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Review: Nokia 9 PureView

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HMD Global raised eyebrows world over when it announced that its next Nokia flagship will carry a five-camera module. We waited with bated breath for the device to launch on the regional market and we recently received the Nokia 9 PureView for review. While everyone is talking about triple cameras, it is indeed a feet for Nokia to launch a device with the first five-camera setup on the market. 

Design

The design of the Nokia 9 PureView follows the same pattern we have come used to in a Nokia device. The device boasts a very good design overall and it feels premium when you hold it in your hands. Nokia has used a mix of glass and metal to construct the phone.

You also get the protection of Gorilla Glass 5 at the back of the device. There is also a 6000 Series aluminum frame that runs around the phone and the device measures 8mm in thickness, which is not bad for a device that packs in a five-camera setup at the rear.

Display

On the front of the device, you get a 5.99-inch OLED QHD+ screen. You also get in-screen fingerprint reader, which unlocks the device pretty quickly. In addition, Nokia offers a 2D face unlock for extra security. The display also supports HDR10 capability and is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. 

You also get a 20-megapixel front camera with an aperture of f/1.8 that supports Tetracell pixel-binning for improved low-light performance. The Nokia 9 PureView is rated IP67 for water and dust resistance. One this that surprised us is that though the phone comes with six-cameras at the back, there is no camera bump whatsoever. The Nokia 9 PureView is completely flush, keeping within the profile of just 8mm.

Specifications

When HMD Global announced the new Nokia 9 PureView, we were expecting it to be powered by the Snapdragon 855 processor. However, the Nokia 9 PureView is powered by an older Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 processor. This is paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB of built-in storage.

On the right edge of the device, you will find the power and volume buttons, while at the bottom you will find the USB-C port. On the top, you will find the dual SIM slot, but lacks a microSD slot, which means you will not be able to expand the built-in storage. The phone is powered by a 3320mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging up to 10w.

The phone is powered by Android One version of the latest Android 9 Pie OS. This means that the Nokia 9 PureView runs an unmodified vanilla version of Android 9 Pie without any bloatware or other preloaded software of questionable nature and usefulness. The only non-stock software is the camera app, which is provided by HMD Global instead of Google.

What’s Inside the Box?
Inside the box, Nokia bundles an 18W charger, a USB-C cable, and a pair of in-ear headphones with a 3.5mm connector. You also get a 3.5mm-to-USB-C adaptor, since the phone itself comes with only a USB-C port. 

Camera

Many may think that the five-camera setup at the back of the Nokia 9 PureView might come with telephoto or wide angle lenses. That’s not the case here. Instead, Nokia is targeting photography enthusiasts who would like to have the capability of shooting in RAW mode on a smartphone.

The six-camera setup at the back includes three 12MP f/1.8 Monochrome lenses, two 12MP f/1.8 RGB lenses, and a 3D ToF camera. All the lenses have a fixed focal length of 28mm. What the system does is it combines the output of all cameras into one for a supposedly stunning image with unmatched dynamic range. Lossless zoom is on the table, too. 

Monochrome mode sample 1.

While this may sound quite exciting, if you are one of those who’s looking for different focal ranges that other manufacturers are offering, you might be disappointed. But, wait till you see the quality of the images captured and a sense of awe comes over you. The cameras can also do 4K at 30fps and 4K HDR video recording.

Performance

Monochrome mode sample 2.

To gauge the real world performance of the Nokia 9 PureView, we ran the AnTuTu and Geekbench benchmarks. On AnTuTu, we clocked 276517 points, which is at par with devices running Snapdragon 845 chips. The battery temperature hovered around 33°C, while the CPU temperature was around 35°C when we the benchmarks were underway. 

Image taken at 1.0X.

On Geekbench, the Nokia 9 PureView scored 2397 in the single-core tests, and 8782 in multi-core tests. On both the tests, Nokia 9 PureView was ahead in terms of performance when compared to similarly priced devices on the market.  

Image taken at 2.0X.

Now, let’s talk about the camera experience. Under good lighting conditions, the Nokia 9 PureView is able to shoot some amazing photos. Exposure is pretty spot on in the focus points and there is accuracy in the white balance, too. Colors still look deep, but not over processed. 

Image taken at 5.0X.

The Portrait mode takes very good shots simulating the bokeh effect. The Nokia 9 PureView’s five-camera setup captures 12 times the amount of depth data achieved by typical dual-camera smartphones. Then it processes all this data to provide you with an image with a perfect depth of field. 

The Nokia 9 PureView’s low-light images also look pretty good – the exposure, white balance, and colours are really nice. The Nokia 9 PureView can record 4K at 30fps. However, I wish it could go up to 60fps. Also, since there is no image stabilization, the footage ends up being a bit shaky when you are recording a video while walking. 

Low light / night photography performance.

What I did not like is the camera app that comes inside the Nokia 9 PureView. Don’t get me wrong – the design and UI of the camera app is fantastic. What not is, is the performance of the camera app – it is very sluggish and the performance is very slow.

