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Apple’s Radical New iPhone Suddenly Takes Shape

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Apple has three new iPhones coming later this year and their contentious designs are already well known. But the company is also openly working on a far more ambitious device to counter the folding smartphone trend, and Apple’s most ambitious iPhone to date is now quickly taking shape. 

Apple is working hard to develop a folding iPhone (concept pictured)

Apple is working hard to develop a folding iPhone (concept pictured) WWW.FOLDABLE.NEWS

Spotted by the ever-alert Patently Apple, the US Patent and Trademark Office has this week granted Apple new patents for a “foldable cover and display for an electronic device.” And helpfully, it reveals both how Apple will do it and the radical folding configurations it is considering.

We learn Apple’s work centres on creating a display which has a flexible region and a cover layer using ceramics, such as toughened glass or sapphire. This is a step up from anything we have seen from Samsung and Huawei’s flexible devices, which simply use plastic panels (the former is suffering for that mistake already).

Moreover, with its alternative approach, Apple shows it is possible to build significantly more radical folding form factors than the phones we have seen to date, possibly due to increased structural integrity. Yes, the standard fold is indeed shown but Apple also illustrates radical dual and triple folding designs.

Traditional and radical folding form factors from Apple's new folding display patent

Traditional and radical folding form factors from Apple’s new folding display patent PATENTLY APPLE

And, if you were left in any doubt about Apple’s intentions, it is worth noting this is just the latest in a flurry of folding iDevice patents the company has submitted over the last year. Including one which reveals subtle heating below the display so the bend doesn’t stiffen or crack in cold weather. As usual, Apple isn’t first into the ring but it looks ready to make a big splash on arrival.

When can we expect to see the so-called iPhone Fold? While the first folding phones have already hit the market, sadly Apple’s 2019 iPhones are not that interesting. There will be a major iPhone redesign in 2020, which may prove a more likely timeframe but, as all Apple fans know, the real answer is: When it’s ready.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2019/05/29/apples-iphone-fold-new-iphone-upgrade-iphone-xs-max-xr/#1a24b1382afa

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Different types of printers? How to make a wise choice?

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Printers have gained massive importance in the last few years. The speed, efficiency, and quality in which they not only print documents but perform several other functions make them highly valued in various industries. Undoubtedly, the discovery of the printer has been one of the greatest inventions of humankind.

Owing to significant advances in science and technology, there are several types of printers that are available in the market. Each of them caters to different purpose.

Let check the different types of printers and know more about them:

1) Laser Printers

Laser printers are one of the most highly sought printers for workplaces. These printers are efficient and print considerably fast.

This helps in increased productivity as more documents can be printed with relative ease.

It is most favourable for printing text documents. These are not suitable for printing glossy pictures or other unusual paper sizes.

The fact that it produces top-quality output and is quiet makes them perfectly suitable for use in offices.

2) Inkjet Printers

Inkjet Printers are the most commonly used printers in homes as well as offices. These come in a very economical budget but often have slow printing speed.

They also produce low-quality output that may affect your work productivity and use toners instead of ink in the cartridge.

Though in recent years, inkjet printers have developed and now are quite diversified and specific in their features and efficiency. These printers have been the basic ones that people started with for the past several years.

3) Large Format Printers

Large format printers are largely used for printing posters, large photographs, banners, etc. These are quite expensive and require a large space for its accommodation.

They have a wide range of functionalities. Some of these printers can easily handle photorealistic pictures with about 1440 DPI resolutions.

They can also print pictures in widths as large as 98 inches. The usage of different colour inks in huge tanks makes this possible. These printers are only purchased for professional usage.

4) Cardstock Printers

Cardstock papers vary distinctly from the regular papers in terms of weight and thickness. Most regular printers cannot handle the heavyweight cardstock paper and can result in making an utter mess.

To avoid this, cardstock printers are designed. These printers are equipped with features that make them handle the printing of cardstock papers with ease. Both inkjet and laser printers can support cardstock printing if fitted accordingly. These printers generally use more inks or toners than the regular ones.

5) Photo Printers

These printers are specifically designed to print out images. They are usually portable and small in size.

Due to the relatively small dimensions, these printers cannot carry out heavy functionalities and usually print images at small paper sizes.

But, full-size colour printers are also available for more extensive image printing. These printers usually have ports to plug in media cards and offer both wireless and wired connections to your system. Most of these printers also offer basic editing features.

6) Multifunction Printers

The Multifunction Printers of MFP is a great economical choice for professional use. These printers are designed in a way that it not only prints documents but also serves the purpose of several other machines.

Apart from being a printer, it also acts as a copier, fax machine, and scanner. The printers are equipped with several features like Wi-Fi connectivity with ports for media cards along with auto feeders and auto duplexers. These are available in a wide range of prices and have a considerably small footprint.

