Lenovo at an event held in New Delhi announced the launch a new range of laptops in its Ideapad portfolio. The company touts that the all-new Ideapad 330S and Ideapad 530S laptops are designed to “meet the expectations of today’s smartphone power-users.” The new laptops are a part of company’s range of ultra-slim laptops and they claim to provide better mobility, performance, and battery life. Lenovo says that the ‘S’ in the lineup stands for ‘Slim’.
In terms of pricing, the Ideapad 530S starts at Rs. 67,990, while the Ideapad 330S is available starting at Rs. 35,990. Notably, the prices vary a little based on the configurations. The new Lenovo products can be purchased at the Lenovo Exclusive stores, as well as multi-brand stores such as Croma, Reliance Digital, and Ezone. The company also showcased the IdeaCentre all-in-one (AIO) 730S at the event, and it has been priced at Rs. 77,250.
The Ideapad 530S is a premium laptop in Lenovo’s ultra-slim portfolio. It is powered by the 8th generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor clocked up to 3.40GHz, paired with 8GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB M.2 PCI SSD storage. It runs Windows 10 Home. It sports a 14-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) IPS display with anti-glare.
Lenovo claims that the Ideapad 530S provides 8 hours of battery life and comes with a Rapid charge feature that provides 2 hours of usage with 15 minutes of charge. The laptop features Harman speakers with Dolby audio. Additionally, there is a fingerprint reader, backlit keyboard, Wi-Fi 2×2 AC, Bluetooth 4.1, USB Type-C and USB 3.0 ports, 4-in1 card reader, and for graphics, the options go up to dedicated 2GB Nvidia MX 150.
In terms of dimensions, the Ideapad 530S measures 32.3×22.6×1.64cm, and weighs just 1.49kg. It comes with a complete metallic finish and is available only in a Copper colour variant. The laptop comes with one year onsite and one-year international warranty. Buyers will also get 1-year free McAfee Live Safe support.
Coming to the Ideapad 330S, the laptop is powered by the latest 8th generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor clocked up to 4.00GHz, paired with 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB 7MM 5400RPM HDD. The laptop sports a 15.6 full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) IPS display and runs Windows 10 Home. It is also available in a 14-inch display model. For graphics, the laptop supports up to 4GB dedicated graphics.
Connectivity options in the Ideapad 330S include Wi-Fi 1×1 AC, Bluetooth 4.1, USB Type-C, USB 3.0, and 4-in-1 card reader. It comes with Dolby Audio as well. In terms of dimensions, the laptop measures 24.4×35.8×1.94cm and weighs 1.87 kgs. The laptop comes with a metallic finish on the top cover and is claimed to be 24 percent lighter compared to the traditional clamshells at the same price.
The Ideapad 330S promises up to 7 hours of battery life and it comes with a Rapid charge feature that provides 2 hours of usage with 15 minutes of charge. The laptop comes with one year onsite but there is no international warranty. Buyers will also get 1-year free McAfee Live Safe support. It is available in a Platinum Grey colour model.
Notably, the new Lenovo Ideapad portfolio is available with the Back To College offer where consumers can avail 2 years of additional warranty, 1 year of PremiumCare, 1 year of Accidental Damage Protection along with gift vouchers at breakthrough prices.
Lastly, the Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 730S is powered by the 8th generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor clocked up to 4.00GHz, paired with 16GB DDR4 RAM and 2TB (2.5-inch) 5400 RPM HDD or 128GB M.2 SSD. Additionally, there is an external USB DVD RAMBO optical drive as well. It sports a 23.8-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) display with anti-glare and runs Windows 10 Home. For graphics, the AIO supports up to 2GB dedicated graphics.
Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 730S
Connectivity options in the IdeaCentre AIO 730S include Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, USB Type-C USB, 3-in-1 card reader, and HDMI in/out port. It comes with a Fabric deco speaker bar. In terms of dimension, the AIO measures 541.6×429.64×44.05mm and weighs 4.82 kg. It comes along with a wireless mouse and a wireless keyboard. Also, it will be available in an Iron Grey colour model and will come with 3 years of onsite warranty.
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.