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Lenovo Legion Launches New Gaming Machines

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This CES, Lenovo is delivering more stylishly high-performance gaming options with Lenovo Legion PCs and accessories full of hot gaming features and cooler thermals. The company has introduced its new lineup that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to auto-enable seamless gaming. Customers can count on integrated machine learning to elevate gameplay settings and framerates to pro levels. No matter where you’re at on your gaming journey, from wherever you call home—you’ll love the savage performance and minimalist style of the new Lenovo Legion 7 laptop with an immersive 16-inch display, the 16-inch Lenovo Legion 5 Pro, the 15-inch Lenovo Legion Slim 7, and the Lenovo Legion 5 available in two screen sizes.

The new Lenovo Legion laptops are expertly-crafted with intelligent Lenovo Legion Coldfront 3.0 thermals for an increased airflow of up to 18 percent gen-to-gen to better manage the heat and noise generated by all that raw processing power. Lower system temperatures allow for optimized performance and all-day mobility with a long-lasting battery life.

Multiple sensors are placed on the CPU, GPU, rear and side thermal vents, as well as on the SSD memory card and palm rest to fire off information every nanosecond to predict your system’s thermal curve for hours of gaming with zero throttling. To further dissipate heat, the company claims it has expanded the copper heat sink system for up to 82 percent more thermal fin area gen-to-gen and drilled copious holes into the laptop’s bottom cover and even under the keyboard to keep things cooler.

To deliver the high-resolution quality, smooth response and panel color accuracy of gamers’ dreams, Lenovo also doubles down on more immersive experiences with the world’s first 16-inch QHD 165Hz gaming laptops, the new Lenovo Legion 7 and Lenovo Legion 5 Pro. Perform at your best with this year’s even faster millisecond input speeds, plus anti-ghosting, soft-landing switches, and the more mechanical key feel of Lenovo Legion TrueStrike—the specialized gaming keyboard with RGB backlit optional feature, and now color-matched for a more cohesive look.

It takes gaming-specific features and cutting-edge software to keep up with the fast-moving action of triple-A games. Thanks to a new AI-driven software contained within Lenovo Vantage’s Legion Edge feature, gamers with Lenovo Legion devices can now take their framerates through the roof and reduce in-game lag with new one-click overclock support for both the CPU and GPU.4 Part of Lenovo Q-Control (just press Fn+Q), the new auto-optimization Intelligent Mode setting is just one of the ways this software tool helps to custom-tune your gaming performance.

With Intelligent Mode switched on, the power of AI comes into play as it auto-detects the games on-deck and cross-verifies them against our pre-loaded set of 16 triple-A titles. Then it activates the ideal settings needed to secure the highest FPS for that specific game without compromising your computing and/or graphics experience. For any game outside of this special group of top titles, auto-optimization mode is triggered to configure the most balanced PC performance settings for you.

Introducing a Lenovo gaming exclusive, the new Lenovo Legion AI Engine is our smarter combination of best-in-class hardware, software, firmware and driver support that all work together to help overclock your PC’s performance by sharing Thermal Design Power6 (TDP) between the CPU and GPU to better manage any heavy-duty gaming requirement. For instance, when you’re absorbed in a role-playing game that leans heavily on GPU performance to keep up the boosted FPS needed to enjoy that movie-like experience. All the AI capabilities inherent to the Lenovo Legion AI Engine trigger the internal system actions and software features necessary to channel any unused power from your CPU to the GPU or vice versa, depending on where it’s needed most. It’s not magic, it’s just machine learning.

When you combine all this new AI technology from Lenovo with the smarter, next-level RTX Tensor Cores 3.0 of NVIDIA, exceptional performance is a given. Take image realism to new heights with the stunning graphics effects of the new Ray Tracing 2.0 with next-level NVIDIA GeForce RTX Laptop GPUs (coming soon). Streamers will delight in the broadcasting capabilities that can turn your Lenovo Legion laptop into a virtual home studio. NVIDIA uses AI-powered voice and video effects that can keep you automatically framed-up in the live shot. Need to muffle ambient mic noise or replace your webcam’s background with gaming footage? You can do that and more. Plus, there’s NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) that uses AI to help the GPU render repeated scenes in cinematic quality without overtaxing the system.

