Google Duo vs FaceTime vs Skype vs Messenger: Which is the best video calling app? Plus: Google Duo now available in the UK

Back in May, Google announced it would be launching two new apps, Allo and Duo. Allo is a messaging app, while Duo – an odd name – is for video calls.

It’s also slightly odd because Google already offers a way to do video calls through its Hangouts app. Duo, though, it a new standalone app that only let you video call between two people. So let’s see how it competes with Skype and FaceTime. See also: How to record Skype calls

How to get Google Duo

Google Duo is now available in the UK Google Play store and in the UK Apple Appstore and is free. As of 19 August, it’s now available globablly in every country in which you can access Google services.

When you set the app up, you need to link it with a phone number. This doesn’t have to be the number of the device itself, so you can install the app on a tablet as well as a phone.

Google Duo vs FaceTime vs Skype vs Messenger: At a glance

Skype FaceTime Duo Messenger

Company Microsoft

Apple Google Facebook
Platform support iOS

Android

Windows 10

Windows Phone

BlackBerry

Amazon Fire

Linux

macOS

TVs

Xbox One

iOS

macOS

iOS

Android

iOS

Android

Windows 10 Mobile

Group video calling Yes No No Yes
End-to-end encryption Yes Yes Yes No
Voice-only calls Yes Yes Coming soon Yes
Works on mobile data Yes Yes Yes (auto-switches from Wi-Fi) Yes
Highlights Massive user base and platform support; call landlines; built-in messenger Uses your contacts, so no need to enter a phone number Knock Knock on Android lets you see caller before you answer Can minimise video call and continue using the app

Google Duo

Google Duo is relatively basic, but that’s the idea: it’s simple to use and gets the job done. FaceTime is very similar, and works in the same way as Duo. You pick a contact, start a video call and then tap the screen to bring up options such as switching between front and rear cameras, mute the microphone or end the call.

There’s no group calling, no instant messages, just person-to-person video calls. You can’t even move the thumbnail of your video around the screen as you can with the other services. At least the video rotates if you hold your phone in landscape mode.

Duo has a couple of highlights: the ability to see the caller’s video stream before you answer (Knock Knock) and it can switch between Wi-Fi and mobile data without dropping the call. Currently Knock Knock only works on Android devices, but the capability is built into iOS 10, so it could be added to the iPhone app soon.

Google Duo vs Skype vs FaceTime vs Messenger

There are some settings, including a ‘limit mobile data’ button and the ability to block certain numbers. If you like, you can also turn Knock Knock off so people can’t see your stream before they answer.

As Duo is brand new, you’ll probably have to ask the other person to install the app before you can call them, otherwise a message will pop up “07345 678910 is unavailable on Duo”.

Google says voice calls are coming soon.

FaceTime

FaceTime is a video calling service, and is available over Wi-Fi and 3G / 4G. You can make a voice call – FaceTime audio – if your recipient’s device doesn’t have a front camera, or you just prefer not to be seen – only heard. Often, audio quality is better than a conventional phone call.

Google Duo vs Skype vs FaceTime vs Messenger

One of the limitations of FaceTime is that it’s exclusively available on Apple devices, so you’ll need an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Mac to use it. So you can’t use FaceTime to call your auntie who has an Android phone or tablet.

Skype

FaceTime vs Skype

Skype is available on virtually everything, including some TVs. You can install Skype on Apple products, Windows, Android, Windows Phone, Linux, BlackBerry, Amazon Fire phone (and Fire tablets). It’s rare to own a mobile device and not be able to use Skype. See also: How to use Skype

Skype has the most features, but can be a pain to use. For example, it regularly asks you to log in when you launch the apps, but this doesn’t happen in FaceTime or Duo. However, Skype makes up for this by offering group calling, instant messaging and – if you use the desktop apps – call translation.

FaceTime vs Skype

Skype can also be used to call landlines at low rates, and you can have a Skype number which people can call,  but this part of the service isn’t free.

Skype actually allowed video calls over mobile networks before FaceTime did, even on the iPhone!

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger has evolved from an unwanted extra Facebook app to a genuinely useful communication tool with a surprising number of features. Video calling has been added relatively recently, and even more recent is the introduction of group calls, which work on mobile as well as in Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera on a PC or laptop.

Google Duo vs Skype vs FaceTime vs Messenger

You can mute the microphone and / or camera as you like, and even minimise the video call and carry on using the Messenger app to write instant messages, send stickers and so on.

Google Duo vs FaceTime vs Skype vs Messenger: Quality

Audio and video quality for video calls is largely dependent on the speed of the internet connection between you and the recipient. You may have a fast fibre optic connection, but your recipient might live somewhere rural with a slow internet connection.

Quite obviously you will see higher quality if you have a faster link between you, but there are other factors involved as well.

One is the quality of the hardware used: web cams vary in quality as do microphones. Another factor is image processing and the compression used.

Apple has an advantage here, since it controls both software and hardware. So as well as good-quality cameras and microphones (especially on the latest iPhones and iPads), Apple can also use hardware for encoding and decoding the video.

The others (on the whole) have to make do with software to do these jobs, which also uses more CPU power, and battery power.

Skype is peer-to-peer though, while the others use their own central servers to facilitate video calls.

Google Duo vs FaceTime vs Skype vs Messenger: Security

An often overlooked factor in messaging, calling and video chatting is security. The good news is that both Skype and FaceTime are pretty secure.

Skype encrypts all video and voice calls, as it does with any files and instant messages you share.

Apple, too, provides end-to-end encryption for FaceTime and iMessage. This means that no-one but the sender and receiver can view them.

Facebook only recently (July 2016) began adding end-to-end encryption, and only for ‘secret conversation’ instant messages. Video calls are not encrypted, as far as we’re aware.

Duo, however, certainly does have end-to-end encryption for video calls, a feature plenty of Hangouts users have wanted.

Google Duo vs FaceTime vs Skype vs Messenger: Verdict

Each of these video calling services has their advantages. However, FaceTime is without question the most limited as it’s only on Apple hardware. Duo is next, as it only offers person-to-person video calls and nothing else. If that’s what you’re looking for, it’s great – and offers end-to-end encryption too.

Facebook Messenger is fine as long as the person you want to call has the app installed and you don’t mind the lack of privacy.

Plently more people have access to Skype as it’s available on so many platforms. Both Skype and Messenger are good if you want to call more than one person – neither Duo nor FaceTime have this option. But Skype also has encryption.

If you have to choose just one video calling service, Skype is the best for these reasons. However, you don’t have to choose just one: all are free and you can install them all.

