If you’re new to Earin, you should know that the Sweden-based company was the first-ever company to introduce True Wireless in-ear headphones in 2015, defining a new category of products that fast developed into a rather busy market leading up to this year.
At the 2021 CESShowStoppers, Earin introduced the A-3, the company’s third-generation True Wireless earbuds. Touted as the smallest earbud on the market, the A-3 brings Scandinavian design to the masses, with a price tag of $199 USD and an option to choose between black and silver models. A special Kickstarter edition is already available exclusively.
Despite its small footprint, measuring 20mm x 17mm x 15.8mm and 3,5gr., the A-3 features a large, 14.3mm Dynamic Driver with a frequency response (a metric not many headphone and earbud manufacturers announce) of 20Hz to 20KHz.
The charging case (Earin calls it the Capsule) measures 58.5mm x 47.2mm x 21.2mm and 50gr., and it fully charges the earbuds in 1.5 hours. Overall battery life is rated at up to 30 hours with the charging case.
Featuring the Qualcomm QCC5121 MCU, the earbuds are Bluetooth 5.0 compatible, and offer a touch sensor (for controls), accelerometer (detecting proper left-and-right wear), proximity sensor (wear detection), and hall sensors (for charging case detection).
The charging case is made of aluminum, and the earbuds themselves are rated IP52 for sweat, splash, and dust resistance.
On top of everything, the Earin A-3 gives you easy and seamless access to digital assistants like Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri.
The Earin A-3 will be available in Q1 on on Earin.com and Amazon.
With CES 2021 in full swing right now, MSI has revealed a host of new laptops across its gaming portfolio in the GE, GS, GP and GF series as well as the productivity-centric creator series. The latest offerings by MSI include the GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat, the updated GE 76 and GE 66 Raider, the thin and light GS66 Stealth, the MSI GP66 and GP76 Leopard, the ultra-thin Stealth 15M, the GF75 and GF65 Thin series, and the Creator 15 targeted at creative professionals. MSI has equipped its new offerings with Intel’s 10th as well as the latest 11th Gen H-series processors, while graphics are handled by the freshly announced NVIDIA RTX 30 series laptop GPUs.
MSI GE Raider Series
Under the Raider lineup, MSI has launched three new gaming machines – the special edition MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat, and the updated GE 76 and GE 66 Raider laptops. The MSI GE66 Raider packs a 14-inch FHD display with up to 300Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. It draws power from the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 10870H processor, paired with up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of NVMe SSD. Graphics are handled by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 or 3080 GPU with 8GB and 16GB of graphics memory respectively.
The MSI GE76 Raider bumps the display size to 17.3-inch and can be equipped with the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 10870H processor and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics with 16 gigs of GDDR6 VRAM. The special edition MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat adds a slick paintjob with cool patterns on the machine. The new GE Raider series laptops start at $1,499 and are now up for pre-orders from Newegg, BestBuy and B&H among others.
The MSI GS66 Stealth is armed with a 15.6-inch FHD display (300Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time) and draws power from the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 10870H CPU ticking alongside 16 gigs of RAM and up to 2TB of SSD. Games will be driven by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 or 3080 graphics depending on the SKU you choose. MSI says its latest offering employs the ‘Cooler Boost Trinity+ system with the world’s thinnest 0.1mm sharp-edged blades’ as well. This one starts at $1,799 and can be pre-ordered now the retailer mentioned above.
MSI GP66 and GP76 Leopard
Targeted at demanding workloads for engineers and professionals, the MSI GP66 Leopard can be configured with up to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics and Intel’s 10th Gen Core i7 processor running alongside a maximum 32 gigs of RAM and 1TB of NVMe SSD. You get a 15.6 FHD display on this machine with a lower 240Hz refresh rate and 3.5ms response time. On the GP76, you’ll find a larger 17.3-inch panel with a 300Hz refresh rate. The GP66 Leopard starts at $1,799, while the GP76 Leopard will set buyers back by $2,299.
MSI Stealth 15M
This one is claimed to be the thinnest gaming laptop in the world. It features a 15.6-inch 144Hz display and comes equipped with the new 11th Gen Intel Core i7 11375H Tiger Lake processor that was announced at CES 2021 itself. In fact, it is touted to be the first laptop in the world to employ Intel’s latest H-series processor and weighs only 3.75lbs. Inside, you’ll find the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q GPU alongside 16 gigs of RAM and up to 1TB NVMe SSD. This machine packs a 144Hz display and starts at $1,399.
