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Xiaomi Launches the new Mi A1 Smartphone

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Reporting from Delhi, India: At a global launch event in Delhi, India, Xiaomi announced the launch of the new Mi A1. The new smartphone is a product of partnership between Xiaomi and Google, through the Android One initiative. The Mi A1 is also Xiaomi’s first device under this program.

The Xiaomo Mi A1 runs on stock Android and though the Android One program was kicked off a long time ago, the program has finally come to fruition with the launch of a mid-range device that offers features by the boatload. The Mi A1 is essentially the rebranded Mi 5X smartphone which was launched by the company in July for the Chinese market.

However, there is one difference – while the Mi 5X was powered by Android 7.1.2 with MIUI 9 OS on top of it, the Xiaomi Mi A1 ships with stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat, without any customized UI on top of it. The company also announced that the Mi A1 will be one of the first devices to get the Android 8.0 Oreo by the end of this year.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is made entirely out of metal and comes with a set of capacitive buttons below the display. These buttons include overview (multitasking), home and back. The smartphone also features a dual camera system at the back – both are 12-megapixel shooters.

While one of the cameras is an RGB one with a wide-angle lens, the other is a telephoto shooter. On the front, you will also find a 5-megapixel camera for all your selfie needs. Under the hood, the Mi A1 runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor, comes with 4GB of RAM and offers 64GB of built-in storage. This can be further expanded by using a micro SD card.

The phone is powered by a 3080mAh battery. You also get a fingerprint scanner at the back of the device, just below the dual camera setup. On the front the Mi A1 sports a 5.5-inch full HD (1920-by-1080) display.

You also get an IR blaster, which is included at the very top of this phone. Colour options include Black, Gold and Rose Gold. The Xiaomi Mi A1 measures 155.4-by-75.8-bhy-7.3mm and weighs 165-gms.

Xiaomi announced that the Mi A1 will be available in India starting September 12, 2017 at a price of Rs. 14,999 (AED 900 approx.). The phone will also be launched in 40 other markets around the world, including UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and so on. No dates or local pricing has been mentioned at this point.

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Logitech Launches its Aurora Collection in the Gulf Region

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Logitech G introduced the Aurora Collection in the Gulf region, a new collection featuring the G735 Wireless Gaming HeadsetG715 Wireless Gaming KeyboardG713 Gaming KeyboardG705 Wireless Gaming Mouse. The new collection was designed while addressing the needs and wants of women gamers and appealing to all gamers who are looking for a  playful design and curated experience.

The Aurora Collection has a distinctive aesthetic and design language. It also includes Logitech G’s advanced gaming-grade technologies like LIGHTSPEED high-performance wireless technology and Blue VO!CE microphone technology. The result is a collection of gear that invites all gamers to come as they are while delivering the advanced feature set all gamers expect.

The Aurora Collection was conceptualized based on the feedback from women gamers across the community and brought to life by a team of predominantly women innovation, design, engineering, and marketing leaders at Logitech. The collection was created to meet the gaming desires and needs of an underrepresented segment of gamers and reimagine the future of gaming where representation is firmly present.

The Aurora Collection consists of:

  • G735 Wireless Gaming Headset – Featuring a White Mist finish, ethereal RGB lighting, and on-ear dual-audio mixing, the G735 is a versatile option for any player. G735 is the first Logitech G headset with the feature to modulate a player’s voice.  Players can enjoy long gaming sessions with 56+ hr battery life (without lighting), and experience wireless freedom through Logitech G’s award-winning LIGHTSPEED wireless technology, and Bluetooth.
  • G715 and G713 Mechanical Gaming Keyboards – The G715 Wireless Gaming Keyboard and G713 Gaming Keyboard deliver low-key vibes with high-key performance so players can express themselves and play their way. A compact, tenkeyless layout, and adjustable height ensure comfort all day long. Pack it up and place it anywhere with a rechargeable battery that delivers 25 hours of non-stop gaming, and LIGHTSPEED wireless or Bluetooth connectivity. Both keyboards come with an included Cloud-Soft palm rest for all-day comfort.
  • G705 Wireless Gaming Mouse –G705 Wireless Gaming Mouse is purpose-built for smaller hands with compact contoured fit, and advanced gaming technology. At just 85 grams, G705 is designed for long-lasting, lightweight comfort and performance. With a gaming-grade sensor, ultra-responsive LIGHTSPEED wireless, Bluetooth connectivity, and an easy-reach DPI-cycling button, gamers can play their best.
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What Makes the TCL C735 Better Than TCL’s 2021 Gaming TV?

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TCL makes some of the most beautiful 4K TVs you can buy right now in the market. In recent years, its line of QLED TVs offer a wide range of features that focus on gaming-related technologies such as better contrast ratio, brighter backlighting, and higher refresh rates. Here then is a quick breakdown of the differences between the TCL’s 2021 model C728 and the company’s latest C735 QLED 4K Google TV.

Design and Build Quality
The design of the TCL C735 has been refined when compared with its predecessor, the TCL C728. The 2022 edition now comes with a brand new stand design that is very easy to install and the overall setup looks neat and clean to adapt to any decor. The material used to construct both the televisions is metal, highlighting an almost bezel-less design and a 94.68% screen-to-body ratio, compared to the 94.21% screen-to-body ratio on the 2021 TCL C728.

