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Acer Spin 7 5G laptop taps Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 for “multi-day” battery

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Acer has revealed its latest notebook, and while the Spin 7 may look like a regular convertible, inside there’s something that sets it apart from the rest of the company’s range. The first laptop to use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G platform, it eschews x86 processors from Intel and AMD, looking instead to the lengthy battery life and connectivity that our smartphones enjoy.

On the outside, it’s a 14-inch ultraportable. It’s 3.09 pounds and 15.9 mm in thickness, and uses a magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis finished in a rather fetching blue. There’s a 360-degree hinge to flip it from notebook to tablet, or any angle in-between.

Acer has baked in an Active Stylus, which recharges in a silo in the Spin 7 itself. That supports 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, using Wacom AES 1.0, for sketching and note-taking. The display itself is Full HD IPS and covers 100-percent of the sRGB gamut, with a layer of antimicrobial Gorilla glass protecting it. There’s also a silver-ion antimicrobial coating for the keyboard, touchpad, and the area around them.

It’s inside where things get really interesting, though. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G compute platform is the second-generation of the chipset for notebooks and 2-in-1s that Qualcomm first launched in late 2018, borrowing Snapdragon phone technology but adding more power for Windows 10. In the case of the Spin 7, it means the promise of “multi-day” battery life while still running Windows 10 Pro apps.

There’s also baked-in 5G and LTE, with the former having support for both mmWave and sub-6GHz connections for the maximum flexibility in the US. You can expect downloads of up to 7.5 Gbps, Acer says, assuming you have the 5G network for it.

There’s also Qualcomm Squstic echo noise cancelation and noise suppression, for cutting out background noise on your video calls, plus a fingerprint sensor for Windows Hello. As well as the regular CPU and GPU cores, Qualcomm also bakes in its own AI coprocessors for speeding up machine-learning tasks.

Final specifications – along with pricing – for the Acer Spin 7 will be confirmed closer to the notebook’s launch. That’s likely to take place late this year. The big question will be how Qualcomm’s Arm-based chipset holds up in comparison to Apple Silicon, the upcoming homegrown platform that the Cupertino firm is expecting to transition all of its Macs over to across the next two years.

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12 Best Uses For Old Laptops

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Have one (or several) old laptops lying around your home? What you actually have is a productivity master waiting to reach its full potential

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Realme’s Next Premium Tablet Looks To Have An Unusual Design

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Even though we still have six days before the Realme Pad X launches in China, some of the specs of the Realme Pad X have already been confirmed by Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase, GSMArena claims. We know that this mid-range tablet will get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset. This also means that the Realme Pad X will become the first Realme tablet to feature 5G connectivity. While the CMO did not reveal the rest of the specs, there’s been rumors about the likelihood of the Realme Pad fetting a QHD+ display that could also support a 120 Hz refresh rate.

From the images, it is also evident that the Realme Pad X gets a single rear-facing camera that is situated on an unusually large camera bump. There is a smaller circle below the rear camera with a prominent “AI” logo. The tablet also skips an LED flash for low-light situations.

Designwise, the Realme Pad looks like a contemporary tablet with small bezels and flat sides. One of the invites also showcases the Realme Pad X being used with a stylus. It remains to be seen if this accessory will be part of the retail package or an optional extra. With the launch date for this product a week away, there is a good chance that we could have additional details about the Realme Pad X before the official launch.

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Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Revealed As The Heart Of Your Next Android Flagship Phone

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Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor continues to be based on a 4nm manufacturing process — albeit this time from TSMC. This change has allowed Qualcomm to increase the GPU and CPU clock speeds by up to 7%. The result is that the Prime Cortex X2 is now clocked at 3.2 GHz (as opposed to 3 GHz on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1). Similarly, the 3x Cortex A710 core now clocks at 2.8 GHz (compared to 2.5 GHz earlier).

Then we have the 4x Cortex A-510 efficiency cores that also see a jump from 1.8 GHz to 2 GHz. While Qualcomm is yet to reveal the clock speeds for the Adreno GPU on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1, they already claim a 10% higher clock speed in the promotional materials.

The rest of the hardware on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is similar to that of its predecessor — and this includes the X65 integrated modem as well. The new chip continues to support 3200 MHz LPDDR5 RAM, and the ISP used is the same, with support for 200 MP resolution, 8K video capture, and 64 MP burst capture. In terms of encoding, the chip retains support for Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG. A glaring omission, this time around too, is the lack of support for the AV1 codec.

In simpler terms, apart from the faster performance on account of the supposedly better manufacturing process, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 does not add anything over its predecessor in terms of additional features.

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