MSI GF65 and GF75 Thin
The MSI GF65 Thin packs a 15.6 FHD 144Hz display, while the GF76 bumps up the screen diagonal to 17.3-inch keeping the resolution and refresh rate intact. You can equip these machines with up to a 10th Intel Core i7 10750H processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD. MSI’s GF65 Thin gaming laptop starts at $999, while the GF75 Thin costs $1,299 for the base model.
MSI Creator 15
The productivity-centric MSI Creator 15 rocks a 15.6-inch 4K panel that offers 100% Adobe color gamut coverage. It comes equipped with the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 10750H processor, 32 gigs of DDR4 RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD and up to RTX 3070 graphics. This device will burn a $1,899 size hole in your pocket for the base variant.
At CES 2021, Roborock has announced the S7 robot vacuum that features one of the fastest sonic mops on the market. It is enough to tackle dried-on dirt with technology designed to lift when a carpet is detected to offer a more efficient, convenient single cleaning session without interruption. The company has added “elbow grease” to its latest model.
The Roborock S7 offers a variety of high-intensity scrub settings from 1,650 times/min to 3,000 times/min, easily disintegrating surface dirt and breaking up even the toughest, dried-on messes. It features VibraRise tech that automatically lifts the mop when carpets are detected. It enables the S7 to mop hard floors and vacuum carpets in one, single cleaning session, without interruption. The mop is also lifted as the S7 returns to the dock, ensuring just-cleaned floors remain clean.
Roborock S7’s upgraded main brush hugs the ground better for more effective agitation, maximizing a strong 2500Pa of suction. There is a 5,200mAh battery that offers up to three hours of cleaning in quiet mode. You can control the robot vacuum via Roborock’s iOS and Android app which features an easy-to-navigate interface to allow consumers to manage cleaning schedules and customize preferences. The Smart mapping provides real-time reports on the robot’s exact route during each clean, providing insight into the areas mopped and vacuumed. The device is Alexa, Google Home and Siri-enabled. It responds to voice commands.
The next-gen Roborock S7 will be available on Amazon in the United States on March 24 for an MSRP of USD 649.
“Our goal with every Roborock product is convenience,” said Richard Chang, Chief Executive Officer of Roborock. “The robot mopping process in the past has been arduous, needing customer time and input to set barriers or zones. The S7 completely transforms the mopping experience through surface recognition technology designed to automatically lift the mop element and avoid carpets, making mopping completely effortless while also delivering a deeper clean than ever before.”
NVIDIA has had a busy day at CES 2021 today. The company has just announced the RTX 30 series GPUs for laptops based on the Ampere architecture. The new mobile GPUs announced by NVIDIA include the GeForce RTX 3080, GeForce RTX 3070, and the GeForce RTX 3060. The first wave of laptops powered by the GeForce RTX 3080 and 3070 will hit the shelves starting January 26, while machines rocking the GeForce RTX 3060 GPU will make their way to the market next month.
Based on the 3rd Gen Max-Q technology, the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs for laptops are claimed to offer up to 2x ray-tracing throughput, thanks to the second-gen ray-tracing cores. Additionally, the 3rd gen tensor cores are also claimed to be 2x more capable compared to last-gen GPUs based on the Turing architecture. And thanks to support for the proprietary NVIDIA Reflex technology, the new laptop GPUs are said to further reduce latency and boost responsiveness.
The third-gen Max-Q design is claimed to offer general improvements in areas such as efficiency, performance, battery, and even acoustics. With the RTX 30 series laptop graphics, NVIDIA is also introducing the Dynamic Boost 2.0 technology that relies on AI to adjust power uptake by the CPU, GPU, and GPU on a per-frame basis. This tech will be enabled by default on all laptops powered by the new NVIDIA mobile GPUs.
Another new tech debuting with the RTX 30 series GPUs for laptops is Whisper Mode 2.0 that is baked at the system level and dynamically adjusts settings (CPU, GPU, and game presets) as well as fan speed to offer the best audio output. Additionally, the Resizable BAR technology allows a laptop’s CPU to access the entire graphics memory of a GPU to boost performance (read: higher frame rates) while gaming. This feature will be available via driver updates.
