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HP Spectre x360, EliteBook x360 Convertible Lineups Refreshed

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HP has launched a lineup of new products in its Spectre and EliteBook families with an upgraded design, performance, and security features. The company has unveiled the new HP Spectre x360 13 and HP Spectre x360 15 in the HP Spectre Folio and HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5 in the HP Elite Portfolio. Additionally, HP has also released a new HP EliteDisplay E243d Docking Monitor and HP USB Fingerprint Mouse. The company is touting world-class features in the updated lineups as they new models come with upgraded hardware. Some of those products will be available starting this month.

The new HP Spectre lineup is equipped with new security features, such as a camera kill switch that allows the user to turn off the webcam when not in use. The 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch models come equipped with optional HP Sure View, an integrated privacy screen for public places. The HP Spectre x360 ? 131,000 13 that is claimed to deliver “the world’s longest battery life in a quad-core convertible and gigabit-class 4G LTE.” It promises a battery life of up to 22.5 hours. The Spectre x360 13 is powered by the 8th generation Intel Core i7-8565U processor. It comes with up to 16GB of RAM, 256GB/ 512GB M.2 SSD options.

The HP Spectre x360 13 sports a 13.3-inch display with up to 4K resolution. For graphics, it comes with Intel UHD Graphics 620. Ports include Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C 3.1, and more. Other connectivity options include optional 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, and more. It also has an IR camera for Windows Hello. It measures 13.6mm in thickness and weighs 1.26kg.
HP Spectre x360 13


The HP Spectre x360 15, on the other hand, comes with only a 16GB RAM option. It is also powered by the same Intel Core i7-8565U processor and comes with 256GB/ 512GB M.2 SSD options. It features a 15.6-inch 4K display and for graphics, it has Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with Max Q design. It has the same ports as the smaller variant, but also includes an HDMI 2.0 port. It measures 19.45mm in thickness and weighs 2.08kgs.

HP Spectre x360 15

In terms of availability and pricing, the HP Spectre x360 13 will start shipping in November and the prices start at $1,149.99 (roughly Rs. 84,200). Meanwhile, the HP Spectre x360 15 is expected to be available in November as well, for a starting price of $1,389.99 (roughly Rs. 1,01,800).

Coming to the EliteBook x360 1040 G5, HP claims it to be the “world’s smallest and lightest 14-inch business convertible” and “world’s first business convertible with gigabit-class 4G LTE”. It sports a 14-inch display packed in a 13-inch unibody CNC aluminium chassis. It comes with an optional HP Outdoor Viewable Display with an anti-glare screen and up to 700-nit display. It is powered by the 8th generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors, comes with up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of storage. The laptop is claimed to to provide up 17 hours of battery life. The HP EliteBook x360 1040 is expected to be available at the end of October for a starting price of $1,499 (roughly Rs. 1,09,700).

HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5

As mentioned, HP has also launched the HP EliteDisplay E243d Docking Monitor as a new dock-and-monitor solution that comes with a single USB Type-A cable or single power-enabled USB Type-C cable for data and video, as well a pop-up privacy webcam. It will be available in December for a starting price of $329 (roughly Rs. 24,000). Additionally, the new HP USB Fingerprint Mouse is capable of enabling users to unlock their Windows 10 PC with a single touch, allowing for secure biometric authentication. It has been priced at $49 (roughly Rs. 3,600) and will also be available from December 2018.



Samsung Galaxy A80 With Rotating Camera, In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Launched

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Samsung Galaxy A80 was launched on Wednesday at an event in Thailand. It features a 48-megapixel primary camera. The Galaxy A80 also sports a full-HD+ Super AMOLED display and comes with Dolby Atmos audio integration. The Android Pie-based Samsung phone comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Of course, the biggest highlight of the Samsung Galaxy A80 is its rotating camera – the form factor helps in two ways, first, enabling a notchless display, and second, making the high resolution rear camera usable for selfies. The company is also touting the ‘intelligent battery’ that learns the user’s routine to optimise battery life, and also supports 25W ‘Super-Fast Charging’ tech. At the launch event, Samsung also revealed the availability of the Galaxy A70 it had unveiled last week. Read on for more details about the Samsung Galaxy A80 price, release date, specifications, and more.

Samsung Galaxy A80 price, release date

The Samsung Galaxy A80 price has been set at EUR 649 (roughly Rs. 50,500). The company added the smartphone will be available in Angel Gold, Ghost White, and Phantom Black colour variants, with the first two having pearlescent effects. The Samsung Galaxy A80 will go on sale from May 29, in markets across Asia, Australia, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Middle East, New Zealand, and Russia. We can expect the Samsung Galaxy A80 price in India to be along the same lines as Europe pricing, though for now, an India release date has not been specified.


At the launch event, Samsung also announced the availability of the Samsung Galaxy A70 that it had unveiled last week. It will go on sale from April 26, in Black, Blue, Coral, and White colour variants.

