UMPCPortal https://www.umpcportal.com Mobile PC information Sun, 17 Feb 2019 15:02:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 3556081 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ UMPCPortal survived the cull. 12 years old and still going. https://www.umpcportal.com/2019/01/umpcportal-survived-the-cull-12-years-old-and-still-going/ https://www.umpcportal.com/2019/01/umpcportal-survived-the-cull-12-years-old-and-still-going/#comments Thu, 10 Jan 2019 11:15:04 +0000 http://www.umpcportal.com/?p=48959 UMPCPortal, the site that I started as Carrypad.com in Feb 2006, survives! It’s full of mobile computing history that needs to be preserved. Maybe in another 10 years we’ll be able to look back at the equipment and wonder how we ever survived. Here’s 2007, for example. Crazy!

You’ll notice that most ads and plugins and bells and whistles are now gone so the site is faster and hopefully more stable.  You might also notice that the sites Ultrabooknews and Chromebookworld are gone. They were out of date and needed to be put to rest. I’ve imported and redirected the pages here on UMPCPortal.

Do you still use a UMPC? If so, let me know in the comments.

UMPCs in 2018. What you can expect from UMPCPortal.

Ultra mobile personal computers running Windows are no more, that much is clear. But ultra mobile personal computing continues. I’m not just talking about smartphones that have replaced them but also the smart and connected technology that you’ll now find in cars, bikes, cameras and home devices. I won’t be covering all that on UMPCPortal but I will continue to cover some of the stuff I love and some of the stuff I do in my daily work. This, for example…

And this, a multi camera mobile streaming solution.

I may also talk a bit about personal transport. Ulrta Mobile Personal Carriers!

I’m not longer a professional blogger (thanks to Facebook!) so if you want to follow my real work, you’ll find it here on Twitter, where I talk about SEO data and city mobility.

Do you still use a traditional UMPC?

How many of you are still using a Windows-based UMPC? Are you looking forward to the Qualcomm-based solutions? What do you think of WIndows 10 as a mobile computing solution? Let’s continue this journey. All your reactions are welcome in the comments or over on Facebook.

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Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK. A mini PC for gaming and video production https://www.umpcportal.com/2018/07/hades-canyon-nuc8i7hvk-a-mini-pc-for-gaming-and-video-production/ Sun, 08 Jul 2018 16:42:37 +0000 https://www.umpcportal.com/?p=49658 Hades Canyon NUC Hades Canyon NUC

If you’re looking for a mobile PC for high-end work such as gaming, video editing or live video production then this Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK is the most powerful solution you can find today. In 1300 grams, lighter than most laptops, you’ll find a Kaby Lake G Quad Core i7 CPU package with a TDP of 100W. That huge TDP figure is because Intel have dropped an AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH on to the package. It’s an incredibly powerful solution and will compete with Nvidia GTX 1060 – level laptops.

Hades Canyon Specifications and information.

A list of Intel NUC products.

Of course this isn’t a self-contained mobile PC. With no screen and no internal power you won’t be able to work on the go but as a mobile multimedia workstation the Hades Canyon solution is perfect.

Notebookcheck ran the Hades Canyon NUC through it’s extensive suite of tests back in March and here are some of the highlights.

Hades Canyon NUC

Hades Canyon NUC

Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK key features.

  • Max power consumption at the wall – 173W
  • Quieter than most gaming laptops thanks to a vapor chamber cooling system
  • 2 thunderbolt ports and 3 displayPort outputs. Up to 6 monitors!
  • 2 M.2 slots for SSD
  • Intel Optane and FreeSync support
  • High-end gaming with some 4K possibilities

More information on the new Intel / AMD Radeon RX Vega.

Take a look at the heat map that Notebookcheck did. It looks like it’s about take off!!

Hades Canyon heat output

Hades Canyon heat output

Don’t worry though, as long as you keep the exhaust free of obstructions it’s not going to get too hot on the casing. If you’re mounting it to the back of a monitor with the included VESA mount, just be careful about what’s sitting underneath it or consider mounting it with the exhaust ports facing up if possible.

