MSI GT75VR Titan Pro and GE63VR, GE73VR Raider Gaming Laptops Launched in India

MSI has launched a new lineup of gaming notebooks in India. It has announced the GT75VR Titan Pro, GE73VR Raider, and GE63VR Raider notebooks for Rs. 3,24,990, Rs. 1,85,990, and Rs. 1,49,990 in India. All the three laptops feature the latest seventh generation Intel Core i7 processors, Nvidia’s current generation GPUs, and are VR ready as well.

MSI GT75VR Titan Pro

Starting with the most expensive GT75VR Titan Pro, it sports a 17.3-inch full-HD display with 120Hz refresh rate. It is powered by the Core i7 7820HK CPU with over 4GHz overclock capability, 32GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, 1TB HDD, and Killer N1535 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chipset. The GT75VR Titan comes with 3 GPU options: GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1070 SLI, or GeForce GTX 1070.

The notebook sports a mechanical gaming keyboard with tactile feedback, more durability, and RGB backlighting under every key. The keyboard was designed in collaboration with Steel Series. It incorporates a sophisticated cooling system, and is loaded with gaming features like True Color Technology 2.0, NAHIMIC VR, an upgraded Dragon Center, and much more.

MSI GT75VR Titan Pro and GE63VR, GE73VR Raider Gaming Laptops Launched in IndiaMSI GE63VR Raider and GE73VR Raider

The MSI GE63VR Raider and GE73VR Raider are available in 15.6-inch and 17.4-inch full-HD displays respectively. The former comes with Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 GPU, while the latter offers a Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 GPU. It also features the customisable per-key RGB gaming keyboard made by SteelSeries. The USB port also comes with its own LED lighting.

GE63VR Raider and GE73VR Raider are powered by an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, has 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, and a 1TB HDD. The laptops have two year warranty, and also feature Killer N1435 combo Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chipset.

The two models sport the latest Cooler Boost 5 technology for heat management in intense gaming situations. MSI claims that the laptops also boast of the fastest 3ms 120Hz panel with 94 percent NTSC Color Gamut for smoother and sharper HDR ready visuals.

It boasts of giant speakers by Dynaudio, which is a full-sized chamber that is 5x bigger than any regular design; and the speakers are also 2 to 3x bigger than others at this level of laptops. It offers over 50 percent enhancements on audio quality, sound detail and volume. MSI claims it produces over 105dBA in a smaller chassis and slimmer body than previous GE platform.

Acer Nitro 5 Spin Affordable Gaming Laptop Launched With Eighth-Gen Intel Processors

Acer on Sunday launched its ‘Nitro 5 Spin’ entry-level gaming laptop and it seems like the company doesn’t want casual gamers to feel left out. The new Nitro 5 Spin has been launched with a starting price of $999 (roughly Rs. 64,000) and EUR 1,199 (roughly Rs. 76,800), which makes it fall in the affordable range among gaming laptops. The Acer Nitro 5 Spin will be made available for purchase in North America and Europe from October.

The Acer Nitro 5 Spin runs Windows 10 and sports a 15.6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) rotating display and as mentioned earlier, is powered by eighth-generation Intel Core processors. The new gaming laptop from Acer comes with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics and should be suitable for playing games like Dota 2, Overwatch, League of Legends, as per the company. The Nitro 5 Spin is available with PCIe SSD of up to 512GB storage.

“With a convertible design that features four modes, the Acer Nitro 5 Spin is a versatile gaming device that opens up exciting new usage scenarios for casual gamers on the go,” James Lin, General Manager of Commercial & Detachable Notebooks, IT Products Business at Acer, was quoted as saying in the company’s release. “Power users will also appreciate the great performance and battery life of the Nitro 5 Spin, while enjoying the superb visuals and immersive audio that it delivers,” he said.

