Cosmo Communicator 2-in-1 Phone/Mini Laptop can now Dual Boot Debian Linux and Android

Linux on Cosmo Communicator

The Cosmo Communicator The Cosmo Communicator was released as a crowdfunded handheld device mixing smartphone and a small laptop features such as keyboard and display. It was launched in late 2019 and ran Google Android. Didn’t Ship with Linux Support The original units were shipped and fulfilled the requirements of the crowdfunding campaign, but still were missing something the company had wanted to provide: support for Linux. Debian Linux Support This is now fixed as Planet Computers, the company that makes Cosmo Communicator, just released a version of Debian Linux, that can be installed on the system, with the tools that the company has provided for free on its website. Other Linux Phones There has been some movement in the world of Linux Phones, with the advent of the Purism Librem 5 and the Pine64 PinePhone using the familiar touchscreen interface found in the vast majority of smartphones. Quick Basics The system is equipped with a MediaTek Helio P70, 6 …

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$210 MOTILE Performance Laptop is Powered by AMD Ryzen 3 3200U Processor

MOTILE Performance Laptop AMD Ryzen 3

Wallmart may have the cheapest Ryzen laptop around with “MOTILE Performance Laptop”, a 14″ laptop powered by AMD Ryzen 3 3200U dual-core/quad-thread processor, coupled with 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. Price? $209 shipped to the US. MOTILE Performance Laptop (M141-RG) specifications: SoC – AMD Ryzen 3 3200U dual-core/quad-thread processor @ 2.6GHz / 3.5GHz (Max boost clock) with Radeon Vega 3 Graphics @ 1200 MHz; 15W TDP System Memory – 4GB DDR4 RAM, upgradable up to 16GB (1x SO-DIMM slot) Storage – 128GB SSD Display – 14” 1920×1080 display with LED backlight Video Output – HDMI Audio – 2x 2W speakers and microphone, 3.5mm headphone jack, THX Spatial Audio Camera – 720p IR webcam Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet port, 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.2 USB – 1x USB-C 3.0 port, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 2.0 port Battery – 4,100 mAh Power Supply – 19V/3.42A (65W) Dimensions – 320.2 x 21.45 x 16.8mm Weight – 1.16 kg The laptop …

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MNT Reform 2 Open Source DIY Arm Linux Modular Laptop Coming Soon (Crowdfunding)

MNT Reform 2

We first covered MNT Reform in fall of 2017, when it was a prototype for a DIY and modular laptop powered by NXP i.MX 6QuadPlus processor, and with plans to eventually use i.MX 8 hexa-core processor. Last year they designed several beta units of Reform to get feedback for a dozen users, and have now fully redesigned the laptop based on an NXP i.MX 8M system-on-module with the crowdfunding campaign expected to go live in February on Crowd Supply. MNT Reform 2 specifications: SoM – Boundary Devices Nitrogen8M SOM with SoC – NXP i.MX 8MQuad quad-core Cortex-A53 processor @ 1.5 GHz, 1x Arm Cortex-M4F real-time core Vivante GC7000Lite 3D GPU System Memory – 4GB LPDDR4 Storage – Probably none Networking – Atheros Ethernet MAC chip (AR8035) 200 pin SO-DIMM edge connector exposing USB 3.0, PCIe, MIPI DSI, etc… Dimensions – 67.6mm x 48.4mm Motherboard Storage – SD card slot, M.2 SSD support Video Output Texas Instruments SN65DSI86 MIPI DSI to …

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JP.IK Turn T101 Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Laptop for Education to Sell for $299 and Up

JP.IK Turn T101

Qualcomm Snapdragon Windows 10 mobile PCs/laptops offer long battery life and 4G LTE connectivity, but usually suffer from a disappointing performance/price ratio. That means you may have to spend fairly more than you may expect for a Windows 10 Arm laptop, and for instance, Microsoft Surface Pro X goes for $999 and up with a Snapdragon 8cx based Microsoft SQ1 processor. But much more affordable Arm laptop may not be that far off, as Microsoft published some news about their education solutions, and two new Snapdragon 7c laptops are in the works:   JP.IK Turn T101 starting at $299 Positivo Wise N1212S starting at $575 Both laptops promise twice the battery life and 25 percent better performance than competing platforms, as well as (4G LTE) cellular connectivity. A $300 Arm laptop with decent performance looks promising, but so far we have very few details at this point, so I’ll speculate based on the specs of the earlier JP.IK Turn 201 …

