Best 13-inch laptops in India for December 2017

Thirteen inches. Arguably, it’s the perfect size for a laptop screen. Not too big nor too small, the best 13-inch laptop will sidestep the flimsiness and squint-inducing terror of a smaller notebook, absent the need to intimidate with a gargantuan form factor.

They’re not all Windows laptops either; Apple fans will rejoice at the fact that the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air continue to stun in 13-inch flavors. Whatever the case, you ought to find a notebook that – at the very least – incites interest. Whether it’s a 2-in-1 or a traditional clamshell you’re after, we’ve encapsulated the spice of life in our list of the very best 13-inch laptops.

For a broader view, take a gander at the best laptops in the world today, and if it’s thin and light you’re after, you can also find the best Ultrabook from TechRadar. But, whatever you do, be sure to read on to find our favorite 13-inch picks of the past few months in no particular order.

Best 13-inch laptops:

  1. Dell XPS 13
  2. HP Spectre x360
  3. Acer Aspire S 13
  4. Lenovo Yoga 910
  5. 13-inch MacBook Air
  6. 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Best 13 inch laptop

1. Dell XPS 13

If it ain’t broke, make it handsome

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i3 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD

₹114990
Faster than ever
Same long-lasting battery
Still poor webcam position
No Windows Hello

Now graced with 7th-generation Intel Core i processors, Dell has struck (rose) gold with the XPS 13. The lush design, lengthy battery life and even the SD card slot are still intact, only now it’s souped up with improved internal specs and sleeker appearances reminiscent of the MacBook and HP Spectre lineups. What’s more, the full-size processor and 13.3-inch display are crammed into an 11-inch frame made possible by Dell’s own nearly bezel-less InfinityEdge display technology.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

2. HP Spectre x360

HP’s flagship 2-in-1 goes ultra-thin with style

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i3 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 – Nvidia GeForce 940MX 2GB | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) IPS UWVA LED-backlit multi-touch display | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

₹122138
Ultra-thin and light styling
Long-lasting and quick-charging battery
Lacks SD card reader
Especially thick bottom bezel

The HP Spectre x360 is the one you introduce to your parents. It’s strikingly well-crafted, boasting a silvery design that makes it every bit as cutting-edge on the outside as it is within. Given the choice between a 7th-generation i5 or i7 Ultrabook-class processor and a 1080p or 4K screen, HP has gives plenty of room for customization. It’s not underpowered, nor does its battery life suffer from overcompensation. In fact, in our own movie test, the HP Spectre x360 lasted a whole 8 hours and 45 minutes. The only real catch is that, like a lot of its competitors, the Spectre x360 also lacks an SD card slot, opting instead for a pair of USB Type-C ports.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360

3. Acer Aspire S 13

A budget-friendly, thin-and-light powerhouse

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i5 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD

High performance
Low price
Exterior feels a little cheap
Disappointing battery life

That’s not a typo you just read on the specs sheet – the Acer Aspire S 13 truly is a beast. Replete with a Skylake Core series processors shoved inside a tiny, 13.3-inch body, the Aspire S 13 can handle practically anything you throw at it productivity-wise. Unfortunately, the catch is that with all this power comes a distinct shortage on battery life. It may be an Ultrabook, but the Aspire S 13 only managed 3 hours and 12 minutes in our PCMark 8 battery test. Luckily, the Acer Aspire S 13 also comes with the benefit of USB 3.1, all but a boon in this awkward early age of USB-C.

Read the full review: Acer Aspire S 13

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4. Lenovo Yoga 910

Versatile with a generous helping of elegance

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.9-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) IPS multi-touch | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

₹54207
Substantially larger screen
Rocking speakers
Heats up (and gets loud) fast
Disappointing battery life

The Lenovo Yoga 910 is all about second chances. It throws away many of the signature design traits of the previous model, the Yoga 900, in favor of a more pristine outward appearance and a heavy duty Intel Core i7 processor as well as the option of a 4K display. Lenovo also managed to squeeze a larger, nearly 14-inch screen into the same 13-inch chassis of the Yoga 900 without compromise. Not to mention, even with the implementation of USB-C ports, the Lenovo Yoga 910 doesn’t completely neglect USB Type-A, dragging the precious connection standard of the past along with it.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 910

Best 13 inch laptop

5. 13-inch MacBook Air

The best battery life in a 13-inch laptop

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i5 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, LED HD (1,440 x 900) | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD

₹56789
Fantastic battery life
802.11ac Wi-Fi
No Retina screen
Not easily upgradeable

In a market densely populated with slim-line laptops from a massive range of manufacturers, Apple’s MacBook Air fights on admirably – though it started showing its age on the outside a long time ago. It has Intel’s fifth-generation Core-series processors rather than the newest Skylake variants, but it’s still a capable machine; even more so since Apple made 8GB of RAM standard across the line. If you don’t like the look of its lowly 1,440 x 900 pixel-resolution display, there’s always the 12-inch MacBook – and new MacBook Air models are expected to launch this summer.