Acer Nitro 5 Spin Affordable Gaming Laptop Launched With Eighth-Gen Intel ProcessorsThe Acer Nitro 5 Spin has been claimed to provide up to 10 hours of battery life by the company. The new convertible laptop from Acer comes with two-front facing speakers and a subwoofer as well. The Nitro 5 Spin includes a fingerprint reader to help quickly and securely verify an owner’s identity through Windows Hello, logging them on with a touch of the finger.

“Our new 8th Gen Intel Core processor family is the most powerful processor designed for what’s coming next,” Chris Walker, Vice President, Client Computing Group at Intel Corp, was quoted as saying. “Acer’s new Nitro 5 Spin notebook capitalizes on the up to 40 percent performance boost over just last year, making it possible to take casual gaming and rich entertainment on the go in a flexible, sleek device,” he added.

Google Launches Chrome Enterprise, Takes Aim at Large Businesses

To expand its market reach, Google has launched a new initiative with the aim to get large businesses to use Chrome OS, instead of Windows. Chrome Enterprise looks to promote Chrome OS and the devices that run on it. The new Chrome Enterprise subscription is priced at $50 (roughly Rs. ) per device per year.

Chrome Enterprise is aimed at large organisations and offers a host of features, including access to enterprise app store fronts, deep security controls, 24×7 support, as well as integration with cloud and on-premise management tools, VMware Workspace ONE, and Microsoft Active Directory integration. This is mainly aimed at enterprise users looking to adopt Chrome OS devices, and give them an option to manage employee Chromebooks more efficiently. This means that for the above subscription price, enterprise users get Chrome OS but with added abilities. The subscription also offers theft protection, single sign-on support, printer management, managed networks, proxies, and OS updates as well.

Google Launches Chrome Enterprise, Takes Aim at Large BusinessesAs mentioned, Chrome Enterprise is fully compatible with on-premise infrastructure through Microsoft Active Directory. This integration allows employees to use their native credentials to authenticate across devices and Google Cloud Services like Google Play while centralising management of user and device policies for IT admins.

Furthermore, VMware Workspace ONE management solution gives customers the ability to manage all their Chrome devices from a single management solution. Using this third party solution, enterprise users will be able to deploy device policies using customisable assignment of groups based on geography, device platform, department, role, and more – simplifying policy enforcement across the company.

Google also notes on its blog that Google Play (i.e., access to enterprise apps) is now compatible with more than 25 Chrome devices including the Acer 14, HP 13, Lenovo 13, or mobile devices such as the Samsung Chromebook Pro and Asus Flip. See the entire list of compatible devices here. Needless to say, the Chrome Enterprise subscription will only work these Chromebooks for now.

Nikon Coolpix W300 Rugged Compact Camera With 4K Video Recording Launched in India

Nikon India has launched the Coolpix W300 rugged compact camera which is weatherproof and can survive drops from up to 2.4 meters. The camera will go on sale from June onwards, which is when we should get the final price and exact availability details. In the US, it’s priced at $395 (roughly Rs. 25,500). The camera boasts of being waterproof from up to a depth of 30 meters and can withstand extreme cold temperatures up to -10 degrees Celsius. It will be available in four colour options.

The Nikon Coolpix W300 features a 16-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch sensor with 5x optical zoom. The aperture ranges from f/2.8 at the wide end to f/4.9 at the telephoto end. The camera uses a contrast detection autofocus system with an ISO sensitivity range of 125-1600 (expandable to 6400), about 7 frames per second burst shooting, and various shooting modes. Despite its compact and rugged nature, the W300 also supports up to 4K video recording at 30fps and full-HD recording at 60fps. There’s a 3-inch LCD screen around the back with a 921K-dot resolution. The camera also supports Nikon’s SnapBridge photo sharing feature via Bluetooth and you even get Wi-Fi and GPS built-in.

Nikon Coolpix W300 Rugged Compact Camera With 4K Video Recording Launched in India“With an ever-growing interest in adventure sports and activities, Coolpix W300 is the perfect camera for all photography expeditions & family holidays.” said Kazuo Ninomiya, Managing Director, Nikon India. “The camera is waterproof and has been designed with a rugged body to withstand extreme temperatures to enable all enthusiasts to continue exploring their passion without any hurdles,” he added.

