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    Anandtech: HP Launches Their S430c 43.4-Inch Ultrawide Curved Display

    Along with their new Elite Dragonfly notebook, today HP is also rolling out its first ultra-wide curved display, which is being aimed at replacing dual-display setups used by business customers. The S430c Curved Ultrawide Monitor boasts a sizable 43.4-inch diagonal size, which is laid out in a 32:10 aspect ratio with an ultra-wide 4K resolution. Meanwhile, with its roots firmly in the business side of HP's lineup, the company is also outfitting the monitor with a bevy of business-focused features, such as docking capabilities and a pop-up webcam with IR sensors.
    Internally, the HP S430c curved ultrawide monitor uses a 43.4-inch VA panel, which offers a 3840×1200 resolution framed in an 1800R curve. The monitor offers a max brightness of 350 nits, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a 5 ms GtG response time, 178º/178º vertical/horizontal viewing angles, a 60 Hz refresh rate, and to top things off, the screen has an antiglare coating. Seeing as this isn't a video-focused monitor, HP is sticking just covering the sRGB color gamut (99%), which is the primary color space used by office and productivity applications.
    Moving on, for connectivity the display has a DisplayPort 1.2 input, a HDMI 2.0 port, and two USB Type-C (DP alt-mode) inputs, allowing the monitor to be connected to virtually any PC. Both USB-C ports can deliver up to 85 W of power to their host laptops (with a total limit of 100W), meaning the monitor can charge even higher-performance 15.6-inch machines. Those USB-C ports also feed the monitor's built-in USB hub, giving the monitor four downstream USB Type-A ports.
    Meanwhile for extra features, the S430c includes a pop-up Full HD webcam with IR sensors for Windows Hello, as well as two microphones. The display also supports HP’s Device Bridge technology, which allows the user to control two PCs at the same time on a split screen without a dedicated KVM.
    Like other monitors for professionals, the HP S430c comes with a stand that can adjust height and tilt. Meanwhile, HP will also offer a VESA mount adapter for those who need it.
    Sales of the HP S430c Curved Ultrawide Monitor will start on November 9. The monitor will retail for $999.
    The S430c Curved Ultrawide Monitor
    General Specifications
    Panel 43" VA
    Native Resolution 3840 × 1200
    Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz
    Response Time 5 ms
    Brightness 350 cd/m²
    Contrast 3000:1
    Backlighting LED
    Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
    Curvature 1800R
    Aspect Ratio 32:10
    Color Gamut sRGB: 99%
    Dynamic Refresh Rate Tech -
    Pixel Pitch 0.274 mm²
    Pixel Density 92.7 PPI
    Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
    1 × HDMI 2.0
    2 × USB 3.1 Type-C (w/ 85 W PD)
    Audio speakers (?)
    3.5-mm audio jack
    Webcam Full-HD IR webcam with microphones
    USB Hub 4 × USB 3.0 Type-A connectors
    Stand Height adjustment
    Tilt: -5~20 degree
    Power Standby: 0.5 W
    Typical: 80 W
    Maximum: 220 W
    MSRP US: $999
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    Anandtech: Logitech Unveils G604 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse: 15 Programmable Co

    Ever the purveyor of peripherals, Logitech is once again expanding its G series of mice with a new high-end wireless mouse for gamers. The Logitech G604 Lightspeed features the company’s latest high-precision sensor as well as 15 fully programmable controls that makes the mouse particularly useful for enthusiasts who play games that benefit from macros.
    The Logitech G604 Lightspeed is based on the company’s Hero sensor, which a tracking resolution up to 16,000 DPI. That sensor is being paired with a 32-bit Arm Cortex-M-powered SoC, and on the communications side of matters the wireless mouse supports both Bluetooth and Logitech's proprietary Lightspeed wireless technology. The latter is designed to offer more performance and lower latency than standard Bluetooth, with Logitech offering much greater polling rates – up to 1000 Hz – when using Lightspeed.
    In fact this same platform is used for other mice from Logitech, and as a result, the G604 supports the usual Logitech G-series features, such as automatic surface tuning. And that extends to battery life as well; Logitech is promissing a very long battery life for the mouse, rating it to run for up to 240 hours on a single AA battery.
    From ergonomics point of view, the G604 Lightspeed is a successor of Logitech’s G602 launched several years ago. The new mouse features a similar shape, however Logitech says that they have refined the design to make it more comfortable and provider a better grip. Logitech’s G604 Lightspeed has 15 controls (including six thumb buttons for high demand actions) each of which can be reprogrammed.
    Logitech will start sales of the G604 Lightspeed this fall at a price of $99.99.
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    Anandtech: Sony’s Micro LED-Based Ultra-HD TVs Available to Consumers: 2K to 16K Reso

