Dell’s XPS series of Windows laptop has always been one of the best general purpose laptops. Building on last year’s success of XPS13 and XPS15, Dell is making an XPS Laptop that is convertible to a tablet.
Unlike Microsoft Surface Book, the XPS 13 will have a 360-degree hinge that will allow the screen to be rotated. The screen is an infinity display that has appeared on last year’s laptops from the series.
XPS 13 that dell released in 2015 was a commercial success and it was praised by many for its strong battery life and edge to edge display, but now that Microsoft has raised the bar of what an innovative laptop looks like with Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, Dell is adding some other features to compete with it.
Windows Central first spotted the XPS 13 on Dell’s website. There were no other details about specification or pricing, but the images sure indicate that Dell won’t take away USB 3.0 Ports as Apple did with its MacBook Pro 2016.
We can also expect dual core Kaby Lake processors and a similar amount of RAM current XPS 13 from Dell.
Speaking of XPS, the company is also ready to launch the XPS 15 refresh which will feature a quad-core Intel Kaby Lake processor and Nvidia GTX 1050 with 4 GB of Video Buffer to give Dell some heavy ground in Laptop wars.
Considering the Laptop has been on the site, the company should showcase the laptop at CES 2017.
Microsoft’s Surface line of tablets has become the flagship tablet experience for Windows 10. In 2016, Microsoft updated the Microsoft Surface Book with a faster processor, improved graphics chip, and bigger battery, but there was no update in Microsoft Surface Tablet line as there is no modification since Surface 4 in 2015.
It appears that Surface tablets get some updates in 2017. Digitimes found a Chinese-language Economic Daily Report that says Microsoft is planning to release the fifth version of the tablet in the first quarter of 2017.
Apart from the release date, there were some other interesting details in the report too. The newer Surface will have an Ultra High Definition (3840X2160) display giving the tablet much better screen with almost 34% increase in PPI. The Surface 5 may also have a magnetic charging stylus to ink and draw on the device.
Microsoft is also changing device manufacturer, Pegatron, the company behind a number of manufactured products such as iPhone, will now be handling Surface production.
The Gigabyte GZ1DTi7 has a sixth generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and a 240 GB M.2 SSD for OS storage but it looks really weird.
Gigabytes has been in the PC Gaming industry for a while, and its Brix brand has been around too, and now, the company is ready to launch a new PC in the series, the BRIX-GZ1DTi7. Although the name of Compact PC is not an exciting one, the PC sure looks like an interesting piece of technology.
The Compact gaming PC has a PS3 Slim like body construction except for a bit weird with glowing LED lights and a green mesh on the top area. There is no sliding BluRay drive on the top, but the device looks a lot like a prop from a science fiction movie.
While the design is weird, it looks like Gigabyte has done a good job in the specs department. The Gigabyte GZ1DTi7 has a sixth generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and a 240 GB M.2 SSD for OS storage.
In the graphics department, Gigabyte will have two options for customers: Nvidia GeFource GTX 1070 or GTX 1080, both of which should be able to run AAA titles at 4K resolution. There is 1 TB of Hard Drive too.
1 USB Type-C with Support of Thunderbolt 3 or USB3.1
1 USB3.1 Type-A Slot
3 USB3.0 Type A Slot
While the specifications and connecitivitiy are impressive considering the size of SKUs, Aesthetics of the PC will still play an important role in dicideing if it is a good buy. Gigabyte explains the weird, Mountain Dew inspired design by the cooling mechanism, though; I wonder why PC OEMs are still digging on Mac Pros Trashcan-cylindrical design in 2016.
There are no talks about pricing on the product pages or from Gigabyte yet, but it won’t be long before we get the information from the company.
What do you think about the PC? Do you think the design is good or a bit too edgy to put it in the living room? Share with us in the comments below.
The listing is now taken offline, but it indicated that Asus C302CA has a 12.5″ touchscreen with FHD (1920×1280) resolution. Similar to Lenovo Yogabook, The screen can be flipped around the keyboard to use the Chromebook as a tablet.
The device runs off a 2.2 GHz Intel Core m3 processor, and it has a pretty unique port selection, at least. The Chromebook has two USB-C ports and a MicroSD slot for storage expansion. There will be no legacy USB 3.0 ports or full-size SD card reader either.
The unit listed by Newegg had 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of Flash internal storage for the cost of $499, but it is not yet clear if Asus will have other system configurations for the device.
