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From HDD to SSD and From Thin PCs to Ultra-Thin Laptops: What Can We Expect Next

by Devin Jones

The transformation of laptops over the last ten years has been nothing short of awe-inspiring. As laptop brands try to find new and innovative ways to pack more features inside a thin, lightweight laptop, we bear witness to their technological ingenuity, and their ability to defy expectations, creating powerful machines that leave us in awe.

Over the past three years alone, laptop brands have made some serious strides. While Asus recently unveiled dual-screen laptops with the Asus Zenbook Pro Duo and the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15, other brands like Dell, Lenovo and Intel are offering foldable laptops for greater convenience.

This begs the question: What will the laptop brands come up with next? Earlier, laptop OEMs figured out a way to make laptops lighter and sleeker, when they started replacing hard disk drives (HDDs) with solid state drives (SSDs). This not only made laptops more compact and lightweight, but it also enhanced the device’s performance, with laptops performing better, and working faster than when they housed HDDs.

HDD to SSD and From Thin PCs to Ultra Thin Laptops

So what will laptops look like in about 3-4 years’ time? Let us take a closer look at what the laptop brands are currently working on, and what technological breakthrough we can expect, that will revolutionize the laptop industry.

Wireless Charging

As laptop users, one of the most infuriating experiences we can think of is when we have to plug in our laptop charger into the socket to charge the battery, but either we do not sit closer to the plug point, or for whatever reason, we aren’t able to spot any sockets nearby. Most of us work on-the-go — that being the entire reason to choose lightweight, ultra-thin laptops in the first place. Even if you have the best laptops of India from top brands like Apple, Dell or Asus, none of that matters when the laptop’s battery begins to drain, and we scurry to find the nearest plug point. However, that can all change with wireless charging. This is an idea that is currently being explored even by smartphone brands.

When we talk about groundbreaking ideas that can happen in the laptop industry that would forever alter its landscape, wireless charging technology undoubtedly has the potential to transform the industry. One could place their laptop on a charging surface (or a mat), and work on their device while the battery charges.

In fact, Dell has already launched a laptop with wireless charging feature, the Dell Latitude 7285. While a few other laptops also support wireless charging, it is still a very nascent concept, which, when made ubiquitous, can disrupt the laptop industry,

5G Connectivity

If you’ve recently spoken to anyone who is glued to the current developments in the tech industry, you would’ve already heard them raving about 5G technology, and how 5G connectivity will reshape and reimagine the world we live in. Smartphone brands have been one step ahead of almost every other industry, with multiple brands already releasing models that support 5G networks.

This will soon trickle into laptops. In fact, Dell, HP and Yoga already rolled out with laptops that support 5G connectivity, with Dell’s Latitude 9510, HP’s Elite Dragonfly G2, and Lenovo’s Yoga 5G all supporting 5G. While the above mentioned laptop models are business-focused, and it would undoubtedly cost the average consumer a fortune to purchase such a laptop, there is no doubt that laptop brands will soon manufacture affordable models that will support 5G connectivity.

We will have to wait and see what the ‘next big thing’ in the laptop community will be, that will disrupt the entire industry. Today, consumers can purchase ultra-thin, lightweight laptops that come with impressive features for less than Rs. 50,000. Some of the best laptops under 50000  include:
    1. Lenovo Ideapad S145 – S145-15IWL Laptop
    2. Price: Rs. 46,990
    3. Mi Notebook 14 Intel Core i5-10210U 10th Gen Thin and Light Laptop
    4. Price: Rs. 49,999
    5. HP 14s CR1005TU 14-inch FHD Laptop
    6. Price: Rs. 48,494
    7. Asus X409JA-EK592T Laptop
    8. Price: Rs. 49,990
    9. Dell Inspiron 3493 14-inch FHD Thin & Light Laptop
    10. Price: Rs. 39,695
Furthermore, 5G roll-outs, at least in India, isn’t expected to happen until 2021, or mid-2022. The next generation wireless communication standard is expected to offer incredible data speeds with low latency, that will ultimately translate to lightning download speeds, and no lags when you’re communicating with someone.

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