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Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 now in India

With up to 14.5 hours of battery life, the Surface Laptop 2 comes with premium design, "PixelSense Touch Display", and best-in-class keyboard and trackpad

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

Microsoft India on Monday announced the availability of Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 on Amazon India, Flipkart and retail stores at a starting price of Rs 83,999 and Rs 91,999 respectively.

The devices will be available for commercial or enterprise customers through authorised resellers, the company said in a statement.

“For users seeking to make new breakthroughs in 2019, Surface will be a perfect companion to bring their innovative ideas and thinking to life,” Priyadarshi Mohapatra, Country General Manager-Consumer and Devices, Microsoft India, said in a statement.

Surface Pro 6 features redesigned architecture under the hood and also combines quad-core, 8th Generation Intel Core processor.

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Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office. Pixabay

It is 1.5 times faster than its predecessor, while offering the same all-day battery life, the company claimed.

Surface Pro 6 features a 12.3-inch “PixelSense” display that is capable of for rendering designs on photo editing software or for binge-watching series on your favourite streaming apps.

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The new Surface Laptop 2 comes with improved speed and performance enabled by the 8th Generation Intel Quad Core processor; the device is 85 per cent more powerful than its predecessor, the company said.

With up to 14.5 hours of battery life, the Surface Laptop 2 comes with premium design, “PixelSense Touch Display”, and best-in-class keyboard and trackpad. (IANS)

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ASUS Eyes 50% Share in Gaming Laptop Market in India; Introduces Two New Laptop Models

The company said it is further expanding budget-friendly laptop

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The company is aiming to increase its share in the consumer laptops division in India from 11 per cent to 15-20 per cent. Pixabay

In the era of smartphone gaming where the PC market is declining, Taiwanese electronics major ASUS is aiming for 50 per cent market share in the gaming laptops segment in India while increasing its retail presence from 100 to 200 stores by the end of this year, a top company executive has said.

“We are already the number one gaming laptop brand in India. Last year, we had around 23 per cent market share in the gaming laptops division in the country and this year, in the first four months itself, we have reached 40 per cent market share,” Arnold Su, Head of consumer Notebooks and ROG Business, ASUS India told IANS.

In addition, the company is aiming to increase its share in the consumer laptops division in India from 11 per cent to 15-20 per cent by the end of 2019.

The company said it is further expanding budget-friendly laptop offerings with new affordable models of Vivobooks which were introduced last year targeting mid-ranged buyers.

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Taiwanese electronics major ASUS is aiming for 50 per cent market share in the gaming laptops segment in India. Pixabay

“We noticed that not everybody is able to afford the Rs 60,000 or Rs 70,000 premium laptops. This year, we launched the new generation of Vivobooks with which, we are expecting to grab a larger market share in India,” Su noted.

With gaming picking up as a profession in India, the company had previously said India has great potential ahead. In 2018, ASUS’s Republic of Gamers (ROG) was the most-searched gaming brand in India.

“Laptop gaming is growing but people who are interested in playing top-of-the-line games or like to compete with teammates and other players would only get that kind of gaming experience on PCs,” said Leila Lin, Country Product Manager, ASUS India.

ASUS said it is expanding its retail footprint in the country and opening between seven to 10 exclusive stores evey month. The company hopes to touch the 200 stores count by the end of year.

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“We want to make our gaming laptops accessible to customers everywhere. Right now, we have around 100 ASUS stores in India and we are working with all our channels like Amazon, Paytm, Chroma, Reliance and our own stores,” Su added.

ASUS has refreshed its Vivobook series with two new models — a 14-inch Vivobook X412 and a 15.6-inch Vivobook X512 — priced Rs 33,990 and Rs 34,990. (IANS)