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Review Central’s Best of MWC 2017

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Reporting from Barcelona, Spain: Mobile World Congress, the largest mobility exhibition in the world, is drawing to a close. The event has been the launch pad for many flagship smartphones and devices, and this year was no different.

Over the past couple of days, we have seen hot new releases from the likes of Sony Mobile, LG, Huawei, Samsung, Nokia, BlackBerry, Motorola, and so on. Here then, is the list of devices that made into Review Central’s Best of MWC 2017 list!

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

This year at MWC, Sony has bet its hopes onto its new flagship – the Xperia XZ Premium. This smartphone packs in 5.5-inch 4K HDR display, 19-megapixel rear “Motion Eye” camera and a mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. There is also 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, along with water and dust proofing to a high standard. Brilliant indeed.

Huawei P10 Plus

Huawei P10 Plus

Huawei kick-started MWC 2017 with the launch of two new smartphones – the P10 and the P10 Plus. Out of the two devices, the P10 Plus gets our money – it features a 5.5-inch QHD screen and comes with Huawei’s Dual Camera tech meaning you get that fantastic Leica monochrome camera.

LG G6

LG G6

LG’s gamble over discarding its modular smartphone ambitions seems to have paid off. Teased for sometime, the LG G6 is the company’s newest flagship device and it comes in a non-modular body and we love it! It comes with a 5.7-inch 18:9 display that is longer than you’re probably used to. It’s also the first phone that supports Dolby Vision HDR meaning your videos are going to look stunning thanks to a better contrast and wider colour gamut.

Nokia 6

Nokia 6

HMD Global had all eyes set on itself, when it announced it is going to relaunch a 17-year old phone – the Nokia 3310. The company also showcased three new Android smartphones – the one we liked is the Nokia 6. This one is a mid-range phone that comes with a 5.5-inch screen, among other features. The company is also offering a special Nokia 6 Arte Black version, which features a colouring similar to the high-end iPhone 7 Jet Black model.

BlackBerry KeyOne

Blackberry Keyone

BlackBerry is going strong with churning out handsets after handsets. This time around, the company has handed the hardware license to TCL. Previously known as the Mercury, the new KeyOne gives old Bold users what they believe they still want: a keyboard. Combine that with Android and BlackBerry Hub and this should bring a smile to any Blackberry fan’s face.

Samsung Galaxy Book

Samsung Galaxy Book

A few years ago, Samsung had great PC and laptop ambitions. Then, midway, it just gave up on that notion. The company is now plotting its entry back into the PC / laptop business with its new Galaxy Book. This one is a Microsoft Surface-like device from Samsung. Coming in two sizes – 10.6 and 12-inches – it runs Windows 10 and comes with an optional S Pen that lets you take notes, do illustrations and more.

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Motorola’s G5 Plus is an upgrade to the standard offering. The device delivers a big dose of premium, without the prohibitive price tag. This new Moto feels like a phone with purpose, built for an audience that actually exists for such a device. From the camera performance to the overall design, if you’re not in the phone market seeking an over-powered processor in your device then this little beauty ought to have everything sewn up.

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Top Smartwatch You Can Get Today in the UAE: The HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 – Moon Phase Collection II

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If you are looking to buy a smartwatch this year, then there are some key features to look out for when doing your research. Design and material are important factors as they epitomise style and decide wearing comfort. Battery life is also a very important factor especially with all the background features working in a smartwatch you want to make sure you never run out of juice. Then, of course, there are the health and fitness tracking features that are imperative to give you updates about your general physical condition.

Huawei recently unveiled its next-generation smartwatch, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 Moon Phase Collection II that comes in two variants: 46mm and 42mm, delivering an upgraded, more powerful, and convenient user experience. On top of its fashionable and classic looks, new interface design, it also comes with an up to 14-day battery life, all-day health management, disciplined workouts, on top of the convenient life assistant features, which add to the overall value of the smartwatch.

