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vivo V17 Pro in for review

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The vivo V lineup has come a long way – it has become the company’s mid-range trend-setter. Something like Samsung Galaxy A-series, vivo is often implementing new tech and likes to go wild with experimental features. The new vivo V17 Pro, however, feels more mature in a way.

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The pop-up mechanism has been refined and it’s also bigger to accommodate two cameras, the under-display fingerprint reader has been improved and a fourth camera has been introduced as well – telephoto capable of 2x optical zoom. That makes for a camera setup most flagships would be proud of, let alone midrangers.

vivo V17 Pro in for review

So what’s new? Compared to the vivo V15 Pro, the V17 Pro comes with a slightly larger and also taller screen – 6.44-inch Super AMOLED panel with no holes or notches, 20:9 aspect ratio and 1080 x 2400px resolution.

The same Snapdragon 675 is ticking under the hood, though, so we know to expect solid performance. The chipset is paired with 8GB of RAM and expandable via microSD card 128GB internal storage.

vivo V17 Pro in for review

The motorized selfie unit accommodates a 32MP main camera with f/2.0 aperture and an 8MP ultrawide snapper. The back has four cameras – the super popular 48MP main sensor with f/1.8 lens, 8MP ultrawide angle unit with f/2.2 lens (same as on the previous generation) and a 13MP telephoto camera capable of 2x optical zoom. The fourth camera is just a 2MP depth sensor.

vivo V17 Pro in for review

Perhaps that’s the reason the V17 Pro is so hefty and it’s top-heavy too. At almost 202 grams and 9.8 mm thick it’s one of the most massive handsets around. We are pretty sure that the big periscope-like mechanism and the quad-camera array on the back account for the weight and the slightly unbalanced nature of the chassis.

vivo V17 Pro in for review

The generous 4,100 mAh is contributing – a substantial increase over the V15 Pro’s 3,700 mAh unit. The same 18W fast charging is available but the V17 Pro comes with a USB-C connector, unlike the V15 Pro.

So while the V17 Pro mostly sticks to the formula of its predecessor it brings substantial upgrades in key aspects. It’s too early to say if it’s as great in real life as the specs sheet makes it sound, but we’ve already begun our testing so we will know soon enough.

Source: https://www.gsmarena.com/vivo_v17_pro_in_for_review-news-39326.php

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Introducing Pixelbook Go, a Chromebook laptop for people on a budget

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Slim metal body, large touchpad, expansive 13.3-inch screen. Is it a MacBook Air? Or, a Surface Laptop? No, it’s a Google Pixelbook.

Next to Google’s newest Pixel 4 phonesPixel Buds earbuds and Nest products at Google’s fall hardware event, there’s also a new made-by-Google Chromebook in town. It isn’t a convertible tablet-hybrid or a snap-on-keyboard solution like last year’s Pixel Slate. It’s a laptop. Just a laptop. And maybe that’s a good thing?

The Pixelbook Go is designed to be a lighter, better and more affordable Chrome laptop than the really good but really expensive Pixelbook Google made two years ago. The Go has a larger screen (13.3 inches), but it’s lighter (2.4 pounds), shifting to a magnesium chassis. Google’s product team took me through what’s new, and why a more comfortable laptop experience was the most important goal this time around.

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The bottom of the Not Pink Pixelbook Go, and its grippy pattern.James Martin/CNET

Pixel design touches

Besides being lighter, the Pixelbook Go promises to be better for typing on: A new keyboard is designed to feel better than the already pretty good Pixelbook keys, and quieter. The touchpad’s larger, too. My eyes are immediately drawn to a funky, grippy pattern on the bottom of the Go, a signature design move that’s supposed to help the laptop stay put on tables and be more easily held. It’s a good-looking laptop. Much like the MacBook Air or the Microsoft Surface Laptop, it has a clean overall look.

The Pixel phonelike design of the Pixelbook Go is there too, especially in the colors. The black and “not pink” color variants match what Google’s Pixel 3 phone came in last year. The curved and softer feel seems to fit the look, as well.

This is definitely the Chromebook I’d like to do work on, I think. But I tried “living on” the Pixelbook earlier this year and really appreciated it, too. Chromebooks are already really good at doing what they do. The limitations come down to being committed to Chrome and Google Play, and price.

