Huawei successfully completes live tests of 800G optical transport trial

800G Huawei

Huawei and China Mobile (Zhejiang) have successfully completed the first live trial of an 800G ultra-high speed optical transport network, paving the way towards the future with advanced services including 5G, big data and cloud computing. According to Omdia, network traffic in 2020 will be roughly triple that of 2019 at 4.3 million PB.

The live test was successfully conducted between two data centers in China that were 80km apart from each other and involved the use of Huawei’s 800G tunable ultra-high speed optical module. Huawei has also successfully completed another trial with Turkcell in Istanbul, Turkey between two data centres.

Launched earlier this year in February, the 800G tunable ultra-high-speed optical module was intended to help network operators tackle the bandwidth challenges of 5G networks. The 800G tunable optical module is capable of supporting up to 48Tbit/s per-fiber capacity and with the ability to support 1 million concurrent users with a whopping 6 times the capacity of traditional 100G networks.

The Huawei 800G tunable ultra-high-speed optical network also offers channel-matched shaping (CMS) technology, enabling it to optimise network transmission performance with 20% longer transmission distances. In context, these technologies are angled towards mobile network operators as well as concerns with significant use of big data and cloud technologies.

China Mobile (Zhejiang) has expressed significant interest in large-capacity transport technologies that include 800G optical transport tech as well as commitment to closer cooperation with Huawei to speed up the application of innovative technologies to cater to the growing need for more high-speed data traffic.

Simon Lu, President of Huawei’s Transmission Network Domain, said,”We are delighted to have completed the first operator-based 800G trial with China Mobile (Zhejiang). This is a milestone in the global commercial use of Huawei’s 800G solution. Huawei will continue investing in R&D to provide high-quality, reliable and evolvable solutions while helping China Mobile (Zhejiang) achieve greater business success.” For more details visit www.huawei.com

[Source Huawei]

5 fantastic reasons why creators, YouTubers and artists need to get the Illegear Onyx Pro and Ionic creator laptops in 2020

Crafting a work of art requires skill, no small amount of creativity and especially for content creators in today’s digital age, a good ‘creator laptop’. But what exactly is a creator laptop, you ask? With the confusing array of marketing claptrap out there, it’s certainly a daunting task for laymen to figure out what exactly constitutes a creator laptop out of the plethora of options out there.

Illegear Ionic Onyx Pro

So what’s a creator laptop anyway?

It’s somewhat of a chicken and egg situation but by definition, a creator laptop is a notebook with a design and specifications that are intended for creatives. Not all creatives do the same thing nor have the same work style of course, which requires different specifications and indeed, different types of notebooks with some opting purely for tablets and styli…

In general, creators such as designers, mangaka or photo editors need beefy processors and large colour accurate displays while video editors such as aspiring YouTubers and movie makers will need rigs with powerful graphic cards in their notebooks. Depending on how often work is done on the go, a creator laptop may need to be light and portable too. It also helps if it looks slick like a sports car rather than something the size of a phone book while weighing like a pygmy pachyderm in the bargain.

While getting the priciest laptop with the highest end hardware possible is certainly one way to resolve the issue, it’s often a case of using a sledgehammer to swat a fly as you may get specifications way beyond what you may need along with a price tag that will cost you an arm and a leg. And maybe a kidney too.

Fortunately, Malaysian vendor Illegear has you sorted as they have two unique notebooks dubbed the Illegear Ionic and the Illegear Onyx Pro that have been crafted from the ground up specifically to cater to the needs of creators.

Illegear Ionic and Onyx Pro
The Illegear Ionic (left) and Onyx Pro (right) have been specifically designed for creators with beautiful, colour accurate displays, beefy processors and extensive battery life.

A proudly Malaysian brand formed in 2011, Illegear’s founding fathers consisted of hardcore gamers and hardware enthusiasts who sought to build the best systems possible but the market back then was not able to meet the needs of a user seeking a bespoke notebook or desktop. They figured out doing it themselves was the next best thing and thus Illegear was born.

From there on in, Illegear has grown from strength to strength, offering a growing line-up of desktops and notebooks with customisable specifications that can whet the appetite of any gamer which is where Illegear’s latest beauties, the Onyx Pro and the Ionic come into the picture. Here’s 5 stunning reasons why you ought to check both of Illegear’s latest notebooks out…

#1 Light and Portable Magnesium Alloy Chassis

Hauling around a ton of stuff on your back is no fun especially when you have to lug your laptop around all day for work to meet clients, do presentations and mayhaps get your next inspiration at your favourite coffee shop.

Illegear Ionic

Both the Illegear Onyx Pro and Illegear Ionic are large 15.6-inch laptops but are remarkably light and slight on account of having a body crafted from ultra-light magnesium alloy. The Illegear Onyx Pro weighs just 1.55kg while being 18mm thin while the Illegear Ionic is even lighter at 1.45kg at 15mm thin. What makes it impressive is that they’ve managed to do so while cramming in massive batteries and top-shelf hardware into what is essentially a compact 14-inch notebook form factor.

Illegear Onyx Pro

 

#2 Large and Vibrant Displays

One of the most critical features necessary for creators is the inclusion of a large and colour accurate display and in that regard, the Illegear Ionic and Illegear Onyx Pro don’t disappoint. Both notebooks are fantastic for creators as they both have 15.6-inch sized displays with the Onyx Pro boasting of an impressive Samsung AMOLED panel with breathtakingly thin INFINIVISION bezels that are less than 4mm thin along with an amazing 4K resolution or a 240Hz refresh rate, making it ideal for animators, video editors and gamers. 