I tested the Skull Canyon NUC last year and was really impressed with the build quality and the attention to detail in the BIOS settings. At that time I was involved with live video production and was close to buying one. If you’re doing any network-based video switching (NDI with VMIX software,  for example) then Hades Canyon is going to support a huge number of inputs and graphics without getting overloaded.

The high-end Hades Canyon NUC is retailing for about 900 Euros / $900 without Windows 10, memory and storage. Budget about 1300 Euros / dollars for a working system.

Budget Hades Canyon NUC

If this high-end NUC is a little above your budget then you need to take a look at the lower-end version with the Intel Core i7-8705G and AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL. This is still a Core i7 quad-core PC but everytug slightly lower-clocked to stay within a lower TDP. You’ll find this combination in the new Dell XPS 15 and the NUC will set you back about 750 Euros (including tax) /  $750. Again this is a barebones NUC and you’ll need to add an OS, memory and storage. If you’re careful you could bring it in at under $1000.

Is Skull Canyon still a good deal?

Skull Canyon, the 2017 version of this NUC, based on the Core i7-6770HQ with Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580 is still a good option if you’re looking at 1080p gaming, 1080p video editing and lower-end live video production. With a fast SSD it makes a powerful desktop and can be had for  under 500 euros / dollars. It’s smaller and lighter too.

Pre-built versions of Skull Canyon are available for around 800-900.

If you’re a NDI video producer using VMIX, for example, Skull Canyon is going to be perfect.

If you’re looking at VR or high-end gaming and 4K video editing / rendering though, the Hades Canyon NUCs are looking perfect.

Check out the full NUC8i7HVK review.

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Hades Canyon VR Machine. Quad-core NUC for video, gaming and VR https://www.umpcportal.com/2018/01/hades-canyon-vr-machine-quad-core-nuc-for-video-gaming-and-vr/ Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:47:10 +0000 http://www.umpcportal.com/?p=48940 Intel has launched the Hades Canyon NUC, a quad-core high-end mini PC in the style of the Skull Canyon NUC that I’ve personally been close to buying several times after I tested it for NotebookCheck. It’s aimed at gaming and graphics-heavy processing including video editing and I tip this to be quite the hot product for the new generation of multi-camera live streaming systems based on NDI (video over IP) standards.

Update: New Hades Canyon review information.

This time round the mini-PC will include not only a high-end quad-core 8th Generation (2018) processor but will also include completely new graphics…from AMD. This signals a possible end to the Iris brand of on-board graphics Intel had developed specifically for gaming and video applications. Will the Radeon RX Vega M GL / GH (two variants, think of them as Low and High performance) GPU be better than the previous Iris Pro graphics? Yes! This processor has a system design point (SDP) of 65W or 100W. In the GL (65 W) version Intel are comparing it to an Nvidia GTX950. The GH graphics version (100 W) is being compared to a GTX 1060. That’s full-HD high-level ‘all games’ capability.

The new product, which will be part of our 8th Gen Intel Core family, brings together our high-performing Intel Core H-series processor, second generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) and a custom-to-Intel third-party discrete graphics chip from AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group* – all in a single processor package.

Independent test results aren’t available yet but look at where Intel are pitching the performance.

Radeon RX Vega M GL – 2 X as fast 3DMark 11 as a 3 year old system with Nvidia GTX950M graphics / comparable to GTX 1050 graphics.

Radeon RX Vega M GH –  2.7 X as fast 3DMark 11 as a 3 year old system with Nvidia GTX960M graphics / comparable to GTX 1060 Max Q graphics.

I’m not a gamer but I can tell you that for video editing this is a hugely useful level of editing power, even  in the low-end NUC8i7HNK model. Don’t forget that you still get Intel Quick Sync video encoding and decoding too. Quick Sync is fantastic for fast-speed drafting or quick H.265 uploads to YouTube.

As for VR, you #ll need to be looking at the NUC8i7HVK  high-end variant.

The new Intel  VR machine NUC Hades Canyon will be available in spring. Pricing for the barebones systems (without OS, storage and RAM) start at $799. The GL variant will be $999 which makes it a $1500 PC when loaded with the required RAM, SSD and OS.