Choosing the printer that suits your needs the most is not an easy feat. It requires you to gain insight into some of the technical jargon associated. You can take a look at the tips given below to buy the printer that is perfect for you.

  • Purpose: The foremost thing that you must consider is the purpose of the printer and where it is needed. The requirement criteria differ for using it at home or workplaces. Printers used at home are generally not as detailed as those used for offices.
  • Types: There are various types of printers that are available. Please make a note of your needs and check out which one fulfils your requirements. Ask for an expert to help if you get puzzled.
  • Cost: This part is quite tricky. Budget is a factor that you need to prioritize. But, you also need to be aware that most cheap printers come with expensive ink cartridges. Make this decision wisely after serious deliberation.
  • Function:  Different printers have various functions. You must decide if you want a printer that only prints or scans copies, faxes along with printing. Deciding on this will make things easy for you.
  • Usage: The frequency with which the printer is used is a significant factor. If it is used often and for long periods, certain printers are better suited than others.
  • Footprint: The size of your printer will depend on the kind of work that you intend to do and how much space you can provide for the printer. This also depends on the number of people using it. If you have a large workspace, then you can accommodate a large printer with various functionalities.
  • Connectivity: You need to decide if you want to eliminate the issue of cables and cords. The majority of the printers now have features that allow wireless connection through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Some even use cloud technology and Wireless PictBridge.
  • Speed: If your printing needs to be fast, you need to check out the PPM (Pages per minute) or the CPM (Characters per minute) rate of the printer. Laser printers are generally much faster in printing than inkjet printers.

These are some of the factors that you can keep in mind while purchasing a printer. It is always better to remain updated about certain areas and do the due research diligently before making a decision.

Keep in mind that these printers come at a considerable cost and buying something that is of no use to you can make you dissatisfied, discontent, and poke e hole in your wallet- all at the same time.

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Honor MagicBook Pro (2020) 16-inch laptop review

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OUR VERDICT

The Honor MagicBook Pro is a great laptop that doubles as an exceptional mobile workstation thanks to an outstanding price-performance ratio. Shame about the placement of the webcam though.

FOR

  • Affordable
  • Excellent performance
  • Great build quality
  • Speakers firing up
  • Fingerprint sensor built into power button
  • Magiclink feature holds some interesting promises

AGAINST

  • The pop up webcam
  • No card reader
  • No numeric keypad
  • Smaller than expected battery
  • Memory is soldered

Honor has quietly found its place alongside its parent company, Huawei, as the up-and-coming challenger brand. Of the three laptops released by the brand at IFA 2020 in Berlin, the MagicBook Pro is the one which garners the most interest partly because of its very affordable price tag and its main target, the 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro. Could this be the best-value and most balanced mobile workstation on the market yet?

Price

At the time of writing, the Honor Magic Book Pro is on sale direct from the manufacturer in the UK, France and Germany with other territories likely to follow. Only one model is available, one with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD and a price tag of £850, which includes a free Honor watch worth £120. That translates to a VAT-free price of about $940.

Laptop Shut

(Image credit: Future)

Design

The design language of the MagicBook Pro shares common features with the Xiaomi Mi laptop brand, the Dell XPS 15 and, of course, the Apple MacBook Pro. Note the Space Gray colour scheme paired with an aluminum chassis rather than a magnesium alloy one (lighter but also displaying more flex) and a frosted matte finish.

Lid Closed

(Image credit: Future)

With dimensions of 369 x 234 x 16.9mm and a weight of 1.7Kg, it doesn’t aspire to be the lightest or the thinnest although a screen-to-body ratio of 90% means that it is not much bigger than a 15.6-inch laptop when it comes to footprint.

Screen Side View

(Image credit: Future)

A long hinge connects the display, a 16.1-inch full HD IPS one, to the base. One thing that is immediately noticeable is the lack of holes on the bezel which means that the camera sensor and the microphones are located elsewhere.

Pop-up Webcam

(Image credit: Future)

The HD webcam – based on the Omnivision OV9734 – is a pop-up type that resides inside a key between F6 and F7 and don’t worry, it won’t damage your screen if you happen to close the display without remembering to push down the webcam.

There’s no numeric keypad and two speakers are hidden behind grills located on each side of the keyboard. A fingerprint reader (Goodix branded) is also located in the power button.

Keyboard and Trackpad

(Image credit: Future)

The keyboard keys are almost apple-sque, almost nearly flush with the surface and backlit while the touchpad is generously proportioned but without any physical buttons. Shame about the stickers next to them though.

Ports Right Side

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An audio connector and two full size USB ports are located on one side and a type-C USB, a full size HDMI 2.0 and a full size USB on the other. The Type-C connector doubles up as a universal power port that is paired with the bundled Huawei-branded switching power adaptor. The latter delivers between 5V and 20V and between 2A and 3.25A, making it ideal for charging other devices as well.

