Computex 2017 is officially underway.
Companies use the annual Taipei, Taiwan-based technology trade show to show off their latest PC products and components. Last year, everything seemed to be related to virtual reality, with several brands unveiling high-end GPUs or budget ones capable of running VR. But don't expect it to be as busy this year, considering Microsoft has already held a couple events this month to introduce new hardware.
Still, Asus has picked up the slack. It kicked off the show with a bunch of new laptops. And based on recent leaks and launches, some other companies will likely have a few announcements up there sleeves too. Pocket-lint is of course at the show and will bring you all the latest as it happens. Here's everything you need to know about this year's Computex, including when it is and what was announced.
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What is Computex 2017?
Computex is an international computer expo held annually in Taipei, Taiwan. This year's show, which has the theme "From Mobility to Intelligence", will feature keynotes on the topics of artificial intelligence, internet of things, and other future technologies.
When is Computex 2017?
Computex 2017 will be held from 30 May to 3 June 2017, though some companies, such as Asus, technically hold keynotes the weekend before in order to get a jump start, as there will undoubtedly be a flood of announcements on the first day of the show.
Where to watch Computex 2017
There is no official live stream for Computex 2017, but some companies might post live streams of their own keynotes. When they become available, we will share them below. Meanwhile, visit Computex's website for more videos and photos from the show.
What was announced at Computex 2017?
- Asus Zenbook Flip S preview: A thin convertible jam packed with top kit
- Asus Vivo Book Pro S15 preview: The world’s first laptop with Intel Optane
- Asus Zenbook Pro UX550 preview: Next-level machine with a 4K touchscreen
Asus held its Computex Taipei 2017 press conference on 29 May, a full day before the show officially begins, and it mainly used the time to introduce new laptops. A bunch of them, actually. And here they are:
The ZenBook Flip S, touted as the “world’s thinnest convertible", is 10.9mm thick and 20-per cent slimmer than the MacBook. The convertible weighs 1.1kg (2.42 pounds) and offers 11.5 hours of battery life, Intel's Core i7 processor, a single USB-C port, and a 13.3-inch 4K screen. Product launch is set for the back-to-school September window and lowest-specced models will start at $1,099 (around £850).
Next there's the new ZenBook Pro, which has a Nvidia GTX 1050Ti GPU, a 15.6-inch 4K display, and an H-series Core i7 CPU, and 14 hours of battery life - all within a 18.9mm-thick chassis. It will start at $1,299. Asus also unveiled the ZenBook 3 Deluxe. It's a 14-inch laptop that's just 12.9mm thick and starts at $1,199. It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, Intel's Core i7 processor, and a 1080p display.
Asus also brought out a $499 laptop in a 17.9mm-thick aluminium chassis. Stand-out features include a Core i7 processor, a Nvidia GTX 940MX GPU inside, and a 15-inch screen. And finally, Asus introduced the VivoBook Pro, a mid-range offering with a 15.6-inch 4K display, a Core i7 processor, and a GTX 1050 GPU. It’ll be available from this summer for $799 (just over £600).
Dell has unveiled three all-AMD desktops. There is a 24-inch Inspiron 24 5000 with a 7th-gen quad-core A10 chip backed up by a Radeon RX560 graphics card and 4GB of video memory. There's also a 27-inch model, which lets you choose between quad-core Ryzen 5 1400 or octa-core Ryzen 7 1700 chip. You can also pick between Radeon RX560 graphics with 4GB of RAM or Radeon RX580 with 8GB of RAM.
Both machines come with up to 32GB of RAM and up to 1TB hard drives, or up to 256GB PCIe SSDs. They also have Dell's InfinityEdge displays and support for Windows Hello via infrared cameras. The 24-inch Inspiron will be available this month for $699 (about £545), while the Inspiron 27 7000 will go on sale for $999 (about £779).