Illegear Onyx Pro

 

The Illegear Ionic comes with their vaunted iRIS display which offers a 100% sRGB rating for colour accuracy, making it ideal for creative professionals who require faithful colour accuracy in their work like photographers and desktop artists.

The best part? Both the Illegear Ionic and Onyx Pro manage to cram these huge 15.6-inch displays into what is effectively a 14-inch notebook form factor, making them exceptionally portable too.

Illegear Ionic

#3 High-Powered Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA graphics


The cornerstone of a creator laptop is what hardware it runs under the hood and both of Illegear’s creator laptops are armed for bear with some seriously beefy hardware to tackle almost anything creators would need to work on and, of course, serious gaming too.

Intended for casual creators as well as light graphics work, the Illegear Ionic sports the latest 10th Generation Intel Core i7-1050U processor paired up with up to 16GB DDR4 RAM and a workhorse NVIDIA GeForce MX250 with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM graphics card. Storage needs are handled with a generously sized 512GB NVMe PCiE M.2 SSD. Just to sweeten the pot, it also has a dual digital mike for video calls paired with a webcam with Windows Hello support.

Illegear Ionic
Designed for serious high-performance graphics rendering, video editing and intensive gaming with the latest AAA titles, the Illegear Onyx Pro packs the latest 9th generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM, up to 32GB DDR4 RAM and a  512GB NVMe PCiE M.2 SSD.

To ensure this hefty array stays cool, the Illegear Onyx Pro integrates dual cooling fans and a quad-heatpipe, quad-venting array to shunt heat away from the CPU and GPU for sustained high performance. Like the Illegear Ionic, the Onyx Pro packs a dual digital mike, a webcam with Windows Hello support and takes things up a notch with a 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard.

 

Illegear Onyx Pro

#4 Long Lasting Battery Life for Extended Endurance In the Field


You can’t always get access to a plug point to charge your laptop which is why Illegear’s Ionic and Onyx Pro both come with generously sized built-in batteries so that you can get your work done when you’re on the go.

The Illegear Ionic is ideal for mobile workers too as it has a massive 92Wh battery that can offer excellent battery life while the Illegear Onyx Pro hosts a slightly more compact but equally hefty 63Wh battery that can get you through most of a work day.

In PCMark 8’s battery test under their Creative mode, which tests a heavy workload typical of a creator with web browsing, video calls, video editing, photo editing and mainstream gaming, the Illegear Ionic was capable of lasting an impressive 6 hours and 22 minutes while the Illegear Onyx Pro was capable lasting just a few minutes shy of 3 hours. This reduction in battery life in the Illegear Onyx Pro is on account of the fact that it packs far more powerful hardware, including a dedicated NVIDIA RTX2060 graphics card and a far crisper 4K display, both of which need more power to run. On more conventional workloads with web browsing, word processing and web browsing, you can expect almost double the battery life.

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Illegear Onyx Pro under PCMark 8’s Creative test for battery life yielded 2 hours 57 minutes of active usage time.
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The Illegear Ionic in PCMark 8 got a very respectable score under the strenuous battery test in Creative mode with 6 hours and 22 minutes of battery life.

 

#5 Exceptional Value for Money

Both the Illegear Ionic and Illegear Onyx Pro are pound for pound, one of the best value creator laptops in the market, boasting large displays, top of the line hardware and extensive battery life crammed into a sleek magnesium chassis. The Illegear Ionic is available from RM3,705 depending on configuration with the Illegear Onyx Pro retailing at prices starting from RM6,175.

The best part is that Illegear also offers generous ZERO interest payment scheme with a 24-payment easy installment plan if you’re looking to get in on the action fast.

What knocks it out of the ballpark though is Illegear’s commitment to quality. The Illegear Ionic has a 3 year warranty while the Illegear Onyx Pro has a two year warranty extendable to 3 years for a minor additional fee. Better yet, all their notebooks sport a lifetime technical support package. This lets you focus on your masterpieces while leaving the nitty gritty to the rest.

Illegear concept showroom
Where can I buy the Illegear Ionic and Illegear Onyx Pro?

The Illegear Ionic and Onyx Pro are available for purchase at Illegear’s growing range of retail boutiques and online at their official page at www.illegear.com To peruse the Illegear Ionic in more detail, you can check out their official page at https://www.illegear.com/laptops/ionic/ while the Illegear Onyx Pro can be viewed at their official page  at https://www.illegear.com/laptops/onyx-pro-selenite-pro/

You can also view Illegear’s extensive range of hardware and even talk to their in-house experts so that you can discuss, discover and find out how to get the customised Illegear notebook of your dreams at their flagship Illegear showroom outlet at Oval Damansara located at:

Illegear Flagship Showroom,
G3 & G3A, Ground Floor,
Oval Damansara,
Jalan Damansara, TTDI,
60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Contact:
General inquiries and sales: (+60) 18-6648599
Email: sales@illegear.com

Opening Hours
MON – SAT | 11AM – 7PM
1PM – 2PM LUNCH TIME

Seeking awesome big-screen viewing in a compact form factor? ViewSonic’s award-winning compact form factor M1, M1 Mini and X10-4K LED projectors have you sorted

There’s something visceral about enjoying movies on large display which does explain the proliferation of ever larger TVs taking up centre stage in living rooms across the planet. As enjoyable as they may be, the sheer size of modern TVs are also a disadvantage, taking up valuable real estate in smaller homes that may not necessarily have the space to begin with as well as lending itself to being less than portable, if not  fragile to move around.

