Huawei’s a big player in the smartphone scene, but the company’s ambitions go way beyond the computer we hold in our hands and carry with us every day. After accessories to accompany the phone, Huawei also wants you to work using their laptops — the Huawei MateBook series.
Introduced in the Philippines are two new options — the more affordable MateBook D14 and the more advanced MateBook 13.
Huawei’s Matebook Series have a followed a single, clean design language and the same is true even on their more entry-level and midrange offerings. Such is the case for the MateBook D14.
This is an ultra-slim laptop that features a near-bezel less 14-inch 16:9 IPS FULL HD display with a maximum opening angle of 178 degrees. It’s also been TÜV Rheinland certified for low blue light emission.
Inside, it’s powered by a 12nm AMD Ryzen 5 3500U mobile processor with an AMD Radeon Vega 8 for graphics processing support.
For cooling, the laptop includes a new version of the HUAWEI Shark Fin Fan. The new s-shaped fan blades optimizes air flow dynamically for improved cooling and laptop performance. In terms of battery life, a 56Wh (Rating value) high capacity battery supports up to 9.5 hours of continuous local 1080p video playback on a single charge.
A portable, multi-purpose 65W USB-C charger and a USB-C to USB-C cable is included in the box. It supports all Huawei smartphones and tablets that are equipped with a USB-C port.
The MateBook 13 is the Huawei’s notebook powered for professionals. Huawei packed some of the best stuff in this sleek notebook.
Inside is a 10th Generation Intel Core processor, 16 GB RAM, and adding supports for 2K HUAWEI FullView Display with Multi-touch and Multi-screen Collaboration.
That FullView display has an 88 percent screen-to-body ratio with side bezels measuring at 4.4mm. It also has a 3:2 screen aspect ratio. The MateBook 13 features a 2K display (2160×1440 at 200ppi) with a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and supports 100 percent of the RGB color gamut.
It also has a high-speed PCIe SSD and packs up to NVIDIA GeForce MX 250 with 2GB of GDDR5. This GPU provides all the graphics processing power to support image and video editing tasks, as well as entertainment experiences.
Like the MateBook D14, it’s also equipped with the Huawei Shark Fin Design 2.0 for better cooling and performance. You also got the Huawei Share feature that lets you sync and control your compatible Huawei or Honor phone right from the notebook.
Pricing and availability
The MateBook D14 will be available on June 29 and comes in two AMD variants — the Ryzen 5 (PhP 39,990) and the Ryzen 7 (PhP 42,990).
Huawei is offering a special, D14-only early bird bundle from June 29 to July 3. It includes a pair of Huawei Freelace earbuds, a Huawei Bluetooth Mouse and a dedicated backpack (worth PhP 6,270 combined).
Customers who purchase the D14 or the D15 (PhP 37,990) from July 4 to 31 still get a Huawei backpack (worth Php 1,390) as a special freebie.
The MateBook 13 is on sale starting July 4. The Intel Core i5 model will retail for PhP 65,990 while the Core i7 will cost PhP 72,990. It also comes with a free laptop sleeve and Huawei backpack from July 4 – 31, 2020.
Apple bundles free AirPods with every Mac, iPad purchase
Or get a US$ 159 credit for an AirPods Pro
Every year, Apple launches its back-to-school promos where students and educators can snag devices with great discounts or freebies. This year, every purchase of a Mac, Macbook, or an iPad will come with free AirPods.
Students on the lookout for discounted Apple devices should check out Apple’s education store right away. The company is giving away free AirPods with every purchase of eligible Mac and iPad models this July. The giveaway is available for eligible students and educators, and they can shop for discounted Macs and iPads on top of the giveaway.
Eligible Mac models include the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, and iMac Pro. Meanwhile, the only eligible iPad models are iPad Pro and iPad Air. Apple is bundling AirPods 2 with a wired charging case for every purchase of eligible models. However, those opting for a wireless charging case or an AirPods Pro can opt for a US$ 159 credit. As such, the AirPods Pro is only US$ 90 with this promo.
Apple’s offer is available for students and educators worldwide. Right now, it is live in the US, Mexico the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, and UAE. Students can also check their respective country pages for the offer and local prices.
ASUS ROG laptops will come with freebies
Plus up to PhP 25,000 discount on some models
Buying a new laptop can be frustrating at times. Luckily, ASUS’ new promo for ROG laptops will make deciding easier. With every purchase of ROG laptops, customers can snag big discounts and great freebies.
This July, select ROG laptops will come with ASUS gaming monitors as a freebie bundle. On top of that, some of these laptops will come with up to PhP 25,000 discount. Laptops that will join the promo include the top-of-the-line ROG Zephrus S and Strix Scar.
- GX531GX (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 1TB SSD, RTX 2080) — from PhP 189,995 to PhP 164,995 + free VA326H gaming monitor, ROG Impact gaming mouse and ultra slim sleeve
- GX701GV (17-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750H, 512GB SSD, RTX 2060) — from PhP 139,995 to PhP 129,995 + free VG258Q gaming monitor and ROG Gladius gaming mouse
- GX531GW (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 512GB SSD, RTX 2070) — from PhP 149,995 to PhP 139,995 + free ROG Impact gaming mouse and ultra slim sleeve
- GX501GI (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 1TB SSD, GTX 1080 Max-Q) — from PhP 149,995 to PhP 129,995 + free ROG Impact gaming mouse
- GX531GM (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 512GB SSD, GTX 1060) — from PhP 104,995 to PhP 89,995 + free ROG Impact gaming mouse and ultra slim sleeve
- GL704GW (17-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750H, 1TB SSHD + 256GB SSD, RTX 2070) — from PhP 134,995 to PhP 129,995 + free VG248Q gaming monitor, ROG Gladius gaming mouse, and ROG backpack
- GL504GW (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750H, 1TB SSHD + 256GB SSD, RTX 2070) — from PhP 129,995 to PhP 119,995 + free VG248Q gaming monitor, ROG Gladius gaming mouse, and ROG backpack
Individuals who need a work and gaming laptop in one should really look no further than ASUS’ ROG laptops, especially with the big discounts and freebies. Hurry though, since the discounts and freebies are available only on all ASUS stores nationwide until supplies last.
Apple: Don’t cover your MacBook webcams
Might damage your screen
Lately, the conversation surround cybersecurity has ramped up. Users are making sure that no one is spying on them through their favorite devices. One of the most popular ways of doing so is placing a cover on a laptop’s built-in webcam. However, Apple has issued an official warning against the obscuring method.
Reported by MacRumors, Apple has posted a new support page on its official website about closing a MacBook with a cover attached. Apparently, doing so can severely damage your screen. The laptop wasn’t designed for such use, Apple says. Further, covering your webcam can affect the different sensors on the device.
In lieu of a physical cover, Apple is asking users to trust the green indicator light instead. According to the page, “the camera is engineered so that it can’t activate without the camera indicator light also turning on.”
Of course, trusting a device’s hardware isn’t always the best option. If absolutely needed, Apple has issued a few criteria for appropriate covers: thinner than 0.1mm (or about the thickness of a piece of printer paper), no adhesive residue, and removing the cover whenever closing the device.
With camera covers becoming all the rage, issuing some safety tips might be the best course of action for the MacBook maker. Certainly, people will still cover their devices despite warnings. And more certainly, people will still remain wary about malicious parties spying on their cameras.
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