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OnePlus CEO confirms its second 5G smartphone will be available worldwide this year

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OnePlus has confirmed it is once again stocking up for another hardware launch later this year. In the past few years, this launch consisted of an upgraded version of that year’s smartphone — its superiority designated with a ‘T’ suffix at the end of the name. However, CEO Pete Lau has just laid out plans to debut another 5G smartphone this fall, but with a wider audience in mind.

Lau told The Financial Times that it will follow up the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, which is making its way across Europe right now, with another 5G smartphone in the fourth quarter. However, this one will be available globally.

OnePlus recently notched a device carriage agreement with Sprint for an unnamed device which would be its first 5G footprint in the United States — the deal also expands OnePlus’s carrier availability from T-Mobile.

He also confirmed that the company would be pursuing TVs with a 5G twist — cellular connectivity could turn these boxes into “smart displays” in Lau’s terms — but did not give a timeline on that.

In the meantime, we’ve yet to determine how this Chinese OEM will handle its OnePlus 7T go-to-market strategy — will it stick to two devices as it went for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro or go back to one? We’ll need more intelligence to suss that out.

Source: https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/08/14/oneplus-5g-global-pete-lau/

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is a $499 iPad Air alternative

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At the start of August, Samsung announced the Tab S7 and Tab S7 Plus, two Android tablets designed to take on Apple’s iPad Pro. Now Lenovo is taking aim at the iPad Air with its new Tab P11 Pro tablet.

Lenovo is positioning the P11 Pro — which starts at $499, the same price as the iPad Air — less as a productivity device and more as something you’ll use to consume content while traveling. Granted, not that of many of us are doing that at the moment. All the same, the highlight of the device is an 11.5-inch OLED display that has a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution and maximum automatic brightness of 500 nits. With 6.9mm bezels, the tablet features an 87% screen-to-body ratio. It also comes with four JBL speakers with Dolby Atmos built-in.

Lenovo Tab P11 Pro: An iPad Air alternative

Lenovo Tab P11 Pro with keyboard accessory

Credit: Lenovo

Internally, the P11 Pro features the Snapdragon 730G — that’s the same chipset you’ll find inside the Google Pixel 4a — with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. Powering the entire setup is an 8,600mAh battery that Lenovo says will get you through 15 hours of “normal” productivity usage or video watching on a single charge.

The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro includes four cameras altogether, but the main highlight here is that you can use one of the front-facing cameras to unlock the tablet without touching the fingerprint sensor built into the power button. For connectivity, you have Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, and LTE support. Lenovo will also sell both keyboard and stylus accessories for the P11 Pro.

All those features make the P11 Pro mostly comparable with the iPad Air. In some cases, the P11 Pro even has an edge on Apple’s tablet. Of course, the overall sad state of Android on tablet devices means the iPad Air still has an edge in the software department. However, if you’re mostly looking for a high-quality screen, then the P11 Pro looks like it will be a compelling option.

Lenovo Tab M10 HD Gen 2: Perfect for kids

Lenovo Tab M10 HD Gen 2 tablet

Alongside the P11 Pro, Lenovo announced the Tab M10 HD Gen 2. It’s the first Android tablet to feature Google’s new Kids Space software, which the search giant detailed today in a separate announcement. The software builds on the Kids tab Google added to the Play Store in April. If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, the Kids tab collects all of the “teacher-approved” apps you can download to an Android device in one place.

Kids Space goes a step further by highlighting books and videos as well. After sharing their interests with the software, it will generate daily content recommendations. In the case of reading material, there are currently 400 free children’s books with more to come. Meanwhile, when it comes to videos the app will point them to YouTube Kids. Google designed the tool to complement its Family Link software, which lets parents set screen time limits on their kids’ devices, as well as manage their privacy and content settings.

From a hardware perspective, the M10 HD Gen 2 is about what you would expect from a tablet designed with kids in mind. It features a 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with a 1,280 x 800 resolution, 400 nits of max brightness, and a blue light filter. It also includes stereo speakers that come with Dolby Atmos software built-in, and there’s a 5MP front-facing camera to let your kid snap selfies, on top of an 8MP camera for everything else.

Powering the M10 HD Gen 2 is an octa-core MediaTek P22T chipset with either 2GB or 4GB of RAM depending on whether you buy the 32GB or 64GB storage configuration. Outside of China, the M10 HD Gen 2 will feature a 5,000mAh capacity battery, which Lenovo says should let your kid watch up to eight hours of video on a single charge. And rounding out the package is WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity with the option for an LTE connection through a single SIM slot.

Lenovo’s new tablets: Availability

The Tab M10 HD Gen 2 will be available to buy sometime in September starting at $129.99. Meanwhile, the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro will launch two months later in November.

Source: https://www.androidauthority.com/lenovo-tab-p11-pro-1152757/

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