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OnePlus 3 has almost everything you want in a smartphone, including a very attractive price

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You may not have heard of Chinese smartphone startup OnePlus, but don’t discount it — especially if you’re after a top-end phone for way less than Apple’s or Samsung’s $750 flagship.

Now on its third iteration, the OnePlus 3 could potentially be the flagship killer its makers have been hoping for since their initial release. At least from a technical standpoint, with all the impressive specs thrown at this model, it should be more powerful than any phone Apple or Samsung has built so far. 

And with a very attractive $399 price tag, it’s likely to appeal to a broader demographic.

The specs sheet reads like that of a current upmarket phone: 5.5-inch AMOLED display (albeit at 1080p resolution); home button doubling as a fingerprint reader; 16- and 8-megapixel rear and front cameras; Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip; 6GB of RAM to go along with 64GB of non-expandable flash storage; USB Type-C port with fast charging support for the 3,000mAh fixed battery (over 60 percent capacity from a 30-minute charge); and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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The front of the phone is identical to its predecessor, while the screen is covered in Gorilla Glass 4. The rear panel is made of aluminum, which comes in a gray or gold paint job, and is sleeker this time around. It should be easier to handle as well thanks to its more rounded design.

But perhaps the most encouraging news of all is that you won’t have to deal with OnePlus’ invite system nonsense this year. You can simply ignore the hype, and head to the company’s website to purchase the OnePlus 3 today. But if you’d rather see the hardware first before throwing money at it, you’ll be able to buy the phone offline at select locations in New York, Paris, London, Berlin, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Bangalore.

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Lenovo expands ThinkBook, ThinkVision lineup

Lenovo expands ThinkBook, ThinkVision lineup

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Lenovo has been rather busy recently updating their entire product portfolio. So this ThinkBook and ThinkVision refresh was absolutely inevitable and most definitely welcome.

We’re going to go through all the ThinkBooks and ThinkVisions real quick. Ready? Take a breath. Let’s go!

ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i

This was co-engineered with Intel and meets the requirements of the Intel Evo platform. That’s true across hardware specifications and key experience targets for device responsiveness, instant wake, battery life and fast charge.

It has a high resolution 13.3-inch display with a new 16:10 aspect ratio that offers 90% screen-to-body ratio with ultra-narrow bezels and is available with optional touch.

You’re also getting Thunderbolt 4 port and optional PCIe Gen 4 storage.

We’ll be going on virtual meetings for the foreseeable future. Taking that into account, the ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i features microphones that has three audio modes: private, shared, and environmental.

  • ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $829
  • ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 AMD is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $729.

ThinkBook 14s Yoga i

Need something flexible? Well, here you go. The popular Yoga form factor means this thing can bend and a different number of ways.

For performance, it’s powered by 11th Gen Intel Core processors. It also comes with the Lenovo Smart Pen to really help you let your creativity run wild.

It’s available in Mineral Grey with an Abyss Blue version added to the mix.

  • ThinkBook 14s Yoga is expected to be available from November 2020, starting at $879.

ThinkBook 14/15 Gen 2 i

If working smart is your think then it doesn’t get any smarter than this. It’s powered by 11th Gen Intel Core Processors (will also come in AMD variants) with flexible storage options: HDD + SSD or dual SSD.

Working remotely and need support? The service hot key helps users reach Lenovo support at the press of a button, automatically including device details such as serial number for a fast track support experience.

But here’s the kicker. It comes with ThinkBook wireless earbuds that can be stored within the laptop. The earbuds charge automatically when stored and connect to the laptop audio instantly when taken out. Double tapping toggles the mute function, and it has dual mics and environmental noise cancellation.

  • ThinkBook 15 Gen 2 i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $569.
  • ThinkBook 15p i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $939.
  • ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $569.
  • ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 is expected to be available from November 2020, starting at $699.
  • ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 is expected to be available from November 2020, starting at $699.
  • ThinkBook 15 Gen 2 AMD is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $549.
  • ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 AMD is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $549.

ThinkVision T27hv-20

This single cable USB-C Hub monitor is designed to to meet the collaboration requirements of a hybrid working model. The 27-inch display features a 1080p IR/RGB webcam, noise cancelling microphones and integrated speakers that help users conference with confidence

It has Smart Guard that blurs the screen the moment you look or move away or detects someone peeking over your shoulder. Meanwhile, Smart Energy will turn off the screen when it senses that you have moved away from your desk, saving power and protecting data.

  • ThinkVision T27hv-20 is expected to be available from December 2020, starting at $549.
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Lenovo launches ThinkPad X1 Nano, pre-order for ThinkPad X1 Fold

Two ThinkPads that deserve your attention

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If the Yoga lineup is any indication, it’s that Lenovo has never been shy about experimenting with form factors. They doubled up on that when they unveiled the ThinkPad X1 Fold at CES 2020. Now, they’re following it up with the ThinkPad X1 Nano.

Here’s a refresher on the ThinkPad X1 Fold in case you forgot what it was.

So yeah, it’s a PC but not exactly. Lenovo is calling it a new device category. It starts at US$ 2,499 and is now available for pre-order.

ThinkPad X1 Nano

The ThinkPad X1 Nano is being billed as the lightest ThinkPad ever. At less than 1kg, it’s hard to argue against that claim. It promises a complete laptop package all while being ultra freaking light.

It comes with up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and Intel Iris X graphics. That combo promises 20% faster office productivity and over 2x faster gaming plus streaming.

It has Thunderbolt 4 for fast, single cable connection to power, monitors, storage, as well as other external devices.

It’s the first ThinkPad to feature an updated suite of AI and biometric ThinkShield security features. These include new voice recognition and human presence detection.

It has a 13-inch Dolby Vision 2K display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. It has 100% sRGB for clarity and color accuracy. It also comes in touch display options.

This notebook also has four speakers with Dolby Atmos support for immersive sound. It also has four 360-degree microphones to ensure you are loud and clear during virtual meetings.

The ThinkPad X1 Nano starts at US$ 1,399. It is expected to be available Q4 of 2020.

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Honor Watch GS Pro now available with two new color options

It has 25-day battery life!

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Honor has aggressively launched new wearables to boost its ecosystem of products and there’s no stopping. The company announced the Watch GS Pro a few weeks ago, alongside the Honor Watch ES. The former is now up for purchase and comes along with two new color options dubbed — Camo Blue and Camo Grey Editions.

The Honor Watch GS is now available for purchase in France, UK, Germany, Italy, and Spain. It’s priced at €249.90 and can be ordered via Honor’s website. A limited time offer entitles you to a 20 percent discount on the total price if purchased before the end of September.

Coming to the watch, it has a 1.4-inch AMOLED display, a Kirin A1 chipset, GPS support, and multiple fitness modes. Most importantly, the watch’s body is designed for rough usage and features MIL-STD 810G-rated build. It can withstand shocks, high thermals, and repel water.

The Honor Watch GS Pro’s prime selling point is its 25-day battery life. Unlike the Apple Watch, Honor has focused on fitness and aims to deliver a consistent experience that doesn’t need you to be stuck to a charging wire.

The watch can be paired with Android or iOS and gets a host of fitness tracking systems. In the background, the heart rate scanner is always working and a SpO2 scanner is also included.

It’s preloaded with multi-skiing modes as well as provides outdoor information such as sunrise and sunset times, moon and tidal phases, and bad weather alerts. Further, you’ll get 100 workout modes, including 15 professional and 85 customized modes.

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