But this year the folks at Smach started posting a series of videos showing the little computer playing real games. And last week the company showed off some real, functional prototypes at the AMD booth at the Embedded World conference in Germany.
This thing is real… and that’s honestly about all I’m willing to say about it until it actual begins shipping.
Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.
- Smach Z and Embedded World 2019 [YouTube]
The Smach Z features a 6 inch, 1080p touchscreen display, an AMD Ryzen Embedded V1605B processor and up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It’s up for pre-order for $629 – $989, depending on the configuration. The expected retail prices will be $699 – $1099.
- Amazon to close all 87 of its U.S. pop-up stores [WSJ/MarketWatch]
Amazon says it’s killing its pop-up stores in the US, but expanding book stores and other bricks and retail locations.
- Intel’s Coffee Lake Refresh lineup leaked [FanlessTech]
Fujitsu accidentally spilled the beans on Intel’s 9th-gen “Coffee Lake Refresh” line of desktop processors by publishing a document with names and (some) details for a bunch of 35W to 95W chips.
- SPOILER alert, literally: Intel CPUs afflicted with simple data-spewing spec-exec vulnerability [The Register]
A new vulnerability discovered in Intel chips: Spoiler exploit can leverage speculative execution, much like Spectre and Meltdown. But it attacks a different part of the chip, doesn’t seem to apply to ARM or AMD processors.
- Meizu Note 9 with Snapdragon 675 and 48MP camera launched in China [xda-developers]
The Meizu Zero button-less, port-less smartphone may never see the light of day, but the Chinese phone maker does have a new Meizu Note 9 phone on the way. It has a 6.2 inch display, a 4,000 mAh battery, an SD675 processor, and up to 6GB of RAM.
- Fitbit Launches Four New Wearables [Fitbit]
Fitbit’s new $160 Versa Lite Edition smartwatch is like a less capable Versa (for $40 less it can’t store music, make NFC payments, or track swim laps or flights of stairs climbed).