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Lenovo unveils powerful Yoga 730 and Flex 14 at MWC 2018

Built for gamers and creators

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When Lenovo first introduced the Yoga line of hybrid laptops, most people wrote it off as an ordinary laptop with a novelty feature. Years later, the Yoga laptop has grown into a powerful daily driver that appeals even to hardcore gamers.

At MWC 2018, Lenovo unveiled the latest hybrids to use their unique form factor: the Yoga 730 (13-inch, 15-inch) and the Flex 14.

Lenovo Yoga 730

Lenovo Yoga 730 15-inch

Introduced with two variants, the Lenovo Yoga 730 offers versatility and performance. You can get the Yoga 730 in either a 13.3-inch or a 15.6-inch variant. Regardless of which variant you pick, the Yoga 730 rocks an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor. For convenience, they also offer support for Alexa and Cortana.

Built for gamers, the 15.6-inch Yoga 730 can boost its screen up to 4K resolution. It sports a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, and the laptop’s memory extends up to 16GB. Meanwhile, onboard storage can go up to a 1TB SSD PCIe. It carries JBL speakers and offers compatibility for Dolby Atmos on headphones. It boasts up to 11 hours of battery life.

Lenovo Yoga 730 13-inch

On the other hand, the more versatile 13.3-inch variant has an integrated H620 graphics chip. It carries up to 16GB DDR4 and 512GB SSD PCIe for memory and storage, respectively. It boasts up to 11.5 hours of battery life.

Both variants of the Yoga 730 will ship starting in April 2018. They will come in either Iron Gray and Platinum Silver. The 13.3-inch variant retails for US$ 879. The 15.6-inch variant retails for US$ 899.

Lenovo Flex 14

Lenovo Flex 14

Primed for entertainment and creativity, the Lenovo Flex 14 balances affordability and flexibility. The 14-inch laptop carries an eighth-gen Intel Core i7, up to 16GB DDR4 memory, and 512GB SSD PCIe storage. For graphics, it sports an NVIDIA GeForce MX130 4GB card. Its battery can last for up to 10 hours.

The Flex 14 supports the new Lenovo Active Pen 2 which boasts 4,096 levels of sensitivity. The laptop already ships with the stylus included.

Like the Yoga 730, the Flex 14 will ship starting in April. Available in Onyx Black, the laptop retails for US$ 599.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo sees gaming, VR and AR as ‘big part of future’

Computers

Intel 9th-Gen Core processors feature ‘world’s best gaming processor’

Headlined by the Core i9-9900K

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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.

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 October 2018 Update

What’s new in Windows 10?

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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.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft refreshes product lineup with Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2

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Microsoft refreshes product lineup with Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2

Incremental updates

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The Microsoft Headphones may have stolen the show during the recent product launch, but the slew of updated Surface devices serve their purpose, as well.

Surface Pro 6

First up is the Surface Pro 6, which continues to be the flagship convertible notebook of Microsoft.

This year’s model is simply a refresh with a bold new color. Now available in matte black, the Surface Pro 6 comes with Intel’s 8th-generation processors for even more power under the hood.

Besides those, it’s mostly the same as the previous model. You still get the signature hinge, 12.3-inch touch display, and colorful selection of detachable keyboards.

It’ll become available by October 16 with a starting price of US$ 899 for the Intel Core i5 variant.

Surface Laptop 2

Next we have the Surface Laptop 2. Like the aforementioned Surface Pro 6, this model is mostly just a refresh.

It’s equipped with Intel’s latest 8th-generation chipset, along with the same matte black finish. Everything else is identical to the original, from the 13.5-inch touchscreen LCD to the Alcantara keyboard and port selection — still no USB-C in sight, however.

Microsoft claims it’s 85 percent faster thanks to the updated specs, and that all-day battery life is still possible.

Like the Surface Pro 6, the Surface Laptop 2 will go for US$ 899 and will begin shipping in mid-October.

Surface Studio 2

Finally, there’s the Surface Studio 2, and it’s the “ultimate creative studio” — for obvious reasons.

This all-in-one PC is equipped with the newest chips from NVIDIA and Intel, making it the fastest Surface device you could possibly buy today.

The 28-inch touchscreen is still around, but it’s brighter and offers more contrast as compared to before, plus it has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity when using the Surface Pen.

All this power and flexibility comes at a price, however. The Surface Studio 2 starts at US$ 3,499 with no exact date of availability.

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