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January 19, 2017

New iPad Pro to feature Apple Pencil 2 that attaches to the tablet
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With major iPad updates expected this year, new reports have suggested that Apple will finally Apple Pencil magnetsintroduce that one feature you've been waiting for.

According to recent patent filings, the maker is known to be working on a new Apple Pencil stylus, with the second-generation accessory able to be attached to the side of your iPad.

Despite the original Apple Pencil being arguably the best stylus around, offering intricate pressure-sensitive skills and lag-free input, it's inability to attach to the iPad Pro was a major down side.

With no way of attaching to the slate, the Pencil became something of a nuisance, with its cylindrical style meaning it all too easily rolled away.

Its charging mechanism, of being stuck in the base of the iPad to create a double-length gadget, wasn't particularly elegant, either.

According to latest leaks and newly surfaced patents, however, the Apple Pencil 2 will be all change.




Microsoft to Surface Pro 4, Studio owners: Even better battery life plus faster wake-up

Microsoft has released its first ever firmware update for the Surface Studio, as well as a new update for the Surface Pro 4.

Microsoft began shipping the Surface Studio in November and has now released its first firmware improvements for the pricey iMac challenger. It's not a huge update but does target improvements to reliability and responsiveness, according to Microsoft's release notes.

A new driver for the Nvidia graphics card cuts the time it takes for the Studio to wake up from sleep mode, while improving compatibility with new games.

The Surface component of the firmware update also cuts wake-up times for the Studio and improves the accuracy of its speech-recognition module. Meanwhile, a driver update for the Intel Smart Sound chip should to improve the reliability of Skype call audio and Skype notifications.




January 18, 2017


Microsoft Gives Discounts On Surface Pro 4: Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Releases Q1 Of 2017

Microsoft has announced discounts for Surface Pro 4. The hallmark tablet is now available at US$ 899 against the original rate of US$ 900. This price cut is a major development for two reasons. First Microsoft is facing tough competition in the market and Second Successor of Surface Pro 4 is about to arrive in the markets.

According to Microsoft Store, discounted rate of Surface Pro 4 (128 GB, Core i5, 4GB RAM) is US$ 899. Surface Pro 5 has been confirmed for official launch in the first quarter of this year. Microsoft is going to make room for their ambitious and long awaited Surface Pro 5. Microsoft has chosen the right time for discount on Surface Pro 4.

Stylus pen will be upgraded with many new features and updates. Stylus will have a rechargeable battery in the middle, On/Off button, pencil like eraser on the tail and indicator light near the tail. Stylus pen is made compatible for connectivity with different supporting gadgets of Surface Pro 5. Stylus will be upgraded for wireless charging by magnetically attaching to device.

Surface Pro 5 might be armed with AMD ARM Processor instead of Intel Kaby lake processor as Windows 10 has already a demonstration with ARM processor.




January 17, 2017

Fujitsu Provides Ultimate Business Computing Flexibility with Three New 2 in 1 Tablets
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New Fujitsu Tablets 2017

Fujitsu today launches three 2 in 1 tablets for business users. The new Fujitsu Tablet LIFEBOOK® P727, the first 360-degree foldable 2 in 1 device, delivers a new degree of flexibility in mobile business. It solves the tablet or PC dilemma by combining the best of both worlds and creating a seamless 'anytime, anywhere' user experience across all areas of digital working.

The LIFEBOOK P727 is a lightweight, slimline, 12.5-inch screen size 2 in 1 device. It converts instantly from a clamshell notebook into a powerful tablet when the keyboard is not needed, putting an end to the debate over whether to carry a traditional notebook, a tablet, or both, while traveling. The LIFEBOOK P727 can be used in four different working modes – classic clamshell, desktop, tablet and tent, giving users the freedom of choice based on individual preference – and supports multiple forms of input, including touchscreen, digitizer pen and keyboard. The 360-degree hinge means the keyboard can be folded over so it disappears entirely, folding flush behind the screen. Optional 4G/LTE connectivity and up to 10 hours of battery life make the LIFEBOOK P727 a truly mobile, work-anywhere device.

Fujitsu is also introducing the FUJITSU Tablet LIFEBOOK T937, the latest in the long line of Fujitsu convertible tablets, where the screen can rotate 360 degrees from a central pivot point. Weighing only 1.3kg, its thin and flexible design allows users to switch from 13.3-inch Ultrabook to tablet mode, enabling dynamic work styles both in the office and on the move. The T937 features a bridge battery that allows users to swap out the main battery without having to power down first.

