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Razer Switchblade first to grab Atom Z690; still insists it’s just a “concept”

Razer Switchblade first to grab Atom Z690; still insists it’s just a “concept”

Razer has confirmed that its Switchblade gaming notebook will be the first device to use the Intel Atom Z690 processor. The Switchblade - announced at CES 2011 earlier this year, though at the time billed as merely a concept - will use the 1.7GHz chip to run its 7-inch multitouch-capable display and dynamic keyboard, which can change key-legend to suit whatever title is being played.

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Lenovo IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Tablets official, plus IdeaPad P1

Lenovo IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Tablets official, plus IdeaPad P1

Lenovo has officially announced a trio of slates, including the IdeaPad Tablet K1 and ThinkPad Tablet we saw leaked in press shots earlier, as well as the IdeaPad P1. The K1 and ThinkPad Tablets each run Android 3.1 Honeycomb on NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 processor, and are the first slates to be Netflix-certified; meanwhile, the IdeaPad P1 runs Windows 7 on a 1.5GHz Intel Atom processor.

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Acer Aspire One Happy 2 netbooks lose Android dual-boot option

Acer Aspire One Happy 2 netbooks lose Android dual-boot option

Netbook popularity may be fading the face of the tablet onslaught, but Acer knows what's needed to keep the segment afloat: fancy colors and endearing names. The new Acer Aspire One Happy 2 series offers Intel's dual-core N570 processor wrapped up in one of four bright colors - namely "Papaya Milk", "Strawberry Yoghurt", "Blueberry Shake" and "Banana Cream" - along with a 10.1-inch display and an 8hr battery.

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ASUS Eee Top range updated with AMD Fusion chips

ASUS Eee Top range updated with AMD Fusion chips

ASUS has outed its latest all-in-one PCs, the 15.6-inch Eee Top ET1611PUT based on Intel's Atom chips and the 20-inch Eee Top ET2011AUKB and ET2011AUTB based on AMD's Brazos APUs. What we're most pleased to see, however, is that the ET2011AUKB comes with a matte-finish display (the ET2011AUTB has a glossy display, albeit one that also responds to multitouch gestures).

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Android Oak Trail tablet benchmarks underwhelm: Intel still has work to do

Android Oak Trail tablet benchmarks underwhelm: Intel still has work to do

Intel came out fighting at Computex this week, with ambitious Atom plans to take on ARM in its low-power, long-battery Android stronghold. According to the latest, very early benchmarks, however, the chip company may still have some work to do. Tweakers managed to run some tests on a Compal prototype running Android Honeycomb on Intel's 1.5GHz Oak Trail dual-core, finding it to be underwhelming in comparison to existing Tegra 2 based slates.

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Intel Atom accelerates: Cedar Trail for netbooks, Medfield for sub-9mm gaming tablets

Intel Atom accelerates: Cedar Trail for netbooks, Medfield for sub-9mm gaming tablets

It's not just Ultrabooks that Intel is pushing at Computex this year: the chip company also has Atom news to share. That concerns Cedar Trail and a Moore's Law outpacing shift to a yearly die-shrink schedule: Intel reckons Atom chips will shift through the 32nm of Cedar Trail, past 22nm, and hit 12nm within three successive years. Technically impressive, but for the consumer it should mean significant gains in power and battery life. Meanwhile, there's also Medfield news for tablets and smartphones.

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ViewSonic ViewPad 7x and ViewPad 10Pro official

ViewSonic ViewPad 7x and ViewPad 10Pro official

ViewSonic has officially launched the ViewPad 7x, the company's 7-inch Android Honeycomb tablet leaked earlier this month, along with bringing its new dual-booting 10-inch slate, the ViewPad 10Pro. The ViewPad 7x packs NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor along with HSPA+, HDMI and a 1024 x 600 display, while the ViewPad 10Pro gets a 1.5GHz Intel Oak Trail Z670 processor running either Windows 7 Pro or Android 2.2.

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