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HP Launches New Envy, ProBook Series Laptops, Unveils Reverb VR Headset

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HP has refreshed its lineup of Envy laptops with the 8th Gen Intel processors and 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen processors. The new computing machines coming out of HP’s stable include the HP Envy 13, HP Envy x360 13, HP Envy x360 15, and the HP Envy 17 laptop. Some key features of the new laptops include webcam killswitch and privacy screen among others. Additionally, HP has also launched the Reverb VR headset, which is claimed to provide a resolution equivalent of 9.3-megapixel per eye and a 114-degree field of view.

Starting with the new Envy laptops, HP has added five new models to the series which include both regular laptops and convertibles. The HP Envy 13 and the HP Envy flaunt a similar design with a metallic chassis and come with features such as webcam kill switch, fingerprint sensor, and privacy screen to prevent others from peeping on the screen content.

The Envy 13 and Envy 17 come equipped with a 3-way micro edge full-HD display with slim bezels, but one can choose the optional 4K panel for the smaller Envy 13 laptop. Both the laptops can be configured with up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with a peak clock speed of 4.6GHz (Turbo) and discrete Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics. The HP Envy 13 and the Envy 17 will be up for grabs from HP’s online store starting next month carrying a price tag of $899.99 (around Rs. 62,200). The larger HP Envy 17 will also be available from Best Buy in May.

 

As for the Envy x360 series convertibles, they borrow some of their features from the vanilla Envy lineup such as webcam kill switch, fingerprint sensor, privacy screen, Bang & Olufsen audio, and 3-sided micro-edge display. The Envy x360 13 offers a choice between full-HD and UHD screens, while the Envy x360 15 model bump up the resolution to 4K.

The Envy x360 13 can be configured with up to a 2nd gen AMD Ryzen 7 processor with maximum clock speed of 4GHz (Boost) paired with AMD Radeon Vega 10 graphics. The Envy x360 15 offers a choice between AMD and Intel processors – the Intel variant packs up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor ticking alongside the Nvidia GeForce MX250 with 4GB of graphics memory. On the other hand, the AMD variant can be configured with up to AMD Ryzen 7 processor paired with AMD Vega 10 graphics.

The Envy x360 13 will hit the shelves in April priced at $699.99 (around Rs. 48,400), while the HP Envy x360 15 models with Intel and AMD processors will be available from HP’s online store in the same month priced at $869.99 (around Rs. 60,100) and $799.99 (around Rs. 55,300) respectively. The Envy x60 15 convertibles will also be available from Best Buy in May.

HP has also launched two new laptops in the ProBook series powered by AMD processors – the ProBook 445R G6 and the ProBook 455R G, both of which pack a 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen processor and feature a MIL-STD certified metallic build with a 180-degree hinge. The new ProBook series laptops will hit the shelves in June, but there is no word on their pricing yet. The company has also lifted the covers from the ProDesk 405 G4 Desktop Mini that is powered by the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Pro processor with AMD Radeon Vega graphics and will go on sale in May priced at $499 (around Rs. 34,500).

The major highlight among HP’s latest products is the company’s new VR headset – the HP Reverb. HP’s wearable offering has support for the Windows Mixed Reality platform as well. The HP Reverb VR headset comes in two variants – the HP Reverb Professional Edition and the HP Reverb Consumer Edition priced at $649 (around Rs. 44,800) and $599 (around Rs. 41,400) respectively.

As for the specifications, HP’s VR headset features a lightweight design and packs two LCD displays with a resolution of 2160 x 2160 pixels per eye and 90Hz refresh rate. The HP Reverb has a 114-degree field of view and comes equipped with two front-facing cameras. Both the headsets will be available to purchase in April, but only in the US market. There is no word from HP if, or when, the Reverb VR headset will be launched in other markets.


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Redmi Y3 With 32-Megapixel Selfie Camera Launched in India

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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.

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Intel 9th Gen Core H-series processors announced, targeted towards gamers and creators

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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.

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Xiaomi’s Himo T1 Electric Bicycle Touts 120km Range With a Price Tag of Rs. 30,700

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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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