Lenovo Refreshes Its IdeaPad Portfolio; Launches Legion Y920 and Flex 5 Laptops

Lenovo on Thursday refreshed its IdeaPad product portfolio with slimmer design as the company launched its IdeaPad 720S, IdeaPad 320S, and IdeaPad 320 laptops. Apart from this, the company also launched its powerful Legion Y920 gaming laptop, which it claims to be its best ever, and the Flex 5 2-in-1 laptop. While the Flex 5 will be made available later this month, the other laptops will be made available for purchase by the company next month.

Talking first about the IdeaPad laptops, Lenovo’s new laptops come in attractive colours and the “S” in the name stands for slim design on these models.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 720S

The pricing for top-of-the-line IdeaPad 720S laptop starts from $969.99 (roughly Rs. 63,100) and the product will be made available from June. The 720S is only available in one screen size and sports a 14-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display and will be available with up to seventh-generation Core i7 processor. The laptop offers 512GB of SSD storage and comes with an impressive 16GB of RAM. Notably, in terms of connectivity, it offers a Thunderbolt 3 port. Lenovo’s new IdeaPad 720S weighs 1.55kg and is 15.9mm thick.

The laptop is further available with features like an optional fingerprint reader for Windows Hello support and Nvidia GeForce GT940MX graphics card. “Designed for greater mobility, its always-on charging feature lets users charge other devices via a USB port even when the laptop is powered off,” the company said in its release.

Coming to Lenovo’s new IdeaPad 320S, the laptop will be made available in 14-inch and 15-inch screen sizes with full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display resolution. The IdeaPad 320S will be made available with up to seventh-generation Core i7 processor, will have a backlit keyboard, and will be offered with SSD as well as HDD storage option. The pricing for 14-inch variant of the IdeaPad 320S will start from $739.99 (roughly Rs.48,100) and that for 15-inch variant will start from $749.99 (roughly Rs. 48,800).

Lenovo IdeaPad 320

Moving on to IdeaPad 320, the laptop will be made available with seventh-generation Intel Core processor and come in 15-inch and 17-inch screen sizes. The laptop will be made available with up to 2TB of HDD storage and 16GB of RAM as per the Verge.The pricing for the 15-inch variant of the laptop starts from $439.99 (roughly Rs. 28,600) and that for 17-inch variant starts from $489.99 (roughly Rs. 31,900).

Lenovo Legion Y920

Lenovo’s new Legion Y920 laptop is a VR-ready 17-inch “pro-level gaming rig,” as described by the company. The laptop will be made available with up to Intel’s overclockable seventh-generation Core i7 K series processor, nvidia Geforce GTX 1070 graphics, and features a mechanical backlit RGB keyboard with lighting effects. Lenovo has described Legion Y920 as its “best gaming laptop yet.” The pricing for the laptop starts from $2,699.99 (roughly Rs. 1,75,500) and it will be made available online next month.

Lenovo Flex 5

Finally coming to the Flex 5, Lenovo’s new 2-in-1 laptop comes in 14-inch and 15-inch screen sizes and comes with a 360-degree hinge, as you might expect from 2-in-1 form factor.

The laptop will be made available with up to seventh-generation Intel Core processors. The Flex 5 will be available with up to Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics and an optional 4k UHD IPS Display. The pricing for the 14-inch variant starts from $719.99 (roughly Rs. 46,800) while that for the 15-inch variant starts from $829.99 (roughly Rs. 53,900) and both variants will be made available online starting later this month.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Launched as ‘World’s Slimmest Gaming Laptop With GeForce GTX 1080’ at Computex 2017

Apart from a host of laptops and tablets, Asus has also amped up its Republic of Gamers product lineup at Computex 2017 in Taipei. This includes the “world’s slimmest gaming laptop with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080”, the Asus ROG Zephyrus (GX501VI), and a new ROG Swift PG35VQ gaming monitor as well. At the ROG Computex event, Asus also unveiled a colourful Strix Fusion headset and a slick USB monitor called ZenScreen as well.