As for the laptops powered by NVIDIA’s new RTX 30 series mobile GPUs, some have already been announced such as the Razer Blade 15 Advanced, Alienware m15 R4 and m17 R4, Asus TUF Gaming Dash F15, MSI GS66, and the Lenovo Legion 7 among others.
GeForce RTX 3060 – An entry-level RTX 30 series desktop GPU
In addition to RTX 30 series Max-Q graphics, NVIDIA has also unveiled the cheapest Ampere-based desktop GPU today – the GeForce RTX 3060.Priced at $329, it will be up for grabs next month and is being marketed as the entry-point into NVIDIA’s updated family of desktop graphics in the RTX 30 series. It is claimed to offer 2x boost at rester performance and 10x improvement in ray-tracing performance vis-a-vis the aging GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, one of the company’s most popular graphics cards.
It packs 12GB of GDDR6 memory, and comes with the usual set of enhancements such as Resizeable BAR, second-gen ray-tracing cores, 3rd-gen Tensor cores to make the most its DLSS technology, NVIDIA Reflex, and NVIDIA Broadcast to name a few. Following is a graphical representation of the performance boost offered by the new NVIDIA desktop-class GPU:
Just a day after Intel launched its 11th Gen Core H-series mobile processors, AMD has unleashed its very own expansive lineup of Zen 3-based mobile processors. AMD chief Lisa Su took to the stage today at AMD’s CES conference and announced the Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors that target form factors ranging from high-end gaming laptops to ultrabooks and mass-market consumer laptops.
AMD’s fresh lineup of Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors is divided into two families, much like Intel. The Ryzen 5000 H-series processors are targeted at gaming enthusiasts and creative professionals. They come in 6-core and 8-core variants with a peak clock speed of 4.8GHz, base TDP of 35W (goes over 40W), and up to 20MB cache. Notably, the highest-end 11th Gen Intel H-series processor announced yesterday touched a boost frequency of 5.0 GHz.
Coming back to AMD, the Ryzen 5000 U-series mobile processors are targeted at ultrabooks and mass-market laptops. These range from 4-core and 6-core to 8-core models with a uniform 15W TDP across the family, and up to 20MB cache. As mentioned above, all the new AMD Ryzen 5000 H-series and U-series mobile processors are based on the Zen 3 architecture. Here’s the entire line-up of AMD’s new Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors:
Boost Frequency/ Base Frequency
AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX
Up to 4.8 / 3.3 GHz
AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS
Up to 4.8 / 3.0 GHz
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
Up to 4.6 / 3.3 GHz
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
Up to 4.6 / 3.0 GHz
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
Up to 4.4 / 3.2 GHz
AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS
Up to 4.4 / 2.8 GHz
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
Up to 4.2 / 3.3 GHz
AMD Ryzen 5 5600HS
Up to 4.2 / 3.0 GHz
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
Up to 4.4 / 1.9 GHz
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
Up to 4.3 /1.8 GHz
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
Up to 4.2 / 2.3 GHz
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
Up to 4.0 / 2.1G Hz
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
Up to 3.8 / 2.6 GHz
(Note: This table is best viewed in landscape mode on mobile)
AMD touts a 23% higher single-threaded performance and up to 17% improvement in multi-threaded performance for the top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 5980HX processor against its Ryzen 4000 series counterpart. AMD notes that laptops powered by its Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors will arrive in the first quarter of 2021, with Asus, HP, and Lenovo being among the first brands to pick them up.
AMD has also launched low-power versions of its existing Ryzen 9 and Ryzen 5 desktop processors that operate at a 65W TDP. The Ryzen 9 5900, in particular, is claimed to offer a 24% faster gaming performance at 1080p resolution for select titles vis-a-vis AMD Ryzen 9 3900 CPU.
Cores / Threads
Boost Frequency / Base Frequency
AMD Ryzen 9 5900
Up to 4.7 / 3.0 GHz
AMD Ryzen 7 5800
Up to 4.6 / 3.4 GHz
(Note: This table is best viewed in landscape mode on mobile)
Lastly, AMD has announced that the monstrous Ryzen Threadripper Pro processors will now be sold directly to consumers, and they’ll be up for grabs starting March. These desktop processors offer anywhere between 16 to 64 cores, peak TDP of 280W, 8 memory channels, 128 PCIe Gen 4 lanes, and a maximum turbo frequency of 4.3GHz.