Lenovo Legion’s new 2021 laptops are amongst the first to feature the next-gen AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors (coming soon) for remarkable performance. What’s more, Lenovo Legion’s Harman speakers are now optimized with Nahimic Audio by SteelSeries. Prepare yourself for engaging 7.1 surround sound gaming when combined with your headset or external speakers for an upgrade from the prior 5.1 system. Designed for hardcore gamers, Nahimic Audio provides cutting-edge features like Night Mode with smart volume reduction to adjust sound levels in different settings, and Sound Tracker7 that visually indicates a sound’s direction in-game. Plus, Sound Sharing allows audio to play on two sets of gaming headsets simultaneously from a single PC. These intuitive audio features provide a fully immersive in-game experience.

Lenovo Vantage is also bringing the speed for Lenovo Legion users in its latest update, allowing you to quickly optimize settings and personalize your experience so you can get back into the game. Via new progressive web app caching, Lenovo Vantage will now load in mere seconds no matter where you are in the world.8 Also, now available on all Lenovo Legion devices is the recently launched Vantage Smart Performance Services. This new Lenovo self-diagnostic service has the ability to reduce PC downtime by scanning, detecting and removing spyware, malware and adware, as well as fix network and access issues and automatically tune up the PC, resulting in better internet connectivity and all-around faster PC processes.

Gamers are spending more time in front of screens. They’re leveling up and want a premium gaming experience with modern design—and we’re here to deliver. Meet the new flagship Lenovo Legion 7 laptop offered with a taller 16-inch screen, 100 percent sRGB color gamut, and new 16:10 aspect ratio for 11 percent more screen real estate to improve your field of view in-game so you never miss a shot.

To achieve our new narrow tail design while keeping the same compact metal chassis size gen-to-gen on the Lenovo Legion 7, our designers smartly shored up space under the hinge. This made way for the next generation of gaming display technology with millions of more pixels than before on a new near-edgeless 16-inch QHD display (2560 x 1600), a serious upgrade over the previous gen’s 15-inch Full HD panel offered. With ultra-high pixel density and a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, this IPS display offers optional VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification, up to 500 nits of brightness, and a 165Hz refresh rate for buttery-smooth gaming.

For an incredible viewing experience and color accuracy, the Lenovo Legion 7 laptop supports Dolby Vision which will bring your favorite entertainment to life with stunning picture quality. Combined with NVIDIA G-SYNC your picture quality will look spectacular, plus low blue light and flicker-free Eye Care technology helps to reduce eye strain during long battle sessions. The Lenovo Legion 7 laptop is first to be certified as a High Gaming Performance Display with low blue light by TՆV Rheinland.

Offered in Storm Grey hue with extreme four-sided narrow bezel, take note of the E-Shutter webcam kill switch located on the laptop’s now much thinner-looking side. Use Corsair iCUE to add your personal touch by customizing the RGB lighting in multiple zones, e.g. rounded logo on the lid, bottom lip marquee, air outlets and even individual keys. Also enjoy a larger precision glass touchpad that supports tap gestures. And as a treat, the insides of the Lenovo Legion 7 get an unexpected makeover too for those who love taking apart their machines, with new cohesive “black-out” components, plus a special message and QR (quick response) code label for you to scan for hardware information and service options.

Paired with machine learning via the systems of the new Lenovo Legion AI Engine and powered by the latest AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors (coming soon), this full-size laptop offers superb performance and solid battery life with an 80WHr power capacity and Rapid Charge Boost.11 Here’s what else to expect:

  • Up to next-gen NVIDIA GeForce RTX Series Laptop GPUs (coming soon) for maximum framerates
  • Optional Wi-Fi 6 Killer AX1650 module for better connectivity while gaming
  • Coldfront 3.0 on the Lenovo Legion 7 features first-class Vapor Chamber technology that’s up to 63 percent larger gen-to-gen and liquid metal thermal compound
  • Built-in HD webcam (720p) with E-Shutter

With a legacy of redefining gaming experiences with its previous gen’s distinction of being the world’s lightest RTX gaming laptop with a 15.6-inch screen, the new Lenovo Legion Slim 7 aims to outdo itself again by targeting an even thinner profile in 2021 to become the thinnest and lightest gaming laptop in Lenovo Legion history.

