Gadget roundup

Lenovo N20p



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7 May 2014 | 0


Lenovo N20p

Lenovo’s new N20p might look like any other compact Chromebook bit it offers two distinctive features: an 11.6″ display is a 10-point touch screen and hinge can rotate up to 300 degrees – but can’t fold over to adopt a tablet form factor. While Lenovo may tweak a few things before its summer release the N20p is exptected to have an Intel Celeron processors and integrated graphics, up to 4Gb of DDR3L memory and up to 16Gb of onboard storage with 8 hours of battery life.

It will support Bluetooth 4.0.2 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and each will include two USB ports (one is USB 3.0) as well as HDMI-out and an SD card slot and a 1MP webcam over the display.

Price: $329

Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei Technologies is hoping that a sleek, 6.5mm silhouette and the ability to take high-resolution pictures with an 8MP front camera will make its flagship Ascend P7 a hit.

The LTE smartphone runs Android 4.4, is powered by a quad-core processor running at 1.8GHz, and has a 5″ screen with a 1920×1080 resolution. It has 16Gb of integrated storage, (expandable using a microSD card) and 2Gb of RAM.

Like its competitors, Huawei said it has done a lot of development work to improve the P7’s cameras, which lets users take a picture 1.2 seconds after double-clicking the down volume button when the device is locked. The back of the device has a 13MP camera that uses a sensor from Sony that Huawei promises can deliver good pictures at night or indoors. The smartphone also has a dedicated image processor that is used to control autofocus, white balance and noise reduction.

Price: €449

CyberPowerPC Fang Mini

Just like Intel’s NUC kit and Gigabyte’s Brix Pro, the Fang Mini series is small enough to fit on a desk or in an entertainment centre, but powerful enough for some PC gaming. The big difference is that CyberPowerPC is offering complete systems, pre-loaded with Windows 8.1, a 1Tb hard drive and 8Gb of RAM.

Intel and Gigabyte require you to bring your own operating system, storage, and memory. It’s a matter of having more choice versus having a system that’s ready to use out of the box.

CyberPowerPC is offering a choice between Intel and AMD chips. The Intel version includes a Core i7-4770R quad-core processor and Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics. The AMD model has an AMD A8-5557M quad-core processor with Radeon R9 M275X graphics.

Aside from CPU and GPU, both models have identical specs, including 802.11a/b/g/n/ac W-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, four USB ports, Ethernet, HDMI and Mini DisplayPort outputs, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Price: $620 (with Intel processor), $570 (with AMD processor)




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