 In scenarios like this where users need a highly compact viewing solution that can offer large-screen viewing in a compact form factor, an LED projector is an ideal solution that’s not only effective, reliable and affordable too which is where Viewsonic’s line-up of award-winning compact LED projectors come into the picture.

Viewsonic LED

Why pick Viewsonic LED Projectors?

For the uninitiated, an LED projector functions in a somewhat similar fashion as a traditional lamp based projector with the key advantage being that LEDs last longer, have lower heat output and thus less need for noisy cooling fans which, by extension, also means less noise.

This makes LED projectors smaller, more compact and more importantly, quieter too which is why the range of ViewSonic LED projectors have consistently remained as one of the top 3 best selling brands in Malaysia for the entirety of 2019 from Q1 to Q4 based on data from the Future Source Report for 2019. According to the report, ViewSonic LED projectors also managed to achieve an impressive 55% market share in Malaysia in 2019 which is quite an achievement indeed.

Viewsonic LED top 3
Leading the charge for ViewSonic’s award-winning LED projector line-up is their flagship X-series  X10-4K home projector that serves up stunning 4K UHD resolution video with excellent colour reproduction and rich audio from Harman Kardon in a form factor little larger than a shoebox. That means you can enjoy a cinematic experience anywhere in the house. Also available are Viewsonic’s M series portable LED projectors with the M1 and M1 mini Plus offering portable viewing in a super compact pocket-sized form factor. Here’s how they stack up:



ViewSonic M1+ LED Projector – Portable Performer


The stylish Viewsonic M1+ is a  compact LED projector capable of projecting up to an 80-inch, WVGA resolution view from up to 2.6 metres away from its vibrant 300 ANSI Lumens LED array which also sports their ViewSonic SuperColor tech for faithful colour reproduction onscreen.

Exceptionally compact and portable with dimensions that are literally palm-sized, the ViewSonic M1+ boasts of a slick design with an integrated Smart Stand which doubles as a lens cover, ensuring easy setup anytime, anywhere while the integrated battery offers up to 6 hours of usage on the go. In fact, the ViewSonic M1’s sleek design has earned it the prestigious iF Design Award for 2018.

Viewsonic LED M1 projector
Built-in Harman Kardon stereo speakers ensure a rich audiovisual experience on the go while comprehensive connectivity including an HDMI 1.4 and USB Type-C port on top of built-in WiFi and Bluetooth enable you to connect wirelessly with anything from your smartphone to your laptop.

Rated for over 30,000 lamp hours of operational life, the ViewSonic M1+ offers exceptional value and longevity over its service life for many years to come. In Malaysia, the ViewSonic M1+ retails for RM1,499 and is available at ViewSonic’s Lazada store online. For more details on the M1+ LED projector visit their official link at
https://www.viewsonic.com/my/products/projectors/M1+.php

Viewsonic LED M1 projector side

ViewSonic M1 Mini LED Projector – Pocket Sized Powerhouse 

One of ViewSonic’s most compact offerings ever made, the M1 Mini is an amazingly compact ultra-portable LED projector that also looks stylish too with a variety of changeable vanity projector panels so you can change its look based on the occasion.

Viewsonic M1 Mini -Viewsonic LED projector

 Designed for true portability, the M1 Mini is an LED projector with WVGA resolution and 120 LED Lumens brightness that lets you enjoy portable viewing in an amazingly light and slim form factor that can fit into your pocket. A built-in battery with 2.5 hours of usage along with an integrated Smart Stand Lets you set up and play in seconds.

It even runs off a powerbank too for extended usage outdoors away from a plug point, making it the perfect complement for large-screen movie watching and even gaming  along with a means to deliver memorable presentations on the go. In Malaysia, the ViewSonic M1 Mini LED projector is available for RM599 and is available ViewSonic’s Lazada store soon. For more details on the M1+ LED projector visit their official link at https://www.viewsonic.com/my/products/projectors/M1%20mini.php

Viewsonic M1 Mini angled award

ViewSonic X10-4K UHD Smart LED Projector – Premium Home Entertainment Maestro

Boasting of a luxuriously finished metal and leather chassis that has been conferred the iF Design Award for 2019, the ViewSonic X10-4K LED Projector is a premium offering capable of delivering superb home entertainment experiences in any part of your home. 

Viewsonic X10 4K

To ensure vivid details and superb contrast, the 2nd generation LED array is capable of offering up a vibrant 2,400 LED Lumens while integrated High Dynamic Range (HDR10) support combined with Cinema SuperColor+ tech ensures faithful colour reproduction with support reaching over 125% of the Rec.709 colour range to ensure movies, photos and games alike look fantastic onscreen.

Seeing is half the picture though and the ViewSonic X10-4K also hosts theatre-level Harman Kardon speakers to ensure vivid immersion as if you’re really in the middle of the action. It also packs WiFi connectivity, allowing you to stream rich content off your smartphone or laptop too with up a 100-inch image in glorious 4K resolution. It’s also whisper quiet as well on account of a unique tri-axis flow fan that rapidly dissipates heat while keeping noise levels ot a minimum. The ViewSonic X10-4K is available for RM5,999 at ViewSonic’s online Lazada store here.

Viewsonic LED projector dream

3 tempting gifts from Dyson for Valentine’s Day

Dyson Airwrap

Sure you can give the usual bunch of shrubbery wrapped in paper or a bunch of chocolates but if you are looking for something truly memorable and which will definitely give you extra brownie points, Dyson has you covered as they have three highly appropriate items from their extensive line-up of homecare and haircare kit for Valentine’s Day.

