MDM Product Roundup – Vol 22 No 16

Apple 2015 MacbookUK and US customers can now pre-order Apple‘s new 12″ Macbook (Apple Plugs TV, Adds a New MacBook and erm…. Shows Some Watches), which features a single USB-C port. The waiting time is drastically different, though; while US buyers have a wait of up to three days, those in the UK will have to wait three-to-four weeks. Prices start at £875 ($1,280), scaling to £1,085 ($1,585).

In addition to the above, Apple has begun to support lower-cost UltraHD displays with the release of OSX 10.10.3. Previously, the company’s devices would only send UltraHD signals to Multi-Stream Transport displays at 60Hz. Single-Stream Transport models, like Dell’s UP2715K, are now also supported. Apple has officially announced SST support in various Macbook, Mac and iMac devices, produced from late 2013 onwards.

Asus‘ Transformer Book T100 Chi (Asus Swims Against Current With Mobile Announcements) is now on sale in the UK. It costs £335 ($490). The 12.5″ T300 Chi will follow in Q2, starting at £560 ($820).

Available for pre-order last month, Blackberry has now launched its Blackberry Leap smartphone (Blackberry Shows new Smartphone and Prototype with Curved AMOLED Display). The phone is initially available in the UK, with a rollout to Germany, France, the USA, Canada, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and India in the coming weeks.

Google‘s second-generation Chromebook Pixel laptop (Google Boosts Pixel to Ludicrous Speed (Officially)) will go on sale in the UK on 21st April. The basic model (8GB RAM, 32GB storage and Core i5 processor) will cost £665 ($975). The higher-end unit (16GB RAM, 64GB storage and Core i7 processor) will cost £835 ($1,225).

The Microsoft Band wearable is now available in the UK, after being launched in other markets late last year. Prices start at £140 ($210).

Panasonic will renew its Toughpad UltraHD tablet this year with a Core i5 Intel Broadwell processor. The 20″ tablet (Display Monitor Vol 20 No 3) will also have a full-size HDMI port added, which can carry UltraHD content at 60fps. It will be launched in July, for $3,000 – half the price of the first-generation model.

Samsung‘s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones are now available in more than 20 countries around the world. The company expects record sales, but warned that manufacturing issues would constrain the supply of the S6 Edge at launch.

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