Exclusive Look: LG Hybrid-Mechanical Watch W7

Smartwatches are all the rage nowadays. And LG is keeping up with this trend by announcing its latest smartwatch – the Watch W7.

The Watch W7 is a hybrid mechanical accessory that features mechanical hands set over a Wear OS-powered digital display. Its hybrid tech means the user can turn off the smartwatch aspect without interfering with the timekeeping functionality – even after the battery dies.

LG has worked with the Swiss watch manufacturer Soprod SA in incorporating the mechanical movements of the W7, which, apart from keeping accurate time, includes an altimeter, a barometer, a stopwatch, and a compass.

Retailers that sell cell-phone and tablet units are looking to offer this elegant accessory starting this October. The smartwatch is priced at $450.

Let’s take a look at the distinct features of the Watch W7:

 

Specifications

Measuring 44.5 x 45.4 x 12.9mm, this watch is relatively big compared to other brands out there. The 1.2-inch touchscreen display may not provide the biggest display area for a smartwatch, but it’s placed atop the watch hands to give it a unique interface that non-hybrid smartwatches do not have.

This model uses Qualcomm’s Wear 2100 chipset, which has 768MB of RAM. If used as a smartwatch, the W7 can last up to two days. But as a mechanical timepiece, it can last for up to 100 days, at least according to LG.

 

Appearance

LG wonderfully combines classic and modern in this device.

It’s fashioned out of a sleek burnished steel case, with two buttons on either side of the crown. All three can be used to access the watch’s smart features.

It uses 22mm watchbands, which can easily be changed depending on whether you want a more formal or rugged look. But as it is, the palette and overall construction make this watch versatile enough to be worn almost anywhere.

The hands-and-display face may take some getting used to, though, because the hands tend to get in the way of the screen. You can address this issue by just holding the top right button to slide the content higher and move the hands to the 3 and 9 o’clock marks.

 

Applications

Compared to the Apple Watch or the Samsung Galaxy Watch, the W7 decidedly took the no-frills route. There is no heart rate sensor, no built-in GPS or LTE option, and it does not support NFC and Google Pay.

LG’s concept may be to focus on the traditional watch form and enhance its features, but for an accessory that costs $450, one would expect that there are a number of smartwatch features incorporated into the device. Otherwise, what’s the point?

The Verdict so Far

Based on the specs and features, the Watch W7 is all about blending the traditional timepiece aesthetic with the enhanced functionality of a smartwatch. You’ll appreciate the quality and overall look of this smartwatch. But the bare-bones smart features may not be enough for many to consider this watch over what’s currently being offered by more established brands.

Huawei’s New Honor 8X: A Sleek Device Well Worth the Price

Huawei has finally launched the latest model in their Honor line – the Honor 8X.

This much-anticipated release from one of the largest manufacturers in China has seen preorders skyrocket at many outlets that sell cell-phones Huawei’s Honor line is a popular mid-range option, as the smartphones always come with a sleek design, big screen, and great camera quality encased in a solid chipset.

Let’s take a look at what the Honor brand can offer with this latest model:

 

Specifications

The 8X features a 6.5-inch screen with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

The gadget has a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio, making viewing angles fantastic and satisfying for every user. In fact, the 8X is about the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus when examined side by side. For users who want something larger, the Honor 8X Max has a 7.1-inch panel, giving you more screen area.

The 8X showcases an impressive Kirin Octa-core processor. Combined with Huawei’s GPU Turbo, this will surely please many users as it guarantees faster processing and video loading.

As for charging, the Honor 8X uses a micro USB port, instead of the increasingly common USB-C standard, making it a bit disappointing in terms of versatility and convenience.

There are two options for capacity: 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of memory storage, ample enough to store various content.

 

Photos

In this arena, the Honor 8X boasts dual 20MP and 2MP AI camera sensors, while the front camera offers 16MP capacity, producing good quality selfies and video calling capabilities.

The device’s camera sensors enable scene recognition and adjustments to deliver the highest quality shots each time. The camera also has a night mode that combines multiple exposure shots into a single image.

 

Battery

This device has a 3,750mAh battery pack, which will pretty much be utilized by the powerful Kirin 710 core. Unfortunately, there is no fast-charging option for this phone.

 

Appearance

Huawei Honor 8X features a back casing made of 15 layers of glass, with a metal frame on the edges – catching light beautifully and refracting it to create glistening patterns on the back of the phone. This model truly stands out as a sleek gadget.

