Xiaomi Book Pro 2022 series has been launched on Monday in two sizes models. While one comes in 14-inch variant, another has a 16-inch display. The newly unveiled notebook series packs E4 OLED displays that use 3D LUT colour correction created by Xiaomi along with support for Dolby Vision. The Xiaomi Book Pro 2022 laptops have a lightweight build with a 14.9mm thickness. On the other hand, both the variants are powered by a 12th-generation Intel Core P series SoC.
Xiaomi Book Pro 2022 price, availability
The Book Pro 14-inch 2022 from Xiaomi starts at CNY 6799 (roughly Rs. 80,000) for the i5 version and CNY 8499 (roughly Rs. 1,00,000) for the i7 version. Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Book Pro 16-inch 2022 has been priced at CNY 7399 (roughly Rs. 87,000) for the i5 version, whereas, it can be purchased at CNY 9399 (roughly Rs. 1,10,700) for the i7 version.
Xiaomi Book Pro 14-inch 2022 specifications, features
The Xiaomi Book Pro 14-inch laptop sports an E4 OLED display that uses 3D LUT colour correction created by the company. The 14-inch Book Pro 2022 runs Windows 11 and features a 90 Hz display along with Dolby Vision support protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The display has a resolution of 2880×1800 pixels and a 16:10 aspect ratio. The screen of the laptop has a peak brightness of up to 600nits. The Xiaomi Book Pro 14-inch laptop is powered by a 12th-generation Intel Core P series SoC, as mentioned above. The laptop comes with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM with 512GB storage. The Xiaomi Book Pro 14-inch laptop supports 100W charging over USB Type-C using a GaN charging adapter. The 14-inch model of the Xiaomi Book Pro 2022 weighs 1.5kg.
Xiaomi Book Pro 16-inch 2022 specifications, features
The Xiaomi Book Pro 16-inch 2022 laptop mostly has the same specs as the Xiaomi 14-inch Book Pro 2022. Just like the newly launched 14-inch laptop from Xiaomi, the 16-inch variant also sports an E4 OLED Retina Master touch screen that uses 3D LUT colour correction. This laptop also runs Windows 11 and is powered by a 12th-generation Intel Core P series SoC. However, the Xiaomi Book Pro 16-inch 2022 has a 60 Hz display, unlike the 14-inch one.
The 16-inch laptop too has Dolby Vision support protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The Xiaomi Book Pro 16-inch 2022 also supports 100W charging over a USB Type-C charger, like the 14-inch Book Pro 2022.
It also has a thickness of 14.9mm, but it weighs 1.8kg, which is different from the 14-inch model.
US Tightens Export Controls on Advanced Chips, Engine Technology Critical to National Security
The US on Friday adopted new export controls on technologies that support the production of advanced semiconductors and gas turbine engines that it said are critical to its national security. The “emerging and foundational technologies” covered by the move include gallium oxide and diamond, because “devices that utilize these materials have significantly increased military potential,” the US Commerce Department said.
“Technological advancements that allow technologies like semiconductors and engines to operate faster, more efficiently, longer, and in more severe conditions can be game changers in both the commercial and military context,” said Commerce Under Secretary for Industry and Security Alan Estevez. “When we recognize the risks as well as the benefits, and act in concert with our international partners, we can ensure that our shared security objectives are met.”
The four technologies are among items that 42 participating countries reached consensus to control at December 2021 meetings. The US export controls cover a wider range of technologies, including additional equipment, software, and technology used to produce semiconductors than the international agreement.
Gallium oxide and diamond allow semiconductors “to work under more severe conditions, such as at higher voltages or higher temperatures. Devices that utilise these materials have significantly increased military potential,” Commerce said.
The controls include ECAD, a category of software tools used for validating integrated circuits or printed circuit boards “that can advance many commercial as well as military applications including defense and communications satellites,” the department said.
In June 2021, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission found the department was not doing enough to keep sensitive technology out of the hands of China’s military. The lag in developing the list of emerging and foundational technologies, as required by a 2018 law, may exacerbate national security risks, the report said.
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Lenovo Legion VR700 Headset Specifications Teased Ahead of August 18 Launch
Lenovo Legion VR700 VR headset’s key specifications have been teased by the company. It will come with a Qualcomm XR2 processor, 4K RealRGB display, and a 6DoF interaction system, among others. As per the poster shared by Lenovo on Weibo, the headset seems to come with multiple cameras, presumably for inside-out tracking, a strap, and two controllers. It could be a possibility that this is a standalone VR headset just like the Mirage Solo headset, which Lenovo launched back in 2018.
As per an image shared by Lenovo on Weibo, the Legion VR700 will be powered by the Qualcomm XR2 processor, which supports 5G and offers improved CPU as well as GPU performance compared to the previous generation. The Lenovo headset is also said to offer up to 4 times improvement in video broadband, 6 times improvement in resolution, and 11 times improvement in AI performance.
Other features of the Lenovo Legion VR700 include a 4K RealRGB display with a high brush response, and support for 6DoF interactive system that allows for dual 6DoF spatial positioning and accuracy of head as well as hands. The headset is also teased to come with support for iQIYI’s resources and use the iQUT 2.0 standard. This essentially means that users will be able to get a better viewing experience.
Lenovo’s previous offering, Mirage Solo, was announced back in 2018 as one of the first standalone headsets with motion-tracking technology, called WorldSense, which allowed the wearer to move around, lean, dodge or duck through space. It came with a controller similar to the wireless controller in Google’s Daydream headset.
The Mirage Solo was launched with a Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It gets a 5.5-inch QHD LCD screen and a 4000mAh battery. The headset’s display offered a 110-degree field of view for immersive VR engagement.
China Claims US CHIPS And Science Act Will Disrupt International Trade, Distort Global Semiconductor Supply Chains
China on Wednesday criticized a US law to encourage processor chip production in the United States and reduce reliance on Asian suppliers as a threat to trade and an attack on Chinese business. The law signed this week by President Joe Biden promises $52 billion (roughly Rs. 4,11,300 crore) in grants and other aid to investors in US chip factories. It responds in part to warnings that supplies might be disrupted if China attacks Taiwan, which produces up to 90 percent of high-end chips. China’s ruling Communist Party claims the self-ruled island as part of its territory.
The measure will “disrupt international trade and distort global semiconductor supply chains,” said a Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin. “China firmly opposes that.”
Parts of the law “restrict companies’ normal investment and economic and trade activities in China,” Wang said, without giving details.
Disruption in chip supplies following the coronavirus pandemic hampered production of goods from smartphones to autos and highlighted the world’s reliance on Taiwanese chips and Chinese factories that assemble most electronic devices.
Fears of disruption have been heightened by Chinese threats to attack Taiwan, which split with the mainland in 1949 after a civil war.
Beijing launched military drills around the island last week in retaliation for a visit by Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the US House of Representatives. China believes visits by American officials to Taiwan might encourage its leaders to make its de facto independence permanent, a step the mainland says would lead to war.
The “CHIPS and Science Act” calls for research spending that would total about $200 billion (roughly Rs. 15,81,900 crore) over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
The Communist Party has spent tens of billions of dollars developing China’s own chip production industry. Its factories make low-end chips for autos and other products but cannot supply high-end smartphones and other devices.
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