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ASUS launches ZenBook Flip 15 with NVIDIA MX150 in the Philippines

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Apart from the wallet-friendly VivoBook laptops, ASUS also brought their new 2-in-1 notebook to the Philippine market and a refresh of the thinnest convertible currently available.

ZenBook Flip 15

The ZenBook Flip 15 is ASUS’ more powerful convertible. It has a 15.6-inch Full HD NanoEdge touchscreen with support for the ASUS Pen and has a 360-degree hinge. The screen-to-body ratio is at 79 percent, making it an immersive notebook to work on without the thick, boring bezels.

The new convertible doesn’t skimp on ports, making it a full-fledged multimedia laptop. It’s got a full-size HDMI, USB 3.0, and also USB-C 3.1. Windows Hello is present with a fingerprint reader onboard and has support for Cortana with voice.

Pricing starts at PhP 69,995 with a configuration of the latest 8th-generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor paired with 8GB of memory and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 or GTX 1050 discrete graphics. Storage options include a combo drive of a 128GB SSD plus 1TB HDD, or just a super-fast 512GB SSD.

ZenBook Flip S

The thinnest convertible hasn’t been dethroned, yet. ASUS doesn’t have a new design for the ZenBook Flip S, but the company has refreshed its flagship 2-in-1 with the latest specifications available. As a refresher, the notebook is just 10.9mm thin and weighs 1.1kg with its aerospace-grade aluminum body. Its 13.3-inch display, on the other hand, is toughened with Corning Gorilla Glass.

With an untouched starting price of PhP 84,995, the ZenBook Flip S gets a new processor option to an 8th-generation Intel Core i7-8550U. Memory is still at 16GB while storage is a speedy 512GB SSD. All are run by Windows 10 Home.

SEE ALSO: ASUS brings new affordable VivoBook laptops to the Philippines

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There’s more in the making: Apple’s next event is on October 30

There’s more?

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Never in recent memory have we had this many tech events scheduled back-to-back-to-back as this October 2018. We’re only half way through and we’ve been to four so far — launches for the LG V40, Google Pixel 3, Razer Phone 2, and Huawei Mate 20. Sadly, we missed Microsoft’s Surface event.

Techtober, as some journalists call it, is one of the busiest months and it seems Apple wants to end it with a bang as it sends out invites to an October 30 event in Brooklyn, New York. The announcement comes a little over one month after the company unveiled its next generation of iPhones, and only a few days after the more affordable iPhone XR rolls out to over 50 countries and territories.

Thinner bezels will be a running theme throughout the event, as Apple is expected to unveil a new iPad Pro with Face ID, and possibly a low-cost MacBook or MacBook Air as reported by Bloomberg.

 

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Intel 9th-Gen Core processors feature ‘world’s best gaming processor’

Headlined by the Core i9-9900K

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Intel’s latest lineup of desktop processors, dubbed the 9th generation, were unveiled earlier today in an event in New York. They’re headlined by the Core i9-9900K, which Intel calls the “world’s best gaming processor.”

It’s definitely a powerful chip, owning eight cores and 16 threads with a single-core turbo frequency of 5GHz and base speed of 3.6GHz. It offers all sorts of speed boosts compared to the previous generation, but you’ll need a Z390-based motherboard to reach its full potential.

Included in the lineup are the Core i7-9700K and i5-9600K, which are equipped with eight and six cores, respectively — no extra threads here. All three chips, unfortunately, are still based on the 14nm process introduced years ago, with Intel releasing an updated 10nm process only in 2019.

Pricing is as follows: US$ 488 for the Core i9-9900K, US$ 374 for the Core i7-9700K, and US$ 262 for the Core i5-9600K. Pre-orders begin today with a rollout happening later in October.

In addition, Intel announced seven new Intel Core X-series processors, which include the Core i9-9980XE (US$ 1,979), i9-9960X (US$ 1,684), i9-9940X (US$ 1,387), i9-9920X (US$ 1,189), i9-9900X (US$ 989), i9-9820X (US$ 898), and i7-9800X (US$ 589). All will become available by November.

Built on Intel’s Mesh Architecture, the top-of-the-line model holds 18 cores with 36 threads to handle the most demanding tasks needed by professionals. Even wilder is the upcoming Intel Xeon W-3175X and its 28 core and 56 thread count, but it has no price yet —  only a release date of December 2018.

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 October 2018 Update

What’s new in Windows 10?

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The sixth major update for Microsoft’s popular operating system is here. During their event, Microsoft announced the immediate availability of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

The latest version of Windows 10 comes with a bunch of new features that Microsoft has been testing for a while, including a new snipping software, a dark theme for File Explorer, a cloud-enabled clipboard, and a new sign-in option.

Microsoft now focuses on Android phones since Windows 10 Mobile is practically dead. The new built-in Your Phone app lets users seamlessly connect and use Android phones with their PC. Additionally, using the Microsoft Launcher, users can also access their Timeline on mobile. On iOS, Your Phone is able to send the web pages being viewed in Edge on the PC.

The Search tool is also getting an upgrade. Users will now automatically get a preview of all results in search, including documents, emails, and files.

SwiftKey, a Microsoft-owned keyboard app, is finally available in the touch keyboard.

There are improvements coming to Edge too, like an offline dictionary and grammar tools. Windows Mixed Reality and Office get updated features as well.

Windows 10 October 2018 is available for direct download today. The automatic rollout will start next week.

To know more about the new update, you may head over to the Windows Blog.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft refreshes product lineup with Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2

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