There are a few classic color options: black, blue, and red. The back part has a fingerprint sensor, much like the previous 7X model.

 

Price

The new Honor 8X sells for 1,399 Yuan in China – about USD 205, GBP 155, or AUD 285 – but even with a mid-range price point, it feels far from being a budget device.

The powerful specs, AI capabilities, and shiny, metallic exterior all combine to bring a phone that is beautiful and equally functional for its cost.

 

Final Thoughts

The Honor 8X is a great product for those looking for a relatively affordable phone without compromising on performance and capacity. It’s quite unfortunate that it won’t be sold in the US – at least not yet – but it’s now available for purchase in Asia and Europe.

 

What the Latest iPad Pro Models Can Offer

Apple has launched brand new iPad Pro models during the brand’s ‘There’s More in the Making’ event last October 30th. These models, coming in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes, will be available online and in Apple stores on the 7th of November.

Retailers that sell tablets will surely get a surge of demand for these new devices, especially when Apple itself has mentioned that this is the tablet they have always wanted to make from the beginning.

Indeed, there are marked improvements and an array of extra features that make this latest model all the rage, but for the average consumer, will all of these be worth it? Let’s find out.

 

New Features

Like with the iPhone X, these new iPad Pros feature smaller bezels, making the screen larger than previous iPad models.

The design does away with the Home button, creating an uninterrupted screen view. Recognition software is all about the Face ID instead of Touch ID.

The screen boasts of Liquid Retina display, which, while being a new offering, is still pretty much the same in pixel density as on the 2017 model. That means, it does not really have the stunning sharpness that you get from an OLED display like the one on Samsung Galaxy Tab S4.

Even so, Apple mentions that the screen is great in other fronts: it offers pixel masking and anti-aliasing like on the iPhone XR, and has a new backlight design.

The processor is also bumped up with the A12X Bionic, even faster than the chip in iPhone XS. Storage reaches up to 1TB.

The rear-facing camera is still at 12MP, and unfortunately, still not the best specs in tablets.

 

Design Specs

The new iPad Pros showcase a slightly changed aesthetic, moving away from the smooth curves and into a more industrial look. The sides are reminiscent of the iPhone 4 or iPhone SE than the recent devices from the brand.

Still in keeping with the brutalist design is the color selection: Silver and Space Gray are the only options.

And they are also slimmer, both being only 5.9mm thick compared to the 6.1mm and 6.9mm of previous models.

A magnetic connector for the new Apple Pencil attaches on one side and is charged wirelessly.

But the big change is how Apple ditched the Lightning port for these latest iPad Pros. A USB-C connector replaces the space where the Lightning port used to be. This means greater versatility when using third party accessories, but it might be an issue for people who have lightning docks and headphones.

And there’s no headphones or headphone port either – you’ll have to get USB-C headphones, opt for an adapter or go wireless.

 

Price

The 11-inch version starts at $799, while the 12-inch version is priced at $999—surely a hefty price increase from last year. And with other accessories like the pencil or keyboard not included, these new iPads might prove a bit expensive for the average user.

Of course, as with many Apple products, the price doesn’t necessarily deter those loyal Apple users in its ecosystem. As long as there are useful upgrades, it will be up to consumers to see if the latest versions are worth it.   

Pre-order Now Available for the Newest MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and iPad

 

During Apple’s event entitled, “There’s more in the making” held in Brooklyn last October 30th, big news for consumers and Apple enthusiasts was announced.

For one, MacBook Air is still available, despite rumors that it will be folded into the MacBook line. In fact, the MacBook Air enjoyed a redesign, which we will discuss in detail in this article.

Aside from the news about MacBook Air, Apple also showcased a long-overdue update to their Mac Mini and iPad Pro devices.

Customers can order the new models direct from Apple’s website, and shipping and launching in stores that sell laptops start by November 7.

 

MacBook Air: What’s New?

The new MacBook Air features configuration and style updates.

The new look ditches the thicker aluminum bezel seen in the old MacBook Air models and displays thinner bezels framing the 13.3-inch Retina display screen.

Touch ID is still included, although it comes without the Touch Bar found on select MacBook Pro models. The laptop has a butterfly keyboard, Force Touch trackpad and two USB-C ports on its exterior.