There is a delay when you open the camera app. Then, when you want to switch between modes, there is a delay, anywhere between 3 seconds to 5 seconds to switch. Once you have clicked a picture, it takes almost 7-8 seconds for the phone to open up the picture. This is because the camera has to process the data it has captured using the five cameras.  

Verdict
The Nokia 9 PureView is a very good smartphone. It offers a very good design and build quality, offers IP67 certification, good image quality, and overall good performance. However, the camera app performance is not up to mark, and the videos shot using the device were not great.

For a price of AED 2,299, the Nokia 9 PureView is a good device if you are willing to put up with the sluggish camera app, which we hope HMD Global can fix with a software update. 

Price: AED 2,299 

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Review: Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse

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As part of its Champion Series, Corsair announced its latest Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse on the market today. The company sent the new mouse to us in advance for a review. And after using the mouse for a couple of days, we are glad to report that it exceeded our expectations.

The new mouse joins the league of the Sabre RGB Pro, which was launched earlier in 2021. The new Sabre RGB Pro Wireless is very lightweight and packs in an ergonomic design, that offers a competitive advantage to gamers. The mouse itself offers wired and wireless connectivity to laptops and PCS.

In terms of wireless, you get two options – either through Bluetooth or through Slipstream Wireless. The advantage of using Slipstream Wireless is that the technology transmits inputs at sub-1ms speeds, delivering mouse movements and clicks up to two times faster than a conventional gaming mouse, while also ensuring exceptional wireless signal quality throughout your gameplay.

You also get up to 90 hours of battery life that lets you play wire-free for days between charges. In terms of design, the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless features a similar design seen on the wired version. The Wireless variant though has a bit of heft to it when compared with the wired variant.

You get standard left and right-click buttons, with a slight groove in them for comfortably holding two fingers. You also get a bit of texture to the material on both the left and right-click that keeps your fingers from slipping. Forward and back buttons flank the left side of the mouse, and there is a DPI quick-select button just below the scroll wheel.

Inside the box, you get the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse, along with the Slipstream Wireless receiver, a USB Type-C charging cable, the quick start guide, the warranty info and the safety instructions. Getting started with the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless is effortless. Connect the Slipstream Wireless connector to your PC or laptop and switch on the mouse in Slipstream mode, and you are good to go.

The mouse weighs just 79-gms – so rapid movements and lightning-quick reflexes are not a problem. The mouse also comes packed with professional-grade gaming mouse elements, such as the first-ever Corsair Marksman optical sensor. The mouse also comes with the highest dpi in any Corsair mouse to date at 26,000-dpi. This makes sure you get very precise movement.

The mouse is also compatible for use with Corsair’s very own iCUE software. With this app, you can customise dynamic RGB backlighting, remap buttons, create macros, and adjust DPI settings. All of these can be stored onto three onboard profiles. On the bottom of the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless, you will find a switch to move between Slipstream (RF), charging/wired, or Bluetooth modes and a button above that to initiate pairing for the latter.

Both types of wireless connections worked without issue during our review. However, while gaming, it’s better to use the dongle and Slipstream, as it delivers lower latency at sub-1ms. The mouse was comfortable overall to hold and use.

During our review, we put the Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless to test with a couple of games including Watch Dogs Legion, GTA V, and Doom Eternal. The mouse was very comfortable, quick to respond, and reliable. The buttons were very comfortable as well to use and the sensor on the mouse was very responsive.

The Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse comes with an impressive sensor, a very aesthetic and comfortable design, Slipstream Wireless technology, good overall performance, and a 26,000-DPI.

The pricing of AED 429, is a bit steep. However, if you are looking at top-notch performance, with very good connectivity options, the Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse comes across as highly recommended. It thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award!

Price: AED 429

Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse
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  • Final Rating

4









Summary

Inside the box, you get the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse, along with the Slipstream Wireless receiver, a USB Type-C charging cable, the quick start guide, the warranty info, and the safety instructions. Getting started with the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless is effortless. Connect the Slipstream Wireless connector to your PC or laptop and switch on the mouse in Slipstream mode, and you are good to go.

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Review: EZVIZ C8C Outdoor Smart IP Security Camera

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Ever since people started working from home, there has been an increased demand for home security solutions such as security cameras. There are many options available on the market, with EZVIZ being one of the brands offering such solutions. The company recently launched its C8C Outdoor Smart IP Security Camera on the market.

The C8C is is an outdoor security camera that captures 1080p HD footage and comes packed with pan and tilt features for 360-degree coverage. In addition, it also offers strobe light, motion and person detection, and colour night vision.

It is also IP65-rated for dust and water protection and it supports microSD card storage up to 256GB. Inside the box, you get the C8C camera along with a bunch of accessories, including the quick start guide with the QR code to link up the camera in the app, a drill template, rawl plugs, and screws to mount the camera, and the power adapter.