Starting with the big news, Asus’s ROG Zephyrus is a laptop built for gamers and is thinner than all the ROG laptops launched before. It boasts of high-end gaming hardware with support for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics, seventh generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, an optional 120Hz wide-view display, and it ships with the latest Windows 10 Creators Update. During intensive gaming sessions, Asus claims the ROG Zephyrus maintains its temperature with a new ‘Active Aerodynamic System’ air-flow design crammed into a 16.9 -17.9mm chassis. Asus claims that this new flexible system allows for 20 percent more airflow than before. The laptop weighs only 2.2kgs, and sports of a RGB keyboard as well.

The ROG Zephyrus’ display is at 15.6-inch (1920×1080 pixels) and supports up to 24GB of DDR4 RAM. The laptop offers 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB of M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD storage options. Ports include a Thunderbolt 3 Type-C, four USB 3.1 Type-A, HDMI 2.0 (for VR), and a 3.5mm headset opening. With respect to the keyboard design, the buttons are moved up front for better cooling management and make it feel more like a desktop system. The keyboard, as mentioned, has RGB lightning, and features anti-ghosting keys that can support up to 30 keys pressed at the same time.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Launched as 'World's Slimmest Gaming Laptop With GeForce GTX 1080' at Computex 2017Asus has launched two variants of the ROG Zephyrus, however, it does not properly specify the differences in the two, though one variant is speculated to downgrade the graphics to a GeForce GTX 1070 card. The ROG Zephyrus GX501VI variant is priced starting at $2699 (roughly Rs. 174,200) and the ROG Zephyrus GX501VS variant is priced starting at $2299 (roughly Rs. 148,400). Both the variants will be available at the end of June in the USA and Canada.

At the ROG event, Asus also launched the ROG Swift PG35VQ gaming monitor that has a quantum dot 3440×1440 pixels LCD display with HDR support. The refresh rate is pegged at an impressive 200Hz and it comes with G-sync support. There’s no word on pricing or availability. Alongside, Asus also launched the Strix Fusion headset with lights that can be configured to blink in sync with your fellow gamer. This is expected to ship sometime in the third quarter.

Lastly, it also launched a 15.6-inch 1080p USB monitor called ZenScreen. It comes with a pen to prop up the monitor, but do note that the ZenScreen does not have a touchscreen display nor does it support stylus. The ZenScreen is priced at $249 (roughly Rs. 16,000), and will launch in Taiwan first, with other markets to follow eventually.

Laptop Ban Affecting Middle East-US Traffic, Says IATA

Restrictions on bringing large electronic devices into aircraft cabins on certain routes to the United States are affecting traffic between the Middle East and the United States, a global airlines’ association said on Thursday.

Overall demand for air travel rose 10.7 percent in April, but the growth rate for the Middle East airlines was slower than its five-year average, a trend not seen in other regions, the International Air Transport Association said on Thursday.

In March, the United States announced restrictions on large electronic items, such as laptops, on flights originating from 10 airports, including in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, because of fears that a concealed bomb could be installed in electronic devices taken onto aircraft.

That affects carriers such as Emirates, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines.

IATA said that in March traffic measured in revenue passenger kilometres between the Middle East and the United States fell by 2.8 percent year-on-year, the first drop in at least seven years.

“It’s too early to be absolutely sure, but we think these numbers are indicative of some impact on travel,” IATA chief economist Brian Pearce said on Thursday.

The United States seemed set to expand the restrictions last month to flights from Europe but, after discussions with European partners, it has not yet announced a decision.

Laptop Ban Affecting Middle East-US Traffic, Says IATAAny extension of the ban could affect US and European airlines such as United, Delta, American Airlines, Lufthansa, British Airways, Air France-KLM and Norwegian Air Shuttle .

Authorities have been discussing several aspects, including the potential safety implications of storing large numbers of laptop batteries in cargo holds.

IATA has called for alternatives to placing such devices in the hold, such as enhanced screening at airports, more training of airport security staff and the use of dogs trained to detect explosives.

It estimates that if the restrictions were extended to Europe it could result in a $1.4 billion (roughly Rs. 9,023 crores) hit to productivity from passengers not being able to work while in the air.

IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac said that the uncertainty over whether the ban would be extended was not yet having a measurable impact on overall bookings.

“In the mid term, if the decision is made, it’s another story,” he said.