Following are the full specifications of Asus C302CA:
Intel’s Core m3-6Y30 Processor (4M Cache, up to 2.2 GHz)
12.5″ Full HD (1920×1080) Touch Display with the brightness of 300 nits
4GB LPDDR3 RAM
64GB EMMC Internal Storage
11.97″ x 8.27″ x 0.54″ dimensions
2.65 lbs. weight
2 x USB3.1-Type C
1 x Headphone-out & Audio-in Combo Jack
MicroSD Card Slot
The Newegg listing has been removed, but considering the CES is just a few weeks ahead, there are good chances that Asus will showcase the device officially soon.
What do you think about the leaked Asus C302CA? Share with us in the comments below.
Reliance Retail’s LYF brand has been expanding its mobile range since the first 4G phone was launched by the company. Today, the company released a new phone, this time in its Future series. The phone is named LYF F1S, and its has been priced at Rs 10,099.
The phone is a dual sim affair, where both SIM cards are nano-sized. In the screen departments, the phone has a 5.2″ FHD (1920×1080) IPS display with a Corning Concore Glass 3 Display. Regarding pixel density, it is 423ppi. The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC, in which four cores are clocked at 1.4 GHz and remaining four are clocked at 1.8 GHz it will be coupled with an Adreno 510 GPU and 3 Gigs of RAM.
LYF F1S has a 16 Megapixel camera and a single LED flash, on the front, it has a 5 MP camera for selfies without optical image stabilization. Storage of the phone is 32 GB by default, but you can insert any microSD card up to (128GB). There is a catch, though, the SIM tray is hybrid, hence if you use an SD card, you won’t be able to use dual SIM setup.
Some other connectivity options include WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, USB Type-C port, FM radio, and GPS. The sensors include an ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, proximity sensor, and accelerometer.
The weight of the phone is 145 grams, and it measures at 148x73x7.7mm. The battery of the phone is 3000mAh, and LYF estimates talk time of 11.5 hours on 4G networks.
As of now, the phone will come with a 500 Rupee cashback in JioMoney. Effectively getting the price at Rs 9599 which is not a bad deal considering the competition and the specifications of the phone.
What do you thing about LYF F1S? Share with us in the comments below…
In case you missed it, Lenovo Yoga Book is a new typing, drawing and writing computer by the company. The laptop-tablet hybrid does not have any physical keyboard. Instead, the Yoga book comes with a virtual keyboard on a touch panel that you can even turn off to use the surface with a stylus to draw on the screen.
Initially, the Yoga Book was released in 2 variants, one with Windows 10 and another running Google Android. Now company’s Android and Chrome chief has confirmed to Laptop Magzine that the laptop will come with a Chrome OS version next year.
Yoga Book is unique because it is light weight, futuristic and practical at the same time. Just like other Yoga series laptops, you can flip the screen 360 degrees to use it as a tablet with its touch screen.
Now that Google has brought Android App Store to Chrome OS, it makes sense for OEMs to offer Chrome OS for devices sporting touch screens.
The Chrome OS will need some modifications to work with the surface. It is almost sure that Lenovo will keep most of Yoga Book’s pen-based features untouched.
There is no word yet if users will be able to install Chrome OS on their Yoga Book if they got one with Android or Windows 10, but I assume that it won’t happen.
Razer Blade Pro has a GTX 1080 GPU, Quad Core Processor, a Mechanical Processor and a 4K Display. Take a look at all that is new in Razer’s flagship laptop.
Recently, Gaming hardware manufacturer Razer overhauled its most popular Laptop with some seriously powerful specs, a thin profile, and a 4K touch Screen. The new laptop comes with a mechanical keyboard too.
The laptop is powered by a Core i7-6700HQ processor. As the 6000 series suggests, the i7 is based on last year’s Skylake architecture. While it is not the newest Quad Core, these are still the most powerful one available for sale.
The Laptop has a 17-inch 4K display that comes with G-Sync and 100% Adobe RGB coverage, surprisingly, Razer Pro’s screen is also Touch enabled.
Like its brothers, Blade Pro is a gaming Laptop and to power the 4K screen and run games, Razer has added a Nvidia GeFource GTX 1080. Mind you, its is a Desktop card, not a Laptop one, so you can expect pretty much high-end gaming desktop grade performance from this beast.
