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    But for $700, all of that can be hand-waved easily enough. The bigger point of contention is its Core M processor. It’s a new, sixth-gen (or, Skylake) chip, but as we’ve noted in our laptop buying guide, it’s weaker than a more standard Core i5 or Core i3. It’s still far from an entry-level option, so most everyday tasks run just fine, but it’s best to avoid gaming or going all out. On the plus side, having a less intense processor allows the Zenbook to be fanless, making it wonderfully quiet in practice.Still, if you need more power, it’s worth noting that there’s a UX305LA model that packs a (fifth-gen, but still stronger) Core i5 chip for $50 more. It’s a tad thicker and louder as a result, but it’s still very much a great value among Ultrabooks. It’s also gold.If you absolutely can’t shell out that kind of dough, though, this configuration of the Acer Aspire E5-573G is the most respectable buy we could find around $550. It’s nowhere near as thin, light, or aesthetically pleasing as the Zenbook, but for a 15.6-inch desktop replacement, it’s not as unwieldy as it could be, and its black textile plastic is fine.

    More importantly, it gets most of the specs right. It runs on a fifth-gen Core i5 chip, along with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Although that’s not the newest processor around, the power and speed here is admirable. It isn’t a headache to multitask and get things done. Support for (1x1) 802.11ac WiFi and a collection of necessary ports help with that as well. Surprisingly, there’s a discrete Nvidia GeForce 940M graphics card on board too. Again, that’s not the latest GPU, but it’s enough to play many newer games on moderate settings should the desire arise. You don’t get that option in the first place with most notebooks in this range.Likewise, the Aspire E5-573G sports a 1080p (non-touch) display, another rarity among sub-$600 Windows machines. It’s a TN panel, so it doesn’t have the wide viewing angles or general vividity of an IPS alternative, but it’s still sharp, and its contrast is decent for what it is. Since it’s matte, it also does well to avoid glare. All told, it’s a noticeable step up from any 1366x768 option.

    But again, there are trade-offs. The main issue is bloatware: Asus has fitted this thing with dozens of pre-installed apps, most of which are needless, all of which chew up storage space and slow down performance. It’s worth going out of your way to get a clean install of Windows 10 on here.Besides that, battery life isn’t anything special at about 4-5 hours (or 1-2 if you’re gaming), and the trackpad feels closer to budget-level than we’d like. (A cheap external mouse seems like a good investment.) The keyboard, meanwhile, is pleasant and spacious enough, but lacks any sort of backlighting. There’s no disc drive either, though that’s less of an issue in an age of streaming services. Perhaps the biggest reason to hold off, however, is the fact that a newer model just launched. The Aspire E5-574G-52QU throws a sixth-gen Core i5 and a flashier half-white finish onto what appears to be the same package as the E5-573G, so it should be a little bit stronger, a little bit longer-lasting, and a little more futureproof.

    It, too, is going for $550 on Amazon, but since it’s so new, user feedback is limited. It looks like the better deal on paper, but we’ll confirm in the coming weeks. Based on our latest round of research, though, the E5-573G is still a great get among midrange desktop replacements, especially if you can find it closer to the $500 mark.The 15.6-inch Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241, meanwhile, is probably the most extreme example of the trade-offs you have to consider at the bargain bin. On the one hand, it’s fairly spec’d out for its $460 asking price, with a fifth-gen Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB HDD (which you can upgrade if you’re handy enough). It’s at least comparable to the Acer above for about $100 less. It’s not an outright blazer, but speaking solely in terms of performance, it’s an overachiever.On the other hand, it’s an obvious underachiever when it comes to build quality. Its fake brushed metal aesthetic looks nice from afar, but get your hands on its all-plastic chassis and it’ll creak and bend at almost every interaction. That necessitates you be careful with it, which means it isn’t the kind of thing you’ll want to throw in a bag and carry around town.