The inside enjoys some upgrades as well with its 8th generation dual-core Intel Core processor. Storage goes up to a comfortable 1.5 TB. That means it’s thinner and lighter but more powerful.

The redesign also takes a greener approach with the body made from 100 percent recycled aluminum.

Price starts at a hefty $1,199, and fans can choose among 3 color options: gold, silver and space gray.

 

New Mac Mini Features

After 4 long years, the Mac Mini desktop has finally been updated. This “update of a lifetime” makes the new model superior in performance compared to its aged predecessor.

Sporting 4- and 6-core 8th generation Intel processors, with up to 64GB of RAM and a solid 2TB storage capacity, the new Mac Mini is certainly more powerful than the previous iteration. Four USB-C Thunderbolt ports line the edge of the device, along with 2 USB-A, HDMI and Ethernet ports.

Same with the new MacBook Air, this model also uses 100% recycled aluminum, but it only comes with the space gray color option.

Price starts at $799 and the most powerful model costs $1,099.

Latest iPad Pro

Apple made waves with their launch of 2 new iPad Pro tablets, an 11-inch model and a bigger, 12.9-inch tablet.

Both devices no longer have the home button, replaced by Face ID recognition. In terms of build, the bezels are notably thinner and corners are rounded, allowing for maximum screen space.

Upgrades on performance are also evident, with the tablets sporting Apple’s A12X Bionic chip and storage capacity of up to 1TB.

However, fans may need to get used to the big change in ditching the Lightning port in favor of a USB-C port.

In terms of price, the 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799, while the 12.9-inch starting price is at $999.

 

Pre-order Apple’s Newest Suite of Devices

All of these fantastic chrome devices are hitting stores on November 7, but if you simply cannot wait, Apple is already taking pre-orders on these sought-after products.

Pre-order now if you want to get a hold of the device without standing in line at Apple stores!

Why You Should Get the New Apple Pencil

The latest version of the Apple Pencil was showcased at Apple’s special event last October 30, alongside the release of the 2018 iPad Pro tablets.

Fans will surely flock to retailers that sell tablets and get this much sought-after accessory. The new Apple Pencil offers exciting innovations that make it a must-have for artists and designers.

First, it’s the only one of its kind to auto-charge when attached to the tablet. With a magnetic mechanism, the new Apple Pencil attaches on the iPad Pro seamlessly and automatically.

Aside from that, the accessory includes a new touch sensor for taps and other gestures. Now, you can tap on your apps with this nifty tool!

 

Best Stylus Right Now?

As with most of Apple’s products, the Apple Pencil feels graceful and high tech when used. It’s beautifully connected with the iPad, with the scanning for the Pencil signal at 240 times per second.

The iPad even has predictive algorithms to sense where the Pencil is located.

These features make a supremely responsive stylus, perfect for scribbling and drafting notes.

Artists will revel at the precision the new Apple Pencil provides, especially as a pencil – it can draw a very narrow line, and it can adjust to the hand pressure and produce thicker lines.

This tool can also create a shading effect, like a charcoal pen’s strokes.

And while some may consider it lacking in some stylus function (not all functions of the finger are allowed), some still see this as a good thing, as the iPad is able to distinguish accidental screen touching from the palm.

The only real drawback is that it can only be used with the new iPad Pro, which has the special sensors embedded in the screen. Hence, you would need to buy the latest iPad Pro model in order to give this Pencil a go.

 

Engraving for the New Apple Pencil

Apple has announced its engraving service for the 2nd generation Apple Pencil. Like with the iPad tablets, owners can show a bit of their personality by designing their Pencils.

Engraving is free of charge, and users can place their custom order online through the Apple site. Do take note that if you get this service, you will have to wait a couple more days for your shipping to arrive.

Fortunately, you also have the option to pick up your order directly from the store.

 

Along with the 2018 iPad Pro tablets and the next generation Smart Keyboard Folio, the latest Apple Pencil is now available for pre-orders and will arrive in stores on November 7.

Priced at $129, it’s a tad expensive for a stylus, which is not surprising in the least given that it is an Apple product. There are cheaper options if you are after a no-frills stylus for your tablet.

But if you are thinking of getting the new iPad Pro, then the Apple Pencil is a worthy add-on. With the price come great features, which you could enjoy for a long time. Designers and artists will especially appreciate the upgrades on this latest Apple Pencil version.