Blade Pro comes with 32 Gig of 2113 MHz DDR4 RAM and you can pick between 512 GB to 2 TB of M.2 Solid State Storage. The laptop also packs a Killer DoubleShot Pro network interface card and supports 802.11ac wireless to make sure the lowest possible latency.
While all these specs are impressive for a Laptop that is just as thick as a MacBook Pro, Razer Pro’s biggest trick up its sleeve is a mechanical keyboard.
While Razer is not the first one to cram a Mechanical Keyboard in a Laptop, this is certainly the best looking and most practical implementation yet. MSI Released GT80 two year ago with a Cherry MX Brown mechanical keyboard, but that thing was way too bulky.
If you are a PC gamer, I am sure that your mouth must be watering to get that piece of engineering on your hand, but there are some compromises too. While Razor Pro is slim, it still weights 7.8 pounds and as long the battery is, powering those specs on a 4K display is not going to be possible for a long time without plugging it into a wall adapter.
And Razer Blade Pro starts selling at $3700.
What do you think about Razer Pro? Share with others in the comments below and let me search for my piggy bank…
Can’t decide how much RAM your new Android Phone should have ? Don’t worry, just take a look at this guide and you will know how much RAM do you need.
RAM is a very important factor that decides how fast your smartphone can be. While having low RAM will always slow down your phone, having more than needed RAM doesn’t always result in more performance; and this is why it is really important for you to know how much RAM should be in your new smartphone.
If you don’t know what RAM is, let me simplify that for you, RAM (Random Access Memory) is a physical chip on your phone that stores all your running apps. With more RAM (also called memory), you will be able to run more apps simultaneously on your phone and switching between open apps will be faster and it will result in less reloading.
Almost all modern smartphones have 1GB to 4GB of RAM. In almost all cases, a more expensive phone will have more RAM as long as it is not an old model. So, to simplify your choosing, here is a straight forward guide to how much RAM do you need for your smartphone.
You should not be going with a phone with 512 MB of RAM. These phones are usually really old branded phones or too cheap Chinese phones. A Phone with RAM this low will not handle modern apps and games. A Phone with just 512 MB of RAM is also likely to come with older version of Android.
Who is 512 MB RAM good for? No one.
An Android phone or an iPhone with 1GB RAM should be enough to run most apps. Whereas iPhones are optimized to perform well with just 1GB of RAM, Android usually requires more memory to do multitasking properly.
A phone with 1 GB RAM should be able to run a couple of apps (more, in case of lightweight apps) simultaneously. However, if you are a mobile gamer, you should be looking at phones with more RAM. A lot of titles in play store do work, but you will be disappointed with performance if you install newer, heavier games.
The same can be said about web browsing, 1 GB RAM should be enough for you to use a few tabs on Google Chrome for android, however, as the number of tabs increase, you may find that phone reloads the tabs whenever you switch from one to another.
1 GB RAM is OK for a cheap secondary phone, but you should really avoid it if you are going to use phone for your daily driver.
Who is 1GB RAM Good for? People looking for a secondary phone, users with really tight budget.
You can think of an android phone with 2GB RAM to be a good budget device. A phone with 2GB of RAM is enough to handle a few open apps, run most games on play store and run latest releases of Android.
Still, it may suffer if you are tossing too many open apps at same time. As you install dozens of apps and games and open a handful of them, the performance will go down. If you are on a tight budget and don’t mind upgrading phone in every couple of years, 2GB should be OK for you, however, don’t expect an Android phone with 2GB RAM to be a performance monster.
Who is 2 GB RAM good for ? Users with low budget, users that don’t need to do too much multitasking on their phone.
With 3GB, we are now talking about performance without breaking the bank, a phone with 3GB RAM is enough to keep many apps open and even multitask when you are playing a game. With a Phone with this amount of RAM, you should be seeing much less app refreshing when you switch between them. Also, this amount of RAM will be enough to not need upgrading because of low RAM for a few more years in future.
You can find many budget android phones in market that come equipped with 3GB of RAM.
Who is 3GB RAM good for? For most moderate to heavy users, users who want to multitask without buying expensive flagship phones.
4 GB Android phones are usually flagship such as Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and LG G5. Phones with this much RAM are definitely expensive, but these offer the best performance. Usually people buy a $600 phone because of Camera and other features, not only because of RAM and so should you. 4GB of RAM will keep you covered in running any amount of apps on your phone, heavy and demanding Games and many open browser tabs.
A phone with 4GB RAM may be overkill if you don’t really use many apps and other flagship features of the phone.
