As Bloomberg editor Mark Gurman writes, citing his sources, Apple engineers are actively involved in the touch screen project for the company’s mobile computers. However, such laptops will not appear soon: according to people familiar with the project, who wished to remain anonymous, the first Apple laptop with an OLED touch screen may be the MacBook Pro of the 2025 model year.
On the one hand, the company has long argued that touch screens are normal and good for the iPad, but very bad and inconvenient for a laptop. On the other hand, laptop manufacturers are increasingly equipping their laptops with touch displays, and Apple cannot ignore this trend. Recently, sales of laptops bring more money to the American company than sales of tablets. Not wanting to be left behind by competitors in the segment, Apple may follow the industry and introduce touchscreens into its laptops.
The appearance of the touch screen will not affect the design of the laptop in any way – both the touchpad and the keyboard will remain. But on the other hand, the PC can be controlled using gestures – like the iPhone or iPad. Over time, support for touch input may appear in more Apple laptops.
AMOLED 3K 120Hz screen, 13th generation Intel Core processors and weight from 1.17kg. Galaxy Book3 Pro Notebooks Introduced
Together with the flagship Galaxy Book3 Ultra laptop, Samsung today introduced simpler and cheaper mobile computers: the Galaxy Book3 Pro (in two versions with 14-inch and 16-inch screens), as well as the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 (16-inch). The display is the highlight of these models: they all received an AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels and a frame rate of 48-120 Hz.
Laptops are equipped with 13th generation Intel Core processors: in the base – Core i5-1340P, in the top version – Core i7-1360P. The amount of RAM DDR5 can be 8, 16 or 32 GB, the amount of SSD – 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB.
All models feature four speakers (two 2W tweeters and two 5W woofers), two microphones, a webcam with Full HD video streaming, a microSD card slot, a USB-A port, a pair of USB-C with Thunderbolt and HDMI video output.
The battery capacity of the 14-inch model is 63 W, the 16-inch model is 76 W. The thickness and weight of the 14-inch Galaxy Book3 Pro is 11.3 mm and 1.17 kg, the 16-inch 12.5 mm and 1.56 kg.
The dimensions and weight of the regular version of the Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 are 12.8 mm and 1.66 kg. The 5G version has the same thickness, but the weight is slightly larger – 1.71 kg. The Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 comes with a branded S Pen stylus.
The novelties will go on sale in Europe on February 17th. The base Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 with Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and no 5G support is priced at €1,800. The top variant (Core i7, 32 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, 5G) is priced at 2,700 euros. For Galaxy Book3 Pro they ask from 1700 to 2200 euros, depending on the model.
16-inch 120Hz AMOLED 3K screen, Core i9-13900H and GeForce RTX 4070. Samsung introduced its most advanced laptop – Galaxy Book3 Ultra
Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy Book3 Ultra, its newest and most advanced laptop yet. This is one of the most compact models in its class, while there is almost a top-end processor and a high-performance 3D accelerator.
But the highlight of the novelty is in another – a 16-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X screen with a resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels and a frame rate of 120 Hz (it can vary from 48 to 120 Hz). The screen provides coverage of 120% (!) of the DCI-P3 color space, and peak brightness reaches 500 cd/sq.m. Judging by the characteristics, at the moment this is one of the highest quality panels for mobile computers.
At the heart of the hardware platform of the top version of the galaxy Book3 Ultra is a 14-core processor with a frequency of up to 5.4 GHz, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 GPU, 32 GB of LPDDR5 memory and a 1 TB SSD. The simpler version of the laptop has a Core i7-13700H processor, GeForce RTX 4050, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD.
The Galaxy Book3 Ultra configuration also includes four speakers (14 W in total) with Dolby Atmos support, a fingerprint scanner, a full-size backlit keyboard, a large touch cursor control panel, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1 adapters, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, one USB 3.2 Type-A, HDMI 1.4 video output.
Galaxy Book3 Ultra is made in a metal case with a thickness of only 16.5 mm. The battery capacity was 76 Wh, the kit includes a 100 W charger. The mass of the device is 1.79 kg.
The Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra will go on sale on February 22nd. The cost of the basic version in Europe is 2800 euros, the top version is 3700 euros.
Budget discrete graphics cards are no longer needed in laptops? Radeon 780M iGPU Test Results Released
Among the Ryzen 7000 mobile processors, there are models with the latest iGPU based on the RDNA 3 architecture. And today, the first tests of such a solution have appeared on the Web.
The integrated graphics core Radeon 780M as part of an unnamed APU in 3DMark Time Spy scores about 2750 points when used in conjunction with DDR5-5600 RAM and about 3000 points when using LPDDR5X-7500. And this is a lot.
By comparison, the Radeon 680M scores around 2390 points, meaning the new GPU is 15-26% faster depending on memory. In the second case, this is already close to the result of the discrete GeForce RTX 2050, not to mention slower and older adapters.
We’ll have to wait for the results in games, of course, but overall the data looks plausible as the Radeon 780M has the same 768 stream processors as the Radeon 680M, but the RDNA 2 architecture has changed to RDNA 3, and the GPU frequency has risen to incredible iGPU 2900 MHz.
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