Samsung Galaxy Book-2021 price starts at $549 (roughly Rs. 40,900), while Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey begins at $1,399 (roughly Rs. 1,04,200).
Samsung Galaxy Book and Galaxy Book Odyssey have up to 1TB storage
Samsung Galaxy Book_2021 comes in an LTE option
Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey features two distinct colours
Samsung Galaxy Book and Galaxy Book Odyssey were are the launched at the Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event on Tuesday alongside the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360. The new Galaxy Book models aren’t as high-end as the new Galaxy Book Pro versions, but nonetheless, Samsung has provided a list of features to make both Galaxy Book (2021) and Galaxy Book Odyssey compelling options at this time when demand of value-oriented laptops is at peak thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
Samsung Galaxy Book (2021), Galaxy Book Odyssey price
Samsung Galaxy Book (2021) price starts at $549 (roughly Rs. 40,900) for the Wi-Fi only variant and $649 (roughly Rs. 48,300) for the LTE model. The Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey will be available with a price tag of $1,399 (roughly Rs. 1,04,200). On the other hand, the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 models start at $999 (roughly Rs. 74,400).
The new Galaxy Book-2021 will be debut in Mystic Blue and Mystic Silver colours, while the Galaxy Book Odyssey will come in the single Mystic Black colour option. Both laptops will go on sale in select markets from May 14.
Samsung Galaxy Book specifications:-
The Samsung Galaxy Book (2021) features a 15.6-inch full-HD (1,920×1,080 pixels) LCD panel and is powered by an 11th-generation Intel Core processor (going up to Core i7), along with up to Intel Iris Xe graphics and up to 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM. The laptop also offers a maximum of 1TB NVMe SSD storage.
For input, the Galaxy Book (2021) have been the Pro Keyboard that Samsung had been also offered on its Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 models. The laptop also comes with an the optional fingerprint reader.
Connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy Book (2021) include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.1, two USB Type-C, two USB 3.2, an HDMI, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The laptop also have been an option for LTE support that comes along with a nano-SIM card slot.
Following Microsoft’s earnings call on the Monday, A software company announced that it has added 300 million users in the last year. The company celebrated it have surpassed 1 billion users in March 2020 and the company revealed that it is reached a new all-time high of 1.3 billion users.
Microsoft credited the spike of demand to the growth of users purchasing larger-screen of devices including laptops and desktop computers during the pandemic, which has a large demographic of users switching to work-from-home setups.
In Microsoft’s earnings report for the quarter ending on March 31 2021, numbers were higher than analyst’s estimates. Revenue for Microsoft was $41.7 billion versus the estimated $41.03 billion and net income was $15.5 billion, up 44% YoY. Microsoft’s solid financial performance was driven by Office 365 and Azure cloud services revenue. Microsoft’s cloud solutions generated $17.7 billion in commercial cloud revenue, up 33% YoY.
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Meanwhile, Productivity and Business Processes revenue was $13.6 billion, up by 12%. Thus a category encompasses Office Commercial products and cloud services which was up 14%, Office Consumer products and cloud services were up 5%, Linkedin revenue was up 25%, and Dynamics products and cloud services were up 26%.
Revenue in More Personal Computing came in at $13 billion. Windows OEM was up 10%, Windows Commercial products and cloud services was up 10%, Xbox content and services was up 34%, Search and advertising was up 17%, and Microsoft Surface products revenue was up 12%. Finally, revenue for Intelligent Cloud was up 23% at $15.1 billion.
“Over a year into the pandemic, digital adoption curves aren’t slowing down. They’re accelerating, and it is just the beginning,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “We are building the cloud for the next decade, expanding our addressable market and innovating across every layer of the tech stack to help our customers be resilient and transform.”
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.
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.
ASUS ExpertBook B9
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.
It’s no secret that media consumption it is an all-time high across a plethora of digital platforms around the globe. Since supply or demand go hand in hand, there’s been a rampant rise of creator-focussed laptops that can churn out high-quality content on the fly. Now, of all the laptops geared towards creators, ASUS took the road less travelled & recently introduced the successors to its ZenBook Duo series from last year. Dubbed the ZenBook Duo 14 and the ZenBook Pro Duo 15, the laptops ship with not one, but two displays that in theory, should help creators get the most out of their machines. I managed to get my hands on the ZenBook Duo 14 and in this review, let’s see if that’s the case or not.
