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Convertible ASUS ROG Flow x13 offers power-packed performance

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New Delhi, Sep 5: Riding high on the success of beastly gaming machines, Taiwanese tech giant ASUS is undoubtedly one of the most liked brands for gaming enthusiasts across the globe.

And its convertible gaming laptop “ROG Flow x13” — launched at Consumers Electronics Show (CES) 2021 — might woo the audience once again.

The ROG Flow x13 is priced at Rs 1,39,990 and the XG Mobile is available in two configurations — RTX3070 with 8GB RAM priced at Rs 69,990 and RTX3080 with 16GB RAM that costs Rs 1,39,990.

The ultra-thin laptop is available with a 120Hz full HD panel or a high-res 4K panel that’s protected by tough Corning Gorilla glass and features a narrow-frame design.

We used the laptop for a while and here’s how it fared.

Unlike its predecessor, the ROG Flow x13 features a subtle design with the branding done on a metal nameplate.

We found that the 360-degree hinge does a great job in converting the laptop into different modes and it is sturdy and stands firmly in whichever position you keep it.

Users can leave it in clamshell mode for traditional laptop usage or flip the screen to the back to use it as a tablet. They can even switch it to tent or stand modes to increase cooling that lowers processor temperatures by up to 8-degree Celsius.

The ROG Flow x13 is an ultra-thin laptop that weighs 1.3 kilograms and is 15.8mm thin.

The laptop with a 13.4-inch display looks stunning. It also has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button for that extra layer of security that worked perfectly fine.

One can choose between an immersive 4K panel and a full HD+ 120Hz panel for super-smooth gaming. Both are pantone validated with a 16:10 aspect ratio, giving more space for toolbars and tabs. Also, both panels are covered with Corning Gorilla Glass, protecting the touchscreen-enabled panel.

Also, talking about the keyboard, we found it to be comfortable to use.

The convertible laptop is powered by AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS clocked at 3.30GHz coupled with 16GB RAM and 1TB PCIe SSD. And for lag-free gaming, there’s an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. We found that it is powerful enough for tasks like playing games, editing files or photos, etc.

The ROG XG Mobile reinvents external graphics by combining performance and versatility with true portability and advanced vapour chamber cooling keeps the ROG XG Mobile’s graphics strong.

The ROG Flow x13 includes a 62Wh battery that can be charged via a 100W USB Type-C charger. We found it to be above average as it lasted for around half a day on a single charge.

The audio output is serviceable for a small room, as we did not found it to be very loud in a larger space.

Conclusion: ASUS ROG Flow x13 packs a powerful performance. It is definitely a boon for gamers at the same time it is also relevant for those who are looking thin and easy to carry laptops for office purposes, editing as well as general usage.

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realme expands India footprint, opens 100 exclusive retail stores

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New Delhi, Oct 8: Smartphone brand realme on Friday announced a new milestone with the launch of 100 new exclusive stores pan India.

All of these stores will have the latest products from the realme TechLife ecosystem, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other gadgets.

“I am proud of achieving this new milestone, as it testifies to our capability to meet consumer needs despite all odds and challenges during the pandemic period. We will continue to maintain the strong pace of mainline expansion and deepen consumer experience. The love we have received from our users has made us more enthusiastic and energetic towards this offline expansion,” Madhav Sheth, Vice President, realme and CEO, realme India, Europe and Latin America said in a statement.

realme has focused on offline expansion into Tier II and Tier III cities. realme will also open its flagship store in Gujarat, where customers can experience a smart and connected life through smart gadgets.

The smartphone maker has set targets to unveil 300 realme exclusive stores by 2021 and expand it to 1000+ stores by 2022.

realme led the India market in 5G smartphone shipments, capturing more than 22 per cent share in Q2 2021, as per a report by Counterpoint Research.

The company said that its next goal is to achieve a dual-100 million target — shipping another 100 million handsets by the end of 2022 and completing the same milestone within the 2023 calendar year.

According to Counterpoint, realme took the sixth spot with 15 million shipments and 135.1 per cent year-over-year (YoY) growth in the second quarter of 2021.

