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Surface Pro with LTE released for everyone

Microsoft released the Surface Pro with LTE to the public this week after a bit of time up for sale as a business device. Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is a high-speed wireless communication standard found in a number of mobile devices. Unsurprisingly, the device was marketed initially for business users who could find themselves frequently globe-trotting and would require a mobile office with speedy connection functionality. This notebook tablet piece of Windows machine is up on preorder right this minute and will be going on sale at the start of May in-stores in the United States, Australia, and Canada.

Users will find the Qualcomm Snapdragon XLTE modem inside this machine for LTE Advanced connectivity. The core specifications of this variant of the Surface Pro (2017) include an Intel Core i5 processor (the mid-range Surface Pro 2017 had an i5-7300U), a 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM and, according to a report, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon XLTE modem to provide LTE connectivity. As we discussed in our review, this device has a rather amazing set of features right out the gate, making it one of the most powerful-yet-mobile full-powered computing solutions in the world today.


Intel bring 5G to laptops by 2019

Intel is partnering with Lenovo, Dell and HP to bring 5G to laptops by 2019. 5G technology seems to be approaching quicker than many initially thought. The CPU maker intends to speed up things, pushing the 5G adoption to 2019, at least for the US and China zones. AT&T also announced that a true 5G network would be implemented in the cities of Dallas, Waco and Atlanta by the end of 2018.

This move will open up the possibility of full 5G network compatibility in consumer machines. Naturally, 5G technology in consumer laptops could lead to a pretty significant network speed increase for the average user. Faster online gaming connectivity and quicker media streaming speeds are just a couple of the benefits consumers may soon reap.

Phones will, naturally, lead the way for commercially available 5G products. And Intel will be the first to admit that it missed the boat on mobile with regard to the 4G explosion. In our conversation, Renduchintala repeatedly refers to the company as an “underdog.” It’s still a little jarring when referring to a company that pulled in $62 billion in 2017, but it’s not entirely inappropriate when discussing the race to 5G.

Intel’s 5G push will also be extending to the Chinese mobile market. “To expand our entry into the China phone ecosystem, Intel and Unigroup Spreadtrum and RDA have established a multi-year collaboration to develop a portfolio of 5G products for mobile platforms, combining Intel 5G modems with Spreadtrum application processor technology,” the company said in a blog post.


Samsung Electronics Begins Mass Production of Industry’s Largest Capacity SSD – 30.72TB

Samsung Electronics begun mass producing the PM1643 – the industry’s largest capacity Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid state drive (SSD). Leveraging Samsung’s latest V-NAND technology with 64-layer, 3-bit 512-gigabit (Gb) chips, the 30.72 terabyte (TB) drive delivers twice the capacity and performance of the previous 15.36TB high-capacity lineup introduced in March 2016.

In addition to the doubled capacity, performance levels have risen significantly and are nearly twice that of Samsung’s previous generation high-capacity SAS SSD. Based on a 12Gb/s SAS interface, the new PM1643 drive features random read and write speeds of up to 400,000 IOPS and 50,000 IOPS, and sequential read and write speeds of up to 2,100MB/s and 1,700 MB/s, respectively. These represent approximately four times the random read performance and three times the sequential read performance of a typical 2.5-inch SATA SSD.

Samsung reached the new capacity and performance enhancements through several technology progressions in the design of its controller, DRAM packaging and associated software. Included in these advancements is a highly efficient controller architecture that integrates nine controllers from the previous high-capacity SSD lineup into a single package, enabling a greater amount of space within the SSD to be used for storage. The PM1643 drive also applies Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology to interconnect 8Gb DDR4 chips, creating 10 4GB TSV DRAM packages, totaling 40GB of DRAM. This marks the first time that TSV-applied DRAM has been used in an SSD.

