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HP reveals the ZBook x2: The ‘world’s most powerful detachable PC workstation’

Step aside Microsoft, because HP just released a monstrous ‘detachable PC workstation’ that can compete with powerful laptops like the Surface Book 2 released yesterday… but in a form factor that looks more like a Surface Pro. Meet the HP ZBook x2: the so-called “world’s most powerful and first detachable PC workstation.”

In HP’s own words, this computer “was designed to solve the performance and mobility needs of artists, designers and digital imaging professionals who need to push Adobe Creative Cloud and other professional applications to the limit.” So what makes this computer more capable than HPs other two-in one solutions: the HP Spectre x2 and HP Elite x2. In a word: performance.

While previous two-in-one iterations with these kinds of specs put most of the components—the main CPU, GPU, etc—into the base unit, the HP ZBook x2 flips the script. The bluetooth keyboard is basically just that: a bluetooth keyboard; even when the tablet is detached completely it maintains the full performance from its CPU and GPUs. Think of it like a Surface Pro dressed up to star in the next Iron Man movie.

Spec-wise, the HP ZBook x2 can be configured with 8th Gen Intel Core i7 graphics, a discreet NVIDIA Quadro M620 graphics card with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory, up to 2TB of local PCIe SSD storage, and up to 32GB of RAM. All of this sits behind a 14-inch 4K multi-touch screen with optional 10- bit, one-billion color HP DreamColor display that’s been calibrated 100 percent of Adobe RGB.

The computer can be used in four different modes:

  • Laptop Mode: attached to the bluetooth keyboard.

  • Detached Mode: Use the tablet with the new HP pen, while still having full access to your Bluetooth keyboard shortcuts off to the side.

  • Docked Mode: Using the ZBook → continue…

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Huawei launches Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro with with Leica dual-cam and AI-based camera features

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has today launched its latest flagship smartphone, the Huawei Mate 10, at an event in Munich. Like previous high-end Huawei models the Mate 10 comes with a camera that has been developed in cooperation with Leica.

This gets you not only a Leica badge on the device’s back plate but also a very promising looking dual-cam setup that combines a 12MP RGB sensor with a 20MP monochrome chip.

Both lenses feature a fast F1.6 aperture and optical image stabilization is on board as well. The high-resolution setup allows for what Huawei calls a 2x lossless zoom and PDAF combined with a laser and depth sensor enables a fast and precise autofocus.

4K video and an 8MP front camera are on board as well. AI and neural networking are applied for improved quality of the bokeh mode and object recognition for automatic scene selection. Motion detection reduces motion blur in low light conditions.

The large 5.9” display comes with a conventional 16:9 aspect ratio, 2K resolution and RGBW HDR technology for high dynamic range and low power consumption. Battery life is further enhanced by a very large 4,000 mAh battery.

In the processor department Huawei is employing its latest and greatest Kirin 970 chipset, Huawei’s first with integrated neural networking capabilities, and combines it with a generous 6GB of RAM, which should allow for smooth operation of the Android 8.0 ‘Oreo’ OS and Huawei’s EMUI 8.0 software.

All the components are wrapped up in a full-metal body with IP53 rating for splash and dust resistance and will be available in a range of colors from November globally and set you back 699 Euros ($825).

Huawei Mate 10 Key specifications:

  • Leica-branded dual-camera
  • Dual 12MP RGB / 20MP Monochrome
  • f/1.6 aperture
  • OIS
  • 2x lossless zoom
  • 4-in-1 AF with depth, contrast, PDAF and laser
  • dual-LED flash
  • 4K video
  • 8MP front → continue…

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New HP Z Workstations Get Beefed Up With 3TB RAM!

By Fabian Chaundy

The new top-of-the-line HP Z Workstations can be configured with some drool-inducing specs, including 3TB RAM, 48TB storage and dual CPUs.

HP recently announced an update to the HP Z Workstation line-up, its popular range of powerful tower PCs. Some of the general specs across the range include a complete structural redesign, Xeon-family processors, dual 1GbE ports for data transfer, front USB 3.1 G2 Type C ports and robust security features.

