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Acer upgrades Swift, Spin, and Aspire series to 11th Gen Intel processors

There’s something for everyone

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Taiwanese laptop maker Acer announced that a suite of notebooks under its Swift, Spin, and Aspire lineup have been upgraded to 11th Gen Intel processors. The laptops are designed to offer more portability while retaining an affordable price tag. The new processor also comes along with Intel Iris X graphics.

Starting with the Acer Swift 3X, it’s designed for creative professionals who’re looking for a machine that can finish work as well as game. Thanks to a range of powerful CPUs, the company is pitching the product to be perfect for photographers as well as video editors.

Weighing just 1.37kg, it can offer up to 17.5 hours of battery life on a single charge according to Acer. On the front is a 14-inch Full HD display with an 84 percent screen-to-body ratio. Lastly, it doesn’t skip out on necessary ports like USB-C, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt 4.

The Acer Spin 5 is built for portability and features an ultra-thin design. The convertible touchscreen notebook has a 360 degree hinge design and features a 3:2 ratio display. It has a antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass along with another layer of coating on the keyboard and surrounding areas.

The laptop is also integrated with Acer Active Stylus that leverages Wacom AES technology. Acer claims the laptop can run up to 15 hours on a single charge.

On the other hand, the Acer Spin 3 is a younger sibling that sports a 13.3-inch display with touch support and 360 convertible hinge. Keeping the price in mind, the laptop is designed for students and has slightly toned down specifications. However it doesn’t miss out on key features like Acer’s stylus and multiple ports.

Lastly, the Acer Aspire 5 is a more powerful machine that comes with the 11th Gen Intel processor and NVIDIA GeForce MX450 GPU. It has a touchscreen display and can be equipped with up to 24GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB SSD.

Price and Availability

The Acer Spin 5 (SP513-55N) will be available in North America in February 2021 starting at US$ 999.99; in EMEA in December 2020 starting at 1,099 EUR; and in China in November 2020, starting at CNY 6,999.

The Acer Spin 3 (SP313-51N) laptop will be available in North America in March 2021 starting at US$ 849.99; and in EMEA in December 2020 starting at EUR 899

Acer Swift 3X (SF314-510G) will be available in North America in December starting at US$ 899.99; in EMEA in November starting at 849 EUR; and in China in October, starting at CNY4,999.

Acer Aspire (A514-54 14″) laptop will be available in North America in December starting at US$ 499.99; in EMEA in November starting at 599 EUR; and in China in September, starting at CNY 4,499.

Acer Aspire (A515-56 15.6″) laptop will be available in North America in December starting at US$ 499.99; in EMEA in November at 599 EUR; and in China in September, starting at CNY 4,499.

Acer Aspire (A517-52 17.3″) laptop will be available in North America in February 2021 starting at US$ 549.99; and in EMEA in November 2020 starting at 599 EUR.

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Microsoft could bring Android support to Windows in 2021

Feeling the heat from Apple’s move to ARM

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is widely used globally and has remained the laptop and PC segment’s undisputed leader. However, Linux, as well as macOS, have gained considerable traction in the last few years. To maintain its edge, Microsoft could bring Android support to Windows soon.

According to a Windows Central report, internal discussions are ongoing over the possibility of bringing Android runtime to Windows 10. Currently, you can install a third-party emulation software like Bluestacks to run Android apps on a Windows device. But the experience is far from perfect and still requires a bit of a learning curve.

Apple has a significant lead in this regard because its move to an ARM-based M1 processor allows it to run iOS apps on macOS seamlessly. This ideally helps in bridging the software gap between two very different devices.

Microsoft has tried to achieve a similar goal with the Universal Windows Platform. But the results are still limited because there are barely any devices with a smaller form factor leveraging the operating system.

More importantly, Microsoft wants to bring Android apps to its Microsoft Store. While there’s no information on how it intends to achieve this, the report does say the release is expected by Fall 2021.

Microsoft no stranger to cross-platform apps

Microsoft has whole-heartedly adopted cross-platform compatibility and has a host of apps on iOS as well as Android. If it’s able to bring Android apps to Windows, it’ll challenge the status quo of Chromebooks, which has long been a pain for the Redmond giant in the affordable segment.

This isn’t the first time a company is trying to incorporate Android within its proprietary operating system. BlackBerry 10 supported Android runtime, and the brand leaned on it to make apps easily available. While the move was too late for BlackBerry, it isn’t the same for Microsoft.

