HP Launches The World’s First Dual Screen Laptop

Today at the HP Gaming Festival in Beijing, the company unveiled a powerful lineup of OMEN and HP Pavilion Gaming innovations, raising the bar for gaming experiences.

The OMEN X 2S – the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop1 – provides extraordinary power and multitasking capabilities, the OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 laptops bring exceptional power in their thinnest forms yet, and both HP Pavilion Gaming 15 and HP Pavilion Gaming 17 laptops offer outstanding versatility and mobility for gamers and creatives alike. In addition, with enhancements to OMEN Command Center software and new OMEN and HP Pavilion Gaming displays and accessories, HP has engineered an industry-leading gaming ecosystem that delivers everything gamers need to progress and achieve their goals.

Gaming industry insights show 82 percent of people use their mobile phones for messaging during gaming sessions, 61 percent listen to music, and 49 percent watch game related live streams, video content and browse websites2. With this in mind, HP has added an unprecedented second screen to the OMEN X 2S in the form of an easy-to-use six-inch 1080p touchscreen that lets players message friends in WeChat and WhatsApp, browse in Spotify, watch Twitch and YouTube, or even serve as a hub for OMEN Command Center software.

“Pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with game-changing evolutionary and revolutionary products reflects the philosophy of reinvention at HP,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Consumer Personal Systems, HP Inc. “The OMEN brand continues to think big and OMEN X 2S is a prime example of how we are setting new standards and changing how a gaming laptop is used.”

Laptops Designed for Next-Gen Gaming

As the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop1, the OMEN X 2S shakes the foundation of what’s expected of a gaming laptop, with tremendous multi-tasking capabilities for various activities and support with dedicated hotkeys. Watching how-to videos while playing, listening to the right song on Spotify while grinding an MMO, or keeping current with Twitch chat or Discord is no longer an alt-tabbing hassle. The OMEN X 2S, further bolstered by a real-time screen mirroring feature that can cut and magnify parts of the main screen – including copying the map portion of a racing game – to the second screen, ensures vision is centered and head movement more vertical than horizontal.

This powerhouse is 20 mm thin with a full metal chassis and is the first 15-inch diagonal gaming laptop in the world to come with an applied liquid metal compound to the thermal system by way of Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut. The result is phenomenal heat dissipation at 10 times the thermal conductivity of silicon thermal grease3, up to a 28 percent4 frames-per-second (FPS) performance boost over traditional grease when testing in Apex Legends, and an 8.5 percent5 faster lead time in a Blender Benchmark test.

The path to smaller, cooler, and more powerful applies to the newest versions of the OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 laptops. With a 20 percent and 18 percent reduction in thickness over previous versions, they sit at a slim 20 mm and 27 mm thin.

All three laptops feature OMEN Tempest, an overhauled advanced thermal solution powered by a 12V fan, which utilizes three-sided venting to enable five-way airflow to keep things ultra-cool. Realistic visuals are delivered by support for up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 for the OMEN 17 and features Max-Q6 design for the OMEN X 2S and OMEN 15. Additionally, multitasking and grand-scale games – which take mountainous resources – have never been smoother, with up to the latest 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 high performance mobile processor7, powered by up to 5.0 GHz Turbo8, eight cores and 16 threads, and up to 32 GB of RAM.

Take advantage of the latest in-storage technology with options that include the newly announced Intel® Optane™ Memory9 H10 with Solid State Storage10. The new Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) designed to support gigabit speeds ups the wireless game with up to 3X faster file transfer speeds than Wi-Fi 5(802.11ac)11. Top it off with options up to an esports standard 240 Hz refresh rate12 1080p display that allows visuals to flow across the screen with viper strike-like speed and NVIDIA® G-SYNC® on the OMEN X 2S and available on select OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 configurations.

OMEN Command Center Updates

Since its creation, OMEN Command Center has evolved as the software solution for managing and enhancing gaming hardware. The evolution continues with two additions coming to the platform for all three new OMEN devices. Performance Control cranks up fan RPM to either maximize cooling or performance, based on the chosen setting. The new OMEN Dynamic Power feature manages CPU and GPU wattage based on what a game is utilizing at a given moment to maximize FPS. Combined, these powerful additions serve to improve gameplay while also adding a level of flexibility.

