We go hands-on with the newest Surface Pro model that will be available on June 30. It features the same casing as the Surface Pro 4, with an updated hinge and changes on the inside. Most notably, it runs Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs on Windows 10 Pro, and the pen has improved. Alas, the pen is no longer included in the box, nor is the Type Cover keyboard. Microsoft claims much improved battery life and the Core m and Corei 5 models have no fan and are thus silent.
The 2017 refresh of the 12.5" X Series ThinkPad sports Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs and a USB-C port along with an impressive selection of ports and long battery life. The X270 has Lenovo's Bridge Battery system, with an internal battery and removable rear battery.
Motorola's affordable unlocked Android 7.0 Nougat smartphone works on both GSM and CDMA networks with 4G LTE. The $229 Moto G5 Plus is powered by a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 CPU and it has a 5.2" full HD display, an aluminum back, front fingerprint scanner that supports Moto gestures for device navigation and 3,000 mAh battery. The $229 model has 2GB RAM and 32GB storage and there's a $299 model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
LG's latest flagship phone makes great strides in design, and the G6 can now proudly hang with the big boys in the high end market. Clad in glass front and back with metal sides, the 5.7" Android phone is smaller than the 5.5" competition thanks to small bezels-- even those top and bottom ones that tend to be big on most smartphones. The LG G6 runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Google Assistant on the Snapdragon 821 with 4 gigs of RAM, 32 gigs of storage and a microSD card slot. It has an ultra-widescreen 2880 x 1440 display with support for Dolby Vision and HDR 10. We look at the Verizon version in this review.
BlackBerry is back with an Android 7.1.1 smartphone with a hardware QWERTY keyboard and BlackBerry Mobile's usual customizations— Messaging Hub, BBM, DTEK security and more. The glass and metal phone has a 4.5" display running at 1080 x 1620, and it supports both GSM and CDMA networks. It's sold unlocked and in the US, Sprint will sell it this summer as well. The KEYone has a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 CPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB and a surprisingly capable rear 12MP camera.
This is a very high end 17" gaming laptop that's clad in Razer's signature matte black aluminum. The slim, though not terribly light laptop's looks are subdued compared to most gaming rigs. The 22.5mm thick Blade Pro runs Windows 10 on the Intel Core i7-6700HQ (an updated model is coming soon with the 7th gen overlockable Core i7-7820HK CPU), and it has the top of the line NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X graphics card. The notebook has a 4K touch screen, 32 GB DDR4 RAM and PCIe NVMe SSDs.
This Windows 10 Ultrabook-convertible has a 15.6" 4K display, NVIDIA 940MX dedicated graphics, and the 2.7 GHz Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake dual core i7-7500U CPU. The 4.4 lb. 2-in-1 is one of the few big screen laptops with 360 degree hinges and an active digitizer pen in the box (N-Trig). The laptop has a lovely unibody aluminum design finished in dark ash silver with contrasting copper-gold accents.
Lenovo's got their mojo back with the Y520: it has competitive specs for the price, an NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti, a nice slim design and it's understated looking. The laptop starts at $850, and that gets you an Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake Core i5-7300HQ CPU, 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB HDD. Our $1,180 middle configuration adds a boot 128 gig PCIe SSD, 16GB RAM and upgrades to the Core i7-7700HQ.
We look at Samsung's 2017 flagship 5.8" Android smartphone, also available as the larger 6.2" Galaxy S8+. The S8 has a curved AMOLED 2960 x 1440 "infinity" display (18.5:9 aspect ratio) with minimal bezels for a compact footprint. The Galaxy S8 runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung's software and their Bixby virtual assistant (the voice activated feature won't be available until later this spring). It's one of the first Android phones to sport the new Snapdragon 835 CPU, Bluetooth 5 and Gigabit LTE support.
The refreshed version of the Alienware 15 R3 has Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs and an improved heatsink design for cooler temperatures and quieter fans. We look at the model with the Core i7-7700HQ and NVIDIA GTX 1070. There's a new option for the Core i7-7820HK overclockable CPU with this refresh, and you can get the Alienware 15 with your choice of NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060 and our GTX 1070. and a variety of SSDs and displays.
This is the 2017 refresh of Dell's excellent XPS 15, a traditional laptop that's clad in metal and is very thin and light at 4.5 lb.. The exterior, keyboard, trackpad and display options are the same as last year's model, but the internals have been updated with Intel 7th generation 45 watt quad core Kaby Lake CPUs and NVIDIA GTX 1050 4GB dedicated graphics. The laptop is available with a matte non-touch full HD display and a 4K Sharp IGZO panel with full Adobe RGB color gamut.
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