Samsung started manufacturing initial quantities of the 30.72TB SSDs in January and plans to expand the lineup later this year – with 15.36TB, 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 800GB versions – to further drive the growth of all-flash-arrays and accelerate the transition from hard disk drives (HDDs) to SSDs in the enterprise market. The wide range of models and much improved performance will be pivotal in meeting the growing storage needs in a host of market segments, including the government, financial services, healthcare, education, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, social media, business services, retail and communications sectors.


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Some Google Pixel 2/XL running warm after February security patch

Since Google’s February security update earlier this month, users on Reddit and Google’s Pixel User Community have been reporting issues with their phones. Owners of both the 5-inch and 5-5-inch flagship Google handsets are reporting that their phones are running warm and that they are also noticing dramatic decreases in battery life.

The reports on this vary from person to person, but the general consensus is that the phone is running much warmer than it should be. In other cases, the phone heats up when being used even for simple tasks like checking email or social media.

Reports on Reddit and Google’s community mirror this as well. However, these issues vary greatly between users. Some report one problem and not the other, or both at differing levels.

While it’s unclear exactly what the cause of this is, the common thread running through all of these reports seems to be February’s security update. Users running in safe mode are still reporting some of these issues, so we can probably rule out any apps. Hopefully, this is something Google can fix in March’s patch.

Although receiving very positive reviews on release, users have complained about a litany of issues affecting either the Pixel 2 or the Pixel 2 XL, and sometimes both, as in this instance. Issues raised include earlier than expected screen burn in, poor color saturation, off-angle blue tint, clicking sounds from the speakers and other software bugs. Google responded to the initial wave of concerns by extending warranties from one year to two years.


Some Google Pixel 2/XL owners reporting poor battery life and phones running warm after February security patch

Xiaomi released Redmi Note 5 Pro in India


  • 5.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display
  • 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 processor with Adreno 506 GPU
  • 12MP +5 MP Dual rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash
  • 20MP front-facing camera with LED flash Sony IMX376 Camera
  • 4000mAh battery

The Redmi Note 5 Pro will be sold for Rs 13999 and Rs 16,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB model or the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage.  The phones will be sold in India starting February 22.

Redmi Note 5 Pro also comes with a LED selfie light. We have specifically choose a 4500k temperature light that produces natural, cool white light that yield a natural glow on your face – making you look brighter and happier, especially in indoor shots.

20MP front camera with an large f 2.2 aperture for sharper selfies. The new selfie camera produces high quality selfies despite low-light. This is done with the high performance sony IMX 376 sensor and pixel binning technique which reduces overall image noise.


Microsoft Launcher 4.6 brings Cortana support

If you’ve been using Microsoft Launcher as your smartphone’s default launcher, you’ve probably noticed that it’s been missing one key component from Microsoft: its very own digital assistant Cortana. Back in December 2017, Microsoft Launcher reached the 10 million downloads mark on Google Play. Last week, it finally received full support for Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana.

Microsoft Launcher 4.6 also brings other new things. It now supports Arabic and other right to left languages. You can share the Launcher through NFC and QR code, in case you want other people to use the app as well. If your phone gets stolen, you can now remotely wipe all your data through the InTune integration. You also now have the ability to place widgets into the dock and pin on your home screen the apps or contacts that you searched for and you want to have easy access to.

Microsoft Launcher 4.6 has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 points and has been reviewed by 458,602 users so far. The download count is still in the 10,000,000 – 50,000,000 range, and it will probably take a while to see Microsoft Launcher reaching the next level in this department.


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New Sony 4K HDR Android TVs will come with Google Assistant

Sony’s presence at CES 2018 was not impressive at all for those waiting to see new Android flagships, but it did have some awesome stuff to present: some new mid-range devices, headphones, speakers, and some sweet TVs. CES is over now, but Sony’s still got some tricks up its sleeve.

