HTC has launched two new smartphones – HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play – powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI). The new launch also marks the debut of the new HTC U series, with the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play as the first devices. The phones were launched through a global launch event, which was live-streamed across the globe.
The new HTC U series smartphones are premium offerings that appear to be positioned just below the HTC One series flagship. With the AI-powered Sense Companion, the new HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play is said to learn from and adapt to the users’ behaviour in order to make the experience unique to each user.
With the new HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play, the company is betting big on it’s new AI assistant called Sense Companion, which it claims will learn your usage behaviour over time in order to present you with priority notifications and alerts based on people you contact the most. On the HTC U Ultra, the second ‘ticker-style’ display, called the Priority Screen, is where Sense Companion will display important alerts and notifications.
According to HTC, you’ll need to manually perform an initial setup of Sense Companion on the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play, which involves adding your favourite contacts and apps in order to “train” the AI, after which it’s supposed to automatically manage this for you.
One scenario that was presented to us was that the AI will be able to alert you if your phone needs a charge, depending on your schedule for the day. This way, it could warn you that your phone will not make it through the commute to work or home before you actually set off, if that’s your typical pattern. Sense Companion was developed in-house by HTC, and will work independent of Google’s voice assistant.
Both HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play phones also feature biometric voice recognition, which means you can train them to respond to commands given only by you. The biometric capabilities help authenticate you so you’ll be able to wake the phone from sleep to perform a task, without having to unlock it manually.
The HTC U Ultra has four microphones with an always-listening feature, 3D audio recording and range of around two metres. Both smartphones are said to ship with HTC’s new USonic earphones which feature microphones in the earbuds to map your ear canals to dynamically adapt audio frequencies to each individual’s ear.
Sound can then be customised depending on the type of music you listen to and ambient noise around you. The earphones also support high-resolution audio playback and work over the USB Type-C port. The HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play mark HTC’s move away from metal unibodies for its premium offerings.
The phones now feature a 3D contoured glass design, which HTC refer to as “liquid surface”. The high-gloss design looks amazing, and you have a choice between blue, black, pink and white. The HTC U Ultra features a 5.7-inch Quad HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which is expandable by up to 2TB.
HTC will also offer a premium version of the HTC U Ultra which will have sapphire glass and 128GB of storage. On the other hand, the HTC U Play has a more palm-friendly 5.2-inch full-HD display and an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 SoC, plus either 3GB or 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of in-built storage.
These phones’ cameras are also going to be important selling points. The HTC U Ultra features a 12-megapixel UltraPixel 2 rear camera with support for OIS, PDAF, laser autofocus, and Auto-HDR. On the front, there’s a 16-megapixel sensor which has the ability to switch to ‘UltraPixel mode’, which according to HTC, is about four times more sensitive to light compared to the standard mode.
The HTC U Play also offers the same trickery for the front camera, but its rear camera has a 16-megapixel sensor with similar features as the HTC U Ultra, minus the laser autofocus.
Huawei Launches New Devices at its Flagship Launch Event 2022
Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) featured a variety of HUAWEI’s cutting edge hardware products at the Huawei Flagship Launch Event 2022, including the HUAWEI WATCH GT3 Pro, HUAWEI P50, HUAWEI WATCH FIT 2, HUAWEI WATCH D, HUAWEI Band 7 and HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 that aim to further simplify daily lives of consumers. Along with its hardware products, Huawei also features its world-renowned Health App which has aided consumers all around the world lead a healthy lifestyle.
Huawei also announced that UAE residents to be one of the first to get hands-on majority the new flagship devices this month including HUAWEI WATCH GT3 Pro, HUAWEI P50 and HUAWEI WATCH FIT 2. Huawei Consumer Business Group always puts consumers at the centre of what it does. At the launch event, Richard Yu, CEO of the Consumer Business Group, highlighted Huawei’s continuous dedication to optimising user experience to fulfil its strategy and vision of an All-Scenario Seamless AI Life.
The HUAWEI WATCH GT3 Pro comes with a “moon phase collection” interface design, premium materials, an ultra-clear large screen and a range of watch faces to choose from. The latest Huawei’s latest flagship smartwatch makes it easy to support a healthy lifestyle, with Electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis, and HUAWEI TruSeen 5.0+ data monitoring technology, allowing for accurate heart health measurement and blood oxygen monitoring.
HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 Pro Titanium Edition comes with a 14 days battery life and 7 days of battery life in intense usage scenarios, while the HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 Pro Ceramic Edition comes with 7 days of battery life in typical scenarios and 4 days of battery life in heavy usage scenarios. Thanks to wireless fast charging, you can charge up the watch for a full-day day of use in just 10 minutes.
Users of the HUAWEI WATCH GT3 Pro have access to over 100 workout modes paired with an AI Running Coach and personal running planning feature based on an individual’s physical, running history and personal goals. They are also able to monitor their health with the Electrocardiogram (ECG) function. The HUAWEI WATCH GT3 Pro allows users to obtain accurately record ECG data in support of vascular health management, allowing users to actively prevent the risk of vascular diseases.
The HUAWEI WATCH GT3 Pro, available in Titanium and Ceramic editions will hit the shelves starting May 20th at Huawei Experience Stores, e-commerce and across select retailers in the UAE.
It comprises the powerful Main Camera Matrix and SuperZoom Matrix. The hardware is integrated with the HUAWEI XD Optics and HUAWEI XD Fusion Pro image engine, resulting in high-resolution images that are brighter and cleaner with more details. Huawei went the extra mile to glean a better understanding of colours. It created a comprehensive solution and tweaked over 2,000 colours in the full colour gamut. There is a new super colour filter system with True-Chroma Image Engine and Super HDR technology that provides comprehensive enhancements to details, colours and dynamic range. The HUAWEI P50 is outstanding in videography as it is in photography.
The True-Form Dual-Matrix Camera supports 4K video recording on both the front and rear, providing vivid clear footage from every angle. Moreover, the periscope zoom lens supports a maximum zoom range of up to 80 times. The HUAWEI P50 also supports a new generation of AIS Pro True-Steady Shot technology and is complemented by all-new OIS hardware to offer vastly improved stabilisation experiences.
It incorporates a stunning display with a single-punch hole camera. With the HDR display supporting the full P3 colour gamut, it can deliver an impressive visual experience for both video entertainment and gameplay alike. The HUAWEI P50 features a 6.5-inch display with a high refresh rate and 300 Hz touch sampling rate to provide fast response times. With an IP68 rating, you can be sure you will be protected from the elements when out and about.
Whether for gaming, recording, working or simply browsing the Internet, the HUAWEI P50 delivers excellent battery life with a large and long-lasting 4100mAh battery, which is supported by 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge. Furthermore, the trusted innovative, and secure AppGallery is available on the HUAWEI P50 where users can download a wide range of high-quality apps.
The newly launched HUAWEI P50 in Cocoa Gold and Golden Black will be available in the UAE starting May 20th at a price of AED 2799. The HUAWEI WATCH FIT 2 connects style and functionality together with fashionable characteristics. The HUAWEI WATCH FIT 2 is equipped with a 1,74-inch AMOLED HD HUAWEI FullView that displays 336PPI and 336 x 480 resolution to deliver an excellent visual experience and is accompanied by a screen-to-body ratio as high as 72.2%. The watch also features a new chessboard launcher design that provides users with an interactive experience and the Tap to Transfer feature.
HUAWEI WATCH FIT 2 now comes with a speaker, in addition to the microphone. Calls can be pushed from users’ smartphone to their smartwatch via Bluetooth, so they can chat on the go, wherever they are. Users can answer and hang up calls with ease by tapping on the smartwatch’s button and add frequently used contacts in the HUAWEI Heath App. They can also play music directly on the smartwatch with offline music playback and manage music playback through mobile apps. Gain access to HUAWEI Assistant∙TODAY on the smartwatch to quickly check the weather, flights, and other information. Despite the compact body, HUAWEI WATCH FIT 2 manages to fit in a large battery. Under typical usage scenarios, the smartwatch can be used for 10 days, and 7 days under heavy usage scenarios.
The new HUAWEI WATCH FIT 2 will be available in the UAE starting May 27th at a price of AED 599.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2
Introducing the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2, HUAWEI’s brand-new flagship foldable smartphone. With a weight of only 255g and a thickness of only 5.4mm, the phone features the first 3D Fibreglass Design to achieve a fusion of aesthetic colours and textures. To achieve an ultra-flat surface that is minimalistic and natural, the phone uses the Falcon Wing Design. Through that, the movement of the hinge and screen is precisely synchronised via the fixed-length linkage control. For the phone’s screen, the use of HUAWEI’s self-developed innovative industry-first composite screen to absorb all shock and buffer makes the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 ultra-reliable.