Intel on Jan. 7, 2018, launched the latest and most powerful Intel NUC to date, based on the newly announced 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with Radeon RX Vega M graphics. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Hades Canyon VR Machine specifications.

NUC8i7HVK

8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8809G
3.1 GHz to 4.2 GHz Turbo, Quad Core, 8 MB cache, 100W
Radeon™ RX Vega M GH graphics, 1063 MHz – 1190 MHz
Unlocked and VR-capable

NUC8i7HNK

8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8705G
3.1 GHz to 4.1 GHz Turbo, Quad Core, 8 MB cache, 65W
Radeon™ RX Vega M GL graphics, 931 MHz – 1011 MHz

Common specificaations:

  • RAM Dual channel DDR4-2400+ SODIMMs, 1.2V, 32GB maximum
  • M.2 & SDXC 2x M.2 22×42/80 (key M) slots for SATA3 or PCIe x4 Gen3 NVMe or AHCI SSD, RAID-0 and RAID-1 capable
  • SDXC slot

Connectivity

  • 2x rear Thunderbolt™ 3 (40 Gbps) and USB 3.1 Gen2 (10 Gbps) and DisplayPort 1.2 via USB-C™ connector
  • Front USB 3.1 Gen2 via USB-C™ and front USB type-A connector
  • Front charging USB 3.0, 4x rear USB 3.0, 2x internal USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0 via headers
  • Front Consumer Infrared port

Video Outputs

  • Front and rear HDMI 2.0a (4K 60Hz, HDR) connectors
  • DisplayPort 1.3 via 2x rear Mini DisplayPort ports, and 2x rear Thunderbolt™ USB-C™ ports
  • All ports support HDCP 2.2

Networking

2x Intel® 10/100/1000 Mbps (i219-LM and i210-AT) Ethernet ports
Intel® Wireless-AC 8265 M.2 22×30 card, IEEE 802.11ac 2×2 + Bluetooth v4.2, internal antennas

Audio

Up to 7.1 multichannel digital audio via HDMI or DisplayPort signals
3.5mm front headset jack, 3.5mm rear speaker / TOSLINK combo jack

Enclosure / Casing

Metal and plastic with replaceable lid, Kensington lock with base security

Dimensions 221 x 142 x 39 mm (1.2 L)

Internal Headers Common I/O header with Front Panel, CEC, 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB2.0 signals

Power Adapter 19VDC 230W power supply with replaceable AC cords

Other Features

  • Replaceable lid with customizable RGB LED illumination and front panel status RGB LEDs
  • Quad beam-forming mic array
  • VESA mounting plate included
  • 3 year warranty

Sources: Intel.

My Intel Skull Canyon NUC review video is shown below.

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Snapdragon always-connected PCs launched. What’s different this time round? https://www.umpcportal.com/2017/12/snapdragon-always-connected-pcs-launched-whats-different-this-time-round/ https://www.umpcportal.com/2017/12/snapdragon-always-connected-pcs-launched-whats-different-this-time-round/#comments Wed, 06 Dec 2017 23:23:32 +0000 http://www.umpcportal.com/?p=48930 The Mobile PC. Always On, Always Connected.  Qualcomm and Microsoft have today officially launched Windows 10 on ARM products from ASUS, HP and Lenovo. These long-battery-life PCs will be available starting in 2018. It’s exciting, but tt feels like we’ve done this before and it didn’t work back then.

In 2012 Intel launched the Clovertrail SoC platform based around the Intel Atom architecture.  Along with Windows 8 it offered Connected Standby, which worked, but never became a mainstream feature. Modern Standby, the Windows 10 version, works today with a range of Intel processors up to Core i7 but still, it’s not a feature that many ask for. What, if anything, is different this time round as Qualcomm and Microsoft announce PCs built on the Snapdragon 835 platform?

2012 – Connected standby was the forerunner to Modern Standby.

Certainly the price isn’t different. The ASUS NovaGo announced today and launching in 2018 starts at $599 for a device with just 64GB of storage. $799 will get you 256 GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.