What makes it even more tempting is the fact that Dyson Malaysia is throwing in some special deals with each of these three promoted ideas. Read on and find out what special deals they have just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Dyson Airwrap Styler

Perhaps one of, if not the most desirable item in their haircare line-up the Dyson Airwrap styler is built around a V9 digital motor and enables users to create salon hairstyles with just a wave of the hand and the wand.

Dyson AirwrapThere’s no extreme heat involved and the Airwrap delivers jets of temperature-controlled air via the Coanda effect that enable you to create voluminous curls, waves and even smooth blow-dry finishes with incredible ease. The Airwrap Styler comes in two colourways dubbed Iron/Fuschia and Black/Purple for RM2,199 with every purchase of the Airwrap Styler getting a free Dyson Gift Card worth RM250.

 


Dyson Supersonic

If you’re looking to add extra brownie posts for the S.O, you can up the ante and also get the Dyson Supersonic in Iron/Red that also comes with a matching red presentation case. While it looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, make no mistake as the Dyson Supersonic works absolute magic with hair.

It has a V9 motor that kicks out 41 litres of airflow to dry any lot of hair in seconds even as a built-in chip ensures that all that air isn’t hot enough to cook your bonce or your crowning glory. That and you look cool doing it too. The Dyson Supersonic in Iron/Red can be acquired for RM1,799  though you can also acquire the Black/Purple coloured version and get a tan coloured presentation case for just RM200.

Dyson Supersonic in red
Dyson Pure Cool Me


In light of recent events, Dyson’s Pure Cool Me personal purifying fan is a very desirable proposition in deed as it delivers a stream of precise, focused air to cool someone down while keeping the immediate air clean and clear all year around. The Pure Cool Me is available in either White/Silver or Gunmetal/Copper for RM1,699 but if you buy two at the same time on Valentine’s Day, you can save RM899 which is quite a sum indeed.

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All three of the above items are available for on Dyson’s online store, Dyson Demo outlets and all major retailers nationwide.

10 Thrilling Reasons To Get the New Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G

The Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G is now on preorder in Malaysia and will soon be available nationwide on 7 February at a price tag of RM4,199. If you’re still on the fence on whether to get Huawei’s latest uber phone, which is incidentally also Malaysia’s first true 5G certified smartphone, here’s a score of reasons why the Mate30 Pro 5G ought to be your next latest smartphone to own.

Mate30 Pro 5G
You can also check out our prior hands-on and preview of the Mate30 Pro 5G. To purchase the Huawei P30 Pro 5G, swing by their official page here or at all Huawei Experience stores nationwide.

The Mate 30Pro 5G is the key to unlocking a global 5G experience

 If you want to be at the forefront and be one of the first to experience 5G globally, you’ll need the Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G to unlock that for you as it’s able to support all 5G bands globally.

To date, 47 countries in the world have commercialised 5G and support 5G networks with many of them provided by Huawei themselves including China, the UK, Germany, Italy and Dubai. With the Mate30 Pro 5G, you get to experience the blazing fast connectivity that is 5G in a growing number of countries across the globe with Malaysia slated to appear on the list in the near future.

Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G speeds

Huawei is an end-to-end 5G supplier from smartphones to the core network technologies


Huawei is one of the world’s most comprehensive providers of 5G technology from end-to-end from the 5G base stations, to the various services that power it all the way down to the Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G.

When you’re involved in creating, integrating and rolling out the technology, it goes without saying that this ensures superior reliability and connectivity. We got a taste of it when we field tested several of their 5G  towers under testing on Langkawi island recently and enjoyed impressive speeds indeed. In several tests, we managed to get 1.8Gbps download speeds!

Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G
A Huawei 5G antenna during field trials at Langkawi island


The Mate30 Pro 5G is the first SIRIM-certified 5G phone in Malaysia

Huawei is spearheading the charge for 5G in Malaysia as the Mate30 Pro 5G is the first 5G SIRIM certified smartphone able to use all 5G bands globally, allowing you to use it anywhere in the world where 5G is supported.

Powered by the powerful Kirin 990 5G SoC chipset

The Kirin 990 5G SoC chipset powering the Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G is currently the world’s first flagship-class processor with an integrated 5G baseband capable of supporting both SA and NSA 5G networks, ensuring global compatibility, stable 5G transmission and low power consumption while also minimising space for other technologies in a smartphone.

This array of solid technologies also means that you can enjoy faster 5G network speeds on the Mate30 Pro 5G. Built on a 7nm + EUV process,  Kirin 990 5G SoC also has enhanced power efficiency and a better NPU, allowing for enhanced image quality from the Mate30 Pro 5G’s rear quad camera.

Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G rear camera

Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G integrates 14 5G antennas


Compared to other competing 5G smartphones, Huawei’s Mate30 Pro 5G is rated to offer 50% faster connectivity times while consuming less power on top of having a more stable signal connection. This is because the phone integrates a whopping 21 antennas into its chassis, 14 of which are 5G antennas. This also eliminates the classic conundrum of losing a signal because you held it in a ‘death grip’ unlike some competing models because your hands have obscured the antenna signal.

Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G
With a total of 14 5G antennas, the Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G ensures swift and stable connectivity regardless how you hold it.