Read the full review: 13-inch MacBook Air

best 13 inch laptop

6. 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

The smallest MacBook Pro is a force of nature

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i5 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 – 650 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch IPS, 2,560 x 1,600 pixels | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

Faster processor
Superb battery life
Force Touch underdeveloped
Unchanged design

Though it may not have the 12-inch MacBook’s slick design, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina features Apple’s Force Touch track pad that uses different levels of sensitivity instead of mechanical buttons to make clicks. Even without the fancy Touch Bar, the MacBook Pro exceeds expectations with two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, quieter fans, louder speakers and even a battery life exceeding 7 hours in our anecdotal testing. Despite a controversial keyboard mechanism, the MacBook Pro is thinner, lighter and ready to travel.

Read the full review: Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016)

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Cyanogen Shutting Down Services by December 31; CyanogenMod to Transition to Open-Source Lineage OS

Cyanogen Shutting Down Services by December 31; CyanogenMod to Transition to Open-Source Lineage OS
HIGHLIGHTS
Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued on December 31
CyanogenMod will live on as Lineage OS
The company says decision taken as part of the ongoing consolidation
After months of internal turmoil, Cyanogen finally announced that it will shut down all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds on December 31. The company revealed that the move is a part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen. With this, CyanogenMod will be killed, though the company has also confirmed its next open-source initiative dubbed Lineage. “The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally,” the Cyanogen team said in a blog post.

With Cyanogen services being shut down, smartphones running CyanogenOS including the likes of OnePlus One and Lenovo Zuk Z1 won’t be receiving any further updates from Cyanogen, while the CyanogenMod open-source project is officially being shut down – however, the community has a transition plan in mind, to Lineage OS.

In a separate blog post, the CyanogenMod team listed few reasons why open-source project was affected by to Cyanogen’s recent decisions. “It will come as no surprise that this most recent action from Cyngn [Cyanogen] is definitely a death blow for CyanogenMod,” the team wrote. In a long post, the CyanogenMod team explained how decisions taken by Cyanogen were affecting the CyanogenMod development and also approves that the development was dependent on Cyanogen’s monetary support and the shared source base.

“Cyanogen Inc (Cyngn) announced that they were shutting down the infrastructure behind CyanogenMod (CM). This is an action that was not unpredictable given the public departure of Kondik (cyanogen himself) from the company, and with him our last remaining advocate inside Cyngn’s leadership. In addition to infrastructure being retired, we in the CM community have lost our voice in the future direction of CM – the brand could be sold to a third party entity as it was an asset that Kondik risked to start his business and dream. Even if we were to regroup and rebuild our own infrastructure, continuing development of CM would mean to operate with the threat of sale of the brand looming over our heads. Then there is the stigma that has grown to be attached to anything named ‘Cyanogen’. Many of you reading this have been champions of clarifying that the CM product and CyngnOS were distinct, yet the stain of many PR actions from Cyngn is a hard one to remove from CM. Given CM’s reliance on Cyngn for monetary support and the shared source base, it’s not hard to understand why the confusion remains,” explained the CyanogenMod team.

The company also confirmed its next open-source initiative Lineage OS with some of the original team on board carrying forward CyanogenMod development, however, in a new avatar: “Embracing that spirit, we the community of developers, designers, device maintainers and translators have taken the steps necessary to produce a fork of the CM source code and pending patches. This is more than just a ‘rebrand’. This fork will return to the grassroots community effort that used to define CM while maintaining the professional quality and reliability you have come to expect more recently,” added the team in blog post.

Tags: Cyanogen, CyanogenMod, CyanogenMod OS, Android, LineageOS, Lineage OS

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HTC 10 evo to Launch in India in Late December, Company Confirms

HTC 10 evo to Launch in India in Late December, Company Confirms

HIGHLIGHTS
Announcement was made at Desire 10 Pro India launch
The smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 810 SoC
Taiwanese company has not revealed 10 evo’s price in India
HTC, alongside the launch of the Desire 10 Pro smartphone in India on Thursday, announced that it will be bringing its latest flagship smartphone to India next month. Called the HTC 10 evo, the smartphone is the global variant of the HTC Bolt smartphone launched for Sprint in the US earlier this month.

