Apple’s holding an event later this week, where the company is expected to introduce a new MacBook pro laptop, among other things. And rumors have been making the rounds for months that one new feature for that laptop would be a touchscreen OLED toolbar above the keyboard, allowing you to interact with software-defined “keys” that could change depending on what you’re doing with the laptop.
Now it looks like those rumors were true.
Xiaomi announced two new smartphones today, including one with optional global LTE support and one with nearly no bezels around the screen. But that’s not all the company announced.
Xiaomi’s new Mi VR is a virtual reality headset that uses your phone as a display… much like any number of existing headsets. But this $29 model has a built-in motion sensor and works with a handheld 9-axis motion controller.
Xiaomi says the headset’s motion sensors feature 16ms low-latency, and the Mi VR can work with a number of recent Xiaomi smartphones including the Mi 5, Mi 5s and 5s Plus, and the Mi note 2.
AT&T and Time Warner announced merger plans recently, and speaking at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.D Live event today, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson announced that one of the reasons for that merger is to allow AT&T to launch a new internet-only TV service with more than 100 channels of “premium” content, including Time Warner-owned channels.
Time Warner owns TBS, CNN, HBO, and Cinemax, among other properties.
The new service is expected to be called DirecTV Now and it will launch at the end of November.
2016 seems to be the year when PC makers are giving Microsoft a run for the money in the 2-in-1 tablet space. Samsung, Huawei, and Lenovo have all launched Windows tablets with Microsoft Surface-like designs and competitive prices… and right now there are models from each company available at deep discounts.
For example, you can snag a Samsung Galaxy TabPro S for as little as $600, a Huawei Matebook for $499 and up, or a refurbished Lenovo Miix 700 for $459.
Google is getting into hardware in a big way this year, with the launch of its Pixel-branded smartphones, the Google Home connected speaker, and even WiFi routers and VR headsets that will be sold under the Google brand.
But not all of Google’s hardware is aimed at consumers. The company has just unveiled a new 55 inch digital whiteboard designed for use in the workplace.
It’s called Jamboard, and it’s coming in 2017 for “under $6,000.”
Jamboard features a 4K display, multiple styluses, a digital eraser, and a touchscreen that can also handle finger input.
Zotac is holding a 10th anniversary event in Hong Kong this week, where the company is holding a gaming tournament and launching several new products… including its most powerful mini PC to date, and an updated version of the VR-ready PC-in-a-backpack that Zotac introduced earlier this year.
The Zotac Magnus EN1080 10 year anniversary edition is a compact gaming PC equipped with an Intel Core i7 Skylake CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics, while the new VR Go Backpack is a wearable computer with GeForce GTX 1070 graphics and a hot swappable, 2-battery system.
Intel’s Atom family of low-power processors first came to market as a line of chips for inexpensive netbooks and other laptops. In recent years Intel produced Atom chips aimed at tablets and even smartphones… but having failed to find a profitable niche in that space, Intel scrapped its Atom chips for mobile devices earlier this year.
But that doesn’t mean Atom is dead. Instead, the company has been focusing on the Internet of Things space.
After leaking in September and going up for pre-order at some stores earlier this month, BlackBerry’s most powerful Android phone to date is now available for purchase.
You can buy the Blackberry DTEK60 from the BlackBerry Shop for $499.
As expected, the phone features a 5.5 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of stroage.
It has a 21Mp rear camera with PDAF, HDR, and 4K video recording support, an 8MP front camera, and a USB 2.0 Type-C port, as well as a 3.5mm headset jack.
Xiaomi’s Mi Note 2 is a smartphone with a 5.7 inch curved OLED display, a 2.35 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, support for up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage, a big battery, a high-resolution camera, and… a design that makes the phone look an awful lot like the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
That said, this phone doesn’t support pen input, as a lower-res display, and… probably won’t catch fire quite as easily.
Some folks seem to wish the front of a smartphone was nothing but screen, seeing bezels as wasted space. We’re not quite there yet… but Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi Mix smartphone comes pretty close.
