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Microsoft announces Surface Book 3, Go 2, Headphones 2, and Earbuds

They are available for pre-order now

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Microsoft recently launched new products within its popular Surface line-up. Both the Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2 have updated specs and minor design changes to cater to students and professionals. Meanwhile, the Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Earbuds are Mircosoft’s bet to create a solid portfolio of audio accessories.

Surface Book 3

Starting with the Surface Book 3, the 2-in-1 powerhouse tablet packs the latest Intel chipset for greater performance. It now has Intel’s 10th-gen chipset whereas its predecessor comes with the 8th-gen chipsets. The cheapest configuration of this device comes with an Intel Core i5 with Iris Plus graphics. Users who wanted more power can get the top-of-the-line Core i7 with other configurations.

The Surface Book 3 comes in two sizes: a 13.5-inch version and a 15-inch version. Both devices come with 8GB to 32GB of LPDDR4x memory 256GB to 32TB of SSD storage.

Microsoft has also updated the discrete graphics on this device. Users can either expect a GTX 1650 Max-Q or a GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q on this device. However, the cheapest configuration doesn’t have any discrete graphics. Also, the GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q is only available for the 15-inch version.

The 13.5-inch version retains its screen resolution of 3000 x 2000 while the 15-inch version still has a resolution of 3240 x 2160. The aspect ratio remains at 3:2.

The 13.5-inch can get up to 15.5 hours of battery life while the 15-inch version gets up to 17.5 hours. Both also have 2 x USB-A, 1 x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, 2 x Surface Connect port, a full-sized SD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Beyond the specs, Surface Book 3 retains the familiar design that defined the product line. It is almost identical to Surface Book 2 and retains the platinum finish, which is the sole color configuration for the new device.

Surface Go 2

While the design of Surface Book 3 remains almost unchanged, the Surface Go 2 now has a slimmer bezel compared to the original. As such, the display is also bigger on the Surface Go 2. It now has a 10.5-inch 1920 x 1280 display compared to the 10-inch from the original Surface Go. However, the newer device still has the same 3:2 aspect ratio.

The chipset also got a minor upgrade. Intel’s Pentium is still the preferred processor for the Surface Go 2. This time, Microsoft fitted the Surface Go 2 with Pentium Gold 4425Y. What’s new this year is the option for an Intel Core-Y processor. The highest configuration for this device comes with an 8th-gen Intel Core m3 processor for faster performance.

The device can be configured with 4GB or 8GB of memory. Storage options come at 64GB eMMC or 128GB SSD. Microsoft promises up to 10 hours of battery life with this device. Users can opt for LTE connectivity with the Surface Go 2.

In terms of ports, there’s enough to expect with the Surface Go 2. It has a single USB-C, a Surface Connect port, a MicroSD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Like the Surface Book 3, it also comes in a sole platinum finish.

Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Earbuds

Microsoft also released a successor to its on-ear headphones, the Surface Headphones. The new headphones feature improved sound quality and battery life. Surface Headphones 2 boasts 20 hours of listening time and 13 levels of ambient noise control. It also has an updated ear cup design that can rotate up to 180 degrees. For the first time, it will be available in a black finish.

 

 

For those wanting true wireless earbuds, the Surface Earbuds is finally on sale after its announcement last October. The earbuds feature a unique, circular design with touch controls. It has integrations with Spotify and Microsoft 365 apps. The sound quality is improved by Microsoft’s own OmniSound technology, though it remains to be seen if it can compete with Google’s Pixel Buds and Apple’s Airpods.

See also: Microsoft launches the Surface Earbuds

Pricing and availability

Microsoft’s Surface Book 3 1.3-5 inch starts at US$ 1,599 for the Core i5 variant and goes up to US$ 2,699 for the Core i7 with 32GB + 1TB configuration. Meanwhile, the 15-inch version starts at US$ 2,299 for the Core i7 with 16GB + 256GB and goes up to US$ 3,399 for the Core i7 with 32GB + 2TB variant.

Surface Go 2 starts at US$ 399 for the Pentium with 4GB + 64GB variant. The highest configuration, which is a Core m3 with 8GB + 128GB and LTE variant, will set back customers by US$ 729.

As for the Surface Headphones 2, it retails at US$ 249. Surface Earbuds, on the other hand, retails at USD 199.

Pre-orders for these devices begin today. Customers can head over to Microsoft’s online store to purchase these new additions to the Surface line-up.

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Honor’s first gaming laptop pops up in leaks

The Hunter is coming

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While everyone is pushing for gaming smartphones, Honor has hinted at a different direction. In particular, Honor has previously teased an entry into the gaming laptop segment. Though the tease is substantial, the company maintained its silence on the matter. Now, Honor’s first gaming laptop pops up in leaks online.

Unbeknownst to Honor’s smartphone-focused consumers, the brand already has an existing gaming-centric lineup called Hunter. Currently, the lineup consists only a gaming router revealed earlier this year. According to @RODENT950, a Slashleaks contributor, the upcoming gaming laptop will expand this lineup.

In another leak, a Weibo user has posted teaser images of the laptop. Besides a repeating logo, the image notably contains a couple of hints at its design language: sapphire and supercars. According to the image, the laptop will have “sapphire cutting” and “sapphire shining.” In the technology world, “sapphire” historically pertained to sapphire screens. However, the laptop’s usage of the term will likely mean something else entirely. Could it pertain to the angular design or the finish of the chassis?

On the other hand, the supercar theming is more apparent. The laptop will explicitly get inspiration for its air vent from a supercar’s exhaust. The laptop’s monitor will also look like a supercar’s bonnet or hood.