IATA holds it annual general meeting in Cancun from June 4-6, where it will give an update on airlines’ expected profitability for this year.

Laptop Ban: US May Expand Ban to All Flights Into and Out of the Country

The United States might ban laptops from aircraft cabins on all flights into and out of the country as part of a ramped-up effort to protect against potential security threats, US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Sunday.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Kelly said the United States planned to “raise the bar” on airline security, including tightening screening of carry-on items.

Laptop Ban: US May Expand Ban to All Flights Into and Out of the Country“That’s the thing that they are obsessed with, the terrorists, the idea of knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly if it’s a US carrier, particularly if it’s full of US people.”

In March, the government imposed restrictions on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins on flights from 10 airports, including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey.

Kelly said the move would be part of a broader airline security effort to combat what he called “a real sophisticated threat.” He said no decision had been made as to the timing of any ban.

“We are still following the intelligence,” he said, “and are in the process of defining this, but we’re going to raise the bar generally speaking for aviation much higher than it is now.”

Airlines are concerned that a broad ban on laptops may erode customer demand. But none wants an incident aboard one of its airplanes.

“Whatever comes out, we’ll have to comply with,” Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer of United Airlines, told the company’s annual meeting last week.

Airlines were blindsided in January when President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning entry for 90 days to citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, sending airlines scrambling to determine who could board and who could not. The order was later blocked in the courts.
In the case of laptops, the administration is keeping the industry in the loop. Delta Air Lines said in a statement it “continues to be in close contact with the US Department of Homeland Security,” while Munoz applauded the administration for giving the company a “heads up.”

“We’ve had constant updates on the subject,” he said. “We know more than most. And again, if there’s a credible threat out there, we need to make sure we take the appropriate measures.”

More scrutiny of carry-ons
Among the enhanced security measures will likely be tighter screening of carry-on items to allow Transport Security Administration agents to discern problematic items in tightly stuffed bags.

Kelly said that in order to avoid paying fees for checking bags, people were stuffing them to the point where it was difficult to see through the clutter.

“The more stuff is in there, the less the TSA professionals that are looking at what’s in those bags through the monitors can tell what’s in them.”

The TSA has begun testing certain new procedures at a limited number of airports, requiring people to remove additional items from carry-on bags for separate screenings.

Asked whether the government would expand such measures nationwide, Kelly said: “We might, and likely will.”

Apple Unveils LG UltraFine 5K Display, Developed for the New MacBook Pro

On Thursday, in one of the rare occurrences at Apple’s event, company’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Phil Schiller unveiled a 5K display made by LG, not by Apple, while showcasing the capabilities of company’s new MacBook Pro. Apple usually doesn’t advertise other company’s products at its launch events but Schiller explained the reason for this particular aberration. Schiller said that the 5K display by LG was designed in collaboration with Apple, and keeping the new MacBook Pro in mind. The company also revealed just how many 4K and 5K external displays the new MacBook Pro models could support simultaneously.

Apple Unveils LG UltraFine 5K Display, Developed for the New MacBook ProThe 27-inch LG UltraFine 5K Display, as the name suggests, comes with a screen resolution of 2880×5120 pixels, sports an IPS panel, and has been priced by the company at $1,300 (roughly Rs. 86,900).
Apart from the impressive screen resolution, the LG UltraFine 5K Display comes with one Thunderbolt 3 port and three regular USB Type-C ports. The Thunderbolt 3 cable, which comes with the display, is capable of not just displaying the content from MacBook Pro to the screen, but also charging the laptop simultaneously with 85W of charging power. The display comes with inbuilt stereo speakers, camera, and microphone to provide extra utility options to the user.
People who are interested in a more affordable option can instead opt for LG UltraFine 4K Display, which has been priced at $700 (Rs. 46,800) and was launched by the company on Thursday. Both displays have been made available for purchase on Apple’s own website.