Installing and activating the camera is very simple and you wouldn’t require a technician to do it for you. you can either install the camera vertically on a wall or horizontally on the ceiling. Once the camera is installed, you can set it up by connecting it to your network via Ethernet, or you can use the EZVIZ app to set it up via Wi-Fi.

Since the camera does not come with a battery built-in, you would need it to be permanently connected to a power outlet. Through the EZVIZ app, you can either view live footage or recorded videos. You can even click a photo or being recording while viewing the live footage, which is great.

You can even program it to start recording based either on human detection or on any type of movement. The camera comes with six levels of motion sensitivity and you can adjust that through the app. In terms of night vision, you get two modes – the standard infrared (black and white) version and a colour version which is illuminated by a spotlight.

There is also a “smart” mode that chooses infrared as the default setting but will switch automatically to the spotlight mode if a motion is detected. During our testing, both the modes worked really well and we found the app to be very intuitive.

There is also an “Active Defense” mode which uses the spotlight to deter intruders on your property, by blinking the spotlight continuously. What’s missing though, is a two-way audio feature that could be used to speak to people outside your door and listen to them, too.

In order to store the recorded footage, you can either use a microSD card or the EZVIZ cloud storage, which is available on a subscription basis. For recording videos, you have three options, which include full HD recording at a resolution of 1920-by-1080p at 30 frames per second. You also get digital zoom capabilities on the device.

For a price of AED 285, the EZVIZ C8C Outdoor Smart IP Security Camera does a brilliant job of protecting your property from intruders, while you are at home or away. The EZVIZ C8C is an easy-to-install security camera with features such as pan, tilt, digital zoom, LED strobe light, night vision, and lots more, that will allow you to monitor a wide area, with ease.

Price: AED 285

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  • Final Rating

3.5









Summary

The C8C is is an outdoor security camera that captures 1080p HD footage and comes packed with pan and tilt features for a 360-degree coverage. In addition, it also offers strobe light, motion and person detection, and colour night vision.

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Review: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition

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We reviewed the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401Q) way back in June 2021. This is a 14-inch laptop that offers portability without sacrificing overall performance. Riding on the success of the G14, ASUS went ahead and collaborated with DJ Alan Walker, to launch the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition.

So what’s so special about the G14 Alan Walker Edition?

Well, for starters, it comes with blue colour accents, and subtle shades of grey to give the G14 Alan Walker Edition an electro/cyberpunk look. ASUS also created four brand new animations for the 1,215 mini-LED AniMe Matrix on the lid of the laptop, in Spectre Blue colour.

The 2021 G14 Alan Walker Edition has a new nameplate, two fabric belts, one of which reflects light in the dark and a very stylish keycap design with 3 colours. The bootup animation shows the Alan Walker logo with a customised sound effect, created by the artist himself.

Even the packaging of the G14 Alan Walker Edition is unique. It is made of acrylic, coated with special conductive ink, and it comes with an exclusive feature built-in: the ROG REMIX, which is a hands-on DJ experience. It comes alive as soon as it is connected to the laptop via the USB-C port, using the bundled cable.

Using the ROG Remix software, you can touch the conductive areas of the laptop box, to trigger up to 18 different effects and short animated clips created by Alan Walker. The G14 Alan Walker Edition is also bundled with a custom ROG Alan Walker laptop sleeve, baseball cap, and socks, created by the ROG Slash design team and Alan Walker.

Under the hood, the G14 Alan Walker Edition is powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS processor, running at a clock speed of 3.30GHz. For graphics, you get Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050Ti. It also comes with 16GB of DDR4 3200MHZ memory and 1TB of SSD storage.

Ports on the laptop include one USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C, one DisplayPort 1.4, one USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C, two USB3.2 Gen1 Type-A, one HDMI 2.0b, one audio combo jack, and one Kensington Lock. You also get two 2.5W speakers with Smart AMP technology and two 0.7W tweeters.

In terms of performance, the G14 Alan Walker Edition is a powerhouse, considering the specs it accompanies. ASUS Remix is a welcome addition, something EDM aficionados will appreciate. Gaming sessions worked out really well, too. We did not find any lags or stutters while gaming. Even tasks such as video rendering were a walk in the park as the Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition was able to handle everything we threw at it with aplomb.

The touchpad and the keyboard were both great. The Trackpad is a good size and very easy to press. The keys are clicky with decent travel, without being loud enough to annoy those seated around you.

At the end of the day, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition can handle all the multitasking you need it to, and in style! It comes with a great keyboard, touchpad, battery life, and overall performance, and the signature Alan Walker touches throughout.

Price: AED 8499

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition
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  • Final Rating

4









Summary

The 2021 G14 Alan Walker Edition has a new nameplate, two fabric belts, one of which reflects light in the dark and a very stylish keycap design with 3 colours. The boot up animation shows the Alan Walker logo with a customised sound effect, created by the artist himself.

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