Cage Chao, Taipei; Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES [Wednesday 26 August 2015
IC demand for notebooks is picking up, and the outlook for replacement demand triggered by Microsoft's Windows 10 is more positive, according to sources at Taiwan-based PC-related IC suppliers.
IC orders for notebooks started to grow in the latter half of third-quarter 2015, with order visibility becoming clear to the fourth quarter, said the sources.
Judging from orders received thus far in the second half of 2015, the sources estimated that notebook shipments worldwide will likely register single-digit sequential growth in the third and fourth quarters of the year.
t takes two to properly tango, or so we've heard, and two companies doing the dance at present are Intel and Google. During the IDF 2015 keynote, we saw a demo of a Project Tango phone (notably, not a tablet) equipped with an Intel RealSense camera that mapped a room in 3D in just seconds. There were also demos populating the show floor, and we experienced a few and asked some questions about the collaboration and the involved hardware.
Asus and Dell are apparently planning to launch updated versions of their thin-and-light laptops, with the new models sporting Intel 6th-gen “Skylake” processors.
As Notebook Italia has noticed, Asus Zenbook UX303UB and Dell XPS 13 have started to show up at European retail websites including LaSystems and GSX Digital.
Both of these laptops appear to be updated versions of existing products offered by Asus and Dell, and I suspect there will be multiple versions of each model with specs and prices varying by region.
That said, here’s what we know about each notebook so far.
The Asus Zenbook UX303UB will be available with a 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, an Intel Core i7-6500U processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of solid state storage, and both Intel HD graphics and NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 940M graphics.
Dell’s new XPS 13, meanwhile, is expected to be available with a 13.3 inch, 3200 x 1800 pixel touchscreen display, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid state drive. It has a 56 Whr battery, a backlit keyboard, Thunderbolt port, a USB 3.0 port, a mini DisplayPort, and a headset jack but no Ethernet or HDMI ports.