Microsoft introduces more powerful Surface Book 2 in two sizes



Along with the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft announced a refresh of their most powerful notebook. With two new sizes, the Surface Book 2 is now a competitor to Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro.

The Surface Book 2 comes in two sizes: 13.5- and 15-inch. While the overall design remains loyal to its predecessor, it sports a new processor and graphics card. There’s really no fuss about the new Surface Books — just simple and powerful.

The 13.5-inch version, which has a resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels, has the latest eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor with up to 16GB of memory and up to 1TB SSD. The Core i7 option has an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics with 2GB memory.

As for the bigger 15-inch version with its 3240 x 2160 display, you get the option to have an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and still with up to 16GB of memory and 1TB SSD. It has a more powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics chip with 6GB of memory. That’s a lot of processing and graphics power for a laptop.

Both share a claimed 17 hours of battery life when used for watching videos. Since this is still a convertible, the tablet has a separate battery that can last for five hours under the same circumstances. They have two USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C, a proprietary Surface connect, full-size SD card reader, and audio port.

There are two cameras on board: an 8-megapixel rear and a 5-megapixel front. Other features present on the new Surface Book 2 are Windows Hello login, Dolby Atmos, and a backlit keyboard.

The Surface Book 2 sits on top of the Surface devices when it comes to power. It can easily handle virtual reality and augmented reality, or “Mixed Reality” as Microsoft calls it. The PixelSense display with multi-touch supports the new Surface Pen and the Surface Dial.

The 13.5-inch model starts at US$ 1,499, while the 15-inch starts at US$ 2,499. Both will be available for pre-order on November 9 in the US and other markets.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft Surface Pro isn’t just an incremental update

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Apple’s MacBook Air M1 processor scores more than 1 million on AnTuTu

First to cross the 1 million mark



Apple recently launched the new MacBooks that come equipped with a proprietary processor. Dubbed the M1, it’s based on ARM-architecture and hence meant to be mobile yet more powerful. Compared to a conventional Intel processor, the M1 is far more efficient and can perform at mind-boggling speeds.

Benchmarking app AnTuTu is widely used worldwide to push a processor to its limit and translate raw performance into easily understandable figures. The M1 chipset has been spotted on the, and it has scored more than a million.

To be precise, the MacBook Air manages to achieve 1,119,243 points that include a CPU score of 282,265, GPU score of 538,944, MEM score of 189,921, and UX score of 108,113.

The next best performer is the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (fourth generation), and the M1 performed almost 50 percent faster. It’s worth noting that the test sample for MacBook Air tests is tiny as the iPad’s results are based on thousands of tests.

The M1 processor becomes the first one to breach the 1 million mark on AnTuTu. There are multiple factors behind M1’s performance, though. It uses a 5nm production process, similar to the latest A14 chip in the iPhone 12. Meanwhile, Intel’s latest 11th-generation CPUs use a 10-nanometer production process.

Adding to this, the ARM-architecture is inherently more efficient since it’s designed for mobile devices. The new M1 processor can run apps designed for iOS and macOS, opening up a new world of an integrated app ecosystem that’s highly flexible and robust. As an added benefit, iPhone and iPad apps can now run directly on the M1-powered Macs.

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MSI launches new business & productivity laptops in the Philippines

Entering unfamiliar territory in response to a changing world




MSI is mostly known for competitive gaming hardware, especially in Esports. From laptops and PC hardware to gaming peripherals, the company prides itself in providing power and value to its customers. Now, they’re entering an entirely different space in the industry with the same proposition in mind.

The gaming company plans to bring its new Business and Productivity laptops to the Philippines. In response to the customers’ changing and growing needs, these laptops hope to bring power and value into the business space. Also, they wish to cater to the needs of both students and young professionals as work-from-home continues.

