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Microsoft HoloLens specs include “walking dead” Atom CPU

Microsoft HoloLens specs include “walking dead” Atom CPU

When Intel suddenly revealed that it was discontinuing the Atom line of processors, the Internet was ablaze with questions about the future of devices. As underpowered and disappointing as the chips might be compared to the ARM processors they are competing against, Atoms do power a good number of current devices as well as some that are still in development. Apparently, one of those is Microsoft's HoloLens. Windows Central took a peek inside the mixed reality headset to find an Intel Atom x5, which raises the question of the device's future iterations.

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Intel kills Atom, smartphone, tablet future in limbo

Intel kills Atom, smartphone, tablet future in limbo

Has Intel finally thrown in the towel in the smartphone market? It seem so. As part of the company's comprehensive reforms, which also saw 11% of its worforce get pink slips, Intel has revealed the immediate cancellation of two of its current and still coming products: the SoFIA platform and the next gen Broxton chips. While those names might not ring too many bells, these basically means that Intel has effectively killed off the future of its Atom processors, putting into question the very future of its smartphone and, more importantly, low-cost tablet dreams.

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Intel Apollo Lake CPUs promised to bring cheaper, thinner hybrids

Intel Apollo Lake CPUs promised to bring cheaper, thinner hybrids

In same areas, the PC landscape hasn't changed one bit. But in a relatively smaller corner, a new breed of computing devices are growing in number. Sometimes called 2-in-1 laptops, tablet/laptop hybrids, convertibles, and even detachables, this sub-category is being poised by some analysts to help mitigate the decline of the PC market. And Intel naturally wants its processors to power that next wave. At its annual IDF, it announced Apollo Lake, the platform for its next gen Atom processors that it envisions will make such devices more powerful while also bringing down not just costs but also sizes.

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Intel’s ‘Cherry Trail’ Atom chips do more than run Microsoft Surface 3

Intel’s ‘Cherry Trail’ Atom chips do more than run Microsoft Surface 3

Intel's "Cherry Trail" line of Atom X5 and X7 processing chips is featured in Microsoft's newest tablet, the Surface 3. Cherry Trail chips are the next generation of processors for mobile devices and tablets. These chips surpass their predecessor "Bay Trail" chips when it comes to graphics. In fact, users can expect twice the graphics performance from the Atom X5 and X5. This will be great for gamers who are looking for a chip to keep up with their high frame rates during gameplay.

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Intel charges at mobile again with new Atom x3, x5, x7 chips

Intel charges at mobile again with new Atom x3, x5, x7 chips

You have to hand it to Intel. It just doesn't let go of a dream. Despite not being able to make a big enough dent in the smartphone market, it is still soldiering on, revising its strategy again and again. While many of us thought (or hoped) that the chip maker would just focus on wearables, it's taking another stab at smartphones, phablets, and tablets. This time with a new line of mobile chips under the names of the Atom x3, Atom x5, and Atom x7.

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Intel’s HDMI Compute Stick slaps Windows or Linux on your TV

Intel’s HDMI Compute Stick slaps Windows or Linux on your TV

There’s an undercurrent at this year’s CES that’s hard to ignore: Intel. The company is making some subtle inroads to arenas we’re not used to seeing them, their most notable non-PC showing in Dell’s interesting new Venue 8 7000 tablet. Now, the company is taking PC mobile, allowing you to take a full-fledged operating system in the form of an HDMI dongle. The Compute Stick carries an Intel Atom processor, and will be available with either a Windows or Linux OS.

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Lenovo P90 smartphone puts Intel’s best foot forward

Lenovo P90 smartphone puts Intel’s best foot forward

Lenovo might be more known for its notebooks, but its smartphones, especially its VIBE line, is definitely catching up in fame. Here at CES 2015, the manufacturer is showing off a new kind of smartphone, the P90. This 5.5 incher boasts of the best that Intel has to offer in the market space, being the first to bear the chip maker's newest 64-bit smartphone processor as well as its new LTE-A compatible modem, giving buyers the power and speed that consumers expect in this smartphone day and age.

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Zotac ZBOX PI320 delivers Windows 8.1 in a tiny box

Zotac ZBOX PI320 delivers Windows 8.1 in a tiny box

Zotac is on a roll with its Windows-powered "pico" desktop computers. Popular for delivering small computers, some of which run Linux or are powered by ARM processors, Zotac has lately been delving into tiny boxes that run Windows 8.1 right out of the box, pardon the pun. Last month saw the rise of the BI320, its first Windows 8.1 mini box. Now we have the ZBOX PI320, with an even more powerful processor and a price tag that matches its extremely portable body.

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Toshiba Encore 7 Windows 8.1 tab takes on Android low-end

Toshiba Encore 7 Windows 8.1 tab takes on Android low-end

Toshiba is bringing the Windows 8.1 battle to Android, with a new 7-inch tablet - the Toshiba Encore 7 - developed with Microsoft and Intel to try to show that you don't necessarily need ARM for an affordable slate. Unveiled at the first time at Computex this week, the collaboration runs Intel's 1.33GHz Atom quadcore, and has 16GB of onboard storage.

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Toshiba Encore 2 and Excite Go tablets pack Windows 8.1 or Android

Toshiba Encore 2 and Excite Go tablets pack Windows 8.1 or Android

Toshiba's touchscreen push isn't only about twisting and docking notebooks today, with the company also outing a trio of tablets measuring 10-inches or under. The Encore 2 - in 10- and 8-inch sizes - run Windows 8.1, while the Excite Go is smaller still, running Android 4.4 on a 7-inch screen.

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Acer Iconia A1-830 tablet Review

Acer Iconia A1-830 tablet Review

Today we're having a look at a tablet that's very familiar, yet a whole new concept in Acer's brand of tablet releases. Here with the Acer Iconia A-830-1633, you're getting an Android tablet that's working with a 7.9-inch display with a moderate resolution, brightness, and a processor under the hood that should be able to bring you the best in news-reading apps and video. So what's the holdup?

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ASUS unveils a different PadFone mini at CES 2014

ASUS unveils a different PadFone mini at CES 2014

If you thought that the PadFone mini announced in Taiwan last month was already mini, then you have nothing on this new ASUS PadFone mini that just showed up at CES 2014. Not only is this new version smaller, it has a different beating heart as well.

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