Enjoy late-night thrills on this total gaming machine, thanks to the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX Laptop GPUs (coming soon) that bring Ray Tracing and Tensor Cores for a huge leap in AI features and graphics performance, while staying productive all-day with Windows 10 Pro as you work, learn, and create from home. With next-gen AMD Ryzen processors (coming soon), get incredible gaming visuals on a 15.6-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) IPS display with 60Hz refresh rate and 100 percent Adobe RGB, or opt for the faster up to 165Hz refresh of the Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display with 100 percent sRGB gamut, both displays support Dolby Vision.

Engineered for those who love gaming from anywhere, the Lenovo Legion Slim 7’s thin and light metal laptop build is made from a magnesium and aluminum blend for extreme lightness without compromising its durability. Weighing just 1.9 kg and with a one-piece glass trackpad, the laptop is super thin and sports narrow bezels and a sleek new cover design. Available with laser-engraved logo and wrapped in Shadow Black or Storm Grey in select markets15, the Lenovo Legion Slim 7 offers ample 71WHr battery capacity and Rapid Charge Express supported.16 Other features include:

  • White keyboard backlight or optional Corsair iCUE RGB
  • The added security of fingerprint reader in the power button
  • Top-placed camera (720p) with sliding Privacy Shutter
  • Optional Wi-Fi 6 Killer AX1650 module
  • Coldfront 3.0 features liquid metal thermals

Prefer to chase eSports championship glory? This laptop is for you. For a competitive edge, go for the new Lenovo Legion 5 Pro with larger thermal intake and quad ventilation system. Packed with the latest AMD Ryzen processors and next-gen NVIDIA GeForce RTX Laptop graphics (coming soon) for unrestrained gameplay, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro enjoys maximum performance via Dual Burn support, which pushes the CPU and GPU together for improved framerates.

This gaming powerhouse combines a super-fast 165Hz refresh rate and up to 3ms response time17 on a 100 percent sRGB color gamut, 16-inch QHD (2560 x 1600) IPS display—that’s taller over its previous-gen and brighter too at 500 nits. Factor in hair-trigger inputs via the Lenovo Legion TrueStrike keyboard and an AI gaming engine, and this is a fully-stacked laptop built to help you rise in the ranks.

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro got a makeover with new iconic cover design and a refined chassis in either Storm Grey or striking Stingray White hue with choice of backlighting—plus you’ll get:

  • Amplified rear venting for cooler gaming sessions
  • Flatter and more durable hinge with tiny 3.2mm gap
  • Larger touchpad for a better range of motion
  • A picture containing logo

Other features of the new Lenovo Legion 5 Pro, include:

  • Four-sided narrow borders for a 90 percent screen-to-ratio with taller 16:10 aspect ratio
  • New top-placed camera to delight live streamers
  • Supports Dolby Vision and NVIDIA G-SYNC

From strategy games to battle royales, there’s something for everyone in the gaming world—the same is true for high-performance gaming laptops. The new Lenovo Legion 5 is a total looker with clean lines, a minimalist chassis, Windows 10 and your choice of two screen sizes, 15-inch or 17-inch.

Offered in Phantom Blue with white backlighting, the 17.3-inch Lenovo Legion 5 delivers speed for hi-fi gaming with up to Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display and solid 144Hz refresh rate. Indulge your sense of adventure with up to blazing-fast 165Hz refresh rate and the 100 percent sRGB color clarity of a 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display. The 15-inch laptop weighs 2.4 kg and is offered in Phantom Blue with optional 4-Zone RGB lighting effects, or in new Stingray White hue with blue backlighting.

Engineered with everything you need to compete on equal footing with the pros, such as the latest in gaming hardware, plus high-efficiency copper heat pipes via Coldfront 3.0. The new Lenovo Legion 5 helps you score points on the battlefield with the accuracy of Lenovo Legion TrueStrike and Lenovo Q-Control powered by enhanced AI technology. Both screen sizes [15-inch, 17-inch] keep your adrenaline racing with next-gen AMD Ryzen Mobile CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce RTX Series Laptop GPUs (coming soon).

At Lenovo, we listen to the evolving needs of our gaming community to create thoughtful products that provide an ecosystem of gaming experiences like no other, and the new effortless Lenovo Legion S600 Gaming Station is a great example of our customer-centricity. Stop forgetting to charge your headset, mouse, or phone between intense gaming matches on your new Lenovo Legion laptop at home.

This convenient always-on charging station offers hang-to-charge technology for the new Lenovo Legion H600 Wireless Gaming Headset and a Qi-enabled base that keeps charging compatible smartphones (up to 10W output) and other supported gaming mice and wireless devices even when your laptop is off.