Underside

(Image credit: Future)

The base of the laptop contains two parallel rubber strips that act as raisers to allow air to cool the components inside via a perforated grill. There’s no card reader or Thunderbolt 3 connector.

Fingerprint Reader

(Image credit: Future)

Hardware

SPEC SHEET

Here are the full specs of the Honor MagicBook Pro configuration sent to TechRadar Pro for review:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4600H

Graphics: Radeon RX Vega 6

RAM: 16GB

Screen: 16.1-inch FHD resolution

Storage: 512GB WD SN730 PCIe NVMe SSD

Ports: 1 x USB 3.1, 3 x USB 3.2, 1 x USB-C, audio jack, 1 x HDMI

Connectivity: Realtek 8822CE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0

Weight: 1.7kg

Size: 369 x 234 x 16.9mm  (H x W x D)

Battery: 56Whr

The highlight of the MagicBook Pro is the AMD Ryzen 5 4600H that powers it. It is a six-core processor with a base CPU speed of 3GHz, 11MB cache, 12 threads, six graphics cores running at 1.5GHz. Now there’s a good reason why a hexa-core model was chosen and that has to do with the fact that the base MacBook Pro model has a 6-core CPU, the Intel Core i7-9750HF, a CPU launched last year with a comparable 45W TDP.

The 4600H is therefore faster, much faster than its Intel rival. The difference is even more marked once you include the integrated GPU, a Radeon RX Vega 6, one of the beefiest on the block.

The rest of the configuration includes two 8GB memory modules (a total of 16GB, soldered), a 512GB WD SN730 PCIe NVMe SSD and a Realtek 8822CE 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) Wi-Fi card with Bluetooth 5.0. The battery – which is charged by a relatively compact 65W fast charger – is a 56WHr model, 40% smaller than Apple’s or the LG Gram 17; this has obviously a direct negative impact on battery life.

Performance

(Image credit: Future)

Performance and in use

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the fastest non-workstation laptop we have tested to date, conceding defeat on compute benchmarks to the almighty and undisputed king of the hill, the 16-core XMG Apex 15. The combination of a very fast processor, a capable graphics subsystem, ample system memory and a nippy SSD means that this is a supremely capable laptop that will easily take on the mantle of a mobile workstation.

BENCHMARKS

Here’s how the Honor MagicBook Pro performed in our suite of benchmark tests:

Passmark: 4815

Passmark CPU: 15866

CPU-Z: 487.6 (single-thread); 4050.2 (multi-thread)

Geekbench: 1090 (single-core); 6140 (multi-core); 10705 (compute)

CrystalDiskMark: 3412MBps (read); 2716MBps (write)

Cinebench CPU: 3208

Novabench: 2493

Atto: 3180MBps (read, 256mb); 2530MBps (write, 256mb)

AJA: 2730MBps (read); 2416MBps (write)

Windows Experience Index: 8

The fans kicked in only under load during the most intense parts of our benchmarks. Honor says that six temperature sensors and a cooling-fan motor with higher spin rates helps cool the laptop more effectively.

The pleasant experience continues on to the screen: the display is a 300nits model with a 1000:1 rated contrast ratio and a 100% sRGB color gamut. While it is not bright enough when working in direct sunlight, the fact that it is matte reduces the glare that usually makes glossy screens almost unusable whenever it’s sunny. Out of the box, the image quality is, pun intended, clearly visible. Hardly any bleed, colours that pop out, just enough vibrancy, an all-round (subjective) success.

The keyboard is likely to divide opinions as always; it has a much shorter travel which in turn impacts on the feedback, which feels sharper and less noisy. Again, that’s in line with the whole Apple experience. It is not distracting but those who like copious feedback when touch typing could be disappointed. As for the touchpad, it was a bit meh. We are fans of physical buttons and this one didn’t have any; sure it was responsive and of good size, but beyond that, it did lack character.

Webcam Angle

(Image credit: Future)

The webcam is probably the only glaring weak spot of an overall very good product. While the picture quality is good, its fixed location means that interlocutors on your video conference calls will see you from a downward angle (see picture) when the laptop is on one’s lap. The problem is different on a table where its inflexibility becomes a clear flaw.

At just over seven hours, the battery life is decent without being exceptional. Our best time was reached by the LG Gram 14 with well over 10 hours, a 50% difference. That said, the MBP achieved this with a 56WHr battery (8WHr per hour), making it less frugal than the Gram 14’s 73WHr (7WHr per hour). Note that you should be able to charge the device to 50% capacity in 30 minutes.