 

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How to get Android N now & how to downgrade Android N: Android Nougat rolling out to Nexus devices now, but you don’t need to wait

The final version of Android Nougat was released yesterday and will roll out to devices over the following days. But you don’t need to wait: here’s how to get Android N now. How to install Android Nougat on Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X,Nexus 6P, Nexus Player and Google Pixel C. Also see: Android N UK release date, name, new features.

You’ll also be interested in: Google I/O as it happened | Android N | Android VR | Nexus 7 (2016) | Nexus 5 & Nexus 6 (2016)

Update 23 August 2016: All the rumours have pointed to the launch of Android N in August, and with little fanfare, Google yesterday released the final version of Android Nougat. It’s coming out first on certain Nexus devices and we’ve already seen a Nexus 6P get the upgrade in the UK. We recommend waiting until your device receives the update over the air, but if you don’t want to wait, you can get Android Nougat right now – read on for instructions. Those who have already installed the beta version of Android N will also receive an update to the final version.

Downloading and installing a beta version of Android to a Nexus device used to be a real headache – indeed, you’ll see our instructions for flashing the previous OS, Android Marshmallow, at the bottom of this page.

This time around, Google made installing the Android N Developer Preview on to a Nexus device so easy that anyone could do it. Just bear in mind that this is not the finished version of the OS, and there will more than likely be some bugs that need fixing. Also see: How fast is Android N? And how to split screen in Android N.

If you can’t wait to see Android N, the good news is that Developer Preview 4 is available now. Here’s how to get Android N now. (And once you’ve had a good look, we’ll also show you how to uninstall Android N and reinstall Android Marshallow.) Also see: How to get Android Marshmallow now.

How to get Android N now: Supported devices

The Android N Developer Preview is compatible with the following devices:

• Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P

• Nexus Player

• Google Pixel C

• Android One

Also see: How to direct reply in Android N.

How to get Android N now: How to download Android N

Downloading Android N is simple with Google’s new Android Beta Program. Any devices enrolled to the programme will receive OTA updates to the latest Android operating systems where available.

• To enroll in the Android Beta Program, open the browser on your compatible Nexus device and head to g.co/androidbeta. You will be asked to sign into your Google account.

• Scroll down the page and you’ll find a heading ‘Eligible devices’ with any compatible Nexus devices that are also signed into your account listed below.

Android N - enroll

• Find the Nexus device you wish to enroll to the beta programme and click the green ‘Enroll device’ button beside it.

• Tick the box to agree to the terms and conditions, then tap ‘Join beta’.

Android N join beta

• A message will pop up to tell you your device has been enrolled and will soon receive an OTA update to the beta version of Android. Click Ok.

Android N enrolled

• The update notification arrived on our Nexus 6 instantly, although it can take up to 24 hours. If you don’t receive your update notification after that time, check you’re connected to the internet then head to Settings, About, System updates and check for updates. You will not receive OTA updates if you previously manually flashed Android Marshmallow on to that device (as we had with our Nexus 6) – you’ll get a notification that verification has failed. Instead you will need to manually install Android N on that device, and you can follow the same instructions we provide below for manually installing Android Marshmallow.

• Once you see the update notification, pull down the notification bar and choose Download.

Android N notification

• In the next window you’ll be told that this will install a preview version of Android N on to your device, which includes new features such as multi-window support and direct-reply to notifications. The update itself was 850MB on our Nexus 6, and 1126.7MB on our Nexus 6P, so ensure you are connected to Wi-Fi, then tap Download.

Android N download

• You can now install the Android N Developer Preview. Tap Restart & install to begin the process.

Android N restart & install

• You’ll automatically receive notification of a new Android N update every four- to six weeks until the operating system’s final release in Q3 2016. Also see: How to update Android

Preview 1 is the initial release or Alpha version of Android N. Preview 2 and Preview 3 are incremental beta updates. Preview 4 will include the final APIs and official SDK, Play Publishing, while Preview 5 is the near-final system image for last-minute tests. The final release will follow Preview 5.

You can provide feedback at https://developer.android.com/preview/bug for device-specific-, system- and Google App bugs. You can also send feedback through your device using the Android N Quick Settings tile or through Settings, About, Send feedback for this device.

How to downgrade Android N Developer Preview: Uninstall Android N Developer Preview

Removing or uninstalling the Android N Developer Preview is as easy as is installing it. You simply head to the Android Beta Program page at g.co/androidbeta then tap the Unenroll device button next to your Nexus device. Do note, however, that doing so will wipe all data on your device – be sure to back up Android first.

We chatted about Android Nougat as the main topic on our podcast. Listen here:

How to get Android Marshmallow now

Android Marshmallow is already available for recent Nexus devices and some high-end devices from key hardware makers such as HTC and LG. You can check whether an OTA update is available for your device or, if you have a Nexus phone or tablet, force the installation by flashing the necessary files using Minimal ADB. Check when will your phone get Android Marshmallow here.

Be warned that manually installing Android M is not for novice users, and it’s quite possible to brick your device if you don’t know what you’re doing. It’s important to back up any data installed on your phone or tablet before you begin since this will be lost in the process – see How to back up Android.

Below we explain how we installed Android M on our Nexus 6; follow our advice at your own risk – PC Advisor takes no responsibility for damaged devices. For those without Nexus devices wondering when they’ll be able to update to Google’s latest Android update, take a look at this: When will my phone get Android M?

Step 1. On a Windows PC install Minimal ADB and Fastboot. You can download it from this XDA-Developers thread. WonderHowTo has created a script to simplify the installation of ADB & Fastboot on a Mac, which can be downloaded fromhere. Once downloaded, extract the Zip and place the Android folder on your Mac desktop before opening a new Terminal window and entering the following:

Cd Desktop/Android
[Enter]
./ADB-Install-Mac.sh

The script will take a little while to run and you may have to enter your Mac account password, but once complete you’ll be able to run ADB and Fastboot commands from a terminal window. The rest of the process should be the same, but we can’t confirm as we performed the update from a Windows PC.

How to get Android M now: How to install Android M Developer Preview on Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player

Step 2. Download the appropriate Android M installer for your device, which you’ll find on the Android Developer’s site. The Android M files are only compatible with the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 7 and Nexus Player only, so do not try to install it on a different device like the Nexus 10 or Nexus 4.

Note: If you previously flashed a device to an Android M Developer Preview image, that device will not automatically get the update to the final Android 6.0 build by an over the air (OTA) update.

Android Marshmallow factory image

Step 3. You’ll need to extract the contents of the downloaded Android M file to a new folder on your desktop. We used the free 7-Zip utility to achieve this. From the folder on your desktop copy the extracted files into C:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot. (Some users have needed to rename the .tgz file extension as .tar in order to complete this step.)

