ASUS ExpertBook B9 with 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake processors launched in India

ASUS had refreshed its enterprise offering, A ExpertBook B9 with the latest 11th-gen Intel Core in processors for customers in India. First announced at CES 2022 back in January, A notebook is pretty much like the premium ZenBook series but made for business consumers. It’s come with a sleek look or at the same time, meets the MIL-STD 810H US military standard tests for improved ruggedness. Notably, the laptop has just 14.9mm thickness and 1.005kg of weight.

Specifications :-

Dimensions & Weight :- 320 x 203 x 14.9mm1.005kg

Display :- 14-inch Full-HD (1920×1080) IPS400-nits peak brightness100% sRGB

Processor :- Intel Core i5-1135G7Intel Core i7-1165G7

GPU :- Intel Xe

RAM & Storage :- 8GB/16GB LPDDR4x 4266MHzDual NVMe M.2 SSD slots

Battery & Charger :- 66 WHr65W USB-C charger

I/O :- 2x USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 41 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-AHDMI3.5mm audio jackRJ-45 LAN via micro-HDMI portKensington lock slot

Connectivity :- Wi-Fi 6 802.11AXBluetooth 

OS :- Windows 10 HomeWindows 10 Pro

Features :- Backlit keyboardMIL-STD-810H military certifiedWindows Hello face recognitionWebcam shutterFingerprint scannerTrusted Platform Module TPM 2.0 embedded security chipQuad 360° far-field microphones

Price :- Starting at ₹1,15,489

ASUS is offering the laptop with the latest 11th gen Intel Tiger Lake processors along with Intel’s Evo platform verification. The notebook packs a 14-inch full-HD (1920 x 1080-pixels) display that is claimed to offer 400-nits of peak brightness. The laptop can be configured with either the Intel Core i5-1135G7 or Intel Core i7-1165G7 with Intel’s Xe graphics. As for memory and storage, the laptop is available with either 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR4x 4266MHz RAM, along with dual M.2 NVMe PCI 3.0 SSD with up to 2TB capacity.

ExpertBook B9 product image

ASUS ExpertBook B9

ASUS ExpertBook B9 product image

ASUS ExpertBook B9

Apart from Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 wireless connectivity, the Asus ExpertBook B9 offers two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, an HDMI port, RJ-45 LAN via a micro-HDMI port, Kensington lock slot, and a 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack. The 66Whr battery is claimed to deliver a full-day usage on a single charge which can be a charged using 65W fast charging over the USB Type-C. The bundled charger can juice up the battery to up to 60% in 49 minutes.

Other notable features include four 360-degree far-field microphones, Harman Kardon-certified speakers, and a backlit keyboard. The laptop also comes with ASUS NumberPad 2.0 where the touchpad doubles up as a numeric pad. For security, ASUS offers a fingerprint reader and face recognition with Windows Hello login, a webcam shutter, and an optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip to store passwords and encryption keys.

Pricing and Availability :-

The ASUS ExpertBook B9 will be available at ASUS Exclusive Stores, and other channel partners, starting at ₹1,15,489 ($1540) exclusive of GST.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 launch likely as support page surfaces online

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 would have two screen variants 13.5 inches & 15 inches.
  • The AMD variant of a machine will be powered by the Ryzen 4000 series chipsets.
  • The Intel variants are a likely to be powered by the latest 11th gen chips like a Intel Core 15-1145G7 & the Core i7-1185G7.

While Microsoft has remained tight-lipped on a everything regarding the new Surface 4 Laptop, a leak coming via WinFuture provides us with the closer look at a upcoming Surface Laptop 4 in terms its specifications

A finally know that Microsoft has decided to launch a Surface Laptop 4 on April 27. Last year, Microsoft revealed the Surface Book 3 & Surface Go 2 in a press release, so we are still unclear as to whether Microsoft will do the same this year with the Surface Laptop 4 as well.

It’s reported that the Surface Laptop 4 has a larger battery & more powerful processors than a Surface Laptop 3. According to sources, the Ryzen 7 4980U Surface Edition will be available for the 13.5-inch model. The other main hardware change is an access hatch so that the PCIe-NVMe-SSDs can be easily changed, like on the Surface Pro 7+.

As far as pricing is concerned, A cheapest model in Europe will be the 13.5-inch AMD Ryzen 5 configuration, which is likely to carry a price tag of 1,149 (about Rs. 1,02,000). A top-of-the-range version will be the Intel Core i7 15-inch Surface Laptop 4 coming with 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, as it’ll be priced at 2,699 (about Rs. 2,40,000).