    Beyond that, it has a typically middling 1366x768 display, a rigid trackpad, and a keyboard that’s just okay. Its 5-hour or so battery life is fine, but not spectacular. It weighs less than the Aspire, but at close to 5 pounds, it isn’t exactly light either.In the end, this is one of the strongest laptops you can buy for $425, and you’re buying it for that performance alone. If you know you can be gentle with it, it’s one of the few solid values in this sector.The struggle involved in finding a good budget notebook should get you to ask yourself what exactly it is that you want out of your laptop. Maybe you’ll find that most of the things you do with your computer don’t stretch too far beyond a web browser. If that’s the case, you might very well be able to get by with a Chromebook.These increasingly popular machines run Google’s Chrome OS, which effectively turns the Chrome web browser into a super lightweight operating system. They aren’t of much use without an Internet connection as a result — though web apps like Gmail and Google Drive have gained more offline functionality over time — and they can’t run more involved processes like Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Excel. But since you can watch movies, listen to music, write up documents, store files, edit photos, and do a million other things through the web already, they’re enough for most needs. They’re also highly affordable (Chromebook Pixel aside).

    The latest Toshiba Chromebook 2 is our current favorite in this category. Its Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM don't look like much on paper, but they (along with the included SSD) absolutely breeze something as airy as Chrome OS. You still have no choice but to stick to the basics, but doing so here is much faster (and quieter) than it is on a similarly priced Windows machine. We should note that Toshiba sells a $430 model with a Core i3 processor too, but that's just about overkill for Chrome's needs, and anything over $400 is a little too pricey for all a Chromebook offers. (The latter point is a big reason why we think the Toshiba is a better buy than Dell's nicer-feeling Chromebook 13.)You also get 7-8 hours of battery life here, which is just about average for a Chromebook, but still excellent next to its Windows-based rivals. There's only 16GB of storage on our recommended configuration, but if you use Chrome OS as it's intended, that's not a massive loss. It's just part of the compromise.

    What really sets the Chromebook 2 apart is its vivid 1080p IPS display. It’s gorgeous, and although it can pick up some glare, in many ways it’s a better screen than that of a $1,000 Macbook Air. Add to that a comfortable enough keyboard (that's now backlit), a responsive trackpad, superb speakers, 802.11ac WiFi support, and a relatively stylish design, and you have a fantastic overall value at $330 — so long as you can accept Chrome OS’s limitations.If the Chromebook idea interests you but you want something a little more spacious than the 13-inch Toshiba above or the sea of 11-inch alternatives, have a look at the Acer Chromebook 15. It’s one of the few other Chrome OS devices with a 1080p IPS display, which looks good, even if its colors and viewing angles aren’t as vivid as those of the Chromebook 2. It’s not the best-looking device around, and its larger frame means it isn’t exactly travel-friendly, but it’s sturdy and well-made. Its keyboard is dependable, too.The real hook here is its performance. The Chromebook 15’s fifth-gen Intel Celeron processor easily breezes through Chrome OS, loading web pages quickly and powering through handfuls of tabs with aplomb. It also gets more than 9 hours of battery life on average, which is great even by Chromebook standards. If you’re looking for a Chromebook that’s better suited for getting things done, this is the one to buy.

    In response to the growing popularity of Chromebooks, various laptop makers have started churning out $200ish Windows machines that run on similarly modest specs. Now, because they use the same full-on OS available on $1,000 notebooks, these devices aren’t nearly as responsive as their Google-bred alternatives. They usually have to cut corners on hardware to hit their price point, too. At the same time, they do run a full-on OS, so they have access to desktop apps like Word, Excel, or anything else you’d use outside of a web browser. (Just don’t expect to get heavy Photoshop editing out of their entry-level processors.) The idea is to sacrifice some speed and build quality in exchange for greater offline capability. In the best cases, all of this makes for a decent secondary or travel-centric device. They’re like modern netbooks.As of this writing, the Lenovo Ideapad 100s is the best of those best cases. Like any other ultra-budget notebook, it’s not strong — its modest Intel Atom chip and 2GB of RAM can’t handle too many open apps or tabs at once, and gaming is just about impossible. It only has 32GB of storage, its keyboard flexes, and it doesn't support 802.11ac WiFi. Its trackpad is strangely devoid of all multi-touch support, too. It’s a $180 laptop, in other words.

