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HP Launches Spectre Folio in the UAE

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HP has launched the HP Spectre Folio, a new device that sets a bold standard for premium PC innovation. “The world’s first leather convertible PC,” the Spectre Folio blends timeless craftsmanship with the latest technology to create a product unlike any other.

The Spectre Folio builds on the success of traditional laptops, 2-in-1 devices and convertibles, which are designed primarily for specific productivity tasks or scenarios. The result is unprecedented versatility in a PC that seamlessly converts between three distinct positions.

“The HP Spectre Folio is the PC reinvented, achieving the perfect balance of luxury design and cutting-edge engineering. It combines sophisticated style with incredible versatility to deliver an Always-Connected PC experience our customers are looking for,” said Georges Rouppas, Country Category Manager PS Middle East and KSA. “HP continues to create the world’s most exciting devices that are leading the PC category into a new era of innovation. By listening to the needs of our customers and leveraging our design and engineering capabilities, HP is setting new benchmarks for the industry.”

To create the Spectre Folio, HP embraced the art of “manucrafturing,” where meticulously designed hardware meets handcrafted materials. The 100 percent chromed tan, full-grain leather from which the device is made plays an important functional role. It is a durable material that provides a natural hinge and flexible chassis to enable a breakthrough new form factor. At the same time, its timeless aesthetic appeal, with accented stitching and precision edging, creates a sophisticated, luxurious quality often associated with fashion but has never been seen in a PC. The Spectre Folio will be available in two colors: Cognac Brown and Bordeaux Burgundy.

The convertible PC is now easier to use with the Spectre Folio’s simpler, seamless transitions to multiple positions. With one hand, the thin and light device moves effortlessly from a traditional laptop position typically used for productivity, to tent position that neatly tucks away the keyboard for sturdier support on the lap, to tablet position with a built-in tilt for intuitive inking – all made possible by strategically placed magnets and the unique flexibility of leather to act as a natural hinge.

To achieve a thin and light design in this radically new form factor, the Spectre Folio incorporates one of the smallest motherboards in the industry, capitalizing on 8th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 (Y-series) processors.Additionally, an innovative fan less thermal design leverages the unique qualities of leather to create an experience that feels both cool and comfortable in the lap. HP also worked closely with the renowned global audio and lifestyle brand Bang & Olufsen to expertly tune the four front facing speakers for a superb audio experience in any of the device positions.

Other features include up to 16 GB of memory, up to 1 TB of SSD storage, and either a 300-nits FHD display or a low-power, 1W 400-nits FHD option for ideal viewing in any lighting condition. A 4K UHD displaypanel option will be available later this year. The bold look of the Spectre Folio is matched with the latest premium technology features for consumers who desire beauty and power in their PC. Jetsetters and on-the-go professionals alike will appreciate HP’s focus on achieving ultra-mobility and connected modern standby, with up to 18 hours of battery life.

The Spectre Folio is the world’s first-gigabit class LTE Intel-based laptop, providing an Always Connected PC experience that is more secure than traditional public Wi-Fi hot spots. The device also supports dual eSIM, with an optional nano-SIM slot under the display and an optional embedded digital eSIM to easily and quickly connect to their cellular networks for blazing fast Internet and data. For customers activating the device on the Sprint network, Intel and Sprint are offering free unlimited data for six months with Autopay.

The HP Spectre Folio is available now in the UAE at HP.com and at select retailers in Cognac Brown with an Intel Core i5 processor for a starting price of AED 6,999.

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Huawei Launches 2K HUAWEI MateBook 14 Laptops in the UAE

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Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) announced today the launch of the new HUAWEI MateBook 14 in the UAE. The 2K all-rounded sleek laptop shares the MateBook series’ design and innovation DNA. It features a 2K eye-comfort FullView display, 11th Gen Intel Core Processor, Super Devices experience, large battery with 65W SuperCharge in addition to the new and improved HUAWEI Shark fin cooling system to deliver class-leading performance. The rich suite of Super Device features offers enhanced all-scenario multi-device experiences that will help users excel in any office scenario.

The HUAWEI MateBook 14 will be available with prices starting from 3,699AED. Huawei has a special early bird pre-order offer for HUAWEI Matebook 14 at a price of AED 3399. Pre-orders begin on Huawei’s official website and across select retailers in the UAE from September 30th and include gifts worth AED 739 the HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro as a free gift and free door-to-door service. Launched alongside HUAWEI MateBook 14, there are also pre-orders for the new HUAWEI MateBook 13 with prices starting from AED 3499.

