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Nokia 3.1 to Get Android 9 Pie in UAE

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HMD Global has announced that the Nokia 3.1 will start receiving the Android 9 Pie upgrade from today. The Android 9 Pie upgrade will be the second letter OS update for the Nokia 3.1 – the phone upgraded from Android Nougat to Android Oreo just six months ago, in September 2018.

The Nokia 3.1 joins the family of Nokia smartphones on Android 9 Pie, bringing AI driven innovations to your daily routines, to save you time, improve the battery life and even anticipate what you’re likely to want to do next.

Nokia 3.1 users of Android 9 Pie will enjoy features such as app actions, which predicts your next move. Adaptive battery, which adjusts and anticipates the personal needs of each user for battery optimisation. Digital Wellbeing which measures your Nokia 3.1 usage and gives you insight into your smartphone habits. The Android 9 Pie update also brings with it the new include Slices function, which identifies relevant information of favourite apps to make them easier to access. Additionally, Adaptive Brightness automatically alters your phone light settings by learning from user interactions.

Key features of Android 9 Pie

  • App Actions – Helps get things done faster by predicting the user’s next move and displaying the right action
  • Slices – Identifies relevant information of favourite apps to make them more easily accessible when required
  • Adaptive Battery ​– Uses deep learning to understand usage patterns and prioritise battery power on important apps
  • Adaptive Brightness ​– Automatically adapts phone brightness by learning from user interactions with different settings
  • New system navigation​ – Features a single home button that provides intelligent predictions and suggestions (user enabled)
  • Digital Wellbeing– Gives you a complete picture of your digital habits and disconnect when you want to
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ASUS Launches the Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3402)

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ASUS has announced the all-new Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3402), a powerful, elegant and lightweight 14-inch laptop that introduces a completely new and modern look to the pioneering Zenbook series. It’s the new benchmark for portable perfection.

Designed to deliver a cinematic audiovisual experience, Zenbook 14 OLED features an expansive 16:10 2.8K 90Hz OLED NanoEdge 550-nit PANTONE Validated 90Hz display with a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 gamut. It’s DisplayHDR True Black 500 certified for deep blacks and is also TÜV Rheinland certified for eye care. The Harman Kardon-certified Dolby Atmos sound system uses a smart amplifier to deliver powerful spatial sound.

Zenbook 14 OLED delivers excellent performance, powered by the latest 12th Generation Intel Core processors and Intel Iris Xe graphics, with up to 16 GB RAM, ultrafast PCIe 4.0 SSDs, the latest WiFi 6E connectivity, and ensures maximum life from the high-capacity 75 Wh battery. Despite its compact size — a mere 16.9 mm thin and 1.39 kg light — the all-aluminium Zenbook 14 OLED includes a full set of I/O ports, including two Thunderbolt™ 4 USB-C ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, a microSD card reader and an audio combo jack.

The Zenbook 14 OLED offers users an enhanced audiovisual experience, with an expansive 16:10 2.8K OLED NanoEdge 600-nit 90Hz touchscreen that delivers incredibly detailed visuals with ultra-vivid colours. The NanoEdge design has ultra-slim bezels and a 90% screen-to-body ratio, which in turn gives Zenbook 14 OLED a svelte and compact form factor. For superb colour accuracy, the display is PANTONE Validated, and the DisplayHDR True Black 500 certification means it displays the deepest possible blacks. It also cares for eyes during long screen sessions, with low blue-light levels that are certified by both SGS and TÜV Rheinland.

Immersive audio is delivered by the powerful and crystal-clear Harman Kardon-certified Dolby Atmos stereo sound system, which uses a smart amplifier that uses special algorithms to boost loudness levels by up to 350% without distortion. Dolby Atmos delivers a new spatial sound experience for all types of audio, for breathtaking realism in music, movies and videos.

Whatever the user needs to do, Zenbook 14 OLED is primed and ready, featuring all the multitasking power of up to the latest 12th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics, and an ultrafast up to 1 TB PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD for storage, while allowing all-day battery life from the 75 Wh battery. Designed for a sublime on-the-go experience, Zenbook 14 OLED packs this premium specification into a compact, slim and lightweight all-aluminium chassis that’s ready to go anywhere.

It’s just 16.9 mm thin and weighs a mere 1.39 kg, yet it’s packed with a full set of I/O ports for easy device and peripheral connectivity. The latest ultrafast Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports support fast charging, 4K UHD external displays and up to 40 Gbps data transfers, and there’s also an HDMI port and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port alongside a microSD card reader. Communications and audio I/O are taken care of by the convenient audio combo jack.

