Intel at CES: More performance, less power, and x86 everywhere

Intel didn’t have a lot of new information to hand out to the press seated at its CES event on Monday afternoon—most of what it had to show off were things we heard about before, whether through official or unofficial channels. What the conference did was give us a comprehensive look at the company’s products and initiatives for 2013.
If you’re familiar with Intel’s initiatives of late, its new products are staying that course: emphasizing power consumption over all else and continuing to push its Atom processors into tablets and smartphones. Ultrabooks and convertible laptops also continue to factor prominently into the company’s future plans, both with the next-generation Haswell chips and new Ivy Bridge processors that use even less power than the ones in currently shipping Ultrabooks.
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All we know about Nvidia’s next-generation Tegra chip

Nvidia’s Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip for smartphones and tablets is getting a bit long in the tooth, but the company still hasn’t officially announced when its successor, an SoC codenamed “Wayne,” will be available in shipping products. We expect an official announcement soon—perhaps even at Nvidia’s press conference at CES—but for now we’re still piecing together information from older announcements and alleged leaks.
One such leak appeared this week, courtesy of Chinese-language site ChipHell. If it’s legitimate (and it does appear to line up with information we already knew), it points to Wayne being a powerful SoC best suited for high-end tablets, but also a good fit for small, inexpensive ARM-based laptops or desktops. What we know so far paints a remarkably complete picture of what Wayne looks like, what it will be good at, and just how much better it will be than Tegra 3.
The CPU and GPU: a big step up

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The 5 best Windows 8 tablets and laptops you can buy today

The clamshell laptop is finally joining the beige desktop in the museum of computer artifacts. The basic hinged design made its first appearance in a device called the Grid Compass way back in 1982, so no one can scoff at the clamshell’s longevity. Nonetheless, times are finally changing, which means it’s time for the pure clamshell laptop to ride off into the sunset.
The traditional clamshell is being replaced by a wide variety of designs that merge tablets and laptops into a single physical package. These Windows 8 hybrid devices should directly appeal to PC users who might otherwise buy thin-and-light laptops. First-generation hybrids are already shipping, and most of them are flawed in some way, but they nonetheless bring new use-case scenarios to a mobile computing paradigm that hasn’t changed much in 30 years.
Sure, there have been attempts to upend the clamshell. Take Microsoft’s Tablet PC initiative during the Windows XP era. But those early efforts were hobbled by bolting touch control onto an operating system that was poorly suited for touch interfaces. Windows 8 and Windows RT, however, are designed from the ground up for the touch experience.
Now that we’ve reviewed a good number of Windows 8 portables, it’s time to step back, name the best models, and put them all in context. Given their intrinsic design compromises, none of them is a clear winner as a do-it-all system. But we can still look at five innovative designs, walk you through why you’d want one, and suggest which usage models may best apply to you.

Primarily a PC: IdeaPad Yoga

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