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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Computer manufacturer Dell has announced that it will support growing start-ups in India. On Monday, they said that they are extensively working on ideas that are unique and disruptive.

Dell Inc chief executive Michael Dell told media, “We will support start-ups with technology, scaling up and capital wherever it is required as we want to be the entrepreneurs’ best friend. He further added, ” I met several interesting start-ups in Bengaluru, including InMobi and others. They are doing amazing work.”

Praising the eco-system of start-up in India, Dell said that the business landscape in India was very different four-five years ago in India but now it has improved dramatically.

Ruling out making smartphones, Dell said only one or two firms were making profits in it and quite a few of them were losing substantial money in that business. He said, “One of our competitors which recently acquired another large smart-phone company had lost $1 billion in smart-phone business. We will focus on our business as there is enough opportunity.”

Dell privatized the listed firm two years ago by buying out shares of all institutional and retail investors in a $24.9-billion deal with his private equity partner Silver Lake. “Almost 20 per cent of my time is freed up now, which I am spending with customers, products and team members,” he noted.

Asserting that going private had helped him personally and his firm a lot, Dell said the decision has ignited new energy in employees and made decision-making faster. He also insisted that employee satisfaction will be given priority this year.

Noting that Dell India’s business has grown at 30 percent in 2014 was the highest globally for the company, Dell said India is the third largest market for its products and services. He said, “We are expanding and making investments in all our businesses in India, including services, R&D, data centre, Dell global finance, support services and manufacturing.”

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Predicting consolidation in the global PC market, Dell said the top three companies (Lenovo, HP and Dell) could corner about 80 percent market share over the next five-seven years.

“The top three companies only have 53-54 percent market share currently. In the PC space, we see a consolidation and gaining share. In the first half of this year, we outgrew other two companies in notebooks. We have been able to grow even though the market is shrinking,” he said.

With about 28,000 employees in eight cities across the country, Dell India focuses on major industrial verticals spanning telecom, banking, financial services, insurance, manufacturing and utilities. Dell India is also looking to expand retail outlets to 825 by this year’s end.

With Inputs from IANS

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HP Unveils its Convertible ENVY x360 in India

The HP Pavilion Tower 590 is available at a starting price of Rs 22,990 (+GST)

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Expanding its premium portfolio, HP Inc. on Tuesday launched the HP ENVY x360 convertible powered by AMD Ryzen processor for the millennials in India.

HP ENVY x360 with AMD Ryzen R3 processor would be available from November at a starting price of Rs 60,990.

The variant with 256GB storage will cost Rs 74,990. The company is also offering a bundled HP Active Pen that works with Windows Ink.

“We have about 30 per cent share in the premium segment and this is growing much faster than the lower-priced segment. We’re expecting to increase our share and get rapid uptake from the customers,” Vickram Bedi, Senior Director, Personal Systems, HP Inc. India, told IANS here.

“At HP, we believe in insights-driven innovation that enables us to deliver the PC experiences that users want. The HP Envy x360 is a combination of sleek design, optimum performance and quality at an affordable cost,” he added.

The convertible features the all new HP Command Center which lets users optimise system performance, fan noise and temperature with its CoolSense technology.

The device supports Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds, to provide fast Internet connections for demanding streaming apps for movies, music and gaming.

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HP ENVY x360 with AMD Ryzen R3 processor would be available from November at a starting price of Rs 60,990.. (IANS)

The unique design of the laptop draws inspiration from hand-crafted pieces that feature the Damascus pattern — a high precision technique used in manufacturing specialty knives, known to be tough and durable, the company added.

AMD Ryzen processor gives performance up to 12.5 hours of battery life, charging from zero per cent battery life to 50 per cent on 45 minutes charge with HP Fast Charge technology, the company claimed.

The Corning Gorilla Glass NBT touchscreen gives highly intuitive reaction, with HP Active Pen for a seamless and natural work experience.

The device is available in Dark Ash Silver colour with an angular Damascus pattern, thin bezels and edge-to-edge backlit keyboard.

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Devices including the HP Pavilion 15 ultra-thin 15-inch laptop, HP Pavilion Tower 590 desktop and the HP 15 Notebook were also unveiled.

The HP Pavilion 15 laptop with AMD Ryzen R5 processor would be available in November at a starting price of Rs 62,990 while the one with AMD Ryzen R3 processor is available now at a starting price of Rs 36,990.

The HP Pavilion Tower 590 is available at a starting price of Rs 22,990 (+GST). (IANS)