Amazing shots and videos in night or day with the Mate30 Pro 5G, DxOMark’s best rated phone


The Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G has one of the best cameras ever mounted in a smartphone, which is something that industry authority DxOMark has voucher for. The magic is on account of Huawei’s Super Sensing CineCamera quad camera array which uses Leica lens and consists of a 40-MP F/1.6 camera, an ultra-wide 40-MP camera, an 8-MP camera with 3x optical zoom and a depth sensor along with the potent AI in the Kirin 990 5G SoC processor to produce better videos and stills.

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Distinctively slick and sleek design


The Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G sports all the hallmarks of contemporary smartphone design with a bezel-less front display, a slick chassis that minimises buttons in favour of a beautifully sleek silhouette and a unique backplate made of a vibrant burnt orange vegan leather that is as unique as it is practical. The hard-wearing finish lends it significant scratch resistance along with a beautiful look that makes it equally at home at work or at play.

 

Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G speeds

Supports present and future 5G experiences so you’re future proof

The Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G is capable of adapting to different networks and different hardware requirements as it offers full 4G and 5G dual card dual standby support with the whole spectrum from 2G, 3G, 4G as well as NSA/SA 5G dual mode to allow it to swap to the best network for best connectivity at will.

No matter what 5G network upgrades will take place in the future or wherever you go with 5G connectivity, the Mate30 Pro 5G is able to tackle it with deft aplomb. With the Mate30 Pro 5G, you’re not only future proof but able to enjoy superior connectivity wherever you go.

A gamer’s delight with low-latency, high-resolution gaming experiences

The Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G is ideally suited for gaming as its Mali-G76 MC16 GPU is capable of performing large-volume image processing with lower-power consumption. What this translates to is sharper, higher quality graphics onscreen with longer play time.

Combined with the vibrant and large OLED display, the Mate30 Pro 5G is a true gamers’ delight. But it gets better as the Kirin 990 5G SoC and its support for 5G as well as enhanced support for better 4G speeds means that you’ll be in the prime position to enjoy high-quality, low-latency internet gaming on the go! When cloud gaming rolls around, you’re set for gaming glory!

Amazing 5G download speeds

As you’d likely surmise, the Mate30 Pro 5G is all about the need for speed – download speeds that is with the ability to offer 50% faster 5G download speeds with lower battery consumption on account of its potent Kirin 990 5G SoC with speeds that can as high as 1.8GBps!

Mate30 Pro 5G

Latitude Refined and Redefined – What Goes Into Designing Dell’s Latitude 9510, The First Of A New Generation of Ultra Premium Business Notebooks?

Refining and Defining the new Dell Latitude 9510 

Hitech Century speaks to Meghana Patwardhan, Vice President and General Manager, Dell Latitude and Education, Commercial Client Solutions, the driving force behind the creation of the Latitude 9510, the first of a new generation of ultra-premium business notebooks that aim to offer uncompromising premium design and performance for business professionals.

Latitude 9510 Meghana

The Latitude 9510 represents a move into the premium business notebook space as well as being the first example of its kind in the newly established Latitude 9000 series notebook category. Why do you feel that now is the right time to do so and what makes the Latitude 9510 unique among competitors in the market?

I’d like to add context to your statement. The new Dell Latitude 9510 represents a step beyond even the premium category as it incorporates technologies, materials and cutting edge design that are truly best-in-class including 5G connectivity and our extremely thin bezel InfinityEdge displays. As the first of a new category of ultra premium notebooks, the Latitude 9510 is intended as the choice of executives and front line personnel who need the most premium materials, cutting edge innovation and uncompromising performance.

In regards to how the Latitude 9510 stands out among competitors in the market, I’d like to share a use case story. Most other 15-inch notebooks in the market weigh at least 4.5 pounds (2kg) and that’s not counting the addition of a hefty power brick and cables which often adds up to 7 pounds (3kg) of weight to lug around. Add in the 30-hour battery life that the Latitude 9510 is capable of and you have a high-performing notebook that has longer endurance than competitors and at a lighter carry weight too.

Another unique differentiator is the inclusion of a built-in intelligent AI that works at the software and device level without the need for cloud integration or online connectivity that can intelligently optimise performance based on a user’s usage patterns. This AI-based optimisation app, dubbed as Dell Optimizer, is able to intelligently manage battery life, audio volume and performance as well as application while taking up minimal system resources.

Latitude 9510 Meghana
Meghana Patwardhan, Vice President and General Manager, Dell Latitude and Education, Commercial Client Solutions onstage at Dell Experience LIVE where she showcased the new Latitude 9510

Can you share more about what Dell Optimizer is and how it is key to the Latitude 9510 experience.

In a nutshell, the Dell Optimizer application manages and optimises settings at both the hardware and software level in a discreet and effective fashion to ensure work remains uninterrupted and that the Latitude 9510 is optimised for maximum performance. Key to this experience is the inclusion of a built-in AI performance booster that works in the background and adjusts the system settings to your needs.

The Dell Optimizer application has four sub-functions under its collective umbrella, all optimised by AI, that aim to positively impact on four key factors that affect notebook performance – ExpressSign-in, ExpressCharge, ExpressResponse and Intelligent Audio.

ExpressSign-in is a PC proximity enabled sensor that automatically wakes your system and logs you in via the IR camera and Windows Hello. It also automatically locks your notebook when you walk away, enhancing security and preserving battery life.

ExpressCharge intelligently enhances charging to enhance speed while retaining battery longevity by intelligently modifying charging speeds.depending on use case scenarios.

Dell’s ExpressResponse uses AI to detect frequently used apps and then enhance their loading times and speed accordingly by prioritising them in memory.

