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Asus has launched its new Vivobook S laptop with up to seventh-generation Intel Core processor at a starting price of $699 in the US. The highlight feature of the new Asus laptop is thin bezels on the display, described as NanoEdge by the company.


NanoEdge bezel provides the laptop with an impressive 80-percent screen-to-body ratio. With the use of this display, the Asus Vivobook S is able to fit a full-size 15.6-inch display into a 14-inch laptop frame, the company says on its website.

The new portable from Asus Vivobook series runs on Windows 10, features a 15.6-inch Wideview colour rich display with full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution and viewing angle of up to 178-degrees. The laptop is available with up to Intel Core i7-7500U processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. The laptop is available with up to 1TB of HDD storage and a combo option of 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD as well.


The connectivity options on the new Asus Vivobook S include a fingerprint sensor, USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1), USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and HDMI. The new Vivobook S is just 0.7-inch thick and weighs around 1.6kg. It measures 14.2×9.6×0.7-inches and comes with a 42WHrs rated 3S1P, 3-cell Li-ion battery. Asus claims that the battery on the laptop can be charged up to 60 percent of its capacity in just 49 minutes.

The Asus Vivobook S laptop is already available for purchase and can be bought either from Asus’ own online store or through third-party retailers like Newegg in the US.


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Lenovo has launched the Moto M smartphone in two variants in the Indian market. The base variant, which has 32GB internal storage and 3GB of RAM, is priced at Rs. 15,999, while the model with 64GB built-in storage and 4GB RAM costs Rs. 17,999.

Both the Moto M variants will be available exclusively via Flipkart and will go on sale at 11:59pm on December 14. Lenovo is offering Rs. 1,000 discount on Citibank and Rs. 2,000 off on exchange of an old smartphone. Additionally, the company is providing a Rs. 1,000 discount on the Moto Pulse 2 headphones to Moto M buyers.

The Dual-SIM (Nano-SIM), Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-powered Moto M – the first Motorola smartphone with an all-metal body – has a 5.5-inch IPS display with 2.5D curved glass and full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution. The new Moto packs the 2.2GHz quad-core MediaTek Helio P15 processor under the hood. For storage expansion, Moto M users can slip microSD cards of up to 128GB capacity in the secondary SIM card slot.

On the imaging front, Moto M has a 16-megapixel rear camera with Phase-Detection Autofocus (PDAF), and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. The Moto M connectivity suite includes Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, 4G VoLTE (with support for Indian LTE bands), USB Type-C (USB 3.1), NFC, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Moto M’s battery is rated at 3050mAh and supports fast-charging; the smartphone measures 151.35×75.35×7.85mm and weighs 163 grams. Other key features of the new Moto M smartphone are fingerprint sensor and Dolby Atmos support.


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Lenovo has confirmed the launch of its 2-in-1 Yoga Book in India. The company has sent out media invites for an event on Tuesday where it will unveil its ‘thinnest’ laptop hybrid in the country. To recall, Lenovo unveiled the 2-in-1 Yoga Book earlier this year at IFA 2016. It was launched in both Android and Windows versions.

The Lenovo Yoga Book (Android) was priced at EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 37,300) and it runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow while the Yoga Book (Windows) was priced at EUR 599 (roughly Rs. 44,700) running Windows 10 Pro. As of now, the company has not clarified whether both versions will be available in the market.

Lenovo’s Yoga Book is a hybrid device and comes with a Halo Keyboard and a real-pen accessory. The Halo Keyboard is a full touchscreen backlit ‘slate-like’ keyboard which lacks any physical keys and comes with inbuilt artificial intelligence software which learn the user’s typing and navigation habits. The real-pen accessory on the other hand can draw on the halo keyboard just like a real pen. Lenovo at the global launch of the Yoga Book touted that the device was the world’s “thinnest and lightest” 2-in-1 laptop hybrid with 9.6mm thickness, and 690 grams weight.