Nikon also announced three new lenses for the Indian market. The first is the AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR lens, designed for shooting landscapes. This ultra-wide-angle lens features a stepping motor for smoother focus and built-in vibration reduction for DX format cameras. The AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED is the first Nikkor fisheye zoom lens with a minimum focus distance of 0.16 meters. The lens adopts two aspherical lens elements to effectively reduce sagittal coma flare thereby enhancing the reproduction of point light sources located at the peripheries, even with the lens’ aperture set to the maximum. Finally, we have the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED which is designed portraits and landscapes. The lens also has a fluorine coating to repel dust, water, and dirt.

Leica TL2 Mirrorless Camera Launched With 24-Megapixel Sensor, 4K Video Recording

Leica has added new member to its TL system of cameras, called the TL2. One of the highlight features here is that each camera is machined from a single block of aluminium. The camera is available in black and silver options. It has been priced at around $1,950 (roughly Rs. 1,32,600) for just the body.

The Leica TL2 boasts of a new 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor which is coupled with a new Maestro II series image processor. Together, the TL2 is said to deliver improved dynamic range, contrast, colours and sharper details. Another highlight here is the addition of 4K video support at 30fps, full-HD at 60fps and HD video at 60fps or 120fps. Leica is also touting the autofocus speed of the camera, which is said to be around 165 milliseconds. This is attributed to the new image processor, which also helps achieve a much shorter start-up time. The electronic shutter speed has been upped to 1/40,000 seconds and burst shooting ranges from 7fps to a maximum of 20fps.

Leica TL2 Mirrorless Camera Launched With 24-Megapixel Sensor, 4K Video RecordingOther specifications of the Leica TL2 include an ISO range of 100-50000; RAW (DNG) file support; multiple focus modes like face detection and tracking; external flash support (there’s no built-in flash); USB 3.0, and HDMI connections.

The camera also has built-in Wi-Fi for transferring images and video to a smartphone via the TL app, available for both Android and iOS. Leica says the menus system is also better structured, making it easier to use. For navigating the menus, you get a 3.7-inch, fixed touchscreen LCD display on the Leica TL2. The TL system has currently a total of six lenses but the L-Bayonet mount makes it compatible with SL camera lenses too.

Sony A9 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Launched in India at Rs. 3,29,990

Sony has launched the Sony A9, its flagship full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, in India. Unveiled globally back in April, the Sony A9 comes to India at a price of Rs. 3,29,990. The camera goes on sale from July 29 via all major Sony retail outlets across the country. The Sony A9 takes the best of Sony’s camera technologies (be it mirrorless or DSLR) and crams it into a body that’s smaller than most DSLRs in the market.

Some of the highlights of the Sony A9 include high-speed, blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20fps, 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second, and a maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32,000 second. At the heart of all this is the new 35mm full-frame stacked 24.2-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, which enables data processing speeds that are up to 20x faster than its previous full-frame models. This is paired with an upgraded Bionz X image processor.

Sony A9 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Launched in India at Rs. 3,29,990The Sony A9 features 693 phase detection AF points covering approximately 93 percent of the frame, which should ensure much faster tracking of moving subjects. It has a vibration-free, fully electronic, anti-distortion shutter with no mechanical mirror, thus avoiding shutter sound when capturing an image. The Sony A9 camera has a sensitivity of ISO 100-51200, 5-axis image stabilisation, a tilting 3-inch touchscreen display, EVF, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and video recording at 4K at 30fps, or full-HD at 120fps.

