The Razer Book 13, Blade 15, Intel Macs and more are on sale today

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Check out the best laptop and Mac deals available At Amazon and B&H, where we find Razer gaming laptops, Intel processors, and more on sale

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Apple’s new 3nm chip could begin mass production in the second half of 2022, while Intel’s market share could take another hit

It seems that Apple keeps working to give us great processors in its future devices, even though other companies may end up being affected

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Previous generation Macs are getting massive discounts right now

We have great news for anyone looking to get their hands on a new Intel-powered Mac. You can currently score a new MacBook Pro for as low as $1,390. This is the 2018 model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and it comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GBH RAM, and 1TB of storage space under the hood, and you get $460 savings. That may be more than enough for most users, but we have also found the Intel Core i7 variant selling for $1,440 with the same $460 discount for those who want more power.

If you want the larger 15.4-inch version, you can get one for as low as $1,330. This mid-2017 model comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, 256GB of storage space. 16GB of DDR3 RAM and $470 savings. Or get a 2019 model with an Intel Core i9 processor, 16GB RAM, and 512GB of storage space for $2,100. You can also get a new Mac mini for just $590 after a 34 percent discount, which translates into $310 savings. You will get a new Mac mini powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB Fusion Drive.
Even though these aren’t the latest M1-powered devices, they are still new, and they are some of the best laptops available in the market, so hurry, as these deals will be gone in 18 days or until sold out. Take a look at every single option by clicking on this link.

If you buy a new MacBook Pro, you should also take a look at one of our previous deals posts featuring Targus backpacks to keep them safe while carrying them from one place to another. But if you will be staying at home, you might want to get a larger canvas to work on, and we have also found great deals on several monitors.

You can currently get a new 29-inch LG UltraWide WFHD monitor for $200 after a $50 discount. If you’re looking for a larger monitor, you can also score the 34-inch Samsung SJ55W Ultrawide Gaming Monitor for $367 after a $63 discount. However, you can also get two 21.5-inch monitors for almost the same price. Get the HP EliteDisplay 21.5-inch monitor 2-pack for $359 after a $20 discount, and if you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, you can get the Samsung 24-inch Curved LED Gaming Monitor for just $166 with $14 savings.

 

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Several MacBook Pros, gaming laptops and more devices are on sale

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The latest 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 processor is still getting a $149 discount, which means you can get your 8GB RAM and 256GB variant for just $1,150, or get twice the storage space for $1,350. Now, if by any chance you think that you will be better off with an Intel-powered MacBook Pro, we have great news for you.

First, we find the Intel-powered MacBook Pro with the same $150 discount as the M1 variant, but this one starts for $1,649 with 512GB of storage space. You can go for the 1TB storage variant for $1,799 with $200 savings if you want the Space Gray color option, but the best savings come with the Silver variant, as it’s $250 off, meaning you can grab one for $1,750. You will also get 16GB RAM and the Intel Core i5 processor under the hood. And if you want the larger 16-inch variant, you can get the Intel Core i9 version for $2,499 with $300 savings, or get the 512GB variant with an Intel Core i7 processor for $2,199 after a $200 discount.

We have also found some nice deals on gaming laptops, where the Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop is getting a $90 discount, meaning you can buy one for $730. This laptop features an Intel Core i5 processor, a GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU. 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage space. We have a more affordable option since the Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming Laptop is now selling for $706.56 with $263.43 savings. You will find an Intel Core i5 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, 8GB RAM, and 512GB of storage space under the hood.

 

And since we’re all about great gear and accessories, we believe that your new laptop will look better on top of SONGMICS Gaming Desk that is now selling for $56, down from its regular $100 price tag, which translates into $44 savings. And your gaming setup will look even better with the PECHAM 4mm LED Soft Extra Extended Large Mouse Pad, which comes with GRB lighting and four USB ports. It can now be yours for just $14.39 when you click the on-page coupon and enter 40RP1CZU promo code at checkout.

 

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Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 13 Notch LEAKED: Uhhh.. (video)

Samsung Galaxy S21+ starting at $100, iPad Pros and more also on sale 

Apple’s M1 MacBook Air, gaming laptops and more are on sale today

Apple Watch Series 6, iPhone 11 Pro and more devices are on sale today 

Apple’s latest 10.2-inch iPad and Jabra headphones are on sale right now 

As expected, the news today begin with deals, and I gotta hand it to Samsung cause the company continues to be aggressive about them. They’re currently running a “Discover Spring Event” which brings some good deals for their smartphones but of course, you need to have a device to trade-in. Starting with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra which is available for 750 bucks, along with 50 dollars in instant credit. Now, probably the best deal is that the Galaxy S21 and the S21+ are both available for 100 bucks and you will also get the 100 dollars in instant credit for add-ons. If you’re looking for the Ultra, that one is available for 299 and you also get the credit. Finally, if you’re looking for a foldable, the Z Fold 2 is available for 1449 and again, all of these prices are if you have an eligible device to trade-in. Moving on from Sammy, You can grab the iPhone 11 Pro for 120 dollars off on Woot, leaving it at 880. Finally, the Google Pixel 4 is available for 317 dollars off its original price leaving it at 482. We have more deals on MacBooks, headphones, the Apple Watch and more.


