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Fujitsu Lifebook T936, T726, E746 with DDR4 RAM launched

Fujitsu has just launched three new laptops with DDR4 RAMs. Fujitsu Lifebook T936, T726, E746 specs are as follows. First is the Fujitsu Lifebook T936 whose specifications include i5 6200u processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard disk. Prices start at 1399 dollars. Its upgraded model with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD will cost 2099 dollars. Battery life is about 10 hours.

Fujitsu Lifebook T936, T726, E746 specs

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HP Pro Tablet 408 comes with stylus, sports 8 inch display

HP now offers some really amazing tablets with windows operating system on board. First one is of course the HP Stream 7 that retails for 100 dollars and second is the Stream 8 that goes for 150 dollars and up.

For those willing to shell out more should take a quick glance at the HP Pro 408 tablet that has 8 inch display with more RAM, improved camera over HP Stream 8. You also get digital stylus as additional input device with the Pro 408 tablet.

HP Pro Tablet 408 specifications

We have no pictures of it but we were able to find HP Pro 408 tablet specifications sheet on HP’s own website which tells us that it comes with an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS touchscreen display with 10-point multitouch panel, Intel Atom Z3736F Bay Trail processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB of eMMC storage, microSDXC card slot (up to 128GB of removable storage), 8MP rear camera with auto-focus + flash, 2MP fixed-focus front camera, 4800mAh battery, 802.11 a / b / g / n WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0, Dual stereo speakers, Micro HDMI output and WiDi wireless display support. As you can judge by its screen shot, it runs Windows 8.1 operating system.

hp pro 408 tablet review specs

Thanks to its leaked specification sheet, we also know that HP Pro Tablet 408 measures 8.4″ x 5.5″ x 0.35″ and weighs 13 ounces. The FCC’s listing suggests that tablet is made by Foxconn.

Ainol BW1 Tablet has Dual SIM Slots

Not a lot of times you see a tablet with calling capability and dual SIM slots. Ainol is now offering one for an unbelievable price. Ainol calls it BW1 and it packs 7.85 inch display and a quad core processor by MediaTek.

Ainol BW1 Tablet has Dual SIM Slots

Full specs include 7.85 inch IPS display, 1024×768 pixel resolution, Mediatek 4-core processor (based on ARM Cortex A7 architecture), 1 gigabyte RAM, 8 GB flash storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM radio, and micro SD card.

Ainol BW1 Tablet specs

There are two cameras – a front 0.3 MP and 2 MP rear camera. Release date and concrete price details are not available, but it is being speculated that it should not exceed EUR 150. [via imp3 (Chinese)]

There is no use of using N280 + GN40 combo if you are using Windows XP

Intel N280 processor and GN40 chipset provides better hardware video decoding and 3D graphics performance only if you are using Windows Vista. This is because only Vista (or later) gives you directX 10 and DXVA 2.0.

Unfortunately, most of the netbooks are still shipping with the Windows XP. With Windows XP, you only get DXVA 1.0 due to which hardware video decoding does not work properly. With Vista, DXVA 2.0 is available and hardware decoding worked fine.

Right now, only Eee PC 1004DN and Gigabyte Technology’s Touch Note T1028 have GN40 chipset. It may be true that netbooks with N280+GN40 combo may offer better hardware video decoding, but the overall performance with a BETA product like Vista is simply horrible on the netbooks.

I tried Vista on my EEE 1000H with 2GB RAM and the performance is disappointing. I will (patiently) wait for the Windows 7 instead.

[via digitimes]

EEE PC T91 for just $549! – ASUS to redefine the price range of Tablets?

Looks like ASUS is really going to make the tablets finally popular among the consumers. Let’s face it, tablets have always been confined to the executives and businessmen. The main reason that the tablets were not received nicely in the consumer market was due to high ‘price’. But, with the $549 price tag, ASUS has hit the sweet spot between functionality and price.

Also, we have heard that ASUS has added few really exciting utilities that are very finger friendly. This is already looking like a winner to me.

Here are full specifications:

Screen: 8.9″ LED Backlight / Resistive Touch Panel
Resolution: 1024 x 600 (WSVGA)
Weight: Under 2 lbs.
Battery: Li-polymer, 5 hours runtime
Processor: Intel Atom Z520 – 1.33GHz
OS: Windows XP Home
Memory: 1Gb (DDR2); 2Gb Maximum
SSD: 16Gb-32GB (TBD)
SD Card: 16Gb Maximum (not included)
Online Storage: 20Gb (free for 18 mos.)
Audio: HD / Stereo Speakers / Digital Array Mic
Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth: Built-in
Camera: 0.3 Megapixel Built-in
GPS: Built-in (TBD)
3G Module: Optional (TBD/Model specific)
Digital TV Tuner: Built-in (TBD)
Colors: Black, White, Blue, Taupe, Pink (only BLACK will be available initially – other colors may not be available in the US)

[via netbooknews(german)]

Eee PC 1004dn review

Folks at pcauthority were able to get their hands on the EEE PC 1004DN, the first netbook with built-in DVD burner.

The real killer feature here is that optical drive; it’s a big departure for the netbook category, and adds backup capability and software installation possibilities that other systems lack. In addition, there’s an Eee Storage function, to wirelessly backup your system.

The 1004DN is powered by Intel Atom N280 processor clocked at @1.66GHz speed. The HDD capacity is 120GB and it comes with 1GB of RAM. Obviously, the main feature of is the DVD burner, which is surely going to catch the attention of those who did not give much attention to the netbooks due to lack of DVD burner.

Personally, I still do not see the need to have a netbook with built in DVD burner.

Click here to read the review

Battle of Netbook processors: VIA Nano vs Intel Atom [Netbooks]

Kai Schmerer at ZDnet has done a thorough comparison of two of the most used processors in netbooks: VIA Nano and Intel Atom.

Here are some of the highlights:

Intel manufactures the Atom using a 45-nanometre (nm) feature size, while VIA still uses 65nm technology. For this reason, the VIA Nano uses more power than Intel’s Atom

Speed wise, the VIA Nano out-performs the Intel Atom processor in almost all the fields

In the Internet browsing performance, the Intel Atom processor takes twice as much time when compared to the VIA Nano processor.

And power consumption-wise, the Intel Atom processor perfomed better than the VIA Nano processor.

Read the whole comparison here

No Single core Intel Atom processor in 2009 [Netbook]

Although the dual core Pineview is going to be launched in the Q4 this year, the single core version of the Pineview processor won’t be able to hit the markets until the Q1 of 2010.

The bad news does not end there. According to Intel, the dual-core Pineview processor will only be allowed in cheap desktops (nettops) and their usage won’t be allowed in Netbooks. I can see their point of not allowing the dual-core chip in netbooks as that might make the netbooks as powerful as the entry level laptops. As a result of which, the laptop companies may have to face problems in selling those units. On the bright side, the single core Atom Processor will have display interface, integrated memory controller and graphics on board.