Samsung has officially announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the company's 10.1-inch dual-core Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet which we've been expecting for the past few weeks. Unlike the original, 7-inch Galaxy Tab, which used Samsung's own single-core Hummingbird processor, the Korean company has looked to NVIDIA's Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core chip for this larger model.
We've got Tegra 2 in tablets and Tegra 2 in phones; why not Tegra 2 in a desktop computer? That's just what the Compulab Trim Slice offers, a super-compact desktop - only slightly larger than a 2.5-inch HDD - which nonetheless offers both HDMI and Dual-Link DVI ports for twin displays, 1GB of RAM, WiFi b/g/n and gigabit ethernet in a fanless metal chassis.
NVIDIA has outed Lenovo's latest 3D capable display, the L2363d, running at Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution and capable not only of playing back 3D but recording it thanks to dual webcams. The Lenovo L2363d supports 3D photos and 3D web-conferencing, as long as you have NVIDIA's 3D Vision specs.
Tegra 2 isn't new, but NVIDIA is hoping that 2011 will be the year that the dual-core mobile processor comes into its own. Last we heard of "superphones" it was Google trying to brand their Nexus One as such; now NVIDIA is seizing on the title to describe devices packing multi-core CPUs, speedy GPUs and frugal power requirements, the first device being LG's Optimus 2X. To help users pair up superphones with apps worthy of Tegra 2, NVIDIA is also launching its own software tool.
Acer has unveiled the latest in its Predator gaming PC range, now taking advantage of Intel's new 2011 Core i5 processors. The Acer Aspire Predator AG3600-U4082 offers an Intel Core i5 2300 CPU along with 8GB of DDR3 memory and NVIDIA GeForce GT 420 graphics, as well as a 1.5TB hard-drive.
Acer has launched a set of new laptops using Intel's 2nd-gen Core 2011 range of processors. The Acer Aspire 8950 range is the company's new flagship, with the Aspire 8950G-9839 sitting at the top with Intel's Core i7-2630Q processor, ATI Radeon 6850 graphics and 8GB of RAM as standard. It has an 18.4-inch 1080p HD display, Blu-ray, a 750GB HDD and a spare second internal drive bay.
Gateway has updated its desktop PC range with models using Intel's latest Sandy Bridge 2nd-gen Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The FX high-performance and DX multimedia PCs will go on sale next week, offering Intel's Core i7 2600 on the new FX6850-51 and the Core i5 2300 and others on the new DX4350-43, DX4850-27e and DX4850-45.
Tegra isn't just finding its way into smartphones and tablets; NVIDIA has also sealed deals with Tesla and BMW to power the two marque's infotainment, navigation and instrument-cluster systems. The Tegra-based systems will include a huge 17-inch touchscreen center console in the Tesla Model S, complete with 3D graphics and live-traffic updates for PND functionality.
Mainstream and SOHO laptops generally aren't especially inspiring, but at least Lenovo has tried to differentiate the new V Series machines with slick aluminum casings and covers, and 21mm-thick chassis. The Lenovo IdeaPad V370, V470 and V570 hit the 13.3-, 14- and 15.6-inch screen sizes respectively (each running at 1366 x 768), paired with up to Intel Core i7 second-gen Sandy Bridge CPUs and up to 8GB of RAM.