As for support for multiple displays, Apple revealed the number of simultaneous external displays the new MacBook Pro models can support. Due to the presence of Thunderbolt 3 ports with DisplayPort interface, the 15-inch new MacBook Pro supports up to four 4K external displays at the same time. Further, the laptop is capable of supporting up to two 5K displays simultaneously. Due to the hardware limitations, the 13-inch version of the MacBook will not be able to support the same number of displays as the 15-inch version of the laptop – it can support up to two 4K displays simultaneously, and one 5K display.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with an Intel Iris GPU, compared with the Radeon Pro 400 Series Graphics present on the 15-inch version of the laptop.

Of course, one of the most crucial features when it comes to connection with multiple displays, is that in addition to the external displays, the MacBook Pro provides simultaneous support for the full native resolution of the inbuilt display.

Intel Launches ‘Kaby Lake’ 7th-Gen Core Processors, 2XX Chipsets for Desktops and Laptops

Intel Launches 'Kaby Lake' 7th-Gen Core Processors, 2XX Chipsets for Desktops and LaptopsIntel has formally unveiled its 7th-gen lineup of desktops and laptop processors, codenamed ‘Kaby Lake’, ahead of CES 2017. The announcement follows the launch of lower-power 7th-gen variants in the second half of last year, which are already shipping in Ultrabooks and 2-in-1s. Today’s launch is aimed at gamers, enthusiasts, and mainstream PC users.

The lineup comprises of three Core i7 models, eight Core i5 models, and five Core i3 models, along with five low-end chips using the legacy Pentium brand name. At the top end is the Core i7-7700K with a 4.2GHz base speed, followed by the Core i5-7600K with a speed of 3.8GHz – both have TDPs of 91W. For the first time, there’s an unlocked Core i3 CPU, the i3-7350K which has two cores, a base speed of 4.2GHz, no Turbo Boost, and a TDP of 60W. The rest of the lineup is split into 65W and 35W SKUs.
Kaby Lake is most notable for being an unplanned entry into Intel’s product roadmap. In mid-2015, the company announced that its 10nm manufacturing process would be delayed long enough to warrant the insertion of a whole new 14nm generation, thus breaking the two-year “tick-tock” cycle of alternating architectural refreshes and process shrinks. Kaby Lake is an “optimisation” step in the new “process-architecture-optimisation” strategy.

Intel says that by using a refined “14nm+” manufacturing process, performance gains can be squeezed out of each processor regardless of architectural changes. The main difference between Skylake and Kaby Lake processors is their integrated GPUs. Intel has introduced new acceleration blocks for HD and 4K video in the H.265, VP9 and HEVC formats, which greatly improve speed and reduce power consumption.

Desktop Kaby Lake processors are pin-compatible with Skylake, and should work in the same motherboards. Even so, new boards using the new 2XX platform controllers will hit the market alongside Kaby Lake. Intel has announced the Z270, which supports overclocking and multiple graphics cards; the H270 and H210 for mainstream and budget users respectively.

CES 2017: Samsung Unveils Chromebooks With Stylus Support, New Notebook 9 Series, and a Gaming Laptop

CES 2017: Samsung Unveils Chromebooks With Stylus Support, New Notebook 9 Series, and a Gaming LaptopAlong with other tech giants, Samsung is also at CES 2017 with a lot of great goodies in its bag. The company unveil two fresh Chromebooks built from the ground up to support Android apps. They are also the first Chromebooks to support a stylus and enable inking on screen. Apart from this, Samsung also unveiled two Notebook machines – one meant for the workaholics and the other for hardcore gamers. Let’s dig a little deep into the entire arsenal that Samsung announced in Las Vegas.

Samsung Chromebook Pro and Chromebook Plus
Google and Samsung have collaborated to announce two Chromebooks at CES this year – the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro. The all-metal units are the first to support a stylus and allow inking in screen. The Chromebook Plus is expected to be available in February for $449 (roughly Rs. 30,500) and the Chromebook Pro will arrive sometime later, and its price will be announced then.

The Chromebook Pro will presumably be priced higher than the Chromebook Plus as it sports an Intel Core M3 processor, while the Plus has an ARM-based chip inside. Apart from this, both the devices have the same innards, and sport a 360-degree hinge for switching it into tablet mode, tent mode, or stand mode. The devices feature a 12.3-inch (2400×1600 pixel) LED display. They have 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, sport USB Type-C ports, and support 4K video output.