A third new model, the new 13.3-inch STYLISTIC Q737 tablet is the next generation of the popular Fujitsu STYLISTIC® Q Series 2 in 1 devices, a powerful tablet PC with a detachable keyboard docking station. Combining a full-productivity notebook with the convenience of a tablet, the STYLISTIC Q737 provides new levels of performance and functionality, making it perfect for vertical industries.

With its new line-up of high-end 2 in 1 devices, Fujitsu offers business users more flexibility and agility and responds to the increased business needs of the digital workplace, catering to business travelers who work on the move, collaborate in teams and use their devices in multiple ways. According to a recent study by IDC1, tablets will play a key part in digital transformation, with hybrid and 2 in 1 devices meeting new productivity needs as well as enabling new usage scenarios. The study revealed that tablets are part of the mobile strategy of 60 percent of surveyed companies. Over two-thirds of respondents were evaluating or planning to purchase a tablet in the short term. Sectors such as education, hospitality, government, and transport ranked tablets among their top three priorities.

Pricing and availability
The LIFEBOOK P727 and the STYLISTIC Q737 will be available to order in North America from February 2017 and the LIFEBOOK T937 from March 2017. Pricing varies according to model, configuration and country.




January 16, 2017

Here's Why the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Will Own it's Predecessor
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Microsoft is rumored to be lining up big changes for its next-gen Surface Pro

Recent speculation suggests that 2017 could be a game changer for Microsoft , as the tech giant lines up its next generation of Surface devices. The tech world is eagerly awaiting the official announcement of the next Surface Pro which is tipped to represent a serious upgrade compared to its predecessor model, the Surface Pro 4.

For those who don’t know, Intel has finally started rolling out its highly-anticipated Kaby Lake processing chipset. This implies that the majority of upcoming flagship devices in the 2-in-1 market, including the next Surface Pro, will be powered by Intel’s latest processor.

With the incorporation of Intel’s seventh-generation processor, not only will the next-generation Surface Pro be significantly faster compared to its predecessor version but will also be designed to offer users a longer-lasting battery life. This is due to the power-efficient nature of the new Kaby Lake processing chipset which effectively means a longer-lasting battery life for compatible devices.

The Surface Pro 4 might be one of the best performing devices available in the 2-in-1 market, but the hybrid’s poor battery performance has let users down. Fortunately, the delay in the launch of the next-generation Surface Pro, the Surface Pro 5, indicated that the Redmond-based tech giant intends on incorporating Intel’s latest processing chipset in its upcoming Surface devices. Hence, it is likely that the upcoming Surface Pro 5 will not inherit its predecessor’s greatest weakness.

Microsoft is rumored to officially announce its next-generation Surface Pro by the month of March and judging by ongoing speculation; the upcoming device could own its closest rival 2-in-1 devices. Stay tuned for more news and updates involving the Redmond company’s upcoming Surface devices.



Windows 10 Update: Microsoft Addresses Privacy Problems With 2 New Options
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Users of Microsoft’s Windows 10 OS lack control over updates and privacy. In the case of the lack of control over privacy, the company co-founded by Bill Gates has admitted it is a serious problem and offered two new options to address the issue.

The two options are in response to the request from Windows 10 users for greater control over their data, a better understanding of data collection and its benefits for the user’s more personalized experience. After receiving feedback, Microsoft heeded the request of Windows 10 users, Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, writes in a blog post.

Microsoft Privacy Dashboard

Users of Windows 10 could now get concise information about their browsing history, search history, location activity, and Cortana’s Notebook by signing in with their Microsoft account and visiting a website. The portal account.microsoft.com/privacy would provide the four types of information mentioned, Forbes reports. Microsoft says it would add new categories and functionalities over time.

Windows 10 Creators Update

In the next two months, Microsoft would release two changes on the Windows 10 Creators Update. The “Express Setting” screen found on the first installation would be removed. Instead, Windows 10 users would get clear but explanations that are worded simply, and toggle switches.

Microsoft would also offer Simplified Diagnostic Data by cutting the three collection levels to just two, namely “Basic” and “Full.” Data vital to Windows operation are considered “Basic,” while data needed to keep the OS running and app secure, up-to-date, and properly running, are classified as “Full.”




