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Dell XPS 15 Laptop: Bring the Beast to Your Work Table (Tech Review)

Conclusion: If you are running a small and medium business or work on your own as a creative professional, this Dell machine would surely make your day-to-day life easy when it comes to multi-tasking and delivering meaningful experiences to your clients

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Dell India launches 2 new 'Inspiron' laptops. Pixabay

For creative professionals, desktops have always been a preferred mode to give wings to their ideas but Dell now has a beast in its XPS family that promises to enhance both your work and personal success.

Although Dell has also introduced an upgrade to XPS 15 laptop with a 4K OLED screen and 9th Gen Intel processor, the previous iteration of XPS 15 is nonetheless worth trying, if you are looking for a premium look with super powerful interiors.

XPS 15 (Rs 2,55,000 inclusive of GST) with 8th Gen i9 Intel processor can deliver up to 50 per cent more performance than 7th Gen processors and up to 20 per cent more graphics performance.

Powered by NVIDIA Pascal — the most advanced GPU architecture ever created – the XPS 15 has the latest and greatest Pascal architecture — the “GeForce GTX 1050Ti with Max-Q” design.

Let us see how XPS 15 fares when put to professional use.

Design-wise, the machine is crafted precisely from materials like machined aluminum, carbon fibre and hardened Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for better durability.

The XPS 15 is cut from a single block of aluminum, so it’s more durable than a machine that’s pieced together.

The innovative “InfinityEdge” display make the XPS 15 the smallest 15.6-inch performance laptop. It is a 15.6-inch laptop in an 14-inch footprint, and is also one of the lightest — starting at just 1.8 kg.

Screen is just fantastic. The optional 4K Ultra HD display gives 1500:1 contrast ratio for stunning clarity and vivid colours.

Professionals can see full colour representation of their content in the field and on their display with exactly the same colours represented.

Creating high-end graphics, maps and charts were so smooth on the machine that we never felt the need for a high-end desktop.

For the content that is not already in Adobe RGB format — like a web page or a movie — “PremierColor” software remaps the colours easily so you are able to see them accurately on screen.

Coated in 0.65 per cent anti-reflective coating, the screen with 400-nit brightness offers no-glare when working outside.

On the performance front, the first Intel Core i9 mobile processor with up to 6 cores and 12 threads delivers more single and multi-threaded performance than 7th Gen — with the ability to overclock.

This is Intel’s most-powerful mobile platform for creators that enables faster 4K video editing with “Adobe Premier Pro” software.

When it comes to machine’s memory — up to 32GB at 2666MHz is 1.2 times faster than 2133MHz memory. It means you get to the content that you need quicker and aren’t slowed down by the memory-intensive apps.

Creating high-end graphics, maps and charts were so smooth on the machine that we never felt the need for a high-end desktop.

XPS 15 has “Dell Power Manager” application that allows user to customize based on their preferences between quiet, ultra-performance, cool and optimized modes. For example, quiet mode is 50 per cent quieter than the other modes.

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Pre-loaded with Windows 10 Pro, XPS 15 also has a fair battery life in any 15-inch laptop to keep you unplugged on the go.

You can add accessories like connecting your XPS 15 to Dell Thunderbolt Dock for the ultimate display performance (up to three Full HD displays or two 4K displays) and faster data transfers.

Conclusion: If you are running a small and medium business or work on your own as a creative professional, this Dell machine would surely make your day-to-day life easy when it comes to multi-tasking and delivering meaningful experiences to your clients. (IANS)

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HONOR 20: Great Design and Camera Steal the Show (Tech Review)

Conclusion: The HONOR 20 fits the bill when it comes to living up to the standards of a flagship features on a budget. A capable camera, good battery backup and overall performance makes it a great buy

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FILE - A member of the media tries out new Huawei Honor 20 series of phones following their global launch in London, UK, May 21, 2019. VOA

By Krishna SinhaChaudhury

Chinese smartphone giant Huawei and its sub-brand HONOR have been putting up a brave fight against the ban imposed by the US. The handset player confirmed rolling out the next upgrade to Android OS “Android Q” for several of its devices last week that includes the newly-launched HONOR 20 series and Huawei’s flagship P30 Pro.

Huawei captured a double-digit share in the highly-concentrated premium market in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019 on the back of impeccable camera quality, Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and superior-build quality of its flagship mate and P series that drove the growth, according to Counterpoint Research.

Its sub-brand’s HONOR 20 was launched alongside the premium HONOR 20 Pro and HONOR 20i which has relatively toned down specs than the other two devices in the series.

The HONOR 20 features top-line specs, including the proprietary Kirin 980 chipset (which fuels the flagship P30 Pro) alongside 6GB RAM and 128GB storage space for Rs 32,999. After using the smartphone for a few days, here is what we think of it.

The glass rear looked beautiful when it caught light; however, there wasn’t much difference between the Pro and the HONOR 20, albeit for the fact that the latter houses a smaller 3,750mAh battery than HONOR 20 Pro.

There’s a 6.2-inch screen with a punch hole selfie camera instead of a conventional notch. The front and rear are both glossy with an aluminium frame. The device feels comfortable, enough for single-handed use.

A refreshing change is the fingerprint scanner that’s placed on the side of the phone.

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Honor consists of the first in class dual camera with 16MP+2MP rear lens and 8MP front lens. Flickr

Camera performance was one of the high points of the device that makes use of 48MP primary sensor with a 16MP ultra wide lens, a dedicated depth-sensing lens and 2MP macro unit.

The camera picks up enough details on the subject with good dynamic range. It beat the beats out the OnePlus 7 Pro’s camera in terms of colour and saturation.

While shooting in low light, the camera used “Night mode” which is works like Google’s Night Sight that is use of software to brighten up the picture taken at night.

The 32MP selfie camera produced detailed and vivid portraits.

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For those accustomed to the company’s proprietary EMUI OS (based on Android) it won’t be a problem but fans of vanilla Android (Google Pixel) or OxygenOS (found in OnePlus phones) may find the software somewhat overwhelming.

The rear camera bump made the device wobbly when placed on a flat surface. The absence of water resistance was another disappointment.

Conclusion: The HONOR 20 fits the bill when it comes to living up to the standards of a flagship features on a budget. A capable camera, good battery backup and overall performance makes it a great buy. (IANS)