First of all, you do not have to worry about the HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 – Moon Phase Collection II compatibility. The smartwatch is compatible with Huawei devices as well as other Android and iOS devices, and that is definitely an advantage if you are using devices from other brands.

Traverse the nature with the Moon Phase Collection II
The HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 Moon Phase Collection II is designed to help users explore more. Whether exploring the world around them or exploring the limits of their fitness potential. Its high-end design is complemented by a Moon Phase function that brings to users unique watch faces from which they can observe the different phases of the moon as it changes. Apart from moon phases, users can choose different layouts showing tide times, constellations, and more to master the elements as they explore outdoors.

Moreover, in terms of design and aesthetics, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 Moon Phase Collection II innovative design is inspired by nature, focusing on the beauty of nature and the integration of cutting-edge technologies. The minimalist lugs, large lenses, and lightweight design make the HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 46mm look more classic, delivering a highly distinguished smartwatch. Without a strap, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 46mm weighs just 42.6g with an overall thickness of 11mm, and the HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 42mm weighs. Both offer a lighter and thinner wearing experience.

Bringing a brand-new smart interactive experience, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 comes with a rotating crown with tactile feedback, offering high-precision finger movement recognition. The new chessboard design of the launcher can be moved and zoomed freely, operating in a more convenient way. Always on display Dials (AODs) can stay awake during daily usage, and custom watch faces also allow exercise data and applications to be easily accessed just by lifting the wrist.

Up to 2-week long battery life
The HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 46mm supports a 14-day battery life in typical usage; while HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 42mm offers a 7-day of long battery life in typical usage. The longer battery life ensures you can wear it all day and use it continuously, even during sleep.

All-day Health Management
The HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 provides continuous, real-time, and accurate SpO2 (Blood Oxygen Saturation), sleep, and stress monitoring features for comprehensive health management.

HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 is equipped with HUAWEI TruSleep™ 2.0 sleep monitoring technology. It can perform sleep stage monitoring, real-time heart rate monitoring, sleep breathing monitoring, and assessment of sleep quality without disturbing the user’s sleep.

The HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 is also a stress management assistant. It monitors your stress 24/7 and it will notify you if your stress levels are high and even help you out with breathing guidance to help relieve some of the stress off you.

The new Healthy Living Shamrock has added many small features to better fit users’ daily health needs. Through personalised settings, users can receive regular reminders like Health challenges, daily water intake, daily mindfulness, early sleep reminder, exercise volume, and staying positive are all small things related to your health.

Disciplined workouts
The HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 features a whole new HUAWEI TruSeen 5.0+ heart rate monitoring technology, which adopts eight photodiodes in a circular layout, two sets of light sources 8-in-1 LED lens light-emitting chip, multi-channel for receiving a light signal, and a curved design to realise better light penetration, lower power consumption, and more comfortable wearing experience. The Dual-Band Five-System GNSS positioning also provides users with more accurate geographic location positioning.

With the HUAWEI GT 3, Huawei combines scientific consideration and user experience to develop the AI Running Coach. Huawei’s new running ability measurement, Running Ability Index (RAI), uses historical running heart rate, pace, and other data to analyse the running performance after each training, which is convenient for users to understand the training progress and witness their improvements.

The HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 also comes with an upgraded workout-monitoring feature, providing over 100 workout modes including 18 professional workout modes, 12 outdoor workouts.

Stay connected right from your wrist
HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 supports Bluetooth calls. In addition, you can receive read and reply SMS messages right from your wrist thanks to the convenient message notifications. With Petal Maps on-board, users can also navigate their way around right from their wrist. The HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 also supports watch faces to bring consumers a more personalised experience. Users can set frequently used functions or applications, allowing you to gain instant access to exercise data and important applications when raising your wrist. There are also over ten thousand of watch faces themes for download.

The HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 Moon phase Collection II is a major leap, in many ways! If you want a smartwatch with a premium classic look and a myriad of health and fitness features then you would absolutely fall in love with this smartwatch. The new HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 Moon Phase Collection II will be up for grabs in the UAE this month.

