Airtel VoLTE Launch Appears Imminent With Support Added to Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Last year, Reliance Jio made a groundbreaking entry in the Indian telecom industry with its rock-bottom tariff prices and began offering Voice over LTE (VoLTE) calling technology in the country. While some of Jio’s rival telcos are still busy launching new data offers, Airtel seems to be taking a step further with the rollout of its VoLTE services. An indication of its imminent launch was spotted in the changelog of the latest software update on Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, which adds Airtel VoLTE support.

We’ve reached out to Airtel for a comment on its 4G VoLTE rollout plans, as well as Xiaomi with regards to the feature addition. An Airtel spokesperson responded by saying, “We are piloting/testing VoLTE in a few places but there are no launch timelines that we can share at this point.”

Airtel VoLTE Launch Appears Imminent With Support Added to Xiaomi Redmi Note 4The Airtel VoLTE support was spotted on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 of a Gadgets 360 team member, added with the MIUI v8.2.10.0.MCFMIDL software update. The changelog says “New – Airtel VoLTE support (06-14)”, as seen in the screenshot. Other changes brought by the update include May Android security update, and fixes for connectivity, SD card, and notification issues.

Reliance Jio’s entry into the Indian telecom market has shaken up the entire industry, with free calling on VoLTE networks one of its primary USPs. Rival telcos have found it hard to compete with this, as well as the increased value for money on data plans. Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, and other telcos have been rolling out new plans every week in an attempt to keep customers, and the offering of VoLTE calling is a natural progression to compete on the first front.

Dell Launches Alienware and Inspiron Gaming Laptops in India

Dell on Wednesday at an event in New Delhi launched its latest gaming PCs and laptops in the country. The models launched were the Alienware 15 (starts Rs. 1,64,990), Alienware 17 (starts Rs. 2,14,990), Alienware Aurora Desktop (starts Rs. 1,79,990, Inspiron 15 5000 Gaming (starts Rs. 74,490), and the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (starts Rs. 82,490). The company says the new gaming range will be available at Dell Exclusive Stores in the country. Most of these machines were unveiled ahead of CES 2017.

The base model of the Alienware 15 ships with Windows 10 64-bit, a 15.6-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) IPS anti-glare display, an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor (quad-core, 6MB cache, up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost), Intel HD Graphics 530, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 video memory, 8GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM, a 1TB 7,200RPM HDD, and a 68Wh battery. It weighs 3.49kg, measures 389x305x25.4mm, and will be available in an Epic Silver chassis.

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On the other hand, the base model of the Alienware 17 ships with Windows 10 64-bit, a 17.3-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) IPS anti-glare display, an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor (quad-core, 6MB cache, up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost), Intel HD Graphics 530, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 video memory, 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, and a 1TB 7,200RPM HDD. It weighs 4.42kg, measures 424x332x29.9mm, and will be available in an Epic Silver chassis. Both Alienware laptops come with Tobii eye-tracking software.

The Alienware Aurora R6 Desktop’s base model ships with Windows 10 64-bit, an Intel Core i5-7400 processor (quad-core, 6MB cache, up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost), Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti with 4GB GDDR5 video memory, 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, and a 1TB 7,200RPM HDD. It weighs 14.819kg, measures 212×360.5×472.54mm, and will be available in an Epic Silver chassis.

The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Gaming’s base model hasn’t been specified. It comes Windows 10 64-bit, up to a 15.6-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) Truelife LED-backlit On-Cell touch display, a choice of Intel and AMD processors, up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 video memory, up to 32GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, and up to a 512GB PCIe SSD. It sports a 74Whr 6-cell battery. It weighs up to 2.55kg, measures 265x383x25.3mm, and will be available in a Black colour variant.

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Finally, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming base model comes Windows 10 64-bit, a 15.6-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) anti-glare LED-backlit display, an Intel Core i5-7300HQ (quad-core, 6MB cache, Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz), Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 video memory, 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, and a 1TB 5,400RPM HDD with 8GB cache. It sports a 74Whr 6-cell battery. It weighs 2.65kg, measures 274×384.9×25.55mm, and will be available in Matte Black or Red colour variants.

