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OPPO Launches Reno5 Z 5G in the UAE

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OPPO has launched the all-new Reno5 Z 5G – the first smartphone dedicated to Gen Z users in the UAE. OPPO’s Reno5 Z 5G features superior performance and functionality of strong 5G chipset, that empower users to capture their everyday lives with photo and video content creation, balance their work efficiently and enjoy an immersive experience of mobile gaming.

Powering the new Reno5 Z 5G to cater to the user demand of the young users, MediaTek’s newest Dimensity 800U chipset focuses on bringing the most comprehensive 5G features for an ‘ultra-connected’ experience. Engineered with OPPO Smart 5G compatibility, the Reno5 Z 5G inspires the youth with fast download and upload speeds, efficient streaming of movies, and an immersive mobile gaming experience on the go – thanks to the MediaTek’s 5G SoC chip inside. Supporting dual mode 5G SIM (NSA and SA), the smartphone’s MediaTek Dimensity 800U leverages eight powerful cores of up to 2.4 GHz and fast memory to offer users unprecedented multitasking between work and play without missing a beat.

Rami Osman, Director of Sales and Marketing – Middle East and Africa, MediaTek, said, “With an ever-expanding role of smartphones in our daily lives, especially for young people who are more immersed in mobile technology than ever before, MediaTeck Dimensity 800U brings cutting-edge, next-gen technology, unleashing the possibilities of OPPO Reno5 Z 5G users through advanced 5G, imaging, gaming and multimedia technologies to deliver an all-inclusive smartphone experience. With the focus of powering myriads of high-performance devices for a range of customer segments with our innovative technologies, MediaTek looks forward to delivering the best-in-class devices to meet the requirements of all customers.”

The Reno5 Z 5G continues the Reno Series tradition of balancing unique, trendy design that keeps up with the personal style of users while boosting performance and speed.

Ivan Wu, General Manager – GCC, at OPPO, said, “We focused our innovations in the OPPO Reno5 Z 5G to reflect and serve the needs of ambitious and dynamic lifestyles found in modern urban life in the UAE. If you work hard, play hard, and want a phone that can keep up with you everywhere in your daily life, the Reno5 Z 5G is for you. Delivering faster internet speeds, faster charging, and faster, more seamless usage, the Reno5 Z 5G is the perfect option for Gen Z in the UAE.”

The 7nm MediaTek Dimensity 800U chip that powers the Reno5 Z 5G is designed for multi-core high performance and leading 5G+5G Dual Sim Dual Standby (DSDS) technology. With Dimensity 800U, MediaTek joins OPPO’s efforts as both companies continue to accelerate the rollout of 5G technology and deliver premium experiences on mid-tier 5G smartphones.

With MediaTek 5G UltraSave technology, the modem’s operating mode is managed based on network environment and data transmission quality, extending the battery life of the Reno5 Z 5G.

At the core of Reno5 Z 5G is OPPO’s steadfast focus on human-centric innovation. The smartphone’s 360° Antenna 3.0 is optimised to hold a signal no matter how the user grips the Reno5 Z 5G, whether gaming in landscape mode or checking emails in portrait mode. With the help of MediaTek’s Dimensity 800U chip, the Reno5 Z 5G offers a Dual Network Channel (DNC) feature that speeds up the connection by connecting to a Wi-Fi and a 4G/5G channel.

OPPO is also introducing an even larger 4310mAh battery in Reno5 Z 5G to support the extra power requirements. Compatible with OPPO’s 30W VOOC Flash Charge technology, the Reno5 Z 5G can be fully charged from zero to 100% in just 48 minutes. When charged for just five minutes, Reno5 Z 5G can be used for around one hour of YouTube. Additionally, Super Night Standby Mode reduces the smartphone’s power consumption to 1.78% of the battery at night when the phone is not in use.

It’s not just sleek performance that is achieved with Reno5 Z 5G, it’s also a sleek design that is a “Salute to Speed”. It is an ultra-thin phone that sports dimensions of 7.8mm thickness, 73.4mm width and 160.1mm length, and is also ultra-light, weighing about 173g. Adding to its aesthetic design is the One-Piece Quad Camera that is built into the rear of the Reno5 Z 5G. In line with the design concept, all four cameras are covered by a single piece of Gorilla Glass 5 which keeps it elegant and smooth. Cutting edge etching technology adds texture to the glass surface, creating a sense of depth which shimmers under different lighting to add an elegant and classy look.

The brilliant 6.43” (16.3cm) Punch-Hole Display has a screen-to-body ratio of 90.8% thanks to the 3.7mm mini punch-hole design. Streaming videos and playing games on the Reno5 Z 5G is offered to uses in Full HD on the 2400 x 1080 FHD+ Super AMOLED display that is also equipped with In-Display Fingerprint 3.0 for fast and accurate biometric unlock.