 

How to Find Free iOS and Android Apps

It’s amazing that both the Apple App Store and Google Play allow you to return digital purchases when they do not work with your devices. However, in today’s hectic world, you sometimes forget the return window period and end up paying for an app that doesn’t work on your phone.

 

Is there a workaround for this? What if you can download a free version, test its compatibility with your device, and then pay for it later on?

 

Luckily, you can find fully-functioning free versions of iOS and Android Apps.

 

Look Around General Smartphone Stores

There are tens of thousands of free-to-download applications in both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

 

The best way to find them? Find the category that says “free.”

 

In the Apple App Store, here are the steps to find free apps:

  • Open the Apple App Store
  • Head to “Top Free”
  • See a list of free games to download
  • Any app with a “get” button is free to download

 

In Google Play, here are the steps to do it:

  • Launch Google Play
  • Click the categories that say “Top Free Games” and “Top Free Apps.” You also have options to see top grossing free games and apps
  • Any app with an “Install” button is free to download

 

Be warned that some of these free apps may be completely free to use, but their premium features may be locked behind a paywall. This means that if you like a certain premium feature, you’ll have to pay to unlock it or subscribe to it regularly.

 

Other Sources for Free Apps

Here are a few other places where you can find more free apps:

 

 

  • iOSnoops

 

iOSnoops is a website exclusive only to Apple iPhone users.

 

Its main difference from the Apple App Store is it can show paid yet discounted apps and formerly paid apps that are now free to use. You will not need iTunes or the App Store to download and install it, too. Now, you won’t need to switch to a different device to buy the apps that you need.

 

  • Subreddits

Reddit is a great place to find the newest apps from independent developers. Listings in r/Apphookup or r/GooglePlayDeals show you discounted paid applications in the top grossing sections of iOS and Android app stores.

 

While you won’t find any categorization in Reddit, using the Search sidebar may help you find a discounted or even free version of the app you want.

 

  • Search engine queries

You can find free iOS and Android apps with a few quick search engine queries. However, it is possible some results will lead you to piracy and torrent websites.

 

Be warned: when downloading from these sources, even from peer-sourced torrents, the apps might include viruses. These may also lead you to a third-party site that maliciously gains access to your information, leading to possible data theft. Use this step with extreme caution even if you find free versions of your favorite paid apps.

 

In case of problems, you can check online or go to stores that sell tablet or cellphone units to seek for help.

 

$350 Nokia 7.1 Brings Affordability and Quality to US Market

HMD Global’s latest Nokia smartphone, the Nokia 7.1, was unveiled last week. Fans of the brand will be excited to know that this one will be available at retailers that sell cell-phones in the US.

The mid-priced Android gadget boasts a durable design, which the brand is well known for, using extruded aluminum that feels like a solid piece of metal.

Let’s check out what this device has to offer:

 

Specifications

The Nokia 7.1 smartphone has a 5.8-inch, 2280 x 1080 HD display that can support high dynamic range content. This means that users can experience greater clarity and color accuracy in images and videos.

In an interview with Forbes, Juho Sarvikas, HMD Global Chief Product Officer, mentions that the device introduces the PureDisplay screen technology that gives users a premium viewing experience. SDR content can be viewed in HDR, which is the brand’s response to the growing trend of mobile video watching among online users.

This phone also comes with Snapdragon 636 SoC. In terms of capacity, buyers have a choice between 32GB with 3GB of RAM or 64GB with 4GB of RAM. Both options should be adequate to run your various apps, although they tend to feel a bit slow if you’re used to a more high-end unit.

The Nokia 7.1 has Android 8.1 Oreo pre-installed, but in succeeding weeks this will be updated to Android Pie.

In contrast to other smartphones with fewer add-ons, with the Nokia 7.1 you get a headphone jack, USB-C port, and a MicroSD slot. The brand has also added a fingerprint reader, and while it’s not the snappiest under the finger, it works well enough to be a convenient feature.

 

Camera Features

Nokia 7.1 has a dual camera setup on its rear, with the primary shooter having an improved light-gathering capacity. The manufacturers say that the camera performs better at low-light photography than its predecessors.

This smartphone has a “bothie” mode where you can use the front and back cameras simultaneously.

Appearance

As with other Nokia builds, this is as durable as you can get. The aluminum frame combined with the glass panel presents a nice, sturdy build. However, the glass picks up fingerprints, marring what would otherwise be a sleek look.

