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Lenovo is launching new tablets for stay-at-home families

Perfect for the holiday season

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After a brutal adjustment period, home-centric living is now the norm. More households are working, studying, and living at home. That said, productivity and entertainment devices are on the rise. This holiday season, Lenovo is launching new tablets for stay-at-home families.

Lenovo Tab P11 Pro

Headlining the new lineup, the new Lenovo Tab P11 Pro prides itself as Lenovo’s most powerful Android tablet to date. The tablet packs in entertainment and productivity in a wholesome package.

The 11.5-inch tablet puts out images through a brilliant 2K OLED display (2560 x 1600 resolution). The display comes with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support. The chassis also comes with four JBL speakers, supplemented with Dolby Atmos support.

Under the hood, the tablet sports the Snapdragon 730G chipset, up to 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage (expandable up to 1TB through microSD). It comes with a dual rear (13-megapixel + 5-megapixel) camera combo and a dual (8-megapixel + 8-megapixel) selfie shooter. For security, users can unlock the device with facial recognition. It comes with Android 10 out of the box. Finally, the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro lasts up to 15 hours of usage with an 8600mAh battery.

For accessories, you can also get an optional Keyboard Pack, Folio Case, Smart Charging Station 2, and Precision Pen 2.

Lenovo Tab M10 HD Gen 2

Meanwhile, the Tab M10 HD Gen 2 will focus on online learning for children. First and foremost, the tablet debuts Google’s new Kids Space. The feature will showcase educational apps, books, and videos tailored according to a child’s interests. Play and Read will offer access to teacher-approved apps and children’s books. Watch and Make offers the same services but on YouTube Kids.

Besides being a capable screen, the tablet’s 10.1-inch IPS (1280 x 800 resolution) display also protects children from harmful blue light with TÜV Rheinland eye protection certification.

Under the hood, the tablet sports a MediaTek P22T octa-core processor, up to 4GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of internal storage (expandable up to 1TB through microSD). It comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. The tablet also comes with Android 10 preinstalled out of the box. Finally, the Tab M10 HD Gen 2 ships with up to 7000mAh battery life.

The tablet is also available in a Smart Tab variant, touting either Google Assistant or Alexa support.

Lenovo Smart Clock Essential

A modest upgrade over the original Smart Clock, the Smart Clock Essential complements a smart home in every room in a house.

The clock comes with an easy-to-read LED screen, accessible from any viewing angle. It also has a built-in nightlight, lighting a room with 31 lumens of light.

Complemented with an Amlogic A113X processor, the clock supports Google Assistant and over 40,000 smart home appliances. It has 4GB of RAM and 512MB of internal storage.

Pricing and availability

USA

  • The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro will start at US$ 499. It will ship starting November 2020.
  • The Lenovo Tab M10 HD Gen 2 will start at US$ 129.99. It will ship starting September 2020. Meanwhile, the Smart variants will ship starting October 2020.
  • The Lenovo Smart Clock Essential will start at US$ 49.99. It will ship starting September 2020.

Philippines

  • The Lenovo Tab M10 HD Gen 2 2G+32G is priced at PhP 8,990. Coming October 2020.
  • The Lenovo Tab M10 HD Gen 2 4G+64G is priced at 9,990.  Coming October 2020. Dock to be purchased separately.
  • Pricing and availability for Lenovo Tab P11 Pro will be confirmed closer to release date.

Enterprise

XTREME to launch new appliances and open more stores

Also plans to open 20 stores by end of 2020

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XTREME — a Philippine home appliance brand — is going big this year. For 2020, the brand is expanding its portfolio of appliances. To mark the expansion, the brand also aims to open 20 more stores nationwide before the year ends.

Aggressive expansion plans

With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, most businesses are slowing down with their plans to expand. However, that is not the case for XTREME. The brand has been aggressively marketing its appliances through a series of promos on Lazada and Shopee.

Now, the brand is planning to expand even further by opening new stores nationwide. By the end of 2020, 20 concept stores will serve more buyers looking for affordable appliances. That is a huge jump from today’s five stores nationwide. However, it doesn’t stop there. The brand is actually targeting to open 50 to 60 stores by the end of Q1 2021.