Announced alongside, was that Dell India has tied up with HTC in an exclusive partnership for a limited period to set up VR experience zones across 125 touch points. Speaking on the launch of the laptops, Alen Joe Jose, Director – Product Marketing, Consumer & Small Business, Dell, India said, “This year, we bring you the VR-ready Alienware 15 and 17 notebooks, the thinnest and lightest Alienware machines we have ever built. We are the first PC manufacturer to introduce cutting edge technology like the TOBII Eye Tracker which enables users to engage in gameplay on the Alienware with their eyes. Further, Alienware has a huge fan following in India and to further engage consumers who seek performance level gaming, we are expanding the Inspiron portfolio. The 15-inch 7000 and 5000 Inspiron gaming series carries forward the legacy of Alienware with design elements such as 186 cooling fans, thinly-veiled by 3 thermal exhaust cages, and a long lasting battery.”

He added, “Dell’s mid tower powerhouse, the Alienware Aurora R6 is being introduced for the first time in India. The product caters to desktop enthusiasts with a product which is capable of liquid cooling, dual full-size graphics, and overclocking processors in a compact form factor. The launch of the Graphic Amplifier is an industry first, using which consumers can simply load the latest VR-ready graphics and club their existing notebooks, to get the latest graphic experience.”

Windows 10 S Won’t Support Fedora, SUSE Linux, and Ubuntu

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that Linux distributions Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora were coming to the Windows Store. It was assumed that this was because of the launch of the Windows 10 S, which ran only Windows Store apps. Now, Microsoft has clarified that these apps won’t run on Windows 10 S, as the platform isn’t meant for app developers, hackers, and IT professionals.

In its blog, the company notes explicitly that “Windows 10 S does not run command-line applications, nor the Windows Console, Cmd / PowerShell, or Linux/Bash/WSL instances since command-line apps run outside the safe environment that protects Windows 10 S from malicious / misbehaving software.”

Windows 10 S Won't Support Fedora, SUSE Linux, and UbuntuMicrosoft elaborates that Windows 10 S is meant for the non-technical users, and looks to keep things simple and safe. The operating system is targeted towards teachers and students, who aren’t expected to do aimless work on their PCs, and quite frankly, don’t need the Linux distributions.

“Linux distro store packages are an exotic type of app package that are published to the Windows Store by known partners. Users find and install distros, safely, quickly, and reliably via the Windows Store app. Once installed, however, distro’s should be treated as command-line tools that run outside the UWP sandbox & secure runtime infrastructure. They run with the capabilities granted to the local user – in the same way as Cmd and PowerShell do. This is why Linux distro’s don’t run on Windows 10 S: Even though they’re delivered via the Windows Store, and installed as standard UWP APPX’s, they run as non-UWP command-line tools and this can access more of a system than a UWP can,” the blog elaborates.

This means Linux distributions aren’t coming to Windows 10 S, but if you want your laptop to run them nevertheless, upgrade to full Windows 10, and you’ll be able to access them via Windows Store.

HP Unveils New Premium PC Portfolio at Cannes Film Festival

In a bid to empower digital creators and storytellers with high-performance machines, HP Inc on Monday launched new premium portfolio series of Spectre x2, Envy x360, Envy 13, and Envy 17 laptops at the 14th Cannes Film Festival.

“The Spectre and ENVY premium lineup of PCs inspire the imagination and enable filmmakers and artists to reinvent and create,” Ron Coughlin, president of Personal Systems, HP Inc, said in a statement.

HP’s first luxury detachable designed for Windows Ink, Spectre x2 delivers a precise pen experience that was curated by the artist community.

The device runs on 7th Generation Intel Core processors, has stainless steel hinges and Windows Ink certified pen – a pressure sensitive device that creates a wide range of artistic effects, from varying line weights to creating subtle shading and colouring.hp spectre x2 HP spectre x2

The pen’s U-shaped stainless steel kickstand – with the ability to function from flat up to 165 degrees – is optimised for inking in several angles. The device has a 12.3-inch diagonal 3K2K (3,000 x 2,000) display with six million pixels giving users better screen readability and visibility.

The detachable keyboard provides a strong magnetic force to stay attached in any mode, along with a full-sized keyboard and responsive glass trackpad.

Spectre x2 has a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP WDR wide-view front shooter and an Infrared (IR) camera for Windows Hello biometric authentication.

It has an eight-hour battery life and HP Fast Charge technology that charges the laptop from 0 per cent to 50 percent in 30 minutes.