How to get Android M now: How to install Android M Developer Preview on Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player

Step 4. On your Nexus phone or tablet open Settings, About phone/tablet and tap on Build Number seven times. This will unlock a hidden Developer Options menu within Settings. Open Developer Options and enable USB debugging and OEM Unlock.

How to get Android M now: How to install Android M Developer Preview on Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player

Step 5. Plug your Nexus device into your Windows PC via USB and download theGoogle USB Driver. Extract the contents of the Zip file to a safe place, then click on Start, Devices and Printers, right-click on your phone or tablet and choose Properties. Open the Hardware tab, then choose the top entry under Device Functions and click on Properties. Update the driver, pointing Windows to the Google USB driver you’ve just downloaded. A prompt will appear on your device’s screen to ‘Allow USB debugging’; tick the box to ‘Always allow from this computer’, then press Ok.

How to get Android M now: How to install Android M Developer Preview on Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player

Step 6. Now you’re ready to flash Android M on to your device. If you’re sure it’s been backed up properly (you will lose everything otherwise), launch Minimal ADB and Fastboot. Type adb reboot-bootloader and hit Enter. This will boot your device into Fastboot mode (which can also be achieved by switching it off and then simultaneously holding down the power, volume up and volume down buttons).

Step 7. Scan the information on the device screen for LOCK STATE. If this reports that the phone or tablet is unlocked move on to step 8; if it is locked, in ADB typefastboot oem unlock and hit Enter. Use the volume button on your phone or tablet to select Yes, then use the Power button to confirm your choice.

How to get Android M now: How to install Android M Developer Preview on Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player

Step 8. Technically, flashing Android M should now be a case of typing flash-alland hitting Enter. When you then reboot the phone you’ll be greeted with Android M.

How to get Android M now: How to install Android M Developer Preview on Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player

Except this didn’t work on our Nexus 6, and we received an error message that the update package was missing system.img before it aborted the process. If you get the same error messge, move on to step 9; if you don’t, enjoy Android M.

Step 9. In order to make Minimal ADB and Fastboot see those files, we had to go back to the files we extracted from our Android M installer in step 3. Within those files is another Zip file, and it’s in here that you’ll find the missing system.img file. Extract this Zip file, then copy its contents into C:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot.

Step 10. Rather than using the flash-all command you’ll need to manually install each file. In Minimal ADB and Fastboot we entered the following commands to successfully get our Nexus 6 running Android M:

fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-shamu-moto-apq8084-71.11.img [this is for the Nexus 6 – the filename here will differ for the Nexus 5, 9 and Player]

[Enter]

fastboot flash radio radio-shamu-D4.01-9625-05.16+FSG-9625-02.94.img [again this is for the Nexus 6 – the filename here will differ for the Nexus 5, 9 and Player]

[Enter]

fastboot reboot-bootloader

[Enter]

fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

[Enter]

fastboot flash boot boot.img

[Enter]

fastboot flash system system.img

[Enter]

fastboot flash cache cache.img

[Enter]

fastboot erase userdata

[Enter]

fastboot flash userdata userdata.img

[Enter]

fastboot reboot

[Enter]

The device should then restart running Android M.

You can also see the handy YouTube video below for a visual guide.

 

How to uninstall Android M: Revert to Android Lollipop on Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player

To uninstall Android M and revert to your previous operating system, simply download the appropriate system image from this page and repeat the instructions above. Note that you’ll first need to clear out the files from Minimal ADB and Fastboot that you added earlier.

 

[source :-pcadvisor]

Best student deals & discounts | Best laptop deals for students | Best software deals for students: Save money on products from Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and others

With the new academic year about to begin there are some great bargains to be found on tech gadget. Many companies use this season to entice students onto their platforms, which means it’s often possible to save money on the latestlaptops, tablets, phones, or software. We’ve gathered together the best deals we could find to ensure that your new term gets off to the best possible start. See also: How to go through clearing online

Jump straight to:

  • Microsoft discounts
  • Apple discounts
  • Amazon discounts
  • Lenovo discounts
  • Dell discounts
  • Adobe discounts

Best student deals & discounts: Best Microsoft deals for students

Microsoft has its own Student Store on the UK website, which includes a decent range of deals and discounts. On the software side there is a University version of the Office365 suite that’s available for £59.99. This price allows you to install Word, Excel and all the other Office apps on two PCs, Macs or tablets, alongside two smartphones.

That’s already a good deal when you compare it to the standard Personal plan, which costs the same and only allows one PC, one tablet, and one smartphone, but the real bargain is that Office 365 University is £59.99 for four years rather than one.

If you’re looking for a new laptop then Microsoft offers students a 10% discount on it’s entire Surface line. This means you can pick up the excellent Surface Pro 4for as little as £674.10, although you’ll still need to buy a Surface keyboard (£98.99).

best student deals 2016

Online customers are also currently being offered a £50 Amazon voucher if they buy the Surface Pro 4, and there are deals on a number of laptops too, so it’s worth paying the site a visit.

See also: Best laptops to buy right now

Best student deals & discounts: Best Apple deals for students – Apple Educational Store

Apple has long had an incentive program for students. To find it you’ll need to visit the Apple website and scroll to the bottom of the page. Here you’ll see a number of light grey options separated by various headings. In the For Educationsection there’s a link to the Shop for University, click this and you’ll be able to view the deals on offer.

Apple does require that you set up a free Apple UNiDAYS account, which involves proving your student status, but once this is done Apple states you can save up to £50 on an iPad or £339 on a new Mac. There’s also currently a deal that offers a free pair of Beats Wireless headphones with every eligible Mac, iPad or iPhone.

Best student deals & discounts: Best Amazon deals for students – Amazon Student

Being a student isn’t all about work. Sometimes you need to take a break from pouring over textbooks, a chance to relax, recharge, and binge watch Arrow. One excellent way of doing this is through Amazon’s new Student version of Prime.

best student deals 2016

For the first six months you get all the normal Prime benefits – Amazon Video, Music, Unlimited photo storage, and free next day delivery – all for free. Then you can continue at half the normal price. So essentially you get Prime for eighteen months and it only costs £39. That’s a great  bargain right there.

See also: What is Amazon Prime?

Best student deals & discounts: Best Lenovo deals for students – Lenovo Student Discount Store

Much like Apple and Microsoft, Lenovo now has its own store for students where it promises savings of up to 20 percent on its range of laptops and tablets. To access the deals you’ll need to create a free account on the student store, this means that we can’t tell you what’s really on offer, but it certainly seems worth a look.

