This year Samsung's flagship phablet has a bigger and better 6.4” display, a significantly higher capacity battery, a yellow S Pen that doubles as a remote, and the price tag is higher than ever. The Note 9 runs Android 8.1 Oreo on the Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 CPU and it’s available in two configurations: 6GB RAM with 128GB storage for $999 and 8GB RAM with 512GB storage for $1,249. The phone inherits the Samsung Galaxy S9+ dual aperture rear dual 12MP camera setup, faster facial recognition, an easier to reach rear fingerprint scanner and Samsung DeX support via HDMI cable (no dock required).
Apple’s 2018 refresh of the 13” MacBook Pro doubles the CPU core count from 2 to 4, has Intel Iris Plus 655 graphics, full speed Thunderbolt 3 on all ports, and a 3rd gen Butterfly keyboard with Touch Bar, the Apple T2 co-processor and a True Tone display. We look at the base $1,799 model with the 2.3 GHz Intel 8th gen Coffee Lake U 28 watt Core i5-8259U CPU, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD.
Apple has refreshed the 15" MacBook Pro with Intel 8th generation 6 core Coffee Lake Core i7 and Core i9 CPUs, up to 32GB DDR4 RAM and a True Tone display. The Mac has a 2880 x 1800 IPS display with wide color gamut and excellent contrast, the 3rd gen Butterfly keyboard with quieter switches, the new Apple T2 coprocessor and the Touch Bar.
The refresh of Lenovo's slim Ultrabook class laptop in their “P” mobile workstation line. The laptop has Intel 8th gen quad core 15 watt Core i5 and Core i7 U series CPUs and NVIDIA Quadro P500 2GB GDDR5 entry level dedicated graphics switchable with Intel UHD 620 graphics. It’s available with 1080 matte non-touch, 1080p touch and 4K display options, optional 4G LTE, optional Windows Hello IR camera and fingerprint scanner and Intel 8265AC WiFi.
This is a 14" business Ultrabook with a slim and attractive design that doesn’t compromise on ports, keyboard and trackpad. The laptop has a magnesium alloy casing, matte display, two DDR4 RAM slots, an M.2 SSD (SATA and NVMe available), backlit keyboard, Microsoft Precision trackpad, optional 4G LTE, USB-C (Thunderbolt 3 optional), Ethernet and plenty more ports..
The 3rd generation of Lenovo’s 14” slim and light Windows convertible has 360 degree hinges, a touch screen, Wacom AES ThinkPad Pro Pen and an optional stunning HDR display. Essentially the convertible version of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Gen Ultrabook, it's updated with Intel 8th gen Kaby Lake R quad core CPUs and featuresa fast PCIe NVMe SSD, optional 4G LTE, two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a durable casing.
The Huawei MateBook X Pro is a 14” metal chassis premium Ultrabook with a striking 3000 x 2000 touch screen, Intel 8th gen CPUs, a fast M.2 NVMe SSD and a nice price. The 2.93 lb. / 1.33 kg MateBook X Pro is Huawei’s 2018 premium laptop that sells for a compelling $1,199 for the Core i5-8250U with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD and $1,499 with a Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA MX150 dedicated graphics, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD.
This is a new 2018 line of entry to mid-level gaming laptops from Dell (there’s also a G3 and G5 in this series). The Dell G7 7588 starts at $849, and our unit sells for around $1050 with a 1080p display, Intel 8th gen 6 core Coffee Lake Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics, 16GB DDR4 2666 MHz RAM, a 128GB boot SATA3 SSD and a 1 TB 5400 RPM HDD. This is the evolution of the Inspiron Gaming line, with a few design cues from the more expensive Alienware line.
We look at the top of the line Alienware 17 R5 configuration, with an Intel 8th gen Coffee Lake Core i9-8950HK overclockable CPU and NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics. This is the 2018 refresh with a new CPU in a familiar casing, with the same excellent RGB backlit keyboard, 1080p/QHD 120Hz and 4K display options, Killer WiFi and Ethernet, up to 32GB RAM, NVMe SSDs and an HDD bay.
Razer's first major redesign of their unibody aluminum 4.5 lb. ultraportable gaming laptop sports much improved vapor chamber cooling, NVIDIA GTX 1060 Max-Q and GTX 1070 Max-Q dedicated graphics and an Intel 8th gen 6 core i7-8750H CPU. The 2018 Razer Blade has a 15.6” display available in 144Hz IPS and 60Hz matte full HD variants, and there’s a 4K UHD 100% Adobe RGB option too.
The 2018 Dell XPS 15 (model 9570) has Intel 8th gen Coffee Lake 6 core, 45 watt CPUs, NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti Max-Q 4GB GDDR5 dedicated graphics and your choice of a full HD matte non-touch display or a wide gamut, 4K glossy touch screen (with Wacom AES pen support!). This is a powerful yet light laptop (starting at 4 lb. / 1.8 kg) with high end aluminum and carbon fiber finishes that competes with the 15” MacBook Pro and high end Asus Zenbook notebooks.
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