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Samsung’s new Exynos 9810 chipset brings ‘Face ID’ to the Galaxy S9

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The victories of Apple are finally catching up with Samsung. Announcements of the company’s new Exynos 9810 chip are whistling a familiar tune — one where Samsung seems to be mimicking the iPhone X’s most celebrated feature.

Every year, Samsung updates its in-house Exynos chips to catch up with the evolving standards of the industry. With the recent unveiling of the Snapdragon 845, Samsung has a lot of catching up to do, especially since Qualcomm is priming its processors for advanced features like augmented reality.

As with every year, the Exynos 9810 enjoys a bump in processing speed. The second-generation 10nm processor rocks an eight-core CPU; four of these cores can reach up to 2.9GHz (up from the 2.3GHz limit of the Exynos 8895). Samsung boasts that this boosts the chip’s performance by 40 percent.

Further, Samsung upgrades its phone security using a page from Apple’s playbook. After dabbling in iris scanning and 2D face recognition, the Exynos 9810 teases compatibility with “realistic face-tracking filters.”

As mentioned, Samsung tried face recognition before. But since it was only in 2D, it was easily hackable. The new feature will mitigate this and move closer to the standards set by Apple.

Likewise, the new chip also works on Samsung’s Portrait Mode and other multimedia features. With advanced image stabilization, the Exynos 9810 can record UHD videos up to 120fps. The chip can also record more accurate images with better color fidelity.

Samsung has already confirmed that the chip is in mass production. This gives it a comfortable time frame for the Galaxy S9’s launch early this year. Given that Asian countries are often a recipient of the Exynos models, expect the new features to arrive when the S9 lands.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 lands in Singapore

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Lenovo drops a full suite of smart devices

Everything from smartphones to robot vacuums

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There’s a bunch of launches after the long dead-silence during the lockdown and Lenovo is joining in by going ham on the new releases. Honestly, it feels like being back in school when every teacher seemed to coyly schedule all their project and exam due dates on the same god-forsaken day. Take it easy, guys. I’d love to have a cozy smart home and a tech upgrade but we all just need to get through this month’s rent first.

That aside, strap up, boys and girls because boy does Lenovo have a line-up for you. They’re coming in with new models for their smartphone line-up and a fresh new range of smart home devices for their summer campaign: The Lenovo Summer Sale.

Lenovo K5 Play and K5 Pro

The Lenovo K5 Play has a 5.7-in IPS LCD screen with a 720 x 1440 resolution.  The K5 Play is powered by a Snapdragon 430 Octa-core chipset with up to 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. It features a dual rear camera (13MP F/2.2 and 2MP) and an 8MP F/2.0 front camera.

As for the Lenovo K5 Pro counterpart, its IPS LCD measures 5.99-in with a 1080 x 2160 resolution. The K5 Pro has a Snapdragon 636 Octa-core chipset with up to 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It also features the same dual-camera set-up in the front and back (16MP and 5MP) with an added front camera flash.

The Lenovo K5 Play retails at PhP 3,990 and the K5 Pro retails at PhP 5,990.

Lenovo S5 Pro

The Lenovo S5 Pro has a 6.2-in IPS LCD screen with a 1080 x 2246 resolution. The S5 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 636 Octa-core coupled with Adreno 509 graphics card and up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB internal storage. The S5 Pro has two sets of cameras on both front and back. For the rear camera, it’s decked out with a 20MP F/2.6 and 12MP F/1.8 combo while the front has a 20MP F/2.2 and 8MP dual camera set-up. The S5 Pro has features like a rear-mounted fingerprint reader and an infrared camera face unlock for added security.

The Lenovo S5 Pro has a starting price of PhP 7,495.

For the first time ever in the Philippines, Lenovo is releasing several smart home devices designed to make any place feel more like home. Here are Lenovo’s newly launched Smart Home devices:

Lenovo Smart Tabs

Need a good line-up of smart tabs? Lenovo has a few to choose from: the Lenovo Smart Tab M8, M10 HD, and M10 FHD Plus. The tablets perform tasks through voice commands wherever you decide to set yours up and come with dual front-facing speakers and dual microphones powered by Dolby Atmos. There’s a Lenovo Smart Tab variant that comes with a built-in kickstand for ease of use at the price of PhP 4,990.

The Lenovo Smart Tab M8 has a price tag of PhP 8,490. The Smart Tab M10 HD costs PhP 9,990. And, The Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus costs PhP 13,990.

2-in-1 Laptop/Tablet hybrid

Lenovo is bringing nine new variants of the popular D330 2-in-1 device. The D330 can be used as either tablet or laptop with its slick hybrid design. It is powered by an Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processor and has the recent Windows 10 operating system.

Lenovo Robot Vacuum Cleaner T1, T1 Pro, E1

Robot Vacuum Cleaner T1

Done with doing the housework after weeks in the lockdown? Let these little guys do the sweeping for you. All variants come with an Automatic Dirt Disposal that spontaneously empties dust bins for quick and easy cleaning. They all can also be controlled and customized through both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

The Lenovo Robot Vacuum Cleaner T1 costs PhP 19,995; T1 Pro — PhP 24,995; and E1 — PhP 9,995.

If you think the line-up of new releases is over, you’d be just like me: wrong. Lenovo added new accessories to complement all the other gadgets they have available.

