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Lenovo Yoga C740 (14-inch) review: A great 2-in-1 MacBook Air alternative

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Whenever someone asks me for a Windows alternative to the MacBook Air, my answer for more than a year has been either the Lenovo IdeaPad 730S or the two-in-one Yoga 730 generally because they cost less, but give you a similar look and feel and potentially better performance. They’re just great ultraportables for normal, everyday home office or school work and the Lenovo Yoga C740 is no different. 

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Lenovo Yoga C740 (14-inch)

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HOW IT STACKS UP

HP Spectre x360 13 (late 2019)9.0$1,000Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 73908.8$1,000HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019)8.7$999

LIKE

  • Slim, lightweight all-metal body.
  • Privacy shutter for webcam.
  • Excellent everyday performance and battery life for the money.

DON’T LIKE

  • Memory is soldered on.
  • No Thunderbolt 3.

The C740, available in 14- and 15.6-inch sizes, is the update to the Yoga 730. It falls in the middle of the current Yoga two-in-one convertible lineup with the C940 above and 13.3-inch C640 below. The 15.6-inch C740 is essentially the same as the 14-inch I tested, but with a larger display and a keyboard with a number pad. My configuration lists for $870, but Lenovo regularly runs sales on it and, at the moment, it’s $730. A similar configuration is available in the UK for £681 and in Australia for AU$1,800.

Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML (14-inch)

Price as reviewed$870
Display size/resolution14-inch 1,920×1,080 touch display
CPU1.6GHz Intel Core i5-10210U
Memory8GB DDR4 2,666MHz (soldered)
Graphics128MB Integrated Intel UHD Graphics
Storage512GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe
NetworkingIntel 9560 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0
Operating systemWindows 10 Home 64-bit version 1903

Less chin, more screen

At 3 pounds (1.4kg), the C740 is about a half pound heavier than its predecessor, but it also jumps from a 13.3-inch display to a 14-inch one. Oddly, though, their bodies are similar in size and the C740 is actually shorter because Lenovo eliminated much of the display’s bottom bezel. 

The display itself has good color and brightness, though you’ll still have to see past reflections outside or under bright office lighting. The 720p webcam above the screen has one of Lenovo’s little sliding shutters that physically blocks the camera. And if you like using digital assistants, the C740 has far-field mics and Amazon Alexa support, too. You can access it even when you’re not actively using the laptop.  

Lenovo offers a few configurations of the C740 that include a choice of 10th-gen Core i5 or i7 processors (Comet Lake, not Ice Lake architecture), up to 16GB of memory, integrated UHD 630 graphics and up to 1TB SSD PCIe storage. 

My configuration was perfect for typical work and entertainment use, and battery life was impressive at more than 11 hours on our streaming video test. You might want to get 16GB of memory to help with multitasking, though. The memory is soldered on, which means you can’t add more post-purchase. Storage, on the other hand, can be increased on your own easily enough. 

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Stay with C740 or go up to the C940? 

Most people looking for a general-purpose laptop will be well served with the Yoga C740, even if you never intend to use it as a tablet. The display is pen-enabled, however, so if you decide you want to use it for casual sketches or note-taking, you’ll just need to pick up a pen

On the other hand, if you know you want a pen, the C940, which starts at $1,250, comes with one and it has a storage and charging garage built into the laptop’s body. It also has Thunderbolt 3 support for its USB-C ports, whereas the C740 does not. Sound is better on the C940 also, thanks to its soundbar hinge that delivers clear audio regardless of the screen position, and it has 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) wireless, which gives you a little futureproofing, assuming you haven’t already jumped to the latest wireless standard. Lastly, you can get it configured with a six-core Core i7 processor and an UHD (3,840×2,160 pixel) HDR 400 display. 

Those are the main differences between the two and, for me, they’re things that are nice to have, but not necessities considering the price difference. With the Yoga C740, you’re still walking away with an excellent two-in-one for the money. 35 best battery life laptops37 PHOTOS

Geekbench 4 (multicore)

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (Intel)17,348Lenovo Yoga C94016,597Lenovo Yoga C74014,575Microsoft Surface Pro 612,488Lenovo Yoga C73012,191Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2019)8,002

NOTE:

 Longer bars indicate better performance

Cinebench R15 CPU (multicore)

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (Intel)712Lenovo Yoga C940675Lenovo Yoga C740652Microsoft Surface Pro 6596Lenovo Yoga C730504Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2019)260

NOTE:

 Longer bars indicate better performance

Streaming video playback battery drain test

Lenovo Yoga C940675Lenovo Yoga C740672Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2019)639Microsoft Surface Pro 6606Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (Intel)538Lenovo Yoga C730501

NOTE:

 Longer bars indicate better performance (in minutes)

