GoPro’s Drone Initiative Crashes With Karma Recall

GoPro’s ambitious plans to be a player in the fledgling drone market crashed last week when it had to announce a product recall due to Karma UAV units falling from the sky.

The company needed to resolve a performance issue related to loss of power during operation, it said. It indicated it would resume shipment of Karma at some point, but didn’t suggest when.

The Karma recall likely will have a significant financial impact on GoPro.

“With the amount of competition in the consumer drone space, it is imperative to satisfy demand, or that demand will shift to another product,” said Michael Blades, a senior industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan.

“The longer Karma is sidelined, the less chance it has of grabbing significant market share,” he told TechNewsWorld.

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Revenue Hit

GoPro’s stock price had begun slipping before the recall and has continued to decline steadily, Blades added.

“The impact will be on stock price and revenue,” he said.

GoPro already had lowered its fourth-quarter revenue forecasts because it launched Karma later than planned, explained Ken Hyers, director of wireless device strategies at Strategy Analytics.

“In the two weeks it was available, GoPro sold around 2,500 Karma drones and surely had been anticipating strong sales for the Karma drone from Thanksgiving on. That revenue is now lost,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“Worse, GoPro had been counting on the Karma to drive sales of its new GoPro Hero5 and Hero5 Session cameras, and now that opportunity has also been lost,” Hyers added.

Black Eye

Since Karma was GoPro’s first UAV, the drone was supposed to establish the company’s reputation in the market. It has done that — but not in a good way.

“Given that the Karma is GoPro’s first drone, and in many ways was seen as the future of the company, it’s recall has to be viewed as devastating for its reputation as a drone maker and its ambitions in the drone space,” said Hyers.

“Drone buyers are more likely to avoid GoPro in the future, with severe consequences for the company’s future drone and camera sales,” he noted. “There are simply too many very good drone alternatives available on the market for buyers to risk giving GoPro another chance.”

The recall emphasizes the fact that GoPro is a camera company and not a drone company, Frost’s Blades added.

“GoPro should not have been expected to develop a perfect product with its first drone,” he said. “However, the market is innovating so quickly that if your product is not better or more capable than the latest products, you will likely fail.”

Flawed Strategy

Consumer interest in UAVs has been less than anticipated by the industry, and the Karma recall isn’t going to improve that, observed Brad Russell, a research analyst with Parks Associates.

Less than 5 percent of U.S. broadband households own a drone, and less than 4 percent said they were interested in owning one at the beginning of the year, he noted.

“Negative drone stories in the press and mechanical failures, such as GoPro’s recent troubles, are likely stifling consumer interest outside of film and video professionals and enthusiasts,” he told TechNewsWorld.

Even without the recall of Karma, GoPro’s prosumer drone strategy may be flawed, suggested Philip Solis, a research director at ABI Research.

Although revenues from prosumer drones amount to about half of the $1 billion consumer drone market, those drones represent only 6 percent of drones shipped in the space.

“GoPro’s strategy should be to use drones to expand the sales of their cameras, but they’re pricing themselves into the prosumer space, which is low volume, which means a very tiny amount of additional cameras sold,” Solis told TechNewsWorld.

Debacle for GoPro

What’s more, by selling Karma at $799, GoPro is going head-to-head with the established leaders in the market, DJI and 3DR. “If you’re not DJI or 3DR, it’s awfully hard to compete in the market,” Solis said.

“If they had a product at $400 to $600, they could compete better in the market and sell a lot more cameras,” he maintained.

“The Karma drone has been a debacle for GoPro, and it will be extremely challenging for them to bounce back in the drone market after such an awful start,” said Strategy Analytics’ Hyers. “Going forward, GoPro should partner with another drone maker and outsource drone development. It’s clearly not ready to do it on its own.”

Friend Finder Data Breach Exposes 400M Swingers

Hackers have stolen information of more than 400 million users of Friend Finder Networks, which runs several adult dating and pornography websites, LeakedSource reported earlier this week.

This is Friend Finders’ second breach in two years. Last year, hackers accessed 4 million accounts, exposing information on users’ sexual preferences and extramarital affairs.

Data of more than 412 million users was compromised in the latest breach, LeakedSource reported. Passwords taken in the breach were either in plain text or SHA1 hashed, and neither method could be considered secure.