See also: Best tablets and best budget smartphones

Best student deals & discounts: Best Dell deals for students – Dell Discount

Dell has teamed up with My UNiDAYS to offer a number of discounts across its range of laptops and desktops. All of the Inspiron, XPS, and Alienware products over £499 are eligible for a 15 percent discount with a valid voucher from My UNiDAYS.

best student deals 2016

Considering the fact that Dell are making some of the best PCs on the market at the moment, this is a tempting offer. Visit the Dell Student Store for more details.

Best student deals & discounts: Best Adobe deals for students – Adobe Creative Cloud

If your course involves any kind of design, video, or photography elements then Adobe Creative Cloud will be an excellent suite of software to have in your arsenal. Sadly this is rather expensive, which doesn’t lend itself easily to a student budget.

Fear not.

If you visit the Adobe site before September 2nd 2016 you’ll be able to purchase a year’s subscription to the Creative Cloud suite for £169.56, which is a whopping discount of 69 percent.

 

Of course many of these deals are limited time offers, so it’s a good idea to move quickly. If you do you’re sure to save money and get some of the best tech available at the moment. You don’t need a university education to know that’s a smart move.

 

 

 

[source :-pcadvisor]

Fallout 4 VR UK release date rumours, Fallout 4 DLC release date, features, gameplay and screenshots: Fallout 4’s final piece of DLC, Nuka World, is released for PC and consoles

Fallout 4 was released in November 2015, and while the game offers hundreds of hours of gameplay with no level cap, people are starting to get a little bored. After all, murdering everything that moves in the Commonwealth and collecting scrap can become a little stagnant without the injection of an interesting storyline once you’ve finished it. But not for long, because Bethesda has announced a flurry of exciting DLC releases – all of which are out now, with VR support for the HTC Vive being added in 2017. Find out everything we know so far about the Fallout 4 DLC including its UK release date, price and features. Want more game news? Find out about some of the best upcoming games of 2016.

Updated 30 August 2016 with news that Fallout 4’s Nuka World DLC is now ready to download

Fallout 4 VR: Bethesda announces VR support for HTC Vive at E3 2016

Bethesda recently took to the stage at E3 2016 and showcased a range of news in the form of existing game updates, as well as showing off footage from upcoming blockbuster games. The company showcased new Dishonored 2 gameplay, announced the Prey reboot and even a remastered Elder Scrolls game due out later this year. However, for fans of Fallout 4 – and those with a HTC Vive in particular – the biggest news of the night was the announcement of Bethesda VR.

More specifically, Bethesda announced that Fallout 4 would gain VR support in 2017 with the SteamVR-enabled HTC Vive. No more details were given beyond that, leaving VR gamers with a flurry of questions – will it use the Vive controllers? How will you traverse the map? How will the developers deal with motion sickness when being knocked to the ground, etc? While we don’t have many answers for you at this time, we’ll update this section with more information as soon as we see it.

Read next: Best upcoming VR games and experiences of 2016

Fallout 4 DLC release date: When is Fallout 4 DLC coming out?

Bethesda announced that it would release three DLC add-ons in the months following the release of Fallout 4, with the first launching back in March.

Fallour 4 DLC: Automatron

The first is called Automatron, which was released on 22 March 2016 on all platforms and costs £7.99. It adds robots into the open world that’ll drop parts when defeated, and the Wanderer can use these parts to build a completely new companion.

“The mysterious Mechanist has unleashed a horde of evil robots into the Commonwealth, including the devious Robobrain,” reads Bethesda’s website. “Hunt them down and harvest their parts to build and mod your own custom robot companions. Choose from hundreds of mods; mixing limbs, armor, abilities and weapons like the all-new lightning chain gun. Even customise their paint schemes and choose their voices!”

You can find a trailer for the Automatron DLC here:

 

Fallout 4 DLC: Wasteland Workshop

The second DLC add-on, which arrived one month later on 12 April, is calledWasteland Workshop. This is a slightly smaller add-on that’ll cost £3.99 if you buy it individually, and will introduce a way for players to design and set cages to capture live creatures.

“Tame them or have them face off in battle, even against your fellow settlers,” says Bethesda. “The Wasteland Workshop also includes a suite of new design options for your settlements like nixie cube lighting, letter kits, taxidermy and more.”

Fallout 4 DLC: Far Harbor

The biggest update, which will cost £19.99, is called Far Harbor and launched on 19 May. Its description reads: “In Far Harbor, a new case from Valentine’s Detective Agency leads you on a search for a young woman and a secret colony of synths. Travel off the coast of Maine to the mysterious island of Far Harbor, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world. Navigate through the growing conflict between the synths, the Children of Atom, and the local townspeople. Will you work towards bringing peace to Far Harbor, and at what cost?”

Watch the official Far Harbor trailer below.

 

“A new case from Valentine’s Detective Agency leads you on a search for a young woman and a secret colony of synths,” says Bethesda. “Travel off the coast of Maine to the mysterious island of Far Harbor, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world. Navigate through the growing conflict between the synths, the Children of Atom, and the local townspeople. Will you work towards bringing peace to Far Harbor, and at what cost?”

According to Bethesda, Far Harbor features the biggest DLC landmass it’s ever created, and it will come complete with new faction quests, settlements, lethal creatures and dungeons. There is also new, higher-level armor and weapons.

Fallout 4 DLC: Contraptions Workshop

The relatively small piece of DLC that launched on 21 June 2016 is calledContraptions Workshop, and enables Fallout 4 gamers to build complex machines for their properties. The creativity of the gamer is their limit, as the DLC allows users to create converyer belts, scaffolding kits, track kits and even logic gates. It also offers the ability to build elivators, create weapon racks and even build a greenhouse – all for the small price of £3.99.

The results of the Contraptions Workshop are interesting to say the least. In the video below you can see characters getting put into stocks and having endless amounts of teddy bears pelted at them from machines.

 

Also check out this hilarious contraption which is a massively elaborate setup to fire paintballs somewhere you don’t want to be shot at with paintballs.

 

Fallout 4 DLC: Vault-Tec Workshop

Fallout 4 DLC - Contraptions Workshop

The DLC is focused around players creating their very own underground nuclear bunker. The expansion will also enable you to customise and even train your own inhabitants. The DLC will be coming out in July 2016 and will cost £3.99.

Fallout 4 DLC: Nuka World

The final DLC in the Fallout 4 line is called Nuka World and is finally available to buy following a recent announcement from Bethesda, and will set prospective gamers back £14.99 – Steam users can buy the DLC right here, and those with the season pass will of course receive the update free of charge.

The new expansion adds a new part of the story mode which introduces new quests, weapons, characters and new raider enemies – all set in an amusement park. It boasts a selection of theme park games, and even full-on rollercoasters that you can ride – and with the ability to become a raider, this final piece of DLC may be Fallout 4’s biggest and most impressive to date.

