ZDNet reports that for the first time Intel is making a NUC with a Core i7 Broadwell processor. That's a lot of horsepower in a small footprint. Hopefully it will ship fanless but if not there are some nice third-party aluminum cases that can make it so.
There may have been some truth to this when RT was initially conceived but not by the time RT was launched to the public. Prior to launch MS was well aware of the availability of Intel's Atom product line. MS should have killed it then but instead they spent the next several years confusing the marketplace with a fake Windows and wasting a lot of money.
Not surprising, the ARM devices are getting left behind. MS should just officially kill it and stop wasting energy. Really, who would want fake Windows today when a real Windows tablet can be purchased for less than $100, and sometime much less.
That's a compelling offer that should please a lot of people.
Nearly all the vendors are refreshing their product lines with sub 3.0 lb ultrabooks having Intel's new 5th generation Broadwell processors with many of them arriving on store shelves next month. One product that's already shipping and getting rave reviews for styling, performance and battery life is the new Dell XPS13 with Broadwell. Reviews in WSJ and Forbes are glowing, one describing it better than MacBook Air.
Looks like this is going to be a popular product and that 14nm Broadwell really delivers on the battery life.
Intel and Microsoft has the potential to redefine our expectations for smartphones when smartphones can deliver a portable Windows desktop experience on the handheld device we're already likely to have with us. There is no single feature on a smartphone that would be as useful as being able to do double duty handling light desktop tasks with a docked smartphone.
If $59 7" tablets with 1GB RAM & 16GB storage can run Windows 8.1 just fine, it suggests there should be no technical or economic reason we shouldn't see this capability available on a fablet or traditional-sized smartphone starting this year.
For a lot of people this would be a "must-have" device if it comes available. Even plugging-in an HDMI or USB power connector would be justified for the benefit of desktop portability. And it's my understanding by 2H 2015 Skylake introduces complete wireless docking capability which makes the product concept that much more attractive.
I really like Intel's compute stick and certainly prefer it over the numerous ARM versions in the market. However, neither the Intel nor ARM sticks delivers live cable TV programming unless you're already a paid subscriber to their content. If you don't mind limiting your viewing to prerecorded material there are a lot of sources to stream from and "cut the cable" so to speak and many have people have done that, along with adding an antenna to their TV for free live TV programming.
Two features that can really help the Intel product is support for 4K TV and getting power from the HDMI interface to eliminate the dedicated power supply.
Really, if BB has to rely on pumping extended warranties to survive they deserve to go under. Why don't they try adding value to the sale with competent staff? That would be a novelty.
There's nothing wrong with entering someone else lane if you've got the horsepower to win. In the Otellini era Intel entered other people's lane without even the minimum skills and knowledge to compete. BK has done a much better job targeting markets that leverage the Intel's core strengths.
The Venue 8 is an impressive product. The real accomplishment for Intel is getting inside a tablet with such an impressive form factor and attractive design. While the physics behind RealSense may be sound Intel's implementation of it is pretty gimmicky. YouTube demonstrations show that changing the field of focus is often inaccurate, as is the height measuring feature. As a novelty it may be appealing but people that really need to know room measurements, such as contractors, realtors and interior designers will probably rely on dedicated devices less prone to error.
Very nice hardware otherwise.
I have a lot of interest in these products, but I have to say I think both products are priced wrong, especially the Windows version. Two use cases offered by Intel was for a lite-PC experience or a dedicated Home Theater device. The Windows Compute Stick is targeted for $149. It comes with Quad Core atom, 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. It can't be used standalone and it has no SDXC expansion. One also needs a keyboard, display and probably a USB hub. And for an HDMI stick device it's pretty huge.
However for $59 one can buy a relatively small 7" Windows tablet with the same Quad Core Atom, 1GB RAM, 16GB that can do the same thing and operate standalone if desired. Plus for the money, the Windows tablet adds a decent 1200x800 display, front and back camera, analog audio capability with speakers and a microSDXC slot for 64GB expansion or more. For $99 one can buy a Windows tablet that matches the HDMI stick's RAM and storage. For a lot less money the Windows tablet is far more versatile and it's easily small enough to sit on an entertainment unit shelf without being seen.
That being said I like the HDMI stick and it has potential but relative to alternative ways of doing the same thing the device really needs to sell below $99, maybe around $75. The Ubuntu device should sell for about $50.
Cherry Trail has a lot of potential, but separately Intel's "no password" philosophy is like so many other recent security "password-less" initiatives pandering to the public's desire to make security easy. Truth is good security takes effort. Fingerprints are easily compromised and not protected by the courts. Facial recognition is often ineffective, also easily compromised and most likely won't be protected by the courts either.
There are a lot of vendors out there peddling the equivalent of snake-oil security to the public. It's disappointing to see Intel join them.
Beyond the thin and light form factor the key benefits are fanless (don't need to worry about not blocking the air vents), perfectly silent (no noise to interfere with audio listening or recording) and far better reliability (no more moving parts to break). I will readily trade a certain amount of horsepower to get all these benefits in the machines I carry.
Superb piece of hardware. A Windows version would be much more interesting.
That's a very big win. Xiaomi was just named one of the world's most valuable startups.
My most impressive purchase over the holidays on a price-performance basis was the 7" $59 Intel Atom Winbook tablet with W8.1 with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage. My 64GB MicroSDXC accessory card brought the total expense to $83. I continue to be impressed what this thing can do.
That's one of the finest overall machines around. I compared that model to the Yoga 3 which is exceptionally thin and light. But the Y2Pro offers better performance and since both models have fans, why not go for performance.
After CES we're likely to see new Broadwell and Core-M based products with comparable performance that are truly fanless. Any of the machines at that level of quality will deliver years of utility.
Putin is a product of the Soviet era mentality dominated by a Kremlin controlled economy trying to survive in a world of interconnected global free markets. His economic theory is pretty simple. Control as much oil and gas as possible and sell it. He's had 15 years to make Russia a trusted participant in the global economy and diversify the economy so Russians can make things that can be sold abroad, but instead he chooses to seize control of the country's media, invade his neighbors and blame everyone else for the problems he's brought on the Russian people.
It appears he's quite willing to make his citizens endure a lot more pain and hardship just so he can portray himself as the "savior" of Slavic people and stay in power.
It's unclear where Putin is seeing a two year solution. Clearly he must be speaking only of oil prices because under his rule Russia has essentially destroyed the last three decades of hard-earned trust with the international diplomatic and financial community. That will take decades to correct.