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Lenovo Yoga 9i, Yoga Slim 9i: As premium as it gets

For the elevated notebook experience

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There are notebooks that are just enough to get you by your daily work and play life. These will serve you well for a good number of years. The Lenovo Yoga 9i and Yoga Slim 9i are NOT one of those notebooks. Why? Because they will more than get you by. These are the notebooks that you show off and that show you off.

You see, they represent the best of what the Lenovo Yoga line has to offer. That’s why Lenovo is launching them in time for the holidays. When you finally decide to upgrade from the laptop you’ve been using for years that’s been begging to be replaced, Lenovo wants to make sure you’re looking at these.

Lenovo Yoga 9i 

The Yoga 9i comes in both 14-inch and 15-inch variants. Whichever you choose, you’re getting some of the best internals available. Both offer the super-fast responsiveness of next-gen Intel Core processors (coming soon) combined with graphics based on the Intel Xe architecture.

The larger 15-inch option comes with the performance of up to 10th Gen Intel Core i9 HK-Series mobile processor and enhanced by the NVIDIA GTX 1650 Ti with Max-Q Design.

The 15-inch Yoga 9i comes with up to 16GB DDR4 memory and up to 2TB PCIe SSD storage. You’re also getting discrete graphics and two Thunderbolt 3 ports for power, speedy data transfers and external display support.

Both come with Windows Ink and a garaged active pen that fits comfortably in your hand and quickly recharges inside the PC when not in use. If you’re a scribbler who prefers a real pen in your hand, the new elastomer nib on the Yoga 9i’s digital pen replicates a nicer, smoother tactile feel when writing.

But since this is the Yoga line we’re talking about, it’s not all about the interior. They took special care to make sure it looks premium too.

The Yoga 9i will be available in a “responsibly sourced” authentic black leather cover bonded with an aerospace-grade, aluminum chassis for more durability.

Lenovo says the leather went to a 20-step bonding process to ensure that it’s made with an incredible eye for details and craftsmanship. This just means that the leather is tough and will age beautifully as premium leather items are known to do.

The Yoga 9i convertible is also offered in all-metal and multiple colors, including warm Mica on the 14-inch and Slate Grey on the 15-inch model.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i

If you wanna go a little extra slim there’s the 14-inch Yoga Slim 9i. It’s one of the thinnest and lightest laptops at just 13.9mm (0.54 inches) and weighing only 1.26kg (2.77 lbs).

It offers up to 4K touchscreen IPS VESA DisplayHDR 400 (3840 x 2160) with up to 90 percent DCI-P3 color spectrum and 500 nits of brightness that’s optimized by Dolby Vision.

That display is complemented by the Dolby Atmos Speaker System which is delivered through dual front-facing speakers on the Yoga Slim 9i laptop.

Featured for the first time on the Yoga Slim 9i is a new privacy advancement aimed at maintaining a slimmer top bezel while still shutting out unwanted onlookers.

Simply flick an electrical shutter switch on the side to cut power to the Yoga Slim 9i’s built-in infrared (IR) camera for peace of mind.

More smart features

Taking the pandemic and handwashing measures into account, these new Lenovo Yogas have a more accurate login of the new Ultrasonic Fingerprint Reader8 that’s liquid resistant and works even with damp or freshly sanitized fingers.

The improved Yoga laptop keyboards now come with soft-landing dome-design keypads to enable a smooth, comfortable and responsive typing experience that feels bouncier.

The Yoga Slim 9i also comes with a Smart Sense Keyboard that auto-adjusts your keyboard’s white backlighting based on ambient light conditions.

Battery life 

Despite being light and thin, don’t think for a second that Lenovo didn’t think about extended working periods on these devices.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i and Yoga Slim 9i are power efficient.

The dual charging built into the Yoga Slim 9i along with an increased battery capacity — from 52WHr to 63.5WHr — contributes to a battery life of up to 20 hours.

The 14-inch Yoga 9i is expected to last up to 18 hours while the 15-inch Yoga 9i convertible can get up to 13 total hours of battery life.