The two main advantages with Windows 10 S on Snapdragon are integrated LTE and battery life although the latter comes with caveats. There are issues though.

You’ll get a Windows 10 S operating system where only Windows Store apps can be installed. That will include some x86 apps that have been approved but those will run under emulation. You can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, which is nice, although there’s no information yet on what that might do to battery life or indeed, how standard x86 applications will run. For the record I like the idea of Windows 10 S

Standby battery life is going to be huge on the highly integrated Snapdragon platform. Tight hardware integration is one reason why but with only one hardware platform it will be far easier to optimise than a million CPU, GPU, interface and WiFi combinations. I doubt Microsoft will be looking to expand the ARM partnerships too rapidly. I also expect the Surface department to be working hard on a product.

Battery life under load will be a completely different story and here’s where differences will be minimal when compared to a good Ultrabook although some applications related to image processing and video rendering could be both fast and less power hungry because of dedicated video hardware.

Performance should be acceptable for many potential customers. Expect a Core-like experience that goes beyond what any of the retired Atom ultra-mobile platforms can do. Entry-level Ultrabook performance should cover every need for the average user.  Don’t, however, expect to swap out an SSD or upgrade RAM as everything is likely to be soldered on-board. Snapdragon 835-based PCs won’t be PC gaming machines or video editing machines either but that’s not the target audience here.

Here’s some of my testing with an always connected Windows PC in 2012.

Always connected is not new.

This isn’t a new story and the last time it was told, not many people listened. There is however one interesting aspect here and it’s the same one that started this website, then called Carrypad, over 10 years ago: Mobile innovation.

With a lower bill of materials, a tiny mainboard, a single processor supplier and the optimised Windows 10 S we could see smaller manufacturers and smartphone manufacturers start looking at ultra mobile PCs again. Snapdragon 835 is an ultra mobile platform and it’s going to be part of hundreds of smartphone products. There’s absolutely no reason that this chassis can’t be used with a new body. It could be handheld, modular or tablet-sized. it could be a stick or a NUC.

Hands-up if you’d like a 2018 Thinkpad 8 based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835? I would, because the battery life on my Thinkpad 8 LTE is terrible!

Finally we need to talk about the Windows Store. These ARM-based Windows 10 S platforms are going to rely, largely, on developers re-packaging their desktop (x86) apps for the Windows Store and that doesn’t do anything for the advancement of Universal Windows Platform applications. But is that important? If the emulated x86 apps are good enough and secure enough, do we need to worry? Maybe not. There are 600 million Windows 10 installations out there and this ARM-focused product might actually be the tipping point for apps flowing into the Windows Store.  If that changes the business model for developers, it changes the future of Windows.

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Gemini PDA. https://www.umpcportal.com/2017/12/gemini-pda/ https://www.umpcportal.com/2017/12/gemini-pda/#comments Sat, 02 Dec 2017 00:04:46 +0000 http://www.umpcportal.com/2017/12/gemini-pda/ Someone got hands-on with the Gemini PDA and now I’m all excited. If you had a Psion 5 Like I did, you’ll find this Android clamshell very interesting.

https://jmcomms.com/2017/11/29/gemini-pda-20-years-on-meet-the-all-new-psion-series-5/

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Hold and Shoot – No pointing required. 360 overcapture video. https://www.umpcportal.com/2017/10/hold-and-shoot-no-pointing-required-360-overcapture-video/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 22:20:32 +0000 http://www.umpcportal.com/?p=48899 Ultra Mobile video production was never easy but over the last year I’ve been experimenting with a 360-degree camera and I’m now 100% sure that you’ll find journalists, social media and YouTubers bringing this into mainstream use in 2018. Its too simple to fail. Record everything, hands-off, and edit later.

Take a look at the video below. In March this year I had the opportunity to join a Land Rover Discovery 90 cross-country dash in Germany and, as any decent video producer would do, had to decide which equipment to take. I needed to be extremely mobile so rather than a standard video camera I reached for a 360 camera, the Ricoh Theta S and a tall monopod. I shot over an hour of video, but didn’t really take much notice of where I was looking because when you shoot in 360-degrees, you’ve got everything covered. I estimate that over 95% of the data I recorded  didn’t make it into the video below.