Who is 4 GB RAM Good for? Users with really high multitasking needs and no restriction on budget.
More than 4 GB RAM
Just when 4 GB became a standerd for flagship phones, some makers have launched Android phones with 6 GB RAM.
You probably don’t need this amount of RAM, If the phone maker is not charging you a price premium for the phone, it won’t be the worst idea in the world to go with an Android Phone with this amount of memory.
Conclusion: Here is how much RAM you need in your Android Phone:
512 MB: Good for nobody
1GB: For secondary phones, For users with really tight budget
2 GB: Users looking for acceptable performance in low budget
3 GB: Good multitasking without breaking the bank
4 GB: Users who are into flagship market and want best performance
I hope that this guide helped you in choosing right amount of RAM for your Android Phone, if you have any questions, do drop a comment below.
Deciding how much RAM do you need for a laptop can be confusing, here is a quick guide to help you.
Shopping for a new laptop and can’t decide how much RAM do you need? Don’t worry, you are at right URL.
RAM is a very important factor that decides how fast your computer can be. While having low memory will always kill your laptop performance, having more than needed RAM doesn’t always results in more performance and this is why it is really important for you to know that how much RAM do you really need.
In case you have no idea what RAM is, RAM is a chip on your computer that stores all your running programs. With more memory, you will be able to run more apps simultaneously on your laptop.
Typically, in case of a Laptop, you can pick between 2GB to 32GB of RAM. To simplify your choosing, here is a straight forward guide to help you decide how much RAM do you need for your laptop.
In short: Don’t buy a Laptop with 1 GB RAM (or Gigabyte, for too innocent users )
With the new anniversary release of Windows 10, Microsoft has increased the memory requirements of Windows to 2 GB minimum for 32 Bit versions of Windows.
Meaning, you can’t run Windows 10 on a laptop with 1GB of RAM.
That leaves you to using the Laptop with older versions of Windows or some Linux Distros that are optimized for Low memory usage.
Also, 1 GB is too low to do any real work. Sure, you can run a recent web browser and use some common office apps but you wont really be able to multitask.
That being said, you should really ignore any PC, Laptop or Phone that has 1GB or Less RAM.
Some entry level cheap Windows Laptops and hybrids come with 2 GB of RAM.
Having 2 GB of RAM takes you to a laptop that you can really use of some moderate amount of work – As long as it relays on web browser and Microsoft Office or similor apps.
2 GB RAM in your laptop will give you room for entry level multitasking, you should be able to use a more than a few browser tab along with a couple of Office apps at a same time.
Keep in mind that bigger and demanding applications such as Photoshop and AAA titles wont really work. However, you should be able to do some lightweight gaming with 2 GB of RAM.
4 GB has been standard for last few years for mainstream laptops. A computer with 4 GB of RAM should be able to run most applications currently in market, however, your mileage may very from an app to another app.
When it comes to multitasking, a laptop with 4 GB RAM should be enough to keep you covered if you are a moderate user. For an example, I am currently writing this post on an Inspiron Laptop that Has 4 GB of RAM. At this moment, I am playing Music on Windows Media Player, I have launched Chrome with 6 Open tabs and I am downloading a (legal) torrent on qBitTorrent. Even with all these tasks running, the Laptop is fast enough and there is almost 40% RAM Idle.
Although, having 4 GB of RAM on your Laptop will be sufficient to do all the above work, if you are a gamer, you should considering having more RAM. You can play older titles such as Tomb Raider (2012) or Max Payne 3 but newer AAA titles are not always supported.
So, in short, 4 GB of RAM is OK for most people, you can do office work, run multiple apps at same time and it is even enough to run a virtual machine.
This is the amount of RAM that you should go for if you are not on a restricted budget.
Having 8GB of RAM in your laptop will keep you future proofed and it will handle all tasks that you can throw on it.
This amount of RAM should be enough to let you toss with more than a couple of Virtual Machines, Switch between half a dozen of open programs and run all AAA titles successfully without any hiccup.
With 8 GB of RAM, you can easily run Video editing programs, run image manipulation apps and do media encoding/decoding.
Truly, 8 GB is the new 4 GB for RAM. Sure, you can upgrade your PC with more memory in most cases, however, for a normal user, 8 GB should be more than enough to feel you no need for upgrade for next few years.
Having 16 GB of RAM on your laptop maybe an overkill if you are only a casual user, however, investing in 16 GB RAM makes sense if you are a serious gamer or you make/edit videos for living.
