Asus Announces A Bunch Of Windows 8 Touch Tablets


Asus Touch family has announced a series of Tablet which are going to run on Windows 8 OS. The bunch of tablets include a dockable tablet (Asus VivoTab RT TF600TG), lightweight notebooks (Asus VivoBooks F202E and S400), and the Asus Taichi dual-screen convertible Ultrabook/ tablet that has the ability to display two screens simultaneously.

“We intend to surpass the ‘touch future’ of IT industry by launching Asus Taichi and Asus VivoBook. We are assertive that our Windows 8 line-up will touch customers’ heart in terms of incredible product, incredible design, incredible quality and incredible service,” said Alex Huang, managing director, System Business Group, Asus India.

When asked about technology used in these devices,  Unaez Quraishi, sales and distribution director, System Business Group, Asus India, said, “Today’s launch of Asus Taichi, Asus VivoBook F202E, Asus VivoBook S400 and Asus VivoTab RT TF600 TG is an alluring proof to substantiate our prime focus on the mastery of technological innovation and design perfection. In view of the launch of these models in India, we intend to establish how important India is for Asus. Our consumers have given affirmative responses to our notebooks, tablets and other products. We anticipate capturing the market as to when they think of touch notebooks and tablets, they think of Asus.”

The company, in its official statement maintained that Asus Taichi is an unbelievable fusion of notebook and tablet which gives it amazing mobile flexibility. Lid open, Taichi is a powerful notebook with a crystal-clear full HD screen, an Intel core processor, and a backlit keyboard. Lid closed, Taichi is a lightweight tablet with a slim, tapered profile, and a multi-touch full HD screen for intuitive fingertip control with Windows 8.… Read the rest

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The Windows 8 Generation: Lenovo Introduces Four New Tablets And Utrabooks

Lenovo's latest convertible deviceLenovo is planning to introduce four new devices, which the company says will twirl, flip, and twist between being ultrabooks and tablets. All these innovative and next-gen devices will be launched with Windows 8, which is Microsoft’s latest offering.

Let’s take a quick look at the specifications of these devices individually:

IdeaPad Yoga 13-inch

With the ability to swirl its screen to a full 360 degrees angel, the IdeaPad Yoga is the leading 13-inch convertible device in Lenovo’s lineup of Windows 8 devices. Weighing just 3.40 pounds, the device is powered by Intel Core processor. Slated to hit the shelves on Oct. 26, same day when Windows 8 launches, the IdeaPad Yoga will come with a price of $1,099. This device has a screen resolution of 1,600 x 900 in HD.

IdeaPad Yoga 11-inch

Uncovered by Lenovo in an 11-inch version, this IdeaPad Yoga is a smaller and portable option. This smaller Yoga is a Windows RT device, available with Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor. The IdeaPad Yoga 11-inch is slated to come out in December- the holiday season.

ThinkPad Twist

ThinkPad Twist is the most business-focused devices of these new convertibles by Lenovo. Made with power and style, this device is easy-to-carry around. Available with an option of either a 500GB HDD or a more speedy 128GB solid state drive, the ThinkPad Twist weighs 3.48 pounds. Expected to hit the stores on October 26th, this device will cost around $849.

IdeaPad Lynx

IdeaPad Lynx is an 11-inch version, which is slated to hit the shelves this December along with the 11-inch version of IdeaPad Yoga. This 1.41-pound tablet is made with a dual-core Atom processor. Offered with a battery life of 16-hour, this tab is sold at a price range of $599, minus the keyboard, which is sold separately at a price of $149.… Read the rest

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Ultrathin And Ultralight Lenovo Think Pad X1 Carbon Is An Ultrabook To Look Out For

X1 Carbon ultrabookCompetition in the tech sector has seen the dawn of several innovative and latest devices, and the latest speculated to join the league is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Ultrathin and ultralight, this business class ultrabook starts with a base price of $1,329, going up to $1,900 with better upgrades that also make it one of most expensive ultrabook out there in the market. With a sleek and stylish design, the body of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is made of exotic and ultra-strong carbon fiber.

Weighing just 2.93 pounds, the X1 Carbon comes equipped with a battery life of almost 7 and a half hours.

A look into its features makes it a great choice for business or enterprise use. Let’s take a look at some of the features and specifications of the X1 Carbon ultrabook.

Starting with design, the lid and the roll cage (internal bracing and structure) of the X1 Carbon is made of carbon fiber, which makes it strong and lightweight. Its 14-inch panel has a native resolution of 1,600-by-900 pixels, which makes its screen clear, bright, and sharp. Made of matte finish, the X1 Carbon keeps screen glare in control.