If you’re in the market for a gaming laptop, Honor is definitely building its lineup for a launch soon. Two separate sources are certainly more substantial than the drip of information we’ve gotten about the lineup so far.

SEE ALSO: Honor 30 Lite, Honor X10 Max with Dimensity 800 now official

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Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i: Finding the work-life balance

Work smart, play hard

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Anyone living in this age is quickly frustrated by sluggish experiences — be it through their devices, internet connection, or relationships. For most people, it’s easy to find work-life balance when everything just works; a feat you can achieve when you have the right resources.

Now that the line between our work and personal lives are blurry, our yearning to maintain a good work-life balance amplifies. However, most people forget how investing in a well-performing machine can help you fast-track your goals in achieving your desired lifestyle.

For instance, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i is a capable laptop built to help you find the balance between life and work.

The value of working smart

Gone are the days where our worth is measured by the hours we clock in. Living in this age ushered the importance of efficiency, prompting people to work smarter to free up hours for meaningful things that make them happy.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i teaches us the same ethos — the value of working smart. This machine will let you expect a hiccup-free experience so you can multitask, be productive, perform creative tasks, and even play games to unwind.

Lenovo’s smarter technology promise ensures that people can prepare for the challenges ahead, seeing how technology has become extremely important to meeting people’s basic needs, and keeping the world going even during a crisis.

The IdeaPad Slim 5i is a testament to that, as it adds to Lenovo’s innovative technologies across its vast portfolio of devices that position the company as the most prolific end-to-end global technology organization.

It is thanks to this laptop’s internals, which is powered by up to the latest 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and runs on NVIDIA’s GeForce MX350 GPU and Intel’s Iris Plus Graphics. It also sports an 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage, and up to 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD storage on some units.

Moreover, it’s equipped with WiFi-6 connectivity, ensuring a strong connection for all your online activities. Even with multiple gadgets at home, trust that the IdeaPad Slim 5i won’t give up on your connection — even when everyone else does.

Feature-packed for its price

Some features that make our lives easier are considered a luxury, especially for non-flagship and non-premium laptops. Yet the IdeaPad Slim 5i was able to pack certain features to ensure a seamless experience.

First, you can have peace of mind when it comes to your safety and security since it’s equipped with Lenovo’s distinct Privacy Shutter.

Design-wise, it’s paint-coated with fabric-like finish in colors such as platinum grey, graphite grey, or light teal; colors that won’t steal the spotlight away from you.

Also, it’s soft and comfortable to touch, and it’s designed to be opened with just one hand, flexing its sturdy hinges and durable build.

Moreover, it hosts several ports — a USB-C port, two USB 3.1 ports, a DisplayPort, an SD card reader, and an audio jack — for better connection.

Work, play, rest, repeat

When the going gets tough, you can always opt to take a break. The IdeaPad Slim 5i isn’t just a productivity powerhouse, it can be a portable entertainment hub, too!

With a Dolby Audio-tuned front-facing speakers situated beside the keyboard, and partnered by an FHD display with 90% Active Area ratio, it’s set to be a perfect leisure companion. Stream your favorite tunes or binge-watch your favorite shows, wherever you want it.

Furthermore, it lets you work or play uninterrupted for 12 hours with its 57Wh battery. If you need additional juice, you can use its Rapid Charge which gives an extra 3-hour usage within 15 minutes of charging.

As the routine gets mundane, take time to rest so you and your laptop can cool down. Taking a step away and changing your scenery can help improve your well-being. Treat your body just like how you would take care of your gizmos.

Striking a balance between life and work

Surely, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5i is a great tool to help you strike a proper work-life balance. After all, it’s a no-frills laptop focused on getting the job done, so you can do the things you’ve always wanted to do in life. Moreover, it’s a feature-packed laptop with value for money.

The IdeaPad Slim 5i retails for PhP 49,995 (Intel Core i5) and PhP 59,995 (Intel Core i7) and is available in authorized stores like Silicon Valley, PC Express, Villman, Complink, Gigahertz, Octagon, and Abenson.

Lenovo is currently running a promo that offers freebies worth PhP 20,475 when you purchase the IdeaPad Slim 5i. You’ll get premium gifts such as a 65W Type-C travel adapter, a Lenovo B210 backpack, a Herschel Little America backpack, and a free Microsoft Office with a lifetime license. For more information, visit Lenovo’s Summer Sale Promo 2020.


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch, Intel, and Lenovo Philippines.

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The HP EliteBook x360 G7 could be your productive WFH partner

One great all-around device for the productive worker at home

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We’re slowly shifting to a more digital type of normal nowadays. Everything you used to do outdoors is now slowly moving online. From your line of work to your studies, the world is adjusting to this so-called “new normal,” and you need the proper devices to keep up. Luckily, HP has a device they think is perfect for the WFH grind.

The HP EliteBook x360 G7 is the latest addition to the company’s premium line of business laptops. This device features the latest generation of hardware and design to bring power, portability and ultra-mobility for worry-free productivity.

HP’s EliteBook x360 G7 comes with an optional 5G modem and built-in 4G LTE for continuous connectivity. Also, it sports the latest in Intel’s processors to provide all the power for your tasks. Furthermore, these devices come with almost 29 hours of battery life for all the long work hours.

Apart from the hardware, the EliteBook x360 G7 also comes with AI-enhanced noise reduction. Through this, all your video and audio calls will have reduced background noise. Also, these come with HP’s Sure Shutter, a physical camera shutter for enhanced security.

Pricing and availability for the HP EliteBook x360 G7 have yet to be announced.

SEE ALSO:
HP Spectre x360 13 (2020) review: An elegant convertible
How to build and manage your WFH or online class setup
8 apps to use when working from home

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