The laptops weigh just 1.07kgs and are easy to manoeuvre in one hand when in tablet mode. The stylus is tucked on the edge of the laptops, and clicks out just like on Samsung’s Note smartphones. This is also the first Chromebook from Samsung to offer Google Play pre-installed.

New and improved Notebook 9 laptops
Samsung even refreshed its Notebook 9 range of laptops at CES. The 13.3-inch and 15-inch models are touted to be extremely lightweight at 799 grams and 984 grams respectively. It’s ideal for those who lug around their laptops everywhere. The laptops are powered by Intel’s seventh-generation Core i7 processors paired with up to 16GB DDR4 RAM. There’s also Nvidia’s GeForce 940MX graphics card embedded on the 15-inch model, and support for fingerprint scanning has also been introduced. The laptops have been launched in Crush White, Light Titan, and Violet Blue colour options. There’s a 180-degree hinge that allows you to flatten the screen on the table, and the keyboard is also backlit. As for ports, the new Notebook 9 comes with USB Type-C port for charging and connectivity, and there are also two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port on board. Samsung claims that the new Notebook 9 should last up to 15 hours on a single charge. There are no pricing and availability details announced for the new Notebook 9 series.

MSI Launches Powerful Intel Kaby Lake-Powered Laptops Starting at Rs. 1,29,000

MSI Launches Powerful Intel Kaby Lake-Powered Laptops Starting at Rs. 1,29,000MSI, the company behind the gaming PCs and laptops, has announced a refreshed lineup of its gaming laptops in India that are powered by Intel’s newly launched Kaby Lake processors. The new 7th-generation Intel Core i7-powered laptops also pack Nvidia’s latest GTX 10 series GPUs that bring 4K support and an improved virtual reality performance. MSI’s 7th-generation laptop lineup includes MSI GT83VR 7RE Titan SLI, GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro 4K, GS63VR 7RF Stealth Pro, GE62 7RE Apache Pro, and GP62 7RD Leopard.

Talking about the specifications, MSI GT83VR 7RE Titan SLI is the company’s first VR-optimised laptop with an IPS level screen. With VR optimisation, gamers will be able to experience games inside the VR headsets. This gaming laptop is powered by Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7820HK+CM238 CPU and Nvidia’s dual GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X GPU for graphics performance.

It runs Windows 10 on Super Raid 4-512GB NVMe SSD drive with 1TB 7200rpm hard drive. It is said to be the only laptop that features Cherry MX Speed Sliver RGB Switches and an ergonomic keyboard for best tactile feedback of 1.2mm mechanical actuation, light 45g key switches, and Gold contacts. The GT83VR 7RE Titan SLI comes with multi-color RGB backlighting and will be available at a price of Rs. 3,49,990.
Coming to the second laptop, the GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro 4K, as the name suggests, sports a 4K LCD built-in display with a resolution of up to 3840×2160 pixels and support for 100 percent Adobe RGB colour gamut. The laptop runs Windows 10 on Super Raid 4-512GB NVMe SSD and a 1TB 7200rpm hard disk drive. It is powered by Intel’s Core i7-7820HK that gives it power not only to run 4K games, but to edit 4K videos as well. The GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro 4K is priced at Rs. 3,34,990.

The third laptop of the company’s GS series is GS63VR 7RF Stealth Pro. It packs a 15.6-inch screen that has full-HD resolution, along with the anti-glare feature and 100 percent Adobe RGB colour gamut. The laptop is powered by a 7th gen Intel Core-i7 7700HQ+HM175 CPU, paired with a full desktop class Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU and 6GB of GDDR5 graphics RAM. For storage, it houses a 256GB NVMe M.2 SSD that can give a speed up to 2,200MBps. MSI’s GS63VR 7RF Stealth Proia will be available at Rs. 1,77,990.

The final members of the refreshed laptop lineup are GE62 7RE Apache Pro and GP62 7RD Leopard. Both the laptops share similar specifications like the Intel Kaby Lake Core-i7 7700HQ+HM175 processor. The GE62 7RE Apache Pro is powered by the Nvidia GeForce 1050Ti GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 RAM while the GP62 7RD Leopard utilises the GTX 1050 with 2GB of GDDR5 RAM. The GE62 7RE Apache Pro is priced at Rs. 1,29,990, and the price of GP62 7RD Leopard has not been revealed yet.

