Recently, Lenovo unveiled three new Chromebooks tailored for the education market, and now at MWC 2018 in Barcelona, is making the trio of devices available to a wider consumer base.
The new Lenovo 100e, 300e, and 500e Chromebooks share the same features that made them popular in the classroom. As with most of Lenovo’s offerings, all three come with the Yoga 360-degree hinge for flexibility in form factor.
Like the classroom variant, the consumer-friendly devices can take a beating. They come fitted with rubber bumpers, reinforced ports and hinges, and spill-resistant keyboards. They are also drop-resistant from heights of up to 29.5 inches. Likewise, they come installed with Chrome OS.
The entry-level 100e Chromebook fits in the fundamental basics into an affordable price. It sports an Intel Celeron N3350 chip, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB eMMc of internal storage. Its 11.6-inch HD anti-glare screen churns out a 1366 x 768 resolution. The laptop’s 42Wh battery boasts up to 10 hours of runtime.
The Lenovo 100e Chromebook will be available starting in March. It will retail for US$ 219.
Meanwhile, the midrange 300e Chromebook enjoys a new feature: Lenovo’s Enhanced Touch. Unlike most touchscreens today, the 300e can use everyday writing implements as a stylus. In Barcelona, our team used an ordinary pencil in lieu of a stylus and it worked like a charm. We found it pretty impressive that the graphite on the pencil didn’t leave marks on the display (and nope you can’t flip the pencil around to erase your doodle).
The 300e rocks a MediaTek MTK 8173C chip, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB eMMc of internal storage. It comes powered by a 45Wh battery that can last up to 10 hours of usage.
The Lenovo 300e Chromebook is now available in authorized stores. It retails for US$ 279.
Finally, the 500e Chromebook flaunts a responsive, pressure-sensitive EMR pen that fits snugly into a built-in compartment. The pen writing experience on this model, is closer to higher-end all-in-ones (vs the 300e) because of its pressure sensitivity. The pen boasts of lag-free writing, powered by predictive technology that tells where you’re about to write next.
Lenovo engineered the 500e with an Intel Celeron N3450 chip, up to 8GB of RAM, and 64GB eMMc of internal storage. It touts a front-facing camera, and its 42Wh battery churns out up to 10 hours of usage.
The Lenovo 500e Chromebook is now available everywhere. It retails for US$ 349.
There’s more in the making: Apple’s next event is on October 30
Never in recent memory have we had this many tech events scheduled back-to-back-to-back as this October 2018. We’re only half way through and we’ve been to four so far — launches for the LG V40, Google Pixel 3, Razer Phone 2, and Huawei Mate 20. Sadly, we missed Microsoft’s Surface event.
Techtober, as some journalists call it, is one of the busiest months and it seems Apple wants to end it with a bang as it sends out invites to an October 30 event in Brooklyn, New York. The announcement comes a little over one month after the company unveiled its next generation of iPhones, and only a few days after the more affordable iPhone XR rolls out to over 50 countries and territories.
Thinner bezels will be a running theme throughout the event, as Apple is expected to unveil a new iPad Pro with Face ID, and possibly a low-cost MacBook or MacBook Air as reported by Bloomberg.
Intel 9th-Gen Core processors feature ‘world’s best gaming processor’
Headlined by the Core i9-9900K
Intel’s latest lineup of desktop processors, dubbed the 9th generation, were unveiled earlier today in an event in New York. They’re headlined by the Core i9-9900K, which Intel calls the “world’s best gaming processor.”
It’s definitely a powerful chip, owning eight cores and 16 threads with a single-core turbo frequency of 5GHz and base speed of 3.6GHz. It offers all sorts of speed boosts compared to the previous generation, but you’ll need a Z390-based motherboard to reach its full potential.
Included in the lineup are the Core i7-9700K and i5-9600K, which are equipped with eight and six cores, respectively — no extra threads here. All three chips, unfortunately, are still based on the 14nm process introduced years ago, with Intel releasing an updated 10nm process only in 2019.
Pricing is as follows: US$ 488 for the Core i9-9900K, US$ 374 for the Core i7-9700K, and US$ 262 for the Core i5-9600K. Pre-orders begin today with a rollout happening later in October.
In addition, Intel announced seven new Intel Core X-series processors, which include the Core i9-9980XE (US$ 1,979), i9-9960X (US$ 1,684), i9-9940X (US$ 1,387), i9-9920X (US$ 1,189), i9-9900X (US$ 989), i9-9820X (US$ 898), and i7-9800X (US$ 589). All will become available by November.
Built on Intel’s Mesh Architecture, the top-of-the-line model holds 18 cores with 36 threads to handle the most demanding tasks needed by professionals. Even wilder is the upcoming Intel Xeon W-3175X and its 28 core and 56 thread count, but it has no price yet — only a release date of December 2018.
Microsoft announces Windows 10 October 2018 Update
What’s new in Windows 10?
The sixth major update for Microsoft’s popular operating system is here. During their event, Microsoft announced the immediate availability of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.
The latest version of Windows 10 comes with a bunch of new features that Microsoft has been testing for a while, including a new snipping software, a dark theme for File Explorer, a cloud-enabled clipboard, and a new sign-in option.
Microsoft now focuses on Android phones since Windows 10 Mobile is practically dead. The new built-in Your Phone app lets users seamlessly connect and use Android phones with their PC. Additionally, using the Microsoft Launcher, users can also access their Timeline on mobile. On iOS, Your Phone is able to send the web pages being viewed in Edge on the PC.
The Search tool is also getting an upgrade. Users will now automatically get a preview of all results in search, including documents, emails, and files.
SwiftKey, a Microsoft-owned keyboard app, is finally available in the touch keyboard.
There are improvements coming to Edge too, like an offline dictionary and grammar tools. Windows Mixed Reality and Office get updated features as well.
Windows 10 October 2018 is available for direct download today. The automatic rollout will start next week.
To know more about the new update, you may head over to the Windows Blog.
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