Play at the Speed of Esports

Meticulously crafted to take advantage of the max FPS found in top-tier rigs, and with a sturdy design used in collegiate and professional esports, the OMEN X 25 and OMEN X 25f*13 displays feature micro-edge bezels, one millisecond response times, and NVIDIA® G-SYNC® and AMD Radeon™ FreeSync™14technologies to synchronize industry-leading 240 Hz refresh rates12 to the GPU and keep visuals unsullied by tearing. The OMEN X 25 is an exceptional tool for climbing the ladder of professional play and can be seen in use by Overwatch League players throughout the 2019 season.

Game with Wireless Exceptionalism

Become a cord breaker with the OMEN Photon Wireless Mouse. With a variety of customization options, including removable rests and 11 customizable buttons, it’s laboriously crafted and includes a tensioning-balance system that ensures effortless optical-mechanical mouse clicks for big and little fingers alike. To address concerns of latency, connectivity, and battery life in wireless mice15, OMEN Photon features 2.4 GHz Proactive Wireless Technology, 0.2ms click response time, the ability to charge on any Qi enabled surface, and up to 50 hours of battery life16.

Constructed with Qi wireless charging capabilities, the OMEN Outpost Mousepad can fully charge the OMEN Photon Mouse in 2.5 hours and works with compatible smartphones. Added adaptability comes in the form of rigorously tested hard and soft anti-fray mat options, which can be selected by simply flipping the mat to the desired side. A USB-A Passthrough port for a wireless dongle and OMEN Command Center customizable RGB LED lighting cement the capabilities of this advanced mousepad17.

OMEN Lifestyle

Entering the apparel space requires a bold vision beyond simply slapping a logo onto a shirt or hoodie. OMEN Apparel has been designed with 20 styles from the ground-up by an in-house team focused on creating high quality comfort that can withstand the most intense gaming marathons, while still looking stylish.

Versatile Gaming on the Go

Designed with a thinner frame than before, the latest HP Pavilion Gaming 15 laptop arrives with an eight percent decrease in height over the previous model and is joined by the introduction of the new HP Pavilion Gaming 17 laptop. Technological improvements across the board arrive with options up to the latest 9thGen Intel Core i5/i7 high performance mobile CPUs7 and up to the recently announced NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q design6.

Expertly crafted to yield precise aim and cursor movement along with a variety of customization options such as on-the-fly DPI and RGB lighting effects, the HP Pavilion Gaming Mouse 200 gives users a superb gaming experience. It pairs brilliantly with the HP Pavilion Gaming Mousepad 400, which utilizes a fine-textured anti-fray cloth surface that is optimized for both speed and control playstyles while resting on a rubber base.

OMEN by HP Pricing and Availability18

  • OMEN X 2S Laptop is expected to be available by June via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $2099.99. The 240 Hz option is expected to be available in July.
  • OMEN 17 Laptop is expected to be available in June via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $1099.99. The 240 Hz option is expected to be available in October.
  • OMEN 15 Laptop is expected to be available in June via HP.com for a starting price of $1049.99.
  • OMEN X 25 Display is expected to be first available late June in Europe for 629.99 € and in North America early September via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $549.99.
  • OMEN X 25f Display is expected to be first available late June in the US via Best Buy for a starting price of $449.99 and in Europe late June via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of 459.99 €.
  • OMEN Photon Wireless Mouse is expected to be available in July via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $129.99.
  • OMEN Outpost Mousepad is expected to be available in July via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $99.99.
  • OMEN Apparel: is available now via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $29.99.
  • Pavilion Gaming 17 Laptop is expected to be available by June via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $849.99.
  • Pavilion Gaming 15 Laptop is expected to be available by June via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $799.99.
  • Pavilion Gaming Mouse 200 is available now via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $24.99.
  • Pavilion Gaming Mousepad 400 is available now via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $29.99.

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Dell Leaked Roadmap Shows Dual Screen XPS Laptop

In addition to the Intel roadmap for its upcoming processors, there has been another leak, this time for Dell’s range of XPS laptops.

According to the roadmap (via Tweakers), Dell is working on several XPS models, including 13-inch, 15-inch, 17-inch and even a dual screen version, which is codenamed “Maximus”.

The Dell XPS 13 itself is expected to have three variants, codenamed “Italia”, “Modena” and “Centenario”. The Italia, aka XPS 13 7390 will use Intel’s 14nm Comet Lake U CPUs while the Modena and Centenario will be based on the 10nm Ice Lake U chips. These are expected to be made available starting late 2019.

