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Samsung Asks Customers to Stop Using the Galaxy Note 7

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Samsung Electronics Co.’s recall of one of its most advanced smartphones descended further into confusion, as the technology giant told consumers to stop using the Galaxy Note 7 and halted its production and distribution, while investigators probed reports of overheating batteries on devices that were supposed to be safe.

The company said it was asking all telecom carriers and retailers that sell the Note 7 globally to stop sales and exchanges of the device pending investigation into the latest incidents. Consumers with either an original or a replacement Note 7 should power down and stop using the device, said Samsung.

The world’s top smartphone maker earlier said it had asked all global carriers to stop sales of the Note 7s and the exchange of original devices for replacements, while it worked with regulators to investigate the problem. The company is offering to exchange Note 7s for other products or refund them.

“Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note 7 or replacement Galaxy Note 7 device should power down and stop using the device,” the company said in statement. Samsung’s decision to pull Note 7s off the shelves for the second time in less than two months not only raises fresh doubts about the firm’s quality control but could result in huge financial and reputational costs.

Analysts say a permanent end to Note 7 sales could cost Samsung up to $17 billion and tarnish its other phone products in the minds of consumers and carriers. Investors wiped $18.8 billion off Samsung Electronics’ market value on Tuesday as its shares closed down 8 percent, their biggest daily percentage decline since 2008.

The premium device launched in August was supposed to compete with Apple Inc’s latest iPhone for supremacy in the smartphone market. Well received by critics, its first problem was a shortage as pre-orders overwhelmed supply. But within days of the launch images of charred Note 7s began appearing on social media, in the first sign that something was seriously amiss with the gadget. Samsung has since recalled 2.5 million Note 7s due to faulty batteries.

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Review: Nokia XR20

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The words “rugged” and “smartphone” usually do not go well together. This is because most rugged smartphones you see on the market are bulky and brick-like with low-end features. But, Nokia is changing all of that with the new XR20. This thing is not only rugged but also comes with very good specs and features to boot.

The Nokia XR20 comes with a 6.67-inch touchscreen display on the front with a resolution of 1080-by-2400 pixels. The display also offers an aspect ratio of 20:9. Under the hood, the Nokia XR20 rocks a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processor that features 4 cores clocked at 2GHz and 4 cores clocked at 2GHz.

You also get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage. The phone itself runs on the Android 11 operating system under the Android One program. The phone is powered by a 4630mAh battery. That’s not all – the XR20 also comes with a bunch of features that are hard to find on rugged devices. For one, the Nokia XR20 supports wireless charging, as well as Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging!

In terms of look and feel, the phone is a bit bigger than regular phones that comes with a 6-inch plus display. However, it is quite easy to hold in one hand and use. The back of the phone has a textured finish that helps with the grip when holding the XR20. On the front, the display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus.

The phone is also protected by IP68 dust and water resistance, for a worry-free user experience. There’s also a rubberised strip that runs along the edges of the phone to protect the screen from drops or bumps. On the left edge, you get a Google Assitant shortcut button – it’s a bit large for my liking because I kept pressing it by accident, every time I wanted to put the phone into my pant’s pocket.

On the right edge, you get the volume rockers and the power button which also doubles up as a fingerprint reader. The phone also offers face unlock feature for added security. On the top edge, you get a programmable emergency key in red colour, and a dual SIM slot. One of the slots can also be used to bump the internal storage to up to 512GB using a microSD card.

On the bottom edge, you get a speaker grille, a noise-canceling microphone, a 3.5mm audio jack (yes!), and a USB-C charging port. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Nokia XR20 on the rear packs a dual-camera setup featuring a 48-megapixel primary camera, and a 13-megapixel camera. The rear camera setup also has autofocus. You also get an 8-megapixel front camera for all your selfies.

Connectivity options on the Nokia XR20 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/Yes, GPS, Bluetooth v5.10, NFC, USB Type-C, 3G, 4G and 5G support. Sensors on the phone include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/ magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor.

The Snapdragon 480 used on the Nokia XR20 is usually used on mid-range devices. Having said that, however, the overall performance of the Nokia XR20 is quite good – we did not find any lags or stutters when using the device. Swiping across multiple open app windows was quite smooth and gaming on the device was also pretty good.

Camera functionality is quite good, too. Under good lighting conditions, the phone was able to take some very good shots. Under low light conditions, the XR20 did struggle sometimes. The phone also comes with a Night Mode which did a decent job at clicking pictures under low light conditions.

HMD Global also promises 3 years’ worth of software upgrades and 4 years of security upgrades with the Nokia XR20. That makes it a worthwhile investment if you are looking for a smartphone that can go on and on for years. For a price of AED 1849, the Nokia XR20 may seem a bit expensive, considering there are better alternatives available on the market if you are looking for a smartphone.

However, if you are on the market for a smartphone that offers good overall features and at the same time is also rugged, Nokia XR20 comes across as a value for money device.