Cores / Threads
Boost Frequency / Base Frequency
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX
Up to 4.2 / 2.7 GHz
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3975WX
Up to 4.2 / 3.5 GHz
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX
Up to 4.3 / 3.9 GHz
(Note: This table is best viewed in landscape mode on mobile)
HP has launched a new curved screen monitor, which features a 34-inch display. It supports up to a WQHD resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels and has a 21:9 aspect ratio. The typical brightness can go up to 250 nits and it has a 3500:1 contrast ratio. Here are the rest of the display specifications:
Display panel type
Viewable image area (diagonal)
Panel active area (W x H)
33.37 x 79.72 cm
WQHD (3440 x 1440)
Contrast ratio (typical)
5ms GtG (with overdrive)
Low blue light mode; Anti-glare; Height adjustable
The HP P34hc connectivity options include HDMI; USB-C; USB port; USB hub; Display Port. There is 1 USB Type-C (Alternative mode DisplayPort 1.2, power delivery up to 65 W); 1 HDMI 2.0 (with HDCP support); 1 DisplayPort 1.2 in (with HDCP support) and 4 USB-A 3.2 Gen 1. The VESA mount is 100 mm x 100 mm. It is security lock ready as well. The physical specifications are:
Dimensions With Stand (W x D x H)
80.94 x 23.49 x 51.8 cm
Dimensions (W x D x H)
80.94 x 11.21 x 36.69 cm
Minimum dimensions (W x D x H)
31.89 x 4.41 x 14.44 in
Product dimensions with stand (W x D x H)
31.89 x 9.25 x 20.4 in
The HP monitor also has onscreen controls that include Exit; Information; Management; Power; Input control; Menu control; Brightness+; Image; Color. For environmental reasons, it features an arsenic-free display glass; Low halogen; Mercury-free display backlights; TCO Certified and TCO Certified Edge.
Signal interface/performance : 640 x 480; 800 x 600; 1024 x 768; 1280 x 720; 1280 x 800; 1280 x 1024; 1440 x 900; 1600 x 900; 1680 x 1050; 1920 x 1080; 1920 x 1200; 3440 x 1440
At its “A Better Normal For All” CES event, Samsung announced new TVs, home appliances, and new vacuum robot cleaners. One of them is the JetBot 90 AI+. Samsung uses a combination of sensors and AI-enhanced object recognition technology to navigate its vacuum cleaner around your home with “the same efficiency and care you do.”
The JetBot 90 AI+ features a LiDAR sensor that is similar to that used in self-driving cars. It detects distance and tracks location for precise movements. There is also a 3D sensor that recognizes the difference between objects such as a toy and the leg of a chair, detects even small objects on the floor, and recognizes a room’s shape to maneuver around it.
Samsung uses an object recognition algorithm to allow its product to identify objects of all kinds and map the safest, most efficient route. The JetBot 90 AI+ then uses this information to clean closely around items on the floor. It does so while being sure to maintain a safe distance from fragile or delicate objects and to lower itself under furniture when needed. If anything is classified as dangerous or likely to cause secondary contamination, it will simply avoid the object.
There is an advanced digital inverter motor that maximizes the 30W suction power of its Jet Cyclone system to trap dust from the air and dirt from the floor. The unit’s self-cleaning brush has fine fibers made of soft woven textiles. It picks up dust from hard floor and reaches into crevices.
The Samsung JetBot 90 AI+ automatically heads back to the Clean Station (Samsung’s signature disposal system) after it is done with the cleaning. There, it empties the dirt, dust, and hair it has collected into a bag. This bag is required to be replaced once every two to three months.
“At Samsung, we’re committed to delivering new appliance innovations that inspire families, while helping make life at home easier in ways not thought of before,” said John Herrington, Senior Vice President, General Manager of Home Appliances. “By automating your floor care and learning your laundry preferences, these new home appliances remove items from your to-do list, freeing you up to do more of what you love.”
LG has announced a planned partnership with Google. It plans to bring Stadia to the latest webOS smart TVs in the second half of this year. LG will be the first TV manufacturer to natively support Stadia gameplay via webOS after the cloud gaming platform comes to Google TV. The company will include support for 4k and 5.1 surround sound for Stadia Pro users.