A faster charge

Fast-charging through USB-C should offer a 2-hour boost in 20 minutes, which is more like what I’d expect from a phone. After suffering through used-up laptop batteries and waiting for a recharge, this sounds like a welcome change. The larger battery should last longer than those of previous Pixelbooks, too, 12 hours on a full charge according to Google.

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The Pixelbook Go’s larger touchpad and quieter keyboard.James Martin/CNET

Standard specs, no microSD card slot

The Pixelbook Go may start at $649, but its tiered pricing and specs sound a lot like what Google did last year with the Pixel SlateIntel eighth-gen processor options include an M3, Core i5, and Core i7, with storage ranging from 64GB to 256GB and 8GB or 16GB of RAM. There’s a 4K display upgrade, too, which also costs extra.

The base specs of a Core M3 processor, 64GB of storage and 8GB of RAM sound OK, but there’s no microSD card slot, so storage space is fixed. I can live off 64GB on a Chromebook, but considering that these Chromebooks can access Android apps and the subscription Google Play Pass service, I’d prefer 128GB.

Google’s Titan-C security chip, similar to what was in last year’s Pixel Slate and a variant of the Titan M chip in last year’s Pixel 3 phone, puts this Chromebook in the same security landscape as other recent Google products.

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Pixelbook GoJames Martin/CNET

One more Chromebook in the Chromebook world

The Pixelbook Go will be sold alongside the older Pixelbook and last year’s Pixel Slate, which aren’t going anywhere, Google says. The Go is meant to be yet another option in Google’s device portfolio. The laptop is more affordable, starting at $650, but its price can rapidly ramp up based on configuration. The $649 model has an eighth-gen Intel Core M3 processor, 8GB of RAM and 64GB of nonexpandable storage. There’s a $1,399 model with 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a Core i7 processor. There’s also a 4K display option (the default display is 1,920×1,080 pixels). 

There are already plenty of less expensive Chromebooks out there already, though, many of which cost less and offer more flexibility and tablet transformation tricks. When I asked Google why the Pixelbook Go isn’t cheaper, the Pixelbook team indicated that OEMs already do a fine job of filling that need. The Pixelbook Go is trying to be a great midrange laptop. At a $700-range price, it better be.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/google-pixelbook-go-chromebook-laptop-people-on-budget/

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Surface Pro X vs. iPad Pro | Spec comparison

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If you’re looking for a tablet that can double as a laptop, the two best options are the iPad Pro and freshly-announced Surface Pro X.  Both these devices sport super-slim bezels, support for a pen, as well as a keyboard accessory that you may need for typing.

The Surface Pro X is the newer of the two devices, though you might be wondering how it stands up to the latest iPad Pro. In this guide, we’ll compare design, performance, and portability, and help you choose the right one for you.

Design

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In terms of design, both iPad Pro and Surface Pro X are super slim and pack a large immersive display. However, there are some notable differences. First off, the bezels on the iPad Pro are much slimmer all the way around on the top, left, right, and bottom sides of the device. The bezels on the Surface Pro X have been cut down on the sides, but the top and bottom borders still remain a bit chunky.

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The iPad Pro is insanely sleek, full of interesting features, and undoubtedly the most powerful tablet ever made.

As for the display between those borders, both devices are high-resolution options. The Surface Pro X comes a 2,880 x 1,920 (267 PPI), and the iPad Pro has a 2,732 x 2,048 (264 PPI) screen. The Surface Pro X also sports a 3:2 aspect ratio, whereas the iPad Pro is sporting 4:3. That makes the Surface Pro X a better option for productivity, while the iPad feels a bit more square, making for a nicer tablet experience.

The Pro X also has slightly more pixels per inch than the iPad, but the iPad Pro sports a brighter 600 nit 120Hz True Tone display, which we found makes scrolling smoother and more responsive. The Surface Pro X is slightly behind with a dimmer 450 nit 60Hz panel, common for most Windows devices.

Importantly, the Surface Pro X benefits from the built-in kickstand, which makes the device easier to use on your lap or on a desk.

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Next, there is a need to address connectivity, which is also different between the two tablets. On the iPad Pro, there is a single USB-C port, as well as a keyboard connector port and a nano SIM Slot. The Surface Pro X, meanwhile, doubles that up. It features two USB-C ports, nano SIM, as well as Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connect port for charging. You’ll also find the connector for the keyboard on the bottom.