    Still, when used in moderation, the Ideapad is surprisingly fluid next to its peers. Word and the like are perfectly agreeable, and there’s never too much lag once everything’s up and loaded. The keyboard is well-sized and comfortable outside of that flexing problem, and the 11.6-inch 1366x768 TN display is accurate enough for the money. It’s all good enough to get lighter stuff done. It also comes pre-packaged with a free year of Office 365 and 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive storage. What really sells the Ideapad is its build and battery life. It’s plastic, but it’s colorful, smooth, and sturdy, with a flexible hinge that helps mitigate the display’s iffy viewing angles. It doesn’t explicitly look cheap. The battery, meanwhile, lasts an excellent 10-11 hours per charge. Don’t expect this — or the HP Stream 11, or the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook — to act as your primary device, but if you’re frequently on the move or you only have $200 to spend, the Ideapad 100s should serve you well. It’s worth noting that there’s a 14-inch model, too, but we don’t think it’s worth sacrificing portability for something this underpowered.

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    There aren’t many noteworthy negatives here, but the few that do exist are natural extensions of a device being this slim. The keyboard is laid out well and above-average on the whole, but the keys don’t have as much travel as you could get elsewhere. While the new USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port helps futureproof the whole thing, you still lose dedicated HDMI and Ethernet ports with devices this thin. (You can buy a Thunderbolt adapter for the former, but that’s a pain.) It’s also worth noting that some user reviews have cited issues with the XPS 13’s trackpad, though we've never had much of any issues.All that said, the XPS 13 is still supremely well-designed, with a good battery, great display, and surprisingly affordable starting price. For us, it remains the best Ultrabook you can buy.If your budget keeps you planted in the midrange, look to the Asus Zenbook UX305CA. This version of the machine gets you 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive for $650-700 (and sometimes less), which is great value.That it’s made from a solid coat of aluminum that’s simultaneously good-looking, slender (about a half-inch thick), and light (just 2.6 pounds) only adds to the value. Throw in a good 9 or so hours of battery life, a trio of USB 3.0 ports, and a crisp, glare-free 1080p panel and the Zenbook furthers itself as very capable for the money.

    But there are compromises, as expected. First and foremost is the Core M processor at the heart of the machine. Though its sixth-gen series is an improvement over its predecessor, enough to make the Zenbook perfectly usable for so-called "everyday use," there’s no getting around the dropoff between it and Intel’s higher-level chips. You can do most of what you need to do, but you still don’t want to push things to their limits.On the flip side, the processor is fanless, which means it creates very little noise as it runs along. And if you want, you can grab an updated model with a faster (though not brand new) fifth-gen Core i5 processor for $750.More than a year after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down in a remote part of the Indian Ocean, we still have no answers about what actually caused the crash.But an aviation expert at The Daily Beast has a new theory on what might have happened.Expert Clive Irving points to new warnings from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing that highlight the "immediate and urgent risk" tied to transporting lithium-ion batteries, which are used in cellphones and laptops, on passenger flights.

    FAA officials said last week that there's evidence the batteries could cause "explosions and fires capable of destroying a plane," according to the Associated Press. In July, Boeing warned airlines that carrying large shipments of the batteries created "unacceptable fire hazards" and asked carriers to stop accepting the cargo, according to The Wall Street Journal.MH370 had 440 pounds of lithium batteries aboard the Boeing 777 that disappeared March 8, 2014, Irving reported last year. Debris from the plane has since washed up on an island off the coast of Madagascar.Irving theorizes that the batteries could have caused a fire in the hold of the Boeing 777 that overwhelmed the plane's fire-suppression system."The cargo hold has a special liner intended to contain a fire until it is extinguished," he explained. "A battery fire might well have been intense enough to breach the liner and, in doing so, allow the airflow to weaken the concentration (and therefore the effectiveness) of the Halon gas used as a fire suppressant."

    If the batteries did catch fire and the flames were too intense to be controlled by the plane's systems, the fumes from the fire could have knocked out the people on the plane, Dr. Victor Ettel, an expert on the science and manufacture of lithium-ion batteries, told Irving."The organic electrolyte in lithium-ion batteries decomposes at high temperatures, generating very toxic fumes typically containing compounds of fluorine and even arsenic," Ettel said.Irving also has an answer for how the plane could have gone off its planned course with its communications systems shut down and kept flying for hours before crashing into the ocean.MH370's first turn of its flight path was consistent with the pilots trying to find the nearest airport, according to Irving. He pointed out that nearby Langkawi Island has a modern airport with a 12,500-foot runway that would have suited the Boeing airplane. The second turn toward the Indian Ocean could have been the result of technical failures, he argued.