According to LG, Stadia on its TVs will allow customers to instantly play hit Stadia games such as Cyberpunk 2077, NBA 2K21, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion. You will be able to play these titles with just a Stadia controller and no additional hardware or game downloads required.
LG plans to have the new service launched within the second half of 2021 on LG Smart TVs. It will be available as a downloadable app from the LG Content Store in countries where Stadia is available. Google’s cloud gaming platform offers more than 130 games with more being added regularly. You can purchase games individually or gamers can claim a regular cadence of games to be played for free with a subscription to Stadia Pro. The Pro service includes exclusive discounts and up to 4K resolution. You’ll be able to experience the games with immersive 5.1 channel surround sound and support for up to 4K HDR and 60 FPS.
“Supporting Stadia on LG TVs is our commitment to customers that gaming is an increasingly important feature expected by LG TV owners,” said Lee Sang-woo, senior vice president of corporate business strategy at LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “Stadia is changing how people access their favorite games and by providing webOS compatibility, we’re making an early commitment to the platform.”
At CES 2021, LG announced a plethora of TVs including OLEDs, concepts as well as LG QNED Mini LED TVs.
Lenovo has announced a slew of laptops at CES 2021. These include a new netbook, a tablet, a rotating screen-equipped Yoga AIO 7, as well as a Microsoft Surface competitor in the form of ThinkPad X12 Detachable. Alongside these offerings, the company has also announced its thinnest ThinkPad yet. Lenovo is calling it the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga. It will be available to order starting January 2021, with prices starting at $1899.
The new laptop is just over 11mm thin. It features a 13.5-inch low power display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. It supports Doby Vision HDR as well as the Dolby Atmos speaker system. The display can go up to 450 nits of brightness. The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is powered by Intel’s latest 11th Gen Core i7 vPro processors. Plus, it is Intel Evo certified. You can push it up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of PCIe SSD storage. Connectivity options include two Thunderbolt 4 ports as well as 5G connectivity.
There are few other ThinkPad laptops in the lineup. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 and ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 are the first two laptops to support Dolby Voice. The former features a 16:10 display and rear venting. Plus, it has a wider touchpad. The new X1 Yoga has a 16:10 displayas well as a bigger battery, and wider touchpad. Both these laptops have a low blue-light feature and presence-detection sensors. The fingerprint sensor is housed in the power button.
The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon will be available starting February 2021. Prices are expected to start from $1429. Further, there’s also the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, which will be available starting February 2021. Its prices are expected to start from $1569.
Intel took the virtual stage at CES 2021 to announce a new range of processors including the 11th Gen Core H-series mobile processors for gaming laptops, which is based on the 10nm process. The three new 11th Gen H-series mobile processors announced at CES 2021 include the Core i7-11375H Special Edition, Core i7-11370H and the Core i5-11300H. All of these pack four cores. The company also announced 11th Gen Core vPro processors based on Intel’s 10nm SuperFin transistors. These are designed for laptops. It launched the Core vPro platform and Intel Evo vPro platform, both with a focus on hardware-based security.
Intel is focusing on making [the PC] the best tool for people to stay connected, and do the things that matter most to them. The result is more than 500 new designs for laptops and desktops that will come to market in 2021. Performance matters, not just when plugged in. But when unplugged and on battery.
Intel VP Josh Newman
Intel says it is focusing on “what matters most to business users.” They are looking at performance and experience on the applications that matter most to them, which include productivity, collaboration, and creation. The Intel Evo vPRo is a laptop-based platform for business users. The new chips are also said to be 23% faster compared to their competition when using apps like Microsoft Office 365. These are also said to have 50% faster office productivity while on a video conference call.
The company says more than 60 new laptops from top manufacturers will be available this year. They will combine the security and manageability of vPro and the mobility of the Intel Evo. Intel also announced Intel Evo Chromebooks. These processors will be powered by Intel Iris Xe graphics and will sport integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6/6E.
The Evo vPro platform includes features such as Intel Hardware Shield for security, Intel Stable IT Platform Program for long-term stability, Intel Active Management Technology for remote management and more.
