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Honor unveils an updated MagicBook lineup

Giving MacBooks a run for their money

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Huawei’s sister brand Honor is famous for its affordable and midrange offerings. The brand controlled a considerable chunk of the smartphone market a few quarters back in markets like India but has recently taken a step back.

However, the company is still strong in its home market of China and plans to slowly expand its portfolio. The MagicBook series is often seen as a direct MacBook competitor due to its design and an updated lineup with the latest specifications has been announced.

Honor has updated the MagicBook 14 as well as MagicBook 15 to maintain its edge over the offerings from Xiaomi. Honor’s MagicBook laptops have always been on the pocket-friendly side, in the sense that these MagicBooks are not as expensive and over-the-top as MacBooks.

The MagicBook 15 gets a 15.6-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a high screen-to-body ratio of 87 percent. It weighs just 1.53kg and will be available in two color options — silver and black.

Powering the laptop is an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U in the base variant while other option includes the Ryzen 7 3700U. For gaming, Radeon Vega 8 gaming configuration is available in the starting variant with an optional upgrade to RX Vega 10.

It can support up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD, depending on the configuration. The battery is rated for 42Wh and a USB-C port has also been included along with the standard port options.

On the other hand, the MagicBook 14 gets a 14-inch display with a screen-to-body ratio of 84 percent. It weighs slightly lesser at 1.38kg and comes in the same color option as the MagicBook 15.

At the heart of the laptop are the same two AMD chipsets that are found on the elder sibling. It also supports RAM up to 16GB with optional storage support for 512GB SSD.

Honor claims the 56Wh battery can deliver up to 9.5 hours of 1080p video playback and it also gets an assorted selection of ports, including a fingerprint scanner on the power button.

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ASUS unveils its new ZenBook Duo 14

Improved design, powerful internals, and a dynamic ScreenPad Plus

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ASUS continues to push the boundaries of its innovative products. Last year, they introduced the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14, a one-of-a-kind laptop which introduced the ScreenPad Plus. Essentially, you get a laptop with two screens that allow you to multitask and have more creative control. This year, the company is launching its latest iteration of the device, with some changes.

In terms of the overall design, the new ZenBook Duo 14 comes in a magnesium aluminum alloy chassis for a more sophisticated look. As soon as you open the laptop, it will still come with the patented ScreenPad Plus but with a hinge change. This time, the hinges that the ScreenPad Plus rest on are much stronger and incorporate ASUS’s ErgoLift in the process. As a result, this allows more airflow while you run strenous tasks like photo and video editing.

Also, the ScreenPad Plus’ UI gets an upgrade in terms of functionality with ScreenXpert 2.0. With this new Control Center, you can customize the flow of the applications on the second screen with ease. Apart from ASUS utilities and a dedicated Launcher, it also comes with a Control Panel that supports Adobe products like Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects. Basically, you have more tools and settings to tinker with, to your liking.

All of these comes with powerful hardware to suit the creative mind or the young professional. Inside, the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 sports up to an 11th generation Intel Core i7 CPU and 32GB of RAM. With up to 1TB of SSD storage, you can keep all your work files and projects up and running in no time. Also, you can opt to get the device with a dedicated NVIDIA MX450 GPU.

Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

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ASUS ZenBook Duo (2021) Unboxing and Hands-on: Double The Fun!

Is it still the laptop of tomorrow?

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ASUS launched their first first dual-screen laptop, the ZenBook Pro Duo last 2019 at Computex Taiwan.

This 2021, the Full HD LCD display might be a drawback from the 4K OLED display. Still, it has a new and improved ErgoLift Hinge that ASUS is proud of. And with power-packed specs, pen support, and dual displays, this laptop might just be for a creative or content creator like you.

More of ASUS’ latest ZenBook Duo in our latest unboxing and hands-on video right here.

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Honor Band 6 and MagicBook Pro 2021 unveiled at CES

Launching soon in international markets

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Honor is now an independent company and does not have any ties with Huawei. Despite the recent transition, the brand is back at CES and has announced two new products in its global portfolio — Honor Band 6 and MagicBook Pro.

The Honor Band 6 has a massive 1.47-inch AMOLED display with 2.5D curved glass on the top. The band looks like a watch due to the large display, finding a sweet spot that isn’t too small or too big. The left edge of the device has Honor branding embossed into the shell.

The fitness tracker has five health monitoring features, which include SpO2, heart rate, sleep, stress, and menstrual cycle. There are ten workout modes, with six of those detected automatically.

The Honor Band 6 leverages Bluetooth 5.0 and packs a 180mAh battery capable of delivering up to 14 days of battery life on a single charge. It’s priced at CNY 249 (US$ 39), and sale is limited to China right now. However, we expect a gradual launch in other markets soon.

The MagicBook Pro has a 16.1-inch display, and Honor claims it has 100 percent sRGB coverage for color accuracy. Powering the laptop is Intel’s Core i5-10210U processor, coupled with the NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPU. Everything else remains the same as last year’s offering, including 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage.

The battery is rated at 56Wh, and a 65W charger is provided along. It can go from zero to 50 percent within half an hour. And Honor says the laptop can deliver 11 hours of usage on a single charge. Honor has revealed its price yet, but we expect it to be around US$ 1,000. The company will announce availability details based on regions.

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