Lenovo Yoga 920: The best 2-in-1 Convertible Got Better!

Lenovo recently released the Yoga 920, the follow up to their excellent offering from last year, the Yoga 910.  It sports a an eighth generation Intel Core i5-8250U CPU which is quad-core.  So you get better performance and better battery life.

Check out my unboxing and review.

 

Processor Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8550U processor (1.8Ghz 8MB)
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Display Up to 13.9″ UHD IPS (3840 x 2160) 10-point multitouch display
Graphics Integrated Intel® HD Graphics
Microphone / Webcam 720p HD camera with dual array microphone
Memory Up to 16GB DDR4
Storage Up to 1TB PCIe SSD
Battery
Up to 10.8 hours with UHD display*
Up to 15.5 hours with FHD display*
* Based on testing with MobileMark 2014. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, & other factors.
Audio
Dolby® Atmos™ (with headphones)
2 x JBL Speakers
Security Fingerprint reader with Windows Hello
Ports
1 x USB 3.0 with always-on charging
2 x USB C (Thunderbolt, PowerDelivery & DisplayPort)
Combination audio/microphone jack
Wifi
802.11AC (2×2)
Bluetooth 4.1
Dimensions (W x D x H) 323 mm x 223.5 mm x 13.95 mm / 12.7″ x 8.8″ x 0.5″
Weight Starting at 1.37 kg / 3.02 lbs
Colors
Platinum
Bronze
Copper

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium Unboxing & Review: 4K HDR Display and Super Slow-Mo at 960fps

 

A solid offering from Sony, the Xperia XZ Premium has a stunning 4K HDR display, water resistant glass and metal design, solid audio including a headphone jack and decent battery (despite the 4K display).  Only downside is that the fingerprint sensor is disabled in North America due to legal issues with HP.  But you can flash the European version or buy the international version ( I will put the link below).

Sony XPERIA XZ Premium (International Unlocked Version) (Fingerprint works): http://amzn.to/2wLh7yW

Memory: 64GB / 4GB RAM, OS: Google Android 7.1 (Nougat), CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, Display: 5.5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Camera: 19 MP/ 13MP, Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted, region dependent), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum.
Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carrier such as AT&T and T-Mobile, but are not compatible with CDMA carriers such as Verizon and Sprint.
Please check if your GSM cellular carrier supports the bands for this model before purchasing, LTE may not be available in all regions: 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 , 3G bands: HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100, 4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 32(1500), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500).
This device may not include a US warranty as some manufacturers do not honor warranties for international items. Please contact the seller for specific warranty information.
The box contains: Your new device, USB cable, Charger (May be foreign) , Documentation

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Essential Phone Unboxing & Review

I really want to like the Essential Phone, but there are too many bugs right now to recommend. The biggest culprit out of the box is the camera app. But the good news is that I am confident that Essential can fix it with software updates. A lot of potential here. It is a stunning looking phone for sure with its titanium and ceramic design with virtually no bezels. Let me know what you think.

Essential Phone: http://amzn.to/2yjIbCu

NETWORK Technology
GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
LAUNCH Announced 2017, May
Status Available. Released 2017, August
BODY Dimensions 141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8 mm (5.57 x 2.80 x 0.31 in)
Weight 185 g (6.53 oz)
Build Titanium frame
SIM Nano-SIM
DISPLAY Type LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.71 inches (~84.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1312 x 2560 pixels (~504 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 10 fingers
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
PLATFORM OS Android 7.1 (Nougat), planned upgrade to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
GPU Adreno 540
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 128 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary Dual 13 MP, f/1.9, phase detection & laser autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps
Secondary 8 MP, f/2.2, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack No
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– Snap-on accessories (optional)
– Fast battery charging
– XviD/MP4/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 3040 mAh battery
MISC Colors Stellar Gray, Ocean Depths, Black Moon, Pure White
Price About 750 USD

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Asus Transformer Pro T304UA: $800+ Less than Surface Pro

Bottom line, this is a very good value when you compare it to a similarly configured Surface Pro (2017).  In fact, it is more than $800 cheaper when you factor in the the price of the pen and the keyboard, both of which are separate accessories for the Surface Pro.  The Pen and Keyboard are included in the price with the Transformer Pro.  Highlights are nice display, pen support, good audio, and solid build and nice looks.  Lowlights are subpar battery life (6:14) and a flaky fingerprint sensor.  But despite those shortcomings, this still is a good value.

 

Asus Transformer Pro T304UA: http://amzn.to/2ezmq8W

 

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Specs:

 

Screen Size 12.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution 2160 x 1440 pixels
Processor 2.7 GHz None
RAM 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Flash Memory Solid State
Graphics Coprocessor integrated_graphics
Card Description Integrated
Wireless Type 802.11 A/C
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Average Battery Life (in hours) 8 hours
Other Technical Details
Brand Name ASUSF
Item model number T304UA-DS71T
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Item Weight 1.9 pounds
Product Dimensions 8.2 x 11.7 x 3.5 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 8.2 x 11.7 x 3.5 inches
Color Black
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 4
Flash Memory Size 256.0
Optical Drive Type None
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

 

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HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2 Unboxing & Review

So far , this may be my favorite convertible for 2017. It checks all the boxes, with very few weaknesses. The only thing I can ding HP on is the brightness of the display, which is not bad, just I prefer a brighter panel. Other than that, you can’t go wrong with the HP Elitebook x360. What do you think? Let me know.