For specifications, the Yoga Book features a 10.1-inch full-HD (1200×1920 pixels) display and is powered by quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor coupled with 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The device packs 64GB inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage up to 128GB via microSD card.
The device also supports single Nano-SIM and features Dolby Atmos. It sports an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera and a 2-megapixel fixed-focus camera. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, and Bluetooth 4.0. It packs 8500mAh battery.


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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge is available in all-new Blue Coral colour variant in South Korean starting Friday. The Blue Coral colour of course became popular with Samsung’s “now dead”Galaxy Note 7, which was the first smartphone sporting the colour.

The new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Blue Coral will be available via all major mobile carriers in South Korea. Meanwhile, a report claims that the Galaxy S7 Edge Blue Coral will go on sale in the US from November 18, though there’s no word on its India availability so far. Samsung had previously confirmed that the Galaxy S7 Edge Blue Coral will be available in selected markets. In addition to Blue Coral, the Galaxy S7 Edge is already available in Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, White Pearl, Silver Titanium, and Pink Gold colours.

The South Korean giant recently launched Android 7.0 Galaxy Beta Program for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. We expect the Android Nougat update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to roll out soon.

Apart from Galaxy S7 Edge Blue Coral, Samsung has also launched Gear S3 smartwatch in South Korea. As announced earlier, the Gear S3 will be rolled out to additional markets including Australia, Dubai, France, Germany, Singapore, UK, and US starting November 18.


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Samsung Electronics on Thursday reported an expected 30 percent profit plunge on the back of a highly damaging recall crisis that hammered the reputation of the world’s largest smartphone maker.

The third quarter earnings were announced just hours before the start of an annual shareholder meeting which was set to approve the latest step in a complex generational change of leadership at the family-run South Korean conglomerate.

Samsung said its operating profit for the July-September period stood at KRW 5.2 trillion ($4.6 billion or roughly Rs. 30,772 crores), compared with KRW 7.3 trillion a year ago.

The profit slump was in line with a revised earning estimate issued by Samsung two weeks earlier after it killed off its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone due to devices overheating and bursting into flames.

The decision to discontinue production of a model aimed at competing with arch-rival Apple’s iPhone was a devastating move for a company that prides itself on the quality production of cutting-edge technology.

Scrapping the Galaxy Note 7 saw earnings of the company’s core mobile business drop off a cliff, with the mobile division’s operating profit for the third quarter down almost 98 percent from the previous quarter at just KRW 100 billion.
Regaining confidence
In an earnings statement, Samsung said its mobile unit would focus on “expanding sales of new flagship products … as well as regaining consumers’ confidence.”

The impact of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle on the electronics giant’s brand name is still being calculated, with Samsung itself having predicted another $3 billion-plus in lost profits over the next two quarters.

“The mobile business hit bottom, but it should pull off a partial recovery in the fourth quarter where we will be looking for an operating profit of roughly KRW 2 trillion,” said Greg Roh, an analyst at HMC Investment Securities.

“But we’ll have to wait until the second quarter of next year for a full recovery with the launch of the Galaxy S8 smartphone in March,” Roh said.

“Samsung has lost consumer confidence, but I think it still has at least one more chance. Rather than rushing to release the next product, it should conduct a thorough inspection and explain the results of its investigation into the Galaxy Note 7,” he added.

As an illustration of the loss of prestige suffered by a company used to being treated as corporate royalty in South Korea, thousands of domestic Galaxy Note 7 customers are expected to join a class action lawsuit seeking compensation over the recall fiasco.

And one South Korean investment advisory firm went so far as to recommend shareholders vote on Thursday against the nomination to the Samsung Group board of vice chairman J.Y. Lee – the family-run firm’s heir apparent.

The crown prince
Lee is already vice chairman of Samsung Electronics and has gained influence since his father, Samsung patriarch Lee Kun-hee, suffered a heart attack and was hospitalised in 2014.

His elevation to the nine-member board is being seen as a coronation of sorts.

The founding Lee family controls the Samsung group companies, with interests that extend into financial services, hotels, biopharmaceuticals and fashion, through a complex network of cross ownership.