Out of 100 million realme users worldwide, 50 million users are from India alone.

Amid the chipset shortage, the company is targeting six million handsets and two million IoT products for the upcoming festive season.

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Android 12 will provide robust enterprise trust and security: Google

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New Delhi, Oct 8: Google has made Android 12 open-source earlier this week and now, the company has said it is focused on helping organisations achieve the right balance between protecting employee privacy and equipping IT with necessary security and controls.

Android 12 introduces user privacy enhancements for all managed devices, including improved transparency of admin controls.

“Work profile users will be able to approve (if allowed by their IT admin) or deny sensor-related permissions, such as location and camera, to work profile apps. On fully-managed devices, IT admins can choose to give their users this same control,” Google said in a statement late Thursday.

To further protect user privacy, admins will be able to set up WiFi networks for employees through a new network API that doesn’t require user location permissions.

Hardware device IDs for personal devices have also changed.

“Now, instead of solely hardware-based identifiers, companies can use a combination of hardware and employer-specific identifiers that help preserve employee privacy if they leave their organisation,” said Google.

For Android 12, Google has added additional controls to help enterprise IT teams reduce security risks and ensure tighter monitoring of business data.

A key addition is network logging for the work profile, to give organisations added control and reporting for their work data, while still protecting user privacy in the personal profile.

“We’re also empowering IT to decide what input method editors (IMEs) employees can use in their personal profiles to reduce the risk of using a rogue keyboard that could capture data on the device. IT will also have the ability to disable USB signaling for anything but charging, reducing the risk of USB-based attacks,” the tech giant explained.

Admins can now easily set password requirements that meet modern security best practices by choosing between pre-set password complexity levels.

IT admins will also have the option to slice their 5G network and dedicate connectivity to all apps on a fully-managed device, or specifically to apps in the work profile.

“In partnership with their carrier, admins will be able to have wider control over quality of service and security of work data,” Google noted.

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Bitcoin reclaims $1 trillion cap, Indian crypto players cheer

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New Delhi, Oct 8: As Bitcoin once again reclaimed the $1 trillion market cap, crossing $54,000 per digital coin, Indian crypto leaders on Thursday expressed hope that India and its neighbouring countries will continue their dominance because of the large number of active crypto investors in the region.

The Indian cryptocurrency market is expected to reach up to $241 million by 2030 in India and $2.3 billion by 2026 worldwide.

According to a report by IT industry’s apex body Nasscom, there are 15 million retail investors in India investing in the cryptotech space.

“The recent jump in Bitcoin price has a larger message for the world. In the post-pandemic world, Bitcoin has emerged as the best performing asset class of 2021, as a result of which institutional and retail investors are moving from slow/traditional assets to high growth/technology-led assets,” said Shivam Thakral, CEO, BuyUcoin.

There has been a paradigm shift in the investment patterns across the globe which is underlined by the data shared by crypto exchanges from time to time.

“India is home to around 1.5 crore active crypto investors, which amounts to $40 billion in investment in crypto, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. India’s middle-class population is willing to explore digital assets for creating long-term wealth to fulfil their goals, which may not be possible through any other asset class,” Thakral added.

Crypto asset exchange ZebPay has also launched India’s first global Electronic Over-The-Counter (OTC) Desk for large volume traders and institutional investors globally.

Avinash Shekhar, Co-CEO, ZebPay, said that the company aims to create a robust crypto ecosystem and a multi-faceted business where the needs of both the retail and institutional investors are met seamlessly.

“With the ZebPay OTC Desk, we are addressing the growing institutional interest in crypto globally and in India. This will further encourage adoption of crypto in the country and help create a mark for India as a major player in this emerging space,” he added.

Jay Hao, CEO, OKEx.com, said that during the slight dip last month, crypto-related investments witnessed record inflows owing to the growing global acceptance of crypto assets.

“The same momentum is boosting the prices of other popular crypto assets like Ethereum, Dogecoin and Shiba Inu, among others. India and its neighbouring countries are the main growth drivers of the crypto economy in South East Asia and they will continue their dominance because of the large number of active crypto investors in the region,” Hao noted.

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