Zenbook 14 OLED introduces a breathtaking new interpretation of the signature Zenbook design that’s timelessly elegant yet totally modern. The bold new lid design is based around our new monogram ‘A’ logo — first seen in the 30th Anniversary Edition Zenbook — that’s delicately carved in shining metal to produce a pattern inspired by Japanese Kintsugi craftsmanship. An echo of the iconic spun-metal Zenbook finish, with its Zen-inspired concentric circles — can be seen on the end caps of the hinges. Zenbook 14 OLED is available in two fresh new colours: Ponder Blue and Aqua Celadon.

Giving users the best experiences is something we really care about. That’s why Zenbook 14 OLED is packed with thoughtful design features, such as the 180° ErgoLift hinge that makes it easy to share and collaborate, ASUS NumberPad 2.0 for easy data entry, and a fingerprint sensor on the power button for single-touch login with Windows Hello.

This laptop also features the new full-size ErgoSense keyboard and touchpad for the most comfortable typing experience ever. Its 19.05 mm key pitch is the same as a desktop keyboard, for superb typing comfort and accuracy. The 0.2 mm key-cap dish matches the shape of fingertips, and the long 1.4 mm key travel lets use type with optimal force. The special hydrophobic coating on the ErgoSense touchpad provides smoother, silk-like touch feedback for every scrolling movement, and there’s also a tough, easy-to-clean anti-fingerprint coating.

ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3402) will be available on 11th August 2022 in UAE from Virgin Megastore, Sharaf DG, Jumbo, Emax, ECITY, Noon, Amazon, Computronic, Al Ershad and ASUS e-shop. Pricing starts from AED 5,299.

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HONOR Intros the new MagicBook X 14 and MagicBook X 15

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HONOR has launched the new MagicBook X 14 and MagicBook X 15 in UAE. Equipped with 11th Gen Intel Core Processors, the new HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 deliver upgraded performance in a premium and slim aluminium body. Featuring HONOR Magic-Link functionality for multitasking, a massive 56Wh battery, high-speed dual-channel memory, and a Supersized Cooling Fan, the MagicBook X 14 and MagicBook X 15 deliver superb performance and a seamless user experience to take users from work to play.

“Today we live in a dynamic era where technology and innovation are revolutionizing how we entertain, work, learn, and live. HONOR is always committed to pushing industry benchmarks to new highs and elevating user experience in every aspect through intelligent solutions and groundbreaking technologies,” Zengyan Li, GCC CEO of HONOR. “We’re beyond excited to introduce HONOR MagicBook X 14 and 15 in UAE knowing that many of our fans in the UAE have been eagerly waiting for, and we are thrilled to bring those powerhouses to the market.”

Starting from August 11th, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 version will be available to purchase in the UAE market via the HONOR Online Store and Sharaf DG at AED 2099 instead of AED 2699. For those looking for a larger screen, the new HONOR MagicBook X 15 featuring i3-1115G4version comes with a stunning 15-inch Eye Comfort HONOR FullView Display, a screen-to-body ratio of 87% weighing just 1.56kg. HONOR MagicBook X 15 also will be available in the UAE market via HONOR Online Store and Sharaf DG at AED 1599 instead of AED 2099. Upon purchase, users will enjoy free gifts worth AED 397 including HONOR CHOICE Earbuds X, Backpack and 1-year extended warranty.

Powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 delivers an upgraded performance with a maximum turbo frequency of 4.2GHz. Both the models run on Windows 11 Home Operating System. The HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 feature a 2X2 MIMO dual antenna design, achieving a 160MHz bandwidth and enabling wireless transfer speeds of up to 1733Mbps. Providing users faster and smoother download speeds and quick-and-easy access to a stable network for remote working, users can study, watch movies, or enjoy online entertainment with ease, wherever they may be.

The HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 retains the original HONOR Magic-Link, offering an upgraded version with Multi-Screen Collaboration capability, making it easier than ever to work between digital devices like a smartphone and laptop. Users can do cross-collaboration between their HONOR smartphone and HONOR MagicBook X 14 or HONOR MagicBook X 15 with a simple tap. Users also get to use the Magic-Link feature which allows you to share your smartphone screen and files to their laptop. You can also drag, drop, and edit their files directly from the HONOR MagicBook X 14 or HONOR MagicBook X 15 which makes it very easy and convenient.