Intelligent Audio on the other hand helps to ensure clear and crisp audio, in particular while conducting video calls for clear and noise-free communication.

These four key areas of performance enhancement and management in the Latitude 9510 were not selected on a whim but were chosen based on extensive feedback from customers. What also makes the new Latitude special is its ease of customisability by the end-user and by IT professionals so that stakeholders can determine what features of Dell Optimizer are enabled or not.

Of particular importance is that Dell Optimizer is able to record resource data for IT professionals, allowing stakeholders to be able to make better purchase decisions for the next generation of hardware down the line. These more informed purchase decisions are able to positively impact not only the bottom line but employee satisfaction as well, which is a key factor in ensuring staff remain at their most productive and satisfied in order to retain key talent.

Latitude 9510

Is Dell Optimizer currently unique to the Latitude 9510? Will it see service in other Dell notebooks?

As of now, the Latitude 9510 is the first to have Dell Optimizer installed but in future, you will see it, or specific aspects of it implemented in other commercial products down the line later on. As an application, the Dell Optimizer was built from scratch but takes lessons learned from use cases and experiences derived from many of Dell’s customers.

What aspects of design made the inclusion of 5G connectivity possible in the Latitude 9510?

There are several concerns in regards to integrating any kind of mobile connectivity in the chassis of a notebook, whether it’s 4G or in the case of the Latitude 9510 – 5G connectivity. One key concern is that 5G requires even more antennae than 4G which increases the weight. You also have to factor in the types of material used as 5G signals don’t travel well through a chassis made of aluminium. Plastic was considered but that would compromise the mission profile of the Latitude 9510 as an ultra-premium, no-compromise design.

Our design challenge, factoring in these concerns, was how to keep the Latitude 9510 small, slim and light while providing the best 5G experience and maintaining the premium aluminium chassis. Our design teams implemented a unique solution by integrating the speaker grilles as part of the antenna so that 5G connectivity and the Latitude 9510’s design profile are maintained. A lot of innovation has gone into the design of the 9000 series without compromising any of its numerous features so that we have the smallest and lightest possible notebook in its class.

Latitude 9510 Meghana assembly
A breakdown of the inner structure of a Latitude notebook

What lessons were learned from the design and creation of the premium XPS 13 series notebooks in the design of the Latitude 9510 and how does their individual use cases differ?

The XPS and Latitude series are each designed for very different needs with the former intended for a premium consumer and the latter for a premium business user. The XPS series is focused on high-end consumers who prize thin, light and premium notebooks with excellent performance but who do not require nor need integrated mission-critical additions such as having the right number and type of ports, smart card readers, the right enterprise grade security, smart card readers and the like.

The Latitude series, in particular the new Latitude 9000-series ultra-premium notebooks are intended to not only be thin and light but to be ideal for a corporate environment with everything that an executive needs to get the job done. To that end, the Latitude 9510 has integrated all of the conceivable ports and connectivity needed in a business environment, is significantly more durable on account of its aluminium chassis in keeping with standard corporate device upgrade cycles and has enterprise grade security options built in as options. Another particular feature is that the Latitude series notebooks all have guaranteed parts availability and managed transitions so that companies won’t get caught out in the cold with a lack of spare parts or service support.

We learned a lot from the XPS portfolio and one of the most important features is the inclusion and need for InfinityEdge displays which enhance productivity by offering more screen real estate while retaining a smaller form factor as well as the premium machined aluminium chassis. These features were melded with the commercial features that are key to the Latitude series to create an aesthetically pleasing, reliable and high-performing notebook.

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What are you especially proud of with the new Latitude 9510?

I am especially proud of the fact that we achieved the right balance from an engineering and design perspective to create a light yet high-performing ultra-premium notebook. Another thing that I am proud of is the inclusion of Dell Optimizer which paves the way for an improved customer experience.

For a more in-depth look at the Latitude 9510, check out our CES 2020 feature here.

A Labour of Love – Crafting the latest Dell XPS 13

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Hitech Century speaks to Justin Lyles, Vice President, Consumer Design of the Dell Experience Design Group on the vision, passion and dream behind the craftsmanship, concept and design of the XPS 13 series notebooks

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Crafting the Dell XPS 13


Crafting a notebook isn’t a matter of cramming in a processor, RAM, storage, a battery and bunging in a display while giving it a nifty name. For those passionate about their craft, like the team behind the creation of the latest Dell XPS 13 9300 that was showcased at the Dell Experience Live showcase at CES 2020, creating a notebook isn’t just filling in the manifest on a bill of materials. It’s more. Far more. It’s a labour of love that is years in the making. 

It’s with great anticipation every year that discerning mobile workers wait for the next generation XPS 13 series model and it has been an ongoing affair since 2015 when the modern incarnation of the Dell XPS 13 that we all know and love landed in the market.

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The new XPS 13 9300 continues the illustrious pedigree of its predecessors with a premium finish and carbon fiber as well as a four-sided Infinity Edge display

The XPS 13 is widely recognised and renowned as one of the most desirable and powerful ultraportables available on the planet. For mobile workers with a discerning eye, it’s salient benefits are immediately apparent as it the XPS 13, in all its incarnations blends a highly refined, carefully considered blend of portability, power and performance in an exquisitely crafted chassis that has, in recent versions, integrated light but durable carbon fiber.

