HP has launched a lineup of new products in its Spectre and EliteBook families with an upgraded design, performance, and security features. The company has unveiled the new HP Spectre x360 13 and HP Spectre x360 15 in the HP Spectre Folio and HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5 in the HP Elite Portfolio. Additionally, HP has also released a new HP EliteDisplay E243d Docking Monitor and HP USB Fingerprint Mouse. The company is touting world-class features in the updated lineups as they new models come with upgraded hardware. Some of those products will be available starting this month.
The new HP Spectre lineup is equipped with new security features, such as a camera kill switch that allows the user to turn off the webcam when not in use. The 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch models come equipped with optional HP Sure View, an integrated privacy screen for public places. The HP Spectre x360 ? 131,000 13 that is claimed to deliver “the world’s longest battery life in a quad-core convertible and gigabit-class 4G LTE.” It promises a battery life of up to 22.5 hours. The Spectre x360 13 is powered by the 8th generation Intel Core i7-8565U processor. It comes with up to 16GB of RAM, 256GB/ 512GB M.2 SSD options.
The HP Spectre x360 13 sports a 13.3-inch display with up to 4K resolution. For graphics, it comes with Intel UHD Graphics 620. Ports include Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C 3.1, and more. Other connectivity options include optional 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, and more. It also has an IR camera for Windows Hello. It measures 13.6mm in thickness and weighs 1.26kg.
HP Spectre x360 13
The HP Spectre x360 15, on the other hand, comes with only a 16GB RAM option. It is also powered by the same Intel Core i7-8565U processor and comes with 256GB/ 512GB M.2 SSD options. It features a 15.6-inch 4K display and for graphics, it has Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with Max Q design. It has the same ports as the smaller variant, but also includes an HDMI 2.0 port. It measures 19.45mm in thickness and weighs 2.08kgs.
HP Spectre x360 15
In terms of availability and pricing, the HP Spectre x360 13 will start shipping in November and the prices start at $1,149.99 (roughly Rs. 84,200). Meanwhile, the HP Spectre x360 15 is expected to be available in November as well, for a starting price of $1,389.99 (roughly Rs. 1,01,800).
Coming to the EliteBook x360 1040 G5, HP claims it to be the “world’s smallest and lightest 14-inch business convertible” and “world’s first business convertible with gigabit-class 4G LTE”. It sports a 14-inch display packed in a 13-inch unibody CNC aluminium chassis. It comes with an optional HP Outdoor Viewable Display with an anti-glare screen and up to 700-nit display. It is powered by the 8th generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors, comes with up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of storage. The laptop is claimed to to provide up 17 hours of battery life. The HP EliteBook x360 1040 is expected to be available at the end of October for a starting price of $1,499 (roughly Rs. 1,09,700).
HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5
As mentioned, HP has also launched the HP EliteDisplay E243d Docking Monitor as a new dock-and-monitor solution that comes with a single USB Type-A cable or single power-enabled USB Type-C cable for data and video, as well a pop-up privacy webcam. It will be available in December for a starting price of $329 (roughly Rs. 24,000). Additionally, the new HP USB Fingerprint Mouse is capable of enabling users to unlock their Windows 10 PC with a single touch, allowing for secure biometric authentication. It has been priced at $49 (roughly Rs. 3,600) and will also be available from December 2018.
Oculus Rift S VR Headset With Higher-Resolution Display and Built-In Tracking Announced
Oculus VR has launched its next-generation Rift virtual reality headset. The new Oculus Rift S features an inside-out tracking which eliminates the need for any external sensors. The Rift S also offers a higher-resolution screen compared to its predecessor. Oculus has announced that the Rift S head-mounted display will ship this Spring at a price of $399 (roughly Rs. 27,300). The company hasn’t revealed an exact launch date yet.
Oculus says it has collaborated with electronics giant Lenovo to develop the Oculus Rift S. The Rift S isn’t quite a major upgrade over the previous headset but aims to offer a higher quality VR experience and better ergonomics.
The Oculus Rift S and its predecessor still share the same core platform, which means users can access VR content created for either of the headsets. Oculus has also maintained the same PC requirements for the new Rift S as the original Rift.
Oculus will also enable cross-buy and cross-play features, enabling users to upgrade their hardware and still have their library accessible as it is.
Oculus Rift S virtual reality headset features a new high-resolution display with improved Fresnel lenses. The display panel offers a resolution of 2560×1440 (1280×1440 per eye) with a refresh rate of 80Hz. For audio, the Rift S includes a headphone jack and near-ear speakers.
