Gigabyte P2542G gaming & U2442N ultrabook launched

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 08:43 PM PDT

In an event yesterday, Gigabyte Philippines unveiled two of their latest creations — the P2452G gaming laptop and the U2442N ultrabook. These two machines according to the company, emanates their vision of a computer with pure performance and less compromise.

First up is the company’s first entry to the local ultrabook scene; the Gigabyte U2442N. This machine packs 14″ HD+ LED display with a 1600 x 900 resolution. It’s currently the second densest display on a 14-inch Ultrabook next to the ASUS UX31A.

This machine takes pride on being capable of handling a Terabyte of hard drive and full set of I/O ports. But the greatest asset of the U2442N lies in its GPU which is the fastest GPU we’ve seen on an Ultrabook. This Ultrabook is powered by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M GPU w/ GDDR5 2GB VRAM. Here are the other things you should know about the Gigabyte U2442N.

Gigabyte U2442 specs:
14″ HD+ 1600×900 LED
3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3210M Processor(2.5GHz – 3.1GHz)
Intel HD Graphics 4000
4GB DDR3 1600MHz upto 8GB
128GB mSATA Solid State Drive + 750GB HDD 7200rpm or 1TB HDD 5400rpm
Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 2x eSATA/USB 2.0 Combo, HDMI, D-sub, RJ45, Mic-in,
Earphone-out, 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro), DC-in Jack
*LAN:10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet Base-T
*Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
*Bluetooth 4.0
2 x 2 Watt Speakers
Li-polymer battery 4000mAh, 4.2V, 44Wh
Dimensions: 339(W) x 233(D) x 18.5~21(H) mm
Weight: ~1.59kg (w/ Battery and m-SSD)

Gigabyte also has something for the gamers. Along with the U2442N, they also unveiled the P2542G gaming laptop. Since there’s a different expectation between the two, the company made sure that they have all their bases covered with this gaming machine. For starters the laptop packs a 15.6″ Full-HD display which backed by the same GPU found in its ultrabook sibling.

For superior performance, the laptop is equipped with a quad-core i7 processor and a RAM capacity that can go up to 16GB. The P2542G also features a full set of speakers to complete the gaming experience.

Gigabyte P2542G specs
15.6″ Full HD 1920 x 1080 LED backlight
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM Processor (2.3GHz-3.3GHz)
Intel® HD Graphics 4000 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M GPU w/ GDDR5 2GB VRAM
4GB DDR3 1600MHz upto 16GB
128GB mSATA Solid State Drive + 750GB HDD 7200rpm
Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 1x eSATA/USB 2.0 Combo, HDMI, D-sub, RJ45, Mic-in,
Earphone-out, 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro), DC-in Jack
*LAN:10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet Base-T
*Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
*Bluetooth 4.0
4x 1.5 Watt Speaker w/ 1xWoofer speaker
Li-ion 6-cell, 5400mAh
Dimension: 392(W) x 263(D) x 32.1-38.3(H) mm
Weight: 2.6kg

The P2452 and U2442 will be available by the end of August. The P2452G’s price ranges from its converted SRP of USD1'399- USD1'599 and the U2442N ranges from USD999 – USD1'299 depending on the configuration.

Xiaomi Mi-Two: The first APQ8064 S4 Pro handset

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 06:53 PM PDT

Qualcomm's quad-core entry, the Snapdragon APQ8064 S4, has now found its first home in the form of Xiaomi Mi-Two smartphone.

Last month we showed you guys the benchmark results of the Snapdragon APQ8064 on a developer's tablet. You can read more about the processor here. With its new home, we can finally see how the new processor performs in real world scenario.

The Xiaomi Mi-Two will be sold for 1,999 Yuan (or about Php13k) and will be available starting this October.

Unfortunately, just like the Meizu MX that we also featured before, there's a slim chance that we may see this quad-core smartphone being officially launched in the Philippines.

How’s 10GB a month for Php3,500 on Smart LTE?

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 07:57 AM PDT

This is allegedly the subscription plan which Smart will be offering once they officially launched their LTE service next week. In August 25, Smart LTE will be available to regular subscribers under Plan 3500.

The subcription comes with a Huawei LTE dongle similar to the one we’ve tested during the beta stage (we were told the device alone costs about Php15,000).

So far, these are the locations where LTE signal is available. During the beta testing, the coverage was just around 200 meters. Smart said before they will increase that coverage to around a kilometer (or maybe farther) when they go commercial.

Taguig – The Fort
Makati City – Salcedo and Legaspi Village
Quezon City – Cubao, UP Diliman, ADMU
Pasig City – Ortigas
San Juan
Pasay City – SM Mall of Asia
Manila – Binondo
Muntinlupa – Alabang

Back in July, we reported that Smart has finished rolling out 9,500 LTE base stations. However, it did not mean that all those 9,500 locations will be turned on. However, a total of only 49 base stations will be transmitting speeds of up to 42Mbps by August 25 when people start applying for the Plan 3500 subscription. Why only 49 and not something close to 9,500 base stations has got us confused. We were thinking Smart’s network overhaul would have made a huge impact in the network coverage but 49 isn’t very encouraging.

Again, allegedly. Not yet confirmed but that’s 10GB at 42Mbps for Php3,500 a month. Any takers?

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Samsung launches Galaxy Note 10.1 in the US

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 06:26 AM PDT

In recent times we wrote a post that the announcement of a bigger Galaxy Note is imminent. It turns out that the rumors are true and the South Korean company has recently unveiled the Galaxy Note 10.1 aka N8000 in an event held at NYC.

Not only that the rumors about the launch date were true, they were also pretty spot-on with the specs of the tablet. Here's a better perspective of the tablet's engine.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000 specs:
10.1" PLS Capacitive screen, 1280 x 800 @149ppi
Exynos 4412 1.4GHz quad-core
16GB, 32GB or 64GB variant
Expandable up to 64GB via Micro-SD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, WiFi hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0
5MP rear autofocus camera with LED flash
1.9MP secondary camera
Android 4.0.4 ICS
262 x 180 x 8.9 mm

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is already available in the US and its price is pegged at USD499 for the 16GB variant and USD549 for the 32GB model. It may not be too long before this tablet hit our local shelves and hopefully it retains the US SRP when it does.

You can also read more about this tablet and watch a short video demonstration of the recently released tablet by visiting our previous post here.

Editor’s Note: We have an invite from Samsung Philippines on a intimate demo of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tomorrow afternoon. – Yuga