We got the opportunity to speak to the man behind the vision and design of the XPS 13 that all know and love today, Justin Lyles, Vice President, Consumer Design of the Dell Experience Design Group about the XPS 13 family of ultraportables and about the new Dell XPS 13 9300 that was just launched at CES 2020.

Who came up with the original design concept for the Dell XPS 13 series notebooks as we know it?


I have been with Dell for 13 years now and counting. I spent the first 8 years designing XPS series products and have been involved with every level of the design process ever since with in-depth involvement on the design and evolution of the series for many years now. 

When I was first brought onboard with Dell, I was involved with the creation of the core concepts and DNA of what we know as the Dell XPS 13 today. We launched the XPS 13 in 2015 and it has been a long journey and a labour of love not just for me but for the entire team behind its inception. The idea and concept behind the XPS 13 was originally conceived 3 years earlier in 2012 and we strove to perfect our vision, without compromises, which is why it took so long.

We have many ideas and concepts that aim to meet the needs of consumers but often, we don’t have the tech available at a certain point in time to make those ideas come to life in a practical or cost effective fashion. On occasion, there are new technologies but it’s not about putting the latest thing into a notebook. What is paramount is what is best for the customer.

The biggest challenge, especially for me, is understanding and predicting what the customer would want in 2 to 3 years. We have to think of the future and what we want the customer in the future to want in their devices. We have to understand and derive these concepts by understanding user behaviour and current technologies as well as what is happening in adjacent technologies that impact and influence consumers behaviour like the automotive and architecture industry. Another interesting point to note is the impact of devices that consumers have already integrated into their lives. The best example are smartphones. All of us have them. They’re always in our pocket. They’re instantly responsive and always with us.

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The keyboard of the new XPS 13 9300 unveiled at CES 2020 has larger keycaps than its predecessor while maintaining the same exquisite build quality and size.

These increasingly ubiquitous technologies change customer expectations of how technology should work and function. Consumers now need something that is always connected, intuitive and responsive. They will not tolerate a piece of tech that doesn’t have these features. We need to keep pace with these expectations and drives PC development and design. PCs have to more responsive than ever before. These ideas drove the creation of our first Infinity Edge display in 2015 which I pioneered.

 

How has the XPS 13 series notebooks evolved over the years in terms of design, performance and meeting user needs?


Let me talk about what is the most important concept for the XPS brand and what drives all our design decisions – balance! That is a very important word for us. Balance for us means that both the design and features behind the brand are not affected in any negative way.

When you create a product, you have to make choices and decisions. Let me give you an example. We know customers value long battery life in a notebook. You can integrate a large battery in a notebook but this makes it thicker and heavier and then you end up with a design concept that is out of balance. We don’t want that.

For the XPS brand, we are always focusing on the best, most harmonious balance of features for our customers. This means an optimum blend of performance, design and features. In the prior example, that means offering the longest possible battery life in the right size product. We have been on that journey for many years with XPS and we continue to strive for the absolute best balance in performance, features and size for the customer.

One of the best examples of this emphasis on balance is our Infinity Edge display as it acts as the key experience point for the XPS 13 and how you interface with it. The inception of the Infinity Edge screen was the end result of understanding and meeting two key needs that consumers want – a large display and a small form factor, both of which are met with the  almost bezel-less four-sided Infinity Edge display that is seen in the XPS 13 that we just unveiled at CES 2020. 

Ultimately, we constantly strive to meet the needs of consumers to create the best product possible. The XPS 13 blends a small form factor, the best performance, the longest battery life and the best design of its size – these ideals are what our customers value and one of the key aspects that have made the XPS 13 a best seller. Getting everything the customer values in the right balance is the art and science of the XPS brand.

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Where do you see the XPS 13 series going in the future? Are there any plans for 5G support on the cards and customisability like socketable RAM?

In order to make memory and RAM customisable, we’d have to integrate sockets which would compromise and grow the slim size of the XPS 13 dramatically and it’s not a tradeoff that is viable for the XPS 13 brand. 

We would love to integrated cellular connectivity in the XPS 13 series and I always believe in always-on connectivity but we need to do it in a beautiful way. Antennas don’t like metal and don’t send signals out all too well with an all-metal chassis. We can put 5G connectivity but that means putting huge holes in the chassis. When we can find a way to do that in a practical fashion with premium materials like glass or ceramic, I would absolutely do it. At present, we are satisfied with the form factor and design of the XPS 13 at the moment but we are always exploring new technologies, designs and materials to take it to the next level.


Prices for the XPS 13 series have been steading increasing in the last few years. What plans are there to address more challenging price sensitive markets like Malaysia?


Customer expectations are getting higher with each generation so we have to do more investments in research and materials design in the product, which is to meet the customers’ expected needs of the product and brand. We would love to have a lower priced product but it would be hard to do without compromising the ideals of the XPS 13 philosophy. If we can find a lower prices XPS we would love to do so but it is a challenge for us.


What are you most proud of with the new XPS 13 9300 that was released at CES 2020?


I would have to say that I am truly proud of the four-sided Infinity Edge display which has been 6 or 7 years in the making. We had the first concept of the dsiplay in 2012-2013 with the ultimate goal of it being four sided. We have arrived at that point in time with the latest generation XPS 13 9300 where the technology caught up with our vision. Someday, we will have a truly borderless display but we are not there just yet.

One thing I would like to share is the passion and dedication that me and the team have put in the XPS 13 as we truly believe in the potential, performance and power that it offers. I hope customers will love these products as much as we did making them. 

