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Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro announced as alternative to MacBook Pro

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Xiaomi announced their own line of Windows-powered laptops last year, but those models mainly target casual users who want something portable. This time around, the company wants to attract power users with the Mi Notebook Pro.

Before launching their new bezel-less flagship and a larger Mi 6, Xiaomi announced a new laptop that’ll battle the latest MacBook Pro from Apple (no surprise). We see the design of the Mi Notebook Pro as a hybrid between the MacBook and Surface Book with its minimalist industrial design.

It sits as a multimedia notebook with its 15.6-inch narrow-bezel display topped with Gorilla Glass 3. It’s powered by an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and 256GB NVMe SSD. It also comes with an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 as its dedicated graphics card.

The body is made out of magnesium alloy with a symmetrical cooling system, which allows double inbound and outbound air flow. The keyboard area has backlighting and is larger compared to the MacBook Pro’s (Xiaomi likes to compare during the presentation).

As for ports, the Mi Notebook Pro doesn’t lack any. It has two full-size USB 3.0, two USB-C, HDMI, and an SD card reader.

This premium notebook doesn’t come with a high price tag despite its premium features. The highest-end model with a Core i7 processor and 16GB memory is priced at CNY 6,999 (US$ 1075), while the lower 8GB memory model costs CNY 6,399 (US$ 980). A Core i5 variant with 8GB memory will also be available for CNY 5,569 (US$ 855).

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 improves on predecessor in every way

Computex 2018

ASUS ROG Phone gets everyone hyped, Memoji is a thing: Weekend Rewind

ASUS wows, as Lenovo disappoints

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. ROG Phone gets everyone buzzing

Even if you hid under a rock over the past week, you still might have heard all the noise that the ASUS ROG Phone made right before Computex 2018. This is a phone built with gamers in mind. The design is distinctly ROG with specs that match today’s top-of-the-line flagships. However, what sets it apart are the accessories available for purchase right when the device launches. These include a controller by GameVice, a desktop dock similar to what we’ve seen with Samsung DEX, and a TwinView dock that adds not only physical buttons but also another display.

2. Dual screen laptops are coming

Speaking of dual displays, ASUS wasn’t done making noise. They also also launched the ZenBook 15 Pro with the ScreenPad. Screen what now? Instead of the usual trackpad, ASUS put a display on its new ZenBook and it can do anything from being a second screen to enhancing the experience for certain apps.

It doesn’t end there. ASUS also showcased Project Precog — a laptop that completely takes away the physical keyboard and replaces it with another screen. Not to be outdone, Lenovo announced the Yoga Book Generation 2 which will also sport dual screens. Unfortunately, Lenovo’s next announcement was a dud.

3. Where’s the “all-screen” phone at, Lenovo?

People swooned as teasers of an “all-screen” Lenovo Z5 spread online but those swoons quickly turned into sighs as Lenovo revealed a Z5 that sports a notch. Lenovo took the “expectation versus reality” meme to heart. If you can get past the disappointment of not getting an all-screen phone, what you get with the Z5 is a midrange phone that promises AI-integration on its cameras.

4. Pixel 3 XL will look a lot like its predecessor

In yet another uninspiring smartphone design news, XDA Developers showed a leak of the Pixel 3 XL. The rear remains unchanged and you will be forgiven if you think this is the Pixel 2 XL. What’s different though is that it’s rumored to have two front-facing cameras that’s housed inside — can you guess? — yes, a notch.

5. Memoji, Dark Mode, and more awesome Apple-made OS things

Rounding up this week is a sort of encouraging news. While there was no hardware announcement at this year’s WWDC, we were peppered with a bunch of new features coming to iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

iOS 12 will now feature tongue tracking on Animojis and AR Emoji killer (if you think it was ever really alive) Memoji which is an Animoji version of yourself. The next macOS is called Mojave and it introduces a slew of new features including a Dark Mode, stacks for decluttering your desktop, and more. You can read about the 18 most notable WWDC updates here.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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Lenovo’s next Yoga Book will come with dual screens

A successor to the polarizing Yoga Book from 2016

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ASUS wasn’t the only one with a dual-screen laptop announcement during Computex 2018. Lenovo also teased its upcoming twin-display notebook, but did so discreetly during an Intel keynote.

Shortly after the announcement of Intel’s limited edition processor, Lenovo surprised the audience (and yours truly) by revealing the Yoga Book Generation 2. This is a successor to the original Yoga Book from 2016 which had a unique touch panel in place of a physical keyboard.

Not much was disclosed by Lenovo during the keynote, but the representative promised that it’ll launch later this year. And since it’s smaller and presumably less powerful than Project Precog, we can assume that this Yoga Book will be more affordable, too.

What crossed everyone’s mind, however, was how intuitive the touch keyboard will be. The first Yoga Book experienced mixed reviews with some praising the innovative input method, while others found it way too difficult to type with. Although we’ve become accustomed to touch typing on smartphones, the design doesn’t automatically translate to a user-friendly one on laptops.

Lenovo’s solution for this, according to the slide seen above, is to integrate artificial intelligence. This probably means predictive input from the computer side, as well as better haptic feedback so you know you’re pressing the right keys.

Could this be the direction all laptops are headed? Possibly so, but we’d like everyone to take this news with a grain of salt. After what happened to the disappointing Lenovo Z5 buildup, we wouldn’t get too excited just yet.

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ASUS announces the dual-screen, AI-powered Project Precog laptop

Knows where your hands are at all times

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Before, stuffing two separate screens into one laptop seemed like a farfetched dream. Now, that dream is finally a reality.

Fresh off a series of blockbuster announcements at Computex 2018, ASUS has revealed a new laptop concept that puts the premium on both AI and dual screens.

Despite launching as just a prototype, the ASUS Project Precog laptop is as real as it gets. Most notably, it features another screen set in place of a traditional keyboard. As such, it looks like two screens sandwiched together.

However, don’t be fooled. The laptop is anything but just a pair of screens.

Both screens boast of Intel’s new Movidius Myriad 2 visual processing unit, the world’s first always-on visual processor. With the new tech, the Project Precog automatically detects which screen you are currently using as an input device based on where your fingertips are.

Alternatively, the laptop can switch to stylus on the fly when it detects that you’re about to use a stylus pen.

Despite the always-on nature, Intel promises that both screens can power through a day easily.

As for form factor, the Project Precog functions similar to Lenovo’s well-known Yoga line. The laptop can fold and bend to accommodate various viewing angles — laptop, tent, book, or tablet.

Despite its unique form factor, the Project Precog isn’t even ASUS’ first foray into the dual-screen computing market. Along with the Precog, ASUS has also launched the ZenBook Pro UX580, a laptop that replaces the traditional touchpad with another screen.

Currently, ASUS has not revealed much of what powers the Project Precog under the hood. During their press conference at Computex, the company only unveiled and displayed a prototype unit without giving actual specs. However, more details should come out as ASUS brings this prototype into reality.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenBook S features a 4K display in a lightweight and military-grade body

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