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Huawei Honor MagicBook Debuts: 14 inch Ultrabook and Metallic MacBook Rival

By James A.

Huawei’s Honor sub brand came through this week, by unveiling the Honor MagicBook device. This one is an ultrabook, that comes with a 14 inch screen and an 8th gen Intel Core processor. It’s actually pretty compact at 1.47 kilograms and 15.8 mm in thickness.

Borrowing design cues from the MacBook Air and packing an aluminum body, the device is an affordable device that fits a 14 inch panel on a body made for a 13 incher. That screen is an IPS with Full HD resolution and 45% coverage of the NTSC color space. It also offers 800:1 contrast and 250 nits of brightness.

Honor MagicBook relies on an 8th gen Intel processor, either the Core i5-8250u or the Core i7-8550u, whichever you may pick. There’s 8 GB of RAM here, 256 GB of SSD SATA storage and an NVIDIA MX150 dedicated GPU, with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory.

 

The CPU and GPU both benefit from a singular heat pipe, which sucks the cool air from vents and blows out the hot air. This Honor machine promises up to 12 hours of usage, courtesy of a 57.4 Wh battery, which goes from zero to 70% in just an hour. As far as connectivity is concerned, we get USB Type-C for charging, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, as well as HDMI and audio jack.

Huawei Honor MagicBook uses 4 speakers with Dolby Atmos tech and dual microphones. There’s a fingerprint scanner here, placed to the side of the keyboard and the OS is most likely Windows 10. The starting price is $800 for the Core i5 model and $910 for the Core i7 one.

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Google Developing AltOS Mode for PixelBook; Here’s Proof

By Radu Iorga

The Google Pixelbook may not have been selling exactly like hot cakes, but it’s got one thing going for it: the ability to experiment. The flagship Chrome OS machine has been getting action from Android, Play Store, Fuchsia and probably even Andromeda in experimental fashion. Now it’s ready to get a so called “AltOS” mode.

It’s not very clear what this mode does, but there’s a chance it’ll let people do some dual boot action on the device. Imagine booting another OS other than Chrome OS on the machine, how cool is that? It may also just be a mode to let developers boot more easily into Fuchsia OS, Google’s OS that’s under development right now. The commit comments show that “go/vboot-windows” is mentioned, so we may also get Windows as an option on the Pixelbook, natively even.

The PixelBook was by no means a bad machine, but the high price was the problem with it. It’s more than capable of running Windows or whatever other OS you throw at it. Now if only Google figured out a way to alternate between Chrome OS and the other platform faster and more efficient than those dual boot Android/Windows tablets out there… Those take even minutes to switch between OSes.

I still have my money on Fuchsia though.

 

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Lenovo Air 2018 and Lenovo 7000 Laptops Now Available in China

By James A.

Lenovo China has introduced two new laptops on the Chinese market, the Lenovo Air 2018 and Lenovo 7000 being sold exclusively on JD.com. These are pretty solid devices, packing Intel 8th gen processors and elegant bodies. Let’s see what the prices are.

Lenovo Air 2018 comes with an all metal body approach and it measures 16.8 mm in thickness. It weighs just 1.95 kilograms and packs a 15.6 inch display with Full HD resolution and tri bezel less design. It’s no Huawei MateBook X Pro, but it does have an impressive 82.7% screen to body ratio. Inside we find an 8th gen Intel processor and the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU.

Core i7 and Core i5 versions are on the table, plus 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storage. A fingerprint scanner is included, plus Harman Kardon acoustics and a 45 Whr battery with support for fast charge. An USB Type-C port is available here, but only for data transfer. There are two USB 3.0 ports here, an HDMI port and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

Available in black, silver or gold, product is priced at $923 in the Core i5 version and $1114 in the Core i7 one.

Lenovo 7000 gets the same metal body and the same tri bezel approach, this time on a 14 inch Full HD diagonal and an 80.8% screen to body ratio. The screen can be laid flat just like the Lenovo Air 2018. The weight is 1.93 kilograms and the thickness is 19.3 mm. This time we get a 128 GB SSD and a 2 TB HDD, unlike the model above, that only has SSD.

Core i5 and Core i7 8th gen are up for selection, plus 8 GB of RAM and an AMD Radeon 535 graphics card. A 52.5 Whr battery with fast charge is here, plus USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 port, as well as HDMI. The Core i7 model goes for $1035, while the Core i5 one is $923. All of them are up for sale on JD.com

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Huawei MateBook X Pro Will Go on Sale This Week, on April 12th

By James A.

After quite a long period of waiting, the appealing Huawei MateBook X Pro is ready to go on sale. The device which was announced at MWC 2018 will be available starting this week, April 12 to be more precise.

The new laptop stunned everyone at MWC on account of the ultra narrow screen bezels, the webcam that raises from the keyboard and the fingerprint scanner in the Power button. Huawei MateBook X Pro is a Windows 10 laptop with a “full screen” 13.9 inch LTPS touchscreen, that has a screen to body ratio of 91%. The resolution is 3000 x 2000 pixels and inside we find either a Core i5 or Core i7 processor, plus 8 or 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

On the storage front there’s options of 256 GB or 512 GB of SSD and the graphics are all about the NVIDIA MX150 with 2 GB of memory. The battery is a 57.4 Wh unit, that offers up to 12 hours of continuous usage (with fast charge supported). Connectivity includes a Thunderbolt port, plus another USB Type-C port, a full USB 3.0 port and audio jack. The price should be around 1499 euros, which converts to $1850, for the 8th gen Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB of SSD version.

 

The device is just 4.9 mm thick at the slimmest end and 14.6 mm at the thickest. The real feat is that it weighs just 1.33 kilograms, which is lighter than the MacBook Air even. The keyboard integrated here is backlit and spill proof and beneath the keys we can find a pretty large trackpad. Too bad for the lack of SD card slot and more solid GPUs.

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Tonight’s Second Video Worth Sharing: The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Smartphone Full Review

By Tim

My regular visitors, all 10 or so of you, may remember that I posted an initial unboxing from Chris over at TechTablets on this smartphone.

You can find that initial review right here.  So make sure to check that one out also!

The bottom line here is that Chris likes this phone at its price point which is considered to be budget, but the camera on the back is good and the fingerprint reader is good and all things considered this one may well be worth the price!

The detailed specs overall are good, so I am not going to waste your time reading since you can get them all from the video!  I would however wait for the Global ROM so you can get all the 4G LTE bands if you are in the USA.

So let us get right to it, and make sure to check out the TechTablets channel for the latest in tech reviews!

That should be all for now, except to ask folks to visit my new YouTube channel,

Tim

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