Asus has expanded its gaming-centric Republic of Gamers (ROG) range of laptops in India by launching as many as six new laptops in the line-up. The company has launched Asus ROG Strix G comprising of G531 and G731, ROG Strix Scar III and Hero III, ROG Zephyrus M GU502, ROG Zephyrus S GX531, and ROG Zephyrus S GX701.
Among the launched gaming laptops, the Zephyrus S series and Zephyrus M series are the most expensive ones costing as much as Rs 299,990. On the other hand, the most economical among the launched laptops start from Rs 59,990 for the ROG Strix G series which is available on Flipkart. The 17-inch G731 will be available at Rs 79,990 from mid-July.
The company says that the Zephyrus S series which comprises of the Zephyrus S GX531 and Zephyrus S GX701 are the slimmest gaming laptops in 15-inch and 17-inch categories. The GX531 is 15.35~16.15mm thick and comes with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q. On the other hand, the GX701 comes with up to 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU (Max-Q).
The Zephyrus S series laptops come with 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time and a factory calibrated Pantone colour certification. The laptops come with fully upgraded CPU has 6 cores and 12 threads. They also feature NVIDIA GeForce RTX-20 Series GPU that supports real-time ray tracking and AI calculation acceleration. The laptops also come with patented Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) cooling system that has dual high-performance 12V anti-dust cooling fans. There are 5 heat pipes and 4 heat sinks with vents.
Coming to ROG Zephyrus M GU502, the laptop comes powered by the latest Intel 9th gen processors paired with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti which clocks up to 2100MHz at max load in Turbo mode. The laptop also comes with ESS Sabre HiFi DAC with Hi-Res Audio certification that provides a broader dynamic range with less distortion in the sound. The Zephyrus M can be charged through its USB Type-C even with the help of a mobile power bank.
The ROG Strix Scar III features up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 which can reach up to 1540MHz speed at 115W in Turbo mode. In this, G531GW features RTX 2070, while G531GV comes with RTX 2060. The G531GU and Hero III come with GTX 1660Ti graphics card. The Strix Scar III and Hero III come with a 240Hz/3ms display. In terms of processor, Strix Scar III and Hero III are powered by 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9880H processor. This 8-core processor can clock as high as 4.1GHz with a single core. The price of these laptops starts from Rs 139,990.
Finally coming to ROG Strix G series which comprises of G531 and G731, these laptops offer 120Hz/3ms display and come with NVIDIA GeForce GTX-16 Series GPU. These are powered by 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H processor. This 6-core processor can clock as high as 4.5GHz on a single core. the laptops are also equipped with dedicated hotkeys that make accessing vital commands easy.
Fujifilm GFX 100 Medium-Format Mirrorless Camera With 100-Megapixel Sensor Launched
Earlier this May, Fujifilm finally took the wraps off its flagship medium-format camera, the GFX 100 and now, the company has officially launched it in India. The GFX 100 is a medium-format, mirrorless camera which boasts of a 100-megapixel sensor, in-body image stabilisation, 4K video recording and phase detection autofocus (PDAF). The camera is available in India at a price of Rs. 7,86,999.
The GFX 100 uses a full-sized body, which means you get a side and bottom hand grips, similar to Canon’s EOS-1DX II. This chunky camera body is quite a handful too, weighing in at roughly 1.36kg. You get a secondary shutter button and dial on the bottom right corner, for when you switch shooting orientations. The controls at the back look very similar to those on the Fujifilm X-T3 as there’s a similar, dual-hinged 3.2-inch touchscreen with a 2.36 million dot resolution. There’s a removable OLED EVF, with a crazy high 5.76-million dot resolution, similar to the Panasonic S1 and S1R. The Fujifilm GFX 100 body is also dust and weather resistant and is built using a magnesium alloy. The dials for shutter speed and ISO have been swapped for a LCD display, which shows you the appropriate dials based on the shooting mode you’re in.