The hashed passwords appeared changed to all lowercase before storage, making them easier to attack, the LeakedSource team noted. However, it also makes them less easy to use in the real world.

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Whatever Hackers Want, Hackers Get

Friend Finder reportedly has been aware of potential security vulnerabilities for several weeks and has been taking steps to investigate them. Several reports of flaws apparently were extortion attempts, but one was an injection vulnerability that the company fixed.

Friend Finder did not respond to our request to comment for this story.

Friend Finder maintains that it takes the security of its customers seriously, as is typical of companies that suddenly find millions of their users’ accounts hacked.

“It is hard to tell if a company that has been breached is lax in their security,” said Jon Clay, director of global threat communications at Trend Micro.

“History has proven that hackers are able to penetrate many organizations regardless of their security controls,” he told TechNewsWorld.

However, this case doesn’t merit the benefit of the doubt, according to Stu Sjouwerman, CEO of KnowBe4.

“This is criminal negligence, as it’s not the first time,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“This hack is very similar to the data breach they had last year,” Sjouwerman said. “Their procedures and policies are severely lacking. Even users who believed they deleted their accounts have had them stolen again. ”

There were nearly 16 million accounts with @deleted1.com appended to them, LeakedSource said, which could mean Friend Finder decided to store information on accounts that users wanted deleted.

Friend Finder wouldn’t be alone in such treatment of customers who asked to have their accounts deleted, noted Tony Anscombe, the security evangelist atAvast.

“It’s very difficult to have a company delete your account data. Typically, the settings to do it are hidden. They don’t want to delete you because they want to market to you going forward,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“There has to be a better method across the whole industry of allowing somebody to remove their data from a database,” he added.

Get Ready for Extortion

The consequences for users from the breach at Friend Finder likely will be similar to those suffered by users of the infidelity site Ashley Madison after its data was breached.

“Identity theft and extortion are two of the main consequences for the victims whose information was stolen,” said Trend Micro’s Clay.

Anyone with an email address in the stolen data can expect to receive harassing or threatening emails, as well as click bait offers to “see if your name and password are on the list,” KnowBe4’s Sjouwerman added.

“Do not go looking for your data,” warned Avast’s Anscombe.

“Lots of scammers will say they’ve got it. There will be sites popping up saying ‘check to see if you were part of this breach.’ Those sites are gathering data,” he explained.

“When you type in your email address to see if you were part of the breach — guess what? — you just gave a cybercriminal somewhere your email address,” he said.

Short Attention Span

Consumers aren’t the only ones who suffer from gigantic breaches.

“Data sets of credentials that contain user names, emails, passwords, and answers to secret questions are sold to attackers targeting enterprises,” noted Israel Barak, CISO of Cybereason.

“They’re looking to take advantage of users that re-use their passwords,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“Those users use the same password for the dating site, as well as for their corporate email, corporate VPN, personal email, personal bank account and so forth,” Barak said.

“This scenario has been shown to be extremely effective after the LinkedIn breach that led to numerous secondary breaches based on reused passwords,” he added. “This will be a very likely outcome of the Adult Finder breach as well.”

And what about the damage to Friend Finder? The breach likely will be no more than a near-term setback for Friend Finder, if Ashley Madison is any indicator. Traffic bounced back in a short period of time following its massive hack attack.

However, the impact is “broader than these sites,” said Rami Essaid, CEO ofDistil Networks.

It affects “how we are as a society in general,” he said.

“Target rebounded; Home Depot rebounded,” Essaid told TechNewsWorld. “The repercussions of being a victim of a breach are short-lived. We have a very short memory as a society and are not holding people accountable long-term.”

Fallout Shelter Releases on Windows 10, Xbox One on Tuesday as an Xbox Play Anywhere Title

Bethesda Game Studios has announced that Fallout Shelter, which is already available for Android and iOS on Google Play and App Store, will now be coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One on Tuesday as an Xbox Play Anywhere title. The game will be available as a free download from both Xbox Store and Windows Store, as per a news post on Xbox Wire.

Fallout Shelter Releases on Windows 10, Xbox One on Tuesday as an Xbox Play Anywhere Title

In Fallout Shelter, players are given the role of overseer and they are required to build their own vault. The players have to guide and look after the needs of the citizens of the vault. In the game, players rescue the dwellers and assign them tasks. One of the crucial aspect of the game is to find the balance between the resources available. The game was also released on PC in July last year, but only via the Bethesda.net Launcher. It will now come with additional functionality on PC as it is now a Xbox Play Anywhere title, Engadget point out in its report.