I didn’t want to produce a 360-degree video. Why? Because they can be hard work for the viewer and we know by now that viewers will lose interest if a video requires any sort of waiting, or effort. What I did is called overcapture which is the process of extracting standard video from a 360-degree video.

Overcapture describes the process of selecting scenes from a 360 video and converting them, flattening the view, to a ‘classic’ video format.

 

Cyberlink have supported me with free versions of PowerDirector for the last 3 years after my requests for test software. Cyberlink have no editorial control over this post and have never requested a promotional post from me. [Search for PowerDirector because there’s no link to find here.] Read on

Cyberlink introduced their View Designer feature into PowerDirector 15 in late 2016 and I’ve played with it ever since. This process is the future of social video and MoJo video. Mobile Journalism take-up of 360 source is going to be huge. New compression techniques and faster, bonded upload speeds are going to give the editing rooms huge amounts of data to play with and they’ll release the local reporter from camera production duties. No pointing required – this is hold-and-shoot.

Here’s a video I recorded with a simple Ricoh Theta S back in March 2017. I recently produced it into this version. Other versions might follow but feel free to ask questions and to contribute to a discussion below. Is 360-degree video important?

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Windows 10 S is the perfect ultra-mobile PC operating system. https://www.umpcportal.com/2017/05/windows-10-s-is-the-perfect-ultra-mobile-pc-operating-system/ https://www.umpcportal.com/2017/05/windows-10-s-is-the-perfect-ultra-mobile-pc-operating-system/#comments Wed, 03 May 2017 11:22:45 +0000 http://www.umpcportal.com/?p=48872 Windows 10 S, an optimized and tightened-up version of the Windows operating system has launched, along with an Ultrabook – the Microsoft Surface Laptop. Windows 10 S is also aimed at the education market and Acer is using Windows 10 S to (re)launch the TravelMate Spin B1  a low-cost students laptop with digitizer, touch and full HD 11.6 inch convertible screen.

Don’t be worried. Windows 10 S is not Windows RT. It supports Win32 desktop apps, can be upgraded and one assumes that it also runs on ARM hardware. Windows 10 S is a Windows for consumers that could stretch down to tablets and up to highly efficient and stable gaming, VR and creative laptops. Intel may have killed our chips but it Windows 10S, combined with an ARM platform could create an ultramobile PC revival.

The first Windows 10 S product out of the door is slick. The Microsoft Surface Laptop, running a Core i5 or Core i7 U-series processor weighs just 1.25 KG and yet it has a 13.5 inch screen. It can play back videos for 14.5 hours. I haven’t been able to find the battery capacity in the Surface Laptop yet but let’s assume that there’s a 50 Wh battery inside, based on the dimensions. That’s insanely good and indicates that Windows 10S is controlling itself, and the hardware, a Core i5 version connected to WiFi with default settings according to Microsoft, very well indeed.

At a starting price of $999 with just 4 GB of RAM, the Surface Laptop is not cheap, but it’s a showcase product, as Surface products always are, and it leads the way at the high-end of the Windows 10 S product range. At the bottom of the market, products looks a little different.

Unfortunately the Acer TravelMate Spin B1 it’s a little on the heavy side for an 11.6 inch convertible and it looks, well, ugly. But then it’s an Acer product and Acer have always done a great job of pushing down the prices. At $299 I’m certainly very interested.

I’m more interested, though, in what comes next. Windows 10 S on ARM. Intel will tell you that their Apollo Lake platform scales down but it’s not as mobile-ready as some of the ARM SoCs. OK, you can’t attach a PCIe video capture card to a Snapdragon 835 but you can easily cover 100% of nearly everyone’s computing requirements. The levels of mobile integration are on another level. Think about GPS, LTE and sensors for example.

Microsoft have announced that others will launch Windows 10 S products this year and you can expect a range of offerings. The new Microsoft Surface Laptop runs Windows 10 S and goes up to over $2000 for a high-end Core i7 version.  At the low end you’ll see $189 laptops.

