Every year, around the end of August, the IFA trade show comes along and bestows us with some of the top launches across consumer electronics. This year’s Berlin extravaganza saw most laptop manufacturers entering the arena with some really interesting offerings. From keyboard-less laptops to bezel-less ones, the event surely gave us lots of cool machinery to gander at. With the IFA now drawing to a close, here’s a lowdown on the finest laptops that were unveiled.
Lenovo Yoga C930
Lenovo’s Yoga C930 is an innovative laptop for many reasons. It has let go of the company’s traditional watchband hinge design, and adopted a mechanism that gives you a rotating soundbar speaker. Yoga fans need not worry, as the facility to access tent, laptop or tablet modes is still there. The Lenovo Pen stylus now has a Galaxy Note-like housing on the side for easy access. The display on this machine is an HDR 10-compliant 4K panel. You can purchase this 2-in-1 in a variety of configurations, but the top model will provide you with an 8th-gen Core i7 CPU, a 2TB SSD and 16GB of RAM.
The WOS in this notebook’s moniker stands for ‘Windows On Snapdragon.’ That’s because it’s powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform. Lenovo has also endowed this machine with an integrated Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, allowing 1.2 Gigabits per second speeds on LTE Advanced Pro. This Windows 10 laptop comes fitted with a 13.3-inch full HD touchscreen monitor, and boasts of a thin and lightweight design. Also important is its fan-less cooling mechanism, which makes for quiet operations.
Lenovo Yoga Book C930
The Lenovo Yoga Book series pioneered the dual-display laptop two years ago. With this latest model, that vision has received a big extension, as this laptop ships with a full-size E-ink digital display, placed right where the keyboard should be. When you’re not typing on the laser-etched keys displayed on this panel, you can use it as an e-reader or for taking notes using a stylus. And being a Yoga Book, it’s a true-blue convertible as well. This laptop comes with a 10.8-inch 2560 x 1600 pixel main display, 7th-gen Core i7 processors, SSD storage and optional LTE support.
Acer Swift 5
Acer’s latest Swift 5 is being dubbed as the ‘world’s lightest 15-inch laptop.’ And at 990 grams, it may very well be. Acer has achieved this weight due to the use of magnesium, lithium and aluminium materials. It houses inside it a 1TB SSD, an Nvidia GTX 1050 Max-Q GPU, and can be configured with up to 16GB of RAM and 8th-gen Core i7 or i5 CPUs. This lightweight notebook even features a full-size HDMI port, a couple of regular USB ports, one Type-C port and an SD card reader.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
Hot on the heels of Intel’s Amber Lake unveiling, Dell introduced us to its new-gen XPS 13 2-in-1. Needless to say, the aforementioned CPUs (Core i5-8200Y and Core i7-8500Y) inside this product should deliver enhanced performance and battery life. This enables it to deliver up to 15 hours of battery life. Dell has also equipped the XPS 13 with a Dynamic Power Mode, which looks to extract maximum performance from the processor. This 2-in-1 has been equipped with a sharp 13-inch QHD+ InfinityEdge touch display as well.
Acer Predator Triton 900
Acer had something really drool-worthy for gamers in the form of its Predator Triton 900. This machine boasts of a unique convertible display which rests on a hinge, allowing you to adjust its angle as well as its distance from your eyes. That said, you can also flip the display around to turn it into a tablet. Its main specs have been kept a secret for now, but we do know that this laptop will come with a 4K panel, a mechanical keyboard and a trackpad with a hidden numpad under it.
ASUS ZenBook Flip 13
The ZenBook Flip 13 from ASUS is highlighted by the extremely thin bezels surrounding its 13-inch 4K display, which give it a remarkable 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. It’s of course a convertible, and apart from a standard keyboard, it comes with a touchpad which can glow up to render a numpad. The latest 8th-gen Whiskey Lake processors go inside this laptop, apart from 1TB of SSD storage and up to 16GB RAM. The ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 is truly a no-nonsense beast that aims to deliver top-class performance along with a little bit of style.
Although a number of other laptops were showcased at the IFA, it’s these that really grabbed the most eyeballs. Tell us what you think about them in the comments.