The phone has a 6.4 inch display and 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. That’s thanks to ultra-slim bezels around the top and sides, and a relatively small one below the screen.
Xiaomi says that allows the company to squeeze that large screen into a phone that’s about the size of a typical 5.7 inch model.
Amazon lowered the barrier to entry for folks looking to use its Alexa-powered wireless speakers when the company introduced the new $50 Amazon Echo Dot. The tiny speaker can listen for questions and voice commands, allowing you to get news updates, play music, or find out who’s playing in the World Series all without using your hands.
But unlike the $130 Amazon Tap, the Echo is designed to be a stationary device: it doesn’t have a battery.
Smartwatches have only been a thing for a few years, but it looks like they may have already peaked… or maybe they’re just taking off.
But any way you look at it, companies shipped an awful lot fewer smartwatches in the third quarter of 2016 than they did during the same period a year earlier.
According to new research from IDC, there were about 5.6 million smartwatches shipped in Q3, 2015.
The BLU R1 HD is a cheap smartphone that probably wouldn’t have gotten much attention when it launched the summer if it weren’t for a deal that made it really cheap: as an Amazon Prime Exclusive smartphone, you could buy one for as little as $50.
For that price, you get a phone with a 5 inch, 720p display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. It also didn’t take hackers long to figure out how to root the BLU R1 HD and get rid of the ads Amazon placed on the phone without paying the extra $50 you’d have to spend if you went through the usual channels.
E Ink displays don’t require a lot of power, which is why devices like the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble NOOK eReaders can run for weeks at a time with relatively tiny batteries.
But a team of folks from Microsoft Research have developed a prototype for an E Ink device that you never have to plug in at all. That’s because it has a solar panel that can convert light into electricity… and it doesn’t even have to be sunlight.
The fourth-gen Motorola Moto G smartphone features a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 3,000 mAh battery.
While the phone has a list price of $200 and up, Amazon has been offering a $50 discount since this summer to Amazon Prime members willing to put up with ads on the lock screen.
Today the retailer is going a step further and offering a 16GB Moto G4 Prime Exclusive phone for just $120.
Samsung may not be selling the Galaxy Note 7 anymore, but if you’ve got your heart set on buying a new Samsung device with S-Pen support, now there’s another option. It’s just not a phone.
After launching the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 with S-Pen in Korea in September, Samsung has announced that it’s bringing the 10 inch tablet to the United States.
It should be available for $350 starting October 28th.
Samsung isn’t done with its Galaxy Note line of smartphones just yet. Some people were starting to wonder if the company might give up on its line of phones with big screens, digital pen support, and other premium features, but the company has announced that it is indeed working on a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which will likely be released in 2017.
The company has announced that Korean customers who took advantage of the Galaxy Note 7 recall and traded in their phones for a Galaxy S7 will be able to get a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 for half-price when the new phones launch next year.
Intel’s 7th-Gen Core processor family for laptops can be divided into two categories: there are 15 watt Kaby Lake-U series chips that offer higher performance, and 4.5 watt Kaby Lake-Y chips that are designed for use in thin and light computer, often with fanless designs.
For the past few chip generations, Intel has branded its Y series processors as “Core M,” but with the introduction of 7th-gen “Kaby Lake” chips, the company took a different approach.
The HP Elite x3 is the most powerful Windows smartphone to date… but it’s also the most expensive, thanks to a $799 price tag. That price includes a desktop docking station though. So how much would you save if you bought the phone without the dock? About $100.
Windows Central notes that the HP Elite x3 sells for $699 if you just want the phone.
It doesn’t currently seem to be available at HP.com for that price, but a web search for “HP Elite x3 X5V50AA#ABA” shows that other stores including CDW and PC Nation are listing the phone for prices ranging from about $700 to $720.
Dell recently updated its Inspiron 13 line of convertible laptops with new models featuring Intel Kaby Lake processors, and while an Inspiron 13 5000 series laptop with a Core i7 Kaby Lake CPU has a list price of $850, right now you can get one for $100 off.
That’s because the laptop is marked down by $50 at Dell’s website… and if you apply coupon code 50OFF699, you can save an extra $50.