As Intel continues to make ultrabooks and hybrids cheaper, faster and with more features, the idea of buying a tablet-only device does look less attractive. If one believes they need a keyboard once in a while, they might as well just buy the hybrid device and know everything works together properly. This is generally cheaper than buying a bunch of separate pieces.
Forthcoming docking should be a simple arrangement. Either a cradle with one cable to handle all connectivity, or wireless like WiGiG.
Another fake Windows device will repeat the mistake Microsoft made with RT tablets. The best way to implement the "Continuum" concept is with true binary compatibility with legacy Windows software, and that means x86.
And by the way, every tech forum I've seen discussing the possibility of a full Windows smartphone there are numerous responses from readers asking where to send their money to buy one. There's definitely a market for it.
Skylake class processors are exciting on their own. Intel doesn't need to exaggerate the 6th generation products by comparing it to five year old processors, even if that's how old the processors are in many consumer machines. Just give it to us straight.
AMD is rapidly approaching irrelevance other than it has the cross license with Intel, and even that disappears if the company is sold or reorganized.
These little devices have a lot of potential for their size. Very interesting product class.
The piece is fundamentally fluff.
First it suggests that password systems are hackable while implying biometrics are not. It fails to mention that all biometric systems make a tradeoff between Type I and Type II errors. Vendors know that PC users will be heavily critical of any biometric system that rejects a valid user so they configure the solutions to accept input that should get rejected. Third, they don't mention the biggest risk of having one's biometric digital credentials stolen and how the user is supposed to protect their identity afterwards.
It's not that biometrics don't have a role to play in security, but pumping it as a replacement to the password is a disservice to the public. And whatever you do, you don't give your biometrics to Microsoft.
If Intel had launched Skylake at IDF it would have overshadowed all the other new developments Intel wanted to talk about, like Optane, Curie, RealSense, etc. Skylake is worthy of its own launch without sharing the stage with anything else.
This topic now has 47 replies and new comments are near impossible to find. The topic is certainly worthy of discussion but really this needs a fresh thread.
In the past I'd buy these high-end Nvidia cards for nearly every desktop/workstation I own, and my experience with them is very positive, but equipping all the systems that way today just isn't necessary. I'll still buy them but they'll be limited to a few systems running particular application suites.
Intel's progression in graphics has been painfully slow but the impact is greater now.
Driving three 4K displays at 60Hz is impressive. If that 60Hz is also with 10 bit color I'll be even more impressed. If it can do that it means a Skylake-class NUC or HDMI stick is ready for prime time and will handle all the 4K content we should be seeing over the next several years.
My thoughts exactly. You have to look at the drive Intel compared the Optane SSD to. It was Intel's latest bleeding-edge NVME drive that delivers around 2500MB/s sequential reads. The very first Optane drive sample was already 7 times faster than Intel's NVME. So now you've got an early sample that delivers 17,500MB/s sequential? As it is it's enough to upend the storage industry. It's clearly going to shakeup the HPC market. We need to see pricing data to determine how quickly the technology will be affordable for mainstream use.
Reality TV is extremely cheap to produce, that's why there's so much of it. This can put a spotlight on innovation and people who actually create things that solve real problems. Nothing wrong with that.
Agree that if MS goes x86 and full Windows it doesn't make sense to continue down the ARM path forever, but we know how reluctant MS can be admitting they made a mistake.
I'm not saying MS will kill its ARM phones. But I am confident that policies MS proposed two years ago will be quickly changed if they feel it is in their interest to make a Surface branded phone running full Windows in 2016.
Companies have to adapt to a changing marketplace and as they say, that was then and this is now.
There appears to be a number of really interesting use cases for Optane memory but we need to see some cost per GB projections of a finished product to know what its best use case will be.
The P3700 already delivers a blazingly fast 2800/1900 MBps for sequential read/writes. Even with these early Optane SSD samples your looking at nearly 20,000MBps read/writes. If these are made in capacities between 1-4TB and price competitive we could be looking at a massive industry-wide replacement of HDDs.
Their "previous announcement" was already superseded by MS's own actions. Originally they said that full Windows wasn't going to be available on any device with a display smaller than 8". But today there are not only 7" Windows tablets, those tablets are upgrade-able to Windows 10. Now we also have Windows HDMI sticks with no display at all.
If Microsoft believes their interest will be served by making a phone that runs full Windows natively, or as a VM, it certainly can be done now. The Zenfone 2 can already do the latter with off the shelf tools.
Most importantly I just don't see what else MS can do to jump start its smartphone aspirations, they're just nothing exciting about Windows Mobile.