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Lenovo have been borderline vocal about their desire to make their Miix 2-in-1 tablet series like the Microsoft Surface, from the 3:2 aspect ratio display to the integrated full-width kickstand to the snap-on keyboard cover. 

That's not necessarily a bad thing as the products are pretty decent overall. Lenovo do have a new one though and that is the Miix 720 which is to be unveiled at CES 2017 

This is practically an update to the Miix 700 which was introduced a year ago at CES 2016.

A lot of what was on the last Miix is here, from the 12-inch 3:2 form factor to the kickstand that's mounted via a small pair of Lenovo's iconic watchband hinges that fold back to 150 degrees. On the inside you'll see it's powered by the 7th-generation Intel Core i7 "Kaby Lake" processors along with Intel HD 620 graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and an SSD drive of up to 1TB. 

Naturally, the Miix 720 will run Windows 10, but unlike Lenovo's 2017 ThinkPad laptops, this won't be a bloatware-free Microsoft Signature Image — there's plenty of extra stuff pre-installed on this tablet.

So as a tablet, a lot of attention was given to the display and it's not half bad as it has a 2:3 aspect ratio 12-inch LCD panel with a dense 2880x1920 resolution and 400-nit brightness. 

As for the camera, you have a 1MP front-facing camera that offers IR support for Windows Hello facial recognition authentication (there's a 5MP shooter on the back). On the bottom of the Miix 720 is a magnetic mount for the keyboard cover, which features keys with 1.5mm of travel and backlighting — and it's included with the tablet.All of this is built into a 14.5mm-thick 2.4lb metal body. Lenovo includes a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port (also the tablet's charge port), a microSD card slot, and a pair of full-size USB ports — one of which is always-on so you can charge your phone off the Miix 720's battery even when the tablet's off. Speaking of the battery, Lenovo estimates up to 8 hours of battery life for the Miix 720.

In addition to the included keyboard cover, there's an updated Lenovo Active Pen 2 in the box. This AAAA-powered touchscreen pen offers 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity (double the first version) and has a built-in programmable shortcut button.

So in case you're in the market for a new tablet, the Miix720 might just be the way to go. 





Samsung more than most companies would have high hopes for 2017 especially as 2016 was a bit rubbish for them. 

They plan to do so by launching 2 phones from their Galaxy A range. And while the A range may not be flagship models, they are good mid-range phones that consumers will love.

The Galaxy A5 2017 is the larger of the two, with a 5.2-inch screen, while the A3 2017 is smaller at 4.7 inches. Both are IP68 water and dust resistant, for the first time, and are said to have improved battery life, with the A5 shipping with Samsung's Fast Charging technology built in. This technology was added to the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge and is designed to give your battery a boost. During tests, a phone will charge to around 50 per cent in less than 30 minutes.

While the A3 has a 2,350mAh battery, the A5's boasts of a 3,000mAh battery. The Galaxy A5 runs on a 1.9GHz octa core processor; the A3 runs on 1.6GHz.

Elsewhere the phones have reversible USB Type-C ports, as seen on the OnePlus 3 and 3T, come with Always on Displays (designed to save battery life by showing notifications without waking up the entire device), and microSD support up to 256GB.

“At Samsung, we are always trying to ensure our customers have the most advanced products on the market,” said DJ Koh, president of mobile communications business, Samsung Electronics. “We integrated our unique approach to design as well as the features Galaxy customers have come to love to provide added performance without compromising on style.”


In terms of the camera quality, the Galaxy A3 has a 13MP camera, with an 8MP on the front while both the front and rear cameras on the A5 are 16MP.


It's unknown when exactly both phones will hit shelves, but the A series might just be what Samsung need to jumpstart their year.





The explosion of the Galaxy Note 7 was one of the biggest news stories of 2016 as Samsung took a major hit in the market after the snafu.
The Korean company have now said that they are ready to release the findings of their investigation into what caused some of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire.
According to the JoongAng Ilbo, the Samsung CEO made this announcement on Monday.
Samsung had earlier said that it was examining all aspects of the phone, suggesting there may be a combination of factors that contributed to the monumental failure that was the Galaxy Note 7.
The loss was huge as Samsung lost over a $1bn over the course of three quarters and it has been suggested that finding the root cause is imperative not only so as to prevent it from happening again, but also to bring closure in general.
Samsung still has a lot to do if it wants to completely clean up the mess caused by the Note 7 as it is believed that there are still a huge number of illegal Note 7s still in use all over the world.
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