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Xiaomi Enters Laptops With Mi Notebook Air

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So the rumours were correct after all-- Xiaomi is indeed set to further rival Apple with the Mi Notebook Air, a slim premium Windows notebook with an aluminium body similar to the MacBook Air.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook AirThe Mi Notebook Air comes in 2 sizes, 13.3- and 12.5-inch. The larger version is, predictably, the more powerful, featuring an Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB SSD, and an Nvidia GeForce 940MX mobile graphics card that Xiaomi says runs Dota 2 at 85fps at HD resolution. Making the notebook even more similar to the latest MacBooks is the USB port of choice, Type-C.

Meanwhile the smaller 12.5-inch version carries an Intel Core M3 CPU, integrated graphics and a 128GB SSD, but can beat its larger sibling at battery life-- its battery has enough power for 11-and-a-half hours of use on a single charge, unlike the 9-and-a-half hours of use provided by the battery inside the 13.3-inch notebook.

Lian li Presents KB-01, KM-01 Keyboards

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PC case maker Lian Li launches the set of peripherals first shown back at CES 2016-- the KB-01 Bluetooth keyboard, the KM-01 wireless keyboard and mouse combo, and the PT-M5 oversized mouse pad.

Lian Li keyboardBoth keyboards feature chiclet-style keys backed with scissor switches arranged in a standard 104 key layout complete with combo media keys and LEDs for num lock, caps lock and battery level. The underside of the keyboards houses power and pairing buttons together with rubber non-slip feet and flip-out rear stands.

As the name suggests the KB-01 connects to just about any device, including PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets, via Bluetooth. Wired connectivity is also available via mini USB port. Power comes through x2 standard AAA batteries, and colour options include blue, gold or silver.

IDC: Notebooks Boost EMEA PC Q2 2016 Shipments

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EMEA PC shipments perform "above expectations" in Q2 2016 according to IDC, reaching 16 million units-- a -4.7% decrease, with W. European shipments stabilising at -0.8% Y-o-Y.

On the other hand CEE and MEA shipments remain "constrained" at -8.5% and -13.3% Y-o-Y respectively.


Helping improve EMEA PC shipments are notebooks, with declines stabilising at -1.7% Y-o-Y, the first Y-o-Y comparison not impacted by Bing shipments. Notebooks actually drive W. European shipments with 4.1% growth, the result of demand from the commercial segment bringing about EMEA commercial notebook growth of 3.7%.

However consumer markets remain on the decline due to a difficult market created by the now familiar combination of volatile exchange rates, oil price fluctuations, macroeconomic and political developments.

WD Intros 64-Layer 3D NAND

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WD BiCS3Western Digital (WD) presents the next generation of 3D NAND flash-- BiCS3, featuring 64 layers of vertical storage capability on a single 3-bits-per-cell chip, making it the smallest from the company.

Co-developed with Toshiba, BiCS3 will initially be deployed in 256 gigabit capacity before availability in a range of capacities reaching up to half a terabit on a single chip. It will run alongside the current range of BiCS2 3D NAND products.

Asus Refreshes Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard

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Asus announces a refresh of the Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura motherboard-- one promising a "sweet aesthetic, awesome features and functions" as well as "the world's first 3D-printing-friendly" design.

Asus Z170The motherboard features an LGA1151 socket for 6th generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3, Pentium and Celeron processors, as well as dual DDR4 3466 (OC) support, Pro Clock technology for stable overclocking, SupremeFX audio, RAMCache for faster game loading and USB 3.1 connectivity.

Being aimed at the gaming segment, the Z170 obviously includes RGB lighting, with 12 customisable lighting schemes and syncing with Aura-compatible devices.

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