Tech Last Week Issue #002: Foldable laptop, Sony EVs, and more

Last week was a busy week for technology-related news. We had a pretty eventful year for CES despite all the companies deciding not to attend in person. We also had a couple of product releases. There is no way to cover everything that happened, but here are some highlights.

Asus Zenbook 17 Fold

Following Lenovo X1 Fold’s lead last year, Asus announced their own foldable 17-inch laptop that is coming later this year. This 1.65 kg foldable laptop comes equipped with Intel’s latest Core i7-1250U, 16GB of LPDDR5, 1TB SSD, and Thunderbolt 4 support. The folding screen allows users to instantly fold down to a compact 12.5-inch size.

Asus Zenbook 17 Fold on a table

I haven’t seen any videos or images that show whether the screen crease is present. But I would be interested to see if that causes a problem for day-to-day work. One crucial element that will decide whether this device succeeds is going to be its software. I don’t think Microsoft has done much to make Windows 11 works well with the foldable form factor. We will have to see if the custom software Asus created will improve the user experience enough to fully take advantage of the new form factor.

There is no word on when or how much this device will cost.

New CPUs and GPS from Intel, AMD and Nvidia

AMD, Intel, and Nvidia all announced new CPUs and GPUs at CES this year. And with those announcements, plenty of updated laptops (like the Razer Blade series, and the Asus Zenbooks series) came as well. I won’t get into details here, but AMD looks to be the one making the most year-over-year improvements. All in all, this year’s laptops should be a significant improvement for anyone looking to upgrade this year. Oh and one fun fact. Apparently, the Ti in Nvidia’s RTX lineup is pronounced “tie” ๐Ÿ˜….

If you are interested in learning more about the technical details, below are some highlight reels from the Verge:

BMW iX Flow

BMW iX Flow: the color changing concept car

BMW partnered with the creators of E-ink to show off a prototype vehicle that is able to change its color between black and white. This prototype uses the same technology that is in your Kindle to change the exterior of the BMW.

Check out BMW’s video explaining the applications of this technology

Sony VISION-S 01 and VISION-S 02 prototypes

Sony is entering the Electric Vehicle market

During CES 2022, Sony announced that they will be spinning up a new operating company called “Sony Mobility Inc.” in the spring. As part of the announcement, they showed off the VISION-S 01 and VISION-S 02 prototypes. Both prototypes look absolutely stunning and packed with sensors. Sony hopes to use its CMOS image sensors and LiDAR sensors to provide a Level 2+ driver assistance system. The company has been testing out its electric sedan (VISION-S 01) on public roads in Europe as of December 2020.

Sony might be a formidable competitor to Tesla. At the end of the day, the future of EV vehicle companies is software-based. If we truly want fully autonomous vehicles to be our future, the company with the best driver assistance system, road sensor data, and cloud computing will dominate the future of mobility.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

Without much fanfare, Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 FE. This is an odd time to launch this phone given that Samsung should be announcing the S22 in February. Another strange thing about this phone is its pricing. In the US, the cheapest model will cost $700 unlocked. Given that the impending arrival of the S22 series and the fact you can buy a new/renewed S21 for about the same price, the S21 FE is hard to recommend.

Below are the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE specifications:

  • ๐Ÿ“บ 6.4 inches 1080 x 2400 pixel OLED 120Hz
  • ๐Ÿง  Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
  • ๐Ÿ—ƒ๏ธ 6/8GB RAM 128/256GB Storage
  • ๐Ÿ“ท Three Rear Cameras (Four focal lengths)
    • ๐Ÿ“ท Wide: 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.76″, 1.8ยตm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
    • ๐Ÿ“ท Telephoto: 8 MP, f/2.4, 76mm (telephoto), 1/4.5″, 1.0ยตm, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
    • ๐Ÿ“ท Ultrawide: 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 123หš (ultrawide), 1/3.0″, 1.12ยตm
  • ๐Ÿ“ท Selfie: 32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.74″, 0.8ยตm
  • ๐Ÿ”‹ 4500 mAh
  • ๐Ÿ”Œ 25 Watt Fast Charge, 15 Watt Qi wireless
  • ๐Ÿ“ 155.7 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm
  • ๐ŸŽจ White, Graphite, Lavender, Olive
  • ๐Ÿ’ธ $700
  • ๐Ÿ“… 2022.01.11

That is all I got for next week, see you all next week โœŒ๏ธ

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