Bethesda recently released a trailer for the upcoming Nuka World DLC, which can be seen.

Fallout 4 UK price: How much does Fallout 4 cost? Where to buy Fallout 4

If you’ve yet to buy Fallout 4, you’ll find it available for PS4, Xbox One and PC. GAME is currently selling it for £29.99 on PS4 and Xbox One, and £24.99 on PC.

Those prices above are for the standard edition of Fallout 4 but there was also a collector’s edition. The ‘Pip-Boy Edition’ cost £100 and includes an actual Pip-Boy replica. It’s designed to replicate the in-game device and comes with a RobCo Industries stand, custom-printed capsule, adjustable foam cuff, and rotating knobs and lights.

So eager were fans to get their hands on Pip-Boy it sold out, and Bethesda can’t make any more copies. The company’s marketing VP Pete Hines told Gamespotthat its not because Bethesda is being tight with Pip-Boy editions, but because the factories physically can’t make any more copies. You can still find the Pip-Boy edition from the likes of Amazon and eBay, but you’ll pay above the original price for those. There also seems to be some left from GAME for £99.99.

Fallout 4 Pip-boy Edition

You can even put your smartphone inside the Pip-Boy use it with the Pip-Boy mobile app to manage your in-game inventory, perks and holotapes. The Pip-Boy Edition also comes with a physical Pip-Boy Pocket Guide, a Vault-Tec Perk poster and the game comes in a Power Armour Collectible metal case.

Fallout 4: Gameplay

Update 15 June 2016: At E3 2016 Bethesda announced that the Xbox One and PlayStation versions of the game will soon benefit from being able to play with mods. The same way that PC gamers can play the game with mods enabled.

Let’s talk gameplay. As seen in the below trailers, Fallout 4 is completely open world, allowing you and your doggy sidekick to roam and scavage the wastelands that surround you. The best part of Fallout 4 is that pretty much everything you come across can be used to build or modify either weaponry or your base, which you have to protect from other survivors.

Fallout 4: Player Freedom in a Open World trailer

 

For many Fallout fans, the downfall of both Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas was that once the game was over, it really was over, and you weren’t able to head back into the wastelands and continue with your exploration. However Bethesda confirmed in a tweet (see below) that that isn’t the case with Fallout 4. “To our fans who’ve asked: Fallout 4 doesn’t end when the main story is over and there is no level cap. You can keep playing and leveling.”

 

The concept of an open-ended game like Grand Theft Auto or Saints Row is always great, as you can carry on having your own fun way after the official storyline has ended. However having no level cap is a bit of a strange move, especially for Bethesda. The company had a level cap of 20 in Fallout 3, which was boosted to 30 with the Broken Steel expansion pack, and up to 50 in New Vegas, after buying four sets of DLC. The fact that there’s no level limit may open the door to some issues, namely with enemy balancing. What happens when you’re level 1000 and you meet (for example) a pigeon? That pigeon would be scaled up to be a good enough enemy for you, but a pigeon with super-human strength might seem a bit… weird. But hey, who know’s what’s out there in that nuclear wasteland!

Several trophies explore social aspects of the game, such as allying settlements, recruiting companions and reaching the maximum relationship level. The final trophy, ‘Prepared for the Future’ asks you to ‘Decide the fate of the Commonwealth’.

 

 

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Star Citizen release date, price, trailer and platforms: Alpha 2.5 is out now PLUS gameplay footage of Alpha 3.0 at Gamescom 2016

Having risen near $100m, partly via Kickstarter, a lot of gamers are looking forward to its launch courtesy of Roberts Space Industries. Star Citizen is a crowd funded game that brings together solo, cooperative, FPS, third-person, open-world gameplay and mixes space exploration alongside with hand-to-hand combat. There is a lot the game has to offer, but its release date has made a lot of people sceptical. Here we look at the Star Citizen game release date, prices and trailer. See also: Games you should be most excited about for 2016.

Star Citizen: Release date

Star Citizen is due for a commercial release in 2016 so there’s a bit of a wait yet. However, there are details on the alpha and other releases available which are not so far away. At the time of writing, Star Citizen is in alpha testing, where Alpha 2.5 has been released and 3.0 was showcased at Gamescom 2016 this year.

The Star Citizen FPS, third-person, exploration game has undergone a few preview releases for backers on Kickstarter and those who have invested in the game’s development.

There was an initial alpha release of the Hangar Module, allowing backers to explore, upgrade and modify their ships in first-person. Later in 2014, the Arena Commander module allowed backers to test ship combat and racing, where it also included four-player cooperative gameplay.

In 2015, a scaled-down version of the Persistent Universe was release in form of Alpha 2.0, this also included the module Planetside and a co-op, singleplayer campaign which fell under the name of Squadron 42. Fast-forward to 2016, the game is now in Alpha 2.5, and 3.0 is imminent.

We therefore expect the game to come out in fall 2016, where the game will be open to those who have bought ships or backed the Kickstarter project. Also see the best gaming laptops and best gaming PCs.

Star Citizen: Prices – packages, ships, extras and subscriptions

Initially funded via Kickstarter, Star Citizen isn’t a game you simply head to Amazon and order or even download from Steam. In fact, you can no longer pledge on the Kickstarter page but you can head to the official site to buy into this game.

For starters you’ll need a Game Package in order to play Star Citizen. You’ll need to select which ship you want to play with based on things like speed, agility, type and design. There are a lot to choose from with prices starting at £35.10 for one of the starter packages. At the opposite end of the scale you can go for ‘The Completionist’ which will set you back a cool £12,600 – this does include a lot of ships, but even with a huge sum of money, you still won’t have any of the ships built post-2014!

Star Citizen packages

You can also buy individual ships and there are plenty to choose from ranging from less than £50 to hundreds of pounds. Extras (aside from free ones) and include items like upgrades, skins and maps.

Two Star Citizen subscriptions are also available from the store. The Centurion plan for £7.80 per month will get you perks like access to monthly digital magazine Jump Point, decorative items for your hangar added to every two months and access to a subscriber-only forum and chat room. After a year you get things like your name added to the game – somewhere – access to fan events, ship decals, a 10 percent coupon and website beta access.

The Imperator Prime subscription costs £15.60 per month and includes all the Centurion perks plus other extras which will help you progress within the game. After a year you’ll get a 20 percent off voucher for the store and an ‘Advanced Test Pilot’ badge which is a single-use token allowing you one day of access to test fly any available spacecraft each month during a future dogfighting alpha test.

Star Citizen: Platforms

If you’re wondering whether you will be able to play Star Citizen on your games console, the answer is no. The game is purely (and rightfully) built only for PC(Windows or Linux). It won’t be available on other platforms like Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii U or anything else you can think of.