As Fallout Shelter comes as an Xbox Play Anywhere title, player progress will be saved across both Xbox One and Windows 10. This means that users will

be able to switch seamlessly between platforms and pick up the game from where they left off. Along with game progress, their achievements will also be saved across platforms. Further, the game has also been optimised to work with the Xbox One controller.

Just recently, Bethesda rolled out version 1.9 update in beta for Fallout 4 on PC, which brought along support for high-resolution textures to the game on platform. As per the company, recommended specifications for Fallout 4’s version 1.9 update included an Intel Core i7-5820K or better processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB, and more than 8GB of RAM. Apart from this, users need an additional space of 58GB on their storage drives to download the update.

Google Play Reportedly Testing Revamped ‘My Apps’ Section With Sorting Option

Google is about to bring some major visual changes to the ‘My Apps’ section of Google Play. The revamp brings some much needed additions while removes a lot of unnecessary sections. The new visual changes in Google Play are expected to be part of an update with version 7.4, according to a report by Android Police.

Google Play Reportedly Testing Revamped 'My Apps' Section With Sorting Option

With the new update, the ‘My Apps’ section will include options for Updates, Installed, and Library replacing earlier labelled sections for Installed, All, and Beta. As the name suggests, the new Updates tab will list the apps which have received an update with details like size of the update and timeline of the update as in when the update was released on Google Play. The Installed tab in ‘My Apps’, as before, lists the apps that are installed on the Android device while the Library tabs include all the apps ever downloaded by the Android user. Android Police adds that users can still install updates for apps in a batch or separately.

Another notable addition to the ‘My Apps’ of Google Play is sorting – which now allows users to choose how they want to see apps in their Installed tab – alphabetically, size, by last update time, and also by last used. The listed apps will now appear with Open icons which will allow users to launch the apps directly from the Google Play app. Currently, Google Play redirects users to the app listing in the store after which users are offered the option to launch the app. With the new refresh, Google Play will also allow users to check the size of an app. The Installed tab will show the size of the app while the Updates tab will show the size of the update. This might be a very minor addition to the current format in the Google Play but will surely let users keep a check on the app size on the device. The new UI of ‘My Apps’ was first spotted by Android Police, which received screenshots from a tipster. Unfortunately, there is no word when Google will rollout the update for Google Play app to users.

Google is famous with testing new features with its UI in Google Play. The company keeps testing features with limited users before a broader rollout.

FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series to Be Broadcast on ESPN

FIFA isn’t just one of the most popular video games around, now it’s going to be on TV as well. EA has announced it’s partnering with ESPN to bring FIFA tournaments to channels such as ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and the Internet-based ESPN3.

FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series to Be Broadcast on ESPN

“We’ve long believed in the potential of competitive gaming to reach an even broader audience once games are more accessible to play and more accessible to watch,” said Todd Sitrin, SVP, EA Competitive Gaming Division. “I’m very excited to bring on ESPN who shares our vision as we pioneer the next phase of our competitions and bring experiences like EA SPORTS FIFA to more fans.”

According to EA, ESPN’s telecast of the Paris Regional Final marked the first time that the network has ever aired an e-sports event in the United States.

Additional coverage of The FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series will also be available on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3. Globally, ESPN will carry the Paris Regional Final and the remaining six FIFA EA Majors in more than 60 countries on various key platforms in English (Canada via TSN, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and the Caribbean), Spanish (Mexico, Central and South America), and Portuguese (Brazil).

“We’re expanding our competitive gaming portfolio to include events that also resonate with traditional sports fans, and EA’s FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series fits perfectly into how we intend to continue to serve e-sports fans moving forward,” said John Lasker, VP of programming and acquisitions, ESPN. “The opportunity to reach this passionate audience globally in multiple languages is exciting, and we are pleased to do so as part of our long-standing relationship with EA.”

In addition, the FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series will be streamed live on Twitch and YouTube.

Asus ZenFone 3S Max India Launch Set for Today

Asus India is all set to launch a new ZenFone 3 variant in the country on Tuesday, the Asus ZenFone 3S Max (ZC521TL), with a live stream scheduled to begin at 12pm IST. For now, the India price and availability details of the smartphone aren’t known – though we know it’s set to be available via both offline and online retail channels.

