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Asus Chromebook CX9, Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 Laptops Launched at CES 2021

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Asus Chromebook CX9 and the Chromebook Flip CX5 laptops have been announced at CES 2021. These laptops run on the latest 11th Generation Intel Core processor with Intel Iris X graphics. The Asus Chromebook CX9 (CX9400) will be available starting from Q2 this year in North America and the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5/C536 (CX5500) will be available starting from Q1 this year in North America. Pricing of both the Asus Chromebook CX9 and Chromebook Flip CX5 have not been announced yet.

Asus Chromebook CX9 specifications

The new Asus Chromebook CX9 has launched in a single Star Black colour option. It runs on Chrome OS and is powered with up to Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor paired with Intel Iris Xe Graphics. The laptop offers 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of SSD storage. The Asus Chromebook CX9 features a 14-inch full-HD (1,920×1,080 pixels) LCD display with 16:9 aspect ratio.

Asus Chromebook CX9 has a 720p HD camera with privacy shutter, a backlit spill-resistant keyboard, and Harman Kardon-certified dual-speaker audio. Asus Chromebook CX9 is said to offer Titan C security and it will receive software updates every six weeks with latest protections. Asus Chromebook CX9 comes with a fingerprint sensor for password-free login. It is MIL-STD 810H certified. The laptop has up to 66Whr battery and ports include USB Type-A port, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB Type-C ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, one mic combo, and a microSD card reader slot. It supports Wi-Fi 6 for connectivity.

Asus Chromebook Flip CX5/C536 specifications

The company also unveiled the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5/C536, and it comes in an Immersive White colour option and a 360 degree hinge for using in tent and tablet mode. Running on Chrome OS, the laptop features a 15.6-inch touchscreen full-HD (1,920×1,080 pixels) IPS LCD display with 250nits brightness and 81 percent screen-to- body ratio. It supports a stylus and is powered by up to Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics. The laptop packs up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage.

 

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Asus Chromebook Flip CX5/C536 claims to provide battery life of up to 11 hours

Asus Chromebook Flip CX5/C536 features Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, Asus WiFi Stabilizer technology and dual Harman Kardon-certified speakers. It also supports Google Stadia, and the 57Whr battery in Chromebook Flip CX5/C536 claims to provide battery life of up to 11 hours. Ports include one USB Type-A port, two USB Type-C port, one HDMI 2.0 port, and one microSD card reader. There’s a 720p HD camera on board with a privacy shutter. The laptop weighs 1.89kg.


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Poco C3 Crosses 1-Million Sales Mark in India, Gets a Limited-Period Discount

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Poco C3 sales in India have surpassed the milestone of one million units, Poco India announced on Thursday. The budget smartphone was launched in the country in October as a slightly tweaked version of the Redmi 9C that debuted in Malaysia in June. Poco C3 competes against the likes of Realme C11, Infinix Smart 4 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy M01. It comes with triple rear cameras, waterdrop-style display notch, and a MediaTek Helio G35 SoC. Poco C3 also includes up to 32GB of onboard storage option.

Poco C3 crossed the one-million sales mark in a little over three months since its launch in the Indian market. The smartphone has also received a discounted price that is applicable until January 24.

Poco C3 price discount

Under the limited-period discount, Poco C3 is available at Rs. 6,999 for the 3GB + 32GB storage variant, while its 4GB + 64GB storage model comes at Rs. 7,999. Both prices show a Rs. 500 cut from its regular pricing and are applicable through Flipkart. Customers can also avail a 10 percent instant discount via HDFC Bank cards.

Poco C3 was launched with a price tag of Rs. 7,499 for the 3GB + 32GB storage option, while its 4GB + 64GB storage variant debuted at Rs. 8,999. The latter received an official price cut in January that brought it down to Rs. 8,499.

Poco C3 specifications

Poco C3 runs on MIUI 12 for Poco, based on Android 10. It features a 6.53-inch HD+ (720×1,600 pixels) display with a waterdrop-style notch. The phone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, coupled with up to 4GB of RAM. It comes with the triple rear camera setup that houses a 13-megapixel primary sensor. For selfies and video chats, the phone comes with a 5-megapixel camera at the front.

In terms of storage, Poco C3 has up to 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB). It packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 10W fast charging.


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Mi Watch Lite India Launch May Be Imminent After Allegedly Receiving BIS Certification

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Mi Watch Lite has received the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification as per a tipster, hinting that it will be launched in India soon. The smartwatch made its international debut last month and now appears to be on its way to India. Mi Watch Lite looks like a rebranded model of the Redmi Watch and is also listed on BIS as ‘Redmi’, suggesting that it could launch as a rebranded Redmi smartwatch in India. Xiaomi’s latest smartwatch comes with 11 workout modes and is touted to offer up to nine days of battery life.

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification shows Mi Watch Lite carrying model number REDMIWT02, as tipped by tipster Mukul Sharma. While the certification doesn’t reveal any other details, it suggests that Xiaomi could be launching the smartwatch in India soon. It was unveiled internationally last month and will likely be available with Pink, Ivory, Olive, Navy Blue, and Black strap options.

Mi Watch Lite price in India (expected)

As mentioned, the Mi Watch Lite is a rebranded variant of the Redmi Watch, which was launched in China in November at CNY 299 (roughly Rs. 3,400). We can expect the India price of the Mi Watch Lite to be similar.

Mi Watch Lite specifications, features

Mi Watch Lite features a 1.4-inch (320×320 pixels) square LCD display. It offers 11 sports modes, including cricket, open water swimming, indoor cycling, walking, and more. The smartwatch has 5ATM resistance, as per the company, that allows it to work in up to 50 metres of water. It has heart rate monitoring, sleep monitoring, and offers guided breathing exercises as well.

The smartwatch by Xiaomi has a 230mAh battery that takes around two hours to completely charge. It has a battery life of up to nine days in a typical usage scenario and up to 10 hours in continuous GPS sports mode. Mi Watch Lite has over 120 watch face options. It has notifications for calls and messages, music controls, and weather support. It can be connected to smartwatches on Android as well as iOS by downloading the supported app.


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