 

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New MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, 5K Monitor to Be Launched in October: Report

New MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, 5K Monitor to Be Launched in October: Report

It’s official. Apple is launching the next iPhone on September 7. The Cupertino giant is also expected to introduce the successor of the original Apple Watch, but there’s been no word on Apple’s plans for its other products alongside. Now, we get fresh intelligence claiming that Apple is looking to bring new Macbooks and a new 5K display sometime in October. Apple is also working on few iPad upgrades that are expected to be rolled out next year.

According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is working on new software upgrade to provide more professional tools for iPad users. This update is expected to be rolled out in the first half of 2017, and will bring wider operating-system support for the Apple Pencil, along with several hardware performance improvements as well. Currently, Apple only allows the stylus to annotate on specifically developed apps. This update looks to bring system-wide support for annotation on apps like Safari, Mail, Messages, and more, similar to how the S Pen stylus works on Galaxy Note devices. If released in the first half of next year, the new software is expected to be introduced with an iOS 10 upgrade. If later, it might be introduced with the next version of iOS.

As for hardware improvement, it will bring a faster display for smoother zooming and panning. Apple isn’t planning to refresh its iPad lineup until next year to celebrate its ten year anniversary. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is said to hit the market next year, replacing the 9.7-inch one, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed earlier this year.

 

 

Coming to Mac products, Apple is planning to refresh the Mac lineup in October this year. This is in linewith what Kuo had said earlier this year. This lineup includes a new MacBook Air which will sport minimalistic upgrades and introduce support for USB Type-C. Apple is also working on new iMac computers with the option to integrate new graphic chips from Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

The most significant upgrade will be of the Macbook Pro, and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reiterates what Kuo had said earlier. Apple is expected to unveil 13-inch and 15-inch variants with Oled display panels above the keyboard. It will replace the physical function keys, and is also expected to include the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The report states that the panel is being called the “Dynamic Function Row” internally, but this isn’t necessarily the official name of the feature. The panel requires the MacBook Pro to run on the latest Sierra OS, and the final build is expected to roll out sometime in September.

After announcing that it won’t replenish the stock for its Thunderbolt Displays, Apple is now reportedly working with LG to build 5K display standalone monitors with integrated GPUs. The integrated GPU will help the monitors maintain compatibility with future Macs, and will also reduce the need of high resolution displays to be powered by high-performance computers featuring top-end GPUs.

The new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and the 5K monitor were expected to be unveiled in June, but that didn’t happen. Apple is now expected to unveil the refreshed Mac products and the new monitor in October, after the frenzy around its iPhone starts to wear off. For now, the entire spotlight is on September 7.

 

 

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Intel Launches 7th-Gen ‘Kaby Lake’ Core Processors for Laptops and 2-in-1s

Intel Launches 7th-Gen 'Kaby Lake' Core Processors for Laptops and 2-in-1s

Intel has formally launched its first wave of 7th-generation Core processors, better known by their codename Kaby Lake. Today’s launches are CPUs in the U and Y series, which are intended for thin and light portables such as notebooks and 2-in-1s. Processors for mainstream and enthusiast desktop PCs, beefier laptops, workstations, and other categories will be refreshed early next year.

Intel will now emphasise the “7th Generation” branding in its marketing materials, especially the stickers that manufacturers place on their products. The Core m5 and Core m7 names for ultra-low-power CPUs have also been deprecated after being introduced only last year – Intel will continue to use Core m3, but products corresponding to the previous higher tiers will be sold as Core i7 and Core i5 regardless of whether they are regular or low-power processors.

 

 

Y-series CPUs are rated for 4.5W of power consumption though device manufacturers can configure this value themselves to suit specific product designs. They can run without a cooling fan and are aimed at the thinnest laptops and tablets. U-series CPUs are rated for 15W and will be used in more mainstream laptops. Today’s launches include the dual-core 3.1GHz Core i5-7200U and 3.5GHz Core i7-7500U, both of which have two CPU cores with Hyper-Threading and support DDR4 RAM; and the Core i7-7Y75, which is also a dual-core part with Hyper-Threading but has a base clock of 1.3GHz and can turbo up to 3.6GHz on demand, and uses DDR3L RAM.

Kaby Lake was a surprise addition to Intel’s product roadmap when it was announced last year, to fill the gap left by the delay of the previously planned Cannonlake product line. Cannonlake was planned for this year and would have been the first series of CPUs to be fabricated on a new 10nm lithography process. However, the shrink from the current 14nm process to 10nm has proven to be more difficult than expected, and Intel has had to break its longstanding two-year “tick-tock” cadence of alternating product refreshes and process shrinks. Kaby Lake will extend the life of the 14nm process into a third year, and has therefore been seen as a filler product.

However, there are significant optimisations to Kaby Lake, compared to the 6th-generation Skylakearchitecture. Power consumption has been lowered, allowing manufacturers to ship devices with smaller batteries, thus lowering weight and thickness. At an embargoed event in San Francisco parallel to the Intel Developer Forum two weeks ago, company execs showed off an upcoming version of theHP Spectre 13 which is just 9.9mm thin, compared to the current model’s 10.4mm which is currently touted to be the thinnest in the world.

Graphics capabilities have been bumped up, with Intel asserting that users need more performance for video editing and streaming, VR, 360-degree video, gaming with simultaneous game streaming, and even simple productivity. Kaby Lake processors will feature Intel’s Gen 9 graphics, with dedicated hardware blocks for 10-bit 4K HEVC encode and decode as well as 8-bit VP9 encode and 8/10-bit VP9 decode. YouTube and Netflix were cited as specific examples of use cases that will benefit in terms of performance and power consumption. Intel’s internal tests for 4K video playback show a 2.6X improvement in battery life using a Core i7-7500U processor compared to an equivalent 6th-generation Core i7-6500U.

Other general performance improvements, both to the design and to the manufacturing process, are claimed to result in up to 19 percent and 18 percent better performance in the WebXprt benchmark for U-series CPUs for Y-series CPUs respectively, and up to 12 percent in general workloads as measured by Sysmark 2014, according to Intel’s own testing. Real-world performance remains to be seen.

Laptops and 2-in-1s featuring these new processors should go on sale beginning in early September; well in time for the US thanksgiving and Christmas shopping season. Intel has indicated that many of these will be thinner than previous models and will also feature its RealSense cameras to support Windows Hello authentication, and the high-speed Thunderbolt 3 peripheral interface.

Intel has had a tough year so far in 2016, having announced 12,000 layoffs in April and then killing its unprofitable smartphone and tablet CPU product lines shortly thereafter. The company seemed to have been struggling to find its identity in a world rapidly shifting away from traditional PCs, though a coherent vision did begin to take shape at this year’s IDF.