Design and Displays :-
On the surface, the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 looks the part of most modern-day laptops & comes toting a classy, understated design that will blend well within most workspaces. That said, the company hasn’t altered the finish on the laptop all that much from last year and you’ll still find the brand’s characteristic etching on the lid that comprises a series of concentric circles. Correspondingly, with the lid closed, it can be tricky to tell one model from the other, at least from a distance. Thankfully, ASUS hit the nail on the head with the aesthetics of its debutant ZenBook Duo and correspondingly, I have no qualms with the company recycling the same chassis this year too.
Coming to the unit’s dimensions, the ZenBook Duo 14 is noticeably chunkier than most competing models and tips the scales at around 1.6 kilos. Thankfully, the laptop is quite sturdy and despite housing two displays and a slurry of mechanical components, the unit ships with MIL-STD 810H certification, ensuring the laptop will stand the test of time.
Moving on, upon opening the lid, the ZenBook Duo 14 will greet you with not one, but two fantastic, touch-screen displays. Spec-wise, the laptop ships with a 14-inch, Full HD main display, which works alongside a 12.65-inch panel (placed above the keyboard) with a resolution of 1,920 x 515 pixels. Both the panels cover 100-percent of the sRGB colour gamut and offer a peak brightness of 400 nits, making them plenty bright for indoor as well as outdoor usage. I’d also like to add that the screens come with a matte coating, thereby keeping unnecessary glare and reflections to a minimum. While all that’s good and dandy, unlike last year’s model, the secondary display (dubbed ScreenPad+) on the newer ZenBook Duo 14 articulates slightly upwards (up to seven degrees) this time around, ensuring users can consume the content on the screen much more efficiently. What’s more, the articulating screen also allows the laptop to draw in more air, thereby bettering the unit’s thermals.
So then, why would you need a laptop with two displays? Well, I’m glad you asked. You see, the ZenBook Duo 14’s secondary display isn’t just a run-of-the-mill touchscreen panel and instead, comes loaded with a ton of utilities that will undoubtedly benefit content creators. For one, the sheer size of the secondary display allows users to run an app across the two screens, thereby greatly increasing the viewing area. You can also choose to reserve the main display for your important apps and deploy other apps on the secondary screen. As an example, when reviewing the POCO X3 Pro, I had the handset’s core specs outlined on a Chrome tab on the secondary screen, with Microsoft Word taking up space on the main display. Consequently, I didn’t have to jump between apps and was able to cross-check the specs as I was writing the article.
You can also drag and drop apps from the main screen to the secondary display and vice-versa. There’s also a dedicated button above the trackpad which switches apps between the main screen and the ScreenPad Plus in a seamless fashion. And, since we’re on the subject of shortcuts, ASUS has also bundled a nifty Quick Key utility with the device that allows users to automate their most-frequented commands on a single macro. For instance, if your workflow requires you to copy files from one location to another, then you can program the copy and paste commands on the Quick Key tab, thereby saving you a couple of steps down the line. Similarly, Task Groups – yet another feature of the ScreenPad+ – allows users to group a handful of apps and have them all open up instantaneously at the touch of a button.
Of course, seeing how the ZenBook Duo 14 is geared for creators, ASUS has tied up with Adobe to bring about some meaningful widgets for the ScreenPad+ too. To that note, you can have the secondary screen display intuitive tools to increase or decrease the brush size in apps like Photoshop, etc. All good stuff, really.
Clearly, the ZenBook 14 Duo’s ScreenPad+ is no gimmick and it will undoubtedly elevate a user’s computing experience. Unfortunately, as was the case with last year’s model, the ZenBook Duo 14’s design comes with its fair share of compromises too. In order to accommodate a secondary screen, ASUS had to reposition the laptop’s keyboard deck and trackpad. Consequently, even with the laptop’s ErgoLift hinge (which tilts the keyboard deck at an angle), typing on the ZenBook Duo 14 is – for the lack of a better word – mind-numbing, to say the least. For one, the company doesn’t bundle a wrist rest with the 14-inch model and even if you buy one from a third-party retailer, you will still need to position the laptop on a desk or a flat surface to use it at all times. Ergo, you can all but forget about using the machine from the comfort of your bed, or a couch.
