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Samsung is working on a 65W charger

But with a twist

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Who doesn’t want fast charging? With charging technologies finally making some headway, tech makers are engaged in a free-for-all sprint on who can charge devices the fastest. The current leaders, OPPO and vivo, can already go up to 125 watts, charging a phone in no time at all. Brandishing their own devices, Samsung obviously wants to catch up. Spotted in Korea, Samsung is working on a 65W charger.

Dutch Samsung outlet GalaxyClub spotted the device passing through a South Korean certification agency. Though the filing does not state the charging rating, the model number holds clues to the device’s capabilities. The explicitly stated “Travel Adapter” carries the model number EP-TA865. Samsung’s standard 45W adapter has the model number EP-TA845.

Other than that, the filing does not reveal much about the upcoming device. If anything, a wall charger indicates a persistent focus to bring the best of wired charging, instead of going all-out on wireless charging.

If you’re hoping to grab one for your smartphone, you might be out of luck. Commenting on their own platform, renowned Samsung leaker Ice Universe confirms that the device will mainly power notebooks. The leaker cannot confirm if the charger will make its way to smartphones — specifically, the Galaxy S21 series — at this point.

Currently, Samsung has a full slate of devices lined up for the next six months. Recently, the company launched the Galaxy S20 FE, a lighter version of this year’s flagships. They are also gearing to release the Galaxy S21 series early next year.

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Acer launches the first Snapdragon 7c powered Chrome OS laptop

Can give up to 14 hours of battery life

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Most Chromebooks available right now are powered by an Intel processor. And every Chromebook is powered by Google’s Chrome OS. Now, this monopoly is about to break because Acer has launched a new laptop that’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c chipset.

The new Chromebook Spin 513 is powered by a Snapdragon 7c processor, which was launched alongside the Snapdragon 865. It includes an octa-core Kyro 468 CPU built on an 8nm process and integrated Adreno 618 GPU. It has 4GB RAM and 128GB storage.

The Snapdragon 7c is actually Qualcomm’s entry-level offering for laptop processors. But Qualcomm is confident that the loss in computing power is covered up by its exceptional battery life. And true as it holds, Acer says the Spin 513 can deliver up to 14 hours of battery life.

The Chromebook has LTE compatability, making it an excellent portable browsing machine. It has a 13.3-inch screen with Full HD resolution and Gorilla Glass protection. It weighs 1.2kg and has a backlit keyboard. On the ports front, it has two USB-C ports and a USB-A port.

Acer will sell the Chromebook Spin 513 (CP513-1H) from US$ 399 in North America, from February.There’s also an enterprise version available that’ll go for US$ 699. The Enterprise version has added security features for businesses.

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Acer launches 3 new TravelMate laptops for enterprise use

Comes with military-grade design

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Alongside a host of upgrades to its existing lineup, Acer announced three new laptops in the TravelMate series. TravelMate laptops are not available for retail purchase and can only be purchased by businesses or enterprises via the commercial channel.

Hence, these laptops are designed to keep purely work in mind and are supposed to be power houses. This includes TravelMate Spin P4, a convertible touchscreen notebook; TravelMate P4, a powerful machine with a traditional build; and TravelMate P2, a durable notebook with tonnes of ports.

The laptops are powered by 11th Gen Intel processor and Iris X graphics or NVIDIA GeForce MX350 dedicated GPU. They can sport up to 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and longer battery life. Acer claims the Spin P4 and P4 can last up to 15 hours on a single charge while the P2 clocks in 13. The former duo takes just an hour to charge the battery by 80 percent.

Being the fancier laptop, the Spin P4 gets Gorilla Glass protection and 360 hinge convertible design. The Spin P4 also gets MIL-STD-810G certification, which means it can endure rugged usage. The keyboard is spill proof and the corners are shock absorbent.

The Spin P4 and P4 are light weight and weigh around 1.5kg. The P2 is slightly heavy at 1.6kg. All three laptops support WiFi 6 and 4G LTE compatibility via an eSIM. On the port section, a Thunderbolt 4 port is included along with the standard selection of USB-C, USB 3.0, and more.

Lastly, the laptops are secured by the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 with an anti-tampering chip. Additionally, it has support for Windows Hello, built-in webcam covers, and a fingerprint reader for authentication.

Pricing and Availability

The TravelMate P2 (TMP214-53) will be available in North America in March 2021 starting at US$ 799.99; in EMEA in November starting at 759 EUR ; and in China in October, starting at CNY 4,999.

The TravelMate P4 (TMP414-51) will be available in North America in December starting at US$ 899.99; in EMEA in November starting at 899 EUR ; and in China in October, starting at CNY 5,999.

The TravelMate Spin P4 (TMP414RN-51) will be available in North America in December starting at USD 999.99; in EMEA in November starting at 999 EUR ; and in China in October, starting at CNY 6,999.

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ASUS announces new 11th Gen Intel-powered consumer laptops

Bringing power and creativity to the next generation

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ASUS 11th Gen

ASUS wants you to stay on top of your game, no matter what the situation is. Whether it’s working on your reports or simply creating your next masterpiece, they strive to give you devices to be incredible. Now, they’re offering you a new range of 11th Gen devices that just might help you reach greater heights.

Introducing the all-new ASUS ZenBook 13 and ASUS VivoBook S14, now with the latest 11th generation Intel processors. Both laptops not only come with the latest Intel processors, but will also come with the latest Intel Xe integrated graphics, as well. These new devices hope to bring more power to your professional or creative output.

The ASUS ZenBook 13 still has that 13.3-inch FHD NanoEdge display, giving you more space for your work. Meanwhile, the ASUS VivoBook S14 comes in four vibrant colors to add some style to your laptop. Select models for the VivoBook S14 will come with an NVIDIA MX350 graphics processor for efficient multitasking.

Further details will be revealed on October 23 with ASUS’ #BeIncredible kick-off launch.

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