The Fujifilm GFX 100 boasts of a brand-new 102-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and is powered by Fujifilm’s X-Processor 4 image processor. According to the company, this is the world’s first medium format camera to pack in this kind of sensor size, while still having PDAF and 5-axis in-body stabilisation. 4K video shooting is also supported, up to 30fps, or you can output 10-bit 4:2:2 uncompressed footage over HDMI. Other features include an ISO range of 100-12,800, support for 16-bit RAW files, a Type-C USB port, and two SD card slots with support for up to UHS-II speeds.
At the event, Fujifilm also unveiled the new Premista series of zoom lenses. The lenses are designed for large format sensors, such as the GFX 100, and are aimed for use in professional video productions. The Premista 28-100mm T2.9 will be available in August at a price of $38,800 (roughy Rs. 26,58,537), while the Premista 80-250mm T2.9-3.5 will be available later this year for $39,800 (roughly Rs. 27,27,056).
“With the launch of GFX100, we have achieved a great milestone in our digital camera business,” said Haruto Iwata, Managing Director, Fujifilm India, in a statement. “I am optimistic that the launch will further enhance our presence in India and we will continue introducing cameras that deliver an unparalleled standard of optical brilliance that is sure to delight a photographer’s fantasy.”
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Will Come With an ECG Monitor: Report
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, which is the company’s unannounced successor to the Galaxy Watch Active, will indeed be launching with an electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor feature for heart rate tracking, if an online report is to be believed. According to leaks and rumours, the upcoming Galaxy Watch Active 2 is expected to be announced next month alongside the Galaxy Note 10 smartphones. Additionally, it is being reported the new ECG feature won’t be functional right away, and it will be enabled through a software update next year.
According to a report by Wareable, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 codenamed “Renaissance” will be launching in three variants — an LTE model, a Bluetooth-only model, and an Under Armour-branded Bluetooth version. All models of the watch will be compatible with both Android and iOS, though the LTE functionality will only work with Android phones at launch. Sizes on offer will be 40mm and 44mm, which is the exact same sizing used on the Apple Watch Series 4.
Regarding the ECG reader, the report confirms that the upcoming Galaxy Watch Active 2 will indeed have it, but as Samsung is still waiting on the FDA approval, the feature won’t be available until sometime in the first half of 2020. There will be some heart rate features that the South Korean tech giant might reveal on stage, but the ECG monitor heart tracking will only work after a software update is rolled out next year.
A few days ago, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 was leaked in all its glory. Additionally, the August 5 date on the leaked watch face suggests that the new watch could be unveiled by Samsung two days before the launch of the Galaxy Note 10 smartphones. Guess, we’ll find out next month.
I have never holidayed alone: Adah Sharma
Actress Adah Sharma who is playing the leading lady in the new web series “The Holiday”, says that she has never been on a solo trip because, for her, more than an exotic location, companionship is what matters when it comes to long-distance travel.
“I have never been on a solo trip. I guess that has happened because I started working at a very young age. I went to Goa along with my best friends from school after the board exam. Since then, I have been to numerous places but always travelled with friends,” Adah told IANS, when asked about her most memorable solo trip.
Recalling her first holiday, she said: “I have a vivid memory of a family trip to Hawaii. We had a stopover at Singapore and we went to a nature park. I was three-years-old then and in the park there were so many birds that I was happy to see!”
In the web series ‘The Holiday’, Adah essays a girl named Mehek, who is getting married. Before her big day, she has a a bachelorette party with three of her male childhood buddies. “The Holiday” also features Priyank Sharma and Ashim Gulati and the show is streaming on Zoom Studios’ YouTube channel.
Sharing how she found the concept different, the actress said: “Usually even in films, we get to see a either group of boys or a group of girls on a road trip. We have had films such as ‘Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara’ and ‘Veere Di Wedding’. But we don’t get to watch a story where boys and girls are just friends and chilling (together on a vacation).”
So, what is her favourite holiday destination?
“I do not have a favourite holiday destination because more than an exotic place, people around matter the most. At times, even a small place like Lonavala becomes fun if I am with my best friends. It is people who make my life, my trips, and my journey more interesting than exotic locations.” said Adah.