Samsung Galaxy Book Pro series now official

Samsung’s best notebooks to date



Galaxy Book Pro

Samsung and its ever expanding Galaxy of devices are adding the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 to their portfolio.

This pair of notebooks holds features that make it seamless for Samsung Galaxy users to use their Galaxy smartphones and other Galaxy devices in tandem with each other.

A connected Galaxy

This connected Galaxy is possible thanks to Samsung’s close collaboration with Microsoft. This enables quick share and quick connect features also available in other notebooks. It’s made even more seamless among Galaxy devices.

Second screen lets users expand their display to a Galaxy tablet. Meanwhile, features like Link to Windows and Microsoft Your Phone lets users take calls, check notifications, access photos, messages, and run up to five apps on from their phone to their desktop. That’s about as close an integration as it’s going to get.

Galaxy Book Pro

This is similar to the Huawei Share feature which took inspiration from and leveled up the iOS to MacOS connection. Speaking of such features, there’s also Quick Share which mimics AirDrop and works as the name suggests. Quickly share files by dragging and dropping them from one device to another. You also have Samsung Notes which syncs all your notes across different Galaxy devices.

It doesn’t stop there. With Easy bluetooth connection, accessories like the Galaxy Buds Pro will also instantly pair with the Galaxy Book Pro series notebooks. It can also act as your Smart Home hub as SmartThings is integrated within the notebooks. This means you can control smart lights and appliances directly on the notebook. SmartThings Find will also work which will help you locate any connected Galaxy device should you happen to misplace it.

Built for modern, mobile needs

The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro series is also part of the whole Intel EVO program. This means it’s a laptop specifically built with the user in mind. It enables overall enhanced performance along with quality of life features like quick to wake, Windows Hello, and many more.

Speaking of mobile, these notebooks won’t break your back as you carry them around. The Galaxy Book Pro weighs at just 0.87kg while only being 11.2mm thin. Meanwhile, the heaviest Galaxy Book Pro 360 tips the scales at just 1.39kg.

Galaxy Book Pro

You can also choose to connect either via Wi-Fi as it is equipped with Wi-Fi 6, or rely on LTE or 5G should there be no Wi-Fi connection immediately available.

Naturally, these notebooks are powered by the latest 11th Gen Intel Core processors along with Intel Iris XE Graphics. This ensures the best level of Intel performance available today.

Video calling, creative needs

It also comes packed with Studio Mode. This lets you enjoy video call environments that help you look as you prefer wherever you are. Its built-in Intelligent Noise Cancelling, should only help bring audio clarity to the video conferencing reality we now all face.

If you’re feeling a little more creative, you can use the Screen Recorder and Samsung Studio Plus. These features aid in video production. They let you record yourself and your screen for quick tutorial videos that you can polish with built-in video editing tools.

Galaxy Book Pro

The Galaxy Book Pro 360 takes creativity even further with the inclusion of an S Pen that’s 2.5x thicker than the usual. This means it feels more like a pen so whether you’re jotting down notes or making art with the pre-installed Clip Studio Paint app, you should have no trouble using the S Pen.

Price and availability

Both the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 are available for pre-order starting April 28 and will be available for purchase starting May 14.

Consumers who pre-order between April 28 and May 13 are eligible for the following deals:

  • Future credit if ordered through Amazon (US$ 150)
  • Gift certificate through Best Buy (US$ 150)
  • US$150 eCertificate or free Galaxy Buds Pro through and Samsung Experience

Consumers who purchase Galaxy Book Pro at launch, between May 14 and May 30, are eligible for US$100 in future credit through Amazon, Best Buy, or, from wherever the purchase was made.

The Galaxy Book Pro which comes in Mystic Blue and Mystic Silver starts at US$ 999.99 for the 13″ model and US$ 1,099.99 for the 15″ model.

The Galaxy Book Pro 360 which comes in Mystic Navy and Mystic Bronze starts at US$ 1,199.99 for the 13″ model and US$ 1,299.99 for the 15″ model.


Honor launches new MagicBook series with Windows 11

Plus the new Honor Pad 7



The Windows 11 era is here. After years of living with Windows 10, the new update is coming to bring Windows users to a new generation. And, with the new update, we’ll also see a new generation of laptops and notebooks which will come with the operating system. Much like its rivals, Honor has debuted its upcoming MagicBook lineup with built-in Windows 11.