The station’s modern-looking stand is lightweight at just 919 grams (2.02lbs) and features two USB-A pass-through ports on the bottom for high-speed connectivity and device charging, as you keep your Wi-Fi receiver close to your devices for maximum in-game performance. When milliseconds count, a poor wireless connection can mean defeat, as can poor in-game sound and latency. The Lenovo Legion H600 Wireless Gaming Headset provides tournament-grade audio and sports a premium 2.4GHz lossless wireless receiver with an impressive receiving distance of up to 12m (nearly 3 feet).

With a blazing fast latency under 35ms, it’s designed for you to be able to perceive and act faster, while its ability to wirelessly charge when hung from the new gaming station keeps your desk cleaner. Carefully tuned for force and angle, the headband stretches and retracts to fit your head nicely and remain flat around your neck during breaks. The angle-adjustable earcups are made from memory foam and covered in a breathable cloth for ultimate gaming comfort. Also, the Lenovo Legion H600 Wireless Gaming Headset’s 50mm audio drivers produce expansive sound with up to 3M bandwidth, and its unidirectional noise-canceling microphone provides flip-to-mute feature and crisp communication.

Lenovo is winning points with lightweight gaming machines too by putting more “fun” in functional with the new AMD-based Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 laptop, ideal for entry-level gaming. Plus, you’ll hear everything comfortably and clearer in-game with our new Lenovo Legion H200 Gaming Headset with breathable cloth ear cups that can rotate and mold to your ears while delivering richer audio at an incredible value for casual gamers.

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HONOR Unveils AI-Powered HONOR 200 Series at Dubai Launch Event

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HONOR unveiled its highly anticipated HONOR 200 Series at a spectacular launch event recently. The series boasts two new smartphones, the HONOR 200 Pro and HONOR 200, designed to revolutionize smartphone photography with advanced AI features.

The launch event, themed “HONOR AI World,” showcased the power of AI in portrait photography. Guests experienced interactive zones and a dedicated shooting booth, highlighting the HONOR 200 Series’ innovative camera capabilities. HONOR executives highlighted the brand’s impressive regional growth, boasting a 154% year-over-year revenue surge in 2023 and a strong 90% growth in the first half of 2024. Notably, the premium segment witnessed a remarkable 544% growth, reflecting HONOR’s strategic expansion and growing consumer preference.

The event also featured Dr. Ghalib Al Shammari, Chairman of The Saudi Society for Artificial Intelligence and Smart Systems. He shared his vision for AI’s transformative impact on society, aligning perfectly with HONOR’s mission to create a new intelligent world.

Features of the HONOR 200 Series include:

  1. Triple 50MP AI Portrait Camera: Capture exceptional detail and clarity with a powerful camera system featuring three 50MP lenses (main, telephoto, and selfie).
  2. Blazing-Fast Charging: The HONOR 200 Pro boasts the revolutionary 100W HONOR SuperCharge, allowing a full charge in just 41 minutes. Additionally, the Pro version offers 66W Wireless HONOR SuperCharge for ultimate convenience.
  3. Unmatched Performance: Equipped with the cutting-edge Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 AI Chipset, the HONOR 200 Series delivers seamless graphics and real-time responsiveness.
  4. Intelligent User Experience: MagicOS 8.0 empowers users with a range of AI-powered features, including AI-empowered Magic Portal, Magic Capsule, and Magic Ring (on the Pro version) for streamlined digital interactions.
  5. Eye-Catching Design and Comfort: The HONOR 200 Pro features a sleek, nature-inspired design and comes in three stunning colours: Ocean Cyan, Moonlight White, and Black. Additionally, the HONOR 200 boasts a 0-Risk AI Eye Comfort Display, minimizing eye strain with advanced technologies.
  6. Powerful New Tablet: HONOR also showcased its latest tablet during the event, featuring a large 11-inch display, long-lasting battery, and ample storage.

The HONOR 200 Pro is available for pre-order at AED 2499 with exciting free gifts worth AED 1696, including a HONOR CHOICE Watch, Earbuds, Backpack, and 12-month screen protection. The HONOR 200 comes in Moonlight White, Emerald Green, and Black, with prices starting at AED 1599 (12GB+256GB version). Purchases include free gifts worth AED 1496, including HONOR CHOICE Earbuds, MOECEN Band, Backpack, and 12-month screen protection.