Having more RAM doesn’t always result in faster performance but, if you relay on memory hungry apps, 16 GB can be a good addition to your rig.
Laptops with 16 GB of RAM are expensive than lower end machines, so, do your research if you really need this amount of RAM.
32GB and up
You probably don’t need a laptop with 32 GB of RAM. This high amount of memory can only be useful if you run a lot of resource intensive apps at the same time.
Laptops that are used for Video editing and rendering can utilize this amount of RAM if the size of video files (or 3D Models) is high.
Laptops with 32 GB RAM are usually desktop replacement type, they are ridiculously heavy and downright expensive. If you need a computer with more than 32 GB of RAM, spending in a desktop tower may be a better option because, it will cost less and it should have more performance than same spec’d laptop sibling.
Conclusion: in short, here is how much RAM you need in your laptop:
Casual user with low budget: 4GB
Normal user’s : 8 GB
Gamers: 8GB to 16 GB
Video, Image editors and 3D Graphic developers: 16 GB and up
I hope that this guide helped you in choosing right amount of RAM for your laptop, if you have any questions, do drop a comment below.
iPad Pro is a fascinating tablet, yet, Apple targets it to professional users which is kind of dumb because it lacks some essential features.
Apple’s iPad Pro is a fascinating tablet. Maybe the best device for mobile entertainment.
It feels lite and powerful enough to keep you entertained for hours. The display is one of the best in both variants (12″ and 9.7″) and it sounds far better than any iPad had ever done.
Despite it being a great entertainment machine, Apple markets it as a PC replacement and it is the point where Apple gets it wrong.
Apple iPad Pro is not Pro Enough.
When Apple launched the gigantic 12″ iPad Pro, the company said it was made to replace a PC. With the launch of 9″ model Apple repeated the same thing again.
Sure, it has better specs than other iPads and it is significantly faster, but it can’t really replace a Laptop for a professional user.
What does Pro means for Apple ?
If Pro is for writers and bloggers – it sure can replace their laptops. But sad for apple, all professional users are not making their living by writing. Most professionals design, manage, code or create. And By designing I am not just talking about using a stylus, I am also talking about Adobe Photoshop, CorelDRAW and Illustrator apps.
iPad pro has no goddamn way to connect to my USB port directly. Than means a “Pro” can’t connect his printer or SSD or external monitor or whatever easily. Apple’s MacBook has a USB-C Port, which Apple does not sell as a pro device. But iPad Pro -A device that Apple targets to Professional users – does not have one, even though iPad Pro was released after the new MacBook. USB 3.0 sure will be to large for a tablet as thin as iPad but a USB-C port is completely practical. Apple has programmers capable to add support for it. The Smart Cover is a almost good as a regular keyboard, surprisingly enough there is not function or shortcut key row. I cant think of a real Professional who does not use keyboard shortcuts.
And Let’s look at the ‘Pro’ OS
After the hardware limitations, Apple has another serious problem, and it is with it’s iOS. Rather than giving flexibility, iOS is an Operating System designed with simplicity in mind.
While I like this idea for my Phone or a tablet. I cant think why a Professional user will trade-off customizability and power of its software with its simplicity.
Sure, it runs Microsoft Office, but the Office on iPad Pro does not has support for Macros and Visual Basic for Office. Similar to this, running desktop class Adobe Photoshop or Premier Pro (Both are ‘Pro’ applications by-the-way) is just a dream on iPad.
If you are a data base administrator, web programmer or a video editor or anyone who does anything other than writing or drawing, iPad Pro is not Pro enough for you.
Want one more example? I can write Apps for Windows 10 on my Windows 10 PC, I can write apps for Mac OS X on my Mac but to create an App for iPad, I will have to buy a Mac.
It is a great tablet, but it ain’t for serious work, and Apple should accept it.
Both iPad Pros are fast and have a really good display, but they can really replace a Laptop for a Professional – not unless there is a much powerful OS for them. And it would have been better if Apple sold them without shouting that they can replace a Real computer.
iPad will only be capable of replacing my Dell Laptop, once it can connect to my Portable SSD, run Visual Studio (or similar software) and show my social media feeds on an external monitor at the same time. And there are users who need to do much more from their computers than me.
iPad Pro might work for my Dad who is a teacher and only needs to check Mail and social media on internet. But, if you are a person making your living from computers iPad is far, far from replacing your Laptop.