Samsung alone accounts for around 17 percent of South Korea’s GDP and the Galaxy Note 7 crisis has impacted the national economy, with the Bank of Korea adjusting its overall growth forecast.

Companies like Samsung are not used to dealing with public scrutiny, or indeed with uppity shareholders – but the handling of the Galaxy Note 7 recall placed its management style under a very harsh spotlight.

Despite the pall cast over the smartphone division, Samsung’s display and chip businesses – which supply screens and memory chips to TV makers and rival phone brands – held up well.

“In particular, demand for memory chips saw a remarkable increase, due mainly to high-density, high-performance mobile and server products,” the company said.

Operating profit in the semiconductor division stood at KRW 3.37 trillion in the third quarter, up 28 percent from the previous quarter.


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After stating that video game publishers can decide how they want to bring their games to Project Scorpio – Microsoft’s next iteration of the Xbox, the company itself will ensure its own games will be in native 4K resolution.

“Any games we’re making that we’re launching in the Scorpio time frame, we’re making sure they can natively render at 4K,” said Shannon Loftis, Microsoft Studios General Manager in conversation with USA Today.

This comes after it was confirmed that not all games playable on the PS4 Pro will have full 4K support.

While it’s but obvious that every PS4 game will run on the PS4 Pro, not all of them will reap the benefits of the system’s improved specifications. The same applies for games in the future – both announced or otherwise – though the chance of enhancements for the PS4 Pro is a lot higher versus games that are already out.

What’s also important is that not all games will have the same visual upgrades. Although 4K adoption appears to be faster than HD, it’s important to note that not all 4K TVs are the same. The kind of experience you get will depend on support for additional features such as high dynamic range (HDR).

All of this simply adds another level of complexity to the buying process. Earlier, buying a console assured you of uniform support and performance over a few years. But with Microsoft and Sony looking for inspiration in smartphones and PC gaming, the days of relatively care-free console purchasing seem to be over.

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Archos has added another tablet to its Oxygen series by announcing the 13.3-inch Archos 133 Oxygen tablet at IFA 2016. The tablet will be made available by the company in November and will be sold by company’s official website as well as its worldwide distribution channel at EUR 179.99 (roughly Rs. 13,400).

As you might have predicted, Archos 133 Oxygen is the largest tablet in the Oxygen series and packs a full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution IPS display. The tablet will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box.

The Archos 133 Oxygen is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core Rockchip RK3368 CPU, coupled with a PowerVR SGX6110 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The tablet sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. The device packs a 10000mAh battery and weighs around 1.17kg.

The 133 Oxygen comes with an inbuilt storage of 64GB, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). The company seems to be targeting families with the tablet as it said in its release, “Families can sit down and play games, watch movies, share pictures or surf the web together. It can also be put on display in the kitchen or the living room as a family organiser.”

In terms of connectivity, the tablet comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, Micro-HDMI port, Wi-fi, and Bluetooth.


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Xiaomi is hosting an event in China tomorrow, and it is widely expected to launch the Redmi 4 smartphone. The company has released teasers where two of its brand ambassadors are holding a smartphone, and has announced that ‘a new Redmi product’ is joining the family. In the meanwhile, a report is resurfacing speculation that the Redmi Note 4 may instead be launched at the event.

The teasers were released on the company’s forum confirming the previously tipped launch date of August 25. The Redmi 4 has been subjected to numerous leaks and it is expected to sport a full metal body. In the teaser, actress Liu Shishi is holding a metal device further attesting to it, while actor Wu Xiubo is seen holding a glowing smartphone.

The rumoured price of the Redmi 4 is at CNY 699 (roughly Rs. 7,000). It is pegged to feature a 5-inch display, and be powered by a 2GHz MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core processor or a 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor. It should be available in two memory/ storage variants – 2GB RAM/16GB storage and 3GBRAM/64GB storage.