Pricing and availability

  • Yoga 9i (14-inch) will start at $1399 (metal), $1699 (leather) expected to be available October 2020.
  • Yoga 9i (15-inch) will start at $1799 expected to be available October 2020.
  • Yoga 9i Slim (IdeaPad 9i Slim in NA) will start at $1599, expected to be available November 2020

 

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realme Book review: Done right the first time around

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The pandemic has brought about major changes on how we depend on our gadgets. We stay glued to our smartphones for hours to stay connected. Most of us also continue with our work from home setup, causing the demand for laptops to continue to rise and opening the market to new players. 

realme tries to steal the scene as they make their laptop debut with the realme Book, aimed at competing at the midrange level where many brands have already made their mark. 

Let’s check out if the realme Book can be a great contender in the laptop arena. 

Familiar yet better  

realme Book

Having a first look at the realme Book, the similarity of its design is undeniable with the MacBook though I don’t really think it’s a bad thing. Its sleek and stylish minimalist design actually makes me feel like I’m using a premium laptop. 

Compared to its smartphones that have those flashy labels, realme veered away from that with their first laptop as they kept the label subtle and you can barely see the “Dare to Leap” mark on one of its rubber feet. 

Its 14-inch sleek aluminum alloy body with matte finish really feels solid and has little or no flex on its slim chassis.

If you’re someone who likes to work in different corners of your home or at al fresco shops, the realme book can easily fit in your bag with its 14.9mm width and 1.38kg weight. When working on a flat surface, the rubber feet on the back actually help the laptop stay stable. 

In terms of port options, you get one USB-A port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and two Type-C ports, one being a Thunderbolt 4 for the core i5 variant.

realme Book

The USB port was a bit too tight that it required me to exert effort to pull out my USB device. Also, this laptop lacks an SD card slot and HDMI port. It doesn’t bother me that much but it may be a deal-breaker for other users. 

realme Book

Top-Notch Display 

One thing that the realme Book can really boast about is its display. As full HD display is common in laptops from its competition, the realme Book takes it up a notch with its 2K Ultra-HD screen with 2160 x 1440 pixel resolution delivering stellar image quality with sharp detail. 

The realme Book also packs in 100 percent sRGB wide color gamut that enables true-to-life visuals and a peak brightness of 400 nits which maintains high quality image even under direct sunlight. 

What also sets it apart from other laptops is its 3:2 aspect ratio, giving you more vertical room compared to most laptops that are either 16:10 or 16:9. This feature is an advantage when it comes to your productivity especially if you usually work on documents, spreadsheets or social media content for work. 

However, this becomes a disadvantage when you’re watching videos since you’ll have wider black bars at the top and bottom of the screen due to movies and series being usually formatted with 16:9 ratio.  

Another impressive feature of this laptop is that realme was able to fit its web camera on its narrow bezels, unlike Huawei that had to sacrifice a good camera angle with their Matebook’s hidden camera placed on its keyboard. 

realme Book

Comfortable for work 

Speaking of the keyboard, typing on the realme Book is satisfying thanks to its 1.3mm key travel and the sound of its clicks is just right for my preference.

The keyboard also comes with a 3-mode backlit option which you can activate and adjust by pressing the F7 key. This is convenient especially when you have to work or use the laptop for a while during the night. It is also interesting since this is a feature that you barely get to experience on laptops at this price. 

realme Book

Compared to other laptops, the trackpad on the realme Book is pretty huge but doesn’t get in the way of typing. It is also very responsive to the touch and works precisely with all gestures and clicks. 

realme Book

And similar to the Huawei Matebook devices, it also has a fingerprint-sensor embedded power button to boot it up which is actually a handy feature to have in a laptop. 

Power Performance 

As for breezing through tasks, the realme Book is highly capable to give you the best experience being powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core processor. Paired with this is the Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics, 8GB DDR4 memory and 512GB PCIe SSD storage. 

Aside from writing and creating social media content, I sometimes do photo and basic video editing for my side hustles. With the power combo under this laptop’s hood, it didn’t come as a surprise that the realme Book actually handled my tasks smoothly. 

Even with games such as Valorant, I was able to play it at 2K resolution at high settings and it didn’t feel laggy at all. Of course, if you’d want a faster frame rate, you can always lower down your settings to improve your gaming experience. 

realme Book

I also noticed that while playing games, the laptop didn’t feel heated up at all. I checked via HWMOnitor and its temperature was just hovering a little over 60 degrees. This is actually cool for its slim body. I guess we can attribute this to its efficient cooling system with dual 8mm heat pipes and high speed, high airflow fans.

