Lenovo and AT&T be part of forces on new 5G laptops, beginning at simply $420

Lenovo is pairing up with AT&T to release a pair of new connected laptops that leveragethe latest in wireless connectivity. The upcoming ThinkPad X13 5G and Lenovo 300e Chromebook feature AT&T’s LTE and 5G technology, respectively. The laptops also allow cross-platform integration so you can share files or send messages across all devices via Chrome OS on the 300e Chromebook or Windows 10 Pro on the ThinkPad X13.
The Lenovo 300e Chromebook LTE will feature 4G LTE on AT&T and sounds like a nice option for students’ computing needs. Available at just $11 a month on an installment plan, it is a student-friendly budget option.
The “budget” feel applies to some of the specs as well, including the screen, which is just an 11.6-inch HD touch display. The display does have Corning Gorilla Glass coating and promises durability. The Chromebook’s keyboard is spill-resistant also, which parents and teachers will appreciate.

The 300e features a convertible design so you can use it in both tablet and laptop mode. Its body is apparently lightweight and it should be easy to carry around. Lenovo’s upcoming Chromebook features a 47 wattt-hour battery, and the company promises that a charge will last long enough for you to go from home to school and back without worrying. It has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, so you can expect some limitations in terms of usage.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X13 features AT&T 5G technology and is advertised as a high-powered, 11th-gen Intel processor laptop packed into a lightweight chassis. It features a 57.4Wh battery, along with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD that is apparently expansive enough to fit your documents, movies, music, and more. The X13 boasts a 13.3-inch display and weighs 2.96 pounds.

According to Jenifer Robertson, executive vice president of AT&T Mobility, “cellular connectivity [is] predicted to come in 25% of all laptops in the next three years.” Keeping this in mind, Lenovo’s upcoming laptops are aiming to deliver advanced options ahead of time.
Pre-orders for the ThinkPad X13 5G will begin on August 27, and it will be available to purchase online starting September 17. Pre-orders for the 300e Chromebook LTE will begin September 10 and it will be available for purchase online and in selected stores starting September 28. The 300e has a starting price of $420 and is available in gray, while you can get the X13 for $1,500 in black.

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LG runs a profitable 6G THz outside transmission check

LG Electronics has announced a successful short-range test for 6G terahertz (THz) data, bringing the eventual 6G future that much closer.
LG worked in conjunction with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft research laboratory in Germany to conduct the test, which saw the data transmitted wirelessly between the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and the Berlin Institute of Technology. It successfully traveled over 100 meters in an outdoor setting, which breaks records that were previously set under controlled laboratory conditions.
LG did not specify what the data was, how much was transmitted, or how long it took, but previous 6G transmission tests have achieved 48GB-per-second speeds. (Pulling down a full digital installation of Microsoft Flight Simulator in under three seconds? Sure, I’ll take that.)
Pulling off a short-range data transmission may not sound that impressive at the moment, with 5G still on the horizon, but LG’s transmission test is a new milestone for 6G, which is still in its relative infancy. Previous tests have shown that in theory, 6G could be as much as a hundred times faster than 5G, but it’s currently limited by its short-range and high power requirements.
LG and its German collaborators were able to boost the 6G signal’s transmission distance by codeveloping a new kind of power amplifier that uses adaptive beamforming technology — which uses signals from an array of transmitters in order to increase their strength — to boost 6G output. LG was testing a lot of new tech here, all at once, and it seems to have worked out.
“The success of this test demonstrates that we are ever closer to the successful application of terahertz radio communication spectrum in the upcoming 6G era,” said I.P. Park, the president of LG, in a prepared release.
Again, this is a step along the road to a full-fledged 6G rollout, which is generally planned for the future but still doesn’t have a firm release date. LG claims in its press release to have targeted 2025 for global 6G standardization, with commercialization to come over the course of the following four years, but that seems to be one of the more optimistic forecasts to date.
In other words, it’s probably not worth waiting for 6G instead of upgrading to a 5G-capable phone.

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