To further enhance user quality, the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 is equipped with HUAWEI flagship products such as a 7.8-inch True-Chroma foldable display to deliver high-resolution content, Silicon-Based Anode battery for higher density and larger capacity, 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge that allows a 90% charge within 30minutes, and an Anti-Reflective Nano Optical layer to help reduce glare. And to top that all off, the HUAWI Mate Xs 2 incorporates innovative interactions with multitasking capabilities and Floating Window Swipe Gestures to provide a seamless control while operating the multi-window.
HUAWEI Health App
HUAWEI Health App covers all aspects of a healthy lifestyle, including Fitness, Nutrition and Wellness. Users can enjoy a wide range of features of the HUAWEI Health App to stay fit for both physical and mental health. With HUAWEI Health+, Huawei is introducing a new premium paid subscription service for users who are looking for more advanced health & fitness features.
Creating a regiment to stay health is not easy but with the help of the HUAWEI Health App+’s Stay Fit Plan, users can create workouts and eating plans with automatic reminders for individuals base on their personal training days, exercise goals and favourite foods. Use the Nutritional Analysis to input nutrition data for each meal and calculation highly accurate calorie counts that can help users meet their goals.
Lastly, to help with breathing, HUAWEI’s Breathing Training allows users to create and develop their own breathing exercise routine which encourages consistency and ensures that the practice fits into the user’s daily life. The HUAWEI Health+ will be firstly released in Germany and Italy. HUAWEI continues to strive enable users to lead healthy lifestyles with new innovations. With new and unique hardware and functions allowing users to track and motivate themselves as they embark on the journey to finding their best self.
Linksys Launches New Series of Affordable WiFi 6 Mesh Solutions
Linksys has announced two new WiFi 6 mesh systems designed to deliver peak wireless performance for all at-home needs including remote working, streaming content, multi-user gaming, and more. The Linksys Hydra 6 and Linksys Atlas 6 are Linksys’ newest entry-level dual-band products in the company’s family of WiFi 6 mesh systems and come at the most affordable prices to date for the brand.
“There is an increased need for wireless connectivity that can handle the influx of devices on home networks, and deliver reliable, secure, and private connections,” said Amanullah Khan, Managing Director for the Middle East, Turkey & Africa at Linksys. “Our mission is to connect everyone securely and through the launch of these systems, we provide our customers with two new options for fast speed, coverage, and connectivity at an affordable price point.”
Linksys Atlas 6
The Linksys Atlas 6 is the newest whole-home mesh system in Linksys’ portfolio of products. Speed and performance at an affordable price, the Linksys Atlas 6 is ideal for hybrid work, online gaming, 4K UHD streaming, and more. The dual-band router works best with internet service plans up to a gigabit. Each node has three 1GbE Ethernet ports for connecting wired devices to wireless networks and provides access to 160MHz channels for superfast wireless connections.
The Linksys Atlas 6 is available in three configurations. The 1-pack supports up to 25 devices and covers over ~2,000 square feet, the 2-pack supports up to 50 devices and covers ~4,000 square feet, and the 3-pack supports up to 75 devices ~6,000 square feet.
Linksys Hydra 6
The Linksys Hydra 6 delivers high-speed wireless data for up to 25 devices over 2,000 square feet. The Linksys Hydra 6 WiFi 6 dual-band mesh router delivers dramatically faster, robust, and reliable wireless connections. Ideal for super smooth 4K UHD streaming, video conferencing, online gaming, and more. The router works best with internet service plans up to a gigabit. It provides 160 MHz channels for superfast wireless connections and has four 1 GbE Ethernet ports to connect wired devices such as gaming devices, television, DVR, and more to the wireless network.
Features of Linksys Atlas 6 and Hydra 6, include:
- Fast to set up. Easy to manage. – The Linksys App makes it simple to set up your WiFi network and you can control and monitor your WiFi from anywhere.
- Linksys Intelligent Mesh Technology – Dynamically optimize speeds and maximize the use of all bands to reduce congestion, latency, and buffering.
- Security and privacy you can trust – Protect your home with automatic software updates so your network is always secure and up to date. Parental controls and separate guest networks keep devices safe.
- Peace of mind – Linksys products pass 25 quality tests, are backed by a 3-year warranty, and have 24/7 tech support.
- Grow as needed – When your family, home, and needs grow, your WiFi should grow with you. Add more nodes to expand coverage for a stronger connection and to handle more devices as needed.
- Robust. Stable. Reliable. – Built with the Qualcomm Immersive Home 214 Platform users can expect great connectivity throughout the home.
