Computex 2013 may be all about devices with Intel’s Haswell chips (with a little room for AMD’s latest processors and NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4), but a few device makers are starting to show off products featuring next-generation Atom processors.
Intel plans to launch its Atom Bay Trail platform by the end of the year, and chips in the Bay Trail family are expected to offer enough of a performance boost over last year’s models that Intel is even going to market some chips as Celeron or Pentium processors rather than Atom.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Early look at a few 8 to 10 inch tablets with Intel Atom Bay Trail chips
Intel won’t release its new Atom Bay Trail chips until later this year, but device makers are starting to show off tablets with the next-gen chips at the Computex trade show in Taiwan this week. [Mobile Geeks]
- Splashtop, Intel let you remotely wake a PC that’s connected to WiFi
Splashtop offers remote desktop software that lets you login to a PC from a tablet or other device and remote control it… but that only works if both devices are powered up. Soon you may be able to use Splashtop to remotely turn on a PC (assuming it supports “wake over WiFi”) [Engadget]
- Asus Transformer Book 13″ convertible getting a Haswell upgrade
Asus may have just released the Transformer Book 13 inch ultrabook with a detachable tablet portion. But a new model should hit the streets within a few months, packing a faster, more efficient Haswell CPU. [Ultrabook News]
- NFC is coming to Chromebooks
NFC stands for “near field communication,” and it’s a technology that lets two devices talk to each other securely over a very short distance. It can be used for secure mobile payments, for instance. And soon it may be available in Chromebooks. [François Beaufort]
- Razer Blade 14 inch gaming laptop now up for pre-order
Got $1800 or more burning a hole in your pocket and an itch to do some heavy duty gaming on the go? [Razer]
- MK805 II Android TV Box with Allwinner A20 dual-core CPU sells for about $60
If this tiny computer looks familiar, you’ve probably been following the Android mini PC space for a while. It’s basically an upgraded version of one of the first Android TV boxes to hit the market about a year ago. [CNX Software]
- Download the new Gmail 4.5 app for Android with slide-out navigation
A few weeks ago, Google introduces a redesigned user interface for its mobile Gmail apps, featuring new automatic labels and a navigation pane that slides out from the left side of the screen. Some users are now getting the updated Android app automatically, but if you don’t want to wait you can download the app early. [Android Police]