Getting inside the ultrabook, there is a dual-core Intel Core i5-3427U processor, 4GB of memory, a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD), and dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi connectivity. It also has embedded 3G connectivity. However, there are certain pros and cons included in the 128GB SSD. What makes it a pro is that it’s fast, with boot and wake-from-sleep times that measure a few seconds. The SSD also helps the devices’ day-to-day performance. Well, to see some negative things, 128GB looks too small for this setup, since the X1 Carbon comes with only about 54GB of free space. There are a few small programs that can be uninstalled, but for the most part the C: drive is full.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes pre-installed with various programs including Evernote, Adobe Reader, Google Chrome, and Norton Internet Security (30-day trial).

Lenovo also offers a larger 256GB SSD in the $1,649 and $1,849 versions of the X1 Carbon.

Talking of keyboard, it has a backlight with curved keys on the bottom, which are comfortable to type on. The concave design of the keys helps prevent mistypes.

The glass surface of wide touchpad is easy-to-use and easy-to-swipe. The keyboard also has Lenovo’s TrackPoint pointing stick. There are separate physical mouse buttons for the TrackPoint, but the touchpad is one seamless surface with built-in clickable areas.

Made in a compact size, the X1 Carbon has very few I/O ports. On the left, there is a single USB 2.0 port and on the right, a single USB 3.0 port. On the right side, there’s also a headset jack, SD card reader, and a Mini DisplayPort.

The ultrabook has no adapter to use VGA or HDMI. It has a switch for the wireless radios on the left, along with the jack for the new power adapter.

The ultrabook bundles in a USB-to-Gigabit Ethernet adapter for easy connectivity to the wired networks. It can act as a mobile hotspot, sharing the Ethernet or mobile broadband connection on a Wi-Fi network.

The X1 Carbon has Intel vPro capability and Intel Anti-Theft technology, both of which make job easy for IT workers.

There’s a 720p HD webcam to use for videoconferencing. The downward-firing internal speakers are clear and loud with very little distortion at high volume levels.

This ultrabook comes equipped with Dolby Home Theater v4 sound software that helps dynamically shape the sound to fit music, movies, or games.

Lenovo offers the system with a three-year standard warranty.

Now let’s see the system’s performance. Thanks to the dual-core Intel processor’s Hyper-Threading technology, the X1 Carbon can handle up to four streams of data at once. This ultrabook is sleek, stylish, user-friendly, thin, lightweight, and makes a great choice for business use.… Read the rest

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Acer To Give High Dose Of Windows 8 On Oct 26th With Acer Aspire

Acer uncovers three latest S7 ultrabooksAhead of Oct. 26th launch of Windows 8, Acer has announced the launch of three latest ultrabooks, which are coming up to grab the space in its lineup of Aspire ultrabooks. All three new laptops will run on Windows 8 operating system and has customized features, made specially for the latest Windows.

A design so much easier to navigate, capacitive touch screens, true HD (1080p) displays, and super-slim profiles that are 0.48-inch thin, these new ultrabooks will join the team with all innovation and design.

Let’s take a look at the devices’ specifications.

To start, the first in the lineup include the Acer Aspire S7-391-6810 and Acer Aspire S7-391-9886. Both are 13-inch ultrabooks, made with 1,920-by-1,080 resolution displays, offering easy use with 10-finger capacitive touch capability. The former has a battery life of five hours, whereas the latter extends up to six. They both come with extended battery pack, which can increase total battery life to 10 and 12 hours, respectively.

Created with style, these ultrabooks have a single-piece design with combined hinge and lid frame, and a white sheet of Gorilla Glass 2 set into the lid that make them look distinctive. Weighing just 2.83 pounds, these devices are lightweight, strong, and slim.

Made for daily use, these ultrabooks are created with a dual torque hinge, which tightens once opened. With this hinge, you can also open it flat to 108 degrees for use on table tops. Both of them come equipped with Dolby Home Theater Audio, built-in stereo speakers, two USB 3.0 ports, and micro-HDMI output. There are no VGA or Ethernet ports on the devices. But they do come with adapters for more connectivity. There is a backlight on the keyboards, made to adjust automatically due to the ambient light sensing.

There’s also a 128GB solid-state drive, a third-gen Intel Core i5-3317U processor (1.7GHz) and 4GB of RAM in the Acer Aspire S7-391-6810 model.

