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Mar 18, 2014

Oppo N1 Mini Coming in May/June with 5-Inch Display, Octa-Core CPU

Oppo fans will be pleased to know that their favorite company will embrace the current trend and will launch a “mini” version of one of its most popular smartphones, the N1.

According to Hardwarezone, the Chinese company plans to release a variation of the popular N1, which will be called Oppo N1 Mini. The smartphone has yet to be unveiled officially, but word is that Oppo will launch the device on the market sometime in May or June. Unlike the original Oppo N1, which boasts a huge 5.9-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution, the mini version will “only” pack a 5-inch display. No word on resolution yet, but we suspect it will only offer HD (720p) support.

On the inside, the Oppo N1 mini won’t be less impressive than the original model, which rocks a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.7GHz, as rumors claim it will be powered by a MediaTek octa-core chipset. Design-wise, both Oppo N1 models will look similar, so don’t expect any changes in aspect. It is also worth mentioning that Oppo N1 Mini will be available in LTE and non-LTE variants, depending on the market. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

Oppo N1
Image credits to Oppo

Gigabyte Launches P34G Gaming Laptop with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M

Today Gigabyte launched a new gaming laptop, called the P34G that comes bundling a sleek and elegant look. The company says the device could prove to be the right solution for business users who like to kick-back and relax by playing the most advanced in the industry today.

The new P34G is kept alive by virtue of a powerful and efficient 4th-gen Intel Core i7 quad-core processor and bundles NVIDIA’s next-gen GPU, in the form of the GeForce GTX 860M GGR5 4GB discrete graphics (based on the Maxwell/Kepler architecture). The flagship laptop bundles Super-Cool technology which packs dual heat pipes plus two dedicated fans for CPU & GPU, a system which is said to be able to maintain an optimal overall temperature even while playing the most straining games. Furthermore, the Gigabyte Fan Tweak has 3 different fan speed choices that allow users to opt for the right mode, depending on the tasks they are engaged with. There’s a bunch of other dedicated software, including LAN Optimizer (gets rid of network latency) or LockWin Key (locks the Windows Key)

The P34G v2 is equipped with one mSATA SSD up to 256GB and one 1TB HHD. In the display department, we have a 14-inch AHVA display (1080p) with 72% NTSC wide color gamut. Another drawing point is that the laptop is really slim and lightweight being only 20.9 mm / 0.8 inches and 1.67 kg / 3.68 lbs heavy, which makes it comparable to an Ultrabook. So far, there’s no information regarding pricing or availability.

Gigabyte launches new gaming laptop
Image credits to Gigabyte

Zotac Outs Fastest GeForce GTX 750 Ti Graphics Card, Called Thunderbolt

The GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card is one of the only two video boards powered by NVIDIA's Maxwell graphics processing unit architecture, and also the best, which means that it's the one most prone towards factory overclocking, something that Zotac has just proved.

The company has formally released the GeForce GTX 750 Ti Thunderbolt, which features a base GPU clock frequency of 1229 MHz, and a GPU Boost maximum setting of 1320 MHz. For the sake of comparison, the normal, reference card from NVIDIA works at 1020 MHz and 1085 MHz, respectively. Obviously, the company went to great lengths to push the board as high as it could go while still making do with air cooling. Speaking of which, the cooler is a large thing, with a thick aluminum fin stack and a shroud made of the same material. The fans are two in number, with a diameter of 90 mm and boasting hybrid impellers (two sets of blades, for better airflow and volume). Between the heat conductivity of the metal and the high air moving power of the fans, the heat is kept at bay quite well.

Of course, the cooler makes contact with the memory chips as well, otherwise their own overclocking would have caused an overwhelming amount of heat. To elaborate, while NVIDIA's reference card has the 2 GB of GDDR5 working at 5400 MHz, this one, Zotac GeForce GTX 750 Ti Thunderbolt, functions at 6 GHz. To sum up, the Zotac GeForce GTX 750 Ti Thunderbolt is the fastest GTX 750 Ti card made so far, and probably won't get a true rival any time soon. The name is still a bit odd though, not just because the coloring of the board does not evoke the phenomenon in the slightest, but also because “Thunderbolt” is the name of a particularly speedy storage/video interface, an interface which the card lacks.

Instead, the newcomer sticks to what works, a pair of DVI outputs, an HDMI connector and one DisplayPort. It's a real shame that the product isn't available outside of the Greater China Region. We're quite certain that there are plenty of Americans and Europeans that would jump at the chance to own the fastest Maxwell board on the market. Alas, they will have to be content with admiring the product from afar, or contact an acquaintance in China that can acquire one. The price is of 1,199 RMB ($194 / €140).

Zotac GeForce GTX 750 Ti Thunderbolt
Image credits to Hermitage Akihabara

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