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Winners of the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice Awards for H1 2019 Announced

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Gadget Voize, the leading gadgets and technology reviews portal in the region has announced the winners of the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice Awards for the first half of 2019. Throughout the year, we review hundreds of gadgets and software applications and run them through benchmarks to gauge the real-world performance of these products and solutions.

We then grade them on various criteria including design, build quality, feature sets, performance, usability, user interface, pricing and so on. These grades are collated and an average sum is considered for the final rating. Once the final rating is drawn, this is compared with similar products in the same category to decide whether the said products and solutions deserve the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice nod.

Based on these tests and benchmarks, we are glad to announce the winners of the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award for the first half of 2019.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

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Samsung seems to have taken the foldable phones game to a whole new level with the new Galaxy Z Fold 4. It offers a great design and build quality, great multitasking features, a large display, and a fantastic camera setup.

On the front, you get a 6.2-inch HD+ Dynamic AMOLED cover screen that looks and works like a traditional smartphone. Open the Fold 4 up and you are now staring at a gorgeous 7.6-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED main display.

There is still a crease on the middle of the display, but it is less noticeable than last year’s Galaxy Z Fold 3. Both the displays on the Z Fold 4 offer a 120Hz refresh rate, which is very important these days especially if you are into mobile gaming.

The smartphone is quite easy to hold when it is folded. On the right edge, you will find the dual SIM tray, the volume rockers, and the power button which is a bit recessed since it also doubles up as a fingerprint scanner.

On the left, you will find the Samsung branding, On the bottom edge, you get the speaker grille, the USB Type C port, and a noise-cancelling microphone, while on the top edge, you get the speaker grille and three noise-cancelling microphones.

One of the biggest complaints about foldable phones generally was average-grade cameras. Well, Samsung has changed all of that with the Fold 4. On the back of the device, you will find a triple camera setup similar to the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S22+.

This includes a 50-megapixel wide camera, a 12-megapixel ultrawide, and a 10-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and 30x digital Space Zoom. On the cover display, you also get a 10-megapixel front-facing camera, while there’s also an under-display camera when the Fold 4 is unfolded, rated at 4 megapixels.

The cameras were able to capture some amazing shots. Pictures and videos looked bright and vibrant. Even under low light conditions, the camera system on the Fold 4 performed really well.

Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and 12GB of RAM with up to 8GB of RAM Plus. For storage, you can choose between 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.

The variant we received for this review was the 12GB/256GB variant in Graygreen colour. Other colour options include Phantom Black and Beige, while if you purchase the Fold 4 from Samsung.com, you also get an additional Burgundy colour option. The battery on the Z Fold 4 is rated at 4400mAh.

The Z Fold 4 ships with Android 12L with Samsung’s OneUI 4.1.1 running on top of it. Google released Android 12L as a special build for larger-screened Android devices, such as foldable phones and tablets.

The most notable addition to Android 12L that you’ll notice out of the box is that the Z Fold 4 has a taskbar at the bottom of the screen. The taskbar gives you a place to keep your favourite or most-used apps and have them always present and ready to open. In addition, the Z fold 4 also supports S Pen.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a foldable smartphone that offers a very strong and durable build. It also comes packed with a large and brilliant internal display, offers excellent performance, and provides multitasking features. One of the major updates in the Z Fold 4 is its upgraded rear cameras which take some amazing shots – whether it is photos or videos.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award!

Price: AED 6799

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
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  • Final Rating

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Summary

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a foldable smartphone that offers a very strong and durable build. It also comes packed with a large and brilliant internal display, offers excellent performance, and provides multitasking features.

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Video Review: HONOR 70

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HONOR 70 is a smartphone that is aimed at vloggers and content creators as it accompanies a wide range of features dedicated to capturing excellent videos and images.

We have been using the HONOR 70 for over two weeks now, and in this video, we will tell you why the HONOR 70 is the best vlog phone out there in the market right now:

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Review: ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE (2022)

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ROG’s Strix SCAR is a trusted name for gaming laptops since it offers top-notch design, build quality, and strong internal specifications. This time as well, the new ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE (2022) packs in a new top-of-the-line Intel 12th Gen Core i9 HX series of processors, along with a blockbuster specs sheet.

Under the hood, the laptop is powered by a 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12950HX processor running at a clock speed of 2.3-GHz. Powerful graphics are churned out by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti with 175W max TGP and MUX Switch. You also get up to 64GB of DDR5 memory and up to 2TB + 2TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD storage.

Upon lifting the lid of the laptop, you are greeted by a 17.3-inch WQHD anti-glare display that offers a resolution of 2560-by-1440 pixels. You also get an aspect ratio of 16:9, support for 100% of DCI-P3 colours, a refresh rate of 240Hz, and a response time of 3ms. There is also support for Adaptive-Sync and Dolby Vision HDR.

In terms of I/O ports, you get plenty. There’s one 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, one HDMI 2.1, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, and one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C support DisplayPort with power delivery and support for G-SYNC. You also get one RJ45 LAN port and one Thunderbolt 4 supporting DisplayPort.

The laptop also packs in a backlit chiclet keyboard that supports per-key RGB that can be customised using Aura Sync, and it also comes with a nice Touchpad. Wireless connectivity supported includes Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax with dual band) and Bluetooth 5.2.

The ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE also uses Thermal Grizzly’s Conductonaut Extreme liquid metal on both the CPU and GPU to cool down efficiently. Heat dissipation is also faster and more efficient with ROC’s very own vapour chamber design, which greatly increases surface area compared to traditional heat pipe systems.

Inside the box, along with the laptop and charger, you also get a bunch of customisable Armor Caps. These allow you to add extra personalisation to the gaming laptop. You can even 3D print your own Armor Cap using the downloadable templates that ROG offers.

Audio is handled by four smart amp speakers. These support Dolby Atmos and High-Res Audio, offer 5.1.2 virtual surround sound, and two-way AI noise cancellation for the built-in mic. The laptop is also surrounded on the edges by RGB LEDs, the lighting style of which can be customised using Aura Sync.

The keyboard layout is one of the best on the Strix SCAR 17 SE. The function keys up top are spaced properly for fewer misses, while the directional arrows are a bit enlarged when compared with other gaming laptops out there in the market. There are also five dedicated hotkeys that give quick access to features such as volume, mic mute, and Armoury Crate. The laptop is powered by a 90Wh battery that offers around 6 hours of use on a single charge, which is pretty good for a gaming laptop with top-notch specs.

The overall performance of the laptop is brilliant. On Geekbench 5.4, the ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE clocked a single-core score of 1872, while on the multi-core test, it scored 14816 points. In our Handbrake test, the ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE was able to convert a 4K video to 1080p, in about 4 minutes and 27 seconds, which is very good. Playing games and watching video content on the ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE’s outstanding display was an excellent experience.

The ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE (2022) is priced at AED 17,499, which means it’s not a laptop for everyone. However, if you are a gamer or even a content creator who needs a high-end laptop with very good specifications, excellent performance, and an outstanding display, the ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE (2022) should definitely be one of your top choices.

The ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE (2022) thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award!

Price: AED 17,499

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  • Final Rating

4









Summary

Under the hood, the laptop is powered by a 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12950HX processor running at a clock speed of 2.3-GHz. Powerful graphics are churned out by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti with 175W max TGP and MUX Switch. You also get up to 64GB of DDR5 memory and up to 2TB + 2TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD storage.

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