The Acer Aspire S7-391-9886, on the other side, holds a faster (1.9GHz) Intel Core i7-3517U processor, also with 4GB of RAM and will have a storage capacity of 256GB SSD.

The third in line is a smaller, 11-inch Acer Aspire S7-191-6640. This device has many features same as 13-inch models. These features include 11.6-inch capacitive touch display, with 10-finger tracking and 1,920-by-1,080 resolution. This model is 0.48-inch in thickness. The difference is of the combined lid and hinge, which here are made of aluminum, with a brushed aluminum lid.

Starting with a range of $1,199, the Acer Aspire S7-191-6640 comes equipped with a 128GB solid-state drive, a third-gen Intel Core i5-3317U processor (1.7GHz) and 4GB of RAM.

The Acer Aspire S7-391-6810 will cost $1,399, whereas the Acer Aspire S7-391-9886 is expected to cost around $1,700.

All three ultrabooks will hit the shelves on Oct. 26, same day when Microsoft launches its Windows 8.… Read the rest

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Buying an Ultrabook Soon? Wait Until You See What HP Plans to Offer!

Sleek, responsive, and long lasting- HP is in all plans to launch three versions of its latest Windows 8 Ultrabooks- two of which are with touchscreen features and one a ‘hybrid PC’.

Looks like HP doesn’t want to lag behind, when Samsung and Toshiba, both plan to announce Windows 8 computers this week.

All three Ultrabooks hope to offer tough competition to its competitors. Let’s take a look at the features of all three:

The first one, HP Spectre XT is a 15.6-inch splendor, which will make an apt choice for those who always prefer their screens be attached to the keyboard. Truly pushing the limitations of an ideal Ultrabook, HP Spectre XT is thin and light. This Ultrabook boasts of a HD Radiance display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. This touchscreen device weighs 4.8-pound and is 17.9 mm in thickness. You will be able to bag Spectre XT for $1,399.99. It will also feature HDMI, Ethernet, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt ports along with NFC (Near Field Communications) for easy sharing with other devices.

Then there is the HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4, which is a 14-inch laptop, smaller than the Spectre. With latest Intel possessors, this Ultrabook will be a cheaper alternative as compared to the HP Spectre XT. The price of this Ultrabook stays unrevealed.

And, then it’s the HP’s Envy x2 hybrid PC that is made truly gorgeous with an aluminum casing. This sleek 11.6-inch Ultrabook can also pop out the screen so that you can use it as a fully capable Windows 8 tablet.

This versatile and interesting Ultrabook cum tablet will have Intel third-generation processor with 64GB solid state drive. With a high-quality IPS display, and 3.1 pounds of weight, the HP Envy x2 hybrid PC has surely got all the attention and excitement. This PC also holds batteries and SD card slots in both the keyboard and screen portions.

Pricing and availability of the Envy x2 haven’t been announced as yet. But it is believed that all these Ultrabooks will hit the market this October, with the launch of Windows 8.

A look at these Ultrabooks makes it worthwhile to wait for the launch before deciding your pick!… Read the rest

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Samsung Ultrabooks in Russia Offer 250 GB Free Storage on Yandex.Disk!

Yandex.Disk is a file storage service that’s free and accessible from any device that’s internet-enabled. A service offered by Yandex, a leading internet search company in Russia, Yandex.Disk is making all moves to rise further. As per the latest announcement by the company, anyone buying Samsung Series 5 range of Ultrabooks will get Yandex.Disk preloaded. For now, this offer is just available for Ultrabooks that consumers buy only from retailers in Russia. The Ultrabooks are marked to go on sale this week in Russia.

Not only this, Yandex also offers users free storage space of 250 GB on the Yandex.Disk service, which is quite exceptional as compared to free storage that the firm has ever offered to users since its launch in April. Yandex is also adding English-language support to the service, which seems to be a move by the company to go global.

There is a speculation that Google plans to follow suit and offer similar services with Google Drive and Chromebooks in future. However, this deal marks the first of its kind both for Samsung and Yandex to bundle cloud-storage services on a laptop, which is going to make storage so much easier for users.

According to the press release by the company, Anton Zabannykh, Head of Personalized services, Yandex said, “No other service offers this much storage space for free as we do for Samsung Ultrabook buyers. Files stored on Yandex.Disk will of course be accessible on any device, not just the Ultrabook — as long as there is an internet connection.”

The addition of English language support in Yandex.Disk is the first time the company is trying to reach out to international market. This mark Yandex’s first attempt into international business, which the company’s founders were not keen to try because of Google’s dominance in the world.

