Microsoft is bringing the feature we’ve always wanted to Windows



The dream of a Windows 10 smartphone running desktop apps is apparently alive and well. And perhaps next year, it might arrive at a store near you.

Microsoft today announced a partnership with top mobile chip maker Qualcomm at a hardware developer conference in Shenzhen, China that will basically allow next-generation ARM chips to deliver a full-fledged Windows 10 experience, support for peripherals and mainstream applications included. So, yeah, we’re talking a better execution of Windows RT, which tried but ultimately failed to make ARM devices play nicely with Windows.

Microsoft says it is building an emulator into Windows 10 that will allow forthcoming Snapdragon-powered phones and tablets to run Adobe Photoshop, Google Chrome, Microsoft Office, or any of the million existing desktop apps right now. They should even be able to have a go at Crysis 2 without problems.

It is said the Snapdragon 835 will be the first Qualcomm chipset to offer hardware emulation, but it won’t be the last, and that the first ARM-based PCs aren’t due for release until the second half of next year.

Microsoft isn’t keen on explaining how the technology works, and, unfortunately, the emulator won’t run on today’s hardware, so we’ll have to wait until next year to find out. You can bet, though, that Snapdragon PCs should sell at lower price points and easily outlast their Intel and AMD counterparts, which is what Microsoft is pushing for here.

Think how much more compelling Windows 10 ultraportables would be if they were more affordable and offered all-day battery life without asterisks. It would have been the final nail in the coffin for Intel’s Atom family of processors, except the company had already thrown in the towel not too long ago.

Where does the Surface phone fit into all of this? Your guess is as good as ours; Microsoft is still mum on the fabled Windows 10 device. But it’s likely that — fingers crossed — when it does show up, it will have a Qualcomm chip under its bonnet.


Apple might lower the MacBook Air’s price this year

Will it be worth our money?



For all their grandeur in the smartphone industry, Apple has stumbled in the notebook market. Overtaken by other tech giants, the MacBook last enjoyed a big announcement way back in 2016.

Finally, a new Mac rumor hints that Apple isn’t done with the MacBook just yet. According to known Apple leaker Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple might release a more affordable MacBook Air later this year.

The analyst notes that an updated MacBook Air will launch sometime in spring. However, the report doesn’t indicate if the new model will carry significant upgrades from its current version.

Apple last updated the MacBook Air in the latter half of 2017. Even then, the update only slightly improved the notebook’s specs. The aging Air still barely competes with the latest crop of starting notebook models. Currently, the starting MacBook Air retails for US$ 999.

As of late last year, Apple still hangs around at the top of the notebook market in terms of sales. A new update should breathe some much-needed life back into the MacBook business. At the very least, it will generate enough hype for when Apple decides on a major redesign for the MacBook. The last revamp, which includes the touch bar, opened to controversial reception.

If it launches within the next quarter, the new MacBook Air will likely appear in the rumored Apple event in March. As yet, the unconfirmed event hosts a plethora of rumors including a new iPhone SE, iPad, and AirPods.

SEE ALSO: MacBook Pro accessories that’ll change your life?!

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Huawei MateBook X Pro Hands-On

Thin, light, and with a surprise



Huawei’s newest release isn’t a smartphone and yet, this new device is also making news.

Released in Barcelona at MWC 2018, the Huawei MateBook X Pro is a powerhouse wrapped in one handsome package. This is our hands-on.

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Lenovo unveils powerful Yoga 730 and Flex 14 at MWC 2018

Built for gamers and creators



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’

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