Category: Laptops

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! ARM Powered Chromebook launched by Google with Samsung Exynos 5 ARM Cortex-A15 on board, $249!!!

Posted by – October 18, 2012

The day has come. The ARM Powered laptop revolution is here. Chrome OS on ARM, not just any ARM, the fastest ever ARM Cortex-A15 from Samsung, Exynos5250, 2GB RAM, 16GB Flash storage. This announcement is of course pure awesomeness. So, I guess, Google wanted to wait for ARM Cortex-A15 for what they may think to be satisfactory ARM Powered web browser OS performance. Consider this has to support all plugins, native code, OpenGL web, extensions, advanced AJAX-heavy Javascript web apps, caching of web apps for full offline sync and web acceleration on slow connections, tons of simultaneous opened tabs for everyone to feel fully comfortable! Videos coming:

Google Official:

Gigaom:

Sundar Pichai at unveil event by ubergizmo (until Google posts the full official event video):

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Archos 80 XS and Archos 97 XS

Posted by – October 13, 2012

Archos is launching two more sizes for their Generation 10 Android Tablet series, including the $199 Archos 80 XS and the $299 Archos 97 XS, each with the optional $49 Archos Coverboard Keyboard Dock. I've been using my Archos 101 XS every day during these past 45 days, replacing my broken $1000 Intel Ultrabook for all of my on-the-go productivity and 10.1" Tablet usage. It's much thinner and lighter than an Intel laptop, the thin and light keyboard dock ads productivity to the already very awesome OMAP4470 tablet. The same priced $299 Archos 97 XS runs on the same OMAP4470 and the $199 Archos 80 XS runs on the Rockchip RK3066 processor to achieve thus a Nexus7-like price point with its own awesome thin and light magnetic Keyboard dock.

Rockchip RK2928 and RK2926 launched at the HKTDC Electronics Fair

Posted by – October 13, 2012

Rockchip Vice-President Chen Feng presents their new single-core ARM Cortex-A9 SoC for cheaper, faster, lower power consuming tablets! They call it the Single-core Terminator. They simplify to lower the cost of the SoC thus of the entry-level ARM Powered device all the while improving the performance to provide for better entry-levels tablets.

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$89 13.3″ Laptop on VIA WM8850 ARM Cortex-A9 single-core by Hivision

Posted by – October 13, 2012

Here's one of the latest interesting ARM Powered laptops by Hivision, powered on VIA's latest single-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor. With Ethernet, HDMI out, 2 USB Host and more.

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$116 13.3″ Allwinner A10 Laptop by Yones Toptech

Posted by – October 12, 2012

Check this cool size for an ARM Powered laptop with a 12-hour battery life. Now all we need is Chrome OS fully merged into Android 4.2 or 5.0, so the Chrome experience on Android can 100% the same as on Chrome OS on ARM for an ultimate mouse/keyboard laptop usage, some of the faster ARM processors, perhaps more RAM, Ubuntu on Android support and we're there!

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Sony Xperia Tablet S

Posted by – September 2, 2012

Tegra3, a new thin form factor with a bunch of docks for it from keyboard, to standard dock, desktop dock to speaker dock. Sony is customizing Android with a few features such as overlay widgets and more.

ChuangZhiCheng 7″ 1280×800 Tegra3 Tablet at IFA 2012

Posted by – September 2, 2012

ChuangZhiCheng also makes some Dual-core RK3066 Tablets, some Ultrabook and some rugged computer.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

Posted by – August 31, 2012

Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 uses an Intel Atom processor, runs Windows 8, supports digitizer pen input, comes with an optional keyboard dock. It's about $499.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Posted by – August 31, 2012

One of the thinnest, lightest but sturdiest new Ultrabooks on the market, price starting at $1249 with a Core i5.

Archos 101 XS review, Ultrabook-killing machine

Posted by – August 25, 2012

In this video, I show web browsing speed on this OMAP4470 ARM Powered Laptop/Tablet convertible. This ARM Powered Laptop loads web pages faster than the Ultrabook, both over the same WiFi home network! I load web pages like Engadget.com, Gizmodo.com and TheVerge.com faster on the $400 Archos 101 XS than on the $1000 Toshiba z830 Ultrabook! And the firmware isn't even Jelly Bean yet! It'll get the Jelly Bean firmware by the time Archos starts selling this device next month in Europe or the month after that in the USA! Everyone knows Jelly Bean and Linaro speeds up Android even more!

This Archos 101 XS likely provides one of the industry's fastest performance for productivity on Android, it's the first OMAP4470 device announced and demonstrated that I know of. Productivity is in Chrome on Android and a few other productivity apps that can be the Office suite (included for free for word/excell/powerpoint stuff) and that can also be Remote Desktop for enterprise professionals who want productivity that way using Teradici and Citrix on Android stuff. I would like Archos to integrate Ubuntu on Android also, I hope they call Canonical to get that included with the Jelly Bean firmware. Thus you'd click on the Ubuntu icon to switch to Ubuntu in a second, do whatever you want in Ubuntu including run any Ubuntu application, and then have the same icon on Ubuntu to switch back to full Android in a second too.

While we're waiting and looking forward to even faster ARM Cortex-A15 with Mali-T604, that likely doesn't reach consumer devices until next year though. Right now, the latest and best class of ARM Cortex-A9 processors, with OMAP4470, with 32nm Exynos 4412, with 28nm Qualcomm S4 Pro Quad-core, with HiSilicon K3V2, i.MX6 Quad, we're getting some excellent memory bandwidth performance on ARM allowing for fast enough full 720p/800p even 1080p web browsing speeds on Tablet, Laptop screens and on any external monitors as a Desktop/Set-top-box with full fast enough performance for productivity!

The time we've been waiting for is here! The ARM Powered Laptop is faster than an Intel Atom Netbook! It's even faster than an Intel Core i5 Ultrabook!!!

While at $299 and an unlimited amount of cash (think: French/EU Francois Hollande national IT investment project) for mass production, I think Archos can single handedly be able to sell more Android Laptops like this one than all the Intel/Microsoft Ultrabooks/Netbooks and new Windows 8 convertibles put together. At $399 introductory Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price, Archos can still get in there and sell as many as Archos can afford to manufacture, selling easily at 50% cheaper than the iPad3 with keyboard ($598), at 63% cheaper than the Asus Transformer Prime/Infinity with keyboard ($648), this is the thinnest, lightest 10.1" ARM Powered Laptop/Tablet convertible yet. And it has features other tablet makers don't have such as full hardware accelerated video and audio codecs support, MicroSD/HDMI and USB Host, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi Direct, 1080p@60fps/3D@1080p@30fps and multimedia streaming features such as Samba/Upnp and DLNA.

I think it's great value and I'm looking forward to try to use this as my main 10.1" tablet/laptop instead of my ultrabook for the next few weeks and months. Let me know in the comments what specific features you'd like me to test on this device in my next video of it.