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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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Why people can’t stop talking about the 2021 Huawei MateBook D 15

Now with 11th Gen Intel Core and 16GB RAM

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MateBook D 15 2021

Huawei has always been known to be that powerful force in innovation. The bezel-less display, Huawei Free Touch and the recessed camera are just some of the many instances when Huawei have revolutionized and leveled up the playing field for the PC industry.

I think it goes without saying that Huawei’s premium brand, the MateBook family, is one that has truly set a new standard for intelligence when it comes to laptops.

It has been five years since the inception of the MateBook and ‘till this day, the MateBook family pushes on to be the perfect tool for the challenges we are faced with. From enhanced connectivity for online classes, immersive audio for work-from-home conferences to engaging visuals for Netflix nights, the MateBook family has got you covered and that’s exactly what we’ll be talking about here as we move further.

As they celebrate their fifth year of the MateBook series, they introduce to us another line of technological advancement with the 2021’s MateBook series.

With this comes the revamp of the very popular MateBook D 15 with the HUAWEI MateBook D 15 2021 11th Gen along with the powerfully sharp MateBook 14 2021 11th Gen and the borderless MateBook X Pro 2021.

Talk of the town with its elegance

There’s no denying that the MatebBook D 15 2021 is a dazzling piece of machinery. And being one that has been used to plastic laptop bodies, the all aluminum alloy body of the D 15 had me drooling over it. A prominent indication of its quality also, was how this MateBook’s body had rounded edges and a very solid build which are admittedly satisfying to the touch.

MateBook D 15 2021

Carrying the device, it’s impossible not to notice just how feather light this MateBook D 15 is. For 1.56kg and only 16.9mm thin, it’s amazing just how this laptop carries a ton of horsepower and 15.6-inches of screen real estate.

Feature packed FullView display

Relatively bezel-less at only 5.3mm of bezel width, the MateBook D 15 2021 sports the iconic FullView display of the MateBook family. At 87% screen to body ratio, this 15.6-inch FHD IPS display panel is a feast for your eyes.

MateBook D 15 2021

Given that we mostly look at our computer screens most of the time, eye strain is often the setback. A noteworthy feature the D 15 has with its display is that it has been certified under TÜV Rheinland’s Low Blue Light emittance and Flicker Free qualifications which makes it perfect for binge watching K-dramas on Netflix. Top that with 100% sRGB rating, there’s no reason to doubt the color representation this display outputs when doing creative work.

Much to flex under the hood 

At the heart of this laptop is Intel’s 11th Gen Core i5 processor and the Intel Iris XE graphics that it comes with. While most of us are already familiar with the power of the Core i5 processor, this newest generation of Intel’s offering takes this up a notch. Running four cores and eight processing threads, Intel’s newest architecture delivers 31 percent faster multi-core performance from its predecessor.

MateBook D 15 2021

I believe many would agree that a lot of us do try to get some form of gaming done on their school or work laptop. The Intel Iris XE graphics is perfect for sneaking in some play time with our favorite games as well as for running some multimedia tasks.

Swamped with work or just juggling multiple tabs on your web browser, expect the experience to be as smooth as it can be as there’s now 16GB of DDR4 RAM packed in this slim body.

Smart power button

I guess you won’t have time to make coffee while waiting for your laptop to start up as with the D 15’s smart fingerprint power button, keying in your log on password is now a thing of the past. The moment you press on the D 15’s fingerprint power button automatically authenticates your identity and jumps you directly to your home screen, saving you the hassle of typing in your password.

At only 2.5 seconds as recorded by Windows for its start up, this has been the fastest power on time I have yet encountered on a laptop. Seriously, a boot up time this fast would make you doubt if you’ve left the laptop on sleep mode or if it was from a coldboot.

Cool and quiet

Despite the size of the MateBook D 15, it did not become noticeably hot. In fact, the palm rest felt cool to rest your palms on.

You know what they say: work smart and not hard. Huawei definitely worked smart with the ingenious fan design of its Shark fin fan. Designed with higher density and thinner fan blades, the need for increasing fan speed to cool the whole laptop has been drastically minimized. This resulted in the device to use less power, run cooler and operate quieter as this Shark fin fan contributes to 24% better cooling performance from its last-gen counterpart.

Next Generation WI-FI 6

I couldn’t help but geek out on this feature as I’m sure many I.T. professionals would as well. This next generation Wi-Fi 6 is actually known to be the successor to the standard 802.11ac or Wi-Fi 5 that most of our devices use.

MateBook D 15 2021

The inclusion of Wi-Fi 6 on the D 15 means that this device is able to operate at more stable Wi-Fi frequency bands to eliminate interference and reach significantly faster speeds. This ensures that the MateBook D 15 is ready for crowded scenarios such as what you would experience in shopping malls, corporate offices or even populated areas.