    Sony this month started to offer its Micro LED-based displays to well-funded consumers. Officially branded as Crystal LED direct view display systems (aka CLEDIS), these ultra high-end products were previously only available for commercial installations. Designed to offer superior contrasts, brightness levels, and viewing angles, Sony’s Crystal LED TVs are designed to replace projector-enabled home theaters and will be available in 2K, 4K, 8K, and 16K versions with sizes of up to 790 inches.
    Sony’s Crystal LED display systems rely on bezel-less Micro LED modules that are built using 0.003-mm² individually-controlled LEDs. The modules offer up to 1000 nits peak brightness, around 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, up to a 120 Hz refresh rate, as well as nearly 180° viewing angles. According to Sony, such a display can cover 140% of the sRGB color space or around 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.
    Since the micro LED modules are rather large – even though they're the fraction of the size of a normal LED, the large number of micro LEDs adds up – the size of a Full-HD Crystal LED display system is around 110 inches in diagonal. Meanwhile the 4K unit doubles that, to 220 inches. Since we are dealing with devices that are designed to replace projection-powered home theaters, such sizes are well justified, but they are naturally too large for an average home.
    Sony's Consumer Crystal LED Display Systems
    Full HD 4K 8K 16K
    Number of CLED Modules 18 72 288 576
    Diagonal 110-inches 220-inches 440-inches 790-inches
    Dimensions (W×H) 8 ft × 4 ft
    2.43 m × 1.22 m
    16 ft × 9 ft
    4.87 × 2.74
    32 ft × 18 ft
    9.75 × 5.48
    63 ft × 18 ft
    19.2 × 5.48
    Approximate Price of CLEDs at $10,000 per unit $180,000 $720,000 $2,880,000 $5,760,000
    Sony’s Crystal LED-based display systems for residential installation will be available through a select group of individually trained and certified Sony dealers. The devices will be supported by Sony’s technicians, who will be able to remotely monitor displays after their installations to provide ongoing service.
    Sony is not publicly quoting prices for its consumer Crystal LED products, but there are estimates that each module costs around $10,000 per unit. This would mean that a Full-HD version, which consists of 18 modules, costs over $180,000, whereas a 4K system will be priced at over $720,000.
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    Anandtech: Huawei Launches Mate 30 & Mate 30 Pro 4G and 5G Variants: First Step Away

    Today at Huawei’s global launch event in Munich, the company has detailed its new Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro flagship devices. The two new phones continue Huawei’s focus on innovating in the photo capture departments, with the new Mate 30 Pro introducing innovative camera features and hardware. Naturally, as is tradition with the Mate series, it represents Huawei’s pioneer series in which it introduces the newest technologies, such as the new brand-new Kirin 990 as well as Kirin 990 5G. The new Mate 30 also introduce new designs and hardware builds – increasing battery life and minimising weight of the phones.
    The Mate 30 Pro in particular introduces a new true edge-to-edge display that curves to the sides up to 90° - representing a brand-new form-factor and new ergonomics as Huawei makes away with physical buttons. Beyond all the hardware, the biggest news about Huawei’s newest devices is the fact that they will not come out of the box with Google Play or Google services preinstalled, representing a tectonic shift in the industry that’s bound to have reverberations for the next several years.
    Huawei Mate 30 Series
    Mate 30 Mate 30 Pro
    (Mate 30 Pro 5G)
    SoC HiSilicon Kirin 990

    2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.86 GHz
    2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.09 GHz
    4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.86 GHz
    (HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G)

    2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.86 GHz
    2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.36 GHz
    4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.95 GHz
    GPU Mali G76MP16 @ 600MHz

    (Mali G76MP16 @ 700MHz)
    DRAM 8GB LPDDR4X 8GB LPDDR4X
    Display 6.62" OLED
    2340 x 1080 (19.5:9)
    6.53" OLED
    2400 x 1176 (18.4:9)

    edge-to-edge
    Size Height 160.8 mm 158.1 mm
    Width 76.1 mm 73.1 mm
    Depth 8.4 mm
    (9.2mm)
    8.8 mm
    (9.5mm)
    Weight 196 grams 198 grams
    Battery Capacity 4100mAh (Rated)
    4200mAh (Typical)