As such, their entire Business & Productivity laptops come in three distinct series that address different needs. For the creative professionals and students, the Modern series of MSI laptops offer great value across the board. It comes with the latest AMD or Intel processors suited for great performance and True Color Technology-calibrated displays. Meanwhile, the Prestige series serves as the company’s “jack-of-all-trades” device for all users as it also comes with high-grade NVIDIA GPUs.

Finally, the Summit series focuses entirely on the business professional at its core. These laptops come with the latest Intel processors and integrated Intel iRIS Xe graphics, along with maximum data protection features. Specifically in its MSI Summit E13 Flip, it also comes with a display that flips in 360 degrees. In essence, it turns into a tablet for convenience and flexibility in anyone’s way of working.

MSI has not released any details regarding availability for these devices. However, starting prices for them are as follows:

  • MSI Modern 14 Series – PhP 37,995
  • MSI Prestige 15 Series – PhP 99,995
  • The MSI Summit E13 – PhP 109,995
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Huawei MateBook D14: Give the gift of possibilities

‘Tis the perfect gift for anyone who dares to dream



There’s a reason why the gift-giving season happens at the end of the year: Whatever gift we receive sets the stage for the upcoming year.

It can get tiresome looking for the right gift. Why not shake things up and give yourself or your loved one something offers endless possibilities?

The gift of timeless companion

The Huawei MateBook D14 is one of Huawei’s entry-level notebooks with an exquisite design. Despite being one of it’s more affordable offerings, it looks simple and elegant.

It sports an ultra-slim design along with carefully crafted features to accompany its user in today’s inevitable work or learn from home setup. It’ll never seem outdated thanks to its classic look.

Powering it up is easy and convenient thanks to the Fingerprint Power Button. One quick press and you’re instantly on your way to better productivity.

The MateBook D14 also has a 14-inch FHD IPS display with anti-glare protection and TÜV Rheinland certified low blue light filtering. Enjoy dynamic and cinematic content without exhausting your eyes!

The gift of reliability and dependability

Huawei designed the MateBook D14 with smart features to ensure it stands the test of time. For instance, it has the Shark Fin Fan 2.0 — s-shaped fan blades designed to optimize air flow for improved cooling and laptop performance. It promises to be chill even when things are heating up.

And more importantly, it has a lot of juice to keep you going. With a 56Wh high capacity battery, the MateBook D14 can support up to 9.5 hours of battery life on a single charge — even if you continuously watch HD videos on Netflix.

Right on the box, the MateBook D14 has a portable, multi-purpose 65W USB-C charger and a USB-C to USB-C cable. Charge quickly and efficiently!

The gift of convenience

Huawei’s ecosystem makes life convenient for anyone aspiring to reach their dreams. Huawei SHARE plays a huge role in it.

MateBook D14

Not only can you transfer, view, and edit files seamlessly, it also allows for multi-screen collaboration. This lets you project your smartphone display to the laptop, while controlling both devices simultaneously.

The gift of strength to reach your potential

Unlike any entry-level notebooks in the same bracket, the MateBook D14 can punch above its weight class. Equipped with an AMD Ryzen chip, this laptop certainly offers the right power to achieve your goals.

It comes with an 8GB DDR4 memory, and up to 512GB SSD storage. It also sports an NVIDIA GeForce MX250. This combination of powerful internals promises a machine that can handle multiple loads, and it won’t give up on you when you’re facing challenges.

Ace your grades, propel your career, create art and videos freely, or set up a business. The possibilities are endless when you have a laptop that can accompany you in your journey.

The gift worth giving today

Truly, the Huawei MateBook D14 offers endless possibilities for anyone who dares to dream. It all begins with having the right companion that will support you in your journey in the years to come. The Huawei MateBook D14 is available in two variants: Ryzen 5 (PhP 39,990) and the Ryzen 7 (PhP 42,990).

Huawei is extending its Early Christmas Promo until November 25. When you purchase the MateBook D14, you get a free FreeBuds 3i (worth PhP 5,990), and a free Huawei backpack.

Customers can pay via Home Credit or through credit card installment in all major banks starting at 12 months in official stores and authorized dealers.

This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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