OPPO Reno5 Z 5G excels with its back-facing 48MP Quad Camera for capturing brilliant and beautiful portrait shots with ease that puts this phone truly “Ahead in Photography.” The cameras include a 48MP main camera, an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP portrait mono camera and a 2MP macro mono Camera. In combination, these four cameras allow users to be video and photography experts with little effort.

A brand new Dual-view Video enables both the front and rear cameras to work simultaneously, effortlessly stitching the shooter and the subject in the same video frame – ideal for vloggers who always want to remain in action. Other features include HDR Video which delivers clearer more balanced lighting in situations where the light contrast is high, Focus Lock so the recording automatically follows the subject of the video even when the camera has significant movement, and Ultra Night Video which leverages proprietary algorithms that ensure more dynamic nighttime videos and photos.

The Reno5 Z 5G also establishes itself as the photography expert in any scenario with AI-powered features that allow users to master every single moment. New features like AI Scene Enhancement 2.0, Dynamic Bokeh, and Night Plus work together to automatically capture more clear, beautiful photos and videos even when light contrasts and low light situations can be challenging. Just as useful are continued features that have proven indispensable like AI Night Flare Portrait, AI Color Portrait, AI Beautification 2.0, Ultra Steady Video, and 4K Video all add to the ease with which users can capture expert looking images and videos.

As with every generation of the Reno Series, there is a clear focus on balancing work and play, and it’s no different with Reno5 Z 5G. The new Reno5 Z 5G truly shines when it comes to gaming, thanks to innovative hardware and exclusive software powered by the ColorOS 11.1 that is designed to deliver a more immersive and fluid gaming experience. Gamer Mode frees gamers from unwanted distraction by temporarily disabling alarms, notifications, incoming calls, gesture controls. Also, Quick Startup allows users to return to a game quickly with one tap within 24 hours after exiting the game without waiting for minute-long loading times and videos. Finally, Game Floating Window allows users to keep a game running in a floating window so they can monitor their game and return to it anytime.

Enabling users to get the most out of the powerful hardware foundation, Reno5 Z 5G comes installed with OPPO’s ColorOS 11.1. It provides rich UI customisation, greater efficiency, unparalleled smoothness, and strengthened privacy sought by OPPO users. Reno5 Z 5G users can design their own always-on display and dark-mode to truly make the phone their own. Further innovative features such as FlexDrop and Three-finger Translate with Google Lens significantly increase productivity.

For young consumers who are inspired to #Upgrade_theRENOway, the Reno5 Z 5G smartphone is available in the UAE in two colour settings, Fluid Black – a classic and stylish black featuring a gradient that appears to change from light to dark, and Cosmo Blue – offering a matte look but with a distinctively gradience of blue and purple. Offered with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, the Reno5 Z 5G is now available at major retailers and e-commerce platforms in the UAE, at a retail price of AED 1,499.

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Long Term Review: Huawei nova 8

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Huawei’s new nova 8 was launched in the UAE in August 2021 and the company promptly sent us a device for a long-term review. We have been using the Huawei Nova 8 for the past two months and the overall experience has been so awesome, that we even forgot it didn’t come with GMS pre-installed!

The nova 8 is a beautiful device, both inside and outside. The phone uses a curved glass design while retaining the physical buttons on the side for functionality and aesthetics. The curved edges from the front and back perfectly fit into the metal mid-frame, making it feel smooth and sleek.

On the right edge of the device, you will find the volume and the power buttons, while the left edge is flush. On the bottom edge, you will find the USB-C charging port, a speaker grille, and a noise-cancelling microphone. On the top edge, you will find the dual-SIM tray and another noise-cancelling microphone.

Inside the box, you get the Huawei nova 8, a SIM ejector tool, a clear jelly case, a USB-C charging cable, and the compact 66W supercharger. The nova 8 has also gone through a series of aesthetic changes. While the nova 8i looked more like Huawei’s Mate series, the nova 8 comes with a large camera module that sits on the top left corner on the rear of the device.

The unit we received for this review is the Gold Blush colour variant priced at AED 1799. On the front, you get a 6.75-inches Full HD OLED Edgeless display that offers a resolution of 2340-by-1080 pixels, a 90Hz refresh rate, and support for HDR10. On the top in the middle of the screen, you will find a cutout that houses a 32MP selfie shooter.

