Las Vegas has CES, Berlin has IFA and, similarly, Taipei has Computex. The 35th edition of Computex Taipei ended last week. There, the computer industry big shots bragged about and teased upcoming devices and technologies that geeks all over the web have been drooling over. From the insane to the intricate, we list our favourite bits from this year’s largest consumer electronics event in Asia.
USB Type C
It’s not upcoming technology anymore. The USB Type C is reversible and has already reached our new devices. The reversible connector has higher data transfer speeds and the ability to send more power than its predecessors. Google has already added the necessary tools to Android’s upcoming update to deal with the implications of the port. Apple got rid of all its ports in favour of a single USB C for power and connectivity. With the two largest companies in the world rooting for USB C, Intel also decided to take their connectivity solution, Thunderbolt (their multi-utility cable), and swap the older USB design with the USB C port shape. Thunderbolt will, however, be faster and better at supplying power. With Intel not fighting the USB Type C connectivity option, we might be only a few months away from using one cable for all our needs.
The USB Type C might be the best connectivity option being widely adopted, but it still is going to be a short term one. The future of connectivity is wireless, and the wheel has already started spinning in that direction with Internet of Things (IoT). IoT will eventually allow all your belongings, be it the washing machine, chair, table, refrigerator, to be smart enough to communicate and work together, making tasks much easier. For IoT to realise its true potential, chip manufacturers need to make it simpler and cheaper. Not only has Intel updated its IoT platform called Gateway, but ARM has also joined hands with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co to offer systems that can be integrated without draining too much power while offering all the other necessary functions.
Windows 10 is coming. Microsoft used a line-up of refreshed devices from leading manufacturers such as HP and Dell to show off the highly anticipated Windows 10 OS. Dell showcased a long and impressive line of two-in-one laptop-tablet hybrids, and the one featuring Windows 10 seemed to resemble the latest XPS 13, which barely has any bezels around a gorgeous display but this one was a 15-incher. Other details about the device can only be speculated. Invitations from Dell for an event on 10 June are out and we’re wondering if, like Xiaomi, even Dell has decided to launch a device first in India, and only later around the world.
Insanity and beauty
The beauty of a device in the eyes, but, for a geek, it lies in the configuration and design. The latest PC cabinet added to the ROG series is the In Win and features a transformation triggered by a button that would make even Optimus Prime proud. This will also make upgrading parts of your gaming rig easier and quicker. Asus has definitely been busy over the last year because, at this year’s Computex, they managed to introduce compelling devices that will no doubt make a lot of people delay their shopping plans.
The ZenPad 8.0 on its own is a tablet with attractive specs, but with the accessories it boasts, makes you wonder why someone didn’t think of this before. The cover for ZenPad 8.0 hides a 5.1 speaker that can run for six hours on single charge.
Asus also announced a selfie-centric camera with laser auto-focus but the devices that show real promise are the two-in-one laptop-tablet devices. The TP200 has a 360 degree hinge and the T100HA detaches from the frame. After the X205 laptop that Asus launched this year, we expect these hybrids to follow the queues of sturdiness and performance. They both will come with Windows 10 installed and have a USB Type C port.