As we near the end of IFA, we can't help but reminisce over the plethora of unique laptops showcased at this year's show. From the thickest gaming laptop to the slimmest portable options, here are some of the most noteworthy laptops launched at IFA 2016.
The Lenovo Yoga 910 features the latest Intel i7 Kaby Lake processor and sports a 13.9-inch edge-to-edge 4K or FHD panel, depending upon which model you opt for. The convertible is encased in an aluminium magnesium alloy case with a 360-degree watchband hinge which allows it to be used in a variety of modes. It offers up to 1TB SSD storage, up to 16GB RAM, JBL Stereo Speakers with
Dolby Audio Premium, fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port and a battery that can deliver up to 15.5 hours of battery life. The Yoga 910 is expected to launch in October and will be available in Champagne Gold, Platinum Silver and Gunmetal colours, with the prices starting at around Rs 87,000.
The 13-inch Acer Spin 7 convertible is powered by a 7th-gen Intel Core i7-7Y75 processor with up to 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD storage, two USB Type-C ports, and up to eight hours of battery life. The 13.3-inch touch-enabled Spin 5 comes with 7th-gen Intel Core i5 or i3 processors, up to 16GB DDR4 RAM and supports Acer Active Pen and Microsoft Ink technologies. The Acer Spin 3 features a 15.6-inch touch-enabled display, 6th-gen Intel Core processors, up to 12GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD and 256GB SSD storage. The Spin 1 features an 11.6-inch IPS touch-enabled full HD screen, choice of Intel Celeron and Pentium processors, up to 8GB RAM, up to 64GB eMMC storage or up to 1TB HDD storage.
The Lenovo Miix 510 is a 12.2-inch Full HD display tablet-hybrid with a full sized keyboard and a dual-watchband hinge with integrated kickstand. The hybrid is powered by up to a 6th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, paired with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage. It features Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 for connectivity, along with optional LTE, a USB Type-C port, a USB 3.0 port, a microSD card slot and an audio jack. The Miix 510 features a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera, and is powered by a 39 WHr battery with up to 7.5 hours of usage. It runs Windows 10 Home and will ship with a Lenovo Active Pen with Windows Ink support.
The Acer Swift 7 is the world’s slimmest notebook at just 9.98mm but still packs Intel’s latest 7th-gen Intel Core i5 processor. It offers a 13.3-inch IPS full HD display, 256GB SSD storage and two USB Type-C ports. The Swift 5 offers a 13.3-inch IPS full HD display, and is powered by a 7th-gen Intel Core i5 processor with up to 8GB RAM, up to 512GB of SSD storage and a fingerprint reader whereas the Swift 3 features a bigger 14-inch IPS full HD display, and is fuelled by 6th or 7th-gen Intel Core processors with up to 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD storage. The 12-inch affordable offering, Swift 1, offers a full HD IPS display, Intel Pentium or Celeron processors, 4GB of RAM, 64GB or 132GB of eMMC storage.
The Lenovo Yoga Book convertible laptop flaunts a 10.1-inch Full HD display and a touch-sensitive flat keyboard with virtual keys that can double up as a writing surface. As the keyboard surface is pressure sensitive, the Yoga Book captures users' input even when they are writing on a piece of paper on top of the keyboard, allowing them to have two copies of a document. It packs an Intel Atom X5 chip with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It weighs around 0.68kg, while measuring 9.6mm in thickness. Interestingly, the Yoga Book will come in a Windows 10 as well as an Android variant. Also bundled with the retail package is a real-pen stylus which doesn’t need charging owning to the Wacom technology powering it.
The Acer Chromebook R 13 is the first convertible Chromebook with a 13.3-inch full HD touchscreen display. It is powered by a quad-core MediaTek M8173C CorePilot processor with 4GB of RAM. Its 360-degree hinge allows it to be used in four modes – Laptop, Display, Tent and Pad. The device is pretty lightweight at 1.49kg, and slim at 15.5mm. It supports 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB 3.0, HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0 and offers up to 12 hours of battery life. The laptop charges via an USB Type-C port, which can also be used to transfer data and connect it to an external display and peripherals. It is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options, and will go on sale in the US in October, with prices starting $399.
The powerpacked Acer Predator 21 X notebook is the world’s first with a 21-inch curved IPS display bearing a resolution of 2,560 x 1,080 pixels. It is powered by Intel’s 7th-gen Kaby Lake processor, aided by up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphic cards with SLI, which also make it VR-ready. The 8kg laptop features a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches and five programmable buttons and Acer has also added Tobii infrared eye-tracking sensors in the display, which lets you control supported games without using a controller. To further appeal the gamers, it also features four built-in speakers and two sub-woofers. It will go on sale in the first quarter of next year, although there is no word on the pricing yet.