Further, the new Envy x360 and Envy 13 and Envy 17 laptops bring high performance empowering users to change how they work, create and play.

The HP Envy 13 and Envy 17 laptops offer a durable metal chassis in natural silver and silk gold colours. The devices have sleek angular lift hinges that allow the fan to easily circulate air while offering a more comfortable typing experience.

Boasting an Ultra-HD display with more than eight million pixels and quad speakers with discrete amplifiers, the device offers an HD WDR camera with wide viewing angels and are fitted with Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 processors.

The HP Envy x360 15.6-inch diagonal convertible is redesigned to pack the technology and versatility needed to be a laptop or a tablet.

Offered in dark ash silver and natural silver colours, the laptop has a micro-edge display, unibody aluminum chassis and fluid geared hinge that provide quality and durability to it.

Windows Ink Certification with a high precision N-tig stylus makes it easy for users to take notes and mark up documents while the UHD IPS display option gives more than eight million pixels.

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Specially designed for prosumers, the laptops can easily multitask with the latest Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 and AMD A9, A12 and FX processors.

While HP Spectre x2 will be available in June starting at price of $999.99 (roughly Rs. 64,800) and at Best Buy, starting at $1,299.99 (roughly Rs. 84,250), HP Envy x360 15 will cost users a minimum of $899.99 (roughly Rs. 58,340) and at Best Buy, starting at $829.99 (roughly Rs. 53,800).

HP Envy 13, which will also be available in June, starts from $1,049.99 (roughly Rs. 68,100) and HP Envy 17 laptop is available starting from $999.99 and at Best Buy, starting at $1,049.99.

Acer Nitro 5, Iconia Tab 10, Iconia One 10, Spin 1 Refresh Launched Ahead of Computex

Just ahead of Computex in Taipei, Taiwanese company Acer has launched a host of new devices. This includes a new laptop, an upgraded 2-in-1, and fresh Iconia-branded Android tablets. The Acer Nitro 5 is a budget gaming laptop, while the Spin 1 convertible gets upgraded processors and more. The addition to the tablet lineup brings Android 7.0 Nougat software with one variant sporting a quantum dot display.

Acer Nitro 5

Starting with the laptop, the Acer Nitro 5 is a gaming laptop with multiple configurations. It includes Intel and AMD processors – up to seventh generation Core i5 and i7 processors for Intel with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics, and seventh generation A-Series FX, A12, and A10 APUs along with up to a discrete Radeon RX 550 graphics chip from AMD. To take care of heating, Acer has introduced a Coolboost technology that delivers heightened fan speeds and cooling ability, and allows users to manually control the cooling process when heavy use requires an added boost. It boasts of a 15.6-inch full-HD display with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, and 2TB HDD storage. The keyboard has red back-lighting, and ports include USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 3.1 Type-A, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, and HDMI 2.0. The Nitro 5 will arrive in North America in July with prices starting at $799 (roughly Rs. 51,500).

Acer Spin 1

Coming to the upgraded Spin 1 convertible, it now packs new hardware and a sleeker metal design frame. It brings support for up to the latest Intel Celeron and Pentium processors, up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and 32GB/ 64GB/ 128GB storage. It sports an 11.6-inch full-HD display with a 360 degree hinge, and weighs only 1.25 kgs. It is rated to offer up to 8 hours of battery life, and ports include USB 3.1 Type-A (gen 1), USB 2.0 Type-A, HDMI, and microSD card slot for memory expansion. It comes with a stylus support on the touchscreen display, and also supports Bluetooth version 4.1. The updated Spin 1 will also arrive in North America in July with prices starting at $329 (roughly Rs. 21,200).

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Acer Iconia 10 and Iconia One 10

Lastly, but importantly, the new 10-inch Android tablets that runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. The more premium variant is called the Acer Iconia Tab 10 (A3-A50), and the other is known as the Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40FHD). Both the tablets are powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor, and are rated to offer up to eight hours of battery life. Starting with the Iconia 10, it sports a quantum dot display, four speakers, and a built-in sub-woofer for better media consumption. The Iconia One 10 brings more connectivity options with two micro-USB ports. Both the tablets support DTS-HD Premium Sound, and Wireless AC connectivity. Acer did not reveal full specification details of these tablets, and also refrained from announcing pricing and availability.