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ASUS Middle East Announces Big Savings on its Networking Products for Amazon’s White Friday Sale

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Tis’ the season to do shopping, as ASUS Middle East has announced huge discounts on its outstanding range of networking products. These discounts are being offered exclusively for Amazon’s White Friday sale. Check out the offers below:

ASUS RT-AC86U

The ASUS RT-AC86U is the ultimate choice for gaming, with blistering 2917Mbps Wi-Fi speeds, MU-MIMO technology and powerful game-boosting features including the WTFast game accelerator and Adaptive QoS. Whether you’re gaming online in a heated competition or streaming a live event in 4K UHD, lag and buffering are simply not an option. NitroQAM (1024-QAM) technology delivers the ultimate 5GHz quad-stream (4×4) speeds of up to 2167Mbps, giving RT-AC86U combined total speed of 2917Mbps. So everyone on your network can enjoy smooth streaming and low-latency online gaming!

Price: AED 799 AED 499


ASUS RT-AX58U

This AX3000 Dual Band WiFi 6 (802.11ax) Router supports MU-MIMO and OFDMA technology, with AiProtection Pro network security powered by Trend Micro, and is compatible with ASUS AiMesh WiFi system. The RT-AX58U has lifetime free AiProtection Pro, powered by Trend Micro with automatic, regularly updated security signatures to protect your devices and personal data from internet threats. This strong security offers advanced parental controls, including the ability to block specific websites and mobile app types.

Price: AED 799 AED 599


ASUS XD4 (B-1-PK)

The ZenWiFi AX Mini system consists of one ASUS AX1800 WiFi 6 router and two extending node, featuring unique technologies that give you superfast, reliable and secure WiFi connections — inside or outside your home. ZenWiFi AX Mini puts your WiFi into top gear! With a total bandwidth of up to of 1800 Mbps, it’s up to 1.4X faster than WiFi 5 routers. Uniquely, ZenWiFi lets you choose how you name your WiFi networks: a single name for everything, or separate names for each frequency band.

Price: AED 649 AED 509


ASUS RT-AX55

RT-AX55 is a 2×2 dual-band WiFi router that provides 80MHz bandwidth and 1024-QAM for dramatically faster wireless connections. With a total networking speed of about 1800Mbps — 574Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1201Mbps on the 5GHz band — RT-AX55 is 1.5X faster than 802.11ac 2×2 dual-band routers. With a revolutionary combination of OFDMA and MU-MIMO technology, 802.11ax technology provides up to 4X greater network capacity and efficiency in traffic-dense environments. Target Wake Time (TWT) allows RT-AX55 to schedule designated intervals for devices to transmit data. This allows them to sleep when there is no need to wait for a router signal, reducing power consumption by up to 7X for significantly improved battery life.

Price: AED 329 AED 269


ASUS RT-AX53U

ASUS RT-AX53U AX1800 Dual Band WiFi 6 (802.11ax) Router is a 2×2 dual-band WiFi router that provides 80MHz bandwidth and 1024-QAM for dramatically faster wireless connections. With a total networking speed of about 1800Mbps — 574Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1201Mbps on the 5GHz band. It supports the New-Gen WiFi Standard – WiFi 6(802.11ax) standard supporting MU-MIMO and OFDMA technology for better efficiency and throughput. Supporting not only MU-MIMO but also OFDMA technique to efficiently allocate channels, communicate with multiple devices simultaneously.

Price: AED 329 AED 259


ASUS RT-AC59U

Powered by 5th-generation Wi-Fi (5G Wi-Fi), the 802.11ac chipset gives the RT-AC59U super-fast wireless speeds. RT-AC59U delivers up to 867 Mbps at 5 GHz, also with 4×4 600 Mbps at 2.4 GHz which is 2X faster than current 300 Mbps routers. The RT-AC59U is equipped with four Gigabit LAN ports that can pump up to 4Gbps simultaneously. Smart TVs, game consoles, cable boxes, media players, NAS storage devices and more can now have their own dedicated ports, making the RT-AC59U your home’s lag-free media hub.