As for the 15-inch XPS laptops (codenamed “Fiorano”), they will make use of the Comet Lake H chips, coupled with NVIDIA’s GTX 1660. It is expected to come out sometime in 2020.

The Dell XPS 17, codenamed “Stradale” is expected around mid 2020 and will be powered by Intel Comet Lake H CPUs and GTX 1660 Ti MaxQ graphics. This one is particularly interesting as it’s been about 3 years since Dell released a 17-inch model for the XPS.

The most interesting thing, however, is the dual screen XPS, codenamed “Maximus”, which is slated for a late 2020 release in the roadmap. Apart from that, there are no more details regarding this device. Keep in mind, though, this roadmap is about a year old, so there may be changes regarding the line up and release schedule, especially with the 10nm Ice Lake chips getting delayed. Nevertheless, stay tuned for further updates!

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Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake CPUs Coming Later This Year

After an incredibly long wait, it seems like we may finally get to see Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake processors this year.

In its Q1 earnings call, Intel confirmed that the 10nm CPUs are well in development and will be revealed sometime this year for laptops. The production was started in Q1, but the notebook chips will start shipping by Q3 and should be available in stores by the end of 2019. The first one is expected to be an updated Dell XPS laptop.

The Ice Lake CPUs will use Intel’s 10nm Sunny Cove architecture, which was first announced back in 2015. Since then, Intel has faced a lot of problems which led to rumours that the company might just cancel the 10nm production entirely, but this news should finally put those rumours to rest.

These processors are expected to come with a huge performance bump. Intel has confirmed that these will be the first chips to have Gen11 integrated graphics. Apart from that, they will also have built-in Thunderbolt and WiFi 6 support.

Recently, Intel revealed its line-up of 9th gen processors for laptops, including the 8 core/16 thread, unlocked Core i9-9980HK that boosts up to a whopping 5 GHz. The line-up ranges all the way from Core i5 processors to i9, and are available in the latest laptops from all major partners, with graphics options ranging from GTX 1650 to the RTX 2080 MaxQ.

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ASUS Laptops with GTX 1660 Ti And Ryzen Spotted on 3DMark

It’s been an eventful time for laptop gamers. Intel announced its range of 9th gen laptop CPUs and NVIDIA has introduced the notebook versions for its latest GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 graphics cards. Amongst all the cheer, it’s only natural that we start to see some of these devices on in the internet, which is exactly what’s happening.

Thanks to TUM_APISAK, who posted the 3DMark benchmarks on Twitter, we now have eyes on ASUS laptops that pair the green team’s graphics with the red team’s Ryzen 3 APU, which was revealed at CES earlier this year. ASUS has already revealed a Zephyrus G series laptop with the same pairing, the GA502. But the ones we see in the 3DMark results are the FX505DU and GU502DU models, referred to as Gamersky and Galaxy 5305 in the test respectively. Both feature the Ryzen 3 3750H clocked at 2.3 GHz with a boost up to 3.9 GHz, coupled with the GTX 1660 Ti. Being APUs, they also feature the Vega onboard graphics, giving the users an option to choose between high performance and battery life, based on their workloads.

The GTX 1660 Ti in question features 6GB GDDR6 VRAM and makes use of the same Turing architecture that we saw in the RTX graphics cards, minus the shiny ray tracing and DLSS features. The benchmarks show a comparison between the TimeSpy scores, and are quite recent, dating back to 15th April for one and 17th April for the other. The Gamersky variant gets a higher overall score, beating the Galaxy 5305 in the Graphics tests, but the latter fares better when it comes to CPU scores. Interestingly, the Gamersky has a lower boost clock speed of 1845 MHz while the other one clocks higher at 1920 MHz. Of course, these aren’t the specs that have been confirmed by the manufacturers, so take it with a grain of salt.

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MSI Updates Entire Laptop Line-up With Intel 9th Gen CPUs and GTX 16 Series Graphics

To enhance gaming experience through innovative technology, MSI, a world leader in gaming hardware has unveiled an industry-leading selection of gaming products. Geared up with the newest 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ processors, the gaming line-up has been fully upgraded. Furthermore, the much anticipated NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 16 Series is also available, that offers gamers a wide range of gaming power.