HE08 Neckband Headset, HD100 Wireless Headset, HT 28 TWS Buds

Lenovo’s HE08 Neckband Headset, HD 100 Wireless Headset, and HT28 TWS Buds can playback sound at farther ranges and transmit sound faster with its Bluetooth 5.0 support. Lenovo boasts its battery life with their HT28 TWS Buds lasting six hours of playtime. The buds are also waterproof so you can stay in to avoid catching the virus and sing to dramatic music in the shower.

Lenovo’s HE08 Neckband Headset is priced at PhP 1,495; HD 100 Wireless Headset — PhP 1,995; and HT28 TWS Buds — PhP 2,495.

Lenovo Smartwatch S2

The Smartwatch S2 can track motion speed, heart rate, sleep, and workouts with a customizable Sports Mode. It’s powered by the Nordic 5283 processor and is able to easily withstand day-to-day use with its zinc allow frame, tempered glass display, and 3ATM water resistance.

The Lenovo Smartwatch S2 costs PhP 2,995.

Lenovo 14,000mAh USB-C Laptop Powerbank

Designed with modern professionals in mind, Lenovo developed this powerbank to keep you uninterrupted while on-the-go. This portable powerhouse provides 48Wh battery life mobile workstations and has two integrated USB-A ports and one USB-C port.

The Lenovo 14,000mAh USB-C Laptop Powerbank is priced at PhP 4,995.

All the products listed above are available in Lenovo partner stores nationwide and online through the Lenovo Mobile Flagship Store on Lazada.

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Lenovo unveils new IdeaPad laptops for its Summer Sale

A laptop for anything you need, as we adjust to the new normal

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Lenovo is gearing up for a summer from the comfort of your home. As we prepare for a new normal, they want to provide devices that will bring the performance necessary to keep us going. Whether you’re studying, working from home, or a content creator, Lenovo has an IdeaPad waiting for you.

Flex for the best

As part of their Lenovo Summer Sale, they’re launching a new range of IdeaPad laptops suited for work and creativity. First up in the lineup is the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5, a 2-in-1 laptop bundled with the Digital Pen. This device fits best with creative professionals looking for more portability and power into one. You can get this device with either a 10th generation Intel processor, or an AMD Ryzen 4000 series processor.

The IdeaPad Flex 5 comes with a FHD touchscreen display that supports 10-point Multi-touch. Creators will enjoy bringing their art on a more digital platform without having to purchase separate hardware for them. When you’re not using it for illustrators, you can flex it all the way into a mini-theater set-up. You can enjoy all of these starting at PHP 42,995. For those who strictly need a work device, the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook is available starting at PHP 31,995.

Slim and ready for productivity

The second device on the lineup is the new Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5, suited for the modern professional. It also comes with your choice of a 10th-generation Intel processor or an AMD Ryzen 4000 series procesor inside and up to 16GB of RAM, as well. With these hardware inside, expect great performance when you’re focused on your day-to-day work tasks or school work. It even supports fast charging through a USB-C port to get you back on track when you run out of battery.

It also comes with its own camera shutter if you ever need some privacy while working. Also, apart from Fast Charging, you can even connect an external display through the USB-C port as it supports DisplayPort capabilities. Maximize your work peripherals thanks to a wide selection of ports and an SD card reader. You can get all of these starting at PhP 49,995. If you’re on a tight budget and in need of a school laptop, there’s the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 Chromebook for PhP 13,995.

If you’re planning to avail any of these between June 1-30, 2020, you will receive a bundle of cool gifts with your laptop. You will earn over PhP 20,000-worth of gifts such as a Herschel backpack, a Lenovo 65W Travel Adapater, and a subscription to Microsoft Office Home & Student.

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Lenovo unveils improved Yoga C & S Series laptops and bundles

Now AI-enhanced for better, smarter, and more portable performance

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Lenovo wants us to maximize our productivity even during these summer days. In order for us to do that, they’re bringing their updated range of 2-in-1 convertibles that won’t break the bank and provide great performance. These devices are perfect for those working from home, especially those with a more creative side.

First off, the company is launching their upgraded Yoga C series 2-in-1 laptops designed for the creative minds. These premium laptops now provide the latest hardware and performance fit for the (soon-to-be) on-the-go creative professionals. All models sport the latest 10th-generation Intel processors, with the Lenovo Yoga C940 coming with the Digital Pen. Enjoy a little bit of privacy with the webcam shutter, while having longer screen time for your work.

Next on the list is their improved Yoga S series of laptops, now with upgraded hardware to bolster performance. The Yoga S series of laptops also come with the 10th-generation Intel processors inside, along with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. Enjoy fantastic visuals with Dolby Vision + HDR powering the 13.3-inch FHD display for streaming videos and curating photos. This lineup of devices fits well for professionals looking for a solid and long lasting work laptop.

As part of the Lenovo Summer Sale, you will receive these fantastic gifts when you purchase of these laptops between June 1-30, 2020. Gifts include Herschel backpacks, a laptop power bank, the Lenovo Yoga mouse, a Lenovo B210 backpack, and the Lenovo Tab E7. You will also receive a subscription to Microsoft Office Home & Student with every purchase.

Below are the prices for the Lenovo Yoga C and S series laptops:

  • Lenovo Yoga C Series: C640 (starting at PhP 54,995), C740 (starting at PhP 59,995), C940 (starting at PhP 89,995)
  • Lenovo Yoga S Series: S730 (starting at PhP 54,995), S740 (starting at PhP 66,995), S940 (starting at PhP 119,995)

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