    40W charging
    4400mAh (Rated)
    4500mAh (Typical)

    40W charging
    Wireless Charging 27W charging + reverse charging
    Rear Cameras
    Main 40MP f/1.8 OIS
    RYYB sensor

    27mm equiv. FL
    40MP f/1.6 OIS
    RYYB sensor

    27mm equivl. FL
    Telephoto 8MP f/2.4 OIS
    3x Optical zoom
    80mm equiv. FL
    Wide 16MP f/2.2
    Ulta wide angle
    17mm equivl. FL

    40MP f/1.8
    RGGB sensor
    Ultra wide angle
    18mm equivl. FL

    720p7680fps video capture
    Extra - 3D Depth Camera
    Front Camera 24MP f/2.0 32MP f/2.0
    Storage 128 / 256GB
    + proprietary "nanoSD" card
    I/O USB-C
    3.5mm headphone jack
    USB-C
    Wireless (local) 802.11ac (Wifi 5),
    Bluetooth 5.1
    Cellular 4G LTE

    (4G + 5G NR NSA+SA Sub-6GHz)
    Splash, Water, Dust Resistance IP53
    (no water resistance)
    IP68
    (water resistant up to 1m)
    Dual-SIM 2x nano-SIM
    Launch OS Android 10 w/ EMUI 10

    without Google services
    Launch Price 8+128 GB: 799€
    8+256 GB: 1099€

    (5G 8+256GB: 1199€)
    Starting off with the heart of the phone, we’re seeing both the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro powered by the new Kirin 990 chipsets. As we’ve covered the silicon in more detail a few weeks ago at its launch, this year we’re actually talking about two distinct new chips: The regular Kirin 990, and the Kirin 990 5G. As the name reveals the difference, the 5G variant of the chip includes a new integrated modem with support of Sub-6GHz 5G NR connectivity.
    The company this year was conservative in terms of the IP of the new Kirin chipset, as this year again unfortunately the release timing of the silicon wasn’t in sync with the newest generation designs from Arm. Thus the chip again makes use of the existing Cortex-A76 CPU core, but this time around it bumps up the frequency up to 2.86GHz in the two fastest CPU cores. Depending on whether you get the regular or the 5G variant you’ll end up with a further two A76 efficiency cores at either 2.09GHz or 2.36GHz, and the same differences are found in the A55 small cores, coming in a quad-core configuration with 1.86GHz or 1.95GHz. The GPU core configuration is a Mali-G76MP16 at either 600MHz or 700MHz. HiSilicon is able to use the higher frequencies on the 5G model as it’s manufactured on TSMC’s new N7+ manufacturing node which makes use of EUV, whereas the regular variant remains on the existing N7 node.
    Huawei was able to increase the battery sizes of the phones to up to 4200mAh for the Mate 30 and 4500mAh for the Mate 30 Pro by increasing the density of the battery cells. This generation, Huawei has also paid more attention to the resulting weight of the phone, managing to remain under 200g at respectively 196g and 198g for the non-pro and Pro models.


    Mate 30 Pro
    The Mate 30 Pro is certainly the most interesting of the two new devices when it comes to their designs. The Mate 30 Pro employs a new true edge-to-edge OLED screen which curves around to 90° around the edges – essentially making this the first actually bezel-less phone out there as you’ll be seeing pure screen when viewing the phone from the front. Unfortunately, it seems Huawei this year has opted to go back to 1080p-class screens for the Pro Mate model, reducing it from the 1440p that was uniquely shipped last year with the Mate 20 Pro. Either the Mate 30 Pro will have outstanding battery life, or Huawei still hasn’t figured out how to efficiently implement 1440p in their phones.