It’s worth noting that the idea is in a very nascent stage right now. We don’t know how Microsoft intends to distribute Android apps or whether it’ll start supporting Google Play Services. Although one thing’s for clear — Microsoft is feeling the heat from Apple.

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Exclusive freebies up for grabs with ASUS laptops this holiday season

It’s the best time to buy at ASUS!

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This year has proven the importance of reliable laptops as companies switch to a remote working setup for their employees. For those looking to upgrade their current laptops, now may be the right time to do so. ASUS has launched its Share 2020 Christmas promo where customers can snag exclusive freebies on a vast number of laptop models from the brand.

From November 25 until December 31, 2020, buyers can snag up to PhP 27,490 worth of bundled items when they purchase any ASUS laptops from concept stores and resellers nationwide. Laptops from different price ranges will receive the following items for free:

  • TUF H3 Headset worth PHP 2,100 for laptops worth PhP 30,000 to PhP 59,000
  • ZenScreen Portable Monitor worth PHP 13,390 for laptops worth PhP 60,000 to PHP 99,000
  • ZenBeam S2 Projector worth PHP 27,490 for laptops worth PhP 100,000 and up

To redeem the bundled items, register on this website.

Exclusive bundles for gamers at heart

Bundles are also up for grabs for ROG and TUF Gaming laptops this November 25 to January 26, 2021. More than PhP 53,000 worth of bundled items can be had when one purchases the ROG Zephyrus 15 Duo with the latest 10th-gen Intel Core i9 processor and ScreenPad Plus secondary display. Included in these bundled items is the ROG Chariot Core gaming chair which is worth PhP 18,000.

Steam credit vouchers, ROG gaming monitors, and more will also be given away for purchases of select ROG and TUF Gaming laptops.

Just visit this website for more information on the promo. Meanwhile, the mechanics for item redemption can be found here.

Professional gear for business laptops

With the opening of the ASUS for Business laptop store on Shopee, the brand is giving away up to PhP 196,000 worth of prizes on purchases done from January 1 to December 31, 2020.

Nope, that’s not a mistake — those who purchased their laptops from the start of the year are still eligible to win a brand-new ASUS all-in-one PC, ExpertBook laptops, and ZenWifi routers. Furthermore, the first 30 customers who will purchase from the store will also get the chance to receive an ASUS Wi-Fi Router worth PHP 4,250.

Customers can register from November 25 to December 31 on this website to redeem their prizes.

More exciting freebies and exclusive perks await laptop buyers this Christmas. Visit ASUS Philippines’ website for more information on their Share 2020 holiday promo. Follow ASUS Philippines, ROG, or ASUS for Business Facebook page for more updates and developments.

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Apple could launch redesigned MacBooks with new silicon in 2021

Will it be even more powerful?

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Apple’s transition to custom ARM silicon began this month with the launch of the new MacBook Air. The new iteration sports Apple’s proprietary M1 chipset, but the exterior remains the same. New leaks suggest that its successor will be way more powerful and not too far.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s research note, the Cupertino giant is planning to launch redesigned MacBook models with its in-house silicon in the second half of 2021. First obtained by MacRumours, the note says Apple will populate its laptop lineup with new models powered by the ARM-based M1 chipset, but those models will look different.

Due to the ARM architecture, Apple is also able to make flexible apps. Hence, apps designed for iOS can seamlessly run on macOS. The current Apple M1 chip is seen on the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro 13-inch.

The design changes that Kuo mentioned might include changes in display sizes and other minor design changes. Kuo has previously suggested that redesigning is in plans for the 13- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.

It’s also worth noting that Kuo’s second half of 2021 means it’ll be announced practically one year after M1’s debut. It’s a fair assumption that Apple has followed the yearly cycle for its A-series processors and would follow a similar timeline for MacBooks as well.

According to LeaksApplePro, the M1’s successor could be called the M1X and would debut on the next 16-inch MacBook Pro iteration. Originally introduced in 2019, it is yet to get a successor and is due for a refresh.

Apple has proven it can make bleeding-edge chips that can deliver maximum performance along with thermal management. A-series processors currently power the iPhone and iPad, and they’ve delivered exceptional numbers. Building on its existing expertise, Apple intends to shift its MacBook lineup to in-house silicon completely.

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