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Microsoft Official Claims iPad Pro Kind of Copies Surface Pro

By Radu Iorga

During a recent interview one Microsoft official claimed that Apple was following Microsoft’s lead with the iPad Pro. Surface General Manager Ryan Gavin said that Apple followed the example of the Surface Pro, by launching the iPad Pro.

Another interesting statement is that if Microsoft had followed Apple, they would have never made a Surface Pro, which is pretty true. The Surface Pro is actually credited by many experts as the device that started to increase the popularity and spread of the 2 in 1 tablets. The latest Surface Pro is promoted as a “tablet that can replace your laptop”, while the Surface Laptop sounds kind of strange in the same lineup. Still, they propose different experiences and flavours of Windows 10.

One would argue that Microsoft copied the MacBook with their laptops, but mum’s the word on that. After all, Steve Jobs said that “great artists steal”, so Apple probably had no problem with drawing some inspiration from its rivals. For now Apple didn’t comment on Microsoft’s statements and I doubt they will. Gone are the days of statement duels and under Tim Cook the Cupertino firm is a bit more mature now.

The problem with the iPad Pro is that once you start buying all its required accessories, it costs as much as a good laptop, but it doesn’t have the same flexibility and familiarity. Just look at the way the Apple Pencil is charged…

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Huawei’s Latest Matebooks Start Selling in China, as Huawei Wants a Serious Piece of the Laptop/Tablet Market

By Radu Iorga

Huawei’s Matebook devices were unveiled a couple of weeks ago and today they started selling in China, Huawei’s homeland. Huawei is more known for its telecom equipment and smartphones, rather than laptops and tablets, but they’re making some serious progress there.

Wan Biao, COO of Huawei Consumer Business Group hinted that the company is focused on making laptops sell well. This is no coincidence, as Huawei has invested a lot in design and manufacturing. It seems to have paid off, as the Chinese firm seems happy with the response from customers. Sales of Huawei laptops and tablets have grown 70% in the first quarter compared to the previous year.

This goes against the downward trend of the global laptop and PC business. Of course we don’t have exact numbers from Huawei, but we expected some growth, to be honest. Globally, the shipments of laptops and tablets dropped 6.2% in 2016 to 269 million units, but there’s a slight tendency of resurgence, as new formats come to life and Qualcomm starts offering its Snapdragon chipsets to laptop makers.

Huawei has 3 new MateBook models, the Matebook X, MateBook D and MateBook E. The first of them is a 13 inch fanless laptop priced starting at $1027, while the MateBook is a 2 in 1 unit priced from $734. MateBook D is a 15.6 inch laptop starting at a similar a sum. With the huge profits from the smartphone biz, Huawei is set up for success in this area over the next year.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Now Up for Preorder in UK; Prices Start at $836

By Radu Iorga

Samsung launched its Galaxy Book devices at MWC 2017, but it’s only now they’re hitting Europe. This is a Windows 10 tablet meant for professionals and it comes in two versions: 10.6 inch and 12 inch. And now it has gone on preorder in UK, with the starting price of $836.

That’s quite the hike from the $640 starting sum you had for the 10.6 inch unit in USA. The Galaxy Book packs a 10.6 inch TFT LCD screen, or a 12 inch Super AMOLED panel in the bigger version. In UK you can pay $836 for the 10.6 inch and you can go up to $1635 for the 12 inch device. Slates offer a Full HD or Quad HD resolution and the chipsets are a 7th gen Intel Core m3 or a 7th gen Intel Core i5 CPU.

Both have support for LTE Category 6 and the 12 inch unit has support for HDR, so you can consume Netflix video with this standard. The 10.6 inch model comes with 4 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of eMMC storage, while the larger product has 4 GB of RAM/ 128 GB SSD or 8 GB of RAM/ 256 GB of SSD. These Windows 10 machines come with full Microsoft Office and S Pen support.

The waistlines are quite slim here, at 7.4 mm for the 10.6 incher and 8.9 mm for the 12 inch AMOLED unit. A 10.5 hour battery life was promised for the bigger unit, as well as fast charge. In spite of having Windows 10 here, Samsung’s Air Command from Galaxy Note Android devices is here. UK availability starts on June 16th. I have to say I’m pretty shocked by the price difference of about $200 between the US and UK version.

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Acer Switch 3 Unboxing: Metal Machine With Pretty Looking Kickstand, Slim Keyboard Gets a First Look (Video)

By James A.

At the end of April Acer launched two new 2 in 1 machines, the Acer Switch 3 and Switch 5, which seemed like alternatives to the Chromebooks, albeit pricier and maybe a bit better specced. They were pretty popular, especially since the Switch 3 won a Red Dot Design Award. Well, we had the pleasure of unboxing it below, for your viewing pleasure.

The machine is priced at $399 and comes in a huge box, perhaps better suited for a laptop, rather than a tablet, even a 2 in 1 slate. Anyway, inside this box we find the tablet, its keyboard and the charger, also hefty. We’re dealing with a 12.2 inch device here, with a Full HD IPS panel, that offers a 178 degree view angle. The product has an adjustable kickstand at the back, a metallic body and it’s solidly built.

It’s also quite heavy, at 900 grams, but the keyboard is very slim at below 6 mm and very, very light. It attaches via magnets (strong ones) and special pins and has 1.4 mm key travel. Acer Switch 3 comes with an USB Type-C and Type-A port, microSD card slot and audio jack.

 

It relies on a proprietary port for charging and also has a HD webcam to offer. Other specs include 4 GB of RAM, 32, 64 or 128 GB of storage, as well as an Intel Celeron or Pentium chipset. This device supports Acer Active Pen interaction and its battery should offer 8 hours of functioning time. Stereo speakers are also here, plus WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and a mic.

Of course, this whole machine runs on Windows 10 it seems like a Chromebook rival, one able to handle Office work, video playback and maybe some mild gaming, nothing serious. The keyboard is very impressive and the kickstand grows on you. We’ll be back with a full review soon. You can find the tablet here.

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Microsoft Debuts New Surface Pro Tablet, With Kaby Lake Processor, New Type Covers and 13.5 Hour Battery Life

By James A.

During today’s Microsoft event from Shanghai, the Redmond giant unveiled its latest Surface Pro tablet, as expected. It’s in fact an upgraded Surface Pro 4 and it simply goes by the name of “Surface Pro”. This machine stands out through an impressive battery, expected to offer up to 13.5 hours of functioning time on a charge.

Inside there’s the latest gen Intel Kaby Lake CPU series, with options going from Core m and Core i5 (fanless) to Intel Core i7 with fan included. The famous Microsoft kickstand is kept, but in a new version and you can also get the Surface Pen stylus for $99. That accessory provides 4096 levels of pressure and a 21 ms latency. Upfront we find the same 12.3 inch PixelSense screen, but with a changed resolution of 2256 x 1504 pixels.

A novelty here is the support for 4G LTE and we also get USB 3.0 connectivity, WiFi and a microSIM and eSIM slot. Omnisonic speakers also make the cut with Dolby Audio Premium acoustics. The tablet will be sold with 4, 8 or 16 GB of RAM and 128, 256 or 512 GB of flash storage. Microsoft Surface Pro provides 13.5 hours of video playback on the Core i5 model, which is quite the bump from the 9 hours promised for the Surface Pro 4.

 

New Alcantara Type Covers will be available, in cobalt blue, burgundy and platinum. The hing sits lower for drawing (165 degree range of motion) and the version with the fan will be reasonably quiet, at just 18 dB. The Surface Pro is up for preorder right not starting at $799. It ships on June 15th.

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