Last Week in Technology News – May 22 – 28, 2017

| May 28, 2017

In this issue: Microsoft announced the fifth generation of Surface Pro; Huawei introduced Windows-tablet MateBook E and laptops MateBook X and D; A large Xiaomi Mi Max 2 with a powerful battery; Intel will make Thunderbolt 3 available to everyone; Huawei introduced smartphones Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus; Quadrocopter DJI Spark knows how to take off from the palm of your hand

Microsoft announced the fifth generation of Surface Pro

Last week in China, there was an official presentation of the new Microsoft Surface Pro tablet computer – henceforth there is no figure in its name. Externally, the novelty is almost unchanged compared to its predecessor, but the filling of the device has become more powerful: the computer uses Intel Kaby Lake processors, is equipped with up to 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. The battery life has increased significantly and reaches 13.5 hours. The prices for the new product start at $ 799.

Huawei introduced Windows-tablet MateBook E and laptops MateBook X and D

In one day with Microsoft, Huawei introduced several products running Windows 10. Hybrid tablet Huawei MateBook E is equipped with a touch-screen 12-inch display with a resolution of 2160 × 1440 pixels, an Intel Core m3-7Y30 chip or Intel Core i5-7Y54, 4 GB or 8 GB of operational and SSD capacity of 128/256/512 GB. Huawei MateBook X is a thin 13-inch notebook weighing only 1.05 kg. Finally, Huawei MateBook D has a 15.6-inch FHD screen, an Intel Core i5 / i7 processor, up to 16 GB of RAM and can be equipped with a SSD capacity of up to 256 GB, and a 1 TB hard drive.

A large Xiaomi Mi Max 2 with a powerful battery

In the assortment of Xiaomi appeared the Mixt 2, interesting with a large screen, a capacious battery and an affordable price. The resolution of the 6.44-inch screen is 1920 × 1080 pixels, and the eight-core Snapdragon 625 processor is paired with 4 GB of RAM. Data is stored in flash memory with a capacity of 64 GB or 128 GB. Lovers of photography will be pleased with the use of the 12-megapixel sensor Sony IMX386, which is used in the flagship smartphone Mi6. A battery with a capacity of 5300 mAh has the ability to quickly charge the standard QC 3.0. The prices for the new product start at $ 248.

Intel will make Thunderbolt 3 available to everyone

The first device with support for Thunderbolt was introduced more than six years ago, but during this time the interface has not achieved much popularity. To fix this, Intel is going to take two decisive steps. First, the company is going to integrate the Thunderbolt 3 controller into its processors. Secondly, Intel will abolish royalties for developers of products with this interface. All this should help increase the popularity of the standard, as well as the emergence of more devices with its support.

Huawei introduced smartphones Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus

In September 2016 at the IFA exhibition Huawei introduced a new family of smartphones Nova. Less than a year, as the Chinese released updated devices: Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus. Devices can boast advanced photo capabilities: on the back side there are 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel camera, and the front camera has a resolution of as much as 20 megapixels. Smartphones are also notable for the bright colors of the cases. At the core of the devices is its own Huawei processor – Kirin 659. 5-inch Nova 2 will cost $ 365, and for 5.5-inch smartphone Nova 2 Plus will have to shell out $ 420.

Quadrocopter DJI Spark knows how to take off from the palm of your hand

The Chinese company DJI continues to flood the UAV market with new models, strengthening leadership in each segment. A novelty called Spark is notable for compact dimensions and a relatively low price – from $ 500. In the folded state, the dimensions of the drone are only 143 × 143 × 55 mm, while it is able to move away from the operator by 2 km. The drones camera can record video in Full HD format, and the flight time is limited to 16 minutes.

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