HP Z8 G4

This flagship HP Z Workstation stands at the forefront of the new line-up, with 24 DIMMs allowing for up to a whooping 3TB RAM, and a total of 9 PCIe slots guaranteeing maximum expandability.

Optional upgrades include a second CPU (for a total of 56 cores), Thunderbolt 3 ports and a 10GbE for high-speed networking. All this means that the new HP Z8 offers an increase of 67% more memory bandwidth, 27% greater processor core count capacity, 40% more PCIe I/O bandwidth and 29% greater power supply capability over the previous HP Z840. All this plus 48TB of storage and three NVIDIA Quadro P6000 GPUs make this machine ideal for the most demanding applications, such as 3D simulations and real-time 8K video editing.

The HP Z8 will be available in October starting at $2,439 for the basic configuration.

HP Z6 G4

This particular HP Z Workstation offers a good compromise if the Z8 seems a little bit overkill. Its configuration still allows for a second CPU, thought RAM is capped at 384GB RAM. It does offer dual M.2 slots for HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSDs for fast system drives, as well as dual NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, offering a level of performance that is still a big step up from the earlier Z640.

The HP Z6 will become available later in October starting at $1,919.

HP Z4 G4

The more basic of the new HP Z → continue…

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Throwback Thursday: Google Nexus One

On October 4th Google introduced two new smartphones: the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. These phones pack the latest 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and large displays, along with the impressive AI systems that make these devices stand out from many of their peers.

You have to be a real phone aficionado to remember the Nexus One – Google’s first smartphone (codeveloped with HTC) – which debuted in 2010. In 2017 terms the One’s specs are almost laughable, with its single-core processor, half gigabyte of RAM, 5MP rear camera and whopping 3.7″ display. The Nexus One actually had two different displays. It initially shipped with a PenTile AMOLED display but later switched to a Super LCD that promised better power efficiency and color accuracy (though saturation and deep blacks got worse as a result). It also had a trackball reminiscent of Blackberry phones of that era.

The phone launched with Android 2.1 (Eclair) preinstalled and supported voice-guided navigation and voice-to-text transcription. Not long after the One got upgraded to Android 2.2 (Froyo), which added support for Adobe Flash (which was short-lived), a new home screen and Wi-Fi tethering. The final update the Nexus One received was to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), as its hardware couldn’t keep up with subsequent versions.

Were you one of the lucky few who owned a Google Nexus One? Let us know in the comments.

View our Google Pixel 2 launch coverage

Product mockup by Zach Vega.

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Phantom Flex VEO 4K-PL Exclusive Hands-On

By Nic Divischek

Phantom VEO

Vision Research has recently introduced a new Phantom VEO 4K-PL, which like its older brother Phantom Flex 4K, can shoot up to 1000fps at full 4K DCI resolution, but in a smaller and more compact body.

What is the Phantom VEO line?

They say that when you touch a Phantom camera you go straight to heaven. At least that’s how I feel. Vision Research is a company that started out with high-speed cameras for military testing and analysing car-crash impacts, only to later turn its eye to the film industry with its revolutionary tech. In 2014, Vision Research introduced the mind-blowing Phantom Flex 4K camera, capable of 1000 frames-per-second at full 4K DCI resolution, in what many would consider the best quality 4K RAW compared to RED and even ARRI. Last year, Vision Research introduced the VEO line, a more compact version of their film industry cameras that continue the trend set by the ARRI Mini and RED – that smaller is better. Less weight and a more compact design mean more possibilities, such as the use of stabilisation platforms and even UAV. In comparison, the Phantom Flex 4K body weighs an incredible 5kg without ANYTHING on it. Add a lens, follow focus, rods, viewfinder, batteries, monitor and you can easily accumulate a weight that not many gimbals can handle.

Phantom VEO4K-PL

VEO4K‐PL is available with either 36 GB or 72 GB of RAM, and includes SDI and HDMI video outputs, as well as a PL mount and OLPF with the black housing. Otherwise, there are two performance levels. The 590S and L models go 500 fps at 4K, with the 4K-PL going all the way up to 1000 fps. Previous VEO models were inferior in terms of image quality compared to their bigger cousins. However, the frame rate and overall image → continue…

From:: Cinema 5d