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Mi Notebook Pro 14, 15 are Xiaomi’s new high-end laptops

With 11th-gen Intel Core H processors and stunning displays

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Xiaomi’s grand unveiling event not only saw the launch of high-end smartphones but also high-end laptops. The new Mi Notebook Pro 14 and 15 are premium laptops from the brand, packing the latest Intel processors along with stunning displays in a slim form factor.

Mi Notebook Pro 15: Premium in a slim form factor

Starting off with the more premium variant, the Mi Notebook Pro 15 boasts a 3.5K 16:10 E4 OLED display with a size of 15.6 inches and a 16:10 aspect ratio. The display really gets the attention here, since it also boasts DisplayHDR 500 certification and up to 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage. Take note of the last sentence, since most laptops usually boast 100 percent sRGB coverage which is a step below what this laptop offers. The display also offers 600 nits of brightness, as well as Corning Gorilla Glass for wear-and-tear resistance.

The laptop is also no slouch in the performance department. Inside it is an 11th-generation Intel Core H processor. Xiaomi also paired the Intel processors with the latest NVIDIA MX450 graphics card on some variants for extra oomph in graphically-intensive tasks. RAM and storage configurations go up to 16GB and 512GB, respectively.

Like most other laptops in the market, the Mi Notebook Pro 15 takes pride in its sleek form factor. Despite its form factor though, it doesn’t sacrifice the keyboard quality with a 1.5mm of key travel. It also packs two 2W speakers for a much louder audio output and 720p front-facing camera for day-to-day conferencing needs.

The port situation, however, could frustrate some users. It has one Thunderbolt 4, two more USB-C ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, and not much else. There is also a fingerprint sensor and it comes integrated into the power button.

Powering the laptop is a 66Wh battery that charges up to 50 percent in 35 minutes. That is all thanks to the 100W power adapter that comes in the box. For connectivity, it comes with WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 support.

Mi Notebook Pro 14: the same package in a smaller body

Xiaomi has also launched the Mi Notebook Pro 14 for those who want power and performance in a smaller body. However, there are a few differences also between its bigger sibling. The most obvious here is the display, which is now a 14-inch 2.5K IPS display but still packs a 16:10 ratio. Instead of full DCI-P3 coverage, it settles for up to 100 percent sRGB coverage which is common for its category. This laptop’s display comes with up to 120Hz refresh rate though.

Performance is more or less the same with its bigger sibling, with an 11th-gen Intel Core H processor and an option for an NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics card. It also maxes out at 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

The design, keyboard, camera, speakers, ports, and connectivity options are all the same on the Mi Notebook Pro 14. Since this is a smaller laptop, it comes instead with a 56Wh battery which is still big compared to most competitors. That battery charges through a 100W power adapter too.

Price and availability

Both laptops are available to pre-order now in China through Xiaomi’s official website. Here are the prices for the different configurations, lifted straight from the website:

Mi Notebook Pro 15

  • Intel Core i5 + Iris XE graphics, 16GB RAM / 512GB storage — CNY 6,499 (approx. US$ 989)
  • Intel Core i5 + NVIDIA GeForce MX450, 16GB RAM / 512GB storage — CNY 6,999 (approx. US$ 1065)
  • Intel Core i7 + NVIDIA GeForce MX450, 16GB RAM / 512GB storage — CNY 7,999 (approx. US$ 1217)

Mi Notebook Pro 14

  • Intel Core i5 + Iris XE graphics, 16GB RAM / 512GB storage — CNY 5,299 (approx. US$ 806)
  • Intel Core i5 + NVIDIA GeForce MX450, 16GB RAM / 512GB storage — CNY 5,999 (approx. US$ 913)
  • Intel Core i7 + NVIDIA GeForce MX450, 16GB RAM / 512GB storage — CNY 6,999 (approx. US$ 1065)

Global availability and pricing are yet to be revealed. However, these laptops are expected to hit other markets later this year.

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How to balance multiple tasks at work

With the Lenovo Yoga 6

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You’re stressed. Tasks are piling up. Deadlines closing in. However, despite bouts of second-guessing, you also know you can handle the tasks. This is a work-life cycle that we don’t really fully grasp until we’re actually in it.

If you’re having trouble taking them on, here are a few quick tips with a special Lenovo Yoga 6 flavor that you can check so you can step back and take a deep breath before another daunting work day.

Start small

Nobody starts their day taking on the boss battle. That’s just not wise. Our suggestion is to kick things off by looking at your plate and seeing which ones you should prioritize or not. You can do this on Tablet Mode of the Lenovo Yoga 6. This way, there’s no temptation to suddenly jump into a task since you don’t have immediate access to the physical keyboard.