Price: AED 219 AED 179


ASUS CD6 (1-PK)

The ZenWiFi AC Mini system consists of one ASUS AC1500 router and two extending node, featuring unique technologies that give you superfast, reliable and secure WiFi connections — inside or outside your home. Uniquely, ZenWiFi lets you choose how you name your WiFi networks: a single name for everything, or separate names for each frequency band. AiProtection Classic with Parental Controls is free for life. It gives you total peace of mind, and you can keep an eye on everything that’s happening on your network via the mobile app.

Price: AED 399 AED 329


ASUS GS-AX5400

The GS-AX5400 is a dual-band WiFi 6 gaming router, that is PS5 compatible. It comes with a Mobile Game Mode, VPN Fusion, lifetime free internet security, Instant Guard, Gear Accelerator, Gaming Port, Adaptive QoS, port forwarding, and support for ASUS Aura RGB. Get the competitive edge with ROG Strix GS-AX5400, a WiFi 6 gaming router that gives you the fastest, smoothest WiFi gaming connections ever. With ultrafast WiFi speeds up to 5400 Mbps, it’s ready for the most intense matches, and with fully customizable ASUS Aura RGB lighting effects, it looks great too. If you take gaming seriously, you need the GS-AX5400.

Price: AED 1,199 AED 999


ASUS XT8 (B-2-PK)

The ZenWiFi AX system consists of a pair of ASUS AX6600 WiFi 6 routers, featuring unique technologies that give you superfast, reliable and secure WiFi connections — inside or outside your home. ZenWiFi AX puts your WiFi into top gear! With a total bandwidth of up to of 6600 Mbps, it’s up to 2.2X faster than tri-band AC3000 (WiFi 5) routers. Uniquely, ZenWiFi AX lets you choose how you name your WiFi networks: a single name for everything, or separate names for each frequency band.

Price: AED 2,699 AED 2,299


ASUS GS-AX3000

The GS-AX3000 is a dual-band WiFi 6 gaming router that is compatible with PS5. It also comes with Mobile Game Mode, VPN Fusion, lifetime free internet security, Instant Guard, Gear Accelerator, Gaming Port, Adaptive QoS, port forwarding, and support for  ASUS Aura RGB. Get the competitive edge with ROG Strix GS-AX3000, a WiFi 6 gaming router that gives you the fastest, smoothest WiFi gaming connections ever. With ultrafast WiFi speeds up to 3000 Mbps, it’s ready for the most intense matches, and with fully customizable ASUS Aura RGB lighting effects, it looks great too. If you take gaming seriously, you need the GS-AX3000.

Price: AED 959 AED 819


ASUS XD6 (W-1-PK)

The ZenWiFi XD6 system consists of a pair of ASUS AX5400 WiFi 6 routers, featuring unique technologies that give you superfast, reliable and secure WiFi connections — inside or outside your home. ASUS ZenWiFi XD6 gives you alternative backhaul options: Ethernet and WiFi. The router intelligently chooses the most reliable method for you based on connection quality. If you prefer, you can also manually choose the type of backhaul connection. ZenWiFi XD6 puts your WiFi into top gear. With a total bandwidth of up to 5400 Mbps, it’s up to 2.2X faster than WiFi 5 routers.

Price: AED 1,099 AED 939

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Capture All of Life’s Important Moments With the Best Vlog Phone HONOR 50

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There is a creative spark in all of us that just needs the right outlet to be expressed. As more and more of us share our daily lives and travel adventures with friends and family, short-form videos on platforms like TikTok have grown in popularity. Videos in particular have a unique way of capturing unforgettable memories and expressing ourselves in unique ways. In the past, many people have been put off from videography due to the need for heavy expensive equipment such as cameras and lighting as well as a background in editing and storyboarding. As part of Honor’s thrilling new journey, it has developed the new HONOR 50 smartphone which gives control back to the creators by making it easier than ever to vlog compelling content.