Price: AED 1849

Nokia XR20 AED 1849
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3.5

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The phone is also protected by IP68 dust and water resistance, for a worry-free user experience. There’s also a rubberised strip that runs along the edges of the phone to protect the screen from drops or bumps. On the left edge, you get a Google Assitant shortcut button – it’s a bit large for my liking because I kept pressing it by accident, every time I wanted to put the phone into my pant’s pocket.

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vivo Launches the X70 Series in the Region

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vivo has officially debuted its X70 series of professional photography flagship smartphones across the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman. The X70 series – consisting of the X70 and X70 Pro – marks the next chapter in vivo’s global imaging partnership with ZEISS and their joint pursuit of creating the ultimate mobile photography experience. Aside from encompassing new portrait photography modes by ZEISS and the latest mobile imaging technology, the vivo X70 series lineup is fitted with next-level specs to provide the optimal user experience.

Starting today, the vivo X70 series will be gradually rolling out across Saudi Arabia and Iraq, expanding its regional presence across the Middle East. The availability and specifications of each X70 series device may differ according to local market conditions and consumer preferences. Reflecting vivo’s commitment to spearheading the field of smartphone photography, the X70 series is thoroughly ingrained with premium mobile imaging software and hardware capabilities co-engineered with ZEISS, a legend in the world of optics for 175 years.

“Once again, vivo is breaking boundaries by delivering exceptional mobile photography advancements jointly developed with ZEISS, a global leader in optics and optoelectronics,” said Spark Ni, Senior Vice President and CMO of vivo. “Smartphones are trustworthy tools for users to capture memories, a digital gateway to tell their own stories and share those creations with the world. With the X70 series, vivo is actively closing the gap between mobile and professional photography by infusing user-oriented innovation with cutting-edge technology.”

The vivo X70 series incorporates top-notch computational imaging features inside and out, resulting in an intuitive photography experience that enables users to capture or record remarkably natural-looking photographs or videos. On the camera specs front, the entire X70 lineup has 32MP front cameras, while rear quad-camera arrays have been installed on the X70 Pro (50MP + 12MP+ 12MP + 8MP), while the X70 uses a tri-camera system (40MP + 12MP + 12MP).

In addition to the Biotar Portrait Style’s legendary swirly bokeh, vivo has supplemented three groundbreaking ZEISS Style Portrait features – inspired by the iconic, classic lenses Distagon, Planar and Sonnar – for X70 series users to shoot with. “Distagon” style gives off an anamorphic look, offering dynamic perspective effects for critical architecture and interior photography that exudes Hollywood filmmaking aesthetics. The “Planar” adaption introduces classic bokeh effects, revealing true characteristics and conveying genuine expressions through portrait photography. “Sonnar” mode is known for its creamy bokeh, making it well suited for portraiture with depth and clarity to document authentic events.

The entire vivo X70 lineup has achieved certified compliance to ZEISS T* Coating, collectively reducing reflections and enhancing light transmission to reduce ghosting, stray light, and other image artifacts for guaranteed imaging brilliance. The recognizable ZEISS logo and ZEISS T* Coating label are stamped on the X70 series’ rear camera array, while a ZEISS Vario-Tessar trademark has been subtly engraved on its protruding flashlight panel.

The X70 series includes new technologies as well as the latest iterations of vivo’s iconic multi-modal photography and videography features, allowing users to thoroughly manifest their creativity in high-definition and produce vivid multi-media content with no compromises on quality. The X70 series utilises an Ultra-Sensing Gimbal Camera coupled with Gimbal Stabilization 3.0 technology for users to capture steady images or videos in dynamic motion. VIS 5-Axis Ultra Stable Video technology has been furnished on the X70 Pro and X70, integrating enhanced OIS with EIS to transition the X/Y-axis with Z-axis rotation for well-rounded stability.

Owing to the high-performing device imaging capabilities, a suite of vivo’s multi-modal photography and videography features – including Real-Time Extreme Night Vision, Super Night Video, Pure Night View, Pro Cinematic Mode and more – are available on the X70 series for users to unleash their potential and explore a multitude of new visual aesthetics.

As vivo’s premium flagship revolutionizing mobile imaging, the X70 series lineup consists of two powerhouse devices with specs that can satisfy even the most demanding high-performance smartphone user. The X70 Pro and X70 devices run on the MediaTek Dimensity 1200-vivo chip to provide unrivaled CPU and GPU performance. These power-efficient integrated processors allow users to get the most out of 5G connectivity every day , using LPDDR4X and UFS 3.1 for lightning quick sequential reading and writing speeds.

Despite its sleek and compact form factor, the X70 Pro and X70 models hold 4450 mAh (TYP) batteries or 4400 mAh (TYP) batteries respectively, along with a vivo standard charger (FlashCharge 11V / 4A) that supports 44W FlashCharge technology for long-lasting performance. The X70 Pro and X70 devices are outfitted with 6.56-inch displays that can peak at 120Hz refresh rates and 240Hz response rates for smooth scrolling and viewing.