Asus ZenFone 3S Max India Launch Set for Today

The Asus ZenFone 3S Max (ZC521TL) sports an aluminium metal body and a fingerprint scanner that’s embedded in the home button at the front. Asus claims that the smartphone can be unlocked in 0.5 seconds and it supports recognition of up to 5 fingers. We spent a brief time with the smartphone, and you can check out our first look below.

The ZenFone 3S Max runs Android 7.0 Nougat based ZenUI 3.0, and offers features such as multi-window mode, ZenMotion Touch Gesture, Bluelight filter, and GameGenie. It bears a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display and comes with 2.5D contoured edge.

It is powered by an MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage that’s expandable storage via microSD card (up to 2TB). It features a  13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, 5P Largan lens, and dual-LED real-tone flash.

The rear camera supports several modes including super resolution mode, low-light mode, panoramic mode, backlight HDR mode, and beautification mode. There’s an 8-megapixel front-camera on board as well. The dual-SIM ZenFone 3S Max (ZC521TL) supports reverse charging capability which means it can act as a power bank for other smartphones.

Apple Said to Revive Efforts to Sell Used iPhones in India

Apple has put back on the table a request to sell used iPhones in India as it negotiates with the government for concessions to start production in the country, a person familiar with the matter said.

Apple Said to Revive Efforts to Sell Used iPhones in India

The company has asked to bring in used iPhones to be refurbished and sold in India, saying it will have the manufacturing infrastructure needed to make them compliant with quality standards, said the person, who asked not to be named as the matter is private. The request is included in a list of concessions submitted by Apple to a panel of government officials that includes a 15-year tax holiday, the person said.

Apple’s last attempt at such a license was met with resistance as industry executives and government ministries cited risks such a move would open the floodgates to used electronics and undermine the ‘Make in India’ program to encourage local manufacturing. The world’s most valuable company is exerting its brand influence at the negotiating table as pre-owned devices will be cheaper and target the price-sensitive market.

The company collects a large number of used iPhones through upgrade schemes in the US and around the world every time it introduces a new device, some of which are broken down into their component bits and others refurbished and sold. India could become a viable destination for many of those gadgets, though local politicians fret that the country could become a dumping ground for ageing phones.

“These phones still have life in them,” said Anshul Gupta, Mumbai-based research director at Gartner. He estimates that 70 percent of phones sold in India go for under $200. “In India and other emerging markets, buyers cannot afford the flagship model so opt for older generation iPhones whose prices drop.”

Apple didn’t immediately comment to a Bloomberg question on seeking permission to bring in and sell pre-owned iPhones.

If permission is granted, the iPhone maker will become the first company allowed to import and sell used electronics in the country. Apple sold just 2.5 million phones last year, about 2 percent of the market, and a fraction of the 750 million smartphones are estimated to be sold by 2020. Samsung is the biggest selling brand in the country but Chinese vendors Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi are also winning significant market share.

Apple’s latest request comes as it dangles the prospect of setting up large-scale manufacturing in India. Last week, a regional minister said the company will start assembling iPhones in a facility of its partner Wistron Corp in Bangalore by the end of April.

Apple has told officials that its certified pre-owned program would meet environmental and quality requirements and also be open for third party-audits and checks, the person familiar said.

“The government is concerned and will look to framing policy to ensure that India does not become a used electronics dumping ground,” Gupta said.

Lenovo Launches Smart Home Assistant, Smart Glasses, Palm-Sized Keyboard, and More

Ahead of CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Lenovo has introduced a host of new products into the market. Apart from laptops and tablets, the company introduced smart home and storage devices as well. Venturing into the voice-based virtual assistant space, Lenovo launched its own smart assistant powered by Amazon Alexa. Furthermore, it even launched a digital storage solution called the Lenovo Smart Storage, and the Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller which is a multi-point capacitive touchpad with an integrated keyboard. Lenovo also unveiled the New Glass C200 smart glasses.