I found it here for $1149: HP Elitebook x360 1030 G2: (U.S.) http://amzn.to/2vI6Fmt
HP Elitebook x360 1030 G2 (Canada): http://amzn.to/2gnmhd2
HP Elitebook x360 1030 G2 (U.K.): http://amzn.to/2wlTNo4

SPECS:

HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2 (EliteBook x360 Series)
Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5 GHz
Graphics adapterIntel HD Graphics 620, 21.20.16.4541 WHQL
Memory8192 MB
, DDR4-2133 SDRAM, dual-channel
Display13.3 inch 16:9, 1920×1080 pixel 166 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen, native pen support, CMN1374, IPS, touchscreen, glossy: yes
MainboardIntel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH
StorageSandisk SD8TN8U-256G-1006, 256 GB
, M.2 SSD, 210 GB free
Weight1.308 kg ( = 46.14 oz / 2.88 pounds), Power Supply: 393 g ( = 13.86 oz / 0.87 pounds)

Check out my review of the HP Spectre x360 (13-in): https://youtu.be/Kw6tzht4r8s and the HP Spectre x360 (15-in 4K model):https://youtu.be/czn2jIuxbs4

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Huawei MateBook E and Mate Pen: Unboxing & First Look

 

So far, I am really liking this 2-in-1 offering from Huawei, an improvement over last year’s offering.  The biggest improvement is in the keyboard case which is now included in the price.  With a starting price of $799, I think this has the potential to be a nice Surface Pro alternative.  Full testing is underway and the full review will be posted soon.  Stay tuned…

Huawei MateBook E: http://amzn.to/2vNXrIn
Huawei MatePen: http://amzn.to/2vT7dY7
Huawei MateDock 1.0 (original): http://amzn.to/2vOsV1k
Huawei MateBook (Las Gen): http://amzn.to/2vOCjBY

Specs”

Device type:
Tablet
OS:
Windows (10)
Dimensions:
10.98 x 7.64 x 0.27 inches (278.8 x 194.1 x 6.9 mm)
Weight:
22.58 oz (640 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (482 g)
Materials:
Main body: Aluminum
Features:
Fingerprint (touch)
Colors:
Gold, Gray
DISPLAY
Physical size:
12.0 inches
Resolution:
2160 x 1440 pixels
Pixel density:
216 ppi
Technology:
IPS LCD
Screen-to-body ratio:
79.23 %
Peak brightness:
400 cd/m2 (nit)
Features:
Ambient light sensor
CAMERA
Front-facing camera:
5 megapixels
HARDWARE
System chip:
[+]Intel Core i5 7Y54
Processor:
[+]Dual-core, 1200 MHz, 64-bit, 14 nm
Graphics processor:
[+]
Intel HD Graphics 615
System memory:
8 GB RAM
Built-in storage:
512 GB
BATTERY
Capacity:
4430 mAh
Type:
Not user replaceable
Video playback:
9.00 hours
MULTIMEDIA
Music player:
Filter by:
Album, Artist, Genre, Playlists, Year
Speakers:
Stereo speakers
PHONE FEATURES
Sensors:
Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Hall (for flip covers)
CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth:
4.1, EDR
Wi-Fi:
802.11 a, b, g, n, ac
USB:
Yes
Connector:
USB Type-C (reversible)
Features:
USB Host, USB charging

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (2017) Review: The 15-in Convertible Laptop with S Pen

The S Pen on this laptop is probably the best digital stylus out there.  It has 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and you can store the pen in the device, not something you see much of lately.   Good performance and a sharp 15-in FHD display make this a winner.  I like the fact that the 15-in version also has an AMD Radeon 540 GPU with 2GB of video memory.  Average battery life and mediocre speakers hold this back from being a AMDtech Editor’s Choice.

 

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (15-in): http://amzn.to/2vczR7U (United States)
Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (15-in) http://amzn.to/2umuILL (Canada)

Samsung Note book 9 Pro (13-in): http://amzn.to/2vd7sP6 (United States)
Samsung Note book 9 Pro (13-in): http://amzn.to/2vj3pPz (Canada)

Staedtler Noris Digital Samsung Pencil: http://amzn.to/2vd3nur (United States)
Staedtler Noris Digital Samsung Pencil: http://amzn.to/2fq5S6Z (Canada)

Specs:

Screen Size 15 inches
Processor Core i7 7500U
RAM 16 GB
Hard Drive 256 GB flash_memory_solid_state
Chipset Brand intel

AMD Radeon 540 with 2G video memory
Card Description dedicated
Other Technical Details
Brand Name Samsung
Item model number NP940X5M-X01US
Operating System Windows 10
Item Weight 3.8 pounds
Product Dimensions 13.7 x 9.4 x 0.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 13.67 x 9.41 x 0.67 inches
Processor Brand Intel

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