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Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus, Surface Hub 2S 85 for Business Customers Launched in India: Price, Specs

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Microsoft today announced the launch of Surface Pro 7 Plus for Business in India alongside the Surface Hub 2S 85 for business and education customers. The Surface Pro 7 Plus that debuted globally earlier this year features Intel’s Tiger Lake CPUs, more RAM, and an optional LTE variant. On the other hand, the Surface Hub 2S 85 features an 85-inch large display and an array of onboard sensors.

In terms of pricing, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus price in India starts at Rs 83,999 for the base 11th-generation Intel Core i3 CPU model coupled with 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. It goes up to Rs 2,58,499 for the model with 11th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU paired with 32GB RAM + 1TB SSD storage. The Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 85’s price in the country is set at Rs 21,44,999. Readers can check the entire pricing list below.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus for Business runs on Windows 10 Pro and comes with a 12.3-inch PixelSense Display with a 2736×1824 resolution and a 3:2 aspect ratio. It has a 10-point multi-touch with a 267ppi pixel density. The Surface Pro 7 Plus is powered by up to 11th-generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor for the Wi-Fi model, while the LTE variant comes with an 11th Generation Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU. The Intel Core i3 model of the Surface Pro 7 Plus comes with Intel UHD Graphics, and the Core i5 and Core i7 models come with Intel Iris Xe Graphics. The Wi-Fi variant offers up to 32GB of RAM whereas, the LTE option maxes out at 16GB RAM. In terms of storage, the Wi-Fi model of the Surface Pro 7 Plus comes with up to 1TB of removable SSD storage and the LTE model comes with up to 256GB of removable SSD storage. There is also an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p full-HD video capability and a 5-megapixel front camera with 1080p recording.

With the Surface Pro 7 Plus, Microsoft has introduced a removable SSD solution for data retention purposes. Microsoft says that the new solution has been put in place to support the security and privacy needs of business and educational organisations. Connectivity option on the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microSD card reader. The LTE version of the Surface Pro 7+ also has a SIM card slot.

In contrast, the Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 85-inch has a 4K (3,840×2,160 pixels) PixelSense Display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and In-cell Touch with 20 simultaneous touchpoints. It is powered by the 8th-Generation quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB RAM, and 128GB SSD. Connectivity options include USB Type-A, mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, USB Type-C with DisplayPort, RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet, three more USB Type-C ports, Wi-Fi 5, and Bluetooth 5.0. Other notable features include 3-way stereo speakers, USB-C connectivity, and 90-degree horizontal field of view (HFOV).

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Govt Launches New Classification Ratings, Grievance Redressal Framework For OTT Platforms in India

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The government of India has set a new “classification rating” to describe content and advise discretion for viewers of films and other entertainment sources including TV shows that are streamed on OTT platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ Hotstar, and more. According to the new Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, the Adult category will be suitable only for 18 year old’s and above. This comes during a time when OTT platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime have faced criticisms and complaints in India for allegedly showing “obscene content.”

The new rules, according to the government, establish a soft touch progressive institutional mechanism with a level playing field that features a Code of Ethics and a three-tier grievance redressal framework for news publishers and OTT platforms on digital mefia. The OTT platforms are supposed to self-classify the content into five categories – U (universal), U/A 7+, U/A 13+, U/A 16+, and A (adult). Platforms would also be required to implement parental locks for content classified as U/A 13+ or higher, and reliable age verification mechanisms for content classified as ‘A’. Publishers of news on digital media would be required to implement Norms of Journalistic Conduct of the Press Council of India and the Programme Code under the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act, thereby providing a level playing field between the offline (Print/ TV) and digital media.

There is also a three-level grievance redressal mechanism that has been established under the rules with two levels of self regulation. Level 1 being the publisher themselves, and level 2 being the Self Regulatory Body, and level 3 being the OVersight Mechanism that falls under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The rules provide an effective grievance redressal mechanism for receiving, processing, and time-bound disposal of public grievances related to the Code of Ethics. The self regulatory body would be headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court of India or of a High Court, or by a person of eminence from the relevant field, and can issue advisories to the publisher.

The mechanism is based on the principles of minimum Government intervention; however platforms should develop a robust grievance redressal mechanism on their own.

According to the government, the institutional mechanism would encourage growth in the Champion Audio-Visual Services Sector, empower citizens to make informed choices about content, and get their grievances redressed in definite time frames, and protect children. it will also help fight fake news on digital media through a mechanism of accountability of the publishers.



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