Razer Is Offering $25,000 for Information on Stolen Project Valerie Laptops

Razer Is Offering $25,000 for Information on Stolen Project Valerie LaptopsOne of the showstoppers at CES 2017 was undoubtedly Razer’s concept laptop Project Valerie. Razer felt that a single screen laptop just didn’t cut it anymore so it unveiled a laptop which features three 17.3-inch 4K IGZO displays. The laptop understandably turned a number of heads, so much so that two of the prototypes were stolen from Razer’s booth. The company is now offering a $25,000 reward for any information regarding the theft.

Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan initially reported the theft on his Facebook page on Monday adding that the company has “filed the necessary reports and are currently working with the show management as well as law enforcement to address this issue.”

Tan updated his post confirming the theft had taken place on January 8, the last day of CES 2017. He also confirmed that both the protoypes were Project Valerie laptops.

Razer’s reward comes with certain terms detailed by the company.

“Razer may pay only a portion of the maximum reward offered. The decision will be based primarily upon law enforcement’s evaluation of the value of the information provided. When there are multiple claimants, the reward will be shared in amounts determined by Razer. Razer associates are not eligible for the reward. This reward offer is good for one year from the date it is first offered, unless extended by Razer.”
Min-Liang Tan urged anyone with any information regarding the thefts to mail the company at legal@razerzone.com. The information provided will be “kept in the strictest of confidence,” he said.

It isn’t uncommon for Razer to witness such incidents regarding their products. In late 2011, Razer had reported that two of its Razer Blade prototypes were stolen from the company’s Bay area R&D lab.

Razer has often pushed the limits of its gaming laptops which become the envy of gamers everywhere. Stealing these prototypes, however, is a new low for any individual. In fact, the company is not ruling out industrial espionage, according to Min-Liang Tan post.

“We treat theft/larceny, and if relevant to this case, industrial espionage, very seriously – it is cheating, and cheating doesn’t sit well with us. Penalties for such crimes are grievous and anyone who would do this clearly isn’t very smart.”

Apart from the concept Project Valerie laptop, Razer also unveiled the Project Ariana projection system and Razer Chroma at CES 2017.

Asus R558UQ Laptop With Intel Kaby Lake Processors Launched Starting Rs. 48,990

Asus R558UQ Laptop With Intel Kaby Lake Processors Launched Starting Rs. 48,990Asus updated its notebook lineup on Tuesday with the launch of its R558UQ notebook in India. The R558UQ is an upgraded version of the R558 that was launched in June 2016. The new R558UQ boasts of performance upgrade and will be offered in two models, Core i7 and Core i5, which are priced at Rs. 59,990 and Rs. 48,990, respectively.

Much like the R558, the two new R558UQ models feature USB Type-C ports and Nvidia GeForce 940MX (N16S-GTR) dedicated graphics with 2GB of DDR3 video RAM. The notebook sports a VGA webcam, a 1TB 5400RPM HDD, and SD card reader support. The laptop also comes with one port each of USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and USB 3.1 Type-C.

“The demand for the mainstream notebooks has been steadily increasing over the years and hence this segment will be one of our key focus areas this year,” said Peter Chang, Regional Head, South Asia and Country Manager, System Business Group, Asus India.
The Asus R558UQ sports a 15.6-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) LED-backlit display at 200 nits. As earlier mentioned, the notebook will be offered in two models – one powered by a 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U processor and the other powered by 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U processor, while both feature Intel HD Graphics 620 integrated graphics. While the former will features 8GB of DDR4 RAM, the latter will have 4GB of DDR4 RAM.

The R558UQ notebook packs a 2-cell 38Whr Li-ion battery pack. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, Ethernet jack, HDMI, and a headphone jack. The notebook measures 256x150x25.5mm and weighs 2.3kg.

The Asus R558UQ also comes with a chiclet keyboard with Asus’ Smart Gesture and Splendid software. The Core i7 model is available in Glossy Dark Brown IMR while the Core i5 model is available in Matt Golden, Glossy Dark Brown, Red and Dark Blue colour options.