 

 

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Chromebook Pixel 2 Goes ‘Out of Stock’, Google Says ‘No Plans to Restock’

Chromebook Pixel 2 Goes 'Out of Stock', Google Says 'No Plans to Restock'

Google had launched its second Chrome OS powered laptop – the Chromebook Pixel 2 – in March last year. It now seems that Google might be discontinuing its second-generation Chromebook Pixel, with its disappearance from the Google Store in the US being noted.

As per a report by Venture Beat, the laptop listing on the Google Store shows an ‘out of stock’ message, which may be an indication that Google doesn’t want to go ahead with its Chromebook Pixel 2. The Chromebook Pixel 2 was the successor to Mountain View-based company’s Chromebook Pixel that was discontinued in April this year.

“We’re committed to the Pixel program but we don’t have plans to restock the Pixel 2,” the report quoted a Google spokesperson to say. The statement appears to be a clear indication of the halt of the laptop’s production, and imminent plans to discontinue it. The Chromebook Pixel 2 came in two models, sporting fifth generation Intel Core processors. The 2.2GHz Intel Core i5 processor model was priced at $999 (roughly Rs. 67,000) and the LS (Ludicrous Speed) model with a 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor with a price tag of $1,299 (roughly Rs. 88,000).

With such a price tag, Google was competing with Apple’s MacBook laptops and Microsoft’s Surfacehybrid lineup, compared to other much cheaper Chrome OS offerings. Despite knowing the capabilities of the operating systems, Google was hopeful to sell a good number of units. However, it now seems that it did not turn out that well. Notably, the second-generation Google laptops are still available for orders on the Google Store UK site.

 

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Acer Launches World’s Thinnest Laptop, First Curved Display Laptop, and More at IFA 2016

Acer Launches World's Thinnest Laptop, First Curved Display Laptop, and More at IFA 2016

Acer has unveiled several PCs, laptops, monitors, mini computers and pet accessories at its event in Berlin. These include many ultra-thin laptops in its new Swift and Spin series, a first-of-its-kind Predator gaming laptop with a curved display, and a miniature desktop powered by a Core i7 processor. The most notable among these is the Swift 7 laptop touted to be the thinnest in the world measuring under a centimetre, and the new beast Predator 21 X gaming laptop – the world’s first laptop to sport a curved screen.

Swift series
Acer flagged-off its new Swift series, and introduced four new ultra-thin laptops. Amongst the lot, the Swift 7 is the thinnest, and is said to be first laptop thinner than 1 centimetre – 9.98mm to be exact – which also happens to make it world’s thinnest laptop, beating the Apple MacBook (13mm), HP Spectre 13 (10.4mm), and Asus ZenBook 3 (11.9mm). It weighs 1.1 kg, and features a 13.3-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display. The Acer Swift 7 is powered by the seventh generation Intel Core i5 processors, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and claims to last up to nine hours of usage. It also comes with two USB Type-C ports. The Acer Swift 7 will be available in North America in October with prices starting at $999 (roughly Rs. 74,500).

The other three laptops launched in this series are the Swift 5, Swift 3, and Swift 1. The Acer Swift 5 is a bit heavy and thick. It is 14.58 mm thick, and weighs 1.3kg. The only difference in specs is that it offers 512GB of SSD. The Acer Swift 3 gets even heavier at 1.5kgs, and is about 17.95mm thick. It offers a 14-inch display and comes in configurations to put in sixth generation Intel Core processors as well. All the other specs match with the Acer Swift 5. Lastly, the Acer Swift 1 is the heaviest of the lot weighing at 1.6kg, and is 17.9mm thick. It features a 12-inch full-HD (1080z1920 pixels) IPS display, is powered by Intel Pentium or Celeron processors paired 4GB of RAM, offers 64GB or 128GB of eMMC storage, and claims to last up to 12 hours of battery life.

Predator series
Acer also launched the Predator 21 X gaming laptop – touted to be the first in the world to sport a curved display. The Predator 21 X packs some serious heat with seventh-generation Intel Core processors paired alongside two Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards with SLI. It sports a 21-inch curved (1080×2560 pixels) IPS display, weighs 8 kilograms, and has five fans just to keep it at normal temperature. It has a full-sized mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches. It will be launched in the first quarter of 2017.

In its Predator series, Acer even refreshed the 15-inch and 17-inch Predator laptops. The two laptops are made VR-ready, and now feature GPUs with Nvidia Pascal architecture, with up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. The laptops will be available in North America in September at prices starting at $1,699 (roughly Rs. 1,14,000).

The company has introduced three Predator gaming monitors as well, and one of them is curved screen (I guess, they are here to stay). The most interesting bit about these monitors is that they all sport inbuilt Tobii eye-tracking technology. The most important of the lot is the 27-inch curved screen full-HD display with Nvidia G-Sync. It will be available in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) in October with prices starting at EUR 799 (roughly Rs. 59,600). There’s also the 24.5-inch Predator XB251HQT, and the 27-inch Predatror XB271HUT monitors. The XB271HUT is priced at EUR 899 (roughly Rs. 67,100), and will be made available in December.

Acer Chromebook R13
Acer even launched a Chromebook at its IFA event. The Acer Chromebook R13 features a 13-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS touchscreen display. It is powered by a 64-bit MediaTek MT8173C processor paired with 4GB of RAM. The Chromebook offers 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of eMMC storage. The Acer Chromebook R13 will be made available in both North America and EMEA regions in September, starting at $399 (roughly Rs. 26,700) and EUR 399 respectively (roughly Rs. 29,700).

Spin series
Moving on, Acer also unveiled the new Spin series – a range of convertible 2-in-1 laptops. The Acer Spin 7 is the flagship in this series, and features a 14-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display. It is 10.98mm thin, and is powered by seventh generation Intel Core i7-7Y75 processor with 8GB of RAM. It offers 256GB of SSD, 8 hours of battery life, and comes with two USB Type-C ports. The Spin 7 goes on sale in North America this October, with prices starting at $1,199 (roughly Rs. 80,200).

The Acer Spin 5 offers more storage but comes with a less powerful processor. It is powered by a 6th generation Intel Core processors paired with 16GB of DDR4 RAM. It offers 10 hours of battery life, and is 0.78-inches thin. The Acer Spin 3 features a 15.6-inch touchscreen IPS display powered by 6th generation Intel Core processors paired with 12GB of DDR4 RAM. It offers 1TB of mechanical storage, and 256GB of SSD. The Acer Spin 3 offers 9 hours of battery life. The Acer Spin 1 looks to be the cheapest of the lot with an 11.6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS touchscreen display. It is powered by a choice of Intel Celeron or Pentium processors paired with 8GB of RAM.