For those who love to do multiple things at once, Multi-screen Collaboration allows users to view their smartphone screen and files on the laptop; users can simply drag, drop, and edit their files, using the same keyboard and mouse. The laptop also allows users to pick up exactly where they left off without having to jump between devices, making multi-tasking easier than ever. A handy fingerprint reading power button enables instant access when starting up the HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 for a more secure and effortless login experience.

Featuring a lightweight aluminium body, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 weighs just 1.38kg and is only 15.9mm thin, easily fitting in most bags and allowing users to enjoy ultimate portability on the go. The perfect device to match any occasion, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 will be available in premium Space Gray.

With a 14-inch stunning Eye Comfort HONOR FullView Display, 4.8mm ultra-slim bezels on three sides and an 84% screen-to-body-ratio. The HONOR MagicBook X 14 delivers an immersive viewing experience and superior picture quality, ensuring users can capture every detail on their screen. Thanks to its 180-degree hinge opening, users can also adjust the screen to the best viewing angle and lay it completely flat when sharing content with others.

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Samsung Launches the Galaxy Z Flip4, Galaxy Z Fold4, and the Galaxy Buds2 Pro

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Samsung has announced the launch of the Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4 foldable smartphones. Both devices feature customizable form factors, tailored experiences, and upgraded performance.

Now in its fourth generation, Galaxy Z series continues to break from convention to deliver new, impactful interactions that enhance everyday life.

“Samsung Galaxy foldable smartphones are built on the foundation of our openness philosophy, enabling new possibilities with complete customization both inside and out. Created in collaboration with our world-class partners, the next foldable devices offer unparalleled mobile experiences that meet the needs of our most dynamic users,” said Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics. “Through our unwavering focus and industry leadership, excitement for the foldable smartphones continues to grow. We’ve successfully transformed this category from a radical project to a mainstream device lineup enjoyed by millions worldwide.”

The Galaxy Z Flip4 builds on the success of Samsung’s iconic form factor, adding key features, including an upgraded camera experience, a larger battery, when compared with the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G. The Galaxy Z Fold4 opens up new possibilities for users by delivering Samsung’s most comprehensive smartphone experience to date, offering shape-shifting design, immersive displays and PC-like multitasking features, in addition to advanced camera technology and powerful mobile processors.

Galaxy Z Flip4
The Galaxy Z Flip4 enhances our users’ favourite features, making it the ultimate tool for self-expression. Its compact clamshell design offers unique experiences not available on any other smartphone.

Shoot hands-free video or capture full group selfies at various angles by partially folding Z Flip4 to activate FlexCam, which refers to the camera experience using Flex mode. Flex mode is supported at angles between 75° and 115°.

These can even be enjoyed on users’ favorite apps. Thanks to Samsung’s partnership with Meta, FlexCam is optimized for the most popular social platforms, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook. Do more than ever with Z Flip4 by taking high-quality selfies right from the Cover Screen by leveraging the main camera with the upgraded Quick Shot. Start high-quality video recording in Quick Shot mode and then seamlessly switch to Flex mode to continue recording hands-free without stopping the video – ideal for content creators and vloggers.

The users are now able to take selfies in Portrait Mode and see a preview of the actual photo ratio when using Quick Shot. With an upgraded camera equipped with a 65 per cent brighter sensor, compared with the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G. It is powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform, and photos and videos are crisper and more stable – day or night.

Galaxy Z Flip4 is crafted to go truly hands-free – doing more without ever opening the phone. Make calls, reply to texts, unlock the car[ Feature available on Samsung Wallet. Samsung Wallet availability and launching of specific features may vary by market and user’s device model and are subject to change. Digital Automobile Key services are available in select markets and device models. You can even control the SmartThings Scene widget from the Cover Screen.

Galaxy Z Flip4 can capture, watch and connect longer between charges with the expanded 3,700mAh battery. With Super Fast Charging, now supported on Z Flip4, charge up to 50 per cent in around 30 minutes, keeping users connected when they’re running low.

With the slimmer hinge, straightened edges, contrasting hazed back glass and glossy metal frames, the design is our most refined yet. The users can fully customize the Z Flip4 inside and out, with Galaxy Themes on both the Cover and Main Screen to complement their style with custom fonts, icons and designs. Plus, users can create their own Cover Screen with new clock designs and backgrounds in various formats such as images, GIFs and even video.