Yoga 6

Your energy will be focused on organizing, which will set you up for a smoother workflow for the rest of the day.

Take on a few mechanical tasks first 

Think of it like you’re revving up the car’s engine. You need to warm up first before jumping into heavier, more thought-provoking tasks. Do anywhere between five to seven of these to slowly but surely get your brain to where it needs to be for the more demanding things on your plate.

Yoga 6

Some of these may be an extended version of the prioritization you handled earlier on. Perhaps there’s an email you can quickly reply to, or there’s a file you can drag and drop to send to a colleague — these tasks take less brain power and feel smooth to accomplish on the Yoga 6’s keyboard and trackpad.

Move on to something that requires more thought

Now that you’re all warmed up, you can proceed to a task that requires more of your focus and analysis skills. Perhaps there’s a brief you need to review or a few documents you need to digest first.

To eliminate the danger of jumping the gun and smashing the keyboard before you’ve fully formed your thoughts, we suggest switching over to Kiosk Mode so the keyboard is once again away from your typing-hungry paws.

Yoga 6

This lets you focus and helps you sort things out in your brain first so you’re ready for the next thing.

Get down and dirty with a heavy task or two

This is the time when you need your maximum focus. Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about the Yoga 6 holding you back. This thing is packing an up to AMD Ryzen 7 4700U mobile processor with Radeon Graphics that enables ultra-fast responsiveness while working. It can go up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1TB of SSD PCIe M.2 storage. That’s plenty of power for any and all of these tasks:

Combing through spreadsheets…

Editing and processing presentation decks…

And pretty much most other tasks you’ll likely tackle.

It’s a powerful, portable workhorse that you won’t have to worry about holding you back as you take on the most important projects in your work life.

Take a break

You don’t wanna burn yourself out by jumping into another task right after taking on something that’s boss-level on your to-do list. What you’d want to do now is turn the Yoga 6 into Tent Mode and maybe enjoy an episode of your favorite show.

Yoga 6

This mode is perfect for kicking back and just watching for a while. Again, it restricts access to the keyboard to dissuade you from cutting your break short. The speakers are Dolby Atmos-optimized so they’ll do well even if you’re watching without headphones on.

Never feel guilty about taking a break. You deserve it. We all do.

Rinse and repeat

From here, you can just repeat the whole cycle until it’s time to wrap up your day. You can maybe skip a step or two such as the warming up part. But with these tips, you should be able to hold on to your sanity a while longer as the Yoga 6 helps you cope with the working conditions of the new normal.

More Lenovo Yoga 6 details

A few more things about the Lenovo Yoga 6 that you might want to know. It has a fabric-wrapped cover in unique Abyss Blue that feels great to touch and looks so 👏🏼 damn👏🏼 fine 👏🏼.

Yoga 6

It has a 13.3” FHD display with 300 nits of brightness. The webcam supports face unlock but you also have a fingerprint scanner for added security.

Yoga 6

Ports are as follows: Right side — USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (DisplayPort), USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 (always on), Power button.

Yoga 6

Left side — USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (DisplayPort & power delivery), USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, Headphone/mic combo.

It comes pre-loaded with Lenovo Vantage, Microsoft Office 2019, McAfee LiveSafe, and Alexa. The Yoga 6 also automatically comes with the 3-Year Premium Care support solution to make your daily grind easier. Lenovo developed the nifty warranty solution to help you make the most out of the Yoga 6 with services dedicated to reduce downtime, increase productivity, and address critical needs, including comprehensive software and hardware support, 24×7 direct hotline to Lenovo technicians, and an Annual PC Health Check for long-term maintenance.

The Lenovo Yoga 6 starts at PhP 49,995. It’s available in Lenovo Exclusive stores, the first Yoga Store in the world located at the 4th floor, Cyberzone of SM City North EDSA Annex, and authorized resellers. It’s also available at the Yoga Flagship store in Lazada.

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Click here for more information on the Lenovo Yoga 6.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Philippines.

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Huawei MateBook 2021 laptops are here and they’re nice

With 11th Gen chips and up to 16GB RAM

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File photo: MateBook D 14

We all know Huawei’s struggles in the mobile department, but their other devices are still well-made and leading the charge now are their notebooks. The Huawei MateBook 2021 lineup, in particular, has plenty for people to choose from.

Here are some of what you’re in for.

Huawei MateBook D 15 2021 11th Gen

The Huawei MateBook D 15 2021 features a 15.6-inch IPS FullView display with a TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification and TÜV Rheinland Flicker Free Certification. It also has a 180-degree hinge and is equipped with DDR4 RAM to support the 11th Generation Intel processors.

In terms of connectivity, the Huawei MateBook D 15 comes with Wi-Fi 6, a USB 2.0 port, a single USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB type-C port, and Bluetooth 5.1.

