Updated: Aug 19, 2021
Computex is always a time of great joy, when new products are announced and launched. Here’s our roundup of the most interesting products announced, including the world’s first 5G PC by Lenovo and Qualcomm. This article will be updated as and when new products are announced.
Pictured: Project Limitless Credit: Lenovo
After years of collaboration, Lenovo and Qualcomm has finally announced the world’s first 5G PC, using the new Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem. 5G is the future of the internet, with faster Internet speeds that could reach up to over 20 times the current speed of 4G. So while manufacturers race to push out products that support it, Lenovo’s laptop seems to be the closest to market, with a release date estimated in 2020.
MSI Prestige PS341WU Monitor
Pictured: MSI Prestige PS341WU Monitor Credit: MSI
An ultrawide 5K monitor that’s targeted towards creatives?
MSI thinks their new monitor that was first unveiled at CES 2019 ticks all the boxes. With an elegant white finish and gold accents, this is definitely not for people who value subtlety.
Boasting a 21:9 ratio, this 4K monitor offers an extra 33% screen real estate as compared to a traditional 4K 16:9 setup. Along with 98% of the DCI-P3 and 100% of the sRGB gamuts, that’s definitely an advantage in enticing people who need more screen space for multiple windows, and content creators.
Asus ZenBook Pro
Pictured: Asus ZenBook Duo
One screen not enough? Try the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo and ZenBook Pro, both laptops have a second screen right above the keyboard, called the ZenScreen Plus. There’s certainly potential for the second screen to be very complementary; you could open up a map while planning travel itineraries for example, or keep Discord’s text chats open while playing games on the main screen.
Razer Blade Studio Edition
Pictured left to right: Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition, Razer Blade 17 Studio Edition Credit: Razer
Gaming brand Razer has finally launched a version of their classic Blade laptop that’s specially designed for creatives and professionals. The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition and Razer Blade 17 Studio Edition will be running on Intel’s i7-9750H and i9-9880H processors respectively, while utilising the new NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 GPU.
The 4K screen will definitely be a boon for content creators, and the sleek white design is a far cry from Razer’s traditional black colour scheme. The pricing and availability for both laptops will be announced later in 2019.
Pictured: Acer ConceptD 9
Another laptop targeted at creatives, Acer’s ConceptD series features a 4K display with full Adobe RGB colour gamut and PANTONE validation, a must-have for photo and video editors.
Pictured: Acer ConceptD 9
The flagship, ConceptD 9, has a unique form factor with the screen being able to flip around so that it resembles a tablet more than a laptop. Wacom EMR pen functionality is built-in so artists and creatives have more control over their content.
Of course, how can we miss out AMD’s processor announcements when they’re so exciting? Announcing their new 7nm Ryzen chips, there was a total of five processors announced, from the cheapest US$199 6-core Ryzen 5 3600 with a base clock of 3.6GHz to the US$499 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X that can run at a boosted speed of 4.6GHz.
Considering that the most comparable Intel core (the i9-9920X) is over double the price, has a higher TDP and a lower boost frequency (4.4GHz to 4.6GHz), AMD has really brought the fight to Intel this year.
Intel has finally unveiled their 10nm 10th generation processors, codenamed Ice Lake. Thanks to the new Sunny Cove microarchitecture, the new chips have an 18% improvement in instruction per cycle (IPC) over the old 14nm Skylake processors.
The disappointing thing about this launch is that the max clock for the processors are capped at 4.1GHz, a step backwards from the 4.6GHz max clock from previous generations’ chips. This will get better in time as the 10nm architecture is better optimised, however.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
This laptop has the claim to fame that it’ll be amongst one of the first laptops to use Intel’s new Ice Lake chips, and that inclusion apparently will result in 250% better performance than what’s on the current model.
Weighing in at just under 1.4kg, the portability is accentuated by the decent battery life; Dell claims the laptop will last for up to 16 hours. Starting at US$999, this laptop might just give its big brother, the XPS 13, some stiff competition.
There’s plenty more interesting products yet to be announced, so stay tuned to our updates!