    And the loss of communication could have been caused by the supposed battery fire since the cargo hold was near the plane's "electronics nerve center," Ettel said.It's possible that a fire could have knocked out the communications system without touching the engines that kept the aircraft going."Even if the transponders were located in different parts of the airplane they could have been disabled by a fire in the electronics bay, instead of by a deliberate action by a pilot or a terrorist entering the electronics bay, as has been suggested," Ettel said."It is therefore conceivable that the electronic and navigational systems in the bay could have been disabled [by fire], leaving only the hydraulic systems working."The fire might have then died out before it destroyed the rest of the plane, Irving wrote, noting that "it is possible for fires at cruise altitude and speed to be extinguished when exposed to extremely cold air and a forceful slipstream."An unnamed aviation expert told The Daily Beast that the Boeing 777 "is arguably the best and safest airplane ever built, it is simply one amazing jet in its robustness. I have not a shred of doubt in my mind that it could have continued to fly after the event, even with the incapacitation of the flight crew."

    This isn't the first time a theory surrounding MH370's lithium batteries has been floated.Popular Mechanics noted in July that "the fire hazards of such bulk shipments of the batteries were already well known to the industry" and that other airlines had already restricted or banned the shipments on passenger flights.We've said it before and we'll say it again: Roku's latest streaming stick is the best value on the media streaming market today. If you need yet another reason to add the Roku stick to your cart, Amazon has it down to $40 today. That’s $10 off its usual going rate, and the first real deal we’ve seen for the device on the site.While many people now own portable chargers for their phones, wireless chargers for laptops aren't so mainstream yet. If you are constantly on the go, though, you should consider picking up up the Anker PowerCore+ 20100. Not only does this pick have several USB ports so users can power up their MacBook, phone, and tablet in one charge, it's small enough to slip into your backpack or briefcase once your gadgets are juiced up.

    With Memorial Day weekend quickly approaching, now's as good a time as any to invest in a new grill. This electric one from Char-Broil is a great option if you're unable to use (or simple don't want to fuss with) propane or charcoal. Its TRU-Infrared system will evenly cook your hot dogs and hamburgers, plus its compact size will work nicely with small outdoor spaces.Whether you wear them daily to the office, or only keep them on reserve for special occassions, every guy needs an arsenal of ties in his wardrobe. Give your tie collection an upgrade — and save a few dollars — this week by taking advantage of Touch of Modern's offer: This week, shoppers can take $8 off tons of options from the Tie Bar. Now through June 30, Timex is offering 20% off and free shipping on all orders over $25 when you enter the code DADGRAD20 at checkout. Whether you're looking to pick up another Weekender or shop for a beach-friendly option, this deal has something for everyone. Buying a budget laptop is an exercise in compromise. There’s no one category of tech where the old “You get what you pay for” axiom rings truer — you simply aren’t going to find many affordable notebooks that are close to being "objectively good" buys the way a Macbook Pro or Dell XPS 13 is. On average, their screens are grainy, their builds are flimsy, and their internals aren’t very fast. Mediocrity is the norm.

    But they’re cheap. It’s perfectly understandable why legions of plastic $400 notebooks are swiped off of Best Buy and Walmart’s shelves each fall: Even if it’s the safer purchase in the long run, dropping $1,000 on a better-made machine is a schedule-changing investment. And it’s not as if every laptop buyer needs higher-end materials in their stuff.That said, if you’re going to buy cheap, you might as well get the most from your dollar. So instead of writing off the category and demanding you save your money for a better notebook, we dove headfirst into the sea of budget laptops to find the ones that are worth buying.Not surprisingly, the returns were thin. We settled on a rough guideline of laptops under $550, but since this side of the market is filled with such a diverse range of devices, we included our favorites from a selection of full-on notebooks, 2-in-1 convertibles, Chromebooks, and ultra-affordable Windows machines, like the HP Stream.Per usual, we settled on the following laptops after scouring the web for reviews and performing our own hands-on testing. We assigned them a BI Rating, which you can read more about here. And as always, we plan to update this guide over time to reflect the many new notebooks that'll arrive in the coming weeks.