Lenovo’s Global PC Shipments Fall 1 Percent, Slower Than Market Decline

China’s Lenovo Group, the world’s largest personal computer maker, said its global PC unit shipments fell 1 percent in the year ending in March, against a market decline of 3 percent, as consumer demand continued its downward trend.

Revenue from its personal computer and smart device business, which accounts 70 percent of total revenue, fell 2 percent to $30.1 billion (roughly Rs. 1,94,226 crores).

Lenovo blamed a 4 percent drop in total revenue to $43 billion (roughly Rs. 2,77,450 crores) on difficult macro environment, its own business transformation efforts, and component supply constraints in the second half of the year.

For the full year ended March, Lenovo posted a profit of $535 million (roughly Rs. 3,451 crores), reversing a loss of $128 million a year prior. The result compared with the $569 million average of 24 estimates.

According to market intelligence firm Gartner, worldwide PC shipments totalled 62.2 million units in the first quarter of 2017, the 10th consecutive quarterly decline and the first time since 2007 for the figure to drop below 63 million.

Lenovo's Global PC Shipments Fall 1 Percent, Slower Than Market DeclineLenovo said its worldwide PC market share for the full year rose 0.4 percentage point to a record high of 21.4 percent, though that is down from 22.4 percent in the previous quarter.

“Despite market conditions that will remain challenging in the short term, the Group exited the year with stronger organization allowing for sharper customer focus and more compelling product portfolio across all our business,” Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Yang Yuanqing said in a filing.

PC competition took a step up this week when China’s largest mobile phone maker, Huawei, said it would enter the market for premium consumer models.

Lenovo also competes with Huawei in mobile, which accounts for 18 percent of its revenue. The business’ loss widened to $566 million last year from $469 million a year prior on a 10 percent drop in revenue to $7.7 billion, though Lenovo said the business had strong growth in markets outside China, especially Latin America and Western Europe.

The company’s smaller data centre business, which includes servers and enterprise services, incurred a loss of $343 million, with revenue down 11 percent to $4.07 billion.

Yang said Lenovo’s core PC business remained solid, transformation for mobile businesses is on track, while it is accelerating efforts to improve its data centre business.

He said last week Lenovo will reorganise domestic operations in response to the changing PC industry. Lenovo China will split into two divisions: one focused on consumer PCs and smart devices, and the other on data centres.

Lenovo’s profit for the three months through March dropped 41 percent to $107 million. That beat the $93.8 million average of 11 analyst estimates in a Thomson Reuters poll.

HP Says PC, Printer Businesses Grew for First Time Since 2010

HP reported better-than-expected results in what its chief executive termed a “breakthrough” quarter as both its PC and printer businesses grew for the first time since 2010.

Shares of the company rose 3.6 percent to $19.7 after the bell on Wednesday.

Revenue from personal systems business, which makes notebooks, desktops and workstations, jumped 9.6 percent to $7.66 billion (roughly Rs. 49,432 crores) in the second quarter ended April 30. The business accounts for nearly two-thirds of the company’s total sales.

Worldwide shipments of PCs rose for the first time in five years in the first quarter of 2017, with HP taking the top spot, according to research firm IDC.

The PC market has benefited as more businesses replace or upgrade their older systems as part of their refresh cycle.

The company’s printer and copier business also posted its first rise in revenue since 2011, driven partly by strong demand for HP Sprocket, a handheld photo printer.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to say that,” Chief Executive Officer Dion Weisler said on a post-earnings call, referring to the growth in its printing business.

Last year, HP bought Samsung’s printer business for $1.05 billion to bolster the unit.

However, the company warned about a “little bit of uncertainty” in the PC business for the next two quarters as the company struggles to raise prices on products sold to corporate customers.

HP Says PC, Printer Businesses Grew for First Time Since 2010The company’s net earnings from continuing operations fell to $559 million, or 33 cents per share, in the latest quarter from $660 million, or 38 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company earned 40 cents per share. Analysts were expecting adjusted earnings of 39 cents per share according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Net revenue rose about 7 percent to $12.39 billion (roughly Rs. 79,969 crores), topping analysts’ estimate of $11.94 billion.

The company also forecast full-year adjusted profit of $1.59-$1.66 per share, while analysts are estimating $1.62 per share.

