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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.



Vivo Y91 With Dual Rear Cameras, Dewdrop Notch Launched in India

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Vivo has launched a new smartphone in India called the Vivo Y91 which features a dual camera, a dewdrop notch, and an eye-catching gradient design on the rear panel.

The new smartphone from the Chinese company is priced at Rs. 10,990 and takes on similarly priced offerings from brands like Xiaomi and Realme. The Vivo Y91 is claimed to deliver a superior photography experience with its AI-backed dual-rear cameras at a budget price point.

Vivo Y91 price in India


The Vivo Y91 price in India has been set at Rs. 10,990 in India and is now available for sale from the official Vivo India e-shop, Amazon India, and Paytm Mall. It will also be made available via offline retail partners. On the Vivo India site, tt comes bundled with a free Bluetooth earphone. Vivo is also offering an exchange offer (only for old Vivo smartphones), no-cost EMI, and 15-day replacement with the purchase of the new smartphone. The company is also touting Vivo Y91 launch offers such as Jio benefits worth Rs. 4,000 along with 3TB data. Airtle subscribers on the other hand will get instant cashback of Rs. 2,000 and 240GB of data. An additional Rs. 500 off on exchange was also detailed.

Vivo Y91 specifications

The Vivo Y91 features a 6.22-inch Halo FullView display with an HD+ resolution (720×1520) and 88.6 percent screen-to-body ratio with a dewdrop notch on top and minimal side-bezels. The new Vivo smartphone is powered by the octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC paired with a PowerVR GE8320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. In the imaging department, the Vivo Y91 features a dual rear camera setup consisting of a 13-megapixel (f/2.2 aperture) primary sensor and 2-megapixel (f/2.4) secondary sensor for capturing depth information, while on the front, there is an 8-megapixel (f/1.8) camera to handle selfies.

The AI-backed cameras bring features such as smart beautification which detects attributes such as gender, skin tone, and external lighting to apply the requisite effects and deliver the best photos. Portrait mode, slow-motion capture and face unlock are also on the table, however, there is also fingerprint sensor on the back.

In the storage department, there is 32GB of inbuilt storage which can further be expanded via microSD card (up to 256GB).

The dual-SIM Vivo Y91 (Nano+Nano) has support for 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GLONASS, GPS, and Wi-Fi 2.4G, while a USB 2.0 port is there for charging and file transfer. The Vivo Y91 comes equipped with a 4,030mAh battery that is supported by a native smart power management system to conserve battery juice. The new smartphone tips the scale at 163.5 grams and measures 75.09 x 8.28 x 155.11mm. As for the color options, the Vivo Y91 comes in Ocean Blue and Starry Black shades with a gradient texture.

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Lenovo’s Yoga A940’s desktop reminds of Microsoft’s Surface Studio

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Lenovo has showcased a new Yoga A940 all-in-one desktop at the CES 2019 show in Las Vegas, and it clearly appears to be inspired from Microsoft’ giant Surface Studio desktop. Like the Microsoft all-in-one desktop, which aimed at creators and artists, the Yoga A940 is also focused on the same aspects.

The 27-inch 4K or QHD resolution IPS touchscreen display has a rotating hinge, which allows the display to tilt to 25-degrees drafting mode, and provides what Lenovo calls enough”flexibility and stability” for artists when drawing or sketching on the screen.

There’s also a Lenovo Precision Dial, similar to the Microsoft Surface Dial. The controller can be used by creators for “more precise selections and adjustments,” and there’s support for a digital pen as well.


The all-in-one desktop also has Lenovo’s Smart Assist AI-enabled features, a Dolby Vision-enabled 4K wide angle display and there are Dolby Atmos Speakers.

Insta360 updates their professional VR camera line with the Pro 2. Key new features include their Flowstate 9 axis stabilization, long range live monitoring with Farsight technology.

Coming to the dial, this can placed on either the left or right side of the Yoga A940, depending on user preference.

A user can scroll the dial to adjust features like brush stroke, tip size, opacity and flow rate on one hand. This Lenovo dial has been optimised for compatibility with popular applications like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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There’s also a Lenovo Precision Dial, similar to the Microsoft Surface Dial.

Lenovo’s new desktop will be powered with up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, AMD Radeon RX 560 discrete graphics.

The company is offering options of up to 32GB DDR4 RAM memory and up to 512GB PCIe SSD storage or there’s the option of going for 2TB SATA HDD storage.

The new Lenovo desktop will cost $2,349.99 and will be sold via the Lenovo US website and Best Buy starting April 2019. In comparison, the Microsoft Surface Studio costs nearly $3,999.

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Jabra Evolve 65t Wireless Earbuds With Up to 15-Hour Battery Life Launched

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Jabra has expanded its portfolio and launched the Evolve 65t in India. The wireless earbuds are touted to be the world’s first Unified Communications (UC) certified wireless earbuds, and they come with 4-microphone professional sound support. It offers up to 15 hours of battery life, and claims to block out background noise as well. The company says that these wireless earbuds are also the first to attain Skype for Business certification as well. The Jabra Evolve 65T supports Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri voice assistance, depending upon the operating system of the paired device.

The Jabra Evolve 65t is said to be available in India sometime this month, and be priced at Rs. 39,440. The earbuds work with two simultaneous devices at once – the smartphone and the laptop (via a separate Bluetooth adapter). It offers 5 hours battery life in single charge, and up to 15 hours battery life with the charging case. The earbuds take up to 2 hours to fully charge, the company claims. While it blocks surrounding noise, there’s also an option called HearThrough that allows for filtered ambient noise to pass through. The four microphones on board allow for high call quality with the frequency range from 100Hz to 10kHz, and the call and music experience can be customised in the Jabra Sound+ app for smartphone and Jabra Direct app for PCs and Laptops.

The Jabra Evolve 65t is IP55 certified which means that it can withstand low-pressure water jets from any direction. The company notes that you can use the right earbud on its own, while leaving the left earbud in the charging case. However, the left earbud cannot be used on its own. The ear tips come in three sizes – small, medium, and large, and connectivity options include Bluetooth v5.0 and wireless range of up to 10 metres. The Jabra Evolve 65t’s dimensions measure in at 27x30x22.5mm.


“With the Evolve range we have focused on empowering users to be productive at work. Whether your main place of work is a crowded, open office or a flexible environment, it is crucial that you have seamless connectivity and optimal concentration. With Evolve 65t, we now add a true wireless headset to the professional experience,” said Holger Reisinger, SVP Business Solutions at Jabra.

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