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Acer Swift 3 (SF314-42) AMD Ryzen 4700U Laptop to Launch in March for €599 and Up

Acer Swift 3 SF314-42

AMD just announced its 15W Ryzen 4000-U series processors for laptops aiming to compete against Intel Ice Lake processors, and one of the first ultrathin laptop based on AMD Ryzen 4700U processor will be Acer Swift 3 (SF314-42) equipped with a 14″ display, up to 16GB LPDDR4x memory, and up to 512GB PCIe SSD storage. Acer Swift 3 (SF314-42) specifications: SoC – Up to AMD Ryzen 4700U octa-core/octa-thread Zen 2 processor @ 2.0 GHz / 4.1 (Boost) and 7-core Radeon graphics; 15W TDP; 7nm process System Memory – Up to 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM Storage – Up to 512 GB PCIe SSD Display – 14″ Full HD display Video Output – HDMI Audio – Stereo speakers, 3.5mm headphone jack Camera – 720p webcam Connectivity – WiFi 6 (802.11ax) USB – 1x USB Type-C port, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, Dimensions – 32.25 x 21.8 x 15.95 mm Weight – 1.2 kg (metal chassis) The AMD Ryzen 4700U laptop will …

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AMD Announces 15W Ryzen 4000-U Series and Athlon 3000-Series Mobile Processors

AMD Ryzen 4000 U-Series

Intel makes plenty of processors with 6W to 10W TDP suitable for entry-level products or mid-range laptop that require long battery life, but there’s less of a choice from AMD, especially at the low-end, and the most recent AMD processors with a low power budget start at 12W+ with AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000  and Ryzen Embedded R1000-series both of which mostly targets industrial and embedded applications. But with CES 2020 about to kick off, the company has now unveiled several 15 Watts processors wit the Ryzen 4000-U series targetting ultra-thin laptop, and Athlon 3000-series for entry-level notebooks. AMD Ryzen 4000-U Series AMD Ryzen 4000-series are actually comprised of two sub-families with the 45W Ryzen 4000-H series for higher performance gaming laptops, and the 15W Ryzen 4000-U series for ultra-thin laptops, and I’ll focus on the latter in this post. MODEL CORES/ THREADS cTDP (Watts) BOOST/ BASE FREQ. (GHz) RADEON GRAPHICS GPU CORES L2 / L3 CACHE (MB) AMD Ryzen 7 …

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c & 8c Processors Target Entry-Level & Mainstream Mobile PCs

Nearly exactly one year ago, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8cx processor for always-on always-connected PCs, and lateron Qualcomm and UL released PCMark 10 benchmark results showing Snapdragon 8cx had similar performance to a 15W Intel Core i5-8250U Kaby Lake-R processor, but with much better efficiency. The price of such laptops is still fairly high with Samsung Galaxy Book S announced in August for $1,000, and possibly canceled at this stage. Microsoft SQ1 powered Surface Pro X tablet is the only system based on Qualcomm Arm technology (customized version of Snapdragon 8cx) available now, and also sells for $1,000 and up. Qualcomm has now unveiled Snapdragon 7c and 8c arm processor to address the entry-level and mainstream markets of connected mobile PCs. Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Specifications: CPU – Octa-core Kryo 468 processor @ up to 2.45 GHz GPU – Qualcomm Adreno 618 GPU DSP – Qualcomm Hexagon 692 DSP with Hexagon Vector eXtensions and Tensor Accelerator Memory – Up to 10GB …

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One Mix 3 Pro Comet Lake Mini Laptop Launched for $960

Intel Comet Lake Mini Laptop

There have been several mini laptops from GPD, Chuwi, and One Netbook launched over the last few years. One Netbook One Mix 3Pro is one of the most powerful with one of the latest Comet Lake processor coupled with 16GB RAM,  a 512GB NVMe SSD, and equipped with an 8.4″ touchscreen display with 2560×1440 resolution. So far, the device was only available in China for 6,919 RMB ($984 US), but GeekBuying is now selling the One Mix 3 Pro for $959.99 with free shipping and either an English or Japanese keyboard. You may lower the price by $20 using Mix3Pro coupon code, and even $60 with coupon GKB19BF60 valid for orders over $600 as we reported in our Black Friday 2019 post. Here’s a reminder of One Mix 3 Pro specifications: SoC – Intel Core i5-10120Y Comet Lake-Y (10th gen) 4-core/8-thread processor @ 1.0 GHz (base) / 4.0 GHz (turbo one core) / 2.7 GHz (turbo all cores) with 24 …

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