    There really aren't many quality options in this price range, so what you’re looking for here are small victories. It's too much to expect a solid state drive, 1080p display, and fast performance in one of these things, but if you can get a few qualities along those lines in a package that isn’t substantially lacking elsewhere, it’s worth considering. You need to to put aside "good," and embrace "good enough." Here are a few notebooks that fit that idea.Update (1/26/16): We've completed our first major refresh of this guide. Our Asus Zenbook UX305 and Toshiba Chromebook 2 entries are now fully updated to reflect their newest models. The HP Pavilion x360 11t Touch Select has been removed. The Acer Aspire E5-571-58CG makes way for the Aspire E5-573G-52G3 as a midrange desktop replacement pick. The Lenovo Ideapad 100s replaces the Asus Eeebook X205TA as our favorite ultra-budget Windows notebook. We'll continue to keep an eye out for promising choices, and will update further as we continue our testing and research.

    Actually, let’s hold off a second. Just to hammer home how starved for quality this segment is, we’re quickly breaking the guidelines we set above. If there’s any way you can add a little more to your laptop buying budget, do it, and pick up the Asus Zenbook UX305CA. Value for dollar, it’s nearly unmatched. The difference between it and almost every other general purpose laptop available for slightly cheaper is easily vast enough to justify the higher premium.This is a $900-1000 Ultrabook masquerading at a lower price. It’s less than a half-inch thick, it weighs a hair over 2.5 pounds, and it’s sturdily built from a handsome coat of aluminum. It comes with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive, both of which are superb for this price point. Its battery lasts a good 9-10 hours, and its matte 1080p IPS display is sharp, glare-free, and fitted with great viewing angles. The Zenbook packs a ton of high-end components, but costs had to be cut somewhere to meet its mid-range price. Its keyboard, for instance, is generally serviceable, but doesn’t have any backlighting. Its Bang & Olufsen-aided speakers are surprisingly thin and under-powered. Its webcam is rough. And that 13-inch screen, while very nice for the money, has some issues accurately reproducing colors when held up to other Ultrabooks.

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    Auch wenn das ein recht deutliches Ergebnis zugunsten des Exynos 5433 Octa-Core von Samsung ist, muss sich dieser Vorsprung an Leistung auch auf die alltägliche Bedienung übertragen lassen. Denn im Alltag ist Akku-Ausdauer und Performance wichtiger als Bestwerte in einem Benchmark. Trotzdem ist es ein wenig beeindruckend, wie sich der maximal 1,9 GHz schnelle Exynos 5433 gegen den mit 2,5 GHz schnelleren Snapdragon 805 behaupten kann.Das Galaxy Note 4 wird abgesehen von diesen beiden leistungsfähigen Prozessoren weitere Top-Technik besitzen. Zum Beispiel das 5,7 Zoll große Display mit 2.560 1.440 Pixel Auflösung, den 3 GB großen Arbeitsspeicher und einen 32 GB großen Flash-Speicher für Apps, Fotos und alle anderen Arten von Daten. Die Kamera auf der Rückseite soll mit 16 Megapixel auflösen und einen optischen Bildstabilisator haben. Die Vorstellung des neuen Phablet mit dem S-Pen wird zur IFA 2014 erwartet. Hoffentlich gibt Samsung dann auch bekannt, welcher Prozessor für welche Regionen bestimmt ist.

    Das Nokia X2 wird mit einem 4,3 Zoll großen Display ausgeliefert. Auf der Anzeigefläche lassen sich 800 x 480 Bildpunkte darstellen. Nutzer können zwischen drei verschiedenen Bildschirmvarianten wählen: dem farbenfrohen „Home“-Bildschirm mit in der Größe anpassbaren Kacheln, „Fastlane“ für den schnellen Zugriff auf kürzlich genutzte Apps und Kalendereinträgen sowie einer neuen, Lumia-inspirierten App-Liste, von der aus die jeweils wichtigsten Apps ganz einfach auf den Startbildschirm gepinnt werden können.Das Einsteiger-Smartphone kommt mit einem Qualcomm Snapdragon 200-Prozessor. Die CPU beherbergt zwei Rechenkerne, die mit jeweils 1,2 GHz getaktet werden. Die Zentraleinheit wird von einem GB Arbeitsspeicher unterstützt. Für die Speicherung von Apps und Daten stehen vier GB interner Speicher zur Verfügung. Eine Erweiterungsmöglichkeit um bis zu 32 GB wird über einen Micro-SD-Speicherkarten-Einschub gegeben. Das Nokia X2 kommt außerdem mit 15 GB kostenlosem Speicherplatz auf OneDrive, die für das Speichern von Fotos, Videos und Dokumenten in der Cloud genutzt werden können.

