Toshiba Chromebook 2 available through Amazon, pricing starts at $249


In the market for a new laptop? We should mention giving a Chromebook a look. In the next several months leading up to the holiday season, there are going to be an abundance of Chrome OS devices released. The Chromebook 2, from Toshiba, is currently available through Amazon.

There are two models and both feature a 13.3-inch display. The base model’s display has a resolution of 1366×768 while upgrading raises this to 1920×1080. Regardless, you get an Intel Celeron N2840 processor. The upgraded model takes the base 2GB of RAM up to 4GB. Battery life for the base model is estimated at eleven hours and the 1080p display of the more expensive Chromebook 2 lowers it to about nine hours.

Source: Amazon [Base Model Link – $249] [Upgraded Model Link – $364]

Intel-powered Asus MeMo Pad 7 leaks

Asus Memo Pad 7

A new 7 inch Asus tablet has leaked, and no, it’s not a new Nexus 7. Sorry.

It is, however, one of the first tablets Asus is offering that will be powered by one of Intel’s Bay Trail x86 processors, instead of an ARM processor like 95% of other devices on the market. The processor is reportedly the Atom Z3745, a quad-core chip clocked at 1.3 GHz with a 1.8 GHz turbo boost. It won’t knock off a Snapdragon 805, but it sounds decent enough. The other specs are pretty mid-range, too. with a 1280 x 800 IPS display, 1 GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel rear camera with a 2 megapixel front camera and either 8 or 16 GB of internal storage.

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Is Asus Working on an Android Tablet Running Intel’s 64-bit Bay Trail SoC?


With the iPhone 5s sporting a 64-bit architecture it’s easy to guess what the next big hardware craze will be on the mobile front. Samsung, not wanting to be outdone, has also made it known that they’re working their own 64 bit processors. Well Asus appears to be putting its hat in the ring as well as specs for a tablet running Android and carrying a 64-bit Bay Trail SoC has surfaced. Poised to be similar to Windows 8 running VivoTab Note 8, it will come in a quad-core package clocked at up to 1.33GHz (1.9GHz turbo).

It will also come with 2GB of RAM, a 1280×800 screen (most likely 8-inches), and a 5 MP rear camera. It will come with Android 4.2.2 as well. Why it’s not coming with KitKat is anyone’s guess. Performance wise, at least when it comes to benchmarks, suggests that it will perform similarly to the Snapdragon 800. Of course real world mileage will vary. While we may not see it at CES this year, 2014 is shaping up to be the year of the 64-bit processor.

source: G for Games


Intel unveils Bay Trail Z3000 series processors


Today Intel announced three new multicore Bay Trail SoCs based on the “Silvermont” microarchitecture for tablets, 2 in 1 devices, all-in-ones, laptops and desktops. The Z3000 processors will be offered in either dual or quad-core and will deliver up to double the CPU and up to triple the GPU performance. You can expect to get about 10 hours of active battery life and three weeks of standby.

The Z3770 is a quad-core offering that can be clocked up to 2.4GHz for screen resolutions of 2,560 x 1,600. The Z3000 series will be available on Android and Windows tablets.

In addition, Intel will offer the Bay Trail-M and Bay Trail-D processors that are geared towards notebooks and desktops. Full presser after the break.

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Samsung tablet being tested with Intel’s Bay Trail CPU, possible Android/Windows 8 hybrid


Intel’s been trying to elbow into the mobile market, and their latest Bay Trail processors definitely look like a step in the right direction. If no one is using them, though, what’s the point? We’ve seen Intel buddy up with Samsung to ship some devices with their CPUs on board, as was the case with the 10 inch Galaxy Tab 3, and they may have gotten a foot in the door with an upcoming Samsung tablet that features the latest and greatest from Intel. A tablet with the model number of FTXI02W0000026 (which is apparently typical for Bay Trail CPU-powered devices) shown up in a shipping manifest, and while SamMobile seems to think it will be a Windows 8 tablet, there’s a chance that it will dual-boot with Android, too. We’ve already seen Samsung show some interest in that type of device, so, hey, anything can happen, right?

source: SamMobile

Samsung working on a tablet/pc hybrid behind the scenes



Sure Samsung may be in the midst of an onslaught of devices for 2013, but it appears that we may see a first from the manufacturer: a tablet/computer hybrid. According to sources, Samsung is quietly working on the special device as we speak and will utilize Intel’s new Bay Trail processing unit from the newly-released Silvermont line, which aims to give tons of speed for users, but with less energy consumption. Additionally, the new hybrid device will feature a keyboard, in addition to the on-screen display, which will give users tons of flexibility when using the device. Unfortunately, there are no additional features like what OS will be running the show or what exact display size will be used, but we’re hoping that we will see more information leak out sooner than later.

source: Technastic
via: Phone Arena

Intel announces new Silvermont architecture for low-power, high-performance applications


Intel announced today their new Silvermont microarchitecture, a new design for 22nm Tri-Gate SoC chips. The architecture will offer three times the performance of current generation Atom processors while using five times less power. The new chips may help Intel get their chips into top-tier phones that seem to be dominated by Qualcomm chips. Besides making use of the 22nm SoC process, the chips also “revolutionary” 3-D Tri-Gate transistors. Intel says the architecture will also offer: Read more

Intel introduces ‘Bay Trail,’ a quad-core Atom-based processor for tablets

Intel has just introduced a quad-core Atom based processor aimed for tablets dubbed as “Bay Trail.” Certainly an odd name choice but regardless it looks like it should boast some great power for future Android tablets. It’s a 22nm chip that promises double the performance of current-gen 32nm Atoms. The processor should bring clock speeds of up at 2.4GHz and a version of Chipzilla’s own integrated graphics instead of PowerVR.

Sadly, we won’t see tablets running this chipset until around the holidays of this year, so we’re still looking at about a 10 month wait.

Anyone excited about Intel’s recent jump on mobile processors for Android devices? Check out the full press release after the break!

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