Happy Monday! It’s a long weekend, but there’s too much tech you need to know on this May 27, 2019, from the DGiT Daily newsletter.
1. The big news out of Computex: hold off on buying a new laptop
Computex in Taiwan remains the event for the latest and hottest in the world of computing. While smartphones aren’t forgotten, the focus is really on laptop, desktop, and server technology, and especially the internals powering these devices.
Given it’s a holiday, if you just read one thing, this is it: if you’re thinking about buying a laptop or PC, wait until the week is out to discover all the new devices and how much the new tech will matter.
Onto the details…
What it means:
- Many of the big announcements and keynotes at Computex happen before the show floor is open.
- We’ve already seen Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Arm, and more announce new tech.
- The exciting thing for us is that a lot of these new hardware technologies are announced, but then an armada of devices are made available with the new tech within days or weeks.
- For example, NVIDIA just announced its powerful Quadro RTX 5000 graphics hardware has been shrunken into mobile form, ready for laptops, and announced NVIDIA RTX Studio, a program set out to certify laptops that can handle Pro creative loads, or gaming.
- Straight away, a block of companies announced new laptops that include the new silicon and meet the standards – first up being Razer with new Razer Blade 15 and Razer Blade Pro 17 models complete with 4K OLED screen and the Quadro RTX 5000 – although final pricing and availability isn’t known yet.
- We know that June release dates for the new RTX hardware will also come from ASUS, Dell, HP, MSI, Gigabyte and Acer, so stay tuned to see what’s coming there. But expect NVIDIA RTX Studio certification, specs like 32GB of RAM, and a line of computers focused on creators.
Creators are excited:
- David Imel from Android Authority, on the ground at Computex, told me as a YouTuber and high-end creator, he’s massively excited for these new designs:
- “Apple has been winning Pro users for some time and while gaming laptops have been making strides, we’re now seeing a real focus from PC makers to bring out hardware designed specifically for creators,” Imel texted me from Taiwan.
- “From hardware to software, these creator-focused devices are even seeing 100+ creative apps GPU optimized, including Adobe Premiere, Lightroom, DaVinci Resolve, and more.”
- “I want one so bad”
Intel and AMD news:
- Intel hit the ground running, announcing its 10th gen chip “Ice Lake” – its first 10nm processor made in volume.
- Aside from being faster and clocked higher, it also includes support for both Thunderbolt 3 and WiFi 6 802.11ax, support for AI processing, while its graphics processing engine has been given a mighty jump to better handle games without a dedicated GPU. It won’t be enough for hardcore gamers, but for casuals it probably works.
- AMD followed up, announcing new third-generation Ryzen CPUs, its first 7nm desktop chips. The need-to-know is that AMD’s 12-core, 24-thread Ryzen 9 3900x chip, which looks to be at least on par with Intel’s last-generation Core i9 9920X chipset, but at less than half the price: starting at $499, compared to Intel’s $1,189 and up. Oof.
- AMD also announced its first “Navi” graphics processor units will be the AMD Radeon RX 5700 series. Navi is the codename for AMD’s next-gen graphics architecture.
- Remember that Sony selected AMD and its new Navi silicon to partner with for the internals of the PlayStation 5.
- We’ll find out full details at an AMD launch event on June 10th.
- Remember when I said wait until the week is out? Well, it’s probably best to wait until after June 10th to figure out what to do next.
- Arm also announced new CPU and GPU architecture: Arm Cortex-A77 taking high-end CPU performance further, while the new flagship Mali-G77 GPU marks the dawn of a new graphics architecture, now called Valhall (not a typo, no ‘a’ in Valhalla in modern Scandinavian spelling).
- Android Authority technical writer Rob Triggs has five things you need to know about ARM’s work, including new processing performance, big changes to the GPU, while there’s more solid whispers about machine learning hardware, too.
- It’s all a little bit high-level – but these are the CPUs and GPUs that will be built to power your smartphone in as little as six months’ time, if you’re not getting an iPhone.
- Expect to see them in physical form from the likes of Qualcomm in a Snapdragon 865 (or whatever it will be called) in December, and in a new smartphone in early 2020, if the past history of release schedules holds up.
2. “I’m tired of giving up battery life for a reasonably sized phone,” writes Jimmy Westenberg on Android Authority.
3. OnePlus 7 Pro update delivers camera tweaks: Expect better HDR, low light shots (AA).
4. Why your phone gets so damn hot and how to keep it from overheating (CNET).
6. Beats Powerbeats Pro review: Beat it, AirPods (AA).
7. Spotify adds sleep timers to its Android app (AA).
8. Wait, why the hell is the ‘race to 5G’ even a race? (The Verge).
10. Convert a photo of data into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet in a snap (CNET). The future is here.
11. A Dutch astronomer spotted and filmed the train of 60 Starlink satellites passing overhead (Twitter). This opened up a lot of discussion – if there’s 12,000 of these satellites, they’re are going to be unavoidable in photos of the night sky, which might ruin astrophotography (Teslerati)
12. “I feel like esports is almost running a Ponzi scheme at this point,” said Frank Fields, Corsair’s sponsorship manager: “Shady numbers and bad business: Inside the Esports bubble” (Kotaku).
13. Chefs, what red flags should people look out for when they go out to eat? (r/askreddit). Eg: “Ask where your oysters come from. If they don’t know, you don’t want them.”
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