Performance and Battery Life:-
Spec-wise, my review unit of the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 ships with Intel’s Core i7-1165G7 processor, which is among the more popular Tiger Lake offerings from the silicon giant. The laptop comes equipped with 32GB of DDR4 memory too, though buyers opting for the unit in India will have to make do with 16GB of onboard RAM from the get-go. As for graphics, my review unit is backed by Intel’s Iris XE graphics but you can cop a model with Nvidia’s MX450 GPU if you want.
Going by the specs, you’d be wise to assume that the ZenBook Duo 14 performs admirably and the laptop breezed through my workflow without any hassles. To give you a better picture, I usually have a slurry of apps open, including Slack, Word, Feedly, and Apple Music, along with over a dozen tabs open in Chrome. Despite that, the laptop didn’t slow down to catch its breath in the slightest and I never ran into any instances of lag or stutter whilst using the unit. I’d also like to add that the laptop felt buttery smooth when editing creatives for IG on apps like Adobe XD and Spark too and net excellent numbers in synthetic benchmarking apps like CineBench R23, PCMark10 as well as Crystal Disk Mark.
The ZenBook Duo 14 starts at Rs 99,990 for the Core i5 model, but the i7 variant with MX450 GPU will set interested folks back by Rs 1,34,990. It goes without saying that ASUS’ ZenBook Duo lineup comprises the most innovative laptops launched in recent years and content creators will undoubtedly benefit from the ScreenPad+’ added functionality. That being said, the laptop’s design leaves much to be desired and the ZenBook Duo 14 isn’t the most ergonomic machine out there. Consequently, provided you can live with the unit’s awkwardly positioned keyboard and trackpad, the ZenBook Duo 14 will not disappoint you. Else, there are plenty of power-packed options in the segment with conventional designs that will perform just as good, if not better.
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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).
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Here’s what to look for when you need to buy a new laptop without burning a hole in your pocket.
Buying a budget laptop and notebook is a tricky business. A good laptop costs good money as well. So, settling for a budget machine is all about picking the right set of the features & the right compromises in areas that do not matter to your needs.
In order to figure out what a budget laptop is right for you, here are some of the pointers to keep in mind when you look for laptops available in your budget.
Your needs & budget
It is very easy to fall for the brand marketing when looking for the pretty much any new gadget. However, focus on your primary needs & decide what is more important to you. The Choose between a portable form, a good screen, good battery life, and good internal specifications, or decide which of those elements actually matter to you.
For instance, if you need a laptop for basic use to do your school research and assignments, don’t spend more on a high-res screen or a more powerful processor. You could the probably save a lot of money by getting something like a Chromebook. Remember that the more futureproof you try to the make your device, the more expensive it will get.
Getting into the nitty-gritty of the choosing your own laptop, one of the first things you should a look at is the display of your laptop. For a budget machine, keep your expectations realistic & don’t expect a very high-resolution OLED panel with narrow bezels. A Instead, settle for something that has a basic screen with good viewing angles.
Coming to your laptops internal specification, look at what processor you actually require. Do not rush into higher-end Intel and AMD processors if you don’t plan on getting into very resource-heavy tasks or using heavier computing software. More importantly, it isn’t always important to get the latest generation of processors if you can save some money by stepping back one generation. Similarly, if you aren’t going to be using too many programs settling for a machine with a moderate amount of RAM would be a great money-saving tip. 8GB RAM is the ideal budget RAM size for a lot of people.
Coming to graphics, you probably will not be gaming if you’re looking for a budget machine. Rather, give a look at the kind of integrated graphics you’re getting with the processor you choose. Coming to storage, HDD storage is your best friend at low prices. Remember that you can always buy an external hard disk to store your files. However, don’t settle for less than 512GB or 1TB of storage space.
Battery life will be an important factor no matter what budget you hit. Without a decent battery capacity, the portability of a laptop doesn’t mean much. Look for a machine that on the minimal provides at least 6-8 hours of battery life. However, if you plan on using the laptop in one sport like your home or office, you can probably look into something that gives you at least 4-6 hours of juice.