Along with the A9, Sony has also launched new accessories for the camera like the NP-FZ100 battery that offers about 2.2x the capacity of the NP-FW50 W-series battery; VG-C3EM vertical grip; GP-X1EM grip extension; FDA-EP18 eyepiece cup; and PCK-LG1 glass screen protector. Sony also announced two new wide-angle lenses and one telephoto lens. These include the FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS telephoto zoom lens (SEL100400GM) which is priced at Rs. 1,99,990 and will go on sale on July 24. The Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 (SEL1635GM) is a wide-angle lens which is dust and moisture resistant and features a customisable focus hold and hood release button. It is priced at Rs. 1,79,990. Lastly, the FE 12-24mm F4 wide-angle lens is priced at Rs. 1,39,990 and features DDSSM (Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave Motor) for quick and quiet AF performance.

Sony Reports Record Profits on Sales on Image Sensors

Japan’s Sony on Tuesday reported its highest-ever first-quarter operating profit, taking the electronics giant one step toward its highest annual profit in two decades on the back of robust sales of image sensors.

In a vote of confidence for Sony’s turnaround under Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai, the firm’s shares have risen by around 40 percent this year to nine-year highs.

The box-office success of its Spider-Man: Homecoming (Review) film has also fuelled hopes of a rise in earnings for Sony’s pictures business, which is working through a restructuring plan.

Profit increased 2.8 times to JPY 157.61 billion ($1.43 billion or roughly Rs. 9,164 crores) in April-June, exceeding the previous first-quarter record of JPY 121.3 billion set in 2007.

The result compared with a Thomson Reuters Starmine SmartEstimate of JPY 129.14 billion drawn from 10 analyst views.

The profit surge comes mainly as Sony’s image sensor business returned to stability having recovered from earthquake damage sustained a year ago, the company said.

Sony Reports Record Profits on Sales on Image SensorsSony’s semiconductor division, which includes image sensors, posted an operating profit of 55.4 billion yen, reversing the year-earlier loss of JPY 43.5 billion, as operations at a key plant fully resumed to meet brisk demand for image sensors for smartphones.

The consumer electronics business was also profitable as it focused on high-end television sets and smartphones without seeking to increase in scale.

Together, strong performance across Sony’s divisions is pushing profit to golden-era levels. Nevertheless, analysts said the firm is yet to find long-term drivers of growth.

With the future in mind, Sony is using its newly recovered financial strength to venture into acquisitions. On Monday, it said it had bought most of the distributor of the English-language versions of Dragon Ball Z and One Piece animations.

The firm maintained its profit forecast of JPY 500 billion for the year ending March.

While that is below the market’s average forecast of JPY 562.19 billion, it would still be the highest since the company made JPY 526 billion in the year ended March 1998, when it enjoyed strong sales of its first PlayStation games console and other electronics. It also benefited from box-office hit Men in Black.

GoPro Bets on Upcoming Hero6, Fusion Cameras in Bid for Profitability

GoPro forecast a smaller-than-expected loss, and said it was on track to launch the latest version of its flagship camera by the holiday season, as the company seeks to achieve its goal of returning to adjusted profitability in 2017.

The company’s shares were up 12 percent at $9.28 in after-market trading, and were set to wipe out their year-to-date decline if they open at that level on Friday.

Once a Wall Street favorite, GoPro’s body-mounted point-of-view cameras won a huge following among surfers, skydivers and other action junkies.

But the company came under pressure following a series of missteps including a delay in the launch of its Karma drone and production issues with its Hero5 camera.

GoPro also lost ground to feature-rich smartphones and rival products from companies such as Garmin and Sony.

The company is now betting on the Hero6 and the Fusion 360 action-cameras to help bring back its followers.

GoPro said during a post-earnings call on Thursday that it would realize revenue from the new products in the current quarter by shipping to customers ahead of the launch.

“Hero6 will probably perform in line with expectations, and at a higher gross margin than Hero5,” said Alicia Reese, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, adding that the management seemed to have a better handle on inventory levels this year.

GoPro forecast third-quarter adjusted loss of 1 cent to 11 cents per share and revenue of $290 million to $310 million (roughly Rs. 1,973 crores), compared with analysts’ estimate of a loss of 12 cents per share and revenue of $278.5 million.