Samsung Galaxy A80 specifications

The dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy A80 runs Android 9.0 Pie with the company’s One UI on top. It sports a 6.7-inch full-HD+ (1080×2400 pixels) Super AMOLED ‘New Infinity Display’ with a 20:9 aspect ratio and no notch. It is powered by the newly unveiled Snapdragon 730G SoC, an octa-core processor with two cores clocked at 2.2GHz and six cores clocked at 1.7GHz. This is coupled with 8GB of RAM. The smartphone sports an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Coming to the highlight of the smartphone, it’s rotating camera with a triple camera setup. It features a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, a secondary 8-megapixel camera with an ultra wide-angle lens (123-degrees), an f/2.2 aperture. There is also a 3D depth camera on board. An IR sensor rounds off the optics. As for selfies, when the user selects selfie mode, the three cameras automatically pop-up and rotate to the front. Other features on the Samsung Galaxy A80 include Super Steady video mode, Scene Optimizer with detection for 30 scenes, and Flaw Detection.

There is 128GB of inbuilt storage, which isn’t expandable via microSD card. The Samsung Galaxy A80 sports a 3,700mAh battery with 25W Super-Fast Charging support. It measures 165.2×76.5×9.3mm. Other features on the smartphone include Bixby, Samsung Pay, Samsung Health, and Samsung Knox. The company is also boasting of an Intelligent Performance Enhancer that uses AI for performance optimisation. The Bixby Routines feature looks to automate daily tasks by learning user patterns.

Finally, the Galaxy A80 also features Dolby Atmos technology for improved audio output with headphones or Bluetooth speakers.

Commenting on the launch, DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, said, “The Galaxy A Series provides a range of models so everyone can choose a device that fits their unique needs and enables them to pursue their passions. The Galaxy A80 offers premium features for digital natives who want to fully engage in the Era of Live.”

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Acer Nitro 7 Slim Gaming Laptop Launched, Nitro 5 Series for Casual Gamers Updated

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At Acer’s annual hardware event, the company has launched a bunch of new products, while refreshing some of its existing lineup. One of the new launches is the Acer Nitro 7 gaming laptop, which boasts of a metal design, a slim body measuring 19.9mm in thickness, and up to seven hours of battery life. The company has also refreshed its existing Nitro 5 gaming laptop, which now boasts of an 80 percent screen-to-body ratio thanks to the 7.18mm narrow display bezels.

Both the Acer laptops share many of the underlying technologies such as CoolBoost, which features a dual exhaust system for keeping temperatures down when gaming. The NitroSense software allows users to visualise component temperature, loading performance, power usage, and more on both series. The Nitro 7 and Nitro 5 also feature Killer Ethernet E2500 networking card and Acer’s Network Optimizer to prioritise gaming traffic and Waves MaxxAudio for better sound.

Acer Nitro 7 specifications, pricing and availability


The new Nitro 7 features a metal chassis that is less than 20mm in thickness, making it quite slim. It features a 15.6-inch display with 144Hz refresh rate and a 3ms response time. It’s powered by 9th generation Intel Core CPUs and the latest Nvidia GPUs, up to two NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 with up to 2TB of mechanical storage and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM.

The Acer Nitro 7 is available now in the US, starting at $1,000 (roughly Rs. 69,500). It will also be available in China and EMEA regions starting May and June respectively.

Acer Nitro 5 specifications, pricing and availability

The Acer Nitro 5 is available with a full-HD IPS panel in either a 17.3-inch size with slim borders or a 15.6-inch display size. It too packs in the latest 9th generation Intel Core processors, latest Nvidia GPUs, up to two NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0, up to 32GB of RAM and Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2×2 MU-MIMO antennas.

The Acer Nitro 5 is available from April in the US for a starting price of $800 (roughly Rs. 55,650). It will also be available in China and EMEA regions from May 2019.

Finally, Acer also announced the Nitro Stream, which is a dedicated streaming PC with a built-in capture card for streaming PC and console games. Specifications include an 8th generation Intel Core i7 CPU, up to 32GB of RAM, 256SSD and a in-built capture card. The PC is also compact enough to be mounted at the back of a monitor using the VESA mount standard. Pricing details and availability aren’t mentioned as of now.

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Google Home Can Now Remotely Enable Do Not Disturb Mode on Phones

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Google has quietly rolled out a new feature and a behavioural change for the Google Assistant on Google Home smart speakers. Starting with the new feature, users can now activate the Do Not Disturb mode on their smartphone by just saying asking the Google Home speaker to do so via relevant voice command. As for the behavioural change, the Google Home no longer vocally recites every step it is performing that is part of a routine set by users. However, it is not clear when the aforesaid changes went live.

Android Police reports that the Google Home no longer recites every single step of a routine. Earlier, the Google Assistant would alert users about every step of a routine that was in progress. But now, individual steps in a pre-specified routine are not accompanied by a vocal cue every time a routine is executed. However, individual commands that need the Google Assistant to respond vocally as well as standalone actions will still be accompanied by a vocal response.

Moreover, another report from Android Police states that the Google Assistant will now enable the Do Not Disturb mode on a linked smartphone via relevant voice command. For example, users can ask the Google Home to “silence my phone” or “activate DND mode on my phone” to enable the Do Not Disturb mode.


But in case the Google account being used for the Google Home is linked to multiple smartphones, users will have to specify the device, on which they want to enable the DND mode. As per Google’s support page, users can also choose to activate DND mode on all devices in a network via voice command. However, it is not clear when the aforementioned changes went live, or if it is available to only a small set of users in certain regions.

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