The competition

As mentioned before, the obvious rival to the MagicBook Pro is the MacBook Pro 16-inch. The latter costs almost three times as much but comes with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, a much bigger battery, a higher-resolution display, six speakers and a discrete GPU. Whether or not the 200% premium is worth it is debatable but one thing that cannot be argued is that the MacBook Pro 16-inch is an exceptional workhorse.

There are very few 16-inch Windows laptops at the time of writing, a slightly odd category that fits between the usual 15.6-inch models and the awkwardly bigger 17.3-inch ones.

That said, we’d like to commend the LG Gram 17 which received our recommendation in July 2020 and a comment from our fellow reviewer, Bill Thomas, that this is a laptop that “can’t actually be real”. Why? For a start it is the lightest 17.3-inch laptop ever built, it is even lighter than the smaller Apple’s MacBook Pro 13-inch albeit with a much larger footprint. While it does cost more than the Honor MBP, the Gram 17 has a bigger battery capacity, a higher screen resolution, Thunderbolt 3 ports and a numeric keypad. Some models also come with a dedicated Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650 GPU.

The only other model worth mentioning is the HP Pavilion 16.1-inch notebook, a gaming laptop with an Intel Core i5-10300H and a dedicated Geforce GTX1660Ti GPU. It is far heavier than the MagicBook Pro, has a smaller battery and its quad-core CPU won’t stand a chance against the Ryzen’s hexa-core processor.

Final verdict

We understand Honor’s desire to have a faceoff with Apple’s MacBook Pro but we have to question the wisdom of adding yet another screen size, one which is after all only half an-inch diagonally bigger than most of its peers.

On the whole though, the MagicBook Pro is a great laptop to use, very well built and with a solid pedigree as it is essentially a Huawei device. It is mightily quick, has a good battery life and overall provides a very rounded and polished computing experience.

Other than the questionable choice of having the webcam hidden in the keyboard, there’s a number of changes we’d advocate for the next iteration. Use a 16:10 panel – just like Apple’s – which will allow for more room above and below the keyboard.

Doing so means you can get a proper numeric keypad – surely a must at this size – in and move the speakers above the keyboard. Next, try to fit a bigger battery even if it means bumping the price up; matching the 100WHr battery on the Apple MBP would be ideal. A memory card reader would also be appreciated as well as the inclusion of Thunderbolt 3 as a universal connector.

Last but not least, we’d love to see a “Pro^2” version of the MagicBook Pro, one with an 8-core AMD Ryzen processor, a discrete GPU, 32GB of RAM, a pair of 512GB SSD in RAID-0 and Windows 10 Pro. That would be a landmark, flagship halo product that could propel Honor from the ranks of challenger to that of head turner.

Source: https://www.techradar.com/reviews/honor-magicbook-pro-2020-16-inch-laptop

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MSI unveils one of the thinnest and lightest gaming laptops – Stealth 15M based on Intel Tiger Lake

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MSI unveils one of the thinnest and lightest gaming laptops – Stealth 15M based on Intel Tiger Lake

MSI has expanded its range of Stealth gaming notebooks with the new Stealth 15M model. The basis for a portable gaming system, you can choose the Intel 11th generation Tiger Lake processor up to the older model Core i7.

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MSI gaming laptop

An equally interesting feature of the novelty is its claim to be one of the thinnest and lightest 15-inch gaming laptops on the market. The laptop is only 15.95 mm thick and weighs up to 1.69 kg.

Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not fully indicate the technical characteristics of the  Stealth 15M. So, a portable gaming system is ready to offer the installation of two DDR4-3200 RAM sticks, but the supported amount is not indicated. It also claims support for M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen4 drives. But again, the manufacturer does not indicate the available volume options.

The 15.6-inch display of the MSI Stealth 15M gaming laptop is built using an IPS matrix. It offers support for Full HD resolution with refresh rates up to 240Hz. The discrete graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q with 6 GB of GDDR6 video memory is responsible for the graphics capabilities.

The equipment also includes an RGB-backlit keyboard, one Thunderbolt 4 (USB 4.0 Type-C with DisplayPort alternate mode), two USB 3.2, Type-A, one HDMI output, as well as a slot with support for microSD memory cards and a combo audio jack. High-quality mobile sound is provided by NAHIMIC 3 technology.

The included 150W power supply is ready to replenish the 52Wh battery. With this power, the battery will charge very quickly. The dimensions of the laptop are 358 × 248 × 15.95 mm. The novelty supports wireless data transmission standards Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1.

The MSI Stealth 15M gaming laptop will be available in an all-white or gray finish. Unfortunately, the manufacturer has not yet announced anything about the price of the laptop and its availability.

Source: https://phonemantra.com/msi-unveils-one-of-the-thinnest-and-lightest-gaming-laptops-stealth-15m-based-on-intel-tiger-lake/

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