Asus announced the launch of the VivoBook X507 in India. The new VivoBook model will come in several variants with Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium, up to 6th generation Intel Core i3 processor options. All the variants are exclusively available for purchase through Paytm Mall, the company announced at the launch event held in New Delhi.
Incidentally, Paytm Mall has launched its connected PoS solution for retail stores, with an aim to aid shopkeepers to manage their offline and online customers. The company has established a strategic partnership with Asus India to implement the solution at Asus retail stores.
Similar to the exclusive partnership with Flipkart for smartphones, Asus has opened a brand store on Paytm Mall for its laptops. As of now, the VivoBook X507 lineup will be available on the store and the company may add more exclusive products soon. When it comes to pricing, the Asus VivoBook X507 price in India starts at Rs. 21,990. This price tag is meant for the laptop model that comes with Intel Celeron N4000 dual-core processor. The price of the VivoBook X507 variant with Intel Pentium N5000 quad-core processor costs Rs. 24,990. For the laptop mode with 6th generation Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB RAM, the price has been set at Rs. 27,990, while the 6GB RAM version is available at Rs. 31,990. Also, there are VivoBook X507 variants that come with Intel Core i3 and Nvidia GeForce MX110 GPU, and the price goes up to Rs. 38,990 for the 8GB RAM variant.
Coming to the other specifications, the VivoBook X507 sports a 15.6-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) or HD (1366×768 pixels) NanoEdge display. Asus has managed to restrict the weight of the laptop at 1.68kg. As mentioned, the device comes with processor options like Intel Core i3-6006U, Intel Pentium Silver N5000, and Intel Celeron N4000. It packs up to 8GB of RAM and comes with a 1TB HDD. Additionally, there is an empty M.2 SSD slot for 256GB/ 128GB SSD support.
Asus VivoBook X507 sports a fingerprint scanner on the touchpad.
The new Asus VivoBook X507 comes with fast charging support and can charge 60 percent of the battery in 49 minutes.It also features SuperBattery Technology that claims to makes the battery last for up to three times longer than regular laptops. Also, the laptop comes with a fingerprint sensor on the touchpad. Connectivity options in the laptop include, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, one USB 3.1 Type-A port, and two USB 2.0 ports. Notably, there is no USB Type-C port on the laptop.
Commenting on the partnership, Leon YU, Regional Head South Asia & India, Asus India, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Paytm Mall and launch the Vivobook X507 which we are confident with its incredible aesthetics and specs will perform well among the affordable range of laptops in the market.”
Coming back to Paytm Mall, its PoS solutions being launched in Asus and its partner stores, claims to provide a unified solution that enables brands to sell their products offline as well as online. The companies will now be able to manage their store inventory in the cloud with complete visibility on the availability, sales, pending orders, instant customer billing, create offers and exclusive promotions. Also, with Paytm Mall Digital Experience Zone, users can directly walk up to any store enabled with this zone and select an item of their choice and also get it delivered.
“In our country, up to 80 percent of offline retail stores do not have the necessary technology to manage their inventory and are not equipped to join the online commerce revolution. Our O2O model is deeply in sync with what the offline shopkeepers need and hence we are offering a unified solution, Paytm Mall PoS,” said Amit Sinha, COO, Paytm Mall.
Redmi Y3 With 32-Megapixel Selfie Camera Launched in India
Redmi Y3 has been launched in India, the latest model in the company’s selfie and youth-focused Redmi Y-series of smartphones. The Redmi Y3 has been launched alongside the Redmi 7 in India at an event in New Delhi. The highlights of the Redmi Y3 include its 32-megapixel selfie camera with EIS, its dual rear camera design, its Aura Prism gradient design, the Snapdragon 632 SoC, MIUI 10 based on Android Pie, and finally, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Read on for more details about the Redmi Y3 price in India, release date, launch offers, and specifications.
Redmi Y3 price in India, launch offers
The Redmi Y3 price in India starts at Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant, going up to Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant.
The new Xiaomi smartphone will be available in Bold Red, Elegant Blue, and Prime Black colour variants, and will go on sale from April 30 via Amazon India, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores. It will be made available via Mi Studio, Mi Stores, and preferred retail partners soon after.
Redmi Y3 launch offers include up to 1,120GB of 4G data from Airtel, as well as unlimited calling.
Redmi Y3 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi Y3 runs MIUI 10 based on Android 9.0 Pie. The smartphone sports a 6.26-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio, 2.5D glass, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 632 SoC coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM.