Revo Base
The company even expanded its Revo line of tiny computers with the Revo Base. The computer measures about 139 x139x53.3mm, and is powered by an Intel Core i7 Skylake processor paired with 8GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of storage. It hosts four USB 3.1 ports, Wi-FI 802.11ac, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort and HDMI, and an SD card slot for removable storage. It will be available in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in the first quarter of 2017 for EUR 429 (roughly Rs. 32,200) and up.

Pawbo+
If this wasn’t enough, Acer reveals a Pawbo line for pet accessories. The first device to be introduced in this line is the Pawbo+ interactive pet camera that lets you keep an eye on your pet even in your absence. It also has a speaker/microphone to allow you to talk to your pets and keep them entertained. It also has a food storage tray that slides out on command, and ensures that your pet stays fed. The Pawbo+ is available for pre-order at $169 (roughly Rs. 11,900) in United States, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Taiwan, and is scheduled to arrive in November 2016.

 

 

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Lenovo Launches ‘Thinnest 2-in-1’ Yoga Book, Yoga Tab 3 Plus, and More at IFA

Lenovo Launches 'Thinnest 2-in-1' Yoga Book, Yoga Tab 3 Plus, and More at IFA

After Acer’s launch of the world’s thinnest laptop, Lenovo occupied the stage at IFA 2016 to unveil a host of goodies. It refreshed its Yoga series by announcing a range of new products in the laptop and tablet segments. The most notable announcements include the unique Yoga Book with the first-of-its-kind Halo keyboard and real-en accessory, the Yoga 910 2-in-1 with a fingerprint sensor, and the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus that comes with a splash proof display.

Lenovo Yoga Book
The 2-in-1 Lenovo Yoga Book is possibly the most interesting device launched in the keynote. The Yoga Book is a convertible with a unique Halo Keyboard and a real-pen accessory. The Halo Keyboard is a full touchscreen backlit ‘slate-like’ keyboard which lacks any physical keys. It is a capacitive keyboard with inbuilt artificial intelligence software which learn the user’s typing and navigation habits, and also brings predictive typing. Then there’s the real-pen accessory which draws on the halo keyboard just like a real pen. The biggest highlight of this pen is that it never needs charging, doesn’t require batteries, and has an ink tip that can be replaced with standard ink tips, just like that of a conventional pen.

Lenovo touts the Yoga Book as be the thinnest and lightest 2-in-1 laptop hybrid in the world, clocking in at just 9.6mm and 690 grams. As for the specifications, the Lenovo Yoga Book (Android) runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Book UI, and there’s also a Lenovo Yoga Book (Windows) variant running on Windows 10. It features a 10.1-inch IPS FHD screen, and is powered by the Intel Atom X5 processor and 4GB of RAM. It offers 64GB of inbuilt storage, and the company claims that the battery can last up to 12 hours of use on a single charge. It will be available in a choice of Gunmetal Grey and Champagne Gold. The Lenovo Yoga Book is priced at EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 37,300) for the Android version, and EUR 599 (roughly Rs. 44,700) for the Windows version. Lenovo will start selling it sometime in the beginning of September, and the 2-in-1 will be released in the US market by the end of October.

Lenovo Yoga 910
The company released another convertible in the Yoga series called the Yoga 910. The Lenovo Yoga 910 convertible laptop sports a full metal design, a 360 degree rotating hinge, and comes with an integrated fingerprint sensor on the keyboard for faster login. It will be made available in Champagne Gold, Platinum Silver and Gunmetal colour variants. It features a 13.6-inch 4K near edgeless display (5mm bezel), and is powered by the latest 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor. The company claims that the laptop can last up to 15.5 hours on a single charge. It houses JBL speakers with Dolby Audio Premium for enhanced sound quality. The Yoga 910 is priced starting at EUR 1,499 (roughly Rs. 111,900) including VAT, and will be available starting October.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus
Lastly, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus was also added to the Yoga series. It features a 10.1-inch inch WQXGA (2560×1600 pixels) IPS splash proof display with 299ppi. It is powered by a Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor with Adreno 510 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It offers 32GB inbuilt storage, with the option to expand further via the microSD (up to 128GB). It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and supports a single SIM card.

Optics include a 13-megapixel autofocus rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front focus selfie camera. The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 has four front-facing JBL speakers with Dolby Atmos tech. It packs a 9300mAh battery that claims to last up to 18 hours of usage. It also supports fast charging. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS, and USB Type-C post. The tablet measures 247x179x4.68mm, and weighs around 637 grams. The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus will be made available in November in Puma Black Finish and Gunmetal Grey colour variants. The price of the tablet starts at EUR 299 (roughly Rs. 22,330).

Lenovo Miix 510
Outside of the Yoga series, Lenovo has launched another 2-in-1 laptop called the Miix 510. The laptop runs on Windows 10, and has a detachable backlit keyboard. The keyboard can be removed altogether or be adjusted to a slant pose for more ease in typing. There’s an additional stand attached at the back for resting the touchscreen even without the keyboard. The screen supports the Lenovo Active Pen stylus, features a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, and a 2-megapixel selfie camera. It dons a 12.2-inch FHD (1920×1200 pixels) 320 nits screen with Gorilla Glass protection. The Lenovo Miix 510 is powered up to sixth generation Intel Core i7 processor paired with up to 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 1TB SSD. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB Type-C ports. The dimensions measure at 300x205x15.9mm, and the 2-in-1 weighs 880 grams. Lenovo claims that the Miix 510 can last up to 7 hours on a single charge. The Lenovo Miix 510 is priced starting at EUR 699 (roughly Rs. 52,200), and will be available from the beginning of October.

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Lenovo Yoga Book (Windows)

Lenovo Yoga Book (Windows)

Display

10.10-inch

Processor

2.4GHz

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

1200×1920 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Windows 10

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

8500mAh

See full Lenovo Yoga Book (Windows) specifications
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    Rs. 39,990
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus

Display

10.10-inch

Processor

octa-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1600×2560 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery capacity

9300mAh

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    Lenovo Yoga 2 Windows Tablet 10.1 inch with Built-in Keyboard Ebony 32GB
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Lenovo Yoga Book (Android)

Lenovo Yoga Book (Android)

Display

10.10-inch

Processor

2.4GHz

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

1200×1920 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

8500mAh

See full Lenovo Yoga Book (Android) specifications
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    Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 3G( Silver, 16GB, WiFi, 3G, Voice Calling)
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    Rs. 29,999
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    Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro (Puma Black, 32GB)
    Rs. 39,990

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