System configurations

Lenovo Yoga C740Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core Intel Core i5-10210U; 8GB DDR4 RAM 2.67GHz; 128MB Intel UHD 630 Graphics; 512GB SSD
Lenovo Yoga C940Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-1065G7; 12GB DDR4 RAM 4.27GHz; 128MB Intel Iris Plus Graphics; 512GB SSD
Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2019)MacOS Mojave 10.14.5; 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y; 8GB DDR4 RAM 2.13GHz; 128MB Intel UHD Graphics 617; 256GB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (Intel)Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-1065G7; 16GB DDR4 RAM 4.27GHz; 128MB Intel Iris Plus Graphics; 256GB SSD
Lenovo Yoga 730Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core Intel Core i5-8250U; 8GB DDR4 RAM 2.4GHz; 128MB Intel UHD 620 Graphics; 256GB SSD
Microsoft Surface Pro 6Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core Intel Core i5-8250U; 8GB DDR4 RAM 1.87GHz; 128MB Intel UHD 620 Graphics; 256GB SSD

Source: https://www.cnet.com/reviews/lenovo-yoga-c740-14-inch-review/

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Nokia Unveils New Smartphones

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The HMD Global has introduced three new Nokia smartphones into the Nigerian market.

The Nokia 8.3 5G was the first 5G Nokia smartphone added to the portfolio and is joined by the brand-new Nokia 5.3 and Nokia 1.3, as well as the latest addition to the Originals family, the Nokia 5310. Sticking with firsts, HMD Global also enters a brand-newservice category with HMD Connect global data roaming, its innovative and hassle-free service that keeps customers connected to the things that matter most.

The Chief Executive Officer, HMD Global, Florian Seiche, said: “I am incredibly proud of the innovations we have introduced that will build on our unique commitment to ensuring the Nokia smartphone experience will only get better over time. Today we are kicking off a new chapter for HMD Global as we step into 5G with a truly global, future-proof smartphone. Combined with the launch of HMD Connect, we are creating a truly seamless experience in terms of connectivity.”

According to Chief Product Officer, HMD Global, Juho Sarvikas, “We take great pride in working with our partners to deliver unique devices. That’s why we are excited to announce a number of firsts with this launch. With the help of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Modular Platform, we have created a truly global 5G Nokia smartphone that’s designed with cost, usability and future-proofing in mind. Not only does the Qualcomm 5G solution enable to us condense more than 40 different radio frequency components in a single module, the Nokia 8.3 5G also features the highest number of 5G New Radio bands from 600hmz all the way up to 3.8GHz – meaning it is a truly global and future-proof device.”

Sarvikas added: “Together with Google we have managed to introduce an impressively accessible Android (Go edition) device with the Nokia 1.3 – one of the first smartphones to launch with Camera Go and running Android 10 Go edition. The new Nokia 5.3 takes powerful features like the quad camera and Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Mobile Platform and puts these at the fingertips of an even wider pool of fans.”

President, Qualcomm, Cristiano Amon, said: “We are proud to support HMD Global in announcing their new 5G device – one of the first commercially announced devices to be based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Modular Platform. We developed this platform to help bring 5G experiences to everyone and give time to market advantages to our customers – it is a highly integrated solution based on the world’s first-announced mobile platform with integrated 5G, coupled with an advanced Radio Frequency module to create a truly global 5G solution.”

Source: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2020/03/26/nokia-unveils-new-smartphones/

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Huge iPhone 12 Pro leak confirmed in iOS 14 code

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  • Apple’s iPhone 12 release is still at least 6 months away, but the phone’s overhauled design and several key features have already leaked.
  • Most of the information we have so far about Apple’s iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro smartphones comes from a single source, but now one of the key iPhone 12 Pro features he revealed has seemingly been confirmed.
  • The new feature in question could enable some of the iPhone 12 Pro’s most exciting new features, which are believed to involve next-generation augmented reality capabilities.

When it comes to Apple’s iPhone 12 release, everything is up in the air right now. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that tore through China is now devastating several parts of Europe, and the outbreak is just beginning to spread across the United States. Things are going to get far worse before they start to get better, and states across the US are finally beginning to force certain businesses to close and ask people to stay home and remain isolated as much as possible. Needless to say, it’s already far too late to “flatten the curve” and we’re likely weeks or even days away from seeing an explosion in reported cases across the country.

Needless to say, the novel coronavirus’s impact on product launches is the least of our worries right now. That said, it’s still a huge deal and it will have a serious negative impact on all of the biggest consumer electronics companies. A number of big product launches planned for 2020 will likely be delayed. On top of that, people across the country will experience financial hardships from not being able to go to work, so fewer people will be able to purchase new gadgets even if they’re not delayed. Apple’s iPhone 12 series is one of the biggest releases that will take place in 2020, though it’s still unclear exactly when the next-generation iPhone models will hit store shelves. In the meantime, one of the new marquee features headed to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max was just confirmed thanks to a big iOS 14 leak.