Huawei MateBook 14 2021 11th Gen

The Huawei MateBook 14 2021, on the other hand, also comes powered 11th Generation processor, paired with 16GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM and 512GB of internal SSD storage.

This variant has 2K FullView display with 90 percent screen-to-body ratio and TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification. It also equips a 56Wh battery capacity for 11 hours of long battery life and 65W super-fast charging support.

Huawei MateBook X Pro 2021

MateBook X Pro 2021 is a high-end variant in its lineup. It features 3.9-inches IPS FullView touchscreen display with a 3K resolution, 3:2 screen ratio that creates panoramic viewing effect, and offers remarkable 91 percent body ratio.

The design of MateBook X Pro has a premium metallic lightweight of about 1.33 kg with 14.6mm thickness, brings a fingerprint reader on the power button. Huawei MateBook X Pro is also able to provide up to 11 hours of regular work on a single charge and comes with ultra-light 65 W pocket charger.

All these MateBooks carry legacy smart features like the Multi-screen Collaboration, FreeTouch, and the recessed camera.

Pricing and availability

All three MateBooks are available for pre-order. Customers who will purchase via the Huawei Store, Lazada or Shopee will also get a free Huawei GT 2e (Green) worth PhP 6,990 from April 16 until April 22, 2021.

Pricing are as follows:

MateBook D15 2021

11th Gen 16GB 512 SSD — PhP 52,999
10th Gen 16GB 512 SSD — PhP 42,999

MateBook 14 2021

11th Gen 16GB 512 SSD — PhP 64,999
10th Gen 16GB 512 SSD — PhP 46,999

MateBook X Pro 2021 — PhP 89,999

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Microsoft intros Surface Laptop 4 with new AMD and Intel processors

Yet the design remains unchanged

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Surface Laptop 4 is now official, but there’s not much to expect aside from new AMD and Intel processors inside. It carries the same design as its predecessor, and still available to purchase in a 13.5-inch or a 15-inch variant.

AMD processors now available for the 13.5-inch variant

Arguably the biggest update to the Surface Laptop 4 yet is the addition of AMD processors for the 13.5-inch variant. Previously, AMD processors are available only for the 15-inch variant. Microsoft is using AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile processors, which may raise eyebrows for some since Ryzen 5000 has long been launched. Do note though that these aren’t just the standard Ryzen mobile processors since Microsoft collaborated with AMD to tweak the performance for its laptops.

For the 13.5-inch variant, consumers can only get a Ryzen 5 4680U processor should they go with AMD. Meanwhile, the 15-inch variant only has a Ryzen 7 4980U as the sole AMD option.

Those who root for Intel can still get their Surface Laptop 4 with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 or i7-1185G7.  The Intel Core i5-1135G7, however, is not available for the 15-inch variant. Both processors should give improved performance, especially on the graphics front considering the inclusion of Iris Xe graphics by default.

The availability of an AMD processor to the 13.5-inch variant also marks a much-streamlined configuration option. In the past, only business consumers can get an Intel processor for the 15-inch variant. This is gone now for the Surface Laptop 4, yet configurations for business consumers still remain. For business consumers, the Intel Core i5-1145G7 replaces the low-end Intel processor option, and the Windows 10 Pro comes preinstalled.

The Surface Laptop 4 | Image by Microsoft

Specs beyond the new processor

Beyond the new processors, Microsoft is also adding nifty improvements to the Surface Laptop 4.  Microsoft now puts the battery life at up to 19 hours, but that estimate is for the 13.5-inch AMD variant. The company’s conservative estimate is at 16.5 hours for the bigger 15-inch Intel variant. Either way, it is a big improvement over the previous 11.5 hours.

The laptop is also getting Dolby Atmos support, along with updated HD cameras and dual far-field microphones. Microsoft is also touting optimizations to the laptop’s keyboard, which is pretty useful for many work-from-home employees who use their laptops for work.

That’s pretty much the improvements and addition to the Surface Laptop 4. Microsoft kept the design untouched, so the bezels here are to stay. A choice of Alcantara fabric or metal still remains, though there is a new Ice Blue color option. The touch-supported PixelSense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio is also here to stay, promising better productivity than the established 16:9 displays.

The laptop also carries over the selection of ports from its predecessor, for better or worse. To recap, that includes a lone USB Type-C port (no, it is not Thunderbolt), a USB Type-A, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the proprietary Surface Connect Port.

Price and availability

The Surface Laptop 4 is available to buy now at US$ 999. Business-focused configuration starts at US$ 1,099. Consumers can configure the laptop at up to 32GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. Those who purchase it in the US can also get the Surface Earbuds for free until April 15.

h/t: Windows Central

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