At CES 2021, Jabra has announced the availability of the Elite 85t active noise canceling (ANC) earbuds in four new color options. The device will now be made available in Gold/Beige, Copper/Black, Black and Grey colorways. For the unaware, the Jabra Elite 85t was launched in October of 2020 in Titanium/Black color. It is part of the company’s new ANC range, and it sells for USD 229.
“We want to provide customers with more choice as we deliver products that are engineered for purpose, so we are very excited to announce the availability of our advanced ANC Elite 85t earbuds in four new colors. Our customers now have the option to enjoy the sleek design and sound in many more styles.
Calum MacDougall, Senior Vice President at Jabra.
There are microphones on the inside and outside of the earbuds that are used to provide Jabra Advanced ANC. Users are offered a more personalized experience with the dual slider which goes from full ANC to full HearThrough, and anywhere in between. With the Jabra Elite 85t, users can enjoy the ANC to its fullest by adjusting between full ANC to create a private quiet space, and at the other end of the spectrum, to use the HearThrough feature for full transparency, letting in your surroundings and creating a personalized ANC experience.
The Jabra Elite 85t features a compact design and oval silicon EarGels for a secure seal and comfortable fit. There is a dedicated ANC chip, which is more efficient in removing surrounding noises. The company offers 6-microphone call technology for calls. Plus, it uses 4-microphone ANC using mics on the inside and outside of the earbuds. The earbuds pack 12mm speakers. It has a semi-open design with natural hear through. Further, the device is IPX4-rated durability and the Jabra offers a 2-year warranty against dust and water. It is rated to last up to 5.5 hours battery on a single charge and up to 25 with the charging case with ANC on. It is also compatible with all Qi-certified chargers.
Existing owners of a product in the Elite 75t family are also able to enjoy ANC via a free upgrade in the Jabra Sound+ app. Jabra is the first company to deliver ANC on an existing true wireless product line.
Lenovo has today launched a detachable 2-in-1 PC that it is calling the ThinkPad X12 Detachable. Pretty on the nose, right? The new Lenovo offering by Lenovo takes an aim at Microsoft’s Surface lineup, packing a 12.3-inch Full HD+ display protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass and 3:2 aspect ratio. And just like the Surface family, Lenovo also offers a backlit folio keyboard which retains the familiar ThinkPad keyboard aesthetics (complete with the red TrackPoint nub too) and a stylus to go with the whole tablet-laptop hybrid appeal.
Inside the machine, you’ll find the 11th Gen Intel vPro line of processors, with the top-end configuration packing a Core i7 CPU. The Intel silicon inside the ThinkPad X12 Detachable can be paired with up to 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 1TB of NVMe SSD. Port selection, on the other hand, is not too generous, which is not surprising for a machine of this size and form factor.
You get one Thunderbolt 4 port, a USB 3.2 Type-C port, a SIM slot for LTE connectivity, and a 3.5mm combo audio jack. The device is just 9mm thick and also comes with an MIL-SPEC 810G certified build, which means it can handle a few accidental bumps. For stylus input, you can choose between Lenovo’s Precision Pen and Digital Pen to jot notes on the ThinkPad X12 Detachable’s screen.
The Lenovo offering comes equipped with a 42 WHr battery that is claimed to last up to 10 hours on a single charge. There is a 5MP front-facing camera for video calls, and an 8MP camera at the back, which is quite generous if you compare it with the poor quality cameras on laptops out there. Authentication is handled by a fingerprint sensor, but there is an IR camera as well for Windows Hello sign-in. Lenovo ThinkPad X12 starts at $1149 and will be up for grabs later this month.
Intel has made a slew of announcements today its CES 2021 keynote, but one of the biggest revelations was the debut of a new line of processors. Yes, Intel today lifted the covers from its 11th Gen Tiger Lake H-series processors that will power the next wave of slim gaming laptops in 2021. Intel has announced two new H-series processors – three actually – if you consider the special edition model thrown into the mix, all of which are based on the 10nm process.
The three new 11th Gen H-series mobile processors announced today include the Core i7-11375H Special Edition, Core i7-11370H and the Core i5-11300H, all of which pack four cores. Intel is labeling them H35, likely because their TDP peaks at a rather low 35W, and not in the 40W range you would expect for gaming-centric Intel silicon. Here’s a quick breakdown of the three new Intel mobile processors:
It is worth noting here that the Core i7-11375H touches a boost clock speed of 5GHz, which is unheard of in the world of mobile CPUs. Intel is touting it to be the ‘fastest single threaded laptop performance’ and that the machines powered by it offer the ‘best balance of mobility and enthusiast level gaming.’ The new 11th Gen Intel H-series processors support the PCIe Gen 4 standard and bring Killer Wi-Fi 6/6E compatibility to the table as well.