The Linksys Hydra 6 will be available beginning early summer in the US for $179.99 on Linksys.com and in select retailers; global availability to follow in the second half of 2022. The Linksys Atlas 6 will be available beginning early summer in the US for $149.99 (1-pack), $279.99 (2-pack), and $349.99 (3-pack) on Linksys.com; global availability to follow in the second half of 2022.
MSI Announces the Modern AM242 and AM272 Series AIO PCs and Modern MD272 Series Monitor
MSI has announced the Modern AM242 and Modern AM272 Series All-in-One PCs. Featuring the exclusive software MSI Cloud Center, they can bring you a private cloud and help backup your files between the mobile devices (Android & iOS) and Modern AM242 & AM272 Series. Their eye care technologies, built-in Full HD webcam, and ergonomic design with an IPS panel bring a wide viewing angle and enhanced viewing experience. Both models are designed with efficiency and productivity in mind.
MSI Cloud Center: a Private Cloud with Cross-platform and Mobile Connection Backup
The exclusive Cloud Center allows users to backup and download photos, videos, and any other files between the Android or iOS devices and Modern AM242 & AM272 series All-in-One PC. Just one click and it will automatically backup all of your photos and videos to the specific storage you want within a private intranet environment which ensures a safer private cloud environment. You can make these files accessible to your family or team members, or you can also make files as private as you want and you’re the only one who can access them. The decision is in your hands.
The MSI Cloud Center helps you wirelessly and promptly upload files, projects, or travel plans on your Android or iOS devices to the Modern AM242 & AM272 Series if you don’t want to backup all of these files. You can upload, download, delete or even share the files with your family or team members who have been authorized & logged in with a QR code generated by the MSI Cloud Center, and they will also enjoy the benefit of this private cloud and upload the files to finalize the projects with you. Security, privacy, and efficiency can all be enjoyed at once.
If you have any concerns about having too many photos to backup in your storage, MSI Center’s Smart Image Finder helps categorize and browse through your precious memories with A.I.-generated smart tags so that you can search photos or materials with tags and increase your work efficiency.
Eye Care with Stylish Tone
Using the MSI Modern AM242 and AM272 series AIO PCs is the best way to style a desk, home, or even home office, as they are both aesthetically pleasing and completely functional for learning or working at home or in the office. The innovative Modern AM Series All-in-One PC is designed to stylishly increase visual comfort while performing computer tasks at home or in the office. Both models come with MSI’s Anti-Flicker technology, which eliminates flickering and effectively reduces eye fatigue caused by prolonged use time while enhancing your productivity. The Less Blue Light technology filters visual exposure to the blue light during daily use and brings you the most comfortable viewing experiences.
Enhanced Security & Productivity Design
The built-in Full HD webcam with privacy design and A.I. noise cancellation technology from MSI Center help connect you to the world and with the best video quality. Its built-in webcam supports the Windows Hello biometric authentication system providing you with a faster and safer way to log in. The Modern AM242 and AM272 Series All-in-One PCs also support the privacy screen and peeker detection technology which we developed with Tobii Aware to ensure a safer environment for you. A removable webcam cover is also available if you need more privacy.
With the MSI Instant Display Technology, the Modern AM242 and AM272 Series All-in-One PCs can be used as a monitor without booting up their system. When the devices are connected to their HDMI-in ports, the screen will be turned on immediately. Furthermore, they can support a second monitor through the HDMI output and support the standard VESA mount or MSI’s VESA Arm MT81. The MSI Modern AM242 and Modern AM272 Series All-in-One PCs can help provide a better user experience for you, protect your eyes most ergonomically, and quietly protect our environment as well.
Modern MD272 Series Monitor – The Best Choice Award & Red Dot Design Award Winner
The Modern MD272 Series brings an eye care & ergonomic environment for all users. It provides Full HD & WQHD resolution for a wider field of view and greater detail. With the Less Blue Light PRO and Anti-flicker technology, this monitor protects your eyes while maintaining vibrant colors. With several user-friendly designs such as an adjustable base stand (adjustable tilt, swivel, height & pivot), tool-free design, Type C display & 65W power delivery, internal speakers, the exclusive Productivity Intelligence (P.I.) app that supports the KVM switch, proper display mode, and convenient tools, the Modern MD272 is awarded the 2022 Best Choice Award and the 2021 German Red Dot Design Award. This is the pinnacle of business monitor achievement which helps expand your vision to the world.
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