Featuring a 2K resolution 2160-by-1440 pixels, a pixel density of 185 pixels per inch (ppi), and support for 100 per cent of the sRGB colour space, 1500:1 contrast ratio, and a peak brightness of 300 nits, the 14-inch FullView Display brings high-res images and Blu-ray films to life while providing great colour accuracy for colour sensitive tasks such as image and video editing. The HUAWEI MateBook 14 features the FullView display that supports DC Dimming to eliminate flicker and is certified by TÜV Rheinland for Low Blue Light emissions.

HUAWEI MateBook 14 offers the 11th Gen Intel Core to deliver powerful performance in a lightweight body. Built on the advanced 10nm SuperFin process, the new processor supports fast and stable performance for users to fully express their creativity, whether they are multitasking or handling computation-heavy tasks. The HUAWEI MateBook 14 falls under the range of Super Device Products Huawei recently launched.

This laptop can connect wirelessly with compatible tablets like the all-new 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro and with monitors such as the HUAWEI MateView via a USB-C cable. This provides users with futuristic multi-device collaboration and cross-device file sharing with simple drag and drop between the trio.

The new HUAWEI MateBook 14 leverages the distributed capabilities of the Super Device to boost productivity and creativity. You can wirelessly project the 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro to the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to enjoy the new features of the Tablet-PC Multi-screen Collaboration that come with three modes; Mirror, Extend, and Collaborate. In Mirror Mode, you can mirror your HUAWEI MateBook 14 screen to your tablet display.

This enables users to directly work on files and annotate documents, or draw/sketch on your laptop with the tablet’s stylus. Extend Mode transforms your tablet into a second screen, providing extra screen space to display more content. Making it great for online shopping or when you are browsing the Internet and there are so many items to explore. Meanwhile, the innovative Collaborate Mode enables cross-platform interactions, allowing you to transfer content such as text, images, and documents between connected devices with a simple drag and drop.

Based on Huawei’s distributed technologies, Multi-screen Collaboration features help bridge the gap between Windows and Android operating systems at the ground level, enabling seamless cross-device collaboration, file sharing, and multi-screen control. Under Multi-screen Collaboration, the recently launched HUAWEI nova 8 can be connected with the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to form a powerful Super Device. Once connected, the laptop can access mobile files, and open up to three folders while the smartphone can function as the PC’s thumb device, making cross-device file management easier than ever.

Moreover, you can connect the laptop with the HUAWEI MateView via cable to have an extra screen providing you with an immersive viewing space while also wirelessly projecting the screen of the 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro onto the HUAWEI MateBook 14. The benefit of having this trio set up is the simple swapping of wireless and wired connections which lets you easily switch between work mode and personal mode.

In addition to the processor and graphics card upgrade, the HUAWEI MateBook 14 has 8GB of dual-channel RAM and 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD. This means users don’t need to worry about running out of storage. Reading, saving, and compressing files becomes more efficient, and multitasking is made easier and smoother.

The 56Wh high-capacity battery in HUAWEI MateBook14 works together with Huawei’s smart power management solution to maximise battery life, so users can focus their attention on what truly matters. The versatile in-box 65W USB Type-C power adaptor supports multiple power output standards for not only fast notebook charging but also HUAWEI SuperCharge when connected to compatible Huawei smartphones. And when needed, Power off Reverse Charging enables the new 14-inch notebook to act as an emergency power bank for charging other devices.

A new thermal design featuring HUAWEI Shark Fin Fans provides more effective cooling to enable the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to fully harness the 11th Gen Intel Core processors and deliver smooth, sustained performance. The powerful thermal system features two fans with densely packed S-shaped fan blades and two heat pipes to keep the laptop cool and quiet, even under high loads.

Customers expect their needs to be met, and they expect the brand to be customer-centric. HUAWEI Care is highly anticipated because it offers worry-free quality assurance and helps them extend the product service life, allowing you to keep their device for longer. HUAWEI Care is available in the United Arab Emirates.

Customers can purchase through authorized sales channels HUAWEI Care Extended Warranty with all HUAWEI MateBook series with an additional one year or two years upon the expiry of the standard warranty of the product. Services include Replacement / Repair with 100% genuine spare parts with guaranteed service quality through HUAWEI One-stop service, easy to claim & repair.