    Im drahtlosen Netzwerk funkt das Nokia X2 zügig dankWLAN 802.11 n-Standard. Ein Headset oder externe Lautsprecher lassen sich per Bluetooth 4.0 verbinden. Der Kamerasensor des Smartphones unterstützt eine Auflösung von fünf Megapixeln und ist mit einem LED-Blitz ausgestattet. Außerdem unterstützt das Gerät Dual-SIM, so dass sich beispielsweise private und geschäftliche Gespräche über ein Smartphone führen lassen.Das Medion Lifetab S7851 kommt mit einem ARM Cortex A9-Prozessor. Die Zentraleinheit verfügt über vier Rechenkerne, die mit einer Taktung von jeweils 1,6 GHz arbeiten. In Kombination mit einem GB Arbeitsspeicher kann unter dem eingesetzten Betriebssystem Google Android 4.4 („Kitkat“) mit einem flüssigen Arbeitstempo gerechnet werden. Für die Speicherung von Daten stehen intern 16 GB zur Verfügung. Über einen Micro-SD-Speicherkarteneinschub lassen sich bis zu 64 GB nachrüsten.

    Gewandet ist das Medion Lifetab S7851 in ein neun Millimeter hohes Metallgehäuse. Dabei bringt das Gerät unterwegs 370 zusätzliche Gramm ins Reisegepäck. Das Multitouch-Display des Flachrechners liefert eine Diagonale von 7,85 Zoll. IPS-Technologie sorgt dafür, dass sich der Bildschirm auch aus einem steilen Blickwinkel gut ablesen lässt. Die dargestellt Auflösung liegt bei 1.024 x 768 Bildpunkten. Fotos und Videos lassen sind mit einer 5-Megapixel-Autofokus-Kamera auf der Rückseite des Tablet-PCs einfangen. Für Videochats mit Freunden oder der Familie befindet sich auf der Frontseite eine 2-Megapixel-Webcam die mit einem Mikrofon kombiniert ist. Im drahtlosen Netzwerk ist das Medion Lifetab S7851 dank WLAN 802.11 n-Standard flott unterwegs. Außerdem ist der Datenfunk Bluetooth 4.0 an Bord, um beispielsweise den kabellosen Anschluss an Lautsprecher oder eine externe Tastatur zu ermöglichen.Die letzten Updates im Desktop- und Mobile-Bereich hatten es bereits angedeutet, mit der neuen Generation an Prozessoren von Intel ist erst einmal noch nicht zu rechnen. Microsoft und Apple setzen daher auch beim Surface Pro 3 und dem kürzlich aktualisierten MacBook Air auf die nur minimal schnelleren und verbesserten Haswell-Einheiten von Intel.

    Gegenüber CNET kündigte Intel an, dass die ersten Modelle mit dem lüfterlosen Core M Prozessor wohl noch Ende 2014 auf den Markt kommen würden, die großflächige Verfügbarkeit für Endgeräte mit Intels Broadwell Chips sei hingegen erst für 2015 zu erwarten. Somit besteht allerdings noch die Möglichkeit, dass Apple tatsächlich das in Gerüchten aufgetauchte 12-Zoll MacBook Air Retina ohne aktiven Lüfter und Intel Broadwell-Chip noch im 4. Quartal auf den Markt bringen könnte. Ursprünglich hatten viele Kunden und auch Hersteller mit einer großflächigen Verfügbarkeit der neuen Generation von Intel Chips noch in der zweiten Jahreshälfte 2014 gerechnet. Entsprechend geringfügig dürfte der Nutzen von einem Upgrade im Notebook-Bereich ausfallen, wenn man bereits ein Modell mit Haswell-Chip im Einsatz hat.