Not your ordinary charger

I just can’t count how many people I know who’ve asked me where to buy a new charger for their laptop simply because its cable is broken. I’m happy to say that that problem is pretty much gone with this one as the D 15’s charger features a detachable USB-C cable.

Surprisingly, it took exactly 9 hours and 30 minutes for the D 15’s battery to shift to power saving mode and with Huawei’s Supercharge feature built-in, this 65w charger was able to fully charge the D 15 in just an hour. That’s insanely fast for such a long run time if you ask me.

But that’s not all. Weighing only 160g, this charger isn’t much bigger and heavier than a smartphone charger.

Speaking of smartphones, this charger can also charge your USB-C compatible smartphone. Talk about #PowerInLightness .

Hear and be heard with Dual Mic and Immersive sound

By this time, we’ve all probably been on an online meeting or conference of some kind. Personally, I’m one who could tolerate bad video signals but bad audio is really something that would really ruin the experience for me. Thankfully, the dual front facing microphones of the MateBook D 15 ensures our voice would be picked up clearly even at longer distances.
MateBook D 15 2021

Guaranteed to give you an immersive experience, the 2W dual-speaker audio system can simulate both 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound performance.

Tap and share with HUAWEI Share 

If you’re fortunately among the proud owners of a Huawei smartphone then you’d be able to maximize this very handy feature of the 2021 MateBook D 15.

Huawei Share lets you cast your smartphone screen on your laptop, transfer files wirelessly and basically use almost all features and apps of your smartphone onto your laptop. With just a tap of your Huawei smartphone on the Huawei Share label on the D 15, the two devices are all set. It’s that easy.

MateBook D 15 2021

I can’t emphasize how convenient this is for people like me who always transfer footage I took with my smartphone. No cables for data transfer and no switching from two devices to get things done, just tap and you’re wirelessly connected.

Fast is the word that I think best describes the 2021 HUAWEI MateBook D 15 11th Gen.

The fast new processor, large amount of RAM, next generation Wi-Fi 6, ultraportable charger with SuperCharge, thin and light size, Huawei Share and an ingenious smart fingerprint power button, every bit contributes to everything being faster and just getting things done faster.

With so many features loaded in one package, I understand why it’s hard not to talk about these new offerings of the MateBook family and why there’s no need to think twice on getting a hold of this awesome device.

MateBook D 15 2021

The Huawei MateBook D 15 2021 retails for PhP 52,999. Interested buyers may purchase from any of the following: Huawei Store, Lazada, Shopee.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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Apple can finally feel the heat of a global semiconductor shortage

The iPad and Mac are most affected

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Apple posted its Q2 earnings report this week, recording a whopping 54 percent rise in revenue year-over-year to almost US$ 90 billion. Thanks to blockbuster iPhone sales, the Cupertino-based giant is minting profits. But how long will the streak last considering the global semiconductor shortage?

On a call with analysts, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook and Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said Apple avoided a chip shortage in the fiscal second quarter by burning through supply buffers. In the coming months, the global shortage could cost the company US$ 3 to 4 billion in revenue.

The shortfalls “affect the iPad and the Mac primarily,” Cook said. “We’ll have some challenges in there.” Cook talked about the recently launched ARM-based chipsets that deliver world-class performance, but are extremely complex and expensive to make.

The executives blamed “semiconductor shortages that affect many industries” and “very, very high” demand for iPads and Macs. Cook said the company expects to be “supply-gated, not demand-gated,” but only for the two products running M1 chip.

Apple has successfully managed to grab the opportunity offered by the Coronavirus pandemic — a sudden rise in demand for gadgets due to the work-from-home model.

The iPhone-maker isn’t the only one feeling the heat of the global crunch. There have been reports stating that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset has also hit delays due to the overwhelmed supply chain.  Though, this is the first time Apple has publicly revealed that it’s getting hammered by the global crisis.

In response to the crisis, Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC has announced an investment of US$ 100 billion in the next two years to ramp up production. Veteran American chipmaker Intel has also committed upwards of US$ 20 billion to start best-in-class semiconductor fabrication facilities in Arizona, USA.

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Galaxy Book Pro and Pro 360 Hands-on: Samsung’s first “Pro” laptops

First laptops in the world with Super AMOLED displays

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Galaxy Book Pro

Samsung isn’t new in the laptop department, but what’s new is them launching a new “Pro” laptop line. Meet the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360.

Packed with the latest hardware, the Galaxy Book Pro series aims to deliver the best of power and performance in such a thin and lightweight form factor. To make it more Pro-centric, they’re equipped with Super AMOLED displays — a first on any laptop.

Curious to find out what Samsung has to offer? Head over to our Galaxy Book Pro hands-on video now!

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