The laptops are already available in India from April 23rd, 2019 at MSI’s exclusive stores across New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata & Pune. The product line will also be available on leading e-commerce websites – Flipkart & Amazon. The price of the series starts from INR 77,990 and goes upto INR 399,990. (All the prices mentioned are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price – MSRP) 

Speaking on the announcement, Green, Chang-Ching Lin, Regional Marketing Manager said, “We are excited to announce that MSI is the first brand to debut the 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ i9 Processors in the gaming series. Furthermore, the GTX 16 series graphics cards will provide a more affordable graphics solution for gamers while still attaining a high levels of performance. With these new additions to our product portfolio, we not only aim at offering gamers the best experience but also want to make gaming more inclusive. India is a key focus market for MSI and we will continue to bring in our latest line of products in the country in line with the global launches.”

Optimized Gaming Experience with 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ Processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 16 Series

Speed always matters with gaming. Powered by the lastest 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ i9 processors, the new models increase performance by 45% over the pervious one, which are able to get the most out of the system. The powerful 8-core processor is also significant for multitasking and intensive work, like video editing or audio composition. In addition to the incredible processor, the new line-up is also equipped with the up-to-date NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 16 series graphics, offering up to 50% performance boost. Now, gamers can fully enjoy smooth gameplay and amazing image quality.

Getting Started with Fully Upgraded Gaming Line-up: GT, GS, GE, GP, GL, GF
Geared up with the latest processors and graghics, MSI brings red-hot gaming line-up for gamers.

The GT Titan, the luxury gaming lineup, is famous for its incomparable performance with high-end features. Armed with the rocking 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ i9 overclockable processor and the most powerful graphics, this uncaged monster breaks through the limitation, and presents the premier performance to hardcore gamers. To optimize the ultimate power, the GT series applies exclusive Cooler Boost Titian, dual fans and 11 pipes,which is able to reduce operating temperature. With stunning 4K UHD display, the GT Titian delivers immersive lifelike gaming scenario. Anyone who wants no-holds barred performance, then these gaming flagships should be on the list.

The GS Stealth features every conceivable NVIDIA’s graphics options from the highest GeForce RTX™ 2080 with Max-Q design all the way to the humble GTX 16 series, perfect for gamers with different needs. The next-generation CPU is packed into the premium compact chassis; the GS series not only provides monstrously powerful performance, but it is also incredibly portable and stylish. Designed with gaming immersion in mind, the latest GS65 also partnered with a 240Hz display to maximize gaming frame rates and offers flowing movements.

Tailored for enthusiast, the GE series is known for its impressive aesthetic design. This gamer flair is backed up with 17.3 and 15.6-inch 144 Hz displays, 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and powerful NVIDIA graphics. In addition, the GE75 is MSI very first model with Wi-Fi 6 capability, giving gamers the advantage of the fastest wireless network speed available. In both appearance and performance, the GE series delivers the best experience that any gaming enthusiast can desire.

Looking for accessible laptop with high-end gaming features? Then, GP series won’t let gamers down. The brand new design, cosmological warship style and misty grey color scheme, easily catches attention. Moreover, the GP75 Leopard sports a per-key RGB keyboard by SteelSeries. Boasting the up-to-date processor and graphics, the GP75 Leopard offers great performance with stunning features that are beyond the expectation.

The GL series makes gaming more accessible than gamers ever thought it could be. Both of which offers wide range of performance from RTX series to GTX 16 series, which is typically a good option for mainstream gamers. The specs deliver more than enough to handle most AAA games to date. To fulfill the RGB fantasy, it’s now also available in per-key RGB keyboard options.

Awarded the IF Design 2019, the GF Thin shows its unique aluminum alloy with hair-brushed texture. To push the mobility to the utmost, the recent GF Thin is made even more compact and lightweight than its predecessor. In addition, the new GF75 and GF63 also presents the powerful performance from the latest processor and graphics. The GF series is made perfectly for gamers who prefer simple aesthetics with great performance.

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Razer Reveals New Blade Laptops With Intel 9th Gen Processors

Razer has launched the 2019 editions of its Blade series of gaming laptops, updating them with Intel’s 9th gen laptop processors. There are three models, the Blade 15 Basic, the Blade 15 Advanced and the Blade 17 Pro.

