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Version 2.0 of the BOOK 8088 retro mini-laptop adds VGA graphics card and serial ports

The BOOK 8088 is one of the weirdest laptops to launch in 2023. It’s a budget mini-laptop with a 7 inch display, a QWERTY keyboard… and the guts of a 40-year old computer including a Intel 8088 compatible processor with a 4.77 MHz base clock but support for turbo speeds up to 8 MHz. Now […]

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Open source 8088 BIOS version 1.0 released after a dozen years of development

Intel’s 8088 processor was released in 1979 and the 4.77 MHz processor was at the heart of the first IBM PC that was released two years later. While the processor is pretty sluggish by modern standards, it’s kind of legendary among retro computing fans, and it’s even popped up recently in new devices like the […]

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Lilbits: Samsung Galaxy Tab S9, Google Pixel 8, OnePlus Nord 3, and Steam Deck news

Samsung plans to launch its next-gen foldable smartphones and flagship tablets latest this month. But details have been leaking for a while. Now WinFuture has obtained a collection of picture showing off Samsung’s upcoming line of Android devices. Note that one model is missing: the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE, which is expected to be […]

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Past meets present in this $200 mini-laptop with a Intel 8088 chip and 640KB of memory

More than four decades after Intel launched the 8088 processor, a Chinese PC maker has launched a brand new mini-laptop sporting the 4.77 MHz processor, along with support for an optional 8087 math co-processor. This new “Book 8088 DOS system” is available from AliExpress for $201 and up. And while it won’t run most modern […]