This launch marks a significant step forward for HONOR, solidifying its position as a leader in AI-powered smartphone technology.

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Sonos Ace Headphones Review: A Stylish Entry with Excellent Performance

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Sonos, the renowned home audio brand, took a bold step into the world of personal audio by introducing the Sonos Ace headphones. This premium, over-ear wireless headphones boast a sleek design, active noise cancellation (ANC), and the promise of signature Sonos sound.

Design and Comfort
Sonos doesn’t disappoint when it comes to aesthetics. The Ace headphones exude a minimalist elegance. Available in black and soft white, they feature a matte finish with metallic accents. The build quality feels substantial, with a mix of plush memory foam earcups and a sturdy, lightweight frame. These headphones are comfortable to wear for extended periods, thanks to the generous earcup padding and a well-distributed weight balance.

Controls and Functionality
Sonos opts for physical buttons over the now-commonplace touch controls. A multi-function “Content Key” on the right earcup handles playback, volume, and track skipping. A separate button cycles through ANC modes and voice assistant activation. The buttons offer a satisfying tactile response, a welcome change from the finicky nature of touch controls.

The Sonos app, though not as feature-rich as some competitors’ offerings, provides basic controls such as ANC adjustments and a five-band EQ, which allows for some sound customisation. One notable feature is multipoint Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to connect to two devices simultaneously. This is a convenient feature for users who switch frequently between phones and laptops.

Sound Quality
The Sonos Ace delivers a pleasant listening experience. The sound signature leans towards the warm side, with a satisfying bass presence without overwhelming the mids and highs. The instruments are well-defined, and the vocals come through clearly. For audiophiles, the Sonos Ace offers an outstanding soundstage.

The ANC is excellent, effectively blocking out low-frequency noise such as aeroplane hum and traffic rumble. Call quality is also very good, with the built-in microphones doing an adequate job of picking up your voice during calls.

Battery Life and Connectivity
Sonos boasts a stellar battery life of 30+ hours with ANC turned on. This is a major plus for frequent travellers and long listening sessions. The headphones use Bluetooth 5.3, offering a reliable connection with minimal latency.

A unique feature of the Sonos Ace is its potential integration with the Sonos ecosystem. The app allows you to switch seamlessly between the headphones and your Sonos home speakers. This functionality is currently limited, but future updates could unlock features such as using the headphones as surround sound speakers for your Sonos home theatre setup.

Verdict
The Sonos Ace headphones are a solid first entry into the wireless headphone market. They boast excellent noise cancellation, a comfortable design, and long battery life. The sound quality is quite good, too. The potential for deeper integration with the Sonos ecosystem is intriguing, however, the hefty price tag might deter some budget-conscious consumers.

If you’re a Sonos loyalist looking for a pair of stylish headphones with excellent ANC and good sound quality, the Sonos Ace is a compelling option, especially if the promise of future ecosystem integration appeals to you. The Sonos Ace headphones are a promising debut with a clear focus on comfort, noise cancellation, and design. They offer a well-rounded listening experience with the potential for exciting future developments within the Sonos ecosystem.

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The Sonos Ace delivers a pleasant listening experience. The sound signature leans towards the warm side, with a satisfying bass presence without overwhelming the mids and highs. The instruments are well-defined, and the vocals come through clearly.

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Apple Detects Spyware Targeting iPhones in Multiple Countries

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Apple has issued a second spyware attack warning to iPhone users in 98 countries, raising concerns about the growing threat to mobile security. This follows a similar alert in April targeting users in 92 countries.

While specific details about the latest attacks remain under wraps, the alert serves as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape. India is one confirmed country where users received the notification.

Spyware, a particularly invasive type of malware, can grant attackers complete access to an iPhone, including encrypted messages, audio, and video. The notorious Pegasus spyware from NSO Group is a well-known example.

“Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” Apple wrote in its new spyware alert.

Adding to the concern, researchers recently revealed the return of LightSpy, a “particularly dangerous” campaign capable of pinpointing a target’s location with “near-perfect accuracy.”

The worrying aspect of these attacks is their ability to exploit “zero-click” vulnerabilities, meaning infection can occur without any user interaction, such as opening a malicious link or attachment.

This highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and following Apple’s security recommendations, which may include updating your device to the latest iOS version.

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