Both products lack a headphone jack, which means you’ll need to buy a dongle or use a newer pair of headphones. There’s also no SD-card slot, which means you’ll need to settle on a storage option that fits your need, though the Surface Pro X does feature swappable SSDs.

Finally, both 2-in-1’s sport an option for a keyboard cover. Apple’s Smart Keyboard comes in at the cost of $170. It’s fairly comfortable and has a lot of key travel, as we found in our review. However, there’s no touchpad on board. That holds it back from being a true laptop replacement. It also doubles as a stand, propping up the screen to up to two angles.

The Surface Pro X, meanwhile, sports an optional $140 Type Cover. In terms of comfort, we found essentially the same as what we experienced with the Surface Pro 6, but it now also houses a special spot in the top for the Surface Pen — which we will discuss later. However, note the Pro X does not support older Microsoft Type Covers, as the connector is different.

iPadOS has come pretty far toward offering a better software solution for multitasking and productivity, but the full version of Windows 10 offered on the Surface Pro X will be more familiar for most people. The iPad Pro wins the tablet comparison, but the Surface Pro X is the better laptop replacement.

Performance

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In terms of performance, there’s quite a bit difference between the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro X. Unlike previous Intel-based devices, Microsoft partnered with Qualcomm to create an ARM-based Microsoft SoC, dubbed the SQ1 processor. The iPad Pro, meanwhile, sports a custom ARM-based Apple SoC, named the Apple A12 bionic.

The SQ1 runs at 3GHz, sports eight cores, and two teraflops of graphics power. Microsoft says this SoC features three times more performance per watt than the Surface Pro 6’s Intel 8th-gen chip. However, there are some limitations to take note of, as some areas of Windows 10 and 64-bit apps aren’t optimized for ARM-based chipsets. More testing is needed, but it should still be great for web browsing, and other day to day activities. Other apps like Photoshop might not work quite as well.

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Now onto the iPad Pro. It sports the A12 Bionic processor. This has eight cores and also an embedded M12 co-processor. We found this processor quite powerful for editing in Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as for gaming in Civilization VI. No matter what you download from the app store, the iPad Pro will run it at breakneck speeds.

Quite obviously, the iPad Pro is limited to apps in the App Store, as it is powered by iPadOS. The Pro X meanwhile runs full Windows 10 and is compatible with Google Chrome and other traditional Windows programs, though there will be limits to 32-bit apps, as we mentioned before.

Portability

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In terms of portability, the Surface Pro X and the iPad Pro are almost neck and neck. The Surface Pro X measures in at 11.3 x 8.2 x 0.28 inches, and the iPad Pro at 9.7 x 7 x. 0.23 inches. In weight, Surface Pro X is about 1.7 pounds, whereas the iPad Pro is 1.4 pounds.

Now, for battery life. With the iPad Pro, Apple promises up to 10 hours of battery life, though we were able to push our iPad Pro through several days with a few hours usage at a time. The iPad Pro also supports fast charging, with the optional 30-watt USB-C Power Adapter.

Next, Microsoft promises up to 13 hours of battery life on the Surface Pro X with the screen at 150 nits of brightness. We need to test it more, but judging the fact that the Pro X is an always-connected PC — which we’ve seen get up to 13 hours of battery — we’re assuming that this is indeed true. It also supports fast charging, via the Surface Connect port. Microsoft especially claims that this can get you to an 80% charge in just one hour.

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We’ll also mention the support for LTE on the devices. All models of the Surface Pro X have a nano-SIM tray. That means that you get LTE with any configuration, whereas with the iPad Pro, you need to pay $150 extra if you want a model with LTE.

Finally, there is the pen. Microsoft’s new Surface Slim Pen with the Surface Pro X slots right into the Type Cover keyboard and recharges wirelessly. This makes it easy for portability, but it’s also a separate $145 purchase. That’s significantly more than the $129 Apple Pencil, which also charges wirelessly and can attach to the top of the iPad Pro.