In terms of optics, the Redmi Y3 bears a dual rear camera setup featuring a 12-megapixel primary camera with an f/2.2 aperture and 1.25-micron pixel size, while the secondary camera has a 2-megapixel depth-sensing sensor. The rear setup features phase detection autofocus (PDAF), electronic image stabilisation (EIS), and a dual-LED flash module.
On the front, the Redmi Y3 bears a 32-megapixel selfie camera with EIS, auto HDR, and an AI portrait mode. The Redmi Y3 offers 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage, depending on the variant, expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB) with its own dedicated card slot.
Connectivity options on the Redmi Y3 include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It measures in at 158.65×76.43×8.47mm, and weighs 180 grams. Sensors on board include an IR blaster and rear fingerprint sensor. The company is also touting P2i hydrophobic coating. It sports a 4,000mAh battery.
Intel 9th Gen Core H-series processors announced, targeted towards gamers and creators
Intel has launched the 9th generation of its Core H-series processors globally. The company is targetting these processors towards gamers and creators. The company has stated that manufacturers like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and MSI over the next few days will be launching new laptops powered by the new 9th generation Core H-series processors.
These processors include new Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7 and the unlocked Intel Core i9-9980HK processors. These come paired with Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (Gig+) solution, which supports the latest Wi-Fi 6 for faster Wi-Fi speeds.
The company states that the new 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9980HK processor is the first processor to come with up to 5GHz Thermal Velocity Boost, 8 cores and 16 threads, and 16MB of Smart Cache. These processors also come with Intel’s Dynamic Tuning, which provides continuous performance optimisation for all types of laptops.
The new 9th Gen Intel Core mobile processors, according to the company will be able to deliver desktop level of gaming, even while the users are simultaneously streaming and recording heavy games like Total War: Warhammer II. For creators, the company states that the new processors are up to 54 per cent faster 4K video editing when compared to a three-year-old PC.
“Our new 9th Gen platform is designed to delight gamers, creators and performance users by giving them more of what they want. We are bringing desktop-caliber performance with up to 5 Ghz and 8 cores in a range of thinner systems and new level of connectivity with Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) so users can game or create where they want.” said, Fredrik Hamberger, general manager of the Premium and Gaming Laptop Segments at Intel.
Intel has also made additions to the 9th Gen Intel Core desktop processor family. These include the new Pentium Gold, Celeron, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 and Core i9 processors. This new lineup of desktop processors comes with up to 8 cores, 16 threads, 5 GHz maximum turbo frequency, 16 MB Intel Smart Cache and 40 platform PCIe lanes. It states that the new processors will be able to provide up to 47 per cent more FPS while playing games compared to the previous generation.
Xiaomi’s Himo T1 Electric Bicycle Touts 120km Range With a Price Tag of Rs. 30,700
Xiaomi is doubling down on its transportation offerings with the launch of the new Himo T1 electric bicycle, which can more accurately be described as an electric moped. Part of the company-backed Himo brand, the Himo T1 follows the launch of the company’s Himo V1 and Himo C20 folding e-bikes. The company has also introduced Mi Bicycle and Mi Electric Scooter in the past. The Himo T1 sports a simple design with 90mm wide tires, and includes features like one-button start, multi-function combination switch, and a digital display.
Listed on the company’s crowdfunding platform like other Himo e-bikes, Himo T1 carries a price-tag of CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 30,700) and will be shipped by Shanghai Ximo Electric Technology, which will also handle the after-sales support for the e-moped. It is expected to start shipping on June 4, 2019 in China. There is no word on whether the company plans to bring it to other markets.
As per the company listing, Xiaomi’s Himo T1 packs a li-ion battery with a total capacity of 14,000mAh with a nominal voltage of 48V, providing 14Ah/ 28Ah energy options. With the 14Ah option, the electric bicycle will be able to travel up to 60km, whereas the 28Ah option will last up to 120km.
Additionally, the company has included a front suspension fork, dual coilover rear suspension, hydraulic disc brake on the front, and drum brake on the rear. Xiaomi claims a dry braking distance of 4.5 metres. Further, the bike’s headlight is derived from the HIMO English Logo element and offers up to 18,000cd brightness. Like many mopeds, the Himo T1 also packs pedals but they are mostly present to make the bike legal as an electric bicycle.
There is no word on the top speed of the Himo T1. It weighs 53kg and measures 1515x665x1025mm. It will be released in three colours – Red, Gray, and White.
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