January 13, 2017

Hands On With The Microsoft Surface Dial

Happy day! Microsoft shipped me a Surface Dial to play with. I have been looking forward to the opportunity to use the Surface Dial in a real-world scenario ever since the Microsoft unveiled it Surface Dialalongside the Surface Studio at a media event in New York last fall.

Now that I’ve had a week or so to play with it, I can say it was worth the wait. The genius of the Surface Dial is that it allows you to be more productive by giving your other hand something to do. The world is conditioned to use a mouse and keyboard—but those are generally two separate actions. You can either use the keyboard with both hands, or stop using the keyboard so you can use the mouse instead. The Surface Dial changes that dynamic.

How does it do that? That is an excellent question. The answer is, “It depends.”

The reason it depends is that the Surface Dial functionality is contextual. It varies depending on which application you’re using and what you’re doing in the moment.

The design and use of the Surface Dial is deceptively simple. It is a small aluminum puck that can be depressed like a button, or rotated left and right. It also provides haptic feedback—small vibrations that let you know it’s doing something.

Pushing down on the Surface Dial displays a radial menu on screen that allows you to select the functionality you want for the device. In normal use in Windows 10, the Surface Dial can be used for things like controlling the volume, moving back and forth between tracks of music, scrolling, or zooming. It can also be used to unwind actions—as either an “undo” or to erase or replay things that are drawn on the display with Windows Ink.




Surface Pro 4 vs. iPad Pro - A Closer Look At The Two Tablets


Microsoft and Apple are the two biggest names in the computer world, and they are now taking their battle into the tablet arena. It's Apple's iPad Pro vs. Microsoft's Surface Pro 4. On the outside these two tablets are almost identical, but it is beneath the surface where they differ greatly from one another.

Any IT administrators or experts who want to incorporate one of these tablets will need to as much as they can about them before they choose a side. On one hand you have the Surface Pro 4 which runs on a full version of the Windows 10 operating system. This allows admins to handle the tablets like laptops and they also integrate well with Exchange, SharePoint, Active Directory, and other important systems right out of the box. This means there will be no need for you to install any special administrative services or software.

The iPad Pro, on the other hand, runs on Apple's iOS - the same operating system used by the iPhone. This means you will have a tablet that does not possess all of the power or capability of a laptop or desktop system. The iPad Pro will not let users gain access to the local file system, nor will it provide them with the same kind of robust support for multitasking that they can usually get from a desktop OS.




January 12, 2017

My month with the Surface Book i7 with Performance Base

This should come as no surprise, but the performance on the updated Surface Book i7 has been consistently impressive. But when I talk about performance, it's important to remember that I'm not an artist, a 3D video editor or even a heavy gamer. Pushing the limits of my notebooks typically means I'm 100 tabs deep in Google Chrome or I'm rehashing my youth by playing The Sims 4.

But the Surface Book happily encourages my pathological level of browser tabs without a single complaint. And light gaming was more enjoyable; everything ran faster and smoother than on my HP Spectre x360, which houses a 6th gen Intel i7 processor and integrated graphics.

I wouldn't say it's worth spending over $3,000 on a notebook just to browse the internet with wild abandon and occasionally play The Sims 4 on the highest settings, but I can say my experience with the Surface Book this past month has truly spoiled me.




Dell Canvas vs Microsoft Surface Studio Specs and Features
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Dell has recently released a tablet monitor that looks and feels like the Microsoft Surface Studio but Dell Canvascosts a little more than half the price of the latter. It certainly is a cheaper alternative for those wanting to use a big touchscreen monitor which can be hooked to a computer.

Dell Canvas specs and features

Dubbed the Dell Canvas, the tablet sports a 27-inch anti-glare display which runs when paired to a Windows 10 device. Just like the Microsoft Surface Studio, users can also draw on its screen using a stylus and make more specific commands and controls using the Totem which is similar to the Surface Dial.

If the Surface Studio is already an all-in-one computer, the Dell Canvas only functions as an accessory. Its target customers are architects and artists who already do their work on their tablets.

The Dell Canvas 27's resolution is just at 2560 x 1440 which can be considered low. However, Dell noted that a lower resolution is necessary for the monitor to work with all types of computers.

Price details

Users also have the option to pin applications on the display edges for easier access. Expected to become available this coming April, the Dell Canvas will sell for $1,799 which is a little more than half of the $3,000 price tag of the Surface Studio.




