Dell has launced a new lineup of OptiPlex All-in-Ones (AIO) and OptiPlex Towers in India. On the 25th year of OptiPlex series, Dell at an event in New Delhi released a refreshed lineup that come in small form factors and 8th generation Intel processors. Earlier in April this year, the company had announced a plethora of updates to its professional PC lineup, with new versions of Dell Latitude, OptiPlex, Precision, and P-series workstations. However, the only the OptiPlex products have made it to India as of now. With the new lineup, Dell says the series features advances in smart design, productivity and sustainability, alongside being the “world’s most secure and manageable commercial PCs.” The new Dell OptiPlex range starts from Rs. 33,999 onwards and is customisable as per the configuration.
Commenting on the launch, Indrajit Belgundi, Director and General Manager, Client Solutions Group at Dell India said, “Desktops are leading form factors for businesses in India and Dell has been a consistent leader as indicated by IDC for All -in-ones in Q1 CY18. Dell identifies desk-workers as a major workforce persona – one that needs reliable, secure and innovative machines that respond to their business needs.” It is worth noting that since these are commercial products that come with various configurations in terms of storage, processor, graphics, etc, the prices vary accordingly. You can visit the Dell India site to select your customised configurations and place an order.
Getting to the products, first up is the Dell OptiPlex 7760 all-in-one (AIO) that sports a 27-inch InfinityEdge display with optional glare-free 4K Ultra HD with HDR and High-Gamut sRGB or full-HD IPS with touch display, next-generation discrete graphics and quad mic array with Waves Maxx technology. It promises t give a clear sound at distances up to 12 feet. Additionally, it offers 80 PLUS internal Power Supply Unit with optional 200W EPA Platinum and comes loaded with Intel Integrated HD Graphics 630 and an optional 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050.
Meanwhile, the OptiPlex 7460 AIO sports a 23.8-inch InfinityEdge display. It comes with an edge-to-edge full-HD IPS display technology and numerous port options. The AIO also offers a 2.5 inch 2TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Disk Drive, optional Intel Optane Memory of 16GB, and dual storage and RAID support. In addition, Dell is offering consumers with an optional 2.0-megapixel 1080p full-HD or Infrared Pop-up Webcam that supports Windows.
The OptiPlex 7760 and 7460 AIOs come with up to a hexa-core Intel Core i7-8000, 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, a 2.5-inch 1TB 7200rpm SATA HDD or M.2 2TB PCIe Class 40 SSD, and more. They support Windows 10/ Linux and connectivity options include Qualcomm QCA61x4A Dual-band 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 4.2, or Intel Wireless-AC 9560, dual-band 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 5. They individually feature one USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 port, one USB 3.1 Type A Gen 1 port with PowerShare, and four USB 3.1 ports. The OptiPlex 7760 panel measures 15.31×24.17×2.28-inch without the stand, and weighs 8.41kg for the non-touch variant and 8.63kg for the touch variant. Meanwhile, the OptiPlex 7460 panel measures 13.54×21.26×2.07-inch without the stand and weighs 6.04kg for the non-touch variant and 6.05kg for the touch variant.
Coming to the OptiPlex XE3 Tower, it is available in a small form factor, and is an “industrial-grade desktop with enterprise-class performance.” It is aimed at industries such as healthcare, retail and manufacturing, and also offers an OEM-ready design. Dell says the XE3 can operate in extreme temperatures and is resistant to shock and vibration, and is available with optional dust filters. It is packed with 8th-generation Intel Core processors and up to 64GB of RAM.
The OptiPlex XE3 comes with up to an Intel Core i7-8700 and 64GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, and graphics options include up to AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB, and Dual AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB. Storage options go up to 2.5-inch 2TB 5400rpm SATA HDD or M.2 1TB PCIe Class 40 SSD. The connectivity options in the device are the same as the AIOs. The tower measures 35×15.4×27.4cm and weighs 7.93kg, and the small form factor measures 29.0×9.26×29.2cm and weighs 5.26kg.