The HUAWEI MateBook 14 will be available in the UAE with prices starting from 3,699AED. Prices for the HUAWEI MateBook 13 start from AED 3499. Pre-orders begin on Huawei’s official website and across select retailers in the UAE from September 30th and include gifts worth of 739AED the HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro as a free gift and free door-to-door service. Huawei has also announced a special early bird pre-order promotion for HUAWEI Matebook 14 at a price of AED 3399.

Launched together with the HUAWEI MateBook 14 and 13, there is the HUAWEI D 14 series which is a more affordable iteration of the 14-inches laptop series. HUAWEI Matebook D 14 (10 Gen Intel i5, 8 GB, 512 GB) will be available at an early bird price for AED 2299 across Carrefour UAE stores from September 26th to October 6th. Starting October 7th, it will be available at Huawei Experience Stores, an online shop and across select retailers at a price of AED 2799 with free gifts worth AED 399 including a power bank, Bluetooth speaker, and free door-to-door service.

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b8ta and Business France to Launch Hardware Startup Brands from France

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From October 1st to December 31st, 2021, the b8ta lifestyle and tech concept store, will host eight French High-tech products in a dedicated corner in their Dubai Mall shop. This exclusive showcase will highlight disruptive French brands in the fields of mobility, entertainment, artificial intelligence, health, and education. It will be the opportunity for tech enthusiasts or newbies from all over the world to discover, test, and buy the most innovative and cutting-edge products in the b8ta Dubai Mall store or through their online platform.

Held for the first time in the Middle East, The French Tech Corner at b8ta is the result of a partnership between Business France (the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy) and the b8ta store, a software-powered retailer with stores in the Middle East, U.S., and Japan. “Business France is happy and proud to join forces with b8ta, a Retail pioneer, that has recently set up operations at Dubai Mall. b8ta brings up the most innovative products to local consumers, and it’s with a great pleasure that France will introduce highly diverse start-ups to showcase their latest Tech products. Selected French Tech companies will benefit from the “booster effect” of the Expo 2020 which will also open its doors on October 1st, with millions expected visits within 6 months,” stated Frederic Szabo, Managing Director Business France Middle East.

b8ta’s General Manager for Middle East and Africa, Ramit Harisinghani commented “b8ta is delighted to partner with Business France to launch 8 innovative brands to the region. b8ta’s analytics and feedback opportunities combined with Business France’s comprehensive ecosystem make it the ideal platform for French start-ups to launch a product in the Middle East. Brands can benefit from b8ta’s business model, called retail-as-a-service, that helps them market, manage and measure offline experiences.”

The UAE is by far the most dynamic country in terms of the tech ecosystem in the region and represents 35% of the 10,000 start-ups headquartered in the MENA region.

UAE citizens, residents, and travellers from all over the world are invited to visit the b8ta store in Dubai from October 1st to December 31st, 2021, to discover the French Tech corner and the most unexpected Tech products curated from France.

Meet French Tech brands at the b8ta store

EYELIGHTS: Offers a motorcycle helmet with integrated GPS, packed with electronics.

AUDIOZEN: Helps you fall asleep thanks to its offline Morphee mobile box placed near your bed.

PRET A POUSSER: Markets simple and autonomous indoor gardens with a wide range of seeds.

Y-BRUSH: Offers an electric toothbrush that brushes teeth in 10 seconds using sonic vibrations.

REENBOW: Blends augmented reality and teaching, offers a solution that lets you learn in an amusing and immersive way.

EARSQUARED: Sells wireless headsets that allow you to listen to music, radio, connect a GPS, and enables to answer phone calls while keeping the ear canals free.

FAMILY SELF CARE: has developed a connected device that makes daily beauty and wellness personalised, sustainable and enjoyable through herbal oils.

LIVING THINGS: is developing a 3D project on the Mona Lisa using AI.

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Review: ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED (K513 OLED)

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ASUS recently announced the updated VivoBook 15 with the latest 11th Generation Intel Core processors, ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology, and an OLED display. The company is calling it the VivoBook 15 OLED (K513 OLED) and it comes in stylish colours aimed at the younger crowd.

DESIGN AND DISPLAY
The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED is made from a combination of aluminium alloy and plastic to create a lightweight but durable design. The laptop is available in Indie Black and Transparent Silver colour options. The laptop also measures less than 20 mm in thickness and weighs only 1.8 kgs.