Honor MagicBook V 14

Starting off the new generation is the Honor MagicBook V 14. The first Honor notebook powered by Intel’s Evo platform, the MagicBook V 14 sports the 11th-generation Intel Core i7-11390H processor, GeForce MX450 GPU, up to 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and 512GB PCIe SSD of internal storage.

The notebook has a 14.2-inch LTPS touchscreen display and puts out images in 2520 x 1680 resolution. It also features a dual 5-megapixel camera. For power users, the laptop’s design has a dual pipe arrangement and dual heat fans.

The MagicBook V 14 will come in Blue Hour, Space Gray, and Mystic Silver. It retails for CNY 6,199.

Honor MagicBook 16/16 Pro

Though the MagicBook 16 has a similar design, the more premium notebook series packs in more hardware for hardier users. The notebook runs on a 144Hz display, the AMD Ryzen 5000 series, up to a GeForce RTX 3050 series, 16GB DDR4 of RAM, 512 PCIe NVMe SSD of internal storage.

The Honor MagicBook 16 series sells for CNY 6,499.

Honor Pad 7

Honor rounded out its latest products with a new tablet. Running on MagicUI 5.0, the Honor Pad 7 sports a 6nm processor, a 10.4-inch 90Hz screen, and four speakers.

It will sell for CNY 1,999.

SEE ALSO: Here’s how the Honor Magic3 shoots great photos

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Microsoft unveils the brand new Surface Laptop Studio

A mashup of the MacBook Pro and iPad Pro?




Simultaneously launched with the updated Surface Duo 2, Microsoft also announces an all-new product that would blow your minds off. The brand new Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is not your ordinary Surface or laptop for any matter. It’s more of a compact Surface Studio and also the successor to the Surface Book 3.

The most powerful Surface laptop yet

First and foremost, the specs are not kidding. You can choose between 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 H-Series quad-core processors and 16GB or 32GB of LPDDR4x memory. SSD storage options goes from 256GB all the way to 2TB. Unlike the current line of MacBook Pros, the SSD is user-swappable.

Not only you can jot down notes or do some scribbling, you can also be serious with your craft as it supports the Surface Slim Pen 2.

If you’re worrying about storage and charging, it can be stored beneath the laptop and charges magnetically — just like the Apple Pencil 2 in the newer iPads.

The popular Surface Dial that made its debut in the Surface Studio is also compatible especially if you’re used with that Surface-exclusive accessory.

It also has the speedy Wi-Fi 6 modem as well as Bluetooth 5.1 for less latency.

Software Goodies

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio runs the latest Windows 11 Home. It’s preloaded with Microsoft 365 apps and a 30-day trial of 365 Home. It also comes with the Xbox App and a one-month trial of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

For biometrics, the user can rely on Windows Hello face authentication system. It doesn’t have any fingerprint scanner though.

Pricing and Availability

Pre-orders for the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio starts today with a base price of US$ 1,599.99. It is expected to be shipped on October 5, 2021.

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realme Book officially launches in the Philippines

Does it look familiar?



realme Book

realme is truly being bold. After starting out with only smartphones, they have gradually expanded their portfolio. Now, they also have a laptop with the realme Book.

One look at its metal gray finish and its easy to make comparisons to Huawei’s MateBook line which drew inspiration from the MacBook line. But that’s a topic for another day. Let’s first look at what this thing is packing.

It’s powered by an 11th Gen Intel Core processor. It’s available in i3 and i5 variants. Each variant offers a different storage option: 256GB SSD storage for i3, and 512GB SSD storage for i5. For RAM, you get 8GB LPDDR4x. Sounds promising? It also has a 54Wh large battery with 65W Super-Fast Charge technology.

The display measures at 14″. It’s a 2K Full-Vision display which should be better than decent. For audio, it’s equipped with Stereo Sound by DTS (Powerful Bass Sound by HARMAN).

Price and availability

The realme Book i3 variant is available at PhP 37,990, while the i5 variant retails for PhP 47,990.

Members of the realme Squad can avail of the realme Book at PhP 8,000 OFF for the i3 (PhP 29,990) and PhP 6,000 OFF for the i5 (PhP 41,990) when they pre-order via the realme Official Store on Lazada starting September 24.

The realme Book will also be available in all Silicon Valley stores starting October 1, with freebies worth PhP 5,500 including a free one-year Microsoft Office 365 subscription, a realme laptop bag, and a mouse.


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