The OptiPlex 7060 and 5060 Towers, on the other hand, are micro desktops that come with the next-generation AMD, Integrated Intel HD, Dual AMD Radeon, Nvidia graphics options that can power up to three monitors simultaneously. It has a MIL-STD 810G tested form factor and lockable cable covers and chassis intrusion switch helps make work seamless and hassle-free.
The OptiPlex 7060 and 5060 come with up to an Intel Core i7-8700T processor, and graphics options go up to AMD Radeon RX 550, 4GB or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB or Dual AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB. They also come with up to 64GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM and up to 3.5-inch 2TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Disk Drive or M.2 1TB PCIe Class 40 SSD. The connectivity options are the same as that of the OptiPlex AIOs. Additionally, there are several ports in the devices. The towers measure 35×15.4×27.4cm and weigh 7.93kg, the small form factors measure 29.0×9.26×29.2cm and weigh 5.26kg, and the micros measure 18.2×3.6×17.8cm and weigh 1.18kg.
Finally, the OptiPlex 3060 is a compact business desktop. It is available in Tower, Small Form Factor, and Micro form factors and with multiple mounting options, this tool-less designed system offers up to 32GB RAM. It supports Dell Data Security and TPM 2.0 for security, alongside lockable cable covers and optional chassis intrusion switch.
The OptiPlex 3060 comes with up to Intel Core i5-8500T and up to 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM with 3.5-inch 2TB 7200rpm SATA HDD or M.2 1TB PCIe Class 40 SSD. Connectivity options include Qualcomm QCA9377 dual-band 1×1 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 4.1, Qualcomm QCA61x4A dual-band 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 4.2, or Intel Wireless-AC 9560, dual-band 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 5. The tower measures 35×15.4×27.4cm and weighs 7.93kg, the small form factor measures 29.0×9.26×29.2cm and weighs 5.26kg, and the micro model measures 18.2×3.6×17.8cm and weighs 1.18kg.
Xiaomi has been working on improvements for in-display fingerprint scanning
By Nancy Cohen
Fingerprint sensors—modern tools of convenience or awkwardly placed tools that are just plain difficult for instant use?
Aamir Siddiqui in XDA Developers is no stranger to the shortcomings in present-day in-display fingerprint scanners. He thinks they have “a long way to go before they can completely and perfectly replace the conventional fingerprint scanners,” but he foresees change.
“In-display fingerprint scanners are fast gaining popularity, and we are surely going to see a lot more of them in 2019. While the current generation in-display scanners may not be quicker or even more reliable than the conventional fingerprint scanners, future generations of this tech will continue to improve on these areas to provide a better experience.”
Better news does seem to be in the wings; The Verge’s Sam Byford, who covers Asia happenings, reported on in-display fingerprint sensors being worked on by Xiaomi.
The news revolves around a new type of in-display fingerprint scanner technology which has been confirmed by Xiaomi President and co-founder, Lin Bin. GSMArena similarly described a “next gen under display fingerprint scanner.”
The new sensor will solve one big issue, and that is being unable to unlock the phone without having to look at the screen. User to fingerprint sensor: Hey, you’re reading one tiny tiny area of my screen. Just.
“This means you have to be very specific about where you tap your finger, and makes it almost impossible to unlock your phone without looking at the display,” wrote Hadlee Simons in Android Authority.
Byford reported on a video demonstrating a prototype phone with a new fingerprint sensor that has an active area of 25 x 50mm. Translation: users could unlock it more easily by tapping, Byford said, “within a much larger region than the thumbprint-sized scanners found on several phones released last year.”
Siddiqui similarly noted that “Xiaomi claims that you can unlock the phone without looking at the screen now, which shows off their confidence in the larger recognition area.”
Bam-boom. “You can set up your finger with only one tap and then unlock the locked screen with pressing pretty much everywhere,” said GSMArena. Since the active authentication area is 25mm x 50.2mm, said Simons in Android Authority, “it’s an exponentially bigger area than that found on commercially available in-display fingerprint sensors right now.”