Quick juice up 

When working, I usually take short breaks in between major tasks to refresh my mind. So it’s actually enough for me that the realme Book’s 54 Wh battery can support up to 9 hours of work and leisure, keeping me powered and connected.

And once the battery already ran out, the 65W fast charger got me to a 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes so I was able to conveniently continue with whatever I’m doing.

It’s also a plus that the charger of the realme Book is small and just slightly heavier than a smartphone charger so it’s an easy carry in the bag. It also has the same USB-C cable used to charge our smartphones so you won’t have to carry another charger for your smartphone when traveling. 

Immersive speakers  

For a laptop this slim, I was quite surprised that the sound coming from its down-firing Harman speakers is considerably loud and well defined. 

When I tried listening to my playlists, I did notice that while it did not have as much bass as I would have preferred, it does sound fuller compared to others. When it comes to binging series and playing games, the speakers did a great job of simulating space that sounds pleasant and immersive. I guess I can say, it does sound better than many of the laptops I’ve tried.

Is the realme Book your GadgetMatch? 

As a new player in the laptop market, the realme Book makes a pretty great attempt at laptops and definitely challenges competing and more established brands. 

Sure this laptop may not be perfect but realme has brought their expertise in creating attractive smartphones to this laptop that definitely looks premium for its price. Also with its 2K Ultra-HD display, sleek and sturdy aluminum build, premium design, powerful performance and immersive audio, this laptop is definitely a solid deal for its price. 

The realme Book is available in Real Grey and Real Blue colors and retails at PhP 37,990 for the i3 variant and PhP 47,990 for the i5 variant.

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Apple ‘unleashes’ invites for Oct 18 event

M1X-powered macs coming?

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You’ve likely seen all the rumors leading up to this point. Heck, we even wrote about it just a little over a week ago. Now, it’s really happening. Apple just sent invites to an October 18 event.

Peep the details:

To be exact, the event will livestream from Apple Park in and is viewable online at Apple.com. It’ll kick-off at 10AM PDT/ 1PM EST/ 1AM GMT+8.

Since we’ve already seen the iPhones and the iMacs, it’s the long-rumored M1X-powered macs that are expected to be announced on the aforementioned date. The upcoming chipset will supposedly make the new MacBook Pro series more graphics- and performance-intensive. Since the lineup is usually focused on performance, that comes as no surprise.

Reports on the event happening this October came first from Bloomberg. They noted that this will come in two variants. One will supposedly have 16 cores, while the other will have 32 cores. Are you looking forward to what Apple will announce?

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Infinix debuts first-ever laptop INBook X1

Quite the surprise

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INBook X1

Eight years since entering the tech industry, fast-rising smartphone company Infinix is venturing into the laptop market with its first-ever laptop: the INBook X1.

Described by the brand as “lightweight but workload-ready”, the INBook X1 weighs just under three pounds and has a 16.3mm thickness.

The 14-inch laptop is preloaded with Windows 10, equipped with Intel Core i3/ i5 processor which clocks at up to 3.6 GHz and has a memory of 8GB.

A company milestone

Considered as a company milestone, the INBook X1 takes pride in being extremely portable but built for heavy activities like data processing and programming, perhaps primarily catering to adults working from home, online students and small business owners.

One of the unique features of the debuting laptop is its cooling system which employs military-grade air ducts to instantly bring down temperatures when the machine is performing demanding tasks.

INBook X1 also comes in a sleek and stylish aircraft grade full-metal body, with a large 14-inch screen with a full HD IPS display that can be tilted up to 180° viewing angle for optimum flexibility.

When it comes to power, the laptop’s 55 watt-hour battery guarantees 11 hours of screen time for web browsing, video playbacks and other tasks.

It comes with a small charger which replenishes battery life by up to 70 percent in just one hour, making it a handy companion for on-the-go users.

Infinix’s first laptop also comes with a 720P webcam, two arrays of digital microphones for smooth video and audio communications, and stereos with patented DTS technology for immersive audio-visual experience.

It also has the built-in InSync screen projection application which enables users to synchronize work files seamlessly between their laptops, TVs and smartphones.

Availability

INBook X1 is available for pre-order on Shopee starting October 10, 2021. The laptop is a welcome addition to Infinix’s products, as the company continues to grow its global presence.

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