Microsoft has announced the availability of Surface Book 2 in new markets globally, including India. Both the 13-inch and 15-inch variants of Surface Book 2 will be available later this year, though an exact launch date has not been confirmed by the company. Meanwhile, Microsoft has sent out invites for a January 23 event in Gurugram, though it doesn’t look like the company plans to announce Surface Book 2 on this date.
There’s no word on India pricing either. Later this year, the device will also be unveiled in Bahrain, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 with 8th generation Intel Core processors was launched in October. The Surface Book 2 starts at $1499 (or approx Rs 97,461) for the base model, in the US. Microsoft Surface Book 2 packs Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or 1060 discrete graphics, depending upon which configuration you choose. Microsoft claims the Surface Book 2 is up to five times more powerful than the original and is twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 is claimed to last up to 17 hours on a single charge. It comes in two screen sizes – 13-inch and 15-inch. The 15-inch model weighs in at 1.9 kg and is heavier than the 13-inch variant. Since the Surface Book 2 has a unique detachable hinge design, it can used in tablet and stand mode. On the connectivity front, the Surface Book 2 comes with an array of connectivity options, including USB-A, USB-C, and full-size SD card reader.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 also supports Surface Pen with tilt and 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. The Surface Book 2 is capable of running games at 1080p and 60 FPS. The 15-inch model also supports built-in Xbox One wireless support, letting users easily pair gaming pad with no additional cords or dongles. It supports Windows Mixed Reality headsets as well.
Vivo V15 With 32-Megapixel Pop-Up Selfie Camera, Triple Rear Cameras Launched
Vivo V15 has arrived in the Indian market to join the already available V15 Pro in the Chinese smartphone maker’s high-end smartphone lineup. Vivo on Friday officially announced the launch of V15 in the country and stated that the phone will be listed for pre-orders starting next week. Vivo V15 was originally introduced in the South-East Asian markets earlier this month. The phone differs from the Vivo V15 Pro in a number of aspects, including the screen size, triple rear camera setup, battery size, and the overall dimensions.
Vivo V15 price in India, launch offers
Vivo V15 price in India has been set at Rs. 23,990 and the phone will be offered in Frozen Black, Glamour Red, and Royal Blue colours. Vivo is only offering one variant of the phone in the country with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage. According to the company, the Vivo V15 will be available for pre-orders starting Monday, March 25, whereas the actual availability will start April 1. The phone will be sold via Vivo India e-store, Amazon.in, Flipkart, Paytm Mall, Tata CLiQ, and all offline channels.
In terms of the launch offers, the Vivo V15 buyers will get free one-time screen replacement, up to 15 months no-cost EMI offers, extra exchange value of Rs. 2,000, Rs. 1,000 loyalty benefit over the exchange value, benefits worth Rs. 10,000 from Reliance Jio (including up to 3.3TB data and the Jio Vivo Cricket Offer), and a number of offers from different banks, including 5 percent cashback on SBI credit/ debit cards as well as on SBI credit card EMI transactions.
Vivo V15 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Vivo V15 sports a 6.53-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) InCell FullView Display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Additionally, the Vivo V15 runs Funtouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie. The phone is powered by octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM.
On the imaging front, the Vivo V15 packs a triple rear camera setup, which houses a 12-megapixel (dual-pixel) primary sensor with an f/1.78 lens, an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 lens, and a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 lens. On the front, the Vivo V15 comes with a pop-up selfie camera setup with a 32-megapixel sensor and an f/2.0 lens. There is 64GB of inbuilt storage on the smartphone, expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The phone features a gradient back panel and packs a 4,000mAh battery.
Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. A fingerprint sensor is seen on the back panel.
Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v5.0, Micro-USB (with OTG), GPS/ A-GPS, and 3.5mm headphone jack. The Vivo V15 measures 161.97×75.93×8.54mm and weighs 189.5 grams.
Opera Browser for Android Brings Free Inbuilt VPN With Unlimited, Log-Free Service
Opera 51 – the latest stable build of Opera’s mobile browser for Android – has arrived and it brings a very useful new feature in the form of an inbuilt VPN. The updated version of the Opera browser for Android offers a native VPN service that is free to use and does not come with any attached log management condition.
Additionally, there is no use limitation on the usage of Opera’s VPN in terms of duration or data consumption. The new build of Opera browser for Android (version 51) is now available to download for users across the globe.
Opera started testing a free inbuilt VPN in its mobile browser for Android back in February. The feature has now finally been promoted to the app’s stable version and is now available with Opera browser’s version 51. It appears that the updated build is available to download from Google Play in certain regions only, for now.
However, you can still try out the new feature by downloading the latest build from APKMirror.
As for the Opera browser’s native VPN, it allows users to choose between Europe, America, and Asia servers. There is also an option called ‘Optimal’ in the VPN settings that automatically selects the best network route depending on the location of users. It appears that enabling the VPN will deactivate Opera browser’s inbuilt data saving feature.
The app’s updated build also comes with the option to deactivate the VPN conditionally, allowing search engines to bring up the most relevant search results depending upon the location of users. Additionally, one can choose to automatically activate the VPN only when a private tab is opened. Opera browser’s inbuilt VPN is a log-free service, which means the information being relayed through the virtual IP and network servers is not collected when users are linked to a public network.
Amazon Kindle (10th Gen) With Inbuilt Front Light Launched
A new Amazon Kindle ebook reader has been launched in India. Called the Kindle (10th Gen), this device has a 6-inch display with a built-in front light. The Kindle (10th Gen) is priced at Rs. 7,999. It’s up for pre-orders on Amazon India right now and starts shipping from April 10, 2019. This puts it squarely in between the cheapest Kindle (8th Gen) and the Kindle Paperwhite (10th Gen). The most affordable Kindle costs Rs. 5,999 and it does not have a front light, whereas the Kindle Paperwhite is priced at Rs. 12,999. That means you can’t read books on the device when it’s dark. The new device appears to be an upgraded variant of the cheapest Kindle.
The Kindle (10th Gen) features 4GB storage and supports Wi-Fi connectivity. Of course, you can adjust the brightness of this Kindle too. When reading in well-lit areas we prefer to set the Kindle’s brightness to zero, which effectively switches off the front light. The Kindle (10th Gen) promises a battery life of up to a month on a single charge, which is one of the best features of all Kindle ebook readers.
Available in two colour variants — Black and White — the Kindle (10th Gen) is up for pre-orders now. This device is not waterproof, which is to be expected at this price point. The Kindle (10th Gen) weighs 174g and a 6-inch display with a resolution of 167 pixels per inch. This is lower than the 300ppi display seen on the Kindle Paperwhite. It also features integration with the Amazon-owned book database website Goodreads, which offers book recommendations based on your taste and allows you to check community reviews for your favourite books.
Apart from that it has all standard Kindle features such as Whispersync (sync your progress across Kindle devices and apps), X-Ray (more information on important things in the book), and Smart Lookup (quickly check word meanings and look up Wikipedia).