At its New Delhi launch event of the HTC Desire 10 Pro, the company said the HTC 10 evo will be launched in India by the end of December. However, no pricing information was revealed by the company. To recall, the HTC 10 evo was launched in Taiwan and the UK earlier this week. In the former country, it was priced at TWD 17,990 (approximately Rs. 38,500) for the 32GB variant and TWD 19,900 (approximately Rs. 43,000) for the 64GB variant.

The HTC 10 evo was launched in Gunmetal, Silver, and Gold colour variants in Taiwan. The biggest highlight of the smartphone is that it is bundled with USB Type C-enabled headphones. The company is also touting support for HTC BoomSound Adaptive Audio. The handset sports a fingerprint scanner below the display which is claimed to unlock the device in just 0.2 seconds.
There are very minor differences between the HTC 10 evo and the HTC Bolt, It features a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and sports a water-resistant aluminium build. Running Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box, HTC 10 evo comes with features like split-screen view, free unlimited photo storage with Google Photos app, and inbuilt Google Duo video calling app.
The HTC 10 evo is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, coupled with 3GB of RAM, and comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).

It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera which comes with OIS (optical image stabilisation), 4K video recording, and PDAF (phase detection autofocus). There is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera on-board as well and the smartphone also features screen flash. The HTC 10 evo packs a 3200mAh battery and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 fast charging technology.

HTC 10 evo HTC 10 evo
KEY SPECS
NEWS
Display
5.50-inch
Processor
octa-core
Front Camera
8-megapixel
Resolution
1440×2560 pixels
RAM
3GB
OS
Android 7.0
Storage
32GB
Rear Camera
16-megapixel
Battery Capacity
3200mAh
Tags: HTC 10 Evo Price, HTC 10 evo Specifications, India, Mobiles, Android

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OnePlus 3T India Launch Set for December 2

OnePlus 3T India Launch Set for December 2
HIGHLIGHTS
OnePlus 3’s upgraded variant launching on December 2
OnePlus 3 is expected to be available in India
The OnePlus 3T comes with a lot of upgrades in terms of innards
OnePlus India has finally confirmed that the OnePlus 3T smartphone will be launching early next month. In a tweet, Vikas Agarwal, General Manager, OnePlus India announced the December 2 launch date for the OnePlus 3T.

(Also see: OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: What’s New and Different)

The Chinese company earlier confirmed to Gadgets 360 that it will “continue to sell the OnePlus 3 in India” which means both smartphones may be available in the market. Considering that the OnePlus 3 is just merely five months old in the market and it has already received an upgrade in the form of OnePlus 3T, it will be interesting to see how the company sells both the phones in various India.

The new OnePlus 3T looks identical to the original OnePlus 3 though there are plenty of upgrades under the hood. The new variant packs an all-new Snapdragon 821 SoC, a bumped front-facing camera, a new 128GB storage model, and even a new colour variant. The OnePlus 3T smartphone despite featuring upgrades has been given a modest price hike. It has already gone on sale in the US while in Europe it will be available starting Saturday, and from Monday in the UK.

Coming to pricing, OnePlus 3T 64GB has been priced at $439 (roughly Rs. 29,800), while the 128GB model will come at $479 (roughly Rs. 32,500). To recall, the OnePlus 3 was launched at $399 (priced at Rs. 27,999 in India) – and it was only available in a 64GB model.

For specifications, the OnePlus 3T sports a faster quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor (two cores clocked at 1.6GHz and two cores clocked at 2.35GHz) compared to the Snapdragon 820 processor on the older OnePlus 3. It comes in both 64GB and 128GB storage options, compared to just a 64GB variant on the OnePlus 3. For camera, the OnePlus 3T is superior in terms of camera resolution. The OnePlus 3T has 16-megapixel cameras on both – rear and front – sides. The newer OnePlus 3T gets a bigger 3400mAh battery, compared to the 3000mAh battery seen on the OnePlus 3. The Dash Charge fast charging technology is included in the OnePlus 3T as well.

OnePlus 3T OnePlus 3T
KEY SPECS
NEWS
Display
5.50-inch
Processor
1.6GHz quad-core
Front Camera
16-megapixel
Resolution
1080×1920 pixels
RAM
6GB
OS
Android 6.0.1
Storage
64GB
Rear Camera
16-megapixel
Battery Capacity
3400mAh
Also See
Amazon
OnePlus 3 (Soft Gold, 64GB) –
Rs. 27,999
Amazon
OnePlus 2 (Sandstone Black, 64GB) –
Rs. 19,999
Amazon
OnePlus X (Ceramic, 16GB) –
Rs. 19,999
Tags: OnePlus 3T Specifications, OnePlus 3T Price, Mobiles, Android, OnePlus, OnePlus 3T India Launch

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