Lastly, Dell brought out its new Inspiron Gaming Desktop, the first gaming desktop in the Inspiron line. It packs AMD Ryzen and Polaris technology, with Dell claiming it is "ready for VR graphics cards". You can choose between three Ryzen chips and two “all-in-one” APUs, with the option of adding a GeForce GTX 1060 from Nvidia, It's on sale now and starts at $699 (about £545).
- Intel Core i9 X-Series is a hardcore gamer's delight, with 18-core option
- Intel will present "the future of cricket" at the ICC Trophy
During its Computex keynote, Intel announced a new series of CPUs that sit at the very top of the Skylake family. The Intel Core i9 X-Series is for power users and seriously hardcore PC gamers, as it starts at around $1,000 and goes up to a mighty $2,000 for the 18-core i9-7980XE. And that's not including new motherboards you'll likely need to run them. For that, you'll more than likely be futureproof for years.
The Intel Core X-Series of processors also includes i5 and i7 CPUs, but it's the i9 range that's garnered the most attention. The i9-7980XE, for example, is the first consumer chip from the manufacturer that offers over a teraflop in computing power. The i9 series of chips all run at base clock speeds of 3.3GHz. Turbo Boost can increase that to 4.5GHz.
Intel also announced a few new technological additions to the International Cricket Champions (ICC) Trophy, which starts Thursday 1 June. Chief among the technological advancements, Intel will be taking to the tournament, include using the company's Falcon 8 drone to analyse the pitch before each match. The Falcon 8 drone is equipped with HD and infrared cameras.
It will be able to monitor and assess grass cover, grass health, and topology. All the data will then be available for commentators to access and use during matches. Intel also has a cricket bat sensor that's powered by the company's own Curie technology. The sensor can be attached to any cricket bat to generate data for each individual player. Data monitored includes back-lift, bat speed, and follow-through
MSI showed off its new gaming laptop, called the GT75VR Titan. It features a new, innovative, low-profile mechanical keyboard and some top-shelf hardware, including a Core i7 CPU, which can overclock to 4GHz, as well as options for SLI graphics cards. It can also pack in two GeForce 1070 GPUs, a cooling system, theatre speakers, and a super-fast display refresh rate. No word yet on pricing.
Nvidia has unveiled Max-Q, a design approach that major gaming laptop manufacturers will adopt for a series of Nvidia card-packed notebooks. They will be powerful and designed with gaming firmly at the forefront, but will also be MacBook-thin and useable as a great, travel anywhere, multipurpose laptop. Max-Q gaming laptops will sport GeForce GTX 1080, 1070, or 1060 graphics processing.
They will be engineered with sophisticated thermal and electrical design in order to maintain a thin footprint yet keep cool and quite in operation. Nvidia's proprietary WhisperMode technology will also ensure a Max-Q laptop runs quietly. Manufacturers signed on to produce Max-Q machines include Acer, Asus, Alienware, Gigabyte, Lenovo and MSI. Expect them to appear on the market from 27 June.
Samsung has announced that you can use its S Pen technology on its new Notebook 9 Pro, which is different from the old Notebook 9 series, as the Pro version has a 360-degree hinge, which means you can use it as a tablet or a laptop. Samsung has added an embedded S Pen too; it slides into the base of the Notebook 9 Pro. The stylus offers 4,000 levels of pressure and the ability to detect tilt for shading.
Samsung made 13.3- and 15-inch models of the Notebook 9 Pro, both of which feature Intel’s latest Core i7 processors and a 256GB SSD. The 13.3-inch version will has 8GB of RAM, while the larger has 16GB of RAM and AMD’s Radeon 450 graphics card. Other features include UBC Type-C support, two regular USB ports, a HDMI port, and support for microSD storage. There’s even a Windows Hello camera.
No word yet on a release date or pricing.
What else can you expect?
We could hear from MediaTek and AMD. That’s all we’ve got so far, but stay tuned over the next few days.