Back at CES 2019, Dell‘s greatest laptop finally got the webcam position right. It took them quite some time to finally place it on top, but it’s better late than never. Those interested in getting one will be glad to know that Dell is making the new XPS 13 (2019) available in more markets.
The 2019 version of the Dell XPS 13 has officially landed in the Philippines. Compared to its predecessor, the new XPS 13 doesn’t differ much since it’s already a well-designed notebook sans the webcam position.
Dell’s laptop is still a contender as the smallest 13-inch laptop thanks to its 4K InfinityEdge display. It’s powered by an eight-gen Intel Core i7 processor with support for up to 16GB of memory and up to a 2TB SSD.
Ports-wise, there are two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a USB-C 3.1. Additionally, the power button doubles as a fingerprint reader.
The new XPS 13 is already available in stores starting at PhP 100,990. It’ll come in Black/Silver and Rose Gold/White colors, while the special Arctic White will be in stock by May.
Apple discontinues the 12-inch Macbook and 2017 Macbook Air
Both models are gone from Apple’s online store
Apple is discontinuing the 12-inch Macbook which was announced and sold by Apple four years ago. The company is also killing off the 2017 Macbook Air.
The 12-inch Macbook was introduced in 2015. The controversial and highly-divisive laptop features a 12-inch Retina display, an Intel Y-series processor, and a single USB-C port. Meanwhile, the 2017 Macbook Air was a refresh of the second-generation Macbook Air featuring a 13-inch non-Retina display, an Intel 5th-generation processor, and USB-A ports with a MagSafe connector.
As it stands, both the 12-inch Macbook and 2017 Macbook Air are not available anymore at Apple’s online store. The move by Apple follows its recent revamping of its Macbook lineup. Following the recent revamp, both the third-generation Macbook Air and Macbook Pro receive substantial updates and lower price tags.
Starting today, only the third-generation Macbook Air and the Macbook Pro is available to purchase from the online store. However, Apple authorized resellers and physical stores might still sell the discontinued products until their supplies last.
MacBook Air and MacBook Pro get updates
There’s a back-to-school promo!
Apple’s latest updates on its MacBooks stream lines their laptop line which may have appeared confusing for a time. The 12-inch MacBook is now officially dead and refreshes to both the MacBook Pro base model as well as the MacBook Air creates a clearer distinction between the notebooks.
The Touch Bar Line
Beginning with this refresh all MacBook Pros will now feature a Touch Bar as well as Touch ID. These were only previously available to Apple’s higher end MacBook Pro models. The new entry-level MacBook Pro now offers a 1.4GHz quad-core 8th Gen Core i5 chip (upgradeable up to 3.9GHz) from Intel’s Coffee Lake lineup.
If you’re yearning for more ports, you’ll be disappointed as this model will continue to have only two USB-C ports instead of four that’s found on the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
MacBook Air’s new display
Apple has also updated the MacBook Air adding the True Tone display technology to keep it in line the company’s other devices. The tech automatically adjusts the display’s colors based on ambient light to achieve more natural colors. The specs remain the same meaning the MacBook Air will continue to be powered by Intel’s dual-core 8th Gen i5.
Both devices are part of Apple’s back-to-school promotion that can be availed by higher education students, their parents, faculty, staff and home-school teachers through the Apple Education Store. The promotion includes a pair of qualifying Beats headphones with the purchase of any eligible Mac or iPad, as well as education discounts on qualifying Mac, iPad, AppleCare, select accessories and services.
As part of the promo, the MacBook Air will start at US$ 999 and SG$1,449 in Singapore. Meanwhile, the base model MacBook Pro will start at
$1,199 in the US while it’s priced at SG$ 1,749 in Singapore.
ASUS X407 budget laptop on sale from July 5-7
Discounts of up to PhP 5,000 as part of Shopee’s 7.7 sale
Apart from its more popular ZenBook and VivoBook line of laptops, ASUS also offers the X-Series for people who need a decently powered laptop that doesn’t break the bank. One model in this series is the ASUS X407, which for a limited time is even more affordable thanks to Shopee’s 7.7 sale.
The Core i3 model is now almost 5 grand off its original price, down to PhP 23,309 from its suggested retail price (SRP) of PhP 27,995. Meanwhile, Celeron N4100 powered model also gets a temporary price slash, prices differ based on your color or choice, the grey model is PhP 16,250, gold is PhP 16,850, down from an SRP of PhP 18,795.
The discounted X407 is only offered on Shopee as part of ASUS participation in the 7.7 sale. The discounts take effect from July 5-7. Shipping is free for orders in the Philippines.
The ASUS X407 is an entry-level laptop that comes with a 14″ HD screen, 500GB HDD, 4GB of RAM, and Windows 10 preinstalled. It was released by ASUS last March 2018 along with its bigger sibling, the X507.
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