Apple’s advantage over Android phone makers is about to get even bigger
Apple's iPhones always crush their Android-powered counterparts in key benchmark tests. In fact, new Android flagship phones have been known to fall short of iPhones that are one year old, or even two years old. Take this year's iPhone 11 series, for example. The flagship iPhone 11 Pro scores around 5,500 in the single-core Geekbench test, while multi-core scores tend to fall between 13,700 and 13,800. To put that in perspective, the OnePlus 7 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ both feature 2019 Snapdragon processors and a whopping 12GB of RAM, which is triple the 4GB of RAM in the iPhone 11 Pro.
The chip giant is teaming up with MediaTek to create 5 G modems for laptops and other PCs that can benefit from an always-on connection. Intel will define the 5 G solution spec, provide optimization, validate designs and lend the support needed to integrate the modems into shipping computers.
Intel will use a MediaTek 5 G modem , based on its previously announced Helio M70 platform for smartphones, in future laptop computers. Now, the company has announced it’s working with MediaTek to bring 5 G to Intel -powered PCs . The two chip designers confirmed that the 5 G modem
Intel has, but it's determined to bring the technology to PCs -- and it's recruiting an ally to ensure that happens. The chip giant is teaming up with MediaTek to create 5G modems for laptops and other PCs that can benefit from an always-on connection. MediaTek will be the one to develop and deliver the tech. Intel will define the 5G solution spec, provide optimization, validate designs and lend the support needed to integrate the modems into shipping computers.
The two companies are expecting to see the first fruits of their work in early 2021. They're also working with Fibocom to produce M.2 (the format frequently used for SSDs) 5G modules tailored for Intel-based systems.
Apple may be gearing up to release three 5G iPhones in 2020
It plans to ship at least 80 million of the next-generation wireless iPhones, according to Nikkei.The Cupertino, California, company intends to ship at least 80 million of the 5G iPhone models and "has set an aggressive sales target" to try to overtake embattled Huawei as the world's second biggest phone maker, according to the Japanese outlet.
Huawei teams with Devialet on a 0 smart speaker for China. Hisense has been getting creative with its display technology, introducing features like two panels in one case to achieve deeper blacks and brighter whites.
MediaTek ’s 5 G modem is under development and the chip maker is working with partners to manufacture the solution. With this partnership, consumers will be able to browse, stream and game faster on their PCs , but we also MediaTek ’s 5 G modem intended for these Intel -powered laptops
The partnership isn't surprising when both sides have a vested interest in promoting 5G. While Intel is no longer in the phone modem business, it knows 5G could be crucial to PCs going forward -- and of course, PCs remain central to the company's plans. This ensures that it has a 5G option without having to devote vast resources. For MediaTek, this is more about expanding its ambitions. The company is already invested in, but the alliance gives it a major footprint in the PC world.
There's certainly pressure for both sides to act. Qualcomm has beenusing its own chips. Although they're not ready for prime time, it might not be long before you can get a Snapdragon-powered machine with cellular data that rivals faster home internet access. If Intel and MediaTek didn't collaborate, they risked ceding ground to a mutual rival.
Lenovo's Ideapad Duet Chromebook is a tiny 2-in-1 for $279 .
Lenovo's awkwardly-named Ideapad Duet Chromebook is a bit of a throwback. For a long time, most Chrome OS devices were inexpensive and small, but in recent years they've gotten more expensive as Google and other manufacturers have tried to pit them directly against full-fledged Mac and Windows laptops. The Ideapad Duet goes in the other direction, though: It's a convertible tablet with a 10.1-inch screen that costs only $279, keyboard stand included.To hit that price point, the Ideapad Duet isn't using Intel processors; instead, it features an oct-core Mediatek Helio P60T processor running at 2.0GHz.