OnePlus CEO: We're going to start talking to US carriers

From CNET: OnePlus could be inching closer to breaking into the mainstream.

Pete Lau, chief executive of the niche Chinese phone manufacturer, said the company would begin talks with US carriers this year.

"If the right opportunity and right timing come along, we'll be very happy to experiment," he said in an interview at the Bellagio outside of CES on Wednesday. He declined to give any specific time frame for when a deal might be struck. (Lau spoke Chinese, and Carl Pei, co-founder and global director, served as the translator.)

Huawei Chief Slams US Carriers After Collapse of AT&T Deal

From PC Mag: The end of a rumored deal to sell Huawei phones through AT&T doesn't just hurt the Chinese company's plans for the US market. It also hurts consumers, Huawei said Tuesday.

"I think it's quite a big loss for us and also for the carriers, but it's more of a big loss for consumers," Richard Yu, chief of Huawei's consumer business group, said during a CES keynote.

Intel announces Optane 800P SSD for the rest of us

From PC World: We've been waiting for this: Intel announced the first consumer Optane SSD on Tuesday at CES.

Dubbed the 800P, Intel said two models of the 800P will ship in M.2 trim: a 58GB version and a 118GB version. Both will be bootable and will come with a two-lane (x2) PCIe configuration. The drives are rated to write more than 200GB per day.

Samsung Galaxy S9 launch confirmed for MWC in February

From CNET: Samsung will launch its 2018 flagship phone, the Galaxy S9, next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, according to the company's mobile boss.

DJ Koh, president of Samsung's mobile division, confirmed the phone will be unveiled at the trade show in February to ZDNet at CES in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Nvidia GeForce Now Finally Available for Windows PCs

From PC Mag: Last year, Nvidia decided it was time for cloud gaming to make a comeback and introduced GeForce Now. It's a service that allows you to transform underpowered hardware into a high-performance gaming rig by running each game in the cloud and streaming it to your machine.

Until now, GeForce Now has been limited to Nvidia Shield TV where you pay a monthly fee to access 100+ games. There is also a free beta period for the Mac, but as of this week Nvidia expanded it to include Windows PCs.

Razer's Project Linda turns the Razer Phone into a laptop

From PC World: Another CES, another Razer Prototype. Unlike last year’s three-screened laptop Project Valerie, Razer’s Project Linda, announced Tuesday, is something that might actually make it to market. Project Linda is a dock for your Razer Phone in the form of a laptop.

Digital Storm Spark is a powerful gaming PC the size of a shoebox

From CNET: Digital Storm's Project Spark is a full gaming desktop you actually have room for -- on your desk.

Measuring 6 inches deep by 4 inches wide by 12 inches tall, it's the boutique PC builder's smallest desktop to date made for enthusiasts. Configurations are based on Intel's Z370 chipset with an Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU and an Intel Core-i7 8700K processor, all kept cool with a custom hardline liquid-cooling system.

AMD Expands Lineup of Mobile Ryzen, Vega Chips

From PC Mag: AMD made waves last year with its powerful Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7, and Ryzen Threadripper CPUs designed for high-end desktops, offering comparable performance to Intel's best processors at equivalent or lower prices. But the company appears to want to shake up the entire market for business and consumer laptops, so it's also introducing CPUs for workstations as well as the Chromebooks and cheap 2-in-1 convertibles that are now a staple of Best Buy aisles.

HP's updated Spectre x360 15 lets you pick your poison: Radeon or GeForce

From PC World: HP’s Spectre x360 15 is here to help with one of the most vexing questions faced by high-performance laptop buyers: GeForce or Radeon discrete graphics? The super-thin flagship 15-inch laptop gives you both answers: You can pick up an updated Spectre x360 15 with either Nvidia or AMD graphics, along with Intel’s 8th-gen Core i7.

Announced at CES early Monday, the Spectre x360 is slated to ship March 18 and will has a starting price of $1,370.

Asus' 2018 Vivo all-in-ones come in medium and small

From CNET: Asus has narrowed the bezels on its Vivo line of everyday all-in-one desktops, giving the already attractive systems a more modern look for 2018.


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