Up to Wednesday’s close, shares of the Palo Alto, California-based company had risen 28.1 percent this year.

Raspberry Pi Foundation Announces Merger With Coding School, CoderDojo

Raspberry Pi Foundation, the company behind the nifty credit-card sized single-board computers, on Friday announced that they are joining hands with CoderDojo Foundation, an organisation helping kids learn coding, to form an entity that will be aimed at providing many more young people across the world with new ways to find new coding opportunities.

For the uninitiated, Raspberry Pi Foundation started a technological revolution with the introduction of inexpensive miniature computers fixed on a single chipboard. Many tech enthusiasts and coders have endlessly used them to make DIY computers, in addition to support from major companies like Google. It also runs a network of coding clubs for kids aged between 9 to 13, which is attended by over 150,000 kids per week.

Coming to CoderDojo, it is an Ireland-based organisation that teaches schoolchildren coding skills. It also promotes volunteer-run programming clubs for kids aged between 7 to 17 years. The company says it has over 1,250 CoderDojos covering 35,000 youngsters in at least 69 countries. Raspberry Pi Foundation CEO Phillip Colligan said his goal is to reach a number of 5,000 CoderDojos by the end of 2020.

Raspberry Pi Foundation Announces Merger With Coding School, CoderDojoPost the merger of Raspberry Pi Foundation and CoderDojo, the latter will still continue to remain an individual entity without any ethos or brand change. The Raspberry Pi Foundation will form the entity with CoderDojo of which the former will be the shareholder, and Colligan to join its board of members. However, the merger is subject to an approval by Irish regulators.

“Bringing together Raspberry Pi, Code Club, and CoderDojo will create the largest global effort to get young people involved in computing and digital making,” notes Phillip Colligan, CEO of Raspberry Pi Foundation in a company’s blog post. “The two organisations will work together to advance our shared goals, using our respective assets and capabilities to get many more adults and young people involved in the CoderDojo movement. The Raspberry Pi Foundation will also provide practical, financial, and back-office support to the CoderDojo Foundation,” he added.

Laptop Ban: US May Expand Ban to All Flights Into and Out of the Country

The United States might ban laptops from aircraft cabins on all flights into and out of the country as part of a ramped-up effort to protect against potential security threats, US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Sunday.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Kelly said the United States planned to “raise the bar” on airline security, including tightening screening of carry-on items.

“That’s the thing that they are obsessed with, the terrorists, the idea of knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly if it’s a US carrier, particularly if it’s full of US people.”

In March, the government imposed restrictions on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins on flights from 10 airports, including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey.

Kelly said the move would be part of a broader airline security effort to combat what he called “a real sophisticated threat.” He said no decision had been made as to the timing of any ban.

“We are still following the intelligence,” he said, “and are in the process of defining this, but we’re going to raise the bar generally speaking for aviation much higher than it is now.”

Airlines are concerned that a broad ban on laptops may erode customer demand. But none wants an incident aboard one of its airplanes.

“Whatever comes out, we’ll have to comply with,” Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer of United Airlines, told the company’s annual meeting last week.

Airlines were blindsided in January when President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning entry for 90 days to citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, sending airlines scrambling to determine who could board and who could not. The order was later blocked in the courts.

In the case of laptops, the administration is keeping the industry in the loop. Delta Air Lines said in a statement it “continues to be in close contact with the US Department of Homeland Security,” while Munoz applauded the administration for giving the company a “heads up.”

“We’ve had constant updates on the subject,” he said. “We know more than most. And again, if there’s a credible threat out there, we need to make sure we take the appropriate measures.”

Laptop Ban: US May Expand Ban to All Flights Into and Out of the CountryMore scrutiny of carry-ons
Among the enhanced security measures will likely be tighter screening of carry-on items to allow Transport Security Administration agents to discern problematic items in tightly stuffed bags.

Kelly said that in order to avoid paying fees for checking bags, people were stuffing them to the point where it was difficult to see through the clutter.

“The more stuff is in there, the less the TSA professionals that are looking at what’s in those bags through the monitors can tell what’s in them.”

The TSA has begun testing certain new procedures at a limited number of airports, requiring people to remove additional items from carry-on bags for separate screenings.

Asked whether the government would expand such measures nationwide, Kelly said: “We might, and likely will.”