January 11, 2017

Microsoft introduces new per-app settings for Surface Dial

While Microsoft’s Surface Dial exposed new usability features in apps which supported it, users had no way of changing what the Dial was used for in those apps – in the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft’s Surface DialMicrosoft is changing that.

The new build released for Insiders today adds a new screen in the settings menu for insiders who want to customize the Surface Dial app by app.

New per app Surface Dial settings: App developers have the option of providing custom tools for the Surface Dial when using it within their app. In addition to this, Windows Insiders with Surface Dials will now be able to customize the default tool set for individual apps starting with this build. Setup the keyboard shortcuts most meaningful for specific apps – like Ctrl + Delete in Word 2016, or CTRL + Tab in Sticky Notes. Head to Settings > Devices > Wheel today to try it out and share your thoughts! We’ve also updated the custom tool creator to now enable you to set keyboard shortcuts that include a number of common symbols.

Microsoft’s Surface Dial is supported by a variety of well-regarded creativity focused apps for Windows including Adobe Photoshop, Sketchable, and Microsoft’s Office apps.




Microsoft Surface Pro 5 vs. iPad Air 3 - Rumors Based Comparison

It seems that Apple will bring some awesome products in 2017, which will surely boost the sales. A new iPad Pro will be released that will benefit from improved software and hardware, an edge-to-Microsoft Surface Pro 5 vs. iPad Air 3edge display, a new chipset and many more. There are also rumors which say that the iPad Air 3 will hit the stores this year.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5: Specifications and Features

The Surface Pro 5 will be a 2-in-1 device that will be released along with a magnetic charging stylus. To make things even better, it will feature a 4K Ultra HD display and it will be powered by an Intel Kaby Lake processor. The device will come with a 512GB+ SSD and it will have 16GB of RAM, which will make sure that you can multitask. The Surface Pro 5 will also feature an USB Type-C port, which will support Thunderbolt 3.

Apple iPad Air 3: Specifications and Features

The Apple iPad Air 3 will come with an Apple Pen, which will make it a direct competitor to other tablets such as the Surface range from Microsoft. The handset will support 3D Touch technology on a 4K screen. There are rumors which say that the iPad Air 3 will also come with some features that are currently available on the iPhone 7 such as the dual-camera layout. It is believed that the device will feature an A9X chipset and 3GB of RAM.




January 10, 2017


Though it hasn't been updated since 2015, the 7.9-inch iPad mini won't be among the trio of new iPad pro with peniPads Apple is expected to introduce this spring, instead sticking to larger form factors, according to a new report.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a note to investors on Sunday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, in which he indicated that Apple is expected to update the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, to introduce a new design sized 10 to 10.5 inches with a narrow bezel, and to offer a low priced 9.7-inch model. They are expected to debut in the second quarter of 2017, which would put them in the hands of consumers sometime between April and June.

The 12.9-inch and 10-plus-inch iPad Pro models are expected to feature a beefed-up version of the A10 chip found in the iPhone 7, dubbed an "A10X." According to Kuo, the so-called "A10X" will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

Meanwhile, the budget-priced 9.7-inch model is expected to feature a version of the A9 chip found in the iPhone 6s. That chip will be manufactured by Samsung, he said.

Kuo believes that the 9.7-inch model may move the most units —his forecast calls for the lowest priced option to represent between 50 and 60 percent of total shipments.




January 9, 2017

Top Apple insider says brand new iPad with edgeless display will launch this year

Apple remains committed to the iPad and has no plans to abandon the tablet market anytime soon. On the contrary, a new research note from reputed analyst Ming Chi-Kuo reveals that Apple later this year will reveal three new iPad models.Apple iPad

In addition to a revamped 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a more affordably priced 9.7-inch iPad, Kuo relays that Apple will also release a brand new iPad with a 10-10.5 inch display. Interestingly enough, the new iPad will reportedly be positioned as the premium device in Apple’s soon to be refreshed iPad lineup.

Kuo’s note (obtained by MacRumors) reads in part:

We note the 12.9″ model will be the second generation of the existing 12.9″ iPad Pro, the 10-10.5″ model will be the high-end model equipped with a narrow bezel design, and the 9.7″ model will be the low-priced option. The former two models will have an A10X chip manufactured by TSMC (2330 TT, NT$183.5, N), while the latter comes with an A9 chip made by Samsung LSI. Although we estimate iPad shipments in 2017 will drop again YoY to 35-37mn units, we except the decline to narrow to 10% from 2016’s roughly 20%, given that the 10-10.5″ model may see more demand from commercial/enterprises and tender markets, while the low-priced 9.7″ model may have a greater shipment contribution and likely account for 50-60% of total shipments of new iPads.

Notably, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen reference to a brand new iPad Model. Just two months ago, an analyst report from Barclays Research claimed that Apple in March of 2017 will introduce a 10.9-inch iPad with an edge to edge display. While there is a discrepancy with respect to the size of Apple’s currently unannounced iPad, the rumored edgeless display would explain Kuo’s belief that the device will command a premium price.

Incidentally, previous reports have hinted that Apple’s 2017 iPads will feature a stationary home button a’la the iPhone 7.

If Apple does in fact release a new iPad model with a slim if not wholly non-existent bezel, it would perhaps lend even more credence to rumors that Apple’s next-gen iPhone will feature a bezel-free design with a curved OLED display.




10 ways to put your old Android phone or tablet to use

Give your old phone or tablet a new lease on life

An old phone or tablet can be a great hand-me-down device for a child, family member, or can serve as your dedicated smart TV companion. I’ve also repurposed old gear to work as a security camera or an always-ready eReader. So before you put it on the auction block, consider one of these uses instead that may add some value and ease of use to your digital life.

The children's tablet

Tired of the children always clamoring to get their paws on your smartphone? Now’s the chance to give them a device that’s all their own.

You’ll probably need to do a little bit of legwork, such as deleting applications you don’t want them to use or creating a separate profile that they sign in with. This way no one will send an email to your boss that you won’t be able to take back. But setting up a device that's loaded with kid-friendly apps can be a great way for some quality learning experiences and ensuring your personal phone doesn't meet an unfortunate end.

A security cam

Don’t forget that your old device comes with two cameras. One possibility is to turn it into a cheap and easy security cam. Follow our guide to use apps like Perch or Presence in what is a surprisingly useful way to repurpose your old phone or tablet.

There are a lot of potential uses for this, such as a baby monitor, kitty cam, or front door camera. I’ve turned to this trick myself with an old Nexus 7, and I find it to be one of the better choices for hardware that’s no longer your daily driver. 

A tablet for grandma

So, if you have a relative who still thinks you must physically type in “http://www” for every website you visit, perhaps you can gift the gift of an easy-to-use Android device. An old tablet or phone may be the right way to go, as they won’t need something with mind-blowing specs and could probably benefit from the personal setup you can provide when gifting this to them.




January 6, 2017

The Brydge keyboard for Microsoft Surface adds 'lapability' and optional storage

The Brydge 12.3 is a Bluetooth keyboard that clips to the tablet section of a Surface Pro 3 or 4 with a pair of sturdy silicone hinges. At 1.3 pounds, the base is hefty enough to hold the Surface upright Brydge keyboard for Microsoft Surfacewithout leaning on the tablet’s kickstand. In other words, it adds an element of “lapability”—Microsoft’s term, not ours—to the Surface Pro line, forming a sort of makeshift Surface Book.

Optionally, buyers can also equip the keyboard with 128 GB of built-in solid state storage, which users can connect to the tablet via a USB cable.

The keyboard itself is meant to be an improvement over Microsoft’s own Type Covers, though my brief hands-on left me with mixed feelings. While the island-style keys aren’t as spongy as those of the Type Cover, the trackpad is smaller, and has a matte finish that feels tougher to manipulate than the Type Cover 4’s glass trackpad. Owners of the Type Cover 3 might find the improvements more substantial. (Update: Brydge says the final design of the trackpad will change from the pre-production sample demoed at CES.)

The other issue is Brydge’s use of wireless connectivity, rather than the physical connector that Microsoft’s Type Cover uses. This necessitates recharging the keyboard once every few months, and carrying around a USB cable for the SSD. It also rules out the possibility of a battery dock, which would be a godsend. (My Surface Pro 3 routinely dies within four to six hours of use.)




Dell's Canvas rivals Microsoft Surface Studio

Dell has launched a new gigantic tablet which aims to take on Microsoft's Surface Studio, a full-fledged desktop. This tablet is complete with a stylus to bring out the artist in you.