    Mate 30
    The 30 Pro comes at a slightly weird resolution of 2400 x 1136 which results in an aspect ratio of 18.4:9. The reason for this is that there’s actually some pixels which are going to be part of the wrap-around part of the screen. The regular Mate 30 has a more traditional 2340 x 1080 19.5:9 resolution and aspect ratio.
    Even though the Mate 30 Pro lists a 6.53” diagonal screen size, because of the wrap-around aspect of it, it’s only actually 73.1mm wide which is slightly smaller than the usual “large” form-factor we’re used to, similar to the Mate 20 Pro last year, which was 0.8mm narrower.
    Both phones still come with display notches, however Huawei was able to reduce their size notably, and rationalises by having the full plethora of sensors available, including a 3D depth camera, the usual ambient & proximity sensors, the 32MP or 24MP front-facing camera, as well as introducing a new gesture sensor.
    The big stars and a big part of the presentation today were the phone’s cameras. The Mate 30 was more conservative in this regard, and essentially, we’re seeing the same camera setup as on the P30, with the exception of the addition of OIS on the main sensor. The main camera sensor for both phones is again the 40MP RYYB sensor employed in the P30 series, however the Mate 30’s pictures will notably improve thanks to a newer generation ISP in the Kirin processors. The aperture on the Pro unit is larger f/1.6 while the regular Mate 30 will make due with f/1.8 optics.
    The telephoto module on both phones is the trusted and good 3x telephoto lens and 8MP sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. Personally I wasn’t too convinced of the periscope 5x module of the P30 Pro so I’m glad Huawei stuck around with the more traditional module in the Mate 30’s.
    It’s in the wide-angle lens where the two phones drastically differ. While the Mate 30 has seemingly the same 16MP f/2.2 module as on the P30, the new Mate 30 Pro introduces a brand-new and industry first sensor of its type. The Mate 30 Pro’s wide-angle is makes use of a new equally large sized 1/1.54” sensor with a 40MP resolution. The sensor is a regular Bayer RGGB layout, unlike the RYYB 40MP main camera sensor. It employs a wide f/1.8 aperture with a wide-angle view equivalent focal-length of 18mm.
    The new sensor however no only serves as the wide-angle eyes for the phone, but also has unique video recording capabilities. Huawei now finally introduced 4K60 recording, and also supports HDR+ video formats. The most eye-brow raising feature of the new module however is its quoted 7680fps slow-motion capture. Huawei demoed 2000fps samples at the presentation, and lists the 7680fps mode as being able to be recorded at 720p.
    No Google Play Services or Play Store

    Probably the biggest and most important announcement today wasn’t the Mate 30 or Mate 30 Pro as devices, but the fact that the new units will not be released with Google’s services such as the Play Store or Play Services preinstalled on the phone. Unfortunately this is the end result of the ongoing trade-war between the US and China, with Huawei considering themselves as being used as bargaining chips and pawns by the US’s decision to block the company from all commercial interaction with US companies, something the company describes as having nothing to do with security or even 5G infrastructure concerns.
    The implications here are huge both for Huawei as for the overall industry, and there will be no clear winners on either side, and on the long-term, it seems Google and the Android ecosystem has more to lose. Huawei is pushing forward with a full replacement of Google’s services, with the alternative being called “Huawei Mobile Services”, or HMS, in order to offer the same functionality that were offered by Google’s GMS.
    In a follow-up interview with Richard Yu clarified one important question in regards to how users will have control over the software they’ll be able to install on the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro; beyond offering their own app store called the “Huawei App Gallery”, Yu said that it might be possible for users to install the GMS core onto the phones through either third-party app stores or websites. Huawei here is likely to resist as little as possible in terms of limitations as to what users will be able to do with their phones, and he also confirmed that users will be able to unlock the bootloaders for the Mate 30 and 30 Pro.
    In case that the trade sanctions imposed by the US were to be lifted, Richard Yu explained that they’d be ready to “immediately” reintegrate the Google services and applications onto their firmware and push out updates to their phones.
    In the meanwhile, Huawei is planning long-term and investing into their own HMS ecosystem. In order to attract developers and to gain traction, the company is making a available a $1bn fund for developers, ecosystem and marketing to offer alternatives for their users. Yu described one way to attract developers is that they will adopt a 15/85% share on app purchases, giving developers a larger piece of the pie than the 30/70 share that currently is in place for the Play Store and the iOS App Store. Huawei explains that they don’t want to do this, but given the circumstances, they’re forced to.
    Availability & Pricing

    The Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will be available in October in China and select European markets, with remaining European countries availability coming a bit later. The Mate 30 comes in a 8+128GB configuration for 799€, the Mate 30 Pro coming in a 8+128GB configuration for 1099€, and finally the 5G variant of the Mate 30 Pro coming at 1199€.
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