I expect to see renewed interest in ultra mobile products including touch and digitizer. I expect to see some dedicated augmented reality gaming products too and even some great portable PC gaming devices, if Intel can keep pushing development on Iris Plus graphics.

Consider ARM too. Windows 10 S is the obvious option for Windows 10 on ARM products and you can expect those to be coming into ultramobile PC territory and maybe even in phone-capable tablet devices. Windows 10 S is about security, efficiency, price and stability and that means better, targeted PCs.

Windows 10 S features at a glance

  • This is not Windows RT. It runs on X86 and ARM. The Store is mature and can deliver Win32 apps. It’s upgradeable
  • Much better security and system control
  • Smaller footprint
  • Lower bill of materials for a PC
  • USB setup of fresh PCs (for the educational market.)
  • Windows 10 S is the obvious choice for ARM platforms
  • Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro
  • Encourages developers to use the Windows Store model
  • Scales from entry-level to stable and efficient gaming and office PCs
  • Faster system updates. (Smaller footprin.)
  • Removal of some legacy hardware support. (Unconfirmed)
  • Improve updates due to smaller footprint and Store control
  • Faster log-in
  • Still offline capable unlike ChromeOS, and mobile operating systems.

The arrival of Windows 10 S tells us something about Continuum and UWP – they were not as successful as planned. If you take Windows 10 S and add the phone interface it could work on phones too which would spell the death of Windows 10 Phone edition. Microsoft will have thought for a long time about what messages Windows 10 S sends but we can be happy that it’s here because it’s a return to the a flexible mobile PC and offline-capable operating system that, with the help of ARM platforms can go right down into ultra mobile PC territory. Windows 10 was always to big, insecure and wild for UMPCs and modular PCs. Windows 10 S might just be the perfect solution.

I previously said that ARM can’t fix the Windows 10 mobile problem. It’s true, when you consider that the only platform announced is a very expensive one and that UWP / Continuum isn’t building enough interest but Windows 10 S could re-open the doors on the low-cost market, take the focus away from UWP and significantly boost Store numbers which changes the economics for developers. Maybe this is enough to solve the chicken / egg problem and bring developers on board. If the apps are in the store, what consumer cares if they’re UWP or Win32?

As I think about the future of screens, of headsets and foldable displays, I see Windows 10 S well-positioned for an explosion in small, connected entertainment devices. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll see more about Windows 10 S here on UMPCPortal soon.

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Ricoh R development kit livestreaming test. https://www.umpcportal.com/2017/03/ricoh-r-development-kit-livestreaming-test/ Sun, 05 Mar 2017 19:10:26 +0000 http://www.umpcportal.com/?p=48854 I was at Mobile World Congress last week and during my last hours on the show floor I took some time to meet with Ricoh who have just launched the Ricoh R development kit for 360-degree live-streaming. I spent a good hour at the booth, mainly because of the mobile streaming rig they had put together.

    

I’ve tried mobile 360 degree livestreaming with the Ricoh ThetaS and it wasn’t very successful. Firstly the ThetaS needs a PC on which to run the image stitching software, virtual cam and streaming software. Secondly, like many cameras that aren’t built with video in mind, it overheats and shuts down. 20 minutes was about the best I got out of the system.The 360-degree interactive video I made is available.

The Ricoh R development kit is built to run for 24 hours with an external power supply (micro USB) and does the stitching in-cam. You get a much more useful spherical (equirectangular) full HD, 30 fps HDMI output that can be sent directly to YouTube (Note: Use only pre-prepared event streams marked as 360-degree videos.)

Ricoh had linked the HDMI to a LiveShell X mobile streaming box tethered to a phone sharing an LTE connection. With everything mounted on a monopod it was easy enough to just pick the unit up and walk around with it. So i did. For about 15 minutes around Hall 8. It was inspiring. I came away thinking about on-location live news reporting, tours and walk-and-talk promotional business videos. Unfortunately Ricoh have deleted the videos so I can’t show the original 360-degree stream. I made a video of the unit though…

12 hours later, back at home in Bonn, I found myself jumping out of bed and reaching for my 2-year old Lenovo Thinkpad 8 with the thought that this LTE, USB charge-and-data-capable tablet might have enough power to drive an even lighter solution. It does!