Turn the phone around and you come face to face with Huawei’s quad-camera Nebular Camera System. Now, this setup includes a 64MP HD Main Camera, 8MP Ultra-Wide angle Camera, 2MP Macro Camera, and a 2MP Bokeh Camera. Huawei says that the nova 8 uses a 4-in-1 light fusion technology, which makes it easier for people at all skill levels to take pictures in crystal-clear quality.

Indoor Shot Sample

The phone also comes with a Super Night Mode that makes photos sharper and brighter. The Huawei nova 8 also makes wide-angle photos look more natural with its 120° Ultra Wide Angle Camera and anti-distortion AI algorithm. The Bokeh Camera creates natural Bokeh effects for portraits, while the Macro Camera takes up-close shots in clear and minute details, with a focus distance of just 4cm.

Then there’s a Dual-View video feature that helps vloggers record HD 1080p videos in a playful way. In this mode, the display splits in two, with one showing a close-up shot captured by the Ultra-Wide Angle Camera, and the other displaying the whole picture shot by the Main Camera. This mode is great for shooting events or locations, such as visiting a park or zoo.

Outdoor Shot 1

Outdoor Shot 1

The 32MP front camera also offers a Super Night Selfie 2.0 mode, which uses the phone’s AI algorithm to removes flares reflected from glasses. The phone also supports Huawei’s Multi-screen Collaboration feature. Using this feature, the nova 8 can be connected with a PC to form a “Super Device”. Once connected, you can open up to three windows on the PC and the PC can access mobile files, while the smartphone can function as the PC’s thumb device, making cross-device file management easier than ever.

Outdoor Shot 2 (1X)

Outdoor Shot 2 (1X)

Under the hood, the phone is powered by the Kirin 985 5G processor. You also get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space. No provision for expandable storage is included in the nova 8 though. The nova 8 runs on EMUI 11, which is based on Android 10. The phone does not come with GMS pre-installed, though you do get Huawei’s AppGallery for all your app needs.

Outdoor Shot 2 (Wide Angle)

Outdoor Shot 2 (Wide Angle)

You also get Petal Maps for navigation, Petal Search to search and install apps, Huawei Health, Huawei Music, Huawei Video, and lots more. We found Petal Maps to be a great alternative to Google Maps and the directions and routes were very accurate every time we used them.

With Petal Search and AppGallery you can install almost any app you ever wanted to use on the nova 8. The phone also comes with a 3800mAh battery that supports supercharging at 66W, which can reach from 0% to 100% battery capacity in less than 35 minutes.

Night Shot

Night Shot

In terms of performance, the Huawei nova 8 delivers. Multi-tasking through multiple open app windows worked like a charm. We also used the multi-screen collaboration feature by pairing the nova 8 with the Huawei Matebook 14, and everything felt butter smooth. Gaming sessions turned out to be very good, thanks to the nova 8’s solid specs.

The camera on the nova 8 is something to look out for – it performs brilliantly. Whether it is indoors or outdoors, the camera performed quite consistently. The focusing is quite fast, which is a welcome addition, considering situations when you do not want to miss a great moment. The selfie camera also performed very well.

The Huawei nova 8 is priced at AED 1799, which puts it right at the top in the mid-range smartphone section. However, what you get at a mid-range price point are lots of premium bells and whistles. The overall design is eye-catching, the specs are top-notch, the camera performance is excellent, and the overall UI experience is really very good.

If you are into content creation such as vlogging and want to start off with a solid mid-range smartphone, available at an affordable price point, you can’t go wrong with the Huawei nova 8.

Price: AED 1799

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Under the hood, the phone is powered by the Kirin 985 5G processor. You also get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space. No provision for expandable storage is included in the nova 8 though. The nova 8 runs on EMUI 11, which is based on Android 10. The phone does not come with GMS pre-installed, though you do get Huawei’s AppGallery for all your app needs.

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GITEX 2021: Toshiba Gulf FZE to Highlight Surveillance, Enterprise HDD and KIOXIA SSD Storage Solutions

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Toshiba Gulf FZE will be offering a complete 360 of Data storage solutions for Consumers and Enterprise at Hall 4, Stand H4-B2 at GITEX 2021 held at DWTC from 17th to 21st October 2021. On display will be Toshiba range of Storage products and KIOXIA (formerly Toshiba memory) NAND Flash memory products.

Visitors to Gitex can view a wide range of innovative hard disk drive (HDD) products to meet the varied demands of the diversified storage marketplace. Products displayed will include high capacity power-efficient storage for Cloud Data Centers, capacity and performance HDDs for Enterprise IT, client HDDs for PC/Desktop, and specialty drives for Surveillance, NAS systems, set-top box video, gaming, and external storage for Windows and Mac PCs.