Whether or not Apple releases its new iPhone 12 lineup on time this coming September, the company will surely announce the new phones on schedule in early September. Some industry watchers expect the iPhone 12 release to be delayed until sometime in either October or November, while others say the phones will still be released in September but supply will be limited. In truth, no one really knows what will happen at this point, not even Apple. It’s far too soon to know exactly what impact COVID-19 will have on manufacturing in China over the course of the rest of the year.

While Apple’s iPhone 12 release plans might still be a mystery, there isn’t much mystery left surrounding the phones themselves. TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has been leaking iPhone 12 details since late last year, and he has the best track record in the business when it comes to revealing Apple’s plans ahead of schedule.

According to Kuo’s excellent sources, Apple’s new iPhone 12 models will feature a big design overhaul that’s basically a cross between the old iPhone 5 and Apple’s current iPhone 11 lineup. The phone will sport flat metal edges and a more square case, but the front will still feature a notched all-screen design and the back will have Apple’s new square camera array. The phones are also expected to include new features like 5G and upgraded OLED screens with a 120Hz refresh rate, but let’s focus on the new cameras for the time being because a huge new leak just confirmed one of Kuo’s most exciting scoops.

One or more third-party iOS developers recently managed to get their hands on an early version of Apple’s upcoming new mobile software, iOS 14. They have been picking through it bit by bit in an effort to uncover new features coming to Apple’s iPhone and iPad lineups, and they’ve found plenty of juicy morsels so far. Most recently, an unexpected second iPhone 9 version was uncovered within the iOS 14 code. And now, another big leak just hit the web.

According to 9to5Mac’s unnamed developer source, the first-ever reference to Apple’s next-generation iPhone 12 lineup was just discovered within the leaked iOS 14 code. The blog’s source found references to an unreleased mobile device lineup referred to by the codename “d5x,” which makes perfect sense considering the iPhone 11 lineup is referred to in iOS code as “d4x.”

Beyond merely confirming the existence of the upcoming new iPhone 12 series, which isn’t much of a revelation at all, the developer also found references in the code to a new time-of-flight (ToF) sensor that will be added to the triple-lens rear camera on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. We’ve known that it was coming ever since Ming-Chi Kuo leaked the info way back in December, but this is the first time the new ToF sensor has been confirmed in actual iOS code.

It’s still unclear exactly what Apple plans to do with the new sensor on its high-end iPhone 12 Pro models, but ToF sensors gather depth data so there’s a very good chance it will involve augmented reality. A new Apple AR app is reportedly in the works, and the new ToF sensor will likely play a big role. We can also likely expect even better Portrait Mode photos and other similar features on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. After all, anything involving 3D depth data will be dramatically improved by the addition of the new ToF sensor.

Source: https://bgr.com/2020/03/17/ps5-release-date-sony-announces-playstation-5-launch-event/

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Here’s our best look yet at the upcoming Motorola Edge+

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What you need to know

  • Official press renders of Motorola’s upcoming flagship phone have been shared online by Evan Blass.
  • The images give us a clear look at the phone’s “waterfall” display and triple rear cameras.
  • Motorola Edge is expected to make its way to Verizon soon, although there is no word on exactly when it will be announced.

Earlier this month, trusted leaker @OnLeaks joined forces with the folks at Pricebaba to share the first CAD-based renders of the upcoming Motorola Edge flagship phone. Official press renders of the phone have now surfaced, courtesy of the inimitable Evan Blass.

Motorola Edge Press Render

Source: Evan Blass on Twitter

As previously leaked renders of the Motorola Edge had shown, it will sport an impressive edge-to-edge “waterfall” display with a tiny hole-punch cutout in the top-left corner. On the back of the phone will be a vertically-stacked triple-camera array featuring a 108MP primary sensor. One of the renders shared by Evan Blass also shows off the phone’s Burgundy color option for the first time.

The Motorola Edge+ will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, paired with the Snapdragon X55 5G modem. Rumors also suggest the Edge+ is likely to sport a 6.67-inch display with Full HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. On the software front, the flagship phone will debut with Android 10 out of the box, although it remains to be seen if it will be part of the Android One program. We expect the Edge+ to be officially unveiled very soon, although no specific launch date has been confirmed yet. The phone is expected to be a Verizon-exclusive in the U.S.

Along with the Motorola Edge+, the Lenovo-owned company is expected to soon launch a mid-phone with a similar “waterfall” display. The device, which is expected to launch as the Motorola Edge, is tipped to feature a Snapdragon 765 chipset and a 64MP primary camera.

Source: https://www.androidcentral.com/heres-our-best-look-yet-upcoming-motorola-edge

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