Lenovo Launches Smart Home Assistant, Smart Glasses, Palm-Sized Keyboard, and MoreBeginning with the Lenovo Smart Assistant, it works in the same way as Google Home and Amazon Echo. The smart home device listens to voice commands and performs functions like calling an Uber, playing music, switching on/off other smart appliances, searching online for queries, and more. It is powered by Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, weighs about 760 grams, and comes with 8GB of internal storage. Colour options include Light Grey, Harman Black, Orange, and Blue, and it supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Lenovo Smart Assistant starts at $129 (roughly Rs. 8,900) and will be available from May this year.

Additionally, there’s also a special Lenovo Smart Assistant Harman Kardon Edition that is touted to sport superior audio quality for music and home entertainment. This special edition smart assistant will be priced a little higher at $179.99 (roughly Rs. 12,300), and will also be made available in May.
At CES 2017, Lenovo also introduced Smart Storage with 6TB storage capacity. The digital storage solution supports facial recognition to organise and search stored photos based on people. It has dual-band wireless access and multi-device auto-sync capabilities. Lenovo’s Smart Storage will allow you to store photos, videos, media, and other files for a price starting at $139 (roughly Rs. 9,500). Lenovo Smart Storage will be available in the market from May.
lenovo smart storage Lenovo Smart StorageThe company launched another innovative product called the Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller as well. This device is essentially a palm-sized wireless keyboard that doubles up into a capacitive touchpad as well. It is compatible with devices that run on Windows 7 and above, and runs on AAA batteries. The company claims that the Lenovo 500 Media Controller can offer up to 8 hours of battery life. The small keyboard measures 145×85.6×18.85mm, and weighs 141 grams. The Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller starts at $54.99 (roughly Rs. 3,800), and will be available beginning May.
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Another innovative product demoed at CES 2017 includes the Lenovo New Glass C200 smart glasses, taking forward its augmented reality offerings. The device runs on Linux operating system, and integrates AR and artificial intelligence to bring a superior immersive experience, the company claims. The smart glass product comes in two pieces – a Glass Unit and a Pocket Unit. The Glass Unit needs to be worn (uses only one eye) and weighs about 60 grams. The Pocket Unit connects with the phone and remains in your pocket. The AI software understands your surrounding and gathers information in your field of view. The product comes with built-in software called Lenovo NBD Titan Editor that allows you to do visual editing as well. The New Glass C200 will go into mass production sometime in June, and availability remains unknown.
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Apart from these, Lenovo also launched the Thinkpad X1 Carbon, Thinkpad X1 Yoga, and the Thinkpad X1 Tablet as well. It also refreshed the Miix series with 12-inch Miix 720 tablet running on Windows 10. The Miix 720 comes with a detachable keyboard and a fold out kickstand for multi-purpose usage. Speaking of laptops, the Lenovo Legion Y720 and Legion Y520 gaming laptops were also unveiled. All of these products will hit the market before April.

Airtel Offers Free 3GB Mobile Data Per Month to Lure Customers to Its 4G Network

Airtel on Tuesday unveiled an offer under which users can avail of free mobile data worth up to Rs. 9,000 for 12 months. The offer is meant to attract users to the Airtel 4G network, and is targeted at 4G handset users currently on other networks, as well as Airtel customers upgrading to a new 4G handset.

Airtel Offers Free 3GB Mobile Data Per Month to Lure Customers to Its 4G NetworkIndia’s biggest telecom operator, Airtel, said that the free data offer will be available across India starting Wednesday and will be valid till February 28. Under the free data offer, customers will get 3GB of free data every month till December 31, 2017, as long as they are using select Airtel 4G prepaid and postpaid plans. Airtel is providing the free mobile data over and above the subscribed plan’s benefits.
Free 3GB Airtel Mobile Data for Prepaid Users
Airtel says prepaid subscribers will get 3GB of free data with every Rs. 345 unlimited calling recharge, which offers free local and STD calls to any network in India as well as 1GB of data per monthly cycle. This, Airtel says, implies customers get 4GB of total mobile data of month. Customers can avail of the additional 3GB of free data benefit via the MyAirtel app, and free data benefits on subsequent recharges will be instant. Airtel specifies that the pack benefits will be valid for 28 days and can be availed for a maximum of 13 data recharges till December 31, 2017.

