Microsoft: Dual-screen devices for multitasking

The US tech company Microsoft (MSFT) has today announced five new products and two new dual-screen devices, Surface Neo and Duo, in its event in New York. According to Microsoft, the new dual-screen devices are being built in order to able more multitasking with one device and to enhance the mobile experience with Android apps.

– Surface Neo is dual-screen device built for productivity on Windows 10X, an expression of Windows 10. A 360-degree full-friction hinge connects two 9” screens, enabling Surface Neo to adapt to whatever posture you need in the moment. When you open it you have a full-size 13” display in the thinnest LCD in its class. It’s built for productivity and multitasking like a true PC would be, the company says.

– Surface Duo is the first Surface to fit in your pocket. Surface Duo brings together the best of Microsoft productivity experiences, Android apps and Surface hardware design into a single device you can take anywhere. And, yes, it makes phone calls. It has two paper-thin 5.6-inch screens that unfold to 8.3 inches, and just like Surface Neo, it can be used in a variety of modes to let you work the way you’d like, Microsoft adds.

-We’re excited to work with developers and the industry to create the next wave of dual-screen computing and unlock a new era of mobile creativity, the big tech says.

The company shares were down 1,79 % to 134,66 dollars in New York after the announcement.

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Hublot CEO: China markets the main focus (updated)

Hublot, one of the leading luxury watch makers in Switzerland, is targeting China markets even more. The company, part of the LVMH (LVMH) Group, market cap 186 billion euros, and its Watch division, said the same thing already a year ago, but the target is still the same. According to the CEO Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot is aiming to become one of the leading watch brands in China and Greater China.

– We are focusing on China and Greater China markets. Our aim is to be one of the leading watch brands in China and Greater China, Mr Guadalupe said in the ComteamPUB+ interview on Thursday.

The company has not revealed the export figures, but according to Swiss Watch Industry information the China, Hong Kong and Singapore markets totalled nearly 30 % of the overall Swiss watch exports. In May the export totalled over 2 billion Swiss francs, growth 11,4 %. The biggest growth was in the premium & luxury watches, which are priced over 3000 francs.

The company is expecting a very strong growth for this year. The double-digit growth is said to continue “over the end of the year” according to Mr Guadalupe.

China is seen one of the fastest growing luxury markets in the future. In 2018 the Chinese consumers spent about 115 billion dollars on luxury items, which is one third of the global spending. And this is expected to growth in the future also so that by 2025 40 % of the world’s spending on luxury goods would be by Chinese consumers (McKinsey). So, it is not a surprise that Mr Guadalupe is talking about China.

Is luxury becoming more common?

This question is about the luxury spending and how the luxury markets are expected to develop in the future. But Mr Guadalupe has a point.

-Absolutely not for the real luxury, he says.

And he is referring for the real thing. Real luxury has always its prestige and value among its users. And this is also part of the demand for the vintage or retro luxury items in the markets at the moment.

For example financial markets are expecting the US company RealReal to be listed in New York. The company is an online marketplace for luxury products and according to the company info the trading of the shares are expected to start today, not yesterday as earlier estimated. The company raised 300 million dollars, at 20 dollars each, above the 17-19 dollars range earlier estimated. Sustainable, circular luxury is also entering the main markets.

Hublot and “Art of Fusion”

The clear sustainable standing point for Hublot is the materials. The company has been innovative and finding new ways to integrate different materials in the watch production over years. It is part of the company ideology of the Art of Fusion – the way the tradition of high-quality Swiss craftsmanship and innovation can be combined.

The material lists include magic gold, carbon, rubber, aluminium, ceramic, king gold, palladium, platinum, stainless steel, tantalum, titanium, tungsten, zirconium, osmium and aluminium. Hublot can say that it has clearly been the innovator in this area in the Swiss watch industry.

The company says that it is now also working with sustainable bags while the banning of plastic bags is already a trend in Europe.

Collaboration with Ferrari and FIFA

– The collaboration with Ferrari and our involvement in FIFA World Cup are our two main partnerships, Guadalupe says.

– This year we have two collaborations with Ferrari. The Classic Fusion Ferrari GT, which is an elegant and contemporary piece that draws inspiration from the “Gran Turismo” universe. And the Big Band Scuderia Ferrari 90 ans. This is a model that reflects the rich history and heritage of Scuderia Ferrari, he continues.