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced comes with up to an Intel Core i7-9750H, an RTX 2070, 16 GB DDR4 RAM and a 240 Hz Full HD display. It also features Razer’s Chroma RGB lighting and weighs about 4.73 pounds. If that doesn’t suit you, and you have more cash to spend, you can go for the other Razer Blade 15 Advanced variant that includes an RTX 2080 MaxQ, and a 4K 60Hz OLED touchscreen display. It has a brightness of 400 nits and covers 100 percent of the advanced DCI-P3 colour gamut, and also has HDR. The Blade 15 Advanced starts at a price point of $2399.

The Razer Blade 15 Basic, on the other hand, has a Core i7 processor, but is limited up to an RTX 2060. It has a 144 Hz Full HD display and weighs about 4.63 pounds. Both the Basic and the Advanced models of the Razer Blade 15 lack the option for an SD card reader. The Basic Razer Blade 15 starts at $1999.

With a bigger screen size of 17.3 inches, the Razer Blade Pro is powered by an Intel Core i7-9750H. The GPU options let you choose between an RTX 2060, RTX 2070 MaxQ and RTX 2080 MaxQ. Interestingly, the 15-inch Blade has an option between a 240 Hz 1080p panel and a 4K 60Hz display but the 17-inch Pro is limited to a 144Hz Full HD 1080p display. Apart from that, the Blade Pro includes 16GB 2667 MHz DDR4 RAM and weighs about 6.06 pounds (around 2.75 kg). The Blade Pro starts at about $2499 for the RTX 2060 model. The laptops are currently available in the US and Canada and will come to other countries next month.

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ASUS Updates Strix and Zephyrus Line-Up With Intel 9th Gen Processors

ASUS is bringing its Strix and Zephyrus range of laptops to Intel’s latest 9th gen laptops. But if you think that’s all you’re getting in the refresh, you’re wrong. The displays are getting an update as well, with a whopping 240 Hz refresh rate.

The Zephyrus S GX502 comes with up to a Core i7-9750H, 32 GB DDR4 RAM, 1 TB SSD and an RTX 2070. On the other hand, the Zephyrus M GU502 has an i7-9750H and 32 GB RAM, but up to an RTX 2060. There’s a third, more affordable version as well, the Zephyrus G GA502, which includes a Ryzen 7 3750H, a GTX 1660 Ti, 32GB RAM and a 512GB SSD.

These laptops are incredibly slim with a thickness of just 0.7 inches. They’re impressively light as well, weighing just under 5 pounds. The design is mostly similar to what we’ve seen in the previous Zephyrus entries, with a brushed aluminium finish. What’s different, however, is that the keyboard is now more conventional instead of the forward facing version. The display’s a delight to boot as well, with options going up to 240 Hz for the GX502 and the GU 502, while the GA502 caps at 120 Hz.

Additionally, the Strix line-up is getting the 9th gen revamp too. The Scar III and the Hero III models both have options for Core i7 and i9 processors. The laptops can have either GTX 16 series for GPU or opt to go for the higher end RTX models. As with the Zephyrus, you can choose to go for a 240 Hz display if you wish, or settle for a 144 Hz panel.

They have a new feature called the ‘keystone’, which is a removable NFC module that lets users transfer their gaming profiles to other devices. It’s actual usefulness, however, still needs to be determined. There’s a less expensive, Strix G model which takes off the keystone for a lower price, but still has a 9th gen i7 and a GTX 1660 Ti. These laptops should be available in India in July.

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Lenovo Refreshes Its Gaming Laptops With Intel’s 9th Gen Processors

Legion is adding new members to its family of gaming laptops, packed with Intel’s latest 9th processors. These include the IdeaPad L340, the Y7000, Y540 and the Y740.

The IdeaPad Y340 features NVIDIA’s GTX 1650 and is the option for budget gamers. The 15.6-inch model will have a starting price point of $870 while the 17-inch one will be start from $920. The Y340 will be available next month.

The pricing and availability for the Y7000 isn’t known, but it will have either a GTX 1660 Ti or an RTX 2060, and a 144 Hz Full HD display. The laptop will be available in May as well, starting at a price point of $1200.

The Y540 will also be powered by a GTX 1660Ti, available from late May at a price point of $1210 for the 15-inch model and $1270 for the 17-inch one. The Y740 models will bring home the high-end side of the line-up as they can go up to an RTX 2080 MaxQ, and are even available with the GTX 1660 Ti. These will available late next month as well, with the 15-inch variant starting at a price point of $1610 and the 17-inch one starting at $1670. The Indian availability and pricing is yet to be made official, so stay tuned.

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