The Rift S comes with an inside-out tracking system called Oculus Insight, confirming previous reports. This removes the need to have external cameras for a full-body movement. Oculus Insight will also be included in the company’s upcoming Quest virtual reality headset.
Oculus is also bringing a new feature called Passthrough Plus to the Rift S platform. The feature will enable users to view real-world surroundings as they set up their virtual reality space using the Oculus Guardian tool. Users will be able to switch between the Home Launcher and a real-world feed of their surroundings quickly, thanks to the new inside-out tracking system.
Due to the collaboration, the Oculus Rift S will feature both Oculus and Lenovo branding. It will also ship with a new halo strap. While the company hasn’t specified an exact release date yet, Oculus could launch the Rift S along with the Quest during Facebook’s F8 developer conference which is scheduled for April 30 this year.
Google Stadia Game Streaming Platform, Stadia Controller Announced
At GDC 2019, Google announced Stadia, its game streaming platform. Stadia will work across devices from smartphones, tablets, TVs, laptops, and PCs via Chrome. It integrates YouTube as well, allowing developers to add a Play button to game video on YouTube and lets users immediately play the game on Chrome. Stadia will leverage Google’s data centres that are present in 200 plus countries and territories. Google’s Phil Harrison took to stage to show off Assassin’s Creed Odyssey working across a Chromebook, Pixel 3, and TV via Chromecast in a seamless fashion. Furthermore, you can use your own controllers or keyboard and mouse on Stadia on your PC or laptop.
In addition to this, Google revealed the Stadia controller. It links to data centres directly via WiFi. It features two new buttons — a Capture button that allows players to share to friends, themselves or the world via YouTube. There’s also a Google Assistant button to assist players in-game.
Stadia’s architecture has been built on Google’s data centre tech which also powers its search results. It’s been infused with gaming-focussed hardware to keep up with the task of streaming heavy games. Powering the data centres is the Stadia GPU from AMD which is at 10.7 teraflops. This is nearly double of what the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro has, making it possible to play games like Doom Eternal running at 4K 60fps in HDR on Stadia.
The company claims that it has been testing Stadia’s tech internally for years and plans to allow for 4K 60fps gameplay with HDR in surround sound when it’s available for all. Eventually Stadia will also scale up to 8K too. Users will also be given the option to share Stadia gameplay footage to YouTube at 4K 60fps as well. Developers can create multiple points of purchase and play for games on Stadia through Gmail, YouTube, and search, going as far as to let players click a link on a game trailer and get right into a game. YouTubers could use it to send custom challenges to their fans and players can even create and share their own links to let others get in a game at the exact location they’re in.
However Stadia won’t be restricted to single-player games. Google confirmed that multiplayer games will be supported as well. These would include battle royale and couch-based co-op experiences.
And in a refreshing move, Harrison confirmed that Stadia will support cross-platform play as well. A concrete release date and price point hasn’t been confirmed yet and we don’t know what Internet connection would be needed for it, though Harrison said Stadia will launch in the US, UK, Canada, and Europe later this year.
Nubia Red Magic 3 will be powered by Snapdragon 855 processor, confirms company
Nubia has apparently started working on its third iteration of its gaming smartphone, dubbed Nubia Red Magic 3. Nubia’s general manager, Ni Fei, has made a post on Weibo confirming six key features of the upcoming Nubia Red Magic 3.
To recall, Nubia recently launched its Red Magic in India at Rs 29,999 and is yet to launch its successor, the Nubia Red Magic Mars in India. Currently, only a handful of smartphone manufacturers like Asus, Black Shark and Razer offer consumers dedicated gaming smartphones.
In the Weibo post, Ni Fei confirmed that the device will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor paired with an Adreno 640 GPU. It will come with 12GB of RAM and will have a comparatively higher display refresh rate than most gaming PCs.
The device will come packing a 3,800mAh non-removable battery with support for fast charging. It will also come with a liquid and air dual cooling system paired with a new 4D shock vibration motor and DTS 7.1 3D Surround Sound for a better gaming experience.
According to a recent report, the company will soon be launching its Red Magic Mars in India to compete with brands like OnePlus and Asus ROG, followed by its recently announced Nubia Alpha foldable smartphone. The report also mentioned that both the devices will be priced between Rs 40,000 to Rs 30,000.
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