Galaxy Z Fold4
The Galaxy Z Fold4 is the result of Samsung Galaxy’s enduring smartphone innovation and our most powerful smartphone yet. Z Fold4 combines Samsung’s collective mobile technology expertise to create a device with increased functionality whether opened, closed, or in Flex mode. Furthermore, it is the first device to ship with Android 12L, a special version of Android created by Google for large-screen experiences, including foldable.

Multitasking on Galaxy Z Fold4 is easier than ever, so users can get more done on the move. The new Taskbar[ Taskbar feature supported on the main screen only.] provides a layout similar to your PC, offering access to your favourite and recent apps. Multitasking is also more intuitive, thanks to new swipe gestures. Instantly switch full-screen apps to pop-up windows or split your screen in half for more ways to multitask.

Samsung’s partnerships with Google and Microsoft take multitasking to the next level. Google apps, including Chrome and Gmail, now support drag-and-drop, allowing users to quickly copy and paste links, photos and more from one app to another. With Google Meet, users can now connect with more people while enjoying virtual co-activities, including co-watching videos on YouTube or playing games together on a video call.

Microsoft’s full Office suite and Outlook take advantage of the foldable display, providing more information on the screen and faster ways to interact with the content. The multitasking experience is complete with S Pen functionality, enabling on-the-go drawing and notetaking with streamlined storage inside the Standing Cover with Pen case.

Galaxy Z Fold4 takes stunning photos and videos with an upgraded 50MP wide lens and 30x Space Zoom lens. A variety of camera modes, including the larger Zoom map, activated on Capture View Mode, Dual Preview, and Rear Cam Selfie are custom-built to take advantage of the unique form factor for increased capturing flexibility. And with the larger pixel size, a 23 per cent brighter sensor, and enhanced processing power, users can capture clear images even at night.

Content is even more immersive and distinctive on the 7.6-inch Main Screen with a brighter screen, a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, and a less visible Under Display Camera (UDC) featuring a new scatter-type sub-pixel arrangement. Popular social media apps like Facebook are optimized for the large-screen experience to make content more enjoyable. Or open your favourite streaming entertainment service apps like Netflix and watch hands-free with Flex mode. For non-optimized apps, users can even control the device without disrupting the content with the new Flex Mode Touchpad, offering accuracy while pausing, rewinding, and playing videos, or zooming in and out of content while the device is in Flex mode.

Games are snappier too, thanks to the powerful Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform and hyper-fast 5G. With a slimmer hinge, lighter weight, and even narrower bezels, the wider screen enables easier one-handed interactions while using the Cover Screen. The phones feature Armor Aluminum frames and hinge cover along with exclusive Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ on the Cover Screen and rear glass.

Thus, the Z Flip4 and Z Fold4 are what Smasung claims, “the toughest foldable smartphones ever.” The durability of the Main Screen panel is also enhanced thanks to the optimized layer structure, helping to reduce damage from external shock. In addition, both Z Flip4 and Z Fold4 are equipped with IPX8 water resistance, so users can worry less if they get caught in the rain.

Galaxy Buds2 Pro
Joining the Galaxy Z series are Galaxy Buds2 Pro – Samsung’s new top-of-the-line earbuds that provide the most immersive wireless audio experience with a new, compact design, and seamless connectivity that is perfect for any aspect of your everyday life.

Appreciate every musical interlude with superior Hi-Fi 24bit Audio, which offers a high-dynamic range helping you feel connected to the content you’re listening to with crystal-clear resolution. With the new Samsung seamless codec (SSC HiFi), quality music is enabled to transfer without a pause, and the new coaxial 2-way speaker makes those sounds richer than ever.

The new compact, ergonomic design is 15 percent smaller, with a secure fit that is engineered to prevent rotation, making it the perfect fitness companion. Take calls on the go with powerful ANC to eliminate outside noise. The new Buds2 Pro allows users to escape into their own world and simultaneously stay connected to their life.

When you need to answer an urgent call while enjoying a gaming session or a movie on your tablet, the Buds2 Pro can seamlessly switch the audio connection to your phone with a touch of a finger. The Buds2 Pro now features Auto Switch to provide an effortless transition from your favourite TV Show to taking a call from your loved ones. And if you happen to misplace your Buds2 Pro on your commute SmartThings Find now makes locating them fast and easy whether they’re inside their cradle or not.

Pricing and availability details haven’t been announced yet.

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