The 18TB MG09 Series Hard Disk Drives, 3rd-generation 9-disk Helium-sealed design, and innovations in energy-assisted recording helps customers achieve new levels of storage density and power efficiency. With 12.5% more capacity than prior 16TB models, 18TB MG09 CMR drives are compatible with the widest range of applications and operating systems.

For KIOXIA various flash memory such as NAND flash, BiCS FLASH and Solid State Devices (SSD) will be displayed. Flash memory has become a standardized memory device and KIOXIA, the inventor of flash memory, has carved out a path to a new era in which we are able to carry videos, music, and data with us wherever we go.

Kioxia puts great emphasis on retaining the same excellent quality, performance, and reliability standards, that consumers are used to expecting from the formerly known Toshiba Memory product line-up, dedicated to the development and production of innovative class-leading flash storage solutions.

Santosh Varghese, Vice President, Toshiba Gulf FZE said, “With our competence and experience combined with our value chain of highly driven and proven channel partners and distributors, we look forward to the visitor response to our new products at Gitex 2021. Our 18TB MG09 Series delivers new levels of storage density and power efficiency to our cost-conscious cloud-scale and storage solutions customers and it is compatible with the widest range of applications and operating environments.”

Also highlighted at GITEX will be Canvio portable storage lineup with new applications and designs, adding new Canvio Flex and Canvio Gaming models along with new colors and textures. The next generation of Canvio designs delivers seamless portability, high storage capacity, and broad compatibility for various USB devices. It meets the evolving needs for storage solutions suited for a broad range of users, including multi-platform users, gamers, business professionals, outdoor photographers, and students. There’s a model that fits everyone’s needs.

Toshiba Gulf FZE will be in Hall 4, Stand H4-B2 at GITEX 2021. Activations on the stand include a photo booth competition where winners can walk away with attractive prizes.

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Review: Sennheiser CX True Wireless Earbuds

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Sennheiser has entered into the affordable wireless earbuds category with the launch of the new CX True Wireless earbuds. This pair of wireless earbuds are part of the company’s CX range and are a bit similar-looking to the CX 400BT. However, one area where it differs is the fact that the company has equipped each bud with its own homemade TrueResponse transducer.

While the earbuds lack active noise canceling (ANC) feature, they do impress with the sheer quality of audio they offer. In terms of size, the earbuds do feel a bit bulky, but they are quite lightweight nevertheless. They also fit snuggly into the ears and do not slip out even during an intense head-banging session!

Sennheiser also offers a Smart Control App that lets you control, personalise, update and configure the Sennheiser CX True Wireless earbuds or any Sennheiser headphone, headset, or soundbar for that matter. Through the Smart Control App, you can also adjust the EQ to your liking. The earbuds support wireless connectivity through Bluetooth 5.2, along with aptX for lag-free connectivity with Android smartphones.

The charging case of the CX True Wireless is also very similar to those that accompany the CX 400BT. While the earbuds offer a battery life of up to 9 hours, you do get two additional full charges in the case, making it a total of 27 hours of battery life.

Once out of the box, you do need to perform a firmware update, which then provides you with a touch-sensitive interface on each of the earbuds to customise the commands. You can use it to control audio, answer calls or even launch your phone’s assistant.

The earbuds also come packed with dual microphones, which optimizes voice pick-up for calls and voice assistant access even when using just one earbud. Each earbud can also be used individually via a simple ‘role switching’ feature. Using the Smart Control app, you can allow the Sidetone feature to enable their own voice to be heard during calls.

The Sennheiser CX True Wireless earbuds are also IPX4 rated – so you don’t need to worry about sweat or splashes of water. During our tests at a consistent volume level of 70dB, the earbuds offered a total battery life of 8 hours and 27 minutes, before they needed a recharge.

Audio quality was fantastic – it offered very nice and deep bass, very natural-sounding mids, and very clear highs. The quality of audio on calls was also very impressive. The earbuds fit very comfortably into the ears and you really do get a very tight seal to eliminate outside noise to some extent.

While the CX True Wireless is available in both matte black and matte white for a price of AED 549, it does not accompany any bells and whistles such as ANC, wireless charging, and so on.

What it does however offer is a comfortable fit, excellent audio quality, and very good battery life. If you are looking for an excellent pair of wireless earbuds and do not really care about the bells and whistles, the Sennheiser CX True Wireless earbuds could very well turn out to be a great choice.

Price: AED 549

Sennheiser CX True Wireless Earbuds
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4









Summary

While the earbuds lack active noise canceling (ANC) feature, they do impress with the sheer quality of audio they offer. In terms of size, the earbuds do feel a bit bulky, but they are quite lightweight nevertheless. They also fit snuggly into the ears and do not slip out even during an intense head-banging session!

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