The design features a two-tone color treatment, with the main body either in dark blue or silver, while the edges show either silver or copper accents.

 

Price

With a USD 350 price point, this device is a great option in the US, where not many brands can compete with such an affordable but functional offering. In fact, most phones in this price range have minimal software support and have little design impact to satisfy users.

With a promised software update to Android 9 Pie by the end of October, the Nokia 7.1 will be a stylish, durable, and up-to-date device.

 

The Verdict

As a mid-range option, the Nokia 7.1 is a well-built, practical smartphone with powerful software encased in solid hardware. This is another quality model from the brand, and it can easily be among the best smartphones of the year.

LG’s V40 ThinQ: Everything We Know So Far

Since August, the entire tech world has set its sights on LG’s newest flagship, the V40 ThinQ. Truth be told, LG’s V series has always made the news because of its prolific launches. The new five-camera flagship phone is definitely no exception.

 

The tech company launched its LG V30S ThinQ just last March. Then, it followed up with its LG G7 ThinQ in May. Then, more recently, it launched the LGV35 ThinQ in June.

 

While LG’s recent mobile strategy indicated it would “row back” on smartphone launches, the company saw critics give its recent releases some positive notes.

 

Without further ado, here is everything we know about LG’s V40 flagship phone set for release this October.

 

The Confirmed Date in October

The LG V40 ThinQ launch is taking place on October 3, 2018. If you’re planning to head to New York for the event, that date’s going to be on a Wednesday.

 

The Verge was the first to announce LG’s V40 ThinQ launch date in New York. However, this was the only date and city announced.

 

LG is likely to host launch events in different other countries – probably one in their home country South Korea, and one in a European country. We’ll have to wait and watch out for other release dates upon their announcement.

 

Will It Cost a Fortune This Time?

The LG V35, its most recent release, had a price of $900 upon going on sale. We don’t think LG will skimp on the price of its newest phone. So, be prepared to shell out some big bucks once again.

 

Tech Advisor UK estimates the price to be around $1000. This is likely to be the amount given that the Samsung Galaxy S9 will cost you around the same amount.

 

Game-Changing Specs We Can Expect

The LG V40 ThinQ had recent advertisements featuring the South Korean boy group BTS showing off its major features, such as the acclaimed 5 cameras in the device.

 

According to Pocket Lint, the LG V40 ThinQ would feature a 6.3 or 6.4-inch QHD+ Display with a 19.5:9 ratio. Just like its predecessor, it would have a P-OLED display.

 

As per its commercial, the cameras will utilize the “ThinQ Moniker,” which makes it easier to take the best selfies and shots.

 

In any case, if you’re thinking twice if it’s worth it to sell tablet units and other devices you were previously using just to buy an LG V40 ThinQ, these specs should urge you to do so:

 

  • 6.4in P-OLED, Quad HD+, 19.5:9
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of storage
  • 12+16+12Mp rear cameras
  • 8+5Mp front cameras
  • Quad DAC, Stereo speaker boombox
  • 3300mAh
  • 159x76x7.8mm
  • 169g

 

We believe the V40 surpasses the earlier V35 in many possible ways. Looking at the V35’s specs, you can say the V40 ThinQ’s upgrade is definitely major. This should serve as one of the deciding factors should you consider saving up for this new offering from LG.

 

3 Reasons Why We Crave for the Newest iPhone Every Year

Every time Apple releases a new iPhone, people go gaga over it. They will line up outside stores that sell iPhones and even make the effort to pre-order the units, regardless of how high the price is or how long the wait would be. They will do anything just to make sure that they will be able to get a hold of the much-coveted gadget.        

Everywhere around the world, thousands of people are iPhone owners and loyalists. Wherever you go, whether it be in business areas, coffee shops, or bus stops, there will always be an iPhone user around. The iPhone obviously still dominates the smartphone industry.   

You might be wondering why people are going crazy over the newest iPhone every year. Here are the top 3 reasons for the yearly iPhone frenzy.   

New Phone Means New Technology

Based on history, iPhone has been known for breaking barriers and breaking the mold. When iPhone came into the picture, it changed the way the world looked at phones. The iPhone became an all-in-one device – a computer, a messaging tool, a source of entertainment, a planner and many more.