Optics may include a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front camera. It is expected to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box, and sport a 4100mAh battery. The dimensions of 141.3×69.6×8.9mm, a 160-gram weight, and Gold and Silver colour variants. Connectivity options tipped include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac (2.4 and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS.
In the meanwhile, GizmoChina speculates the company may launch the Redmi Note 4 instead, a smartphone that was tipped to launch back at the company’s July 27 event, but never materialised. While earlier it was tipped to sport a Snapdragon 652 SoC, the latest rumours point to a MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core processor. Other rumours specifications include a 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels) full-HD IPS display; 3GB RAM, 32GB and 64GB inbuilt storage options with the option to expand storage via microSD slot. The camera on the Redmi Note 4 is said to be the same as the Redmi 4, and it is expected to feature a 4000mAh battery.

Xiaomi is also expected to launch the Mi Note 2 on September 2, and is expected to don a dual camera setup, dual-edge display, and 64GB and 128GB storage offerings. It is pegged to be priced at CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,000) and CNY 2,799 (approximately Rs. 28,000) respectively.

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Asus has unveiled a new ZenFone Go variant in Russia. The new Asus ZenFone Go (ZB450KL) has been priced at RUB 7990 (approximately Rs. 8,250) and is now available to buy in Russia. Unfortunately, there is no word when the handset is planned for availability in more markets.

Notably, the new Asus ZenFone Go (ZB450KL) is the successor to the ZenFone Go (ZB452KG), and comes with upgraded innards under the hood.

The ZenFone Go (ZB450KL) features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor coupled with Adreno 306 GPU. The handset comes with 1GB of RAM and packs 8GB of storage. It supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). The ZenFone Go (ZB450KL) comes with 3G and 4G connectivity options, with the latter supporting LTE Cat. 4 download speeds. It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and LED flash. There is 2-megapixel front camera also on board. It is backed by a 2070mAh battery. The handset runs ZenUI 2.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The ZenFone Go (ZB450KL) measures 136.5×66.7×11.2mm and weighs 135 grams. The launch was first reported by a Russian site.
To recall, Asus launched the ZenFone Go (ZB452KG) in India back in April priced at Rs. 5,299.

Earlier this month, Asus launched another variant of the ZenFone Selfie smartphone in India. Priced at Rs. 12,999, the new 3GB RAM and 16GB storage variant came with a new Diamond cut rear panel design.

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Research firm Strategy Analytics on Thursday said that Google’s mobile operating system Android captured 97 percent of the total smartphone market share in India in terms of shipments, to retain its top position during the second quarter of 2016.

“Android shipped 29.8 million smartphones in India in Q2 2016, growing an impressive 28 percent annually from 23.2 million units in Q2 2015. Android maintained first position across India with a record 97 percent OS share for the quarter, up from 90 percent a year ago,” Strategy Analytics’ Executive Director was quoted as saying in the release.

The total smartphone shipments in India grew 19 percent year-on-year to 30.7 million units from 25.8 million units in April-June last year, Strategy Analytics said in its release.

“Android dominates the India smartphone market and looks unbeatable right now, due to its deep portfolio of hardware partners, extensive distribution channels, and a wide range of low-cost apps like Gmail.”

Interestingly, in its release Strategy Analytics pointed out that Apple’s iOS shipments fell 35 percent year-on-year as the company shipped 0.8 million smartphones in India during April-June, compared with 1.2 million units a year ago in the same time period. The report seemingly contradicts Apple’s own figures revealed during its third quarter earning call last month, saying it had experienced 51 percent growth year-on-year in iPhone sales in India during the same period.

“Apple’s smartphone market share has halved from 4 percent to just 2 percent in India during the past year. Apple iOS will need to reduce iPhone pricing to cheaper levels, attract more operator subsidies and enlarge its retail presence through Apple stores or online channels if it wants to regrow significantly in the future,” Strategy Analytics’ Director Woody Oh was quoted as saying in the release.

If the numbers are any indication, Android has taken such a lead that it will be hard for Apple to gain any momentum without drastically reducing its product prices.


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