The new device called Dell Canvas 27 is a 27-inch tablet is a little weird as you need to connect it to a PC before using it. So basically it's a 27-inch screen which is used for sketching, animation and all those stylus related things. The display is an IPS panel with QHD resolution and 280 nits of brightness. Thankfully, the panel has a matte finish so it won't be reflective and can be easily used in broad daylight and is protected by Corning's Gorilla glass repots Engadget.

Though the display size is 27-inches but the device appears huge because of the large bezels around the screen. Dell has made these large bezels deliberately to allow palms to rest when you are using the Canvas. The screen supports 20-point multi touch and the digital pen supplied with the Canvas has 2048 pressure sensitive points.  

The Dell Canvas comes with dial just like Microsoft's Surface Studio and Dell calls is "Totem" but it only works when its touching the display unlike the Bluetooth connected dial for the Surface Studio. However, it has support for Microsoft's dial APIs but only few apps are currently available for these dials reports TheVerge including Adobe's Creative Suite. Dell has provided a custom software which can pin apps to edges of the screen for providing more space to work on the Canvas' screen.





January 5, 2017

CES 2017


Lenovo Updating ThinkPad X1 Tablet with Improved “Kaby Lake” Processorsecond-generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Specs
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Lenovo used CES 2017 to announce a second-generation ThinkPad X1 Tablet with a new Intel processor that should offer better performance and longer battery life to this Windows 10 device .

The addition of a Kaby Lake chip is one of the major improvements in this upcoming business-oriented tablet . It will also come bundled with an improved active pen, and will be available with up to 1TB of built-in storage

This offering has a 12-inch touchscreen with a 2160 x 1440 resolution. It has a USB Type C port, microSD card slot, Mini DisplayPort, weighs in a 1.7 pounds.

Lenovo sells the ThinkPad X1 as a standalone-alone computer, but offers a range of add-on accessories, including a clip-on keyboard with TrackPoint and trackpad. This comes in black, white, or red, but the tablet itself is always black.

Lenovo’s offering boasts up to 10 hours of battery life, and this can be extended by up to 5 hours with an optional module that also includes full-size HDMI and USB 3.0 ports and a OneLink+ docking connector.

The second-generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet will be available in March starting at $949



Samsung Debuts Chromebooks at CES, Competitors to iPad, Surface Pro
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oogle and Samsing have teamed up on a pair of new Chromebooks that made their debut at the CES 2017 taking place in Las Vegas from Jan. 5 through Jan. 8. The new models, the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro, are 2-in-1 designs that can transform from laptop to tablet form and each offers a 360-degree rotating touchscreen, quad HD screen, built-in digitized pen and a new metal design.

Each new model will have 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage and Samsung said the batteries can last up to eight hours. The devices will also come with an enhanced battery life extender to lengthen productivity time. The Plus will launch next month for $449, while the Pro is set to arrive sometime in the spring for an undisclosed price.




January 4, 2017

Dell is kicking off CES 2017 with slick new laptops that double as tablets
Yahoo News

Dell is rolling into CES 2017 with two new 2-in-1 laptops worth checking out. The first is a new version of the company’s excellent XPS 13 notebook and a direct competitor of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4. Both Dell XPS 13double as tablets.

First thing’s first, though, is the new XPS 13. Dubbed the XPS 13 2-in-1 and available Jan. 5 for $999, the new model can be used as both a standard laptop and a tablet when you flip its display around. That means you can go from typing your TPS reports to watching movies on the couch with ease. The 2-in-1 is every bit as attractive and well-built as the original XPS 13, which is still one of my favorite laptops on the planet. Heck, I even got one for my mom.

This XPS 13 2-in-1 is slimmer than the standard XPS 13 thanks to its new fanless design. In fact, Dell says the 2-in-1 fits its 13-inch display into an 11-inch body thanks to its extremely thin InfinityEdge bezel.

Speaking of the 2-in-1’s screen, it’s every bit as bright and vibrant as the regular XPS 13, which is a huge compliment. The base model of the 2-in-1 comes with a standard 1080p resolution panel, though you can always bump that up to a QHD resolution screen.

To make use of the system’s 2-in-1 design, Dell will sell an optional Dell Active Pen stylus so you can write directly on the laptop’s display.




