Archive for Feb 24, 2011

MacBook Pro Sandy Bridge refresh specs leak: five new SKUs

MacBook Pro Sandy Bridge refresh specs leak: five new SKUs

The Apple Store may still be down, but the details on the new MacBook Pro range has seemingly already emerged. 9 to 5 Mac's tipster has sent them the model numbers and specs of five new MacBook Pro SKUs, including two 13-inchers, two 15.4-inch versions and a single 17-inch. The biggest apparently packs Intel's quad-core 2.2GHz Core i7 processor, along with 4GB of RAM, a 750GB hard-drive and AMD Radeon HD 6750 1GB GPU.

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Japan pre-orders on LG Optimus Pad start March 15

Japan pre-orders on LG Optimus Pad start March 15

One of the more interesting of the new and coming Android tablets to me is the LG Optimus Pad. The little tablet has some interesting features like an 8.9-inch screen putting it between devices like the iPad and the Galaxy Tab in size. It also packs a powerful NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor inside.

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Apple Thunderbolt promises 10GBs claims alleged Apple MacBook Pro leak

Apple Thunderbolt promises 10GBs claims alleged Apple MacBook Pro leak

We're counting down the hours until Apple announces the new MacBook Pro range sometime later on today - at time of writing the store is still up, which suggests there may still be some time to go - but another shot of the new notebooks' packaging with some Apple Thunderbolt tidbits has leaked. Theo Levy managed to snap what looks like another section of Apple's online promotional material, seemingly from the same source as the side-profile MacBook Pro 15 leak yesterday, seemingly confirming the sort of speeds users can expect.

"A new type of I/O that transfers data at up to 10 GBs per second" the Apple copy supposedly reads, "Every new MacBook Pro ships with Thunderbolt so your [sic] ready to go, out of the box." The spelling error does give us pause, however - all this would be mighty easy to fake, after all - though it does fit in with what we know of the technical capabilities of Light Peak.

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MSI WindPad 110W with AMD C-50 APU and WindPad 100A Honeycomb tablets imminent

MSI WindPad 110W with AMD C-50 APU and WindPad 100A Honeycomb tablets imminent

MSI is readying a tablet PC running AMD's dual-core C-50 APU, according to sources in Taipei, with the Windows 7 based slate expected to make its debut at CeBIT 2011 early next month. According to DigiTimes' sources, the MSI WindPad 110W will pair the Brazos processor and integrated Radeon HD 6310 graphics with a 32GB SSD. Meanwhile, there's also talk of an MSI Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, also expected to show up for the first time.

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Apple ditching NVIDIA for AMD GPUs in Sandy Bridge MacBook Pros?

Apple ditching NVIDIA for AMD GPUs in Sandy Bridge MacBook Pros?

As speculated late last year, it's looking more likely that Apple has ditched NVIDIA's video chip technology for its imminent MacBook Pro refresh - expected to take place later today - and will instead use AMD's Radeon chipsets. According to CNET's sources, the new 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro notebooks will pair AMD GPUs with Intel's integrated graphics on Sandy Bridge processors, intelligently switching between the two when extra visual grunt is required.

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