With store expansion comes brand-new products from the brand. These new products will solidify the brand’s lineup of affordable home appliances. These include Android TVs, tower fans, baking ovens, rangehood, dishwashers, air fryers, pressure cookers, and air coolers. Some of XTREME’s product lineup has also received meaningful updates.

Appliances for everyone

XTREME really has a wide range of appliances for every Filipino buyer. The brand has managed to build on their products by selling them at affordable prices. Their product portfolio ranges from LED TVs to speakers, air conditioners, refrigerators, gas ranges, microwave ovens, multi-cookers, and electric fans.

All these appliances are available on all XTREME concept stores nationwide. For those who prefer to shop online, the brand has a Lazada and Shopee store as well. All product information is easily accessible from their website, so buyers have a clear idea of what they’re buying.

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IKEA, ASUS ROG launching affordable gaming furniture, accessories

We need a sneak peek!

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IKEA ASUS ROG

Another thing to add to the things we didn’t expect from this year but, has left us thinking, “huh, sounds about right.” IKEA and ASUS ROG are partnering to create a line of affordable gaming furniture and accessories.

fredde desk from IKEA

The IKEA Product Development Center in Shanghai will be developing all 30 products in this line-up. And, if you’re wondering who’s designing these products, you’re in for a treat. IKEA’s designers stacked up on design concepts and critiques from ROG designers, professional gamers, and gaming enthusiasts to really nail down aesthetic, comfort, and functionality.

ASUS ROG set-up

IKEA is happy to be teaming up with ROG to smoothly marry its home furnishing expertise with ROG’s exceptional gaming technology and design.

There’s a catch though. I won’t lie, I was hoping they’d launch their partnership with tantalizing patent designs. But, we’re left with imagination to fully take its course on this one. Design, concepts, and patents of the “affordable gaming furniture and accessories” haven’t officially been released. For now, the most obvious assumption of items in the line-up would be gaming desks and chairs.

What comes up when you look for gaming desks on IKEA

A quick search on IKEA for gaming desks and chairs show decent products to have on anyone’s set-up so we’re looking forward to designs they’ve mustered up with this partnership. The line-up is launching in China in February of 2021 and will be available in the US and elsewhere by October 2021.

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India

Alexa will soon get Amitabh Bachchan’s voice

Talk to your favorite actor!

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Amazon has added celebrity voices to its digital assistant, Alexa, for a long time now. Samuel Jackson’s voice is already available as a skill and you’ll soon be able to add Amitabh Bachchan as well.

The company has announced a partnership with the 77-year-old Bollywood actor that will bring his voice to Alexa. The voice assistant can offer jokes, advice, weather updates, poetry, and more. The company has announced it’ll be launching it in 2021 as a paid experience.

Amitabh Bachchan is a prolific actor who has starred in movies since the 1970s. His movies have been a massive hit globally and played a critical role in evolving the country’s indigenous cinema. His iconic voice can be instantaneously recognized by the masses.

Having hosted thirteen seasons of the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, he has also dominated the television industry. Despite his age and medical complications, it’s impossible to find his off-screen. Fun Fact: Bachchan has also made an appearance in The Great Gatsby.

“Technology has always given me an opportunity to adapt to a new form,” Bachchan said in a release. “Be it in movies, TV shows, podcasts, and now, I am excited to create this voice experience in partnership with Amazon and Alexa. With voice technology, we are building something to engage more effectively with my audience and well-wishers.”

Amazon said that the Alexa team will work closely with Bachchan to capture his voice. Alexa comes pre-installed on all Echo devices and you can even install it via an app on Android and iOS.

The e-commerce company has been gained a massive foothold in India’s market. Affordable Echo devices have proven to be a hit and the brand is gradually improving its local experience in the country.

Thanks to direct integration, Amazon is also able to push forward its Prime subscription, ensuring the development of an eco-system that contains hardware, software, as well as content.

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