In other words, every tool that people needed back then ceased to exist because the iPhone had it all. At that time, it certainly was impressive to be able to give the people everything they needed in a pocket-sized gadget. So it is no wonder that every time Apple releases a new phone, people are all gawking to see the latest technology available.        

 

The Need for Speed

In this digital age, everything happens in super speed mode. The faster your gadget is, the better. The iPhone is still considerably the fastest among all other smartphones. Whether it is used for video editing or for opening a large file, nothing comes close to the speed of the iPhone. When lined up, Samsung Galaxy S9 is the closest to the iPhone, but it is still more than two times slower in speed. Then Google Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Samsung Galaxy 8 are trailing far behind in terms of speed.

Nowadays, phones are not only used as a communication tool. People demand for phones that can be used for work and entertainment, with the speed to match it. Apple doesn’t disappoint its fans when it comes to answering these demands. It makes sure that the iPhone is able to deliver all those functions with grace and speed. And every time there’s a new iPhone, it’s safe to say that it will have better speed than its predecessor.          

 

Status Symbol

Whether people admit it or not, the iPhone, with its high-end price tag, is a status symbol. Most iPhone loyalists, when asked what kind of smartphones are available, would say “The iPhone and other phones”. It basically shows a clear distinction between the iPhone compared to all other smartphones, whose names do not even seem to matter when matched with the iPhone.        

The iPhone is quite keen on being able to deliver better technology, super speed, and other favorable benefits to its users, making the iPhone still a top choice when it comes to smartphones. For these reasons, the yearly iPhone frenzy could be expected to continue on.      

 

Asus ROG Zephyrus S Review: World’s Thinnest Gaming Laptop

The ROG Zephyrus S GX531 is currently the world’s thinnest 15-inch gaming laptop. Asus has stripped the title away from the new Razer Blade 15 with its slimmer screen bezels, making it ultra-light and portable. As one can expect from a high-end computer, it features some of the latest technology under its hood. Not to mention, it also comes with a hefty price tag. It might be wise to sell used laptop units before purchasing the new Zephyrus as it will cost quite a bit.

 

Design

The original ROG Zephyrus impressed the tech scene with its thin and light build that did not compromise its performance, but the same thing can be said about the Zephyrus S. Asus reduced the laptop’s screen bezels and thickness, enabling them to cram a 15.6-inch 1080 IPS screen in a compact chassis. It has a 144-Hz refresh rate and a 3ms response time.

The laptop measures 12 x 10.6 x 0.59-0.62 inches while its predecessor features a slightly wider and thicker frame at 14.9 x 10.3 x 10.66-0.7 inches. The Zephyrus S is also lighter than the original laptop, weighing only 4.63 pounds.

Asus made some significant design changes as well. Its keyboard-forward layout leaves no space for palm rests. It has RGB backlighting on the keyboard which can be turned on or off at will using the functions keys from the directional buttons. The Zephyrus S has a hinge-forward design, giving it a rear lip when opened. It also has two little yet noticeable arms that connect the screen from the main body, much like the hinges of the HP Spectre 13. Its all-metal chassis has been put through military-grade durability testing to ensure users that it stands up to the pressures and wear of daily use.

 

Specs

The Zephyrus S features next-generation laptop CPUs from Intel. It comes with the Intel Core i7-8750H, a six-core processor that makes this ultra-thin laptop powerful. It also features the Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics card, the same one powering the Razer Blade. Hence, the Zephyrus S shouldn’t disappoint performance-wise. Unfortunately, it won’t be able to support Nvidia’s most powerful mobile GPU, the GTX 1080 Max-Q.

Asus has made it possible for a gaming laptop to be both powerful and ultra-portable through its one-of-a-kind Active Aerodynamic System. It opens the laptop’s bottom and lowers it to encourage airflow. Much like the original Zephyrus, this system activates automatically once the screen lid is opened. However, the gap is slightly smaller than before, now measured at 5 mm. This difference promotes 22% better airflow than standard designs.

 

Price and Availability

An Asus Zephyrus S with an Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics card costs $2,199 on Amazon. It will feature an Intel Core i7 processor and 16 GB of RAM. In the U.S., one can opt to get a lower-tier version of the laptop, one with an Nvidia GTX 1060. It will have the same processor and RAM, and it will be available for $2,099. Once the Zephyrus S hits the shelves in the U.K. sometime in mid-October, the lower-tier model will be the only version available.