Intel aims to sell ARM chips to Apple days after anti-Mac ad campaign

More evidence of next iPad Pro chip being based on Apple M1 surfaces

Let’s move on to Intel just for a quick second as it looks like their marketing team doesn’t talk to their other teams. If you remember, last week they launched those ads with Justin Long, aka the Mac himself, on how PCs are better since they’re still powered by Intel. Well, now their CEO just went on to basically say that they want to become a major provider of products that include x86 and ARM chips, with one of the companies they want to serve being Apple. I know, hilarious considering that they sold their ARM business years ago, and about Apple we know why. But alright, speaking of Apple and chips, let’s talk about the upcoming iPad Pros. The guys over at 9to5Mac have found references of an A14X chip in the iOS 14.5 Source Code which we are still waiting on. And apparently, the report mentions that the A14X is based on the T8103, which is the codename for the M1 Chip. This goes along with a previous Bloomberg report where they claimed we could expect an updated and faster processor that was on par with the M1. So yeah, we should be getting close to those iPad Pros with better processors, mini-LED displays and more, hopefully some time in April. If only they ran macOS..

LG might shutter its phone division after failing to find a buyer

Let’s move the spotlight on to some rather sad news, when it comes to LG. Last week some reports came out that LG’s Rollable was back in play, even with the rumors that LG might sell their smartphone business. Well, now we have a new report from a Korean news agency that claims that LG’s plans to sell their phone business have fallen through, for real this time. Apparently local sources claim that LG is now planning to shutter their smartphone division altogether after their negotiations didn’t work out. So apparently, not only the plans for the Rollable but for other phones like the LG “Rainbow” concept have been put on Ice at the moment. So of course, these are just reports but nothing to not be worried about given the amount of innovation LG meant to the market. We have heard from previous reports that the employees would be shifted on to other positions within LG, we hope that’s true but of course, we should wait until we get official statements.

Qualcomm is working on a Nintendo Switch-like console that runs Android 12: Report

Now, let’s talk about Qualcomm and the Nintendo Switch.. Yeah, completely unrelated since the Switch runs on NVIDIA, but you’ll get where I’m going. According to a new report from Android Police, Qualcomm is taking a Snapdragon chip and putting it into an Android-powered game console that has detachable controllers and the ability to connect to televisions. So yeah it’s not really a Nintendo Switch but.. Qualcomm wants to do a Switch. The report claims that the core of the device would be thicker and bulkier than a smartphone. And we could expect this chip to be the next generation of Snapdragon Silicon which should be released some time in Q1 of 2022, meaning it’s most likely the 888s successor. It would also bring a 6,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge, 5G, dual-zone haptics, an SD card Slot, Bluetooth and more with the controllers being sourced by a third party. Now, this console would be running a “customized launcher” of Android 12, and besides the Play Store, it could also brings the Epic Games store pre-installed which makes it pretty interesting considering their catalog. The target price is reportedly set at 300 dollars but, we don’t know exactly what that will get you. We’ll see how the reports evolve as, well we already saw the NVIDIA Shield flop.. That said, it may have been ahead of its time as Android games are far better now.

Story of the day:

iPhone 13 tipped to use 120Hz LTPO displays from Samsung

Alleged image of iPhone 13 series front glass shows a smaller notch

But finally, for the hottest news today let’s talk iPhone 13 as, the reports have kinda slowed down but it looks like they’re picking up again. Over the past couple of months, most of the iPhone 13 reports have kept mentioning 2 things: 120Hz refresh rate and a shorter notch. Well, now we have a new report and even some hands on leaks for these 2 things. Starting with a new report from the Elec which says that Samsung Display will convert their OLED line-up dedicated to Apple into LTPO Displays within the first half of 2021 as, we’re expecting both Pro models to feature this technology that also allows them to run at 120Hz. But, moving on to hotter leaks, we have some new images recovered by MacRumors that show the front glass cover for 3 of the iPhone 13 variants. You can see the significantly smaller notch, and they do show how apple has rearranged Face ID and slimmed down some of the components to achieve this smaller notch. Another thing to notice is how the ear piece on this notch would be next to the phone’s frame, pretty much the design Android Phones have followed for about two years. We will apparently have this for a year as Ming Chi Kuo claims that we could be seeing some punch holes next year.  

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HP ENVY 17 and x360 15 laptops debut with 11th Gen Intel and AMD Ryzen 5000 CPU

HP has today launched a fresh line-up of premium laptops that includes the HP ENVY x360 15 convertible and the HP ENVY 17. The two laptops offer a sleek build that employs recycled aluminum and ocean-bound plastics. The new HP offerings also come with some neat features such as a physical webcam shutter, a wireless file transfer feature called HP QuickDrop to move data between your phone and laptop over Wi-Fi or LTE, and the ability to turn the display into a lighting source for selfies.