For now, the iPad Pro is the winner

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The Surface Pro X doesn’t launch until November 5, so right now, the iPad Pro is your only real option. But beyond that, most people will be happier with Apple’s offering. Configured with 64GB of storage and LTE support (that is the default on the Surface Pro X,) it starts at $1,149. The price then comes up to $1,448 when factoring in the keyboard and Apple Pencil cost.

With the Surface Pro X, you’ll be paying $999 for just the device, when configured with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. That is then pushed up to $1,285 with the keyboard and pen. Sure, it is cheaper than buying an LTE connected iPad Pro, and you get much more storage space, but there is a lot that is currently unknown about the device.

We need to test the Surface Pro X some more to see the true performance of the SQ1 chipset, as well as match the battery life claims.  iPad Pro is the way to go right now, but that could change when we get more time with the Surface Pro X.

Source: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/surface-pro-x-vs-ipad-pro/

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Microsoft says its Surface Duo phone isn’t really a phone — here’s why

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Microsoft doesn’t want you to think of the newly announced Surface Duo as a phone. And the reasons are far from technical. The Surface Duo attaches two 5.6-inch screens around a central hinge. It has a modem to connect to the network and make phone calls. By any definition, Microsoft has made a phone. It even runs Android.

Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer, even had difficulty denying that the Surface Duo is a phone. During the launch presentation in New York, he acknowledged that media would probably refer to it that way no matter how he spun it. (Here are 8 things we still don’t know about the Surface Duo.)

“Make no mistake,” Panay said by way of a redirect. “This is a Surface device.”

Microsoft announced the Surface Duo at a pivotal time when interest in devices that can double a phone’s screen size is on the rise. Samsung’s problematic Galaxy Fold shows the promise of an ultralarge screen you can fold up and put in your pocket, but it also revealed the peril of a bendable screen that’s far weaker than glass. With the Surface Duo, Microsoft thinks it can do better than fragile foldable phones.

In the Surface Duo, Microsoft attempts to plant a flag on the best of both worlds, a cellular device that doubles your screen size with two sturdy glass screens.

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So why can’t a Surface device be a phone, too?

Phone or Surface device, the difference is mainly semantic. Perhaps it exists within Microsoft’s marketing psyche as a way to deflect an awkward explanation for why a company with such a rich history making Windows phone software is now trying to sell an Android phone.

Maybe calling the Duo a “phone” is a way to explain why it doesn’t have a second, external screen like the Galaxy Fold and other prototypes we’ve seen. Or maybe it would be Microsoft uncomfortably admitting defeat after it closed its phone business in 2016 — the Lumia 650 was the last phone to run mobile Windows software. 

“Surface Duo does much more than make phone calls – it’s a dual-screen Surface that fits in your pocket, bringing together the best of Microsoft productivity experiences, Android apps, and Surface hardware design into a single device,” said a Microsoft spokesperson in an email.

Before the iPhone arrived in 2007, Windows Mobile was on the rise, with a 50% US marketshare in Q2 2007, according to NPD Group, and 12% global reach, according to O’Reilly, citing Gartner

At its inception, Windows Mobile software had a sophisticated file system that turned small-screen phones into mini computers that were perfect for on-the-go geeks. But it was Apple’s more intuitive iOS that caught the attention of the masses, with Google’s rapidly maturing Android OS following a year later. 

Despite several overhauls to Window Mobile, Windows Phone and Windows for phones, Microsoft’s mobile software struggled to match the features and apps available in Android and iPhone — even after buying Nokia’s phone business

By 2011, the brand barely registered 2%, while Android soared to capture 53% of the US market and iOS took 29%. Joining the Android current, which just a few years before was barely a blip on the radar, would be a bitter pill for any former competitor to swallow.

Microsoft begs to differ. “We are embracing customers where they are and building on technology they use with benefits only Microsoft can bring,” the spokesperson emailed. “We are building on top of Android, just as we’ve built on top of Chromium in our Edge browser, to give our customers the best of both companies.”

Microsoft may have a checkered mobile past, but its leadership today, helmed by Panay and CEO Satya Nadella, is taking the first necessary step to possibly repair Microsoft’s smartphone reputation. Making any kind of dent is a radical long-shot by any measure.

But by giving the Surface Duo an Android OS and the power to make calls, Microsoft is putting itself back in the conversation — no matter what kind of device you want to call it.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-says-its-surface-duo-phone-isnt-really-a-phone-heres-why/

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