GSMArena added, “According to Lin Bin, the unlocking area is 50 mm by 25 mm, which is more than five times the UD area now and over 15 times the standard scanner on the back, used by Xiaomi.”
On Friday, Ajaay Srinivasan, The Mobile Indian provided some background: “The news comes from a video posted on Bin’s Weibo account which revealed the latest implementation of the advanced in-display fingerprint scanning technology. The video reveals a Xiaomi prototype device feature a new fingerprint unlock sensor which spans for an area that measures at 50 x 25 mm.”
Dates? Byford said Xiamoi president Lin Bin did not mention when such a device would become a shipping product.
GSMArena noted what Bin had to say moving forward. If it has a “great reception among fans, the company will consider placing the scanner in future devices.”
If you have ever fumbled around trying to access your fingerprint scanner, you will appreciate this video, posted on January 15, showing Xiaomi’s improved access design where unlocking does not mean you are required to look at the screen.
Beyond the obvious advantage of being able to access the scanner more easily on the screen, there is another plus that was noticed by Sahil Kapoor in iGyaan: “Notably, the fingerprint sensor appears to be very fast and accurate.”
Xiaomi Mijia Laser Projector 4K With 150-Inch Virtual Screen Launched in China
Although ordinary projectors are still a popular option, laser projectors have been gaining prominence in the last couple of years. These projectors are designed differently, allowing for a shorter throw area and the ability to project even in a well-lit room. The latest laser projector to make the news comes from Chinese electronics company Xiaomi through its Mijia brand. The company has launched the Xiaomi Mijia Laser Projector 4K in China, priced at CNY 9,999 (approximately Rs. 1,05,000). As the name suggests, the projector sports a 4K resolution on its virtual 150-inch screen projection.
The new Xiaomi Mijia Laser Projector 4K is the successor to the previous Mijia Laser Projector, which was previously priced at CNY 9,999 but came with a full-HD resolution. The latest product keeps the price and virtual screen size the same, but bumps up the resolution to 4K (3840×2160 pixels).
For now, the product is available as a pre-sale offer, and can be booked for an advance payment of CNY 100 (approximately Rs. 1,050). As with other laser projectors, the Xiaomi Mijia Laser Projector 4K can be placed near a wall or projector screen, and directly project onto it from a short throw. This allows for easier placement as compared to traditional long-throw projectors, along with a virtual screen size of up to 150 inches.
The Xiaomi Mijia Laser Projector 4K comes with built-in speakers, three HDMI ports, one USB port, and sockets for audio and Ethernet cables. You also get smart connectivity with the MIUI TV interface and a remote to control the projector. Unlike the TV range, the projector is a part of the Mijia brand from Xiaomi.
Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Wireless Speaker with ‘Magic Button’ Launched in India
Wireless speakers come in all shapes, sizes and prices, but there has been a tendency for certain products and brands to stand out from the competition. One such popular brand has been Ultimate Ears (UE), the personal audio manufacturer owned by Swiss computer peripherals manufacturer Logitech. The Boom range from Ultimate Ears has been among its most popular lines, and the latest product from the line is the Ultimate Ears Boom 3. The new wireless speaker has been launched in India, priced at Rs. 15,995.
The Ultimate Ears Boom 3 is set to go on sale on Amazon India starting January 17. The product will be available in three colour options – Black, Blue, and Red. The speaker comes with an IP67 water resistance rating, which means that it is certified to survive significant exposure to water and dust, and can therefore be used safely outdoors. Interestingly, the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 floats in water, a feature that would appeal to a lot of buyers.
Another new feature on the UE Boom 3 is the ‘Magic Button’, which is said to make music control and playback easier. The speaker does retain the cylindrical design of its predecessors, although the styling has been refreshed. However, the familiar ‘plus’ and ‘minus’ physical volume buttons are still there. The USB port has also been repositioned to make charging the speaker a bit easier.
As the successor to the capable Ultimate Ears Boom 2, the UE Boom 3 was launched in August last year globally, and has taken a few months to see a launch in India. Interestingly, the UE Boom 2 is also still on sale for around Rs . 10,000.