HP Envy x360 15

hp envy x360 15 front

Coming to the internals, you can equip the HP Envy x360 15 with either an 11th Gen Intel Core processor or an AMD Ryzen 5000 series chip. You get a 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass NBT on top. However, buyers can go all the way up to a 4K OLED panel as well.

The AMD version of HP ENVY x360 15 starts at $749.99

Your processor options include AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, AMD Ryzen 5700U, 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7, and Intel Core i7-1165G7. You can equip the machine with up to 12GB of DDR4 RAM and 512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD. There’s also support for Gigabit-class Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (2×2) and Bluetooth 5, fast charge support that can juice up the battery from 0-50% in just half an hour, and a fingerprint scanner as well

hp envy x360 15 front

The Intel-powered variant of the HP ENVY x360 15 comes in silver color, while the AMD-driven version is up for grabs in a Nightfall Black color. The AMD version of HP ENVY x360 15 starts at  $749.99, while the Intel model will set you back by $899.99. Both of them are now up for grabs via Best Buy.

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HP ENVY 17

hp envy 17

Coming to the HP Envy 17, it ditches the 360-degree hinge design and opts for a full-size keyboard with number keys on the right side. This one features a 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display with Gorilla Glass NBT for protection. But you can configure it with a 4K UHD OLED panel as well. The screen-to-body ratio stands at an impressive 86.3%, while the touchpad is 19% larger this time around. 

HP will let you configure the ENVY 17 with 4K OLED panel as well

The device is powered by the 11th Generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor ticking alongside up to 12 gigs of RAM, 32GB of Intel Optane memory, and 512GB of NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD. The company is touting up to 9 hours and 45 minutes of battery life with mixed usage for the HP ENVY 17. The machine also offers a Thunderbolt 4 port and comes in silver color. You can pick this one up starting at $999.99 from Best Buy

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hp envy 17 back

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Intel-powered MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pros are also on sale right now

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We saw the latest M1 powered 13-inch MacBook Pro getting a $100 discount earlier today, but that doesn’t mean that the Intel-powered version isn’t getting some love. We kept on looking for deals, and we found that you can get a $200 discount on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB RAM, and 1TB storage. However, things don’t end there, as you will also see an extra $49 discount at checkout, meaning that you can get your new laptop for $1,750. The 512GB storage option is also getting a nice discount, as you can get one for $1,699 with $199 savings.

Now, there’s another option for those looking to save some bucks on a laptop. If you’re OK with getting a refurbished device, you can save up to $220 off the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with Retina Display. An Intel Core i5 processor powers it, and you get 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD storage to complete the package.

Now, you can also check out other deals that will make your Mac-life a bit more convenient. First, you must consider a stand for your laptop, as it will help to raise your display to a more comfortable viewing angle. The Twelve South HiRise for MacBook stand can be yours for $56 with $24 savings or grab a more affordable stand for $11, as the SOQOOL Computer Stand Riser is getting a $29 discount, that’s 73 percent off its regular $40 price tag.

While you’re checking those out, you will also have to consider getting yourself a new dock for your laptop. The Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock Pro features Dual 4K @60Hz, 40Gbps transfer speeds, 85W upstream charging for $290, or get the Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock Core that features Dual 4K @60Hz, 40Gbps transfer speeds, 60W charging, and the best part, a $30.46 discount that leaves it available for $139.53. However, the best option for those looking to spend less is the Twelve South StayGo that’s selling for $73.45 with $26 savings.

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Intel launches Iris Xe discrete GPUs for desktops

Following the debut of Iris Xe MAX discrete GPU for laptops back in October last year, the company is bringing its in-house Xe graphics processing microarchitecture to the desktop segment as well. Intel has today announced the Iris Xe discrete GPUs for desktops. The cards will likely not be sold as standalone component directly to consumers, as Intel mentions in its press release that the discrete Iris Xe graphics card for desktops will be offered to system integrators who will sell it as part of pre-built systems. Among the first partners to bring the new Intel graphics solution to the market is Asus.

Iris Xe discrete GPU will be sold as part of pre-built systems by the likes of Asus

“The new cards offer a compelling upgrade to existing options in the market segment. They feature three display outputs; hardware video decode and encode acceleration, including AV1 decode support; Adaptive Sync; Display HDR support and artificial intelligence capabilities thanks to DP4a deep-learning inference acceleration,” adds the company. The desktop-class Iris Xe graphics card comes equipped with 4 gigs of VRAM and 80 execution units.

Talking more about its capability, the Iris Xe discrete GPU can handle up to three 4K HDR displays and supports the new AV1 codec to provide a reliable and low-bandwidth video calling experience. For video content creators, the new Intel offering brings HEVC, AVC, VP9, and SCC transcode capabilities to the table, while editing is said to receive a boost with DP4a AI workloads.

They're not targeted at gaming, but geared towards productivity tasks

And just in case you’re wondering, no, the new Intel Iris Xe discrete GPU for desktops is not made for gaming, neither are they going head-to-head against what NVIDIA and AMD have to offer in the world of discrete graphics cards. Instead, they are just meant to accelerate the regular tasks that you perform on your PC, but at a much faster pace when compared to integrated graphics solutions offered by Intel itself or AMD with its own Radeon family.

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