Display Size and Specs
The TCL C735 is available in various display sizes such as 98-inches, 75-inches, 65-inches, and 55-inches. The 2021 model – the TCL C728 – is available in 75-inches, 65-inches, and 55-inches variants. With the 2022 lineup, you now have an option to go as large as 98-inches, and as they say, bigger is always better, when it comes to displays!

Both TVs offer a resolution of 3840-by-2160, an aspect ratio of 16:9, and a pixel density of 80-PPI. What has changed is the refresh rate. The 2022 model, TCL C735 offers a Variable Refresh Rate of 144HZ, which is usually associated with gaming displays.

Compare this to a mere 120Hz on the 2021 model, the TCL C728. With a higher and variable refresh rate, you get the benefit of going from 48Hz to as high as 144Hz when the on-screen content is demanding. This, in turn, offers faster responsiveness, sharper imagery, and smoother gameplay.

In terms of HDR and related tech, both the 2022 TCL C735 and the 2021 TCL C728 offer HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), and Dolby Vision IQ. With Dolby Vision IQ, C735 enhances the demonstration of Dolby’s exclusive content by displaying a greater number of colours, increasing contrast, and boosting brightness levels.

The availability of HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision IQ, makes the C735 one of the fewest models in the market right now, that take advantage of both technologies to deliver an immersive viewing experience.

Adding to the cinema experience, the C735 also supports Dolby Atmos, which places sounds within multi-dimensional space and puts you in the middle of your f sport, TV, movie, or video game. The immersive audio experience can be found in the form of two 10W speakers in the lower right corner of the bezels.

User Interface
One of the enhancements implemented in the 2022 TCL C735 is the inclusion of Google TV which powers the overall on-screen experience in a fluid and intuitive manner. Compare this to the Android TV UI + TCL TV UI on the 2021 TCL C728. With Google TV, you get to use the Google ecosystem of apps through its Play Store, thus allowing you to install all your favourite apps onto the TV.

Apps include streaming services such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, Disney+, OSN, Zee5,… you name it. The TCL C735 also comes with TCL Game Master, which takes your gaming experience to a whole new level by unlocking advanced display and audio technology and smoother streaming capability.

In addition, the TCL Game Bar on the TCL C735 offers real-time display statistics, aiming aid, toolbox functions, and the quick setting dashboard for an ultimate gaming experience. This means, you can see the gaming parameters such as frame rate, HDR, and so on during the game, and quickly set the related parameters.

Price
The TCL C735 QLED 4K Google TV is a great television if you are on the market for a QLED TV for both entertainment and gaming. The 75’’ variant is now available at a price point of AED 6299 and the 98’’ variant from the XL collection at a price of AED 19999.

It offers stunning visual performance and good integration of electronics to offer more value for your money. The TCL C735 QLED 4K Google TV thus comes across as highly recommended.

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Bytedance Reveals Full Pico 4 XR Headset Specs

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Pico Interactive has revealed in a tweet on Thursday its upcoming Pico 4 headset along with a series of specifications for the head-mounted display (HMD).

The tweet shows the following features along with updates on the company’s website:

  • 5300 mAh high-capacity battery
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor
  • Adreno 650 graphics processing unit (GPU) and 8 GB of RAM
  • Ultrawide pancake optics with a 105-degree field of view (FoV)
  • Colour passthrough mixed reality (MR) visuals
  • Motorised Interpupillary Distance adjustments of 62-72 millimetres
  • 4K+ Super-Vision Display of 4320 x 2160
  • 6 degrees of freedom (DoF) with submillimetre positioning and millimetre tracking accuracy
  • High-Fidelity spatial audio
  • Hypersense haptic controllers with vibrations from 50Hz to 500Hz
  • Weighing at just 586 grammes with its strap included, the standalone device can also tether to gaming PCs for top virtual gaming experiences at 90Hz refresh rates and 1200 pixels per inch (PPI).

Pico’s SLAM infrared optical positioning system also taps the headset’s visual sensors for tracking body positions and movement for added precision. Additional features include a PICO motion tracker with 3DoF positioning for monitoring legs, arms, and other body placements for lifelike motion capturing.

Pico’s PICO OS 5.0 will also integrate TikTok social media posting for communication and updates with online friends in real-time, along with sharing VR video feeds. The software’s Pico Video app will also provide avatar-based VR concerts, 6DoF interactive films, theatre, live interest, and other experiences.

The OS will also include Sports Centre, which leverages the company’s CalSense fitness algorithm for accurate calorie management and workout routines. It will also provide data statistics, workout plans, and social workout connectivity with other users.

The Beijing-based firm will launch for purchase across South Korea, Japan, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and many other European spots, but has not yet pinned a US release date and aims to open sales in Singapore, Malaysia, and China at later dates, according to reports. According to resellers, the device will cost £379 and £449 for the 128 GB and 256 GB models, respectively.

The news comes after Pico teased audiences with fresh announcements on the Pico 4 via TikTok and YouTube, noting that the upcoming headset would likely target consumers and enterprises. Formerly titled Project Phoenix, previous data from US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filings revealed the standalone device used an Android Q OS and Qualcomm processors, among others.

Pico also released its Neo3 Link headset in late May for £399, with preorders shipping in early June. The headset has been widely seen as a direct competitor to the Meta Quest 2, with the most recent device challenging Meta Platform’s upcoming Meta Quest Pro, or Project Cambria enterprise-level headset.

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