Lenovo unveils new business notebooks under the ThinkPad line

A lot of new ThinkPads to choose from



Apart from mobile phones, MWC is also a place where new notebooks get introduced like these new ThinkPads from Lenovo.

Known for their robust and business-ready designs, the ThinkPad line of laptops welcomes five new models that range from the smallest in the family to a well-specced 15-inch variant

ThinkPad X390

Lenovo’s newest ThinkPad X390 is currently the smallest notebook in the series. It’s got a 13-inch display inside the body of a 12-inch laptop thanks to the reduced bezels all around. Powered by the latest Intel Core processors, the ThinkPad X390 can deliver almost 18 hours of battery life.

The laptop features the new ThinkPad PrivacyGuard in the display for extra security from prying eyes. Also, the ThinkPad now has a hybrid HD and IR camera with ThinkShutter for the user’s privacy.

The ThinkPad X390 will come with up to 32GB of DDR4 memory and a 1TB PCIe SSD. Ports-wise, it has everything including Thunderbolt 3 and the new side mechanical docking system for ThinkPads.

It’ll go on sale as early as April starting at US$ 1,099.

ThinkPad X390 Yoga

Of course, there’s got to be a Yoga variant of the new ThinkPad. The ThinkPad X390 Yoga is practically the same as its non-Yoga sibling, although this one has a 360-degree hinge for its 13.5-inch display. Since the body of the Yoga model is a little bit bigger, Lenovo is able to put in an onboard pen.

The ThinkPad X390 Yoga features the latest Intel Wi-Fi 6 Gig+ module and dual far-field noise-canceling microphones. It also has the hybrid HD and IR camera with ThinkShutter.

The 2-in-1 convertible will be powered by the latest Intel Core processors with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and a 1TB PCIe SSD. It’s rated to last up to 14.5 hours on a single charge.

Price starts at US$ 1,359 and it’ll be available starting May.

ThinkPad T490

For a more visually rich business laptop, there’s the ThinkPad T490 with its 14-inch WQHD IPS display with Dolby Vision. The laptop impresses in the sound department too with its up-firing Dolby Audio Premium speakers.

As expected, the ThinkPad T490 will be powered by the latest Intel Core processors with up to 48GB of DDR4 memory (an insane amount for a business laptop) and up to a 1TB PCIe SSD. It’ll also have the new NVIDIA GeForce MX250 if you choose the variant with discrete graphics.

The ThinkPad T490 has security features including the ThinkPad PrivacyGuard, PrivacyAlert, and the new hybrid HD and IR camera with ThinkShutter.

The laptop will be on sale starting in March with a base price of US$ 999.

ThinkPad T490s

The ThinkPad T490s is the slimmer version of the ThinkPad T490. It comes in a lighter and thinner package, but it still houses the latest audio-visual technologies for laptops including the 14-inch WQHD Dolby Vision display. If you don’t need those, it’ll feature low-power display options, as well.

Specs-wise, it comes with the latest Intel Core processors with up 32GB of DDR4 memory and a 1TB PCIe SSD. Due to its slimmer profile, the only graphics option is the onboard Intel HD Graphics 620. On the bright side, the laptop comes with a Thunderbolt 3 port and the new side mechanical docking for external peripherals.

Pricing starts at US$ 1,279 and it’ll be in stores by April. The silver color option of the ThinkPad T490s sports the new aluminum top cover, which is a refreshing sight in the sea of black ThinkPads.

ThinkPad T590

If the ThinkPad T490s is slimmer, the ThinkPad T590 is the bigger sibling with its 15.6-inch display. With more screen real estate, the ThinkPad T590 has plenty to offer including a 4K HDR screen with Dolby Vision and discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics.

The ThinkPad T590 also comes with the latest Intel Core processor with up to 48GB of DDR4 memory and up to a 1TB PCIe SSD. With its big display and beefier specs, the laptop can last for up to 15 hours using its 57Wh battery.

Since it’s still a ThinkPad, it’s packed with the usual package of privacy and security features including the ThinkShutter for the webcam. Of course, the added space means it can accommodate more ports like a Thunderbolt 3 and even a full-size HDMI.

Price starts at US$ 1,029 and it’ll become available in March.


Alienware m15 arrives in the Philippines

Leaner and stronger



Here’s an alien that’s more than welcome in this part of the world. Dell is bringing a new breed of Alienware to the Philippines — the Alienware m15.

This Alienware is leaner, more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor. Weighing under 4.7lbs, this is the brand’s slimmest and latest gaming rig. This is for gamers who prioritize mobility without compromise to performance.

You’ll get the best of Intel processors and NVIDA GeForce GPUs along with either a 144Hz or 240Hz refresh panel.

It also has the latest Alienware Cyro-Tech 3.0 that brings optimized thermal module design to improve cooling performance, increasing airflow by 20% over the previous generation of the m15.

Additional design features include an all-magnesium chassis, smooth-edge, narrow-bezel design, re-engineered keyboard, precision-point glass touchpad, SSD-only storage, and per key RGB LED AlienFX lighting.

There’s also a hyper-efficient voltage regulation or VRM feature. The VRM allows the system to hold GPU and CPU performance high for a longer sustained time than typical gaming notebooks.

The Alienware m15 will also come with the Alienware Command Center. It’s the central hub that allows gamers to customize all aspects of their experience including system and peripheral lighting, power management, thermal control, audio, and content organization.

This lean, mean gaming machine starts at PhP 149,990, and will be available on the week of October 2019.