For more indepth coverage on the XPS 13, read our feature here. According to the latest updates from Dell Malaysia, the XPS 13 9300 will arrive in Malaysia starting in February 2020 with prices starting from RM5,699.

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Samsung SelfieType tech at CES 2020 is a glimpse of the future

Smartphones are part and parcel of modern life but we’ve all been reliant on virtual keyboards and a variety of makeshift predictive algorithms to offer typing experiences and speeds akin to a real keyboard with mixed results.

One of Samsung’s C-Lab teams at CES 2020 in Las Vegas has a vision of the future that looks so promising that it may even make physical keyboards go the way of the dodo. Enter Samsung’s SelfieType concept tech from their C-Lab in-house incubation programs.

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For the uninitiated, Samsung’s C-Lab program are research teams in Samsung that tinker about with next generation innovations. This particular team which came up with the SelfieType concept uses the front-facing selfie camera as a means for users to comfortably type large reams of text without having to tote around a separate keyboard or relying on a small touchscreen.

SelfieType screen
Generally, their concept is device agnostic without the need for additional tech save for a front-facing selfie camera with their concept video showing a Galaxy Fold folded halfway and a variety of other Samsung phone modes like the Galaxy S10+ to demonstrate the tech.

After propping a phone up, you then put your hands in a typing position for the SelfieType AI to register the presence of finger and then all you need to do is to type away as if you’re touching a real QWERTY keyboard. Think of an air guitar, except that you’re punching text instead of chords and you’re getting the right idea.

At present, this SelfieType tech is purely at the concept stage and they’re working on improving the text accuracy and offering it in additional languages beyond English so it won’t be seeing service anytime soon. Even so, the concept is so innovative that it we’re hoping it gets deployed as soon as feasibly possible. Check out the video on how SelfieType works.

[Source Samsung]

Axiata Digital Capital and Great Eastern collaboration to offer insurtech solutions online in Malaysia

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Axiata Digital Capital and Great Eastern have sealed a strategic alliance to offer customisable insurance and takaful products for consumers, entrepreneurs and SMEs that is fully digital via the Aspirasi platform under Axiata Digital.

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The alliance between Axiata Digital Capital and Great Eastern is the first insurtech alliance between a digital financial services platform and an insurance and takaful provider in order to offer a seamless and convenient means of accessing insurance and takaful products online. The various insurance and takaful products being offered are being underwritten by Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad, Great Eastern General Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad and Great Eastern Takaful Berhad in Malaysia. These offerings are also available in Indonesia as well.

The offerings of this new strategic partnership include a cornucopia of insurance and takaful products that include life and health insurance, personal accident insurance and more with premiums starting from RM1.50 and IDR5,000 and up.

We are excited to work with Great Eastern, a leading insurer that continuously sets new standards in the industry. At Aspirasi, we are focused on technology and data that not only enables business innovation at an unprecedented level and scale but gives us invaluable insight into the different needs of our broad range of consumers. Through this collaboration, we then match the bite-size products with specific needs of the customer for an unparalleled digital experience,” said Sheyantha Abeykoon, Executive Director of Aspirasi and Chief Financial Officer of Axiata Digital. For more details and to check out their offerings swing by https://www.axiatadigital.com and www.aspirasi.co

Kaspersky completes rebranding exercise with APAC offices for new year with a new mission – building a safer world

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Renowned cybersecurity provider Kaspersky has completed their rebranding exercise with a new redesign of their regional headquarters in Singapore as well as their other offices in the Asia Pacific region. The newly painted walls and refreshed logo at their headquarters in Harbourfront Tower One along with their other facilities in India, South Korea, Japan, China, Australia and Malaysia proudly denote Kaspersky’s new branding and mission – building a safer world.

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The rebranding exercise for Kaspersky’s Singapore headquarters is the culmination of their announcement last June where the company announced a change from their old name of Kaspersky Lab to Kaspersky and an announcement of their new mission – from saving the world to building a safer world. 

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The Kaspersky team at the Singapore regional headquarters

Kaspersky has also seen key milestones that have brought the brand to greater prominence in the APAC region including the Security Analysis Summit 2019 and the signing of their cooperation with INTERPOL, both of which took place in Singapore. Another major milestone that took place was the establishment of their third Transparency Centre, the first in APAC in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

“Before 2019 ends, our offices all over the region are also updated with our new Kaspersky green and our new logo. The changes, however, go beyond the fresh look. It is also about how we shift our business mindset, our corporate practices, ourmarket priorities and our vision and mission as a company. We are grateful for our partners and stakeholders who are supporting our journey and we look forward to an exciting year ahead,” says Stefan Neumeier, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky.

Stefan Neumeier, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky

He adds,”In the consumer space things are moving more into mobile. I see much more mobile and IoT devices that will be connected to the internet. We are ready with our promise to our customers to secure and protect them when they are connected to the Internet with Kaspersky security solutions.

The rebranding and new mission both emphasise Kaspersky’s staunch commitment to a trusted and transparent future where everyone has the endless opportunities technology brings because the company protects it.

We are grateful for the global initiative to give our office a new look ahead of 2020. Because of the fresh vibe in our local office, all employees in whichever role we are in, we can feel that the company is moving as one entity towards a better direction. We are excited and ready for the changes on how we work, how we think, how we innovate and how we improve ourselves to protect more and more users globally,” says Mr. Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager, SEA Kaspersky Lab. 

To find out more about Kaspersky’s Cybersecurity solutions and their other protects which cover the gamut from solutions to protect mobile devices to enterprise level solutions, swing by www.kaspersky.com