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Computex 2013 Round Up: All That You Have Missed
Taipei in Taiwan has witnessed a slew of new devices launches these days with the Computex 2013 fair running at the moment. There are more than 1,500 exhibitors showcasing their products on 5,295 booths independently. To talk about the visitors, there are more than 1,00,000 people witnessing this event. According to the Computex 2013 site, Asia has the most number of visitors with Japan being on the top which is followed by US.
So far there has been quite a number of devices unveiled in the fair in past 2 days in the category of Laptops, Ultrabooks, Tablets, Hybrid PC/Tablet and more.
Recently, Gizbot reported about the various devices from Acer and Asus that were announced at the very Computex 2013 fair. To recap, these included Acer Liquid S1, Asus FonePad Note FHD6, Asus MeMo Pad HD 7, Acer Iconia W3 and Asus Transformer Book Trio. These were phablet, three tablet and a hybrid three in one Tablet/PC respectively.
Apart from the above mentioned devices, there are many more unveiled devices at the Computex 2013. To round-up the devices unveiled in past two days, here is a rundown on them.
Second Generation Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook
The Aspire S7 is an improved version of the S7 that was launched last year at Computex itself. The ultrabook with a 13.3-inch IPS display has a standard 1920 x 1080 resolution (a 2560 x 1440 unit will also be offered in Europe and other markets, though may not come to the US) and it has more or less the same industrial design, with a lightweight chassis and Gorilla Glass lid. The display opens up slightly more than 180 degrees. Acer has managed to increase the RAM up to 8GB, from 4GB, and the battery size a full 33% for what Acer claims is a battery life "up to 7 hours. Acer has also upgraded the S7 to Haswell CPUs (Core i3, i5 and i7). The Aspire S7 sports two USB 3.0 inputs, HDMI port, SD card slot, and a Mini DisplayPort, as well as a 128 or 256GB SSD. It will ship in either Core i5 or i7 configurations. Finally, Acer claims its new 2nd generation Acer TwinAir cooling will put out less fan noise than the 2012 S7. There are hardly any difference on appearance.
The new and improved Acer Aspire S7 ultrabook is expected to ship in Q3 with a price of $1,400 (Rs. 79,084).
MSI GT and GE gaming Laptop
MSI also unveiled the revamped two gaming laptops. GT70 and GT60 are both getting a quad-core, 3.2GHz Core i7-4200MQ CPU with a 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX780M GPU. Though the chipsets are the same, however, the 17-incher has a max of 32GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD along with up to three 128GB SSDs arranged in a RAID 0 setup. The 15-inch version, meanwhile, has a 16GB RAM with a single 128GB SSD and 1TB hard drive. If 8.6 or even 7.7 pounds is too heavy for your tastes, you might prefer the slim GE series, where both the 15 and 17 inch models weigh in at less than six pounds. In exchange for a lighter design, of course, you get slightly inferior specs: a 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX765 GPU, 750GB hard drives, 8GB to 12GB of RAM and six-cell batteries, compared with a nine-cells on the beefier GT models. For what it's worth, though, most configurations have the same 3.2GHz Core i7 processor. The GE notebooks have also added a backlit keyboards. Engadget reports suggests that in US, at least, starting prices will be $1,500 (Rs. 84,732) for the GT70 and GT60, $1,400 (Rs. 79,084) for the GE70 and $1,000 (Rs. 58,488) for the GE60.
MSI also showed a 14-inch model, the GE40, which has a different design than the other GEs. This device comes with 2.9GHz Core i7-4702MQ CPU, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M GPU, 8GB of RAM and a battery rated for three hours. The screen will be a 1,600 x 900 non-IPS panel with an anti-glare matte finish. It also houses a 128GB and 750GB SSD, or just the 750-gig HDD.
There are no mentions on price and availability as of now.
Asus has now unveiled its first all-in-one desktop with QHD resolution called ET2702, which comes standard with a 27-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 IPS screen. The design includes an edge-to-edge glass display layered over a long speaker grille. There are some other modern touches, too, like white LED lights, a matte aluminum pedestal and a metal mouse to match. The included keyboard is well-spaced and easy to type on as well.
In the US, the desktop is likely to come with a Core i7-4770 processor, a 2GB AMD Radeon HD 8890A GPU, 16GB of RAM, a 2TB hard drive, 802.11ac and a Blu-ray drive. It'll arrive in either late July or early August, we're told, with a price around $2,000 (Rs. 1,12,976) or less.
Dell XPS 12, XPS 27 and XPS 8700 Upgradation
Dell also unveiled its next-gen Ultrabook. Dell's taking the opportunity to refresh the machines it's already got. Dell has revamped their XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook by adding an NFC chip, Haswell processors and a bigger battery (50Wh, up from 47Wh). Between that CPU change and the enlarged power pack, Dell says the system will now last up to 9.5 hours on a charge. The starting price is of the XPX 12 will be $1,200 (Rs. 67,722), with shipments beginning July 9th in most regions.
Another XPS 27 all-in-one is stepping up to a 2,560 x 1,440 screen with improved brightness (350 nits vs. 300) and a wider color gamut (99 percent, up from 72). As you'd expect, Dell also swapped in fresh Haswell processors and a 2GB, next-gen NVIDIA GPU, along with a Thunderbolt port, TPM and Dell's ProSupport service offering. The machine features a 2TB 7,200RPM HDD paired with a 256GB SSD. Dell also replaced the XPS 8500 desktop tower with the XPS 8700, which brings Haswell, along with four HDD bays, up to 4TB of storage and up to 32GB of RAM. Both XPS 27 and XPS 8700 are available at $1,600 (Rs. 90,296)and up and $700 (Rs. 39,505) and up respectively.
Foxconn-Firefox upcoming tablet with Firefox OS
Computex also saw the first-ever Firefox OS tablet. As it is already known that the Foxconn company has signed on to become the 19th member of the Firefox OS alliance, and it's already working on at least five devices.
Reports stated that the two groups would be working together on the software side, and Mozilla at the same time took the opportunity to indicate the healthy growth in its app ecosystem, with well-known apps like AccuWeather and SoundCloud jumping on board.
Although no specifications and details on pricing and availability were disclosed, the device being showcased at the Computex 2013 certainly suggests that it will come soon and with a surprise.
Sony Vaio Duo 13
Sony has formally announced the Duo 13 at Computex 2013. What's interesting is that the Duo 13 has similar dimensions as its predecessor, and it only weighs a fraction more (2.93 pounds vs. 2.87).
The Duo 13 adds a place for the digitizer pen, which the Duo 11 doesn't have. While the Duo always had a scratch-resistant 1080p IPS display, this one also makes use of Sony's Triluminos technology, originally used on the company's Bravia TVs. Additionally, it has the same X-Reality processing engine you'll already find on some Xperia smartphones. Specswise, there's NFC, Haswell processors and optional AT&T LTE. The main camera, meanwhile, has been upgraded to an 8-megapixel shooter with an Exmor RS sensor. The front webcam now does 1080p video. As for battery life, it should last about 10 hours.
Sony Vaio Duo 13 is expected to arrive by June 9th, in both black and white, with a starting price of $1,400 (Rs. 78,988).