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MSI launches new business & productivity laptops in the Philippines

Entering unfamiliar territory in response to a changing world

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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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Samsung is making the world’s first 90Hz laptop screens

Coming to a notebook near you

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Smartphone screens are getting better every year. However, though a significant chunk of commuters can now watch their favorite shows in buttery smooth 120Hz on the train, laptop users care still stuck with the same old screens. It’s time to show some love to laptops. Samsung is already moving towards this new direction, promising the world’s first 90Hz laptop screens.

According to a statement from CEO Joo Sun Choi, Samsung Display will start mass manufacturing the new laptop displays in March. The 14-inch, 90Hz OLED screens will eventually make their way to laptops can notebooks soon. The company will help laptop makers around the world reach a new standard this year.

Besides the world’s first 90Hz laptop screens, Samsung Display is also working one of the world’s first under-display cameras for a laptop. The upcoming device, currently called the Blade Bezel, features a brilliant edge-to-edge display and a disappearing camera.

With the world slowly acclimating to perpetually working from home, laptop display technology is taking drastic steps forward to keep everyone online and up to speed. In fact, last year saw a dramatic jump in laptop and PC sales in preparation for a telecommuting lifestyle. As the world waits for their turn on the vaccine waitlist, telecommuting won’t go away just yet.

SEE ALSO: Samsung teases laptop with under-display camera debut

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Report says MacBook Pro 2021 won’t have the Touch Bar

But MagSafe will make a comeback!

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Apple could be planning a major revamp of the MacBook Pro lineup, and it’s expected to go official in the third quarter of 2021. Interestingly, the redesign will include removing the Touch Bar and the return of the MagSafe charging port.

According to TF International Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, this will be the first major redesign of the MacBook Pro since 2016. Furthermore, it’ll have square-off sides like the iPhone 12, flatter top and bottom panels, and brighter screens.

It’ll be available in two sizes — 14-inch and 16-inch. And yes, they’ll feature Apple’s in-house processors that leverage Arm architecture. There will not be an Intel option, and Apple’s next-generation chipsets will power it. They’re expected to feature more cores and enhanced graphics.

At the end of November 2020, a MacBook Pro 16-inch with 12-core Apple M1X processor was tipped to be even more powerful than the M1 processor. Earlier that month, a MacBook Pro 14-ich model with Apple’s M1 processor was also tipped.

A report by TechRadar suggested that the 16-inch MacBook Pro model looks a bit slimmer. This could be due to the processor’s efficiency since it doesn’t need aggressive cooling like Intel-powered options.

Most importantly, though, Apple is going old-school and bringing some of the features we’ve always loved. The pill-shaped MagSafe charging connector could make a comeback, and physical function keys could replace the digital Touch Bar. Kuo has also hinted that Apple could provide ports generously to reduce dependence on dongles.

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ASUS unveils its new ZenBook Duo 14

Improved design, powerful internals, and a dynamic ScreenPad Plus

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ASUS continues to push the boundaries of its innovative products. Last year, they introduced the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14, a one-of-a-kind laptop which introduced the ScreenPad Plus. Essentially, you get a laptop with two screens that allow you to multitask and have more creative control. This year, the company is launching its latest iteration of the device, with some changes.

In terms of the overall design, the new ZenBook Duo 14 comes in a magnesium aluminum alloy chassis for a more sophisticated look. As soon as you open the laptop, it will still come with the patented ScreenPad Plus but with a hinge change. This time, the hinges that the ScreenPad Plus rest on are much stronger and incorporate ASUS’s ErgoLift in the process. As a result, this allows more airflow while you run strenous tasks like photo and video editing.

Also, the ScreenPad Plus’ UI gets an upgrade in terms of functionality with ScreenXpert 2.0. With this new Control Center, you can customize the flow of the applications on the second screen with ease. Apart from ASUS utilities and a dedicated Launcher, it also comes with a Control Panel that supports Adobe products like Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects. Basically, you have more tools and settings to tinker with, to your liking.

All of these comes with powerful hardware to suit the creative mind or the young professional. Inside, the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 sports up to an 11th generation Intel Core i7 CPU and 32GB of RAM. With up to 1TB of SSD storage, you can keep all your work files and projects up and running in no time. Also, you can opt to get the device with a dedicated NVIDIA MX450 GPU.

Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

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