January 3, 2017

Toshiba's New Portégé X20W Delivers the Best of Notebook and Tablet Computing in a Singular Solution
Business Wire

Sleek, versatile, modern and powerful. The Portégé® X20W embodies these characteristics and much more as Toshiba’s new premium 2-in-1 convertible notebook. A 360-degree, dual-action hinge allows the Portégé® X20W to easily transform from a powerful, performance-oriented notebook into a premium digital inking tablet by simply rotating the display.

The Portégé® X20W, a premium 2-in-1 convertible PC running Windows 10 Pro that is both a laptop Toshiba's New Portégé X20W tabletand tablet and everything in between. Toshiba will offer the Portégé X20W in two colors – Slate Gray and Onyx Blue. The Slate Gray version of the Portégé X20W will be available soon exclusively at Microsoft Store and microsoftstore.com, while the Onyx Blue model will be available from Toshiba’s Web site at the end of the month.

“In the Portégé X20W, we developed a professional grade 2-in-1 convertible PC eliminating the need to choose between a laptop, a tablet or even a notepad,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing and product development, Client Solutions Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. “From the perspective of performance, mobility, battery life and usability, the Portégé X20W epitomizes what the future of mobile computing will look like for the foreseeable future.”

A 360-degree, dual-action hinge allows the Portégé X20W to easily transform from a powerful, performance-oriented notebook into a premium digital inking tablet by simply rotating the display. Measuring 15.4mm thin and weighing less than 2.5 pounds1, the Portégé X20W has a battery life rating of up to 16 hours2. This combination of usability and mobility is ideal for any business learning environment or prosumer.

To meet the performance demands of the modern workplace, the Portégé X20W encompasses a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor, Windows 10 Pro, 12.5-inch diagonal Full HD multi-touch wide viewing angle display, Intel® 802.11ac Wi-Fi®3 and a solid state drive all inside its durable magnesium casing. This next-generation 2-in-1 convertible PC delivers enterprise-level security through the adoption of facial authentication, fingerprint reader and Trusted Platform Module technologies4.

“Toshiba’s Portégé X20W is the type of mobile solution we want to offer at our stores, its unique blending of form factors and innovative features is exactly what our customers’ demand,” said Peter Han, vice president of Partner Devices and Solutions, Microsoft. “We have worked with Toshiba for three decades on many projects and the Portégé X20W is a testament to the organization’s ingenuity when it comes to mobile computing.”

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Lenovo's Miix 720 is a killer 2-in-1 gunning for the Surface Pro

Could the Miix 720 dominate the world of detachables?

Lenovo has plenty of interesting stuff to show off at this year’s CES, and those who want to stay Lenovo Miix 720 Tabletproductive on the move will definitely be interested in the new Miix 720 – a compelling Surface Pro rival – along with new ThinkPad X1 models.

Lenovo’s Miix 720 is a 2-in-1 detachable featuring a 12-inch Gorilla Glass display with a resolution of 2880 x 1920 (3:2 ratio, just like Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4), so it certainly won’t be lacking on the sharpness front.

The device is driven by a Kaby Lake processor (up to Core i7) and has integrated graphics (Intel HD Graphics 620), and it can be specified with up to 16GB of system RAM, and up to 1TB of storage in the form of a PCIe SSD.

It’s 14.6mm thick with the keyboard attached and weighs 1.1kg, although the tablet on its own is just 8.9mm and weighs 780g. Lenovo has installed a 41WHr battery which gives a claimed life of up to 8 hours.

As for cameras, there’s a pair of these on board, with a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, and a 1-megapixel front-facing infrared camera which can be used in conjunction with Windows Hello and facial recognition to unlock the PC swiftly and without fuss.




Dell's Latitude 5285 looks just like a Surface Pro
The Verge

This might sound familiar: Dell's newest PC is a tablet with a built-in kickstand, that's meant to be Dell's Latitude 5285used with a soft keyboard cover, and supports input from a stylus.

Yeah, it's the exact formula behind Microsoft's Surface. It even looks just like Microsoft's Surface. But in this case, it's Dell's Latitude 5285.

The Latitude 5285 is beat for beat a shot at the Surface Pro. It has a 12.3-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio (same as the Surface), supports up to a 1TB SSD (same as the Surface), includes up to 16GB RAM (same as the Surface), and supports traditional Core i processors from Intel (just like the Surface) — in this case, from its seventh generation release.

But there is one place Dell cuts corners: the Latitude's display. There's only one option here, 1080p, and that's significantly lower than the 2736 x 1824 resolution included on the Surface Pro 4.




January 1, 2017




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