There are five different units currently listed as available for purchase on Amazon and Best Buy, but they are not in stock yet. These are their names, diagonal sizes, and suggested retail prices:

XBR-X900F 55-inch $1,499.99
XBR-X900F 65-inch $2,299.99
XBR-X900F 75-inch $3,999.99
XBR-X850F 65-inch $1,999.99
XBR-X850F 75-inch $3,299.99

The model announced today for the first time, the X850F series, comes in 65” or 75” sizes, and features OLED panels. Underneath the panels is Acoustic Surface tech, which apparently makes “the entire screen resonate with sound.” It seems like this is the TV for people who like to watch their movies loud.Thanks to Google Assistant, all these 4K Android smart TVs can connect to a smart home hub with the help of the Google Home app. After finishing this step, the user can control the TVs many functions by issuing voice commands.


Intel Xeon D-2100 Processor come with Cloud, Network and Service Providers

Intel Xeon D-2100 processors now official with up to 18 cores and 36 threads and extends the record-breaking performance and innovation of the Intel Xeon Scalable platform from the heart of the data center to the network edge and web tier, where network operators and cloud service providers face the need to continuously grow performance and capacity without increasing power consumption.

According to Intel’s official press release, the Xeon D-2100 chips provide the following performance gains over the Xeon D-1500 processors: 29 percent L3 network packet transfer, 2.9 times network performance overall, and 2.8 times storage performance. Intel Xeon D-2100 processors will enable greater performance and hardware-enhanced security to the network edge in support of the growing number of workloads that demand more compute, analytics and data protection closer to endpoint devices. For example, the new processors will help communications service providers CoSPs offer multi-access edge computing (MEC), which allows software applications to tap into local content and real-time information about local-access network conditions, reducing mobile core network of network congestion. This can enable uses cases ranging from 5G-connected cars, smart stadiums, and retail and medical solutions.

Besides its strong capabilities in powering communications service provider networks, the Intel Xeon D-2100 processor also is well-suited for other power- and space-constrained use cases, including:

  • Storage: The Intel Xeon D-2100 processor is an option for density-optimized, lightweight hyperscale cloud workloads such as dynamic web serving, memory caching, dedicated hosting and warm storage.
  • Content Delivery Networks (CDNs): The processors can bring higher performance to content delivery at the network edge, which is critical to keep latency low for streaming media to viewers and those working in media fields with massive files.
  • Enterprise networks: The processor family also targets entry enterprise SAN and NAS storage, midrange routers, network appliances, security appliances, wireless base stations and embedded midrange IoT usages, among others.


Intel Xeon D-2100 Processor Extends Intelligence to Edge, Enabling New Capabilities for Cloud, Network and Service Providers

Samsung patented full screen laptop


Thetrend of narrow screen edges, which we have seen for some time with smartphonesand TVs , seems to continue to the portable computer. Samsung has patented a new laptop design with a full screen display.

Samsung laptop with full-screen display

The Samsung Electronics patent was published on 23 January 2018 by WIPO (World International Property Organization). It is a ornamental design patent and not a utility patent. This means that the patent is limited to the design of the Samsung laptop, no functionalities are described.

An extensive description is therefore missing with this patent. However, some clear sketches are included as well as a reference to a previously filed American patent. At the USPTO, Samsung filed a similar patent in 2013, which was approved in March 2015 by the USPTO. Here are the same sketches attached, here also lacks a clear description.

Samsung ultra-thin notebook with bezel-less screen

The patented design is very similar to the ultra-thin notebook series from Samsung. We see a wafer-thin laptop with a hinge that has not been used before, which is placed across the entire width of the laptop. What is particularly striking is the laptop screen. It is a full-screen display, with very narrow screen edges.

Remarkably, the camera can not be found in the bezel-less design. This is normally integrated in the upper screen edge. Now that the display goes through completely, the question is whether it will appear completely, or if Samsung wants to integrate it into the screen.

Earlier we already came across a patent for a Samsung smartphone with so-called holes (recesses) in the display, to make way for the sensors and the camera. Because a further patent description is missing, it remains unknown whether Samsung wants to use this technology for its portable computer.


Samsung patenteert full screen laptop