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Dell’s G series gaming laptops are now sleeker

Looks subdued but has plenty of power



Oversized gaming laptops are slowly starting to fade away. In its place are slimmer versions with slightly less gaming cues. The same is true for Dell’s G series. Introduced in the Philippines today are the new Dell G3, G5, and G7.

The Dell G7 15 (7590) is slim and powerful

Nothing personifies Dell’s new approach better than the G7 15. At 19.9mm, it’s one of the thinnest gaming laptops in the market.

It’s made with a three-piece metal construction making sure it stays strong despite its thin profile. Completing the look is a palm rest with brushed metal finish.

It’s also equipped with a quick-charging 60 or 90WHr battery to make sure you can continue gaming on-the-go.

The G7 15 will be available in Abyss Grey.

The Dell G5 15 & G5 15 SE (5590) won’t leave you wanting for ports

Next on the line are the Dell G5 15 and G5 15 SE. They follow the same sleek design without sacrificing performance.

Despite the slimmer profile, it’s not lacking in ports. The Dell G5 has a full-size HDMI 2.0 port that can plug into external monitors and supports up to 4K. There’s also Single-cable docking for video, data, and power with the laptop’s SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. This laptop comes with a 60Whr integrated battery.

It is available in Deep Space Black color with blue accents. A special edition in Alpine White is also available.

The Dell G3 15 (3590) is a great value for getting started

Dell’s G3 15 delivers plenty of power and performance at a competitive price point. It has the new Game Shift feature enables maximum fan speed for optimal processor performance.

It has an S-curve thin-and-sleek design and narrow borders to accommodate larger component ports near the back. At 21.6mm thin, the G3 comes with a 51Whi integrated battery.

It is available in Eclipse Black.

No compromises

As far as specs go, here’s what you’re getting with the redesigned G series laptops.

All three models will have the 9th Gen Intel Core mobile CPUs, up to i7. That’s desktop-caliber performance delivering up to 5.0 GHz Turbo, 8 cores, and 16 threads to play demanding AAA games or complete taxing, creative workloads.

They also have NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX graphic cards up to 1660Ti. Graphics card options are GeForce GTX 1660Ti and RTX 2060 and 2070 graphics options.

All three sport a15-inch FHD anti-glare display screen with three-sided narrow borders, and wide-viewing angles with up to 240Hz refresh.

These gaming laptops also offer up to 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD and can be expanded to dual storage as needed. The G Series are embedded with complete ports options, including HDMI 2.0 port, Superspeed USB 3.1 ports, Standard SD/MicroMedia card slot, wedge lock slot and headphone/mic port.

Dell G5 desktop also announced

If gaming on-the-go isn’t your thing, there’s the new Dell G5 Desktop.

It’s designed to offer game-ready power, graphics and features in a compact, upgradeable form. Up to i7K-Series CPUs and VR-capable NVIDIA GeForce GTX® and RTX graphics, high-fidelity visuals and split-second responsiveness for superior 1440p gaming experience.

Pricing and availability

All the G series laptops are already available right now. Pricing are as follows.

  • Dell G3 15 (3590) price starts at PhP 46,990
  • Dell G5 15 (5590) price starts at PhP 68,990
  • Dell G7 15 (7590) price starts at PhP 113,990

The Dell G5 desktop starts at PhP 57,990, and will be available end of November 2019.

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Microsoft launches a new generation of Surface devices

Including the first ARM-based Surface since 2013



When we talk about laptop lineups, we often think of devices catering to different lifestyles. Each laptop’s selling points usually draw from differing features, form factors, and price points. Microsoft’s newest Surface lineup shares in this age-old tradition. However, the new offerings have a surprising point of differentiation: each laptop carries a chipset from a different brand.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

First up, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 offers a 15-inch variant with two exclusive AMD Ryzen Microsoft Surface Edition chipsets: a Ryzen 7 3780U chip and a Ryzen 5 3580U chip. According to Microsoft, the laptop’s custom chipset combination is the most powerful hardware available for its form factor. Alternatively, the Surface Laptop 3 also offers a 13.5-inch variant with a quadcore 10th-generation Ice Lake Intel Core chipset.

Microsoft is also offering an all-aluminum design for the Surface Laptop 3. Unlike the formerly standard fabric design, the metal design touts a maximized screen. The screen doesn’t have speakers or rubber protectors on the bezel. Also, unlike its predecessors, the Surface Laptop 3 sports a USB-C port for more compatibility. For power, the laptop boasts 11.5 hours of battery life.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Next on the table, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 — the company’s 2-in-1 laptop series — is a pure Intel experience. The series offers Intel chipsets going up to the 10th-generation Intel Core i7 (or as low as the dual-core i3 chipset). The device can also offer up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage. In comparison, the starting model comes with only 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. As with its predecessors, the 12.3-inch Surface Pro 7 has a detachable Surface Type Keyboard and a Surface Pen.

Microsoft Surface Pro X

Rounding out Microsoft’s new launches, the Microsoft Surface Pro X comes up with something entirely different. The new laptop goes back to the Surface’s past. It is the company’s first ARM-based Surface since 2013. The 13-inch 2-in-1 device comes with a customized Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor called the Surface SQ1. It is one of the Microsoft’s lithest devices, weighing in at just 1.68lbs and measuring up to only 5.3mm in height. Despite the size, the Surface Pro X packs in USB-C compatibility and fast charging.

The Surface Laptop 3’s 13.5-inch variant starts at US$ 999. On the other hand, the 15-inch variant starts at US$ 1,199. Both laptops will ship starting October 22.

Likewise, the Surface Pro 7 will ship on October 22 as well. It will start at US$ 749.

Finally, the Surface Pro X will ship on November 5. It will retail for US$ 999.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft’s Surface Duo is a foldable Android phone

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