Computex 2017: Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe, ZenBook Flip S, and More Announced

Asus on Monday at its Computex 2017 event announced a range of laptops which will be going on sale this year. The new range of laptops announced at the annual Taipei event include the Asus ZenBook Flip S, which the company claims is the world’s thinnest convertible laptop; ZenBook 3 Deluxe, claimed to be world’s thinnest 14-inch laptop, and the ZenBook Pro, touted as the “thinnest and lightest” professional-grade ultraportable series. The company also announced its new VivoBook range of laptops including the Asus VivoBook S15, sporting a 15.6-inch display in a 14-inch chassis; and Asus VivoBook Pro 15, touted as the most powerful “VivoBook” ever.

The Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe will be available at a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,199 (roughly Rs. 77,500), the Asus ZenBook Pro will be going on sale at a starting MSRP of $1,299 (roughly Rs. 84,000), the Asus ZenBook Flip S will go on sale at a starting MSRP of $1,099 (roughly Rs. 71,000), the Asus VivoBook Pro will be available at a starting price of $799 (roughly Rs. 51,500), and the Asus VivoBook S at $499 (roughly Rs. 32,250).

Asus says that the all-new laptop lineup includes new Windows 10 features such as Windows Ink, Windows Hello, Cortana, and Modern Standby.

The Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX370) sports a 360-degree flippable display and has a thickness of 10.9mm. The new convertible laptop weighs 1.1 kilograms. The company says that the new 360-degree ErgoLift hinge has a dual-action mechanism that can lift and tilt the keyboard into the typing position even when the display is opened beyond 135 degrees.

The ZenBook Flip S is powered by up to seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor and offers up to 1TB PCIe SSD. The laptop also features the company’s new cooling system that uses a liquid-crystal-polymer fan. It sports a 4K UHD multi-touch NanoEdge display and supports an active stylus. The Asus ZenBook Flip S also comes with a fingerprint sensor which provides instant one-touch login via Windows Hello in either laptop or tablet mode.

The Asus ZenBook Pro (UX550) is being touted as the “thinnest, lightest and most powerful ZenBook Pro ever.” It packs seventh-generation quad-core Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor coupled with Nvidia GeForce GTX1050 Ti graphics. It also comes with a 1TB PCIe x4 SSD and 16GB DDR4 RAM. Asus claims an incredible day-long battery life of up to 14 hours on the ZenBook Pro. It features a 15.6-inch 4K UHD NanoEdge display and also packs quad-speaker powered by Harman Kardon.

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Asus ZenBook Pro


Much like Asus ZenBook Flip S, the ZenBook Pro is also equipped with a fingerprint sensor for one-touch login with Windows Hello. The laptop sports an all-aluminum unibody that’s just 18.9mm thin and 1.8 kilograms light. Asus ZenBook Pro sports the company’s iconic Zen-inspired spun-metal finish with diamond-cut silver edges, and illuminated lid logo.

The Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe (UX490) features a 12.9mm-thin chassis and weighs in at 1.1 kilograms. The laptop features a 14-inch NanoEdge display and is powered by seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor with up to 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe SSD. The laptop packs two USB Type-C ports which are Thunderbolt 3-enabled with support for 40Gbps data transfers and dual 4K UHD external displays. It comes with Windows 10 and comes equipped with a fingerprint sensor for easy one-touch login with Windows Hello.

The Asus VivoBook Pro 15 (N580) features a 15.6-inch 4K UHD (3840×2160 pixels) display with wide-view technology. The Windows 10-powered laptop comes with a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor with up to 16GB DDR4 RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. The VivoBook Pro 15 features hybrid storage with up to a 2TB HDD and a 512GB SSD. Asus touts that the dual-fan cooling system with a dual-copper thermal module and heat pipes will ensure the VivoBook Pro 15 to stay cool during intense gaming sessions or under heavy loads. It features Harman Kardon-certified audio with twin speakers and also has a fingerprint sensor for one-touch login via Windows Hello. The device features support for Asus Pen.

Lastly, the Asus VivoBook S15 (S510) features a 15.6-inch display and Asus says has been designed for those constantly on the go. It comes with a 17.9mm thin profile and weighs just 1.5 kilograms. The laptop sports an Icicle Gold finish with a NanoEdge display. The laptop is powered by the seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor with up to 16GB DDR4 RAM and Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics.