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Lenovo ThinkBook 13x i, ThinkBook 14p Gen 2, ThinkBook 16p Gen 2, ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i Laptops Launched at CES 2021

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Lenovo has expanded its portfolio of laptops with the launch of ThinkBook 13x i, ThinkBook 14p Gen 2, and ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 at CES 2021. The new ThinkBook laptops are designed for business professionals with a tall 16:10 aspect ratio. Select models in the new series come with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos support. In addition to three new models, Lenovo has launched the ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i laptop that features an E Ink display.

Lenovo ThinkBook 13x i, ThinkBook 14p Gen 2, ThinkBook 16p Gen 2, and ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i price

Lenovo ThinkBook 13x i price starts at $1,199 (roughly Rs. 87,700), while the ThinkBook 14p Gen 2 and the ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 carry a starting price tag of $849 (roughly Rs. 62,200) and $1,299 (roughly Rs. 95,000), respectively. The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i starts at $1,549 (roughly Rs. 1,13,300). All four Lenovo ThinkBook models will go on sale starting the first quarter of 2021.

Lenovo ThinkBook 13x i specifications

The Lenovo ThinkBook 13x i features a 13.3-inch WQXGA (2,560×1,600 pixels) IPS display with 400 nits of peak brightness and Dolby Vision support. The display comes with touch support and is equipped with a 180-degree flat hinge design. Under the hood, there is an option of up to 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, along with up to 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM and up to 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen 4 SSD. The laptop comes with regular connectivity options that include two Thunderbolt 4 ports, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth v5.0.

Lenovo has offered Dolby Atmos support on the ThinkBook 13x i. There is also a 53W battery. The laptop is based on Intel Evo platform that is meant for slim yet powerful Windows machines. The ThinkBook 13x i comes in Cloud Gray and Storm Gray colour options. It laptop comes with a thin 12.9mm chassis and weighs less than 1.2 kilograms.

Lenovo ThinkBook 14p Gen 2 specifications

Unlike the ThinkBook 13x i, the Lenovo ThinkBook 14p Gen 2 is based on the latest AMD Ryzen mobile processors (with up to AMD Ryzen 9 5000 H Series). The laptop is coupled with up to 32GB DDR4 RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD. It features up to 14-inch 2.8K OLED display with 300 nits of peak brightness and VESA DisplayHDR True Black standard. In terms of connectivity, the laptop includes USB Type-C, HDMI 2.0, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth v5.0.

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Lenovo ThinkBook 14p Gen 2 is based on the latest AMD Ryzen mobile processors
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The Lenovo ThinkBook 14p Gen 2 comes in 16.9mm thickness and weighs less than 1.4 kilograms. The laptop also includes a fingerprint reader and an IR camera along with Windows Hello support.

Lenovo ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 specifications

The Lenovo ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 comes with a 16-inch 2.5K IPS display. It is also powered by the latest AMD Ryzen mobile processors, along with up to next-generation Nvidia GeForce RTX discrete graphics. The laptop can also be configured with a pre-calibrated display with X-Rite Pantone certification. The laptop is 19.9mm of thick and weighs 2 kilograms.

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i specifications

The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i is quite similar to the ThinkBook 13 x i, though it features a 12-inch WQXGA (2,560×1,600 pixels) E-Ink secondary display that supports touch inputs, along with a primary 13.3-inch WQXGA IPS display with a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent. The laptop comes with a new e-Ink User Interface (UI). It is a successor to the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus that launched at CES 2020 and debuted in India in September last year.

Other key specifications of the ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i include up to 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB LPDDR4X RAM, and up to 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen4 SSD. The laptop is 13.9mm thick and weighs less than 1.3 kilograms.


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Nokia 1.4, Nokia 6.3, and Nokia 7.3 May Launch in Late Q1 or Early Q2 This Year

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Nokia 1.4, Nokia 6.3, and Nokia 7.3 could launch in Q1 or early Q2 of this year, a new report claims. All three of these Nokia phones have been in the news in the past with speculations around their release. While Nokia 1.4 is relatively new, Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3 were originally expected to launch in the third quarter of 2020. It is also possible that whenever these two Nokia phones launch, they could also be named Nokia 6.4 or Nokia 7.4.

Starting with Nokia 1.4, the phone has made its way through multiple listings, as per a report by Nokiapoweruser. The report states that the phone may launch in February. Recently, specifications and pricing for Nokia 1.4 were tipped, suggesting a 6.51-inch HD+ LCD display, a quad core processor, 1GB + 16GB storage configuration, and dual-rear camera setup. The phone is expected to be priced under EUR 100 (roughly Rs. 8,800).

Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3, on the other hand, have been in the news for quite a while now. The report by Nokiapoweruser states that they may launch late in the first quarter or early in the second quarter of 2021. These phones could also launch as Nokia 6.4 and Nokia 7.4.

Nokia 6.3 has been tipped in the past to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC and a 24-megapixel shooter. Nokia 7.3 may feature a 6.5-inch full HD+ display with a hole-punch cutout and be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 SoC. It could come with a 48-megapixel primary sensor and a 24-megapixel selfie shooter. Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3 are expected to be backed by a 4,500mAh and a 5,000mAh battery, respectively.

Originally, the two phones were expected to launch at IFA 2020 in September. Then, it was reported that they may launch in November. Even now, Nokia or brand licensee HMD Global has not shared any information on the launch date for these phones.


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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Lite Could Be in Development, Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2021) Leaked in Alleged CAD Renders

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Lite could be in the works and come in Wi-Fi, LTE, and 5G variants, a new report suggests. The tablet will be part of the Galaxy Tab S7 series that includes Galaxy Tab S7 and the Galaxy Tab S7+. In a separate report, alleged CAD-based renders of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2021) have been leaked and they show a similar design to the previous generation model. The specifications for both the tablets, Galaxy Tab S7 Lite and Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2021), are unclear.

According to a report by SamMobile, Samsung is working on a Galaxy Tab S7 Lite that will be an upper mid-range tablet. It is expected to carry model numbers SM-T730, SM-T735, and SM-T736B/ SM-T736N for the Wi-Fi, LTE, and 5G variants, respectively. The report also mentions that the rumoured Galaxy Tab S7 Lite could be launched as Samsung Galaxy Tab S8e. Additionally, there could also be a Galaxy Tab S7 Lite Plus or XL variant that may have the same specifications as the Galaxy Tab S7 Lite, but with a bigger display.

A separate report by 91Mobiles shared alleged CAD renders of the rumoured Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2021). They hint at thick bezels around the display, a single rear camera, a 10.1-inch display as the name suggests, and bottom firing speakers. The renders also show a USB Type-C port at the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top. The design of the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2021) is quite similar to the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 variant from 2019. The upcoming rumoured model may measure 245.2×149.4×7.4mm and could have a Wi-Fi and an LTE variant.

Specifications for either of the two tablets are unclear and Samsung has not shared any official information on them.

Recently, it was reported that Samsung is working on an M-series device that could be called the Galaxy M62 or the Galaxy Tab M62. It could be powered by the Exynos 9825 SoC.


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Xbox Live Gold Subscription Price Hike Plan Withdrawn by Microsoft Following Outrage From Users

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Microsoft backtracked on a plan to raise the price for subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold, its paid online gaming platform, after outrage from users.

The price bump would have doubled the cost of an annual pass and bring a six-month subscription to $60 (roughly Rs. 4,400). Last year, Microsoft removed the option for a full-year subscription at that price from the online store. The cost for a monthly subscription will also stay the same.

“We messed up today and you were right to let us know,” the company said in a statement. “Connecting and playing with friends is a vital part of gaming and we failed to meet the expectations of players who count on it every day. As a result, we have decided not to change Xbox Live Gold pricing.”

The earlier move would have pushed the price of Xbox Live Gold closer to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, a more expensive subscription that also gives access to games and other perks.

Game Pass has become central to Microsoft’s strategy to attract loyalty with the recent release of the Xbox Series X console. But gamers were outraged that Microsoft announced the plan to raise the cost of a subscription so drastically, especially during the pandemic, when people have been spending more time on screens than usual and unemployment has risen. Users expressed frustration online, often comparing the subscription cost to Sony’s PlayStation Plus, which is $60 a year.

On Twitter, where the subject was one of the top trending topics on Friday, a gamer named Zay said “Xbox users gotta sell their Xbox just so they can get Xbox live gold.”

One user said Microsoft is out of touch with its community and the economic reality.

In justifying the earlier move, Microsoft said the price of Xbox Live Gold “has not changed for years and in some markets, it hasn’t changed for over 10 years.”

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