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A bunch of new laptops were announced by Dell and Lenovo for the Indian market this week and both of the companies are focusing on providing the best PC experience at different price ranges as well as different form factors.
Lenovo’s popular Yoga series has been known for a having a 360-degree hinge design where the display can be turned all the way back and the Chinese brand expanded the series by announcing four new models including the Yoga 300, Yoga 500, Yoga 3 and Yoga 3 Pro. The new series ranges from Rs. 30,490 to Rs. 1,14,900 and Shailendra Katyal, Director – Home and Small Business (HSB), Lenovo India, said that through this launch the company wants to expand its reach and make the Yoga series accessible to a much wider audience.
Out of the four, the Yoga 300 is the most affordable and is aimed at consumers who want to experience the Yoga series at an affordable price range. The 11.6-inch notebook does offer a decent set of features for its price, however it feels quite similar to Lenovo’s affordable Flex series. Probably the company is planning to axe the low end series altogether and replace it with low end Yoga laptops. The hero product however was the Yoga 3 Pro which sits on top of the line and features the latest Intel Core M processor, a sharp Quad HD+ (3200x1800) 13.3-inch display and 7-hour battery packed in a lightweight body that weighs about 1.2kgs. The design is quite unique as Lenovo has a used an innovative hinge design that is basically a watch band consisting of 813 precision-machined, hand-assembled components that keep the display in place.
On the other hand, Dell introduced a variety of notebooks which include upgrades straight from their basic Inspiron series right up to their gaming lineup of Alienware notebooks. The updated range of Inspiron 5000 notebooks come with upgraded processor options from Intel and AMD, and are aimed at everyday usage and multimedia purposes. The new range will also come in a variety of coloured lid options and Dell’s new precision touchpads which are claimed to offer a smoother experience with full gesture support.
The most attention grabbing product was the XPS 13 which is a slim ultrabook that offer a 13-inch Quad HD+ infinity display in an 11-inch laptop chassis. Dell has achieved this by using a borderless design for the display and well it does look stunning. With just 1.2kgs in weight and a carbon fiber body, the XPS 13 comes with an Intel Core i5 and Core i7 option along with SSD storage. Prices start at Rs 70,990.
In the gaming department, Dell announced the latest and updated Alienware laptops in the 15 and 17-inch sizes for consumers who want high-end gaming hardware in a portable package. The machines are loaded with the latest Nvidia graphics processors and the latest 5th gen Intel Core i7 processors. Not to forget the uber-cool lighting system that can be customised as per your liking. Prices for the new Alienware start at Rs 125,990 for the Alienware 15 and Rs 145,990 for the Alienware 17.
Dell also introduced the Venue 8 7000 tablet which has acclaimed the throne of the slimmest tablet in the world with a thickness of just 6mm and is also the first tablet to include Intel’s Real Sense 3D camera capabilities. The tablet runs on Android 4.4 and includes a sharp 2K display (2560x1440). The Venue 8 7000 is priced at Rs 34,990.