It’s able to do this thanks to its six filming modes that use various combinations of its main front and two rear cameras so shooting different scenarios is quicker and easier. It means you can simultaneously shoot and switch between Front to Rear Recording, Dual-View Recording (Front/Rear), Dual-View Recording (Rear/Rear), Picture in Picture, Fast-Motion Recording and Slow-Motion Recording, and Single to Dual-View Recording modes. The only thing you have do is get creative. Here are a few ideas to help you plan your next shoot.

Out-of-town shooting simplified

We are surrounded by amazing sights and sounds. All we have to do is take a moment and enjoy them. That is why out-of-town shooting spots can be a great way to get away from our usual daily activities and experience unfamiliar but captivating locations. A problem that can arise when shooting in such places is the disruption to continuity it can cause during filming. With the HONOR 50 not only can you film a scene while outdoors, but the smartphone allows you to edit and modify the speed and flash of the recording as you go along. That means you can avoid scenes looking out of place by pausing record and restarting as you shoot. See something interesting in the distance? Well, the 108MP main camera has a 6X zoom for video allowing you to focus on a point of interest before zooming out to record your response effortlessly.

Capture treasured moments with family and friends with ease

Spending time with the ones we love is incredibly important and whether it’s at a sibling’s birthday or you are celebrating graduation with some university friends, these are memories we want to keep forever. The usual method involving a smartphone would be to shoot your subjects as they celebrate. Unfortunately, it means the person shooting the video is not in the scene and misses out. The HONOR 50’s front and rear dual-view recording eliminates this concern by showing both you and your subjects simultaneously. Just point and start filming. This mode shows you interacting with your subjects as they celebrate. It makes you part of the moment as you capture this memory.

Picture-in-Picture for greater focus   

Shooting video no longer has to be limited to a single camera. Capabilities such as the HONOR 50’s Picture-in-Picture mode add something a little more entertaining to the mix. With this mode you can overlay the view from the front camera onto the larger rear camera view or vice versa. This is a great way to draw the viewer’s attention towards the main image while ensuring you can be seen recording. Want to video your nieces and nephews as they make balloon animals for a party while guiding them from the side? Picture-in Picture is perfect. The parents will see their kids enjoying themselves as well as how you are guiding them.

Capture the ebb and flow of the world around you

Our world is fast moving and ever changing. There are always new sights to see and experiences to enjoy. To truly capture the atmosphere, you sometimes need to see it from a different perspective. The HONOR 50’s fast and slow-motion mode lets you do that effortlessly. Sitting at a coffee shop watching the world go by with a couple of friends? Why not set up your smartphone to catch the world around you in fast-motion and see the busy atmosphere around you. Alternatively, why not take the dog out for a walk on a rainy day and film him shake himself dry in stunning slow-motion detail. These effects open a whole new world of possibilities for shooting videos that can be transformed from normal videos into something special that can grab the attention of viewers.

Shoot with different angles at the same location

Walking along a scenic trail during a hike? Then why not capture the moment in a unique way by using all the angles. As you walk you can switch between different multi-cameras to really showcase every aspect of the scene. Just select the icon on top and you can pick which mode to shoot with. See some interesting wildlife then why not use the front to rear recording mode to capture the moment. You can swap between different modes as you film so you end up with a multiple angle shoot in one simple take. No need for additional cameras to be set up or editing, just press record and get creative.

These are just a handful of the features the new HONOR 50 smartphone has that can be used to help everyone become a vlogger, no matter their experience level. The smartphone gives users the flexibility to shoot for extended periods thanks to the HONOR 50’s long lasting 4300mAh battery. It also comes with HONOR 66W Supercharge technology that enables the battery to be charged to over 70% in just 20 minutes.

With so many camera angles and styles of recording to choose from the HONOR 50 really is the perfect vlogging companion for daily life and travel.

 

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