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High demand for laptops will continue this quarter, processors will be in short supply

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At quarterly reporting conferences, representatives of Dell and HP Inc. did not hesitate to talk about the shortage of LCD panels and processors for inexpensive laptops. ASUSTeK Computer said that demand for gaming laptops will grow 40% in the third quarter. If Intel processors are scarce in the lower price segment, then AMD processors are in short supply in the higher segments.

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As the resource Seeking Alpha explains, representatives of ASUSTeK Computer for the first time encountered a shortage of AMD mobile processors, which manifests itself in the middle and upper price segments. The shortage of Intel processors with a small number of cores, which are used in the so-called “Chromebooks”, are unanimous among representatives of ASUSTeK, Dell, Lenovo and HP Inc. Intel’s management is already aware of this problem, and during the recent events for investors promised to eliminate the deficit in a short time, and even to regain some of the lost positions in the processor market precisely at the expense of the lower price segment.

In the third quarter, ASUSTeK expects a 30% growth in demand for personal computers. In the segment of gaming laptops, demand will grow by 40%, and Chromebooks purchased for educational purposes will add even more. Dell and HP Inc. explain that they are faced with a shortage of LCD panels in those standard sizes that are used in the lower price category. There are difficulties with the purchase of other related components.

 

NVIDIA recently announced that it expects gaming revenue to increase by 25% in the third quarter. The AMD leadership also expressed hope for stable demand in the third quarter at the reporting event. All this suggests that fears of a downturn in the PC market in the third quarter will be unfounded. As representatives of Dell and HP Inc. explained, now every family member is trying to get a personal laptop, and this supports demand even in the later stages of self-isolation.

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Budget gaming laptops with Radeon RX 6500M will be free from some of the problems of some desktop systems with such a graphics card

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In addition to the desktop graphics card Radeon RX 6500 XT, AMD also introduced a mobile version of the RX 6500M with approximately the same characteristics. And today it became known that in the case of a mobile solution, some problems of the card in most cases will be leveled.

Budget gaming laptops with Radeon RX 6500M will be free from some of the problems of some desktop systems with such a graphics card

An AMD representative said that mainly laptops with Navi 24 GPUs, that is, with RX 6500M and RX 6300M ​​video cards, will be equipped with the latest Ryzen 6000 APUs. This means that, firstly, there is no problem with the PCIe bus, since this always PCIe 4.0, and secondly, the problem with the missing H264/265/AV1 encoder also disappears, since the hardware support for this process is available in the graphics core of the new APUs.

Appropriate notebooks should appear on sale in February. Among other things, solutions with the RX 6500M can become the cheapest gaming laptops of the current generation.

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Apple sharply reduced the cost of Android smartphones, as well as iPads and MacBooks through the trade-in program

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Apple has drastically reduced the estimated cost of Android smartphones that are accepted under the trade-in program in exchange for new iPhones. Not only that, Apple has also reduced the cost of several older iPads and MacBooks.

On Apple’s official website, Apple lists the maximum amount a buyer can get for their used device. This price may be lower, it all depends on the specific condition of the device.

Apple sharply reduced the cost of Android smartphones, as well as iPads and MacBooks through the trade-in program

The maximum value of Android devices that are accepted under the trade-in program:

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 5G – $260 (was $325)
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G – $325 (~$435)
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+ – $205 (~$275)
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 – $150 ($205)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ – $170 ($185)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 – $150 ($160)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e – $120 ($130)
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+ – $80 ($95)
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 – $65 ($75)
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ – $60 (no change)
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 – $50 (no change)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – $405 ($545)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 – $285 ($385)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – $175 ($235)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – $120 ($130)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – $45 ($65)
  • Google Pixel 5 – $235 ($315)
  • Google Pixel 4 – $110 ($150)
  • Google Pixel 4a – $120 ($160)
  • Google Pixel 4 XL – $135 ($180)
  • Google Pixel 3 XL – $50 ($70)
  • Google Pixel 3 – $45 ($55)
  • Google Pixel 3a – $50 (no change)
  • Google Pixel 3a XL – $50 ($55)

iPad and MacBook price:

  • iPad – $200 ($205)
  • iPad Air – $335 ($345)
  • MacBook Air – $530 ($550)
  • MacBook Pro – $1,415 ($1,630)
  • MacBook (discontinued) – $325 ($340)
  • iMac – $1,260 ($1,320)
  • Mac mini – $740 ($800)

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Realme Book Enhanced Edition Air Super Light and Thin Laptop Launched

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At the Realme GT2 series launch event, the brand also announced a new laptop called the Realme Book Enhanced Edition. The novelties went on sale on January 7, and today the Realme Book Enhanced Edition Air laptop was announced.

Realme Book Enhanced Edition Air is almost a complete copy of Realme Book Enhanced Edition except for two differences. The display frame in the new variant is made of glass, not plastic, as in Realme Book Enhanced Edition. In addition, the new model is slightly lighter: 1.37 kg versus 1.47 kg.

Realme Book Enhanced Edition Air Super Light and Thin Laptop Launched

Realme Book Enhanced Edition Air with 16GB LPDDR4x RAM and 512GB PCIe SSD costs $740. Customers who pre-order a computer will receive a discount of approximately $50. Sales will start on January 21st.

Realme Book Enhanced Edition Air is 14.9mm thick and features a 14-inch 2K 3:2 aspect ratio LCD with 100% sRGB color gamut and 400cd/m brightness2. It features an 11th Gen Intel Core i5-11320H liquid-cooled processor and runs Microsoft Windows 11.

Realme Book Enhanced Edition Air Super Light and Thin Laptop Launched

Realme Book Enhanced Edition Air Super Light and Thin Laptop Launched

The laptop offers WiFi 6, a USB-C port with Thunderbolt 4, another USB Type-C (USB 3.2 Gen 2), USB Type-A (USB 3.1 Gen 1) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. He also received a backlit keyboard, two stereo speakers, a fingerprint scanner, ColorOS PC Connect and a 54 Wh battery. 65-watt charging allows you to charge the device from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes.

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