Free 3GB Airtel Mobile Data for Postpaid Users
As for postpaid users, Airtel’s 3GB of free data per month offer can be availed if subscribers opt for any MyPlan Infinity plan, which includes local/ STD/ roaming calling benefits, bundled data, some free SMS, as well as free subscription to Wynk Music and Wynk Movies. Postpaid Airtel customers can claim the free mobile data through MyAirtel App.
Airtel specifies that the pack prices may vary from circle to circle, and customers can only avail the 3GB data per month offer only within the first 30 days of purchasing or upgrading to a new 4G handset.
Commenting on the newly launched offer, Ajai Puri, Director – Market Operations, Bharti Airtel, said, “We are inviting customers to experience 4G through the year on India’s fastest network. We are seeing increasing penetration of 4G handsets across the country and believe that this attractive offer will provide an opportunity to more and more customers to enjoy high speed broadband on their devices with Airtel.”

Lenovo Refreshes ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ThinkPad X1 Tablet at CES 2017; Unveils Miix 720

Ahead of CES 2017, Lenovo has launched a host of products under its portfolio including ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ThinkPad X1 Tablet, Miix 720, Lenovo Active Pen 2, Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop, Lenovo Legion Y520 Laptop, Lenovo Smart Assistant, Lenovo Smart Assistant Harman Kardon Edition, Lenovo Smart Storage, Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller, and Lenovo New Glass C200. Here, we look at the ThinkPad and Miix launches.

Lenovo Refreshes ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ThinkPad X1 Tablet at CES 2017; Unveils Miix 720The 2017 ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebook by the company has been touted as the lightest notebook in its class, weighing in at 1.13kg. It comes in two 14-inch display variants with screen resolutions WQHD (1440×2560 pixels) and full-HD (1080×1920 pixels). The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is available with Intel’s seventh-generation Core processors and can be configured with up to 16GB of RAM. It is available with up to 1TB of SSD PCIe storage.

In terms of connectivity, the 2017 ThinkPad X1 Carbon features several options like two USB Type-C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port. The Windows 10 laptop comes with Lenovo’s iconic TrackPoint as well. In terms of security, the laptop features a fingerprint scanner and an infrared camera at front that supports facial recognition with support for Windows Hello logon. The laptop will be made available in colour variants Black and Silver by the company. It has been priced starting $1,349 (roughly Rs. 92,200) and will be made available from February.
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Lenovo has further updated its ThinkPad X1 Yoga, which now has a redesigned rechargeable pen-ThinkPad Pen Pro (2017). The convertible Windows 10 laptop is available with 14-inch display variants including WQHD OLED (2560×1440 pixels), WQHD IPS (2560×1440 pixels), and full-HD IPS (1920×1080). It comes with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 or Intel HD Graphics 620, depending on the processor chosen. The connectivity options include two Intel Thunderbolt 3 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port, microSD card reader, and a Micro-SIM card slot.

The company has further made some improvements to the keyboard. “The new keyboard retracts fully flat in tablet mode offering greater stability and user comfort and anchoring the keycaps delivers better long term key durability and reliability,” it said in its release. The Windows 10 laptop is capable of offering up to 16 hours of battery life, barring the OLED variant, which can offer up to 10.5 hours of battery life. It is available with up to seventh generation Intel Core processors and up to 16GB of RAM. The convertible laptop has been priced starting $1,499 (roughly Rs. 1,02,000) and will be made available in from February.
Apart from these devices, the company has also updated its ThinkPad X1 Tablet. The company claims that the updated ThinkPad X1 Tablet offers up to 5 hours of additional battery life over its predecessor. The tablet features a 12-inch 2K (2150×1440 pixels) IPS touch display and is available with an option of up to seventh generation Intel Core processors. The tablet is available with up to 16GB of RAM.

It is available with a fingerprint scanner option as well. The tablet sports an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel camera at front. Users also get a platform choice between Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. The tablet is further available with a wide range of docking options. It has been priced by the company at $949 (roughly Rs. 64,800) and will be made available from March.

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Lenovo’s new 12-inch Windows 10 tablet, the Miix 720, comes with a QHD+ (2880×1920 pixels) display and is available with up to seventh generation Intel Core i7 processor. The tablet is available with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB PCIe SSD for storage. It comes with company’s new Active Pen 2 and has an infrared camera for Windows Hello support. The Lenovo Miix 720 further comes with a detachable keyboard cover with a kickstand. The tablet has been priced by the company at $1,000 (roughly Rs. 68,300) and will be available from April.