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Honor expands its Smart Home lineup

Perfect for you to stay at home!

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Honor is dropping an expansion to their Smart Home line-up for an All-Scenario smart life. With everything going on in the world today, nothing suits this strange “new normal” better than launching new devices that’ll make staying at home more bearable. Here’s a rundown on their new drops:

Honor MagicBook Pro

The Honor MagicBook series was always designed with creatives and students in mind. From functionality to the detailed features, the MagicBook series boasts to be the perfect laptop for students. The laptop measures 16.1-in and has a 4.9-mm slim bezel for an enhanced viewing experience.

For smooth and stable performance, it’s powered by a 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor with an NVIDIA GeForce MX350 graphics card. The laptop has a multi-screen feature that allows you to multi-task and maximize your productivity.  To top it all off, they just launched their brand new Honor Academy Program where you can access to extensive features and services including a subscription to Microsoft 365.

The MagicBook Pro is priced at CNY 5,999 for the for i5/16GB/512GB SSD/MX350 variant and CNY 6,699 for the i7/16GB/512GB SSD/MX350 variant. It will be available in Russia by September 2020.

Honor ViewPad 6

To ensure you stay connected, Honor just launched their new ViewPad 6. It boasts a stunning 2K FullView display, smart split-screen option, and outstanding HD stereo quality. It promises to deliver lag-free performance for both work and play with its Kirin 985 5G SoC and Wi-Fi 6+ support connectivity. And if you’re in the mood to expressing your creativity, the Honor Magic-Pencil is the perfect tool to complement it.

China pricing for the Honor ViewPad 6 will be announced on June 13, 2020. It will be available in other markets by June 2020.

Honor Router 3

The Honor Router 3 is the first in their line-up of routers to adopt the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard. Comprising of a Wi-Fi 6+ chipset and a Gigahome Dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU, the Honor Router 3 is able to achieve greater bandwidth and faster speeds with low power consumption.

It promises speeds up to 3,000 Mbps throughput across one 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band. It also supports OFDMA multi-user technology so you can have multiple devices with direct connection while maintaining connection stability.

The Honor Router 3 has a price tag of CNY 219 and will be available in the global market by July 2020.

Honor Vision X1 Series

Honor is also launching its newest smart screen series: the Vision X1 series. It’s a high-performing smart TV that provides a stunning 8K display and crisp audio quality.

The Vision X1 series is equipped with a smart assistant which enables you to connect and control it through other Honor devices. It will come in two sizes: 65 inches (CNY 3,299) and 55 inches (CNY 2, 299).

Honor wants to show their commitment to more technological innovation across all their products. They’re not stopping it at devices to keep us connected. Dedicated to ensuring a convenient and efficient smart home ecosystem, Honor wants to build on and expand its line-up of smart home devices through HONOR Choice. Here’s the rundown of their shiny new smart home devices:

TWS Earbuds

The TWS Earbuds are the ultimate wireless earbuds with the promise to deliver crisp and impeccable audio quality. These earbuds keep you comfortably connected while out and about with a battery life of up to 24-hours.

If you’re worried about noise during calls or while you’re listening to music, it features noise reduction to make sure you stay undisturbed.

The TWS Earbuds will retail for CNY 169.

Smart Vacuum Cleaner

Housework seems to be becoming a bit of a task with the family spending more time safe at home. That’s why Honor Choice launched their own Smart Vacuum Cleaner.

It’s powered by a 350 W 100,000 rpm motor promising powerful suction and efficient mopping. This Vacuum Cleaner features an ultraviolet-sterilizing system to ensure efficient and effective elimination of bacteria on different surfaces. It has a battery life of up to 65-mins. And if that isn’t enough, this smart vacuum automatically detects your calorie consumption while cleaning the place up which you can track through Huawei HiLink.

The Smart Vacuum Cleaner is priced at *

With summer right around the corner, Honor Choice launched these new additions to their smart home devices to make sure we stay cool and comfortable in our homes: Air Multiplier, Humidifier, Desk Lamp, Electronic Toothbrush, and a Smart Kettle.

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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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