Rather than testing a 360-degree stream I attached an Elgato Game Capture unit via USB and connected a full HD video camera. With the Elgato software turned up to 5 mbps I successfully streamed a full HD live walkabout over the built-in LTE using a local (and loaned) (1und1.de) sim card. The whole system was powered using a USB power bank. 80% CPU utilisation isn’t ideal so I wouldn’t recommend anyone uses this setup for anything critical. Look for a Core m5 or better with LTE and a USB-C input and you’ll find it a lot more flexible. There are other limits to this setup too. But first, the video.

   

A 1920 x 960 360-degree video format isn’t great quality when you’re talking about viewing a small segment of a 360-degree video. 4K is entry-level and 60 fps is a must for smoothness. All that adds up to a bit-rate that goes beyond most consumer LTE packages. Even if you switch to an H.265 stream (with approx. half the bandwidth requirements) you’ll be up ii the 20 mbps – 50 mbps range. Oh, and good luck finding 360 degree video hardware that can do this for under $20K. I haven’t even mentioned HDR yet. It’s an important aspect of 360 degree videography. We really are at the start of the 360-degree video journey. But I think it’s going to be a fast-growing one.

Despite the limitations I’m excited about ultra-mobile 360. At the sub $2K level there are a large number of live and post-processed applications in many sectors. It’s hugely significant for web video platforms and quite possibly the best way to get traction on Facebook today. If you’re running a newsroom you’d be mad not pre-order the Ricoh R development kit for experimentation purposes. Yes, it’s going to be out of date in a year but this is the price of being at the leading edge.

I’m following the 360-degree video and photo sector very closely now. Expect more from me on this topic soon.

 

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ASUS Zenbook UX3410UA – Another great Ultrabook for 2017 https://www.umpcportal.com/2017/02/asus-zenbook-ux3410ua-another-great-ultrabook-for-2017/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:49:15 +0000 http://ultrabooknews.com/?p=11991 The ASUS Zenbook UX3410UA. Ultrabook, subnotebook, whatever you want to call it, if it’s under 1.3 KG  / 3 pounds and it’s got a screen as good as this, I’m interested. I’ve just completed a video review for Notebookcheck (video below) and now I’m torn between three great ultrabook options. The Dell XPS 13 is a recommendation; That goes without saying. The Lenovo Ideapad 710S Plus that I did a video review for yesterday, also worth considering. This ASUS Zenbook though has such a great screen and such good battery life…and such a good keyboard…

 The only thing I don’t like about it is the maximum SD card reader speed. It’s not as fast as it could be and as someone that throws around Gigabytes of video and photos it means that transfers are going to waste my time. I guess there’s always the USB 3.0 port and adaptor to consider.

What do you think? Have a look at the video below and drop your comments into the discussion over at YouTube.

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How far have Ultrabooks come? Lenovo 710S Plus tells a story. https://www.umpcportal.com/2017/02/how-far-have-ultrabooks-come-lenovo-710s-plus-tells-a-story/ Thu, 09 Feb 2017 21:16:29 +0000 http://ultrabooknews.com/?p=11981 What can you pack into an Ultrabook-sized laptop that weighs 1.1 KG? PC gaming? Yes.

I’ve just been testing the Lenovo Ideapad 710S Plus and not only is it a great Ultrabook (without a touchscreen) but there’s an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX that will double the graphics power over a standard Ultrabook. I managed to play Rise of the Tomb Raider, a recent and heavyweight game at low settings with an acceptable 30 FPS. Battery life? Well over 5 hrs.Lenovo 710S Plus

Back-lit keyboard, 512 GB NVMe SSD (1.5 GB/s transfer speed) and a great screen. DisplayPort an three USB ports are available along with an SD card slot that can read at about 80MB/s. This is a mobile creators dream!

Watch my video for Notebookcheck below. I was impressed and I think you’ll be impressed too.

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The full review of the Lenovo Ideapad 710S Plus.

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