With Diwali around the corner, consumers will find great deals on electronics across price segments and specifications. In an attempt to get consumers shop online, many e-commerce sites like Amazon and Flipkart are offering massive discounts on iPads, game consoles, smart speakers, etc. Here is a list of the best tech to splurge on this Diwali.
Diwali Sale 2018: Apple iPad Pro 10.5 (64GB, Wi-Fi only)
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is the perfect mix of power and portability. Although it no longer remains Apple’s flagship model in its iPad Pro lineup, it is still the best pro-level tablet you can buy in the market. Its 2,224 x 1,668 screen is simply gorgeous and takes advantage of Apple’s ProMotion technology, which has a refresh rate of 120Hz. No tablet comes close to the iPad Pro 10.5 in terms of performance, thanks to its powerful A10X Fusion chipset. And the iPad Pro’s 64GB internal storage (up to 512GB, depending on model) is good enough to store music, photos and videos.
Keep in mind that the iPad Pro’s optional accessories (Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard) aren’t cheap. Apple sees the iPad Pro as a replacement to a notebook, and that’s something you should remember buying this device. The iPad Pro 10.5 is a no-compromise machine that has the best design, performance and battery life. At Rs 40,999 (64GB,Wi-Fi-only), the iPad Pro 10.5 is just irresistible.
If there’s a race for the best 2-in-1 in the market, then the Microsoft Surface Pro has to win. This Windows 10 machine is a full-blown device which is as good as a regular laptop. You have got a 12.3-inch screen, a magnesium chassis, loud speakers and the legendary kickstand that allows the Surface Pro to be used in various positions. The base model of the Surface Pro comes with Intel’s Core M3 (7th generation processor), 4GB RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, which is good enough for basic tasks such as writing and editing on the go, browsing the web, watching videos and making powerpoint presentations.
The Surface Pro has the option of accessories (Type Cover and Surface Pen) too, all of which cost extra. Battery life on the Surface Pro is good. At Rs 46,900 (Intel Core M3 7th gen, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD), the Surface Pro is a better option for those looking to buy a 2-in-1.
Diwali Sale 2018: Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch is the best-selling console in the world right now. This is the only console in the market that is both a home console like the PlayStation 4 and a portable one like the 3DS XL. It’s essentially a small tablet with controllers attached, and one can use it as a handheld or connect it to your TV. Sure, the Switch is not as powerful as the PS4 or Xbox One S, it does offer some high-quality first-party exclusive titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Splatoon 2. The Nintendo Switch is yet to launch in India officially, although it can be purchased from Amazon at a price of Rs 23,799. Keep in mind that the the Switch purchased from Amazon India does not come with the product warranty and after sales service support.
Diwali Sale 2018: MacBook Air
Apple has finally launched the new MacBook Air that offers Intel’s 8th generation processor, a Retina Display, Butterfly-style keyboard, dual USB Type-C ports and Force Touch trackpad. The only downside is the price, starting at Rs 1,14,900, the new MacBook Air is an expensive machine. So, here’s an another option: Get the old model for Rs 55,990. Even if it does not come with a Retina Display or the latest Intel processor, the old model is the perfect notebook for most users. It’s a light-weight machine with the top-notch build quality – and it remains Apple’s least expensive notebook. Go, grab the old Macbook Air before it goes out of stock.
Diwali Sale 2018: Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen)
Amazon’s 3rd generation Echo Dot has almost everything that made the original Echo Dot popular. The all-new Echo Dot has a new and improved design compared to the original model. It also comes with a more rounded design with a material finish, something that gives it a premium look. The company claims the new model is 70 per cent louder than the original, thanks to a bump to a 1.6-inch audio driver. Like the original model, the new Echo Dot offers the same basic functionality. Ask Alexa to read the news, check the weather, set reminders, control compatible smart home devices. The 3rd-generation Amazon Echo Dot is currently available at a price of Rs 2,999, which we think is a great deal.
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