Japanese food and sea

But what does Mr Guadalupe do for the summer time? Japanese food and sea.

– Food can be compared to the watch industry in a certain way for their attention to quality, time and details. I like to spend my holidays in the Mediterranean, at Mykonos or Ibiza. Holidays is for me synonymous with relaxing, sport and good food, he concludes.

Hublot, which was founded in Switzerland in 1980, has made the journey with innovation and unique products. Watches like Big Bang have paved the way to new flagship collections like Classic Fusion and Spirit of Big Bang.

Picture: Hublot classic watches from BaselWorld 2017-2019

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Polestar 2 – a new premium SUV

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The Polestar company has launched its premium SUV and electric car Polestar 2. According to company info, the car has two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery capacity that will enable a targeted range of 500 km.

– Polestar 2 will only be available for ordering online. The guide purchase price for the launch version of Polestar 2 is 39.900-59,900 euros with subscription pricing to follow at a later date. Pre-orders are open at polestar.com. Production of Polestar 2 begins in early 2020 in China for global markets in both left- and right-hand drive, the company says in the press release.

Polestar 2 has embed Anroid system which enable the use of Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play.  It also has natural voice control and a new 11-inch touch screen display.

The company, which is owned by Volvo Car Group and the Chinese Zheijang Geely Holding, says that Polestar 2 will also be available in a network of soon-to-be-opened Polestar Spaces, that is Polestar Brand Stores.

This SUV´s initial launch markets include China, the United States, Canada, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK. Other markets are under consideration for future expansion, Polestar says.

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Volvo XC90- too big to drive? No.

I had the pleasure to testdrive this SUV-luxury car, Volvo XC90. You know, the first thoughts when you see the car: how to drive this tractor? Well, I was surprised in everything.

First, the design and engineering. Volvo XC90 (VOLVB:SS)  is a car for outdoors, gardening and sports lovers. It has pleanty of space to take your items with you. And most important: the car is so brilliant with safety and engineering & hybrid solutions that you are amazed. Wheter your journey is in the city or in the countryside, this car is taking all needed actions and informing you when needed. And the designers have done their best in the quality and design inside the car with luxury materials like crystal and leather.

The so called City Safety recognises other cars, pedestrians, bicycles and large animals like mooses in the dark, and brakes automatically if needed. Pilot Assist helps you to keep the car in the middle of the road during long-distance driving. And Driver Alert informs you when a coffee break is needed. All these functions are based on the Volvo´s target for 2020: no injuries in a Volvo car.

Second, energy. This test car was also a plug-in-hybrid, which allows you to drive with electric power for about 35-40 kilometres. I first thought that you notice this kind of switch, but no. The driving was easy with both and you do not even notice the change during the drive.

Otherwise the average consumption is less than in average in the same size of other cars due to the electric power. According to the Volvo´s technical information, the consumption would be in this kind of a car: 2,1 litres per 100 kilometres due to the integrated system and the Co2 would be 49 g per kilometer.

Third, solutions for Drivers. The central operating panel is a touch panel (like in Tesla´s cars) and it allows you to integrate your iPhone or Android-phone to the service desk. This allows you for example to use Apple CarPlay with your own music, messages, podcasts, audiobooks from your own mobile phone. It is working well, altough the panel is having quite a many fingerprints, so maybe in the next series, they might use some kind of new material in this?

Finally, yes, this car is not too big for ladies, this car is using hybrid efficiently and this car has high-tech solutions for safety.  The overall experience of driving is very good and the usability of functions is also very good.

Technical details:

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine AWD, plug-in-hybrid

Petrol/electric, automatic gear, four-wheel drive

Kilometres with electric power: 35-40 km

 

 

 

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TagHeuer might be it – the wanted smartwatch

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Is this TagHeuer Connected it? The long waited smartwatch for the markets? It surely has many elements that make it a good candidate. One of the most important ones: this operates alone, so you do not need any smartphone nearby. This makes it a perfect partner for sports, and specially outdoors.

This Android smartwatch enables you to have the  digital communications channels you need: notifications and alarms. It is designed to make the best of traditional watch integrated with digital elements powered by dual-core Intel.

The quality and the luxury design are one of the things that position this smartwatch with the high end of this segment, but surely this is one of its kind.

 

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