. Lots more live images here.

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ASUS Zenbook NX500 uber-Ultrabook gets early review.


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When ASUS launched the Zenbook NX500 at Computex earlier this year it had one of the most impressive specifications lists to date. An Intel Core  i7-4702HQ  with Turbo Boost Up to 3.2GHz and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850 are the processors that power the 15.6-inch 4K IPS screen. There’s a huge 96Wh battery AC WiFi and a lot more. The price is high and the weight is over 2KG. Ultrabookreview have just published a full review and I spoke to the author, Andrei, about the unit…

[Andrei] I got to play with an early version of the Asus Zenbook NX500 in the last several days.On paper, this thing is stellar: wide-gamut 4K display, powerful hardware (Intel Core i7-4712HQ CPU, 16 GB of RAM, Nvidia 850M GDDR5 graphics, 512 GB SSD), a big 96 Wh battery and a sleek, metal made, sub-5 pounds body.

Toshiba Satellite Click 2 Pro P30W is the latest Ultrabook-class 2-in-1

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There are three things I check when I quickly evaluate new 2-in-1 announcements. Price, performance (CPU, disk, screen) and weight. If the tablet is over 1KG a big buzzer goes off in my head. This 13-inch Satellite Click 2 Pro P30W however has got me inquisitive. 13.3-inches in 1.05KG (2.3 pounds) on an Ultrabook platform makes it quite interesting.

As the name suggests this isn’t the first Toshiba Click. The original Click, launched at IFA 2013, was an AMD-powered device that used the netbook-class A4-1200. It wasn’t that well received which is understandable because who wants a 2KG laptop that performs like an old netbook? The recently launched Click 2 range comprises two designs. One, the Click 2, is aimed at the lower-cost consumer market, the other, the Click 2 Pro P30W, is designed to offer an Ultrabook experience with good connectivity.

NEC LaVie GZ with IGZO is the lightest Ultrabook yet.

As the Ultrabook design philosophy reaches more of the mainstream laptop market it is becoming more and more difficult to spot new advances in laptop design. NEC makes it easy for us though by launching the sub 800-gram (1.76 pound) LaVie GZ. Energy and space-saving IGZO screen and mainboard means less layers to the laptop cake. There’s a trade-off though.

The LaVie GZ is a 13.3-inch Ultrabook available with 2560 × 1440 resolution and the weight is just 794 grams which is very very impressive. The IGZO screen doesn’t provide a touch layer (an IPS 1920x1080p version offers that and a larger internal battery but at a slightly heavier 964 grams.) but it’s all-Ultrabook in other aspects of the device.

Specs include a Core i7-4510U or Core i5-4210U CPU with a fixed 4GB of RAM and SSD options. There’s an SD card reader, two USB 3.0 ports and HDMI for video output. It’s just 14.9mm thick.

HP Pro X2 612 G1 offers Wacom on 12.5-inch FHD with Core

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As I continue my review of the HP Pro X2 410 G1 [first impressions] I’m acutely aware of what’s going on around it this week. The Surface Pro 3 and new products and announcements at Computex have us all thinking about larger-screen tablets and 2-in-1s. One competitor was from HP themselves as Microsoft held up the Pro X2 612 on stage at their keynote.  It offers a full HD screen, SSD and Wacom options that aren’t available with the X2 410. It also offers a range of CPUs that start with a Celeron (4th gen Core) and go up to Core i5.

AMD reveals Kaveri mobile APU for ultrathins and high-performance laptops (Updating)

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In a press conference at Computex AMD have announced the Kaveri Mobile APU which is targeted at thin and high-performance laptops. It looks like this is a processor that could appear in Ultrabook devices.

We’re pulling in information from sources at Computex right now…

According to a tweet from Notebook Italia AMD have announced that Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba will partner with AMD to use Kaveri. In another tweet @tenoq shows an image of the AMD FX-7500 (Update: 19W TDP) matching or beating the Intel i7-4500U in PCMark, 3DMark and Basemark CL. Graphics performance is said to be up to 58% better.

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Images via show performance comparison and Kaveri line-up.

Intel’s fanless mobile PC reference design is 7.2mm thin and uses Core M 14nm processor.

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Intel are currently presenting on stage at Computex. The press-release reveals what’s about to be demonstrated.

The world’s first 14nm fanless mobile PC reference design from Intel is a 12.5 inch screen that is 7.2mm thin with keyboard detached and weighs 670 grams. The innovative design is based on the first of Intel’s next-generation 14nm Broadwell processors, purpose-built for 2 in 1s and will be in market later this year. Called the Intel® Core™ M processor, it will deliver the most energy efficient Core processor in the company’s history.

So it looks like the days of the U-series processor are over. Perhaps the Y-series too. More importantly it looks like ASUS have used the Intel reference design in their Transformer Book Chi product. Both have a 12.5-inch screen. Both use the ‘next-generation’ Intel core. One is 7.3mm thick, the other is 7.2mm thick. OK, maybe the casing is different!

ASUS NX500 with Quad-Core i7, RAID, 4K. Full specs.

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We’ve never seen an Ultrabook with these specs before. The Asus NX500 Ultrabook was announced yesterday and it proves how far Ultrabook specification can be pushed. The NX500 is targeted squarely at creators and gamers and is one of the most impressive-looking Ultrabooks we’ve ever seen. No, this is not ultra-light, unless you want these specifications in a Windows laptop, and then it is!

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Official specs from ASUS. (“Subject to change without notice.”)

  • CPU: Intel® Core™  i7-4702HQ  with Turbo Boost Up to 3.2GHz (37W TDP with HD 4600 on board)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850 graphics
  • Chipset: Intel® HM87
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 850M with 2GB GDDR5 video memory
  • RAM: 1x SODIMM (4G/8G) and 4G/8G on board memory / DDR3L 1600MHz support
  • Drive: SATA 3 RAID 0 (128/256GB) or PCIe x4 SSD up to 512GB.