The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to soon launch a huge lunar rocket Artemis 1.
Recall, as part of the Artemis 1 mission, the first launch of the new monstrous NASA SLS (Space Launch System) launch vehicle is planned, which will send the Orion spacecraft on an unmanned flight around the moon and back. The launch is scheduled for August 29, 2022.
The mission will also conduct an experiment called Callisto, which will demonstrate how consumer technology can integrate with spacecraft in the future. The experiment involves Amazon Alexa and WebEx from Cisco. The goal is to demonstrate how voice commands can improve the lives and work of astronauts in space.
For this purpose, an iPad will be located on the center console of the Orion, on which Cisco’s Webex video conferencing software will be tested to stream content from Mission Control in Johnson. The Alexa voice assistant will also be tested.
$170 10″ tablet with 5100mAh battery and 5MP camera. Honor Tablet X8 went on sale in China
Today in China started selling a budget tablet computer Honor Tablet X8. The device is offered in two versions: the base one with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of flash memory for $170 and the top one with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of flash memory for $185.
The tablet is equipped with an IPS screen with a diagonal of 10.1 inches and a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, occupying 80% of the front panel. The hardware platform is based on SoC MediaTek MT8786 (Helio G80). The configuration also includes stereo speakers, a 5100 mAh battery, a USB-C port, a 2-megapixel front and a 5-megapixel main camera.
From $100 for a modern branded tablet. New Amazon Fire HD 8 Models Introduced
Amazon has updated its line of budget tablets Fire HD 8. There are three new items: Fire HD 8, Fire HD 8 Plus and Fire HD 8 Kids.
The screen of the tablets is still as simple as possible. It is 8 inches with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. But the processor became faster, and there was more memory.
Amazon, as usual, does not name the platform, but previously it was a quad-core SoC, and now it is an octa-core 2 GHz one. The older model has 3 GB of RAM, while the younger and children’s versions have 2 GB each. Flash memory for all versions is 32 or 64 GB, expandable with microSD cards.
You can also note the USB-C port, stereo speakers, autonomy up to 13 hours, front cameras with a resolution of 2 megapixels and a main camera with a resolution of 5 megapixels for the Fire HD 8 Plus.
The Fire HD 8 starts at $100, the Fire HD 8 Plus starts at $120, and the kids version starts at $150. Overall, Amazon’s tablets have gotten a little better, keeping prices up. Thanks to this, Amazon has been on the list of leaders in this market for many years.
Microsoft Surface Pro 9 Tablets Rumored To Come With Intel And Qualcomm Processors
Over the past few years, Microsoft has been selling Surface Pro tablets with Intel processors and Surface Pro X tablets with Qualcomm processors based on Arm architecture. But there are rumors that the company will be ditching the Surface Pro X line this year and launching variants of the Surface Pro 9 with Intel and Qualcomm processors.
It is assumed that three versions of the tablets will be released. Their specifications look like this:
- Intel Core i7-1255U: 8-core, 12-thread up to 4.7GHz, Iris Xe 1.25GHz graphics, TDP 15-55W, Intel Alder Lake architecture.
- Intel Core i5-1235U: 8-core, 12-thread up to 4.4GHz, 1.2GHz Iris Xe graphics, TDP 15-55W, Intel Alder Lake architecture.
- Microsoft SQ3: Based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3.
Models based on Intel processors are expected to provide 12-22% higher single-core performance than Surface Pro 8. As for the SQ3, there is almost no data on it. However, Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is 85% faster than the Gen 2 chip used in the latest Surface Pro X.
All models will receive 13.5-inch displays and will support up to 16 GB of RAM. Drives from 256 GB to 1 TB are also promised.
Pricing and release dates have yet to be announced.
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