To live up to the expectations of an ultimate professional photography flagship smartphone, vivo has gone all out on the X70 series and spared no effort to ensure timeless style with a formidable build. Fluorite AG – a revolutionary industrial design process developed by vivo – has been utilized to shroud the X70 series devices in crystallized glass with a prismatic surface that exudes fluorescent effects under the light.

The X70 Pro and X70 rear cameras are encased within vivo’s new Cloud Valley design, a concept that boldly divides the camera array and flashlight into two opposing panels. The X70 Pro and X70 models are available in Cosmic Black or Aurora Dawn colorways. Cosmic Black is inspired by the eternal vigor and exuberant vitality of our universe, a colorway symbolic of vast and deep darkness dotted by glittering silver hues to represent the stars during a pitch-black night. Aurora Dawn is an homage to the iridescent radiance of the Northern Lights in the polar sky, an eye-catching and gorgeous complexion.

The X70 series is the first vivo lineup to come with Funtouch OS 12, providing a more efficient, immersive, and personalized user experience. Funtouch OS 12 comes with a new set of widgets for users to organize and customize their home screens, redefining how apps display important information without users opening the app, allowing them to customize their phone experience, and gaining quick access to what matters to them. A hassle-free music experience is also created with the newly launched Nano Music Player, enabling users to access their favorite music from different apps like Spotify, with one click and within one widget on the home screen.

For users who are looking for a truly immersive, surround sound experience, the X70 series is presented together with the latest vivo TWS 2 earbuds, the perfect companion to experience the X70 series to its fullest. Using intelligent algorithms, the vivo TWS 2 boasts an automatic noise cancellation (ANC) technology that can detect ambient noise to automatically adjust the level of noise cancellation. The earbuds also come with Transparency Mode which allows users to listen to their surroundings and stay alert without removing their earbuds.

The TWS 2 earbuds are equipped with DeepX 2.0 stereo sound effects, a professional sound effect system is specially optimized for in-ear earbuds where three different sound effects were meticulously fine-tuned to perfection. It’s like having a team of world-class musicians come together to perform any music genre, just for you. The earbuds also provide 7.3 hours of audio playback (without noise cancellation) from a single charge and 29 hours if they include the charging case.

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HONOR Celebrates 50 Years of the UAE With its Latest HONOR 50 Series Line-Up

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Honouring the country’s 50th anniversary, global technology brand HONOR celebrates the grand occasion by highlighting the positive changes the country has observed in the last 50 years with respect to technology, food, fashion, and style. HONOR recently launched its new line-up the HONOR 50 series in the market and introduced the premium model HONOR 50, the companies first vlogging smartphone which comes equipped with multi-shooting modes, and HONOR 50 Lite, the most powerful smartphone at an attractive price point.

As part of its marketing campaign, the brand connects the new ‘50’ series with the ‘50’ years of UAE and engages with the audience on its social media channels. The HONOR 50 brings the one-take vlog shooting experience to the next level and lets the user capture special moments that reflect aspects of the 50-year-old country. By introducing innovative and high-quality products, HONOR aims to serve the needs of consumers in UAE and contribute to the progress of society.

In anticipation of UAE National Day and to mark this Golden Jubilee, HONOR is calling out everyone to join an unmissable competition on its social platforms where people will have the opportunity to join the festivities and get a chance to win valuable gifts by sharing the images for the changes that happened over the past 50 years in the country including but not limited to technology, customs, shopping, arts, and more that characterize the UAE.

The aim of this contest held by HONOR is to enable the community to come together, spark the sense of belonging and pride in the people for the UAE and encourage people to share how the nation looked like over the last 50 years, explore the flourishing present and look forward to the next five decades in the UAE.

“The campaign demonstrates HONOR & UAE’s celebration of the past and commitment to the next 50 years. The HONOR 50 is a smartphone that represents a milestone, and its Vlog camera and design symbolises modernity and looking towards a bright future. HONOR plans to move towards a more focused approach in the Middle East market. We aim to become a premium technology brand by focusing on delivering breakthrough technology and supplying the most advanced products customised to meet the requirement of users in UAE,” said Zhao Likhun, CEO, HONOR Middle East.

Equipped with a 32MP front camera with a 90o viewing angle, the HONOR 50 allows the user to capture their daily moments, take perfect selfies and short videos with friends, family and capture the scenery in one single frame. Boasting a pro-grade quad rear camera setup, the HONOR 50 comes with a 108MP main camera, an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth camera, making it possible to shoot photos and videos in ultra-clarity and in beautiful detail, even at night.

The new series HONOR 50 and HONOR 50 Lite is available in UAE markets via Sharaf DG, Emax, Carrefour, Jumbo, Ecity, Amazon, Noon, and other retail shops as well. HONOR 50 comes with a price of AED 1999 for 8GB+256GB version and AED 1699 for 6GB+128GB version and with a limited time offer that includes free HONOR Earbuds 2 Lite worth AED 299. With HONOR 50, HONOR goes beyond conventional colors and allows the customers to choose from a range of stunning and fashionable options including Frost Crystal, Emerald Green, HONOR Code, and Midnight Black. The HONOR 50 Lite is now available for just AED 999 and with a gift box worth AED 99.

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