[The rumor mill] Xiaomi said to work on Linux-powered laptop

Xiaomi is rapidly becoming one of the most popular OEMs on a global level, and it is accordingly spreading its wings outside the mobile spectrum. It appears that the Manufacturer is seriously planning to get on the laptop business with a Linux OS powered device that should launch in 2016.     The rumor mill does not go in deep detail yet, but it appears that Xiaomi will get a laptop out in the second quarter of 2016. It may be a Chromebook or a Windows-powered laptop but it could have an all-metal build for all we know. The image above shows a possible device similar to Apple’s MacBook Air. It will probably be targeted at the budget spectrum of the niche market since that would be the best move the manufacturer could do right now.   The Xiaomi laptop is rumored to have a 12.5 to 13.3-inch display and it should be an ultra-thin portable laptop with a metal finish. Some rumors say it will run on a Linux OS version , but things can change. The Chrome-OS laptop could be a better choice since it would appeal to a larger audience.   In the meantime, Huawei, Xiaomi’s biggest Chinese rival, is said to work on its own laptop destined for business professionals. We are not sure these rumors about laptops coming from OEMs renowned for their mobile devices are real but we can only wait and see. We shall know for sure when either of the two companies decides to make some official […]

Acer Aspire V15 and V17 Nitro Black Editions gaming laptops available to the North-American market just in time for the holidays

Two new Acer laptops are available in the North-American market, and they both belong to the V Nitro Black Edition Series. US and Canada is calling dibs on two new gaming laptops that arrive on the market in October and November respectively. The smaller V15 version is the one to arrive in just a few days whereas V17 will hit the shelves in November. Acer Aspire V15 and V17 Nitro Black Editions will launch just in time for the holiday season and, as you may have figured already, the first has a 15.6” screen whereas the second has a larger 17.3” display. Both devices have full HD 1080p resolutions and are powered by an Intel Core i7-4710HQ quad-core processor accompanied by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphic cards. V15 has 8 GB of RAM and, by comparison, V17 has double the trouble with 16 GB of RAM. The smaller one has 1 TB HDD with a 128 GB SSD while the larger device has 1 TB HDD with a 256 GB SSD.     Both laptops have backlit full-size keyboards but only V17 has a Blu-ray optical drive. Additionally, both laptops have Ethernet, HDMI, a combo audio jack, a 3-cell battery, Kensington lock, Bluetooth 4.0, and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi. The devices have HD 720 webcams and run on Windows 8.1. V15 weighs around 5.29lbs, while the V17 is a bit heavier at 6.61lbs. Acer Aspire V15 will have a price starting at $1,099 USD and Acer Aspire V17 laptop will cost around $1,499 USD. Source: […]

HP enters the Windows-Chromebook battle with two affordable devices powered by Microsoft

HP is entering the low-budget market with two interesting devices. The said items are a $99 Windows tablet and a $199 laptop that look pretty good and have a not too shabby hardware spec either! HP’s Stream 7 tablet is accompanied by an 8” tablet sold for $149 coming in November. The tablets are powered by Intel chipsets and share a one-year sub to Office 365 Personal which offers 1 TB of OneDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype calls given each month. The 8” version also offers 200 MB of free LTE data a month without contract for as long as you use the device. HP moves in on the Chromebook department with its Windows 11.6” Stream laptop and a 13.3” version with possible touchscreens. The laptops have Intel Celeron processors with a fanless design, 32 GB of flash storage and a one-year subscription for Office 365 Personal. Stream 11 costs only $199, whereas the Stream 13 costs $229 and essentially they are both low-cost devices destined to basic needs. The laptops are available in magenta and blue and they will start shipping starting the holiday season. Source: The Windows Blog [wdsm_ad id=”1484″ class=” ” ]

Acer Chromebook CB5 – a new Tegra-powered notebook hitting the market this summer

A new Tegra-powered device will hit the market this August and some photos have already been leaked online. We’re talking about Tegra K1-powered notebook Acer Chromebook CB5 that appeared on the Swedish site Komplett.se and is packing a Tegra K1 processor with 4 GB of RAM memory and a 32 GB SSD. To top it off, the device has a 13.3” display. The device also has 2 USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI port, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a pretty sexy design. Its possible launch date, at least according to the Swedish site, is August 1st. No other details were given but this proves that we will soon have a Chromebook running a Tegra processor. This may just well be one of the most powerful Chromebooks that hit the market this year, apart from Chromebook Pixel, and its HD screen makes us hope it will have a 1080p resolution.  

ArcBook – a low-end notebook running on Android Jelly Bean from Archos

Archos announced a new line of low-end devices this year and among them is an Android Notebook. ArcBook is a 10.1-inch notebook that will be available for purchase next month. It will be sold for about $169.99 and it doesn’t look too much of a contender for the big market. A niche product, ArcBook has a RK3168 dual core ARM Cortex A9 at 1.2 GHz, with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. It will be launched with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean that might be updated this year and is powered by an 8000 mAh battery. The screen has multitouch technology integration and a  1024x600p resolution. It basically is a low-end tablet with an incorporated keyboard. The laptop will have Google services incorporated, including Office Suite Pro 6. Source: Archos