“We expect margins to continue to improve throughout 2017, with the introduction of new products,” Chief Executive Nicholas Woodman said on the post-earnings call.

GoPro Bets on Upcoming Hero6, Fusion Cameras in Bid for ProfitabilityGoPro’s net loss narrowed to $30.5 million, or 22 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $91.8 million, or 66 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, GoPro reported a loss of 9 cents per share, smaller than analysts’ estimate of a loss of 25 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

The company’s operating expenses fell 35.5 percent to $130.6 million.

Revenue rose to $296.5 million from $220.8 million.

Analysts on average had expected revenue of $269.6 million.

Steam Cash on Delivery, Net Banking, and Digital Wallet Payment Options Not Working in India

Late last year it was revealed that Steam – the biggest digital storefront for PC games, would be getting local payment options including support for digital wallets and even cash on delivery.

Several reports on Reddit have indicated that these domestic payment options have stopped working, with users getting an error message stating it’s a temporary issue.

“We are temporarily unable to process transactions with this payment method at this moment. We apologise for the inconvenience,” reads the message on Steam when inputting local payment options such as credit card, debit card, net banking, cash on delivery, or wallets.

One Redditor claims that this could be due to “delays in payment”. Nonetheless, according to Novapay – the company responsible for bringing Indian payment options to Steam, this is not the case.

“We are in the midst of some routine maintenance because of which the domestic payment options are temporarily unavailable. Expect this to be back online in 24 to 48 hours,” a spokesperson for Novapay told Gadgets 360 over email. This was five days ago.

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However, the errors still persist. At the time of writing this story, Gadgets 360 verified that you cannot use net banking, cash on delivery, third-party digital wallets, or local credit and debit cards either. And for its part, Novapay has been unreachable, not replying to our requests for comment, and we’ll update this story the moment we hear from the company.

It seems that gamers would have to resort to using debit and credit cards enabled for international transactions to buy games from Steam or purchase store credit via third-party vendors or use Bitcoin.

Given how popular Steam is in India, you’d expect a speedy fix. Evidently this is far from it, which makes us wonder if the size of the games market and monetisation potential are all some sections of the industry claim it to be.

HTC Vive VR Headset Gets a Price Cut, India Price Slashed to Rs. 76,990

HTC has given its virtual reality headset – the Vive – a Rs. 16,000 price cut in India, which brings the total cost down to Rs. 76,990. This follows on the heels of Monday’s $200 (about Rs. 12,800) price cut in the US, where the Vive now costs $599 (about Rs. 38,400). Even with the price cut, the HTC Vive in India still costs more than double the US price.

With that, HTC is trying to keep up with its biggest competitor, Oculus Rift, which currently retails for $399 (about Rs. 25,600) as part of a summer sale, though its base price is $499 (about Rs. 32,000).

The price drop is also coming into affect in other regions: in the UK, the Vive now costs GBP 599 (about Rs. 49,500), it’s down to EUR 699 (about Rs. 52,700) in rest of Europe, AUD 999 (about Rs. 50,500) in Australia, and USD 859 (Rs. 55,000) in New Zealand.

HTC Vive VR Headset Gets a Price Cut, India Price Slashed to Rs. 76,990If you make a new HTV Vive purchase, you’ll also get a one-month free trial to HTC’s Viveport subscription service, which offers access to a over 200 VR games. You can pick a maximum of five titles in a month.

“We work tirelessly to continue to iterate and improve on Vive to deliver on the promise of VR,” Matthew Gepp, HTC Vive’s senior social media manager, said in the announcement. “Google, Apple, Intel, UPS, Volkswagen, SalesForce and dozens of other global brands have all lined up with Vive for their VR efforts, and there’s more to come in the back half of the year.”

The Vive is also getting triple-A video games later this year, Gepp pointed out, in the likes of Fallout 4 VR, and Doom VFR. Both titles will also be available on PlayStation VR.