The new Intel offerings bring support for 3200MHz DDR4 memory (4266MHz for LPDDR4x), Thunderbolt 4 support, a 15% boost in single-thread performance compared to 10th Gen solutions, and a 40% jump in multi-thread performance compared to the 15W 11th Gen Intel mobile processors. Intel claims that its 11th Gen H-series mobile processors will provide enough power for playing games at 4K, while popular titles such as Valorant, Destiny 2 will clock at 1080p resolution with over 70FPS frame rate.
As per the company, its new mobile processors will appear in over 40 designs in the first half of 2021, with Acer, Asus, and MSI being the brands whose laptops will soon debut armed with the new Intel silicon. The new chips don’t support CPU, memory or graphics overlocking though. And if you’re not satisfied with the core count, Intel has promised to launch an 8-core 11th Gen H-series processor with up to 5GHz multi-core frequency later this year.
Qualcomm has just announced an upgraded fingerprint sensor for smartphones based on its proprietary ultrasonic technology that is claimed to recognize the patterns even the finger is wet. Qualcomm is calling it the 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2, and from what the company is promising, it will address two of the biggest pain points associated with the first iteration that was announced back in 2019 – recognition speed and sensing area.
Qualcomm says that its second-gen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is 50% faster compared to the first-gen solution. Additionally, Qualcomm claims that its latest solution is also 77% larger, which means users will have more leg-room when it comes to placing their fingers on the sensor from varied angles and still get past the authentication process with ease. “This larger sensor combined with faster processing will be 50% faster than Gen 1 so you can unlock your device quicker than ever,” Qualcomm says.
The second ultrasonic fingerprint by Qualcomm has a surface area of 64mm sq. (8x8mm) with a square profile, while the first-gen iteration only measured 36mm sq. (4x9mm) and had a rectangular outline. Qualcomm says that the increased surface area of the sensor means it can now capture 1.7x more biometric data for a faster and more secure authentication experience.
The company says that its second-gen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor will make its way to smartphones in early 2021. And given its previous collaboration with Samsung, it is highly likely that the 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2 will make its way to the Samsung Galaxy S21 family that debuts on January 14 at Samsung’s next Galaxy Unpacked event.
In case you’re wondering, Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor relies on sound waves to read the valleys and ridges on fingerprints, and uses the ultrasonic pulse reflection data to create a 3D map of the fingerprint for authentication. This approach is said to make it make secure compared to the optical sensors that have so far been faster.
LG first teased its upcoming rollable phone packing a retractable slide-out display back in September last year. Following the teaser, we’ve come across multiple leaks surrounding the next ambitious LG device which is part of its Explorer Project initiative. Well, we finally have our first real-life look at the futuristic phone. As part of its CES video press conference, the company twice gave us a glimpse of the device in action.
Touted to debut as LG Rollable, the device appears to employ a motorized mechanism that extends the panel outside or retracts it inside depending on the use-case scenario. Unfortunately, the company has not revealed any details about the engineering behind its rollable phone. But at first glance, it appears to take the same approach as TCL’s own smartphone-tablet hybrid with an extendable display. To recall, OPPO also showcased a similar device called OPPO X 2021 that features a flexible display with a similar slide-out design.
As per reports emerging out LG’s home market, LG Rollable will make its debut in the first half of 2021. Rumors suggest that the device will feature an OLED display and might eventually hit the shelves carrying the name LG Slide. Another leak that emerged last month mentioned that the LG Rollable will cost somewhere around $2359, which puts it in an even higher price bracket than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2.
Rumors suggest that the LG offering will feature a 7.4-inch display that will work in three scenarios – a phone mode that outputs 2428×1080 resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio, a video mode with 2428×1366 resolution figures, while a productivity mode changes those numbers to 2428×1600 pixels. This will likely materialize by extending the rollable OLED panel to a variable extent. Inside, the LG device will reportedly pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC, 16 gigs of RAM, and a 4,200mAh battery.
You can watch the full LG CES 2021 press conference below: