Computex 2013

Dell XPS 11 tackles Lenovo Yoga with bendy-flexy ultrabook

Dell XPS 11 tackles Lenovo Yoga with bendy-flexy ultrabook

Dell is taking a low-key approach to Computex this year, with a key product to cut through rivals' bloated ranges. This time around, it's the Dell XPS 11, an 11-inch hybrid that's fronted by a 2,560 x 1,440 touchscreen, and which can fold around fully to make it a tablet. In case you hadn't spotted it already, it's something of a riff on Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 11 we played with last April.

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ASUS VivoPC and VivoMouse make a high-design play for your living room

ASUS VivoPC and VivoMouse make a high-design play for your living room

Lest you think ASUS' Computex 2013 range is all tablets and glossy ultrabooks, never fear: the company also has some new desktop PCs, kicking off with the Mac mini-rivaling VivoPC and its matching hybrid VivoMouse controller. Angling for a spot under your TV, the ASUS VivoPC is a compact Windows-powered media center, while the VivoMouse tries to take on the duties of a mouse, a touchpad, and a remote control all in one.

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ASUS Transformer Book Trio runs Android and Windows on lap, desk & in hands

ASUS Transformer Book Trio runs Android and Windows on lap, desk & in hands

A good notebook can't just do one thing well these days, it has to multi-task in at least two ways, and so on that front the ASUS Transformer Book Trio is off to a good start. Revealed at Computex 2013 this morning, the 11.6-inch notebook is billed as "the world's first three-in-one mobile device" with a removable screen section that can flip between Windows 8 and Android, and which can be used both on the desktop and while mobile.

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ASUS Zenbook Infinity wraps super-skinny ultrabook in Gorilla Glass 3

ASUS Zenbook Infinity wraps super-skinny ultrabook in Gorilla Glass 3

Once upon a time, glass was a fragile thing; now, thanks to toughening tech, ASUS can splash a slab of the stuff across the top of its new Zenbook Infinity notebook. Topped by a sheet of Gorilla Glass 3, the same toughened material as we're used to seeing fronting smartphones and tablets, the Zenbook Infinity uses that extra rigidity and strength to drop a dress size, metaphorically speaking, and trim things down to just 15.5mm at its thickest.

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ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7 and FHD 10 tablets get official

ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7 and FHD 10 tablets get official

ASUS has two new mainstream tablets for Computex 2013 this week, and they each bring some interesting differentiators: the MeMo Pad HD 7 has a super-low price tag, kicking off at $129, while the MeMo Pad FHD 10 steps up to a Full HD display and slides in one of Intel's Atom processors. That's relatively unusual for an Android-based tablet, which more commonly would be found powered by an ARM chip (and, indeed, the MeMo Pad HD 7 does have something from ARM's line-up inside).

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ASUS FonePad Note brings 6″ Atom-powered attack to Galaxy Note

ASUS FonePad Note brings 6″ Atom-powered attack to Galaxy Note

ASUS has revealed its take on the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the ASUS FonePad Note, a 6-inch Full HD Android phablet brought fresh to Computex 2013 today. Fronted by a 6-inch, 1080p Super IPS+ display running at 450 nits brightness, the FonePad Note comes equipped with a digital stylus for notetaking and sketching - just as Samsung proved there was a market for with the original Note - while on the inside there's a 1.6GHz dualcore Atom Z2560 processor, rather than the ARM chip we might have expected to have discovered.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch and 10.1-inch tablets pack optional LTE

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch and 10.1-inch tablets pack optional LTE

Samsung has added two new Android tablets to its Galaxy Tab 3 range, an 8-inch model and a 10.1-inch model, each running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch has a 1280 x 800 display, 1.5GHz dualcore processor, and optional 3G/LTE, with a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and Samsung claims it's designed for single-handed use with a weight of just 314g. As for the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch, that has a 1280 x 800 display and a 3-megapixel main camera, along with a 1.6GHz dualcore processor which happens to be the first Intel has supplied for a Samsung tablet.

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ARM Cortex-A12 brings big.LITTLE to the mass market in 2014

ARM Cortex-A12 brings big.LITTLE to the mass market in 2014

ARM has revealed its latest processor, the ARM Cortex-A12, packing 40-percent more performance than a Cortex-A9 but with the same power consumption and in a 30-percent smaller package. The big.LITTLE compatible A12 is a 28nm chip that can be paired with ARM's Cortex-A7 cores, driving the new, more powerful chips when processing grunt is needed, and then turning to the frugal A7's when prolonging battery life is the priority.

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Acer Liquid S1 brings 5.7-inch self-proclaimed “phablet” to market

Acer Liquid S1 brings 5.7-inch self-proclaimed “phablet” to market

This week the folks at Acer have revealed several new Haswell-toting computers and a surprise entry in the mobile world: a brand new "phablet". This Acer Liquid S1 delivers what Acer itself refers to as a phablet form-factor, bringing a 5.7-inch display with HD 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. Inside is a near-vanilla (but not quite) Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience with a quad-core Mediatek processor and 1GB of RAM. This machine is meant to embody Acer's aim to reach the cloud with a rather unique entry into the handheld mobile environment.

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Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook gets Haswell reboot with optional WQHD

Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook gets Haswell reboot with optional WQHD

While Acer is pushing forth several machines this week that take on the mantel of an entirely new design in and of themselves at Computex, the Acer Aspire S7 looks, on the surface, to be the same machine as it was earlier this year. Under the surface though is a reboot that means more than just accepting the 4th generation of Intel Core (Haswell) processors. Included in this reboot of the Aspire S7 is 2nd generation Acer TwinAir cooling, new electroluminescent (EL) backlit keyboard technology, and a new option for a display sharper than its already-1080p-wielding predecessor.

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