Motorola Launches The Moto Z2 Play: HotHardware Claims The Battery Life King Never Looked So Good

Smartphones are a funny beast of conflicting requirements, the insatiable need for more power and capability, hamstrung by the insatiable need for longer and longer battery life. The two are opposite, yet mutual complements, if executed well. Motorola has historically hit the mark in this regard, with the Moto Z Play series,  an Android smartphone with enough horsepower for the mainstream user but battery life that most handsets jones for.

Motorola Moto Z2 Play Smartphone - David Altavilla

Motorola Moto Z2 Play Smartphone

HotHardware’s Chris Goetting took the new Moto Z2 Play for a few loops around the test track and determined it was more of the same from Moto, only better. Check out his full review here and I reserve the right to ask for it back, if I’m feeling selfish. 🙂

AMD’s Radeon RX Vega Graphics Put To The Test

It’s been a long time coming for AMD but the day is finally here when we get to look at the performance profile of the company’s next generation Radeon RX Vega GPU technology for gamers. The Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56 are on the test bench at HotHardware and put through their paces in a myriad of game tests and benchmarks. Here’s a taste from the review

“Radeon RX Vega is an all-new GPU architecture for AMD, built from the ground-up to be optimized for DirectX 12 and asynchronous compute, with a revised pixel engine and higher clock speeds that the previous generation Fiji architecture could not achieve. Vega also offers a new mixed-precision support AMD is calling Rapid Packed Math. “

AMD Radeon RX Vega Review - David Altavilla

AMD Radeon RX Vega Review – David Altavilla

Taking Samsung’s Galaxy Book 12 For A Spin

Convertible notebook-tablet hybrid devices are big business these days. Microsoft drove the product segment forward nicely with the introduction of their Surface series of 2-in-1s a few years back and since then major PC OEMs have been looking to capture some of that lime light as well. Samsung recently stepped out with an Intel 7th gen Kaby Lake Core i5 powered 12-inch machine that is wafer thin and sports a gorgeous OLED display. Of course I just had to take a look. From the review:

Samsung's Galaxy Book 12

Samsung’s Galaxy Book 12

With Intel’s Kaby Lake 7th gen series processors hitting full stride, competitive solutions, like the Samsung Galaxy Book 12 we’ll show you here, are boasting serious horsepower in a hybrid tablet convertible form factor. The good news is, you know Samsung brings that bright, punchy OLED goodness with tablet displays, and this time we’ve got 12-inches of premium screen real estate to work with.

It’s impressive that Samsung was able to drop a full 15-watt Core i5 chip into this 1.5 tablet-hybrid device. Check out my full review here for all the details and my final evaluation.

NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – This One Goes To 11

GeForce GTX 1080 Ti]

NVIDIA finally lifted the veil on its latest monster graphics card for gamers — the long-rumored GeForce GTX 1080 Ti — at an event this evening in San Francisco during the Game Developers Conference (GDC). The card will sit at the top of NVIDIA’s Pascal-powered GeForce product stack alongside the mighty Titan X and GeForce GTX 1080, promising significant performance gains over the GTX 1080 and faster than Titan X-class performance, for a much lower price with MSRP set at $699 (versus the $1200 Titan X). I unbox the card here and HotHardware’s full review is here.

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