You also get a Full HD NanoEdge display on the new VivoBook 15 OLED with a narrow bezel on the top and on the sides. The display offers up to an 85% screen-to-body ratio, wide viewing angles at 178-degrees, and very good colour reproduction. The OLED panel used in the display are also TÜV Rheinland-certified for eye care, with low blue-light emissions and flicker-free visuals.

The display measures 15.6-inches and offers a resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. You also get a 0.2 ms response time and the OLED panel also supports HDR. If you are a content creator, you will be thrilled to know that the display offers an ultrawide colour gamut of 100% DCI-P3, which is widely used in the motion picture industry and is PANTONE Validated to provide the most precise colour accuracy.

The VivoBook 15 OLED also comes packed with an advanced video tuning system called ASUS Tru2Life Video technology that works like those found in high-end TVs. According to ASUS, Tru2Life Video enhances clarity, colour, and contrast in the video. It intercepts image and video signals being sent to the panel, then analyses every single pixel in every frame to optimise the brightness, contrast, colour and sharpness.

HARDWARE AND I/O PORTS
Under the hood, the VivoBook 15 OLED rocks an 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, running at a clock speed of 2.40GHz. You also get 8GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe SSD storage. The laptop also offers space for a 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps drive, which will allow you to match the 2.5-inch SATA HDD with a maximum 2TB drive or upgrade to a larger capacity in the future.

The graphics is handled by NVIDIA MX350 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. Wireless connectivity is handled by Intel WiFi 6 with Gig+ (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.0. The battery on this laptop is rated at 42Wh. In terms of the I/O ports, you get plenty, such as a USB-C, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, two USB2.0 for data transfers, a full-sized HDMI that supports 4K video output, 3.5mm combo audio jack, and a MicroSD card reader.

Despite its compact form factor, the VivoBook 15 OLED also features a full-sized keyboard with keys that have an almost 19 mm wide pitch. This is a pitch similar to those found on desktop PC keyboards – so it helps with comfortable and accurate typing. The keyboard is also backlit for convenient typing in dark environments and it is also spill-resistant.

The keys of the VivoBook 15 OLED feature a subtle 0.15 mm dish-shaped indentation and 1.4 mm key travel. The dish-shaped indentation on the keys helps to guide fingers, and the long key travel provides for better feedback. The TouchPad meanwhile has a fingerprint sensor for added security. The audio on the VivoBook 15 OLED is powered by Harman Kardon and it has been tuned by ASUS’ very own Golden Ear team.

COLLABORATION FEATURES
By using the Link to MyASUS feature, you can now seamlessly integrate your laptop with your smartphone. This feature is part of the MyASUS software and it allows you to use the full phone functionality on a connected laptop or PC, via mouse, keyboard or touchscreen.

By Screen Mirroring, you can check phone messages, make a call, send message replies or perform other smartphone functions — all via Bluetooth with a linked PC. You can also instantly share files between a linked smartphone and PC by simply tapping the share icon.

You can also easily share a URL from a PC by simply tapping the share icon in the browser and then clicking MyASUS. The link will instantly be sent to the linked mobile device, where it will open automatically. With Link to MyASUS you can seamlessly make or receive phone calls using a linked PC. In addition, you can remotely access files, and use any Android device as an extended screen to drag images, play videos or open documents.

PERFORMANCE
The overall design and build quality is very good. On top, the lid has a textureless metallic finish which I really loved. The OLED HDR screen on this one is brilliant and everything looked sharp and vivid. In terms of performance, the VivoBook 15 OLED holds its ground. Whether it is a day to day computing, productivity applications or tasks such as video editing, it does a very good job.

Gaming is an area where the VivoBook 15 OLED aces – we were able to play games such as Fortnite, GTA V and Watch Dogs, without any issues at all. Battery life is very good, too, at around 10.5 hours on a single charge. For a price of AED 3199, the ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED (K513 OLED) sounds like a very good deal, if you are looking for a dependable laptop on a budget.

Price: AED 3199 (as tested, Intel Core i5-1135G7), AED 4599 (Intel Core i7-1165G7)

ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED (K513 OLED)
AED 3199

Summary

The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED is made from a combination of aluminum alloy and plastic to create a lightweight but durable design. The laptop is available in Indie Black and Transparent Silver colour options. The laptop also measures less than 20 mm in thickness and weighs only 1.8 kgs.

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