    Richtig konkrete Details zu der SmartWatch mit Android Wear von Samsung gibt es nicht, aber das eine vorgestellt werden könnte will CNet aus vertrauenswürdiger Quelle erfahren haben. Dabei war die Rede von einer Uhr ähnlich der Gear 2, welche auf eigenen Chips von Samsung basieren soll. Sogar von einem zweiten Modell mit Qualcomm-Chips ist die Rede gewesen, wobei nicht klar ist, welches Modell es zur Serienreife bringt beziehungsweise am Mittwoch vorgestellt werden könnte. Samsung selbst sagte darauf angesprochen, dass man immer und jederzeit an neuen und innovativen Geräten arbeiten würde. Mitte April gab der südkoreanische Konzern die Entwicklung einer solchen Uhr bekannt. Einzig Sony will sich bis auf weiteres nicht mit Android Wear beschäftigen.

    Google kündigte das für Wearable Devices und im speziellen für SmartWatches gedachte Betriebssystem Android Wear Mitte März an. Die ausführlichere Vorstellung der Plattform selbst und deren Möglichkeiten erfolgt zur Google I/O 2014, welche diesen Mittwoch und Donnerstag – dem 25. und 26. Juni – im Moscone Center, San Francisco stattfindet. Wie schon in den Jahren zuvor wird die Keynote von Google live via YouTube übertragen, sodass auch Nichtentwickler sowie diejenigen ohne Chance auf eines der begehrten Tickets teilhaben können.Neben der Plattform Android Wear selbst werden mit der LG G Watch und der Motorola Moto 360 die ersten beiden Geräte erwartet, welche als Demonstrationsobjekte für die neue Plattform zum Einsatz kommen dürften. Es wird erwartet, dass beide Modelle als Entwickler-Geräte verfügbar sein werden, da sich die Moto 360 mit ihrem kreisrunden Display deutlich von der rechteckigen LG G Watch unterscheidet.

    Das hat AndroidPolice von mit der Sache vertrauten Personen erfahren und sogar eine vermutliche Produktseite für das Tablet zu Gesicht bekommen. Ob es dieses Jahr allerdings noch ein Nexus-Smartphone geben wird, neben dem Nexus-Tablet HTC Volantis, ist unklar. Insofern könnte man den Gedanken spinnen, dass HTC damals im Jahre 2010 mit dem Nexus One das Nexus-Projekt begann und mit dem Nexus 9 eben dieses beendet, bevor es im kommenden Jahr von Android Silver abgelöst wird.Aber zurück zum HTC Volants aka Google Nexus 9, denn das Tablet ist wirklich interessant, falls sich die bisherigen Informationen als wahr erweisen sollten. So soll das Display wie zuvor vermutet 8,9 Zoll in der Diagonale messen, weswegen es intern als Nexus 9 bezeichnet wird. Die Auflösung liegt bei auf den ersten Blick merkwürdigen 2.048 x 1.440 Pixel. AndroidPolice geht davon aus, dass die Pixel von der oberen Task-Leiste und der unteren Button-Leiste nicht mit dazu gerechnet wurden, sodass letztlich ein Seitenverhältnis von 4:3 zustande kommt.

    Als Prozessor ist ein Tegra K1 von NVIDIA im Gespräch, bei welchem es sich um die 64-Bit-fähige Dual-Core-Variante mit dem Codenamen Denver handeln soll. Das der SoC (System-on-a-Chip) sich nicht zu verstecken braucht, zeigte bereits ein Benchmark-Eintrag. Der Arbeitsspeicher wird mit 2 GB nicht herausragend sein und auch der interne Flash-Speicher von 16 oder 32 GB ist mittlerweile üblich. Eine MicroSD-Speicherkarte kann wie üblich bei Nexus-Geräten nicht genutzt werden. Die Kameras werden mit 8 Megapixel Auflösung und optischen Bildstabilisator auf der Rückseite, sowie 3 Megapixel auf der Vorderseite angegeben.Die Größe des Tablets wird mit etwa 226,3 x 151,9 x 7,9 mm beziffert und einem Gewicht von 418 Gramm für das WLAN-Modell beziehungsweise 427 Gramm für das LTE-Modell. Das auf den ersten Blick hohe Gewicht ist durch ein Aluminium-Gehäuse bedingt, in welchem außerdem Stereo-Frontlautsprecher verbaut sein sollen. Ob es sich dabei um die bekannte BoomSound-Technologie handelt ist hingegen noch unbekannt.