Earlier also, there have been partnerships of cloud storage providers with device vendors to reach out to more consumers. Dropbox merged with handset maker Samsung and HTC while Box collaborated with LG to bundle storage with the handset purchase.

So what makes Yandex’s deal different is the fact that it will involve a lifetime account for users, while these other offerings in the market usually last for one or two years.

Currently, Samsung accounts for one of the top suppliers of laptops in the Russian market, and through this deal, Yandex can see how its free service marks a blueprint among users before it sets off for the global market. Yandex hopes to grow its customer base via its free service, which the company would plan to monetize in other ways such as advertising.

Other media services that Yandex offers include Yandex.Music, which also relies on cloud storage services to work.

Yandex also offers a wide range of specialized search, personalized and location-based services, including Yandex.News, Yandex.Market, Yandex.Mail, and Yandex.Maps.… Read the rest

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Top 5 Ultrabooks: the Best and Slimmest Notebooks in the Market

Thinking of picking up a new laptop anytime soon? Have you already checked out the latest ads all over the place for those super-sleek, super-light utlrabooks yet? Are you in two minds about investing some extra moolah in this purchase and picking up an ultrabook instead of a regular laptop? We’ll help you decide if it is the right choice for you, and even offer you advice on some of the best ultrabooks available in the market that you can choose from.

Well, for starters, they are a whole lot sleeker and lighter than the regular laptops. But they don’t just look good from the outside, they are meant to be extremely functional. With long lasting battery life, and higher processor powers as well as tons of storage space, ultrabooks are designed for heavy usage. Add to the fact that ultrabooks have a metallic body that makes them a lot tougher than ordinary notebooks. Intel has conceptualized the ultrabook to be the perfect computing companion for those who are constantly on the move, and prefer using their devices constantly on the batteries.

Here’s a list of the most popular ultrabooks out in the market currently:

Dell XPS 13: Now here’s one that definitely wins in the looks segment. An extremely gorgeous chassis made of carbon fiber; it is also one of the slimmest ultrabooks available today, its slimmest region being only 6mm thick! The Dell XPS 13 is powered by an i5 processor and has 4GB RAM, as well as a 128GM SSD drive. Go for the Dell XPS 13 if you are looking to splurge on your purchase, and are a fan of understated style.

Lenovo IdeaPad U300S: Lenovo’s ultrabooks are extremely stylish and are available in numerous color options. While the company claims up to 8 hours of battery backup on a single charge, we think you could easily use this one for at least 6 hours without worrying about running out of charge. Sporting a 13.3-inch screen, you can choose from Intel’s 3rd generation i5 or i7 processor to power this IdeaPad. Featuring an Intel HD 3000 graphics card and 4GB RAM, you can get 128GB or even 256GB SSD drives in this ultrabook for storage. Extremely light and compact, the IdeaPad is only 0.59 inches thick and weighs a mere 1.33kg.

Asus Zenbook UX31: This is a company that is known for its extremely robust machines to begin with. So when it comes to ultrabooks, Asus does complete justice to Intel’s concept in the form of the Zenbook UX31. Taking inspiration from the Macbook Air, it is just 3mm thick at its thinnest point and goes up to a mere 17mm at its thickest region, and weighs only 1.1kg! The aluminum casing makes the Zenbook quite sturdy and even succeeds in giving a decent 5.5 hours of battery life, thanks to its onboard ultra-low voltage i5 processor. What’s more, the Zenbook also happens to one of the most affordable ultrabooks in the market.

HP Envy 14 Spectre: Now HP’s take on ultrabooks may not be quite as sleek as what the others are offering, but in terms of performance, the Envy 14 Spectre does quite an outstanding job, leaving us all fairly impressed. Featuring Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass for its screen and even on its lid, this ultrabook is built to survive excess wear and tear, but at the same time looks elegant and quite distinct from its competition. Powered by an i5 processor and 4GB RAM, and weighing almost 4 pounds, we can forgive HP for making this a little chunkier than its competition for something quite this good looking and functional.

Samsung Series 9: While Samsung may have failed to make a mark initially when it stepped into the laptop market, its range of ultrabooks sure does look promising. The Series 9 features an aluminum shell and a bright high resolution screen, and comes in two models – choose from a screen size of 13 inches or 15 inches. These ultrabooks have an i5 processor, Intel HD 3000 graphics card, and 128GB SSD drive for storage. The 13-inch model is powered by 4GB RAM, while the 15-inch version has 8GB RAM. Both these models provide a decent 4 hours of battery life.… Read the rest

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